Rodriguez ready to take on heavy Butler

Only Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (17-0, 12 KOs) will be eligible to win the vacant IBF bantamweight title after opponent Paul Butler failed to make weight today in London. The digital scale showed Butler to be 3.5 pounds heavy during their Friday morning weigh-in. He was granted two hours to shed the excess poundage but refused to be weighed in a second attempt.

“I’m ready to fight Butler with those extra pounds,” said Rodriguez. “I’m not worried, so I accepted it. He’s not a 122-pounder. He’s fought 115 and 118 pounds. I’m not worried that hasn’t worked hard enough to make weight and is this heavy. He relies a lot on his speed and that’s going to decrease a bit with those extra pounds, but I’m not counting on that. I’m just waiting for the best version of Butler. In the end, the title goes to Puerto Rico!”

Only Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (17-0, 12 KOs) will be eligible to win the vacant IBF bantamweight title after opponent Paul Butler failed to make weight today in London. The digital…
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Butler plans to stay at bantamweight

Bantamweight Paul Butler issued a statement via social media addressing his failure to make weight (by a wide margin) for Saturday’s IBF world title fight against Manny Rodriguez.

“First of all, I know failing weight in my biggest fight to date looks unprofessional and I understand the stick I’m getting. Believe me, I’m gutted and heartbroken I can’t win that world title tomorrow, but I didn’t fail it without trying. I’d never do that! I tried like you’d never believe. I will be staying at bantamweight. There is a couple of reasons for failing weight. My apologies go to the Rodriguez team, the Matchroom Team, my fans and most of all my trainer and manager Joe Gallagher for all the hard work he’s put in. I hope you all still enjoy the fight and the card tomorrow.”

Bantamweight Paul Butler issued a statement via social media addressing his failure to make weight (by a wide margin) for Saturday’s IBF world title fight against Manny Rodriguez. “First of…
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Rodriguez makes weight, Butler heavy

Tony Bellew 210.4 vs. David Haye 220.25

Paul Butler 121.5 vs. Manny Rodriguez 117.7
(IBF bantamweight title)
Butler has two hours to lose the weight. No weight was announced but the digital scale read 121+ The MC said Butler was “slightly over.”

Lenroy Thomas 230.5 vs. Joe Joyce 251.5
Martin J. Ward 129.25 vs. James Tennyson 129.75
John Ryder 166.25 vs. Jamie Cox 167
Joshua Buatsi 178.25 vs. Stephane Cuevas TBD
Luke Campbell 136.6 vs. Troy James 147

Venue: O2 Arena, London
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: AWE

Tony Bellew 210.4 vs. David Haye 220.25 Paul Butler 121.5 vs. Manny Rodriguez 117.7 (IBF bantamweight title) Butler has two hours to lose the weight. No weight was announced but…
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Horn hopes Crawford doesn’t postpone again

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn and his promoter Dean Lonergan doubt that WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford was suffering from the alleged injury that caused their fight to be postponed from the original April date to June 9. “Hopefully he doesn’t watch me anytime soon and get too scared. It might get postponed again,” Horn said. “I don’t know why they postponed last time but whatever happens, happens. I’ve had friends tracking him on Instagram and Facebook and whatever. He seemed to be bowling and using that hand quite fine (for a guy) with a hand injury.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn and his promoter Dean Lonergan doubt that WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford was suffering from the alleged injury…
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Mbenge fights for IBO title

By Ron Jackson

At a media day at the Smith’s gym in the Cedar Square Centre in Fourways, Sandton, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced that South African welterweight champion Thulani Mbenge would be meeting Diego Gabriel Chaves for the vacant IBO welterweight title on Saturday June 23 at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park.

This is a great opportunity for the 25-year-old Mbenge 13-0; 10 who was an outstanding amateur and won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Scotland. Continue reading “Mbenge fights for IBO title”

By Ron Jackson At a media day at the Smith’s gym in the Cedar Square Centre in Fourways, Sandton, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced that South African welterweight…
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GGG, Haye favored to win Saturday

WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is a -3300 favorite to defeat Vanes Martirosyan +1000 on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the co-feature, undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus is -5000 to beat Kali Reis +1400. HBO will televise.

Earlier that day, former heavyweight champion David Haye -225 to avenge his loss to Tony Bellew +187 at the O2 Arena in London. Also on that card, bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez is -400 to defeat Paul Butler +275 in a clash for the vacant IBF title. AWE will televise.

In Friday night action, unbeaten super featherweight Ryan Garcia is -2000 to beat veteran Jayson Velez +900 at the the same venue that will host Golovkin-Martirosyan the following night. Also on the card, middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan is -1600 to defeat Berlin Abreu +800. ESPN2 will televise.

WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is a -3300 favorite to defeat Vanes Martirosyan +1000 on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the co-feature, undisputed female welterweight…
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Nuñez and Nuñez both make weight

By Héctor Villarreal

Cuban Leosdan Nuñez (6-0, 4 KOs) weighed in at 117.5 pounds and his Panamanian opponent Ricardo “El Matematico” Nuñez (29-6, 23 KOs) hit the scale at the limit for their fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title on the main event of La Batalla de los Nuñez card presented by Sparta Promotions at Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall in Panama City, Panama.

Alexander Duran 140 vs Ronald Castillo 138.5
Ivan Matute 146.75 vs Miguel Martinez 145.5
Pablo Vicente 129.25 vs Isaias Cardona 129.5
John Renteria 147 vs Addir Sanchez 145.75
Liborio Solis 123 vs Jose Ramos 118
Johan Gonzalez 152.75 vs Jesus Velazco 150.75
Daniel Matellon 109 vs Fernando Godines 102.25
Luis Rios 120.5 vs Iwier Henriquez 117
Gerardo Murillo 121.5 vs Gilmer Baules 121.5
Norlan Yera 124 vs Ivan Trejos 124.5
Marcelino Saez 116 vs Fernando Arenas 116

Streaming: Peleando Panama Facebook live
Open tv and cable: Plus TV 35
First fight 7pm

By Héctor Villarreal Cuban Leosdan Nuñez (6-0, 4 KOs) weighed in at 117.5 pounds and his Panamanian opponent Ricardo “El Matematico” Nuñez (29-6, 23 KOs) hit the scale at the…
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Vanes: Fans should be happy…no running

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“When I first heard about it (fighting Golovkin), I thought it was a joke. But I did see Don’s caller ID, so I knew it was really him. I was so excited and fans should be happy to see me in the ring against GGG…no running! Everyone is waiting for me to show why they’re calling me a nightmare and I feel that fight will show that,” stated Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) in advance of Saturday’s showdown against WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).

By Przemek Garczarczyk “When I first heard about it (fighting Golovkin), I thought it was a joke. But I did see Don’s caller ID, so I knew it was really…
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ESPN2 Weights from Los Angeles

Ryan Garcia 130.4 vs. Jayson Velez 130.2
Gary O’Sullivan 158.2 vs. Berlin Abreu 159.8
Seniesa Estrada 108 vs. Amarilis Adorno 108
Marvin Cabrera 156.6 vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 155.6
Richard Acevedo 152.6 vs. Edward Aceves 153.4

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN2

Ryan Garcia 130.4 vs. Jayson Velez 130.2 Gary O’Sullivan 158.2 vs. Berlin Abreu 159.8 Seniesa Estrada 108 vs. Amarilis Adorno 108 Marvin Cabrera 156.6 vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 155.6 Richard Acevedo…
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Boots Ennis vs. Arnaoutis June 1

On June 1, rising welterweight contender, Jaron “Boots” Ennis (19-0, 17 KOs) headlines Rising Star Promotions newly created series “Boardwalk Boxing” Round 2 taking on former world title challenger “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (26-10-2, 13 KOs) at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“Boots” comes from a fighting family with his brothers Farah and Derek “Pooh” Ennis along with trainer/father Derek “Bozy” Ennis. Turning pro on April 30th of 2016, Ennis has been very active almost fighting 10 times a year. Ennis will be scheduled to box his first 10 round bout on the Boardwalk. Continue reading “Boots Ennis vs. Arnaoutis June 1”

On June 1, rising welterweight contender, Jaron “Boots” Ennis (19-0, 17 KOs) headlines Rising Star Promotions newly created series “Boardwalk Boxing” Round 2 taking on former world title challenger “Mighty”…
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Popeye headlines in Hartford

Hartford Boxing Promotions has announced its inaugural event, “Fight Night at the Capital”, to take place Saturday night, June 16, at Xfinity Centre in Hartford, Connecticut.

Veteran boxing trainer Tony Blanco and his Hartford Boxing Center gym partner, Michael Tran, have teamed with their undefeated light heavyweight prospect, Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (7-0, 6 KOs), to form Hartford Boxing Promotions. Continue reading “Popeye headlines in Hartford”

Hartford Boxing Promotions has announced its inaugural event, “Fight Night at the Capital”, to take place Saturday night, June 16, at Xfinity Centre in Hartford, Connecticut. Veteran boxing trainer Tony…
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Spence Jr. is calling his own shots

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Noe Gonzalez

It was clear after Wednesday’s official media day for IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) and the relatively unknown and undefeated mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs) out of Mexico who square off on Saturday, June 16th at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco and the home of the Dallas Cowboys and shown live on Showtime, that Spence Jr. is now calling his own shots or at least has a bigger seat at the table.

And what a difference a year makes for the 28-year old former Olympian Spence Jr. out of Desoto, who at this time last year was preparing for his first title shot against Kell Brook after practically begging for two years to fight the likes of Keith Thurman who recently relinquished his WBC belt and has been on the shelf with an arm injury and won’t be back anytime soon. Continue reading “Spence Jr. is calling his own shots”

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Noe Gonzalez It was clear after Wednesday’s official media day for IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) and the relatively unknown and undefeated…
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JBC indefinitely suspends Daigo Higa

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

During this reporter’s absence in Japan while covering Evander Holyfied’s eight-man tournament in Louisville, KY last Friday, there happened some serious and significant incidents in Japan. The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) announced on April 25 that it indefinitely suspended former WBC flyweight champion Daigo Higa for his overweight scandal of having tripped the scale at 114, two pounds over the class limit.

It means the JBC won’t allow Higa to fight inside of Japan until the JBC lifting the said indefinite suspension on him. Higa was the very first that ever failed to make weight in world title bouts in Japanese boxing history. The JBC also had 20% of his purse forfeited as penalty, and gave official warnings to his manager Yoko Gushiken (ex-WBA 108-pound champ who had defended his belt on thirteen occasions) and his trainer Joji Nogi. The JBC advised that Higa should move up to a higher division upon being released from suspension. Continue reading “JBC indefinitely suspends Daigo Higa”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat During this reporter’s absence in Japan while covering Evander Holyfied’s eight-man tournament in Louisville, KY last Friday, there happened some serious and significant…
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Bellew shoves Haye at press conference

Below is the London press conference for the much anticipated rematch between former world champions Tony Bellew and David Haye that will take place at The O2 in London on Saturday live on AWE TV. The American broadcast will begin at 1PM ET/10AM PT.

Explosive Head-to-Head

Full Press Conference

Below is the London press conference for the much anticipated rematch between former world champions Tony Bellew and David Haye that will take place at The O2 in London on…
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Ryan Garcia ready for step up

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated NABF super featherweight champion Ryan “The Flash” Garcia (14-0, 13 KO) headlines this Friday against former world title challenger Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (26-4-1, 18 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California in a special edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“I’m just ready. I will do something more amazing this time. I will show my boxing skills,” Ryan Garcia told Fightnews.com®.

Coming off a quick second round knockout over the seasoned Mexican veteran Fernando Vargas last month as he headlined the ESPN card at Fantasy Springs. Following his victory Garcia stepped back in the gym as he stayed active holding camp for this fight at the Legendz Boxing Gym in Norwalk, California. Continue reading “Ryan Garcia ready for step up”

By Miguel Maravilla Undefeated NABF super featherweight champion Ryan “The Flash” Garcia (14-0, 13 KO) headlines this Friday against former world title challenger Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (26-4-1, 18 KOs)…
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Horn Trainer: Horse hair gloves a game changer

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will be using Everlast gloves made of horse hair for his contest against WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford for their June 9 showdown in Las Vegas. Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton stated that horse hair gloves can be easily manipulated to expose the knuckles and increase punching power. He describing them as “Claytons gloves: the gloves you have when you’re not having a glove.”

Rushton said it was a decision the unbeaten Crawford would live to regret. “It’s a real game-changer and it probably doubles the shock, I would say, through the glove. If he wants to go back to the primitive days, if he wants a gladiator contest and fight with these on, then so be it.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will be using Everlast gloves made of horse hair for his contest against WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford…
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WBO orders Nietes-Palicte for vacant 115lb title

By David Finger

Ever since undefeated Japanese slugger Naoya Inoue vacated his WBO junior bantamweight title and moved up to the 118-pound division there has been a question as to which ranked contender would emerge as the big winner when the WBO announced who would be fighting for the vacant belt. Well, it looks like we know who the big winner will be: boxing fans in the Philippines.

Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KOs) attempts to become only the seventeenth man in boxing history to win world titles in four weight divisions against WBO #2 ranked Aston Palicte (24-2, 20 KOs) of Bago City, Philippines. For Nietes, the chance to win a title at 115-pounds would all but cement his place among the greatest fighters in Filipino boxing history, and would put him on an exclusive list alongside Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as Filipino’s who won titles in four weight classes. Continue reading “WBO orders Nietes-Palicte for vacant 115lb title”

By David Finger Ever since undefeated Japanese slugger Naoya Inoue vacated his WBO junior bantamweight title and moved up to the 118-pound division there has been a question as to…
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WBO ranks ex-champ Parker #5

By David Finger

The April WBO ratings recently came out and although there were no major unexpected changes, one thing was clear: Joseph Parker isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. After dropping his WBO belt to Anthony Joshua by way of 12-round decision boxing fans in New Zealand were undoubtedly happy to see their former champion only slip to #5 in the WBO ratings. Currently WBO #1 ranked Alex Povetkin looks set to fight Anthony Joshua in the coming month while WBO #2 ranked Dominic Breazeale has been named the mandatory for WBC champ Deontay Wilder. WBO #3 ranked Dillian Whyte expected to either fight Luis Ortiz in a WBC eliminator for Wilder’s second mandatory challenger or in the alternative Kubrat Pulev as a final eliminator for Anthony Joshua’s IBF belt on July 21. Although Team Parker undoubtedly is hoping to sit on the #1 ranking when the dust settles, they also have a serious rival in undefeated American Jarrell Miller, who sits on the #4 ranking in the WBO. Miller subsequently won a lopsided decision over French contender Johann Duhaupas on April 28, a fight that should move Big Baby’s stock up a few points with the Championship Committee come May. Continue reading “WBO ranks ex-champ Parker #5”

By David Finger The April WBO ratings recently came out and although there were no major unexpected changes, one thing was clear: Joseph Parker isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. After…
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Jacobs/Miller Photo Gallery

Photos: Emily Harney

Here are new photos from the big card last Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York, headlined by former middleweight world champion Daniel ‘The Miracle Man’ Jacobs, (33-2-0, 29 KOs) against Maciej Sulecki. See photos…

Photos: Emily Harney Here are new photos from the big card last Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York, headlined by former middleweight world champion Daniel ‘The Miracle Man’ Jacobs, (33-2-0,…
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Golovkin-Martirosyan Final Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk

Undefeated world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and WBC #1 super welterweight contender Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) held the final press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Sheraton Gateway LAX in Los Angeles for their fight Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California live on HBO. With just three days to go before the fight, here is what the combatants and their camps had to say:

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin: “This is not an easy fight. We have a big fight. Vanes is a good fighter. I promise we will put on a good show.”

Vanes Martirosyan: “This is my destiny fight. This is everything I have dreamed of. Triple G and I will put on a good fight. I can’t wait for Saturday. Don King thanks for believing in me. We’ve done all the talking, now we will do the fighting,”

Continue reading “Golovkin-Martirosyan Final Press Conference”

By Miguel Maravilla Video: Przemek Garczarczyk Undefeated world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and WBC #1 super welterweight contender Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) held…
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Loeffler, Sanchez talk GGG-Vanes

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Four times I thought a GGG fight on May 5 wouldn’t happen. Many sleepless nights. One time I just decided to go the movies, thinking that it’s over,” stated promoter Tom Loeffler.

GGG’s trainer Abel Sanchez added, “Last week we had a fight when a young man (Maciej Sulecki) gave Daniel Jacobs, the second or third best middleweight in the world, all he could handle. And Martirosyan, who was supposed to fight Sulecki, was the favorite in that bout. That tells me that we will have (a real fight) on Saturday.”

Both promoter and trainer spoke to Fightnews.com® about all the challenges of making the trials and tribulations of making the Cinco de Mayo showdown between WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-01, 33 KO) and Vanes Martirosyan (36-3, 21 KO) possible.

By Przemek Garczarczyk “Four times I thought a GGG fight on May 5 wouldn’t happen. Many sleepless nights. One time I just decided to go the movies, thinking that it’s…
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Wanheng matches Floyd…for now

By Karl Freitag

WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (50-0, 18 KOs) told the Bangkok Post that he’s happy to have matched Floyd Mayweather’s 50-0 record and isn’t thinking about winning 51 straight fights, but plans to keep training hard for the next one. Leroy Estrada was the WBC’s mandatory challenger, so Wanheng will have a voluntary defense when he goes for the record.

Wanheng’s trainer Suparb Boonrod told the Post in an understatement, “He is 32 but still very strong and fit. He is very disciplined and is a hard-working man, so winning his 51st consecutive match is possible.”

As you may recall, Julio Cesar Chavez got to 87-0 at one point. So even if Wanheng smashes Floyd’s record, for it to stick he must retire undefeated/untied. If he gets a blemish on his ledger, Floyd gets the record back.

By Karl Freitag WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (50-0, 18 KOs) told the Bangkok Post that he’s happy to have matched Floyd Mayweather’s 50-0 record and isn’t thinking about winning…
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Five Mexicans to fight in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

George Sarantopoulo’s Sparta Promotions hosted a final press conference at Giorgio’s Restaurant in Panama City to introduce the foreign boxers scheduled to fight on Friday night at Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall.

The Battle of the Nuñez boxing event headed by local Ricardo “El Matematico” Nuñez (29-6, 23 KOs) vs Cuban Leosdan Nuñez (6-0, 4 KOs) for the WBA Fedelatin bantamweight title, includes three regional championships, ten undefeated prospects, five World ranked fighters and, for the first time in Panama’s boxing history, five Mexicans on the same card. Continue reading “Five Mexicans to fight in Panama”

By Héctor Villarreal George Sarantopoulo’s Sparta Promotions hosted a final press conference at Giorgio’s Restaurant in Panama City to introduce the foreign boxers scheduled to fight on Friday night at…
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Spence-Ocampo kickoff press conference

Welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. received a champions’ welcome in his hometown Wednesday at Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters at a press conference to discuss his homecoming defense Saturday, June 16 live on Showtime against unbeaten Carlos Ocampo at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Errol Spence Jr: ““My motto is ‘Man Down’ and I have to live up to it. I don’t go in looking for the knockout, but I let it happen naturally. I let it come to me and we’re definitely going to let it happen on fight night…I do believe I’m the best welterweight in boxing right now. I’ve been trying to prove it for a long time. I’m never looking past anyone, but I’d love to fight Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and when he’s back, Keith Thurman. I’m ready to fight the best in the division and prove I reign supreme over all of them.”

Carlos Ocampo: “I have been the underdog before and I’m prepared to once again overcome that. I’m not worried about what anybody else thinks of me or this fight. My mind is only on winning and being prepared to do whatever I have to. He can talk about knocking me out all he wants but I’m here too and I’m ready to knock him out on June 16.”

Welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. received a champions’ welcome in his hometown Wednesday at Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters at a press conference to discuss his homecoming defense Saturday, June…
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