Nakajima, Tsutsumi draw in God’s Left tournament final

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten bantamweight prospects with good amateur credentials, JBC#6 Kazuki Nakajima (8-0-1, 7 KOs), 118, and JBC#18 Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-1, 4 KOs), 117.75, fought to a majority draw (77-75 for Nakajima, 76-76 twice) in the God’s Left bantam tournament final on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Their amateur marks were as follows: Nakajima 72-15, 30 KOs; Tsutsumi 84-17, 40 KOs. The hard-punching rookie Nakajima kept stalking the circling footworker Tsutsumi who occasionally retaliated with quick combinations. In a see-saw processing neither had an upper hand clearly, and an drawn verdict might be acceptable. Nakajima, however, received a winner’s prize of 1,000,000 Japanese Yen (some $9,090) thanks to the judges’ evaluation of his aggressiveness due to the tournament rule. Continue reading “Nakajima, Tsutsumi draw in God’s Left tournament final”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten bantamweight prospects with good amateur credentials, JBC#6 Kazuki Nakajima (8-0-1, 7 KOs), 118, and JBC#18 Seiya Tsutsumi (5-0-1, 4 KOs), 117.75, fought…
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Tada, Miyao draw in WBO female 105lb title bout

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Veteran female ex-world champions Etsuko Tada (19-3-3, 6 KOs), 105, and Ayaka Miyao (19-4-1, 6 KOs), 104.5, fought to a split draw (96-94, 94-96, 95-95) over ten close rounds for the vacant WBO 105-pound championship on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
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The tide turned in every other round so that Tada, 38, and Miyao, 36, fought on almost even terms, and the WBO title remains still vacant.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Veteran female ex-world champions Etsuko Tada (19-3-3, 6 KOs), 105, and Ayaka Miyao (19-4-1, 6 KOs), 104.5, fought to a split draw (96-94,…
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All Star Boxing/Telemundo lineup announced

By Bob Caico

All Star Boxing and Boxeo Telemundo announced their spring schedule today. Boxeo Telemundo will start its 31st year with a card at the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort in Miami, Fl. on February 21. Headlining that card will be Jonathan Bomba Gonzalez (22-3-1, 13 KOs) against Saul Juarez (25-10-2, 15 KOs). The 10-round bout will be for the vacant NABO light flyweight belt.

Then the following week All Star Boxing travels to Kissimmee, Fl. as WBO #8 rated Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (17-0-1, 12 KOs) tackles fellow unbeaten Kendo “Tremendo” Castenada (17-0, 8 KOs) for the Alamo’s NABO super lightweight title.

The final two cards for the spring will head south to Mexico City on March 6 and March 13.

Last year Tuto Zabala/All Star Boxing and Telemundo teamed up for 12 shows between Mexico, Florida and Niagara Falls.

By Bob Caico All Star Boxing and Boxeo Telemundo announced their spring schedule today. Boxeo Telemundo will start its 31st year with a card at the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort…
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Joshua-Pulev planned for May or June

Promoter Eddie Hearn says WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will “almost certainly” be defending his titles against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in the UK. “Spurs, Emirates, Cardiff, Twickenham, everywhere is in play, but most likely end of May, early June,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

Hearn stated that the main issue is there’s more money for Joshua-Pulev elsewhere, but Joshua wants to fight in the UK after consecutive bouts in the US and Saudi Arabia. Hearn expects the deal to be done within two weeks.

Promoter Eddie Hearn says WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will “almost certainly” be defending his titles against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in the UK. “Spurs, Emirates, Cardiff, Twickenham, everywhere…
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Farmer: Talk about overlooking people overused

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IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer is still craving unification fights at 130lbs before a move to lightweight. But first he has to get past JoJo Diaz at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on Thursday January 30, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

“After I win, I think I have one or two more fights at 130lbs and then I’ll move up, especially if the big fights don’t happen,” said Farmer. “It’s not frustrating, I want the unification fights and I want to be undisputed, but as long as I am still fighting and feeding my family, I am OK with that.

“I go out there and do my thing, I don’t listen to what people say as you can’t win, I just focus on my job and I know what that job is, I don’t need to be told – I bust my ass in the gym and we get popping. Continue reading “Farmer: Talk about overlooking people overused”

IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer is still craving unification fights at 130lbs before a move to lightweight. But first he has to get past JoJo Diaz at the Meridian…
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Custio Clayton, Steve Rolls rock Toronto

Unbeaten IBF #5, WBO #5, WBA #13 welterweight Custio Clayton (18-0, 12 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Diego “El Chacarero” Ramirez (21-4, 6 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Clayton worked the body the whole nigh and finally finished Ramirez with a hard jab to the body. Time was :26. Clayton retained the NABA title.

Super middleweight “Mr.” Steve Rolls (20-1, 11 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over late sub Gilberto Pereira dos Santos (16-11, 12 KOs). Rolls, coming off his fight against Gennady Golovkin last June at Madison Square Garden, battered dos Santos to the canvas in round four and dos Santos didn’t beat the count. Time was 2:00. Continue reading “Custio Clayton, Steve Rolls rock Toronto”

Unbeaten IBF #5, WBO #5, WBA #13 welterweight Custio Clayton (18-0, 12 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Diego “El Chacarero” Ramirez (21-4, 6 KOs) on Tuesday night at…
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Ugas ready for Super Bowl eve spotlight

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With the postponement of Saturday’s world title bout between WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez against former champion Viktor “Iceman” Postol due to the outbreak of coronavirus in China, WBA #1, WBC #3 welterweight Yordenis Ugas will have the Super Bowl eve spotlight all to himself. Ugas takes on Mike Dallas Jr. Saturday in the FS1 main event from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

“This is a huge weekend for sports fans. It’s very exciting to be in the main event one day before the Super Bowl,” said Ugas. “We are in the final days of a great training camp and I couldn’t feel any better going into this fight. Me and my trainer Ismael Salas are working on a great strategy that we believe will be successful. My timing is right on point and every round of sparring has been unbelievable. It’s been an outstanding camp in Las Vegas and I’m ready to go!”

With the postponement of Saturday’s world title bout between WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez against former champion Viktor “Iceman” Postol due to the outbreak of coronavirus in China, WBA…
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ESPN+ to stream Belfast card

ESPN+ will feature super lightweight Sean “The Public Nuisance” McComb (9-0, 4 KOs) in a 10-round test on Saturday against veteran Mauro Maximiliano Godoy (32-5-1, 17 KOs) from Belfast’s historic Ulster Hall. The card will stream live in the U.S. at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.

Also, in a 10-rounder for the vacant Irish lightweight title, Gary “The Diva” Cully (9-0, 4 KOs) will fight Joe “The Dragon” Fitzpatrick (10-0, 7 KOs), 2016 Irish Olympian Davey Oliver Joyce (11-1, 8 KOs) meets former IBF bantamweight world champion Lee Haskins (36-4, 14 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the WBO European junior featherweight title. , and Lewis “The Croc” Crocker (10-0, 6 KOs) will fight former British title challenger John Thain (17-4, 1 KO) in an eight-round welterweight tilt.

ESPN+ will feature super lightweight Sean “The Public Nuisance” McComb (9-0, 4 KOs) in a 10-round test on Saturday against veteran Mauro Maximiliano Godoy (32-5-1, 17 KOs) from Belfast’s historic…
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Wilder: I think Fury has pillows as fists

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Unbeaten WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder talked about his February 22 PPV rematch with undefeated former heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury at FOX Studios in Los Angeles.

“Things are going amazing. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. To come from where I come from, it’s amazing to be here. When you get a happy Deontay Wilder in training camp, you can definitely expect great things from me. That’s’ what I’m going to give you.

“We haven’t seen his power displayed like he’s been talking about. It hasn’t been continuous, like mine. I think he has pillows as fists. That’s what I felt in our last fight.

“With the strategies that he’s talking about, I don’t really know how to take it. I don’t know if he’s trying to throw me off my game by saying he’s going to knock me out. But it’s exciting to hear and I’m looking forward to February 22. Continue reading “Wilder: I think Fury has pillows as fists”

Unbeaten WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder talked about his February 22 PPV rematch with undefeated former heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury at FOX Studios…
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Fury: I’m very capable of knocking people out

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Unbeaten former heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury talked about his February 22 PPV rematch with undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder at FOX Studios in Los Angeles.

“I’m born ready,” said Fury. “I’m feeling good in training camp. Everything has been going really well. There’s no injuries or excuses. It’s all dedication and sacrifice, one day after another.

“The first fight I wanted to go in there and outbox him. It didn’t work. No matter what people say, I didn’t win. I count a draw as a loss.

“We’re giant heavyweights. I’ve had 20 knockouts, so I’m very capable of knocking people out. When you underestimate someone else’s power, you usually end up unstuck. Whether I’m a great puncher or not, I don’t believe anybody else can match me with heart and determination. I’m going to put my iron will on Deontay Wilder. Continue reading “Fury: I’m very capable of knocking people out”

Unbeaten former heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury talked about his February 22 PPV rematch with undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder at FOX Studios…
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Fight Club OC returns Feb 20

The 10th Anniversary Year of Englebrecht Promotions’ Fight Club OC kicks off on Thursday, February 20th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Fight fans will see three pro boxing bouts and three pro MMA bouts inside a 24’x24’ hybrid ring. Headlining the boxing side of things will be super featherweight Andrew Segura (2-0, 2 KOs) against Guadalupe Arroyo (3-18, 0 KOs) in a four rounder. The other two boxing bouts feature pro-debuting super lightweights Uriel Villanueva and John Ornelas, and pro-debuting featherweights Austin Brooks and Javier Francisco Navarro in pair of four-rounders. All tickets are priced at $60 available at www.socafights.com.

The 10th Anniversary Year of Englebrecht Promotions’ Fight Club OC kicks off on Thursday, February 20th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.…
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3 Days of Fights at WBA camp in Medellin

Futurewbachampions300The “Future WBA Champions” Camp, which will be held in Medellin from February 1 to 11, will have several stages and one of the most important on the route to Tokyo 2020’s Olympic dream will be the matches, which will take place between 7, 8 and 9, at the Unidad Deportiva Atanasio Girardot.

About 90 athletes eager to win a place at the Olympic Games who represent the national teams of Venezuela, Italy, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Colombia will fight in preparation for the qualifying tournaments coming up in the quest for a spot in Japan. Continue reading “3 Days of Fights at WBA camp in Medellin”

The “Future WBA Champions” Camp, which will be held in Medellin from February 1 to 11, will have several stages and one of the most important on the route to…
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Wilder-Fury Notes

Still no official announcement, but the scuttlebutt is the February 22 Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury PPV telecast will have the following undercard fights:

Charles Martin vs. Gerald Washington (heavyweights)
Emanuel Navarette vs. Jeo Santisima (WBO super bantamweight title)
Daniel Lewis vs. Sebastian Fundora (super welterweight)

Still no official announcement, but the scuttlebutt is the February 22 Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury PPV telecast will have the following undercard fights: Charles Martin vs. Gerald Washington (heavyweights)…
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Shot of the Day

Women’s boxing legend Laila Ali and current undisputed women’s welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus met for the first time Monday in Los Angeles.

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Women’s boxing legend Laila Ali and current undisputed women’s welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus met for the first time Monday in Los Angeles.

Andrade: I’m giving Keeler the beating of his life

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WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (28-0 17 KOs) has laughed off challenger Luke Keeler (17-2-1 5 KOs) branding him ‘deluded’ as he prepares to defend his world title against the Irishman at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on Thursday, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

“Delusional? That’s a good one!” said Andrade. “I’ll give Luke credit where it’s due, it’s hard to get people to get in there with me and it’s his first world title fight, so I am expecting him to bring his A-game. Continue reading “Andrade: I’m giving Keeler the beating of his life”

WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (28-0 17 KOs) has laughed off challenger Luke Keeler (17-2-1 5 KOs) branding him ‘deluded’ as he prepares to defend his world title…
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IBF champ Pedro Taduran hits Mexico

IBF minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2, 11 KOs) of the Philippines has arrived in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where he will make the first defense of his title against Daniel “Cejitas” Valladares (22-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday.

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IBF minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2, 11 KOs) of the Philippines has arrived in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where he will make the first defense of his title against Daniel…
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Boxing back in Burbank Feb 29

The ONLY professional boxing show in the 818 returns to the Burbank Marriott Events Center in Burbank, California, on February 29th as PR Sports, Bash Boxing, Lights Out Promotions present another installment of Valley Fight Night. The card will feature welterweight Vlad “Super” Panin (7-0), light welterweight Christian Camarena (6-0), super lightweight Daniel Cruz (4-0), super welterweight Oleksiy Barker (3-0), super flyweight Jessie Mandapat (3-0-1), super lightweight Victor Rodriguez (1-0), light welterweight Austin Misael Gudino (5-0), and middleweight Stephen Pichardo (6-1) against opponents to be named. Tickets can be purchased at www.valleyfightnight.com.

The ONLY professional boxing show in the 818 returns to the Burbank Marriott Events Center in Burbank, California, on February 29th as PR Sports, Bash Boxing, Lights Out Promotions present…
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Akhmadaliev: I can’t wait to fight Roman

Murodjon Akhmadaliev is chasing history as he prepares to challenge WBA and IBF super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on Thursday on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Akhmadaliev (7-0 6 KOs) can equal Leon Spinks’ record of becoming a unified world champion in just his eighth pro fight and will become the first unified ruler from Uzbekistan with victory over Roman (27-2-1 10 KOs).

‘MJ’ has blasted his way to the mandatory spot with the WBA since turning pro in March 2018 and for the 25-year-old, his meeting with the Baby Faced Assassin represents an opportunity to become a hero in his boxing-mad country. Continue reading “Akhmadaliev: I can’t wait to fight Roman”

Murodjon Akhmadaliev is chasing history as he prepares to challenge WBA and IBF super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on Thursday on DAZN…
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Andrade is a 70:1 favorite over Keeler

Not surprisingly, WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade is a -7000 favorite over little-known challenger Luke Keeler this Thursday night in the main event of DAZN’s world title tripleheader at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, Florida. Keeler backers can get +3000.

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In the second world title bout, IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer is a -190 narrow favorite over Jojo Diaz (+165). Farmer is making his fifth defense, while Diaz is making his second world title attempt.
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Finally, oddsmakers are expecting WBA/IBF unified super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman to lose against Murodjon Akhmadaliev, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist who has had seven pro fights. Akhmadaliev is a -260 favorite, while the champion Roman is +220. Roman is making the fifth defense of his WBA belt and first defense of his IBF strap.
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Not surprisingly, WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade is a -7000 favorite over little-known challenger Luke Keeler this Thursday night in the main event of DAZN’s world title tripleheader at the…
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Dallas’ Ernesto Delgadillo in spotlight

By Jeff Zimmerman

Undefeated Ernesto Delgadillo (11-0-2, 2 KOs) out of Dallas, TX, will be back in the ring this Thursday in the state of Washington to fight for the vacant NABF super flyweight title against the also undefeated Jade Bornea (14-0, 10 KOs) out of the Philippines.

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For Delgadillo it has been a long journey back after capturing the USNBC title in August 2018.  It has been tough to find an opponent plus a fight that was made for August 2019 also didn’t happen as planned. Continue reading “Dallas’ Ernesto Delgadillo in spotlight”

By Jeff Zimmerman Undefeated Ernesto Delgadillo (11-0-2, 2 KOs) out of Dallas, TX, will be back in the ring this Thursday in the state of Washington to fight for the…
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Boxing is back in France

By Robert Coster

In the 1970s boxing was booming in France with figures like Carlos Monzon, Jean Claude Bouttier, Emile Griffith, Bennie Briscoe, Willie Monroe fighting at the Palais des Sports in Paris. Back then, boxing was the “in” sport for the French movie elite. It now seems that after a long slump, a group of talented young boxers are once again attracting fans and TV.

There are two full-fledged boxing champions: WBA cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian (26-0, 18 KOs ) and WBC bantamweight titleholder Nordine Oubaali (17-0, 12 KOs). Also two quasi world champions in WBA lightweight gold titlist Yvan Mendy (40-4-1, 22 KOs) and WBA super middleweight gold champion Michel Soro (35-2-1, 24 KOs). Continue reading “Boxing is back in France”

By Robert Coster In the 1970s boxing was booming in France with figures like Carlos Monzon, Jean Claude Bouttier, Emile Griffith, Bennie Briscoe, Willie Monroe fighting at the Palais des…
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Delgadillo-Bornea clash Thursday

By Ricardo Ibarra

A pair of undefeated super flyweights will battle for the vacant NABF title on Thursday night at Legends Casino in Toppenish, Washington. Squaring off in the main event of Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions’ first UFC FIGHT PASS streamed card of the new year, Ernesto Delgadillo (11-0-2, 2 KOs) will face heavy-handed Filipino Jade “Hurricane” Bornea (14-0, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder for the 115-pound belt. Continue reading “Delgadillo-Bornea clash Thursday”

By Ricardo Ibarra A pair of undefeated super flyweights will battle for the vacant NABF title on Thursday night at Legends Casino in Toppenish, Washington. Squaring off in the main…
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Wilder-Fury LA Press Conference

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On Saturday at FOX Studios in Los Angeles, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former champ Tyson Fury faced the press for the final time before they hit Las Vegas for their highly anticipated rematch on February 22.

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Deontay Wilder: ”I think Tyson has pillows as fists. He has skill but you can’t have it all…he has to be perfect for 12 rounds. I don’t have to be perfect for two seconds.”

Tyson Fury: “I’m 6’9 and I weigh 269 pounds this morning and I’ve had I’ve had 20 knockouts out of 29 victories so you know I’m very capable of knocking people out!”

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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank On Saturday at FOX Studios in Los Angeles, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former champ Tyson Fury faced the press for the final time before…
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KO to Drugs Promotional tour in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

Four of the world ranked Panamanian boxers scheduled to fight for WBA titles on February 7th in the K.O. to Drugs Festival started a local promotional tour which first stop was in La Gran Estacion mall located just at the limit between San Miguelito and Panama, the two districts with the highest population density in the country.

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Flyweight Luis “El Nica” Concepción (38-8, 27 KOs) wearing a sleeveless shirt, confirmed to his fans that he is getting very close to the division limit to face Colombian Rober Barrera (23-2, 13 KOs) on the main event for the world flyweight interim belt. Continue reading “KO to Drugs Promotional tour in Panama”

By Héctor Villarreal Four of the world ranked Panamanian boxers scheduled to fight for WBA titles on February 7th in the K.O. to Drugs Festival started a local promotional tour…
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Roundup Japan 2019

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

The year 2019 celebrated some important developments and successful results of Japanese boxers as Naoya Inoue acquired the Muhammad Ali trophy by winning the WBSS bantamweight final against Nonito Donaire in the Fight of the Year, Ryota Murata regained the WBA middleweight belt by avenging his US loss and halting Rob Brant in their rematch, Kazuto Ioka seized his fourth world belt in the WBO junior bantamweight category by stopping Aston Palicte, and three-division champ Kosei Tanaka impressively kept his WBO flyweight throne three times in a year.

This reporter hereby reviews all world title bouts with Japanese contestants involved in Japan and abroad in 2019. Continue reading “Roundup Japan 2019”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda The year 2019 celebrated some important developments and successful results of Japanese boxers as Naoya Inoue acquired the Muhammad Ali trophy by winning…
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