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MAY 24, 2017 


PETER "KID CHOCOLATE" QUILLIN TO RETURN IN JULY
By G. Leon

GL: I've been hearing through the grapevine that you're coming back in July. What's the latest and greatest? Is that when we could expect you back in the ring? That's exactly what I was told, but it's only one day at a time until I can say it's true. For me it's not fully done until I have an exact date and an opponent. I heard that it's going to be in July as well. GL: You've been working with coach Virgil for a minute now. Do you feel like the two of you have begun to gel? We want a spirit with God so inside and outside of the ring I'm listening to the things he tells me. I'm blessed to have somebody around me that encourages me in a spiritual type of way to help me fight with that ability.

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MAY 24, 2017 


VIRGIL HUNTER: ANDRE WILL DOMINATE KOVALEV
By G. Leon

GL: You've got quite a bit of big fights coming up. Let's start with Tony Yoka. How has everything been going with him? What are you expecting from him when he makes his pro debut in Paris on June 2? First of all I'm excited to go to Paris. The majority of his fights will be over there for a while of course. His country backed him and the television network backed him so that's where he's doing most of his fights. It looks like I'm going to be going to Paris 3-4 times per year and that's a good thing.

 
MAY 24, 2017 


GROVES HAS BIG FIGHT ON SPENCE-BROOK UNDERCARD

Press Release: George Groves (25-3, 18 KOs) believes the time is right when he meets Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday, May 27th at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, live on Sky Sports Box Office. The Hammersmith man will be challenging for the vacant WBA World super middleweight regular title belt in his fourth title attempt following two epic clashes with domestic rival Carl Froch and a split decision loss to Badou Jack. Germany's Tyron Zeuge is the primary WBA tritle holder in the weight class. Since linking up with trainer Shane McGuigan, the 29 year-old has secured four successive victories.

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MAY 24, 2017 


RAY LEONARD, OTHERS WEIGH IN ON BROOK-SPENCE

Press Release: IBF welterweight Champion Kell Brook and undefeated challenger Errol Spence face off this Saturday in Sheffield, England, to be aired live on Showtime (5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT) in the latest significant welterweight match-up. Six of the top welterweights in the world will have fought in the first five months of 2017 – all on Showtime or CBS, fights that will go a long way to determine the #1 fighter in a division long controlled by the retired Floyd Mayweather. With both Spence and Brook affirming their intention to unify the division after May 27th, here is what legendary Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard and some of the current top welterweights have to say about Saturday’s IBF title match-up:

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MAY 23, 2017 


GUERRERO-FIGUEROA, BROWNE-MONAGHAN SET FOR JULY 15

Press Release: A matchup between exciting former world champions Omar "Panterita" Figueroa (26-0-1, 18 KOs) and Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) headlines an action-packed night of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, July 15 in the first boxing event at the newly-renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from the first boxing event at the Coliseum since Mike Tyson headlined in 1986.

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MAY 23, 2017 


DIRRELL-UZCATEGUI VERDICT WILL BE CHANGED TO NO CONTEST, IBF TO ORDER IMMEDIATE REMATCH!
By G. Leon

Boxingtalkers should not be surprised if the result of Saturday's Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategui super middleweight bout in Maryland is changed from a disqualification win for Dirrell to a no contest. A formal announcement from the Maryland Commission should follow shortly. The commission is strongly considering overruling referee Bill Clancy's call of a disqualification on the grounds that Uzcategui was in the midst of throwing a three-punch combination when Dirrell was knocked out a split second after the bell. Only the last punch clearly landed after the bill. We also understand that the IBF will be ordering an immediate rematch (the bout was for the IBF's interim super middleweight title). Remember where you heard it first! 10:30 AM EST

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MAY 23, 2017 


GUERRERO-FIGUEROA IN THE WORKS
By G. Leon

Boxingtalk has been informed that a bout between former champions Robert Guerrero and Omar Figueroa is being negotiated to take place at some point this summer, most likely in July. The bout is expected to be fought at a catch weight between 140-147 pounds. Guerrero (33-5-1) has not fought since a split decision loss to David Peralta last August. Figueroa (26-0-1) has not fought since defeating Antonio DeMarco in late 2015, a bout in which the ex-lightweight titlist weighed 151 pounds. There will be more to follow, until then remember where you heard it first! Tuesday 10:00 AM



 
MAY 23, 2017 


BOB ARUM: SALIDO-LOMO II ON DECK, RAMIREZ-HART DONE, AND AN INTERESTING TAKE ON WILDER
By G. Leon

Arum says Wilder brings nothing to the table: "Not enough Gelt!"

GL: Congrats on a fantastic event over the weekend. Can you give us some thoughts on the card from top to bottom? I was really pleased. The performances were great. Terence was terrific. Beltran, that was very moving fighting for his green card. That was some knockout. I thought Shakur was terrific. Teofimo Lopez was great. I'm always pleased and pumped to do an event at Madison Square Garden. My muslim man Fazi (Gaibnazarov) was very good also.



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MAY 23, 2017 


BOXINGTALK INTRODUCES FAZLIDDIN GAIBNAZAROV
By G. Leon

"I haven't shown 50% of what I'm capable of yet!"

GL: Congrats on your victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Thank you very much. I felt very good fighting the eight rounds. I didn't know how I would be feeling after going eight rounds, but I felt good. I felt like I could go twelve rounds. That was longest fight I've had and I had a tough opponent who could take a punch.



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MAY 23, 2017 
 LEON LAWSON UPDATE: WBC ISSUES SUSPENSION

He appears barred from Anthony Dirrell's corner in vacant title fight

Leon Lawson of Flint, Michigan, the cornerman for Andre Dirrell who shamelessly sucker punched boxer Jose Uzcategui after a Showtime-broadcast bout in Maryland, continues to be in hot water. On Sunday, Maryland law enforcement charged him with felony assault and issued a warrant for Lawson's arrest.  On Monday, the WBC suspended him indefinitely from participating in any WBC sanctioned fight. The WBC's announcement could have real repercussions for Lawson, because he also works the corner for Andre Dirrell's twin brother Anthony, who is scheduled to fight Callum Smith for the vacant WBC super middleweight title in September. Dawson sucker punched Uzcategui after Uzcategui was disqualified for a late, but likely unintentional, punch that floored Andre Dirrell just after the eighth round ended. Uzcategui had already apologized and Andre Dirrell has accpeted the apology before Lawson acted. 


 
MAY 23, 2017 
 MIKE PEREZ RETURNING AS A CRUISERWEIGHT

Edited Press Release: Mike Perez of Cuba-- at one time considered a legitimate heavyweight contender-- will end two years of inactivity and drop down to cruiserweight.  Perez (21-2-1) will meet 
Tommy McCarthy (9-1) at the SSE Arena Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 10th, live on Sky Sports. Perez defeated Magomed Abdusalamov in 2013 in a battle of then-undefeated heavyweights. Shortly after the fight, Abdusalamov collapsed with massive brain injuries and has never been the same. Perez soldiered on, but fared poorly after the Abdusalamov tragedy. he has not fought since losing to Alexander Povetkin in 2015. McCarthy, who will be fighting in his hometown, is coming off his first pro loss, to Matty Askin (21-3-1).


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MAY 23, 2017 


RYAN WALSH RETAINS BRITISH CROWN

Ryan Walsh TKO11 Marco McCullogh... Just before his twin brother Liam dropped an IBF title challenge to Gervonta Davis, Ryan Walsh (22-2-1) retained the British featherweight championship by stopping Belfast’s Marco McCullough (17-4) in the eleventh round. Walsh started very fast and hurt McCullough throughout the fight before eventually stopping him late. Walsh dedicated the win to his late father. “I thanked him for being there,” said Walsh. “He is always there on fight night – he is always there anyway.

Daniel Dubois KO1 David Howe... Also in London, 19-year-old heavyweight "‘Dynamite" Daniel Dubois (3-0) made easy work of Sheffield’s Dave Howe (13-6). It took the Peacock Gym fighter just 40 seconds to demolish Howe with a powerful right hand. source for all results: frank warren press release


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MAY 23, 2017 


BRIGGS TESTS POSITIVE FOR UNNATURAL LEVELS OF TESTOSTERONE
By Scott Shaffer

According to the WBA, 45 year-old heavyweight Shannon Briggs tested positive for unnaturally elevated levels of testosterone following a Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) test. Briggs was scheduled fight Fres Oquendo for the WBA regular heavyweight title and he has the right to request the testing of B Sample to try and dispute the A sample.  However, the much-criticized fight has been called off with few shedding any tears besides Oquendo.  Anthony Joshua is already recognized as the WBA super champion and neither Briggs nor Oquendo has had a significant win in years. Briggs controversially defeated George Foreman in 1997 to become the lineal world heavyweight champion, but lost to Lennox Lewis in his next bout. In 2006, Briggs knocked out Sergei Lyakhovich with one second left in the bout to become the WBO title holder. He lost to Sultan Ibragimov in his next bout. The WBA says it will comply with due process and respect Briggs legitimate right to defend against the positive finding before ruling on it.


 
MAY 23, 2017 


LATE RESULT: RUBEN VILLA WINS

Ruben Villa TKO5 Anthony de Jesus Ruiz ... Featherweight Ruben Villa (6-0, 4 KOs), a southpaw out of Salinas, Calif., picked apart Anthony de Jesus Ruiz (2-3, 2 KOs) to win by fifth-round technical knockout in Ontario, CA over the weekend. Villa, who was naturally bigger than Ruiz, unloaded a serious of damaging shots in the fifth round. By that point, Ruiz had already absorbed a great deal of punishment and his corner halted the bout. The fight can be viewed on Thompson Boxing Promotions Facebook page. source: banner / thompson press release   


 
MAY 23, 2017 
 WOMEN BOUT BOOKED FOR FRANCE

Press Release: In her most recent outing, last December, Marion Montanari lost a split decision to Isabelle Pare for the French national title. Just before that, she had come up short in another split decision to the unbeaten Pare. So its safe to say the 32-year-old from Bourgoin Jallieu has her back against the wall when she takes on compatriot Oshin Derieuw in a women's light welterweight bout on Saturday May 27th in Louvroil, France. Being a high-level kick-boxer before switching to pro boxing in 2015, Montanari, a deceiving 2-2, is used to high-level contests. And Deriew will be her fourth undefeated opponent in only five boxing bouts.  Derieuw, age 30, has compiled a 5-0 record. The fight will be promoted by Boxing Club de Louvroil, and is the main event of a show that includes four professional bouts and three amateur bouts. source: wbf



 
MAY 22, 2017 


BOB ARUM SAYS GILBERTO RAMIREZ-JESSE HART IS ON
By G. Leon

Moments ago Bob Arum informed Boxingtalk that undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez, 35-0 (24), will defend his title against fellow unbeaten super middleweight Jesse Hart 22-0 (18). Remember where you heard it first! 7:54 EST

 
MAY 22, 2017 


DIRRELL-SMITH SET FOR SEPTEMBER 9
By G. Leon

Sources close to the situation have informed Boxingtalk that Anthony Dirrell, 30-1-1 (24), and Callum Smith, 22-0 (17) will fight for the vacant WBC super middleweight title on September 9.

 
MAY 22, 2017 


DIBELLA ANNOUNCES TERRIFIC JUNE 3 BROADWAY BOXING CARD

On Saturday, June 3, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest exciting installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. The card will feature a bevy of New England talent, including fan favorite Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent in an eight-round special attraction featherweight bout, as well as lightweight Matt Remillard on the comeback and welterweight prospect Mykquan Williams on the rise.

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MAY 22, 2017 


HEATHER HARDY: WORLD TITLE FIGHT OR BUST
By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on your victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I think as you grow as a fighter you become super critical of yourself. I think there's a lot of things I could have done better. I'm going to go back to the gym and change them, I'm looking forward to be backing in camp so I can fine tune some stuff. Not my best performance, but a win is a win and I'm happy to be 20-0.

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MAY 22, 2017 


CHARLES CONWELL EXPECTING JULY RETURN
By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on your victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Thank you. I thought it was a good performance. I did what I wanted to do. I came out with the victory and got the first round TKO. I gave a good action packed fight and got the knockout. GL: Was there anything that surprised you about your opponent in that whole 2:43? The only thing that surprised me is that he lasted that long.



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MAY 22, 2017 


POST FIGHT INTERVIEW: NOEL MURPHY
By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on your victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? It was a good tough fight. The opponent presented some problems. He was talking a lot, he was using showboating tactics to try to get into my head. It was a great experience for me and I was very happy with the result. GL: Was there anything about Brian Jones that surprised you? Just the way he was acting in the ring. He was talking a lot, kissing his gloves, showboating. Those kind of things I'm not used to. It was good to get that experience, obviously it didn't bother me in the slightest, but it was still good to get that experience."

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MAY 22, 2017 


MELINDO ENDS JAPANESE DOMINANCE AT 108 POUNDS

Milan Melindo TKO1 Akira Yaegashi...  For about 24 hours, Japanese boxers held all four major titles at 108 pounds: Akira Yaegashi (IBF), Kosei Tanaka (WBO), Ryoichi Taguchi (WBA) and Ken Shiro, who won the WBC title yesterday. One day after Shiro completed the sweep, Milan Melindo of the Philippines broke the Japanese stranglehold by embarrassing Yaegashi inside one round in Japan. Melindo (36-2) quickly began landing power punches with ease, knocking Yaegashi (25-6) down three times. The third time, the referee stopped the bout without completing a ten count.  It was a stunning end to a huge weekend of boxing in Japan, where two boxers acquired world titles (Shiro and Daigo Higa), one (Naoya Inoue) retained a world title and Olympic here Ryoto Murata was stunningly robbed of a decision in his own country. source: youtube video

 
MAY 22, 2017 


ELBOW SURGERY SHELVES KEITH THURMAN FOR SEVERAL MONTHS

Press Release: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Keith Thurman is recovering from surgery on his right elbow and expects to be out of action until the end of 2017. Thurman defeated WBC champion Danny Garcia in Brooklyn, New York, on March 4th to become a unified 147-pound world titleholder. The Clearwater, Florida, native fought through severe pain in his right elbow, however, to secure the twelve-round unanimous decision. A few weeks later, he returned to New York to have surgery to remove calcium deposits in his right elbow. The surgery was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on April 19th. The surgery was successful and Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) is currently undergoing rehabilitation on his arm. The doctors have told him he will need six months to recover.

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MAY 22, 2017 


BENAVIDEZ KOS MEDINA SPECTACULARLY

David Benavidez TKO8 Rogelio Medina... Super middleweight David Benavidez (18-0) drilled Rogelio Medina (37-8) with one vicious power punch after another, finally finishing things off in the eighth round with a sensational eight-punch combination that nearly knocked his hard-charging, iron-chinned opponent out of the ring in Laredo, Texas. [The referee allowed Medina to take an ungoldy amount of punishment and the fight should have been stopped for safety reasons well before the spectacular knockout].   With the victory, the 20-year-old Benavidez qualified for a WBC title shot. He’s now slated to face the winner of the upcoming bout between Anthony Dirrell and Callum Smith, who are scheduled to battle for the crown vacated earlier this year by Badou Jack. source: premier boxing champions 

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MAY 22, 2017 


COGGI WINS IN ARGENTINA

Martin Antonio Coggi TKO8 Martin Severo... Martin Antonio Coggi delighted his enthusiastic fans in Buenos Aires in Argentina by defeating a very late replacement foe. The 140-pounder was originally scheduled to fight France's Lyes Chaibi, who pulled out on very short notice due to injury. Coggi instead fought an out-gunned Martin Severo from Uruguay. Despite taking the fight only a few days ago, Severo tried valiantly to win. However, with iconic father Juan Martin Coggi, the former WBA champion, in his corner, Coggi (34-7-3) flattened Severo (12-6-2) in round eight, sending his foe to the canvas hard. The referee stopped the bout, and to that point, Coggi had won every round on all three scorecards. source: wbf

 
MAY 22, 2017 


GERMAN BOXER PULLS MINOR UPSET IN FRANCE

Philipp Kolodziej KO7 Abdelkahim Dergal... In Denain, France, German underdog Philipp Kolodziej stopped local favorite Abdelkahim Dergal in a super middleweight upset. Kolodziej (9-5) scored two knockdowns from body shots in the second round, and another one in round three, before finally putting an end to the onslaught in round seven with a left hook to the liver. Only massive heart from Dergal kept the fight going as long as it did. The Algerian-born Dergal, age 38, likely fought for the last time after sixteen years as a pro. His record falls to 17-14-1. source: wbf






 
MAY 21, 2017 


DIRRELL-UZCATEGUI POST-FIGHT REACTION

Press Release: In Oxon Hill, Maryland last night, with the IBF interim super middleweight title at stake, Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KOs), was declared the winner after round eight when Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KOs) was disqualified for a punch just after the end of the eighth round. With Dirrell backed into a neutral corner, Uzcategui let loose with a three-punch combination, the last left hand hitting the southpaw after the bell as he fell to the canvas. Following a delay to allow medical personnel to attend to Dirrell, referee Bill Clancy declared that Uzcategui was disqualified with Dirrell being declared the winner.

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MAY 21, 2017 
 BIG NIGHT IN MARYLAND FOR THE RUSSELL FAMILY

Gary Antonio Russell TKO3 Jovany Fuentes ... The Russell brothers went three for three in Maryland on Saturday. Besides Gary Jr. defending his WBC featherweight title, his two brothers also won their respective bouts. Super bantamweight Gary Antonio Russell improved to 8-0 with six knockouts with a stoppage of Puerto Rico's Jovany Fuentes (7-9, 6 KOs). Following knockdowns in the second and third stanzas, the bout was called to a halt at 0:22 of round three.

 

Gary Antuanne Russell TKO1 Joshua Ross... Making his pro debut, light weltertweight Gary Antuanne Russell wasted no time dropping Joshua Ross, (2-4-4) of Monroe, Louisiana to the canvas three times en route to a stoppage victory at the 2:25 mark of the initial stanza.source for both results: showtime

 
MAY 21, 2017 


CRAWFORD DOMINATES DIAZ
By Scott Shaffer

Terence Crawford TKO10 Felix Diaz... At Madison Square Garden in New York City, world junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (31-0) burnished his pound-for-pound credentials with a one-sided stoppage of the very credible Felix Diaz (19-2).  On paper, it seemed like it could be a competitive match as Diaz was a 2008 Olympic champion who had only one pro loss- a debatable decision to former champion Lamont Peterson. But with Crawford's skill level, it turned out to be a one-sided bout that saw Crawford likely win every round. By the third round, Crawford seemed to have Diaz all figured out, and increased his offensive output. Diaz began to develop a swelling over one of his eyes. As the rounds wore on, Diaz absorbed substantial punishment, and seemed to be hindered by the nearly closed eye. After nine rounds, the Diaz corner was debating pulling the plug on the bout. After a tenth round in which Crawford alternately punished and clowned Diaz, the corner did end the bout.  Crawford outlanded Diaz 193 punches to 69 according to Compubox. Next up for Crawford could be Namibia's Julius Indongo, who holds the WBA and IBF belts, which would give Crawford (who already holds the WBC and WBO belts) the rare opportunity to own all four major titles at once. source: hbo



 
MAY 21, 2017 


RUSSELL WINS EASY AFTER 14-MONTH LAYOFF
By Scott Shaffer

Gary Russell TKO7 Oscar Escandon... Fighting in his home state of Maryland, Gary Russell, Jr. retained the WBC featherweight title by dominating the limited Oscar Escandon.  Russell landed a powerful right hand in round three that knocked Escandon down. The Colombian Escandon beat the count, but had unsteady legs underneath him, and took a bettering for the remainder of the round. He showed decent recuperative powers, but in the seventh, Russell hurt him again, and the referee stopped the bout just as Escandon was going down again. Russell is now 26-1 and showed no ring rust despite 14 months out of the ring. Hopefully, he will fight more than once a year and will face stiffer competition next time. Escandon heads to back to Colombia with a record of 25-3. source: showtime

 
MAY 21, 2017 


DIRRELL WINS ON DQ
By Scott Shaffer

Andre Dirrell W8 DQ Jose Uzcategui... It was an ugly scene in Oxon Hill, Maryland as Andre Dirrell was awarded the IBF interim title at 168 pounds after being knocked out by a Jose Uzcategui combination just as the eight round ended.  It had been a close fight, with the Colombian Uzcategui winning the earlier rounds and Dirrell working his way back into contention in the middle rounds.  As the eighth round ended, Uzcategui landed a combination-- the first punch right at the bell, the second one after it-- that dropped Dirrell face down. It did not appear to be an intentional foul, and Uzcategui was remorseful later. Referee Bill Clancy properly and decisively ruled that Dirrell was in no shape to continue and disqualified Uzcategui. Whether the damage to Dirrell came from the first, and possibly legal, punch, or the second, clearly illegal blow, we will never know. The ending was reminiscent of Dirrell's 2010 win over Arthur Abraham, when he was hit while on one knee, and also won via disqualification. Just like the Abraham fight, Dirrell's corner behaved disgracefully, with Dirrell's uncle sucker punching Uzcategui. A long suspension, heft fine, and perhaps criminal charges are even warranted. Dirrell himself gave a classy interview afterwards, saying he didn't want to win like that but he forgave Uzcategui. Now the interim champ, Dirrell could be in line for a rematch with James DeGale, who defeated Dirrell in 2015. But Dirrell, who has an unclear history of head injuries after the Abraham fight, needs to get checked out carefully by a neurologist.  source: showtime

 
MAY 21, 2017 
 BELTRAN COMES UP WITH HUGE KO; SHAKUR ALSO WINS
By Scott Shaffer

Rey Beltran KO2 Jonathan Maicelo... With an IBF title fight, and a green card to continue living in America on the line, Mexico's Rey Beltran delivered a huge knockout of Peru's Jonathan Maicelo.  A single Beltran left hand anesthetized Maicelo in round two of the lightweight elimination bout. Maicelo (25-3) went down like a ton of bricks in what will surely be a knockout-of-the-year contender. Maicelo was taken from the ring in a stretcher. Beltran (33-7-1) is now in line for a shot at the IBF 135-pound title, currently held by Robert Easter, Jr. 

Shakur Stevenson TKO1 Carlos Gaston Suarez... On the Madison Square Garden undercard, New Jersey's Shakur Stevenson improved to 2-0 as a pro by stopping Carlos Gaston Suarez in the first round of a featherweight bout. Stevenson knocked Suarez down face first but Suarez seemed clear eyed and was in the process of standing up when the referee ended the bout. 


 
MAY 20, 2017 


RANCID DECISION FAVORS RANCES BARTHELEMY
By Scott Shaffer

Rances Barthelemy W12 Kiryl Relikh... In Oxon Hill, Maryland, some positively awful judging gifted Cuba's Rances Barthelemy a unanimous decision over Belarus' Kiryl Relikh.  The bout, a WBA 140-pound eliminator, was scored for Barthelemy by a wide margin:117-109, 116-110 and 115-111. Showtime analyst Steve Farhood saw Relikh winning by 114-112. Let's identify the judges who will have to live with the shame of robbing Relikh of a world title shot: Don Risher, John Gradowski and Henry Grant should lose their judging licenses. Compubox credited Relikh with landing 248 punches compared to 137 for Barthelemy. In round five, a Relikh overhand left started a combination that had Barthelemy doing the stanky leg dance.  It was scored a knockdown because the ropes kept Barthelemy from faling.  The Cuban did not hold on, and was battered around the ring for the rest of the round.  In round eight, however, Barthelemy landed an upper cut to the body that caused Relikh to take a knee. Further body shots, some legal, some not, slowed Relikh down late in the fight, but nowhere ner enough to justify the horrendous decision. Barthelemy is now 26-0 but lacks power at 140 pounds and seems better suited for 130 or 135, where he held world titles. Relikh is now a very hard luck 21-2. source: showtime

 
MAY 20, 2017 


DAVIS STEAMROLLS WALSH IN LONDON
By Scott Shaffer

Gervonta Davis TKO3 Liam Walsh... Lately, the United Kingdon has been dominating boxing, but that trends was halted, at least for today, in London where Baltimore's Gervonta "Tank" Davis retained his IBF 130-pound championship with an easy third-round stoppage of Britain's Liam Walsh. After two uneventful rounds, Davis began letting his left hand go, and Walsh was unable to avoid it. Davis knocked Walsh down once, and Walsh got up unsteadily. A couple of hard punches from Davis caused the referee to stop the bout with Walsh still on his feet. Walsh and his corner complained of a quick stoppage, but it's hard to see any way Walsh could have benefitted from additional time in the ring with Davis. Now 18-0, Davis and his promoter head back to the USA to plot the rising star's next fight. At 21-1, Walsh can continue on the domestic scene but is unlikely to become a world champion. source: showtime

 
MAY 20, 2017 
 WBA TO ORDER REMATCH BETWEEN N'DAM AND MURATA

Edited Press Release: Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, president of the WBA, asked the Championships Committee to order a direct rematch between Hassan N’Dam and Ryota Murata.  The news came just hours after N'dam controversially defeated Murata for the WBA regular middleweight belt on Saturday in Murata's home county, Japan. Murata scored the bout's only knockdown and had N'dam on wobbly legs on at least one other occasion. Hubert Earle and Gustavo Padilla, two of the judges who worked the fight were criticized by the press and fans for favoring N'Dam by scores of 116-112 and 115-113. Raul Caiz, Sr. favored Murata by 117-110, making it a split decision. Mendoza agreed with Caiz: “After judging the bout, my scorecard is 117-110 for Murata. First of all, let me apologize to Ryota Murata, Teiken Promotions and all Japanese boxing fans. There are no words to repair the damage. I will demand the Championships Committee to order a direct rematch I am disappointed with the controversy."






 
MAY 20, 2017 


MURATA ROBBED IN HIS OWN COUNTRY?
By Scott Shaffer

Hassan N'dam W12 Ryoto Murata... Olympic champion Ryoto Murata was fighting in his home country, Japan, against France-based Cameroonian Hassan N'Dam.  Surprisingly, it seems that Murata was robbed in his own land, losing an unjust split decision to N'Dam by scores of 116-111 and 115-112, which overruled a score of 117-110 in Murata's favor. Murata knocked N'Dam down in round four with a right hand.  Murata staggered N'Dam in the seventh, and it could have been scored a second knockdown, as the ropes kept N'dam up. Murata landed some strong body shots in the eleventh round. The judges scoring it for N'dam were Canada's Hubert Earle and Panama's Gustavo Padilla, while Mexico's Raul Caiz, Sr. saw it for Murata.  With the controversial win, N'dam (36-2) escapes with the paper WBA regular middleweight title (Gennady Golovkin is the true middleweight world champion). Now 12-1, Murata is far from done on the world scene. source: japan times

 
MAY 20, 2017 


JAPAN GAINS 2 NEW CHAMPIONS
By Scott Shaffer

Ken Shiro W12 Ganigan Lopez... Despite the shocking decision against Ryoto Murata (see story above), the day was not a total loss forJapanese boxing fans, as the country gained two new world champions.  Ken Shiro a/k/a Kenshiro Teraji accomplished something truly rare: he picked up a world title in just his tenth pro bout.  Shiro (10-0) became the WBC 108-pound champion by narrowly defeating Mexico’s Ganigan Lopez by unanimous decision. Lopez is now 28-7.

Daigo Higa TKO6 Juan Hernandez ... Japan's Daigo Higa captured the WBC 112-pound championship, defeating Juan "Churritos" Hernandez (34-3). via a sixth-round technical knockout. Hernandez had already been stripped of his title for failing to make weight yesterday. Higa (13-0) is the first student of the great Japanese boxer Yoko Gushiken to win a world title. source for both results: japan today


 
MAY 20, 2017 


CONLAN TRIPLE HEADER TO AIR ON UNIMAS

Press Release: Ireland's Olympic hero Michael Conlan is coming to Chicago for his second pro fight.  Conlan (1-0, 1 KO), from Belfast, Northern Ireland will headline Friday, May 26th at UIC Pavilion, in a six-round featherweight bout against Mexico's Alfredo Chanez (4-4, 2 KOs).  The card will also feature former 140-pound belt holder “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (36-4, 24 KOs) of Denver in a ten-round welterweight bout against North Carolina's Matthew Strode (24-4, 9 KOs).  Also on the card, Oklahoma welterweight Alex Saucedo (24-0, 15 KOs) competes in an eight-round bout against Wilberth Lopez (17-7, 12 KOs) from Arizona.   The fights will be televised in the U.S. on Friday on UniMás beginning at 11 p.m. ET.  Conlan will be seen live in the United Kingdom via BoxNation.  RTE will air the delay in Ireland on Saturday, May 27, at 7:15 p.m. local time.

 
MAY 20, 2017 


RIGONDEAUX DISCUSSES FLORES MATCH-UP

Press Release: World 122-pound champion Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) participated in a media workout at the Tropical Park boxing gym in Miami. He's preparing for championship defense on the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast of Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: "The Rematch" on Saturday, June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Rigondeaux will face interim WBA title holder Moises "Chucky" Flores (25-0, 17 KOs). Here is what Rigondeaux had to see during his media workout: 



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MAY 20, 2017 


LUIS ARIAS SPEAKS ABOUT HBO PPV APPEARANCE

Press Release: In Miami, Florida, super middleweight 
Luis "Cuba" Arias (17-0, 8 KOs) participated in a media workout in advance of his fight against Arif "The Predator" Magomedov (18-1, 11 KOs). Arias-Magomedov is part of the HBO pay-per-view broadcast on June 17th, a Las Vegas show headlined by the world light heavyweight championship bout between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. Here is what Arias had to say:


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