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For heavyweight Javier Torres, winning your professional debut is one thing. Winning your professional debut in front of legendary Sugar Ray Leonard could be off the charts for the young fighter. Torres won a hard-fought four round majority decision over Kourtney Boden Tuesday night on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA. The bout headlined a four-bout “Big Fighters, Big Cause” card, presented by Sugar Ray Leonard and B. Riley and Company. The card, in its third year, benefitted the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and raised funds for research and awareness towards a cure for juvenile diabetes. (more…)
The only fight promotions “how to” manual is now available for purchase, and it has been updated and is bigger than ever.
Fight Promoter University founder Roy Englebrecht announced today that he has updated the current Fight Promoter University Manual and is now making it available to the public at a cost of only cost $199.
“In preparing for the FPU VIII session June 5-8, I wanted to update the FPU Manual that is given to each student, so I thought why not now make it available to those who cannot attend,” said Englebrecht. “This updated version is now 320 pages and includes separate sections on Ticket Sales, Sponsorships, Promotions, Show Operations, our Fight Club OC and Battle In The Ballroom shows procedures, and other Venues and Shows Agreement. It is really the only “soup to nuts” and “one of a kind” manual for new or current fight promoters, that will prove invaluable as you build a fight promotions business.” (more…)
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Superstar Manny Pacquiao holds bible study with spiritual advisor Pastor Jeric Soriano Tuesday night after training in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.
Top Rank will promote a card on June 30 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center at the Mandalay Bay Hotel to be shown on HBO featuring Brandon Rios and Nonito Donaire in seperate bouts.
The proposed July 14 PPV extravaganza at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas headlined by Juan Manuel Marquez is a no-go after no opponent could be agreed on for Marquez, who is aiming at a rematch with Manny Pacquiao later this year. Marquez may fight in Mexico during the summer.
Word is WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson is headed down to 168lbs to fight WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward on September 8th at a site to be determined.
Former WBA/IBF super lightweight Amir Khan has announced that he will be facing WBC super lightweight champ Danny Garcia on July 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Khan is also trying to be reinstated as WBA/IBF champion following Lamont Peterson’s failed drug test that led to their rematch being cancelled.
With only a couple of weeks before his first world-title opportunity, undefeated welterweight Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, has the look and mindset of a champion as he prepares to meet the hard-hitting former champion Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in one of the co-feature fights on the June 9 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. “It is a lifelong dream to fight for the title,” said Jones, the IBF #1 rated welterweight. “All I know is I’m 100% confident in myself and my abilities. I come to win and I will not lose.”
Jones’ confident demeanor extends to his attitude about expectations as well. “I never get too high or too low,” stated Jones, 29, whose record is 26-0, 19 K0s. “I never need acceptance from anybody, whether I score a knockout or get a decision win. I stay true to myself. I believe in God and I believe in myself. That’s what matters to me.” (more…)
Coon Rapids, Minnesota’s Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-5, 27 KOs) will be looking to pull off an upset when he takes on the more experienced two-time heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) for the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship in the 10-round main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, this Friday. Abell became part of boxing infamy when reeling from punches he was kissed by top contender Chris Arreola moments before he was TKO’d by Arreola. “He’s a prick like that. That’s part of his thing; he’s the bad guy,” explained Abell of Arreola’s public persona. “Afterwards, he apologized, but I don’t understand people like him. I’ll never really completely get over that. He’s the kind of person that doesn’t care what he does. He’s could say something and completely wreck somebody’s self-esteem and not care. If I accidentally say something that might hurt someone’s feelings, I can’t live with myself.” (more…)
Former lightweight title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (23-7, 18 KOs) will meet undefeated 2000 Uzbekistan Olympian Alisher “Ali” Rahimov (23-0, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. Friday’s co-feature will pit Heavyweights “Vicious” Vince Thompson (10-0, 2 KOs) against Joell “Joe Slick” Godfrey (14-6-1, 6 KOs).
Kim’s co-manager Paul Lee said, “Rahimov is a good technician and has a lot of experience. He’s 36 years old, but he is still strong. However, Ji-Hoon has taller height and longer arms. He has a physical advantage and he’s going to use it.”
Greg Sirb, current Vice President of the Association of Boxing Commissions and executive director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission since 1990, has called on the WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF to stop sanctioning all title fights in Germany to send a message to German boxing authorities who don’t respect the FightFax National Suspension List.
Here what Sirb sent to the heads of those organizations:
As per the Oliver McCall fight in Frankfurt, Germany on May 16, 2012 – Mr. McCall was under Medical Suspension from the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission since November 11, 2011 for a serious medical condition.
This is at least the 3rd time the German Boxing Commission has allowed an American Boxer to compete in their country while under “Medical Suspension:” They also allowed Barry Butler and Lamont Brewster.
As World Boxing groups I really think it is time to STOP sanctioning any title fights in Germany (more…)
Junior dos Santos will make his first defense of the UFC heavyweight championship on Saturday night.
His original opponent, Alistair Overeem, has not been licensed to fight in Nevada and likely won’t be for quite some time. Thus, UFC President Dana White decided approximately four weeks ago to swap him out with former champion Frank Mir. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
Bongani Mfundisi and Simphiwe Khonco who both hail from the Eastern Cape are scheduled to meet for the vacant South African minmumweight title in East London on June 2. The title became vacant after the untimely death of Siviwe Ntsiko on April 27 this year. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It’s as old as boxing itself. One side celebrates while the other cries foul. The ink had barely dried on the scorecards from Saturday’s NABA light-heavyweight battle between Montreal’s Nicholson Poulard (18-3 8KO) and Buffalo New York’s Lionell Thompson (12-1 8KO) before the visiting fighter started crying foul. Poulard won what is now a controversial (is there any other kind) split decision by scores of 97-93, 96-94 with the one Montreal judge Pasquale Procopio seeing it going the way of Thompson 97-93. “The judges in Canada suck,” said Thompson who had the Montrealer on his side but not Don Ackerman of New York state who saw it opposite and had it 97-93 Poulard. The third judge Kelly Zolnierczyk of Toronto had it 96-94 Poulard. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source revealed to Fightnews.com that former world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams will likely be the opponent who will face WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, topping an event presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Initially James Kirkland was considered, but Williams is now the frontrunner.
With the majority of his mixed martial arts wins coming by way of submission, including back-to-back tap outs of Pat Schilling and Mackens Semerzier in his first two UFC bouts, Daniel Pineda could be mistaken for a lifelong jiu-jitsu practitioner, and not a guy who used to think “it was better just to punch somebody in the mouth and get them out of there quicker than trying to get somebody’s neck.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko said today that there will be no fight between his brother, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, and David Haye until Haye has his license renewed by the BBBofC. Earlier today Haye and his manager Adam Booth denied actually turning down a fight against Vitali, although they did accept an interim fight against Dereck Chisora in July as active negotiations for a Vitali-Haye fight were in progress.
“There is nothing that could be made,” Wladimir told Sky Sports News. “First of all David Haye was officially retired, he didn’t have a license so there couldn’t be any conversation. With David Haye, we have been handling a lot for many years, we’ve heard a lot of nonsense and lies. And right now, he’s actually getting ready for the Chisora fight.” (more…)
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(L-R) Middleweight Jesse Hart, undefeated #1 welterweight Mike Jones and top 122lb contender Teon Kennedy pose together during media day in Philadelphia Tuesday for their upcoming feature fights on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley championship card, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View. Jones takes on former two-time world champion Randall “The Knockout King” Bailey for the vacant IBF welterweight belt, Kennedy will battle WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and Hart, son of Philadelphia Middleweight legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart will be making his pro debut. More photos…
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will fight Marcos Leonardo Jimenez on Saturday, June 16th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz told Fightnews.com late last week. The card will take place at the Convention Center in Pharr, TX and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.” Frank Espinoza, who manages Molina, told Fightnews.com last week that Molina was fighting in Corpus Christi, TX. However, Golden Boy Promotions decided to move the fight card to Pharr.
Molina (16-0-1, 7 KOs) will fight one day short of three months, winning a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Angelo Perez on March 17th. It followed perhaps his most impressive perofrmance to date, a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Manuel Leyva on December 3rd. (more…)
Brazilian fans will soon be able to purchase tickets for UFC® 147, the historical event at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, June 23, featuring the first-ever The Ultimate Fighter Brazil® Finale and long-awaited middleweight bout between long-time rivals and current TUF coaches. Tickets go on sale to the public this Thursday, May 24, exclusively on www.ticketsforfun.com.br. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In an amazing eleven month stretch between December 2008 and November 2009, Manny Pacquiao cemented his legend as one of boxing’s greats with consecutive KO wins over Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. However, since then the “Pacman” has registered four consecutive decision wins. We asked Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach how today’s 33-year-old version of Manny compares to the fighter who was knocking out the division’s best three years ago.
“I believe he’s a better fighter now,” said Roach. “He’s more focused, if the knockout comes it’ll be a bonus, but obviously Bradley’s a tough guy, he’s undefeated, he’ll be a little bit resilient, but I think you’re going to see the best Manny Pacquiao yet.”
Manny himself wasn’t making any promises. “I’m just doing my best in training,” he said. “I’m working hard to give a good fight.”
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
After much pomp and circumstance led by the executive director Juan Carlos Pelayo and boxing commissioner former super welterweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia, the Tijuana Boxing commission held this administration’s 1st Awards dinner at a reception hall in downtown Tijuana. In Mexico, each city has their own boxing commission unlike the United States where boxing is state-regulated. The executive director is an appointed position which usually is a three year term. Pelayo, a lawyer by day, is in his second year along with his board of directors, is in his second year. The ceremony awarded the best of 2011.
Seven-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales was named as the Fighter of the Year for capturing his fourth title in as many divisions becoming the first Mexican born fighter to do so. With his July 14th proposed match up versus Juan Manuel Marquez going up in flames, Morales is set to return to the ring this summer. Recently Morales tweeted that he will look for a rematch versus Danny Garcia. Sources close to the righter mentioned that a direct rematch clause was included in the contract for their first match up in late March. No word when the rematch would be scheduled for but Garcia, who suffered a rib injury and a broken nose in their first fight, must first recover from the damage. (more…)
Highly-respected boxing trainer Orlando Cuellar has predicted a knockout victory for his fighter, undefeated prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (17-0, 12 KOs), June 2 against Brazilian living legend and four-time world champion, Acelino “Popo” Freitas(38-2, 32 KOs), at Conrad Punta Del Este and Resort Casino in Uruguay.
The 10-round Freitas-Oliveira main event headlines the “History In The Making” card, presented by MO Productions, airing live on TV Global in Brazil and Uruguay television.
“Not only will Michael expose ‘Popo’ – I know this is a bold statement – but he will stop him,” a confident Cuellar predicted. “This is a great opportunity for Michael on a grand stage. ‘Popo’ won’t finish this fight on his feet. (more…)
In another chapter of the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing war, prospects McWilliams and McJoe Arroyo will face Felipe Rivas and Miguel Tamayo headlining another edition of the Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate, to be held at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, on June 9, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation.
The main event will present the 2009 Amateur World Champion, McWilliams Arroyo (11-1, 10 KOs), facing dangerous Rivas (12-10-1, 7 KOs), who was defeated in a split decision by former two time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon on October, 2011, and has knocked out his last three opponents. McWilliams is the WBO Latino flyweight champion after beat veteran Luis “Titi” Maldonado last March 10. The Puerto Rican prospect is ranked #13 by the WBO in the flyweight division. This fight is scheduled to 10 rounds in the flyweights.
His twin brother, McJoe Arroyo (10-0, 5 KOs), Amateur World Championships bronze medalist in 2007, will make his second fight this year when he faces Tamayo (12-3-1, 11 KOs) in a super flyweight bout scheduled for six rounds.
Former middleweight title challenger Martin Murray will face French middleweight champion Karim Achour next month. They will meet on Hatton Promotions ‘Road To Glory’ bill at Manchester Velodrome on June 16. The bill also includes the vacant WBA interim world super-bantamweight title fight between Bury’s Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe. Unbeaten British champion Murray drew against WBA super champion Felix Sturm last year and is patiently waiting for another world title challenge. But 25-year-old Achour has won 13 of his 15 fights will provide stern opposition for Murray who is ranked in the top five by the WBA, WBC and WBO.
Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton said: “Martin is being patient, but I am certain we will deliver another major fight later this year. In the meantime it is all about keeping him busy and winning against decent opposition. Since the Sturm fight a match against WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fell through, but he got over that by getting straight back into the gym. (more…)
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez will make it official on Wednesday at a press conference in Los Angeles that Ortiz will fight Lopez June 23 at Staples Center. Lopez is moving up to welterweight from the 140lb division to replace Andre Berto, who tested positive for a banned substance. Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs), who lost his last fight against Jesse Vargas by split decision last September, is an all action fighter who has fought on ShoBox several times. Heavyweight Chris Arreola has also been added to the card. The co-feature is an interesting jr welterweight ten-rounder between former world champion Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse.
Former world heavyweight and cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has reiterated that the prospect of a fight against current WBC kingpin Vitali Klitschko is one of the sole reasons he decided to return to the ring in 2012. The 31-year-old meets fellow Londoner Dereck Chisora on July 14 at Upton Park, but admits a clash against Klitschko remains his ultimate goal, despite recent claims he turned down a fight with the Ukrainian two weeks ago. “It makes absolutely no sense for me to turn down a fight I desperately want,” said Haye. “Remember, the whole idea behind going ahead with this Chisora fight was that a victory may then lead to a fight with Vitali Klitschko. That was my plan, my reason for returning to the ring. I want to fight on July 14 and then again in September, and have been telling people this for months now.” (more…)
It may be cruel to point out, especially if you’re on the receiving end, but when it comes to knockouts, the ones produced by a kick to the head are always a lot more spectacular. But then came Edson Barboza’s spinning head kick finish of Terry Etim at UFC 142 in January, and the bar was set even higher, as he delivered a move that required speed, power, agility, technique, and timing, all at the same time. If you’re a fan of the art part of mixed martial arts, you could not help but be impressed . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Ring legend Roy Jones Junior (55-8, 40 KOs), a former four-division world champion, will fight WBC #4 ranked light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (39-1, 25 KOs) in Poland on June 30.
“Roy was always my idol, the only fighter I loved to watch. But it was then, now is my time to beat my hero and take his place,” said Kostecki, who lost his only professional fight 6 years ago. “Roy is coming to my country and I will be a great host but that will change the moment we step into the ring!”
Roy has his own ideas…
Are you ready for your trip to Poland?
RJJ: Absolutely – ready and pumped for Wednesday’s press conference. I am flying into Warsaw Wednesday at 10 in the morning, flying from Chicago, so it will be like flying from one Polish city to another (laughing). No, seriously – I’m really looking forward to seeing Poland now. I am only staying a short time now ‘cause I’m training harder than ever. I’ll have more time when I come back for the fight on June 30. I know how proud a nation Poland is and how hard the Poles are working to make a living. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Indonesian prospect Isaack Junior (20-1-2, 8 KOs) survived the aggression of the Filipino slugger Jecker Buhawe (13-7-3, 8 KOs) to retain his WBO Aspac super flyweight title on Sunday in Palangkaraya City, Indonesia. Buhawe started as an extra aggressive puncher from the first round, but the slick Junior anticipated it with a counter attack strategy. Buhawe cornered Junior in the middle of the last round, but the fight was stopped by referee due to the head butt causing a cut on the challenger’s right eyelid. Junior is currently rated #3 in the super flyweight division by the WBO, and he’s projected to be the next Indonesian world champion.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a very interesting super middleweight bout this Saturday, former world title challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez (40-13, 23 KOs) will take on former hot prospect and KO artist Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia (45-5, 38 KOs) in a ten-rounder at the Gimnasio Auditorio Jorge Campos in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Promociones del Pueblo card is billed as “Night of Knockouts” and will broadcast on Cadena 3 in Mexico.
In other action, undefeated featherweight and 2011 Golden Belt champion Juan Jose “Venado” Perez (12-0, 2 KOs) takes on Manuel Amador (4-1, 2 KOs) and bantamweight Edgar “Lic” Monárrez (13-1, 9 KOs) faces Alberto “Mulatto” Ruiz (6-1, 2 KOs) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds.
Middleweights Munoz and Weidman Battle In San Jose – Tickets On Sale This Week: The UFC returns to the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Wednesday, July 11th with a battle between 185-pound contenders as Mark Munoz faces off against Chris Weidman! Plus, light heavyweight brawlers James Te Huna and Brandon Vera collide, and Jon Fitch goes toe-to-toe with Aaron Simpson! UFC Fight Club presale starts Tuesday, May 22 at 10am PT, join today for first access to tickets
The Heavyweights Take Over This Saturday Night At UFC 146: It’s the biggest night the heavyweight division has ever seen! In the main event, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir looks to regain the title from current champ Junior dos Santos! Plus, Cain Velasquez returns to battle Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Roy Nelson faces Dave Herman – UFC 146 Presented by Bud Light, this Saturday night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV
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Unbeaten 6’8 heavyweight David Price is now eyeing either a summer clash in the United States or a British title defense on home soil after his fourth round stoppage of Sam Sexton to lift the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on Saturday night. The Olympic bronze medalist Price and his team will meet this week to discuss potential opponents over the coming months. Promoter Frank Maloney stated, “There are some credible British opponents who would be decent opposition and there has been interest from America for a while. Whatever decision is made will be in David’s best interests and nobody else. People might have dismissed David’s comment when he said he could become world heavyweight champion by his 20th fight. That doesn’t look a bad prediction now. He could most probably earn his chance quickly, but it is about becoming world champion and having a long reign.”
Dereck Chisora today (Monday 21 May) collected his Luxembourg Boxing Federation license in Luxembourg ahead of his fight with David Haye. Chisora will take on Haye for the WBO International and WBA Intercontinental heavyweight titles on Saturday 14th July at West Ham United FC which is being sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. Chisora was presented with his license at a packed press conference where afterwards Chisora, 28, said, “I had plenty of opportunities to be licensed by other countries, but I chose Luxembourg because they were very respectful towards me, very accommodating and friendly people and I look forward to making them proud.” (more…)
Duane “Bang” Ludwig is just like you, with one exception: he’s a world renowned kickboxer and mixed martial artist.
The Denver, Colorado native is a husband, a father, a small business owner (303 Training Center in Westminster, CO), and simply a guy who wants to own a house. On the other hand, he is also the proud owner of the fastest knockout in UFC history, but that title nor the litany of Muay Thai belts that he refers to as “closet stuffers” have not altered the down-to-Earth individual he is outside of the cage, regardless of how popular he is in it. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Francisco Salazar
Former world title holder and super bantamweight contender Rico Ramos will now face unbeaten Efrain Esquivias on June 23rd, Thompson Boxing Promotions General Manager Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com Monday morning. The bout, which is being promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will still take place at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.”
Ramos was originally going to fight unbeaten Jhonatan Romero in a scheduled 10 round bout. However, Romero suffered a fracture to his left thumb in the second round of his last fight against Adolfo Landeros on May 11th. Unaware of the injury, Romero continued fighting and won a one-sided eight round decision over the Mexican journeyman.
“We thought that it was just swelling (after the fight), but then we were notified that it was a fracture,” said Camponovo, who also serves as Thompson Boxing Promotions’ matchmaker. “He (Romero) will be out for about six weeks. (more…)
Two of Mexico’s rising stars will be in the spotlight at The Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Saturday, May 26 when Tlanepantla’s Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) faces Colombia’s Fidel Monterrosa (29-5, 23 KOs) and Cancun’s Sergio Thompson (22-2, 20 KOs) squares off against Argentina’s Juan Ramon Solis (17-5, 6 KOs) in co-headlining bouts to be broadcast on Televisa’s “Sabados De Corona” in Mexico and on FOX Deportes in the United States.
Also in action for fans on site in Cancun will be some of Golden Boy Promotions’ top prospects, as Deontay Wilder, Francisco Vargas and Jamie Kavanagh put their unbeaten records on the line in Mexico. (more…)
A purse bid was held today at WBA headquarters in Panama for the mandatory fight between WBA super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (25-2, 18 KOs) and interim titlist Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs). The Magee camp won the right to promote the fight with a bid of $287,700, outbidding Balszay promoter Universum by $20,000.
Universum chief Kluch Waldemar, who himself traveled to Panama, is confident that Balzsay will retain his title regardless where the fight is held. “This purse bid is certainly not a defeat for us. Without TV network backing, you have to make economically sensible bids. I am sure that Balzsay will be perfectly prepared to fight and he’ll bring the belt back home,”said Kluch. The fight will be held on either July 7 or July 14 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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