WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

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Selby-Barros IBF Purse Bid Results

A purse bid procedure was held at IBF Headquarters today to determine who will promote the IBF Featherweight Championship mandatory defense fight between champion Lee Selby and Jonathan Barros. There were two bidders, TGB Promotions and K.O. International. TGB Promotions bid $ 601,000 and K.O. International bid $ 600,000 The purse bid split will be 75% to Selby and 25% to Barros. They have 90 days to put the fight on or by July 13, 2017. The signed contracts are due in 15 days or by April 28, 2017. The TGB representative didn’t know where the fight will be held, but that will become clear within 15 days when the IBF gets the signed contracts.

A purse bid procedure was held at IBF Headquarters today to determine who will promote the IBF Featherweight Championship mandatory …


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Burns: I’ll prove there’s plenty left in my tank

Ricky Burns is gunning for the ultimate birthday present this weekend as he aims to add Julius Indongo’s IBF and IBO World titles to his own WBA super-lightweight title in their unification clash at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday night (April 15) live on Sky Sports.

Burns turned 34 today and came face-to-face with the Namibian at their pre-fight press conference in Glasgow.

“When I first started out you always think about winning belts and being in massive fights, but I never set myself any targets,” said Burns. “I just worked hard and when I got the chances, I took them and it paid off. I’ve had a few bad nights and it took me a while to move down to Essex and get used to training with Tony, but it’s clicked now. (more…)

Ricky Burns is gunning for the ultimate birthday present this weekend as he aims to add Julius Indongo’s IBF and …



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Clarkson ready to seize Bivol’s WBA title

By Robert Hughes

Samuel ‘The Main Event’ Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas will take on undefeated Kyrgyz sensation Dmitry Bivol for Bivol’s WBA interim light-heavyweight belt. Fighting near Washington, D.C. on Showtime Friday night this is the best chance in three years for Clarkson to move his career along the champion’s path or lose and take it back to the clubs and arenas of Dallas, or elsewhere.

Photo: Robert Hughes

Clarkson gets this chance, again, with an opportunity on his plate than he hasn’t had since Jesse Hart denied him an NABF title at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas this week three years ago.

But up now in a similar role to challenge Clarkson [19-3-0, 12 KO] is the intimidating and untested Bivol [9-0-0, 7 KO] who has hundreds of amateur bouts but a mostly blank pro record. The scary-fast Bivol is from Tokmok, in the Chuy Valley of Kyrgyzstan. (more…)

By Robert Hughes Samuel ‘The Main Event’ Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas will take on undefeated Kyrgyz sensation Dmitry Bivol …


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Ward-Kovalev 16-second LA Face-off

WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) had a brief, but intense 16 second staredown in Los Angeles during the third and final leg of their three-city press tour to announce their June 17 rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. As he did for all three days, Kovalev looked away first. (Video courtesy Roc Nation Sports/Main Events)

WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 …




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WBO #7 mini-fly Calleros returns May 5

By David Finger

Often ignored by casual sports fans, fighters in the lowest weight classes seldom are paid as much as their counterparts in the heavyweight division or even the middleweight division. They fight for recognition only to be greeted by American and European fight fans with indifference. Boxing purists recognize that there is no greater injustice in the sport. Little guys have just as much heart and skill as their larger counterparts, but in the end, it just doesn’t matter. In an era when a MMA fighter with three losses in his sport and zero wins in boxing can dominate the headlines, there just doesn’t seem to be any room for those warriors in boxing’s lower weight divisions. (more…)

By David Finger Often ignored by casual sports fans, fighters in the lowest weight classes seldom are paid as much …


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Canelo-Chavez Jr brothers fight April 29

Omar “Businessman” Chávez (35-3-1, 23 KOs) and Ramón “Inocente” Álvarez (24-5-2, KOs) will fight at the Gimnasio “Manuel Bernardo Aguirre” in Chihuahua, Mexico, the week before their brothers, Julio Cesar and Saul clash. Chavez aims to avenge the decision defeat he suffered against Álvarez in September 2014.

Photo: Zanfer

Omar Chavez: I don’t deny Ramon’s victory, but I wasn’t 100% ready. This time it will be different.

Ramon Alvarez: I always prepare 100%. I will defeat Omar again, and it’ll be a great fight!

Omar “Businessman” Chávez (35-3-1, 23 KOs) and Ramón “Inocente” Álvarez (24-5-2, KOs) will fight at the Gimnasio “Manuel Bernardo Aguirre” …


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Golden Boy inks WBA 130lb champ Jezreel Corrales

Golden Boy Promotions has signed current WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) to a multi-year promotional deal.

“We know that Corrales has a huge opportunity to impress boxing fans here in the U.S, and we have no doubt that he will attain his goal as one of the best super featherweights in the world,” said Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “We look forward to seeing him showcase his talent here, and taking on the best in his class.”

The WBA Super World Champion made waves in April of 2016 when he knocked out Takashi Uchiyama, who at the time was considered one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, within the first two rounds of the bout for the coveted WBA belt. Corrales proved that his victory over Uchiyama was indeed no fluke in their 12-round rematch in December of 2017, taking his belt back home after the split decision in his favor.

Golden Boy Promotions has signed current WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) to a …


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Ward-Kovalev 2 LA presser

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Roc Nation Sports/Khristopher Sandifer

Unified light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) wrapped up their three city press conference tour Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles as they met at the Hollywood Roosevelt in Hollywood, California to announce their much anticipated rematch taking place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Roc Nations Michael Yormark opened up the press conference.

“On June 17th, NO Excuses. It’s simple these guys don’t like each other. Last year Ward came back in their fight. Like a true champion he is Andre will take on Kovalev. For Sergey he ha lot to prove Sergey has become his own trash talk machine,” Yorkmark said.

“You got a perception and reality. At the end of the day you have to see me June 17th. This fight I didn’t have to take this. At the end of the day it’s about showing up,” Ward said. “June 17th, it will be no different. Reality check,” Ward concluded. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Roc Nation Sports/Khristopher Sandifer Unified light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former …



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New co-feature on HBO Latino

Arif “The Predator” Magomedov was slotted to face Elias Espadas as the co-feature on this Saturday’s HBO Latino Boxing telecast live from Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut but an illness has forced doctors to sideline the 24-year old Russian middleweight. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast will now include a ten-round middleweight attraction between Vaughn Alexander (7-0, 5 KOs) and Andres Calixto Rey (14-3, 9 KOs). Alexander and Rey were originally scheduled to face each other in an eight-round non-televised bout on the Mohegan Sun’s Rising Stars Boxing Series undercard. (more…)

Arif “The Predator” Magomedov was slotted to face Elias Espadas as the co-feature on this Saturday’s HBO Latino Boxing telecast …


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EBU Update

By Marco Bratusch

In a pinwheel-like succession of events occurred in the last 24/36 hours, two major boxing events expected to take place in Paris, France, and Madrid, Spain, in early May reported some significant changes which now appeard to be settled.

Co-challenger Dmitry Chudinov will finally not go to Madrid on May 5th in order to fight Mariano “El Tiburòn” Hilario (16-5, 7 KOs) for the vacant European (EBU) super middleweight title. His place will be taken by Hadillah Mohoumadi (21-4-1, 16 KOs) for the same continental title, with the two that already faced one another two years ago for the very same title, when the rugged Mohoumadi stopped Hilario in round 8 after wobbling the Dominican Republic-born boxer early in round 3. Rimer Box, that promotes the show, is confident Hilario will now be able to take his revenge over the French fighter. The boxing night at Palacio de Vistalegre, near Madrid, also becomes a double-header as there will be another vacant EBU championship, the vacant female straweight title between local Joana Pastrana (8-1, 3 KOs), and Sandy Coget (8-5-1). (more…)

By Marco Bratusch In a pinwheel-like succession of events occurred in the last 24/36 hours, two major boxing events expected …


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Keith Thurman Calls Out Manny Pacquiao

By TMZSports.com

Boxing superstar Keith “One Time” Thurman says Manny Pacquiao needs to COME GET SOME … claiming the fact PacMan is ranked above him is a big mistake. The undefeated welterweight champ was out at Madeo when he responded to some trash talk from Manny’s camp … telling TMZ Sports plain and simple, “I’m ready to put hands on him!”

There’s been talk of a potential matchup between the two — Thurman clearly wants it.

Keith also says he’s down for a rematch with Danny Garcia after their very successful prime time fight last month … saying, “I did it one time. We can do it two times!”

By TMZSports.com Boxing superstar Keith “One Time” Thurman says Manny Pacquiao needs to COME GET SOME … claiming the fact …


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Indongo: Scottish fans can’t help Burns

IBF jr welterweight champion Julius Indongo has told Ricky Burns that the hometown fans won’t help him when they clash in a World Super-Lightweight unification showdown at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday night live on Sky Sports

Indongo is looking to add Burns’ WBA strap to the IBF and IBO belts he won in spectacular fashion in December when he travelled to Russia in his first fight outside of his homeland of Namibia and delivered a devastating one-punch KO win over champion Eduard Troyanovsky.

That was a third straight win inside the distance for the 34 year old who carries raw power and is a nightmare on paper as a tall, rangy Southpaw. (more…)

IBF jr welterweight champion Julius Indongo has told Ricky Burns that the hometown fans won’t help him when they clash …



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Elio Rojas signs with Felipe Gomez

By Robert Coster

Former WBC Featherweight Champion Elio Rojas of the Dominican Republic has signed up to a three year managerial contract with Felipe Gomez. Rojas (24-3, 14 KOs) won the WBC Featherweight title in 2009, traveling to Japan and beating Takahiro Aro. Elio lost his belt in 2012 to Jhonny Gonzalez. For his part, Felipe Gomez, a two-time former NY Golden Glove Champion and NYPD Sargeant, says that his goal is to revamp Rojas’ career. “Elio is going back to his ideal 126-130lb weight. He is a quality boxer who just needs somebody who is hands-on in guiding his career in the right direction.”

By Robert Coster Former WBC Featherweight Champion Elio Rojas of the Dominican Republic has signed up to a three year …


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Chavez Jr: I’m going to put him in his place

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been preparing conscientiously for his fight on May 6 against Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez. Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain has modified Junior’s training and confirmed that they are having a great preparation at the Otomí Ceremonial Center and will stay there until the last week of April.

“I know that Canelo’s team may be thinking, that it’s going to be an easy fight. But it will be the other way around. It will be the most difficult of his career,” said Chavez Jr.

Photo: Alma Montiel

Julio reacted strongly to Alvarez comment that his fans weren’t real, since he had inherited them from his father.

“If he says his fans are real, the only thing I can tell you is my wife is real and not like his fake girlfriend on Televisa.” (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been preparing conscientiously for his fight on May 6 against Saúl …


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Ward-Kovalev 5-second Oakland Face-off

WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) had a brief, but intense FIVE second staredown in Oakland during the second leg of their three-city press tour to announce their June 17 rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. For the second consecutive day, Kovalev looked away first. The press tour ends today in Los Angeles. (Video courtesy Roc Nation Sports/Main Events)

WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 …


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Nantapech: I always come to win

IBF world rated #4 Komgrich “Eaktawan” Nantapech is confident coming to the fight against longest reigning Filipino world champion, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes. Nantapech (22-3-0) will be facing Nietes in Cebu for the IBF world flyweight title on April 29.

The 27-year old Nantapech will try to break Nietes’ legendary record to keep his own; he has been undefeated since 2013, in his last 15 fights. (more…)

IBF world rated #4 Komgrich “Eaktawan” Nantapech is confident coming to the fight against longest reigning Filipino world champion, Donnie …



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Weisfeld & Turner are Ring 8 speakers

One of the most respected boxing judges, Steve Weisfeld, and popular retired New York welterweight Johnny Turner will be the Ring 8 guest speakers at the April 18th meeting at O’Neill’s Restaurant (located at 64-21 53rd Drive, Maspeth). (more…)

One of the most respected boxing judges, Steve Weisfeld, and popular retired New York welterweight Johnny Turner will be the …


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Davis says Broner is jealous, demands fight

By TMZSports.com

Enough talk. Reigning IBF junior lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis says he’s ready shut Adrien Broner’s mouth with his fists.

Broner WENT OFF on the undefeated 22-year-old fighter earlier this week in an n-word laden, homophobic tirade … and even blasted Floyd Mayweather for allowing Tank on The Money Team.

But Tank joined the guys on the “TMZ Sports” TV show (airs Tuesday night on FS1) and fired back — saying Broner’s hate stems from simple jealousy.

“I came up so fast and I’m taking his spotlight,” Davis said. “He fell short.”

Davis says Broner was supposed to be the “next Floyd Mayweather” but he fell short and it’s killing him. Davis added that the two are headed for a showdown.

By TMZSports.com Enough talk. Reigning IBF junior lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis says he’s ready shut Adrien Broner’s mouth with …


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Kovalev, Ward face off

Photos: Nation Sports/Khristopher Sandifer

On Tuesday at the Oakland Marriott in Oakland, CA, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) formally addressed the media regarding their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

“The other side is saying I have to prove a lot, I have to show a lot. I don’t need to prove or show anything. I showed and proved everything on November 19. Anybody who hasn’t seen that or doesn’t think that, you’re going to see it on June 17. This is what I promise and this is what I’m going to do. The ones who think about Andre Ward’s victory, you can still pray for him because I’m going to show it on June 17. He got those belts somehow. I think June 17 is going to be the day everybody’s going to see the way it’s supposed to be.”

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

“I appreciate everybody for coming out today. It’s always good to be home in the Bay Area. It’s amazing how in a short time, eight, nine, ten years, we put the Bay on the map in terms of the boxing world. Oakland used to be a major fight town, and we got away from it. But through myself and many other young fighters, contenders who may not have had opportunities that I was afforded, we’re doing our part to continue to represent the Bay in a major way and that’s a beautiful thing. (more…)

Photos: Nation Sports/Khristopher Sandifer On Tuesday at the Oakland Marriott in Oakland, CA, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre “SOG” …


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Canelo Alvarez speaks

Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) hosted an international media conference call today ahead of his highly anticipated fight against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs).

Canelo Alvarez:

“Good afternoon to everybody. Just want to say thank you, once again, for supporting another one of our fights, and for being here. I am looking forward to do what I always do: train hard, 100 percent focus and ready to give you guys all a great performance.

“No, he’s one more of the 50 of all my opponents that I’ve faced. I’ve wanted to rip their head off; I wanted to beat them; I wanted to them knock them out. This is a little extra. There’s a little bit more motivation, of course, because of the rivalry, but it’s another one of my fights.

“Titles are very important to me but this is above that. This goes above a title, any title. It’s for honor, for pride, and it’s very important for me. And to keep making history in my career.

“Everything’s possible in boxing and as the great Bernard Hopkins once said: “Once a quitter, always a quitter.” So anything’s possible.

“I want to thank all of you for all the support you’ve given in the promotion. I’ll see you all on April 19 for the public workout and then during the fight week for May 6. I want to see all the people there in support. Thank you so much.”

Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) hosted an international media conference call today ahead of his highly anticipated fight against Julio …


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Lippe-Morrison forced to withdraw from June 9 fight with broken hand

Undefeated heavyweight sensation Trey Lippe-Morrison has withdrawn from his June 9 bout after suffering a broken hand in training.

The power punching Lippe-Morrison is 13-0 with all of his wins by knockout, 12 of which came inside of two rounds. On September, 23 2016, he demolished previously unbeaten Ed Latimore in less than one round on Showtime and did so in front of a standing room only crowd at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.

A member of Holden Productions’ “Four State Franchise,” Lippe-Morrison was scheduled to appear on a special edition ShoBox card June 9 in Verona, NY as part of Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend.

Lippe-Morrison had surgery on Friday, April 7 and will be out of the ring for approximately 3 months.

“This is a minor setback,” said the legendary Freddie Roach, Lippe-Morrison’s head trainer. “This kid not only has talent but he’s an extremely hard worker. He was back in the gym two days after surgery.”

Tony Holden, Lippe-Morrison’s promoter, is already working on his return bout.

“I spoke with ShoBox’s Gordon Hall and he was confident that Trey will be back on the series by the end of the year. I’m pushing to have a ShoBox card with Trey and Ivan Baranchyk together in Miami, OK or Joplin, MO this fall.”

Undefeated heavyweight sensation Trey Lippe-Morrison has withdrawn from his June 9 bout after suffering a broken hand in training. The …


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Briggs-Oquendo Update

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Looks like the WBA heavyweight championship fight between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo will take place June 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Looks like the WBA heavyweight championship fight between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo will take place June …


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The 12th Round – WBC / VADA clean boxing program update

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

As we enter a major holiday in the world, Easter or Holy Week for Christian Religion, Passover for Jewish religion, so it is to many a time of reflection and evaluation of what we do. Sadly we are all seeing the violent world continue to make headlines and the so many children suffering from the acts of the powers that rule the world. There is no country, no religion not one person to point, and blame, but yes there are ways to try to change and reduce the tragic moments we see day after day. Lets all pray in whatever language and to whichever God that our violent world changes and we can all start by our own actions.

As we celebrate how Women’s Boxing is staring to finally shine in the major markets of boxing in the world, as we see USA Television finally airing female bouts and see the Cecilia Braekus phenomenal career unfold, the Clareesa Shields excitement, the several Mexican world champions as main event in Mexican Television, the Marisela Cornejo’s journey to greatness, the Canadian Jelena Mrdjenovich incredible tv documentary and the debut of medallist Marlene Esparza with GBP; We sadly see some boxing jurisdictions take steps backwards and make decisions that can only haunt them and put our athletes in serious jeopardy. It has been reported that UK will allow women to fight 3 minute rounds! (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son As we enter a major holiday in the world, Easter or …


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Ward-Kovalev 10-second NYC Face-off

WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) had a brief, but intense ten-second staredown in New York City during the opening leg of their three-city press tour to announce their June 17 rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. For what it’s worth, Kovalev looked away first. The press tour continues today in Oakland and ends Wednesday in Los Angeles. (Video courtesy Roc Nation Sports/Main Events)

WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 …


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Canelo aiming to KO Junior

Canelo Alvarez is talking kayo in regard to his PPV showdown with archrival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6 in Las Vegas.

“It’s my first time moving up to this division and to this weight, but I do have the power to knock him out when that opportunity occurs,” Alvarez told the Los Angeles Times.

Canelo, the WBO 154lb world champion, will be fighting Junior at a catch weight of 164 lbs.

Canelo Alvarez is talking kayo in regard to his PPV showdown with archrival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6 …


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Monaghan lashes out at Stevenson

WBC #10, IBF #13, WBO #7 light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (28-0, 17 KOs) isn’t happy about the decision of WBC light heavy king Adonis “Superman” Stevenson to take a rematch against Andrzej Fonfara instead of him. “Well it seems I got jerked again,” Monaghan posted on Facebook. “Fight with Stevenson is off. I honestly always kinda doubted it was gonna happen. Was he gonna fight an undefeated guy, no, he fights a guy he beat already who just got KOd in one round!?! No wonder nobody respects this punk MFer. Whoever I get next is in trouble.”

Stevenson confirmed via social media that he has a June 3rd rematch against Fonfara in Canada and at a venue to be named. Stevenson survived a knockdown to win a close fight over Fonfara in 2014. The WBC has ordered the winner to face mandatory challenger Eleider Alvarez, who accepted a step-aside deal.

WBC #10, IBF #13, WBO #7 light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (28-0, 17 KOs) isn’t happy about the decision of WBC …


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17-year-old Flores set for pro debut

Highly touted lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr., who at 16-year-old became the youngest fighter that Top Rank has ever signed, will make his pro debut in one of the most traditonally important dates for Mexican boxing, when he gets in the ring for the first time as a pro at the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ card that will take place at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, and will be headlined by unbeaten José Ramírez.

The opponents for Flores and Ramirez will be announced soon. (more…)

Highly touted lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr., who at 16-year-old became the youngest fighter that Top Rank has ever signed, …


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Ward-Kovalev presser quotes and photos

Photos: Roc Nation Sports/Khristopher Sandifer

On Monday at Le Parker Meridien in New York City, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) formally addressed the media on their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Below is what the fighters and dais guests had to say at the press conference:

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion

“I want to thank everybody for coming out today – the media, obviously, HBO, Peter Nelson and their whole team, these guys work tirelessly to get these kinds of things done. I appreciate my team, James Prince, Josh Dubin, Roc Nation and everyone at Roc Nation, JAY Z, Juan and Desiree Perez, Michael Yormark. It’s important to have a good team. We talk a lot about fighting, we talk all about matchups, but when we talk about support, it’s frowned upon. When we see fighters 10, 15, 20 years from now shuffling in a room, nothing to show what they fought for, that’s okay. By the grace of God and by way of my team, that’s not going to happen to me. (more…)

Photos: Roc Nation Sports/Khristopher Sandifer On Monday at Le Parker Meridien in New York City, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion …


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Pacquiao vs Horn officially announced

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum officially announced that Manny Pacquiao will defend the WBO welterweight championship against WBO#2 Jeff Horn at the 55,000 seat Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on July 2 (July 1 in the USA)

“Manny dhas been a pioneer, bringing world title fights to Cowboys Stadium, The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena and now Suncorp Stadium. We’re boxing’s version of Lewis & Clark, discovering new markets,” said Bob Arum. “Manny knows who will be the crowd favorite on July 1, but he can’t wait to give Australia and the world a great performance. It’s going to be unbelievable event.”

Top Rank and Duco Events will co-promote the Pacquiao vs Horn bout which is expected the break the current Australian record of a live gate which is held by the Jeff Fenech v Azumah Nelson contest in Melbourne that had 37,000 fight fans.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum officially announced that Manny Pacquiao will defend …


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Today’s EBU purse bid and updates

By Marco Bratusch

Gallego Prada Promociones won today’s EBU bid earning the rights to stage the European (EBU) junior lightweight championship between official challenger Juli Giner (20-2-1, 8 KOs) and French titlist Guillame Frenois (43-1, 10 KOs). The Spanish promoter and only bidder offered 40,100 Euros, a pot that will be splitted 60/40 in favor of the champion Frenois, who will defend his continental belt for the second time. Giner, a former continental champion himself, is a physically stronger boxer with an aggressive style and the matchup against a techician southpaw as the 33-year-old Frenois is expected to deliver a good show. Gallego Prada intends to stage the bout in Barcellona in a date to be communicated. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch Gallego Prada Promociones won today’s EBU bid earning the rights to stage the European (EBU) junior lightweight …


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Ward-Kovalev quick quotes

Today in New York City, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) formally addressed the media with details surrounding Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch”. The PPV event will take place June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Andre Ward: The reality is he’s gotta see me June 17…it’s not gonna be no different…he got what he asked for.

Sergey Kovalev: (speaking in Russian) The rematch will square things away and we’ll see who the best fighter is.

Today in New York City, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) formally addressed …


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Abraham-Krasniqi on PPV, Schwarz in co-feature

The April 22 World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title eliminator featuring two-time world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) taking on the three-time, two-division world champion “King” Artur Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) will be available on pay per view in North America, live from Congress Center in Erfurt, Germany. Suggested price is $24.95. The action will be available on cable, satellite and internet pay-per-view in both the USA and Canada.

Promoter SES Boxing has also just announced the co-feature and undercard. 22-year-old WBO/WBC Youth heavyweight champion and WBO #8 rated Tom Schwarz (18-0, 11 KOs) will step up to the senior circuit to face 40-year-old Adnan Redzovic (17-1, 6 KOs) in the co-feature. The WBO inter-continental belt will be on the line. (more…)

The April 22 World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title eliminator featuring two-time world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (46-4, 17 …


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Luis set to strike in Cornwall on Saturday

Former world title challenger Tony “Lightning” Luis (22-3, 7 KOs) will fight in his hometown for the first time since turning pro nine years ago when he faces hard-hitting Mexican warrior Noe “El Dengue” Nunez (17-4-1, 13 KOs) in the ten-round lightweight main event this Saturday at the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ontario.

Luis needs an impressive win over Nunez if he is to become a contender – again! It was two years ago that Luis lost a controversial unanimous decision to Derry Mathews for the interim WBA Lightweight title. Luis accepted the challenge on four day’s notice and the fight was in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool. (more…)

Former world title challenger Tony “Lightning” Luis (22-3, 7 KOs) will fight in his hometown for the first time since …


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Tyson Fury: If I’m alive I’ll be at Hughie’s fight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is undecided if he will attend his cousin Hughie’s May 6 challenge against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

“It will definitely be a first. Two world heavyweight champions from England (from the same family). I don’t think it will be done again, put it that way,” Fury told BoxNation’s Steve Lillis. “Of course it would mean a lot, it would mean the world to me. I’ll go over there, providing I’m alive or whatever. God willing I’ll be there.”

As for Hughie’s chances? “Hughie’s looking good, he’s training hard and everything’s going to plan – so far, so good…It doesn’t matter if it’s in New York, Hong Kong or China. It’s a boxing match at the end of the day and whoever wants it the most will win it. Boxing is in the mind anyway, it’s not in the physical body or how good or bad you are.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is undecided if he will …


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Lopez, Luna, Balderas triumph in LA

Photos: Andy Samuelson / Premier Boxing Champions

Former world title challenger Josesito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) scored a shutout ten round unanimous decision over Saul Corral (23-9, 14 KOs) in the main event of a rare Sunday night card at The Novo (formerly known as Club Nokia) in downtown Los Angeles. Lopez pressed the action from the get-go. He rocked Corral in round six and dropped Corral with a barrage of punches in round ten to punctuate his victory. Scores were 100-89 across the board.

Unbeaten lightweight prospect Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (22-0, 15 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Andrey Klimov (19-4, 9 KOs). Klimov fought most of the fight with a cut over the left eye. Luna staggered Klimov several times en route to a 98-92, 98-92, 97-93 win. Klimov suffered his third straight loss.

In his pro debut, 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas (1-0, 1 KO) battered Thomas Smith (3-5-1, 2 KOs) for three minutes and got the TKO win when Smith opted to not come out for round two. The bout was fought at super featherweight. photos

Photos: Andy Samuelson / Premier Boxing Champions Former world title challenger Josesito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) scored …




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