Kovalev-Alvarez lands at new AC casino

WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (33-2-1, 28 KOs) will defend against Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) on August 4 at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. HBO will televise. Kovalev-Alvarez is the first boxing event at the newly opened venue.

Alvarez had been the mandatory challenger for WBC champ and stablemate Adonis Stevenson and stepped aside several times. Groupe Yvon Michel eventually got Alvarez a fight for Kovalev’s title instead.

WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (33-2-1, 28 KOs) will defend against Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) on August 4 at the new Hard Rock Hotel &…
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WBSS announces bantamweight tournament

World Boxing Super Series Season 2 will feature competitions in three weight divisions. Bantamweight and two undisclosed divisions. Bantamweight world champions Ryan Burnett (WBA), Zolani Tete (WBO) and Emmanuel Rodriguez (IBF) are confirmed. One of the other divisions is expected to be junior welterweight.

World Boxing Super Series Season 2 will feature competitions in three weight divisions. Bantamweight and two undisclosed divisions. Bantamweight world champions Ryan Burnett (WBA), Zolani Tete (WBO) and Emmanuel Rodriguez…
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Joe Smith Jr. returns June 30

After having his jaw wired shut for over six months following a loss to Sullivan Barrera, on June 30th Joe Smith Jr. (23-2 19 KOs) will make his return to the ring at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Embracing the moniker the “Common Man,” Local 66 Laborers Construction Union worker, Smith Jr., exploded onto the national boxing scene beginning in 2016. Backed by his union brothers, Smith Jr. would wield a sledgehammer by day and lace up his gloves to train by night. “I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 30th,” stated Smith. “I have been looking forward to this day since I was told I needed surgery. I plan on showing why I am still one of the best in the light heavyweight division.”

After having his jaw wired shut for over six months following a loss to Sullivan Barrera, on June 30th Joe Smith Jr. (23-2 19 KOs) will make his return to…
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Bösel, Kölling set for June 9 Euro title clash

European light heavyweight champion Dominic Bösel (27-1, 10 KOs) will defend against SES stablemate and mandatory challenger Enrico Kölling (25-2, 8 KOs) on June 9 at the Kohlrabizirkus in Leipzig, Germany.

Photo: Team SES/fotobasis.de

Dominic Bösel: “I’m really looking forward to Leipzig and have only the best memories of my fights here. I won all my last fights here by KO…on the 9th of June, there will be a big surprise. In addition to the European Championship, this is a kind of elimination for a world title opportunity – the winner is right up there!”

Enrico Kölling: “First and foremost, I will not let the the judges decide my future on June 9th. Dominic should know that I’m determined to win and a premature victory is my firm goal. Dominic should already know which way the wind blows. I’ve always liked the European belt!”

European light heavyweight champion Dominic Bösel (27-1, 10 KOs) will defend against SES stablemate and mandatory challenger Enrico Kölling (25-2, 8 KOs) on June 9 at the Kohlrabizirkus in Leipzig,…
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Lomachenko a heavy favorite to beat Linares

Two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) is a heavy double-digit favorite to dethrone WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Although moving from the 130lb to the 135lb division, Lomachenko is a whopping -2000 favorite at thegreek.com, while bovada.com has Loma pegged at -1400. The best odds on Linares are +1000, so we’re still a ways off from an arbitrage play.

Two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) is a heavy double-digit favorite to dethrone WBA lightweight world champion Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square…
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Jamel Herring: I plan on being relentless

By Bill Green

On the undercard of this weekend’s ESPN-televised mega Lightweight showdown between WBA champ Jorge Linares and Vasiliy “Hi-Tech Lomachenko, former Captain of the 2016 US Olympic boxing team and former US Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (16-2, 9 KOs), makes his Top Rank and B&B Boxing promotions debut.

Photo: Make Believe New Media

Herring who signed with Top Rank back in January is now being trained by Brian McIntyre, the 2018 WBO trainer of the year. The 5’10 born and raised New Yorker will face Juan Pablo Sanchez (30-15, 14 KOs) of Huimanguillo, Mexico, in a scheduled 8/10 contest at a catchweight of 133lbs. Linares vs Lomachenko will be televised live on ESPN, beginning at 8:00 pm ET, while Herring vs Sanchez can be viewed live on the ESPN+ app beginning at approximately 4:30pm ET.

After, yet another killer workout, I was able to catch up with Herring as he prepares for this weekend’s battle with Sanchez. Continue reading “Jamel Herring: I plan on being relentless”

By Bill Green On the undercard of this weekend’s ESPN-televised mega Lightweight showdown between WBA champ Jorge Linares and Vasiliy “Hi-Tech Lomachenko, former Captain of the 2016 US Olympic boxing…
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Donaire Sr joins Team Pacquiao coaching staff

Former General Santos City native Nonito Donaire Sr. was tapped to lend his expertise and beef up Manny Pacquiao’s think-tank in preparation for the Filipino’s title bid against Lucas Matthysse on July 15 at the Axiata Arena in Malaysia. A week after opening training camp, Pacquiao added Donaire to help out in plotting tactical plans against Matthysse, the reigning WBA welterweight champion from Argentina.

“Donaire will serve as one of the assistant coaches,” said Pacquiao, who did two trial rounds with the mitts with the father of former world champion Nonito Donaire (Junior). It was Donaire Sr. who trained and honed his son, who later won multiple former world championships in three weight divisions.

“So far, so good. I am happy with my current team,” said Pacquiao, who took two days off on Saturday and Sunday to rest and relax, coming off a controversial loss last year in Australia against local brawler Jeff Horn. Continue reading “Donaire Sr joins Team Pacquiao coaching staff”

Former General Santos City native Nonito Donaire Sr. was tapped to lend his expertise and beef up Manny Pacquiao’s think-tank in preparation for the Filipino’s title bid against Lucas Matthysse…
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Charlo, Trout heats up

Unbeaten WBC super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo and former world champion Austin Trout went face-to-face Tuesday as they met with media in Los Angeles to discuss their June 9 showdown on Showtime from Staples Center in Los Angeles. The card is headlined by a rematch between WBA featherweight world champions and Southern California rivals Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares.

Photo: Chris Farina/SHOWTIME

Jermell Charlo: “Me and my brother talk the talk and we walk the walk. From this point on in our careers, we’re going full force and it’s going to be nothing but knockouts…I didn’t have to go through what Trout had to in his last big fight against Hurd. I’m the fresher younger fighter. I don’t take away anything from what he’s done in his career, but I have my own career and legacy and he’s standing in my way.”

Austin Trout: “On June 9 you can expect to see my hand raised. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a dog fight. It’s going to be a great fight and I’m going to come out on top. That belt is going to look on me.”

Promoter Richard Schaefer: “The only way to make a card like this bigger than it already was with Santa Cruz vs. Mares 2, was to add a world title fight like this with two incredibly talented fighters.”

Unbeaten WBC super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo and former world champion Austin Trout went face-to-face Tuesday as they met with media in Los Angeles to discuss their June 9…
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Boxing Buzz

Eddie Hearn and the Casino de Monte-Carlo have announced the third edition of Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza – a night of World Championship Boxing will take place at the prestigious Salle Médecin of the Casino de Monte-Carlo on November 24. Announcements on the line-up and the ticket details will be made in the summer.
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The acclaimed World Boxing Super Series will return for a Season 2. Details will be announced tomorrow.
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WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia reportedly may enter into a deal with UFC promoter Dana White, who is looking to stay involved with boxing after the Mayweather-McGregor cash bonanza last year.
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Vasyl Lomachenko and Jorge Linares will hold a media workout tomorrow starting at 1PM outside Madison Square Garden, corner of 33rd Street and 8th Avenue in New York City. They collide for Linares’ WBA lightweight title on Saturday night.

Eddie Hearn and the Casino de Monte-Carlo have announced the third edition of Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza – a night of World Championship Boxing will take place at the prestigious Salle…
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Fujimoto-Russell Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBO#7/WBA#15 Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11 KOs), 227.75, successfully kept his OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight belts when he utilized his speed on hand and foot, and halted Australian Aaron Russell (11-5, 4 KOs), 219.5, at 0:28 of the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The loser’s cornerman Chris McCullen wisely tossed in the towel to save Russell from further punishment, though the Aussie showed his heart prior to the stoppage.

Although the tallies were all 60-54 prior to the stoppage, it wasn’t so lopsided since Russell raised his guard high, protected himself well and occasionally fought back with jabs and left hooks to the champ’s face. Kyotaro, however, proved faster and more aggressive with combinations upstairs and downstairs, steadily piling up points. Continue reading “Fujimoto-Russell Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBO#7/WBA#15 Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11 KOs), 227.75, successfully kept his OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight belts when he utilized his speed on…
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Hosokawa keeps Japanese 140lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Prefight underdog, Japanese super-lightweight ruler Valentine Hosokawa (23-6-3, 10 KOs), 139.5, impressively kept his national belt as he came off the canvas, dropped back ex-Olympian Destino Japan (AKA Vladimir Baez; 24-4-2, 22 KOs), 139.5, in the same fourth, and finally sank the challenger badly with a vicious counter to score a come-from-behind TKO at 1:21 of the seventh round in a scheduled ten on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Making his first defense, Valentine, a son of a Nigerian father and a Japanese mother, displayed his improved left hand and often bounced off the face of the challenger, dominating the first two sessions. But Destino was in command in round three with his aggressiveness. The fourth was truly Round of the Month, where Destino decked the champ with a looping left hook, but Valentine floored him back with a solid left hook. The seventh witnessed Valentine, 37, explode a vicious right at the face of Destino, 34, who fell unable to raise himself up with the bad punishment.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Prefight underdog, Japanese super-lightweight ruler Valentine Hosokawa (23-6-3, 10 KOs), 139.5, impressively kept his national belt as he came off the canvas, dropped…
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Ramirez-Mendez clash May 26 on FS1

Once-beaten super lightweight contender Eddie Ramirez (17-1, 11 KOs) will take on former world champion Argenis Mendez (24-5-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round showdown that headlines on FS1 and FOX Deportes Saturday, May 26 from Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi

Televised coverage will also feature former title challenger Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs) meeting unbeaten 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar (9-0, 8 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, start at $20 and are on sale now at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office, at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Once-beaten super lightweight contender Eddie Ramirez (17-1, 11 KOs) will take on former world champion Argenis Mendez (24-5-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round showdown that headlines on FS1 and FOX…
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The 12th Round: WBC Boxing at its best

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

What a sensational week we had in boxing! From Thai hero Wangheng Menayothin’s ninth title defense reaching 50-0, to the U.K. with WBC Emeritus champion Tony Bellew demolishing David Haye, to the 5 de Mayo Extravaganza in which women’s boxing took a huge step forward with an instant classic, Braekhus vs. Reis, and GGG’s spectacular performance knocking out brave Vanes Martyrosian.

As I was flying over the Pacific on my way to Thailand, I could only think of my father and how much he loved the country, known as the Land of Smiles. WBC Vice President, General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, greeted me with his warm smile and took me to The Oriental Hotel to Room 1010, which was my father’s favorite in the whole world. I attended the Asian Boxing Council annual awards event and was extremely happy to be with some legendary champions, such as Pongsaklek Wongkongham, Chatchai Sasakul, and many other boxing greats. Current WBC super flyweight king Srisaket Rungvisai was awarded the Fighter of the Year trophy. Continue reading “The 12th Round: WBC Boxing at its best”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son What a sensational week we had in boxing! From Thai hero Wangheng Menayothin’s ninth title defense reaching 50-0, to the U.K.…
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Golovkin-Martirosyan delivers knockout ratings

Last Saturday’s Golovkin-Martirosyan fight televised by HBO registered 1,249,000 viewers and peaked at 1,361,000 viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. Those figures make Golovkin vs. Martirosyan the top-rated cable fight for 2018 and the top-rated premium cable fight since 2016 — Golovkin’s title defense against Dominic Wade — which took place at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

The opening bout — HBO’s first-ever telecast of a women’s fight live on the service — averaged 904,000 viewers. Braekhus-Reis peaked at 1,024,000 viewers and was the second-highest-rated fight on HBO this year.

Attendance at the StubHub Center was announced as 7,837.

Last Saturday’s Golovkin-Martirosyan fight televised by HBO registered 1,249,000 viewers and peaked at 1,361,000 viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. Those figures make Golovkin vs. Martirosyan the top-rated…
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Gradinar gunning for top female featherweights

#1-rated IBF Inter-Continental Female Featherweight Champion Elena Gradinar is calling out the rest of her division’s best.

The undefeated 27-year-old, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, was last seen dominating former world champion Olivia Gerula in March. She has now set her sights on IBF Champion Jennifer Han and the top-rated female fighters in the featherweight division. Continue reading “Gradinar gunning for top female featherweights”

#1-rated IBF Inter-Continental Female Featherweight Champion Elena Gradinar is calling out the rest of her division’s best. The undefeated 27-year-old, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, was last seen dominating former world…
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Crews-Dezurn added to June 22 Detroit card

With her long-time rival, Claressa Shields, moving down to middleweight, Baltimore’s Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn will finally be getting her own deserved chance to shine.

One of the best female fighters in the world not currently holding a world title, Crews-Dezurn (3-1, 1 KO) will return to the ring for a six-round fight on the non-televised undercard of the blockbuster “It’s Our Time to Shine” event featuring two-time Olympic gold medalist and current unified women’s super middleweight champion Shields attempting to become a two-division world champion against unified 154-pound champion Hanna Gabriels for the vacant IBF and WBA women’s middleweight world championships. Continue reading “Crews-Dezurn added to June 22 Detroit card”

With her long-time rival, Claressa Shields, moving down to middleweight, Baltimore’s Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn will finally be getting her own deserved chance to shine. One of the best…
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Fox-Mercado collide in Philly Friday

This Friday night, undefeated junior welterweight Mykal Fox takes the next step towards a big fight when he takes on Anthony Mercado in the main event of nine-bout card at SugarHouse Casino. The show is promoted by King’s Promotions.

Fox (16-0, 4 KOs) of Forestville, Maryland, continues his upward climb when he takes on that knockout artist from Puerto Rico.

“I have had a great camp. I had tremendous sparring with (Former 2-time world champion) Kermit Cintron & undefeated Greg Outlaw. I have been getting better with each day,” said the 22-year-old Fox. Continue reading “Fox-Mercado collide in Philly Friday”

This Friday night, undefeated junior welterweight Mykal Fox takes the next step towards a big fight when he takes on Anthony Mercado in the main event of nine-bout card at…
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O’Quinn opens training camp

Multi-time national champion and highly touted undefeated bantamweight Ja’Rico “The Great Lakes King” O’Quinn opens training camp in Detroit for his fight June 22nd on the undercard of middleweight world title fight of Claressa Shields vs. Hanna Gabriels.

Multi-time national champion and highly touted undefeated bantamweight Ja’Rico “The Great Lakes King” O’Quinn opens training camp in Detroit for his fight June 22nd on the undercard of middleweight world…
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Vargas ready for Hovhannisyan

By Gabriel F. Cordero

“Hovhannisyan is a tougher challenger than my first two title defenses,” says WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas, who defends against Azat Hovhannisyan Saturday night on HBO from the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY. “It’s going to be a good fight and I hope to come out with my hand raised and that’s why I prepared myself very well. We have a strategy to avoid getting into his game, we have been training that technique.”

In the main event, WBO jr middleweight champion Sadam Ali defends against unbeaten Jaime Munguia.

By Gabriel F. Cordero “Hovhannisyan is a tougher challenger than my first two title defenses,” says WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas, who defends against Azat Hovhannisyan Saturday night on…
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WBA #5 Kambosos targets ex-champ Crolla

By Ray Wheatley

WBA #5 lightweight George Kambosos has targeted former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla. Kambosos told Sporting News, ”One thing leads to another and the door opened to sign with Lou DiBella. He’s got Deontay Wilder at the moment and Wilder-Joshua is going to happen. They’re going back and forth with the money side, but it will happen, and you’ll find me on the undercard. I’m Lou’s boy now, so hopefully we can get Anthony Crolla or any other UK fighters. I’ve had my eye on Crolla since he was a world champ two years ago. That’s a fight we truly believe we can make an impact on, and Lou DiBella can make it happen.” Kambosos won his American debut on Saturday at Foxwoods stopping Jose Forrero in round one.

By Ray Wheatley WBA #5 lightweight George Kambosos has targeted former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla. Kambosos told Sporting News, ”One thing leads to another and the door opened to…
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May 19 Maryland Card at MGM Taking Shape

By Gary “Digital” Williams

The TGB Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, May 19th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD is starting to come together and the card looks like a family affair in more ways than one.

The main event, of course, is Capitol Heights, MD’s “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. (28-1, 17 KO’s) defending his WBC Featherweight championship against undefeated number one contender Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz, Jr. of Downey, CA (26-0, 14 KO’s). That bout will be televised live on Showtime.

Russell’s brothers — Antonio and Antuanne — have opponents for their bouts. Continue reading “May 19 Maryland Card at MGM Taking Shape”

By Gary “Digital” Williams The TGB Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions card that will take place on Saturday, May 19th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD is starting…
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Horn sparring with Ray Robinson

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #11 welterweight “The New” Ray Robinson has been recruited as a sparring partner for WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn to help him prepare for June 9 title defense against WBO mandatory contender Terrence Crawford at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“Ray is just the kind of clever boxer who can really put the polish on Jeff in the final two weeks of his sparring,” said Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton. “He’s a very experienced world-class fighter and together with the Australian guys we’ve been working with he’ll make sure Jeff is ready for anything that Crawford has. Continue reading “Horn sparring with Ray Robinson”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF #11 welterweight “The New” Ray Robinson has been recruited as a sparring partner for WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn to help him…
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Adames set for Top Rank debut

Unbeaten welterweight Carlos ‘Caballo Bronco’ Adames (13-0, 11 KOs) will face Alejandro Barrera (27-4, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout as the ESPN-televised co-feature to Jorge Linares’ WBA lightweight title defense against Vasiliy Lomachenko on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Adames, who will be making his debut under the Top Rank banner, has not fought in the United States since his fourth pro bout back in 2015.

“I feel like I carry the responsibility of becoming the superstar that my country is waiting for,” said Adames. “I have the talent, dedication and confidence to become a superstar that represents the Dominican Republic. I’m going to give it all for my country.” Continue reading “Adames set for Top Rank debut”

Unbeaten welterweight Carlos ‘Caballo Bronco’ Adames (13-0, 11 KOs) will face Alejandro Barrera (27-4, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout as the ESPN-televised co-feature to Jorge Linares’ WBA lightweight title…
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Nico Hernandez fighting for IBA belt

History will be made May 19 when unbeaten 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) takes on Szilveszter “The Silent Assassin” Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBA world flyweight title at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. The fight is being billed as the first world championship boxing match ever held in the state of Kansas. The 19-year-old Kanalas briefly held the WBF belt in 2015, but has been kayoed in five of his last seven fights. Integrated Sports Media will distribute the card in the United States on pay-per-view.

“I think that says how skilled a fighter I am and that I’m ready to compete with the best in the world,” proclaimed Hernandez. “But I look at every fight the same and I never underestimate my opponent. I’ve been training just as hard for this fight as for any of my other fights. The only difference this fight is that I’m training to go more rounds. Continue reading “Nico Hernandez fighting for IBA belt”

History will be made May 19 when unbeaten 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) takes on Szilveszter “The Silent Assassin” Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs) for the vacant…
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Christina Hammer vs Tori Nelson Trailer

Middleweight world champion Christina Hammer (22-0, 10 KOs) fights former champion Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KOs) on June 22 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Hammer has two unanimous decision wins over Keli Reese who fought on HBO Saturday night.

Middleweight world champion Christina Hammer (22-0, 10 KOs) fights former champion Tori Nelson (17-1-3, 2 KOs) on June 22 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Hammer has two unanimous decision…
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