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“He was just too fast,” said heavyweight Tony Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) after dropping a ten round unanimous decision to nine-years-younger Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night in Orlando, Florida. “If I were younger I would have caught him. A prime Tony would have kicked his ass, but I’m 44 and the years are starting to pile up.
“Malik did a great job of staying away until I was able to catch him with one good shot. He just pitty-patted his way to victory.
“I would rate my performance a D at best. I was the aggressor but I didn’t cut him off good enough until late in the fight. My coach kept telling me to go to the right but for whatever reason I only started going to the right late in the fight. That was when I caught him.
“It was an outstanding performance by Malik. He did what he’s supposed to do to an older fighter.”
It was the Washington DC-based Thompson’s first appearance in the United States since 2011.
Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) remained in the heavyweight discussion with a ten round unanimous decision over WBC #9 Tony Thompson in a crossroads fight on Friday night in Orlando, Florida.
“My skill set was good, but this is one of those tapes I will hate to look at when I get home. Tony got away with a lot. I was making him miss and not making him pay. But let’s not forget I haven’t fought for a whole year. I have to get more active, so after this fight, we’ll see what’s next. I’m never satisfied with my performances, but that’s what keeps me going.”
There was a scary moment for Scott when Thompson floored his in round nine. “I was hurt in the ninth, definitely. But I’m in great shape and I wasn’t worried about it. I got through it and let him know he’d have to do it again to win this fight.
“Tony’s legs are very slow, so I was just losing him with the feet all night long.”
It was Scott’s first fight since his win over comebacking world title challenger Alex Leapai. Like Malik said, he needs to get more active.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com
Friday night at the PA Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in Philadelphia, PA, Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (16-9-1, 9 KOs) had a tough fight, but he was able to wear down fellow Philadelphian Pedro “El Toro” Martinez (7-9, 3 KOs) to capture a solid eight round unanimous decision victory. In the co-feature of the six bout card promoted by Will Ruiz and Manny Rivera’s Hard Hitting Promotions, former Philly lightweight sensation Angel Ocasio (8-0-2, 2 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in three years with an impressive six round unanimous decision victory over Bryne Green (7-9-1, 3 KOs). (more…)
Photos: Pablo Lozano
WBC #6 contender and former world title challenger Ganigan “La Marravilla” Lopez (25-6, 16 KOs) stopped 19-year-old late sub Juan “Paisita” Lopez (13-3, 7 KOs) by TKO in round four on Friday night at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The bout was waved off by the referee in round four in a seeming quick stoppage. Time was 1:36. The WBC Latino flyweight title was on the line.
A clash between super bantamweights Martin “Pini” Casillas (15-6-1, 9 KOs) and Jesus “Zurdo de Oro” Galicia (13-8-1, 8 KOs) ended in a third round draw after a head butt.
In an upset, Guillermo Said Flores (5-2-1, 1 KO) scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten flyweight Daniel “Coloradito” Garcia (6-1-1, 2 KOs). The bout was stopped due to a cut. Garcia previously had a decision win over Flores.
Photos: Todd McLennan/Premier Boxing Champions
Heavyweight Malik “King” Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) outpointed Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at “The Venue at UCF,” located behind the CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida. Scott mostly outboxed Thompson for the first eight rounds. The Tiger finally connected in round nine with a big right hand and floored Scott, but it was too little, too late. Scores were 98-91, 96-93, 95-94, all for Scott.
Rising unbeaten lightweight Gervonta “Tank” Davis (13-0, 12 KOs) destroyed former world champion Cristobal “Lacandón” Cruz (40-19-4, 24 KOs) in three rounds. Power-puncher Davis dropped Cruz in round one and finished him with another knockdown in round three. Time was 1:31.
In a clash of undefeated super lightweights, Sergey Lipinets (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Lydell Rhodes (23-1-1, 11 KOs). Lipinets battered Rhodes down the stretch. Rhodes was deducted a point for holding in round ten. Scores were 96-93, 98-91, 98-91.
In a clash of undefeated welterweight prospects, Samuel “El Macho” Figueroa (10-0, 4 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over Javontae Starks (13-1, 7 KOs). Good action fight with Figueroa taking over late. Scores were 78-74, 77-75, 77-75.
Jermell Charlo 155.75 vs. Joachim Alcine 152.75
Tony Harrison 156 vs. Cecil McCalla 155.5
Levan Ghvamichava 142.5 vs. Cameron Kreal 142.5
Caleb Plant 161.25 vs. Tyrone Brunson 161.5
Devonte Williams 152 vs. Rick Graham 150
Latrondia Jones 154 vs. Conswella Lucas 149
Jonathan Morales 162 vs. Patrick Simea 165
Jesse Gonzales 139 vs. Kenny Williams 140.5
Tony Adeniran 166 vs. Andrew Sosa 164.75
Lucia Osegueda 133.5 vs. Jasmine Clarkson 135
Bahodir Mamadjonov 141.75 vs. Demarcus Corley 137.5
David Limerick 139 vs. Rolando Rivas 137.5
Allison Edwards 132.5 vs. Kathryn Talley 131
Christon Edwards 152.25 vs. Anthony Bowman 151
Venue: NRG Arena, Houston, Texas
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Dante Jardon 133 vs. Reyes Sanchez 135
Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez 134 vs. Jairo “Doberman” Lopez 133
Jaky Calvo 112 vs. Maria Goreti 110
Alejandro “Pajaro” Davila 146.3 vs. Brandon Perez 146.3
Venue: Arena Coliseo in Mexico City
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa and TDN.
By Dave Spencer
WBA super bantamweight “super” champion Guillermo Rigondeaux was stripped of the WBO title earlier this week and lost the WBA belt today (although he remains champion in recess). The reason for both moves was inactivity. However, Rigo does apparently have a fight lined up against TBA on December 4th in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and tickets are on sale. James “Lights Out” Toney is also scheduled to appear. The last time they had boxing in Ottawa was 1998 with Otis Grant defending his WBO title.
The WBA Championships Committee has redesignated WBA super bantamweight “super” champion Guillermo Rigondeaux as “Champion in Recess.” The move was made in light of Rigondcaux’s impressive record and accomplishments, the delays associated with his various managerial/promoter disputes, and the loss of his uniﬁcation status (he was stripped by the WBO for inactivity earlier this week). Rigondeaux must come out of recess and face the reigning champion on or before May 1, 2016.
The WBA has also authorized a special permit for champion 122lb “regular” champ Scott Quigg to participate in a uniﬁcation bout with IBF champion Carl Frampton, subject to compliance with all other WBA rules and payment of all applicable fees.
José Zepeda 142 vs. José Alfaro 142
Edivaldo Ortega 123.01 vs. Roberto Castañeda 123.01
Carlos Díaz 135.5 vs. Marcos Cárdenas 135.5
Elvis Torres 131.1 vs. Carlos Ávila 130.7
Uriel Pérez 136.6 vs. Samuel Garibaldi 136.6
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno, Tijuana, Baja California, México
Promotor: Zanfer Promociones
TV: Azteca 7 and BeIN Sports
During their annual convention in Orlando, Florida this week the World Boxing Organization approved a third fight between their featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and former two-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido. Martinez and Salido fought twice in 2015 with Martinez winning a close decision at home in Puerto Rico in april and the second time this past September in Las Vegas their action packed rematch was declared a draw.
Both fights will be candidates for fight of the year and both men earned a third battle to settle who really deserves the belt. In their first battle, Martinez knocked down Salido twice in a route to a unanimous decision victory and in the second fight Salido seemingly dominated the fight was only awarded a draw in a fight that many felt he had won. (more…)
Photo: K2 Promotions
“GGG” stopped by Ronda Rousey’s gym in Glendale, CA today to wish her well in her upcoming bout on November 14 against Holly Holm and she was thrilled to congratulate him on his massive win at MSG on October 17 against David Lemieux.
You wanted action, you got it at the latest “Brooklyn Brawl” card promoted by Salita Promotions, which ran Thursday evening at the Aviator complex in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, NY. Every bout featured high-volume trading, and fans were treated to a solid rumble in the main event. Physical marvel Alicia Ashley used deft footwork, crisp combos and superior ring generalship to take a UD10 win over Ireland’s Christina McMahon. For her effort, the Jamaican-born Brooklyn resident, 48 years young, not only picks up the WBC super bantamweight world title, but she will get her entry in the Guinness Book of World Records refreshed, as the oldest female to hold a world title in the boxing sphere.
“History was made on “Brooklyn Brawl,” in a very entertaining fight for WBC title with Ashley (23-10-1) and McMahon (7-1),” said promoter Salita. (more…)
Clarence Booth 141 vs. Luis Joel Gonzalez 141.4
Christopher Diaz 127.6 vs. Karl Garcia 127.4
Anthony Mercado 142.8 vs. Javier Garcia 143
Jean Rivera 121.4 vs. Jiovany Fuentes 122
Jean Carlos Torres 137.4 vs. Curtis Vert 136.2
Nicklaus Flaz 149.4 vs. Bruce Lutchmedial 149.6
Venue: Osceola Heritage Center, Kissimmee, FL,
Promoter: Top Rank
Although all eyes in boxing were on Orlando, Florida this week as the World Boxing Organization held its 28th annual convention, one story jumped out during the convention: the imminent emergence of the WBO in what is perhaps the greatest untapped market in boxing. A new face that created the most excitement on the opening day as Mr. Shahe Ali, President of the Indian Professional Boxing Association (IPBA) was in attendance representing India and South Asia. After being introduced to the President of the WBO, he received a warm welcome from the members in attendance. Mr. Ali has expressed a desire to see professional boxing finally make its mark in India, one of the most lucrative and untapped markets for the sport. Mr. Ali expressed his desire to not only promote professional boxing in India, but to also see the WBO grow in India as well. He reiterated that the values of the IPBA, courage, determination, respect, and a passion for boxing, motivated him to come to Orlando to discuss his plans for the sport of boxing in India He also discussed his plans to host a WBO world title fight as early as next year in India, a move that would be a historic event for the sport of boxing. So far only one professional fight card has taken place in India. (more…)
Tim-Robin Lihaug (14-1, 8 KOs) is promising an explosive performance when he returns to the ring on December 12 at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen.
Lihaug is the first name confirmed on the undercard for a blockbuster event in the Danish capital featuring the domestic mega-fight between Patrick Nielsen and Rudy Markussen, and the Norwegian super middleweight talent is eager to make an impression.
‘’I’m very excited to be part of such a huge show for both Danish and Scandinavian boxing,’’ said Lihaug. ‘’The main event between Patrick and Rudy will of course be one to remember, but I also intend to make my mark on December 12!’’
The 23 year-old is back in action following a tough eight-round encounter with Baptiste Castegnaro in September, where despite scoring a unanimous points victory, Lihaug believes there was room for improvement. (more…)
Photos: Gene Blevins/Tom Hogan Photography/Golden Boy
Mariachis, cake, balloons, streamers and screaming fans were all on deck to greet Canelo Álvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs),former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion, at his San Diego media workout Thursday at House of Boxing Gym ahead of his November 21 middleweight world championship showdown against WBC middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs).
Canelo Álvarez: “I am not afraid of any fighter, but right now I am focused on Cotto. Once this fight is over we can move on to the next big fight…I want to fight the big fights and am not afraid to take risks. I believe my fighting style and opponents over the years have shown that. I am here to prove I am the best and the best way to do that is fighting the best.” (more…)
Tonight is the fall season finale for Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing. The main event will feature Juan “Paisita” Lopez (13-3, 7 KOs) of Mexico against countryman Ganigan “La Marravilla” Lopez (25-6, 16 KOs) of Mexico City. Lopez is currently ranked #6 by the WBC and challenged for the world title his last fight. The site of the fight will be the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The WBC interim Latin flyweight title is on the line.
“Paisita” Lopez took this fight on just a few days notice. Not only will he give up natural size, but also a lot of experience. However, the 19-year-old is not fazed at all by the moment or obstacles. In fact, he’s entering the fight full of confidence and very much believes that he can pull off the upset. (more…)
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By Boxing Bob Newman
Fightnews has learned that female super featherweight boxer Elizabeth Sherman passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. As an all action fighter, The Philadelphia native Sherman epitomized the tough-as-nails Philly fighter reputation, always involved in the fight of the night. Promoter Andre Kutt said of Sherman, “Liz was a great person and she will be sorely missed.” Sherman last fought in 2013 losing a tough four rounder to Nydia Feliciano, bringing her ledger to 4-3, 2 KOs. She also took on undefeated Kara Ro and Ronica Jeffrey along the way. Sherman had been most recently working as a personal trainer in Charleston, SC at the Title Boxing Club. Fightnews sends its condolences to the Sherman family.
Photos: All Star Boxing
Ganigan Lopez 110 vs. Juan Lopez 109
(10 Rounds WBC Latin flyweight title)
Martin Casillas 121 vs. Jesus Galicia 120
Daniel Garcia 112 vs. Guillermo Said Flores 112
Israel Cruz 120 vs. Juan Carrera 117
Jesus Mateo 127 vs. Osvaldo Hernandez 126
Armando Obando Jasso 118 vs. Andres Eric Cruz 118
Mauricio Cruz 103 vs. Sergio Mejia 104
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry Mexico City, Mexico
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas
TV: Telemundo Network Live 11:35 PM in the US & Claro Sports to Latin America
Doors open 6:30 PM First Fight 7:00 PM
Puerto Rican super bantamweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (19-2, 14 KOs) will return to the ring in an eight round contest November 14 at the Auditorio Municipal de Comerio in Comerio, Puerto Rico. The card is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. Currently in an intense training camp alongside undefeated contender Jayson Velez, Del Valle’s opponent will be named shortly.
The third and final day of the 28th annual WBO Convention kicked off Thursday morning at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando Florida with a brief but informative summary of the duties and responsibilities of WBO supervisors. The discussion, given by WBO first Vice President John Duggan, spent time discussing compliance with the Muhammad Ali Act, as well as discuss issues with collecting sanctioning fees overseas and how to report cash payments to customs in the event that payment was made in cash. He also discussed the discretionary duties inherent in the position, before reminding those supervisors in attendance one area where there was no discretion allowed.
“Weight makes the champion,” Duggan said. “There is no discretion as to weight.” Duggan reminded supervisors that a WBO title fight could not proceed if the fighters were overweight, even with agreement of the participants and promoters. (more…)
On Saturday night, December 5th, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna will be featured in the main event of a card that will take place at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. LaManna (18-1, 7 KO’s) of nearby Millville, New Jersey will take part in an eight round welterweight bout against an opponent to be named. After suffering his only loss, a nationally televised KO loss to Antoine Douglas, LaManna had the realization that he should move down from middleweight and he will now campaign as a welterweight. LaManna, who has taken more control of his career with the formation of his own promotional company, has been very active as this will be his 3rd fight in 4 months.
Also seeing action will be welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young (11-1, 5 KOs) and heavyweight John Lennox (13-3, 5 KOs), opponents TBA.
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Paddy Gallagher looking to shine at Waterfront Hall
By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scales
Garrett Wilson 210.5 vs. Pedro Martinez 251.4
Angel Ocasio 140.4 vs. Bryne Green 140.7
Marcos Leonardo Jimenez 137 vs. Rafael Reyes 135
Thomas “TJ” Velasquez 128 vs. Jose Carmona 126.5
Hakim Bryant 159.6 vs. Yoeglys Duverger 159.4
Seifullah Jihad Wise 135.6 vs. Wilfredo Ceballos 136
Venue: PA Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall
Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
Matchmakers: Manny Rivera and Will Ruiz
The new main event on Saturday night’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” will feature Puerto Rican lightweight Daniel Rosario Cruz (11-1, 10 KOs) vs. Carlos Galvan (11-3-1, 10 KOs), of Colombia, in an eight round bout.
The rest of the card shapes up as follows:
Christopher Diaz vs. Karl Garcia (featherweight)
Clarence Booth vs. Luis Joel Gonzalez (welterweight)
Anthony Mercado vs. Javier Garcia (super lightweight)
Jean Rivera vs. Jiovany Fuentes (super bantamweight)
Jean Carlos Torres vs. Curtis Vert (lightweight)
Nicklaus Flaz vs. Bruce Lutchmedial (super welterweight)
Puerto Rican Olympian turned WBO Latino lightweight champion Felix Verdejo, who was originally slated to headline before being derailed by a nagging hand injury, will be on hand to meet and greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos. The fights take place at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
Photos: Andre Courtemanche/Warriors Boxing
Tony Thompson 263 vs Malik Scott 235
Haskell Rhodes 138.8 vs Sergey Lipinets 139.8
Javontae Starks 148 vs Samuel Figueroa 149.2
Miguel Cruz 150 vs Anthony Abbruzzese 155.6
James McGirt Jr 162.2 vs Demetrius Walker 164
Gary Antonio Russell 121 vs Eduardo Melendez 121.2
Gervonta Davis 134.6 vs Cristobal Cruz 133.2
Mercio K Figueroa 186.6 vs Kevin Miller 180.2
Venue: The Venue at UCF, Orlando, Florida
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
TV: Bounce TV
Roc Nation Sports has announced that two-time world champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on November 21 in the co-feature to the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez middleweight world championship showdown that will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Ward has signed an exclusive multi-fight agreement with HBO that will commence with Ward’s Nov. 21 fight at The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Having cleaned out the super middleweight division, Ward, 31, will be making his debut in the 175-pound light heavyweight division against an opponent to be announced (believed to be Colombian Alexander Brand).
Former world champion and Brooklyn-native Yuri Foreman (32-2, 9 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time since 2013 as part of a stacked undercard featuring a diverse group of fighters from across the boroughs and regions of New York on December 5 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The slew of fighters featured on the card include undefeated rising star from Staten Island and 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne (16-0, 12 KOs), undefeated Brooklyn-native Heather “The Heat” Hardy (14-0, 3 KOs) and Queens’ firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky (19-2, 10 KOs) who takes on Long Island’s Joe Smith Jr. (19-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight contest.
In the main event, WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs) and former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs) collide for Brooklyn bragging rights. In the co-feature, WBA “regular” featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar (27-1, 21 KOs) will face Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs). Also, Long Island’s Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) will square off against Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs).
Unbeaten IBF jr middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo (22-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title against “Silky” Wilky Campfort (21-1, 12 KOs) on November 28 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Also featured is Dallas-native and 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (18-0, 15 KOs), who takes on Alejandro “El Elegido” Barrera (28-2, 18 KOs) in a twelve-round contest. NBC will televise.
“I haven’t stepped out of the gym since I won the title,” said Charlo. “You get the title, you defend it. That’s the motto. I know Campfort is hungry and at the top of his game, but I’ve been training just as hard, if not harder, to defend my title. It took everything I have to get here and it’s going to take everything I have to remain here.” (more…)
Five-time world champion and former undisputed world welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) meets faded former champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-5-1, 16 KOs) in the ten-round main event on November 13, the D in downtown Las Vegas. It’s the 37-year-old Judah’s first fight since a December 2013 loss to Paulie Malignaggi.
Also scheduled for appearances in separate televised supporting bouts will be former two-time world bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (30-5, 23 KOs), undefeated Las Vegas super lightweight Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) and two-time female world champion Ava “Lady of Boxing” Knight (13-2-3, 5 KOs). The card will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
Making the first defense of his IBF bantamweight world title, Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) will headline the preliminary undercard preceding the pay-per-view telecast of the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez event on November 21 as he faces off against England’s Lee “Playboy” Haskins (32-3, 14 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The 12-round world championship bout will be available to view by live stream online. Additional undercard fights will be announced separately.
Randy Caballero: “I know Lee is a tough guy, there’s a reason why he’s my mandatory, but his style will make me shine on fight night. This training camp has been wonderful, my body feels different, and we’ve been training very hard to make sure I remain the champion. I feel there’s more to accomplish, and this is my big opportunity to shine and stand out.”
Lee Haskins: “All my life I’ve dreamed about boxing in Las Vegas and now my dreams have come true. I have great respect for Randy Caballero, and I’ll be in the best shape of my life with all intentions of bringing the IBF world bantamweight belt home. You best believe I am as fit as a butcher`s dog. I’m counting the days for when I arrive in U.S.A. Let’s get it on!”
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Hrunov Promotions
Four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. says his December 12 fight in Russia against Enzo Maccarinelli will be it. “The fight on December 12th will be the last in my career,” said the 46-year-old Jones at a press conference in Moscow. “Today I woke up the first time as a Russian/American. I have a great opponent, I’m waiting for December 12 and I appreciate the support of the fans.”
Interestingly, it was announced that initially Jones planned to face Antonio Tarver for the fourth time in his career, but after Tarver’s recent positive doping sample, Tarver was replaced by Maccarinelli.
As for whether a “super” version of the WBA cruiserweight world championship will be on the line for the fight, as announced again Friday, it’s not sanctioned at the moment. Jones has won a world title in every division from middleweight through heavyweight, except cruiserweight, and promoter Vlad Hrunov is working hard to get Jones another shot at that missing belt.
By Matt Thompson
Murphys Boxing, coming off a NBC Sports Network co-promotion with DiBella Entertainment earlier this month, will return this Friday with “Monster Brawl II” at the Memorial Hall in Melrose, Mass.
In the eight-round main event, heavyweight Alexis Santos (14-1, 10 KOs) from Lawrence, MA, continues his comeback against durable journeyman Aaron Kinch (5-4-2, 1 KOs) of Newark, NJ. In his first loss a year and a half ago, Santos tore his ACL, requiring surgery and six months of physical therapy. Santos returned to the ring barely a month ago and now looks to continue his winning streak. (more…)
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