Usyk Suffers Injury – Cruiserweight Final Postponed

Team Usyk has informed Comosa AG that Mr Usyk suffered a minor elbow injury whilst training for his World Boxing Super Series Final against Murat Gassiev, for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

It has been confirmed by all parties, including Comosa AG appointed independent medical staff, that Mr Usyk is unavailable for the scheduled date of the event, May 11th.

As such, the May 11th event, due to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has been postponed.

Comosa AG is working in partnership with Team Usyk and Team Gassiev as well as Sela Sport, the local event organisers, to establish a new date for the event.

Comosa AG wishes Mr Usyk a good and speedy recovery. Further information on the rescheduling of the Final will be released in due course.

In the meantime, Comosa AG looks forward to announcing the weight classes that the World Boxing Super Series will employ for Season 2 of the Ali Trophy. Fans can expect to find out the divisions in the coming weeks.

Team Usyk has informed Comosa AG that Mr Usyk suffered a minor elbow injury whilst training for his World Boxing Super Series Final against Murat Gassiev, for the Muhammad Ali…
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Ergashev-Wang now for WBA international title

The previously announced 10-round clash between fast-rising, unbeaten knockout artist Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0-0, 11 KOs), a native of Uzbekistan, now fighting out of Brooklyn, NY and China’s Zhimin Wang (10-2-0, 3 KOs), has now been elevated to a WBA international junior welterweight title bout, it was announced today by Matchroom Boxing USA, promoter of “Straight Outta Brooklyn”, the massive international boxing event set for Saturday, April 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The 26-year-old Ergashev, training out of the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit, has quickly impressed boxing fans in the United States with two recent show-stopping knockouts and 100% knockout ratio, building a huge following in the New York City area. Continue reading “Ergashev-Wang now for WBA international title”

The previously announced 10-round clash between fast-rising, unbeaten knockout artist Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0-0, 11 KOs), a native of Uzbekistan, now fighting out of Brooklyn, NY and China’s Zhimin Wang (10-2-0,…
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Babyface Kownacki: Experience is all I need

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Deontay Wilder talks about my potential fight with him. I’m not the one who talks about fighting the WBC heavyweight champion. It’s great that Deontay knows who I am and what can I do in the ring,” says undefeated heavyweight Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KO). Currently ranked #11 by the WBC, Kownacki spoke to Fightnews.com® about what’s next and his own plans to become the best fighter in the world.

You have a new manager Keith Connolly is known to work with many top fighters, among them Danny Jacobs, now represented by Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing…

…but I’m still a free agent. I heard some rumors that I signed with Eddie. Not true – if I will sign with a promoter, I will announce that. Keith gives me what’s most important in this business – new, more options. I’m happy with that. Continue reading “Babyface Kownacki: Experience is all I need”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “Deontay Wilder talks about my potential fight with him. I’m not the one who talks about fighting the WBC heavyweight champion. It’s great that Deontay knows who…
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Full Report: Murata-Blandamura

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally caught up with him and dropped him with an overhand right to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the eighth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan.

Murata, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, took the pace from the start and kept on throwing stinging lefts to the elusive challenger. The champ, six years his junior at 32, steadily piled up points as he remained aggressive to the circling Italian who occasionally jabbed and threw light but fast rights.

The sixth saw Murata accelerate his attacks to force Blandamura to the ropes with a flurry of punches, but the Italian barely had a narrow escape with his defensive skills. Ryota, however, finally caught Emanuele with a vicious right, decking him on the knees in the closing seconds of the fatal eighth. The referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely saw him unfit to go on and declared a well-received halt before well-packed 11,000 spectators at the Yokohama Arena. Continue reading “Full Report: Murata-Blandamura”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3,…
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Brooklyn’s next heavyweight champ?

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is on his path to bring the heavyweight world title back to the borough of heavyweight kings, Brooklyn, NY. Following in the path of Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Shannon Briggs, “Big Baby’s” journey continues April 28th at the Barclays Center live on HBO as he faces Johann Duhaupas of France.

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is on his path to bring the heavyweight world title back to the borough of heavyweight kings, Brooklyn, NY. Following in the path of Mike Tyson,…
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Pacquiao says no final decision on Roach yet

Manny Pacquiao Statement: “Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my final decision who will be my head trainer for my July 14 fight with Matthysse. My advisor Mike Koncz has been in contact with Freddie’s people to keep them informed. I will make a final decision within the week. When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media.”

Manny Pacquiao Statement: “Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my final decision who will be my head…
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Klitschko: Fury like a fart in the wind

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko is confident that IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would defeat former IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. “Hands down, Joshua [wins]. He is getting to be the complete fighter,” Klitschko said in an interview with the Times. “Technically, size-wise, weight-wise, power-wise. And he is a good learner. The other guy [Fury], like a fart in the wind. It is there and it is gone. In the history of boxing there are a lot of examples of this kind of guy. They can be successful for a time but are not disciplined enough to continue to be successful.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko is confident that IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would defeat former IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight…
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Lopez: I plan to expose Ornelas’ flaws

By Jeff Zimmerman

At 24, bantamweight Tony Lopez (12-3, 4 KOs) is already an “old pro” in the fight game. The Fort Worth native has fought for smaller WBC or WBA belts in five of his last six fights and will do so once again when he fights Max Ornelas (10-0-1, 4 KOs) Friday, April 20th for the vacant NABA Bantamweight Title in Las Vegas at the Cox Pavilion and shown live on beIN Sports.

Photo: Samuel Diaz/Team Lopez

It’s an amazing accomplishment for any fighter to get that many opportunities to fight for a title, especially someone with only 15 career fights. Lopez had a stellar amateur career before turning pro in 2012 at only 18. And although he is 3-3 in his last six fights suffering losses against the likes of Oscar Cantu, Stephon Young and Rico Ramos, he will get another crack at a title when he takes on Ornelas. Continue reading “Lopez: I plan to expose Ornelas’ flaws”

By Jeff Zimmerman At 24, bantamweight Tony Lopez (12-3, 4 KOs) is already an “old pro” in the fight game. The Fort Worth native has fought for smaller WBC or…
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Murata stops Blandamura, keeps WBA 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally caught up with him and dropped him with an overhand right to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the eighth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Murata, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, took the pace from the start and kept on throwing stinging lefts to the elusive challenger. The champ, six years his junior at 32, steadily piled up points as he remained aggressive to the circling Italian. The sixth saw Murata accelerate his attacks to force Blandamura to the ropes with a flurry of punches, but the Italian barely had a narrow escape with his defensive skills. Ryota, however, finally caught Emanuele with a vicious right, decking him on the knees in the closing seconds of the fatal eighth. The referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely saw him unfit to go on and declared a well-received halt.

By Joe Koizumi WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally…
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Rosales halts Higa, wins WBC 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Elongated Nicaraguan #2 Cristofer Rosales (27-3, 18 KOs), 111.5, impressively acquired the WBC flyweight belt as he aggressively battered former titlist Daigo Higa (15-1, 15 KOs), 114, with sickle-like uppercuts and Higa’s corner finally signaled a surrender at 1:14 of the ninth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. From the outset, the taller Nicaraguan took the leadoff with solid left uppercuts following left-right combos and hurt the ex-champ who had forfeited his belt on the scale—from all angles. Higa exclusively fought back with body shots, but Rosales looked more effective in the close quarters. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated 39-37 twice for Rosales, 39-37 for Higa. Continue reading “Rosales halts Higa, wins WBC 112lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Elongated Nicaraguan #2 Cristofer Rosales (27-3, 18 KOs), 111.5, impressively acquired the WBC flyweight belt as he aggressively battered former titlist Daigo Higa (15-1, 15 KOs), 114,…
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Banks training Granat the Kronk way

Johnathon Banks has revealed the tough sparring tests Adrian Granat (15-1, 14 KOs) had to endure at the famous Kronk Gym ahead of his Viking showdown with domestic rival Otto Wallin (19-0, 13 KOs) on April 21 at the Gärdehov in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt

Having first met in Hamburg while Granat was sparring British heavyweight Dillian Whyte, Banks was suitably impressed to invite the Malmo-boxer to join one of former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko’s training camps. Continue reading “Banks training Granat the Kronk way”

Johnathon Banks has revealed the tough sparring tests Adrian Granat (15-1, 14 KOs) had to endure at the famous Kronk Gym ahead of his Viking showdown with domestic rival Otto…
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Villasana stops Felix, La Tigre gets a draw

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr (22-6, 13 KOs), son of former world champion Marcos Villasana, dominated then stopped longtime contender Jose Felix Jr. (36-3-1, 28 KOs) in the ninth round on Saturday night at the Oasis Cancun Arena, in Cancun, Mexico.

Also, WBC female heavyweight champion Alejandra “La Tigre” Jimenez (10-0-1, 8 KOs) dropped 44 pounds to compete at super middleweight, but only managed a draw against relative novice Irais “La Temible” Hernandez (2-1-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Scores were 77-75 Jimenez, 76-76, 76-76.

WBC #11 lightweight Francisco “Paquito” Rojo (22-3, 15 KOs) halted Galvis War (15-3-3, 13 KOs) in the eighth round.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr (22-6, 13 KOs), son of former world champion Marcos Villasana, dominated then stopped longtime contender Jose Felix Jr. (36-3-1, 28 KOs) in…
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Juarez stops Soto, Nery Plata shocks Torres

Photos: Pablo Lozano, Alvaro Paulin/Imago7-Zanfer, Pepe Rodriguez

WBO #7 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (22-6, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Wilber Soto (21-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. A right hand by Juarez floored Soto face first to end it. It was Juarez second bout since losing to Isaac Dogboe in a WBO interim title fight.

In the main event, Jessica Nery Plata (22-2, 3 KOs) surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA female minimum weight champion Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres (19-1, 6 KOs) by split decision. Scores were 97-94 Torres, 98-93, 96-94 Nery Plata.

Photos: Pablo Lozano, Alvaro Paulin/Imago7-Zanfer, Pepe Rodriguez WBO #7 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (22-6, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Wilber Soto (21-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday…
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Harris defeats Garcia in Detroit

Report by Brad Snyder The Undercard
Photos by Bob Ryder

​The Night of Knockouts series at the Sound Board in Motor City Casino Detroit proves to be the strongest event series in boxing. The sellout/standing room only night sold out a week prior to the event. Promoter Carlos Llinas, once again, added local favorites to the A-side of the card and matched them with solid opponents on the other side.

Perhaps Detroit’s next star is Winfred “Hot Boy” Harris. Harris took on the challenge of tough fighter, Aaron Garcia, of Guadalajara, Mexico. Harris dominated the main event. With throwing from multiple angles and showing seasoned moves, Harris is displaying his growth in the ring. Garcia allowed Harris to work on his craft, as he had will power to continue to move forward. Garcia was able to eat the power that Harris brought. The fight was for the promotions middleweight title. Harris had all three judges scoring the bout (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) in his favor. Harris moves to (17-0, 9 KOs), as Garcia drops to (16-8-1, 11 KOs). Continue reading “Harris defeats Garcia in Detroit”

Report by Brad Snyder The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder ​The Night of Knockouts series at the Sound Board in Motor City Casino Detroit proves to be the strongest event…
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Higa loses WBC 112lb belt on the scale

By Joe Koizumi

WBC flyweight champ Daigo Higa (15-0, 15 KOs) forfeited his belt as he couldn’t make the class limit of 112 pounds since he failed in his first trip to the scale, weighing at 51.7 kg (114 pounds). After ninety minutes Higa gave up reducing his weight because his body was too dry to reduce any more. His challenger Cristofer Rosales, Nicaragua, tipped the beam at 50.5 kg (111.5 pounds) and successfully made the weight.

WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata scaled in at the class limit of 72.5 kg (160 pounds) to 72.3 kg (159.5 pounds) for Emanuele Blandamura from Italy.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi WBC flyweight champ Daigo Higa (15-0, 15 KOs) forfeited his belt as he couldn’t make the class limit of 112 pounds since he failed in his first…
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James, Cherry victorious in Minneapolis

WBA #4 welterweight contender Jamal “Shango” James (23-1, 10 KOs) ground out a ten round majority decision over Abel Ramos (18-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. James’ workrate made the difference. Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95.

Photo: Brian Schroeder/Premier Boxing Champions

WBC #10 super featherweight Edner Cherry (37-7-2, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dennis Galarza (16-3, 9 KOs). Cherry closed strong to win 97-93, 96-94, 96-94.
Photo: Brian Schroeder/Premier Boxing Champions

Continue reading “James, Cherry victorious in Minneapolis”

WBA #4 welterweight contender Jamal “Shango” James (23-1, 10 KOs) ground out a ten round majority decision over Abel Ramos (18-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Armory in…
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Confirmed: Canelo knee surgery

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez confirmed Friday that he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will be in recovery for a month.

“I share with you that today I had to undergo arthroscopy surgery to repair the internal femoral cartilage and eliminate a pathological fold of my right knee,” Canelo wrote along with a photo from his hospital bed.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez confirmed Friday that he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will be in recovery for a…
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Roach hurt by Pacquiao decision

Freddie Roach Statement: “Manny and I had a great run for 15 years — longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing. I wouldn’t trade any of it. Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best. I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t hurt that he didn’t contact me personally about his decision, but the great times we enjoyed together far outweigh that.”

Freddie Roach Statement: “Manny and I had a great run for 15 years — longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing. I wouldn’t trade any of it.…
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Weights from Mexico City

Silvia Torres 104.5 vs. Jessica Nery Plata 106.5
(WBA female minimumweight championship)

Photo: Zanfer

César Juárez 125.6 vs. Wilner Soto 122.5
Oscar Nery 116.6 vs. Hytan Ramos 116.6
Adrián Curiel 109.1 vs. Ángel Martínez 112.4
Porfirio González 113.9 vs. Alberto Martínez 115
Edwin Palomares 126.7 vs. Abel Ocote 124.3

Venue: Deportivo de los Trabajadores del Metro
Promotion: Zanfer Promotions
TV: Azteca 7 (MEX), BeIN Sports (USA, Europe)

Silvia Torres 104.5 vs. Jessica Nery Plata 106.5 (WBA female minimumweight championship) César Juárez 125.6 vs. Wilner Soto 122.5 Oscar Nery 116.6 vs. Hytan Ramos 116.6 Adrián Curiel 109.1 vs.…
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Weights From Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero


Jose Felix Jr 135 vs. Marcos Villasana Jr 134.20
Francisco Rojo 139.70 vs. Galvis Guerra 149.19
Alejandra Jimenez 176 vs. Temible Hernandez 174.90

Venue: Gran Arena Oasis Cancun
Promoter:Promociones del Pueblo and Cancun Boxing
TV: Televisa

By Gabriel F. Cordero Jose Felix Jr 135 vs. Marcos Villasana Jr 134.20 Francisco Rojo 139.70 vs. Galvis Guerra 149.19 Alejandra Jimenez 176 vs. Temible Hernandez 174.90 Venue: Gran Arena…
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Pacquiao-Matthysse Update

World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse is set to arrive in Manila on April 18 to formally accept the challenge of eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom here.

Pacquiao, the challenger, expressed his elation as his MP Promotions company has completed preparations for the two-city press conference and media tour ending in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 20. Dubbed “Fight of Champions,” the mega-fight will usher in Pacquiao’s debut as a fight promoter at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur featuring three other world title fights in the undercard.

“It is all systems go for the Pacquiao Vs Matthysse fight,” said Pacquiao, who is hoping to equal if not surpass the expectations leading to the grandiose Muhammad Ali-Joe Bugner fight which was also held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 1975. Continue reading “Pacquiao-Matthysse Update”

World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse is set to arrive in Manila on April 18 to formally accept the challenge of eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao at the…
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Big Baby not impressed by Joshua or Wilder

Photos: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

Heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1 ,18 KOs) returns against former world title challenger Johann ‘The Reptile’ Duhaupas (37-4-0, 24 KOs) on April 28 at Barclays Center and televised live on HBO. The fight will be contested as an WBA heavyweight world title eliminator.

“I’m coming at Duhaupus like a tornado,” says Miller. “I’m not going to compare my performance against Duhaupas against anything Deontay Wilder did in their fight, I know what I’m going to do and that’s to look spectacular. It’s lights out time on April 28, plain and simple.” Continue reading “Big Baby not impressed by Joshua or Wilder”

Photos: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA Heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1 ,18 KOs) returns against former world title challenger Johann ‘The Reptile’ Duhaupas (37-4-0, 24 KOs) on April 28 at…
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Canelo Alvarez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

This is completely unofficial, but we’re passing along what we heard. The latest is that Mexican star Saúl Canelo Álvarez checked into a private hospital in Guadalajara on Friday morning to undergo arthroscopy knee surgery. He could possibly leave Saturday. More details to come if and when available.

By Gabriel F. Cordero This is completely unofficial, but we’re passing along what we heard. The latest is that Mexican star Saúl Canelo Álvarez checked into a private hospital in…
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Arum has big plans for WBA 160lb champ Murata

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Japanese national hero, WBA middleweight champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs) welcomed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum’s attendance at the press conference on Friday prior to his sensational initial defense against Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-2, 5 KOs) on this coming Sunday.

ESPN will telecast this title bout live in US on Sunday morning and show it again at night, which has motivated the defending champ Ryota, who said, “I’d like to have this fight appeal to the world. Now that I have prepared very well, I wish to do and demonstrate my best.” Continue reading “Arum has big plans for WBA 160lb champ Murata”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese national hero, WBA middleweight champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs) welcomed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum’s attendance…
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Flanagan-Hooker lands on Fury comeback card

Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker will clash for the vacant WBO jr welterweight championship at the Manchester Arena on June 9 on the same card that features the return of former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury. Flanagan is stepping up to 140 pounds after vacating his WBO lightweight world title, and is confident of becoming a two-weight world champion.

He currently holds the longest undefeated record in British boxing (33-0, 13 KOs) and will be aiming to unify the 140lb division once he triumphs at his ‘home’ Arena on June 9th.

“Winning this fight will prove that I’m a legitimate 140 pound fighter,” said Flanagan. “I’ll be looking to unify all of the belts later in the year. I’m looking for the likes of Mikey Garcia after I win the WBO belt on June 9th. It’s a massive unification fight and I hope those are the fights Frank can make. Continue reading “Flanagan-Hooker lands on Fury comeback card”

Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker will clash for the vacant WBO jr welterweight championship at the Manchester Arena on June 9 on the same card that features the return of…
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