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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Luke Campbell to challenge Jorge Linares on September 23 in the US

28/07/2017 10:26

Three-weight world champion Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) will defend his WBA lightweight title against British challenger Luke Campbell (17-1, 14 KOs) on September 23 at the Forum in Los Angeles, USA.

Linares, 31, will also put his WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine belts on the line when he meets 2012 Olympic gold medallist Campbell, 29, who has racked up five victories since a points defeat to Yvan Mendy in 2015, stopping all of his last three opponents.

“It’s an honour to be fighting Jorge Linares for the WBA World title, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine titles in one of the biggest fights in the division,” said Campbell.

“I’ve worked my way from Olympic champion to the number 1 spot in the WBA and WBC rankings, and I feel now is the time to take my chance.

“All the pressure is on Jorge headlining back in the States on HBO and I am so confident I am going to leave with all three belts – I have tremendous respect for Jorge and this is going to be an unbelievable fight but this is the opportunity I have been waiting for as a professional and I must and will take it on September 23.”

Venezuela’s Linares, who will be fighting a British fighter for the fourth time after beating Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla twice, is looking forward to fighting in the US for the first time since 2014, and topping a major card.

“I am excited to make my return to the United States and to headline an HBO show for the first time,” Linares said.

“I know Luke Campbell is a tough competitor with an incredible amateur and professional background, but I am confident that I will emerge victorious on September 23.”

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George Groves-Jamie Cox set for October 14 at Wembley Arena

24/07/2017 18:21

WBA super middleweight champion George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) will meet unbeaten contender Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs)  on October 14 at Wembley Arena, for their quarter-final fight in the World Boxing Super Series.

When the competitors in the eight-man 168lbs tournament attended the draft on July 8 in Monte Carlo, the top four seeds picked their opponents from the unseeded boxers.Top seeded Groves opted to fight fellow Brit Cox.

Groves will also defend his WBA belt, which he claimed with a sixth round stoppage win over Fedor Chudinov in May, against his countryman.

”I’m really looking forward to getting started and it’s great to have a date set so early to give you something to strive for,” said Groves.

“I’m already in the gym plugging away and I’ve got plenty of time to prepare. The SSE Arena, Wembley Arena has always been a happy hunting ground for me. I’ve had many good nights there, and I’m looking forward to fighting there again.

”I’m happy with my choice of opponent. I know there are no easy fights in this tournament and there are no easy fights at world level, but Jamie is the guy I know the most about.

“I know about his background, I know how he trains, I know who he trains with, but most importantly, I know the things you need in this tournament, such as composure and experience at the highest level, he’s lacking. I’ve got them in abundance, but he’s brand new, he’s a total novice.

“I don’t think he’s even headlined his own show yet and he’s getting flung in the deep end with me. This is a big pressure fight for him and I think he’ll struggle to cope.”

Cox, a 30-year-old southpaw,  will be taking a huge step up in competition but is excited to be part of the tournament and ready to cause an upset.

“I’m glad George picked me, I was prepared for anyone but I was hoping for a UK fight so I can’t wait,” said Cox.

“George is a tough opponent. He has some good attributes but I’m prepared to shock everyone. This is what I’ve been working towards all my career, and to be a part of something this big is amazing.

“Now I’m here, I’m ready to capitalise on it and win my first World title and progress to the semi-finals.”

The first super middleweight quarterfinal is scheduled for September 16 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, where hometown fighter Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) will face Sweden’s Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs).

The other two quarter-finals – Chris Eubank Jr (24-1, 19 KOs) vs Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) and Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) vs Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs), still need to be scheduled.

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Callum Smith to fight Erik Skoglund in Liverpool in World Boxing Super Series opener on September 16

20/07/2017 12:12

Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs)  will fight Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs) on September 16 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, in the opening bout of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament.

In both the super middleweight and cruiserweight eight man elimination tournaments, the winner of each could earn as much as $10 million (£8 million) for the final and will receive the Muhammad Ali trophy.

The top four seeds selected their opponents at the tournament draft on July 8 in Monte Carlo.

Number two seed Smith selected unseeded Skoglund, and will be given a hometown advantage, having been seeded in the draw.

“A ring is a ring no matter where it is but, of course, I’m happy to be fighting in Liverpool,” said Smith.

“This is my home, and this is where all my best performances as a professional have been. I like fighting in Liverpool, and with the crowd behind me, I will have an added advantage on September 16.

“There are no easy fights in this tournament. It’s the best fighting the best, but I believe I made the right decision in Monte Carlo.

“That’s not to say Skoglund is not a good fighter. I think he is a very good fighter. His record speaks for itself, but I think stylistically, he was the right choice for me. It will be a tough test.

“On paper, Skoglund is probably the best fighter I’ve ever faced, and I will need to be at my best to beat him. But every time I’ve been up against it in my career and every time there’s been that fear factor, it’s brought out the best in me and I’m hoping for the same on Sept. 16.”

The 27-year-old Brit was due to face Anthony Dirrell for the vacant WBC title in September, but instead opted to enter the World Boxing Super Series.

Sweden’s Skoglund, 26, has no problem traveling to Smith’s hometown, having previously boxed in Finland, Denmark and Germany, and is now excited for the opportunity to fight in the tournament.

“This is a huge opportunity for me to prove myself at the highest level,” said Skoglund.

“Callum Smith is a top-level fighter and one of the tournament favorites. This is what the World Boxing Super Series is all about — the best fighting the best. That’s why I entered, and that’s why I’m really looking forward to this fight.

“For me, it’s no problem fighting in Liverpool. Of course, I am always thankful for the opportunity to fight in front of my fans in Sweden, but I’m happy not having that pressure on my shoulders for this fight, and I will enjoy being the underdog for once.”

The three other super middleweight quarterfinals are due to take place in September and October.

Specific dates and locations still need to be determined.

The match-ups are, George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) vs Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs), Chris Eubank Jr (24-1, 19 KOs) vs Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs), and Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) vs Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs).

The semifinals are scheduled for early 2018 and the final in May 2018.

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