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By Dave Spencer
Photos: Viorel Sima
Lucian Bute 167.7 vs. Jean Paul Mendy 166
(IBF super middleweight championship)
Venue: Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania
Promoter: Interbox/Star Boxing
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The stage is set for this weekend’s Southern California showdown as WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs) of Oxnard California defends against Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs) of Maywood California. Antillon has been training at the Summit in Big Bear, California in preparation for his third world title fight. “This is my fourth training camp with Abel Sanchez and it went well, according to plan in terms of making weight, sparring. There was great energy,” Antillon told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Hennessy Sports invites Fightnews.com readers in the area to join them at the Mall Shopping centre in Luton, Bedfordshire, England on Monday 11th July from Midday to watch Tyson Fury train in an open workout session ahead of his British and Commonwealth Heavyweight title challenge against Champion Dereck Chisora. The event that is being billed as “The Big Brawl to Settle It All” is set to take place at Wembley Arena on Saturday 23rd July 2011. The fight will be shown live in the U.S. on pay-per-view. Tyson will also be joined in the ring by the GAA’s most successful manger Mickey Harte, who has led his Tyrone Gaelic football team Tyrone to three All-Ireland titles, three Ulster titles, one National League, and four Dr. McKenna cups to date. The festivities take place from 12PM to 2:30PM.
By talking to Jean-Paul Mendy (IBF #1), and seeing the confidence he possesses, you’d almost think that he was the champion defending his title on Saturday night, rather than the other way around. Few fighters, in his position would be able to possess such a calm and collective demeanor, but for Mendy his fight against IBF Super Middleweight titleist, Lucian Bute, in Bute’s home country of Romania, seems to be just another day in office. Mendy challenges Bute this Saturday night at the Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania. “Training camp was very good, I worked very hard for this fight, and I am ready to go Saturday night,” stated Mendy.
While Bute is considered by many to be the top super middleweight, and one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world, Mendy says he doesn’t see anything in particular that overly impresses him. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA world champions Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (light flyweight) Juan “El Exterminador” Palacios (interim miniumweight) received their WBA championship belts at an event held in Managua, Nicaragua by the boxing local promoter company Prodesa and the Nicaraguan Professional Boxing Commission (Conibop). Prodesa managers Silvio Conrado Jr., Fernando Sanchez and Carlo Pilato, WBA board member Renzo Bagnariol, General Juan Alberto Molinares, president of the Nicaraguan Boxing Commission and international matchmaker Ricardo Rizzo were among those on hand. The Nicaraguan champions will be next defending their titles in Mexico. Roman Gonzalez against Omar Salado on July 9 and Juan Palacios on August 13 against Armando Torres.
By Joe Koizumi
Two-time world champ Jorge Linares (29-1, 19 KOs), a Japan-based Venezuelan, lately started training under the tutelage of highly respected Freddie Roach in Los Angeles. Linares says, “I really appreciate his dedication in coaching me though he’s tremendously occupied.” Linares, however, will keep Japan his hometown and belong to Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions as previously. It was true the vastly talented Venezuelan, 25, had a difficulty having good and competitive sparring partners while training in Japan, but he will keep his residence in Tokyo. Even if training and campaigning in the US in the future, he will return to his second mother country Japan where he still has a lot of fans and friends. Linares plans to travel back and forth between the US and Japan, saying “Me gusta Japon (I like Japan).”
Services for English “Bouie” Fisher are Saturday (July 9) at Deliverance Evangelical Church (2001 Lehigh Avenue) in Philadelphia, PA. Viewing 8am-10am/Services begin at 10am. The burial will begin immediately afterward at the Ivy Hills Cemetery (1201 Easton Road). Those wishing to send flowers may send them directly to the church listed above. Cards or other well wishes may be sent to: Fisher Family, PO Box 832, Clementon, NJ 08021
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
This Saturday night Kermit Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico makes his return to the ring as he squares off against Carlos Molina (18-4-2, 6KOs) of Chicago, Illinois by way of Michoacan, Mexico, on the undercard of this weekend’s showdown on Showtime between Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon. Cintron looked sharp and focused as he worked out Thursday for the media at The Fortune Gym in Hollywood California.”I feel great about the fight, it’s a great opportunity to go back in and show my skills,” Cintron told Fightnews.com on his return.
Interestingly he returns to the same ring at the Home Depot Center in which he lost his last fight to Paul Williams in a controversial fourth round technical decision. A fight in which began to pick up before Cintron was thrown out of the ring as Williams clinched onto him. Cintron would later be heavily criticized for not objecting after the doctor Paul Wallace did not let him return and called off the fight.
“Last time I left that arena with a sour taste in my mouth this time I am going to leave with sweetness in my mouth,” Cintron said on returning to the Home Depot Center. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Take a walk in the shoes of lightweight world title holder Brandon Rios.
You were overwhelmed with emotion when the world title belt was wrapped around your waist at the Palms Hotel and Casino on the night of February 26th, when you stopped Miguel Acosta in the 10th round.
You have teenage and amateur fighters who look up to you at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in South Oxnard, where you train. Fight fans ask for an autograph or a picture in Southern California or abroad.
However, you are not one to bite your tongue or watch what you say, which could get you into trouble with other fighters or people.
Five to six years ago, as talented as you were, you spent more time on the streets and temporarily incarcerated than at the La Colonia Boxing Club in Oxnard.
Now, you will step inside the ring against a formidable, strong foe in Urbano Antillon on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson. The fight will be shown on SHOWTIME. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA super flyweight world champion Hugo Cazarez (34-6-2, 24 KOs) and countryman WBA challenger Arturo Badilllo (20-1, 18 KOs) meet at Plaza de Toros Eduardo Fontanet, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico on Saturday July 9. The three judges are Alfredo Polanco (Mexico), Jose Torres (Puerto Rico) and Luis Rivera (USA). The fight supervisor is Victor “Luvi” Callejas.
By Scott Ploof
Former three-time world champion, Worcester, MA and Paxton Promotions own Jose Antonio Rivera (40-6-1, 24 KOs) will step back in the ring for the second time in three months as he has been added to the already stacked fight card on Friday, July 29th as Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports presents “Heat Wave” at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Rivera’s opponent at this time is TBD. Headlining the card thus far is Paxton Promotions own Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-10, 28 KOs) taking on “The Pride of New Haven,” Connecticut’s own Elvin Ayala (23-5-1, 11 KOs) in a ten round middleweight attraction. Also on the card is Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) against undefeated polish heavyweight prospect Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) in a ten round heavyweight battle. Tickets are available by contacting CES Boxing at 401-724-2253 or the Mohegan Sun Arena box office at 888-226-7711.
When Joe DeGuardia, announced that he was going to be getting his “Punchin at the Paradise” fight series back in full swing in 2011, he stated that the main idea behind the concept was that he wanted to bring live exciting boxing back on a regular basis to the Bronx. That is exactly what happened Thursday night, before a well-attended house, as Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presented a nine bout pro-am card. In the main event bout of the evening, popular Yonkers middleweight Bryant Pappas, was given a much tougher than expected challenge from Denver’s Allen Medina, managing only a six round draw. (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
The heart and talent of heavyweight contender Cristobal “Nightmare” Arreola (32-2, 28 KO) was never in question. His skills and punching power made him win 28 of his 32 fights by knockout. The only problem with Cris was his oft-questioned work ethic, but just after a press conference in New York announcing his July 9 fight against Friday “The 13” Ahanunya (24-7, 13 KO) on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Fightnews.com spoke with his trainer Henry Ramirez. Ramirez is convinced that Arreola’s weight and dedication to the sport will never again be a topic of conversation. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Team Viloria
For Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, the time is now, as in now or never. The thirty year old former 2000 Olympian and two-time (WBC & IBF) Light Flyweight champion will go for this third different belt in his second division when he takes on WBO Flyweight champion Cesar “Pingo” Miranda on Saturday, July 16th at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Viloria and his team depart Los Angeles on Sunday, July 10th for Honolulu for the final preparations before fight night the following Saturday. The former champ took time to speak with FightNews after his Thursday workout. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
While fight fans settle into their seats at the Home Depot Center in Carson on Saturday afternoon, awaiting the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon fight, unbeaten light heavyweight Mike Lee will be fighting Michael Birthmark (2-5, 1 KO) in a four round bout. Although this will be Lee’s first professional fight in the Los Angeles-area, Lee has trained in the City of Angels before. “I had actually trained with John Bray before my professional debut,” Lee (5-0, 3 KOs) told Fightnews.com on Wednesday afternoon. “I also got to visit the Wild Card gym and Fortune’s. I love the weather and there’s a lack of humidity here unlike in Houston.” Lee, who received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame and was an amateur champion there, is trained by Ronnie Shields. Although he has competed as a light heavyweight throughout his brief career, Lee could go down and compete at 168 pounds. “I’m very happy where I’m at. I’ve improved a lot because I’m a fast learner. I’m a great athlete and I have a great deal of trust with Ronnie. In my last fight (against Gilbert Gastelum on May 6th), I just relaxed and established my jab. I thought I did well, but I still needed to correct things. People recognized my maturity in the ring and I’m just trying to get better and better with each fight. I’m my own toughest critic.” With a growing fan base of friends and alumni from the university, Lee fights under the Top Rank banner.
From Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev. for tomorrow’s Golden Boy card televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo”:
Jessie Vargas 142 vs. Walter Estrada 138
Alfonso Blanco 155 vs. Cleven Ishe 154.5
Mitch Williams 197 vs. Chad Davis 197.5
Demark Scott 186 vs. Billy Bailey 186.5
Zhankosh Turarov 141 vs. David Castillo 142
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will mark his return to the SHOWITME airwaves while Carlos Molina of Chicago will make his network debut when they meet this Saturday, July 9, in the co-feature on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.,
Just one week before the 10th anniversary of ShoBox: The New Generation, Cintron, who fought three times on ShoBox from 2001 to 2002 including the series’ third telecast, will take on Molina in a 10-round junior middleweight tilt. Following that, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and two-time world title challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., tangle for the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship in the Top Rank-promoted main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Cintron, Molina and two up-and-coming Top Rank fighters worked out for the media on Thursday at Fortune Gym in Hollywood. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican featherweight prospect Sal Sanchez II today expressed his desire to win the WBC silver championship this summer and seek a world title 2012. “I learned a lot with Rudy Perez, I’ll demonstrate. I’m well prepared and in my corner is my agent Elvis Grant, who also has extensive experience in the corner.” Sánchez II (23-4-3, 12 KOs) takes on Rodolfo “El Chapulín” Garay (29-19-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City.
In other action, María Elena Villalobos (7-5-1, 3 KOs) meets Rocío Castillo (3-2, 1 KO) in a ten rounder for the vacant WBC female super bantamweight silver title. Also, Edgar “Basuras” Riovalle (30-12-1, 20 KOs) faces Juan Olvera (14-8, 11 KOs) in a twelve rounder for the Mexico Featherweight belt. The card is promoted by Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia’s Boxeo de Gala. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Ben Keilty
WBA #10 middleweight Robbie Bryant (14-1-1, 7 KOs) will clash with former Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (13-8-3, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Italian Club in Perth, Western Australia on July 23 with the IBF Australasian title up for grabs. Promoter Ty Colman said, “Robbie Bryant has shown world class skills in recent fights but Les Piper comes to the ring with excellent credentials.” Colman continued, “There are several world class middleweights in Australia including Sam Soliman and Garth Wood with Daniel Geale recently capturing the IBF world title in Germany. Robbie boxed Daniel as an amateur and had him on the canvas before losing a close decision.” Colman concluded, “Team Bryant is interested in boxing the best middleweights in Australia including world IBF champion Daniel Geale but would also consider a world title opportunity against WBA champion Felix Sturm.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #11, 130 pounder Fahsai “Mountain Boy” Sakkreerin (34-2, 19 KOs) will be back in action against Geoffrey “The Tiger” Munika (21-15-2, 12 KOs) of Kenya on July 19 in Bangkok, Thailand. Sakkreein has been active by boxing every month and is focused on the IBF world title shot said promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang. “Munika will be a good test for Sakkreerin who has been impressive in recent fights. Munika defeated Ryan Barrett in London, England in June by KO in six rounds so he has had recent activity. Barrett had a good record winning 23 fights losing 8 with 2 draws.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
I wasn’t particularly close with George Kimball. I’m sure there are others in the boxing community who could share more stories and tell more jokes than I can about him. But while I wasn’t a close friend or family member, I did spend countless hours at ringside with George in close, tight proximity. Frequently sharing the same, cramped desk and a power strip that always seemed to turn off when our laptops needed the juice most, I covered boxing with George for years. (more…)
On Saturday, July 23, before Amir Khan meets Zab Judah in their 140 lb. World Championship Unification Fight, another rising star will meet a still dangerous veteran when unbeaten middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin faces Tarvis Simms, who has lost only once is his professional career, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. in a 10 round non-televised bout with significant implications on the future of the 160-pound weight class.
“I’m training to destroy him,” said Quillin. “I’m never in a comfortable situation because, in boxing, you can always lose. I figure, why put in anything less than maximum effort in training? I’m trying to prove that I’m an elite, top-10 fighter and even when I win a world title, I’m always going to be a hungry fighter because of where I come from.”
Photos: EMC Events
Dan Goossen hosts the final press conference in New York on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to make statement against unbeaten and world ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in a battle of southpaws. Williams-Lara headlines the July 11, 2011 Boardwalk Hall event which HBO will broadcast. WBA No. 1 ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) will challenge World Champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Tokyo native’s WBA Super Bantamweight Championship. Heavyweight Chris Arreola is also on the card.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Team Klitschko
Ukrainian heavyweight kings, WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBC champion Vitali Klitschko held a press conference today in Kiev, Ukraine.
Vitali Klitschko: “We aimed for this dream for a very long time – 15 years. We now have a new goal (to defend the heavyweight title in Ukraine) that we will discover in the near future. The most important thing is that I along with my brother have won all the championship belts.”
Wladimir Klitschko: “We are very pleased to now be in our hometown, Kiev. What happened July 2 is very important to us. For two years everyone was talking, there will be Klitschko vs. Haye. David was moving very quickly and ran away from me. Ran away very quickly. I’m sure I brought him back to reality. Now he’s back to reality.” More photos…
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
About 75 miles separate the cities of Oxnard and Maywood in Southern California. To fight fans in the area, both cities have become synonymous with the fighters and gyms located in their respected cities.
While both cities are geographically away from one another, they will share center stage on Saturday night as Brandon Rios of Oxnard defends his lightweight title belt against Maywood’s Urbano Antillon at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
At Wednesday’s press conference in Los Angeles, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum likened the fight to “a neighborhood war,” a throwback type of fight symbolic from years past. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
ABCO strawweight title holder Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo and Filipino challenger Roilo Golez both passed the weigh-in at the 105lb limit today (Thursday) at the Bangpo hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. This WBC regional championship bout will take place tomorrow at Banklong school, in Kratumban, Samutsakorn and will be televised by Channel 7 during 15:00-17:00 throughout Thailand. (more…)
Heavyweight David Rodriguez did get the top ten rating he thought he’d get by winning the WBC Fecombox belt last month, but he moved up to No. 18 in the WBC’s heavyweight division. The win over Owen Beck has Rodriguez calling out the Klitschko brothers: “I want either one,” says Rodriguez. “No disrespect for any of the fighters they have fought, but let’s be real they’ve been on a safe tour. I’m 6’5”, 250 pounds of heavyweight that has size and power to knock these Klitschko’s out!”
“Peleando por Juarez” set for El Paso July 16: The July 16 all-pro boxing Fighter Physique card at the Convention Center now has a complete lineup. In the main event, former reality TV fighter Rene Armijo (5-3, 1 KO) will double up as promoter and main eventer in an eight-rounder against Corey Washington (3-4-1, 1 KO), of Fort Worth, Tex., at middleweight. It will be Armijo’s first fight in five years. Five four-rounders are scheduled: (more…)
On Friday July 15th, at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC, Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO’s) squares off against Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO’s) in a must see ten round jr. middleweight showdown. The bout, promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will be the feature bout on that week’s edition of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. Before Rodriguez and Wolak step inside the ring, Kevin “Kid” Rooney, the son of world renowned trainer, Kevin Rooney, and Star Boxing’s own publicist, will look to improve to 2-0 when he takes on Queen’s Elmer Vera in a four round jr. middleweight match-up. (more…)
South Side Promotions in association with Mark Vaz Boxing returns for the second time this year to the Dorchester National Guard Armory in Dorchester, Massachusetts on July 16th with former “Contender” competitor Tim Flamos going toe-to-toe with veteran Darren Whitley for the vacant state cruiserweight title. (more…)
Trans-Atlantic boxer Ashley “Treasure” Theophane defends his British Boxing Board of Control (“BBB of C”) light welterweight title July 23 in the 12-round co-feature against Welsh champion Jason “The Power” Cook on “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View Event, live from Wembley Arena in London.
“The Big Brawl” features undefeated Irishman Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) challenging British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) in the 12 round main event . . . click here for more
Tyson Fury admits he’s been shocked by bad-boy Dereck Chisora before this month’s heavyweight grudge fight. Fury challenges for Chisora’s British and Commonwealth belts at Wembley Arena on Saturday, July 23 – and Tyson admits he can’t believe ‘Del Boy’ is actually going through with the fight being screened live on Pay-Per-View in the United States.
Tyson said: “I’ve been expecting a phone call to say Chisora has broken a toe nail and has had to pull out of the fight. I genuinely believe he’s a bully and we all know what happens when you stand up to a bully. I am surprised he hasn’t found a way to get out of fighting me. I think he would rather fight anyone in the world rather than me. This fight is personal. I don’t like him and want to take away his titles. I saw the way he kissed Carl Baker before they boxed and I want him to know that he’s not my type!” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hall Of Fame Broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan is out of hospital after nearly six months after complications from a pacemaker he had installed in 2010 and contacted Fightnews to say he is now getting stronger by the day and ready to call the “Big Fights” very soon. “I have been in hospital for nearly six months,” said the Colonel. “I am out now and hope to be back at work in 2 to 3 weeks.”
The Colonel has called a record 900+ world title bouts around the Globe including the “Rumble in The Jungle “- Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman from Zaire and the “Thrilla in Manila” Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier from the Philippines. The Colonel has been a regular visitor to Australia over several years where he has called fights featuring Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding, Robbie Peden and Shannan Taylor. The Colonel was a special guest at the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009 in Melbourne.
By Joe Koizumi
A female world title tripleheader will take place at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on September 22. It was announced today by Futur Promotions with four contestants in attendance. WBA 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs; amateur mark 47-3), a Japanese southpaw making her sixth defense, will put her belt on the line against ex-WBC 108-pound titlist Nongmuay Kokietgym (10-2-3), Thailand, over ten rounds in the main event. Newly crowned WBC 105-pound ruler Naoko Fujioka (6-0, 4 KOs; amateur record 18-3, 10 stoppages), a Japanese hard-puncher, will risk her throne against official challenger and WBC silver titlist Kanittha Kokietgym (13-3, 4 KOs), a 21-year-old Thailander, in a ten-round semi-final. In a quest for the newly established WBA 102-pound championship named “Light Minimumweight” class will fight Ammara Kokietgym (7-1-1, 3 KOs), a busy-punching Thailander, and Mari Ando (7-3, 4 KOs), a Japanese puncher, over ten. Supporting the tripleheader will be a WBC final eliminator to decide the official challenger against the WBC female 130-pound champ between veteran Japanese and current OPBF lightweight ruler Fujin Raika (22-6-1, 9 KOs) and ex-WBC champ Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-8-1, 12 KOs), a Canadian who once defeated Raika at her home turf four years ago. The winner will be supposed to have a mandatory shot at the victor of the next WBC title go between legitimate champ Frida Wallberg of Sweden and Olivia Gerula of Canada.
The Manchester Evening News has reported that former world champion Ricky Hatton is set to officially announce his retirement later today. He has not fought since being kayoed by Manny Pacquiao in 2009. He had planned a ring return last year, but it never came to fruition. Later he had some highly publicized personal problems and lost his boxing license. Hatton will now focus on his promotional company Hatton Promotions.
Later this year, WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will take on US superstar & pound-for-pound queen Holly Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) in a hotly-anticipated showdown that has been a long time in the making. The fight will take place at one of Team Sauerland’s shows in Europe in September or October and will be promoted in association with Fresquez Productions. “We are thrilled to have finalised all the details for this mega fight,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “We have been working on this clash for a long, long time. It’s the two best female fighters out there battling it out. What more can you ask for? I am sure that Cecilia will cement her position as the world’s top female fighter with a spectacular victory. I can’t wait to see the two of them in the ring.” (more…)
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