31 Dec 2022

Kazuto Ioka and Joshua Franco fight to majority draw in Japan

WBO Super Flyweight Champion Kazuto Ioka (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and WBA Champion Joshua Franco (18-1-3, 8 KOs) met early this morning in a unification bout at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. This was the last major title fight in 2022, and the fight certainly delivered. Franco started out

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26 Dec 2022

Wrapping Up 2022: Ioka vs Franco Preview

There is one more major boxing event in the year 2022, and it will take place on New Year’s Eve at the Ota-City Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. At stake is the unified super flyweight title, with WBO Champion Kazuto Ioka (29-2, 15 KOs) squaring off against WBA Champion Joshua Franco

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23 Jun 2022

Boxing’s Youngest Champion Continues on His Fast Track Towards Superstardom

Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez was contending in the 108 and 112lb divisions before he got the last minute opportunity to move up to 115lb in February and fight for the vacant WBC Super Flyweight Title. Former WBC Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai was set to fight fellow former Champion Carlos Cuadras, but

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13 Nov 2021

David Benavidez Ready For Canelo? – Plus All My Thoughts On Boxing This Week

David Benavidez Ready For Canelo? We have two types of fans in such a divided world after Saturday night, those who see David Benavidez as one of the most exciting Mexican-American action fighters in recent memory, and those who scoff at the idea he even belongs in the conversation of

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17 Nov 2020

LukieBoxing Column: Crawford, Modern Great, Franco-Moloney Oops!, Ring City Debut

Crawford, the generational great I wrote long-form about Terence Crawford, and his comparable traits to Marvin Hagler, and despite, a solid resume – three-division world champion, unifying the lightweight division, winning every belt at 140 lbs, and winning a welterweight title in his first fight in that division, Crawford still

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28 Jul 2020

What Top Rank’s Summer Series Taught Us About Boxing Fans Moving Forward

Boxing during the COVID-19 pandemic occurred this summer, and despite the logistic nightmare, unforeseen testing costs, the liability of keeping people healthy in a bubble at the MGM Grand, boxing fans have looked at the cards rather harsh for two reasons 1) ratings and 2) strength of the card. The

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23 Jun 2020

Joshua Franco Wins First World Title, “Pitufo” Diaz Wins

In the first world title fight after the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Robert Garcia Boxing Academy trained fighter Joshua “The Professor” Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs) put together his best performance as a pro defeating WBA super flyweight champion Andrew Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs) by an unfairly narrow twelve

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23 Jun 2020

Why This ESPN Boxing Card Is Stack And Worth Watching! Maloney vs. Franco

Top-Tier Main Event (ESPN & ESPN Deportes, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT) Andrew Moloney 114.6 lbs ??vs. Joshua Franco 115 lbs ??(WBA Super Flyweight World Title — 12 Rounds) Andrew Moloney (21-0, 14KOs) is amassing a very good resume, silently, well until now, and his first U.S. opponent is against a very tough challenge in the Robert Garcia-trained

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10 Aug 2019

Vergil Ortiz stops Antonio Orozco, Franco-Negrete Draw, Again

Welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr scored a sixth-round KO over Antonio Orozco on Saturday night at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas. The fight was close, Ortiz was the aggressor early, but Orozco, known for good pressure began to push back Ortiz. In the sixth round, Orozco was dealt heavy

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25 Apr 2019

Yves Ulysse avenges lone loss, Franco gets split over Negrete

Super lightweight contender Yves Ulysse Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) avenged his only career loss with a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Steve Claggett (27-6-2, 17 KOs) to claim the WBA Gold championship in an all-Canadian clash on Thursday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The bout

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