By Joe Koizumi

Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Sendai is a beautiful city in northern Japan with a good population of more than a million residents, full of green trees, featuring many sightseeing places including the Aoba (green leaves in Japanese) castle. It is a bit cool in winter, but people here are anticipating hot wars with the WBC belts on the line tomorrow (Saturday). Unbeaten WBC 115-pound champ Carlos Cuadras (33-0-1, 26 KOs), from Mexico, will put his belt on the line against elongated Japanese challenger Koki Eto (17-3-1, 13 KOs) in the main event at the Xebio Arena. The semi-windup will watch another Mexican titlist, Pedro Guevara (26-1-1, 17 KOs) defend his WBC 108-pound title against Japanese speedster Yu Kimura (17-2-1, 3 KOs), ex-national amateur and professional champ.

Today we saw a weigh-in ceremony, where Cuadras and Eto both tipped the beam at 114.5, half a pound lighter than the super-fly limit, while Guevara scales in at the 108-pound light-fly limit to 107.5 for Kimura.

The WBC officials are as follows:

Cuadras vs. Eto

Referee Hector Afu (Panama); judges Barry Lindenman (US), Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) and Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand)

Guevara vs. Kimura

Referee Ian John Lewis (UK); judges same as for the main event

The supervisor for both title bouts is Major Lee Wonbok (Korea).
Having fought here on five occasions with as many knockout victories, Cuadras, 27, is a fairly good speaker of Japanese, though he just repeats proclaiming himself, “I’m beautiful. I’m fast. I’m strong.” Cuadras whose initials are CC seems to be following a pioneer with the same initials named Cassius Clay. The Mexican youngster nicknamed Principe (Prince) has already registered four defenses since he dethroned Srisaket Sor Rungvisai via eighth round technical decision in Mexico in May of the previous year. The flamboyant Cuadras is a busy-punching and fast-moving combination puncher now handled by Californian Rudy Hernandez. He has lately shown technical progress in the offense and defense thanks to his new trainer’s coaching.

Eto, standing 5’8” and four inches taller than the champ, is a pupil of former WBA junior flyweight champ, latest Hall of Famer Yoko Gushiken, who appeared to be very much motivated to produce his first male world champ (except ex-female titlist Naoko Yamaguchi). Eto, 27, once seized he WBA interim flyweight belt by upsetting Kompayak Porpramook on points thanks to scoring a last-round knockdown in 2013, though losing it in his first defense by a bitter final-round stoppage at the hand of Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep—both in Thailand.

Eto, a game puncher fond of swapping punches rather than boxing by utilizing his advantageous height and reach, acquired the vacant OPBF belt by a furious do-or-die come-from-behind eighth-round knockout over Filipino Arden Diale in June of the previous year. All the judges had tallied 63-68 against Eto, but he finally emerged victorious due to his mental durability. Since then, Koki, the eldest of Eto brothers, kept the OPBF belt twice by finishing Filipino Cris Paulino and stopping compatriot Yuki Fukumoto in give-and-take combats. The crowd-pleaser must realize that it will be dangerous to exchange punches toe-to-toe with such a knockout artist as Cuadras, but Eto most probably won’t be able to keep his head cool but swap punches so recklessly that the crowd will be on its feet. It will be a very interesting affair of the undaunted hard-punchers.

Pedro Guevara, 26, is an intelligent person that has recently acquired the qualification of lawyer after studying hard in a law school in Mexico. He stunned the Japanese audience when he won the vacant WBC belt by dispatching formerly two-time world champ Akira Yaegashi with a single body shot a year ago. The clever Pedro kept it twice by polishing off Filipino Richard Claveras via first round halt and unanimously decisioning mandatory challenger Ganigan Lopez to his credit. Despite a low KO ratio, Kimura is a skillful footworker who relies on his speed on hand and foot. Kimura, also a university graduate, gained the national 108-pound belt by eking out a split duke over Kenichi Horikawa in February of the previous year, and retained it on three occasions to show his technical progress. Should he be able to outbox and outfox the versatile Mexican champ, he might have a speedster’s chance as Paul Pender had upset Sugar Ray Robinson in 1960. Anything can happen in the squared circle.

The WBC doubleheader will be presented by Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions to be telecast live nationwide through WOWOW cable television here and in Mexico, too.



By Damon Gonzalez

Photo credits Nick Lourens

East London – A Columbian warrior that carries a hard hitting reputation Rudolfo Puente (16-1,2, 12 KO’s) coming off of a unanimous decision victory back in July of this year over Elkin Zavaleta, What you don’t see coming can hurt you bad and in this case Puente will collide against Simpiwe Vetyeka (27-3, 16 KO’s) this Saturday at Selborne Park Tennis Stadium East London Presented by Sijuta Promotions Championship Boxing #FillUpThePark.
Puente targeting to shock a few exports he’s not looking to bring a dull and lackluster fight to Vetyeka, He says that this is his toughest challenge and he is well prepared to go to war against Vetyeka come Saturday night. 
Vetyeka coming off of a lay off hasn’t been in the ring since December of 2014, believes he will be the stronger fighter there’s no serious obstacles at all in front of him and Puente does not appear to be dangerous to him.


#CampaHerrera #BarreraMurat @HBOLatino will air at 10p ET/PT a triple-header featuring PEDRO CAMPA (18-0, 14 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mexico vs. AARON HERRERA of Yucatan, Mexico in a 10-round welterweight rumble; SULLIVAN BARRERA (16-0, 11 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba vs. KARO MURAT (27-2-1, 17 KOs) of Kitzingen, Germany in a 12-round IBF Light Heavyweight Eliminator bout; & ARIF MAGOMEDOV (16-0, 9 KOs) of Chekhov, Russia vs. JONATHAN TAVIRA (12-3, 9 KOs) of Districto Federal, Mexico in an 8-round welterweight scrap.

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#THERECLAMATION Undefeated WBC No. 1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) and Adrian Granados (16-4-2, 11 KOs) faced off on Thursday ahead of their 10-round bout on Saturday, Nov. 28, on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME. Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME @shosports 
@butelucian, @jamesdegale1, @yvonmichelGYM, @interboxca, @stormalvarez, @SHOsports


@_young_master AMIR IMAM

“I know I’m taking a risk by taking this fight but I’m going to take advantage of this. I really don’t need rest because I’m in the gym anyway. So let’s just get this fight out of the way and I’ll just wait for the world title fight.

“I don’t feel pressure. I know what I jumped into when I got into this professional boxing game, and I have a good team around me. We’re a tight circle and very strong, and when the opportunities come, I’ll be ready to take advantage of it.

“People are talking about me wanting to fight Errol Spence and getting revenge (on a past U.S. Olympic boxing trials loss). I don’t have revenge on my mind. I mean, we could definitely do it when I move up a weight class, but right now I’m focused on a 140-pound title shot. I want that title shot in early 2016 against (current WBC world champion) Viktor Postol.

“(Postol) is a good fighter and he got the title for a reason, but you can’t hide and run for too long and my time is coming next year. You get one defense and then it’s all me. It’s all Young Master.”

#THERECLAMATION Undefeated WBC No. 1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) and Adrian Granados (16-4-2, 11 KOs) faced off on Thursday ahead of their 10-round bout on Saturday, Nov. 28, on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME. Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME @shosports 

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“I would say this is the biggest fight of my career. It’s going to be a great fight and I’m looking forward to a great night.

“(Imam’s) got a lot of tools and he’s very talented. We’ll take it round by round and make adjustments as the fight goes.

“I’ve rebounded well. I’m not satisfied with the way my career has gone and had a lot of bad decisions and management problems. I wasn’t brought along like my opponent was. But it’s helped me grow some thick skin and attributes to why I’m here today.

“I’ve faced tough fighters before and it’s not the first time I’ve been the underdog. I will pull off this upset.

“I’m looking to shock the boxing world on Saturday night.”

#THERECLAMATION Undefeated WBC No. 1 ranked super lightweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs) and Adrian Granados (16-4-2, 11 KOs) faced off on Thursday ahead of their 10-round bout on Saturday, Nov. 28, on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME. Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME @shosports 

@butelucian, @jamesdegale1, @yvonmichelGYM, @interboxca, @stormalvarez, @SHOsports


@klitschko_official you want fire well we are 2 days away from the burning fire as the hard hitting @klitschko_official targets destroying Tyson Fury on @hboboxing 


Live at the ESPRIT Arena the highly anticipated World Heavyweight Championship between undisputed and long reigning champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” @Klitschko_Official and #1 ranked mandatory challenger Tyson Fury set for Saturday, November 28th The event will be televised in the U.S. live on @HBOBoxing World Championship Boxing beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT. @WBABoxingOfficial @WorldBoxingOrg @IBOBoxing #IBFBoxing


By Damon Gonzalez (LatinBox Sports)
Tampa, Florida – Fighters are called cowards blasted all over social media when they duck a tough opponent in favor of a bout that will get them more money. And fighters are labeled as fools when they step into the ring with a foe who could spoil a sizable payday against a future opponent. Too often folks damn them no matter what the fighter does our days, In this case the very focused and determined Haitian warrior “Silky” Wilky Campfort doesn’t duck anyone, pulling double duty Campfort completed his training camp at Bull Dog Boxing and Fitness departs on Thanksgiving morning to Dallas, Texas. For Fight week as he gets set to fight in a extremely fortunate position facing Jermall Charlo this Saturday on PBC on NBC. 

I’m sure Charlo doesn’t believe it’s time looking past Campfort on the other hand believe that it is time for him, Campfort finally got here held back by boxing politics so long coming to fight in peak condition and mind sharp, I look for a very interesting fight Saturday night for the IBF Championship of the world.
#CharloCampfort – Super Middleweight from Tampa, Florida. “Silky” Wilky Campfort (21-1, 12 KO’s) looks to take on Jermall Charlo (22-0, 17 KO’s) on Saturday November 28th at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. They will battle for the Super World IBF Welterweight Title. Presented by Premier Boxing Champions and Leija Promotions.
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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Benson Henderson holds an open workout for fans and media during UFC Fight Night Open Workouts at Times Square on November 25, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Henderson likes fighting in the big stage a win over Jorge MASVIDAL will make the triumph even sweeter. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu / Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) #HendersonMasvidal #UFCFightNight @ufc @danawhiteufc @ufcmag @ufcfightpass