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Broner: This win makes me an icon

Former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner traveled to Los Angeles from his current training camp in Las Vegas to talk to media along with his trainer Kevin Cunningham at Ten Goose Boxing Gym, after spending most of training in West Palm Beach, Florida. Broner challenges WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on PPV January 19 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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“This is my first PPV but I was always supposed to be here. God doesn’t make mistakes. After this victory, I will be taking over the sport of boxing. This is just the beginning….this win makes me an icon. It makes me what I always wanted to be, and what everybody always thought I would be. A win here and I’m a legend overnight…I’m already a star in boxing, but a win here and I’m taking over the sport. This is just the beginning. Continue reading “Broner: This win makes me an icon”

Former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner traveled to Los Angeles from his current training camp in Las Vegas to talk to media along with his trainer Kevin Cunningham…
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Manny Pacquiao Media Workout

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Future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao looked fast and strong in a media workout on Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. “At the age of 40, it’s hard to think about future fights,” said Pacman when asked about a rematch with Floyd Mayweather. “Just one at a time.”
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Pacquiao defends his WBA welterweight world title against Adrien “The Problem” Broner on January 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Broner was also supposed to be working out at the Wild Card, but at the last minute it was decided that Broner would not be coming to Manny’s gym and instead would work out at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys.

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Photos: Chris Farina/ChrisFarina.com Future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao looked fast and strong in a media workout on Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. “At the age…
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Valdez, Lopez impress in workout

By Jeff Zimmerman

WBO featherweight champion world champion Oscar Valdez and undefeated lightweight Teofimo Lopez worked out for fans and media Wednesday to promote the Super Saturday quadrupleheader which will take place February 2 at Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas. Valdez vs. Carmine Tommasone will headline the ESPN/ESPN Deportes world championship doubleheader that also features the IBF lightweight world title fight between Richard Commey and Isa Chaniev.

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The action will then turn to ESPN+ as Lopez versus Diego Magdaleno will serve as the co-feature to the rematch between WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and former division kingpin Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Continue reading “Valdez, Lopez impress in workout”

By Jeff Zimmerman WBO featherweight champion world champion Oscar Valdez and undefeated lightweight Teofimo Lopez worked out for fans and media Wednesday to promote the Super Saturday quadrupleheader which will…
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WBC announces new weight rules

The WBC has announced a new weight management program for 2019.

The program is as follows:

1. The promoter must require each boxer and their management to submit to the WBC the precise weight that he/she has at the time of signing a bout.

2. The WBC will continue with the 30 and 7-day weigh-in but has also instituted a 14-day weight check and the percentages have been modified as follows: 30-day weigh-in 10%, 14-day weigh-in 5%, 7-day weigh-in 3% Continue reading “WBC announces new weight rules”

The WBC has announced a new weight management program for 2019. The program is as follows: 1. The promoter must require each boxer and their management to submit to the…
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Rigondeaux on Uzcategui-Plant undercard

Former world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs) will return to action against Mexico’s Giovanni Delgado (16-8, 9 KOs) in an eight-round match on Sunday, January 13 from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Rigondeaux will look to rebound from his defeat to Vasiliy Lomachenko last December. IBF super middleweight world champion Jose Uzcategui takes on unbeaten Caleb Plant in the main event.

Also announced on the card are 2016 Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado (7-0, 7 KOs) in an eight round super lightweight fight and light heavyweight power-puncher Ahmed Elbiali (17-1, 14 KOs) against Allan Green (33-5, 22 KOs).

Former world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs) will return to action against Mexico’s Giovanni Delgado (16-8, 9 KOs) in an eight-round match on Sunday, January 13 from the Microsoft…
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Pacquiao aiming to knock out Broner

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is planning to put some hurt on Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), when they collide on Saturday, January 19, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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“I am not making a prediction but my goal is to knock out Broner,” said Manny on Monday as he was wrapping his hands before starting a rigorous workout, which included 12 rounds of hitting the mitts the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. “I am looking for a knockout against Broner. I have to maximize the opportunity. I forgot how much fun winning a fight by knockout was until I stopped Lucas Matthyssee last summer to win the WBA welterweight title. It felt great to win that way and the fans loved it too, so why not try for it again? I have nothing personal against Adrien Broner. This fight is strictly business. He is fun. He makes me laugh. He knows how to sell himself and to sell a fight.” Continue reading “Pacquiao aiming to knock out Broner”

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is planning to put some hurt on Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), when they collide on Saturday, January 19, at the MGM…
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Mayweather destroys Nasukawa in one

Former world champion and future Hall of Famer Floyd “Money” Mayweather easily demolished kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of a boxing exhibition on Monday night at the Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan. Smiling the whole way, 41-year-old Floyd dropped 20-year-old Nasukawa three times before the one-sided slaughter was halted. The result will not go on either fighters’ official boxing or MMA records.

Former world champion and future Hall of Famer Floyd “Money” Mayweather easily demolished kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of a boxing exhibition on Monday night at the…
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Nietes edges Ioka; wins fourth world belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In an encounter of three-class ex-champions, Filipino veteran Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23 KOs), 115, was awarded a split verdict over Japanese speedster Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13 KOs), 114.5, to acquire the vacant WBO junior bantamweight belt on New Year’s Eve at the Wynn Place Kotai, Macao, China. The hairline tallies were as follows: Patricia Morse Jarman (US) 116-112, Levi Martinez (US) 118-110, both for Nietes, and Samuel Nieto Gonzalez (Panama) 116-112 for Ioka. The third man was Robert Byrd (US).
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Ioka, an artful dodger, made best use of his faster side-to-side footwork to avert Nietes’ punches, but he should have thrown and hit more punches to the Filipino rival. It was Ioka that kept jabbing and moving away from Nieto’s retaliations. Continue reading “Nietes edges Ioka; wins fourth world belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada In an encounter of three-class ex-champions, Filipino veteran Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23 KOs), 115, was awarded a split verdict over Japanese speedster Kazuto Ioka…
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Mthalane keeps IBF 112lb belt by stopping Sakamoto

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Ring-crafty and physically stronger South African, 36-year-old Morti Mthalane (37-2, 25 KOs), 111.5, retained his IBF flyweight belt as he continually battered game Japanese Masahiro Sakamoto (13-2, 9 Kos), 111.5, in furious exchanges of punches, and finally retired him with the doctor’s advice to the referee because of his closed right optic at the end of the tenth round on Monday at the Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao in China.
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The veteran champ, who made his first defense, was leading on points—100-90, 99-91 and 98-92. The referee was Ignatius Missailidis (Australia).

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Ring-crafty and physically stronger South African, 36-year-old Morti Mthalane (37-2, 25 KOs), 111.5, retained his IBF flyweight belt as he continually battered game Japanese…
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Kyoguchi halts Budler; wins WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten former IBF 105-pound champ, Japanese puncher Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9 Kos), 107.75, captured his second world belt as he kept whipping WBA 108-pound titlist Hekkie Budler (32-4, 10 Kos), 106.75, with effective left uppercuts to the face and the side of the belly, weakened him round after round, and was awarded a TKO victory after the tenth round when Budler, 30, gave up going on because of his accumulation of punishment on Monday in Macao, China.
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The new champ Hiroto, 25, was ahead on points at Hekkie’s abrupt surrender—Reina Urbaez (Venezuela) 98-92, Derek Milham (Australia) 96-94, Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 97-93, all in favor of the Japanese pressure fighter with his tight guard. The referee was Mark Cal-oy (US).

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten former IBF 105-pound champ, Japanese puncher Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9 Kos), 107.75, captured his second world belt as he kept whipping WBA 108-pound…
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Ito halts Chuprakov; keeps WBO 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBO junior lightweight champ Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs), 130, successfully made his initial defense when he battered #1 ranked Russian Evgeny Chuprakov (20-1, 10 Kos), 129.25, so furiously that his cornerman tossed in the towel for surrender at 2:11 of the seventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Ito took the initiative from the outset, had Evgeny hurt with faster combinations and finally caught up with him in the fatal session. Laurence Cole (US) was the referee.

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By Joe Koizumi WBO junior lightweight champ Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs), 130, successfully made his initial defense when he battered #1 ranked Russian Evgeny Chuprakov (20-1, 10 Kos), 129.25,…
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Takuma Inoue wins WBC interim 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten brother of “the Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3 KOs), 118, successfully followed his footstep as he acquired the vacant WBC interim bantamweight belt by winning a unanimous decision over Petch CP Freshmart (AKA Tasana Salapat (48-1, 33 KOs), 118, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. All the judges agreed with a 117-111 tally in favor of Takuma.

But it wasn’t an easy fight at all since Petch, a taller southpaw, was an aggressor stalking the fast-handed Takuma, who often countered him with precision. After the eighth, the open scoring system showed Takuma leading on points—77-75, 78-74, 79-73. Petch, in round twelve, had Takuma at bay with a flurry of punches, pinning him to the ropes, but Takuma desperately fought back hard to survive the final crisis. The third man was Frank Garza (US).

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten brother of “the Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3 KOs), 118, successfully followed his footstep as he acquired the vacant WBC interim bantamweight belt by winning…
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Ken Shiro defeats Juarez; keeps WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten footworker Ken Shiro (15-0, 8 Kos), 107.5, kept his WBC light-flyweight belt as he kept moving all night to avert the retaliation of Mexican Saul Juarez (24-9-2, 13 Kos), 108, and pounded out a lopsided decision over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Steve Morrow (US) 120-108, Perla Rodriguez (US) and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) both 119-109, all for the baby-faced champ who registered his fifth defense. The referee was Vic Drakulich (US).

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten footworker Ken Shiro (15-0, 8 Kos), 107.5, kept his WBC light-flyweight belt as he kept moving all night to avert the retaliation of Mexican Saul Juarez…
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Takuma Inoue: I will follow Naoya’s footsteps

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Just a couple of days before our annual year-end tripleheader we saw a big press conference with all participants and people concerned in attendance on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Unbeaten brother of “The Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs) expressed his motivation, saying, “I’d like to show the audience there’s not only Naoya but also Takuma. I’ll follow my brother’s footstep. I wish to fight to win at first rather than to win to impress the crowd.” Takuma will face WBC#2 Petch CP Freshmart (48-0, 33 KOs) in quest of the WBC interim bantamweight belt. The Thailander kept his composure and said, “I’ll fight for Thai people. I’ve dedicated my life to boxing and will do my best to win the belt.” Continue reading “Takuma Inoue: I will follow Naoya’s footsteps”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Just a couple of days before our annual year-end tripleheader we saw a big press conference with all participants and people concerned in…
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Abner Mares: I Will Prove Everyone Wrong

By Miguel Maravilla

Three-division world champion Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Mexico will be looking to add another world title to his resume as he will challenge WBA super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 K’s) of Baltimore in his next fight. Mares will square off against Davis on Saturday, February 9 at the Dignity Health Sports Park (Stub Hub Center) in Carson, California live on Showtime.

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“I’m taking this fight because of the challenge that it brings. I’m all about that. February 9th, I will prove everyone wrong,” Mares told Fightnews.com®. “In this fight, they’re counting me out because of his power and speed. Does it bother me? Yeah, it’s sort of disrespectful. This is just another fight for me.” Continue reading “Abner Mares: I Will Prove Everyone Wrong”

By Miguel Maravilla Three-division world champion Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Mexico will be looking to add another world title to his…
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Budler and Mthalane ready to rock Macau

By Clinton van der Berg

WBA light-flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10 KOs) is sick of training. “I just want to fight,” he said ahead of his New Year’s Eve title defense against Japan’s Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8 KOs) in Macau. The pair meet on the undercard of the vacant WBO world super-flyweight championship between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13 KOs) and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23 KOs) at the Wynn Palace.
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The third world championship on the bill will see Moruti Mthalane (36-2, 24 KOs), like Budler of South Africa, defend his IBF flyweight belt for the first time against Masahiro Sakamoto (13-1, 9 KOs) of Japan.

Budler, Mthalane and Nietes all worked out for the media at a light training session in Macau on Friday, with the champion South African pair taking time out afterward to talk about their assignments. Continue reading “Budler and Mthalane ready to rock Macau”

By Clinton van der Berg WBA light-flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10 KOs) is sick of training. “I just want to fight,” he said ahead of his New Year’s…
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Keith Thurman: We’re taking it one fight at a time

Unbeaten WBA welterweight “super” champion Keith Thurman discusses his FOX-televised fight against Josesito Lopez in Brooklyn next month. “I feel great physically,” said Thurman, who has been out of action for 22 months. “We’re working really hard and just getting back into everything we did before the injury. It feels tremendous and I’m so happy to be able to do this back in Brooklyn. January 26, you will see the return of the number one welterweight in the world.

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“I need to come back and stay active and healthy. I’m going to remind everyone this year why I’m one of the baddest men on the planet. At the end of the day, I’m here to make a statement that ‘One Time’ is back. Continue reading “Keith Thurman: We’re taking it one fight at a time”

Unbeaten WBA welterweight “super” champion Keith Thurman discusses his FOX-televised fight against Josesito Lopez in Brooklyn next month. “I feel great physically,” said Thurman, who has been out of action…
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Jermall Charlo gets past Korobov

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WBC interim middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo (28-0, 21 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over late sub Matt Korobov (28-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Korobov gave Charlo all he could handle for the first eleven rounds. Charlo finally rocked Korobov in the last round. Scores were 119-108, 116-112, 116-112. Continue reading “Jermall Charlo gets past Korobov”

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions WBC interim middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo (28-0, 21 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over late sub Matt Korobov (28-2, 14 KOs)…
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Shocker: Harrison dethrones Jermell Charlo

Super welterweight Tony Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) dethroned WBC champion Jermell Charlo (31-1, 15 KOs) by stunning twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Charlo was the aggressor but didn’t close the show and Harrison took a controversial 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 verdict.


Who do you think won Harrison-Charlo?

Per CompuBox, Harrison connected on 34 percent of his punches throughout the fight to Charlo’s 29 percent clip, while Charlo out landed Harrison 160 to 128, plus a 108 to 71 advantage in power punches landed. Continue reading “Shocker: Harrison dethrones Jermell Charlo”

Super welterweight Tony Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) dethroned WBC champion Jermell Charlo (31-1, 15 KOs) by stunning twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New…
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Breazeale KOs Negron in nine

WBC mandatory heavyweight challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round KO against Carlos Negron (20-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The end came in round nine when Breazeale connected with a huge right hand. Time was 1:37. After the fight, Breazeale called out WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who was at ringside.

Unbeaten heavyweight Efe Ajagba (8-0, 7 KOs) knocked out Santino Turnbow (4-4, 3 KOs) in the first round.

Former Olympian Terrell Gausha (21-1, 10 KOs) stopped Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (27-5-1, 17 KOs) in the first round of a middleweight bout.

Former two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy (27-1, 14 KOs) won by third round TKO over Robert Frankel (36-20-1, 8 KOs) in a super lightweight contest.

WBC mandatory heavyweight challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round KO against Carlos Negron (20-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New…
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Whyte KOs Chisora in eleventh

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In a rematch between heavyweight contenders, WBC #1, WBO #1, WBA #4 Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round knockout over WBA #5, IBF #5, WBC #9, WBO 11 Derek “Delboy” Chisora (29-9, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Good two-way action with brutal bodywork. Chisora has deducted points in round eight and eleven. Whyte laid out Chisora with a clean left hook. Time 1:56.
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Whyte narrowly edged Chisora in a close, all-out war two years ago. At the time of the KO, Chisora was up 95-94 on two cards, Whyte was up 95-94 on the third card. Continue reading “Whyte KOs Chisora in eleventh”

Photos: Dave Thompson/Matchroom In a rematch between heavyweight contenders, WBC #1, WBO #1, WBA #4 Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round knockout over…
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Warrington beats Frampton, retains IBF 126lb belt

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Undefeated IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
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Warrington was very aggressive and threw nonstop punches. Frampton came back late. Both fighters had their moments. Scores were 116-113, 116-112, 116-112.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Undefeated IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (26-2, 15…
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Girlfriend: Adonis Stevenson is awake

Media statement regarding former world champion Adonis Stevenson from Girlfriend Simone “Sisi” God:

On behalf of Adonis and our family, I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out, send prayers and post about Adonis’ injury. We are so grateful for the outpour of messages, gifts and support that have come our way. Continue reading “Girlfriend: Adonis Stevenson is awake”

Media statement regarding former world champion Adonis Stevenson from Girlfriend Simone “Sisi” God: On behalf of Adonis and our family, I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who…
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Edwards beats Rosales for WBC flyweight title

Flyweight Charlie Edwards (14-1, 6 KOs) dethroned WBC champion Cristofer Rosales (28-4, 19 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Edwards outboxed Rosales early, then withstood a late charge to win by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.

Flyweight Charlie Edwards (14-1, 6 KOs) dethroned WBC champion Cristofer Rosales (28-4, 19 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Edwards…
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Year-end world title schedule in Japan, Macao

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Our televisions highly expect a bumper harvest in getting high TV ratings at the end of the year since people usually stay at home without going out, watching TV programs at home box office. The annual year-end boxing shows are as follows:

December 30 at Ota-city General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

WBO 130-pound title bout
Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12 KOs) vs. #1 Evgeny Chuprakov (20-0, 10 KOs) from Russia

WBC 108-pound title bout
Ken Shiro (14-0, 8 KOs) vs. #7 Saul Juarez (24-8-2, 13 KOs) from Mexico

WBC 118-pound interim title bout
#5 Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs) vs. #2 Tasana Salapat (AKA Petch CP Freshmart; 48-0, 33 KOs) from Thailand

New Year’s Eve at Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao, China

WBO 115-pound title bout for the vacant championship
Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13 KOs) vs. Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23 KOs) of the Philippines

WBA 108-pound title bout
Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10 KOs) of South Africa vs. Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8 KOs)

IBF 112-pound title bout
Moruti Mthalane (36-2, 24 KOs) of South Africa vs. Masahiro Sakamoto (13-1, 9 KOs)

Continue reading “Year-end world title schedule in Japan, Macao”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Our televisions highly expect a bumper harvest in getting high TV ratings at the end of the year since people usually stay at…
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