WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Boytsov on IBF heavyweight tourney

Photo: Baering

Universum heavyweight Denis Boytsov (27-0, 22 KOs) has explained the reason he is unable to participate in the IBF’s four fighter box-off which would culminate with a new mandatory challenger for IBF world champion Wladimir Klitschko. “I’m very honored and my heart bleeds that I can’t take this challenge,” said the unbeaten heavyweight, who is rated in the top five of all sanctioning bodies. “I’m totally disappointed, since I’m a fighter. However, the reason isn’t that I have no desire to compete in such a tournament, but that the doctors still haven’t given me the green light for a 12-round fight. Coming off a hand operation, a tune-up fight will likely take place later this year as a test. If all goes positively, I’ll be ready for everything. My promoter is preparing the suitable medical documents for the IBF so that they can 100% understand the reason I can’t participate.” (more…)

Universum heavyweight Denis Boytsov (27-0, 22 KOs) has explained the reason he is unable to participate in the IBF’s four …


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Manfredo returns Nov. 12

IBO Middleweight Champion “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. returns to his roots November 12, headlining in a 10-round, non-title fight at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Manfredo (35-6, 19 KOs), who will fight Colombian Jhon Berrio (15-7, 11 KOs), hasn’t fought in his native Rhode Island in two years. The star of The Contender, Season I reality television series has a 16-1 (10 KOs) pro record in Rhode Island, including 3-0 (3 KOs) at Twin River. (more…)

IBO Middleweight Champion “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. returns to his roots November 12, headlining in a 10-round, …



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Abraham-Froch Helsinki Presser

Photo: Pasi Taavitsainen

By Pasi Taavitsainen

King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch faced off today at the kick-off press conference ahead of their Super Six clash. The two superstars will fight for the vacant WBC super middleweight title at Hartwall Areena, Finland on November 27. Click here for more photos and video.

By Pasi Taavitsainen King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch faced off today at the kick-off press conference ahead …


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TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week we have Showtime’s Steve Farhood. We’ll also be talking about whether Mike Tyson belongs in the Hall of Fame. Have an opinion? Call in tonight or email your thoughts to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning …




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Cleverly tops December 11 card

Frank Warren celebrates 30 years in boxing in style on December 11 with another blockbuster show. Following the success of his “Magnificent Seven” card in September, Warren will again put on a multiple title show, this time at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Warren announced that Welsh hot-shot Nathan Cleverly will challenge for the Interim WBO light heavyweight title, Paul Smith defends his British super middleweight crown against James DeGale, Matt Macklin makes a defence of his European middleweight crown, Kell Brook defends his WBO Intercontinental strap, 2007 Amateur world champion Frankie Gavin challenges for the WBO Intercontinental light welterweight crown and Tony Bellew puts his Commonwealth light heavyweight title on the line. (more…)

Frank Warren celebrates 30 years in boxing in style on December 11 with another blockbuster show. Following the success of …


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Gesta training in SD

Photo: Team Gesta

After traveling north to the famed Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, CA, for his two past training camps, unbeaten WBO Youth lightweight champion Mercito “No Mercy Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) decided to stay put and set up camp in his adoptive hometown of San Diego, CA. Gesta will be trading leather against his toughest test to date on his way to a title Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KOs) of Los Mochis, Mex, in the eight round main event of Spanish language Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on Friday, October 22nd. (more…)

After traveling north to the famed Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, CA, for his two past training camps, unbeaten …


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Tarver’s targets heavies

Interview by David Finger
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Usually when a 41-year-old former light heavyweight champion on the heels of back to back losses announces that he’s going to make a run for the heavyweight championship, boxing insiders are less than supportive. The conventional wisdom is that the comeback will end in a humiliating defeat, or worse. And more often than not, the comeback is ignored by the networks in hope that it will go away on its own.

Such is the power of Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KO’s) that he has already done something magical: create a major buzz in the sport despite his age and his losses in his last two fights. . . . Click here for more

Interview by David Finger Photos by Chris Cozzone Usually when a 41-year-old former light heavyweight champion on the heels of …


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“Who’s The Man II” in Baltimore

James “Keep em’ Sleepin” Stevenson (13-0, 10 KOs) will make his highly anticipated return Saturday, October 23 when he battles once beaten Phillip “The Mongoose” McCants (8-1, 3 KOs) in the six-round junior middleweight headliner of Baltimore Pro Boxing’s “Who’s The Man II” event at the Pikesville Armory. (more…)

James “Keep em’ Sleepin” Stevenson (13-0, 10 KOs) will make his highly anticipated return Saturday, October 23 when he battles …



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UFC fighters on London

UFC stars who live in Londontown give their recommendations about where to go while you’re on their turf for the UFC Fan Expo. . . Click here for more

UFC stars who live in Londontown give their recommendations about where to go while you’re on their turf for the …


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Bute-Brinkley Presser

Photos by Herby Whyne

IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) faced off with mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-5-5, 22 KOs) at a news conference Wednesday in Montreal for their world title clash on Friday at the Bell Centre. “I’m ready,” vowed the unbeaten champion. “We spent six weeks in Florida to train. I’m prepared. I took it seriously and it will be quite a show.” Brinkley warned Bute not to count him out. “It doesn’t bother me that people think I’m the underdog,” said Brinkley. “Lucian has his hands full with me.” (more…)

Photos by Herby Whyne IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) faced off with mandatory challenger Jesse …


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Hathaway on the rise

If you went simply by the looks on the faces of John Hathaway and Thomas Egan as they sat together at the press conference before their UFC 93 bout in Dublin in January of 2009, it would have been Game, Set, and Match in favor of Ireland’s Egan, who appeared to be an old pro at 20 as he answered query after query from the assembled media. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

If you went simply by the looks on the faces of John Hathaway and Thomas Egan as they sat together …


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“The Rising Son Returns” PPV Line-up

“The Rising Son Returns” PPV undercard for Saturday’s WBO junior featherweight title fight between world champion Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr. (19-0-1, 16 KOs) and former wbo super flyweight champion/WBO #10 Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (28-4-1, 17 KOs) is set.

The co-feature is a scheduled twelve-rounder for the WBO youth middleweight belt between Raul “Tigre” Casarez (15-2, 8 KOs) of Mexico and local hero Anthony “Ice” Greenridge (14-5-1, 5 KOs).

Also on tap are unbeaten Polish middleweight Patrick Majewski (13-0, 8 KOs) against Joseph Gomez (17-2-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder and 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (5-0, 2 KOs) versus upset-minded Israel “Filipino” Rojas (3-1, 2 KOs) in a bantamweight clash scheduled for six.

Click here for full PPV info sheet

“The Rising Son Returns” PPV undercard for Saturday’s WBO junior featherweight title fight between world champion Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr. …



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Vazquez-Hernandez presser quotes

Photos by Joel A. Colón/All Star Boxing

On Saturday, October 16, 2010, All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years that have filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions. WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will make the second defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in Ivan “Choko” Hernandez of Ensenada, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with Vazquez WBO Jr. Featherweight Title at stake. (more…)

Photos by Joel A. Colón/All Star Boxing On Saturday, October 16, 2010, All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, …


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Bill Caplan joins Golden Boy

Golden Boy Promotions has announced that Hall of Fame publicist Bill Caplan, who has over 40 years of experience in boxing and sports publicity, has joined Golden Boy Promotions as a Public Relations Consultant. Caplan has worked with virtually every major fighter over the years and is known for his long-standing relationships and work with George Foreman and Oscar de la Hoya. “We are extremely excited to add Bill to our public relations team at Golden Boy Promotions,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “He has the experience, knowledge and expertise to bring Golden Boy’s public relations efforts to the next level.” (more…)

Golden Boy Promotions has announced that Hall of Fame publicist Bill Caplan, who has over 40 years of experience in …


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WV2-Choko Presser highlights

Video: Joel A. Colón/All Star Boxing


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UFC updates

GSP and Kos Turn Things Up On An All New TUF, Plus Primetime Part Two Premieres On SPIKE: Coaches Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck push their teams to the limit on an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter, plus Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez continue their collision course to UFC 121 on part two of UFC Primetime! Starting at 10pm ET/PT TONIGHT on SPIKE

Too Big For The Small Screen – See UFC 121 Live In Theaters: Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez collide on October 23rd in a huge heavyweight battle – experience this larger than life event LIVE on the big screen at select theaters!

GSP and Kos Turn Things Up On An All New TUF, Plus Primetime Part Two Premieres On SPIKE: Coaches Georges St-Pierre …



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Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Speaks

WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. spoke to Fightnews.com moments after having to be separated from challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez after things got physical during their face-off at Wednesday’s press conference in Kissimmee, Florida.

Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. explained a bit more about the bad blood that has developed between the fighters.

WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. spoke to Fightnews.com moments after having to be separated from challenger Ivan “Choko” …


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Mike Jones Teleconference Quotes

Photo by Rick Scharmberg

By Rick Scharmberg

Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Russell Peltz hosted a teleconference on Wednesday in support of highly regarded Mike “MJ” Jones (22-0, 18KOs), who will face tough Jesus Soto-Karass (24-4-3, 16 KOs) in a televised ten round bout on the Manny Pacquiao – Antonio Margarito PPV card on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Jones is ranked in the top-5 across the board at welterweight, and is the top-rated contender in the WBA. A victory over Soto-Karass would all but guarantee Jones – the reigning NABA and NABO welterweight champ – a crack at the world title. “This fight is a big opportunity for me because millions will be watching around the world,” stated Jones. “I will do my best to shine and show that I am one of the best out there.” (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Russell Peltz hosted a teleconference on Wednesday in support of …


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Antonio Margarito mountain run

Story and photos by Ricardo Conde

Today Fightnews caught up with three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) for his early morning run up the mountains in Ventura County, CA in preparation for his up coming bout against seven-time world champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs). “We are alternating Margarito’s runs, he runs on the track, at the beach and today in the mountains.” said chief trainer Robert Garcia. “He runs non-stop, and with four weeks until the fight, Margarito is in great shape, we are right on schedule, he’s exactly where we want him to be.” continued Garcia. more + photos

Story and photos by Ricardo Conde Today Fightnews caught up with three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, …


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Meza takes on Vazquez

Dominguez Boxing Promotions, Promociones Internacionales, in association with Sampson Boxing LLC, have joined forces to promote “El Gran Festival de Mexico” on Friday, Oct. 29. In the main event, super featherweights Antonio “Barrios” Meza (24-8, 16 KOs) and Cesar “Saba” Vazquez (20-0, 13 KOs) will clash in a 12-rounder. (more…)

Dominguez Boxing Promotions, Promociones Internacionales, in association with Sampson Boxing LLC, have joined forces to promote “El Gran Festival de Mexico” on …


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“Windy City Fight Night 13″

Ivan Popoca and “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara will co-headline “Windy City Fight Night 13” on Friday, November 19, at the UIC Pavilion. The card, promoted by Dominic Pesoli’s 8-Count Productions, will feature Chicago’s most popular young prospects in separate eight-rounders.

“This card is truly the culmination of a fantastic year in boxing in Chicago. With Popoca and Fonfara in main event bouts and a sensational undercard featuring Chicago’s finest young prospects, we’re thrilled to bring this outstanding event to the local fight fans” said Pesoli. (more…)

Ivan Popoca and “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara will co-headline “Windy City Fight Night 13” on Friday, November 19, at …


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Vazquez-Hernandez erupts

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By Karl Freitag

The fight nearly started early during today’s Wilfredo Vazquez Jr-Ivan “Choko” Hernandez press conference in Kissimmee, Florida. The fighters had to be separated during the face off for photographers and tempers are running hot for Saturday’s PPV showdown. Photos and video to come.

By Karl Freitag The fight nearly started early during today’s Wilfredo Vazquez Jr-Ivan “Choko” Hernandez press conference in Kissimmee, Florida. …


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Second chance for Aguilera

Story by Alex Dombroff
Photos by Emily Harney

Which fighter taking the ring in the main event of this Friday’s ShoBox is fighting with his career on the line, at a weight he is not accustomed to, and is coming off a loss that many thought would end his career as a serious contender?

What? You didn’t answer Nagy Aguilera? . . . Click here for more

Story by Alex Dombroff Photos by Emily Harney Which fighter taking the ring in the main event of this Friday’s …


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Solis-Austin in Miami

Promoter Ahmet Öner has announced that heavyweight contenders Odlanier Solis and Ray Austin meet on December 17th at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The winner will be mandatory challenger to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. “Solis will give no chance to Austin and finally get his opportunity against Klitschko at the beginning of the year,” said Öner. “He had a long wait for this possibility. We’re glad that we have now, finally, have a date for the fight against Austin. Finally, Solis can prove that he’s in another league than most of these old men who are hanging around at the top at the moment.”

In the co-feature, King has unbeaten light heavyweight world champion Tavoris Cloud scheduled against TBA.

WBC welterweight silver champion Secuk Aydin, whom WBC champion Andre Berto was ordered to fight next, will also appear on the card. That fight was actually scheduled for late November but was postponed to next year because the parties could not agree financially.

“The offer we got for the fight was not simply good enough,” said Öner. “It’s also evident that Berto and his promoter Lou DiBella didn’t want to fight against Selcuk. So we agreed that both can take an interim fight and then we’ll negotiate once more at the beginning of the year.”

The event will be promoted ARENA and Don King Productions.

Promoter Ahmet Öner has announced that heavyweight contenders Odlanier Solis and Ray Austin meet on December 17th at the American …


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Abril back in ring after 13 days

By Boxing Bob Newman

Rochester, New York welterweight Kenny Abril is quickly making up for lost time. After fifteen months out of the ring during which time he got married and served as one of Miguel Cotto’s chief sparring partners, Abril returned on October 2, 2010 at Turning stone Casino winning a six round decision over Francisco Ginorio. This Friday, October 15, Abril will be back in the ring in his hometown of Rochester on the latest of promoter Ron Resnick’s War at the Armory series, headlined by Willie Monroe Jr., great nephew of Philadelphia middleweight legend Willie “The Worm” Monroe who gave Marvelous Marvin Hagler his second loss back in 1976. New York State welterweight champ Abril, 10-3-1 (5 KOs) will be facing Puerto Rico’s Javier Perez, 7-3, (5 KOs).

By Boxing Bob Newman Rochester, New York welterweight Kenny Abril is quickly making up for lost time. After fifteen months …


Announcement

Brinkley likes his promoter!

Photos courtesy of Let's Get It On

IBF super-middleweight mandatory contender Jesse Brinkley (35-3, 22 KOs) faces IBF champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) this Friday in Montreal. Brinkley’s rise to a world title shot may have never happened if it were not for the partnership he has built with Reno, NV based Let’s Get It On Promotions.

In early 2007, Brinkley was at a low point in his career. He had lost two fights on national television and his future looked bleak. Most, including Brinkley himself, thought that his career was over. At the same time, Terry and Tommy Lane, who had taken over their father’s promotional company, were looking to get started. (more…)

IBF super-middleweight mandatory contender Jesse Brinkley (35-3, 22 KOs) faces IBF champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) this Friday in …


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Cantwell begins again

When it comes to the topic of 2009, don’t expect UFC light heavyweight prospect Steve Cantwell to be holding it up as a banner year in his life and career, but as he approaches his long-awaited return to the Octagon Saturday night against Stanislav Nedkov, he can safely say that 2010 has been a lot better for him . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

When it comes to the topic of 2009, don’t expect UFC light heavyweight prospect Steve Cantwell to be holding it …


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Zab Judah Update

Former welterweight and junior welterweight Champion Zab Judah has taken his training to a new level in preparation for his Nov. 6th match-up with Argentine Knock Out artist Lucas Matthysse at Newark’s Prudential Center. Known in boxing circles simply as “Super Judah,” the 32-year old Brooklyn native has given a whole new meaning to the word “Super” in recent weeks. “I’ve been running Mt. Charleston every other day since I heard that Matthysse is coming to fight me on HBO in front of my hometown crowd,” Judah enthused. “I am so excited about this fight. I have never been in better shape in my life. I could fight this kid right now!” (more…)

Former welterweight and junior welterweight Champion Zab Judah has taken his training to a new level in preparation for his …


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Q&A Alexander Gustaffson

With two UFC fights already under his belt, Alexander Gustafsson will look to deliver a career-defining performance in London on Saturday when he takes on veteran striker Cyrille Diabate. UFC.com’s Darragh Creamer recently had the opportunity to talk to “The Mauler”. . . Click here for more by Darragh Creamer, UFC

With two UFC fights already under his belt, Alexander Gustafsson will look to deliver a career-defining performance in London on …


Boxing News

Bute/Brinkley Montreal Workout

Photo: Herby Whyne / Fightnews Canada

IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley, former WBC light heavy champ Adrian Diaconu and Omar Sheika worked out for the Montreal press today in advance of Friday’s card at the Bell Centre. Click here for more photos.

Photo: Herby Whyne / Fightnews Canada IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley, former WBC light heavy …


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Hernandez sharp in workout

Photo: All Star Boxing

Former world champion Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (27), ranked #10 by the WBC and WBO, had an open workout today in Orlando in preparation for his WBO Jr. Featherweight title challenge this Saturday night against defending champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (19-0-1-16 KO’s), of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed, “The Rising Son Returns,” promoted All Star Boxing. Click here for more photos.

Photo: All Star Boxing Former world champion Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (27), ranked #10 by the WBC and WBO, had an …


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Philly card cancelled

Wednesday’s boxing event at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia has been canceled. No make-up date has been decided as of yet.

Wednesday’s boxing event at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia has been canceled. No make-up date has been decided as …


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Next “Prizefighter” announced

The super featherweights get their first outing in the Prizefighter series in the next event at York Hall, Bethnal Green on November 20. The biggest name so far is 39-year-old Choi “The Mongolian Warrior” Tseveenpurev (29-4, 21 KOs) heading the initial line-up for the 15th edition of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournaments live on Sky Sports. Other names are Gary Buckland (18-2, 6 KOs), Kevin O’Hara (17-6, 5 KOs) and Scott Lawton (27-6-1, 6 KOs. The rest of the lineup will be announced shortly.

The super featherweights get their first outing in the Prizefighter series in the next event at York Hall, Bethnal Green …










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