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Kambosos edges Hughes, Keyshawn wins

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Former undisputed lightweight king George Kambosos Jr. (21-2, 10 KOs) returned with a twelve round majority decision over Maxi Hughes (29-4-1, 26 KOs) on Saturday night in an IBF world title eliminator at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Ugly fight that never got untracked. Scores were 114-114, 117-111, 115-113. Kambosos was a 4:1 favorite.

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In the co-feature, Olympic silver medalist and lightweight Keyshawn Davis (9-0, 6 KOs) dominated former European champion Francesco Patera (28-4, 10 KOs) over ten rounds. Davis dropped Patera in round eight en route to a 100-89, 100-89, 99-90 unanimous decision.

Unbeaten welterweight Giovani Santillan (31-0, 16 KOs) got all he could handle with Erick Bone (27-7, 14 KOs) but got away with a ten round unanimous decision. Judges scored it 97-92, 98-92, 97-93 for Santillan in a close bout that could have gone either way.

Oklahoma heavyweight Jeremiah “Dreamland” Milton (10-0, 7 KOs) was victorious when overmatched 296lb Willie “Lump Lump” Harvey (4-3-2, 3 KOs) when Harvey couldn’t continue after round four.

Kiwi heavyweight Hemi Ahio (22-1, 17 KOs) got a referees’ stoppage in round six against 300lb Amron Sands (12-3, 9 KOs). A barrage of punches ended it at 2:12.

Aussie heavyweight Joseph Goodall (10-1-1, 8 KOs) upset Stephan “Big Shot” Shaw (18-1, 13 KOs) with a TKO win in round six. Goodall dropped Shaw twice in round six and after more punishment Shaw’s corner asked for the bout to be stopped. Time was 2:55. Shaw, who was a 7:1 favorite, dropped his second straight after winning his first 18 fights. Goodall’s only loss was to Justis Huni.

U.S. Olympian middleweight Troy Isley (9-0, 4 KOs) ground out a 79-73 3x unanimous decision against Antonio Todd (14-8, 8 KOs) over eight rounds.

Former undisputed lightweight king George Kambosos Jr. (21-2, 10 KOs) returned with a twelve round majority decision over Maxi Hughes (29-4-1, 26 KOs) on Saturday night in an IBF world…
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Sosa KOs Jazza Dickens

Featherweight Hector Andres Sosa (16-2, 9 KOs) scored a brutal tenth round KO against two-time world itle challenger Jazza Dickens (32-5, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Dubai Studio City in Dubai, UAE. Sosa connected with huge right that laid Dickens out cold. Sosa claimed Dickens’ IBO title.

This is the second consecutive night that an unheralded opponent has derailed a UK fan favorite. Last night it was super bantamweight Erik Robles shocking previously unbeaten Lee McGregor. Today it was Sosa breaking British hearts.

Featherweight Hector Andres Sosa (16-2, 9 KOs) scored a brutal tenth round KO against two-time world itle challenger Jazza Dickens (32-5, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Dubai Studio City…
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One Last Time: End of an Era

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

In an emotional atmosphere on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, Thompson Boxing, which recently lost their President Ken Thompson, presented their final boxing event after 23 great years in the fight game.

In the main event, welterweight prospect, Louie Lopez (14-2-1, 5 KOs) from Corona, California scored a third-round knockout over Benjamin Lamptey (13-12-9, 2 KOs) of Accra, Ghana. Lopez came out aggressive in the opening round, attacking the body and backing Lamptey as he shelled up. Continuing to rip to the body in round two, Lopez pounded away as Lamptey was limited with his offense. Lopez dropped Lamptey twice to start the third round with a series of body shots and referee Ray Corona reached a ten count and final bell for Thompson Boxing at 1:22 of the third. Continue reading “One Last Time: End of an Era”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside In an emotional atmosphere on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, Thompson Boxing, which recently lost their President Ken Thompson, presented their…
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Robles upsets McGregor

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Super bantamweight Erik Robles (14-1, 9 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten hometown hero Lee McGregor (12-1-1, 9 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. After twelve exciting back-and-forth rounds, judges had it 116-113, 115-113 and 115-113 for Robles who, claimed the vacant IBO belt..

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Super bantamweight Erik Robles (14-1, 9 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten hometown hero Lee McGregor (12-1-1, 9 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Meadowbank Sports Centre…
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Perez dominates Mendoza in Albuquerque

By David Finger at ringside

Hammerperez3Undefeated New Mexican Abraham “Hammer” Perez made a statement in Albuquerque on Saturday night when he dominated the normally durable journeyman Gilberto Mendoza en route to an eight round TKO victory. Mendoza was a last minute replacement but was still seen as a gritty and tough foe who had gone the distance with some of the hardest punchers in the flyweight division. Perez, for all of his talent, was not regarded as a puncher per se, but against Mendoza he proved once again that speed kills. Continue reading “Perez dominates Mendoza in Albuquerque”

By David Finger at ringside Undefeated New Mexican Abraham “Hammer” Perez made a statement in Albuquerque on Saturday night when he dominated the normally durable journeyman Gilberto Mendoza en route…
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Vogel-Alistratov ends in draw

Unbeaten super welterweights Julian Vogel (11-0-1, 7 KOs) and Mykyta Alistratov (8-0-2, 4 KOs) battled to an eight round draw in their clash for the WBO Junior 154lb title on Saturday night at the SES-Gym in Magdeburg, Germany. Scores were 77-75 for Vogel, 77-76 for Alistratov, and 76-76.

Cruiserweight Roman Fress (18-1, 11 KOs) needed just 75 seconds to annihilate previously unbeaten Edwin Mosquera (10-1-2, 6 KOs) in the first round of the co-feature. A hard left to the head finished Mosquera.

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Christian Demaj W6 Ilja Mezencev (heavyweight)
Eda Essaoudi D6 Eva Hubmayer (featherweight)

Unbeaten super welterweights Julian Vogel (11-0-1, 7 KOs) and Mykyta Alistratov (8-0-2, 4 KOs) battled to an eight round draw in their clash for the WBO Junior 154lb title on…
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Martin edges Harutyunyan in WBC eliminator

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In a WBC lightweight eliminator, undefeated WBC #6 Frank “The Ghost” Martin (18-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBC #8 Olympic bronze medalist Artem Harutyunyan (12-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night from the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Many rounds were close. Martin had a big edge in round six, then closed the bout strong forcing Harutyunyan to take a knee in round twelve. Scores were 114-113, 115-112, 115-112.

IBF #13 super lightweight Elvis Rodriguez (15-1-1, 13 KOs) broke down and stopped former world champion Viktor Postol (31-5, 12 KOs) in round seven. Rodriguez dropped Postal at the end of round six and opened the seventh with a brutal assault that rocked Postol promoting a referee’s stoppage. Time was :23.

6’2 welterweight prospect Freudis Rojas (11-0, 11 KOs) stopped Diego Sanchez (19-3, 16 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled 10-rounder. Rojas was in command all the way before Sanchez’ corner requested a stoppage from referee Tony Weeks. Time was :58.

In a WBC lightweight eliminator, undefeated WBC #6 Frank “The Ghost” Martin (18-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBC #8 Olympic bronze medalist Artem…
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Picasso stops Ngebinyana in WBC eliminator

In a WBC super bantamweight eliminator, unbeaten WBC #3 Alan David Picasso (25-0-1, 13 KOs) impressively stopped Sabelo Ngebinyana (15-6-1, 11 KOs) in round six on Saturday night at the Restaurant Arroyo in Mexico City. Ngebinyana’s corner threw in the towel to save their fighter from further punishment. Time was 1:24.

In a WBC super bantamweight eliminator, unbeaten WBC #3 Alan David Picasso (25-0-1, 13 KOs) impressively stopped Sabelo Ngebinyana (15-6-1, 11 KOs) in round six on Saturday night at the…
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Baumgardner. Cruz, Franklin victorious

Undisputed female super featherweight champion Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner (15-1, 7 KOs) avenged her lone defeat with a ten round unanimous decision over Christina Linardatou (14-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan. Baumgardner, 29, outworked the 35-year-old Linardatou, who recently had a baby. Scores were 99-91, 98-92, 98-92.

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Olympic gold medalist Andy Cruz won his professional debut at lightweight against two-time world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (35-8-3 21 KOs) to claim the IBF International belt. Cruz punished Burgos the whole way en route to a 100-90, 100-90, 98-92 unanimous verdict. The iron-jawed Burgos has never been stopped.
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Heavyweight Jermaine Franklin (22-2, 14 KOs), coming off fights against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in the UK, dominated previously unbeaten Issac Munoz (17-1-1, 14 KOs), but was forced to go the full ten rounds. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.
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Featherweight Ja’Rico O’Quinn (16-1-1, 8 KOs) edged Carlos Mujica (8-3, 2 KOs) over ten rounds in a competitive fight. Scores were 97-93, 96-94 on two cards. The third judge had local favorite O’Quinn up 100-90.

Undisputed female super featherweight champion Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner (15-1, 7 KOs) avenged her lone defeat with a ten round unanimous decision over Christina Linardatou (14-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday…
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WBO #2 Kelly defeats WBO #9 Corzo

WBO #2, IBF #7, WBC #11 super welterweight Josh Kelly (14-1-1, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBO #9 Gabriel Corzo (18-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle, England. 2016 Olympian Kelly pressed the action while Corza tried to jab and move. The harder punches were landed by Kelly, who won by scores of 117-110, 120-107, 120-107. Kelly retains his WBO international belt.

WBO #2, IBF #7, WBC #11 super welterweight Josh Kelly (14-1-1, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBO #9 Gabriel Corzo (18-1, 3 KOs)…
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Wallace destroys Sheehan in one

WBA #11, IBF #14 light heavyweight Conor Wallace (11-1, 8 KOs) knocked out Mat “The Machine” Sheehan (10-2, 7 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Wallace dropped Sheehan with a left hand. Sheehan beat the count, but Wallace pounced immediately and blasted him to the canvas again to end it. Time was 2:10. The WBA Oceania, IBF Pan Pacific, and WBC Australasia titles were on the line.

WBA #11, IBF #14 light heavyweight Conor Wallace (11-1, 8 KOs) knocked out Mat “The Machine” Sheehan (10-2, 7 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Fortitude…
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Kuwahara ices Wulan, keeps OPBF 112lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBC #9 Japanese speedster Taku Kuwahara (13-1, 8 KOs), 112, impressively scored a successful first defense when he beautifully sank WBA #11 ex-world title challenger Wulan Tuolehazi (15-5-2, 7 KOs), 112, from China, with a single body shot for the count at 2:10 of the fourth round in a scheduled twelve rounder on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Having wrested the regional belt from Filipino Giemel Magramo this March, Kuwahara, fast on hand and foot, mixed it up on very close terms in the first three rounds. The fourth, however, witnessed a countering left hook to the side of the belly drop the Chinese challenger, who couldn’t beat the count in agony.

Kuwahara, formerly an amateur university boxer whose mark was 50-18, 10 stoppages, once failed to win the national belt via tenth round TKO by Seigo Yuri Akui in 2021, but kept winning five straight since his sole pro defeat. Continue reading “Kuwahara ices Wulan, keeps OPBF 112lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBC #9 Japanese speedster Taku Kuwahara (13-1, 8 KOs), 112, impressively scored a successful first defense when he beautifully sank WBA #11 ex-world…
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WBO#8 Sasaki halts Hoshi, keeps WBO ap 147lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Fast-rising Japanese sensation, WBA#11, WBO#8 Jin Sasaki (16-1-1, 15 KOs), 146.5, kept his WBO Asis Pacific welterweight belt by battering compatriot Hiroto Hoshi (5-3-3, 3 KOs), 147, into submission at 1:44 of the eleventh round on Saturday in Hachioji, Japan. Sasaki, a young tiger at 21, had dethroned Ryota Toyoshima by an upset stoppage, and impressively flattened world rated Keita Obara in his initial defense. Though an early knockout win was expected, Jin took time to halt Hoshi due to his tremendous durability. Finally Sasaki caught up with him with a flurry of punches that prompted the referee’s well-received intervention. Continue reading “WBO#8 Sasaki halts Hoshi, keeps WBO ap 147lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Fast-rising Japanese sensation, WBA#11, WBO#8 Jin Sasaki (16-1-1, 15 KOs), 146.5, kept his WBO Asis Pacific welterweight belt by battering compatriot Hiroto Hoshi…
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Takada barely keeps Japanese 105lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Newly crowned Japanese minimumweight champ Yuni Takada (12-8-3, 6 KOs), 105, came off the canvas in round six and fought hard to retain his national 105-pound belt by a unanimous decision (97-92 twice, 96-93) over Tatsuro Nakashima (11-5-1, 7 KOs), 105, over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Hachioji, Japan. Having acquired the vacant national belt, Takada, handled by former world challenger Tetsuo “Lion” Furuyama, controlled the bout almost all the way except in round six when the champ hit the deck with a vicious right counter to have a narrow escape. Continue reading “Takada barely keeps Japanese 105lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Newly crowned Japanese minimumweight champ Yuni Takada (12-8-3, 6 KOs), 105, came off the canvas in round six and fought hard to retain…
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Ennis KOs Villa in ten, remains unbeaten

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Undefeated IBF interim welterweight champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis (31-0, 28 KOs) scored a spectacular knockout against rugged IBF #2 contender Roiman “Flaco de Oro” Villa (26-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ennis said Villa was tailor-made for him and he was pretty much correct. Ennis rocked Villa in round six and then dished out punishment in every round until he knocked out Villa with a barrage of punches in round ten. Time was 1:27. Villa was game and tough as they come, but Ennis was simply on another level.

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“I want the winner of Errol Spence and Terence Crawford,” said Ennis. “Let’s make it happen. I’ll take on Eimantas Stanionis in a heartbeat. I want to get into the ring one more time before the end of the year to make it three fights. Stanionis, Keith Thurman, Yordenis Ugas, all the top guys out there. Let’s make these fights happen.” Continue reading “Ennis KOs Villa in ten, remains unbeaten”

Undefeated IBF interim welterweight champion Jaron “Boots” Ennis (31-0, 28 KOs) scored a spectacular knockout against rugged IBF #2 contender Roiman “Flaco de Oro” Villa (26-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday…
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Nery annihilates Saludar in two

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Former world champion and current WBC #2 super bantamweight Luis Nery (35-1, 27 KOs) destroyed former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (33-7-1, 23 KOs) in round two on Saturday night at the Recinto Ferial Metepec in Metepec, Mexico (90 minutes west of Mexico City). Nery dropped Saludar three times in round two to end it.

Note:Zanfer Promotions announced yesterday that both fighters weighed in at 53.5 kilos (118 pounds), however before the fight it was announced that they both weighed 123.

Former world champion and current WBC #2 super bantamweight Luis Nery (35-1, 27 KOs) destroyed former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (33-7-1, 23 KOs) in round two on Saturday night…
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Schofield remains unbeaten

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Unbeaten lightweight Floyd “Kid Austin” Schofield (15-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Haskell “Hackman” Rhodes (28-5-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Schofield dropped Rhodes twice in round seven and once in round eight. In round nine, Schofield suffered a ghastly cut under his left eye, but he finished the fight. Scores were 100-87 3x. Schofield-Rhodes was moved into the main event after the original headliner, Stanionis-Ortiz Jr., fell out just days before fight night.

“It’s boxing, you’re supposed to face adversity inside the ring,” said Floyd Schofield. “I didn’t feel anything when I got the cut, I told the referee, please don’t stop this fight. Rhodes can take a hell of a punch, and I am glad that he’s going back to his family.”

Former world champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz (33-4-1, 15 KOs) scored a spirited ten round unanimous decision over Jerry Perez (14-3-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 98-92. The bout was shifted from lightweight to welterweight after Diaz weighed in six pounds heavy. Continue reading “Schofield remains unbeaten”

Unbeaten lightweight Floyd “Kid Austin” Schofield (15-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Haskell “Hackman” Rhodes (28-5-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the AT&T Center in…
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All Shook Up: Marquis upsets Yoelvis

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Middleweight “Marvelous” Marquis Taylor (15-1-2, 1 KO) shocked previously unbeaten 6:1 favorite Yoelvis Gómez (6-1, 5 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision on Saturday night in the Ennis-Villa co-feature on Saturday night at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The awkward Marquis dropped Yoelvis in round two and frustrated him all night. Scores were 96-93, 96-93, 99-90.

“We’re fighting at 154 and 160 to keep the window of opportunity as wide as possible,” said Taylor. “Right now we’re calling myself a two-weight division fighter. I’d fight Tim Tszyu because he’s not getting that Jermell Charlo fight. I would like to fight him or anyone in the top five or top 10. It’s time for me to fight the best.”

Meanwhile, it was Heartbreak Hotel for the highly regarded Yoelvis. “I’m frustrated,” he said. “The ref kept getting in the way and wouldn’t let me work in the range I wanted, which was short distance and making Taylor feel me. This is professional boxing, it’s not too much to ask for him to let me go do my job. I’m gonna keep working hard and come back even better. You can count on that.” Continue reading “All Shook Up: Marquis upsets Yoelvis”

Middleweight “Marvelous” Marquis Taylor (15-1-2, 1 KO) shocked previously unbeaten 6:1 favorite Yoelvis Gómez (6-1, 5 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision on Saturday night in the Ennis-Villa co-feature on…
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Pacheco, Hernandez beat down foes

WBO #3 super middleweight Diego Pacheco (19-0, 16 KOs) won by impressive fourth round TKO over Manuel Gallegos (19-2-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at Cintermex in Monterrey, Mexico. Great fight between two big punchers. Pacheco finally dropped Gallegos in round four and got a referee’s stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:45. Pacheco, 22, continues to show improvement each time out.

“I’m just that guy,” said Pacheco. “I’m getting better, wiser, stronger. The opposition is getting better, but that’s just raising the level of my performance and you are going to keep seeing that.”

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WBC #1 super featherweight Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez (34-1, 31 KOs) scored a spectacular third round knockout over late sub Hector Garcia (20-8-4, 13 KOs). Both came out in round one slinging bombs. Rocky staggered Garcia at the end of round two and finished him with a brutal barrage in round three. The ref stepped in just as Garcia was going down 25 seconds into the round.

“It’s a great victory for me,” said Hernandez. “I’m number one in the WBC and it brings me closer to the fight that I want, O’Shaquie Foster.”

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In an exciting clash between former world title challengers, WBO #13 super flyweight Jonathan Rodriguez (24-2-1, 16 KOs) and WBC #11 Israel Gonzalez (28-5-2, 11 KOs) battled to a ten round draw. Good fight with back and forth action and both fighters having their moments. Scores were 96-94 Gonzalez, 96-94 Rodriguez, 95-95.

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WBO #3 super middleweight Diego Pacheco (19-0, 16 KOs) won by impressive fourth round TKO over Manuel Gallegos (19-2-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at Cintermex in Monterrey, Mexico. Great…
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Nontshinga retains IBF light flyweight title

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Sivenathi Nontshinga (12-0, 9 KOs) retained his IBF light flyweight title for the first time when he outpointed mandatory challenger Reggie Suganob (13-1, 4 KOs) from the Philippines over 12 rounds on Sunday at the International Convention Centre in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Two judges scored it 116-111 and the third judge had it 117-110.

Nontshinga (48,80kg) made a sensational start as he came out fast in the first round to take to fight to Suganob (48.75kg) and just before the bell sent the Filipino down in the center of the ring with right hand to the side of the jaw for a count from referee Deon Dwarte who once again did a fine job of controlling the fight.

However, this is where the excitement ended as the 25-year-old Suganob spent the rest of the fight pushing forward as he tried to score against the elusive Nontshinga, 25, who literally got on his bicycle as he backed up around the ring to score with counterpunches.

This was the pattern of the fight which never rose to any heights with the South African in control even though he spent most of the fight on the retreat, scoring with the cleaner punches. Continue reading “Nontshinga retains IBF light flyweight title”

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Sivenathi Nontshinga (12-0, 9 KOs) retained his IBF light flyweight title for the first time when he outpointed mandatory challenger Reggie Suganob (13-1, 4 KOs)…
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Nakagawa beats Shiraishi, keeps WBO AP 115lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

In the main event of a regional title twinbill, 37-year-old southpaw Japanese Kenta Nakagawa (24-4-1, 12 KOs), 115, kept his WBO Asia Pacific super flyweight belt by completely outmaneuvered previously unbeaten compatriot Joe Shiraishi (11-1-1, 6 KOs), 114.75, to earn a unanimous nod (117-111, 116-112, 115-113) over twelve speedy rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Moving to-and-fro all the way, the lefty champ Nakagawa confused the willing mixer with well-timed counters and lateral movement, and what Shiraishi constantly caught was only air or ghost. Bleeding from a gash on the skull after an accidental butt in round three, the challenger, eleven years his junior at 26, kept stalking the shifty champ no matter how many times he missed the target. With the champ’s fatigue in the championship rounds, Joe went forward to win points in the final two sessions. That wasn’t enough to overcome his early deficits on points. Continue reading “Nakagawa beats Shiraishi, keeps WBO AP 115lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda In the main event of a regional title twinbill, 37-year-old southpaw Japanese Kenta Nakagawa (24-4-1, 12 KOs), 115, kept his WBO Asia Pacific…
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Iimura wins Japanese 112lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Good footworker Jukiya Iimura (4-1, 1 KO), 111.75, dethroned previously unbeaten Japanese flyweight champion Josuke Nagata (5-1, no KO), 112, by a hairline majority decision (96-94 twice, 95-95) over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. They were formerly amateur rivals with Iimura (amateur mark 63-13) scoring a 3-1 log over Nagata (38-20) in four contests. They each turned professional in 2021, and Nagata upset formerly world rated Ryota Yamauchi (who failed to win the WBO 112-pound belt from Junto Nakatani on an eighth round stoppage last year) to acquire the vacant national belt this April. In his initial defense he thus forfeited his title to his amateur grudge rival, as Iimura convincingly took the initiative in the first half despite the champ Nagata’s last surge. Iimura displayed good skills to cope with the southpaw champ, connecting with good shots upstairs and downstairs and utilizing a lateral mobility. This reporter, however, has a complex feeling on them fighting in quest of the prestigious national belt only with each five pro bouts. Continue reading “Iimura wins Japanese 112lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Good footworker Jukiya Iimura (4-1, 1 KO), 111.75, dethroned previously unbeaten Japanese flyweight champion Josuke Nagata (5-1, no KO), 112, by a hairline…
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Anderson defeats Martin, remains unbeaten

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By Brad Snyder at ringside

Unbeaten WBO #7, WBA #8, WBC #9 heavyweight Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (15-0, 14 KOs) went the distance for the first time against former IBF heavyweight champion “Prince” Charles Martin (29-4-1, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Anderson applied pressure from the get-go. Martin, who took the bout on twelve days notice, stayed on his backfoot trying to counter. Anderson dropped Martin at the end of round three with a right hand. Martin began to stand his ground in round five and had a huge round with numerous clean connects. Anderson outworked Martin behind his jab after that. The bout went the full ten with Anderson prevailing by unanimous decision. Scores were 98-91, 99-90, 99-90.

By Brad Snyder at ringside Unbeaten WBO #7, WBA #8, WBC #9 heavyweight Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (15-0, 14 KOs) went the distance for the first time against…
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Makhmudov crushes Akpejiori in two

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By Brad Snyder at ringside

Unbeaten WBC #5, WBA #5 heavyweight Arslanbek “The Lion” Makhmudov (17-0, 16 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten 6’8 Raphael Akpejiori (15-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Makhmudov dropped Akpejiori twice in round one and the bout was halted after a third knockdown in round two. Time was 1:43. Makhmudov retained his NABF title.

By Brad Snyder at ringside Unbeaten WBC #5, WBA #5 heavyweight Arslanbek “The Lion” Makhmudov (17-0, 16 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten 6’8 Raphael Akpejiori (15-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night…
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Undercard Results from Toledo, Ohio

By Brad Snyder at ringside

In a lightweight special feature, 19-year-old southpaw Abdullah Mason (9-0, 8 KOs) impressively knocked out Alex de Oliveira (20-5, 14 KOs) in the second round. Time was 2:18.

Unbeaten junior wlterweight Tiger Johnson (9-0, 5 KOs) defeated Jonathan Montrel (15-2, 10 KOs) by UD (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) over eight rounds.

Dante Benjamin Jr. (7-0, 5 KOs) exploded out of the gate to score a knockdown, then get a stoppage right after his opponent, Mirady Zola got up.  The light heavyweight contest ended with the TKO at the 1:56 mark of the first round.  The loss drops Zola to (4-3, 1 KO).

Super middleweight DeAndre Ware (16-4-2, 9 KOs) won by six round unanimous decision (58-56, 59-55, 59-55) over Decarlo Perez (19-9-1, 6 KOs).

Rance Ward touched leather to the face of fellow junior middleweight Husam Al Mashhadi, often, over six rounds. Ward appeared fresh and was able to walk Mashhadi down during the six rounds to take the majority decision (57-57, 58-56, 59-55) victory and improve to (8-5-1, 2 KOs). Meanwhile, it’s back to the drawing board for Mashhadi (6-1, 6 KOs), who suffered his first loss.

Junior Middleweight Nicklaus Flaz (11-2, 7 KOs) won a close fight by majority decision (76-76, 78-74, 77-75) over previously unbeaten Jahi Tucker (10-1, 5 KOs). The fight, which went all eight rounds, had moments where both fighters showed some ability to throw combinations.

Junior Lightweight Tyler McCreary (18-2-1, 8KOs) got the hometown crowd excited by landing strong left hooks to the body, left hooks to the head, and a strong right cross to his opponent, Deivi Julio (26-14, 16 KOs). Julio, who fought hard, did not have enough to sway the judges. The judges all saw the fight in favor of McCreary (59-54, 57-56, 57-56).

By Brad Snyder at ringside In a lightweight special feature, 19-year-old southpaw Abdullah Mason (9-0, 8 KOs) impressively knocked out Alex de Oliveira (20-5, 14 KOs) in the second round.…
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