Guzman wins vacant IBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten KO artist Jonathan Guzman (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs), 121, from Dominican Republic, acquired the vacant IBF junior featherweight belt as he displayed superior power in dropping IBF#1 Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12 KOs), 121.75, four times and dominated the lopsided contest before the referee’s well-received halt at 2:16 of the eleventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. It’s a Guzman night since he took the initiative from the outset, floored Wake twice in the second, bloodied his cheek, decked him again in the third and floored the gory contestant in round five. Wake had the right cheek badly swollen and almost closed as the game progressed. Wake, a 5’9″ southpaw, showed his retaliation in the seventh, but Guzman still maintained his pace in controlling the gory affair. Finally did the third man Wayne Hedgpeth (US) declare a halt to save the loser from further punishment.

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#1 rated light heavyweight Boesel returns Sept 17

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WBO #1 and WBA #7 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (22-0, 8 KOs), closing in on a world title shot, will return September 17 against an opponent to be named at the Stadthalle in Weissenfels, Germany. Boesel will be defending his WBO and WBA Intercontinental belts. In the co-feature, German welterweight champion Felix Lamm (12-1-1, 5 KOs) will see action. The card was announced this week at a kickoff press conference.

Dominic Boesel: “In the last three years I have matured and grown as a boxer. Boxing again in the vicinity of my hometown Freyburg is great because my fan base has grown enormously in the past three years. Anyone can come who wants to. I’ll take on anyone! I hope soon to get a world title shot!”

SES Trainer Dirk Dzemski: “Dominic has undergone the development that we expected from him. He has enormously increased his physical strength and his technically high-class boxing has expanded! Now we all hope that the biggest challenge, the world title shot, won’t be long in coming!”

SES promoter Ulf Steinforth: “In retrospect, after three-years we can say with pride that “Team Germany” is a great success. When we presented the team three years ago here at this same place, no one could assume that out of the six fighters, three would have titles. Besides Dominic Boesel and Felix Lamm, who both have developed among the finest boxing styles, we have Tom Schwarz, the Youth heavyweight world champion. This is good for German boxing! Here in Weissenfels, we’re holding the ‘Boesel Festival.’ Dominic Boesel has his world ranking at risk and is targeted. And I predict that the arena will be sold out!”

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Big Baby Miller gearing up for heavyweight takeover

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Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) participated in an Open Media Workout Tuesday at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan, NY. Miller, who fights out of Brooklyn, will be featured in the ten-round main event on a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on August 19 from the outdoor soccer venue at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY.

Although has yet to face a world class opponent, The 6’4, 270-pound, 28-year-old Miller is currently rated WBO #8, IBF #9 and WBA #9. His August 19 foe Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs), 0-3-1 in his last four, represents a major step up in competition. However, if the brash, trash-talking Miller can continue to deliver in the ring, his bombastic personality could make him a major star.

On Deontay Wilder…

“Wilder is a wild man when he gets in that ring, but at the same time if you watch how he performs, he performs at a mediocre level against mediocre fighters. If you stick him to a world professional athlete, like myself or top guys, you’ll see him bring even more. Not saying he hasn’t been in the ring with A+ fighters yet, but you can see all his loopholes in his fighting style. It’s just a matter of time before he gets really exposed and I hope it is with me because I want that behind.

“Shorter fighters do what they do, taller fighters do what they do. Deontay is tall but he doesn’t do what his body is designed to do; he’s trying to do something that smaller guys do, so that is going to be his downfall. Like I said, it is just a matter of time and I am going to break him in half, him and his toothpick legs.

“I was watching the livestream of the Wilder-Arreola fight and it was horrible. It was horrible because he is the heavyweight champion of the world. He doesn’t understand that he is doing more damage to himself than he thinks he is. He’s getting hurt. He’s getting hit. He’s taking some punishment.

“I want to fight Wilder. If he sees my style, if he sees my footwork, he’ll realize I’m no Artur Szpilka or Chris Arreola. And when I get in there, well, most of my fights end up in knockouts. I’m 100 percent power. Once I touch them, they are getting hurt.”

On Anthony Joshua…

“Joshua is overrated, overhyped. I am going to break that jaw of his. Definitely one of the weakest of the heavyweight champs.

“It comes down to the basics. You have a lot of guys that have a lot of punching power and basic skills and that’s not enough. Joshua is a basic heavyweight, a one-two fighter. I could cut that half way across the ring.

“I’d fight Joshua when the timing is right. I personally don’t want to go and fight Joshua just because I’m his ‘next.’ I think that when the time is right, it’ll be me and him at the MGM Grand on pay-per-view. One of those super sweepstakes fights, you know.”

On Tyson Fury…

“I like Tyson Fury, I still want to break his fingers in half but he is good for the sport of boxing and I feel like me and him for a main event will sell any arena out. He talks a lot of smack and he does back it up, but he is still a jokester and I am real. I will smash him if he tries to step on me in the press conference. I will knock him out, same way I will for everyone else.

“A fight between us two will be like Comedy Central on steroids, it would be bananas. It would sell out kind of like a Mayweather-Pacquiao … I feel like we can capture the heavyweight division and put it back on the map, just because of the way he talks. As an American heavyweight, I feel like we have to take over American soil first. I’ll fight anywhere and anytime, but on the business side, I have to take over my country first.”

On the Heavyweight Division…

“They better get motivated now because I’m coming. I’m hungry and I’m motivated. SHOWTIME is having me on the main event on national television. I’m telling you I’m coming, and I’m coming to stay. They better get ready.

“I’m different to all the heavyweights out there. I’m not chasing a payday. I’m chasing a legacy. I’m trying to change the layout. I’m trying to change the game. I’m trying to change my future and make history at the same time.”

On Training Camp…

“Training camp is going real well. I put on a lot of muscle for this camp, I’m going to put on a lot of solid mass, I am going to go in there and manhandle it. Like a chew toy in a dog’s mouth, I want to mangle it.

“I’m really committed to this training camp. I’ve made some changes: less cheeseburgers. I cut down from three cheeseburgers to one cheeseburger a day. Same thing, in the gym every day, not doing anything different. My main thing is my strength and my speed and we are going to see, come Aug. 19.”

On His opponent, Fred Kassi…

“Supposedly Fred Kassi is the most durable guy I have fought in my whole entire boxing career. This is what they are saying and I tip my hat off to the guy; he’s been in some fights where I thought he won and he ended up on the wrong side of the decision. When he fought other fighters, he had three weeks training camp, two weeks’ notice. He had two months to get ready for this. I’m not a last-minute opponent. He’s going to come in ready and I’m not about to underestimate him.

“I’m a boxer-puncher and he’s more one-dimensional. He switches back and forth, he’s not pretty at what he does, but no worries, you can look at me, because I am nice at what I do.

“I predict a fifth-sixth round knockout. Kassi is definitely a doable guy, but I feel once he sees my size and my pressure and the speed that I bring with my footwork – it’s going to be game over for him. I know for a fact I’m going to knock out Fred Kassi, fifth or sixth round. That’s what I do, I take your heart, I take your soul, I take your ribs.”

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Big Baby Miller gearing up for heavyweight takeover

Photo: Rosie Cohe/Showtime

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) participated in an Open Media Workout Tuesday at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan, NY. Miller, who fights out of Brooklyn, will be featured in the ten-round main event on a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on August 19 from the outdoor soccer venue at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY.

Although has yet to face a world class opponent, The 6’4, 270-pound, 28-year-old Miller is currently rated WBO #8, IBF #9 and WBA #9. His August 19 foe Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs), 0-3-1 in his last four, represents a major step up in competition. However, if the brash, trash-talking Miller can continue to deliver in the ring, his bombastic personality could make him a major star.

On Deontay Wilder…

“Wilder is a wild man when he gets in that ring, but at the same time if you watch how he performs, he performs at a mediocre level against mediocre fighters. If you stick him to a world professional athlete, like myself or top guys, you’ll see him bring even more. Not saying he hasn’t been in the ring with A+ fighters yet, but you can see all his loopholes in his fighting style. It’s just a matter of time before he gets really exposed and I hope it is with me because I want that behind.

“Shorter fighters do what they do, taller fighters do what they do. Deontay is tall but he doesn’t do what his body is designed to do; he’s trying to do something that smaller guys do, so that is going to be his downfall. Like I said, it is just a matter of time and I am going to break him in half, him and his toothpick legs.

“I was watching the livestream of the Wilder-Arreola fight and it was horrible. It was horrible because he is the heavyweight champion of the world. He doesn’t understand that he is doing more damage to himself than he thinks he is. He’s getting hurt. He’s getting hit. He’s taking some punishment.

“I want to fight Wilder. If he sees my style, if he sees my footwork, he’ll realize I’m no Artur Szpilka or Chris Arreola. And when I get in there, well, most of my fights end up in knockouts. I’m 100 percent power. Once I touch them, they are getting hurt.”

On Anthony Joshua…

“Joshua is overrated, overhyped. I am going to break that jaw of his. Definitely one of the weakest of the heavyweight champs.

“It comes down to the basics. You have a lot of guys that have a lot of punching power and basic skills and that’s not enough. Joshua is a basic heavyweight, a one-two fighter. I could cut that half way across the ring.

“I’d fight Joshua when the timing is right. I personally don’t want to go and fight Joshua just because I’m his ‘next.’ I think that when the time is right, it’ll be me and him at the MGM Grand on pay-per-view. One of those super sweepstakes fights, you know.”

On Tyson Fury…

“I like Tyson Fury, I still want to break his fingers in half but he is good for the sport of boxing and I feel like me and him for a main event will sell any arena out. He talks a lot of smack and he does back it up, but he is still a jokester and I am real. I will smash him if he tries to step on me in the press conference. I will knock him out, same way I will for everyone else.

“A fight between us two will be like Comedy Central on steroids, it would be bananas. It would sell out kind of like a Mayweather-Pacquiao … I feel like we can capture the heavyweight division and put it back on the map, just because of the way he talks. As an American heavyweight, I feel like we have to take over American soil first. I’ll fight anywhere and anytime, but on the business side, I have to take over my country first.”

On the Heavyweight Division…

“They better get motivated now because I’m coming. I’m hungry and I’m motivated. SHOWTIME is having me on the main event on national television. I’m telling you I’m coming, and I’m coming to stay. They better get ready.

“I’m different to all the heavyweights out there. I’m not chasing a payday. I’m chasing a legacy. I’m trying to change the layout. I’m trying to change the game. I’m trying to change my future and make history at the same time.”

On Training Camp…

“Training camp is going real well. I put on a lot of muscle for this camp, I’m going to put on a lot of solid mass, I am going to go in there and manhandle it. Like a chew toy in a dog’s mouth, I want to mangle it.

“I’m really committed to this training camp. I’ve made some changes: less cheeseburgers. I cut down from three cheeseburgers to one cheeseburger a day. Same thing, in the gym every day, not doing anything different. My main thing is my strength and my speed and we are going to see, come Aug. 19.”

On His opponent, Fred Kassi…

“Supposedly Fred Kassi is the most durable guy I have fought in my whole entire boxing career. This is what they are saying and I tip my hat off to the guy; he’s been in some fights where I thought he won and he ended up on the wrong side of the decision. When he fought other fighters, he had three weeks training camp, two weeks’ notice. He had two months to get ready for this. I’m not a last-minute opponent. He’s going to come in ready and I’m not about to underestimate him.

“I’m a boxer-puncher and he’s more one-dimensional. He switches back and forth, he’s not pretty at what he does, but no worries, you can look at me, because I am nice at what I do.

“I predict a fifth-sixth round knockout. Kassi is definitely a doable guy, but I feel once he sees my size and my pressure and the speed that I bring with my footwork – it’s going to be game over for him. I know for a fact I’m going to knock out Fred Kassi, fifth or sixth round. That’s what I do, I take your heart, I take your soul, I take your ribs.”

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Tickets for the event presented by Salita Promotions are on sale and available at www.rhinossoccer.com/ and http://www.etix.com.

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#1Wake, #2Guzman to collide for vacant IBF 122lb belt tonight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

As Carl Frampton renounced the IBF 122-pound belt, the vacant throne will be disputed by #1 Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) and #2 Jonathan Guzman (21-0-1NC, 21 KOs) today (Wednesday) in Osaka, Japan. The 5’9” Japanese southpaw Wake acquired the IBF top rank by defeating also world-rated Mike Tawatchai in June of the previous year, but was forced to wait for his turn to fight for the world belt after the Frampton-Quigg unification bout this February. During Wake’s long wait Guzman, of Dominican Republic, gained his right by stopping #14 Daniel Rosas after eight rounds in New Jersey in an eliminator to decide the IBF#2 contender last April. The Wake-Guzman bout will be a competitive encounter between the southpaw counterpuncher and the orthodox hard-puncher though we look forward to watching a quick finish.

The IBF officials are as follows: referee Wayne Hedgpeth (US); judges Jonathan Davis (Philippines), Luigi Zaccardi (Italy), Tony Marretta (Australia); supervisor Anibal Miramontes (US).

Wake tipped the beam at 121.75 pounds, while Guzman 121—both under the 122-pound class limit. At the second weigh-in of this morning, Wake scaled in at 126.75 to 130 for Guzman—under the IBF’s regulation of ten pounds over the class limit, that is, 132 pounds.

This is a world title doubleheader, and the main event will feature the WBA flyweight title go between defending champ Kazuto Ioka (19-1, 11 KOs) of Japan and Nicaraguan challenger Keyvin Lara (18-1-1, 6 KOs). Ioka, making his third defense, and Lara both weighed in at the 112-pound limit.

The WBA officials are as follows: referee Eddie Claudio (US); judges Glen Feldman (US), Jan Christensen (Denmark), Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand); supervisor Aurelio Fiengo (Panama).

The show, co-promoted by Ioka and Kyoei Promotions, will be shown live nationwide through TBS television from 8 PM tonight. [See image gallery at www.fightnews.com]

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Brock Lesnar Allegedly Tested Positive for Same Estrogen Blocker as Jon Jones

The UFC and Brock Lesnar on Tuesday were notified that, in addition to his positive June 28 out-of-competition drug test, Lesnar turned up a positive result for the same prohibited substance in his UFC 200 in-compeition drug test on fight night.

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Brock Lesnar that his in-competition sample collection from July 9, 2016, at UFC 200, has tested positive for the same substance as his previously announced out-of-competition collection on June 28, 2016,” read a statement from the UFC.

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Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones - UFC 200Although Lesnar’s camp, the UFC, and USADA have all remained quiet about the substance for which Lesnar tested positive, the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday reported that he allegedly tested positive for one of the same substances as Jon Jones. The former UFC light heavyweight champion tested positive for Hydroxy Clomiphene and Letrozole, which are considered estrogen blockers.

The substance Lesnar allegedly tested positive to was clomiphene, which keeps the body from converting testosterone to estrogen, essentially increasing the amount of available testosterone in the body.

The Los Angeles Times report cited an unnamed “official with knowledge of Lesnar’s samples.”

According to the UFC, “USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.”

If the test results stand, Lesnar could face an extensive suspension that would make a future return to the UFC unlikely. He also remains a WWE Superstar, however, and is scheduled to compete at the professional wrestling organization’s upcoming Summer Slam pay-per-view event in August. The WWE, thus far, has not commented on whether or not Lesnar will be allowed to participate.

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Crawford-Postol Las Vegas media workout

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Undefeated junior welterweight champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “the Iceman” Viktor Postol who collide Saturday in a 12-round world title unification fight on HBO-PPV, plus Óscar Valdez, Jose Benavidez, Jr., Francisco Santana, Ryota Murata and Oleksandr Gvozdyk took part in media workouts on Tuesday at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.

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Dana White’s RNC Speech: ‘I Stand with Donald Trump’

UFC president Dana White on Tuesday night spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in support of Republican nominee for president Donald Trump.

It certainly sounds like an odd pairing, but not so much when you consider the history between White and Trump.

Dana White speaking at 2016 RNC for Donald Trump“In 2001, my partners and I bought the UFC and it was basically considered a blood sport,” said White at the convention. “State athletic commissions didn’t support us, arenas around the world refused to host our events. Nobody took us seriously. Nobody, except Donald Trump.

“Donald was the first guy that recognized the potential that we saw in the UFC and encouraged us to build our business. He hosted our first two events at his venue. He dealt with us personally. He got in the trenches with us and he made a deal that worked for everyone. On top of that, he showed up for the fight on Saturday night and sat in the front row. He’s that guy. He shows up.

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“Donald championed the UFC before it was popular, before it grew into a successful business, and I will always be grateful to him for standing with us in those early days. So tonight, I stand with Donald Trump.”

(Photo and video courtesy of Republican National Convention)

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Cast of Champions Revealed for The Ultimate Fighter 24

Champions from around the world will descend upon Las Vegas for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. This season, 16 seeded competitors, all champions in their current promotion, will be coached by two former flyweight title challengers, top-ranked Joseph Benavidez and No. 2 Henry Cejudo. Season 24 of the long-running UFC reality show debuts Wednesday, August 31 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1. The series is the network’s highest-rated and most-watched original program since inception in August 2013. Last season’s finale, headlined by a strawweight world title bout between coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha in, was the most-watched on FS1 since the first fall season in 2013.

Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, Benavidez (24-4, fighting out of Las Cruces, N.M.) has met current 125-pound kingpin Demetrious Johnson twice and will utilize the experience gained in those two encounters to help guide his squad of eight fighters from around the world. In addition to his matchups with “Mighty Mouse,” Benavidez has blown through the competition in the 125-pound division and racked up victories over the best flyweights in the world, including Zach Makovsky, Ian McCall and Jussier Formiga.

Coaching opposite Benavidez this season is Olympic gold medalist, Cejudo (10-1, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.), whose only professional loss has come at the hands of Johnson. Cejudo became the youngest American to earn gold in wrestling at the 2008 games in Beijing. After representing his country on the world’s stage, he turned his attention to MMA, where he holds victories over some of the sport’s elite, including former title challenger Chris Cariaso.

The show will feature 12 episodes airing Wednesdays on FS1. Each episode’s winner will advance in the single-elimination tournament. In a new twist from previous seasons, the two finalists will meet in the last fight in the house to determine who will receive a shot at the UFC flyweight world title at the finale in December.

Below is a full list of competitors (name, professional record, promotion, age and fighting out of):

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Broner locked up 30 days for bring late to court

By TMZSports.com

Four-division world champion Adrien Broner is back behind bars in Cincinnati — after the judge threw the book at the boxer for arriving to court more than 3 HOURS late. Broner was due in court to deal with allegations he beat up a man outside of a bowling alley back in January. The case was expected to be dismissed today … had Broner arrived to court on time.

But when he got there, the judge was irrate — and ordered him into custody immediately. The judge then ordered Broner to serve 30 days in jail for contempt of court. Broner told the court that he thought someone had put something in his drink on Monday night — which caused him to be late. The judge said Broner appeared to be drunk or hungover. He’s due back in court on August 17th … when he gets out of jail.

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