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TJ Doheny signs with Matchroom, wants unification bout

By. BrotherJR

January 7, 2019

3KingsBoxing has learned IBF Super-Bantamweight titlist TJ Doheny has inked a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and will make his first title defense on January 18th at the Hulu Center at Madison Square Garden. The bout will be aired on DAZN streaming service.

Upon signing with Matchroom, Doheny (20,0, 14 KO’s) stated “I am really excited to getting the ball rolling with my title defense on January 18 at Madison Square Garden. “I believe with Matchroom Boxing and my management team at MTK Global I have the perfect blend to hel me achieve my ultimate goals in the sport of boxing… This fight will give me the momentum I need going into a really big year.”

Doheny captured the IBF title on August 16, 2018 defeating Ryosuke Iwasa by unanimous decision in Tokyo. He has been inactive since largely due a cut and facial bruising suffered during the win over Iwasa.

Eddie Hearn, president of Matchroom promotions is ecstatic with the signing of Doheny. “I’m delighted to welcome TJ to the seam said Hearn. “TJ is always in great fights and he is coming off of a huge win in Japan to capture the title. Hearn not only stated that Doheny will make his first defense at MSG on January 18th, he made it clear that if successful, he intends on attempting to make a unification bout between Doheny and current WBA Super-Bantamweight champion Danny Roman in the spring.

January 7, 2019 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Ryota Murata announces plans to continue Boxing

Former Middleweight champion Ryota Murata announces plans to continue his career

By. BrotherJR

December 4, 2018

Following October 20th defeat to Rob Brant and losing the WBA Middleweight title, Ryota Murata contemplated whether he should continue with his boxing career. At a press conference earlier today, Murata gave an update on his future.

Earlier today at the Teiken Gym in Tokyo, Murata (14-1, 11 KO’s) announced that he would indeed continue with his career. While it seemed a foregone conclusion Murata would fight on, at today’s presser the former champion disclosed something quite different. Immediately following his loss to Brant, Murata stated he was ready to call it a day. “After the bout, I was 98% sure that I would quit. I was just so disappointed in my boxing. I didn’t land a single blow that could have turned that bout”.

It was after further reflection Murata said he could not end his career on such a sour note. “I questioned if I would be alright with that bout being the culmination of my career when I look back on my life. I want to be a boxer who can compete at the world level once again, I can’t finish like this”.

During his loss to Brant in Las Vegas Murata was soundly defeated and dominated by Brant who threw 500 more punches during the bout. Murata couldn’t get off and had no response to the high punch rate of Brant.  Akihiko Honda, head of the Teiken Gym disclosed that Murata was not fully prepared as he was slowed down due to a fever.

While there is no timetable for when exactly Murata will next appear in the ring, it was revealed during the press conference that Murata will return to hard training and it’s anticipated that he will return to the ring sometime during the first half of 2019.

December 5, 2018 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Claressa Shields to fight on HBO’s final Boxing Broadcast

By. BrotherJR

November 19, 2018

IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight champion Claressa Shields has been added HBO’s final boxing broadcast on December 8 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Shields (7-0, 2 KO’s) will face WBO Women’s Super-Middleweight champion Femke Hermans (9-1, 3 KO’s) as the opening bout of HBO’s final show which will be an HBO After Dark special.

Having just fought over the weekend defeating Hanna Rankin by 10 unanimous decision in Mulvane, Kansas this is quick turnaround for Shields. Shields will be returning to the ring just three weeks later against Rankins who will be move down in weight to challenge for Shields Middleweight titles.

While it’s sad that HBO Boxing is coming to an end, for women’s boxing adding Shields to HBO’s final show is a very good look. Shields-Femke will be a part of a card that also features undisputed women’s Welterweight Cecilia Braekhus who will the headliner of HBO’s final show defending her titles against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopez. So, what you have is arguably the number 1 and 2 pound-4-pound women’s boxers in the world fighting on the same card.

November 19, 2018 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Naoya Inoue vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez WBBS Bantamweight Semi-Final to Take Place in the U.S.

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By. BrotherJR

October 25, 2018


Last Saturday in Orlando, FL Emmanuel Rodriguez defended his IBF Bantamweight title defeating Jason Moloney by split decision during third quarterfinal of the WBSS Bantamweight tournament. In attendance to do some scouting was current WBA Bantamweight Naoya Inoue who destroyed Juan Carlos Payano earlier this month during his WBSS Bantamweight tournament quarterfinal bout.

Rodriguez and Inoue are now set to fight each other during the semi-final round of the WBSS tournament. While the date and specific locale of the bout has yet to be announced, 3KingsBoxing has learned that the Inoue vs. Rodriguez bout will take place in the U.S.

In Japan yesterday upon his return from witnessing Rodriguez win over Moloney Inoue spoke with the local press and revealed he’s expecting his upcoming bout with Rodriguez to take place in the United States in the Spring of 2019. This sentiment was repeated by his promoter Hideyuki Ohashi. Inoue also disclosed that Rodriguez would be the best opponent that he’s faced so far in his career, applauding Rodriguez on his use of angles, his skills and his technique. Despite the high praise given to his upcoming opponent, Inoue also told the Japanese press that he did note some flaws with Rodriguez.

Naoya Inoue made his U.S. debut as part of the HBO SuperFly3 card in Sept. 2017 (stopping Antonio Nieves in six rounds). Over the last year, the legend and myth of Inoue has seemed to only grow with his move up to Bantamweight blasting out Jamie McDonnell to win the WBA Bantamweight title as well as his recent destruction of Payano. U.S. hardcore boxing heads have been wondering and anticipating the opportunity to see the Japanese dynamo fight in the States again. Well folks, will get that opportunity next Spring, CAN’T WAIT!

October 25, 2018 Posted by | Article, News | , , , | Leave a comment