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DECEMBER 14, 2017 


KATIE TAYLOR RETAINS WBA LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

Katie Taylor W10 Jessica McCaskill ...  In London, Ireland's Katie Taylor retained her WBA lightweight championship with a unanimous decision win over Jessica McCaskill of the United States. There were no knockdowns, but Taylor was wobbled in the sixth round and then penalized a point for holding in the seventh.  Official scores were 97-92 (twice) and 98-91. Taylor is now 8-0, while McCaskill flies home to Chicago with a 5-2 record. source: bbc

Martin J. Ward KO6 Juli Giner... On the same London card, Martin J. Ward won the vacant European 130-pound championship by stopping Spain's Juli Giner in round six.  Ward (19-0-2) floored Giner twice in the sixth, the second time with a hard right hand that convinced the referee a ten count was not needed. Giner (21-3-1) was stopped for the second time in his career. Ward, already the British and Commonwealth champion, wins the European title that was last held by Guillaume Frenois of France. source: sky sports

Jake Ball W10 Miles Shinkwin...Englishman Jake Ball defeated his countryman Miles Shinkwin in a light heavyweight bout. Ball dominated the fight from start to finish and was given a unanimous decision by scores of 97-93 and 98-92 (twice). source: wba 


 
DECEMBER 14, 2017 


CRAWFORD INTENDS TO FIGHT HORN IN 2018

Press Release:  Undefeated two-division champion Terence "Bud" Crawford, from Omaha, Nebraska, is ready  to move out of the junior welterweight division and up to the welterweight class.  Crawford, the 2014 Fighter of the Year, achieved the rare feat of holding all four major title belts when he knocked out Julius Indongo over the summer.  Tune-ups may be good for engines but they have no place in Crawford's repertoire.  Crawford is now the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight champion Jeff "The Hornet" Horn, and is ready to challenge him.  Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs), from Brisbane, Australia, successfully defended his title earlier on Tuesday, stopping Gary Corcoran (17-2, 7 KOs).  It appears as though Horn and Crawford will face each other next, in the spring of 2018.  (the Horn vs. Corcoran bout will be replayed today on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT). Here is what Crawford had to say after watching Horn defeat Corcoran on ESPN:


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DECEMBER 14, 2017 


CLARESSA SHIELDS: "I AM CALM, FOCUSED, BUT STILL HUNGRY"

Press Release:  IBF/WBC super middleweight champion Claressa Shields met with local members of the media and took part in an open-to-the-public workout on Tuesday at Kronk Gym in Detroit,  one month away from defending her titles against undefeated Tori Nelson on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 live on Showtime. A two-time Olympic champion, Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) will face her second consecutive undefeated opponent on ShoBox: The New Generation at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.  Here is what the 22-year-old native of Flint, Mich., had to say on Tuesday:

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DECEMBER 13, 2017 


JEAN PASCAL: "DREAM FIGHT WITH GSP, ONLY THING THAT WOULD GET ME OUT OF RETIREMENT!"
By H. K. Leon

"Adonis Stevenson never wanted to fight me!"

HL: Congratulations of your victory Jean, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Thank you. It was the performance I trained for and it went just as I planned. Elbiali is tough and anytime you're fighting a guy who hasn't lost yet, you have to break them down mentally just as much as physically. I think that's what I did with Elbiali. Early in the first round he caught me with a right hand that buzzed me a little bit, but I took it and came right back. He wasn't ready for that. He's used to knocking guys out or getting ready to knock them out after he lands a punch like that, but that didn't happen and then it was my turn. I've been in there with (Sergey) Kovalev and (Carl) Froch so his power wasn't going to be anything I haven't seen before, but I was the hardest hitter he's ever faced and the best fighter he's ever faced. After the first round I knew I was going to win the fight and honestly, I feel like I would have gotten him out of there in two rounds if there was a little more time left.

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DECEMBER 13, 2017 


HORN STOPS CORCORAN IN ELEVENTH ROUND
By Scott Shaffer

Jeff Horn TKO11 Gary Corcoran... In Brisbane, Jeff Horn delivered for the Australian fans by defeating England's Gary Corcoran to retain the WBO welterweight title that Horn controversially won from Manny Pacquiao earlier in the year.  After a close first half of the fight, Horn (18-0-1) began to punish Corcoran, and the challenger's corner threw in the towel in round eleven with Corcoran bleeding but in no danger of going down. Considering Corcoran (17-2) had no world class credentials to deserve a world title fight, he performed well and earned another high-profile bout. Horn's win likely sets up a huge stateside title defense against Terence Crawford, the world 140-pound champion who will be moving up to 147 pounds in 2018. Horn was cut in today's fight, so Crawford may have to wait a bit. source: espn.com

 
DECEMBER 13, 2017 


POST FIGHT INTERVIEW: JOSHUA ZUNIGA
By G. Leon

Fresh off KO of previously unbeaten Williams, Zuniga ready for anyone

Congrats on your victory over Raynell Williams (12-1). Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? "Thank you. It was my first time fighting a southpaw, so I took a round to get comfortable with my defense and all that, but I think I did a good of executing the game plan properly. I just did my thing out there.

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DECEMBER 13, 2017 


KATIE TAYLOR VS. JESSICA MCCASKILL TO BE AIRED ONLINE

Press Release: Showtime Sports will deliver live coverage of women’s boxing, airing Katie Taylor’s first defense of her WBA lightweight championship against Jessica McCaskill on Wednesday on social platforms. The full eight-fight card from York Hall in London will be available for free exclusive to the U.S audience on the Showtime Sports YouTube channel and the Showtime Boxing Facebook page beginning at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Coverage from London will be provided by Sky Sports and also feature Conor Benn, Lawrence Okolie, Josh Kelly and Joe Cordina in separate bouts.    This last-minute opportunity comes in cooperation with Matchroom Boxing.


 
DECEMBER 13, 2017 


JAN 18TH SHOBOX LINE-UP COMPLETED

Press Release: Uzbekistan's junior welterweight Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0) will face the toughest test of his career, fellow undefeated Sonny Fredrickson (18-0) in the telecast opener of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.  In the co-feature, Jesse Hernandez (10-1) will take on former National Golden Gloves Gold Medalist Ernesto Garza (10-4 including the World Series of Boxing) in a ten-round super bantamweight bout between two all-action fighters.  In the main event, women’s IBF/WBC super middleweight champion Claressa Shields (4-0) will defend her titles against Tori Nelson (17-0-3).

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DECEMBER 13, 2017 
 GHOST GUERRERO TO BE IN CHICO LOPEZ'S CORNER

Press Release: Fresno, California featherweight Efren "Chico" Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) will appear in a four-round bout at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, CA, this Friday December 15th.  Lopez will square off against Tyler Marshall (1-3). Lopez, age 21, had over 200 fights as an amateur then made his pro debut in July of 2016. During the last year, he was able to get an associates degree.  He's trained by Ruben Guerrero Sr., but for this fight, he will be guided by former champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero.  The Ghost will be making his head cornerman debut.


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DECEMBER 13, 2017 
 BARRIENTES TWINS SHINE IN AMATEUR COMPETITION

Press Release: This past week, Las Vegas' Pound-4-Pound gym sent eight members to the 2017 USA Boxing Elite Youth National Championships & Junior Open.  The Barrientes twins, Chavez and Angel both qualified to represent Team USA in the Junior Division, by winning belts at the tournament.  Angel Barrientes was voted most outstanding boxer of the tournament.  The five-day tournament, which took place in Salt Lake City, UT. "I'm very proud of our entire team who all fought hard and had tremendous success in this tournament," said Pound-4-Pound head coach Richard Barrientes. "Although everyone didn't come home with a belt, they all gave it their best, and gained a lot of experience.  Angel and Chavez were outstanding, winning belts in their divisions.  We competed against the best amateur boxers in the USA and held our own.  Words can't describe how happy I am with everyone's performance.  


 
DECEMBER 13, 2017 


SAVELEVA STOPS ROMANOVA IN SIX

Elena Saveleva TKO6 Oksana Romanova: Undefeated female flyweight Elena Saveleva improved to 3-0 with 3 KOs with a dominant performance against thirty-fight veteran Oksana Romanova (9-21-1). Saveleva scored a knock down in the first round and was in control throughout. Official time of stoppage was 0:31 into the sixth frame. Source: Salita Promotions 

 
DECEMBER 12, 2017 
 DVR ALERT: ESPN TO AIR HORN VS CORCORAN EARLY ON WEDNESDAY

Press Release: Brisbane, Australia’s favorite son, Jeff “The Hornet” Horn, returns to the ring tomorrow in the first defense of the WBO welterweight title he won from the legendary Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.  Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) will be risking his newly-minted title against London's Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran (17-1, 7 KOs).  It will be the Brit's first fight outside the United Kingdom.  Promoted by Duco Events and Top Rank, the Horn vs. Corcoran WBO welterweight championship fight will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, December 13th) at the Brisbane Convention Centre and will be televised live and exclusively at 6:30 a.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.  ESPN2 will air a prime time same-day replay at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

 
DECEMBER 12, 2017 


PROMOTER SAYS TYSON AND HUGHIE FURY CLEARED TO BOX AGAIN

According to their promoter, Hennessy Sports  Tyson and Hughie Fury are free to immediately resume their boxing careers after coming to a joint agreement with United Kingdom Anti-Doping authority (UKAD) to finally resolve the ongoing anti-doping proceeding. Both heavyweights, Tyson (pictured) and Hughie have maintained their innocence after elevated levels of nandrolone metabolites were detected in urine samples provided after their fights in February 2015. Tyson and Hughie decided to settle with UKAD and bring this long-running dispute to a close. In doing so, Tyson and Hughie avoid any further unnecessary distractions and interuptions to their careers. Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion, who still claims to be the lineal world champion, is grossly overweight based on social media postings but, according to a Hennessy Sports press release, he is now determined to return and dominate the heavyweight division once again.

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DECEMBER 12, 2017 
 TRIBUTE TO NEWLY RETIRED ORLANDO SALIDO

Former champion Orlando "Siri" Salido announced his retirement from professional boxing after being stopped by Miguel "Micky" Roman in an all-Mexican war this weekend. Following a thrilling give-and-take contest at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, the WBC confirmed Salido's statement that the loss was his very last battle.  "Time counts, also the blood, sweat and tears, it's over and this was my last fight." Salido finishes his career at 44-14-4 with 31 KOs. He debuted as professional on March 1, 1996 when he was just 15 years old. After 12 pro fights, his future was anything but bright as his record was 6-5-1. But he persevered and won the IBF featherweight title in 2010 vs. Cristobal Cruz. He lost the belt to Yuriorkis Gamboa but in 2011, he gained the WBO version by defeating Juan Manuel Lopez.  He lost that title to Mikey Garcia but got the vacant title back in 2013 vs. Orlando Cruz.  Salido's signature win came in 2014 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko, when he beat a far more skilled boxer on pure toughness.  Salido was not the most gifted boxer but always gave his all and, as the WBC put it "starred in a fistful  of major ring wars during his magnificent and spectacular never a dull fight career." Boxingtalk joins the WBC in wishing Orlando Salido great success in his future plans. --Scott Shaffer


 
DECEMBER 12, 2017 


BROADWAY BOXING BOOKS TOP-NOTCH CLUB SHOW FOR THURSDAY

Press Release: On Thursday, DiBella Entertainment returns to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan, New York for the first time since March 2016 with its annual Broadway Boxing "Season's Beatings" event. The seven-bout card will include three outstanding match-ups featuring six undefeated boxers as well as the return of former WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577. 
 


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DECEMBER 12, 2017 


RYAN WALSH SETS BRITISH TITLE DEFENSE FOR FEBRUARY

Press Release: Ryan Walsh (22-2-1, 11 KOs) will defend his British featherweight title against Isaac Lowe (14-0-2, 5 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on February 17th. The contest will take place on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight semi-final between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. “This is such a great platform for me to showcase my skills,” said 31-year-old Walsh.


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DECEMBER 12, 2017 


IRON MIKE, ROY... AND CLETUS???

Star Boxing Has Seldin on HBO in consecutive months

Press Release: Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (21-0, 17 KO's) of Long Island, New York makes a very quick return to HBO World Championship Boxing in back-to-back months, returning to battle Yves Ulysse Jr. (14-1, 9 KO's) in a ten-round clash this Saturday, December 16th at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada, just outside of Montreal. The bout will open the telecast at 9:40 p.m. ET. Promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Seldin will be following up on his November 11th win in Uniondale, New York where he dismantled once-defeated Roberto Ortiz. 



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DECEMBER 11, 2017 


KELL BROOK ANNOUNCES JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT DEBUT

Press Release: Former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook will face Sergey Rabchenko of Belarus in his junior middleweight debut at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield on March 3, 2018 live on Sky Sports. Brook (36-2) is gunning to become a two-weight champion and that journey starts in his seventh outing in his hometown arena.  He has not fought since losing his title to Errol Spence in May, his second loss in a row, as he previously jumped up to middleweight to challenge world champion Gennady Golovkin.   Rabchenko is 29-2 but has only one low-level fight in 2017.


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DECEMBER 11, 2017 


POST FIGHT INTERVIEW: MICK CONLAN
By G. Leon

Congrats on your victory Mick over Luis Fernando Molina (7-4-1).  Can you give us some thoughts on your first decision victory as a professional? "I thought it was good. I was settled down, I used my boxing skills and I did what I had to do." Was there anything about Molina that surprised you?  "Not at all. He might have a little harder head than I thought, but other than that nothing. I thought I was going to get him out of there and I didn't, but it's great to get the rounds in. It's valuable experience for the future."

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DECEMBER 11, 2017 


BOBFATHER SAYS LOMA COULD RETURN IN APRIL
By G. Leon

Lomachenko tells Arum he'd make Mikey Garcia quit too!

GL: Congrats on a great show at the Garden. Can you give us some thoughts on the card? "Everybody came through spectacularly. To get kids like Shakur Stevenson and Mick Conlan shown for a huge audience, and you'll see how huge it is when the ratings come out. Christopher Diaz was like a monster with his new trainer and of course, Lomachenko, I've never seen a fighter like him.

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DECEMBER 11, 2017 


POST FIGHT INTERVIEW: SEMAJAY THOMAS
By G. Leon

Congrats on your victory over Charles Mulindwa (12-6-1). Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? "Thank you, I appreciate it. I'm blessed and I thank God for my family and my manager Al Haymon. Right now I'm focused, I'm getting back on track to do the right things so I can get one of those belts at 140." There can't be anymore 18-month layoffs in between fights, how important is it for you to stay busy? "I want 2018 to be my busiest year ever, I want to fight as many times as possible to become a contender instead of a prospect."

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DECEMBER 11, 2017 


ESPN HAPPY WITH HIGH LOMACHENKO RATINGS

Press Release: Saturday’s fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux was the second highest-rated boxing telecast on cable in  2017, according to Nielsen overnight ratings. The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City saw a pair of two-time Olympic gold medal winners battle it out for the WBO 130-pound championship, with Lomachenko winning by sixth-round TKO. ESPN says it has now secured seven of the top ten rated fights of the year (including undercard fights).  In just six months, since the Top Rank on ESPN debut, ESPN has generated top-viewed fights starting with its telecast of Jeff Horn’s win over Manny Pacquiao, the #1 rated fight of the year. 


 
DECEMBER 11, 2017 
 NEW JERSEY PROMOTER'S SON WINS AMATEUR TITLE

Press Release: This past week in Salt Lake City, Utah, Vito Mielnicki, Jr. captured the United States Junior National championship in the 145-pound division. Mielnicki of Roseland, New Jersey moved up 10 weight classes where he competed at 106-pounds at the 2017 tournament, and defeated the number-two seed, Adam Calixto of Tampa, Florida in the semifinals.  In the finals, Mielnicki defeated top seeded Obed Bartee-El of Huntsville, Alabama. With the title, Mielnicki gained a spot in the 2018 United States Junior National Team. Mielnicki is trained by Ahmad Elliot and Willie Moses, as well as strength and conditioning coach Fred Caruso.  Mielnicki is the son of  boxing promoter Vito Mielnicki, the GH3 Promotions CEO.


 
DECEMBER 11, 2017 
 TWICE AS OLD, YUH DEFEATS SHI IN KOREA

Hee-Jung Yuh W10 Li Ping Shi.... Experience prevailed over youth in Seoul, South Korea, as Korea's Hee-Jung Yuh (age 38) narrowly defeated Chinese teenager Li Ping Shi. Now on a four-fight winning-streak since coming up short in a challenge for the WBO bantamweight title in October of 2015, Yuh [has held two minor titles and] is on a mission to win her third.  Official scores were 96-94 (twice) and 97-96, or four rounds to three with three even. Yuh is now 19-3 while Shi, only nineteen years old and still with a future in the ring, drops to 7-2-1. source: wbf


 
DECEMBER 11, 2017 


RESULTS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE

Ryan Kielczweski KO1 Francisco "El Mono" Medal... In a stay-busy fight on a card held in Hampton, New Hampshire, Ryan "The Polish Prince" Kielczweski (27-3), fighting out of Quincy (MA), needed only 51-seconds to finish off Mexican lightweight Francisco "El Mono" Medal (11-11). Kielczweski hit Medal with a with a left to the body, leaving Medal in obvious pain and unable to rise before the ten count. 

Chris Traietti TKO2 Fabian Valdez... New England cruiserweight champion and the show's co-promoter, Iraq War veteran Chris Traietti (25-5, 19 KOs) outclassed Fabian Valdez (2-2) en route to a win by second-round technical knockout in a stay-busy fight to close out 2017. In a fight contested at a 185-pounds catchweight, the Quincy, MA-based Traietti floored his Mexican opponent with a straight right midway through the opening round, closing the show in the second round with a series of unanswered punches. source for all results: Granite Chin Promotions


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DECEMBER 11, 2017 


RESULTS FROM MEXICO

Eduardo Hernandez TKO4 Rafael Hernández In Texcoco, Mexico, junior lightweight Eduardo "Rocky" Hernandez improved to 25-0-3 by stopping slender southpaw Rafael "Potro" Hernández (22-9-2) in the fourth round. The Mexican Eduardo Hernandez walked right through the Venezuelan Rafael Hernandez, knocking him down four times. In the second, a short-range left to the body and right to the head dropped Rafael hard. In the third, a right had him back on the canvas, but again he got up. A body blow to Rafael's thin ribcage was the third knockdown, but the end of the round delayed the end.  Trapped on the ropes in the fourth, a flurry ending with a right uppercut to the face crumpled him into a heap, with the referee waving it off.

Rodrigo Guerrero W Salvador Juarez... On the same card, super bantamweight Rodrigo "Gato" Guerrero (26-6-2) defeated Salvador "Pelón" Juarez (11-5-2) in a brawl. Both men are from Mexico. source for both results: wbc


 
DECEMBER 10, 2017 


NEW CHAMPION ALERT: TRUAX SHOCKS DEGALE

Caleb Truax W12 James DeGale... Huge upset in London as Minnesota's Caleb Truax lifted the IBF super middleweight championship from former Olympic gold medalist James DeGale on DeGale's home turf. Truax, who was listed as a 40-1 or even 100-1 underdog on some lines, defeated DeGale by majority decision.  Official scores were 114-114, 115-112 and 116-112.  Truax is now 29-3-2, with his losses coming against Jermain Taylor, Anthony Dirrell and Daniel Jacobs. He likely caught DeGale at the right time, as DeGale  (23-2-1) was coming off a brutal fight against Badou Jack (scored a draw but DeGale took a lot of punishment) followed by shoulder surgery over the summer.  It was not immediately clear if DeGale has a rematch clause with Truax. source: bbc

 
DECEMBER 10, 2017 


DIBELLA TO PROTEST FAMER LOSS
By G. Leon

Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment plans to file a formal protest with the IBF requesting an immediate rematch for his junior lightweight charge Tevin Farmer. Despite appearing to win eight or nine rounds versus Kenichi Ogawa in a fight for for the vacant title, two of the judges egregiously scored the fight Ogawa. It was likely the worst decision of 2017 and a disgusted DiBella described it "a travesty, and one of the worst decisions he's ever seen."

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DECEMBER 10, 2017 


ROMAN STOPS SALIDO IN INSTANT CLASSIC
By G. Leon

Salido announces retirement!

Miguel Roman TKO9 Orlando Salido: The first HBO boxing main event featuring two combatants with double digit losses  was an instant classic. Miguel Roman and Orlando Salido, 44-14-4, gave boxing fans a fight of the year finalist in a magnificent slugest. Salido was in control early but found himself on the canvas in rounds four, eight, and nine. There were countless heated exchanges, but it was Roman's shots that did the most damage. The bout was appropriately waved off at 1:43 of round 9 following the third knockdown. Source: HBO.



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DECEMBER 10, 2017 


FARMER ROBBED OF IBF TITLE, VARGAS WINS TD OVER SMITH
By G. Leon

Tevin Farmer UD12 Kenichi Ogawa: Tevin Farmer appeared to capture the vacant IBF junior lightweight title with a clear cut victory over Kenichi Ogawa, but then we went to the official scorecards where one of the worst decisions, if not the worst decision of 2017 took place. Farmer was superior in every way and schooled the slower, but durable Ogawa for at least eight of the twelve rounds. Boxingtalk scored it 116-112 Farmer. Official scores were  116-112 Farmer, 116-112 Ogawa, 115-113 Ogawa. 

Francisco Vargas TD9 Stephen Smith: Former WBC super featherweight titlist Francisco Vargas improved to 24-1-2 (17), with an impressive showing against rugged contender Stephen Smith, who was unable to continue due to a damaged ear.


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DECEMBER 10, 2017 


LOMACHENKO TAKES RIGONDEAUX TO SCHOOL, MAKES RIGO QUIT ON STOOL!
By G. Leon

"Nomaschenko" makes quitter out of fourth straight foe

Vasyl Lomachenko TKO6 Guillermo Rigondeaux: WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko took fellow two time Olympic Gold Medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux to school tonight. Lomachenko was hardly touched as Rigondeaux initiated more clinches than contact, he was utterly mesmerized by Lomachenko's superior footwork. Rigondeaux lost a point for hitting on the break in round six, but could have easily lost a point for his excessive holding at any point from round 3 on. Rigondeaux refused to come out for round seven claiming an injury to the left hand he hardly threw. Source: ESPN

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DECEMBER 10, 2017 


CONLAN PITCHES SHUTOUT IN FIRST DISTANCE FIGHT
By G. Leon

Michael Conlan UD6 Luis Molina: Undefeated blue chip featherweight prospect Michael Conlan, 5-0 (4),  went the distance for the first time in his young career against the durable Luis Molina in tonight's ESPN co-main event. Conlan was in control from the outset and was able to dictate the tempo while cleanly landing punches from both the orthodox and southpaw stance. Official scores were 60-54 on all three cards. Boxingtalk concurred. Source: ESPN

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DECEMBER 10, 2017 


DIAZ RUNS THROUGH CRUZ
By G. Leon

Christopher Diaz TKO3 Bryant Cruz: Undefeated NABO titlist Christopher Diaz improved to 22-0 (14), with an impressive showing against veteran Bryant Cruz. Diaz floored Cruz, 18-3 (9), in the opening round with a right hand-left hook combination, but Cruz survived the round. It was all Diaz all the time in this one, the end came 0:37 into the third frame. Source: ESPN



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DECEMBER 10, 2017 


SHAKUR STEVENSON SCORES STOPPAGE OVER MENDOZA
By G. Leon

Shakur Stevenson TKO2 Oscar Mendoza: Undefeated 2016 US Olympic Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson was far too much for a limited Oscar Mendoza. As expected, Stevenson was exponentially quicker than Mendoza and he landed what he wanted when he wanted. Referee Sparkle Lee mercifully stopped the fight after several powerful barrages from Stevenson went largely unanswered. Official time of stoppage 1:38. Source: ESPN

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DECEMBER 09, 2017 


ERIK SKOGLUND IN MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA AFTER SPARRING INJURY

According to a statement released by his promoter, Sauerland Event, Danish super middleweight Erik Skoglund suffered a brain bleed in sparring and is in a medically induced coma. Sauerland Event reported that Skoglund "was taken to hospital yesterday having felt ill after a training session in his hometown of Nyköping. Erik was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent surgery last night to repair a bleed on the brain. Doctors are pleased with the results and Erik remains in a serious yet stable condition. The next 3-4 days are critical for his recovery. During this time, we ask that everyone respect the privacy of Erik and his family. We will communicate further information when it becomes available." Nisse Sauerland added a personal comment: "I’m still shell shocked and have no words right now. Please pray and send positive thoughts to my friend Erik in his biggest fight." Skoglund's career is likely over at 26-1. His biggest win came against former world light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson, and his only loss came in his last fight, a distance loss to undefeated Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series. Skoglund is one of a handful of boxers who have reignited Denmark's interest in boxing in recent years. Boxingtalk wishes Skoglund a full recovery and a long and healthy life. --Scott Shaffer   

                        'Erik Skoglund Statement - 09/12/17: 

Erik Skoglund was taken to hospital yesterday having felt ill after a training session in his hometown of Nyköping. Erik was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent surgery last night to repair a bleed on the brain. Doctors are pleased with the results and Erik remains in a serious yet stable condition. The next 3-4 days are critical for his recovery. During this time, we ask that everyone respect the privacy of Erik and his family. We will communicate further information when it becomes available.'


 
DECEMBER 09, 2017 


PASCAL STOPS ELBIALI... EX-CHAMP'S CAREER OVER?
By Scott Shaffer

Jean Pascal TKO6 Ahmed Elbiali... Jean Pascal handed Ahmed Elbiali his first pro loss in a free-swinging light heavyweight brawl held at Miami, Florida's Hialeah Park.  The former world light heavyweight champion stopped Elbiali in round six.  Elbiali never went down, but his corner signaled the referee to stop the fight as Pascal punished him with hard right hands. Elbiali did not protest the stoppage. Pascal said beforehand this would be his last fight, but it would be understandable if he changed his mind after this win.  As Boxingtalk publisher Greg Leon represents Pascal as an advisor, this website will certainly have updates on Pascal's future.  From the outset, Pascal looked to be in great shape, but in the first round, Elbiali landed a big right hand that hurt Pascal. Elbiali was blocked from finishing Pascal off early when Pascal landed a hard counter.  Starting with round two, Pascal used his experience, allowing Elbiali to walk into some big punches, finishing the second round very strongly and taking control of the fight.  Elbiali continued to land hard punches, but Pascal was too big a step up for him. source: fox sports 1


 
DECEMBER 09, 2017 


ORTIZ WINS EASY FIGHT; WILDER SAYS HE'LL FIGHT HIM
By Scott Shaffer

Luis Ortiz KO2 Daniel Martz... Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz, coming off a suspension for taking banned medication, got an easy lay-up, destroying Daniel Martz (16-6-1) of West Virginia in two rounds.  The Cuban Ortiz (28-0) was slated to challenge WBC champion Deontay Wilder when he failed a drug test, but his suspension was cut short when he provided evidence that the positive test was caused by blood pressure medication. Friday in Miami, Florida, Martz was grossly mismatched against Ortiz. A body blow decked Martz in the first, and a straight left early in the second round dropped him face first for ten count and then some. Wilder was attending the fight and afterwards, he got in the ring.  On the Fox Sports 1 telecast, Wilder told Ortiz he remained willing to fight him.  "Stay by your phone," Wilder told him. source: fox sports 1

 
DECEMBER 09, 2017 


PERRELLA RETURNS WITH A WIN; FULTON STAYS UNBEATEN
By Scott Shaffer

Bryant Perrella W8 Alex Martin... At Hialeah Park in Miami, Florida, welterweight Bryant Perrella returned from 14 months of inactivity with a solid win over Chicago's Alex Martin.  Perrella, fighting in his home state, knocked down Martin with a right hook in the first round.  However, Martin had enough boxing skills to survive and despite the one-sided scoring, he had good success in counterpunching mode. Official scores went to the right guy, but a bit too wide at 79-72 (twice) and 77-74. Perella is now back on track at 15-1, while Martin (13-3) suffers a disheartening third straight loss. 

Stephen Fulton W8 Adam Lopez... The Fox Sports 1 card from Hialeah Florida opened up with Philadelphia's Stephen Fulton defeating California's Adam Lopez in a battle of undefeated featherweights.  Fulton (12-0) defeated Lopez (8-1) by majority decision.  Scores were 76-76, 77-75 and 78-74 source for both results: fox sports 1


 
DECEMBER 09, 2017 


DON KING CONTINUES HOLIDAY TURKEY TRADITION

Press Release:  A 50-year-plus tradition of donating turkeys to needy families around Christmas time will continue this week when legendary Hall of Fame boxing promoter, Don King and his staff will make their annual Christmas Turkey Giveaway that begins Wednesday, Dec. 13. The promoter behind the fabled The Rumble In the Jungle, Thrilla in Manila and countless other historic classic boxing events, King will be responsible for doling out the thousands of Butterball turkeys in Cleveland, Nashville, New Jersey, Los Angeles, New York, Palm Beach, Fla., Deerfield Beach, Fla., Miami and Las Vegas. He will personally appear in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Cleveland. Click the schedule for the schedule of King’s four-day turkey giveaway:

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DECEMBER 09, 2017 
 ERROL SPENCE ASKING FOR TOY CONTRIBUTIONS IN DALLAS

Press Release: Before his January 20th fight, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. will make a donation and partner with his trainer Derrick James to host a holiday toy drive to benefit under-served youth of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. Team Spence is encouraging Dallas residents to drop off an unused toy at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Corporate Office, which will then be distributed to Boys & Girls Clubs in the area. The drop-off locaton is at 4816 Worth Street, Dallas, TX 75246. Spence will face former 140-pound title holder Lamont Peterson on Jan. 20th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.


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