THE RING’s junior middleweight title, previously held by Floyd Mayweather Jr., is now vacant due to Mayweather’s lack activity in the 154-pound division.
Donnie Nietes cemented his position as the top 108-pound fighter in the world on Saturday, defending his WBO belt and capturing the vacant RING championship with a convincing ninth-round technical knockout over former titleholder Moises Fuentes.
Chris John looks to extend his impressive record – the longest unbeaten streak among active, world-class boxers – when he defends his WBA featherweight title against Satoshi Hosono on April 14. The 33-year-old veteran tells RingTV.com that he isn’t ready to wind down his career.
Akira Yaegashi defeated incumbent RING flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi by unanimous decision at the Ryoguko Kokugikan in Tokyo on Monday. In the co-featured bout, WBC bantamweight titleholder Shinsuke Yamanaka scored a 12th-round stoppage of Malcolm Tunacao.
It was a very interesting fight week with stimulating discussions from the Ratings Panel, which resulted in movement in several divisions. The Panel’s input included their approval of the May 4 Floyd Mayweather-Roberto Guerrero welterweight fight being for the vacant RING 147-pound title.
Andre Ward won the Super Six World Boxing Classic final against Carl Froch in the same fashion as he won his other bouts in Showtime’s 168-pound tournament — dominantly. Is Lucian Bute next for the new RING champ?