Avni Yildirim sparring with “Canelo” Alvarez in L.A.

WBC International super middleweight champion Avni Yildirim has traveled from Turkey all the way to Los Angeles to help Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to get in shape for his rematch with Gennady Golovkin which will take place on Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas.

Yildirim made the trip to the United States only two weeks after his unanimous decision win over veteran Derek Edwards.

“When I heard that a great fighter like Canelo wants me in his camp I immediately confirmed and jumped on the next plane”, says Yildirim. “It is an honor for me to work with him and the experience will surely help me on my way to the World Championship.”

Yildirim is currently ranked no. 6 in the WBC ratings and hopes to get a shot at title holder David Benavidez rather sooner than later. “I always said that my goal is to win the Green and Gold belt”, states Yildirim. “And I will not let anybody or anything get in my way.”

The 26-year-old Turk was already close to securing a title shot before entering the World Boxing Super Series where he suffered his first career loss by the hands of Chris Eubank jr. in October 2017. “I made some stupid mistakes in the Eubank fight which I will certainly not make again”, says Yildirim. “But that experience only made me stronger.”

WBC International super middleweight champion Avni Yildirim has traveled from Turkey all the way to Los Angeles to help Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to get in shape for his rematch with…
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The 12th Round: Boxing, A Volcano in Constant Eruption

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

I miss so much writing my weekly column, which I will certainly continue from now on. This year begun with extreme demands for travel, meetings and activities all over which is shaping 2018 as yet another unbelievable year for boxing.

My dear father, Jose Sulaiman, often described boxing as a “Volcano in constant eruption “…. One day a huge problem or controversy arises, such gets resolved just to wake up the following day with a new one. The WBC has 166 affiliated nations and thus the complexities in administering the activities worldwide; Different standards, practices, culture and else makes effective and efficient communications a real challenge.

There have been incredibly high moments so far this year and a few lows which reminds us that there is still much to do to make boxing safer and better. Continue reading “The 12th Round: Boxing, A Volcano in Constant Eruption”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son I miss so much writing my weekly column, which I will certainly continue from now on. This year begun with extreme…
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Yamanaka-Calleros Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBO 105-pound champ Ryuya Yamanaka (16-2, 5 KOs), 105, impressively kept his belt in his initial defense as he was awarded a TKO victory after the eighth round when Mexican Moises Calleros (28-8-1, 16 KOs), 105, quit on the stool because of his absorption of punishment in the eighth on Sunday in Kobe, Japan.

Yamanaka utilized his faster left hand to be leading on points: Gerard White (US), Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) both 80-72, and Salven Lagumbay (Philippines) 78-74, all for Yamanaka. The ref was Jose Rivera (Puerto Rico). Calleros showed his retaliation with body shots to the fleet-footed champ in the third and fourth, but Yamanaka took the pace and accelerated his furious attack to hurt the game Mexican with a flurry of punches in the fatal session. Continue reading “Yamanaka-Calleros Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBO 105-pound champ Ryuya Yamanaka (16-2, 5 KOs), 105, impressively kept his belt in his initial defense as he was awarded a TKO…
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Ring photogs in focus at Briscoe Awards

Nine area photographers will each exhibit one photo highlighting local boxing action from 2017 at the 11th Annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday at the VBA Clubhouse in Philadelphia. The photos will also be judged by those attending the event to determine the “2017 Photo of the Year”. All attendees of the event will be given a ballot and asked to vote for their favorite photo from the nine selections. The photo chosen as the best of the year will win its photographer a Briscoe Award. Continue reading “Ring photogs in focus at Briscoe Awards”

Nine area photographers will each exhibit one photo highlighting local boxing action from 2017 at the 11th Annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday at the VBA Clubhouse in Philadelphia. The photos…
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Linares-Lomachenko Ticket Alert

In a battle of two of the world’s pound-for-pound best, Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares will defend his WBA title against Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko on Saturday, May 12, at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden. Linares vs. Lomachenko will be televised live on ESPN.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, Teiken Promotions, and Madison Square Garden, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 12 p.m. EST on Friday, March 23. Priced at $506, $406, $306, $206, $106, and $56, including facility fees, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at ticketmaster.com and MSG.com.

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Bruno: Parker is a very dangerous guy

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has warned WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua that WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be dangerous when they clash in Cardiff, Wales on March 31. “Anthony Joshua has got the size, the power, and the skill, and Parker is a guy who comes to him all the time,” Bruno told Sky Sports. “If Joshua moves around and uses his reach and his power, he should make it make it easier for himself. Joshua has a lot of skill, a lot of size, a lot of power. If he just relaxes and uses Parker to come in, it is as simple as that. If he is going to get macho and start wanting to tear up with him, then Parker is a very dangerous guy, very fit — he is on you all the time.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has warned WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua that WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be dangerous…
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WBF title twinbill in South Africa

By Ron Jackson

Real Steel Promotions presents two WBF title fights on Friday night at the Edenvale Community Centre, in Gauteng, South Africa, with junior-middleweight Emmany Kalombo against Nkululeko Mhlongo and Jackson Chauke going in against Sihle Jelwana at flyweight.

In the main bout of the evening, South African junior-middleweight champion Nkululeko Mhlongo (16-5, 12 KOs) faces the promising Emmany Kalombo (8-0, 8 KOs) from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a clash for the vacant WBF Intercontinental junior-middleweight title. Continue reading “WBF title twinbill in South Africa”

By Ron Jackson Real Steel Promotions presents two WBF title fights on Friday night at the Edenvale Community Centre, in Gauteng, South Africa, with junior-middleweight Emmany Kalombo against Nkululeko Mhlongo…
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Golovkin unloads: Canelo is cheating

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin doesn’t buy Canelo Alvarez’ claim that tainted meat is the reason he tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

“Again with Mexican meat? Come on,” Golovkin told reporters at his media day in Big Bear according to ESPN. “I told you, it’s not Mexican meat. This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion. Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening!”

As far as the Nevada Commission goes, GGG stated, “These people are terrorists, they are killing the sport, not just me.”

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin doesn’t buy Canelo Alvarez’ claim that tainted meat is the reason he tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. “Again with Mexican meat? Come on,”…
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Williams-Gallimore IBF eliminator set

Julian “J-Rock” Williams and Nathaniel Gallimore, two young, skilled contenders in the stacked 154-pound division, will clash in a 12-round world title eliminator on Saturday, April 7 live on SHOWTIME from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event will see WBA champion Erislandy Lara, the longest reigning world champion at 154-pounds, clash with undefeated IBF champion Jarrett Hurd in a highly anticipated 154-pound world title unification bout. The three-fight telecast also features Caleb Truax making the first defense of his IBF 168-pound title against James DeGale in a rematch of their exciting first bout in December.

Williams and Gallimore will look to put themselves into the mandatory position for the IBF Junior Middleweight World Title currently held by Hurd.

Julian “J-Rock” Williams and Nathaniel Gallimore, two young, skilled contenders in the stacked 154-pound division, will clash in a 12-round world title eliminator on Saturday, April 7 live on SHOWTIME…
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Golulamirian-Merhy clash for WBA cruiser belt

Unbeaten cruiserweights Arsen Golulamirian (22-0, 14 KOs) and Ryad Merhy (24-0, 20 KOs) collide this Saturday in Marseille, France for the WBA cruiserweight championship, which is currently vacant. Goulamirian, born in Armenia with French nationality, will try to maintain his immaculate record against Merhy, a native of Côte d’Ivoire of Belgian nationality.

Unbeaten cruiserweights Arsen Golulamirian (22-0, 14 KOs) and Ryad Merhy (24-0, 20 KOs) collide this Saturday in Marseille, France for the WBA cruiserweight championship, which is currently vacant. Goulamirian, born…
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Zeuge-Ekpo 2 this Saturday in Germany

WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (21-0-1, 11 KOs) will make the third defense of his title against Isaac Ekpo (32-3, 25 KOs) on Saturday at the Inselparkhalle Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The bout is a rematch. In their first clash in March of last year, Zeuge won a technical decision after a cut caused by a head clash.

WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (21-0-1, 11 KOs) will make the third defense of his title against Isaac Ekpo (32-3, 25 KOs) on Saturday at the Inselparkhalle Arena in…
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Payano-Plania elevated to co-main

Former WBA world bantamweight “super” champion Juan Carlos Payano’s 10-round fight against undefeated Philippine “Magic” Mike Plania has been elevated to the co-main event at this Friday’s “Rumble at the Rock” event at Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Payano (19-1, 9 KOs) vs. Plania (14-0, 7 KOs) will serve as the chief supporting bout to the 12-round WBA Interim World Bantamweight Championship main event between St. Louis’ Stephon “Showstopper” Young (17-0-3, 7 KOs) and Reymart “GenSan Assassin” Gaballo (18-0, 16 KOs) from General Santos City, Philippines.

Former WBA world bantamweight “super” champion Juan Carlos Payano’s 10-round fight against undefeated Philippine “Magic” Mike Plania has been elevated to the co-main event at this Friday’s “Rumble at the…
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Braulio Rodriguez has a broken hand

This past Saturday night at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, featherweight prospect Braulio Rodriguez (19-3, 17 KOs) was holding his own against undefeated prospect Christopher Diaz in a battle for the WBO-NABO Super Featherweight title. Then in round four, he suddenly could not continue. Rodriguez was later diagnosed with a Metacarpal fracture on his right hand.

“Braulio proved that he can compete with the top 130 pound fighters out there,” said his manager, Felipe Gomez of El Matador Management. “He suffered a freak injury before he could really get going. He was landing some good shots, and I feel he had a good chance of winning. When he heals, hopefully we can get a rematch or some big fight as I feel he should be in the mix for those opportunities.” Rodriguez is promoted by Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing.

This past Saturday night at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, featherweight prospect Braulio Rodriguez (19-3, 17 KOs) was holding his own against undefeated prospect Christopher Diaz in a…
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Rematch: McGregor a big favorite over Floyd

Betting establishments are posting lines on a possible Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor rematch, this time under UFC rules. Mayweather fueled the fire, telling TMZ he’s planning to get licensed as an MMA fighter. While any agreement is a long way off, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas reportedly installed McGregor as -1,000 favorite, while online sportsbook Bovada lists McGregor as a -900 pick.

Betting establishments are posting lines on a possible Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor rematch, this time under UFC rules. Mayweather fueled the fire, telling TMZ he’s planning to get licensed…
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Darragh Foley: Relikh is made for me

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

In the second installment of Johnny Lewis Fight Promotion Series, WBA #8 jr welterweight Darragh Foley (15-2, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous points decision over Canada’s WBA #10 Steven Wilcox (18-2-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday at the Star City Casino, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Foley, an Australia-based Irishman, prevailed by scores of 117-111, 118-110 and 116-112.

“I outboxed Wilcox,” said Foley. “They thought I was going to come out swinging but I showed I had boxing skills. I felt like I could have done another sixteen rounds against Wilcox. I was landing at will and he was visibly hurt three or four times. In round eight I wobbled Wilcox with a left hook. Continue reading “Darragh Foley: Relikh is made for me”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing In the second installment of Johnny Lewis Fight Promotion Series, WBA #8 jr welterweight Darragh Foley (15-2, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round…
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Smith focused on Ali, eying other fights

Liam Smith has extra motivation to regain the world title against Sadam Ali with the knowledge a host of Americans are queueing up for unification clashes and domestic rivals Kell Brook and Amir Khan have joined the division. Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs) takes on Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) in Verona, New York on May 12 in an attempt to recapture the WBO world jr middleweight crown he lost to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September 2016.

With the other belts at 154lbs held by Jarrett Hurd, Jermell Charlo and Erislandy Lara, “Beefy” Smith is adamant he’s the man to break the US monopoly and open up a host of options – including unifications and lucrative defenses. Continue reading “Smith focused on Ali, eying other fights”

Liam Smith has extra motivation to regain the world title against Sadam Ali with the knowledge a host of Americans are queueing up for unification clashes and domestic rivals Kell…
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Browne aims to win over Aussie fans

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne faces WBC #1 Dillian Whyte on Saturday at the 02 Arena in London. Fighting in Whyte’s adopted hometown may be just as well for Browne, whose popularity in his home country of Australia has been negatively affected by two failed drug tests.

“Jeff Horn, for example after he beat Manny Pacquiao, was given the key to his city and a parade,” Browne told Sky Sports. “I had four reporters wait for me at the airport, and that’s it. That was disappointing. It was because of who Horn fought – if I had fought Wladimir Klitschko, for example, it would have been different. Once the drugs thing came up, there were 10 people waiting to talk.” Continue reading “Browne aims to win over Aussie fans”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne faces WBC #1 Dillian Whyte on Saturday at the 02 Arena in London. Fighting in…
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Paro, Flanagan victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten southpaw Liam Paro (13-0, 9 KOs) captured the vacant Australian light-welterweight title when he stopped Melbourne based-English born Andrew Wallace (11-11-1, 7 KOs) at the conclusion of round three of a scheduled ten round bout at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Paro won rounds one, two and three and Wallace retired in the corner after suffering a cut eye. Paro is a chief sparring partner of WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn

Former world cruiserweight challenger Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (24-5, 17 KOs) stopped Uruguay’s Mauricio Barragan (16-3, 9 KOs) in round six of a scheduled ten round bout. Barragan came to fight, but the hard head and body shots of the world class Queenslander had the visitor in trouble and on the canvas in round six. Referee Derek Milham crowned Flanagan at 2:23. Flanagan challenged for the WBA world title against Denis Lebedev in 2017 losing a twelve round decision. Continue reading “Paro, Flanagan victorious”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Unbeaten southpaw Liam Paro (13-0, 9 KOs) captured the vacant Australian light-welterweight title when he stopped Melbourne based-English born Andrew Wallace (11-11-1, 7…
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Don King backing Ekpo and Mensah

World Boxing Association (WBA) Mandatory challenger Isaac Ekpo (32-3, 25 KOs) from Abuja, Nigeria, and Rafael “Sweet Pea” Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs) from Accra Ghana both recently arrived to the U.S. with a new manager, new direction and first full training camps with trainer Stacy McKinley, to prepare for their upcoming world title fights.

Ekpo arrived in Germany Sunday for a world title rematch against WBA Super Middleweight Champion Tyron Zeuge. Their first bout, almost a year ago to the day on March 25, 2017, ended in controversial fashion and a loss for Ekpo.

Mensah has been in serious negotiations to challenge WBA Super Featherweight Champion Alberto Machado (19-0, 16 KOs). Continue reading “Don King backing Ekpo and Mensah”

World Boxing Association (WBA) Mandatory challenger Isaac Ekpo (32-3, 25 KOs) from Abuja, Nigeria, and Rafael “Sweet Pea” Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs) from Accra Ghana both recently arrived to the…
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WBA orders Relikh-Troyanovsky and Roman-Flores

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has ordered the start of negotiations for mandatory world title fights in the super lightweight and super bantamweight divisions. At super lightweight, current champion Kyril Relikh must face #3 rated Eduard Troyanovsky. At bantamweight, current super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman and interim champion Moises Flores must face each other, per the WBA’s title reduction policy. The respective camps were given a period of 30 days to reach an agreement, otherwise the fights will be called to a purse bid.

In other WBA news, President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and WBA Directorate members, especially Director in Spain Pedro García, have voiced support for former WBA middleweight champion Javier Castillejo, who is in the running for a 2018 Princess of Asturias Award presented by the Spanish Boxing Association (AEBOX). The award honors those who have remarkable achievements.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has ordered the start of negotiations for mandatory world title fights in the super lightweight and super bantamweight divisions. At super lightweight, current…
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Results from Nashville

Rising prospect Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko (21-1, 18 KOs) put another victory in the books following a thoroughly dominant six round unanimous decision victory over veteran Lawrence Blakey (5-9-2, 2 KOs) last Saturday at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. Backed by a large group of fans, Agbeko took his time in the early going against his larger but defensively-minded southpaw foe. After getting into a rhythm, the Nashville transplant took over with a solid jab and crisp straight rights. Agbeko maintained his pace through the final bell while Blakey offered very little offensively. Scores were 60-54 twice and 59-55. Continue reading “Results from Nashville”

Rising prospect Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko (21-1, 18 KOs) put another victory in the books following a thoroughly dominant six round unanimous decision victory over veteran Lawrence Blakey (5-9-2, 2…
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Argentinean Lomachenko victorious

This past Saturday, two-time Olympian Alberto “The Argentinean Lomachenko” Melian, fought for and won his first professional title in only his second professional fight. Fighting at the Club Social y Deportivo Comercio in his hometown of Villa Dolores, Cordoba, Argentina, Melian (2-0, 2 KOs) captured the Argentine super bantamweight championship with an eighth-round TKO over countryman Julian Aristule (32-9, 16 KOs). Melian was down for the first time in his young career in the first round, but came back to floor Aristule in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds before his corner threw the towel at 0:15 of the eighth. Continue reading “Argentinean Lomachenko victorious”

This past Saturday, two-time Olympian Alberto “The Argentinean Lomachenko” Melian, fought for and won his first professional title in only his second professional fight. Fighting at the Club Social y…
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Heavyweight twinbill in Berlin announced

European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (17-0, 12 KOs) defends his title against Miljan Rovcanin (18-1, 12 KOs) on April 21 at the chic Estrel Hotel in Berlin, in largest hotel in Germany. Also on the card, WBO #5 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (20-0, 13 KOs) is defending his WBO Inter-Continental belt against KO artist Senad Gashi (16-0, 16 KOs). All four fighters were in attendance at the kick-off press conference.

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Agit Kabayel: “Rovcanin is a rather unknown quantity, but I take every opponent seriously. No one in sports wants to be second best. I don’t and I will defend my European title and then you can wait for the big world title chance!”

Miljan Rovcanin: “My last opponent in Germany (Alexander Dimitrenko) also didn’t know about me, and then he met me. For me, I won that fight – as I did all my professional fights and all my amateur fights!”

Tom Schwarz: “When I hear these comments by Senad Gashi, it already starts to get my blood boiling. He can say what he wants, but I’ll use my skills and show him what it feels like to lose!”

Senad Gashi: “I could quickly end this fight, but I’m going to make Tom Schwarz bite the dust in the 12th round! I’m getting married next week and Tom will not spoil my honeymoon!”

European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel (17-0, 12 KOs) defends his title against Miljan Rovcanin (18-1, 12 KOs) on April 21 at the chic Estrel Hotel in Berlin, in largest hotel…
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Dutchover still unbeaten

Unbeaten junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (8-0, 5 KOs) delivered an impressive performance in his main event debut Saturday night from the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, California. Dutchover, 20, thoroughly outboxed and outmaneuvered Ricardo Lopez (7-2-2, 6 KOs) to the tune of a one-sided unanimous decision win (scores: 59-55 all around). Continue reading “Dutchover still unbeaten”

Unbeaten junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (8-0, 5 KOs) delivered an impressive performance in his main event debut Saturday night from the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, California. Dutchover, 20, thoroughly outboxed…
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Full Report: Canizales-Konishi

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten Venezuelan Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16 KOs), 106.75, acquired the vacant WBA light-flyweight belt as he dropped also previously undefeated Japanese Reiya Konishi (15-1, 5 KOs), 108, in round three, withstood Konishi’s furious retaliation and strong pressure but displayed a last surge to earn a close but unanimous decision over twelve hard-round rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan.

The official tallies were as follows: Stefano Caruozza (Italy) 114-113, Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand) 115-112, Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 116-111, all for the fast-circling footworker. Continue reading “Full Report: Canizales-Konishi”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Venezuelan Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16 KOs), 106.75, acquired the vacant WBA light-flyweight belt as he dropped also previously undefeated Japanese Reiya Konishi…
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