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“Independence day” Boxing History in the USA!

It’s “Independence day” in the United Sates and we are officially 241yrs old!  Every year Americans across the country gather for parades, firework displays, barbeques and picnics while celebrating the fourth of July. On this day in boxing history, coincidentally two of the sports all time greatest fighters, both from America and both former champions in the sports “Flagship” division began their rise towards boxing immortality.

July 4, 1919- “The Manassa Mauler” Jack Dempsey defeats Jess Willard.

Champion Jess Willard known as the “Pottawatomie Giant”, had fought just once since defeating Jack Johnson in 1915 at Oriental Park Havana, Cuba. That bout was a questionable decision victory over Frank Moran in 1916. Entering at 6’6½” tall and 245 pounds, compared to Dempsey who was 6’1″, 187 pounds many fans thought his size advantage would be enough.

Once the bell rang Dempsey tore into Willard like a “Mad Dog”, knocking the champion down seven times in the first round alone.The contest would end when Willard failed to answer the bell for round four. In his three round beating, Willard suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs, several broken teeth and facial fractures. It was later claimed by Jack Kearns, who was the manager of Dempsey at the time he faced Willard, after Dempsey had fired him that he personally placed “Plaster of Paris” in the hand wraps of Jack. Which was why, Dempsey was able to dish out such a brutal beating to Willard.

That claim was squashed by Nat Fleischer, founder and editor of “The Ring” magazine who stated “I watched the proceedings of Dempsey having his hands wrapped, Jack Dempsey had no loaded gloves, and no plaster of Paris over his bandages. Over the next several years, Dempsey along with promoter Tex Rickard would produce boxing’s largest “Live” gates of the era, including the sports first “Million Dollar” gate. He would lose his title in 1926 by decision to Gene Tunney. Then in a 1927 rematch, Dempsey knocks Tunney down for a count of fourteen but because he forgets the new rule of going to a neutral corner, It delayed the referee’s count giving Tunney fourteen seconds to recover.

Gene Tunney would again score a unanimous decision victory over Dempsey, in what would forever be known as “The Long Count”. That would be the last professional fight for Jack Dempsey who retired with a record of 54-6-9 (44).

July 4, 1934- “The Brown Bomber” Joe Louis makes his pro-debut. 

On this day 83yrs ago Joe Louis made his pro-debut, stopping “THIRTY EIGHT” fight veteran Jack Kracken in under a round at the Bacon’s Arena, in Chicago. According to reports, Louis dropped Kracken with a hook just seconds into the round. He would make it to his feet at the count of nine. A relentless Joe Louis on the attack, landed a punch moments after that sent Kracken out of the ring, right into the lap of Illinois state Athletic commissioner Joe Triner.

At the count of fourteen, Kracken made it back into the ring but referee Dave Miller called a halt to the onslaught. It would be exactly two weeks shy of three years later, Joe Louis claimed the heavyweight championship when he stopped “Cinderella Man” James Braddock in eight rounds on June 22nd 1937. He would remain champion for twelve years and defend his title twenty six times a record that still stands. As of this day, Louis is considered by many to be boxing’s greatest heavyweight of all time.

Just like the country they originate from and division they reigned, both fighters had monumental moments of success, unforgettable moments of failure and both will forever be talked about equally.

 

Easter Jr defeats Shafikov by decision- PBC Flushes Further Down the Toilet on Bounce TV

Friday night on Bounce TV, an edition of Premier Boxing Champions broadcast from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. In the main event Robert Easter Jr defended his IBF lightweight title against tough Russian challenger Denis Shafikov. When Easter Jr boxed from a distance, he was able to work well behind his jab and control the ring yet never deter Shafikov who more often than not placed Easter Jr on his back foot. The belt holders best moments came with shoe shine flurries at rounds end, missing more than landing the appearance did steal some rounds.

When final scores were read the judges Eugene Grant and Jamie Garayua seen it 120-108, judge Carlos Ortiz Jr 116-112 all in favor of Robert Easter Jr. The scores of Grant and Garayua showed pure biased, in no way could they justify Easter winning every round. If the Ohio boxing commission was not corrupt they would demand to see the bank records for both judges. While the score of 116-112 handed in by judge Carlos Ortiz was also wide, at least a case can be made for giving Easter Jr benefit of a hometown advantage and not wanting to risk unemployment. With the win Robert Easter improved to 20-0 (14), Denis Shafikov now stands at 38-3-1 (20).

One of the most disgusting scorecards and refereeing jobs in recent weeks, took place in a co-feature between Super Welterweights Jamontay Clark and Ivan Golub. Over the eight round distance, Golub beat Clark to the punch, worked his body and frustrated the taller fighter. The only moments of success for Clark came during his fouls that went ignored by referee James Howe.

 

Jamontay Clark punches Ivan Golub behind the head in one of many fouls.

Those fouls included hitting behind the head, wrestling and pushing the face of  Golub with his forearm.

Clark headlocks Golub as referee James Howe watches and ignores.

The only thing Clark didn’t do was kick Golub in his testicles, if he had more than likely  referee Howe would have  deducted points from Golub and make the embarrassing score cards that read 79-73 and 77-75 in favor of Clark slightly more criminal. With his robbery Jamontay Clark improved to 12-0 (7), Ivan Golub after having his undefeated record stolen on national TV now stands at 13-1 (11).

In the nights second co-feature junior middleweight Julian Williams faced Joshua Conley. This was the first bout for Williams since his failed title bid last December, when WBC champion Jermall Charlo stopped him in five rounds. It was a clear confidence building bout for Williams, Conley had never faced a top 20 ranked opponent and stood little chance even for an upset before the bell rang. Williams met little resistance from Conley scoring a seventh round stoppage, placing him back on the winning track. With his win Julian Williams improved to 23-1-1 (15) Joshua Conley now stands at 14-2-1.

In Undercard action

Welterweight Enver Halili 10-0 (3) def. Wesley Tucker 14-1 (8) via UD 8. Scores read 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74.

Super Middleweight Damar Singleton 9-1 (5) def. Corey Dulaney 5-5-1 (1) via KO 2.

Female Junior Lightweight Alycia Baumgardner 3-0 (3) def. Lashonda Tabron 0-2 via TKO 1.

If the judges scores and corrupt referee’s were not enough to make this event total garbage, Adrien Broner who is scheduled to face Mikey Garcia later this month looked more like a Cruiserweight than Junior Welterweight jumping up and down ringside. It was disturbing to hear Robert Easter Jr in his post-fight interview call Adrien Broner his “Big Bro” and use the annoying tag line of Broner “Anyone can get it” when asked who he would like to face next. If Easter is going to imitate someone, make it a fighter who has self respect even if they don’t have the public’s.

Should anyone ever question why the PBC has fallen so quickly, I invite them to watch a replay of this event the picture quality was similar to an illegal PPV stream off a cheap cell phone camera.

 

 

WBO titlist Usyk signs up for Muhammad Ali Trophy

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to announce that the inaugural season of the Muhammad Ali Trophy will feature ALL four reigning cruiserweight champions. WBO titlist & Olympic gold medal winner Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) has officially joined the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament that already features unbeaten champions Yunier Dorticos (WBA), Mairis Briedis (WBC) and Murat Gassiev (IBF) as well as former champions Marco Huck and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, with two more spots to be filled. On July 8, all participants will come face-to-face at the Draft Gala in Monaco where they will hand-pick their quarter-final opponents.
Usyk is thrilled to be fighting for The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy. “I feel happy and inspired with the idea of such a tournament,” he stated. ”I’ve been dreaming of putting together all the champs to see who is the strongest and becomes the undisputed king of the division. I look forward to gaining three more world championship belts to my collection as well as the Greatest’s Muhammad Ali Trophy!”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, said the stakes could not be any higher. “This is a historic moment,” he stated. “Nobody has ever assembled as many top fighters as the World Boxing Super Series and put them in an elimination tournament to determine the undisputed number one. Whoever emerges from a competition that features the four reigning champions, two former champions as well as two rising challengers to be announced shortly will be universally recognized as the greatest cruiserweight out there.”

Richard Schafer, Comosa´s Chairman of the Americas, has lauded the fighters` for accepting the ultimate challenge. “It takes a lot of heart to sign up for the Muhammad Ali Trophy because the level of competition is beyond everything the world has ever seen,” he said. “Eight stars will put it all on the line – their belts, their unbeaten records and their reputation – knowing that only one of them can win. With four belts and the Muhammad Ali Trophy at stake, the World Boxing Super Series is as good as it gets for fighters and fans around the world.”

Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer, can´t wait for the tournament bracket to be unveiled during the Draft Gala. In an innovative process, the four top-seeds (to be determined by Comosa) will hand-pick their opponents from the four unseeded boxers. “This has never been done before and there could not be a more exciting way to kick off the World Boxing Super Series,” Sauerland said. “Just like the boxing fans all over the world, we are very curious to find out about the fighters’ picks. The stage is certainly set for an exciting tournament.”

In the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE

Participants confirmed: 9 of 16

Number of world champions: 5

Number of former world champions: 2

Number of undefeated fighters: 6

Combined Record of participants: 246 wins, 10 losses, 172 KOs

Confirmed Cruiserweights (6 of 8)

  • Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs), WBO World Champion
  • Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion
  • Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion
  • Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion
  • Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger
  • Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs), former WBO World Champion

Confirmed Super-Middleweights (3 of 8)

  • George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion
  • Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs)
  • Jamie Cox (22-0, 12 KOs)

ABOUT THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES

Organised by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series will kick off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

48-0 Undefeated challengers Skoglund and Cox join World Boxing Super Series

48-0 Undefeated challengers Skoglund and Cox join World Boxing Super Series

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to announce that two more undefeated fighters have signed up for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing. Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs) and Jamie Cox (22-0, 12 KOs) have joined a star-studded tournament line-up that already features four reigning world champions and two former world champions. The duo will compete in the super-middleweight competition, with WBA Super Champion George Groves among the potential opponents.

Swedish sensation Skoglund, the IBF´s number 4, will be coming down from light heavyweight where he is unbeaten in 26 fights and top-ranked with all major governing bodies. “It´s unbelievable to be fighting for The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy,” the 26-year-old said. “I can´t describe how excited I am.

”I am eager to prove myself in the first season of the greatest tournament ever. Joining the World Boxing Super Series means the world to me. We can expect a lot of great boxing and I can´t wait to prove myself against the best fighters out there.”

Like Skoglund, Great Britain´s Jamie Cox will also put his unbeaten record on the line as he enters the revolutionary bracket-style elimination competition.

“I’m excited to be joining the World Boxing Super Series,” the 30-year-old said. “This is great opportunity. I’ve never shied away from a challenge and I’m looking forward to testing myself against the top names in the division.

“I think the tournament format will suit me well, and this will be a chance for me to show everybody what level I’m at. I know I’m capable of winning. I’m ready to show the world what I’m all about.

“Maybe people will see me as the dark horse of the tournament. If that’s the case, I’m ready to cause a shock. I train very hard and I’ve done it in the gym before with top champions and now I’ve got the platform to do it on the world stage.

“Maybe they might take their eye off the prize when it comes to me. More fool them if they do because I’ll be training for every single fight like it is the final.”
Said Eddie Hearn, who promotes Cox: “This is a great opportunity for Jamie to announce himself on the World stage and he shouldn’t be underestimated in this tournament. He will box on our show in London this Saturday to warm up for the series and will bring plenty of excitement and power!”

With Skoglund and Cox on board, the World Boxing Series now features five undefeated fighters, as world champions Gassiev, Dorticos and Briedis, who will compete in the cruiserweight competition, have not tasted defeat before either.

“The World Boxing Super Series promised to deliver a blend of proven champions and rising challengers,” said Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of the Management Board. “Right now, the Muhammad Ali Trophy features four world champions, two former world champions and two up-and-coming contenders that have never lost a fight in their lives. We are thrilled with the current line-up and will announce further high-profile participants in the coming weeks.”

Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer, has commended Skoglund and Cox for their courage to enter a field of champions. “It takes a lot of heart and courage to sign up for the World Boxing Super Series,” he said. “The quality of their competitors will be beyond anything they have ever experienced in their young careers. But their undefeated record tells us they are ready to take on the world´s best fighters. And this is that makes the Muhammad Ali Trophy so special – you have proven champions on the one side and hungry contenders on the other side. Boxing fans can expect a lot of drama and excitement.”

In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

The quarter-finals will be set during a live Draft Gala at Monaco`s famed Grimaldi Forum on July 8, with the top seeds (determined by the Comosa Board) picking their opponents from the unseeded boxers.

Former World Champion Marco Huck joins World Boxing Super Series

Marco Huck former Cruiserweight champion

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to confirm the next star participant for the cruiserweight competition. Former WBO World Champion Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs) has joined a star-studded tournament line-up that already features the undefeated and reigning world champions Murat Gassiev (IBF), Yunier Dorticos (WBA) and Mairis Briedis (WBC) as well as former world champion Krysztof Wlodarczyk. Starting in September, eight of the world´s best cruiserweights will battle it out in a revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament for The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Huck is looking forward to the biggest challenge of his life. “I am thrilled to be joining the Champions League of Boxing,” he said. “In the great history of the sport there has never been a tournament like this. Eight world-class fighters will enter the competition but just one man can prevail. I cannot wait to show the world that I am best of all those strong champions.”

Huck has been a major player in the cruiserweight division for many years, tying the record for the most title defenses (13) before losing to Kryzsztof Glowacki in August 2015. He bounced back with convincing victories over Ola Afolabi and Dmytro Kucher before falling to WBC kingpin & fellow World Boxing Super Series participant Mairis Briedis earlier this year.

Huck´s quarter-final opponent will be determined during the Draft Gala at Monaco´s famed Grimaldi Forum on July 8. In a live TV show, the four top-seeds per weight class will hand-pick their opponents from the unseeded boxers, with the Comosa Board determining the seeding once all participants have been confirmed. “There are no weak opponents in the tournament, so I don´t care whom I fight,” Huck said. “I want to be the best so I have to beat them all anyway. I don´t mind in which order I defeat them.”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, is excited to welcome another fan favorite to the tournament. “Three undefeated reigning world champions and two former world champions that have really stamped their authority on the division – the World Boxing Super Series´ cruiserweight competition already features an amazing line-up and there are still three spots to be filled,” he said. “Never before have so many great fighters faced each other in a KO tournament within such a short period of time. But that is what the Muhammad Ali Trophy is all about, the best fighting the best in a fan-friendly way.”

The cruiserweight competitors combine for a fearsome record of 160 wins, seven losses and 119 KOs. “There is an incredible amount of talent at cruiserweight,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer. “The World Boxing Super Series will answer the one question fans have been asking themselves for so many years: Who is the undisputed number one in a division loaded with undefeated champions and great fighters? We´ll find out come May 2018.”

In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights. The tournament bracket will be determined during the Draft Gala in Monaco on July 8.

WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE

Combined Record of World Boxing Super Series Participants:

186 wins, 10 losses, 138 KOs

Confirmed Cruiserweights (5 of 8)

  • Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion
  • Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion
  • Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion
  • Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger
  • Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs), former WBO World Champion

Confirmed Super-Middleweights (1 of 8)

  • George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion

 

ABOUT THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES

Organised by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series will kick off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Official Weights for Tuesday Night’s PBC on FS1 from the Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Tuesday night June 27th on Fox Sports 1, Marshall Kauffmans “Kings Promotions” will host an edition of “Premier Boxing Champions” from the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa. Headlining the card, is a ten round welterweight rematch between undefeated Miguel Cruz and once beaten Alex Martin. The two first met last February, on the undercard of Erislandy Lara versus Yuri Foreman.

It was a closely contested affair and depending on your preference of style, a strong case for either as winner could have been made. When scores were announced, judges Richard Green and Toby Tamarkin seen it the same 96-94 in favor of Miguel Cruz, while judge Mark Streisand scored it for Alex Martin. The fact judge Streisand scored it in favor of Martin was without controversy. Handing in a score of 99-91 certainly brought about questions on his competence as an official. I expect on Tuesday, it will be no different once the rings in terms of how evenly matched the two fighters are, hopefully we see a definitive winner announced without a scoring dispute.

The official weights and records for Tuesday’s event are listed below.

Miguel Cruz 15-0 (11)  Vs.  Alex Martin 13-1 (5) Welterweights 10 Rds.
145.8 lbs.                            146.4 lbs.

Clarence Booth 14-3 (7)  Vs. Anthony Mercado 10-2 (9) Junior Welterweights 6 Rds.
145 lbs.                                 144.1 lbs.

Isaelin Florian 6-0 (3)  Vs. Avery Sparrow 6-1 (3) Featherweights 6 Rds.
126.2 lbs.                          127.6 lbs.

Nicholas Hernandez 6-2 (1)  Vs. Grayson Blake 6-4-1 (2) Junior Middleweights 6 Rds.
154 lbs.                                       153.4 lbs.

Jesus Perez 2-0 (1)   Vs. Christian Molina 4-2 (3) Junior Welterweights 4 Rds.
141 lbs.                             138.9 lbs.

Jesus Lule 10-22-1 (1)  Vs. Ismael Serrano 4-1 (1) Lightweights 4 Rds.
135.7 lbs.                             134.6 lbs.

Devin McMaster 1-1  Vs. Ricky Pyle (Pro-Debut) Junior Middleweights 4 Rds.
156 lbs.                           150 lbs.

Dylan Price 2-0 (2)     Vs.  Manuel Guerra 1-2-1 Junior Bantamweights 4 Rds.
117 lbs                             . 112 lbs.

 

Super Channel to air “Battle of Brisbane” Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn International Card

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (June 26, 2017) – Super Channel is pleased to announce that it has acquired the exclusive rights in Canada to air the July 1st World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Welterweight Championship bout between reigning champion, future Hall-of-Famer Manny “Pacman’ Pacquiao, and challenger Jeff Horn, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, live from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

 
“Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs. Horn” is a presentation of Top Rank and Duco Events. Super Channel will air four exciting fights from this card, headlined by Pacquiao vs. Horn, exclusively in Canada.
 
“Super Channel is ecstatic to be bringing a non-pay-per-view Pacquiao bout to Canadian fight fans as a follow up to the exciting Brook vs Spence IBF Welterweight Championship we brought them in May” said Troy Wassill, Director of Programming, Domestic Distributors and Sports. “We keep hearing from our viewers that they want more boxing on Super Channel and the ‘Battle of Brisbane’ is going to deliver exactly what they are looking for.”
 
“The world has followed amazing Manny since he burst onto the scene in his U.S. debut in 2001, where he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba to win his second of a record eight division world titles,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum added. “It’s going to be an unbelievable event.”
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), a former two-term congressman, was elected to a Philippine Senate seat in May 2016, capturing more than 16 million votes nationally.  An international icon, Pacquiao is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.  A three-time Fighter of the Year and the reigning BWAA “Fighter of the Decade,” Pacquiao’s resumé features victories over present and future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley.

 
From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were in world title fights, in five different weight classes, ranging from 130 to 154 pounds.  No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacquiao, who is also credited with more than 18 million domestic pay-per-view buys.  After his disappointing unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on May 2, 2015, a world championship fight that generated a record 4.5 million pay-per-view buys and more than $400 million in television revenue alone, a healthy Pacquiao (he had suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder during the fourth round of the Mayweather fight) returned to the winner’s circle on April 9, 2016, winning the rubber match against five-time world champion Bradley.  In a battle of Top-10 pound for pound fighters, Pacquiao sent Bradley to the canvas twice en route to a dominant 12-round unanimous decision victory.  On Nov. 5, Pacquiao regained the WBO welterweight title for a third time when he shellacked the once-defeated defending champion Jessie Vargas via another dominant 12-round unanimous decision.  Pacquiao has been trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach since 2001
Unbeaten hometown-favorite Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), fighting out of Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), enters the fight of his life having won his last three battles — all in 2016 — against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey, inside the distance.  They had a combined record of 105-14-4 when he fought them.  The 2012 Australian Olympian’s background belies the warrior he has become inside the ring.  Well-schooled inside and outside the ring, Horn received his Bachelor of Education degree from Griffith University and taught high school Physical Education even as he embarked on his professional boxing career.

 
Horn started boxing at age 18 after being picked on by bullies and he has been an advocate of anti-bullying campaigns.  Immensely popular throughout Australia, the 29-year-old Horn has become a national gate attraction in his own right.  Selected as the 2015 Australian Boxer of the Year, Horn is trained and managed by Glenn Rushton, the only trainer he has ever had, and assisted by former WBC super welterweight world champion John “The Beast” Mugabi.
 
The July 1 telecast will also feature Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs), from Belfast, in a six-round featherweight bout against Jarrett “Juarez” Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs), of Brisbane, and International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Cavite City, Philippines, defending his title against top-rated contender Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), of Kobe, JapanThe live telecast will open with an eight-round middleweight rumble between Shane Mosley, Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), of Pomona, Calif. and son of former three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs), of Canberra, Australia.
 
Some of the greatest boxers in history have confirmed they will be ringside, including Roberto Duran, Evander Holyfield, and Thomas Hearns.

2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez riding on the fast track

LAS VEGAS (June 26, 2017) — Fresh off his sensational stoppage of previously undefeated Jose “Mexican Diablo” Rodriguez, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez is riding the fast track to stardom on an exciting journey that’s just really started.

 
In the June 17th “KO Night Boxing: Rapid Fire” main event, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, Hernandez improved his record to 2-0 (2 KOs), dropping Rodriguez three times and closing the show in the third round..
 
The 21-year-old Hernandez, fighting out of Wichita, is already proving to be a better professional boxer that he was an amateur, despite all his accomplishments and achievements in the non-paying ranks, firing effective combinations from a wide variety of angles, including punishing body shots and devastating, powerful punches to his opponent’s head.
 
Because Hernandez fights in the flyweight division, which is void of overwhelming talent and lacks top-notch Americans, along with his amateur pedigree and experience fighting boxers with different styles, Hernandez can likely crack the world ratings this year, possibly getting a world title shot in 2018.
 
“I did my thing tonight,” Hernandez said after his June 17th fight. “I’ve fought the best at the Olympics, so I wasn’t worried about what he (Rodriguez) he did. This fight was a little personal because he’d said he was knocking me out. I got tired of him and went into the ring trying to take him out. We can be friends now.
 
“I just need to stay on path and I will. I’ve been on the top since I started boxing when I was nine. I want to do what other Olympians like (Andre) Ward and (Vasyl) Lomanchenko have done…become world champion!”
 
The highest-rated flyweight in the world today is 36-year-old Brian Viloria (37-5, 22 KOs), the 4-time, 2-division world champion and 2000 U.S. Olympian. Considering his advanced age for a boxer, the “Hawaiian Punch” will probably be retired by the time Hernandez is ready for a world title shot, leaving Oscar Cantu and Miguel Cartagena as the only American flyweights currently rated among the top 25 in the world.

“Nico was great in his last fight and everybody is seeing what we want to do with him,” Hernadez’ promoter John Andersen (KO Night Boxing) noted. “We need to step up the competition for him in his next fight, which will probably be his last six-round bout. Our plan is one more six and then an eight-rounder for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International Youth featherweight title. But Nico has options because he can easily drop down to junior flyweight or move up to super flyweight. We’ll take things fight-by-fight with him with an eye on the immediate future for a world title fight.”
 
The flyweight division, right now, is led by a pair of stars, Kazuto Ioka, of Japan, and Filipino Donnie Nietes. The future of lower weight-classes may very well belong to Nico Hernandez.

Two-time world champion Beibut Shumenov retires due to severe eye injury

LAS VEGAS (June 26, 2017) – Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov has relinquished his WBA cruiserweight world title, due to his career-ending eye injury, and he has announced his retirement from the ring.

 

“I have regrettably relinquished my WBA cruiserweight title and retired from boxing because of a traumatic eye injury suffered the week before my last scheduled fight,” Shumenov said from his Las Vegas home. “I’m extremely disappointed my boxing career has ended like this but, unfortunately, injuries are part of this sport and there’s nothing I can do about it. I still have blurred vision and I need to have an additional surgery next month to try to further repair so I don’t risk blindness in my (right) eye.

 

“I’d like to thank my family, my team throughout the years, friends and fans for their continued support all these years. I was proud to wear the WBA championship belt for many years as a two-division champion. I’m grateful to WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, his father, and all those in my WBA family. It was quite a ride and I look forward with great anticipation to the next chapter of my life with my son and future endeavors.”

 

Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, was scheduled to face Interim WBA champion Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) in the April 29th main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes, from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.

 

During his last slated sparring sessions, Shumenov suffered an eye injury that required immediate surgery, forcing him to withdraw from his April 29 fight against Dorticos.

 

Earlier this month, the WBA received a letter from Shumenov’s eye surgeon, Dr. Kent L. Wellish, who wrote the following: “Mr. Beibut Shumenov has a serious ocular issue, a recurrent corneal erosion of his right eye, that with continued fighting, puts him at risk for permanently losing his eyesight.

 

“It is my medical opinion that he should permanently refrain from sparring, training and boxing due to the severity of damage to his eye and the high risk of further damage of vision impairment, including the possibility of permanent vision loss.”

The WBA accepted Shumenov’s relinquishment of his championship, noting that it expressed its gratitude and pride for his professional career with the WBA.

 

The last three years of Shumenov’s career was marred by inactivity, in which he fought only three times due to lack of managerial support, despite him training daily, in top shape and always being ready to fight. In fact, he sparred almost 400 rounds since his last fight (May 21, 2016) in anticipation of, first, a unification fight with Denis Lebedev and then for his fight versus Dorticos. Neither happened, however, as boxing politics enabled Lebedev to avoid fighting Shumenov, who defeated BJ Flores and then Junior Anthony Wright in back-to-back WBA elimination fights to be Lebedev’s mandatory challenger.

 

Even Shumenov’s mandatory fight against Dorticos was unnecessarily delayed because Dorticos’ promoter, Caribe Promotions, defaulted its right to promote the fight it had won by purse bid, followed by continuous and numerous date changes from February to March until finally landing on April 29.

 

The 33-year-old Shumenov retires as the first and only two-division world champion to date from Kazakhstan, as well as the record-holder for fewest fights needed to win the world light heavyweight championship, 10.

 

During his 9 1/2 -year pro career, Shumenov defeated four world champions – Gabriel Campillo, Byron Mitchell, William Joppy and Montell Griffin – as well as world title challengers Epifanio Mendoza, Vlacheslav Uzelkov, Danny Santiago, Enrique Ornelas, Tamas Kovacs, BJ Flores and Junior Wright.
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