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Undefeated middleweight Tommy Langford (17-0, 6 KOs) is confident he has what it takes to win the British title against current beltholder Chris Eubank Jr (23-1, 18 KOs). “I’m delighted Frank Warren has won the purse bid and that I’ll be fighting for the famous Lonsdale Belt,” said Langford. “I need a scalp of his magnitude to project my profile and Eubank is one of the biggest names on the scene at the moment.
“We’ve sparred in the recent past and, though you can’t take too much into that, I know what he does well and what he doesn’t do well and believe my style exploits his. Sure, Chris Jr is dangerous but Billy Joe Saunders exposed his limitations with his quality and movement. I know I’ve got the tools to beat him, I hope he doesn’t do his usual when it comes to a big threat and vacate the title.”
Thursday’s Olympic boxing action witnessed two more sessions of unmissable action across four weight categories; Bantamweight (56kg), Light Welterweight (64kg), Welterweight (68kg) and Light Heavyweight (81kg). Of the 17 countries to emerge victorious, Morocco’s World Champion Mohammed Rabii got his Olympics off to a winning start, Britain’s Josh Buatsi secured an explosive win, and Kazakh Daniyar Yeleussinov looking in typically ruthless mood. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Former IBF welterweight world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) faced off with Canelo’s older brother Ramon “Inocente” Álvarez (23-4-2, 15 KOs) at the final press conference for Saturday’s clash at the Centro de Convenciones in Rosarito, Baja California.
Ramon Alvarez: Margarito is a warrior, I am also. I have no doubt of my triumph and it doesn’t scare me to fight in the house of Margarito. I also have my fans here who will support me.
Antonio Margarito: As always, I prepared 100%. I’m feeling very well, I hope Alvarez is too. I will give everything second by second and I’m going to win. I don’t see how I can lose and after this we’ll go for the world title.
Miguel Flores 127 vs. Ryan Kielczweski 127.25
Jamal James 146 vs. Yordenis Ugas 146.75
Josue Vargas 140.25 vs. Ira Terry 133
Darnell Pierce 191 vs. Louis King 184
Ronnie Robidoux 166 vs. Greg Thomas 168
Michael Pryor 155 vs. Daniel Castro 156
Larry Gleeson 149 vs. Simon Sayes 152.5
Jonathan Perez 127.75 vs. Badraiel Smith 127.5
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York,
Promoter: Kings Boxing
Groupe Yvon Michel’s (GYM) world-ranked boxers, Adonis Stevenson, Lucian Bute, Eleider Alvarez and Artur Beterbiev, have all enrolled in the new VADA/WBC Clean Boxing Program (CBP), created by Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC). The fighters now may be blood and/or urine tested anytime, 365 days per year. They must be available at all times for an unexpected test. All of the WBC champions and WBC top 15-ranked fighters have until September 9 to conform to the new protocol or they will be removed from the WBC rankings and suspended from any activity in the WBC.
WBC world light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson stated, “I am fully in favor of these new measures so all of us in the program will be playing on the same playing field.”
During an intense press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs) and former world champion Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez (24-6-1, 19 KOs) faced off at the kickoff announcement for their October 8th grudge match to resolve their bitter feud at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr: Everyone knows my thinking towards ‘Juanma.’ No more trash talk because I will not lose my focus. I was training for a fight on June 25 but that fight was canceled and thank God this fight was offered. I’ve never ducked anyone. I’ve never gotten any credit from señor Juanma Lopez. I’ve taken his crap and responded to those comments and now the fight is made. I will show Juanma Lopez that sacrifice defeats talent.
Juanma Lopez: This fight comes from many years of talk from Papito Vazquez. I said if you want to fight me, they have to pay me what I was worth as the time. I didn’t say that if you were receiving this, I have to get that. I don’t fight for names, I fight for business. I don’t fight for reputation, but it’s necessary to be a famous person so people will see it…I remember a video where Papito said he would fight me for free at 130lbs or 160lbs, but in negotiations, you wanted a catchweight of less than 130 and now want 50%.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr: I fight at 126 and spoke of 126, but then said 130, but if we’re going to change the rules let’s make the fight 15 rounds.
Welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov is 10-0 with 10 KOs. Karim Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs) has lost three of his last four. But, formerly world rated Mayfield says Eyubov is going down against him. “He’s a very strong guy, but I’m more experienced than he is for sure,” said Mayfield. “He comes out looking for the first-round knockout by swinging with everything he’s got and he’s going to find it doesn’t work on me. He doesn’t show too much footwork either, so he’s going to have trouble. I expect to bring it to him and for him to not be able to last the whole ten rounds with me.”
Mayfield will take on Eyubov in the 10-round opening fight on the August 19 ShoBox telecast from Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. (more…)
The U.S. Boxing Team is off to a 6-1 start and will enjoy an off day today.
UK light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi knocked out Elshod Rasulov in round three. Buatsi may be the best fighter in this tournament.
Canadian light welter Arthur Biyarslanov defeated Jordan’s Obada Alkasbeh 3-0.
Irish welterweight Steven Donnelly edged Mongolian Tuvshinbat Byamba 2-1.
Cuban welterweight Roniel Iglesias scored a second round TKO over Armenia’s Vladimir Margaryan.
Cuban bantamweight Robeisy Ramirez defeated India’s Shiva Thapa 3-0.
WBC #2, WBA #2, IBF #5, WBO #9 middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr (23-1, 18 KOs) recently let a big money world title fight against Gennady Golovkin slip away to Kell Brook. Now it looks like he will defend his British belt against unbeaten WBO #2 Commonwealth beltholder Tommy Langford (17-0, 6 KOs) after promoter Frank Warren today won the purse bid to stage the fight. Eubank-Langford will take place at a venue and date to be confirmed.
Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, returns Thursday night, September 1, to the Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Lightweight prospects Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) and “Nice” Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs) will throw-down in the eight-round main event.
Super featherweight Dardan Zenunaj (12-1, 9 KOs), a former World Boxing Association (WBA) International champion, and undefeated Cuban amateur standout Luis “The Lion” Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs) are also scheduled to be in action in separate eight-round bouts.
Additional fights on the card will be announced shortly.
In a clash of former world champions, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs) will return against Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr (24-6-1, 19 KOs) on October 8 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The popular 33-year-old Juanma returns for the first time since September 2014. He suffered bad KOs in some of his most recent fights, but is now looking to resume his career.
The 32-year-old WV2 dropped both his fights in 2015, and looks to get back on track against a big name.
The event will be promoted by Black Tiger Promotions.
Top boxing trainer John David Jackson talks about WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev’s fight against Andre Ward. The 53-year-old Jackson, a former two-division world champion, has been training Kovalev since 2012.
On Ward’s contention that he’s a combination of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins:
No, he is far from Roy, and Floyd and he has a little bit of Bernard in him. Listen, Ward is good at what Ward does. His style is different from everybody else’s and he has mastered that. It is not the most exciting style in the world and it’s not a fan favorite, but it works for him and it got him to be as good as he is today and you can’t take him lightly. So it works for him and whatever shortcomings he has we have to expose that in this fight. So for him to say he like Roy, no. Floyd? No. A little like Bernard? Yes. But he is not them. He is Ward and that works for him. He should be happy with what he’s done and not compare himself to those fighters. He should be happy with what he’s done but he can’t do what they did. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin continues to await a resolution on his status from the WBC. The mandatory challenger for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was sidelined after a trace amount of a recently banned substance was found in his system.
Even if Povetkin is allowed back, Wilder is reportedly out for the rest of the year with hand and arm injuries. So an interim title fight could be a possibility.
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua wants other heavyweights to quit trash-talking him on Twitter. “To all potential challengers..please don’t waste our time with fake hype! Serious applications only!!!”
In other news, former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin is recovering after recently suffering a gunshot wound in the forearm. The incident took place at 5AM in downtown Los Angeles after an altercation with two unknown assailants.
WBO jr flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion, will soon be vacating his title to move to the flyweight division. ALA Sports President/CEO Michael Aldeguer told Fightnews.com® “We cannot say officially but there are plans for Nietes to vacate. We still have to clear it out with the WBO. We should know by August 17.”
Former world champion Johnny Gonzalez returns September 24 against Hirotsugu Yamamoto at a site to be named in Mexico.
On Tuesday, Riverside Police Officers teamed up with undefeated former two-time WBO world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) to hand out one hundred backpacks and various school supplies to local kids.
Friday’s ESPN card looks like the end of the line for boxing on the network for the foreseeable future.
Congratulations to New England writer Jason Marchetti and his wife Liza on the birth of their daughter Ramona Jane! Ramona entered the ring Tuesday weighing 8 pounds and ten ounces. The proud daddy said: “She’s looking like a welterweight to me!”
By Ricardo Ibarra
Patrick Ferguson 199.2 vs. Rubin Williams 199.3
Duran Caferro 147 vs. Daniel Gonzalez 147
Ronald Johnson 198.5 vs. Ken Blackcrow*
Jon Jay Mount 177.1 vs. Darian Pongah*
Wamnee Ereaux 133.2 vs. Megan Martin 131.2
*will weigh in later
Promoter: Silver Wolf Fight Promotions
Venue: Fort Belknap Casino, Harlem, Montana
With his grueling training camp completed, undefeated welterweight rising star Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella was ready to fly to Verona, NY and enter the ring Friday evening for a nationally televised fight against 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas. Unfortunately, for him, his fight with Ugas was cancelled by the Oneida Indian Athletic Commission.
Here’s what happened:
During Perrella’s June 4 second round knockout of David Grayton, he suffered a thumb injury. While receiving a standard post fight visit from Quebec Athletic Commission officials, they took note of the injury. When the Ugas fight was scheduled, Quebec’s notes on Perrella were sent to the Oneida Commission. In order to face Ugas, Perrella was told that he must receive approval from a doctor. The 27-year-old twice visited a hand specialist, receiving formal written clearance to fight August 12. Team Perrella submitted the paperwork to the Oneida Commission, however, the commission refused to license him even with formal clearance. (more…)
Wednesday’s two sessions at the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament saw thirteen bouts across five weight categories, featuring a total of 35 different nations in action. The day concluded with all four Semi-Finalists confirmed in the Men’s Light Flyweight (49kg) and Heavyweight (91kg) competitions, while the preliminaries continued with the Bantamweight (56kg), Light Welterweight (64kg) and Light Heavyweights (81kg). (more…)
American light flyweight Nico Hernandez will win at least a bronze medal after narrowly defeating Carlos Eduardo Quipo Pilataxi. Hernandez lost the first round on two cards. The bout was tied on all three cards after two, but Hernandez pulled out the last round on all three cards. Hernandez will face Hasanboy Dusmatov in the semifinal. The USA hasn’t won an Olympic medal in men’s boxing since Deontay Wilder won a bronze in 2008.
In other action, Team USA light welterweight Gary Russell, brother of WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell (yes, they’re both named Gary), defeated Haitian Richardson Hitchins 3-0.
French light heavyweight surprised Mathieu Albert Daniel Bauderlique surprised Colombian power puncher Juan Carlos Carrillo 3-0.
Equador light heavyweight Carlos Andres Mina defeated Ireland’s Joseph Ward 2-1.
Cuban heavyweight Erislandy Savon topped Argentina’s Yamil Alberto Peralta 3-0.
2008 Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) poses with former world champion Joel Casamayor. Casamayor is training Ugas for his Fight Friday night against Jamal James that will be the televised co-feature on ESPN. This is the first fight that Casamayor is training Ugas.
30 days out from their September 10 showdown in London, WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook both took part in their WBC-mandated 30-Day weigh-ins. Brook scaled in at 176 pounds, while GGG weighed 165 pounds. They both have to get down to 160 pounds or less by the official weigh-in on September 9.
In another 30-day weigh-in, WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez weighed 124.2 pounds, and WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras weighed 124 pounds. They collide September 10 at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.
Unbeaten welterweight contender Jamal James (20-0, 9 KOs) is set to take on Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) in a 10-round showdown featured on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes this Friday from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. James replaces undefeated welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella, who was forced to withdraw from the bout because of an injury to his left thumb. The card is headlined by undefeated rising contender Miguel Flores taking on once-beaten Ryan Kielczweski in featherweight action.
Highlighting undercard action is undefeated rising prospect Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (5-0, 3 KOs) battling veteran brawler Ira Terry (26-14, 16 KOs) in a six-round welterweight attraction.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $60 for ringside, $35 and $25, and are on sale now (may be subject to additional fees). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 877-833-SHOW or by visiting the Turning Stone Box Office.
Cuban light flyweight Joahnys Argilagos beat Kenya’s Peter Warui 3-0 to book a spot in the bronze medal round. Also making the light fly medal round was Colombian Yurberjen Martinez, who edged Spaniard Samuel Carmona 2-1.
Thailand bantamweight Chatchai Butdee swept past the UK’s Qais Ashfaq 3-0.
Chinese light welterweight Quianxun won by walkover when Mexican Raul Curiel couldn’t compete due to stomach flu.
Cuban light heavyweight Julio Cesar La Cruz defeated Nadir Unal of Turkey 3-0
34-year-old Clemente Russo of Italy, competing in his fourth Olympics and a two-time silver medalist, failed to reach the medal round in the heavyweight division. Russo lost 3-0 to Russian Evgeny Tischenko.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Main Events
WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) is set for his November showdown with undefeated former world champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs). The plan is for Kovalev to square off against Ward on November 19 on HBO-PPV, however there are still unresolved last minutes issues to iron out with Ward’s promoter Roc Nation.
We caught up with the “Krusher” Tuesday afternoon at the Target Terrace at LA Live where the boxing match against Ward was supposed to be announced.
“This fight means a lot. It’s the fight of my career. It is a very important fight I am very excited,” Kovalev told Fightnews.com®. “I am ready, I have huge respect for Andre Ward. I am excited for this. Thanks to Egis (Klimas), Main Events, Kathy (Duva).”
Kovalev will begin training camp in the Southern California high altitude mountains of Big Bear, California, with his trainer, former world champion John David Jackson, as the duo prepares for the showdown with Ward.
“Now we will get to begin to and train hard for this fight,” Kovalev said. (more…)
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya gave a talk to the Dallas Cowboys at Dallas Cowboys Training Camp on Tuesday in Oxnard, California. “The Golden Boy” also met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Oscar de la Hoya: “Canelo has opened up his training camp in San Diego. Now he begins to sharpen his tools, get his timing where he likes it to be, the sparring intensifies, he tightens up his footwork, defense and offense. Canelo is never, ever in a boring fight. He is one to take you apart and knock you and that is what he plans to do with Liam Smith. Liam Smith is going to come to the US wanting to take the title back with him to the UK. It’s going to be a battle one not to miss. I think this will be a fight fought in the center of the ring.” (more…)
Manny Pacquiao confirmed on Wednesday that Jessie Vargas will be his opponent on November 5 in Las Vegas. “Yes, the fight is on,” said Pacquiao in a statement. “I have agreed to a November 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.”
Pacman also stated that his entire training camp will be held in the Philippines where he is a member of the Senate.
Tuesday’s two sessions of Olympic Games Boxing offered up eight Lightweight (60kg) and Middleweight (75kg) bouts, as well as a first taste of Rio 2016 action for four of the eighteen Super Heavyweights (+91kg). It was a star-studded start to the day as Cuba’s triple World Lightweight Champion Lazaro Alvarez stepped into the ring, before Brazil’s Robson Conceição fired up the crowd and then Cameroon 18 year-old Dieudonne Seyi Ntsengue and France’s Sofiane Oumiha delivered superb performances to keep their Olympic dreams alive. (more…)
Former world champion Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) has officially announced his retirement on his Facebook page. The 33-year-old Argentinean was world junior welterweight and welterweight champion. He hadn’t fought since September 2014 when he lost on points against Floyd Mayweather.
Dear boxing Friends,
After a long time out of the ring and after giving it a lot of thinking since my last fight I’ve decided to hang up the gloves for good.
Probably my decision would not surprise much as I had given hints of it in the last few months. But at this time I am making it official.
Before anything else, I must say that I leave very proud and deeply thankful to boxing and everything that I have achieved. I’ve really never imagined getting this far when I put on a pair of gloves for the very first time when I was 15 in my native Margarita city. I think I was able to put the name of my country Argentina very high after winning two world titles, winning and losing against the best fighters of the world. (more…)
Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs as a pro and rated #6 by the WBO at flyweight) was stopped in round three by 21-year-old French amateur Sofiane Oumiha in a lightweight bout. Ruenroeng received multiple eight counts. All three professional fighters competing in the 2016 Olympics have now been defeated by amateurs early on in the tournament.
American middleweight Charles Conwell was the first member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to be defeated at the 2016 Olympic Games. India’s Krishan Vikas beat the 18-year-old Conwell 3-0.
Irish lightweight David Joyce was ousted by Albert Selimov of Azerbaijan 3-0.
Australian middleweight Daniel Lewis edged Poland’s Tomasz Jablonksi 2-1.
By Miguel Maravilla
On Tuesday at a Los Angeles press conference, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) was supposed to announce the details of his November 19 PPV showdown against Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, who was not in attendance.
Promoter Kathy Duva stated, “We expect the fight will be taking place SOMEWHERE…we have a deal with the T-Mobile (in Las Vegas) as far as I’m concerned. Duva also stated Ward felt it was too close to the fight [date] to travel to this kick-off press announcement. (The fight is more than three months away!)
“I guess living hell is a pretty good description of the negotiations,” Duva added. “But seriously, there’s a lot of nice people at Roc Nation but unfortunately, the leadership of their company is just not capable of dealing with this fight. We’re trying and as far as I’m concerned we have a deal. We made a deal back in June to put the fight at the MGM. I don’t know what they want. I don’t know what this tactic is they’ve employed in the last 48 hours. I can only come to the conclusion that perhaps on their side there’s some problem with Andre Ward. But we have an agreement and we’ll see that they live up to it.”
The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been reserved for the fight.
Former IBF jr middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (28-8, 12 KOs) is set to battle once-beaten Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions next Bounce TV card on September 16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The telecast also features super welterweight Chris “Young King” Pearson (14-1, 10 KOs) taking on Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.
Lightweight prospect Mason Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) will face Bahodir Mamadjonov (19-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle in the new co-feature of ShoBox: The New Generation on August 19 at the outdoor soccer venue Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY.
Undefeated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) will take on the experienced Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event.
Also scheduled for TV: undefeated welterweight knockout artist Bakhtiyar Eyubov (10-0, 10 KOs) steps up against veteran Karim Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle. In the telecast opener, unbeaten Antonio Nieves (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will square off against new opponent, Alejandro Santiago (11-2-1, 3 KOs) in a 10-round bantamweight bout for Nieves’ WBO NABO title.
The second of three professional boxers competing in the Rio Olympics has been knocked out of the tournament without a medal. Unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs as a pro) of Italy, a former EBU-EU champion, was defeated 3-0 by Cuban Jorge Lazaro Alvarez 3-0 in the lightweight division.
American lightweight Carlos Balderas defeated Japan’s Daisuke Narimatsu 3-0.
British lightweight Joseph Cordina was defeated by Hurshid Tojibaev 2-0 with one round even.
Mexican middleweight Uziel Rodriguez defeated Irag’s Waheed Karaawi 3-0.
Photo: Photo Wende
Undefeated Swedish boxer Anthony Yigit (17-0-1, 7 KOs) returns to his native Stockholm on September 10 to face Armando Robles (30-4-2, 17 KOs) in a ten-round light welterweight contest at the Hovet.
Now living and training in London, the 24 year-old is relishing a return to his hometown having left the Swedish capital to pursue his professional boxing career. His bout will provide chief support for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson.
Yigit said “It’s going to be great. The Hovet is close to where I grew up so it really feels like I’m fighting at home. I’ve been away for a long time. I left Stockholm in 2011 to prepare for the Olympics and have spent my pro career in London, Copenhagen and Tenerife. (more…)
As Donnie Nietes takes his career a level higher on ALA Promotions’ next US event on September 24 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion ever and current WBO junior flyweight champion says he’s “very excited” to be fighting at 112 lbs.
Before his most recent title defense against former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia in his hometown in Bacolod City last May, Nietes had already decided to move up in weight. “I was ready to leave the light flyweight division before (fighting) Garcia. I was thinking he would be my last opponent at 108lbs. The next thing I did was to ask my manager and promoter and I am very glad they granted my request.”
Nietes is 38-1-4, with 22 wins via KO. He’s successfully defended his WBO world junior flyweight title nine times since winning it in 2011 and before that he held the WBO minimumweight title, winning it in 2007, and defending that title four times. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
On Thursday evening at the Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, Montana, Pacific Northwest amateur stand-out Patrick Ferguson (3-0, 3 KOs) will headline a boxing card as a professional for the first time in his young career, taking on former world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-28-1, 16 KOs) in the six round main event of Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ eight bout pro-am show. (more…)
It is with a very heavy heart that we share some sad news about our dear friends Lee and Mary Samuels. Lee is the PR Chief of Top Rank. Their beloved son Eddie, 30, passed away suddenly on Saturday. The details for Eddie’s funeral are as follows:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 – 4 to 7 P.M. PT
Palm Northwest Mortuary
6701 North Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89131
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 – 10 A.M. PT
Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church
3050 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Flowers may be sent to Palm Northwest Mortuary. (more…)
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