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Current Champions

Every three months on a quarterly basis, in February, May, August, and November  offers this feature – the current Boxing Champions in each weight division.  They are shown in their respective world title belt organization, with their native country, and each champion’s professional ring record listed in following format: win-loss-draw-no contest (knockout wins) and the date of winning their title.

As of:  November 8, 2018 )

Heavyweight (200+ lb/90.7+ kg) 

Anthony Joshua
Super champion
United Kingdom
22–0–0–0 (21)
April 29, 2017
Deontay Wilder
United States
40–0–0–0 (39)
January 17, 2015
Anthony Joshua
United Kingdom
22–0–0–0 (21)
April 9, 2016
Anthony Joshua
United Kingdom
22–0–0–0 (21)
March 31, 2018
Manuel Charr
Regular champion
31–4–0–0 (17)
November 25, 2017
Trevor Bryan
Interim champion
United States
20–0–0–0 (14)
August 11, 2018

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Jacobs Wins IBF Middleweight Title By Split Decision Over Derevyanchenko

By Tom Donelson

 Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, Tom has been with “” with his expertise since 2008 through the recommendation by our mutual friend Ring Sports Magazine Editor Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) … Rusty was the first contributor to this website upon its beginning in July 2007 with his award winning column “In Rusty’s Corner”.

Danny Jacobs edged past former sparring mate and undefeated Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the IBF Middleweight title.  He won by a split decision as two judges had him winning 115-112 while Julie Lederman had Derevyanchenko winning 114-113, disagreeing with her father who had Jacobs winning by a wider margin than the judges.  I had 116-111.
Both fighters knew each other after sparring over 300 rounds and while Derevyanchenko came in with a 12-0 record but he also had 20 plus fights in the World Series of Boxing that did not count in his professional record.  Derevyanchenko was noted for the being an aggressive fighter but over the first half of the fight, Derevyanchenko showed restraint in his attack and with good reason.  Throughout the bout, Jacobs launched vicious body shots and it didn’t help Derevyanchenko that he went down from a flash knockdown on a Jacobs’clubbing right hand near the end of the first round.  Derevyanchenko did manage a combination in the second round that shook Jacobs up but from that point on, Jacobs showed overall better skills and ring generalship as he moved and gave himself angles to hit Derevyanchenko.  Derevyanchenko fought a competitive fight and many pundits had the fight closer than I did.  Each round was competitive including the first round, until Derevyanchenko hit the canvas at the end of round one. 

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Champions Wasteland; Shozo Saijo

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on April 30, 2008

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

Today with so many governing bodies and organizations around it has become very hard to take someones claim of ” world champion ” seriously.  I mean there is the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBA and God knows how many more will pop up in the future.  Split titles are not anything new to boxing but in days gone by it was a lot less complicated.  As much as I hated it when either the WBA or the WBC ” stripped ” a champion of his crown for some bogus reason and then “made” their own champion, at least it kept the rift between just two claimants.

In some cases there were much needed unification fights like Bob Foster and Vincente Rondon or Carlos Monzon against Rodrigo Valdez.  There were also cases where a unification bout would have generated a lot of fan interest and cleared up the situation but they never came off.  Some bouts that come to mind are Salvador Sanchez vs Eusebio Pedroza, John Conteh vs Victor Galindez and Carlos Palomino vs Pipino Cuevas.  There is one bout that could have taken place in 1971 pitting two champions from Japan who each claimed a portion of the featherweight title.  They were WBC title holder Kuniaki Shibata and his WBA rival, Shozo Saijo.   Alas the fight never materialized.  It seems that today Shibata is still remembered as the man who made great Vincente Saldivar surrender.  What about poor Shozo Saijo ?  He has been long forgotten outside of Japan and somehow that just does not seem quite fair.

Saijo was born in 1947 and turned pro in 1964.  Shozo was not an instant sensation and over his first twenty fights he compiled a less then earth shaking 14-4-2 record. In 1968 he lost a decision to the highly regarded Jose Luis Pimentel.  In a rematch Saijo turned the tables and he got the verdict.  That led to a fight with the rugged Raul Rojas.  After the retirement of Saldivar, Rojas defeated Enrique Higgins to claim the vacant WBA featherweight title. Rojas was matched with Saijo in a non title battle and Saijo copped the decision.  On September 27th, 1968 in a rematch with the title on the line Saijo became the new WBA champion.

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Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Card

Fight Club OC – next show on Thursday, October 11th … in The Hangar at The Orange County Fair & Event Center … for tickets & information visit 

The October 11th Fight Club OC show will feature undefeated 12-0 WBC Light Heavyweight Youth Champion and NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Ali Akhmedov (picture above left) who had his California debut August 8th on Tom Loeffler’s Hollywood Fight Nights Show. Ali is currently trained by Abel Sanchez at The Summit in Big Bear. Akhmedov is considered one of the top light heavyweight prospects in the world.

Also on the big six bout card on October 11th will be 5-0 Israel Mercado vs 3-2 Alfredo Hernandez which is a good matchup…. and 1-0 Leo Ruiz from Riverside vs TBA. The MMA side of the show is also impressive with a real Orange County feel featuring OC fighters Trent Meaux 6-5 from Fullerton, 1-1 Tyler Smith out of Huntington Beach, and 1-0 Richie Palomino from Santa Ana.

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin – RECAP

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
The second Golovkin-Alvarez was closer than their first bout and while I won’t say that Golovkin was robbed in this fight, he better understand he will never fbeat Alvarez short of knocking him out. I had Triple G’s the winner in the first bout 115 to 113 but this bout was closer as Alvarez pushed the action and as HBO Roy Jones noted that Alvarez pushed Golovkin and that unlike any previous Golovkin fights, Alvarez stalked triple G’s.   In their first bout, Golovkin threw 200 more punches as he did in the second bout but in the first bout, he landed nearly 50 more punches than Alvarez and power punches were nearly the same.  He out punched Alvarez in 10 of the 12 rounds and this was why many were disappointed he wasn’t awarded the decision.
In this bout, he landed twice as many jabs as he did in the first fight but Alvarez landed nearly twenty six more power shots than Golovkin and Golovkin landed more punches in 7 rounds as compared to 4 for Alvarez and one even.  The perception of Alvarez more aggressive stance gave judges the reason to award the fight to Alvarez and the closer nature of the rounds aided Alvarez in the decision.  There were rounds Alvarez won in which he landed fewer punches because he landed effective power shots. 

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“12 Questions For a 12-0 Fighter” … Now 13-0

By Steve Corbo

On June 30, 2018  ran an article about a young undefeated fighter, Giovanni  “Gio” Cabrera Mioletti, entitled “12  Questions for a 12 – 0 Fighter”.  Saturday night, in front of a packed house at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington,  Gio put his 12 – 0 record on the line in a scheduled 10 round Main Event against former WBA Super Featherweight Interim World Title Challenger Carlos Padilla of Colombia.  

To the delight of those in attendance,  Gio put on a boxing clinic before ending the affair and sending Padilla home early.  He decisively out boxed his opponent in the first three rounds, then opened up in the fourth, rocking Padilla near the end of the round.  Although hurt, Padilla managed to survive the round, but it would take more than a 60 second break for him to recover.  After being checked over by the ringside physician, and with no opposition from his corner, the Doc pulled the plug, keeping Padilla from coming out for the 5th round.  For Gio it is his fourth win this year and ups his record to 13 – 0 with 4 KOs.  Padilla drops to 16 – 8 – 1 with 10 wins by KO.  

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Shawn Porter Wins WBC Welterweight Title by Decision over Danny Garcia

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Contributed to since 2008
Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter fought a tough, close bout that could have been scored either way.  I had the fight even and so did Showtime Steve Farhood but the judges gave the edge to Porter.  Garcia was the more accurate puncher, Porter the more active fighter.  Most of the rounds were close, close enough that a punch here and a punch there decided those rounds.  It was a tough fight to score.
Both fighters fought to their strength as Porter starting in the third round fighting on the inside in a brawling fashion while Garcia counter punch effectively, in particular with his left hook.  The fight came down to which style the judges preferred and what they were able to see.  They gave Porter credit for his body shots and his activity versus Garcia counter punching.
In the fourth round, Porter brawling style pervaded as he landed solid rights to the head after connecting with body shots whereas in the last round, Garcia landed solid punches including left hooks that connected cleanly and slowed Porter assault down.

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