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Ioka wins comeback bout, Estrada triumphs at Superfly 3

Kazuto Ioka got back on the road to a fourth world title with the win he craved in the arena that drew him out of retirement.

Ioka returned to boxing with an impressive U.S. debut in a wide unanimous decision over McWilliams Arroyo, and Juan Francisco Estrada grinded out a decision over Felipe Orucuta in the main event of Superfly 3 on Saturday night.

Filipino super flyweights Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte also fought to a draw in a bout for the vacant WBO 115-pound title at the Forum.

Ioka’s victory in his comeback bout highlighted the third edition of the fight series created by promoter Tom Loeffler to showcase the world’s top boxers from the oft-neglected super flyweight division and thereabouts.



Tom Loeffler Reflects on His Long Journey in Boxing

It’s the semi-calm before the storm and Tom Loeffler is gearing up for a couple weeks that include Saturday’s Superfly 3 show, an ESPN headliner between his fighter – Ruslan Madiev – and Pablo Cesar Cano, and then the September 15 rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.

So what are the plans for September 16?

“I might be sleeping the whole day on September 16,” he laughs before remembering that there may be some Sunday commitments with Golovkin depending on what happens the night before.

“It really seems to be a non-stop journey,” he said. “There’s such demand for him, not only before the fights but after the fights. Last year, I really thought I would get some time off, and that really wasn’t the case. We launched the Hollywood Fight Nights series, that’s going extremely well. Now we have the biggest fight in boxing on the 15th, Superfly 3 the week before, so this is an extremely busy time for us, but I’d rather be busy than bored.”



Prospect Watch: Brian Ceballo

Dedication is defined as: “The quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose.”

With that being said, boxing fans, please meet welterweight rising talent Brian Ceballo, whose future looks nothing but bright and his story is certainly amazing.

I introduced myself to Brian after he secured his 4th win in four fights (4-0 2Kos) on Tom Loeffler’s Hollywood Fight Nights last Wednesday night over Tavorus Teague, when a body shot wrecked Teague at the end of round two and he couldn’t continue.

After exchanging hellos, Brian’s comment to me was, “I can’t wait to get back in the gym!”…


The Sweet Science

Shafikov vs. Suarez in a Wednesday Fight Card at the Avalon Theater

As bright as the lights shining on the Hollywood sign, the symbiotic relationship between Hollywood and prizefighting remains just as glowing.

360 Promotions brings its second edition featuring Denis Shafikov versus Hector Ambriz Suarez on Wednesday, June 6 at an historic venue, The Avalon Theater. Though the building has more fame as a music venue…



Tom Loeffler announced second edition of “Hollywood Fight Nights”

LOS ANGELES –360 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler announced the second edition of his “Hollywood Fight Nights” series on Tuesday. The card, which will take place June 6 at the famed Avalon in Hollywood, California, will be headlined by Russian junior lightweight Denis Shafikov (38-4-1, 20 KOs), a three-time lightweight world title challenger, taking on an opponent to be determined…



Tom Loeffler founds 360 Promotions

LOS ANGELES — When he was a boxing manager in the 1990s, Tom Loeffler worked with former featherweight world titlist Kevin Kelley and later with Shane Mosley during his days as lightweight world champion before moving into the promotional end of the business to work with heavyweight champion brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.