Valdez-Quigg is official, tix on sale tomorrow

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion Óscar Valdez will begin the third year of his championship reign by defending his title against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight world champion and current #2 world-rated featherweight contender Scott Quigg. For Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, this will be his fourth title defense since winning it in 2016. Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), of Lancashire, England, will be making his U.S. debut.

The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship fight will take place Saturday, March 10, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App. Additional fights on the live telecast will be announced shortly. Continue reading “Valdez-Quigg is official, tix on sale tomorrow”

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion Óscar Valdez will begin the third year of his championship reign by defending his title against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super…
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Interview: Mark Taffet

Former head of HBO PPV Mark Taffet talks about his vision in elevating the state of women’s boxing.

Former head of HBO PPV Mark Taffet talks about his vision in elevating the state of women’s boxing.



Brandon Rios: I Still Have It In Me

By Miguel Maravilla

Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Garden City, Kansas two-division is set to take on two-time world champion Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs). Rios will square off against Garcia next month on February 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas live on Showtime.

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

“I’m just waiting for February 17th to get in that ring. I have been the underdog before but it’s OK. Everyone is saying that I am a shot fighter but I have been training hard and I am well prepared for this fight. I am ready,”,” Brandon Rios told Fightnews.com “Everyone is counting me out, that I’m done and I’m a bum but really when was the last time you saw me really beat up in the ring. I still have it in me.” Continue reading “Brandon Rios: I Still Have It In Me”

By Miguel Maravilla Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Garden City, Kansas two-division is set to take on two-time world…
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Q&A Abner Mares

In a WBA interview, WBA featherweight champion Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) revealed his plans for 2018, including the possibility of a rematch against the also triple world champion Leo Santa Cruz, as well as the chance of enrolling in a tournament with the best featherweights of the world and other great rivals.

Photo: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions

What are your plans for 2018, has the WBA ordered a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz?

I want to keep on defending my current championship with the WBA, and then grab that Super Champion title Leo Santa Cruz has. I have the regular title and I want to establish myself as a solid champion in this division. Continue reading “Q&A Abner Mares”

In a WBA interview, WBA featherweight champion Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) revealed his plans for 2018, including the possibility of a rematch against the also triple world champion Leo…
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Errol Spence talks to Dallas media

Video: Robert Hughes

Unbeaten welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. recently hosted a media workout in his hometown of Dallas ahead of his matchup against former two-division world champion Lamont Peterson on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The bout will be televised by Showtime.

Video: Robert Hughes Unbeaten welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. recently hosted a media workout in his hometown of Dallas ahead of his matchup against former two-division world champion Lamont…
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Tete-Narvaez kayoed by calf injury

A calf injury has forced Zolani Tete to postpone his scheduled February 10 WBO world bantamweight title defense against Omar Narvaez. Tete, 29, was due to defend his crown at London’s Copper Box Arena, but will now make his mandatory defense against the Argentinian at a later date in 2018. The Frank Warren-promoted show will go on as scheduled with Bradley Skeete, Anthony Yarde, Daniel Dubois and Zelfa Barrett seeing action in separate bouts.

“I’m hugely disappointed to have to postpone my fight with Omar Narvaez.” Said Tete. “Unfortunately I picked up a calf injury that has severely hindered my training and the only option was to postpone the fight. Continue reading “Tete-Narvaez kayoed by calf injury”

A calf injury has forced Zolani Tete to postpone his scheduled February 10 WBO world bantamweight title defense against Omar Narvaez. Tete, 29, was due to defend his crown at…
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Unbeaten cruisers in action Wednesday

22-year-old cruiserweight Jai Opetaia (13-0, 10 KOs) is scheduled to face Ben Kelleher (7-0-2, 4 KOs) Wednesday night in Australia for the IBF Pan Pacific Title over 10 rounds, as main support to Anthony Mundine Tommy Browne live on Fox Sports. Opetaia back in 2012, was the youngest boxer to be selected for the Olympics in Australian boxing history. Since turning professional he has secured the Australian and (WBC) OPBF Regional titles. In his last outing he secured the IBF’s world youth title in devastating fashion stopping undefeated American prospect Frankie Lopez in the first round. Continue reading “Unbeaten cruisers in action Wednesday”

22-year-old cruiserweight Jai Opetaia (13-0, 10 KOs) is scheduled to face Ben Kelleher (7-0-2, 4 KOs) Wednesday night in Australia for the IBF Pan Pacific Title over 10 rounds, as…
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Kovalev-Mikhalkin Ticket Alert

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon for the upcoming showdown between two-time Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) versus Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs) and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) versus Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs), which takes place on Saturday, March 3 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are priced from $50 to $300 and will be available through ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden box office. If you want to grab the best seats NOW before they become available to the general public, use the presale code ME at www.ticketmaster.com and www.msg.com.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon for the upcoming showdown between two-time Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs) versus Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs) and…
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Browne collides with Mundine Wednesday

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former world title challenger Tommy Browne will clash with former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine on Wednesday at Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia, and is confident a victory could lead to a million dollar bout with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn.

Browne’s younger brother Davey tragically passed away after a bout in 2015. “It was something I was scared of, but at the same time I knew if anything happened I had someone up there waiting for me,” Browne says. Continue reading “Browne collides with Mundine Wednesday”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former world title challenger Tommy Browne will clash with former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine on Wednesday at Star City Casino in…
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Parker: Joshua is ‘king of steroids’

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has labeled WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as the “King of Steroids” in advance of their March 31 clash at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

“They call me the king of pies, but I call him the king of steroids,” Parker told the Radio Sport Breakfast. “Who knows? If you’re that big and that muscley, there’s something wrong. I have heard the word, I have looked at him and I have seen. He has been very close with Klitschko… he has been a reigning champion for a long time. So I don’t know… it may be true, or maybe not. Continue reading “Parker: Joshua is ‘king of steroids’”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has labeled WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as the “King of Steroids” in advance of their March…
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Rushton: Horn Will Defeat Crawford

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will defeat WBO mandatory contender Terrence Crawford according to Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton. ”There’s things that can be done but you put this one off and Crawford goes in a different direction and then we miss the opportunity to achieve greatness. We never make it. Then we’ll never know whether we would have beaten him. We want the big fights. If we’re going to fight him, we may as well fight him while Jeff’s in his prime,” Rushton said. Continue reading “Rushton: Horn Will Defeat Crawford”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will defeat WBO mandatory contender Terrence Crawford according to Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton. ”There’s things that can be…
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Full Report: Naito and Magali win OPBF bouts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

In an OPBF title twinbill, Japan’s Rikki Naito (19-2, 7 KOs), 140, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-lightweight belt as he lopsidedly battered Filipino Jeffrey Arienza (16-7-1, 10 KOs), 140, and finally halted him at 1:14 of the ninth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Also, OPBF 130-pound champ, Filipino battler Carlo “Ferocious” Magali (22-8-3, 11 KOs), 129.25, kept his regional belt when he hammered Japan’s Masatoshi Kotani (22-3, 15 KOs), 130, all the way en route to a fine stoppage at 0:50 of the tenth session in a scheduled twelve. Continue reading “Full Report: Naito and Magali win OPBF bouts”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda In an OPBF title twinbill, Japan’s Rikki Naito (19-2, 7 KOs), 140, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-lightweight belt as he lopsidedly battered Filipino…
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Bakhtiyer Eyubov vs. Maurice Chalmers

See a non-televised bout between super lightweight knockout sensation Bakhtiyer Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) against Maurice Chalmers on Friday night in Verona, NY.

See a non-televised bout between super lightweight knockout sensation Bakhtiyer Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) against Maurice Chalmers on Friday night in Verona, NY.

Joshua-Parker unification showdown is on

Matchroom Boxing has invited all media to a press conference on Tuesday in Central London ahead of the world heavyweight title unification clash between WBA / IBF world champion Anthony Joshua and WBO world champion Joseph Parker. The bout will take place at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, on March 31. Joshua made the announcement himself on Twitter.

Matchroom Boxing has invited all media to a press conference on Tuesday in Central London ahead of the world heavyweight title unification clash between WBA / IBF world champion Anthony…
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Full Report: Battle at the Boat

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair/Boxingprospects.net

Kicking off the 2018 season of Brian Halquist Productions’ long-running ‘Battle at the Boat’ series, Colorado journeyman Manuel Perez (29-12-1, 7 KOs) claimed his fourth consecutive win on Friday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, scoring a ten round decision victory over Florida’s John Jackson (17-4-2, 13 KOs).

Perez was the busier and more aggressive fighter throughout the fight, overcoming an early round knockdown to take the win on all three judges’ scorecards in the Jr. welterweight main event. Continue reading “Full Report: Battle at the Boat”

By Ricardo Ibarra Photos by Mike Blair/Boxingprospects.net Kicking off the 2018 season of Brian Halquist Productions’ long-running ‘Battle at the Boat’ series, Colorado journeyman Manuel Perez (29-12-1, 7 KOs) claimed…
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World Boxing Super Series semi-finals set

January 27, Cruiserweight Semi-Final:
Aleksandr Usyk vs. Mairis Briedis (WBO World & WBC World)
Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia

February 3, Cruiserweight Semi-Final:
Murat Gassiev vs. Yunier Dorticos (IBF World & WBA World)
Bolshoy Ice Dome, Sochi, Russia​

February 17, Super Middleweight Semi-Final:
George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr (WBA Super World & IBO World)
Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK

February 24, Super Middleweight Semi-Final:
Callum Smith vs. Juergen Braehmer (WBC Diamond Belt)
Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Germany

January 27, Cruiserweight Semi-Final: Aleksandr Usyk vs. Mairis Briedis (WBO World & WBC World) Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia February 3, Cruiserweight Semi-Final: Murat Gassiev vs. Yunier Dorticos (IBF World &…
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Smith-Braehmer set for Germany February 24

The Ali Trophy semi-final clash in the super middleweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series between Callum Smith (23-0, 17 KOs) and Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35 KOs) takes place at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Germany on February 24. “We are very much looking forward to bring the Ali Trophy experience to Nuremberg on February 24,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer

“Smith vs. Braehmer – England vs. Germany – it’s a classic anyway, but this one pits youth vs. experience. Smith is eager to show the world he is the best while Braehmer is entering the last chance saloon. The outcome is unpredictable, it’s going to be a thrilling night in Germany and a fitting event for the last of our semi-final fixtures.“ Continue reading “Smith-Braehmer set for Germany February 24”

The Ali Trophy semi-final clash in the super middleweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series between Callum Smith (23-0, 17 KOs) and Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35 KOs) takes place…
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Naito wins vacant OPBF 140lb belt; Magali keeps OPBF 130lb title

By Joe Koizumi

In an OPBF title twinbill, Japan’s Rikki Naito (19-2, 7 KOs), 140, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-lightweight belt as he lopsidedly battered Filipino Jeffrey Arienza (16-7-1, 10 KOs), 140, and finally halted him at 1:14 of the ninth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Also, OPBF 130-pound champ, Filipino puncher Carlo “Ferocious” Magali (22-8-3, 11 KOs), 129.25, kept his regional belt when he hammered Japan’s Masatoshi Kotani (22-3, 15 KOs), 130, all the way en route to a fine stoppage at 0:50 of the tenth session in a scheduled twelve.

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By Joe Koizumi In an OPBF title twinbill, Japan’s Rikki Naito (19-2, 7 KOs), 140, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-lightweight belt as he lopsidedly battered Filipino Jeffrey Arienza (16-7-1,…
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Perez, Wright victorious at The Boat

Manuel Perez overcame a second-round knockdown to defeat John Jackson by unanimous decision in the main event of Battle at the Boat 114 Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Perez appeared as the overwhelming 99-92, 97-92, 96-93 winner on the scorecards in the 10-round welterweight bout to improve his record to 29-12-1 with 7 KOs. Jackson fell to 17-4-2 with the loss.

Walter Wright was victorious in his comeback fight, defeating Rafael Valencia by unanimous decision in a 6-round middleweight bout. Wright, who appeared on ESPN’s “The Contender Season 2,” was the 60-54 winner on all three judge’s scorecards to up his record to 15-4. It was the first fight in five years for Wright, a former U.S. Championship finalist as an amateur.

Manuel Perez overcame a second-round knockdown to defeat John Jackson by unanimous decision in the main event of Battle at the Boat 114 Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in…
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Peter Fury discusses split with Tyson Fury

Trainer Peter Fury has confirmed that his nephew and former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will not be training under him for his comeback. The partnership was very successful, with Tyson dethroning long-term heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. “He’s doing his own thing, so best of luck to him,” Peter Fury told the latest BoxNation Podcast. “I’m just going to concentrate with young fighters – my son, and one or two others I’ve got around me.” Last month, Tyson revealed he is training with Ben Davison, who is connected to WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. To hear the podcast, click here.

Trainer Peter Fury has confirmed that his nephew and former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will not be training under him for his comeback. The partnership was very successful, with Tyson…
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Claressa Shields takes aim at Christina Hammer

Now that unified women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) has defeated previously undefeated Tori Nelson, the 22-year-old 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist now has her sights set on the middleweight division where she will eventually target undefeated and unified women’s middleweight world champion Christina Hammer, who was ringside Friday in Verona, NY.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

“I have to drop down and see how I feel (first),” Shields said. “I think I could make 160 easy, I’m going to be bigger and stronger than any girl. Hammer just wants to scope. I think she’s pretty scared to be honest. She is more worried about me than I am about her. I’m going to kick Hammer’s ass. People think Hammer is more skilled than me so I can’t wait to show her that she’s not.” Continue reading “Claressa Shields takes aim at Christina Hammer”

Now that unified women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) has defeated previously undefeated Tori Nelson, the 22-year-old 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist…
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Shields dominates Nelson, retains WBC, IBF belts

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

WBC/IBF female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields retained her world titles with a one-sided ten round unanimous nod over Tori Nelson on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.

In the first, both ladies eyed each other with some degree of respect, not looking to make a fight-ending mistake. Shields made the first move firing away with combinations, but Nelson was not awed. In fact, at the end of round one, it was Nelson who landed a hard left in a simultaneous exchange. Shields looked to take control in the second, landing lead rights to start two and three punch combos. Nelson signaled “no big deal” with a dismissive shake of her head. In the third, Shields voluntarily backed into a neutral corner, luring Nelson in for counters and in turn avoiding everything Nelson threw with deft bobbing and weaving. Continue reading “Shields dominates Nelson, retains WBC, IBF belts”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Andy Newman WBC/IBF female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields retained her world titles with a one-sided ten round unanimous nod over Tori Nelson…
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Ergashev stops Fredrickson, Hernandez tops Garza

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

In the first televised fight of the ShoBox card in Verona, New York, Super lightweights Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson and Shohjahon “Descendant of Tamerlane” Ergashev lived up to the expectation of “this is going to be the fight of the night!” After a weigh-in full of disdain for each other, it was expected that this matchup would bring fireworks. At the bell for round one, Ergashev showed no fear, rushing right at Fredrickson. For his part, Fredrickson seemed tentative and unsure of his distance, often lunging with his punches, despite a distinct height and reach advantage.

Perhaps it was Ergashev’s southpaw stance, or just respect for the Uzbek’s power (ten-for-ten KOs to wins). Suddenly in the third, a hard left got through the guard of Fredrickson, hurting him badly. Fredrickson tried to tie Ergashev up, but the relentless slugger wailed away, eventually forcing the ring doctor to step up on the ring apron, signaling referee Benji Esteves to halt matters at 1:58 of round three. Ergashev moves to 11-0, 11 KOs. Fredrickson suffers his first defeat at 18-1, 12 KOs. Continue reading “Ergashev stops Fredrickson, Hernandez tops Garza”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Andy Newman In the first televised fight of the ShoBox card in Verona, New York, Super lightweights Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson and Shohjahon…
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Off-TV Results from Turning Stone

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

In a classic Mutt-n-Jeff affair, the 6’5” Apti Davtaev and 5’8” Garrett Wilson presented quite a scene in the ring during this heavyweight scrap. The fireplug Wilson’s only chance appeared to be landing a hay-maker on the bearded lumberjack Davtaev, but doing so would prove difficult due to the massive reach difference. Wilson did sting Davtaev on occasion and at times even pressed the action. When Davtaev sensibly employed his jab, he controlled the action. The fourth brought cheers from the crowd as the under-sized underdog Wilson caught Davtaev high on the temple with a looping right the left the Russian momentarily swaying in the breeze, visibly hurt. Wilson tried to capitalize, but couldn’t land a follow-up blow. Wilson had more success in the fifth, with several more right handed leads landing flush on Davtaev’s noggin, thrilling the crowd. It was more of the same in the sixth, Davtaev pressing at times and paying for it with sneaky counter bombs from Wilson. Suddenly at the end of the sixth, confusion arose as referee Gary Rosato, and the handlers for each fighter began conferring in the ring. Rosato then met with members of the Oneida commission. Both fighters were poised to come out for the seventh, but to everyone’s surprise, the bout was over as it was now a six rounder!

Who knew? Apparently Wilson’s corner did as they produced a photo from a cell phone of the contract, showing a signed-for six rounds. Thank you modern technology! All three judges, Glenn Feldman, John McKaei and Wynn Kintz saw it the same at 58-56 for Apti Davtaev, now 14-0-1, 13 KOs. Wilson falls to 18-15-1, 9 KOs. A look at Davtaev’s record shows why he was 13 KOs out of 13 wins. Garrett was by far his best opponent, if not by win/loss record, then in quality and fighting pedigree! This was the second time Wilson won the hearts of the Turning Stone fans. In 2013, he lost a hard fought decision to then top prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov. Continue reading “Off-TV Results from Turning Stone”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside In a classic Mutt-n-Jeff affair, the 6’5” Apti Davtaev and 5’8” Garrett Wilson presented quite a scene in the ring during this heavyweight scrap.…
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