Hooker-Flanagan looking to steal big boxing weekend

By Robert Hughes

Unbeaten super lightweights Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) and Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16 KOs) will fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization championship on Saturday at Manchester Arena in a highly-anticipated bout on the card that features Tyson Fury’s return to the ring against Sefer Seferi. Flanagan vs. Hooker could be one of the best nights of boxing in 2018 with 17 events scheduled around the world.

Photo: Stacey Verbeek

Names like Mares, Santa Cruz, Charlo, Crawford, Horn and Trout are battling on the same date – by Sunday morning fans might remember Flanagan vs Hooker as the best fight.

Hooker and Flanagan are fighting for one of the super-lightweight belts Terence Crawford mic-dropped on his way to bigger things. Flanagan is on a similar path, leaving behind his lightweight title in a long-anticipated move up to 140 pounds. Continue reading “Hooker-Flanagan looking to steal big boxing weekend”

By Robert Hughes Unbeaten super lightweights Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) and Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16 KOs) will fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization championship on Saturday at Manchester…
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Unbeaten welterweights collide July 6

On Friday, July 6, Heavyweight Factory Boxing promoter Kris Lawrence will present a ten-bout card at the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The night’s main event will feature a 10-round crosstown rivalry showdown between undefeated Miami-based welterweights Harold “King” Calderon (16-0, 10 KOs) and John David “Pretty Boy” Martinez (10-0, 8 KOs). The pair have decided Miami isn’t big enough for two undefeated 147-lb. fighters and one of them will lose their “0” that night. Continue reading “Unbeaten welterweights collide July 6”

On Friday, July 6, Heavyweight Factory Boxing promoter Kris Lawrence will present a ten-bout card at the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood,…
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Warren insists Saunders is injured

Further to yesterday’s announcements over social media, an injury has unfortunately again forced Billy Joe Saunders to withdraw from his WBO middleweight world title defense against Martin Murray scheduled for June 23 at The O2 in London.

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren stated, “I’ve seen rumors that Billy isn’t injured, but he is a fighting man and there’s no way he would pull out unless he had to. It’s a shame after the devastating performance against (David) Lemieux last Christmas as this was a chance for Billy to keep momentum as we continue to chase big fights for him.”

Saunders, who claims to have suffered a hamstring injury during a recent training session, is bitterly disappointed that he will not be fit to box on the rescheduled June 23rd date and is deeply apologetic to Murray and his fans. Continue reading “Warren insists Saunders is injured”

Further to yesterday’s announcements over social media, an injury has unfortunately again forced Billy Joe Saunders to withdraw from his WBO middleweight world title defense against Martin Murray scheduled for…
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Boxing Buzz

ESPN is working on an August fight between former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and ex-title challenger Bryant Jennings, to take place in Atlantic City.
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Speaking of Atlantic City, there were back to back cards there over the weekend. On Friday, unbeaten welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis (20-0, 18 KOs) blew out former contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (26-11-2, 13 KOs) in two rounds. On Saturday, featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (25-1, 17 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Emmanuel Dominguez (22-7-2, 14 KOs).
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Meanwhile, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 44-year-old heavyweight Bobby Gunn (21-7-1, 18 KOs), coming off a 2017 loss to Roy Jones Jr., needed just 41 seconds to finish Irineu Beato Costa Junior (19-7, 17 KOs) in a bare-knuckle contest. The PPV event was billed as the first legal, regulated, and sanctioned bare-knuckle event in the United States since 1889.
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If WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin fights WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders next (probably in the UK), it could temporarily solve his Derevyanchenko problem. The IBF has ordered GGG to face little known mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko next, but sanctioning bodies often allow unification fights to take priority.
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Remember, Saturday’s Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn fight is on ESPN+ not ESPN. Obviously, nobody’s excited about shelling out for another pay service, but $4.99 a month could be worth it.

ESPN is working on an August fight between former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and ex-title challenger Bryant Jennings, to take place in Atlantic City. ———- Speaking of Atlantic City,…
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Mukala retains WBA Pan African title

By Ron Jackson

Patrick Mukala from the Democratic Republic of the Congo but now based in South Africa retained the WBA Pan African super-middleweight title for the second time with a fourth round knockout win over Ibrahim Tamba from Tanzania at the Royal Swazi Spa Convention Centre in Mbabane over the past weekend. Mukula (76.10kg) was in outstanding form as he came out at the bell to score with a series of combinations against Tamba (74.50kg). However, the gutsy Tamba,27, fought back in rounds two and three before the slick Mukula sent him down for the full count in the fourth round.

The talented Mukula, 24, whose only loss came against the rugged and more experienced South African Ryno Liebenberg takes his record to 10-1, 9 KOs, and Tamba’s record drops to 22-10-1, 15 KOs. Continue reading “Mukala retains WBA Pan African title”

By Ron Jackson Patrick Mukala from the Democratic Republic of the Congo but now based in South Africa retained the WBA Pan African super-middleweight title for the second time with…
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Horn moves to Kevin Barry’s Gym

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn has moved his training from the Top Rank Gym to the Las Vegas gym run by Kevin Barry, the Olympic silver medalist who took Kiwi Joseph Parker to the world heavyweight title. Barry says Horn needs to turn Saturday’s defense of his WBO welterweight title against Terence Crawford into “an absolute brawl.”

“Crawford has seen a lot of styles and is a very pretty boxer so Jeff has to be as unorthodox and rough as possible,” Barry said to Grantlee Kieza. “He has to bring the beast out, he has to bring the dog out he has to bring the mongrel out. Jeff has to make this a brawl. Continue reading “Horn moves to Kevin Barry’s Gym”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn has moved his training from the Top Rank Gym to the Las Vegas gym run by Kevin Barry,…
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Murray: I’m too risky to fight

Martin Murray states that WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has pulled out of a title defense against him because he’s too big of a risk with a mega fight against Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez looming.

Via social media, Martin stated, “We know that he’s just trying to make a big money fight with Golovkin or Canelo and I’m too risky to fight. He just doesn’t want to fight me. But there’s nothing I can do. It’s the second time I’ve taken myself away from my family and got my body in this condition ready to fight and it’s got to the last minute and it’s cancelled. I’m obviously gutted but there’s nothing I can do.”

Martin Murray states that WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has pulled out of a title defense against him because he’s too big of a risk with a mega fight…
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Saunders pulls out of Murray fight…GGG or Canelo next?

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has pulled out of his scheduled June 23 bout against Martin Murray, citing an alleged hamstring injury. The move fuels speculation that Saunders is instead planning a big money fight against either WBC/WBA/IBF champion Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez in September. This is the second time a Saunders-Murray bout has fallen through. Murray called the move “another bullsh*t story.”

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has pulled out of his scheduled June 23 bout against Martin Murray, citing an alleged hamstring injury. The move fuels speculation that Saunders is…
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Lerena outboxes Golovashchenko for comfortable win

By Ron Jackson

South African cruiserweight contender Kevin Lerena using his educated right jab boxed his way to a comfortable 12 rounds unanimous points decision over German-based Ukrainian Roman Golovashchenko at the Sarhadci Olympic Center in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old Golovaschenko (86.60kg) 19-2, 17 KOs, was a big disappointment as he showed very little of his vaunted power (81% knockout ratio) as he barrelled forward holding his gloves high up on his face. The scores were 116-111 and 115-112 twice, all in favor of Lerena. Lerena (90kg) possible won more rounds than reflected on the two 115-112 cards. Continue reading “Lerena outboxes Golovashchenko for comfortable win”

By Ron Jackson South African cruiserweight contender Kevin Lerena using his educated right jab boxed his way to a comfortable 12 rounds unanimous points decision over German-based Ukrainian Roman Golovashchenko…
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Cervantes beats Aquirre

By David Robinett at ringside

Nevada-based World Fighting Championships (WFC) returned to the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California, on Saturday night to present WFC 88, featuring both professional and amateur boxing. WFC’s semi-regular events in Rancho Mirage have offered a showcase for many of the young fighters in the area and Saturday night was no different, with several Southern California fighters earning victories in the early stages of their careers, in most cases.

However the WFC 88 main event provided a notable exception to the evening’s youth movement, as 32-year old Luis Cervantes stretched his winning streak to three after returning last September following a three-year layoff. Cervantes (10-11-3, 2 KOs) earned a convincing unanimous decision victory in a rematch against Mario Aguirre (2-13, 2 KOs) in a four-round super lightweight bout. All three judges scored the bout 40-35. Continue reading “Cervantes beats Aquirre”

By David Robinett at ringside Nevada-based World Fighting Championships (WFC) returned to the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California, on Saturday night to present WFC 88, featuring…
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Navarrete stops Sanmartin in twelfth

WBA #2 super bantamweight Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (25-1, 21 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO over #7 rated José “General” Sanmartin (26-5-1, 17 KOs) in a WBA eliminator on Saturday night at the Arena “José Sulaiman” in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. A body shot finished Sanmartin 46 seconds into the final stanza.

Navarrete suffered a hand injury in round four and entering the championship rounds, his corner told him he was in danger of losing a decision. Navarrette responded and threw everything at Sanmartin, flooring him twice in the twelfth.

In the co-feature, Daniel “Cejitas” Valladares (17-1, 10 KOs) overcame a bad cut to edge previously unbeaten Adrián “Gato” Curiel (10-1, 3 KOs) over ten to keep his WBC silver mini-flyweight title. Scores were 95-94, 95-94 and 98-91.

WBA #2 super bantamweight Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (25-1, 21 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO over #7 rated José “General” Sanmartin (26-5-1, 17 KOs) in a WBA eliminator on Saturday…
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Soto edges Larbi

Junior middleweights Edwin Soto and Salim Labri staged an epic battle in Saturday’s main event at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater with Soto narrowly escaping defeat to earn the split-decision victory. Both fights hit the canvas over the course of eight action-packed rounds, but the New Haven, Conn., veteran Soto (13-2-2) finished strong and survived a major scare in the closing seconds to earn his fourth consecutive win since returning to the ring in 2017. Continue reading “Soto edges Larbi”

Junior middleweights Edwin Soto and Salim Labri staged an epic battle in Saturday’s main event at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater with Soto narrowly escaping defeat to earn the split-decision…
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Horn not happy with Top Rank Gym

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn and his trainer Glenn Rushton are not happy with the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas ahead of his clash with WBO mandatory challenger Terrence Crawford on June 9.”The Americans are doing everything to try to rattle me,” Horn told Fox Sports. “I got off the long flight from Brisbane and did a few rounds to loosen up but it was just too hot to train in that gym for too long. I could have damaged myself. Who builds a brick and tin gym in the desert with no air conditioning anyway?” Continue reading “Horn not happy with Top Rank Gym”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn and his trainer Glenn Rushton are not happy with the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas ahead of…
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Krasniqi outpoints Kashtanov for Euro 168lb title

Photos: Team SES/Tim Blendermann

In a crossroads fight, former world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (48-5, 17 KOs) scored a tactical twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA interim champion Stanislav Kashtanov (36-3, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant EBU European super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Wee Arena in Bad Tölzer, Germany. The superbly conditioned Krasniqi outboxed the slower Kashtanov, who stalked but never really did much significant damage. Scores were 116-113, 117-111, 116-112.

Robin Krasniqi: “It was all or nothing! With this great title, I’ve finally made it and won the victory for my great team. Now SES Boxing has three European champions!” Continue reading “Krasniqi outpoints Kashtanov for Euro 168lb title”

Photos: Team SES/Tim Blendermann In a crossroads fight, former world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (48-5, 17 KOs) scored a tactical twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA interim champion Stanislav…
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Bobby Gunn competing in bare knuckles event

Tonight at the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, an event is being billed as the first legal, regulated, and sanctioned bare-knuckle event in the United States since 1889. The $29.95 PPV telecast is being held under the auspices of the Wyoming Combative Sports Commission. The most notable boxer involved is 44-year-old heavyweight Bobby Gunn (21-7-1, 18 KOs), who is coming off a 2017 loss to Roy Jones Jr. Gunn has previous experience as a bare-knuckle fighter, and he lays claim to being the lineal bare-knuckle boxing heavyweight champion. Gunn will face fellow boxer Irineu Beato Costa Junior (19-7, 17 KOs), who has the unusual distinction of being 19-0 in South America and 0-7 elsewhere. Probably the most recognizable name competing is former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez.

Tonight at the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, an event is being billed as the first legal, regulated, and sanctioned bare-knuckle event in the United States since…
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Webster shuts out Riojas in AC

Super middleweight Derrick Webster (26-1, 13 KOs) pounded his way to a 10-round unanimous decision over Oscar Riojas (16-10-1, 5 KOs) in the main event of a five-bout card at The Claridge Hotel. Webster was pinpoint with his jab, which he followed with a solid bodywork that reddened the sides of Riojas. Webster stunned the gritty Riojas on several occasions, but the visitor from Monterrey, Mexico showed a good chin and remained on his feet for the ten-round bout. Scores were all 100-90 in favor of Webster, who captured the American Boxing Federation Continental Americas title.

“It was boxing in there. I put on a display. Roy Jones told me to keep him long, and that’s what I did. I started the bodywork a little late, but the jab was my key. I could have done a little more with the body, but the jab was everything tonight,” said Webster. Continue reading “Webster shuts out Riojas in AC”

Super middleweight Derrick Webster (26-1, 13 KOs) pounded his way to a 10-round unanimous decision over Oscar Riojas (16-10-1, 5 KOs) in the main event of a five-bout card at…
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Mairena TKOs Perez in rematch

It has been tough times in Nicaragua of late with a lot of protests going on throughout the country. Fortunately, on Friday there was some entertainment for the local fans in the form of an outstanding well-matched fight card. WRAM Boxing – William Ramirez and Nica Boxing – Pablo Osuna continued their monthly boxing event. This time the site was the Instituto Nicaraguense de deporte (IND) Managua, Nicaragua.

The 8 round bantamweight main event saw unbeaten Brayan Mairena (10-0-1, 4 KOs) stop hard punching Bryan Perez (11-5-1, 10 KOs) in round six. The bout was a rematch of their draw last November. Continue reading “Mairena TKOs Perez in rematch”

It has been tough times in Nicaragua of late with a lot of protests going on throughout the country. Fortunately, on Friday there was some entertainment for the local fans…
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Flo Simba is back with a win

By Ron Jackson

Flo Simba from the DRC but based in South Africa, who was at one time considered a promising young heavyweight, returned to the ring after nearly three years to score a fourth round stoppage win over the gutsy Josh Pretorious at the Presleys Nightclub in Boksburg on Thursday night. Simba (96.60kg) looking much slower than he was in the past battled to get into the fight through the first two rounds against the lesser experienced Pretorius (100kg).

However, this must have been due to his long absence from the ring, as he picked up the pace in round three and it came as no surprise when referee Simon Mokadi stopped the fight early in the fourth round. Simba improved his record to 14-5, 12 KOs, and Pretorious’ record dropped 3-2, 3 KOs. Continue reading “Flo Simba is back with a win”

By Ron Jackson Flo Simba from the DRC but based in South Africa, who was at one time considered a promising young heavyweight, returned to the ring after nearly three…
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Weights from Germany

Robin Krasniqi 168 vs. Stanislav Kashtanov 167.5
(EBU European super middleweight title)

Photo: fotografie-buldukoglu.de

Emre Cukur 166 vs. Roman Shkarupa 167.5
(EBU EE super middleweight title)

Stefan Härtel 168 vs. Emmanuel Feuzeu 170.25
Timy Shala 177.5 vs. Gabor Detre 173.5
Alexander Rigas 171.75 vs. Adanan Zilic 173.75
Hector Hernandez 163.5 vs. Mirza Ganic 165.5
Onur Kocer 151 vs. Dragoljub Stanojevic 151
Michael Eifert 178.25 vs. Przemyslaw Binlenda 178.5

Venue: Wee Arena, Bad Tölz, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: Sky Sport News HD

Robin Krasniqi 168 vs. Stanislav Kashtanov 167.5 (EBU European super middleweight title) Emre Cukur 166 vs. Roman Shkarupa 167.5 (EBU EE super middleweight title) Stefan Härtel 168 vs. Emmanuel Feuzeu…
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Weights from Foxwoods

Edwin Soto 154 vs. Salim Larbi 154
Juiseppe Cusumano 234 vs. Robert Simms 237
Jimmy Williams 155 vs. Christian Aguirre 153
Marcia Agripino 121 vs. Kailyn Hansen 125
Kendrick Ball Jr. 162 vs. Alexis Gaytan 160
Elvis Figueroa 169 vs. Leandro Da Silva ??
Carlos Marrero III 133 vs. Jonathan Rojas 133

Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: CES Boxing

Edwin Soto 154 vs. Salim Larbi 154 Juiseppe Cusumano 234 vs. Robert Simms 237 Jimmy Williams 155 vs. Christian Aguirre 153 Marcia Agripino 121 vs. Kailyn Hansen 125 Kendrick Ball…
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LA Fight Club Results

2008 Olympian super lightweight Javier “El Intocable” Molina (18-2, 8 KOs) score an eight round unanimous decision over Jessie Roman (22-4, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Molina was in command all the way. Scores were 79-73 across the board.

Super bantamweight Rafael Gramajo (10-1-2, 2 KOs) scored a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Victor Ruiz (21-9, 14 KOs). Gramajo scored a flash knockdown in round seven to get the edge in a 78-73, 76-75, 76-75 verdict.

Bantamweight Joshua Franco (14-1, 7 KOs) worked over Isao Carranza (15-12-1, 9 KOs) until Carranza’s corner stopped the fight midway through round five. Time was 1:36.

Unbeaten middleweight Joey Alday Jr. (8-0, 7 KOs) went the distance for the first time in a four round shutout over Nam Phan (3-7-1, 2 KOs).

2008 Olympian super lightweight Javier “El Intocable” Molina (18-2, 8 KOs) score an eight round unanimous decision over Jessie Roman (22-4, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Belasco Theater…
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Prograis aims to bring back New Orleans boxing

Regis Prograis returned home Wednesday for a homecoming press conference at The Original French Market Restaurant & Bar to promote his WBC super lightweight diamond belt title defense against fellow unbeaten Juan Jose Velasco, July 14 at the Lakefront Arena on the campus of the University of New Orleans. Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) was born in New Orleans, moving to Houston after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Now, he’s back for the first time as a professional and ready to put on a show for his home fans against Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs), a Buenos Aires, Argentina, native who has won four of his last five bouts via knockout.

Photo: Geo Velasquez

It was a star-studded afternoon featuring New Orleans dignitaries, including the city’s mayor, LaToya Cantrell.

This is what Prograis and his promoter, Lou Dibella, had to say…

Regis Prograis returned home Wednesday for a homecoming press conference at The Original French Market Restaurant & Bar to promote his WBC super lightweight diamond belt title defense against fellow…
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WBU announces new “journeyman” title

The latest rebooted version of the WBU will feature its second title bout tonight when undefeated Jaron Ennis takes on Mike Arnaoutis tonight at The Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City.

“I was offered the position as President, and I wanted to make sure that there was no input from the previous President Moose Lewis,” said WBU President Tony Rodriguez. “We have lowered sanctioning fees and now we are rebuilding the WBU. This is an opportunity to help all mid-level promoters and fighters and we are creating a journeyman title that will give incentive to all of the fighters who are usually brought in on short notice, and now they have an opportunity to fight for something.”

The latest rebooted version of the WBU will feature its second title bout tonight when undefeated Jaron Ennis takes on Mike Arnaoutis tonight at The Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City.…
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Navarrete-Sanmartin make weight


Emanuel Navarrete 122 vs. Jose Sanmartin 121.6
(WBA super bantamweight eliminator)

Daniel Valladares 108 vs. Adrian Curiel 107.8
Benny Rios 112 vs. Jared Villanueva 110
Jose Napoles 135 vs. Francisco Valle 134

Venue: Arena Jose Sulaiman, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer, Uppercut Promotions
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico), Bein Sports Espanol (USA)

Emanuel Navarrete 122 vs. Jose Sanmartin 121.6 (WBA super bantamweight eliminator) Daniel Valladares 108 vs. Adrian Curiel 107.8 Benny Rios 112 vs. Jared Villanueva 110 Jose Napoles 135 vs. Francisco…
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Top Rank inks unbeaten Carlos Castro

Undefeated super bantamweight contender Carlos Castro has signed a multi-year promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today. Castro, a 24-year-old resident of Phoenix, Arizona, has a record of 20-0 with nine knockouts and is the current WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion. “I am very proud of this achievement. I know that signing with Top Rank is a great opportunity for me and will bring other great opportunities to my career,” Castro said. “I am ready to continue developing my talent and demonstrate why Top Rank signed me.” Continue reading “Top Rank inks unbeaten Carlos Castro”

Undefeated super bantamweight contender Carlos Castro has signed a multi-year promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today. Castro, a 24-year-old resident of Phoenix, Arizona,…
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