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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Eight division world champion and Philippines Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) is days away from his next fight where he will take on WBO welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. We caught up with Pacquiao to ask questions about his upcoming fight with Vargas.
“It’s good to be fighting and it’s very important for me to win convincingly to prove I still belong here,” Manny Pacquiao told Fightnews.com. “It’s a big motivation for me and I plan on doing my best. My plan for this fight is to make the fans happy,” Pacquiao added.
Pacquiao arrived 2 weeks ago in Los Angeles as he resumed camp at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California with his longtime Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. (more…)
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
Promising unbeaten 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will make his main event debut when he faces upset-minded Jimmy Herrera in the 10-round featured attraction of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader this Friday, Nov. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, Calif.
A 5-foot-10 up-and-coming rising star, Shelestyuk, of Los Angeles, is ranked No. 9 by the WBO and No. 13 in the WBA. Shelestyuk, who is making his second ShoBox start, averaged 85 punches a round en route to winning his ShoBox debut with a 10-round division over Aslanbek Kozaev on Nov. 6, 2015.
The dedicated, hard-working Shelestyuk, who is trained by Eric Brown and spars a few days a week with former world champion Shane Mosley, at Wild Card West in Santa Monica, Calif., possesses solid skills, movement and punching power. (more…)
Photo: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Hard-hitting lightweight prospect Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs) makes his U.S. television debut against unbeaten Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 6 KOs) this Friday, Nov. 4, from the Omega Products Event Center in Corona, Calif.
Freitas vs. Mendez is scheduled for eight rounds and kicks off a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Mendez, who is trained by the well-regarded Joel Diaz, is putting the finishing touches on a training camp that saw him spar against former world champions Victor Ortiz, Ruslan Provodnikov and elite prospect Vergil Ortiz. (more…)
After Saturday night’s KO win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., combacking Juan Manuel Lopez stated that he would be interested in a rematch with Orlando Salido, or Abner Mares or Yuriorkas Gamboa. Vazquez said he is hanging up the gloves.
After a forgettable October, we have televised boxing every weekend all through November. This Saturday is Pacquiao-Vargas (PPV). Then on November 12 it’s Garcia-Vargas on Spike and Ortiz-Scott on HBO. After that it’s Kovalev-Ward on PPV, then finally Lomachenko-Walters on HBO.
By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee
On Saturday night Korean boxing fans took to the streets of Seoul—only 35 miles from the North Korean border—with all manner of ghouls, goblins and zombies. Halloween festivities in full swing, Korean Boxing Management (KBM) held its second event in Itaewon, a bustling nightlife district popular with locals and foreigners alike, including United States soldiers (and MPs patrolling their stomping grounds) billeted at the nearby Yongsan military base. Like many of the professional cards held these days in Korea, the bouts took place at an educational institution: Itaewon Primary School. This felt both surreal and sensible, elementary schools being the sites where many experience their first fistfights.
With two title bout headliners, this special Halloween show featured an exciting line-up of four-on-four Korea vs. Japan matches. It also marked the first-ever WBC Eurasia title bout to take place in Korea. Initially scheduled for a double WBC Eurasia Korea-Japan showdown at light and super lightweight, a last-minute controversy resulted in a shift from the Eurasia to the KBM belt between the super lightweight contenders.
In the main event, baby-faced slugger Il-Kwon Kim (6-3, 30 KOs) met stylish technician Ryo Akahori—aka Juk-San Lee (7-3, 2 KOs)—for the vacant WBC Eurasia Interim Lightweight Title over ten rounds. Former WBO world featherweight title challenger (vs. Orlando Salido in 2011) Kenichi Yamaguchi, a member of Akahori’s team, provided a memorable a cappella rendition of the Japanese national anthem. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA #5 Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) would welcome a fight with WBA #8 Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Association title after Briggs posted the following on his Instagram account: “BREAKING: WBA to order Shannon Briggs and Lucas Browne to fight for Tyson Fury’s vacated WBA world heavyweight title.”
Browne has responded via his twitter account by saying “where’s a fuckwit, not in my level, Haye is a dog, at least Briggs wants big fights. I’ve ducked no one, it’s up to WBA.”
Former WBA champion Browne is coming off a ten round stoppage of Ruslan Chaegav in March and former WBO champion Briggs is coming off a KO over Emilio Zarate in May.
Story and photos by Ricardo Ibarra
In one of two pro bouts featured Saturday night at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Warm Springs, Oregon, heavyweight Juan Esquivel (5-0, 5 KOs), of Zillah, Washington, scored a second round stoppage victory over Daniel Gilbert (0-1), capping off Warm Springs Nation Boxing’s twelve bout Pro/Am show.
Esquivel, who was fighting for the first time in two years, used a crafty shoulder roll defense in the first to avoid his aggressive opponent’s looping flurries and find openings for his counter straight rights and left hooks. Esquivel consistently out-landed Gilbert and hurt him badly with a right to the gut as the round came to an end. (more…)
The WBA World Super Welterweight Championship fight between Jack Culcay and Demetrious Andrade is off and will not take place in the foreseeable future.
Team Sauerland won the purse bids to stage the fight on August 15, and had planned to schedule the bout as a co-featured main event alongside the WBA World Super Middleweight title contest between Tyron Zeuge and Giovanni De Carolis on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.
Following the purse bids, Culcay immediately signed his contract and begun preparing for the fight, however, Andrade failed to sign the contract before the 15 day deadline set by the WBA. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian 168 pounder Bilal Akkawy (14-0-1, 12 KOs) stopped Welshman Kerry Hope (23-9, 2 KOs) in a scheduled ten round WBA Oceania bout at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Akkawy attacked southpaw Hope from the opening round connecting with power shots to the head and body but the experienced Welshman maintained a high work rate throughout the action packed bout that will be considered as one of the best Australian contests for 2016. The action see- sawed in round one to six but Akkawy stepped up a gear in round seven and had Hope on unsteady legs as he punished his opponent with heavy shots to the head that had blood flowing from Hope’s mouth but the Welshman survived to hear the bell. The corner of Hope retired there game boxer with a fractured jaw and several dislodged teeth. Ringside doctor, Richard Saunders confirmed Hope’s jaw was fractured after an examination.
Akkawy said “I know I was the underdog. Hope was experienced and stood there and he didn’t run. I was pacing myself and wasn’t expecting an early knockout. He came out fast but I stayed calm and relaxed, picked my shots and broke him down.” (more…)
By Bill Dwyre
Some kings wear easily the crown. Or, in the case of boxing, the title belt.
ÓSCAR VALDEZ, a Mexican marvel, is doing exactly that these days. And he has had to be a quick learner.
In April, on the undercard of the third Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, he destroyed a once-beaten and former world champion in Evgeny Gradovich. It only took him four rounds to leave Gradovich rubber-legged and finished.
That got Valdez a title shot in July in the same ring, even though he wasn’t even certain it would be a title shot until mid-week of the fight. In that match, on the undercard of the Terence Crawford – Viktor Postol title unification fight, he went up against another unbeaten tough guy, Matías Rueda. This time, it took just two rounds and was, for all intents, finished when Valdez rendered Rueda helpless with a kidney shot. Replays of the punch brought tears of empathy for Rueda to your eyes. (more…)
Actor Sylvester Stallone, a.k.a. “Rocky” paid a visit to Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood on Saturday to watch Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao spar in preparation for his upcoming world title fight.
Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) will collide with WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) on PPV this coming Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Cristian ‘Diamante’ Mijares (55-8-2, 26 KOs) had to use all his experience to edge previously unbeaten Shohei Kawashima (14-1-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque Vicente Fernandez in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Mijares prevailed 115-113 on all three cards Mijares retained his WBC Silver featherweight belt.
In the co-feature, former WBO and IBF world champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (20-4-1, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Crison Omayao (20-13-3, 7KOs) in a flyweight clash. Rodriguez scored three knockdowns.
Former WBA world champion Irma ‘Terremoto’ Garcia (16-1-1, 3 KOs) KO’d Leticia Uribe (4-8, 0 KOs) in round eight round
Welterweight Ivan Alvarez (24-7, 16 KOs) defeated former world title challenger Javier Prieto (27-10-2, 20 KOs) by unanimous decision over eight rounds. Scores were 79-75, 79-73 and 79-75.
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer promotions
WBO #2 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (21-5, 16 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Richard “The Beast” Pumicpic (19-8-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Los Cabos San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Juarez dropped Pumicpic once in the bout as he takes aim at a world title shot.
“I want a rematch with Donaire,” proclaimed Juarez afterward. “We’re ready, I know I’ll defeat him more clearly and be crowned world champion!”
In the co-feature, local flyweight hero Israel ¨Jiga¨ González (16-1, 5 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over former world champion Ramon García Hirales (20-9-1, 12 KOs). Hirales has now lost five straight fights.
In an entertaining grudge match, former 3-time, 2-division world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (35-5, 32 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr. (24-7-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Vazquez, son of Puerto Rican legend Wilfredo Vazquez, was quicker and sharper in the first four rounds. Lopez, returning after a 25 month layoff, was unable to get his punches off. Juanma finally connected in round five and staggered Vazquez. Both landed good shots in round six and the bout turned into a brawl after that. The end came in round eleven when Juanma rocked Vazquez and then sent him to the canvas. The referee immediately waved it off rather quickly.
After the fight, Lopez walked over and started trading punches with one of Vazquez’ cornermen.
The scheduled co-feature between former world featherweight title challenger Jonathan Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) and Gustasvo “El Gustavo” Molina (23-13, 9 KOs) was scrapped due to Molina being under medical suspension. The originally slated PPV opener featuring 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian bantamweight Jantony Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) also fell through.
Unbeaten WBC Fecarbox junior welterweight Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (12-0, 9 KOs) won when Edwin “Bazookita” Lopez (27-7-1, 24 KOs) called it quits after round one.
Jelame Garcia TKO2 Jorge Luis Perez Adorno
Jomar Robles TKO2 Fernando Semidey
Joseph Torres KO1 Rey Thomas Arroyo
WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a non-title ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Yevgeni Makhteienko (8-6, 7 KOs) on Saturday night in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Scores were 100-90 across the board.
Unbeaten WBA #5 super welterweight Kanat Islam (22-0, 19 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #13 Patrick Allotey (34-3, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alamaty Arena in Alamaty, Kazakhstan. With the win, Kanat claimed the vacant WBA and WBO Intercontinental titles.
By Robert Coster
Boxer Armando Reyes has died in an automobile accident in Santo Domingo. Reyes, a very popular crowd pleaser, was Dominican Featherweight Champion (1990) and Super-Featherweight Champion (1993) WBC Fecarbox Lightweight Champion (1996). He made an unsuccessful bid for the WBO Featherweight title in 1991, losing to Maurizio Stecca in Italy. Reyes’ biggest win was a 10 round decision over WBA Lightweight Champion Gilbert Serrano in 1995.
Looks like unbeaten WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) will defend his title on December 10th against John Molina Jr. (29-6, 23 KOs) in a bout to be televised on HBO. The site will be the CenturyLink Center in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions are reportedly close to finalizing the deal.
Photos: Ruben Cortez / Top Rank
Unbeaten Detroit super featherweight Erik De Leon (14-0, 8 KOs) scored an impressive third round KO over Brazil’s Aldimar Silva (19-11, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas. De Leon dropped Silva twice in round two and got the stoppage after another knockdown early in round three. Time was 1:00.
Unbeaten Brazilian Olympian middleweight “Pantera” Esquiva Falcao (15-0, 12 KOs) was victorious when Gerardo Ibarra (14-4, 8 KOs) of Houston didn’t come out for round seven.
Unbeaten welterweight Arturo Marquez (5-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Stephen Bass (1-4, 0 KOs) over four rounds by scores of 39-37, 39-37, 40-36.
Unbeaten super featherweight Jesse Garcia (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time in taking a four round shutout against Gabriel Gutierrez (4-4, 3 KOs). Garcia scored a knockdown in round four en route to a 40-35 win.
By John DiSanto at ringside
In the main event at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, southpaw Ray Robinson, 21-2, 9 KOs, returned after an 18-month layoff to score a TKO over Santos Benavides, 25-11-2, 19 KOs, at the end of round four of a scheduled 8-round junior middleweight bout. Robinson battered his opponent to the head and body the entire fight before Benavides’ corner wisely stopped the fight between the fourth and fifth rounds. Robinson had him down in the first, but Benavides managed to absorb everything Robinson threw afterward. The official time was 3:00 of round four.
Bronx junior middleweight Steven Martinez, 17-3, 3 KOs, won an 8-round unanimous decisions over Jeremy Ramos of Colorado, 9-5, 4 KOs. The scores were 77-74, 76-74 and 76-75. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cristian Mijares 126 vs. Shohei Kawashima 126
(WBC Silver featherweight title)
Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez 112 vs Crison “D´Cowboy“ Omayao 111.25
Javier Prieto 148 vs Iván Álvarez 148
Irma Garcia 118 vs Leticia Uribe 118
Venue: Palenque Vicente Fernández
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Cesar “Corazon” Juarez 122 vs. Richard Pumicpic 122
Israel González 113 vs. Ramon Garcia Hirales113
Sergio Sánchez 126 vs. Carlos Lozano 126.6
Yonathan Padilla 114.7 vs. Edgar García 114.7
Gerardo Castillo 115 vs. Rene Casimiro 115
William Zepeda 139 vs. Javier Vázquez 138
Venue: Auditorio Municipal, Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico
Promoter. Zanfer, EER
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)
Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. 129 vs. Juan Manuel Lopez 128.6
Venue: Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Black Tiger Promotions
By Ray Wheatley –World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF#3 Fahlan Sakkreerin Junior (31-4-1) will be ready to fight IBF#5 Milan Melindo (34-2-0, 12 KOs) for the IBF interim junior flyweight title on November 26, 2016 in Cebu, Philippines.
Jimmy Chaichotchuang the manager of Sakkreerin junior said “I am proud of the first ever father and son duo in the world who won the IBF Pan Pacific Junior Flyweight championship belt. Fahlan Sakkreerin senior who is former IBF Mini Flyweight champion captured the IBF Pan Pacific Junior Flyweight belt in 2002. Fahlan Sakkreerin junior captured the same belt in 2016 fourteen years later. Guinness world records may count the first of father and son who won the same championship in boxing history. I was the promoter of both the father and the son of the Sakkreerin family. Ray Wheatley was a supervisor for his father and Sompong Archanurkow was a supersvisor when Sakkreerin junior fight.” (more…)
JESSIE VARGAS: My trainer Dewey Cooper and my strength and conditioning coach David Hayes, Rafael Garcia, my father – we make a great team and they brought out the best in me. They brought out the best in me in March against Sadam Ali and now we are going to outdo that performance in this fight on November 5th. I am very thankful for my manager Cameron Dunkin getting me this opportunity and I can’t wait to perform on the big stage and show what I’m about.
DEWEY COOPER: Hi everyone. I am Dewey Cooper, Jessie Vargas’ boxing trainer. I am thrilled to be here it’s an honor and I feel so blessed to be a part of this magnificent event and to be a part of Jessie’s first pay per view fight and I can guarantee you that this is going to be a great performance by Jessie Vargas. Training camp has been wonderful. We’ve topped every number ten-fold from when we were preparing for Sadam Ali. He has thrown more punches per day than he had thrown for Ali. We have added even more explosive power, more athletic agility, more speed and more total IQ we have added since the last fight we had together. We have more synergy in this training camp and guys, I keep saying in every interview I do don’t forget who the champion is in this fight is and don’t forget who the challenger in this fight is and that’s exactly who we are viewing this guy as – we are viewing him as our opponent, the challenger and we are going to conquer him on November 5th. I am fully confident in Jessie and this is not promoter speak and this is not theatrical hype, I am telling you actual fact. We expect, we know and we will show the whole world on November 5th how great of a fighter Jessie Vargas is and we are looking forward to that night. (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
Kai Robin Havnaa (7-0, 6 KOs) will face Ihar Karavaeu (8-12, 5 KOs) in a six-round contest on the undercard of the WBA World Super Middleweight title fight between Giovanni De Carolis and Tyron Zeuge on November 5 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany.
“I’m really looking forward to fighting in Germany again,” he says. “It was a really good experience last time, and I was really pleased with my performance.”
DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”), the most active boxing promoter in New York, announced Friday that it has released its dates on hold with the New York State Athletic Commission through the end of the year, effectively ending the boxing program in New York until at least 2017. The announcement is a direct result of New York’s new insurance requirements, which have made it impossible for promoters to purchase the coverage necessary to do an event in the state and the New York State Athletic Commission’s failure to use its authority to alter the requirements. (more…)
Ben Hall will face Carson Jones for the WBC International Silver Super-Welterweight title at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London on November 26. Hall faces a huge step-up in his 11th pro outing as the unbeaten 23-year-old is looking to add a second belt to his collection after stopping Kris Agyei-Dua in January to land the Southern Area strap, but Hall faces a dangerous task in the American visitor.
Jones is a familiar face to UK fight fans and has proved to be a thorn in the side of two of Britain’s best. The Oklahoma man tested Kell Brook to the limit in July 2012 when the Sheffield star edged him out via majority decision before they met in a rematch in Hull the following year. Jones returned to England to meet Brian Rose in Blackpool in February 2015 and stunned the hometown favorite with a first round stoppage, with Rose gaining revenge six months later in a rematch in Hull.
Kanat Islam 154 vs Patrick Allotey 154
vacant WBO & WBA Intercontinental & UBC World Super Welterweight title
Zhanibek Alimkhanuly 169 vs Milton Nunez 171
Zhankozh Turarov 145 vs Issac Aryee 145
Ruslan Myrsatayev 218 vs Nuhu Azuma 227
Ali Akhmedov 171 vs Ali Mammadov 169
Aidar Sharibayev 132 vs Juan Ocura 130
Zhuma Zhumabekov 138 vs Ivanou Uladimir 138
Venue: Almaty Arena, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Promoter: Nelsons Promotions, Raynelo Promotions
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron
The location of the WBO heavyweight championship title bout featuring New Zealand’s WBO#1 Joseph Parker and Mexican born WBO#3 Andy Ruiz should be known early next week when Parker’s promoter Duco Events will be advised if they can raise the necessary funds. At a Press Conference today Duco CEO David Higgins said they have withdrawn its application from the New Zealand Government for financial assistance for the world championship bout to go ahead in Auckland, New Zealand on December 10. If funding cannot be raised, it is expected Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will stage the world title bout in Las Vegas, Los Angeles or Dallas.
“We have studied the reaction of the public and the media and the politicians and it’s clear it has become political dynamite, a real political football,” Higgins said. (more…)
WBC Silver Flyweight champion Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan was accompanied by his world class trainer Jeff Mayweather as he scaled in at 120.8 pounds. This was for the WBC 30-day mandatory weigh-in. The site was the famed Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada where Waseem is training for his next fight . Waseem will take on WBC #15 world ranked Giemel Megramo (17-0, 13 KOs) of the Philippines. Megramo weighed in at 122 pounds at the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) office in the Philippines . Both fighters were less than the maximum weight allowed by the WBC, 123.2 (10% over 112 pounds) at the 30 day mark. The two will square off November 27th in South Korea. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with Waseem’s WBC Silver Flyweight title at stake. (more…)
Featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares met face-to-face Thursday at a press conference at OUE Skyspace at US Bank Tower – the tallest building west of the Mississippi River – to discuss their world title showdown presented by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Saturday, December 10. The event will be live on Showtime from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:
“I’ve been wanting to fight Mares for about two years. It’s finally going to happen. This is what I want. I’m going to make a statement.
“I’m very happy that this fight is finally here. I can’t wait to get in the ring on December 10. I’m thankful for the opportunity. I know Mares is popular in Los Angeles, but I have a following as well and they will be there to support me. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Ray Robinson 150.4 vs. Santos Benavidez 151.4
Steven Martinez 155.4 vs. Jeremy Ramos 154.5
Branden Pizarro 135.9 vs. Ezequiel Ocasio 137
Christian Carto 117.6 vs. Angel Carvajal 115.9
Angel Pizarro 122.9 vs. Maurice Adams Jr. 119.9
Jeremy Cuevas 139.8 vs. Luis Ramos 142.9
Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
Venue: SugarHouse Casino
“Knockout Night at the D” returns November 18 on CBS Sports Network from inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center tent located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district.
North American Boxing Association (NABA) United States lightweight champion Reynaldo Blanco (13-2, 7 KOs) makes his first title defense against challenger Demond “Body Shot” Brock (12-3, 4 KOs) in the 10-round main event. In the 8-round co-feature, Puerto Rican junior middleweight Daniel “El Duro” Cruz (11-1, 10 KOs) takes on former Mexico welterweight champion Norberto Gonzalez (22-8, 13 KOs). In the television opener, rising junior lightweight Randy Moreno (6-0, 5 KOs) faces Mexican veteran Daniel Perales (7-5-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 6-round bout.
The series is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions.
Erick De Leon 130.6 vs. Aldimar Silva 129
Esquiva Falcao 160.1 vs. Josue Obando 162.1
Arturo Marquez 147 vs. Stephen Bass 146.8
Venue: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
Looks like IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina on December 10 in Manchester, England.
— przemek garczarczyk (@garnekmedia) October 27, 2016
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