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By Julian Burgower and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Many watching the April 2015 fight between Lamont “Havoc” Peterson and Danny “Swift” Garcia thought that Garcia got a gift. Lamont may have started slowly, but had come on strong in the later rounds and made it a fight…one many thought he deserved the nod for and didn’t get. Peterson, (34-3-1, 17 KOs), got his karma Saturday afternoon at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA, albeit at the expense of 2008 gold medal Olympian Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs). And so goes boxing.
Diaz, fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, by way of Dominican Republic, got off to a competitive start when most didn’t think he had a chance with hometown hero Peterson. (more…)
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Should you bet your money, which do you prefer a 33-1 challenger or a 30-8-1 champ? The younger challenger, 28, was formerly a three-class titleholder aiming to win his fourth belt, while the 34-year-old champ once suffered three losses in a row but abruptly improved after celebrating his 32-year-old birthday. The odds were logically 9-1 in the challenger’s favor at first but became a little closer to 6-1 before the game. Anything can happen in the ring, and the underdog Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13 KOs), 114.8, impressively retained his WBA 115-pound belt as he decisively kept battering the prohibitive favorite and mandatory contender Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs), 115, to pound out a unanimous decision over twelve fast non-stop rounds on Friday in Chicago, IL.
Glenn Feldman saw the hot affair 116-108, William Lerch had it 115-109, and Robert Hoyle tallied a closest score 113-111, all in favor of the busy-punching and energetic workman Kono. The third man was Celestino Ruiz, and all the officials were of the US.
In short, it’s an upset game. The unheralded underdog Kono, making his second defense, impressively took the initiative and had the upper hand almost all the way, though Kameda made a good start with aggressive body shots to win a first point in the opening session. (more…)
“Prichard Colon became symptomatic in his dressing room following his bout with Terrel Williams Saturday afternoon at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Within moments, he was under the care of EMTs and was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital. He suffered a brain bleed as a result of an injury during the bout and underwent immediate surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. His condition remains critical. Prichard’s family has requested that their privacy be respected at this time. Updates will be provided when appropriate. We ask that everyone join us in praying for Prichard and his family.”
– Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment
Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux is upset by the stoppage of his unification showdown with Gennady Golovkin and he wants a rematch.
“I feel like the referee called the fight too early,” said Lemieux. “I’m fine. When he stopped it, I wasn’t event on the mat, I could keep going. I have a lot of respect for Golovkin as a fighter. We prepared well for this fight, but I feel like I waited too long to take some shots tonight and that really hurt me. I want another chance at Golovkin and I will take advantage of it.”
Lemieux’s manager Camille Estephan added, “It was too early to stop the fight. That punch that Golovkin threw didn’t even bring David to the mat. David fought valiantly, he showed a lot of heart and skills. But Golovkin’s defense was great, I think that his defense is underestimated.”
“I had to do something,” explained referee Steve Willis. “David is a very competitive fighter and as long as he was able to throw punches, he was going to keep on trying but his chances of winning were decreasing as the fight went on. Against a guy like that he was going to get really hurt and I’m here to protect the fighter’s health and that’s my top priority. I couldn’t let him continue to receive punishment. I gave him every chance I could and I still hesitated too much. It was over.”
Following his title unification victory over David Lemieux, WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin wants the WBC belt next. “I want all the belts,” said GGG. “Now I have two. The winner of Cotto-Canelo, for sure. I’m not sure who will win that fight, but I want to fight the winner next. I’m staying at 160 until I have all the belts!”
As for the bout Lemieux, Golovkin stated, “I feel great, it was a great fight. I felt his power, but I was strong tonight and my punches hurt him. He is a great champion and I’m glad to beat him!”
In a controversial 12-round scrap, hometown favorite Lamont Peterson (now 34-3-1, 17 KOs) edged out a majority decision over previously undefeated Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (now 17-1, 8 KOs) from EagleBank Arena at George Mason University.
“Every time you hear close scores, you get nervous,” stated Peterson. “I thought I controlled the fight and was ahead on points. Having that majority decision kind of shocked me a little bit…It was a good tough 12 round fight. I started out strong and faded in the middle rounds because I started to cramp and it lasted for the rest of the fight, but I knew I had done enough to win the fight. No more playing around, it’s time to move up in weight. I knew Diaz was a great fighter. He’s been boxing 20 years just like me. At the end of the day, a victory is a victory.”
Needless to say, Diaz didn’t agree with the verdict. “I fought a great fight. The decision didn’t go in my favor, but I did everything I could. The judges didn’t see it the way everyone else did,” said Diaz.
In the fourth quarter of this year and in the first of the next, a lot of memorable UFC names will be making their Octagon returns after substantial spells on the sidelines. Here is a list of some familiar faces with bouts scheduled who have been out far too long . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Former world champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (46-14-1, 31 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Edward Mansito (13-3-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night in a featherweight bout at the Auditorio Benito Juárez in Veracruz, Mexico. A barrage of punches prompted a referee’s stoppage at 1:34.
In another bout, former super middleweight world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban (23-3-1, 15 KOs) scored a third round KO over Joshua Okine (28-5-1, 17 KOs). Periban picked up a WBC regional belt, which should put him back in the WBC’s top 15 rankings.
In a sold out event just one our prior the start (950 spectators) at the Millenaris Teatrum in Budapest, Hungary, Imre Szello improved his record to 9-0, 5 KOs by stopping tough Argentinean Alejandro Velori (17-9-0, 13 KOs) in the fifth round. Also former amateur star Norbert Harcsa won his pro debut in fashion by outpointing Czech Bronislav Kubin over four rounds (after 2 knockdowns).
Other results: Gyula Bozai draw Tamas Toth, Ferenc Berki TKO Lajos Bimbo, Szabolcs Pintye TKO3 Krisztian Duka.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
By Arvin Nundloll and Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In a highly anticipated WBA/IBF middleweight unification showdown, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) on Saturday inside a sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City. Golovkin was in command from the beginning, punishing Lemieux with almost everything he threw. GGG scored a knockdown when Lemieux took a knee in round five, then hit him when he was down. No foul was called by referee Steve Willis. The beating was finally waved off in round eight. Time was 1:32.
Undefeated WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 37 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over former two-division world champion and 2000 U.S. Olympian flyweight Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (36-5, 22 KOs). Gonzalez dropped Viloria in round three and punished him until the bout was halted at 2:53 of round nine. Game effort by Viloria, but Chocolatito was too much. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
In the main event at StubHub Center in Carson, California, WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, (37-1-4, 21 KOs), made it a perfect five for five for the Philippines tonight, thoroughly outclassing Mexico’s Juan Alejo, (21-4, 13 KOs), over twelve rounds to earn a unanimous decision. Scores were 119-109, 119-109, 120-108. Nietes, long fighting under the considerable shadow of his countryman Manny Pacquiao, is actually the Philippines longest active titleholder, having held a belt uninterrupted since 2007 in addition to being unbeaten since 2004. He showed his class against Alejo, snapping the Mexican’s 21-fight winning streak during a fight in which he was in complete control.
Although Alejo was game, he was never able to bother Nietes, who used a diverse array of punches, particularly left and right hand uppercuts, to stymie Alejo and maintain control of the action. Nietes was also consistently faster to the punch than Alejo. Ultimately, it was a case of anything Alejo could do, Nietes could do better, which was reflected by the judges scorecards. (more…)
Undefeated featherweight contender Jessie Magdaleno (22-0, 16 KOs) scored an impressive first round KO over Vergel Nebran (14-10-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Magdalena dropped Nebran twice, the second time for the count. Time was 2:22.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Trevor McCumby (20-0, 16 KOs) recovered from a third round knockdown to win a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Dustin Echard (11-1, 8 KOs). McCumby had some tense moments after he went down in round three, but he dug deep to earn a 79-73 win on all three cards.
Lightweight Victor “El Nino” Castro (15-0, 7 KOs) stayed uneaten wth a six round majority decision over Victor Capaceta (4-9-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 58-56, 57-55, 57-57.
Unbeaten featherweight Francisco De Vaca (13-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Ricardo Prosno (11-3, 9 KOs) over six fast paced rounds.
Fighting for the first time in 16 months, former world champion Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) stopped Argentinian Dario Fabian Pucheta (20-3) at the 50-second mark of the second round Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International junior middleweight title.
Lightweight Hammering’ Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) disposed of journeyman Carlos Winston Velasquez (23-22-1) 23 seconds into the fifth round to bring home the World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas belt.
By Matt Thompson at ringside
In the 10 round main event, cruiserweight Chris Traietti, 19-3, climbed off the canvas to stop the heavy-handed Gary Tapusoa of Independence, MO at 1:19 of the third round on Saturday night at the Marina Bay Sportsplex in Quincy, Massachusetts. Tuposa, who stepped in with the local favorite with an unimposing record of 7-4-1, dropped Traietti hard with a right hand a minute into the first round. Traietti beat the count on wobbly legs, but moved until he regained his composure, landing his own power shots by the end of the round. Working behind a good jab throughout the second, Traietti turned the tables, putting Tapusoa down with a series of rights in the second, finishing the job with 3 knockdowns from a variety of combinations in the third. (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll and Matt Richardson at ringside
Jr welterweight Maurice Hooker (18-0-2, 14 KOs) kicked off the festivities at The Garden by keeping his undefeated record with a controversial points victory over Ghislain Maduma (17-2, 11 KOs). Maduma suffered an early points gap by allowing Hooker to use his height and reach to command the early rounds. Maduma eventually figured out how to stay inside and close the reach disadvantage in round three, picking up the rounds and starting to land the inside hooks. Hooker floored Maduma with a stunning straight right that Maduma didn’t see coming. Maduma sucked it up and continued to get back into the fight, hurting Hooker to the brink of a stoppage in round five. At the end of ten rounds, the judges scored the fight 95-93, 95-94 to Hooker and 95-93 Maduma. (more…)
WBA “interim” super middleweight beltholder Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) won a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the dm-Arena in Karlshrue, Germany. Feigenbutz, a raw brawler with limited ring skills, was seemingly outboxed by the very ordinary De Carolis, however judges Erki Meronen (Finland), Jesus Morata Garcia (Spain) and Jean Toupin (France) all scored it for the hometown fighter 115-113. Feigenbutz is now in line to face the winner of the December 5 Chudinov-Sturm clash for the WBA “regular” super middleweight belt, which must take place no later than April 30.
Former heavyweight world title challenger Kubrat Pulev (21-1, 11 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over George Arias (56-14, 42 KOs).
Unbeaten lightweight contender Richard Commey (23-0, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over late sub Kakhaber Avetisian (41-32-1, 23 KOs).
Now fighting as a super welterweight, two-time former middleweight world title challenger Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (34-6, 22 KOs) had a harder time than expected in winning a ten round unanimous decision over unheralded Jason Welborn (17-4, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England. Macklin prevailed by scores of 96-94, 96-94, 97-93 after a very competitive fight. Welborn was deducted a point for a low blow in round five. Macklin claimed a WBC regional belt with the victory.
By Gary “Digital” Williams and Julian Burgower at ringside
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions
Local favorite and former world champion Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs) won a hotly contested majority decision over previously unbeaten 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz Jr. (17-1, 8 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Saturday night in the EagleBank Arena at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Diaz gave Peterson all kinds of problems, but scores were 114-114 and 117-111, 116-112 for Peterson.
In a brutal and dirty clash of unbeaten welterweights, Terrel “Tyger” Williams (15-0, 13 KOs) scored a ninth round win by disqualification over Prichard “Digget” Colon (16-1, 13 KOs). Colon was deducted two points for a low blow in round five. Williams was deducted a point for hitting Colon in the back of the head in round seven. Williams dropped Colon twice late in round nine and the bout was halted during the break after Colon’s corner accidentally took off his gloves thinking the fight was over. Williams won by DQ when Colon wasn’t ready to come out for the tenth round. (more…)
By James Slater
Boxing fans and experts alike are still understandably full of praise for the brutally entertaining 12-round war light-heavyweights Andrzej Fonfara and Nathan Cleverly put on last night in Chicago. The Fight Of The Year candidate, won by Fonfara, featured an astonishing 2,524 combined punches thrown and 936 landed between the two teak-tough warriors. Cleverly, who lost a unanimous decision, suffered a broken nose and needed a trip to hospital, yet he has Tweeted how he would love a rematch.
“Overwhelmed with the support, Thankyou. I gave it everything. Nose broke in 7th but that’s boxing. Respect to Fonfara, would love to do it again,” Cleverly wrote today. (more…)
After failing in his attempt to become the first Japanese fighter to win a world title in four different weight divisions, super flyweight contender Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs) is talking about hanging up the gloves at the tender age of 28.
“I trained very hard for this fight. I’m very disappointed,” said Kameda. “I was going to make a decision on whether to retire or not based on my performance. I feel it might be time for me to retire. My stamina wasn’t what it should be in the later rounds. I got caught in the second round because I made a mistake I shouldn’t have made. He fought very well and I was surprised by his power. I think it’s time for me to retire.”
Kameda paid dearly for his decision to slug with Kono, rather than use his nifty boxing skills and footwork. “If we had fought using movement, he probably would have beaten me,” admitted the champion. “But he decided to trade punches with me and that gave me a chance to win…I am so happy that I got to face Kameda and get this victory over him. It is a big win for my career.”
Demetrius Andrade 153.5 vs. Dario Fabian Pucheta 152.5
(WBO International junior middleweight title)
Hank Lundy 134 vs. Carlos Winston Velasquez 136.25
Khiary Gray 155 vs. Kevin Cooper 150.25
Josh Crespo 128.75 vs. Greg Coverson Jr. 130.25
Borngod Washington 172 vs. Nathan Millier 171.25
Mike Marshall 179 vs. TBA
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Midwest tough, all the way down to his Local 597 union card as a pipefitter in his native Indiana, Darren Elkins is probably the last person you would expect to join up with “No Shirt Nation,” aka Team Alpha Male, in Sacramento. But after a disappointing loss to Hacran Dias last December, Elkins felt it was time to shake things up a bit . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Promociones El Jefe
WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KOs) and challenger Juan “Pinky” Alejo (21-3, 13 KOs) both made weight for their world title showdown on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The champion scaled in at the 108lb division limit, while Alejo weighed 107.4 lbs.
Donnie Nietes: “I will give my best in this fight and if I have the opportunity I will knock him out.”
Pinky Alejo: “I’m very motivated. On Saturday I’ll go out and give a good fight. Nietes is a complete fighter, one of the best, but I have hunger and he knows what it is to be hungry. I think his time is over, now comes my time. I’m not leaving here without that championship. To all the people of Monterrey, Promociones El Jefe, and everyone who has been behind me in this adventure, I send a big hug and will return as the new world champion!” (more…)
In a rematch, former two-time world title challenger David “Severo” Carmona (20-2-5, 8 KOs) won a ten round split decision over WBO #9, WBC #11 contender Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-3, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. Carmona dropped Rodriguez in round six, and won 97-92 on two cards. Rodriguez was up 96-93 on the third card. Carmona won their first fight by ten round unanimous nod 15 months ago.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
“Irish” Seanie Monaghan successfully defended his WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title and won the vacant NABO belt with a ten round unanimous decision against fan favorite Donovan “Da bomb” George on Friday night at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY. George suffered an injured right hand early on, but gamely continued fighting mostly one-handed the rest of the way. Monaghan methodically piled up round after round to win by scores of 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.
“I have a lot of respect for Donovan George,” said Monaghan. “He took everything and wouldn’t quit. Now I want to fight for the world title. It doesn’t matter which champion or where we have to go.”
Seanie’s trainer Joe Higgins added, “This was a perfect fight for Seanie, fighting a real tough guy like Donovan George. this was perfect preparation for a world title fight.”
Bobby Hitz, promoter for Donovan George, stated “Donovan broke his right hand in the second round. He refused to quit. But it’s tough to be in a gunfight with just a knife.” (more…)
Photos: David Earnisse/Premier Boxing Champions
In a war, WBA super flyweight champion Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13 KOs) retained his title by unanimous twelve round decision and repelled the attempt of Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs) to became the first Japanese fighter to win a world title in four weight divisions on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Kono dropped Kameda in round two. Then Kameda was deducted twice for low blows in round three. Referee Celestino Ruiz stopped the action in round seven and threatened to disqualify the next fighter to commit a foul. He was told not to stop the fight by an official after the round. Both fighters headhunted after that. Kong was deducted a point in round nine for pushing down Kameda’s head. In the end, Kono won by scores of 115-107, 116-108, 113-111.
In a light heavyweight slugfest, WBA #2, WBC #5, IBF #5, WBO #5 rated Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBO champion Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs). It was a competitive fight throughout. Cleverly fought the late rounds with a broken nose. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Fonfara is now 14-0 at the UIC Pavilion.
Chris Traietti 185 Gary vs. Tapusoa 198
(WBC-US cruiserweight title)
Wellington Romero 139 vs. Ramesis Gil 140
Brandon Montella 173 vs. Greg Thomas 166
Gabriel Duluc 138 vs. Ian James 138
Nick Cyr 283 vs. Huston Crayton 216
Zhimin Wang 136 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 130
Antonio Chaves Fernandez 156 vs. David Wilson 159
Fanlong Meng 177 vs. Devonte Hopkins 180
Dustin Fleischer 142 vs. Oscar Diaz 142
Venue: Marina Bay SportsPlex (Quincy, MA)
Promoter: Granite Chin Promotions
Doors Open: 6:30
Tickets: $15, $20, $40 online at TicketRiver.com (seach word: Sports Plex)
Tickets at the door: $30, $40, $50
Jesse Magdaleno 127.5 vs. Vergal Nebra 123.4
Trevor McCumby 175.2 vs. Dustin Echard ??
Francisco De Vaca 124.8 vs. Ricardo Prosno 121.9
Victor “El Nino” Castro 135.1 vs. Luis Olivares 137.6
Venue: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Top Rank
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Tomas Rojas 126 vs. Edward Mansito 125
(WBC regional featherweight title)
Marco Antonio Peribán 169 vs. Joshua Okine 167.20
(WBC regional super middleweight title)
Lourdes Juárez 109.50 vs. Rebeca Castro 109.50
Diego Cruz 146.30 vs. Darío Garibay 146.30
Venue: Auditorio Benito Juarez
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Earlier today, Matchroom Boxing announced that Kell Brook’s October 24 title defense against Diego Chaves – which was scheduled to air live on Showtime – has been postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Brook. The Showtime telecast is completely cancelled. Showtime announced that it will “consider” coverage of the rescheduled Brook-Chaves bout once event details are finalized.
The Sheffield show will still go ahead with Chris Eubank Jr topping the bill as he makes a final defense of his WBA interim world middleweight title against Tony Jeter. The winner of that bout will then be stripped and Alfonso Blanco will ascend to the WBA interim throne. Also, Gavin McDonnell defends his European bantamweight strap against former world title challenger Jeremy Parodi. Sky Sports will televise in the UK.
Fans who bought tickets will be entitled to full refunds or partial refunds if they’re still attending the show.
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions
Lamont Peterson 144 vs. Felix Diaz Jr. 144.2
Prichard Colon 148.8 vs. Terrel Williams 148.4
Anthony Peterson 136.6 vs. Mike Oliver 134.8
Alantez Fox 157.4 vs. Eric Mitchell 158.8
Jimmy Lange 175 vs. Mike Sawyer 177.6
Lennox Allen 167.8 vs. Istvan Zeller 166
David Grayton 146.2 vs. Martin Wright 146
Demond Nicholson 163.6 vs. Milton Nunez 159.8
Kareem Martin 147.2 vs. Christopher Degollado 156.2
Tommy Logan 129.8 vs. Canton Miller 130
Venue: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
beIN Sports en Español will broadcast the event dubbed “Filipinos vs Latinos,” headlined by the longest reigning Filipino world champion ever – WBO Light Flyweight king Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KOs), who will be defending his title against unbeaten Mexican Juan “Pinky” Alejo (21-0-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the co-feature, undefeated Filipino Albert Pagara (24-0, 17 KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line against Nicaraguan William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (27-5, 23 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental junior featherweight belt.
World ranked Oscar Valdez has return to Los Angeles to start his training camp for his fourth and final fight of what has been a very successful 2015. Valdez will close out the year with a fight in December. “I am looking forward to fighting one more time here in 2015 so that I close what has been a very productive year with one more solid outing,” said Valdez.
Valdez (17-0, 15 KOs) is coming to the end of his third full year as a professional boxer after debuting in November 12, 2012 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. “This has been a very good year in terms of exposure and very good opposition and I hope that 2016 will be an even better and bigger year for my career,” said Valdez. (more…)
Undefeated world featherweight contender Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas is going into his first televised 10-round main event bout Saturday night at the Celebrity Theatre. He is taking on Vergel Nebran of the Phillippines. Magdaleno has a record of 21-0, 15 KOs. He is trained by Ismael Salas. Nebran, from The Philippines, is 14-9-1, 9 KOs. “It’s exciting because I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to fight in a 10 round main event. I will do my best in Phoenix,” said Jessie.
The bout will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas. Top Rank and Iron Boy are promoting. The first bell Saturday will be 6 pm with the televised bouts at 8 pm local time.
Today – Friday – the fighters will weigh 2 pm at Dave and Busters, 2000 E Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona.
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