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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

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Canelo-Smith produces about 300k buys

Estimated PPV buys: Around 300,000
Live Attendance: 51,240



September 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Han to defend IBF female belt Oct 15

IBF female featherweight champion Jennifer Han of El Paso will defend her world title against mandatory challenger, Lilian Martinez, of the Dominican Republic, on Saturday, October 15th, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center.

For Han, it will be the second defense of her title. She last defended it successfully on April 29, 2016 at the Southwestern University Ballpark, where she drew over 5,000 fans. For Han, it’s back to business and making El Paso fight fans proud. (more…)



September 22nd, 2016


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Don King inks unbeaten Anthony Sims Jr.

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Young undefeated light heavyweight Anthony Sims Jr. of Indianapolis has signed a promotional contract with world-renowned Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King. The 21-year-old Sims has a professional record of 12-0 record with 11 knockouts. He’s a former #1-ranked United States amateur and earned a bronze medal at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials at the age of 17, becoming the youngest U.S. light heavyweight in the history of USA boxing to capture a medal at the Olympic Trials.

“I’m excited to sign with the legendary Don King, a true icon and a trailblazer who has promoted dozens of the biggest stars in boxing over the last 50 years, set box office and pay-per-view records, and promoted fights all over the world, including some of the most memorable fights of all time,” Sims said. “I believe Don is perfectly suited to guide my career and give me the opportunities and platform to become a world champion and realize my dreams. I can’t wait to fight under the DKP banner.” (more…)



September 22nd, 2016

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Chilemba to face Gvozdyk on Kovalev-Ward PPV undercard

Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) will return to the United States on November 19 to face light heavyweight prospect and NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs). This will be a ten round bout and part of the Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound for Pound” pay-per-view telecast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout will be presented by Main Events in association with Top Rank. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.



September 22nd, 2016


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Wilson faces Ancona this Saturday in Oregon

By Ricardo Ibarra

This Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon, homegrown cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (14-0, 9 KOs) will look to add another win to his unblemished record, taking on Ohio’s Armando Ancona (8-4-2, 5 KO’s) in the main event of White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble 5”

Wilson was originally scheduled to take on journeyman Damon Reed, but after the state commission rejected Reed as an opponent, Ancona Stepped in to take his place.

“I thought Damon Reed was going to be a good test,” said Wilson. “He’s been in there with the best and we were looking forward to seeing how we matched up to him, but that’s just the way it goes. Now we have Ancona and he’s a solid opponent. He’s fought some tough guys, and he’s a left hander with a good jab and knows how to move around the ring. He’s a well rounded guy. I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to the table.” (more…)



September 22nd, 2016

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Crolla-Linares final press conference

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig

WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and multi-division champ Jorge Linares faced off at the final press conference in Manchester, UK, for their WBA and WBC Diamond lightweight world title clash at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.

Anthony Crolla: Saturday night beating Jorge will turn me into a superstar. When the bell goes, those belts will be staying in Manchester!

Jorge Linares: “Ismael Barroso is a very good fighter but he made a big mistake in the fight. He came out too strong and too fast and too aggressive, trying to KO Anthony, and when you are at this level, you cannot go looking for the KO because when you do that, you end up receiving the KO, and that’s what happened.

“Anthony worked to fight for 12 rounds but Ismael didn’t. He came rushing out and Anthony absorbed the early attack and imposed himself on Ismael and won the fight in style. The difference is that I prepare to go the distance and that’s what you need to do at this level. (more…)



September 22nd, 2016

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Paul Butler: all of the Bantamweight world title holders are there for the beating

Former world champion Paul Butler (21-1 12 KOs) makes his return to the ring when he fights over ten rounds on October 22, live on BoxNation.

“Just being around the lads in the gym and seeing the big fights that they’re involved in is good to be around and it gives you a real push. I’ve known most of the guys in the gym since I was an amateur. Working alongside them and watching them train is good, you pick up new things such as different shot selections every day.

“It has been a frustrating few months for me but that’s boxing for you. I’m buzzing to get back out and I can’t wait to get back in there and put a show on and push on towards another world title at bantamweight. I believe all of the Bantamweight world title holders are there for the beating; especially Haskins.

“I’m just eager to get out there, get a win and push on for another world title. I’d box for a world title on the 22nd October if I was given the opportunity. I don’t get ring rust or anything like that. I believe I’ll have one or two fights and then I’ll be back in there for a world title fight.”



September 22nd, 2016

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Parker: I will tell Dimitrenko to be more respectful

Photo: Dave Cameron

Photo: Dave Cameron


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) has responded to comments made by Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) prior to their showdown on October 1 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. Dimitrenko stated that in his opinion Carlos Takam defeated Parker earlier in their IBF elimination contest last May. “If the fight was in France then the fight would have gone to Takam,” said the 6’7 Ukrainian.

Parker’s response? “The Takam fight was a hard fight, it was a close fight. But our team knew that we won. For him to say that, I don’t like it. With boxing, people should respect each other. He didn’t say that to my face, maybe saying it gives confidence to himself. I will tell him to be more respectful and to respect me in my country.”

Parker is coming off a four round stoppage of Solomon Haumono in July and Dimitrenko is coming off an eight round decision victory over Drazan Janjanin in Germany last January.



September 22nd, 2016

Boxing News

Perez and Petrov show their skills

WBA #3 rated lightweight contender Michael “The Artist” Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) of Newark, N.J. and NABA lightweight beltholder Petr “Zar” Petrov (37-4-2, 17 KOs) of Ryazan, Russia, hosted a media workout in Los Angeles Wednesday, ahead of their WBA lightweight world title eliminator on September 30 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Michael Perez: “I’ve been training with Robert Garcia for two and a half years now, and I’ve seen the results. Under his guidance, I have been able to win the NABO Lightweight Title, and now we get to work hard for the WBA title eliminator. This is a huge fight, and both my opponent and I are going in heavy, I’ve got to win — and my training with Garcia is a reflection of that. I’m stronger and more confident, now more than ever.”

Petr Petrov: “This is one of the best camps I’ve had in my career. I started with part of my training camp in Madrid with my brother Vlad and out here the last two months with my trainer Danny Zamora and my strength trainer Jerry Arios helping me prepare for this fight. I’ve been feeling very strong. It’s been easy for me to make my weight, and my body has been good at this weight class.”



September 22nd, 2016

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Balekile Sam dies

By Ron Jackson

Well known Eastern Cape trainer Balekile Sam died after a short illness in Mdantasne near East London last Friday. He was 77. Sam began training young fighters at the Modern Boys Club in the 1970s. Amongst the boxers he trained was the first South African female fighter to win a “world” title Noni Tenge, who won the IBF junior welterweight belt and later captured the WBF junior middleweight belt. He was buried in Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape last Saturday.



September 22nd, 2016

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Pacquiao-Vargas PPV undercard set

WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, WBO featherweight champion “scar Valdez, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming will be featured support bouts on the November 5 PPV event headlined by the WBO welterweight world title fight between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs) will be defending his world title belt against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs). Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) will be making his first title defense against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KOs). Zou (8-1, 2 KOs) will battle Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (39-1-2, 24 KOs) in a 12-round flyweight rematch between the two top-three world-rated contenders.

The fights will be officially announced next week by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum at a press conference in Los Angeles next Tuesday.



September 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Stieglitz-Amar ready for Euro title collision

The kick-off press conference took place Wednesday for the November 12 European light heavyweight title clash between reigning champion Mehdi Amar and Robert Stieglitz at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Two-time world super middleweight champion Stieglitz is moving to light heavyweight and will immediately challenge for the Euro title. MDR will televise the fight live in Germany.

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Robert Stieglitz: “I’m excited because I haven’t had this title. Of course, it’s an advantage for me to box at home and I hope for the support of the Magdeburg boxing fans. At super middleweight I was long tormented with making weight. Now I have no problem and I’m always in a good mood. I want to win this fight to bring the European light heavyweight title back to Germany. I still lack the European championship belt in my collection.”

Mehdi Amar: “I know Robert Stieglitz very well. He’s a high quality opponent. I respect him, but I’m going to win and keep the title. My battle cry is ‘Victory or Death.'” (more…)



September 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Charges dropped in Broner bowling alley case

By TMZSports.com

Boxing superstar Adrien Broner will not be prosecuted for allegedly pulling a gun on a man and violently robbing him earlier this year … TMZ Sports has confirmed … Broner was charged with felonious assault and aggravated robbery after allegedly getting into a fight over a bet at a Cincinnati bowling alley back in January. A jury trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday, but according to a Hamilton County court clerk, the prosecutor’s witness was a no-show … so the judge dropped the charges. Broner was present in court with his lawyer.

It seems like AB is completely off the hook in this case — the alleged victim dropped his civil suit against him a few months ago. A rep for the boxer tells us, “We are happy that the charges were dropped. It was a major setback, but we’re glad we can move on from this and focus on getting AB back in the ring.”



September 21st, 2016

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Lebedev to defend against Gassiev on Dec 3

Denis Lebedev will defend his WBA Super World and IBF World cruiserweight titles over a scheduled 12 rounds against Murat Gassiev in Moscow (the exact venue to be determined) on Saturday, December 3.

The 37-year-old Russian champ is a 15-year pro, though out of the ring from ’05 to ’07 (29-2, 22 KOs), who won the interim WBA World cruiserweight title in November 2011 by beating James Toney via unanimous decision. The southpaw was upgraded to “regular” championship status in October 2012. He lost the title in May 2013, kayoed by Guillermo Jones in the 11th, but was awarded the belt after Jones was stripped five months later. Upon stopping Victor Emilio Ramirez by second-round TKO this May, Lebedev was declared “super” champion, gaining the IBF strap at the same time. (more…)



September 21st, 2016

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Unbeaten Morrison poised for break out fight

Trey Lippe Morrison is 11-0 with 11 knockouts. He is the son of the late former world heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison and is trained by Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym. This Friday, the 26-year-old Morrison makes his television debut when he faces fellow unbeaten and Roc Nation prospect Ed Latimore (13-0, 7 KOs) on Showtime’s ShoBox quadrupleheader from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

“He inherited his father’s punch,” said Roach. “He’s a big puncher. He’s learned how to box and is getting better every day. He tries hard. I like the way he’s progressing. He holds his own with some of the veteran guys here at the gym and is doing very well. (more…)



September 21st, 2016

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DiBella inks unbeaten Joseph Williams

DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has added undefeated light heavyweight prospect Joseph Williams (10-0, 7 KOs), of Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, to its stable of boxers. “Having seen Williams fight a few times, I am very impressed,” said promoter Lou DiBella. “He is a big, strong kid and has tremendous power in both hands. He is managed by my good friend David McWater and we feel that Joseph has the potential to do big things in his career.”

The signing of Williams adds to a formidable roster of light heavyweights for DBE, which includes Edwin Rodriguez (28-2, 19 KOs), Cedric Agnew (28-2, 14 KOs), Radivoje Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs), Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs), Luis Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KOs).



September 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Tevin Farmer added to Oct 14 Philly card

Streaking junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer, of North Philadelphia, and Orlando Rizo, of Managua, Nicaragua, will meet in a scheduled eight-round contest Friday evening, Oct. 14, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The Farmer-Rizo bout is a major added attraction to the card which already features junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson, of North Philadelphia, against Ismael “Tito” Garcia, of Vineland, NJ, in an eight-round match.

Farmer, 26, is riding a 15-fight win streak and he is the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champ at 130 pounds. He is coming off the best performance of his career, a 10-round whitewashing of highly touted lightweight Ivan Redkach, of Los Angeles, CA, on July 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (more…)



September 21st, 2016

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Hatton picks WBA champ Crolla to defeat Linares

Ricky Hatton has backed WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla to triumph his world title clash with Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night. Hatton will be at ringside for the fight in the same arena where he won his first world title against Kostya Tszyu a decade ago. “Where Anthony has come from is a great example,” said Hatton. “It’s not where you start in boxing, it’s where you finish. He lost a six rounder early in his career and to Derry Mathews later on, everyone wrote him off and to achieve what he has is a test of his character. I’m very proud of him. (more…)



September 21st, 2016

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Skoglund-Shala fight postponed

Erik Skoglund’s WBA International Light Heavyweight title fight with Timy Shala on October 28 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden has been postponed.

‘’Sadly the fight between Erik Skoglund and Timy Shala has been postponed due to a failed application with the Kampsportsdelegationen (Swedish Martial Arts Delegation),’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland.

‘’Obviously we are disappointed, but laws are laws and we have to be respectful of the Swedish laws when it comes to boxing. There was a mix up with the application, which meant it was submitted too late, and we will now be addressing this issue to see how it happened, and to ensure it never happens again.

‘’Unfortunately this means we will have to postpone our scheduled event on October 28 at Rosvalla Arena, but we will announce a new date shortly.’’

A new date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed. Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date. Alternatively fans should contact Biljettforum to receive a full refund.



September 21st, 2016

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Estrada set for return as a super flyweight

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Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Former unified world champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (33-2, 24 KOs) announced at a press conference that he will return to the ring on October 8 in at the Francisco León García Baseball Stadium in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. Estrada said he is fully recovered from the injury to his right hand that sidelined him for over a year and he’s ready to face Filipino Raymond Tabugon (18-5-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round clash at super flyweight.

Estrada acknowledged that he has renounced both the WBA and WBO flyweight titles and in 2017 will be looking to land fights with super flyweight world champions Román “Chocolatito” González, Naoya Inoue and Nica Concepcion.



September 21st, 2016

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Linares ready to take on Crolla

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Photo: Mark Robinson Photography/Matchroom Boxing

WBC lightweight champion in recess Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) has promised to bring war against reigning WBA lightweight king Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on Saturday. Last time he fight in the UK, Linares stopped fan favorite Kevin Mitchell in round ten at the O2 Arena in London in May 2015. Linares will challenge for Crolla’s WBA belt with a ceremonial WBC diamond belt also on the line. The winner must face WBC interim champion Dejan Zlaticanin.

“I’m excited to be here,” said Linares. “Believe it or not, I feel like I’m at home because the fans received me well. We’ve been here before, on a similar stage, when we fought Kevin Mitchell. Manchester is different, but the love and respect I’m getting is admirable. (more…)



September 21st, 2016

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Hughey Fury vs. Andy Ruiz not happening

A WBO heavyweight final eliminator is off between WBO #3 Andy Ruiz and WBO #5 heavyweight Hughey Fury slated for October 29 on the Fury-Klitschko undercard in Manchester, England. Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren announced the fight in his weekly Daily Star column on September 3. However, today Fury’s father and trainer Peter Fury tweeted:

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Andy Ruiz junior pulls out of fight October 29th against @hughiefury. News just in today.



September 20th, 2016

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Promoter Salita fires back at “Big Baby”

Responding to recent statements made to the media by Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller that he is a free agent, Dmitriy Salita (Salita Promotions) has responded by confirming that his company’s promotional agreement with Miller is valid and subsisting. Salita also wishes to remind would-be promoters of the valid promotional contract he has with the red-hot heavyweight contender.

In part due to his excellent work, Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) finds his name on lips of boxing fans and experts worldwide, while riding an ever-increasing wave of forward momentum as the next great fighter from Brooklyn to fight for and win the heavyweight championship.

“Unfortunately, this is what happens in boxing,” said Salita. “You bring a guy up from the ground level and when he starts getting up there, the wolves start whispering in his ear.” (more…)



September 20th, 2016

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Minto ends career with TKO win

In his farewell fight, heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto scored a fifth round TKO over Hungarian Andre Csomor (17-12-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at Kelly Automotive Park in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania. The 41-year-old Minto ends with a career mark of 42-11 with 27 KOs. Despite being an undersized heavyweight, Minto thrilled boxing fans with his always aggressive style. Good luck to Brian in his future endeavors.



September 20th, 2016

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McKenzie sick, pulls out of Huck fight

Ovill McKenzie has been forced to withdraw from his challenge for the IBO World Cruiserweight Championship against Marco Huck on medical grounds. Mckenzie, 36, was due to face Germany’s Huck this Saturday at the Festhalle Arena in Frankfurt, Germany.

“Naturally I am absolutely gutted that I have been forced to pull out of my challenge for the IBO world title,” said McKenzie. “I had been training harder than ever and was in the shape of my life but unfortunately these things happen in boxing…I am sorry to all of my fans who booked tickets, flights and hotels to watch me fight. Medical advice from health professionals cannot be ignored and I believe that we have made the correct decision to withdraw. I hope the fight can be rescheduled.”

Huck is looking for a new opponent. The name Enad Licina has been mentioned as a possibility.



September 20th, 2016

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Boxing Buzz

The first-ever Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round on Bounce TV to take place in Las Vegas hit the jackpot ratings-wise. Last Friday’s show headlined by Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith against Frank “Notorious” Galarza drew a combined 1.3 million viewers during the live telecast and immediate replay.
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The normally super-active PBC currently only has one fight card on its upcoming TV schedule, an FS1 show featuring a welterweight clash between Bryant Perrella and Yordenis Ugas. Hopefully more fights will be announced soon.
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UniMas will air an October 14 “Solo Boxeo” card featuring Mexico’s Jose Felix Jr. (34-1-1, 26 KOs) vs. Alan “El Explosivo” Herrera (33-8-0, 21 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout at Sportmans Lodge in Studio City, California.
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UniMas will also air an October 28 show featuring Detroit super featherweight Erik De Leon (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. Brazil’s Aldimar Santos (19-10, 12 KOs). Also on the card: Brazilian Olympian and middleweight Esquiva Falcao (14-0, 11 KOs) vs. TBA. The venue is the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas.
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After his win over Gabriel Rosado, middleweight contender Willie Monroe, Jr. is taking aim at a fight against Canelo Alvarez or a shot at the WBO middleweight title.



September 20th, 2016

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Unbeaten super featherweights collide Nov 4

In a clash of unbeaten super featherweight prospects, Andy Vences (16-0, 10 KOs) will face Casey Ramos (23-0, 6cKOs) in the main event of a ‘Solo Boxeo’ card in Las Vegas at Treasure Island on November 4th, the day before the Manny Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas pay-per-view clash. The fight will be for the WBC Continental Americas title and will be promoted by Top Rank.

The San Jose, California-based Vences trains at Los Gallos Boxing Academy with coach Gabe Flores Sr. in Stockton, CA and travels over a hour one-way to train multiple times a week.

Ramos is also currently running for city council in his hometown of Austin, Texas, as well as attending college while training for this fight on November 4th.

The co-main event is welterweight Alex Saucedo taking on Robert Guerrero sparring partner Raymond Serrano. Also featured on the card is Seanie Monaghan, Steve Nelson and Jesse Hart.



September 20th, 2016

Boxing News

“Big Baby” Miller wants out of promotional pact

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs) has distributed the following statement to the press:

To quote my attorney, Leon Margules, Esq. from a letter which he addressed to Dmitriy Salita from Star of David Promotions a/k/a Salita Promotions “You are hereby notified that due to your clients’ breaches and its continued and persistent wrongdoings, the Promotional Agreement dated March 15, 2014 with Jarrell Miller is terminated and he is free to seek other opportunities in furtherance of his career”.

After defeating Fred Kassi on August 19, 2016 on ShoBox, my success clearly should have been a time of celebration with the eyes of the boxing world tuned into a coming out party for the future heavyweight champion of the world. Instead, I was forced into the unwanted position of having to consult legal counsel on my promotional status. (more…)



September 20th, 2016

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Anthony Crolla ready for Jorge Linares

Anthony Crolla says Jorge Linares is the best fighter he’s faced – but believes there are flaws he can exploit as they clash for the WBA and WBC Diamond lightweight titles at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports. Crolla welcomes Linares into his hometown fortress where he’s been victorious in his last two outings.

Linares wowed UK fight fans with his rollercoaster battle with Kevin Mitchell at The O2 last May, climbing off the canvas in the fifth round before stopping the Londoner in the tenth.

“I rate Linares very highly,” said Crolla. “He’s technically brilliant. Everyone in the gym loves to watch him fight, and he’s the kind of fighter young kids should watch.

“He likes to fight at his pace and I can’t allow that. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ve got to take advantage of some weaknesses that I think I’ve seen there. I’m confident I can do that. (more…)



September 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Oquendo-Gutierrez clash in Juanma-WV2 co-main

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Featherweight Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (26-5, 16 KOs) will face Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez (34-1, 24 KOs) in the co-feature on the October 8 PPV showdown between former world champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Also appearing on the card is hard-hitting junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (18-0-1, 14 KOs), who will reappear after a prolonged absence of a couple of years. Opponent TBA.

Previously, Black Tiger Promotions announced that former Olympian flyweight Jantony Ortiz (5-0, 3 KOs) will return for the first time since August 2015.

Tickets are already on sale.



September 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Dimitrenko looking forward to beating Parker

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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

6’7 giant Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) says he’s confident of victory when he faces IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) on October 1 over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.

“I’m looking forward to winning this fight,” commented the 34-year-old Dimitrenko. “I have nothing to lose in this fight. The pressure is on him, not me. I’m really relaxed. I enjoy being the underdog.”

Dimitrenko also stated that in his opinion Carlos Takam defeated Parker earlier this year. “If the fight was in France then the fight would have gone to Takam,” he said. (more…)



September 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Poulson-Takahashi headlines Saturday in LA

PR Sports in association with Bash Boxing, K-2 Promotions and MainEvents is set to feature their second event on Saturday night at the LA Badminton Club in El Monte California. The 15 bout fight card features a blend of local and international talent pools. The main event features Danish welterweight Kim Poulsen (27-3, 7 KOs) taking on Japanese southpaw Gaku Takahashi (14-6-1, 6 KOs), while the co-main pits former WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (25-5, 12 KOs) of nearby Pico Rivera against Ghanese fighter Prosper Ankrah (24-8, 15 KOs). Also, local super welterweight Bryan Flores (5-0, 1 KO) meets Brian True (1-4-1, 1 KO). For ticket information call 714-487-3741 or go to www.labattleclub.com.



September 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame announces 2016 Inductees

Mike McNamara, the Co-Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, has announced the Hall’s 2016 class of inductees. As was the case with the Hall’s first class in 2015, this year’s inductees include a wide range of participants and contributors to boxing in Illinois.

They are:

Muhammed Ali – The Greatest! Ali was a resident of Chicago during his most productive professional years and was a huge contributor to the local boxing community.

Jesus Chavez – AKA Gabriel Sandoval, “The Matador” was the former IBF World Lightweight Champion and a 44-8 pro. (more…)



September 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Baranchyk looking for ninth straight KO

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Unbeaten junior welterweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (12-0, 11 KOs) returns for the third straight time to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, on Friday night. And he will be looking for this fourth straight knockout over an unbeaten fighter when he takes on Zhimin Wang (7-0, 3 KOs) in a Showtime-televised ten-rounder. The bout will be for the USBA 140lb title (and a world ranking).

Buffalo Run Casino fight fans previously saw Baranchyk destroy unbeaten Nicholas Givhan in 21 seconds, then demolish another unbeaten fighter in Eliseo Cruz Sesma in less than three rounds. “The fans here fell in love with Ivan,” said Promoter Tony Holden, who has promoted fights for more than 25 years. “He’s got a great style that can win over a crowd that may not have known much about him and that’s exactly what he did in his last two fights.”

In August, Holden signed Baranchyk to a co-promotional agreement, working in association with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. Friday’s event is already sold out.



September 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Top Rank inks Olympic star Michael Conlan

Top Rank has signed two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan to a promotional contract. The 24-year-old Conlan, who fights at bantamweight, won an Olympic bronze in 2012, an amateur world championship in 2015, and was ousted from the 2016 Olympics on a very controversial decision, after which he gave the finger to the officials and blasted corruption in amateur boxing.



September 19th, 2016


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