Full Report: IBF champ Kyoguchi halts #1 Buitrago

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese puncher, Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0, 7 KOs), 105, successfully scored his initial defense of the newly acquired IBF 105-pound belt when he kept battering perennial top contender Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1-1NC, 17 KOs), 104, from the outset, often pinned him to the ropes with a fusillade of punches and finally halted him with the referee Roberto Ramirez Jr.’s intervention at 2:28 of the eighth round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Kyoguchi, a sturdy hard-puncher who dethroned Mexican Jose Argumedo this July, took the leadoff and maintained the pressure to the more experienced challenger, piling up points in every round. Kyoguchi showed his best in round six, when he exploded a big right to the face and forced him to the ropes with a barrage of punches to obviously weaken the Nicaraguan. Kyoguchi, two years his junior at 24 and formerly amateur boxer of Osaka Commercial University, accelerated his attack upstairs and downstairs to make it nearly lopsided as the contest progressed. Hiroto’s persistent body attacks were effective enough to have him slowing down, and when he kept whipping Buitrago midway in the seventh, the third man declared a well-received halt though there were no knockdowns before the stoppage. Continue reading “Full Report: IBF champ Kyoguchi halts #1 Buitrago”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese puncher, Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0, 7 KOs), 105, successfully scored his initial defense of the newly acquired IBF 105-pound belt when he…
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Full Report: Kimura stops Olympian Igarashi

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Newly crowned WBO flyweight champ Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KOs), 112, retained his belt as he kept boring in, bloodied ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-3-3, 12 KOs), 112, and scored a well-received TKO at 2:34 of the ninth round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Having upset two-time Olympic champ Shiming Zou to capture the WBO belt in Shanghai last July, Kimura successfully scored his first defense over the more experienced mandatory challenger.

Igarashi, recently a frequent bleeder from his scar tissues, had red ribbon streaming from a cut over the left eyebrow in the third and from another over the right optic in the sixth. He was forced to go on fighting in a bloody mess. Kimura, 29, recklessly kept going forward with roundhouse shots, while Igarashi, 33, only kept circling and retreating without throwing effective punches to the onrushing champ. Continue reading “Full Report: Kimura stops Olympian Igarashi”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Newly crowned WBO flyweight champ Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KOs), 112, retained his belt as he kept boring in, bloodied ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi…
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Inoue’s cousin Koki halts OPBF #10 Kim

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten cousin of Naoya, super-light southpaw prospect Koki Inoue (10-0, 9 KOs), 140, scored an important victory when he dropped OPBF#10 Korean Dong-Hee Kim (8-3-3, 3 KOs), 139.75, three times and decked a fine TKO triumph at 1:25 of the fourth round in a scheduled eight on the undercard of Naoya’s WBO title bout on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Having been coached by Naoya’s father Shingo since his professional debut two years ago, the tall ex-amateur lefty Koki steadily showed his progress in every fight. Koki landed a southpaw left to the belly to floor Kim midway in the third, and sent him to the canvas twice more in the fatal session. The talented Koki is willing to fight in quest of the national 140-pound belt next year.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten cousin of Naoya, super-light southpaw prospect Koki Inoue (10-0, 9 KOs), 140, scored an important victory when he dropped OPBF#10 Korean Dong-Hee…
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Tom Loeffler/360 Promotions: I’ve never broke my word

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I’m interested in fighters with talent, hard working, with character. I’m interested who they are when they leave the ring, what they do before enter it. So many fighters now are boycotting their own promoters. They aren’t interested in the promotional part of their work, not fulfilling TV obligations or skipping media training. I will give a fighter everything I can – expecting exactly the same. It’s non-negotiable,” promoter Tom Loeffler told Fightnews.com®.

Photo: GGG Promotions

Loeffler is well known for helping the careers of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, making it possible for Chocolatito Gonzalez to get major media exposure and, of course, being an very important part of the worldwide popularity and success of one of the biggest names in boxing – Gennady Golovkin.

Now Loeffler decided to put all this experience in his new venture: “360 Promotions.” Continue reading “Tom Loeffler/360 Promotions: I’ve never broke my word”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “I’m interested in fighters with talent, hard working, with character. I’m interested who they are when they leave the ring, what they do before enter it. So…
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Joshua: Negotiations 95% done for Parker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua wants to unify the heavyweight division starting with WBO champion Joseph Parker in March on U.K. soil. “What I think can be a reality is, I want to fight for the other championship belts,” Joshua told BBC Five Live’s Sportsweek program. “There’s only two left, I have three. There’s five on the table and I have three of them, I want to fight for the fourth one, the WBO heavyweight championship of the world.

“Negotiations are tough, but, in terms of the love of the sport, I won’t let that get in the way from achieving my goal because legacy is important to me and I think we’re achieving something that…to hold all five belts has never been done before, so I won’t let negotiations get in the way of securing my legacy and what I could achieve in the sport.

“I think we’re 95 percent of the way there with completing with Joseph Parker.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua wants to unify the heavyweight division starting with WBO champion Joseph Parker in March on U.K. soil. “What…
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WBA makes progress on champion reduction

The World Boxing Association (WBA) announced back in January 2016 that it would work on reducing the amount of champions in the 17 boxing categories and they have done so. 2017 started with 32 champions and ended with 25 monarchs in the 17 categories, although it is pertinent to note that when this plan started in the search for a sole monarch, there were 42 champions.

In addition, there are now nine categories that have only one champion, and if not, the title remains vacant and about to be disputed. In that spirit, the Championship Committee has worked tirelessly to make the resolutions honored. It has also given much needed mobility to several categories by ordering eliminators.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) announced back in January 2016 that it would work on reducing the amount of champions in the 17 boxing categories and they have done so.…
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Q&A: Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez

By Robert Coster

If you ask Dominican boxing fans who is the most popular boxer on the island, they will tell you without hesitation that it is Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez. The young super flyweight boxer from the populous sector of Villa Duarte in Santo Domingo has yet to win a world title but fans flock to see him fight and love to chant his nickname “Meneito” – the one who wiggles.

Courtesy of Shuan Boxing Promotion

Jimenez (28-8-4, 16 KOs) is presently ranked #2 by the WBA and #8 by the WBC. There are many reasons why Jimenez is so popular. First, his colorful personality, jumping into the ring with his signature sunglasses and delighting his fans with nifty merengue and bachata dancing steps. Then there is his personal history, from being a perennial loser to, you guessed it, a winner. Continue reading “Q&A: Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez”

By Robert Coster If you ask Dominican boxing fans who is the most popular boxer on the island, they will tell you without hesitation that it is Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez.…
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Taguchi beats Melindo, unifies WBA, IBF belts

By Joe Koizumi

Lanky Japanese speedster Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2 12 KOs), 107.75, unified the WBA and IBF 108-pound belts when he displayed a late surge to pound out a unanimous decision over Filipino Milan Melindo (37-3, 13 KOs), 107.5, twelve hard-fought gory rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows—Gustavo Jarquin (Nicaragua) 116-112, Francis Jackson (US) and Ignacio Robles (Panama) both 117-111, all in favor of Taguchi. The referee was Mark Nelson (US) who handled the fast-paced unification bout very well.

The WBA ruler Taguchi had a tough time coping with the shorter but sharper IBF titlist in earlier rounds, but the Japanese almost swept the second half by utilizing his advantageous height and reach. They often made head collisions to see Melindo bleeding from gashes over both eyebrows and Taguchi from a cut on the forehead. In later rounds, Melindo was visibly fading and slowing down only to have Taguchi take the initiative to pile up important points down the stretch.

WBA supervisor: Renzo Bagnariol (Nicaragua).
IBF supervisor: Anibal Miramontes (US).

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Lanky Japanese speedster Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2 12 KOs), 107.75, unified the WBA and IBF 108-pound belts when he displayed a late surge to pound out a unanimous…
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Kimura stops ex-Olympian Igarashi, keeps WBO 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Newly crowned WBO flyweight champ Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KOs), 112, retained his belt as he kept boring in, bloodied ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-3-3, 12 KOs), 112, and scored a well-received TKO at 2:34 of the ninth round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Having upset two-time Olympic champ Shiming Zou to capture the WBO belt in Shanghai last July, Kimura successfully made his first defense over the more experienced mandatory challenger. Igarashi, a frequent bleeder, began to bleed from a cut over the left eyebrow in the third and from another over the right optic in the sixth. He was forced to go on fighting with a bloody face. Kimura, 29, recklessly kept going forward with roundhouse shots, while Igarashi, 33, only kept circling and retreating without throwing effective punches to the onrushing champ. Kimura showed his best in the eighth, when he caught the fading challenger with wild left hooks and looping right hooks to have him retreating to the ropes. The fatal ninth saw Kimura open his engine and batter him to the ropes with a flurry of punches, when the referee Katsuhiko Nakamura (Japan) wisely waved it off to save the loser. Prior to the stoppage, the official tallies were lopsided: Adalaide Bird (US) 80-72, Luis Ruiz (Puerto Rico) and Takeshi Shimakawa (Japan) both 79-73, all in favor of the defending champ.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Newly crowned WBO flyweight champ Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KOs), 112, retained his belt as he kept boring in, bloodied ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-3-3, 12 KOs), 112,…
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Kyoguchi halts #1 Buitrago, keeps IBF 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese puncher, Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0, 7 KOs), 105, successfully scored his initial defense of the newly acquired IBF 105-pound belt when he kept battering perennial top contender Carlos Buitrago (30-3-1-1NC, 17 KOs), 104, Nicaragua, from the outset, often pinned him to the ropes with a fusillade of punches and finally halted him with the referee Roberto Ramirez’s intervention at 2:28 of the eighth round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Kyoguchi, a sturdy hard-puncher who dethroned Mexican Jose Argumedo this July, took the leadoff and maintained the pressure to the more experienced challenger, piling up points almost in every round. Kyoguchi showed his best in round six, when he exploded a big right to the face and forced him to the ropes with a barrage of punches to obviously weaken the defensive Nicaraguan. Kyoguchi, two years his junior at 24 and formerly amateur boxer of Osaka Commercial University, accelerated his attack upstairs and downstairs to make it nearly lopsided as the contest progressed. Hiroto’s persistent body attacks were effective enough to have him slowing down, and when he kept whipping Buitrago midway in the seventh, the third man declared a well-received halt though there were no knockdowns up to the stoppage.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese puncher, Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0, 7 KOs), 105, successfully scored his initial defense of the newly acquired IBF 105-pound belt when he kept battering perennial top…
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Ken Shiro halts Pedroza to keep WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBC light-flyweight champ Ken Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs), 107.25, retained his belt as he easily demolished WBC#11 Panamanian Gilberto Pedroza (18-4-2, 8 KOs), 107.75, en route to a fine TKO victory at 1:12 of the fourth session on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Ken, making his second defense since dethroning Mexican Ganigan Lopez this May, took the initiative from the second round on thanks to his superior speed and physical power to the shorter footworker. The fleet-footed champ, 25, kept moving to and fro and connected with a solid shot at a time and gradually hurt the challenger. The fourth witnessed Ken swam over Pedroza, also 25, with a flurry of punches to drop him near the ropes. Pedroza resumed fighting, but Shiro turned loose to have him on the deck again, which eventually prompted the referee’s intervention. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). The judges were Hubert Minn (US), Timothy Cheatham (US) and Ed Pearson (Canada), all of whom agreed that the champ had swept all rounds prior to the trick happening.

The winner’s best punch was a countering right in the fatal fourth, which had Pedroza staggering to the ropes that indicated he was so really hurt that he desperately tried to grab the aggressor. Ken accelerated his attack upstairs and downstairs, pinning him to the ropes to score a first knockdown. The loser’s second and final visit to the deck was also produced by Ken’s body bombardment. Continue reading “Ken Shiro halts Pedroza to keep WBC 108lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC light-flyweight champ Ken Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs), 107.25, retained his belt as he easily demolished WBC#11 Panamanian Gilberto Pedroza (18-4-2, 8…
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Inoue demolishes Boyeaux to retain WBO 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs), 115, very impressively retained his WBO junior bantam belt as he quickly decked #6 Frenchman Yoan Boyeaux (41-5-1NC, 26 KOs), 113.75, in the first round and dropped him three more times exclusively with body bombardments to score a well-received TKO victory at 1:40 of the third round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Boyeaux gamely raised himself whenever he badly hit the deck, but he finally sunk with Monster’s disastrous body shots in the fatal session. Inoue registered his seventh defense, which looked as fantastic and formidable as his title-winning demolition of Omar Narvaez on the same day three years ago.

The unbruised victor said, “As I outgrow the 115-pound class, I may see a different world where I may see more competitive rivals. In this class I wanted to accomplish more achievements such as a title unification. I cannot be happiest now as my happiest moment will be still far from here.” The bruised loser, 29, around the eyes said, “Inoue was a harder puncher I expected. I admit his strength.” Continue reading “Inoue demolishes Boyeaux to retain WBO 115lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs), 115, very impressively retained his WBO junior bantam belt as he quickly decked #6 Frenchman Yoan…
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2012 Olympic medalist Shimizu keeps OPBF 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Elongated Japanese southpaw, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, WBC#11/IBF#13 Satoshi Shimizu (5-0, 5 KOs), 125.75, successfully kept his OPBF featherweight belt as he floored Filipino Eduardo Mancito (15-8-2, 9 KOs), 125.75, four times and finally stopped him at 2:08 of the seventh rounds in a scheduled twelve on Saturday in Yokoyama, Japan. Making his initial defense since his coronation in his previous bout, the 5’10.5” champ Shimizu, 31, couldn’t show his best performance despite his victory. The Olympian decked Mancito with a southpaw chopping right hook in the first round, and floored him twice in round seven, but couldn’t bring home the bacon early due to his less satisfactory precision. Mancito showing his durability and determination, Shimizu finally caught up with him with a southpaw right hook to down him for the fourth time and then the ref called a halt. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated 40-35 by all the judges. Shimizu may need more technical sophistication as he looked too rough and reckless. He is looking forward to a rematch with Luke Campbell to avenge his setback in the Olympic Games in London. photos

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Elongated Japanese southpaw, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, WBC#11/IBF#13 Satoshi Shimizu (5-0, 5 KOs), 125.75, successfully kept his OPBF featherweight belt as he floored…
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Takuma Inoue defeats ex-Japanese 118lb champ Masuda

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten younger brother WBC#9/WBA#10/IBF#13/WBO#14, bantam prospect Takuma Inoue (10-0, 2 KOs), 119, defeated former Japanese titlist Kentaro Masuda (27-9, 15 KOs), 118.25, by a unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93, 96-94) over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Takuma, a talented speedster, had a tougher time than expected with the 34-year-old veteran Masuda though taking the initiative in earlier rounds. Takuma, twelve years his junior at 22, mixed it up toe-to-toe in the middle of the contest, and then had to change his strategy to his original hit-and-run because of Masuda’s persistent retaliation in the second half. Hurting the veteran with a solid countering right in round nine, Takuma kept his accumulation on points to seize an elaborated triumph. Takuma was scheduled to face the then WBO 118-pound ruler Marlon Tapales in December of the previous year, but unfortunately suffered a hand fracture to cancel the world title go. He made a comeback to beat former world challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (now fighting as Hiroyuki Kudaka) this August, and this was his second comeback appearance. He needs more power as shown by his low knockout ratio. photos

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten younger brother WBC#9/WBA#10/IBF#13/WBO#14, bantam prospect Takuma Inoue (10-0, 2 KOs), 119, defeated former Japanese titlist Kentaro Masuda (27-9, 15 KOs), 118.25, by…
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Inoue demolishes Boyeaux, retains WBO 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs), 115, very impressively retained his WBO junior bantam belt as he quickly decked #6 Frenchman Yoan Boyeaux (41-5-1NC, 26 KOs), 113.75, in the first round and dropped him three more times exclusively with body bombardments to score a well-received TKO victory at 1:40 of the third round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Boyeaux gamely raised himself whenever he badly hit the deck, but he finally sunk with Monster’s disastrous body shots in the fatal session. Inoue registered his seventh defense, which looked as fantastic and formidable as his title-winning demolition of Omar Narvaez on the same day three years ago.

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs), 115, very impressively retained his WBO junior bantam belt as he quickly decked #6 Frenchman Yoan Boyeaux (41-5-1NC, 26 KOs),…
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Shiro stops Pedroza to keep WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC light-flyweight champ Ken Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs), 107.25, retained his belt as he easily demolished WBC#11 Panamanian Gilberto Pedroza (18-4-2, 8 KOs), 107.75, en route to a fine TKO victory at 1:12 of the fourth session on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Ken, making his second defense since dethroning Ganigan Lopez this May, took the initiative from the second round on thanks to his superior speed and physical power to the shorter footworker. The fleet-footed champ, 25, kept moving to and fro and connected with a solid shot at a time and gradually hurt the onrushing challenger. The fourth witnessed Ken swam over Pedroza, also 25, with a flurry of punches to drop him near the ropes. Pedroza barely resumed fighting, but Shiro turned loose to have him on the deck again, which eventually prompted the third man’s intervention. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). The judges were Hubert Minn (US), Timothy Cheatham (US) and Ed Pearson (Canada), all of whom had the champ leading on points prior to the stoppage.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten WBC light-flyweight champ Ken Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs), 107.25, retained his belt as he easily demolished WBC#11 Panamanian Gilberto Pedroza (18-4-2, 8 KOs), 107.75, en route…
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2012 Olympian Shimizu keeps OPBF 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Elongated Japanese southpaw, 2012 Olympic broze medalist Satoshi Shimizu (5-0, 5 KOs), 125.75, kept his OPBF featherweight belt as he floored Filipino Eduardo Mancito (15-8-2, 9 KOs), 125.75, foru times to finally stop him at 2:08 of the seventh round in a schedule twelve on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Elongated Japanese southpaw, 2012 Olympic broze medalist Satoshi Shimizu (5-0, 5 KOs), 125.75, kept his OPBF featherweight belt as he floored Filipino Eduardo Mancito (15-8-2, 9 KOs),…
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T. Inoue defeats ex-Japan 118lb champ Masuda

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten younger brother WBC#9 Takuyam Inoue (10-0, 2 KOs), 119, defeated former Japanese bantamweight titlist Kentaro Masuda (27-9, 15 KOs), 118.25, by a unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93, 96-94) over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten younger brother WBC#9 Takuyam Inoue (10-0, 2 KOs), 119, defeated former Japanese bantamweight titlist Kentaro Masuda (27-9, 15 KOs), 118.25, by a unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93,…
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Taguchi, Melindo, Kimura, Igarashi, Kyoguchi, Buitrago make weight

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Ryoichi Taguchi 107.75 vs. Milan Melindo 107.5
(WBA/IBF light flyweight unification)

Sho Kimura 112 vs. Toshiyuki Igarashi 112
(WBO flyweight title)

Hiroto Kyoguchi 105 vs. Carlos Buitrago 104
(IBF minimumweight title)

Venue: Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Promoter: Watanabe Promotions

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Ryoichi Taguchi 107.75 vs. Milan Melindo 107.5 (WBA/IBF light flyweight unification) Sho Kimura 112 vs. Toshiyuki Igarashi 112 (WBO flyweight title) Hiroto Kyoguchi 105 vs. Carlos Buitrago…
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Browne calls out Whyte

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Australian Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne says the ball is firmly in Dillian Whyte’s court as to whether the proposed clash on March 24 is to go ahead. The bout has been slated for the O2 Arena in London and both boxers have been very vocal in calling for the fight to be made.

“I heard from my promotional team this morning,” said Browne. “They informed me that Eddie Hearn has been in touch and he said that Whyte is in control of the financials. I guess that means there’s a certain amount in the pot for the fight. Apparently, Eddie is going to have one last try to get Whyte to move.” Continue reading “Browne calls out Whyte”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Australian Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne says the ball is firmly in Dillian Whyte’s court as to whether the proposed clash on March…
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Roy Jones Jr. announces farewell fight

Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) has announced he will fight one last time on February 8 at the Pensacola Bay Center in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. “It’s my last one for the bayfront … Civic Center, Pensacola, Bayfront Arena, whatever you want to call it. So if you want to come to see my last day in Pensacola, be there February 8. That’s my last one there,” said Jones in a video posted on social media. He will be 49years old when he steps in the ring for the last time. The opponent has not been named. Tickets go on sale next week.

Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) has announced he will fight one last time on February 8 at the Pensacola Bay Center in his hometown of…
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Medical Exam of year-end tripleheader participants

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Smart enough, the medical examination of six contestants who will participate in the world title tripleheader on New Year’s Eve was executed just an hour before the weigh-in ceremony of the twinbill on Saturday at the same hotel. Our press people need not move to another place to cover both events under the tight schedule.

The results of the medical checkups were all satisfactory, and their physical data were as follows: Continue reading “Medical Exam of year-end tripleheader participants”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Smart enough, the medical examination of six contestants who will participate in the world title tripleheader on New Year’s Eve was executed just…
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Inoue, Boyeaux, Ken, Pedroza Make Weight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBO junior bantam champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue scaled in at the 115-pound class limit, while his French challenger Yoan Boyeaux weighed in at 113.75 at their first trips to the scale on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Also unbeaten WBC light-fly titlist Ken Shiro tipped the beam at 107.25 pound to 107.75 for Panamanian Gilberto Pedroza. Continue reading “Inoue, Boyeaux, Ken, Pedroza Make Weight”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO junior bantam champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue scaled in at the 115-pound class limit, while his French challenger Yoan Boyeaux weighed in…
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Karperis-Martinez clash Jan 26

Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing will kick off the new year with Anthony “Showtime” Karperis (14-3, 5 KOs) headlining Rockin’ Fights 29 at The Paramount against Erick Martinez (14-11-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round jr. welterweight contest on January 26th. Both Karperis and Martinez are looking to bounce back after tough losses. Karperis’ loss coming by the hands of highly rated prospect and former gold glove champion Louis Cruz, and Martinez’s loss coming courtesy of the up-and-coming Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa. Continue reading “Karperis-Martinez clash Jan 26”

Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing will kick off the new year with Anthony “Showtime” Karperis (14-3, 5 KOs) headlining Rockin’ Fights 29 at The Paramount against Erick Martinez (14-11-1, 8 KOs)…
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