Monday, April 23, 2018

April 21st Two-Part Feature Update

We would like to update readers on the two-part feature that was announced last Friday here on the website that will discuss several Boxing events that took place across the globe.on April 21st. As announced, this special two-part feature will highlight our content on the website this week. Part one will be released on Wednesday, April 25th. This will be followed by part two, which will be released on Friday, April 27th. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Complete "Undefeated" Card Announced



Bornea-Sumabong Promo Poster Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: April 22, 2018 by Sanman Promotions – It’s all systems go for the upcoming “Undefeated” fight card scheduled on April 28 in Glan, Saranggani Province. Youthful boxing promoter Jim Claude Manangquil, CEO of the General Santos City-based Sanman Promotions, announced that the full card has already been finalized with Jade Bornea taking on Danrick Sumabong in the main event.

Bornea (10W-0L-0D, 7KOs) and Sumabong (5W-0L-0D, 4KOs) will fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Youth Super-Flyweight title. “This is going to be an exciting card with two undefeated fighters facing off in the main event,” said Manangquil.

The main undercard will have Sanman Boxing Gym’s Harmonito “Hammer” dela Torre colliding with Jovany Rota. Dela Torre is looking to get back on track after dropping his last assignment against Olympian Tugstsogt Nyambayar in Las Vegas, Nevada USA in November last year.

Dela Torre sports a 19W-1L-0D, 12KOs record, while Rota has nine wins (6KOs) and 13 losses. Ernie Sanchez (17W-11L-1D, 8KOs) will take on Noel Adelmita (13W-12L-2D, 2KOs), while Jake Bornea (13W-2L-0D, 7KOs) will test the mettle of Wiljan Ugbaniel (13W-7L-1D, 4KOs).

The other undercard duels will have Jayson Francisco (4W-1L-0D, 1KO) battling Janjan Santos (1W-8L-1D) and Motoki Osanai (1W-2L) slugging it out with Alvin Bais (14W-11L-1D, 4KOs). Also, Mark Benaldez (15W-1L-0D, 10KOs) will make his debut under the Sanman Boxing Gym when he squares off with JP Macadumpis (11W-11L-1D, 5KOs). Completing the fight card is the showdown between Regie Mananquil and Roger Salaton.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday Weights (April 21, 2018) Part 2



Saturday’s loaded Boxing lineup continues. Below are the official weights from Friday’s Weigh-ins featuring a card headlined by a Heavyweight bout between former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek and Heavyweight contender Joey Abell taking place in Poland and a card in Brooklyn New York headlined by a battle between former world champions Jessie Vargas and Adrien Broner in the Welterweight division.

Adamek vs. Abell – Sports Hall – Czestochowa, Poland

Main Event: Polish International Heavyweight championship – 10Rds.

Tomasz Adamek (Champion) 226 1/2lbs. vs. Joey Abell (Challenger) 254 1/2lbs.

Vacant WBO European Cruiserweight championship – 12Rds.

Mateusz Masternak 199 1/4lbs. vs. Youri Kalenga 198 1/4lbs.

WBO Women’s Jr. Lightweight world championship – 10Rds.

Ewa Brodnicka (Champion) 129 3/4lbs. vs. Sarah Pucek (Challenger) 131lbs.

Vacant Polish International Cruiserweight championship – 10Rds.

Denis Grachev 191 1/4lbs. vs. Adam Balski 199 1/4lbs.

Polish Welterweight championship – 10Rds.

Lukasz Wierzbicki (Champion) 146 1/4lbs. vs. (Challenger) Michal Zerominski 146 3/4lbs.

Light-Heavyweight – 8Rds.

Tim Cronin 177lbs. vs. Robert Parzeczewski 175 1/4lbs.

Middleweight – 8Rds.

Marcos Cornejo 160 3/4lbs. vs. Damian Jonak 161 1/4lbs.
Jr. Welterweight – 8Rds.

Michal Chudecki 142lbs. vs. Damian Wrzesinski 138lbs.

Adamek vs. Abell takes place Tonight (Saturday, April 21st) at the Sports Hall in Czestochowa, Poland. The card can be seen in Poland on pay-per-view on cable and satellite providers. Contact your local cable/satellite provider for more information.  The card can be seen outside of Poland on internet pay-per-view on www.ipla.tv for $13. The card will begin at 11:45AM (Saturday morning) U.S. EST.


Vargas vs. Broner – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY

Main Event: Welterweight – 12Rds.

Jessie Vargas 143 3/4lbs. vs. Adrien Broner 144lbs.

Jr. Lightweight – 12Rds.*

Jesus Cuellar 129 1/4lbs. vs. Gervonta Davis 129lbs.

(*Bout will determine Interim/Regular champion status in the WBA’s Jr. Lightweight ratings. Winner will become the mandatory challenger for current WBA Jr. Lightweight world champion Alberto Machado.)

Middleweight – 12Rds.*

Jermall Charlo 160lbs. vs. Hugo Centeno 158 1/2lbs.

(*Bout is for interim championship status in the WBC’s Middleweight ratings currently held by number one contender Jermall Charlo. Winner becomes the WBC mandatory challenger for current unifed WBA/IBO/IBF/WBC Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin.)

(Other Bouts scheduled to take place on this card: Weights for these bouts unavailable as of this writing.)

Women’s Featherweight – 8Rds.

Iranda Torres vs. Heather Hardy

Bantamweight – 8Rds.

Rau’shee Warren vs. Juan Medina

Welterweight – 8Rds.

Hevinson Herrera vs. Fabian Maidana

Jr. Welterweight – 6Rds.

Gary Russell vs. Andrew Rodgers

Heavyweight – 8Rds.

Tyrell Wright vs. George Arias

Jr. Welterweight – 6Rds.

Alexander Charmeco vs. Richardson Hitchens

Welterweight – 4Rds.

Justin Savi vs. Shyngyskhan Tazhilbay

Jr. Bantamweight – 6Rds.

Edson Neri vs. Dylan Price

Jr. Middleweight – 6Rds.

Daniel Calzada vs. Chordale Booker

Jr. Lightweight – 4Rds.

Kendrick Latchman vs. Desmond Jarmon

Vargas vs. Broner takes place Tonight (Saturday, April 21st) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The card can be seen in the United States on Showtime across cable and satellite providers as well as streamed live on the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT. For more information about Showtime, Showtime Sports, and the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps as well as a list of available streaming devices please visit: www.sho.com. Check your listings internationally.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Saturday Weights (April 21, 2018) Part 1


Saturday’s loaded Boxing schedule features several intriguing bouts taking place across the globe. We here will at The Boxing Truth® will be covering all the action in two upcoming features that will be released next week. We will also be releasing weigh-in and broadcast information for these events in two separate reports.  Below are the official weigh-in results that took place earlier today in the United Kingdom for two events. The first event will be headlined by former unified WBA/WBC Jr. Welterweight world champion Amir Khan as he will return to the ring after a near two year absence to face Welterweight contender Phil Lo Greco in Liverpool, England. Also taking place in the United Kingdom on Saturday will be a card in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which will be headlined by a battle for interim championship status in the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) Featherweight rankings between former world champions Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire.


Khan vs. Lo Greco – Echo Arena – Liverpool, England

Main Event: Jr. Middleweight – 12Rds.

Amir Khan 150lbs. vs. Phil Lo Greco 149 1/4lbs.

Commonwealth Lightweight Championship – 12Rds.

Sean Dodd (Champion) 134lbs. vs. Tommy Coyle (Challenger) 134 1/4lbs.

Jr. Middleweight – 8Rds.

Anthony Fowler 155 1/4lbs. vs. Ryan Toms 154 1/4lbs.

Women’s Jr. Lightweight – 10Rds.

Taoussy L’ Hadji 128 1/4lbs. vs. Natasha Jones 129 1/2lbs.

Welterweight – 6Rds.

Conor Benn 148lbs. vs. Chris Truman 144 1/4lbs.

Jr. Middleweight – 6Rds.
Sam Eggington 154 3/4lbs. vs. Achilles Szabo 156 1/4lbs.

Middleweight – 8Rds.

Laszlo Fazekas 159 1/4lbs. vs. Scott Fitzgerald 158 1/2lbs.

Jr. Featherweight – 4Rds.

Oais Ashfaq 123 1/4lbs. vs. Ricky Starkey 122 1/4lbs.

Jr. Featherweight – 4Rds.

Jose Hernandez 122lbs. vs. Osman Aslam 121 1/2lbs.

Welterweight – 6Rds.

Tom Ferrell 144 3/4lbs. vs. Mwenya Chisanga 142 1/4lbs.

Heavyweight – 4Rds.

Craig Glover 207 1/4lbs. vs. Ratu Latianara 201 3/4lbs.

Welterweight – 6Rds.

Bilal Rehman 146 1/4lbs. vs. Edvinas Puplauskas 145 1/4lbs.

Khan vs. Lo Greco takes place tomorrow (Saturday, April 21st) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The card can be seen in the United States on the new streaming digital network from ESPN, ESPN+ with undercard bouts beginning at 1:30PM ET/ 10:30AM PT with the main event scheduled to begin at approximately 5PM ET/2PM PT.  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.

In the United Kingdom the card can be seen on Sky Sports Action beginning at 7PM (Local UK Time) The main event will also be shown on Sky Sports Main Event (Formally Sky Sports 1) beginning at 9:45PM (Local UK Time). For more information about Sky Sports please visit: www.skysports.com. Check your listings internationally.



Frampton vs. Donaire – SSE Arena – Belfast, Northern Ireland

Main Event: Featherweight – 12Rds.*

Carl Frampton 125lbs. vs. Nonito Donaire 125 1/2lbs.

(Bout will determine Interim championship status in the WBO Featherweight ratings and winner will become the WBO’s mandatory challenger for current WBO Featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez.)

WBO Bantamweight world championship – 12Rds.

Zolani Tete (Champion) 116 1/4lbs. vs. Omar Narvaez 117 1/4lbs.

Vacant WBO European Middleweight championship – 10Rds.

Conrad Cummings 159 1/2lbs. vs. Luke Keeler 159 1/4lbs.

Lightweight – 8Rds.

David Joyce 132 1/2lbs. vs. Jordan Ellison 132 3/4lbs.

Middleweight – 6Rds.

Christian Gomez 160lbs. vs. Troy Williamson 160 3/4lbs.

Light-Heavyweight – 6Rds.*

Steven Ward 174 1/2lbs. vs. Michal Ciach

(Weight for Ciach is unavailable as of this writing.)

Featherweight – 6Rds.

Elvis Guillen 123 1/2lbs. vs. Tyrone McCullagh 127 1/4lbs.

Jr. Welterweight – 6Rds.

Sam Maxwell 142 1/2lbs. vs. Michael Carrero 140 3/4lbs.

Super-Middleweight – 4Rds.*

Ryan Hatton 169lbs. vs. Attila Nagy

(*Weight for Nagy unavailable as of this writing.)

Lightweight – 6Rds.

Marco McCullough 131 1/2lbs. vs. Arnoldo Solano 133 1/4lbs.

Jr. Middleweight – 4Rds.

Scott James 151lbs. vs. Lewis Crocker 153 1/2lbs.

Heavyweight – 4Rds.

Lee Carter 268lbs. vs. Alex Dickinson 222lbs.

Frampton vs. Donaire takes place tomorrow (Saturday, April 21st) at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The card can be seen for free in the United States on Showtime Boxing’s official Facebook and YouTube pages beginning at 5:15PM ET/2:15PM PT at the following links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDm00h4WYfg www.facebook.com/ShoBoxing.

In the United Kingdom the card can be seen on BoxNation beginning at 7:30PM (Local UK Time). For more information about BoxNation please visit: www.boxnation.com.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WORLD RATED ANDREW MOLONEY vs CLAVERAS SET FOR MAY 19 IN MELBOURNE


Photo Credit: Hosking Promotions
Press Release: April 18, 2018 by Hosking Promotions – WBA #6, IBF #5, WBC #5 Undefeated Australian boxing sensation Andrew “The Monster” Moloney 16 (10 KOs) - 0 returns to the ring for his second outing of 2018.  

Moloney defends his World Boxing Association Oceania Super Flyweight title for the 3rd time in as many fights against Richard Claveras 18(15 KOs) – 3 (1 KOs) -2. The fight will be at Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne Australia on the 19thof May.

“It’s an honour for me to represent the WBA. They have shown great support of me so I will continue to show my appreciation and continue defending their title”.

This will be Moloneys 8th WBA regional fight and is sitting at number 6 in the World ratings and is knocking on the door for the coveted WBA World Super Flyweight Championship against Englishman Kal Yafai.

“This is the fight I want.  I have watched a lot of Yafai’s fights and I truly believe I can beat him and achieve my dream of becoming World Champion.  All I see is me winning the fight and having that World Title belt around my waist.  Yafai is a good fighter, he is a world champion for a reason but I believe I have what it takes to beat him”. 

Moloney will need to get past Claveras first. With an 83% Knock out ratio from his 18 Victories, the man known as “Explosive” states he will not leave it to the judges hands.

Claveras is no stranger to traveling either, June 13th last year Claveras lost a controversial split decision for the coveted OPBF Championship to Keisuke Nakayama at the World famous Korakeun Hall in Japan. Most ringside believe the Filipino did enough to get his hand raised.  In November 2015 he also fought for the WBC World Light Flyweight Title against Mexicos Pedro “Pedrin” Guevara. The pedigree of Claveras cannot be questioned and Moloney will need to be at the top of his game.

“I have watched a few of Claveras fights now. I can see that he is a strong fighter and know that he is going to come here to fight.  He has a come forward style and lets his hands go, so I’m sure the fans will be in for a real treat on May 19. 

Claveras has 15 ko’s out of his 18 wins so I would say his power would be his biggest strength.  I am going to have to be switched on at all times during this fight and avoid getting hit as this guy obviously has knockout power. 

My preparation has been great so far.  Since moving to NSW to train with Angelo Hyder I really have lived the life of a professional athlete. I continued to train after my last fight and didn’t let myself get out of shape, so I started training camp already in good condition.  We have two sparring partners coming over from the Philippines, with similar styles to my opponent so we will have some great sparring over the next three and a half weeks to finish off camp” – states Moloney


May 19th – a Blockbuster Twin Bill featuring Australias biggest prospect Andrew and Jason Moloney. 

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supports Team Moloney. Especially those who come out and support us on fight night. These are extremely exciting times in both mine and Jason’s careers and we wouldn’t be in this position without the amazing support these people have shown us.”

Hosking Promotions & Peter Maniatis Events presents BOB ROSE CUP May 19th in Melbourne Australia.

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Is Ryota Murata Ready For The Top Of The Middleweight Division?

One could make a valid argument that the most significant story in the sport of Boxing currently is the situation that resulted in the highly anticipated rematch between undefeated unified WBA/IBO/WBC/IBF Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez imploding. Although the subject of that situation is a column of it’s own for another time, what can be overshadowed when so much of the attention is focused on a particular fighter or in this case, two fighters who have become marquee stars are other events that go on in the same weight class where those marquee stars ply their trade.

Some may recall one month after Golovkin and Alvarez squared off in September of last year in what was ruled a controversial draw, a bout took place in Tokyo, Japan between two of the Middleweight division’s top contenders to determine interim/regular champion status in the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Middleweight ratings. A rematch between a former world champion and a top contender of a fight that also had a disputed outcome. On October 22nd of last year former WBO Middleweight world champion Hassan N’Dam faced previously unbeaten Ryota Murata.

N’Dam, who had defeated Murata via twelve round split decision in May of last year, was gradually broken down by Murata who was able to stop the former world champion in seven rounds in what was frankly a one-sided fight. The impressive victory however, did garner attention particularly here in the United States.

Murata, who won an Olympic gold medal in the Middleweight division in the 2012 Olympics in London, England had carved out an impressive professional record prior to his rematch with N’Dam in scoring twelve victories in his thirteen pro bouts and had scored nine knockouts in those wins. Avenging his only loss as a professional created attention not only because of the impressive way in which Murata was able to break his opponent down, but also because his rematch with N’Dam focused the spotlight on a segment of the sport that has not always received the attention and television exposure here in America that it has long deserved, the Japanese Boxing scene.

If Murata’s victory over N’Dam established him as a fighter to watch in the Middleweight division, his next bout offered an opportunity to both build momentum as well as increase a growing fan base in the United States. On April 15th Murata faced former European Middleweight champion Emanuele Blandamura at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. A fight that like his rematch with N’Dam was broadcast not only in Japan, but also the United States by ESPN.

Although the native of Rome, Italy Blandamura entered the fight with an impressive record of his own of 27-2, with 5 Knockouts and had recently relinquished his European championship to face Murata, he simply could not find a way to keep Murata, a native of Tokyo, Japan off of him. For eight rounds Murata used his come forward style to apply consistent pressure on Blandamura and as was the case in his previous bout against Hassan N’Dam, gradually broke his opponent down.

Blandamura was able to have some success in using his movement to evade Murata for a period of time and did attempt to throw short combinations, but he simply could not land anything to discourage Murata from coming forward. Murata frequently pressed his opponent against the ropes as the fight progressed and brought an end to the bout in round eight dropping Blandamura with a flush overhand right that sent the former European champion down to the canvas. Even though Blandamura showed his mettle by getting up from the knockdown, the fight was stopped by Referee Raul Caiz Jr. seconds before the round was to end.

It was a systematic and dominant performance by a fighter who has quietly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Middleweight division while much of the attention focused on the division has been centered elsewhere. The question now becomes whether Ryota Murata is ready to face some of the top fighters in the division?

Although Murata does hold interim/regular champion status in the WBA Middleweight ratings, which in reality makes him the number one contender in the WBA for current unified world champion Gennady Golovkin, this observer is not sure whether he is ready for that high of a step up in caliber of opposition at this stage of his career. Despite the ongoing situation between Golovkin and Alvarez, which has Golovkin now facing Vanes Martirosyan in what will be the twentieth defense of his championship against on May 5th, which was to be the scheduled date of the Golovkin-Alvarez rematch, I cannot see Murata being rushed into a fight of that magnitude so quickly. There are however, some interesting options that could be available to Murata against some of the top contenders in the division and perhaps the second world champion in the division if what would be a mandatory title defense for Golovkin, assuming he is successful in his defense against Martirosyan is not in Murata’s near future. There are two possibilities that I believe could be viable options for Murata and they are potentially facing the winner’s of either the upcoming bouts between top Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs and Marciej Sulecki, which will take place in Brooklyn, NY on April 28th or June 23rd clash between undefeated WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray.

Both of these fights feature fighters who are either at the top of the division as Saunders currently is, or have faced other top opposition in the division including Gennady Golovkin as both Jacobs and Murray have. While it is also not out of the realm of possibility to see a fighter in Murata’s position as a fighter holding interim/regular champion status looking to stay busy before getting his opportunity at the current WBA world champion as many fighters have done over the years, this observer believes an encounter with the winner of either of these two fights could provide Murata with the best possible route to an encounter with the Golovkin-Martirosyan winner that would not necessarily involve taking the fight on short notice or having to wait a significant period of time while facing other opposition before getting his opportunity to fight for the world championship as has been the case for numerous fighters who have held interim/regular champion status in the WBA’s ratings throughout the entire sport over the years.

The future however, does indeed look bright for Ryota Murata, a man some have called the new face of Japanese Boxing. If Murata can continue to win and increase his standing in the sport, it could lead to more of the Japanese Boxing scene and many great fighters receiving valuable television exposure and an opportunity to grow their respective fan bases here in the United States. It is something that is frankly long overdue.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bernaldez Signs With Sanman Promotions


Mark Bernaldez Photo Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: April 15, 2018 by Sanman Promotions – Looking to resurrect his career after stumbling to his first career loss, super featherweight prospect Mark Vincent Bernaldez has decided to sign up with Sanman Boxing Gym in General Santos City. Bernaldez believed that Sanman, headed by CEO Jim Claude Manangquil, will help him realize his dream of becoming a world champion.

“I chose Sanman to handle my career because I can see that they are very dedicated to boxing. They give opportunities to their boxers to become world champions. Some of my stablemates in other boxing clubs are already world champions because they were given opportunities,” said the 26-year-old Bernaldez.

The 5-foot-6 Bernaldez is a former stalwart of the ALA Boxing Gym. He started his career with 15 straight wins before absorbing a technical knockout loss to Tsuyoshi Tameda last August 5, 2018 in Japan. “I think the fight in Japan was my hardest fight in my career,” said Bernaldez, who has not seen action since that loss to Tameda.

“I didn’t have enough preparation for that fight and that’s the reason why I lost. I was so disappointed that’s why I stopped boxing for a while. But now I am back and I will prove to everyone that I have what it takes to become a world champion,” said Bernaldez, owner of 10 knockout victories.
Bernaldez said having the right discipline, hard work and dedication were the traits he learned from his stint with the ALA Gym.

“I will use the things I learned from my previous gym to realize my dreams. I am hoping that my fans will continue to support me. I will do my best to give pride to my family and Sanman,” said Bernaldez. Manangquil, for his part, said Bernaldez has the qualities to become the next big thing in boxing. “Bernaldez is great a boxer and has a big chance to become a world champion. One or two fights here in the Philippines just to shake off the rust and after that maybe a regional title fight then we will bring him to the United States,” said Mananquil. Bernaldez will be ending his long hiatus when he sees action in the undercard of the upcoming “Undefeated” fight card on April 28th in Glan, Saranggani Province.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Dela Torre Eyes Big Bounce Back Versus Rota On “Undefeated” Card


Harmonito Dela Torre (R) Photo Credit: Andy Samuelson/ Premier Boxing Champions
Press Release: April 13, 2018 by Sanman Promotions – Last November 18, 2017, Harmonito “Hammer” Dela Torre saw his streak of 19 straight wins come to an abrupt end when he absorbed a unanimous decision loss to Olympian Tugstsogt Nyambayar in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Two weeks from now, Dela Torre will have a chance to get back on track when he battles Jovany Rota in the undercard of “Undefeated” fight card slated April 28 in Glan, Saranggani Province.


The loss to Nyambayar dropped Dela Torre’s record to 19W-1L-0D (12Kos) and the Sanman Boxing Gym fighter vowed to pull off a big bounce back win against Rota. “I learned a lot from my first loss. I lost to a great boxer, who is a silver medalist in the Olympics. I thought I did well but I came up short. I will be back stronger than ever,” said Dela Torre. Dela Torre admitted that the loss was a bitter pill to swallow but the debacle also taught him to work even harder. “Accepting the loss was very hard at first but I realized that I have to train harder so that it won’t happen again,” said Dela Torre.

He may have faltered against Nyambayar but Dela Torre said no way that he is going to give up on his dream to become a world champion especially now that he has an inspiration. “My daughter is my big inspiration. I need to be a champion to give her a good future. I will do everything to become a champion,” said Dela Torre. In the upcoming card, Dela Torre said there is no room for complacency although he will be up against an opponent who has more losses than wins. Rota has nine wins, six of them by knockouts, and 13 losses. 


“I’ve seen some of his fights. I am confident but in boxing, you can never underestimate any opponent. This is very important for me as my team told me that if I win this one, I have a big fight coming,” he said. Jim Claude Manangquil, CEO of Sanman Promotions, agreed that the duel with Rota is an important one for Dela Torre. Jim Claude Manangquil, CEO of Sanman Promotions, agreed that the duel with Rota is an important one for Dela Torre. The upcoming card will be headlined by Jade Bornea, who will take on Danrick Sumabong in the main event.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Update


We would like to let our readers know that we are between rounds and will resume our regular schedule on Friday, April 11th. We would also like to let our readers know that a special Heavyweight feature that was previously announced will now be released on Thursday, May 3rd. during the evening hours. Stay tuned. "And That's The Boxing Truth."


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Joshua-Parker: The Unification Of The Heavyweight Division Continues


When a Boxing enthusiast comes across someone who may not be a fan of the sport known as “The Sweet Science”, who might even be critical in their dislike one reason that the non-fan might use is that it can be confusing at times to distinguish which fighters are world champions from those who are contenders among other reasons as to why they don’t share an interest in Boxing. While the subject of those who criticize the sport for its flaws certainly can cover a wide spectrum of topics, the subject of distinguishing champions from contenders is one that does indeed cause confusion for those who consider themselves casual fans of Boxing.

It is after all understandable how one could become confused in an era where there are five major sanctioning organizations that regulate and sanction world championship fights throughout Professional Boxing’s seventeen weight divisions. The process can become even more complicated when one considers the various political elements that surround the sport, which in regard to champions and contenders can at times blur the lines with world champions, contenders, those fighters who are designated as “Interim/Regular” champion in an organization’s ratings in a weight class, and those entities that choose to recognize some world champions, but not others either due to a vested interest that is unknown to the general public or other unknown reasons and so on.

There are the exceptions in the sport however, where an effort is made to not only clear up confusion, but one could argue as this observer often has over the years, that will serve the long-term best interest of the sport. The instance where a “Unification Bout” takes place. A fight where two world champions put their respective crowns on the line to further establish themselves as a fighter who should be considered as the world champion of a division. An even rarer instance is when such “Unification Bouts” ultimately lead to one “Undisputed World Champion” eventually being crowned.

The process of establishing an “Undisputed World Champion” is certainly one that can take a significant amount of time to accomplish for a variety of reasons. When significant progress is made toward determining an “Undisputed Champion” in a weight class there is cause for cautious optimism. One such weight class where such a process has been gradually taking place is in the Heavyweight division. The next step in that process will come on Saturday night at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales as undefeated world champions Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker put their respective portions of the World Heavyweight championship on the line to take one step further toward Heavyweight supremacy.

Joshua, the current unified IBF/WBA/IBO Heavyweight world champion has established himself as one of the division’s feared “Knockout Artists” having scored knockouts in all twenty of his professional fights. Since becoming a world champion in April 2016 by knocking out previously undefeated IBF Heavyweight world champion Charles Martin. After a successful title defense over previously unbeaten top contender Dominic Breazeale, Joshua took part in arguably one of the more entertaining Heavyweight bouts in recent memory when he successfully unified his IBF crown with the vacant WBA and IBO world championship by scoring a thrilling eleventh round stoppage of former longtime Heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko in April of last year.

In his last fight, Joshua dealt with a stern test in the form of top contender Carlos Takam in a fight where Joshua fought fatigue as well as a “Game” opponent to stop Takam in ten rounds in a bout where the champion also suffered a broken nose. After twenty straight victories, the twenty-eight year old native of Watford, England now prepares for yet another career-defining fight in the form of fellow undefeated world champion Joseph Parker.

Parker, a native of Auckland, New Zealand won the vacant WBO Heavyweight world championship in December 2016 with a close twelve round majority decision over previously unbeaten top contender Andy Ruiz in Parker’s native Auckland, New Zealand to become the first New Zealander to win a World Heavyweight championship in Boxing history. The unbeaten Parker will enter this fight with a record of 24-0, with 17 Knockouts and has successfully defended his title twice scoring twelve round decisions over Razvan Cojanu and previously undefeated WBO number one Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury in his last fight in September of last year.

This appears to be a classic scenario of a boxer in Parker going against a puncher in Joshua. While Joshua proven in his fight against Wladmir Klitschko that he is more than capable of Boxing if required, it is logical to assume that he will look to apply pressure on the twenty-six year old Parker early on and attempt to walk the WBO champion down. In contrast to the unified IBF/WBA/IBO world champion, Parker has deceptive power, but is more noted for his ability to gradually outwork his opponents, accumulate points and win fights by decision.

Although the crowd support is likely to favor Joshua, who has fought his recent bouts in front of massive crowds in stadiums including the venue where this unification clash will take place, it is worth noting that Parker proved in his last title defense that he can enter hostile territory and successfully defend his crown.  As for how Joseph Parker can do that in this fight, this observer believes he must figure out a way to weather what will likely be an aggressive Joshua early and if he can get passed the storm of his opponent’s early attack without sustaining too much damage, he must figure out how to neutralize Joshua’s power and look to gradually take over the tempo of the fight as it progresses.

While there will likely be an even bigger and more lucrative opportunity that will await the winner of this fight, what is note worthy about this unification bout as compared to some others throughout the history of Boxing is two undefeated Heavyweight world champions will meet each other to unify their portions of the crown, but unlike when Mike Tyson met Tony Tucker to unify what was then the Undisputed World Heavyweight championship in Las Vegas, NV in 1987, this encounter will take place outside of the United States in one of the biggest markets for the sport in the world, the United Kingdom. A testament to not only the global popularity of the sport of Boxing, but also the evolving economics of the sport.

Even though some may choose to discuss what will be in store for the winner of this fight at great length before it takes place. Given the variables that will be in play after this highly anticipated Heavyweight unification bout, this observer will instead take the wait and see approach before sharing his thoughts on what will come next in what the Boxing world can only hope will lead to one “Undisputed Heavyweight world champion.”

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

Joshua vs. Parker takes place on Saturday, March 31st at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The fight can be seen in the United States on Showtime across cable and satellite as well as the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps beginning at 5PM ET/2PM PT. For more information about Showtime, Showtime Sports, the Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps as well as a list of available devices please visit: www.sho.com.

The fight will be televised as a pay-per-view event in the United Kingdom on Sky Box Office for £19.95 beginning at 6PM (Local UK Time) for more information about Sky Box Office and to order the fight please visit: www.sky.com/SkyBoxOffice. Check your listings internationally.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Grand Homecoming Due For Gaballo


Reymart Gaballo Photo Credit: Alex Nunes
Press Release: March 27, 2018 by Sanman Promotions – The red carpet will be rolled out when the newly crowned WBA Bantamweight interim world champion Reymart Gaballo returns home on March 30 in General Santos City. A grand homecoming awaits the hard-hitting Gaballo, who wrested the championship belt via a unanimous decision win over American Stephon Young at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida last March 23rd.

"This is one of the biggest victories for our team and I am very happy for Reymart. We will have a big welcome party for him when he arrives in GenSan," said Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Mananquil. Mananquil and his older brother John Ray, the COO of the Sanman Promotions, was at ringside when Gaballo snatched the stirring victory with scores of 117-110, 117-110 and 118-109.

"I am very proud of Reymart. I believed in him since day one. He was still 15 years old when he started boxing and now he is already a world champion," said John Ray.

Not only did he pocket the title at the expense of a highly touted, erstwhile unbeaten opponent, Gaballo likewise preserved his unblemished record as he now has 19 wins with 16 of those victories coming via knockouts. "I am very excited to come home with the WBA world title belt and share it with my family and Sanman team in GenSan," said Gaballo.

Gaballo said it has been his dream to become a world champion but vowed there will be no slowing down as he guns for more success in the future. "I have dreamed for this for a long time and I am glad that all my hard work paid off. It really feels good but I will continue to work hard and improve," said Gaballo.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Reymart Gaballo wins Interim WBA World Jr. Bantamweight title



Reymart Gaballo Celebrating Victory Credit: LSBoxing
Press Release: March 25, 2018 (Originally released March 24, 2018) by Sanman Promotions – Miami, FL Reymart Gaballo came up victorious in his biggest fight to date, defeating Stephon Young by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBA interim Junior Bantamweight title on Friday night (March 23rd) at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Two judges scored the fight 117-110 while the third had it 118-109.

The General Santos City, Philippines native scored the only knockdown of the fight in the third round with a right hand which dropped the erstwhile unbeaten American Young. Gaballo improves to 19-0 with 16 knockouts and becomes the second champion from Sanman Promotions, following Randy Petalcorin. Another Sanman fighter Mike Plania nearly made it 2-for-2 when he knocked down former WBA/IBO World champion Juan Carlos Payano with a right hand but lost a decision in the 10 round WBO Intercontinental Bantamweight title fight.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thoughts On O'Connor-Claggett


The Jr. Welterweight bout between veterans Danny O’Connor and Steve Claggett was the latest for the active 140lb. division that is in the process of transition following former undisputed world champion Terence Crawford choosing to relinquish his crown and seek opportunities in the 147lb. Welterweight division. While a good portion of the recent bouts that have taken place in the division have been focused on the upper echelon in top contenders fighting to secure an opportunity to fight for a world championship, to former world champions fighting for world championships in the Jr. Welterweight division for the first time, to finally top contenders meeting each other for vacated world titles, O’Connor-Claggett was not among them.

Instead, the fight between Danny O’Connor and Steve Claggett shined a light on a portion of the division and by extension the entire sport of Boxing that does not always get the attention as bouts at or around the top of the division. A battle between two world-class fighters, each of whom had suffered some setbacks throughput their careers, and both looking to elevate their standing to get an opportunity to add their name among the top contenders in the talent deep Jr. Welterweight division.

When there is an encounter between two fighters that are evenly matched as this fight was it is interesting to see which fighter will be able to stand out from the other. This was as this observer said in previewing this bout what one could call a “Crossroads Fight.”

As I also stated in previewing this fight, it was logical to assume based on each other’s style in addition to the fact that neither was known for their punching power that this would be a tactical bout where it could come down to who was simply able to be the more effective fighter. Although there are times where what may appear to be logical on paper in terms of how a fight might be fought does not turn out to be anywhere near what takes place when two fighters get inside the ring, this was an instance where what appeared on paper prior to the fight materialized once O’Connor and Claggett stepped into the ring on March 17th at the House of Blues in Boston, MA.



It was an encounter where both fighters had their share of moments in many of the rounds. It was O’Connor however, who was able to be more effective due to his ability to be able to punch in volume and gradually outwork Claggett over the course of the fight.

In fights where two fighters are able to have periods of effectiveness in the same rounds, the challenge for those who are watching the fight as fans as well as the three official judges who are scoring a fight as I have often said over the years is to distinguish which fighter is able to have more success in their spots as compared to their opponent. Steve Claggett was very effective in putting pressure on Danny O’Connor from the outset, but a noticeable difference between the two fighters was that despite Claggett’s consistent pressure, O’Connor was able to not only outwork his opponent, but also counter punch effectively by taking small steps and catching Claggett as he was coming forward.

Even though the tempo of the fight was to a big extent controlled by O’Connor for the majority of the bout, Claggett nearly brought an end to the evening when he was able to catch O’Connor with a flush right hand to the jaw that sent O’Connor down in round seven. One thing that I noticed as I watched this fight that Claggett did not do much of, despite being effective in putting pressure on O’Connor was he was not really committed to throwing punches to O’Connor’s body. This allowed O’Connor to utilize his lateral movement in a way where he was making small movements throughout the fight, but was able to control distance, vary his attack, and get his punches off first in addition to making Claggett miss with some of his punches. Sometimes in Boxing it can indeed be the small differences that will determine who will get the upper hand and come out on top in a fight.

Despite being put in a position in the seventh round that likely caused some to remember O’Connor’s knockout loss in his second fight against Gabriel Bracero in October 2015, O’Connor to his credit was able to regroup and finished the fight strong in winning a ten round unanimous decision. With the victory, O’Connor also retained his WBC International Silver Jr. Welterweight championship.

As for where exactly O’Connor’s standing as an International Silver titleholder will elevate his position in the new World Boxing Council (WBC) Jr. Welterweight ratings remains to be seen. Although this was what most people think of when the term “Crossroads Fight” is used, the reality is a loss for Steve Claggett does not necessarily mean the end of his career, nor does it mean that he could not be considered a viable option for anyone in the Jr. Welterweight division. Even though Claggett did not leave the ring in this fight victorious, he did have an impressive showing and one might argue produced the highlight of what was an entertaining fight by scoring the knockdown of O’Connor in round seven. It will be interesting to see what Steve Claggett’s next move will be coming out of this fight.

Although a feature is in the works that will discuss the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division on a wider scale that will be released here on the website in the coming months, fights like this only demonstrate why the division throughout its history has been known as one of the most competitive and deep in the entire sport. It may indeed be true that the upper echelon in Boxing’s seventeen weight divisions receive the majority of attention from Boxing fans as well as the bulk of television exposure, but the fight between Danny O’Connor and Steve Claggett is as good of an example as any Yours truly could use as to why one should take time to see what an entire weight class has to offer. It is also true that fighters who may not yet be in the upper echelon of contenders and world champions deserve exposure as well.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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