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Sep 2, 2016

Inoue seeks knockout in third title defense

WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue is confident of an emphatic third title defense when he faces top-ranked challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym on Sunday. Inoue, 23, is 10-0 with eight knockouts so far in his career and is keen to add to that number when ...

Sep 1, 2016

Taguchi retains light flyweight crown

Ryoichi Taguchi outlasted compatriot Ryo Miyazaki to defend his WBA light flyweight title for the fourth time in Tokyo on Wednesday, while Kohei Kono lost his WBA super flyweight crown in a 12-round bout against Panama’s Luis Concepcion. Taguchi improved his career slate to ...

Aug 29, 2016

Taguchi, Kono banking on reach in title defenses

WBA light flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi and WBA super flyweight champ Kohei Kono each enters his title defense on Wednesday hoping his edge in reach can make a difference. The world title doubleheader at Tokyo’s Ota Gymnasium will mark the fourth title defense for ...

Takayama claims vacant WBO minimumweight crown

Aug 20, 2016

Takayama claims vacant WBO minimumweight crown

Katsunari Takayama captured the vacant WBO minimumweight title on Saturday by defeating fellow Japanese Riku Kano by unanimous decision. The title was the sixth of the 33-year-old Takayama’s career. Kano, the top-ranked contender was, at the age of 20, attempting to become the youngest ...

Aug 13, 2016

Shibata retains IBF light flyweight title

Naoko Shibata defended her IBF light flyweight title on Saturday for the fifth time, defeating second-ranked Maria Salinas by a 2-0 decision. The fight was a rematch with the Mexican, whom Shibata drew with last November. The victory sees Shibata’s record improve to 16-3 ...

Aug 4, 2016

Boxing legend Pacquiao to make November comeback

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring later this year to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the Filipino boxing star’s manager said on Wednesday. “Retirement doesn’t suit Manny right now,” Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times. “It is amazing what ...

Ioka knocks out Lara to defend title

Jul 20, 2016

Ioka knocks out Lara to defend title

Kazuto Ioka, the WBA flyweight champion, knocked out sixth-ranked Keyvin Lara in the 11th round to successfully defend his belt for the third time in a world title doubleheader on Wednesday. Ioka, who last year in April became the fastest boxer in the world ...

Wilder overcomes injuries to retain WBC title

Jul 17, 2016

Wilder overcomes injuries to retain WBC title

Despite fighting mostly one-armed for half the bout, Deontay Wilder remained in control in the ring before quickly heading to the hospital. Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title with a technical knockout when Chris Arreola’s corner stopped the fight after the eighth round Saturday ...

Jul 3, 2016

Pros enter Olympic boxing qualifying tournament

A former IBF flyweight champion from Thailand and a French-Cameroonian middleweight contender are the most prominent professional boxers attempting to win berths in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics during the final qualifying tournament. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced the entrants Saturday for the ...