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Crawford tells Spence to stop using ‘weak’ excuse

WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford is calling out WBC, IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. in no uncertain terms.

Via Twitter, Crawford posted, “Keep defending him because I’m tell all y’all now and I mean what I say when that day come when I knock him all I want all y’all to keep that same energy because he gone cry in the car he wasn’t built for this shit I got over here. Just watch me show the world. And stop using the f–king promoters, managers and advisors for that weak ass excuse y’all doing. They work for us. Y’all dumb mf. If you really want a fight you tell them ‘I don’t give two f–ks, that’s who I want to fight.’ Let yo nuts drop. You say you yo own boss @ErrolSpenceJr.”

* Punctuation added for clarity.

WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford is calling out WBC, IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. in no uncertain terms. Via Twitter, Crawford posted, “Keep defending him because I’m tell all y’all…
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First Boxing Results of 2020

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

Bradley Farmer’s Bull Battles Boxing and Family Ties Promotions put on a 5-bout card in the Cincinnati suburb of Harrison, Ohio on Friday night at The Blue Note Events Center. “Freshman Contenders” was headlined by Cincinnati’s undefeated welterweight Quashawn Toler and entered the record books as the first fight card of 2020 anywhere in the world.

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Photo: Bob Newman

Welterweights Quashawn Toler (Cincinnati) and “Cassius” Clay Collard (Las Vegas, by way of Cache City, Utah) saved the night in terms of drama, action, excitement and quality boxing.

Toler was the draw on this night, entering the ring with a gaudy 9-0, 7 KOs record, to Collard’s more pedestrian 4-2-3, 1 KO mark. But records can be deceiving, as the saying goes. Continue reading “First Boxing Results of 2020”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Bradley Farmer’s Bull Battles Boxing and Family Ties Promotions put on a 5-bout card in the Cincinnati suburb of Harrison, Ohio on Friday night…
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Kingry, Linares return Feb 14

Lightweights Ryan “Kingry” Garcia and Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares will headline in separate bouts on February 14 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, streamed live on DAZN.

Garcia (19-0, 16 KOs) defends his WBC silver lightweight title in a 12-round fight against Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2, 19. KOs). Garcia demolished  “Ruthless” Romero Duno in the first round in his last fight on November 2. Fonseca is moving up from super featherweight after a draw against Alex Dilmaghani for the vacant IBO title.

Former three-division world champion Linares (46-5, 28 KOs) of Barinas, Venezuela will return in a 12-round lightweight fight against TBA in the co-main event. Continue reading “Kingry, Linares return Feb 14”

Lightweights Ryan “Kingry” Garcia and Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares will headline in separate bouts on February 14 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, streamed live on DAZN. Garcia…
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Ioka edges Cintron, keeps WBO 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

Japanese champ Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14 KOs), 115, barely kept his belt by eking out a close but unanimous verdict over previously unbeaten top contender Jeyvier Cintron (11-1-1NC), 114.75, two-time Olympian from Puerto Rico, over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.  The official tallies were as follows: Wes Melton (US) and Philip Austin (Australia) both 116-112, and Julio Cesar Alvarado (Panama) 115-113, all in favor of the defending champ.

In earlier rounds, the much taller puzzling southpaw Cintron made good use of his reach and swift footwork, outpunching Ioka with precision.  But Ioka, six years his senior at 30, accelerated his attack in later rounds, aiming at the breadbasket that sometimes looked effective.  Sensing it was so close, Jeyvier became aggressive in the final session, but his last surge wasn’t enough to dethrone the four-division champion Kazuto.  The referee was Tony Weeks (US).

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon) Japanese champ Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14 KOs), 115, barely kept his belt by eking out a close but unanimous verdict…
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Tanaka flattens Wulan, keeps WBO 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

Unbeaten three-division champ Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9 KOs), 112, impressively retained his WBO flyweight belt when he beautifully flattened China’s Wulan Tuolehazi (13-4-1, 6 KOs), 112, with a single uppercut at 2:29 of the third round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.  Tanaka, making his third defense in his third reign as a 112-pounder, maintained the pressure from the outset and kept jabbing against the cautious Chinese challenger.  Being in command in the first two rounds with his aggressiveness, Tanaka, in round three, turned loose and connected with a lethal uppercut, which had Wulan flattened on the deck.  Jose Rivera, Puerto Rico, tolled the fatal ten over the fallen loser.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon) Unbeaten three-division champ Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9 KOs), 112, impressively retained his WBO flyweight belt when he beautifully flattened China’s…
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Beterbiev-Fanlong Purse Bid Results

The purse bid for the IBF light heavyweight mandatory title defense between champion Artur Beterbiev and challenger Meng Fanlong took place today, December 30, 2019, at 12:00 PM at the IBF headquarters in Springfield, NJ. Rejoy Group, China’s biggest boxing promoter, won with a bid of $1,900,000 for the bout against Top Rank’s bid of $1,315,000.

The boxing event must be scheduled to take place not less than 28 days and not more than 90 days from the date of the bid award, unless a different date is agreed to in writing by the boxers and/or approved by the Championships Committee.

The purse bid for the IBF light heavyweight mandatory title defense between champion Artur Beterbiev and challenger Meng Fanlong took place today, December 30, 2019, at 12:00 PM at the…
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Ioka, Cintron, Tanaka, Wulan make weight

Results of weigh-ins of year-end world title tripleheader

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

The weigh-in ceremony of the year-end world title tripleheader took place today (Monday) at Shingawa Prince Hotel, where the results were as follows:
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WBO junior bantamweight title
Kazuto Ioka (Japan) 115 vs. Jeyvier Cintron (Puerto Rico) 114.75
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WBO flyweight title
Kosei Tanaka (Japan) 112 vs. Wulan Tuolehazi (China) 112
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WBO female junior bantamweight title
Miyo Yoshida (Japan) 114.75 vs. Li-Ping Shi (China) 112.25

The officials thereof were announced by the JBC (Japan Boxing Commission), as follows:

Results of weigh-ins of year-end world title tripleheader By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda The weigh-in ceremony of the year-end world title tripleheader took place today (Monday) at Shingawa Prince…
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Tank KOs Gamboa in 12 for WBA lightweight title

Photos: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

In a clash for the vacant WBA lightweight belt, WBA #1 rated Gervonta “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO over #2 Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Davis started fast, dropping Gamboa in round two. Between rounds, Gamboa complained about a problem with his shoe, which broke during the knockdown. He continued to fight with his mobility impaired. Davis landed some big shots in round five, but the 38-year-old Gamboa took them well. Davis dropped Gamboa again in round eight during a good exchange. They went two-to-toe in the final round and Davis dropped Gamboa again to end it. Time was 1:17.

After the fight, Davis said he gives his performance a C+, adding “I’m the top dog and as you know there’s no safety on this block so bring ‘em on,” referring to Vasyl Lomachenko and Leo Santa Cruz. Continue reading “Tank KOs Gamboa in 12 for WBA lightweight title”

Photos: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME In a clash for the vacant WBA lightweight belt, WBA #1 rated Gervonta “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO over #2 Yuriorkis “El…
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Pascal retains WBA light heavy title by split decision

Photos: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

WBA light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KOs) barely retained his title by twelve round split decision against WBA #11 Badou Jack “The Ripper” (22-3-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
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It was an exciting fight that featured fast and furious exchanges. Pascal started fast and dropped Jack with a big overhand right hand in round four. The frantic pace gradually slowed over the second half of the fight until Jack came to life dropping Pascal with a series of rights in the final round. Scores were 114-112 for Jack, 114-112, 114-112 for Pascal.

“I won this fight, it was a close fight but I won it,” said the 37-year-old Pascal afterward. Continue reading “Pascal retains WBA light heavy title by split decision”

Photos: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME WBA light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KOs) barely retained his title by twelve round split decision against WBA #11 Badou Jack “The Ripper” (22-3-3, 13…
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Thompson upsets ex-champ Uzcategui

In his super middleweight debut, former light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (22-5, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former IBF world champion and 10:1 favorite Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (29-4, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Thompson dropped Uzcategui with a straight right at the end of the first round. Thompson was deducted a point for holding in round four. Uzcategui brought the pressure but was also hit cleanly quite often by Thompson. Scores were 95-94, 96-92, 96-92.

In his super middleweight debut, former light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (22-5, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former IBF world champion and 10:1 favorite Jose…
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Leo stops Juarez in IBF 122lb eliminator

Unbeaten IBF #9 super bantamweight Angelo Leo (19-0, 9 KOs) impressively won by eleventh round KO over former world title challenger and #4 rated Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (25-8, 19 KOs) in an IBF world title eliminator on Saturday night at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Leo dropped Juarez twice in round six, but Juarez made it out of the round. Leo dropped Juarez again in round eleven ad the bout was halted. Tim was 1:12.

In a clash between undefeated super lightweights, Malik Hawkins (18-0, 11 KOs) was victorious in round five when Darwin Price (16-1, 9 KOs) appeared to blow out a knee. Time was 1:18. Good fight while it lasted.

Light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (20-1, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage over 38-year-old veteran Brian Vera (26-16, 16 KOs). Good two-way action with Elbiali getting the better of it, battering Vera to the canvas to end it.

Unbeaten lightweight Jackson Martinez (19-0, 7 KOs) halted Yardley Cruz (26-15, 16 KOs) in round two.

Unbeaten IBF #9 super bantamweight Angelo Leo (19-0, 9 KOs) impressively won by eleventh round KO over former world title challenger and #4 rated Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (25-8, 19 KOs)…
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Goulamirian stops Bejenaru, retains WBA cruiser belt

Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian (26-0, 18 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Constantin Bejenaru (14-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palais des Sports in Marseille, France.
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The smaller, quicker Bejenaru continually beat Goulamirian to the punch while Goulamirian looked for the big punch. After being outworked for much of the fight, Goulamirian finally dropped Bejenaru with a short left hook in round nine. Bejenaru survived a fierce Goulamirian follow-up barrage to finish the round, but he was done and the fight was stopped in the corner.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian (26-0, 18 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Constantin Bejenaru (14-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the…
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Gonzalez defeats Ishida in IBF 115lb eliminator

By Joe Koizumi

Two-time world challenger, aggressive Mexican Israel Gonzalez (25-3, 11 KOs), 114.5, decked an important victory in the IBF junior bantam eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger as he defeated IBF#5 Sho Ishida (28-2, 15 KOs), 114.5, by a split but well-received decision (116-112, 115-113 for Gonzalez, 112-116 for Ishida) over twelve unanimous-like rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.

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Photo: Boxing Beat

Gonzalez previously failed to win the world belts, losing to IBF ruler Jerwin Ancajas in February 2018 and to Khalid Yafai in November 2018, while Ishida was also unsuccessful to win the WBA belt from Khalid Yafai in October 2017. Continue reading “Gonzalez defeats Ishida in IBF 115lb eliminator”

By Joe Koizumi Two-time world challenger, aggressive Mexican Israel Gonzalez (25-3, 11 KOs), 114.5, decked an important victory in the IBF junior bantam eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger as…
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Wilder-Fury rematch officially announced

The long-awaited rematch is on. Undefeated WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and unbeaten former champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury continue their rivalry in the ring Saturday, February 22 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets are on sale tomorrow, Saturday, December 28 and can be purchased at www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com. The event is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions, Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. A Premier Boxing Champions presentation.

The long-awaited rematch is on. Undefeated WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and unbeaten former champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury continue their rivalry in the ring Saturday, February…
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South African Boxing Roundup for 2019

By Ron Jackson

Moruti Mthalane who has a strong claim to the greatest flyweight fighter in the history of South African boxing is a worthy Supersport boxer of the year.

Even at the age of 37, Mthalane had an outstanding 2019 with two successful defences of his IBF flyweight belt against Masayuki Kuroda (UD 12) and Akira Yaegashi (tko 9) both from Japan, in his second reign as IBF flyweight champion.

Review of the Year

Rather sadly the boxing year we have just experienced, is once again one of the poorest in the history of South African boxing, with standards at a low ebb, with a few exceptions. 

However, one must accept that due to the high cost of importing top class fighters to South Africa and the negative exchange rate, promoters can only afford to promote fights with the lesser world bodies and lesser titles. Continue reading “South African Boxing Roundup for 2019”

By Ron Jackson Moruti Mthalane who has a strong claim to the greatest flyweight fighter in the history of South African boxing is a worthy Supersport boxer of the year.…
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Marco Huck vs. Joe Joyce is off

The January 11 showdown between Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (41-5, 28 KOs) and Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) for the European heavyweight title at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany, is off after Huck was injured while training last Saturday. “During sparring, I unfortunately cracked my right metacarpal,” said Huck. “If you do contact sports, unfortunately something like that can happen.” The Huck team will try to reschedule the bout on a later date.

The January 11 showdown between Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (41-5, 28 KOs) and Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) for the European heavyweight title at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany,…
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Plant to defend against Feigenbutz Feb 15

IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title in a homecoming bout against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) live in primetime on FOX February 15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. This will be the first time that Plant, who was born in Ashland, Tennessee outside of Nashville, will be fighting in his hometown as a pro. Feigenbutz is a former WBA interim titlist.

Welterweights as Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (17-2, 14 KOs) and Abel Ramos (25-3-2, 19 KOs) battle in the 10-round co-feature.

IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title in a homecoming bout against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) live in primetime on…
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Murata sinks Butler, retains WBA 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs), Japan, retained his belt as he kept stalking Canada’s Steven Butler (28-2-1, 24 KOs), 160, and finally caught up with him, dropping him to score a fine TKO victory a 2:45 of the fifth round on Monday in Yokohama, Japan.

Butler fought well, making good use of his hand speed and footwork.  But Murata patiently went forward with his solid left-right combinations and accelerated his attack from the third onward.  The fatal fifth saw Murata explode a vicious attack and sink him with a left hook followed by an effective combination.  The referee Rafael Ramos (US) made a well-timed stoppage and save Butler from further punishment.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon) WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs), Japan, retained his belt as he kept stalking Canada’s Steven Butler (28-2-1,…
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Mthalane stops Yaegashi, keeps IBF 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

37-year-old South African Moruti Mthalane (39-2, 26 KOs), 112, retained his IBF flyweight belt when he finally caught three-division champ Akira Yaegashi (28-7, 16 KOs), 112, Japan, with the referee Mario Gonzalez’s intervention at 2:54 of the ninth round on Monday in Yokohama, Japan.

Utilizing his fast footwork, Yaegashi took the leadoff in earlier rounds. But Mthalane took back the pace and badly hurt the Japanese, 36, with heavier shots to the face and the belly from the seventh on. In the eighth round Moruti had Akira in serious trouble, pinning him to the ropes with a fusillade of punches. It was Mthalane in the fatal ninth that turned loose and almost toppled the groggy challenger, when the third man called a halt.

Prior to the stoppage: Jonathan Davis (Philippines) 76-76, Kazutoshi Yoshida (Japan) 77-76 and Deon Dwarte (South Africa) 78-74, both in favor of Mthalane.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon) 37-year-old South African Moruti Mthalane (39-2, 26 KOs), 112, retained his IBF flyweight belt when he finally caught three-division champ…
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Kenshiro halts Petalcorin, keeps WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

Unbeaten Japanese footworker Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10 KOs), 107.75, kept his WBC light flyweight belt as he scored a quick stoppage of Filipino challenger Randy Petalcorin (31-4-1, 23 KOs), 106.5, dropping him four times at 1:08 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

The fleet-footed champ, making his seventh defense, kept moving to-and-fro to frustrate the Filipino southpaw. Teraji, 27, effectively scored with body shots with precision and had him on the deck three times in round three. Petalcorin, 28, had a narrow escape and displayed a do-or-die attack in the next session. But the cool champ averted his desperate retaliation and landed a lethal right to the midsection in return. Down he went again. Referee Frank Garza (US) this time declared a halt to the challenger on the canvas.

The Filipino was a replacement for IBF ruler Felix Alvarado in a scheduled unification title bout with Teraji, but the Nicaraguan pulled himself out because of an abrupt sickness a month before.

Kenshiro predicts, “I’ll break Mr. Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen consecutive defenses (Japanese record of the most defenses) by extending my defense one by one.” He may do so, but time will tell.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon) Unbeaten Japanese footworker Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10 KOs), 107.75, kept his WBC light flyweight belt as he scored a quick…
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Chocolatito Stops Filipino Diocos

By Joe Koizumi

Formerly four-division champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (48-2, 40 KOs), 115.75, Nicaragua, decked a fine comeback after a fifteen-month hiatus when he lopsidedly battered Filipino Diomel Diocos (14-6-3, 4 KOs), 115.5, downed him to the ropes and then halted him at 2:20 of the second round beneath a world title tripleheader on Monday in Yokohama, Japan.

Gonzalez started cautiously, but soon took the initiative and accelerated his work rate, whipping the Filipino from all angles. The second saw Chocolatito land a big right to pin him to the ropes with a flurry of punches, when the referee Fukuchi took the mandatory eight count. Though it resumed, the Nicaraguan swarmed over him with the ref’s well-received intervention.

Chocolatito proudly said, “I’ll regain the world belt in 2020 and dedicate it to Nicaragua and Japan.”

By Joe Koizumi Formerly four-division champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (48-2, 40 KOs), 115.75, Nicaragua, decked a fine comeback after a fifteen-month hiatus when he lopsidedly battered Filipino Diomel Diocos (14-6-3,…
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Narvaez fails to get 50th win

44-year-old former two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (49-4-4, 25 KOs) lost a ten round split decision against journeyman Pablo Gomez (12-10-2, 1 KO) in a bantamweight fight on Saturday night at the Club Sportivo America in Rosario, Argentina. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 for Gomez, 96-94 for Narvaez. In his prime, Narvaez defended his flyweight and super flyweight world titles 29 times.

44-year-old former two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (49-4-4, 25 KOs) lost a ten round split decision against journeyman Pablo Gomez (12-10-2, 1 KO) in a bantamweight fight on Saturday night…
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Charlo TKOs Harrison, regains WBC 154lb title

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

In a rematch, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) avenged his loss to WBC super welterweight champion Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (28-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. Charlo knocked down Harrison in the second round with a left hook but Harrison not only survived the knockdown but made it a real battle for the rest of the fight. The end came when Charlo knocked down Harrison twice in round eleven and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage.
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Harrison, more often than not, controlled the center of the ring and was doing great work to the body while Charlo was headhunting.

The fight was all about ebbs and flows with each fighter trying to figure out how to beat gain an advantage. Some rounds were fought in a phone booth while other rounds were fought at a distance. Continue reading “Charlo TKOs Harrison, regains WBC 154lb title”

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions In a rematch, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) avenged his loss to WBC super welterweight champion Tony “Super Bad”…
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Errol Spence: I’m fighting in May or June

By Karl Freitag

Since his horrific single-car accident that took place on October 10, WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. has been laying low. He broke his silence Saturday night on PBC’s Harrison-Charlo II telecast on FOX.

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Photo: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

“I really was just sore,” Spence told FOX Sports’ Brian Kenny. “My whole body was just sore. It was, I guess, a miracle from God. He protected me during the accident because anyone else would probably have been killed. It was a blessing from God that I was able to make it safe and I’m able to return back to boxing next year…no restrictions. I’ve been cleared. They’ve done all kinds of scans on me. They think it’s a miracle.

“I don’t remember too much, but I can’t really talk about the case too much I’ve been advised by my lawyers. It’s still a pending case going on. I’ll definitely get through it. I’m fighting in May or June. I’ll be back real soon. Continue reading “Errol Spence: I’m fighting in May or June”

By Karl Freitag Since his horrific single-car accident that took place on October 10, WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. has been laying low. He broke…
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Escandon destroys IBF top-rated Tepora in one

By David Robinett at ringside

In a surprise result between former interim world champions, 35-year-old Oscar Escandon (26-5, 17 KOs) turned back the clock and knocked out previously undefeated Filipino contender Jhack Tepora (23-1, 17 KOs) with a perfect left hook to the body at 1:30 of the opening stanza of a scheduled ten-round featherweight contest on Saturday night at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.
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Escandon, coming in on a three-fight losing streak, traded punches with Tepora early, then, while on the attack with Tepora along the ropes, ripped a textbook left hook to the body that dropped Tepora onto his knees after a delayed reaction. Tepora, in visible distress, could barely move, let alone beat the count, resulting in the first win for Escandon in nearly four years. Textbook example of “that’s why they fight the fights.”

Tepora entnred the fight rated IBF #3 (with the #1 and #2 spots vacant), WBC #9 and WBC #10.

By David Robinett at ringside In a surprise result between former interim world champions, 35-year-old Oscar Escandon (26-5, 17 KOs) turned back the clock and knocked out previously undefeated Filipino…
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