Koura wins vacant OPBF 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten bright prospect Tsubasa Koura (11-0, 8 KOs), 105, more than impressively acquired the vacant OPBF minimumweight belt (renounced by Ryuya Yamanaka who will have a WBO title shot against Tatsuya Fukuhara on April 27) when he demolished Filipino southpaw puncher Jaysever Abcede (14-7, 9 KOs), 104.5, with vicious body bombardments at 3:09 of the fourth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten bright prospect Tsubasa Koura (11-0, 8 KOs), 105, more than impressively acquired the vacant OPBF minimumweight belt (renounced by Ryuya Yamanaka who…
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WBC #11 Kuga keeps Japanese 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

We felt like slipping into another time, that is, 1980s. In such a furious and fierce give-and-take battle, WBC#11 Yusaku Suga (15-2-1, 10 KOs), 122, impressively kept his Japanese national super-bantamweight belt by winning a unanimous decision (97-94 twice, 96-94) over gallant challenger Ryoichi Tamura (8-3-1, 5 KOs), 121.75, over ten hard-fought frames on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Having dethroned then world-rated Yasutaka Ishimoto via second round stoppage this February, Kuga, a durable hard-puncher making his initial defense, took the leadoff, piling up points steadily, but Tamura, who lately scored four knockouts in a row, fought back much better than people expected. Continue reading “WBC #11 Kuga keeps Japanese 122lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda We felt like slipping into another time, that is, 1980s. In such a furious and fierce give-and-take battle, WBC#11 Yusaku Suga (15-2-1, 10…
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World 130lb champs Uchiyama, Miura retire

By Joe Koizumi

It might be a strange coincidence that our outstanding world super-featherweight champions—Takashi Uchiyama and Takashi Miura—announced their farewell to the ring this weekend. Uchiyama, 37, started his career in the paid ranks at the age of 25 after his long amateur experience, became WBA titlist at 30, and retained it eleven times to his credit prior to his forfeiture to Jezreel Corrales and then his failure to win it back from the Panamanian via split verdict last December.

Photo: Boxing Beat

His reign for six years and three months is the longest among all world champs out of Japan in history. Continue reading “World 130lb champs Uchiyama, Miura retire”

By Joe Koizumi It might be a strange coincidence that our outstanding world super-featherweight champions—Takashi Uchiyama and Takashi Miura—announced their farewell to the ring this weekend. Uchiyama, 37, started his…
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Ali tops Perez, Barrera surprises Gomez

Welterweight Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former WBA super lightweight interim world champion Johan “El Terrible” Perez (22-4-4, 15 KOs) for the vacant WBA International title on Saturday night at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. Ali was credited with a knockdown in round three. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 97-92.

Photo: Chris Coduto – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Welterweight Alejandro “El Elegido” Barrera (27-3, 17 KOs) surprised Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (20-3, 11 KOs), winning by ten round split decision. Gomez dropped Barrera in round seven and Barrera also suffered a cut over his right eye in that round, ruled by a punch. However, overall Barrera outworked Gomez most the fight. Scores were 96-93, 96-93 Barrera and 95-94 Gomez. Continue reading “Ali tops Perez, Barrera surprises Gomez”

Welterweight Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former WBA super lightweight interim world champion Johan “El Terrible” Perez (22-4-4, 15 KOs)…
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Garcia defeats Broner decisively

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Before Mikey Garcia took a two and a half year break from boxing he was an extraordinary fighter. Now that he’s back in the ring, he may be even better than he was before. That was the message late Saturday night in front of 12,084 fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, when Garcia, the WBC lightweight champion, moved up to junior welterweight to dominate former champion Adrien Broner over twelve rounds.

Garcia (37-0, 30 KO’s) won a unanimous decision on scores of 117-111 and 116-112 (twice).

Fightnews had Garcia winning, 117-111. Continue reading “Garcia defeats Broner decisively”

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Before Mikey Garcia took a two and a half year break from boxing he was an extraordinary fighter. Now that he’s back…
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Charlo crushes Heiland

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Middleweight contender Jermall Charlo blew through Jorge Sebastian Heiland, knocking him down in the second and again in the fourth before Heiland’s corner called the fight off. The fight was a WBC middleweight eliminator with the chance to fight the winner of the Sept. 16 Gennady Golovkin-Saul Alvarez fight at stake.

Charlo (26-0, 20 KO’s) knocked Heiland down in the second after connecting with a hard hook. Heiland (29-5-2, 16 KO’s) rose slowly and when the action resumed Charlo teed off with a series of hard, flush rights. Continue reading “Charlo crushes Heiland”

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Middleweight contender Jermall Charlo blew through Jorge Sebastian Heiland, knocking him down in the second and again in the fourth before Heiland’s…
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FS1 Weights from Bakersfield

Victor Ortiz 145.2 vs. Saul Corral 145.6

Photo: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

Justin DeLoach 155 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 152.4
Karlos Balderas 134.6 vs. Eder Amaro Fajardo 135
Adam Lopez 123 vs. Paul Romero 123.2

Venue: Rabobank Theater, Bakersfield, Calif
Promoter: Ringstar
TV: FS1 (Sunday)

Victor Ortiz 145.2 vs. Saul Corral 145.6 Justin DeLoach 155 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 152.4 Karlos Balderas 134.6 vs. Eder Amaro Fajardo 135 Adam Lopez 123 vs. Paul Romero 123.2 Venue:…
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Big Baby batters, stops Washington

By Matt Richardson at ringside

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, an undefeated heavyweight from Brooklyn, kept his perfect record intact with a eighth round technical knockout win round against former title-challenger Gerald Washington on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fight had ebbs and flows where both men hurt the other but it was after the eighth, when Miller (19-0-1, 17 KO’s) once again rocked Washington, that Washington’s corner decided to call a halt. There were no knockdowns in the fight, which was scheduled for ten rounds. Continue reading “Big Baby batters, stops Washington”

By Matt Richardson at ringside Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, an undefeated heavyweight from Brooklyn, kept his perfect record intact with a eighth round technical knockout win round against former title-challenger…
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Broner-Garcia LIVE Early Results

By Matt Richardson at ringside

In an IBF junior bantamweight title eliminator, Rau’shee Warren defeated McJoe Arroyo by unanimous decision on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. . Warren and Arroyo, both former Olympians and former champions, put on a good, back-and-forth fight in which both boxers had their moments. It was the more polished Warren, however, who boxed more effectively, thus earning scores of 118-110 and 117-111 (twice). Warren (15-2, 4 KO’s) outboxed Arroyo (17-2, 8 KO’s) for large stretches of the fight and often found success with a straight right to Arroyo’s face, particularly when he slammed Arroyo with a pair of the punches in the final minute of the third.

In the first fight on the card to end inside the distance, Ireland’s Katie Taylor dominated Jasmine Clarkson in a female lightweight fight. The bout was stopped prior to the start of the fourth with Clarkson on her stool after she took a pounding in the third round. Taylor, who won Olympic gold for Ireland at the 2012 Olympics but lost in the 2016 games, had an easy time with Clarkson, slamming her to the head and body in the corner. Taylor earned her sixth win as a pro and moved to 6-0 with 3 KO’s. Clarkson is now 4-9. Continue reading “Broner-Garcia LIVE Early Results”

By Matt Richardson at ringside In an IBF junior bantamweight title eliminator, Rau’shee Warren defeated McJoe Arroyo by unanimous decision on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. .…
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Weights from Chicago

Ramiro Carrillo 140 vs. Antonio Canas 140
Jessica McCaskill 134 vs. Natalie Brown 134
Josh Hernandez 129 vs. Gavino Guaman 128
Yousif Saleh 134 vs. Tommy Bryant 134
Shawn Simpson 120 vs. Sergio Najera 121.5
Nick Brindise 134 vs. Donte Bryant 134
Vernon Brown 151 vs. Shaun Lee Henson 152.5

Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Warriors Boxing

Ramiro Carrillo 140 vs. Antonio Canas 140 Jessica McCaskill 134 vs. Natalie Brown 134 Josh Hernandez 129 vs. Gavino Guaman 128 Yousif Saleh 134 vs. Tommy Bryant 134 Shawn Simpson…
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Buthelezi retains IBO junior-bantam belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi retained his IBO junior-bantamweight belt for the third time on a wide unanimous 12 rounds points decision over Filipino Ryan Rey Ponteras at the International Convention Centre in East London on Friday night. Judge Lulama Mtya (S.A.) scored it 118-112 and judges Eddie Pappoe (Ghana) and Patric Mukondwa (Zimbabwe) had it 118-109 and 118-111.

Even though Buthelezi won by wide margins, it was a below par performance by this skillful fighter. Continue reading “Buthelezi retains IBO junior-bantam belt”

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi retained his IBO junior-bantamweight belt for the third time on a wide unanimous 12 rounds points decision over Filipino Ryan Rey Ponteras at…
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Weights from Long Beach, CA

Tramaine Williams 124.8 vs. William Gonzalez 122.6
Junior Younan 168 vs. Mike Guy 167
Jonnie Rice 268 vs. Rodney Hernandez 286
Sergio Quiroz 122 vs. Lupe Arroyo 123.8
Eric Gomez 148 vs. Raul Calderon 143.6

Venue: The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions, in association with KO Night Boxing LLC and Roc Nation Sports
TV: CBSSN (tonight)

Tramaine Williams 124.8 vs. William Gonzalez 122.6 Junior Younan 168 vs. Mike Guy 167 Jonnie Rice 268 vs. Rodney Hernandez 286 Sergio Quiroz 122 vs. Lupe Arroyo 123.8 Eric Gomez…
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Late sub Lozano destroys Carmona

In a shocker, late sub Daniel “Alacrán” Lozano (14-4, 11 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over world-rated David “Severo” Carmona (20-5, 8 KOs) in a super bantamweight clash on Friday night at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Lozano dropped Carmona hard twice in round two. The end came at 2:33.

Photo: Scott Foster

Lozano stepped in when Carmona came in four pounds over the contract weight and his original opponent Jose Martínez opted not to fight. Lozano avenged a previous decision loss to Carmona (at 115 lbs) and ended a three fight losing streak in spectacular fashion.

In a shocker, late sub Daniel “Alacrán” Lozano (14-4, 11 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over world-rated David “Severo” Carmona (20-5, 8 KOs) in a super bantamweight clash…
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Ferguson KOs late-sub Roundstone in one

Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra

A series of unfortunate events almost led to the cancellation of Thursday’s pro/am card at the Boxing and Bulls Outdoor Grounds in Hays, Montana, with three fighters not showing up for the weigh-ins, two pulling out the day of the fight, and intermittent rain storms sending the Silver Wolf Fight Promotions crew scrambling to salvage the show. In the end, a few last-minute replacements held most of the pro portion together and, after a three-hour delay allowed for the rain to pass, the show went ahead.

In the main event Spokane, Washington’s Patrick Ferguson (8-0, 8 KOs) scored a knockout of Ruben Roundstone (0-2) in the first round. Continue reading “Ferguson KOs late-sub Roundstone in one”

Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra A series of unfortunate events almost led to the cancellation of Thursday’s pro/am card at the Boxing and Bulls Outdoor Grounds in Hays, Montana,…
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Weights from Durango

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Cristian Mijares 129.8 vs. Rafael Hernández 129.5

Luis “Cotto” Vidales 141 vs. Iván “El Zurdo” Álvarez 146
Elías Emigdio 117 vs. Moisés Adame 116.6

Venue: Auditorio del Pueblo de la capital duranguense.
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo and Cancun Boxing
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Cristian Mijares 129.8 vs. Rafael Hernández 129.5 Luis “Cotto” Vidales 141 vs. Iván “El Zurdo” Álvarez 146 Elías Emigdio 117 vs. Moisés Adame 116.6 Venue: Auditorio…
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ESPN2 Weights from Tucson

Sadam Ali 147 vs. Johan Perez 146.6
(WBA International welterweight title)

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Eddie Gomez 146.6 vs. Alejandro Barrera 147
Patrick Teixeira 153.4 vs. Andrew Hernandez 153.6
Daquan Arnett 158.8 vs. Jorge Silva 159
Pablo Rubio Jr 122 vs. David Perez 121.6
Alfredo Escarcega 138 vs. Rodolfo Gamez 138.6

Venue: Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN2

Sadam Ali 147 vs. Johan Perez 146.6 (WBA International welterweight title) Eddie Gomez 146.6 vs. Alejandro Barrera 147 Patrick Teixeira 153.4 vs. Andrew Hernandez 153.6 Daquan Arnett 158.8 vs. Jorge…
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Frampton-Gutierrez is cancelled

Cyclone Promotions has announced that the “Return of The Jackal” event scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 29th July, has been cancelled due to an undisclosed accident to Andres Gutierrez. It is hoped that the event will be re-scheduled but ticket holders are advised to retain their tickets and contact point of purchase for further information.

At today’s weigh-in, Frampton missed the 126 pound limit, so therefore the bout was no longer an official WBC featherweight eliminator. Gutierrez could have still become the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Gary Russell with a win had he not been injured – reportedly by falling in the shower.

Cyclone Promotions has announced that the “Return of The Jackal” event scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 29th July, has been cancelled due to an undisclosed accident to Andres Gutierrez. It is…
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Broner, Garcia make weight

Adrien Broner 138.75 vs. Mikey Garcia 139.5
(WBC diamond super lightweight belt)

There was a $500,000 penalty if either fighter didn’t make weight.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Jermall Charlo 159.2 vs. Jorge Sebastian Heiland 158.2
Jarrell Miller 298.8 vs. Gerald Washington 248
Katie Taylor 134.6 vs. Jasmine Clarkson 133.6
Rau’shee Warren 113.4 vs. McJoe Arroyo 114.8
Billy Dibb 133 vs. Yardley Armenta Cruz 132.8
Noel Murphy 142.2 vs. Julio Cesar Sanchez 143
George Arias 213.2 vs. Elder Hernandez 222

Venue: Barclays Center
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: Showtime

Adrien Broner 138.75 vs. Mikey Garcia 139.5 (WBC diamond super lightweight belt) There was a $500,000 penalty if either fighter didn’t make weight. Jermall Charlo 159.2 vs. Jorge Sebastian Heiland…
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Gutierrez makes weight, Frampton heavy

Carl Frampton 127 vs. Andres Gutierrez 125.5

Note: Frampton missed the 126 pound limit, so therefore this is no longer an official WBC featherweight eliminator. Gutierrez would still become mandatory challenger for WBC champion Gary Russell with a win.

Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Promoter: Cyclone Promotions
TV: Showtime FB, YouTube page

Carl Frampton 127 vs. Andres Gutierrez 125.5 Note: Frampton missed the 126 pound limit, so therefore this is no longer an official WBC featherweight eliminator. Gutierrez would still become mandatory…
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Kimura dethrones Shiming with shock TKO

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unheralded underdog Sho Kimura (15-1-2, 7 KOs) scored a stunning eleventh round TKO over WBO flyweight champion Zou Shiming (9-2, 2 KOs) on Friday night to claim the WBO belt at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China.

Bleeding badly from a cut above the right eye, Kumura finally caught up with the fleet-footed Zou and battered him to the canvas with a barrage of punches. Zou staggered to his feet but was unable to continue. Time was 2:28. At the time of the stoppage, Zou was ahead 96-94, 97-93 on two cards. Kimura was ahead 96-94 on the third card.

This was Shiming’s first defense and first fight since bolting from promoter Top Rank and trainer Freddie Roach. Shiming promoted this card himself under his Zouxuan Sports banner.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Unheralded underdog Sho Kimura (15-1-2, 7 KOs) scored a stunning eleventh round TKO over WBO flyweight champion Zou Shiming (9-2, 2 KOs) on Friday night to claim…
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Hughie Fury’s old school training camp

WBO heavyweight title challenger Hughie Fury has based himself at a spartan-style training camp at Lake Windermere as he heads into the biggest fight of his life against undefeated WBO champion Joseph Parker. Fury has set up camp in the mountains with his father and trainer Peter for his showdown with Parker on Saturday 23rd September at the Manchester Arena.

Photo: Hennessy Sports/Karen Priestley

While thousands of tourists and holiday makers enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Lake District, Fury is experiencing the flip side and is putting his body and mind through hell in the rough and brutal surrounding terrain to become the first man to beat Parker. Continue reading “Hughie Fury’s old school training camp”

WBO heavyweight title challenger Hughie Fury has based himself at a spartan-style training camp at Lake Windermere as he heads into the biggest fight of his life against undefeated WBO…
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Carmona 4 lbs heavy, Lozano replaces Martinez

At yesterday’s Boxeo Telemundo official weigh-in at the Osceola Heritage Park David “Severo” Carmona (20-4, 8 KOs) came 4 pounds over the contract weight. After attempts for Carmona to lose weight and offers to move forward with the fight his opponent Jose Martínez opted not to fight. Promoters were forced to look for a replacement and were able to secure Daniel “Alacrán” Lozano (13-4, 10 KOs) who will face Carmona in a rematch bout. Lozano was scheduled to fight Wednesday night in the Dominican Republic but his fight fell out and he is in shape and ready to take on this challenge.

Daniel Lozano 122 vs. David Carmona 119
Danny Pastrana 159 vs. Manny Woods 158
Jean Carlos Rivera 125 vs. Juan Carlos Benavidez 126
Henry Lebron 131 vs. Oscar Quezada 133
Noe Lozano 156 vs. Daruma Almenarez 157
Kervin Gonzalez 125 vs. Edgar Figueroa 125

Venue: Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Building Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo

At yesterday’s Boxeo Telemundo official weigh-in at the Osceola Heritage Park David “Severo” Carmona (20-4, 8 KOs) came 4 pounds over the contract weight. After attempts for Carmona to lose…
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Garcia a 2:1 favorite to beat Broner

WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia is a -240 favorite to defeat Adrien “The Problem” Broner when they meet Saturday night in Brooklyn. Broner backers can get +190. There has been a lot of late action on Broner, for example, The Greek Sportsbook (thegreek.com) opened Broner as an 8:1 underdog and he’s been bet down to almost a 2:1 underdog. By the way, The Greek is offering a free $20 boxing bet with no strings attached or deposit required.

On the same card, heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby Miller is -250 to defeat Gerald Washington +195, and middleweight Jermall Charlo is a whopping -2500 to beat Jorge Sebastian Heiland +1200.

WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia is a -240 favorite to defeat Adrien “The Problem” Broner when they meet Saturday night in Brooklyn. Broner backers can get +190. There has been…
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Mayweather to break camp for Broner fight

By TMZSports.com

Adrien Broner will have some major starpower in his corner when he takes on Mikey Garcia this weekend — FLOYD MAYWEATHER. Broner and Floyd have a big bro, lil bro relationship with major ups and downs. But it seems they’re on great terms at the moment … with Floyd promising he’ll be in the building to support AB on Saturday.

“He called me the other day and said he was gonna be there,” Broner tells TMZ Sports.

Floyd’s been training at his gym in Vegas — but the Broner vs. Garcia fight is in NY. No problem for Money May … who can gas up one of his TWO private jets to make the trip.

By TMZSports.com Adrien Broner will have some major starpower in his corner when he takes on Mikey Garcia this weekend — FLOYD MAYWEATHER. Broner and Floyd have a big bro,…
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Beltran fighting for more than belts

Next week in Los Angeles, three-time world title challenger and IBF #2 lightweight contender Ray Beltran (33-7-1, 21 KOs) will be defending his NABF and NABO lightweight titles against former two-time WBA interim super featherweight world champ and current WBA #1 contender Bryan Vasquez (36-2, 19 KOs).

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

A former sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao, Beltran still trains at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood with Pepe Reilly. Every fight he wins gets him one step closer to a precious green card via the “extraordinary athlete” status needed to qualify for the EB-1 green card typically available to certain sportspeople, entertainers, and masters of the arts and sciences. Recently, he has been in the U.S. under an athletic visa. Continue reading “Beltran fighting for more than belts”

Next week in Los Angeles, three-time world title challenger and IBF #2 lightweight contender Ray Beltran (33-7-1, 21 KOs) will be defending his NABF and NABO lightweight titles against former…
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