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Boxing News: Amir Khan moves into WBO rankings » July 14, 2023 – Fight News

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By David Finger
The latest WBO world rankings were just released ahead of the upcoming WBO Convention on October 29th and for Ghanaian boxing fans, there is reason to be hopeful for the future. Several noted Ghanaian boxers made significant progress in their quest to join Isaac Dogboe as world champions with the release of the latest world rankings with Duke Michal holding onto his #1 ranking at bantamweight and Richard Commey holding onto a #9 ranking at lightweight.
In the heavyweight division undefeated Ghanaian heavyweight prospect Ebenezer Tetteh (18-0, 15 KOs) was dropped from the ratings having previously been ranked at #14 in September. Tetteh had emerged as a contender after stopping Boniface Kabore in two rounds back in December of 2017 in a bout for the WBO Africa belt. But Tetteh had yet to defend his belt and although he fought three times against nondescript opponents since winning the African belt he nonetheless was dropped from the rankings. However, Ghanaian boxing fans were most likely mollified to see Tetteh’s countryman fill the void at #14. Accra Ghana’s Richard Lartey (13-1, 10 KOs) replaced Tetteh at #14 after winning the interim WBO Africa Heavyweight title back on August 11th against Boniface Kabore in the Bukom Boxing Arena.
Former #1 contender Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs) was able to hold onto a position in the WBO rankings, slipping from #1 to #15 after getting stopped by Anthony Joshua in seven rounds back in September. Dominic Breazeale, who had been ranked #9 in September, dropped out of the WBO world rankings, while undefeated Croatian Flip Hrgovic (6-0, 5 KOs) moved into the world rankings at #14. Hrgovic scored a third round knockout over Amir Mansour in his previous fight back on September 8, 2018.
At junior heavyweight former IBF champion Murat Gassiev (26-1, 19 KOs) moved into the world rankings at #9. Gassiev replaced Ruslan Fayfer (23-1, 16 KOs) who had previously been ranked at #10 by the WBO in September but who dropped a decision to Andrew Tabiti on October 13th. Tabiti, who previously was unranked by the WBO, moved to #11 while the 13th ranked Matty Askin dropped out of the rankings after a loss to Lawrence Okolie on September 22.
In the light heavyweight division Sergey Kovalev moved up from #11 to #6 and at 168-pounds previously #8 ranked Vijender Singh (10-0, 7 KOs) dropped out of the rankings. Singh had not fought since December of 2017.
In the middleweight division undefeated Ghanaian Emmanuel Martey (14-0, 10 KOs) moved into the world rankings at #14 while countryman Patrick Allotey (39-3, 30 KOs) moved up from #14 to #13 in the junior middleweight division. At welterweight Amir Khan moved into the world rankings at #5 setting up an intriguing matchup between Khan and undefeated world champion Terrence Crawford in the future.
In the mini-flyweight division Puerto Rican prospect Wilfredo Mendez (11-1, 4 KOs) exploded onto the world rankings after winning the NABO strap on September 28th. Mendez now sits on the #7 ranking.

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A fight inside Mankato East High School last week Friday is re-igniting the debate over school resource officers in Minnesota. In a video taken in the hallways of the school building, school officials say about 10 students were involved in that brawl. One of the students assaulted was Nashawn William’s son. 
“I was upset,” said Williams. “He had a blood clot in his right eye at the bottom and his upper torso was swollen…They could have killed my son stomping him on the floor, like you all saw the video, they could have killed my son.”
The fight comes after Supt. Paul Peterson told families in an email this month that “SROs will not be physically located at MAPS schools but will be available on an ‘on call’ basis to assist school staff.”
Scott Hare, Director of Student Support Services with Mankato Area Public Schools, said police were called in to break up the fight. He added that if an SRO had been in the building, the situation would have looked different.
“Having an officer on site, they’re right there. It’s very fast. It will take a couple of minutes for other officers to arrive through 911,” said Hare. “An SRO can read the situation and make the correct judgment call on the type of support that they would need to bring in.”
A new law prohibits SROs from placing a student in a face-down position and bans certain holds on the head, neck and across most of the torso. Besides Mankato, at least a dozen other law enforcement agencies have pulled their SROs across the state arguing the law would prevent them from doing their job. 
RELATED: Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association meets with attorney general over new school resource officer law
“Once you take that presence out of the school, everybody feels like they can run around because they know the teachers can’t do anything,” said Williams. 
Elizabeth Hanke is a parent within the school district and believes the state is overreaching by getting involved with placing policies at schools. 
“We need more local government and community involvement. We need to give authority and agency back to our teachers and police officers, and still be able to hold them accountable for when they’re not doing their jobs effectively,” said Hanke. 
Last month, Attorney General Keith Ellison said what’s written in the law is clear, however, Governor Tim Walz’s office tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Walz remains open to a special session addressing this matter. 
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    Boxing News: Fight Week » September 26, 2023 – Fight News

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    The last Fight Week prior to the mega Fulton-Inoue/Spence-Crawford showdowns offers up some interesting action.
    FRIDAY
    Thompson Boxing sadly bids farewell after 23 years of promoting boxing in Southern California. Their final show is headlined by welterweight Louie Lopez (13-2-1, 4 KOs) against an opponent TBA. You can catch the action on YouTube and Facebook.
    SATURDAY
    ESPN presents former undisputed lightweight champion George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr. (20-2, 10 KOs) against Maxi Hughes (26-5-2, 5 KOs) in a twelve round IBF world title eliminator from the FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
    UFC Fightpass has exciting junior middleweight KO artist Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk (22-1, 22 KOs) against former world title challenger Patrick Allotey (42-4, 32 KOs) at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California.
    ProBox TV has a pro fight card from the Radisson Victoria Plaza in Montevideo, Uruguay, with middleweight Amilcar Vidal Jr (16-1, 12 KOs) rebounding from his first loss against Domicio Rondon (17-5, 11 KOs).
    So we have a fighter from Australia against a UK fighter at a venue on Oklahoma. Looks like this one will go the distance!
    My thoughts (re the fighters and venue) exactly but why do you think that this means a distance fight?
    Am I ridiculous for thinking that Hughes has a chance in this one, Pete?? He’s been on a nice little run as of late against some decent guys including a former world champion, albeit a blown-up featherweight.
    I was just thinking the same. Maxi is on a nice run; If you take away the win against a mentally and physically compromised Teo, has George done much?
    Getting whitewashed against Haney twice and close wins against Bet and Selby doesn’t make a great resume. I think Maxi is a live dog.
    Don’ think so-has five losses and not much KO power. Kambosos pretty average as well but should have enough to beat this guy.
    Only time he got f’d up was vs someone who wore Reyes gloves. As long as Kambosos isn’t wearing those, Hughes may not be psyched out. He like kept the Reyes gloves and showed them off about how much he hated the padding and feel to them. It was in a YouTube video.
    I think he does have a chance. I always felt the stars aligned perfect for Kambosos when he fought Lopez. Lopez was overconfident and fought a fight that gave Kambosos a chance. Plus he was better at taking Lopez’s power then we thought which I also think caught Lopez off guard. Other then that, like Streetgang said…what else has he really done that separates him from Hughes? I maybe in the minority but I thought Selby beat him.
    So yes I think Hughes could outpoint him. I am not sure if that is my pick but it is a reasonable outcome. Just to clarify when I earlier said it would go the distance I was referring to their KO % …that comment had nothing to do with the venue which I do not think will be relevant as to whether it goes the distance or not.
    I remember the Selby fight and thinking it was close but Lee may have nicked it.
    I will be pulling for Maxi, George has become a bit unbearable for me.
    I think I might just take this week off and just save the excitement for next weekend

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    The IBF’s 38th Annual Convention will kick off this weekend at The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, in Chicago, Illinois from May 28 – June 1, 2023. After 38 years, the organization will be returning to the Midwest to celebrate the IBF’s 40th year. The IBF celebrated its 2nd Annual Convention in Dearborn, Michigan in 1985 and a return to the region is long overdue. “We are excited for this milestone event and are looking forward to gathering with the boxing community in Chicago and the Midwest,” said IBF President Daryl Peoples.
    During the convention the IBF hosts several events and seminars. Notably, the IBF also presents annual awards at each convention, and proudly announces its top award recipients for 2022 to be presented at the Awards Banquet closing the organization’s convention festivities on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. The IBF is proud to announce some of it’s top awards for 2022 in anticipation of the upcoming convention.
    Jersey Joe Walcott Award
    The Jersey Joe Walcott Award, the organization’s highest honor, will go to Naoya Inoue. In spectacular fashion, Inoue unified the Bantamweight division with a second-round knockout win over Nonito Donaire. Naoya won the IBF title in 2019 and defended six times.
    Female Fighter of the Year
    Receiving the IBF Female Fighter of the Year Award is Chantelle Cameron who unified the Female Jr. Welterweight division. Cameron put on an exciting performance when she beat Undisputed Welterweight Champion Jessica McCaskill by unanimous decision and became the Undisputed Champion in the division.
    Fight of the Year
    IBF– Sivenathi Nontshinga vs. Hector Flores
    Female – Katie Taylor vs. Amada Serrano
    Intercontinental – Mark Heffron vs. Lennox Clarke
    USBA – Robeisy Ramirez vs. Abraham Nova
    Jessica McCaskill and Murodjon Akhmadaliev are recieving Championship Rings for 3 successful title defenses.
    “We proudly celebrate the notable achievements and remarkable careers of our champions, and the boxers that participated in IBF title fights. These are very well-deserved distinctions as all these fighters have worked incredibly hard to attain these accomplishments. We look forward to celebrating them,” noted Daryl Peoples.

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