Boxing

32-year-old former junior middleweight title challenger Josesito Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) easily beat a badly over-matched journeyman Saul Corral (23-9, 14 KOs) by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision on Sunday night on Premier Boxing Champions on FSI at the Novo in Los Angeles, California.

Lopez knocked the 30-year-old Corral down in round 10 with a furry of shots after hurting him with a left. The final judges’ scores were 100-89, 100-89 and 100-89. Boxing News 24 scored the fight 10 rounds to 0 in favor or Lopez. The lighter Corral didn’t do enough to win any of the rounds.

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WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) put on a boxing clinic in giving former WBA 130lb champion Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) a beating in stopping him at the end of the 9th round on Saturday night at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The fight was stopped by Sosa’s trainer at the end of the 9th round. He didn’t want Sosa to continue to soak up needless punishment at the hands of Lomachenko.

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Former lightweight world title challenger Edner Cherry (36-7-2, 19 KOs) won a controversial 10 round unanimous decision victory over the 26-year-old Omar Douglas (17-2, 12 KOs) on Tuesday night in a fight televised by Premier Boxing Champions on FSI from the Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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The WBA has ordered a WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) to face WBA World featherweight champion Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs). The management for the two fighters has 30 days to try and negotiate the fight before the World Boxing Association orders a purse bid. This move by the WBA is part of their efforts to decrease the amount of titles they have in each weight division.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) looks like he’s already in fighting shape for his May 6th fight against former 2-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), With a little over 1 month to go before the fight, Chavez Jr. already is looking very cut up like he’s ready to go. Chavez Jr. says he weighs 178 pounds now. This is just 13 ½ pounds over the 164 ½ lb. catch-weight limit for the weigh-in on May 5.

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WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) says he’s been sparring with welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) and he’s very impressed with what he’s seeing from the 26-year-old fighter. Spence is getting ready for his fight against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) on May 27, and it looks like he’s taking it very serious in training with the 5’11” Jermell, who is a little bit bigger than him.

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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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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet Province -- Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez graced the boxing matches held as part of the celebration of the 36th Strawberry Festival in this mountain town Sunday.

The event, organized jointly by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) and the municipal government led by Mayor Romeo K. Salda, was also the final box-offs for national boxers vying for a slot in the upcoming King's Cup in Thailand to be held April 3-9 in Bangkok.

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Daniel Jacobs still doesn’t seem to have fully digested his loss to Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) last Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) says he watched the fight his fight with Golovkin 3 to 4 times, and he still believes he should have been given the victory. What’s interesting is that Jacobs believes that part of the reason why he lost the fight to Golovkin was because of the huge interest in the boxing world in the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Golovkin fight, which could take place in September.

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#3 WBC David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) weighed in at 159 pounds on Friday for his 12 round middleweight fight against #2 WBC Curtis Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) for their fight this Saturday night at the Events Center at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Stevens weighed in at 158.25 pounds. HBO Boxing After Dark [BAD] will be televising the Lemieiux-Stevens fight on their network.

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Wladimir Klitschko badly wants to beat IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua next month to become a three-time world champion. According to Wladimir’s trainer Jonathon Banks, he’s obsessed with beating Joshua to become a world champion again. Banks sees the 41-year-old Klitschko as this era’s version of George Foreman.

For the boxing fans that don’t remember, Foreman retired from the sport for 10 years and then came back at age 39 and toiled away until winning a world title at age 45. Wladimir isn’t quite as old or as overweight as Foreman was, but his accomplishment will be somewhat similar.

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Tony Bellew’s win over David Haye last Saturday night makes him an option for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s next title defense. Wilder’s promoter Lou Dibella says that they would consider fighting Bellew. WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is the fight that Wilder and Dibella really want most of all.

That would be a unification fight. Bellew would be another voluntary defense for Wilder, who has already have 5 of them since winning the WBC title two years ago in 2015. If the World Boxing Council lets Wilder take a 6th consecutive voluntary defense, then Bellew (29-2, 19 KOs) would be a possibility.

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This Saturday night, Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (23-0) travels to Germany to challenge Jack Culcay (22-1), for the WBA world super-welterweight championship, live on Sky Sports 2HD in the UK. The former undefeated WBO champion, at the same weight, looks to regain some momentum in his career after fighting only three times since winning that belt in November 2013. Last week Demetrius took some time to talk with me over the phone about Saturday’s fight and what happened after he became world champion when he was forced to relinquish the gold.

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