CRUISERWEIGHT BOXING NEWS SUMMARY FOR OCTOBER
By Chief Scribe Michael Amakor
The cruiserweight division has been
in a funk recently. At the beginning of the year we
started out with Denis Lebedev as champion at the
WBA, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk at the WBC, Marco Huck at
the WBO, Yuan Hernandez at the IBF, Ola Afolabi at
the IBO and Roy Jones holding the German version of
the WBU all seemingly in position for a unification
contest if it would only be arranged, especially
with the entry of Roy Jones into the Division’s
championship picture. However there has been no push
for unification by the fighters or any of the
stakeholders to date. None of the champions
are calling each other out and none of them has
expressed a strong desire to be the Undisputed
Cruiserweight champion. The Division needs to focus
on getting an undisputed champion who will
attract fans to help earn the monster paydays
lacking in the division causing it to be the
proverbial pit stop for fighters on their way to the
heavyweight division. Instead of unification, we saw
a rash of defenses with aging former champions Firat
Arslan being recycled against Wlodarczyk and
Hernandez after the Huck rematch and Giacobbe
Fragomeni against .....MORE
just saw the changing of the guard at the IBO as Ola Afolabi
defeated Janik at the theater in Madison Garden to become the new
king of the division. A few weeks ago the WBA returned its crown
back to Dennis Lebedev after Guillermo Jones tested positive for a
banned substance from their championship fight all the way back in
May, however a rematch is in the works and will most likely take
place in Russia and a furious Jones has vowed to knock the Russian out
for good this time in this yet to be scheduled rematch. The UBO, WBF
and the New WBU all recently crowned unknown fighters as their
champions. The WBU got back into the cruiser mix by announcing
that Roy Jones will face bare knuckles champion Bobby Gunn for its
title in no other place but Philly. Jones has to be the favorite but
you never know with the cruisers. Troy Ross,
Mateusz Masternak and Danny Green all fell off from
our ranking for inactivity, a loss and retiring respectively. What
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2008 Olympic gold medalist and cruiserweight contender Rakhim Chakhkiev (21-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Jackson Junior (15-2, 13 KOs). Chakhkiev dropped Junior in round four and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage.
Unbeaten cruiserweight KO artist Dmitry Kudryashov (16-0, 16 KOs) needed just 22 seconds to demolish former WBC champion Juan Carlos Gomez (55-4, 40 KOs). Kudryashov missed with a left hook then connected with a straight right to finish Gomez and claim the WBA International cruiserweight title.
Masternak-Mormeck Confirmed For December 5
The hotly anticipated cruiserweight clash between Mateusz Masternak (33-2, 24 KOs) and Jean Marc Mormeck (37-5, 23 KOs) has been confirmed for December 5 at the Palais des Sports in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France.
Masternak, who returns following the fourth-round stoppage of Ben Nsafoah, is ready to get his world title ambitions back on track when he travels to Hauts-de-Seine to face the legendary French cruiserweight on his home turf.
‘’Mormeck is a great boxer,’’ said Masternak. ‘’He may have struggled at heavyweight but as a cruiserweight he is still very dangerous. I will need to be 100% prepared, but I believe in ....continue
Benmakhlouf & Visic Clash For WBF Intercontinental Title
Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf vs. Tony Visic for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Cruiserweight title headlines a big card, also featuring former world champion Jean Marc Mormeck in a non-title fight, at the Palais des Sports Robert Charpentier in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France on Friday December 5.
37-year-old Algerian-born Benmakhlouf is best known for losing a decision to living legend Roy Jones Jr. in Russia last December, but he has since returned with two convincing stoppage victories this year, one in Algeria and one in France.
While he turned professional in 2004 at Heavyweight, and has since fought sporadically at that weight class, he is now firmly established at Cruiserweight, and brings a stellar 19-4-1 (10) record into what will be his first crack at a meaningful title.
In Tony Visic, Benmakhlouf will be fighting an opponent much better than his 15-15-1 (4) record suggests. The Croatian only turned pro in June of 2011, and started his career as a busy journeyman, taking many fights on short notice and away from home.
In 2012 he still managed to defeat undefeated Tefik Bajrami (5-0) in Kosovo, and later that same year beat another undefeated prospect in Herve Hubeaux (11-0) to lift a minor title in Belgium. He has won five of his last six bouts, and will be attempting to continue his climb against Benmakhlouf on December 5.
The Benmakhlouf vs. Visic WBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight title fight, supported by a strong undercard, will be promoted by Nasser Lalaoui.
Kalenga Defeats Daley Now Targeting Lebedev
CORK, Ireland (Nov. 18, 2014) - Fresh off of his devastating 12th round knockout of previously undefeated No. 2 contender "Dangerous" Denton Daley (12-1) this past Saturday night, as the official WBA mandatory challenger, Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion Youri "El Toro" Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs), has set his sights next on WBA "regular" champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) with a loftier goal to eventually unify all the world titles.
"I want to fight Lebedev next and my promoter, Michael King (King Sports Enterprises), will bring that fight to Los Angeles," Kalenga said. "Once I beat Lebedev, I will take on the other world champions - (IBF) Yoan Pablo Hernandez, (WBO) Marco Huck or (WBC) Grigory Drodz. Give me any and all of them!"
The 26-year-old Kalenga, the Congolese fighter who lives in France, captured the Interim WBA title this past June in Monte Carlo, taking a 12-round split decision (116-112, 115-113, 113-115) over Mateusz Masternak (32-1).
Last Saturday evening, in front of 6,000 partisan fans in the first world heavyweight championship bout held in Mississauga, Canada, hometown favorite Daley was dropped by Kalenga in the ..continue
Cruiserweight Boxing News Summary for October 2014
By Michael Amakor | October 26, 2014
The cruiserweight division has been in a funk recently. At the beginning of the year we started out with Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20KOs) as champion at the WBA, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35KOs) at the WBC, Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26KOs) at the WBO, Yuan Hernandez (29-1, 14KOs) at the IBF, Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10KO’s) at the IBO and Roy Jones (59-8, 42KOs) holding the German version of the WBU all seemingly in position for a unification contest if it would only be arranged, especially with the entry of Roy Jones into the Division’s championship picture.
However there has been no push for unification by the fighters or any of the stakeholders to date. None of the champions are calling each other out and none of them has expressed a strong desire to be the Undisputed Cruiserweight champion. The Division needs to focus on getting an undisputed champion who will attract fans to help earn the monster paydays lacking in the division causing it to be the proverbial pit stop for fighters on their way to the heavyweight division.
Instead of unification, we saw a rash of defenses with aging former champions Firat Arslan ...more
World Championship double-header in Oldenburg: Hernandez to defend IBF title against Afolabi
Boxing fans can look forward to a double-header of world championship action on December 6 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. In addition to Juergen Braehmer’s scheduled WBA World Light Heavyweight title defence against Pawel Glazewski, Cuban cruiserweight king Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) will co-headline with a mandatory defence of his IBF World title against Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs).
‘’Team Sauerland stands for first-class boxing entertainment,’’ said Frederick Ness, Managing Director of Sauerland Event. ‘’This is something we wanted to emphasise by bringing fans two world championship fights on December 6.’’
Yoan Pablo Hernandez, is back in action following a successful defence of his IBF ti...MORE
Chakhkeiv Destroy Fragomeni
At the Luzhniki Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia on October 24, 2014, 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (20-1, 15 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round KO over 45-year-old Giacobbe Fragomeni (32-5-2, 12 KOs) to claim the vacant European cruiserweight title. Chakhkiev dropped Fragomeni in rounds three and four. Frogmen stayed down after his second trip to the canvas.
The fight was on the Undercard of Povetkin vs Takam.
Ferrante Stops July
By Gary "Digital" Williams
In a co-feature, Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July was stopped in the second round by former Pennyslavania Cruiserweight title challenger Tony "Boom Boom" Ferrante of Philadelphia, PA, on October 25.
July's lack of power proved to be the undoing as he could not keep the powerful Ferrante away. After Ferrante felt July's punches in the first round, he came right after July in the second, staggering July around the ring.
Ferrante finished his work with a brutal straight right hand that toppled July back-first to the canvas. July tried to get to his feet but couldn't and the bout was stopped at 1:26.
July is now 16-2-3, six KO's while Ferrante is 14-6, nine KO's.
Former World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Heavyweight Champion Tamas Kovacs will be moving up in weight and take his first step back towards the top when he faces old foe Hamza Wandera from Uganda for the vacant WBF International Cruiserweight title on Friday October 31 in Trnava, Slovakia.
Kovacs, 24-1 (15), won a split decision over Wandera, 18-7-3 (13), in February 2011, after a brutal encounter where he had to climb off the canvas twice in the final round, and now he has an opportunity to do better in the rematch, and Wandera gets a chance to complete what he came so close to doing in the original encounter.
The WBF Championship tripleheader, headlined by Kovacs vs. Wandera II, will be promoted by Profibox-Promotions, and is set to also feature a solid undercard of interesting bouts with local talents.
Integrated Sports Media to distribute World title fights in N. America
Wlodarczyk-Drozd, Lebedov-Kolodziej Saturday, Sept. 27 live on PPV from Moscow
HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 8, 2014) — Integrated Sports Media (ISM), North America’s undisputed leader of major boxing pay-per-view distribution, announced today that it will bring “Clash of the Cruiserweights” to North American fans, Saturday, September 27, live from Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia.
Three world championship fights will be featured on “Clash of the Cruiserweights,” promoted by Andrey Ryabinsky (World of Boxing), which is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via IN Demand, DISH and Vuboquity for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. For additional information please visit www.IntegratedSportsnet.com.
Two-time world champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs), of Poland, defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight title for the eighth time ..continue
No this wasn’t wrestling but professional boxing. Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu of Johannesburg, SA vs. Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson of Philadelphia, PA fighting for Mchunu’s NABF Cruiserweight Title. Throughout the bout Mchunu kept jabbing and working his defense even when Wilson was backing up Mchunu. Mchunu landing the cleaner shots. By the end of the 6th round Wilson was taking too many punches to the face. His nose is bright red. My favorite round was the 7th when both fighters exchanged punches in a rockem sockem kind of round. In the 10th round the referee deducted a point away from Mchunu for holding. Judges scored the bout 96-93; 99-90 and 98-91 all for ...continue
The Rock vs. The Ultimate Warrior Fight Slated as Main Event for Special NBC Broadcast Edition of Fight Night Live from Foxwoods Sep. 20
Mashantucket, CT: Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs), the South African cruiserweight who burst onto the scene last August with an upset over “Fast” Eddie Chambers at Mohegan Sun returns to Connecticut to defend his NABF Cruiserweight Title against Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson as the main event on a special broadcast NBC afternoon edition of Fight Night on Sep. 20 live from Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Mchunu, 26, is a southpaw from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and had fought exclusively on his home soil before making his Fight Night debut on August 3, 2013 against “Fast” Eddie Chambers. Thabiso stunned audiences when he defeated Chambers via unanimous decision in ten rounds. He made his second appearance on Fight Night on Jan. 24, 2014 with another unanimous decision victory, this time defeating Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola, also in ten rounds and capturing the then-vacant NABF Cruiserweight Title. This will be his first title defense.
The always-confident Mchunu said this about his upcoming fight with Wilson, “I’m ..continue
1st World Championship fight coming to Mississauga Interim WBA cruiserweight champ Youri Kalenga Defends title against undefeated Denton Daley Nov. 15 at Hershey Centre in Ontario, Canada
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada (September 3, 2014)) – Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion Youri “El Toro” Kalenga (20-1, 13 KOs) will defend his title November 15 against undefeated, No. 4-rated “Dangerous” Denton Daley (12-0, 6 KOs) at Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Kalenga-Daley will headline “World Championship Boxing,” promoted by United Boxing Promotions (UBP). It will mark the first world title fight ever held in Mississauga, as well the first in the province of Ontario in 4 1/2 years, since Mississauga-native Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor defeated Takalani Ndlovu in Rama by 12-round decision for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight championship. Kalenga-Daley will also be the first major world championship fight held in the Toronto market since March 29, 1966, when hometown hero George Chuvalo lost a 15-round unanimous decision at Maple Leaf Gardens to world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
The Kalenga-Daley winner will become the mandatory challenger for the winner of a September 27th WBA World “regular” cruiserweight championship match in Moscow between defending champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) and unbeaten ...continue
Unbeaten in 21 fights with thirteen knockout victories to his credit – Mirko Larghetti will be facing Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) for “The Captain’s” WBO Cruiserweight World Championship on August 30. The Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany will play host to Huck’s 13th defense of the title he acquired back in August of 2009. If successful, the protégé of coach Ulli Wegner will equal Johnny Nelson’s record for the most title defenses in the cruiserweight division.
However, Larghetti has other plans. The Italian is still fuming over the cancellation of his title bid on March 29, which saw Huck injuring the thumb of his right hand in preparation of their fight. “I was ready back then and I am even more ready now,” said the 31-year-old, adding: “Hopefully, Huck is more careful with his hands this time. I want to show him and the boxing fans that I am a better fighter and the man to put an end to his title reign.”
Nevertheless, Huck is not intimidated by the challenger’s taunts, countering: “This will be Larghetti’s first and last world title fight. When I am done with him he will wish not ever having shared the ring with me.” “The Captain” has a motto for this fight: “I will make Spaghetti out of Larghetti!”
Huck was last seen defending his WBO Belt against compatriot Firat Arslan via TKO6 on January 25.
Tickets for the WBO Cruiserweight World Championship on August 30 will go on sale by Monday, July 7, via www.gerryweber-world.de and www.eventim.de.
Hernandez vs Arslan on August 16
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KOs) is set to defend his IBF World Cruiserweight Title against Team Sauerland stable mate and former WBA World Cruiserweight Champion, Firat Arslan (34-7-2, 21 KOs). The pair will meet on August 16 at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany.
Hernandez returns in what will be his first fight of 2014. The Cuban cruiserweight last defended his belt with a spectacular knockout victory over Alexander Alekseev in November 2013.
“I had a stomach virus which kept coming back, so I could not box,” says Hernandez, also known as “Iron Man”, who is now fully recovered and ready to get back into the ring. „I am very happy to be fighting again. I’m in top shape and there is no way my title will be taken from me.”
For his challenger Firat Arslan the fight for the IBF cruiserweight Crown could well be his last chance to end his illustrious career with a world title. Arslan, who lost against WBO Champion Marco Huck in January, returned to winning ways with a victory over Tamas Bajzath and is now preparing for his shot at the IBF Champion.
„I would like to thank Team Sauerland for once again delivering me a world title shot,” said the 43 year-old Arslan. „I will do everything I can to ensure that the audience will see a great fight. I hope to fulfill my dream of becoming world champion again.”
Hernandez and Arslan will come face-to-face for the first time at a press conference on July 3.
Tickets for their world championship fight on August 16 in Erfurt, Germany are available via www.eventim.de.
MASTERNAK PRIMED FOR FIGHT AGAINST KALENGA FOR WBA INTERIM CHAMPIONSHIP CRUISERWEIGHT PUNCHER MATEUSZ MASTERNAK AIMING TO JOIN STABLEMATES HUCK AND HERNANDEZ AS WORLD CHAMPION
June 13, 2014 – Cruiserweight contender Mateusz Masternak (32-1, 23 KOs) believes next weekend’s WBA interim championship bout against Youri Kalenga (19-1, 13 KOs) in Monte Carlo is the most important of his career.
The two will fight on the “KO at the Casino” Golden Gloves card on June 21 alongside the likes of Martin Murray and Hekkie Budler.
“If I win, I will be just one step away from the world championship,” said the 27-year-old from his base at coach’s Piotr Wilczewski’s gym, which is located in Dzierżoniów in south-western Poland.
Masternak is rated #12 by the WBC, #6 by the WBA and #9 by the IBF.
He expects nothing less than a gruelling fight against Kalenga (WBA #7), who ....continue
BJ Flores back in Cruiserweight title hunt with 1st round knockout over Adam Collins
Editorial: One knockout win over an overmatched unknown underdog does not a championship contender make. BJ Flores did not fight in 2013 after winning the NABO & NABA titles in 2012. He seems to be consumed with his commentating duties. He needs to decide whether he wants to be a Commentator or a fighter. He is making all the right noises now, but he better gets more fights under his belt if he is to stand a chance against any of the champions as he has indicated.
LAS VEGAS (May 15, 2014)--This past Saturday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Cruiserweight contender BJ Flores scored a spectacular 1st round KO in a bout that was scheduled for six rounds. Collins hit the ground after a picture perfect right hand of Flores connected in the very first round.
Flores of Las Vegas upped his record to 29-1-1 with 19 knockouts and looked sharp despite coming off a 17-month layoff.
"I have the power, speed and talent and its finally time to put it all together. I have had some business opportunities over the last two years that have kept me away from the ring but now I have the team in place and boxing has my full attention. I am ready to fulfill my potential. I have the perfect team in place to make sure I get those opportunities in the immediate future".
"I want to thank my team. The next year is the most important of my boxing career. All I want to do is get right back in the gym and prepare for my next fight. I have never had the luxury, since very early in my career of fighting and immediately having another fight scheduled in the upcoming weeks. My new team is taking care of all the outside the ring details and that allows me to focus only on training. I have nothing more to say. I will do all my talking in the ring", said Flores.
Flores, who has been drawing rave reviews as a ringside commentator on the NBC Sports Fight Night series, is ready to start making big noise in the Cruiserweight division.
Advisor Louie Decubas jr. says "BJ is an explosive fighter and he proved that again on Saturday night. BJ has shown very good power and speed and people are going to be very surprised when he continues to score KO'S as he moves up in opposition. With his amateur background and Great chin we feel he matches up with ANYONE in the division. We have some very big plans for him in the next few months. "
Masternak-Kalenga confirmed for WBA Interim title
Mateusz Masternak (31-1, 23 KOs) will face Youri Kalenga (19-1, 13 KOs) for the interim WBA World Cruiserweight title on June 21st at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.
Kalenga (19-1, 13 KOs), the France-based Congolese, replaces Junior Makabu, who withdrew from the contest earlier this week.
“It doesn’t matter who is put in front of me, the outcome will be the same,” said Masternak. “This is my big opportunity and no one is going to stand in my way. I know that Kalenga is a tough opponent but I will be ready for whatever he has to offer. I have been working hard in the gym and physically I am in the best shape of my life. On June 21 I will become a world champion. Losing is not an option.”
Kalenga, who has campaigned throughout Europe and enjoys a reputation as a dangerous puncher, is just as confident, saying: “I am very happy to get this opportunity to fight for the WBA Interim world title against Mateusz Masternak. Masternak is a very solid fighter and I have been watching his career for a while. This will be an excellent fight between two big punching warriors and the Congo will have a new world champion. His name is Youri Kalenga.”
Said Masternak’s promoter Kalle Sauerland: “We are delighted that, together with Golden Gloves, we have managed to present a great fight for a world championship. After Junior Makabu made the mistake of turning down such a prestigious honour we are happy to have arrange what can arguably be seen as an even tougher challenge for Masternak in Monaco. With the other fights that Golden Gloves has planned this really will be a night to remember.”
The cruiserweight title clash will feature on Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves’ ‘’KO at the Casino’’ tournament. British middleweight Martin Murray headlines against Max Bursak of Ukraine for the vacant WBC Silver Middleweight title.
WBA/IBO minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler will make his European debut against Pigmy Kokietgym and undefeated former IBO super-middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen will make his debut at light heavyweight against former African champion Doudou Ngumbu.
GUILLERMO JONES VS DENNIS LEBEDEV II
By Michael Amakor | April 25, 2014
The long awaited rematch in the Cruiserweight Division is finally upon us.
Today, April 25, 2014, WBA Cruiserweight Interim Champ Dennis Lebedev (24-1-1, 18KOs) faces champion in recess Guillermo Jones to settle all accounts for the WBA World cruiserweight title at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow.
There has been a lot of drama surrounding this rematch as Panamanian Slugger Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KO) was stripped of the title he won after testing positive for duiretive furosemide in their first fight on May 17, 2013.
In that fight Dennis Lebedev was winning on points before a couple of shots and head butts contorted up his face, closed his eyes and rendered him unable to defend himself against Jones who rebounded to KO him in the 11th round.
After a lot of wrangling and counter threats by both parties, mostly engineered ..continue
By: George Hanson Jr., Esq | Friday, January 31, 2014
Anthony “The Bull” Caputo (14 wins – 2 losses – 0 draws – 10 kos) of Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania is a throw-back fighter who doesn’t say much and pays little or no attention to pre-fight diagnostics or prognostics. Thus, he never commented on or acknowledged trainer Mike Cassell’s prediction that his fighter Anthony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (12 wins – 4 losses – 0 draws – 7 kos) of Philadelphia was going to separate him from his senses in their scheduled 10-rounder for the vacant Pennsylvania State cruiserweight title. At the press conference a week aback, Cassell told me that it was not going past five rounds. It didn’t appear to bother Caputo, but it must have seeped into his psyche where it festered like an infected wound. At the pre-fight interview he told me that he was coming forward and it was going to be a war. Morale of the story—don’t ..read more
First voluntary title defense for Yoan Pablo Hernandez on March 29! However, the task ahead for the IBF Cruiserweight World Champion is anything but easy. At the famous Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany, Hernandez will collide with Pawel Kolodziej.
"Since becoming a world champion, Pablo exclusively had to fight the top-rated contenders of the IBF," said Hernandez coach Ulli Wegner, adding: "With Kolodziej you can add number four to that list!" The challenger from Krynica Zdroj, Poland, is unbeaten in 33 fights with 18 wins by KO to his name and is currently ranked at number two by the IBF, with the first spot being vacant. Wegner believes this is a first: "I cannot remember a champion who was set to defend his world title back to back against the best placed contenders." Hernandez had three mandatories in succession since winning the IBF-Belt against Steve Cunningham in October of 2011.
Hernandez himself could not care less about those facts. "Number one or Number 15 - this is still for the championship of the world," knows the "Iron-Man", who picked up his moniker recently with a titanium-plate implanted in his left hand, which broke twice in the past. "There are no easy opponents when you are at the top of your division. I always have to prove that I am the best in the world and that is what I will do again come March 8!"
Anyhow, the match-up between Hernandez and Kolodziej will be on an equal footing - at 6 feet 4 (1, 93 m), both champion and challenger share the same height.
Tickets for the big fight night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany can be purchased at www.eventim.de.
MARCO HUCK CRUSHES ARSLAN IN REMATCH
January 25, 2013: Marco Huck defended his WBO Cruiserweight Crown for the 12th time by stopping former champion Firat Arslan in the 6th round in a brutal rematch. Marco Huck Remains the #1 ranked cruiserweight at Fightkings.com. LONG LIVE THE CRUISERWEIGHT DIVISION
MCHUNU WINS NABF CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE
Atlantic City January 25, 2014 - The third season of Fight Night on NBC Sports Network opened with a nationally televised doubleheader from the Superstar Theater at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. In the nationally televised co-feature bout, Thabiso Mchunu's awkward southpaw style proved too troublesome for Olanrewaju Durodola, 15-2, 14 KOs. Despite a significant disadvantage in height, Mchunu, 14-1, 9 KOs, pressed the action, and landed more frequently.
"He didn't want to commit," Mchunu said of his opponent. "Most of the time he was waiting for me. I thought he was going to throw more punches than he did, but he surprised me...I learned a lot tonight."
In round two, a Mchunu left hand sent Durodola to the canvas, but he managed to get up and fight on for the rest of the scheduled distance.
Durodola and Mchunu Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Mchunu went on to capture a comfortable 10-round unanimous decision by scores of 98-91, 97-92 and 96-93. The victory earned Mchunu the NABF cruiserweight title.
JULY DEFEATS SHERIFI IN ATLANTIC CITY
Atlantic City January 25, 2014 - The third season of Fight Night on NBC Sports Network opened with a nationally televised doubleheader from the Superstar Theater at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
In the opening fight of the night, southpaw Venroy July, 16-1-2, 6 KOs, won by unanimous decision over Sevdail Sherifi, 9-3-3, 8 KOs, in their 6-round cruiserweight bout. Sherifi started fast, but July surged in the last four rounds to take control of the fight.
(January 22, 2014) – Undefeated North American Boxing Association (NABA) cruiserweight champion “Dangerous” Denton Daley (11-0, 6 KOs) is set to make his second title defense Saturday night, February 15 against veteran Andres Taylor (21-5-2, 8 KOs) at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Denton is a 31-year-old Brampton native, who trains in Kitchener, Ontario, and is rated No. 7 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 14 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). Taylor is a former World Boxing Foundation (WBF) All-Americas cruiserweight champion from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Denton vs. Taylor is the 12-round main event on “Doomsday,” promoted by United Boxing Promotions (UBP) in association with Title Fight Promotions. Denton’s promoter... read more
(DECEMBER 30, 2013)--On Friday night, January 31st, Joey Eye Boxing Promotions will present a great night of championship boxing at Harrahs Philadelphia.
In the main event, it will be a battle of two of the most popular fighters in the Philadelphia area as Tony "Boom Boom" Ferrante takes on Anthony Caputo Smith in a ten round battle for the Pennsylvania state Cruiserweight championship.
Ferrante of Philadelphia has a record of 12-4 with 7 knockouts and at age 29, he has a lot to prove.
He won his first nine bouts which included a 5th round stoppage over Anthony Pietrantonio (6-1).
After suffering his 1st two defeats to Chuck Mussachio (15-1-2) and Ronson Frank (15-0. Ferrante went on to score three consecutive stoppages before dropping fights to...read more
OLANREWAJU DURODOLA STEPS UP FOR NABF CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT WITH MCHUNU AS WILSON PULLS OUT DUE TO INJURY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24th NBC SPORTS NEWORK FIGHT NIGHT
RESORTS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL AND CASINO ATLANTIC CITY
January 3, 2013 - When the popular nationally televised live boxing series Fight Night returns for its Friday, January 24th season opener on NBC Sports Network, the co-feature bout will be an intriguing clash for the NABF championship belt between two African cruiserweights.
South African Thabiso "The Rock" Mchunu, 14-1, 10 KOs, meets Olanrewaju "God's Power" Durodola, 15-1, 14 KOs, of West Africa, in a 10-round fight at Resorts International Hotel and Casino, on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Durodola stepped in when Garrett Wilson was forced to pull out of the bout due to an injury. The fight is the main supporting bout of a card headlined by the 10-round middleweight encounter between Curtis Stevens and Patrick Majewski.
Thabiso Mchunu, of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, burst onto the US boxing ..read more
A decision has been made: WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) will rematch Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs) on January 25 in Stuttgart, Germany. Actually, the second encounter between Huck and Arslan should have gone forward on September 14. However, the defending champion suffered a hairline fracture to his left elbow in his final sparring session and was not capable to fight this weekend.
"I promise that I will give it my all in preparation of the new fight date and to be in top shape by early next year," said Arslan, who turns 43 on September 28. "This will be the hardest fight of Marco Huck's career to date!"
The WBO titlist is also happy that the fight will happen in January 2014. "First of all it was important to me that the doctors are optimistic about the healing process. I need to be at a 100 percent," confirmed Huck. "I will train the same way as I did for September 14. Come January 25, I will be in the best shape of my life."
Johnson Decisions Gunn; “The Celtic Warrior” Calls it a Career!
(December 19, 2013) – Former WBC-USNBC, WBA-NABA and IBA cruiserweight titlist Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn believed yesterday’s match up with boxing great Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson would serve as a perfect ending to a career that started four decades ago.
Gunn, a bare knuckle boxing legend who is well known for his toughness, previously came up short in big fights versus Enzo Maccarinelli, Tomasz Adamek and James Toney. Against Johnson, “The Celtic Warrior” planned to box with speed, stay on his toes and move his head.
Unfortunately, he was never able to get on track, taking a number of good shots from the aggressive and busier Johnson. As the rounds progressed, Johnson’s pressure bothered Gunn, who suffered a cut on his nose and showed a solid chin but was never able to ...read more
WBA: Denis Lebedev (Russia)
WBC: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (Poland)
WBO: Marco Huck (Germany)
IBF: Yoan Hernandez (Germany)
IBO: Ola Afolabi (UK)
WBU: Roy Jones
Not too long ago many of the heavyweights were less than 200 pounds, but in 1979 the cruiserweight division was created with a 200lbs weight limit and it has over time served as a pit stop for fighters like Evander Holyfield and David Haye on their way up to the heavyweight division and its heavier purses. They last time this division had a unified and undisputed champion was back in 2006 when O’Neil Bell stopped Jean Marc Mormeck to unify all the belts in the Don King promoted undisputed cruiserweight world championship, but they division lost its focus shortly thereafter. Another unified cruiserweight king hopeful David Haye claimed the WBC and WBA titles from Mormeck (who partially regained the titles from O’neil Bell in a rematch) and annexed the WBO title bringing tremendous excitement to the division, but he stepped up to the heavyweight division derailing any unification hopes.
Currently, the division is at a standstill as all the champions from 2012, Huck (36-2-1, 25KOs), Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35KOs), Hernandez (28-1, 14KOs) have further entrenched themselves at their organizations by suppressing tough title challenges in 2013 but there is no buzz whatsoever for a unification contest between any of them. As it stands right now boxing is split about which champion is the number one ranked fighter in the division and it is presently a toss up between Marco Huck and Hernandez.
Former interim champion Dennis Lebedev (24-1-1, 18KOs) was recently reinstated as the WBA champion after Guillermo Jones was stripped for reportedly testing positive for duiretive furosemide after his brutal victory over Lebedev last October. Presently we are back to the drawing board at the WBA as the once again reinstated Jones as “champion in recess”. Jones has vowed to punish Lebedev in a rematch still not past the purse bid stage yet. Only after the dust settles from that soon to scheduled encounter would the winner even think about challenging any of the other champions of the division.
We had hoped in 2013 that Hernandez and Huck would get to square off in an all-German super fight after they got past their mandatory challengers in 2013, and they both did get past them, with Hernandez knocking out Alekseev and Huck outpointing Afolabi in a trilogy. However there has been no hint at unification as Huck already has his sights set on a rematch with Firat Arslan and Hernandez has already announced a March 8, 2014 appointment against an unnamed opponent.
After the dust settles from those engagements, there might be a chance of a fourth fight between Huck and newly crowned IBO champ Afolabi to unify their titles, but that might be painfully unappealing to both of them after the damage they have inflicted on each other in their three previous engagements which included two wins and a disputed draw in favor of Huck in the past.
In December, we saw a flurry of activity in the Division with the sudden enthronement of Roy Jones, Jr as the WBU (German Version) champion after a hastily arranged fight, along with a failed attempt to crown another WBU (American Version) champion in the US. We can only pray that someone takes advantage of Roy Jones, Jr celebrity status and his penchant for fighting overseas these days and lures him into a unification tournament with a fistful of cash, otherwise we might not even see a partially unified champion emerge in 2014 in the cruiserweight division.
Hernandez vs. Alekseev: both camps promise a definite outcome
November 20, 2013 - Here are statements from today’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s showdown at brose Arena Bamberg, Germany for the IBF Cruiserweight World Championship between defending champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) and mandatory challenger Alexander Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs).
Yoan Pablo Hernandez: “I am in tremendous shape. 14 months away from the ring feels like ages. After my left hand fracture in January I want to show the fans a performance to remember this Saturday in Bamberg!”
Alexander Alekseev: “I have learned from my mistakes. It is an honor to fight for the World Championship and it will be even better to be called a world champion. I will not let this chance slip out of my hands. If I see any weakness in my opponent’s eyes, I will knock him out!”
Ulli Wegner (coach to Hernandez): “Last year, Pablo won a razor-thin decision here in Bamberg. That is the main reason to stage his comeback here. This time we will win in decisive fashion.”
Oktay Urkal (assistant coach to Alekseev): “Alexander won the European Championship on a Sauerland Event promoted show. I have the utmost respect for my former coach Ulli Wegner, but our time is now and Alexander Alekseev will win the IBF Cruiserweight Belt on Saturday.”
Tickets for the big fight night at the brose Arena in Bamberg can be purchased at www.eventim.de and www.boxen.com.
Cruiserweight World Champion to face mandatory Alekseev in Bamberg
October 13, 2013 - The wait is over. After having won the rights to stage Yoan Pablo Hernandez' (27-1, 13 KOs) mandatory against Alexander Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs), Team Sauerland is proud to announce that the IBF Cruiserweight World Championship is going to take place on November 23 at the brose Arena in Bamberg, Germany.
"This is going to be an instant classic," promises Ulli Wegner, head coach of Hernandez. "It will be a clash between two world-class technicians."
Hernandez is glad to defend the title he won versus American Steve Cunningham back in 2011 for a third time. "Finally I have my next title defense scheduled. I already wanted to fight this February but while being in training camp for this bout, I broke my left hand in sparring," said the 28-year-old champion, who is also recognized as the Cruiserweight World Champion by "The Ring Magazine". "After such a long break I see some hard work coming up against Alekseev. But as a world champion you have to fight what is set in front of you. He earned his mandatory spot so I am happy to face him on November 23."
Alekseev himself is highly motivated to dethrone the defending IBF-titlist. "This will be the most important fight of my career to date," assures the 32-year-old challenger. "Everything works the way it should be in training and I promise that I will take this chance and beat Hernandez!"
Tickets for the big fight night on November 23 in Bamberg, Germany can be purchased at www.eventim.de.
Roy Jones Jr. And Bobby Gunn Clash For WBU World Cruiserweight Clash On Dec 4th
World Boxing Union President Don ‘Moose’ Lewis today officially announced that Roy Jones Jr. will face Bobby Gunn, at the National Guard Armory in North Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday 4th December 2013 for the WBU World Cruiserweight title.
During his twenty four year professional career Jones Jr. has secured world titles in four different weight catagories – Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight – and is the only boxer in history to start his career as a Light Middleweight and then go on to win a Heavyweight Championship.
On winning the WBA Heavyweight title, by beating John Ruiz by unanimous decision on the 1st March 2003, Jones Jr. made history by becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years.
However, whilst he has been one of the most successful sportsman of his age, Jones Jr. makes no secret that before retiring he wanted to add the ‘missing’ Cruiserweight crown to ...continue
The Day I Almost Fought a Legend By: George H. Hanson Jr., Esq. | November 10, 2013
Never underestimate a child – Ok folks so we are in the boxing gym earlier today. And little Legend Wilson (who I am holding in the picture below) came to the gym with his father andUSBA cruiserweight champion – Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson. As is customary, Legend and I exchanged pleasantries and we talked about “the family” with him explaining that he left his brother and two sisters at home so he could come to the gym with his dad. Oh I forgot to tell you that Legend is my un-official boxing advisor despite being only three-years-old. He is not always right but seldom wrong. He picked Marquez to stop Pacquiao, Garcia to knock out Khan and Mayweather to beat Alvarez! LOL. Oh, back to my story. So I had just finished working out – sparring ten rounds and bumped into little Legend again by the sit-up..continue
Polish Action Hero 'Diablo' Wlodarczyk to Defend WBC Championship Against Arch Rival Fragomeni on Friday, December 6, 2013, at Chicago's UIC Pavilion
November 6, 2013 - On Friday, December 6, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, promoters Andrew Wasilewski and Piotr Werner of Ulrich Knockout Promotions, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing and Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Promotions will once again bring world-class professional boxing back to the Windy City with their latest blockbuster event, this one entitled "World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3".
In the night's 12-round main event, WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof "Diablo" Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, will attempt to make the sixth defense of his title and complete an epic trilogy of fights with Milan, Italy's former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe "Gabibbo" Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs).
Tickets for "World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3" are priced at VIP $201, VIP Ringside $151, Ringside $101, Box Mezzanine $76, Reserved Mezzanine $51, and General Admission $31 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices: 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740.
Current WBC (and former IBF) World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk is a blood-and-guts warrior who can't seem to be in a bad fight. The 32-year-old was last seen coming off the canvas to stop then-undefeated 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist and continue
Polish Action Hero 'Diablo' Wlodarczyk Fight Nominated for "Fight of the Year" and "Dramatic Fight of the Year" by WBC
6, 2013 - At the third day of 51st WBC Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, the WBC announced that WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof "Diablo" Wlodarczyk's dramatic come-from-behind victory over Rakhim Chakhkiev, last June at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia, has been nominated for Fight of the Year" and "Dramatic Fight of the Year".
Making the fifth defense of his title, Wlodarczyk came off the canvas to drop Chakhkiev, a gold medalist 2008 Beijing Olympics, in round six, seven and eight, before finally gaining the stoppage in round eight. The fight was a sensational back-and-forth war, which teetered on the brink of victory for both men at different times.
Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) will return to action on Friday, December 6, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago when he defends his title against former champion Giacobbe "Gabibbo" Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs).
Presented by Andrew Wasilewski and Piotr Werner of Ulrich Knockout Promotions, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing and Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Promotions, "World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3" will also include the return of Chicago's Polish Prince, Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 14 KOs).
September 24, 2013 - South African veteran Danie Venter is the new World Boxing Federation World Cruiserweight Champion after defeating Shawn “The Sniper” Cox from Barbados for the vacant title on Saturday night, September 21, at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria.
Venter put on a fantastic performance as he destroyed the usually dangerous Cox in the first round. Already inside the first few seconds Venter knocked Cox down, and he didn’t waste any time following up to finish the fight with some ferocious punching later in the stanza.
After the crowning moment of his ten years as a professional, Venter, who represented his country in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, improved his ledger to 18-6 (13). Shawn Cox, losing his second shot at world honours after winning a few regional titles, dropped to ..click here
Huck outclasses Afolabi in decisive victory
June 8, 2013: Marco Huck is still the WBO Cruiserweight World Champion. Before a massive crowd of 5,000 spectators at Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany, he beat the previous interim titleholder Ola Afolabi. It was not the win itself that was so surprising but the way the 28-year-old achieved it. Throughout the whole twelve rounds he showed a disciplined performance and won on points by scores of 117:111, 115:113 and a confusing 114:114.
After a short-lived feeling-out it was the defending champion who took control with eye-catching combinations, which rattled his challenger. Afolabi tried to tire out Huck, by aiming for the German´s body most of the time but without much effect. Instead it was the Briton, who tired late in the championship rounds. Besides putting his well-known warrior’s mentality on display, Huck was counter-punching Afolabi for most of the fight.
“Today, I proved that I am first and foremost a boxer and not just a warrior inside the ring,” said Huck after the fight, his eleventh defense of the WBO Title. “This time, I was....continue
Afolabi confident – “I see myself stopping Huck early
May 3, 2013 - Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) thinks he is ready to finally claim the WBO Cruiserweight World Championship. On June 8, the man from Great Britain will renew his feud with defending champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs). After previously losing and fighting Huck to a draw, Afolabi believes that now it is his time to shine at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. For that reason, the 33-year-old has brought himself into tremendous shape due to changes in his preparations leading up to the fight. In the following interview, Afolabi explains what he has done differently this time round and why he is time has come at last.
Ola Afolabi, it has been over a year that you last stepped into a ring. In May 2012, you fought out a draw against your very next opponent Marco Huck. What do you remember of the fight?
Ola Afolabi: It was extremely tough. Towards the end of it, I lost my focus. That allowed him to get back into the bout. My mental preparation ahead of the fight was not ideal and ..click here
Sparring for Huck – Intense preparation key for successful title defense?
May 14, 2013 - The wait for Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) is almost over. On June 8, the current WBO Cruiserweight Champion will lace-up his gloves for the very first time in his home city of Berlin, Germany after two and a half years on the road. The 28-year-old will take on interim-titlist Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in his eleventh defense of his belt and the third against the Brit.
“All good things come in threes”, said Huck, who is currently in the hot phase of his preparations. “So far Afolabi hasn’t been able to find a way to beat me and it won’t be any different this time round.” And of course the prodigy of Ulli Wegner wants to prove that he does not just talk the talk but also walks the walk. Hence, he will not be holding back during this week’s training as the sparring has just begun.
“We have laid down the foundations. Now we are waiting to see if Marco is able to stick to the tactics we worked on when he is under the pressure of sparring”, explained coach Wegner. “Afolabi will present a difficult challenge, partially due to Fritz Sdunek standing in his corner. However, I’m sure that we have the best sparring partners possible.”
The fact that he is fighting in his own backyard makes the third encounter with the Brit even more special for Huck. “I’m so excited to be back in Berlin and I want to give the boxing fans in Germany´s capital a real spectacle,” promised the champion. “That is why I will be giving it a 100 percent during my preparation. The spectators inside the Max-Schmeling-Halle have a real barnburner to look forward to.”
Tickets for the big fight night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany are available at www.eventim.de and www.boxen.com.
TARVER NAMES NEXT VICTIMS
In the aftermath of the Guillermo Jones victory over Dennis Lebedev to reclaim his WBA Crown currently suspended former IBO cruiserweight champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver hinted at an return to the ring on his facebook page. Here is what he had to say:
"My official "Hit-List" @dannygreenboxer @Marco_Huck @FelinoJones and Krzysztof Włodarczyk I expect to have one of these Champions in the ring as early as late July early Aug, No Excuses"
GUILLERMO JONES RETURNS AFTER 17 MONTHS OF INACTIVITY TO BRUTALIZE DENNIS LEBEDEV AND RECLAIM THE WBA CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE
Huck vs. Afolabi III in Berlin! WBO Title clash on June 8
April 29, 2013 - It is official! The fight between WBO Titlist Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) and interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) is going to be staged on June 8 in Berlin, Germany at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I’m glad that we have finally arrived at this point. I will be fighting in my backyard,” said an excited Huck ahead of the highly anticipated championship clash.
The first time the pair have met inside the ring was back in December of 2009 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Back then, the prodigy of Coach Ulli Wegner won a hard fought battle after twelve rounds by unanimous decision with scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112 to his name. After Huck’s brief spell as a heavyweight in a world title fight against WBA King Alexander Povetkin and with Afolabi recapturing the interim title, they met once again on May 5 of last year. The rematch in Erfurt, Germany again went the whole distance and the bout ended in a majority draw (114-114, 114-114 and 115-113), resulting in Afolabi keeping his WBO mandatory position.
Originally, Don King won the purse bid to Huck vs. Afolabi III, but the right to host the fight was handed down by the WBO to Sauerland Event. King failed to finalize necessary details within a set period. Hence Team Sauerland, the second highest bidder during February´s purse bid will now put on the show instead.
Sauerland Event’s Managing Director Chris Meyer: “After that was all set, we quickly came to an agreement with Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, who is looking after the interests of Afolabi. The fight will take place in Berlin on June 8.”
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck is excited about fighting in his home city of Berlin. “Ola Afolabi is a tough nut to crack. However, he won’t be causing me that much trouble again. I will prove who is the best in Berlin,” promised the 28-year-old.
Tickets for the big fight night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany are available from May 3 onwards. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventim.de and www.boxen.com.
By: George H. Hanson Jr., Esq. | February 11, 2013
Vampires do exist. In 1897 Dr. Abraham Van Helsing and his band of vampire hunters made the long trek from London to Transylvania— the Carpathian Mountain near the Borgo Pass—in hot pursuit of Count Dracula, the Prince of Darkness and Romanian aristocrat. Sedulous in their endeavor they brought an end to the vampire’s reign of terror by slitting his throat and impaling his heart. Dracula, the undead, disintegrated to dust, hurled into hell for eternity— over four centuries of evading sunlight and feasting on blood terminated.
Next Friday, February 15th Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13 wins – 5 losses – 1 draw – 7 kos), the USBA and NABF cruiserweight champion, his trainer/manager Rodney Rice and photographer Chris Toney will be boarding a plane at Philadelphia International Airport—final destination—Galati Romania. Absent will be....click here to continue
Too often in boxing, great fights never get seen because they did not get featured on HBO or Showtime.
Even when they do, those fights get quickly forgotten when more popular fighters repeatedly take center stage.
In deciding on my fighter of the year for 2012, I used several factors to arrive at my decision including giving more points to a fighter from heavier weight classes, rating the caliber of competition, judging the entertainment value of fights they had and post fight sentiment, and removed the restriction that they fighter remain unbeaten during the year.
Using those factors I choose Marco Huck (35-2-1, 32KO’s) the reigning World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) Cruiserweight champion and #1 ranked fighter in the division according to Fightnews.com as my fighter of the year, a brawler popular in ..click here