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Professional boxing returns to the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, N.Y. on Friday, March 20th, when Pugnacious Promotions presents a special St. Patrick’s Day pro boxing event featuring the NABA US Light Welterweight Championship and the region’s most exciting, young fighters in undercard bouts.
Former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia has been arrested on a probation violation on felony drug charges. Probation and parole officers found the former champ at his home yesterday in possession of a controlled substance. Last April, Tapia pled guilty to felony drug charges and was sentenced to probation. He is being held at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center until he appears before a judge. — Chris Cozzone
Many of the leading Irish and Irish-American boxers will gather St. Patrick’s Day Eve (Monday, March 16), including 2004 Olympian Andy Lee and former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough, to fight on the “Erin Go Brawl II” card, presented by Irish Ropes Promotions at WaMu Theater in the famed Madison Square Garden. Top middleweight prospect Lee (16-1, 13 KOs) will headline against 3-time world title challenger Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols (31-9-4, 27 KOs) in the 10 round main event. Although he hails from Limerick, Ireland, Lee fights out of the legendary Kronk Gym in Detroit and is trained by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward. Echols is a past multi-regional champion who holds wins against former world champion Charles Brewer, Kabrey Salem, Ross Thompson and has fought Bernard Hopkins twice and Anthony Mundine. Belfast-native McCullough, fighting out of Las Vegas, captured a Silver Medal at the 1992 Olympics. The veteran super bantamweight is in the 10-round co-feature against an opponent to be determined. (more…)
By David Robinett
Photos: Armando Roldan
It was a homecoming Tuesday for former IBF featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, who was in San Jose with NABO and USBA junior welterweight titlist “Vicious” Victor Ortiz to announce their HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader at HP Pavilion in San Jose on March 7, 2009. Guerrero, (23-1-1, 16 KOs), who lives and trains in nearby Gilroy, California, talked about how important it was to him to be fighting so close to his hometown.”I finally made it out to the bay,” said Guerrero. “I’ve been talking about making it out here for years. A big HBO show coming to San Jose for the first time is what Bay Area sports fans have been waiting for. I can’t wait to showcase my talents for my hometown fans on March 7th.” Playing the role of comic relief, the affable Ortiz, (23-1-1, 18 KOs) added, “I’m happy to be fighting in San Jose, people have been asking ‘Vic, when are you coming to the Bay Area?’ and I didn’t know what to say until I realized they call San Jose the ‘Bay Area’, I’m from Kansas you know [laughing].” (more…)
By Lee Bates
When Carlos Molina (14-4-1, 5 KOs) takes on power punching Alexis Camacho (17-1, 16 KOs) this Friday on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights he will more than likely enter the bout as the underdog. This will be nothing new for Molina who has made a habit of only fighting top notch competition. Though he only has 19 professional bouts, in seven of them his opponent entered undefeated. During a four-fight stretch in which he had 3 losses and 1 draw his opponents had a combined record of 48-0-1. Molina fought well in all those bouts and has never been stopped as a professional. Two of those fights were against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. where he had a draw in the first fight and close decision loss in the second fight. Some thought that Molina did enough to win the first fight. Molina has since reeled of six consecutive wins and is looking to pull off the upset in his first national televised main event. (more…)
Now back in Argentina, junior welterweight contender Marcos Maidana (24-1, 23 KOs) says he feels his exciting and close split decision loss to WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik in Germany over the weekend was unfair and he wants a rematch as soon as possible. “Anywhere else I think I would have won the fight,” he stated.
Two-time former WBA super middleweight titleholder Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Shannan Taylor (48-7-3, 34 KOs) on Wednesday night at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. Scores were 20-107, 120-107, 120-108. It was Mundine’s first fight at middleweight poundage. Also, super middleweight title challenger Nadar Hamden (41-6, 18 KOs) won a hard-fought eight round decision over Kane McKay (8-5-2).
Cruiserweight contender Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi (13-1-3, 5 KOs) is hosting a party on March 14, the day he faces former champion Enzo Maccarinelli for the Interim WBO Cruiserweight Championship at the M.E.N. Arena, in Manchester. “This is my coming out party!” grins the 28-year-old London, England-born Nigerian currently living in California. “He (Maccarinelli) makes his base there, but what people may not know is that the UK is my home country too. I am coming home to win the title!” After a 30-month hiatus, Afolabi (13-1-3, 5 KOs) burst back onto the scene with an upset win over the previously unbeaten Eric Field in April 2008, followed by a win over DeLeon Tinsley in August. “I’m getting this shot at a perfect time for me. I’ll finally get the chance to show I’m the real deal. I’m going in as an underdog, but I know I’m going to win. He’s not as good as people make him out to be and he’s in trouble. Look out for the best kept secret in boxing!”
After Matt Godfrey had to pull out of his WBC final elimination bout against Herbie Hide scheduled for March 6th in Cuxhaven, Germany, Darnell “Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson started calling out the “Dancing Destroyer” for an eight-rounder. Herbie’s response: “Darnell Wilson can’t be serious. He must have some ‘Ding-A-Ling’ in his head. Isn’t he the man who just lost in Singapore to Ehinomen Ehikhamenor, a guy I clearly outclassed last year? How dare this kid calling me out? Wilson, listen son, if you want to come and play with the big boys do your homework first. You are coming of two straight losses and got nothing to offer. I am lined up for a final elimination bout. You can come and do sparring with me if you want. If you’re interested in a thorough thrashing from the ‘Dancing Destroyer’ – how much do you want to pay for it? If you bring some money to the table I might give you a good lesson. Otherwise start beating mediocre guys before you try to compete at the top level.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
As Fightnews.com reported, top cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey suffered a hand injury that has forced him out of his March 6 WBC Cruiserweight eliminator match with former WBO Heavyweight champ Herbie Hide. Promoters for the event are scrambling to find a replacement opponent for Hide on this card, but one well-known cruiser is saying that he’s available to step in. That man is Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” of Takoma Park, MD – recently back from his stint on the fourth season of “The Contender.” (more…)
On Sunday, April 5, World Extreme Cagefighting® takes its maiden voyage to the Windy City of Chicago, and it’s bringing the best bantamweights in the world to the UIC Pavilion for WEC: Torres vs Bowles. In the main event, WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres returns to fight in the Midwest for the first time in two years to face the biggest challenge to his crown yet in unbeaten Brian Bowles, and Island Lake, Illinois’ Jeff Curran looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez. . . Click here for more
On February 13, Featherweight prospect Carlos Rivera 14-3-2 (5 KO’s) will take a step up in competition as he will battle Johnnie “Lumberjack” Edwards 14-3-1 (8 KO’s) in the main event of Starfight Productions’ “Fight Night” at the A La Carte Event Pavilion. Edwards, who has two wins over former world champion Freddie Norwood, is coming off a disputed majority decision loss to hot prospect Ty Barnett in November. Rivera is riding a wave of momentum as he is unbeaten in his last six trips to the squared circle. The Rivera-Edwards contest is scheduled for eight rounds.
Here is Miguel Cotto’s reaction regarding the California’s State Athletic Commission revoking Antonio Margarito’s boxing license: “California’s Boxing Commission evaluated the case and made a decision. They have necessary evidence to judge [Margarito and his trainer] according to their rules. I think that my future won’t be affected by this decision. I will continue with my training for February 21 and I’m focused on winning the title against Michel Jennings and bringing another championship to Puerto Rico.”
In a show of unconditional support, Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Ramos extended an invitation to former world champion Antonio Margarito to fight in his native city at anytime. The public invitation came shortly after the California Athletic Commission revoked Margarito’s boxing license. After a lengthy hearing in which no evidence was presented to demonstrate that Margarito incurred in any wrongdoing, the Commission revoked his license to fight in California for one year. Upon hearing of the news and to show his support, Tijuana Mayor Jorge Ramos said, “We welcome Antonio Margarito with open arms, and want him to know that when he is ready to fight again we want him to come to his hometown. He has been an exemplary athlete and has for many years represented the city of Tijuana with great pride and honor so it is a natural for us to continue to support him in his career that should not be blemished by a Commission that was not presented with evidence of any wrongdoing by our native son,” added Mayor Ramos.
By Craig Watt
At the weigh-in on Tuesday for WBA#1 ranked middleweight Anthony Mundine’s fight against fellow Australian and WBA#10 ranked Shannan Taylor, the two time WBA super-middleweight champion Mundine responded to the press conference in Perth from arch rival Danny Green. He stated, “If they pay me what I want I will whip that arse again.” Both fighters scaled just under the middleweight limit of 160 pounds for their WBA International Title fight on Wednesday in Wollongong, New South Wales with the winner due to take on WBA champion Felix Sturm. Mundine is expected to target the middleweight title before taking on Green and confirmed, “I’m a middleweight now and my intention is to become the undisputed middleweight champion. If Green wants to come and have his fight, he would want me to jump from middleweight to light-heavyweight, which is fifteen pounds. I am not saying I wouldn’t do it but the money has got to be right.” It is expected that with Mundine’s links with Golden Boy Promotions that he could take on Kelly Pavlik or Jermain Taylor in the remainder of 2009 before inking to fight Green at the Subiaco Oval in the Australian summer of 2010, when the weather would be suited to a 40,000 outdoor capacity event.
Former Two-Time World Champion Robert Guerrero (left) and NABO Junior Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz (right) pose on February 10, 2009 in San Jose, California at the press conference to announce their respective bouts March 7, 2009 at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Ortiz will face Mike Arnaoutis of Greece and Guerrero will face undefeated contender Daud Yordan of Indonesia as part of an HBO Boxing After Dark televised triple-header which will also feature a fight between undefeated junior middleweight contenders James Kirkland and Joel Julio.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican flyweight Julio Cesar Miranda will face former WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (71-3-1, 38 KOs) of Thailand for the WBC interim flyweight world title on April 14th in Bangkok, Thailand. The bout was confirmed today by WBC President José Sulaimán. Initially the fight was to take place in Mexico but it finally landed on Pongsaklek’s home turf in Thailand.
Former IBF #1-ranked welterweight Cosme “Chino” Rivera (31-11-2, 23 KOs) has agreed to step in on five days notice to face undefeated WBC #3-ranked super welterweight Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) on Don King’s “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” boxing card on Saturday at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. Former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, from Nicaragua, was to have faced Angulo, but pulled out 10 days before the match. Danny Perez was mentioned as a possible opponent, but that bout was not finalized. The main event showcases unified IBF/WBO/WBA lightweight world champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) opposing IBF mandatory challenger Ali Funeka. Also WBC interim super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-1-1, 24 KOs)meets former IBF welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (30-2, 27 KOs). Tickets priced at $200, $75, $40 and $25 (with all seats 2-for-1 excepting a limited number of “golden circle” seats) are on sale now. Call 800-745-3000.
Former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo had their licenses revoked for a minimum of one year at today’s California State Athletic Commission disciplinary hearing in Van Nuys, California. The ban will be enforced throughout the United States, but Margarito could possibly still fight in another country, such as Mexico. If he wishes to fight in the U.S again, Margarito must apply to have his CSAC license reinstated after one year. Capetillo testified that he accidentally put illegal pads into Margarito’s hand wraps prior to his bout with Shane Mosley. “I committed a big mistake,” Capetillo said according to the LA Times. “I don’t want this young man to have problems. I’m here to cover any responsibility. I take full responsibility. I committed this innocent mistake.” (more…)
When Terry Etim returns to the locker room following a gruelling contest under the UFC lights, there is only one definitive opinion he wants to hear. It’s not that of any trainer, friend or family member. It’s not that of a training partner or a fighting peer. It’s not even that of Dana White or Joe Silva . . . Click here for more
UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com
On Friday February 13th, Star Boxing’s jr. welterweight prospect “The New” Ray Robinson (9-0, 3KO) will look to start the new year with a bang when he takes on fellow unbeaten prospect Darnell Jiles Jr. (8-0-1, 3KO). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the jr. welterweight division, and will be the co-feature bout for that evening’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast. In the main event of the evening, Star Boxing’s welterweight knockout artist Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) will look to close the show in exciting fashion when he meets the tough as nails Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO) in a ten round wetlerweight contest. For Robinson, who was named as one of the “Five Best Prospects to Watch in 2008″ and as one of the “Sweet 16, Philly Boxing Prospects on the Rise”, it will mark the first time the young prospect will fight as a co-feature bout on national TV . . . click here for more
By Lee Bates
Former world title challenger Z Gorres (28-2-2, 15 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in 2009. The bout will take place March 14th in a 12 round main event at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City for the WBO Oriental bantamweight title. The long time well renown and respected ALA Promotions will promote the event. Instead of facing a local journeyman he will instead take on experienced veteran and former world champion Roberto Leyva. The underrated Gorres lost a disputed split decision to current WBO Flyweight champion Fernando Montiel back in 2007. What looks even more impressive now is his twelve round draw with Vic Darchinyan nearly a year ago in a fight where Gorres knocked Darchinyan down. Since that fight no one has gone the distance or even been competitive on the scorecards in Darchinyan’s subsequent three world title fights.
By Dennis Principe
Promoter Gary Shaw believes there is no need for Vic Darchinyan to chase conqueror Nonito Donaire Jr and that the undisputed super flyweight champion should instead look forward to having bigger fights in the coming months. Shaw was the main guest of Tuesday morning’s “Sports Chat” aired live over Philippine radio station DZSR Sports Radio 918. Darchinyan is coming off a resounding 11th round stoppage of Mexican superstar Jorge Arce over the weekend at The Pond in Anaheim, California. Listen to the interview.
Photos: Eroll Popova
The world championship picture cleared up somewhat after Saturday night’s “Universum Champion’s Night” in Rostock, Germany. Hard luck WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev is now set for a summer date with WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. Previously untested Carl Davis Drumond showed he can compete against top level opposition. WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik summoned everything he had to narrowly defend his crown against his mandatory challenger and now eyes a unification clash in the USA. And Marcos Rene Maidana showed the kind of talent and exciting style that could propel him to superstardom. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Floyd Mayweather Sr. has a message for Manny Pacquiao. “Tic-Tac-Toe,” Mayweather recited over the phone to Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Monday night. “Pacman hits the floor….you better stay down, if you want to be around,” said Mayweather, whose prized ward, British Ricky Hatton, is angling for Pacquiao’s mythical pound-for-pound title, on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “If there’s one guy who’ll fall down, it’s not going to be Ricky, but the Pacman,” said Mayweather. Because of Hatton’s daredevil style and relentless pressure, Mayweather said the fight is likely not to go 12 full rounds. “It could be short and it could be a long fight but it doesn’t matter (because Ricky will win),” said Mayweather, who was once a world-rated welterweight in the 1970s until he got beaten by Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. Mayweather was born in Bronx, New York, became a two-time Michigan Golden Gloves titleholder and he eventually racked up a 29-6-1 win-loss-draw card as a pro from 1974 to 1990. In 1993, Mayweather began serving a five-year prison sentence at a Michigan federal penitentiary for interstate cocaine trafficking from 1987-1992. Before hooking up with Hatton for the Nov. 22, 2008 fight with Paulie Malignaggi, Mayweather used to train Oscar De La Hoya and his now-retired son Floyd Mayweather Jr.
By Craig Watt/Photos: Craig Watt
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Former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green held a press conference at the Subiaco Oval in Perth, Australia today to announce his much expected ring return. In dramatic style he landed in the centre circle of the impressive oval shaped AFL football ground in a helicopter to meet Australia’s waiting media. The 36 year old who retired in March 2008 will have two or three fights in 2008 with the aim to take on fellow Australian rival Anthony Mundine in a re-match of their 2006 fight for the WBA super-middleweight title which Mundine won on a clear and unanimous decision over twelve rounds. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KOs) takes on fellow Aussie Shannon Taylor (48-6-3, 34 KO’s) in Wollongong, New South Wales on Wednesday. The 33 year old from Sydney who is ranked #1 by the WBA at Middleweight received an impressive rap from Bernard Hopkins today, in his role as a member of Golden Boy Promotions. The former Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion told Fox Sports News in Australia, “Now that we have an opportunity to promote him, he is going to be a champion and well known all around the boxing world. He will be a champion, very, very soon. We are going to bring him on slow and then showcase his to he boxing public and I believe given his talent and dedication he will blow up into a major boxing star. Many people have tried to sign Anthony Mundine and I am glad we will be working with him at Golden Boy.” (more…)
By Edgar Gonzalez
Looks like Danny Perez has pulled out of Saturday’s match with Alfredo Angulo in Sunrise, Florida. Promoter Gary Shaw was unsure why Perez pulled out and is concerned that if a replacement isn’t found quickly, Angulo’s appearance might get scrapped from the HBO-televised card. This will be the second opponent for Angulo to fall out. He was originally slated to face former two division champion Ricardo Mayorga. Still scheduled to fight Valentine’s Day, Nate Campbell vs. Ali Funeka and Sergio Martinez vs. Kermit Cintron.
By Bill Luppert and Scott Ploof at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
A fighter will take a win no matter how they get it. Some victories however can be less than satisfying. Such was the case at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI on Friday night as light heavyweight Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (24-1-1, 17 KOs) knocked out journeyman Matt Gokel (12-10, 7 KOs) at 1:55 of the first round. The sold out nine bout fight card was promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports. In what may be considered the fight of the night by many in the audience, “Irish” Joe McCreedy (10-2-1, 5 KOs) won a very hard fought and closely contested majority decision over Bobo “The Bull” Starnino (9-5-2, 2 KOs) in a rematch of their previous encounter. (More)
By David Robinett, Photos: Jan Sanders/SHOWTIME
2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward continued his march towards fighting for a major title with a unanimous decision over Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan through 12 one-sided rounds in the main event Friday night on ShoBox: The Next Generation from the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Ward, defending his NABO/NABF Super Middleweight title a few hours south of his hometown of Oakland, California, controlled the bout throughout, landing nearly at will against fellow prospect Buchanan, while Buchanan could only muster a defensive jab and little else in return. In past fights Ward has been criticized for a lack of aggression, particularly against overmatched opponents, however in this fight it was Buchanan’s defensive posture and unwillingness to engage that prevented Ward from getting a stoppage. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar / Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass did not have one important person in his corner throughout his bout Friday night against Carson Jones. Still, he did enough to win an entertaining and competitive bout against his opponent. Soto-Karass, a welterweight contender and Antonio Margarito stablemate, dropped Jones twice en route to a 10 round unanimous decision victory before a packed Activity Center crowd in Maywood, CA on Friday night. The bout headlined a “Champions of Tomorrow” card, presented by Top Rank and Showdown Promotions. It was the first show on a new series of fights to be aired by Azteca America. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams & “Priceless” Steve Price at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (27-2-2, 16 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over former world title challenger Chris Henry (23-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. Mack started strongly, but the naturally bigger Henry was stronger down the stretch until a twelfth round rally by Mack. Scores were 116-112, 115-112 for Mack, 115-113 for Henry. (more…)
With the addition of top-rated junior flyweight contender Giovani Segura, it will now be five of Mexico’s biggest names in boxing converge for the first time, headlining the same boxing card when Top Rank presents “Latin Fury 8 — Tijuana Thunder,” broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View from Tijuana, Mexico on March 28. The five-bout pay-per-view extravaganza will feature undefeated super welterweight sensation Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto, WBO junior bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, and Segura in separate bouts. “From top to bottom, this is the greatest Mexican boxing event ever and I’m proud to be promoting it. Four title fights plus Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. versus Luciano Cuello in a battle of undefeated contenders in the main event,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank. Chavez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico and son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, will be making his 2009 debut. Now world-rated a career high No. 4 by the WBC, he’ll be risking everything when he rumbles with former WBO Latino junior middleweight champion and undefeated Luciano Cuello (23-0, 9 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Latin Fury 8 pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $39.95.
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide will continue his revival of pro boxing in Buffalo on February 20 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The aptly named “Return of Buffalo Boxing” will feature two-time super middleweight world champion Byron Mitchell (26-4-1, 19 KOs) against 6′ 4″ Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters (23-3, 18 KOs). In the co-main event, local heavyweight Paul “The Italian Hit Man” Marinaccio will face veteran Ryan Thompson. Also super lightweight Meacher Major (15-3-1, 13 KOs) goes against Kevin Carmody (10-10-2, 1 KO) in an eight-rounder. Tickets are $30, $50 and $100, and are available by calling 631.878.1676.
By Alexey Potapov
Unbeaten WBO light middleweight world champion Sergiy Dzinziruk has informed Fightnews.com thay he will return to the ring in April. “I talked to the promoters concerning the next fight,” he said. “They’ve informed me that the fight will take place in April in Germany. The challenger is still unknown.” There were discussions for a fight between Dzinziruk and interim titleholder Paul Williams, but they did not come to fruition. Dzinziruk he’s ready to fight, but the Williams camp made unrealistic demands. Williams will instead fight Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright on April 11th at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. “Who will win this fight? Very much a question at issue. I expect good and entertaining fight, but nevertheless I will pick Ronald Wright. He has more experience,” predicted the champion.
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