WBC: Canelo opponent named

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The WBC has announced that Canelo Alvarez will face Avni Yildirim for the vacant WBC super middleweight championship. The WBC Board of Governors has voted 36-1 to order Alvarez, the multi-division world champion who holds The WBC “franchise” designation, to fight against the WBC’s mandatory contender of the division Yildirim. Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs) is coming off a controversial technical split decision loss to Anthony Dirrell 18 months ago.

The WBC has announced that Canelo Alvarez will face Avni Yildirim for the vacant WBC super middleweight championship. The WBC Board of Governors has voted 36-1 to order Alvarez, the…
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Saturday boxing lineup on FS1

Undefeated welterweight Liván Navarro (11-0, 7 KOs) will battle tough contender Justin DeLoach (18-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round attraction that headlines action live on FS1 this Saturday, August 22 from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Unbeaten super welterweights Ivan Pandzic (13-0-1, 8 KOs) and Jeffrey Torres (6-0, 3 KOs) will square off in a six-round showdown in the co-feature, while super lightweight prospect Justin Pauldo (13-1, 7 KOs) faces Josec Ruiz (21-3-3, 14 KOs) in an eight-round affair to kick off the FS1 telecast at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

The FS1 telecast will follow FOX PBC Fight Night headlined by two-time welterweight champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter taking on unbeaten German contender Sebastian Formella in a 12-round WBC/IBF welterweight title eliminator on a broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Undefeated welterweight Liván Navarro (11-0, 7 KOs) will battle tough contender Justin DeLoach (18-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round attraction that headlines action live on FS1 this Saturday, August 22…
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Coldwell added to Whyte’s corner

Dillian Whyte has added Dave Coldwell to his corner team ahead of his crucial Heavyweight clash with Alexander Povetkin at Matchroom Fight Camp this weekend.

Trainer Xavier Miller has overseen Whyte’s preparations for Saturday’s showdown with Povetkin, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US, with Katie Taylor-Delfine Persoon 2 on the same bill.

Whyte has confirmed that Coldwell will also be joining Miller in the corner at the finale of ‘Fight Camp.’

“Dave is someone I’ve known a long time,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “He’s experienced with Heavyweights, was in David Haye’s corner back in the day, and has trained Tony Bellew. He knows how to handle a big guy like Povetkin. Continue reading “Coldwell added to Whyte’s corner”

Dillian Whyte has added Dave Coldwell to his corner team ahead of his crucial Heavyweight clash with Alexander Povetkin at Matchroom Fight Camp this weekend. Trainer Xavier Miller has overseen…
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A Successful Cyberspace Convention

By Mauricio Sulaimán
Son of José Sulaimán – President of the WBC

I would normally be writing this column sitting on the plane on my way back home from our annual WBC Convention.

On this occasion, instead of taking the flight from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Mexico City, I am in my living room. I can assure you that the feeling of satisfaction did not change one bit after the great success of our global event.

I also feel bittersweet melancholy after having closed the sessions and saying goodbye to all those who attended, tinged with the emotion of having lived unforgettable moments. We all pulled it out together to make it. Continue reading “A Successful Cyberspace Convention”

By Mauricio Sulaimán Son of José Sulaimán – President of the WBC I would normally be writing this column sitting on the plane on my way back home from our…
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Interview: Tim Tszyu

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #6, WBO #9, WBC #12 Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KOs) will clash with WBO #5 Jeff Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs) on August 26 at the Bank Stadium in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. He spoke to Peter Maniatis about growing up as world champion Kostya Tszyu’s son, his previous wins over Joel Camilleri, Dwight Ritchie, and Jack Brubaker, and, of course, Jeff Horn. Continue reading “Interview: Tim Tszyu”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF #6, WBO #9, WBC #12 Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KOs) will clash with WBO #5 Jeff Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs) on August…
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Famed ALA Promotions to shut down

AlaSad to hear ALA Promotions, one of the top boxing promoters in the Philippines, has decided to hang up the gloves. They have released an official statement explaining the situation:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

After 35 years, ALA BOXING (ALA Promotions and ALA Gym) would like to say farewell and thank you to our supporters from all over the world.

The pandemic and the closure of our long time broadcast network partner ABS-CBN, has affected the overall situation and future of the company. All our fighters will be released so they can look for greener pastures for their respective careers. Continue reading “Famed ALA Promotions to shut down”

Sad to hear ALA Promotions, one of the top boxing promoters in the Philippines, has decided to hang up the gloves. They have released an official statement explaining the situation:…
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Female WBC champions to receive ‘equal’ belts

At the closing of the 58th convention of the World Boxing Council, President Mauricio Sulaiman announced that as part of gender equality, the same belts will be awarded to champions of all genders. The first belt went to Jessica McCaskill, who defeated Cecilia Braekhus of Norway by unanimous decision in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“It is the first belt given to a champion who does not have the inscription of ‘Woman.'” said Sulaiman. “The women asked for this equality, and now each of our champions will receive the same belt. The belt for them was smaller, with the design of a flower, details in pink, but now the belt will be exactly the same for all champions.”

At the closing of the 58th convention of the World Boxing Council, President Mauricio Sulaiman announced that as part of gender equality, the same belts will be awarded to champions…
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Gary Russell Jr calls out Terence Crawford!!?

WBC featherweight champion Garry Russell Jr. has called out WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in a video posted on Instagram. “I will f**k Terence Crawford up!” proclaimed Russell. “As a matter of fact, just to let you know how serious I am, I was on the phone with Al (Haymon) a couple of days ago and we’re in negotiations right now to the fans who don’t know. We definitely reached out to Bud and we’re just waiting back for a response. This sh*t is going down on my end baby!

As for Vasyl Lomachenko, who handed Russell his only loss, Russell stated, “Everybody’s talking about Lomachenko. Lomachenko’s punk ass don’t wanna see me!”

WBC featherweight champion Garry Russell Jr. has called out WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in a video posted on Instagram. “I will f**k Terence Crawford up!” proclaimed Russell. “As a…
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Top Rank inks top amateur

Omar Rosario, a six-time Puerto Rican national amateur champion who won the 2020 Olympic Trials at 152 pounds, signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. Rosario, 22, will make his professional debut as a junior welterweight Friday evening in a four-round bout at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. Continue reading “Top Rank inks top amateur”

Omar Rosario, a six-time Puerto Rican national amateur champion who won the 2020 Olympic Trials at 152 pounds, signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. Rosario, 22, will make…
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Tyson-Jones Jr. exhibition will be scored

The exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. is now officially set for November 28th. Iron Mike sounds like he’s not completely down for the ‘no knockout’ agreement. “Changing the date to November 28th will give more people the opportunity to see the biggest comeback in boxing history,” said Tyson. “Anyone who thinks this is anything but Roy and I attempting to knock each other out doesn’t know me. This temporary inconvenience will last longer than Roy Jones Jr.”

Tyson versus Jones Jr. will be sanctioned by a recognized sanctioning body who will score the fight and present the winner with a special belt.

The undercard will include former world champion Badou Jack (23-3-3, 13 KOs) against unbeaten Blake “The Beast” McKernan (13-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Continue reading “Tyson-Jones Jr. exhibition will be scored”

The exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. is now officially set for November 28th. Iron Mike sounds like he’s not completely down for the ‘no knockout’ agreement. “Changing…
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Casimero to defend against Duke Micah

It was mentioned on the Spanish broadcast that WBO bantamweight titlist John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs) will likely defend his belt against Duke Micah (24-0, 19 KOs) on Showtime’s September 26 Charlo pay-per-view. Casimero had been scheduled for a unification fight against WBA and IBF champ Naoya Inoue, but that fight was kayoed by the coronavirus.

It was mentioned on the Spanish broadcast that WBO bantamweight titlist John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs) will likely defend his belt against Duke Micah (24-0, 19 KOs) on Showtime’s…
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All Star Boxing inks top amateur

Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. has signed blue-chip Bryan “The Hunter” Polaco (1-0, 1 KO) of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Polaco, an amateur standout who opted to turn pro rather than sit idle during the COVID pandemic. Polaco has many accomplishments as an amateur; he was Puerto Rico’s national champion from 2017-2020. In 2017, He won a Bronze medal in the Continental Games in Honduras, Silver medal in Central American and Caribbean Games, and at the time of signing was ranked top 10 in the world in his division. Continue reading “All Star Boxing inks top amateur”

Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. has signed blue-chip Bryan “The Hunter” Polaco (1-0, 1 KO) of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Polaco, an amateur standout who opted to turn pro rather than sit…
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New Faces: Winston Guerrero

By Robert Coster

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Nicaragua is a country that has produced great boxers like Alexis Arguello in the past and Roman Gonzalez in the present. Boxing fans in the Central American nation are now fixing their sights on 19-year-old, soon to be  20, unbeaten super flyweight prospect Winston Guerrero (11-0, 8 KOs). Young Winston likes to say that he was born to box. Continue reading “New Faces: Winston Guerrero”

By Robert Coster Nicaragua is a country that has produced great boxers like Alexis Arguello in the past and Roman Gonzalez in the present. Boxing fans in the Central American…
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Interview: Jeff Horn

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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs), who will clash with IBF #6 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KOs) on August 26, spoke to Peter Maniatis about representing Australia at the 2012 London Olympics, defeating two-time world title challenger Noufell Ben Rabah in his seventh fight, defeating legendary Manny Pacquiao in 2017, losing to pound-for-pound best Terrence Crawford in 2018 and much more. Continue reading “Interview: Jeff Horn”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs), who will clash with IBF #6 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11…
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Marinez: I want a rematch!

By Robert Coster

Lightweight Jackson Marinez was naturally dejected by the extremely controversial decision rendered against him in favor of Rolando “Rolly” Romero for the WBA interim lightweight title on Saturday night. “I gave him a boxing lesson, a real spanking,” said Marinez. “Either the judges were corrupt or incompetent or both. For me, it was an easy fight. Romero is so limited. His face was his defense. I had him figured out from round one.” Continue reading “Marinez: I want a rematch!”

By Robert Coster Lightweight Jackson Marinez was naturally dejected by the extremely controversial decision rendered against him in favor of Rolando “Rolly” Romero for the WBA interim lightweight title on…
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Updates to Showtime Sept 26 Charlo PPV

Showtime announced several updates to their upcoming September 26 pay-per-view featuring the world champion Charlo twins. Five of the six bouts will be contested with a world championship belt at stake.

The pay-per-view card is split in two parts, topped by with Jermall Charlo defending his WBC middleweight title against #1-ranked contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the first part. Also, Brandon Figueroa will defend his WBA super bantamweight title against Damien Vasquez, and WBO bantamweight titlist John Riel Casimero will defend his 122-pound belt against an opponent to be named.

After an intermission, there will be three more fights with a 154-pound unification serving as the main event as WBC champion Jermell Charlo takes on WBA and IBF titlist Jeison Rosario. Luis Nery faces Aaron Alameda for the vacant WBC super bantamweight title and former unified world champion Danny Roman takes on Juan Carlos Payano in a WBC super bantamweight eliminator.

Showtime announced several updates to their upcoming September 26 pay-per-view featuring the world champion Charlo twins. Five of the six bouts will be contested with a world championship belt at…
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Heavyweight Travis Kauffman retires

Heavyweight Travis Kauffman (32-4, 23 KOs) announced he is retiring from boxing. Just days ahead of his 35th birthday, Kauffman re-tore his left labrum at the start of the fifth round against Otto Wallin on Saturday night. He was fighting for the first time in five years and seven fights without his trainer Naazim Richardson, who died unexpectedly last month.

“I tore my left labrum getting ready for the [Luis] Ortiz fight,” Kauffman said. “Like a dummy, I waited five months to have surgery on it after the Ortiz fight [December of 2018]. I started feeling better and was going to do a tune-up fight in March, but then COVID happened. This opportunity came up and I didn’t want to pass it up and I felt good. In the first round I hurt it. I felt it, but then it went away and I thought maybe it’s just my mind and it went away. Then in the fifth round I heard it and that was it. It was torn again.

“I’m done. I’m retiring. I have kids. I’ve been doing this a long time,” Kauffman said.

Heavyweight Travis Kauffman (32-4, 23 KOs) announced he is retiring from boxing. Just days ahead of his 35th birthday, Kauffman re-tore his left labrum at the start of the fifth…
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Ocampo tops Garcia

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Former world title challenger Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (28-1, 17 KOs) defeated Jorge Luis “Chino” García (18-3, 16 KOs) by wide unanimous decision on Saturday night in a ten round super welterweight fight at TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City. Two judges scored it 100-90 and the other had it 99-91. Ocampo’s only loss was to Errol Spence.

In the co-feature, super lightweight Eduardo Hernandez (11-4-3, 3 KOs) ruined the comeback of Rafael “Furioso” Guzmán (20-2-1, 12 KOs), defeating him by majority decision in a six-round bout. Scores were 55-59 and 56-58 for Hernandez, and 57-57.

Former world title challenger Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (28-1, 17 KOs) defeated Jorge Luis “Chino” García (18-3, 16 KOs) by wide unanimous decision on Saturday night in a ten round super…
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Rolly Romero: He didn’t even try to engage

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“I don’t think I had a bad performance,” said newly-crowned WBA interim lightweight champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero after his controversial unanimous decision over Jackson Marinez. “I thought I won the fight. Regardless of everything, I’m the world champ now. I’m happy. He came out a little bit tougher and slicker than what I thought, but all he did was move around the entire fight. He didn’t even try to engage.

“It’s hard to knock out someone who doesn’t try to engage. I hurt him multiple times with body shots and a few hooks. There was one moment I hurt him with a right hand and he pulled my head down. It was just hard to finish him off. Yeah [I would give him a rematch]. He didn’t do anything special.”

“I don’t think I had a bad performance,” said newly-crowned WBA interim lightweight champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero after his controversial unanimous decision over Jackson Marinez. “I thought I won the…
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Benavidez dominates Angulo, remains unbeaten

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Undefeated former WBC super middleweight world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs), who lost his title yesterday on the scale, scored a tenth round TKO over former world title challenger Alexis Angulo (26-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. After ten rounds of one-sided punishment, Angulo’s corner stopped the fight.

“I rate myself a solid eight,” Benavidez said. “I could have done some stuff better, but overall it was a great performance. I didn’t want to go too fast and leave myself exposed for some big shots. He’s a heavy puncher. But like I said, I like to do the stuff that nobody has ever done. Nobody has ever stopped him and I’m pretty sure nobody is ever going to make him look like that again. I demolished him from round one to round 10.” Continue reading “Benavidez dominates Angulo, remains unbeaten”

Undefeated former WBC super middleweight world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs), who lost his title yesterday on the scale, scored a tenth round TKO over former…
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Palmetta TKOs Wiggins in six

In the scheduled for 10 round main event of the inaugural Payne Boxing Series, welterweight Alberto Ignacio Palmetta  (14-1, 10 KOs) of Argentina TKO’d  Tre’Sean Wiggins (11-5-3,  6 KOs) of New York at 1:24 of round six at the Ocean Center, in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The bout was competitively fought up until the stoppage. Wiggins boxed well early.  Palmetta turned it up in round 3 as he was able to cut the ring off on the mobile Wiggins. In round 6, a barrage of punches put Wiggins down. He beat the count but was stopped against the ropes just seconds later.  Impressive performance by Palmetta, who won the vacant World Boxing Association International welterweight title.

In the co-feature, Francisco Emanuel Torres  (15-3, 5 KOs)  of Argentina defeated  Cleotis Pendarvis (21-6-2,  9 KOs) of Southern California by unanimous 8 round decision. The official scores were 79-73 twice and 78-74. Torres dominated the action while winning the vacant WBA Fedcaribe junior middleweight title.

The show was promoted by Christy Martin Promotions – Christy Martin/Payne Boxing. TyC Sports televised the event.

 

 

In the scheduled for 10 round main event of the inaugural Payne Boxing Series, welterweight Alberto Ignacio Palmetta  (14-1, 10 KOs) of Argentina TKO’d  Tre’Sean Wiggins (11-5-3,  6 KOs) of New…
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“Rolly” Romero wins WBA interim lightweight title

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In a clash between unbeaten fighters for the WBA interim lightweight title, Rolando “Rolly” Romero (12-0, 10 KOs) won a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Jackson Maríñez (19-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Romero spent most his time throwing haymakers while Maríñez countered with some nifty pro moves. In the end, judges scored it 115-113, 116-112, 118-110 for Romero.

The scoring sparked outrage on social media. Showtime had it 117-111 going the other way. WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza acted quickly tweeting, “I just spoke with both teams and we are going to study the possibility of a rematch.”

In a clash between unbeaten fighters for the WBA interim lightweight title, Rolando “Rolly” Romero (12-0, 10 KOs) won a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Jackson Maríñez (19-1, 7…
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Undercard Results from Mohegan Sun

Heavyweight Otto Wallin (21-1, 14 KOs) was victorious when Travis Kauffman (32-4, 23 KOs) suffered a shoulder injury. Kauffman gamely continued with one arm until the fight was stopped by referee Michael Ortega at 2:32 of round five. Wallin, returning to the ring for the first time since he nearly defeated Tyson Fury in September 2019, was in command from the beginning.

A clash between super middleweight contenders Alantez Fox (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and Habib Ahmed (27-1-1, 18 KOs) ended in a no-contest after a third round head clash.

Heavyweight Otto Wallin (21-1, 14 KOs) was victorious when Travis Kauffman (32-4, 23 KOs) suffered a shoulder injury. Kauffman gamely continued with one arm until the fight was stopped by…
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McCaskill beats Braekhus, foils record bid

Unheralded 6:1 underdog Jessica McCaskill (9-2, 3 KOs) became undisputed female welterweight champion by upsetting previously unbeaten Cecilia Braekhus (36-1, 9 KOs) by majority decision in a temporary ring on the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. McCaskill got off to a good start, but Braekhus came back in the second half of the fight. Scores were 95-95, 97-93, 97-94. McCaskill also spoiled Braekhus’ bid for her 26th successful title defense to break Joe Louis’ record, which was highly promoted in the lead up to the fight.

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In a final eliminator for the WBA super welterweight title, Israil Madrimov (6-0, 5 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Eric Walker (20-3, 9 KOs). Madrimov seemingly knocked out Walker with a left hook in round nine, but referee Gary Ritter ruled Madrimov knocked down Walker with his shoulder and called a foul. Walker was given five minutes to recover and managed to continue. Madrimov dropped Walker again in round twelve, but was also deducted a point for a low blow. Scores were 116-110, 116-111, 116-110.
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Unheralded 6:1 underdog Jessica McCaskill (9-2, 3 KOs) became undisputed female welterweight champion by upsetting previously unbeaten Cecilia Braekhus (36-1, 9 KOs) by majority decision in a temporary ring on…
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Frampton wins by TKO, Herring next?

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Former two-weight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Darren Traynor (16-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at BT Sport Studios in London. After a slow start, Frampton dropped Traynor with a body shot at the end of round six. After a Frampton left to the body in round seven, Traynor simply quit in the ring. No time announced. If WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring wins his September 5 defense against Jonathan Oquendo, Frampton and Herring will clash for the title in November.

Unbeaten featherweight Michael “Mick” Conlan (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former European champion and recent world title challenger Sofiane Takoucht (35-5-1, 13 KOs). Takoucht was pretty much in survival mode, but sold a few alleged low blows to the ref causing Conlan to be deducted points in round four and round five. The ref stopped it after a barrage of punches in round ten. Time 1:54. Continue reading “Frampton wins by TKO, Herring next?”

Former two-weight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Darren Traynor (16-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at BT Sport Studios in…
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