History was made in earlier today as Kazuto Ioka became the first Japanese boxer to win world titles in four weight classes, as he stopped Aston Palicte in 10 rounds to capture the vacant WBO junior bantamweight title. Earlier from that card in Chiba City, Japan, Hiroto Kyoguchi retained his WBA 108 pound title by defeating Tanawat Nakoon over 12 rounds by the scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 117-112.
Newly crowned unified heavyweight world titleholder Andy Ruiz Jr., who pulled a gargantuan upset when he knocked out Anthony Joshua to take his belts on June 1 in New York, will be feted by his hometown of Imperial, California, on Friday morning. There will be a parade and rally and Ruiz will be honored by community leaders, family and friends. Ruiz survived a knockdown and scored four knockdowns of his own against Joshua to became the first fighter of Mexican decent to win a heavyweight world title.
Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions on Tuesday won the purse bid at the IBF offices in Springfield, New Jersey, for the right to promote the fight between strawweight world titlist DeeJay Kriel, of South Africa, and mandatory challenger Sammy Salva, who is from the Philippines and promoted by Pacquiao. MP Promotions, which was the only bidder, won with an offer of $25,000. Kriel is entitled to 65 percent ($16,250) and Salva gets 35 percent ($8,750). MP Promotions’ Sean Gibbons told ESPN the fight will take place Aug. 24 in Manila, Philippines. Kriel will be making the first defense of the 105-pound belt he won by 12th-round knockout of Carlos Licona in February in Los Angeles.
Featherweight Shakur Stevenson, a 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and one of boxing’s elite prospects, is in need of a new opponent for his Top Rank Boxing on ESPN 10-round main event on July 13. Initial opponent, the unbeaten Hairon Socarras, is out of the fight over various issues, according to Top Rank, which is in the process of securing a new foe for what will be Stevenson’s first professional fight in his hometown, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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Moloney hurts Bangaiza in the 2nd round
Andrew Moloney hits Selemani Bangaiza with a body shot in the second, and Bangaiza looks reluctant to continue the fight.
Tyson Fury's comeback story is one to get behind
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And that's it, just like that, Fury comes out left-handed in the 2nd round and proceeds to break down Schwarz with a series of upper cuts, bloodying his nose, than knocking him down and then a barrage of punches in the neutral corner, had Schwarz's corner throwing in the towel near the end of the round.
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