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DECEMBER 11, 2016 


CRAWFORD LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF MOLINA
By Scott Shaffer

Terence Crawford TKO8 John Molina, Jr... World junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford thrilled his hometown fans in Omaha, Nebraska by stopping an over-the-weight, overmatched John Molina, Jr. in the eighth round. Molina was coming off a big win against former WBO titlist Ruslan Provodnikov but Crawford is exponentially more skilled than Provodnikov and had little difficulty with Molina. Referee Mark Nelson wisely stopped the bout just as the incredibly game Molina was about to go down for the first time. Punchstats showed Crawford's domination, as he outlanded Molina 184-41.

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DECEMBER 11, 2016 


MARES DOMINATES CUELLAR TO WIN FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
By G. Leon

Abner Mares SD12 Jesus Cuellar: Abner Mares got off to a fantastic start in his quest to capture another featherweight championship. He clearly took round the first round and may have even won each of the first four rounds, but the visibly larger Cuellar was able to land more than his fair share of powerful shots to the head and body that looked like the kind of punches that would take their toll as the fight progressed. However, sometimes look can be deceiving because in the fourth round Mares elevated his boxing and was beginning to take the determined plodding champion to school, each passing round was a new lesson as Mares pitched a virtually shut-out. Mares scored a knockdown in the eleventh round with a sneaky right hand that caught Cuellar while he was squared up. Cuellar beat the count and finished the fight, but tonight belonged to Abner Mares. Official scores were 117-110, 116-111 Mares and a ridiculous 115-112 from Kermit Bayless. Boxingtalk scored it 117-110.



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DECEMBER 11, 2016 


CHAVEZ JR SHAKES OFF RING RUST WITH LOPSIDED DECISION WIN
By G. Leon

Julio Cesar Chavez UD10 Jr.Dominik Britsch: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr shook off his ring rust over ten one sided super middleweight rounds against a game Dominik Britsch and collected his 50th win in the process. Chavez, 50-2-1 (32), worked the body well and landed countless left hooks to the head of his German foe, but was never able to get him out of there or knock him down. Official scores were all 99-91. Source: BeIn TV



 
DECEMBER 10, 2016 


BELTRAN STRETCHES MENARD
By Scott Shaffer

Ray Beltran KO7 Mason Menard.: In a lightweight bout held in Omaha, Nebraska, Mexico's Ray Beltran knocked out Louisiana's Mason Menard with a single left hook in round number seven. Beltran was winning the bout handily even before the finish, outlanding Menard 136 punches to 81.  Beltran improves to 32-7-1 and given his exciting style, it won't be long before he is back in a big fight. Menard (32-2) had a good first round, but it wasn't enough to save him from his first loss since 2008. Source: HBO

 
DECEMBER 10, 2016 


CHARLO MAKES STATEMENT, STOPS WILLIAMS IN 5
By G. Leon

Jermall Charlo TKO5 Julian Williams: After a feel out first round that could have gone either way, Jermall Charlo dropped previously undefeated mandatory challenger Julian Williams with a powerful jab in round two. Williams appeared to get up too quickly and was on shaky legs, but showed the heart of the champion as he took control of the action following the first knockdown of his amateur or professional career. Williams appeared to win rounds three and four and he was having a very good fifth round until a perfectly placed right hand uppercut counter from Charlo sent Williams crashing face first into the canvas. Williams somehow made it to his feet but was floored again moments later prompting the referee to stop the fight without a count. Official time of stoppage was 2:06. After the fight Williams went to Charlo's corner to offer congratulations but was abruptly sent away by the unwilling champion. The move didn't play out well for Charlo, as the crowd vociferously booed him, even as he was apologizing for his actions and making his way back to the dressing room after his post fight interview. All in all, a sensational performance for Charlo, 25-0 (19), who made the kind of statement that could propel him to super stardom. Williams falls to 22-1-1 (14). Source: Showtime.

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DECEMBER 10, 2016 


JOSHUA BLOWS MOLINA AWAY IN 3, KLITSCHKO FIGHT ON TAP!
By G. Leon

Round 1:Joshua fought at a mesured pace. He worked the jab and landed a strong combination towards the end of the round. Molina looked a bit intimidated, he didn't do anything in the first round other than patrol the permiter of the ring along the ropes. 10-9 Joshua

Round 2: Molina still patrolling the perimeter for the most part, but he his punch output increased and he managed to find the middle of the ring for brief moments. Joshua continued to control the action behind his jab and clearly took the round. 10-9 Joshua

Round 3: Joshua opened the round with his foot on the gas. He landed a handful of powerful punches in the opening minute. Molina received a warning from the referee for excessive holding. Joshua lands a powerful right hand that sends Molina crashing to the canvas. Molina beat the count at eight, but for all intents and purposes the fight was over. One more Joshua barrage forced the referee to stop the bout. Official time of stoppage was 2:02. Joshua's record improves to a perfect 18-0 (18) while making the second impressive defense of his IBF title. Source: Showtime



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DECEMBER 10, 2016 


PARKER CAPTURES WBO HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH DECISION OVER RUIZ
By Scott Shaffer

Joseph Parker W12 Andy Ruiz… In Auckland, New Zealand, 24 year-old Joseph Parker became the first Kiwi heavyweight title holder ever, claiming the vacant WBO title against Mexican-American Andy Ruiz, Jr. by majority decision.  The official scores were as close as possible without being a draw, and there was real suspense in the air as the verdict was announced: 115-113 (twice) and 114-114. All three judges were from neutral countries, with an American referee (Tony Weeks).


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DECEMBER 10, 2016 
 ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ MURDERED AT AGE 23
By Scott Shaffer

Alejandro Gonzalez Jr., a onetime 122-pound title challenger, was found dead early Friday morning near his home of Colonia González Gallo in Guadalajara, Mexico, the victim of an apparent murder. He was 23. According to published reports, the boxer and two companions were killed execution-style and found inside of a Jeep.  Born in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, Gonzalez was the son of former WBC 126-pound champion Alejandro Gonzalez Sr. and carried his father’s nickname, “Cobrita.”

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DECEMBER 10, 2016 


TWO STAR BOXING ATHLETES TO BE HONORED IN LONG ISLAND TOMORROW

Two Long Island fighters from Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing stable will be honored this Sunday afternoon at Russo's On the Bay in Howard Beach, NY, by Ring 8 at their annual Christmas awards dinner.

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DECEMBER 10, 2016 


MOLINA COMES IN OVERWEIGHT FOR CRAWFORD FIGHT

In Omaha, Nebraska, world junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford’s (29-0, 20 KOs) hometown title defense has hit a complication. Crawford’s challenger, John Molina, Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs), of Covina, California weighed in four pounds over the 140-pound junior welterweight limit. Molina was given an additional two hours to make the weight, but after his second weigh-in Molina came in at 143.4. He was ruled unable to make weight, and although the fight will go on, Molina cannot win any titles should he defeat Crawford. source: top rank

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DECEMBER 10, 2016 


RESULTS FROM NYKOPING, SWEDEN

Skoglund continues to march forward

Erik Skoglund KO11 Timy Shala... In Nykoping, Sweden on Friday, hometown light heavywight Erik Skoglund remained undefeated, knocking out Timy "the Albanian Bomber" Shala in round eleven.  At the time of the stoppage, Skoglund (26-0) was ahead of Shala (21-2-1) on the scorecards by 97-93, 98-93 and 99-91... On the same card, Sven Fornling (11-1) claimed the Swedish light heavyweight championship by outpointing Naim Terbunja (10-2) over eight rounds. Also, 40 year-old Mikaela Laurén of Sweden stopped Hungary's Szilvia Szabados in the sixth round of a women's junior middleweight bout. Lauren (28-4), a former WBC 154-pound champion, was coming off a welterweight loss to Klara Svensson.  Szabados drops to 14-8. source for all results: sauerland social media

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DECEMBER 10, 2016 
 BARANCHYK IN OKLAHOMA ACTION ON SATURDAY

Press Release: Making his fourth straight appearance tomorrow at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, junior welterweight Ivan "The Beast" Baranchyk (12-0, 10 KOs) (pictured) will face Wilberth Lopez (15-6, 10 KOs) of Tucson, AZ, in an eight-round bout on Saturday. Australian junior lightweight Billel Dib (20-1, 10 KOs) battles Colombia's Carlos Padilla (16-4-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round undercard bout.

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DECEMBER 09, 2016 


JULIAN WILLIAMS: "I'M GOING TO EXPLOIT CHARLO'S WHOLE GAME!"
By G. Leon

GL: How has everything gone in camp, what can we expect to see from you on Saturday night? "Training camp went really well, I feel good, my weight is extremely good and I actually look better than I've expected. Now it's just about maintaining and getting ready to win. I expect to win on Saturday night."



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DECEMBER 09, 2016 


HOZUMI HASEGAWA RETIRES AS A CHAMPION

Respected website Asian Boxing Info reports that Japan's Hozumi Hasegawa is retiring as a champion. Hasegawa has a career mark of 36-5 and, according to Asian Boxing, is one of only five Japanese boxers to win world titles in three different weight classes. Hasegawa claimed the WBC 118-pound title in 2005, beating a great champion named Veeraphol Sahaprom of Thailand. His impressive reign spanned five years and ten defenses, including a rematch with Sahaprom and wins over future world featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka. After losing his title to Ferando Montiel, he regrouped in 2010, winning the WBC featherweight title against Juan Carlos Burgos. A loss to Jhonny Gonzalez sent Hasegawa down to 122 pounds, and on his second try at a world title, he claimed the WBC belt vs. Hugo Ruiz about three months ago. Hasegawa is a likely Hall of Famer, and Boxingtalk wishes him a successful and propserous retirement. --Scott Shaffer

 
DECEMBER 09, 2016 


JOSHUA VS. MOLINA WEIGH-IN REPORT FROM MANCHESTER

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua weighed in at 249 pounds and American challenger Eric Molina measured 237.5 for their showdown tomorrow (Saturday) in Manchester England. The bout will be aired on Showtime in the United States.  WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will join Brian Custer and analysts Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi as part of the remote Showtime broadcast team for Joshua vs. Molina.  An encore presentation of Joshua vs. Molina will air on Showtime on Saturday evening, following the main event showdown between WBA regular featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar and Abner Mares.  In the co-feature, Jermall Charlo will defend his IBF 154-pound championship against fellow-undefeated Julian Williams. source: showtime

 
DECEMBER 09, 2016 


PARKER VS. RUIZ WEIGH-IN REPORT

According to promoter Top Rank, here are the official weigh-in results from Auckland, New Zealand.  Local hero Joseph Parker came in at 246.75 pounds while Andy Ruiz, Jr. weighed 255.75. Parker (21-0) will face Ruiz (29-0) for the WBO heavyweight title that Tyson Fury vacated due to personal / substance abuse problems.  Ruiz, from Mexico, has battled weight problems throughout his career, and while weigh-in photos show plenty of flab, he fought at 266 as recenetly as May against the faded Ray Austin. --Scott Shaffer

 
DECEMBER 09, 2016 


FRANCISCO VARGAS BOOKS NEXT TITLE DEFENSE ON HBO

Press Release: Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) will open his 2017 campaign defending his WBC 130-pound title against fellow Mexican (and WBO interim belt holder) Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) in an expected all-action fight on January 28th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Golden Boy will promote and HBO Boxing After Dark will televise. In the televised co-feature, Vargas’ predecessor as WBC titlist, Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KOs) of Akita, Japan goes head-to-head with Miguel "Mickey" Roman (56-11, 43 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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DECEMBER 09, 2016 


GERMAN HEAVYWEIGHT ACTION NEXT WEEK

Press Release: German heavyweight Samir Nebo headlines on December in his hometown of Torgau. Nebo (8-1-1 with 8 KOs) last fought in April, disposing of Belorussian Andrei Mazanik in five rounds.  This time, Nebo will be challenged by Georgian banger Davit Gorgiladze (11-2 with 9 KOs). From Tbilisi, Gorgiladze has only lost to very competent opposition in Apti Davtaev (10-0-1) in Russia and Bogdan Dinu (15-0) in Romania. Nebo has not lost a fight since his professional debut in 2011, and after scoring a draw in his second pro fight he has reeled off eight straight stoppage victories. At age 35, he is no spring chicken, but in the heavyweight division, where its common to peak later than in other weight-classes, he still has time to make a real impact.

 
DECEMBER 09, 2016 


WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT BOUT ON TAP FOR NUEVO LEON TONIGHT

Mexico's Isabel Millan (17-2-1) travelled to France this past April to win a flyweight bout against Amira Hamzaoui. It was an achievement that didn’t go unnoticed in her country where boxing is the second most popular sport of all, only behind football (soccer).  “La Estrella” will fight tonight (Friday, December 9th) in Nuevo Leon, Mexico and she expects big support from local fans. Her opponent is also Mexican, Sonia Osorio (8-2-1). This is Osorio's first major fight. Millan is trained by one of the most accomplished trainers in boxing, the legendary Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, the man behind Hall-of-Famers such as Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricardo Lopez and Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez. source: wbf

 
DECEMBER 09, 2016 


MARES-CUELLAR, CHARLO-WILLIAMS QUOTABLES

Press Release: WBA regular featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division title holder Abner Mares went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their world title showdown that headlines action this Saturday, December 10th at Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles and live on Showtime. Here is what the participants had to say Thursday from the Galen Center Founders’ Club:


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DECEMBER 09, 2016 


PUERTO RICO'S CHAMPIONS IN ACTION ON JANUARY 14TH

Press Release: The only two Puerto Rican-born world champions in boxing are set to show their skills and heart for boxing fans in New York as Jose “Sniper” Pedraza and Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano defend their titles on Saturday, January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


MIGUEL COTTO-JAMES KIRKLAND SET FOR HBO PPV ON FEBRUARY 25
By G. Leon

On February 25 four division champion Miguel Cotto will return to ring to face James Kirkland in a junior middleweight clash that will be televised by HBO PPV. This will be Cotto's bout first bout since he lost his middleweight crown via one-sided decision to Canelo Alvarez. The bout is expected to take place at the Ford Center, the state of the art training facility for the Dallas Cowboys. Two time Gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux is expected to see action in the televised co-feature and his likely opponent with be undefeated Moises Flores. 


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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


CRAWFORD SEEKING BOXER OF THE YEAR HONORS

Press Release: World junior welterweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) of Omaha, Neb. makes the first defense of his unified WBO and WBC titles against John Molina, Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) of California this Saturday, December 10th at CenturyLink Center in the champion's home town. Here are open workout quotes:

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


THE CZAR OF RING STAR: RICHARD SCHAEFER
By G. Leon

"As Donald Trump would say, I'm going to make boxing great again!"

GL: You have a fantastic event coming up this weekend at the Galen Center, can you tell us what boxing fans have to look forward to on Saturday night? "Well these are exactly the kind of fights everybody is talking about, which are 50-50 fights that are significant in their respective weight classes. Yes they are two world championship fights, but they're really two of the very best fighters in their division fighting each other with Cuellar and Mares. For Cuellar this is easily the biggest fight of his life and for Mares this is a must win night, another opportunity to become world champion. Mares is one of the most decorated fighters in recent history coming out of Mexico, starting with being an Olympian and winning world titles in three different weight classes, and here he goes again. It's a great match-up, styles make fights and these two styles were made for each other. I don't like guaranteeing, but in this case I can guarantee that there will be toe to toe action. This is going to be a fight of the year candidate no question about it. With Charlo and with J-Rock, you have two undefeated guys fighting each other in the prime of their career. If you look at their record they're 46-0 with 30 knockouts. I think there's some bad blood there. J-Rock has been waiting to get that fight for a long time and for whatever reason it didn't happen, but here it is. Both guys are going to be ready to go, if you look at Charlo I think he's the best fighter in this division. I think he's proven that over and over, and with J-Rock you have a guy that hasn't lost a round in his last six fights. There's a lot of momentum there and that's why I said in the beginning, these are two 50-50 fights and this is exactly what the sport needs. It's going to be a great event in downtown Los Angeles at the Galen Center on the campus of USC."

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


WEIGH-IN REPORT FROM SWEDEN

Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) and Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) both made weight ahead of tomorrow's light heavyweight contest in Nyköping, Sweden. Here is a list of the official weights for the three featured bouts from promoter Sauerland Event:

Erik Skoglund: 174.6 pounds -vs.- Timy Shala: 173.5
 
Swedish Light Heavyweight Championship:
Naim Terbunja: 173 -vs.- Sven Fornling: 173
 
Female light middleweight – 6 Rounds:
Mikaela Laurén: 149.9 -vs.- Szilvia Szabados: 152.1

 
DECEMBER 08, 2016 


VACANT WBO HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE ON THE LINE THIS WEEKEND

Press conference quotes from Parker and Ruiz

Press Release: New Zealand's Joe Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and Mexican-born Andy Ruiz, Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs) will be battle for the vacant WBO heavyweight world title in Parker's home country on Saturday. [The title was vacated due to Tyson Fury's personal/ drug problems].  The fightht will be televised in the U.S. on a same-day delay on HBO World Championship Boxing, followed by a live doubleheader from Omaha, Nebraska. Below are the comments from Parker, Ruiz and their teams from their final press conference, as reported by publicist Ed Keenan, who is on the scene.

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


JOSHUA: "IF I GET THROUGH MOLINA ON SATURDAY THEN I FIGHT KLITSCHKO"

Press Release: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (pictured) and challenger Eric Molina worked out for the British press on Tuesday in Manchester, England, as they prepare to battle this Saturday at Manchester Arena live on Showtime (5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT). A 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) will make the second defense of his IBF title against Molina (25-3 19 KOs), a Texas native getting his second shot at a belt in his quest to become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion. Here is what Joshua and Molina had to say during fight week:

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


TRAINER'S ROUNDTABLE FROM LOS ANGELES

Press Release: Four of the top trainers in the sport, Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia, Ronnie Shields and Stephen "Breadman" Edwards met with media in Los Angeles to discuss their fighters’ respective showdowns this Saturday, December 10th at the University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles. Showtime will air the fights live. Saturday’s event is headlined by WBA regular featherweight  champion Jesus Cuellar defending against former three-division title holder Abner Mares. IBF 154-pound champion Jermall Charlo defending against Julian Williams in a battle of undefeateds will also be featured on the broadcast. Roach (Cuellar), Garcia (Mares), Shields (Charlo) and Edwards (Williams) spoke to media at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown. Here is what the trainers had to say on Wednesday:

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


CALLUM SMITH ADMITS THE PRESSURE IS ON HIM THIS WEEKEND

Press Release: Callum Smith (21-0) says the pressure is on to beat Luke Blackledge (22-2-1) in style when he defends his British 168-pound title at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Smith, making his first defense, insists he’s 100 percent focused on keeping hold of the Lonsdale belt – but he also knows the big one is just around the corner. Smith dismissed Hadillah Mohoumadi inside a round in Liverpool in April and is now the WBC mandatory contender. The Liverpool star then flew out to Washington DC to see WBC king Badou Jack defeat Lucian Bute. With IBF champion James DeGale seeing off Rogelio Medina on the same bill, Smith is waiting in the wings to meet the winner of the Jack vs. DeGale unification bout.

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


KERMIT CINTRON TALKS ABOUT THIS WEEK'S FIGHT

Press Release: This Saturday night at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA, former welterweight title holder Kermit Cintron (38-5-2) will take on Nicaragua's Rosemberg Gomez (19-5-1) in an eight-round bout. In the ten-round main event, welterweight David Peralta (26-2-1) of Argentina takes on Berlin Abreu (13-1). Both Abreu and Cintron were born in Puerto Rico. Also on the show, Ronald Ellis (12-0-1) of Lynn, MA takes on Oscar Riojas (10-6-1) of Mexico in a eight-round super middleweight bout and Derric Rossy (30-12) of New York battles Richard Carmack (15-9-1) of Kansas City, Missouri in a heavyweight bout.

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 
 AUSTRALIAN UPDATE

Press Release: Brent Moore (2-2) takes on Salar King (4-6) in Brisbane, Australia on Sunday. Moore and King clash in a six round middleweight bout on the Christmas Boxing Bash card promoted by Tuff Technique Boxing at the Hamilton Hotel. "This is a big opportunity for me," Brent Moore said.

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 


MASON MENARD READY TO MAKE MOST OF HBO EXPOSURE
By G. Leon

GL: How has everything gone in training camp and what can we expect to see from you on Saturday night? "I've had a great camp. Expect to see fireworks, it's going to be a great show between me and (Rey) Beltran." GL: What are your thoughts of Beltran as a fighter? What do you know about him? "I know he's rough and rugged and he's going to bring it in every round. He's going to come hard because he knows this is his last chance at a title shot, so I know he's going to come with so that's basically it."

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 
 FRANK WARREN RIPS BILLY JOE SAUNDERS

Billy Joe Saunders W12 Artur Akavov Over the weekend, WBO middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders won a twelve-round decision over Russia's Artur Akavov in in Glasgow, Scotland by scores of 116-113, 116-112 and 115-113. Saunders admitted afterwards it was a terrible performance: “I’ve been out of the ring for a year and was a bit overweight. Tonight, was really, really flat and I want to apologize to the fans. I’m an honest man, that was terrible. That was not a world champion performance. Most British fighters perform better than that, but a win’s a win. I’m happy that I performed like that against him rather than someone like Canelo or Golovkin.” Today, Saunders' promoter, Frank Warren expressed his own unhappiness with Saunders' showing: "As Bill also stated in his post-fight appraisal, how can you talk about taking on the current greats after a display like that? What I do know is that Bill is not daft and is fully aware his preparations were not of an acceptable level and it needs to be a lesson learned. What we witnessed from him in Scotland was not good enough. It is all very well being critical of yourself in hindsight, but you don’t need to be an Einstein to realise there was a problem there and I have seen some of the photos that were floating around in the weeks leading up to the fight and it is not what a professional athlete should look like." source: frankwarren.com

 
DECEMBER 07, 2016 


BOXINGTALK'S MID-WEEK MAILBAG
By G. Leon

Hey G, Quick question. What do you think about 15 Round fights for Unification matches? As they used to be for championship matches, now 12 is. Personally, i think unifications should be 15 rounders. Imagine 3 more rounds of Ward/Kovalev? Just when they were heating up. The true CHAMPIONSHIP rounds. Anyway, just an idea and wondering what your thoughts on something like that would be. As always, keep up the good work and being a great ambassador, and part of boxing. -Nick B.

Leon's Response: I personally think all title fights, not just unification bouts, should be thirteen rounds. Having an even amount of rounds makes it too easy for a draw to occur. While I'm a big fan of 15 round fights, I'm also a big fan of safety. I think the 13th round would eliminate the countless number of bouts where you're left wondering what a guy would have been able to do with one more round.


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DECEMBER 07, 2016 


JONES VS. GUNN PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Press Release: On February 17, 2017 at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, the legendary Roy Jones, Jr. (64-9) will face bare-knuckle specialist Bobby Gunn in a cruiserweight bout. Gunn is 21-6-1 in traditional boxing matches. The bout will be broadcast on a pay-per-view basis. At Tuesday's press conference formally announcing the bout, Jones, who will be 48 when the fight takes place, said, "I always do things that people don't expect me to do. I promised Bobby a long time ago that I would give him the opportunity, and I am a man of my word. Come February 17th, I am going to shock the world again." Gunn responded, "I am a pitbull, and I am coming on February 17th. Roy motivates me.  To fight an all-time great is a huge thing for me and I believe that he is top-five all-time. After February 17th, Roy will never forget me for the rest of his life." The bout will be promoted by David Feldman Promotions.

 
DECEMBER 07, 2016 


LUKE BLACKLEDGE VOWS TO END CALLUM SMITH'S TITLE HOPES ON SATURDAY

Press Release: Luke Blackledge (22-2-2) has told Callum Smith (21-0) that Smith's world title dreams will be destroyed on Saturday as he plans to rip the British super middleweight title from him at the Manchester Arena on Saturday live on Sky Sports Box Office. Smith defends his crown for the first time after destroying local rival Rocky Fielding inside a round last November. Smith then claimed the European title in April with a one-round demolition job in the opening session against Hadillah Mohoumadi.

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 


Q&A WITH SERGEY LIPINETS

Eliminator puts him one win away from a soft champion

Press Release: Unbeaten junior lightweight Sergey Lipinets is wrapping up training camp as he prepares for his IBF eliminator against Australia's Lenny Zappavigna this Saturday, December 10th at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The winner is in line for a shot at one of the sport's most suspect titleholders, Julius Indongo of Namibia. The show will be headlined by Jesus Cuellar defending his WBA regular title against former three-division titleholder Abner Mares. The Showtime telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with IBF 154-pound champion Jermall Charlo battling fellow undefeated Julian Williams. Here is what Lipinets had to say about training camp with trainer Buddy McGirt, his matchup on Saturday and more:

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 
 AUSTRALIAN UPDATE: HORN FACES FUNEKA BUT GEORGE WANTS NEXT

Press Release: Talk of an all-Queensland (Australia) super fight between Toowoomba's Kris George (12-1) and Brisbane's Jeff Horn (15-0-1) is gaining momentum. This weekend, Horn faces former mightweight contender Ali Funeka in Auckland on Saturday night. However, Horn is proposing to fight again in Sydney in February and Brisbane in April. The Brisbane date has been labelled a real possibility for George vs Horn for George's newly won Commonwealth welterweight title. George has long called the Horn's name - but until recent days Horn has all but dismissed the challenge.

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 


SWEDISH UPDATE: WIN OVER SHALA PUTS SKOGLUND ON INTERNATIONAL SCENE

Press Release: Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) and Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time at the final press conference ahead of their light heavyweight fight on Friday night at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden. The stakes are high for Skoglund as he returns to his hometown knowing that a victory over "The Albanian Bomber" will set him up for either a European or world title shot in 2017. The undefeated 25 year-old is currently mandatory challenger for Robert Stieglitz’s European strap.

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 
 GETTING TO KNOW CUELLAR AND MARES

Press Release: WBA regular featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division titlist will do battle this Saturday, December 10th, at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles and live on Showtime. The hard-hitting Cuellar of Argentina and the decorated Mares of Southern California shared some fun facts and spoke about their interests outside of boxing before they lace up the gloves. Click the link below to learn more about the two fighters before their main event showdown:

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