WBA 122lb champ Daniel Roman arrives in Japan

Report, photos by Joe Koizumi

WBA super-bantamweight champ Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), a Mexican American born and residing in California, arrived here in Japan on Wednesday—a couple of weeks prior to his title defense against Japanese challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19 KOs) in Tokyo on February 28. Why did Danny come here so early? He explained, “To get acclimated to the jet lag and adjusted to the local climate I like to arrive at the fight place early. That’s my policy.”

Fast-punching Roman impressively dethroned Japanese defending titlist Shun Kubo, an elongated southpaw, on a ninth round stoppage in Kyoto last September. Danny remarkably raised his stock here with his beautiful display of speed, skills and power in lopsidedly battering Kubo almost at will.

Why don’t our fight fans pay great attention to this title bout? Continue reading “WBA 122lb champ Daniel Roman arrives in Japan”

Report, photos by Joe Koizumi WBA super-bantamweight champ Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), a Mexican American born and residing in California, arrived here in Japan on Wednesday—a couple of weeks…
Read More »


Vera-Soro collide March 24 in WBA eliminator

Undefeated WBA #2 John “The Phenom” Vera (18-0, 11 KOs) will take on WBA #3 Michael Soro (31-2, 21 KOs) on March 24 in Marseilles, France. The winner will be the mandatory contender at 154lbs and will receive a world title opportunity later this year.

Back in November the World Boxing Association (WBA) ordered that the top two ranking contenders face each other for the final WBA eliminator, with the winner facing Erislandy Lara in 2018. Originally it was scheduled for WBA #1 Kanat Islam to face Vera, but Islam made himself “unavailable” to face Vera after several attempts to put a deal in place. After the failed attempt the WBA ordered that WBA #3 Michael Soro was the next in line for the opportunity. Continue reading “Vera-Soro collide March 24 in WBA eliminator”

Undefeated WBA #2 John “The Phenom” Vera (18-0, 11 KOs) will take on WBA #3 Michael Soro (31-2, 21 KOs) on March 24 in Marseilles, France. The winner will be…
Read More »


WBSS: Groves and Eubank Jr. make weight

George Groves 167.1 vs. Chris Eubank Jr. 167.5
(WBA super middleweight championship)

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Promoter: Team Sauerland
TV: Super Channel (Canada)

“I told him he’s not ready, I can see it in his eyes … ,“ said Eubank Jr. “George doesn’t want to be here. I want this more than anything I’ve ever wanted. He doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. I am going to knock him out cold!”

Groves, who is the underdog with the bookies, said, “I’m excited, I made weight, I’m ready to go! I’m in the prime of my career, fighting better than ever.”

Photos

George Groves 167.1 vs. Chris Eubank Jr. 167.5 (WBA super middleweight championship) Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK Promoter: Team Sauerland TV: Super Channel (Canada) “I told him he’s not ready,…
Read More »


Groves-Eubank Jr heats up at final presser

WBA Super Champion George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) and IBO World Champion Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) exchanged words for at last time before their Ali Trophy semi-final clash on Saturday at the Manchester Arena.

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

“I have been involved in big fights before and I’ve learned a lot along the way,” said Groves. “This is a tremendous fight but it’s not my biggest fight to date. But I am in the form of my life, certainly I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in through my career. I’m fully prepared to go out there and retain my world title in style.”

“It’s not an expression that I particularly like but it comes down to levels and I’m levels above Junior.” Continue reading “Groves-Eubank Jr heats up at final presser”

WBA Super Champion George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) and IBO World Champion Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) exchanged words for at last time before their Ali Trophy semi-final clash…
Read More »


Groves-Eubank Public Workout

WBA world super middleweight champion George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) entertained hundreds of fans at the National Football Museum ahead of their Ali Trophy semi-final on Saturday at the Manchester Arena.

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

George Groves: “I am not for one second taking him lightly. Junior definitely has a good engine but as soon as I hit him, I am going to hurt him and put him away.”

Chris Eubank Jr: “It is the biggest fight of my career. I have dreamed of being part of such a big fight since I started boxing. Groves will not last 12 rounds. He should enjoy the last days with that WBA belt because on Saturday I’m going to take it and proceed to the final.”

Continue reading “Groves-Eubank Public Workout”

WBA world super middleweight champion George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) entertained hundreds of fans at the National Football Museum ahead of their Ali…
Read More »


WBSS: Groves-Eubank collide Saturday

The attention of the boxing world will be on England’s Manchester Arena this Saturday as WBA super middleweight super champion George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) defends his title against countryman Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) during the World Boxing Super Series. The champion will enter the ring as a slight underdog against a determined challenger in what figures to be an exciting and competitive battle between two of the best fighters in the 168lb category. Groves is making the second defense of his belt.

The attention of the boxing world will be on England’s Manchester Arena this Saturday as WBA super middleweight super champion George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) defends his title against countryman…
Read More »


Burnett to give up IBF belt, defend WBA belt

Unified WBA/IBF bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett will defend his WBA “super” title against Yonfrez Parejo at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31. Burnett added the WBA crown to his IBF belt in a unification clash with Zhanat Zhakiyanov in his hometown of Belfast in October, following hot off the heels of his masterclass against Lee Haskins in June to rip the IBF crown from the Bristolian to become World champion.

After claiming the WBA strap, Burnett had two mandatories due and will now meet Venezuelan Parejo on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s Heavyweight unification blockbuster against Joseph Parker in the Welsh capital. Continue reading “Burnett to give up IBF belt, defend WBA belt”

Unified WBA/IBF bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett will defend his WBA “super” title against Yonfrez Parejo at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31. Burnett added the WBA crown to his…
Read More »


Charr-Oquendo in Chicago?

As reported yesterday, Pow Sport Entertainment Inc., on behalf of Fres Oquendo, won the purse bid against the Global Sport Management team that represented Manuel Charr to win the right to promote the fight for the World Boxing Association (WBA) world heavyweight title. The tentative fight dates proposed by the Oquendo team are May 4th in Chicago or May 28th in Puerto Rico. Charr is the current champion of the division, winning the title last November against Alexander Ustinov. The work teams of both boxers have 20 days to submit the fight contract to the WBA Championships Committee, as indicated by the body’s regulations.

As reported yesterday, Pow Sport Entertainment Inc., on behalf of Fres Oquendo, won the purse bid against the Global Sport Management team that represented Manuel Charr to win the right…
Read More »


Team Oquendo wins WBA purse bid

By Craig Wick and Przemek Garczarczyk

Fightnews.com has learned that moments ago in Toronto, Canada, Team Fres Oquendo came out on top in a purse bid with current WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr. Team Oquendo bid $600,000 to outdistance Team Charr’s bid of $101,000. The WBA has stipulated that Charr (31-4, 17 KOs), will have 90-days to make the first defense of his heavyweight title against Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs). More information to follow.

By Craig Wick and Przemek Garczarczyk Fightnews.com has learned that moments ago in Toronto, Canada, Team Fres Oquendo came out on top in a purse bid with current WBA heavyweight…
Read More »


Rojas named WBA minimumweight mandatory

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has named Nicaraguan Byron Rojas as the mandatory challenger for current Minimumweight Champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong of Thailand. This resolution was made according to article C29 of the WBA Rules, which indicates that a mandatory challenger in a division may be selected by the Championships Committee or through an elimination fight. Continue reading “Rojas named WBA minimumweight mandatory”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has named Nicaraguan Byron Rojas as the mandatory challenger for current Minimumweight Champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong of Thailand. This resolution was made according to…
Read More »


WBA calling Charr-Oquendo purse bid

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee called the world heavyweight title fight between Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) to a purse bid on Friday. Both parties were duly notified, the percentage will be 50/50 and the purse bid will take place in Toronto. Oquendo is the mandatory challenger and Charr was notified about this through a resolution last year, which indicated that both had to reach an agreement to fight with a deadline of December 22. Charr won the championship last September, beating Alexander Ustinov by unanimous decision.

The WBA also announced that a purse bid for a WBA super featherweight title fight between world champion Alberto Machado (18-0, 16 KOs) and Rafael Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs) will be held on February 19 at the WBA office in Panama City. The minimum for this purse bid is $120,000 with 75% in favor of the champion Machado, while the challenger will receive 25%. The Championships Committee enforces the resolution issued last November.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee called the world heavyweight title fight between Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) to a purse bid on…
Read More »


WBA: WBSS winner must fight Lebedev

The World Boxing Association (WBA) granted a special permit to Yunier Dorticos, current WBA cruiserweight champion, to unify his belt against Murat Gassiev, International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion on Saturday. Meanwhile, Denis Lebedev, WBA super champion at 200 pounds, was declared champion “in recess.”

This special permit is endorsed by the WBA Rules in article C46, which allows the body to modify or suspend the strict application of the rules, as long as the situation warrants it. In this case, the WBA considered that, although Dorticos had to face Lebedev, a unification fight is always beneficial for boxing. This fight is in the semifinal phase of the “World Boxing Super Series” tournament, which generates a tangible benefit that boosts the sport and increases its popularity around the world, giving good financial opportunities to the participants. In addition, Lebedev expressed verbally and in writing his consent to this resolution. Continue reading “WBA: WBSS winner must fight Lebedev”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) granted a special permit to Yunier Dorticos, current WBA cruiserweight champion, to unify his belt against Murat Gassiev, International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion on Saturday.…
Read More »


Roman: I want to be the best in the division

WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) is inching closer to his first world title defense when he puts his world title on the line against No. 13 rated challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19 KOs) of Japan on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed “The Challenge,” is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Ohashi Promotions and will take place from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Photo: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions

Roman, who lives and trains in Los Angeles, caught up with the Thompson Boxing team to discuss how he handles the new found pressure of being a world champion, the sacrficies that entails, and how he plans to fight Matsumoto. Continue reading “Roman: I want to be the best in the division”

WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) is inching closer to his first world title defense when he puts his world title on the line against No. 13…
Read More »


Dorticos-Gassiev Final Press Conference

IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) and WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) met at a press conference before their Ali Trophy semi-final at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia on Saturday.

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

Murat Gassiev: “Dorticos is a well-schooled fighter. He has many amateur fights, good speed, and fast hands. He is a great opponent and I have prepared for 12 tough rounds. The World Boxing Super Series is a great tournament that gives me the opportunity to unify all the cruiserweight titles. On Saturday I am going to take another step towards that dream in front of my proud countrymen.”

Yunier Dorticos: “On a personal level I have no problems with Gassiev, but right now he has a problem. He has to find a defense against the missiles that are going to land on that big head of his. Gassiev will learn to respect ‘The KO Doctor’ on Saturday night. I will put on another show on Saturday for the fans in Russia and around the world. I have nothing to worry about. Gassiev has.”

IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) and WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) met at a press conference before their Ali Trophy semi-final at the Bolshoy…
Read More »


Matthysse & Linares final wrap-up

By Miguel Maravilla

Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) of Thailand Saturday night on the HBO Boxing After Dark main event at the Forum in Inglewood, California. In what was a difficult fight for Matthysse, the unknown Kiram boxed an intelligent fight up until getting caught with a Mattysse right. The Thai fighter courageously got up trading with Matthysse but a stiff jab did it as Kiram went down a second time. Matthysse talked about his knockout win with media following his victory.

“I am happy winning another world title. I finished this fight with a good result.” Continue reading “Matthysse & Linares final wrap-up”

By Miguel Maravilla Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) of Thailand Saturday night on the HBO Boxing After Dark…
Read More »


Matthysse, Linares Post-Fight Presser Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) of Thailand Saturday night to claim the WBA ‘regular’ welterweight title on the HBO Boxing After Dark main event at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Lucas Matthysse: “I was fine and calm even though I couldn’t hit him. It was only a matter of time. I was hitting him good up. I finished with a good result. This was a win for all Latinos. I would like the rematch with Danny Garcia.”

WBA lightweight champ Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) of Venezuela was victorious against Mercito Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs) in winning a unanimous decision in the HBO co-feature.

Jorge Linares: “Tonight I finished my job. I feel good and I’m ready for the next big fight. Maybe Lomachenko first and then move up to 140 to fight Mikey.”

By Miguel Maravilla Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over Tewa Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) of Thailand Saturday night to claim the WBA ‘regular’ welterweight…
Read More »


Matthysse stops Kiram for WBA welter belt

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

It is an axiom of boxing that power is the great equalizer, and no better example of that was a past-his-prime, but still dangerous, Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) knocking out previously undefeated Thai challenger Tewa Kiram at 1:21 of round eight to capture the vacant WBA welterweight title in the HBO Boxing After Dark main event from Inglewood, California.


Up until the eighth round, it seemed as though the unknown Kiram (37-1, 27 KOs) might send Mattthysse into retirement in what amounted to a crossroads fight for Matthysse, as Kiram used his jab, length, and movement to stay out of range and frustrate the Argentinian slugger whilst boos rained down from a crowd anxious for blood from a typical Matthysse fight, despite the fight actually being an interesting contrast of styles. But early in round eight the previously ineffective right hand of Matthysse finally found the mark, at the end of a two-punch combination that sent Kiram to the canvas. Kiram rose gamely and traded with Matthysse when action resumed, but the damage from those followup punches, punctuated by a stiff left jab by Matthysse, sent Kiram down under the bottom rope for the full count. Continue reading “Matthysse stops Kiram for WBA welter belt”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada It is an axiom of boxing that power is the great equalizer, and no better example of that was a past-his-prime, but…
Read More »


Linares retains WBA lightweight title

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a title bout pitting two fighters unbeaten since 2012, WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) successfully defended his title, as well as recognition as the Ring Magazine lineal lightweight champion, with a twelve-round unanimous decision over Mercito Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs) in the co-main event on HBO Boxing After Dark at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Scores for Linares were 117-111, 118-110, 118-110.


The southpaw Gesta started quickly, darting behind his right jab and landing quick left hands and short combinations, although a Linares counter right might have been the hardest punch of the round. Continue reading “Linares retains WBA lightweight title”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a title bout pitting two fighters unbeaten since 2012, WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) successfully defended his title,…
Read More »


Linares, Gesta, Matthysse, Kiram make weight

Jorge Linares 135 vs. Mercito Gesta 134.8
(WBA lightweight title)

Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Lucas Matthysse 147 vs. Tewa Kiram (146.1)
(WBA welterweight title)

Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Venue: The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: HBO

Jorge Linares 135 vs. Mercito Gesta 134.8 (WBA lightweight title) Lucas Matthysse 147 vs. Tewa Kiram (146.1) (WBA welterweight title) Venue: The Forum in Inglewood, California. Promoter: Golden Boy TV:…
Read More »


Linares Expects Tough Fight From Gesta

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA lightweight world champion Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) of Venezuela returns to the ring as he takes on Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego by way of Cebu, Philippines, this Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, California, live on HBO Boxing After Dark. We talked to the champ as he talked about his upcoming title defense.

Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

“I am extremely happy to be fighting here in California once again to give my best come Saturday night,” Jorge Linares told Fightnews.com®. “We are going up against a tough fighter that is hungry. He wants to be champion but I have prepared well to come out on top,” Linares added.

Linares trained in Japan the first half of this camp and trained the second half in Las Vegas with Cuban trainer Ismael Salas as he prepared for Gesta. Continue reading “Linares Expects Tough Fight From Gesta”

By Miguel Maravilla WBA lightweight world champion Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) of Venezuela returns to the ring as he takes on Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta…
Read More »


HBO Boxing After Dark Final Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

The final press conference was held Thursday afternoon at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel for this weekends HBO Boxing After Dark as WBA world champion Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) of Venezuela, Argentina’s Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs), undefeated welterweight Tewa Kiram (38-0. 28 KOs) of Thailand, and lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego by way of Cebu, Philippines were on hand.. The card will take place this Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Continue reading “HBO Boxing After Dark Final Press Conference”

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions The final press conference was held Thursday afternoon at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel for this weekends HBO Boxing After…
Read More »


WBA twinbill Saturday in LA

Fight week finally ramps up for the big WBA twinbill on Saturday at the iconic Forum in Inglewood, California. Welterweights Lucas Matthysse and Tewa Kiram clash for the vacant “regular” WBA 147-pound belt, while WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares defends against Mercito Gesta. The Friday weigh-in is open to the public. It will take place at 1PM at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel.

Fight week finally ramps up for the big WBA twinbill on Saturday at the iconic Forum in Inglewood, California. Welterweights Lucas Matthysse and Tewa Kiram clash for the vacant “regular”…
Read More »


Tewa Kiram Ready for U.S Debut vs. Matthysse

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated welterweight Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) of Thailand will be making his U.S debut this Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California as he takes on former interim WBC super lightweight champion Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA welterweight title live on HBO Boxing After Dark. We spoke to Kiram as he talked about his big opportunity against Matthysse.

“I have been waiting 8 years to fight for a world title and come Saturday I will show what I’m about,” Kiram told Fightnews.com®. Continue reading “Tewa Kiram Ready for U.S Debut vs. Matthysse”

By Miguel Maravilla Undefeated welterweight Tewa Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) of Thailand will be making his U.S debut this Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California as he takes…
Read More »


Murata To Defend WBA 160lb Belt Against Italian Blandamura

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Newly crowned WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs), also 2012 Olympic gold medalist in London, will make his initial defense against Italian Emanuele Felice Blandamura (27-2, 5 KOs), former European titlist, in Yokohama, Japan, on April 15.

It was announced with both contestants in attendance today (Monday) in Tokyo by Teiken Promotions. Murata dethroned Frenchman Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam via a fine stoppage at the end of the seventh round in their grudge fight here last October. Blandamura, six years his senior at 38, was previously halted by Billy Joe Saunders with the European belt at stake in 2014, but recently acquired the vacant EBU 160-pound belt by a split duke over Matteo Signani in 2016 and kept it once against Alessandro Goddi in Italy last June. Murata said, “I’ll devote all myself to the first defense to concentrate on this fight.” Blandamura jubilantly said, “Today is the happiest day of my life. I’m happy to fight Murata for the world championship.” We may witness a full-house crowd at the Yokohama Arena. Photos

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Newly crowned WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs), also 2012 Olympic gold medalist in London, will make his initial defense against…
Read More »


WBA resolves Charr-Oquendo purse bid dispute

The WBA Championship Committee has ruled on a request by WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr to reconsider a WBA resolution calling for a 50/50 purse bid split if a purse bid is required for his mandated defense against Fres Oquendo. Charr claims he was not given timely notice of the conditions in the WBA resolution approving his November 25 bout with Alexander Ustinov. He also requested that the minimum purse bid requirement for the Oquendo bout be altered.

Charr’s request for reconsideration was partially granted due to the timing of the notices regarding the resolution conditions and based on both parties’ request that the purse bid minimum be removed for a Charr-Oquendo bout. Therefore, the minimum purse bid amount for the bout is removed, but the 50/50 split remains. Continue reading “WBA resolves Charr-Oquendo purse bid dispute”

The WBA Championship Committee has ruled on a request by WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr to reconsider a WBA resolution calling for a 50/50 purse bid split if a purse…
Read More »


All contents copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 by Freitag Marketing Services, LLC.
The information on this site cannot be reused without written permission.