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One of the most respected and recognized voices in boxing, Al Bernstein will be inducted into the prestigious World Boxing Hall of Fame having received the highest number of votes ever for a non-boxer inductee. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING color analyst feels his inclusion among boxing’s elite couldn’t have come at a better time. “It is a great honor for me to be inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Bernstein, who has also been named the second recipient of the coveted Sugar Ray Robinson award. “I am especially delighted to be inducted the same year as they are celebrating their 30th anniversary year. There is a lot of synergy here as I am about to enter my 30th year as a national broadcaster. I’ve really enjoyed my entire boxing broadcast career and the last five years at Showtime has been a highlight.” (more…)
By Robert Hough
Manny Pacquiao, smiling all the time under drizzly San Francisco skies, said he’s ready to start training for his fight with Miguel Cotto—and determined to live a dream that has nothing to do with boxing, singing, movies or politics. Pacquiao, who spoke to Fightnews after a brief, chaotic press conference and fan event at AT&T Park to promote his November 14th fight with Miguel Cotto, related last year that he dreams of visiting Vatican City. “I have not been there yet, but I will go with my family, hopefully not too long after this fight,” the devout Catholic said after the 25-minute event with his trainer, Freddie Roach; Cotto; and others. “It is important for me to go there. It is a dream I have had for a long time.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia PA, Vernocha L. Michael of Blue Horizon Promotions Inc. presented a nine bout card which paid tribute to those who gave their lives on nine eleven and to those Firemen, Policemen and other Public Safety Officers who put their live on the line everyday to make our lives safe and secure. In the six round main event of the evening welterweight prospect Steve Upsher Chambers raised his record to (20-1-1, 6 KOs) by dropping Aaron Drake (13-7, 9 KOs) three times en-route to an impressive second round TKO. The eight bout undercard had a little of everything, featuring prospects, a former hockey tough-man and a corrections officer to make the card interesting on the salute to Public Safety night. (more…)
Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez will make their grand arrivals on Tuesday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, ahead of Saturday’s “Number One/ Numero Uno” super fight. Marquez will arrive at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby at 12:30PM. Mayweather will come at 1PM at the same place.
In his first fight outside the USA in nearly nine years, legendary five-time UFC champion Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture will headline UFC 105 at the MEN Arena, Manchester, in a fascinating light heavyweight collision with Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera on November 14 . . . Click here for more
Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions will host a public media workout for “A Warrior’s Homecoming” Monday, September 14th at 3pm at The Lion’s Den in Middletown, Connecticut . . . Click here for more
If you’ve talked about Roger Huerta over the last year, he probably never heard it. If you’ve written something about him on a message board or in an email, odds are that he never saw it. “I isolated myself from everything,” Huerta told UFC.com. “TV, the internet, all that stuff.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
UFC Fight Night is live on SPIKE TV, Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 PM ET/PT: Click here for more info
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more
Mikkel Kessler´s fourth-round TKO victory over Gusmyr Perdomo at MCH Herning drew a phenomenal peak market share of 72 percent. 1.645.000 viewers watched the clash on TV2 during its peak, with an average of 1.342.000 fans (58,2 percent) tuning in between 21:55 and 22.35. “Those are phenomenal viewing figures which tell you something about Mikkel´s popularity in Denmark,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “It was a great night of boxing at MCH Herning. We cannot wait for the Super Six World Boxing Classic to get started. Mikkel is such an exciting fighter. He will fascinate the fans all over the world during the course of the tournament.” Kessler´s Super Six fights will be shown live on Pay-Per-View on Viasat. Click here for a Kessler-Perdomo picture gallery.
Things are heating up at the press conference for Tuesday’s big boxing show in Cancun. Triple world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (52-5-1, 40 KOs) is set to collide with unbeaten South African Simphiwe Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) for the IBF super flyweight title. The battle has added intrigue as Nongqayi previously conquered Arce’s brother Panchito. Additional highlights include WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (48-7-2, 31 KOs) defending his title against unbeaten Colombian Aristides Perez (15-0-1, 8 KOs) plus the return of former flyweight monarch Ulises “Archie “Solis (28-2-2, 20 KOs). (more…)
By Robert Coster
The 15th of September is a special day for Mexico as it marks the “Grito de Dolores” – the cry for independance by one of its founding fathers. It will also be special for WBC light-flyweight champion Edgar Sosa as he steps into the ring in the city of Puebla for his 10th title defense against Omar “Pastor” Soto of Puerto Rico. Sosa (36-5, 20 KOs) will be setting a record for most title defenses by a Mexican boxer in this weight class. “I am very happy,” says Edgar, “because when I won the title two years ago, not many boxing writers expected me to be a lasting champion. Now what I have to do on Tuesday is put up a great show in what may be my last defense at 108lbs.” Sosa is expected to move up to the flyweight division. The very popular champion, unbeaten in over six years, will be headlining a megacard aptly called “Viva Mexico” which will also feature sensational redhead welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The much anticipated boxing extravaganza promoted by Fausto Daniel Garcia will be held at the Siglo XXI auditorium which is already sold-out.
Being the underdog in the champion’s backyard doesn’t bother Omar “Pastor” Soto. “I know God is looking out for me,” proclaims the deeply religious Soto (14-3-1, 6 KOs) who predicts that he will stun the Mexican audience by beating the favored Sosa. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender Kali Meehan spoke to Fightnews and told us that he was shocked that he was dropped in the WBA ratings from the #1 position, that he is confident he can beat Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko and also Nicolay Valuev, how he wants to fight the winner of the Cameron vs Tua bout, why his trainer Mark Janssen is one of the best in the world and that he is hopeful DKP will promote him in October or November. (more…)
By David Finger
Coming off his tougher than expected win over former NABF champion Israel “Pito” Cardona, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (49-3-1, 27 KOs) is already set to bring his “Latin Invasion” to hostile territory as he faces former IBF light middleweight world champion Luis “Yori Boy” Campas (92-14-1, 74 KO’s) at the Don Haskins Center on the campas of UTEP in El Paso, Texas on October 30th. In a fight promoted by Zeferino Entertainment, both Campas and Camacho have already expressed a degree of animosity towards each other. The bad blood between Campas and Camacho began as early as May of this year, when Campas fought the elder Hector Camacho. Against Senior, Campas was held to a draw in Florida, but his distain for the Puerto Rican Camacho clan was apparent to all. (more…)
Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1, 19 KOs) has declared himself ready for Saturday’s fight against Sebastian Sylvester (31-3, 15 KOs) at the Jahn Sport Forum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. They are fighting for the vacant IBF middleweight title formerly held by Arthur Abraham. At Giovanni’s last training session in Yonkers, NY, he spoke about the fight. “I will tell you that I feel great, I feel ready, but that doesn’t mean anything. My performance in the ring will speak for itself.” (more…)
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez kick off fight week with an unprecedented open media workout in front of the Kodak Arch on Hollywood Blvd. TODAY (Monday), just days before their mega-fight on Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be produced and distributed live on pay-per-view. This marks Mayweather’s first Los Angeles open media workout in over two years as he makes his return to the ring to fight Marquez. Mayweather is scheduled to workout at 11AM. Marquez will workout at 12:30PM. The fighters will meet in the center of the ring during the workout changeover, so it should be fun.
A big crowd turned out to see world champion Juan Manuel Marquez on Sunday’s “Fiestas Patrias California” Mexican Independence Day Festival at Olvera Street Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. Marquez will conduct an open workout in the LA area on Monday before heading to Las Vegas for his PPV showdown with Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
KZ Event Productions, the promoter of Beibut Shumenov have released the following statement:
Representatives of WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Gabriel Campillo and challenger Beibut Shumenov have announced that they have agreed to a rematch, thereby resolving all of their present disputes. The bout will likely take place in Nevada next January.
Three thousand cheering fans braved the pouring rain after the San Francisco Giants – Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game at AT&T Park in San Francisco Sunday to attend a public press conference for six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto who are in town to promote their upcoming “FIREPOWER” world welterweight championship fight. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday,November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. Click for more pix
By David Finger
With ten days to go before the biggest PPV fight of the year, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and HBO Pay-Per-View Senior Vice President Mark Taffet held a international media conference call in New York City to “discuss the current state of the Mega-Fight” and the changes in how this fight has been marketed to the general population. Although there are few observers who feel that this fight will not be one of, if not the, biggest PPV fight of the year, there are still many critics who felt that the economic recession coupled with the emergence of Mixed Martial Arts would slowly, but surely take a toll on boxing and PPV revenue. But Schaefer and Taffet both discussed many of the new and innovative ways that they are marketing this fight to both the traditional boxing fan and the younger generation of boxing fan. (more…)
By Lee Bates
The press conference in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Saturday to promote the November 14th showdown between welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Pound for Pound King Manny Pacquiao definitely was a positive promotion for the fight. Bob Arum’s Top Rank had every aspect of the event on point and everything ran on a smooth punctual schedule. The entrance for the two fighters was very exciting as they were both elevated from underground in their chairs and up to the main stage. The entrance brought a huge roar from the large crowd who packed the venue which was a Theater setting. In a day and age where some press conferences are marred by verbal jabs and sometimes physical ones, it was a pleasant sight to see two combatants show ultimate respect for each other. “I welcome Manny Pacquiao to Puerto Rico and he is always welcome here,” said Cotto.
Freddie Roach: I know Miguel Cotto better than anybody right now. I’ve been watching videos of his fights for a month straight now. This is boxing at its best. We want to fight the best in boxing and one of those is Miguel Cotto.
Manny Pacquiao: No one knows who is going to win this fight. We are both going deliver our best efforts which will give the fans an excellent show.
Miguel Cotto: On November 14th we are both seeking victory. I’m confident that I will return to Puerto Rico on November 15th with my title. (crowd erupts)
“I am very happy,” said WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler after once again proving his class with a fourth-round TKO victory over Gusmyr Perdomo. “It was very special to fight in front of such a great crowd.” Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 6.200 boisterous Danish fans at MCH Herning, the Viking Warrior (42-1, 32 KOs) dropped the mandatory challenger at the end of the third with a big right before launching another furious assault in the fourth. “Perdomo was very active in the first two rounds, so I had to change my game plan,” he added. “I adjusted well in the third. Now I really look forward to the Super Six World Boxing Classic.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
Now that WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) has defeated #1 rated Rodel Mayol in their rematch, he is looking to the future. “It’s no secret that the biggest fight for me is with Brian Viloria,” said Calderon. “He and I have a history going back to our amateurs when we fought multiple times and are both currently world champions. I want to make it clear that I have no problem traveling outside of Puerto Rico to make the fight happen!”
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a battle of unbeaten fighters, super lightweight Eloy Perez (14-0-2, 3 KOs) won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Dannie Williams (12-1, 9 KOs) at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, CA. Both fighters were dropped once in the second round and Perez went down again in the third. However, Perez landed the more telling punches during the rest of the bout. All three judges scored the bout 98-91, 97-92, and 95-94. Also on the card was former Olympian middleweight Donald Orr, who survived a fifth round knockdown and a feverish rally by Danny Stanislavjevic to win a six round unanimous decision. All three judges had Orr (15-0, 6 KO’s) winning by scores of 57-56, 57-56, and 58-55. Stanislavjevic (8-17-3, 4 KO’s) worked hard but could not get the victory. (more to come.)
By Ron Jackson
Ji Hoon Kim of South Korea won the IBO junior lightweight belt when he came from behind to stop South Africa’s Zolani Marali in the tenth round at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park Saturday night. In a poor fight, the South African boxing from behind his jab was well ahead on points against the shorter Kim 58.97 kg who spent most of the night rushing in and missing with wild punches. A short right to the jaw, followed by an equally damaging left hook, dumped Marali on the canvas against the ropes in the tenth round. He beat the count but referee Phil Edwards of England, to the surprise of most spectators, almost immediately stopped the fight at 28 seconds into the round. (more…)
SHOWTIME SPORTS has announced a strong schedule of boxing programming in the upcoming months. Here’s a rundown:
ShoBox returns to its regular day and time this Friday night (Sept. 18, live at 11p ET/PT) as Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs) meets Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight fight from the Chumash Resort and Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. The co-feature pits Chris Avalos (11-0, 9 KOs) against Giovanni Caro (12-8-3, 11 KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight fight.
On Friday, Oct. 2 (live at 11p ET/PT), Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) takes on Victor Oganov (28-2, 28 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight fight with Antwone Smith (16-1, 8 KOs) meeting Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout on ShoBox from the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla.
The much-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic premieres on SHOWTIME Oct. 17 as Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) faces Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) live from the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England and Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) meets Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) on tape-delay from O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
On Saturday, Oct. 31, Joseph Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) will face Yonnhy Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) for the IBF Bantamweight Championship on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
On Saturday, Nov. 21, the Super Six World Boxing Classic continues with the Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) vs. Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) WBA Super Middleweight World Championship.
In another exciting SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING bout set for Dec. 12, Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) will face Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) for the WBO Junior Welterweight Championship. In the co-feature, Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs) will battle Tomas Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) for the WBC and WBA 115-pound Championship and Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) meets Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) in a lightweight bout.
They did it 5,600 miles apart, but Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler both took care of business in similar fashion in front of their fans and television viewers on a special split-site doubleheader ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME Saturday night. Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) remained undefeated, stopping Shelby Pudwill (22-4-1, 9 KOs) at 2:!6 of the third round from the Pechanga Resort and Casino. Earlier in the day, in Herning, Denmark, Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) retained his WBA super middleweight title with a fourth-round TKO over Venezuela’s Gusmyr Perdomo (16-3, 10KOs) at the MCH Messecenter. Ward will now meet Kessler in Group Stage 1 of the celebrated Super Six World Boxing Classic, Nov. 21 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., for Kessler’s WBA world title. (more…)
Juan Manuel Marquez poses with a mariachi band on Saturday upon his arrival at Los Angeles International Airport in advance of his September 19 PPV fight against comebacking Floyd “Money” Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. More Photos…
WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño (18-0, 10 KOs) defeated former unified super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (36-6-2, 15 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision to retain his WBA belt on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. Cermeño previously won a split decision over Mijares in March. Mijares, who just ten months ago was unified WBA/WBC champion in this division, has since done a spectacular crash and burn, amazingly losing three straight.
On the same card, El Paso heavyweight contender David “Nino” Rodriguez (32-0, 30 KOs) scored a third-round knockout of veteran Robert Davis (32-11, 20 KOs).
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Hometowner Michael Simms toyed with an upset by pulling off a first-round knockdown, but lost a majority decision Saturday night to IBF No. 3 cruiserweight contender Matt Godfrey in their 10-round main event, highlighting the Red Lion Hotel’s first outdoor boxing card in Sacramento. “The (only) knockdown should have been the difference,” said Simms (20-12-2), disappointed in the judges’ scores of 96-93, 95-93 and 94-94. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) scored an impressive third round KO over Shelby Pudwill (22-4-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Ward, who thoroughly outboxed Pudwill in the first two rounds, dropped him with a left hook in the third round, which opened a nasty cut under Pudwill’s left eye. Smelling blood, Ward went for the kill and had his opponent in serious trouble. Knowing he could do serious damage, Ward signaled referee Pat Russell several times to put a halt to the shellacking and he mercifully did at 2:16 of the third round. (more…)
Jr middleweight “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) destroyed Jason LeHoullier (22-2-1, 8 KOs) in less than a round on Saturday night at the El Palenque Del Recinto Ferial, Tepic, Mexico. Chavez dropped LeHoullier with a left hook and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:43. A fight with John Duddy was mentioned for Chavez next.
UPDATE: A bout between WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (39-2-2, 29 KOs) and Alex Valdez (22-2-3, 15 KOs) has now been declared a technical draw. In a wild fight, Montiel dropped Valdez in round one, but Valdez came back furiously to floor Montiel in round two. Montiel was cut over the left eye seemingly by a punch in round one and that cut apparently later caused the bout to be stopped before the beginning of the fourth round. The fight was originally declared a technical draw, but then it was announced by a member of the local commission that the result was changed to a TKO for Valdez. Now WBO commissioner Luis Perez has officially decreed the bout a technical draw as the cut on Montiel’s left eyelid came before the fourth round. Montiel’s title was not on the line.
In a clash for the undisputed WBO mini flyweight championship, WBO champion Donnie Nietes, (24-1-3, 14 KOs) won a controversial twelve round split decision over interim champion Manuel Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs). Nietes did well early, but Vargas pushed Nietes hard the entire fight and was ahead 116-112 on one card, however Nietes prevailed 118-110, 116-110 on the other two cards. For more details and photos click here…
By Lee Bates at ringside
Unbeaten WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) again retained his title against #1 Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (25-4-1, 19 KOs) by split technical decision on Saturday night at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As it was in their first meeting, it was a closely contested affair. The bout was halted after round seven when once again a clash of heads prematurely ended the bout. Two judges had it for Calderon 68-65 and while the other had it for Mayol 68-65. Mayol was true to his word and really effectively pressured Calderon. Calderon for his part countered effectively in route to the victory. “I want people to understand that Mayol is a much different fighter that Hugo Cazares. He is very intelligent with his game plan. He made me work extremely hard to earn this victory. I have a lot of respect for him,” said Calderon.
In the semi-main event, WBO super featherweight champion Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) spectactuarly stopped Feider Viloria (22-4-1, 15 KOs) of Colombia by ninth round KO. Martinez showed a new look with his newly tightnened defense but still managed to punish Viloria with body shots throughout the bout. The end came in round nine when Martinez stopped Viloria with a barrage of punches that sent him crashing to the canvas. Only one second was left in the round but Viloria could not beat the count. “I practiced hard on my defense for this fight and I believe it showed. He didn’t want to engage me too much but in the end I was able to break him down,” stated Martinez. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In August, Nick Charles, the respected television journalist and play-by-play announcer for ShoBox: The New Generation, took a leave of absence to battle cancer. Although Charles is being cared for at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his friends at tonight’s ShoBox event at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California want their friend to know that they are thinking of him so they stood together in the center of the ring for this photo. “The entire ShoBox crew wishes Nick a full and speedy recovery. We cannot wait for you to get back to the broadcast table,” said Steve Farhood, the on-air analyst for ShoBox and the broadcast partner with Charles. Everyone in the picture is wearing a “Nick” button to show their support and love for Nick Charles.
In July 2001, SHOWTIME tabbed Charles as its blow-by-blow announcer for the debut of their boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation. Charles and Farhood have called the action for nearly every ShoBox telecast since its inception – nearly 135 shows and 275 fights. Tonight will be the first time in years that Charles has not been at ringside for a ShoBox telecast. Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver will join Farhood and Al Bernstein as a guest commentator for tonight’s ShoBox event.
By Lee Bates
Though WBO light flyweight Ivan Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) enters his rematch tonight with his challenger Rodel Mayol 25-3-1, 19 KOs) as a decisive favorite some respectable names feel Mayol is a live underdog.
Bob Arum: The first fight was close before the stoppage. If he can duplicate the same performance he is going to have a chance to win the fight.
Michael Koncz( Mayol’s manager): Mayol is going to have to be more agressive in this fight. It must be effective agressiveness with him throwing a large volume of punches. If he does this he can win this fight.
Freddie Roach: He had a good training camp at Wildcard gym. He is definitely going to be in the fight. It’s a tough fight going up against Calderon but he has a chance to pull off the upset.
Manny Pacquiao (Mayol’s promoter): Mayol is very good fighter. I have a lot of confidence in him that he can win this fight.
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By Alexey Sukachev
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) successfully defended his title for second time and, what is probably more important, made a final step towards the Super Six super tournament with the fourth-round TKO over mandatory challenger WBA #1 Gusmyr Perdomo (16-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews.com today that things are looking good for a unification showdown between unbeaten WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) and WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs). HBO has already committed to a January 23 date, said Arum, however Junama first has to win his October 10th title defense against Rogers Mtagwa. Nothing has been signed as of yet, but the bout would take place in Puerto Rico.
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