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By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) answers questions in advance of his title defense against unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland at the final press conference before their clash on. The interview is followed by a special media workout where both fighters demonstrate their skills for the press.
Unbeaten bantamweight Randy “El Matador” Caballero steps out of the shadows next month when he fights former champion Stuart Hall for the IBF championship on the Golden Gloves “Title Tornado” tournament in Monte Carlo on October 25. Just 23, the American (21-0, 13 KOs) has already stepped into dangerous territory, having stunned Kohei Oba in an official IBF eliminator in Japan in April. This time it is all on the line as he seeks to deliver on the rich promise he showed as an amateur when he won numerous US national championship titles and captured bronze at the world championships.
“It’s a dream come true,” said the Golden Boy fighter from his home in Coachella Valley, California. “I’ve seen Hall fight, he’s been a world champion, but his time is done. It’s time for me to come up. I’m a young fighter and I’m ready to put on a show in Monte Carlo.” (more…)
The undercard has been announced for the September 27 pro boxing card at the OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City. Former winner of “The Contender” and well-known Okalahoma-based jr middleweight spoiler Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (31-19, 16 KOs) of Lawton, Oklahoma, will take on veteran “Prince” Said Ouali (29-4, 21 KOs) of Las Vegas via Belgium/Morocco in an eight-round showdown. Also unbeaten welterweight Juan Alejandro “Alex” Saucedo (14-0, 10 KOs) will face TBA in an eight-rounder.
In the featured bouts, former two-division world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) faces Allen “Funky Cole” Medina (9-23-1, 1 KO), former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-5, 27 KOs) meets Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (12-3, 12 KOs) and former IBF jr middleweight champion “Yory Boy” Campas (102-17-3, 79 KOs) battles Julio Cesar Lanzas (8-19-6, 1 KO).
2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr (11-0, 7 KOs) will return to the ring on September 29, to face Mexico’s Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (21-11, 16 KOs) in a 10-round co-main event featherweight bout on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
In the 10-round heavyweight main event, former light heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver meets top contender Johnathon Banks in a matchup of veterans looking to make their case for a shot at a world title.
Also in action in a non-televised bout will be unbeaten San Antonio prospect Joseph “Texas Mongoose” Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KOs). He’ll be taking on Corpus Christi’s Jeremy Longoria (6-4, 1 KO) in an All-Texas showdown scheduled for six rounds in the junior featherweight division.
World Boxing Association super flyweight world champion Kohei Kono and the second rated contender Koki Kameda have reached an agreement to avoid a purse bid summoned for today in Panama. Both the Kono and Kameda teams decided to negotiate according to an official announcement made by Watanabe Promotions and Kameda Promotions. The Japanese Boxing Commission had previously come out against this fight so it’s unlikely these two Japanese stars will be facing each other in Japan if the bout comes to fruition since Kameda has had his license revoked.
Photos: Philip Sharkey
Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) has arrived in London ready to defend his European Super Middleweight crown in a WBC World title final eliminator against George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs).
Today at a media workout at Stonebridge Boxing Club the Frenchman shared his thoughts ahead of Saturday night’s fight at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Christopher Rebrasse: “I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking forward to Saturday night. Groves is a good boxer but I am ready to do whatever it takes to get the win. I cannot say whether I will beat Groves inside the distance or after the final bell but I am confident I will win. I’ve come to London as the champion and I will be leaving as the champion.” (more…)
Photo: Digital Sports
On July 6th, Ruslan Chagaev won the WBA world heavyweight championship for the second time by outscoring Fres Oquendo in Grozny (Chechnya). After a long summer vacation with his family, Chagaev returned to the gym this week to prepare for his first title defense.
“I feel great after taking so weeks off and I am looking forward to getting back into the ring”, says Chagaev. Date, place and opponent for his first title defense haven’t been set. “We are starting negotiations now”, states Chagaev’s manager Timur Dugazaev. “Ruslan will probably be back in action end of November in Germany.” Word is that a rematch with Oquendo might be on the horizon after Chagaev won the first fight in July only by split decision.
Both Chagaev and Dugazaev – who is a fight himself besides being the champion’s manager – have picked up training and have joined forces with one of the best and most experienced German coaches. Fritz Sdunek will take over the role as head coach for the WBA world heavyweight champion.
Sdunek had already been in Chagaev’s corner in Grozny but only joined Artur Grigorian as second and cutman. Now the 67-year-old will take the lead after he split up with former middleweight champion Felix Sturm this summer.
“We are very happy to work with Fritz. He is the best trainer in Germany, he knows Ruslan very well and he worked with lots of great fighters and champions”, adds Dugazaev.
European and Commonwealth super-bantamweight king Kid Galahad tackles South American opposition this Saturday night at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, when he meets heavy-handed Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos for the vacant IBF Youth title. Yet, while his next opponent has Galahad’s full and complete focus, that hasn’t stopped the Sheffield favorite casting an eye over the exploits of his two major domestic rivals, Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, both of whom were recently involved in world title action.
“Quigg put on a good performance and did what he had to do, but his opponent (Stephane Jamoye) isn’t even really a European-level fighter, at least not at super-bantamweight,” said Galahad. “He was a lot smaller than Quigg and didn’t come with anything to hurt him. But you can only beat the person put in front of you and Quigg did well under the circumstances. The thing is, I don’t think Scott Quigg has boxed anybody world-class yet. I personally think Jazza Dickens would beat Scott Quigg if they fought. I wouldn’t even be that competitive.” (more…)
Former middleweight champion Felix Sturm just tweeted that he will be facing former WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz on November 8 in Stuttgart, Germany.
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Photo: Bob Ryder
In the Part 1 of our Q&A with Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs), we saw how the preparation is going for his ring return against Antonio Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) on September 29 in Hidalgo, Texas. He also revealed what exactly happened with Wladimir Klitschko’s injury that forced his bout with Kubrat Pulev to be postponed from September 6 to November 15. Here is the second part of the interview.
Do you remember the moment when Wladimir Klitschko asked you to be his head coach, what he said to you and how much time you needed to answer him?
I was in Detroit getting ready to walk into the Kronk Gym and he called me. I said “Wlad, what’s up?” He said “I want you to be my coach.” I said “Okay.” He said: “Huh?” I said “Okay!” He said, “That’s all you’r gonna say?” I said, “What do you want me to say? Ok, you want me to do what I do, no problem.” He said, “Okay.” (more…)
Miesha Tate will make history when she takes on undefeated Rin Nakai in the UFC’s first ever women’s bout in Japan on September 20th at Tokyo’s famed Saitama Super Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Jerry Glick
Dmitriy Salita – former junior welterweight world title challenger and now the promoter of Star of David Promotions – once again brings his “Brooklyn Brawl” series back to Brighton Beach at the Master Theater (formerly the Millennium Theater) with an exciting lineup of top local talent and rising stars. The main event features a rematch between WBO female lightweight champion Amanda Serrano (21-1-1, 16 KOs) against tough veteran Jackie Trivilino (9-8-3, 1 KO) in a non-title, featherweight eight-round affair. In the co-feature, Junior Wright (11-0-1, 9 KOs), who has signed to work under the Star of David banner, will face tough journeyman Kamarah Pasley (6-7-2, 2 KOs) in a six round cruiserweight encounter.
Serrano – who has won belts at 126, 130 and 135 pounds – is considered one of the top female fighters in the world. Ironically, Serrano and Trivilino fought each other in their pro debut on March 20, 2009. Serrano won a majority decision and the rest is history. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Joe Hand Promotion in association with D and D Management presented their second installment of the Tuesday night fights at the Arena in South Philadelphia, featuring some of the top amateurs and local professionals trying to make their mark on the way up. The main event featured a foul prone four round junior middleweight contest as Philly Donte Wright (1-0) squeezes out a sluggish majority decision over New York’s hard luck Lionel Charles (0-4). (more…)
Warren Buffett on Floyd Mayweather: “My job is easy compared to his.” More
Boxing legend Roberto Duran hits the UK. More
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz pulls out of Phoenix fight. More
Australian Lucas Browne continues to climb the rankings. More
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two former world champions and a couple of local matchups highlight the GFS Entertainment Promotions card on Saturday, September 20th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
Former IBF Super Middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy of St. Petersburg, FL will headline the card in a 10-round bout against Rayco “War” Saunders of Pittsburgh, PA. Lacy (26-5, 18 KO’s) is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Umberto Savigne on July 10 in Miami, FL. Saunders (23-24-2, 10 KO’s) will be trying to break a five-bout losing streak.
One of the two all-local bouts will be between two DC veterans who, amazingly in their 18-year careers, have never fought each other. Former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley will take on former world title contender Daniel “The Prophet” Attah in a 10-round lightweight battle. (more…)
No official announcement yet, but after brutal stoppage losses in three of his last four bouts, former two division world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez has indicated that he’s about to announce his retirement from the ring at the age of 31. “Sunday, talking with ‘Juanmita’ (his youngest son), I told him jokingly that I would prepare to fight within six months,” Juanma told El Vocero. “He is my biggest fan and he told me ‘Dad, I don’t want you to fight any more.’ Coming from my son who is a huge boxing fan, that creates a big weight on me. If I had any doubts, my son has removed those doubts from me.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel
On Tuesday in México City at a special WBC event, unbeaten three-division world champion Román “Chocolatito” González received his WBC flyweight belt after his stoppage triumph over Akira Yaegashi on September 5 in Tokyo, Japan. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and Boxing Hall of Famer Humberto “La Chiquita” González presented the belt to “Chocolatito” in a afternoon media conference.
“I’m very happy to be here in México, now as WBC champion. It’s a Dream to be WBC champion, same as my hero Alexis Arguello and many other of the biggest legends. I feel great with this belt in my boxing career and I want to defend against the best,” said González.
Mark Cipparone’s Club 1957 Management has announced the signing of jr. welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano to an exclusive managerial contract. Serrano of Philadelphia has a record of 18-2 with 8 knockouts. He will be looking to get back in the win column after a 19-month break following consecutive losses against Karim Mayfield and Emmanuel Taylor. “I am looking to get back in an eight-round fight. I am looking to have one or two tune up fights and then looking to step back up to the level of fights where I was,” said Serrano, who is trained by Chino Rivas and is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Two world champions, two title defenses against top contenders – this is the premise of “Clash of the Cruiserweights,” another boxing extravaganza by World Boxing Promotions owner and businessman Andrey Ryabinsky on September 27 at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow. Ryabinsky, who did not blink and offered WBA/IBF Wladimir Klitschko more than 23 million dollars to come to Moscow and defend his title against Alexander Povetkin (who later signed with Ryabinsky), does it again. World Boxing recently signed European Boxing Union champion Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs) to a promotional contract, and now Drozd will to face WBC champ Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk. In the co-main event, WBA champion (and Ryabinsky protégé), Denis Lebedev will defend his belt against undefeated Paweł Kołodziej (33-0, 18 KOs).
WBC cruiserweight champion “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KOs) is getting ready for his eighth title defense against Drozd at the famous mountain resort in Zakopane, Poland. “Of course I’m going to Moscow to beat Drozd. I like my green belt too much to just give it to him,” said ‘Diablo.’ “I like Moscow, I like my experiences there and just like I beat Chakhiyev, I want to beat Drozd.”
Asked about the Chakhiyev-Drozd comparison, Włodarczyk said: “They’re both very good fighters, but different ones. Chakhiyev likes close combat. Drozd prefers to keep the distance. They’re fast, they like to finish fights with a KO.” (more…)
The last time Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) fought he had less than three days’ notice on a special broadcast NBC edition of Fight Night. Garrett was called on to fill in, at a higher weight class, for Tomasz Adamek who fell ill just days before his fight with Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov. Wilson jumped at the chance and managed to go the distance with the undefeated heavyweight but ultimately lost a unanimous decision. The 32-year old cruiserweight from Philadelphia wanted another chance at Fight Night fans when he accepted a fight earlier this year with Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs). In another twist of fate, Wilson had to pull out of the fight with Mchunu due to an injury to his Achilles’ tendon. Now Wilson finally has his chance, he is healthy, has had a regular training camp and is poised to take on Mchunu this Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino on another special afternoon broadcast edition of NBC Fight Night.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Friday and Saturday in the super flyweight and junior lightweight world title bouts, that will take place in Argentina and Mexico, respectively.
This Friday, September, 19, at the Anfiteatro Municipal de Villa Maria in Cordoba, Argentina, the WBO super flyweight (115 pounds) champion Omar Narvaez (42-1-2, 23 KOs), from Argentina, will defend his belt for the 11th time against the #1 ranked Felipe Orucuta (29-2, 24 KOs), from Mexico, in a O.R. Promotions presentation. For the fight Narvaez-Orucuta, the referee will be Celestino Ruiz, from the United States, while the judges are Patrick Russell, Dennis Nelson and Robert Hecko, all three from the United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jorge Molina. This is a rematch between Narvaez, a former WBO flyweight (112 pounds) champion with 16 defenses, and Orucuta. These boxers fought for the WBO supe flyweight crown on May 25, 2013, and Narvaez won a split decision over Orucuta.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, September 20, at the Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the former WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs), from Mexico, and Terdsak Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33 KOs), from Thailand, will fight for the interim WBO junior lightweight (130 pounds) title. The referee for the Salido-Kokietgym bout will be Eddie Claudio, from the United States, and the judges are also from the United States are Patricia Morse Jarman, Robert Hoyle and John Madfis. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be the WBO Ratings Committee Chairman, Luis Perez. Salido is ranked #1 and Kokietgym is the #2 ranked for the WBO at 130 pounds. The champion is Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia.
Colorful WBO #7 strawweight Ali Raymi who recently announced that he’s moving up to flyweight after compiling a 22-0 record with 22 KOs, including a record 21 straight first round knockouts in the 105-pound division, says he’s ready to take on WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez after a proposed November 22 fight between Gonzalez and WBC #1 super flyweight Luis “Nica” Concepcion failed to come together.
“Roman Gonzalez woke up with no opponent for November 22 after journeyman Luis Concepcion cancelled, the same Luis Concepcion that Roman Gonzalez used as an excuse to not face me on November 22,” said Raymi, who is becoming one of the fight game’s more entertaining personalities. “So there are no more excuses today, I am available and ready to KO Roman Gonzalez in front of a record crowd of Nicaraguan potential mistresses.” (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) and unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) faced off today in Helsinki, Finland at the final press conference before their clash on Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena. Abril will finally be making his first defense of the vacant belt he won against Sharif Bogere in March 2013. [Note: Much of the video is in Finnish.]
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
If you now weigh 160 pounds, how long will you take to gain 40 pounds to become a 200-pounder? Japan’s ex-WBA super-welter interim champ Nobuhiro Ishida suffered a third-round annihilation at the hand of Gennady Golovkin with the WBA middleweight belt on the line in Monaco in March of the previous year, and he, taking a year, moved up to the heavyweight category and is now fighting at 200 pounds. Ishida (26-10-2, 10 KOs), 201.5, struggled to win a unanimous verdict (78-73, 78-74 twice) over Frenchman David Radeff (5-7-2, 2 KOs), 201, over eight hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.
It was his first appearance since he failed to win over national heavyweight ruler Kyotaro Fujimoto by a hairline decision loss (77-76, 77-75 twice) without the belt at stake in Tokyo this April. Ishida, standing at 6”1.5”, wasn’t in good shape as he looked a little too heavy, and took a tough time with the Frenchman, who lately acquired the UBO intercontinental cruiserweight belt last December.
Ishida utilized his advantageous height and reach to outpunch the Frenchman, who, however, connected with roundhouse combinations that occasionally caught the ex-champ. But Ishida attempted to outjab the shorter Frenchmana with thick mustache from the third round on. Radeff occasionally caught him with looping rights, but couldn’t follow it up because of Ishida’s determined retaliations. It’s a competitive fight as both displayed their best.
Promoter: Green Tsuda Promotions.
Another all-British title fight has been added to the November 29 in London that features Dereck Chisora vs. Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders vs. Chris Eubank Jr. The new fight is a British and Commonwealth super-featherweight championship showdown between Liam Walsh and Gary Sykes. Walsh, the undefeated Commonwealth champion, makes the fourth defense of the title whilst looking to tear the British title from Sykes who makes the first defense of the belt that he won from Jon Kays in a thriller in May. Both boxers are desperate to get it on in the ring once and for all to prove who is the best after seeing two previous scheduled bouts fall through due to injuries.
Due to sides being unable to reach an agreement, WBO president Paco Valcarcel has announced that the purse bid for the WBO jr featherweight mandatory clash between WBO/WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBO challenger Chris Avalos is scheduled for Friday. Minimum bid is $100,000. Will Roc Nation Sports try to grab this one?
The rematch between heavyweight Tony Thompson and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis on October 18 at the Castello Dusseldorf in Dusseldorf, Germany. Promoter Ahmet Oner returns after a long break to present another boxing event in Germany. Thompson defeated “La Sombra” earlier this year in Turkey and this bout is viewed as Solis’ last chance to get back into the heavyweight mix. The card will also be the first card promoted by Ahmet Oner in Germany in quite a while. “For me, it’s kind of a comeback in Germany”, says Oner. “I have held back a little bit in the last few years and took care of other things. But after that German boxing is dead on the ground. It’s time to initiate recovery measures.”
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Photo: Bob Ryder
Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He will fight former world light-heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) on September 29 in Hidalgo, Texas. Banks is coming back to the USA from a training camp in Austria. In addition to being a heavyweight contender, he’s also the head trainer of world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, preparing Wlad for his WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO title defense against Kubrat Pulev. That fight was rescheduled from September 6 to November 15 due to an arm injury suffered by the Ukrainian champion.
Do you have enough time to prepare for a serious opponent like Antonio Tarver?
Yes, you have to make that if you want to be ready for such opponent. I definitely do (have enough time).
Do you think that Tarver has kept his qualities at the age of 45? (more…)
When The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America debuted it was hard to deny the amount of talent and experience sitting on the Mexican side led by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By David Robinett
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Following Floyd Mayweather’s unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a few of the fighters from the “Mayhem” card spoke with reporters before the pound-for-pound king held court at the post-fight press conference.
Newly crowned IBF lightweight champion and Mayweather protégé Mickey Bey thanked the various people supporting him before good-naturedly revealing his incentive for beating the crafty veteran Miguel Vazquez. “I want to thank all of the people who went against me,” said Bey. “95% of the writers said he [Vazquez] was going to box my ears off and beat me easy. So that motivated me.”
Bey also countered critics who suggested his title reign may be a short one. “There’s more to come,” announced Bey. “I’m happy I won the title, but this is just the beginning.”
Although he fell short of a victory, Marcos Maidana struck a similarly defiant tone with reporters.
“I want to first say that I am happy to have fought twice against Floyd Mayweather,” began Maidana. “I think I did a terrific job. Many fighters have fought against him and I don’t think they’ve done what I’ve been able to do, which is land so many punches against Mayweather.”
Maidana continued, “I felt that I did enough to win but what can I say? If the judges like a fighters that runs as much as Floyd then there’s nothing I can do about it. I think he’s beatable, I think you just have to attack him.” (more…)
Las Vegas media take on a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown. More
Floyd Mayweather after-fight action in Vegas. More
Other beltholders line up for Carl Frampton. More
On Cecelia Braekhus’ historic unification win. More
Undefeated WBO jr. welterweight world champion Chris Algieri will be on TV TWICE on Tuesday to talk about his Nov. 22 pay-per-view challenge of WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
“Good Day New York” – FOX 5 News New York (between 7 – 8 a.m. ET)
“Varney & Co” – FOX Business (between 11 a.m. – Noon ET)
Belgian female star Delfine Persoon will defend her WBC lightweight title on November 11 in her adopted home town of Zwevezele, Belgium against dangerous Diane Prazak. Prazak is according to boxrec 2nd as pound for pound female boxer. Persoon will have a non-title warm up fight on September 27 against Judy Waguthii. Waguthii gave a hard time to Holland female star Esther Schouten.
Prazak is the current WBC superfeatherweight champion which she won in a dramatic fight against Frida Wallberg. Prazak successfully defended her title once against Shannon O’Connell.
Prazak will step up in weight to face Delfine Persoon.
Middleweight Gabriel Rosado, last seen stopping Bryan Vera in a BKB match last month, has announced via social media that he will return on November 8 in Atlantic City against James Kirkland in what is sure to be an all action affair. Headlining that card will be the light heavyweight unification clash between WBA/IBF champion Bernard Hopkins and WBO champ Sergei Kovalev.
Tijuana’s Cosme “Chino” Rivera (37-18-3) will face Konstantin Ponomarev (24-0, 12KO) in Saturday’s main event bout at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre. Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz, who was originally slated to be in the main event spot, was forced to withdraw from the contest due to family reasons. The bout will be televised on Unimas’ Solo Boxeo Tecate.
Rivera, who hails from Tijuana, Mexico, promises to be Ponomarev’s toughest opponent to date. In his last outing in May, Rivera knocked out Ty Barnett in the 9th round of a 10-round contest. Barnett was the hometown favorite in the Washington DC bout, and Rivera was subsequently attacked by a local fan.
Russia’s Ponomarev is trained by Jesse Reid Sr., who has described him as a “Young Canizales,” and has said Ponomarev yields tremendous speed, dedication and heart. The ten round contest will take place at 140 lbs. (more…)
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