Big crowd for Usyk-Briedis workout in Riga

WBO-Champion Aleksandr Usyk and WBC-Champion Mairis Briedis entertained the masses at an open training before their Ali Trophy semi-final clash on Saturday at the Arena Riga, Latvia.

“People can look forward to a great fight between two world champions,” said Aleksandr Usyk.

Usyk plowed through an ocean of Latvian and Ukrainian fans, who wanted autographs and selfies when his training was over. Continue reading “Big crowd for Usyk-Briedis workout in Riga”

WBO-Champion Aleksandr Usyk and WBC-Champion Mairis Briedis entertained the masses at an open training before their Ali Trophy semi-final clash on Saturday at the Arena Riga, Latvia. “People can look…
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Selby vs. Warrington IBF title bout is finalized

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that contracts have been signed for the IBF World Featherweight Championship between World Champion Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) and the IBF Mandatory Challenger Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs). The fight will be shown live and exclusive on BT Sport and BoxNation on Saturday May 19. The two have been embroiled in a long-running hateful social media spat, with Selby accusing Warrington of ‘bottling’ an opportunity to face him in 2016. But now the bitter rivals will settle their feud once and for all in the first ever world title fight to be held in Leeds, England. Continue reading “Selby vs. Warrington IBF title bout is finalized”

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that contracts have been signed for the IBF World Featherweight Championship between World Champion Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) and the IBF…
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Over 70,000 Joshua vs. Parker Tickets Sold

Over 70,000 tickets have been sold for the World Heavyweight title unification clash between Anthony Joshua MBE and Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office – and a limited number of tickets will go on sale on Monday January 29. Joshua and Parker clash for the IBF, WBA Super and WBO World titles on a historic night of boxing in Wales, and after going on sale at midday today only a limited number of £300 and £600 tickets remain available for sale from the official ticketing partner, www.StubHub.co.uk. A number of production holds priced at £40, £60 and £80 go on sale at www.StubHub.co.uk from midday on Monday January 29.

Over 70,000 tickets have been sold for the World Heavyweight title unification clash between Anthony Joshua MBE and Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31, live on…
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Ticket Alert: Beltran-Moses in Reno

World championship boxing returns the “Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno Nevada! World Boxing Organization (WBO) #1 world-rated lightweight contender Ray “Sugar” Beltran, fighting for his first world championship belt and his green card to stay in the U.S. with his family, will headline February 16 in the Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre. Beltran (34-7-1, 21 KOs), from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, will be battling former world champion and current #2 world-rated contender Paulus Moses (39-3, 24 KOs), from Windhoek, Namibia, for the vacant WBO lightweight world title.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions, tickets to the Beltran-Moses world championship event will go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST. Priced at $79, $54, and $29, including facility fees, tickets may be purchased online at www.grandsierra.com, at the Grand Theater Box Office, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT, daily, or charge by phone at 1-775-789-1115. Continue reading “Ticket Alert: Beltran-Moses in Reno”

World championship boxing returns the “Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno Nevada! World Boxing Organization (WBO) #1 world-rated lightweight contender Ray “Sugar” Beltran, fighting for his first world championship…
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Mercito Gesta: Now I Can Handle This Stage

By Miguel Maravilla

Lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego by way of Cebu, Philippines is set for his next world title shot as he will square off against WBA lightweight world champion Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) of Venezuela this Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO Boxing After Dark. We caught up with Gesta as he talked about his upcoming world title shot against Linares.

“I’m fighting Jorge Linares, I’m excited to be fighting for a title. Linares is good, I really like this challenge and I can’t wait,” Mercito Gesta told Fightnews.com®. Continue reading “Mercito Gesta: Now I Can Handle This Stage”

By Miguel Maravilla Lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego by way of Cebu, Philippines is set for his next world title shot as he…
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The Contender returns on EPIX

“The Contender” reality boxing series will be returning on the EPIX network later this year with a twelve episode season. The series has been on hiatus for nine years. The middleweight division will be featured. No fighters have been named as of yet. In all, sixteen boxers will be divided into two teams to train, each overseen by a boxing coach who will act as mentor.

“The Contender” reality boxing series will be returning on the EPIX network later this year with a twelve episode season. The series has been on hiatus for nine years. The…
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Murata To Defend WBA 160lb Belt Against Italian Blandamura

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Newly crowned WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs), also 2012 Olympic gold medalist in London, will make his initial defense against Italian Emanuele Felice Blandamura (27-2, 5 KOs), former European titlist, in Yokohama, Japan, on April 15.

It was announced with both contestants in attendance today (Monday) in Tokyo by Teiken Promotions. Murata dethroned Frenchman Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam via a fine stoppage at the end of the seventh round in their grudge fight here last October. Blandamura, six years his senior at 38, was previously halted by Billy Joe Saunders with the European belt at stake in 2014, but recently acquired the vacant EBU 160-pound belt by a split duke over Matteo Signani in 2016 and kept it once against Alessandro Goddi in Italy last June. Murata said, “I’ll devote all myself to the first defense to concentrate on this fight.” Blandamura jubilantly said, “Today is the happiest day of my life. I’m happy to fight Murata for the world championship.” We may witness a full-house crowd at the Yokohama Arena. Photos

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Newly crowned WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs), also 2012 Olympic gold medalist in London, will make his initial defense against…
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Olympic medalist Nico Hernandez returns Feb 10

2016 Olympic bronze medalist and hometown hero Nico Hernandez (3-0, 2 KOs) has fully recovered from an injury that postponed his December 2nd fight to Saturday, February 10, versus Hungarian champion Jozsef “Little Red” Ajtai (19-9, 12 KOs) in the the eight-round main event for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) Americas flyweight title, headlining the “KO Night Boxing: Gold & Glory” card, at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas. The action will be taped live for future airing on CBS Sports Network. Continue reading “Olympic medalist Nico Hernandez returns Feb 10”

2016 Olympic bronze medalist and hometown hero Nico Hernandez (3-0, 2 KOs) has fully recovered from an injury that postponed his December 2nd fight to Saturday, February 10, versus Hungarian…
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Parker: Joshua’s power will not be a problem

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker says he’ll smile at IBF, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when he lands his best shots and Parker is still standing on March 31 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

“If he hits me in the chin and doesn’t hurt me then obviously I’ll smile and try my best to hit him back,” Parker exclusively told Sky Sports. “I think some fighters when they throw a punch and throw everything they have and it doesn’t affect the other person, it might crush them a bit. Continue reading “Parker: Joshua’s power will not be a problem”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker says he’ll smile at IBF, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua when he lands his best shots and Parker…
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IBF makes official name change

The IBF/USBA is starting the new year with a new look and a formal name change. During a recent Board of Directors meeting, it was unanimously voted to drop “United States Boxing Association” (USBA) from its official moniker, which was the organization’s original name when it was founded in 1977.

In 1983, however, members of the then USBA voted to expand the organization and create an international division. The vote resulted in the formation of the United States Boxing Association-International (USBA-I). One year later, in 1984, a vote was passed to change the name to the one it has operated under until now. Continue reading “IBF makes official name change”

The IBF/USBA is starting the new year with a new look and a formal name change. During a recent Board of Directors meeting, it was unanimously voted to drop “United…
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Vladimir Baez, a Foreign Boxer in Japan

By Robert Coster

There are 10 foreign boxers pursuing their career in Japan. One such boxer adopted by Japanese fans is Dominican-born jr welterweight Vladimir Baez (24-3-1, 22 KOs), a hard-punching, lanky battler who settled in Japan in 2015.

Photo: Puma Toguchi Ring

Baez, signed up by Puma Toguchi Gym, has had five fights in Asia, winning four and losing one (in Thailand). He is unbeaten in Japanese rings and is getting ready to fight for the Japanese National title. A man with two nations, Baez is married to a Japanese woman and is the proud father of a little girl. Fightnews.com® interviewed Baez about how it is to live, train and fight in Japan. Continue reading “Vladimir Baez, a Foreign Boxer in Japan”

By Robert Coster There are 10 foreign boxers pursuing their career in Japan. One such boxer adopted by Japanese fans is Dominican-born jr welterweight Vladimir Baez (24-3-1, 22 KOs), a…
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Wallin fighting on Usyk-Briedis undercard

Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (18-0, 12 KOs) is back in action on January 27 fighting on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series semi-final between cruiserweight world champions Aleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis in Riga.

The undefeated 27 year-old returns to the ring for the first time since claiming the WBA Continental title against Gianluca Mandras in April, and will meet Bosnia And Herzegovina’s Srdan Govedarica (6-5, 5 KOs) over eight-rounds. Continue reading “Wallin fighting on Usyk-Briedis undercard”

Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (18-0, 12 KOs) is back in action on January 27 fighting on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series semi-final between cruiserweight world champions Aleksandr…
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Boxing Promoter Enters Politics

Long time boxing promoter and Newport Beach resident Roy Englebrecht announced today that he will seek the District 4 council seat currently held by Kevin Muldoon in the November 2018 election. Continue reading “Boxing Promoter Enters Politics”

Long time boxing promoter and Newport Beach resident Roy Englebrecht announced today that he will seek the District 4 council seat currently held by Kevin Muldoon in the November 2018…
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Ancajas slows down in training

By Nick Giongco

Two weeks before his US debut, Jerwin Ancajas has applied the brakes on his high-octane training in Magallanes, Cavite in the Philippines. “We are starting to slow it down,” said Ancajas, who puts his International Boxing Federation super-flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez of Mexico on Feb. 3 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In fact, the focus is now on Ancajas’ weight as his handlers want him to be around 120 lbs by the time they fly to Los Angeles this Thursday.

The division limit is 115 lbs and Ancajas currently weighs 125 lbs. Continue reading “Ancajas slows down in training”

By Nick Giongco Two weeks before his US debut, Jerwin Ancajas has applied the brakes on his high-octane training in Magallanes, Cavite in the Philippines. “We are starting to slow…
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Mama stops Camelion in nine

Hometown favorite Jayson Mama pummeled into submission Michael Camelion of Bukidnon via a technical knockout in the 9th round to capture the vacant WBO Oriental Youth flyweight title on Sunday night at the Gaisano Mall Atrium in General Santos City, Philippines. International referee Danrex Tapdasan stopped the fight in 1:43 of Round 9 after Camelion already had suffered too much punishment from Mama, who was connecting left-right combinations since the start of the title fight. Continue reading “Mama stops Camelion in nine”

Hometown favorite Jayson Mama pummeled into submission Michael Camelion of Bukidnon via a technical knockout in the 9th round to capture the vacant WBO Oriental Youth flyweight title on Sunday…
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Davtaev a Diamond in the Rough

By Terrell Groggins

Those following boxing already know that the heavyweight division is making a comeback, with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Unifying the heavyweight titles is clearly on the horizon which makes this an exciting time to be in this division, and for fighters with the right set of skills, technique and drive, championship belts may be ripe for the taking. More

By Terrell Groggins Those following boxing already know that the heavyweight division is making a comeback, with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Unifying the heavyweight titles is…
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Statue in former WBC champ’s honor

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBC featherweight champion Johnny Famechon, 72 years, had a statue erected in his honor on Sunday January 21st in Frankston, Victoria, Australia with with more than 1000 people including former world champions Azumah Nelson, Barry Michael and Sam Soliman in attendance at Ballam Park to witness the unveiling, which marks the 49-year anniversary of the boxing great defeating Cuba’s Jose Legra to win the world featherweight title in 1969. Continue reading “Statue in former WBC champ’s honor”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBC featherweight champion Johnny Famechon, 72 years, had a statue erected in his honor on Sunday January 21st in Frankston, Victoria, Australia…
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Results from Ontario, California

By Miguel Maravilla

Leo Santa Cruz’s Last Round Promotions kicked off the year hosting the first boxing card of the year in Southern California Friday night at Ontario’s California Education & Performing Arts Center as super featherweight Jerry Perez (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Oak Hills scores a huge knockout over Giovannie Gonzalez (3-1, 3 KOs) of Sacramento. Perez landed the right hand numerous times on Gonzalez and it dropped him in round two. A huge left hook by Perez did it as he knocked Gonzalez out at 2:04 of the third round Continue reading “Results from Ontario, California”

By Miguel Maravilla Leo Santa Cruz’s Last Round Promotions kicked off the year hosting the first boxing card of the year in Southern California Friday night at Ontario’s California Education…
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Ex-OPBF 154lb champ Bellamy returns, stops Chairak

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Veteran 36-year-old American residing in Japan, former OPBF 154-pound champ Charles Bellamy (27-3-2, 18 KOs), 146.5, returned to ring warfare after a one-year hiatus, and impressively displayed a single-punch stoppage of Thai #4 super-light Chairak Tor Silachai (10-2, 3 KOs), 146.5, at 1:10 of the second round in a scheduled eight on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Originally scheduled for a semi-windup contest, it eventually elevated to a main event since Ryo Akaho, world-rated Japanese bantam titleholder, became so suddenly sick that he was hospitalized by ambulance at night two days before. Akaho had been slated to defend his national belt against mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki, but this unfortunate incident will reportedly force him to renounce his belt to pave the way for Suzuki to fight for the vacant title against Suguru Muranaka. Continue reading “Ex-OPBF 154lb champ Bellamy returns, stops Chairak”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Veteran 36-year-old American residing in Japan, former OPBF 154-pound champ Charles Bellamy (27-3-2, 18 KOs), 146.5, returned to ring warfare after a one-year hiatus,…
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Yamanaka to defend WBO 105lb belt against Calleros

By Joe Koizumi

Newly crowned WBO minimumweight champ Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4 KOs; not former WBC bantam ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka), Japan, will defend his belt against #4 Moises Calleros (28-7-1, 16 KOs), a Mexican puncher, in Kobe, Japan, on March 18. It was announced by Masato Yamashita of Shinsei Promotions last week.

Photo by Boxing Beat

Calleros failed to win the vacant WBO belt, losing a split verdict to Japanese southpaw Tetsuya Fukuhara in Japan last February. It was Yamanaka that fully utilized his footwork and outpunch Fukuhara in his first defense to earn a unanimous nod and capture the WBO championship. Continue reading “Yamanaka to defend WBO 105lb belt against Calleros”

By Joe Koizumi Newly crowned WBO minimumweight champ Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4 KOs; not former WBC bantam ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka), Japan, will defend his belt against #4 Moises Calleros (28-7-1,…
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Spence, Easter Post Fight Presser Quotes

By Matt Richardson

Robert Easter: “I’ve been calling out these champions for so long. I want these champions on top.”

Barry Hunter: “I thought we took too much damage early in the fight and we got too far behind. If he never fight another day in his life it’s OK by me.”

Lou DiBella: “Errol Spence has an argument as pound-for-pound. This kid is the highest level of talent. In the ring, he is a dangerous man. There’s a lot of things that reminds me of Ray Leonard. He’s the whole package…I’ve never seen a guy like him, who’s a champion as good as him, running around calling out everybody on earth.”

Derrick James: “He looked good. He fought a very tough guy. He was able to keep coming, keep pressuring and do what he gotta do to be successful.”

Errol Spence: “I’m not going to say I’m pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world but I’m definitely heading that way. I’m looking to come back in May or June. Looking for a homecoming in Dallas. But at least fighting three times this year…I’ve been telling people I can do it all.”

DiBella said it’s more likely that a Keith Thurman-Spence fight would occur down the line than a Spence-Terence Crawford bout. But, if the money is there, a Spence-Crawford is also possible, he said. “I have no doubt that Keith Thurman is going to fight Errol Spence,” DiBella said. “It’s going to happen. Relax.”

By Matt Richardson Robert Easter: “I’ve been calling out these champions for so long. I want these champions on top.” Barry Hunter: “I thought we took too much damage early…
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WBA #3 Navarrete demolishes Porras in two

WBA #3, WBO #9 super bantamweight Emmanuel “El Vaquero” Navarrete (23-1, 20 KOs) showed why he is a serious contender with a spectacular second round knockout Glenn “The Rock” Porras (32-7, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo de los Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. Navarrette dropped Porras twice in round one and again in round two before the Mexico vs. Philippines-themed bout was halted. Time was 1:37. “We are ready for a title shot when Zanfer tells us,” said Navarrete.

WBA #3, WBO #9 super bantamweight Emmanuel “El Vaquero” Navarrete (23-1, 20 KOs) showed why he is a serious contender with a spectacular second round knockout Glenn “The Rock” Porras…
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Results from San Antonio

On Saturday night, TMB & PRB Entertainment presented “Fight Nite at the Scottish Rite”, an eight-bout event that took place at the Scottish Rite Theatre in San Antonio, TX. In the four-round main event, Daniel “Da Beast” Biaz (11-1, 5 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over, Ray “The Warrior” Trujillo (3-4-1, 2 KOs).

Biaz, a southpaw who is managed by Prince Ranch Boxing, wobbled Trujillo in every round, with hard shots to the head. Trujillo was trying to force his way into the chest of Biaz throughout the fight, but was unsuccessful as he was countered with by accurate punches. Trujillo, who was a last-minute replacement, showed a lot of heart but was outgunned by Biaz, who landed the cleaner blows. Scorecards read 40-36 across the board, all in favor of Biaz. Continue reading “Results from San Antonio”

On Saturday night, TMB & PRB Entertainment presented “Fight Nite at the Scottish Rite”, an eight-bout event that took place at the Scottish Rite Theatre in San Antonio, TX. In…
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Spence calls out WBC/WBA champ Thurman

“Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on “Sometimes” Thurman. Since I was 15-0 I’ve been calling this guy out and he keeps making excuses. Let’s get it on!” proclaimed IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. after dispatching Lamont Peterson in one-sided fashion on Saturday night in Brooklyn. “I didn’t know I would dominate like that. I expected to get the knockout, but this was a great performance. We were facing a great fighter like Lamont Peterson and we did well in there. I could tell Lamont was wobbling before I got him down. It was just a great feeling to put on a strong performance.

“I want Keith Thurman. He has two of the belts and we both have big names. It’s an easy fight to make and I want it!”

“Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on “Sometimes” Thurman. Since I was 15-0 I’ve been calling this guy out and he keeps making excuses. Let’s get it on!” proclaimed IBF welterweight…
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IBF welter champ Spence crushes Peterson

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Errol Spence Jr. continued to make his case as one of the hottest young stars in boxing Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with yet another impressive knockout performance.

This time the IBF welterweight title-holder showcased his growing set of skills against veteran Lamont Peterson. The former two-division belt-holder, fighting for the first time in 11 months, was perceived as a real test for Spence but the fight only further illustrated the disparity between most boxers and Spence.

Spence (23-0, 20 KO’s) dominated the fight from start to finish. He slammed Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KO’s) with combinations to the head and body. He knocked him down in the fifth. And he almost completely shut both of Peterson’s eyes with a series of hard, quick combinations to the face.

Finally, by the start of the eighth, Peterson’s team had witnessed enough and they held their boxer back in the corner, giving Spence the well-earned TKO win. Continue reading “IBF welter champ Spence crushes Peterson”

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Errol Spence Jr. continued to make his case as one of the hottest young stars in boxing Saturday night at the Barclays…
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