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Rodriguez edges Moloney to retains IBF belt

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IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round split decision over Jason Moloney (17-1, 14 KOs) in a World Boxing Super Series bantamweight quarterfinal match on Saturday night at the CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida.
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Rodriguez was very sharp and often beat the aggressive Moloney to the punch early on. Moloney rallied furiously down the stretch but it was too little too late. Scores were 115-113 Moloney, 115-113, 115-113 Rodriguez. Great fight. Next up for Rodriguez is WBA champ Naoya Inoue, who was at ringside.

In a WBA cruiserweight eliminator, former champion Yunier Dorticos (23-1, 21 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Mateusz Masternak (41-5, 28 KOs) in a World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight quarterfinal match. Big punching Dorticos landed big shots on Masternak from the get-go, but Masternak walked through fire early on and fought hard the full twelve rounds. Scores were 116-112, 115-113, 115-113. Continue reading “Rodriguez edges Moloney to retains IBF belt”

Photos: Alex Nunez/Fresh Productions Boxing IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round split decision over Jason Moloney (17-1, 14 KOs) in a…
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WBA interim champ Goulamirian stops Flanagan

WBA interim cruiserweight champion Arsen “Feroz” Goulamirian (24-0, 16 KOs) retained the title with a ninth round TKO over WBA #10 Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (24-6, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palais des Sports in Marseille, France. Goulamirian, with trainer Abel Sanchez in his corner, began to break down Flanagan midway through the bout. He battered the game Flanagan to the deck twice in round nine and was closing in for the finish when Flanagan’s corner threw in the towel prompting referee Roberto Ramirez to halt the fight.

Unbeaten super middleweight Louis Toutin (12-0, 11 KOs) overpowered and stopped 39-year-old former contender Jose Varela (25-8, 17 KOs). Toutin dropped Varela in round three and knocked him out in round four.

Unbeaten super welterweight Dylan Charrat (17-0-1, 4 KOs) escaped with an unpopular twelve round draw against Howard Cospolite (17-6-3, 6 KOs). Scores were 115-113 Charret, 117-111 Cospolite, 115-115.

WBA interim cruiserweight champion Arsen “Feroz” Goulamirian (24-0, 16 KOs) retained the title with a ninth round TKO over WBA #10 Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (24-6, 17 KOs) on Saturday…
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Oscar: Mayweather’s a ‘Lowlife’

By TMZSports.com

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya believes Floyd Mayweather is angling for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez — claiming he’s a broke fraud who desperately needs a money fight to stay afloat. The head of Golden Boy Promotions was celebrating the record-breaking $365-MILLION contract he made for Canelo Alvarez … when we asked about his rekindled beef with Floyd.

As we previously reported, Floyd dug up an old photo of Oscar on Thursday and blasted him on social media saying some pretty offensive stuff. But, Oscar didn’t seem too bothered at The Belmont restaurant Thursday night — saying Floyd is simply trying to ruin Canelo’s moment because he’s a jealous, bitter man. Continue reading “Oscar: Mayweather’s a ‘Lowlife’”

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Fielding vows to derail Canelo

WBC, WBA middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) just signed the most lucrative deal in all of sports, but WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) plans to send Canelo’s stock crashing down on December 15 in Madison Square Garden.

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“I went to Germany and fought for the world title,” said Rocky. “People wrote me off and didn’t give me a chance. But I won the world title and it only took me five rounds. I worked my whole life to be on the biggest stages, and now I’m fighting the biggest name in the sport at Madison Square Garden. It is every fighter’s dream. I know Canelo is an elite fighter, but I’m going in there as a champion to defend my title and walk away with the victory.”

Fielding’s trainer Janie Moore added, “[Rocky] has all the attributes to give Canelo problems. Canelo has never fought at super middleweight and he’s never fought anyone with the size that Rocky Fielding has. Rocky has come a long way. He has had setbacks, but they have taken him to where he is today. We will walk away with the victory on December 15.”

WBC, WBA middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) just signed the most lucrative deal in all of sports, but WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) plans…
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Murata targets Canelo and GGG

WBA “regular” middleweight champion Ryota Murata, one of Japan’s most revered sporting heroes, is ready to make his debut as a Las Vegas headliner. Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will defend his WBA title against Rob “Bravo” Brant (23-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday at MGM’s Park Theater. Murata-Brant will stream live in the United States on ESPN+.

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“I am happy to be a headliner, but there is more to come,” said Murata. “I think there are bigger and better fights for me. This is just a start. I would like to fight Canelo Alvarez, but without the Mexican beef!”

On a potential Gennady Golovkin fight, he stated, “It would be nice if it happens. It would be especially nice because it would be good for boxing. Yes, I think it would be a war. I think it would be a real exciting fight.”

Murata is a 5:1 favorite to retain his title.

WBA “regular” middleweight champion Ryota Murata, one of Japan’s most revered sporting heroes, is ready to make his debut as a Las Vegas headliner. Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), a 2012…
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One on one with Canelo

By Hesiquio Balderas

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Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

On Rocky Fielding…
“I’m ready to win this fight. I’m going to Fielding’s weight class, to his comfort zone. I don’t know how I’m going to feel, but I’m up for the challenge. I don’t know If I’m going to be slower. He’s taller, stronger. It excites me.”

On Floyd Mayweather…
“I heard he might come back, I would love to get that rematch. It will be a completely different story, I heard he wants to come back. That’s the one fight I would like to get!” Continue reading “One on one with Canelo”

By Hesiquio Balderas On Rocky Fielding… “I’m ready to win this fight. I’m going to Fielding’s weight class, to his comfort zone. I don’t know how I’m going to feel,…
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Big Baby takes aim at WBA title

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell ‘Big Baby” Miller will likely face either Fres Oquendo or Trevor Bryan for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight title later this year. “That should be Jarrell’s next fight,” Miller’s promoter Dmitry Salita told Sky Sports. “We’re working on it pretty intensely and hopefully that will come together in the next couple of days. We’re working on a fight before the end of the year, which could be confirmed very soon.”

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell ‘Big Baby” Miller will likely face either Fres Oquendo or Trevor Bryan for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight title later this year. “That should be Jarrell’s…
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Farmer ready to do it big or not at all

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

For years, when Tevin Farmer woke up every morning, the first thought on his mind was his goal to become a world champion. It was like an instinct. It came before breakfast, before he put his feet on the floor, and before he said his first words of the day. It was automatic. In his mind, he visualized that goal and saw himself with a championship belt wrapped around his waist.

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On August 3rd, that goal came to be. Farmer made a trip to Australia and returned home with the IBF junior lightweight title, following a dominant win over Billy Dib. After seven years as a pro, all of his hard work had paid off and he had finally achieved his long-standing goal.

So how did it feel when Tevin woke up after becoming champ?

“At first, it was regular,” Farmer said. “You kind of get used to that feeling. It becomes normal. So when you become champion that feeling is still on you, but now it’s just starting to wear off.”

And for world champion Tevin Farmer, 26-4-1, 5 KOs, 1 NC, things are starting to change. With that belt in his possession, everything is new for him, and he needs new goals and new things to visualize. On Saturday night (October 20), for the first time, Tevin Farmer will enter a boxing ring as a world champion when he makes his first title defense against Belfast’s James Tennyson, 22-2, 18 KOs, at the TD Garden in Boston. The bout will be streamed live by DAZN. Continue reading “Farmer ready to do it big or not at all”

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com For years, when Tevin Farmer woke up every morning, the first thought on his mind was his goal to become a world champion. It was…
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Wilder comments on mascot incident

Update: According to The Wrap, an ESPN representative stated “Reports are innacurate. No injury was caused to the Mascot performer during the Nación ESPN segment.”

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay has apologized for reportedly breaking the jaw of the Nacion ESPN mascot on live TV.

Via Instagram:Anything headlining I didn’t know a “Human Being” was in there is just straight “Click Baiting” like come on now, I guess the Mascot rolled out there. Show so[me] respect! I sincerely apologize to the brave man that was injured (if this is true) I have the upmost high respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage. If this is true @nacionespn I personally would like to invite him to my Dec.1 fight. Word Is Bond✊🏿-CHAMP #BombZquad #PeoplesChamp


Update: According to The Wrap, an ESPN representative stated “Reports are innacurate. No injury was caused to the Mascot performer during the Nación ESPN segment.” WBC heavyweight champion Deontay has…
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Crawford-Benavidez a boxing ratings smash

Highest-rated Boxing Telecast on Broadcast and Cable Television so far this Year

Last night’s Top Rank on ESPN (10:25 p.m. ET to 12:36 a.m. ET) scored three major victories. The overall event delivered a 1.6 metered market rating according to Nielsen, making it the highest-rated boxing telecast in 2018 across all broadcast and cable networks.

The main event, featuring Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 Kos) vs. Jose Benavidez, Jr. (27-1, 18 KOs), averaged a 1.8 metered market, making it the year’s highest-rated Top Rank bout and main event on ESPN. It was an electric, full house at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, as hometown favorite Terence “Bud” Crawford, defeated Benavidez Jr. by 12th-round TKO to defend his WBO welterweight world title. Continue reading “Crawford-Benavidez a boxing ratings smash”

Highest-rated Boxing Telecast on Broadcast and Cable Television so far this Year Last night’s Top Rank on ESPN (10:25 p.m. ET to 12:36 a.m. ET) scored three major victories. The…
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Crawford TKOs Benavidez in 12, retains WBO title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) scored an impressive twelfth round TKO over previously unbeaten Jose Benavidez Jr (27-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
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After a highly contentious lead up to the fight, the first six rounds were close. Midway, Crawford began to pull away. In the last round, Crawford dropped Benavidez with an uppercut and “Bud” got the stoppage with his follow up barrage as Benavidez sank into the ropes. Time was 2:42.

“We knew that he wanted to get in my head and make it a firefight,” Crawford said. “I saw him in his corner taking deep breaths and knew he was done.” More + GIANT photo gallery…

Photos: Sumio Yamada World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) scored an impressive twelfth round TKO over previously unbeaten Jose Benavidez Jr (27-1, 18 KOs)…
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WBO 108lb champ Acosta annihilates Rodriguez

World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Angel “Tito” Acosta (19-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez (23-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. An Acosta left hook laid out Rodriguez. Time was 1:02.

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“I want to thank my team and my family,” said Angel Acosta. “I couldn’t have done this without them. We were working on the left hook in the gym. My team told me to use my jab to keep looking for him, and then I found him. I want to fight this year or when the year stars.”

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World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Angel “Tito” Acosta (19-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez (23-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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Pacquiao inks with Haymon

WBA welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao has signed with manager Al Haymon according to the Manila Bulletin’s Nick Giongco, the top boxing scribe in the Philippines. Haymon, of course, is also connected to Pacman’s archrival Floyd Mayweather, so the move sets up a potential rematch of the most lucrative fight in boxing history. According to Giongco, Pacquiao is likely to first face Adrien Broner in January 2019.

WBA welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao has signed with manager Al Haymon according to the Manila Bulletin’s Nick Giongco, the top boxing scribe in the Philippines. Haymon, of course, is…
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Another ‘Tito’ in Las Vegas

For almost a decade, Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad thrilled boxing fans under the bright lights of Las Vegas, a town where he accomplished significant triumphs over names such as Oscar de la Hoya, Fernando Vargas, David Reid, Héctor ‘Macho’ Camacho and Luis Ramón ‘Yory Boy’ Campas. And from this Saturday on there will be another Puerto Rican ‘Tito’ from Barrio Obrero in San Juan; Angel Acosta, will seek to settle in this great boxing mecca when he makes his debut in the ‘city of sin’ against dangerous Aztec Abraham Rodriguez during Golden Boy Fight Night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and on ‘Facebook Watch’ through the pages of Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions.
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Acosta (18-1 with 18 KOs) will make the second title defense of his mini flyweight crown of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) against Rodriguez (23-1 with 11 KOs) after knocking out in Puerto Rico the Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago on last June. Continue reading “Another ‘Tito’ in Las Vegas”

For almost a decade, Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad thrilled boxing fans under the bright lights of Las Vegas, a town where he accomplished significant triumphs over names such as Oscar de…
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WBO Statement on Billy Joe Saunders

October 20 Andrade-Kautondonkwa clash now for the full WBO middleweight title

WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq reacted on Billy Joe Saunders’ public comments regarding his world title status:

“B.J. Saunders has voluntarily vacated the WBO Middleweight Title, and publicly apologized for his violation of the Massachusetts Athletic Commission’s anti-doping regulations, Therefore, the clash between Demetrius Andrade and Walter Kautondonkwa scheduled for October 20th will now be for the vacant World Crown. Also, I will recommend to the WBO Executive Committee that Saunders receives a six month suspension for his transgression.”

October 20 Andrade-Kautondonkwa clash now for the full WBO middleweight title WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq reacted on Billy Joe Saunders’ public comments regarding his world title status: “B.J.…
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Crawford: I’m going to shut him up

The long-simmering animosity between WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and unbeaten Jose Benavidez Jr. spilled over into Wednesday’s media day, with the pair and their respective teams exchanging verbal haymakers.

Terence Crawford: “It’s been real since day one, since the fight has been announced. It ain’t been nothing but real. I’m just going to go out there and shut him up. That’s it. That’s all…once he feels them punches going upside his head, I don’t even know if he’s going to want to stand there next to me.”

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Jose Benavidez Jr: “It’s time to show the world what I can do. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life. I am here. I am going to take over this city, and I am going to take his belt. I’m not scared. I don’t see anything special in him. I don’t know why everyone hypes him up so much.”
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Crawford-Benavidez takes place Saturday at the CHI Health Center Omaha (formerly the CenturyLink Center) live on ESPN. Crawford’s four previous fights at the venue have drawn nearly 45,000 fans, and another packed house is expected.

The long-simmering animosity between WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and unbeaten Jose Benavidez Jr. spilled over into Wednesday’s media day, with the pair and their respective teams exchanging verbal…
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Kautondokwa: I am going to be a nightmare

Unbeaten African blaster vows to KO Rhode Island ace in Boston
Walter Kautondokwa says he will shock the world and KO Demetrius Andrade when they clash at the TD Garden in Boston on October 20, live on DAZN.

Kautondokwa (17-0 16KOs) has replaced Billy Joe Saunders in the bout with the unbeaten former Super-Welterweight World ruler, and ‘The Executioner’ is full of belief that he can add to his formidable knockout record in Massachusetts having already been in camp. Continue reading “Kautondokwa: I am going to be a nightmare”

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BoMac talks Crawford, Nelson, Muwendo

By Bill Green

Brian “Bomac” McIntyre, manager/trainer of WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, spoke to Fightnews.com® about Saturday’s clash between Crawford and former champion Jose Benavidez Jr. at the CHI Health Center Omaha (formerly the CenturyLink Center). Bomac also talked about Team Crawford members super featherweight Ismail Muwendo (19-1, 12 KOs) and light heavyweight Steve Nelson (11-0, 9 KOs) who are fighting on the card.

On Terence Crawford…

A few weeks ago, when we talked you said sparring was needed as “Bud” was simply busting up the crew quicker than expected. Is Crawford simply getting stronger at this level and weight?

Yeah, we are good on the sparring, we had to spend some money to bring in some more help. Yeah, Bud gets stronger and more accurate each and every camp. He’s disciplined both in the ring and outside of it, he’s mature as an athlete and as a person. But, the thing he doesn’t get credit for is his boxing IQ. It’s simply off the charts. Continue reading “BoMac talks Crawford, Nelson, Muwendo”

By Bill Green Brian “Bomac” McIntyre, manager/trainer of WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, spoke to Fightnews.com® about Saturday’s clash between Crawford and former champion Jose Benavidez Jr. at the CHI…
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Saunders-Andrade off, Andrade to face new foe

The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission voted today against granting WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders a boxing license following his failed doping test on August 30th. Therefore Saunders will be unable to defend his title, as per contractually agreed, against Demetrius Andrade in Boston on October 20th.

WBO President Francisco Valcárcel stated, “It is unfortunate that a boxer as talented as Saunders is facing this controversy and will not be able to defend the title. The WBO will examine the situation with due diligence and proceed according to its ‘Rules & Regulations’ decide which is the proper course of action.”

Valcárcel, a practicing attorney, added that if Andrade fights the first available contender, the WBO Championship Committee will consider sanctioning the bout.

So it looks like the show will go on with Andrade facing WBO #2 rated Walter Kautondokwa (17-0, 16 KOs) for the vacant interim title and if Saunders is stripped the winner would get the full belt.

As for Saunders, when the Massachusetts Commission rendered their decision, he reportedly told them via speaker phone “You can suck my pr**k!” The WBO Championship Committee will now order Saunders to show why the title shouldn’t be declared vacant. He then has the right to appeal any decision before the Grievances Committee according to Rule 34 of the WBO Rules and Regulations.

The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission voted today against granting WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders a boxing license following his failed doping test on August 30th. Therefore Saunders will be…
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More details on Canelo-Fielding

WBA and WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will make his New York City debut against WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden. Additional details for the event, including ticket information, will be announced shortly.

Canelo, the 28-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, who has captured world titles in the super welterweight and middleweight divisions, will look to capture a world title in a third division against Fielding.

“It has always been a desire of mine to fight in New York, and where better than at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden?” said Canelo Alvarez. “I look forward to exploring this 168-pound division against current WBA World Champion Rocky Fielding. I will be representing the WBC as its current middleweight world champion as I continue demonstrating to the world that I am the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.” Continue reading “More details on Canelo-Fielding”

WBA and WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will make his New York City debut against WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, December…
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Showtime Exec: Floyd ‘deadly serious’ about Pac fight

By TMZ Sports.com

How serious is Floyd Mayweather about running it back one mo’ gin with Manny Pacquiao? According to the top guy at Showtime Sports, he’s serious as a heart attack … as in DEADLY SERIOUS. TMZ Sports talked to Stephen Espinoza — Prez of programming for Showtime Sports (and Conor McGregor’s archnemesis) — about the proposed rematch, and if would ever ACTUALLY happen. “Having spoken to Floyd, I know he’s deadly serious about it. He’s very, very serious about wanting the fight.”

The first one was a PPV record setter, and although there are a ton of people that wonder if this one would be as big (basically, some people don’t care) … Espinoza says next year, it’s LIT. “2019 sounds perfect. After I get a little bit of sleep after this event, we’ll go at Mayweather/Pacquiao 2, I think.”

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WBA President comments on Canelo-Fielding

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA President Gilberto Mendoza is proud that WBA/WBC middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez will challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden on December 15. “For us it is a pleasure that in our near 100 years that we have a boxer who is a reference for world boxing like Canelo Alvarez,” Mendoza said. “He made a decision to go against Rocky Fielding, it leaves me speechless and fills me with pride that he’s decided to take this path. I can only wish him luck, thank him for his loyalty and he knows that the WBA is his family.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA President Gilberto Mendoza is proud that WBA/WBC middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez will challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding at Madison…
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Monster Inoue flattens Payano, keeps WBA 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese superstar Naoya “Monster” Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs), 118, impressively kept his WBA bantamweight belt as he so quickly flattened former titlist Juan Carlos Payano (20-2, 9 KOs), 117.5, Dominican Republic, at 1:10 of the first round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Naoya’s left-right combination was the haymaker. As soon as the fight started, it ended with the audience greatly stunned with such a quick demolition. As expected, Naoya’s punch was so devastating that the highly regarded Payano became a flattened pancake.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese superstar Naoya “Monster” Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs), 118, impressively kept his WBA bantamweight belt as he so quickly flattened former titlist Juan Carlos Payano (20-2,…
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Ken Shiro halts Melindo, retains WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten baby-faced Japanese Ken Shiro (14-0, 8 KOs), 107.75, retained his WBC light-flyweight belt when he kept outjabbing ex-IBF ruler Milan Melindo (37-4, 13 KOs), 107.5, bloodied him with legal punches and finally halted him at 2:47 of the seventh round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Ken, making his fourth defense, appeared beneath the season 2 of WBSS, and finely outclassed and outpunched the shorter Filipino veteran. The 26-year-old champ started displaying his favorite hit-and-run tactics with his constant jabs and shifty footwork, which definitely kept Melindo from coming close to him. Continue reading “Ken Shiro halts Melindo, retains WBC 108lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten baby-faced Japanese Ken Shiro (14-0, 8 KOs), 107.75, retained his WBC light-flyweight belt when he kept outjabbing ex-IBF ruler Milan Melindo (37-4, 13 KOs), 107.5, bloodied…
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Relikh defeats Troyanovsky, keeps WBA 140lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

More aggressive Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), 140, Belarus, kept his WBA super-lightweight belt as he defeated former titlist Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24 KOs), Russia, 139.25, by a unanimous decision (all 115-113) over twelve monotonous rounds on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. The referee was Guillermo Perez (Panama). Relikh kept taking the initiative, stalking the defensive Russian all the way. Troyanovsky looked to have failed to bring his fighting spirit from Russia, but he started his engine down the stretch at last. But we saw Relikh’s victory was more unanimous than the official tallies, and it was surprising that the scores were identically so close.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi More aggressive Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs), 140, Belarus, kept his WBA super-lightweight belt as he defeated former titlist Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2, 24 KOs), Russia, 139.25, by…
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