VASYL LOMACHENKO AND MIGUEL MARRIAGA READY FOR WAR!
WBO Super featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko and Columbian challenger Miguel Marriaga made weight earlier ahead of their clash,
|Vasyl Lomachenko – Miguel Marriaga weigh in photo by Mickey Williams
Lomachenko weighed in at exactly 130 pounds while Marriaga weighed in at 129.8 pounds.
In the undercard world contender Rey Beltran and Miguel Vasquez supposedly for Beltran’s NABF and NABO lightweight titles but Vasquez came in overweight.
Rey Beltran tippped off the scale at 134.4 pounds while Vasquez weighed in at 136.8 pounds (1.8 pounds overweight)
WBO Super featwerweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko kills talk of Mickey Garcia fight insists he wants it but explains why it can’t happen.
“I’m ready move up for this fight…I’m ready, I like it, I want this fight, but, you know, we have two different platforms…I can’t, I have a contract,” stated super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, who shared his thoughts on a potential clash with Mikey Garcia with ESNEWS.
Ukranian Lomachenko (8-1,6) is set to defend his title against Columbian Miguel Marriaga (25-2,21) on August 5th at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles California.
4-division 5-time world champion Miguel Cotto is already thinking of his retirement during his interview with ESPN Deportes. Former world champion Cotto told the ESPN Deportes that December 31, 2017 (maybe his second fight this year) will be his last day as professional boxer.
“We are doing very well as far as the camp, hoping that the days will pass and that the preparation will intensify a little next week, and then we’ll lower the loads and look towards the fight,” said Cotto to ESPN Deportes.
“I’ve been enjoying boxing a lot. It’s my last year in boxing, it’s time to go do other things. December 31, 2017 will be the last day of Miguel Cotto as a professional boxer.”
“There is a good litter of Puerto Rican boxers coming up. All you have to do is work hard and not rest until you reach the goal. Puerto Rican boxing has always stood out with good talents. Right now there are Acosta, Machado, Verdejo… they are some that are the most advanced.”
36 year-old Miguel Cotto (40-5,33) is scheduled to fight for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight world title against Japanese Yoshiro Kamegaion (27-2-3,24) August 26th at Stub Hub Center in Carson California.
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It’s time again to see the master in action. Enter the matrix – Vasyl Lomachenko. This weekend, August 5th, he fights Marriaga in what is expected to be another one-sided victory for the Ukrainian. His skill-set is unrivalled in modern boxing and he looks one of the hottest prospects in the sport today. He has claimed after this fight he will be happy to step up against other world-beater Guillermo Rigondeaux – the fight we really want to see!
Mickey Garcia would love the idea of facing WBO Super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko but he doubts that Lomachenko will move up to 135 pounds to face him.
“Listen, I think that would be a great matchup, based on styles, I hear he is willing to fight me and has mentioned that he wants to fight me. His manager reached out to my brother , asking, you know, maybe we can build that fight up. ” Garcia said during a post-fight press conference.
“But I don’t see him making the move up to 135. You know, he’s fighting a guy at 130 who’s coming from a loss at 126. You know? That doesn’t show me he wants to move to 135. If you’re serious about it, like I said, they can come, you know, give us a phone call. You know, we can bring him on to Showtime. You know? We can definitely have a discussion. I think it would be a great matchup at 135. I ain’t coming down to nobody. I’m not gonna wait for anybody, either.”
WBC Lightweight champion Mickey Garcia (37-0,30) is coming off decisive 12 round unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner in his 140 pounds pro debut while Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1,6) will be defending his WBO world super featherweight title against Miguel Marriaga (25-2,21) on August 5th at Microsoft Theater in LA California.
|L-Brico Santig, R-Sho Kimura photo by Brico Santig
Sho Kimura scored a massive upset when he knocks out former olympian and China’s only boxing world champion Zou Shiming in eleventh round to claim the WBO world flyweight title in Shanghai China.
Kimura improves his record to 15 wins with 8 knockouts , 2 draws and 1 defeat while Shiming drops to 9 wins with 2 defeats.
Kimura became the third Japanese world champion at flyweight (112 pounds) along WBA champion Kazuto Ioka and WBC champion Daigo Higa.
WBO number one lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo wants to stay busy while waiting for the WBO lightweight world champ Terry Flanagan’s recovery. Verdejo wants to return to the ring in September either in an interim title fight or stay busy fight.
They were supposed to be the co feature fight of Billy Joe Saunders WBO Middleweight Title defense against Willie Monroe Jr in London UK on September 19th.
Flanagan’s team already submitted a medical report showing injury in his left hamstring and mild injury to his left foot to World Boxing Organization. However WBO indicated that the medical report was incomplete and still waiting for follow up medical reports as well as the MRI of Terry Flanagan.
According to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum a rematch would likely be held in November, with the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, the likeliest venue.
A return to Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium where the first fight was held was unlikely because of the possibility of rain. “If it was Brisbane, I couldn’t do it in Suncorp because of the risk of rain. You have to do it in 14,000 seat-arena.” Arum said
“But in Melbourne, you have a place that’s bigger than Suncorp, which has retractable roof so we don’t have to worry about intense heat or rain.”
There will be an immediate rematch between Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquaio and the newly crowned WBO Welterweight world champ Jeff Horn because there is a rematch clause in contract and both sides want to do it again with the venue being the only issue for the fight.
Jeff Horn believes that the rematch with Pacquiao will settle the controversy once and for all. Even the WBO confirmed him as the winner after re-scoring the fight.
“I feel like I’ve defended the title already and and I’ve only had it for a week”
“I kind of feel it has been put to bed and that I definitely won the fight because it has been rescored”
“But people are always going to have their own opinions and you’re not going to be able to change those. So i guess only way you’re going to be able do it is to have rematch. And I think I would do better a second time.”
Manny Pacquiao hints boxing fans that he will continue his boxing career in a post to twitter:
“I love this sport and until passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country”
WBO championship double header set for September 16 at Copper Box Arena in London England.
23 year-old Ex Olympian Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (23-0-15) of San Juan, Puerto Rico finally get his long awaited title shot against reigning and defending WBO lightweight world champion Terry “Turbo” Flanagan (33-0,13)
The two unbeaten boxers were supposed to collide last year but the championship fight cancelled because Felix Verdejo suffered a motorcycle accident. Verdejo recovered then beat Oliver Flores via decision in his first comeback bout while 28 year-old Flanagan defended his title twice against Orlando Cruz (8TKO) and Petr Petrov (UD12). Flanagan won the title on July 2015 with second round Technical decision win over Mexican Jose Zepeda then defended the title five times.
Also on the card WBO Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0,12) is set to make his second title defense against Willie Monroe Jr. (21-2,6) Saunders was originally scheduled to defend his title against mandatory challenger and interim champ Avtandil Khurtsidze but Khurtsidze was arrested in June for some serious illegal cases.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said that the of WBO (World Boxing Organization) review of the fight doesn’t settle anything. Two weeks ago Aussie boxer Jeff Horn pulled off one of the biggest upset win in boxing history against Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao at Sun Corp Stadium in Brisbane Australia. Many boxing fans slammed the judges and believed that Manny should have been the winner of the fight so the WBO conducted a review of the fight and confirmed that Jeff Horn is the real winner of the WBO Welterweight title after three of the five judges have ruled in favor of Jeff Horn.
“First of all they didn’t [rule] that Jeff Horn clearly won the fight. They (WBO) had five judges scoring the fight: three had Horn winning narrowly, one had it at draw, one had Pacquiao winning,” Arum told News To Go in an interview.
He said the way that result of the WBO review shows that the fight was “very, very close.” “Well it doesn’t settle anything. It was a very close fight. It could have been scored either way. I had Manny winning the fight by one point, but you know when it gets that close, the fight can go either way,” he added.
“Manny has to decide what he wants to do in the future and we’ll take it from there,” he said. Arum said that after two weeks, he may travel to the Philippines to determine from Pacquiao himself if he would want a rematch with Horn. “I will see whether he really wants to do a rematch, whether he wants to continue boxing, or whether because of his senatorial duty, he is unable to continue,” he said.
After Game and Amusement Board and Manny Pacquaio himself protested the twelve rounds unanimous decision of Jeff Horn held at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane two weeks ago, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) officially released their statement regarding Pacquiao-Horn scorecards.
WBO officials backs and again declared Jeff Horn as the winner of WBO Welterweight Title.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Official Statement:
“The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial causing disputes among fans. For this reason, transparency is so important. The WBO does not have power to reverse the Judges’ decision based on discretion as it can only be revoked when fraud or a violation of Law has occurred, which is not relevant in this case.
“Based on this, five (5) anonymous, competent Judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound. Then, the independent results were tabulated to ascertain clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent.
“To determine the winner of each round, 3 out of the 5 officials have to be in agreement. “Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100%; the 5th round was won by 80%; and the 11th round by 60%. Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100%; rounds 2nd, 4th, and 7th by 80%; and then, the 10th round by 60%. From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won 5 rounds while Horn won 7 rounds.
“The next step of the analysis was to combine the independent Judges with the Bout Judges to find the percentage agreement by round. Upon doing this analysis, the findings of the Judges stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd and 9th by 100%; the 8th round was won by 87.5%; no rounds were won by 75%; the 5th round by 62.5%; and the 10th and 11th were even rounds.
“On the other hand, the Judges findings stated that Horn won the 1st, 6th, and 12th rounds by 100%; by 87.5%, he won the 4th and the 7th; the 2nd was won by 75%; none were won by 62.5%; and the even rounds were the 10th and the 11th.
“The analytical method used was also used in the decision of Algieri- Provodnikov and Paquiao-Bradley. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”
(Salud-Tapales-Penalosa photo by Koichi Yoshikawa)
WBO World Bantamweight champion Marlon “Nightmare” Tapales with his manager Rex Wakee Salud and trainer Fernando Ocon arrived in Osaka Monday afternoon while former world champion Gerry Penalosa also arrived to support fellow Filipino Tapales on his first title defense and rematch against Japanese Shohei Omori on Sunday April 23 at Edion Arena in Osaka Japan.
Marlon Tapales (29-2,12) first encounter with Shohei Omori (18-1,13) was happened on December 2016 in Kyoto Japan where Tapales easily dispatched the Japanese boxer in second round of their first fight.
In the undercard another Filipino boxer Neil John Tabanao (13-3,9) will face Japan-based Korean Teiru Atsumi (12-1,6).
World boxing contender Arthur Villanueva with ALA gym coaches Edito Villamor and Robert Eturma arrive at Hardcore Hotel in Leicester ahead of WBO Bantamweight world title eliminator against Zolani Tete of South Africa April 22 at Leicester Arena in Leicestershire UK.
“King” Arthur Villanueva (30-1,16) is coming off an impressive second round knockout win against Mexican Juan Jimenez on their rematch in September 2016. Villanueva’s first attempt to become a world champion was when he fought for the vacant IBF World Super flyweight title against Puerto Rican Mcjoe Arroyo on July 2015 in El Paso Texas where the fight was stopped in 10th round due to Villanueva’s cut in his right eye caused by a headbutt. All three judges gave the win to Arroyo by the score of 91-98 twice and 97-92. Many boxing experts saw the fight as controversial one.
Meanwhile Zolani “Last Born” Tete (24-3,20) is a former IBF World Super flyweight champion. He won the title by defeating former undefeated Japanese Teiru Kinoshita (19-0-1) by 12 rounds unanimous decision in Hyogo Japan in 2014. He defended the belt once against Paul Butler by KO but was forced to vacate the belt because he believes that the price is not right to defend the title in opponents territory
The winner of this fight will face the reigning WBO World Bantamweight champ another Filipino Marlon Tapales considering Tapales’ win against Shohei Omori on their rematch on April 23 in Japan.
Vasyl ” Hi Tech” Lomachenko (8-1,6) destroy the former WBA champion Jason Sosa (20-2-4) to retain his WBO World Super Featherweight crown at MGM National Harbor in Maryland USA.
Two time olympic gold medalist Lomachenko of Ukraine put Jason Sosa in clinic by landing numerous and accurate shots to the body and head throughout the one-sided fight before Sosa himself and his corner decided to surrender after the eight round.
Sosa native of New Jersey was stripped off the WBA World Super featherweight title when he decided to face Lomachenko instead of facing the WBA Super champion Jezreel Corrales of Panama.
In the co main event fellow Ukranian Aleksandr Usyk (12-0) remains unbeatean to retain his WBO World Cruiserweight Title by outpointing Michael Hunter (12-1) . All three judges saw the fight 117-110.
And Oleksandr Gvozdyk scored an impressive third round technical knock out win over Cuban Yuniesky Gonzalez to unify NABF and NABO light heavyweight titles.
Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, already one of the greatest boxer in Philippine history wants to unify the flyweight division then targets Estrada fight next.
“Siguro pag napalo natin ang IBF title laban tayo sa ibang title, gusto kong mag- unify ang flyweight. Okay ako sa flyweight division (112 pounds) okay ang katawan ko dito. Pagkatapos baka magkatagpo rin kami ni Estrada” said Nietes to his interview with powcast sports during 17th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards in Manila Hotel.
Nietes (39-1-4,22) will have the opportunity to become three division world champion when meets Thailand’s Komgrich Nantapech (22-3,15) for the vacant IBF flyweight world title on April 29 in Cebu City Philippines.
Nietes the longest Filipino boxing world champion is a world titleholder for the WBO in two weight divisions and has become a champion for eight years. He vacated the title after his long reigning years in light flyweight division and chase a super fight against Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada as well but the fight didn’t materialized due to Estrada’s decision to step up in Super flyweight (115 pounds).
Reigning and defending WBO World Super featherweight champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko and former world champion now the challenger Nicholas “Axeman” Walters both make weight at the Cosmopolitan ahead of their clash tomorrow at Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Ukranian Lomachenko weighed in at 130 pounds while Jamaica’s Walters tipped off the scale at 129.5 pounds. HBO will televised the championship fight between Lomachenko and Walters.
Andre Ward (31-0) gets off the canvass in the second round and managed to win over former champion Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1) earlier at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.The fight was televised by HBO pay-per-view.
Former Middleweight unified world champion Andre Ward A.K.A, “SOG / Son Of God” won on all three judges’ cards by 114-113 (unanimous decision) to claim the IBF,WBO,WBA “Super” light heavyweight world titles to became two division world champ and hopefully will be promoted as pound for pound King.
Ward was dropped in the second round but fought back hard in the middle and late rounds, said he would definitely give Kovalev a rematch.
Former two division world champion Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KO) came out of two-year layoff to face the hard hitting WBC International light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr. (22-1, 18 KOs) on December 17 on HBO at the Forum in Inglewood, California as his last and final fight.
51 year-old Hopkins A.K.A, Alien is focusing on knocking out the much younger Joe Smith Jr,
“While ‘The Alien’ may be retired, the ‘Executioner’ has one fight left, and Joe Smith Jr., is going to find out the hard way how well prepared I am for my final fight. A lot of people will focus on my age, the history of my run in the sport, the titles, etc…but I’m focused on one thing – knocking Joe Smith out.” said Hopkins.
Hopkins last fight was in 2014 when he was defeated by Undisputed lightheavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.
26 year-old Smith Jr won the WBC International light heavyweight title with a shocking 1st round stoppage over Andrzej Fonfara in June. He is currently rated as #2 WBC, #5 WBA, #13 WBO light heavyweight contender.
However is it still possible that Hopkins to continue his career considering an impressive win over Joe Smith Jr. and could get a world title shot against the winner of the November 19 fight between Andre Ward and IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev
Three Filipino boxers will travel in Ekaterinburg Russia and will try their best to win boxing titles. They are Filipino youngster Jerry Castroverde, veteran Dennis Laurente and Carlo Magali.
(Castroverde scored knockdown against Mboyayi)
Filipino teenager Jerry Castroverde (9-3,5KOs) will fight for the vacant WBO Youth Superfeatherweight title against Russia based Tajikistan Shavkat Rakhimov (6-0,4)
Castroverde is determined to KO his opponent this time to win the fight without any controversy after his last fight on July 29 against hometown boy Aphiwe Mboyiya in South Africa which was ended in a highly controversial unanimous decision.
39 year-old Dennis Laurente (50-7-5,30KOs) a veteran of 60 plus fights will challenge WBC Asia Boxing Council Silver Superwelterweight champion, the undefeated hard hitting Russian Magomed “Black Lion” Kurbanov whose record is 8 wins and 7 via stoppages.
One of the undercards is another Filipino Carlo Magali (20-8-3,10KOs) who will try to avenge his stablemate (Leonardo Doronio) loss to Russian Pavel Malikov (8-0,2KOs)
Magali is well known for his fight against David Browne Jnr that ends up in tragedy. On that fight Magali was outscored by Downey Jnr but he unleashed a brutal one punch KO that sent Browne Jnr to the canvass. Browne Jnr was rushed to the hospital but eventually died.
Malikov last fight was against another Filipino Leonardo Doronio on July 11 where he won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver lightweight title. This time Magali will try to snatch the title from Malikov.
(Official fight poster courtesy of Zanfer Box)
Former WBA-WBO unified flyweight world champion Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2,24KOs) will now move to superflyweight and will face Filipino boxer Raymond Tabugon (18-5-1,8) over ten-rounds at superflyweight on October 8th at Puerto Penasco in Mexico
Estrada vacated WBA “Super” and WBO world flyweight titles to chase a rematch with the number 1 pound for pound King Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez who is now the WBC Superflyweight world champion.
“First I have to win the 8th of October. Everyone knows that Filipinos came to die in the line of fire and Tabugon has nothing to lose and everything to win-but I am well prepared and motivated to perform in front of my people .I have no doubt there will be a show on the stage, and that i will win and analyze with my team and promoter Zanfer on what fights I want superflyweights,including Chocolatito, Nica Concepcion, Naoya Inoue or Cuadras” Estrada said.
Tabugon is came from 5th round TKO defeat on July 29 against Makazole Tete in bout for IBO Intercontinental title. He already fought in Mexico on November 2015 against world rated Juan Hernandez but unfortunately he lost also via 5th round TKO. Though Tabugon is a former International Boxing Organization Inter-Continental light flyweight champion he won the title against Luzuko Siyo by the way of unanimous decision in Eastern Cape in South Africa.
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Yesterday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo Japan Filipino Jeffrey Arienza suffered 11th round TKO loss against local boxer Akihiro Kondo.
Arienza gave his best in this fight actually he was the one who dictated the fight in early rounds. Arienza was busy throwing effective uppercuts while Kondo was working on body shots trying to slow down Arienza. In middle rounds Kondo adjusted to Arienza’s style though Arienza continued to fight back and refused to back off from a fight.
In the 11th round Arienza began to slow down with a severe cut and swelling of his eye the referee decided to halt the fight to avoid further damages.
Akihiro Kondo became the first Japanese to claim the WBO Asia Pacific title on Japanese soil. Kondo goes to 27 wins 12 via KO 6 defeats and 1 draw while Arienza has drop to 15 wins with 5 defeats.
Earlier we reported that Marlon Tapales is close to make a deal to fight British Paul Butler but it turns out that Marlon Tapales will make a defense of his WBO Bantamweight world title against Japanese youngster Takuma Inoue the younger brother of WBO Superflyweight world champ Naoya Inoue.
20 year-old Takuma Inoue is came off a hard fought unanimous decision win over tough and former world rated Filipino Froilan Saludar yesterday (Sept 4th) in Kanagawa Japan. He was dropped in 1st round but scored knockdowns himself in 8th and 9th round to retain his unblemished record and get a crack to Tapales’ world title.
Takuma Inoue who has a record of 8 wins no defeat with 2 KOs. He is a natural superflyweight fighter and will move up in bantamweight to face Tapales.
Tapales won the WBO bantamweight crown over the former champion Thailand’s Puangluang Sor Singyu on July 27 in Ayutthaya Thailand.
The fight is scheduled on December 30th at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo Japan.
On September 17 former WBC Middleweight world champion Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1,33) will challenge the reigning and defending WBO Superwelterweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1,13) unbeaten champion from United Kingdom. The fight will be held in AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas.
Take a look at two fighters tale of the tape. Photo courtesy of Boxingscene.com
Ex world champion Mexican Antonio Margarito beat fellow Mexican Ramon Alvarez the older brother of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by the way of 10 rounds split decision win to capture the WBO Continental super welterweight title earlier at Centro de Convenciones, Rosarita in Baja California. The scores were
95-94 Alvarez, 97-92 twice for Margarito.
Ramon Alvarez controlled the first two rounds by throwing combinations to the head of Margarito. In the third round Margarito pushing the pace and forcing Alvarez to the ropes and throws combinations but Alvarez is still countering him with some serious blows. Alvarez continuing to counter the agressive Margarito in the fourt, the fight came in action in 5th and 6th rounds both boxers exchanging bombs. Margarito scored a knockdown in 8th round to snatch the round to Alvarez. In the final round Alvarez knows that he is behind on the cards chasing Margarito and aim to land a big punch but Margarito playing it safe throwing jabs.
Ramon’s younger brother Canelo was in the ringside to support of his brother.
In the post fight interview Margarito said he was ready to face Canelo Alvarez next.
“I want the big fights, Cotto, Canelo. I don’t want a rematch with Ramon. I am ready for big fights now I am ready to beat Ramon’s brother Saul.” Margarito said