MONTREAL (November 26, 2016) - A settlement has been reached between Lucian Bute and the District of Columbia Athletic Commission, several months after an initial anti-doping test result was announcement regarding traces of Ostarin found in Bute's urine samples this past May.Following the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight world title bout between defending champion Badou Jack and challenger Bute, which ended in a draw, a positive test result was announced to the general surprise of Bute. Since then, however, in-depth analyses has demonstrated beyond all doubt that this result was due to contamination of nutritional supplements, prescribed by Bute's conditioning trainer and created by a laboratory in California. All this information has been favorably received by the authorities Read more [...]

Unstoppable! Ushona Gets Second Shot At WBF World Title

Posted: November 23, 2016 by wban100@aol.com in WBF Press Release
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When Namibian favorite Bethuel “Unstoppable” Ushona lost a controversial decision for the WBF World Welterweight title to Germany´s Deniz Ilbay last June, the World Boxing Federation executive committee soon after ordered an immediate rematch.  However, Ilbay showed no desire to settle the score in the ring, but rather chose to run away with his disputed win and vacate the title.  So now Ushona will take on former European champion Rafal Jackiewicz from Poland for the vacant title on December 3 in Winhoek, headlining a big show promoted by Salute Boxing Academy. This will be a clash between two very experienced boxers. A former Namibian national champion and WBO, WBA and IBO regional titlist, Ushona has taken part in eighteen championship fights, of which he has won fourteen, Read more [...]
Toledo, Ohio (November 14, 2016) - Undefeated fighters super lightweight Sonny "Pretty Boi" Fredrickson (14-0, 9 KO's) and featherweight Tyler "Golden Child" McCreary (11-0, 6 KO's) will see action on November 19, as part of the highly-anticipated Light Heavyweight Unification showdown between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fredrickson and McCreary, both natives of Toledo, Ohio, will both perform on their biggest stage to date. The two will be featured on the Kovalev-Ward freeview telecast which begins at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT on the Pay-Per-View events channel prior to the official telecast, and to be announced cable, satellite, and telco channels. The freeview will also be available through livestreaming on HBO Boxing's YouTube channel. Fredrickson Read more [...]
Promoter Dmitriy Salita and his matchmaker, Dennis Turner, did it again tonight (Saturday, November 12) with their latest "Detroit Brawl" at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, as they put on another terrific night of fights.  The left side of the bout sheet is never a haven on a Salita show and tonight was another example of that. In the six-round bantamweight main event, Detroit's undefeated James "OG" Gordon Smith (11-0, 6 KOs) put on another of his typical performances, meaning he was in a back-and-forth slugfest, this time against a battle tank made in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, named Olim "The Muslim Warrior" Nazarov (14-3, 8 KOs). With all the trimmings of a Smith fight: momentum changes and bombs landing to the "oohs and ahhs" of the crowd, Smith managed to outwork Nazarov on Read more [...]
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CORONA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2016) - Taras "The Real Deal Shelestyuk, Xolisani Ndongeni,and Ruben Villa all remained undefeated this past Friday night at the Omega Events Center in Corona, California.  Shelestyuk (15-0, 9 KOs), the 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist for Ukraine, was victorious by the scores of 96-93 twice and 95-94. Despite a gutsy, gritty performance, Herrera (15-4-1, 8 KOs), of Chicago, IL., had a 3-fight winning streak end. There were no knockdowns. Southpaw Shelestyuk, who entered the ring ranked No. 9 in the WBO and No. 13 in the WBA, turned back a determined bid by Herrera to win, despite getting docked a point for excessive holding in the fifth round. "It was a tough fight,'' stated Shelestyuk. "He is a tough fighter;  he is slow, but he worked well. In the first Read more [...]
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(November 7th) This past weekend taking a ride upstate, New York to avoid the mind boggling election media fiasco I made my way to a book fair at newly renovated the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, New York where I found myself spending the mid day talking boxing withn some avid boxing fans and Queensbury's own Bill Calogero. The former, promoter, matchmaker, turned boxing historian Calogero, the host of boxing’s undisputed champion of boxing talk programming, Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show, was on site advancing the sale of his captivating first book, Tom Molineaux: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet. A top seller on Amazon, the informative and attention capturing book tells the story of Tom Molineaux. Born a slave on a Virginia plantation during the late Read more [...]
World Boxing Federation (WBF) Championship action took place in France, Japan and Kosovo on Saturday, October 22, with new champions crowned in the Light Welterweight, Super Featherweight, Super Flyweight and Cruiserweight divisions.  At the Cirque Jules Verne in Amiens, France, local favorite Christopher Sebire captured the vacant WBF World Light Welterweight title with a unanimous decision over former South American champion Martin Antonio “El Principito” Coggi from Argentina. Coggi got off to the better start, but Sebire found his rhythm in round two and took control of most of the rounds from then on. Coggi had to work hard to snatch a round here and there, and after the final bell it seemed clear to most that the home-man had won a very good fight. Judge Vincent Dupas (France) Read more [...]
LOS ANGELES  - A boxing legend will look to add an exclamation point to end his professional career with the same style, speed and slickness that has defined him in the ring for nearly three decades, as 51-year-old, two-division former world champion and Future Hall of Famer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) prepares to square off against hard-hitting Light Heavyweight contender Joe Smith, Jr. (21-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round fight from Los Angeles' iconic Fabulous Forum. The bout will take place Saturday, December 17 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Tickets for the fight - named, "The Final One" -- will go on sale Monday, October 24th at 10:00 a.m. PT. Hopkins' resume reads like a Hall-of-Fame induction ballot. Between holding the record for Read more [...]
José A. Acevedo of Free Agent Boxing Management proudly announces the signing of former world champion Jose Alfredo "Torito" Rodriguez to a managerial agreement.   27-year-old Rodriguez (31-4-0, 19 KOs) of Sinaloa, Mexico, won the Interim WBA World Light Flyweight Championship on November 19, 2011, by upsetting then 27-1 Nethra Sasiprapa of Thailand. He also won the WBC Youth Intercontinental Light Flyweight Championship in 2009 and made four successful defenses. He is also a former sparring partner of Nicaraguan four-division and current WBC World Super Flyweight Champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez. Currently looking for the third fight of his comeback after nearly two years off, 27-year-old Rodriguez plans to compete in the flyweight and super flyweight divisions. "I am happy to Read more [...]
New York, NY (October 11, 2016) – Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson makes his return to the ring to help the fight against heroin in Staten Island Saturday, November 19 at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT.  Melson’s fight headlines a DiBella Entertainment promoted Pro-Am card as part of the recently relocated but wildly popular Broadway Boxing series. This fight card is a special event. Broadway Boxing by way of Lou DiBella, is offering a Veterans Appreciation fight card with 4 of the undercard bouts consisting of Cadets from the West Point Boxing Team boxing against Cadets from the Coast Guard Academy. Living and fighting out of New York City, Melson’s made a name for himself in and out of the ring. His outstanding professional ledger stands at 15-1-1 with 4 knockouts and in May Read more [...]
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Indio, CA (October 3, 2016) - Petr Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KO's) earned a mandatory world title shot at the WBA Lightweight title with a stoppage after 6 rounds over Michael Perez in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio, California.  In round 2, Perez was bloodied over his right eye, and Petrov was cut on his forehead. Later in the round, Petrov dropped Perez with a hard right to the head. Petrov continued the assault as he battered and hurt Perez with evenly dispersed punches to the head and body. As the blood continued over Perez's right eye, Petrov never let up. Photo credits:  Kyle Monroe Finally, trainer Robert Garcia decided his fighter had enough and stopped the fight after the 6th round. "I just want to thank everybody who made this win possible.   Read more [...]
Promoter Greg Cohen says his Atlanta-based cruiserweight Brian "The Bigg Risk" Howard will have to be extremely careful when he fights in the main event this Saturday night (October 1) at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.  Howard (11-1, 9 KOs) will face dangerous local veteran Phil "The Drill" Williams (15-8-2, 14 KOs) in a potentially dangerous eight-round showdown. Williams, a devastating puncher, has run hot and cold his entire career, but can be spectacular at times. He holds the distinction of scoring the fastest knockout in boxing history (10 seconds) over Brandon Burke of Iowa in 2007. Able to switch hit from his southpaw stance to orthodox several times during a fight, Williams has also fought to draws with well-known veterans Caleb Truax and Derrick Findley. In his next Read more [...]
MONTRÉAL (September 29, 2016) - Ottawa and Outaouais boxing fans in Canada will receive a special Christmas gift when Montreal's adopted son and the most dangerous world title challenger,Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs), faces Paraguay slugger and reigning WBC Latino light heavyweight champion Isidro Ranoni Prieto (26-1-3, 22 KOs) in a real power punching affair, December 23 in Gatineau as part of the GYM Boxing Series, presented by the Casino de Lac Leamy in collaboration with Videotron. Beterbiev is world ranked by all over the major sanctioning bodies: International Boxing Federation (IBF) #2, World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) #3, World Boxing Organization (WBO) #4, and The Ring magazine #6. WBO #10 rated contender Prieto has won his last two fights by knockout, Read more [...]
Philadelphia, PA (September 30, 2016) - World ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez will take on Carlos Valcarcel on Saturday, November 12th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.  The broadcast is slated to begin at 9:30 PM ET.   The scheduled eight-round bout will be the featured bout of the inaugural broadcast on ONE World Sports.  The card is promoted by GH3 Promotions & Victory Boxing Promotions. Lopez of San Antonio, Texas is ranked 4th by the WBA and has a record of 15-0-1 with seven knockouts. The 25 year-old Lopez is a four year pro and has wins over Pablo Cruz (11-0), Eliecer Aquino (17-0-1), former world champion Erik Aiken & Mario Munoz (16-0-1). In his last bout, Lopez fought to a ten-round split draw with Roman Reynoso (18-1-1) on July 22nd in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Valcarcel Read more [...]
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ARLINGTON, TX (September 17, 2016) - On Mexican Independence Weekend, Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) was crowned the new WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion in front of a record breaking crowd of 51,240 roaring fans at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Canelo established himself as a ticket seller king breaking AT&T Stadium's previous record of 50,994 for a boxing event established by Manny Pacquioa vs. Joshua Clottey in 2010. The show started off with a bang as pyrotechnic displays were incorporated into the fighters' ring walks in celebration of the festive Mexican holiday. At the start of the fight, both Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs) of Liverpool, England came out aggressively Read more [...]