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Beterbiev New IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Via TKO

By Raymundo Dioses

 

Artur Beterbiev used a workman like effort to defeat Enrico Kolling for the vacant IBF light heavyweight title in Fresno, California.

In front of more than 13,000 fans, Beterbiev (12-0, 12KO) had to outshoot a busy Koelling in the outset, yet as Koelling slowed Beterbiev kept up the pressure. Ultimately, Beterbiev's constant attack felled Koelling twice in the 12th round with referee Lou Moret waiving off the bout with thirty seconds left. 

Beterbiev, who turned professional in 2013 following two stints representing Russia in the Olympics, showed dominance in the power department as well as in total punches thrown with 1,111 puches to Koelling's 252. 

"He only wanted to survive and I really wanted that KO at the end," Beterbiev said through a translator. "This is what I have dreamed of my whole life. I am so happy."

The IBF light heavyweight title became vacant earlier this year when undefeated champion Andre Ward retired. 

1st Annual IBF B&R Regional Convention

 

 

 

 

Dear Members and Friends:

On behalf of the IBF B&R Regional Organization, we are delighted to announce that our 1st B&R annual convention will take place in Macau from October 25 – 29, 2017.  As you may be well aware, we established this regional body to promote our sport along the ancient Silk Road. We will integrate all the resources in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Oceania to make the sport of boxing boom in this region. We are optimistic that our first B&R convention in Macau will be a great success. Our goal is to plan a productive, informative and entertaining convention for all who attend.

We have prepared a very good hotel package in Macau for all of you, which includes five nights in a premium hotel, meal vouchers, convention registration accreditation card, local sightseeing and local transportation to and from airport/ferry terminal. 

--- US$500/per person - Single Occupancy

    --- US$350/per person - Double Occupancy

There are two airports in the area, Macau International Airport (MFM) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The Hong Kong International Airport offers many more flight options and airlines, and there is a ferry to Macau which takes approximately 70 minutes. We will arrange pickup at Macau airport and ferry terminal. (For more information please visit the webpages below.)

Hong Kong International Airport

https://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/transport-connection-with-mainland-china/ferry-transfer/passengers-transiting-to-prd-ports.html

Ferry Transfer from Hong Kong to Macau

https://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/transport-connection-with-mainland-china/ferry-transfer/ferry-schedule/ferry-schedule.html

Documents for Entry and Departure from Macauhttp://www.fsm.gov.mo/psp/eng/psp_top5_2_1.html

 

Note: If you are arriving in Hong Kong International Airport, please find the ferry check-in desk BEFORE Immigration Check.Your checked luggage will be handled by ferry staff.

Please send your Attendance Confirmation included in this registration packet by October 20th toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that we can arrange your room and all logistics in advance.

We thank you again for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in Macau in October.

All documents can be located in the Convention Tab on the IBF website menu bar.

 

Sincerely,

Daryl J. Peoples

President of International Boxing Federation

 

Ruihang Wang

President of IBF China

Golovkin Retains IBF 160 Title With Split-Draw Against Alvarez

 

By Raymundo Dioses

In a thrilling encounter, Gennady Golovkin retained the International Boxing Federation middleweight title over 12 compelling championship rounds against Saul Alvarez on September 16, 2017. 

Golovkin (37-0-1, 33KO), who was making the fourth defense of the IBF 160 pound title, faced his toughest competition to date in Alvarez.  The pair traded early and often inside the sold out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in a match that met the expectations of the fight that 22,358 fans in attendance and millions around the world had waited years to see. 

There were plenty momentum shifts during the fight that took place on Mexico’s Independence Day weekend as Alvarez had early success and went to Golovkin's body with force, while Golovkin fought behind a stiff jab and controlled the pace of the bout.  Alvarez was outshot by Golovkin 169-218 according to landed punch stats recorded by CompuBox. 

In the end the judges scored it 113-114 for Golovkin, 114-114 a draw and 118-110 for Alvarez in what is officially recorded as a split-draw.  Although both fist throwers threw and landed head rattling bombs, neither fighter was down in the fight; in fact, neither have an official recorded knockdown in their careers. 

"It was a big drama show... [The scoring] is not my fault. I put pressure on him every round," said Golovkin of the non-linear scorecards. 

"I think I was superior in the ring. I won at least seven or eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch and made Gennady wobble at least three times. If we fight again, it's up to the people. I feel frustrated over my draw," said Alvarez (49-1-2, 34KO), who was contesting for an IBF title for the first time in his 11 year career.  

CRAWFORD KO WIN IN 3RD OVER INDONGO FOR IBF JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

By Raymundo Dioses

 

Terence Crawford is the new IBF junior-welterweight champion.

The Omaha, Nebraska native started early and scored a dominant knockout win via body-shot against Joseph Indongo in their unification bout that took place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska in front of a crowd of 12,121. 

Crawford, (32-0, 23KO) knocked down Indongo in the second frame and while the defending champion was a game opponent, it was simply too much Crawford in the title bout, who was bolstered by the hometown crowd and an offensive weaponry that has the 29 year old in the sports pound for pound rankings. 

"I'm just blessed to be in this position," said Crawford.

"I have to thank Bob Arum and Top Rank. I'm blessed and humbled to be the undisputed champion of the world. It means everything.”

Indongo, (22-1, 11KO) was felled in the third with a left-hand body shot followed up by a stiff right hand to the midsection.  Referee Jack Reiss counted to ten for the traditional knockout win at 1:38 of round three. 

Indongo was making the third defense of the IBF’s 140 title.  The Namibia, Africa native won the IBF title via 1st round knockout over Eduard Troyanovsky in December 2016 and defended the title in April 2017 against Ricky Burns over 12 rounds with a unanimous decision. 

"We knew the body would be open, being that he swings so wild, and we could catch him in the middle of his punches," Crawford said. "I had tall guys in the training camp, so I was used to it and adapted to it. I feel great. I feel like I hadn't even fought."  

The Midwest favorite fights in and out of a traditional stance, also throwing effectively in a southpaw position; Crawford was fighting left-handed at the time of the final blows thrown in the fight.  His skillset has him ranked No. 6 on ESPN’s pound for pound list. 

Crawford unified all four sanctioning body titles (IBF, WBC, WBA, WBO) at junior-welterweight with the dominant win over Indongo and holds an International Boxing Federation title for the first time in a career that began in 2008.  Crawford is just the second fighter to become the undisputed champion in a division in the four-belt era; the first was former IBF titleholder and future Hall of Fame inductee Bernard Hopkins.  

Alfonso Prepares for USBA Southern Regional Title

Dallas, TX:  Cuban heavyweight and 2008 Olympian Robert Alfonso winds down camp at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym for his upcoming IBF USBA Southern Region title fight vs southpaw Jason Bergman (26-14-2, 17 KOs) of Birmingham. Alabama on August 11th at the Belk Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Alfonso was previously scheduled to to face 2004 USA Olympian Devin Vargas of Toledo, Ohio who withdrew with an injury. 

 

Formerly of Havana, Cuba and now residing in Dallas, TX,  Alfonso (12-0, 5KOs) is a 2 time 2007 and 2008 National Cuban champion and the 2007 gold medalist at the Pan American Games champion in Rio. He was eliminated in the first round of the 2008 Olympic games by Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov. Alfonso is managed by Jay Deas and is a frequent sparring partner to world champion Deontay Wilder.

 

Shields IBF Super Middleweight Champion Via TKO

By: Raymundo Dioses

 

“I worked real hard in the gym, I trained, I ate right, I went to sleep on time, I was real focused… I blocked all negativity. Getting the knockout gave me joy,” said Claressa Shields following her TKO win over Nikki Adler for the International Boxing Federation’s vacant super middleweight title.

Shields, (4-0, 2KO) dominated throughout the contest and displayed dominance in the speed and power departments, finally stopping Adler at 1:34 of round five via referee stoppage. 

“In the first round, I didn’t have any nerves or was nervous. I was ready for a war, and dominate, and knock her out,” said the Detroit native of her opponent.  Shields landed 136 total punches, while Adler reportedly landed only six punches the entire fight. 

“She wouldn’t punch,” Shields said. “I thought she’d be tougher. I thought after I knocked her back, she’d be more aggressive, but she just came in and I must have hurt her real bad because she stopped punching and I was able to dominate after I hurt her in the first round.”

Shields now finds herself the unified super middleweight champion (IBF, WBC) after only four professional fights in a career that started on the undercard of the first Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev fight card for the IBF’s light heavyweight title on November 19, 2016.  Shields is a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner in the middleweight division and is 22 years of age.