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The U.S. Boxing Team is off to a 6-1 start and will enjoy an off day today.
UK light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi knocked out Elshod Rasulov in round three. Buatsi may be the best fighter in this tournament.
Canadian light welter Arthur Biyarslanov defeated Jordan’s Obada Alkasbeh 3-0.
Irish welterweight Steven Donnelly edged Mongolian Tuvshinbat Byamba 2-1.
Cuban welterweight Roniel Iglesias scored a second round TKO over Armenia’s Vladimir Margaryan.
Cuban bantamweight Robeisy Ramirez defeated India’s Shiva Thapa 3-0.
WBC #2, WBA #2, IBF #5, WBO #9 middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr (23-1, 18 KOs) recently let a big money world title fight against Gennady Golovkin slip away to Kell Brook. Now it looks like he will defend his British belt against unbeaten WBO #2 Commonwealth beltholder Tommy Langford (17-0, 6 KOs) after promoter Frank Warren today won the purse bid to stage the fight. Eubank-Langford will take place at a venue and date to be confirmed.
Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, returns Thursday night, September 1, to the Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Lightweight prospects Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) and “Nice” Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs) will throw-down in the eight-round main event.
Super featherweight Dardan Zenunaj (12-1, 9 KOs), a former World Boxing Association (WBA) International champion, and undefeated Cuban amateur standout Luis “The Lion” Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs) are also scheduled to be in action in separate eight-round bouts.
Additional fights on the card will be announced shortly.
In a clash of former world champions, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs) will return against Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr (24-6-1, 19 KOs) on October 8 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The popular 33-year-old Juanma returns for the first time since September 2014. He suffered bad KOs in some of his most recent fights, but is now looking to resume his career.
The 32-year-old WV2 dropped both his fights in 2015, and looks to get back on track against a big name.
The event will be promoted by Black Tiger Promotions.
Top boxing trainer John David Jackson talks about WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev’s fight against Andre Ward. The 53-year-old Jackson, a former two-division world champion, has been training Kovalev since 2012.
On Ward’s contention that he’s a combination of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins:
No, he is far from Roy, and Floyd and he has a little bit of Bernard in him. Listen, Ward is good at what Ward does. His style is different from everybody else’s and he has mastered that. It is not the most exciting style in the world and it’s not a fan favorite, but it works for him and it got him to be as good as he is today and you can’t take him lightly. So it works for him and whatever shortcomings he has we have to expose that in this fight. So for him to say he like Roy, no. Floyd? No. A little like Bernard? Yes. But he is not them. He is Ward and that works for him. He should be happy with what he’s done and not compare himself to those fighters. He should be happy with what he’s done but he can’t do what they did. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin continues to await a resolution on his status from the WBC. The mandatory challenger for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was sidelined after a trace amount of a recently banned substance was found in his system.
Even if Povetkin is allowed back, Wilder is reportedly out for the rest of the year with hand and arm injuries. So an interim title fight could be a possibility.
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua wants other heavyweights to quit trash-talking him on Twitter. “To all potential challengers..please don’t waste our time with fake hype! Serious applications only!!!”
In other news, former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin is recovering after recently suffering a gunshot wound in the forearm. The incident took place at 5AM in downtown Los Angeles after an altercation with two unknown assailants.
WBO jr flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion, will soon be vacating his title to move to the flyweight division. ALA Sports President/CEO Michael Aldeguer told Fightnews.com® “We cannot say officially but there are plans for Nietes to vacate. We still have to clear it out with the WBO. We should know by August 17.”
Former world champion Johnny Gonzalez returns September 24 against Hirotsugu Yamamoto at a site to be named in Mexico.
On Tuesday, Riverside Police Officers teamed up with undefeated former two-time WBO world champion Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) to hand out one hundred backpacks and various school supplies to local kids.
Friday’s ESPN card looks like the end of the line for boxing on the network for the foreseeable future.
Congratulations to New England writer Jason Marchetti and his wife Liza on the birth of their daughter Ramona Jane! Ramona entered the ring Tuesday weighing 8 pounds and ten ounces. The proud daddy said: “She’s looking like a welterweight to me!”
By Ricardo Ibarra
Patrick Ferguson 199.2 vs. Rubin Williams 199.3
Duran Caferro 147 vs. Daniel Gonzalez 147
Ronald Johnson 198.5 vs. Ken Blackcrow*
Jon Jay Mount 177.1 vs. Darian Pongah*
Wamnee Ereaux 133.2 vs. Megan Martin 131.2
*will weigh in later
Promoter: Silver Wolf Fight Promotions
Venue: Fort Belknap Casino, Harlem, Montana
With his grueling training camp completed, undefeated welterweight rising star Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella was ready to fly to Verona, NY and enter the ring Friday evening for a nationally televised fight against 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas. Unfortunately, for him, his fight with Ugas was cancelled by the Oneida Indian Athletic Commission.
Here’s what happened:
During Perrella’s June 4 second round knockout of David Grayton, he suffered a thumb injury. While receiving a standard post fight visit from Quebec Athletic Commission officials, they took note of the injury. When the Ugas fight was scheduled, Quebec’s notes on Perrella were sent to the Oneida Commission. In order to face Ugas, Perrella was told that he must receive approval from a doctor. The 27-year-old twice visited a hand specialist, receiving formal written clearance to fight August 12. Team Perrella submitted the paperwork to the Oneida Commission, however, the commission refused to license him even with formal clearance. (more…)
Wednesday’s two sessions at the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament saw thirteen bouts across five weight categories, featuring a total of 35 different nations in action. The day concluded with all four Semi-Finalists confirmed in the Men’s Light Flyweight (49kg) and Heavyweight (91kg) competitions, while the preliminaries continued with the Bantamweight (56kg), Light Welterweight (64kg) and Light Heavyweights (81kg). (more…)
American light flyweight Nico Hernandez will win at least a bronze medal after narrowly defeating Carlos Eduardo Quipo Pilataxi. Hernandez lost the first round on two cards. The bout was tied on all three cards after two, but Hernandez pulled out the last round on all three cards. Hernandez will face Hasanboy Dusmatov in the semifinal. The USA hasn’t won an Olympic medal in men’s boxing since Deontay Wilder won a bronze in 2008.
In other action, Team USA light welterweight Gary Russell, brother of WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell (yes, they’re both named Gary), defeated Haitian Richardson Hitchins 3-0.
French light heavyweight surprised Mathieu Albert Daniel Bauderlique surprised Colombian power puncher Juan Carlos Carrillo 3-0.
Equador light heavyweight Carlos Andres Mina defeated Ireland’s Joseph Ward 2-1.
Cuban heavyweight Erislandy Savon topped Argentina’s Yamil Alberto Peralta 3-0.
2008 Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) poses with former world champion Joel Casamayor. Casamayor is training Ugas for his Fight Friday night against Jamal James that will be the televised co-feature on ESPN. This is the first fight that Casamayor is training Ugas.
30 days out from their September 10 showdown in London, WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook both took part in their WBC-mandated 30-Day weigh-ins. Brook scaled in at 176 pounds, while GGG weighed 165 pounds. They both have to get down to 160 pounds or less by the official weigh-in on September 9.
In another 30-day weigh-in, WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez weighed 124.2 pounds, and WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras weighed 124 pounds. They collide September 10 at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.
Unbeaten welterweight contender Jamal James (20-0, 9 KOs) is set to take on Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) in a 10-round showdown featured on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes this Friday from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. James replaces undefeated welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella, who was forced to withdraw from the bout because of an injury to his left thumb. The card is headlined by undefeated rising contender Miguel Flores taking on once-beaten Ryan Kielczweski in featherweight action.
Highlighting undercard action is undefeated rising prospect Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (5-0, 3 KOs) battling veteran brawler Ira Terry (26-14, 16 KOs) in a six-round welterweight attraction.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $60 for ringside, $35 and $25, and are on sale now (may be subject to additional fees). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 877-833-SHOW or by visiting the Turning Stone Box Office.
Cuban light flyweight Joahnys Argilagos beat Kenya’s Peter Warui 3-0 to book a spot in the bronze medal round. Also making the light fly medal round was Colombian Yurberjen Martinez, who edged Spaniard Samuel Carmona 2-1.
Thailand bantamweight Chatchai Butdee swept past the UK’s Qais Ashfaq 3-0.
Chinese light welterweight Quianxun won by walkover when Mexican Raul Curiel couldn’t compete due to stomach flu.
Cuban light heavyweight Julio Cesar La Cruz defeated Nadir Unal of Turkey 3-0
34-year-old Clemente Russo of Italy, competing in his fourth Olympics and a two-time silver medalist, failed to reach the medal round in the heavyweight division. Russo lost 3-0 to Russian Evgeny Tischenko.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Main Events
WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) is set for his November showdown with undefeated former world champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs). The plan is for Kovalev to square off against Ward on November 19 on HBO-PPV, however there are still unresolved last minutes issues to iron out with Ward’s promoter Roc Nation.
We caught up with the “Krusher” Tuesday afternoon at the Target Terrace at LA Live where the boxing match against Ward was supposed to be announced.
“This fight means a lot. It’s the fight of my career. It is a very important fight I am very excited,” Kovalev told Fightnews.com®. “I am ready, I have huge respect for Andre Ward. I am excited for this. Thanks to Egis (Klimas), Main Events, Kathy (Duva).”
Kovalev will begin training camp in the Southern California high altitude mountains of Big Bear, California, with his trainer, former world champion John David Jackson, as the duo prepares for the showdown with Ward.
“Now we will get to begin to and train hard for this fight,” Kovalev said. (more…)
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya gave a talk to the Dallas Cowboys at Dallas Cowboys Training Camp on Tuesday in Oxnard, California. “The Golden Boy” also met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Oscar de la Hoya: “Canelo has opened up his training camp in San Diego. Now he begins to sharpen his tools, get his timing where he likes it to be, the sparring intensifies, he tightens up his footwork, defense and offense. Canelo is never, ever in a boring fight. He is one to take you apart and knock you and that is what he plans to do with Liam Smith. Liam Smith is going to come to the US wanting to take the title back with him to the UK. It’s going to be a battle one not to miss. I think this will be a fight fought in the center of the ring.” (more…)
Manny Pacquiao confirmed on Wednesday that Jessie Vargas will be his opponent on November 5 in Las Vegas. “Yes, the fight is on,” said Pacquiao in a statement. “I have agreed to a November 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.”
Pacman also stated that his entire training camp will be held in the Philippines where he is a member of the Senate.
Tuesday’s two sessions of Olympic Games Boxing offered up eight Lightweight (60kg) and Middleweight (75kg) bouts, as well as a first taste of Rio 2016 action for four of the eighteen Super Heavyweights (+91kg). It was a star-studded start to the day as Cuba’s triple World Lightweight Champion Lazaro Alvarez stepped into the ring, before Brazil’s Robson Conceição fired up the crowd and then Cameroon 18 year-old Dieudonne Seyi Ntsengue and France’s Sofiane Oumiha delivered superb performances to keep their Olympic dreams alive. (more…)
Former world champion Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) has officially announced his retirement on his Facebook page. The 33-year-old Argentinean was world junior welterweight and welterweight champion. He hadn’t fought since September 2014 when he lost on points against Floyd Mayweather.
Dear boxing Friends,
After a long time out of the ring and after giving it a lot of thinking since my last fight I’ve decided to hang up the gloves for good.
Probably my decision would not surprise much as I had given hints of it in the last few months. But at this time I am making it official.
Before anything else, I must say that I leave very proud and deeply thankful to boxing and everything that I have achieved. I’ve really never imagined getting this far when I put on a pair of gloves for the very first time when I was 15 in my native Margarita city. I think I was able to put the name of my country Argentina very high after winning two world titles, winning and losing against the best fighters of the world. (more…)
Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1, 5 KOs as a pro and rated #6 by the WBO at flyweight) was stopped in round three by 21-year-old French amateur Sofiane Oumiha in a lightweight bout. Ruenroeng received multiple eight counts. All three professional fighters competing in the 2016 Olympics have now been defeated by amateurs early on in the tournament.
American middleweight Charles Conwell was the first member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to be defeated at the 2016 Olympic Games. India’s Krishan Vikas beat the 18-year-old Conwell 3-0.
Irish lightweight David Joyce was ousted by Albert Selimov of Azerbaijan 3-0.
Australian middleweight Daniel Lewis edged Poland’s Tomasz Jablonksi 2-1.
By Miguel Maravilla
On Tuesday at a Los Angeles press conference, WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) was supposed to announce the details of his November 19 PPV showdown against Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, who was not in attendance.
Promoter Kathy Duva stated, “We expect the fight will be taking place SOMEWHERE…we have a deal with the T-Mobile (in Las Vegas) as far as I’m concerned. Duva also stated Ward felt it was too close to the fight [date] to travel to this kick-off press announcement. (The fight is more than three months away!)
“I guess living hell is a pretty good description of the negotiations,” Duva added. “But seriously, there’s a lot of nice people at Roc Nation but unfortunately, the leadership of their company is just not capable of dealing with this fight. We’re trying and as far as I’m concerned we have a deal. We made a deal back in June to put the fight at the MGM. I don’t know what they want. I don’t know what this tactic is they’ve employed in the last 48 hours. I can only come to the conclusion that perhaps on their side there’s some problem with Andre Ward. But we have an agreement and we’ll see that they live up to it.”
The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been reserved for the fight.
Former IBF jr middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (28-8, 12 KOs) is set to battle once-beaten Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions next Bounce TV card on September 16 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The telecast also features super welterweight Chris “Young King” Pearson (14-1, 10 KOs) taking on Justin “The Chosen One” DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.
Lightweight prospect Mason Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) will face Bahodir Mamadjonov (19-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle in the new co-feature of ShoBox: The New Generation on August 19 at the outdoor soccer venue Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY.
Undefeated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) will take on the experienced Fred Kassi (18-5-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event.
Also scheduled for TV: undefeated welterweight knockout artist Bakhtiyar Eyubov (10-0, 10 KOs) steps up against veteran Karim Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle. In the telecast opener, unbeaten Antonio Nieves (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will square off against new opponent, Alejandro Santiago (11-2-1, 3 KOs) in a 10-round bantamweight bout for Nieves’ WBO NABO title.
The second of three professional boxers competing in the Rio Olympics has been knocked out of the tournament without a medal. Unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs as a pro) of Italy, a former EBU-EU champion, was defeated 3-0 by Cuban Jorge Lazaro Alvarez 3-0 in the lightweight division.
American lightweight Carlos Balderas defeated Japan’s Daisuke Narimatsu 3-0.
British lightweight Joseph Cordina was defeated by Hurshid Tojibaev 2-0 with one round even.
Mexican middleweight Uziel Rodriguez defeated Irag’s Waheed Karaawi 3-0.
Photo: Photo Wende
Undefeated Swedish boxer Anthony Yigit (17-0-1, 7 KOs) returns to his native Stockholm on September 10 to face Armando Robles (30-4-2, 17 KOs) in a ten-round light welterweight contest at the Hovet.
Now living and training in London, the 24 year-old is relishing a return to his hometown having left the Swedish capital to pursue his professional boxing career. His bout will provide chief support for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title fight between Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson.
Yigit said “It’s going to be great. The Hovet is close to where I grew up so it really feels like I’m fighting at home. I’ve been away for a long time. I left Stockholm in 2011 to prepare for the Olympics and have spent my pro career in London, Copenhagen and Tenerife. (more…)
As Donnie Nietes takes his career a level higher on ALA Promotions’ next US event on September 24 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion ever and current WBO junior flyweight champion says he’s “very excited” to be fighting at 112 lbs.
Before his most recent title defense against former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia in his hometown in Bacolod City last May, Nietes had already decided to move up in weight. “I was ready to leave the light flyweight division before (fighting) Garcia. I was thinking he would be my last opponent at 108lbs. The next thing I did was to ask my manager and promoter and I am very glad they granted my request.”
Nietes is 38-1-4, with 22 wins via KO. He’s successfully defended his WBO world junior flyweight title nine times since winning it in 2011 and before that he held the WBO minimumweight title, winning it in 2007, and defending that title four times. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
On Thursday evening at the Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, Montana, Pacific Northwest amateur stand-out Patrick Ferguson (3-0, 3 KOs) will headline a boxing card as a professional for the first time in his young career, taking on former world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-28-1, 16 KOs) in the six round main event of Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ eight bout pro-am show. (more…)
It is with a very heavy heart that we share some sad news about our dear friends Lee and Mary Samuels. Lee is the PR Chief of Top Rank. Their beloved son Eddie, 30, passed away suddenly on Saturday. The details for Eddie’s funeral are as follows:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 – 4 to 7 P.M. PT
Palm Northwest Mortuary
6701 North Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89131
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 – 10 A.M. PT
Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church
3050 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Flowers may be sent to Palm Northwest Mortuary. (more…)
Rio 2016 Light Flyweight and Heavyweight Quarter-Finals confirmed on a dazzling third day of Olympic Boxing
Four weight classes were in action on Day Three of the Rio 2016 Boxing Competition, with eight crucial bouts deciding the quarter-finalists at Light Flyweight (49kg) and Heavyweight (91kg) as well four bouts at Welterweight (69kg) and Middleweight (75kg) across the two sessions. If the morning belonged to Spain’s Samuel Heredia following his victory over Irish second-seed Patrick Barnes, then the evening was Kazakhstan’s time to shine, as the team secured three superb wins. (more…)
Photos Courtesy/K2 Promotions Ukraine
Undefeated #1 Ranked Cruiserweight Contender Oleksandr Usyk, (9-0-0, 9KO’s), is deep in training in the beautiful city of Bukovel, Ukraine for his world title showdown with WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Krzystof Glowacki, (26-0-0, 16KO’s) set for Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.
Gold Medalist for Ukraine in the 2012 Olympics in London, England, the 29-year-old Usyk, promoted by K2 Promotions Ukraine, is looking to become the fastest world champion in cruiserweight division history in his 10th professional fight. The record is currently held by boxing legend Evander Holyfield who captured the world title in his 12th fight against Dwight Muhammed Qawi in 1986. (more…)
In today’s morning session, UK light flyweight Galal Yafai was defeated 2-1 by Cuban Joahnys Argilagos. It was the first loss in the tournament by Team GB. Galal is the younger brother of world rated pro super flyweight Kal Yafai.
Irish light flyweight Patrick Barnes lost 2-1 to Spain’s Samuel Carmona Heredia.
Competing in his fourth Olympics, two-time silver medal winner Clemente Russo of Italy defeated Tunisian Hassen Chaktami 3-0 in heavyweight action.
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In the evening session, American light flyweight Nico Miguel Hernandez defeated Russian Vasili Egorov 3-0.
Team GB welterweight Josh Kelly defeated Egyptian Walid Mohamed 3-0, while Team GB middleweight Antony Fowler was defeated by Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan.
Mexican welterweight Juan Pablo Romero was defeated by Italian Vincenzo Mangiacapre by a 2-1 score, and Mexican Joselito Velaquez lost 3-0 to Hasanboy Dusmatov.
Due to the increased activity around the world brought about the ongoing Summer Olympic Games, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has extended the deadline for eligible boxers to enroll in the Clean Boxing Program (CBP). The new enrollment deadline is September 9, 2016. Any eligible boxer who is not registered in the CBP will be removed from the WBC rankings and suspended from any activity in the WBC.
One of the most salient aspects of the CBP is that it includes out-of-competition, random anti-doping testing. All WBC champions and the boxers included in the top 15 in the WBC ratings must agree to out-of-competition, random anti-doping testing. Enrollment in the CBP is mandatory for all eligible boxers.
To enroll, simply follow this process:
1. All boxers are required to watch the Clean Boxing Program Webinar, which provides information about anti-doping and illegal procedures in boxing.
2. Fill-in and sign the forms and email them directly to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
By Robert Coster
Former world bantamweight champion Jose Becerra has passed at the age of 80. The Mexican-born Becerra turned pro at age 17. He was an excellent boxer-puncher, getting his title chance on July 9, 1959, against Alphonse Halimi of France and winning the title via an eighth round knockout. Becerra successfully defended his title against Halimi (by KO) and Kenji Yonekura (by split decision). What shortened Becerra’s career was a knockout victory over Walter Ingram in a non-title bout (10-24-1959) which led to Ingram’s death a few days after the fight. Becerra was never quite the same after this tragedy and was kayoed by journeyman Eloy Sanchez (8-30-1960). Becerra retired after that fight at age 24.
In 1962, Becerra returned to the ring to fight a six round bout to raise money for the family of a boxer who had died in the ring. Becerra’s excellent final tally was 68-4-3 with 42 KOs. RIP Champ!
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
VIVA LAS VEGAS!
I have just returned to Mexico after spending one week in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I was present for the 4th Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and also for the annual Convention of the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions of the USA). I also had the opportunity to spend three days with my wife and three kids and it was awesome to relive the experience of Las Vegas. I took my family to “Mystere” and “Michael Jackson” shows, walked the strip entering every single hotel which is like touring the world, went up the Stratosphere and rode the game (and survived!) and, of course, dining and shopping.
I am very grateful to the NBHOF as I was awarded the “Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award,” which I accepted with honor but only on behalf of the so many persons in boxing and the WBC family which make the difference in this world with their passion and compassion and willingness to serve others. “One action will not change the world, but the continuous actions of many does make our world better.” (more…)
Lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (22-0, 15 KOs) is “stable and alert” after a one-person motorcycle accident in Puerto Rico. According to El Nuevo Dia, “El Diamante” lost control of his bike and fell to the pavement. He suffered multiple lacerations, but doesn’t appear have any broken bones. He was wearing a helmet, but reportedly did suffer an unspecified trauma to the head. CT results are pending. The accident could throw a wrench into Top Rank’s plans to match Verdejo against WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan on Manny Pacquiao’s November 5 PPV card.
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