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Munguia-O’Sullivan Final Press Conference

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Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) and Gary O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs) hosted a press conference Tuesday The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to formally announce their 12-round middleweight fight, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the very same place and will be streamed live on DAZN.
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Jaime Munguia: I’m excited to be moving up to 160 lbs. where they say that some of the most important fighters in boxing are. I have a very tough fighter in front of me, Gary O’Sullivan who’s very tough. If I want those bigger fights then I have to demonstrate that I’m worthy of that against this guy, so I have to do my best in order to rise up in the rankings. I look forward to delivering a great fight for Mexico. Viva Mexico.”

Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan: Jaime Munguia is a great fighter, I’m very motivated by this challenge; he’s a young world champion, undefeated. For many, this is the stuff of dreams to come to his own backyard and fight the undefeated champion of the world. I’ve never felt the more motivated in my career. I look forward to putting on a show for January 11. I’m going to prepare very hard for this fight, harder than ever, and come January 11 I’ll be ready for war.”

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Photos: Ron Cortes-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) and Gary O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs) hosted a press conference Tuesday The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to formally announce their…
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Andy Ruiz lands in Saudi Arabia

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Heavyweight World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr has vowed to “make history again” as he landed in Saudi Arabia for the Clash On The Dunes, bringing his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO title belts with him. Ruiz followed his challenger Anthony Joshua into the Kingdom, touching down at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh in the early hours of today to set up his own training camp to prepare for the epic bout on December 7.
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The first-ever Heavyweight World Title fight to take place in the Middle East will be staged in the custom-built 15,000 seat Diriyah Arena which is now ready for action in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the home of heroes and kings. Continue reading “Andy Ruiz lands in Saudi Arabia”

Photos: Diriyah Season Heavyweight World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr has vowed to “make history again” as he landed in Saudi Arabia for the Clash On The Dunes, bringing his WBA,…
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Besputin-Butaev clash for WBA welter title

Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KOs) and Radzhab Butaev (12-0, 9 KOs) will square off for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight title this Saturday at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco. The will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the United States.

The two fighters were originally slated to fight for the WBA’s interim welterweight belt but the bout was upgraded to the regular title when Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman, thereby earning the super title and leaving the regular title vacant. Continue reading “Besputin-Butaev clash for WBA welter title”

Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KOs) and Radzhab Butaev (12-0, 9 KOs) will square off for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight title this Saturday at the Casino de…
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Wilder: I knew sooner or later it would come

By Miguel Maravilla

“What an amazing fight. The fight lived up to the hype,” WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder talking about his spectacular knockout over Luis “King Kong” Ortiz on Saturday night in Las Vegas. “Ortiz proved tonight that he is one of the best. He proved age is nothing but a number. I give him respect and he has tremendous skill.”

A crushing right hand ended matters in the seventh round with Wilder behind on all three scorecards.

“To be honest I’m not worried if I’m losing the fight. I’m blessed with tremendous power. I really had to be smart with him. We put a plan together. What I do is not textbook. I saw the opportunity and took it. I knew sooner or later it would come,” Wilder said. Continue reading “Wilder: I knew sooner or later it would come”

By Miguel Maravilla “What an amazing fight. The fight lived up to the hype,” WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder talking about his spectacular knockout over Luis “King Kong” Ortiz on…
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Luis Ortiz: It was either him or me

By Miguel Maravilla

Cuban heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs) made his way to the post-fight press conference to speak about his knockout defeat to WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama Saturday night in a rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas headlining the PBC on FOX PPV.

“This is boxing. It was either him or me. The plan was to work, work, work. I stuck to the plan but then got caught. I was effective. Like Wilder says, all he needs is a second. Everyone saw physically and mentally I was ready, but one shot is all it takes,” Ortiz said. Continue reading “Luis Ortiz: It was either him or me”

By Miguel Maravilla Cuban heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs) made his way to the post-fight press conference to speak about his knockout defeat to WBC champion Deontay…
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Wilder KOs Ortiz in seven with huge right hand

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) settled his unfinished business with a seventh round KO over Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs) in a rematch on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder lands the KO punch

It was a slow-paced and cautious fight with Ortiz winning until Wilder ended it suddenly and decisively with a huge right hand in round seven. At the time of the shocking ending, Wilder was trailing on all three cards 59-55, 59-55, 58-56. Continue reading “Wilder KOs Ortiz in seven with huge right hand”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) settled his unfinished business with a seventh round…
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Alvarado dominates, dethrones WBA champ Cancio

Photos: Sumio Yamada

4:1 underdog Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (32-8, 21 KOs) outclassed and dethroned WBA super featherweight champion Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (21-5-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
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Alvarado landed repeated flush punches on Cancio, who came up on the short end of most exchanges. The battering was finally halted at the end of round seven. The win was sweet revenge as Alvarado had previously knocked out by Cancio back in 2015. Continue reading “Alvarado dominates, dethrones WBA champ Cancio”

Photos: Sumio Yamada 4:1 underdog Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (32-8, 21 KOs) outclassed and dethroned WBA super featherweight champion Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (21-5-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the…
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Xu Can beats Robles, retains WBA feather title

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WBA featherweight champion Xu Can (18-2, 3 KOs) scored an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Manny Robles III (18-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
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Can, China’s third world champion in history, impressively outworked and broke down Robles, especially over the second half of the fight. Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 118-110 for Can. Robles’ father trains heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.

“We trained very hard in the camp, three months for the fight,” said Xu Can afterward. “We wanted to show everybody in the world.” Continue reading “Xu Can beats Robles, retains WBA feather title”

Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA featherweight champion Xu Can (18-2, 3 KOs) scored an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Manny Robles III (18-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night…
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Santa Cruz wins world title in 4th weight division

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

“El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) became a four-division world champion with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores (24-3, 12 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA super featherweight “super” title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Judges scored the bout 117-110, 117-110, 115-112 for Santa Cruz. Continue reading “Santa Cruz wins world title in 4th weight division”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) became a four-division world champion with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision…
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Figueroa retains WBA 122lb title with draw

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

Weslaco, Texas’s Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa (20-0-1, 15 KOs) made the first defense of his WBA super bantamweight title and retained the belt against former champion Julio Ceja (32-4-1, 28 KOs) via twelve round draw on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Judges scored the fight 115-113 for Figueroa, 116-112 for Ceja, and 114-114 draw. Figueroa risked his belt despite Ceja missing weight by 4.5 pounds. If Ceja had won, the WBA title would have become vacant. Continue reading “Figueroa retains WBA 122lb title with draw”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions Weslaco, Texas’s Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa (20-0-1, 15 KOs) made the first defense of his WBA super bantamweight title and…
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Callum Smith calls out big names

WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith chalked up his lackluster performance against mandatory challenger John Ryder to a lack of fear of Ryder, who was a 25:1 underdog heading into the fight, giving away significant height and reach.

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Callum Smith: “I want the best names in the division and I’m not disrespecting John Ryder but there was no fear tonight,” Smith told Sky Sports. “I didn’t believe John Ryder was good enough to beat me. There are fighters that I believe are good enough to beat me if I don’t perform and that’s going to bring out the best in me. That’s what I want, I want the big names. I just want a big name, where if I turn up like tonight I’ll lose. That fear brings out the best performance in me, I feel I need that.” Continue reading “Callum Smith calls out big names”

WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith chalked up his lackluster performance against mandatory challenger John Ryder to a lack of fear of Ryder, who was a 25:1 underdog heading into…
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Smith beats Ryder to retain WBA 168lb title

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WBA super middleweight champion Callum “Mundo” Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over John “The Gorilla” Ryder (28-5, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
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25:1 favorite Smith was frustrated by the much smaller Ryder the whole fight. Smith suffered a small cut to the side of his right eye in round four. Smith finally starting to connect in round six, but Ryder clearly outworked Smith in round seven and continued to bring the pressure in rounds eight and nine. Smith able to keep Ryder on the outside in round ten. Ryder got the better of rounds eleven and twelve. Scores were a very generous 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 for the hometown hero.

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Photos: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing WBA super middleweight champion Callum “Mundo” Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over John “The Gorilla” Ryder (28-5, 16 KOs) on Saturday…
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Floyd Mayweather teases comeback

42-year-old former world champion Floyd Mayweather has teased a possible comeback on his Instagram page saying “coming out of retirement in 2020.” Just yesterday he indicated to Reuters that he wouldn’t fight again, but still plans to do exhibitions generating paychecks “between $10 and $30 million.” It appears Floyd’s plan will involve the UFC.

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42-year-old former world champion Floyd Mayweather has teased a possible comeback on his Instagram page saying “coming out of retirement in 2020.” Just yesterday he indicated to Reuters that he…
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Joshua: I don’t have any fear of Andy

“Apparently I’m fighting the quickest hands and the best fighter in the division. So once I beat him I want everybody to bow to me” – Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua opened the doors to his training camp at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield yesterday as he draws nearer to his heavyweight world title rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia on Saturday December 7, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
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Joshua was in a fiery mood as he looks to avenge the first defeat of his professional career and be crowned a two-time heavyweight world champion by winning back his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO crowns in the ‘Clash on the Dunes.’ Continue reading “Joshua: I don’t have any fear of Andy”

“Apparently I’m fighting the quickest hands and the best fighter in the division. So once I beat him I want everybody to bow to me” – Anthony Joshua Photos: Mark…
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Sulaiman blasts Kovalev’s “cowardly” comments

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán has blasted former light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev over his claims on social media that he was exhausted from previous fights making it impossible for him to win his November 2 fight with Canelo Alvarez and he only took the fight for the money.

“These are terrible, late and almost cowardly statements from a champion like Kovalev,” said Sulaiman. “Publicly expressing an excuse after being defeated by Canelo is not the correct form accepted in the sports world. It is not acceptable for him to give statements soiling our sport.

“His statements should bring him strong consequences. According to his statements, it is a fraud what he committed. He must accept that he was knocked out by a smaller boxer than him and is now looking belatedly to clean his image with unfounded doubts around boxing. Continue reading “Sulaiman blasts Kovalev’s “cowardly” comments”

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán has blasted former light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev over his claims on social media that he was exhausted from previous fights…
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Jaime Munguia moving to middleweight

After five defenses, WBO junior middleweight Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) makes his middleweight debut against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs) in a 12-round bout on January 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. This fight will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

“I feel very happy to be starting the year 2020 with a great fight at a great place like San Antonio, Texas,” said Munguia.”I have fought in Houston, Texas before, where the people there treated me very well. I think that San Antonio won’t be any different. We’re going to deliver a great fight against a tough fighter in Gary O’Sullivan. He’s great and he’s strong, but we’re going to come very well prepared. We plan to do an excellent job and make it very clear who is the best in the ring!”

After five defenses, WBO junior middleweight Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) makes his middleweight debut against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs) in a 12-round bout on January 11 at…
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Manny Pacquiao eyes return in spring 2020

“I can fight in March, April because the Senate will be on break during that time,” WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao recently told Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. The Philippines Senate will be on recess from March 14 to May 3 so Pacman’s return would likely be within that time frame. PBC stablemates Danny Garcia and Mikey Garcia are reportedly considered to be the frontrunners as potential opponents to challenge Pacquiao, who turns 41 on December 17.

“I can fight in March, April because the Senate will be on break during that time,” WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao recently told Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. The…
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Mercado dethrones Zarika for WBC 122lb belt

Female super bantamweight Yamileth “Yeimi” Mercado (15-2, 4 KOs) made history by dethroning WBC super bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika (32-13-2, 17 KOs) via unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Poliforo in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. Mercado became the first woman from the Mexican state of Chihuahua to become a world champion.
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“Yeimi” was in command all the way and won by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 98-92 to became the thirteenth Mexican female ever to hold a world title belt. Continue reading “Mercado dethrones Zarika for WBC 122lb belt”

Female super bantamweight Yamileth “Yeimi” Mercado (15-2, 4 KOs) made history by dethroning WBC super bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika (32-13-2, 17 KOs) via unanimous decision on Saturday night at the…
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Cano KOs Ortiz in instant classic

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In an all-out Mexican-style shootout, WBC #6 super lightweight Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (34-7-1, 23 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-5-2, 26 KOs) to successfully retain his WBC International silver super lightweight title on Saturday night at the Plaza De Toros San Miguel De Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico.
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Both fighters savagely tore into each other from the opening bell. Ortiz dropped Cano in round one and had him badly hurt, but Cano ended the fight with a brutal barrage that put Ortiz on the deck prompting a referee’s stoppage in the following stanza. Continue reading “Cano KOs Ortiz in instant classic”

Photo: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy In an all-out Mexican-style shootout, WBC #6 super lightweight Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (34-7-1, 23 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Roberto “Massa”…
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Boesel KOs Fornling in 11 for WBA interim title

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

In a clash for the vacant WBA interim light heavyweight title, WBA #1 Dominic Boesel (30-1, 12 KOs) claimed the belt with an eleventh round KO over WBA #3 Sven Fornling (15-2, 7 KOs) at the Messe Arena in Halle/Saale, Germany.
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Cagey ring technician Boesel was in command early on. Fornling had better results when he starting bringing pressure in round three. Boesel adjusted to Fornling’s charges midway. Boesel put the earmuffs on in round eight while Fornling flailed away. Fornling continued to rough up Boesel in round nine.

The tide turned again in round ten. Fornling’s face was a mess after Boesel touched him up. Boesel flung a seemingly spent Fornling to the canvas in round eleven. When Fornling got up, Boesel opened up with a savage attack and blasted him to the canvas again to end it. Time was 1:12.

Boesel also picked up Fornling’s IBO title with the win. Continue reading “Boesel KOs Fornling in 11 for WBA interim title”

By Karl Freitag Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke In a clash for the vacant WBA interim light heavyweight title, WBA #1 Dominic Boesel (30-1, 12 KOs) claimed the belt…
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WBA cruiser champ Goulamirian KOs Watts in four

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Unbeaten WBA cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian (25-0, 17 KOs) retained his world title with a fourth round knockout over WBA #11 rated Kane Watts (21-4, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Accor Hotel Arena in Paris, France.
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Goulamirian teed off on Watts from the opening bell. After round three, trainer Abel Sanchez implored Goulamirian to “get him out of there.” Goulamirian obliged moments later by dropping Watts for the count with a left hook to the body. Time was 1:08 of round four.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBA cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian (25-0, 17 KOs) retained his world title with a fourth round knockout over WBA #11 rated Kane Watts (21-4, 13…
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WBA gold champ Soro TKOs Vitu in five

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WBA super welterweight gold champion Michel Soro (35-2-1, 24 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #15 rated Cedric Vitu (47-4, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Accor Hotel Arena in Paris, France.
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Soro dropped Vitu in round five, then got a referee’s stoppage with his follow up barrage. No time announced.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA super welterweight gold champion Michel Soro (35-2-1, 24 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #15 rated Cedric Vitu (47-4, 19 KOs) on Friday night…
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Maloney beats Dharry for WBA interim 115lb belt

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten WBA #1, WBC #5, IBF #6 super flyweight Andrew Moloney (21-0, 14 KOs) claimed the vacant WBA interim super flyweight world title with an exciting ninth round TKO over WBA #5 Elton Dharry (24-6-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Maloney had the edge in the first four rounds, but was rocked in round five and desperately holding on. Dharry’s right eye was closed by round six and the ring doctor checked the eye at the beginning of round seventh, eighth, and ninth rounds when the bout was finally halted. Time was :01.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Unbeaten WBA #1, WBC #5, IBF #6 super flyweight Andrew Moloney (21-0, 14 KOs) claimed the vacant WBA interim super flyweight world title…
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Navarrete-Horta announced for Dec 7

It’s official. WBO jr featherweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, will be making his third defense in five months on December 7 at the 10,000+ seat Auditorio GNP Seguros in the city of Puebla (about two hours east of Mexico City). Navarrete (29-1, 25 KOs) will defend against WBO #13 rated Francisco “Panchito” Horta (20-3-1, 10 KOs).

Both fighters attended a kick-off press conference today.
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Emanuel Navarrete: I always go for the knockout, I think it’s best to win by knockout and on December 7 the people of Puebla will see a great fight!”

Francisco Horta: ”On December 7th people will know me. Expect a war, we are going for the championship of the world!” Continue reading “Navarrete-Horta announced for Dec 7”

It’s official. WBO jr featherweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, will be making his third defense in five months on December 7…
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Luis Ortiz: Wilder tactics illegal/borderline criminal

Heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, who challenges WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder in a PPV rematch on November 23, has accused Wilder of using illegal tactics in their first fight. “I think that some of the things that Wilder did and the antics that Wilder does could be dealt with differently this time around, the illegal things,” said Ortiz during a conference call with reporters.

“Blows that he throws with the inside of his fists, punching down from the top of the head down and all kinds of craziness that he does, which makes it very difficult to get settled in any fight and quite frankly should be illegal and BORDERLINE CRIMINAL!”

When asked about Ortiz’s allegations, Wilder stated, “You know I have never heard of that so I think that he is being sarcastic. Only thing that’s criminal is me hitting people with the right hand and almost killing them. That’s the only thing I can go with. Continue reading “Luis Ortiz: Wilder tactics illegal/borderline criminal”

Heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, who challenges WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder in a PPV rematch on November 23, has accused Wilder of using illegal tactics in…
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