NABF Wrap-up, Mikey belted

By Boxing Bob Newman

The 49th annual NABF convention ended on Sunday in San Diego with the judges seminar and a special presentation. Outgoing NABF president Duane Ford on his first class ABC certified judges seminar in the Westin hotel’s Plaza room.

Ford emphasized professionalism and the desire to improve throughout one’s judging career. A sign of the times- social media again raised its ugly head with warnings from Ford. “You will leave your digital footprint even in what you think are private messages.”

“Commenting on upcoming assignments, taking photos with fighters and promoters, etc. and posting them online is a major conflict of interest for an active official,” stressed Ford. Continue reading “NABF Wrap-up, Mikey belted”

WBA Convention headed to Medellin, Colombia

The beautiful city of Medellin, Colombia, will host the 96th WBA Convention from October 30 to November 2, bringing together the most important figures in the world of pugilism. This convention will be totally different from the previous formats. The WBA is establishing a new model which can provide real contributions to the city that hosts the event. Therefore the venue chosen was Medellín, a city recognized worldwide for its advancement in education and social inclusion processes of change for a better life.

WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza is sure the 96th WBA Convention will be a success and said to expect some surprises to be unveiled in the coming weeks. This will be the second time that Medellin has hosted a WBA Convention, the first time was in 2009.

McDonnell-Solis agree to rematch

WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell’s team and Liborio Solis’ team have reached an agreement to have their rematch and, thus, they avoided the purse bids ordered by the WBA Championships Committee for today. The boxers previously fought last December with McDonnell winning by unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113 and 117-111). A protest from the Solis team was upheld by the Championships Committee and the rematch was ordered. Team McDonnell and Team Solis have 20 days to send the signed contracts to the WBA offices.

4.4 million see Pacquiao-Horn

ESPN’s live Pacquiao-Horn telecast Saturday averaged a total live audience (television and streaming) of 3.1 million viewers across the ESPN and ESPN Deportes networks, according to Fast National ratings from Nielsen. It was the highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast on cable television since 2006 (Baldomir-Gatti) and ESPN’s highest-rated boxing telecast since 1995 (Nicholson-Haydon). The fight peaked during the final half hour of their fight with 4.4 million viewers across both networks.


On ESPN, the telecast averaged a 1.6 household rating and 2,812,000 viewers, making it the highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast on cable TV since 2006. Carlos Baldomir vs. Arturo Gatti on HBO on July 22, 2006, earned a 1.6 household rating. It was also the highest-rated boxing telecast on ESPN’s networks since 1995. Danell Nicholson vs. Darren Hayden on ESPN, on December 21, 1995 earned a 1.7 household rating. Continue reading “4.4 million see Pacquiao-Horn”

Karperis-Cruz headline July 28 in NY

Star Boxing has announced the main event for “Rockin Fights 27”, Friday, July 28th, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Fast-rising junior welterweight prospect and New York State champion Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, 14-2, 5 KOs, NY will take on former NY Golden Glove champion Louis Cruz, 11-3, 5 KOs, in a 10 round match up. The card was pushed back from June 15th when that card’s headliner Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin failed a drug test.

“This is what New York boxing used to be like and is supposed to be like,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia. “Two young kids, one from Long Island, one from the Bronx, putting it on the line to try and further their careers. This is a good match-up and I expect another sellout at the Paramount– so get your tickets early.”

This Week’s Boxing Preview

Big fights this week? Well, the biggest fight on U.S. soil is certainly Friday’s Telemundo clash between unbeaten welterweights “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs) and Giovani Santillan (21-0, 18 KOs) taking place in Tampa.

We have heavyweight Hughie Fury vs. TBA this Saturday in London. Hughie is confirmed to face WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker on Saturday September 23rd at the Manchester Arena.

On Sunday, WBA cruiserweight “super” champion Denis Lebedev defends against Mark Flanagan in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Lebedev appears to be the biggest name in the cruiser division NOT participating in the eight-man World Boxing Super Series. There are still two spots left. All quarter-final match-ups will be determined Saturday during a live draft at Monaco´s famed Grimaldi Forum “with all fighters in attendance.”

Horn victory celebration continues

Boxing hero Jeff Horn is the toast of Brisbane and all of Australia this week after his historic upset victory over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday in front of a record crowd of 51,000+ and a worldwide TV audience.

The new WBO welterweight world champion will be honored with a ticker-tape parade through the city on Thursday, culminating at the main square in downtown Brisbane where Horn will be presented the keys to the city by local authorities. “The Hornet” will also speak to the fans and sign autographs.

Arum: The fight was close

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum declared the decision that newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn received over Manny Pacquiao was close but fair.

“I know Jeff would welcome the rematch, but I don’t know Manny’s future position,” Arum said. “Is he going to stay in politics and not continue in boxing? I don’t know, and he doesn’t know now — it’s unfair to ask him now.” Continue reading “Arum: The fight was close”

WBC #1 Waseem returns Wednesday in Panama

The WBC #1 ranked flyweight in the world Muhammad Waseem (5-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan returns to action Wednesday. Waseem arrived in Panama over the weekend with his trainer Jeff Mayweather. Waseem will fight a local fighter to be announced shortly on the undercard of a show promoted by local Promoter Rogelio Espino/Promociones y Eventos del Istmo at the Fantastic Casino de Albrook Mall in Panama City, Panama. Continue reading “WBC #1 Waseem returns Wednesday in Panama”

Shelestyuk remains unbeaten

By Lucas “Lukie” Ketelle

In front of a sold-out crowd at the Omega Products International Outdoor Arena in Sacramento, CA, Thompson Boxing Promotions came to Sacramento, CA for the first time as the promotion brought a slew of up and coming talent.

Welterweight Taras Shelestyuk (16-0 10KOs) of the Ukraine looked as good as he every has as he stopped Jesus Rodriguez (15-3 11KOOs) in only three rounds in the headlining bout. Shelestyuk, a former Olympic bronze medalist, outclassed Rodriguez who took a barrage of cleans shot that accumulated in the fight being waved off the in the third round of a scheduled eight-round bout. Continue reading “Shelestyuk remains unbeaten”

Kimura to face WBO 112lb champ Zou in China

By Joe Koizumi

WBO#7 Sho Kimura (14-1-2, 7 KOs) will have an ambitious crack at the WBO flyweight belt against Shiming Zou (9-1, 2 KOs) in Shanghai, China, on July 28. Kimura, now training in Thailand, will come home and then make a press conference to show his determination prior to his first world title shot. Zou, two-time Olympic gold medalist in Beijing and London, is making his initial defense since he acquired the vacant 112-pound belt by unanimously defeating Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym on points last November.

Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Hard-punching Japanese super-featherweight champ, WBC#8 Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17 KOs), 130, impressively kept his belt when he quickly demolished Hirotsugu Yamamoto (20-14-3, 4 KOs), 130, at 2:00 of the second round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Ogawa caught the overmatched challenger with a solid right, dropping him in the first round. He, in round two, accelerated his attack and decked him again, and halted the affair with a furious follow-up just after his victim resumed fighting.


Donaire Enjoys Holiday in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

Former five-time world champ Nonito Donaire visited Tokyo, Japan, for vacation with his family, and had a light training at Yokohama Hikari Gym on Monday (June 26). Nonito was asked for sparring by his friend and Japanese bantam ruler Ryo Akaho (30-2-2, 19 KOs), and engaged in a four sessions before our press people. Donaire looked speedy and sharp against the free-swinging Akaho who had previously failed to win the vacant WBA 118-pound belt via second-round demolition at the hand of Phuengluang Sor Singyu in Thailand in 2015.

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Gallegos faces Hardwood Saturday in Medford, OR

By Ricardo Ibarra

This Saturday at the EdenVale Winery in Medford, Oregon, three pro boxing contests will be featured as part of a pro/am mixed combat sports card presented by regional MMA organization Rogue Promotions. The event, which is the first in a series of shows of its kind, will have the boxing ring and the MMA cage set up side-by-side and feature a full day of competition with boxing, MMA, and submission matches scheduled. Continue reading “Gallegos faces Hardwood Saturday in Medford, OR”

Sakamoto acquires interim Japanese 147lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Perennial contender, JBC#1 Daisuke Sakamoto (14-8-3, 8 KOs), 147, finally acquired the interim Japanese welterweight belt as he managed to win a hard-fought decision (97-93 twice, 97-94) over #2 Makoto Kawasaki (9-5-1, 2 KOs), 146.75, over ten see-saw rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Since the legitimate titlist Toshio Arikawa is recovering from an injury, the JBC authorized the interim title bout with the winner to face Arikawa in the next bout.

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Pacquiao-Horn delivers big ratings

Based on overnight Nielsen results, Pacquiao-Horn is likely to be the highest-rated fight on ESPN’s networks since the mid 1990’s. Las Vegas was the top local market for the fight with a 4.0 metered market rating, including a 5.1 rating during the main event.

Metered Market Ratings for the Top Five Cities:

1. Las Vegas (4.0 rating)
2. Los Angeles (3.7 rating)
3. Raleigh-Durham (3.6 rating)
4. New Orleans (3.1 rating)
5. San Diego (3.0 rating)

Streaming results also broke ESPN records for boxing, making the fight the most-streamed boxing event on record for both the ESPN and ESPN Deportes networks. ESPN had a streaming average minute audience of 78K, 392K unique viewers, and 14.4 million total minutes. Based on all three measures, the fight was the most-streamed boxing event on record on ESPN’s networks. Continue reading “Pacquiao-Horn delivers big ratings”

Braehmer in World Boxing Super Series

The World Boxing Super Series has announced that former WBA and WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) will be coming down in weight to participate in the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, joining WBA champion George Groves as well as undefeated challengers Erik Skoglund and Jamie Cox in the super-middleweight competition. The remaining four participants will be unveiled in the next days, with all eight fighters coming face-to-face at the Draft Gala next Saturday to hand-pick their quarter-final opponents. Continue reading “Braehmer in World Boxing Super Series”

More Notes on Horn-Pacquiao

Bob Arum: “It was a close fight. I thought Manny won.”

Freddie Roach: “I have to go along with Manny and say I respect the decision of the judges. Well, two of the judges. I did think Manny won but Jeff Horn showed a lot of heart. He is a big, strong fighter and I congratulate him.”


Dr. Jeffrey Roth stitched up Manny’s headbutt lacerations. The right side was 5cm long and took nine stitches to close it. The left side was 3.5cm long and took eight stitches to close.

Newly crowned champion Jeff Horn needed seven stitches over his right eye.


Official attendance was 51,052, the largest crowd to ever see a Manny Pacquiao fight.

Sulaiman displays pitching arm

By Boxing Bob Newman

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday’s Padres-Dodgers game in San Diego. WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia, with his new green belt draped over his left shoulder, witnessed Sulaiman deliver a well-placed fastball, knee high and over the inside edge of the plate.

More on Pacquiao-Horn

Judge Waleska Roldan had it 117-111 (9-3 in rounds), judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan had it 115-113 (7-5 in rounds).

Punch Stats
Total Punches Landed: Pacquiao 182 (32%), Horn 92 (15%)
Jabs Landed: Pacquiao 59 (31%), Horn 19 (10%)
Power Punches Landed: Pacquiao 123 (32%), Horn 73 (17%)

There is a rematch clause that Pacquiao indicated he would enforce.

Shocker: Horn dethrones Pacquiao

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott

In a major upset, unbeaten challenger and hometown favorite Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) scored a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) in front of 51,052 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on Sunday afternoon (Saturday night in the USA).

Fast start for Horn taking the fight to Pacquiao. Action continued to be brisk. Horn suffered a cut over his right eye. By round five, Pacman seemingly pretty much had Horn figured out. Pacquiao was cut on the hairline by an accidental headbutt in round six. Another head clash in round seven and Pacquiao was cut again. Pacquiao battered Horn in round nine. Between rounds, referee Mark Nelson told Horn he had to “show me something” in round ten or he would stop it. The fight continued and went the full distance. Scores were 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, all for Horn.


Diego de la Hoya wins in Argentina

Fighting outside the U.S. for the first time in his professional career, WBC Youth Super Bantamweight World Champion Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title and undefeated record with a unanimous decision victory over Alan Luques (21-6, 90 KOs) of Cordoba, Argentina before an electric, sold-out crowd at the Parque La Pedrera. The fight went the full 10 scheduled rounds, with De La Hoya declared the victor by unanimous decision with scores of 98-92, 97-93, 98-92.

Preceding the fight in the town of Villa Mercedes, Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who was in Argentina to watch Diego De La Hoya’s fight, was honored by local dignitaries as the first boxer to get a star in its town square. The special event was hosted by the San Luis Province Governor Alberto Rodriguez Saa and was significant as Villa Mercedes is the home of famous Argentine boxer Jose “El Mono” Gatica who is also one of the country’s most well-known sports idols.