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beIN Sports en espanol has picked up the U.S. rights to televise the big boxing card on Saturday night at Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Mexico. In the main event, former IBF super flyweight champion and WBO #2, WBC #9 rated Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (20-3-1, 9 KOs) faces WBO #6 Cesar Juarez (16-3, 13 KOs) in a twelve rounder for the WBO international super flyweight belt.
Two former minimumweight world champions meet in the co-feature, as Moises “Moi” Fuentes (21-2-1, 11 KOs) battles Oswaldo Novoa (14-5-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the NABO flyweight title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Undefeated WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras will defend his belt for the fourth time on August 15 against the Nicaraguan challenger Dixon Flores in a match that will be broadcast on Televisa Deportes and presented by Promociones del Pueblo. Cuadras is preparing for the fight at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the State of Mexico, more than 3200 meters above sea level, under trainer Lorenzo Lopez.
Former world title contender Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-1-2, 14 KOs) of Miami is set to face undefeated standout Manuel “Tino” Avila (17-0, 7 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif. for the vacant interim NABF Super Bantamweight Title as the new co-main event for Johan Perez vs. Dmitry Mikhaylenko on Aug. 8. The 10-round super bantamweight bout will be televised live on HBO Latino Boxing from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. It replaces a clash between undefeated heavyweight Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) and Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler (30-3-1, 22 KOs). (more…)
Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. said today via social media that he hopes to be back in the ring in September.
Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
William Silva, a tough, rugged undefeated lightweight contender from Brazil, h as signed with Top Rank. He has been training at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas and will be action on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate – UniMas card this Saturday, July 25 at The Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, Califo rnia.
Silva, from Sao Paulo, has a record of 21-0, 12 KOs. He is handled by Adriano Dos-Santos and trained by his father Alvisio Silva and Gabriel Oliveira
“We expect big things from Silva in the lightweight division,” said Brad Goodman, Top Rank matchmaker. “With Silva and Esquiva Falcao we expect big things in boxing in Brazil.”
Silva is 28 and ready for big fights. He is called ‘Baby Face’ in Brazil. Silva is a former WBO Latin American lightweight champion and a former Brazilian featherweight champion. As an amateur he was a gold medalist in the 2004 South American Junior Championships as a featherweight. In 2005 Silva was a bronze medalist as a featherweight at the Jose Cheo Aponte Tournament.
On Saturday, Silva will take on Adam Mate, 15-4, 9 KOs, of Budapest in a lightweight bout which is scheduled for eight rounds.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Craig Bennett
Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will finally have the chance to step in the ring with undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico on Saturday August 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles live on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN main event.
We caught up with the former world champion Mares at the press conference to announce this fight at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California. “Leo Santa Cruz is not a guy known to hold, with boxing skill. He just comes forward and throws a high volume of punches. On my side, I am known as a warrior, a guy that has been in many wars,” Mares told Fightnews.com. “You put two styles like that it turns out to be one of the best fights in decades, a Gatti-Ward type of fight.” (more…)
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who has a Ph.D. in sports science, takes credit for making David Haye “a better person” and promises he will also help Haye’s compatriot Tyson Fury.
“Tyson Fury is 26 and he definitely says things or does things that maybe later on he is going to regret,” Klitschko told SkySports after Tuesday’s press conference. “But I see it as therapy. David Haye was one of them and I promised people that David Haye was going to be a better person after the fight and that is exactly what happened. I’m really proud of my performance and proud of David that he became a better person and I think that with Tyson it’s going to be pretty much the same therapy.”
Featherweight Romulo Koasicha (15-3, 12 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, will face Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (15-3, 12 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico this Friday for the vacant Mexican featherweight title at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. The bout will be televised in the USA on Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford.
You enter Friday’s fight riding a three fight win streak. Your last loss was on the road in the United Kingdom against Lee Selby, who has recently become world champion. How much do you think that experience will help you in this fight?
Yes I do feel this experience will help and motivate me, as well. Selby is a world champion now and I went twelve full rounds with him. It was my first time fighting out of Mexico and I competed to the best of my abilities with a solid effort as a result. (more…)
Just because the concept of it being difficult to get to the top and harder to stay there may sound cliché doesn’t take away from the truth involved . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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British heavyweight Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) resumes his career after an eight-month hiatus this Friday at the SSE Arena in London. Chisora will take on Beqa Lobjanidze (13-3, 11 KOs). “British boxing needs me back,” declared Del Boy, who lost to Tyson Fury at the ExCeL Arena in November. After suffering his fifth defeat – and second to Fury – many expected Chisora to drift quietly off into the sunset.
“Retire?! How old do you think I am? I’m just 31, just starting out. I never announced my retirement. I’ve a long, long time left,” he insists. “Look, Tyson thumbed me in the first round, then thumbed me in the third round. My eye closed and I couldn’t see. Trust me, in time, Tyson and me are gonna bump it again. ‘Del Boy’s’ a long way from finished. My goals now are exactly the same as they were when I first started out as a pro; to be in great fights against other great fighters. I’m an entertainer, I deliver the fans what they want. I create a jolly!” (more…)
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The war of words continue between representatives of WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) and former two-time super middleweight titlist Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs).
Team Andrade issued a press release last Saturday night regarding an agreement it alleged Team Mundine had reneged on for a fight between the two aforementioned fighters next month in Australia. Team Mundine issued a statement yesterday, in which it claimed it had never agreed to a deal, largely because it included a three-fight option on Mundine. Today, Team Andrade said the Mundine people are lying about the options demand.
“Let’s make this perfectly clear,” Andrade’s manager Ed Farris said. “Mundine’s side is bending the facts and hiding the truth in an attempt to back out of the fight. Their recent press release about our side asking for three options on Anthony Mundine isn’t true. I just discussed this with Demetrius’ promoters (Joe DeGuardia, Star Boxing & Artie Pelullo, Banner Promotions) and there was never a three-fight option on Mundine in the proposed contract. (more…)
Sounds like WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko plans to stick around for a while. The champion signed a new five-fight agreement with German television network RTL, whom he has been with since 2006. The first fight in the new deal is his October clash with Tyson Fury.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I’m really happy that we can celebrate our tenth anniversary together with RTL in the coming year. I’ve never seen better world boxing telecasts than those of RTL. Now we’ll work together in the long term and deliver to the fans at home many high class fights.”
Former World Champion Rico Ramos (24-4, 12 KOs) takes on Claudio Marrero (18-1, 13 KOs) in a featherweight battle on Saturday, July 25 at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The bout is part of the card headlined by a 12-round cruiserweight showdown between Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) and B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs). Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a 10-round contest between undefeated cruiserweights Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) and Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs).
Also seeing action are knockout artist Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (10-0, 10 KOs) against Roberto Santos (12-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight bout, 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (8-0, 5 KOs) against Michael Bissett (9-7, 7 KOs) in 10-rounds of heavyweight action and Ladarius “Memphis” Miller (7-0, 1 KO) in a six-round super lightweight contest against Sean Gee (2-0).
The WBO has ordered WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade to show cause as to why the title should not be declared vacant. Andrade has not defended the belt in 13 months and has no fights scheduled. The Andrade camp recently accused Anthony Mundine of reneging on a fight and also named Floyd Mayweather, Miquel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara as fighters they have been unable to lure into the ring.
WBO World Championship Committee Chairman Luis Batista Salas informed the Andrade camp:
“…the WBO has been more than lenient with Mr. Andrade, but he has clearly been inactive and the WBO must enforce its rules. For this reason please be advised that you have a period of ten (10) days upon receipt of this communication to show cause as to why Mr. Andrade has not defended his belt under the terms of the Championship Regulations. Failure to comply with this requirement will immediately result in the WBO Jr. Middleweight Title being declared vacant, without further hearing you.”
This past Saturday in Macao, China, IBF #1 ranked lightweight contender Denis Shafikov improved to 36-1-1, 20 KOs, with a third round knockout of Roy Mukhlis at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China. “I felt terrific from the start, I was too strong for him and my body punches hurt him,” said Shafikov. “I’m glad to get the win and I look forward to fighting for the world title in my next fight. I’m getting better in each camp with my trainer Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California.”
The IBF stripped titlist Mickey Bey of its lightweight title after he twice refused to face Shafikov over the last three months. Bey initially agreed to defend his title on April 30 and again this past Saturday, however Shafikov will now follow the instructions of the IBF to face junior lightweight titlist Rances Barthelemy for the vacant title.
“We will immediately start on Denis’s world title fight with Barthelemy,” said Leo Khorolinsky, manager of Shafikov. “Mickey Bey wasted our time this year with his unprofessional conduct, he never wanted to face Denis in a fight that he knew he couldn’t win. We’re very happy that Denis’ promoter Top Rank was able to have him fight on this card and we look forward to working with them and Ural Boxing Promotions on the world title fight against Barthelemy. We feel Denis is the best lightweight in the world and look forward to giving him the opportunity to prove that.”
IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory WBA and WBO challenger Tyson Fury today officially kicked off their October 24 clash at ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Wladimir Klitschko: “Every time I have faced new challenges I haven’t seen before. I believe that Tyson Fury is really meaning what he’s talking about here. He’s not just coming to be present on the canvas. He is coming to win the championship fight.”
Tyson Fury: “He’s never faced someone like me before. There’s never been anyone like me in history. There’s never been a fighter like me – a fighter like me only comes around every 1000 years. I’m just wondering does Klitschko’s TV deal roll over to me when I beat him?”
Heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne believes a fight between Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola would be bad for heavyweight boxing. Browne is set to face Argentina’s Gonzalo Basile in Melbourne next month and will turn his attention to his mandatory shot at WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev afterwards. But he’s hopeful of getting Wilder in the ring before the end of the year and feels it will be a barnburner with potentially two belts on the line.
Wilder is expected to defend his WBC crown against fellow American Chris Arreola in the winter. Browne, however, believes the match-up would do little for the Alabama –native’s reputation and he should instead give fans the fight they really want to see.
“Nobody wants to watch Wilder vs. Arreola,” Lucas said. “Even if they were giving tickets away, hardly anyone would turn up. (more…)
Super middleweight Frank Buglioni takes on Mexican Fernando “El Huracán” Castaneda (23-9, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBA intercontinental title this Friday (July 24th) at the SSE Arena in London. Buglioni was due to face WBA champion Fedor Chudinov, but that fight was put on hold when the Russian broke his nose in sparring. Buglioni will get to face Chudinov in the Autumn when the fight is rescheduled shortly, but in the meantime it’s crucial that he defeats Castaneda to keep on track.
Also on the card, middleweight Billy Joe Saunders takes on Frenchman Yoann Bloyer over ten rounds before his WBO title showdown against Andy Lee, and heavyweight Dereck Chisora returns to the ring for the first time since his loss to Tyson Fury in November and goes in over ten rounds against Georgia’s Beqa Lobjanidze.
Featherweight Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (15-3, 12 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico will take on Romulo Koasicha (15-3, 12 KOs) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico this Friday. The two countrymen will square off in the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford main event. The theme of the fight is “Civil War.” The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant Mexico featherweight title at stake.
Avila is a very familiar face to the Telemundo audience. This will be his fourth time fighting on the network in less than 18 months. He was unsuccessful in his last three attempts but fought very tough competition. One of those names was former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Avila accounted for himself well in that fight as well as the other two. Avila has reeled off three consecutive wins since his losses and is seeking out his first win the network’s airways. (more…)
Five-time world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) honestly believes that he is destined to become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history. Before he gets a world title shot, Tarver has to get past former two-time IBF champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) in their 12-round heavyweight showdown August 14 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. WBA #9 Tarver vs. IBF #6/WBC #14 Cunningham is the main event on a Premier Boxing Champions series show airing live on Spike TV, the same network Tarver serves as its boxing color commentator.
“I know my purpose will set me apart from some great champions,” Tarver remarked. “I am supposed to be world heavyweight champion. I don’t know how but I will be world heavyweight champion. I truly believe that it is my destiny. Cunningham can’t stop me and neither can (Deontay) Wilder; he can’t learn enough to beat me. I’ll knock him out and get the one guy I really want to fight, Klitschko. When I beat him it’ll be the greatest story in boxing history. All the disbelievers will have to believe in ‘Magic Man!’ (more…)
BWAA Fighter of the Year and ESPY nominated Terence Crawford said the new Southpaw movie “…is really great. I give it a 5-star rating” which is Crawford’s highest rating. He watched a premiere viewing of Southpaw before a jammed AMC Theatre on Broadway on Monday night here in New York City. Southpaw opens to a worldwide release on Friday.
The first time, TJ Dillashaw fought the perfect fight.
He had the perfect game plan, the perfect execution, even the perfect preparation. Could he have done something better? Possibly, but there was no arguing with the result.
The question is, can he do it again? . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Former boxer Dingaan Thobela is back in court
World rated and undefeated contenders Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and Casey Ramos of Austin, Texas, will headline a Top Rank doubleheader at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas (28 miles north of Dallas) on Saturday, August 1. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement. The fight card will be on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing series on the UniMas network. First bell for the 7 bout card is 7:00 pm.
The #1 world ranked Magdaleno, 21-0, 15 KOs, will take on Rey Perez, 19-6, 4 KOs, of the Philippines in a 10 round super bantamweight bout. Ramos, 19-0, 5 KOs, faces Daniel Evangelista, Jr. of Mexico City. Evangelista Jr. has a record of 17-5-1, 13 KOs. The super featherweight bout is scheduled for eight rounds. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Middleweight Peter Quillin will headline a Sunday, September 6 CBS telecast. Opponent is TBA. This is the week before the NFL kicks off the 2015 season.
A TV audience of 3.61 million tuned into Saturday’s Arthur Abraham vs. Robert Stieglitz fight on SAT.1 in Germany.
An official announcement on November’s Cotto vs. Canelo PPV clash could come as soon as this week.
19-year-old Vincent Feigenbutz, who won the WBA “interim” super middleweight title on Saturday against a questionable opponent is expected to face WBA “regular” super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov later this year.
Meanwhile WBA “super” super middleweight champion Andre Ward dropped by ESPN studios earlier today and said he’s currently weighing “about 180.” No current fight is scheduled, but the champ talked about a potential big fight with Gennady Golovkin.
“Andre Ward is available and we can make it happen….they want Golovkin to smile and wave and be the pretty boy and the promoters do the tough talk. If I respond, then I’m the villain…if GGG wants to fight, come from behind the promoter, come from behind the trainer, tell them to call HBO. I’ve already done this before the show because I knew you guys were going to ask me this, and let’s make it happen!”
The Team of Anthony “The Man” Mundine has denied that Mundine has reneged on an agreement to challenge WBO jr middleweight champ Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) next month in Australia.
We have never said we have accepted the terms given to us by Andrade’s team.
Team Andrade may have accepted the terms of Mundine’s promoter to fight in Melbourne Australia, but the terms given to Mundine by Andrade’s promoter have not been agreed. We are unsure what Team Andrade want to achieve from their claims, however, we are disappointed their one-sided portrayal of the situation has positioned Anthony in the wrong way. We have given some time for Team Andrade to clarify the media statement as we feel a professional approach in our negotiations is always preferred. Especially when they were in progress.
According to the Mundine camp’s statement, the Andrade camp wants to lock “The Man” into options for three fights with “below average financial benefit” to fight Andrade for the WBO belt. Mundine wants a fight-by-fight deal.
Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing’s summer series will continue with its second show on Friday from the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The main event will be another Mexican “Civil War” when WBC #10, WBO #15 featherweight contender Romulo Koasicha (24-4-1, 14 KOs) of San Luis Potosi will face Guillermo “Borrego” Avila (15-3, 9 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds for the vacant Mexican featherweight title.
Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:00 PM. Telemundo Network will televise in the US starting at 11:35 PM. Claro Sports televises in Mexico and Latin America. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Producciones Deportivas. Blackberry Auditorium is located at Avenida Insurgentes Sur 453, Esq. Tlaxcala, Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF, MX. Tel: 55 64 12 94. For tickets www.ticketmaster.com.mx
There has been NO official announcement yet, but here is what TMZ is reporting:
Gregory Sirb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, has weighed in on the controversy in last Friday’s Showtime-televised bout between Jerry Odom and Samuel Clarkson after the Odom camp issued a statement on Monday.
The weight for the bout was 169 (max) – Odom was 168.3 and Clarkson was 172.2. A meeting was held with the Odom camp and they agreed to let the bout go on and accepted a $1,600 fine from Clarkson. Both camps initial the revised contract stating that the weights were OK.
The next day Clarkson was mandated to re-weigh at no more than (10lbs) which was 182.2 – he came in at 181.7 – Odom was NOT subject to the 2nd day weigh-in.
The Odom camp was fully aware that Clarkson was over-weight and they accepted the bout while accepting the fine. YOU CANNOT CRY FOUL after the FACT – Odom could have easily cancelled the bout and he would have been paid his full purse – HE choose to accept the bout (and the fine) – if you accept the bout you MUST also accept the RESULTS of the bout.
Heavyweights Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) and Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time ahead of their clash for the vacant Commonwealth title at The O2 in London on Saturday September 12.
Anthony Joshua: “There’s no turning back now. I thought I would need three years to learn and make mistakes, so I am ahead of schedule. Gary won’t just talk a good game like Kevin Johnson, he’s undefeated and will bring it on the night because he’s got confidence of an unbeaten fighter and he’ll bring the best out of me and I’ll do the same for him. The date has given me a chance to recover my body from May 30 and have a nice long camp for September 12, so I expect to be at my explosive best on the night. Gary brings the Scottish crowd who are unbelievable and I hope they travel down as it’s going to be a great night.”
Gary Cornish: “I’m very hungry for this fight. We’ve both beaten what has been put in front of us, no more, no less. My KO record is building because I’ve found my power now and I know I will cause him more problems than everyone else he’s boxed, combined. We’re a step-up in class for each other, I know that I am the underdog but I would not be here if I didn’t believe I could beat him and beat him convincingly. If I wanted to fight him for the money, I would wait until next year when I would be 26-0 and the fight might be for more than one belt – I am ready now and I’ll prove it on September 12.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Fiodor Lapin, long time coach of former IBF/WBC cruiser champion “Diablo” Włodarczyk and former trainer of promising heavyweight Artur Szpilka, will be in the corner of undefeated Krzysztof Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs), when his fighter faces current WBO champ Marco Huck (38-2, 26 KOs). Huck-Glowacki for the WBO title will happen as co-main event (Cunningham-Tarver will be other televised bout) on the August 14 Premier Boxing Champions on Spike telecast at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
“I always believed that Głowacki (nickname: Head) will be a special fighter. Of course Huck is a very experienced, strong, even feared fighter, but when you don’t fight his style, he looks very uncomfortable in the ring,” said Lapin. “Lebedev’s fight vs. Huck was a blueprint how to fight Marco. He beat him, but in Germany to get a win it’s not enough to be just better and Denis left the arena as a defeated fighter. Glowacki is a very strong hitting southpaw. We believe in his skills 100 percent. I’m convinced that on August 14 my fighter will beat Huck.”
On this past Friday night’s Showtime-televised card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Jerry Odom (13-2, 12 KOs) was stopped in three rounds by Samuel Clarkson (15-3, 9 KOs) in what was supposed to be a fight contested in the super middleweight division. Odom of Washington, DC did his part to meet his contractual obligation and made the 168 pound contracted weight. Clarkson checked in over 4 pounds higher at 172.8. At the morning- after weigh in, Clarkson was only supposed to be 10 pounds over the contracted weight and could not come in over 180 but once again was overweight at 184.6 pounds. Odom was 173 pounds. When they stepped on the unofficial scale just a few hours before the fight, Odom was 175.8 while Clarkson was 189.7.
Odom’s promoter GH3 Promotions President Vito Melnicki stated “I should have cut the fight at the weigh-in, but I let my fighter make the final decision and Jerry wanted to fight. I thought about it but wanted to give Jerry the opportunity to showcase that he is one of the best super middleweights out there. (more…)
BWAA Fighter of the Year and ESPY nominated world champion Terence Crawford of Omaha is in New York City for the “Southpaw” movie premiere on Monday evening. The event will be held at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 Theatre between West 67th and 68th Streets. Crawford will be on the Red Carpet at 6:30 pm tonight. The movie premiere begins 7:30 pm.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Craig Bennett
Undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico is set to take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, on Mares Saturday August 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles live on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN main event. “I am happy this fight got made we were getting the support from the fans that they really wanted this fight. A lot of people are happy. If they are happy, I’m happy. I want to show them I am not scared of anybody and I am willing to fight the best,” Leo Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com “This is the fight that takes us to the next level. Whoever wins this fight is going on top.”
We caught up with Leo Santa Cruz at the Who’s Next Boxing Academy in Industry, California. “We always come well prepared for every fight. This is the most important fight of my career. I am training and I have to train like if we want to get to the top,” Santa Cruz said. “I am training really hard so come fight night we will go out there and win.” (more…)
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