We're hearing from several sources that WBA Cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones has faced his post-fight drugs testing following his victory over Denis Lebedev back in May.
Unfortunately this story is one of many that show the dark side of boxing in Russia and over this bout in particular.
Those of you who were watching the fight will recall Lebedev having grotesque swelling around both eyes and his corner being next to no help. A story later emerged that the ringside doctor was "intimidated" by members of the Lebedev team effectively preventing him from stopping the fight.
Immediately after the fight there was a story that came out around the fact that Jones refused a drugs test. This story was later ironed out though many had found Jones guilty of cheating for not taking the tests immediately.
Unfortunately this newest story, which has seen Jones reported to have tested positive for diuretic "furosemide" is yet another blow to the sport.
The drug "furosemide" has 2 purposes. Firstly it's used, as mentioned above, as a diuretic, unfortunately however it also has qualities as a masking agent. Jones has been linked to it already in his career apparently testing positive for it following his fight with Johnny Nelson in 2002.
If the B sample of Jones is found to have also contained "furosemide" then he'll be stripped of the WBA title.
Unfortunately the damage to Lebedev's face, especially his eye, may never fully heal and he'll almost certainly not be the same fighter on his ring return. If this was done by a fighter who was cheating then the sport really will need to take a long hard look at it's self.
Sadly if Jones is found to be clean then this whole situation could throw a spanner in the works regarding the upcoming Wladimir Klitschko v Alexander Povetkin bout, which is also to be held in Russia.
We are very sad to report that 18 people, mostly women, have died in an incident in the Kota Lama Sport Stadium in the town of Nabire in Indonesia.
It appears that fans started a stampede after a local fighter lost on points in the Bupati Cup and although details are still somewhat scarce we send our wishes to the families of those involved in what can only be described as a tragedy.
We don't usually talk about the amateur boxing scene but sometimes we feel it's only right to do so. This past week has been one such case we the Asian Championship's have just concluded in Amman, Jordan.
The championships were dominated by Kazakhstan who took 7 of a possible 10 Gold medals and had 8 fighters in the final's, there were also great results for India as well.
The Gold med winners, from Kazakhstan were Temirtas Zhusupov (49KG), Berik Abdrakhmanov (60KG), Merey Ashkalov (64KG), Daniyar Eleusinov (69KG), Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (79KG), Anton Pinchuk (91KG) and Ivan Dychko (HW).
We were very impressed by Ivan Dychko in the Olympics are really hope he considers turning professional sooner rather than later.
The 3 Gold's that didn't end up in the hands of Kazakhstan fighters were divided between Kyrgyzstan-Azat Usenaliyev (52KG), India-Shiva Thapa (56KG) and Uzbekistan-Oybek Mamazulunov (81KG).
With Kazakhstan dominating the top of the podium it was interesting to see the mix of fighters who took Silver.
India claimed 2 Silver's with Laishram Devender Singh (49KG) and Mandeep Jangra (69KG) as did Uzbekistan with Shahobiddin Zoirov (52KG) and Izatullo Ergashev (HW) and host nation Jordan with Obada al-Kasbeh (56KG) and Ihab Almatbouli (91KG).
The remaining 4 Silver medals were shared between Thailand-Sailom Ardee (60KG), Mongolia-Uranchimeg Munkh-Erdene (64KG), Tajikistan-Navruz Dzhafoyev (75KG) and Kazakhstan-Adilet Niyazimbetov (81KG).
The Bronze medals were also well shared out, as you can see below-
49KG-Lu Bin (China) and Tosho Kashiwazaki (Japan)
52KG- Tanes Ongjunta (Thailand) and Murtadha Al-Sudani (Iraq)
56KG-Omurbek Malabekov (Kyrgyzstan) and Kenji Fujita (Japan)
60KG-Javkhlan Bariaddii (Mongolia) and Anvar Yunusov (Tajikistan)
64KG-Ermek Sakenov (Kyrgyzstan) and Manoj Kumar (India)
69KG-Otgonjargal Jargal (Mongolia) Mohamed al-Assi (Jordan)
75KG-Sajad Mehrabi (Iran) and Wahid Abderredha (Iraq)
81KG-Anavat Thongkrathok (Thailand) and Ehsan Rozbahani (Iran)
91KG-Mirzobek Khasanov (Uzbekistan) and Sergey Parenko (Kyrgyzstan)
HW-Mohamed Moulies (Syria) and Jassem Delavary (Iran)
Whilst we're on the subject of amateur boxing can we also say well done to the Asian medal winners from the recent World University Championship's.
The Asian medal winners there include (but aren't limited to) Mongolian Enkhdelger Kharkhuu (52KG Gold medal winner), Korean Kim In-Kyu (49KG Silver medal winner), Kazakhstan pairing Rustam Rustamov and Zhan Kosobutskiy (both won Silver) and Uzbek foursome Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, Hurshid Normatov, Azizbek Abdugafurov and Rustam Tulaganov (all claimed Silver).
Japanese Olympic Gold medal winner Ryota Murata has finally had details about his professional debut given to the media.
Murata, Japan's 2nd ever Olympic Gold medal winner in boxing will be debuting on August 25th at the spectacular Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. The 10,000 seat venue is expected to sell out to see the national boxing star and has been picked ahead of the Korakuen Hall due to huge size differential.
Murata's debut will take place over 6 rounds at a catchweight of 161lbs and will see him taking on current OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (21-7-1, 9).
Shibata a former OPBF and Japanese champion at Light Middleweight champion is unbeaten in 5 contests following a loss to Charlie Ota in August 2011. In fact Shibata last 2 losses both came to Ota with the previous one being in March 2010.
Currently ranked #16 at Middleweight by Boxrec.com Shibata is a very credible opponent for anyone, so for Murata to make his debut against him is very impressive.
If Murata manages, as we expect, to overcome Shibata it may not be long before he starts to hunt for title belts of his own.
In recent months we've seen both Gennady Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev really begin to make a mark on the US boxing scene. In the coming months several other highly regarded Asian fighters will be looking to join them.
On July 12th Filipino puncher Drian Francisco (24-1-1, 19) travels to Las Vegas and fights on ESPN "Friday Night Fights". This will be Francisco's second fight in the US though his opponent, Chris Avalos (21-2, 16), is much better than Javier Gallo who Francisco faced back in November 2012.
Just a day later Japan's Takahiro Ao (23-3-1, 10), a former WBC Super Featherweight champion, fights in California. Ao faces American based Chilean Hardy Paredes (16-11, 10). For Ao this will not only be his first fight since losing his world title to Gamaliel Diaz but will also be his US debut.
We've got to admit that we hope this starts a bit of a movement of Asian fighters regularly trying to make a name for themselves stateside. Of course we love the domestic scenes through out Asia but it's still nice to see the fighters testing themselves, likewise we love it when we see international faces fighting in Asia.
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