Gervonta Davis aiming to be next big PPV star

Gervonta Davis aiming to be next big PPV star

The newest American boxing world champion is 22-year-old Gervonta "Tank" Davis from Baltimore, Maryland, who claimed the IBF super featherweight title with ...

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Thurman-Garcia unification clash heats up

Thurman-Garcia unification clash heats up

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime The highly anticipated welterweight unification showdown between unbeaten WBA world champion Keith "One Time" Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) ...

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Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Fast-moving and quick-punching Japanese, OPBF#1/WBC#18 Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8 KOs), 227.25, acquired the vacant OPBF heavyweight belt ...

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Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In a battle for supremacy of the super middleweight division, WBC champion Badou ...

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Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

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Conlan to make pro debut in NYC

Top Rank will host a press conference next week to announce the professional debut of Ireland’s Olympic herO Michael “Mick” Conlan in New York City. Conlan’s first fight, which will be as a junior featherweight, is set for Friday, March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

A 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2015 World Amateur Champion (Ireland’s only male amateur world champion), Conlan produced one of the most memorable moments during last summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, giving the judges a double-barreled middle-finger salute after getting jobbed out of a victory by them in the bantamweight quarterfinals. He will begin preparing in Los Angeles with trainer Manny Robles this week.

Top Rank will host a press conference next week to announce the professional debut of Ireland’s Olympic herO Michael “Mick” …


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Hooker-Lopez added to Cotto-Kirkland card

Reigning NABO junior welterweight beltholder Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (20-0-3, 14 KOs) will face Mexican knockout specialist Juan Pablo “Che Che” Lopez (29-3, 24 KOs) in a 10-round champion defense on the freeview undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland “The Return” on Saturday, February 25 at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

It comes as no surprise since the Dallas-native was on hand when Roc Nation Sports, Miguel Cotto Promotions and the Dallas Cowboys organization officially announced the event in December at the team’s newly minted World Corporate Headquarters.

Reigning NABO junior welterweight beltholder Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (20-0-3, 14 KOs) will face Mexican knockout specialist Juan Pablo “Che …



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NSAC to consider removing marijuana from prohibited substances list

By Gabriel F. Cordero

One of the items on the agenda for Friday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting will be a discussion regarding whether to direct the Executive Director to initiate a regulation project to amend Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) to exclude cannabinoids from the list of Prohibited Substances.

Nevada residents voted to legalize marijuana in the state during the November election and as of January 1, it’s now legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce.

By Gabriel F. Cordero One of the items on the agenda for Friday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting will be …


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Japan update

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi

Ogido draws with Refugio in WBC youth 108lb title bout

The first show in Japan in 2017 took place in Okinawa, where the WBC Youth light-flyweight title bout for the vacant championship was a headliner promoted by Hiranaka Promotions on Sunday (January 8). Okinawan prospect Seita Ogido (11-2-2, 3 KOs), 108, failed to win the vacant WBC Youth belt as he was held to a majority draw (95-95 twice and 94-96 against him) by Filipino youngster Jonathan Refugio (16-5-5, 4 KOs), 108, over ten heats. Ogido took the upper hand in earlier rounds, but Refugio took back the initiative to pile up points in the middle of the contest. Ogido showed his last surge, which wasn’t enough to overcome his early deficits on points. They may deserve a rematch with the same belt on the line.

36-year-old Japanese veteran Go Onaga (27-3-3, 18 KOs), 115, surprisingly hit the deck in the first round, but fought back en route to a split draw (77-75, 75-76, 75-75) over eight see-saw rounds. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi Ogido draws with Refugio in WBC youth 108lb title bout The …




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Wach injured, Kabayel will now face Hubeaux for Euro heavyweight title

Heavyweight Mariusz Wach of Poland has pulled out of his February 4 EBU championship fight due to an injury. As a result, unbeaten German Agit Kabayel (15-0, 12 KOs) will now face Belgian Herve “Double Axe” Hubeaux (26-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant European title. The SES Boxing event will take place at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. MDR will televise in Germany.

Photo: SES Boxing

Heavyweight Mariusz Wach of Poland has pulled out of his February 4 EBU championship fight due to an injury. As …


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Oscar tells Junior to sign for Canelo fight

Word is Golden Boy has upped their offer to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Promoter Oscar de la Hoya urged Junior to take the fight via Twitter.

Junior’s response:

Word is Golden Boy has upped their offer to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Promoter Oscar …


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Boxing starts in Panama on February 18

By Gabriel F. Cordero

World ranked and WBA Fedecaribe featherweight champion Bryan “La Roca” De Gracia (20-0-1, 16 KOs) and Jonathan “Terry” Arenas (18-2, 12 KOs) will face off on February 16 on the first Panamanian boxing night of 2017 organized by the local company Promociones y Eventos del Istmo in Panama City. De Gracia, 23, is #7 in the WBA featherweight ratings and has fought 17 fights since 2013 while Arenas, 29, has had only three fights during that span.

By Gabriel F. Cordero World ranked and WBA Fedecaribe featherweight champion Bryan “La Roca” De Gracia (20-0-1, 16 KOs) and …


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Golovkin, Jacobs LA Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions

WBC, WBA “super” and IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan and WBA “regular” middleweight champion Danny Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York continued their press conference tour Wednesday afternoon at the Conga Room at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. Golovkin and Jacobs square off Saturday, March 18 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden live on HBO PPV.

Opening up the press conference was K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler.

“This is the fight to see who the best middleweight in the world. It’s a great matchup,” Loeffler said. “March 18 there will be fireworks,” Loeffler promised. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions WBC, WBA “super” and IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, …



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WBO champ Hawton wants to fight on Pacquiao vs Horn show

Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Farax Photography

WBO light flyweight champion Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton (7-0, 3 KOs) talked to Fightnews and said she is looking forward to her boxing idol WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s (59-6-2, 38 KOs) title defense against Jeff Horn (16-0, 11 KOs). The card will be in Australia, though the venue where the fight will be contested hasn’t been finalized.

“The Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn is the biggest news for Australian boxing and will go down in history as this country’s biggest fight,” said Hawton. “Id love to be on that card fighting alongside Manny in my country of Australia and it would truly be a dream come true. I am dubbed the female Pacquiao and I am Australian-Filipino defending the same WBO organisation title. Also I’m Australia’s only current WBO World Champ. I need that break to be seen around the world. I hope Top Rank and Duco Events will give me that opportunity.” (more…)

Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photo: Farax Photography WBO light flyweight champion Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton (7-0, 3 …


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Jack-DeGale Media Workout Quotes

Fight week activities officially began today with media workouts at the brand new Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn before the WBC/IBF super middleweight title unification showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale that headlines action this Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on Showtime.

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Badou Jack: “I’m going in there to break him down. I’m going to be the better fighter. If I get an opportunity to land something that can change the fight, I’m going to take my chance…I believe I can knock anybody out who gets in the ring with me. If you don’t believe that in yourself, then you’re in the wrong sport. I’m not expecting an easy fight, but I’ll do whatever it takes to win.

James DeGale: “Movement, speed and angles are my keys. If I’m focused and take no rounds off, that should do it. It will do it. Anything can happen in boxing, but I’m too prepared for this…I look at Badou Jack, and even though he’s been getting better, I think I’m a much better fighter. He’s very high quality and I have to be on my game. It’s going to be a great fight, but I will be victorious.” (more…)

Fight week activities officially began today with media workouts at the brand new Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn before the WBC/IBF …


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Lara-Foreman Final Press Conference

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara and former world champion Yuri Foreman met face to face Wednesday as they hosted the final press conference before they enter the ring in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike this Friday from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami.

Photo: Eduardo Maldonado/Warriors Boxing

Erislandy Lara: “Yuri Foreman is a great fighter and a very smart fighter. I am also a very smart fighter, so Friday night we’re going to find out who is the smarter one in the ring…I feel great. I’m in great shape and feel very strong. I’m ready to fight right now. I just want the bell to ring.”

Yuri Foreman: “Erislandy Lara is a great fighter, but me being from the Soviet Union, I’m very familiar with Cuban boxing and have quite a bit of experience with their style, so I’m looking forward to stepping in and showcasing my talents and skills…being a rabbi, it is sometimes very interesting to mix that with fighting, but Friday night I won’t be in rabbi mode. I will be all fighter. We are going to show skills and heart and power on Friday night.” (more…)

Super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara and former world champion Yuri Foreman met face to face Wednesday as they hosted …


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Kings Promotions inks Booth, Aguero

Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions has signed junior welterweight prospect Clarence Booth and undefeated bantamweight Dagoberto Aguero to promotional contracts. “These are two quality fighters that we are excited to add to the King’s Promotions roster,” said CEO of King’s Promotions, Marshall Kauffman. “They both have big upsides and we are eager to keep them active and get them into big fights, which will come sooner rather then later.”

Booth of Saint Petersburg, Florida has a record of 14-2 with 7 knockouts. He’s a regular sparring partner to undefeated WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman.

Aguero of San Cristobal, Domincan Republic has a record of 10-0 with 8 knockouts.

Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions has signed junior welterweight prospect Clarence Booth and undefeated bantamweight Dagoberto Aguero to promotional contracts. “These …



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REPORT: Pacquiao-Horn announced for April, venue still undetermined

By David Finger

Well it’s official: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will be fighting Australia’s Jeff Horn, the WBO’s #2 ranked welterweight in April.

What isn’t official yet is if it will be in Horn’s backyard.
Although Brisbane, Australia remains the frontrunner, promoter Bob Arum indicated on Twitter two days ago that he is still open to offers on the location of the fight.

“Offers are coming in from all over the world,” Arum Tweeted on Monday, before the fight was finalized. “Australia, Russia, UK and U.S. What a way to go out.”

Although the Brisbane Times are reporting that “pundits are predicting almost 50,000 could turn up to see the fight” if it were hosted in Brisbane and that Brisbane remains a strong candidate to host the event on April 23rd, Arum again reiterated earlier today that the venue was not a done deal. (more…)

By David Finger Well it’s official: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will be fighting Australia’s Jeff Horn, the WBO’s #2 …


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DiBella: There’s still a major problem in New York boxing

By Matt Richardson

Boxing has essentially been outlawed in New York.

Following a card on August 21, 2016 in Coney Island, Brooklyn there has been a sum total of zero professional boxing cards in the state.

For comparison purposes, New York typically hosts dozens of fight cards a year, ranging from pay-per-view main events at Madison Square Garden to small “club” shows in Long Island and Times Square.

But now, the sound of crickets is pronounced.

What’s behind the eradication of the sport?

Lou DiBella
Photo: Emily Harney

A bill passed last March by the New York state assembly specified new insurance requirements for both boxers and MMA participants. But the $1 million per-fighter policy covering life-threatening brain injuries was particularly arduous. That’s because there was no insurance company willing to provide the coverage (the UFC had a policy they brought with them when finally allowed to do business in New York). And when potential policies came into play, the cost associated with implementing them cost tens of thousands of dollars more than previous ones. (more…)

By Matt Richardson Boxing has essentially been outlawed in New York. Following a card on August 21, 2016 in Coney …


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Olympic gold medalist Yeleussinov signs with Aussie promoter MJA

By David Finger

It goes without saying that Kazakhstan is becoming more familiar to boxing fans thanks to the emergence of Gennady Golovkin as arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. But despite the undeniable success of fighters from Kazakhstan both in the amateurs and as professionals, it seemed oddly difficult to entice those prospects into turning professional. Since 2004 four different Kazak fighters have won Olympic gold in the welterweight division in each of the last four Olympic Games. But none have elected to turn professional.

That is, until now.

Newly formed Australian based MJA Entertainment just jumped out of the gate with a major coup, signing 2016 Gold Medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan. Yeleussinov is one of the most accomplished amateur Kazak fighters in recent memory, having fought in the 2012 London Olympics before coming back in 2016 to win gold. (more…)

By David Finger It goes without saying that Kazakhstan is becoming more familiar to boxing fans thanks to the emergence …


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Mikey Garcia: I Think 2017 Will be Real Big

By Miguel Maravilla

Former two-division world champion “Mikey” Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) of Oxnard, California will look to add another world title as he returns to the ring against WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) of Montenegro. Garcia and Zlaticanin will square off January 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime Championship Boxing. Fightnews.com caught up with “Mikey” as he talked about his upcoming fight.

Photo: Scott Hirano/Showtime

“I feel great and excited. It’s only the beginning. Hopefully it goes well and I become a three-division champion,” Mikey Garcia told Fightnews.com®. “This is a world title fight and I looking to add another title.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Former two-division world champion “Mikey” Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) of Oxnard, California will look to add another …



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Broner-Granados Cincinnati Presser

Former four-division world champion Adrien Broner hosted a press conference in his hometown of Cincinnati Tuesday as he prepares to return home to face hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados on Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University and live on Showtime.

Photo: Eric Lorta

Adrien Broner: “I know that I have what it takes to take over boxing. To do that I need to focus 100 percent on boxing and crafting my skills. That’s my mindset and that’s what I’m focused on…I’ve been on the downside and the upside of boxing, but my name has made it through. I’m not going to take my talent for granted and I’m going to change for the better…it’s great to have Floyd and Mayweather Promotions involved in this event. Floyd has always supported me and I owe him a lot. He’s really been a mentor to me. He’s helped me stay level-headed throughout everything.”

Adrian Granados: “I was in camp with Adrien Broner when he fought Marcos Maidana, so I know him pretty well. I’ve been compared to Maidana, but everyone has their own style. I’m going to get this win my own way…I don’t like going to the judges’ scorecard and fighting in his hometown, I’m going to try to get a knockout. I have to do anything in my power to keep the fight out of the judges’ hands.”

Floyd Mayweather: “I’m proud of Adrien Broner. He’s had a minor setback leading to a major comeback. He’s going to come back better than ever. But he can’t overlook this opponent. You can look up and all of a sudden you’re down.”

Former four-division world champion Adrien Broner hosted a press conference in his hometown of Cincinnati Tuesday as he prepares to …


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Chocolatito on Golovkin-Jacobs PPV

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will defend his world title against former world champion and mandatory challenger Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on the March 18 Golovkin-Jacobs PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. K2 Promotions manager Tom Loeffler made the announcement Tuesday. The deal for Gonzalez-Sor Rungvisai was finalized over the weekend and the winner is obligated to face Carlos Cuadras.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will defend his world title against former world champion …


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Ringstar inks amateur star

Ringstar Sports, led by longtime Golden Boy boxing executive Richard Schaefer, has signed a promotional agreement with 18-year-old super welterweight amateur standout Money Powell IV, who will turn pro after 83 amateur bouts, including recently participating in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Russia.

“We’re excited to add a young man with the skills, amateur pedigree and demeanor of Money Powell IV and we think he’s going to be a great addition to the Ringstar family,” said Schaefer. “This is an incredibly talented young man who is ambitious and has a great mindset heading into the professional ranks. He has proven to be a winner throughout his amateur career and we believe that his skills, combined with the right promotion, can turn him into a big star in the sport. I know that he wants to be the best and I plan on helping him reach those goals.”

Ringstar Sports, led by longtime Golden Boy boxing executive Richard Schaefer, has signed a promotional agreement with 18-year-old super welterweight …


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Golovkin-Jacobs NYC Kickoff Presser

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“Canelo” Alvarez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Some rumors circulating that WBO jr middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) could make an optional defense on May 6 against Kanat Islam (22-0, 18 KOs) from Kazakhstan, possibly at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. Islam is currently the #5 challenger in the WBO rankings.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Some rumors circulating that WBO jr middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) could make …


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Wilder says he wants Parker in April

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is interested in a unification showdown with WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in April and if he does not suffer any injuries in his February 25 WBC title bout against Andrzej Wawrzyk in Alabama.

“If all goes well with this fight I have in February, I have no injuries and my hand is healed and can take 100 per cent impact on it as well, then I want that fight (Parker) next,” Wilder told 78SPORTSTV. “They are talking about fighting in April and I’d love to come back and fight again in April! (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is interested in a unification showdown with WBO …


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Wilson-Chavers collide Friday

By Ricardo Ibarra

Looking to kick off the new year with some early momentum, undefeated cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (15-0, 7 KOs) will try to claim his sixteenth professional win on Friday night at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon, taking on Oklahoma’s Aaron Chavers (7-1-1, 3 KOs) in the main event of White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble 6” card. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Looking to kick off the new year with some early momentum, undefeated cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” …


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Nasio-Fujimoto clash Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: TEAM NASIO

Australian heavyweight champion Willie Nasio (10-1, 9 KOs) will challenge Kyotaro Fujimoto (15-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds for the vacant OPBF crown at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan on Saturday.

Fujimoto who was WBC rated after defeating Chauncey Welliver in 2012 but suffered his only loss that same year to former Australian heavyweight champion Solomon Haumono. Fujimoto has scored ten consecutive victories since losing to Haumono including wins over Aussie’s Nathan McKay and Adam Lovelock in 2016.

Willie Nasio’s only loss was to Tai Tuivasain 2014 when he suffered a stoppage in round one. Nasio and Fujimoto have boxed a common opponent in Nathan McKay with Nasio stopping McKay in round one in 2015 and Fujimoto scoring a clear eight round decision victory in 2016. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photo: TEAM NASIO Australian heavyweight champion Willie Nasio (10-1, 9 KOs) will challenge …


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Golovkin, Jacobs meet at NBA game

Unified middleweight world champion (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and WBA middleweight beltholder and mandatory challenger Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-1, 29 KO’s) met at center court during the New York Knicks/New Orleans Pelicans NBA game Monday night at Madison Square Garden. They were introduced to the packed house by Hall of Fame ring announcer Michael Buffer.

Gennady Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs
Photo: Rebecca Taylor, Dave Saffran—MSG Photos

They will meet again tomorrow at the kickoff press conference to formally announce their PPV showdown at MSG on March 18.

Unified middleweight world champion (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO) Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) and WBA middleweight beltholder and mandatory …


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Lopez-Roman upgraded to WBA eliminator

The previously announced matchup between undefeated WBA #3 ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez and the WBA’s #4 ranked Danny Roman has been elevated to a 12-round title eliminator for the WBA (regular) Super Bantamweight belt held by Nehomar Cermeno. Lopez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) and Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) will square off in the most significant fight of their careers in the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on January 20, live on Showtime from Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino.

In a featured bout on the four-fight ShoBox telecast, undefeated, former national amateur champion Kenneth Sims Jr. (10-0, 3 KOs) will face a new opponent, once-beaten Emmanuel Robles (15-1-1, 5 KOs), in an eight-round super lightweight bout.

Also, in the televised opener, undefeated Stephon Young (15-0, 3 KOs) will take on new foe Elton Dharry (20-5-1, 13 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight bout. (more…)

The previously announced matchup between undefeated WBA #3 ranked super bantamweight Adam Lopez and the WBA’s #4 ranked Danny Roman …


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Selby to defend IBF feather title Jan 28

IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby (23-1, 8 KOs) will fight for the second time in the United States when he battles former world champion Jonathan Victor Barros (41-4-1, 22 KOs) live on Showtime Extreme January 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a young kid to box in a world title fight in Las Vegas, the mecca of boxing,” said Selby, who is known as the Welsh Floyd Mayweather. “I’ve seen U.K. fighters like Lennox Lewis, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan box in Las Vegas and I always knew that’s where I wanted to fight. My mandatory challenger is experienced, dangerous and I will not take him lightly. I’ve had a strong training camp and I am 100 percent focused on putting on a show for the American fans and the traveling fans from the U.K. My number one objective is to bring my world title back to Wales.” (more…)

IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby (23-1, 8 KOs) will fight for the second time in the United States when …


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Valley Fight Night Returns to Studio City

The ONLY professional boxing show in the San Fernando Valley returns to the World Famous Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California on Friday, January 27. Presented by Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing, Valley Fight Night 11 will once again feature undefeated blue chip prospects from the Top Rank stable including the 8 round televised Junior Lightweight main event between the Motor City’s Erick De Leon (14-0, 8KOs) and New Mexico’s Jose Salinas (10-2-1, 5 KO’s).

In the televised co-main event, South El Monte’s Arnold Barboza Jr. (14-0, 5KOs) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Denver’s Johnny Rodriguez (8-1-1, 5KOs) in an 8 round welterweight bout. (more…)

The ONLY professional boxing show in the San Fernando Valley returns to the World Famous Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, …


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The 12th Round: Trainers – Where it all begins

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

As we begin a new year, and prepare for tremendous action around the world, I would like to acknowledge a few good men who have gone onto the path of no return during the recent holidays. The WBC lost another Board of Governors member, Edward Thangarajah, who peacefully died in the company of his family in England, closing an era which opened the doors of professional boxing to the country of Thailand through his hard work and dedication. The WBC and EBU lost another dear person, Willibald Pallatin, the head of boxing in Austria who lost the battle against cancer. The WBO lost its ratings committee chairman also to cancer. Mr. Luis Perez passed away in Puerto Rico and just a few days ago, boxing lost a very dear ring official, Gale Van Hoy, who died from respiratory complications. May they all rest in peace.

During the WBC annual convention held last December at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood Florida, a panel of trainers was formed and eventually led to the creation of a committee which will be administered under the WBC technical committee with the intentions to gather important information regarding life at the gym and implement common practices and procedures which will lead to safety and prevention for fighters regardless whether they are amateur, four-rounders or world champions. The panel, which was supposed to have a twenty-minute discussion, went on for a full hour and had to be cut short as there were so many topics that were of interest. (more…)

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son As we begin a new year, and prepare for tremendous action …


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Frampton aims to go 2-0 over Santa Cruz

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) is set for his rematch with former three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) on January 28th at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas live on Showtime.

Carl Frampton
Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

“This is a big fight. Obviously the first fight was a great fight. I was very happy Leo gave me a chance to fight for the title. There was a rematch clause in the contract, but if there wasn’t I would have been happy to give him the rematch,” Carl Frampton told Fightnews.com®. “I am a man of my word. These are the fights I want to be a part of and I enjoyed every part of it. I will do whatever I can to make sure I come out on top again.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) is set for his rematch with …


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Zlaticanin ready for Mikey Garcia

There has been a fair share of media of attention on former world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) of late. He will pursue his third world title in as many divisions on January 28. In contrast, there has been little talk of the WBC lightweight world champion he will look to dethrone at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. His name is Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs).

Dejan Zlaticanin
Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Zlaticanin of Montenegro became his country’s first world champion winning the vacant world title this past June. This may have been his biggest achievement in boxing but not his biggest name opponent. That was former world champion Ricky Burns, who he beat by split decision in Burns’ hometown. Zlaticanin, who is managed by Alex Vaysfelfd (Union Boxing) and Milorad Martinovic, enters this bout as a 2:1 underdog. But, he’s unfazed and determined to retain his title. (more…)

There has been a fair share of media of attention on former world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) of …


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Williams-Zarzar ends in draw

By Jesse Kelley at ringside

Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-9, 14 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN retained his Minnesota State Cruiserweight title after he and challenger Mengistu “The Dynamic Warrior” Zarzar fought to an eight round draw on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. There was a lot of posturing and feinting but not a lot of punches thrown or landed by either of the southpaws throughout the eight rounds of action. Williams kept his hands low and waited to counter while Zarzar waited for openings to get close to the taller and longer Williams.

Photo: Jesse Kelley

When the two cruiserweights did throw punches, it was largely only after the ten-second warning came to close out some of the rounds. Williams appeared to land his jab more frequently then Zarzar but no damaging blows landed by either of the chiseled fighters. After the draw was announced, words were exchanged and Williams and Zarzar rushed each other and needed to be separated. Members of the crowd also stormed the ring although nothing of consequence followed before the ring was eventually cleared. Scores read 78-74 for Williams, 77-76 for Zarzar, and 76-76. (more…)

By Jesse Kelley at ringside Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-9, 14 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN retained his Minnesota State Cruiserweight …


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K-9 Bundrage crushes Gomez

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard
Photos: Bob Ryder

When you have the Detroit Lions making a playoff appearance the same night as a Detroit boxing card, some may worry. Cornelius Bundrage joked and said, “I have given more World Championships to the city than the Lions.” Needless to say, Bundrage was right and people came out and supported promoter Eddie Jaafar’s show in Dearborn, Saturday night.

The main event featured Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage facing off against Sergio Gomez from Nicaragua. Bundrage stepping into the ring for the first time since his loss to Jermal Charlo on September 12, 2015, K-9 admitted earlier in the week that this fight was no swan song. At 43 years of age, Bundrage said, “i hope this is another start to a run at the title.” (more…)

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Photos: Bob Ryder When you have the Detroit Lions making a playoff appearance the same …


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Zab Judah to return on January 21

By Gabriel F. Cordero

39-year-old former champion Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) announced he’ll be fighting on January 21 against Jorge Luis Munguia (13-7, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round super lightweight bout at the Sun Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Judah’s last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi in December 2013.

By Gabriel F. Cordero 39-year-old former champion Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) announced he’ll be fighting on January 21 against …


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FBHOF Names 2017 Inductees

Amid the largest turnout ever for the 7th annual SJC Boxing Open House the FBHOF announced the Class of 2017.

Fighters: Michael Moorer, David Lewter, Oscar Montilla, Melissa Del Valle, David Jaco, Ronald “Winky” Wright – deceased fighters: Trevor Berbick and Alex Stewart. Trainers: John David Jackson and Ken Adams. Media: Charles Jay, John Rinaldi, Alex Rinaldi. Participants: Steve Shepherd – deceased partipant: Dick Lee, Officials/Commission: Jorge Alonso, Al Wilensky and Bill Anello. The FBHOF also announced that Phyllis Garry and Bismark Morales will receive special “Lifetime Achievement Awards.”

The Induction weekend will be June 23, 24 and 25, 2017 in Tampa. Check their site for info: www.floridaboxinghalloffame.com

Amid the largest turnout ever for the 7th annual SJC Boxing Open House the FBHOF announced the Class of 2017. …




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