Jennings ready to punch clock and Dawejko

Interview/Photos: John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Bryant Jennings is a confident guy. His entire career, and even his life, seems to be an exercise in discipline and the application of the belief system he’s developed over his 33 years on Earth. Jennings is known for his tremendous work ethic, a lifestyle that sends him to the gym religiously, whether he has a fight on the calendar or not. Jennings became a vegetarian in 2014 and went full vegan the following year. This is not a widespread practice by boxers, but Jennings swears by the move and has never looked back. He believes his already exquisite conditioning was enhanced by the new life style.

It seems that Jennings, 22-2, 13 KOs, constantly tests himself and pushes to be stronger, more focused and generally the very best he can be. Others talk the same game, but Jennings clearly lives it.

When he speaks of his exploits in the gym, on the running course, at the grocery store, away from the bedroom, and in the neighborhood streets, you are never completely clear if he’s talking specifically about his career or about his life in general. For Jennings looks at the world as an obstacle course designed to challenge him, both in and out of the boxing ring. Continue reading “Jennings ready to punch clock and Dawejko”

Interview/Photos: John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Bryant Jennings is a confident guy. His entire career, and even his life, seems to be an exercise in discipline and the application of the…
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Ex-WBO champ Fukuhara wins decision in comeback

By David Finger

Former WBO mini-flyweight champion Tatsuya Fukuhara got back on the winning track Sunday (April 22, 2018) with a unanimous eight round decision victory over countryman Yuto Takahashi in Fukuoka, Japan. Although Fukuhara promised a knockout and fought with more aggression than he has in the past he was unable to pin down his fleet-footed foe long enough to seriously hurt his opponent. Takahashi seemed intent on staying away from the aggressive former champion from the opening round, when a wicked right hand to the body seemed to rattle Takahashi. There were no knockdowns. Continue reading “Ex-WBO champ Fukuhara wins decision in comeback”

By David Finger Former WBO mini-flyweight champion Tatsuya Fukuhara got back on the winning track Sunday (April 22, 2018) with a unanimous eight round decision victory over countryman Yuto Takahashi…
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Late Results from Burbank, Calif

By Chris Strait
Photos: Richard De La Cruz (35 Raw), James Hammond

A packed house at The Burbank Marriott Events Center played host to Bash Boxing’s latest incarnation of Valley Fight Night on Friday April 20, 2018. The promotion’s industry-wide reputation of stellar matchmaking did not disappoint once again. Nearly every fight on the eight-bout show was a brawl, featuring six decisions that were bookended by KOs.

In the featured bout of the evening, Burbank’s own Damien Lopez won a hard-earned TKO victory over Rodolfo Gamez in a welterweight battle. Continue reading “Late Results from Burbank, Calif”

By Chris Strait Photos: Richard De La Cruz (35 Raw), James Hammond A packed house at The Burbank Marriott Events Center played host to Bash Boxing’s latest incarnation of Valley…
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Golovkin-Martirosyan Media Day

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated undisputed middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) hosted a media workout Monday afternoon at the Glendale Fighting Club in Glendale, California. The two will square off May 5th at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO.

Photo: Chris Farina / Chris Farina Photography / @ChrisFarinaPhoto

Gennady Golovkin: “I’m happy for my next fight. I have known Vanes from the Olympics. He is a good fighter and has a strong team. He is a good guy and a real guy. He is not an easy fight. It’s a good fight, not an easy fight. This is boxing nobody knows. I wanted this fight and I believe my, style, power that I will win this fight.” Continue reading “Golovkin-Martirosyan Media Day”

By Miguel Maravilla Undefeated undisputed middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) hosted a media workout Monday…
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Cantu remains unbeaten

This past Saturday TMB & PRB Entertainment presented, “Whose “O” Will Go”, another successful boxing event that took place at the Mi Mercado Event Center in San Antonio, TX.

In the 6-round main event, James Cantu (11-0, 4 KOs), defeated Jairo Castaneda (9-1, 3 KOs), by unanimous decision, to remain undefeated in the welterweight division. Cantu, with his aggressive style, took the fight to the inside, making it uncomfortable for Castaneda throughout the whole bout. Although Castaneda had his moments, Cantu was the busier fighter who landed the cleaner shots. Scorecards read 59-54 twice, and 57-56, all in favor of Cantu, who recorded his second fight in four years. Continue reading “Cantu remains unbeaten”

This past Saturday TMB & PRB Entertainment presented, “Whose “O” Will Go”, another successful boxing event that took place at the Mi Mercado Event Center in San Antonio, TX. In…
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Pacquiao and Matthysse hit Malaysia

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina strike a pose in front of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers to promote “Fight of Champions.” The Pacquiao vs. Matthysse bout is scheduled on July 15, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.

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Magdaleno: I’m going to put on a spectacular show

World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno has spent his latest training camp running the mountains near Guadalajara, Mexico, and alongside some of the world’s best fighters at Legendz Boxing in Norwalk, Calif. Magdaleno is preparing for the role of main event headliner against No. 1 contender and interim champion Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday, April 28 at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

“I’m mentally ready. I’m physically ready,” Magdaleno said. “Being here with {trainer} Manny Robles keeps me ready. The sparring has been great, but I get impatient sometimes and just want to get in the ring for real. I have to stay calm and wait until the fight comes.” Continue reading “Magdaleno: I’m going to put on a spectacular show”

World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno has spent his latest training camp running the mountains near Guadalajara, Mexico, and alongside some of the world’s best fighters at…
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Boxing back in Queens, NY

Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions will be making its long-awaited return to New York on Friday, May 18, hosting a night of boxing at the lavish Club Amazura in Queens. The card will be presented by Uprising Promotions in association with New Mexican Promotions.

In the feature attraction, Brooklyn bantamweight Elton Dharry (22-5-1, 14 KOs) makes his return to the ring, taking on Oscar Mojica (11-4, 1 KO) of Dallas, Texas. Additionally, Brooklyn featherweight Ronica Jeffrey (15-1, 1 KO) will fight in New York for the first time in nearly three years when she hosts 15-bout veteran Jasmine Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas.

Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions will be making its long-awaited return to New York on Friday, May 18, hosting a night of boxing at the lavish Club Amazura in Queens. The…
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EBU purse bids and Update

By Marco Bratusch

At today’s EBU purse bid, Spain’s promoter MGZ Promotions outbid Italy’s Boxe Loreni literally by a wad of Euros, offering 15,150 to top 15,080. That means the European Union (EU) junior featherweight title between mandatory challenger Aritz Pardal (12-2-1, 10 KOs) and 25-year-old title holder Luca Rigoldi (16-1-1, 6 KOs) will be staged in Spain, on a date yet to be announced. The contest will be valid as Rigoldi’s second defense of his belt.

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One week ago in Rome, Italy, other two purse bids went on at the EBU headquarters. Both bids saw an only participant, who offered little money to earn the right to stage the related bout. Continue reading “EBU purse bids and Update”

By Marco Bratusch At today’s EBU purse bid, Spain’s promoter MGZ Promotions outbid Italy’s Boxe Loreni literally by a wad of Euros, offering 15,150 to top 15,080. That means the…
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Yordan KOs Malikov, eyes Loma-Linares winner

By Jeff Pamungkas

Former IBO featherweight champion Daud Yordan (38-3, 26 KOs) of Indonesia surprisingly knocked out previously unbeaten hometown hero and the defending champion Pavel Malikov (13-1, 5 KOs) in round eight of a scheduled twelve for the WBO intercontinental lightweight title on Sunday in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Yordan took over in round three and in the eighth, a strong right to the rib hurt Malikov, then an accurate left hook to the head put Malikov on the canvas for the full ten count. Besides the WBO intercontinental title, this bout was also a WBA lightweight eliminator. Yordan will be targeting the winner between WBA king Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko next month.

By Jeff Pamungkas Former IBO featherweight champion Daud Yordan (38-3, 26 KOs) of Indonesia surprisingly knocked out previously unbeaten hometown hero and the defending champion Pavel Malikov (13-1, 5 KOs)…
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Dawejko vows to give his all in do-or-die fight with Jennings

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

Many who have watched Philly heavyweight Joey Dawejko ply his trade in the ring know that he’s a bit of a puzzle. Physically, he looks like a pure puncher – short and stocky, with close-cropped hair and a fixed smirk on his face that implies he’s hiding something. However, when the bell rings, Dawejko is more boxer than puncher, with surprisingly mobile feet and slick defensive moves. Perhaps this is the secret that his smirk keeps.

Or maybe Dawejko’s biggest secret is that his skillset and potential as a fighter have always seemed much greater than the story told by his inconsistent performances and 19-4-4, 11 KOs, record. On one hand, this discrepancy could be a secret weapon, potentially making him a spoiler for any fighter, matchmaker or promoter who takes him lightly. However, Dawejko himself has always been a full partner in the business of underestimating his true potential. Continue reading “Dawejko vows to give his all in do-or-die fight with Jennings”

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Many who have watched Philly heavyweight Joey Dawejko ply his trade in the ring know that he’s a…
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Kahn-Clary training at Wild Card Gym

World-rated featherweight Toka “T Nice” Kahn-Clary (24-1, 17 KOs) has graduated from prospect to world contender. To fully develop, Kahn-Clary recently shifted his training camp from the smallest state in the country, Rhode Island, to the second-largest city in America, Los Angeles, where he has started working with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

(L-R) Freddie Roach, Toka Kahn-Clary, manager Seth DeRobbio

Fighting out of Providence (RI), Kahn-Clary made the six-week move to Roach’s famed Wild Card Boxing Club to receive fine tuning from Roach, avoid any potential distractions at home, and have an opportunity for world-class sparring sessions. Continue reading “Kahn-Clary training at Wild Card Gym”

World-rated featherweight Toka “T Nice” Kahn-Clary (24-1, 17 KOs) has graduated from prospect to world contender. To fully develop, Kahn-Clary recently shifted his training camp from the smallest state in…
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Phuzi wins Gauteng title

By Ron Jackson

Akani Phuzi won the vacant Gauteng cruiserweight title when he smashed Chris Thompson to defeat inside two rounds at a packed to capacity Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon.

After a quiet start to the first round with both fighters sparring for an opening Phuzi (90.40kg) scored with two big lefts and rights to the jaw that sent Thomson (89.80klg) 5-2; 4 staggering back against the ropes just before the bell.

Both fighters made a cautious start to the second round before Phuzi landed a straight right to the jaw that sent Thompson flat on is back in his own corner, where he was counted out by referee Tony Nyangiwe at 1 minute 11 seconds into the round. Continue reading “Phuzi wins Gauteng title”

By Ron Jackson Akani Phuzi won the vacant Gauteng cruiserweight title when he smashed Chris Thompson to defeat inside two rounds at a packed to capacity Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in…
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Worst Week in Japanese Boxing History

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

It might be a nightmare that we had such a worst week when Daigo Higa forfeited his WBC flyweight belt on the scale and had his perfect mark of 15-0, 15 KOs blemished by Cristofer Rosales via TKO defeat in an overweight bout last Sunday, and IBF 130-pound champ Kenichi Ogawa was stripped of his belt last Thursday because he had tested positive for synthetic testosterone with his victory over Tevin Farmer on points last December reversed to a no contest.

Higa’s overweight scandal and Ogawa’s forfeiture of the world championship due to a doping test failure were each the very first in Japanese boxing history. We deeply sympathize with their hard luck, but the regulations should be duly severe to the offenders as the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) had indefinitely suspended the overweight ex-champ Luis Nery in Japan. Continue reading “Worst Week in Japanese Boxing History”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda It might be a nightmare that we had such a worst week when Daigo Higa forfeited his WBC flyweight belt on the scale…
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Broner: It looks like I beat him with what they beat Martin Luther King with

After their war in the ring last night in Brooklyn, welterweights Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas continued their hostilities verbally in front of a national TV audience!

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Broner: Hey man, f—k all that. F—k all that. Let me see the mic. I beat your ass. Look at his face. It looks like I beat him with what they beat Martin Luther King with man. (Rodney King?)
Vargas: I’m gonna be honest. I’m an honest man. We went at it for 12 rounds.
Broner: We didn’t go at it. That’s gay.
Vargas: We can do it again.
Broner: Going at it is gay.
Vargas: We can do it again.
Broner: I beat your ass.
Vargas: We can do it again.
Broner: I beat your ass like you stole something. I beat your ass like you were suspended from school. I beat your ass like you stole my bicycle ni—r.
Vargas: You can get some more if you want.
Broner: You’re bruised up!
Vargas: I’m ready to fight right now fool.
Broner: C’mon man. You need peroxide and alcohol.
Vargas: You need to settle down.
Broner: You need peroxide and alcohol. Boy, your face on 6ix9ine right now. You’re a bloooood.

Continue reading “Broner: It looks like I beat him with what they beat Martin Luther King with”

After their war in the ring last night in Brooklyn, welterweights Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas continued their hostilities verbally in front of a national TV audience! Broner: Hey man,…
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Martirosyan: Everyone is beatable – everybody

The clash between WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) is only 14 days away and takes place on Cinco De Mayo — Saturday, May 5 — under the stars at StubHub Center. It will be televised live on HBO. Martirosyan was one of a handful of boxers in the conversation as Golovkin’s May 5 opponent following the cancellation of the Canelo rematch. He was ready to go when the call came. Continue reading “Martirosyan: Everyone is beatable – everybody”

The clash between WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) is only 14 days away and takes place on Cinco…
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Spence will face Ocampo next

On Saturday’s Showtime telecast, it was announced that Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) will make the second defense of his IBF welterweight world championship against undefeated mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo June 16 on SHOWTIME in a homecoming fight in Dallas.

Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs), hails from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, and is promoted by Zanfer Promotions.

On Saturday’s Showtime telecast, it was announced that Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) will make the second defense of his IBF welterweight world championship against undefeated mandatory challenger Carlos…
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Canelo’s brother beats Son of Paez

Super welterweight Ramón “Inocente” Alvarez (26-3, 16 KOs), the older brother of Canelo Alvarez, hammered out a clearcut ten round unanimous decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (41-11-2, 24 KOs), the son of former IBF lightweight champion Jorge “Maromero” Paez, on Saturday night at the Gimnasio de Usos Múltiples del Parque de Rafael in Guadalajara, Mexico. Alvarez took over in round four and won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.

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In the co-feature, super flyweight Jose “Gallito” Quirino (19-2-2, 9 KOs) scored a tenth round stoppage of former world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (44-9-2, 30 KOs). Marquez took a lot of punishment in rounds eight and nine, and the ref decided to wave it off at the beginning of round ten.
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Super welterweight Ramón “Inocente” Alvarez (26-3, 16 KOs), the older brother of Canelo Alvarez, hammered out a clearcut ten round unanimous decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (41-11-2, 24 KOs),…
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Results from Pleasanton, CA

By Lucas Ketelle

In front of a sold-out crowd in Pleasanton, CA at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Squarevision Entertainment returned with its inaugural champion, Luis “Vicious” Garcia (10-1-1 7KOs) got a seventh-round TKO victory over Jhonathan Zamudio (1-5-4 1KO) in an action-packed main event. Zamudio started strong, but the pressure and power of Garcia started to effect Zamudio. The fight was stopped in the seventh round when Zamudio who was not hurt did not throw back any punches after a Garcia barrage. Continue reading “Results from Pleasanton, CA”

By Lucas Ketelle In front of a sold-out crowd in Pleasanton, CA at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Squarevision Entertainment returned with its inaugural champion, Luis “Vicious” Garcia (10-1-1 7KOs) got…
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Broner and Vargas battle to 12 round draw

Former four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) and former two-division Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night in front of 13,964 fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Fighting at a 144lb catch weight, Vargas started well and Broner closed stronger. Scores were 115-113, 114-114, 114-114. Very entertaining fight with lots of toe-to-toe action.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

The back-and-forth battle was a tale of activity vs. accuracy. Vargas was by far the more active fighter, throwing 839 total punches, 300 more than his opponent. Yet the flashy Broner was supremely accurate, connecting on 44 percent of his power shots and 38 percent of his total punches, compared to just 27 and 24, respectively, for Vargas.
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Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) came on strong in the second half of the fight, picking up rounds eight through 10 on all three of the judges’ scorecards. The 12th round was crucial in determining the draw, which was scored 115-113 Broner and 114-114 twice. The judges agreed on eight of the 12 rounds but couldn’t agree on the final round, which was ruled differently by the two judges who scored the fight a draw.

Former four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) and former two-division Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night in front of 13,964 fans…
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Charlo crushes Centeno for WBC interim belt

As he promised, former 154-pound champion Jermall Charlo sent a statement to the middleweight division knocking out previously once-beaten contender Hugo Centeno Jr. to capture the interim WBC 160-pound title in the co-main event on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Charlo is now the mandatory for Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and didn’t shy away from calling out the WBC, WBA and IBF Middleweight World Champion. Continue reading “Charlo crushes Centeno for WBC interim belt”

As he promised, former 154-pound champion Jermall Charlo sent a statement to the middleweight division knocking out previously once-beaten contender Hugo Centeno Jr. to capture the interim WBC 160-pound title…
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Davis demolishes Cuellar to win WBA 130lb title

Unbeaten super featherweight Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA 130lb “super” world title on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Davis, who lost the IBF 130-pound title on the scales last August, scored three knockdowns in less than three rounds to win his second title in the super featherweight division. The 23-year-old connected on 49 percent of his power shots in his first bout with new trainer Kevin Cunningham. Continue reading “Davis demolishes Cuellar to win WBA 130lb title”

Unbeaten super featherweight Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Jesus Cuellar (28-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA 130lb “super” world title on…
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Undercard Results from Barclays Center

Former super bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren (16-2, 4 KOs) outpointed Juan Medina (10-3, 9 KOs) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Scores were 80-72 across the board. Warren has moved down to the bantamweight division.

Popular female featherweight Heather Hardy (21-0, 4 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Paola Torres (10-3-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 79-73.

Welterweight Fabian Maidana (15-0, 11 KOs), younger brother of Marcos Maidana, won by third round corner stoppage against Justin Savi (31-16-2, 21 KOs).

Former super bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren (16-2, 4 KOs) outpointed Juan Medina (10-3, 9 KOs) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Scores…
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Frampton beats Donaire for WBO interim belt

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Featherweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs) outboxed “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds for the WBO interim title on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Scores were 117-111 on all three cards.

Local hero Frampton was the sharper fighter from the opening bell and imposed his will on the veteran Donaire. Frampton controlled the distance well and was strong on the inside, landing a fierce right hand that caused swelling to Donaire’s left eye in the second round. Donaire showed glimpses of why he was named the consensus 2012 Fighter of the Year, landing a vicious uppercut in the seventh and a big left hand in the latter stages of round number 11 that hurt Frampton. Continue reading “Frampton beats Donaire for WBO interim belt”

Photos: Sumio Yamada Featherweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs) outboxed “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds for the WBO interim title on Saturday…
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