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Ruslan Provodnikov 140 vs. John Molina 140
Demetrius Andrade 154 vs. Willie Nelson 154
Dejan Zlaticanin 134 vs. Franklin Mamani 133.5
(WBC lightweight title)
Willie Monroe, Jr. 160 vs. John Thompson 159
Andrey Fedosov 225.5 vs. Mario Heredia 286
Stivens Bujaj 200 vs. Sergio Ramirez 201.5
Oscar Sarmiento 146 vs. Jose Miguel de la Rosa 144.5
Miguel Trejo 152.5 vs. Latorie Woodberry 148.5
Promoter: Art Pelullo (Banner Promotions)
Venue: Turning Stone Casino
TV: Showtime/Showtime Extreme
First bell: 6 p.m.
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodriguez WBC
Rey Vargas 120 vs. Alex Kabore 117.50
Eduardo Hernàndez 128.70 vs. Warren Mambuanag 127.60
Juan Hernàndez 115.50 vs. Omar Niño 112.90
Jacky Calvo 122 vs. Edith de Jesús 122
Venue: Arena Coliseo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Rocky Martinez 129.8 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko 129.6
(WBO super featherweight title)
Felix Verdejo 134.8 vs. Juan Jose Martinez 133.8
Zou Shiming 112 vs. Jozsef Ajtai 111
Mike Reed 142 vs. Abraham Cordero 139.4
Julian Rodriguez 144.6 vs. Adam Mate 143
Christopher Diaz 126 vs. Neftali Campos 125.8
Jean Carlos Rivera 125.2 vs. Heriberto Delgado 124.8
Jose Gonzalez 125.2 vs. Sean Acosta 125.2
Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City
Promoter: Top Rank
Moises Flores 119.5 vs. Paulus Ambunda 118.25
(WBA interim super bantamweight title)
Venue: Ramatex Factory, Windhoek, Namibia
Before a record crowd of 1,482 fans and a record ticket gate of $59,470 the packed Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, witnessed a fight card that didn’t disappoint. It was a night that saw three pro debut boxers score upset wins, two heavyweight prospects stay undefeated, and an appreciated crowd toss $314 into the ring.
Scoring wins in their pro debuts were Santa Ana’s Mauricio Gomez with a MD win over 1-0 Guadalupe Arroyo in a good featherweight battle; Ivan Marquez out of Oxnard and trained by Hugo Centeno Sr stopping 1-0 Garrity Mcosker in the second round; and Riverside’s Alfredo Hernandez with a MD over 1-2 Daniel Kim.
In Heavyweight action, former Australian rugby star turned boxer 3-0 Trent Rawlins, who is trained by Chris Byrd, had to settle for a draw over 1-2 Mike Kyle; and Huntington Beach’s Adam Stewart scored a UD over 2-1 Rafael Rios.
Former WBO world champion Enzo Maccarinelli (41-7, 33 KOs) fights Ukrainian Dmytro Kucher (23-1, 17 KOs) tonight for the vacant European cruiserweight title at the famous York Hall in London. After stopping the legend Roy Jones Jr in December, a win here could put Enzo back into contention for another shot at World honors as Kucher is ranked in the top 15 with the WBC and WBO. BoxNation will televise in the UK.
The court case in Miami between Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. of All Star Boxing and Canelo Alvarez/Golden Boy Promotions is getting near the end. All the principals have already testified. Zabala’s legal team brought forth forensic accountant Carl Fedde, who testified that according to his analysis Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions made $135 million each between 2010 and 2015 and he estimates they can make $438 million apiece over the next decade.
Zabala is seeking damages from Canelo for breach of contract and from Golden Boy Promotions for tortious interference by signing Canelo when he was still under contract to All Star Boxing. Canelo and his manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso acknowledged they signed the document presented in court, but testified they didn’t understand it since it was written in English and believed it to be a visa application. The document was a four-year promotional agreement with an extension if Canelo wins a WBA, WBC, IBF or WBO title. Zabala is seeking $27 million, plus punitive damages that could triple that number, plus he wants Canelo back under his promotional banner to fulfill his contract.
By Ron Jackson
Fights fans can look forward to a feast of boxing at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night, headlined by the vacant IBO minimumweight title clash between Simphiwe Khonco and Siyabongo Siyo, and the first round of the “Super Four” cruiserweight contest. The boxing will be broadcast live on SS 4 from 19:30 – 23:30. There is nothing like local rivalry and the Siyo versus Khonco match-up promises to be a war of attrition between two classy little fighters from the Eastern Cape, which is often described as the Mecca of boxing. (more…)
Demond Brock 135 vs. Chuy Gutierrez 134
Rolando Garza 155 vs. Erasmo Garcia 154.5
Jeremy Nichols 145.5 vs. Adam Vasquez 145.5
Edgar Ramirez 248 vs. Jonathan Rice 259
Max Ornelas 117.5 vs. Robert Ledesma 116.5
Cashton Young 197.5 vs. Tracey Johnson 219
Venue: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC)
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
By Brad Snyder/The Undercard
Photos: Phil DiMaria
Chico Crout 146.8 vs. Eric Hall 142.4
Stephanie Spehar 138.6 vs. Carolyn Biskup 142.4
Winford Harris 152.2 vs. Lional Jimenez 151.8
Anthony Barnes 170.2 vs. Robert Guerra 170
Darryl Cunningham 159.6 vs. William Johnson 163.4
Ryan Pokryfky 267.2 vs. Robert Sims 238.4
Alexis Hloros 156.2 vs. Jeremy Marts 157.2
Ray Darden 176.6 vs. Eric Moon 183.4
John Chalbeck 154.2 vs. Marcus Wheeler 153.6
“Night of Knockouts VII”
Motor City Casino-Hotel Sound Board
June 10, 2016, Doors at 7PM
Tickets for “Night of Knockouts VII” are available at ticketmaster.com or the Motor City Casino-Hotel Sound Board ticket office. First bout scheduled for 7:30PM photos
Photos: Amanda Westcott/Showtime
Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) and John “The Gladiator” Molina (28-6, 23 KOs), who will compete on this Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader, participated in the final press conference Thursday at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.
Ruslan Provodnikov: “Words are not so much associated with explaining this because anybody can talk and anybody can say words. I think the fans or the people have to see how my fights have been and the way that I’ve fought those fights. For me to say right now that I’m going to ‘die in the ring,’ they’re words right now. The fight will show, then the fans will have an understanding in their mind of was I just saying that or is that really the way it is. The actions show, not the words.”
John Molina Jr: “I believe in my heart of hearts the fans are going to get a treat with Ruslan Provodnikov coming forward, not wanting to take a backward step with myself coming forward not wanting to take a backward step. We’re both going to try and go in there and pose our will on each other and you’re not going to see a boring fight. It won’t be Dancing With The Stars, it’s going to be a fight.” (more…)
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Golden Boy Promotions returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on July 15 with former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (29-5-1, 21 KOs) facing KeAndre “The Truth” Gibson (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in a ten round welterweight battle, airing live on Estrella TV. Also, former world title challenger Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (23-2-1, 16 KOs) takes on former WBC silver featherweight beltholder Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (23-7, 16 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
WBO junior lightweight world champion Rocky Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) faced off with WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs) in advance of their HBO-televised world title showdown on Saturday night in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City. In the HBO co-feature, WBO #2 rated lightweight champ Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs) faces WBC #11 Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs) for the WBO Latino championship. Also, two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (7-1, 2 KOs) meets Jozsef Ajtai (15-2, 10 KOs) for the WBO international flyweight chmpionship.
Rocky Martinez: “If you want to beat me, than you have to kill me, but to kill me you have to prepared to be killed in the ring too.”
Vasyl Lomachenko: “I’m ready to put up $300,000 of my purse as long as Rocky Martinez will put up $300,000 if I win.”
Felix Verdejo: “In Muhammad Ali’s honor, I will give a great fight.”
JJ Martinez: “We will take that title to Mexico.”
Bob Arum: “We will probably have a bigger audience in China than all of the HBO fights for the last three years combined. We expect an audience of perhaps as many as 50 million homes will be watching the Chinese star Zou Shiming.” photos
Photos: Ryan Greene / Premier Boxing Champions
Former world champion Shawn Porter hosted a Las Vegas media workout Wednesday at the Porter Hy-Performance Center in advance of his welterweight world title showdown against undefeated Keith Thurman on Saturday, June 25 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on CBS.
Shawn Porter: “Keith’s injury gave me enough time to make extra sure that I had everything I needed to get ready for this fight. Not to say I wouldn’t have been ready March 12 but it’s given me more time to reflect and visualize. On June 25, I know I will be 100 percent on every level. I think he can do some things. He can box very well. He throws good off balanced shots. I can box as well, but I have the pressure, quickness, foot speed and hand speed that it takes to not only outbox him, but to pressure him and hurt him. I think that’s what makes it a great fight. I want to win each and every round. We want to make him have to adjust to what we’re doing. If we control the fight, we win the fight.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Australian Dwight Ritchie (14-0-4NC, only one KO), 158.75, captured the OPBF middleweight belt as he scored a nearly shutout decision (119-109, 118-110 twice) over defending champ Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7 KOs), 160, over twelve lopsided rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. For Japanese fight fans it was a horrible and disgraceful scene that our champ Nishida, too stiff and nervous, forfeited his belt in such a disappointing fashion since he seldom threw punches in the first eight rounds given Ritchie’s elusiveness coupled with his shifty footwork and constant jabbing. Nishida, in every round before the ninth, lost a point without doing anything but stalking the footworker without throwing punches. After the eighth, the official tallies were announced as 79-73 twice and 78-74, all in favor of Ritchie, a soft-punching but fast-moving speedster. The last four rounds witnessed Nishida barely start his engine, which was too late to overcome his great deficits on points. Although Nishida dethroned the OPBF champ Akio Shibata and forced him into a farewell to the ring action last March, he lost his belt in his initial defense and had the audience greatly disappointed at his unsatisfactory performance. Dwight displayed his Eisenhower dominance on his D-Day.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
During the early hours on Thursday, Jose “Olivaritos” Morales, a former professional boxer, trainer and father of former world champions Erik and Diego Morales, and current contender Ivan Morales, passed away at the age of 60. On May 18, Morales suffered a stroke and remained in a coma for a week. He was born in Valle de Santiago in Guanajuato and he moved to Tijuana since 1974. He trained many champions and top fighters in of his Gimnasio Zona Norte gym, including Mauro “Betillo” Gutierrez, Juan Soberanes, Miguel “Maykito” Martinez, Luis Ramon “Yori Boy “Campas, Cesar Bazan, Jorge” Travieso “Arce, Antonio Margarito, Javier” Cobra “Mendoza, Abner Lopez, Adam Mares and Jorge Paez Jr.
By Ron Jackson
Paulus Ambunda from Namibia and Moises Flores of Mexico meet in a clash for the IBO and interim WBA super bantamweight belts at the Ramatex Factory in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday night. The 35-year-old Ambunda (24-1, 10 KOs) a former WBO bantamweight champion will be making the second defense of his IBO belt and Flores, 29, who has a record of 24-0, 17 KOs, makes the second defence of the interim WBA belt. (more…)
Former British, Commonwealth and European super bantamweight champion Kid Galahad, a.k.a. Barry Awad (19-0, 10 KOs) is back on July 9 at the Manchester Arena. Galahad, as part of the undercard to Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, looks to follow up a routine April comeback win and once again put the super bantamweight division on notice.
“The opponent in April (Simas Volosinas, 6-46) wasn’t the best but it felt good to be back,” says Galahad, who’d been out the ring for 19 months due to a suspension for steroid use. “It felt like I’d been away on holiday for a very long time and then came home and everything was nice and comfortable. You’re back in your old bed, you’re surrounded by home comforts. It felt right. It felt like that’s where I should be.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBC female mini-flyweight champ, Japanese southpaw speedster Yuko Kuroki (15-4-1, 7 KOs), 105, kept her belt when she kept battering Filipino challenger Nori Guro (7-6-1, 4 KOs), 104.5, and finally dropped her for the count at 2:09 of the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a contest of southpaws, but Kuroki, making her fourth defense, was much faster and more aggressive from the outset, having her kneel down in round three. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated Kuroki was leading on points after the fourth: 40-35 twice and 39-36. Accelerating her attack, Kuroki finally caught up with the fading challenger and floored her for the full count. The jubilant victor, a police executive’s daughter, said, “I wish to unify the 105-pound belts in the future.” Good luck.
WBO cruiserweight champion Krzystof Glowacki and #1 rated Oleksandr Usyk have reached an agreement, thus today’s scheduled WBO purse bid has been cancelled. According to Glowacki promoter Andrzej Wasilewski, the fight will take place in Poland on September 10 or 17/Przemek Garczarczyk
Looks like former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could return against J’Leon Love on July 16, possibly at the StubHub Center. Junior has reunited with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Saturday’s Vargas-Salido viewership on HBO: 833,000
Saturday’s Beterbiev-Maderna viewership on ESPN: 394,000
Friday’s Barthelemy-Bey viewership on Spike: 486,000
Trent Rawlings 237.2 vs. Mike Kyle 225
Jacob Rosales 155.4 vs. Jake Albinio 155
Daniel Kim 134.2 vs. Alfredo Hernandez 133.2
Garrity Mcosker 142 vs. Ivan Marquez 142.4
Gabriel Green 169 vs. Hakop Ter-Petrosyan 170
Adam Stewart 231.4 vs. Rafael Rios 242.6
Guadalupe Arroyo 126 vs. Mauricio Gomez 125.8
Venue: The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Notes: The show is sold out, doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7pm
By Karl Freitag
The belated ruling by the AIBA allowing professional boxers to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, which came after most countries were deep into their qualification process, has sent a handful of pros scrambling for Olympic spots.
Unbeaten WBO #7 heavyweight contender Michael Wallisch (16-0, 10 KOs) has applied to the German Amateur Boxing Federation for a place on the German Olympic team. The problem is for Wallisch is that AIBA boxer and 2012 Olympian Erik Pfeifer long ago qualified for the Rio Games in 2015.
GB Boxing, the British amateur boxing ruling body, has rejected WBA #2, WBC #3, IBF #6 middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) for their team in favor of amateur boxer Anthony Fowler, who has already qualified for the Rio Games.
As previously reported, it looks like IBF #2, WBO #4, WBA #4 and WBC #6 light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) will likely land a spot on the Russian Olympic team.
USA Boxing, which governs amateur boxing in the United States, announced in a press release that they “appreciate AIBA’s continuing efforts toward the evolution of international boxing, and we recognize that the admission of professional boxers is an inevitable development. However, USA Boxing’s Olympic Selection procedures, on which our amateur athletes have relied for the past two years, preclude us from making the last minute changes that would be required to invite professionals to compete.” So no U.S. pros will be competing.
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Three-time WBO jr lightweight champion champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) and WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs) looked sharp in a media workout on Wednesday at the Mendez Gym in New York City. They collide Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in a bout televised by HBO. Also showing their skills furing the workout were WBO #2 lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs), his opponent J.J. Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs), two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou SHiming, unbeaten featherweight Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz, unbeaten super lightweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (12-0, 9 KOs), and unbeaten super lightweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (18-0, 10 KOs). photos
Photos: Eric Walker / Premier Boxing Champions
WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman opened training camp to media Wednesday in St. Petersburg as he prepares to defend his title against former world champion Shawn Porter on June 25 on Showtime at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Thurman worked out at St. Pete Boxing Club along with longtime trainer Dan Birmingham.
Keith Thurman: “I’m ready for Shawn Porter. We’re going to box harder, box stronger and box better. I will be the better man. Training is the fundamentals of getting one prepared. We’ve always known that Shawn Porter was going to come into this fight in tremendous shape. That’s what his training methods are all about. But the Energizer Bunny has never been hit by Keith Thurman, and I’m pretty sure I could stop it in its tracks.
“I’m going for the knockout. I’ve stated it before. My hands are itching for a knockout. I’m ‘One Time,’ all the time. That’s my philosophy. Every single time I step into the ring I’m looking for the knockout. We don’t get paid for overtime. I want to be the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. That’s my ultimate goal. There have only been so many in the history of boxing. I want to be a part of that history.” (more…)
Photos: Scott Hirano / Showtime
“The guys I’m sparring with now are 10 times better than Anthony Joshua himself,” says undefeated heavyweight Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) participating in an open media workout at Crossroads Boxing Gym in Ontario, Calif., on Tuesday afternoon. Breazeale challenges IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) on June 25 from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME.
“I think that it’s going to be one of those situations that it is not going to be a difference of size or weight,” stated the 6’7 Breazeale. “It’s going to be the difference of skill and experience. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA#13 lightweight George Kambosos (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Isa Nampepeche (23-6-4, 10 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round Pan Asian Boxing Association title bout at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Kambosos controlled the fight as he scored with accurate left jabs and powerful right hands on his mobile opponent. Kambosos stepped up the pace in round four and visibly hurt the Tanzanian with solid combinations. At the conclusion of the round the cornerman of Nampepeche retired their charge.
Kambosos said “I’m ready to fight the best lightweights in world. I would like to thank former world champion Lovemore Ndou who has helped me with excellent sparring session for the past two months.” (more…)
Bounce TV will carry Muhammad Ali’s farewell procession through the streets of Louisville and his memorial service live, uninterrupted and commercial-free this Friday. Bounce TV’s coverage will begin at 9AM ET with the procession, which will take Ali on a final journey through his beloved hometown of Louisville, passing memorable landmarks in his life, including his childhood neighborhood and the Muhammad Ali Center. Bounce TV will also air the memorial service scheduled for 2PM ET, which will include eulogies by former President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel and Billy Crystal. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
IBF top ranked 122-pound contender, Japan’s stylish southpaw Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KOs) will face unbeaten KO artist, IBF#2 Jonahan Guzman (21-0, 21 KOs), from Dominican Republic, in quest of the vacant IBF junior featherweight belt vacated by Carl Frampton in Osaka, Japan, on July 20. It was announced by Kyoei Promotions on Monday. Wake, whose trademark is well-decorated regent hair, said, “Before my hair gets disheveled I wish to finish Guzman.” Guzman’s nickname is Solomon King. Where will the crown go, either on Solomon King’s head or over Wake’s regent hair?
On the same show, WBA flyweight champ Hiroki Ioka (19-1, 11 KOs), an excellent boxer-puncher, will defend his belt against Nicaraguan Kyvin Lara (18-1-1, 6 KOs) in the main event under the co-promotion of Ioka Promotions at Edion Arena Osaka.
By Marco Bratusch
The IBF has officially informed that undefeated #2 rated Errol Spence Jr (20-0, 17 KOs) and #7 Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) have agreed to fight each other in an eliminator bout to become the new IBF mandatory welterweight challenger. Bundu was the highest ranked available contender to express his interest to face Spence for the #1 spot. Italian sources have confirmed to this writer that negotiations between Spence manager Al Haymon and Bundu promoter Mario Loreni are already progressing toward a deal, with a fight between the two possibly landing in the USA in August. The camps will have until June 22 to finalize a private deal to avoid a purse bid. (more…)
Maynard Communications has been hired by Hennessy Sports to provide PR support to the world heavyweight championship rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko on July 9 at the Manchester Arena. Mick Hennessy CEO of Hennessy Sports and co-promoter K2 Promotions are promoting the super-fight titled “Repeat or Revenge,” with HBO televising in the U.S. and BoxNation broadcasting in the UK. Richard Maynard, owner of Maynard Communications, previously worked for 17 years under Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren until his departure last month to create a specialist boxing and sports PR agency.
Due to visa problems, Guillermo Rigondeaux was unable to arrive in the UK to take part in his contracted fight against British champion Jazza Dickens on March 12 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Seems like it all worked out for the better though. Since that time, Rigondeaux has been reinstated as WBA super bantamweight world champion, and according to the Miami El Nuevo Herald, Rigo has his UK visa in hand and a July 16 date to finally fight Dickens at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff, Wales. And this time the bout will be for a world title.
By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “El Zurdo” Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico is set to make the first defense of his title when he takes on Dominik Britsch (32-1-1, 11 KOs) of Germany on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO PPV. “I’m happy to be defending my title. I know nothing about my opponent, all I know is that I am training really hard for this fight,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com®.
After winning the title this past April, Ramirez went back to train in his hometown of Mazatlan, then resumed his camp in Southern California working with his longtime team of Jesus and Hector Zapari in preparation for the German challenger.
“I am training here in the area in Long Beach for this fight,” Ramirez said. “This preparation will be like every other. Training really hard to be ready for what my opponent has.” (more…)
Super middleweight contender George Groves believes he will beat Martin Murray and send him into retirement when the pair clash in an eliminator for the WBA title at London’s O2 Arena on June 25. Murray has lost in four world title shots – three at middleweight and one at super middleweight – and Groves has failed in three cracks at the super middleweight crown. Groves was quick to point out that Murray had been hand-picked for his shots, and he believes he’ll beat Murray and leave his career in tatters.
“I think if he loses he will think about packing it in,” said George. “I can’t speak for Martin but he’s older than me and he’s exhausted all the natural things that a fighter can do to win a world title. He didn’t pull it off at middleweight, he’s moved up to super middleweight and he’s had a crack at Arthur Abraham, and I think he let himself down there. He’s got the domestic dust-up that he’s craved and that’s what is motivating him for this fight, if he doesn’t win then I don’t know where he goes from there. (more…)
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