WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at ...

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Giacon returns with a win

Minutes ago in Illescas, Spain, Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (29-1, 25 KOs) won the vacant IBF International super lightweight with an explosive knockout in the fifth round against Belgian Andrea Carbonello (14-4-1, 3 KOs). Carbonello was down in the second, in the fourth and finally in the fifth. Good win for Giacon who had only one fight in the last two years.

World Factory Events in collaboration with OPI Since 82 promoted the fight.

Minutes ago in Illescas, Spain, Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (29-1, 25 KOs) won the vacant IBF International super lightweight with …


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When a loss is a victory

By Wladimir Klitschko

At the end of April I competed against Anthony Joshua, and thereby took on the greatest of all challenges: In front of 90,000 spectators in a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London – as well as a TV audience of millions in more than 150 countries – I fought the fight of my life against the 28-year-old Englishman. I competed to conquer the best of the best. Sadly, I failed to achieve my goal. The outcome was that my opponent won the fight. But despite this, and however absurd it may sound, I also left the ring victorious. More

By Wladimir Klitschko At the end of April I competed against Anthony Joshua, and thereby took on the greatest of …



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Broadway Boxing Weights from Foxwoods

Matt Remillard 135 vs. Fatiou Fassinou 133
Ruslan Shamalov 233 vs. George Arias 230
Myquan Williams 146 vs. Ariel Vasquez 147
Jennifer Salinas 135 vs. Marquita Lee 132
Khiry Todd 149 vs. Nicolas Sarouna 148
Radzhab Butaev 153 vs. Abraham Alvarez 157
Luis Garcia 194 vs. Felipe Romero 195
Jose Roman 149 vs. William Hill 148

Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment

Matt Remillard 135 vs. Fatiou Fassinou 133 Ruslan Shamalov 233 vs. George Arias 230 Myquan Williams 146 vs. Ariel Vasquez …


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Stevenson and Fonfara make weight

Adonis Stevenson 173.5 vs. Andrzej Fonfara 174.25
(WBC light heavyweight championship)

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Eleider Alvarez 174.5 vs. Jean Pascal 174.5

Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Promoter: GYM
TV: Showtime

Adonis Stevenson 173.5 vs. Andrzej Fonfara 174.25 (WBC light heavyweight championship) Eleider Alvarez 174.5 vs. Jean Pascal 174.5 Venue: Bell …




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Kudryashov and Durodola make weight

Dmitry Kudryashov 198.6 vs. Olanrewaju Durodola 198.6
(WBC silver cruiserweight title)

Venue: Sports Palace, Rostov, Russia
Promoter: World of Boxing

Dmitry Kudryashov 198.6 vs. Olanrewaju Durodola 198.6 (WBC silver cruiserweight title) Venue: Sports Palace, Rostov, Russia Promoter: World of Boxing


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3 Cruiserweights Named for World Boxing Super Series

The first three star names have signed up for the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series. IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs) as well as former IBF / WBC champion & IBF top-ranked challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) will all participate in the revolutionary global knockout tournament, with five more elite fighters to be confirmed shortly. The winner will receive the Muhammad Ali Trophy. (more…)

The first three star names have signed up for the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series. IBF Cruiserweight …


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New main event at Foxwoods

The next installment of the popular DiBella Entertainment-promoted Broadway Boxing series, scheduled for tomorrow night (June 3) in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, will have a new main event. Comebacking lightweight Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard (24-1, 13 KOs) is matched against former WBC International Silver super bantamweight champion Fatiou Fassinou (27-5-3, 14 KOs), of Benin, in an eight-round lightweight match that has been elevated to top billing with the cancellation of the Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent vs. Jerri “Fists of Fury” Stitzes fight.

The next installment of the popular DiBella Entertainment-promoted Broadway Boxing series, scheduled for tomorrow night (June 3) in Fox Theater …


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Holyfield to visit India in July

By David Finger

If there is one thing that boxing fans have learned to appreciate about former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield it is his ability to set a blistering pace. And it appears that he is taking that level of energy to his new company: Real Deal Sports & Entertainment. Holyfield, who is set to promote his first show on June 24th in Louisville, Kentucky, will follow it up with a trip to India in early July where he is slated to give a series of boxing lessons to local fighters and coaches. He is also scheduled to speak with local boxers at the Amjad Khan Boxing Training Center in New Delhi, one of the more noteworthy boxing gyms in the nation of over one billion people.

Holyfield may also soon be bringing his promotional company to India as Sportstar Live reported that Holyfield is in talks with the Indian Professional Boxing Association (IPBA) to possibly partner up with the organization in the near future.

“We are looking forward to a long partnership,” Amjad Khan, vice-president of the IPBA, told Sportstar Live of his negotiations with Holyfield.

Holyfield appears to have also confirmed he would be travelling to India, tweeting “INDIA here we go!” on his Twitter page after thanking the IPBA for inviting him to the country.

By David Finger If there is one thing that boxing fans have learned to appreciate about former undisputed heavyweight champion …



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Browne stops Greer in comeback fight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time since his TKO win over Ruslan Chagaev 15 months ago in Grozny, Chechnya. Browne scored a second round TKO over St. Louis journeyman Matthew Greer (16-21, 13 KOs) on Friday night at Club Punchbowl in Sydney, Australia. Browne dropped Greer in round one and at 1:14 of round two the referee called it off after the American visited the canvas again. It was the tenth straight loss for Greer.

In other action, WBA #5 super bantamweight T J Doheny (17-0, 12 KOs) stopped Espinos Sabu (16-13-2) in round one after the Indonesian was down twice.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) returned to …


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Euro Boxing: Giacon in Spain, Obbadi in Italy

By Marco Bratusch

Luca ‘Black Mamba’ Giacon (28-1, 24 KOs) will finally lace his gloves up again tonight at the Plaza de Toros of Illescas, in Castilla-La Mancha region, Spain. The 29-year-old boxer-puncher has finally sorted out the concerns regarding his medical condition – the boxer suffered a detached retina in late 2015 which required surgical operations – a matter that unabled him to compete last time in a boxing card scheduled in Madrid as decided by the local boxing commission. Now everything appears definitely sorted out as his handlers were optimistic about once all the favorable medical papers would have been examined. Giacon is facing Andrea Carbonello (14-2-1, 3 KOs), aged 27, from Belgium, for the vacant IBF International jr. welterweight title. Spanish promoter World Factory Events in collaboration with Italian OPI since 82 promote the event. Giacon weighed 139 pounds, Carbonello 138.5. (more…)

By Marco Bratusch Luca ‘Black Mamba’ Giacon (28-1, 24 KOs) will finally lace his gloves up again tonight at the …


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Interview: Promoter Brian Halquist

By Ricardo Ibarra

Longevity in the sport of boxing can be a very difficult to achieve. Navigating the ultra-competitive field of promoting and sustaining a long, successful run can be a daunting task, but over the past three decades, promoter Brian Halquist has done it, maintaining his position as one of the top promoters in the Pacific Northwest and staging over one hundred shows that included televised cards on HBO, Showtime, and ESPN.

Photo: Mike Blair/BoxingProspects.net

His signature promotion, the “Battle at the Boat” series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, remains the longest-running tribal casino boxing series in the country and one of the longest-running continuous boxing series. This Saturday, the “Battle at the Boat” will stage its twentieth anniversary show with its 111th installment, celebrating a monumental accomplishment.

Heading into fight week, promoter Brian Halquist talked to Fightnews.com® about this milestone accomplishment and the road traveled. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra Longevity in the sport of boxing can be a very difficult to achieve. Navigating the ultra-competitive field …


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Farenas victorious in comeback fight

By Rocky Morales at ringside

In main event action from Fight Club OC in Costa Mesa, CA, Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (42-5, 34KO) made a successful ring return after an 18 month layoff to stop veteran Martin Angel Hernandez (17-12-1, 7KO) at 2:04 of the third round of a scheduled six round welterweight bout. Farenas, from Manila, Philippines, now fighting out of the celebrated Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, CA, is a two-time world title challenger albeit two weight classes lower in the super featherweight division. The southpaw Farenas dropped Hernandez in the opening round with a lead left cross and then was in hot pursuit of Hernandez until finally catching him with an uppercut that dropped him for good in the third round. It was a sloppy contest as the headfirst fighting Farenas and Hernandez clashed heads on more than one occasion. Ultimately, the power and experience of Farenas proved too much for the delicate Hernandez who chose to live to fight another day rather than to go to war with the rough as nails Farenas. (more…)

By Rocky Morales at ringside In main event action from Fight Club OC in Costa Mesa, CA, Michael “Hammer Fist” …



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Weights from Philadelphia

Hank Lundy 135.1 vs. Daniel Evengelista, Jr. 133.5
Isaiah Wise 156.2 vs. Mark Daniels, Jr. 152.2
Jaron Ennis 149.2 vs. Wilfredo Acuna 148.7
Juan Reyna 201 vs. Alvin Varmall 187.2
Dion Richardson 137.4 vs. Scott Kelleher 139.3
Crystian Peguero 126.7 vs. Saquan Felton 123.9
Vinnie Denierio 136 vs. Marklin Bailey 134.4
Jamaal Gregory 145.6 vs. Marcel Rivers 146
Ishmael Altman 151.9 vs. Tyree Crowder 157.5

Venue: 2300 Arena
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, CES Boxing, BAM Boxing, Raging Babe and Joe Hand Promotions

Hank Lundy 135.1 vs. Daniel Evengelista, Jr. 133.5 Isaiah Wise 156.2 vs. Mark Daniels, Jr. 152.2 Jaron Ennis 149.2 vs. …


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LA Fight Club Weights

Azat Hovhannisyan 123.2 vs. Isao Carranza 123.8
Alexis Rocha 146.2 vs. Cesar Valenzuela 144.6
Niko Valdes 166.6 vs. Ernesto Berrsope 165.8
Tenochtitlan Nava 125.6 vs. Christian Renteria 124.6
Jousce Gonzalez 131.4 vs. Daniel Bastien 132

Venue: Belasco Theater
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

Azat Hovhannisyan 123.2 vs. Isao Carranza 123.8 Alexis Rocha 146.2 vs. Cesar Valenzuela 144.6 Niko Valdes 166.6 vs. Ernesto Berrsope …


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2 free-view fights added to Ward-Kovalev PPV

Roc Nation Sports and Main Events have announced the addition of four non-televised and two free-view fights to the undercard of Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The first of two eight-round free-view telecasts pits undefeated top prospect Tramaine “Mighty Midget” Williams (10-0, 3 KOs) against Christopher Martin (30-8-3, 10 KOs) in an eight-round junior featherweight showdown. In the second free-view telecast, middleweight Vaughn Alexander (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on Fabiano “Pit Bull” Pena (16-7-1, 13 KOs).

The non-televised portion of the undercard include Enriko Gogokhia (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Jonathan Steele (7-0, 5 KOs) in a six-round welterweight bout; Bakhram Murtazaliev (8-0, 6 KOs) vs. Gerald “G5” Sherrell (6-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round middleweight bout; John Bauza (6-0, 3 KOs) vs. TBA in a four-round junior welterweight bout; and Junior “The Young God” Younan (11-0, 8 KOs) vs. Zoltan Sera (28-12, 19 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight bout.

Roc Nation Sports and Main Events have announced the addition of four non-televised and two free-view fights to the undercard …


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Maryland suspends Leon Lawson, II

Maryland State Athletic Commission Executive Director Patrick Pannella issued the following statement on behalf of the Commission:

“Based on an initial investigation of events that took place on May 20, 2017 during a professional boxing show held at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, licensed second (cornerman) Leon Lawson, II was summarily suspended by the Maryland State Athletic Commission as of May 23, 2017 for exhibiting unruly conduct in violation of Commission regulations. Such action is pursuant to Maryland State law authorizing the summary suspension of a licensee where the Commission finds that the public health, safety and welfare imperatively requires emergency action. The action was taken as a result of Mr. Lawson punching professional boxer Jose Uzcategui in the face following the conclusion of the boxing contest between Mr. Uzcategui and Andre Dirrell. The Maryland State Athletic Commission’s suspension of Mr. Lawson was issued on an indefinite basis. The Commission is continuing its investigation and takes this matter very seriously.”

Maryland State Athletic Commission Executive Director Patrick Pannella issued the following statement on behalf of the Commission: “Based on an …



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Lundy talking and punching his way to the top

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

If Hammerin’ Hank Lundy’s body is in anywhere as good shape as his mouth, he’ll do just fine Friday night when he returns to fight in Philadelphia for the first time in nearly eight years. Lundy, 27-6-1, 13 KOs, takes on Mexico City’s Daniel Evangelista Jr., 20-7-2, 16 KOs, in the eight-round main event at the 2300 Arena, on a nine-bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing, BAM Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions and Raging Babe.

Lundy is a guy who talks a lot, sometimes makes outrageous claims, and always promises victory. He sated with no doubt that he will knockout Evangelista on Friday night. Usually, he backs up his word. He’s a skilled fighter with an exciting style and attitude. He talks first and then does his best to follow through. But the beauty of Lundy is that if he does fall short of his campaign promises, and on occasion he has, he merely resets the clock and talks a new game the next time. He promises again and never blinks, no matter how tall the task may be. His talk is the fuel that runs his motor, and his tank is never on “E”. (more…)

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com If Hammerin’ Hank Lundy’s body is in …


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Garcia vs. Broner set for July 29

Today, SHOWTIME Sports announced a matchup between two of boxing’s biggest stars as three-division world champion Mikey Garcia moves up in weight to 140 pounds to face four-division champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Saturday, July 29, live on SHOWTIME. Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia is presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Venue is TBA.

Mikey Garcia, 29 years old and undefeated (36-0, 30 KOs), is a recently crowned lightweight champion on a self-appointed journey to become a household name in the sport of boxing. Garcia will move up in weight for the second time in just three fights to challenge Broner. Garcia represents a boxing family developing legendary status in the modern era of the sport. He is renowned for his sportsmanship and his commanding presence in the ring, honed by his brother and acclaimed trainer Robert Garcia. Mikey has held world titles at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, but has never fought north of 138.

Saturday, July 29 will be the 19th live boxing event on SHOWTIME this year. Rival HBO has had just four live shows thus far this year (plus two pay-per-views).

Today, SHOWTIME Sports announced a matchup between two of boxing’s biggest stars as three-division world champion Mikey Garcia moves up …


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Cotto-Kamegai Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs ) of Caguas, Puerto Rico and Japan’s Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) held a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Conga Room at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles to officially announce their showdown. Cotto-Kamegai will take place Saturday August 26 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California for the vacant WBO world junior middleweight title, live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Miguel Cotto: “I’m happy to be back. I am going to do the best I can. I know Kamegai is tough and coming with victory on his mind. I will fight with heart as always.”

Yoshihiro Kamegai: “For me to fight someone I have been a fan of since I was 20 years old, is an honor. I am going out there to win this.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs ) of Caguas, Puerto Rico and Japan’s Yoshihiro …


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40,000 tickets already sold for Pacquiao-Horn

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones reports that the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn clash on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane has officially become the biggest fight in Australia’s history after ticket sales hit the 40,000-seat mark this week.

“We always knew this fight would pack a punch for Brisbane,” Ms. Jones said. “With 40,000 tickets already sold, it will be the biggest boxing crowd ever seen in Australia. This fight also has the potential to host a record Suncorp Stadium crowd of 55,000 fans, with more than a month to go.

Promoter Dean Lonergan added, “We are excited by the interest shown in this ground-breaking event and can’t wait for the world to witness what will be an epic clash at an ideal stadium for boxing. A result like this could not have been achieved without Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing recognizing the value that events generate for the economy and local community.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones reports that the Manny Pacquiao …


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World contender Casey Ramos gets his B.A. in economics

Photo: Top Rank

Top Rank’s world super featherweight contender Casey Ramos of Austin says his ultimate goal is to fight for a world championship.

But he also has an inner drive to help others which is why after training each day he attended St. Edwards University here in Austin. Last week Casey got his B.A. in Economics

“A lot of people – my family, my uncle, my friends – helped me while growing up and now its my turn to help others,” said Casey, who has a ring record of 24-1, 16 KOs. “Studying Economics was perfect as we learned about laws, regulations and ways I can help families. (more…)

Photo: Top Rank Top Rank’s world super featherweight contender Casey Ramos of Austin says his ultimate goal is to fight …


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Umar Salamov Update

Light heavyweight Umar Salamov came in at number 8 in the WBO’s latest ratings, after his stellar performance stopping Emil Markic (24-1) on the undercard of Joseph Parkers heavyweight world title defense in New Zealand earlier this month.

At just 22 years old Salamov stands an imposing figure at 6’3 tall, and has already achieved plenty in his 19 fights to date. He has held 2 versions of world youth titles with the IBO and WBO, the WBO European and IBO World titles. In his last outing, he secured the WBO International & IBF East/West European titles. (more…)

Light heavyweight Umar Salamov came in at number 8 in the WBO’s latest ratings, after his stellar performance stopping Emil …


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Kovalev: I don’t like Ward and want to punish him

Yesterday at Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, California, former WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) opened his training session to the media in advance of his upcoming showdown with Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs). Below are quotes from this event. Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Photo: Craig Bennett/Main Events

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

“I don’t like this guy [Ward] and I want to punish him because he puts his nose really up right now. He knows that he lost.”

“I don’t care if [Ward] shows respect to me or not. I know only one thing: I will kick his ass! I want to destroy him. I want to destroy this guy as a boxer, as a champion. For me he is not a champion, he’s a fake champion. He lives right now with this status; he’s a fake champion. He believes in his victory over me and right now he’s trying to get belief of people of this victory. It’s wrong, for me, it’s wrong.” (more…)

Yesterday at Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, California, former WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, …


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Cotto inks multi-fight deal with Golden Boy

Four-division world champion and surefire first ballot Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return to Golden Boy Promotions for a multi-fight deal starting with his 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Light Middleweight World Championship against Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). The fight will be on Saturday August 26 from Carson, Calif’s StubHub Center and live on HBO World Championship Boxing starting at 9:45 p.m. EST/PST.

Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

There is a rumored Cotto vs. Juan Manuel Marquez showdown in the works for later in the year if Cotto gets past Kamegai as expected. (more…)

Four-division world champion and surefire first ballot Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return to Golden Boy …


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Fight Club OC on live stream

41-5 Michael Farenas will look to resurrect his career and bring a whole bunch of new Filipino fans to his side when he meets tough 16-11 Martin Angel Martinez in the featured bout of the Thursday, June 1st Fight Club OC show. And fans worldwide will be able to catch all the action by going to www.fite.tv where the complete six bout card will be broadcast live for only $9.99. Farenas who has fought many of the top lightweight stars has new management and new trainers to get him back in the mix after an 18-month layoff. He will be in tough as Martinez from Sonora, Mexico has 10 KO’s in his 16 pro wins.

Five other pro bouts are on tap including an interesting matchup when two former pro MMA fighters make their pro boxing debut against each other. It will be Anthony Taylor vs Donte Stubbs who will debut this time in a ring and not a cage.

41-5 Michael Farenas will look to resurrect his career and bring a whole bunch of new Filipino fans to his …


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Jimenez and Pryor Jr to clash in grudge match, June 23

Chicago fan favorite Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez, (20-1-1 14 KO’s), will battle ‘Son of The Legend’ Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-10-2) in a 10-round WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight Title rematch of their 2016 hard-fought draw on Friday, June 23 at ‘The Dome at the Ballpark’ in Rosemont, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.

“I’m very excited to fight Aaron Pryor Jr. again on June 23,” said the popular Chicago native Jimenez. “The first fight was very close, we both thought we were victorious but the fans were the winners as they will be on June 23, an opportunity to see another great matchup a second time.”

“In the last couple of years I’ve fought in Las Vegas and Australia but there’s nothing like fighting in Chicago. The fans have always been very supportive going back to my amateur days.”

Pryor stated about the rematch, “I felt strongly that I won the first fight. Let’s face it, when you get a draw in someone else’s home town, you won the fight! We are ready to do it again in June. This time, the judges won’t be giving you a birthday gift.”

Advance tickets for the ROSEMONT RUMBLE, presented by Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions, priced at $150, $100 and $40, can be purchased through HitzBoxing.com. Also available are VIP Tables of 10 for $2,000.

Chicago fan favorite Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez, (20-1-1 14 KO’s), will battle ‘Son of The Legend’ Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-10-2) in …


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Hooker injured, CBSSN fight card shuffled

An injury has forced NABO Junior Welterweight Champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (22-0-3, 16 KOs) to withdraw from his scheduled “KO Night Boxing: WAR In WinnaVegas” headline event against Abdiel “Mortero” Ramirez, on Saturday, June 10, airing (10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network live from WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa.

WBC Oriental Super Lightweight Champion Zhimin Wang (8-1, 3 KOs), of China, will face Dallas lightweight Manuel Rey Rojas (14-3, 4 KOs) as an addition to the card. Elevated to main event status is the original 10-round co-feature being contested for the vacant United States Boxing Association (USBA) featherweight title, matching former USBA champion Daniel “Twitch” Franco (15-1-3, 10 KOs), who fights out of Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Utah favorite Jose Haro (13-1-1, 7 KOs).

An injury has forced NABO Junior Welterweight Champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (22-0-3, 16 KOs) to withdraw from his scheduled …


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New opponent for Hovhannisyan

LA FIGHT CLUB is making its grand return to the historic Belasco Theater this Friday, June 2nd with new main-event led by slick Armenian fighter Azat “Attack” Hovhannisyan (11-2, 10 KOs) taking on tough competition against newly added opponent Isao “Kato” Carranza (15-8-1, 8 KOs) representing Mexico City. The eight-round super bantamweight fight will be televised live on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Hovhannisyan was originally slated to face Neftali “Lenguas” Campos (12-2, 9 KOs).

LA FIGHT CLUB is making its grand return to the historic Belasco Theater this Friday, June 2nd with new main-event …


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Mosley Jr-Toussaint on Pacquiao-Horn undercard

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Aussie middleweight star David Toussaint (10-0-0) will return to ring action on July 2 against classy American Shane Mosley Jr (10-1-0) at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on the undercard of the WBO welterweight title bout featuring champion Manny Pacquiao and challenger WBO #2 Jeff Horn with a predicted live gate of 55,000 fight fans.

Mosley is the son of boxing great Shane Mosley Sr, who was upset in Australia against Anthony Mundine when he suffered a back injury during their contest and forced to retire in the corner. Mosley Jr is coming off a KO victory over Demitrius Walker in March. Toussaint is coming off a stoppage victory over Junior Talipeau in 2016.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Aussie middleweight star David Toussaint (10-0-0) will return to ring action on July …


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DiBella: You never know which Billy Joe is going to show up

Billy Joe Saunders has been warned that his dreams of facing the winner of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin will be ruined by the desire of Avtandil Khurtsidze. Undefeated Saunders, 27, makes the second defense his WBO middleweight title against mandatory contender Khurtsidze at London’s Copper Box Arena on July 8, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

“Billy Joe is a very skilled fighter, but you never know which Billy Joe is going to show up,” said Lou DiBella, Khurtsidze’s promoter. “The fight with Akavov was a close, competitive fight. No one predicted that and Billy Joe hasn’t looked the best of himself in a long time. (more…)

Billy Joe Saunders has been warned that his dreams of facing the winner of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin will …


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Stevenson targets Ward-Kovalev winner

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is already making plans for his next move after Saturday’s scheduled title defense against Andrzej Fonfara in a Showtime-televised bout from Montreal. “My goal is to unify the titles with the winner of (Sergey) Kovalev and (Andre) Ward,” proclaimed Stevenson. “I want the unification, but if not I’ll make my mandatory. If Ward wins I want to fight him, if Kovalev wins I want to fight him. I’m ready.”

His mandatory challenger is stablemate Eleider Alvarez, who took step-aside money to allow Stevenson-Forfara to go forward. Alvarez fights former 175-pound champ Jean Pascal on Saturday’s undercard.

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is already making plans for his next move after Saturday’s scheduled title defense against …


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WBA #5 TJ Doheny in action Friday

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #5 super bantamweight TJ Doheny (16-0, 12 KOs) will clash with Espinos Sabu (16-12-2) at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Doheny, 30 years of age, boxed in the USA twice successfully in 2016, scoring a fifth round stoppage over Gerardo Marin Hernandez in Boston and a second round stoppage of Ernesto Guerrero in Melrose, Massachusetts. Doheny made his professional debut in Australia in 2012 but was born in Ireland but now resides in Bondi, Sydney. Promoter Paul Nasari.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #5 super bantamweight TJ Doheny (16-0, 12 KOs) will clash with Espinos …


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Stevenson an 11:1 favorite in Fonfara rematch

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is a -1100 over Andrzej Fonfara +650 in Saturday’s rematch at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Both Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) and Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs) scored knockdowns in their first meeting in 2014, won by Stevenson via unanimous decision.

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is a -1100 over Andrzej Fonfara +650 in Saturday’s rematch at the Bell Centre …


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Gavronski-Rankin tops milestone Boat card

By Ricardo Ibarra

The ‘Battle at the Boat’ series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington will celebrate its landmark twenty-year anniversary card on Saturday as Brian Halquist Productions presents the 111th installment of the long-standing Pacific Northwest boxing staple. In the main event, homegrown prospect Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (22-2-1, 14 KOs) will battle Quinton Rankin (12-3-2, 9 KOs) in a light heavyweight fight, headlining a six-bout card. (more…)

By Ricardo Ibarra The ‘Battle at the Boat’ series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington will celebrate its …


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Stevenson-Fonfara Final Press Conference

WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara sounded off at the final press conference on Tuesday at Montreal Casino for their 175-pound rematch this Saturday live on SHOWTIME from Bell Centre.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Adonis Stevenson: “I know Andrzej Fonfara from 12 rounds in the ring. He can’t change his style right now. He may show some improved defense, but after a couple of rounds it will be the old Fonfara. This fight will be different. I expect a knockout. I hurt my hand in our first fight, but now I’m fully healthy and I expect to knock him out.”

Andrzej Fonfara: “I’m ready to be the new world champion and I’ll do that Saturday night. He wants the KO, and I want the KO, too. I respect hm because he’s the champ. I came here to show that, this time, I’m the better fighter.” (more…)

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