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Ricardo Mayorga stopped in two

Former world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (32-12-1, 26 KOs) was stopped in two rounds by pro-debuting amateur star Lester Martinez on Saturday night in Guatemala. The agreed weight for the bout was 170 pounds. Mayorga was willing to exchange, but his reflexes and legs seemed shot. In round two, Martinez stalked the 46-year-old Mayorga and delivered punishment until the referee intervened. After the fight, Mayorga stated he plans to box two more times.

Former world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (32-12-1, 26 KOs) was stopped in two rounds by pro-debuting amateur star Lester Martinez on Saturday night in Guatemala. The agreed weight for…
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Usyk makes heavyweight debut vs. Takam May 25

Pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk will make his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on May 25, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) was the dominant force in the cruiserweight division over the last 18 months, culminating with his commanding win over Murat Gassiev in July to become the undisputed World ruler and the winner of the inaugural World Boxing Super Series tournament in Gassiev’s Moscow home.

The unbeaten ruler waved goodbye to the division in style in November in Manchester where he KO’d Tony Bellew in the eighth round of their clash – a seventh straight world title triumph on the road for the 2012 Olympic gold medal hero. Continue reading “Usyk makes heavyweight debut vs. Takam May 25”

Pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk will make his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on May 25, live on DAZN in the US…
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Munguia looks sharp in workout, officials named

The WBO has designated Mexican Miguel Canul as the referee for the WBO super welterweight championship fight between world champion Munguía and Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan taking place on April 13 on DAZN in the United States and Azteca 7 in Mexico. The judges are Aaron Young, Ivette Roldan, and Joseph Levin. The WBO supervisor is Frank Gentile.

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Munguia worked out Wednesday in Los Angeles under the supervision of trainer Robert Alcazar. He sparred twelve intense rounds and his team is pleased with his preparation and performance. “We’re ready,” said Munguia. “I feel very fast, very strong and very motivated to defend my championship in Monterrey. We’re Going to have a great fight and give everything to keep the title in Mexico!” Continue reading “Munguia looks sharp in workout, officials named”

The WBO has designated Mexican Miguel Canul as the referee for the WBO super welterweight championship fight between world champion Munguía and Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan taking place on April 13…
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Estrada gunning for revenge on April 26

Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada says he will be 100 percent fit for his rematch with Sor Srisaket Rungvisai – and that will make the fight twice as good as the first clash and see him become world champion at The Forum in Inglewood, LA on April 26, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

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Estrada and Rungvisai served up a fight of the year contender at the famous LA venue last February, with the Thai star edging out ‘Gallo’ to retain his WBC super flyweight title.

Former WBA and WBO king Estrada was hampered in the build-up by a knee issue for the first clash, yet the Mexican ace delivered a fantastic performance. The 28-year-old has recorded a pair of wins since the majority decision loss to Rungvisai, and crucially, has enjoyed a great camp in Los Mochis, Mexico to enter the showdown in great shape. Continue reading “Estrada gunning for revenge on April 26”

Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada says he will be 100 percent fit for his rematch with Sor Srisaket Rungvisai – and that will make the fight twice as good as the…
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A True Boxing Man’s Story

By Ron Jackson

Despite South Africa’s boxing isolation during the apartheid years, South Africa’s greatest referee and possibly one of the top three referees of all time in the world, Stan Christodoulou has survived through turbulent times as an official and administrator, since he was introduced to the professional game by four-weight South Africa boxing champion, the legendary Willie Toweel in 1963.

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Stanley Christoudoulou presents the first copy of his book to South African President Cyril Rhamaphosa.

Australian writer Graham Clark and award-winning sports journalist David Isaacson tell the story of Christodoulou’s amazing journey through the townships and around the world from his humble beginnings in Brixton, in his recently published book, The Life and Times of Stanley Christodoulou – The Remarkable Story of World Boxing’s Championship Referee and Judge. Continue reading “A True Boxing Man’s Story”

By Ron Jackson Despite South Africa’s boxing isolation during the apartheid years, South Africa’s greatest referee and possibly one of the top three referees of all time in the world,…
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Jaime Munguia focused on Dennis Hogan

By David Finger

If last Thursday’s international media conference call was any indication, there are not too many people in boxing who are really giving Dennis Hogan much of a chance as he takes on the popular Mexican slugger Jaime Munguia on April 13 in Monterrey Mexico.
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Munguia himself even seemed a bit frustrated with the frequent question he was getting relating to a possible match-up with fellow DAZN superstar Gennady Golovkin. Early in the press conference he was asked who he would like to fight after April 13th. Munguia proceeded to answer as every world class fighter does when given a loaded question that all but asks him to look past his opponent. He punted. Continue reading “Jaime Munguia focused on Dennis Hogan”

By David Finger If last Thursday’s international media conference call was any indication, there are not too many people in boxing who are really giving Dennis Hogan much of a…
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Gvozdyk keeps WBC title with non-contact TKO

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk, 17-0, 14 KOs, defended his title for the first time with a strange TKO of Doudou Ngumbu, France, 38-9, 14 KOs, in round five on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Gvozdyk was leading on the cards when suddenly Ngumbo pulled back in round five, complaining of an injury to his right calf. The bout was paused while the doctor, the fighter, and his corner conferred. After a few minutes, referee Eric Dali waved the fight over, and it was announced that Ngumbo could not continue due to injury. The time was 58 seconds of the fifth.
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At the time of the stoppage, Gvozdyk had landed 47 of 204 punches, while Ngumbu landed 18 of 108.

“It wasn’t what I expected, but I did my best,” Gvozdyk said afterward. “Sometimes this happens in the sport of boxing. It is what it is. My goal is to unify titles. I will wait to see what my team tells me to do next.”

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk, 17-0, 14 KOs, defended his title for the first time with a strange…
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Acosta KOs Lopez, retains WBO 108lb belt

WBO light flyweight champion Angel “Tito” Acosta (20-1, 20 KOs) knocked out former WBC champion Ganigan “El Maravilla” Lopez (35-9, 19 KOs) in the eighth round to defend his 108lb title on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

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The heavy-handed Acosta was in command all the way and he battered Lopez to the deck for the count. Time was 1:55. This was Acosta’s third successful defense.

“We did all the work that we did in the gym,” said Acosta afterward. “Ganigan came here very intelligently. He knew how to move and how to avoid punches, especially after the first round when I hurt him.

“I want to unify but I also want to get the big purses. I’ve shown that I can knock people out just like the people in the bigger divisions. I’ve had 21 fights and 20 of them have ended by knockout, so I want the big money.”

WBO light flyweight champion Angel “Tito” Acosta (20-1, 20 KOs) knocked out former WBC champion Ganigan “El Maravilla” Lopez (35-9, 19 KOs) in the eighth round to defend his 108lb…
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Wulan, Konno win WBA regional title bouts in China

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Game Chinese puncher Wulan Tuolehazi (11-3-1, 5 KOs) acquired the vacant WBA international flyweight belt by defeating previously unbeaten Japanese ex-amateur star Ryota Yamauchi (4-1, 4 KOs) by a unanimous decision (115-112, 117-109 twice) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Shanghai, China.
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It was a very exciting give-and-take affair with Wulan dropping Yamauchi with a vicious right uppercut in the third and the Japanese decking the Chinese with a wicked left hook to the belly in the sixth. Since then, Wulan outpunched the winning mixer with more accurate countering shots down the stretch. Continue reading “Wulan, Konno win WBA regional title bouts in China”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Game Chinese puncher Wulan Tuolehazi (11-3-1, 5 KOs) acquired the vacant WBA international flyweight belt by defeating previously unbeaten Japanese ex-amateur star Ryota…
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David Price wins by DQ when opponent BITES him

Heavyweight David Price (24-6, 19 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten Kash Ali (15-1, 7 KOs) by fifth round disqualification on Saturday night at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool England. Price was in command the first four rounds, but was rocked in round five. Price returned fire and wobbled Ali, who then clinched and wrestled Price to the canvas where he chomped on Price’s stomach and was DQ’d. Time was 2:26. Ali’s purse is being withheld.

Former WBO super welterweight champion Liam Smith (27-2-1 15 KOs) battered Sam Eggington (24-5 15 KOs) for five one-sided rounds. The referee waved off the mismatch 2:00 into round five. Smith claimed the vacant WBC silver title. Continue reading “David Price wins by DQ when opponent BITES him”

Heavyweight David Price (24-6, 19 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten Kash Ali (15-1, 7 KOs) by fifth round disqualification on Saturday night at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool England. Price…
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Kubrat Pulev: She wanted more

Back home in his native Bulgaria, heavyweight Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev spoke to the Bulgarian media about the kiss heard around the world. It doesn’t sound like an apology is forthcoming at the moment.

The IBF #1 contender reportedly explained that his spontaneous kiss to a female journalist who had just interviewed him after his fight in Los Angeles was an impulsive moment and a very nice thing to do.

“I judged that the person opposite me didn’t just want a kiss, but much more,” he told reporters. Pulev also commented that there are many women who would like to kiss him, however, she wasn’t grateful for the kiss and wants to become famous or something. Continue reading “Kubrat Pulev: She wanted more”

Back home in his native Bulgaria, heavyweight Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev spoke to the Bulgarian media about the kiss heard around the world. It doesn’t sound like an apology is…
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Jaime Munguia-Dennis Hogan teleconference

WBO junior middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) and mandatory 154-pound contender Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (28-1-1, 7 KOs) hosted an international media conference call Thursday to discuss their upcoming 12-round battle. They were joined by Roberto Alcazar, trainer of Munguia, along with Robert Gasparri, Chief Operating Officer of Golden Boy. The event will take place Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. Continue reading “Jaime Munguia-Dennis Hogan teleconference”

WBO junior middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) and mandatory 154-pound contender Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (28-1-1, 7 KOs) hosted an international media conference call Thursday to discuss their…
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Can Xu WBA belt presentation

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WBA featherweight champion Can Xu was presented with the WBA championship belt by WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza and promoters Oscar de La Hoya and Liu Gang during a ceremony in Shanghai, China.
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The unbeaten Xu Can (11-0, 1 KO) claimed the title by dethroning Jesus Rojas by unanimous decision on January 26 in Houston, Texas.

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Photos courtesy WBA WBA featherweight champion Can Xu was presented with the WBA championship belt by WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza and promoters Oscar de La Hoya and Liu Gang…
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Usyk relinquishes WBA cruiserweight title

On March 27, Oleksandr Usyk announced through a personalized letter directed to the World Boxing Association (WBA) that states his desire to compete in the heavyweight division. With this step towards the heavyweight division comes the relinquishment of his WBA cruiserweight championship.

Given the new circumstances in the future of Usyk’s career, the purse bid that had been announced by the WBA Championship Committee between Usyk’s team and his would be opponent Denis Lebedev is now suspended.

On March 27, Oleksandr Usyk announced through a personalized letter directed to the World Boxing Association (WBA) that states his desire to compete in the heavyweight division. With this step…
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Ex-champ Samuel Peter continues comeback

Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter will continue his comeback on the non-televised portion of the Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer card on April 13 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Peter (37-6, 30 KOs) will take on Mario Heredia (15-6-1, 13 KOs) in an eight-round matchup.

After more than two years of inactivity, the 38-year-old Peter quietly won his first comeback fight by first round KO against Gerardo Escobar (2-22, 1 KO) on February 22 at Cheer’s Bar in Tijuana.

Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter will continue his comeback on the non-televised portion of the Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer card on April 13 from Boardwalk…
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Pulev taking heat for kissing reporter

IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev has issued a statement explaining his actions at the conclusion of an interview with a female reporter.

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The reporter’s outlet, the Vegas Sports Daily, issued a statement calling the incident “completely blindsiding and unwarranted and we share in her shock, hurt, embarrassment and general outrage.”

IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev has issued a statement explaining his actions at the conclusion of an interview with a female reporter. The reporter’s outlet, the Vegas Sports Daily, issued…
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WBC: Dirrell-Benavidez, winner fights Yildirim

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, from Mexico, held a press conference at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, to announce that the WBC super middleweight division ruling has been set.
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WBC champion Anthony Dirrell will fight WBC champion in recess David Benavidez with Avni Yildirim participating on the same card. The winner between Dirrell and Benavidez will fight next against Yildirim. Continue reading “WBC: Dirrell-Benavidez, winner fights Yildirim”

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, from Mexico, held a press conference at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, to announce that the WBC super middleweight division ruling has been set. WBC…
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Saunders-Isufi for WBO interim title now

Billy Joe Saunders will fight WBO #1 Shefat Isufi for the WBO interim super middleweight world title on May 18 at The Lamex Stadium, home of Stevenage Football Club. For Saunders, this will represent a first professional fight on home turf in Hertfordshire, with the 29-year-old southpaw stylist hailing from nearby Hatfield.

Saunders was initially set to fight for the full WBO world championship against Isufi following the planned move of the champion Gilberto Ramirez to light heavyweight. After notifying the governing body of his intention to leave the division, Zurdo later retracted his statement, although he will fight for the first time at light heavyweight on April 12 in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Saunders-Isufi for WBO interim title now”

Billy Joe Saunders will fight WBO #1 Shefat Isufi for the WBO interim super middleweight world title on May 18 at The Lamex Stadium, home of Stevenage Football Club. For…
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Pacquiao fans want Floyd rematch

WBA welterweight Manny Pacquiao recently posted a poll on his Twitter account. After 80,448 votes, an overwhelming majority voted for Manny to seek a rematch against retired archrival Floyd Mayweather. Also notable was the absence of the names of Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. in the voting.

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WBA welterweight Manny Pacquiao recently posted a poll on his Twitter account. After 80,448 votes, an overwhelming majority voted for Manny to seek a rematch against retired archrival Floyd Mayweather.…
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Peterson says goodbye after suffering crushing loss

By Gary Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill

The boxing career of one of the legendary champions from the Beltway region came to an end at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD as Washington, DC welterweight and three-time former world champion Lamont Peterson was knocked out in the 10th round by Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets of Beverly Hills, CA in the main event of the card at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.
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After the bout, Peterson announced his retirement to the crowd and to viewers watching on FS1. “It’s been a long career but today is the day,” Peterson said. Continue reading “Peterson says goodbye after suffering crushing loss”

By Gary Williams at ringside Photos: Mike Greenhill The boxing career of one of the legendary champions from the Beltway region came to an end at MGM National Harbor Casino…
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Tom Schwarz: I have nothing to lose

Unbeaten 24-year-old heavyweight Tom Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs) talks about his June 15 clash with former champ Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) in Las Vegas.

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Tom Schwarz: “This is what I’ve been working for since I was a small boy. Now after almost 14 years I’m boxing against Tyson Fury in Las Vegas. It doesn’t get better than that! I consider Tyson to be a great fighter and good sportsman, but I’m young, ambitious, unbeaten, and at the top in the world rankings. With my boxing skills, I’ve won all my 24 fights. I have nothing to lose and in this challenge to Tyson Fury I want to win my 25th fight!”

Promoter Ulf Steinforth: “This is a big challenge for Tom Schwarz. He was a two-time junior world champion, has four title defenses of the WBO Intercontinental title, and has nothing to lose – I believe in him. He has the skills to win this bout, otherwise we wouldn’t have made the fight!”

Unbeaten 24-year-old heavyweight Tom Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs) talks about his June 15 clash with former champ Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) in Las Vegas. Tom Schwarz: “This is what…
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Kubrat Pulev: I feel I can do anything inside the ring

IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev wanted to send a resounding message to the big names of the division, and he did so by scoring an emphatic knockout victory in front of a sold-out crowd at The Hangar. Overcoming a dangerous cut on his left eyebrow in the fourth round, Pulev blasted out Bogdan Dinu at 2:40 of the seventh round.

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“This is just part of being in a fight. The cut was not such a big problem. Sometimes blood makes me very hungry”, said Pulev. “I was very well prepared. I was ready for anything. At this moment I feel I can do anything inside the ring. I showed very good boxing skills. I also showed that I have good punching power and a good strategy.”

His cut will take some time to heal, but the win should keep the big Bulgarian at #1 in the IBF rankings.

IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev wanted to send a resounding message to the big names of the division, and he did so by scoring an emphatic knockout victory in…
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Martinez KOs Selby in WBC eliminator

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In a WBC flyweight eliminator, Julio César “Rey” Martínez (14-1, 10 KOs) turned around a fight he was losing and knocked out previously unbeaten Andrew Selby (11-1, 6 KOs) with hook to the liver in the fifth round on Saturday night at the fairgrounds in Metepec, Mexico state.
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Referee Hector Afu counted out Selby at :57. In the third round, an accidental clash of heads left Selby with a cut on the left eyebrow, prompting a point deduction from Martinez per WBC rules.

With the win, Martinez earned a shot at WBC Charlie Edwards, who earlier in the day retained his green belt against Angel Moreno in the UK. Continue reading “Martinez KOs Selby in WBC eliminator”

Photos: Zanfer Promotions In a WBC flyweight eliminator, Julio César “Rey” Martínez (14-1, 10 KOs) turned around a fight he was losing and knocked out previously unbeaten Andrew Selby (11-1,…
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IBF #1 heavyweight Pulev cut, KOs Dinu in seven

By Miquel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

The heavyweights were in action as IBF #1 contender Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs) of Bulgaria scored a dramatic seventh round KO over WBA #14 Bogdan Dinu (18-2, 14 KOs) of Romania on Saturday night in the ESPN main event at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California.
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It was a slow start for the big guys but Pulev backed up Dinu with a one-two in the final seconds of the opening round. Working behind the jab in round two, Pulev pushed forward and controlled the round. Pulev began to throw and land the overhand right in round three as he continued to back up Dinu. The Romanian let his hands go in round four and he landed a solid right hand cutting Pulev badly over the left eye.

The blood flowed from Pulev’s left eye in the fifth as Dinu kept his distance boxing. It appeared that the cut was contained at the beginning of the sixth as Pulev came out more confident landing the right hand and backing Dinu but the cut was opened again late in the round. The Bulgarian came out firing in the seventh as he landed the one-two sending Dinu to the canvas. However, Pulev was deducted one point as he hit Dinu while down on a knee. After a delay, Dinu continued to fight and was battered down a second time from a Pulev right. Another Pulev right hand finished the job as Dinu was floored a third time and done. Referee Raul Caiz stopped the fight at 2:40 of the seventh round.

With the win, Pulev remains at the top of the IBF list to challenge WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Continue reading “IBF #1 heavyweight Pulev cut, KOs Dinu in seven”

By Miquel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank The heavyweights were in action as IBF #1 contender Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs) of Bulgaria scored a dramatic seventh round…
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Wlodarczyk wins; Czerkaszyn TKOs Ouma (sort of)

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Two-time former cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof “Diabolo” Włodarczyk (57-4-1, 39 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Alexandru Jur (18-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Olimpijczyków Sports & Entertainment Hall in Lomza, Poland. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 99-91.

In another bout, unbeaten super middleweight Fyodor Czerkaszyn (12-0, 7 KOs) won by second-round TKO over 40-year-old former world champion Kassim Ouma (29-13-1, 18 KOs). The bout was bizarrely stopped after the Ouma corner threw in the towel when NOTHING was going on. No punches exchanged, just two boxers looking at each other.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Two-time former cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof “Diabolo” Włodarczyk (57-4-1, 39 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Alexandru Jur (18-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night…
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