No. 1-rated bantamweight Shinsuke Yamanaka defended his WBC title with a three-knockdown unanimous decision over Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, while junior welterweight Takahiro Ao outpointed Juan Carlos Salgado on Wednesday in Tokyo.
Gennady Golovkin fell back on his conservative, safety-first style against Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday, carefully picking opportunities to pitty-pat his way to a bloodless, 12-round decision. Totally kidding, of course. Photos by Naoki Fukuda.
The Axe Man cometh, The Axe Man chops down Donaire, pick your cliche … Nicholas Walters is a bad mofo. Photos by Naoki Fukuda.
Nicholas Walters proved at the highest level that he is the knockout machine he appeared to be the past few years, stopping Donaire with a single right to the head at the end of Round 6 Saturday at the StubHub Center.
Photos from Carson, Calif., where middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio stepped on the scale along with featherweights Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters ahead of tomorrow’s HBO card.
Marco Antonio Rubio came in 1.8 pounds over weight for Saturday’s middleweight matchup with defending WBO titleholder Gennady Golovkin, who weighed in at 159. Rubio was given two hours to lose the excess.
The talking heads get their last moment in the spotlight before Saturday’s action in Carson, Calif., where middleweight ogre Gennady Golovkin will face the experienced fists of Marco Antonio Rubio for the WBO title. Photos by Naoki Fukuda.
WBA featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire and challenger Nicholas Walters hosted the media in Santa Monica, Calif., ahead of Saturday’s matchup. Photos by Chris Farina – Top Rank.
Most of the buzz going into Saturday is over middleweight power-puncher Gennady Golovkin, but the man he’ll face is no slouch. Marco Antonio Rubio sports an impressive KO ratio of his own — 51 knockouts in 66 bouts — and will bring a formidable range of experience into the ring.
Former two-weight world champion Ricky Burns finally managed to secure a “W” in an eight-round junior welterweight attraction by dropping and then outpointing Alexandre Lepelley in Leeds, England.
Willie Nelson believes that beating Vanes Martirosyan this Saturday on Showtime would put him at the top of the 154-pound division and far beyond the tough life he escaped by taking up boxing.
Osvaldo Rivero, manager for WBO junior bantamweight titlist Omar Narvaez, was robbed on an Argentine highway by three men posing as police. They took an estimated $45,000 in cash and even the clothes that Narvaez was planning to wear in this Friday’s rematch against Felipe Orucuta.
Former titleholders Kazuto Ioka and Ryo Miyazaki each posted wins on Tuesday to bounce back from the first losses of their careers.