Ailing Liam Smith pulls out of Sadam Ali fight

An illness has forced Liam Smith to postpone his WBO super-welterweight world title challenge against Sadam Ali, scheduled for May 12th at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. WBO #1 contender Smith, 29, is attempting to regain the 154lb crown that he lost against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in September 2016, and is hopeful that a new date can be scheduled as soon as possible.

Golden Boy is trying to find another challenger for Ali to face on the HBO-televised card.

“I’m bitterly disappointed that I have been forced to postpone my fight with Sadam Ali to a later date,” said Smith. “A recent illness has severely impacted on my training schedule, leaving me with no choice but to postpone the May 12th date. Continue reading “Ailing Liam Smith pulls out of Sadam Ali fight”

An illness has forced Liam Smith to postpone his WBO super-welterweight world title challenge against Sadam Ali, scheduled for May 12th at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New…
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HBO Weights from Brooklyn

By Prmezek Garczarczyk

Daniel Jacobs 159.6 vs. Maciej Sulecki 159.2
(WBA middleweight eliminator)

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller 304.4 vs. Johann Duhaupas 244.2

Katie Taylor 134.4 vs. Victoria Noelia Bustos 134.2
(WBA/IBF female lightweight unification)
Daniyar Yeleussinov 150.6 vs. Noah Kidd 150
Shohjahon Ergashev 139.6 vs. Zhimin Wang 139.4
Nikolay Buzolin 143 vs. Larry Fryars 140.6
Julian Sosa 142.2 vs. Larry Ventus 144.2
Dimash Niyazov 138.6 vs. Angel Sarinana 138.6

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: Matchroom/Salita Promotions
TV: HBO

By Prmezek Garczarczyk Daniel Jacobs 159.6 vs. Maciej Sulecki 159.2 (WBA middleweight eliminator) Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller 304.4 vs. Johann Duhaupas 244.2 Katie Taylor 134.4 vs. Victoria Noelia Bustos 134.2…
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Weights from Germany

Arthur Abraham 168 vs. Patrick Nielsen 168
(WBO International super middleweight title)

Venue: Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event

Arthur Abraham 168 vs. Patrick Nielsen 168 (WBO International super middleweight title) Venue: Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Germany Promoter: Sauerland Event


Magdaleno-Dogboe final presser

The verbal haymakers were flying Thursday afternoon as WBO junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno and interim champ Isaac Dogboe faced off at the final press conference for their world championship main event, Saturday at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Jessie Magdaleno: He’s going to get the ass whooping he deserves. I’ve been waiting to fight him. All that trash talk on social media, I hope he puts it up on Saturday night because I’m ready. I’m ready to give him what he deserves.”

Isaac Dogboe: “I can sense fear in Jessie Magdaleno already. He can say whatever he wants to say, but when he gets in the ring, he’s really going to find out.” Continue reading “Magdaleno-Dogboe final presser”

The verbal haymakers were flying Thursday afternoon as WBO junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno and interim champ Isaac Dogboe faced off at the final press conference for their world championship…
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Lopez-Cruz Press Conference

Rugged veteran Josesito Lopez and unbeaten Miguel Cruz faced-off Thursday and discussed their upcoming showdown Saturday, April 28 as part of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes from Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

Photo: Ruben Ramirez

Josesito Lopez: “I’m well prepared for this fight, I’ve had a great camp with Robert Garcia. I have a tough unbeaten opponent who’s really good. I just have to prove I’m better on Saturday night.”

Miguel Cruz: “I have to be smart and execute my game plan round after round. My jab will be key and if I can use that and wear him down to the body, I think I’ll have a great chance to stop him.” Continue reading “Lopez-Cruz Press Conference”

Rugged veteran Josesito Lopez and unbeaten Miguel Cruz faced-off Thursday and discussed their upcoming showdown Saturday, April 28 as part of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes from…
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Jacobs-Sulecki/Miller-Duhaupas Presser

Photos: Ed Mulholland/MatchroomBoxingUSA

On Thursday afternoon the fighters on the HBO boxing event set for Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY took part in the final press conference.

Photo: Ed Mulholland/MatchroomBoxingUSA

Daniel Jacobs: “Thanks to Matchroom Boxing for giving me the platform and to HBO for believing in me after a very controversial decision. I’m excited to face Sulecki and know that with a victory bigger fights await.”

Maciej Sulecki: “This is a big fight and a best test for me, I know how good Danny is. I’m strong, I’m fast and I’m ready to win. I’ve had a very good camp with my Coach in Poland. I have great fans in the US and in England and look forward to having their support on Saturday night. I can’t wait to get in the ring.”

Photo: Ed Mulholland/MatchroomBoxingUSA

Jarrell Miller: “I feel terrific, glad to be back on HBO again on this great card, supporting my guy Danny Jacobs so tune in on April 28th for a great night. There’s been a lot of talk about my next fight but I’m not worried about that, I’m just looking to fighting Duhaupas, beating him and taking it from there. Hard work, dedication and cheeseburgers.”

Johann Duhaupas: It’s a real pleasure to fight at Barclays Center and on HBO. I’ve had a great training camp and I’m ready to be beat Jarrell Miller. I’m ready for whatever he brings in the ring and you will see on Saturday how good of a fighter I am.” Continue reading “Jacobs-Sulecki/Miller-Duhaupas Presser”

Photos: Ed Mulholland/MatchroomBoxingUSA On Thursday afternoon the fighters on the HBO boxing event set for Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY took part in the final press conference. Daniel…
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IBF#9 Inoue defeats #11 Nonaka in eliminator for #2

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten IBF#9 154-pounder Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) acquired the right for IBF #2 when he defeated compatriot #11 Yuki Nonaka (31-10-3, 10 KOs) by a unanimous decision (115-113, 116-113, 116-112) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

OPBF/WBO ASPAC/JBC titleholder Inoue had an upper hand from the outset with his constant pressure and withstood the 40-year-old veteran Nonaka’s last surge in round eleven, scoring an important victory for the IBF #2 in the junior middleweight category.

Photos

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten IBF#9 154-pounder Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) acquired the right for IBF #2 when he defeated compatriot #11 Yuki Nonaka (31-10-3, 10…
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Dogboe-Magdaleno gets personal

The verbal haymakers were flying Thursday afternoon as World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno and No. 1 contender Isaac Dogboe faced off at the final press conference for their ESPN-televised world championship main event, Saturday at The Liacouras Center.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Dogboe heated things up when he called Magdaleno “the worst world champion ever” before questioning whether he could make the weight.

“You look worse than me,” Magdaleno responded. “You look like an alien.”

Dogboe mentioned that Magdaleno had blocked him on Facebook when the fight was announced.

“I guess I send shivers into people’s spines,” Dogboe said.

“I can’t beat him any uglier than he already is,” Magdaleno said. “He’s dog ugly. Come Saturday, we’re going to give him the name that he deserves…. the ugly Dogboe.” Continue reading “Dogboe-Magdaleno gets personal”

The verbal haymakers were flying Thursday afternoon as World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno and No. 1 contender Isaac Dogboe faced off at the final press conference…
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Holyfield 147lb Tournament Weights

Report/Photos by Joe Koizumi

Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment in association with the WBC and Louisville’s Top Knotch will promote its inaugural eight-man international tournament tomorrow (Friday) at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, KY. It is called “The Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament.” The first round of the tourney will feature the following matchups:

Felix Diaz (Dominican Republic; 2012 Olympic gold medalist; 19-2, 9 KOs) 147 vs. Francisco Santana (US, 24-6-1, 12 KOs) 147

Chris van Heerden (South Africa, 25-2-1, 12 KOs) 146 vs. Timo Schwarzkoph (Germany; 18-1, 10 KOs), 147

Fredrick Lawson (Ghana; 26-1, 21 KOs) 147 vs. Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (China; 13-1-1, 6 KOs) 147.5

Brad Solomon (US; 27-1, 9 KOs) 147 vs. Paddy Gallagher (UK; 13-3, 6 KOs) 147.5

Continue reading “Holyfield 147lb Tournament Weights”

Report/Photos by Joe Koizumi Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment in association with the WBC and Louisville’s Top Knotch will promote its inaugural eight-man international tournament tomorrow (Friday) at…
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Spadafora to take bare-knuckle fight?

Former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora has apparently signed on to compete in what is being billed as the first legal, regulated, and sanctioned bare-knuckle event in the United States since 1889. The 42-year-old Spadafora (49-1-1, 19 KOs) hasn’t fought since 2014. The $29.95 PPV event, held under the auspices of the Wyoming Combative Sports Commission, will take place June 2 at the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 12 bare-knuckle bouts are scheduled and “The Pittsburgh Kid” is listed as one of the participants.

Other boxers competing include 44-year-old heavyweight Bobby Gunn (21-7-1, 18 KOs), who is coming off a 2017 loss to Roy Jones Jr., and unbeaten Missouri heavyweight Sam Shewmaker (3-0, 0 KOs). Gunn has previous experience as a bare-knuckle fighter, and he lays claim to being the lineal bare-knuckle boxing heavyweight champion.

Former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora has apparently signed on to compete in what is being billed as the first legal, regulated, and sanctioned bare-knuckle event in the United States…
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Golovkin-Martirosyan undercard unveiled

Boxing’s only undisputed world champion Cecilia Braekhus (32-0, 9 KOs) will defend her female welterweight crown against former WBC middleweight champion Kali Reis (13-6-1, 4 KOs) in the HBO-televised Golovkin-Martirosyan co-feature on May 5 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. This will mark the first time a women’s bout will be shown live on HBO.

The non-televised undercard features undefeated super lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (21-0, 12 KOs) against Breidis Prescott (31-12, 22 KOs) in a 10-rounder, and former amateur star Brian Ceballo (1-0, 1 KO) in a four-round welterweight bout.

“From top to bottom this is a card worthy of Cinco De Mayo and the knowledgeable fight fans who regularly pack StubHub Center,” said promoter Tom Loeffler. “…is it any wonder that everyone is referring to May 5 at StubHub Center as boxing’s Cinco De Mayo headquarters?”

Boxing’s only undisputed world champion Cecilia Braekhus (32-0, 9 KOs) will defend her female welterweight crown against former WBC middleweight champion Kali Reis (13-6-1, 4 KOs) in the HBO-televised Golovkin-Martirosyan…
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Loma: Not a big problem to be smaller

Here is what boxing superstar Vasyl Lomachenko has to say about WBA lightweight champion Jorge ‘El Niño de Oro’ Linares, who he challenges May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lomachenko is moving up from 130 pounds to challenge Linares.

On Fighting Jorge Linares…

“I wanted to go up to the next weight category, 135 pounds, and fight only champions. Jorge Linares was available for this moment. That’s why I wanted a fight with him. I was asked if I wanted to fight Linares. It took me less than two seconds to accept the challenge.” Continue reading “Loma: Not a big problem to be smaller”

Here is what boxing superstar Vasyl Lomachenko has to say about WBA lightweight champion Jorge ‘El Niño de Oro’ Linares, who he challenges May 12 at Madison Square Garden in…
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Fury credits Wilder diss for comeback

At a press conference today in Manchester, former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury credited WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for inspiring his comeback.

“Really, it was Deontay Wilder who spurred me on and gave me the ambition to return,” Fury stated. “He said I couldn’t do it, definitely not, Tyson Fury is done. I was walking along the canal with my dog at the time and I thought ‘I’m a fat pig look at the state of me.’ I felt like jumping in the canal and drowning. I thought I will turn this around and come back and knock him out! …I believe I could tie one hand behind my back and beat AJ and Wilder, as well.”

Fury will return on June 9 in his first bout since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. No opponent has been named.

At a press conference today in Manchester, former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury credited WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for inspiring his comeback. “Really, it was Deontay Wilder who spurred me…
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Vargas: I’m ready to beat Hovhannisyan

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) discussed his upcoming defense against Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (14-2, 11 KOs) on May 12 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. The 27-year-old champion is currently training at the famed Romanza Gym in Mexico City, Mexico, under the supervision of Hall of Fame Trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristaín, along with Oscar Ortiz and Fabian and Emilio Ramirez.

Photo: Prensa Promociones del Pueblo

“I know that Hovhannisyan has some experience fighting against Mexicans, but not all of us are the same. I know how to box and brawl. It’s going to be an interesting fight because he’s a brawler who knows how to move when he decides to. We also can’t take away the fact that he has a lot of power. It’s interesting that we have fought a similar opponent [Ronny Rios]. He knocked him out in six rounds, while I defeated him by unanimous decision. Because of that there may be some doubts, but I’ll make things clear May 12.”

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) discussed his upcoming defense against Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (14-2, 11 KOs) on May 12 at Turning…
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Wilder-Joshua: $50 million offer on the table?

Deontay Wilder to Anthony Joshua: Mate! “I sent this personally this time just so there’s no miscommunication. Tell Eddie Hearn to let you personally check his email this time. BTW I sent your manager Rob McCracken the email as well. I’m looking forward to our meeting in the ring.” The email reportedly contains a $50 million offer.

Deontay Wilder to Anthony Joshua: Mate! “I sent this personally this time just so there’s no miscommunication. Tell Eddie Hearn to let you personally check his email this time. BTW…
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Golovkin: I no longer think about Canelo

“I’m glad to be back in the ring and giving a fight to my fans,” said WBA, WBC, and for now IBF middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin during a workout this week. “I’m happy that Cinco De Mayo will still have boxing. It’s good for the sport. I want to stay active. I’d like to fight four or five times every year…when my fight with Canelo was canceled I never stopped training. I wanted a fight on Cinco De Mayo. I stayed in Big Bear working hard with Abel hoping I’d still be able to have a fight.

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/GGG Promotions

“Canelo? Right now he’s over. Do I want to have the rematch in September? We’ll see. It’s a different deal. The boxing business is crazy. I’ll fight Canelo again. Ask him if he wants to fight me. I no longer think about Canelo. I’m only focused on this fight.”

“I’m still comfortable at 160 pounds. There are no big money fights at 168 pounds and besides, I’m small at 160. I only ask for fights. I want more big fights. Huge fights. Title unification fights. I want to stay champion. It should be a clean sport. That’s important to me.”

“I’m glad to be back in the ring and giving a fight to my fans,” said WBA, WBC, and for now IBF middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin during a workout…
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WBC welter tourney to be streamed live

Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing has announced that the highly anticipated opening round of ‘The Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Welterweight Tournament’, set for Friday will be streamed live and free of charge on the SportsLIVE OTT service, available online and via mobile and Roku apps, starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. The event will emanate from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY.

The lineup:

Felix Diaz vs. Francisco Santana
Chris Van Heerden vs. Timo Schwarzkopf
Fredrick Lawson vs. Baishanbo Nasiywula
Brad Solomon vs. Paddy Gallagher

All bouts are scheduled for ten rounds.

Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing has announced that the highly anticipated opening round of ‘The Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Welterweight Tournament’, set for Friday will be streamed live and…
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Russell, Jr., Diaz, Jr. Kickoff Press Conference

By Gary “Digital” Williams

WBC Featherweight champion “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. and undefeated number one contender Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz met for the first time as they officially announced their championship bout that will be held on Saturday, May 19th at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.

During the press conference, which was held at the Tap Sports Bar inside the casino, both men were very confident of victory.

Photo: Rosie Cohe/Showtime

First, the champion: “I’m one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet. Speed, power, ring IQ, we can get ugly if we need to. I don’t plan on going 12 rounds. I’m not going the distance with anybody for the remainder of my career. Mark my words.” Continue reading “Russell, Jr., Diaz, Jr. Kickoff Press Conference”

By Gary “Digital” Williams WBC Featherweight champion “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. and undefeated number one contender Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz met for the first time as they officially announced their…
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Jennings-Dawejko Media Day in Philly

Report/Photos: John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Anticipation for the biggest Philly fight card in years surged on Tuesday when Bryant Jennings, Joey Dawejko, and others featured on Saturday night’s show held a media day workout for fans and press at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia.

Both Jennings and Dawejko train outside Philly – Bryant in Florida and Joey in California – so this was the first chance for the people to catch a glimpse of the heavyweights. Also participating in the media day were super middleweight Jesse Hart, bantamweight Christian Carto and junior lightweight Joseph Adorno. Continue reading “Jennings-Dawejko Media Day in Philly”

Report/Photos: John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Anticipation for the biggest Philly fight card in years surged on Tuesday when Bryant Jennings, Joey Dawejko, and others featured on Saturday night’s show held…
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Lomachenko blasts foes for quitting

Boxing superstar Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko hosted a media workout Tuesday at the Boxing Laboratory as he prepares to challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Jorge ‘El Niño de Oro’ Linares, May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs), a former two-weight world champion, is moving up from 130 pounds to challenge Linares, who has not tasted defeat since 2012.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Four straight opponents (Guillermo Rigondeaux, Miguel Marriaga, Jason Sosa and Nicholas Walters) have quit on their stools after being outclassed by Loma and he doesn’t like it. “It’s not good for me. It’s not good for boxing,” he said. “Boxing, it’s a war. It’s a very, very brutal sport, and if you come in the ring, then you need to be willing to die in the ring. If you can’t die, you’re out.”

Boxing superstar Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko hosted a media workout Tuesday at the Boxing Laboratory as he prepares to challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Jorge ‘El Niño de Oro’…
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Suspended Cuadras enters rehab

Former WBC flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras has been temporarily suspended by the WBC and has entered a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol abuse. Cuadras has voluntarily entered the program with the intention to eradicate once and for all his unfortunate addiction to certain unnamed recreational drugs and alcohol.

Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President spoke at length with Cuadras and expressed the WBC’s absolute support during this process. “Carlos Cuadras admitted that fame, glory and money, which come from success in the ring, haunted him and he slowly became weak to the temptations and peer pressure from his pseudo friends,” he said. Continue reading “Suspended Cuadras enters rehab”

Former WBC flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras has been temporarily suspended by the WBC and has entered a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol abuse. Cuadras has voluntarily entered the program…
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Fresno hosts Ancajas-Sultan

By Nick Giongco

The mandatory defense of Jerwin Ancajas of the IBF super-flyweight title against Jonas Sultan, the first all-Filipino world title fight in almost a century, will take place at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California, according to Top Rank head Bob Arum. Las Vegas had earlier been considered but the Hall of Fame promoter finally decided that Fresno, the main city in the Central Valley region of California between San Francisco and Los Angeles, will be the venue of the historic match.

If Ancajas gets past Sultan, Arum will line him up against Kal Yafai, the WBA champion, in a unification battle in the late summer or early in the fall. Of course, Yafai will only get the chance to test Ancajas if he retains his title on the undercard of the Ancajas headliner.

By Nick Giongco The mandatory defense of Jerwin Ancajas of the IBF super-flyweight title against Jonas Sultan, the first all-Filipino world title fight in almost a century, will take place…
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Oscar: Canelo’s gonna freaking wail on GGG

By TMZSports.com

We already told you Gennady Golovkin’s camp was targeting a rematch with Canelo Alvarez for September … and now Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed that’s the plan. The Golden Boy touched down in NYC where we asked all about his #1 fighter and the alleged tainted Mexican beef that led to a positive PED test, ruining plans for a May 5 rematch with GGG.

“Canelo is getting really the short end of the stick here because obviously he’s a popular fighter and a lot of people are gonna hate on him,” Oscar says. “But he’s been one of the cleanest fighters I’ve known. He’s passed numerous of tests, and you know … it was very unfortunate.” Continue reading “Oscar: Canelo’s gonna freaking wail on GGG”

By TMZSports.com We already told you Gennady Golovkin’s camp was targeting a rematch with Canelo Alvarez for September … and now Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed that’s the plan.…
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Dogboe: Magdaleno the worst champion ever

By David Finger

For many Americans on the East Coast and around the Gulf of Mexico, there is a recognition that hurricane season is fast approaching. And as every meteorologist will tell you, almost every hurricane that hits the United States starts off as a storm off the coast of West Africa.

Photo: David Finger

Well, if the rumors about interim WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (17-0, 11 KOs) are true, hurricane season may come early this year. The Royal Storm is set to touch down in Philadelphia on April 28th when he takes on undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) in an intriguing battle of champions.

But although the two undefeated champions were once cordial to each other, with Isaac considering Jessie as a friend, there is no question today that there is no love loss between the two men now. The bad blood between the two men started back in February when Magdaleno posted a picture on his Instagram page of him holding a mop in the boxing ring with Isaac Dogboe’s head at the end of the mop. Continue reading “Dogboe: Magdaleno the worst champion ever”

By David Finger For many Americans on the East Coast and around the Gulf of Mexico, there is a recognition that hurricane season is fast approaching. And as every meteorologist…
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