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July is a big month for the WBA

July will be a month of great boxing activity for the World Boxing Association (WBA). No less than seven championship fights will be sanctioned by the oldest organizing body in boxing. The first fight was held last Saturday in Kazakhstan as local fighter Beibut Shumenov stopped Hizni Altunkaya for the vacant WBA cruiserweight world title.

The second fight of the month will be Saturday in Germany was WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge will defend his crown for the fourth time against the Rocky Fielding.

On Sunday in Malaysia (Saturday night in the USA), boxing superstar Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao will challenge WBA welterweight champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse. Continue reading “July is a big month for the WBA”

July will be a month of great boxing activity for the World Boxing Association (WBA). No less than seven championship fights will be sanctioned by the oldest organizing body in…
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WBC #5 Nakatani finishes Filipino Alimento

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten flyweight prospect, WBC#5 Junto Nakatani (16-0, 12 KOs), 112, impressively disposed of WBO AP#10 Filipino Dexter Alimento (13-4, 9 KOs) at 0:36 into the third round of a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Having beaten world-rated Mario Andrade on a technical decision this April, the 20-year-old tall southpaw collected another victim to impress the audience. Continue reading “WBC #5 Nakatani finishes Filipino Alimento”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten flyweight prospect, WBC#5 Junto Nakatani (16-0, 12 KOs), 112, impressively disposed of WBO AP#10 Filipino Dexter Alimento (13-4, 9 KOs) at 0:36…
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IBF names Uzcategui full champion, Plant next

The IBF has elevated interim super middleweight titleholder Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui to full world champion status. The move came after reigning champion James DeGale relinquished the belt rather make his mandatory defense against Uzcategui.

“The Englishman (DeGale) chose to give up the title rather than face me,” said Uzcategui. “When he was crowned for the second time, I challenged him that night and he never accepted my challenge. The fight was mandatory, but he chose to vacate the title out of fear that I’ll defeat him.”

Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) must now defend against unbeaten Caleb Plant (17-0, 10 KOs) at the end of August. Continue reading “IBF names Uzcategui full champion, Plant next”

The IBF has elevated interim super middleweight titleholder Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui to full world champion status. The move came after reigning champion James DeGale relinquished the belt rather make his…
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WBSS: Payano added to bantam tourney

Former world champion Juan Carlos Payano is the latest addition to the World Boxing Super Series Season II bantamweight line-up. “I am very happy to join the tournament, ecstatic to be very honest. Looking forward to regaining my championship positions,” said Payano.

“It is great to see the best fighting the best and in the end being recognized as truly the best in the division.” Continue reading “WBSS: Payano added to bantam tourney”

Former world champion Juan Carlos Payano is the latest addition to the World Boxing Super Series Season II bantamweight line-up. “I am very happy to join the tournament, ecstatic to…
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Saul “Baby” Juarez returns on Boxeo Telemundo

All Star Boxing, INC president & CEO Felix “Tuto” Zabala announced the 2nd installment of the Boxeo Telemundo Ford summer series, featuring WBC Latino Champion Saul “Baby” Juarez, who will be defending his title against crosstown rival Mario “Mayonesas” Andrade. The title showdown billed “Por Orgullo Chilango” will take place at the famed Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico which has been home to many great battles on the Boxeo Telemundo platform. Continue reading “Saul “Baby” Juarez returns on Boxeo Telemundo”

All Star Boxing, INC president & CEO Felix “Tuto” Zabala announced the 2nd installment of the Boxeo Telemundo Ford summer series, featuring WBC Latino Champion Saul “Baby” Juarez, who will…
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Andy Ruiz: I’d love to face Jarrell Miller

Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. won his second consecutive bout Saturday night in Fresno, prevailing via uneventful unanimous decision over longtime division stalwart Kevin Johnson.

“I still need some work, but having these 10 rounds was a good experience. We’re just improving and getting better. I’d love to face Jarrell Miller or any of the big guys out there, and they’ll probably underestimate me after this performance. The next one will be different,” said Ruiz.

Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. won his second consecutive bout Saturday night in Fresno, prevailing via uneventful unanimous decision over longtime division stalwart Kevin Johnson. “I still need some work,…
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Salita Promotions inks Aslambek Idigov

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has signed Russian super middleweight prospect Aslambek Idigov to a promotional contract.

Undefeated Idigov (13-0, 5 KOs) hails from Grozny, Russia, but is currently training in Detroit with Javan SugarHill Steward at Kronk Gym. The 22-year-old slugger made his debut under the Salita Promotional banner last June, with an impressive unanimous 10-round decision over then once-beaten James Ballard at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Continue reading “Salita Promotions inks Aslambek Idigov”

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has signed Russian super middleweight prospect Aslambek Idigov to a promotional contract. Undefeated Idigov (13-0, 5 KOs) hails from Grozny, Russia, but is currently training…
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Pacquiao a 2:1 favorite to dethrone Matthysse

39-year-old ring legend Manny Pacquiao is a 2:1 favorite to dethrone WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pacman (59-7-2, 38 KOs) has parted ways with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and now is trained by longtime assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez. His company MP Promotions is promoting the card.

Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) and his team already arrived in Malaysia last week to get acclimated to the time and humidity.

The Pacquiao-Matthysse bout will only be available in the United States by live stream on ESPN+.

However, ESPN will be televising boxing Saturday night. The network presents WBC interim super lightweight champion Regis Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) versus Juan Jose Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs) before the Pacquiao-Matthysse stream.

39-year-old ring legend Manny Pacquiao is a 2:1 favorite to dethrone WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pacman (59-7-2, 38…
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Parker looking for redemption against Whyte

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be looking for redemption against WBC #1 Dillian Whyte when they clash at the 02 Arena London on July 29.

“In our last couple of fights, our offense has become a bit dormant,” Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry told the Herald on Sunday. “It’s time to wake it up. We need to pick our moments against Dillian. We won’t need to chase him, we know he’s going to be there. It’s no secret this is a dangerous fight for Joseph but it’s also a very dangerous fight for Dillian Whyte. This is our redemption fight!”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be looking for redemption against WBC #1 Dillian Whyte when they clash at the 02 Arena…
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Hammer looks forward to Shields showdown

Christina Hammer coming off her 12th world title defense, and becoming the first German fighter since Max Schmeling to successfully defend their world title in the USA, looks forward to fighting Claressa Shields in biggest women’s fight of all time.

Christina Hammer coming off her 12th world title defense, and becoming the first German fighter since Max Schmeling to successfully defend their world title in the USA, looks forward to…
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Ex-champ Argumedo defeats Calleros

Former IBF minimumweight world champion José “Tecuala” Argumedo (22-4-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Moisés “Taz” Calleros (28-9-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Parque San Rafael in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Scores were 99-90, 97-91 and 97-91 for Argumedo who is looking to land another title shot. He is rated IBF #11 at minimumweight and WBO #12 at junior flyweight.

Female featherweight Yareli Larios (13-1-1, 3 KOs) and Magaly Rodriguez (18-5-2, 9 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 77-75 Larios, 78-74 Rodriguez and 76-76.

Female super fly Alondra Garcia (19-3-1, 1 KO) outscored Valeria Perez (10-4, 2 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 78-74.

Former IBF minimumweight world champion José “Tecuala” Argumedo (22-4-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Moisés “Taz” Calleros (28-9-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Parque…
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Kavaliauskas, Vences victorious

Photos: Sumio Yamada

With the planned fight between WBC super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez and Danny O’Connor imploding 24 hours earlier, WBO #2, WBA #4, WBC #5 welterweight Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas and Juan Carlos Abreu stepped into the main event on Saturday night at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California. Two-time Olympian Kavaliauskas (20-0, 16 KOs) was cut over both eyes and had all he could handle with Abreu (21-4-1, 19 KOs) as he retained his NABF title with an unsatisfying ten round unanimous decision. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.

“Everything did not go as well as I expected. Abreu was very fast and very slick. In the beginning, I needed a couple of rounds to make adjustments,” Kavaliauskas said. “I’m ready for all of the big names. I give 200 percent in the gym and I will always give my best in the ring.”

Unbeaten super featherweight Andy Vences (21-0-1, 12 KOs) outscored Frank De Alba (22-4-2, 9 KOs) over ten rounds in a clash for the WBC Continental Americas title. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-92. Continue reading “Kavaliauskas, Vences victorious”

Photos: Sumio Yamada With the planned fight between WBC super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez and Danny O’Connor imploding 24 hours earlier, WBO #2, WBA #4, WBC #5 welterweight Egidijus…
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Pacquiao-Matthysse Notebook

Challenger Manny Pacquiao sparred for five rounds Saturday in General Santos City, Philippines, while WBA champion Lucas Matthysse doubled up the effort as the main combatants to “Fight of Champions” ground it out with seven more days before their monumental clash in Malaysia. Pacquaio, fighting for the first time after losing a controversial bout with Australian bruiser Jeff Horn last year, looked calm and happy with the way his preparations have transpired thus far. Continue reading “Pacquiao-Matthysse Notebook”

Challenger Manny Pacquiao sparred for five rounds Saturday in General Santos City, Philippines, while WBA champion Lucas Matthysse doubled up the effort as the main combatants to “Fight of Champions”…
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JBC#1 147lb Beppu demolishes Thai champ in one

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japan’s top welterweight contender Yuki Beppu (17-0-1, 17 KOs), 145.75, needed just 86 seconds of the first session to dispatch Thai super-light champ Phongsathon Sompol (8-4, 5 KOs), 145.75, in a scheduled eight on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Phongsathon attempted an opening attack, but Beppu, a sturdy hard-puncher, responded to his rally and dug a vicious right to the belly, which had the Thailander down for the count. Beppu, gunning for a shot at the national welter belt against also hard-punching Ryota Yada, will participate in an eliminator for #1 against Yuki Nagano in his home turf Kurume on October 21. Beppu, 27, was once held to a split draw by formerly world rated ex-OPBF titlist Charles Bellamy in January of the previous year, which was a good lesson for the upcoming prospect who had been castigated for the quality of his previous opponents. Continue reading “JBC#1 147lb Beppu demolishes Thai champ in one”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japan’s top welterweight contender Yuki Beppu (17-0-1, 17 KOs), 145.75, needed just 86 seconds of the first session to dispatch Thai super-light…
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Pacquiao-Matthysse on ESPN+

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. world champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse for the WBA welterweight title at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will stream live and exclusively in the United States next Saturday on ESPN+, the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service. This will be Pacquiao’s first fight since headlining cable television’s highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast since 2006, when he fought Jeff Horn in July of 2017 on regular ESPN.

“I am very happy that all of my fans in America will have a chance to watch my next fight on ESPN+, and I am looking forward to putting on a show,” Pacquiao said. “Matthysse is a great opponent. I am training with all of my heart because I want to be champion again.” Continue reading “Pacquiao-Matthysse on ESPN+”

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. world champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse for the WBA welterweight title at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will stream live and exclusively in the…
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Shumenov regains WBA cruiserweight title

Comebacking former world champion Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12 KOs) returned from a two year layoff and one year retirement to regain his previously-held and currently vacant WBA “regular” cruiserweight title against #3 rated Hizni Altunkaya (30-2, 17 KOs) via ninth round TKO on Saturday afternoon at the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan. Shumenov dropped Altunkaya in round one with a left hand to the body, then thoroughly outboxed Altunkaya until round nine when he dropped Altunkaya again. Altunkaya’s corner stopped the bout after round nine.

Comebacking former world champion Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12 KOs) returned from a two year layoff and one year retirement to regain his previously-held and currently vacant WBA “regular” cruiserweight title…
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Calderon, Yoon, Dychko victorious

A heated crosstown welterweight rivalry was decided tonight in front of a near sellout crowd at Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, as Miami’s Harold “King” Calderon (17-0, 10 KOs) out-worked and out-punched Miami’s formerly undefeated John David “Pretty Boy” Martinez (10-1, 8 KOs)

Fighting in the 10-round main event of Kris Lawrence’s Heavyweight Factory Boxing “Hometown Throwdown,” event, Calderon cruised to a dominant 10-round decision by scores of 99-91, 100-90 and 100-90. Continue reading “Calderon, Yoon, Dychko victorious”

A heated crosstown welterweight rivalry was decided tonight in front of a near sellout crowd at Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida,…
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LA Fight Club Results

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Los Angeles based Colombian bantamweight Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs) returned to the ring following his world title defeat to WBC champ Rey Vargas as he won a unanimous decision over Dhiul Olguin (13-9-3, 9 KOs) at LA Fight Club Friday night at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on the Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV main event. Fighting on the inside in the opening round Negrete and Olguin clashed heads a pair of times but no damage was done. In round two Negrete boxed as Olguin stalked. Attacking inside in round three Negrete stayed close as Olguin mixed and traded. Negrete landed the overhand right numerous times in the fourth as Olguin kept coming. Continue reading “LA Fight Club Results”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Los Angeles based Colombian bantamweight Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs) returned to the ring following his world title defeat to WBC champ Rey…
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ESPN Weights from Fresno, California

Egidijus Kavaliuskas 146.8 vs. Juan Carlos Abreu 146.6
(NABF welterweight title)

Gabe Flores Jr. 131.6 vs. James De Herrera 131.2
Andy Vences 129.4 vs. Frank De Alba 129.8
Andy Ruiz 252.2 vs. Kevin Johnson 257.4
Joseph Adorno 131.8 vs. Guadalupe De León 130
Rubén Rodríguez 140.6 vs. Richard Howell 140.8
Ivan Martino 120.8 vs. Santos Ortega 122
Manuel Manzo 119.8 vs. Sergio Lopez 117.2

Venue: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN, ESPN+

Egidijus Kavaliuskas 146.8 vs. Juan Carlos Abreu 146.6 (NABF welterweight title) Gabe Flores Jr. 131.6 vs. James De Herrera 131.2 Andy Vences 129.4 vs. Frank De Alba 129.8 Andy Ruiz…
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Shumenov, Altunkaya make weight

Beibut Shumenov 199.5 vs. Hizni Altunkaya 195
(WBA regular cruiserweight world championship)

Venue: Barys Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan
Promoter: KZ Event Productions

Beibut Shumenov 199.5 vs. Hizni Altunkaya 195 (WBA regular cruiserweight world championship) Venue: Barys Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan Promoter: KZ Event Productions

Ramirez talks about fight cancellation

WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez commented on his defense against Danny O’Connor being canceled due to O’Connor’s weight loss issues.

Jose Ramirez: “This is the first time I’ve been in this situation. I’m very shocked. I weighed in because I wanted to show everyone that I did my part and cut the weight that I had to cut. I sacrificed 10 weeks away from home and got myself ready for this fight. I don’t even know what to say. I hope the fans still come out tomorrow and support the show and support the movement, fighting for immigration.” Continue reading “Ramirez talks about fight cancellation”

WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez commented on his defense against Danny O’Connor being canceled due to O’Connor’s weight loss issues. Jose Ramirez: “This is the first time I’ve been…
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Ramirez-O’Connor is off

WBC super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez will not be defending his world title Saturday night in Fresno. Challenger Danny O’Connor was unable to cut the weight and was rushed to the hospital with severe dehydration.

According to Star Boxing, Danny woke this morning two pounds heavy and couldn’t trim the final two pounds. He collapsed leaving the sauna and EMTs were called. He was rushed to the hospital and admitted suspecting his kidneys may have shut down.

The ESPN-televised card will go on without hometown favorite Ramirez. The new main event is welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Juan Carlos Abreu.

WBC super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez will not be defending his world title Saturday night in Fresno. Challenger Danny O’Connor was unable to cut the weight and was rushed…
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Bency edges Campos in Managua

WRAM Boxing (William Ramirez) and Nica Boxing (Pablo Osuna) put on their second show in less than a month Friday afternoon at the Gimnasio Nicarao in Managua, Nicaragua. It was a very early start to the very full fight card, which gave the locals some very well received entertainment while protests are going on in many parts of the country. The show was actually pushed back one week but Ramirez was determined to have the event still happen and that it did.

The main event saw former WBA regional titlist Winston Campos (30-5-5, 18 KOs) and David Bency (13-9-1, 4 KOs) battle it out in a crossroads fight between the two countrymen. The referee had little work to do in this one was the evenly matched fight saw very few clinches. The two fought at close quarters the entire 8 rounds. Campos had Bency briefly in trouble in round 7 rocking him with a very hard combination. Bency was wobbled but weathered the storm. Campos was the harder puncher without a doubt but the judges favored the lighter punching but more active Bency. No scores were read but Bency was declared the split decision winner.

WRAM Boxing (William Ramirez) and Nica Boxing (Pablo Osuna) put on their second show in less than a month Friday afternoon at the Gimnasio Nicarao in Managua, Nicaragua. It was…
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Beauchamp defeats Brunker

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

New Zealand super featherweight Nort Beauchamp (17-2, 3 KOs) outpointed Joel Brunker (33-3, 19 KOs) over ten rounds via split decision by scores 99-91, 96-94, 93-97 at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia, on Friday. Brunker’s only other losses were to world champions Josh Warrington and Lee Selby. Southpaw Beauchamp is based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing New Zealand super featherweight Nort Beauchamp (17-2, 3 KOs) outpointed Joel Brunker (33-3, 19 KOs) over ten rounds via split decision by scores…
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Boyd, Telford, Meehan Victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten Sydney based featherweight Luke Boyd (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Tanawat Phonnaku (31-11-1, 19 KOs) in round one of a scheduled ten round WBF Silver International title bout at the Roma Function Centre, Liverpool, NSW, Australia on Friday. Boyd is a former Australian super-bantamweight champion.

In other action, light middleweight Ty Telford (4-0, 1 KO) edged Ruben Webster (8-2) over eight rounds with the WBF Australasian title up for grabs. Continue reading “Boyd, Telford, Meehan Victorious”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Unbeaten Sydney based featherweight Luke Boyd (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Tanawat Phonnaku (31-11-1, 19 KOs) in round one of a scheduled ten round…
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