Boxing

LAS VEGAS (Sept. 7, 2018) - Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev suffered a torn bicep in training and has been forced to postpone his originally scheduled Sept. 14 NABF super lightweight title defense against Antonio DeMarco. Jamel Herring versus John Vincent Moralde for the vacant USBA junior lightweight title has been elevated to the ESPN-televised co-feature underneath Jose Ramirez’s WBC super lightweight title defense against Antonio Orozco at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

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Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) started off slowly in the first four rounds but then came on in the second half to defeat former two division world champion Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant World Boxing Council welterweight title on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The judges scored it 116-111, 115-113 and 115-113. Boxing News 24 scored it for Porter by a 117-111 score. Porter boxed Garcia in the first quarter of the fight. As you would expect, Porter wasn’t effective when he was boxing Garcia. After the fourth, Porter made adjustments by mauling Garcia and working his midsection on the inside.

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Amir Khan says he was surprised that referee Terry O’Connor didn’t step in and stop his fight with Samuel Vargas after he knocked him down and had him hurt on Saturday night in their bout at the Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, UK.

Khan said after the fight that he had intentionally allowed Vargas to survive when he had him hurt. Vargas had Khan hurt, and it looked like he was fighting for survival after round 7. Khan faded badly in the second half of the fight and he was unable to muster he energy and power on his shots to hurt Vargas.

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(Sept. 4, 2018) — Tim Tszyu and Andrew “The Monster” Moloney will take center stage on the next edition of “Breakfast and Boxing” on Saturday, Sept. 8. at the new Bendigo Stadium in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. In the 10-round main event, 154-pound prospect Tszyu (10-0, 8 KOs), will face his toughest test to date against Marcos Jesus Cornejo (19-3, 18 KOs).

In the co-feature Moloney (17-0, 10 KOs), ranked in the top 10 by all four major sanctioning bodies at 115 pounds, will defend the WBA Oceania super flyweight belt in a 10-rounder against former WBA super flyweight world champion Luis “El Nica” Concepción (37-6, 26 KOs).

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Senator Manny Pacquiao made his much-awaited appearance on Monday as the Senate Defenders opened their title-retention bid on a high note and pulled off a 73-70 thriller over Philippine International Trading Corporation Global Traders in the 7th UNTV Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Though the fighting senator buried two triples right in the first quarter, the Defenders trailed three-fourths of the way before coming through with a whirlwind finish to frustrate the debuting Global Traders.

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Sergiy Derevyancnenko won’t let his friendship with Daniel Jacobs get in the way of him capturing the vacant IBF middleweight title on October 27 in their fight on HBO Championship Boxing at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) is finally getting his chance at winning a world title after turning pro four years ago in 2014, and he doesn’t want to blow it by losing to former WBA middleweight champion Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs).

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On September 15th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a genuine Mexican Style fight will take place but there is a big chance that it won’t take place between the big name boxers heading the event, but instead by the undercard fight between super welter WBO belt holder Jaime Munguia and Brandon Cook. It is fair to say that the David Lemieux vs. Gary O´Sullivan could as well keep the fight fans on the edge of their seats.

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Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is still sparring at 42-years-old despite having been retired for a year. Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) posted a short video on his social media site on Friday, showing himself sparring an unnamed fighter and looking really good for someone who hasn’t fought since April of 2017.

Wladimir is seen in the video stalking his opponent around the ring, hitting him with shots to the head and body while neatly avoiding the return fire coming back. This is the way that Wladimir needed to fight in his last two bouts against Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. Had Wladimir fought like that, he would have beaten both of those heavyweights.

Last year, Wladimir had more hand speed, power, stamina, boxing skills and mobility than Joshua. That was plain to see for everybody. Joshua looked like an oaf inside the ring with Klitschko. It was like a teacher with an unskilled pupil. Joshua didn’t belong in the ring with Wladimir. It was that much of a mismatch. We’ll never know for sure why Wladimir didn’t finish Joshua off after he knocked him to the canvas in the 6th. Joshua was fighting on shaky legs after that knockdown and looking like he had completely emptied his gas tank. All it would have taken was one straight right or left hook from Wladimir and Joshua would have been done for the night. Was it mercy on Wladimir’s part in allowing Joshua to survive? A lot of boxing fans believe that to be the case. They think Wladimir felt sorry for Joshua and didn’t want to wreck his career by knocking him out. Wladimir was on his way out of the sport, and he didn’t need the ego high of beating the novice-like Joshua.

If Klitschko does come back, a fight between him and former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) would be a must. Wladimir has unfinished business from his loss to Fury in 2015. If Wladimir were to come back right now, he might even have the chance of taking the Fury fight right out from the nose of Deontay. Wladimir vs. Fury 2 is a bigger fight than Wilder-Fury.

The way that Wladimir looked in his sparring video, you would have to make him a huge favorite to beat the likes of Tyson Fury, Jarrell Miller, Kubrat Pulev, Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte. Wladimir would likely clean out the top contenders in the heavyweight division. The only guys that would be a threat to Wladimir is Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. Those would be the tough guys for him to fight.

The magical question that boxing fans want to know is whether Wladimir will be making a comeback. It’s believed by many that the 6’6” Klitschko retired much too early in walking away from the sport last year at age 41. Wladimir looked better than Joshua, and he could have knocked him out. The difference in boxing skills between Wladimir and Joshua was embarrassingly wide. Joshua looked like an unskilled bodybuilder with just a punch inside the ring with the Ukrainian talent. I think it goes without saying that Wladimir would have knocked Joshua out in the 6th or 7th round if he had pressed him after he had him hurt and exhausted.

LAS VEGAS (Aug. 30, 2018) — Ryota Murata, the fighting pride of Japan, will take his world championship show on the road to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Murata will make the second defense of his WBA middleweight world title against Rob “Bravo” Brant on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Park Theater at Park MGM.

Murata-Brant will stream live in the United States beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ — the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.

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