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A niggling knee injury has put a stop to former World Middleweight Champion, Sam Soliman’s fight against rising USA middleweight star 23-year-old Antoine Douglas, which was to be held in Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 5th.
Soliman’s Manager, David Stanley said: “Sam is bitterly disappointed, but we view it as a temporary setback only. Postponing the fight is the right thing to do, as it makes no sense to fight injured, particularly at the level Sam fights at.
“We feel for Antoine Douglas’s team, but that’s the ups and downs of boxing. This is only a delay, as Sam has his sights set on taking on Douglas, who we know is a tough, savvy and hungry boxer.” (more…)
Lucas Browne has been smashing his sparring partners in preparation for his March 5 WBA heavyweight title challenge against Ruslan Chagaev. Earlier this week, Browne took part in an opening sparring session in front of the media, and most scribes went away believing they had seen a man on fire. “I’ve never sparred better than this,” Browne, 23-0 (20 KOs), said. “I’m so pumped for this fight that I’ve been able to blast my way through each session. Nothing will stop me from winning the WBA world title on March 6 (Australian time).
“I’m going to bring my own brand of violence into the ring vs Chagaev and won’t stop until he’s out. I’ve never liked going to the judges because when you knock someone out there can be no discussion as to who won the fight, it’s obvious. I think people are going to be surprised when I turn up in such tremendous shape and I’m going to do things in there that people haven’t really seen me do before. (more…)
Roc Nation has inked 19-year-old amateur heavyweight standout Darmani Rock to a promotional deal. Rock, who hails from Philadelphia, was the 2015 U.S. National Amateur super heavyweight champion.
Jeter Promotions has signed undefeated welterweight prospect Steve Weimer (9-0, 2 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Weimer is looking to get back in the ring following a four-year hiatus.
Boxing manager Danny Zamora has signed featherweight prospect Ruben Villa IV (0-0) and super bantamweight Jhordy Ramirez (2-0, 1 KO) to exclusive managerial contracts.
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has inked formerly world-rated lightweight Juan El Niño” Ruiz (16-0, 10 KOs) to a long-term exclusive promotional pact.
Alecia Holden, daughter of boxing promoter Tony Holden is a cast member of Survivor: Kaoh Rong – Brawn vs Brains vs Beauty 2, premiering tonight at 8PM on CBS.
Canelo Alvarez is attending a trade show in Las Vegas today to promote his new clothing line.
Heavyweight David Price (19-3, 16 KOs) has teamed up with trainer David Coldwell as he looks to get his career back on track. The 6’8 Price, a 2008 Olymoic bronze medalist, who will be training at Coldwell’s gym in Rotherham, England, is coming off a devastating KO loss to Erkan Teper in July. Teper was later suspended for failing his drug test.
“This is a fresh start for me, and a start of a new chapter in my career,” said Price. “There have been fighters in the past who have made moves like this and it’s reignited their careers, and hopefully it will be the same for me.”
Coldwell also trains cruiserweight contender Tony Bellew, WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell and his world-rated twin brother Gavin McDonnell.
“One thing Pricey has got is 100% destructive heavyweight power,” said Coldwell. “He can knock anyone out, and when you’ve got that sort of power, you can never say never. A lot people want to write him off, but when you can put people to sleep like that you are always going to be dangerous.”
It is a promoter’s dream to sellout a show before you open the doors, and that is exactly what will face Fight Club OC promoter Roy Englebrecht this Thursday, February 18th for Opening Night of his sixth season of Fight Club OC shows in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The eight bout card is a strong one that will feature two ten-round bouts highlighted by top light heavyweight prospect Dmitry Bivol at 5-0 facing 22-8 Cleiton Conceicao from Brazil, and 5-0 heavyweight Sergey Kuzmin in a war with 9-3 Rodney Hernandez out of Modesto. (more…)
Two of the most exciting young featherweights in the world will square off at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 23, as former TUF LATAM winner Yair Rodriguez takes on Andre Fili in a UFC 197 bout . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Bill Dwyre
You might wrongly think that the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight is suddenly in jeopardy. That’s because nobody knows how fast Pacquiao can recover from surgery needed to remove his foot from his mouth.
The fight is April 9. The scars will be deep, and not all physical.
For those of you vacationing on Jupiter the last few days, this is what happened. Pacquiao made a public statement in his native Philippines in which he said that gays and lesbians were “worse than animals” because animals had sex with the opposite gender.
I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. God Bless! pic.twitter.com/bqjRcWqp8R
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 16, 2016
That statement was immediately, and understandably, taken as a grotesquely misguided and misinformed view of humanity.
This was not the Pacquiao everybody knew. This was not the all-inclusive, time-for-everybody Pacquiao who has grown into an international icon in just his 37 years on this planet. In the blink of an eye, he went from beloved to buffoon. (more…)
A member of the 2012 United States Olympic team and current NABF Featherweight Champion, Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs) will make his HBO debut when he faces rising Puerto Rican contender Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The 10-round featherweight fight will open the HBO telecast headlined by former world champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) taking on number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight clash.
By Rocky Morales
Photo: Chris Farina/K2
Unified middleweight world champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, was on hand for a roundtable with select media at the Conga Room in Los Angeles just moments before the kickoff press conference for “Undefeated, Starring Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs Dominic Wade” scheduled for April 23 at Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.
Golovkin was present with his trainer, 2015 Trainer Of The Year, Abel Sanchez, and his promoter, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions.
Golovkin (34-0, 31KO), coming off his dominant knockout victory last October over David Lemieux, to win the IBF middleweight title and defend his WBA Super World middleweight title and WBC interim middleweight title, will be facing the mandatory #1 IBF contender, undefeated Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (18-0, 12KO) in what will be his 16th defense of the middleweight title.
Asked if it is a distraction to have a potential Canelo Alvarez fight in the fall while preparing for Wade:
No, first of all, my opponent is Dominic Wade. Although I’m ready for Canelo and it is the biggest fight out there, Wade is young and hungry and is in a good situation. It is a big chance for Wade. (more…)
Unbeaten #1 rated super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno (22-0, 16 KOs) of Las Vegas will now face Rey Perez (20-7, 5 KOs) of the Philippines in a scheduled ten round scrap this Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Magdaleno, rated #1 by the WBO, #3 by the WBA, #5 by the IBF and #10 by the WBC, was originally slated to face Edward Mansito, who pulled out due to a visa problem.
In the televised co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight Carlos Castro (14-0, 6 KOs), of Phoenix, takes on Rafael Reyes (6-5, 5 KOs), from Reynosa, Mexico, in a scheduled six-rounder.
Both bouts can be seen on the popular UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series at 11PM ET/PT.
Photos: Felipe Leon
Former world female flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez will hold her 2nd Annual All-Female Amateur Boxing Invitational Tournament on the weekend of March 26th and 27th, 2016 at the new home for Tijuana boxing, the Perro Salado Sports Hall in the Zona Rio of Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico. Enriquez, who also held the NABF junior flyweight title in 2014, fought over 70 times as an amateur and won bronze at the Mexican Nationals in 2011.
“This is my way of giving back to the Tijuana boxing community which has always given me their support,” the twenty-two year old Enriquez stated. “The first tournament we held last year was a huge success so we are looking to make it even bigger this year.” (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr. – dcobbjr.com
After ten years as a professional boxer, junior welterweight contender Hammerin’ Hank Lundy, 26-5-1, 13 KOs, only has eleven more days to wait for his first opportunity to win a world title. Lundy faces WBO 140-pound champ Terence Crawford, 27-0, 19 KOs, on Saturday, February 27th, at Madison Square Garden Theater. The bout will be televised live on HBO.
Getting a shot against Crawford, a man many feel is one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, may seem like a mixed blessing for Lundy. However, the always-confident South Philadelphian is raring to go for this, the biggest fight of his career.
On Tuesday at an open media workout held at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philly, Lundy promised that he’d show the world against Crawford. The out-spoken boxer addressed the large contingent of press, photographers, as well as a hoard of fans and well-wishers. The challenger appeared loose and confident and clearly sounded ready for the fight of his life. (more…)
Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi
IBF top-ranked junior featherweight, Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11 KOs) will appear tonight in a tune-up bout prior to his mandatory IBF title crack at the winner of the forthcoming unification bout between IBF champ Carl Frampton and WBA titlist Scott Quigg on February 27 as Wake will face Indonesian ruler Waldo Sabu on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Wake duly acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at Frampton after defeating world-rated Mike Tawatchai in an IBF-sanctioned eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger here under Kyoei Promotions last June. Frampton was then obliged to face Wake within last year, but the IBF accepted the special permit of the Frampton-Quigg unification bout under the condition that the winner should face Wake in the next title bout, whoever may be victorious. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions
Undefeated superstar and unified WBA and IBF middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (34-0, 31 KO’s) had the press all to himself on Tuesday afternoon at the Conga Room at LA Live. GGG’s April 23 opponent, undefeated mandatory contender Dominic “Lights Out” Wade, (18-0, 12 KO’s) of Maryland, wasn’t on hand due inclement weather on the D.C. area.
“You ask why Wade? Because he is undefeated and IBF mandatory. A lot of people are excited for this day,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com®. “I heard he had a good amateur career. I’ve watched some tape on him and I’m ready.”
Golovkin’s trainer “Abel Sanchez added, “I’m glad to be part of a card that promises to be a barn burner. Dominic Wade is a guy I followed in the amateurs. He’s had a slow career, but he’s at that point to be the mandatory. He’s a guy we might not know too much about but I know a lot about him. We are going to prepare like if he’s a champion because he’s coming to fight. Gennady is gonna go to camp and he’s gonna concentrate and try to put on the same kind of show he put up last time here at the Forum.” (more…)
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Some fighters don’t believe in the concept of “short notice.” Donald Cerrone is the most notable. Another “Cowboy,” Alex Oliveira, is cut from the same cloth, so it was no surprise when the Brazilian accepted a welterweight bout with Cerrone a little over two weeks out from the UFC Fight Night main event in Pittsburgh this Sunday . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Al Powers/Premier Boxing Champions
WBO #5, IBF #10, WBC #14 bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago (21-3-1, 8 KOs) extended his win streak to ten with an entertaining ten round unanimous decision over Erik Ruiz (15-5, 6 KOs) on Tuesday night at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. It was a slugfest from the opening bell as Santiago and Ruiz traded shots all the way. When the dust cleared, the scores read 100-90, 99-91, 98-92. Santiago’s workrate made the difference.
A knockdown was the difference as light heavyweight Paul “PPV” Parker (8-1, 4 KOs) won a narrow eight round split decision over Lionell “The Great” Thompson (16-4, 10 KOs). Parker floored Thompson with a right hand in round three and went on to win by scores of 76-75, 76-75 on two cards. Thompson was up 76-75 on the third card.
Super middleweight prospect Lanell “KO” Bellows (15-1-1, 8 KOs) scored a fifth round knockout over previously unbeaten Antowyan “Iceman” Aikens (10-1-1, 1 KO). A overhand right dropped Aikens for the count. Time was 2:38.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #6, WBO #7, WBA #12 welterweight Jeff Horn (13-0, 8 KOs) has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled March 2nd showdown in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, with former IBF world champion Randall Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) after his larynx was fractured during a sparring session. The contest will be rescheduled for April 27. Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan from Duco Events said, “We believe that Jeff is an absolute sensation and future world champion. He won’t be stepping into the ring until he is completely fit again.”
IBF super bantamweight world champion Kiko “Sensación” Martinez (35-6, 26 KOs) warns not to count him out when he challenges unbeaten, defending WBA featherweight super world champion Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) on February 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“Some people don’t think I can fight because I lost to those guys [Frampton and Quigg], but they are wrong,” said Martinez, who is an 8:1 underdog in the fight. “I am as determined as ever. I’m going to fight a great fight and come out with a victory…I will surprise many people who don’t believe in me. I’m working so hard for this fight. People doubting me has me even more motivated. They will see on February 27 and everyone will change their minds…Leo and I are true warriors so this will be a brutal war. But I have what it takes. I’ve been working very hard with my longtime trainer, Gaby Sarmiento, and I will be victorious.”
Showtime will televise.
Photos: Sebastian Heger
Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs) and Eduard Gutknecht (29-3-1, 12 KOs) came face-to-face at today’s kick-off press conference ahead of their WBA World Light Heavyweight title fight on March 12 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. They meet for a second time following a memorable European title fight in February 2013, which saw Braehmer take the title from Gutknecht with a closely contested points decision. With the roles reversed and Gutknecht now challenging for Braehmer’s belt, it will be a case of repeat or revenge for the battling German fighters.
Juergen Braehmer: When I returned to boxing at the end of 2012, the plan was to take it slow. We had identified one or two building fights, but then the opportunity came to fight Gutknecht for the European title, and the rest is history! Now, I’m the champion, and I’ve gone from the hunter to the hunted. Eddy deserves his shot, but he will not take my title. The fans in Neubrandenburg will see me claim a second victory over him on March 12.
Eduard Gutknecht: I know I can hurt Juergen, and on March 12, I will fulfil my dream of becoming world champion. I still believe I won our first fight, but that’s water under the bridge. It’s about the here and now, and I’m ready for revenge. photos
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I just want to fight one guy: Adonis Stevenson. We’ve had some media, twitter wars but I don’t want to be a bad guy. I won’t say that he’s a bum or something… Stevenson is a WBC champ, the best ranking body in the world and I have respect for him. I just want a rematch because it makes so much sense – he dropped me twice, I drop him once, he won the fight but now I’m better fighter. Let’s say 30 percent better. Adonis, don’t look anywhere else. I’m #2 WBC ranked. I’m right here! See you in the ring,” Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara said in a Fightnews.com interview. Fonfara (28-3, 16 KO) is already training with Sam Colonna in his American home away from home – Chicago.
The D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), along with Neon Star Media and Roy Englebrecht Promotions, have announced the formation of a new monthly boxing series, “Knockout Night at the D.” The series will take place in the DLVEC open air venue, located in the heart of the downtown Las Vegas casino district, one block away from the world famous Fremont Street (200 S. 3rd St.).
The inaugural event, scheduled for Saturday, March 12, will be held inside the DLVEC’s 20,000-square-foot tent and headlined by former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs). The Brooklyn native, now fighting out of Las Vegas, returns to the ring after a two-year break from the sport. He faces Albuquerque, NM junior welterweight Josh “Pitbull” Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. (more…)
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, a man considered by many to be the best mixed martial arts fighter of all-time, returns to the Octagon on Feb. 27 to battle Michael Bisping in the main event of the biggest UFC FIGHT PASS show yet. Will this London battle earn a spot on the following list of Silva’s defining moments? . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Danish lightweight Rashid ‘The Dream’ Kassem (10-0, 7 KOs) has signed a new long-term contract with Team Sauerland and will be back in action at the Nordic Fight Night on March 19 at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen.
‘’I’m very happy to have signed a new deal with Team Sauerland,’’ said the 24 year-old from Copenhagen. ‘’I want to be the best and to do that I need the best team around me. Team Sauerland are the best promoters out there, and with their help, I know I can become World Champion.’’
Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’We’re delighted to continue our work with Rashid. He is one of the most exciting fighters in Danish boxing. If he continues to work hard and climb the rankings, it will only be a matter of time before he is challenging for titles.’’ (more…)
Bilal Laggoune withdrew from the show scheduled for April 29 in Ghent, Belgium. Former EBU challenger Laggoune was set to make his first fight at lightheavy but withdrew as he needs more time to prepare. Promoter Claude Vanden Heede wasted no time to find another fight. Matingu Kindele, 7-4-0(3), will defend his Belgian supermiddleweight title against undefeated 22 year old Timur Nikarkhoev, 8-0-0(7). Nikarkhoev is the current WBC Youth champion.
On the same show Ismail Abdoul will have his farewell bout. Sasha Yengoyan, Stephen Danyo and Jean Pierre Bauwens will all appear on the undercard. Danyo has 2 fights scheduled before the show in Ghent and Jean Pierre Bauwens might fight Franck Petitjean for the vacant WBC Francophone superlightweight title on March 12 on the huge Levallois, France, show.
Former unified super-bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and popular Brit Jazza Dickens took questions from the world’s media last night ahead of their highly anticipated showdown on March 12, live and exclusive on BoxNation. Rigondeaux, renowned for his devastating hand speed and lightening quick reactions, made it clear that he is gunning for IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg and plans on taking their belts once he has beaten Dickens.
He said: “I’m going over to England to win and then I’m going to beat Frampton and Quigg. I want to make a point that I’m here waiting for them, they know where to find me! I am a warrior and I will fight anywhere; even in their own backyard. I commend Jazza for stepping in the ring with me.”
“This is the best fight for me at the moment. This is the fight that my promoters got me. If the kid has the guts to get in the ring with me then I respect him for doing so. I want to take on the winner of Frampton vs. Quigg, they have both been avoiding the best in their division and there’s nowhere for them to hide now.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy Orlando Cuellar
Renown Florida-based trainer Orlando Cuellar, the mentor of six world champions, was in the Dominican Republic this weekend. He was flanked by his latest protege, 21-year-old welterweight Henrique Oliveira. Fightnews took the occasion to talk with the always amicable Cuellar and ask him a few pointed questions about the highs and the lows of his profession.
Orlando, what brings you to the Dominican Republic?
As you can see, I am accompanied by Henrique Oliveira, a young man who is making his pro debut in the Dominican Republic. I have prepared him physically, mentally and technically to take the big plunge into pro boxing. (more…)
Photo: Brandon Lluis
Light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira (24-2-1, 22 KOs) of Brazil will make his 2016 debut this Saturday in New Mexico. Oliveira will take on power punching veteran Michael Gbenga (20-24, 20 KOs) of Ghana. The bout will be a 6 round featured attraction fought at a contracted weight of 182 pounds but Oliveira will be campaigning in the 175 division for other bouts. The show will be promoted by Eric Martinez (IMI Group) and take place at the Camel Rock Casino in Camel Rock, New Mexico. Oliveira’s management stablemate bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (4-1-1, 2 KOs) will be part of an undercard that will also showcase local unbeaten favorite super featherweight Jason Sanchez (5-0, 2 KOs). (more…)
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Donald Cerrone’s eight-fight win streak may be bookended by a pair of losses to current lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, but let’s not forget about the star power and stopping power of “Cowboy.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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WBC #13 Avni Yilderim, 8-0-0(5), will take on WBC #15 Walter Gabriel Sequeira, 17-2-0(12), in a defence of his WBC International Silver title next Friday Feb. 26 at the the Stadthalle of Offenbach just outside Frankfurt, Germany. It’s an interesting fight between two WBC top 15 rated boxer and both seem to have some punch. So it is a make or brake fight for both of them. The winner can go further on his “road to WBC glory”. While the loser will have to start all over again. Sequeira is the current WBC Latino champion.
On the undercard Enad Licina, 28-4-0(17), will have Drazan Janjanin, 10-5-0(9) in the opposite corner who last time out lost at heavyweight against Alexander Dimitrenko. The vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title will be on the line.
Once promising welterweight Selcuk Aydin, 28-3-0(21), now campaigning at superwelterweight, is trying to get his career back on the rails in an 8 rounder against Dmytro Semernin, 10-1-1(4). It is Aydin’s 3rd comeback fight after losing a WBC eliminator against Viktor Postol who went on to win the WBC green and gold belt.
Heavyweight Mohamed Al Zein, 6-0-0(4), faces Gogita Gorgiladze, 28-10-0(23), over 10 rounds in a non-title bout. Robert Filipovic, 1-1-0(1), will try to avenge his defeat against Konstantin Airich, 22-15-2(18). Birkan Akyol and Yusuf Kanguel will complete this 7 bout card promoted by Ahmet Öner of Arena Box-Promotion.
Alexis Santiago 120 vs. Erik Ruiz 119.4
Lionell Thompson 177.8 vs. Paul Parker 178.5
Lanell Bellows 169.8 vs. Antowyan Aikens 168
Juan Heraldez 143 vs. Adam Mate 140
Ladarius Miller 137 vs. Rolando Chinea 137
Maurice Lee 142.2 vs. Ronald Rivas 140
Latondria Jones 153.5 vs. Latashia Burton 155.4
Kevin Newman 164 vs. Cory Dulaney 164
Charvis Holifield 143.8 vs. Azriel Paez 145.4
Trakwon Pettis 137.4 vs. Saul Montes 136.2
Venue: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
A purse bid procedure was scheduled tomorrow (February 16) for an IBF lightweight elimination clash for the #1 IBF ranking between #3 Richard Commey and #9 Peter Petrov. However, the purse bid was canceled when Petrov’s team informed the IBF they decided to go in another direction.
There’s more excitement in the heavyweight division at the moment than there has been in years.
The latest development is the April 9 clash between IBF world champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs). To date, neither fighter has a signature pro win on his resume, but that will change April 9. Kudos to both for taking a risky fight.
On March 5, WBA “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs) defends against unbeaten Lucas Browne (23-0, 20 KOs). Chagaev is an experienced top ten-level heavyweight, whereas this is a major step-up fight for Browne, so we’ll see what “Big Daddy” is made of.
On the same date, WBA “interim” champion Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) takes on veteran Tony Thompson. Of all the current top-flight heavyweights, Ortiz had the most impressive KO in 2015 when he stopped Bryant Jennings. The crafty 44-year-old Thompson may still be capable of springing a surprise.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) should be facing mandatory challenger and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) this summer. After three voluntary defenses, this will be by far Wilder’s toughest opponent to date. Povetkin has four straight KOs since being manhandled by Wladimir Klitschko.
Also later this year, WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) will look to prove his upset win over longtime champion Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) wasn’t a fluke. Klitschko, who will be 40 years of age when the bell rings, seeks to show whether or not he still has it.
The X-factor in the division is unbeaten Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs), who has somehow risen to number one in the WBO rankings despite facing no one resembling a legitimate contender. He’s scheduled to return on April 17 against TBA.
Josh Warrington (22-0, 4 KOs) will defend his WBC International Featherweight title against Hisashi Amagasa (30-5, 20 KOs) and Stuart Hall (19-4, 7 KOs) lands an IBF world bantamweight title final eliminator against Rodrigo Guerrero (24-5, 16 KOs) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, on April 16, live on Sky Sports.
Warrington makes the second defence of his crown at his hometown fortress following his comprehensive win over Joel Brunker in September, and the Leeds star risks his title and unbeaten record against the dangerous Japanese visitor who floored Guillermo Rigondeaux twice in their clash in Osaka in December 2014. Hasegawa brings an ominous 20 KO wins from his 30 triumphs, and bags of experience from his 12 years as a pro. (more…)
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