Funai finishes Parrenas, wins WBO AP 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

You probably don’t know an advertisement of a popular Japanese candy named GLICO: one drop twice sweet. Only in Japan. A tripleheader at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday was more than a GLICO drop—three times as enjoyable as a single title show.

In the first title go, IBF#7 ex-national champ Ryoichi Funai (30-7, 21 KOs), 114.75, withstood furious attacks of Japan-based Filipino Warlito Parrenas (26-8-1, 23 KOs), 114.25, and finally acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super-flyweight belt by scoring a come-from-behind knockout with a flurry of punches over the winning rival at 2:55 of the eighth round in a scheduled twelve. Continue reading “Funai finishes Parrenas, wins WBO AP 115lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda You probably don’t know an advertisement of a popular Japanese candy named GLICO: one drop twice sweet. Only in Japan. A tripleheader at…
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Unbeaten Yoshino keeps Japan’s 135lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Upcoming Japanese lightweight champ Shuichiro Yoshino (8-0, 6 KOs), 135, impressively retained his national belt when he outjabbed JBC#7 Genki Maeda (6-3-1, 2 KOs), 134.75, decked him twice with solid shots and chalked up a fine knockout at 2:49 of the ninth round in a scheduled ten-round main event of the tripleheader in Tokyo on Thursday.

Yoshino, whose amateur mark was 104-20 with 55 stoppages, acquired the national 135-pound belt in his sixth pro bout by halting more experienced Spicy Matsushita last October. Continue reading “Unbeaten Yoshino keeps Japan’s 135lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Upcoming Japanese lightweight champ Shuichiro Yoshino (8-0, 6 KOs), 135, impressively retained his national belt when he outjabbed JBC#7 Genki Maeda (6-3-1, 2…
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Joyce KOs Bacurin in one

2016 Olympic silver medalist and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Joe Joyce (5-0, 5 KOs) scored an unsatisfying first round KO over late replacement Ivica Bacurin (29-14-1, 18 KOs) on Friday night at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. Bacurin, who stepped in for Richard Lartey, was outweighed by 45 pounds and went down like a shot after a punch barely grazed him. Time was 1:54.

2016 Olympic silver medalist and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Joe Joyce (5-0, 5 KOs) scored an unsatisfying first round KO over late replacement Ivica Bacurin (29-14-1, 18 KOs) on Friday night…
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Weights from Mexicali

José “Chon” Zepeda 134 vs. Carlos “Chuko” Díaz 134
(WBA Intercontinental lightweight title)

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

José B. Quirino 121 vs. Víctor E. Sandoval 117.2
Jorge García 153 vs. Miguel A. López 153
Jesús Quijada 126.3 vs. Ismael Camacho 125
Daniel Lugo 130.5 vs. Zeus Valenzuela 130.5
Paulette Valenzuela 115 vs. Viridiana Mendiola 116
Axel Najar 139 vs. Leonel Onela 139

Venue: Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali, BC, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer, Top Event
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico), Beinsports Espanol (USA)

José “Chon” Zepeda 134 vs. Carlos “Chuko” Díaz 134 (WBA Intercontinental lightweight title) José B. Quirino 121 vs. Víctor E. Sandoval 117.2 Jorge García 153 vs. Miguel A. López 153…
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Weights from Gomez Palacio

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares 132 vs. Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez Jr. 132

Photo: Alma Montiel

Roberto “Massa” Ortiz 139.70 vs. José “Pistón” López 143.70
Carlos Ortiz 156.20 vs. Josué Castañeda 154.800
Isaac Cruz 135 vs. Heberto Pérsico 136
Jorge Sánchez 139.30 vs. Guadalupe Rosales 138

Venue: Auditorio Centenario de Gómez Palacio
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Cancun Boxing
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares 132 vs. Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez Jr. 132 Roberto “Massa” Ortiz 139.70 vs. José “Pistón” López 143.70 Carlos Ortiz 156.20 vs. Josué Castañeda…
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Claressa Shields Update

Take a look inside the training camp of unified super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields as she prepares for her second division world title against unified jr middleweight world champion Hanna Gabriels June 22nd live on Showtime from Detroit’s Masonic Temple

Take a look inside the training camp of unified super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields as she prepares for her second division world title against unified jr middleweight world champion…
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Acosta and Buitrago make weight

Tito Acosta 108 vs. Carlos Buitrago 107.2
(WBO junior flyweight world title)

Photo: Cotto Promotions

Kevin Nieves 140 vs. Jean C. Torres 139
Bryan Chevalier 126 vs. Ricardo Rodriguez 125
Edwin Valentin 130 vs. Pedro Vincente 130

Venue: Coliseo de Puerto Rico Center, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotions/H2 Entertainment
TV: PPV

Tito Acosta 108 vs. Carlos Buitrago 107.2 (WBO junior flyweight world title) Kevin Nieves 140 vs. Jean C. Torres 139 Bryan Chevalier 126 vs. Ricardo Rodriguez 125 Edwin Valentin 130…
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Spence, Ocampo, Roman make weight, Chucky heavy

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Noe Gonzalez

Errol Spence Jr 146.75 vs. Carlos Ocampo 146.5
(IBF welterweight title)

Danny Roman 121.75 vs. Moises “El Chucky” Flores 123.5
(WBA super bantamweight title)
Note: Flores only made it down to 123, but the bout is still on. Chucky is ineligible to win the WBA super bantamweight world championship. Per WBA rules, “if a champion makes weight and a challenger fails, the champion shall retain the title, even if he loses the bout.”

Javier Fortuna 139.75 vs. Adrian Granados 139.75
Yordenis Ugas 158.5 vs. Jonathan Bautista 164.5
Roberto Marroquin 136 vs. Jesus Aginaga 131.5
Stephen Fulton 122.75 vs. Jesus Ahumada 122.5
Adrian Taylor 184.5 vs. Chris Harris 184.5
Angel Carvajal 119 vs. Fernando Garcia 120.75
Eminantas Stanionis 148.5 vs. Erick Martinez 148.25
Alejandro Guerrero 134.5 vs. David Fabela 134.5

Venue: Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Tostitos Plaza
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: Showtime

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Noe Gonzalez Errol Spence Jr 146.75 vs. Carlos Ocampo 146.5 (IBF welterweight title) Danny Roman 121.75 vs. Moises “El Chucky” Flores 123.5 (WBA super bantamweight title)…
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Mike Alvarado on Ramirez-Angulo undercard

Former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado, female fighter Mikaela Mayer, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao will see action on the June 30 undercard at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The card will be headlined by WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez’s title defense against Alexis Angulo and 140-pound contender Alex Saucedo’s homecoming bout against the hard-hitting Lenny Zappavigna.

Alvarado (38-4, 26 KOs) will fight Martin Martinez (17-4-1-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout, Mayer (5-0, 3 KOs) will face fellow unbeaten Sheena Kaine (5-0, 1 KO) in a six-round lightweight contest, and Conceicao (7-0, 4 KOs) will take on Gavino Guaman (5-2, 1 KO) in an eight-round super featherweight bout. Continue reading “Mike Alvarado on Ramirez-Angulo undercard”

Former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado, female fighter Mikaela Mayer, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao will see action on the June 30 undercard at the Chesapeake Energy…
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Kambosos: Manny will KO Matthysse

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #11 lightweight George “Ferocious” Kambosos (14-0, 8 KOs) is working as chief sparring partner to future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs). Pacman hasn’t had a KO since 2009, but Kambosos is confident Manny will not only defeat WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 35 KOs) on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but will stop him early.

“I believe Manny (Pacquiao) can knock Matthysse out,” Kambosos told The Manila Times. “Matthysse’s defense is not superb and he relies only on his offense. This is perfect for a fighter like Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s hand speed, combination punching, and power will lead to a knock out over Matthysse. Pacquiao is still at the top of his game!”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO #11 lightweight George “Ferocious” Kambosos (14-0, 8 KOs) is working as chief sparring partner to future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2,…
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Chisora-Takam clash on Whyte-Parker bill

Dereck Chisora and Carlos Takam will meet in a crunch Heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on July 28. Both men find their careers on a knife-edge going into the clash, with Finchley man and former World title challenger Chisora seeking a big win to fire his name into the mix for major title fights having been edged out by Agit Kabayel for the European title in Monaco in November following a narrow defeat to headliner Dillian Whyte in a fight of the year contender in Manchester in December 2017.

Takam is back in the UK following his spirited challenge against Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBA and IBO World titles at Principality Stadium in Cardiff in October. The Frenchman came in at ten days’ notice to replace Kubrat Pulev and became the first man to take Joshua into the championship rounds before getting stopped in the tenth. That sterling performance followed hot on the heels of giving Whyte’s opponent in London, Joseph Parker, a real test in his New Zealand backyard in May 2016, being edged out on points by the Kiwi. Continue reading “Chisora-Takam clash on Whyte-Parker bill”

Dereck Chisora and Carlos Takam will meet in a crunch Heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on July 28. Both men find their careers on a knife-edge going into…
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Gesta tops Manzanarez for NABO 135lb title

Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. captured the NABO Lightweight Title against Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (35-2, 28 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona via 10-round majority decision victory in the main event of the June 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. One judge scored the fight a 95-95 draw, which was overruled by two scores of 96-94 in Gesta’s favor.

Photo: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“I feel good, though I’m surprised he moved so much,” said Mercito Gesta. “I was really eager to cut the distance and hit him. My trainer Freddie [Roach] told me I needed to land more combinations, but it’s clear that Manzanarez is tough and can take a punch. I can’t wait for what’s next.”

“I felt I won this fight,” said Roberto Manzanarez. “I dominated more rounds than Gesta. I kept him at a distance and controlled the pace. I kept touching him with long shots. I want the rematch, but I have to check with my team to see what’s next.” Continue reading “Gesta tops Manzanarez for NABO 135lb title”

Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (32-2-2, 17 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. captured the NABO Lightweight Title against Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (35-2, 28 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona via 10-round majority decision…
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Spence Jr. a household name?

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Noe Gonzalez

IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) and Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) spoke to the media one last time Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco as they get ready to square off for Spence Jr. welterweight title Saturday night. The fight will also be shown live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.

Spence Jr. already considered one of boxing’s pound for pound best, could become a household name Saturday night if all the “stars” align. Make no mistake, this homecoming is all about him and whether he could carry the city of Dallas on his broad shoulders for future, major fights. Continue reading “Spence Jr. a household name?”

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Noe Gonzalez IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) and Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) spoke to the media one last time Thursday at…
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MTK Global inks Olympic gold medalist Zoirov

By David Finger

There has been little question that upstart boxing management company MTK Global is set on establishing themselves as major players in the world of boxing. But it is their latest signings of four talented amateurs from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that could prove to be the company’s biggest coup of the year.

The most noteworthy is 2016 Olympic gold medalist Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan, who left Rio as one of the hottest boxing prospects in the sport. Continue reading “MTK Global inks Olympic gold medalist Zoirov”

By David Finger There has been little question that upstart boxing management company MTK Global is set on establishing themselves as major players in the world of boxing. But it…
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GGG nearly a 2:1 favorite over Canelo

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is almost a 2:1 favorite over Canelo Alvarez in their grudge rematch set for September 15th in Las Vegas. Odds courtesy of Bovada.

Gennady Golovkin -190 vs. Saul Alvarez +155

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is almost a 2:1 favorite over Canelo Alvarez in their grudge rematch set for September 15th in Las Vegas. Odds courtesy of Bovada. Gennady Golovkin…
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New opponent for Joe Joyce

Here are the results from today’s official weigh-in ahead of tomorrow night’s Hayemaker Ringstar event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. 2016 Olympian and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Joe Joyce (4-0, 4 KOs) will now face late replacement Ivica Bacurin (29-13-1, 18 KOs), who steps in for Richard Lartey.

Joe Joyce 251 vs. Ivica Bacurin 206
Michael Page 177.5 vs. Michal Ciach 178.5
Kody Davies 171 vs. Eric Mokonzo 171.25
Ruqsana Begum 113 vs. Danielle Hodges 111
Linus Udofia 163.5 vs. Eric Nwankwo 164.3
Sam Smith 133.25 vs. Anisha Basheel 134
Savannah Marshall 165 vs. Alejandra Ayala 164

Here are the results from today’s official weigh-in ahead of tomorrow night’s Hayemaker Ringstar event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. 2016 Olympian and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Joe Joyce (4-0,…
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ABC makes 10K donation to fighter’s fund

Any fighter wishing to apply for help from the fund should send an email to: donate@abcboxing.com

The Association of Boxing Commissions is responsible for passing minimum standards for the sports, maintaining suspensions, and recognizing sanctioning bodies. The ABC also abides by its internal Bylaws, which mandate the creation of a Retired Fighter Charity. The charity was created formally in 2017 and gifted three recipients at the Banquet Dinner which concluded the 2017 annual Conference.

At this year’s Conference a Casino Night Fund Raiser will be held Monday night, July 30, 2018 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. Plans have been made by the Retired Fighter Fund’s first Board of Directors to gift $10,000 or more this year to eligible fighters who have given their all to the combative sports.

One such recipient will be Daniel Franco, 26, of Rancho Cucamonga, California who suffered a near-fatal brain injury in a boxing match on June 10, 2017. Continue reading “ABC makes 10K donation to fighter’s fund”

Any fighter wishing to apply for help from the fund should send an email to: donate@abcboxing.com The Association of Boxing Commissions is responsible for passing minimum standards for the sports,…
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Famed boxing judge Chuck Giampa passes

By Jeff Zimmerman

Long time Nevada boxing judge Chuck Giampa died on Tuesday at a hospice in Las Vegas. Giampa started his career in 1985 at Caesars Palace and judged his last fight in 2008, when Joe Calzaghe won a split decision against Bernard Hopkins at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Giampa judged 458 bouts in his illustrious career that included the biggest names in boxing, including: Floyd Mayweather Jr – Oscar de la Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera – Rocky Juarez, Jermain Taylor – Ronald “Winky” Wright, Pernell Whitaker – Oscar de la Hoya, Erik Morales – Manny Pacquiao, Cory Spinks – Zab Judah, Lennox Lewis – David Tua, Paulie Ayala – Johnny Tapia, Michael Moorer – George Foreman, Lennox Lewis – Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson – Evander Holyfield rematch just to name a handful of Giampa’s great fights. Continue reading “Famed boxing judge Chuck Giampa passes”

By Jeff Zimmerman Long time Nevada boxing judge Chuck Giampa died on Tuesday at a hospice in Las Vegas. Giampa started his career in 1985 at Caesars Palace and judged…
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Random GGG-Canelo Notes

Credit Golden Boy President Eric Gomez for coming up with the twist that convinced Gennady Golovkin to take short money again against Canelo Alvarez. Terms are still being kept under wraps.
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Middleweight contender Spike O’Sullivan has been promised a spot on the Golovkin-Canelo undercard.
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Golovkin had an agreement to go against WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders in August if the Canelo fight didn’t come through. Saunders even pulled out of a June 23 defense against Martin Murray. Maybe he’ll land on the GGG-Canelo undercard also.
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Had terms not been reached with GGG, Canelo was hoping to line up Daniel Jacobs. Speaking of Jacobs, the IBF has ordered Jacobs to face Sergei Derevyachenko for the vacant IBF middleweight title (formerly held by GGG). If the camps don’t reach a deal, a purse bid will be called.

Credit Golden Boy President Eric Gomez for coming up with the twist that convinced Gennady Golovkin to take short money again against Canelo Alvarez. Terms are still being kept under…
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Khonco returns to action against Landero

By Ron Jackson

Simphiwe Khonco returns to action after being inactive for more than 13 months when he defends the IBO minmumweight belt against Filipino, Toto Landero in Umtata on Sunday, July 22. It is quite sad that the talented Khonco (18-5, 7 KOs) who will be 32-years-old on June 26 has been inactive since June 10 last year. He won the IBO belt in June 2016 and has made successful defenses against Nkosinathi Joyi and Lito Dante, both on points. Continue reading “Khonco returns to action against Landero”

By Ron Jackson Simphiwe Khonco returns to action after being inactive for more than 13 months when he defends the IBO minmumweight belt against Filipino, Toto Landero in Umtata on…
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EBU General Assembly and 2017 Awards

By Marco Bratusch

At the beginning of June, the European Boxing Union held its anticipated General Assembly and Annual Convention meeting in Belgrade, Serbia. It was the customary occasion to fulfill multiple duties and several discussions have streamed as well among the members over technical, medical and regulations matters at Falkensteiner Hotel’s convention center. The representatives of almost 50 countries have attended the Assembly.

Arguably the most important event of the weekend was the election of the President and the 10 countries members of the Board, being the current year an elective year.

As expected, President Bob Logist’s mandate was confirmed and thus extended for another four-year span. That was the third election for the former Belgium referee and judge as the EBU’s head. Continue reading “EBU General Assembly and 2017 Awards”

By Marco Bratusch At the beginning of June, the European Boxing Union held its anticipated General Assembly and Annual Convention meeting in Belgrade, Serbia. It was the customary occasion to…
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Salamov-Howard added to June 22 Showtime telecast

Light Heavyweight prospects Umar Salamov (20-1, 15 KOs) and Brian Howard (13-1, 10 KOs) will meet in a 10-round matchup that will open the Showtime Boxing: Special Edition tripleheader Friday, June 22 live from Masonic Temple in Detroit.

In the main event, unified champions from different divisions will meet in the middle. Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Unified Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields will face Unified Jr. Middleweight World Champion Hanna Gabriels for the vacant IBF and WBA Middleweight World Championships. Both fighters have a lot at stake when they meet as Shields will look to become a two-division champion and Gabriels will seek to win titles on a third weight class. In the co-feature bout, women’s unified WBC and WBO Middleweight World Champion Christina Hammer will defend against former world champion Tori Nelson as all four women’s middleweight world titles will be at stake. Continue reading “Salamov-Howard added to June 22 Showtime telecast”

Light Heavyweight prospects Umar Salamov (20-1, 15 KOs) and Brian Howard (13-1, 10 KOs) will meet in a 10-round matchup that will open the Showtime Boxing: Special Edition tripleheader Friday,…
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Acosta-Buitrago PPV presser quotes

The final “La Batalla” press conference was held today in advance of this Saturday’s pay-per-view card, headlined by the 12-round main event between World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light Flyweight World Champion Tito Acosta (17-1, 17 KOs) and challenger Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago (30-3-1, 17 KOs) at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Center in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico,

Tito Acosta: “I am very excited about this Saturday night’s fight. I’ve been training really hard to get a big win over Buitrago. I only have one thing to tell him about Saturday: he will fail to capture the title and I will remain as a world champion in front of all my fans in Puerto Rico.”

Carlos Buitrago: “I feel healthy and strong. I had a very intense camp I came here with my mind clear and focus with my dream of becoming a world champion this victory is for my country of Nicaragua.”

The final “La Batalla” press conference was held today in advance of this Saturday’s pay-per-view card, headlined by the 12-round main event between World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light Flyweight World…
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ESPN2 Weights from Fantasy Springs

Mercito Gesta 134.8 vs. Robert Manzanarez 134.8

Photo: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Hector Acevedo 140 vs. David Thomas 139.4
Many Robles III 125.4 vs. Edgar Valerio 126
Luis Feliciano 139.8 vs. Daniel Montoya 140

Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN

Mercito Gesta 134.8 vs. Robert Manzanarez 134.8 Hector Acevedo 140 vs. David Thomas 139.4 Many Robles III 125.4 vs. Edgar Valerio 126 Luis Feliciano 139.8 vs. Daniel Montoya 140 Venue:…
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Deal Reached for Golovkin-Alvarez II

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya has announced via Twitter that the September 15 rematch between WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez is a go. Terms not disclosed.

Promoter Oscar de la Hoya has announced via Twitter that the September 15 rematch between WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez is a go. Terms not disclosed. I’m…
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