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Weights from Mexico

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Photos: Zanfer Promotions Jackie Nava 122 vs. Mayra Gómez 122 Kenia Enríquez 109.5 vs. Melissa McMorrow 112 Luis Nery 117 vs. Jether Oliva 117 José Uzcátegui ...

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Adrien Broner on his new son, settling down and John Molina

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Rodriguez, Verdejo & Falcao arrive in Tampa

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Thompson 261, Solis 272 in Antalya, Turkey

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Predictions: UFC Fight Night Porto Alegre

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February 21st, 2015



Boxing News

Sakkreerin dominates Nagata

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

In a nationally televised Thailand promotion on Channel seven television network, IBF #8 junior flyweight Fahlan Sakkreerin (28-3-1) was impressive in scoring a one sided twelve round decision over Japanese, Shunji Nagata (10-12-2) at the Kiensa, Surat Thani, Thailand on Friday to retain the IBF Asia title. Scores were 120-108, 120-108, 120-108.

Sakkreerin is one of the most popular boxers in Thailand with all his fights televised. He is the son of former IBF 105-pound champion Fahlan Sakkreerin Sr. (more…)



February 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather-Pacquiao glove situation

Floyd Mayweather will not be dictating the gloves Manny Pacquiao can wear when they meet May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. One of the big points of contention in Mayweather’s two 2014 fights with Marcos Maidana was Mayweather’s insistence that Maidana not wear his gloves of choice. Pacman is expected to enter the ring with his normal Cleto Reyes gloves. Mayweather will use Grant gloves.



February 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Cruz still unbeaten; Galarza wins in 76 seconds; Agnew upset by Clarkson

In front of a sellout crowd of his hometown fans, junior lightweight prospect Bryant “Peewee” Cruz, of Port Chester, NY, headlined DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing debut on Friday night, in Westchester County, at the beautiful Hilton Westchester, in Rye Brook, NY. Cruz, 130, showed tremendous heart to recover from a knockdown in round two then engage Jorge Pazos, 128¼, of Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico, in a slugfest the following frame. By the midway point of the scheduled eight-rounder, Cruz took back control of the contest, using his jab to set up combinations and outbox Pazos. Showing superior hand speed, Cruz used left hooks to punctuate flurries upstairs. By the seventh round, a bruised Pazos’ face had swelled up from all the punishment he’d taken. After eight exciting rounds, the judges tallied 78-73 twice, and 77-74, all for “Peewee” Cruz, who improved to 14-0 (7 KOs). Pazos dropped to 14-8-1 (8 KOs). (more…)



February 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Vasquez goes distance vs. Lartey; Baker TKOs Savigne

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) hammered out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Emmanuel Lartey (17-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90. Vasquez’ streak of nine straight KOs ended, while Lartey has still never been knocked down or stopped.

In an upset, undefeated but unheralded light heavyweight Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular second round TKO over WBC #3 rated Humberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs). Baker connected with a barrage of punches that dropped Savigne on his face. A groggy Savigne got up, reeled all around the ring, and the fight was stopped. Time was 1:58.

WBA #7 featherweight Claudio Marrero (18-1, 13 KOs) scored four knockdowns in a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Orlando Rizo (18-6, 11 KOs). Marrero dropped Rizo once in round two, twice in round three and once in round five. Scores were 78-71, 78-70, 80-68.

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February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Dennis, Fedesov, Cojanu, Thomas advance in Boxcino heavyweight tourney

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

The six-round quarterfinal fights of the heavyweight portion of Boxcino 2015 tournament took place Friday night at the Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, New York.

Donovan Dennis (13-2, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over over previously unbeaten Steve Vukosa (10-1, 4 KOs). Dennis floored the 38-year-old Vukosa in round three, then pummeled him in round four to get the stoppage.

Andrey Fedosov (26-3, 20 KOs) demolished Nate Heaven (9-2, 7 KOs) in the first round. Fedosov dropped Heaven twice, hard, in round one. Time was 2:53.

The six-rounder between 6’7 Razvan Cojanu (12-1-1, 7 KOs) and Ed Fountain (10-0-1, 4 KOs) ended in a draw, but Cojanu clearly won the drawbreaker round. Cojanu was cut over his right eye and may not be able to go in the next round.

Heavyweight Lenroy Thomas (18-3-1, 9 KOs) advanced against 2004 Olympian Jason Estrada (20-5-1, 6 KOs). After six rounds, the bout was scored as a draw and the fighters fought one additional “drawbreaker” round. Thomas outworked Estrada in the added three minutes.

Fedesov faces Thomas and Cojanu meets Dennis in the April 3 semifinals.

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February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Off-TV Results from Turning Stone Casino

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

Greg Jackson had his way with tough, but limited Paulo Souza over four rounds of a super welterweight scrap. Jackson was coming off a spectacular off-the-deck KO3 over Cornelius Whitlock four weeks ago. This one looked to go the same way as the winless Souza looked so ouitclassed, a KO seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Jackson deposited Souza to the canvas in the second, only to see him rise and come back for more. In the fourth, Souza went down again, but there was no dog in him as he scrapped his way to the finish, raising his fist in defiance, if not moral victory. Scores were unanimous at 40-34 across the board. Jackson moves to 5-1-1, 2 KOs while Souza looks for his first victory at 0-6. (more…)



February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather: Manny will be number 48

“I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done,” said Floyd Mayweather in a statement released following the announcement of his May 2 clash with archrival Manny Pacquiao. “Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus. This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport. Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2. I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win. Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be number 48.”



February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Networks weigh-in on Mayweather-Pacquiao

A joint statement was released by HBO Sports and SHOWTIME Sports:

Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports: “Everyone involved, including Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, knows this fight simply had to happen. All of us are thrilled to be able to deliver this event to boxing fans around the world. Now, for the second time under his current deal with Showtime Networks, Floyd Mayweather has agreed to fight an opponent that many people thought he’d never face. We set an all-time pay-per-view record with the first event back in September 2013, and we look forward to another record-breaking performance on May 2.”

Ken Hershman, President, HBO Sports: “Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been the two most prominent fighters in the sport of boxing for the past decade, and fight fans around the world have been clamoring for them to face each other. And now, on May 2nd, in what everyone believes will be the biggest boxing event of all-time, fight fans have been granted their wish. May 2nd will be a signature moment for the sport of boxing and HBO Sports is thrilled to be a part of this spectacular event. I know the fighters and their teams will be primed to excel and we plan to work closely with everyone involved to deliver the same level of performance from a broadcast perspective.”



February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Mayweather announces clash with Pacquiao

It’s on. Floyd Mayweather just announced he’s fighting Manny Pacquiao on social media. Word first started circulating Thursday afternoon that the deal was done, with Floyd negotiating the right to make the announcement. After some 30 hours of anticipation, Floyd made it official via “Shots,” a smartphone photo app Floyd has invested in.

Mayweather posted an image of the signed contract with the message “What the world has been waiting for has arrived. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal. I promised the fans we would get this done, and we did. We will make history on May 2nd. Don’t miss it. This is the signed contract from both fighters.”

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February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Unimas Weights from Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Jorge Páez Jr 148 vs. Ronald Montes 148
Iván Montero 154 vs. Michel Rosales 154

Venue: Auditorio Municipal, Ocozocoautla, Chiapas
Promoter: Promociones Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca and UniMás

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February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Abraham, Smith make weight for rematch

Photos: Sebastian Heger

Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their WBO World Super Middleweight Championship rematch on Saturday night at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. The fighters took to the scales in front of raucous crowd of close to thousand German and British fans at the capital’s famous Berlin Mall.

Arthur Abraham 167.7 vs. Paul Smith 165.5
(WBO super middleweight championship)

David Price 253 vs. Irineu Beato Costa Jr 263.4
Enrico Koelling 173.9 vs. Mirco Ricci 174.3
Burak Sahin 232.5 vs. Maksym Pediura 235.8
Stefan Haertel 168 vs. Baptiste Castegnaro 166.4
Noel Gevor 200 vs. Alejandro Emilio Valori 200
Josh Warrington 127.8 vs. Edwin Tellez 123.4

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February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Chudinov camp “at war” with Team Eubank

Photos: Team Chudinov

Photos: Team Chudinov


WBA Interim World Middleweight Champion Dmitry Chudinov will arrive in London this weekend to finalize preparations for his title defense against British star Chris Eubank Jr. at The O2 on February 28th.

“I am coming to London for one thing and one thing only, destroy Chris Eubank Jr,” said Chudinov. “He mistakes my last visit to London for the press conference as a visit of peace, when I was kind and respectful towards him, but now he will pay the price for his mistake. He believes he has absolute security fighting in his own country, but now he will feel that his existence and safety is threatened when I land my bombs on his chin a week on Saturday. He will be overwhelmed when my punches outland his puny one big shot, his defenses will struggle and collapse, he will not cope.”

Chudinov’s promoter Vladimir Hrunov added, “Mr. Eubank Jr. has awoken the sleeping beast in Chudinov, we are now at war with team Eubank.”



February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Lartey: Sammy has built up his record with cupcakes

Pittsburgh favorite and undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez (17-0, 13 KOs), who has knocked out nine straight opponents, and Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY by way of Ghana, who has never been knocked down, will meet in the 10-round welterweight main event tonight on Showtime from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Lartey says Vasquez is in over his head.

Emmanuel Lartey: He hasn’t faced the type of guys that I’ve faced; he hasn’t faced the opposition that I have. He’s going to be surprised when he steps in the ring with me. No, I’m not worried about fighting in his hometown. I can win with a decision, but I’m going to be looking for the knockout to make an impression and make a statement. He’s definitely underestimating me. Sammy has built up his record with cupcakes. This is going to be a good test for him and a good test for me. I’m going to be the one walking out with a W.”

Sammy Vasquez: This fight is definitely going to be exciting. I can’t talk trash about Emmanuel – he’s a tough guy who has faced two U.S. Olympians and never been dropped. So there’s not much I can say about him. I’m looking to open up some flaws. I’ve seen a couple of things I can do to maybe make him hit that canvas.



February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman in Milan

Photos: OPI 2000

Yesterday, Thursday February 19, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman was in Milan, Italy, where he met OPI 2000 President Salvatore Cherchi: “Salvatore and I have been friends for many, many years – said Mr. Sulaiman – and I’m very happy to meet him again. He is a very hard worker, an excellent promoter and a true boxing fan who likes every aspect of our world and this passion was something he had in common with my father (and they bonded over it). He developed many good fighters and brought them to world championship level. The latest one is super lightweight Luca Giacon, who will fight for the WBC Silver title next month. The Silver title has become very important: the fighters, their managers and their promoters understood that a potential world champion needs experience at the highest level before fighting for the world title. Adonis Stevenson, Amir Kahn, Bermane Stiverne, Lucas Mathysse and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. have all been Silver champions and later became world champions. I’m sure that fighting for the Silver title will help Giacon mature as a fighter.” (more…)



February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Golovkin, Murray make weight

Photos: HBO

Gennady Golovkin 158.9 vs. Martin Murray 159.9
(WBA/WBC interim/IBO middleweight title)

Hekkie Budler 104.85 vs. Jesus Silvestre 105.35
(WBA/IBO minimumweight title)
Lee Haskins 118.05 vs. Omar Lamiri 116.45
Hughie Fury 232.45 vs. Andriy Rudenko 243.30

Venue: Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo
Promoter: K2, Golden Gloves
TV: HBO (5:45PM ET/PT)

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February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Briggs a big hit in Las Vegas

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs has been making his presence felt at the world renowned magic convention in Las Vegas. Briggs has had his own personal booth at the Mandalay Bay since Tuesday. The booth contained Briggs hats, shirts, cups, etc…. Briggs’ “Let’s Go Champ” campaign seems to be taking off as he had fans of all ages approach him seeking pictures, especially ones with his world title belt in it.

“Let’s go Champ started out as motivation for me during my workouts but it has turned into a huge catch phrase both online and in person. I see athletes, non atheletes, and people of all ages using the phrase. For the video game lovers please go to my letsgochamp.com website and view my new video app. It’s definitely a must see. Trust me,” said Briggs. (more…)



February 20th, 2015

UFC

Sam Alvey: The Long Road From Chihuahua Extremo

When Sam Alvey scored a knockout win over Dylan Andrews last November in Australia, it was the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears for the 28-year-old Milwaukee native . . . click here for more

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February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

With Mayweather-Pacquiao practically a done deal, does that pave the way for Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook?

Robert Guerrero wants to be the first headliner at Levi’s Stadium.

Manny Pacquiao gets lampooned for his cage talents.

David Haye jets in for Carl Frampton fight.



February 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Koseki, Shibata keep WBC, IBF female belts

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBC female atomweight champ Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7 KOs), 101, kept her belt with great ease when the Japanese southpaw battered Filipino challenger Aisah Alico (5-5, 4 KOs), 101, from all angles, pinned her to the ropes and made her so helpless that referee Fukuchi wisely waved it off at 1:29 of the second round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Koseki, 32, wrested the WBC throne as she scored a TKO victory over Thailand’s Winyu Paradorn Gym in two quick sessions here in 2008, and retained it on fifteen occasions by showing her improvement in every fight. The busy-punching Koseki wishes to unify the world 102-pound belts with WBA titleholder and compatriot Ayaka Miyao in the near future.

In the main event, IBF junior flyweight champ Naoko Shibata (14-3, 4 KOs), 107.5, barely kept her belt as she eked out a majority decision (96-95, 96-94, 95-95) over free-swinging Saemi Hanagata (9-6-2, 4 KOs), 107.5, over ten. Shibata acquired the vacant IBF belt by outscoring Mexican Alondra Garcia in November 2013, and it was her third defense since. Shibata, 33, had a tough time coping with the aggressiveness of the shorter Hanagata, 30, but the judges might have evaluated the champ’s precision rather than the challenger’s volume of punches.

Promoter: World Sports Promotions.



February 19th, 2015

Boxing News

ShoBox Weights from Pittsburgh

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Sammy Vasquez 147.25 vs. Emmanuel Lartey 146.5
Humberto Savigne 176 vs. Craig Baker 174
Claudio Marrero 126.25 vs. Orlando Rizo 126

Argenis Mendez, 136.9 vs. Daniel Evangelista, 133.3
Yudel Johnson, 154.8 vs. Pablo Munguia, 152.5
Bryant Perrella, 145.5 vs. Justin Johnson, 147
Milton Santiago, 139.1 vs. Jose Valderama, 137.9
Gervonta Davis, 128.6 vs. Israel Suarez, 129
Sammy Figueroa 150.6 vs. James Robinson, 150.8
Kareem Martin, 147 vs. Cole Milan, 147.3

Venue: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Promoter: Goossen Promotions
TV: Showtime

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February 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxcino Heavyweight quarterfinal weights

Donovan Dennis 222 vs. Steve Vukosa 218
Andrey Fedosov 220.5 vs. Nate Heaven 227
Razvan Cojanu 265 vs. Ed Fountain 236.5
Jason Estrada 261 vs. Lenroy Thomas 237

Greg Jackson 150 vs. Paulo Souza 149
Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez 145 vs. Bryan Abraham 144
Guillermo Sanchez 132 vs. TBA

Venue: Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, NY
Promoter: Banner Promotions
TV: ESPN2



February 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Ontario, California

Giovani Santillan 139.7 vs. Eduardo Rivera 140
Isaac Zarate 122 vs. Pedro Melo 121
Taras Shelestyuk 147.6 vs. Francisco Reza 146.9
Cesar Villarraga 134.4 vs. Jesus Angulo 140
Francisco Javier Lapizco 112.9 vs. Gilberto Mendoza 113
LaRon Mitchell 249 vs. Chad Davis 229

Venue: The Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions



February 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Broadway Boxing Weights

Bryant Cruz 130 vs. Jorge Pazos 128¼
Frank Galarza 156 vs. Raul Munoz 154¾
Alex Vanasse 195¾ vs. Richard Ballard 194
Chris Galeano 159½ vs. Javier Loya 157½
Peter Dobson 148 vs. Tyrell White 145½
Sergey Derevyanchenko 166 vs. Vladine Biosse 166¾
Cedric Agnew 177½ vs. Samuel Clarkson 178
Avtandil Khurtsidze 160 vs. Philip Penson 159
Andrew Ruiz 138 vs. Evincii Dixon 140
Ivan Baranchyk 146¼ vs. David Thomas 146½

Venue: Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment



February 19th, 2015

UFC

UFC announces ‘Welcome to the Show’ launch event in LA on Feb. 28

Just hours before UFC® 184, UFC will unveil its second season of action-packed live events at The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE. Twenty top UFC fighters will join UFC President Dana White for the Welcome to the Show launch event at 11 a.m. PT. The Welcome to the Show launch event is free and open to public . . . click here for more

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February 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Sergio Perales Update

Warriors Boxing has announced the signing of bantamweight Sergio “Time to Shine” Perales to a co-promotional deal, along with Marines Promotions. 27-year-old southpaw Perales (24-2, 15 KOs) is a native of Brownsville, Texas, with an aggressive fan-friendly style, fast hands and good power. He turned professional at age 20 and had over 100 fights as an amateur. Currently ranked #5 in the IBF, Perales was scheduled to participate in an IBF bantamweight eliminator against IBF #3 Ryosuke Iwasa to decide the mandatory challenger against Randy Caballero, however Perales pulled out two weeks ago after suffering a knee injury in training.



February 19th, 2015

UFC

UFC 187 Features Championship Doubleheader on May 23

The UFC’s Memorial Day weekend event on Saturday, May 23 is shaping up to be one for the ages, with the Wednesday announcement of several exciting matchups, including two championship bouts that will headline the card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada . . . click here for more

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February 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015

Legendary boxers Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson headline the 21-person 2015 Class of Inductees into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. It is a star-studded cast which includes many of the finest boxers in the sport’s history. Rich Marotta, the Hall’s founder and chief executive officer, made the announcement Thursday during a news conference at the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy in Las Vegas.

Nevada-resident boxers: Roger “The Black Mamba” Mayweather, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia

Non-Nevada resident boxers: Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Lennox Lewis, Marco Antonio Barrera, Felix “Tito” Trinidad, Gene Fullmer

Pioneer category: James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, Jack Johnson, Joe Gans, Tex Rickard

Non-boxer participants: Lee Samuels, Pat & Dawn Barry, Steve Sneddon, Dr. Donald Romeo, Chuck Hull, Dr. Robert Voy

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February 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Peltz recalls his time with Harold Johnson

Former undisputed world light-heavyweight champion Harold Johnson passed away this morning at the age of 86. Promoter J Russell Peltz, International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2004, recalls his days with one of boxing’s all-time greats.

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Harold Johnson was my boyhood hero. My friends would dream about being Mickey Mantle or Tommy McDonald or Wilt Chamberlain, but for me, Harold Johnson was The Bomb. It got to the point that when I was in high school, I would get my hair cut so short, just like Harold’s, that my head looked like a dirty tennis ball. Friends would yell “there goes Peltz with his Harold Johnson haircut.”

His passing this morning leaves me empty and comes at a time when I am questioning my own future in the sometimes wonderful, sometimes wretched world of professional boxing.

Harold was the light-heavyweight champion of the world when, as he would remind me, there was only one world, not a conglomeration of close to 70 belt holders. Rarely were there more than eight world champions in Harold’s time.

There are so many Harold Johnson stories I could tell that would fill up an entire book. Here’s one of them! (more…)



February 19th, 2015

Boxing News

Shabranskyy-Pena new March 12 HBO Latino co-feature

Undefeated light heavyweight standout Vyacheslav “Lion Heart” Shabranskyy (12-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring on Thursday, March 12 to put his undefeated record on the line when he takes on Fabiano “Pit Bull” Pena (11-0-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event for Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) versus “Wild” Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, televised live on HBO Latino.

Shabranskyy-Pena is the third announced co-feature for the card. Originally jr welterweights Antonio “Relentless” Orozco and Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor were to collide in a ten-rounder, but Orozco was injured. Then welterweight Frankie “Pit Bull” Gomez was to go against an opponent yet to be announced.



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