Friday, June 23, 2017

Boxing

  1. WBA, WBO, and IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) won his rematch with Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs)  by eighth round TKO on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas. In their first fight in November, Ward rallied from a second round knockdown to win a disputed decision against Kovalev, who many believed won the bout. The rematch was no less controversial. Ward hurt Kovalev with a right hand to the head, then hit him with three low blows before...
  2. WBA 'regular' super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (21-0-1, 11 KOs) scored a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over British challenger Paul Smith (38-7, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar, Germany. All three of the judges scores were 119-108 for Zeuge, who retained his title for the second time as Smith's third world title attempt ended in defeat.  Zeuge, 25, got the better of the opening two rounds, as he landed jabs and heavy hooks. Smith, 34, upped his...
  3. IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (24-1, 9 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Jonathan Victor Barros (41-4-1, 22 KOs) on July 15 at Wembley Arena on the undercard of the super middleweight fight between Chris Eubank Jr and Arthur Abraham. The 30-year-old Welshman had been scheduled to face Barros, 33, last January in Las Vegas, but the Argentine was ruled out 24 hours before the fight because he did not meet the licensing requirements of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, due to a...
  4. Former pound-for-pound king and five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (49-0, 26 KOs) will fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather, 40, made the official announcement on social media on Wednesday, confirming that he will come out of retirement to face 28-year-old McGregor in a boxing match. "IT'S OFFICIAL!!!" said Mayweather on his Instagram account next to a picture of both fighters. The bout will be scheduled for 12 rounds and...
  5. Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KOs) captured the IBF bantamweight title when he defeated defending champion Lee Haskins (34-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Northern Irishman floored Haskins twice on the way to a points victory, despite a shocking scorecard from American judge Clark Sammartino, who scored the fight 118-108 in favor of Haskins. It looks like Sammartino may have got the fighters names mixed up because there was no doubt Burnett won the...

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