96th WBA Convention opens with Star Power

The beginning of the first day of the 96th World Boxing Association (WBA) Convention in Medellin, Colombia, had a very special moment. Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, President of that organization, was able to gather various boxing stars and gave a speech highlighting every positive aspect of the sport of boxing. In the presence of the WBA Board of Directors and before the Regional Organizations Meeting, Mendoza shared some moments with idols such as Roberto Duran, Antonio Esparragoza, David Griman, Jackie Nava, Alys Sanchez, Ricardo “Finito” Lopez, Fidel Bassa, Kid Pambelé among others.

The presentation aimed to tell their life experiences and the way boxing helped them to be more than athletes. The inspiring and lively interventions of each one of them helped to show boxing from another perspective, as well as understand the WBA’s new vision at this moment. Continue reading “96th WBA Convention opens with Star Power”

The beginning of the first day of the 96th World Boxing Association (WBA) Convention in Medellin, Colombia, had a very special moment. Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, President of that organization, was…
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Khan Clary headlines Dec 1 in Rhode Island

Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing, the promotional entity under his Real Deal Sports and Entertainment, presents ‘Real Deal Championship Boxing V’ on Friday, December 1 at The Strand Ballroom and Theater in Providence, RI and telecast live on CBS Sports Network, it was announced today. Headlining is featherweight contender and hometown hero Toka Kahn Clary (23-1-0, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event against an opponent to be announced.

Also featured in his first fight in the United States is undefeated cruiserweight Fabio “Stone Crusher” Turchi (12-0-0, 9 KOs), of Florence, Italy in an eight round clash.

Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing, the promotional entity under his Real Deal Sports and Entertainment, presents ‘Real Deal Championship Boxing V’ on Friday, December 1 at The Strand Ballroom…
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Victory Sports inks ex-champ Pedraza

Victory Sports & Entertainment has announced by far their biggest name signing to date. The company has inked former IBF world junior lightweight champion Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12 KOs) to a multi-year managerial contract.

“I am very happy to sign with Victory Sports and look forward to the next chapter of my career,” stated Pedraza. “They represent a number of up and coming fighters and also work with elite fighters like Badou Jack so I feel that Victory is the right team to lead me back to a world championship.”

Pedraza lost his 130lb title to Gervonta Davis earlier this year and will now campaign the lightweight division.

Victory Sports & Entertainment has announced by far their biggest name signing to date. The company has inked former IBF world junior lightweight champion Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12 KOs) to…
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Furious Deontay Wilder Speaks His Mind

By Robert Hough

Deontay Wilder spoke of having peace in his mind, but the heavyweight spoke with passion and torrents of profanity when he discussed social issues. Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), who defends his WBC heavyweight belt Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY in a rematch with Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), was scathing as he related perceptions of racial inequality and shortcomings within what he called the “black community.”

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

“The more I learn about this country, the more I want to move to another country,” he told Fightnews.com® recently on a call to discuss the fight, which came together after a match-up with Luis Ortiz was scrapped when the Cuban failed a drug test. Continue reading “Furious Deontay Wilder Speaks His Mind”

By Robert Hough Deontay Wilder spoke of having peace in his mind, but the heavyweight spoke with passion and torrents of profanity when he discussed social issues. Wilder (38-0, 37…
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Boxing Gala in Santo Domingo Nov 18

By Robert Coster

Shuan Boxing Promotion through its President Belgica Pena has announced that all is set for their boxing gala show that will take place in Santo Domingo on November 18th. The international card will be held at the Jaragua Hotel and Casino and the main event will have Dominican super-Lightweight WBA #11 Alberto Puello (12-0, 7 KOs) defend his WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino belts against 20-year-old Mexican prospect Ricardo Gutierrez (11-1-1, 6 KOs). “We are not looking past Gutierrez but Alberto is ready to move up to the top ten in the rankings,” declared Belgica with Puello by her side.


The card will also feature the return to ring action of former WBA Cruiserweight World Champion Guillermo Jones (40-3-2, 30 KOs). The 45-year-old Panamanian veteran is moving up to the heavyweight class and will be facing Ecuadorian Olympian Ytalo Perea (9-2-2, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBA Fedelatin title. Continue reading “Boxing Gala in Santo Domingo Nov 18”

By Robert Coster Shuan Boxing Promotion through its President Belgica Pena has announced that all is set for their boxing gala show that will take place in Santo Domingo on…
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Jeff Horn: Bullied schoolboy to world champ

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

A book on WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn by author Grantlee Kieza titled THE HORNET has been published by ABC Books.

The book’s promotional blurb is as follows:

The story of Jeff Horn reads like a fairytale. Written with award-winning author, journalist and boxing aficionado Grantlee Kieza, The Hornet is the tale of a boy who, slapped around by bullies, saw through tears in his eyes a vision of himself as a hero, a champ, someone other people might one day look up to.

Horn took up boxing after being tormented as a teenager. Fast forward a dozen years and the former bullied schoolboy – now humble schoolteacher – became world boxing champion on 2 July 2017 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. The fight drew a record crowd to the stadium and a global audience of hundreds of millions, with Horn’s victory over one of the greatest boxers of all time, Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao, one of the most incredible upsets in Australian sporting history. Continue reading “Jeff Horn: Bullied schoolboy to world champ”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing A book on WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn by author Grantlee Kieza titled THE HORNET has been published by ABC Books. The book’s…
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Barry: Parker will fight Joshua before Wilder

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Las Vegas-based New Zealand trainer Kevin Barry who trains WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is confident promoter Eddie Hearn will prefer IBF, WBA champion Anthony Joshua to fight Parker and delay a bout with WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Joshua was given a tougher than expected contest against Carlos Takam on Saturday.

“It made me feel that we have a very, very good chance of dethroning this guy,” Barry told Fairfax Media. “I thought Joshua was robotic, I thought he was slow at times, I thought his lead patterns were very predictable. And, once again, he showed that he definitely has stamina problems, he was blowing big time. Continue reading “Barry: Parker will fight Joshua before Wilder”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Las Vegas-based New Zealand trainer Kevin Barry who trains WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is confident promoter Eddie Hearn will prefer IBF, WBA…
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Amir “Hardcore” Mansour Update

Heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (23-2-1, 16 KOs) announced that he is bringing in boxing adviser and agent Ivaylo Gotzev of Epic Sports Enterprises to assist with his boxing career. “After the WBC and PBC (Premiere boxing championship) gave me the opportunity to fight an elimination bout against Kauffman, we really thought that we would get our title shot against Deontay Wilder,” said Mansour. “Instead, things stalled and now we’re about to see Stiverne vs Wilder 2. Continue reading “Amir “Hardcore” Mansour Update”

Heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (23-2-1, 16 KOs) announced that he is bringing in boxing adviser and agent Ivaylo Gotzev of Epic Sports Enterprises to assist with his boxing career. “After…
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Former cruiser contender Napoleon Tagoe dies

By David Finger

Fightnews.com® is sad to report the passing of former cruiserweight contender and noted boxing trainer Napoleon Tagoe earlier this week. Tagoe, passed away Wednesday, October 25th at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. He was best remembered by boxing fans as the gritty, hard punching, Ghanaian who was stopped by Juan Carlos Gomez in a bid for the WBC cruiserweight title back on December 11, 1999. Continue reading “Former cruiser contender Napoleon Tagoe dies”

By David Finger Fightnews.com® is sad to report the passing of former cruiserweight contender and noted boxing trainer Napoleon Tagoe earlier this week. Tagoe, passed away Wednesday, October 25th at…
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Boxing returns to Hobbs, NM Saturday

By David Finger

Boxing fans in Southeast New Mexico were undoubtedly disappointed to hear that popular 21-year old middleweight prospect Isidro Castillo Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs) was forced to pull out of his upcoming fight against Ambrocio Bautista due to an injury, but if there is one thing that promoter Isidro Castillo and his School of Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions knows it’s this: the show must go on.

The original October 21st card was moved to November 4th, and the main event now features undefeated Texan Joey Alday Jr. (5-0, 5 KOs) as he takes on fellow prospect Chris Leyva (1-0-1, 0 KOs) of Albuquerque in a six round middleweight fight. Continue reading “Boxing returns to Hobbs, NM Saturday”

By David Finger Boxing fans in Southeast New Mexico were undoubtedly disappointed to hear that popular 21-year old middleweight prospect Isidro Castillo Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs) was forced to pull…
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Ferguson stops Reed in four, claims WBC US title

Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra

Adding his tenth consecutive knockout win, undefeated Pacific Northwest cruiserweight Patrick Ferguson (10-0, 10 KOs) claimed his first title belt on Saturday night at the Majestic Valley Arena in Kalispell, Montana, stopping journeyman Damon Reed (48-20, 32 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC US (USNBC) 200-pound championship. Ferguson controlled the fight throughout, scoring six knockdowns before the fight was called. The fight was the main event of a seven bout pro-am card organized by Hard Knocks Fight Promotions. Continue reading “Ferguson stops Reed in four, claims WBC US title”

Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra Adding his tenth consecutive knockout win, undefeated Pacific Northwest cruiserweight Patrick Ferguson (10-0, 10 KOs) claimed his first title belt on Saturday night at…
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Huerta-Triana battle to draw in Medellin

Former 2012 London Olympian Juan “Olympico” Huertas (14-1-1, 10 KOs) and Jeremy Triana (7-1-2, 6 KOs) fought to an exciting 10 round draw Saturday night at the Caribe Casino in Medellin, Colombia on Saturday night. The fight was non stop action from the opening bell to the final one. The fans were on their feet showing mutual respect for the Panamanian Huertas and the Colombian Triana. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but Huertas seemed to have Triana in trouble on a few occasions. Triana to his credit showed a lot of heart and kept coming. The fight was promoted by Huertas’ promoter Andy Kim (AK Promotions). This was Kim’s fourth card in Medellin in less than eight months where he has helped revive boxing in this predominately pro soccer city.

Former 2012 London Olympian Juan “Olympico” Huertas (14-1-1, 10 KOs) and Jeremy Triana (7-1-2, 6 KOs) fought to an exciting 10 round draw Saturday night at the Caribe Casino in…
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Joshua: People wanted to see Takam unconscious

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) speaks about the referee’s stoppage in his TKO win over Carlos Takam.

“Listen I come to fight,” said Joshua “I don’t sit on the edge and make decisions. As you can see, it was a good fight until the ref stopped it, so I have the utmost respect for Takam. I have no interest in what’s going on with the officials. That’s not my job. My job is to worry about my opponent. I was watching him. I was trying to break him down round by round, and unfortunately, the ref stopped it.

“I think people wanted to see Takam unconscious on the floor. Am I right? [crowd cheers] OK, OK, so now I understand. And that’s what I was trying to get to. Ten rounds, eleven rounds, twelve rounds, it was getting there, but as I said, I didn’t have control over the ref’s decision.”

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) speaks about the referee’s stoppage in his TKO win over Carlos Takam. “Listen I come to fight,”…
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Parker Not Impressed With Joshua

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker was not impressed with IBF, WBA champion Anthony Joshua’s stoppage of IBF #3 Carlos Takam on Saturday and thought he was robotic against the challenger who had only twelve days notice. “The more I watch him the more I want to fight him,” Parker told the New Zealand Herald. “I’ve wanted to for ages but we’re waiting for them to give us a good offer. The more I see of him the more I think ‘damn, if I fought this guy I’d knock him out.’ Continue reading “Parker Not Impressed With Joshua”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker was not impressed with IBF, WBA champion Anthony Joshua’s stoppage of IBF #3 Carlos Takam on Saturday and…
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Former UFC fighter Gonzaga wins pro debut

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga has a successful pro boxing debut Saturday night in the co-featured event on the “New England’s Future 4” card, presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), at DCU Center, Exhibition Hall, in Worcester.

Photos: Bonesprostudios

The 6′ 2″, 280-pound Brazilian, now fighting out of Worcester (MA), fought another pro-debut boxer with limited MMA experience, Alejandro Esquilin Santiago, of Tampa (FL). Gonzaga stalked the southpaw Santiago, landing some hard shots in the opening round. The heavy-handed Gonzaga picked up the pace in the third and his upset-minded opponent responded in a positive fashion. Both fighters exchanged freely in the fourth and final round, neither was hurt during the contest, and Gonzaga was awarded a win by four-round majority decision. Continue reading “Former UFC fighter Gonzaga wins pro debut”

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga has a successful pro boxing debut Saturday night in the co-featured event on the “New England’s Future 4″ card, presented by Rivera…
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Ex-champ Fuentes flattens Lara

Former two-time world champion Moises “Moi” Fuentes (25-4-1, 14 KOs) annihilated Ulises “El Ratoncito” Lara (18-16-2, 10 KOs) in the first round of a flyweight bout on Saturday night at the Domo de los Trabajadores del IMSS in Mexico City. Time was 2:40.

Photo: Pablo Lozano/Zanfer

Featherweight Emmanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (22-1, 18 KOs) scored his 17th consecutive win with second round stoppage of Danny “Venado” Flores 15-11-1, 8 KOs).

Unbeaten female light flyweight Silvia “La Guerrerita” Torres 17-0-1, 6 KOs) halted Edith de Jesús “La Pantera” Flores (5-10, 1 KO) at 1:48 of the second round.

Former two-time world champion Moises “Moi” Fuentes (25-4-1, 14 KOs) annihilated Ulises “El Ratoncito” Lara (18-16-2, 10 KOs) in the first round of a flyweight bout on Saturday night at…
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Remillard dominates Cruz

Photos: Emily Harney

Comebacking lightweight Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (26-1, 15 KOs) punished Yardley Cruz (22-9, 12 KOs) for four rounds before getting a referee’s stoppage on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Remillard was very sharp, repeatedly landing clean shots.

In the co-feature, female junior lightweight Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent (21-1, 1 KO) outpointed
Calixta Silgado (15-9-3, 10 KOs) over eight rounds. Continue reading “Remillard dominates Cruz”

Photos: Emily Harney Comebacking lightweight Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (26-1, 15 KOs) punished Yardley Cruz (22-9, 12 KOs) for four rounds before getting a referee’s stoppage on Saturday night…
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Big Shakeup in October WBA rankings

October has been a quite hectic month for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Classifications Committee. The super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions had the most important changes in the October rankings.

At 140 pounds, American boxer Terence Crawford asked to be classified in the welterweight division, for that reason, there is no WBA super lightweight champion. While within the 147 pounds, the regular title was vacated, since Lamont Peterson renounced, so the division has only a single champion. Continue reading “Big Shakeup in October WBA rankings”

October has been a quite hectic month for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Classifications Committee. The super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions had the most important…
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Joshua stops Takam in ten to retain titles

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over IBF #3 Carlos Takam (35-4-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 80,000 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. A second round headclash broke Joshua’s nose. Joshua cut Takam over the right eye with a punch in round four, then dropped him later in the round with a left hook. Joshua continued to bust Takam up. Takam constantly rubbed away blood from cuts over both eyes. Referee Phil “Quick Stop” Edwards suddenly stepped in and waved it off in round ten. Takam was very upset by the stoppage.

“It was a good fight until the ref stopped it,” said Joshua afterward. “I have no interest for what’s going on with the officials. My job is the opponent. I don’t have control over the ref’s decision.”

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Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over IBF #3 Carlos Takam (35-4-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night in…
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Whyte beats Helenius in snoozer

WBC #3, IBF #6, WBO #6, WBA #8 heavyweight Dillian Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs) outpointed IBF #9 Robert Helenius (25-2, 16 KOs) over twelve mostly uneventful rounds at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Helenius landed some hard shots in round two. Whyte pretty much took over after that. Helenius was gassed and seemed to be hampered a hand injury, but Whyte was unable to take advantage. In the end, Whyte won 119-109, 119-109 and 118-111 to claim the WBC silver title.

WBC #3, IBF #6, WBO #6, WBA #8 heavyweight Dillian Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs) outpointed IBF #9 Robert Helenius (25-2, 16 KOs) over twelve mostly uneventful rounds at Principality Stadium…
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Yafai retains WBA superfly belt

WBA super flyweight champion Khalid Yafai (23-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title with a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sho Ishida (24-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Scores were 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112.

Former Olympian star Katie Taylor (7-0, 4 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Anahi Sanchez (17-3, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Female lightweight title. Taylor dropped Sanchez in round two, but had to go the full ten to secure a 99-90 win on all three cards. Only Taylor was eligible to win the belt as Sanchez failed to make weight.

British light heavyweight beltholder Frank Buglioni (21-2-1, 15 KOs) outscored previously unbeaten Craig Richards (10-1, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds by scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 116-113.

Other Results:
Joshua Buatsi W6 Saidou Sall (light heavyweight)
Lawrence Okolie KO3 Adam Williams (cruiserweight)

WBA super flyweight champion Khalid Yafai (23-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title with a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sho Ishida (24-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday…
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Hitz Boxing Results from Chicago

By Craig Wick at ringside

A helluva Friday night broke out in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village, as Hitz Boxing, in association with Natex Boxing Promotions, delivered a solid, six-bout card at the Belvedere Event Center. In short, fans saw two highly regarded European amateur stars impress in their professional debuts, a previously unbeaten local fighter pole-axed, an impressive young fighter to keep an eye on, and two Chicago fighters eking out wins on the backs of what some felt was generous judging. Throw in the return of the sassiest ring card girl the area has to offer and most folks were in a pretty good mood upon filing out into the late-night, Chicago cold. Continue reading “Hitz Boxing Results from Chicago”

By Craig Wick at ringside A helluva Friday night broke out in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village, as Hitz Boxing, in association with Natex Boxing Promotions, delivered a…
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Joshua a 40:1 favorite to retain titles

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is a whopping -4000 favorite to defend his world title against Carlos Takam +2000 when they collide tonight in front of 78,000 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua tipped the scales at a career-high 254 pounds and is coming off a sensational fight-of-the-year knockout over Wladimir Klitschko in April.

“I’ve been doing a lot more running. Maybe I’m starting to fill out as I get older and I’m starting to find my natural weight,” Joshua said. “Who knows what it is? I definitely feel a lot fitter than I have in previous fights.”

All of Joshua’s 19 wins have come by knockout and oddsmakers expect this one to be no different with an over/under set at just 4.5 rounds. Continue reading “Joshua a 40:1 favorite to retain titles”

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is a whopping -4000 favorite to defend his world title against Carlos Takam +2000 when they collide tonight in front…
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Knockout Night in Haiti

By Héctor Villarreal

Haitian lightweight Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre (29-1, 18 KOs) moved closer to a championship chance by defending his WBA Fedelatin title for the fourth time. Pierre, ranked #2 by the World Boxing Association stopped Mexican challenger Jesus Laguna (21-11-2, 18 KOs) at 2:11 on the fifth round in the main event of the Gala des Champions III card promoted by Jacques Deschamps Fils’ Boxe Internationale on Thursday night at a crowded Karibe Convention Center of Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Another local WBA Fedelatin titlist, superwelter “Silky” Wilky Campfort (24-3, 12 KOs) kept his belt by knocking out Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada (33-5-1, 33 KOs) with a body punch on the fourth round. Continue reading “Knockout Night in Haiti”

By Héctor Villarreal Haitian lightweight Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre (29-1, 18 KOs) moved closer to a championship chance by defending his WBA Fedelatin title for the fourth time.…
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Mokwana wins on a majority decision

By Ron Jackson

Thompson Mokwana retained the South African lightweight title on a debatable majority 12 round points decision over Prince Dlomo at the Ngoko Ramathlodi Sport Centre in Polokwane on Friday night. Judges Neville Hotz and Christina Mudau scored it 116-113 and 116-112 for Mokwana and judge Samuel Mashile had it 114-114. Continue reading “Mokwana wins on a majority decision”

By Ron Jackson Thompson Mokwana retained the South African lightweight title on a debatable majority 12 round points decision over Prince Dlomo at the Ngoko Ramathlodi Sport Centre in Polokwane…
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