from Matchroom Boxing UK

  • Sean DODD has now relinquished his WBC International 135 Lbs title on voluntary basis.
  • Dillian WHYTE will defend his WBC International Heavyweight title next June 3 at the 02 Arena London.
  • Sean Davis will defend his WBC International 122 Lbs title against rated Gamal Yafai next May 13th in Birmingham. On the same show, Sam Eggington will defend his WBC International Welterweight title against Spain’s Ceferino Rodríguez.

Marcus Morrison suffers surprise points defeat to Jason Welborn in Manchester and loses his WBC International Silver title

JASON WELBORN new WBC International Silver champion


Marcus Morrison’s unbeaten record was shattered by a surprise points defeat against Jason Welborn at the Manchester Arena.    An early knockdown failed to worry Welborn, who left Morrison with a badly damaged nose as his relentless pressure earned a unanimous points win with scores of 96-93 twice and 97-92.     The experienced Welborn tried to test the middleweight prospect’s punch resistance from the first bell, briefly bullying Morrison to the ropes in the opening round.    Welborn resumed this early assault in the second, but marched into trouble when Morrison tagged him with a right hook which forced the Midlands man to take a knee.    But Welborn clambered up from the canvas and continued to trouble the 24-year-old with hurtful hooks, leaving Morrison with a worried expression and a bloodied nose.    A torrid night for Morrison worsened in the sixth as he was shaken by a barrage of punches and at times appeared to be on the brink of being stopped, with Welborn hammering in punches until the last bell.      John Keane and David Sutherland scored 96-93 for the new champion;  Alejandro Rochin was a bit wider with a scoring of 97-92 still for the new champion.   Referee was Victor Loughlin (Scotland).

The day before, Jason Welborn had scaled 159.3 , while  Marcus Morrison was a bit heavier at 159.4.      The challenger had vowed to stop Marcus Morrison’s rapid rise in the middleweight division in Manchester  on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s rematch with Jorge Linares on Saturday night March 25th , live on Sky Sports.    The experienced 30 year-old, who has shared the ring with Matthew Macklin and Liam Smith, was confident to bring Morrison’s 14-fight unbeaten record to a sudden halt .   Marcus Morrison had beaten Jefferson Luiz De Souza for the vacant WBC International Silver  crown. 

Lito Gamba DANTE new WBC International Minimum-weight champion

Johnny Elorde staged the vacant WBC International Minimum-weight Championship today March 25th at the Tent City Manila Hotel (Philippines) during the “Gabriel Flash Elorde Memorial Awards Banquet of Champions”.    The fight for the vacant WBC International 105 Lbs belt was contested between WBC rated contenders Lito Dante and Jay Loto. Lito Dante outpointed Jay Loto over twelve rounds to become the new champion. More details to come soon. 


WBC International triple-header in Accra Ghana – RESULTS –

Commey defeats Slimani; Lawson and Micah win in Accra, Ghana

Triple delight as trio claim vacant WBC titles

It was triple delight for Ghana at the Bukom Boxing Arena as Richard Commey, Frederick Lawson and Duke Micah made the nation proud claiming various WBC titles at stake at the Freedom Fight Night.    The bouts,  put together by Streetwise Promotions in conjunction with Errol Hawk Sports Management ,  were part of Ghana’s 60th anniversary celebrations. National President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, Youth and Sports minister Isaac Asiamah as well ex-world champions Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Alfred Kotey were all in attendance.    WBC Vice President Mr. Houcine Houichi was the Supervisor.

(above)  Houcine with President Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo

  Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo Addo with former boxing star Ike Quartey

And it was Duke Micah who started at 8:00 pm LT in the first championship of the night and set the ball rolling with a corner retirement victory over Mexico’s Jonathan Aguilar:   The latter claimed an arm injury at the end of round eight and did not start round nine. Duke won the vacant WBC international bantamweight title. The Baby Faced Terminator Micah , who is also the reigning Commonwealth bantamweight champion, has now added another success to his unbeaten collection to make 20 wins (18 inside). His birth name is Duke Akuetteh Micah, aged 25.

Duke Micah vs Johnathan Aguilar – Highlights  


Frederick Lawson started his bout at 8:50 pm LT and eventually scored a hard fought majority decision (116-113, 114-114 and 119-109) victory over tough Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings.    Lawson won the vacant WBC International silver welterweight belt.   Despite showing signs of rust after a pretty lond lay off, Lawson stood tall to claim the title at stake.   Neutral judge from Belgium Mr. Daniel Van De Wiele had no winner scoring 114-114; local judge Eddie Pappoe scored 116-113 for Lawson; while Nigeria’s judge Lateef Muiss probably had a bad night as he eventually scored 119-109 for Lawson. As proved by Mr. Van De Wiele’s score, the fight turned out to be very close, indeed.

Fredrick Lawson vs Sakima Mullings – Highlights


What was reported to be the main bout started at 10pm LT.    Richard Commey won a unanimous decision win over Belgium’s Hedi Slimani, with a 116-112 (twice) and 117-111 (Lateef Muiss) 12-round points win.   The Ghanaian, who was looking for an instant knockout after two successive defeats, began on a frantic note opening a deep cut beneath Slimani’s left eye but the visitor stood tall to ensure the fight lasted the distance.   Commey improved his fight record to 25-2, (22 KO’s), with the only blights coming against Denis Shafikov and Robert Easter Jnr while Slimani record stands at 26-3, (14 KO’s). Commey was the WBC #8 contender, while Slimani was rated at #10.   Therefore,  it was a great fight between two top rated fighters.

Richard Commey vs Hedi Slimani – Highlights


WBC International 140lbs – Gold & Silver titles

Mr Aram Davtyan of Punch Boxing Promotions staged a beautiful  show in Moscow (Russia) last March 17th which was a WBC International double header.   Aik Shakhnazaryan (Armenia by way of Russia) won the vacant Wbc International superlight weight vacant title against tough Philippines Al Rivera.  Aik Shakhnazaryan closely outpointed by unanimous decision 12 All Rivera.  This was a very good contest between two high rated fighters. 

The other title bout of the night wa for the vacant WBC International 140 Lbs Silver and Manvel Sargsyan outpointed Evgeny Pavko over ten rounds.   *full details to follow*

Jamie Conlan climbs off the canvas to win a split decision over Cardoza and the vacant WBC International Silver 115 Lbs belt

WBC International Superflyweight Silver belt

Jamie Conlan had to climb off the floor to eventually score a split decision over Yader Cardoza at the Waterfront Hall last night (March 10th).  Conlan won the vacant WBC International SuperFly-weight Silver title,  despite being sent to the canvas in the eighth round.   British judge John Keane had 115-113 for Conlan.    Ukraine judge Mrs. Olena Pobyvailo had eventually 112-115 for Cardoza.   Hungary’s Bel Florian had 114-113 for the new champion.     Conlan finished with blood streaming from a cut around his left eye and there was as much relief as joy when he heard the decision.    Going into the fight, unbeaten Conlan said he wanted to produce a smarter display rather than be dragged into a war and that’s how he started, using the ring and distance to set up his attacks but in the opening round he nevertheless found himself caught all too often with Cardoza’s hooks.   Conlan, who calls himself ‘The Mexican’, also got the better of some good exchanges at close quarters near the end of the round.     Implored by his corner to use his jab, Conlan effectively used his left hand, setting up Cardoza for two tasty right hands in the fifth.   Then came the moment of real fear for Conlan’s supporters when he was sent to the canvas in the eighth from a sharp three-punch combination.    The Belfast man was reeling and had to take further punishment but managed to hold on to hear the bell.     Despite the crisis, Conlan cleared his head and had a good ninth round but then walked into a blizzard of right hands in the 10th.   That opened up a cut around his left eye.    Conlan shrugged at the end as if to say he wasn’t hurt but it was clearly Cardoza’s round.    The remaining two rounds were very close  with Cardoza finishing the stronger, but Conlan just about deserving the decision.

Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom  –  Jamie Conlan vs Yader Cardoza

Friday 10th March 2017 2017  –  promoter:   Frank Warren (Queensberry Promotions)