Rocky Martinez returns at 135

Three-time former world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-3-3, 17 KOs) will return to the ring Friday, June 1 in Barranquilla Colombia, in a 10 round bout in what will be his first professional fight at 135 pounds. Martinez, who was world champion three times at super featherweight, will rise in division for the first time in his career. “After many years at the same weight and my body does not assimilate it well. I didn’t feel the same strength in my last fight against Lomachenko,” said Martinez.

Rocky hopes that a victory in his next fight will lead him to get a world title opportunity at 135 pounds, where he aspires to become champion for the fourth time in his career. Continue reading “Rocky Martinez returns at 135”

Three-time former world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-3-3, 17 KOs) will return to the ring Friday, June 1 in Barranquilla Colombia, in a 10 round bout in what will be…
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Linares, Lomachenko make weight

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Jorge Linares 134.6 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko 134.6
(WBA lightweight title)

Carlos Adames 149.8 vs. Alejandro Barrera 149.4
Michael Conlan 126.8 vs. Ibon Larrinaga 126.4
Teofimo Lopez 135.8 vs. Vitor Freitas 135.4
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 140.6 vs. Jesus Silveira 141.2
Jamel Herring 132.4 vs. Juan Pablo Sanchez 133
Mikaela Mayer 131.6 vs. Baby Nansen 131

Venue: Madison Square Garden, NYC
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Jorge Linares 134.6 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko 134.6 (WBA lightweight title) Carlos Adames 149.8 vs. Alejandro Barrera 149.4 Michael Conlan 126.8 vs. Ibon Larrinaga 126.4 Teofimo Lopez 135.8…
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Weights from Germany

Avni Yildirim 168 vs. Ryan Ford 167.5
(WBC International super middleweight title)

Venue: Nobeo TV studios in Cologne, Germany
Promoter: Ahmet Oner
TV: Sky Sports News HD (Germany), S Sport (Turkey)

WBC #5 ranked super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim is set to return to action this Saturday (May 12th) in Cologne, Germany, against former MMA star Ryan Ford from Canada.
“This fight is my chance to get in line for a world title shot”, says Yildirim. “I am not looking past Ryan Ford, he is a strong guy. But I know that he stands between my and the big green and gold belt so I have to beat him.” Continue reading “Weights from Germany”

Avni Yildirim 168 vs. Ryan Ford 167.5 (WBC International super middleweight title) Venue: Nobeo TV studios in Cologne, Germany Promoter: Ahmet Oner TV: Sky Sports News HD (Germany), S Sport…
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Ali, Munguia, Vargas, Hovhannisyan make weight

By Boxing Bob Newman

Sadam Ali 153 vs. Jaime Munguia 152.75
(WBO junior middleweight title)

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Rey Vargas 120 vs. Azat Hovhannisyan 121
(WBC super bantamweight title)
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Kevin Rivers, Jr. 125.25 vs. Diuhl Olguin 124.75
George Rincon 140 vs. Corey Gulley 138.5
Luis Vargas vs. Damian Lewis 224.5
Lawrence Gabriel 198.5 vs. Brad Vargeson 194
Alex Vanasse 200.75 vs. Ray Santiago 233.5

Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, NY
Promoter: Oscar de la Hoya (Golden Boy) in association with Zanfer Promotions and Promociones del Pueblo
TV: HBO (USA), Azteca (Mexico)
Doors Open: 5:30 p.m., First bell at 6:30 p.m., Televised fights at 10:00 p.m. ET.

By Boxing Bob Newman Sadam Ali 153 vs. Jaime Munguia 152.75 (WBO junior middleweight title) Rey Vargas 120 vs. Azat Hovhannisyan 121 (WBC super bantamweight title) Kevin Rivers, Jr. 125.25…
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Weights from Bolton, England

Sam Sexton 235 vs. Hughie Fury 232
(British heavyweight championship)

Photo: Hennessy Sports

Savannah Marshall 163.25 vs. Ester Konecna 168
Peter McDonagh 153 vs. Peter Kramer 155.25
Yusuf Safa 124.25 vs. Jose Aguilar 126.5

Venue: Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, Bolton, England
Promoter: Hennessy Sports
TV: Channel 5 (UK)

Sam Sexton 235 vs. Hughie Fury 232 (British heavyweight championship) Savannah Marshall 163.25 vs. Ester Konecna 168 Peter McDonagh 153 vs. Peter Kramer 155.25 Yusuf Safa 124.25 vs. Jose Aguilar…
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Klitschko rates Joshua and Wilder

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko was asked who is the best heavyweight between his former conqueror IBF, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. “They are completely different fighters,” Klitschko told BBC. “I know both of them. They were both at my training camp. We spent a lot of time with each other….it’s very difficult to calculate where Deontay Wilder’s punches are coming from. But the strength, the core, the foundation that Anthony Joshua has, in addition to being an Olympic champion, and he has the great amateur experience that Wilder does not have. I’ll be happy, super happy if I’m able to see him (Anthony Joshua) succeed. I told him ‘the more you shine, the more I shine.'”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko was asked who is the best heavyweight between his former conqueror IBF, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua…
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Arum: Loma-Linares what boxing’s all about

“It’s a challenge, but that’s what makes a fighter one of the all-time greats… challenges,” states Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “(Lomachenko) was great at 126. He devastated everybody at 130. Now, he’s moving up to 135, and people say, ‘Is this a bridge too far?’ And his father, who is a great trainer says, ‘No this isn’t a bridge too far.’

“We’re going to see on Saturday. That’s what boxing is all about. If there aren’t any challenges, if there aren’t any obstacles, who the hell wants to watch it?”

“It’s a challenge, but that’s what makes a fighter one of the all-time greats… challenges,” states Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “(Lomachenko) was great at 126. He devastated everybody…
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Nietes-Palicte set for August 11 in Cebu

By Nick Giongco

The fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-flyweight crown between Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte will be held on August 11 in Cebu.

This will mark only the third time that two Filipinos will dispute a world crown following Pancho Villa’s showdown with Clever Sencio in 1925 in Manila and Jerwin Ancajas and Jonas Sultan’s duel set for May 26 in Fresno, California. Continue reading “Nietes-Palicte set for August 11 in Cebu”

By Nick Giongco The fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-flyweight crown between Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte will be held on August 11 in Cebu. This will…
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ESPN+ picks up Saunders-Murray

ESPN+ – the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service – will carry the June 23 card from the O2 Arena in London, headlined by WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders against veteran Martin Murray.

“I’m delighted that the WBO middleweight world title showdown between Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray will be shown live in the United States on ESPN+,” said Frank Warren, the event’s promoter. “I’d like to thank Bob Arum and Todd duBoef of Top Rank for making this happen. There’s a lot on the line for Billy Joe and Martin and I’m predicting a brilliant fight for the fans. This is a brilliant opportunity for our young guns Daniel Dubois and Anthony Yarde to showcase their skills to the American audience.” Continue reading “ESPN+ picks up Saunders-Murray”

ESPN+ – the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service – will carry the June 23 card from the O2 Arena in London, headlined by WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders…
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ABC announces charity fund for retired fighters

The Association of Boxing Commissions (“ABC”), a Federally-mandated 501c3 tax-exempt entity whose mission is to help create rules and regulations to enhance safety, and has implemented a Retired Fighter Charitable Fund. The was created to help retired fighters who may have fallen on hard times due to mental or physical health issues related to injuries sustained while competing in combat sports. Members of the Board of Directors are voluntary and no members of the Board accepts any payments and there are no administrative or operating; 100% of donations goes directly to aid retired fighters. Continue reading “ABC announces charity fund for retired fighters”

The Association of Boxing Commissions (“ABC”), a Federally-mandated 501c3 tax-exempt entity whose mission is to help create rules and regulations to enhance safety, and has implemented a Retired Fighter Charitable…
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Weights from Rhode Island

Rich Gingras 167 vs. Antowyan Aikens 166
Juiseppe Cusumano 236 vs. Bernardo Marquez 229
Anthony Marsella Jr. 140 vs. Ricardo Maldonado 139
Jamaine Ortiz 135 vs. Tyrone Luckey 133
Marqus Bates 143 vs. Mohamad Allam 145
Ricky Delossantos 128 vs. James Early 128
Nicky Dequattro 135 vs. Andy Aiello 136
Jake Paradise 185 vs. Leandro Da Silva 183
Derrick Whitley 146 vs. Carlos Galindo 147

Venue: Twin River Casino, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: CES Boxing

Rich Gingras 167 vs. Antowyan Aikens 166 Juiseppe Cusumano 236 vs. Bernardo Marquez 229 Anthony Marsella Jr. 140 vs. Ricardo Maldonado 139 Jamaine Ortiz 135 vs. Tyrone Luckey 133 Marqus…
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Bounce Weights from Las Vegas

Tony Harrison 155.6 vs. Ishe Smith 155.6
Andrew Tabiti 200.8 vs. Lateef Kayode 201.6
Erick Bone 147.2 vs. Cameron Krael 147.2
Lanell Bellows 170 vs. Naim Terbunja 169.4
Ladarius Miller 139.6 vs. Jose Marrufo 140
Maurice Lee 147.4 vs. Joel Guevara 148

Venue: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: Bounce

Tony Harrison 155.6 vs. Ishe Smith 155.6 Andrew Tabiti 200.8 vs. Lateef Kayode 201.6 Erick Bone 147.2 vs. Cameron Krael 147.2 Lanell Bellows 170 vs. Naim Terbunja 169.4 Ladarius Miller…
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ShoBox Weights from Philadelphia

Devin Haney 134.75 vs. Mason Menard 134.25
Joshua Greer 122.75 vs. Glenn Dezurn 122.25
Alvin Varmall Jr 172.75 vs. Charles Foster 174.5
Arnold Khegai 120.25 vs. Adam Lopez 121.75

Venue: 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
Promoter: Greg Cohen Promotions
TV: Showtime

Devin Haney 134.75 vs. Mason Menard 134.25 Joshua Greer 122.75 vs. Glenn Dezurn 122.25 Alvin Varmall Jr 172.75 vs. Charles Foster 174.5 Arnold Khegai 120.25 vs. Adam Lopez 121.75 Venue:…
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Weights from Detroit

By Brad Snyder

Sinan Fradi 175 vs. Darren Gibbs 170.2
Curtis Head 240.6 vs. Robert Simms 247
Leon Lawson III TBD vs. Antonio Louis Hernandez 155
Aslambek Idigov 171.8 vs. Emmanuel Sanchez 170.6
Jalen Stephenson 129.8 vs. Michael Wooten Jr. 117.1
Kaywann Sistrunk 138.2 vs. Charles Johnson 141.6
Christion White 145.6 vs. Donnie Reeves 135
Clarence Dubose 186.2 vs. Scott Futrell Will weigh in later
Gheith Mohammed 154.2 vs. Jared Chauvin 156.6
Basil Ali Nasser 124.1 vs. Deron Smith 121.2
Jafar Mohammed 122.4 vs. Yaqub Kareem 125.4

Venue: Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Detroit
Promoter: Second 2 None Promotions

By Brad Snyder Sinan Fradi 175 vs. Darren Gibbs 170.2 Curtis Head 240.6 vs. Robert Simms 247 Leon Lawson III TBD vs. Antonio Louis Hernandez 155 Aslambek Idigov 171.8 vs.…
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Weights from Philadelphia

Mykal Fox 143 vs. Anthony Mercado 141.1
Alex Barbosa 124 vs. Sergio Aguilar 125.1
Romuel Cruz 124.4 vs. Bryann Perez 127.6
Jerrod Miner 116.8 vs. Desmond Moore 116.9
Joshafat Ortiz 129.7 vs. Jordan Peters 129.8
Michael Coffie 276.2 vs. Lamar Lewis 248.3
Joel Flores 135.9 vs. Christopher Burgos 135
Anvar Yunusov 131.6 vs. Deo Kizito 131

Venue: SugarHouse Casino
Promoter: King’s Promotions

Mykal Fox 143 vs. Anthony Mercado 141.1 Alex Barbosa 124 vs. Sergio Aguilar 125.1 Romuel Cruz 124.4 vs. Bryann Perez 127.6 Jerrod Miner 116.8 vs. Desmond Moore 116.9 Joshafat Ortiz…
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Weights from Ontario, California

Roberto Arriaza 147 vs. Juan Ruiz 146.5
Erick Ituarte 125.9 vs. Carlos Carlson 124.8
Michael Dutchover 130.7 vs. Mike Fowler 128.7
Mario Hernandez 118.9 vs. Neri Garcia 118.6
Ruben Torres 132.4 vs. Sergio Gonzalez 131.5

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

Roberto Arriaza 147 vs. Juan Ruiz 146.5 Erick Ituarte 125.9 vs. Carlos Carlson 124.8 Michael Dutchover 130.7 vs. Mike Fowler 128.7 Mario Hernandez 118.9 vs. Neri Garcia 118.6 Ruben Torres…
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Lomachenko-Linares Final Presser

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) and WBA lightweight Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) held their final press conference Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ESPN will televise.

Vasyl Lomachenko: “I want to thank Linares for taking this challenge. Saturday night, it’s going to be a good bout, and we’re going to find out who is the best. The way this bout is going to go… who knows? It’s boxing. It’s going to be a fight, and after that, we’re going to see.”

Jorge Linares: “I’ve been working hard for the last few fights preparing for this fight. I knew Lomachenko wanted it. I wanted it. So I was very confident that Golden Boy, Teiken and Top Rank were going to get it done. The last two opponents I faced were southpaws. Purposely. I was preparing psychologically and physically to fight Vasiliy Lomachenko. I’ve had him on my radar. I believe, and trust me when I say this, the fight is going to get more intense as the rounds go on.”

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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) and WBA lightweight Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) held their final press…
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Munguia vows to take WBO belt from Ali

Unbeaten Tijuana super welterweight Jaime Munguia (28-0-0, 24 KOs) has made the trip to Verona, New York, to attempt to wrest the WBO junior middleweight championship from Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday in the main event at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Munguia is accompanied by his team of trainer Robert Alcazar, Dr. Jose Manuel Covarrubias, Guadalupe Martinez, Jose Manuel Martinez and Jaime Munguia Sr.

The 21-year-old Zanfer Promotions prodigy has promised he will not return to Mexico empty-handed. “I am very happy with this opportunity. After two months of intense preparation comes the week of the fight and I’m sure I will not miss this opportunity. The belt is coming back with us!”

Ali-Munguia will be televised in the US by HBO and in Mexico by Azteca 7, la Casa del Boxeo.

Unbeaten Tijuana super welterweight Jaime Munguia (28-0-0, 24 KOs) has made the trip to Verona, New York, to attempt to wrest the WBO junior middleweight championship from Sadam Ali (26-1,…
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Matchroom announces billion dollar streaming deal

Matchroom Boxing and Perform Group today announced the creation of a landmark $1 billion joint venture they call the biggest-ever deal in boxing. The eight-year deal will see Matchroom Boxing USA stage 32 fight nights a year on the on-demand streaming service DAZN. 16 events will be in the U.S. and 16 will be in the U.K. None of the fight nights will be on PPV, all will be available for one monthly fee and no long term contract.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said, “This is a historic moment for Matchroom and the sport of boxing. Since our expansion to the US, we have been looking for a partner that shares our vision and that can give us the volume of dates and rights fees required to build the strongest stable in world boxing and take it to a new level.”

Matchroom Boxing and Perform Group today announced the creation of a landmark $1 billion joint venture they call the biggest-ever deal in boxing. The eight-year deal will see Matchroom Boxing…
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Sena headlines in Clovis on Saturday

By David Finger

On Saturday night, boxing will return to Clovis, New Mexico, for the first time in two years as popular local heavyweight Elijio Sena (2-0-1, 1 KO) looks to kickstart his career after nearly two years of sitting on the bench as he takes on Belen’s Eduardo Silva (0-1) in a four round affair. It will be Sena’s second fight in front of his hometown crowd. Continue reading “Sena headlines in Clovis on Saturday”

By David Finger On Saturday night, boxing will return to Clovis, New Mexico, for the first time in two years as popular local heavyweight Elijio Sena (2-0-1, 1 KO) looks…
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IBF Awards for 2017

The IBF has announced its award recipients for 2017 to be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet closing the organization’s 35th Annual Convention at the Saint Vincent Resort & Casino in Saint Vincent, Italy on May 31. The Jersey Joe Walcott Award, the organization’s highest honor, will go to Lee Selby. Currently preparing for his sixth defense of his IBF Featherweight title, Selby’s notable career in the ring has earned him this distinction.

Receiving the IBF Female Fighter of the Year Award is Debora Dionicius of Argentina. The reigning IBF Female Jr. Bantamweight Champion has held her title since she won it in November of 2012. Dionicius is currently preparing for her twelfth IBF title defense. Continue reading “IBF Awards for 2017”

The IBF has announced its award recipients for 2017 to be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet closing the organization’s 35th Annual Convention at the Saint Vincent Resort & Casino…
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Kanalas: I can do big things in the ring

Hungarian invader Szilveszter “The Silent Assassin” Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs) has a plan designed to upset local favorite and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) in their May 19th PPV showdown for the vacant fringe IBA flyweight championship at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. It will be the first world championship boxing match ever held in the state of Kansas.

Two years ago, Kanalas became one of the youngest (17) world champions ever, when he defeated fellow Hungarian boxer Jozsef Ajtai for the fringe WBF super flyweight title. He later had a rough patch where he suffered five KO losses in six fights, but in his last outing he outpointed Szilveszter Ajtai (12-10-1, 7 KOs) in a four-rounder and he’s not fazed by fighting hometown hero Hernandez in a twelve-rounder in his backyard. Continue reading “Kanalas: I can do big things in the ring”

Hungarian invader Szilveszter “The Silent Assassin” Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs) has a plan designed to upset local favorite and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) in their…
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Claressa Shields Media Workout

Photos: Terrell Groggins

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and unified women’s super middleweight champion Claressa Shields worked out for the media and spoke to local youth Wednesday at The Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit. The boxing star is two weeks into training camp ahead of her SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION showdown Friday, June 22 live on SHOWTIME from the historic Masonic Temple.

The 23-year-old Shields, who grew up in nearby Flint, will attempt to become a two-division world champion when she faces unified women’s 154-pound champion Hanna Gabriels for the vacant IBF and WBA Middleweight World Titles. Continue reading “Claressa Shields Media Workout”

Photos: Terrell Groggins Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and unified women’s super middleweight champion Claressa Shields worked out for the media and spoke to local youth Wednesday at The Downtown Boxing…
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Comebacking Shumenov to fight for WBA belt

Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov announced his comeback fight will be held July 7, against 30-1 Hizni Altunkaya for the vacant WBA Cruiserweight World title, in Astana, Kazakhstan. Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, retired last June due to an eye injury that required surgeries, forcing him to relinquish his WBA cruiserweight world title.

The July 7th gala event will be part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Astana being the capital of Kazakhstan. Many political dignitaries from Kazakhstan and around the World are expected to attend Shumenov’s comeback fight.

“I’m happy to fight for my belt,” Shumenov said from his training camp in Kazakhstan. “My eye is 100-percent and I’m excited about fighting again. I’m honored to fight on the 20th anniversary celebration of Astana as my country’s capital. After this fight, I want interim cruiserweight champion, Arsen Goulamirian.” Continue reading “Comebacking Shumenov to fight for WBA belt”

Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov announced his comeback fight will be held July 7, against 30-1 Hizni Altunkaya for the vacant WBA Cruiserweight World title, in…
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Dib aiming to dethrone Farmer for IBF title

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib is confident he will defeat American Tevin Farmer in Sydney for the vacant IBF super featherweight crown in July with Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech in his corner. “Tevin Farmer’s a very elusive kind of guy. He’s a great mover, and he’s got quick hands, so it’s going to be a challenge,” Dib told Sporting News. “It’s a difficult match-up, but it’s one I’m definitely going to rise to the occasion for and do the best that I can and hopefully pull out a great victory.”

“I need Jeff because he’s a great motivator. He definitely pushes you very hard and I honestly feel I’m going to put in a great performance in late July…this is going to be a special moment for me and for Jeff – Jeff Fenech’s a three-time world champion and this is my opportunity to be a three-time world champion as well.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib is confident he will defeat American Tevin Farmer in Sydney for the vacant IBF super featherweight crown…
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