Budler dethrones WBA/IBF 108lb champ Taguchi by hairline decision

By Joe Koizumi

South African Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10 KOs), 108, upset WBA/IBF 108-pound champ Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12 KOs), 108, as he took the leadoff in earlier rounds, withstood the champ’s retaliation in later rounds and survived a knockdown in the final session to be awarded a hairline unanimous decision (all 114-113) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

The lanky and much taller Taguchi, making his eighth defense of the WBA belt and his initial defense of the IBF title, was a prefight favorite, but Budler, ex-WBA 105-pound ruler, was in command with his shifty mobility and quick combinations in the first half. Taguchi, a slower starter, turned loose from the sixth on, but Budler gamely responded to the champ’s retaliation although the tide turned in Taguchi’s favor in later rounds.

The final session witnessed Taguchi floor Budler with a solid countering left hook, but the referee Samuel Williams erroneously called it a slip. After the round was over, there happened a great roar against the third man’s mistake. With the obvious proof repeatedly shown on the big screen in the arena, the WBA and IBF supervisors had to accept the correction from a slip to a knockdown, and it was announced to see the audience’s joy. The close verdict, however, went to the challenger from South Africa to the crowd’s disappointment.

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By Joe Koizumi South African Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10 KOs), 108, upset WBA/IBF 108-pound champ Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12 KOs), 108, as he took the leadoff in earlier rounds, withstood…
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Pacquiao thanks fight saboteurs for extra publicity

Photos: MP Promotions / Wendell Alinea

With the arrival of strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune Friday, Manny Pacquiao’s training shifted to higher gear as he prepares for the all-important fight of his life opposite WBA champion Lucas Matthysse on July 15. Pacquiao, also the promoter of the mega-fight, dispelled rumors that there might even be a possibility of a postponement of this battle which he is treating with utmost concern and pride.

“We are shifting our training to higher gear now with less than two months before the fight,” said Pacquiao, who like Matthysse, is deep in training for their monumental clash at the posh Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading “Pacquiao thanks fight saboteurs for extra publicity”

Photos: MP Promotions / Wendell Alinea With the arrival of strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune Friday, Manny Pacquiao’s training shifted to higher gear as he prepares for the all-important…
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Taguchi, Budler, Kyoguchi, Paras make weight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Ryoichi Taguchi 108 vs. Hekkie Budler 108
(WBA/IBF light-flyweight title bout)

Hiroto Kyoguchi 105 vs. Vince Paras 105
(IBF mini flyweight title bout)

Promoter: Watanabe Promotions
Fight Venue: Ota-city General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Ryoichi Taguchi 108 vs. Hekkie Budler 108 (WBA/IBF light-flyweight title bout) Hiroto Kyoguchi 105 vs. Vince Paras 105 (IBF mini flyweight title bout)…
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Weights from Australia

By Boxing Bob Newman

Jason Moloney 117.5 vs. Kohei Kono 117.7
(WBA Oceana bantamweight title)

Andrew Moloney 114.4 vs. Richard Calveras 113.1
(WBA Oceana super flyweight title)

Venue: Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia.
Promoter: Hosking Promotions
TV: Fox Sports Australia

By Boxing Bob Newman Jason Moloney 117.5 vs. Kohei Kono 117.7 (WBA Oceana bantamweight title) Andrew Moloney 114.4 vs. Richard Calveras 113.1 (WBA Oceana super flyweight title) Venue: Malvern Town…
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Lomachenko KOs Linares in ten, wins WBA title

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Vasily Lomachenko continued to make a strong case as the very best fighter in the world on Saturday night when he knocked out WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares in the tenth round of an excellent, high-paced action fight in Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) may have won his third belt in as many weight classes but he had to fight to win the title, rising from a sixth-round knockdown and some scary moments later in the bout to break down the bigger, stronger Linares.

Linares (44-4, 27 KO’s), riding a multi-year unbeaten streak, showed a lot of heart, ability and technique. He fought on a high-level. But as the fight progressed, his face got busted up and by the time he was dropped with a left to the body in the 10th he was a thoroughly defeated fighter. He attempted to rise but the fight had been beaten out of him and the bout was called off with 52 seconds remaining in the round. Continue reading “Lomachenko KOs Linares in ten, wins WBA title”

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Vasily Lomachenko continued to make a strong case as the very best fighter in the world on Saturday night when he knocked…
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Lomachenko doesn’t care how he wins

Two-weight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko dominates his fights to such a degree that his last four opponents have simply quit. Loma is a 14:1 favorite to dethrone WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares tonight at Madison Square Garden. He was asked if he’ll make Linares quit also.

Photo: Sumio Yamada

“I don’t think about stopping Linares and forcing him to quit,” Lomachenko told reporters. “I don’t worry about that or need to do that. I do everything to win the fight and it doesn’t bother me how I win as long as I do win. It doesn’t bother me if I stop him, if he quits or if it’s a judges’ decision – I just want to win.”

Two-weight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko dominates his fights to such a degree that his last four opponents have simply quit. Loma is a 14:1 favorite to dethrone WBA lightweight champion…
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Linares: I know what I have to do to win

WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares bristles at the notion that he will be the next fighter to quit against pound-for-pound ace Vasyl Lomachenko when they meet tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Photo: Sumio Yamada

“I’m the natural lightweight here – he’s coming up,” Linares told reporters. “He knows what he’s in for. He knows that I’m not an ordinary fighter. He knows that I’m bigger, that I’m faster and he has tried to prepare for that. I know what I have to do too. We both have to be at our best. I’m not just an ordinary fighter like he’s fought in some cases, where they don’t know how to get out of trouble or use their hand speed or combinations. I know what I have to do to win!”

WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares bristles at the notion that he will be the next fighter to quit against pound-for-pound ace Vasyl Lomachenko when they meet tonight at Madison Square…
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Linares, Lomachenko make weight

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Jorge Linares 134.6 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko 134.6
(WBA lightweight title)

Carlos Adames 149.8 vs. Alejandro Barrera 149.4
Michael Conlan 126.8 vs. Ibon Larrinaga 126.4
Teofimo Lopez 135.8 vs. Vitor Freitas 135.4
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 140.6 vs. Jesus Silveira 141.2
Jamel Herring 132.4 vs. Juan Pablo Sanchez 133
Mikaela Mayer 131.6 vs. Baby Nansen 131

Venue: Madison Square Garden, NYC
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Jorge Linares 134.6 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko 134.6 (WBA lightweight title) Carlos Adames 149.8 vs. Alejandro Barrera 149.4 Michael Conlan 126.8 vs. Ibon Larrinaga 126.4 Teofimo Lopez 135.8…
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Lomachenko-Linares Final Presser

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) and WBA lightweight Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) held their final press conference Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ESPN will televise.

Vasyl Lomachenko: “I want to thank Linares for taking this challenge. Saturday night, it’s going to be a good bout, and we’re going to find out who is the best. The way this bout is going to go… who knows? It’s boxing. It’s going to be a fight, and after that, we’re going to see.”

Jorge Linares: “I’ve been working hard for the last few fights preparing for this fight. I knew Lomachenko wanted it. I wanted it. So I was very confident that Golden Boy, Teiken and Top Rank were going to get it done. The last two opponents I faced were southpaws. Purposely. I was preparing psychologically and physically to fight Vasiliy Lomachenko. I’ve had him on my radar. I believe, and trust me when I say this, the fight is going to get more intense as the rounds go on.”

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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) and WBA lightweight Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) held their final press…
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Loma-Linares winner to get special belt

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has unveiled a special belt that was made to honor the big fight this weekend between Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko and Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares. This is not a “brand new” type of belt, as some may think, but rather a special belt that is only made for historic matchups on special occasions to commemorate the best fighting the best. WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza will be present at the fight to award the belt to the winner.

Photo: Marcelino Castillo

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has unveiled a special belt that was made to honor the big fight this weekend between Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko and Jorge “El Nino de Oro”…
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Lomachenko, Linares hit the streets of NYC

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares took their talents to the streets of Manhattan on Wednesday, as they participated in an open workout on the corner of 33rd Street and 8th Avenue, just outside Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko, a two-weight world champion, is looking to conquer a third weight class when he challenges WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares on Saturday at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”


Jorge Linares: “I am hungry to win and to continue with my reign as world champion. This is a high-level fight and a very important one for my career because I am going to prove that Lomachenko is not an invincible fighter. We will see what he is really made of when he faces me this Saturday. I believe in myself and I know that I will come out with the victory. I am here to win. I did not come here to quit.”


Vasiliy Lomachenko: “I want to put my name in the history of boxing, and this is one of the steps I have to take, to fight in different weight classes, different titles. That’s what will put my name in the history of boxing. I don’t know what Linares will bring. After the fight, I can compare him with Rigondeaux. Continue reading “Lomachenko, Linares hit the streets of NYC”

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares took their talents to the streets of Manhattan on Wednesday, as they participated in an open workout on the corner of…
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Weights from Wisconsin


Duarn “Storm” Vue 124.5 vs. Nehomar Cermeño 125.6
(WBA Intercontinental featherweight title)

Venue: Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Promoter: Murid Azzam Muhammad/Supreme Hits Promotions LLP

Duarn “Storm” Vue 124.5 vs. Nehomar Cermeño 125.6 (WBA Intercontinental featherweight title) Venue: Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin Promoter: Murid Azzam Muhammad/Supreme Hits Promotions LLP


Lomachenko blasts foes for quitting

Boxing superstar Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko hosted a media workout Tuesday at the Boxing Laboratory as he prepares to challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Jorge ‘El Niño de Oro’ Linares, May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs), a former two-weight world champion, is moving up from 130 pounds to challenge Linares, who has not tasted defeat since 2012.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Four straight opponents (Guillermo Rigondeaux, Miguel Marriaga, Jason Sosa and Nicholas Walters) have quit on their stools after being outclassed by Loma and he doesn’t like it. “It’s not good for me. It’s not good for boxing,” he said. “Boxing, it’s a war. It’s a very, very brutal sport, and if you come in the ring, then you need to be willing to die in the ring. If you can’t die, you’re out.”

Boxing superstar Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko hosted a media workout Tuesday at the Boxing Laboratory as he prepares to challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Jorge ‘El Niño de Oro’…
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Lomachenko looks sharp in workout

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko met the media for an open workout on Tuesday at the Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, California.

Lomachenko, a two-weight world champion, will challenge Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares for the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight title on May 12, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko met the media for an open workout on Tuesday at the Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, California. Lomachenko, a two-weight world champion, will challenge…
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Thurman likely out of action until fall

Unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) will keep his WBA “super” world title, but has voluntarily relinquished his WBC belt while he recovers from the effects of elbow surgery last year and a hand injury he suffered in training camp last month.

After speaking with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman recently, Thurman decided that he would relinquish the title and open the way for former champions Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter, the two leading contenders for the WBC title, to fight each other for the championship while Thurman made a full recovery from his injuries. Continue reading “Thurman likely out of action until fall”

Unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) will keep his WBA “super” world title, but has voluntarily relinquished his WBC belt while he recovers from the effects of elbow…
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Pacquiao and Matthysse hit Malaysia

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina strike a pose in front of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers to promote “Fight of Champions.” The Pacquiao vs. Matthysse bout is scheduled on July 15, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina strike a pose in front of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers to promote “Fight of Champions.”…
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Davis demolishes Cuellar to win WBA 130lb title

Unbeaten super featherweight Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA 130lb “super” world title on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Davis, who lost the IBF 130-pound title on the scales last August, scored three knockdowns in less than three rounds to win his second title in the super featherweight division. The 23-year-old connected on 49 percent of his power shots in his first bout with new trainer Kevin Cunningham. Continue reading “Davis demolishes Cuellar to win WBA 130lb title”

Unbeaten super featherweight Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA 130lb “super” world title on…
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Davis-Cuellar clash for WBA 130lb title tonight

While the clash between Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas gets top billing on tonight’s Showtime telecast from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the WBA 130-pound “super” world championship clash between former champions Gervonta “Tank” Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) and Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) could steal the show.

Photo: Janer Bigio/Mayweather Promotions

Davis, from Baltimore, lost the IBF 130lb title on the scale last August, but this time he made the weight. “I had a lot of distractions last camp that led to me missing weight,” says Davis. “From that day forward I was focused on getting back to a world title shot. I let people down when I lost the title on the scale, but now I’m more focused…I want to show that I have the skills and ability to take over the sport of boxing.”

Argentinian Cuellar’s only setback was a split decision loss to Abner Mares. “This is going to be all action,” he promised. “Expect to see a war with me raising my hand at the end of the night. I’m going to do whatever it takes…the plan is to go out there and win that belt.”

While the clash between Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas gets top billing on tonight’s Showtime telecast from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the WBA 130-pound “super” world championship clash between…
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Matthysse-Pacquiao Manila Press Conference

World Boxing Association (WBA) World Welterweight Title holder Lucas Martin Matthysse (39-4-36KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38KO’s) held a kickoff press conference today in the Grand Ballroom at the City of Dreams Manila Resort and Casino. They collide July 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Photo: Team Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao: “My time is not done yet, that’s what I’m trying to prove. I don’t have a prediction but I will do my best to win convincingly. If I could have the chance to finish it right away, I’ll finish it.”

Lucas Matthysse: “I’ll die for the title if I have to. I’m going to defend this title to the death…he’s still very good, but not at the same level…ever since the knockout loss Pacquiao suffered at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez.”

Pacquiao will not only be challenging Matthysse for the WBA title, he will also be co-promoting the fight with his company MP Promotions teaming up with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions to stage the historic event.

World Boxing Association (WBA) World Welterweight Title holder Lucas Martin Matthysse (39-4-36KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38KO’s) held a kickoff press conference today in the Grand Ballroom at the City…
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Full Report: Murata-Blandamura

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally caught up with him and dropped him with an overhand right to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the eighth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan.

Murata, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, took the pace from the start and kept on throwing stinging lefts to the elusive challenger. The champ, six years his junior at 32, steadily piled up points as he remained aggressive to the circling Italian who occasionally jabbed and threw light but fast rights.

The sixth saw Murata accelerate his attacks to force Blandamura to the ropes with a flurry of punches, but the Italian barely had a narrow escape with his defensive skills. Ryota, however, finally caught Emanuele with a vicious right, decking him on the knees in the closing seconds of the fatal eighth. The referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely saw him unfit to go on and declared a well-received halt before well-packed 11,000 spectators at the Yokohama Arena. Continue reading “Full Report: Murata-Blandamura”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3,…
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Murata stops Blandamura, keeps WBA 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally caught up with him and dropped him with an overhand right to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the eighth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Murata, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, took the pace from the start and kept on throwing stinging lefts to the elusive challenger. The champ, six years his junior at 32, steadily piled up points as he remained aggressive to the circling Italian. The sixth saw Murata accelerate his attacks to force Blandamura to the ropes with a flurry of punches, but the Italian barely had a narrow escape with his defensive skills. Ryota, however, finally caught Emanuele with a vicious right, decking him on the knees in the closing seconds of the fatal eighth. The referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely saw him unfit to go on and declared a well-received halt.

By Joe Koizumi WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally…
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Juarez stops Soto, Nery Plata shocks Torres

Photos: Pablo Lozano, Alvaro Paulin/Imago7-Zanfer, Pepe Rodriguez

WBO #7 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (22-6, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Wilber Soto (21-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. A right hand by Juarez floored Soto face first to end it. It was Juarez second bout since losing to Isaac Dogboe in a WBO interim title fight.

In the main event, Jessica Nery Plata (22-2, 3 KOs) surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA female minimum weight champion Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres (19-1, 6 KOs) by split decision. Scores were 97-94 Torres, 98-93, 96-94 Nery Plata.

Photos: Pablo Lozano, Alvaro Paulin/Imago7-Zanfer, Pepe Rodriguez WBO #7 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (22-6, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Wilber Soto (21-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday…
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Pacquiao-Matthysse Update

World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse is set to arrive in Manila on April 18 to formally accept the challenge of eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom here.

Pacquiao, the challenger, expressed his elation as his MP Promotions company has completed preparations for the two-city press conference and media tour ending in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 20. Dubbed “Fight of Champions,” the mega-fight will usher in Pacquiao’s debut as a fight promoter at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur featuring three other world title fights in the undercard.

“It is all systems go for the Pacquiao Vs Matthysse fight,” said Pacquiao, who is hoping to equal if not surpass the expectations leading to the grandiose Muhammad Ali-Joe Bugner fight which was also held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 1975. Continue reading “Pacquiao-Matthysse Update”

World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse is set to arrive in Manila on April 18 to formally accept the challenge of eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao at the…
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Arum has big plans for WBA 160lb champ Murata

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Japanese national hero, WBA middleweight champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs) welcomed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum’s attendance at the press conference on Friday prior to his sensational initial defense against Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-2, 5 KOs) on this coming Sunday.

ESPN will telecast this title bout live in US on Sunday morning and show it again at night, which has motivated the defending champ Ryota, who said, “I’d like to have this fight appeal to the world. Now that I have prepared very well, I wish to do and demonstrate my best.” Continue reading “Arum has big plans for WBA 160lb champ Murata”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese national hero, WBA middleweight champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs) welcomed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum’s attendance…
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WBA orders Joshua-Povetkin

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the start of negotiations between WBA heavyweight super champion Anthony Joshua and WBA intercontinental champion Alexander Povetkin to agree on a fight for the body’s belt at more than 200 pounds.

Povetkin won the right to be Joshua’s official challenger in December last year, when in an elimination fight he beat Christian Hammer by unanimous decision. In addition, he comes from beating David Price by knockout. Moreover, the fact that he has already been world champion of the division and won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, endorse the decision based on article 18 of the WBA rules. Continue reading “WBA orders Joshua-Povetkin”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the start of negotiations between WBA heavyweight super champion Anthony Joshua and WBA intercontinental champion Alexander Povetkin to agree on a fight…
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