Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Adrien and Adrian both weigh 146.5

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Adrien Broner 146.5 vs Adrian Granados 146.5
David Avanesyan 147 vs Lamont Peterson 146.5
(WBA Welterweight World title)

Marcus Browne 174.5 vs Thomas Williams 174.5
Curtis Hill Jr 173.5 vs Cory Dulaney 168
Tra-Kwon Pettis 136 vs Mike Fowler 136
Desmond Jarman 126.5 vs Lucas Burger 126

Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
Venue: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: Showtime
photos

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime Adrien Broner 146.5 vs Adrian Granados 146.5 David Avanesyan 147 vs Lamont Peterson 146.5 (WBA Welterweight World …


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Mayfield targets Jones-Gunn winner

Former IBF world cruiserweight world champion Imamau Mayfield has thrown his hat into the ring to face the winner of tonight’s Roy Jones, Jr. vs.Bobby Gunn WBF World Cruiserweight title bout that will shown on Pay-Per-View.

The 44-yearold Mayfield of Freehold, New Jersey ended an eight-year hiatus last year in losing to then-undefeated heavyweight Dan Pasciolla, but he then came back to knock out Anthony Caputo Smith in six rounds on November 12th in Atlantic City. (more…)

Former IBF world cruiserweight world champion Imamau Mayfield has thrown his hat into the ring to face the winner of …



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Smith: Liam Williams is like a little lost boy without Lockett whispering in his ear

Ex WBO king Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith is smoldering from the insinuation yesterday that, at 28, he is now damaged goods following his valiant defeat to ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in September, the only reverse on his 25 fight resume. Speaking to Glynn Evans, the Mersey mouth responded:

‘As we’ve no more press conferences scheduled for a few months, I want a right of reply to that sh*te Gary Lockett put out yesterday.

He was a TV pundit for my fight against ‘Canelo’ and he told all the viewers how well I done. So he’s either a sh*te pundit who misleads the viewers or he’s trying to play mind games. If he thought I took a beating from ‘Canelo’, he doesn’t understand boxing. That’s certainly not what he said at the time.

Like I said at both the press conferences this week, Liam Williams is like a lost little boy without Lockett whispering in his ear. If they think that they can get into my head by spouting sh*te, if Lockett and Liam Williams think they can compete with myself and Joe Gallagher when it comes to mind games, they’re living in a dreamworld. Bring it on. We all know Liam Williams hasn’t got the coolest head. What’s Lockett playing at. Professional suicide.’

Ex WBO king Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith is smoldering from the insinuation yesterday that, at 28, he is now damaged goods …


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Interview Dat Nguyen

Super featherweight Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) is confident he’ll hang the first loss on rising prospect Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) in their ten round main event on FS1 and FOX Deportes. The fight takes place Tuesday, February 21 from Silver Street in Houston, Texas.

Super featherweight Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) is confident he’ll hang the first loss on rising prospect Miguel Flores (21-0, …




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Weights from Milan

Avni Yildirim 167.6 vs Aliaksandr Sushchyts 165.6
WBC International Silver super middleweight title

Venue: Teatro Principe, Milan, Italy
Tv: TV8,5 (Turkey), FightNetwork (Italy), FightKlub (Poland)
Promoters: Arena Boxing (Ahmet Oner), OPI Since 82 (Salvatore Cherchi), Principe Boxing Events (Alessandro Cherchi)

Avni Yildirim 167.6 vs Aliaksandr Sushchyts 165.6 WBC International Silver super middleweight title Venue: Teatro Principe, Milan, Italy Tv: TV8,5 …


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Roy Jones, Bobby Gunn make weight

Bobby Gunn 197.4 vs Roy Jones Jr. 199
Kanat Islam 154.2 vs Robson Assis 154.6
Frank De Alba 130.2 vs German Meraz 129
Joey Tiberi, Jr. 136 vs Bryan Timmons 138.2
Dan Biddle 214 vs Lamont Singletary 204.8
Olimjon Nazarov 119.4 vs Dagoberto Aguero 118.6
Henry Stewart 176.6 vs Martez Williamson 190.6
Eddie Ortiz 162.2 vs Jeff Chiffens 157.4

Promoters: David Feldman Promotions, Nelsons Promotions, King’s Promotions
Venue: The Chase Center, Wilmington, Delaware
TV: PPV

Bobby Gunn 197.4 vs Roy Jones Jr. 199 Kanat Islam 154.2 vs Robson Assis 154.6 Frank De Alba 130.2 vs …


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Erickson Lubin media day

Photos: Douglas DeFelice/Prime 360

Undefeated rising star Erickson “Hammer” Lubin hosted media at his gym in his hometown of Orlando Thursday as he prepares to face once-beaten contender Jorge Cota Saturday, March 4 in a 12-round super welterweight world title eliminator on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

Here is what Lubin and his trainer had to say Thursday:

Erickson Lubin:

“I haven’t stopped training since my last fight on December 10. We have been full throttle since. (more…)

Photos: Douglas DeFelice/Prime 360 Undefeated rising star Erickson “Hammer” Lubin hosted media at his gym in his hometown of Orlando …


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UniMas weights from El Paso, Texas

Jose Felix Jr 135.2 vs Jonathan Maicelo 135.0
Jennifer Han 125.8 vs Olivia Gerula 127.6
Esquiva Falcoa 161.8 vs Jaime Barboza 161.6
Arturo Marquez Jr 148.2 vs Ja’Mykle Wade 147
Jesse Garcia 128 vs Jeremy Longoria 127.4
Alexander Moreno 118.4 vs Augustine Banegas 117.8

Venue: Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

Jose Felix Jr 135.2 vs Jonathan Maicelo 135.0 Jennifer Han 125.8 vs Olivia Gerula 127.6 Esquiva Falcoa 161.8 vs Jaime …



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Broner, Granados final presser

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Four-division world champion Adrien Broner and hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday, February 18 live on SHOWTIME® from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday from the Cintas Center:

Adrien Broner:

“I know everyone is used to me coming up here and being boastful. That’s not me anymore. I have a lot of respect for Adrian Granados and he’s a great fighter. (more…)

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime Four-division world champion Adrien Broner and hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados went face-to-face Thursday at the …


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Jermall Charlo vacates IBF junior middleweight world title

Undefeated champion Jermall Charlo relinquished the IBF junior middleweight title this afternoon in order to pursue bigger challenges and another world championship in the middleweight division.

“I’ve been thinking about moving to 160 pounds for a while now,” Charlo said. “It was a struggle for me to make the weight for the last title fight. Once I captured the title I defended it immediately, because I wasn’t sure how long I could hold the weight. I held it an extra year to fight Austin Trout and Julian Williams. I feel there are bigger and better things for me at 160 where I can still hold my weight and be stronger. The idea of being a two-time world champion is a big goal for me. (more…)

Undefeated champion Jermall Charlo relinquished the IBF junior middleweight title this afternoon in order to pursue bigger challenges and another …


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Liam’s trainer Lockett criticizes other Liam

Lauded Welsh trainer Gary Lockett feels that the momentum is with his man, reigning British champ Liam Williams, ahead of the unmissable super-welter set-to against former WBO boss Liam Smith at Manchester Arena on April 8th.

Lockett: “Liam Smith is easily the best opponent my kid has faced. He has exceptional shot selection and is more defensively adept than Williams. Smith can be a little lazy when he’s on the outside, preferring to use his feet and decent head movement to work close, where he appears more comfortable.

“‘Beefy’ is a very good body puncher; a master at that left hook behind the elbow. My Liam must be wary of that, and he will be. A bit of fear will hopefully encourage him to use his own attributes a bit better. There’s ways and means to apply our pressure. Expect Williams to be more switched on mentally than he’s ever been. (more…)

Lauded Welsh trainer Gary Lockett feels that the momentum is with his man, reigning British champ Liam Williams, ahead of …


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Greg Cohen Promotions signs heavyweight Joey Dawejko

Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of heavyweight contender Joey Dawejko (17-4-3, 10 KOs).

Dawejko (pronounced Da-Vayko) of Philadelphia, has been a classic underachiever, thus far, in his professional career, but says the addition of Cohen as his promoter is just one of the changes he has made.

The 26-year-old Philadelphian has always been a talent but, admittedly, hasn’t always been in the best shape for his fights. “My manager, Mark Cipparone, changed my life,” he explained. “I used to take fights on a week’s notice for no money, so I never gave it 100%. Plus, I was working 12-14 hours a day as a roofer. The first day I got with him, I told him I can’t make the gym today because I’m going to be working and couldn’t get there in time. He said ‘Quit. This is your full-time job now.'” (more…)

Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of heavyweight contender Joey Dawejko (17-4-3, 10 KOs). Dawejko (pronounced Da-Vayko) of Philadelphia, …



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Clash Between Harrison and Hurd is now for the vacant IBF Junior Middleweight world title

The stakes have been raised in the junior middleweight showdown between Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) and Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs). The clash between Harrison and Hurd has been elevated to a battle for the vacant IBF 154-pound world title and is part of an exciting night of action Saturday, February 25. on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes.

The title become vacant after titlist Jermall Charlo dropped the belt to move up to middleweight to seek bigger challenges in a new division.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama and is headlined by undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces undefeated contender Gerald Washington.

“These guys have already shown their mettle by agreeing to fight each other – No. 2 versus No. 3 – for the No. 1 spot,” said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. “Having this match be for a world title is a great reward for two young guys who have shown a willingness to face each other.” (more…)

The stakes have been raised in the junior middleweight showdown between Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs) and Jarrett Hurd (19-0, …


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Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara gains U.S. citizenship

Photo: Team Lara

WBA and IBO super-welterweight champion, Erislady “The American Dream” Lara, is truly living the American dream since he has now completed all the eligibility requirements to become a U.S citizen. Erislandy, along with his wife Yudi, took an oath of allegiance to the United States today, solidifying their citizenship.

Lara, who made his U.S. boxing debut in Primm, Nevada, in January of 2009, is elated about gaining his U.S. citizenship. He reflects on the long journey it took to become a U.S citizen.

“When I arrived in the United States in 2008, my main goal was to become a citizen of this great nation.” said Erislandy Lara. “It brings me great joy to know that I am now a legal citizen of the United States of America. It’s been a long journey to get where I’m at today, and I couldn’t have done it without my beautiful wife Yudi. Together, we fulfilled all the legal requirements that were mandated to become a U.S citizen.”

“Living in here in the States has been a tremendous blessing to me and my family.” Lara continued. “With hard work, and the help of many good people around me, I’ve been able to provide for my loved ones. My goal is to continue my boxing career with my core team, and someday, God willing, become a Boxing Hall of Famer.”

Photo: Team Lara WBA and IBO super-welterweight champion, Erislady “The American Dream” Lara, is truly living the American dream since …


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Quintana, Castillo headline in Hobbs Friday

By David Finger

There’s a conventional wisdom about regional rivalries in boxing: they are sure to produce fireworks. And ever since kicking off in 2010, School of Hard Knocks Boxing has been creating some memorable Southwest boxing rivalries featuring some of Hobbs, New Mexico’s best young fighter. Tomorrow night (February 17) El Paso will be the latest city to try to derail the careers of two of New Mexico’s hottest prospects as light heavyweight Cesar Zamarripa and junior middleweight Shem Garcia Prieto come up from the Sun City to take on local boys Gerardo Quintana and Isidro Castillo Jr. respectively in the city of Hobbs, New Mexico.

In the main event the career of Gerardo Quintana is set to resume as he takes on the aforementioned Cesar Zamarripa. Quintana emerged as one of the most talked about prospects in New Mexico after turning pro in Hobbs in 2012. But after going undefeated in his first five fights he suffered his first setback in a loss to contender Anthony Mack from Texas in January of 2014. Since then Quintana’s career has been plagued by inactivity as he has fought only once against gritty Robert Sanders in December of 2015. Although Quintana still possesses the tools to make a serious run in the light heavyweight division he needs to shake off a fair amount of “ring rust” and can ill-afford another setback against Zamarripa. (more…)

By David Finger There’s a conventional wisdom about regional rivalries in boxing: they are sure to produce fireworks. And ever …


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Heavyweight Grudge Match Headlines MotorCity Casino Show

Story and photos by Bob Ryder

It’s a rare occurrence in today’s boxing scene where two undefeated fighters from the same hometown agree to take each other on. Thankfully, some bad blood between two Detroit heavyweights helped matchmaker Carlos Llinas and promoter Greg Ahrens stage an intriguing main event at the next installment of “Night of Knockouts IX” at the MotorCity Casino-Hotel on Friday, February 24. Craig Lewis (13-0-1, 7 KO’s) and Demetrius Banks (8-0, 4 KO’s) will seek to settle their differences over a scheduled eight rounds. (more…)

Story and photos by Bob Ryder It’s a rare occurrence in today’s boxing scene where two undefeated fighters from the …



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Shields-Szabados ShoBox undercard announced

Six prospects will round out the ShoBox: The New Generation televised bouts for Salita Promotions’ “Detroit City Gold” on Friday, March 10, at MGM Grand Detroit, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT). In addition to the history-making six-round main event featuring two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (1-0) of Flint, Mich., taking on Hungary’s Szilvia “Sunset” Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs) for the Women’s NABF Middleweight Championship, there will be a trio of exciting bouts between rising prospects with a combined record of 80-2-5 with 39 KOs.

“Detroit City Gold” will mark the first time in history a women’s boxing match has headlined on premium television. Shields and Szabados will also be the first women’s fight on ShoBox, a series that has sparked the careers of 67 future world champions. (more…)

Six prospects will round out the ShoBox: The New Generation televised bouts for Salita Promotions’ “Detroit City Gold” on Friday, …


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“Choko” Rodriguez ready for “Tecuala” Argumedo



Story and photo by Felipe Leon

IBF#6/WBC#7 ranked straw weight Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez (19-0, 9KO) of Tijuana, Mexico, is a long way from home in Jiquipilco, in the mountains of central Mexico, getting ready for his next fight and if all goes as planned it will be against IBF 105-pound champion Jose “Tecuala” Argumedo (19-3-1, 11KO). Argumedo of Tepic, Mexico, is managed by Eddy Reynoso. Reynoso is are better known as the trainer of WBO super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

The twenty-two year old Rodriguez is promoted by Zanfer Promotions who secured an opportunity against Argumedo for some time in March and is only waiting for the official date.

“I am very motivated, anxious and thankful for the opportunity,” Rodriguez recently said from camp. “I want the day to be here already so I can win the title and give my city of Tijuana another world champion.” (more…)

Story and photo by Felipe Leon IBF#6/WBC#7 ranked straw weight Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez (19-0, 9KO) of Tijuana, Mexico, is a …


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WBA has not approved heavyweight interim title fight

The World Boxing Association wants to clarify that has not approved any new interim title fight. Therefore the fight between Odlanier Solis and Manuel Charr will not have a WBA interim heavyweight title at stake. The contest between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko was approved for the WBA super championship, while the clash between Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo for the regular title awaits a February 23 purse bid.

WBA already has eight weight categories with one champion and continues to work to achieve that goal in all 17 divisions in boxing.

The World Boxing Association wants to clarify that has not approved any new interim title fight. Therefore the fight between …


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Han, Felix Jr, Gerula media day

Photo: Top Rank

Headliners for Friday’s big El Paso boxing card pose at the pre-fight press conference. Jennifer Han, Jose Felix Jr. and Olivia Gerula will all see action with Han and Gerula facing off with the IBF Women’s World Featherweight Title on the line. Felix, Jr. will face Jonathan Maicelo in a ten round battle of lightweight contenders. Doors open at 6:00 PM Friday at The Don Haskins Convention Center.

Photo: Top Rank Headliners for Friday’s big El Paso boxing card pose at the pre-fight press conference. Jennifer Han, Jose …


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Broner, Granados media day

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados kicked-off fight week with a media workout Wednesday ahead of their main event showdown Saturday, February 18 live on SHOWTIME® from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Also working out Wednesday and competing in televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan and two-time world champion Lamont Peterson, who meet in a 12-round welterweight fight, and light heavyweight contenders Marcus Browne and Thomas Williams Jr., who meet in a 10-round contest.

Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday from Oasis Elite Boxing Club:

Adrien Broner:

“I feel really good. I’m confident as always. Training has been great and I’m just ready to put on a show for my hometown. (more…)

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados kicked-off fight week with a …


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Garcia primed and ready for Thurman

By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated World champion Danny “Swift” Garcia looks to be in the best shape of his career as he prepares to face undefeated WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman in the main event of the Showtime Championship Boxing card at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday March 4th. The card will be televised on CBS. Danny Garcia and his father spoke on the fight as they finished their media workout for the press at Danny Garcia’s DSG Boxing Gym in Philly.

Danny Garcia on Keith Thurman’s preparation for the fight: “I really don’t know what he does. At the end of the day, I prepare myself to be 100%. I will be prepared for anything he does. That is why I am a true champion, because I can adapt to whatever he brings to the table and that is what I am going to do March 4th.” (more…)

By Kurt Wolfheimer Photos: Premier Boxing Champions Undefeated World champion Danny “Swift” Garcia looks to be in the best shape …


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Russell, Escandon is official

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. and featherweight contender Oscar Escandon will host a media luncheon and roundtable to officially announce their main event showdown Saturday, March 11 from MGM National Harbor in Maryland.

Following the luncheon, media will be offered a tour of The Theater at MGM National Harbor, the venue where the new resort’s first boxing event will be held.

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. and featherweight contender Oscar Escandon will host a media luncheon and roundtable to …


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Flanagan, Petrov quotes and photo

Photos: Karen Priestley

WBO Lightweight Champion of the World Terry Flanagan and his latest challenger Petr Petrov came face-to-face at a press conference today at the home of Premier League giants Manchester City ahead of their showdown at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 8th April, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Undefeated Flanagan, a City fanatic and season ticket holder at the Etihad Stadium, is gearing up for the fifth defence of his WBO strap and insisted no corners will be cut in his preparation for former World Title challenger Petrov.

“If I’m not 100% against Petrov I could slip up,” said Flanagan. “If I’m not on my game he’s a potential banana skin and I won’t get those big unification fights later on in the year. First and foremost I need to get in the gym and do the hard work. Me at my best beats him at his best. (more…)

Photos: Karen Priestley WBO Lightweight Champion of the World Terry Flanagan and his latest challenger Petr Petrov came face-to-face at …


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2017 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees

Former world champion Thomas Hearns, who along with Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran dominated boxing in the 1980s and became known collectively as “The Four Kings,” headlines a 14-person class of inductees into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Hall CEO/president Michelle Corrales-Lewis announced Wednesday.

Hearns was chosen in the non-Nevada resident boxer category, along with Michael Spinks, Erik Morales, Michael Carbajal, women’s boxing star Lucia Rijker and Salvador Sanchez. Elected in the Nevada resident boxer category was Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Richie Sandoval.

Chosen in the non-boxer category were referee Davey Pearl, public relations specialist Debbie Munch, promoter Mel Greb, trainer/cut man Rafael Garcia and Nevada Athletic Commission chair Dr. Elias Ghanem. (more…)

Former world champion Thomas Hearns, who along with Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran dominated boxing in …


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Thurman ready for Garcia

Photos: Prime 360 Photography

Undefeated world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman hosted media at his training camp in St. Petersburg, FL Wednesday as he prepares to face fellow welterweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia in the main event of Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center, the home of Brooklyn Boxing™.

Broadcast coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with undefeated rising star Erickson Lubin battling once-beaten knockout artist Jorge Cota in a super welterweight title eliminator bout.

Here is what Thurman had to say Wednesday from the St. Petersburg Boxing Club:

Keith Thurman:

“At the end of the day, it’s just another fight. My job has not changed since I was seven years old. This is the sport that I love. The name of the game to hit and not get hit, but you know I’m looking to inflict some damage as well. (more…)

Photos: Prime 360 Photography Undefeated world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman hosted media at his training camp in St. Petersburg, …


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Jones-Gunn Press Conference Quotes

By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Rick Scharmberg

Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) has won titles in every division from middleweight to heavyweight in his illustrious pro career, which dates back to 1989. This Friday night, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware, Jones will attempt to add the vacant WBF cruiserweight title to his collection. “Skill vs. Will” will feature Jones taking on Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-6-1, 18 KOs) in the twelve round main event. The co-main event will feature world-rated Kanat Islam (22-0, 18 KOs), who will take on Robson Assis (16-3, 9 KOs) in a ten round junior middleweight bout. The final press conference took place today at the Chase Center.

Roy Jones Jr.:
Thanks to everyone who came together to make this event happen. Delaware is a small jewel, and to bring a big jewel together with it, you get a hell of a jewel.

Bobby Gunn is a mean dude. To be 72-0 with 72 knockouts in bare knuckles, says you beating somebody up for the heck of it. People ask why I am fighting him. It’s because I respect that. This guy is a killer, and I try to do things different. (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Rick Scharmberg Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) has won titles in every division from middleweight …


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WBA now has one champion in eight divisons

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said Wednesday at a press conference held in Panama City that the WBA now has eight divisions, out of the 17 existing in boxing, with a single champion. “Yesterday (February 14) Jason Sosa resigned his title so now Jezreel Corrales is the only super featherweight champion. His status remains super champion as is in the rules, but there not will be another champion in that division. So we have eight cleaned up divisions as we promised,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza stated he’ll continue to work on the remaining nine weight categories to achieve the goal of one champion per division. The next world title reduction will come March 18 in the middleweight division, unless Golovkin-Jacobs ends in a draw. Another title reduction fight was to have taken place February 25 between WBA super bantamweight super champion Guillermo Ringondeaux against interim champ Moses Flores, but that whole card was canceled due to an injury to main eventer James Kirkland. “As you see, it’s not simple because many things happen,” said Mendoza. “We assume our responsibility in this case, but I think we have been proceeding at a good pace.”

A tournament is already underway to determine a single WBA heavyweight champion.

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said Wednesday at a press conference held in Panama City that the WBA now has …


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Sosa, Lomachenko quick quotes

Undefeated two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and WBA super featherweight champion Jason Sosa talked to reporters about their upcoming fight on April 8 at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Sosa: It’s been a blessing for me to stay hungry and to stay focused and to retain my class and learning everything.

Lomachenko: I am very happy for being back into training camp. I am enjoying every single day I am preparing for the fight. Thank you very much and we’ll see you on April 8th.

Undefeated two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko and WBA super featherweight champion Jason Sosa talked to …


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WBA may order Santa Cruz-Mares

The World Boxing Association may order a match between WBA featherweight super champion Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares, the regular champion at 126. The announcement could come within a week according to WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The intention of the Championships Committee is to continue the policy of reducing the number of titles. However, Santa Cruz-Mares could be delayed if Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton reach a new agreement for a third fight.

The World Boxing Association may order a match between WBA featherweight super champion Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares, the …


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Sosa gives up WBA super featherweight title

WBA super welterweight champion Jason Sosa has relinquished the WBA regular 130lb world title. The reason for his decision is he’s taking a “life-changing” fight against WBO champ Vasyl Lomachenko. Sosa was the mandatory challenger super champion 130 pounds super champion Jezreel Corrales, who now has the opportunity for an optional fight before his mandatory. WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza is studying the possibility of an elimination tournament to determine the mandatory challenger for Corrales.

WBA super welterweight champion Jason Sosa has relinquished the WBA regular 130lb world title. The reason for his decision is …


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Broner-Granados undercard announced

Unbeaten prospect Jamontay Clark (10-0, 6 KOs) meets Nicaragua’s Santos Benavides (25-11-2, 19 KOs) in an eight-round bout that highlights an exciting undercard on Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Additional action will feature unbeaten Indianapolis-native Curtis Hill Jr. (9-0, 4 KOs) in a six-round light heavyweight bout against Cory Dulaney (5-3-1, 1 KO) and unbeaten Cincinnati-native Santino Turnbow (3-0, 2 KOs) taking on Joe Miller Jr. (1-1) in a four-round cruiserweight showdown.

Rounding out the night is Cincinnati’s Desmons Jarman and Honduras-native David Quay in a four-round super featherweight and Atlanta’s Tra-Kwon Pettis (5-2, 1 KO) facing Milwaukee’s Mike Fowler (5-4, 2 KOs) in a four-round lightweight contest.

Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados will take place Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, live on Showtime.

Unbeaten prospect Jamontay Clark (10-0, 6 KOs) meets Nicaragua’s Santos Benavides (25-11-2, 19 KOs) in an eight-round bout that highlights …


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Undefeated Yildirim to battle Sushchyts for WBC title

By Marco Bratusch

On February 18th 25-year-old Turkish fighter Avni “Mr. Robot” Yildirim (14-0, 9 KOs) will fight his first match of 2017 after a busy 6-bout winning streak in 2016. The undefeated WBC #3, WBA #7 and IBF #8 super middleweight will face off against 28-year-old Aliaksandr Sushchyts (21-3-1, 11 KOs) from Minsk, Belarus. The fight will be at the Teatro Principe in Milan, in co-promotion with Ahmet Oner. The contest will be for the WBC International Silver title and televised by Turkish channel TV8,5 along with Polish channel fightklub.

Ahmet Oner, who is willing to put Yildirim against a top contender during this year, made some noise last week stating that it was his fighter who had damaged James DeGale’s teeth during a sparring session in Miami, Florida. DeGale’s injury was previously thought to occur during his unification bout against WBC champion Badou Jack on January 14th in Brooklyn, a spirited contest which ended in majority draw. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch On February 18th 25-year-old Turkish fighter Avni “Mr. Robot” Yildirim (14-0, 9 KOs) will fight his first …


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Kauffman, Mansour to clash March 17

Heavyweight contenders Travis “My Time” Kauffman (31-1, 23 KOs) and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-2-1, 16 KOs) will headline the action on Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce Friday, March 17 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Reading’s Kauffman and Philadelphia’s Mansour will meet in a 12-round battle of Pennsylvania-rivals who are looking to go through the other on their way to a world title shot.

“I am very excited for this fight on March 17,” said Kauffman. “I am training very hard, and I’m ready to take care of business. This win will get me to the next level. Amir is a tough fighter who has never been in a bad fight. He is a desperate fighter who knows this is his last chance to retain his spot as a heavyweight contender, so I expect to see the best Amir Mansour. I will be very sharp. I expect a better performance than I had against Chris Arreola.”

“This is a fight that the heavyweight division needs,” said Mansour. “This is two top quality facing off against each other. I am the toughest fighter that he has ever faced, but he is not the toughest fighter that I have faced. I will say that he is one of the best boxers in the heavyweight division. He has tremendous boxing skills, and I am looking forward to mixing it up with someone who can box and fight.”

Heavyweight contenders Travis “My Time” Kauffman (31-1, 23 KOs) and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-2-1, 16 KOs) will headline the action …


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Yunier Dorticos signs with Caribe Promotions and Warriors Boxing

Interim WBA World Cruiserweight Champion Yunier Dorticos has signed a co-promotional agreement with Warriors Boxing and Caribe Promotions.

“I have worked hard in my career and Caribe Promotions has helped get me to where I am now. I am a world-class fighter, and that comes with making choices to benefit my career and my team,” said Dorticos. “I am excited to join Warriors Boxing as my co-promoter along with my Caribe Promotions, because it gives me to opportunity to be under the guidance of a world-class championship team and take my career to new heights. Together with Caribe Promotions and Warriors Boxing, I will become the best 200-lb undisputed Cruiserweight Champion in the World.”

Interim WBA World Cruiserweight Champion Yunier Dorticos has signed a co-promotional agreement with Warriors Boxing and Caribe Promotions. “I have …




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