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MOSCOW, July 19, 2018 (News Wires) - When WBO and WBC champion Oleksandr Usyk from the Ukraine, and WBA and IBF champion Murat Gassiev of Russia meet in the final of the World Boxing Super Series at the Olimpiysky in Moscow on Saturday night, it will possibly be the first time that there will be a unified champion in the cruiserweight division.

The Mohamad Ali trophy and The Ring magazine belt will also be at stake.

A 2012 Olympic gold medallist, the 31-year-old Usyk (14-0; 11) fights from the southpaw stance and has been considered as the No 1 in the tournament, but anything could happen against the younger 24-year-old Gassiev (26-0; 19), who has more experience in the professional ring.

Gassiev (192cm) will have a slight height advantage over Usyk (190cm) but Usyk has a reach advantage of five centimetres.

In his most recent fight in January this year in the semifinal of the WBSS Usyk won the WBC belt with a hard-earned majority decision over Mairis Breidis.

In the other semifinal in February this year Gassiev stopped Yunier Dorticos in the 12th round to add the WBA belt to his IBF cruiserweight belt.

Usyk is a busy, talented, and tough fighter with plenty of power in his left hand and has a 70 percent knockout ratio. However, Gassiev also has a 70 percent knockout ratio.

Both fighters can box and brawl which makes predicting a winner difficult.

Usyk has the higher work rate and most critics are predicting a win over 12 closely-fought rounds for him.

On the undercard, Fedor Chudinov meets Nadjib Mohamed for the WBA International super-middleweight title and also at super-middleweight Andrey Sirotkin faces Vladimir Shishkin for the WBA Inter-Continental title.

CALIFORNIA, July 6, 2018 (News Wires) - Jose Carlos Ramirez from California makes the first defence of his WBC junior-welterweight belt when he meets Danny O’Connor of Framington, USA at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Ramirez 22-0; 16 won the vacant belt when he outpointed Amir Imam (21-1) over 12 rounds on March 17 this year.

Ramirez a 2012 US Olympian made his pro debut in December 2012 and is a pressure fighter who likes to work the body. He has power in his right hand with a 73% knockout ratio.

In his winning fight against Imam he outworked his opponent with scores of 120-108, 117-111 and a surprising close 115-113 on the third card.

He has not been in with any top rated fighter but should have enough to beat the limited O’Connor.

The 33-year-old O’Connor 30-3; 11 who fights from the southpaw stance is listed at number thirteen by the WBC and has been fighting as a pro for ten years.

He was a good amateur but has not really made it as a pro. Two of his losses were on points and his third loss came on a first round stoppage against Gabriel Bracero in October 2015. The fight was stopped by referee Arthur Mercante Jr at 41 seconds into the round.

O’Connor is a complete underdog and many consider this a mismatch with some odds quoted at 42-to- 1.

The other main organisation junior-welterweight champions are WBA, Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) and WBO, Maurice Hooker (USA). The IBF belt is vacant.

NEW YORK, July 4, 2018 (News Wires) — For the fifth year in a row, Las Vegas super eater Miki Sudo took top prize at the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, downing 37 franks and buns in 10 minutes amid stifling humidity at the annual seaside competition.

Sudo fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed last year but still beat out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

On the men’s side, 10-time winner Joey “Jaws” Chestnut will confront 20 other men for the coveted Mustard Belt later Wednesday.

Sudo, 32, was a fan favorite, drawing big cheers from the crowd during her performance, which was slightly delayed after she requested new water to soak her buns.

George Shea, the longtime host of the annual Brooklyn eat-off, quipped that Sudo was particular about the temperature and amount of water she uses while competing.

Thousands of attendees, many donning mustard-colored hot dog caps, braved 83-degree temperatures and a heat index of 91 degrees to witness the annual July Fourth competition on the Coney Island boardwalk. The outlandish tradition dates to 1972, though the company has long promoted what a former president acknowledged was a legendary start date of 1916.

Freshmart retains WBA belt

THAILAND, March 7, 2018 (News agencies) - WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart from Thailand retained his belt with a 12-round unanimous points decision over Filipino Toto Landero in Chonburi, Thailand.

The scores were 119-110, 117-111 and 115-113.

Two of the cards were rather wide and were not a true reflection of the fight.

Freshmart, also known as Thammanoon Niyomtrong, 27, was never in control through most of the fight against the virtually unknown Landero, 27, who was having his first crack at a world title.

The challenger, who is listed at number 12 by the WBA, made a fast start through the first three rounds against the slow-moving champion.

However, Freshmart picked up the pace in round four to score with some stinging left and right combinations to the head and body.

The champion, who possibly battled to make the weight, was sluggish at times but was in control in the middle rounds.

Landero finished strongly and felt he had done enough to have taken the decision.

The champion improved his record to 17-0; 7 and Landero’s record dropped to 10-2-2; 2.

Freshmart is now scheduled to meet Xiong Zhao Zhong in his next defence.

The other main organisation champions are WBC, Chayaphon Moonsri, WBO, Ryuya Yamanaka, and IBF, Hiroto Kyoguchi.