Full Report: Mthalane Stops Yaegashi

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

37-year-old South African Moruti Mthalane (39-2, 26 KOs), 112, retained his IBF flyweight belt when he finally caught three-division champ Akira Yaegashi (28-7, 16 KOs), 112, with the referee Mario Gonzalez’s intervention at 2:54 of the ninth round on Monday in Yokohama, Japan.
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Utilizing his fast footwork, Yaegashi took the leadoff in earlier rounds. But Mthalane took back the pace and badly hurt the Japanese, 36, with heavier shots to the face and the belly from the seventh on. In the eighth round Moruti had Akira in serious trouble, pinning him to the ropes with heavy punches upstairs and downstairs. It was Mthalane in the fatal ninth that turned loose and almost toppled the groggy challenger, when the third man logically called a halt. Prior to the stoppage: Jonathan Davis (Philippines) 76-76, Kazutoshi Yoshida (Japan) 78-74 and Deon Dwarte (South Africa) 77-76, both in favor of Mthalane. Continue reading “Full Report: Mthalane Stops Yaegashi”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda 37-year-old South African Moruti Mthalane (39-2, 26 KOs), 112, retained his IBF flyweight belt when he finally caught three-division champ Akira Yaegashi (28-7,…
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Full Report: Kenshiro Halts Petalcorin

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese footworker Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10 KOs), 107.75, kept his WBC light flyweight belt as he scored a quick stoppage of Filipino challenger Randy Petalcorin (31-4-1, 23 KOs), 106.5, dropping him four times at 1:08 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
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The fleet-footed champ, making his seventh defense, kept moving to-and-fro to frustrate the Filipino southpaw. Teraji, 27, effectively scored with body shots with precision and had him on the deck three times in round three. Petalcorin, 28, had a narrow escape, and attempted a do-or-die attack in the next session. But the cool champ averted his desperate retaliation and landed a lethal left to the midsection in return. Down he went again. Referee Frank Garza (US) this time declared a halt to the challenger on the canvas. Continue reading “Full Report: Kenshiro Halts Petalcorin”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese footworker Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10 KOs), 107.75, kept his WBC light flyweight belt as he scored a quick stoppage of Filipino…
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Full Report: Chocolatito Stops Diocos

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Formerly four-division champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (48-2, 40 KOs), 115.75, decked a fine comeback after a fifteen-month hiatus when he lopsidedly battered Filipino Diomel Diocos (14-6-3, 4 KOs), 115.5, downed him to the ropes and then halted him at 2:20 of the second round beneath a world title tripleheader on Monday in Yokohama, Japan.
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Gonzalez started cautiously, but soon took the initiative and accelerated his work rate, whipping the Filipino from all angles. The second saw Chocolatito land a big right to pin him to the ropes with a flurry of punches, when the referee Fukuchi took the mandatory eight count. Though it resumed, the Nicaraguan swarmed over him with the ref’s well-received intervention. Continue reading “Full Report: Chocolatito Stops Diocos”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Formerly four-division champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (48-2, 40 KOs), 115.75, decked a fine comeback after a fifteen-month hiatus when he lopsidedly battered Filipino…
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Boxing History: Man vs. Woman in the Ring

By Robert Coster

Female superstar Claressa Shields famously said awhile back that she thinks she could beat up Keith Thurman and would give Gennady Golovkin a run for his money. While no one expects those fights will ever take place, a battle of the sexes in the ring literally has happened. Twice.

The first time was the highly publicized October 1999 man vs. woman boxing match between female boxer Margaret MacGregor and male boxer Loi Chow in Seattle’s Mercer Arena that drew worldwide media attention.

The second time it happened was four years later, October 11, 2003, on the tiny island nation of Curacao. Continue reading “Boxing History: Man vs. Woman in the Ring”

By Robert Coster Female superstar Claressa Shields famously said awhile back that she thinks she could beat up Keith Thurman and would give Gennady Golovkin a run for his money.…
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YouTube stars clash in Andrade-Keeler co-feature

The rumored grudge match between YouTube stars Jake “The Problem Child” Paul (brother of Logan Paul) and AnEsonGib a.k.a. “Gib” (a member of KSI’s gaming crew) is finally official and will be the co-main event of a huge night of boxing on January 30 at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, and streamed live exclusively on DAZN in the United States and on Sky Sports in the UK.

In the main event, undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) will defend against Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs). Also featured on the card is IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KOs) defending against JoJo Diaz (30-1, 15 KOs) and unified WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10 KOs) defending his titles against Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6 KOs).

The rumored grudge match between YouTube stars Jake “The Problem Child” Paul (brother of Logan Paul) and AnEsonGib a.k.a. “Gib” (a member of KSI’s gaming crew) is finally official and…
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Marco Huck vs. Joe Joyce is off

The January 11 showdown between Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (41-5, 28 KOs) and Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) for the European heavyweight title at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany, is off after Huck was injured while training last Saturday. “During sparring, I unfortunately cracked my right metacarpal,” said Huck. “If you do contact sports, unfortunately something like that can happen.” The Huck team will try to reschedule the bout on a later date.

The January 11 showdown between Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (41-5, 28 KOs) and Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) for the European heavyweight title at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany,…
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Jeyvier Cintron headed to Japan

Jeyvier Cintron traveled early this morning to Japan to challenge Kazuto Ioka for the 115-pound WBO belt on December 31 at the Ota-City General Gymnasyum in Tokyo, Japan.
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Cintrón (11-0, 5 kos), the first Puerto Rican boxer to participate in two Olympic Games (2012 and 2016), went along with his trainer Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón, also trainer Alfonso “Ury” Ramos, his father and former boxer Javier “Perrito” Cintrón, and Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PR Best Boxing Promotions. Continue reading “Jeyvier Cintron headed to Japan”

Jeyvier Cintron traveled early this morning to Japan to challenge Kazuto Ioka for the 115-pound WBO belt on December 31 at the Ota-City General Gymnasyum in Tokyo, Japan. Cintrón (11-0,…
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Plant to defend against Feigenbutz Feb 15

IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title in a homecoming bout against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) live in primetime on FOX February 15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. This will be the first time that Plant, who was born in Ashland, Tennessee outside of Nashville, will be fighting in his hometown as a pro. Feigenbutz is a former WBA interim titlist.

Welterweights as Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (17-2, 14 KOs) and Abel Ramos (25-3-2, 19 KOs) battle in the 10-round co-feature.

IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title in a homecoming bout against mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) live in primetime on…
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Lots of boxing left in 2019

Boxing is still far from over in 2019 with three major cards and five world championship fights still to come.

It all starts Saturday in Marseille, France, where WBA cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian (25-0, 17 KOs) defends against WBA #8 Constantin Bejenaru (14-0, 4 KO).

Later that day in Atlanta, WBA #1 Gervonta “Tank” Davis (22-0, 21 KOs) takes on #2 Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA lightweight belt and WBA light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (34-6-1, 20 KOs) defends against WBA #11 Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13 KOs).

Finally, on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, WBA flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (14-0, 8 KOs) defends against WBO #10 Wulan Tuolehazi (13-3-1, 6 KOs) and WBO junior bantamweight champion Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14 KOs) defends against unbeaten WBO #1 Jeyvier Cintron (11-0, 5 KOs).

Boxing is still far from over in 2019 with three major cards and five world championship fights still to come. It all starts Saturday in Marseille, France, where WBA cruiserweight…
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Ugas-Dallas clash on FS1 Super Bowl eve

Top-rated welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas (24-4, 11 KOs) will risk his WBA #1 and WBC #3 world ratings against Mike Dallas Jr. (23-3-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-round showdown on FS1 on February 1 from Beau Rivage Resort Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

“This Super Bowl weekend will include great action on Saturday, February 1 with one of the welterweight division’s most dangerous and skilled fighters in Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Ugas has proven to be a force at 147-pounds and will need to be at his best against the crafty veteran Mike Dallas if he wants to earn another world title fight. Both fighters are going to leave it all in the ring on FS1 and FOX Deportes at Beau Rivage Resort Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.”

Top-rated welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas (24-4, 11 KOs) will risk his WBA #1 and WBC #3 world ratings against Mike Dallas Jr. (23-3-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-round showdown on…
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RJJ Boxing announces Jan 30 card

On January 30, three days prior to Super Bowl LIV, Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions will present its first UFC Fight Pass event of 2020 at Legends Casino and Hotel in Toppenish, Washington. In the main event, unbeaten super flyweight Ernesto Delgadillo (11-0-2, 2 KOs) will battle undefeated IBF #10, WBA #15 Jade “Hurricane” Bornea (14-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) title in a 10-rounder.

In the co-feature, undefeated welterweight Santiago “Somer” Dominguez (20-0, 16 KOs) will put his WBC USNBC silver title on the line against Victor “La Amenza” Jones Freitas (16-5, 10 KOs), in the 10-round affair. Continue reading “RJJ Boxing announces Jan 30 card”

On January 30, three days prior to Super Bowl LIV, Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions will present its first UFC Fight Pass event of 2020 at Legends Casino and…
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Murata sinks Butler, retains WBA 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs), Japan, retained his belt as he kept stalking Canada’s Steven Butler (28-2-1, 24 KOs), 160, and finally caught up with him, dropping him to score a fine TKO victory a 2:45 of the fifth round on Monday in Yokohama, Japan.

Butler fought well, making good use of his hand speed and footwork.  But Murata patiently went forward with his solid left-right combinations and accelerated his attack from the third onward.  The fatal fifth saw Murata explode a vicious attack and sink him with a left hook followed by an effective combination.  The referee Rafael Ramos (US) made a well-timed stoppage and save Butler from further punishment.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon) WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs), Japan, retained his belt as he kept stalking Canada’s Steven Butler (28-2-1,…
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Mthalane stops Yaegashi, keeps IBF 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

37-year-old South African Moruti Mthalane (39-2, 26 KOs), 112, retained his IBF flyweight belt when he finally caught three-division champ Akira Yaegashi (28-7, 16 KOs), 112, Japan, with the referee Mario Gonzalez’s intervention at 2:54 of the ninth round on Monday in Yokohama, Japan.

Utilizing his fast footwork, Yaegashi took the leadoff in earlier rounds. But Mthalane took back the pace and badly hurt the Japanese, 36, with heavier shots to the face and the belly from the seventh on. In the eighth round Moruti had Akira in serious trouble, pinning him to the ropes with a fusillade of punches. It was Mthalane in the fatal ninth that turned loose and almost toppled the groggy challenger, when the third man called a halt.

Prior to the stoppage: Jonathan Davis (Philippines) 76-76, Kazutoshi Yoshida (Japan) 77-76 and Deon Dwarte (South Africa) 78-74, both in favor of Mthalane.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon) 37-year-old South African Moruti Mthalane (39-2, 26 KOs), 112, retained his IBF flyweight belt when he finally caught three-division champ…
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Kenshiro halts Petalcorin, keeps WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

Unbeaten Japanese footworker Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10 KOs), 107.75, kept his WBC light flyweight belt as he scored a quick stoppage of Filipino challenger Randy Petalcorin (31-4-1, 23 KOs), 106.5, dropping him four times at 1:08 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

The fleet-footed champ, making his seventh defense, kept moving to-and-fro to frustrate the Filipino southpaw. Teraji, 27, effectively scored with body shots with precision and had him on the deck three times in round three. Petalcorin, 28, had a narrow escape and displayed a do-or-die attack in the next session. But the cool champ averted his desperate retaliation and landed a lethal right to the midsection in return. Down he went again. Referee Frank Garza (US) this time declared a halt to the challenger on the canvas.

The Filipino was a replacement for IBF ruler Felix Alvarado in a scheduled unification title bout with Teraji, but the Nicaraguan pulled himself out because of an abrupt sickness a month before.

Kenshiro predicts, “I’ll break Mr. Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen consecutive defenses (Japanese record of the most defenses) by extending my defense one by one.” He may do so, but time will tell.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon) Unbeaten Japanese footworker Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10 KOs), 107.75, kept his WBC light flyweight belt as he scored a quick…
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Chocolatito Stops Filipino Diocos

By Joe Koizumi

Formerly four-division champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (48-2, 40 KOs), 115.75, Nicaragua, decked a fine comeback after a fifteen-month hiatus when he lopsidedly battered Filipino Diomel Diocos (14-6-3, 4 KOs), 115.5, downed him to the ropes and then halted him at 2:20 of the second round beneath a world title tripleheader on Monday in Yokohama, Japan.

Gonzalez started cautiously, but soon took the initiative and accelerated his work rate, whipping the Filipino from all angles. The second saw Chocolatito land a big right to pin him to the ropes with a flurry of punches, when the referee Fukuchi took the mandatory eight count. Though it resumed, the Nicaraguan swarmed over him with the ref’s well-received intervention.

Chocolatito proudly said, “I’ll regain the world belt in 2020 and dedicate it to Nicaragua and Japan.”

By Joe Koizumi Formerly four-division champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (48-2, 40 KOs), 115.75, Nicaragua, decked a fine comeback after a fifteen-month hiatus when he lopsidedly battered Filipino Diomel Diocos (14-6-3,…
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World Title Tripleheader Weights from Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

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WBA middleweight title bout
Ryota Murata 159.5 vs. Steven Butler 160

IBF flyweight title bout
Moruti Mthalane 112 vs. Akira Yaegashi 112

WBC light flyweight title bout
Kenshiro Teraji 107.75 vs. Randy Petalcorin 106.5

Presented by Teiken Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA middleweight title bout Ryota Murata 159.5 vs. Steven Butler 160 IBF flyweight title bout Moruti Mthalane 112 vs. Akira Yaegashi 112 WBC…
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Jermell Charlo: I had a lot to prove

By Miguel Maravilla

Newly re-crowned WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (33-1, 16 KOs) of Houston avenged his loss to Tony “Superbad” Harrison (28-3, 21 KOs) to regain the green bout by eleventh round TKO at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. Charlo dropped Harrison three times in the bout.

“Tony had a plan and stuck to it. He fought a tough fight. I knew I had to step it up. Tony threw some solid shots. It was tough. I had a lot to prove,” Charlo said at the post-fight presser.

The scorecards at the time of the stoppage were 96-93, 96-93 for Charlo and 95-94 for Harrison. Continue reading “Jermell Charlo: I had a lot to prove”

By Miguel Maravilla Newly re-crowned WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (33-1, 16 KOs) of Houston avenged his loss to Tony “Superbad” Harrison (28-3, 21 KOs) to regain the green…
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Plania beats Gutierrez in Miami

Boxing returned to the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, Miami, Florida, Saturday night with M&R Boxing Promotions/Laura Ching again promoting. The main even saw super bantamweight Mike “Magic” Plania (23-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines pound out a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Giovanni Gutierrez (9-1, 6 KOs) of Nicaragua. The official scores were all 100-89. Plania won the vacant International Boxing Federation North American title. Continue reading “Plania beats Gutierrez in Miami”

Boxing returned to the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, Miami, Florida, Saturday night with M&R Boxing Promotions/Laura Ching again promoting. The main even saw super bantamweight Mike “Magic” Plania (23-1,…
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Charlo-Harrison walkout bouts

By David Robinett and Rocky Morales at ringside

In the final walkout bout of the evening and the fifteenth bout of the ultra marathon-length card, Jose Balderas (9-0, 3KO) stopped the hapless Nestor Ramos (7-11-1, 3KO) in a scheduled six round bantamweight bout. Technically, Balderas didn’t really stop Ramos but Ramos rather decided not to come out for the fourth round despite not taking any noticeable punishment. Ramos, not wanting to spoil his eight fight losing streak coming into the fight, put up little resistance and upped his losing streak to nine in a row and hopes to make it double digits next time out. Jose helps the Balderas brothers go 1-1 for the night after Karlos’ upset knockout loss earlier in the evening. Time of the stoppage was 3:00 of the third round. Continue reading “Charlo-Harrison walkout bouts”

By David Robinett and Rocky Morales at ringside In the final walkout bout of the evening and the fifteenth bout of the ultra marathon-length card, Jose Balderas (9-0, 3KO) stopped…
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Narvaez fails to get 50th win

44-year-old former two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (49-4-4, 25 KOs) lost a ten round split decision against journeyman Pablo Gomez (12-10-2, 1 KO) in a bantamweight fight on Saturday night at the Club Sportivo America in Rosario, Argentina. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 for Gomez, 96-94 for Narvaez. In his prime, Narvaez defended his flyweight and super flyweight world titles 29 times.

44-year-old former two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (49-4-4, 25 KOs) lost a ten round split decision against journeyman Pablo Gomez (12-10-2, 1 KO) in a bantamweight fight on Saturday night…
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Charlo TKOs Harrison, regains WBC 154lb title

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

In a rematch, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) avenged his loss to WBC super welterweight champion Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (28-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. Charlo knocked down Harrison in the second round with a left hook but Harrison not only survived the knockdown but made it a real battle for the rest of the fight. The end came when Charlo knocked down Harrison twice in round eleven and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage.
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Harrison, more often than not, controlled the center of the ring and was doing great work to the body while Charlo was headhunting.

The fight was all about ebbs and flows with each fighter trying to figure out how to beat gain an advantage. Some rounds were fought in a phone booth while other rounds were fought at a distance. Continue reading “Charlo TKOs Harrison, regains WBC 154lb title”

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions In a rematch, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) avenged his loss to WBC super welterweight champion Tony “Super Bad”…
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Errol Spence: I’m fighting in May or June

By Karl Freitag

Since his horrific single-car accident that took place on October 10, WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. has been laying low. He broke his silence Saturday night on PBC’s Harrison-Charlo II telecast on FOX.

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“I really was just sore,” Spence told FOX Sports’ Brian Kenny. “My whole body was just sore. It was, I guess, a miracle from God. He protected me during the accident because anyone else would probably have been killed. It was a blessing from God that I was able to make it safe and I’m able to return back to boxing next year…no restrictions. I’ve been cleared. They’ve done all kinds of scans on me. They think it’s a miracle.

“I don’t remember too much, but I can’t really talk about the case too much I’ve been advised by my lawyers. It’s still a pending case going on. I’ll definitely get through it. I’m fighting in May or June. I’ll be back real soon. Continue reading “Errol Spence: I’m fighting in May or June”

By Karl Freitag Since his horrific single-car accident that took place on October 10, WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. has been laying low. He broke…
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Undercard Results from Ontario, California

By David Robinett, Miguel Maravilla, Rocky Morales at ringside

Rising heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba (12-0, 10 KOs) overcame a third round knockdown and a courageous opponent in Iago Kiladze (26-5-1, 18 KOs) to remain undefeated, earning a fifth round stoppage in an exciting heavyweight battle that left the crowd buzzing for several minutes afterwards.

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Photo: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

Early on it looked like a showcase fight for Ajagba, who represented his native Nigeria in the 2016 Summer Olympics before moving to Texas to work with distinguished trainer Ronnie Shields. Ajagba was moving like it was a sparring session, leisurely walking down Kiladze and hammering him with jabs and straight hands as Kiladze dutifully took his punishment. It was also apparent, though, that Kiladze had significantly faster hands than the lumbering Ajagba, who is a Joshua-esque physical specimen but slow and methodical. Continue reading “Undercard Results from Ontario, California”

By David Robinett, Miguel Maravilla, Rocky Morales at ringside Rising heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba (12-0, 10 KOs) overcame a third round knockdown and a courageous opponent in Iago Kiladze (26-5-1,…
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Shocker: Giron KOs U.S. Olympian Balderas

By Rocky Morales at ringside

In a total war, 20-year-old René Téllez Giron (14-1, 8 KOs) pulled off a tremendous upset with a knockout victory over 2016 USA Olympian Karlos Balderas (9-1, 8 KOs). Balderas was in control for the first two rounds using his footwork, height and reach advantage to win the rounds from distance.

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Photo: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

In the third round, however, the pitbull like Giron landed a perfect left hook to drop Balderas like a sack of potatoes. Balderas was hurt badly and undeniably saved by referee Ray Corona, who instructed Balderas to come forward only for Balderas to fall backward into the corner. The fight seemingly should have been stopped then and there but Corona gave Balderas more time and then the bell sounded to end the third round. Continue reading “Shocker: Giron KOs U.S. Olympian Balderas”

By Rocky Morales at ringside In a total war, 20-year-old René Téllez Giron (14-1, 8 KOs) pulled off a tremendous upset with a knockout victory over 2016 USA Olympian Karlos…
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Escandon destroys IBF top-rated Tepora in one

By David Robinett at ringside

In a surprise result between former interim world champions, 35-year-old Oscar Escandon (26-5, 17 KOs) turned back the clock and knocked out previously undefeated Filipino contender Jhack Tepora (23-1, 17 KOs) with a perfect left hook to the body at 1:30 of the opening stanza of a scheduled ten-round featherweight contest on Saturday night at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.
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Escandon, coming in on a three-fight losing streak, traded punches with Tepora early, then, while on the attack with Tepora along the ropes, ripped a textbook left hook to the body that dropped Tepora onto his knees after a delayed reaction. Tepora, in visible distress, could barely move, let alone beat the count, resulting in the first win for Escandon in nearly four years. Textbook example of “that’s why they fight the fights.”

Tepora entnred the fight rated IBF #3 (with the #1 and #2 spots vacant), WBC #9 and WBC #10.

By David Robinett at ringside In a surprise result between former interim world champions, 35-year-old Oscar Escandon (26-5, 17 KOs) turned back the clock and knocked out previously undefeated Filipino…
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