Naito survives knockdowns, barely keeps OPBF 140lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Former OPBF middleweight champ Cassius Naito’s son, Rikki Naito (20-2, 7 KOs), 140, very barely retained his OPBF super-lightweight belt as he was lopsidedly leading on points after the tenth, but suffered damaging visits to the canvas in the eleventh and twelfth rounds and breathlessly earned a majority decision (114-112 twice, 113-113) over Filipino titlist Jheritz Chavez (8-3-2, 6 KOs), 140, over twelve unbelievable rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It almost followed the outcome of Mike Weaver’s come-from-behind fifteenth-round victory over John Tate in 1980. The open scores after the eighth were identically 78-74 for the shifty defending champ Naito. The fast-handed footworker Rikki piled up a couple of more points in rounds nine and ten, leading no less than six points. But a trick happened then and there. Continue reading “Naito survives knockdowns, barely keeps OPBF 140lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Former OPBF middleweight champ Cassius Naito’s son, Rikki Naito (20-2, 7 KOs), 140, very barely retained his OPBF super-lightweight belt as he was lopsidedly…
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WBO orders Munguia-Smith negotiations

Luis Batista Salas, Chairman of the WB0 Championship Committee, has sent a letter to Golden Boy, Zanfer and Queensbury Promotions ordering the immediate commencement to negotiations for a bout between newly crowned WBO jr middleweight champion Jaime Munguia and Liam Smith.

The letter says:

Please be advised the parties have thirty days (30) upon receipt of this letter to negotiate and reach an agreement concerning the W80 Jr. Middleweight Title Bout between Jaime Munguia and Liam Smith. If an accord is not reached within the time frame stated herein, a Purse Bid will be ordered pursuant to our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.

Therefore, the minimum acceptable bid for the W80 Jr. Middleweight division is $200,000.00 (Two-Hundred Thousand Dollars). Any of the parties involved may request a purse bid procedure at any time during the negotiation process.

Luis Batista Salas, Chairman of the WB0 Championship Committee, has sent a letter to Golden Boy, Zanfer and Queensbury Promotions ordering the immediate commencement to negotiations for a bout between…
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Canelo enrolls in year-round drug testing

Shortly after the WBC dropped Canelo Alvarez from its rankings due to noncompliance with the WBC mandatory Clean Boxing rule that requires random drug testing by all champions and rated fighters, Canelo announced via social media that he is now enrolled with VADA’s testing program.

Canelo took a lot of heat from other fighters, boxing personalities, and fans for not doing drug testing after being forced to pull out of a May 5 rematch with Gennady Golovkin due to an illegal substance found in his system. Golovkin’s camp insists that Canelo must be enrolled in a testing program to get a rematch with GGG in September.

Shortly after the WBC dropped Canelo Alvarez from its rankings due to noncompliance with the WBC mandatory Clean Boxing rule that requires random drug testing by all champions and rated…
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European (EBU) Boxing Update

By Marco Bratusch

Next Saturday at Pabellòn Esperanza en Elche, Spain, European featherweight champion Marc Vidal (11-1-4, 5 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against mandatory challenger and former IBF world titleholder Kiko Martinez (28-8-1, 28 KOs). Maravillabox, which won the related bid for this contest, will promote the card. Vidal, a younger and arguably fresher action-fighter, will have to deal with a more tested fighter like Martinez, who has stamped his passport around the world facing some of the highest-ranked opponents of his era. If Martinez pulls out a victory, he will become a four-time European champion, this time in the featherweight division as he won the previous three belts in the junior featherweight class. Continue reading “European (EBU) Boxing Update”

By Marco Bratusch Next Saturday at Pabellòn Esperanza en Elche, Spain, European featherweight champion Marc Vidal (11-1-4, 5 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against mandatory challenger…
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Sugar Ray Charity Boxing Night May 23

Ring Legend Sugar Ray Leonard will host the 9th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night on May 23 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The star-studded event will feature live professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions, entertainment and a live and silent auction display, which will include iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences. The main event features rising super featherweight prospect Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (7-0, 7 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. taking on Juan Sandoval (7-21-1, 4 KOs) of Toluca, Mexico in a six-round battle.

Celebrity guests will include Bill Bellamy (MC), Cedric “The Entertainer,” Laila Ali, Curtis Conway, Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Arsenio Hall, Magic & Cookie Johnson, Terry Norris, Rodney Pete, Sergio Mora, Mia St. John, Chris Tucker, and more to be announced.

Proceeds from the event will support the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and their mission to fund life-changing research, care and awareness for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.

Ring Legend Sugar Ray Leonard will host the 9th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night on May 23 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The star-studded event…
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Kahn Clary headlines June 2 in AC

The eyes of the boxing world will once again be on Atlantic City when Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing makes its Atlantic City debut on Saturday, June 2nd at the Adrian Phillips Theater inside Boardwalk Hall as part of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend. With Evander Holyfield as the lead inductee in this year’s Hall of Fame class, The Real Deal Boxing, in association with Mis Downing Promotions and the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, has put together a sensational card featuring world class fighters along with a who’s who of local talent.

Headlining the evening will be The Real Deal Boxing’s top 10 ranked featherweight contender, Toka Kahn Clary (24-1, 17 KOs). The Liberian born southpaw, now based out of Providence, Rhode Island is set to take on Mexico’s Emmanuel Dominguez (22-6-2, 14 KOs) for the NABA Featherweight Title. Continue reading “Kahn Clary headlines June 2 in AC”

The eyes of the boxing world will once again be on Atlantic City when Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing makes its Atlantic City debut on Saturday, June 2nd at…
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Selby-Warrington final press conference

Featherweight world champion Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) and undefeated contender Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs) took questions from the media at Tuesday’s final press conference days ahead of their clash for the IBF featherweight world title this Saturday, May 19. The main event bout from Elland Road Football Ground in Leeds, England will stream live to U.S. audiences via Showtime Sports’ YouTube channel and Facebook page at 5PM ET/2PM PT.

Lee Selby: “I’m no Muhammad Ali, I can’t predict the round I’m going to win in, but I just see myself winning. If I didn’t, then I shouldn’t be here. If you’re a professional boxer and you don’t have the determination to become a world champion, then you shouldn’t be in the game.”

Josh Warrington: “There’s no more need for talking. On Saturday night, I get to punch him in the face. This is beyond dreams, especially since I’ve been written off. I’m just carried on going and the fans have stuck behind me. They’re very loyal and we do this together. After Saturday night I’ll be known as Leeds’ first world champion…carry on with your pictures and everything else with that belt this week, because it’s staying here pal. Once it comes here, that world title is staying.”

Featherweight world champion Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) and undefeated contender Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs) took questions from the media at Tuesday’s final press conference days ahead of their…
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Salita puts Khegai on the fast track

After unbeaten super bantamweight Arnold Khegai’s win on ShoBox last Friday in Philadelphia, promoter Dmitriy Salita says he has big plans for the Ukrainian-born ethnic Korean slugger.

“Arnold is a ‘made for TV’ fighter and I’m looking forward to moving him quickly. He was able to dominate a world-class opponent with relative ease and that’s just the beginning for him. He’s going to be a real force in the super bantamweight division and we will have him back for the fans’ enjoyment very soon.” Continue reading “Salita puts Khegai on the fast track”

After unbeaten super bantamweight Arnold Khegai’s win on ShoBox last Friday in Philadelphia, promoter Dmitriy Salita says he has big plans for the Ukrainian-born ethnic Korean slugger. “Arnold is a…
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Mike Acri to be inducted into PABHOF

Veteran promoter and Erie, Pennsylvania native Mike Acri will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. The banquet and induction ceremony will take place This Sunday, May 20, at Romano’s Catering in Philadelphia. Established in 1958, PABHOF is the oldest boxing hall of fame in the country.

Acri, a longtime fixture in professional boxing, is best known for his work with living legend Roberto Duran, the late Hector “Macho” Camacho, and “The Pittsburgh Kid” Paul Spadafora. Continue reading “Mike Acri to be inducted into PABHOF”

Veteran promoter and Erie, Pennsylvania native Mike Acri will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. The banquet and induction ceremony will take place This…
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Adonis Stevenson: This might end quickly

WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson is set to make his ninth, and perhaps most difficult, world title defense when he faces two-division world champion Badou Jack Saturday, May 19 live on SHOWTIME from Air Canada Centre in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. As fight week events in Toronto near, Stevenson shared some thoughts on his training camp and Saturday’s showdown.

Photo: Sugar Hill Steward

“Badou is a two-time world champion for a reason,” said Stevenson. “I’m not underestimating him. I know he’s durable and that he has attributes like good head movement and I’ll have to be ready for everything.” Continue reading “Adonis Stevenson: This might end quickly”

WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson is set to make his ninth, and perhaps most difficult, world title defense when he faces two-division world champion Badou Jack Saturday,…
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Hollywood Fight Night returns June 6

Following its widely acclaimed opening night, Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions has announced the return of ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ on Wednesday, June 6 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Among the featured fighters on the card are former world lightweight title challenger Denis Shafikov (38-4-1, 20 KOs), undefeated junior middleweight knockout artist Serhii ‘El Flaco” Bohachuk (8-0, 8 KOs) and former amateur standout and undefeated welterweight prospect Brian Ceballo (2-0, 1 KO). Opponents are TBA.

Following its widely acclaimed opening night, Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions has announced the return of ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ on Wednesday, June 6 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Among the…
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Popeye headlines June 16 in Hartford, CT

New England’s hottest, most popular and hardest hitter, Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera,will defend his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) All America light heavyweight title at home on Hartford Boxing Promotions’ inaugural event, “Fight Night at the Capital”, June 16th at Xfinity Centre in Hartford, Connecticut.

Rivera (7-0, 6 KOs) has partnered with his trainer, Tony Blanco, and Hartford Boxing Center gym co-owner, Michael Tran, to form Hartford Boxing Promotions and bring world-class boxing back to Hartford. Continue reading “Popeye headlines June 16 in Hartford, CT”

New England’s hottest, most popular and hardest hitter, Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera,will defend his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) All America light heavyweight title at home on Hartford Boxing…
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Horn: Crawford is playing mind games

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn says he’s not affected by the psychological tactics employed by the camp of mandatory contender Terence Crawford in advance of their June 9 WBO world title showdown at the MGM Casino in Las Vegas.

“I think the Crawford team are trying to play mind games, changing the date, changing the venue, postponing the fight and now changing the gloves,” Horn told Grantlee Kieza. “I knew they would be throwing curve balls at me left, right and center. But not much fazes me and I’m ready for anything. It just motivates me. It doesn’t matter what gloves I wear. When I hit the guy it’s going to hurt him!”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn says he’s not affected by the psychological tactics employed by the camp of mandatory contender Terence Crawford in…
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Ruling opens door for widespread boxing wagering

In a landmark 6-3 ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting. Most U.S states had been prohibited from allowing sports wagering, the notable exception being Nevada. Venues in New Jersey hope to be taking bets within two weeks. A few other states plan on being up and running by summer. Others make take years to get off the ground.

Sports wagering at the corner betting shop or online sportsbook is common in the U.K. and many other countries. However, in the U.S. one had to physically be in the state of Nevada to legally bet, although most Americans either placed wagers with a local “bookie,” or quietly wagered online through an offshore sportsbook.

If you enjoy wagering, boxing is one of the best sports to bet on.

In a landmark 6-3 ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting. Most U.S states had been prohibited from allowing sports wagering, the notable…
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Munguia back home in Tijuana

Photos: Zanfer

Newly crowned WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia received a hero’s welcome from the boxing community in Tijuana, BC, Mexico, on Monday. Munguia, who dethroned Sadam Ali Saturday night in Verona, NY, stated that he will continue to train and wants to fight the biggest names such as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Gennady Golovkin.

Munguia has a mandatory due against Liam “Beefy” Smith, but promoter Fernando Beltran, president of Zanfer Promotions, stated that he will seek to first get an optional defense for Jaime in July at Tijuana’s Estadio Gasmart baseball park.

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Photos: Zanfer Newly crowned WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia received a hero’s welcome from the boxing community in Tijuana, BC, Mexico, on Monday. Munguia, who dethroned Sadam Ali Saturday…
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Late results from Clovis, NM

By David Finger

The comeback of heavyweight prospect Elijio Sena was dealt a bone crushing blow when he was stopped in the opening round against Belen’s Eduardo Silva on May 12th in Clovis, NM. Sena suffered a knee injury seconds into the fight, forcing the contents to be waved off at 51 seconds of the opening round. Sena falls to 2-1-1, 1 KO. Silva improves to 1-1, 1 KO. Continue reading “Late results from Clovis, NM”

By David Finger The comeback of heavyweight prospect Elijio Sena was dealt a bone crushing blow when he was stopped in the opening round against Belen’s Eduardo Silva on May…
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Interview: Jimmy Chaichotchuang

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Fightnews contributor Jimmy Chaichotchuang was awarded Thailand’s Best Promoter in 2018 and promotes nationally televised shows every month on Thairath Television Network.

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Jimmy began promoting in 1996 at the age of 24 years with the highlight being manager and promoter of IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng when he defeated Chinese superstar Zou Shiming. Continue reading “Interview: Jimmy Chaichotchuang”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Fightnews contributor Jimmy Chaichotchuang was awarded Thailand’s Best Promoter in 2018 and promotes nationally televised shows every month on Thairath Television Network. Jimmy…
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Badou Jack aims to topple Stevenson

As two-division world champion Badou Jack “The Ripper” arrives in Canada for fight week in Toronto, he shared his thoughts on training camp and his matchup this Saturday, May 19 against WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson live on SHOWTIME from Air Canada Centre in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Jack conducted training camp at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas with trainer Lou Del Valle and was able to have one of his smoothest and most effective camps of his career.

“This is the first camp that I haven’t had any injuries or felt sick at all during,” said Jack. “This is definitely one of the best, if not the best, the camp of my career. We’ve watched film, kept a strict diet and really focused this camp on gearing up toward fight night.” Continue reading “Badou Jack aims to topple Stevenson”

As two-division world champion Badou Jack “The Ripper” arrives in Canada for fight week in Toronto, he shared his thoughts on training camp and his matchup this Saturday, May 19…
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Oscar to GGG: Fight Canelo or I’ll find someone else

By TMZSports.com

Oscar De La Hoya is issuing an ultimatum to Gennady Golovkin — sign the deal to fight Canelo Alvarez in September … or he’ll find someone else who will! Of course, Canelo and GGG were locked in for the rematch on May 5 — until Canelo tested positive for PEDs and pulled out. Golovkin fought Vanes Martirosyan instead and destroyed him.

Now, the two sides are trying to hammer out another deal to get the rematch going … but GGG hasn’t signed on yet. Oscar says his priority is to make the fight, but he isn’t gonna sit around and wait. “He doesn’t want to fight,” De La Hoya told TMZ Sports … “Regardless, Canelo’s fighting in September so it’s all gravy.”

Oscar didn’t name specific replacement fighters, but noted he’ll search for the toughest guy out there — which could be anyone from Jermall Charlo to Billy Joe Saunders to Daniel Jacobs. But, with so much cash on the line for Triple G … we’re guessing the two sides will get a deal done.

By TMZSports.com Oscar De La Hoya is issuing an ultimatum to Gennady Golovkin — sign the deal to fight Canelo Alvarez in September … or he’ll find someone else who…
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Fight Club OC Show streaming deal?

It is pretty much known in the fight community nationally that Fight Club OC is the premier club show series in the USA. So, on the June 7th Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, boxing fans worldwide will now understand why when a major social media platform debuts the first show of a new upcoming series. That is all the information promoter Roy Englebrecht can give now with more coming as the June 7th show gets closer. Continue reading “Fight Club OC Show streaming deal?”

It is pretty much known in the fight community nationally that Fight Club OC is the premier club show series in the USA. So, on the June 7th Fight Club…
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Fonfara returns in Poland as a cruiserweight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Former light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KOs) will resume his career as a cruiserweight on June 16 in Warszawa, Poland. “The Polish Prince” will be going up against former world title challenger Ismayl Sillakh (25-5, 19 KOs).

Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

“I want to give my fans a real fight, not some make-believe BS. It was always my dream to fight in Warszawa and anyway, better fighters make me better,” said Fonfara in a Fightnews.com® interview. Continue reading “Fonfara returns in Poland as a cruiserweight”

By Przemek Garczarczyk Former light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KOs) will resume his career as a cruiserweight on June 16 in Warszawa, Poland. “The Polish Prince” will be…
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JoJo Diaz: I’m An Elite Fighter

By Miguel Maravilla

The time has come for South El Monte, California’s undefeated featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr (26-0, 14 KOs) as he will have his first shot at the title against WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr (28-1, 17 KOs) of Capitol Heights, Maryland. Diaz squares off against Russell this Saturday at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

Photo: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“This is the moment and I feel god put this opportunity to fight Gary Russell Jr. in his hometown everything is falling into place,” Joseph Diaz Jr. told Fightnews.com®. “I’m 25, in my prime, and hungry. I’m truly ready. I won’t let no one down and I will give Gary Russell Jr his toughest fight.” Continue reading “JoJo Diaz: I’m An Elite Fighter”

By Miguel Maravilla The time has come for South El Monte, California’s undefeated featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr (26-0, 14 KOs) as he will have his first shot at the title…
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Lawson Rolls On With Dearborn Win

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard
Photos by Bob Ryder

Second 2 None Promotions continues to improve, as Friday night the staff put on one of the more evenly matched cards Detroit has seen in a while.

Leon “Lethal” Lawson III (5-0, 3 KOs) continued his rise in boxing with a (40-34, 40-34, 40-34) UD over Antonio Louis Hernandez (0-2) in the 4-Round super welterweight contest. Lawson, who is a lanky 6’5″, has a strong reach and a frame that would not suggest power. But Lawson does have some power in his shots. Lawson dominated knocking Hernandez down in the 2nd. The jab proved a weapon in the 2nd and 3rd Rounds. A body shot and his ability to walk Hernandez down is what dropped Hernandez in the 3rd, as well. Towards the end of the fight, Hernandez was broken. Continue reading “Lawson Rolls On With Dearborn Win”

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Second 2 None Promotions continues to improve, as Friday night the staff put on one of the more evenly matched cards Detroit…
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Munguia thanks Nevada Commission

“This victory is something huge for me,” said newly crowned WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia after dethroning Sadam Ali Saturday night. “This is a dream come true. Every fighter dreams of this.” Munguia took the fight on short notice after Ali’s original opponent Liam Smith pulled out.

The 21-year-old Tijuana puncher was previously chosen to replace Canelo Alvarez against middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, but that bout was shot down by the NSAC. “I want to thank the Nevada Commission for making this opportunity possible as they didn’t allow me to fight Gennady Golovkin,” Munguia stated. “I want to show that I am ready to fight at the highest level and with the best fighters.”

After Saturday night’s performance, the NSAC may want to reconsider their position should a Golovkin-Munguia fight come up again.

“This victory is something huge for me,” said newly crowned WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia after dethroning Sadam Ali Saturday night. “This is a dream come true. Every fighter…
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Munguia destroys Ali to win WBO 154lb belt

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

Late sub Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) dethroned Sadam Ali (26-2, 14 KOs) by fourth round KO to claim the WBO junior middleweight title on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York. Munguia dropped Ali four times. Official time was 1:02 of round four.

Ali looked like a kid in with a giant. Despite Ali being eight years his senior, Munguia looked a monster compared to the former welterweight Ali. The size and power plated immediately as a thunderous left hook dropped Ali hard in the first. Late in the same round, two lefts followed by two rights to the back of the head of the falling Ali dropped him again. In the second, Ali went down again, but managed to fight back and survive the round. A lunging lead left hook in the fourth put Ali down again, prompting referee Gary Rosado to wave it off at 1:04 of the round. Continue reading “Munguia destroys Ali to win WBO 154lb belt”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Andy Newman Late sub Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) dethroned Sadam Ali (26-2, 14 KOs) by fourth round KO to claim the WBO…
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