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Las Vegas Casino Pioneer, Kirk Kerkorian visits with Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to watch superstar Manny Pacquiao work out at the Wildcard Boxing Club Thursday. Pacquiao is preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View.
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Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (14-0-1, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif., weighed in at 161.5 pounds and Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-8-2, 10 KOs) of Paterson, N.J., measured 161 pounds one day before their eight-round middleweight main event showdown on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, Oct. 28, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J. In the eight-round welterweight co-feature, Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) from Norwalk, Calif., tipped the scales at 146 pounds and Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) of Colton, Calif., weighed 147 pounds. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Sad news from Argentina. Legendary boxing trainer Amilcar Brusa, who trained ring legend Carlos Monzon and thirteen other world champions, died Thursday in the city of Santa Fe in Argentina at the age 89 according to his family. A few days ago, Fightnews.com had reported that Brusa had been hospitalized with symptoms of acute bronchitis. Brusa was born on October 23, 1922 in Cologne Silva, a rural town in northern Santa Fe province. He had been an amateur heavyweight, but retired when he was unable to represent the country at the 1948 London Olympics. Brusa was a passionate man who contributed a lot to the sport. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. In addition to Monzon, he trained world champions like Miguel Angel Cuello, Juan Domingo Cordoba, Jorge Rodrigo Barrios, Carlos Baldomir, Miguel Lora, Sugar ‘Baby’ Rojas, Thomas Molinares, Luis Mendoza, Rafael Pineda, Francisco Tejedor, Francisco Quiroz, Antonio Esparragoza and Antonio Carlos Hernandez.
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WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and challenger Luis “Nica” Concepcion both assured that their rematch Saturday will be an epic fight. Each promised a knockout at Thursday’s press conference for the bout taking place at the Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
“It will be a war while it lasts,” said the challenger. “I came to the house of ‘Tyson’ to take the belt that belongs to me. This time things will be different. I’m coming in at 1000%, while last time was only 100%. Now, Marquez will run into a different ‘Nica.’ The title is going to Panama.”
Marquez, meanwhile vowed that the the title would stay in Mexico. “‘Nica’ wants the title back, but I don’t want to let it go for nothing…Conception will leave empty handed.” For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Salvador Sánchez II is ready to defend his WBC featherweight Cabofe title against Jovanni Soto this Friday in Mexico City.
“I’m ready for Soto and I am just waiting for the bell to ring on Friday night. I need challenges, and this is one,” said Sánchez II.
Salvador Sánchez II 126 vs. Jovanni Soto 126
Ganigan López 105 vs. Samuel García 104.7
Saúl Carreón 135 vs. Edgar Puerta 134.7
Javier Prieto Álvarez 140 vs. Israel Ramírez 140
Venue: Deportivo Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala & Fausto Daniel Garcia
TV: Cadena 3
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By John Cannon
It looks like Weslaco’s Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia will have to wait a little bit longer to make his highly anticipated return to the ring in the Rio Grande Valley. Garcia’s opponent Lanardo Tyner wasn’t medically cleared to fight in their scheduled 10-round main event for the vacant UBO Super Welterweight International title after doctors found an abnormality in his EEG report Wednesday afternoon. Therefore, the upcoming “Fighting Child Abuse One Round at A Time” event scheduled for this Saturday at the Pharr Events Center has been rescheduled for December 3rd. (more…)
Bernabe Concepcion 124.8 vs. Aaron Garcia 126
Rodel Mayol 114.4 vs. Ernie Marquez 114
Richie Mepranum 112.8 vs. Rigoberto Casillas 111
Alexander Flores 220.3 vs. Chad Davis 215.2
Javier Albonica 148 vs. Anthony McDavitt 148
Abigal Castaneda 116.8 vs. Guadalupe Gutierrez 119
Santiago Alonzo 126 vs. Dave Clark 126
Venue: San Manuel Casino, Highland, California
Promoter: Top Rank and MP Promotions
Note: pound per pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao will be at ringside.
Today, NPR’s “The Story” with Dick Gordon ran two features on boxing. One on 52-year-old boxer Dewey Bozella and another on ring announcer Marc Lichtenfeld. Here’s the link. Lichtenfeld, whose day job is as a financial analyst, will next work Don King’s card at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood headlined by Guillermo Jones vs. Michael Marrone for the WBA cruiserweight title.
By Andreas Hale
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr., (27-0, 11 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., held an international media conference call today to discuss his Top Rank debut in the feature bout under the Manny Pacquiao – Juan Manuel Márquez III world welterweight championship on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Bradley will be defending against Joel Casamayor.
Timothy Bradley: “I might not look flashy or have tremendous knockouts but I fight to win. I try to win every single round that I can. I’m not going to become something that I’m not. I’m not going to be a huge knockout puncher. I’m going to win and win in good fashion. There’s nothing different that I plan on doing. There’s always a thought in my mind that I have to put on a great performance but I can’t buy into the hype. I’m going to look great in there but I’m not going to go out there and try to look great, if you know what I mean. I can’t risk getting caught by trying to be something I’m not.”
“We’ve been working on a few things (since the Alexander fight). We’re trying to become more technical than I have been and a little less reckless. We’re working on me sitting on my shots more to develop power. We’ve been doing a lot of great things in camp and we see the difference in training. It’s a different Tim Bradley and you all will see him on November 12th.”
“I didn’t feel like I was with the right promotion company. I don’t feel like they tried to push me to make me a superstar. I’ve never had that type of crossover exposure to make casual boxing fans see me fight. Me and Cameron Dunkin sat down and thought about what direction we wanted to go. We had to make some changes. Criticism doesn’t pay the bills. They can say what they want to say about me not fighting Khan. But I believe in Cameron and that’s how we got through these hard times. It all fell into place and I’m happy with my decision.”
Yesterday promoter Ahmet Oner and Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward agreed that Steward will from now on work as head coach of fast rising Cuban phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa. Today the protagonists expressed their excitement about the deal. “I’m proud and happy that a living legend like Emanuel Steward decided to work with me,” states 2004 Olympic gold medalist Gamboa. “Steward has always worked with the best. I know that I am a very good boxer but I also know that there is always a lot to learn an improve. Emanuel Steward is one of the most experienced and best trainers in the world and I’m sure that he will bring out the best in me.”
“Yuriorkis Gamboa is a star in the making and I am excited to become part of this process”, says Steward. “I’m too old to waste my time so I pick my fighters very carefully. I see a lot of potential in Gamboa.”
“This is a match made in heaven”, comments promoter Ahmet Oner. “I am very happy that I was able to make this happen. I am sure that Emanuel Steward will take Gamboa to the next level. For these two the sky is the limit.”
By David Finger
The WBO 24th Annual Convention continued on Wednesday for its second day of events, highlighted by President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel’s report and a guest speaker who provided a training seminar for various boxing officials: Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward.
The event kicked off in the morning with Mr. Jorge Molina’s report on WBO Latin America. Mr. Molina once again gave a informative and well researched presentation, which highlighted the WBO Latino’s history in developing future world Champions. Pointing out that since 1996 (when WBO Latino started), the regional organization has sanctioned over four hundred and thirty four fights, with 2011 being the biggest year ever with forty seven title fights since last year’s convention in Colombia. (more…)
WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will take on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-1, 2 KOs) at Helsinki´s renowned Hartwall Areena on December 3. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on Team Sauerland´s big show in Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium on November 5, but the event was postponed after Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler suffered a hand injury in practice. “Unfortunately, injuries and postponements are part of the game,” Braekhus said. “As a professional, you just have to deal with it. I adjusted my training, took a few days off and then got straight back to the gym. I will be ready for Kupihea on December 3.” (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
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Roy Nelson may be one of the more recognizable faces in the UFC’s heavyweight division. If you haven’t been thrilled by his fights—the knockout win over Stefan Struve or the three round war with Junior dos Santos come to mind—you certainly can’t forget his signature look.
By Jeff Zimmerman
One by one local fighters took their turn into the ring sparring at the new, spacious and jam packed Paulie Ayala’s University of Hard Knocks Gym for the public and media in preparation for this Saturday’s Paulie Ayala Productions Fright Night at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. As each fighter finished their work for the day, most blended into the crowd with their respective camps and family, while the Hernandez brothers, Jose “Loco” (10-5-1, 4KO’s)) and Joel (2-0, 1KO), stayed close by to watch and study the next pair entering the ring. Jose, a former WBC Youth Champion and a veteran of 16 fights, is the main event on the upcoming card, while younger brother Joel is on the undercard. For both brothers, though, boxing is a business and particularly in their case a family business. (more…)
Today’s presser is open to the public if you’re in Las Vegas. The presser begins at 1 pm with doors opening at noon and takes place at Brooklyn Bridge at New York New York Hotel and Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd.
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Victor Ortiz already has plans for a massive comeback. Victor tells TMZ, he’s planning to invest a portion of his $2 million fight earnings in a chain of taco restaurants in L.A. — and he hit the streets yesterday to scope out some possible locations. As for if Floyd Mayweather gets a shoutout on Victor’s menu — watch the video to find out.
On November 23, in Elk Grove, Illinois, Hitz Boxing Promotions will present the “Thanksgiving Eve Belvedere Bash” at The Belvedere Banquet. Headlining will be the Chicago’s comebacking former world title challenger Johnny Lewus (25-4-1, 21 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout. The 40-year-old Lewus has gone 3-0-1, 3 KOs since coming back from a decade of inactivity. Also featured that night will be undefeated super middleweight Mike Kurzeja (5-0-1, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder, undefeated heavyweight Dave Latoria (9-0, 5 KOs) in a six-rounder, undefeated super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (4-0, 3 KOs) and cruiserweight Terry Martin (4-0, 4 KOs) in separate bouts. All opponents will be announced soon. Tickets are $100 Ringside and $35 G/A and are available at fanfueled.com or the HITZ TIX HOTLINE: 630-442-4203. All bouts are subject to change. On fight night, doors open at 6:30 pm and the action starts at 7:30. The Belvedere Banquet is located at 1170 West Devon in Elk Grove.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez, who has a rematch with current WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido in February in Puerto Rico, said he has an offer to train in Big Bear, California. “I’m continuing with my team,” he said, “it has led to 31 victories. The changes are the training camp and they’re talking about Big Bear. It seems that that Bob Arum wants us go there,” he said.
‘Juanma’ smirked when WBC/WBO bantamweight king Nonito Donaire, who wants to go up to 126 pounds, was mentioned as a future opponent. “He has said repeatedly that he wants to fight me. I’ll fight him as long as the company approves and the deal is right. It would be a good fight and interesting but if he wants it at 126 pounds it has to be soon because after 2012 I’m going to 130. After February, I’ll do another fight in June and at the end of the year move up.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I never treated boxing as a way of making money. And when you have a hobby, you know how much you can spend. You don’t buy a Lamborghini when all you can afford is Chevy” – said Mariusz Kołodziej, Global Boxing promotions owner and founder, before probably his most important event, a November 5 boxing gala in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
“I want to test my undefeated fighter, WBC #9 ranked Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KO) against a real threat, hard hitting Oliver McCall. I’m nervous, I’m happy, the event is almost a sell-out, Wach, middleweight Przemek Majewski (17-0, 11 KO) and Polish amateur star Kamil Łaszczyk (4-0, 3 KO) and Poland’s new heavyweight star and knockout artist Artur Szpilka (8-0, 6 KO) fights will all have their bouts broadcast live on most prestigious Polish television Polsat Sport and Telefutura in the US. I hope it’s only a beginning.” (more…)
After another grueling camp in Thailand, Michael Katsidis “The Great” and his team have now touched down in England ahead of his November 5th world title fight against Scot Ricky Burns . Team Katsidis were particularly happy with the last training camp as, unlike the last few, it has been incident free. “Michael had a few tough camps, as everyone knows, before world title fights with Marquez and Guererro” trainer/manager Brendon Smith said “It has been great to prepare with nothing else on our minds other than winning a third world title belt.” (more…)
Photo: OPI 2000
Italian companies OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) and Promosport Sardegna (Tonino Puddu) will promote an IBF doubleheader Friday night in Cagliari, Sardegna, Italy. In the main event former European champion Andrea Sarritzu (32-4-4, 12 KOs) will try to conquer the IBF flyweight championship against the champion from South Africa Moruti Mthalane (27-3, 18 KOs). In the co-main event former WBC flyweight champion Simona Galassi (15-1-1, 3 KOs) will fight Nage Szikora (10-2-1, 4 KOs) for the vacant IBF super flyweight championship. On the undercard European Union lightweight champion Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (17-0, 17 KOs) will fight undefeated Felix Soria (11-0-1, 5 KOs) on six rounds. Welterweight Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (12-0, 9 KOs) will fight experienced Spanish Juan Martinez Bas on six rounds. Italian TV network Sportitalia will transmit the show live.
By Mark Vaz
Former heavyweight contender Tom McNeeley of Arlington, Massachusetts passed away after a lengthy illness on Tuesday in Boston. McNeeley’s boxing career spanned 8 years and 51 professional fights, racking up a record of 37-14 with 28 knockouts from 1958-1966. Gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated as a top contender, the highlight of his career was his December 1961 challenge for the world heavyweight championship against Floyd Patterson. In an all-out slugfest, McNeeley had Patterson down and nearly out before falling victim to the champ in four exciting rounds. McNeeley went on to face many outstanding heavyweights including champs Jose Torres, Willie Pastrano, Brain London and Oscar Bonavena. (more…)
Carina “La Reina” Moreno (21-3, 6 KO’s) has found an opponent in Sharon Gaines (11-12-1, 3 KO’s) to challenge her this Friday October 28, 2011 at the Sherwood Inn Hotel in Salinas, California. The six-round bout will be at the agreed weight of 112 pounds and take place on the undercard of Eloy Perez vs. Ira Terry. (more…)
Sampson Boxing LLC will make their Nevada promotional debut on Sunday November 20, 2011 at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sampson Boxing will present a live boxing event and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and Shelter of Hope. The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds, for the IBF Female, Super Bantamweight title. Miami, Florida’s (via Puerto Rico) IBF Champion, Ada Velez (19-3-3, 6 KO’s) vs. the pride of Las Vegas, Melinda “La Maravilla” Cooper (21-1, 11 KO’s). This is a rematch of their 3-31-2011 fight where Velez won the vacant tile in a very close split decision and in doing so handed Cooper the first loss of her career. (more…)
Photo: BJ Penn works out for the media during the UFC 137 open workouts at The Ultimate Fighter Gym on October 26, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach during a jam-packed,standing-room-only media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club as he prepares for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
“I’m ready to put on a good performance for my city,” said #1 rated Adrien “The Problem” Broner (21-0, 17 KOs), who battles Argentina’s Vicente Rodriguez for the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title on November 26 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio “I’m treating this like it’s just another day in the ring. I’m not going to let the world title affect me. Vicente has a tremendous record, but once I get in the ring, I’m going to do what I got to do to get the job done. It’s time to put it on for my city…hook, right, good night!”
WBO #6 Rodriguez (34-2-1, 19 KOs) will be fighting outside Argentina for the second time when he invades Broner’s hometown for battle for the belt vacated by Ricky Burns. “I have the experience and determination to beat him,” he stated, “and I can’t wait to bring the title home to Argentina!”
This will be Cincinnati’s first world title fight since Tim Austin beat Steve Dotse on June 16, 2001.
By Francisco Salazar
Sad news from Mexico City as former three-time world title challenger Hector Lopez passed away on Monday, Southern California matchmaker Hervi Estrada told Fightnews.com on Tuesday. Lopez was in Mexico City at the time of his death, working with the Mexican Olympic boxing team. After winning the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles for Mexico, he turned pro less than a year later. In a span of eight years, Lopez only lost once in 27 fights, which earned a world title fight against Miguel Angel Gonzalez in 1993, losing by unanimous decision. After losing a close 10 round unanimous decision to eventual world champion Kostya Tszyu in 1994, Lopez would challenge for another world title belt a year and a half later against Sammy Fuentes. Lopez would lose a very close 12 round split-decision to Fuentes, a decision that was disputed by the media and fight fans in attendance or watching it on television. (more…)
Opponents have been named for featured bouts for Thursday night’s card at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. In the six-round middleweight main event, Oxnard’s Alfonso Blanco (6-0, 2 KO’s), a 2008 Venezuelan Olympian, meets up with Fontana’s Leshon Sims (5-9, 3 KO’s). In the co-main event, Los Angeles’ Ernesto Ocon (4-0, 2 KO’s) takes on Santa Ana’s Ricardo Malfavon (1-5-1, 1 KO) in a six round junior middleweight brawl. (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
Saul Alvarez: The reason I’m here at this press conference is because I don’t have anything to hide. I’m a young man that does not get involved in any scandals or trouble of any sort. I repeat, if I had something to hide I would not be here right now at this press conference. Thats all I have to say.
José Sulaimán: We always stand behind the boxers. In this case the boxer happens to be one of our world champions in Saul Alvarez. We believe he speaks the truth. We at the WBC will pay the expenses on the damages that Ulises ‘Archie’ Solís has received not knowing who caused these damages but the WBC stands behind Saul Alvarez and declares him innocent.
Tickets for “Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson” go on sale Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Big-time boxing’s return to our nation’s capital has created a buzz amongst sports fans ready to see the Unified Super Lightweight Champion Amir “King” Khan defend his titles against the No. 1-rated IBF Contender Lamont Peterson on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Plus, Brandywine, Maryland’s undefeated top heavyweight contender and former Michigan State University standout linebacker Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and Lamont’s brother and top lightweight contender Anthony Peterson will be featured in separate fights.
Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, go on sale Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or by purchasing them online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available for purchase by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel
The November 26th WBC super welterweight clash between world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and IBF former welterweight world champion Kemit Cintron took place today in Mexico City. The fight will take place in the Bancomer Exhibition Center capable holding 25,000 fans. “This will be a great test for Alvarez who is already taking on the best of his division. Cintron is a front line fighter who has faced the best and will be a classic struggle of Mexico to the world,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
“I respect Cintron and I know what I’ll be facing that night,” said Alvarez, “but it’s my time and I can confirm my condition is the best. We are going to go down this road of professional boxing and in each fight the fans want to see the best of me. It’s time that my name went beyond Mexico and I want to be one of the best in the world and a great example for the children of Latin America and the rest of the world.”
Cintron stated, “People think that my best time in boxing had passed but this is a great opportunity to prove them wrong. Rest assured that I will do my best that night and it’s a great privilege for someone from Puerto Rico to fight in this beautiful country.” Click here for giant photo gallery
By David Finger
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
A press conference was held today at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico this afternoon promoting Saturday’s “Noche de Campeones” card at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The card, which coincides with the WBO’s 24th Annual Convention (also taking place at the Ritz Carlton) promised an exciting night for Puerto Rican boxing, with several of its most talented local stars taking headlining in fights that could make or break their title aspirations. With popular former champions Ivan Calderon and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in separate fights, alongside popular reigning WBO female light flyweight champion Jessica Bopp of Argentina, few doubted that it would prove to be a historic night for Puerto Rican boxing, a sentiment shared by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. (more…)
IBF light flyweight champion ‘Archie’ Solís in recovery at the Puerta de Hierro Medical Center in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he was operated on to repair a double fracture of his jaw. According to Zanfer, Solis has already lodged an assault complaint with prosecutors against WBC super welterweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for allegedly attacking him. Alvarez has stated, “Don’t believe everything you hear,” regarding the incident.
Meanwhile, WBC President Jose Sulaiman has stated that the WBC is “absolutely on the Saul’s side” in the matter, but is willing to pay all the expenses for Solis’ operation.
By John Cannon
When I Promotions promoter Danny Ochoa started preparing for the upcoming “Fighting Child Abuse One Round at a Time” fight card, he already had a big name local fighter in mind that he wanted to showcase in the main event. “There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted Robert “La Amenaza” Garcia to headline the show,” said Ochoa. “Robert has a huge following down here and has wanted to return to the Valley to fight again. I decided to contact him and asked him if he would be interested to fight on this card and he jumped right on it. I am extremely excited about having him return to the Valley and I am sure the fans will feel the same way.”
Garcia (30-3, 21 KO’s) will make his triumphant return to the Valley as he will face Detroit native and the current USBO Welterweight champion Lanardo Tyner (25-4-2, 15 KO’s) in the 10-round main event for the vacant UBO International super welterweight title this Saturday at the Pharr Events Center. (more…)
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