WBC female champ Koseki retires after 17 defenses

By Joe Koizumi

WBC female atomweight (102-pound) champ Momo Koseki (24-2-1, 9 KOs), a 35-year-old Japanese southpaw, officially made an announcement on Monday to hang up gloves for good after she registered 17 successful defenses and acquired the WBC 105-pound belt by dethroning compatriot Yuko Kuroki in her last appearance last December.

Photo: Boxing Beat

Both belts, therefore, will become vacant with Koseki’s relinquishment. Koseki, cultivated by her long-time manager/promoter Masayuki Ariyoshi, has improved in every fight physically, technically and mentally so that she became a formidable champion, having broken even Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen consecutive defenses and having been unbeaten since 2008 to her credit. Continue reading “WBC female champ Koseki retires after 17 defenses”

By Joe Koizumi WBC female atomweight (102-pound) champ Momo Koseki (24-2-1, 9 KOs), a 35-year-old Japanese southpaw, officially made an announcement on Monday to hang up gloves for good after…
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Tanaka to face Baldonado in 112lb tune-up bout

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten two-class world champ Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6 KOs), a Japanese enfant terrible at still 22, will participate in his first and tune-up bout in the flyweight category against WBO#12 Ronnie Baldonado (10-0-1, 7 KOs), a Filipino prospect, in Nagoya, Japan, on March 31.

WBO #1 Tanaka hopes to acquire his third world belt this year after he recently renounced his WBO 108-pound belt to pave the way for his previous challenger, Puerto Rican Angel Acosta to gain the WBO full championship prior to his bout with Juan Alejo on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Sadam Ali bout at Madison Square Garden last December. Currently ranked atop, Tanaka said, “I’m willing to challenge the WBO flyweight champion Sho Tanaka to win my third belt within this year.” Time will tell.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten two-class world champ Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6 KOs), a Japanese enfant terrible at still 22, will participate in his first and tune-up bout in the flyweight…
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Olympian Joe Joyce headlines Feb 16

Hayemaker Ringstar, the partnership between two-weight World Boxing Champion, David Haye, and world-renowned promoter, Richard Schaefer, have announced the stable’s second professional fight, which will take place on February 16th at York Hall, London. Headlining the show will be Olympic silver medalist Heavyweight Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce (1-0, 1 KO) who entered the professional ranks in emphatic style in October. He now faces 25-year-old Rudolf Jozic (4-1, 3 KOs) from Croatia. Continue reading “Olympian Joe Joyce headlines Feb 16”

Hayemaker Ringstar, the partnership between two-weight World Boxing Champion, David Haye, and world-renowned promoter, Richard Schaefer, have announced the stable’s second professional fight, which will take place on February 16th…
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IBF champ Ancajas ready for U.S. debut

World champion Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas — a protege of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao — just scratched another item off his bucket list, as he fulfilled his dream of training at the legendary Wild Card Boxing Club, the same place where his idol and now co-promoter has trained for his most famous battles. Continue reading “IBF champ Ancajas ready for U.S. debut”

World champion Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas — a protege of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao — just scratched another item off his bucket list, as he fulfilled his dream of…
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Feb 17 card in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

By Robert Coster

Boxing is rebounding in Puerto Rico and promoter Fresh Productions is putting on an attractive card in Fajardo on February 17th. The promoter’s two top prospects, WBA #15 jr lightweight Alfredo Santiago (8-0, 2 KOs) and jr welterweight Subriel Matias Matthews (8-0, 8 KOs) will be tested by two former title contenders. Continue reading “Feb 17 card in Fajardo, Puerto Rico”

By Robert Coster Boxing is rebounding in Puerto Rico and promoter Fresh Productions is putting on an attractive card in Fajardo on February 17th. The promoter’s two top prospects, WBA…
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Former Aussie Champ Cowburn Passes

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former Australian welterweight champion Gary Cowburn has passed away at the age of 80 years in Queensland, Australia.Cowburn made his debut in 1959 and captured the Australian crown in 1962 defeating Johnny Tapp by KO in round thirteen. Cowburn lost a twelve round decision to world light middleweight champion Ralph Dupas in 1963. He scored two victories over world rated George Barnes. Cowburn also clashed with other notable welterweights Sid Prior, Roberto Cruz, J.D.Ellis Alfredo Cota, George Bracken and Arthur Persley. Cowburn’s record was 24-15-2, 13 KOs. Gary will be sadly missed by his family and the Australian Boxing Community.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former Australian welterweight champion Gary Cowburn has passed away at the age of 80 years in Queensland, Australia.Cowburn made his debut in 1959…
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EBU purse bids and Updates

By Marco Bratusch

A bunch of important news hit the EBU landscape today regarding some of the organization’s most notable titles.

Out of the blue, European Light-Heavyweight titlist Karo Murat has relinquished his belt. Errol Ceylan, who promotes Murat, sent a letter to the EBU office in late afternoon, Italian time, and the administrative office will make the decision official tomorrow morning. No specific reasons were mentioned but the rumor is the boxer might get a good opportunity soon. Murat was supposed to defend his European belt versus official challenger Serhiy Demchenko in the spring as the parties reached a deal for this contest two weeks ago. As a consequence of such unexpected decision made by the German fighter, the title will be declared vacant and co-challenger Demchenko will be pitted against the highest available opponent in the 175-pound EBU rankings. Continue reading “EBU purse bids and Updates”

By Marco Bratusch A bunch of important news hit the EBU landscape today regarding some of the organization’s most notable titles. Out of the blue, European Light-Heavyweight titlist Karo Murat…
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Sampson inks 6’7 superwelter Fundora

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has signed of undefeated super welterweight prospect Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno’ Fundora (8-0, 4 KOs) to a promotional contract. The unique thing about the 20-year-old southpaw Fundora, from Coachella, California, is that he is 6′ 7″, by far the tallest fighter in his division in the world. “Sebastian is nearly impossible to fight at this weight, with his reach and southpaw stance,” proclaimed Lewkowicz, who also stated Fundora has a world-class chin.

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has signed of undefeated super welterweight prospect Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno’ Fundora (8-0, 4 KOs) to a promotional contract. The unique thing about the 20-year-old…
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Golovkin-Canelo rematch agreed to

A sequel to the most anticipated boxing event in years will arrive on Cinco De Mayo as Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) will clash in a historic and highly anticipated 12-round rematch Saturday, May 5. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Details regarding venue and tickets will be announced shortly.

Canelo Alvarez: “I’m delighted to once again participate in one of the most important boxing events in history. This second fight is for the benefit and pleasure of all fans who desire to see the best fight the best. This time, [Gennady] Golovkin won’t have any excuses regarding the judges because I’m coming to knock him out.”

Gennady Golovkin: “I am ready to battle Canelo again and am happy he took this fight again. This is the fight the world wants. This is the fight boxing deserves. I didn’t agree with some of the judges’ decisions in the first fight. This time there will be no doubt. I am leaving the ring as THE middleweight champion of the world.”

A sequel to the most anticipated boxing event in years will arrive on Cinco De Mayo as Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin…
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Beibut Shumenov announces comeback

Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov announced his comeback today at a press conference held in his native Kazakhstan.

“I thought a very long time before making this decision,” Shumenov explained. “Having weighed all the pros and cons, in addition to consulting with my family and team, I have firmly decided to return to professional boxing. Ahead is a lot of work but our goal is obvious. I want to express my thanks to all those who’ve supported me. I will keep everyone up to date with more news and details of my return to the ring.”

The Las Vegas-based Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, retired last June due to an eye injury., forcing him to relinquish his WBA cruiserweight world title. Continue reading “Beibut Shumenov announces comeback”

Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov announced his comeback today at a press conference held in his native Kazakhstan. “I thought a very long time before making…
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Vences poised for showdown with De Leon

On March 10th, right before Oscar Valdez takes on Scott Quigg, WBC Continentals Americas Super Featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs) of San Jose, CA, will take on his toughest test to date as he faces three-time consecutive golden gloves champion, Erick De Leon (17-0, 10 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA on a card televised by ESPN and promoted by Top Rank Inc.

Here is what Vences had to say: Continue reading “Vences poised for showdown with De Leon”

On March 10th, right before Oscar Valdez takes on Scott Quigg, WBC Continentals Americas Super Featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs) of San Jose, CA, will take on his…
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Gradinar-Gerula collide March 24

Rising female star, Elena Gradinar of Saint Petersburg, Russia, will compete for the first championship belt of her professional career when she takes on former world champion Olivia “The Predator” Gerula for the IBF Intercontinental Featherweight Championship.

The 10-round Gradinar vs. Gerula battle will take place on Saturday, March 24, at the Energia Sport Hall in Narva, Estonia. Continue reading “Gradinar-Gerula collide March 24”

Rising female star, Elena Gradinar of Saint Petersburg, Russia, will compete for the first championship belt of her professional career when she takes on former world champion Olivia “The Predator”…
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The 12th Round: Uncertain Future for Olympic Boxing

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

I am in Riga, Latvia, and still feel the great joy of last Saturday night’s event at Riga Arena where Alexandr Usyk dethroned local hero Mairis Briedis. It is, without a doubt, the best cruiserweight championship fight in the division’s history. The fight card was organized by the WBSS ( World Boxing Super Series ) with extraordinary production, making this “an event.” The world class arena was packed and the atmosphere was electric throughout the 12 rounds.

Usyk won by majority decision 114-114 and 115-113 twice. The WBC judges wore noise reduction headphones which is a WBC initiative to maximize the ability to concentrate and to limit the influence that noise may have in the subconscious of a judge during the fight. This was one of the loudest crowds I have ever experienced.

Instant replay was also available through the WBSS production but it was not used as it was an extremely clean fight which only had 3 clinches in the whole bout. Continue reading “The 12th Round: Uncertain Future for Olympic Boxing”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son I am in Riga, Latvia, and still feel the great joy of last Saturday night’s event at Riga Arena where Alexandr…
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Khan vs. Lo Greco is official

Amir Khan will face Phil Lo Greco on his return to the ring at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on April 21. Former unified Light-Welterweight ruler Khan is back in action for the first time since May 2016 where he stepped up to Middleweight to face Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and now the 31 year old is determined to get back on the road to World title glory in his first fight of a three-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing.

Lo Greco will come face-to-face with Khan at a press conference in Liverpool tomorrow – and both men are predicting an exciting fight, with ‘King’ Khan promising to show that he’s back to his best, but Lo Greco coming to KO the Brit star. Continue reading “Khan vs. Lo Greco is official”

Amir Khan will face Phil Lo Greco on his return to the ring at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on April 21. Former unified Light-Welterweight ruler Khan is back in…
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Sore Loser Hart Wants Zurdo Again

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
File Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

In his last outing, Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 22-1, 18 KOs, the top super middleweight contender in Philadelphia AND the in the world, was knocked down, lost for the first time, and went away from his first world championship fight with a few knocks and bruises on his body and on his ego. However, these trials may just have been some well-needed growing pains.

In that 12-round decision loss to Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez last September, Hart showed the world that he not only had the guts to fight back, but also an ability to adapt on night that wasn’t going his way. This is the toughest test for an undefeated fighter suddenly in deep water. Hart lost the fight, but he passed this important test.

Despite some troublesome moments early on, by the time the final bell sounded, Jesse had brought the fight remarkably close on the official cards. The performance raised his stock and kept him in the hunt for a world title. Continue reading “Sore Loser Hart Wants Zurdo Again”

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com File Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com In his last outing, Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 22-1, 18 KOs, the top super middleweight contender…
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Matthysse & Linares final wrap-up

By Miguel Maravilla

Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) of Thailand Saturday night on the HBO Boxing After Dark main event at the Forum in Inglewood, California. In what was a difficult fight for Matthysse, the unknown Kiram boxed an intelligent fight up until getting caught with a Mattysse right. The Thai fighter courageously got up trading with Matthysse but a stiff jab did it as Kiram went down a second time. Matthysse talked about his knockout win with media following his victory.

“I am happy winning another world title. I finished this fight with a good result.” Continue reading “Matthysse & Linares final wrap-up”

By Miguel Maravilla Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) of Thailand Saturday night on the HBO Boxing After Dark…
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Parker: Tyson Fury will not be my sparring partner

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will not be having former heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury as a sparring partner because Fury isn’t the right fit to prepare for WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua, who he clashes with in Cardiff on March 31. “Tyson Fury’s a great guy, but with all due respect to him, I don’t think it’s the right person to spar because he moves around well for a big guy and he doesn’t come forward, and he’s a lot taller,” Parker told Radio Live. Continue reading “Parker: Tyson Fury will not be my sparring partner”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will not be having former heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury as a sparring partner because Fury isn’t the right…
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Trainer Rushton: Horn will upset Crawford

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

According to trainer Glenn Rushton, his charge WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn has an unorthodox style that will upset the best welterweights in the world including mandatory contender Terrence Crawford who Horn will clash with on April 14 at Madison Square Garden.

“A lot of the Americans have the view that Crawford wins easy,” Rushton told the Sydney Morning Herald. “But it’s a little bit like the Pacquiao false sense of security. They just don’t know what we’re going to bring to the table. Continue reading “Trainer Rushton: Horn will upset Crawford”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing According to trainer Glenn Rushton, his charge WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn has an unorthodox style that will upset the best welterweights in…
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Detroit’s Al “Blue” Lewis Passes at 75

By Bob Ryder
Photos: Bob Ryder

Former heavyweight contender of the late 1960’s-early 1970’s Al “Blue” Lewis passed away on January 21 in his hometown of Detroit having just turned 75 on December 11. Lewis was best known for his gallant effort against Muhammad Ali in 1972 in which he gave “The Greatest” a good tussle before succumbing by eleventh round TKO. Lewis also had previously served as a sparring partner for Ali.

Lewis first reached contender status with his exciting TKO of then highly ranked Eduardo Corletti in 1968 at the old Olympia Stadium in which he knocked Corletti out of the ring in the first round. He engaged in two tough bouts with Leotis Martin, both losses, one by split decision, before running off a seven bout win streak that kept him in the heavyweight picture. He scored a TKO over Cleveland Williams in that streak before heading to Argentina to tangle with Oscar Bonavena. Some reports have Blue getting robbed in the Bonavena fight, others that the DQ 7 ruling for Oscar was correct. Regardless, Lewis landed the Ali fight in Dublin in his very next outing. Continue reading “Detroit’s Al “Blue” Lewis Passes at 75”

By Bob Ryder Photos: Bob Ryder Former heavyweight contender of the late 1960’s-early 1970’s Al “Blue” Lewis passed away on January 21 in his hometown of Detroit having just turned…
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Matthysse, Linares Post-Fight Presser Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) of Thailand Saturday night to claim the WBA ‘regular’ welterweight title on the HBO Boxing After Dark main event at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Lucas Matthysse: “I was fine and calm even though I couldn’t hit him. It was only a matter of time. I was hitting him good up. I finished with a good result. This was a win for all Latinos. I would like the rematch with Danny Garcia.”

WBA lightweight champ Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) of Venezuela was victorious against Mercito Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs) in winning a unanimous decision in the HBO co-feature.

Jorge Linares: “Tonight I finished my job. I feel good and I’m ready for the next big fight. Maybe Lomachenko first and then move up to 140 to fight Mikey.”

By Miguel Maravilla Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) of Thailand Saturday night to claim the WBA ‘regular’ welterweight…
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Judah defeats Rincon in Canada

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos: Deanna Tucker

Former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (44-9, 30 KOs) stepped back into the ring for the first time since January of 2017 on Saturday night at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, scoring a unanimous ten round decision win over Mexican journeyman Noel Mejia Rincon (21-14-1, 12 KOs).

Judah hurt Rincon in the second and went on to outbox him for the rest of the fight. All three judges scored the fight 99-91 for Judah.

After the fight, Judah announced he’d fight in Calgary again in April. Continue reading “Judah defeats Rincon in Canada”

By Ricardo Ibarra Photos: Deanna Tucker Former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (44-9, 30 KOs) stepped back into the ring for the first time since January of 2017 on…
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Matthysse targets Garcia, Pacquiao

By Hesiquio Balderas

Lucas Matthysse post-fight quotes: “I am very happy. He was moving a lot. He is a big guy. He doesn’t punch hard but he was very awkward. I needed to throw more punches until I got him. He was very strong in the clinch. I want Danny Garcia next, or Manny Pacquiao. I let my promoter Mario Arano and Golden Boy to do the work. I want the big fights now. This fight is for my daughter, my wife, my family, for Argentina. This belt is for you.”

By Hesiquio Balderas Lucas Matthysse post-fight quotes: “I am very happy. He was moving a lot. He is a big guy. He doesn’t punch hard but he was very awkward.…
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Linares: Let’s make the big fights happen

By Hesiquio Balderas

Jorge Linares post-fight quotes: “I won and that’s important, I made defensive moves, I didn’t feel his punches. I hurt my hand in the fourth round. I couldn’t land the punches as I wanted. But I took it easy, I was relaxed in there. Freddy (Roach) is supposed to be the best trainer in the world I beat his fighter. Freddy said Gesta was going to beat me with the left hook and he never landed it.

“I told Oscar I want the best, we are ready for the big fights and the good things. Let’s do the big fights, let’s make it happen. They (Mikey Garcia and Lomachenko) keep mentioning my name and that’s who I want next. I dedicated this fight to Japan, to Los Angeles and Las Vegas and especially to my country of Venezuela. We are going through tough times but I am putting all my best to make you all proud.”

By Hesiquio Balderas Jorge Linares post-fight quotes: “I won and that’s important, I made defensive moves, I didn’t feel his punches. I hurt my hand in the fourth round. I…
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Matthysse stops Kiram for WBA welter belt

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

It is an axiom of boxing that power is the great equalizer, and no better example of that was a past-his-prime, but still dangerous, Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) knocking out previously undefeated Thai challenger Tewa Kiram at 1:21 of round eight to capture the vacant WBA welterweight title in the HBO Boxing After Dark main event from Inglewood, California.


Up until the eighth round, it seemed as though the unknown Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) might send Mattthysse into retirement in what amounted to a crossroads fight for Matthysse, as Kiram used his jab, length, and movement to stay out of range and frustrate the Argentinian slugger whilst boos rained down from a crowd anxious for blood from a typical Matthysse fight, despite the fight actually being an interesting contrast of styles. But early in round eight the previously ineffective right hand of Matthysse finally found the mark, at the end of a two-punch combination that sent Kiram to the canvas. Kiram rose gamely and traded with Matthysse when action resumed, but the damage from those followup punches, punctuated by a stiff left jab by Matthysse, sent Kiram down under the bottom rope for the full count. Continue reading “Matthysse stops Kiram for WBA welter belt”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada It is an axiom of boxing that power is the great equalizer, and no better example of that was a past-his-prime, but…
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Linares retains WBA lightweight title

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a title bout pitting two fighters unbeaten since 2012, WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) successfully defended his title, as well as recognition as the Ring Magazine lineal lightweight champion, with a twelve-round unanimous decision over Mercito Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs) in the co-main event on HBO Boxing After Dark at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Scores for Linares were 117-111, 118-110, 118-110.


The southpaw Gesta started quickly, darting behind his right jab and landing quick left hands and short combinations, although a Linares counter right might have been the hardest punch of the round. Continue reading “Linares retains WBA lightweight title”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a title bout pitting two fighters unbeaten since 2012, WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) successfully defended his title,…
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