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By Robert Coster
Edgar Sosa 108 vs Porsawan Porpramook 107.8
(WBC light-Flyweight title)
Reyes Sanchez 134.6 vs Rosbel Montoya 134
Guty Espadas Jr 125.5 vs Carlos Martinez 125.5
Alberto Garza 125 vs Genaro Camargo 125
Mia St John 131.5 vs Brooke Dierdoff 131.4
Ramon Ayala 135.3 vs Jose Luis Amado 132.4
Carlos Cuadras 117.8 vs Arturo Camargo 117.8
Julio Cesar Cabrera 115 vs Antonio Arcos 115
Promoter: Fausto Daniel Garcia
Live transmission by Televisa (Mexico)
Comments by Porsawan Porpramook: ” I believe my punching power will prevail. I’m going to knock him out.”
Comments by Edgar Sosa: “I will do my talking in the ring. I have trained hard and I’m confident.”
Promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia: “We have called this card Historia in Victoria and this is indeed an historic event in this city. We hope for an action-packed card.”
Bernard Hopkins will appear in a new episode of the MTV series “MADE” airing today at 2pm EST. Hopkins, spends a day with the Denver high school student Matthew Rodgers, and inspires him to reach his goal of becoming a boxer. Later that night, Hopkins will appear as color commentator for the Golden Boy Promotions’ Lightweight Lightning pay-per-view boxing event, featuring Edwin Valero vs Antonio Pitalua, from the University of Texas’ Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Interview by Jose E. Santiago
Looking to make a splash at the WEC event on April 5th in Chicago in the talented featherweight division will be Atlanta resident, Brazilian-born Rapheal Assuncao, who will take on veteran Jameel Massouh of Kenosha, Wis. Raphael took a moment out of training camp to talk to Fightnews.com about his inevitable debut in the WEC . . . . . . . Click here for more
The referee for tonight’s WBC/WBO 140lb title unification clash in Montreal between Kendall Holt and Tim Bradley will be Michael Griffin (Montreal). Judges are Jack Woodburn (Montreal), Raul Nievas Rivera (Puerto Rico) and Richard DeCarufel (Montreal). WBO supervisor is Robert Garns, WBC supervisor John Duggan.
For the Librado Andrade vs. Vitali Tyspko IBF super middleweight eliminator the referee will be Jean Guy Brosseau (Montreal). judges are Sylvain LeBlanc (Montreal), George Hill (Philadelphia) and Klaus Griesel (Germany).
By Dave Spencer, Fightnews Canada
What was good enough for the unification bout between WBO and WBC champions wasn’t good enough for the IBF as a third weigh-in was necessitated Friday in Montreal. The IBF super-middleweight Elimination Fight between Librado Andrade and Vitali Tsypko didn’t take place with the rest of the scheduled Bell Centre card that weighed in Friday at 11am. Instead, the two boxers were sent away so they could come back and weigh-in at 6pm, closer to the scheduled time their scheduled fight. “It was never scheduled with the IBF for this morning,” said IBF spokesperson Mahasi Scott told Fightnews from outside the hotel bar where both fighters eventually made weight. “Had it not been for a flyer that was emailed to my office the day before I arrived here I saw it was for 11am which totally outside the rules. Before I left I thought it was squared away and that it would be for six pm, because they knew the rules.” (more…)
Sylvester Lopez 114 vs Jong-Nam Park 115
This is for the vacant WBC International super flyweight title in Manila, Philippines on April 5 (April 4 in the US). Both fighters predicted a win by KO, but couldn’t give a specific round because they don’t have each others fight videos. Park is taller by almost two inches, 5-foot-8 but lopez has longer reach (1 1/2). WBC president Jose Sulaiman assigned Filipino judges, Bagong Tiktik sports editor Rey Danseco and Epi Almeda, along with Korean Nam-chul Park. Referee is Bruce McTavish of New Zealand.
Report by Jose E. Santiago
Today at the ESPN Zone in Chicago, the WEC held its final press conference for the WEC bantamweight championship fight between champion Miguel Angel Torres and Takeya Mizugaki scheduled for Sunday at the UIC Pavilion . . . . Click here for more
Former WBA super lightweight world champion Diobelys Hurtado (41-3-1, 25 KOs) won a narrow split decision over two-time world title challenger Arturo Morua (25-11-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida. Morua got off to a good start, flooring an off balance Hurtado in round one. But Hurtado clawed his way back into the fight, and despite a heavily bleeding cut over his right eye, posted a 114-113 win on two judges’ cards. The third judge had Morua up 114-113. Hurtado wins the vacant WBO Latino welterweight title.
Just one day before his showdown with former lightweight world champion Julio Diaz, Oxnard’s Rolando Reyes expressed a low key confidence about victory on Saturday night in Austin, Texas. The Reyes/Diaz ten round bout is one of the featured televised bouts on “Lightweight Lightning” an outstanding four bout pay-per-view broadcast from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.. . . Click here for more
Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (31-5, 22 KOs) headlines the first installment of Star Boxing’s new series “VIP Boxing” when he returns to the ring April 28th against an opponent to be named at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. Lightweight Jorge Teron (22-1-1, 15 KOs) appears in the co-feature against TBD. A complete list of undercard bouts will be announced. Tickets are available by calling 718-823-2000.
In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator, two-time former world champion Randell Bailey (39-6, 34 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout over Frankie Figueroa (20-3, 13 KOs) on a free card presented live by Prize Fight Boxing and DiBella Entertainment outdoors in Handy Park on the famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Bailey almost immediately knocked down Figueroa with a right hand in round one, but Figueroa evened things up by knocking down Bailey in round two. It was Bailey, however, who ended it with a monsterous right hand in round four that left Figueroa on the deck for several minutes. Time was 1:46. Bailey is now in line to challenge IBF world champion Juan Urango.
Heavyweight Cedric “The Boz” Boswell (29-1, 23 KOs), newly signed by DiBella Entertainment, stopped Harold Sconiers (15-20, 10 KOs) in the opening round. Boswell recently knocked out undefeated Roman Greenberg and now looks to take his career to the next level with DBE.
Highly touted heavyweight Tor Hamer (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time, winning a four round unanimous nod over Kelsey Arnold (1-2-2). Arnold survived a vicious early assault go go the full route. Scores were 40-36 on all cards.
Undefeated Jr., lightweight Mark Davis (12-0, 4 KOs) continued his winning streak with an eight round unanimous nod over Steve Gonzalez (7-2-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 78-74.
2008 Olympic team alternate Shawn Porter (7-0, 6 KOs) blew out Eloy Suarez (10-5, 5 KOs) in round one of a middleweight bout. Three left hooks ended it at 2:59.
Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer and Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos by Mike Greenhill
An almost-packed house at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland on Thursday night, witnessed the successful US debut of middleweight Albert “The Punisher Onolunose (17-0-6 KOs) of Calgary, Canada who scored an impressive eight-round unanimous decision victory over Anthony Bartinelli (20-12-2 13 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona, in the main event of the evening . . . Click here for more
Timothy Bradley 138.6 vs. Kendall Holt 139.9
Librado Andrade 167.1 vs. Vitali Tsypko 167.3
Adrian Diaconu 186.1 vs. David Whittom 186.5
Sebastien Gauthier 132.8 vs. Martin Huppe 129.6
Paul Clavette 162.3 vs. Jacques Lemaire 163.5
Pier-Olivier Côté 131.7 vs. Luis Acevedo 133.5
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal Canada
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Top Rank
Photos: John Rivera – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
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Full weigh-in results from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas for tomorrow night’s “Lightweight Lightning” card at the Frank Erwin Center:
Edwin Valero 134.5 vs. Antonio Pitalua 135
Jesus Chavez 136 vs. Michael Katsidas 135
Carlos Hernandez 135.75 vs. Vicente Escobedo 134.25
Julio Diaz 136.5 vs. Rolando Reyes 135.5
Adrien Broner 132.25 vs. Angel Hernandez 132
Keith Thurman 147.75 vs. Francisco Garcia 150
Ricky Lopez 123.75 vs.Felipe Ramirez 124.5
Ricardo Castillo 126.75 vs. Andres Ledesma 126.75
Jermell Charlo 148.75 vs. Carlos Garcia 147.5
Malik Bazille 153.5 vs. Juan De Leon 153.75
Televised on PPV
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Olivier Lontchi 119.13 vs. Cecilio Santos 121.10
Jean Pascal 168.6** vs. Pablo Nievas 166.13
David Lemieux 161.11 vs. Jose Humberto Corral 173.6*
Patrice L’Heureux 259.12 vs. Joe Stofle 270.15
Logan McGuinness 134.14 vs. Cesar Figueroa 134.6
Ahmad Cheikho 145.14 vs. Tebor Brosch 146.2
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
Location: Casino de Montreal
First Bell : 12:00pm
**Jean Pascal came in at 168.6 and was given two hours and came back and made weight.
*Jose Humberto Corral was too heavy and his fight with David Lemieux is off. Promoters were trying to secure Roberto Valenzuela (48-46-2) as an opponent.
Unlike most television series which suffer ratings decline as they get older, the ratings for “The Ultimate Fighter” are like fine wine, getting better with age. The season nine premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K.” on Wednesday, April 1 drew its highest rating in Men 18-49 since Season 4 (August, 2006) and its most watched season premiere since Season 5 (April, 2007). The episode also drew more Men 18-34 and 18-49 than anything else on cable in its timeslot (10:15-11:15pm ET/PT), besting all sports competition including the NBA on ESPN . . . . Click here for more
FightNews feature writer Antonio Castro is the host of the “KNR2 BOXING SHOW” which airs each SATURDAY from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST on Cleveland’s AM 1540 KNR2 in the Cleveland and Northern Ohio area (plus online at www.ESPNCLEVELAND.com). This Saturday morning Antonio will talk with WBC Jr. Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley and trainer Jack Loew. Bradley is defending his title in a unification match against WBO titlist Kendall HoltSaturday night. Loew is the trainer for Kelly Pavlik and will discuss Pavlik’s upcoming middleweight defense against Sergio Mora . You can e-mail your questions for Antonio and his guests at firstname.lastname@example.org
Story by Jose E. Santiago
“Rare are the occasions that a fighter returns to his old stomping ground with the acclaims of not only success, but world champion status and as, possibly, one of the pound-for-pound best. Such is the case with WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres. On April 5th the East Chicago, Ind. native will be fighting in front of his home crowd at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago . . . . Click here for more
By JD Meredith, Memphisboxing.com
Preston Lamb and his recently christened Prime Time Sports Bar were hosts to a press conference Thursday for the “I AM A MAN!” ESPN2 FNF televised event that will take place on Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Friday April 3, at the open air Pepsi Pavilion in Handy Park. This boxing event, complete with free admission, is promoted by Prize Fight Boxing in association with DiBella Entertainment and Square Ring Promotions. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, the press conference was moved to Thursday April 2, due to local media frenzy created by former University of Memphis basketball coach John Callipari’s announcement that he would leave Memphis to be the new coach at Kentucky. This press conference served as a weigh-in as well. In a crucial twelve round main event, KO artist Randall Bailey (38-6, 34 KOs) will toe the line in an IBF junior welterweight eliminator with Frankie Figueroa (20-2, 13 KOs). The winner would face Juan Urango in later summer or early fall. “This ESPN card – the main event – with Frankie Figueroa and Randell Bailey, I think is by far the best ESPN main event in years,” said promoter Brian Young. (More)
Unbeaten former WBA super featherweight champion Edwin Valero weighed in at 134.5 lbs. today for Saturday night’s clash for the vacant WBC lightweight title against Antonio Pitalua, who weighed 135 lbs. They headline the “Lightweight Lightning” pay-per-view card at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Undefeated World Boxing Council super lightweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley gave his opponent World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt an early going away gift at yesterday’s news conference at the Bell Centre – a pair of suspenders. “Kendall, when I take your belt home with me Saturday night, you’re going to need something to hold your britches up with,” said Bradley as he held up the suspenders to the delight of the media and the good-humored Holt. “Call it a suspendered sentence handed down by these two judges, Justices Right and Left.” Bradley’s promoter Gary Shaw added, “The “R” in “Rated R,” is going to stand for Retired. The unified 140-pound title is going back to Palm Springs.” Bradley (23-0, 11 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif. and Holt (25-2, 13 KOs), of Paterson, NJ, collide Tomorrow! Saturday, April 4. SHOWTIME Championship Boxing will broadcast the fight live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) The broadcast will open with the International Boxing Federation super middleweight title elimination bout between Ukraine’s Vitali Tsypko (22-2, 12 KOs), and Librado Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs), of La Habra, Calif.
Cruiserweights Ran Nakash (17-0, 13 KOs) and Dave Brunelli (8-4, 3 KOs) pose in front of the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen in anticipation of tonight’s Friday night showdown at the legendary Blue Horizon. Nakash vs. Brunelli is the eight round main event which is supported by several more bouts featuring top Philly fighters. Tickets are $200, $125, $65, $55 or $45 and can be purchased by calling the Blue Horizon at 215-763-0500. Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bout begins at 7:30pm. The promoter is Vernoca Michael of Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions and the matchmaker is Don Elbaum.
Ran Nakash 206 vs Dave Brunelli 200.5
Julias Edmomds 141 vs Tyric Robinson 144
Julio Cesar Matthews 183.5 vs William Gill 184.5
Joselito Collado 127 vs Jason Rorie 127
Paul Fernandez 130 vs Joseph Francisco 132.5
Ronald Cruz 141 vs Shannon Hill 135
Taneal Goyco 191.5 vs Davit Davitashvili 194
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
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WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt weighed in at 139.9 lbs for his unificaton showdown with WBC champion Timothy Bradley, who weighed 138.6 lbs. They meet Saturday night on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in a highly anticipated bout at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
By Alexey Sukachev
IBF mandatory heavyweight challenger Alexander Povetkin weighed in at 230 lbs for his clash with fellow former Olympian Jason Estrada, who weighed 241.7 lbs. They meet Saturday night at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf. Povetkin is risking a title shot against world champion Wladimir Klitschko in this bout.
Albert Sosnowski 227.5 vs Francesco Pianeta 242.7
Maria Rosa Tabbuso 108.2 vs Nadia Raoui 110
Ruben Groenewald 190.4 vs Alexander Frenkel 198.4
By Rick Scharmberg
Former USBA junior welterweight champ Mike “No Joke” Stewart (42-7-2, 23 KOs), of New Castle, Delaware will return to the ring after an 18-month layoff on Friday, April 24 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware. Stewart was a star on the TV reality show, The Contender Season 2. He will headline the card in a welterweight bout against an opponent to be named. Popular Mark “Oak Tree”: Brown (14-1, 7 KOs), of Salem, NJ is scheduled to appear in the co-main event against an opponent to be determined. Brown holds the WBF Intercontinental heavyweight title. The show will feature a mix of veterans, and exciting prospects such as red-hot Ryan Belasco, as well as a special female attraction. The card is being presented by Capital City Promotions. (more…)
WBO #10, WBA #15 heavyweight, Brian “The Beast” Minto (32-2, 21 KOs) will face Matt Greer (12-4, 11 KOs) in the eight round main event on April 17th at the Days Inn Convention Center in Butler, Pennsylvania. Promoted by Beatdown Promotions, the seven bout card will also include several local prospects from Pennsylvania facing challengers from Ohio. Minto states, “Greer is very durable a should provide a solid test. He has been the distance with several notable heavyweights including David Cadieux (17-3) and Mario Preskar (15-0).” In addition to the Minto-Greer fight, debuting local heavyweight Paul Zalus collides with Damian Clement (0-1) of Dayton. Both boxers are listed at 6’5 240 pounds. Also, Sam Suska of Pittsburgh meets Russ Niggemyer of Columbus in a battle of debut middleweights. Tickets ($35 general admission and $750 ringside tables) are available while supplies last at the Days Inn Convention Center in Butler or by calling (724) 287-6761.
By Robert Coster
Spanish boxing fans will cast their attention to the small city of Leganes this Saturday because Javier Castillejo, a legend in Spain, is stepping back into the ring. The 41-year-old Castillejo (62-8, 43 KOs) is making yet another comeback after a one year layoff. Javier hasn’t fought since suffering a brutal knockout at the hands of Sebastian Sylvester for the European title in Germany in March 2008. Castillejo’s opponent is fellow Spaniard Pablo Nevascues (23-1,16 KOs), an untested boxer who sees this fight as his great opportunity. Many fans consider that Javier, who has held world titles in the 154- and 160-lb divisions, has nothing to prove anymore in the ring and should probably hang up the gloves but the old “Lynx of Parla ” as he is known still feels that he can beat most of the younger men in the middleweight division in Europe. A loss to the unknown Nevascues would certainly put an end to Castillejo’s glorious 21 year career, turning a page in the history of boxing in Spain.
By Nick Giongco
Raul Martinez, the San Antonio native who will soon travel to the Philippines in a bid to knock the IBF flyweight crown off Nonito Donaire’s head, told fightnews and Manila Bulletin that he is aching to get it on with the Filipino champion at the Araneta Coliseum. Nicknamed ‘Cobra’, Martinez has been in and out of the gym in the Texas town of Jarrell since December. “I have lost count how many rounds I have sparred,” said Martinez, who is trained by Fernando Castrejon, the right-hand man of the venerable Nacho Beristain in Mexico City. “It’s a 50-50 fight and we are both hard punchers,” said Martinez, who has a 24-0 record with 14 knockouts and is making his first trip to Asia. Martinez trains at the Azteca Pride Gym and is managed by Lou Mesorana, while making up his training team are Alberto Cruces and Joe Villanueva. Philippine TV blocktimer Solar Sports is staging the show in partnership with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. The Martinez bout will be Donaire’s third defense of the IBF 112-lb crown that he won by one-punch kayo of Vic Darchinyan in July 2007.
Diosbelys Hurtado 146 vs. Arturo Morua 144
(Vacant WBO Latin welterweight title)
Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez 153 vs. Carlos Aballe 130
Rodolfo “Epi” Martinez 149 vs. Edvan dos Santos Barros 148
Orlando Gonzalez 135 vs. Elvis Martinez 135
Jorge Ruiz 1451 vs. Jean Petit Homme 141
Karl Garcia 132 vs. Genier Pit 130
Tomas Gonzalez 192 vs. Hilario Guzman 192
Alain Olivero ?? vs. Omar Brown ??
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
By Lee Bates
Former two division world champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah (37-6, 25 KOs) will take on Jesus ‘Chuey’ Rodriguez (19-3, 5 KOs) on May 1 in a ten round bout contracted at 142 pounds maximum. The bout will take place at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and is being promoted by Thell Torrence’s Platinum Entertainment. In an exciting co-feature, Alejandro Perez (13-1-1, 8 KOs) will take on unbeaten Balweg Bangoyan (13-0, 7 KOs) of the Phillipines for the WBC International super bantamweight title in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds. More bouts are scheduled to be announced shortly. For ticket information contact 702-233-8087.
Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions will team up once again on April 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion with an ESPN2 show headlined by WBA #5 junior featherweight Antonio Escalante (19-2, 12 KOs) against NYC favorite Gary “Kid” Stark Jr. (22-2, 8 KOs). In the co-main event, sensational super middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs (14-0, 13 KOs) will see action in an eight round bout. Making his Chicago debut is 2008 U.S. Olympian heavyweight Deontay Wilder (3-0, 3 KOs), the only United States Boxing Medalist from the 2008 Beijing Games, will see action in a four round bout. Opponents for Jacobs and Wilder will be announced shortly. Also featured is Chicago favorite Ivan Popoca, a 9-0-1 junior welterweight with 7 KOs. Tickets start at $31, call 312-226-5800.
By Ron Jackson
Zolani Marali won the vacant IBO junior lightweight belt when he outpointed Gamaliel Diaz of Mexico over 12 rounds in a one-sided encounter at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Thursday night.
Judge Isaac Tshabalala (SA) and Howard Foster (UK) scored it 120-108 and 119-109, whilst judge Andre van Grootenbruel (Belguim) had it 119-108 in a tournament presented by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves Promotions. In a poor and untidy contest with more wrestling and holding than boxing the bigger and taller Marali 20-2; 13 dominated throughout as he scored with his southpaw right jab. The only excitement in the bout was in the seventh round when Diaz 23-9-2; 10 was put down with a left to the jaw to take a count from referee Andile Matika (SA). The Mexican was down on three other occasions from slips and pushes. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In the eight round middleweight main event, Nigerian prospect Albert “The Punisher” Onolunose (17-0, 6 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Anthony Bartinelli (20-12-2, 13 KOs) on Thursday night at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Scores were 80-71, 79-72, 79-72.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (17-0, 9 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Columbian veteran Jesus Perez (25-25-3, 14 KOs). Remillard dropped Perez in round two and Perez did not come out for round four.
Popular Baltimore super middleweight Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall (18-1-1. 4 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Sam “The Punching Policeman” Hill (17-11-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
Randall Bailey 139.6 vs. Frankie Figueroa 139.4
(IBF junior welterweight eliminator)
Mark Davis 133.8 vs. Steve Gonzalez 133.8
Cedric Boswell 232 vs. Harold Sconiers 227
Tor Hamer 224.6 vs. Kelsey Arnold NA
Shawn Porter 156.4 vs. Eloy Suarez 156.4
Dominick Wade 161 vs. Luis Hodge 163
Venue: Haney Park in Memphis, Tennessee
Promoter: Prize Fight Boxing/DiBella Ent./Square Ring
By Alexey Sukachev
A fight for a full version of the WBO cruiserweight title between the newly crowned champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (14-1, 12 KOs) and WBO #12 Azerbaijani veteran Ali Ismailov (15-1-1, 11 KOs) is no go on April 11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Two weeks ago we received documents which confirmed that Ramirez had sustained an injury during his training camp”, explained Alexander Yagupov, Ismailov’s representative and vice-president of Jab Promotions. “We hope to get a new version of the contract in coming days. The new date is still to be defined exactly but the first week of May seems to be the biggest possibility. The fight is signed and the preparation is under way for Ali. The only feature to be changed is the date.”
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