Opetaia: Laggoune will think he’s done rounds with Tyson

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #9, IBF #13 cruiserweight Jai Opetaia (16-0, 13 KOs) is confident he will defeat IBF #7 Bilal Laggoune (24-1-2, 13 KOs) when they clash on March 22nd at the Belleheide Centre Pamel-Roosdaal, Oost-Vlanderren, Belgium with the IBF Intercontinental title up for grabs.

“I am not one for trash talking and I will let my fists do the talking on March 22nd,” said Opetaia. “I respect my opponent and there is no doubting he is a world class cruiser, though come March 23rd he will think that he has just done rounds with Mike Tyson in a phone box. I am coming to Belgium to win and will be leaving with the IBF Intercontinental belt around my waist!”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO #9, IBF #13 cruiserweight Jai Opetaia (16-0, 13 KOs) is confident he will defeat IBF #7 Bilal Laggoune (24-1-2, 13 KOs) when…
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Canelo-Jacobs press tour ends

WBC, WBA middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) completed the final stop of their three-city press tour on Monday inside the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live. Below is what they had to say about their May 4 unification fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Canelo Alvarez: “I know Jacobs is a tough opponent and it’s going to be work, but I’ve always believed to be the best you must beat the best. I love challenges. I want people to experience a good fight when they come watch my fights. I may lose, but my heart is a winning heart and I want to give the fans a spectacular finish and I’m going to put up a good fight.”

Daniel Jacobs: “I have the will and desire to go inside to go in that ring and be victorious and I see myself with my hand raised by the end of night. I know the odds are stacked against me and Canelo’s resume speaks for itself, but he’s never faced a tall, fast and big guy all at once and that’s what I’m going to give him. We’re going to give you what you’re looking for and the fans going to get a great fight come May 4.”

Oscar de la Hoya: “I guarantee this is going to be the fight of the year. You have two fighters who don’t have a quit in their game, this is a fight for the ages. The fact that Jacobs and Canelo both want to be great, there’s no other way than to make this one great for the fans, they will get their money’s worth come May 4.”

WBC, WBA middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) completed the final stop of their three-city press tour on…
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Srisaket-Estrada/Roman-Doheny kickoff presser

At a press conference on Monday afternoon at Beauty and Essex in Hollywood, California, the media gathered to preview the doubleheader on April 26 at The Forum, featuring the rematch for the WBC super flyweight title between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada, as well as the super bantamweight unification between WBA champion Daniel Roman and IBF titlist TJ Doheny. All were present except Srisaket.

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Juan Francisco Estrada: “I’m extremely excited for this rematch. I know a lot of fans were asking for it. I’m getting ready to bring the title back to Mexico. I’m confident that I’m going to win the fight, but I’m also very excited to watch some of the undercard fights. I think it’s a stacked card, I like a lot of these fighters, so it will be a good card for everybody.” Continue reading “Srisaket-Estrada/Roman-Doheny kickoff presser”

At a press conference on Monday afternoon at Beauty and Essex in Hollywood, California, the media gathered to preview the doubleheader on April 26 at The Forum, featuring the rematch…
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Salita inks heavyweight Otto Wallin

Salita Promotions has signed undefeated heavyweight contender Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs) of Sweden, as they continue to grow their stable of fighters. The 28-year-old Wallin will make his U.S. debut on Saturday, April 13 on the undercard of the Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer event in Atlantic City, N.J.

While fighting overseas, Wallin has spent the last two years conducting training camp in New York with his trainer, former two-division champion Joey Gamache. He is managed by David Berlin and Zachary Levin.

Salita Promotions has signed undefeated heavyweight contender Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs) of Sweden, as they continue to grow their stable of fighters. The 28-year-old Wallin will make his U.S.…
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Full Report: Arnold Classic Boxing

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard

It’s been a long time since the heavyweight division in boxing has had so much excitement with so many possibilities and so many prospects.

Saturday night the Arnold Classic at the Voinovich Center in Columbus, Ohio we may have witnessed another contender for the heavyweight crowns. New Zealand’s Junior Fa, who stands 6’5” and weighs 254 lbs., was given an equally as big opponent in Newfel Ouatah of France. The #8th WBO ranked Fa wasted no time getting Ouatah out of there in the first round. Continue reading “Full Report: Arnold Classic Boxing”

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard It’s been a long time since the heavyweight division in boxing has had so much excitement with so many possibilities and so many prospects. Saturday night…
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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao 2?

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao II could be on the horizon. According to Pacman, “negotiations are ongoing.” Their first fight in 2015 did four million+ pay-per-view buys and shattered all boxing revenue records. Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in a disappointing fight, after which Pacman revealed that he entered the fight injured.

The 40-year-old Pacquiao is the current WBA welterweight champion. The 42-year-old Mayweather has been in and out of retirement since relinquishing his titles in 2015, exclusively facing MMA fighters under boxing rules.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao II could be on the horizon. According to Pacman, “negotiations are ongoing.” Their first fight in 2015 did four million+ pay-per-view buys and shattered all…
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Nikitin, Conlan on collision course

Olympic rivals Vladimir Nikitin and Michael “Mick” Conlan look headed toward a rematch of their quarterfinal bout from the 2016 Rio Olympics, won by Nikitin via highly controversial decision. Nikitin (2-0, 0 KOs) will fight Juan Tapia (8-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round featherweight bout on the undercard of Conlan’s 10-round featherweight tilt against Ruben Garcia Hernandez on Sunday, March 17 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

After Nikitin’s win in Rio, Conlan’s double middle-finger salute to the AIBA-appointed judges became the indelible image of the 2016 Games.

“The fight I want after I take care of business on March 17 is Michael Conlan,” Nikitin said. “He wants revenge, and I want to show everyone that I was, and still am, the superior fighter. I respect Michael and his team. While there is no bad blood outside the ring, we have unfinished business inside the ring.” Continue reading “Nikitin, Conlan on collision course”

Olympic rivals Vladimir Nikitin and Michael “Mick” Conlan look headed toward a rematch of their quarterfinal bout from the 2016 Rio Olympics, won by Nikitin via highly controversial decision. Nikitin…
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Akhmedov, Ramos added to March 24 card

Undefeated super middleweight Ali Akhmedov (13-0, 10 KOs) and undefeated lightweight Mario ‘El Matador’ Ramos (7-0, 7 KOs), have been added to the upcoming ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ event on Sunday, March 24 at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Akhmedov will face Mike Guy, (9-3-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round battle, while Ramos, (7-0, 7 KOs) clashes with Arnulfo ‘Fito’ Becerra, (7-1, 5 KOs) in a six-rounder. Additional bouts will be announced shortly.

The evening is headlined by an eight-round junior middleweight clash between undefeated knockout artist Serhii ‘El Flaco’ Bohachuk, (12-0, 12 KOs) and Cleotis ‘Mookie’ Pendarvis, (21-4-2, 9 KOs).

Undefeated super middleweight Ali Akhmedov (13-0, 10 KOs) and undefeated lightweight Mario ‘El Matador’ Ramos (7-0, 7 KOs), have been added to the upcoming ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ event on Sunday,…
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Juarez-Andrade set for rematch

Boxeo Telemundo Ford strolls into their third straight week of boxing this Friday with a rematch between two world-ranked light flyweight contenders. WBC #13 Saul “Baby” Juarez (24-9-2, 13 KOs) of Mexico City faces crosstown rival WBC #7 Mario “Mayonesas” Andrade (14-7-6, 4 KOs) over ten rounds for the WBC Latino light flyweight title. They battled to a ten round draw last summer. The card takes place at the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. Continue reading “Juarez-Andrade set for rematch”

Boxeo Telemundo Ford strolls into their third straight week of boxing this Friday with a rematch between two world-ranked light flyweight contenders. WBC #13 Saul “Baby” Juarez (24-9-2, 13 KOs)…
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Guerrero returns Saturday

Multiple-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (34-6-1, 19 KOs) returns to the ring to battle Hevinson Herrera (24-16-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout, while former featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) duels Carlos Padilla (16-9-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout to lead a packed undercard on Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

The 15-bout event is headlined by WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter making his first title defense in primetime on FOX against mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas. Continue reading “Guerrero returns Saturday”

Multiple-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (34-6-1, 19 KOs) returns to the ring to battle Hevinson Herrera (24-16-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout, while former featherweight world…
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Dubois vows to “put it on” Cojanu

Unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Dubois is completely unfazed by the prediction of Razvan Cojanu that Friday night’s encounter at the Royal Albert Hall will not end well for him and invited his opponent to back up his words in the ring.

“It is a good fight for me and I am looking forward to it, I am looking forward to being back in there and seeing if he can do what he says he is going to,” responded Dubois ahead of the ESPN+ clash. “We will see if he can back up his words and we will see if he is a man of his word. Continue reading “Dubois vows to “put it on” Cojanu”

Unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Dubois is completely unfazed by the prediction of Razvan Cojanu that Friday night’s encounter at the Royal Albert Hall will not end well for him and invited…
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Oscar: Canelo-Floyd a $1.5 billion fight

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Canelo Alvarez says he’s dead serious about setting up a rematch with Floyd Mayweather — and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, says Floyd has more than a BILLION reasons to make it happen. “If Floyd Mayweather decides to come back, a fight with him and Canelo could be a $1.5 billion fight,” Oscar tells TMZ Sports.

Of course, Canelo and Floyd initially fought in 2013 — with Floyd dominating the then-23-year-old rising star. Floyd got a $41 million guarantee for that fight, which was a record payday at the time. But, things have changed in a BIG way since then. Mayweather claims he made more than $300 MILLION per fight for his bouts with Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor. Continue reading “Oscar: Canelo-Floyd a $1.5 billion fight”

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Hooker: LesPierre is going down

WBO super lightweight champion Maurice Hooker (25-0-3, 17 KOs) says he’ll bring the heat early and send a big statement to the rest of the division when he defends his world title against Mikkel LesPierre (21-0-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

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“What do I know about Mikkel? He’s going down on March 9, that’s all I know,” said Hooker. “He’ll be a little nervous and jittery. I’ll pop him with a hard jab early to see where his mind is. I’ll be looking in his eyes when I hit him to see how he reacts like, ‘god damn!’ or ‘OK, bring it’ – that will tell me what he’s going to be like the whole fight, if he’s there to win and be great, or just there to collect the check. Continue reading “Hooker: LesPierre is going down”

WBO super lightweight champion Maurice Hooker (25-0-3, 17 KOs) says he’ll bring the heat early and send a big statement to the rest of the division when he defends his…
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WBC headed to Texas

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman will join a diverse group of Texas officials at a press conference today at the Texas Capitol press room in Austin, Texas. The Lone Star State is one of the most important jurisdictions in boxing and the WBC will announce a variety of activities to promote health and well being through social responsibility programs.

Legendary champion Erik Morales, WBC Amateur advisor Joel Campuzano and other members of the organization will work together with Texas boxing authorities through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

The WBC will also publicly present the WBC Diamond Belt which will be awarded to the winner of the mega-fight between Mikey García and Errol Spence Jr. on March 16th in Dallas Texas (AT&T Stadium).

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman will join a diverse group of Texas officials at a press conference today at the Texas Capitol press room in Austin, Texas. The Lone…
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Higgins: Parker will fight Chisora anywhere

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is still hopeful that a bout with WBC #13 Derek Chisora can still happen. “Joseph Parker has shown he is willing to fight anyone, anywhere, any time on the right deal, but the terms have to be fair. No, Haye disregards those facts,” said Parker’s promoter David Higgins.

“I think they thought they could get an unfair advantage again by leaving Joe with a jet-lagged, short camp. That’s not going to happen under my watch. The message to British boxing is ‘fight fair.’ Derek Chisora should give Joseph a fair and decent camp. We’ll fight Chisora anywhere, anytime, but we want at least a nine or 10-week camp, and fair terms.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is still hopeful that a bout with WBC #13 Derek Chisora can still happen. “Joseph Parker has…
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Luis Ortiz: I still have it at 40

Heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, who turns 40 this month, says he’s not slowing down. “Every heavyweight out there should know that I still have it at 40. Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, I’m ready,” he proclaimed after a tougher than anticipated bout with Christian Hammer on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

“The fight wasn’t what I was expecting,” said Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs). “It was a hard fight and my corner really had to work with me. It was a hard fight. After I got the rhythm, I heated up a little bit…I fought a fight that I hadn’t for years, which is box and work. So I’m not disappointed I didn’t knock him out. I showed some of my boxing skills tonight.”

Heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, who turns 40 this month, says he’s not slowing down. “Every heavyweight out there should know that I still have it at 40. Anthony…
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World rated Matias remains unbeaten

Unbeaten WBA #12, WBC #13, IBF #13 super lightweight Subriel Matias (13-0, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Wilberth López (23-11, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Tomás Dones in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

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Unbeaten super lightweight Jovanie “Lobito” Santiago (12-0, 8 KOs) won by seven round technical decision over former world title challenger Ivan Cano (25-9-2, 15 KOs). The bout was stopped by the referee in round seven due to a cut suffered by Santiago that was caused by an accidental headbutt. Scores were 68-65 twice and 67-66. Continue reading “World rated Matias remains unbeaten”

Unbeaten WBA #12, WBC #13, IBF #13 super lightweight Subriel Matias (13-0, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Wilberth López (23-11, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the…
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Wilson batters Perez, scores stoppage

By Ricardo Ibarra

Rebounding from his lone professional defeat, cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson (20-1, 9 KOs) claimed a seventh round TKO victory over Tijuana, Mexico’s German Perez (11-4-3, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Wilson, currently ranked #15 by the WBA, steadily broke down Perez over six rounds, dropping him once before the fight was stopped by the corner at the start of the seventh. Continue reading “Wilson batters Perez, scores stoppage”

By Ricardo Ibarra Rebounding from his lone professional defeat, cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson (20-1, 9 KOs) claimed a seventh round TKO victory over Tijuana, Mexico’s German Perez (11-4-3, 3…
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Gemino defeats Ornelas in Tijuana

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In the latest chapter in the boxing rivalry between Mexico and the Philippines, featherweight John “Disaster” Gemino (19-11-1, 9 KOs) landed a left hook to the chin of Carlos “Chinito” Ornelas (23-2, 12 KOs) to knock him out at 42 seconds of the seventh round on Saturday night at the Centro de Eventos in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico.
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Ornelas had Gemini hurt several times in the fight before getting laid out in sudden fashion.

In the co-feature, flyweights Maximino “Max” Flores (25-4-2, 17 KOs) and Dewayne Beamon (17-1-2, 11 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 78-73 and 76-76 twice. Continue reading “Gemino defeats Ornelas in Tijuana”

Photos: Zanfer Promotions In the latest chapter in the boxing rivalry between Mexico and the Philippines, featherweight John “Disaster” Gemino (19-11-1, 9 KOs) landed a left hook to the chin…
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Fa annihilates Ouatah in one

By Brad Snyder at ringside

WBO #8 ranked heavyweight Junior Fa (17-0, 10 KOs) knocked down Newfel Ouatah (16-3, 9 KOs) four times in the first round as he cruised to a 2:51 TKO victory on Saturday night at the Voinovich Center in Columbus, Ohio. The win continues Fa’s climb into top heavyweight conversations.

Junior middleweight Jamie Walker (9-1-2, 3 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to score a draw against tough Dan Karpency (8-2-1, 4 KOs). They were fighting for the WBA-NABA championship. There was a mixed reaction from the crowd as the results were read.

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By Brad Snyder at ringside WBO #8 ranked heavyweight Junior Fa (17-0, 10 KOs) knocked down Newfel Ouatah (16-3, 9 KOs) four times in the first round as he cruised…
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Castano retains WBA 154lb title with draw

By Stephen Hart at ringside
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How can you make neither side happy? See the result of Saturday night’s Brian Castano vs. Erislandy Lara WBA super welterweight championship bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn for evidence.
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The champion Castano built up a big lead early, only to see former champ Lara rally late. It translated into a split-decision draw, allowing Castano to retain the belt. Judge Kevin Morgan had it 115-113 Castano, judge John McKaie scored it 115-113 Lara, while judge Julie Lederman had it dead even at 114-114.

All three judges had Lara winning the final three rounds. Continue reading “Castano retains WBA 154lb title with draw”

By Stephen Hart at ringside Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime How can you make neither side happy? See the result of Saturday night’s Brian Castano vs. Erislandy Lara WBA super welterweight championship…
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Ortiz pounds Hammer in slugfest

By Stephen Hart at ringside
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This time, WBC #3, IBF #8 heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz had a better night in Brooklyn. Nearly one year to the day that the 39-year-old Cuban heavyweight suffered his only loss at the hands of heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Ortiz bested WBO #12 rated Christian Hammer in a comfortable 10-round heavyweight decision.
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The southpaw Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) showed spry legs throughout along with a stinging jab. The former world title contender did a lot of his scoring while Hammer was against the ropes. While the two-time European champion seemed to be trying to bait “King Kong” that way, the strategy resulted more in a bloody mouth and nose than any points. Continue reading “Ortiz pounds Hammer in slugfest”

By Stephen Hart at ringside Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime This time, WBC #3, IBF #8 heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz had a better night in Brooklyn. Nearly one year to…
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Ramirez shocks De Gracia for WBA gold belt

By Stephen Hart at ringside

Eduardo Ramirez scored a stunning ninth-round TKO victory over Bryan De Gracia for the WBA Gold featherweight championship on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Trailing on two cards in the 12-round bout, the 26-year-old Mexican began his comeback with a right uppercut midway through the ninth that rocked De Gracia (24-2-1, 20 KOs) and sent him staggering into the ropes.

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Ramirez (22-1-3, 9 KOs) wouldn’t let the Panamanian breathe, as he unleashed a flurry that had De Gracia dazed. He wobbled into the adjacent ropes, where Ramirez capped it off with a pair of devastating right uppercuts that brought an end to the bout with 50 seconds left in the ninth. Continue reading “Ramirez shocks De Gracia for WBA gold belt”

By Stephen Hart at ringside Eduardo Ramirez scored a stunning ninth-round TKO victory over Bryan De Gracia for the WBA Gold featherweight championship on Saturday night at Barclays Center in…
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Heavy contenders Kabayel, Schwarz victorious

Unbeaten European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (19-0, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Andriy Rudenko (32-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night topping a card billed as “Night of the Young Heavyweights” at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany.

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Rudenko got off to an aggressive start, but Kabayel’s pressure started to pay dividends as Rudenko ran out of steam. Kabayel dropped Rudenko with a body shot in round six and went on to win by scores of 116-111, 117-110, 119-108. Kabayel is rated IBF #3, WBC #8 and WBO #9.

WBO #2 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO against Kristijan Krstacic (17-2, 14 KOs).

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After a slow-paced first round, Schwarz dropped Krstacic in round two with a huge right hand to the head. Schwarz then unloaded on Krstacic, dropping him two more times. Krstacic was counted out at 2:55.

In all, six of the eight bouts on the card were heavyweight affairs. Continue reading “Heavy contenders Kabayel, Schwarz victorious”

Unbeaten European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (19-0, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Andriy Rudenko (32-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night topping a card billed as “Night…
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Unbeaten Gill batters Dominguez

Unbeaten featherweight Jordan Gill (23-0, 7 KOs) will break into the world rankings after tonight’s third round TKO over Emmanuel Dominguez (24-8-2, 16 KOs) at the East of England Arena in Peterborough. Gill dropped Dominguez twice in round three and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage. With the win, Gill claimed the WBA international title.

Unbeaten cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (9-0, 8 KOs) stopped Tommy McCarthy (13-2, 6 KOs) in round four of a bout for the WBA intercontinental title.

Featherweight Leigh Wood (21-1, 11 KOs) halted Abraham Osei Bonsu (13-4-1, 11 KOs) in round two of a clash for the vacant Commonwealth crown.

Unbeaten Indiana super middleweight Anthony Sims Jr (18-0, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round KO against journeyman Mateo Damian Veron (28-22-3, 8 KOs).

Unbeaten featherweight Jordan Gill (23-0, 7 KOs) will break into the world rankings after tonight’s third round TKO over Emmanuel Dominguez (24-8-2, 16 KOs) at the East of England Arena…
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