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Andy Ruiz 252 vs. Franklin Lawrence 219.6
Ray Beltran 136.2 vs. Miguel Mendoza 136.2
Danny Valdivia 153 vs. Gilberto Pereira 155.8
Arturo Marquez 146.4 vs. Curtis Waller 146.2
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Promoter: Top Rank
Unbeaten Puerto Rican featherweight prospect Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs) will face Mexican veteran Raúl Hiráles (22-5-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder on September 23 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. Kicking off the UniMas telecast, unbeaten welterweight prospect Julian ‘Hammer Hands’ Rodríguez (13-0, 10 KOs) from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, will collide with Brazil’s Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) in a 140lb eight round clash. Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera (7-0, 4 KOs) will also see action on the card. The card is promoted by Top Rank and All Star Boxing.
Is WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin under the weather? Rumors that GGG is ill have been denied by the Golovkin camp. “Absolutely no truth. He’s just in fight mode. He’s focused and ready to do what he’s got to do,” trainer Abel Sanchez told Sky Sports. Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn stated he “didn’t think Golovkin looked that great.”
One thing that is certain is late money is flowing in on Brook. This morning Golovkin was a -700 favorite at 5dimes. Now he is a -640 pick.
Former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (22-2-1, 9 KOs) struggled to a ten round split decision over journeyman Eusebio Osejo (28-18-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Gradovich was dropped in round two.
Today, September 9, is the deadline for enrollment in the WBC/VADA Clean Boxing Program. Any boxer who is not completely enrolled will not be eligible to compete in any WBC sanctioned bout and will be removed from the WBC ratings.
Photos: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions
Carlos Cuadras 114.8 vs. Chocolatito Gonzalez 114.6
(WBC super flyweight title)
Yoshihiro Kamegai 153.4 vs. Jesus Soto-Karass 154.4
Venue: Forum, Inglewood, California
Promoter: K2 Promotions
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten IBF junior welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-0, 22 KOs) scored a second round TKO over mandatory challenger Keita Obara (16-2-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Krylia Sovetov in Moscow, Russia. Troyanovsky knocked Obara through the ropes and completely out of the ring in round two, and then got a referee’s stoppage with a brutal follow-up barrage. Time was 1:35.
In other action, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and IBF #15 cruiserweight Rakhim Chakhkiev (26-2, 19 KOs) crushed Alejandro Emilio Valori (21-11, 15 KOs) in two rounds, and highly touted cruiserweight Alexey Papin (4-0, 3 KOs) stopped Jorge Oliveira Rodriguez (28-14, 14 KOs) in round one.
Photos: Lawrence Lustig, Matchroom Boxing
Gennady Golovkin 158.8 vs. Kell Brook 159.4
(WBC/IBF World middleweight title)
Lee Haskins 117 vs. Stuart Hall 116.5
(IBF bantamweight title)
John Riel Casimero 111 vs. Charlie Edwards 111
(IBF flyweight title)
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Promoter: Matchroom, K2
By Brett Bonetti
Photos courtesy Brett Bonetti
Undefeated Australian Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) faced the media in Perth Australia today, relieved after being cleared by the WBA of intentionally taking the banned substance clenbuterol following his heavyweight title win over Ruslan Chagaev in Chechnya on March 6 this year.
After Browne flew to Miami to meet with his lawyer Leon Margules, the WBA released its resolution and cleared Browne of any wrongdoing, saying with the random test just five days before the fight it is unlikely Browne intentionally or voluntarily ingested clenbuterol in a single small dose in the days leading up to the bout with Chagaev as the amount would not have gained any advantage, especially for the heavyweight division.
Browne will get a top five ranking and will now fight Puerto Rican Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) for the vacant WBA heavyweight title belt.
Browne admits it’s been battle to clear his name, and the last 6 months have made him “slightly pissed off”, and plans to take his frustrations out in the ring when he faces Oquendo. (more…)
Daniel Jacobs, Gennady Golovkin and Chocolatito Gonzalez are all heavy favorites to retain their world titles over the weekend. The world champion in most jeopardy according to the sportsbooks is IBF flyweight champion John Riel Casimero who is a narrow -140 favorite over eight-fight pro Charlie Edwards.
WBA “regular” middleweight championship
Daniel Jacobs is -3400 over Sergio Mora +1700
IBF lightweight championship (vacant)
Robert Easter Jr. is -750 over Richard Commey +525
IBF jr welterweight championship
Eduard Troyanovsky is -1500 over Keita Obara +700
WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight championship
Gennady Golovkin is -700 over Kell Brook +500
IBF flyweight championship
John Riel Casimero is -140 over Charlie Edwards +120
IBF bantamweight championship
Lee Haskins is -440 over Stuart Hall +350
WBC super flyweight championship
Chocolatito Gonzalez is -640 over Carlos Cuadras +470
Photo: Manny “Mitts” Murillo / Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
Emmanuel Robles 140 vs Steve Claggett 140
Rolando Garza 154 vs Neeco Macias 153.5
Jeremy Nichols 147 vs Steve Belmontes 150.5
Marina Ramirez 106 vs Rachel Sazoff 106
Randy Moreno 129 vs Gaige Ireland 129.5
Ismail Muwendo 135 vs Eliseo Cruz 135
Max Ornelas 118 vs Johnathan Quioroz 118
Venue: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
TV: CBS Sports Network
Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions
Daniel Jacobs 159.6 vs. Sergio Mora 159.3
(WBA middleweight title)
Robert Easter Jr 134.5 vs. Richard Commey 135
(IBF lightweight title)
Travis Kauffman 239 vs. Josh Gormley 240
Jorge Sebastian Heiland 161.3 vs. Angel Hernandez 165
Kermit Cintron 146.6 vs. Manny Woods 150.6
Frank De Alba 128.5 vs. Kiun Evans 125.9
Earl Newman 177 vs. Leo Hall 178.3
Christopher Brooker 166.9 vs. Elvin Ayala 170
Erik Spring 151.9 vs. Simon Henriksson 153.6
Miguel Martinez 153 vs. Nicholas Hernandez 153.7
Kashon Hutchinson 139.9 vs. Jordan Morales 139.6
Venue: Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Kings Promotions
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Former world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) and WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles press conference Thursday to announce their November 5 pay-per-view clash in Las Vegas.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced that Top Rank would be handling the pay-per-view distribution for the fight rather than a premium network. “Today is a historic moment because today we will take back boxing for the promotion, for the fighters,” said Arum. “Years ago in the 70s and 80s, Top Rank and other promoters distributed their own events on closed circuit and later pay-per-view. In the last 15, 20 years those events were distributed on premium networks at a charge to the fighters and promoters of 7.5% of the gross revenue. Well, that’s all changing now starting with this event on November 5. (more…)
Story & photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Tempers flared between main event combatants Danny Jacobs, 31-1, 28 KOs, Brooklyn, and Sergio Mora, Los Angeles, 28-4-2, Wednesday, during the final press conference at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Reading, PA. Or more accurately, Mora’s temper flared when Team Jacobs pushed his buttons. It was another good indication that their 12-round rematch for Jacobs’ WBA 160-pound title might pick up right where their exciting first bout left off.
Thirteen months ago, the same pair put on a brief thriller at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The roller coast of a title fight saw both men down in round one before Mora broke his ankle on another trip to the canvas in the second round. Much to the fans’ dismay, the fight was stopped just when it was really getting good.
On Friday night at the Santander Arena in downtown Reading, PA, the rivalry resumes atop a loaded fight card promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Reading-based Kings Boxing. The three main bouts will also be nationally televised live, on Spike TV as part of the PBC boxing series. (more…)
Photos: Lawrence Lustig / Matchroom Boxing
Boxing Superstar and unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (35-0, 32 KOs) and undefeated British boxing star and welterweight world champion “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-0, 25 KOs) held their final press conference today leading up to their highly anticipated international showdown at The O2 on Saturday, September 10 in London, England.
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin: “I’m very excited to be here. I want to thank my team, my managers and promoter. Thanks to the Jordan Brand and Jordan family and all my Kazakhstan partners. I feel great, I like London, it’s a beautiful city.
“I respect Kell Brook and his team, I know he understands for both of us, this is the biggest fight.
“He looks ready, I’m ready. This is a big gift for boxing fans. Not just in the UK but for all boxing fans.
“Kell Brook is a very good boxer and I respect him for taking this fight – he is more than ready. He is an undefeated champion and this will be the biggest fight of my career. He is coming up from welterweight so his speed will be a new test for me. (more…)
Tickets to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas world championship event on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are on sale now. Priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).
Two-time world super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz is moving to light heavyweight and will immediately challenge for the European title against reigning champion Mehdi Amar on November 12 at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. MDR will televise the fight live in Germany.
Robert Stieglitz: “This fight I want to win and bring the European light heavyweight title back to Germany. Plus, I still lack the European champion’s belt in my collection!”
SES promoter Ulf Steinforth: “It was a matter of honor that we bring this title fight to Magdeburg for Robert Stieglitz. With his great success and the great fights he has had, this title shot is more than deserved. I’m sure that Robert Stieglitz will win this belt with so much tradition and bring it back to Germany.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City will have the biggest fight of his career when he takes on pound-for-pound candidate WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles live on HBO. We spoke to Cuadras about his upcoming showdown with Chocolatito.
“I am grateful and I want to thank God, Mr. Honda of Teiken Promotions, and HBO for this opportunity to headline my second fight in the U.S. and HBO debut on a big stage at the Forum. This fight will open up lots of doors for me,” Cuadras told Fightnews.com®. “We are both undefeated and someone will lose.”
Cuadras began his training camp in Mexico and resumed training in Los Angeles with his strength coach Peter Park doing his roadwork in Griffith Park and training at the Maywood Gym in Maywood in preparation for Gonzalez. (more…)
Always exciting WBO #11, WBC #12 middleweight contender “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, participated in a Los Angeles media workout on Wednesday at City of Angels Boxing. Rosado will face former world title challenger Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) in the co-feature to Canelo-Smith on September 17 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
“I think Monroe is a decent fighter but I’m going to show that he is not on my level as far as experience,” said Rosado. “I think I’m a young veteran. I’ve beat top names and lost to top names but I’m bringing more to the table…originally I was supposed to fight Billy Joe Saunders in a world title fight on this card. I was very excited. Fernando (Vargas) and I started camp right away. Things, for whatever reason, went south with that fight and Golden Boy gave me options on who to fight I next. Once we changed the opponent, we got focused on someone else.”
WBO #9 Featherweight Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo says he wants to fight WBO World Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, who is undefeated with 18 KO wins out of 20, hopefully in the near future. Equally undefeated and considered one of the most promising Filipino young fighters in his division, Magsayo will once again take his skills to the ring and defend his WBO International title on September 24.
Coming off from a spectacular win against former world challenger Chris “The Hitman” Avalos last April under the Donaire-Bedak fight, Magsayo added the more experienced fighter to his list of KO victories and once again showed boxing fans around the world he has what it takes to bring his career a notch higher. (more…)
WBC #1 middleweight Jorge Sebastian Heiland (27-4-2, 14 KOs) of Argentina will face TBA on Friday’s Jacobs-Mora II off-TV undercard at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. It will be Heiland’s U.S. debut.
Also seeing action on the off-TV portion of the card is former world champion Kermit Cintron (37-5-2, 28 KOs) against Manny Woods (15-5-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round welterweight fight, junior lightweight Frank DeAlba (19-2-2, 8 KOs) taking on Kiun Evans (12-2-1, 6 KOs) in an eight round bout and unbeaten light heavyweight Earl Newman (9-0, 7 KOs) against Leo Hall (8-1, 7 KOs).
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Senator and 8-Time Division champion Manny Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles for his Press Conference to announce his welterweight bout against Jessie Vargas which will be held November 5, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photos: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions
WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0, 38 KOs) and WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0, 27 KOs) held a ‘media day’ at the Wild Card West ahead of their world title main event on Saturday at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.
Also on hard were junior middleweight brawlers Jesus Soto Karass and Yoshihiro Kamegai, who meet Saturday in a much anticipated rematch. Both bouts will be televised live on HBO.
By Oscar de la Hoya
I’m sad to hear of the passing today of legendary boxer Bobby ‘Schoolboy’ Chacon. Bobby was one of the best fighters to emerge on the scene in boxing the 1970s. Hailing from Southern California, Bobby was someone I looked up to as a young fighter growing up in East Los Angeles. Bobby had the natural talent, good looks, personality and power to be a memorable fighter in the ring that attracted crowds. (more…)
There has been some second-guessing regarding the World Boxing Association Championships Committee’s refusal to sanction the September 10 bout at London’s O2 Arena between WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 23 KOs), the knockout artist from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KOs), the exemplary boxer-puncher from x, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
The disparity in weight between the combatants was initially thought to be the deciding factor in deciding to not sanction the fight, but according to WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, weight was a secondary concern. (more…)
WBA super middleweight champion Felix Sturm is facing a hefty fine or even a three year prison term for failing a doping test after his February 20 win over Fedor Chudinov. According to German media, authorities are looking into whether Sturm violated a German law enacted in December making doping a criminal offense. Sturm, who has denied taking illegal substances, has left his gym in Cologne and moved with his family to Bosnia. His title status is still pending.
WBA #6 rated heavyweight Shannon Briggs will not be facing David Haye anytime soon. Briggs fought on Hayes’ undercard in May, supposedly with the understanding that they would meet in September. That fight never materialized and Briggs is moving on. Briggs posted on Instagram that he’s returning in December.
Former multi-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and his team are scheduled to land tonight at LAX International’s Tom Bradley Terminal aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
A press conference was held Tuesday at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal to unveil the 2016-2017 season of Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM). “This season, we will present from 10 to 12 galas in Quebec and some of our boxers are also likely to be in action outside the country on Premier Boxing Champions events,” said Michel. “We talk about 5 shows at the Montréal Casino, 2 at the Casino du Lac Leamy, 3 to 4 galas with Gestev at the Videotron Centre of Quebec City and the probability to make others events in Montreal, at venues such as the Bell Centre. By 2019, we will produce 18 events in Casinos (Montreal and Lac Leamy).” The first will take place on October 20 at the Montreal Casino.
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya was asked “What do you tell boxing fans that wanted to see Canelo-GGG instead of Canelo-Smith?”
Here is the Golden Boy’s response:
“Well, first of all, Canelo takes every fight seriously and never looks past anyone. Liam Smith is an undefeated fighter, the WBO Junior Middleweight Champion of the world, has knocked out his last eight opponents and comes from an outstanding boxing family. As of today, Canelo is a 154lb fighter. He only fought for a middleweight championship because fans wanted a fight with Miguel Cotto, and Canelo delivered by winning that fight convincingly.
“I have been clear that Canelo will fight Golovkin at 160 pounds and we have a verbal agreement to do it in the fall of 2017. But in the meantime, Canelo is going to build up to being a true middleweight. The plan is to face Smith – a big, bruising 154-pounder – in September, and if Canelo emerges victorious, to start making his way up to 160 pounds and fight Golovkin on equal turf (in terms of weight). (more…)
Jones Jr. has a message for the boxing world … I AIN’T DONE JUST YET!! Less than a month after tearing his right bicep fighting Rodney Moore — and saying the injury may end his career — Jones Jr. tells TMZ Sports he feels great and is eyeing a return to the ring. “I’m doing much better. My arm feels good.”
In fact, Roy felt good enough to catch some big fish in Pensacola, Florida this weekend (Roy says he caught a shark) … albeit while rockin’ a big arm brace.
So, when does 47-year-old RJJ anticipate a return to the squared circle? “As early as December. Possibly January.”
Eric Gomez, longtime executive at Golden Boy Promotions, has been promoted to President of the organization, Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya announced today. Gomez has spent his entire professional career in boxing, first working with De La Hoya as a fighter before going on to become a renowned matchmaker at Golden Boy Promotions and later Senior Vice President overseeing all elements of the company.
“Eric has been a trusted adviser, confidante and friend throughout my career both as a fighter and a promoter,” De La Hoya said. “From close relationships with our fighters, to sharp insight into the business of the sport, to an ability to manage a growing team of professionals, there is no one in the sport who has a better or broader view of boxing.”
Effective immediately, Gomez will begin overseeing day-to-day functions of all boxing-related aspects of Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former two-division world champion “Schoolboy” Bobby Chacon, from Pacoima, California, has passed away at the age of 64. Details were sparse at first, but according to the Los Angeles Times Chacon fell and struck his head in a Hemet care facility early Wednesday morning and succumbed to his injuries. Chacon was the toast of Los Angeles boxing in the late 70s and early 80s, winning world titles in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions. He regularly packed Southern California boxing venues as he waged war against the likes of Ruben Olivares, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Rafael “Bazooka” Limon, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Chucho Castillo, Alexis Arguello and many more. He ended with a career mark of 59-7-1, 47 KOs.
“Bobby Chacon was one of my all time favorite fighters,” legendary Southern California boxing publicist Bill Caplan told Fightnews.com®. “I started with him when he was an amateur in a Diamond Belt tournament at the Olympic Auditorium. He was a freshman at Cal State Northridge and I gave him the name ‘Schoolboy’ Bobby Chacon. Bobby had great boxing skills and could have survived very nicely on defense but he chose to go to war every time he fought. Entertaining the fans and winning was his warrior’s mantra. I will always love and remember Bobby.”
CES Boxing returns to Twin River Casino next Friday to showcase its own young talent. “The Future Is Now,” scheduled for September 16th. The names are Jamaine Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs), a decorated junior welterweight from Worcester, Mass., who competed at the Olympic Trials in December; fellow Worcester natives Kendrick Ball Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) and Irvin Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs); junior welterweight Adrian Sosa (1-0, 1 KO) from Lawrence, Mass.; and New London, Conn., welterweight Cristobal Marrero (1-0, 1 KO).
“The names and faces you see on the 16th will be household names before you know it,” CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said. “Years from now, when Ortiz, Ball Jr., Marrero and others are headlining major events in fight capitals across the world, we’ll remember these nights when they all starred on the same fight card, all working their way to the top of their respective weight divisions. (more…)
Stuart Hall has vowed to gain the sweetest revenge on Lee Haskins when the pair clash for Haskins’ IBF World Bantamweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. Hall is gunning to regain the title he won in 2013 and says that this shot represents his last chance to top the world. Hall and Haskins met back in 2012 for the European title, with the Bristolian edging the fight on points, and he defends the IBF belt for the second time having been elevated for full champion when Randy Caballero failed to make the weight.
The pair clashed in their head-to-head at today’s press conference and the Darlington star says Haskins doesn’t deserve to be World champion and he’ll end his reign in London.
“This is it for me,” said Hall. “Haskins thinks I’m over the hill and some old man but I can’t wait to prove him wrong. This fight means absolutely everything to me and no way am I letting that ‘Playboy’ get in the way of my dreams. (more…)
Lee Haskins has told Stuart Hall that he’ll KO him in six rounds when they clash for his IBF bantamweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday night. Haskins and Hall clashed at a fiery press conference in London today, having already locked horns at Sky Sports’ studios last week. Hall believes Haskins is not a true champion after he was elevated from interim to full IBF ruler when Randy Caballero failed to make the weight for their proposed clash in Las Vegas in November.
Haskins defended the belt for the first time in May with a wide points win over Ivan Morals in Cardiff, setting up a rematch with Hall who defeated Rodrigo Guerrero a month earlier in a final eliminator in Leeds.
Haskins holds a win over Hall back in July 2012 when they met for the European title and their bitter rivalry was born. Haskins has laughed off Hall’s attempts to rile him by saying he was gifted the strap he defends – and Haskins told Hall in no uncertain terms that he would stop him before the halfway point. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua is set for his next challenge as he will take on undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles live on HBO. We spoke to Chocolatito about his upcoming showdown with Cuadras. “We are both undefeated and champions, but coming into this fight I am the challenger looking to get that title,” Chocolatito told Fightnews.com. “The preparation was good, it was solid. Now I am just waiting for Saturday to come. It will be a great fight. I am good with the weight. I feel strong, there was no trouble making weight. You’ll see on fight night!”
Chocolatito comes into this fight as the challenger as he will be moving up in weight to face Cuadras. “His style his hit and run,” stated Gonzalez. “He moves well around the ring but running around the ring does not win you fights. A fighter wins by pressuring and landing punches but I plan on doing my job.”
Chocolatito stated he is happy to escape the shadow of undefeated middleweight superstar Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. “I feel happy that I am alone now headlining a card on HBO without Golovkin. The last three fights on HBO I have shared with Golovkin but now I am the main event,” he said. (more…)
As announced by Fightnews.com last week, Lucas Browne will be back in action soon following a suspension for a failed drug test following his title victory over Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia on March 5 this year. In a document released on Tuesday (September 6), the WBA stated that Browne will be reinstated in its top five rankings and has ordered that he face leading contender Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA heavyweight title within 120 days. Due to the nature of Browne’s case, Browne’s promoter Hatton Promotions has not been in a position to make clear statements about his future. However, the WBA resolution now means it’s back to business as usual and Ricky Hatton is looking forward to setting up Lucas’s shot at the vacant title.
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