Tapales stops Omori in 11, WBO title now vacant

By Ryan Songalia

Marlon Tapales gained a measure of redemption after losing his WBO bantamweight title on the scales, knocking out Shohei Omori for the second time on Sunday at EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan.

The fight came to an end 16 seconds into the eleventh round as Omori was badly damaged from a knockdown at the end of the previous round which left him out on his feet as the bell sounded.

Tapales, who weighed nearly two pounds over the bantamweight limit after two attempts to make weight, had only pride to earn, and a bit of momentum as he moves into a full-time campaign at 122 pounds.

The fight was much tougher the second time around for Tapales (30-2, 13 knockouts), who bulldozed the previously unbeaten Omori (18-2, 13 KOs) with four knockdowns in two rounds in December of 2015 to a mandatory title shot.

Tapales had hoped to make the first defense of the title he won last July with a come-from-behind knockout of Pungluang Sor Singyu in Thailand. He nearly had a flashback of the knockdowns he suffered in the fifth round in Thailand as his knee almost touched the canvas from a slicing right hook to the body in the fifth, just moments after a headbutt opened up a cut on his right eyebrow.

All 3 judges had Tapales ahead by one point, 95-94, at the time of stoppage, according to Boxrec. The Tapales win means the belt is now vacant.

Just getting to the ring was already an accomplishment for Tapales, 25, of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. Co-manager James Salud tells RingTV that Tapales was unable to keep food down, and vomited a few hours later after trying to eat.

“We were a bit worried before the fight,” admits Salud, the son of Tapales’ head manager Rex “Wakee” Salud.

“It’s just heart and will. He hates losing.”

Salud says that Tapales will begin campaigning at 122 pounds.

With the title vacant, the WBO elevated the Arthur Villanueva-Zolani Tete fight on Saturday night in England from an elimination bout to a vacant interim title fight. Tete won by unanimous decision leaving him without a champion to face. An email has been sent to WBO president Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel seeking comment on the status of that championship was not immediately returned.

The fight was aired live in Japan on Tokyo Broadcasting System, but was not televised in the Philippines.

In the main event, Kazuto Ioka retained his WBA flyweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Noknoi Sitthiprasert.

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Ioka outclasses durable Noknoi to retain flyweight belt

By Ryan Songalia

It was all Kazuto Ioka from bell to bell as he out-boxed Thai veteran Noknoi Sitthiprasert to retain the WBA flyweight title on Sunday at EDION Arena in his hometown of Osaka, Japan.

Two judges scored the fight 117-110 and the third had it 116-111 for Ioka, who makes the second defense of the belt that was elevated to full championship status after Juan Francisco Estrada vacated his unified title.

Ioka (22-1, 13 knockouts) used his superior jab to keep the durable, if predictable Noknoi at bay, forcing him back with creative combinations, like an uppercut to the body followed by double overhand rights and a left hook in the fifth round, or a double left uppercut to the head followed by a left hook to the body in the sixth.

The constant barrage of blows which the hometown fighter rained down on his Thai visitor began to rearrange his face, beginning with a cut on the bridge of his nose in round six, and a stagger near the end of the eighth after Noknoi (62-5, 38 KOs) jumped in with a left jab, had it parried, and then Ioka filled the gap with a right hand to the chin that Noknoi never saw coming.

As futile as his offense was, Noknoi proved durable, remaining on his feet in an eleventh which could be a case study for a 10-8 round. At the 1:10 mark of that round, Ioka rolls off a pair of punches, then finishes Noknoi’s combination with a right hand and a left hook to the chin that made his head pivot and jerk violently. Noknoi remained standing, and as a show of pride in his first title fight after 66 previous fights, he landed a short uppercut in close.

The loss was Noknoi’s first since 2005, when he lost four of his first five fights before winning his next 61 fights against mostly average Southeast Asian opponents in Thailand.

Ioka is the number one rated flyweight in The Ring ratings.

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Oscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez, and Jessie Magdaleno win on Top Rank PPV

By Patrick L. Stumberg

The fight marked Valdez’s second title defense

Top Rank had a pay-per-view last night. If you, like the majority of functional human beings, felt that Oscar Valdez vs. Miguel Marriaga wasn’t worth over $50, fear not; I found some other suckers who bravely took the hit for us.

Marriaga, a gritty puncher out of Colombia who fell fall short in his first title bid against Nicholas Walters, reportedly gave the heavily favored Valdez everything he could handle. Strong early and late work carried WBO featherweight champ Valdez (22-0, 19 KO) to a too-wide decision victory, bolstered by a tenth-round knockdown. By the sound of it, Marriaga (25-2, 21 KO) continued to prove himself a consistent entertainer and Valdez asserted himself as one of the most exciting young talents under Top Rank’s employ.

Now let’s stop hiding these guys behind massive paywalls.

Gilberto Ramirez (35-0, 24 KO) and Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KO) cruised past respective opponents Max Bursak (33-5-1, 15 KO) and Adelison Dos Santos (18-3, 14 KO) in their WBO title defenses, as expected, while Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (1-0, 0 KO) opened the show with a wide technical decision over the headbutt-happy Edgar Brito (3-3-1, 2 KO).

On the undercard, Uzbek gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (1-0, 1 KO) suffered a knockdown twenty seconds into his pro debut, but fought back to knock out Victor Vazquez (7-3, 3 KO) in two.

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Mbenge stops Ness in seven

By Togorashi

By Ron Jackson

In a rather untidy affair, Thulani Mbenge won the South African welterweight title when he stopped defending champion Sean Ness in the seventh round at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old Mbenge (66, 65 kg) who suffered a cut under his right eye in the early in the fight made a fast start and dropped Ness (66, 45 kg) with a right hand to the side of the head. Ness was not hurt and came back immediately.

There was definitely a clash of styles with the orthodox Mbenge against the unorthodox southpaw style of Ness, and as a result from the second round the fight developed into a spoiling and holding a match with both fighters receiving warnings from referee Jaap van Niewenhuizen for holding and other offenses.

In the third round a barrage of punches sent Ness, 34, down in his on corner and after rising he took a battering until the bell.
However, the gutsy champion game back at Mbenge and managed to survive until another barrage of lefts and rights sent him down to knees in the seventh round, as the referee waved the fight off at 58 seconds into the round.

Mbenge improved his record to 10-0; 10 and Ness’s record dropped to 10-2-2; 5.

The unused judges were Simon Mokadi, Wally Snowball and Tony Nyangiwe.

In an eight round International contest that was no more than a sparring session South African junior-heavyweight champion Kevin Lerena (90,10 kg) outpointed a rather flabby Sergio Ramirez (88,40 kg) from Mexico over eight rounds.

The scores were 78-74 and 79-73 twice.

Lucky Mongebane (58, 32 kg) won the vacant Gauteng junior lightweight title when he stopped Ashley Dlamini (58, 97 kg) in the ninth round. Time was 1:27.

OTHER RESULTS: Super-middleweight: Ricky Tshabalala beat Gabriel Mngadi, tko 2; Junior-featherweight: Ayabonga Sonjica beat July Masuku, tko 2; Junior-welterweight: Jabulani Makhanzi beat Sibonelo Nzimande, tko 1; Light-heavyweight: Rowan Campbell beat Gerson Singo, tko 3; Strawweight: Dee Jay Kriel beat Xolisa Magusha, pts 8.

The tournament was presented by African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves.

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Team Fury: Hughie has back injury

By Togorashi

Team Fury/Hennessey Sports Statement: It is with our deepest regret that we have to announce that the WBO World Heavyweight Championship between the Champion, Joseph Parker, and mandatory challenger, Hughie Fury, scheduled for Saturday 6th May 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand, has been postponed.

Hughie has been declared medically unfit to box following a medical assessment. He has suffered an injury to his lower back which has been a serious issue for the last three weeks that has left him unable to train to his full capacity. Despite receiving intense physiotherapy treatment and his desire to fight for the WBO World title, after seeing his physiotherapist last Friday he has been advised to rest for 3-4 weeks before resuming training.

Understandably, Hughie is devastated by the injury which has temporarily halted his dream of fighting for the World Heavyweight Title, but the fight will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced shortly.

Hughie and Team Fury wish to express their sincerest apologies to Joseph Parker, the WBO, the fans and public in New Zealand and to all the boxing fans around the world who had been looking forward to the highly anticipated fight.

Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions will be making a further detailed statement shortly.

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Amanda Serrano makes history, wins fifth world title

By Scott Christ

Amanda Serrano delivered again, winning her fifth world title in Brooklyn.

Amanda Serrano made history last night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, becoming both the first five-division champion in Puerto Rican boxing history, and the first five-division champion in women’s boxing history.

Serrano (32-1-1, 24 KO) dominated the action against Dahiana Santana (35-9, 14 KO), leading to referee Benjy Esteves stopping the fight at 1:14 of the eighth round, with Santana still on her feet.

The win netted Serrano the WBO bantamweight title, as she’s taken a difficult and unique path to her five belts:

  1. IBF super featherweight (130 lbs) title, 2011
  2. WBO lightweight (135 lbs) title, 2014
  3. WBO featherweight (126 lbs) title, 2016
  4. WBO super bantamweight (122 lbs) title, 2016
  5. WBO bantamweight (118 lbs) title, 2017

“It means everything to me. We worked so hard. We worked hard for this moment,” Serrano said. “To be a five division world champion is amazing. To be the first female and first Puerto Rican is amazing.

“I’m so proud to be a Puerto Rican. I’m so proud to be a Showtime fighter. I’m just so happy for this moment. Just to be a five-division world champion, I could retire today and it’d be the happiest moment of my life. I’m just getting started. I hope I’m back again.”

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Results: Valdez, Ramirez, Magdaleno retain titles

By Scott Christ

The three titleholders coming in kept their belts last night in California.

Oscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez, and Jessie Magdaleno all did more or less as expected last night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, retaining their WBO world titles on Top Rank pay-per-view.

Valdez (22-0, 19 KO) was the headliner, and wound up with, as was also expected, the toughest of the matchups, outpointing Miguel Marriaga over 12 rounds. Scores were 116-111, 118-109, and 119-108, but it was a tougher fight than the scores reflect, as it started fast, and Marriaga was plenty competitive, and Valdez sort of punched himself out by the 10th round. Marriaga, a puncher himself, had some opportunities.

But Valdez dropped Marriaga in the 10th and rode that momentum to the victory, a solid win as he continues to basically work his way up the ladder while holding the WBO featherweight title. Marriaga drops to 25-2 (21 KO), with his losses coming here and against Nicholas Walters.

Gilberto Ramirez won another shutout decision to retain his WBO super middleweight title, beating Max Bursak on scores of 120-106 across the board. Bursak (33-5-1, 15 KO) was deducted points in the fifth and 11th rounds for holding. Ramirez (35-0, 24 KO) didn’t exactly light the world on fire in this one, and may be headed for a rematch with Arthur Abraham, who beat Robin Krasniqi on Saturday in Germany.

Jessie Magdaleno had the easiest matchup on paper, and in reality, stopping Adeilson dos Santos in the second round to retain the WBO super bantamweight title. Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KO) dropped dos Santos (18-3, 14 KO) twice in the second frame.

Undercard Results

  • Shakur Stevenson TD-6 Edgar Brito (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
  • Fazliddin Gaibnazarov KO-2 Victor Vazquez
  • Mahonry Montes SD-10 Francisco Santana (95-94, 96-93, 92-97)
  • Alexander Besputin UD-8 Breidis Prescott (80-71, 80-71, 80-71)
  • Maxim Dadashev KO-3 Bilal Mahasin

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