Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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This weekend’s world title action

Tonight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) defends against mandatory challenger Petr Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KOs) and junior middleweight rivals Liam Smith (24-1-1, 13 KOs) and Liam Williams (16-0-1, 11 KOs) clash for the vacant WBO interim title. Smith didn’t make weight, so only Williams can win the title. Twitter will stream Flanagan-Petrov live.

Then tonight at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, WBO junior lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, (7-1, 5 KOs) defends against former WBA world champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs), and WBO cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs) defends against Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs). HBO will televise the show.

Finally, at Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, IBF strawweight champion Jose “Tecuala” Argumedo (19-3-1, 11 KOs) defends against Gabriel “El Gigante” Mendoza (15-5-1, 3 KOs). No U.S. TV.

Sunday night in Osaka, Japan, WBA super bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1, 16 KOs) defends against unbeaten Shun Kubo (11-0, 8 KOs). No U.S. TV.

Tonight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) defends against mandatory challenger …


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Weights from Richmond, CA

By “Lukie” Lucas Ketelle

Luis Garcia 139.4 vs. Julian Bautista 138.6
(Square Warriors Junior Welterweight Title Semi-Final)

Eddie Diaz 136.6 vs. Jhonathan Zamudio 137.8
(Square Warriors Junior Welterweight Title Semi-Final)

Lennard Davis 138 vs. Mike Melikyan 137
Fernando Caro 213.6 vs. Kaz Barney 190.6
Cesar Lomeli 148.6 vs. Chris Washington 150
Stephen Austin 168.2 vs. Jasper McCargo 168.7
Iris Contreras 117 vs. Shurretta Metacalf 113.6
David Douglas 161.6* vs. Jose Gomez 148
Dalia Gomez 118.6 vs. Leesa Daniel 112.8
Jesus Sanchez 142.8 vs. Moris Rodriguez 144.8

*Fight was canceled after Douglas missed weight dramatically.

Venue: Richmond Auditorium, Richmond, CA
Promoter: Squarevision Entertainment
Tickets: SquareWarriors.com

By “Lukie” Lucas Ketelle Luis Garcia 139.4 vs. Julian Bautista 138.6 (Square Warriors Junior Welterweight Title Semi-Final) Eddie Diaz 136.6 …



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Williams defeats Delomba

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In the main event at Twin River Casino, Jimmy Williams (13-0-1, 5 KO’s) defeated Nick Delomba (11-2, 2 KO’s) in the main event on an 11 fight card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield. Williams applied pressure from the opening to the closing bell to earn the regional WBC USNBC Welterweight Title.

Williams dropped Delomba in the first round with a straight right hand. He followed up in the second round by splitting Delomba’s guard and overwhelming him with hooks. In the middle rounds, Delomba’s knees buckled again but survived the round. Late in the fight, it was Williams getting the better of the exchanges.

Delomba showed heart in the final round but Williams was brilliant in taking away Delomba’s strengths the entire contest. Delomba took too much punishment early and it showed later in the fight when he is usually at his best. The final scores were 98-91, and 97-92 (twice). (more…)

By Jason Marchetti at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In the main event at Twin River Casino, Jimmy Williams (13-0-1, 5 …


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Hatley sues Don King before title shot

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King thought he had seen it all in this sport, but this is a first for the legendary sports figure. King found himself being sued by his own fighter, super welterweight number one challenger Charles Hatley two weeks before his title shot on April 22 against the WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo.

“I don’t think this has ever happened to me in all the years I’ve been in boxing,” said King. “Charles Hatley comes to me with his lawyer, manager and father and asks me to help him get a title shot. He signs a promoter’s contract and I turn around and land him a mandatory championship fight against Charlo. Charles is the same fighter that couldn’t get a title shot from his previous promoter and I turn around after he comes to me to help him and I deliver a title shot in his first fight back. Here’s a fighter who has won nine straight fights and has a great lifetime record of 26-1-1. I deliver him a title shot and he delivers me papers.” (more…)

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King thought he had seen it all in this sport, but this is a …




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Montreal results 777’ Jukembayev goes 7 to stop Rivera

By Dave Spencer

Stephan Larouche has ventured behind the former Iron Curtain before importing the best Eastern Europe has to offer and walking away with champions, now after conquering with all that Romania has to offer, the veteran Montreal trainer seems to have his eyes set further east and is excelling with a pair of talented undefeated fighters from Kazakhstan, both who were on display Thursday night in Montreal.

Larouche who had champions in Romanian born Leonard Dorin and Lucian Bute along with playing a large part in career of Adrian Diaconu now is the guiding force behind Batyr ‘777’ Jukembayev and Ablaikhan Khussainov, both who posted convincing victories in a small 4 fight card at Club Metropolis Thursday night. The evening was presented by Interbox and Eye of the Tiger Management and had a limited VIP crowd and was more geared to online subscribers who could purchase the card for a very reasonable eight dollars.

After dominating his first eight fights, Jukembayev who had seven stoppages heading in, headlined his first scheduled ten round affair versus grizzled veteran Cosme Rivera (41-24-3) who looked every bit of his forty years. (more…)

By Dave Spencer Stephan Larouche has ventured behind the former Iron Curtain before importing the best Eastern Europe has to …


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Weights from Cancun

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Cristian Mijares 130 vs Tomás Rojas130
Aarón Alameda 118.80 vs Edgar Jiménez 118.80
Yesenia Gómez 110.20 vs Jacky Calvo 110.20
Roberto Ortiz 143 vs Guadalupe Rosales 141.90
Ivan Cano 140.30 vs Jose Luis Aguilar 139

Venue: Gran Oasis Arena
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Cancun Boxing
TV: Televisa

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By Gabriel F.Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Cristian Mijares 130 vs Tomás Rojas130 Aarón Alameda 118.80 vs Edgar Jiménez 118.80 Yesenia …


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Russell-Escandon confirmed for May 20

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) will make the second defense of his title when he faces top challenger and interim beltholder Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs) Saturday, May 20 in the main event of Showtime Championship Boxing from the recently opened MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Gary Russell: “I’m a gladiator getting ready for a tough battle,” said Russell Jr. “This is going to be a huge night for my family and I’m glad that the time is here. This will be the first time as pros that I get to fight on the same card as both of my little brothers, (unbeaten bantamweight) Gary Antonio and (2016 U.S. Olympian) Gary Antuanne, plus my brother Gary Allan will work all of our corners. We’re excited to get in the ring and show the fans what we’re capable of doing in the ring.”

Oscar Escandon: “I’ve had to wait for this opportunity to face Gary Russell Jr. and I’m going to take full advantage of it. It’s going to be a great fight and I know the fans are going to get their money’s worth. I feel 100 percent healthy and now that the fight is here I am ready to knock him out.”

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) will make the second defense of his title when he …


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WBO interim belt at stake only for Williams

The showdown between former WBO jr middleweight champion Liam Smith and undefeated British and WBO Euro titlist Liam Williams will go ahead tomorrow evening at the Manchester Arena. Smith didn’t make the 154lb weight limit and therefore the WBO Interim title will only be on the line for Williams. Should Smith win the contest, the title will remain vacant.

The showdown between former WBO jr middleweight champion Liam Smith and undefeated British and WBO Euro titlist Liam Williams will …



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Lomachenko, Sosa make weight

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Vasly Lomachenko 129.6 vs Jason Sosa 130 (originally 130.2)
Oleksander Gvozdyk 174.2 vs Yunieski Gonzalez 174.8
Mike Hunter 198.0 vs Oleksandr Usyk -199.4
Mike Reed 141.2 vs Reyes Sanchez 141.4
Jesse Hart 168.0 vs Alan Campa 165.6
Egidijus Kavaliausks 148.2 vs Ramses Agaton 147.0
Patrick Harris 136.0 vs Omar Garcia 136.6

Promoter: Top Rank
Venue: MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland
TV: HBO

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By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Vasly Lomachenko 129.6 vs Jason Sosa 130 (originally 130.2) …


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WBA 122lb champ Cermeno, Kubo to collide in Japan

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi

WBA 122-pound champ Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1NC, 15 KOs), a Venezuelan residing in Panama, will put his belt on the line against unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shun Kubo (11-0, 8 KOs) on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. We today (Friday) saw a press conference, where each predicted a fine victory. But the veteran titleholder is much more experienced than the challenger, ten years his junior at 27. Though Kubo is an underdog, he has an advantage in height by three inches at 5’9” and in reach by two inches at 71”. Cermeno, making his third defense, has been training so well in Kobe city near Osaka since March 30 that it is reported he has made a good condition, while Kubo is also training lightly to adjust the weight after the press conference. It will be a technical fight since both of them are more skillful rather than powerful. The show will be presented by Shinsei Promotions to be telecast live locally by Kansai TV. photos

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi WBA 122-pound champ Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1NC, 15 KOs), a Venezuelan residing in Panama, will put …


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Flanagan, Petrov, Williams make weight, Beefy nearly 2 lbs heavy

Terry Flanagan 134.5 vs. Petr Petrov 134.6
(WBO lightweight title)

Liam Williams 152.5 vs. Liam Smith 155.9
(WBO interim jr middleweight title)

Smith has one hour to lose 1.9 pounds

Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
Stream: Twitter

Terry Flanagan 134.5 vs. Petr Petrov 134.6 (WBO lightweight title) Liam Williams 152.5 vs. Liam Smith 155.9 (WBO interim jr …


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Ward-Kovalev set for 3-city press tour

On Monday, in New York City, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) will formally address the media with details surrounding Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch.” Additional press conferences are scheduled for Tuesday in Oakland and Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The fight will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and be televised on pay-per-view.

On Monday, in New York City, Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) will …



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Shot of the Day

WBO jr lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko and former WBA champion Jason Sosa pose at Thursday’s final press conference before their HBO clash on Saturday night in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO jr lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko and former WBA champion Jason Sosa pose at Thursday’s final press conference before …


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Pacquiao signs to fight Horn

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

It’s on! WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has signed on the dotted line Thursday according to the Manila Times to defend the title on July 2 against WBO #2 Jeff Horn at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland Australia and he will start training for the fight in the first week of May.

“Senator Manny (Pacquiao) already signed the contract early this week,” Pacquiao’s media relations officer Aquiles Zonio told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday. “Mike Koncz (Pacquiao’s adviser) already informed me that Manny has signed [the contract]. The official training will start in the first week of May and it’s going to be here in Manila because there are still sessions at the Senate.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing It’s on! WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has signed on the dotted line …


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Olympic trio added to Joshua-Klitschko bill

Olympians Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly have been added the undercard for the Heavyweight blockbuster between Anthony Joshua MBE and Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The trio represented Team GB in Rio last summer before turning to the paid ranks, with Okolie the first to make his debut and in spectacular fashion in Manchester earlier this month. (more…)

Olympians Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly have been added the undercard for the Heavyweight blockbuster between Anthony Joshua …


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Daser ready to dazzle Afolabi

On May 19, Mario Daser will fight former two-time WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi. According to the promoter Erol Ceylan of EC Boxing an international IBO title and probably a European WBO title too will be up for the taking. The dual is setting off a frenzy of speculation among fans worldwide, as Mario Daser only turned pro in 2009, plus he only has 12 fights under his belt – all of which he won.

Photo: Thorge Huter

The rumor among experts is that Ola Afolabi will come out of retirement to earn another paycheck. But this is simply untrue, as Ola Afolabi has signed a three-fight deal with EC Boxing with the ultimate aim to see him become World Champion again. Fans can expect to see an Afolabi who is up for the fight, well-prepared and on top form. This makes the dual between Daser – who is still a little-known face internationally – and Afolabi a decisive fight for both contenders. As such, the evening’s slogan BIG DEAL is an apt choice. We met with 28-year-old Mario in Hamburg as we wanted to learn more about the two sides of him: as a person and as a boxer. (more…)

On May 19, Mario Daser will fight former two-time WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi. According to the promoter Erol …



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Madiyev mangles Dixon at Fight Club OC

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Ruslan Madiyev (9-0, 4KO) made quick work out of human punching bag, Mike Dixon (7-17-2), stopping him at 2:38 of the second round of a scheduled six round lightweight bout when a California State Athletic Commission official had seen enough and instructed referee, Jack Reiss, to call a halt to the mismatch. Madiyev fired away fearlessly for the 5.5 minutes that the contest lasted while Dixon, 0-4-1 in his last five fights, offered up very little in return.

It was Madiyev’s first stoppage win in his last four fights but it is also worth noting that Dixon had been stopped just three times in his seventeen losses coming into the bout.

Madiyev, a native of Kazakhstan but now fighting out of Big Bear, CA, is a stablemate of unified middleweight champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and like Golovkin, is trained by highly regarded trainer, Abel Sanchez. It was Madiyev’s fourth time fighting at this venue, The Hangar at The OC Fair and Events Center. (more…)

By Rocky Morales at ringside Ruslan Madiyev (9-0, 4KO) made quick work out of human punching bag, Mike Dixon (7-17-2), …


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Karam wins Gauteng middleweight title

By Ron Jackson

Jade Karam won the vacant Gauteng middleweight title when Wynand Mulder failed to answer the bell for the sixth round at the Presley’s Nightclub in Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa on Thursday night. There was very little action through the first two rounds, until Mulder landed a flurry of punches just before the bell at the end of the second round. However, the fight developed into a sloppy affair in rounds three and four with both fighters lunging and missing badly.

In the round five Karam (72.50 kg) picked up the pace and sent Mulder (71.84 kg) down for an eight count with a series of lefts and rights. Mulder who appeared to be tiring did not come out at the bell for the sixth round. It was later revealed that Karam will relinquish the title as he is relocating to Ireland in May. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Jade Karam won the vacant Gauteng middleweight title when Wynand Mulder failed to answer the bell for …


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Villanueva-Tete eliminator moved to April 22

Initially set tomorrow, April 8th, the WBO Bantamweight eliminator between current WBO #1 and Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Arthur Villanueva and former IBF Superfly world champion Zolani Tete has been moved to April 22nd.

“Schedules change all the time. As fighters, we have to adjust”, said Villanueva when asked if the change poses a concern to his training. He added that the new date isn’t too far ahead, and that his team has been informed about possible changes around two weeks back, “so this doesn’t totally affect my conditioning and sparring”, disclosed Villanueva. (more…)

Initially set tomorrow, April 8th, the WBO Bantamweight eliminator between current WBO #1 and Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Arthur Villanueva …


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Hawkins to face Soto April 14

Undefeated welterweight prospect Malik “Ice Man” Hawkins (10-0, 7 KOs) meets fellow unbeaten Carlos Soto in the eight-round co-feature of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 14 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m.ET/PT) from The Theater at MGM National Harbor, MD., just outside Washington, D.C.

Malik was originally scheduled to face Venezuelan amateur standout Juan Ruiz, but due to an injury in his right hand, Ruiz was forced to withdraw.

In the main event of the ShoBox tripleheader, former Russian amateur standout Dmitry Bivol defends his interim WBA Light Heavyweight belt against Samuel Clarkson and unbeaten Glenn Dezurn meets two-time national amateur champion Leroy Davila in an eight-round super bantamweight showdown.

“I’m excited and eager to get in the ring,” said 21-year-old Hawkins, “My new opponent is another reason for me to stay focused and work ever harder. There’s a lot at stake for me. This is the first step to give my child the life I never had. (more…)

Undefeated welterweight prospect Malik “Ice Man” Hawkins (10-0, 7 KOs) meets fellow unbeaten Carlos Soto in the eight-round co-feature of …


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Cermeno-Kubo WBA officials appointed

The World Boxing Association Officials Committee appointed staff for the WBA Bantamweight title fight between Venezuela Nehomar Cermeno and Japan Shun Kubo judges to be held on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

The third man on the ring will be Roberto Ramirez Jr. from Puerto Rico. Colombian Uriel Aguilera, Mexican Alfredo Polanco and US Robert Hoyle will be in scoring the actions. Alan Kim will supervise the bout.

Cermeno is making the third title defense of the 122lb WBA belt, and has a record of 26-5, 15 KOs. This is Kubo’s first title shot. He is undefeated in 11 fights with 8 KOs.

The World Boxing Association Officials Committee appointed staff for the WBA Bantamweight title fight between Venezuela Nehomar Cermeno and Japan …


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Richard Steele remembers Hagler vs. Leonard “The Super Fight” 30 years ago

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Jeff Zimmerman

Today’s marks the 30th anniversary of “The Super Fight” between Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Leonard was a huge underdog as he had been retired for a few years due to eye injuries and Hagler was the menacing middleweight champion who looked unbeatable except to the one person that mattered most, Sugar Ray Leonard. Richard Steele, who was in the middle of his hall of fame career, was the 3rd man in the ring that night. He shared his thoughts on the fight that ranks as one of boxing’s best and is still debated 30 years later.

The Hagler Leonard fight was a great fight. But Hagler’s downfall in that fight was he let Leonard get to him mentally. Leonard used all the things that he had to really tell him you don’t know how to box, you’re a puncher, you don’t know how to box, and I’m a better boxer than you. He used everything he could to get Marvin Hagler off of his fight plan and it worked. I kept saying when is Hagler is going to fight like he usually fights, but he didn’t until the middle of the fight and Leonard was so far ahead in points by that time. He ends up winning a controversial decision. He looked good at the end of the fight but Leonard had won so many of the early rounds and Leonard was so fast. He was hitting Marvin Hagler 3 to 1. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photo: Jeff Zimmerman Today’s marks the 30th anniversary of “The Super Fight” between Sugar Ray Leonard and …


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Flanagan-Petrov on Twitter

The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday’s clash between WBO Lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan and #2 contender Petr Petrov. It was announced today that the fight will be streamed in the United States Live on Twitter.

Photo: Kyte Monroe

The live stream of Saturday’s Championship fight will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out users exclusively on Twitter and connected devices in the United States. Access to the live stream will be available Saturday night at boxing.twitter.com and on @BannerBoxing.

The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday’s clash between WBO Lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan and #2 contender …


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Mosquera stops Rivas in Panama

Story and photo by Héctor Villarreal

Former interim title contender, Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (23-3-2) stopped Cesar “El Fronterizo” Rivas (10-2-1) at 2:46 of the very first round on the main event of the “Valor al Limite” card presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo at Hotel El Panama.

Mosquera dropped Rivas with a lethal combination, forcing referee Hector Afu to declare the TKO after the 8 seconds count. The fight was scheduled to 10 rounds on the welterweight division.

Story and photo by Héctor Villarreal Former interim title contender, Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (23-3-2) stopped Cesar “El Fronterizo” Rivas (10-2-1) …


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Weights from Costa Mesa, California

Ruslan Madiyev 140 vs Evincii Dixon 143
Jacob Rosales 155.5 vs Justin Jaynes 156
Sergio Quiroz 122 vs Cody Sessions 122.4
Serhii Bohachuk 147 vs Jonathan Aceves 146.2
Tommy Aaron 145.8 vs Alex Arrdeondo 146
George Acosta 135.4 vs Gabriel Serrano 136.8
Mike Hansen 127.5 vs Albert Tapia 127

Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Venue: The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA

Ruslan Madiyev 140 vs Evincii Dixon 143 Jacob Rosales 155.5 vs Justin Jaynes 156 Sergio Quiroz 122 vs Cody Sessions …


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Charlo ready for Hatley with help of Spence Jr

By Jeff Zimmerman

WBC super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) definitely has swag and an aura around him that is undeniable. Like most fighters he exudes confidence, but there is something different about Charlo. He’s definitely cut from a different cloth. It’s that us against the world mentality that he and his brother Jermall have created and as worked to perfection as they both are world champions just shy of their 27th birthday. It’s also the mantra for their Lions Only motto, which is a way of life for them.

Photo: Porfirio C. Barron Jr.

“It’s my life, it’s my heart. There’s things that I went through growing up. There’s things my brother went through growing up. It’s an attitude that we carry, it’s a demeanor. It’s something that it’s instilled in us,” Charlo explained. (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman WBC super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) definitely has swag and an aura …


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Eddy Gutknecht Update

A statement from Family Gutknecht:

As you all know, our husband, father and brother Edward “Eddy” Gutknecht suffered a severe cranial trauma in the boxing match against George Groves on 18 November 2016 in London. The doctors at the London clinic saved Eddy’s life he was then in a coma for the 6 weeks that followed. After further operations, he has been treated for a few weeks in a German specialist clinic. Even if we are in good spirits, that Eddy will be better one day, it is clear that the road to recovery will take a very long time. In the last few months, we have received a great deal of sympathy and support. We are grateful for every e-mail, every post, every letter and every call and for the many welfare wishes and donations. We would like to thank every single person that has comforted us especially Blain, Nisse and Kalle Sauerland, for their support. We really hope that we can tell you at some point that Eddy is feeling better.

We firmly believe he will.

Family Gutknecht

A statement from Family Gutknecht: As you all know, our husband, father and brother Edward “Eddy” Gutknecht suffered a severe …


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Inoue, Yaegashi to defend belts in world title twinbill

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Ohashi Promotions announced a world title twinbill in Tokyo, Japan, on May 21. It will take place on the very next day of Teiken Promotions’ tripleheader at the same Ariake Coliseum so that our aficionados will see five world title bouts in a couple of days. Plus, in Nagoya, the WBO 108-pound title go between Kosei Tanaka and #1 Angel Acosta will be held in the daytime on May 20, so our fans will be able to watch six with the world belts at stake in total.

Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (12-0, 10 KOs) will put his WBO junior bantamweight belt on the line against WBO Latino titlist and mandatory challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-3, 5 KOs), Mexico, in his fifth defense over twelve rounds. In a semi-windup, his stablemate and three-class world champ Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13 KOs) will risk his IBF junior flyweight belt against interim titlist Milan Melindo (35-2, 12 KOs) in a competitive confrontation of punchers. Also, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, elongated 5’11” southpaw Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2 KOs) will participate in his third pro bout against compatriot Takuya Yamamoto in a featherweight eight rounder. It is Fuji Television that will broadcast five world title goes in two days. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Ohashi Promotions announced a world title twinbill in Tokyo, Japan, on May 21. …


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Shawn Porter: I’m going after this dude

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions

Former world champion Shawn Porter hosted a media workout in Las Vegas Wednesday as he prepares for his welterweight world title eliminator showdown against Andre Berto that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday, April 22 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.

Here is what Porter and his father and trainer, Kenny Porter, had to say Wednesday from the Porter Hy-Performance Center:

SHAWN PORTER

“Every time I see this fight in my head, I feel good about it. I feel like my speed and my boxing ability is going to take care of the first half of this fight. Once we get going and establish the pace of the fight, which is what we’re going to do, after that, we’ll start working in our feints, our head movement, it’s gonna be beautiful. I know that much. (more…)

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Former world champion Shawn Porter hosted a media workout in Las Vegas Wednesday as he …


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Dib-Evans showdown on April 21

World-ranked junior lightweight Billel “Babyface” Dib (21-1, 10 KOs) and former WBC Youth titlist Yuandale “Money Shot” Evans (18-1, 14 KOs) will square off in an important ten round bout Friday, April 21 at the Buffalo Run Casino In Miami, OK. Dib is currently ranked #7 by the WBO and #13 by the WBA.

The card also features the highly anticipated pro debut of 2016 US Olympian Charles Conwell. His opponent is TBA.

Heavyweight Kenzie Witt-Morrison (10-0-2, 9 KOs) looks to avenge a prior draw against Aaron Chavers (7-2-1, 3 KOs), in six round rematch. Morrison is a son of late heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison and half brother of Trey Lippe-Morrison.

World-ranked junior lightweight Billel “Babyface” Dib (21-1, 10 KOs) and former WBC Youth titlist Yuandale “Money Shot” Evans (18-1, 14 …


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Weights from Quebec

Batyr Jukembayev 139 vs Cosme Rivera 139.9
Simon Kean 249.6 vs Michael Marrone 243.4
Clovis Drolet 166.8 vs Jesus Olivares 172.2
Ablaikhan Khussainov 134.4 vs Cristian Arrazola 133.9

Promoter: Eye of the Tiger Management
Venue: Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec

Batyr Jukembayev 139 vs Cosme Rivera 139.9 Simon Kean 249.6 vs Michael Marrone 243.4 Clovis Drolet 166.8 vs Jesus Olivares …


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Tyson Fury attends Flanigan workout

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury came out to support his fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan at Frank Warren’s open workouts at The Printworks earlier this evening. Flanagan makes the fifth defense of his WBO Lightweight World Title against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena this Saturday, live on BT Sport and BoxNation in the UK.

Fury, the former linear, WBA Super, IBF and WBO World Heavyweight Champion, watched on as local hero Flanagan was put through his paces by trainer Steve Maylett in front of hundreds of Manchester fight fans. (more…)

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury came out to support his fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan at Frank Warren’s …


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UniMas adds April 28 boxing telecast

The ONLY regular professional boxing show in the 818 comes back to the lovely Burbank Marriott Convention and Event Center in Burbank, California on Friday, April 28.

Headlining the live two-hour Solo Boxeo broadcast on UniMas will be a trio of Top Rank prospects, Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (23-1, 6KOs), Erick De Leon (15-0, 9KOs), and Arnold Barboza Jr. (15-0, 5KOs). All three fighters have previously appeared at Valley Fight Night and will look to continue their progression up the world rankings ladder. (more…)

The ONLY regular professional boxing show in the 818 comes back to the lovely Burbank Marriott Convention and Event Center …


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PBC adds two FS1 shows to schedule

PBC has announced two new FS1 telecasts for the end of this month.

On Tuesday, April 25, welterweights Oscar Molina and Levan Ghvamichava will square-off in the main event, while rising super bantamweight Brandon Figueroa sees action versus TBA. The venue hasn’t been announced.

On Saturday, April 29, WBA cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov defends his title against Yunier Dorticos while Carlos Zambrano will battle Claudio Marrero in a featherweight showdown from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.

PBC has announced two new FS1 telecasts for the end of this month. On Tuesday, April 25, welterweights Oscar Molina …


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Tom Loeffler: It’s time for Usyk to become a fan favorite

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: K2 promotion

Tom Loeffler, K2 managing director spoke with Fightnews.com about the second US WBO title defense by Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk (11-0, 10 KO) who will defend his title against undefeated Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KO) and Gvozdyk-Gonzalez will be part of an April 8th HBO live telecast undercard on Vasyl Lomachenko – Jason Sosa WBO super featherweight title bout from MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

“Usyk has this X factor to excite fans. Similar to Chocolatito Gonzalez. Flyweights, super flyweights – these divisions weren’t getting a lot of attention. Especially in America. Because of his exciting style in the ring, his charisma outside it and exposure on HBO, Chocolatito became one of the fan’s favorites. Exactly the same thing can happen with Usyk – even without a lot of attention around cruiserweight division right now. Hopefully, with HBO’s help, we can bring the best cruiserweight fights to the US from Europe and Russia where most of the best fights are happening right now,” said Loeffler.

Q: Oleksandr Usyk, we all got the message that he’s the best cruiserweight in the world, his reign over belts is coming…but he likes to talk about fighting as a heavyweight. Kind of mixed message.

A: The other part is rather answering the question if he considers fighting as a heavyweight. Usyk clearly wants to unify all the titles in the cruiserweight division and whet timing is right he will consider becoming heavyweight. Because of his frame, talent, his technical skills and speed he can make a successful transition into heavyweight division. But first things first… (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: K2 promotion Tom Loeffler, K2 managing director spoke with Fightnews.com about the second US WBO title …




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