Opetai vs. Laggoune set for Oct 20

12 Round Promotion ‘Alain Vanackere’ confirmed that negotiations have been finalized for Bilal Laggoune to face his IBF Intercontinental mandatory challenger in Samoan / Australian Jai Opetaia in Liege Belgium on October 20. Bilal Laggoune 23-1 is world ranked #11 by the IBF while Jai Opetaia 16-0 is ranked #10 with the WBO.

Promoter Alain Vanackere stated that while they acknowledge the rugged Australian will present a tough test, he is confident his charge will draw upon his superior experience to get across the line in this one. Continue reading “Opetai vs. Laggoune set for Oct 20”

12 Round Promotion ‘Alain Vanackere’ confirmed that negotiations have been finalized for Bilal Laggoune to face his IBF Intercontinental mandatory challenger in Samoan / Australian Jai Opetaia in Liege Belgium…
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Trainer Manny Siaca Sr. passes

A piece of the history of Puerto Rican world boxing left with the death of the legendary Puerto Rican coach Manny Siaca. Island media reported on Tuesday, September 12th, about the death of the historic mentor at 74 years of age due to respiratory arrest, according to several sources. The World Boxing Association (WBA) regrets such a sensitive loss for the sport. Continue reading “Trainer Manny Siaca Sr. passes”

A piece of the history of Puerto Rican world boxing left with the death of the legendary Puerto Rican coach Manny Siaca. Island media reported on Tuesday, September 12th, about…
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Ramirez-Orozco Final Press Conference

There was mutual respect rather than trash talk at the final press conference on Wednesday for Jose Ramirez’s WBC super lightweight title defense against Antonio Orozco, Friday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. But, unlike GGG and Canelo, at least the fighters faced off. More than 14,000 fans are expected to watch Ramirez, from nearby Avenal, defend his world title for the first time against the unbeaten Orozco.

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Jose Ramirez: “Antonio is a very active fighter in the ring. He’s a pressure fighter like myself, and I’m more than excited to be facing fighters like him. I consider Antonio to be one of the very best in the division.”

Antonio Orozco: “I’m ready. That’s as clean as it can get. This is the opportunity that every fighter wants to get to, and mine came at the right moment. Things happen for a reason. I’m here in Fresno in front of a great champion. I’m ready. That’s all I can tell you.”

There was mutual respect rather than trash talk at the final press conference on Wednesday for Jose Ramirez’s WBC super lightweight title defense against Antonio Orozco, Friday at the Save…
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No Golovkin-Alvarez face-off

By Przemek Garczarczyk

The animosity between WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is so serious that Canelo refused to face off after their press conference. This is very unusual because promoters desperately want that shot to appear everywhere in the media to hype the fight. Both posed for photographers separately. Will they go face to face at Friday’s weigh-in?

By Przemek Garczarczyk The animosity between WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is so serious that Canelo refused to face off after their press conference. This…
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Shocker: Ex-world title challenger Matsumoto upset by novice Sagawa

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Who imagined Matsumoto’s defeat in his comebacking fight after an unsuccessful world title shot? Formerly world rated Ryo Matsumoto (21-3, 19 KOs), 126, had failed to win the WBA 122-pound belt from Daniel Roman in his previous appearance this February, and engaged in his first bout since against a novice named Ryo Sagawa (5-1, 3 KOs), 126, who greatly stunned the audience by halting Matsumoto at 1:30 of the third round in a scheduled eight beneath a WBC bantam eliminator between Takuma Inoue and Mark John Yap on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Matsumoto, a taller boxer-puncher having won the national high school championships four times, was a prefight favorite, of course, even though Sagawa, a graduate from Tokyo Agricultural University, had an amateur mark of 62-22, 17 stoppages. Continue reading “Shocker: Ex-world title challenger Matsumoto upset by novice Sagawa”

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Full Report: Takuma Inoue-Yap WBC eliminator

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten speedster, WBC#10 Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs), 118, scored an important victory as he defeated WBC#3 Mark John Yap (29-12, 14 KOs), 118, a Japan-based Filipino, by a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
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The official tallies were as follows: Rey Danseco (Philippines) 116-111, Yoshikazu Furuta (Japan) 117-110, and Catherine Leonard (US) 114-113—all in favor of Takuma, Naoya “Monster” Inoue’s younger brother. The referee was Bruce McTavish (New Zealand). Continue reading “Full Report: Takuma Inoue-Yap WBC eliminator”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten speedster, WBC#10 Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs), 118, scored an important victory as he defeated WBC#3 Mark John Yap (29-12, 14 KOs),…
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Jaime Munguia Ready for PPV Debut

By Miguel Maravilla

Exciting WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico is set to make his pay per view debut this Saturday as he will take on Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KOs) of Toronto, Canada. Munguia will be featured in the co-main event to the anticipated rematch between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin live on HBO Pay Per View.

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“This is a big opportunity to be on this card and most importantly fighting on this Mexican holiday weekend. It’s special for every Mexican fighter to fight on this weekend. I am ready to give everyone a great fight,” Jaime Munguia told Fightnews.com®.

Coming off a tough unanimous decision win over Liam Smith of England in July, Munguia went the distance twelve rounds for the first time in his career. Munguia successfully defended his WBO title for the first time he won over Sadam Ali. Continue reading “Jaime Munguia Ready for PPV Debut”

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Boxing Buzz

Unbeaten super flyweight contender Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso (22-0, 13 KOs), formerly ranked WBO #1, says he’s not retiring, but is no longer with DEF Promotions. His next fight is TBA.
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Top Rank will be announcing that WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alarcon” Berchelt and top challenger Miguel “Mickey” Roman, who will fight November 3 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas on ESPN+.
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In a since-deleted Instagram post, WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao stated he still hasn’t been paid by Top Rank for U.S. rights to his fight in July against Lucas Matthysse.
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Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions have announced a multi-year licensing agreement that will bring Warren’s fights to ESPN platforms. Warren is the archrival of Matchroom, which is tied into the DAZN streaming service.
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The first show under the agreement will be Warren’s Oct. 6 card featuring WBO #2 super lightweight contender Jack “El Gato” Catterall (22-0, 12 KOs) against Ohara Davies (18-1, 14 KOs).

Unbeaten super flyweight contender Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso (22-0, 13 KOs), formerly ranked WBO #1, says he’s not retiring, but is no longer with DEF Promotions. His next fight…
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Golovkin: It’s time for the Big Drama Show

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“Mexican Independence Day is a huge day for boxing and boxing fans. I am a professional. I am not nervous but I am very excited to be able to defend my titles on a major Mexican national holiday for the third consecutive time. My Mexican fans like true fighters and true heroes. This may be a rematch but it is a different story, a better story, a bigger story. This fight is the biggest level for me, 100%. I am healthy and strong. I had my best training camp. I have the fight I want against the fighter I want and on the biggest stage. Why shouldn’t I be happy? If Canelo gives me a chance and fights like he claims he will, I will knock him out. It is time for the Big Drama Show.”

WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) deends against Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) in a highly anticipated rematch on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Canelo ready to channel anger

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Canelo Alvarez: “I’m bothered by all the stupid things they’ve been saying. I don’t know which one to laugh about or get angry about at this point. But their statements are all excuses for the loss they will take this Saturday. I have been using all of these statements as motivation for my fight on Saturday. I know that it can be dangerous to go in the ring with a hot head, but I have experience. I know how to use this anger in the ring intelligently. I’m happy for all the support the fans give me, and I will give them a great fight this Saturday.”

Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) faces WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) in a highly anticipated rematch on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Orozco: Focus on Ramirez, not weight

Top junior welterweight contender “Relentless” Antonio Orozco’s weight struggles have twice spectacularly forced high-profile televised fights to be canceled. In December 2016, before an HBO Latino fight against Fidel Maldonado Jr., Orozco passed out due to dehydration and was hospitalized. Then last September, Orozco was said to be seven pounds overweight for an HBO fight against Roberto “Massa” Ortiz and failed to report to the scale at all.

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He did make 140 for a March fight against Martin Honario, and now he has a title shot against WBO super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez on Friday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Continue reading “Orozco: Focus on Ramirez, not weight”

Top junior welterweight contender “Relentless” Antonio Orozco’s weight struggles have twice spectacularly forced high-profile televised fights to be canceled. In December 2016, before an HBO Latino fight against Fidel Maldonado…
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Ramirez set to make first defense

The time is finally here for Jose Ramirez, who will make the first defense of his WBC super lightweight world title against top contender Antonio Orozco on Friday at the Save Mart Center. ESPN will televise.

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Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) was supposed to defend his title at the Save Mart Center on July 7, but the bout was canceled when Danny O’Connor was hospitalized for dehydration before the weigh-in. Orozco (27-0, 17 KOs) represents his toughest test to date.

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On the fight

“This is going to be a great fight. We are both very hungry. He’s 27-0 and has been waiting for an opportunity like this, to fight for the WBC title. That pushes me even harder. This has been one of my longest camps, and the results will show in the ring.” Continue reading “Ramirez set to make first defense”

The time is finally here for Jose Ramirez, who will make the first defense of his WBC super lightweight world title against top contender Antonio Orozco on Friday at the…
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Takuma Inoue defeats #3 Yap in WBC 118lb eliminator

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten bantam speedster, WBC#10 Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs), 118, scored an important victory as he defeated WBC#3 Mark John Yap (29-12, 14 KOs), 118, a Japan-based Filipino, by a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
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It was the WBC eliminator to decide the next mandatory challenger. The official tallies were as follows: Rey Danseco (Philippines) 116-111, Yoshikazu Furuta (Japan) 117-110, and Catherine Leonard (US) 114-113—all in favor of Takuma, Naoya “Monster” Inoue’s younger brother. The referee was Bruce McTavish (New Zealand). Fast-punching Takuma, seven years his junior at 22, kept on outspeeding and outlegging the OPBF champ Yap all the way, and sent him sprawling to the deck in round five.

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten bantam speedster, WBC#10 Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs), 118, scored an important victory as he defeated WBC#3 Mark John Yap (29-12, 14 KOs), 118, a Japan-based…
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GGG-Canelo 2 Grand Arrival Photos

Photos: Stacey Verbeek

It’s on! WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez made their their grand arrivals earlier today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


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WBA: Borissova to supervise Canelo vs GGG 2

Mariana Borissova will be supervising Saturday’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin super fight in Las Vegas. In addition to that, she is also a lead for WBA Europe and a member of the WBA Directory. She is a very powerful woman in the sport of boxing abd an important asset for the WBA, seeing as how she has ruled and supervised boxing in Europe and has made the organization much stronger.

The Nevada State Athletic Association-assigned officials for GGG-Canelo 2 are referee Benjy Esteves, Jr., and judges Dave Moretti, Steve Weisfeld, and Glenn Feldman.

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Interview: Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan

By Mark Vaz

As Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan prepares for his showdown with Canada’s David Lemieux on the undercard of the GGG-Canelo PPV show Saturday, he took time out of his schedule to talk to Fightnews.com about the opportunity and the rocky road that lead there.

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O’Sullivan, who’s fought 12 of his 30 professional fights in the US, has taken an unusual path to the big time.

“Many of my fights both here and Ireland, I fought for free,” he explained. “I know a fighter has to build a fan base, and being unknown in the US, I believed if I could just get the opportunity to show my skills and let the fans get to know me, I’d become popular in Boston in spite of not being local. There is a huge Irish and Irish-American population in Boston, so I felt if they saw me often enough, they’d accept me as a Boston fighter as well as an Irish fighter.” Continue reading “Interview: Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan”

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Dee Lee Promotions returns to the ring

For the second time this year, promoter Diane Fischer of Dee Lee Promotions and matchmaker Nick Tiberi return Saturday to the Hockessin PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware with a card full of mid-Atlantic fan favorites and prospects. Headlining the show is cruiserweight Lamonte “The Problem Solver” Singletary (9-2, 6 KOs) battling Demetrius Banks (9-5, 4 KOs). In the co-feature, super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (27-1, 14 KOs) goes toe-to-toe with hard-hitting Columbian combatant Milton Nunez (35-19, 31 KOs). The 6’4” southpaw Webster will face his toughest and most experienced opponent with Nunez. Continue reading “Dee Lee Promotions returns to the ring”

For the second time this year, promoter Diane Fischer of Dee Lee Promotions and matchmaker Nick Tiberi return Saturday to the Hockessin PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware with a card…
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Ramos back in the spotlight Sept 28

Super bantamweight contender Rico “El Suavecito” Ramos knows what it feels to be a champion, and now he is making a move to get back to the top after winning five consecutive fights. The Southern California native will take his most important step towards that goal when he takes on former world-champion Jesse Magdaleno on Friday September 28 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Continue reading “Ramos back in the spotlight Sept 28”

Super bantamweight contender Rico “El Suavecito” Ramos knows what it feels to be a champion, and now he is making a move to get back to the top after winning…
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Molina camp wants suspension lifted

Heavyweight contender Eric Molina’s manager, Lee Holliday, is working with the British Board of Boxing in hopes of getting Molina an early release from his suspension. Molina was given a two-year suspension by the British Boxing Board for an illegal substance discovered in post-fight testing following his loss to Anthony Joshua in England on Dec. 10, 2016.

“I’m hopeful that the British Boxing Board will consider allowing Molina an early release on his suspension,” said Holliday. “It is coming up on two years since the Joshua fight. I know David Price is looking for an opponent in England. If we are fortunate to get the release, Molina would be happy to fight Price.” Continue reading “Molina camp wants suspension lifted”

Heavyweight contender Eric Molina’s manager, Lee Holliday, is working with the British Board of Boxing in hopes of getting Molina an early release from his suspension. Molina was given a…
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GGG still a slight favorite over Canelo

It’s fight week, but so far the oddsmakers aren’t touching Friday’s WBC super lightweight title fight between champion Jose Ramirez and #3 Antonio Orozco. Both are unbeaten.

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The next night in Vegas, WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is currently a slight -155 favorite over Canelo Alvarez, who is rarely at plus money (+125).

In other fights on that card, WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia is as high as 50:1 to beat Brandon Cook, but with Munguia’s suspect defense you never know.

Former WBO middleweight champion David Lemieux is -190 against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan +155 in what should be a pretty good fight.

It’s fight week, but so far the oddsmakers aren’t touching Friday’s WBC super lightweight title fight between champion Jose Ramirez and #3 Antonio Orozco. Both are unbeaten. * * *…
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Espinoza poised to crown latest champion

By Hesiquio Balderas

Antonio Orozco (22-0, 16 KOs) is ready to become champion. He is getting his opportunity on Friday in Fresno, California, against the WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (27-0, 17 KOs). Orozco is a humble, easy going man who is willing to listen in order to get things done. He sticks to training and fighting, leaving his team, headed by his manager Frank Espinoza, to decide who he fights and when.
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Fightnews.com® spoke to Antonio along with Espinoza. “I’m ready to become world champion. My time is now,” said Orozco. Continue reading “Espinoza poised to crown latest champion”

By Hesiquio Balderas Antonio Orozco (22-0, 16 KOs) is ready to become champion. He is getting his opportunity on Friday in Fresno, California, against the WBC super lightweight champion Jose…
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Amenaza Garcia targets Rios

Welterweight Brandon Rios is short an opponent for his return to the ring on September 22nd and Roberto “Amenaza” Garcia is ready to step right in. “I’m ready to go,” said Garcia. “I’ve just finished a two-week sparring session with Shawn Porter, so I’m itching to return to the ring against Rios. Let’s make it happen.”

Both Rios (34-4-1, 25 KOs) and Garcia (41-4, 24 KOs) are coming off losses. Rios got stopped by Danny Garcia in the 9th round on Feb. 17 and Garcia lost a unanimous decision and his silver middleweight title to Martin Murray on June 23. Continue reading “Amenaza Garcia targets Rios”

Welterweight Brandon Rios is short an opponent for his return to the ring on September 22nd and Roberto “Amenaza” Garcia is ready to step right in. “I’m ready to go,”…
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Flores-Gutierrez added to ESPN telecast

Gabriel Flores Jr., the 18-year-old phenom and former U.S. amateur standout, will make his ESPN debut on Friday as part of the world championship card headlined by Jose Ramirez’s WBC super lightweight title defense against Antonio Orozco at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

Flores (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Roger “El Puas” Gutierrez (7-1-1, 1 NC, 4 KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight bout. Ramirez-Orozco, Flores-Gutierrez and Jamel Herring versus John Vincent Moralde for the vacant USBA junior lightweight title will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET. The entire undercard will stream live at 7:30 p.m. ET in the United States on ESPN+

Gabriel Flores Jr., the 18-year-old phenom and former U.S. amateur standout, will make his ESPN debut on Friday as part of the world championship card headlined by Jose Ramirez’s WBC…
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GGG-Canelo 2 Fight Week is here

It’s finally Fight Week for the epic Golovkin-Alvarez rematch taking place in Las Vegas.

The “grand arrivals” are scheduled for Tuesday at the MGM Grand Main Lobby.
12:00 p.m. – Roman Gonzalez & Moises Fuentes
12:15 p.m.- David Lemieux & Gary O’Sullivan
12:30 p.m.- Jaime Munguia & Brandon Cook
12:45 p.m. – Gennady Golovkin
1:15 p.m. – Canelo Alvarez

The final press conference is Wednesday (press only).

There will also be fighter workouts on the MGM Grand Casino floor (next to Race & Sports Book & TAP Sports Bar)
3:00 p.m. – Vergil Ortiz Jr. & Alexis Rocha
3:30 p.m. – Brandon Cook & Moises Fuentes
4:00 p.m. – Roman Gonzalez & Gary O’Sullivan
4:30 p.m. – David Lemiuex & Jaime Munguia

On Thursday there will be an undercard press conference and Golden Boy has a live boxing show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

On Friday is the official weigh-in at the T-Mobile Arena.
12:00 p.m. – Doors Open
2:00 p.m. – Weigh-In Begins
2:30 p.m. – PPV Fighters Weigh-In

Saturday night is the fight, and believe it or not, there are still tickets remaining from $500 to $5000 apiece.

Otherwise, you can catch the action via closed circuit in theaters, or see it in the comfort of your own living room for just $84.99 on pay-per-view.

It’s finally Fight Week for the epic Golovkin-Alvarez rematch taking place in Las Vegas. The “grand arrivals” are scheduled for Tuesday at the MGM Grand Main Lobby. 12:00 p.m. –…
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Cabrera-Mioletti defeats Padilla in Tacoma

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair/Boxingprospects.net

Turning in a dominant four round performance, undefeated Jr. lightweight prospect Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti (13-0, 4 KOs) claimed his thirteenth straight victory on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, scoring a stoppage win over Columbia’s Carlos Padilla (16-8-1, 10 KOs). In the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ ‘Battle at the Boat’ 117, Cabrera-Mioletti controlled the fight throughout, using crafty footwork and superior hand speed to plaster Padilla for four rounds before the fight was stopped in the corner. Continue reading “Cabrera-Mioletti defeats Padilla in Tacoma”

By Ricardo Ibarra Photos by Mike Blair/Boxingprospects.net Turning in a dominant four round performance, undefeated Jr. lightweight prospect Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti (13-0, 4 KOs) claimed his thirteenth straight victory on Saturday…
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