Kieza on Australia Day Honours List

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Award-winning journalist and Fightnews.com® contributor Grantlee Kieza has been named on the Australia Day Honours list to receive the prestigious Order of Australia Medal for services to boxing.
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Kieza has published several books on boxing including Fenech: The Official Biography, Australian Boxing: The Illustrated History, Boxing in Australia, and Jeff Horn: The Hornet. In addition, Kieza worked as chief corner man to Hall of Fame trainer Johnny Lewis in all of Jeff Fenech’s successful world title bouts, and also with WBC light heavyweight champion Jeff Harding, former world heavyweight challenger Joe Bugner when he challenged Frank Bruno in London in 1987, and former two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou when he clashed with Saul Canelo Alvarez over twelve rounds in Veracruz, Mexico in 2010. Continue reading “Kieza on Australia Day Honours List”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Award-winning journalist and Fightnews.com® contributor Grantlee Kieza has been named on the Australia Day Honours list to receive the prestigious Order of Australia…
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Munguia set for Inoue test

WBO super middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) is completely focused on his fight Saturday against Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

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“My mind is set on Inoue,” said Munguia Thursday. “We’re focused on this fight, which is extremely important to us. We’re coming in with a stellar plan and we’re very close to the big fights, so we can’t afford to lose or give a poor display. We will win.”

WBO super middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) is completely focused on his fight Saturday against Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. “My…
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WBC champ Wanheng, 52-0, returns March 1

World Boxing Council minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18 KOs), will make his next defense on March 1 against a well-known rival. Wanheng faces Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6-6, 7 KOs), who has won two fights to earn a rematch since he lost a close fight with Wanheng in November of 2017. This will be the eleventh defense of the WBC minimumweight belt that Menayothin won in November 2014, when he overwhelmed Mexican Oswaldo Novoa.

Wanheng is famed for surpassing the 50-0 record of Floyd Mayweather Jr last year.

World Boxing Council minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18 KOs), will make his next defense on March 1 against a well-known rival. Wanheng faces Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6-6, 7 KOs), who…
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Navarrete, Perez headline in Amarillo Saturday

By David Finger

There is no question that Southeast New Mexico has emerged as something of a boxing hub ever since Isidro Castillo and School of Hard Knocks Boxing promoted their first show back in July of 2010.

In the last eight years, the Permian Basin has more than proven itself to be “boxing country.” But if there is one thing that every oil man looks for it’s that untapped oilfield. And for promoter Isidro Castillo and his partner Eric Gutierrez there is a recognition that there are still a lot of attractive boxing wells that are just waiting to be tapped. All the two need to strike black gold is a knack of knowing where to start drilling…and the ability to deliver high quality fights to hungry fans. Continue reading “Navarrete, Perez headline in Amarillo Saturday”

By David Finger There is no question that Southeast New Mexico has emerged as something of a boxing hub ever since Isidro Castillo and School of Hard Knocks Boxing promoted…
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Joseph Lala passes away at 64

By Ron Jackson

It has been reported that former Free State welterweight champion Joseph “Dark Destroyer” Lala has passed away. He was 64.

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Lala who was born on October 10, 1954 and hailed from Bloemfontein in the Free State, where he made his pro debut on November 26, 1977, with a four rounds points win over Ephraim Mabena. He won the Free State welterweight title on November 26, 1977 in his fourth fight with a seventh round technical knockout win over Ben Mutle. Continue reading “Joseph Lala passes away at 64”

By Ron Jackson It has been reported that former Free State welterweight champion Joseph “Dark Destroyer” Lala has passed away. He was 64. Lala who was born on October 10,…
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Andrade-Akavov Photogallery with Full report

Photos by Emily Harney

WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Artur Akavov (19-3, 8 KOs) on Friday at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Andrade dominated the fight until the contest was suddenly waved off with 24 seconds left, much to the disgust of Akavov.

Andrade’s clash with Akavov was part of a triple-header of world title clashes. TJ Doheny successfully defended his IBF super bantamweight title against Ryohei Takahashi and Amanda Serrano made history as she captured a world title in her seventh weight class when she defeated WBC and IBF super flyweight champion Eva Voraberger.

Click here to see the mega-sized photogallery and full report.

Photos by Emily Harney WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Artur Akavov (19-3, 8 KOs) on Friday at the Hulu…
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Thurman-Lopez Final Press Conference

One day before they weigh-in for their primetime showdown, welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and veteran contender Josesito Lopez went face-to-face at the final press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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Keith Thurman

“It’s a tremendous feeling to be back in this position. It’s an honor to be working with FOX and I’m excited for this new platform. I’ve got new health and I’m just ready for Saturday night. I’ve been to several fights in my time off and it’s felt like a lifetime. Saturday night, the champ is back. Brooklyn, we’re here.

“There’s always a little level of nerves for a fight, but it’s mostly anticipation. This is the world class level. I’m proud to be champion and I always want to be champion. The nerves are very natural, but they are not overpowering. I like to carry some nerves with me for each fight. Continue reading “Thurman-Lopez Final Press Conference”

One day before they weigh-in for their primetime showdown, welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and veteran contender Josesito Lopez went face-to-face at the final press conference ahead of…
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Munguia-Inoue Final Press Conference

WBO junior middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) and challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) hosted the final press conference ahead of their 12-round battle for Munguia’s world title on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

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Jaime Munguia

“We’re very happy to be here in Texas. It’s my first time in Texas and I feel at home here. They’ve received me very well. I want to tell people that we came here well-prepared and we’re in good condition. I want to tell Inoue that the title will not go to Japan, it will stay in Mexico and I will be champion for a while. Expect a big fight Saturday night.”

Takeshi Inoue

“I want to thank everyone who made this fight possible. I think Munguia is a great champion, and I look forward to a great fight on Saturday. I have come here to bring the WBO belt back to Japan.”

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In the co-main event, WBA featherweight world champion Jesus Rojas (26-2-2, 19 KOs) will defend his belt against unbeaten Xu Can (10-0, 1 KO).

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Jesus Rojas

“I’m greatly happy to be here and I’m anxious for the fight we have this Saturday. We’re a day from making weight and I’m anxious and I’m excited. It’s my first time here. I hope Xu Can comes prepared to fight so we can give a great show, a real spectacle, to the fans of Texas.”

Xu Can

“I’m very happy to be here in Houston. This is my second time fighting in the USA. It’s going to be my first time challenging the world title and I have confidence I can bring the world title back to China. I’m very excited for Saturday night.” Continue reading “Munguia-Inoue Final Press Conference”

WBO junior middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) and challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) hosted the final press conference ahead of their 12-round battle for Munguia’s world…
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Farmer to defend against Carroll March 15

IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer (28-4-1, 6 KOs) will defend his title against Jono Carroll (16-0-1, 3 KOs) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on March 15, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Farmer makes the third defense of his crown in his first fight on home turf at Temple University. Unbeaten Dubliner Carroll fights for his first world title on St Patrick’s weekend.

Farmer and Carroll have been involved in bitter social media spats and will finally come face-to-face for the first time at a press conference to launch the fight in Philly next Tuesday, and both fighters believe the fight will be as fiery as the build-up. Continue reading “Farmer to defend against Carroll March 15”

IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer (28-4-1, 6 KOs) will defend his title against Jono Carroll (16-0-1, 3 KOs) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on March 15, live on…
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A Puño Limpio Weights from Puerto Rico

Luis Lebrón 122 vs. Josean Figueroa 123
Jean Rivera 158 vs. Moisés Carrasquillo 162
Ángel Aponte 130 vs. José Otero 124
Mario Suárez 158 vs. José León 160
Luis Enrique Rivera 131 vs. Kevin López 135
Christian Lebrón 124 vs. Jesús Méndez 116

Venue: Rubén Zayas Montañez Coliseum, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions/Spartan Boxing.
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Luis Lebrón 122 vs. Josean Figueroa 123 Jean Rivera 158 vs. Moisés Carrasquillo 162 Ángel Aponte 130 vs. José Otero 124 Mario Suárez 158 vs. José León 160 Luis Enrique…
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New opponent for Santa Cruz

Featherweight challenger Miguel Flores suffered an ankle injury in training and was forced to drop out of his match against WBA featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz that headlines on FOX February 16 from Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Stepping up to replace Flores is Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (26-2-2, 17 KOs), a 24-year-old from Tijuana, Mexico.

The televised undercard will also feature a battle of unbeaten super welterweight prospects as 6’6 Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fondura takes on Donnie Marshall in an eight-round match. The co-feature is a 12-round junior welterweight clash between unbeaten former champion Omar Figueroa and hard-hitting John Molina Jr.

Featherweight challenger Miguel Flores suffered an ankle injury in training and was forced to drop out of his match against WBA featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz that…
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Canadian grudge match reaching boiling point

The all-Canadian grudge match between super welterweights Cody “The Crippler” Crowley and Stuart McLellan is heating to a boil on social media, and the two freely trade insults in a newly released video. The undefeated newcomer Crowley (16-0, 9 KOs) will defend his titles against McLellan (25-2-3, 10 KOs) in a 12-round shootout on February 9, at the Memorial Centre in Crowley’s hometown of Peterborough, Ontario.

The event, presented by Crowley’s own CCC Promotions, is entitled “Homecoming IV – Bad Blood” and the two have been going back and forth with increasing intensity since their showdown was announced. Continue reading “Canadian grudge match reaching boiling point”

The all-Canadian grudge match between super welterweights Cody “The Crippler” Crowley and Stuart McLellan is heating to a boil on social media, and the two freely trade insults in a…
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Another Wilder in the ring

It was announced today that Marsellos Wilder, the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay, will make his UK debut on February 23 at The O2 in London. Marsellos is creating a name for himself in the division below at cruiserweight where he’s undefeated in three fights with two knockouts. The 29-year-old Marsellos from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, first fights this Saturday night against Will Florentino on the PBC show in Brooklyn, New York.

Marsellos will then follow in the footsteps of Deontay, who stopped Olympic champion Audley Harrison inside a round in Sheffield in April 2013, by having his first fight in the UK. Deontay will accompany Marsellos on his first excursion to the UK. Continue reading “Another Wilder in the ring”

It was announced today that Marsellos Wilder, the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay, will make his UK debut on February 23 at The O2 in London. Marsellos is…
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Rojas-Xu Media Day

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Rojas (26-2-2, 19 KOs) and challenger Xu Can (15-2, 2 KOs) hosted a media workout Wednesday at The Knockout Factory in Houston, Texas ahead of their 12-round battle for Rojas’s world title. The action will take place on Saturday at the Toyota Center and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Jesus Rojas: “Xu Can is a great fighter and I was very happy to have another opportunity to defend my title. There will be fireworks at the ring this Saturday night.”

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Xu Can: “I am very excited for Saturday. I was training for 10 days in Miami and feel good. I’m excited and eager to win a fight for my Chinese fans.”
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WBA featherweight champion Jesus Rojas (26-2-2, 19 KOs) and challenger Xu Can (15-2, 2 KOs) hosted a media workout Wednesday at The Knockout Factory in Houston, Texas ahead of their…
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Munguia, Inoue Media Day

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WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) and challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) hosted a media workout today at The Knockout Factory in Houston, Texas ahead of their 12-round battle for Munguia’s World Title. The action will take place on Saturday at the Toyota Center iand will be streamed live on DAZN.
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Jaime Munguia: “I’m really happy to be here in Houston and happy to see how they treat me here. I’m ready to defend my title and give a great fight to my fans. Thanks for your support and I hope to give you a great show this Saturday. Continue reading “Munguia, Inoue Media Day”

Photos: Stacey Verbeek WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) and challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) hosted a media workout today at The Knockout Factory in Houston,…
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Badou Jack on the cut that broke the Internet

Although two-division world champion Badou Jack dropped a decision Saturday night to fellow light heavyweight Marcus Browne, it was the courage and tenacity that he showed in fighting through what some are calling one of the worst cuts in boxing history that has had the sports world buzzing. “I don’t just fight for myself, I fight for the refugee children and I was thinking of them,” said Jack. “They come from war and often don’t have any parents, so what’s a scratch on my forehead? They are going through something much worse. You have to keep fighting.”

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While many were concerned with the blood that gushed from Jack’s cut round after round, the veteran fighter was able to block it out and continued to fight until the final bell. Although he was taken to the hospital immediately following the fight, Jack was unfazed by the severity of the cut, which was sewn up with nearly 100 stitches. Continue reading “Badou Jack on the cut that broke the Internet”

Although two-division world champion Badou Jack dropped a decision Saturday night to fellow light heavyweight Marcus Browne, it was the courage and tenacity that he showed in fighting through what…
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Conlan headlines on St Paddy’s Day

Michael “Mick” Conlan is set to paint the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden green on St. Patrick’s Day for a third consecutive year. The Belfast native, two-time Irish Olympian, and top featherweight prospect packed the Hulu Theater to the rafters in 2017 and 2018 and will return on Sunday, March 17 to face the battle-tested Ruben Garcia Hernandez in the 10-round main event.

Conlan-Hernandez will begin following the conclusion of the annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

In the co-feature, former junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno will face former junior lightweight world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz in a 10-round featherweight clash. And, in a crossroads welterweight bout, Brooklyn native and former world champion Luis Collazo will take on Samuel Vargas in a 10-rounder.

Michael “Mick” Conlan is set to paint the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden green on St. Patrick’s Day for a third consecutive year. The Belfast native, two-time Irish Olympian,…
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Joyce steps up against Stiverne

Poxon Sports and PBC have announced that heavyweight Joe Joyce will defend his Commonwealth title in the biggest test of his unbeaten career when he takes a gigantic leap up to confront former WBC world champion Bermane Stiverne on February 23 at The O2 in London. Joyce vs. Stiverne will feature alongside the return of former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby as one of the chief-supporting contests on an action-packed show, headlined with the all-British clash between fierce rivals James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr.

The 6ft 6in ‘Juggernaut’ from Putney, South West London, has destroyed all seven of his opponents since turning professional in October 2017 after capturing the Silver medal at the Rio Olympics and has singled himself out as one of the most feared talents in the heavyweight division. Continue reading “Joyce steps up against Stiverne”

Poxon Sports and PBC have announced that heavyweight Joe Joyce will defend his Commonwealth title in the biggest test of his unbeaten career when he takes a gigantic leap up…
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Farmer leads pack of Briscoe Award winners

Junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer has been named the “2018 Philly Fighter of the Year” and will receive the Briscoe Award on April 14, 2018. The Philadelphian also earned the award for the “Performance of the Year”, based on his title-winning effort against Billy Dib. Farmer and several other locals will be honored at the 12th Annual Briscoe Awards, a public event held at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia.

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The dramatic super middleweight bout between Kalvin Henderson and Brandon Robinson was named the “2018 Philly Fight of the Year”. Henderson won the exciting struggle, but both combatants will take home a Briscoe Award. Continue reading “Farmer leads pack of Briscoe Award winners”

Junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer has been named the “2018 Philly Fighter of the Year” and will receive the Briscoe Award on April 14, 2018. The Philadelphian also earned the…
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Interview: Adam Kownacki

By Przemek Garczarczyk

72 hours before another crucial fight, heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KO) talks with Fightnews.com about his past and future, always staying true to his principles, working with manager Keith Connolly and why he knows how to beat “very good, very athletic” Gerald Washington (19-2, 12 KOs). Kownacki-Washington will be part of the FOX live broadcast of the return of WBA welterweight world champion Keith Thurman defending his title against Josesito Lopez on Saturday live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

By Przemek Garczarczyk 72 hours before another crucial fight, heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KO) talks with Fightnews.com about his past and future, always staying true to his principles,…
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Saunders suspension lifted, Andrade fight looms

The WBO Championship Committee has issued a ruling on suspended former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders’ suspension is to be terminated immediately and it’s recommended to the WBO World Ratings Committee that Saunders be reinstated in the WBO middleweight ratings and be positioned as the number one contender. Further, if the WBO Ratings Committee adopts the Championship Committees’ recommendation, Saunders will be designated the official mandatory challenger to current champion Demetrius Andrade.

The Championship Committee has also ordered the Andrade and Saunders to begin negotiations. If an accord is not reached within 30 days, a purse bid will be ordered. The minimum acceptable bid is $200,000.

The WBO Championship Committee has issued a ruling on suspended former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders’ suspension is to be terminated immediately and it’s recommended to the WBO…
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Charr-Oquendo to finally meet in March?

WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr has been reinstated and ordered to defend his title against Fres Oquendo in March. After a positive result in a random doping test at the end of August, Charr’s planned WBA title defense against Oquendo could not take place. Now the WBA officially declared that doping test to be invalid. Decisive for the decision of the WBA was Charr’s clean test on the scheduled date of the match. Oquendo won a federal court order for a WBA title fight by virtue of a rematch clause in the contract for his 2014 fight with then-champ Ruslan Chagaev.

WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr has been reinstated and ordered to defend his title against Fres Oquendo in March. After a positive result in a random doping test at the…
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Pacquiao comments on Mayweather

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao issued the following statement on Sunday morning before he went to bible study:

“I only want to continue to fight the best. If Floyd [Mayweather] can no longer fight at my level, then of course he should stay retired!”

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao issued the following statement on Sunday morning before he went to bible study: “I only want to continue to fight the best. If Floyd [Mayweather]…
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Italian boxing back on DAZN

Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN have announced the second installment of their historic eight-year joint venture in Italy. Following the success of their inaugural event in November, the trio will host a boxing card at the Superstudio in Milan on March 8. Three title fights top a nine-fight show.

Undefeated super middleweight Daniele Scardina (15-0, 14 KOs) takes on Henri Kekalainen (11-5, 5 KOs) for the IBF International 168lb crown.

Welterweight Maxim Prodan (15-0, 14 KOs) meets Steve Jamoye (25-6-2, 5 KOs) for the IBF International 147lb title. Continue reading “Italian boxing back on DAZN”

Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN have announced the second installment of their historic eight-year joint venture in Italy. Following the success of their inaugural event in November,…
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WBC #4 Wake halts Nakajima, avenges previous defeat

By Joe Koizumi

WBC #4 super-bantam, Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18 KOs), 122, avenged his previous defeat in 2012 as he caught up with his grudge rival Takafumi Nakajima (29-12-1, 13 KOs), 121.75, floored him twice and finally halted him at 2:20 of the sixth round in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

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Having tasted a bitter defeat by Jonathan Guzman via eleventh round stoppage to fail to win the IBF 122-pound belt in July 2016, Wake, a lefty sharpshooter, scored six victories since—all within the distance—to show he is ready to have another world crack soon. Nakajima wasn’t an easy target, but Wake, sharp and speedy, whipped him with precision to bring home the bacon.
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IBF #4 feather Reiya Abe (19-2, 9 KOs), 127.25, bloodied former amateur star Daisuke Sugita (4-1, 3 KOs), 127.5, dropped him twice in round five and pounded out a unanimous nod (80-70 twice, 79-71) over a lopsided eight. Abe had entered the world top ten by upsetting then rated veteran Satoshi Hosono (retired afterward) in October 2017, and scored four triumphs thereafter. The shifty southpaw Abe will have a long anticipated shot at the national 126-pound belt against Taiki Minamoto in the Carnival of Champions on May 1.

By Joe Koizumi WBC #4 super-bantam, Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18 KOs), 122, avenged his previous defeat in 2012 as he caught up with his grudge rival Takafumi Nakajima…
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