Rey Vargas defends his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title against Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda

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CARSON, CALIF.: Rey Vargas (34-0, 22 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico successfully defended his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title via 12-round unanimous decision against No. 1 Contender and former world champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (36-3, 20 KOs) of Osaka, Japan. Vargas won a very tough battle with three scores of 117-110. The event took place on Saturday, July 13 at Dignity Health Sports Park and was streamed live on DAZN.

Ronny Rios (31-3, 15 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. defeated Diego De La Hoya (21-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via upset, sixth-round technical knockout in a battle originally scheduled 12 rounds. Rios, who captured the NABF and WBA Gold Super Bantamweight Titles, won the fight with time of 1:17 of the aforementioned round.

Joet Gonzalez (23-0, 14 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. defeated Manuel Avila (23-2-1, 8 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif. via technical knockout in the sixth round of a 10-round clash to capture the for the WBO Global and WBA Continental America Featherweight Titles. Gonzalez won with time of 2:27 of the round just mentioned.

Roger Gutierrez (22-3-1, 19 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela scored a first-round knockout victory against Rocky Hernandez (28-1, 25 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a battle originally slated for 10 rounds in the 130-pound division. Gutierrez won with time of 2:39 in the aforementioned round.

Alexis Rocha (14-0, 9 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. beat Berlin Abreu (14-3, 11 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico via technical knockout in the eighth round of a 10-round bout for the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title. Rocha won with time of 2:56 in the aforementioned round.

Ruslan Madiyev (13-1, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. defeated Ricky Sismundo (35-14-3, 17 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. via unanimous decision in an eight-round super lightweight battle. Madiyev won with scores of 78-74, 78-74 and 79-73.

Jousce Gonzalez (9-0-1, 9 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. stopped Jorge Padron (3-4, 3 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico at 2:15 of the second round of a scheduled four-round lightweight bout.

Jonathan Esquivel (11-0, 9 KOs) of Anaheim, Calif. defeated Gregory Clark (4-4-1, 1 KO) of Washington, D.C. via knockout in the first round of a super middleweight fight originally scheduled for six rounds. Esquivel won with time of 1:40 in the aforementioned round.

Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen defends title against Koyomi Matsushima at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES

Manila, Philippines: ONE Championship™ (ONE) has just announced that reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Vietnam and Australia will defend his title against top contender Koyomi Matsushima of Japan. The featherweight showdown has been added to ONE: DAWN OF HEROES as the main event, which takes place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Friday, 2 August.

Ticket information for ONE: DAWN OF HEROES is available at www.onefc.com.

Reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen is back in action against Koyomi Matsushima.

The 30-year-old Nguyen has become one of the most prolific Asian martial arts talents over the past few years, winning 8 of his last 10 contests. In 2015, he embarked on an unprecedented six-bout winning streak. Along the way, he captured both the ONE Featherweight and ONE Lightweight World Titles to become a simultaneous two-division ONE World Champion.

After falling to injury, however, Nguyen was prompted to vacate the lightweight belt in September 2018. After Nguyen fully recovered from injury, the Vietnamese-Australian sensation returned to action against dangerous veteran Narantungalag Jadambaa, delivering a flying knee knockout victory.

The 26-year-old Matsushima is one of the fastest rising martial artists from Japan. Hailing from Kanagawa prefecture located in the Kantō region of Japan, Matsushima has put together a handful of solid performances while competing in local Japanese martial arts promotions Pancrase and Shooto.

In his ONE Championship debut last September, Matsushima scored a stunning first-round technical knockout victory over former ONE World Champion Marat Gafurov, announcing his arrival on the global stage of martial arts competition. In his most recent outing last June, Matsushima dominated top Korean featherweight Kwon Won Il to win by unanimous decision.

Now, Matsushima has earned his opportunity to challenge Nguyen for the ONE Featherweight World Championship.

Nordine Oubaali defends his WBC world bantamweight title against Arthur Villanueva

Nordine Oubaali is set to make the first defense of his WBC world bantamweight title against tough Filipino contender Arthur Villanueva Saturday at Barys Arena in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, as part of the nation’s celebration of Capital City Day.

Oubaali-Villanueva will be the official co-feature, as a crowd of more than 10,000 fans is expected to watch unbeaten hometown hero Zhankosh Turarov fight Mauro Maximiliano Godoy in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBO Intercontinental junior welterweight title.

Oubaali-Villanueva and Turarov-Godoy will headline the latest edition of #MTKFightNight on ESPN+ — the industry-leading sports streaming service — beginning at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.

Oubaali (15-0, 11 KOs) won the vacant WBC world bantamweight title in January with a clear-cut unanimous decision over former world champion Rau’shee Warren. The bout, which took place in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner undercard, was only Oubaali’s second pro bout outside of his native France. Villanueva (32-3-1, 18 KOs) will be making his third attempt at a world title and is unbeaten in two fights since a 2017 TKO loss to Luis Nery.

Turarov (23-0, 16 KOs) turned pro more than a decade ago in Kazakhstan and will be fighting for the second time in as many months since signing with MTK Global. He knocked out Richmond Djarbeng in two rounds last month in Cardiff, Wales, in a fight that streamed on ESPN+. Godoy (31-4-1, 16 KOs), from Argentina, is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision victory March 15 in his home nation. He is a former South American super lightweight champion who has gone 10 or more rounds seven times.

In other action scheduled for the ESPN+ stream we will see Unbeaten Kazakh prospect Viktor Kotochigov (9-0, 4 KOs) will take on Jairo Lopez (24-10, 16 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International lightweight title. The 26-year-old Kotochigov has fought in seven different countries in his young pro career and is on the fast track to a potential world title opportunity. Lopez, from Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico, has won two of his last three and will be fighting for only the second time away from his home country. David Oliver Joyce (10-0, 8 KOs), a 2016 Olympian for his native Ireland, will fight Venezuelan puncher Breilor Teran (27-17-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight bout.

Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa defends title against Javier “Chispita” Chacon

WESLACO, TX.: Undefeated interim WBA Super Bantamweight champion Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa will make a 12-round homecoming title defense when he takes on Argentina’s Javier “Chispita” Chacon Saturday, August 24 in the main event of FS1 PBC Fight Night on FS1 and FOX Deportes live from Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas.

Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and features rising unbeaten Stephen “CoolBoySteph” Fulton Jr. in a 12-round super bantamweight attraction against fellow undefeated contender Isaac Avelar, plus another showdown of unbeaten fighters will see Houston’s Darwin Price taking on Donovan Estrella in a 10-round super lightweight fight.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions in association with Panterita Boxing, are on sale Thursday, June 27 at 10 a.m. CT and can be purchased through AXS.com.

The 22-year-old Figueroa (18-0, 13 KOs) will be defending his title for the first time after capturing it live on FOX in April by stopping Yonfrez Parejo in eight rounds. He set up his title-winning performance by knocking out Moises Flores in the third-round of their January fight on FS1. Representing Weslaco, Texas, the younger brother of former world champion Omar has a six-fight knockout streak that he brings into the ring on August 24. He returns to fight in his home state for the first time since March of 2018, when he stopped Giovanni Delgado in seven rounds in San Antonio.

Representing Mendoza, Argentina Chacon (29-4-1, 9 KOs) has won four fights a row leading up to August 24, most recently winning a decision in May over Diego Sananco. Chacon has challenged top fighters including Anselmo Moreno and Jamie McDonnell in world title fights. He will make his U.S. debut on August 24 after having previously competed in his home country, the UK, Panama and Ghana.

The 24-year-old Fulton (16-0, 7 KOs) is a Philadelphia-native and defeated previously unbeaten fighters in five of his last nine contests while rising up the rankings and most recently defeated former world champion Paulus Ambunda in his first 12-round outing in May. He takes on the 21-year-old Avelar (16-0, 10 KOs) from Aguascalientes, Mexico who made his U.S. debut in March by defeating Juan Antonio Lopez.

Born in St. Louis and fighting out of Houston, Price (14-0, 7 KOs) made his 2019 debut with a stoppage victory over Luis Eduardo Florez in April. The 29-year-old is unbeaten since turning pro in 2013 and will face off against Denver’s Estrella (13-0, 4 KOs), who turned pro the same year and is also yet to taste defeat. The 24-year-old most recently defeating Robert Rodriguez last November.

ROAD FC 055 opening announcement: Lee Jeong-Young defends the Featherweight Title against Park Hae-Jin

ROAD Fighting Championship announces the next event. ROAD FC 055 will take place on 8 September 2019 in Daegu, South Korea. The main event will be Lee Jeong-Young’s first defense of the Featherweight title against challenger Park Hae-Jin.

ROAD FC Featherweight Championship

ROAD FC Featherweight Champion Lee Jeong-Young (6-1, Ssen Gym) earned his first title in spectacular fashion by defeating two-time champion Choi Mu-Gyeom in a dramatic striking battle. On his run to the championship, he had an amazing second round stoppage of warhorse Brazilian jiu jitsu fighter Marcio Cesar, and avenged his only loss against Se Young- Kim.

Park Hae-Jin (7-0, Kingdom) put himself first in line for the title shot after defeating Evgeniy Ryazanov by rear naked choke at ROAD FC 049. It was his first submission finish in a three-year undefeated career against consistently more experienced opponents. Park has fought in ROAD FC and Japan’s ZST during his burgeoning career.

These two well-rounded and extremely aggressive young prospects are now at the top of the featherweight division, especially with their Brazilian jiu jitsu acumen. This title fight – Lee’s first defense and Park’s most important challenge – will deliver another incredible ROAD FC performance.

Event: ROAD Fighting Championship 055

Date: September 8, 2019

City: Daegu, South Korea

Featherweight Championship

Lee Jeong-Young vs Park Hae-Jin

Greg Rebello defends crown at CES 57

New England MMA legend Greg Rebello steps into the cage for the 34th time at CES 57. He defends his CES Heavyweight Title against challenger Kevin Haley in the main event in Lincoln, R.I., LIVE on UFC Fight Pass. Before that, the heavy-handed knockout artist spoke with FightBook MMA.

Is this a retirement fight for you?

I’m just taking it one step at a time. I’m not going to make any crazy decisions. If another big company offers me a fight, I’ll probably take it, to be honest with you. I’m just taking it one fight at a time, so I really don’t know.

What brought you back for this fight?

I wasn’t really prepared for the last fight and I had a lot of injuries. I took some time off and healed myself up. Any time somebody asks me about fighting or training, all I think about is that loss. Your only fight is your last fight. That’s what I think about every time. It was a terrible performance and it is what it is. I don’t want that to be the last memory of a long career.

What about the twenty or thirty times where you didn’t get beat up?

They’re basically discarded. I have eighteen or nineteen knockouts. I’ve never been flatlined, but I have been TKO’d and hurt about three times in my career. I’m not upset with that. I may have nineteen knockouts but I’ve been knocked out three times.

What does Kevin Haley bring to the table?

He’s a big, strong, athletic kid. We’re buddies, so it isn’t anything personal.

What’s the most likely outcome for this fight?

The same as any other fight, me knocking him out. Me getting him, at some point. I’m not sure when or how, but it’s going to happen.

How would you like to be remembered as a fighter?

Just as somebody who was exciting. Any time that I stepped in the cage, people were on the edge of their seat. They all knew that something exciting was going to happen.

WBC Female World Champion Eva Wahlstrom defends her super featherweight title

LAS VEGAS: Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions will give away the house August 2 nd on another installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®, offering free admission to its loyal fanbase, at the famed Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

World Boxing Council (WBC) female World super featherweight champion Eva Wahlstrom (22-1-1, 3 KOs), fighting out of Finland, will headline in a 10-round bout against challenger Yareli “Chocolita” Larios (13-2-1, 3 KOs), of Mexico.

“We want to give back to the Las Vegas boxing community because RJJ Boxing started and remains based here in the boxing capital of the world,” RJJ Boxing CEO/co-founder Keith Veltre explained. “What better way to do it than to headline the card with a world title bout? There will be a very limited number of ringside seats on sale. All other tickets will be FREE! This is our way of saying thank you to Las Vegas boxing fans for their tremendous loyalty to RJJ Boxing the past five-plus years.”

Fans can register online to receive their free tickets, by going to www.RoyJonesJrBoxing.com and following instructions.

RJJ Boxing co-founder and living legend Roy Jones, Jr. will host a meet-and-great for ticket holders prior to the fights.

Former European champion Wahlstrom captured her WBC female World super featherweight title in 2015, when she won a 10-round decision over Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre. She followed with four successful title defenses to date, all by way of 10-round decisions, versus Dahiana Santana (35-7), Anahi Esther Sanchez (14-0), Mayra Alejandra Gomez (18-5) and Melissa St. Vil (10-2-4).

Last December, Wahlstrom traveled outside her native Finland to fight for the first time as a professional, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, moving up in weight to challenge undefeated IBF/WBA lightweight champion Katie Taylor (11-0), the 2012 Olympic and 5-time AIBA World Amateur Championships gold medalist from Ireland. Wahlstrom extended Taylor, now 14-0 (6 KOs) and undisputed world lightweight champion, the full 10-round distance, albeit in a losing effort.

She returns to America for her second pro fight, as well as her fifth WBC world title defense.

“When I found boxing as a 15-year-old,” Wahlstrom explained, “Roy Jones Jr. was the first boxer I watched and who I was inspired by. It feels almost unreal that over 20 years later he wants to sign me, but maybe that is the reward for two decades of hard work. I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I’ve had a few dreams during my career and fighting in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, is one of them.

“It has been a tricky road to arrange this fight and I would like to thank Natlyn Jones (Roy’s wife), who has fought for me and this fight, regardless of setbacks or obstacles. To be fighting in the main event of a high-level event like this feels incredible, especially as a woman boxer.
The way Natlyn and RJJ Boxing have shown me trust and loyalty in recent months has also built a foundation for future cooperation.”

Yareli, a former WBC FECOMBOX super featherweight champion, will be fighting outside of her native Mexico for only the second time. In her last fight this past February, Larios lost an eight-round decision in Hinkley, Minnesota, to North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion Mikaela Mayer (10-4, 4 KOs), a 2016 U.S. Olympian.

I’m excited to meet Yareli Larios,” Wahlstrom said. “She is a young, dangerous opponent who will surely come very well prepared for this title fight. Her father is an ex-WBC champion, so this fight surely has extra importance for their entire team. We must be well prepared for whatever they bring. I wish her all the best for her preparation.”

Scheduled to fight on the Aug. 2nd FREE RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS card in the 10-round, co-feature is undefeated, WBA No. 14-rated junior welterweight Kendo “Tremendo” Casteneda (16-0, 7 KOs), the reigning North American Boxing Association (NABA) champion from San Antonio, Texas.

All fights and fighters are subject to change. Opponents and other fights will soon be announced.