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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC female world champion Mariana “Barby” Juarez (41-8-3, 17 KOs) will fight for the WBC International super flyweight belt against Argentinian Vanesa Taborda (8-4-1, 0 KOs) in a rematch on Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. Barby was awarded a split decision over Taborda in July, but that decision was overturned by the WBC and the judges were suspended. “I trained hard. Vanessa is a boxer who had her night but it won’t be repeated. This will be the night of Barby. I’ll leave with my arm raised.”
In the co-feature, world ranked bantamweight Alberto “Metro” Guevara (21-2, 8 KOs) meets Filipino Rolando “Smooth Operator” Magbanua (25-3, 17 KOs) in a ten rounder. Also Luis “Gallito” Ceja (27-5-3, 22 KOs) will face the experienced Valentin “Picoco” Leon (38-30-3, 21 KOs) in a flyweight clash.
The event presented by Promotions del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.
Former world title challengers Youri Kalenga and Roberto Bolonti will do battle in a cruiserweight 10-rounder on the undercard of the Monte Carlo “Night of Champions” tournament on November 7. The card is topped by WBA light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer’s title defence against Tommy Oosthuizen. It will be Kalenga’s second fight in Monaco, having beaten fellow contender Mateusz Masternak in the principality last year.
Kalenga (21-2, 14 KOs) is fresh off a decision loss in a challenge for the WBA title against Denis Lebedev, while Bolonti (36-4, 25 KOs), in his first fight at cruiserweight, dropped a decision to Danny Green in August.
By Matt Thompson; photos by Emily Harney
It’s a fight Danny O’Connor has wanted since the final bell in his decision loss to Gabriel Bracero back in April 2011, and he will get that opportunity to avenge his first loss this Saturday at the Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA as the headliner of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) event on the NBC Sports Network.
“We’ve both changed,” explained O’Connor (26-2, 10 KOs) from his Framingham, MA home. “This is a whole new fight, both very different guys.”
One big change for O’Connor was when his wife, Diane, gave birth to their second son, Keegan, on September 21st. Coincidentally, his first son, Liam, was just three weeks old the first time O’Connor fought Bracero (now 23-2, 4 KOs).
O’Connor admits that he was overwhelmed with the stress and pressure of a new family back then but not this time around. (more…)
The unbeaten Green Bay Packers have been grabbing the bulk of attention in Wisconsin since the NFL season started, but tonight professional boxing returns to Titletown, USA as a bit of an appetizer to the big game on Sunday. The middleweight headliner will feature local favorite Ricky Smith vs Journeyman Management’s Kelin Sharpe. The bout is a scheduled for five rounds. Sharpe’s management stablemates Joshua Greer Jr., Ernest Muhammad Jr., and Vernon Brown round out the undercard. The show is promoted by Salomon Becerra (Rough House Promotions).
When your name is Eddie Alvarez, you carry a ton of expectations around with you.
After spending more than a decade collecting titles on various stages around the sport, where he defeated every established name he could get his hands on outside of the UFC, the fighter widely recognized as one of the best lightweights in the world finally found himself inside the Octagon. As he stood across from perennial contender Donald Cerrone at UFC 178 in September of 2014, the moment fight fans around the world had been waiting for was about to jump off . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT DUBLIN is LIVE ON UFC FIGHTPASS on Saturday, October 24 at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT . . . Click here for more
By Johnny B’
In 2004, a group in Illinois started a Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 2013, they decided to add Boxing as one of the categories. After seeing plenty of interest, and realizing the countless outstanding boxing candidates in Illinois, and those that often competed in Illinois, the group unanimously voted to create a separate Boxing Hall of Fame. Finally, the creation of the long-awaited Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame.
On November 14th 2015 a total of 26 inductees will join the current members in the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame at the Abbington Banquets Hall 3S002 IL-53, Glen Ellyn, IL. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
Orlando Cruz 129.6 vs. Gabino Cota 130
(WBO Latin Jr Lightweight title
Emanuel De Jesus 147 vs. Cosme Rivera 146.9
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr/All Star Boxing
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Andy Newman
Mercedes Vazquez Simmons’ Pretty Girl Promotions put on an eight-fight card billed as “Latin Explosion – Thursday Throwdown 2” in Downtown Rochester, NY at the Radisson Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Local boy Lavisas “Red” Williams took it to Czech Republic’s Michal Dufek all night long to win an eight round decision. Former WBC champ Melissa “Hurricane” Hernandez took out Gina Chamie at the bell ending the first round and Emanuel Colon remained unbeaten as he blitzed out Jose Marrufo also in the opening stanza.
Unbeaten lightweight Lavisas “Red” Williams took on Prague, Czech Republic’s Michal Dufek in his first scheduled eight rounder. “Red” utilized his Southpaw stance and speed to befuddle his diminutive foe. While being pot-shotted along the ropes, Dufek would dip so low on defense, it often looked as if he’d take a knee or go down. But Dufek would spring off the ropes from his crouch to try and mount a counter attack, with mixed results. Southpaw left uppercuts, snappy jabs, hooks to the body and lead lefts from Williams kept Dufek in “Czech” throughout the bout. A hard left to the jaw had Dufek reeling in the eighth and final round, causing him to lose his mouthpiece. But the final bell sounded with both fighters still on their feet along with the crowd. Finals scores were 80-72 across the board all for Williams, now 8-0-1, 3 KOs. Dufek goes to 17-10-1, 12 KOs. (more…)
World renowned trainer Joel Diaz has been named the new trainer of former junior welterweight world champion, Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov. Diaz, who has guided many world champions, will train Provodnikov in Indio, California as Provodnikov prepares for his next bout, which will be announced shortly.
Promoter Yvon Michel announced today that unbeaten IBF #2 light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) will face former world title challenger Karo Murat (27-2-1, 17 KOs) in an IBF eliminator to take place November 28 at the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City. Murat stepped in after IBF #11 rated Yuniesky Gonzalez refused the fight. Murat previously challenged Bernard Hopkins for the same title in October 2013. If the parties fail to agree on terms, there will be a purse bid in 10 days.
Photo: Stevens Leblanc/Québécor Media
Super middleweight world champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs), of England, and former world champion Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs), of Montreal, completed a two-city, two-country kickoff press conference Thursday in London to formally announce their Nov. 28 showdown in the main event on Showtime from the Vidéotron Centre of Quebec City. There also was a press conference Tuesday in Quebec City.
Below is what DeGale and Bute and the executives had to say on Tuesday at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City and Thursday at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London:
James DeGale: “I am excited to face an elite fighter like Lucian, who was champion for five years. He is still a good boxer and he told me he wants the belt back. But trust me; I am too young, too fresh and just too good. The way I’m feeling, mentally and physically, I’m in fantastic shape. It’s going to be very hard to beat me. My journey is only just starting, his is about to end in November. The way I am training, nobody will beat me. You can see my character just by the fact I accepted to come here and take that fight. Be ready for a furious and spectacular fight. There is no one in this division who can beat me. I’m willing to box anyone. I want to fight all the big fighters in the biggest fights.” (more…)
Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera is still very upset that an IBF final eliminator bout against Artur Beterbiev has been derailed by his visa issues. Barrera, who is ranked #8 by the IBF (and also rated in the WBO and WBA’s top 10), said that he didn’t hesitate when the fight was offered to him. “I accepted the fight less than 5 minutes after my team offered it to me. This is what I have worked my entire life for. I want to be world champion and Beterbiev was my opportunity to get to Kovalev,” Barrera explained. (more…)
12rnds, Vacant EBU Cruiserweight title
Bilal Laggoune,BE, 19-0-1(9), 90,250
Dmytro Kucher,UA, 23-1-0(17), 89,700
Referee: Robin Dolpierre (FR)
Judges: Arnold Golger (DE), Smail Alitouche (FR), Alexander Kalinkin (RU)
Supervisor: Igor Mazurov (RU)
Sasha Yengoyan,BE, 32-2-1(21), 70,000 vs Fouad El Massoudi,FR, 13-5-0(1), 69,500
Ismail Abdoul,BE, 56-36-2(20), 89,000 vs Sylvain Luce,FR, 8-9-0(1), 88,500
Sebastiaan Steen,BE, 6-0-0(1), 63,500 vs Aurelien Lecocq,FR, 1-18-1(0), 62,500
Elfi Philips,BE, 5-2-3(1), 62,700 vs Daniela David,RO, 4-23-1(1), 62,500
Date: Oct 9, 2015
Place: Ghent, Belgium
Arena: Topsporthal Vlaanderen
Promoter: Claude Van de Heede, International boxing event
TV: Sport 40 / AVS
Boxing returns to the famed Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on October 23 with undefeated featherweight sensation Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) against Mexican brawler Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-6-4, 15 KOs) in a 10-round main event. In the co-main event of the evening, Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) is set to face Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-9-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight fight.
Boxing Hall of Famer Michael Spinks will host a special meet and greet at the Special Events Arena from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fans with tickets to the event will be able to meet the 1976 Olympic medalist and former two division world champion, before televised fights on Estrella TV.
Unbeaten Mexican super lightweight Pedro “Roca” Campa (18-0, 14 KOs) will make his U.S. and LA Fight Club debut on November 6 against Angeleno Miguel Angel “El Anestesista” Huerta (28-13-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round main event bout at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles live on Estrella TV. In the co-main event, local favorite and rising star Joet Gonzalez (12-0, 5 KOs) will be featured in an eight-round super bantamweight clash. Opening the telecast, newly signed prospect Hector “El Finito” Tanajara Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) meets TBA in a six-round lightweight bout.
beIN SPORTS, the international sports network, will televise, in USA and Canada, Saturday’s world title doubleheader event, “World War III”, live from Manchester, England. Headlining will be two world title bouts, both of which will pit the UK versus the USA. Manchester’s WBO world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (28-0, 11 KO) makes his first title defense against Diego Magdaleno (28-1, 12 KO) of Las Vegas, and Liverpool star Liam Smith (20-0, 10 KO) faces New Jersey banger John Thompson (17-1, 6 KO) with the vacant WBO world super welterweight title on the line. The card will air live at 4pm ET / 1pm PT LIVE on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
Dale Evans (10-2, 3 KOs) will challenge Sam Eggington (16-2, 9 KOs) for the British and Commonwealth Welterweight titles at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday October 17, live on Sky Sports. Evans replaces the injured Frankie Gavin for the bout and lands a golden opportunity to get his hands on Eggington’s belts, and will be raring to go having been set to box this weekend in Newport.
Eggington and Evans met in a thrilling toe-to-toe Prizefighter quarter-final in Wolverhampton in January 2013, where the Welshman came out on top. The champion is eager to host his former foe in his first defence of the British belt and second of his Commonwealth strap – and warned ‘Big Boy’ that he’s a different beast from the loss he suffered in Prizefighter.
“I’m pleased to still be able to get another notch on the Lonsdale belt and happy to give Dale Evans this opportunity,” said Eggington. “He’s beat me but I was so young when he fought then and it was my first time making the weight or being on television, so it felt like a bit of a whirlwind. I’m a completely different animal know and Dale will see the difference in there.” (more…)
Red hot lightweight contender Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) will return to the squared circle on October 31 at the Exhibition Center Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The unbeaten Olympian will be defending his WBO Latino title against Brazilian Josenilson Dos Santos (27-3, 17 KOs) in a bout to be televised on UniMas. Verdejo is returning just three months after undergoing surgery on his left hand to repair an injury suffered in his June win against Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera in New York City. Tickets, priced at $67 and $35, go on sale Sunday at 10AM at the the Silver Spurs Arena box office and Ticketmaster.
“I’m more than happy to come back here, where I have been treated so well,” said Verdejo. “I want Florida to be one of our places to fight, along with Puerto Rico and New York. I hope with the warmth my people give me that I’ll be able to give back all the love with a big win. Thank God my hand is better every day. And by the 31st it’ll be stronger than ever, so I’m dying to get back to being healthy and ready to continue give joy to my people.”
Diego Magdaleno explains what makes his scrap with Terry Flanagan fan-friendly. The Flanagan-Magdaleno WBO world lightweight title bout happens Saturday at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford’s fall season opener begins Friday with another edition of the famed Puerto Rico versus Mexican Rivalry. The main event has former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (21-4-1, 11 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico vs Gabino “Flash” Cota (18-4-1, 16 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for the 10 rounds with the WBO Latino junior lightweight title on the line. The show will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Cruz made world news headlines with his initial announcement on Fightnews that he “is a proud gay man.” He is the first ever openly gay active boxer in the history of the sport. It took a lot of courage by Cruz to make an announcement especially in such a macho sport as boxing. Cruz has handled the situation very professionally and even got his chance to fight for a world title. He came up short but is determined more than ever to fight and win the title the next go round. (more…)
Photos by Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to talk about her feud with Floyd Mayweather, her upcoming battle against Holly Holm at UFC 193 and more Tuesday night . . . click here for more at UFC.com
Today, Rousey was the first female athlete to guest host ESPN’s SportsCenter. Check out photos from this historic event! (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Just ten days in advance of their middleweight unification fight taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, both the camps of WBA, IBO and WBC (Interim) champ Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0 30 KO) and newly crowned IBF kingpin David Lemieux (34-2 31KO) got together on a conference call to discuss the HBO pay-per-view event. 3000 miles separated the pair with Golovkin speaking from California and Lemieux from Montreal who should have no problem finding each other when they meet in the ring Saturday October 17. Following are some highlights from the participants.
Oscar De La Hoya (Lemieux’s promoter): Thank you very much to Gennady Golovkin for taking this huge chance against David Lemieux. Trust me, you’ll get your money’s worth. David Lemieux and Gennady Golovkin represent what I feel is the next generation of talented champion fighters in our sport. These guys don’t hold back in the ring and it is guaranteed action from the first bell. It will be bombs away. The fans will be the real winners here. (more…)
George Groves says he’s not retiring
Groves also splits with trainer, on the lookout for something new
Bradley Saunders says he is pondering retirement
Manny Pacquiao also brings up the ‘R’ word
On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged another installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series at New York City’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan in front of a passionate and lively crowd. Headlining the card was undefeated Bronx junior welterweight prospect Louis Cruz in his ring return following a 10-month absence related to a hand injury. Now fully recovered, the 24-year-old Cruz, 139¾, impressively dispatched of southpaw Ariel Vazquez, 137½, Managua, Nicaragua, in the sixth of a scheduled eight-rounder. (more…)
Photos: Andy Newman
Lavisas Williams 135.2 vs. Michal Dufek 134
Emanuel “Pinky” Colon 141.4 vs. Jose Marrufo 141
Melissa Hernandez 136.8 vs. Gina Chamie 133.6
Leo Pla 198.6 vs. Eric George 197.6
Tyler McCreary 130 vs. Manuel de los Reyes Herrera 130.2
Sonny Frederickson 141 vs. Jesus Angulo 137.6
Alexander Dedovets 197.6 vs. Matthew Pierce 197.8
Saadiq Muhammad 155 vs. Kevin Cooper 151.4
Promoter: Mercedes Vazquez Simmons (Pretty Girl Promotions)
Venue: Radisson Hotel Grand Ballroom
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
The WBO World Championship Committee has given WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux 10 days to convince them why he should remain champion. Rigo hasn’t fought at all in 2015 and has no fights scheduled. Per WBO rules, a champion can be stripped for not defending within a nine-month period, which he has surpassed.
A letter to Rigondeaux through Boris Arencibia of Caribe Promotions said in part:
“The WBO World Championship Committee recognizes your great abilities in the ring and all of your accomplishments both at the amateur and professional levels. This has earned you ample consideration as one of history’s best. Nevertheless, it is our duty and obligation to ensure that our Rules are complied with. In your case, we have not even ordered a mandatory defense of your WBO championship in order to allow you the opportunity to compete against any of the top 15 classified contenders within your division in the WBO world championship rankings. Despite our flexibility, you remain inactive.”
Rigondeaux, who also hold a WBA “super” version of the belt, recently split with longtime manager Gary Hyde. A possible fight with WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko allegedly fell apart due to unrealistic demands from the Rigondeaux camp. WBA “regular” champion Scott Quigg and IBF champion Carl Frampton have shown no interest in fighting him, so the world’s best 122-pounder currently without a big money dance partner at the moment. He needs to get active no matter what.
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) and former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) participated in a kickoff press conference on Wednesday at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City to formally announce their December 5 Showtime showdown from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Daniel Jacobs: “I’ve been calling him out for two years, but it had to take that time to build and for our careers to blossom. Just because Peter has flaws in one area, he can back that up with a one-punch knockout, so you always have to be prepared for that. Peter’s flaws are that he loads up his shots too much, is slow on his feet and isn’t headstrong. If I can execute the game plan I think it will be a phenomenal outcome.”
Peter Quillin: “I expect Danny to bring his great chin to this fight. I didn’t notice it before but his chin looks very huge, so that’s what we’re looking at now. This is a good guy vs. good guy fight and it’s good for the sport of boxing. I’m coming to throw bombs. It’s not about the bills. It’s about the character of the person I’m fighting. This is the type of fight that is going to bring the best out of Peter Quillin.”
The undercard for the Brooklyn showdown will be announced soon.
Unbeaten featherweight sensation Oscar Valdez is still gathering accolades after the biggest win of his career last September 11 in Las Vegas over the one-time world championship challenger Chris Avalos. The two-time Mexican Olympian’s first headline show in Las Vegas was a big success and he looked devastating in dropping Avalos on his way to a fifth round stoppage in front of a big national TV audience on tru-tv.
“I was very happy with my performance. We had a great game plan and I was able to execute. I just did what my corner told me to do and put everything we did in gym against Avalos that night and it worked to perfection,” said Valdez who is now 17-0, with 15 KOs.
Valdez who is 3-0 this year with two knockouts, has been featured on both HBO and on tru-tv in his last two fights. “I am very happy with the exposure in my last couple of fights, but I know that I have a lot of work to do as I get closer to the world title opportunity,” said Valdez. (more…)
A heavyweight clash between Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) and Malik “King” Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) is set for Friday, October 30 from The Venue at UCF, located behind the CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida. Bounce TV will televise.
In the co-main event, undefeated super lightweights Lydell Rhodes (23-0-1, 11 KOs) and Sergey Lipinets (7-0, 6 KOs) will meet in a 10-round bout. Televised coverage begins with more undefeated prospects as Javontae Starks (13-0, 7 KOs) and Samuel “El Macho” Figueroa (9-0, 4 KOs) square off in eight rounds of welterweight action.
Brooklyn’s own Alicia “Slick” Ashley (22-10-1, 4 KOs), who will be 48 years, 81 days when the bell rings later this month, is a former world titleholder who currently owns the Guinness World Record as the oldest female boxing world champion. She has the chance to re-write history and put her own world record further out of reach when she faces current WBC interim female bantamweight champion Christina McMahon (7-0, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC female super bantamweight title on promoter Dmitriy Salita’s October 29 Brooklyn Brawl show at Aviator Sports and Events Center.
“This will be another, epic Brooklyn Brawl show with a WBC world title fight featured at the event. This show will have prospects and contenders, and fighters from all parts of the globe and from all around New York City,” said Salita. “Alicia is one of the most highly-regarded boxers in the world and is looking to follow in the footsteps of future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins by re-capturing a title at this point in her career. Her great skills will certainly be put to the test against an undefeated contender in Christina McMahon.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
It’s been said many times, “Boxing is a business.” It can be further expressed as a global business, and as far as the global economy is concerned, China figures largely in all facets. So too is it becoming more apparent in the sport and business of boxing. In the last ten years, China’s has presence has grown in amateur boxing all the way to the Olympic level, a home grown world champion has been produced (Xiao Zhong Xiong- WBC minimumweight), two world conventions have been held (WBA and WBA- both in the city Chengdu in 2007 and 2008 respectively), with a third to be held by the WBC from November 2-7th in Kunming this year. The IBF is joining the fray in full force with the creation of IBF China. Over the last six months, IBF president Daryl Peoples has journeyed to China four times to oversee meetings, training seminars and provide direction and oversight in the development in all aspects of the formation of IBF China. (more…)
Venezuelan super middleweight Jose Uzcategui (24-1, 20 KOs) stunned everyone in the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas, with his two round destruction of previously unbeaten Julius Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs). “Our plan was to go round by round, but sometimes opportunities arise. As soon as I saw I hurt him I took advantage. Speed was the key tonight,” said Uzcategui. “We didn’t underestimate him at all, but once we saw our advantage after the start I jumped on him.”
“This is everything we’ve been working towards for three months. I want to thank my entire team because they constantly drilled into me that when (Jackson) throws the jab I should immediately shoot the right hand over the top. We knew that the best part of his game was his jab, but we were focused all training camp to throw the right hand and tonight we were able to do so.”
Jose Uzcategui poses with Sean Gibbons before his shocking second round destruction of Julius Jackson.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions
On Tuesday, boxing superstar WBA, IBO, and WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) held a media workout at the Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, California for his upcoming fight taking place Saturday October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City live on HBO Pay Per View. GGG takes on IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) in a middleweight unification bout.
“Camp has been very good,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com. “A great atmosphere. We have brought in a new idea and strategy. He is a champion, this is a unification fight. I think he is ready. This is like a big test for me.
“I am excited. This is my dream Madison Square Garden. I know the history of Madison Square Garden, It’s the Mecca of Boxing. I think this is a big step. Expect a big drama show.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association (WBA) will lift the suspension of former cruiserweight world champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs), who was suspended for two years after having twice testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said the 43-year-old Jones can return to boxing, but only at heavyweight. He’ll need at least two fights in that division to be considered eligible for a future shot at a regional or world title. In addition, Jones must do drug testing for the remainder of his boxing career.
Confirmed: Martin Murray will challenge Arthur Abraham for the WBO world super middleweight title at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany on November 21.
Martin Murray: “I am thrilled to have the chance to face Arthur for the WBO world super middleweight title. I was shocked when Arthur agreed to the fight, it’s one he didn’t have to take so must be confident but I am at my natural weight now and believe on November 21 I will become world champion.”
Arthur Abraham: “Martin is a very strong opponent. He has challenged for World titles three times before and on two of those occasions he should have won. He is a very deserving challenger and I think it will be a good fight. That is what the public wants to see – the best fighting the best – and that is what they will see on November 21 in Hannover.”
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