Moon Boxing – World Championship Boxing



World Championship Boxing

In Adler, Russia

Murat Gassiev earned the right to take on Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in the Super Series final after winning a battle of two undefeated fighters against Cuba’s Yunier Dorticus. It was good fight with Dorticus seemingly in control of the first four rounds. Gassiev had the Russian crowd on their feet in the fifth as he got through with his first meaningful shots of the contest.

A back and fourth fight continued with both men landing great shots throughout. Gassiev shook Dorticus in the tenth with an uppercut and from there Gassiev began to take control. The Russian won the eleventh and then finally had Dorticus down in the Final round. Dorticus tried to hang on to the end but Gassiev’s power got through, flooring the Cuban twice more before the fight was called to a halt. As it proved Gassiev was narrowly ahead on all three scorecards so would have got the decision without the stoppage. Gassiev and Usyk will now fight to unify all four titles, something very rarely seen in modern boxing.

In Corpus Christi, Texas

Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico made a successful 4th defence of his Super Middleweight title with an easy night’s work against Habib Ahmed of Ghana in Texas. Ramirez won every round of the fight in what many considered a mismatch. Ahmed was overpowered and a flurry of combinations in Round 6 led the Ahmed corner to stop the fight. Ramirez moves to 37-0 with the win and bigger tests will await.

On the same card rising new Filipino star Jerwin Ancajas retained his Super Flyweight title for the fourth time against Mexican Israel Gonzalez. Ancajas making his debut in the USA started fast with a first round knockdown. Gonzalez gave it a real go in the fifth deciding to try and come forward but by the end of the round Ancajas was still in total control. Ancajas finally finished it off with two knockdowns in Round 10 with the referee calling a halt to the fight. Comparisons are being made with Manny Pacquiao but this does not appear to be bothering Ancajas who is impressing in his own right.

In Okinawa, Japan

Japanese star Diago Higa wasted no time dispatching Mexican Moises Fuentes in Okinawa. The home crowd did not have to wait long to see their man secure victory. Fuentes did actually land a coupe of shots early on but at 2 minutes 32 seconds Higa landed a clean left shot that took Fuentes to the canvas from which he did not recover. Higa moves to a record of 15-0, the only question mark is that all but one of his fights have been in Japan, but Higa is an exciting prospect to keep an eye on as his career continues.


Moon Of Liberty World Championship Boxing results

(Colour code – Red=Champion Blue=Challenger Yellow-New Champions)


IBF/WBA Cruiserweight Title

Murat Gassiev (Russia) Beat Yunier Dorticus (Cuba)

by TKO in Round 12


The Unified IBF/WBA Cruiserweight Champion …

Murat Gassiev (Russia)

Full Report (ESPN)


WBO Super Middleweight Title

Gilberto Ramirez (Mexico) Beat Habib Ahmed (Ghana)

by TKO in Round 6


Still WBO Super Middleweight Champion …

Gilberto Ramirez (Mexico)

Full Report (Bad Left


IBF Super Flyweightweight Title

Jerwin Ancajas (Philippines) Beat Israel Gonzalez (Mexico)

by TKO in Round 10


Still IBF Super Flyweight Champion …

Jerwin Ancajas (Philippines)

Full Report (ESPN)


WBC Flyweight Title

Diago Higa (Japan) Beat Moises Fuentes (Mexico)

by KO in Round 1


Still WBC Flyweight Champion …

Diago Higa (Japan)

Full Report (Boxing



Moon Rugby Union – Six Nations B Round 3 & Americas Rugby Championship Round 5


Rugby Union Internationals

Six Nations B – Round 3


Six Nations B – Round 3 Round Up

Georgia were looking at a potential shock defeat as Spain led 10-3 at half time in Medina Del Campo. Tries from Giorgi Tkhilaishvili and test debutante Soso Matiashvili eventually saw the Six nations B Champions home 20-10. Romania comfortably saw off Russia 30-10 with the pick of the tries being Jody Rose’s interception try going 40 yards to complete the score. Belgium found themselves 21-0 down against Germany but threatened an unlikely comeback when Andy Williams went over to close the gap to just 5, however a try from Jaco Otto secured the victory for Germany who have two wins out of three.

Reports (

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5


Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5 Round Up

The USA are the Americas Rugby Champions for the first time in a thrilling decider against Argentina. David Tameilau went over from a driving maul to give the USA a surprise 15-3 lead. However two penalty tries brought Argentina back into it and when full back Gabriel Ascarte went over in the corner Argentina had a 12 point lead. Cam Dolan got a try six minutes from time to bring the American back within a score it but they still needed a converted try to level and take the title. Tameilau was the hero breaking a tackle to score from close range for his second try, Ben Cima nailed the conversion for a 27-27 draw and due to previous bonus points it was enough for the USA to win the title for the first time.

In the other final games Freitas Alleges and Leivas Ballestrino got two tires each as Uruguay comfortably thrashed Chile 45-14, Chile finish bottom of the table. Finally Brazil scored an impressive upset win over Canada 24-23 in another tight finish. Winger Ze Tranqez got the winning score in the very last minute to give Brazil victory in Sao Paulo.

Reports – Bra v Can  Uru v Chile Arg v USA (Americas Rugby News)




Rugby Union Results

Six Nations B – Round 1

Russia 10Romania 30At The Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi, Russia

Germany 34Belgium 29At The Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach, Germany

Spain 10 Georgia 20At The Estadio Municipal, Medina Del Campo, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSoso Matiashvili (Georgia) 

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5

Brazil 24Canada 23At The Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Uruguay 45Chile 14At The Estadio Charrua, Montivideo, Uruguay

Argentina 27USA 27At The Estadio Municipal, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

USA Win the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship



Moon Of Liberty Rugby Union – Six Nations B Round 1 & Americas Rugby Championship Round 2


Rugby Union

Six Nations B – Round 1


Six Nations B – Round 1 Round Up

*Georgia get defense off to a great start

*Germany score historic win over Romania

*Spain edge past Russia in Madrid

Georgia began the defense of their Six Nations B title with a comfortable 31-6 victory over newly promoted Belgium. Giorgi Tkhilashvili and Giorgi Koshadze went over to give the defending champions a commanding 17-0 lead at half time, two more second half tries saw Georgia easisy home. Germany scored an upset victory over Romania in a thrilling contest. Romania lead 38-27 going into the final 10 minutes but tries from Dash Barber, his second of the game, and Marcel Cotezee six minutes from time completed the comeback for Germany to claim their first win against the Romanians for 70 years. Finally Spain got off to a winning start against Russia. Mathieu Belie got the only try of the game for the Spanish as they won the game 16-6.

Reports – Georgia v Belgium (   Germany v Romania (Wide World of sport)

Game breakdown – Spain v Russia (Ultimate Rugby)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2


Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2 Round up

*Argentina in nine try demolition of Uruguay

*USA thrash Brazil

*Paris hat trick sees Canada to victory

Favourites Argentina got their second bonus point victory of the Championshp with an easy 57-12 thrashing of Uruguay. Sebastan Cancellier got a hat trick in a nine try demolition in Bahia Blanca. The USA also made it two out of two with Lock Tony Lamborn going over twice as part of eight tries in a 51-3 thrashing of Brazil. The final game saw Canada get their first win of the championship over Chile. Left winger Taylor Paris got a hat trick of tries to help Canada to a 36-15 victory.

Reports – Argentina v Uruguay (Americas Rugby News)   USA v Brazil (ESPN)   Canada v Chile (Americas Rugby News)




Rugby Union Results

Six Nations B – Round 1

Germany 41Romania 38At The Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach, Germany

Belgium 6Georgia 31At The King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium

Spain 16Russia 6At The Estadio Nacional Compultense, Madrid, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Dash Barber (Germany)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 2

Argentina 57Uruguay 12At The Estadio Villa Mitre, Bahir Blanca, Argentina

USA 51 Brazil 3At Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas, USA

Canada 36Chile 15At Westhills Stadium, Langford, British Colombia, Canada





Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour


WTA Tour

ST Petersburg Ladies Trophy Final – Mladenovic v Putintseva


Maiden title for Mladenovic

France’s Kristina Mladenovic has won her first WTA title the the fourth attempt using past experience to defeat Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, who herself was contesting her first final. Mladenovice eased through the first set 6-2 but Putintseva showed character to take the second set to a tie-break and take advantage of some poor serving to level. Mladenovic tightened her serve up in the decider however and took the only break to win it 6-4 and claim her maiden title in Russia.

Full Report (ESPN)

Taiwan Open Final – Svitolina v Shuai


Svitolina avenges previous defeat to claim the Taiwan Open

Top seed Elina Svitolina converted her top seed status into a fifth WTA title in Taiwan. The Ukrainian ranked 13th in the world struggled with flu earlier in the week but came through to impressive in the Semi-Final against Mandy Minella and was far too good in the Final for China’s Peng Shuai. She broke the Chinese players serve three times as she breezed to a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory to take her first title for eleven months since victory in Malaysia in 2016. The win also avenged defeat in Svitolina’s only previous meeting with Shuia.

Full Report (Times Of India)




Tennis Results

ST Petersburg Ladies Trophy FinalAt The Sport Club Dianamo, ST Petersurg, Russia

Kristina Mladenovic (France) Beat Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)2-1 (6-2 6-7 6-4)

Taiwan Open FinalAt The Taipei Arena, Taipei, Taiwan

Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) Beat Peng Shuai (China) 2-0 (6-3 6-2)



Moon Of Liberty Newsround – 24th Jan 2017


News Digest – 24th January 2017 @ 4.15 pm

CNN – Senator’s John McCain and Lindsay Graham will vote for Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson

Voice of Europe – Campaign to stop operations of George Soros hot up in Macedonia

Comment – Why Labour should hold Copeland & Stoke Central – Glen O’Hara

The Wrap – Chelsea Clinton defends Trump’s youngest child Barron

Foreign Policy – Russia and Syria sign deal giving Russian ships and aircraft access to the middle east

CNN – President Trump signs order banning NGO’s offering abortion services from getting US federal funds

BBC News – Trump signs order to withdraw from TPP trade negotiations

Heat Street – US Feminists outraged at Taylor Swift not attending the ‘Women’s March’

Keoland News – Former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson to be head of the US Air Force

BBC News – UK Supreme Court rules Parliament must decide Article 50 timing

Daily Telegraph – Poll finds majority of Brits disagree with Supreme Court decision on Article 50

NBC News – Complete list of OSCAR Nominations, La La Land leads the way with 14

Independent – British Startup is using artificial intelligence to compose music

CNN – Paul Ryan invites Donald Trump to address joint session of Congress


Moon Of Liberty Sportsround – 12th Jan 2017


Sports News Digest – 12th Jan 2017 @ 10.00pm

BBC Sport – Anti Doping chiefs call for Russia to be banned from all sports

Arsenal Ladies – Kelly Smith’s letter announcing her retirement from football

BBC Sport – Johanna Konta and Dan Evans both win to progress in their respective tournaments (Tennis)

BBC Sport – Jose Mourinho says Manchester United must improve against Liverpool

BBC Sport – Claude Makelele is the new assistant manager at Swansea

Moon Of Liberty / Elitist’s Echo – National League – Barrow v Southport

Sky Football – Can Morgan Schneiderlin get back on track again at Everton?

Fight Nights – Look at the first significant boxing weekend of 2017 (Boxing)

Sky Sports – David Nugent signs for Derby County, how will he get on?

Sky Football – 49 year old Japanese Striker signs deal with Yokohama FC to play into his 50’s

BBC Sport – Barcelona have a fight on their hands to keep hold of Lionel Messi

Nottingham Post – Premier League scouts flock to see Forest youngster Ben Brereton

BBC Sport – Jim Furyk named US Ryder Cup captain (Golf)

BBC Sport – Rory McIlroy makes a good start to the South African Open (Golf)

Notts County Live – Kevin Nolan named new Notts County Manager

The Moon Of Liberty / The Elitist’s Echo – League Cup Semi Final first leg – Southampton v Liverpool

The Guardian Sport – Floyd Mayweather offers new terms to fight Conor McGregor (Boxing/MMA)

BBC Sport – England team beaten by India A in one day series warm up (Cricket)

BBC Sport – Everton’s Tom Cleverley joins Watford on loan

ESPN Boxing – Zab Judah comeback date confirmed after 3 year absence (Boxing)

BBC Sport – Steven Gerrard ‘speechless’ at being awarded freeman of the city of Liverpool

BBC Radio 5 Live – Preview of James Degale v Badou Jack (Boxing)

BBC News – Headingley Stadium in Leeds get go ahead for £39 million redevelopment (Cricket)

BBC Sport – Johanna Konta reaches the final in Sydney (Tennis)


Moon Of Liberty News & Politics – News Digest 06th Jan 2017


News Digest 6th Jan

Order Order – Meet Sir Tim Barron, the new British EU Ambassador 

Washington Examiner – Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton attacks Wikileaks on contrast to remarks from Donald Trump

Daily Mail Comment – Peter Obone on the history the BBC forgets

Government website – UK Government announcement of £1bn of trade deals due to Theresa May’s recent trip to India

Bloomberg – US Prepublican debate on how to kill Obamacare without getting the blame.

Conservative Home – Andrew Grimson argues May should refuse to give Brexit plan details

Spectator comment – Tom Tugendhat argues Britian was wrong to back anti Israel UN Resolution

NBC News – Tennessee congresswoman learns doing your own Twitter polls can cause a problem.

Guardian – Vince Cable calls for the end of free movememnt, putting him at odds with Lb Dem policy

Spectator comment – Isabel Hardman argues Theresa May’s hero could be Clement Atlee

German Poll – ARD Poll puts Merkel’s CDU/CSU parties 17% ahead

BBC News – Russia starts reducing military in Syria after ceasefire agreement

BBC News – Jamie Oliver to close 6 shops, he blames Brexit costs

BBC News – Top economist calls overblown Brexit warnings the Bank of England’s ‘Michael Fish’ moment

Sky News – Joe Biden tells Donald Trump to ‘grow up’ over Russian hacking claims

Fox News – Top US diplomat warns of improving North Korean nuclear capability.