Former IBF World Light Flyweight and current IBF Flyweight World Champion John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero and his team have made the decision to relinquish his title and campaign in the super flyweight division.  Casimero (23-3, 15 KOs), who stopped Englishman Charlie Edwards in 10 rounds last September at the O2 Arena in London, will now go gunning for the 115-lb division's top dogs including IBF World Champion Jerwin Acajas and Nicaragua's Román "Chocolatito" González. 26-year-old Casimero, from Cebu City, Philippines, says he's looking forward to the opportunity to join the greats of Philippines boxing. "To win my third title would be a great honor for me and put my name in with some of the best fighters my country has ever produced," said Casimero. "I will be immediately looking Read more [...]
Joe "The Beast" Smith Jr. became the first fighter to knock out the legend Bernard Hopkins as he knocked Hopkins completely out of the  ring with a vicious 4 punch combination in the 8th round. Hopkins was unable to beat the 20 count administered by referee Jack Reiss constituting a knockout win by Smith Jr. (the bout was officially declared a TKO victory). The fight was the main event on HBO Championship Boxing. Smith Jr., stalked Hopkins from the opening bell putting pressure on Bernard and landed a telling right hand in round 1 that seemed to wobble Hopkins. Joe was relentless throughout the next 2 rounds and outworked Hopkins easily while Hopkins was limited to landing sneaky pop shots here and there. Bernard was more competitive in the 4th round landing some nice counter punches Read more [...]
José A. Acevedo of Free Agent Boxing Management wishes to congratulate his fighter, Jose Alfredo "Torito" Rodriguez, for winning both the UBF All-Americas and Latino Super Flyweight Championships in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia, on Saturday (December 10).   A former interim WBA Light Flyweight and WBC Youth World Light Flyweight Champion, Rodriguez, now ranked #15 by the IBF, scored an eight-round decision over Puerto Rico's former WBA Fedecentro Super Flyweight Champion, Edwin "Puto" Rodriguez (8-3, 5 KOs), no relation. The victory marked the first time Sinaloa, Mexico's Rodriguez had ever competed in the United States. Although the Puerto Rican was able to get inside a few times, Rodriguez used his jab to keep him outside Read more [...]
Danny "The Baby Face Assasin" Roman (21-2-1, 7 KO') from Los Angeles and Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (16-0-1,8 KOs), of San Antonio, Texas, will face-off on January 20th, 2017, Press R for a possible shot at the 122 pound WBA title, reported Eddie Gonzalez, Danny Roman's manager and trainer.   The fight is scheduled for the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and it will be televised live by ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. With Lopez ranked number 4 and Roman being the number 5 ranked super bantamweight, a formal request to make this an eliminator bout has been already submitted to the WBA.   The highly regarded Lopez, will be making his fourth ShoBox appearance and will be headlining  his second show after a victory over then undefeated Mario Read more [...]
MIAMI (December 13, 2016) - Super welterweight world champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Yuri Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) in a world title showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on Spike on Friday, January 13 from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami.  Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT with former super middleweight world champion Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (29-1-1, 23 KOs) battling Hungary's Norbert Nemesapati (24-4, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout. "I'm very excited to be making my return to the ring in front of my Cuban fans in Miami on Spike on January 13," said Lara. "Yuri Foreman is a former world champion who is dedicated to this sport and will be looking to win another world title. I expect nothing but Read more [...]
On Saturday night, December 10, at the Halle Monconseil in Tours, France, Moroccan Yassine Ettabouti won the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Eurasia Light Welterweight title when he defeated tough co-challenger Bakhtiyar Isgandarzada from Azerbaijan.  In front of a very lively crowd of about 1000 fans, mostly of Moroccan origin, Ettabouti seemed in control of the fight from the first round, and worked well off the jab before mixing things up with nice combinations. Isgandarzada was game, but almost always a step behind in the exchanges. Isgandarzada did have his moments, especially in rounds three and five where he had some significant success, but Ettabouti appeared on his way to a clear decision victory when Isgandarzada retired between the sixth and seventh stanza due to a hand-injury, Read more [...]
Hard-punching World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Samir Nebo will make his first title-defense on Saturday December 17, in the main event of a stacked show at the Boxhalle in his hometown of Torgau, Germany.  Nebo, 8-1-1 (8), won the WBF title in his most recent outing, last April, when he, in a dominant performance, disposed of former Belorussian champion Andrei Mazanik in five rounds, and now he is ready to continue his climb up the Heavyweight ladder. He will be challenged by Georgian banger Davit Gorgiladze, who enters his first championship fight with a nice 11-2 (9) record. From Tbilisi, Gorgiladze has only lost to very competent opposition in undefeated Apti Davtaev (10-0-1) in Russia, and Bogdan Dinu (15-0) in Romania. Nebo has not lost a fight Read more [...]
Bethlehem, PA (December 6,, 2016) - This Saturday night, David Peralta will take on Berlin Abreu in a scheduled 10-round bout for the WBC Latino Welterweight title on a massive card that will take place on Saturday, December 10th at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.  The show, which is promoted by GH3 Promotions, King's Promotions and Sampson Boxing, will be streamed LIVE on www.ringtv.com Peralta of Cordoba, Argentina has a record of 26-2-1 with 14 knockouts and is coming off the biggest win of his career, when he upset former world champion Robert Guerrero on August 27th in Anaheim, California. That victory has catapulted Peralta to the number-15 ranking in the WBC. "Training ca,p is going well, I am very happy for the opportunity to have camp in the United States and with such Read more [...]
New York (December 6, 2016) -Split-T Management is pleased to announce the signing of another member of the 2016 United States Olympic Team, Antonio Vargas to a managerial contract..   Vargas of Kissimmee, Florida was the Flyweight representative for the 2016 U.S. Team.  "I have known Split-T Management's David McWater for several years.  The people I know told me a lot of positive things about him.  He showed me he was a good person and the man who can manage my career the way it should be," said Vargas. Said Split-T Management's David McWater, "Antonio is just a special kid.  Of course he has all the talent and physical tools, but he is so much more than that.  He's got incredible focus and determination.  Not to mention, he is always very classy.  I wanted to represent him since Read more [...]
It's official.  The brightest young star in boxing is turning pro, under the guidance of the managerial team of J. Prince, Andre Ward and Josh Dubin.           "It is an honor and a privilege to represent this young man.  Andre, Josh and I know we have the next superstar in the sport," said Prince. "Shakur is not only a gifted fighter, but someone that has the ability to be an icon.  Our first goal is to sign him with the right promoter.  Then, we will be with him every step of the journey toward greatness." Stevenson won a silver medal in the bantamweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He entered the Olympics with a perfect 23-0 international record and is the first American male to win junior and youth world titles, as well as a Youth Olympic Read more [...]
Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) and Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time today at the final press conference ahead of their WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight on Friday night at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden.    The stakes are high for Skoglund as he returns to his hometown arena knowing that 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, and highly ranked with all four major governing bodies, is within touching distance of a World title challenge. ‘’I’m looking forward to fighting once again in my hometown,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’There are a lot of big fights out there for Read more [...]
OAKLAND (December 2, 2016) - Undefeated prospect Mario Barrios (16-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his lightweight debut when he fights Argentina's Claudio Rosendo Tapia (28-17-4, 13 KOs) in undercard action on Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles.  The December 10 event is headlined by featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defending against former three-division world champion Abner Mares in a long-awaited showdown. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo and top-rated challenger Julian Williams in a world championship battle of undefeated rising stars in their prime. Barrios shared thoughts on his first training camp with Virgil Hunter, moving up and weight in more. Here is Read more [...]
Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) and Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) both weighed in today ahead of their WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title clash tomorrow night at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria.  In front of 15,000 fans, Pulev, the current European Champion, will make his long awaited homecoming fight against Peter, the former WBC World Champion, as both men target a World title opportunity in 2017. WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship: Kubrat Pulev: 114.65 kg Samuel Peter: 122.9 kg The undercard sees Scandinavian stars Otto Wallin and Tim-Robin Lihaug in action, alongside the professional debuts of London 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist Tervel Pulev and two-time German Amateur Champion Leon Bunn, plus an all-Bulgarian showdown between Plamena Dimova and Ana Simeonova. Heavyweight Read more [...]
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 [...]