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Murata determined to make major impact

by Kaz Nagatsuka

For Ryota Murata, the middleweight gold medal he earned in London wields power. Now a professional boxer, Murata has quickly transformed himself into a national icon in his Olympic-crazed homeland. His public presence isn’t just limited to the boxing ring. Murata has also become a commercial figure, appearing in national ...

Jul 4, 2014

Boxer Koki Kameda joining United Gym

With his own gym under sanctions from the Japan Boxing Commission, 27-year-old former world champion Koki Kameda announced Friday he will move to another gym. Kameda had been unable to fight in Japan since the JBC has refused to renew the licenses of those ...

Jun 23, 2014

Yaegashi, Inoue to defend titles in twin bill

WBC flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi and WBC light flyweight champion Naoya Inoue will both defend their titles on Sept. 5 in Tokyo, their Ohashi Boxing Gym announced Monday. The world doubleheader will be held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium Annex. Making his fourth title defense, ...

Jun 19, 2014

Heavyweight champion Klitschko to face Pulev in September

Wladimir Klitschko will defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts against the undefeated Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria in Hamburg on Sept. 9. Klitschko said in a statement released by his management on Thursday that his opponent “has an impressive record as both ...

De La Hoya enshrined in Boxing Hall of Fame

Jun 9, 2014

De La Hoya enshrined in Boxing Hall of Fame

Capping a career that included 10 titles in six weight divisions, an Olympic gold medal and 10 world titles, the Golden Boy found a permanent home. Oscar De La Hoya was inducted Sunday into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. “Today marks an incredible ...

May 14, 2014

Kameda eyes Vegas fight

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda is expected to make his second title defense this summer in Las Vegas against top-ranked Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand. According to informed sources on Wednesday, Kameda is scheduling to fight July 12 in the Nevada city. He was ...

Stiverne takes WBC title on TKO

May 11, 2014

Stiverne takes WBC title on TKO

Bermane Stiverne completed his long journey to a heavyweight title with one more punishing victory. Stiverne stopped Chris Arreola in the sixth round Saturday night, claiming the WBC heavyweight title belt vacated by Vitali Klitschko. Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) dropped Arreola twice in the ...

May 7, 2014

Takayama defends IBF minimumweight title

IBF minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama successfully defended his title for the second time with a unanimous decision against 10th-ranked Shin Ono on Wednesday. Takayama sent Ono to the canvas in the 10th and 12th rounds at Osaka’s Bodymaker Colosseum and victory saw him improve ...

May 4, 2014

Mayweather triumphs after Maidana scare

Argentina’s Marcos Maidana came close to one of the bigger upsets in recent boxing history on Saturday as he took the fight right up to Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 12 tough rounds, before losing a majority decision. Mayweather, regarded as the world’s best fighter ...

Mayweather works hard to sell $32 million payday

May 3, 2014

Mayweather works hard to sell $32 million payday

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is enough of a businessman to know his latest fight would be a tough sell, especially after setting records with Canelo Alvarez his last time out. But sell he must, even though oddsmakers and nearly everyone else give Marcos Maidana little ...

Apr 25, 2014

JBC nixes Kameda Gym license request

The Japan Boxing Commission said Friday it has rejected a fresh request from the Kameda Gym to renew the licenses of its chairman Shinji Yoshii and manager Satoshi Shima. The JBC had announced in February it would not permit the renewal of the licenses ...

Hasegawa falls to Martinez in IBF super bantamweight title bout

Apr 23, 2014

Hasegawa falls to Martinez in IBF super bantamweight title bout

Challenger Hozumi Hasegawa missed out on becoming only the second Japanese boxer after Koki Kameda to win world titles in three different divisions on Wednesday, when he was beaten by IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez of Spain. The 33-year-old Hasegawa lost by technical ...

Boxer Carter passes away

Apr 21, 2014

Boxer Carter passes away

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. For 19 long years, the prizefighter was locked in a prison cell far away from ...