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Boxing News & Updates - 11th October

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Latest Boxing News For: Kazuto Ioka, Masayoshi Segawa, Lucian Bute, Pacquiao, Ryan “The Irish Outlaw”, Don Thibodeaux, Mayweather, Jesse Brinkley.



  • Unbeaten 21-year-old  Kazuto Ioka a Japanese light-flyweight prospect, WBC#7/WBA#9 (6-0, 4 KOs), 108, impressively acquired the vacant Japanese national 108-pound belt in a display that proved that boxing is indeed the “Sweet Science” boxing scientifically,  hitting without getting hit by Masayoshi Segawa (19-3, 8 KOs), a durable southpaw, whom he floored in the third and was finally awarded a TKO win because of Segawa’s bad gash caused by a legal shot at 1:57 of the tenth and final round on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.


  • Lucian Bute Vs Jesse Brinkley -- Montreal -- On October 15th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, current IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute, will fight mandatory contender Jesse Brinkley. For Brinkley, not only is it his shot to become champion, it’s also chance to make history in his home state. Yerington is a small farming town in Northwestern Nevada. A population of about three thousand, this is where Brinkley was born and raised

Boxing has practically become Nevada’s state sport. Thousands of world-title fights have taken place there over the years, and most agree that Las Vegas is currently the Mecca for big fights. So many title fights, yet it is believed that not one of the great champions who fought in Nevada was a Nevadan. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Southern California, all hotbeds of boxing have their home champions and legends. Curiously enough, this is not the same for the “Silver State”. Brinkley wants to change that. -- “I want to bring a world title home.” says Brinkley. “It would mean so much to me. My family, friends, fans and supporters back home deserve it too.”


  • Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” -- Undefeated WBC USNBC cruiserweight titleholder Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (16-0 6 KOs) will next appear in the ring on the Devon Alexander-Tim Bradley undercard on January 29th. “I will fight anybody out there. This was a stay busy fight and I did what I had to do and I took care of business,” Coyne stated minutes after his second round KO over Shane Steele (7-3, 5KOs) on Saturday in his hometown of St. Louis , MO.-- “I want to step up my level of competition on Devon’s (Alexander) undercard,” he added. “Let’s see who wants to step up and fight me on January 29th. Anybody who wants it, can get it.” Coyne is looking to face a top 20 challenger in his next fight. It is rumored that the Alexander-Bradley unification title bout will land in Miami, Florida.

Coyne successfully defended his title, destroying challenger Shane Steele  by way of a crushing, 2nd round knockout. Coyne, who concentrated on both his defense and power in training for this fight, displayed the new focus, picking off shots with his gloves, sitting down on his punches and firing his ripping right hooks.


  • Don Thibodeaux, who helped Emanuel Steward in training and guiding the early careers of Kronk stars Thomas Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Mickey Goodwin and others, passed away Friday night here in Detroit. Thibodeaux had been in ill health for much of the last 20 years, suffering a variety of aliments including heart trouble and diabetes. He was 69 years old.


  • Mayweather to Pacquiao: “Let us both take the test!” -- In a radio interview at SIRIUS Satellite Radio yesterday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. insisted that both of them undergo blood test before the mega fight could happen. -- “I’m not saying Pacquiao is on nothing, I never said Pacquiao was on something. The only thing I’m saying is this, If I’m cheating or he’s cheating, then we’re cheating the fans, so let’s show the fans that the sport of boxing is clean. Let us both take the test!”, said Mayweather Jr.