Horn: I’m not scared of Crawford

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will depart Brisbane on Wednesday for his showdown in Las Vegas on June 9 against Terrence Crawford and he’s confident of victory. “They’re trying to make me feel nervous and to doubt myself, but I haven’t done that for a second,” Horn told Fox Sports. “I’m not scared of this guy. You have to be confident in boxing. If you go in there thinking you’re going to lose then that’s exactly what will happen.

“I’ve worked harder for this fight than I ever have. I’ll be pushing hard, pressuring him throughout the fight. I’ll be thinking about my family, about my wife and daughter, going to the places that lift me when I need to dig deep.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will depart Brisbane on Wednesday for his showdown in Las Vegas on June 9 against Terrence Crawford and…
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Manzanilla batters and upsets WBC #1 Ceja

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In a shocker, little known super bantamweight Franklin Manzanilla (19-4, 18 KOs) busted up and stopped former world champion and WBC #1 rated Julio “El Pollito” Ceja (32-3, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Teatro Moliere in Mexico City. Manzanilla claimed the WBC silver belt when Ceja, who suffered a broken nose, didn’t come out for round five.

Unbeaten WBC #4 super featherweight Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez (25-0, 22 KOs) pummeled former 115lb interim champion Drian Francisco (29-6-1, 22 KOs) for two rounds and Francisco didn’t come out for round three. Quite the comeback for Hernandez, who took a bullet in the back in January.

In the main event, female boxer Ibeth Zamora (29-6, 12 KOs) became a three-division world champion after claiming the WBC female flyweight title by ten round unanimous decision over reigning champ Melissa McMorrow (10-7-3, 1 KO). Scores were 98-92, 100-90 and 98-92.

By Gabriel F. Cordero In a shocker, little known super bantamweight Franklin Manzanilla (19-4, 18 KOs) busted up and stopped former world champion and WBC #1 rated Julio “El Pollito”…
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Lemieux tops Achour, targets 168lb division

Former middleweight champion David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Karim Achour (26-5-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City. The hard-hitting Lemieux pretty much walked through the light-punching Achour and got a knockdown in the final stanza en route to a 119-108, 120-107, 119-107 verdict.

Now expected to move to super middleweight after this, Lemieux scaled in two pounds heavy at 162, and therefore could not win Achour’s WBC International and Francophone middleweight titles, which became vacant with Achour’s loss.

Former middleweight champion David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Karim Achour (26-5-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec…
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Ancajas beats Sultan to retain IBF 115lb title

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

In the first world title bout between two Filipino fighters in 93 years, IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs) outboxed countryman and mandatory challenger Jonas Sultan (14-4, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds retain his title on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Sultan was game, but Ancajas’ class showed as he won 119-109, 119-109, 117-111.

The last all-Filipino world title fight was when Pancho Villa defended the world flyweight title against Clever Sencio in Manila on May 2, 1925.

Note: It won’t be 93 years until the next one. Filipinos Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte are set to collide in three months for the vacant WBO super flyweight title formerly held by Naoya Inoue who moved up to bantamweight. Continue reading “Ancajas beats Sultan to retain IBF 115lb title”

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank In the first world title bout between two Filipino fighters in 93 years, IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs) outboxed countryman…
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Yafai stops Carmona, retains WBA 115lb title

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

In his U.S. debut, unbeaten WBA super flyweight champion Khalid Yafai (24-0, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over David Carmona (21-6-5, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Yafai dropped Carmona in rounds one, four and five, but was deducted a point by referee Raul Caiz for hitting Carmona when he was on the deck in round five. The fight ended when Carmona didn’t come out for round eight.

Yafai risked losing his belt by taking the fight after Carmona weighed 3.6 pounds heavy (if Carmona had won, the title would have become vacant). Continue reading “Yafai stops Carmona, retains WBA 115lb title”

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank In his U.S. debut, unbeaten WBA super flyweight champion Khalid Yafai (24-0, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over David Carmona (21-6-5, 9 KOs) on…
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Ex-champ Mendez, Love victorious in Biloxi

Former IBF super featherweight world champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-1, 12 KOs), now fighting at junior welterweight, scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Eddie Ramirez (17-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mendez showed his skills and experience, dropping Ramirez in rounds two, three and twice in round five. Somehow the very tough Ramirez kept coming for the full ten. Scores were 98-88, 97-89, 99-87.

IBF #7, WBO #8 super middleweight J’Leon Love (24-1-1, 13 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Jaime Barboza (19-15, 9 KOs). Love was rocked early, but was otherwise in control as he got back in the win column coming off a technical draw against Abie Han last September. Barbosa dropped his seventh straight. Continue reading “Ex-champ Mendez, Love victorious in Biloxi”

Former IBF super featherweight world champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-1, 12 KOs), now fighting at junior welterweight, scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Eddie Ramirez (17-2, 11 KOs) on…
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Undercard Results from Fresno, California

Maybe it’s fitting for a big night in Filipino boxing history that lightweight John Moralde (20-1, 10 KOs) from Davao Del Sur, Philippines, upset previously unbeaten and highly regarded Ismail “Sharpshooter” Muwendo (19-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Moralde dropped Muwendo with left hooks in rounds one and five and went on to win via eight round unanimous decision 76-74, 76-74, 77-73.

In his first ten-rounder, unbeaten Lomachenko stablemate Alexander Besputin (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round KO over veteran Saul Corral (27-12, 18 KOs) in a welterweight bout. Besputin dropped Corral twice in round three to end it. Time was 1:34.

Other Results:
Isidro Ochoa W6 Ricardo Arias (super featherweight)
Bryan Lua KO3 Francisco Camacho (super featherweight)
Piotr Apostol W4 Carlos Castillo (lightweight)
Jose Salinas TKO2 Carlos Apodaca (lightweight)

Maybe it’s fitting for a big night in Filipino boxing history that lightweight John Moralde (20-1, 10 KOs) from Davao Del Sur, Philippines, upset previously unbeaten and highly regarded Ismail…
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Heavyweight Alfonso remains unbeaten

Unbeaten 2008 Cuban Olympian heavyweight Robert Alfonso moved to 16-0, 7 KOs with a second round TKO over Mike Bissett (14-11-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night in the main event of a fight card presented by Skyy Boxing in conjunction with the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 2018 inductees included Evander Holyfield (Pro Boxer), Byron Mitchell (Amateur Boxer), Eugene Tillman (Old Timer), Bill Irby (Manager/Trainer/Promoter) and Flynn Gerald (Support Personnel).

In the co-feature, middleweight Keandrae Leatherwood (21-5-1, 1 KOs) outpointed Julio “The Cuban Lover” Garcia (25-7-2, 11 KOs) over six rounds. Continue reading “Heavyweight Alfonso remains unbeaten”

Unbeaten 2008 Cuban Olympian heavyweight Robert Alfonso moved to 16-0, 7 KOs with a second round TKO over Mike Bissett (14-11-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night in the main event…
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Inoue-McDonnell Full Report, Photos

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs), 118, impressively captured the WBA bantamweight belt as he easily caught up with much taller defending champ Jamie McDonnell (29-3-1-1ND, 13 KOs), 117.5, dropped him twice and halted him at 1:52 of the opening session on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

The 112-second destruction showcased Naoya’s pugnaciousness and power-punching, with which he so quickly decked McDonnell with a trademark left uppercut to the side of the belly. Though Jamie, making his seventh defense, very barely resumed fighting, Naoya, 25, swarmed over the fading champ, 32, with a flurry of punches and decked him again, when his chief second Dave Coldwell signaled a surrender and asked for a stoppage on the apron. Continue reading “Inoue-McDonnell Full Report, Photos”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs), 118, impressively captured the WBA bantamweight belt as he easily caught up with much taller defending…
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Takuma Inoue sinks Indonesian champ Sabu

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten younger brother of Naoya, WBC#9/WBA#13/IBF#11/WBO#11 Takuma Inoue (11-0, 3 KOs), 119.75, needed just 2:14 of the first round when he polished off Indonesian titlist Waldo Sabu (12-12, 2 KOs), 117.25, with a vicious body shot in a preliminary ten-round bout beneath his brother’s main event on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Takuma, a 22-year-old talented speedster, sustained a bad fracture on the right hand and was forced to take a long rest for recovery for a year in 2016. Since then, Takuma defeated such veteran campaigners as ex-world challenger Hiroyuki Kudaka (AKA Hiroyuki Hisataka) and former national bantam champ Kentaro Masuda in succession to his credit. Continue reading “Takuma Inoue sinks Indonesian champ Sabu”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten younger brother of Naoya, WBC#9/WBA#13/IBF#11/WBO#11 Takuma Inoue (11-0, 3 KOs), 119.75, needed just 2:14 of the first round when he polished off…
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Lemieux misses weight, but fight still on

Former middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) takes on Karim Achour (26-4-3, 4 KOs) tonight at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City. Lemieux scaled in two pounds heavy at 162, and therefore cannot win Achour’s WBC International and Francophone middleweight titles. He also had to give 20% of his purse to his opponent. Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Management stated that Lemieux would likely fight in a higher division after this.

Former middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) takes on Karim Achour (26-4-3, 4 KOs) tonight at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City. Lemieux scaled in two pounds heavy at…
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Ken-Lopez Full Report, Photos

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBC light flyweight champ Shiro Ken (13-0, 7 KOs), 107.5, easily kept his belt when he sank former champ Ganigan Lopez (29-8, 18 KOs), 107.5, a Mexican old soldier at 36, with a single body shot for the count at 1:58 of the second session on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Ken, making his third defense, had wrested the WBC belt by a majority nod (115-113 twice, 114-114) over Lopez here a year ago. Continue reading “Ken-Lopez Full Report, Photos”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC light flyweight champ Shiro Ken (13-0, 7 KOs), 107.5, easily kept his belt when he sank former champ Ganigan Lopez (29-8,…
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Weights from Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Ibeth Zamora 111.1 vs. Melissa McMorrow 111.1
(WBC female flyweight world title)

Eduardo Hernández 129.8 vs. Drian Francisco 128.5
(WBC Youth super featherweight title)
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Julio Ceja 121.7 vs. Frankyn Manzanilla 121
(WBC silver super bantamweight title)

Lourdes Juárez 110 vs. Jacky Calvo 111.75
Felipe Orucuta 116 vs. Ricardo Román 116.3

Venue: Teatro Molier
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa and Claro Sports

By Gabriel F. Cordero Ibeth Zamora 111.1 vs. Melissa McMorrow 111.1 (WBC female flyweight world title) Eduardo Hernández 129.8 vs. Drian Francisco 128.5 (WBC Youth super featherweight title) . Julio…
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FS1 Weights from Biloxi, Mississippi

Eddie Ramirez 141 vs. Argenis Mendez 141
Omar Escandon 128 vs. Tugstsogt Nyambyar 127.6
Justin Pauldo 135.8 vs. Joshua Zuniga 135
Justin DeLoach 155.4 vs. Jeison Rosario 157.6
Jose Miguel Borrego 143.6 vs. Carlos Velasquez 143.6
Semajay Thomas 144.8 vs. Brandon Aguinaga 140.6
Efe Ajagba 237.4 vs. Dell Long 234.4
Efetobor Apochi 198.4 vs. Cashton Young 199.6
Aaron Pryor Jr 169.8 vs. Dennis Sharpe 165.4
J’Leon Love 169.8 vs. Jaime Barboza 168

Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: FS1

Eddie Ramirez 141 vs. Argenis Mendez 141 Omar Escandon 128 vs. Tugstsogt Nyambyar 127.6 Justin Pauldo 135.8 vs. Joshua Zuniga 135 Justin DeLoach 155.4 vs. Jeison Rosario 157.6 Jose Miguel…
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Szpilka decisions Guinn in Poland

Former heavyweight title challenger Artur Szpilka (21-3, 15 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over 43-year-old American Dominik Guinn (35-12-1, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland. Szpilka dropped Guinn in round ten, but couldn’t get the stoppage. Spilka ended a two fight losing streak, bouncing back from KO losses to Deontay Wilder and Adam Kownacki. Guinn returned to the ring after a two year layoff following a points loss to Hughie Fury.

In the co-feature, WBC female super middleweight champion Ewa Piątkowska (11-1, 4 KOs) edged Maria Lindberg (16-4-2, 9 KOs) by majority decision over ten. Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95.

Also, heavyweight Izuagbe Ugonoh (18-1, 15 KOs) scored a second round TKO over “Big Fred” Kassi (18-8-1, 10 KOs). Ugonoh rebounded from his first loss against Dominic Breazeale 15 months ago. Kassi is now 0-6-1 in his last seven fights.

Former heavyweight title challenger Artur Szpilka (21-3, 15 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over 43-year-old American Dominik Guinn (35-12-1, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Stadion Narodowy…
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Berchelt to defend WBC 130lb belt on June 23

Zanfer Promotions has announced that WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel Berchelt (33-1, 29 KOs) will defend his belt against former world champion Jonathan Victor Barros (41-5-1, 22 KOs) on June 23 at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. It will be Berchelt’s third defense since dethroning popular Francisco “Bandido” Vargas on HBO in January 2017. Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxeo, will broadcast the event in Mexico, and it looks like one of the ESPN outlets will pick up the U.S. rights.

Zanfer Promotions has announced that WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel Berchelt (33-1, 29 KOs) will defend his belt against former world champion Jonathan Victor Barros (41-5-1, 22 KOs) on…
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Mazion-Pauldo added to IBHOF card

Unbeaten super welterweight Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (12-0, 11 KOs) will face once-beaten Daquan Pauldo, formerly known as Daquan Arnett, (17-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round fight in the co-main event of the June 8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. In the main event, Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) will defend his NABF and NABO super bantamweight titles against Jose “Sugar” Salgado (35-4-2, 28 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

The show will take place during the International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, where “Dr. Ironfist” Vitali Klitschko, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, and Ronald “Winky” Wright will be inducted, along with non-combatants Peter Kohl, Steve Albert, Jim Gray and Lorraine Chargin.

Unbeaten super welterweight Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (12-0, 11 KOs) will face once-beaten Daquan Pauldo, formerly known as Daquan Arnett, (17-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round fight in the co-main…
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Ancajas, Sultan, Yafai make weight, Carmona heavy

Jerwin Ancajas 114.8 vs. Jonas Sultan 114.4
(IBF junior bantamweight title)

Photo: Marty Solis

Kal Yafai 114.8 vs. David Carmona 118.6
Note: Carmona weighed a whopping 3.6lbs heavy and cannot win Yafai’s WBA super flyweight championship. If Yafai loses, the title becomes vacant.

Ismail Muwendo 132.6 vs. John Moralde 132
Isidro Ochoa 125.6 vs. Ricardo Arias 127.2
Bryan Lua 131.2 vs. Francisco Camacho 130.8
Alexander Besputin 146.6 vs. Saul Corral 148
Leonardo Reyes 118.8 vs. Manuel Manzo 117.6
Piotr Apostol 137 vs. Carlos Castillo 135.4
Carlos Apodaca 130.8 vs. Jose Salinas 132

Venue: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN+ (live stream)

Jerwin Ancajas 114.8 vs. Jonas Sultan 114.4 (IBF junior bantamweight title) Kal Yafai 114.8 vs. David Carmona 118.6 Note: Carmona weighed a whopping 3.6lbs heavy and cannot win Yafai’s WBA…
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Pierre and Campfort win in Haiti

By Héctor Villarreal

The WBA’s #1 World ranked lightweight, Haitian Evens Pierre (30-1, 20 KOs) took another firm step towards a World title shot by dispatching Francisco Contreras (31-9, 24) by knockout. KOs) at 51 seconds of the seventh round in the main event of the card Fight Night 1, held on Thursday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Pierre had just vacated the Fedelatin lightweight championship, which allowed that belt to be fought by the undefeated Dominican Jackson Marines and the Panamanian Rolando Giono. Marines (13-0, 4 KOs) won the title by beating Giono (22-10, 16 KOs) by wide unanimous decision. Continue reading “Pierre and Campfort win in Haiti”

By Héctor Villarreal The WBA’s #1 World ranked lightweight, Haitian Evens Pierre (30-1, 20 KOs) took another firm step towards a World title shot by dispatching Francisco Contreras (31-9, 24)…
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Prograis-Velasco is official

Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) was born in New Orleans and became a fighter in The Big Easy. He never returned home to fight. Until now. Prograis, the World Boxing Council (WBC) interim super lightweight champion, will make his homecoming against fellow unbeaten Juan Jose Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs) on July 14 at Lakefront Arena on the campus of the University of New Orleans (UNO). Tickets go on sale today.

In the co-feature, young knockout artist Teofimo Lopez (9-0, 7 KOs) continues his rise up the lightweight rankings against once-beaten William Silva (25-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) was born in New Orleans and became a fighter in The Big Easy. He never returned home to fight. Until now. Prograis, the World…
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Inoue halts McDonnell in one, wins his third world belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs), 118, impressively captured the WBA bantamweight belt as he easily caught up with much taller defending champ Jamie McDonnell (29-3-1-1ND, 13 KOs), 117.5, dropped him twice and halted him at 1:52 of the opening session on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

The 116-second destruction showcased Naoya’s pugnaciousness and power-punching, with which he so quickly decked McDonnell with a trademark left uppercut to the side of the belly. Though Jamie very barely resumed fighting, Naoya swarmed over the fading champ with a flurry of punches and decked him again, when his chief second Dave Coldwell signaled a surrender and asked for a stoppage on the apron. Referee Luis Pabon, from Puerto Rico, then declared a halt to raise the arm of the newly crowned champion.

Inoue joyfully said in the ring, “I’ll participate in the World Boxing Super Series to face other world champions with pleasure.” The judges who didn’t score even a round were as follows: Oliver Bien (Germany), Ignacio Robles (Panama) and Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand).

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
WBA supervisor: Renzo Bagnariol (Nicaragua).
Television: Fuji TV (Japan), ESPN (US) and Sky Sports (UK).

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs), 118, impressively captured the WBA bantamweight belt as he easily caught up with much taller defending champ Jamie McDonnell (29-3-1-1ND,…
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Ken finishes ex-champ Lopez, keeps WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC light flyweight champ Shiro Ken (13-0, 7 KOs), 107.5, easily kept his belt when he sank former champ Ganigan Lopez (29-8, 18 KOs), 107.5, a Mexican old soldier at 36, with a single body shot for the count at 1:58 of the second session on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Ken, making his third defense, had wrested the WBC belt by a majority nod over Lopez here a year ago.

In the first round, they probed each other with jabs and feints to see few mix-ups with the champ only once connecting with a left-right combination to the face. The second stanza witnessed Ken, ten years his junior at 26, catch the Mexican lefty with a solid right to the body, and Lopez fell on all fours in agony with the ref Vic Drakulich mercilessly tolling the fatal ten.

The victorious champ said, “Last night my father advised me to attack with a right shot to the midsection. That paid off. I thank him for his suggestion as I didn’t expect such a quick finish.”

Ken, respect your father (ex-OPBF light heavyweight champ Hisashi Teraji).

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten WBC light flyweight champ Shiro Ken (13-0, 7 KOs), 107.5, easily kept his belt when he sank former champ Ganigan Lopez (29-8, 18 KOs), 107.5, a…
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Brubaker, Savva, Tszyu Victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Commonwealth welterweight challenger Jack “Gelignite” Brubaker (14-3-1, 7 KOs) scored a unanimous twelve round decision over Englishman Tyrone Nurse (35-4-2, 7 KOs) in a Commonwealth welterweight elimination bout of Johnny Lewis Boxing Series at the Star Casino in Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday.

Photo: Warren Suen

Brubaker was the aggressor throughout and visibly hurt Nurse who boxed skillfully to survive the distance. At the conclusion scores 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Continue reading “Brubaker, Savva, Tszyu Victorious”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former Commonwealth welterweight challenger Jack “Gelignite” Brubaker (14-3-1, 7 KOs) scored a unanimous twelve round decision over Englishman Tyrone Nurse (35-4-2, 7 KOs)…
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Ancajas-Sultan/Yafai-Carmona Final Presser

History is only two days away, as Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas will defend the IBF junior bantamweight world title in the main event Saturday evening on ESPN+ against countryman Jonas Sultan at the Save Mart Center. It marks the first world title bout featuring two Filipino fighters in 93 years, when Pancho Villa defended the world flyweight title against Clever Sencio on May 2, 1925.

In the co-feature, Great Britain’s Kal Yafai will make the third defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight title against David Carmona.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

Jerwin Ancajas: “For me, Filipino boxers fight with their heart, so I consider a Filipino opponent to be difficult in the ring. It is God’s will that we are here, participants in the main event. I thank Top Rank for the opportunity.”

Jonas Sultan: “I am going to go all out to win this championship. I studied Ancajas’ style very carefully, and now it’s my opportunity to do what I can.”

Kal Yafai: “He’s had three world title fights, so he knows what he’s doing in there. On Saturday, he’s going to come across someone who is very quick. I think I’m just too good all around, and especially when I’m looking to make an explosive performance in my U.S. debut. I think he’s in a little trouble, but I’m going to go out there, box him, take what I can, and go from there.”

David Carmona: “I’m ready to fight. I hope to have a good opponent in the ring. He’s a champion, and we’re going to make a good fight.”

Continue reading “Ancajas-Sultan/Yafai-Carmona Final Presser”

History is only two days away, as Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas will defend the IBF junior bantamweight world title in the main event Saturday evening on ESPN+ against countryman Jonas…
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Horn in car accident, Crawford fight still on

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is recovering after he was rear-ended in a three-car accident on Wednesday in Brisbane ahead of his clash with WBO mandatory challenger Terrence Crawford in Las Vegas on June 9.

“No one was badly hurt but it stunned me,” Horn told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail. “Fortunately I was in the car alone and my wife Jo and baby Isabelle were home. The man in the center of the crash just had his head buried in his hands. He was really upset. Really in shock. I jumped out of the car to make sure everyone was OK. The ambulance people came but thankfully there weren’t any serious injuries. It could have been much worse.”

The accident came right after Horn had finished up a training session with strength and conditioning coach Dundee Kim. “The accident was a shock but nothing is going to derail me from beating Terence Crawford,” Horn added. “I’m very fit. I feel I’m going to peak right at fight time.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is recovering after he was rear-ended in a three-car accident on Wednesday in Brisbane ahead of his clash…
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