Following his 5th round knockout loss to Badou Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) last Saturday night, Nathan Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) announced his retirement on his social media site. Only 30-yeaars-old, Cleverly said he had “Too many miles” on him from his 12-year pro career. Cleverly lost his WBA World light heavyweight title in the defeat to Jack.
Negotiations have already begun for an immediate rematch between middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo Alvarez for next May in 2018, according to ESPN. If an agreement can get made, then both fighters would stay out of the ring for the remainder of the year until they fight each other next May on HBO pay-per-view.
Canelo, 27, will be exercising the rematch clause in his contract with Golovkin. Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions have 3 weeks to exercise the rematch clause, but they’re already starting negotiations with Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler, according to Dan Rafael.
Former world champion Johnny Nelson thinks that Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) should attack IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) straightaway in their fight on September 10, because he believes that his best chance of winning the contest is to not fight passively.
CHAMPION BOXER Donnie “Ahas” Nietes returns to the ring this weekend looking to claim a third division title and join a prestigious group of Filipino fighters to have done so.
Mr. Nietes, 34, is to headline “Pinoy Pride 40: Domination” at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City tomorrow, taking on Thai Komgrich Nantapech for the vacant International Boxing Federation Flyweight Championship.
DONNIE Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion, has relinquished his World Boxing Organization light flyweight title, as he prepares to move up in weight to face former world champion Edgar Sosa in a flyweight bout at the Stub Hub Center in Carson City, California on Sept. 24.
Manny Pacquiao fights have been airing over HBO pay-per-view for many years. But this time, as the Pambansang Kamao returns to the ring on November 5 after a very short retirement, HBO will not be around.
WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs) could be fighting his #1 WBO mandatory challenger Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs) on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas card on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Five division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” sparred twelve rounds earlier this week in Las Vegas and said he is “feeling great” and looking forward to the coming week when a new set of sparring partners join his training camp.
Former 4 division world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) got back to his winning ways on Saturday night with a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision win over Ruben Garcia Hernandez (22-3-1, 9 KOs) to win the vacant WBC Silver featherweight title at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The judges’ scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91. Those were fair scores. Hernandez was durable if nothing else. He stayed in the fight long enough to bounce some big shots off Donaire’s chin, and make him look his age.
WBO cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) weighed in at 199 pounds for his title defense against former WBO champion Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs) on Friday for their fight this Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series at the Max-Schmeling-Halle, in Berlin, Germany.
Joshua Buatsi sent a message to his Olympic light-heavyweight rivals by producing a devastating knockout of third seed Elshod Rasulov to cruise into the quarter-finals.
BOOS rang through the boxing arena at Riocentro, Pavillion 6 as a unanimous victory in the 91kgs Olympic heavyweight final was awarded to Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko.
Former WBC World lightweight champion Omar Figueroa Jr. (27-0-1, 19 KOs) completely destroyed former 2 division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs) in stopping the 34-year-old in the 3rd round on Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko is fighting the recently beaten featherweight Miguel Marriaga on August 5 instead of a rematch with Orlando Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs), because the Mexican star turned down an offer of $720,000 for the fight with Lomachenko. At least that’s the story from ESPN.
Former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) will be facing former WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KOs) on December 17 on HBO at The Forum in Inglewood, California. This is good news. It means there could be three excellent fights coming up with the Salido-Miura fight on December 17, Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters fight on November 26, and potentially Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs on December 10. Those are all fights on HBO Boxing. It’s great stuff.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is said to be interested in matching WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) against former 2 division belt holder Carl Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) in early 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada or Texas.
This is a great fight for Frampton, but probably not such a good one for Valdez. Frampton is fighting on another level than Valdez fight now in terms of talent. Valdez looks like an Arturo Gatti type of fighter without much defense, and with what appears to be deteriorating punch resistance.
WBO World featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) weighed in at 125.8 pounds for his fight on ESPN this Friday night against unbeaten #4 WBO contender Genesis Servania (29-0, 12 KOs) at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona. The 26-year-old Servania weighed in at 125.4 lbs.
LAS VEGAS -- As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, ÓSCAR VALDEZ knew he was fighting Saturday night in the co-main event of the TERENCE CRAWFORD - VIKTOR POSTOL boxing card. What he didn’t know was exactly what he was fighting for, other than a nice paycheck and another step forward in his career.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA via YSA– Fans were surprised to witness the grand arrival of the only eight-division world champion and reigning Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao and World Boxing Organization Welterweight Champion Jessie Vargas at the WYNN Hotel.
Considered one of the best Filipino boxers of all-time, Fighting senator Manny Pacquiao proves that he is also a true gentleman. Pacquiao has apologized for his non-appearance at the 17th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards Banquet of Champions is held last Saturday at Manila Hotel’s Tent City.
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