Shakur Stevenson-William Zepeda: WBC Orders Mandatory Title Fight
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by Jake Donovan
9h ago
William Zepeda is back in Shakur Stevenson’s sights. The Ring has confirmed that the WBC has ordered the two sides to enter talks for a mandatory title fight. Stevenson (22-0, 10 knockouts) currently holds the WBC 135-pound belt. Mexico’s Zepeda (31-0, 27 KOs) is the number-one ranked contender among all four sanctioning bodies. A deal must be reached within the next 30 days to avoid a purse bid hearing. As is customary by the WBC, a purse bid date—August 20—was already reserved in the event the session is necessary. Stevenson, The Ring’s No. 4-rated lightweight, is guided by manager James Pri ..read more
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Jonathan Rodriguez ‘motivated’ in his quest to upset WBO 115-pound titlist Kosei Tanaka
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by Anson Wainwright
15h ago
Second time lucky, at least that’s what Jonathan Rodriguez is hoping. Rodriguez, rated at No. 10 by The Ring at junior bantamweight, will challenge Kosei Tanaka for the WBO title at Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday. “My only thought is to become a world champion,” Rodriguez (25-2-1, 17 knockouts) told The Ring through promoter Paco Damian. “I’m working very hard, I’m very motivated. We know the task ahead, he is a great champion and great fighter but my objective to become a world champion.” The 28-year-old father of two from San Luis Potosi, Mexico is very respectful of the four-division ..read more
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Raymond Muratalla outpoints Tevin Farmer in highly competitive 10-round bout
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by Francisco Salazar
2d ago
LAS VEGAS – It was not Raymond Muratalla’s best performance, but it was enough for the lightweight contender to grind out a close win. Muratalla, who is rated No. 6 by The Ring at 135 pounds, defeated former 130-pound beltholder Tevin Farmer by 10-round unanimous decision Saturday night inside The Pearl Theatre at The Palms Resort Casino. Scores were 97-92, 96-93, and 95-94 for Muratalla, who improved to 21-0, 16 knockouts. From the opening bell, Muratalla walked Farmer down, forcing the veteran to fight off his back foot or with his back against the ropes. Farmer did well, sporadically holdin ..read more
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Sulaiman Segawa shocks Ruben Villa, outpoints featherweight contender in 10-round upset
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by Francisco Salazar
2d ago
LAS VEGAS – Sulaiman Segawa had no fear in him facing a contender in a hostile setting. Segawa was the more-effective fighter, especially in the second half of the fight, tin winning a unanimous decision over Ruben Villa on Saturday before a rowdy crowd inside The Pearl Theatre at The Palms Resort Casino. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 for Segawa, who improved to 17-4-1, 6 knockouts. Entering the fight, Villa, The Ring’s No. 10-rated featherweight, was the betting favorite. Both southpaws were very active from the opening bell. Segawa chose to stay in the pocket with Villa, which created ..read more
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Boots Ennis stops David Avanesyan in five in Philly homecoming
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by Joseph Santoliquito
2d ago
PHILADELPHIA — The kid was a nuisance. He could never leave his older brothers, Derek and Farah, alone. Where they went, he went. What they did, he did. He was a chubby-legged baby in diapers able to throw a left hook at a heavy bag. He was also, it seemed, the promised child. Jaron “Boots” Ennis would complete the journey his brothers started a decade before he would begin capturing the imagination of the boxing world. Boots’ coronation came Saturday night. It just took a little time to arrive. He had more entanglements outside the ring with managerial issues and promotional deals than he did ..read more
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Skye Nicolson shuts out Dyana Vargas in master clinic, retains WBC feather belt
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by Ryan Songalia
2d ago
PHILADELPHIA — Skye Nicolson barely had to get out of first gear in her first defense of the WBC featherweight title, shutting out the tough but overmatched Dyana Vargas over ten rounds at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. All three judges had the fight a clean sweep, 100-90, for Nicolson (11-0, 1 knockouts) of Yatala, Australia. From the outset, Nicolson’s vastly superior skillset was an insurmountable challenge for Vargas (19-2, 12 KOs) of Sabana Iglesia in the Dominican Republic. Nicolson used her southpaw jab in the first round to keep Vargas honest, and landed a straight left to pun ..read more
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Rocky Hernandez-Thomas Mattice (Sept. 13), Dalton Smith-Jon Fernandez (Sept. 28) Added To DAZN Schedule
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by Jake Donovan
2d ago
Eduardo ‘Rocky’ Hernandez is armed with a renewed promotional pact and a fight date. The former 130-pound title challenger continues the climb back towards another shot at a major belt. He will next face veteran spoiler Thomas Mattice atop an Sept. 13 DAZN show from Hermosillo, Mexico. News of the bout comes days after Matchroom Boxing announced a contract extension with Mexico City’s Hernandez (35-2, 32 knockouts). “We were delighted to sign Rocky to a multi-fight deal, and this is going to be a cracking fight,” insisted Eddie Hearn, Matchroom chairman. “You know what you are going to get fro ..read more
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Diego Pacheco-Maciej Sulecki Set For Aug. 31 In Carson, California
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by Jake Donovan
3d ago
Diego Pacheco will have hometown support for another fight versus a former title challenger. The Ring’s No. 6-rated super middleweight will face Poland’s Maciej Sulecki. Their regional title fight will take place on Aug. 31 at the boxing-friendly Dignity Health Sports Center in Carson, California. Matchroom Boxing announced the bout on Saturday as part of a trio of DAZN events to launch their late summer/early fall schedule. “Diego is banging on the door for a shot at the big guns and World titles at 168, insisted Eddie Hearn, Matchroom chairman and Pacheco’s promoter. “Maciej always brings th ..read more
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Lerato Dlamini-Tomoki Kameda Rematch Set For Aug. 24 in Suita, Japan
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by Jake Donovan
3d ago
Lerato Dlamini and Tomoki Kameda are back in each other’s sights. The oft-delayed rematch is now finalized to take place on Aug. 24 at Yamato Arena in Suita, Japan. Kameda Promotions and 3150 FIGHT confirmed the event, which will air live on ABEMA-TV. South Africa’s Dlamini (20-2, 11 knockouts) previously scored a stunning upset with a twelve-round, split decision over Kameda last October 7 in Tokyo. The feat cost Kameda what would have been a a straightaway shot at the WBA featherweight title. Original plans called for a Dlamini-Kameda rematch on March 31, though conditional on the bout sanct ..read more
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Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez Stops Rober Barrera In 10th Round In Triumphant Return
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by Jake Donovan
3d ago
It was a triumphant return for one of the best little big men in the history of the sport. Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez secured his first win in more than two years as he stopped Colombia’s Rober Barrera in the tenth round. The former four-division titlist scored two knockdowns as part of a strong second half surge. A final flurry of punches had Barrera trapped, which forced the stoppage less than a minute into the tenh round Friday evening from Polideportivo Alexis Arguello in Managua, Nicaragua. Gonzalez (52-4, 41 knockouts) received a hero’s welcome for his first fight at home in more than ..read more
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