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By Miguel Maravilla
Shortly after his victory over Alfredo Angulo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez made his way to the post fight press conference to talk with the media. Moments later, fellow jr. middleweight contender Erisandy Lara made his way to the podium and challenged Canelo. “People want to see this fight,” Lara proclaimed. Alvarez asked “Who wants to see this fight?” One who replied in the affirmative was Luis De Cubas Jr. Canelo quickly replied to Lara, “Thats your manager isnt it?,” drawing laughs. “This is not how you make fights. You will have to wait.”
By Ron Jackson
In one of the poorest South Africa title fights in recent years, Jasper Seroka from Phalaborwa regained the junior lightweight title when he outpointed Xolani Mcotheli of Umtata over 12 lackluster rounds in a clash for the vacant belt, at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. The decision was unanimous with judges Andile Matika and Siphiwo Mbini scoring it 116-111 and 116-110 whilst judge Siya Vabaza-Booi handed in a way out card of 114-112. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Peru’s only boxing Champion, veteran Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel (32-8, 13 KOs) retained his interim WBA light-flyweight title with a unanimous twelve round unanimous decision over Colombian challenger Gabriel Mendoza (19-3-2, 16 KOs) in Lima on Saturday night. The hard hitting Mendoza had early good rounds but the cagey Rossel gradually took command of the fight and even had Mendoza in trouble in the late rounds. The judges scored it 119-114, 118-113 and 117.5-111.5 in favor of the 36-year-old champion who was making his fourth title defense. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) rebounded from his loss to Floyd MAyweather last September with an impressive tenth round TKO over Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) in a middleweight bout on Saturday night before a crowd of 14,610 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo came out aggressively and battered Angulo, pushing him back and keeping him from getting leverage on his punches. Canelo’s hands were much faster as landed at a very high percentage. Angulo took a savage beating but kept coming. The best round was round eight when both fighters went toe to toe in some thrilling exchanges. Referee Tony Weeks finally stopped the fight to save Angulo from further punishment in round ten. Time was :47. Neither Angulo, nor the crowd were happy with the stoppage.
“I could have fought another 10 rounds,” said Canelo, “the stoppage isn’t my problem.” Angulo said the plan was for him to finish strong in the late rounds. “I wanted to keep fighting,” he said.
WBC super bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Cristian Mijares (49-8-2, 24 KOs). The 25-year-old Santa Cruz overwhelmed and overpowered the 32-year-old Mijares, who had two reigns as super flyweight champion. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Four-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (62-7-2, 47 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Aldimar Silva (19-7, 10 KOs) in a featherweight clash on Saturday night at the Domo de la Macroplaza in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Arce dropped Silva in rounds three and five. The bout was waved off after Arce’s follow up barrage at :41 of the fifth round.
Unbeaten middleweight Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) scored a sixth round knockout over former world title challenger and local favorite David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-14-1, 23 KOs). Uzcategui simply broke down “The Destroyer,” ending the bout by bludgeoning Lopez to the canvas. Time was 2:31. More photos…
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday night from the Philippines to continue his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Number one light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson kept his ranking and his hopes for a second title shot intact on Saturday with a second round TKO win over previously unbeaten Jimi Manuwa at the O2 Arena in London. And after his UFC Fight Night mainevent victory, “The Mauler” made no secret of his intentions . . . click here for more at UFC.com
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Cozzone
WBC welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather today hosted a press conference to formally announce his upcoming pay-per-view matchup against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place on May 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“People say ‘why did I choose Maidana over Khan?’ Look at his last four fights and look at Khan’s last four fights. I had to go with the best choice and [Maidana] has made a big impact on boxing in his last fight,” said Mayweather.
Floyd said he will fight three more times after the Maidana fight and he doesn’t know who the opponents will be. “You know who I said I wanted on the undercard [Adrien Broner vs. Amir Khan]. You wanna fight me? Earn it. You wanna fight me? You gotta earn it. Some may not earn it. I may just pick them because I want to.
“Floyd Mayweather is not scared of no opponent. I don’t duck or dodge nobody, but I earned my stripes. So I can pick and choose who I want to pick and choose. I fight who I want to fight. Nobody is forced to watch me.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In an upset, junior lightweight Jerry Belmontes (19-3, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Australian WiIl Tomlinson (21-1-1, 12 KOs). Belmontes entered with two straight losses, but came away with a 99-91, 98-92, 98-92 win.
2008 Mexican Olympian junior lightweight Francisco Vargas of Mexico City defeated Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto, taking a ten round unanimous decision. Vargas was dominant as he boxed and at times worked on the inside landing effective punches. Judges scored the bout 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94. Francisco Vargas improves his mark to 19-0-1, 13 KOs and remains undefeated as Abner Cotto drops to 17-2, 8 KOs.
2012 Olympian super bantamweight Joseph Diaz (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Jiovany Fuentes (5-4, 4 KOs). Body shots finished Fuentes.
Junior welterweight Keandre Gibson of St. Louis, Missouri stopped Antonio Wong of Tijuana, Mexico in four rounds of a scheduled six rounder. Gibson displayed good hand speed as he boxed the Mexican who kept coming forward. A body shot forced referee Russell Mora to wave off the bout at 1:54. Keandre Gibson keeps his undefeated record and goes to 9-0-1, 4 KOs. Antonio Wong falls to 11-8-1, 6 KOs.
In the opening bout from the MGM Grand Garden Arena undefeated Australian light heavyweight Steve Lovett knocked out Francisco Molina of Tijuana, Mexico in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Referee Jay Nady reached a ten count at 1:13 of the second round. Lovett remains unbeaten improving to 8-0, 6 KOs, Molina drops to 2-3.
After taking his first UFC fight against Gegard Mousasi on just a few days’ notice last April, Ilir Latifi showed what he could do with a full training camp, as he submitted veteran Cyrille Diabate in the first round of their UFC Fight Night bout Saturday at London’s O2 Arena . . . click here for more at UFC.com
In what was billed as his “farewell fight,” 39-year-old former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (34-1, 18 KOs) outpointed Shalva Jomardashvili (36-7-2, 27 KOs) over ten rounds to win the vacant WBO European title at the Messzi István Sporthall in Kecskemet, Hungary. It was a typical Erdei performance as he put on a boxing clinic against a slower foe. Erdei’s only career loss was a close split decision against Denis Grachev in his previous fight.
Super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak (20-1, 8 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over George Gachechiladze (13-10-1, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO European super bantamweight title. The bout was waved off by referee Geno Rodriguez after Bedak floored Gachechiladze in the last minute.
39-year-old former IBO jr middleweight beltholder Attila Kovacs (32-4, 19 KOs) topped journeyman Giorgi Ungiadze (24-19, 11 KOs) in a four-rounder.
Unbeaten bantamweight Paul Butler (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round KO Over Oreste Nieva (15-3-2, 6 KOs) at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, England. A left hook to the body put Nieva on the deck where he was counted out. Time 1:25. Butler is now campaigning at bantamweight looking to get a title shot against countryman and IBF bantamweight champion Stuey Hall. He took home the vacant WBA intercontinental belt. Nieva was unable to make the bantamweight limit at Friday’s weigh-in.
Unbeaten Commonwealth flyweight beltholder Kevin Satchell (12-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Isaac Quaye (25-5-1, 16 KOs) over twelve uneventful rounds by scores of 120-109, 119-110, 120-108. (more…)
By James Slater
Photos: Scott Raven
In a terrific battle , Manchester unbeaten Ryan Doyle kept his unbeaten record and won the international masters featherweight title with a desperately close one point win over South Africa’s Michael Ramabeletsa on Saturday night at the Bowler’s Arena in Manchester. The score of 95-94 is reflective of how tough and how close the fight was. Doyle suffered a badly cut right eye and both men bled from the nose. The pace was red hot all the way and both guys gave their all. Ramabeletsa lost a point for holding in the 7th, a round that saw him go down, only for it to be ruled a slip. The South African was elusive and clever, Doyle was all aggression. It all added up to make a great fight. Neither guy deserved to lose really and both warriors spoke of a rematch afterwards. Doyle is now 9-0(5). Ramabeletsa is now 11-11 (5). (more…)
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach broke camp today in General Santos City in the Philippines and are en route to the U.S. On Monday, at Roach’s Hollywood-based Wild Card Boxing Club, they will begin phase two of training for their mission to recapture the WBO welterweight championship title that undefeated two-division defending champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. won off of Pacquiao via a controversial split decision in 2012.
Team Pacquiao is scheduled to land at Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal today at 6:15 p.m. PT via Philippine Airlines Flight 102. This link will give you updated arrival information. http://www1.philippineairlines.com/index.php/flights/actual-flight-status/
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed of Waldorf, MD won a six-round unanimous decision over “Rebellious” Bilal Mahasin in the junior welterweight main event at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD Friday night. There were no knockdowns in the contest but Reed stuck to his game plan landing shots to the body and head. Reed also stayed calm when Mahasin tried to rush in. Reed won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55 to raise his record to 8-0, five KO’s. Mahasin loses for the first time in his pro career and he is now 4-1.
In one co-feature, “The Baby-Face Assassin” Yurii Polischuk of Lanham, MD stopped Baltimore, MD’s Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack, Jr. in a welterweight contest at 1:39 of the third round. Polischuk dropped Womack early in the third and pressured Womack for the stoppage. Polischuk is now 3-1-1, two KO’s. Womack is 4-4-1, two KO’s. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Samoan born heavyweight Craig “King” Vitale (6-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Junior Maletino Lakopo (1-13-2, 0 KOs) in the main event six round bout on Friday at the Calabria Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Vitale controlled the contest in most of the rounds to have his hand raised by referee Alan McColl by scores 59-55, 59-55, 58-56. Vitale has been a big success on YouTube with his KO wins that has given over 500,000 hits. It was reported that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson contacted Vitale’s manager to congratulate him on his KO wins and invited him to fight in the USA. Vitale is trained by Sam Brizzi and managed by Adam Willcock. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
The boxing circus came to the Pala Resort and Casino in the mountains north of San Diego, CA, when ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” broadcast live a solid fight card presented by Gary Shaw Productions, Cohen Promotions and All-In Entertainment. In the main event, Perm, Russia’s Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17KOs) won via TKO over hard-hitting southpaw Marvin Quintero (25-5, 21KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, at the end of the fourth round of a scheduled ten in the lightweight division.
The twenty-seven year old Quintero of the famed Tijuana CREA gym of Romulo Quirarte had not climbed into a ring since his unsuccessful title challenge of IBF champ Miguel “Titere” Vazquez in late 2012 while Nugaev has won five straight since his last loss in early 2011. The bout was almost not to be since according to the Quintero camp Gary Shaw Productions finalized his visa paperwork too late and almost was not given one. Quintero missed the official weigh-in on Thursday and after picking up his immigration document on Friday morning he was at the Pala Casino by noon. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Robert “Black Gold” Sockwell 154 vs. Ramiro Bueno Jr. 157.6
Rex Harris 183.6 vs. Tracey Johnson 183.6
Stephon Burgette 154.4 vs. Tommy Ayers 154.4
Lamont Capers 195.8 vs. Brian Donahue 191
Promoter: Northeast Boxing
Venue: Scranton Hilton
By Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes / Tomba Images
On March 7, Hitz Boxing and Round 3 promotions returned to the Belvedere in Elk Grove Village, IL, with its latest installment of “Fight Night at the Belvedere.” Unfortunately, the event’s headliner, Donovan “The Bomb” George, was unable to participate because of difficulties securing a “tune-up” opponent that the Illinois commission would approve. “I’m devastated. I’ve trained hard and wanted to fight in front of my fans, family and friends. I’m planning to fight in Minnesota in a couple of weeks and then at the Horseshoe in Hammond on April 18,” said George. (more…)
Paul Butler 118 vs. Oreste Nieva (overweight)
Kevin Satchell 111 vs. Isaac Quaye 110
Ronnie Heffron 152 vs. John Thain 153
Jazza Dickens 124 vs. Krzysztof Rogowski ??
Thomas Stalker 139 vs. Calum Cooper 144
Jason Booth 118 vs. Ryan Farrag 119
Matty Fagan 137 vs. Yordan Vasiolev 138
Terry Flanagan 139 vs. Gyorgy Mizsei Jr 138
Willie Warbaton 150 vs. Stephen Lewis 148
Venue: Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
Video: Joel Colon
On September 21, 2013, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson paired up to deliver the consensus Fight of the Year – a thrilling, five-round masterpiece where both men landed over 100 significant strikes and each round brought another shift in momentum . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Felipe Leon at ringside
WBA #3, WBC #7 and IBF #9 lightweight contender Rustam Nugaev (27-6, 17 KOs) never got untracked but scored a fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Marvin Quintero (25-5, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California. Southpaw Quintero got off to good start, but abruptly quit after round four due to an injury (announced as a broken left hand). The judges had it even after four rounds.
Undefeated WBA #12 bantamweight Roman Morales (18-0, 9 KOs) scored five knockdowns against Khabir Suleymanov (16-4, 6 KOs) en route to an eight round unanimous decision. Morales dropped Suleymanov twice in round two, once in round five and twice more in round eight. Scores were 79-68, 79-68, 80-67.
Undefeated welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (21-0, 10 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Michael Balasi (10-4, 7 KOs), who took the fight on four days’ notice. Both fighters were down in a wild round two. First Hernandez-Harrison dropped Balasi, but Balasi returned the favor and floored Dusty about a minute later. Hernandez-Harrison again floored Balasi in round five. Scores were 59-54, 59-54, 60-53.
By Butch Gottlieb
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Saul Alvarez 155 vs. Alfredo Angulo 154.5
* Weight limit is 155, apparently changed from 154 at the last minute. Canelo reportedly paid Angulo $100,000 to agree to the 1lb weight increase.
Leo Santa Cruz 122 vs. Cristian Mijares 122
(WBC super bantamweight title)
Jorge Linares 134.5 vs. Nihito Arakawa 134.5
Sergio Thompson 135 vs. Ricardo Alvarez 135
Will Tomlinson 130 vs Jerry Belmontes 129
Francisco Vargas 130 vs Abner Cotto 130
Joseph Diaz 124 vs Jovany Fuentes 122
Keandre Gibson 143 vs Antonio Wong 143
Steve Lovett 178 vs Francisco Molina 179
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
Both ESPN2 FNF main event fighters weighed in Friday after Tijuana-based Marvin Quintero had his visa problem resolved and he was allowed into the U.S.
Rustam Nugaev 143 vs. Marvin Quintero 142.5
Roman Morales 118.5 vs. Khabir Suleymanov 119
Dusty Harrison 147 vs. Michael Balasi 147
Alejandro Luna 137 vs. Sergio Rivera 140
Kenneth Sims Jr. 139 vs. Cory Muldrew 141
Eduardo Martinez 124 vs. Juan Urbina 119.5
Mario Barrios 125.5 vs. Kellly Lionell 126
Franscisco Santana 148 vs. Jorge Pimentel 149
Aaron Garcia 131 vs. Thomas Herrera 133
Venue: Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Pala, California
Promoter: Gary Shaw
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa and the lightweight bout between Melvin Guillard and Michael Johnson, airs live on UFC Fight Pass from the O2 Arena in London, England beginning at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT.
FIGHT PASS MAIN EVENT
Jimi Manuwa (205) VS Alexander Gustafsson (204)
FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Melvin Guillard (156) VS Michael Johnson (155)
Neil Seery (125) VS Brad Pickett (125)
Omari Akhmedov (170) VS Gunnar Nelson (170)
FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Ilir Latifi (205) VS Cyrille Diabate (205)
Mats Nilsson (184) VS Luke Barnatt (186)
Claudio Silva (185) VS Brad Scott (186)
Roland Delorme (134) VS Davey Grant (136)
Danny Mitchell (170) VS Igor Araujo (171)
Louis Gaudinot (126) VS Phil Harris (125)
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jorge Arce 126 lbs Vs Aldimar Silva 126 lbs
José Uzcategui 168 lbs Vs David López 168 lbs
Noe López 135 lbs Vs Alejandro Quintero 135 lbs
Oscar Arce 112 lbs Vs Angel Montes 112 lbs
Gilberto Parra 109 lbs Vs Ricardo Armenta 110 lbs
Miguel Carrizoza 122 lbs Vs Israel López 123 lbs
Elvis Torres 122 lbs Vs Carlos Bacasehua 123 lbs
José Manuel Sánchez 112 lbs Abraham Ramos 112 lbs
Venue: Macroplaza, Nogales
TV: TV Azteca (MExico), UniMas (USA)
The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association announced that Martin Murray no longer holds the middleweight interim title of the organization. The decision was made in accordance to the regulations because Murray did not make any defense since he won the title in November 2012. In addition, the Committee decided to withdraw Murray from the mandatory challenger position of the division. Murray can appeal the decision.
Super middleweight contender Donovan “DA BOMB” George will not be fighting tonight, March 7 in Chicago as was previously announced by his co-promoters, Chicago’s Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions. George was to have made his highly anticipated return to battle in the main event at the Horseshoe Casino presented FIGHT NIGHT at The Belvedere in Elk Grove Village, however the action-packed card will still take place. “It’s very frustrating that we were unable to find a suitable opponent for Donovan to fight on Friday night” said Bobby Hitz, President of Hitz Boxing. “We had five different boxers lined up each of whom would have provided for an exciting, fan friendly bout but unfortunately the Illinois State Athletic Commission refused to allow any of them to face Donovan, thereby robbing the fans of seeing a terrific fight.” (more…)
IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina will not be released in time from Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas and his title defense against undefeated Jermall Charlo is off. That bout will be replaced on the Canelo-Angulo PPV card with a 135-pound matchup between Ricardo Alvarez (23-2-3, 13 KOs), an older brother of Canelo, and Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs). The situation will cost Molina his $275,000 purse.
Molina’s promoter Leon Margules posted a $10,000 bond on Thursday to have Molina released after he was arrested on an old 2007 warrant for not registering as a sex offender in Wisconsin. However, then it was discovered that Molina was also wanted by immigration authorities for undisclosed reasons. Molina was born in Mexico and has lived and worked in the United States for 26 years. He resides in Chicago.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
International boxing judge Dr. Ruben Garcia sadly passed away at the age of 65 on Friday morning in Alice, Texas. Garcia was involved in boxing for many years ever since he stared scoring fights in Texas in 1991, and later joined the WBA International Officials Committee in 2003. He worked world title fights for the IBF, WBO and WBA. Fightnews.com wish to express our condolences to Ruben Garcia’s relatives and friends. He was a nice person and Friend of fightnews.com during many travels and fights. Rest in peace.
The World Boxing Council will soon unveil the new generation of the WBC green and gold belt. The new design of the iconic WBC belt will be introduced at the fight between Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and Miguel Cotto for the WBC middleweight championship of the world on June 7. The WBC Board of Governors voted unanimously to add the picture of WBC Lifetime President Jose Sulaiman to the belt after his tragic passing on January 16th of this year. The new generation WBC belt will also feature the picture of the greatest champion of the division. In this case, Sugar Ray Robinson has been selected as the iconic champion to be showcased in the middleweight division. The winner of the battle on June 7 will hold the first new generation WBC world championship belt.
By Miguel Maravilla
Fightnews.com recently caught up with hard hitting Mexican super featherweight Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico, who has stepped up to the challenge as he will be taking on countryman Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 14 KOs) on a one week notice, taking place this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I am ready. I am just working on making the weight. I was notified on Sunday everything was confirmed Monday. I took the fight and I wait to be victorious,” Thompson told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Fight fans are invited to attend today’s weigh-in for Canelo-Angulo at 3PM today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 1PM.
Manny Pacquiao and his team will head from the Philippines to the USA on Saturday to return to the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, as he amps up his training for his April 12 rematch with undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.
Condolences to promoter Felix “Tutico” Zabala, whose mother Carmen Zabala passed away this week.
Martin Murray is targeting a November showdown with hard-hitting middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin after signing a lucrative seven-figure, three-fight deal with Africa’s largest promoter, Golden Gloves. The 31-year-old from St Helens in the UK split with Ricky Hatton last month after a frustrating year that saw him fight just once after his narrow defeat to Sergio Martinez in Argentina last April. Murray (26-1-1) will fight in June, November and next February in Monte Carlo and also hopes to have a warm-up bout in Germany on April 5 on the undercard of Juergen Braehmer’s WBA light-heavyweight title defense against Enzo Maccarinelli.
“I’m made up,” said Murray, who is ranked #1 by the WBA and #6 by the IBF. “It’s great knowing I’m getting with someone who is going to give me some direction in my career. The purses are really good and they’re willing to invest in me. The money is amazing, I can’t believe it’s true. We’re hoping to fight Golovkin in November so it’s a good deal all round. (more…)
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