Thursday, August 16, 2018

Doheny Dethrones Iwasa To Become IBF Jr. Featherweight World Champion


Undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) number one Jr. Featherweight contender TJ Doheny scored a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over IBF Jr. Featherweight world champion Ryosuke Iwasa on Thursday night at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. A rarity in the sport of Boxing where two southpaws faced each other for a world championship, the bout was a tactical, but entertaining fight where both fighters had periods of effectiveness.

Doheny suffered cuts under both of his eyes in the first two rounds of the fight, but it was unclear to this observer as to whether the cuts were caused by punches or clashes of heads. This was due to Doheny’s shorter height as compared to the champion and his head movement as he came forward. Despite bleeding from both cuts throughout the fight, the challenger was consistently aggressive and brought the fight to Iwasa. Doheny had particular success in being able to land his left hand in variations throughout the bout.

This was a fight however, that was more dictated by moments in that there were several rounds where both fighters had success and this created a very difficult fight to score. The champion was most successful during periods where he was able to use his jab and near 5’8 height to keep Doheny at distance as well as having success of his own in landing his left hand and had periodic success landing punches to the challenger’s body. Iwasa was also successful in almost completely nullifying Doheny’s offense whenever the 5’5 ½ challenger would get in close.

Although the physics of this fight as well as certain periods throughout the bout would indicate and give the impression that the advantage was in Iwasa’s favor, Doheny’s aggression, ability to land his left hand consistently with hooks and overhands as well as his ability to make the champion miss with his head movement in addition to finding a home for his own jab throughout became the story of the fight in my eyes. The challenge as I have said frequently over the years with regard to close fights where both fighters have success in the same rounds is to distinguish which fighter is able to make the most of their periods of success as compared to their opponent that more often than not will determine who will get the upper hand in terms of the scoring of the fight.
While Iwasa was the more accurate fighter throughout the fight and controlled the combat in close, Doheny dictated the tempo and was simply the effective aggressor. If there is one criticism that some might point to about Doheny’s performance in this fight, it was his inability to let his hands go on the inside where it was theoretically to his advantage where Iwasa would be ineffective in using his longer reach. Despite this, Doheny was the fighter who more often than not forced the action and this in addition to the success he was able to have offensively throughout the fight  allowed him to earn the twelve round unanimous decision. Official scores were: 117-112, 116-112, and 115-113.

TJ Doheny advances to 20-0, with 14 Knockouts. Ryosuke Iwasa falls to 25-3, with 18 Knockouts.

Unofficially, I scored this bout seven rounds to five in favor of Doheny. Although there are those who tend to put an emphasis on statistics in an age of ever advancing technology as sort of a way to gage who is more effective in fights that are fought like this, it is hard to argue if one views this fight objectively the subtle differences between the two fighters in a closely fought battle. From my perspective, Doheny’s success in not only landing his left hand, but landing it cleanly throughout as well as his defensive prowess as the fight progressed is what I based my score on in addition to being the effective aggressor.

In other bouts:

Featherweight Ryota Tsuchiya successfully made his professional debut by scoring a four round split decision over Takahiro Nakatsuka, who was also making his professional debut. Official scores: 39-37, (Two scorecards, one in favor of each fighter) and 39-38. Ryota Tsuchiya advances to 1-0, with 0 Knockouts. Takahiro Nakatsuka falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.

In the Jr. Bantamweight division Takuya Matsunaga successfully made his professional debut with a four round unanimous decision over the also debuting Soma Ikeda. Official scores: 40-36, 39-37, and 39-38 all in favor of Matsunaga. Takuya Matsunaga advances to 1-0, with 0 Knockouts. Soma Ikeda falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.

In the Flyweight division veteran Daisuke Sudo scored a six round unanimous decision over Jun Ishimoto. Official scores: 59-55, (On two scorecards) and 58-56 all for Sudo. Daisuke Sudo advances to 5-6-3, with 0 Knockouts. Jun Ishimoto falls to 5-6-1, with 3 Knockouts.

In the Lightweight division undefeated prospect Shawn Oda continued his winning ways with a third round stoppage of Masashi Wakita. Official time of the stoppage was: 1:31 of round three. Shawn Oda advances to 9-0, with 8 Knockouts. Masashi Wakita falls to 8-8-2, with 3 Knockouts.

Former Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Flyweight champion Koki Eto, now competing as a Jr. Bantamweight scored a sixth round knockout over veteran Delfin de Asis. Official time of the stoppage was 1:14 of round six.

It will be interesting to see what both TJ Doheny and Ryosuke Iwasa do coming out of what was a highly competitive world championship fight in the 122lb. Jr. Featherweight division. While it is too soon to speculate on a potential rematch between the two, this observer feels a second encounter is warranted due to the close nature of the fight they put forth. Sometimes when there is such a close fight and opinion might differ as to the outcome, the only logical answer to appease critics, fans, and even the fighters themselves is to do it again.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Iwasa-Doheny Weights


The official weigh-in for Thursday’s twelve round International Boxing Federation (IBF) Jr. Featherweight world championship fight between defending champion Ryosuke Iwasa and undefeated IBF number one contender TJ Doheny took place earlier today in Tokyo, Japan. The defending champion, who will be making the second defense of his world championship came in at an official 121 3/4lbs. while the challenger weighed in right at the Jr. Featherweight limit of 122lbs. Iwasa vs. Doheny will headline a five-bout card at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall.

Other bouts scheduled to take place on this card: (*Official weights for these bouts are unavailable as of this writing.)

*Jr. Bantamweight – 4Rds.

Seiya Meguro vs. Pornchai Sookmueng

(*Meguro will be making his pro debut on this card.)

Lightweight – 8Rds.

Shawn Oda vs. Masashi Wakita

Bantamweight – 8Rds.

Delfin de Asis vs. Koki Eto

Flyweight – 6Rds.

Daisuke Sudo vs. Jun Ishimoto

Iwasa vs. Doheny takes place tomorrow night (Thursday, August 16th) at Korakuen Hall. The fight can be seen in the United States on the new digital streaming network from ESPN, ESPN+ beginning at 6:45AM ET/3:45AMPT (Thursday morning U.S. Time.) ESPN+ is available through the ESPN app for $4.99 a month or $49.99 per year. To subscribe to ESPN+ Click the ESPN+ tab within the ESPN app or visit:watch.espnplus.com/sports/ to subscribe as well as for a list of available streaming devices carrying the ESPN app. For more information about ESPN please visit:www.espn.com. Check your listings internationally.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Schedule Update


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

BILLEL "BABY FACE" DIB RETURNS THIS SATURDAY



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Press Release: August 7, 2018 (Originally released August 6, 2018) by Dragon Fire Boxing – Billel Baby Face” Dib (21-3) returns this Saturday in the Main Event of the Boxing Mania 3 Event at the famed Seagulls Club in NSW.

This is the rematch of the hotly disputed March 24th WBA Oceania Super Featherweight Title contest.

Champion Bruno “The Beast” Vifuaviwilli has vowed to return home to Tanzania with his WBA Oceania Super Featherweight title.

Dib has moved camps since his disputed loss and is now under the tutelage of Angelo Hyder, current trainer of IBF World Bantamweight Title Challenger Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney & Twin Brother IBF #3, WBC #4, WBA #6 WBO #9 Andrew “The Monster” Moloney.

“I haven’t had such a good training camp like this camp in a while. Camp was perfect, we had a perfect structure and program and I feel great. Angelo is an experienced coach and knows exactly what he’s doing; it’s been a pleasure working with him.

I’ve done a lot of rounds with the Maloney twins for this prep, world class sparring which is great. What do you know about your opponent? I know that he’s not on my level, not even close. This time I will completely dominate God willing.

He’s tough and that’s about it. The first fight If it was ever competitive, it was because of my My laziness and some bad habits I picked up. This camp we worked on getting rid of those bad habits and going back to the old Billel.

It’s an honour and a blessing to fight for WBA Oceania Championship. The WBA is a very respected organisation so I’m proud to be fighting for a WBA title.

I’m coming! I actually want to get this next fight done and then I want to come for Tevin Farmer, Gervonta Davis! I know I’m too much for them all. – states Dib

WBA World #15 Light Heavyweight Reagan “The President” Dessaix (14-1) returns this Saturday in the Co Main Event of the Boxing Mania 3 Event at the famed Seagulls Club in NSW.


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Boxing Mania 3 takes place on Saturday, August 11th at the Seagulls Club in New South Wales Australia. The card can be seen in Australia on Fox Sports Australia and will be streamed on www.epicentre.tv and www.Fite.tv beginning at 3:30AM  U.S. EST.

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WORLD RATED REAGAN DESSAIX RETURNS SATURDAY



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Press Release: August 7, 2018 (Originally released August 6, 2018) by Dragon Fire Boxing – WBA World #15 Light Heavyweight Reagan “The President” Dessaix (14-1) returns this Saturday August 11 in the Co Main Event of the Boxing Mania 3 Event at the famed Seagulls Club in NSW. 

This will be Dessaix’s 3rd fight for 2018 taking on Michael Van Nimwegen (10 -5 )

The Australian reality TV star from hit show “Seven year Switch plans to impeach “The President” having vowed to leave everything in the ring this Saturday.  

Meanwile Dessaix has no stone left unturned in his training preparation;

It’s Been a great training Camp from start to the near finish now! Really been focusing on my Strength & Conditioning, also a lot of skill work this camp so looking forward to putting it all together on Boxing Mania 3 ! 
This Camp I’ve aimed to spar taller & rangier guys as my opponent is about the same height & build as me.  I’ve done a heap of rounds with my stable mate 91kg Cruiserweight - David Hadfield. Also a lot of rounds with Benji “Koski” Dimitrioski & Josh “Hanibal” Frederiksen. 

Strengths - His been in with the best & has dodged nobody in Australia. But he should of stuck to Reality Television, because August 11th his going to find out what the reality of Boxing’s all about! 

Weaknesses - I’ve already identified many weaknesses in my opponent & looking forward to exploiting them this weekend! 

We’ve done a lot of research on his style. His long & rangy like me. But my team have put together a great game plan to outsmart & out skill him on the night ! Looking forward to putting it all together come August 11th. 
Dessaix has big plans for the Light Heavyweight Division,  “It’s always been a childhood dream since I was young to become a World Champion and still is my dream ! 

I know it’s a long road but Winning the WBA Oceania Title takes me a step closer to that childhood dream. I feel honoured to hold such a prestigious title. 

“This weekend I look to put on a boxing clinic & send a big message out to everyone else in the division that I am the real deal! “ state “The President.

The Co Main Event sees former World Rated Super Featherweight “Baby Face” Billel Dib (21-3) takes on WBA Oceania Super Featherweight Champion Bruno Vifuaviwilli (21-1-1) in what is expected to be an absolute war in the rematch from their controversial March 24th fight.

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Boxing Mania 3 takes place on Saturday, August 11th at the Seagulls Club in New South Wales Australia. The card can be seen in Australia on Fox Sports Australia and will be streamed on www.epicentre.tv and www.Fite.tv beginning at 3:30AM  U.S. EST.

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Mama Defeats Su


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Press Release: August 7, 2018 (Originally released August 5, 2018) by Sanman Promotions – Jayson Mama of the Sanman Boxing Gym didn’t disappoint in his first fight abroad after pulling off a unanimous decision win over hometown bet Yinhuan Su in the quarterfinal round of the IBF Silk Road Tournament on Sunday night at the Wynn Palace Cotai in Macau, China. Mama earned the nod of the judges with his pinpoint jabs as he sealed the win with a dominating performance in the final three rounds of the 10-round duel. Scores were 97-93, 96-94 and 96-94.

         
         
“I want to thank God for this victory. I also want to thank Sanman Promotions. I am very happy and I will continue to work hard,” said Mama, who remained unbeaten in 11 fights with six knockout victories. Su dropped to 6W-3L,1KO. Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil praised Mama for his fight-long brilliant.

                   
“He out-boxed his opponent. His jabs were precise but it was really in the last three rounds where he dominated his opponent,” said Manangquil. Mananquil assured Mama will be ready for the bigger task ahead. “It was a great win and we look forward to the next round. We are happy with the win but the main goal is to win the tournament,” declared Manangquil.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Mama And Su Make Weight Ahead Of Their IBF Silk Road Tournament Showdown



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Press Release: August 4, 2018 by Sanman Promotions – Sanman Boxing Gym's Jayson Mama and his Chinese foe Yinjuan Su made weight for their all-important showdown in the IBF Silk Road Tournament tomorrow, August 5, at the Wynn Palace Cotai in Macau, China. At the weigh-in held Saturday (August 4) noon at the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf Convention Center, Mama and Su both tipped the scales at 112 pounds.

         
“I am ready. I didn’t have a hard time making weight,” said Mama. Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil, who will be at ringside on fight day, is thankful that the day has finally come for Mama to showcase his immense talent. “We are confident for this fight. Jayson is a talented fighter and it’s his time to showcase it tomorrow,” said Manangquil.



Mama is in his first overseas fight and the undefeated orthodox fighter vowed he will be up to the challenge. “Tomorrow, I will be more than 100 percent ready,” said Mama shortly after the weigh-in. The General Santos City-native Mama is still unbeaten in 10 fights and six of those wins were by knockouts. Standing in Mama’s way is Su, who has six wins, two losses and one knockout victory.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Farmer Decisions Dib For IBF Jr. Lightweight World Championship, Dib Retires


In a battle for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Jr. Lightweight world championship, top Jr. Lightweight contender Tevin Farmer successfully made the transition from contender to world champion by scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over former two-time Jr. Lightweight world champion Billy Dib on Friday night at Technology Park in New South Wales, Australia.

A tactical Boxing match, the silk southpaw Farmer used consistent lateral movement to offset the pressure of Dib. The fight at times was not necessarily the easiest to watch due to grappling between the fighters on the inside. In microcosm, this was a bout where there were two different versions for a significant portion of the fight. When Farmer was able to evade Dib’s pressure and get his punches off first, the tempo of the fight was in his favor. When the two fighters would engage on the inside however, Dib was able to have his moments. This resulted in several rounds in the first half of the fight appearing to be “Swing Rounds” where opinion as to who got the upper hand can very.

As the fight progressed, Farmer began to distance himself from Dib landing combinations and out working Dib. Farmer scored a knockdown of Dib late in the ninth round with a flush left hook to the head that sent Dib down hard. Despite appearing to be hurt, Dib was able to make it out of the round and appeared to get the better of the action in round ten. The former world champion however, could not find a way to turn the momentum in his favor and Tevin Farmer would go on to earn the unanimous decision victory.

Official scores were: 118-109, 119-108, and 120-107 all for Farmer. Tevin Farmer advances to 26-4-1, with 5 Knockouts. Billy Dib falls to 43-5, with 24 Knockouts. Unofficially, I scored this bout nine rounds to three or 117-110 in points for Tevin Farmer.

In other bouts:

Rising Jr. Middleweight prospect Tim Tszyu successfully defended his WBC Asian Continental Jr. Middleweight championship with a first round knockout of Steve Ferdinandus. Official time of the stoppage was: 1:14 of round one. Tim Tszyu advances to 10-0, with 8 Knockouts. Steve Ferdinandus falls to 27-16-1, with 14 Knockouts.

Jr. Welterweight Ben Campbell scored a four round unanimous decision over Jed Arians. Official scores were: 39-37 and 40-36 (On two scorecards) in favor of Campbell. Ben Campbell advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Jed Arians falls to 0-1-1, 0 Knockouts.

Jr. Middleweight Danilo Creati successfully made his professional debut by scoring a six round unanimous decision over the also debuting Salih Ozdemir. Official scores were: 59-54 (On all three scorecards) for Creati. Danilo Creati advances to 1-0, with 0 Knockouts. Salih Ozdemir falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.

Undefeated Bantamweight Brock Jarvis continued his winning ways with a first round knockout over Yotchanchai Yakaeo. Official time of the stoppage was: 1:37 of round one. Brock Jarvis advances to 14-0, with 13 Knockouts. Yotchanchai Yakaeo falls to 26-12, with 21 Knockouts.

Undefeated Super-Middleweight Mateo Tapia scored a third round knockout over previously undefeated Isaac Buckley. Official time of the stoppage was: 2:13 of round three. Mateo Tapia advances to 8-0, with 5 Knockouts. Isaac Buckley falls to 5-1-1, with 1 Knockouts.

In an emotional interview at the conclusion of the main event former two-time Jr. Lightweight world champion Billy Dib announced his retirement from the sport after a fourteen-year professional career and forty-eight professional fights. The thirty-two year old native of Sydney, Australia has experienced the highs and lows that normally come with a great career in the sport. While it is also not uncommon to see fighters who retire particularly after a loss to make a return after a period of time, if this is the end for Billy Dib, he should hold his head high. Dib has always been a class act, a credit to the sport, and this observer feels that he could remain in the sport in other capacities if he wishes to.  

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Dib-Farmer Weights


The official weigh-in for Friday’s Boxing card at Technology Park in New South Wales, Australia headlined by a battle for the vacant IBF Jr. Lightweight world championship between former two-time world champion Billy Dib and top contender Tevin Farmer took place earlier today. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: Vacant IBF Jr. Lightweight world championship – 12Rds.

Billy Dib 129 1/2lbs. vs. Tevin Farmer 129 1/2lbs.

Asian Boxing Council Continental Jr. Middleweight championship – 10Rds.

Tim Tszyu (Champion) 153lbs. vs. Steve Ferdinandus 151 1/4lbs.

Bantamweight – 10Rds*.

Yotchanchiai Yakaeo 117 1/2lbs. vs. Brock Jarvis 121lbs.

(*Javis weighed in three pounds over the 118lb. Bantamweight limit. Fight still to take place as scheduled as of this writing.)

Australian NSW State Super-Middleweight championship – 8Rds

Isaac Buckley (Champion) 166 1/4lbs. vs. Mateo Tapia 167lbs.

Jr. Middleweight – 4Rds.*

Danilo Creati 152 1/2lbs. vs. Salih Ozdemir 152 1/4lbs.

(* Both Creati and Ozdemir will be making their pro debuts on this card.)

Jr. Welterweight – 4Rds.

Jed Arians 137 1/2lbs. vs. Ben Campbell 137lbs.

Dib vs. Farmer takes place tomorrow night (Friday, August 3rd) at Technology Park in New South Wales, Australia. The fight can be seen in the United States on the new digital streaming network from ESPN, ESPN+ beginning at 6:15AM ET/3:15AM PT (Friday morning U.S. Time.) ESPN+ is available through the ESPN app for $4.99 a month or $49.99 per year. To subscribe to ESPN+ Click the ESPN+ tab within the ESPN app or visit:watch.espnplus.com/sports/ to subscribe as well as for a list of available streaming devices carrying the ESPN app. For more information about ESPN please visit:www.espn.com. Check your listings internationally.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Schedule Update


We would like to let our readers know that we are between rounds and will resume our regular schedule on Friday, August 3rd. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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