Gervonta Davis-Liam Walsh to fight on May 20 in London

07/03/2017 17:12

IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis  (17-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defence of his title against Britain’s Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) on May 20 at the Copper Box Arena in London.

Davis dethroned Jose Pedraza by seventh round stoppage in January to become boxing’s youngest current world champion at age 22, and he will now defend the IBF belt in his first professional bout on foreign soil.

“I always wanted to come to the UK and fight,” said Davis. “Many of my fans are based there, so I’m just excited that they will be able to come see me fight in their own backyard.
“Liam Walsh is a tough contender and I’m hoping he brings it. I will be well-prepared for whatever he does, and believe me when I say that I will put on a great show.

“That IBF belt is very happy at home with me and it will be staying with me for a long, long time. To all the people that have been messaging me positive things on my social media, thank you. Keep supporting me and I’ll fight for you.”

Walsh has won the British and Commonwealth titles and continued rising up the rankings with a one-sided points win over Andrey Klimov last October.

“This is a serious fight,” said Walsh. “He is going to bring his best and I’m going to bring mine. He is a very good fighter and I’m a very good fighter. May the best man win. I 100 per cent believe that is going to be me.

“I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity and I’m ready to seize my moment and win a world title. Years of hard work in the gym has got me to where I am today and I’m not going to waste this golden opportunity.”

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Thurman outpoints Garcia in welterweight unification clash

05/03/2017 07:44

WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) outpointed WBC titleholder Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) by a 12 round split decision in a unification bout on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Thurman won the clash of two undefeated, prime, 28-year-old champions by scores of 116-112 and 115-113, while the third judge had it 115-113 for Garcia.

Both fighters had their moments but Thurman got the better of fellow American Garcia in most of the rounds, connecting with jabs and right hands.

Thurman rocked Garcia with a right-left combination in the opener and continued to land hard shots in the following rounds.

Garcia jabbed and countered well as the fight progressed but Thurman remained the busier.

In the later rounds, Garcia become the aggressor and had some success landing to head and body, but he could not land the knockout blow he needed as Thurman circled the ring and avoided many of Garcia’s punches.

“The judges are judges,” said Thurman. “I thought I out-boxed him. I thought it was a clear victory, but Danny came to fight.

“My defence was effective. He wasn’t landing.”

With the win, Thurman adds the WBC 147lb belt to his WBA title.

“I came up short tonight,” said Garcia. “I thought I was the aggressor. I thought I pushed the pace. But it didn’t go my way.

“I thought I won and I was pushing the fight. But it is what it is. He was trying to counter. I had to wait to find my spots.”

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Bellew beats injured Haye in the 11th round of epic battle

05/03/2017 07:38

WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) scored an 11th round TKO over former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) in a upset win on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.

Haye bravely battled on through a Achilles injury but fellow Brit Bellew floored him in the sixth and 11th rounds of the non-title heavyweight bout, before Haye’s corner threw in the towel.

Both came out firing in the opening round but Haye missed with a lot of punches and Bellew was more accurate.

Haye started to land some hard shots in the following rounds, but the fight turned in the sixth when Haye slipped and damaged his right Achilles, and was left limping around the ring.

After twice falling to the canvas, which were ruled no knockdowns, Haye was knocked down from a barrage of punches.

From then on, Haye could hardly move away from any shots as Bellew teed off on him.

Bellew sent Haye through the ropes with a combination in the 11th and as Haye was climbing back into the ring, his trainer Shane McGuigan threw in the towel to the stop the fight and end Haye’s punishment at 2:16 of the round.

Bellew said: “I wanted to really beat him more than anything in the world.
“I have got so much respect for David as a fighter, we can do it again.”

Haye said: “I trained good going into the fight. I wanted to do a demolition job. I hit him hard on the chin tonight. I did not expect him to have the chin and the durability that he has. Bellew, by far, was the better fighter tonight.”

Also on the card, IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (24-1, 9 KOs) stopped Adoni Gago (16-3-2, 5 KOs) in the ninth round of a non-title fight.

British contender Sam Eggington (20-3, 12 KOs) halted former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi  (36-8, 7 KOs) by a body shot in the eighth round for the WBC international welterweight title.

Ohara Davies (15-0, 12 KOs) floored British rival Derry Mathews (38-12-2, 20 KOs) twice en route to a third round stoppage win for the WBC silver light welterweight title.

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WBC bans Alexander Povetkin over failed drug tests

03/03/2017 12:54

Heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) has been handed a fine of $250,000 and banned indefinitely by the WBC for doping violations.

Povetkin twice tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2016.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced that the organization has suspended Povetkin from participating in any WBC-sanctioned bouts indefinitely and fined him $250,000.

Povetkin had been scheduled to face Bermane Stiverne in December for the WBC interim title, but the bout was cancelled after the Russian tested positive for the banned muscle-building substance ostarine.

Previously Povetkin’s world title fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder was canceled last May after he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Povetkin avoided a ban arguing that he had stopped taking meldonium in 2015, before it was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in January 2016.

Povetkin will be eligible to apply for reinstatement to the WBC rankings after one year.

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Wilder overwhelms Washington in the fifth

26/02/2017 07:47

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

It was competitive while it lasted but Wilder’s tremendous power in his right hand was the difference and handed the American his fifth successful world title defence.

Washington, who was a replacement opponent for Wilder because original challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk tested positive for a banned substance in January, used his jab well and was doing a good job of avoiding the champion’s punches.

The challenger was landing the better shots until Wilder landed a crushing right, followed by a left, which sent his countryman crashing to the canvas.

Washington beat the count but he was on shaky legs as Wilder unloaded a barrage of punches before referee Mike Griffin stopped the fight at 1:45 of the fifth.

“I knew he was going to come in excited to fight for a world title,” said Wilder. “I just kept calm and found my rhythm. I knew he was going to tire out, and when he did I took advantage. It was all about timing. I’m very smart in the ring when it comes to using different tactics in the ring.”

Next Wilder looks set for a unification bout with WBO champion Joseph Parker, who was at ringside.

New Zealand’s Parker first has to come through his mandatory defence against Britain’s Hughie Fury on  April 1 in Auckland.

“I’m ready for Joseph Parker, but is he ready for me?” said Wilder. “I did my business. Now it’s time for him to do his.”

Also on the card, Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) knocked down and stopped fellow American Tony Harrison (24-2, 20 KOs) in the ninth round to win the vacant IBF light middleweight title.

Hurd was landing the harder shots but Harrison always fired back before Hurd dropped him with a right to the jaw in the ninth.

Harrison got back to his feet but he was too hurt to continue as he spat out his mouthpiece, and referee Jim Korb waved off the bout at 2:24 of the round.

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Broner beats Granados by split decision

19/02/2017 07:36

Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) scored a 10 round split decision over Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Both had their moments and traded punches throughout the fight but Broner, fighting in his hometown, won 97-93 and 96-94 on two scorecards while the third judge had it 97-93 for Granados.

The bout was originally contracted at 142 pounds but a few weeks ago Broner insisted it be changed to the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.

Broner landed the sharper, more accurate blows but Granados, a Chicago fighter of Mexican descent, outworked him in most of the rounds.

However, Broner did a good job of preventing Granados from landing his punches by holding and wrestling him on the inside and finished strong with some good shots in the 10th, including a powerful combination in the final seconds of the bout.

Broner, who has won world titles in four weight divisions from super featherweight to welterweight, was returning from a 10-month layoff after being stripped of his WBA light welterweight title for failing to make weight for a defence against Ashley Theophane in April, which he won by 9th round TKO.

Also on the card, former light welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 18 KOs) dethroned defending  WBA ‘regular’ welterweight champion David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision.

The American veteran got the better of Russia’s Avanesyan, outworking him throughout, and was awarded scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113.

Peterson is now in position to challenge the winner of the unification fight between WBA ‘super’ champion Keith Thurman and WBC titleholder Danny Garcia, who meet on March 4.

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Easter eases to points win, Zhakiyanov dethrones Warren

11/02/2017 07:37

IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr (19-0, 14 KOs) easily outpointed challenger Luis Cruz (22-5-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio.

The American retained his title by a unanimous decision with scores of 119-106, 118-107 and 117-108.

Easter was always in control and scored three late knockdowns, dropping Puerto Rico’s Cruz in the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds, en route to a one-sided victory.

Also on the card, Kazakhstan’s Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-1, 18 KOs) rallied from two knockdowns against defending champion Rau’shee Warren (14-2, 4 KOs) to win the WBA bantamweight title by a split decision.

Warren knocked the challenger down twice in the first round with hard shots but Zhakiyanov, who is trained by former two-division world champion Ricky Hatton, battled back in the following rounds and attacked the American with head and body blows.

The judges scores were 115-111, 116-110 for Zhakiyanov and 115-111 for Warren.

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Eubank Jr beats Quinlan by 10th round TKO to win IBO title

05/02/2017 07:38

Chris Eubank Jr (24-1, 19 KOs) defeated Australian Renold Quinlan (11-2, 7 KOs) by a 10th round TKO on Saturday night at the Olympia, in London.

Eubank captured the IBO super middleweight title from Quinlan, and scored his sixth straight stoppage win since his sole defeat, a points loss to Billy Joe Saunders in November 2014.

Quinlan was competitive in the early rounds, exchanging punches with the challenger but as the fight progressed, Eubank’s superior skills took over as he started to punish the Australian with solid shots at the end of the third round.

Quinlan’s toughness kept him in the fight but by the 7th, the Briton was landing heavy blows at will.

 The one-sided beating continued in the 8th and 9th, and referee Howard Foster finally waved off the bout at 2:07 of the 10th following another barrage of punches from Eubank.

Also on the card, Romania’s Christian Hammer (24-4, 12 KOs) stopped former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (21-4, 18 KOs) in the 7th round.

The Liverpudlian got the better of the early rounds and dropped Hammer with a right uppercut  in the fifth. But Price ran out of gas in the following round and by the 7th he was getting beat up.

Price staggered backwards across the ring after Hammer had battered him against the ropes, and referee Phil Edwards ended it at 1:22 of the round.

Price has now suffered four stoppage defeats. The previous two came against Tony Thompson and Erkan Teper, who both failed drug tests after the fight. But he will struggle to rebuild his once-promising career following his latest loss.

Hammer retained his WBO European heavyweight title.

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Sick Cleverly cancels WBO defence

Welshman Nathan Cleverly

Nathan Cleverly has been forced to withdraw from his WBO light-heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi due to illness.

The Welsh star was set to face the Kosovan on 28 April at the Royal Albert Hall, London, but has been unable to train for his fourth title defence.

“I’ve been unable to train because I’ve been laid up in bed with a viral infection,” Cleverly said.

“There’s not enough time to make up what I’ve missed in training.”

It is not yet clear whether the fight with Krasniqi will be rearranged, or whether Cleverly will have to face the WBO’s mandatory challenger, Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky.

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“I’ve taken the advice of my doctor and been told to fully rest before attempting to start training again,” Cleverly added.

“I’m really disappointed because I was looking forward to being the first fighter to bring boxing back to the Royal Albert Hall in over a decade and the first of the century.”

Cleverly had been set to be the first Welshman to appear in a world title fight at the Albert Hall since Howard Winstone beat Mitsunori Seki to win the WBC featherweight crown in January 1968.

Another added incentive was that the 28 April date was on the same night as Bernard Hopkins’s WBC world light-heavyweight title rematch with Chad Dawson