Murata to defend WBA 160lb belt against Brant in US

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Japanese national hero, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs) will invade Las Vegas to defend his belt against mandatory contender Rob Brant (23-1, 16 KOs) on October 20. It was publicly announced by Teiken Promotions yesterday.
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Murata, 32, was once slated to face unbeaten Irish James Quigley on the same fight date, but the WBA’s order for a mandatory defense eventually changed the challenger after reportedly tough negotiations. Continue reading “Murata to defend WBA 160lb belt against Brant in US”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese national hero, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs) will invade Las Vegas to defend his…
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Rodriguez, Henao make weight in Barranquilla

By Héctor Villarreal

Colombian female lightweights Jenifer Rodriguez (6-2-2, 5 KOs ) and Monica Henao (1-0-3, 0 KO) both hit the scale way under the weight limit for their 8 round rematch for the Female National Championship to be held on Friday night at the Sugar “Baby” Rojas Coliseum in Barranquilla.
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Local favorite Rodriguez weighed 129.75 lbs. and Henao, a part time fashion model based in Panama 133.25

Jenifer and Monica fought to a draw on July 21, 2017 at Hotel el Prado in Barranquilla.

By Héctor Villarreal Colombian female lightweights Jenifer Rodriguez (6-2-2, 5 KOs ) and Monica Henao (1-0-3, 0 KO) both hit the scale way under the weight limit for their 8…
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Team Uzcategui stunned by Maryland Commission decision

The Maryland State Commission has lifted the indefinite suspension of Leon Lawson II, who assaulted a defenseless Jose Uzcategui inside the ring and on national TV after a bout that the Venezuelan born fighter had lost by disqualification. “I am shocked by this action taken by the Maryland Commission and its Executive Director Pat Pannela. This thug Lawson should never be allowed to work in boxing anywhere in the world and especially in Maryland where his violent actions took place,” said advisor Sean Gibbons on behalf of Team Uzcategui.

Uzcategui felt there was a miscarriage of justice when he was controversially disqualified against Andre Dirrell for a vacant interim super middleweight title on May 20, 2017 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, but in the mandated rematch he proved his point. Continue reading “Team Uzcategui stunned by Maryland Commission decision”

The Maryland State Commission has lifted the indefinite suspension of Leon Lawson II, who assaulted a defenseless Jose Uzcategui inside the ring and on national TV after a bout that…
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Showtime and PBC extend TV deal

Showtime Sports and Premier Boxing Champions have entered into a three-year boxing programming agreement extending their long-term partnership. The deal calls for a monthly series of events presented by Premier Boxing Champions to air live on Showtime, ensuring the network’s access to the deepest talent pool in boxing and its continued ability to deliver the industry’s leading programming.

The agreement also calls for Premier Boxing Champions to deliver content for a significant expansion of live boxing programming from Showtime Sports coming in 2019. The announcement was made today by Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming for Showtime Networks Inc.

In 2018, Showtime is delivering more live boxing than any other network—more than 30 presentations in total by the end of this year. In 2019, anchored largely by Premier Boxing Champions’ events and including content providers from around the world, Showtime will present an even larger schedule with live boxing from virtually every level of the sport—prospects and contenders, to world championship bouts, world title unifications and pay-per-view tent pole attractions.

Showtime Sports and Premier Boxing Champions have entered into a three-year boxing programming agreement extending their long-term partnership. The deal calls for a monthly series of events presented by Premier…
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Frampton: I am a level above Warrington

WBO interim featherweight beltholder Carl Frampton has goaded IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington, telling his archrival that he isn’t in his league. Warrington is set to make the first defense of his world title against Belfast’s Frampton later this year in what could be an epic encounter.

Frampton who hammered Aussie Luke Jackson earlier this month wrote in his Sunday Life column: “He (Warrington) is unbeaten and is full of confidence but I just feel — as I said going into the Jackson fight — that I am a level above Warrington. It has to be realized that Warrington’s best win has been against a weight-drained (Lee) Selby who has left featherweight and gone to lightweight for his return which tells you a lot. Continue reading “Frampton: I am a level above Warrington”

WBO interim featherweight beltholder Carl Frampton has goaded IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington, telling his archrival that he isn’t in his league. Warrington is set to make the first defense…
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Unbeaten Yoon returns Sept 28

On Friday, September 28, in the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., promoter Kris Lawrence and The Heavyweight Factory return with “Rumble at the Rock 2.” In the night’s 10-round main event, undefeated jr welterweight Logan “The Korican Kid” Yoon (12-0, 10 KOs) will defend his WBO-NABO Youth belt against John “El Emperador” Rentería (16-4-1, 12 KOs). It will be the first main event for Yoon, who is currently the WBO #11-rated contender.

The evening’s 10-round co-main event will feature featherweight Mussa “Warrior” Tursyngaliyev (7-0, 6 KOs) defending his NABA-USA belt against undefeated Ruben Cervera (10-0, 9 KOs).

Tickets for “Rumble at the Rock 2” cost $60, $100, $150, $250 and $500 VIP and are available through ticketmaster.com.

On Friday, September 28, in the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., promoter Kris Lawrence and The Heavyweight Factory return with “Rumble…
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Garcia takes aim at another world title

Former world champion Danny Garcia hosted a media workout ahead of his world title showdown against Shawn Porter taking place September 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Danny Garcia: “Once you’re in there with me, it’s not the same as anyone else. It’s not the same as what you expect it to be. You’re in for a rude awakening. I’ve knocked out a lot of fighters for the first time, so it won’t be surprising to me if I knock Shawn Porter out for the first time. Continue reading “Garcia takes aim at another world title”

Former world champion Danny Garcia hosted a media workout ahead of his world title showdown against Shawn Porter taking place September 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Danny Garcia: “Once…
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Lemieux-O’Sullivan heating up

Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux takes on Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan on the September 15 Canelo-Golovkin pay-per-view undercard at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s what they had to say on a conference call with reporters:

David Lemieux: I’m going to beat your ass. It’s not going to be no walk in the park. Don’t think it’s going to be an easy fight. I’m not coming here to lose. I’m going to come here to destroy you. You’ll see. You’ll see September 15th. Keep training hard at the gym. You’re going to need it. You’re going to need every round, you’re going to need it, trust me.

Gary O’Sullivan: He talks about knocking me down and putting me out cold and all that. I’ve never even been on the canvas my entire career and he’s been down numerous times. He’s been beaten by several different opponents of several different stylistics fights, like Toribio — all different styles of fighter have beaten him. I think it’s going to be a really good night for me. I’m going to shine. It’s going to be nice beating a former world champion, as well. Looks good on paper.

Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux takes on Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan on the September 15 Canelo-Golovkin pay-per-view undercard at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s what they had to…
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Nietes, Palicte Wild Card workout

On September 8 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles, the vacant WBO super flyweight world title will be on the line when three-division world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KOs), of Bacolod City, Philippines, moves up one division to face rival countryman and #2 world ranked challenger “Mighty” Aston Palicte (24-2, 20 KOs) of Bago City, Philippines.

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Palicte looked significantly larger than Nietes during a workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

On September 8 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles, the vacant WBO super flyweight world title will be on the line when three-division world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (41-1-4,…
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Murata-Brant set for Oct 20 in Vegas

Ryota Murata, the fighting pride of Japan, will take his world championship show on the road to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Murata will make the second defense of his WBA middleweight world title against Rob “Bravo” Brant on Saturday, October 20 at the Park Theater. Murata-Brant will stream live in the United States beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Teiken Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions, ticket information for this world championship event will be announced shortly.

“We are delighted to have middleweight champion Ryota Murata fighting at the Park Theater,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “He is one of the leading sports figures in Japan, and his fans will be in for a treat when they watch him in Las Vegas.” Continue reading “Murata-Brant set for Oct 20 in Vegas”

Ryota Murata, the fighting pride of Japan, will take his world championship show on the road to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Murata will make the second defense…
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Jermain Taylor arrested again

KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, is reporting that police have again arrested former unified middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. This time the charge is third-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault on a family or household member. Reportedly the 40-yer-old Taylor punched an unidentifed woman, held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. He is currently being held at the Pulaski County Jail according to online records. Sadly the former champ has been involved in several violent episodes over the last few years.

KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, is reporting that police have again arrested former unified middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. This time the charge is third-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault on…
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Linares returns September 29

Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (44-4, 27 KOs), the former king of the 135-pound division, will return to the ring in a new division as he faces Abner “Pin” Cotto (23-3, 12KOs) in a 12-round, 140-pound battle that promises fireworks. The clash will be the main event of the September 29 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The action will be streamed live on Facebook Watch in the U.S. and globally on the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (44-4, 27 KOs), the former king of the 135-pound division, will return to the ring in a new division as he faces Abner “Pin”…
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WBSS: Season II cruiser lineup set

The eight cruiserweight contenders and match-ups for Season II’s World Boxing Super Series have been announced. Season I stars Mairis Briedis and Yunier Dorticos are joined by six new challengers in the next quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

#1 seed Mairis Briedis (24-1,18 KOs), Latvia vs. Noel Mikaelian (23-1, 10 KOs), Germany

#2 seed Yunier ‘The KO Doctor’ Dorticos (22-1, 21 KOs), Cuba vs. Mateusz ‘Master’ Masternak (41-4, 28 KOs), Poland

#3 seed Krzysztof ‘Glowka‘ Glowacki (30-1, 19 KOs), Poland vs. Maksim ‘The Kill’ Vlasov (42-2, 25 KOs), Russia

#4 seed Ruslan Fayfer (23-0, 16 KOs), Russia vs. Andrew ‘The Beast’ Tabiti (16-0, 13 KOs), United States

Continue reading “WBSS: Season II cruiser lineup set”

The eight cruiserweight contenders and match-ups for Season II’s World Boxing Super Series have been announced. Season I stars Mairis Briedis and Yunier Dorticos are joined by six new challengers…
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51-0 Menayothin shatters Floyd’s 50-0 mark

World Boxing Council minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin defeated Pedro Taduran by decision in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, to retain his belt for the tenth time and break Floyd Mayweather’s 50-0 career record. Menayothin started slowly in the first two rounds, but little by little he started to dominate the fight. At end of the fourth round, WBC’s open scoring was revealed, and the champion was ahead by 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37.

The referee deducted a point from Taduran during the eighth round. He had previously been warned to keep his punches up but it represented a serious setback for a fighter who already knew he was appreciably behind on the scorecards. At the end of the eighth round, the open scoring had the fight in Wanheng’s favor 78-74 twice and 79-74. It meant Taduran would need to win all four of the remaining rounds just to secure a draw, but the experience of the seasoned champion made a significant difference.

The final tallies were 115-111, 118-108 and 117-110, all in favor of Menayothin.

World Boxing Council minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin defeated Pedro Taduran by decision in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, to retain his belt for the tenth time and break Floyd Mayweather’s 50-0 career…
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GGG: Would be nice if Canelo came to fight this time

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) is ready to settle unfinished business with former world champion and Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs). The rematch will take place September 15 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay Per View. With all events leading to the anticipated rematch, Golovkin did not hold back taking shots at Canelo as he talked about his upcoming rematch.

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“I feel good. I wanted this fight. I want to beat him. I’m ready to give a Big Drama Show,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com®. “I am happy to get at Canelo again. It is another big chance to beat him again.”

“This is a big event for boxing. It’s a big fight for Gennady and Canelo both have a lot to win,” GGG Promotions Tom Loeffler added. Continue reading “GGG: Would be nice if Canelo came to fight this time”

By Miguel Maravilla WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) is ready to settle unfinished business with former world champion and Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2,…
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Eddy Reynoso: Golovkin can’t get any better

By Hesiquio Balderas

Trainer Eddy Reynoso has molded Canelo Alvarez from a young man into one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world today and arguably boxing’s top superstar.
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Eddy is a student of the game, a historian. There’s no boxing book, magazine or video that Reynoso doesn’t study and analyze. Especially he loves to study fighters from the past, from the way those fighters were thinking, to what they ate, and more importantly how they trained and how they fought. Continue reading “Eddy Reynoso: Golovkin can’t get any better”

By Hesiquio Balderas Trainer Eddy Reynoso has molded Canelo Alvarez from a young man into one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world today and arguably boxing’s top superstar.…
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WBC 108lb champ Ken to face Melindo under Inoue’s WBSS event

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBC light-flyweight champ Ken Shiro (13-0, 7 KOs, will make an undercard title defense against ex-IBF ruler Milan Melindo (37-3, 13 KOs), a veteran Filipino warrior, beneath Naoya Inoue’s participation in the WBSS Season II in Yokohama, Japan, on October 7.
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Shiro, whose real name is Kenshiro Teraji under his father/manager/trainer and ex-OPBF light-heavy titlist Hisashi, will put his WBC belt on the line for the fourth time since he dethroned Mexican Ganigan Lopez on points in May of the previous year. Ken, 26, recently blasted out Ganigan with a single body shot in round two this May. Continue reading “WBC 108lb champ Ken to face Melindo under Inoue’s WBSS event”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC light-flyweight champ Ken Shiro (13-0, 7 KOs, will make an undercard title defense against ex-IBF ruler Milan Melindo (37-3, 13 KOs),…
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Garcia Family honored in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, his trainer and brother Robert Garcia, and his father Eduardo all were presented with green and gold WBC champion’s belts by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman at a well-known restaurant in the renowned and historic Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City. Continue reading “Garcia Family honored in Mexico”

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, his trainer and brother Robert Garcia, and his father Eduardo all were presented with green and gold WBC champion’s belts by…
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Pedraza-Beltran, Dogboe-Otake Full Report

By David Finger

Fairytales eventually have to come to an end. And for Phoenix’s favorite son, it came this last Saturday night in hometown as 37-year old Raymundo Beltran Jr. dropped a unanimous decision to the slick boxing Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza over twelve rounds.

Beltran had emerged as one of boxing’s most compelling stories when the hard-luck veteran finally won his first world title back in February of this year against Paulus Moses. Beltran’s career spanned over 17 years and included many high points including a twelve round draw with Ricky Burns in his first bid for a world title in 2013. But the speed and slickness of the Puerto Rican proved too much for Beltran to overcome as Pedraza jumped out to an early lead and punctuated the fight with a knockdown over Beltran in round eleven, effectively sealing the deal. Continue reading “Pedraza-Beltran, Dogboe-Otake Full Report”

By David Finger Fairytales eventually have to come to an end. And for Phoenix’s favorite son, it came this last Saturday night in hometown as 37-year old Raymundo Beltran Jr.…
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Idigov back in action Sept 5

World-rated Russian super middleweight prospect Aslambek “The Hulk” Idigov will return to action on Wednesday, September 5, in his hometown of Grozny, Russia, against former African champion Daniel Wanyonyi for the WBA Asian Championship. Idigov (13-0, 5 KOs), rated #14 by the WBO, will face the experienced Kenyan Wanyonyi (27-12-2, 22 KOs) at the five-star Grozny City Hotel in Grozny, and televised live in Russia on Match TV.

In his 11-year career, Wanyonyi has held the Kenyan Middleweight, interim East & Central African Professional Boxing Federation Middleweight, and African Boxing Union Light Heavyweight Championships. Continue reading “Idigov back in action Sept 5”

World-rated Russian super middleweight prospect Aslambek “The Hulk” Idigov will return to action on Wednesday, September 5, in his hometown of Grozny, Russia, against former African champion Daniel Wanyonyi for…
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Oscar: Canelo could be as great as Chavez Sr.

By Hesiquio Balderas

Oscar De La Hoya was sppearing on ESPN’s A Los Golpes show as a guest along with hosts Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, Bernardo Osuna and David Faitelson, Oscar talked about everything regarding the upcoming fight Canelo vs GGG 2.

This is what “The Golden Boy” said:

“Canelo, because of the rivalry and what has been said by GGG’s team, he can KO Golovkin. From the first round he (Canelo) has to work, he has to attack him, outbox him, make him miss and make him pay.”

“It doesn’t bother me that Golovkin keeps talking about the Clembuterol issue. I think is ridiculous at this point, he is even blaming me personally, that’s completely false. He feels the pressure. What I think must happen is that Canelo has to go out there from the first round and try to knock him out, that’s what the people want to see. Canelo coming out from the first bell and kayoing GGG to shut his mouth once and for all!” Continue reading “Oscar: Canelo could be as great as Chavez Sr.”

By Hesiquio Balderas Oscar De La Hoya was sppearing on ESPN’s A Los Golpes show as a guest along with hosts Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, Bernardo Osuna and David Faitelson,…
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Can Tommy Oosthuizen come back?

By Ron Jackson

In an intriguing matchup Tommy Oosthuizen meets Thabiso Mchunu in a clash for the vacant African Boxing Union cruiserweight title at Emperors Palace on Saturday night. However, the big question going into this fight is does Oosthuizen have enough left to upset Mchunu after being out of action for fifteen months and also because of his reported troubles outside the ring?

The 30-year-old Oosthuizen (27-1-2, 16 KOs) made his professional debut in February 2008 and has won eight professional title along the way, which include the IBO super-middleweight and light-heavyweight belts. His only loss came in his most recent fight on May 19, 2017 in Germany when he was outpointed over 12 rounds with scores of 118-109 and 118-110 twice by Igor Mikhalkin in a contest for the vacant IBO light-heavyweight belt. Continue reading “Can Tommy Oosthuizen come back?”

By Ron Jackson In an intriguing matchup Tommy Oosthuizen meets Thabiso Mchunu in a clash for the vacant African Boxing Union cruiserweight title at Emperors Palace on Saturday night. However,…
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Pulev-H Fury IBF eliminator set for Oct 27

On Saturday, October 27, IBF #2-rated heavyweight contender Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev will face Britain’s IBF #5-rated Hughie Fury in a 12-round elimination bout at the Arena Armeec in Pulev’s hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria. Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) and Fury (21-1, 11 KOs) will be competing for the right to face the winner of the September 22 showdown between champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Alexander Povetkin.

The event, entitled “Fire & Fury” will be presented by Ivaylo Gotzev and John Wirt’s Epic Sports and Entertainment, together with Fury’s promoter, Hennessey Sports, and will be broadcast live in the UK on Channel 5 and hopefully streamed in the U.S., as well. Continue reading “Pulev-H Fury IBF eliminator set for Oct 27”

On Saturday, October 27, IBF #2-rated heavyweight contender Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev will face Britain’s IBF #5-rated Hughie Fury in a 12-round elimination bout at the Arena Armeec in Pulev’s…
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GGG: Canelo did not fight Mexican Style

WBA and WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin still remembers hearing the judges’ scorecards after his first fight with Canelo Alvarez. “It was terrible,” says Golovkin. “It was terrible for me. It was terrible for the people. Of course it was terrible for the sport…for the sport of boxing, because statistics showed I landed more punches. The fans saw I wanted to fight and Canelo did not want to fight. The fans who watched it live saw the judges bringing crazy scorecards. When the decision was announced, everyone was saying “Oh, come on! This is not real! This is not true!” Everybody was very mad because these people, the judges, killed the sport that night. This time, the world will be watching the fight and the judges. Judges hurt the sport of boxing that day. Maybe the judges had a bad day. This is business. Continue reading “GGG: Canelo did not fight Mexican Style”

WBA and WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin still remembers hearing the judges’ scorecards after his first fight with Canelo Alvarez. “It was terrible,” says Golovkin. “It was terrible for me.…
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Phuzi-Mwanda clash for WBA Pan African title

By Ron Jackson

Akani Phuzi from the Limpopo Province and Youssof Kasango Mwanda of the Democratic Republic of the Congo meet in a clash for the vacant WBA Pan African cruiserweight title at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon. Mwanda (5-0, 3 KOs) who is now based in Gauteng made his pro debut on June 11, 2017 at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre with a first round technical knockout win over Akeem Tijani and followed this up with victories over Chris Thompson (pts 6), Beleskay Mukanya (tko 1), Chris Thompson (ko 2) and Limbani Lano (pts 6) in his most recent fight on June 1 this year at the Swazi Royal Spa Casino in Mbabane. Continue reading “Phuzi-Mwanda clash for WBA Pan African title”

By Ron Jackson Akani Phuzi from the Limpopo Province and Youssof Kasango Mwanda of the Democratic Republic of the Congo meet in a clash for the vacant WBA Pan African…
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