Friday, November 24, 2017

Can Kovalev Bounce Back?

Former unified Light-Heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev has earned a reputation as one of the sport of Boxing’s feared “Knockout Artists.” After a rise that saw him win and partially unify the World Light-Heavyweight championship successfully defending his crown eight times between 2013-2016, Kovalev was defeated in November 2016 by Andre Ward in what some feel was a controversial twelve round unanimous decision. The bout, which was highly competitive as well as the subject of the decision fueled demand for a rematch between Ward and Kovalev.

The second encounter between the two that took place in June of this year would also have an element of controversy as Ward would be declared the winner via stoppage in the eighth round after a series of body punches caused Kovalev to take a seated position on the middle rope as Referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout. Although the second encounter between the two appeared to be more conclusive in Ward’s favor, video replays indicated that some of the punches, which led to stoppage were in fact low blows as Weeks acknowledged shortly after the fight that he had stopped the bout because Kovalev was not protecting himself, but did not see the low blows and that if he had seen those punches hitting the former world champion below the belt, he would not have stopped the fight.

In an era where there is much criticism of how the sport of Boxing is officiated both in terms of the refereeing of bouts as well as how fights are scored, Weeks’ acknowledgment of a mistake on his part as one of the best referees in the entire sport is something that should have been applauded by Boxing fans and experts alike. Despite the acknowledgment of a human error by Weeks, the technical knockout in favor of Ward did stand.

Now coming off two consecutive losses including the controversial knockout loss, Kovalev will return to the ring on Saturday night to take on top Light-Heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY in the main event of a card televised here in the United States by HBO Sports. The twelve round bout, which was to determine a new mandatory challenger in World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) Light-Heavyweight ratings, was charged recently following the retirement of unified WBO/IBF/WBA world champion Andre Ward.

With the International Boxing Federation (IBF) recently crowning a new world champion in the form of the undefeated Artur Betrebiev, the WBO will now crown its next World Light-Heavyweight champion between the former champion Kovalev, currently rated number two in the WBO Light-Heavyweight ratings and the number ten rated contender Shabranskyy. It is understandable how some may choose to criticize the WBO’s decision to designate this bout as being for its Light-Heavyweight world championship based not only on the current ratings of the two fighters, but perhaps more specifically the fact that Kovalev will enter the bout off of two losses with the most recent loss coming via stoppage.

Although it is understandable how one might question the WBO’s decision, it is important to remember that prior to his battles with Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev was a long-reigning world champion and despite the second loss to Ward, the controversial way in which that fight ended could have played a part in the WBO’s decision. It certainly is not the first time that Boxing has seen a bout for a vacated world championship emerge under similar circumstances and it probably will not be the last.

The political elements of the sport notwithstanding, the story of this fight in addition to the WBO Light-Heavyweight world championship in this observer’s eyes will be Sergey Kovalev and whether he will be able to reemerge at the top of the Light-Heavyweight division. A fair question to ask of fighters that are known as “Knockout Artists“ once they suffer a loss is what effect will the setback or in Kovalev’s case setbacks have or have had on them. The controversial stoppage in his last fight may cause some to question the validity of that loss, but the fact remains that Sergey Kovalev has lost his last two bouts and that has to have some sort of impact on a fighter, particularly one who was able to dominate their division for as long as Kovalev had before suffering the adversities he has. Will this fight signal the return of the fighter known to his fans as “The Krusher” or will this be a different version of Sergey Kovalev?

Kovalev’s opposition on Saturday Vyacheslav Shabranskyy will enter the fight with a solid record of 18-1, with 16 Knockouts having stopped 80% of his opponents inside the scheduled distance of a fight. Shabranskyy has won his last two bouts including winning the World Boxing Council (WBC) affiliated United States Boxing Council (USBC) Light-Heavyweight championship in August of this year with a stoppage of previously unbeaten Todd May. Shabranskyy however, was stopped in his lone career defeat at the hands of top Light-Heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera in December of last year.

Even though momentum appears to be on Shabranskyy’s side as this fight approaches, the edge in terms of experience will be in Kovalev’s favor and it will be interesting to see how Shabranskyy deals with the “Big Fight” atmosphere for the first time. Whether or not the outcome of Kovalev’s last bout will influence Shabranskyy’s strategy in this fight remains to be seen. Despite his recent setbacks however, Sergey Kovalev, who will enter the bout with a record of 30-2-1, with 26 Knockouts, is still a fighter who has the capability of knocking an opponent out with either hand who has also scored knockouts in nearly 80% of his career wins.

With Andre Ward now retired one might assume that the biggest fight that could be made in the 175lb. Light-Heavyweight division assuming Sergey Kovalev is successful in this fight against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and becomes a two-time world champion on Saturday night would be a long-awaited showdown between Kovalev and longtime WBC world champion Adonis Stevenson. Before any talk can resume of that potential clash, Kovalev must show he can bounce back from adversity. In a division that is seeing it’s landscape change, it is a task that could prove to be difficult, but one that if Kovalev is successful and goes on to enjoy a second reign as a world champion, the adversities that have derailed his career in recent times could end up being mere chapters in the story of a great fighter.A  new chapter in the career of Sergey Kovalev now begins and we will see what happens next.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy takes place tomorrow night (Saturday, November 25th) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. The fight can be seen in the United States on HBO Sports beginning at 10PM ET/PT. check your cable/satellite provider for time and channel in your area For more information about HBO, HBO Sports, and HBO Boxing please visit:  In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the fight can be seen on Sky Sports Main Event (Formerly Sky Sports 1) on Sunday, November 26th at 3AM (Local UK Time.) For more information about Sky Sports please visit: Check your listings internationally.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

We here at The Boxing Truth® would like wish our readers a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving. We would also like to inform readers that new material previewing the upcoming WBO Light-Heavyweight world championship fight between Sergey Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy will be released on Friday, November 24th.
Material recapping Kovalev-Shabranskyy as well as other Boxing action that has and will be taking place over Thanksgiving week will be included in the upcoming year-end edition of the regular feature Observations On Recent Events In Boxing, which will be released in late December. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PBC 11/21/2017 Weights

The official weigh-in for Tuesday’s Premier Boxing Champions card headlined by a ten round Welterweight bout between former two-division world champion Devon Alexander and veteran Walter Castillo took place on Monday in St. Petersburg, FL. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: Welterweight – 10Rds.

Devon Alexander 146 3/4lbs. vs. Walter Castillo 146 1/4lbs.

Middleweight – 8Rds.

Conor Coyle 158 1/2lbs. vs. Calvin Metcalf 157 1/2lbs.

Bantamweight – 6Rds.

Roberto Pucheta 119lbs. vs. Shawn Simpson 118 1/2lbs.

Middleweight – 4Rds.

Anthony Overby 156lbs. vs. Ozodbek Aripov 153 3/4lbs.

Welterweight – 4Rds.

Jamal Harris 147 1/2lbs. vs. Andre Byrd 146lbs.

Bantamweight – 6Rds.

Marco Antonio Mendoza 119 1/4lbs. vs. Antonio Russell 117 1/4lbs.

Welterweight – 10Rds.*

Miguel Cruz vs. David Grayton 146 3/4lbs.

(*Official weight for Cruz unavailable as of this writing. Bout scheduled to take place as of this writing.)

Jr. Welterweight – 6Rds.

Ariel Vasquez 142 1/4lbs. vs. William Silva 140 1/4lbs.

Jr. Lightweight – 4Rds.

Michael Gaxiola 128lbs. vs. Ricky Tomlinson 126 3/4lbs.

Jr. Welterweight – 6Rds.

Gary Russell 139lbs. vs. Larry Yanez 140 3/4lbs.

PBC: Alexander vs. Castillo takes place Tonight (Tuesday, November 21st) at the St. Petersburg Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL. The card can be seen in the United States on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT and will also be streamed live on Fox Sports Go. Check your local listings for time and channel in your area. Check your listings internationally. For more information about Fox Sports please visit: For more information on the Premier Boxing Champions series please visit:



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Friday, November 17, 2017

Reader Poll: Which Fight Do You Want To See In 2018?

A regular feature here at The Boxing Truth® is to poll our readers with regard to various subjects and events that occur in the Boxing world. As 2018 approaches we would like to know which potential bout that you would want to see in the new year.

The choices include:

Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua

Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao II

Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul Alvarez II

Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker

Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker


Other (Please Specify in the comments section below.)

This reader poll will open on Monday, November 20th in our Reader Poll section below our archives. The poll will remain open until Thursday, December 21st at 6PM. The results will be discussed as part of the 2018 edition of the yearly feature A Boxing Wishlist, which will be released during the first week of 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Brief Update

We would like to let our readers know that new material will be released here on the website on Friday, November 17th. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dela Torre To Face Nyambayar On Nov. 18th

Harmonito Dela Torre L/ Tugstsogt Nyambayar R Photo Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: November 14, 2017 By Sanman Promotions – Filipino boxer Harmonito “Hammer” Dela Torre of Sanman Promotions will be facing 2012 London Olympics silver medalist Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar on November 18th at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The fight is promoted by the Mayweather promotions. It will be the third fight in the US for the unbeaten Dela Torre (19-0, 12 KOs). Dela Torre previously won by a unanimous decision against Mexican Jose Luis Araiza (31-18-2) last November 11, 2016 at the Winna Vegas Casino and Resort. “I have trained for this fight. I am in great shape. I know he is an Olympic silver medalist and a big puncher but I will come to Las Vegas for a victory,” said the 23-year old Dela Torre. Dela Torre has trained for a couple of months in Miami, Florida under Cuban coach Moro Fernandez.

 “This will be a great fight. Both undefeated boxers going head to head,” said Dela Torre’s manager Jim Claude “JC” Manangquil, chief executive officer of Sanman Promotions. “We are for a big victory for him (Dela Torre),” said Manangquil. Nyambayar, however, is also undefeated with eight straight wins all by knockouts. As an amateur, he won a silver medal at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships at the age of 17. He went on to win the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, losing to Cuban boxer Robeisy Ramirez by a score of 14:17 in the final. Nyambayar, who was born in Mongolia, scored a 10th round TKO win against Jhon Gemino during his last fight held February 25th at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham. In 2015 he signed with manager/adviser Al Haymon and made his professional boxing debut on March 2015. He's trained by Hall of Fame boxing coach Joe Goossen at Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Carson, California.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thoughts On Recent Heavyweight Championship Action

Longtime readers have become accustomed in recent years to me referring to the Heavyweight division as one that was heading toward a period of transition. Some may recall that I first said this while the division was still being ruled by what this observer called “The Two-Headed Heavyweight Championship Monster” known as the Klitschko brothers.

As longtime WBC Heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko entered retirement in 2013 and Wladimir Klitschko’s long reign as a unified world champion coming to an end a year later with his loss to Tyson Fury, the division began the transition process. Although Fury defeated Wladimir, he would step away from the sport vacating the various world championships that comprised the unified Heavyweight world championship leaving room for several fighters to attempt to emerge as the division’s next central figure.

Three world champions have emerged to sit atop the division who all recently defended their respective shares of the World Heavyweight championship. Three fighters all of whom are undefeated and are all looking to be recognized as the number one fighter in the division. Readers may recall this observer’s coverage of current World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker’s recent title defense against unbeaten WBO number one contender Hughie Fury in September. A fight where the champion ultimately retained his crown with a twelve round majority decision.

Most of the attention of the division however, has centered around unified IBF/WBA/IBO champion Anthony Joshua and WBC world champion Deontay Wilder. Two fighters who are known as “Knockout Artists” and two men who had to deal with similar circumstances in having their opposition for each champion’s respective title defenses changed.

Joshua, who had unified his IBF crown with the vacated WBA and IBO world championships with a thrilling stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in April of this year, was to defend his unified world championship against former world title challenger Kubat Pulev on October 28th in Cardiff, Wales. This title defense however, would be changed when Pulev had to withdraw from the bout due to an injured shoulder he suffered while in training for the fight. Top Heavyweight contender Carlos Takam stepped in to replace Pulev and faced Joshua at the Principality Stadium.

Under circumstances where Joshua was expected by some to not face much resistance, Takam put forth a valiant effort in engaging the champion in a grueling battle where he suffered cuts over both eyes and the champion appeared to suffer a broken nose in the second round as a result of an accidental clash of heads. Takam’s “Game” performance was not enough to overcome the champion as Joshua would stop the challenger in the tenth round to successfully defend his championship for the fourth time.

Although some may be critical of Joshua’s performance in this fight, it should be noted as I have said over the years that under circumstances where an opponent is changed on short notice that it is difficult for the fighter who had his opposition challenged as much as it is for the fighter steeping in with a limited time to prepare. Joshua, who advanced his record to 20-0, with 20 Knockouts with his victory over Takam did what he had to do and sometimes it’s best to look at a fighter’s performance as one that will likely help him progress going forward.

Deontay Wilder meanwhile defended his portion of the World Heavyweight championship on November 4th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Similar to the situation Anthony Joshua faced in his title defense, Wilder saw a change in opposition when his original opponent top undefeated Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz failed a drug test in September for a banned substance. This opened the door for former WBC Heavyweight world champion and WBC mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder defeated for the WBC world championship via twelve round unanimous decision in January 2015, to step in and meet the champion in a rematch.

The first encounter between the two was one that went the distance where Wilder won the fight and the championship with a convincing decision win. Given how Wilder outboxed Stiverne in that bout, some may have questioned why a rematch would be warranted. Stiverne however, was moved into a mandatory position to challenge Wilder after he saw a fight, which was to determine a mandatory challenger fall through the day before it was to take place when his scheduled opponent longtime Heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin tested positive for a banned substance before their scheduled bout in December of last year.

The Povetkin fight falling through in addition to not wanting to jeopardize his mandatory position resulted in Stiverne being out of competition for almost exactly two years since defeating Derric Rossy in November 2015.  Stiverne however, did have the distinction of being the only man to go the distance with Wilder in the champion’s thirty-eight previous fights. Despite this, the rematch would not go beyond the first round as Wilder dropped Stiverne three times forcing a stoppage of the fight in what was Wilder’s sixth title defense and advanced his record to 39-0, with 38 Knockouts.

Rather than focusing attention on the commonality of these two fights in terms of the subject of tests for banned substances causing a change of opponent for both world champions as it would be a separate column in of itself as to this ongoing issue throughout all of sports, an interesting question will be what will be in store for Wilder, Joshua, and Joseph Parker in 2018.

It should be no secret to longtime readers that I am a big supporter of unifying all world championships across all weight divisions to ultimately determine one “Undisputed world champion” per weight class. Determining an “Undisputed world champion” has proven to be a difficult task for a variety of reasons throughout the sport.

In regard to the current landscape of the Heavyweight division some might argue that Joshua’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko earlier this year as well as Klitschko’s subsequent retirement rather than seeking a rematch, was in some ways a passing of the torch. The counter argument to that is there are three undefeated world champions in the division currently and that the torch as Boxing’s number one Heavyweight is still very much up for grabs.

Whether or not an “Undisputed world champion” in the Heavyweight division is closer to becoming a reality as 2018 nears remains to be seen. With three champions sitting atop the division, the answer to that question could well be determined by  whether or not each champion’s respective mandatory defense obligations have been met that would theoretically allow for two unification bouts to determine an “Undisputed world champion.”

Some Boxing fans and experts alike might state that a showdown between the current longest reigning champion in the division Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, the two “Knockout Artists” of the division would be the biggest fight that could be made in the division currently. As anticipation of that showdown grows it will be interesting to see where Joseph Parker will figure into the equation whether he will face either Wilder or Joshua or opt to defend his championship against other opposition while waiting for a winner between Wilder and Joshua emerge before setting his sights on a fight for the “Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of the World.”

There is also the element of contenders who may not currently be in the equation who are always looking to climb the ladder and get an opportunity to face one of the world champions in the division. With the possibility of full unification of the Heavyweight division looming and with several contenders all looking to get an opportunity to fight for a world championship, 2018 looks to be an exciting year for the Heavyweight division.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Mama Twins Remain Unbeaten

Jayson Mama L/Jerven Mama R Photo Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: November 6, 2017 – By Sanman Promotions GEN. Santos City --- The fighting Mama twins of Sanman Boxing Club remained unbeaten after scoring contrasting wins in the “Brawl at the Mall: Young Gunz” last Sunday night (November 5th at the Robinson’s Mall in General Santos City. Jayson Mama successfully made his debut in the 10 rounder by stopping a more experienced Rodel Tejares via a technical knockout during the rest period of the 6th round in the main event.

Mama, a Flyweight started to dominate the fight in Round 2 with his quickness in throwing his left-right combinations to keep Tejares at bay. Mama’s solid punches forced Tejares to quit the fight after five rounds. “It was a great learning experience for him (Jayson). He fought a veteran in his first 10 rounds and performed well,” said Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil. The 20-year old Mama scored his 8th straight win and 4th knockout while 33-year old Tejares, who is a veteran of five championship fights, dropped to 21 wins, 6 KOs, 45 losses and 7 draws.

 “Jayson is young and his future looks good for him,” Manangquil said.
Earlier, Jerven Mama used his combinations and solid punches to score a convincing unanimous decision against Joey Antonio of Empire Gym Davao in a 6-rounder match. “Jerven (3-0, 2KOs) was also impressive tonight,” added Mananquil. Judges Romy Fordaliza and Lito delos Reyes both scored 59-55 while judge Mario de Ramos had it 60-54 all for the Super Flyweight Jerven.

Meanwhile, reigning IBF Youth Super Flyweight champion Jade Bornea landed powerful body shots to pummel to submission John Rey Lauza in just 46 seconds of the 2nd round. Bornea, who also has a twin boxer, now has 10 wins with seven knockouts. He just retained his title by 4th round TKO win Samuthra Sitharan last Sept. 9th in Polomolok.
“Bornea also showed his world class skills and his future is also bright,” said Manangquil.

Journeyman Nicong Calamba of Agusan del Sur scored an upset against early-favorite Jestoni Makiputin via a 6th round knockout. Calamba’s antics destroyed Makiputin’s fighting style.

Rimar Metuda also of Sanman stopped Richard Betos by a TKO in the rest period of the 5th round after the later was bombarded with body and head shots in the 4th round. Six other young Sanman fighters also all won convincingly. Jason Francisco TKO’d Michael Borja in 2:27 of the 3rd round. Dave Apolinario TKO’d Rez Padrogane in 2:40 in the 5th round after a grueling match.

Mark Antonio TKO’d  Romulo Ramayan in 1:31 of the 6th and final round. Ramayan turned his back after absorbing a relentless attack by Antonio. Jerry Francisco won by UD against Elizer Ambon, who was also deducted for clinching. Judy Flores made his successful debut by beating Jeorge Perez via a UD. Jhun Rick Carcedong also won his pro debut via a TKO in 55 seconds of the first round against Rico Nakario of Bukidnon..

The boxing card was promoted by Sanman’s Jim Claude Manangquil and Dexter Tan Also present among the huge crowd were former two-division world champion Gerry Penalosa and current WBC Youth Intercontinental Lightweight champion Romero “Ruthless” Duno.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Wilder-Stiverne II Weights

The official weigh-in for Saturday’s rematch for the WBC Heavyweight world championship between undefeated champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Bermane Stiverne took place earlier today in Brooklyn, NY. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: WBC Heavyweight world championship – 12Rds.

Deontay Wilder (Champion) 220 3/4lbs. vs. Bermane Stiverne (Challenger) 254 3/4lbs.

Vacant IBF Jr. Welterweight world championship – 12Rds.

Akihiro Kondo 139 1/2lbs. vs. Sergey Lipinets 139 3/4lbs.

Vacant WBC Silver Welterweight championship – 12Rds.

Shawn Porter 146 1/2lbs. vs. Adrian Granados 146lbs.

Heavyweight – 12Rds.*

Eric Molina 250 3/4lbs. vs. Dominic Breazeale 255 1/4lbs.

(* Fight is an elimination bout to determine a mandatory challenger in the WBC’s Heavyweight ratings to meet the winner of Wilder-Stiverne II)

Heavyweight – 10Rds.

Pedro Rodriguez 260lbs. vs. Iago Kiladze 223 1/4lbs.

Cruiserweight – 8Rds.

Shawn Monaghan 178 3/4lbs. vs. Evert Bravo 175 3/4lbs.

Other Bouts Scheduled to take place on this card:*

(* Weights for these bouts are unavailable as of this writing.)

Featherweight – 8Rds.

Chris Colbert vs. Titus Williams

Jr. Featherweight – 8Rds.

Amanda Serrano vs. Marilyn Hernandez

Lightweight – 4Rds.

Keyshawn Williams vs. Christian Sales

Jr. Bantamweight – 4Rds.

Dylan Price vs. Trevir Ballinger

Heavyweight – 6Rds

Efe Ajagba vs. Rodney Hernandez

Heavyweight – 8Rds.

Ed Fountain vs. Lenroy Thomas

Wilder vs. Stiverne II takes place tomorrow night (Saturday, November 4th) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The card can be seen in the United States on Showtime Sports beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT and will also be streamed on the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps. For schedules, channel listings, and more information about Showtime, Showtime Sports, and the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps please visit:

In the Untied Kingdom and Ireland, the card can be seen on Sky Sports Main Event (Formerly Sky Sports 1) beginning at 1AM (Sunday, November 5th Local UK Time.) For more information about Sky Sports please visit: Check your listings internationally.

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