Spence-Garcia on PPV March 16

FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Champions today announced eight televised world title fights in the first three months of the new deal, featuring eight world champions. The schedule includes five world-class boxing fight nights live on FOX and FOX Deportes, four more on FS1 and FOX Deportes, and the first FOX PBC Pay-Per-View in March.

“We’re thrilled to have Premier Boxing Champions’ brightest stars coming to FOX Sports reaching the biggest audiences on broadcast television,” says Mark Silverman, FOX Sports President, National Networks. “The 2019 PBC schedule kicks off with high-stakes action and excitement, making FOX the premier home for boxing and the continued leader in live sporting events.”

Schedule highlights include world champion twins Jermall and Jermell Charlo defending their titles in separate fights live in primetime on FOX on December 22; followed by welterweight champion Keith Thurman’s ring return on FOX January 26; featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz headlining on FOX February 23; 147-pound Champ Shawn Porter defending his world title March 9 on FOX; and the blockbuster showdown between welterweight Champ Errol Spence Jr. and four-division world champion Mikey Garcia, on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View March 16, live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Continue reading “Spence-Garcia on PPV March 16”

FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Champions today announced eight televised world title fights in the first three months of the new deal, featuring eight world champions. The schedule includes five…
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Ramirez-Hart 2 set for Dec 14

WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Jesse “Hollywood” Hart will do it again on Friday, December 14 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Zurdo, who will make the fifth defense of his world title, won their first fight by unanimous decision. Ramirez-Hart 2 and a soon-to-be announced co-feature will stream live on ESPN+ in the United States.

“This will be a good fight. I feel better prepared than the first time and even more convinced that I will finish him,” Ramirez said.

WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Jesse “Hollywood” Hart will do it again on Friday, December 14 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Zurdo,…
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Olympian Vargas to return this Friday

22-year-old prospect Antonio Vargas returns home to fight for his first title as a professional this Friday, November 16 at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Vargas (8-0, 3 KOs) a former Rio 2016 US Olympian will face Jorge “El Wero” Perez (12-5-1, 4 KOs) of Covina California for the vacant Jr. NABF Bantamweight title in a bout schedule for 8 rounds. Continue reading “Olympian Vargas to return this Friday”

22-year-old prospect Antonio Vargas returns home to fight for his first title as a professional this Friday, November 16 at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Vargas…
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Christoudoulou honored at SA Sport Awards

By Ron Jackson

At the 13th Annual SA Sport Awards held in Bloemfontein on Sunday veteran referee and judge Stanley Christoudoulou received the Steve Tshwete Life Achievers Award. In his acceptance speech, he said that more than 55 years ago he judged his first professional fights, all nine of them, on the card at a tournament in the Sakhile Township near Standerton.

He never dreamt that he would lead South African boxing as an administrator for 29 years and one day referee and judge 242 world title fights and share the ring with legends like Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Alexis Arguello and Gennady Golovkin. Continue reading “Christoudoulou honored at SA Sport Awards”

By Ron Jackson At the 13th Annual SA Sport Awards held in Bloemfontein on Sunday veteran referee and judge Stanley Christoudoulou received the Steve Tshwete Life Achievers Award. In his…
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Kameda-Medina: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Fast-jabbing Japanese Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20 KOs), 121.75, acquired the vacant WBC interim 122-pound belt as he kept utilizing his trademark left hand, steadily piled up points, withstood his rival’s last surge and earned a unanimous decision over slow-starting Spaniard, #1 Abigail Medina (19-4-2, 10 KOs), 121.5, over speedy twelve heats on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Mauro Di Fiore (US) and Jose Manzur (Mexico) both tallied 117-111, and Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) 116-112, all for the 27-year-old speedster. Referee was Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium).
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Despite the unanimous tallies it wasn’t an easy fight for Tomoki at all since Medina, 30, was a dangerous go-for-broke puncher with either hand—especially in later rounds. Their difference was simply on hand speed as Kameda was much faster than Medina.

Tomoki, former WBO bantam titlist, swept all rounds in the first four as his whiplash jabs looked too fast for the defensive Medina, who only occasionally threw less accurate left-right combinations to the elusive Kameda. The official tallies on the open scoring system, of course, were 40-36 across the board. Continue reading “Kameda-Medina: Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Fast-jabbing Japanese Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20 KOs), 121.75, acquired the vacant WBC interim 122-pound belt as he kept utilizing his trademark left hand,…
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LaManna vies for NJ title Friday

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

On Friday night, one of the busiest boxing nights of the year for area fight fans, Millville welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 25-2-1, 9 KOs, takes on come-backing vet Mike Arnaoutis, 26-11-2, 13 KOs, in an eight round bout for the vacant New Jersey 147-pound title. The fight headlines a ten-bout card staged by LaManna’s Rising Star Promotions at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. This AC boxing show is one of three local events that will pull boxing fans in different directions on the same night. Additional shows will also take place in Philadelphia and Bethlehem, but the loyal fans of the popular LaManna will have no conflict about where to go to watch boxing this weekend. Continue reading “LaManna vies for NJ title Friday”

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com On Friday night, one of the busiest boxing nights of the year for area fight fans, Millville welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 25-2-1, 9 KOs,…
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Funai-Olivo IBF eliminator: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Hard-punching Japanese Ryuichi Funai (31-7, 22 KOs), 114.75, seized the right to make a mandatory challenge to the IBF 115-pound titleholder Jerwin Ancajas as #3 Funai scored a quick victory over #7 Victor Emanuel Olivo (15-3-1, 7 KOs), 115, by stopping the Mexican at 2:09 of the second round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Funai, 33, caught Olivo with a vicious right cross and badly dropped him for the compulsory eight count. Though Olivo, 22, resumed fighting, he sank to the deck again with referee Robert Byrd (US) promptly calling a halt at his second visit to the canvas. Continue reading “Funai-Olivo IBF eliminator: Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching Japanese Ryuichi Funai (31-7, 22 KOs), 114.75, seized the right to make a mandatory challenge to the IBF 115-pound titleholder Jerwin Ancajas…
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Hooker, Saucedo ready for war

The “Red River Rivalry” — the pugilistic version — has kicked off. WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker, from Dallas, Texas, will defend his world title Friday evening against Oklahoma City native Alex Saucedo at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. This will be the first title defense for Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs), who won the belt June 9 when he traveled to Manchester, England, and defeated Terry Flanagan via split decision. Hooker and Saucedo worked out Monday at the Azteca Boxing Club. This is what they had to say.

Maurice Hooker: “This is his first time in a world title fight, so he’s nervous. It’s his first big fight at home. A championship. I know he’s nervous. I’ll tell you this. Don’t blink, because I’m coming.”

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Alex Saucedo: “I’m going to show boxing fans the real me on Nov. 16. He can say what he wants about me getting hit a lot, but I don’t have any draws on my record. He says I’ve been hit a lot, but if you have three draws on your record, that means you’re not that hard to hit…I just want to beat him up and become the new WBO junior welterweight champion of the world.”
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The “Red River Rivalry” — the pugilistic version — has kicked off. WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker, from Dallas, Texas, will defend his world title Friday evening against Oklahoma…
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Khegai set for Showtime clash

Promoted by Salita Promotions, undefeated world rated Super Bantamweight Arnold Khegai is finishing preparations for his fight vs Jorge Diaz at Fight Factory Gym in Brooklyn, NY. The fight will be broadcast on ShoBox November 16th

Promoted by Salita Promotions, undefeated world rated Super Bantamweight Arnold Khegai is finishing preparations for his fight vs Jorge Diaz at Fight Factory Gym in Brooklyn, NY. The fight will…
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Claressa Shields prepares for world title defense

2x Olympic Gold Medalist and two-division world champion Claressa Shields from Flint, Michigan gets ready to make the first defense of her world titles November 17th live on DAZN

2x Olympic Gold Medalist and two-division world champion Claressa Shields from Flint, Michigan gets ready to make the first defense of her world titles November 17th live on DAZN –

WBSS wraps up for 2018

After six weeks of back-to-back doubleheader action across the globe, the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal round of Season II came to a conclusion in Chicago on Saturday. The WBSS returns in 2019 with the six semi-final match-ups below. Locations and venues are TBA.

WBSS Bantamweight Semi-Final
Nonito Donaire vs. Zolani Tete
Naoya Inoue vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez

WBSS Super Lightweight Semi-Final
Regis Prograis vs. Kiryl Relikh
Josh Taylor vs. Ivan Baranchyk

WBSS Cruiserweight Semi-Final
Yunier Dorticos vs. Andrew Tabiti
Mairis Briedis vs. Krzysztof Glowacki

After six weeks of back-to-back doubleheader action across the globe, the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal round of Season II came to a conclusion in Chicago on Saturday. The WBSS…
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Latest Boxing Signings

Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, announced the signing of undefeated WBA #7 middleweight David Papot (22-0, 3 KOs) to a long-term promotional agreement.
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DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has signed IBF #12 lightweight Emmanuel “The Gameboy” Tagoe (29-1, 14 KOs) from Accra, Ghana, to an exclusive promotional contract. Peter Kahn, who helped train Tagoe’s uncle Nana Yaw Konadu, a former two-division and three-time world champion in the mid-nineties, has taken on the role as Tagoe’s adviser.

Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, announced the signing of undefeated WBA #7 middleweight David Papot (22-0, 3 KOs) to a long-term promotional agreement. —– DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has signed…
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Ergashev steals the show in Chicago

Uzbekistani super lightweight Shohjahon “Shoh” Ergashev showed why he’s the new 140-lb fighter to watch in boxing last Saturday, November 10, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, as he destroyed opponent Zack Ramsey in the first round. The current WBA International Super Lightweight Champion, Ergashev (now 14-0, 13 KOs), tore into Ramsey from the opening bell of their scheduled six-rounder, dropping him within the first 15 seconds with a right hand and finishing it at 1:09 with a thudding body shot.

Fighting on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Tournament doubleheader, it was Ergashev who elicited the “oohs and ahhhs” from the crowd with his brutal display of force. Former unified super lightweight and current welterweight champion Terence Crawford was among the impressed onlookers in the crowd. Continue reading “Ergashev steals the show in Chicago”

Uzbekistani super lightweight Shohjahon “Shoh” Ergashev showed why he’s the new 140-lb fighter to watch in boxing last Saturday, November 10, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, as he destroyed…
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Barrera targets Badou Jack

Top light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera bounced back into the win column with a dominant decision victory earlier this month in New York. Barrera started off strong and won by the scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice.

Along with the victory, Barrera also became a promotional free agent.

“I saw on social media that Badou Jack is looking for an opponent in January and that timetable works perfect for me. I am sure the fans would like to see me and Jack trade punches,” Barrera stated. Continue reading “Barrera targets Badou Jack”

Top light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera bounced back into the win column with a dominant decision victory earlier this month in New York. Barrera started off strong and won by…
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Kameda beats S Medina for WBC interim 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Fast-jabbing Japanese, #2 Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20 KOs), 121.75, acquired the vacant WBC interim 122-pound belt as he kept utilizing his trademark left hand all night, steadily piled up points, withstood his rival’s last surge and earned a unanimous decision (117-111 twice, 116-112) over slow-starting Spaniard, #1 Abigail Medina (19-4-2, 10 KOs), 121.5, over speedy twelve heats on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

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By Joe Koizumi Fast-jabbing Japanese, #2 Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20 KOs), 121.75, acquired the vacant WBC interim 122-pound belt as he kept utilizing his trademark left hand all night, steadily…
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Miller: I want to beat a Brit!

‘Big Baby’ targeting UK scalp as he prepares for Dinu in Kansas

Jarrell Miller is targeting a huge showdown against a British Heavyweight in 2019 as he prepares to face Bogdan Dinu at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas on November 17, live on DAZN. Miller meets Dinu in a crunch clash for the division, with the big punching duo putting their unbeaten records and lofty ranking spots on the line with the Heavyweight scene set to explode in the coming months.
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Deontay Wilder defends his WBC title against Tyson Fury on December 1 while division ruler Anthony Joshua returns to Wembley Stadium in London on April 13 to put his IBF, WBA and WBO straps on the line.

Dillian Whyte faces Dereck Chisora on December 22 in a rematch in London, with Whyte aiming to seal another rematch, this time with old foe Joshua, but Miller would love to get his hands on the ‘Body Snatcher’ as he hunts down a big scalp to announce himself at the very top level. Continue reading “Miller: I want to beat a Brit!”

‘Big Baby’ targeting UK scalp as he prepares for Dinu in Kansas Jarrell Miller is targeting a huge showdown against a British Heavyweight in 2019 as he prepares to face…
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Verdejo back in win column

Top Rank lightweight prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo (24-1, 16 KOs) made quick work of Yardley Armenta (24-12, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Coming off a loss and some unimpressive performances before that, Verdejo looked like the fearsome fighter he was earlier in his career against journeyman Armenta, who was flattened 24 seconds into round two.

Top Rank lightweight prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo (24-1, 16 KOs) made quick work of Yardley Armenta (24-12, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales in Guaynabo,…
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Gamboa, Juanma tee up overdue clash

Juanma Lopez: “I don’t know how he absorbed all the punishment. I couldn’t know him out but it was a good fight. It was uncomfortable because of his style but I’ve been fighting for a long time and it was an excellent warm up for the Gamboa fight.”

Yuriorkas Gamboa: “I was very happy with the results. I tried to work on my explosiveness and it worked well. It was a very exciting night for me. Here in Miami. My city. Great crowd.”

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After Gamboa’s fight, Juanma grabbed the mic in the ring.

Juanma Lopez: “Enough of the waiting. We have been waiting long enough I did my part and you did your part now let’s get it on.”

Yuriorkas Gamboa: “If it’s a fight the fans want to see, let’s do it!”

New Champions Promotions is looking to make Gamboa vs. Juanma in March 2019.

Juanma Lopez: “I don’t know how he absorbed all the punishment. I couldn’t know him out but it was a good fight. It was uncomfortable because of his style but…
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Valera edges Perez with late rally

By Robert Coster

Former WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Felix “Mangu” Valera (17-2, 14 KOs) had his hands full with unheralded Brayan Perez (11-1, 7 KOs) but managed to squeeze out a close unanimous decision victory over ten rounds on Saturday night at the Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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Valera counterpunched most of the time while Perez attacked. The fight was action-packed with Valera doing his usual antics-showy but ineffective bolo punches and herky-jerky moves, while Perez was systematic in his attack. Continue reading “Valera edges Perez with late rally”

By Robert Coster Former WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Felix “Mangu” Valera (17-2, 14 KOs) had his hands full with unheralded Brayan Perez (11-1, 7 KOs) but managed to…
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Kameda, Medina make weight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

The weigh-in ceremony for tomorrow’s WBC interim super-bantamweight title bout was held today (Sunday) in Tokyo, Japan. WBC #1 Abigail Medina, Spain, scaled in at 121.5, while #2 Tomoki Kameda 121.75 — both under the limit at their first trip to the scale.
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As for Medina’s heavy beard, the promoter Keiichiro Kanehira strongly accused him of a possibility that any grease or hemostatic may touch the beard, which might hamper Tomoki’s eyesight during the fight. Medina party promised to trim it and it will be examined by the WBC supervisor prior to the title bout. Continue reading “Kameda, Medina make weight”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda The weigh-in ceremony for tomorrow’s WBC interim super-bantamweight title bout was held today (Sunday) in Tokyo, Japan. WBC #1 Abigail Medina, Spain, scaled…
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Kameda, Medina to collide for WBC interim 122lb belt on Monday

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBC #1 Abigail Medina (19-3-2, 10 KOs), Spain, and WBC#2 Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20 KOs), Japan, will collide in quest of the WBC interim 122-pound belt on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The interim title go will take place due to the legitimate champion Rey Vargas’ injury that may take a considerably long time to recover from.
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The press conference was held on Saturday at the exhibition room of the Korakuen Hall, where the following WBC officials were introduced: referee Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium); judges Mauro Di Fiore (US), Jose Manzur (Mexico), Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand); WBC supervisor In-Kyun Lee (Korea). Continue reading “Kameda, Medina to collide for WBC interim 122lb belt on Monday”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBC #1 Abigail Medina (19-3-2, 10 KOs), Spain, and WBC#2 Tomoki Kameda (35-2, 20 KOs), Japan, will collide in quest of the WBC…
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Jackie Nava wins ninth world title

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Legendary “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava is a world champion again. Nava (35-4-2, 16 KOs) dominated from start to finish to dethrone WBA female bantamweight champion Carolina Alvarez (29-10-2, 9 KOs) via TKO at the end of the seventh round on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Alvarez’ corner finally pulled the plug on the beating.
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“I was surprised by her stamina,” said Nava. “There were times when I hit her and I thought she was going to fall, but she always answered back.”

This will be Nava’s ninth world title reign. Continue reading “Jackie Nava wins ninth world title”

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Legendary “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava is a world champion again. Nava (35-4-2, 16 KOs) dominated from start to finish to dethrone WBA female bantamweight champion Carolina Alvarez…
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Gamboa, Juanma victorious in Miami

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Former four-time world champion in three weight divisions and Olympic Gold Medalist Yuriorkis “El Ciclon De Guantánamo” Gamboa (29–2, 17 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over two-time world title challenger Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran, Jr. (33-7, 22 KOs) in a ten round lightweight bout on Saturday night at Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida. It looked like it might be an early night when Gamboa dropped Beltran face first at the end of round one, but the game Beltran made Gamboa go the full ten. Scores were 99-90, 98-91, 100-89.
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In the co-feature, former three-time world champion in two weight classes Juan “Juanma” Lopez (36-6, 32 KOs) scored a mostly one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Cristian “Piedrita” Mino (19-3, 12 KOs). Sporting a heavy beard, Juanma dropped Mino twice in round three. Mino was down again in round four. Mino had his best moment when he rocked Juanma in round five. Juanma scored a fourth knockdown with a bodyshot in round six. Mino was deducted a point for holding in round ten. Scores were 97-88, 96-89, 96-89.
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Next for Juanma and Gamboa could be a much overdue clash in March. Continue reading “Gamboa, Juanma victorious in Miami”

Photos: David Martin Warr Former four-time world champion in three weight divisions and Olympic Gold Medalist Yuriorkis “El Ciclon De Guantánamo” Gamboa (29–2, 17 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous…
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Glowacki-Briedis advance to WBSS semi-final

In a bout for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim cruiserweight title, former world champion Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Maksim Vlasov (44-3, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Glowacki staggered Vlasov in round one, dropped Vlasov in round three and landed the harder shots all night. Scores were 118-110, 117-110, 115-112.

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Former World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Noel Mikaelian (24-2, 10 KOs), also known as Noel Gevor, to claim the vacant WBC diamond title and advance to the WBSS semi-final. Referee Guadalupe Garcia deducted a point from Mikaelian for hitting behind the head in round four. Briedis was deducted a point for hitting during a headlock of Mikaelian in round ten. Briedis, the #1 tournament seed, looked very flat and was probably lucky to get a 116-110, 115-111, 115-112 decision.
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Glowacki and Briedis advance to the WBSS semi-final early next year. Continue reading “Glowacki-Briedis advance to WBSS semi-final”

In a bout for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim cruiserweight title, former world champion Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Maksim Vlasov (44-3,…
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Usyk KOs Bellew in 8, remains undisputed

Undisputed WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) spectacularly knocked out former champ Tony Bellew (30-3-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Surprisingly tactical bout for the first six rounds. Usyk ratcheted up the pressure in the seventh round, then brutally knocked out Bellew with a crushing left hand in round eight. Time was 2:00. Bellew was ahead on two of the three scorecards entering the last round.

Undisputed WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) spectacularly knocked out former champ Tony Bellew (30-3-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Surprisingly…
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