Okada-Pagara: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese prospect, WBO#9 Hiroki Okada (17-0, 12 KOs), 140, very impressively acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific 140-pound belt when he kept throwing stinging lefts to the face of WBO#8 Filipino Jason Pagara (40-3-1, 25 KOs), 142.5, and Pagara abruptly turned his back for surrender at 0:59 of the sixth round in a scheduled twelve on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

Pagara, a bright prospect from Cebu, had failed to make the junior welter limit by two pounds and a half, and didn’t seem to be in best shape, but Okada’s Larry Holmes-like jabs were obviously effective enough to hurt the loser. Before he quit going on midway in the fatal session, all the judges had it 50-45 in Okada’s favor. Continue reading “Okada-Pagara: Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese prospect, WBO#9 Hiroki Okada (17-0, 12 KOs), 140, very impressively acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific 140-pound belt when he kept…
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Joshua: Parker is realistic in negotiations

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua thinks that WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has been reasonable in negotiations for a unification bout, unlike WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder who is demanding a 50-50 split.

”We have to get our hands on another championship belt. Joseph Parker is being very realistic in terms of when he’s going to fight and negotiations,” Joshua said in an online video clip. “That’s a fight that potentially could happen some time in March or April.” Continue reading “Joshua: Parker is realistic in negotiations”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua thinks that WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has been reasonable in negotiations for a unification bout, unlike…
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Weights from Bangkok, Thailand

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Mike Tawatchai 122 vs. T J Doheny 122
(IBF jr featherweight eliminator)

Venue: Suanlum Night Bazaar, Bangkok, Thailand
Promoter: Jimmy Chaichotchuang

Mike Tawatchai 122 vs. T J Doheny 122 (IBF jr featherweight eliminator) Venue: Suanlum Night Bazaar, Bangkok, Thailand Promoter: Jimmy Chaichotchuang


Garcia and Lipinets hit San Antonio

Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and unbeaten IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets were face to face for the second straight day Tuesday at a press conference in San Antonio to discuss their main event showdown taking place Saturday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME at the Alamodome.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Mikey Garcia: “Winning a fourth title was the big draw for me in making this fight happen. To make history like that is something that really motivates me. I know that I have a lot more to accomplish in the sport, but this is a great start. This is the direction I want to go in.

Sergey Lipinets: “Mikey is a big star, but I’m very competitive and I want to show the world what I can do…my spirit cannot be matched by any fighter, but I also have the speed and strength to win. I will show my devastating power on February 10.

Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and unbeaten IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets were face to face for the second straight day Tuesday at a press conference in…
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WBO: Verdejo must rebuild career

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel says lightweight contender Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) will have to press the reset button. “Verdejo has to rebuild his career and come back again. He was number one for a lot of time and he could have fought for the title. It didn’t happen and now he has to rebuild his career,” he said. Continue reading “WBO: Verdejo must rebuild career”

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel says lightweight contender Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) will have to press the reset button. “Verdejo has…
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WBO #9 Okada halts #8 Pagara to win vacant WBO ASPAC 140lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese prospect, WBO#9 Hiroki Okada (17-0, 12 KOs), 140, very impressively acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific 140-pound belt when he kept throwing stinging lefts to the face of WBO#8 Filipino Jason Pagara (40-3-1, 25 KOs), 142.5, and Pagara abruptly turned his back for surrender at 0:59 of the sixth round in a scheduled twelve on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Pagara, a bright prospect from Cebu, had failed to make the junior welter limit by two pounds and a half, and didn’t seem to be in best shape, but Okada’s Larry Holmes-like jabs were obviously effective enough to hurt the loser. Before he quit going on midway in the fatal session, all the judges had it 50-45 in Okada’s favor.

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese prospect, WBO#9 Hiroki Okada (17-0, 12 KOs), 140, very impressively acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific 140-pound belt when he kept throwing stinging lefts to…
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IBF Convention headed to Italy

IBF President Daryl Peoples has announced that the 35th Annual IBF Convention will take place in Saint Vincent, Italy at the Saint Vincent Resort & Casino from May 28 – June 1, 2018. Saint Vincent is located in the Aosta Valley region of northern Italy surrounded by the breathtaking Italian Alps. “We are glad to once again have the opportunity to take our convention to Europe, and to be in Italy for the first time while marking our 35th year,” stated the IBF leader.

IBF President Daryl Peoples has announced that the 35th Annual IBF Convention will take place in Saint Vincent, Italy at the Saint Vincent Resort & Casino from May 28 –…
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Christmas Card in Santo Domingo

By Robert Coster

In what will be the last big 2017 card in the Dominican Republic, up-and-coming WBA #9, WBC #15 jr welterweight Alberto Puello (13-0, 8 KOs) will be put to the test against countryman Francisco Contreras (30-7, 24 KOs) on December 22nd in Santo Domingo.

The hard-hitting, 5’10” Contreras, once himself a bright prospect, is confident that he will put a stop to Puello’s rise. “The bout is at 140lbs, a perfect weight for me. Also, I’ve been training hard and I’m in tip-top shape. I know that a victory is a must to revive my career. I am going to knock him out,” he said.

For his part, Puello says, “I’ll box if have to, I’ll slug if I have to. One thing is sure, I’m going to finish the year with a bang- with Contreras on the canvas!” Continue reading “Christmas Card in Santo Domingo”

By Robert Coster In what will be the last big 2017 card in the Dominican Republic, up-and-coming WBA #9, WBC #15 jr welterweight Alberto Puello (13-0, 8 KOs) will be…
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Parker-Joshua fight announcement coming?

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker says a unification showdown against WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua should be set as soon as this week. “The fight with Joshua is very close,” Parker told T2T Boxing. “We’ve had a bit of a pause as we find middle ground where both teams are happy, but I think we’ve come to a conclusion … we’re just going to tidy things up, lock it in and get the fight going. We want to lock something in before Christmas, so we can all have a holiday and enjoy it and then hit camp.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker says a unification showdown against WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua should be set as soon as this week.…
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Roman to defend WBA superbantam belt in Japan

Danny Roman, the reigning WBA super bantamweight champion, makes the first defense of his recently acquired title against the #13 rated challenger Ryo Matsumoto on February 28 at the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed “The Challenge,” is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Ohashi Promotions.

Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs), who is based in Los Angeles, became the new WBA belt holder in September after dismantling Shun Kubo by ninth round stoppage in the latter’s home country of Japan. That Roman is traveling back to the island nation for his first world title defense – the site of his most impressive win to date – is of little concern for the aptly nick-named “Baby Face Assassin.” Continue reading “Roman to defend WBA superbantam belt in Japan”

Danny Roman, the reigning WBA super bantamweight champion, makes the first defense of his recently acquired title against the #13 rated challenger Ryo Matsumoto on February 28 at the famed…
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Garcia-Lipinets Kickoff Press Conference

Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and unbeaten IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets went face-to-face for the first time Monday at a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss their main event showdown on Saturday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Lipinets will be making the first defense of his world title while Garcia looks to become only the third fighter in modern history to become a champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds, joining future Hall of Famers Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Mikey Garcia: “I know that I have the possibility to be the biggest star in boxing like a Floyd Mayweather, and I think I’m on track to accomplish that. I don’t see a lot of guys in the sport with the resume of accomplishments that I have. I’m going to continue take on the best and beat my opponents convincingly.”

Sergey Lipinets: “I’m taking on a great challenge against Mikey Garcia, and many people think I’m not ready. This is the fight that I wanted. I’ve had many obstacles in my way throughout my career and I’ve overcome them all. I’m going to overcome Mikey Garcia just like that…A lot of things can happen when you move up in weight. Usually people lose some pop. Whatever version of Mikey Garcia shows up; I’ll be ready for him.

Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia and unbeaten IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets went face-to-face for the first time Monday at a press conference in Los Angeles to…
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Salita Promotions Inks Christina Hammer

Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of undefeated women’s unified world middleweight champion Christina Hammer to a multi-fight promotional contract. Already a superstar in Europe, “Lady Hammer” (22-0, 10 KOs), from Dortmund, Germany, (via Novodolinka, Kazakhstan) is the current WBC and WBO Middleweight Champion. She has also previously held the WBF Middleweight, as well as WBO and WBF Super Middleweight Championships.

Under Salita’s promotional direction, Hammer will make her United States boxing debut on Friday, January 12, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, on the non-televised undercard of a ShoBox: The New Generation telecast (10 p.m. ET/PT), featuring unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields’ WBC and IBF title defense against mandatory challenger Tori Nelson. Hammer is scheduled for a 10-round fight, highlights of which will be shown on SHOWTIME. Continue reading “Salita Promotions Inks Christina Hammer”

Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of undefeated women’s unified world middleweight champion Christina Hammer to a multi-fight promotional contract. Already a superstar in Europe, “Lady Hammer” (22-0, 10…
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Koseki dethrones WBC 105lb champ Kuroki to win 2nd belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBC female 102-pound champ Momo Koseki (23-2-1, 9 KOs), 103.75, impressively captured the WBC 105-pound belt as she dethroned compatriot Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1, 8 KOs), 105, by a unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92, 96-94) over ten speedy rounds on Sunday in Fukuoka, Japan. It’s a contest of the southpaw titleholders with Koseki showcasing her superior volume of punches that overwhelmed the less experienced local favorite. After the seventh Koseki was leading on points of the open scoring system—68-65, 69-64, 67-66. Kuroki turned loose, but the more aggressive Koseki had a second wind to take the initiative down the stretch. Koseki had retained her WBC atomweight belt on seventeen occasions, and will have to decide which of the WBC belts she likes to keep and defend from now on after talking with her manager Masayuki Ariyoshi, who has cultivated Koseki into such an excellent fighting champion. photos

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC female 102-pound champ Momo Koseki (23-2-1, 9 KOs), 103.75, impressively captured the WBC 105-pound belt as she dethroned compatriot Yuko Kuroki (17-4-1,…
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King’s Promotions announces 2018 dates

Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions has announced that the company will stage at least 14 events in Pennsylvania in 2018. The dates will be spread out over three of the premiere venues in the state. The 2300 Arena and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia as well as the Sands Bethlehem Event Center will stage the fight cards which will be seen live on national television. Continue reading “King’s Promotions announces 2018 dates”

Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions has announced that the company will stage at least 14 events in Pennsylvania in 2018. The dates will be spread out over three of the premiere…
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Horn camp wants $4 million for Crawford fight

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn was paid US$760,000 (AUD$1 million) for his successful defense against WBO #10 Gary Corcoran last week but is chasing US$4 million or (AUD$5 million) to defend against WBO mandatory contender Terrence Crawford in 2018 according to Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan who talked to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail.

“I can tell you now, Jeff won’t be fighting Crawford for $1 million,” Lonergan said. ”This is a huge fight, pitting a man who beat an 11-time world champ (Pacquiao) against a fighter who is unbeaten in 32 bouts and regarded by many as the world’s best boxer, pound-for-pound. This will be one of the biggest fights in the world in 2018.” Continue reading “Horn camp wants $4 million for Crawford fight”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn was paid US$760,000 (AUD$1 million) for his successful defense against WBO #10 Gary Corcoran last week but is…
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Avni Yildirim returns with KO win – Derek Edwards next

Super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (17-1) has fully recovered from his KO loss to Chris Eubank jr. in the World Boxing Super Series tournament and wants to prove that he is still a top contender in the division.
On Saturday, the 26-year-old Turk came back with a first-round KO win over Attila Korda (13-7) in Munich. Yildirim floored his opponent multiple times before referee Ingo Barrabas stopped the fight.
“It felt good to be back in the ring”, said Yildirim. “I want to return as soon as possible. Defeat hasn’t broken me but only made me stronger.”
Promoter Ahmet Oner announced that Yildirim’s next fight will be at “Satory Hall” in Cologne on March 3rd. “The win over Korda was good for Avni to get back on track. But Korda was more of a victim than a real opponent”, said Oner. “In his next fight, Avni will have to show a lot more.”
Yildirim will face Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards from Las Vegas in a bout for the WBC International Championship.
“I am sure that this will be a good fight”, says Oner. “Edwards stopped Badou Jack in 2014 and went the distance with the likes of Andre Dirrell and Gilberto Ramirez.”
Edwards has fought on the road many times in recent years so he is used to traveling. “I’m looking forward to March 3 with great intensity”, he said. “I’ve already started training, lighty. Then in early January I will be in heavy training. I have seen many fights on TV over the years televised from Germany in front of huge enthusiastic crowds, and I look forward to being my aggressive self against Yildirim for the great boxing fans of Germany.”

Super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (17-1) has fully recovered from his KO loss to Chris Eubank jr. in the World Boxing Super Series tournament and wants to prove that he…
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Tawatchai-Doheny clash in IBF eliminator

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #7 Mike Tawatchai (44-10-1) will clash with IBF #3 Terrence Doheny (17-0) in an IBF jr featherweight eliminator on Wednesday at Suanlum Night Bazaar, Bangkok, Thailand. Tawatchai also boxed Shingo Wake in an eliminator in Japan in 2015, so this is the second chance for Tawatchai. This time, he’s happy the fight in his homeland. Doheny was originally scheduled to fight Evgeny Gradovich in Russia but he unfortunately had a vision problem. Dohney trained for many months and was ready to fight for this eliminator so Tawatchai was the replacement. Continue reading “Tawatchai-Doheny clash in IBF eliminator”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF #7 Mike Tawatchai (44-10-1) will clash with IBF #3 Terrence Doheny (17-0) in an IBF jr featherweight eliminator on Wednesday at Suanlum…
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Joe Fournier wins WBA International title

By Robert Coster

Joe Fournier, the multi-millionaire British businessman turned boxer, returned to ring action after a year of inactivity. Fournier traveled to the Dominican Republic to face veteran Wilmer Mejia for the WBA International light-heavyweight title. Fournier (9-0, 9 KOs) won the vacant belt scoring a second round KO over Mejia (22-10-3, 16 KOs).

Courtesy of Domini Boxing

The British boxer attacked his foe as soon as the bell rang but, in the first round, Mejia showed good movement and a jab that found its mark. In the second round, Fournier gave up the head-hunting and attacked the body. It was precisely a hook to the liver that sent Mejia to the canvas for the full count. Continue reading “Joe Fournier wins WBA International title”

By Robert Coster Joe Fournier, the multi-millionaire British businessman turned boxer, returned to ring action after a year of inactivity. Fournier traveled to the Dominican Republic to face veteran Wilmer…
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Five-time female champ Fujioka renounces WBO 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Five-time female champion Naoko Fujioka announced last week in Tokyo, Japan, to relinquish her newly-acquired WBO 108-pound belt because of weight problems. Naoko seized the vacant WBO junior fly belt by decisively defeating Yokasta Valle of Costa Rica by a unanimous nod over ten hard-fought rounds on December 1.

Fujioka had a rematch clause with Valle’s manager/promoter Mario Vega, but people concerned amicably settled this matter since Naoko had a difficulty making the 108-pound limit again. Valle will fight in quest of the vacant WBO belt in her home turf Costa Rica. Though eventually losing, Valle displayed a gallant performance to win the praise of the audience here. Fujioka will keep her WBA 112-pound belt to make a defense next spring.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Five-time female champion Naoko Fujioka announced last week in Tokyo, Japan, to relinquish her newly-acquired WBO 108-pound belt because of weight problems. Naoko…
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Lewis urges Horn not to fight Crawford

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame trainer Johnny Lewis told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail and he has urged WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn NOT to fight WBO mandatory challenger Terrence Crawford because of the obvious problems he is having making the 147 pound limit. “Jeff Horn looked so drained at the weigh-in for the Corcoran fight, it was like he’d had a bout with Count Dracula the night before,” said Lewis, a 2017 IBHOF inductee. “He looked emaciated. Continue reading “Lewis urges Horn not to fight Crawford”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Johnny Lewis told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail and he has urged WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn NOT…
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Valentine wins Japanese 140lb belt; Obara keeps WBO ASPAC 147lb title

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Perennial contender, 36-year-old veteran Valentine Hosokawa (22-6-3, 9 KOs), 139.5, wrested the Japanese 140-pound belt as he dethroned his close friend and defending champ Koichi Aso (22-8-1, 15 KOs), 139.75, by a hairline verdict (95-94 twice, 96-95) over ten hard-fought rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Valentine previously failed three times to acquire a belt, losing to Shinya Iwabuchi, Man-Wook Kim and Hiroki Okada. But he displayed a great determination to win the national belt in scoring good points in the second half, while the shaven-skulled Aso’s vision seemingly deteriorated with bad bleeding from the third round onward. Valentine’s long efforts finally paid off. Continue reading “Valentine wins Japanese 140lb belt; Obara keeps WBO ASPAC 147lb title”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Perennial contender, 36-year-old veteran Valentine Hosokawa (22-6-3, 9 KOs), 139.5, wrested the Japanese 140-pound belt as he dethroned his close friend and defending…
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Seldin: This fight motivates me even more

“I’ll be back, I promise you that,” says jr welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin, who lost for the first time on Saturday night against Yves Ulysse in Laval, Quebec, Canada. “I hate to lose and I’ll be a much better fighter next time. I’m a fighter who likes to entertain the fans and bang. I’m sorry I couldn’t catch him. I promise I am going right back into the gym as soon as they let me and I will fix some things so this never happens again. This fight motivates me even more and I promise I will make 2018 the year of the “Hebrew Hammer.

“I was not expecting him to move so much, I figured in front of his home town fans he would stand and fight more. I tried my best to make a fight of it and refused to let the knockdowns keep me down. The knockdowns didn’t really affect me, I just got up and went to work. I like the combat, it was the chasing that got to me. I just want to brawl.”

“I’ll be back, I promise you that,” says jr welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin, who lost for the first time on Saturday night against Yves Ulysse in Laval, Quebec,…
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Chihuas, Felix Jr. triumph in Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former world champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (25-4-1, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Ronald Ramos (40-17-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Rodriguez dropped Ramos in round two and finished him in round six. Time was 2:45.

In other action, lightweight contender Jose “Josesito” Felix Jr. (36-2-1, 28 KOs) won by fourth round TKO over Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (22-8, 15 KOs).

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former world champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (25-4-1, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Ronald Ramos (40-17-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oasis…
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Torres wins WBA female 108lb title

Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres (18-0-1, 6 KOs) won the WBA female light flyweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over Brenda “Bonita” Flores (12-4-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. Torres won by scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 97-93. The bout had some historical significance because Silvia’s sister is longtime former WBC champion Ana Maria Torres.

Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres (18-0-1, 6 KOs) won the WBA female light flyweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over Brenda “Bonita” Flores (12-4-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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Saunders toys with and defeats Lemieux

Photo: Matt HeasleyHogansphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

In a grudge match, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) dominated former IBF David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds on Saturday night at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. Hometown favorite Lemieux was never in the fight as he was thoroughly outboxed by Saunders. Scores were 120-108, 117-111, 118-110.
Photo: Matt HeasleyHogansphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Billy Joe Saunders: “I know you’re booing me because I whooped your fighter’s ass…I wouldn’t have come over here if I thought I’d get beat…I’m a different animal now. I wanted to put it on Lemieux…Canelo fight me NOW!

David Lemieux: “I wasn’t at my best. As of the second round I couldn’t use my left hand the way I wanted to. He was on the run and I had difficulty throwing my shots. I guess his strategy to win is to run away from fighters instead of fighting. If that’s the way you want to win then, hey, congratulations.”

In a grudge match, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) dominated former IBF David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds on Saturday night at Place…
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