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|Showtime Extreme Preview|
Press Release: Junior welterweight contender Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) and Adrian Granados (16-4-2, 11 KOs) faced off on Thursday ahead of their ten-round bout on Saturday, Nov. 28th, on Showtime Extreme. The broadast begins live at 9 p.m. ET/PT from Quebec City prior to that evening’s Showtime Championship Boxing telecast. In the Showtime Extreme opener, undefeated heavyweight Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) will face Joey Abell (31-8, 29 KOs) in a ten-round bout. Here is what the Imam, Grandados and Rivas had to say on Thursday:
|Rain can't save Zaveck from Lara|
Erislandy Lara TKO3 Jan Zaveck... Neither a rainstorm nor Jan Zaveck could deter Erislandy Lara as the Cuban-born southpaw convincingly defended his WBA 154-pound title with a third-round technical knockout in South Florida. Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) was uncharacteristically aggressive as he dominated his 39-year-old rival from the opening bell, not wasting any time following a rain delay at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino's outdoor arena in Hialeah, Florida. After having an easy time of it in the first two rounds, Lara hammered away at Zaveck (35-4, 19 KOs) in a corner of the ring in the third, highlighted by a head-popping straight left that split the guard of the former IBF 147-pound champion. Zaveck turned toward referee Telis Assimenios and simultaneously gestured with his outstretched right hand toward Lara, who nailed his Slovenian opponent with a couple of punches to the head before Assimenios stepped in to protect Zaveck and waved an end to the fight at the 41-second mark.
Zaveck said afterward that he experienced a muscle spasm in his right shoulder that he believes was caused by a punch to the right side of his neck in the final round. The technical knockout was Lara's third straight win since losing a split decision to Saul "Canelo” Alvarez in July 2014. source: premier boxing champions
|Rodriguez stops Aquino|
Emmanuel Rodriguez TKO7 Eliecer Aquino... In the night's other televised bout from South Florida, Emmanuel Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a third-round knockdown during a seventh-round stoppage win over Eliecer Aquino (17-2-1, 11 KOs). It was the 23-year-old Puerto Rican’s fifth straight win by stoppage. Aquino, from the Dominican Republic, was coming off a majority decision loss to undefeated Adam Lopez. This was a bantamweight bout. source: pbc
|DeGale vows to Stop Bute in six|
Press Release: Boldly predicting at least a sixth-round finish against hometown favorite Lucian Bute, a confident James DeGale held his IBF super middleweight championship belt high over his head in advance of Saturday’s Showtime's Championship Boxing event in Quebec City. “Gonna be six rounds, but it may be three,” DeGale repeated over and over as the fighters concluded their final shots for media members on Wednesday. DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs), from London, England, defends against former IBF 168-pound world champion Bute (32-2, 25 KOs), of Montreal, this Saturday. Click below to see what they had to say:
|Jo Jo Diaz headlines Dec. 18th Boxeo Estelar|
Press Release: Featherweight Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz Jr. (18-0, 10 KOs) will make his fifth appearance at Indio, California's Fantasy Springs Resort on Friday, December 18th, in a ten-round featherweight main event against Mexico City's Hugo Partida (20-6-2, 15 KOs) live on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV. Also on the show, Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (22-5, 15 KOs) from Nicaragua will take on Andrew Cancio (15-3-2, 11 KOs) from Blythe, California, in a ten-round featherweight bout.
|Former world cruiserweight champion O'Neill Bell murdered in Atlanta|
The boxing world is not immune to the epidemic of gun violence that plagues the United States. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, former world cruiserweight champion was gunned down by a pair of robbers in Atlanta. Not to be confused with the O'Neill Bell of an earlier generation who beat Fritzie Zivic and lost to Ray Robinson and Jake La Motta, Jamiacan-born, Atlanta-raised O'Neill "Supernova" Bell unified the world cruiserweight championship by defeating Dale Brown and Jean-Marc Mormeck in 2005 and 2006. The win over Mormeck was a thrilling bout that took place in New York's Madison Square Garden. Bell lost a very close rematch to Mormeck in Mormeck's native France in 2007. A 2008 loss to Tomasz Adamek effectively ended Bell's career, although he launched a brief comeback in 2011. Bell had a fine career, finishing up at 27-4-1. By winning three major belts, Bell matched the cruiserweight feat of another Atlanta boxer, Evander Holyfield. Unfortunately, he shared the same fate as another Atlanta champion, Vernon Forrest, who was also gunned down by robbers in Atlanta. Bell was just 40 years old. Boxingtalk sends its deepest condolences to the firends and family of former world champion O'Neill Bell. --Scott Shaffer
|Trenton, NJ lands Fox Sports 1 show|
Press Release: Juan Dominguez (19-0, 13 KOs) and Yenifel "Lightning" Vicente (27-3-2, 19 KOs) will meet in a ten-round featherweight showdown that headlines a Fox Sports 1 show on Tuesday, December 8th from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Additional televised action features cruiserweight Keith "Machine Gun" Tapia (16-0, 11 KOs) battling Garrett Wilson (16-9-1, 9 KOs) and middleweight Immanuwel Aleem (14-0, 9 KOs) facing Carlos Galvan (11-3-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
|Martin Murray laments a split-decision loss|
Press Release: Over the weekend, fighting in his home country of Germany, Arthur Abraham defended the WBO super middleweight title with a split decision win over England's Martin Murray. The bout was show domestically on Awe Network. Murray had previously lost middleweight title shots to Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin and drawn in title bid against Felix Sturm. This time, Murray seemed to be more active fighter and landed some big shots throughout the fight. In round eleven, Murray was deducted a point for holding which seemed like it could have been a deciding factor in the close battle but it did not come into play as Abraham won the debated decision by tallies of 116-111, 115-112 while Murray took a card 115-112. "Obviously I'm gutted," said Murray. "I really thought it was my night and when the final bell went - even though we were in Germany - I still thought I had it. I still thought I had done enough. When they said it was a split decision, even then I still thought I'd got it. I know I'm too good to retire but the way I am feeling now, what can I do?... I just can't keep doing this. I just can't keep doing it to my family."
|Tonight on ESPN: Lara vs. Zaveck|
Press Release: In Miami, Cuba's Erislandy Lara will defend his WBA 154-pound title against Jan Zaveck of Slovenia. Lara weighed in at 153.6, a shade higher than the 153.2 scaled by Zaveck, a former IBF welterweight titlist. The telecast will also feature bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) being tested by Elicer Aquino (17-1-1, 11 KOs). Lara might not be long for the 154-pound ranks. Jan Zaveck is just getting started there.
|Unbeaten featherweights added to sold-out show|
Press Release: Featherweight Josh Warrington will battle Jorge Sanchez at the sold-out O2 in London on December 12th, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Leeds favourite Warrington (22-0) is coming off two straight quality wins: Dennis Tubieron and Joel Brunker. Warrington will face a stiff test to end his year on a high as the Panamanian Warrington known as ‘El Bufalo’ heads to London with a 15-0 record. Warrington is hoping a win leads to a 2016 showdown with IBF featherweight king Lee Selby Warrington’s clash with Sanchez is part of a sold-out show headlined by heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
|Wanheng Menayothin is now 40-0|
Wanheng Menayothin TKO9 Young Gil Bae... Thailand's Wanheng Menayothin successfully defended his WBC 105-pound title by defeating an overweight, unqualified challenger from Korea, Young Gil Bae. Menayothin won via ninth-round tecnical knockout in Chonburi, Thailand. The champion was in control from the first bell and dominated the taller Bae. In round nine, the referee decided to end the punishment. Menayothin is now 40-0 with 15 KOs, while Bae, normally a flyweight, falls to 26-5-1 with 21 KOs. According to Asian Boxing, Bae had never fought at 105 pounds before, but the WBC approved him anyway, only to see him fail to make weight. Bae only has one recognizable name on his resume, a win over former Ricardo Lopez victim Mongkol Charoen... but when Bae beat Charoen, Charoen had no reported boxing matches for the prior 14 years! source: asian boxing / wbc website
|Rob Calloway publishes autobiography|Press Release:
Former heavyweight Rob Calloway has written his autobiography, entitled: Rob Calloway: All American Prizefighter. Calloway had 92 total fights, 76 wins (60 by knockout), 14 losses, and 2 draws. Calloway took the name of the All American Prize Fighter after his adopted hometown of St Joseph, Missouri won an All American City Award in 1996. Rob has received a Key to the city and a Day in Honor from his adopted hometown. He wound up fighting in over 20 different states and in 8 different countries: Germany, Australia, Denmark, England, Poland, Bahamas, China and Russia. He has faced some of the world's most famous boxers, including former heavyweight champions Hasim Rahman, Shannon Briggs, and Ruslan Chagaev two times with the first being a technical draw. Chagaev knocked out Calloway in two rounds in the rematch in Germany. Calloway’s autobiography is a look into the world of boxing, interspersed with inspiring glimpses into his personal life. It is available in paperback and Kindle: here
|Bektemirov to face Brand on Dec. 5th|
Press Release: Light heavyweight Medzhid "B-52" Bektemirov (16-0, 12 KOs), returns to the ring on December 5th at the Osceola Heritage Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Medzhid will square off against Alexander Brand (24-1, 19 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round bout that will be shown live on HBO Latino beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Brand will be a major step up in class for Bektemierov, definitely his toughest fight as a professional. Training out of Houston, Texas, Bektemierov, gives his thoughts on fighting Brand in his first televised bout.
|PBC expands to Fox with Garcia-Guerrero on Jan 23rd|
Press Release: Fox Sports has expanded its existing agreement with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) to include multiple primetime Saturday evening bouts on the Fox broadcast network and Fox Deportes in 2016. PBC on FOX debuts Saturday, January 23rd with a show headlined by Danny "Swift" Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) against former three-division titlist Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), live from Los Angeles' Staples Center. Garcia was the world junior welterweight champion until he decided to move up to 147 pounds.
|HBO Latino announces Dec. 12th tripleheader|
Press Release: Mexican welterweights Pedro Campa (18-0) and Aaron Herrera (21-3-1) will collide on an HBO Latino tripleheader on Saturday, December 12th at California's Glendale Civic Auditorium. With an injury to Artur Beterbiev, Cuba's Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) will fight for the IBF light heavyweight mandatory position against German-based Karo Murat (27-2-1, 17 KOs). The opening bout of the HBO Latino telecast will feature southpaw Jonatan "Oso" Tavira (12-3, 9 KOs) of Distrito Federal, Mexico against Arif "The Mayhem" Magomedov (16-0, 9 KOs) of Chekhov, Russia in an eight-round middleweight battle.
|Haye comeback announced for January 16th|
At a press conference in England, David Haye announced he will return to action on January 16, 2016 at London's O2 Arena. Haye's comeback opponent will be Mark De Mori, an Australian living in Croatia. Haye (26-2) formerly held the world cruiserweight championship and later, the WBA heavyweight title. He conquered the cruiserweight division with wins over Jean Marc Mormeck and Enzo Maccarinelli in 2007 and 2008. He moved up to heavyweight and barely edged out seven footer Nikolay Valuev for the WBA heavyweight title in 2009. Haye lost to the title to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011 and since then has only fought once: a 2012 win over Dereck Chisora. The 33 year-old De Mori is 30-1-2, with the lone loss comong against John Wyborn, a boxer with a losing record in 2004. He has remained active against lower lover competition. De Mori's career-best win is probably a 2008 unanimous decision over Ed Mahone. --Scott Shaffer
|Takayama books New Year's Eve title defense|
The respected Asian Boxing website reports that IBF 105-pound champion Katsunari Takayama (30-7) will defend his title on New Year's Eve against Mexico's Jose Argumendo, who has a modest 15-3-1 record. The fight will take place in Takayama's hometown of Osaka, Japan. New Year's Eve is huge boxing day in Japan, and this year, fans are really in for a treat as five world title fights are scheduled across three shows. Takayama-Argumedo will share the bill with Kazuto Ioka's WBA flyweight title defense against Juan Carlos Reveco. --Scott Shaffer
|Knockout reality show renewed for third season|
Press Release: About two months after Roy Jones ended season two with a knockout win at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, the reality-based television show Knockout announced it is returning for a third season. Filming is scheduled to begin in late February, with producers claiming th show will have a bigger budget and bigger names than in the first two seasons. Besides Jones, the second season of Knockout featured Keith Tapia, who has gone on to sign with Premier Boxing Champions, and Hylon Williams, who will be in action in December on HBO Latino.
|Chilemba gunning for light heavyweight title shot|Press Release:
This Saturday, Isaac Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) will take on Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (18-0, 10 KOs) for the WBC 175-pound mandatory position in Quebec City, Quebec. The winner will be in line to challenge Adonis "Superman" Stevenson for the World light heavyweight championship.
Chilemba, 28, was born in Blantyre, Malawi one of the poorest regions in the world. He moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2004 to pursue a professional boxing career. Over the last ten years since his professional debut, Isaac has very quietly climbed the ranks of the light heavyweight division.
|Feigenbutz-De Carolis II set for Jan. 9th|Press Release:
Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) will defend his WBA interim super middleweight belt on January 9th in a rematch with Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. Fighting in his native Germany, Feigenbutz won a close points decision against De Carolis in their first fight on October 17th, but this time, the 20 year-old has promised an improved performance as he intends to leave the decision in no doubt. "I wasn’t happy with my performance in our first fight,’’ said Feigenbutz. "Things went wrong and I did not give a full account of myself. I offered Giovanni a direct rematch immediately after the fight and I have stayed true to my word. This time, I will prove once and for all that I’m the better boxer, and there will be no question over the result!’’ Tickets are available online via www.tickethall.de
|Lara-Zaveck final press conference quotes|Press Release:
WBA 154-pound title holder Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) and Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs) took part in a press conference Monday afternoon in Miami, FLorida in advance of Wednesday's ESPN showdown at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino. In the chief support, Emmanuel Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) faces Elicer Aquino (17-1-1, 11 KOs) in bantamweight action. Tickets can be purchased online at www.myticketforce.com
, by phone at (877) 840-0457 or at the Hialeah Park casino cage. Here is what the fighters had to say Monday:
|London show planned for Jan. 30th|
Press Release: John Wayne Hibbert (16-3) defends his Commonwealth 140-pound title against Tommy Martin (13-0) in London's Copper Box on Saturday, January 30th, live on Sky Sports. Bioth men are coming off wins: Hibbert climbed off the canvas to stop Dave Ryan in the tenth round in September, while Martin stopped Michael Devine on the same bill. The main event will likely feature George Groves beginning a campaign for a fourth world title shot. However, no opponent has been named for Groves yet.
|Algieri and Browne opponents announced for Dec. 5th Showtime Extreme|
Press Release: Showtime Extreme will televise a ten-round welterweight match-up between former WBO titlist Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) of New York and Ecuador’s Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday, Dec. 5th from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In the opening bout on the Showtime Extreme broadcast, 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (16-0, 12 KOs), of Staten Island, New York will take on Francisco Sierra (27-9-1, 24 KOs) at light heavyweight. After Showtime Exteme's broadcast ends, head over to Showtime to see WBA featherweight titlist Jesus Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs) defending against Jonathan Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs), followed the the "Battle For Brooklyn" main event between WBA regular middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) facing ex-WBO titlist Peter Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs).
|Lightweight Eudy Bernardo signs promotional contract|
Press Release: Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced that Dominican lightweight Eudy Bernardo has signed with his promotional company. The 28-year-old righty sports a 20-0 record with 14 KOs. Bernardo trains out of Houston, Texas, with former IBF middleweight champion Frank Tate. "Eudy is a big lightweight at 5'11", with power in both hands," said Salita. "His skills, size and power give him the ability to be dominant in several weight classes. Indeed, he is a world-class prospect who is hungry to compete against the best fighters in his division. I have been hearing about his dominant skills for awhile and am very happy to be working with him!" Bernardo has 128 amateur fights under his belt, and turned pro in 2009; he became the lightweight champion of the Dominican Republic in 2010, and has mostly fought there.
|Rest in peace, Bob Foster|
The great Bob Foster, a former world light heavyweight champion, passed away over the weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Foster knocked out Dick Tiger for the world championship in 1968. Foster defended the title frequently, and in 1970, he stepped up to heavyweight, where he challenged the legendary Joe Frazier weighing just 188 pounds. Foster was stopped by Frazier but kept his light heavyweight title and remained dominant until 1972, when the heavyweight division again tempted Foster. Weighing 180, Foster lost to Muhammad Ali, but again returned to 175 with the belts still around his waist. Foster retired as a champion in 1974. He returned for a few more bouts with mixed success, but that did not diminish his Hall of Fame career in the least. When it was all over, Foster was 56-8-1. In retirement, Foster served his community as a police officer and passed away at age 77. Boxingtalk sends its deepest sympathy to the friends and family of the great Bob Foster. -Scott Shaffer
|Campfort preparing for IBF title shot this weekend|Press Release:
Since losing his second professional fight, Wilky "Silky" Campfort has defeated 19 consecutive opponents, including previously unbeaten Khurshid Abdullaev in March 2014.
“I can be slick when I want to, but I’ve chosen not to be since my second pro fight, which is the only one that I’ve lost,” Campfort says. “My attitude for every fight is, either I knock you out or you knock me out.”
Campfort’s ferocity was on full display during his last bout in September against Ronald Montes. In that contest, Campfort rose from a first-round knockdown before dropping Montes three times in the second to earn a technical knockout.
|WBA creates another dumb interim title|Press Release:
Kevin Mitchell (39-3) will face Ismael Barroso (18-0-2) for the vacant WBA interim Lightweight title at The O2 in London on December 12th, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The clash takes Mitchell back to the scene of his losing bid for the WBC against Jorge Linares in May, and the popular Londoner will need to be at his very best at the sold-out venue against the visitor.
[The title is a phony one] but the winner gets to challenge newly minted WBA titlist Anthony Crolla.
Mitchell’s clash with Barroso is part of a night of action at The O2 topped by Anthony Joshua British and Commonwealth heavyweight title clash with bitter rival Dillian Whyte. Also on the card will be
Chris Eubank Jr and Spike O’Sullivan meeting in a final eliminator for the WBA middleweight title and Liverpool cruiserweight Tony Bellew facing Mateusz Masternak.
|Canelo addresses possibility of GGG fight|
In the wake of his coronating victory over Miguel Cotto last night in Las Vegas, new world middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez briefly addressed the fight boxing fans want to see: Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, who holds the WBA and IBF middlewight titles. Golovkin is considered the most dangerous 160 pounder in the world and was avoided by Cotto. Alvarez claimed he is willing to fight Golovkin but at a weight lower than 160: "I'm not afraid of any fighter. Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin is a great fighter, and he is my friend. I have respect for him, but if we do fight, it's going to be at my weight class. I'm the champion, and I don't have to do what he wants." source: golden boy press release
|Canelo dominates Cotto for world middleweight championship, By G. Leon|
Saul Alvarez W12 Miguel Cotto: At 25 years old, Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez may already have confirmed his future induction into Canastota with a one-sided victory over Miguel Cotto. He gained the world middleweight championship (including WBC recognition) with a unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas. The larger of the two boxers, Alvarez was the aggressor throughout. He walked Cotto down and essentially made Cotto's highly touted left hook a non-factor. Alvarez landed the harder shots, particularly his uppercut, which he was able to land from distance on a consistent basis. Round eight was the best round of the fight and one that Cotto appeared to win, but othererwise, the Puerto Rican star's moments were too few and far between. Official scores were 118-110, 117-111, 119-109. Boxingtalk scored it 118-110 for Alvarez. The recent middleweight championship lineage is Bernard Hopkins >> Jermain Taylor >> Kelly Pavlik>> Sergio Martinez>> Cotto>> Alvarez source: hbo ppv
|Vargas stops Miura in fight-of-the-year finalist, By G. Leon|
Francisco Vargas TKO9 Hakashi Miura: Francisco Vargas and Hakashi Miura gave boxing fans an instant classic tonight in Las Vegas. The Mexican Vargas (23-0-1) took the WBC 130-pound champiomnship from Japan's Miura (29-3-2) in the last fight prior to the Miguel Cotto-Saul Alvarez headliner. In round one, Vargas nearly knocked Takashi down with a looping right hand. Despite doing his best to make it an early night, Vargas was unable to finish Miura off in the first and second rounds. In round three, Miura began to time his left hand and he dropped Vargas with a straight right hand at the end of round four. After being cut under his right eye by an accidental clash of heads in the earlier rounds, Miura opened a cut on top of Vargas' eye turning his face into a bloody mask. Rounds 5-8 were all Miura, as the soon-to-be-ex champ landed the cleaner, harder shots for the majority of those frames. But Vargas was not to be denied. He came out blazing in the ninth and dropped Miura with a series of heavy shots. After flopping around on the canvas, Miura made it to his feet and his found his balance. After not punching back for nearly 30 seconds, elite referee Tony Weeks appeared to stop the bout just when it seemed Miura was getting his feet back under him. Official time of stoppage was 1:31. source: hbo ppv
|Rigondeaux shuts out Francisco in snoozer, By G. Leon|
Guillermo Rigondeaux W10 Drian Francisco... In Las Vegas, Cuba's Guillermo Rigondeaux did what he usually does: he won every second of every round with his defensive genius, while reminding HBO why they decided to stop buying his fights. The world champion at 122 pounds, despite being stripped but he WBA and WBO, Rigondeaux improved to 16-0 after a double Olympic gold medal amateur career. Tonight's opponent, Drian Francisco of The Philippines, was overmatched and overwhelmed by the class of Rigondeaux and it was an extremely difficult fight to watch. Official scores were 100-90 (twice) and a ridiculous 97-93. Boxingtalk scored it 100-90 for Rigonedeaux of course. Francisco's record falls to 28-4-1. source: hbo ppv
|New champion alert: Anthony Crolla|Anthony Crolla KO5 Darleys Perez...
In one of the more inspiring boxing stories of 2015, England's Anthony Crolla won a world title less than a year after he suffered a fractured skull when battling burglars. In Manchester, England, "Million Dollar" Crolla knocked out Colombia's Darleys Perez in the fifth round to win the WBA lightweight title. The two had fought to a controversial draw just a few months ago. Crolla is now 30-4-3. Another Englishman, Terry Flanagan, holds the WBO version of the lightweight title, and with Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell, ex-titlist Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell also campaigning at 135 pounds, the English lightweight scene is an exciting one. source: bbc
|Abraham extends title reign with split decision win|
Arthur Abraham W12 Martin Murray... In Hanover, Germany, Arthur Abraham retained the WBO 168-pound championship by split decision over Britain's Martin Murray. British media called it a very close fight, and thankfully, an eleventh-round point deduction against Murray was not the deciding factor. Murray, who has now lost four world title challenges, started quickly against the German but tried running out the clock later, which did not work. Murray had a point deducted for holding in the eleventh round. The judges scored 115-112 and 116-111 for Abraham and 115-112 for Murray. Abraham is now 44-4, with this being his sixth straight super middleweight title victory. Murray is now a heartbreaking 32-3-1, with all three losses and the draw coming in world title fights. He may never get to the top of the mountain. source: daily mail
|Rios hands Velez first loss, By Javian Astacio|
Ronny Rios W10 Jayson Velez... Featherweight Ronny Rios (25-1 with 10 KOs) opened up the pay-per-view telecast from Las Vegas with a unanimous decision against Puerto Rico's Jayson Velez (23-1-1 with 16 KOs). The entertaining fight got off to a great start with each fighter winning a couple of rounds. Rios inappropriately lost a point for low blows in round five. He was warned and ultimately penalized for a handful of punches that were below the belt line, but well above the bellybutton. In round six, Velez appeared tired and began to fade fast. At this point, Rios took over and repeatedly landed power shots with both hands for the majority of the remaining action. Official scores were 97-92, 95-94 and 96-93. Boxingtalk scored it 97-92 for Rios. source: hbo ppv
|Not tonight: Caballero-Haskins|
The Desert Sun reports that Randy Caballero has lost the IBF bantamweight title on the scales. Caballero was coming back from an injury and was slated to face interim titlist Lee Haskins of Britain in Las Vegas as part of tonight's big pay-per-view show. Caballero says he weighed 119 pounds on Thursday night, meaning he needed to lose one pound for Friday's weigh-in. he can't explain how he came in at 123.5 pounds. The bout was cancelled and Haskins becomes the new IBF bantamweight champion. Caballero's father said the boxer is "devastated" by this turn of events. --Scott Shaffer
|Zurdo Ramirez wins by decision|
Gilberto Ramirez W10 Gevorg Khatchikian... In Las Vegas on Friday, super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez moved one step closer to a title shot with a unanimous decision win over Gevorg Khatchikian. Ramirez's body work was the story of the night as two of the judges scored it a 100-90 shutout. The third judge saw it 99-91. Ramirez improves to 33-0 and is hoping for a shot at Arthur Abraham's WBO title. Khatchikian falls to 23-2. source: top rank twitter feed
|Today on Awe Network: Abraham-Murray and Perez-Crolla II|
Press Release: British boxers Anthony Crolla and Martin Murray have backed each other to land world titles tonight, with both bouts to be aired in the United States on Awe Network. Murray faces WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in Hannover, Germany while Crolla meets Darleys Perez in a rematch for the WBA lightweight title in Manchester, England. Awe Network will show both as in a split-site doubleheader beginning at 3 PM ET / 12 noon PT.
|Broadway Boxing: Galeano captures NY state title|
Chris Galeano W10 Shawn Cameron... On Friday in Brooklyn, NY, the Bronx's Chris Galeano and Brooklyn's Shawn Cameron headlined Broadway Boxing with the vacant New York State middleweight title at stake. The ten-round affair was a boxer versus puncher match-up between two southpaws. Many rounds consisted of exciting exchanges when the two engaged on the inside. Cameron, the boxer, appeared to control the early rounds with his pressure and aggression, throwing in combination. However, by the fifth frame, he was winded and Galeano's slick boxing skills took over. Over the second half, Galeano countered Cameron's wide-open advances with straight lefts. Cameron's offense was reduced to throwing wild bombs. The judges scored it 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93, all for Galeano, who improved to 10-0 with 1 KO, while Cameron suffered his first defeat, bringing his record to 10-1 with 5 KOs. source: dibella entertainment
|Diego De la Hoya wins in Las Vegas|
Diego De La Hoya W8 Giovanni Delgado... In Las Vegas, Diego De La Hoya (13-0, 7 KOs) defeated Giovanni "Lloviznas" Delgado (15-4, 9 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight main event, live on Estrella TV. De La Hoya won via unanimous decision in a fight that saw back-and-forth action. Both fighters traded combinations in the middle of the ring. Delgado proved a difficult opponent, landing hard combinations to the body and then following up with shots to the head of De La Hoya. De La Hoya showed his toughness and durability, taking Delgado's shots and countering with clean effective punches of his own.
John K. Sosa TKO6 Alan Sanchez... Puerto Rico's John Karl Sosa (13-1, 6 KO's) stopped Alan Sanchez (17-3-1, 9 KO's) of Fairfield, CA in the sixth round of an eight-round welterweight bout. source for all results: golden boy press release
|Gutknecht to face Torosyan instead of Zeuge|Press Release:
Arman Torosyan (16-2-1, 13 KOs) has stepped in as a late replacement to face
Eduard Gutknecht (28-3-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday in Hannover, Germany.
Gutknecht was originally scheduled to fight Tyron Zeuge, but yesterday the Berlin boxer was forced to withdraw citing a viral infection.
‘‘We spoke to Arman last night after it became apparent that Tyron would be unable to compete and he accepted the fight immediately. He has not stopped training since his last fight and he is eager to cause an upset,’’ "
said Christian Meyer, CEO of Sauerland Event.
This could well be my last chance,’’ said Torosyan, who returns following a points loss to Nuhu Lawal in October. ‘’In my last fight, I didn’t box to the best of my ability, so against Gutknecht, I want to show that I should not be written off.’’
In the main event, Arthur Abraham defends his WBO 168-pound title against Britain’s Martin Murray.
|Tonight on Tru TV: Ramirez vs. Khatchikian|
Super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez (32-0, 24 KOs) of Mexico faces Gevorg Khatchikian (22-1, 10 KOs) of the Netherlands in a ten-round bout that headlines on Tru TV tonight. Both men weighed in at 167 pounds. Opening the Tru TV telecast will be Saul Rodriguez (18-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Ivan Najera (16-1, 8 KOs) in a ten-round lightweight scrap. Najera outweighed Rodriguez by 134.6 to 131. Boxing champions Gennady Golovkin, Timothy Bradley, Jr. and Terence Crawford are all scheduled to be ringside at at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, as are Felix Verdejo, Oscar Valdez and Nonito Donaire.
|Tonight on Estrella TV: Diego De La Hoya vs. Giovanni Delgado|
Tonight on Estrella TV, Golden Boy presents Diego De La Hoya vs. Giovanni Delgado in an al-Mexican featherweight battle scheduled for eight rounds. The bout will be held at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel. De La Hoya (12-0) weighed in at 123.6 pounds, while Delgado (15-3) came in a shade lighter at 123.4 The chief supporting bout is an eight-round welterweight contest between Puerto Rico's John Karl Sosa (13-0) and California's Alan Sanchez (16-3-1). Both men weighed in at 146.4.
|Yawn! WBA orders Chagaev-Browne|
WBA regular heavyweight titleholder Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs), originally from Uzbekistan, has been a titleholder in search of a challenger. He won the paper WBA title in July 2014 against Fres Oquendo by majority decision (the final scores were 114-114 and 115-113 twice). In the first defense of his crown a year later, Chagaev demolished Francesco Pianeta via first round knockout. He was supposed to fight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne, the undefeated slugger from Australia but Oquendo settled a lawsuit when the WBA ordered a rematch. But in late September/early October 2015, Oquendo suffered a shoulder injury. According to WBA Championship Committee Chairman, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza Jr., “based upon the medical report from Oquendo’s doctors, Oquendo will not be fit to fight until at least May 2016. It is unclear whether this means fit to fight in any boxing match, or fit to fight for the world heavyweight title. In any event, Oquendo is unavailable due to his injury, so Chagaev will face Lucas Browne as his mandatory defense.”
|Guevara preparing for title defense in Japan|
The WBC reports that its 108-pound title holder Pedro Guevara will travel to Japan to defend against Yu Kimura on November 28th. Guevara, from Mazatlan, Mexico, has a record of 26-1-1 with 17 KOs. Kimura is a typical WBC soft touch. He's 17-2-1 with few quality wins on his resume. Guevara has been working with trainer Marcos Hernández and conditioner, Miguel Mendoza. He applied the finishing touches with five sparring sessions. “I am motivated, defending my prime position as champion in the same place I conquered the crown. I'm going there a champion and that's exactly how I'll be returning. We know how to defeat Yu Kimara and we are completely focused for this commitment."
|Rigondeaux: "I don't need to say I am the best. I demonstrate it"|
Press Release: Fighters featured on the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez undercard hosted a media workout in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino ahead of their scheduled fights on November 21. World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) of Cuba and his next opponent, Drian Francisco (28-3-1, 22 KOs) of the Philippines took part in an open media workout in advance of their bout on Saturday, which will be part of the pay-per-view broadcast from Las Vegas. Saturday's main event will be Miguel Cotto defending the world middleweight championship against Saul Alvarez. Here is what Rigondeaux and Francsico had to say in advance of their ten-round bout:
|Tyron Zeuge too sick to fight this weekend|
Press Release: Illness has forced Tyron Zeuge (17-0, 10 KOs) to withdraw from his fight with Eduard Gutknecht (28-3-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday in Hannover, Germany. Zeuge’s coach Karsten Roewer revealed that the 23 year-old contracted a viral infection that has left him unable compete. "Tyron is currently in bed suffering from flu-like symptoms,’’ said Roewer. "It would make no sense for me allow him to fight in this condition. Although it is unfortunate for the fighters and the fans, my boxer’s health must come first.’’
|Lara talks about next week's fight vs. Zaveck|
Press Release: Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) is wrapping up his final days of training camp in anticipation for his Wednesday, November 25th fight against Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs). Lara will be defending his WBA 154-pound title on a Premier Boxing Champions show aired on on ESPN from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami. Here is what Lara had to say about facing Zaveck, a former IBF 147-pound titlist:
|Philly update: Undefeated Aikens trying to jump start career|
Press Release: This Friday night, November 20th, King's Promotions will present professional boxing at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. In the main event, Frank De Alba (16-1-2, 6 KO's) of Reading, PA will take on Jesus Lule (7-14-1, 1 KO) of Fort Myers, FL in a six-round junior lightweight bout. In the six-round co-feature, super middleweight Antowyan Aikens (10-0, 1 KO) of Atlantic City, NJ will take on Tahir Thomas (4-0, 3 KO's) of Salisbury, Maryland. The 26 year-old Aikens has had several occurrences of being inactive. Having fought only ten times since turning pro in 2011, he will be making his first start under the King's Promotions banner.
|Cotto not concerned about WBC stripping him|Press Release:
World middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and former junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) made their grand arrivals at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of their Nov. 21st middleweight world championship showdown, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Click the link below to see what the fighters and their trainers had to say at today's grand arrivals:
|Khatchikian: "Zurdo made a big mistake taking this fight"|Press Release:
Say "adios" to the niceties. The featured boxers headlining this week's Friday Night Knockout on truTV have only one thing on their minds -- their opponents. At their media workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, the four young warriors -- super middleweights Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez and Gevorg Khatchikian, and lightweights Saul "Kid Dynamite" Rodriguez and Ivan "Bam Bam" Najera, who boast a combined record of 88-2 (55 KOs) -- took time out to discuss their Friday night battles which will take place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Here's what they had to say:
|Oklahoma show announced for January|
Press Release: Oklahoma middleweight Bo “Hands of War” Gibbs Jr. (14-0) will face Arkansas' Delray “The Rainmaker” Raines (19-11-2) in a ten-round bout Saturday, January 9th at the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, OK. A solid amateur who made it to the US Championships and National Golden Gloves, Gibbs has fought all of his pro bouts in Oklahoma and brings a large crowd with him each time.
|Cotto balks at WBC demand for $300,000; gets stripped of title|
Mexican sanctioning body the WBC announcesd that effective immediately it has stripped world middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of the WBC middleweight championship. The WBC said that if Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wins Saturday's fight against Cotto, he will be recognized as the WBC middleweight world champion. The WBC did not elaborate how the WBC title would be handled were Cotto to defeat Alvarez. Although the WBC claimed some kind of moral high ground behind the decision, but as ESPN reports, the real reason is that Cotto balked at the $300,000 demand for a sanctioning fee. Looking further down the line, the WBC previously ordered the Cotto-Alvarez winner to face Gennady Golovkin, and perhaps Cotto was also influenced by a desire to avoid Golovkin (whom many consider the most dangerous middleweightin the world). Boxingtalk will continue to recognize Cotto as the world middleweight champion unless he loses, retires or leaves the weight class.
|Deion Jumah sees action in Germany this weekend|
Press Release: Deion Jumah (5-0, 3 KOs) is back in action on Saturday night against Italy’s Fabrizio Leone (6-7, 5 KOs) on the undercard of Arthur Abraham’s super middleweight title fight against Martin Murray at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. The 26 year-old Jumah returns following the third-round stoppage of Karel Horejsek in June, and having spent the past five months sharpening his skills in the gym, the Adam Booth trained fighter is looking forward to showcasing his improvements.
|Jacobs-Quillin conference call transcript|
PRESS RELEASE: Peter Quillin: "I want to give thanks to God for all the opportunities that I’m allowed to have. I want to lift all the blessings that he’s let me receive back up to Him, my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. I want to thank Showtime for allowing this fight to be aired on their telecast. Such hard workers there. I want to thank some of the lead people in the sport today. I want to thank Lou DiBella who I’ve known so many years and I’m very thankful to be back reunited with him, especially when he started a lot of parts in my career in the first part and now we’re at this point together.
|Abraham motivated by Murray challenge|
PRESS RELEASE: Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) aims to extend his WBO title reign at 168 pounds with a victory over Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, November 21st at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. The 35 year-old has rolled back the years with wins over Nikola Sjekloca, Paul Smith and Robert Stieglitz since reclaiming his WBO title in March 2014. As he prepares for a fifth successive defense, ‘King Arthur’ reveals his reasons for selecting the British boxer as a voluntary challenger.
|James De Gale workout quotes|
PRESS RELEASE: Two days before he departs for Canada, IBF 168-pound champion James “Chunky” DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) held an open media workout at the Stonebridge Boxing Club in London as he nears completion of a 10-plus week training camp for his title defense against former world champion and Canadian fan favorite, Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs), of Montreal, on Saturday, Nov. 28th, live on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT) from the Vidéotron Centre of Quebec City. Here’s what DeGale had to say on Monday:
|Freddie Roach to train Jean Pascal|
A press conference was held earlier today to announce Freddie Roach as the new head coach of former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. "Freddie Roach is one of the greatest trainers of all time and I'm very happy to be working with him. I realize to make some changes and correct certain mistakes to defeat Kovalev, and I'm very confident that with Freddie in my corner I will improve the way Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto have under his guidance," said Pascal, who is scheduled to face WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on January 30 in a rematch of their March 14, 2015 fight of the year finalist.
|Toka Kahn Clary in action Friday night|
PRESS RELEASE: Undefeated featherweight prospect Toka "T-Nice" Kahn-Clary (16-0, 10 KOs) may be the best, relatively "unknown" prizefighter in the country, at least outside of New England. A decorated American amateur who had a 131-11 record, highlighted by a gold-medal performance at the 2010 National Golden Gloves Tournament, Kahn-Clary returns to the ring this Friday night (Nov. 20) at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas against Mexican opponent Sergio "Cuatito" Lopez (19-9-1, 13 KOs) in what is supposed to be Kahn-Clary's last scheduled eight-round bout before he graduates to 10-rounders.
|Martin Murray believes his time has come to become world champion|
Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) believes the time has come for him to be crowned World Champion as he prepares for his fourth World title tilt against WBO World Super Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) on November 21 at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany.
The St. Helens man is unlucky not to have already claimed World honours having been held to draw by Felix Sturm in 2011 and finding himself on the wrong end of a continuous points decision to Sergio Martinez in 2013.
A brave performance against Gennady Golovkin followed in 2015, but was not enough to capture the Kazakh’s middleweight titles. Now, the former British and Commonwealth Champion believes the ‘time is right’ as he intends to draw on past experience to dethrone the German Champion.
‘’Abraham is a great champion and I’m expecting a tough fight but I just feel that the timing is right for me now,’’ reveals Murray. ‘’I think my first World title fight against Sturm may have come a little bit too early. I jumped straight from domestic to world level, so even though there was an argument to say I won that fight, I think it came to soon for me.
‘’Against Martinez, I knew I could win but going into the fight there were still some doubts. Whereas this time, I know I have it within me to win. I’ve got the ring experience, I’ve got the know-how, and I really feel, despite being in Germany, I’m going to get a fair crack of the whip.’’
Murray, who has recorded three wins inside the distance since moving up to super middleweight, says he is expecting the ‘best Arthur Abraham’ having been impressed with the Champion’s recent performances.
‘’Arthur has looked great in his last two performances,’’ said the 33 year-old. ‘’I think I’ll be facing the best Arthur Abraham on Saturday night. He may of overlooked Paul Smith a little bit in their first fight, but I don’t think he is going to overlook me. He knows this is a massive fight for him and a risky fight, so I’m sure he’s going to turn up in top condition.’’
The WBO World Super Middleweight Championship fight between Arthur Abraham and Martin Murray will be broadcast live on Sat.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK. Tickets are available online via www.tickethall.de
|Del Valle improves to 20-2|
Luis Del Valle TKO2 Juan J. Beltran ...Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle improved to 20-2 with 15 knockouts following a one-sided beatdown of Juan Jose Beltran (29-25-3) on Saturday in Comierio, Puerto Rico. Del Valle dominated from the get go, dropping his Mexican foe in the opening round then following up with an onslaught of punches. Del Valle continued to take the fight to Beltran in the second, ripping him with hard shots. Beltran elected not to come out for the third round. “I went in there and did what I had to,” said Del Valle. “Beltran came into this fight over the original contract weight by a significant amount, so I had to make him pay the price because I work hard in camp. Even with the unexpected weight issue, I did what I was expected to.” source: knockout publicity press release
|Kovalev tweets that Pascal rematch is on|
Sergey Kovalev, the WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion, tweeted that he will be giving former world champion Jean Pascal a rmeatch on January 30th. Kovalev tweeted: "Start the count. 30|01|2016. #REMATCH #KRUSHERvsPASCAL2." In March 2015, Kovalev stopped Pascal in the eighth roundof an exciting bout. More details to follow... --Scott Shaffer
|MMA: Ex-boxer Holly Holm destroys Ronda Rousey|
Holly Holm KO2 Ronda Rousey... The biggest stadium show in UFC history was host to one of the biggest mixed martial arts upsets ever, as ex-boxer Holly Holm dethroned superstar Ronda Rousey Saturday night with a second-round knockout at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. In the second round, a straight left from Holm rocked Rousey, and as the Californian staggered, Holm cracked her with a flush left kick to the head. Rousey crumbled to the canvas - her head hitting the deck hard - and after three follow up punches, Dean stopped the fight at 59 seconds of round two, capping off the stunning upset. With the win, the 34-year-old Holm ups her unbeaten record to 10-0 in MMA (she was 33-2-3 as a boxer). The 28-year-old Rousey falls to 12-1. source: ufc press release
|Have you Hurd the news? Galarza beaten in ShoBox main event|
Jarrett Hurd TKO6 Frank Galarza.... Undefeated junior middleweight Jarrett Hurd handed Frank Galarza the first loss of his career with a sixth-round TKO in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Saturday in Las Vegas. Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KOs), who was fighting for his fourth time on ShoBox and favored against the relatively unknown Hurd, became the 136th fighter to suffer his first loss on the prospect developmental series. Hurd, of Accokeek, Md., blasted Galarza with a big uppercut in the sixth, forcing a clearly finished Galarza to turn his body away in defeat. Referee Russell Mora had seen enough and stepped in to stop the bout at :59. source: showtime press release
|Stiverne knocked down but defeats Rossy|
Bermane Stiverne W10 Derric Rossy... In a non-televised bout from Las Vegas, former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) defeated Derric Rossy (30-11, 14 KOs) via unanimous decision (95-94, 96-93, 96-93) in his first fight since losing the title to Deontay Wilder last January. Stiverne, however, was knocked down in the first round. "I feel good—it was great to be back in the ring again,” Stiverne said. "I wasn't rusty, but maybe I sparred too much in the gym. He was a tough guy. The knockdown was more of a flash knockdown. It was a good punch, but I was a little off balance, too. I'm ready to get back in the ring soon and work my way back to become a world champion again." source: showtime press release
|More ShoBox results|
Sergiy Derevyanchenko TKO3 Jessie Nicklow... At the hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Sergiy Derevyanchenko defeated Jessie Nicklow with a diet of body shots and uppercuts in a dominating, third round stoppage. Derevyanchenko (7-0, 5 KOs) attacked Nicklow from the outset, landing 72 percent of power punches and 56 percent of his total shots. The durable Nicklow, who took the fight on short notice, could do nothing against the former Ukrainian amateur standout. In the third, Derevyanchenko backed Nicklow (25-8-3, 8 KOs) against the ropes and unleashed a series of punishing shots against a defenseless opponent, forcing referee Jay Nady to step in and halt the contest at 2:18 of the third.
David Benavidez TKO3 Felipe Romero... In the opening bout of the telecast, 18 year-old light heavyweight David Benavidez scored three knockdowns en route to a first round TKO (2:00) of Felipe Romero. source for both results: showtime press release
|Trey Lippe-Morrison now 10-0 after easy win|
Trey Lippe-Morrison KO1 Bobby Thomas... Fighting in his home state, heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison (10-0 with 10 KOs) scored an eighty-second knockout of Bobby Thomas at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. With trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, Lippe-Morrison connected with a hard right hook to Thomas' head just over a minute into the opening stanza, sending Thomas to the canvas. The referee started to count before realizing Thomas was in no position to continue, waiving the bout off at 1:20. [Thomas, normally a cruiserweight, drops to 14-5-1 with his third straight loss].
Kenzie Witt KO2 Jordan Brown... In undercard action, fellow unbeaten heavyweight Kenzie Witt of Bartlesville, OK, scored a second-round knockout of Jordan Brown (3-3). Witt (6-0-1) is, like Lippe-Morrison, the son of late heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison. source for both results: press release
|La Bomba dropped twice but prevails in three|Edwin Rodriguez TKO3 Michael Seals...
On Friday in Biloxi, Mississippi, Edwin Rodriguez barely survived the first round after being floored
twice, but he quickly rallied to stop Michael Seals in the third round,
using three knockdowns of his own. J
ust 24 seconds into the third, the Dominican native finsihed off his unbeaten foe, officially scoring a TKO for his fourth consecutive victory and third straight stoppage. source: premiere boxing champions
|Williams stops Savigne in night of knockdowns|
Thomas Williams Jr. TKO2 Humberto Savigne... In another 175-pound bout in Biloxi, Mississippi, Thomas Williams Jr. and Humberto Savigne announced bad intentions from the get-go, with the fighters trading knockdowns early in the first round. Williams took control in the second round, nailing his opponent with a left hook to begin a flurry of punches that sent Savigne to the canvas for a second time. Savigne tried to launch an offensive of his own, but Williams survived the assault and reeled off a string of shots to Savigne’s head to earn the stoppage at 1:48 of the second round. source: premier boxing champions
|Tonight on Showtime: Galarza vs. Hurd|Press Release:
A ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader will be highlighted by a junior middleweight match-up between Frank
Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY and undefeated Jarrett Hurd (16-0, 10 KOs), of Accokeek, Md. in a ten rounder.
Galarza and Hurd, both tipped the scales at 154 ½ pounds each.
Former Ukrainian Olympian Sergiy Derevyanchenko (6-0, 4 KOs, WSOB: 23-1, 7 KOs) faces Jessie Nicklow (25-7-3, 8 KOs) in the eight-round super middleweight co-feature.
Derevyanchenko measured at 164 ¾ pounds, while his opponent, Nicklow, weighted 165 ½.
Also on the telecast, David Benavidez (10-0, 9 KOs), of Phoenix, Ariz., makes his ShoBox debut against Felipe Romero (15-9-1, 9 KOs), of La Paz, Mexico, in an eight-round light heavyweight matchup.
Benavidez measured at 171 ¼ pounds while his counterpart, Romero, weighed-in at 173 ½ pounds.
|Tonight on Spike: Rodriguez vs. Seals|
Press Release: Tonight on Spike TV from Biloxi, Mississippi, a quartet of boxers will strive to leave their imprint on the light heavyweight division. Edwin Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) is nicknamed “La Bomba” for both his punching power and Dominican roots. Once a force at 168 pounds until he suffered his only career loss against division kingpin Andre Ward in November 2013, Rodriguez is working his way towards a 175-pound title shot. Tonight, he will face Michael Seals (19-0, 14 KOs), who at 6 feet 3 inches, is a tall order literally and figuratively. In the other featured bout, southpaw Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (18-1, 12 KOs) faces Cuban veteran Humberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs). After his ten-fight winning streak came to an end in February against then-unbeaten Craig Baker, Savigne is looking to bounce back in style against Williams to see if the “Top Dog” is more bark or bite.
|Darleys Perez prepping for Crolla rematch|Press Release:
WBA lightweight champion, Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs), who's co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing, is looking forward to his rematch with Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs). Perez returns to hostile territory at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2015, the same location where the first fight took place. In the first fight,
Perez retained the WBA crown against Crolla with [an unpopular] majority draw on July 18, 2015. He knows he must be at his optimum best to retain his title, especially on foreign land. With an expected crowd of 12,000 fans routing against him, Perez feels confident he can pull off another win with his back against the wall.
|French update: Da Costa, Averlant to appear in Reims next week|Press Release:
Anne Sophie Da Costa from France is moving up from 105 pounds to 108 on Saturday November 21st in her hometown of Reims.
Da Costa (19-2) will be taking on Thailand’s Ploynapa Sakrungrueng.
While only 22 years old, Sakrungrueng, (13-6-1), is quite the experienced operator. Since making her professional debut at only 16 in 2010, she fought for a regional strap in only her second bout.
|Barthelemy to face Shafikov for vacant IBF title|
Press Release: Cuba's Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) and Russia's Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) will fight for the vacant IBF lightweight title on Spike TV on Friday, December 18th at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The title was vacated by Mickey Bey last year, who opted not to fight Shafikov. The co-feature on Spike will see see cruiserweight Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) face ex-WBC champion Krzyzstof Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs). Shumenov holds the WBA interim title at 200 pounds.
|HBO Latino to air same-day tape-delay double header on Dec. 19th|
Press Release: HBO Latino will air boxing on December 19th on same-day tape delay immediately following the previously announced Boxing After Dark show that night. The action will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino, in Verona, New York. The HBO Latino bill will be topped by Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) of Miami will take on Vyacheslav "Lion Heart-Chigonskyy" Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) of Los Angeles in a ten-round light heavyweight attraction. HBO Latino will pen up with Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia against ex-IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) of Ghana, in a ten-round junior middleweight contest. The HBO Latino service starting at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT (tape delay) or immediately following the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.
|Andrade wants to be in WBC 154-pound tourney|
Press Release: Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) is ready to participate in the proposed WBC 154-pound division tournament to determine its successor for retired Floyd Mayweather, Jr. A 2008 U.S. Olympian and 2007 AIBA World Championships gold medalist, Andrade is also a former WBO title holder, but was recently stripped of his title earlier this year due to inactivity. The 27-year-old southpaw ended a 16-month hiatus from the ring last month, stopping Dario Fabian "El Gallo" Pucheta (20-3, 11 KOs) in the second round. "I will be honored to participate in its tournament," Andrade said. "Hopefully, (Jermell) Charlo and (Austin) Trout will agree to fight in the tournament, so everyone will finally know who No. 1 in the 154-pound division is. I'm ready to prove myself again and I hope they step up to the challenge, too."
|Oscar to Floyd: good riddance!|
In the current issue of Playboy, champion-turned-promoter Oscar De La Hoya penned a scathing open letter to Floyd Mayweather, who also claim to be retired (although the public does not seem to bellieve it). Among the highlights, De La Hoya wrote, "I’m writing to you today to wish you a fond farewell. Truth be told, I’m not unhappy to see you retire. Neither are a lot of boxing fans. Scratch that. MOST boxing fans. Why? Because the fight game will be a better one without you in it." TO READ OSCAR'S ENTIRE LETER, CLICK HERE.
|Dec. 11th ShoBox: eight undefeated boxers!|
Press Release: ShoBox: The New Generation returns on Friday, Dec. 11th, with a quadrupleheader featuring eight undefeated boxers with a combined record of 92-0-3 in the final ShoBox telecast of 2015. Headlining the event at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston will be 140-pound local Regis Prograis (15-0, 12 KOs), who faces Abel Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KOs) in the ten-round junior welterweight main event. In the co-feature, Bryant Cruz (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Wesley Ferrer (10-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout. Rounding out the telecast, Ivan Baranchyk (8-0, 7 KOs) faces Andrew Ruiz (9-0, 5 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight bout and Steed Woodall (8-0-1, 5 KOs) and Steve Rolls (12-0, 6 KOs) clash in an eight-round middleweight match.
|Swedish update: Ahlin looking to shake off first loss|
Press Release: Sweden's Oscar Ahlin (12-1, 10 KOs) aims to get his career back on track when he takes on Russia’s Varazdat Chernikov (10-3, 5 KOs) on December 19th in Nyköping, Sweden. Ahlin is returning from a defeat to Bernard Donfack in May. He says he has assessed what went wrong, and the 26 year-old super middleweight insists he is refocused and ready to get back to winning ways.
|Mundine punished by Hatley in Australia|
Charles Hatley TKO11 Anthony Mundine... In Melbourne, Australia, Charles Hatley ended any realistic hope Anthony Mundine might have had to return to contender status. Hatley dominated Mundine in a junior middleweight bout, knocking the 40 year-old down three times in round two and punishing Mundine until Mundine's fahter/trainer, himself a former boxer, threw in the towel. Mundine, a former WBA 168-pound title holder, briefly had Haltey down in the tenth. Hatley is now 26-1-1 with the lone loss coming against Lanardo Tyner in 2012. Mundine (pictured) is now 47-7 and should retire. source: sydney morning herald
|Guerfi defeats Gonzalez in minor upset|
Karim Guerfi W10 Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr... The fast fists of super bantamweight Karim Guerfi trumped a wounded Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. in an upset in Austin, Texas on Tuesday. Guerfi was quicker to the punch and earned a ten-round unanimous decision. Gonzalez dropped Guerfi in round one with a liver shot, but he hurt his right hand shortly thereafter, as he told his corner following the round. From there, Guerfi, making his U.S. debut, displayed good hand speed and footwork. Guerfi (23-3, 6 KOs) peppered Gonzalez (25-3-2, 15 KOs) with combos then sidestepped out of harm’s way. Gonzalez tried loading up on his left, but Guerfi was able to successfully counter his opponent’s one-dimensional attack. Gonzalez continued to fire off his right intermittently, but his timing was off and his punches lacked zing. Although Gonzalez still pressed forward, Guerfi pulled away to win a unanimous decision (97-92, 96-93, 95-94). source: premier boxing champions
|Flores KOs Tetteh early|
Miguel Flores KO2 Alfred Tetteh... Ghana's Alfred Tetteh was stopped by Abraham Lopez in May after being dropped by a wicked body shot. Last night in Austin, Texas, Miguel Flores took even less time to deliver the same fate to Tetteh, scoring a second-round knockout in their featherweight bout. Flores (18-0, 9 KOs) displayed a nice range of punches in round one, doubling up his jab, hammering Tetteh (23-5-1, 20 KOs) to the body with left hooks and landing right uppercuts. At the beginning of round two, Tetteh got on his bike in an attempt to elude Flores’ charge but Flores caught him with a right hand that set up a left hook to Tetteh’s midsection. Tetteh fell to the canvas and was counted out. source: premier boxing champion
|Liam Smith ducks Shane Mosley, takes path of least resistance|
Liam Smith of England will make the first defense of the WBO 154-pound title against little-known Jimmy Kilrain Kelly. A couple of weeks ago, Smith claimed he was interested in fighting Shane Mosley, but apparently Smith and/or his handlers decided the deal was too risky without a rematch clause.
Too bad, because it would have been an interesting fight that really could have helped Smith's career. Instead, Smith will face Kelly who is 16-0 but completely untested and underserving of a world title shot. Smith picked up the vacant WBO title after it was stripped from Demetrius Andrade without the WBO even offering a purse bid to allow Andrade the choice to fight the leading avaiable contender. --Scott Shaffer
|Next up for Nonito Donaire: Cesar Juarez|
Press Release: Puerto Rican lightweight hopeful Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo and former multi-division world champion Nonito Donaire will headline a December 11th Tru TV show. Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) of San Juan will be in against Josenilson Dos Santos (25-3, 15 KOs) of Brazil. Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines will face Mexico City's Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs) in a 122-pound contest. Further details of the show will be announced at ap ress conference today.
|Alvarez: "I understand the magnitude of this fight"|
Press Release: PROMOTER OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you very much. Welcome everyone, and thank you for joining today's international media conference call with Team Canelo Alvarez. I'm pleased to be on the call this afternoon to talk about the highly anticipated clash of two Titans, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, in a classic Puerto Rico versus Mexico battle that will be for the middleweight world championship on November 21st live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center, which will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View.
|Markussen: "Nielsen needs a kick in the ass"|Press Release:
Tensions ran high at yesterday’s press conference ahead of the Danish mega-fight between Patrick Nielsen (27-1, 13 KOs) and Rudy Markussen (39-3, 26 KOs) on December 12th at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen.
With a date and venue confirmed for their highly anticipated grudge match, the bitter rivals wasted no time renewing hostilities, exchanging insults before having to be pulled apart during the face-to-face photographs.
|Amir Imam returns on Showtime Extreme|
Press Release: Light welterweight contender Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) returns to face Adrian Granados (14-4-2, 11 KOs) in a ten-round bout on Saturday, Nov. 28th in Quebec City on Showtime Extreme. Imam is risking his mandatory contender status to WBC title holder Vikto Postol. The Showtime Extreme telecast begins live at 9 p.m. with heavyweight Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) battling Curtis Harper (12-4, 8 KOs) in a ten-round bout. After the Showtime Extreme telecast, the action switches to Showtime itself, where IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) defends against former title holder champ Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs).
|Parsippany, NJ to host club show on Dec. 11th|Press Release:
On Friday night, December 11th, GH3 Promotions will present a night of professional boxing at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, New Jersey.
In the main event, light heavyweight, Jerry "The Kings Son" Odom (13-2 with 12 KOs) will take on Willie Williams (14-10-2 with 4 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. Williams recently lost to Roy Jones, Jr. Both boxers are from Maryland.
|Full Nov. 14th Showtime line-up announced|
Press Release: Former Ukrainian Olympian and undefeated middleweight prospect Sergiy Derevyanchenko (29-1, with 11 KOs, which includes the World Series of Boxing) returns to face Jessie Nicklow (25-7-3, 8 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature of ShoBox: The New Generation, this Saturday, Nov. 14, live on Showtime (10:45 p.m. ET/PT) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the opening bout of the tripleheader, light heavyweight David Benavidez (10-0, 9 KOs), of Phoenix, Ariz., will make his ShoBox debut against Felipe Romero (15-9-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico, in an eight-round bout. In the main event, light middlewweights Frank Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jarrett Hurd (16-0, 10 KOs), of Accokeek, Md., will square off in a ten-round bout.
|Six championship belts stolen from Hall of Fame in Canastota!|
Syracuse.com reports that six championship belts have been stolen from the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. According to the reports, the championship belts were awarded to Carmen Basilio and Tony Zale. One of the belts was a Ring Magazine belt awarded to Basilio for defeating Sugar Ray Robinson for the world middleweight championship in 1957. The Canastota Police Department is seeking the public's help in tracking these unique items-- so if any boxing fans notice any of these items being sold on the Internet (or anywhere else), please call 315.697.2240. --Scott Shaffer
|Del Valle gives Beltran a rematch|
Press Release: Puerto Rico's Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (19-2) will face Juan Jose Beltran (29-24-3) in an eight-round featherweight contest Saturday, November 14 at the Auditorio Municipal de Comerio in Comerio, Puerto Rico. The bout, a rematch of Del Valle's 2013 win, will air via tape delay Friday, November 20th on Unimas.
|Tonight on Fox Sports 1: Gonzalez vs. Guerfi|Press Release: The first time Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (
returned to the ring after a loss, he scored a second-round knockout. The Mexican native will try to duplicate that effort November 10 when he takes on 118-pound rival Karim Guerfi (22-3, 6 KOs) in a Premier Boxing Champions main event from Austin City Music Hall in Austin, Texas (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). In the co-feature, featherweight Miguel Flores (17-0, 8 KOs) will put his perfect record on the line against Ghanaian Olympian Alfred "The Stinging Bee" Tetteh (23-4-1, 20 KOs).
|Crolla can't wait for rematch vs. Perez|
Press Release: Anthony Crolla says his desire to win a world title in his hometown will drive him to victory in his rematch with Darleys Perez (32-1-1) for the WBA lightweight title in England's Manchester Arena on November 21st, live on Sky Sports. The Manchester star came within a whisker of ripping the title from the Colombian in their first meeting at the Arena in July, but the bout ended in a majority draw. Crolla (29-4-3) was granted an immediate rematch for the title by the WBA, and Crolla says he is thinking of the belt being placed around his waist every second of the day.
|Carlos Cuadras training in LA for fight in Japan|
As reported by the WBC, Mexico's Carlos Cuadras (33-0-1, 26 KOs) is training in Los Angeles, California, for the next defense of his WBC 115-pound championship. Cuadra will battle Japan's Koki Eto (17-3-1, 13 KOs) in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan on November 28th. Trained by Rudy Hernández, Cuadras is doing the day and the night shift at the Maywood Boxing Club in California. "We are training hard in LA with Rudy Hernandez, who is an excellent trainer, and we need to have a good preparation... Japan is my second home and I am happy to be fighting there. Is the first time I fight in this region as WBC world champion and I owe a lot to this people, to my promoter, Mr. Honda and to all of Mexico. I will be traveling to Japan on November 19 or 20 and arriving there in excellent shape."
|Walters schedules 130-pound bout for Dec. 19th|
Press Release: Former world featherweight champion Nicholas "Axe Man" Walters returns to the ring to take on Jason "El Canito" Sosa in a ten-round junior lightweight rumble. [Walters lost his world 126-pound championship on the scales and now has moved up to 130 pounds]. Walters vs. Sosa will take place on Saturday, December 19th at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Walters-Sosa will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. The telecast will also feature Bryant "By-By" Jennings vs. Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz in a twelve-round heavyweight battle for the WBA interim title.
|Late results from Europe|
Callum Smith TKO1 Ricky Fielding... In Liverpool on Saturday, Callum Smith became the fourth brother to win a British championship, smashing out Rocky Fielding in a battle of previously undefeated super middleweights. Callum Smith (21-1) has now matched the feats of his brothers Paul, Stephen and Liam (Liam is currently the WBO world title holder at 154 pounds). soure: daily telegraph
Mairis Briedis TKO2 Laszlo Hubert... Mairis Briedis (18-0, 15 KOs) of Riga, Latvia scored another TKO victory in the second round on Friday night in Germany against southpaw Laszlo Hubert of Budapest, Hungary. Briedis, who in August tested the water at heavyweight and stopped fringe contender Manuel Charr, moved back down to cruiserweight for this fight. He knocked down Hubert (41-17-1) three times in the first round but the veteran made it to the bell. Briedis scored two more knockdowns in the second round and the referee called it off. source: main events
|Showtime rolls out All Access: Jacobs-Quillin|
Press Release: Tomorrow night (November 17th), Showtime will premiere the latest edition of All Access, this episode chronicling the build-up to the Dec. 5th all-Brooklyn showdown between Daniel Jacobs (who holds the WBA regularmiddleweight belt) and undefeated ex-WBO titlist Peter Quillin. The fight itself will take place in Brooklyn, New York and will be broadcast by Showtime. In the meantime, All Access will be available On Demand and online after tomorrow's premiere. “I can’t afford to lose this fight. My dreams of being a superstar will all be over,” said Jacobs, with Quillin responding, “He’s got something to prove. I don’t have anything to prove.”
|Ex-featherweight champ Alejandro Gonzalez mentoring his son|Press Release:
The elder Alejandro Gonzalez began his professional career at 108 pounds in 1988, when he was 14 years old, and ended it 15 years later fighting at 135. In January 1995, at the age of 21, he reached the pinnacle of the sport when he stopped unbeaten Kevin Kelley in 10 rounds to earn the WBC 126-pound championship.
That win came two years after Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. was born. It was a good year for Gonzalez Sr. He fought five times in 1993, and won them all. Four came by knockout. He had a new son. The future promised great things.
|Barrios-Tinoco added to tomorrow's Fox Sports 1 show|
Press Release: Super featherweight Mario Barrios (12-0, 7 KOs) has an opponent named for Tuesday November 10th at the Austin City Music Hall in Austin, Texas. Barrios, who'll be making his Fox Sports 1 debut, steps in the ring with Enrique Tinoco (15-2-2, 11 KOs), his toughest test as a professional fighter. Riding a four-fight winning streak, all by way of knockout, Tinoco is a major step up in class for Barrios. Tinoco has victories over three undefeated fighters. "I've had a great camp and I'm well prepared for this difficult challenge," said Barrios who resides in San Antonio, Texas. "I know Tinoco is dangerous, but so am I. These are the type of fights that I must win to take my career to the next level and I can't wait to let my hands go. I love the fact that I'm fighting this tough of an opponent this early in my career. It's only going to make me better." In the main event, Alejandro "Cobrita" Gonzalez Jr. (25-2-2, 15 KOs) will meet Karim Guerfi (22-3, 6 KOs) in a bantamweight bout.
|Zeuge views Gutknecht as his toughest opponent so far|
Press Release: German super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (17-0, 10 KOs) is confident of overcoming what he describes as the toughest challenge of his fledgling career when he takes on domestic rival Eduard Gutknecht (28-3-1, 11 KOs) on November 21st at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. The 23 year-old, who is coming off the back of a points victory over Nikola Sjekloca in April, aims to move closer to a world title opportunity by beating the former European light heavyweight Champion. "This will be the toughest challenge of my career so far,’’ confirms the Berlin boxer.
|WBO orders Tim Bradley to face Sadam Ali next|
Last night, Timothy Bradley retained his WBO welterweight title in fine fashion, dominating a brawler, Brandon Rios until the referee stopped the bout in the ninth round. Bradley no doubts wants a big money fight against Manny Pacquiao next. But the WBO has ordered Bradley to defend against mandatory contender Sadam Ali of New York in order to keep the title. The WBO gave Bradley reach just ten days to negotiate with Ali's camp. "Should an agreement not be reached," wrote the WBO, "the sides may request a purse bid at any time." The WBO world championship committee ordered that the Bradley-Ali fight take place within ninety days after reaching an agreement or the date of the purse bid. The ruling also stated, " should the winner of Bradley-Rios decide to move up in weight, it will immediately vacate the WBO welterweight championship of the world and Mr. Ali will then fight the Best Classified Contender available, per WBO regulations." --Scott Shaffer
|Bizier hands Lawson his first loss|
Kevin Bizier TKO10 Fredrick Lawson... Canada's Kevin Bizier stopped Ghana's Fredrick Lawson in the tenth round of an IBF welterweight elimination bout in Miccosukee, Florida. Lawson is now Kell Brook's mandatory contender.Through the first four rounds, Bizier (25-2) dug to the head to body with both hands while preventing his taller opponent from gaining extension on his own shots. Bizier scored a fifth-round knockdown with a right hand that sent Lawson (24-2) into ropes, and the referee ruled that the ropes were all that kept the Ghana native on his feet. Lawson continued, only to be rocked yet again, but he made it to the bell. Lawson’s best round was the seventh, which he punctuated with a series of rights and lefts to his opponent’s head. But the relentless Bizier continued to pound his man, literally into submission: Sitting on his stool between the tenth and eleventh rounds, Lawson complained to trainer Abel Sanchez of pain in his apparently broken—and definitely swollen—right jaw, resulting in a technical knockout victory. source: premier boxing champions
|Florida judges rob Japan's Keita Obara|
Keita Obara D12 Walter Castillo... It seemed doubtful, given the fighters’ combined punching power, that Saturday’s 140-pound clash between Walter Castillo and Keita Obara would last the scheduled twelve-round distance. After all, Castillo—a 27-year-old Nicaraguan—had knocked out five of his previous six opponents. Japan’s Obara had stopped 14 of his 16 career opponents. As it turned out, the fight reached the final bell, but neither Keita Obara nor Walter Castillo came out a winner in a majority draw at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami. Despite outlanding Castillo in total punches (230-116), power shots (160-125) and jabs (70-41), Obara was denied the win on the scorecards. Judge Michael Ancona scored it 115-113 for Obara, while the other two judges saw the bout as 114-114. source: premiere boxing champions
|Bradley retires Rios, By G. Leon|
Timothy Bradley KO9 Brandon Rios: WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley impressively battered former WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios over nine one-sided rounds. Bradley and new coach Teddy Atlas appear to be a perfect match, with the boxer's aggression and trainer's emotion seamlessly intertwining. Bradley's condition, pace and overall ability were far too much for Rios, who was not in great shape. Bradley won every round and finished Rios off with several hard body punches that caused Rios to go down. He continued fighting briefly, but clearly had nothing left, causing the referee to stop the fight just as Rios went down again. Rios announced his retirement during his postfight interview citing his mileage and eight month layoff as the primary reasons for his rash decision. Official time of stoppage was 2:49. source: hbo
|Lomanchenko dominates Koasicha, By G. Leon|
Vasyl Lomanchenko KO10 Romulo Koasicha: Making his case as boxing's new pound-for-pound kingpin, Vasyl Lomanchenko won every second of every round against the incredibly game Romulo Koasicha of Mexico. The win keeps the WBO featherweight title around Lomachenko's waist. Lomachenko's full arsenal was on display. His footwork, reflexes, hands-speed and accuracy were absolutely off the charts as he continued to mesmerize and punish his overmatched foe until a series of body shots incited Kasicha to stay down for the ten count 2:35 into the tenth frame. source: HBO
Editors Note: Stay tuned for the soon to be updated pound for pound rankings, where Lomanchenko WILL find himself in the top spot.
|Provodnikov back on track with a victory|
Ruslan Provodnikov TKO4 Jesus A. Rodriguez... Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) overwhelmed Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (14-1, 11 KOs) in four rounds in Monte Carlo on Saturday night. The former WBO junior welterweight titlist hit his stride early and pounded away until the finish of their scheduled ten-round welterweight clash. The Russian was the aggressor and although his Mexican opponent had some success counter-punching, he didn't have the strength to hold off Provodnikov. Rodriguez was sent reeling in the fourth, taking an eight-count after a succession of hooks to the body. After Rodriguez was decked again soon after, referee Stan Christodoulou wisely called a halt. source: banner promotions press release
|Tonight on HBO: Bradley vs. Rios|
Timothy Bradley Jr. weighed in at 146 pounds and Brandon Rios came in at 147 on the second try, after coming in .2 lbs. over the limit. Weigh-in photos showed Rios looking drawn. Rios' best weight was 135 pounds, where he won the WBA title. Bradley and Rios face each other tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Also on the card, Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine came in at 125.6 pounds for his WBO featherweight title defense against Romulo Koasicha. From Mexico, Koasicha also weighed 125.6. Afterwards, Lomachenko said he's interested in a rematch vs. his lone pro conqueror, Orlando Salido and will eventually move up in weight to 130 then 135 pounds. Both bouts will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. source: top rank twitter feed
|Tonight on NBC Sports: Bizier vs. Lawson|
Tonight Kevin Bizier and Fredrick Lawson will meet in a twelve-round IBF welterweight elimination bout. NBC Sports Network will broadcast the Premier Boxing Champions card at Miccosukee Resort in Miami, Florida. Bizier’s pro career started with 21 consecutive victories, and his only two losses were by split decision, and both against the same opponent: fellow Quebec resident Jo Jo Dan in November 2013 and November 2014. The undefeated Lawson’s last bout was a split-decision victory over Breidis Prescott in March. The co-feature has Nicaragua's Walter Castillo (26-3) battling Japanese slugger Keita Obara (15-1).
|Antoine Douglas graduates from ShoBox by stoping Les Sherrington|
Antoine Douglas TKO4 Les Sherrington... Fighting outside with the Las Vegas temperature dipping into the low 50s, middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas technically knocked out Les Sherrington in the fourth round. Douglas (19-0-1, 13 KOs), of Burke, Va., dropped Sherrington (35-8, 19 KOs) of Queensland, Australia, five times before the one-sided fight was stopped at 1:02 of the fourth. The quick, hard-hitting Douglas dropped Sherrington one time in the first and second rounds, two times in the third and once in the fourth. source: showtime press release
|More ShoBox results: Smith gets emotional win|
Taras Shelestyuk W10 Aslanbek Kozaev... In the ShoBox co-feature from the specially-constructed ring outside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Ukrainian southpaw Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) pitched a near-shutout over Russia's Aslanbek Kozaev (26-2-1, 7 KOs). A 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, Shelestyuk won the welterweight bout by the scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91.
Keenan Smith W8 Benjamin Whitaker... “Killa” Keenan Smith (9-0, 3 KOs), of Philadelphia, won a unanimous eight-round decision over Benjamin Whitaker (10-2, 2 KOs), of San Antonio, Texas, in a competitive welterweight scrap. Smith overcame a nasty cut over the left eye from an unintentional headbutt in the sixth but came back to score a knockdown in the seventh. He triumphed by the scores of 79-73 and 78-74 (twice).
Sam Teah W8 O'Shaquie Foster... At lightweight, “Tsunami Sam” Teah (7-1, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia scored a unanimous decision over Texas' O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster (8-1, 5 KOs). It was the 135th time a boxer suffered his first loss on ShoBox. Official scores were 79-73 and 77-75 (twice). source for all results: showtime press release
|Honorio gets revenge, 13 years later|
Martin Honorio W10 Miguel A. Huerta... Martin "El Brochas" Honorio (33-9-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico City and Los Angeles resident Miguel Angel "El Anestesista" Huerta (28-14-1, 18 KOs) fought in at ten-round light welterweight in Los Angeles. Honorio and Huerta traded punches in the center of the ring from the opening bell through the stretch. The judges saw the fight 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93, awarding a unanimous decision to Honorio. A former featherweight, Honorio lost to Huerta in 2002 when they were both up-and-comers. source: golden boy press release
|WBA keeps creating more stupid titles|
WBA announcement: On October 3, 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio, former [130-, 135- and 147-pound] champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) TKO’d Khabib Allakhverdiev to win the vacant WBA 140-pound title. The WBA Championships Committee, under the leadership of President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza Jr... after considering his career achievements and outstanding record, has named Broner as Super Champion of the division. “The appointment of Broner as Super Champion will not unduly burden the other ranked contenders and will permit activity in the division,” explained Mendoza. “Pursuant to Broner being named Super Champion, interim champion Jose Benavidez shall face Michelle Di Rocco, currently ranked #3 by the WBA, for the title now vacant due to Broner’s Super Champion status.” Broner was ordered to face the Benavidez-Di Rocco winner (or Benavidez if the fight is ruled a draw) on or before May, 2017 (eighteen months) as a mandatory defense. The WBA sanction fee for Broner's purses while Super Champion will be 3% of the gross amount declared in the bout agreement. All other fees and charges will be pursuant to applicable WBA rules.
|Weigh-in report from Monaco|
Press Release: The world-famous Monte Carlo Casino was a hive of activity as all ten boxers weighed in successfully for Saturday's boxing show. A large crowd of onlookers was on hand to see the fighters step onto the scales. They all looked in excellent condition. Here are the weights:
Ruslan Provodnikov (Russia) 146.5 pounds vs. Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (Mexico) 146.5...
Yonfrez Parejo (Venezuela) 117.55 vs. Zhanat Zhakiyanov (Kazakhstan) 117.35 (WBA interim bantamweight title)...
Youri Kalenga (Congo) 199.90 vs. Roberto Bolonti (Argentina) 197.70...
|Tonight on Estrella: Honorio vs. Huerta|
Press Release: Martin Honorio faces Miguel Angel Huerta in a ten-round light welterweight bout at Los Angeles' Belasco Theater tonight. Honorio (32-9-1) weighed in at 137.2 pounds compared to 139.4 for Huerta (28-13-1). Honorio failed in title shots at 126 and 130 pounds, and has lost three straight. The Estrella TV broadcast will air live on Friday, November 6th at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT., and will also be simultaneously streaming live on estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios: youtube.com/FenomenoStudios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.
|Tonight: ShoBox quadrupleheader|
Press Release: A ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader, highlighted by a ten-round middleweight fight between Antoine “Action” Douglas and Les “Lock N Load” Sherrington, is set for Friday, Nov. 6th at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. In the ten-round co-feature, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (12-0, 8 KOs), a Ukrainian southpaw, faces the more experienced Aslanbek Kozaev (26-1-1, 7 KOs) of Russia, in a welterweight bout.
|Corley looking to chop it up in Sweden|Press Release:
Anthony Yigit (15-0-1, 6 KOs) faces the toughest test of his career on December 19 when he takes on former world title holder DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley (42-25-1, 25 KOs) at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.
The Stockholm fighter represented Sweden in the London 2012 Olympics and turned pro with Team Sauerland in April 2013.
Now, the 24 year-old talent must to test his skills against the former Corley, a man who has a fought a who’s who of modern boxing greats.
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|Figueroa to face DeMarco in December|
According to Premier Boxing Champion's Twitter account, Omar Figueroa Jr. (25-0-1) will resume his pursuit of a 140-pound world title against Antonio DeMarco (31-5-1) in a battle of former 135-pound title holders on December 12, 2015 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. DeMarco has lost two straight-- to Jesse Vargas and Rances Barthelemy. --Scott Shaffer
|Gary Russell injured; Card to go forward as ShoBox|Press Release:
In light of the injury that featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr. suffered while training, Showtime Sports will present a ShoBox: The New Generation telecast on Saturday, Nov. 14th (in lieu of Showtime Championship Boxing). The previously announced matchup between undefeated light middleweights Frank Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jarrett Hurd (16-0, 10 KOs), of Accokeek, Md., will serve as the ten-round main event. Additional details on the fight card and telecast are forthcoming. Tickets for the live event are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX, or online at www.axs.com
|Ward pulls out of Cotto-Alvarez PPV show|
According to ESPN.com and other sources, Andre Ward's next fight has been delayed by injury. Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) was set to fight Colombia's Alexander Brand (24-1, 19 KOs) on November 21st in Las Vegas. The fight was booked for the Miguel Cotto-Saul "Canelo" Alvarez pay-per-view broadcast and was supposed to kick-off a three-fight deal with HBO which would lead Ward into a 2016 super fight against Sergey Kovalev at light heavyweight. But Ward, the former world super middleweight champion reports that a swollen and painful right knee has ruled him out for November 21st. Ward was quoted as saying, "I'm extremely disappointed that I'm missing this opportunity on Nov. 21st, but at the same time, I'm encouraged. Anytime I have had a minor or major setback in my career, by the grace of God, I've come back stronger, and this will be no different. I'm looking forward to a big 2016." Ward has fought just once in the past two years. --Scott Shaffer
|Abel Sanchez guiding Frederick Lawson|Press Release:
Fredrick Lawson shares an unbeaten record, a comparable knockout rate and the same trainer as 160-pound champion Gennady Golovkin. But the similarities between the two boxers end there—at least for now.
After knocking out 19 of his first 20 professional opponents, Fredrick Lawson has gone the distance in three of his last four fights—which his trainer believes is a good thing.
“Freddie Lawson’s not Golovkin, yet, but he’s a talented kid who is more boxer than knockout artist,” says trainer Abel Sanchez, who will be working with Lawson (24-0, 20 KOs) for the third straight time during Friday’s 147-pound battle with Kevin Bizier (24-2, 16 KOs) at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
|Introducing British cruiserweight Warren Baister|Press Release:
Warren Baister says he wants to get into title fights as soon as possible so he's making his pro debut at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
Baister was part of the England team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the Heavyweight division, but was edged out by eventual gold medal winner Samir El-Mais in the quarter-finals.
The Sunderland man could have held on to try to reach the Olympic Games in 2016, but instead chose to attack the paid ranks at cruiserweight and will split his training between his hometown and the MGM Marbella gym in Spain.
|WBC updates title situations|
The World Boxing Council's 53rd annual convention continued today in Kunming, China. Most of the day was devoted to determining the mandatory world title defenses and rights of the champions in the seventeen weight classes. The WBC said it will try to have Adonis Stevenson fight Sergey Kovalev. It also offered Guillermo Rigondeaux the chance to fight in a WBC eliminator (Rigondeaux is the true world champion at 122, but was unfairly stripped by the WBA and WBO). Here is how the WBC ruled in each weight class:
|Baltimore Boxing Club featured in Under Armour comercial|
Press Release: Baltimore Boxing Club, including its founder Jake Smith, has been featured in Under Armour’s new commercial for the Muhammad Ali Collection. Recently, Under Armour filmed fighters training at the Baltimore Boxing Gym while Smith gave instructions, followed by a sparring session. The commercial also features highlights from Ali’s career followed by boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez discussing what made Ali successful.
|Povetkin beats Wach, but at a cost|Alex Povetkin TKO12 Mariusz Wach...
In Russia, heavyweight contender Alex Povetkin stopped Mariusz Wach of Poland on cuts in the twelfth round, but the victory came at a cost. Wach had a deep cut, but it was under his left eye. Still, he was ruled out of the fight with about two minutes to go. Povetkin himsel falso was cut near the left eye, and that injury will probably delay the WBC mandatory title chellenge he is supposed to get against Deontay Wilder. With Povetkin recuperating, Wilder will likely be allowed to take an optional defense.. source: youtube video
|Lebedev easily bests Kayode|Denis Lebedev TKO8 Lateef Kayode...
WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev retained his title with an eighth-round technical knockout of undeserving challenger Lateef Kayode. A Lebedev combination floored Kayode in the seventh round. Kayode went down two more times in the eighth and was thoroughly pummeled by Lebedev until the referee stopped the bout. A hard-punching southpaw, Lebedev improved to 28-2. Kayode falls to a misleading 21-2, as he hasn't scored a significant victory in years. source: youtube video
|Troyanovsky acquires title when Cuenca disgracefully quits|Eduard Troyanovsky TKO6 Cesar R. Cuenca...
In Kazan, Russia, Cesar Rene Cuenca failed to equal the 49-0 mark of Rocky Marcian and Floyd Mayweather. Cuenca also meekly surrendered his IBF 140-pound title to Russia's Eduard Troyanovsky in the sixth round. The bigger Troyanovsky seemed to be in control of the bout up until the end. The strange ending came at the end of the sixth round when Cuence went low and tried to tie up Troyanovsky. Cuenca wound up falling down and sustainig a small cutover his right eye. Cuenca got up and seemed capable of continuing but refused to do so, gesturing that he could not see. The referee had no choice but to stop the fight and awared Troyanovsky the bout, and the IBF title, by technical knockout. Cuenca is now 48-1 with 2 KOs, and he no longer has his paper title or the respect of anyone who wathces this fight. The little-known Troyanovsky is now 23-0 and also holds the IBO title. He joins Terence Crawford, Adrian Broner and Viktor Postol as the recognized titleholders at 140 pounds. source: youtube video
|Provodnikov and Diaz hitting it off well|
Press Release: There was a moment, a few weeks ago, when trainer Joel Diaz knew he had made the right move in agreeing to coach former WBO junior welterweight titlist Ruslan Provodnikov. The likeable Russian, who knows only a smattering of English, raised his arms in the gym and bellowed, "I am champion! I am champion!" Diaz called him over. "Ruslan, I promise I will make you champion again - if you listen."
|Bizier ready for IBF eliminator vs. Lawson|Press Release:
Kevin Bizier has lost twice in 26 fights—both times by excruciating split decisions, both times to the same guy and both times in his home province of Quebec, Canada.
As he gets ready to make his U.S. debut, Bizier says he will be eyeing a knockout against heavy-handed Fredrick Lawson
The scheduled twelve-rounder highlights a Premier Boxing Champions event at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami (NBC Sports Network, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
|Sauerland locking up Danish talent|Press Release:
Danish featherweight Dennis Ceylan (16-0-1, 7 KOs) has signed a three-year contract extension with European promoter Team Sauerland. He will be back in action on December 12th on the undercard of Patrick Nielsen and Rudy Markussen’s domestic mega-fight at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen. Last week, Sauerland announced that Nielsen, a 24 year-old super middleweight, had extended his contract with the company for another two years.
London 2012 Olympian, has a professional win over former IBF 115-pound titlist Dmitry Kirillov.
|Khan says he's on board for April 9th vs. Pacquiao in USA|
Multiple sources out of England say that Amir Khan has signed a Top Rank proposal to fight Manny Pacquiao on April 9th in Las Vegas. "Our paperwork went off to [Top Rank president Bob] Arum on Friday and every point is covered. The location is definitely the US. The date in April may vary by a week or so but April is the month," Khan's father Shah told the Mirror. Neither Top Rank nor Pacquiao has publicly confirmed the fight yet, so it cannot be said Pacquiao-Khan is a done deal. Stay tuned to see if this is a legtimate fight or if Khan is guilty of wishful thinking. --Scott Shaffer
|Lomachenko meets the press|
Press Release: Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and reigning WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1 including the World Series of Boxing) held an open workout at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, Calif. Lomachenko will defend his title on Saturday night against Romulo Koasich (24-4,14 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Lomachenko- Koasicha will warm up the crowd for a twelve-round welterweight rumble between two-division champion Tim "Desert Storm" Bradley Jr. (32-1-1, 12 KOs) of Palm Springs, Calif. and Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif. for Bradley's WBO title. Here is what Lomachenko and his manager Egis Klimas had to say:
|Great fight, ugly politics: Rigondeaux stripped by WBA to enhance Frampton vs. Quigg|Edited Press Release:
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will meet for the IBF and WBA 122-pund championships at the Manchester Arena on Saturday February 27, 2016.
The showdown between the British rivals was announced live on Sky Sports News with the pair putting their respective titles, unbeaten records and bragging rights on the line. [Editor's note: In order to accomodate the unification story line, the WBA decided to demote the true world champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux, from super champion to champion in recess. Neither Frampton nor Quigg wanted any part of Rigondeaux, who should continue to be recognized as the best at 122 pounds].
|Santa Cruz visits WBC convention in China to call out Russell|
At the World Boxing Council Convention in Kunming, China, Leo Santa Cruz said he wants to challenge for Gary Russell's WBC featherweight title [Vasyl Lomachenko, who defeated Russell holds the WBO title, Santa Cruz won the vacant WBA super championship when he defeated Abner Mares, and the IBF title is held by Lee Selby]. Santa Cruz fought Russell in the amateurs and Russell edged it. Santa Cruz said, "I want that WBC belt, and the ambition is to fight against Gary Russell. Gary is really quick, and he moves a lot. But with my pressure, staying on top of him, breaking him down, I know that I can beat him. We fought as amateurs and it was really close. They gave it to him, so I want to get my rematch and see how it goes." Santa Cruz also explained the personal challenge of maintaining his undefeated record as a professional boxer. He said: "I have to train harder and harder every time, because the more I'm winning and getting up there, the more fighters that want to defeat you. You have to work twice as hard, go out there and be motivated all the time, and that's what I do. I stay motivated, as I want to stay undefeated, I want to retire undefeated and hopefully become a great fighter."
|Escandon discusses upcoming Russell challenge|Press Release:
Oscar Escandón (24-2, 16 KOs) is nearing his Saturday, Nov. 14th challenge of Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) for the
against WBC featherweight title. Escandon, from Ibague, Colombia, says he is
primed and ready for the challenge, which will be shown on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The broadcast will also feature Frank "Notorious" Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KOs) and Jarrett "Swift" Hurd (16-0, 10 KOs) in a ten-round clash.
While working out in Las Vegas with coach Ruben Guerrero, Escandón gave his thoughts on training camp, fighting Gary Russell, and his quest to become a champion.
|Trainer Ulli Wegner returns to action with Arthur Abraham|
Press Release: Training is underway for Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) as he prepares for his WBO 168-pound championship contest with Britain’s Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) on November 21st at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. As the Berlin-boxer readies himself for a fifth successive defence of his WBO strap, Abraham has been bolstered by the return of his long-standing coach and mentor Ulli Wegner who had been sidelined with an Achilles injury.
|German crossroads fight booked for November 21st|
Press Release: An all-German contest is set for November 21 when super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (17-0, 10 KOs) faces former European champion Eduard Gutknecht (28-3-1, 11 KOs) at the TUI Arena in Hannover. Zeuge-Gutknecht will provide the chief support for Arthur Abraham’s WBO super middleweight title defense against Britain’s Martin Murray. Zeuge has recovered from a leg injury he sustained prior to the bout's original date in September.
|Erik Skoglund to face Derek Edwards|
Press Release: Boxing returns to the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden on December 19th when local hero Erik Skoglund (23-0, 11 KOs) will battle Derek Edwards (27-5-1, 14 KOs) of the United States– the only man to have beaten WBC current WBC super middleweight titlist Badou Jack.
|Late results from Brooklyn: 48 year-old Ashley wins vacant title|
Nikolay Potapov W10 Pedro Melo... On Thursday in Brooklyn, New York, Russian bantamweight Nikolay Potapov (14-0) made a succesful United States debut, controlling every minute of the bout against Pedro Melo of Mexico (13-11-2). Potapov hurt Melo on several occasions but Melo survived the ten-round contest. The scorecards favored Potapov 100-90 across the board.
Alicia Ashley W10 Christine McMahon... On the same show, Alicia Ashley (22-10-1) used deft footwork, crisp combos and superior ring generalship to take unanimous ten-round decision win over Ireland's Christina McMahon (7-1). For her effort, the Jamaican-born Brooklyn resident, age 48, picks up the vacant WBC super bantamweight title and will get her entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest female to hold a world boxing title. source for all results: salita promotions
|Jermell Charlo punishes Joachim Alcine|
Jermell Charlo TKO6 Joachim Alcine.. Facing an opponent 14 years his senior, Jermell Charlo (27-0, 12 KOs) proved that youth is king in the ring as the 25-year-old kept his perfect record intact with a sixth-round technical knockout of [faded ex-WBA titlist] Joachim Alcine (35-8, 21 KOs) in a 154-pound contest in Houston. Fighting in front of friends, family—including his unbeaten twin brother, Jermall, who holds the IBF 154-pound championship, Jermell Charlo was all business from the opening bell, firing a big overhand right that caught Alcine flush just 30 seconds into the bout. From there, Charlo methodically used his jab to set up—and land—big power shots, the accumulation of which took their toll on the 39-year-old Alcine. source: premier boxing champions
|Harrison looks a bit chinny but gets wide decision|
Tony Harrison W10 Cecil McCalla... In Houston on Saturday, Detroit's Tony Harrison rebounded from his first defeat with a convincing victory over Cecil McCalla. The last time Harrison was in the ring, he let his guard down in a fight he was dominating. Harrison insisted he wouldn’t make the same mistake Saturday in his 156-pound contest against McCalla, and he was true to his word—albeit barely. After winning most of the first eight rounds of the scheduled ten-rounder, Harrison got a bit lackadaisical in the ninth—the same round in which he was knocked out by Willie Nelson in July—and absorbed a couple of hard shots. This time, though, Harrison (22-1, 18 KOs) withstood the punishment, regained his composure and then survived another brief scare in the tenth before ultimately taking home a lopsided victory by scores of 100-90 and 98-92 (twice). The 30-year-old McCalla (20-3, 7 KOs) suffered his third consecutive loss. source: premier boxing champions
|French boxing update|
Jean Moraiti W10 Anzor Gamgebeli... Jean Moraiti (11-8-4) outclassed the Republic of Georgia's Anzor Gamgebeli (23-11-3) in a junior welterweight bout held in Morati's hometown, Aubagne, France. While Gamgebeli always tried to make his mark in the fight, Moraiti seemed to be in control from start to finish and put an exclamation point on his performance by scoring knockdowns with well-placed body-shots in rounds five and seven. The visitor showed great heart by getting off the canvas twice to beat the count of referee Bertrand Chagnoux, and still try to turn the tide, but after ten rounds of boxing there was no doubt that Moraiti had won most of the rounds. Official scores were of 99-90, 98-90 and 100-88. source: wbf press release