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Golovkin: Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch are acting like clowns

Golovkin: Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch are acting like clowns

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton, Neo Nostalgia WBC, WBA, IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was unusually blunt during a media workout at The ...

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Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Undefeated super middleweight prospect Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision ...

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Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

By Boxing Bob Newman Photo: Bob Newman Until April 15, 2016, barely anyone in the boxing world knew who Mason Menard was- that is, ...

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Filipino Dacquel keeps OPBF 115lb belt against Onaga

Filipino Dacquel keeps OPBF 115lb belt against Onaga

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat Filipino champ Rene Dacquel successfully retained his OPBF super-flyweight belt when he was trailing on points, badly ...

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Spence KOs Bundu in six

Spence KOs Bundu in six

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Welterweight Errol Spence Jr. blew out Leonard Bundu in six rounds Sunday afternoon in the main ...

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Golovkin: Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch are acting like clowns

Golovkin: Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch

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Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De

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Rising star Mason Menard ready for a big fight

Rising star Mason Menard ready

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Filipino Dacquel keeps OPBF 115lb belt against Onaga

Filipino Dacquel keeps OPBF 115lb

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Spence KOs Bundu in six

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Editorial: More Brits set to rule in 2016

Another editorial: British boxing outdid itself in 2016

Pacquiao’s luster undimmed since lost to Mayweather

Roy Jones Jr. starts boxing school in Russia



December 26th, 2015

Boxing News

Izegem, Belgium: Achergui lost; Danyo, Ben Ali, Karaxha score wins

Delfine Persoon honoured in Izegem, BelgiumWBC lightweight championess Delfine Persoon got a standing ovation when she was honoured in Izegem as Belgian sportswoman of 2015.

In the main event of the boxing card at the traditional Christmas meeting in Izegem, Belgium, Ahmed El Ghoulbzouri outboxed and outscored current WBC Youth middleweight champion Ilias Achergui over 8 rnds. Achergui suffered his second defeat in a row and should go back to middleweight if he wants to go back to the winning side. It was scored 78-74 and twice 77-75.

Stephen Danyo, cut early in the fight on the right eye, outpointed Igor Faniyan who used dirty tactics throughout the fight. Faniyan briefly dropped Danyo in the second but was deducted a point in rnd 5 and rnd 6 for hitting constantly after the break and stop commands. Faniyan used dangerous headwork in the last couple of rounds.

Meriton Karaxha easily outpointed Kristian Matiji by scores of twice 59-55 and 60-54.

Hakim Ben Ali had to work hard to win a unanimous decision against French Rachid Sali by 3 times 58-56.

Georgian visitor Nikoloz Gviniashvili dropped and stopped Ahmed Boussaidi in the 5th of a scheduled 6 rounder. It was the second inside the distance loss for Boussaidi who will now consider retirement.



December 25th, 2015


Boxing News

Dominican Boxing 2015 in review

By Robert Coster

2015 was a particularly good year for Dominican boxing which boasted three world champions: 1) WBA regular champion Javier Fortuna in the jr lightweight class, 2) WBA unified champion Juan Carlos Payano at 118lbs and 3) WBA interim titlist Felix Valera in the light heavyweight division. It was a first for the Caribbean island.

Title challengers to look out for are WBA #4 jr bantamweight Norberto Jimenez and WBA #4 flyweight Gregorio Lebron who are both expected to step into the ring and battle for world titles in 2016. Prospects to watch are explosive jr featherweight Jonathan Guzman (20-0, 20 KOs) who should really bloom in the coming year; also at 122lbs, one to follow is former Olympian William Encarnacion (9-0, 8 KOs) as is welterweight Carlos Adames (6-0, 5 KOs), a former amateur standout who has fought in New York and Florida.



December 25th, 2015


Boxing News

Lucas Browne Christmas Carol

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury isn’t the only boxer who sings. WBA mandatory challenger Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne performs his own version of ‘Silent Night’ aimed at his next opponent, WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev!



December 25th, 2015


UFC

Diaz Makes Big Gains, Dos Anjos Rises in Rankings

Nate Diaz’s calling for a Conor McGregor bout after Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2 has people talking. But after the release of the latest UFC rankings, it could hold a bit more water . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 25th, 2015

Boxing News

Happy Holidays

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December 25th, 2015

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Joshua Clottey gives reason for his recent defeat

Nonito Donaire sees big things ahead

Sen. John McCain criticizes President Obama’s refusal to pardon Jack Johnson



December 25th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC clears Durodola and Wach, declares Russian drug tests unreliable

Following an administrative investigation, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has ruled on petitions from Olanrewaju Durodola and Mariusz Wach regarding their WBC Silver Championship contests in Kazan, Russia on November 4. After the bouts, allegations were made that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) testing of the “A” Samples of both boxers taken just after the fights showed positive, such tests occurring on November 5.

However, on November 9, 2015, an Independent Commission issued a report to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and as a result, on November 18 WADA declared that RUSADA had been non-compliant.

Following the petitions and a request for expedited relief, and based upon this unique set of facts, the WBC has determined that it is unable to defend the reliability of RUSADA’s testing of the “A” Samples or the integrity of the “B” Samples, due to the chain of custody being solely at the non-compliant RUSADA. (more…)



December 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Five-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has a full tractor trailer containing over 150 bicycles plus 500 toys to distribute TODAY in Miami, Florida. At 10AM, the truck will be in Liberty City (1000 NW 62nd Street). The second stop is at noon at Charles Drew Elementary School (19th Ave at NW 60th St).

President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico will present a posthumous National Sports Award to honor the memory of former WBC President Don Jose Sulaiman. President Nieto will present the award to Doña Martha Saldavar, wife of the longtime WBC leader, in late January.

WBA #1 middleweight Chris Eubank Jr and promoter Eddie Hearn have parted ways.

A rematch between WBA super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov and former middleweight king Felix Sturm will take place February 20 at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.



December 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Lovemore Ndou talks about sparring sessions with Floyd Mayweather and Kostya Tszyu

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou talks to Fightnews.com® about the time he worked for four months as chief sparring partner to Floyd Mayweather in 2007 while he prepared for his bout with Ricky Hatton. Lovemore also talks about his time when he was in the same camp for twelve months sparring with Russian-born, Aussie-based Kostya Tszyu who he regards as the greatest boxer that both Russia and Australia has produced.



December 24th, 2015

UFC

Gastelum Injured, Out of UFC 195

The injury bug has hit welterweight contender Kelvin Gastelum, who has been forced out of his UFC 195 bout against Kyle Noke. Stepping in on January 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be Octagon newcomer Alex Morono . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 24th, 2015

Boxing News

Former Commonwealth champion Big Jim West passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Commonwealth flyweight champion Big Jim West has passed away in Sydney at the age of 61 years. Big Jim was born James West on February 13, 1954 and made his professional debut on February 24, 1971, defeating Billy Pearce over four rounds. On March 13, 1974 Big Jim West stopped Henry Nissen in four rounds to capture the Commonwealth flyweight crown. (more…)



December 24th, 2015

Boxing News

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Sylvester Stallone’s memorabilia sells for $3 million at charity auction

Year of the Ahas for the Philippines

Kellie Maloney interview



December 24th, 2015

Boxing News

James-Molina clash Jan 19 in Los Angeles

PBC has announced an FS1 telecast for Tuesday, January 19, headlined by undefeated welterweight prospect Jamal James (18-0, 9 KOs) against 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (17-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round clash from Club Nokia at L.A. Live.

The Club Nokia card kicks off fight week for the January 23 “PBC on FOX” debut featuring undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), and undefeated Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (20-0, 14 KOs) against Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs) in a pair of welterweight bouts. That card takes place across the street at STAPLES Center.



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Dec 29 FS1 undercard announced

Undefeated welterweight prospect Miguel Cruz (11-0, 10 KOs) will face Virgil Green (11-4, 3 KOs) while unbeaten light heavyweight Leo Hall (8-0, 7 KOs) takes on Dustin Craig Echard (11-2, 8 KOs) in a pair of eight round bouts on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on FS1 December 29 from Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The card is headlined by undefeated super featherweight contender Omar “Super O” Douglas (15-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle against Frank De Alba (17-1-2, 6 KOs). (more…)



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Let’s go Santa

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Claus (Briggs) arrived in a Vintage 1925 fire engine to deliver Christmas cheer (and presents) to kids from North Miami P.A.L. Of course, Briggs’ mantra of “Let’s go champ! was heard loud and often.”



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Dib-Speight tops Haye-De Mori undercard

The undercard has today been announced for David Haye’s long-awaited comeback fight against Australia’s top 10 WBA ranked Mark De Mori on January 16 at The O2 in London. Topping the “Haye Day” undercard is De Mori’s compatriot, Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib (39-4, 23 KOs) who takes on England’s Jamie Speight (13-8, 1 KO) in a super featherweight contest scheduled for ten rounds. A former two-weight world champion, Dib, who was previously promoted by rap sensation 50 Cent, recently fought Takashi Miura for the WBC World super featherweight title in May.

Also fighting on the bill is Liverpool’s former British Champion Tony “Warrior” Dodson (31-8-1, 15 KOs) against Richard ‘The Lionheart’ Horton (9-5, 1 KO) in a light-heavyweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. (more…)



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

WBC clarifies policy regarding anti-doping matters

The WBC has adopted a policy not to comment publicly on anti-doping allegations until the WBC can fully investigate them and make a correct determination on each matter. That policy seeks to prevent harm to a boxer that may be accused without a determination of culpability, or a finding that the boxer actually committed a violation. The policy also respects the WBC Constitution, which seeks coordination with the WBC by member federations and commissions worldwide.

Two weeks ago allegations were publicly made claiming doping violations by two boxers who fought in WBC title bouts held this past November 4 in Kazan, Russia. Promoter Andrei Ryabinsky said heavyweight Mariusz Wach (who lost to WBC #1 Alexander Povetkin) and cruisereight Olanrewaju Durodola (who upset highly regarded Dmitry Kudryashov) both tested dirty.

The WBC is investigating the matter fully. As the investigative process is ongoing, the WBC notes that it has made no determination of any anti-doping violation by anyone. Pending the results of the WBC’s investigation, and any further decisions, all parties involved remain in good standing with the WBC.



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Teper suspension(s) never relayed to EBU

The European Boxing Union was not informed officially until yesterday regarding the positive dope test of Erkan Teper following his championship contest in July. EBU President Bob Logist and the members of the Board strongly condemned the BDB (German Boxing Federation) for the way they have handled that important matter. Although the BDB has now suspended Teper for 12 months, the EBU, according to the WADA doping code has suspended him for 24 months.



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Erkan Teper Update

On December 9, the German Boxing Federation quietly fined and suspended European heavyweight champion Erkan Teper. The unbeaten Teper was fined 10,000 euros and suspended for one year after failing a drug test following his KO win over David Price in July. The reason for the five month delay? Teper never responded to a letter asking if he wanted to open the “B” sample. Teper had failed another doping test 13 months prior. Price’s loss to Teper will be changed to a no contest.



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

2015 Aussie Roundup

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

2015 was an active year for world rated Australian boxers.

WBC #11 Daniel Geale (31-4, 16 KOs) challenged Miguel Cotto (39-4, 33 KOs) for the WBC middleweight crown on June 6 in New York suffering a four round stoppage. Geale will return to the ring early in 2016 against Zac Dunn at super middleweight. Geale recently issued a challenge to Danny Green to fight at 175 pounds.

IBF #7 Sam Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) suffered a disputed ten round split decision loss to Dominic Wade (17-0, 12 KOs) on June 26 in Washington in his only ring appearance for 2015. Soliman suffered a rib injury in November and he was forced to withdraw from a IBF elimination bout against Hassan N’Dam that was scheduled for November 21 in Paris.

WBA rated light middleweight Dennis Hogan (22-1-1, 7 KOs) challenged WBA champion Jack Culcay unsuccessfully losing a twelve round decision in Hamburg, Germany on December 5. Hogan defeated Kenny Abril and Tyrone Brunson in USA bouts in June and April in his only other 2015 fights. Hogan showed he would give many of the rated 154 pounders problems. (more…)



December 23rd, 2015

UFC

Alvey, Sarafian Set For Steel City Showdown

An all-action fight will be expected at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center, when middleweights Sam Alvey and Daniel Sarafian meet in a UFC Fight Night bout on Sunday, Feb. 21 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Noel Gevor to face ex-champ Valery Brudov

Unbeaten cruiserweight Noel Gevor (19-0, 10 KOs) (42-6, 28 KOs) will now face 39-year-old former world champion Valery Brudov (42-6, 28 KOs) on January 9 at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. Revor was originally slated to face Nuri Seferi, but Seferi pulled out with an elbow injury.

“This is obviously very bad – not only for Seferi, but also for me,” said the 25-year-old stepson of former world title challenger Khoren Gevor who had been preparing since the beginning of November for the fight against Seferi. “With Brudov I get a similarly skilled opponent, but with a completely different fighting style. Maybe that’s even more of a challenge for me.”

The main fight of the night is WBA interim super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz in a rematch against Giovanni De Carolis.



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Hamzah Ajahmi Ten Count

Hamzah Ajahmi, who made his pro debut Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio, passed away Tuesday from complications resulting from his bout. Ajahmi collapsed from a series of punches in the final round. He was taken from the ring in a stretcher to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he had emergency surgery. The thoughts and prayers of the FightNews team are with the family and loved ones of Ajahmi.



December 23rd, 2015

Boxing News

Glazkov, Martin Quotes

Two heavyweight title fights will take place on one history-making night on January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In addition to the WBC heavyweight title fight between world champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs), undefeated heavyweight challengers Charles Martin (22-0-1, 20 KOs) and Vyacheslav Glazkov (21-0-1, 13 KOs) meet for the vacant IBF version of the same world title.

Charles Martin: ​”​I’m feeling really blessed to get this opportunity. I want to become a world champion so I can go down in history as a top heavyweight. Glazkov ​is a great fighter. He’s undefeated, ​so I know ​it’​s going to be a t​ough fight, ​but I’m coming in to be victorious. ​I’m getting ready and ​training hard so I can go out there and get that win.” ​

Vyacheslav Glazkov: “I am looking forward to getting back in the ring and finally getting my opportunity to fight for a world title. I want to thank everyone who helped me get to this place in my career.”

Promoter Lou DiBella: “There has not been a heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn in 115 years. On January 16, there will be two.”



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Report says Erkan Teper failed drug test

German media are reporting an apparent doping scandal involving unbeaten former European heavyweight champion Erkan Teper. According to the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Teper has allegedly twice failed doping tests for international bouts, including a recent EBU heavyweight title fight against David Price in July. It was also reported that authorities raided Teper’s room and vehicle in April, finding banned substances such as clenbuterol, testosterone, growth hormones and Methandrostenolone. No official confirmation or suspension yet from the German Boxing Federation, or statement from the Teper Team.



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Opponent named for WBO #1 Bösel

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Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Unbeaten WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (20-0, 7 KOs) will take on Balazs Kelemen (24-1, 13 KOs) from Hungary on January 23 at the new Erdgas Arena in Halle/Saale, Germany. Bösel will be defending his WBO Inter-Continental belt. 80% of the tickets have already been sold within six days of going on sale. The WBO world champion in that division is Sergey Kovalev.

SES Boxing is starting the year off fast with two fight cards in the first three weeks of 2016.



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Frank Warren inks Zolani Tete

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South African Zolani Tete, the former IBF super flyweight champion, has signed a long-term, multi-fight, promotional agreement with Frank Warren as he looks to become a two-time world champion. Tete, from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, is one of the most explosive punchers in the division with a 18 knockouts in 22 wins and 12 of them coming inside the first round.

The 27-year-old southpaw is well remembered in the UK for his eighth round knockout of then unbeaten Paul Butler in March this year in an IBF World title defense.

Since then he’s vacated the title and notched up two further wins, smashing Diuhl Olguin in eight round in September and then outpointing Jether Oliva over twelve rounds, only a few days ago, to capture the WBO Africa title. (more…)



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Timothy Bradley, Melvina Lathan & Sadam Ali leading 2015 award winners honored at 29th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony

605d71a9-87e2-44a0-9453-dbf4f7c3591d(photo by Peter Frutkoff) A capacity crowd enjoyed the recent 29th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Five-time, two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley received the Ring 8 Fighter of the Year Award. Other 2015 Ring 8 award winners (see complete list below) included former New York State Athletic Commission chairperson Melvina Lathan (Woman of the Decade), undefeated No. 1 world welterweight contender Sadam “World Kid” Ali (NY Fighter of the Year), Heather Hardy (NY Female Fighter of the Year), “Ireland’s” John Duddy (Uncrowned Champion), Andre Rozier (Trainer of the Year) and Joe DeGuardia (Promoter of the Year). Randy Gordon served as the Master of Ceremonies. (more…)



December 22nd, 2015

UFC

OSP Meets Feijao in UFC 196 Bout

Two explosive light heavyweight contenders collide in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 6, as the number six-ranked Ovince Saint Preux battles 14th-ranked Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante on the UFC 196 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

UFC 195 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, January 2 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

WBA #14 Solomon Haumono targets Danny Green

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #14 heavyweight Solomon Haumono (23-2-2, 20 KOs) has targeted former IBO cruiserweight champion Danny “The Green Machine Green (34-5, 28 KOs) after the Perth-based Green challenged another heavyweight and Rugby League footballer Sonny Bill Williams(7-0, 5 KOs). Haumono is also a former Rugby League footballer who like SBW has played at the highest level.

“Why pick Sonny when he is only a part time boxer who hasn’t fought in nearly a year? Danny is world class as we saw in his last fight when he easily beat an opponent who’d just fought for a world title,” said Haumono.

“Green against SBW is a ridiculous mismatch! Danny is a former world champion who has boxed over 200 rounds as a professional. Sonny’s only had seven bouts and 34 rounds!” (more…)



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

All those sexist, homophobic comments were a joke,” asserts Tyson Fury

Is rapper Meek Mill training in boxing for jail?

Floyd Mayweather continues to throw his money around

With Tyson Fury jeered for his comments, who did win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year?



December 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Travis Kauffman honored

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Heavyweight contender, Travis “My Time” Kauffman was honored in his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania by the City Council for his excellent performance on December 12th against Chris Arreola in San Antonio, Texas.

In the proclamation, Kauffman was honored for not only his fight with Arreola, where he battled the former two-time world title challenger to a fight in which many people watching the fight both at ringside and watching on NBC had Kauffman ahead, but also for his activities in the community, which includes feeding the homeless and giving back in many facets in Reading. (more…)



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

First boxing event ever in Sri Lanka a success for WBO champion Nao Ikeyama

By David Finger

The continued success of the WBO in moving into previously uncharted territory was again put on display this weekend as WBO female atomweight champion Nao Ikeyama defended her title against Filipina challenger Jujeath Nagaowa (13-16-1, 8 KOs) in Colombo, Sri Lanka Saturday night. Ikeyama (17-3-1, 4 KOs), who is currently the oldest world champion in boxing at 46 years of age, looked sharp against her 28-year-old opponent. Winning a comfortable decision (by scores of 98-92, 96-94, and 97-93), Ikeyama returns to Japan in possession of the WBO title she won back in May of 2014. (more…)



December 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Santa Shannon coming to town

Former lineal and WBO world heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) will deliver gifts to kids from P.A.L. at 4PM Tuesday at Lexus of North Miami (14100 Biscayne Blvd.). Dressed as Santa Claus, Briggs will arrive in a 1925 American La France fire truck and will be escorted by a classic 1969 Ford Galaxy police car.



December 21st, 2015




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