Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

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Aftermath of WBO 118lb weigh-in controversy

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ShoBox Weights from Detroit

Weights recorded by Brad Snyder/The Undercard
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Claressa Shields 159.4 vs. Silvia Szabados 158
Antonio Nieves 116.4 vs. Nikolay Potapov 117.6
Wesley Tucker 147 vs. Ed Williams 146.2
James Gordon Smith 116.8 vs. Joshua Greer Jr. 116.8
Ja’Rico O’Quinn 116.6 vs. Szilveszter Kanalas 118
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 144.8 vs. Gilbert Venegas Weigh In Later
Larry Ventus 146 vs. Darryol Humphery 149.4
Marcus Carter 259.8 vs. Henry Wright 211.6

Venue: MGM Grand Detroit
Promoter: Salita Promotions
TV: Showtime

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Weights recorded by Brad Snyder/The Undercard Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime Claressa Shields 159.4 vs. Silvia Szabados 158 Antonio Nieves 116.4 vs. …


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Nico Hernandez to make pro debut

Rising junior middleweight prospect Neeco “Rooster” Macias (14-0, 8 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line March 25 against Mexican veteran Cesar Soriano (26-34-1, 16 KOs) in an eight-round bout on CBS Sports Network from Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. Headlining the card will be the professional debut of hometown hero Nico Hernandez, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, who faces flyweight Patrick Gutierrez (0-2) in the six-round main event. The card is presented by KO Night Boxing LLC.

Rising junior middleweight prospect Neeco “Rooster” Macias (14-0, 8 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line March 25 …



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Schaefer, Sauerland announce $50 million “World Boxing Super Series”

Promoters Richard Schaefer and Kalle Sauerland have announced the World Boxing Super Series, a bracket-style elimination boxing tournament with a total of $50 million in prize money. The winner will receive what they call the “greatest prize in boxing – the Muhammad Ali Trophy.” The tournament will be organised by newly-founded Comosa AG, a Swiss-registered company with principal owners from the world of marketing (Highlight Event & Entertainment), broadcasting (Modern Times Group) and boxing (Team Sauerland).

“The World Boxing Super Series will change the world of boxing,” said Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa’s Head of Management Board. “The tournament will set new standards, ensure coherent storylines and provide top-class boxing throughout the year. It is Comosa’s ambition to turn the World Boxing Super Series into the world’s biggest and best boxing tournament.”

Photo: World Boxing Super Series / Simon Lewis

The tournament, the first of its kind, will kick off in September 2017. It will be taking place on an annual basis. The inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series will feature two weight classes, 16 fighters and a total of 14 main events. In each weight class, eight boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and one final. This makes for seven fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in season 1 to be staged in premier venues around the globe. An expert panel will invite the world’s best boxers, namely the top 15-ranked fighters of the four big federations WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO. (more…)

Promoters Richard Schaefer and Kalle Sauerland have announced the World Boxing Super Series, a bracket-style elimination boxing tournament with a …


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Golovkin says he’s ready for Jacobs

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, his trainer Abel Sanchez, and Tom Loeffler, the Managing Director of K2 Promotions, spoke to reporters about Golovkin’s March 18 PPV showdown with Daniel Jacobs at Madison Square Garden.

GENNADY GOLOVKIN: I feel great and training camp has been great. I’m ready for March 18th to fight Danny Jacobs, he’s my biggest test.

ABEL SANCHEZ: Camp has been going great and I would like to thank all of the people for coming to the fight. We are looking to start the year off great with Gennady and hopefully fight three or four times in the year. We have had very good sparring – with David Benavidez and John Jackson. We have had no issues and hopefully everything goes good and we have a great fight on the March 18th. (more…)

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, his trainer Abel Sanchez, and Tom Loeffler, the Managing Director of K2 Promotions, spoke to …




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Puerto Rico vs. the World in Orlando

On Friday, March 24, NelSons Promotions will present “Puerto Rico vs the World” at the Orlando Live Events (OLE) in Orlando, Florida. The card will feature power-punching unbeaten welterweight Miguel Cruz (14-0, 11 KOs) in the eight-round main event. In the co-feature, former world champion Cesar “Junito” Seda (26-3, 17 KOs) makes his return after a short period of inactivity. Also scheduled are 14-2 super featherweight Dennis Galarza and 10-1 welterweight Sammy Figueroa.

Tickets start at $30. Call 321.662.9464/407-259-8809 or online at eventbrite.com.

On Friday, March 24, NelSons Promotions will present “Puerto Rico vs the World” at the Orlando Live Events (OLE) in …


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Conwell to make pro debut April 21

2016 US Olympian Charles Conwell is the newest member of Holden Productions’ Four State Franchise. A recent signee of Holden Productions and DiBella Entertainment, the Cleveland, OH native was a middleweight in the amateurs and has his sights set on working his way down to the welterweight division in the paid ranks. Holden Productions regularly stages boxing cards at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, in front of standing room only crowds. Conwell’s pro debut is scheduled for April 21 at the Buffalo Run, where he’ll face TBA in a four round middleweight contest.

2016 US Olympian Charles Conwell is the newest member of Holden Productions’ Four State Franchise. A recent signee of Holden …


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Shields-Szabados quotes and photos

By Brad Snyder; The Undercard
Photos: Bob Ryder

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (1-0) will be facing Szilvia Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs) for the NABF Middleweight Championship on SHOBOX: The Next Generation March 4th, 10 pm EST on the Showtime network. The two women boxers gave their final comments at the press conference at MGM Grand Detroit, Wednesday.

Claressa Shields
“Her (Szabados) having 124 professional rounds means nothing to me. (Towards Szabados) I’m not going to let you beat me in front of my family. You know what I’m saying? I am not going to let you beat me in front of my nephews, cousins, and my dad. I just don’t roll like that.”

Szilvia Szabados
“I am ready to fight. I think everybody has a way, sometimes more. And I am glad to choose this way with boxing.” (more…)

By Brad Snyder; The Undercard Photos: Bob Ryder Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (1-0) will be facing Szilvia Szabados …


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Michael Conlan Media Day

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Two-time Irish Olympian super bantamweight Michael Conlan of Belfast, Ireland held a media workout Wednesday afternoon at the Wild Card West Gym in Santa Monica, California. Conlin makes his debut in one week as he will step into the ring to take on Tim Ibarra (4-4) on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York as he will headline the Solo Boxeo on UniMas telecast.

Here is what Conlin had to say

“I can’t wait it’s going to be a special night and there is so much hype around it. I am really excited about this,” Michael Conlan told Fightnews.com “I am fighting Tim Ibarra he is 4-4 and very tough, he is not a push over this is an opportunity for him so he will be ready,”

“It’s the biggest national holiday in Ireland so you can say there is added pressure,” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Two-time Irish Olympian super bantamweight Michael Conlan of Belfast, Ireland held …



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Parker vs. Fury set for May 6 in NZ

WBO World Heavyweight mandatory title challenger Hughie Fury will face the champion Joe Parker in Auckland, New Zealand, at the Vector Arena on Saturday 6th May, it was confirmed last night.

Undefeated Fury, from Manchester, will travel to the other side of the world as he looks to cause a massive upset against the similarly unbeaten and big-hitting Parker who is a superstar in his native homeland.

Fury aims to emulate cousin Tyson’s amazing feat of ending the reign of then division king Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 when he travelled to Germany and tore all the belts from the seemingly invincible Ukrainian. (more…)

WBO World Heavyweight mandatory title challenger Hughie Fury will face the champion Joe Parker in Auckland, New Zealand, at the …


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More Fitz fights announced

Unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (14-0, 11 KOs) will take on Brazil’s Jackson Junior (20-7, 18 KOs) while unbeaten welterweight Jamontay Clark (10-0, 6 KOs)meets Japan’s Gaku Takahashi (15-6-1, 7 KOs) in a pair of eight round bouts featured on Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 & BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, March 14.

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from the Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi and is headlined by rising middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko battling unbeaten Kemahl Russell in a 10-round bout.

Unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (14-0, 11 KOs) will take on Brazil’s Jackson Junior (20-7, 18 KOs) while unbeaten …


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Giacon-Tlatlik card cancelled

By Marco Bratusch

UPDATE: Spanish promoter World Factory Events clears up via official release that this afternoon boxer Luca Giacon has been considered unfit to boxe by the medical commission of the Spanish boxing federation (FEB). Giacon, who suffered a detached retina which was surgically treated last year, has recently passed a couple of medical examinations successfully, one of those conducted in Madrid, Spain, and was considered able to boxe by the Italian boxing federation’s medical commission that granted the boxer’s license.

According to Italian sources, the full boxing show scheduled to take place on next Friday in Fuenlabrada, Madrid, featuring Luca Giacon vs. Robert Tlatlik for the vacant IBF International super lightweight title as main even has been canceled. The reasons of the last-minute cancellation still result unclear at the moment, although it is said that issues emerged between the involved promoters and the local federation. However, no official statements have been released so far by all parties. More details will be brought to light as soon as possible.

By Marco Bratusch UPDATE: Spanish promoter World Factory Events clears up via official release that this afternoon boxer Luca Giacon …


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Lou Duva passes at age 94

Legendary Hall of Fame boxing manager and trainer Lou Duva, the patriarch of one of the most influential families in the sport, passed away today at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. He was 94. He died of natural causes, according to his son Dino Duva. A fiery and charismatic character, Lou Duva’s career spanned seven decades in the corners of boxing champions.

Duva handled the careers of 19 world champions, and most notably trained heavyweight titlist Evander Holyfield, and welterweight kingpins Pernell Whitaker and Meldrick Taylor – all U.S.A. Olympic medalists – just to name a few. Duva’s first world champion was middleweight Joey Giardiello, who won the title in 1963. (more…)

Legendary Hall of Fame boxing manager and trainer Lou Duva, the patriarch of one of the most influential families in …



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Culcay plans to derail Andrade’s World title assault

Photo: Team Sauerland

Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) plans to “derail” Demetrius Andrade’s (23-0, 16 KOs) World title assault when the pair meet for the WBA World Super Welterweight Championship on Saturday, March 11 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Culcay, the defending champion from Germany, and Andrade, the undefeated American challenger, exchanged words today as they came face-to-face for the first time at the press conference in Ludwigshafen.

‘’I would like to thank my team for getting me in great shape for this fight,’’ said former WBO World Champion Andrade.

‘’On Saturday, you’re going to see the A-train at full speed steam rolling Jack Culcay. I beat him as an amateur, and now, I’m going to beat him as a pro. This ain’t going to be a three-rounder with training gloves on. I’m going to give Jack a reality check right on his chin!’’ (more…)

Photo: Team Sauerland Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) plans to “derail” Demetrius Andrade’s (23-0, 16 KOs) World title assault when …


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Giacon-Tlatlik to fight on Friday in Madrid

By Marco Bratusch

After experiencing a complicated 2016 through back-to-back physical issues, the 28-year-old boxer and former WBC Silver title holder Luca Giacon (28-1, 24 KOs) looks now ready to bring his career back on track. The Italian-Spanish junior welterweight is training hard at Bernardo Checa gym near Malaga, in south Spain, and will be fighting on next Friday, March 10 in Madrid as main event of a Mario Di Giosa’s World Factory Events card in collaboration with OPI Since ’82 at Pabellòn Fernardo Martìn in Fuenlabrada, in Madrid area. Giacon’s opponent will be the undefeated Polish, resident in Germany Robert Tlatlik (19-0, 13 KOs) for a 12-rounder bout for the vacant IBF International title.

This will be Giacon’s – a former European title contender – second fight in a two-year span, that’s why his handlers picked up a reliable opponent in order to obtain a strong comeback in rankings for Giacon in case of victory. As main support, Kelvin Dotel (11-3, 5 KOs) and veteran Ignagio Mendoza (41-12-3, 25 KOs) will battle for the vacant Spanish junoir welterweight title, and prospect Jonathan Alonso (12-0, 4 KOs), managed by Lou DiBella, will be also on the card in a 8-rounder scheduled in the same weight division.

The organizers confirm that boxing icon and former undisputerd middleweight champion Marvin “Marvelous” Hagler will be attending the boxing event at ringside.

By Marco Bratusch After experiencing a complicated 2016 through back-to-back physical issues, the 28-year-old boxer and former WBC Silver title …


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Andrade-Culcay final press conference

Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) is set to defend his WBA World Super Welterweight title against former WBO World Champion Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Andrade holds a win over Culcay at the 2007 amateur championships. Here’s what they had to say at the final press conference:

Demetrius Andrade: “My team has put me in a great shape. On Saturday, the A-Train speeds through Germany and will run over Jack Culcay…this is not a three rounder with cotton balls being thrown. On Saturday Jack will feel the hard professional reality on the chin.”

Jack Culcay: “I’ve been waiting for this chance for almost ten years. A win for me will open all the doors and that keeps me motivated…it’s probably worth a visit to the sportbook for me. I’m going to throw the ‘D Train’ Andrade off the tracks and upgrade my purse!”

Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) is set to defend his WBA World Super Welterweight title against former WBO World Champion …


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Moreno makes Telemundo debut Friday

Boxeo Telemundo Ford returns to the Carpa Astros in Mexico City for the second consecutive week. The main event will be another “Mexican Civil War” featuring Patricio “El Picudo” Moreno (19-2, 14 KOs) of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, challenging defending beltholder Mauricio “Ave Fenix” Pintor of Mexico City.

The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with Pintor’s WBC Latin welterweight title at stake. Moreno enters the fight as the visiting underdog but is confident he can get the win. (more…)

Boxeo Telemundo Ford returns to the Carpa Astros in Mexico City for the second consecutive week. The main event will …



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Top Rank PPV Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Undefeated WBO world champions featherweight Óscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, Mazatlan, Mexico’s super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs), and super bantamweight champ Jessie Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) of Las Vegas held an L.A. press conference Tuesday morning at the Manhattan Beach, Marriott to officially announce their upcoming title defenses taking place Saturday April 22, at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on Pay Per View. Also present at the press conference was 2016 U.S Olympic Silver medalist Shakur Stevenson of New Jersey.

Opening up the press conference was Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

“The fighters we will be showcasing on April 22nd are the brightest of Stars,” Arum said. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Undefeated WBO world champions featherweight Óscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), from …


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Burgin and Sparrow face off for Philly bragging rights

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

It’s not every day that two Philly fighters opt to face each other in the ring. Crosstown rivalries and bouts pitting local talent against each other were once a rite of passage for rising boxers in Philadelphia. This ritual began way back at the beginning and steadily continued through every decade through the 1980s. After that however, Philly vs. Philly fights began to seriously thin out, and these days, rarely ever happen.

On Friday night, local boxing fans will get a taste of one of these uncommon treats when Philadelphians Anthony Burgin (Kensington), 10-2, 2 KOs, and Avery Sparrow (North Philly), 5-1, 3 KOs, face off in the 8-round main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.

The fight tops an 11-bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing, BAM Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions, and Raging Babe. The show, named “Proving Grounds” by the promoters, is stacked with local young talent, mostly against out of town competition, but the feature bout is one of those good old fashioned Philly vs. Philly matchups. (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com It’s not every day that two Philly …


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Caferro-Zeigler headlines Billings, Montana card March 25th

By Ricardo Ibarra

On Saturday, March 25th some of Montana’s best young fighters will be in action at the Shrine Auditorium in Billings, Montana as the fledgling Silver Wolf Fight Promotions stage their first card of the year, featuring a full line-up of both pro and amateur bouts. In the main event, Helena, Montana’s Duran Caferro, Jr. (15-1, 11 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in seven months, taking on Cheyenne Ziegler (3-12, 2 KOs), of Lower Brule, South Dakota. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra On Saturday, March 25th some of Montana’s best young fighters will be in action at the Shrine …


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Middleweights Johnson, Coley Clash at Battle at the Boat 110

Battle at the Boat, the longest-running tribal boxing series in the United States, returns to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. for its 110th installment on Saturday, March 18. Rising middleweight stars Dashon Johnson (22-20-3, 7 KOs) and Aaron Coley (13-1-1, 6 KOs) will headline the card with a 10-round main event. (more…)

Battle at the Boat, the longest-running tribal boxing series in the United States, returns to the Emerald Queen Casino in …


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Arum says Pacqiuao-Khan in UAE is dead

By David Finger

Well, it looks like Bob Arum won’t be booking any plane tickets for Dubai after all.

In a development that few in the sport would consider surprising, Bob Arum officially nixed the potentially fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates after the money failed to materialize. The lack of money was enough to prompt Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to describe the deal as “dead” in an interview with ESPN.

“It’s kaddish for the UAE deal,” Arum told ESPN earlier today (Tuesday). “It’s dead. I’m talking to him about another proposal for another fight, not Khan. Khan won’t be Manny’s next opponent.” (more…)

By David Finger Well, it looks like Bob Arum won’t be booking any plane tickets for Dubai after all. In …


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Pintor-Moreno this Friday on Telemundo

Boxeo Telemundo Ford will continue its spring season this Friday, March 10 from Carpa Astros in Mexico City with another “Mexican Civil War.”

In the main event WBC Latin Welterweight Champion Mauricio “Ave Fenix” Pintor of Mexico City will defend his title against Patricio “El Picudo” Moreno of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds. Pintor, nephew of the legendary Lupe Pintor brings a record of 20 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw and 13 KOs. Moreno a southpaw on the other hand has credentials of 19 wins, 2 loss and 14 KOs. (more…)

Boxeo Telemundo Ford will continue its spring season this Friday, March 10 from Carpa Astros in Mexico City with another …


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Lemieux: I want to take his head off

Former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) hosted a media workout at Sherbatov MMA in Laval, Quebec, the same week he departs for Verona, NY for his HBO showdown with Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) on Saturday at Turning Stone Resort Casino. Lemieux was joined his trainer Marc Ramsay at today’s media workout and spoke onsite about his matchup with Stevens and his training leading up to the mega event for the middleweight titles.

Photo: Vincent Ethier / Eye of the Tiger Management

David Lemieux: “The last time that my opponent spoke so much and I so disliked him, I believe it was Delray Raines. I broke three of his ribs and his nose. It didn’t end up very well for him…I couldn’t be more prepared for a fight. I have one objective in mind: I want to take his head off. (more…)

Former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) hosted a media workout at Sherbatov MMA in Laval, Quebec, …


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Reynoso-Valenzuela clash April 1

On Saturday, April 1, at the Arena Jalisco in Guadalajara, México, promoters Eddie Reynoso of Clase y Talento, and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing will team up to present a night of world-class boxing, televised live on TyC Sports of Argentina.

As part of TyC’s ongoing 25th anniversary celebration of boxing shows, this exciting event will feature a 10-round battle for the WBC Silver Latino Super Bantamweight Championship between Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Roman Ruben Reynoso (19-1-2, 8 KOs) and Sonora, Mexico’s Christian “Molacho” Valenzuela (13-0-1, 8 KOs).

Reynoso has left his native Argentina just twice in his career, but on one of those occasions, fought to a split draw with well-regarded prospect Adam Lopez on ShoBox: The New Generation in July 2016.

In the chief supporting bout, Argentinean 2016 Summer Olympian Alberto Palmetta will go for his third consecutive victory as a professional against Mexico City’s Luis Montelongo (4-1).

On Saturday, April 1, at the Arena Jalisco in Guadalajara, México, promoters Eddie Reynoso of Clase y Talento, and Sampson …


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Davis-Walsh set for May 20th clash

Baltimore’s Gervonta Davis (17-, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his IBF Super-Featherweight crown against undefeated Cromer hero Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KOs) at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday 20th May, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

“I always wanted to come to the UK and fight,” said Davis. “Many of my fans are based there, so I’m just excited that they will be able to come see me fight in their own backyard.

“Liam Walsh is a tough contender, and I’m hoping he brings it. I will be well prepared for whatever he does, and believe me when I say that I will put on a great show. (more…)

Baltimore’s Gervonta Davis (17-, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his IBF Super-Featherweight crown against undefeated Cromer hero …


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Many activities to remember Gilberto Mendoza in March

By Gabriel F. Cordero


This month will mark one year since the passing of Gilberto Mendoza, the long time president of the World Boxing Association. There is been an extensive agenda to commemorate the memory of this important and appreciated leader of world boxing in Venezuela, Panama and other countries. Among the activities are the celebration of amateur and professional boxing in 20 states of Venezuela from March 6 to 10. On March 11th, the day Mendoza passed, there will be a public Mass in honor of Mendoza folowed by a pro card which will be attended many great Venezuelan boxing figures.

Panama will also pay homage to Mendoza with a mass at the San Francisco de Asís Church in Panama City on March 14.

Mendoza died last year in Venezuela after a tough battle with cancer. He was one of the most influential figures in Latin American sports and his legacy from KO to Drugs events and his contribution to modern boxing rules will always be remembered.

By Gabriel F. Cordero This month will mark one year since the passing of Gilberto Mendoza, the long time president …


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Fukuhara sets sights on Takayama in WBO unification clash

By David Finger

Anyone who saw Tatsuya Fukuhara’s gritty twelve round split decision victory over Moises Calleros February 26 would be forgiven if they assumed that the toughest part of being a world champion was now behind him. After all, his fight with Calleros was a fight of the year candidate and one of the grittiest brawls in recent memory. It was made all the more memorable considering it came in Fukuhara’s backyard, a city that had suffered one of the worst natural disasters in recent history when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the city of Kumamoto. Fukuhara (19-4-6, 7 KOs) won the interim WBO mini flyweight and passed what was undoubtedly his toughest test to date. But for Fukuhara, it’s not about to get any easier.

Photo: David Finger

He is now mandated to fight the WBO mini flyweight champion in recess: the cagy 33-year old Katsunari Takayama (31-8, 12 KOs). (more…)

By David Finger Anyone who saw Tatsuya Fukuhara’s gritty twelve round split decision victory over Moises Calleros February 26 would …


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Nery-Martinez clash in WBC eliminator + Estrada returns

Two big fights this coming Saturday at the Mexico City Arena. WBC silver bantamweight champion Luis “Pantera” Nery fights Colombian Jesus Martinez in an elimination bout, with the winner marching on to contest the bantamweight title firmly held by Japan`s Shinsuke Yamanaka.

On that same card, former WBA/WBO unified flyweight world champion and currently #3 WBC ranked Juan Francisco ‘Gallo’ Estrada faces Colombian Anuar Salas.

Two big fights this coming Saturday at the Mexico City Arena. WBC silver bantamweight champion Luis “Pantera” Nery fights Colombian …


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TGB wins Dirrell-Smith purse bid, fight likely U.S. bound

The World Boxing Council announced that TGB Promotions won the purse bid to present Anthony Dirrell Vs. Callum Smith for the WBC super middleweight title.

TGB Promotions, after winning the purse bid with $ 1.6 million dollars, will promote the fight which probably will take place in the United States. Smith (22-0, 17 KOs), #1 super middleweight contender and second-placed Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs) will clash for the belt vacated by Badou Jack last month.

Dirrell comes from defeating Norbert Nemesapati of Hungary (25-5, 18 KOs), who he KO`d in six rounds. While Smith, a Liverpudlian, knocked out compatriot Luke Blackledge (22-3-2, 7 KOs) in the tenth round at Manchester, England.

The World Boxing Council announced that TGB Promotions won the purse bid to present Anthony Dirrell Vs. Callum Smith for …


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The 12th Round: The Mandatory Contender

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman son

What a wonderful week for boxing and for the WBC it was. Shinsuke Yamanaka defended for the 12th time his WBC bantamweight title in Japan with an impressive 7th round TKO, Mexican “Churritos” Hernandez traveled to Thailand and won the vacant WBC flyweight title via 3rd rd TKO, WBC Cruiserweight champion, Tony Bellew Knocked out David Haye in a heavyweight fight, Heather Hardy defended her WBC Intl title representing women at a major event, Lubin became a mandatory contender in SuperWelter by knocking out Cota and Keith Thurman unified the welterweight division with a Split Decision win over Danny Garcia.

I was in New York and enjoyed a wonderful weekend of activities. I had a very good positive conversation with Angel Garcia, I saw several interesting things that the New York Commission is doing, including the procedure in which the referee does not have to collect the judges scoring card as it is done by the commission staff and the ref may rest and pay 100% attention to both fighters; I witnessed the traditional Meca of Boxing be alive! The Barclays Center is getting to be the new Meca of Boxing, great cards, great organization, safe, entertaining and the crowd was simply phenomenal. Over 16 thousand fans were at Barclays. The fight was aired on free television CBS, which is one the greatest things that has happened to boxing in USA as millions of fans tune in to watch great fights.

The WBC has been a supporter of the PBC series since its beginning because boxing belongs to the fans and bringing these fights to the fans on free television is huge! (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman son What a wonderful week for boxing and for the WBC it …


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Malignaggi announces retirement

Making it official. Thank you, boxing. pic.twitter.com/IrQqHsOtFc — Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) March 6, 2017


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Thurman-Garcia highest grossing Barclays event ever outside NBA

Saturday’s highly anticipated showdown between Keith “One Time” Thurman and Danny “Swift” Garcia ranked as the highest-grossing non-NBA sporting event in Barclays Center history. The event also set a record for boxing attendance at Barclays Center with 16,533.

This live broadcast on CBS, placed CBS as the #1 network in prime time on Saturday night, according to Nielsen overnight ratings.

Saturday’s highly anticipated showdown between Keith “One Time” Thurman and Danny “Swift” Garcia ranked as the highest-grossing non-NBA sporting event …


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Valdez, Ramirez, Magdaleno to headline an April 22 PPV at StubHub Center

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) world champions Oscar Valdez, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Jessie Magdaleno will all be defending their titles on an April 22 PPV at StubHub Center in Carson, California. The card will be officially announced at a press conference brunch tomorrow in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Joining the world champions will be U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) will be making the second defense of his WBO featherweight title against #1 contender Miguel Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs); Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) will be making his first defense of the WBO super middleweight title against Maksim Bursak (33-4-1, 15 KOs); Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs) will be making the first defense of his WBO junior featherweight title against Adeilson Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KOs); and Stevenson, the crown jewel of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, will be making his eagerly-awaited professional debut in a four-round featherweight bout.

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) world champions Oscar Valdez, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Jessie Magdaleno will all be defending their …


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Mendez to face Aguilar March 11

Lightweight Manuel Mendez, fresh off his first round, one-punch knockout victory over Vitor Freitas on SHOWTIME in November, returns to the ring as the main attraction of “Night of Champions,” Thompson Boxing Promotions’ annual, private event.

The 4-bout card originates from the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, Calif. this Saturday, March 11.

Mendez (13-1-2, 1 KOs), trained by Joel Diaz, will test his power-punching skills against Costa Rica’s Bergman Aguilar (14-2-1, 4 KOs) in the “Night of Champions” 8-round main event.

“In training camp, we worked on a lot of new offensive strategies,” said Mendez, 26. “Fans are going to see an even more aggressive Manuel Mendez on March 11.” (more…)

Lightweight Manuel Mendez, fresh off his first round, one-punch knockout victory over Vitor Freitas on SHOWTIME in November, returns to …


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EBU update

By Marco Bratusch

MK Events/Malamine Koné won today’s EBU bid earning the right to promote the European Union (EU) light haevyweight champion Hakim Zoulikha’s (24-8, 10 KOs) first title defense against Italian by way of Albania mandatory challenger Orial Kolaj (17-5, 11 KOs). MK Events offered well-rounded 30,000 Euros outbidding a Round Zero proposal of 14,750 Euros. No other offers were received. The fight is expected to take place on Friday, March 31st, according to the winning promoter. The 30-year-old Zoulikha won the EU title last November outpointing French countryman Kevin Tomas Cojean in their second meeting, and in his career has experienced defeats against top-rated fighters as Sullivan Barrera and Egor Mekhontsev in United States. Kolaj, a former Italian and European Union champion, is undefeated since 2011 although his career was recently slowed down by a few injuries and he has not fought at all in 2016.

Undefeated 30-year-old Ukrainian Oleksandr Hryshchuk (16-0, 6 KOs) has been designated by EBU as co-challenger along with Frenchman southpaw Thomas Masson (16-3-1, 4 KOs) to fight for the vacant European (EBU) flyweight championship, after former title holder Vincent Legrand vacated the belt last week. Consequently, a purse bid has been set for next April 10th if the involved parties will not reach a private deal by that date. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch MK Events/Malamine Koné won today’s EBU bid earning the right to promote the European Union (EU) light …




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