Last week in boxing: Jan. 19, 2016

Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

 

* Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder scored a spectacular ninth round KO over game challenger Artur Szpilka on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

 

* Carson, California’s Charles Martin won the vacant IBF heavyweight title with a third round stoppage of the previously undefeated Vyacheslav Glazkov on Saturday night at Barclays. Both Martin-Glazkov and Wilder-Szpilka were broadcast by Showtime in a rare, dual heavyweight title card.

 

* It’s official: Former welterweight Shawn Porter will challenge WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith Thurman, March 12 on Showtime.

 

* Showtime has acquired the US television rights to the highly anticipated Feb. 27 junior featherweight world championship unification bout between IBF champion Carl Frampton and WBA “regular” titlist Scott Quigg. The bout will air live on Showtime from Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

 

* Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye made his long-awaited comeback with a first round stoppage over world-rated Mark de Mori on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England.

 

* Espinoza Boxing has announced that ‏Oscar Valdez has accepted a fight against former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich. The bout will take place April 9 on the pay-per-view undercard of Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao III in Las Vegas.

 

* Team Sauerland won  the WBO purse bid to stage the fight between WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and undefeated mandatory challenger Gilberto Ramirez. The proposed date of the bout is April 9. The fight could land in support of the  Bradley-Pacquiao III card slotted for that date.

 

* “I’m baaaack: Thirty-seven-year-old former world champion Antonio Margarito is scheduled to face Jorge “El Maromerito” Paez Jr. on March 5 in Mexico City.

 

* After amassing over 100 professional prize fights, taking on some of the best fighters of the last two decades, the nearly 30-year-long career of former world champion Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas is set to end. The 44-year-old will close out his noteworthy run on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Butte, Montana, taking on Minnesota’s Anthony Bonsante. Campas is a former IBF world junior middleweight champion and has amassed an old-school, 105-17-3 (81) ledger.

 

* Canelo Alvarez, the current WBC middleweight world champion, was presented with his green and gold WBC “Diamond” belt by Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council in a special ceremony for the new champion in Mexico City last week.

 

* The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2016: Congratulations to…

 

– Fighters: Alexis Arguello, Freeman Barr, Hector Camacho Sr., Marvin Camel, Beau Jack, Ray Mercer, Mike Quarry and Sugar Baby Rojas

 

– Trainers: Dave Marks

 

– Media: Al Bernstein, Jimmy Gestwicki and Ira Glass

 

– Participant: Eric Bottjer.

 

– Officials: Ric Bays, Tommy Kimmons and Ruby Goldstein

 

– Boxing Achievement Award: Don Balas, Frank Gentile

 

* The WBA has named Guillermo Rigondeaux as its junior featherweight “champion in recess.” Now Rigondeaux will face the winner of the February 27 unification bout between WBA “regular” champion Scott Quigg and IBF champion Carl Frampton.

 

* WBA featherweight champion and two-division world titlist Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz will do battle with former world champion Kiko Martinez on Saturday, Feb. 20.

 

 

Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca and you can follow him at twitter.com/tibbs_bill.

 

 

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