Results from Kiev

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Wednesday, an event presented by Sparta Boxing Promotions took place at the Club Atlas in Kiev, Ukraine. In the main event, welterweight Aram Faniian (17-1, 2 KOs) knocked out Nazir Bakshiyev (5-10-3, 0 KOs) with a body punch in the first round. Heavyweight Igor Shevadzutsky (4-0, 4 KOs) easily knocked out Igor Pilipenko (5-50-2, 1 KOs) in the first round. Middleweight Stanislav Skorokhod (20-2, 17 KOs) stopped Vladislav Tantsyura (2-6, 1 KO) in round five.

By Gabriel F. Cordero On Wednesday, an event presented by Sparta Boxing Promotions took place at the Club Atlas in Kiev, Ukraine. In the main event, welterweight Aram Faniian (17-1,…
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Weights from Las Vegas

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Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Jose Pedraza 143.9 vs. Mikkel LesPierre 143.5
Albert Bell 133 vs. Mark Bernaldez 132
Elvis Rodriguez 140.2 vs. Dan Murray 139.2
Patrick Mailata 284 vs. Kingsley Ibeh 284.1
Robeisy Ramirez 125.1 vs. Adan Gonzales 125.4
Carlos Jackson 125.1 vs. Jose Enrique Vivas 125.9

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

Jose Pedraza 143.9 vs. Mikkel LesPierre 143.5 Albert Bell 133 vs. Mark Bernaldez 132 Elvis Rodriguez 140.2 vs. Dan Murray 139.2 Patrick Mailata 284 vs. Kingsley Ibeh 284.1 Robeisy Ramirez…
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99th WBA Convention, Day One

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The first day of the 99th Convention of the World Boxing Association (WBA) began on Wednesday with the General Assembly. The President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and the rest of the directorate members met to discuss current boxing issues and how this pioneer organization will face the challenges of the sport at a global level.

The WBA is the first boxing organization to carry out a world convention under the new normality built by the coronavirus pandemic. It has been possible by using the available Internet platforms and digital communication apps. The organization has always been a pioneer, and it is at the forefront, in line with the management models that are already implemented by leading sports organizations such as the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, FIBA, MLB, NFL and NBA, among others. Continue reading “99th WBA Convention, Day One”

The first day of the 99th Convention of the World Boxing Association (WBA) began on Wednesday with the General Assembly. The President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and the rest of the…
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WBA Convention Notes, Day One

The 99th Convention of the World Boxing Association (WBA) opened today with the first online convention in boxing history.

As always, the convention started with the General Assembly. It was mentioned that today starts the countdown toward the WBA’s 100-year anniversary taking place in Moscow in 2021.

President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza gave an inspiring speech to open the convention.

It was announced that Roberto Duran will be leaving the hospital today. Duran has contracted Covid-19. Continue reading “WBA Convention Notes, Day One”

The 99th Convention of the World Boxing Association (WBA) opened today with the first online convention in boxing history. As always, the convention started with the General Assembly. It was…
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Fury-Wilder 3 on December 19?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Tuesday, a possible date was revealed for the third fight between WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs). December 19 is the proposed date Top Rank executive Brad Jacobs told Sky Sports. He is expecting there will be spectators in attendance with perhaps a 50% capacity by that point. As for a venue, no decisions have been made and no locations have been ruled out.

The fight was originally scheduled for July 18 and then October 3, but the dates have changed due to the widespread coronavirus pandemic.

By Gabriel F. Cordero On Tuesday, a possible date was revealed for the third fight between WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41…
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WBA Convention kicks off today

The 99th Convention of the World Boxing Association (WBA) opened today with the first online convention in the history of our sport. On Day One, President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and the rest of the board members will be discussing important current issues during the General Assembly.

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The 99th Convention of the World Boxing Association (WBA) opened today with the first online convention in the history of our sport. On Day One, President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and…
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Saucedo decisions Fredrickson

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Former world jr welterweight title challenger Alex Saucedo (30-1, 19 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Sonny Fredrickson (21-3, 14 KOs) on Tuesday night inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Saucedo outworked Fredrickson to win 99-91, 98-92, 100-90.

“We worked on a lot of things in the gym. It was important for me to get the rounds in, and Sonny was a tough opponent,” said Saucedo afterward. “I am ready to take over the 140-pound division. Whatever opportunity comes my way, I will take advantage of it. Most importantly, I got rid of the ring rust and went 10 hard rounds.”

“I am a more disciplined fighter, but I’m still an aggressive fighter who goes for the knockout. That won’t change.” Continue reading “Saucedo decisions Fredrickson”

Former world jr welterweight title challenger Alex Saucedo (30-1, 19 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Sonny Fredrickson (21-3, 14 KOs) on Tuesday night inside “The Bubble”…
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Carlos Takam steps in for Big Baby

Heavyweight Carlos Takam (38-5-1, 28 KOs) will replace Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in the ESPN main event on July 9 against Jerry Forrest (26-3, 20 KOs). There will still be a “Big Baby” on the card as unbeaten heavyweight Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (4-0, 4 KOs) will feature in the co-feature.

It was also announced that two-time world title challenger Jose “Chon” Zepeda (31-2, 25 KOs) will face Kendo Castaneda (17-1, 8 KOs) topping the July 7 ESPN card.

Heavyweight Carlos Takam (38-5-1, 28 KOs) will replace Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in the ESPN main event on July 9 against Jerry Forrest (26-3, 20 KOs). There will still be…
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Joe Louis record in jeopardy?

Heavyweight great Joe Louis’ record of 25 consecutive world title defenses has lasted for 72 years. Of course, when the “Brown Bomber” was fighting there was no female boxing. On August 15, undisputed women’s welterweight champion Cecilia Brækhus, who also has 25 defenses, will be looking to shatter Louis’ mark when she faces Jessica McCaskill (8-2 3 KOs) on DAZN.

Heavyweight great Joe Louis’ record of 25 consecutive world title defenses has lasted for 72 years. Of course, when the “Brown Bomber” was fighting there was no female boxing. On…
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Jose Sulaiman, message from 25 years ago

By Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President

Dear members of The WBC and the boxing family from around the world. We have found this memorable message from our Eternal President, Jose Sulaiman; We invite you to take three minutes of your time to listen and feel those words of wisdom which can very easily be applied to our lives today.

This is the inspiration for The WBC to carry on, this is the inspiration to have a Virtual Convention in August, we must get up and continue to search for our dreams and continue to service the world.

By Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President Dear members of The WBC and the boxing family from around the world. We have found this memorable message from our Eternal President, Jose Sulaiman;…
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WBA 99th Convention opens tomorrow

As part of the 100-year history of the WBA in 2021, the 99th convention will open on Wednesday, July 1st. This will be the first time that a convention will be held online because of the world situation, but it will also have the extra benefit of being open to everybody in the boxing world.

WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza wants everyone to understand boxing from the WBA’s perspective and at the same time see its transparent actions. Continue reading “WBA 99th Convention opens tomorrow”

As part of the 100-year history of the WBA in 2021, the 99th convention will open on Wednesday, July 1st. This will be the first time that a convention will…
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Tyson Fury: Loaded glove claim is BS

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has responded to “foul play talk from Wilder and his team.” Specifically, Fury was referring to claims by Deontay Wilder’s brother Marsellos Wilder that Fury had loaded gloves that put a dent in Deontay’s head during their rematch.

“I’ve just read an article before saying that I might’ve had some blunt objects in my gloves,” said Fury on social media. “Yeah. Two big 19 stone 7 / 275lb destroyers in each glove. So yeah, getting punched up the temple may do that to you.

“But, you know not unless Wilder’s own trainer Jay Deas was in on the conspiracy as well, along with all the Las Vegas State Commission guys who never left the room. Continue reading “Tyson Fury: Loaded glove claim is BS”

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has responded to “foul play talk from Wilder and his team.” Specifically, Fury was referring to claims by Deontay Wilder’s brother Marsellos Wilder that Fury…
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Peter Kadiru added to July 18 SES card

Heavyweight Peter Kadiru has been added to the July 18 open-air show on the floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany. Kadiru (7-0, 3 KOs) will face Ruben Wolf (5-0, 3 KOs) in a battle of unbeatens. In the main event, unbeaten world-rated heavyweight Agit Kabayel (19-0, 13 KOs) will headline facing Evgenios Lazaridis (16–2, 10 KOs). MDR will broadcast in Germany, with ESPN+ likely airing the event in the U.S. Continue reading “Peter Kadiru added to July 18 SES card”

Heavyweight Peter Kadiru has been added to the July 18 open-air show on the floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany. Kadiru (7-0, 3 KOs) will face Ruben Wolf (5-0,…
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WBC releases Gyms Opening Protocol

In accordance with the measures dictated by the health authorities in each country and city, the World Boxing Council presents the Protocol for the Reopening of Gyms in order to restart our activities at the training sites.

This manual consists of six fundamental points and a Covid-19 questionnaire that must be completed in order to assess whether they are eligible to perform training in a gym during the restricted operation stage. Continue reading “WBC releases Gyms Opening Protocol”

In accordance with the measures dictated by the health authorities in each country and city, the World Boxing Council presents the Protocol for the Reopening of Gyms in order to…
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Nava headlines Saturday in Mexico City

Jackie “La Princesa Azteca” Nava (35-4-4, 16 KOs) faces Estrella “Chacala” Valverde (18-6-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City. In the co-feature, super welterweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (27-1, 17 KOs) meets Jorge Luis “Chino” García (18-2, 16 KOs). Also super featherweight Mauricio “Bronco” Lara (18-2, 12 KOs) takes on Alejandro “Pistón” Palmero (12-5-1, 6 KOs).

ESPN had aired the Zanfer cards from Mexico City the last two Saturdays, but it looks like they are passing on this one.

Jackie “La Princesa Azteca” Nava (35-4-4, 16 KOs) faces Estrella “Chacala” Valverde (18-6-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City. In the co-feature, super welterweight…
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Linares to face WBC #1 Fortuna Aug 28

A high-stakes battle of international proportions heads to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. as Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) takes on Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the WBC diamond lightweight championship. The fights will take place on Friday, August 28 and will be streamed live on DAZN.

The event will be closed to the public and media. Details for the undercard will be announced shortly.

There had been take for months about Linares facing Ryan “Kingry” Garcia, but after the Kingry camp turned the fight down, it’s WBC #1 rated Fortuna who gets the fight.

A high-stakes battle of international proportions heads to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. as Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) takes on Javier “El Abejon”…
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Matchroom returns to the US Aug 15

Julio Cesar Martinez will defend his WBC world flyweight title against #1 ranked McWilliams Arroyo (20-4 15 KOs) as Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA return to action in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 15, exclusively live on DAZN in the US.

Prior to the lockdown, Cecilia Brækhus (36-0 9 KOs) was set to defend her undisputed Welterweight championship in Maryland against Jessica McCaskill (8-2 3 KOs), and that fight is the co-main feature in Tulsa.

WBA #7 super lightweight Shakhram Giyasov (9-0 7 KOs) defends his WBA international title against Francisco Rojo (22-3 15 KOs).

Julio Cesar Martinez will defend his WBC world flyweight title against #1 ranked McWilliams Arroyo (20-4 15 KOs) as Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA return to action in Tulsa, Oklahoma…
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Golden Boy announces July 24 lineup

Golden Boy has announced the return of world-class professional boxing in Southern California. In the main event, Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs) will defend his WBA gold welterweight title against Samuel Vargas (31-5-2, 14 KOs) in a 12-round bout. The action takes place on Friday, July 24 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN. The event will be closed to the public and media.

“Preparing our comeback hasn’t been easy, but we know that we have a responsibility to our fighters and our fans to stage high-level boxing events as soon as we possibly can,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “This card demonstrates our commitment to presenting competitive fights despite current circumstances as the future of boxing, Vergil Ortiz Jr., will step into the ring with Samuel Vargas as was initially planned back in March.” Continue reading “Golden Boy announces July 24 lineup”

Golden Boy has announced the return of world-class professional boxing in Southern California. In the main event, Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs) will defend his WBA gold welterweight title…
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Weights from Las Vegas

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Alex Saucedo 140.8 vs. Sonny Fredrickson 140.9
Josue Vargas 140.5 vs. Salvador Briceno 138.2
John Bauza 139.3 vs. Larry Fryers 138.9
Donte Stubbs 160.2 vs. Isiah Jones 159.3

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

Alex Saucedo 140.8 vs. Sonny Fredrickson 140.9 Josue Vargas 140.5 vs. Salvador Briceno 138.2 John Bauza 139.3 vs. Larry Fryers 138.9 Donte Stubbs 160.2 vs. Isiah Jones 159.3 Venue: The…
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Cintron wants rematch with Sergio Martinez

Former two-time world welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (39-6, 30 KOs) would like to let former world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez know that if he were to come back, it should be against him.

After recent reports that Martinez will end his retirement, Cintron is adamant that a rematch of the two world champions is inevitable.

On February 14, 2009, Cintron and Martinez fought to a disputed draw in Sunrise, Florida, and Cintron says now is the time for the two to settle the score. Continue reading “Cintron wants rematch with Sergio Martinez”

Former two-time world welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (39-6, 30 KOs) would like to let former world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez know that if he were to come back, it should…
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WBA 99th Convention week begins

The World Boxing Association’s (WBA) 99th Convention will raise its curtain on Wednesday with several important activities during four intense working days, in which they will take a look at the history of their organization and boxing in general, but with an eye on the years to come.

The WBA is the oldest organization in boxing, and therefore it has a great responsibility with the sport and the paths to take in the years to come. The pioneer organization decided to take the lead in the midst of the challenges boxing is facing, and to be at the forefront of the situation.

This convention is the kick-off for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the WBA, which will be hosted in Moscow in July 2021. The most important topics today will be discussed through the different forums of the agenda, which is adapted to today’s reality. Continue reading “WBA 99th Convention week begins”

The World Boxing Association’s (WBA) 99th Convention will raise its curtain on Wednesday with several important activities during four intense working days, in which they will take a look at…
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Former Champ Ernesto Marcel passes

By Héctor Villarreal

After months of battling various diseases, former WBA featherweight champion Ernesto “Ñato” Marcel died early Monday morning in Panama City.

Marcel was one of the four world champions that his country had at the same time in 1972, along with Roberto Duran, Alfonso Frazer and Enrique Pinder and is remembered for having retired while still having the title, after defeating the legendary Alexis Argüello.

By Héctor Villarreal After months of battling various diseases, former WBA featherweight champion Ernesto “Ñato” Marcel died early Monday morning in Panama City. Marcel was one of the four world…
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Reiss explains Wilder-Fury 1 12th rd knockdown

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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

World championship referee Jack Reiss talks to Peter Maniatis about the twelfth round knockdown in the first Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury WBC heavyweight championship bout and working in the Ali and Creed movies.

Reiss explains why he gave Tyson Fury opportunity to beat the ten count after knockdown in round twelve against Deontay Wilder:

“It came from my training but not only my training as a boxer and referee but my training as a fireman for the Los Angeles Fire Department where I worked for 31 years, where we were required to be Emergency Medical Technicians, so I was a EMT for 31 years, as well,” said Reiss. Continue reading “Reiss explains Wilder-Fury 1 12th rd knockdown”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing World championship referee Jack Reiss talks to Peter Maniatis about the twelfth round knockdown in the first Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury WBC…
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Berchelt does his part, waits for Valdez

By Hesiquio Balderas

WBC 130-pound world champion Miguel Berchelt defeated Eleazar Valenzuela by TKO tonight in Mexico City, in a preparation bout. He will be looking at Oscar Valdez’s fight in July and if Oscar wins, there will likely be a fight between the two of them, probably at the end of the year and hoping to have a crowd in the arena.

“Now what follows is the expected fight against Oscar Valdez,” Berchelt said. “Every fan wants to see that fight, and we are ready for that war.

“I felt great, but the altitude Mexico City hit me a little bit. It is not easy to fight in Mexico City, but thank God we got the victory. Eleazar is a tough fighter. He endured everything I threw at him. He gained my respect. My experience as world champion pushed me forward.”

By Hesiquio Balderas WBC 130-pound world champion Miguel Berchelt defeated Eleazar Valenzuela by TKO tonight in Mexico City, in a preparation bout. He will be looking at Oscar Valdez’s fight…
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Top Rank battles through fight fallouts

Top Rank is not catching any breaks. Four of their first five scheduled main events in July have fallen through for various reasons.

July 2
Jamel Herring vs. Jonathan Oquendo (jr lightweight)
Herring tested positive for COVID-19

July 7
Ivan Baranchyk vs. Jose Zepeda (jr welterweight)
Baranchyk suffered an undisclosed injury

July 9
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller vs. Jerry Forrest (heavyweight)
Miller failed a drug test

July 16
Eleider Alvarez vs Joe Smith Jr. (light heavyweight)
Alvarez suffered a shoulder injury

Top Rank is not catching any breaks. Four of their first five scheduled main events in July have fallen through for various reasons. July 2 Jamel Herring vs. Jonathan Oquendo…
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