South Africa has a new heavyweight champion

By Ron Jackson

Tian Fick from Cape Town won the vacant South African heavyweight title on a wide unanimous 12 round points decision over Josh Pretorius from Richards Bay in KwaZulu- Natal, on Friday night at the Vibrant Sports Studio in Cape Town. The scores 119-109 and 118-110 twice.

This was a return match with Fick winning on an eight-round point’s decision in June 2019.
The taller Fick boxed from the outside from the opening round using his left jab to pile up the points. Continue reading “South Africa has a new heavyweight champion”

By Ron Jackson Tian Fick from Cape Town won the vacant South African heavyweight title on a wide unanimous 12 round points decision over Josh Pretorius from Richards Bay in…
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Weights from Las Vegas

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Shakur Stevenson 130 vs. Toka Kahn Clary 129
Felix Verdejo 135 vs. Masayoshi Nakatani 135
Edgar Berlanga 169 vs. Ulises Sierra 167.5

Clay Collard 159 vs. Quincy LaVallais 159
Jesse Rodriguez 110.5 vs. Saul Juarez 110
Robeisy Ramirez 126 vs. Brandon Valdes 127
Elvis Rodriguez 146.5 vs. Larry Fryers 145.5
Haven Brady Jr. 127 vs. Michael Land 126
Kasir Goldston 142 vs. Llewelyn McClamy 142.5

Venue: The Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN, ESPN+

Shakur Stevenson 130 vs. Toka Kahn Clary 129 Felix Verdejo 135 vs. Masayoshi Nakatani 135 Edgar Berlanga 169 vs. Ulises Sierra 167.5 Clay Collard 159 vs. Quincy LaVallais 159 Jesse…
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Eggington KOs Theophane in six

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In a super welterweight crossroads fight between veteran fan-favorites, Sam Eggington (29-7, 18 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Ashley Theophane (50-9-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night behind-closed-doors at the Fly By Nite purpose built TV production facility in Redditch, England. Eggington put the pressure on from the get-go, dropping Theophane in round two. A crushing Eggington right hand to the liver in round six sent Theophane to the canvas to end it.

“I knew Theophane would be tricky from the start and hard to it,” said Eggington. “It was hard to get through at first and I just had to keep the pressure on and breaking down and I knew I’d get to him eventually…I’m not shouting anyone out, I’ll fight anyone put in front of me and I can’t wait for a big 2021.”

In a super welterweight crossroads fight between veteran fan-favorites, Sam Eggington (29-7, 18 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Ashley Theophane (50-9-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night behind-closed-doors at…
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Golovkin-Szeremeta Undercard

Two world title fights will be featured on the undercard of the Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin – Kamil Szeremeta IBF middleweight title fight.  Undefeated super middleweight contenders Ali Akhmedov (16-0, 12 KOs) and Carlos Góngora (18-0, 13 KOs) will rumble for the vacant IBO super middleweight world title and unbeaten WBA female super featherweight world champion Hyun Mi Choi (17-0-1, 4 KOs) will be looking to extend her 12-year title reign against Calista Silgado (19-11-3 14 KOs).

The GGG-Szeremeta will take place Friday, Dec. 18, behind closed doors at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. It will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN beginning at 5pm ET in over 200 countries and territories. Continue reading “Golovkin-Szeremeta Undercard”

Two world title fights will be featured on the undercard of the Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin – Kamil Szeremeta IBF middleweight title fight.  Undefeated super middleweight contenders Ali Akhmedov (16-0, 12…
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Canelo-Smith now for WBC title also

Matchroom and Canelo Promotions have announced that the WBC super middleweight title will be on the line when Canelo Alvarez and Callum Smith clash at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday December 19, live on DAZN. The WBA title will also be at stake. The winner on December 19 will be ordered to face WBC #2 ranked Avni Yildrim within 90 days.

“The WBC is extremely proud to have such tremendous fight for the vacant WBC super middleweight title,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. “Canelo and Callum will give the world a superb closing of a difficult year and will make fans from around the world celebrate with much entertainment and enjoyment. I would like to personally praise Avni Yildirim for his exemplary collaboration to make this a reality.”

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Donaire has COVID, new foe for Rodriguez

Former IBF bantamweight world champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs) will now take on unbeaten former WBA interim bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo (23-0, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBC interim bantamweight title in the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing December 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Nordine Oubaali and Nonito Donaire were originally set to meet for Oubaali’s WBC title. Then when Oubaali tested positive for COVID-19, he was made champion in recess and it was Donaire vs. Rodriguez for the vacant WBC title. When Donaire later tested positive for COVID-19 also, the Rodriguez vs. Gaballo fight was made for the vacant interim title.

The tripleheader will also feature unbeaten welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis (26-0, 24 KOs) taking on his toughest opponent to date in veteran contender Chris Van Heerden (28-2-1,12 KOs) in a 12-round co-main event for the vacant IBO welterweight title. Plus, unbeaten bantamweight Gary Antonio Russell (17-0, 12 KOs) will face former world champion Juan Carlos Payano (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round showdown to kick off the telecast. Continue reading “Donaire has COVID, new foe for Rodriguez”

Former IBF bantamweight world champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs) will now take on unbeaten former WBA interim bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo (23-0, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBC interim…
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Colbert, Arboleda make weight

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Chris Colbert 130 vs. Jaime Arboleda 130
(WBA interim super featherweight title)
Referee: Steve Willis (New York)
Judges: John McKaie (New York), Tom Schreck (New York), Steve Weisfeld (New Jersey),

Richardson Hitchins 140 vs. Argenis Mendez 140
Ronald Ellis 166 vs. Matt Korobov 160
Note: Ellis missed the contracted 161-pound weight limit. The fight will proceed as scheduled.

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: Showtime

Chris Colbert 130 vs. Jaime Arboleda 130 (WBA interim super featherweight title) Referee: Steve Willis (New York) Judges: John McKaie (New York), Tom Schreck (New York), Steve Weisfeld (New Jersey),…
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Evan Holyfield & Cassius Chaney Notes

Conversations with super welterweight Evan Holyfield and heavyweight Cassius Chaney. Both return to the ring tomorrow in Jonesboro Georgia

Evan Holyfield (4-0, 3 KOs) talks about his training camp, return to the ring against Donnis Reed (3-7, 2 KOs) in Jonesboro, GA, his dad and Holyfield-Tyson 3.

“I am with a whole new training staff right now, back down in Atlanta where I came up through the amateur ranks, with my former trainers and a new addition of Mark Breland. Everyone around here is like family, even Mark as I got to know him a little better and I’m happy and there is nothing more dangerous than a happy fighter. I am round a lot of good energy and a lot of good people. There have been some tough sparring days and some tough training days. I’ve been working on some new tools with Mark and adding some elements to my game. I feel like I really sacrificed for this camp and I’m anxious to see the results. You are going to see something different and I can’t wait to get in there to show people what I have learned. I’m pretty excited to see what happens. Continue reading “Evan Holyfield & Cassius Chaney Notes”

Conversations with super welterweight Evan Holyfield and heavyweight Cassius Chaney. Both return to the ring tomorrow in Jonesboro Georgia Evan Holyfield (4-0, 3 KOs) talks about his training camp, return…
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Joshua-Pulev heats up at weigh-in

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No social distancing at today’s weigh-in for Saturday’s fight between WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Kubrat Pulev. Both fighters got in each other’s grill.

Anthony Joshua 240.8 vs. Kubrat Pulev 239.7
(IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles)

Lawrence Okolie 199.8 vs. Nikodem Jezewski 199.7
Hughie Fury 247.3 vs. Mariusz Wach 272.4
Martin Bakole 251.4 vs. Sergey Kuzmin 258.5
Kieron Conway 159.6 vs. Macaulay McGowan 158.5
Florian Marku 147 vs. Jamie Stewart 145.9
Qais Ashfaq 124.25 vs. Ashley Lane 122.4

Venue: SSE Arena, London
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: DAZN, SkySports

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No social distancing at today’s weigh-in for Saturday’s fight between WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Kubrat Pulev. Both fighters got in each other’s grill. Anthony Joshua 240.8 vs.…
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Weights from Germany

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Roman Fress 199.1 vs. Erdogan Kadrija 193.8
(German cruiserweight title)

Tom Dzemski 174.8 vs. Jihad Nasif 173.9
Nina Meinke 125.4 vs. Angela Cannizzaro 123.7
Jurgen Uldedaj 199.3 vs. Bojan Castic 191.8
Tomas Salek 246.9 vs. Mario Lakatos 226.4
Artur Henrik 158.7 vs. Krisztian Santa 156.3

Venue: Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: MDR (Germany)

Roman Fress 199.1 vs. Erdogan Kadrija 193.8 (German cruiserweight title) Tom Dzemski 174.8 vs. Jihad Nasif 173.9 Nina Meinke 125.4 vs. Angela Cannizzaro 123.7 Jurgen Uldedaj 199.3 vs. Bojan Castic…
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Jarvis and Ng victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #10 super bantamweight Brock Jarvis (18-0, 16 KOs) stopped Mark Schleibs (12-1, 8 KOs) in round five of a scheduled ten round bout on Friday with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs in a nationally Foxtel televised bout at the Coorong Pavilion, Exhibition Park, Canberra. Referee Les Fear crowned Jarvis at 1.16.

“I still think we have a lot of work to do, I’ll keep working on it,” Jarvis said. “It was good, Mark put up a good fight so I thank him for that. I haven’t fought in over a year, but I’ve been busy in the gym. I was confident I’d be fine, thanks to Luke Jackson, Hassan Hamden, all the guys I’ve been sparring. Thanks to Dean Lonergan and Stu Duncan for having me in the main event.”

In other action, IBF#10 lightweight Jacob Ng (14-0, 11 KOs) forced a five round stoppage over Hunter Loane (8-1-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled ten round bout. Ng retained IBF and WBO regional titles.

Promoter Dean Lonergan and Nick Boutzos.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF #10 super bantamweight Brock Jarvis (18-0, 16 KOs) stopped Mark Schleibs (12-1, 8 KOs) in round five of a scheduled ten round…
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Zirolian halts Ota in 39 seconds

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Hard-punching prospect, Zirolian Riku (12-3, 11 KOs), 132.5, displayed a one-punch stoppage when he landed a looping left hook that dropped Takuya Ota (8-4-1, 6 KOs), 132.25, with such a thud that the ref promptly declared a halt to save the loser from further punishment at only 0:39 of the opening session in a scheduled eight on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.

The haymaker was a very devastating shot that stunned the crowd as well as the third man who quickly made a well-timed stoppage. Continue reading “Zirolian halts Ota in 39 seconds”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, Zirolian Riku (12-3, 11 KOs), 132.5, displayed a one-punch stoppage when he landed a looping left hook that dropped Takuya Ota…
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Yabusaki upsets ex-OPBF champ Ono

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unheralded JBC unranked Kento Yabusaki (8-4-1, 5 KOs), 111 3/4, scored an upset decision over former OPBF 108-pound and ex-Japanese 105-pound titlist Shin Ono (24-11-3, 6 KOs), 112, over eight heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. In a contest of southpaws, Yabusaki decked the 37-year-old veteran Ono with a smashing left in the second and put on an aggressive performance, though he, 23, was often grabbed by Ono, a twice world challenger, who attempted to avert the youngster’s aggression. The sixth saw Yabusaki open a gash over Ono’s right optic with a legal shot, which obviously became a nuisance for the veteran southpaw. The winner will enter the JBC’s ratings thanks to his unexpected triumph. Continue reading “Yabusaki upsets ex-OPBF champ Ono”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unheralded JBC unranked Kento Yabusaki (8-4-1, 5 KOs), 111 3/4, scored an upset decision over former OPBF 108-pound and ex-Japanese 105-pound titlist Shin…
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Franco-Maloney 3 in the works

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The World Boxing Association (WBA) ordered an immediate rematch between Super Flyweight Champion Joshua Franco and challenger Andrew Moloney. They will have 30 days to negotiate the terms or the fight will be called to purse bids.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing The World Boxing Association (WBA) ordered an immediate rematch between Super Flyweight Champion Joshua Franco and challenger Andrew Moloney. They will have 30…
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Lerena meets Ferguson in a non-title fight

By Ron Jackson

IBO cruiserweight champion Kevin Lerena heads a five-fight bill at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on the 19th of December when he meets Patrick Ferguson from Spokane, Washington in a non-title fight scheduled for ten rounds at a weight limit of 96kgs (212lbs).

There are four other championship bouts on this quality Golden Gloves Promotions bill, which will be broadcast live on Supersport. Continue reading “Lerena meets Ferguson in a non-title fight”

By Ron Jackson IBO cruiserweight champion Kevin Lerena heads a five-fight bill at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on the 19th of December when he meets Patrick Ferguson from Spokane,…
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Berlanga looks to extend KO1 streak

Super middleweight KO artist Edgar Berlanga — 15-0 with 15 first-round knockouts — will seek to extend his streak against veteran Ulises Sierra (15-1-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-rounder on Saturday night in the Las Vegas Bubble on ESPN.

“I’m 100 percent ready for the fight. Get your popcorn ready,” stated Berlanga Thursday. “I don’t dwell on the first-round stuff. If it happens, it happens. I’m ready to go 12 rounds. It doesn’t matter how many rounds we are fighting. Every camp, I prepare to go 12 full rounds.”

Sierra, who has never been stopped as a pro, stated “I’ve been in the gym for three months. Tune in. I’m going to slay the ‘Monster.’”

Super middleweight KO artist Edgar Berlanga — 15-0 with 15 first-round knockouts — will seek to extend his streak against veteran Ulises Sierra (15-1-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-rounder on…
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WBC #13 Dominguez barely gets by Lara

Unbeaten WBC #13 rated welterweight Santiago “Somer” Dominguez (24-0, 11 KOs) barely won by ten round split decision over journeyman Ricardo “Riky” Lara (22-9, 10 KOs) on Thursday at the Marinaterra Hotel Spa in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Dominguez, the reigning NABF titleholder, got all he could handle from Lara. Scores were 96-95, 96-95 Dominguez, 96-94 Lara.

Unbeaten lightweight Luis “Koreano” Torres (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a brutal third round KO against Juan Marcos “Mundo” Rodriguez Ortiz (9-3, 7 KOs). Time was 1:48. Rodriguez was down for several minutes.

Unbeaten WBC #13 rated welterweight Santiago “Somer” Dominguez (24-0, 11 KOs) barely won by ten round split decision over journeyman Ricardo “Riky” Lara (22-9, 10 KOs) on Thursday at the…
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WBO #1 Gauto returns Saturday

OR Promotions returns Saturday nighr at Microestadio Municipal in Hurlingham, Buenos Aires, Argentina, televised live on TyC Sports. WBO #1 and WBA #3 mini-flyweight Agustin “El Avion” Gauto (15-0-0, 10 KO) will meet Juan Jose Jurado (15-2-3, 1 KO) in a ten rounder, and light heavyweight knockout artist Brian Suarez (12-0, 11 KOs) defends his WBA Fedelatin belt against Cesar “Salvaje” Reynoso (16-14-4, 8 KO).

OR Promotions returns Saturday nighr at Microestadio Municipal in Hurlingham, Buenos Aires, Argentina, televised live on TyC Sports. WBO #1 and WBA #3 mini-flyweight Agustin “El Avion” Gauto (15-0-0, 10…
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WBA announces marathon boxing card Dec 17

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The “Maratón Boxística” (Boxing Marathon) event will be the grand finale of the boxing season in Latin America. The 20 fight program will take place on the beautiful beaches of the Kilymandiaro Club in Barranquilla, Colombia on December 17th. The event was announced Thursday morning during a press conference was held online with the presence of WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza.

Organized by Alberto Agámez Producciones with the support of the Colombian Boxing Federation, the National Commission and the WBA, the show will feature WBA minimumweight champion Carlos Cañizales defending his title against Jesús Silvestre. Also “The Captain” Gabriel Maestre will return to the ring to face Daniel Vega in the welterweight division.

Continue reading “WBA announces marathon boxing card Dec 17”

The “Maratón Boxística” (Boxing Marathon) event will be the grand finale of the boxing season in Latin America. The 20 fight program will take place on the beautiful beaches of…
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Colbert-Arboleda preview Saturday showdown

Unbeaten WBA interim super featherweight champion Chris “Primetime” Colbert and hard-hitting Jaime Arboleda previewed their upcoming showdown taking place live on SHOWTIME this Saturday at the bubble inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Chris Colbert: “I didn’t watch film on Arboleda. I know he is going to come game and I know his trainer is going to have him in great shape and ready to fight. I am coming to execute my game plan on Saturday night on SHOWTIME. I am just going to be me – ‘Primetime’ – and this time on primetime TV. Continue reading “Colbert-Arboleda preview Saturday showdown”

Unbeaten WBA interim super featherweight champion Chris “Primetime” Colbert and hard-hitting Jaime Arboleda previewed their upcoming showdown taking place live on SHOWTIME this Saturday at the bubble inside the Mohegan…
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Stevenson-Kahn Clary Final Press Conference

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Former WBO featherweight world champion Shakur Stevenson is ready to add a second world title to his trophy case. But, first he must get past Toka Kahn Clary in Saturday’s 10-round junior lightweight main event from the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble on ESPN.

Two days before fight night, they took to the socially distanced stage for the final press conference. This is what they had to say.

Shakur Stevenson: “The short notice for this fight doesn’t bother me. I’m one of those fighters that always stay in shape. This is nothing new to me. The Bubble days feel like the amateur days all over again. There is not a lot of people around you, and you only focus on the fight.” Continue reading “Stevenson-Kahn Clary Final Press Conference”

Former WBO featherweight world champion Shakur Stevenson is ready to add a second world title to his trophy case. But, first he must get past Toka Kahn Clary in Saturday’s…
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Joshua-Pulev Final Press Conference

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Quotes from today’s Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev press conference ahead of Saturday’s action The SSE Arena, Wembley, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and Ireland and on DAZN in the U.S.

Anthony Joshua: “The pressure that I went through last year was tough, but it made me mentally stronger. I grew a thicker skin. I’ve always been tough and wanted to fight the best, that’s never been an issue.

“What have I got to lose? I’ve got everything to gain. I want to be successful in boxing and the only way to be successful is take on big challenges. This is just another one I’m looking forward to competing with. Continue reading “Joshua-Pulev Final Press Conference”

Quotes from today’s Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev press conference ahead of Saturday’s action The SSE Arena, Wembley, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and Ireland…
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Weights from England

Sam Eggington and Ashley Theophane
Photo: Hennessy Sports

Sam Eggington 153.2 vs. Ashley Theophane 153.2
Kaisee Benjamin 146 vs. Ben Fields 146
Stephen McKenna 147.12 vs. MJ Hall 147.9
Idris Virgo 163 vs. Kevin McCauley 161.12
Aaron McKenna 156.2 vs. Jordan Grannum 161.8
Michael Hennessy Jr 156.3 vs. Dale Arrowsmith 156.3
Tommy Welsh 227.8 vs. Matt Gordon 248.10

Venue: Fly By Nite TV studio in Redditch, England
Promoter: Hennessy Sports
TV: Channel 5 (UK)

Sam Eggington 153.2 vs. Ashley Theophane 153.2 Kaisee Benjamin 146 vs. Ben Fields 146 Stephen McKenna 147.12 vs. MJ Hall 147.9 Idris Virgo 163 vs. Kevin McCauley 161.12 Aaron McKenna…
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Requiem to ex-WBC 122lb champ Royal Kobayashi

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By Joe Koizumi

Today’s papers in Japan reported a sad and sorrowful passing of former WBC super-bantamweight champion Royal Kobayashi, who reportedly had lost his life on November 17. Our deep grief comes from the fact that we have not been informed of his death so long for no less than three weeks from his passing. Once a very popular ring hero at his prime, Kobayashi didn’t stay in our fraternity as a boxing person any longer but worked as a security guard in his native Kumamoto, a southern local place very far from Tokyo. He was 71.

His real name was Kazuo Kobayashi, and when he turned professional, he began to fight under the nom-de-guerre Royal Kobayashi named by his manager Yoshinori Takahashi, former world 140-pound challenger who failed to win the belt from Eddie Perkins via lopsided thirteenth round stoppage here in 1964. It was also said “Royal” originated from royal jelly so that he would be as sweet and strong as that. Continue reading “Requiem to ex-WBC 122lb champ Royal Kobayashi”

By Joe Koizumi Today’s papers in Japan reported a sad and sorrowful passing of former WBC super-bantamweight champion Royal Kobayashi, who reportedly had lost his life on November 17. Our…
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Lester Martinez moves to 7-0, 7 KOs

Unbeaten super middleweight destroyer Lester Martinez (7-0, 7 KOs), who knocked out former champ Ricardo Mayorga in his pro debut, stopped Uriel “Big Bang” Gonzalez (18-7-1, 14 KOs) in the first round on Wednesday night at the Maninaterra Hotel & Spa Event Center in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Martinez battered Gonzalez to the canvas late in round one. Gonzalez beat the count and seemed good to go but the referee waved it off. Time was 3:00. Martinez claimed the vacant WBC Latino title. Continue reading “Lester Martinez moves to 7-0, 7 KOs”

Unbeaten super middleweight destroyer Lester Martinez (7-0, 7 KOs), who knocked out former champ Ricardo Mayorga in his pro debut, stopped Uriel “Big Bang” Gonzalez (18-7-1, 14 KOs) in the…
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