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Local welterweight Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (31-3, 21 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Antwone Smith (21-4-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
In a clash of jr middleweights coming off their first losses, James De la Rosa (21-1, 12 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Tyrone Brunson (21-2-1, 20 KOs). Brunson was credited with a knockdown in round two, but De la Rosa was in command for most the fight.
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (35-5, 27 KOs) claimed the British cruiserweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over defending titlist Shane McPhilbin (8-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England. Maccarinelli survived knockdowns in rounds one and three, then took command of the fight after that, winning by scores of 115-111, 116-111 and 115-110. Maccarinelli received an assist from the timekeeper in round one when the bell rang 47 seconds early giving him time to regain his senses after being leveled by a left hook.
Antonio Pitalua 147 vs. Alvaro “Tyson” Robles 147
(WBC FECARBOX welterweight title)
Susana “Toluquita” Vazquez 110 vs. Luz Elena Rodriguez 109.7
Victor Betancourt 127 vs. Juan Francisco Pequeno 128
Venue: Gimnasio de Mexicali, Mexicali, Mexico
First Fight: 7:00 PM
Promoters: Producciones Deportivas, RIcardo Maldonado Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc., Tuto Zabala, Jr. in association with RB Producciones and Promociones Internacionales
TV: Cadena Tres (Mexico)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Officially the weights were announced as 112. However, the camp of Rodel Mayol is threatening to pull out alleging that Marquez is two pounds heavy.
Hernan Marquez 112 vs Rodel Mayol 112
(WBA flyweight world title)
Juan Estrada 115 vs Richie Mepranum 112
(WBA NABA super flyweight title)
David Sanchez 115 vs Juan Carlos Vargas 112
Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez 134.50 vs Adriel Juzaino 135
Ruben Tamayo 126 vs German Meraz 125.6
Ramon Olivas 167.60 vs Rogelio Ruvalcaba 168
Venue: CUM Ciudad Obregom, Sonora
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions, Promoson y Larsa Comunicaciones
TV: TV Azteca
European lightweight champion Gavin Rees produced a fantastic performance in Anthony Mezaache’s backyard in France, forcing a seventh round stoppage to retain his Euro title in style. The Welshman travelled over to Paris for his second defence in the venue that former champion Mezaache’s last three fights had been in and was the aggressor from the opening bell. The 31 year old produced a classy, powerful and controlled display to dismiss the Frenchman’s challenge and move a step closer to his dream of becoming a two-weight World champion.
“I keep telling people I can punch at lightweight and giving the chance I think I can win another World title,” said Rees.
“I had a great training camp, it was boiling in here tonight but I still felt fresh. I worked well on the jab and I was catching him with the right often and I think I did a great job tonight.” (more…)
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweight champion and current No. 1 contender, “Suga” Rashad Evans took time from training for UFC® 145: JONES vs. EVANS to meet Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No. 1 superstar Victoria Azarenka. The top athletes visited the MMA Masters facility in Miami and traded tennis and UFC gifts and expertise. Evans showed Azarenka some moves in the cage while Azarenka shared a few tennis tips with Evans. The Belarusian beauty is currently in Miami playing in the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament. (more…)
Seven years after its debut in the United States, in 2005, the first international edition of the famed reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter® begins in Brazil. Co-produced by Brazilian production company Floresta, the inaugural Brazilian version of the show is the first time a TUF series was filmed outside of the United States. (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Jayson Vélez 125 vs. Jose Angel Beranza 125
Jonathan Vidal 117 vs. Felix Pérez 118
Jeffrey Fontánez 132.8 vs Juan L.Meléndez 133
O’Nell Negrón 126 vs. Juan G.Cruz 128
Jonuel Tapia 153 vs. Daniel Rodríguez 155
Starling Cordero 119 vs. José Torres 117
José Martinez 115 vs. Rubén Rivera 114
Keith Tapia 208 vs. Heriberto Lorenzo 268
Emanuel Rivera 116 vs. Miguel Del Valle 113.4
José López 124 vs. Jonathan González 126.2
Emanuel Ramirez 114 vs. Luis Díaz TBA
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotions/H2 Entertainment
TV: Solo Boxeo Tecate / Univision Deportes
Venue: Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico
Jan Zaveck 146.6 vs. Bethuel Tyson Ushona 146.8
(WBO Inter-Continental welterweight championship)
Denis Simcic 174 vs Fatjon Murati 174
(WBO European light heavyweight championship)
Both bouts will be streamed live on www.wboboxing.com
Official Statement: The World Boxing Council (WBC) deeply regrets that a great idol of our organization loses his title on the scale, as he could not make the limit of the super lightweight division today during the official weigh-in ceremony in Houston, Texas. Erik Morales is an honorable and responsible boxer who complied with the thirty-day pre-weigh-in registering 152.9 pounds, as well as with the seven-day pre-weigh-in last Saturday, registering 147 pounds on the scale. The human body is an enigma and this time our champion Erik Morales did not achieve to lose one more gram; therefore, he has lost his world championship on the scale. The fight will be carried out and officially sanctioned by the organization in accordance with our rules and regulations, if Danny Garcia wins the bout, he will be the new WBC super lightweight world champion; if Erik Morales wins the bout, the title will be declared vacant. We wish both fighters the best of luck and may God bless them.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Martin Avila Maria
Victor “Mermelade” Cayo 140 vs. Nate Campbell 140
Ada Velez 121.5 vs. Katy Pamela Wilson 121
(IBF female super bantamweight title)
Argenis Lopez 139.25 vs. Ramses Payano 137
Juan Carlos Abreu 142.75 vs. Ramon Duran 144
Julio De Jesus 139.25 vs. Fernando Montes De Oca 138
Kenny Casado 131 vs. Braulio Rodriguez 132
Jonathan Guzman 122.25 vs. Milciades Mosquera 122
Franklin Frias 131.5 vs. Orlando Gonzalez 132.5
Cayo: “I’m going to make some mermelade tomorrow night…out of Campbell.”
Campbell: “Victor’s got a big mouth. I’ll be doing my talking in the ring tomorrow night.”
Promoter: Manguita Promotions
Venue : Palacio De Deportes Santo Domingo
TV Coverage: TV Channel 4 & TV Channel 33
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
When IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute travels to England in May to battle mandatory challenger Carl Froch, he will do so as a Canadian citizen. The undefeated star who turned 32 at the end of February will be sworn in Monday as a full Canadian citizen. Bute and 30 other new Canadian citizens from19 different countries will be sworn in in his hometown of Laval Quebec.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Scott Foster
WBC super lightweight champion Erik Morales has lost his 140lb title on the scale. Even a few days ago it was known he was struggling to make weight and after weighing in at 142 he immediately drank water and left 30 minutes later.
Erik Morales 142 vs. Danny Garcia 139.5
(WBC super lightweight championship)
James Kirkland 153.75 vs. Carlos Molina 153.75
Jose Luis Castillo 147.75 vs. Jose Miguel Cotto 144.5
Jamie Kavanagh 135.5 vs. Cesar Cisneros 133.5
Jermell Charlo 155 vs. Chris Chatman 154
Lanard Lane 143.5 vs. Milton Ramos 144.75
Jermall Charlo 153 vs. Shawn Wilson 153.5
Daquan Arnett 151.75 vs. Fabian Cancino 150.75
By Francisco Salazar
Featherweight contender Daniel Ponce De Leon is being considered to fight in the opening televised bout of the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto card on May 5th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com on Thursday morning. Gomez played down rumors in the last couple of days that Ponce De Leon was already on the card that will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “He is only being considered to fight on the card,” said Gomez. Frank Espinoza, who managed Ponce De Leon, is optimistic that the hard-hitting Mexican will appear on the card. “I really hope that he is able to fight on the card. I think he is deserving of fighting on such a big card as on May 5th,” Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Wednesday evening. In his last fight on January 21st, Ponce De Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) knocked out Omar Estrella in the sixth round in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ponce De Leon, who is part of the indigenous Tarahumara tribe in northern Mexico, now resides in Huntington Park, CA.
All Star Boxing, Inc, Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Telemundo Network will return with their successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” to the Kissimmee Civic Center on April 13. In the main event former WBO #12 contender and Latin Champion Jose “Miau” Nieves (19-2-3-8 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his Jr. Featherweight title against WBC Mundo Hispano Champion Alejandro “Pique” Delgado (15-6-7 KO’s) of Cuidad Neza, Mexico in another classic matchup between Puerto Rico and Mexico scheduled for 12 Rounds.
“This will be a very good fight, Nieves is coming from two great wins in the 2011 series and Delgado fighting at a higher weight class was beating Orlando Cruz before getting stopped in the 11th round of a great fight, fighters from Puerto Rico and Mexico always bring their best ” said Zabala, Jr. First bell at 8:30 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live. Tickets are already on sale at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Jon Eilts – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBC light welterweight and legendary champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) faced off during the pre-fight press conference at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Thursday in advance of Saturday’s HBO-televised fight.
Erik Morales: A lot of people asked me why I would take a fight against an opponent that could be very dangerous. I don’t see it that way. I say why would I pick a fight against someone that I know I can’t beat? He’s a younger version of me when I was coming up; but I’m not fighting me, I’m fighting Garcia who doesn’t have a lot of experience against fighters like me.
Danny Garcia: This is a new era in boxing, Morales has had his time as a champion and his time has come and gone. It’s time that boxing get ready to see a new WBC champion come Saturday night. The referee is going to say “…and the NEW WBC light welterweight champion of the world!”
The TV-opener is a WBC jr middleweight eliminator between James Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) and Carlos Molina (19-4, 6 KOs) that television viewers won’t want to miss.
James Kirkland: I don’t need to say too much or do much talking. I’m going to let my actions speak, for actions speak louder than words and while I’m whooping his ass in the ring people are going to see who the best fighter is in the ring that night.
Carlos Molina: Yea he may be a big puncher but my team and I have a game to counter that. This is going to be my chance to use Kirkland as a stepping-stone so I can be the one everyone is talking about. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
A crowded press conference took place Thursday in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico as WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and challenger Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol proclaimed they will be the winners in the main event on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM). Tyson Marquez and his trainer made mention of cuts caused by Mayol headbutts in several fights and will ask the referee and WBA supervisor to be very aware of that situation.
Michael Koncz, representing Filipino fighters Mayol and Mepranum, said “It’s a matter of style. they fight that way, going straight ahead looking to get past the guard of their opponents.”
Marquez was clear to predict his success. “I am the champion. If he wants to come for my belt, I’ll be waiting to pounce and finish the fight early, but we’ll look to win round by round to leave no doubt.” (more…)
By Byron Spurlock Ringside
Thursday night throw-down in Houston, TX at “The Houston Club” featured a main event which didn’t disappoint. The event showcased jr welterweight up and comer, Bahodir Mamadjonov facing off against Aaron Anderson. Savarese Promotions put on a boxing card that featured knockouts, ring celebrations, taunts, and a fighter being carried out of the ring on a stretcher.
Mamadjonov used his speed and skills to outbox and make his opponent miss throughout the night. A left-hook to the body from Mamadjonov sent Anderson down in the second round. Anderson later went down twice in the second round from another punch to the body. The third round featured Mamadjonov unleashing a barrage of punches that sent Anderson down to the canvas and referee Bobby Gonzales stopping the fight. Mamadjonov would win by TKO :35 of round three and improve his record to (9-0 5KOs) while Anderson fell to (2-12) (more…)
Mike Gladysz (camera), Przemek Garczarczyk (interview)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios,Oxnard,Ca., does an interview Thursday for his upcoming World Lightweight title fight against Cuban gladiator and WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril on Saturday, April 14 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. Also on this championship double-header telecast is Juan Manuel Marquez, who will go for an historic fourth world title in as many different weight divisions when he takes on WBO European junior welterweight champion Sergey Fedchenko for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez-Fedchenko will take place in Mexico City.
Unbeaten, world-ranked super featherweight Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) and Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs) spoke about their Showtime-televised showdown tonight at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. Both fighters are southpaws.
Diego Magdaleno: “Fighting a lefty won’t be an issue. I know he’s a late replacement but that doesn’t force me to change anything in my game. My movement is the key for me to create openings against any opponent. So we’re prepared for this. My goal is to be the 130-pound world champion. I hope to earn a mandatory title shot by the end of this year, but first I have to take care of business here.”
Fernando Beltran Jr: “My contracted weight for last week’s fight (that was cancelled) was 126. But that doesn’t worry me. I have experience and Diego Magdaleno does not. You can’t substitute for experience. He’s also never fought a lefthander and I am a natural southpaw. This is not about Diego Magdaleno. This is about me and a great opportunity that has come my way. I’ve been training since Jan. 3 and I am prepared for anything.”
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
As Lucian Bute gets ready to depart for his Florida training camp on Monday, some revealing words from trainer Stephane Larouche on how they plan to approach the fight that takes the undefeated IBF super-middleweight champion away from his comfort zone of Montreal to Nottingham, England. He will be bothered according to the trainer, “I know there are things that will bother Lucian,” Larouche told FightNews, “But he knows it. He knows there may be people who may spit on him; people may throw their glass of beer at him as he walks to the ring. People will yell at him. People will insult him. He won’t get that positive energy walking to the ring, we already know that. Leaving the dressing room will be positive energy, the team around him will be positive. Then when the fight starts, all the presentations are over, it will be one against one.” (more…)
Searching for his first win in 11 months, super middleweight prospect Vladine Biosse delivered Thursday night in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Twin River Event Center, earning a hard-fought, 59-54, 59-54, 59-55 unanimous-decision victory over George Armenta in the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Home Invasion” show, the official launch of CES’ 2012 Thursday Night Fight Series. “I feel great, but I’m not satisfied,” said Biosse, who improved to 12-1-1 with the win. “We did what we came to do, which was win, but I want to finish the fight on my terms. (more…)
“The Hebrew Hammer” Cletus Seldin heads back to the ring on March 31st in the co-feature at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island. The 25-year-old Seldin has turned heads in the New York City area with his stunning knockouts in his last three bouts, raising his record to 6-0, 5 KOs since turning pro in July 2011. He will face off against Marcus Hall (5-4-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six round welterweight tilt. The main event is a welterweight eight-rounder between unbeaten Chris Algieri and Winston Mathis. A full undercard will be announced shortly by Star Boxing.
Diego Magdaleno 129.4 vs. Fernando Beltran Jr. 130
Yordenis Ugas 142 vs. Johnny Garcia 140
Andy Ruiz Jr 253 vs. Homero Fonseca 291.6
Abie Han 159.8 vs. Rahman Yusubov 158.6
Jose Roman 135 vs. Javier Garcia 135.4
Hanzel Martinez 116.2 vs. Jose Miguel Tamayo 113.8
Trevor McCumby 173.2 vs. Jose Rico 176
Andrey Klimov 134.6 vs. Robert Rodriguez TBA
Venue: Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Promoter: Top Rank in association with Showdown Promotions
The BIGGEST collection of heavyweight title contenders will be on display this Memorial Day weekend as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® presents UFC® 146: DOS SANTOS vs. OVEREEM from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 26. (more…)
The March 31 comeback fight of troubled former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison is off after Harrison was arrested for alleged shoplifting from a Glasgow supermarket. As a result, promoter Frank Maloney has reportedly dropped Harrison, who was slated to fight fro the first time in seven years.
The following is a statement from Peter Harrison, father and trainer of Scott Harrison.
“Regarding the cancellation of Scott’s fight, which was scheduled for Saturday the 31st of March in Blackpool, I would like to make it clear that Scott did not pull out of the fight. Scott trained as usual on Tuesday afternoon in the gym. There has been a lot of media coverage regarding an incident in the early hours of Wednesday morning and it would be inappropriate to comment on that at the moment. However, Scott resumed training on Wednesday by running from Cambuslang to the Cathkin Braes and remained committed to boxing in Blackpool on Saturday the 31st of March. It is public knowledge there is a legal battle over who does and does not have a legal right to promote Scott. Because of this there was a possibility that moves would have been made to prevent Scott boxing in Blackpool. This has weighed heavily on Scott’s mind and caused a great deal of stress over the last two weeks. It took quite a while for Scott to regain his boxing licence and after all the time and effort it looked as though he was set to make his return to the ring. Then the legal battle started and, with all the speculation, it had a negative impact and Scott was faced with the scenario that he might not be able to box. Scott has three young children and a fiancée to support and is determined to box so he can earn money to provide for them. The prospect of him being denied the opportunity to do this has clearly been very damaging. Although it will not be on the 31st of March, Scott still intends to continue his boxing career as soon as possible.”
Top Rank in association with Showdown Promotions, Tecate and Casino Del Sol
Diego Magdaleno 129.4 vs. Fernando Beltran Jr. 130
Yordenis Ugas 142 vs. Johnny Garcia 140
Interview and photos by Bob Ryder
Detroit’s Vernon Paris took some time from his training to speak with Fightnews.com regarding his March 24th fight with Zab Judah.
Vernon, you gave a lot of credit for your win over Tim Coleman to your dedicated training camp. For this fight you have been away in camp in Kalamazoo. How has this camp gone compared to that first one?
It’s been a real good camp. Being away keeps me focused, keeps me eating and drinking right. From now on this is the way we are going to do it for all my fights. (more…)
There’s an old adage in sports about second chances, and how rare they are. But for former heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO’s), it looks like he has bucked the odds.
When his NBC televised fight against top ranked contender Eddie Chambers fell through at the last minute, Liakhovich was furious at the Philadelphia native. Recognizing his golden opportunity to explode back into the heavyweight picture on national TV just disappeared; Liakhovich was an angry fighter who seemingly saw his last chance at glory slip away through no fault of his own. Sure, Liakhovich was the underdog, but he’d been the underdog before and pulled off the upset. If he could pull the trick against Eddie Chambers then a title fight was hardly out of the question. (more…)
From Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
By Gabriel F. Cordero | Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Before hundreds of fans, fighters headlining Saturday’s “Clash of Champions: Mexico vs. Philippines” fight card at the Multipurpose Center (CUM) in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, demonstrated the results of weeks of hard preparation. WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 25 KOs) will defend his title for the third time against former world champion Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs) and Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (22-1-0, 17 KOs) meets Richie Mepranum (25-2-1, 5 KOs) in a pair of mouth-watering showdowns between Mexican and Filipino fighters. See workout photos
From Maribor, Slovenia
Here’s are some images from Thursday’s public workout with “Mr Sympathicus” Jan Zaveck and Bethel “Tyson” Ushona in the “Hotel City” in Maribor, Slovenia. They collide Saturday at the sold out Tabor Arena. See workout photos
From North Bergen, New Jersey
By Przemek Garczarczyk | Photos: Wojtek Kubik
National and international media and quite sizable numbers of boxing fans attended an open media workout for “Heavyweight New Generation at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, N.J. Fighters like WBC International heavyweight beltholder Mariusz Wach, (26-0, 14 KOs), unbeaten heavyweight Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KOs), undefeated super featherweight Kamil Laszczyk (7-0, 5 KOs) and former NABO middleweight beltholder Przemek Majewski (17-1, 11 KOs) were on hand and available for photographers and interviews to promote “Heavyweight New Generation,” scheduled for Saturday at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. See workout photos
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Welterweight Championship fight between undefeated champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and No. 2-ranked challenger Pauli “Magic Man” Malignaggi, April 29 live from Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.
By Jose E. Santiago
As of today’s Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission meeting, the “French Invasion” card headlined by former French welterweight champion Frank Haroche Horta (29-8-5, 10 KOs) and former Contender Series Star Grady Brewer (29-14, 16 KOs) at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Georgia, is not happening. Promoter Rufus Beddingfield did not have his paperwork, up to and including a promoter’s license or match permit with the Georgia Commission and the commission strongly recommended that he withdraw his event plans stating that if he promotes this event he will be breaking the law. After allowing Beddingfield to leave the meeting and make his decision, he came back and withdrew his event. Beddingfield later issued a statement promising “The show will be rescheduled.”
After battling the best in the world everywhere from 130 pounds, where he won his world title in 2000, all the way up to 150 pounds, where he faced Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, former world champion Steve “2Pound” Forbes will make his return to the ring in his optimum weight class – junior welterweight – in a Fight Club OC headlining bout against veteran Emanuel Augustus on Thursday, April 12th. This junior welterweight showdown, which is presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, will take place in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.
“Anyone who knows Steve is aware that he’s at his best at 140 pounds, and he’s going to show that on April 12th,” said Forbes’ new advisor, John White. “Emanuel Augustus is a tough test, but Steve knows that it’s now or never if he wants to move forward in his career.” (more…)
Carl Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title fight with Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham on May 26 is racing to a sell-out after over 5,000 tickets were sold in the first 48 hours. The Cobra aims to become a three-time World Champion when he faces the unbeaten Canadian, who is making the tenth defence of his title. Froch is fighting in the UK for the first time since beat Andre Dirrell in the Super Six opener at the same Arena in October 2009. Tickets went on sale at 2pm on Monday when Froch and Bute came face-to-face at a press conference at the venue, and the demand for the hottest ticket in town was instant, with a huge queue forming at the Arena, and the phones and website were hot with fight fans snapping up the seats. Inside the first two days over 5,000 tickets for the fight in the 9,000 seat Arena were sold, and promoter Eddie Hearn expects the fight to be sold out in the next few days.
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