Terence Crawford vacates IBF 140 pound title

30/08/2017 18:50

Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) has vacated the IBF light welterweight title.

Crawford, 29, won both the WBA and IBF titles earlier this month with a third round knockout over  Julius Indongo, having already captured the WBC and WBO belts.

After the fight, the IBF ordered a fight between the American and Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KOs), who was named Indongo’s mandatory challenger last December, but Indongo was given an exception to allow him to fight Crawford in the unification clash.

However, Crawford now plans on moving up in weight to 147 pounds and vacated the IBF title just 11 days after defeating Indongo.

Russia’s Lipinets will now likely be ordered to face the IBF’s next ranked contender, Japan’s Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant title.

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Mayweather stops McGregor in 10th round TKO win

27/08/2017 07:43

Former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0, 27 KOs) defeated UFC fighter Conor McGregor (0-1) on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

A boxing match between an all-time great and an opponent making his professional boxing debut ended as expected.

The unbeaten American stopped a brave but outclassed McGregor by 10th round TKO.

Mayweather, who has won world titles at super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight, scored the 50th win of his outstanding career, surpassesing the historic 49-0 record that great heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano retired with.

McGregor, 29, UFC’s 155-pound champion, started the fight well and landed a couple of shots as he went on the attack in the opening round while Mayweather mostly moved around. The Irish southpaw put his hands behind his back at one point in a slow-paced round.

There was little action in the following rounds but McGregor remained the busier, moving forward and jabbing at Mayweather, though referee Robert Byrd warned him for hitting behind the head.

Mayweather, 40, started to get going in the fourth as he began to land hard shots against McGregor, who seemed to begin tiring.

McGregor, whose face was showing redness from the punches, was still firing back but his shots was having no affect on the American.

He went straight at Mayweather at the beginning of the ninth and landed to the body, but by the end of the round McGregor was getting battered by brutal combinations.

Mayweather continued the assault in the 10th and after landing a series of unanswered punches, Byrd jumped in and stopped the fight at 1:05 of the round with McGregor slumped along the ropes.

“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch,” said Mayweather.

“He was a lot better than I thought. But I was the better man. I guaranteed everybody this would not go the distance.”

McGregor, who said he would return to the UFC but would not rule out boxing again, said: “I thought it was close and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued.”

Also on the card, former WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (22 -1 -2 , 13 KOs) captured the WBA light heavyweight title, defeating defending champion Nathan Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) by fifth round TKO.

Sweden-born Jack was always landing the harder shots throughout the fight, and a barrage of punches cut the Welsh fighter in the fourth round.

Jack continued to connect in the fifth and referee Tony Weeks waved the bout off at 2:47 of the round.

Cleverly announced his retirement after the fight.

 Former IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) defeated Costa Rica’s Francisco Fonseca (19-1-1, 13 KOs) by 8th round TKO.

The American dominated most of the rounds before he hit Fonseca with an illegal punch behind his head and then shoved him to the canvas in the eighth round.

Fonseca was badly hurt and stayed down as referee Russell Mora, despite the foul, counted him out at 39 seconds of the round.

Davis lost his IBF 130 pound title when he came in 2 pounds over the division weight limit at Friday’s weigh-in. The IBF belt was only at stake for Fonseca.

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Crawford halts Indongo in three to unify 140 pound world titles

20/08/2017 07:36

Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) won all four major world titles at light welterweight when he defeated previously unbeaten Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) by third round knockout on Saturday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

Crawford, 29, added the WBA and IBF belts to his WBC and WBO titles

In an exciting opening round, the two defending champions traded solid punches before Crawford landed a left hand, followed by a hard right that dropped the Namibian in the second.

Indongo, 34, quickly got up and fought back for the remainder of the round, but he was being overpowered by the American.

The end came in the third when Crawford landed a hurtful left hook to the body, flooring Indongo, who was unable to beat referee Jack Reiss’ count at 1:38 of the round.

“We knew the body would be open, being that he swings so wild,” said Crawford. “That’s what we worked on in the gym.”

Crawford becomes the first undisputed world champion since Jermain Taylor in 2005. Taylor won all four major middleweight world titles when he outpointed Bernard Hopkins, who had previously become undisputed champion with a KO victory over Oscar De La Hoya earlier in 2005.

“It means everything,” said Crawford. “When you start boxing when you’re 7 years old, that’s your dream, to become world champion, and after that you want to become something bigger than world champion.

“I’m the only one who can say I’m the undisputed champion of the world. That’s big because there’s nobody else who can say they’re undisputed in their weight division.”

Crawford is now likely to move up to welterweight and fight the winner of the rematch between WBO champion Jeff Horn and former titleholder Manny Pacquiao.

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Nery dethrones long-reigning champion Yamanaka

15/08/2017 13:49

Unbeaten Mexican Luis Nery (24-0, 18 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KOs) to win the WBC bantamweight title on Tuesday at Shimazu Arena in Kyoto, Japan.

Nery, 22, who was fighting outside of his home country for the first time as a professional, stopped Yamanaka, 34,  by fourth round TKO, ending the Japanese fighter’s nearly 6-year world title reign.

Southpaw Yamanaka worked well behind his jab at the start but Nery, also a southpaw, was landing some hard shots as the fight progressed.

A hard left hand rocked Yamanaka in the fourth round, and Nery battered him against the ropes before Yamanaka’s corner entered the ring to stop the fight at 2:29 of the round.

Yamanaka was making his 13th defence of the WBC belt.

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Two world title bouts to take place on Mayweather-McGregor undercard

10/08/2017 18:47

Mayweather Promotions have announced two world title fights will take place on the  undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight on Saturday August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis (18-0, 17 KOs), who at 22 is the youngest American world champion in boxing, will make the second defence of his IBF super featherweight title against undefeated challenger Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs) of Costa Rica.

Davis dethroned Jose Pedraza by seventh round TKO in January and defended the belt by beating Britain’s Liam Walsh inside three rounds last May in London.

Also, WBA light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) will defend his title against former WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (20-1-3, 12 KOs), who is stepping up in weight in a bid to become a two-division world champion.

Welshman Cleverly  last fought in October, when he stopped Juergen Braehmer to win his second world title.

Sweden native Jack is coming off a majority draw against  IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale in a 168 pound  world title unification fight last January.

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Timothy Bradley announces retirement from boxing

06/08/2017 10:00

Former two-weight world champion Timothy Bradley has announced his retirement from boxing.

Bradley held the WBC and WBO light welterweight titles before moving up to welterweight and claiming the WBO belt on two occasions.

The 33-year-old made the announcement while commentating on Vasyl Lomachenko’s win over Miguel Marriaga on Saturday.

“I had a helluva run. It was a good career,” said Bradley. “I’m just not motivated to do this anymore. I’ve saved my money. I’m good.”

Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao in their first of three fights in one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history. Most observers had Pacquiao winning, but not two of the judges.

The American successfully defended that title in a war with Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013, and defeated Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision seven months later. Then Bradley lost a decision and his welterweight title to Pacquiao in their 2014 rematch.

He went on to draw with Diego Chaves, in a fight most thought Bradley won, and score wins over Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios.

His last fight was his second loss to Pacquiao by decision in April 2016.

Bradley’s pro record ends at 33-2-1 (13 KOs).

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Lomachenko dismantles Marriaga in seven

06/08/2017 07:36

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) defeated Miguel Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) by seventh round stoppage on Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Two-weight world champion Lomachenko knocked the Colombian down twice before Marriaga’s corner stopped the one-sided fight.

The Ukrainian connected with solid jabs and hard body shots from the start while Marriaga hardly landed a shot.

Lomachenko dropped the challenger with a straight left in the third. Marriaga beat the count, and then Lomachenko went to the corner and urged Marriaga to come at him, which he did, and Lomachenko nailed him.

An accidental head-clash in the fourth, opened a cut over Lomachenko’s left eye. However he appeared unaffected by the cut, and continued to punish Marriaga in the following rounds.

Lomachenko was battering Marriaga all over the ring and dropped him again with a hard left at the end of the seventh. The bell ended the round, but Marriaga was done, and his corner threw in the towel.

Lomachenko, who was making his third defence of the 130 pound world title, could possibly fight Guillermo Rigondeaux next, as he aims to become the number one pound for pound fighter in the world.

“I will fight anybody. I want to fight, and I want to unify titles,” said Lomachenko.

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Juan Manuel Marquez retires from boxing

05/08/2017 08:44

Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez has announced his retirement from boxing on Friday.

“Today is a special and sad day for me because I’m announcing my retirement,” Márquez told ESPN Deportes TV show Golpe a Golpe.

“The injuries pushed me to make this decision. It hurts, but I believe the right moment to put an end to my career has arrived.

“I would have loved to do a final fight to say goodbye inside the ring, but I have to listen to my body, and it was telling me that the right moment to stop boxing is now.”

Marquez held world titles at featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and light welterweight, but will be most remembered for brutally knocking out Manny Pacquiao with a right hand in 2012 to put an end to a four-fight series, losing two disputed points decisions after their first bout ended in a draw in 2004.

In his last fight, Marquez outpointed Mike Alvarado in May 2014,

Marquez has a record of 56-7-1 with 40 knockouts.

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Wladimir Klitschko announces retirement from boxing

03/08/2017 14:12

Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday, ending an histonric 21-year professional career.

Two-time heavyweight champion Klitschko, who competed in more worldheavyweight title bouts than anyone, lost his final bout to IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua by 11th round TKO, in what was an epic battle against the undefeated Englishman in front of a crowd of 90,000 at a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London.

It was Klitschko’s second consecutive defeat after losing his WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight titles on points to Tyson Fury, ending his second title reign at 9 years, 7 months and 7 days, the second-longest in heavyweight history behind only Joe Louis at 11 years, 8 months and 8 days.

Klitschko looked set to exercise his contractual right to a rematch against Joshua, with both teams making plans for a bout on November 11 in Las Vegas. However, Klitschko has now decided to retire from the sport.

“I deliberately took a few weeks to make my decision, to make sure I had enough distance from the fight at Wembley Stadium,” said Klitschko. “As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports. I would have never imagined that I would have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career. I’m very thankful for this. Thanks to everyone who has always supported me especially my family, my team and my many fans.”

Klitschko, Known as “Dr. Steelhammer”, won his first world title with a one-sided decision over Chris Byrd in October 2000 and defended the WBO belt five times before a shocking second round knockout loss to big puncher Corrie Sanders in 2003.

The Ukrainian soon regrouped and rebuilt under his new trainer, the late, great Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward and he went 11 years without defeat, beating the likes of David Haye, Alexander Povetkin, Ruslan Chagaev, Samuel Peter, and Kubrat Pulev.

After Steward’s death in 2012, Klitschko replaced him with former sparring partner Johnathon Banks and he continued to dominate the division.

Klitschko has a pro record of 64 wins, with 53 knockouts, and five losses.

“27 years ago I started my journey in sports and it was the best choice of a professional I could have ever made,” said Klitschko.

“Because of this choice, I’ve travelled the world, learned new languages, created businesses, built intellectual properties, helped people in need, became a scientist, entrepreneur, motivator, hotelier, trainer, investor and much else.

“I was and am still capable of doing all this because of the global appeal of the sport of boxing.

“At some point in our lives we need to, or just want to, switch our careers and get ourselves ready for the next chapter.

“I’m not an exception to this and now is my turn. I’m honestly doing this with the greatest respect for the new challenges, but also with tremendous excitement, passion, dedication expecting and hoping that my next career, which I’ve already been planning and working on for some years, will be at least as successful as my previous one.

“Finally, instead of just saying thanks and goodbye, I want you to continue to join me in this new and exciting journey. When we’re together we’re more creative, more efficient, more productive and simply stronger in every way. Together we’re the driving force.”

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Garcia outguns Broner in points win

30/07/2017 07:37

Three-weight world champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) scored a 12 round unanimous decision victory over former four-weight world champion Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Garcia won by scores of 117-111 and 116-112 twice.

The American got the better of countryman Broner with jabs, power punches and body shots throughout the bout.

“I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds and I kept the activity up,” said Garcia. “Broner is a great fighter and he has great skills but I was the superior fighter tonight.”

With the win Garcia captured the WBC Diamond light welterweight title.

Also on the card, Ireland’s Katie Taylor (6-0, 4 KO) won her U.S. debut, stopping overmatched American Jasmine Clarkson (4-9, 0 KO) after three rounds.

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