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Joseph Diaz Jr. takes aim at WBA title

By Miguel Maravilla

Featherweight contender Joseph Diaz Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs) of South El Monte, California will have his second world title shot within a four-month span when he goes up against World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Jesus Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KOs) of Puerto Rico this Saturday in the inaugural edition of Golden Boy Fight Night at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California.

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Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“We are days away. It’s almost fight time, I am fighting for the world title again. I’m excited for this fight and I’m ready,” Joseph Diaz Jr. told Fightnews.com®. “Come August 11th, I will have that title wrapped around my waist and I will be the champion that I deserve to be!” Continue reading “Joseph Diaz Jr. takes aim at WBA title”

By Miguel Maravilla Featherweight contender Joseph Diaz Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs) of South El Monte, California will have his second world title shot within a four-month span when he goes…
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Kovalev Decision: Retirement or Rematch?

Kovalev’s trainer urges retirement…Krusher has rematch clause…will take some time to decide next move

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Sumio Yamada

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Yvon Michel, promoter of newly crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez confirmed during the postfight press conference that former champion Sergey Kovalev has a rematch clause and there are also mandatories to deal with.

Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva confirmed there is a rematch clause, but said it’s too early to say when or if the return fight would take place.

In Russian media, Kovalev’s trainer Abror Tursunpulatov has recommended that Kovalev retire. Kovalev stated it’s probably time to hang up the gloves, “but this is boxing so anything can happen. I will not make hasty decisions, time will pass, and I’ll decide what to do next.”

Kovalev didn’t attend the press conference, but posted a message on Instagram from the back of an ambulance. “I am on my way to the hospital to check my head, check my body … I feel OK. Thank you everyone, thank you very much to all the fans around the world for your support. I love you, and I’m fine.”

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Kovalev’s trainer urges retirement…Krusher has rematch clause…will take some time to decide next move By Karl Freitag Photos: Sumio Yamada Yvon Michel, promoter of newly crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO)…
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Alvarez KOs Kovalev to win WBO 175lb title

By John DiSanto at ringside

Challenger Eleider “Storm” Alvarez, 24-0, 12 KOs, shocked light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 32-3-1, 28 KOs, with a burst of power in round seven of their scheduled 12 round title bout in Atlantic City.

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Alvarez, behind on the scorecards, caught the champion with a long right hand in the seventh that deposited Kovalev on the seat of his pants. Sergey got up, but Alvarez did not let him off the hook. The Colombian landed a left-right combination that sent Kovalev to the canvas again. The champion rose a second time, but with the round winding down, Alvarez sent him to the floor for a third time with a three-punch series. When Kovalev hit the deck, referee David Fields halted the fight at 2:45 of round seven. The upset TKO earned Alvarez the WBO and IBA titles and shook up the 175-pound division. At the time of the stoppage, Kovalev was ahead 58-56, 59-55, 59-55.

The 10-bout card was promoted by Main Events and the two light heavyweight title fights were televised live on HBO.

By John DiSanto at ringside Challenger Eleider “Storm” Alvarez, 24-0, 12 KOs, shocked light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 32-3-1, 28 KOs, with a burst of power in round seven…
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Bivol decisions Chilemba to retain WBA 175lb title

By John DiSanto at ringside

WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, 14-0, 11 KOs, retained his title with a workmanlike 12-round unanimous over sturdy South African Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba, 25-6-2, 10 KOs, on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

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Bivol, St. Petersburg, Russia, showed flashes of his lauded power early in the fight, but as the rounds progressed, he settled into a less dangerous approach to the fight. Before long he appeared to be fighting one-handed, prompting some ringsiders to wonder if the champ had injured his right hand. The right surfaced occasionally, but it was his left that accounted for most of his activity. Chilemba used a good left jab as his primary weapon, and lasted the full distance, as he had done against Sergey Kovalev two years ago. The victory, although rather ordinary, still kept Bivol on track for an eventual showdown with Kovalev. The scores for Bivol were 116-112 and 120-108 twice.

By John DiSanto at ringside WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, 14-0, 11 KOs, retained his title with a workmanlike 12-round unanimous over sturdy South African Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba,…
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NABF Convention, Day 2

The opening general session of the 50th NABF convention got underway Friday morning in Reno, Nevada. After the national anthems of member countries Canada, Mexico and the United States were played, NABF VP Joanna Aguilar introduced NSAC commissioner Staci Alonso. Comm. Alonso welcomed the NABF to Reno and reflected on the 50 years that the organization has been in existence. Alonso compared the need to work even harder at maintaining one’s health the older they get, to the need for an organization to also not rest on its laurels and continue to strive for excellence.
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Former president Duane Ford then introduced a video from WBC president and NABF VP Mauricio Sulaiman. Sulaiman underwent emergency surgery a few weeks back and is unable to travel at this time. He wished the NABF family well and a successful convention. Continue reading “NABF Convention, Day 2”

The opening general session of the 50th NABF convention got underway Friday morning in Reno, Nevada. After the national anthems of member countries Canada, Mexico and the United States were…
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Farmer dominates Dib for IBF 130lb title

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Warren Suen

International Boxing Federation (IBF) #3 super featherweight Tevin Farmer (26-4-1, 5 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib (43-5, 24 KOs) on Friday night to claim the vacant IBF super featherweight crown at Technology Park in Sydney, Australia.
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Classy Philadelphia southpaw Farmer was mostly in command, dropping Dib in round nine. Scores were 118-109, 119-108, 120-107.

After the fight, an emotional Billy Dib announced his retirement.

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Warren Suen International Boxing Federation (IBF) #3 super featherweight Tevin Farmer (26-4-1, 5 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former…
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Arum talks new 7-year Top Rank/ESPN deal

By Boxing Bob Newman

Hall of Fame promoter and Top Rank founder Bob Arum took a few moments to talk about the new blockbuster seven year deal between his company and ESPN.

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Arum elaborated on the ability to envision the future and technology’s role in shaping the way entertainment is consumed. 38 years after striking a groundbreaking deal with the then-fledgling cable network, Arum does it again with the same – linking the two franchises together in another longterm deal that once again benefits boxing fans.

By Boxing Bob Newman Hall of Fame promoter and Top Rank founder Bob Arum took a few moments to talk about the new blockbuster seven year deal between his company…
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Canelo looking sharp at training camp

Canelo: “It got more personal this time around. The little respect that we had for each other was lost.”

Photos: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/ Golden Boy Promotions

Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) has stepped up training camp in his second home of San Diego, Calif. as he prepares to face World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA), and International Boxing Organization (IBO) middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) in the most anticipated bout of 2018. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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After a controversial split draw that left the boxing fans wanting even more – Canelo shared his revamped routine as he prepares for the historic rematch, which will take place on Mexican Independence Day Weekend. Continue reading “Canelo looking sharp at training camp”

Canelo: “It got more personal this time around. The little respect that we had for each other was lost.” Photos: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/ Golden Boy Promotions Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs)…
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Top Rank, ESPN lock in seven year deal

New seven-year deal runs through 2025 and includes 54 exclusive live Top Rank on ESPN events per year

ESPN and Top Rank today announced the most comprehensive, exclusive rights agreement in the history of boxing. This new seven-year deal runs from 2018 to 2025 and includes 54 events per year, as well as a full offering of exclusive shoulder programming, classic fights and studio content.

The 54 live events include 18 boxing events on ESPN, 12 exclusive, prime time events on ESPN+, 24 premium international events on ESPN+, and undercard coverage of all 54 events on ESPN+

New seven-year deal runs through 2025 and includes 54 exclusive live Top Rank on ESPN events per year ESPN and Top Rank today announced the most comprehensive, exclusive rights agreement…
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Laight competes in milestone 300th pro fight

A boxing milestone bout took place last Saturday at a club show in Allard Way, Coventry, England, as British journeyman super lightweight Kristian Laight took part in his 300th pro bout. Laight has a less than stellar record of 12-279-9 with 0 KOs to date. He is currently riding a 53-bout winless streak. His 300th fight matched the output of now-retired fellow Brit Peter Buckley who retired in 2008. The 38-year-old Laight aims to break Buckley’s bout total in short order with 300 career losses a distinct possibility.

American super middleweight Reggie Strickland, who retired in 2005, had 363 bouts with a record of 66-276-17, 14 KOs.

It is believed that British lightweight Len Wickwar had the most fights of any pro boxer, competing in 470 bouts between 1928 and 1947. His record was 340-87-42, 93 KOs and one no-contest.

A boxing milestone bout took place last Saturday at a club show in Allard Way, Coventry, England, as British journeyman super lightweight Kristian Laight took part in his 300th pro…
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Farmer needs to get it right this time

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Philadelphian Tevin Farmer, 25-4-1, 5 KOs, 1 NC, has a chance to get it right this week when he faces Billy Dib, 43-4, 24 KOs, in a fight in Australia for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) world junior lightweight championship. This will be Farmer’s second attempt at winning a world title after letting his first opportunity slip through his hands, thanks to a long layoff, bad scoring, two injuries, an opponent on performance enhancers, and his own entitled attitude that hampered his ability to get the job done last December.

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That concoction of factors conspired to keep Farmer down among the pack of ordinary boxers, but on Saturday, he gets another chance to rise above the rest of the 130-pounders, and above all receive a rare second opportunity to prove what he is all about. However this time, he has to get it right. The bout with Dib comes on Friday, August 3. Continue reading “Farmer needs to get it right this time”

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Philadelphian Tevin Farmer, 25-4-1, 5 KOs, 1 NC, has a chance to get it right this week when he faces Billy Dib, 43-4, 24 KOs,…
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Jacobs-Derevyanchenko reach deal

By Przemek Garczarczyk

More Jacobs-Derevyanchenko craziness. The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has just released the following statement:

A Purse Bid Procedure was scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2018 for the vacant IBF Middleweight Championship fight between #1, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and #3, Daniel Jacobs. That Purse Bid procedure has been canceled. Both sides reached an agreement.

Earlier in the day, the IBF announced that there would be a SECOND Jacobs-Derevyanchenko purse bid August 9.

On June 11, 2018, the IBF ordered #1, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and #3, Daniel Jacobs to begin negotiations for the vacant IBF Middleweight Championship fight. They could not reach an amicable agreement within the time frame set by the IBF. Therefore, the IBF will call for purse bids to be held in these offices on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 12 Noon. Bids must be submitted at 11:45 AM to be promptly opened at 12 Noon.

At the time of the bid, promoters must remit a check to the IBF in the amount of $ 5,000.00, a non-refundable participation fee. You must also submit at that time a check representing 10% of the total amount of the bid. Within 5 business days following the purse bid procedure, the Winning promoter must forward another check to this office representing 10% of the bid, for a total of 20% of the total amount bid.

By Przemek Garczarczyk More Jacobs-Derevyanchenko craziness. The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has just released the following statement: A Purse Bid Procedure was scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2018 for the…
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Garcia beats Easter, unifies WBC, IBF lightweight titles

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME

In a unification bout for the lightweight titles of the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF), Mikey Garcia (40-0, 30 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Robert Easter (21-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California.
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Garcia knocked down Easter in the third round with a beautifully placed right cross, left hook combo. Easter, to his credit, recovered and did his best to box Garcia from the outside but was unable to hurt Garcia with what was mainly his jab. The ninth round was the best of the fight with the two engaging in toe to toe action. That would be Easter’s last hurrah as it seemed to take its toll on him and he went into survival mode for the remainder of the fight.

Judges scored it 116-111, 117-110 and 118-109 all in favor of the now unified lightweight champion, Garcia. Continue reading “Garcia beats Easter, unifies WBC, IBF lightweight titles”

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME In a unification bout for the lightweight titles of the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF), Mikey Garcia (40-0,…
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Ortiz demolishes Cojanu in two

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (29-1, 25KO) destroyed former world title challenger, 6’7” Razvan Cojanu, by way of knockout at 2:08 of the second round on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Ortiz easily won the opening round and hurt the much bigger Cojanu with a body shot. Cojanu, for whatever reason, seemed to taunt Ortiz during the fight and that didn’t go so well as Ortiz landed a right hook that opened up Cojanu perfectly for a laser-guided missile of a straight left cross that dropped Cojanu like a 269-pound sack of potatoes. Cojanu twice attempted to get up but fell each time and when he did manage to get up, it was on unsteady legs, and seemingly concussed, prompting the referee to stop the fight. Continue reading “Ortiz demolishes Cojanu in two”

By Rocky Morales at ringside Heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (29-1, 25KO) destroyed former world title challenger, 6’7” Razvan Cojanu, by way of knockout at 2:08 of the second round…
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Ito beats Diaz for WBO 130lb title

Photos: Scott Foster

In a slugfest for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) jr lightweight title formerly held by Vasyl Lomachenko, Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten crowd favorite Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (23-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida.
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Ito outworked Diaz from the start, dropping him with a right hand to the head in round four. Diaz was very game, but he was continually caught by Ito’s combinations and his left eye was closed by round eleven. Scores were 116-111, 117-110, 118-109.

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Photos: Scott Foster In a slugfest for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) jr lightweight title formerly held by Vasyl Lomachenko, Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten crowd…
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Whyte barely gets past Parker in war

WBC #1, WBO #2, WBA #7 Dillian Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) scored an exciting twelve round unanimous decision over former World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Parker started out aggressively and outboxed Whyte in round one. Parker went down after a head clash in round two and referee Ian Jon Lewis called it a knockdown. Parker continued to box while Whyte threw power punches. Whyte starting to land more often and rough up Parker midway. Whyte dropped Parker in round nine with a big left hook for a legitimate knockdown.

Parker came on strong in rounds eleven and twelve, dropping Whyte late in round twelve. Whyte made it to his feet then tied up Parker until the final bell. Scores were 113-112, 115-110, 114-111.

WBC #1, WBO #2, WBA #7 Dillian Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) scored an exciting twelve round unanimous decision over former World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-2, 18…
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Kimura retains WBO flyweight title

Results Of Asian Sensation

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese defending champ Sho Kimura successfully defended his WBO world flyweight belt by finishing Filipino challenger Froilan Saludar at 0:54 of the sixth round on Friday in Qingdao, China.

In a sensational encounter of world-rated 122-pound compatriots, Shingo Wake dropped Japanese national champ Yusaku Kuga in round two, took the initiative thereafter and finally halted the prefight favorite with a fine stoppage by a thrown towel at 0:36 of the tenth and final round on Friday at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Wake, a lanky stylish southpaw who once failed to win the WBA belt from Jonathan Guzman via eleventh round stoppage in 2016, was leading on points: 88-82 twice, 87-82. Wake captured the national 122-pound belt from Kuga.

Unbeaten future-star Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6 KOs), 121, impressively demolished Indonesian junior feather champ Noldi Manakane (32-26-2, 18 KOs), 121.5, with a vicious left hook to the belly at 2:37 of the fifth round in a scheduled ten.

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Results Of Asian Sensation By Joe Koizumi Japanese defending champ Sho Kimura successfully defended his WBO world flyweight belt by finishing Filipino challenger Froilan Saludar at 0:54 of the sixth…
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Mikey: These are challenges I’m willing to take on

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is set to take on IBF undefeated lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-0, 14 KOs) in a unification bout this Saturday, July 28 at the Staples Center live on Showtime Championship Boxing. Fightnews.com caught up with the champ as he talked about his upcoming unification bout with Easter and his ambitions to becoming the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

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“I am well prepared for this fight physically and mentally I am ready for whatever he brings. I am confident to come out with the victory,” Mikey Garcia told Fightnews.com®. “I will do whatever is necessary to win. If I have to get inside and brawl or if I stay and box on the outside I will catch him reaching in,” Garcia added. Continue reading “Mikey: These are challenges I’m willing to take on”

By Miguel Maravilla WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is set to take on IBF undefeated lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-0, 14 KOs) in a unification bout…
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Tonight’s David Price fight suddenly cancelled

It was announced this morning that heavyweight David Price (22-5, 18 KOs) will not be fighting as scheduled on tonight’s MTK Global boxing card in Bolton, England. “Pricey” has been ruled out with an alleged back injury. The fight had been announced back on May 4, and as of yesterday the bout was still on although suspiciously no opponent had yet been named.

It was announced this morning that heavyweight David Price (22-5, 18 KOs) will not be fighting as scheduled on tonight’s MTK Global boxing card in Bolton, England. “Pricey” has been…
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Interview: Fres Oquendo

“This is my chance, this is my life!”

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Lot of people are like, ‘Fres, I don’t know how you do it. A lot of people are retiring and forgetting boxing. How you do it?!’ It’s my mind. I’ve been through the gutter. Born in the roughest part of Puerto Rico, been in the roughest projects of Chicago, I’ve seen it all. I’ve lived in the gutter. And here I am today, after all these sacrifices as a youth, and now I’m helping others persevere in my country that was devastated last August, here I am in my career on the cusp of finally fighting someone who is clean, who hopefully passes all these tests and we’ll have an even playing field. I’m just blessed,” said longtime boxing veteran and heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) in a Fightnews.com® interview.

Oquendo is preparing in Chicago for his September 29 bout (in Cologne, Germany) against Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) for the WBA regular heavyweight championship of the world.

“This is my chance, this is my life!” By Przemek Garczarczyk “Lot of people are like, ‘Fres, I don’t know how you do it. A lot of people are retiring…
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Almonte stops Diaz, Stevens TKOs Cruz

Riot erupts. Chairs, bottles and bullets fly

By Robert Coster

In Santiago, Dominican Republic, fans flocked to watch an entertaining night of boxing-entertaining until marred by violence between partisan camps. On the plus side, hot Dominican bantamweight prospect Junior “The Bomb” Almonte (10-0,8 KOs) showcased his talent and punching power halting Venezuelan Sander Diaz (7-4, 4 KOs) at 1:55 of the first round. Diaz came out like a whirlwind, connecting hard punches to Almonte’s jaw. At first, surprised by his opponent’ fury, Junior regrouped and put an end to the fight with just two textbook punches: a vicious hook to the side and a well-timed curved right hand to the jaw. Diaz went down then struggled to rise to his feet but was in no condition to continue. With this explosive victory, Almonte wins the WBC Fecarbox title. Keep an eye on this baby-faced Caribbean “bomber.”

Now, the negatives. Curtis Stevens (30-6, 22 KOs) returned to ring action and fought local boxer Carlos Jairo Cruz (18-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBA middleweight title. For four rounds the fight was an entertaining give-and-take. Cruz, the underdog, did more than expected, giving as good as he took. Stevens, however, was wearing him down with thundering body punches and at the end of the fourth round, the Dominican boxer appeared to be in trouble. Cruz’ brother apparently signaled to referee Steve Smoger that the fight should be stopped.

This prompted some fans to step into the ring and what followed was total mayhem. Chairs and bottles began flying and then shots (yes, shots). Fans started scrambling out of the arena in panic. Numerous police cars showed up to quelch the wild riot. The ring was transformed into a battlefield. Luckily, both Curtis Stevens and Steve Smoger were hustled out of the ring unharmed. A very unfortunate ending to an otherwise good card. Continue reading “Almonte stops Diaz, Stevens TKOs Cruz”

Riot erupts. Chairs, bottles and bullets fly By Robert Coster In Santiago, Dominican Republic, fans flocked to watch an entertaining night of boxing-entertaining until marred by violence between partisan camps.…
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Munguia powers past Smith, retains WBO title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KOs) overcame a gutsy effort by former champ Liam “Beefy” Smith (26-2-1, 14 KOs) to take a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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8:1 underdog Smith exposed Munguia’s defensive deficiencies early on. Munguia upped the pressure in round four, ripping big shots. The bout continued going Munguia’s direction with his power making the difference. Munguia dropped Smith in round six with a left hook. And it was all Munguia the rest of the way, although the outgunned Smith made it a fight to the very end.

Scores were 116-111, 119-110, 119-108. Continue reading “Munguia powers past Smith, retains WBO title”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KOs) overcame a gutsy effort by former champ Liam “Beefy” Smith (26-2-1, 14 KOs) to take a…
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Machado shuts out Mensah to retain WBA title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA super featherweight champion Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (20-0, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Rafael “Sweet Pea” Mensah (31-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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Machado dropped Mensah with a right hook at the end of round one but the bell rang before he could follow up. Mensah staggered back to his corner after taking big shots from Machado in round four. Machado dealt more abuse to Mensah in a one-sided round five. But after that, the action slowed and Mensah made it to the final bell. Scores were 120-107 across the board. Continue reading “Machado shuts out Mensah to retain WBA title”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA super featherweight champion Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (20-0, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Rafael “Sweet Pea” Mensah…
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Ex-champ Ioka to make a comeback in U.S.

By Joe Koizumi

Three-class champ Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs), 29, Japan, recently announced his retirement from ring warfare on New Year’s Eve last, but appeared in a press conference to declare his comeback in the US on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

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Ioka, former WBC/WBA 105lb/WBA 108lb/IBF 112lb titleholder, will participate in the Super Fly 3 event in Los Angeles on September 8. Despite his then regrettable farewell to the ring Ioka’s comeback had been greatly expected here. Kazuto, an excellent boxer-puncher, is hoped to regain his top form and display his real power in the US, overcoming a sixteen-month hiatus. Good luck.

By Joe Koizumi Three-class champ Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13 KOs), 29, Japan, recently announced his retirement from ring warfare on New Year’s Eve last, but appeared in a press conference…
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Lucas Matthysse: The Last Argentine Warrior

By Hesiquio Balderas

Those pleasant moments and the taste of the victory that Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse gave his fans during his explosive career apparently disappeared with his last defeat. And yes, it was a painful setback from which he should not feel embarrassed, as he was in against a legendary fighter like Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

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But many do not want to acknowledge it and they call Lucas a quitter, saying that he lost without throwing all his weapons into a war as he said he would prior to the bout.

“I had a bad night, I do not deny it. I tried everything. I thought would be enough to come out with my hand up but things did not work out,” said Matthysse. Continue reading “Lucas Matthysse: The Last Argentine Warrior”

By Hesiquio Balderas Those pleasant moments and the taste of the victory that Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse gave his fans during his explosive career apparently disappeared with his last defeat.…
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