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Thompson Boxing Promotions showcases up and coming welterweight Artemio Reyes, (19-2, 15 KOs) of Colton, Calif. against veteran Sergio Perez, (28-14, 19 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico on July 26, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds. Reyes, who is riding a four-fight winning streak, last won in February with a second round knockout of Rodolfo Armenta. Reyes has fought most of his professional bouts in California’s Inland Empire and is excited to put on a show for his hometown fans.
“The crowds at the DoubleTree are made up of boxing diehards that know a great fight when they see one,” said Reyes. “Perez presents a tough challenge because of his experience, but I put in a lot of work for this fight and I’m confident that I’ll get the victory and the fans will get what they pay for.” (more…)
By Chito Katangkatang
Photo: Glenn Estrada
Pinoy Pride XXI has gotten more exciting with the inclusion of the WBO Asia Pacific Superflyweight bout between ALA Gym top prospect and reigning OPBF Super flyweight Champion “King” Arthur Villanueva (22-0, 12 KOs) against Mexican slugger Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo (21-4, 19 KOs). Villanueva shares the same roots with WBO minimumweight king Merlito Sabillo who will headline Saturday’s Event. Both are natives of Bacolod City and are managed by the Reverend Henry Guanzon, a benevolent Christian Pastor from the same City.
“I am very excited to add the WBO regional strap to my waist. Badillo is my first Mexican opponent. I am ready for him. I have fought tougher opponents in the past which include WBC International Flyweight Champ Rey Migreño who has sent Thai Legend Pongsaklek Wonjongkam into retirement via KO3. I have also beaten former undefeated Philippine Superflyweight King Marco Demecillo. I am not underestimating Badillo because all Mexicans are born warriors. But I can say I am very much ready to take whatever he brings inside the ring”, Villanueva told this scribe. (more…)
Report and photo by Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (33-5, 28 KOs) could be ready to hang up the gloves after considering the health risks if he continues to box. WBO #12, IBF #13 Green recaptured the IBO title in 2012 after scoring a twelve round decision over Shane Cameron. Antonio Tarver had stopped Green in nine rounds in 2011 to end his first IBO title reign, then later the same year WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk scored a stoppage in eleven rounds over Green when Green was ahead on all cards. In his first stint as world champion, Green captured the WBA light heavyweight crown by easily out scoring Stipe Drews in 2007.
Green said. “I want to be in charge of my family and protect my family when I’m older. If any problems arise for my children, my family or friends, physically and mentally I want to be capable. If that means sacrificing a couple more years in the sport I love and I’ve been successful in … if it’s detrimental to me it has to happen. First and foremost to me is my kids. If I can’t protect my kids, guide my kids through life, be their father and their friend, there’s no point. I’ve been bashed in the face for 22 years. You never know what’s around the corner and the next punch can change that.”
Green said research into concussions had left him pondering his future. “When you think about it, it’s a brutal game. My job is to try to render another man unconscious with blows to the head. It’s brutal.”
Gary Shaw Productions has confirmed that in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions IBF junior featherweight champion Jhonatan ‘Momo’ Romero (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend against Kiko Martinez (28-4, 20 KOs) on August 17 as the co-feature attraction to Daniel Geale (29-1, 15KOs) vs. Darren Barker (25-1, 16KOs) in HBO. The 12-round championship bout will take place at the Revel Casino-Hotel, Atlantic City.
Romero, who hails from Colombia, recently captured the vacant IBF super bantamweight title when he traveled to Mexico and defeated Alejandro Lopez on his home turf. Ex-Euro champ Martinez, currently rated #15 by the IBF, vows to make Romero’s title reign a short one. “Romero is a very good fighter but he has never faced a powerful puncher like me,” Martinez said. “Once he feels my power he’ll know he’s in for a short night. My goal is get the knockout one way or another. The fans watching will witness an explosive fight from my end.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Thursday afternoon was the press conference for Saturday’s “Revenge” card at the Centro de Convenciones in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. The headliner is the rematch Riyo Togo and former world champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, who will also be battling WBC International flyweight crown. Togo stopped Juarez in the first round last April.
Mariana Juarez: “I know I’m a better boxer than Riyo and I will prove it,” proclaimed Juarez. “I’m in great shape and I return to the gym with the firm intention to take the win. I am not going to give her anything.”
Riyo Togo: I am happy to be in Mexico again and I will give good show. I know that although Mariana is Mexican, there will be people who like my boxing and and will support me this Saturday. Don’t go to the bathroom, I’m going for a knockout in the first round!”
Also in what will be an elimination bout, former world champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia and highly ranked Juan “Churritos” Hernandez collide, with the winner gaining the right to challenge WBC light flyweight champion Adrian “Confessor” Hernandez. (more…)
Charlie Serrano 125 vs. Aalan Martinez 131
Note: Martinez did not make the weight limit so only Serrano can win the World Boxing Organization Latin featherweight title.
Radivoje Kalajdzic 179 vs. Donta Woods 179
Joseph Fernandez 139 vs. Juan “Venenito” Ocura 139
Manny Woods 156 vs. Angel Martinez 158
Noemi Bosque 111 vs. Monica Flores 106
Alphonso Black 154 vs. Artie Bembury 154
Ricky Tomlinson 123 vs. Christian Freytes 123
Sullivan Barrera vs. TBA
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion, Tampa, FL
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. in association with Shea Bailey Promotions
TV: Telemundo (main event live at 11:35PM ET
Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
Drian Francisco 121.5 vs. Chris Avalos 121
Abie Han 154 vs. Glen Tapia 154
Eddie Hunter 166 vs. Jesse Hart 168.5
Pedro Torres 128 vs. Toka Kahn-Clary 129
Alejandro Ochoa 134 vs. Erick De Leon 132
Carlos Gonzalez 129.5 vs. Pedro Toledo 130.5
Guillermo Delgadillo 139.5 vs. Jesus Gutierrez 141
Venue: Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Zou Shiming, two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion and IBF Featherweight Champion Evgeny Gradovich pose during their media day workouts at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. Shiming returns to the ring after his pro debut in April, to headline an exciting card where he will take on Mexico’s Jesus Ortega, Saturday, July 27, at the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. Gradovich of Russia, now fighting out of Oxnard,Ca. makes his first title defense against #1 contender Mauricio Munoz of Argentina. Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, “ZOU SHIMING: Fists of Gold II ” , will also feature another world championship fight – WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Estrada vs. Milan Melindo. photos
The WBC has ruled that Marco Antonio Rubio fights Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the interim middleweight title. They’re respectively one and two in the rankings. The WBC will wait until both fighters complete the bouts they’ve already signed up for. Free negotiations will start the Monday after their bouts. In the event one of them looses, the WBC will name another challenger. WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, who’s recovering from surgery, last week visited Mexico. He’s been notified about this decision, which he accepts. The WBC Board of Governors has unanimously voted he remain champion. WBC’s #3, Italian Domenico Espada, will face #4 Mexican Gilberto Ramirez in a final elimination to become the mandatory challenger of the interim champion.
By James Slater
Heavyweight rivals David Haye and Tyson Fury continued their war of words on Sky Sports’ Ringside show tonight, just an hour or so after their heated press conference in London. The fight, one that Fury promoter Mick Hennessey is calling a “super-fight,” all set for Manchester on September 28th, is sure to attract a massive audience – with the pre-bout build-up already proving hugely entertaining. Tonight on Sky (at approx 6.30PM UK time) in an indication of how much interest there is in the all-British heavyweight showdown, Haye’s trainer Adam Booth announced how 10,000 tickets have already been sold for Sept. 28th.
“Tickets have been on sale for around three hours now and we have already sold 10,000 tickets,” Booth said. “That’s more than any David Haye fight I’ve been involved in, including the Klitschko fight.”
Haye and Fury, sat apart and then next to each other later in the show, also had some great lines.
“You can’t argue with an idiot, because you’ll lose on inexperience,” Haye said.
“Anyone who underestimates Tyson Fury is more stupid than anyone,” retorted Fury.
“I’ve never met a man I couldn’t beat,” Fury boasted.
“You lost to David Price as an amateur,” Haye shot back. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
In a breaking story, former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (28-3-1, 21KOs) of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis informed Fightnews that the relationship that began in 2006 with promoter Gary Shaw has ended earlier this week.
“It was a great journey with Gary, we accomplished what we wanted to do and that is to win a world title and for that I thank him, he helped make my dream a reality. I wish Gary and his team the best,” the affable DeMarco said via cell phone. “Now I am looking for a new promotional outfit and I open to all offers. Hopefully my team and I can work out something soon because I am anxious to get back in the ring.”
After capturing the interim version of the title in ’09, DeMarco challenged the late Edwin Valero for the full version a year later. After suffering a defeat, DeMarco won the vacant title in a come from behind stoppage of Jorge Linares. In his last bout, DeMarco lost the belt to Adrien Broner.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck will face former WBA kingpin Firat Arslan in a rematch of their controversial first encounter last November on September 14 at the Hans-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Huck vs. Arslan 2 was announced earlier today by Sauerland Event. “This fight was on every boxing fan’s wishlist. Their first fight was dramatic and exciting”, said Sauerland CEO Frederick Ness. “I’m glad that they’ll do it again on September 14.”
Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) won a unanimous decision (by scores of a ridiculous 117-111 and 115-113 twice) over Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs) nine months ago. However, the decision was greeted with incomprehension as most fans and experts agreed that Firat Arslan should have gotten the nod in a close-but-clear affair. This writer scored the bout 116-112 in favor of the challenger. “I saw myself as the winner back in November”, said Arslan, 42, in a Press Release announcing the rematch. “I would have been world champion again. I will give everything I got to take that belt away from him in the rematch. And I’m sure I’ll have the support of the fans in Stuttgart.” (more…)
Former world heavyweight champion David Haye and unbeaten contender Tyson Fury held a press conference today to announce their September 28 all-British showdown in Manchester, England.
David Haye: He’s claimed he’s the best ever, the best that ever will be, which is a bold statement. If you look at his last performances I’d have to question that statement he made, but now he’s got an opportunity to shut me up and show the world that he’s one of the best on the planet. I’m happy to give him that opportunity and also give him a nice payday. Up until this point he hasn’t worked at this level. I believe this will be his last shot at the big time and what better way to congratulate him for getting here than by giving him a nice huge payday to sail off into the sunset.
Tyson Fury: First of all I’d like to address the situation David’s just brought up where he’s giving me the opportunity for this big payday. Now let’s not get things confused David. I’m giving you the chance. You’re the dog and I’m chucking you a bone. I’m giving you a chance so you can have your claim to fame to try to beat Tyson Fury. It’s not the other way around. I’m the young up-and-comer. I’m the one that’s on everyone’s tongue. You’re just the one who stinks the place out against people and blames it on your little toe.
Fury refused to face off with Haye after the press conference.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
“My boxing style was and always will be based on speed, movement and punch combinations. This is how I became light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion of the world. This is also the best way to became a heavyweight champion, I realize that. This is the final stretch of my career, my probably last chance to became a champion in the three heaviest weight classes, something that was never done before. So, starting with Tony Grano (20-3, 16 KO) on August 3, I will be do my best to use all my experience, my new energy to my advantage, to fight for the heavyweight title again. Working with a young pro, strong fighter like Glazkow helps,” said Tomasz Adamek (43-2, 29 KOs) after Wednesday’s sparring session.
Working with Adamek is also a great chance for undefeated Vyacheslaw Glazkow (14-0-1, 10 KO), who the same night in Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, will be back after his draw with Malik Scott. During the “Three To See” event, “The Czar” will test Byron Polley (25-15, 11 KOs). (more…)
Two of New England’s most decorated amateur boxers of the past decade – Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (6-0, 5 KOs) and “Speedy” Rashidi Ellis – return home to fight as professional boxers for the first time on Saturday night, July 27 (special start time of 5 p.m. ET), at The Royale Nightclub Boston (formerly The Roxy) in downtown Boston. (more…)
While the state of New York dilly dallies with the inevitable, the largest city in The Great White North reaps the benefits with another enormous pay-per-view and another Octagon appearance from arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. For the third time in just as many years, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will defend his title at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX 8 is live from Seattle on Saturday, July 27 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photo: Trevor Wittman
Steve Mestas and Air Tight Boxing have announced their next show entitled ‘Show Down’ to be held July 19th at Red & Jerry’s in south Denver. The main event will see Brad ‘B-Loco’ Jackson take on undefeated Giovanni ‘Predator’ Merceron while the co main has Torrence ‘Dynamite’ Daniels facing Alejandro Castillo. The undercard is shaping up nicely as well. In the main event Brad ‘B-Loco’ Jackson, 15-8-1, 7KOs, takes on undefeated up and comer Giovanni ‘Predator’ Merceron, 2-0, 2KOs. Jackson will try to turn away yet another undefeated young fighter as he did in his last bout against undefeated Jeremy Ramos. Merceron will look to keep his KO streak intact while facing the most experienced fighter of his young career. Merceron has been impressive stopping both of his opponents including a 32 second destruction of previously undefeated Marcus Dawkins. This one should produce some fireworks. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
On Wednesday afternoon in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, former female world champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez and Riyo Togo engaged in a public workout in advance of their fight Saturday night. The card, billed simply as “Revenge,” will be Juarez opportunity to get even for the first round TKO loss that Togo dealt her in April. Both ladies promised a good fight on Saturday full of emotions. Also participating in the workout were former world champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia, highly world ranked Juan “Churritos” Hernandez, Nery “Pantera” Saguilán and his opponent Peter Navarrete. On Thursday will be a press conference for the card organized by the Promociones del Pueblo. (more…)
Trainer Robert Garcia says the November 24th showdown between his fighter Brandon Rios, and Manny Pacquiao, is a make-or-break fight for his charge. More
Scranton, PA, makes a return to pro boxing on August 2. More
Looks like a rematch-showdown is in the works for November between Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan.
Amir Khan has been spending time with his new bride, Faryal Makhdoom, and her family in Staten Island, New York.
Scuttlebutt on social media Wednesday is that HBO is not interesting in bringing WBA/WBO world super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux back for another fight following his unanimous decision win over Nonito Donaire in April. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is not happy about it and will likely have to put the Cuban ring technician on pay-per-view undercards.
Meanwhile, Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde has laid out a plan of potential fights he’d like to put Rigondeaux in that spans five continents.
Fight 1: Rigondeaux vs. Frampton in Europe
Fight 2: Rigondeaux vs. Shimoda in Asia
Fight 3: Rigondeaux vs. Agbeko in Africa
Fight 4: Rigondeaux vs. Darchinyan in Australia
Fight 5: Rigondeaux vs. Mares in North America
In related news, Nonito Donaire looks headed to a possible rematch against Vic Darchinyan when he makes his expected comeback in a November fight that HBO should have no problem with.
Photo: King Ring Promotion
Unbeaten UBA (Universal Boxing Association) Intercontinental super lightweight champion Daniyar Hanyk (10-0, 4 KOs) has signed a three-year promotional contract with King Ring Promotions. “We are very proud that the first boxer signed by King Ring Promotions was such a talented and gifted boxer as Daniyar,” said Alex Potapov, President of King Ring Promotion. “I did TV commentary on his last fight on March 30 in Kiev and was amazed. Hanyk has everything to grow in the future into a real superstar of professional boxing. Daniyar will be one of the top two boxers in the company. Within a few days we’ll sign a contract with another boxer who is well known in Ukraine.” (more…)
South African veteran referee Stanley Christodoulou will be the 3rd man in the ring for the Super 4 final between Denis Grachev and Edwin Rodriguez. Christodoulou was last seen handling the Lebedev – Jones fight. Lebedev suffered facial dammage and was hospitalized for over a week.
Judges will be Massimo Montanini (Italy), Jean-François Toupin (France) and Massimo Barrovecchio (Italy). The local commission headed by Armand Forcherio willl supervise this important 10 round non-title bout.
The WBC appointed Belgian Daniel Van de Wiele to referee Dmytro Kucher against Ilunga Makabu. The fight is for the WBC Silver title. The winner will probably have to face Silvio Branco as part of a 4 men WBC cruiserweight tournament to appoint the next official challenger after Wlodarczyck-Fragomeni. The judges for this fight will be Robin Dolpierre (France), Predrag Aleksic (Montenegro) and Joseph Chaane (South Africa). Supervisor will be the EBU General Secretary Enza Jacoponi from Italy.
For the European title fight between Maxim Bursak (Ukraine) and Prince Arron (GB) the EBU appointed Robin Dolpierre (France) as referee and Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium), Massimo Montanini (Italy), Predrag Aleksic (Montenegro) as judges. Antonio Martin Galan from Spain will be the supervisor.
Photos and report by Jesse Kelley
A night of entertaining boxing was capped off by Saint Paul middelweight Cerresso Fort (17-1-1, 11 KOs) defeating Marcus Upshaw (15-10-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Fort kept the taller Upshaw on the outside with good movement and counter punching. Other than a late rally, Upshaw found it difficult to open up as he came forward. Fort fired off countering combinations before moving out of harm’s way. Fort was credited with a knockdown in round six that Upshaw and many in the crowd disagreed with. After getting hit by a glancing Fort right to the shoulder, Upshaw backpedaled, lost his footing, and took a seat. Fort continued to get his punches off in time to get out of Upshaw’s range heading into the seventh round. The final two rounds were the most action packed of the bout as Upshaw not only came forward like in the previous rounds, but also began to let his punches go. In the end, Fort avenged the pairs 2011 draw by winning by unanimous decision. Scores read 80-71, 78-73, 79-72. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
The former SA lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight champion passed away at the Lesedi Clinic in Diepkloof, Soweto, on Sunday night. He was 80 years old. As a schoolboy, Nhlapo boxed under the guidance of Richard Legoale before making his professional debut on February 6 1953. His won his first pro bout by stopping Ezekiel Mogotsi in the third round of the fight at the Bantu Men’s Social Centre in Eloff Street, Johannesburg. In only his fifth fight he won the Transvaal featherweight title, stopping Game Chicken Richards in the sixth round. (more…)
Report & Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
“You say you’re ready to be in the ring with me, you better know what you talking about,” said IBO light heavyweight champion Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs), who was sparring with three different fighters during almost three hours of grueling training at Sam Colonna Boxing Club and Fitness. “There’s always 100% effort from me. No exceptions. No days off. Steve knew what he could expect being first fighter I faced today. You just want to go through them as fast as possible.” (more…)
By Chris Morris, Rocky Mountain Boxing
Denver’s “Red Hot” Rob Frankel has signed a contract to face Thomas Dulorme on HBO Latino on August 17th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout would take place on the Geale-Barker card at the Revel Resort. Dulorme is 18-1, 13 KOs and Frankel is 32-13-1, 6 KOs. The bout is contingent on HBO’s approval.
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment are back in action to present their exciting boxing series “Boxeo Boricua: WAPA 2″ at the Samuel Rodriguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. WBC strawweight silver beltholder Janiel Rivera (9-0-2, 6 KOs) will clash against ring veteran Miguel “Samurai” Del Valle (8-19-2, 2 KOs) in the main event for this series that will be broadcast live to United States on WAPA America. “I am ready for everything that Miguel Del Valle could bring me. I know he is a veteran but I will retire him. Nobody will stop me to become a world champion!” Janiel said.
In the co-main event, unbeaten lightweight prospect Kevin Nieves (5-0, 3 KOs) will face his biggest test on Regino Canales (5-3, 2 KOs) in a 6 round fight. Local heavyweight sensation Carlos “Chicano” Cotto (3-0, 3 KOs) will bring the emotions back into the ring when he meets Irvin Torres in a 4 round fight. Also in action unbeaten super bantamweight hard hitting prospect Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (8-0, 6 KOs) vs. Irvin Hernandez (3-10-2, 1 KO), Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Efrain Salgado and Charlie Clemente (3-0, 2 KOs) against Luis Hernandez (0-1). The live broadcast will begin at 9:00pm on WAPA 2, WAPA America (in the US) and WAPA.tv. photos
Photos: P. Gercke / Team SES
Several hundred boxing fans watched WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and challenger Yuzo Kiyota participated in a public workout at the Centrum Galerie in Dresden, Germany. Stieglitz worked the pads with trainer Dirk Dzemski, while Kiyota was very restrained in his actions not wanting to give Stieglitz any insight about his mobility.
Also on hand was female world champion Christina Hammer and Swedish challenger Mikaela Lauren who engaged in a tense 90-second face-off. Lauren then shoved Hammer with both hands. Also on hand were SES fighters Lukas Konecny, Michael Wallisch, Robin Krasniqi and Dario Bredicean. Lukas Konecny defends his WBO European middleweight against Frenchman Moez Fhima and Michael Wallisch defends his German heavyweight championship against Alexander Kahl. photos
Have this bitch Haye! I've signed!! pic.twitter.com/pfM0nFo7Hy
— Tyson Fury (@Tyson_Fury) July 10, 2013
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
TVA and RDS are both reporting that light heavyweight contender and former world champion Jean Pascal has been admitted to the hospital after calling 911 himself. Word is Pascal’s hospitalization is not major and could be food poisoning.
WBO interim jr welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) has denied reports that an October 19 HBO fight in Denver against Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) is close to being finalized. In a series of tweets, Alvarado stated “…we aren’t even close to a deal…My last 4 fights been fight of the year candidates. I’m very grateful to Top Rank but it’s my turn to get paid like a world champ…Why would I accept less money to fight Provo, than what Rios got paid to fight me? Does that make any sense?…Listen the fight will probably happen but we need to get my money right first. Mr. Arum is a great man and I’m sure he will get it done.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when WBA super lightweight champion Hernan Khabib Allakhverdiev (18-0, 8 KOs) defends against former WBA world champion Souleymane M’Baye (40-4-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at Salles des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco os. The three judges are Octavio Rodriguez (Panama), Raul Caiz Sr. (U.S.) and Pawel Kardyni (Polish). The fight supervisor is Dave Roden from England.
Unbeaten 18-year-old heavyweight Hughie Fury (6-0, 4 KOs) is looking for his seventh straight professional win this weekend at the Fairways Hotel, Dundalk, Ireland. The 6’7″ teenager takes on Ivica Percovik (19-20, 14 KOs), looking to continue his momentum towards Mike Tyson’s record of becoming the youngest ever world heavyweight champion. Hughie, a cousin of Tyson Fury, made his professional debut in just March of this year, has already fought in Canada, New York, Belfast, Romania and England and on Friday night he will be looking for his fifth knockout.
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