Matthysse-Pacquiao Manila Press Conference

World Boxing Association (WBA) World Welterweight Title holder Lucas Martin Matthysse (39-4-36KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38KO’s) held a kickoff press conference today in the Grand Ballroom at the City of Dreams Manila Resort and Casino. They collide July 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Photo: Team Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao: “My time is not done yet, that’s what I’m trying to prove. I don’t have a prediction but I will do my best to win convincingly. If I could have the chance to finish it right away, I’ll finish it.”

Lucas Matthysse: “I’ll die for the title if I have to. I’m going to defend this title to the death…he’s still very good, but not at the same level…ever since the knockout loss Pacquiao suffered at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez.”

Pacquiao will not only be challenging Matthysse for the WBA title, he will also be co-promoting the fight with his company MP Promotions teaming up with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions to stage the historic event.

World Boxing Association (WBA) World Welterweight Title holder Lucas Martin Matthysse (39-4-36KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38KO’s) held a kickoff press conference today in the Grand Ballroom at the City…
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Full Report: Murata-Blandamura

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally caught up with him and dropped him with an overhand right to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the eighth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan.

Murata, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, took the pace from the start and kept on throwing stinging lefts to the elusive challenger. The champ, six years his junior at 32, steadily piled up points as he remained aggressive to the circling Italian who occasionally jabbed and threw light but fast rights.

The sixth saw Murata accelerate his attacks to force Blandamura to the ropes with a flurry of punches, but the Italian barely had a narrow escape with his defensive skills. Ryota, however, finally caught Emanuele with a vicious right, decking him on the knees in the closing seconds of the fatal eighth. The referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely saw him unfit to go on and declared a well-received halt before well-packed 11,000 spectators at the Yokohama Arena. Continue reading “Full Report: Murata-Blandamura”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3,…
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Murata stops Blandamura, keeps WBA 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally caught up with him and dropped him with an overhand right to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the eighth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Murata, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, took the pace from the start and kept on throwing stinging lefts to the elusive challenger. The champ, six years his junior at 32, steadily piled up points as he remained aggressive to the circling Italian. The sixth saw Murata accelerate his attacks to force Blandamura to the ropes with a flurry of punches, but the Italian barely had a narrow escape with his defensive skills. Ryota, however, finally caught Emanuele with a vicious right, decking him on the knees in the closing seconds of the fatal eighth. The referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely saw him unfit to go on and declared a well-received halt.

By Joe Koizumi WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally…
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Juarez stops Soto, Nery Plata shocks Torres

Photos: Pablo Lozano, Alvaro Paulin/Imago7-Zanfer, Pepe Rodriguez

WBO #7 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (22-6, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Wilber Soto (21-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. A right hand by Juarez floored Soto face first to end it. It was Juarez second bout since losing to Isaac Dogboe in a WBO interim title fight.

In the main event, Jessica Nery Plata (22-2, 3 KOs) surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA female minimum weight champion Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres (19-1, 6 KOs) by split decision. Scores were 97-94 Torres, 98-93, 96-94 Nery Plata.

Photos: Pablo Lozano, Alvaro Paulin/Imago7-Zanfer, Pepe Rodriguez WBO #7 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (22-6, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Wilber Soto (21-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday…
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Pacquiao-Matthysse Update

World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse is set to arrive in Manila on April 18 to formally accept the challenge of eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom here.

Pacquiao, the challenger, expressed his elation as his MP Promotions company has completed preparations for the two-city press conference and media tour ending in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 20. Dubbed “Fight of Champions,” the mega-fight will usher in Pacquiao’s debut as a fight promoter at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur featuring three other world title fights in the undercard.

“It is all systems go for the Pacquiao Vs Matthysse fight,” said Pacquiao, who is hoping to equal if not surpass the expectations leading to the grandiose Muhammad Ali-Joe Bugner fight which was also held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 1975. Continue reading “Pacquiao-Matthysse Update”

World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse is set to arrive in Manila on April 18 to formally accept the challenge of eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao at the…
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Arum has big plans for WBA 160lb champ Murata

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Japanese national hero, WBA middleweight champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs) welcomed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum’s attendance at the press conference on Friday prior to his sensational initial defense against Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-2, 5 KOs) on this coming Sunday.

ESPN will telecast this title bout live in US on Sunday morning and show it again at night, which has motivated the defending champ Ryota, who said, “I’d like to have this fight appeal to the world. Now that I have prepared very well, I wish to do and demonstrate my best.” Continue reading “Arum has big plans for WBA 160lb champ Murata”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese national hero, WBA middleweight champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs) welcomed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum’s attendance…
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WBA orders Joshua-Povetkin

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the start of negotiations between WBA heavyweight super champion Anthony Joshua and WBA intercontinental champion Alexander Povetkin to agree on a fight for the body’s belt at more than 200 pounds.

Povetkin won the right to be Joshua’s official challenger in December last year, when in an elimination fight he beat Christian Hammer by unanimous decision. In addition, he comes from beating David Price by knockout. Moreover, the fact that he has already been world champion of the division and won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, endorse the decision based on article 18 of the WBA rules. Continue reading “WBA orders Joshua-Povetkin”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the start of negotiations between WBA heavyweight super champion Anthony Joshua and WBA intercontinental champion Alexander Povetkin to agree on a fight…
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Santa Cruz-Mares Rematch Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME

The rematch is official between Southern California’s featherweight world champions Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) and Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs). They held a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to kick things off for their June 9th at the Staples Center live on Showtime.

Leo Santa Cruz: “You all saw the first fight and it was close. This will be a better Mares because he has a different trainer. I’ve seen Mares improve and he will come in seeking revenge. This will be a good fight. See you all June 9th,”

Abner Mares: “This will be another great fight. Leo is a humble guy but I guess I have to be the bad guy in this one. You saw the first fight. It was a toe-to-toe battle and we pleased the fans. This will be a war, I’m fighting for redemption. I can say I will win this fight.” Continue reading “Santa Cruz-Mares Rematch Press Conference”

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME The rematch is official between Southern California’s featherweight world champions Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) and Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs). They held…
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Murata-Blandamura saves the weekend

It’s a strangely barren Saturday night for televised boxing this week. But there’s still a big televised this weekend…on Sunday morning. Ryota Murata makes the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title against Italian challenger Emanuele ‘Sioux’ Blandamura at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan on ESPN2 at 8AM ET, 5AM PT.

Murata (13-1, 10 KOs), from Nara, Japan, captured a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics (165 pounds), becoming the first Japanese boxer to accomplish that feat since Takao Sakurai at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He turned pro on Aug. 25, 2013, and by his fifth pro bout, was already fighting in scheduled 10-rounders. Murata made a big statement on U.S. soil on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, when he knocked out George ‘Comanche Boy’ Tahdooahnippah in the opening round. Continue reading “Murata-Blandamura saves the weekend”

It’s a strangely barren Saturday night for televised boxing this week. But there’s still a big televised this weekend…on Sunday morning. Ryota Murata makes the first defense of his World…
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Hurd drops Lara late to unify WBA and IBF titles

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

In a tough, gritty WBA/IBF super welterweight unification clash, IBF champ Jarrett Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs) scored a twelfth round knockdown to take the title of WBA champ Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at “The Joint” inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The much larger Hurd stalked and punished Lara, who punished him back with counter shots. Hurd upped the tempo down the stretch, dropping Lara in round twelve to get the margin of victory. Scores were 114-113 Lara, 114-113, 114-113 Hurd. Without the late knockdown, the result would have been a draw.

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Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a tough, gritty WBA/IBF super welterweight unification clash, IBF champ Jarrett Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs) scored a twelfth round knockdown to take the title of WBA…
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Matthysse charged up for career-defining fight

Nothing motivates an athlete more than big challenges, especially if it’s about facing a legend. For this reason, WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse is raring to head from Argentina to camp with trainer Joel Diaz in Indio, California, to prepare for his big fight on July 15th against Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“Bonavena fought with Ali, ‘Chino’ Maidana with Mayweather and it’s my turn to fight Pacquiao,” Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) told reporters in Argentina. “I feel happy, it’s very exciting to fight Manny Pacquiao, a boxing legend. For me, as an athlete it’s very big to face a monster like him, to enter the ring with him.” Continue reading “Matthysse charged up for career-defining fight”

Nothing motivates an athlete more than big challenges, especially if it’s about facing a legend. For this reason, WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse is raring to head from Argentina to…
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Jorge Linares: Bet The House

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA lightweight champ Jorge ‘Nino De Oro” Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) of Venezuela is poised for his showdown against Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday May 12 at New York’s Madison Square Garden live on ESPN. We caught up with the Venezuelan Golden Boy to talk about his upcoming fight and preparation with Lomachenko.

Photo: Sumio Yamada

“First of all I’m grateful to go for this opportunity. This is a dream come true fighting at Madison Square Garden,” Jorge Linares told Fightnews.com®. “This is the most important fight of my career. This will be interesting. I’m confident that I can win. We have to come in at our best. I have my plan. I have to be fast and quick with my feet. Trust in me and bet the house!” Continue reading “Jorge Linares: Bet The House”

By Miguel Maravilla WBA lightweight champ Jorge ‘Nino De Oro” Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) of Venezuela is poised for his showdown against Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) on…
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Oscar: Pacquiao-Matthysse a done deal

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya announced via social media that Manny Pacquiao will challenge WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on July 14. The bout will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia.

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya announced via social media that Manny Pacquiao will challenge WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on July 14. The bout will take place in Kuala Lumpur,…
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Santa Cruz-Mares rematch confirmed for June 9

A rematch between featherweight world champions and Southern California rivals Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and Abner Mares will headline action Saturday, June 9 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) and Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) first met in August 2015 at STAPLES Center and went toe-to-toe for 12 fast-paced rounds, with Santa Cruz eventually earning the majority decision and a vacant featherweight title. Now, Santa Cruz will put his WBA “super” featherweight title on the line against the WBA “regular” featherweight champion Mares. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, begin at $50, and are on sale today.

A rematch between featherweight world champions and Southern California rivals Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and Abner Mares will headline action Saturday, June 9 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center…
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Mendoza: It will be a great evening in Cardiff

Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, President of the World Boxing Association (WBA), was present this Thursday in Cardiff, Wales, during the press conference of the undercard of the Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker fight, in which five WBA titles will be at stake.

“I’m sure that it is going to be a great evening this Saturday in Cardiff, this is what the United Kingdom, Matchroom Boxing and, of course, Eddie Hearn have accustomed us to”, said Mendoza. Continue reading “Mendoza: It will be a great evening in Cardiff”

Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, President of the World Boxing Association (WBA), was present this Thursday in Cardiff, Wales, during the press conference of the undercard of the Anthony Joshua and Joseph…
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Burnett-Parejo final press conference

Ryan Burnett and Yonfrez Parejo held the last press conference before their fight this Saturday for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super Championship in Cardiff, Wales. The fighters will star in one of the most interesting fights of the Anthony Joshua Vs. Joseph Parker undercard.

Photo: Marcelino Castillo

Burnett, who is undefeated and will defend his crown for the first time, spoke about the motivation to fight in Cardiff, where there is a lot of people who support him, and the need to win this fight.

Parejo commented on his preparation. He stressed that it was the best of his career and that he hopes to surprise Burnett and get the title thanks to his technique and strategy on the ring. Continue reading “Burnett-Parejo final press conference”

Ryan Burnett and Yonfrez Parejo held the last press conference before their fight this Saturday for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super Championship in Cardiff, Wales. The fighters will…
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WBA approves Jacobs-Sulecki final eliminator

The Middleweight showdown between Daniel Jacobs and Maciej Sulecki at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 28, live on HBO, has been approved as a final eliminator for the WBA World Middleweight title. Jacobs and Sulecki will battle it out to become mandatory challenger for the May 5 clash between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Jacobs’ old foe ‘GGG’ Gennady Golovkin – raising the stakes for Jacobs’ return to his Brooklyn home. Continue reading “WBA approves Jacobs-Sulecki final eliminator”

The Middleweight showdown between Daniel Jacobs and Maciej Sulecki at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 28, live on HBO, has been approved as a final eliminator for…
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Joshua-Parker Final Press Conference

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Undefeated heavyweight world champions Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker kicked off fight week with a tense faceoff at the sprawling Sky Headquarters outside London as they approach Saturday’s Heavyweight World Championship Unification live on SHOWTIME from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

The British sensation Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) owns the IBF and WBA titles, while New Zealand’s Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) is the reigning WBO Champion. The two will meet on Saturday in just the 11th unification in heavyweight history in front of what is expected to be nearly 80,000 boxing fans at the national stadium of Wales. Continue reading “Joshua-Parker Final Press Conference”

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Undefeated heavyweight world champions Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker kicked off fight week with a tense faceoff at the sprawling Sky Headquarters outside London as they approach…
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Golulamirian stops Merhy for WBA cruiser title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a clash of unbeaten cruiserweights, Arsen Golulamirian (23-0, 15 KOs) scored a punishing eleventh round TKO over Ryad Merhy (24-1, 20 KOs) to claim the currently vacant WBA cruiserweight championship on Saturday in Marseille, France.

After a good start by Merhy over the first three rounds, Goulamirian took over the fight in the middle rounds. The referee finally intervened in round eleven to save Merhy, who was by then taking a savage beating. At the time of the stoppage, Goulamirian was ahead 96-94 on all three scorecards.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada In a clash of unbeaten cruiserweights, Arsen Golulamirian (23-0, 15 KOs) scored a punishing eleventh round TKO over Ryad Merhy (24-1, 20 KOs) to claim the currently…
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Zeuge TKOs Ekpo to retain WBA 168lb title

Photos: David Martin-Warr/DKP

WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (22-0-1, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Isaac Ekpo (32-4, 25 KOs) on Saturday at the Inselparkhalle Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Zeuge dropped Ekpo with a hard combination in round two and the bout was stopped by referee Mark Nelson. Time was :23.

The bout was a rematch. In their first clash in March of last year, Zeuge won a technical decision after a cut caused by a head clash and a rematch was granted. This time no controversy. Continue reading “Zeuge TKOs Ekpo to retain WBA 168lb title”

Photos: David Martin-Warr/DKP WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (22-0-1, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Isaac Ekpo (32-4, 25 KOs) on Saturday at the Inselparkhalle Arena in…
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Gaballo tops Young for WBA interim 118lb belt

At 2AM local time at the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., bantamweight Reymart “GenSan Assassin” Gaballo (19-0, 16 KOs) claimed the vacant WBA interim 118lb championship. WBA #5 Gaballo scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBA #4 rated Stephon Young (17-1-3, 7 KOs). Geballo dropped Young in round three and won 118-109, 117-110 and 117-110.

Young was badly hurt in round three, but to his credit, got up and kept it exciting and closer than the scores indicate throughout the remainder of the 12 rounds. Continue reading “Gaballo tops Young for WBA interim 118lb belt”

At 2AM local time at the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., bantamweight Reymart “GenSan Assassin” Gaballo (19-0, 16 KOs) claimed the…
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Zeuge, Ekpo make weight

Photos: David Martin-Warr/DKP

Tyron Zeuge 166.25 vs. Isaac Ekpo 166.5
(WBA super middleweight title)

Venue: Inselparkhalle, Hamburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: Sport1 (Germany)

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Photos: David Martin-Warr/DKP Tyron Zeuge 166.25 vs. Isaac Ekpo 166.5 (WBA super middleweight title) Venue: Inselparkhalle, Hamburg, Germany Promoter: Sauerland Event TV: Sport1 (Germany)


Goulamirian, Merhy, Vera, Soro make weight

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Arsen Goulamirian 196.25 vs. Ryad Merhy 197.5
(WBA cruiserweight title)

Michel Soro 153.5 vs. John Vera 152.5
(WBA interim super welterweight title)

Venue: Palais des Sports, Marseille, France
Promoter: Univent Production
TV: Canal+ Sport (France)

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Arsen Goulamirian 196.25 vs. Ryad Merhy 197.5 (WBA cruiserweight title) Michel Soro 153.5 vs. John Vera 152.5 (WBA interim super welterweight title) Venue: Palais des Sports, Marseille,…
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Young, Gaballo make weight

Stephon Young 118 vs. Reymart Gaballo 116.6
(WBA interim bantamweight world championship)

Juan Carlos Payano 118.4 vs. Mike Plania 117.4
Logan Yoon 139.2 vs. Juan Carlos Salgado 139
Ivan Dychko 244.8 vs. Stephen Kirnon 224.8
Roberto Duran Jr. 149.6 vs. Miguel Morales 147.6
Jorge De Jesus Romero 121.4 vs. Szilveszter Ajtai 120.8
Steve Geffard 176.4 vs. Zoltan Sera 175.2
Jessy Cruz 123.8 vs. Sam Rodriguez 120.8
Harold Calderon 149 vs. Ronald Montes 152
Mussa Tursyngaliyev 125 vs. Luis Hinojosa 126.8
John D Martinez 156.8 vs. Jose Cortes 157

Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Promoter: Kris Lawrence/Heavyweight Factory

Stephon Young 118 vs. Reymart Gaballo 116.6 (WBA interim bantamweight world championship) Juan Carlos Payano 118.4 vs. Mike Plania 117.4 Logan Yoon 139.2 vs. Juan Carlos Salgado 139 Ivan Dychko…
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Golulamirian-Merhy clash for WBA cruiser belt

Unbeaten cruiserweights Arsen Golulamirian (22-0, 14 KOs) and Ryad Merhy (24-0, 20 KOs) collide this Saturday in Marseille, France for the WBA cruiserweight championship, which is currently vacant. Goulamirian, born in Armenia with French nationality, will try to maintain his immaculate record against Merhy, a native of Côte d’Ivoire of Belgian nationality.

Unbeaten cruiserweights Arsen Golulamirian (22-0, 14 KOs) and Ryad Merhy (24-0, 20 KOs) collide this Saturday in Marseille, France for the WBA cruiserweight championship, which is currently vacant. Goulamirian, born…
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