New opponent for Nico Hernandez

By Bill Green

Update: Nico Hernandez 117.6 vs. Victor Torres 120.4 — Both within the 3lb contracted difference. We have a fight.

Due to visa custom and weather issues, Nico Hernandez’ opponent Jozef Atjai will be replaced by late sub Victor Torres from California. The vacant IBA title will remain at stake. Additionally, a weigh-in at 3pm will take place with a contract weight of no more than a 3lb weight difference.

While Torres doesn’t boast the flashy record of Atjai he is extremely durable as he has never been stopped. Matchmaker Whitfield Haydon, stated “the kid is durable, tough, determined, tremendous heart, very offense-minded, this will be a much different look for Niko. This kid has an all or nothing crowd-pleasing approach. He also has a deadly nice left hook. Nico will need to mentally and physically adjust for him, he’s no slouch.”

By Bill Green Update: Nico Hernandez 117.6 vs. Victor Torres 120.4 — Both within the 3lb contracted difference. We have a fight. Due to visa custom and weather issues, Nico…
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Weights from West Virginia

Joey Holt 167.4 vs. Aaron Quattrocchi 167.8
(WV State Super Middleweight Title)
Matt Conway 135.8 vs. Victor Abreu 139.2
Justin Steave 156 vs. Danny Rosenberger 155
Quwanda Williams 150 vs. Jesus Saucedo 148.8
Mike Conway 142 vs. Dib Kadda 143.2
David Perez 151.2 vs. Abner Guadalupe 153.8
Jason Kelley 163.6 vs. Bryant Costello 163.6
3 semi-pro bouts included on card

Venue: Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, New Cumberland, WV
Promoter: Made Men Promotions
Doors open at 5:00pm, and first bell is at 7:00pm. Tickets available at the door until sold out.

Joey Holt 167.4 vs. Aaron Quattrocchi 167.8 (WV State Super Middleweight Title) Matt Conway 135.8 vs. Victor Abreu 139.2 Justin Steave 156 vs. Danny Rosenberger 155 Quwanda Williams 150 vs.…
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Ximenez wins big in Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Lucio Quintero

It took everything for featherweight Ray Ximenez (17-1, 4 KOs) to outbox late replacement Eugene Lagos (12-4-2, 7 KOs) at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas Friday night in the main event of the Roy Jones Boxing event in association with Montoya Boxing. Ximenez out of Dallas was originally scheduled to fight John Vincente Moralde out of the Philippines but instead fought his fellow countryman Lagos who was in shape and training in Los Angeles when he got the call.

Ximenez always has a sense of flair and style when he enters the ring as he came out with his hair dyed red on top and pink and white trunks that looked like pieces of rug cut, hanging from his waist. They flopped all night along with the mop of red hair on his head. Continue reading “Ximenez wins big in Dallas”

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos by Lucio Quintero It took everything for featherweight Ray Ximenez (17-1, 4 KOs) to outbox late replacement Eugene Lagos (12-4-2, 7 KOs) at the Bomb Factory…
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Weights from Philly

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Hank Lundy 135.5 vs. DeMarcus Corley 134
Derrick Webster 167 vs. Francisco Cordero 169.1
(WBC International super featherweight title)
Nydia Feliciano 129.6 vs. Alicia Baumgardner 129.5
Jeremy Cuevas 134.6 vs. Mike Fowler 133.4
Hasim Rahman Jr. 232 vs. Ronny Hale 261.7
Dillon Kasprzak 155.8 vs. Michael Crain 153.8

Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
Venue 2300 Arena

By Kurt Wolfheimer Hank Lundy 135.5 vs. DeMarcus Corley 134 Derrick Webster 167 vs. Francisco Cordero 169.1 (WBC International super featherweight title) Nydia Feliciano 129.6 vs. Alicia Baumgardner 129.5 Jeremy…
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Weights From Cache Creek

By Jim Jenkins courtesy Sacramento Bee

Alan Sanchez (19-3-1, 10 KOs) of Fairfield, left, stares down Ramses Agaton (20-6-3, 10 KOs) of Mexico City at their main event weigh-in Friday. Agaton says he was eager to challenge the area favorite as a substitute opponent in their eight-round welterweight clash.

Photo: Alysia Damian, courtesy Sacramento Bee

Alan Sanchez 150 vs. Ramses Agaton 150 (main event)
Ryan Bourland 172 vs. Jose Hernandez 172 (GBO title)
Bruno Escalante 118 vs. Javier Gallo 118
Blake McKernan 190 vs. Miguel Cubos 192
Ivan Vergara 127.5 vs Michael Gaxiola 128
Arnold Dinong 129 vs. Tyler Marshall 129

Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
Venue: Cache Creek Casino Resort, Brooks, Calif.
Promoters: Don Chargin and Paco Damian.

By Jim Jenkins courtesy Sacramento Bee Alan Sanchez (19-3-1, 10 KOs) of Fairfield, left, stares down Ramses Agaton (20-6-3, 10 KOs) of Mexico City at their main event weigh-in Friday.…
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Weights from Worcester, Massachusetts

The official weigh-in was held today at Pepe’s Pizza & Restaurant for tomorrow night’s “New England’s Future 5” card, presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment, at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Richard Rivera 172 vs. Kevin Cobbs 173
(UBF New England light heavyweight title)

Bobby Harris, III 166 vs. Saul Almeida 166
Ray Graceski 171 vs. Pawel Bansiak 174
Jose Rivera 165 vs. Troy Artis 162
Jelame Garcia 168 vs. Nathan Schulte 168
Derrick Whitley 157 vs. Robert Blankenship 147
Joseph Goss 148 vs. Samuel Vasquez 149
Omar Bordoy, Jr. 144.5 vs. Seth Basler 146
Wilfredo Pagan 145 vs. Bryan Abraham 145
Carlos Marrera, III 128 vs. Luis Rivera 129

Tickets: $75 (ringside) and $45 (general admission)
Doors Open: 6PM ET, First Bout: 7:00PM

The official weigh-in was held today at Pepe’s Pizza & Restaurant for tomorrow night’s “New England’s Future 5” card, presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment, at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.…
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Wilder: I’ll easily get to 50-0

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder owns a perfect record of 39 wins, zero losses and 38 knockouts, just 11 wins away from Floyd Mayweather’s record unbeaten ledger.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

“Once I unify all the titles then line up the mandatories, I’ll easily get to 50-0,” proclaimed Wilder. “I’m not a 12-round fighter, and I don’t get overtime. I’m a knockout artist. So that being said, I don’t take much damage, but I give all the damage. I put people in the hospitals. I put people in stretchers. When you fight me your head is not the same when you leave. When you fight me you’re really signing a death warrant!”

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder owns a perfect record of 39 wins, zero losses and 38 knockouts, just 11 wins away from Floyd Mayweather’s record unbeaten ledger. “Once I unify…
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Weights From Ciudad Juarez

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Miguel ‘Micky’ Román 129.80 vs. Arístides Pérez 128.20
(WBC super featherweight International title)

Diana Fernández 113.30 vs. Noemí Bosques 112.50
(WBC female super flyweight International title)

Lindolfo Delgado 137 vs. Héctor Mendoza 136

Venue: Gimnasio Municipal Josué Neri Santos
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Miguel ‘Micky’ Román 129.80 vs. Arístides Pérez 128.20 (WBC super featherweight International title) Diana Fernández 113.30 vs. Noemí Bosques 112.50 (WBC female super flyweight International title)…
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Q&A Nico Hernandez + Weights from Kansas

By Bill Green at the scale

Nico Hernandez 115.6 vs. Jozef Atjai (Late weigh in)
Javonte Stark 146.4 vs. Cesar Soriano 148
Chazz Macias 140 vs. Corey Roberts 139.4
Maurice Byarm 230.4 vs. Richard Carmack 364
Jeff Sturm 140 vs. Brian Clements (Late weigh in)
Akeem Black 149.2 vs. Derrick Clayton 151

Venue: Hartman Arena, Park City, Kansas
Promoter: KO Night Boxing

2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Nico Hernandez (3-0, 2 KOs) spoke to Fightnews.com® about Saturday night’s clash against Jozsef “Little Red” Ajtai (19-9, 12 KOs) for the IBA Americas flyweight title at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.

Fightnews: Hello champ, how is your health and training camp?

Hernandez: I’m 100% and ready to go. We work hard in the gym every day. The difference in camp is we go in a lockdown mind set. We work hard so that the fight is easy. Continue reading “Q&A Nico Hernandez + Weights from Kansas”

By Bill Green at the scale Nico Hernandez 115.6 vs. Jozef Atjai (Late weigh in) Javonte Stark 146.4 vs. Cesar Soriano 148 Chazz Macias 140 vs. Corey Roberts 139.4 Maurice…
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King says Machado-Mensah talks convoluted

Hall of Fame promoter Don King has been trying to finalize a fight with WBA super featherweight champion Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado for more than two months with his number two contender, Rafael Mensah. “I’ve been dealing with Robert Diaz of Golden Boy Promotions and he seems to be a forthright person,” said King. “Since the beginning of December they have been telling me we would have an agreement to fight on January 27th after they arranged a meeting with HBO’s Peter Nelson. It has been one story after another story.” Continue reading “King says Machado-Mensah talks convoluted”

Hall of Fame promoter Don King has been trying to finalize a fight with WBA super featherweight champion Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado for more than two months with his number…
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Lundy: Corley talked himself into an a$$ whooping

It’s too early to start calling him the “new” Hank Lundy, but the Philadelphia warhorse known affectionately as “Hammerin’” Hank has starting thinking about his future outside of the ring while keeping his sights set firmly on the present. As he prepares for tomorrow’s fight against ageless Washington, D.C. native DeMarcus Corley at the 2300 Arena, Lundy is confident as ever in both his campaign for a world title at 135 pounds and his life beyond boxing, which he’s helped secure through wise investments.

Three years ago, Lundy (28-6-1, 14 KOs) started his own cleaning company, Hammerin’ Hank Cleaning Services, Inc., cleaning houses and businesses in the Philadelphia area. In August, he added a third job to his resume, starting a position as a checker for a local trucking company, where he inspects packages before they hit the road. Continue reading “Lundy: Corley talked himself into an a$$ whooping”

It’s too early to start calling him the “new” Hank Lundy, but the Philadelphia warhorse known affectionately as “Hammerin’” Hank has starting thinking about his future outside of the ring…
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Frank De Alba suffers cut

Junior Lightweight contender Frank De Alba suffered a cut in his last day of sparring and will not be able to compete against Carlos Padilla in the main event of King’s Promotions packed card on Tuesday, February 13th at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The card will now feature a pair of eight-round co-feature bouts. Undefeated super lightweight Mykal Fox (15-0, 4 KOs) will take on Ricardo Garcia (14-1, 9 KOs), and two-time world champion Kermit Cintron (39-6-3, 30 KOs) will do battle with Marquis Taylor (8-1).

“It’s unfortunate that Frank got hurt, but we have two excellent fights that will now top the bill,” said King’s Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman. “This is a terrific card from top to bottom, and we look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday night.”

Junior Lightweight contender Frank De Alba suffered a cut in his last day of sparring and will not be able to compete against Carlos Padilla in the main event of…
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Berchelt, Awuku make weight

Miguel Berchelt 130 vs. Maxwell Awuku 129
(WBC super featherweight title

Photo: Zanfer, Alma Montiel/WBC

Jame Munguia 154 vs. Carlos Paz 154
Pedro Campa 140.5 vs. Iván Alvarez 140.5

Venue: Oasis Arena, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer, Max Boxing and Cancun Boxing
TV: Azteca 7, Beinsports, Box Nation

Miguel Berchelt 130 vs. Maxwell Awuku 129 (WBC super featherweight title Jame Munguia 154 vs. Carlos Paz 154 Pedro Campa 140.5 vs. Iván Alvarez 140.5 Venue: Oasis Arena, Cancún, Quintana…
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Wilder: I don’t think Joshua wants to fight me

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder weighs in on WBA/IBF counterpart Anthony Joshua:

“I want him just as bad as everybody else wants him,” If it was up to me, we would’ve been fighting two years ago. I’ve been calling this man out. When they hyped him up and said he was this, said he was that.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

“I’m the type of person that I get happy for other people. With me and my happiness and me being successful, that’s all up to me. It ain’t up to nobody else. So, when I see other people doing great things, when I see good things coming to other people, I get happy for other people. It’s a hard thing for people to get happy for other people because things don’t happen for them but I’m not like that because I know my blessings will sure enough come. All I got to do is keep working. Continue reading “Wilder: I don’t think Joshua wants to fight me”

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder weighs in on WBA/IBF counterpart Anthony Joshua: “I want him just as bad as everybody else wants him,” If it was up to me, we…
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Murata Named Japan’s Boxer of the Year

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata was unanimously named Japan’s Boxer of the Year today by Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA; a union of licensed club owners) and Sports Writers Club. Murata, also 2012 Olympic gold medalist, impressively dethroned Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam via TKO route in their grudge fight last October to his credit. Continue reading “Murata Named Japan’s Boxer of the Year”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata was unanimously named Japan’s Boxer of the Year today by Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), Japan Professional Boxing Association…
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Team Oquendo wins WBA purse bid

By Craig Wick and Przemek Garczarczyk

Fightnews.com has learned that moments ago in Toronto, Canada, Team Fres Oquendo came out on top in a purse bid with current WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr. Team Oquendo bid $600,000 to outdistance Team Charr’s bid of $101,000. The WBA has stipulated that Charr (31-4, 17 KOs), will have 90-days to make the first defense of his heavyweight title against Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs). More information to follow.

By Craig Wick and Przemek Garczarczyk Fightnews.com has learned that moments ago in Toronto, Canada, Team Fres Oquendo came out on top in a purse bid with current WBA heavyweight…
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Rojas named WBA minimumweight mandatory

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has named Nicaraguan Byron Rojas as the mandatory challenger for current Minimumweight Champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong of Thailand. This resolution was made according to article C29 of the WBA Rules, which indicates that a mandatory challenger in a division may be selected by the Championships Committee or through an elimination fight. Continue reading “Rojas named WBA minimumweight mandatory”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has named Nicaraguan Byron Rojas as the mandatory challenger for current Minimumweight Champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong of Thailand. This resolution was made according to…
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Yoshino halts Saito to keep Japanese 135lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese lightweight champ Shuichiro Yoshino (7-0, 5 KOs), 135, very quickly kept his national belt as he made short work of mandatory challenger Masaki Saito (14-13-6, 5 KOs), 134.75, at 2:36 of the opening session in a scheduled ten on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

Yoshino, whose amateur mark was 104-20, 55 stoppages, acquired the vacant title by stopping veteran campaigner Spicy Matsushita in seven rounds last October, and it was his initial defense, where he displayed his power-punching in dropping him with a vicious right cross midway of the first round. Though the taller challenger barely resumed fighting on, Yoshio caught up with the shaky opponent and battered him from all angles, which prompted the referee Fukuchi’s intervention. Yoshino had won four championships in the high school tournaments. Continue reading “Yoshino halts Saito to keep Japanese 135lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten Japanese lightweight champ Shuichiro Yoshino (7-0, 5 KOs), 135, very quickly kept his national belt as he made short work of mandatory…
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Roy Jones Jr. victorious in final fight

Photos: Scott Foster

In his farewell fight, 49-year-old ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Scott Sigmon (30-12-1, 16 KOs) in a cruiserweight clash on Thursday night at the Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida.

Jones, who has won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight, outclassed Sigmon from the get-go as he smiled and mugged for his adoring hometown fans. The 30-year-old Sigmon was game, but never really able to deal with Jones’ hand speed. Scores were 98-92 across the board.

After the fight, Jones said he entered the bout with a torn bicep. He also stated he would still be willing to fight suspended MMA star Anderson Silva, but otherwise it’s “chapter closed.” Continue reading “Roy Jones Jr. victorious in final fight”

Photos: Scott Foster In his farewell fight, 49-year-old ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Scott Sigmon (30-12-1, 16 KOs) in…
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Nietes, Viloria prepping for flyweight title bouts

The doors of the Legendary Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California swung open Thursday morning as IBF flyweight champion Donnie Nietes and former world champion Brian Viloria hosted the local media just sixteen days prior to their world title bouts at SUPERFLY 2 set for February 24 at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum. Nietes defends against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Reveco, while Viloria faces Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA flyweight world title.

Photo: Tom Hogan/360 Boxing Promotions

Donnie Nietes: “The opportunity to work and spar with Brian Viloria has been very important and will get me ready for my fight on February 24…I expect a very tough fight, Reveco is a two-time world champion and is coming for my belt. I have to be at my best to beat him and I will be.”

Brian Viloria: “It has been very cool working and sparring with Donnie, he is a true professional and I am still learning from him. The sparring has been high level and we are helping each other to get better all the time.”

The doors of the Legendary Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California swung open Thursday morning as IBF flyweight champion Donnie Nietes and former world champion Brian Viloria hosted the…
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Charlo: I’m the best middleweight in the world

Unbeaten former 154-pound world champion Jermall Charlo hosted a media workout Thursday in his hometown of Houston as he prepares for his WBC interim middleweight world title showdown against Hugo Centeno Jr. on March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Photo: Andrew Hemingway/SHOWTIME

“It’s going to be a tough fight against Hugo Centeno Jr. If he can stand up to my power, we’re going to fight and it’ll be a brutal war. If he can’t, I’ll take him out in the first round,” vowed Charlo. “My goal is to show everybody that I’m the best middleweight in the world. I’m going to keep fighting everyone they put in front of me. I’m going to knock them out one-by-one until Canelo or Golovkin have to face me.” Continue reading “Charlo: I’m the best middleweight in the world”

Unbeaten former 154-pound world champion Jermall Charlo hosted a media workout Thursday in his hometown of Houston as he prepares for his WBC interim middleweight world title showdown against Hugo…
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IBF #7 Krungthepthonburi defeats Mochizuki

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

IBF#7 Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi (23-5) captured the vacant IBF Pan Pacific flyweight title fight by scoring a unanimous decision over Naoki Mochizuki (13-3) on Wednesday at Suanlum Plaza, Bangkok, Thailand.

Both Krungthepthonburi and Mochizuki came to fight and exchanged solid power shots in all of the rounds and at the conclusion, the Thai was crowned the winner by scores 117-110, 117-110 and 116-111. Continue reading “IBF #7 Krungthepthonburi defeats Mochizuki”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang IBF#7 Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi (23-5) captured the vacant IBF Pan Pacific flyweight title fight by scoring a unanimous decision over Naoki…
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Berchelt-Awuku final presser

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) and challenger Maxwell Awuku (44-3-1, 30 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for Saturday’s world title clash at the Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The bout can be seen in the U.S. on beIN Sports Espanol.

Photo: Alma Montiel

Miguel Berchelt: “When you pay to see the ‘Alacrán’ (scorpion), you pay to see an explosive fighter. I’m all-in for every workout, you’ve seen my fights, I’m a fighter who’s never boring. I sacrificed part of my purse, but what I care about is defending in front of my people in Cancun.”

Maxwell Awuku: “I’m glad to be in Cancun. I came for the title and I’ll do my thing.”

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) and challenger Maxwell Awuku (44-3-1, 30 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for Saturday’s world title clash at…
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Martinez-Santiago rematch on March 24

Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN will return to Puerto Rico on March 24 when NABO super flyweight titleholder Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (20-0-1, 13 KOs) makes the first defense in a 10-round rematch against Alejandro “Peque” Santiago (15-2-3, 7 KOs) at Complejo Ferial de Puerto Rico in Ponce. They previously fought to a draw.

In the televised co-main event, super flyweight Joshua “The Professor” Franco (13-0, 6 KOs) will return in his first 10-round fight against Lucas Fernandez (11-1-1, 8 KOs).

Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN will return to Puerto Rico on March 24 when NABO super flyweight titleholder Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (20-0-1, 13 KOs) makes the first defense in a…
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WBA calling Charr-Oquendo purse bid

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee called the world heavyweight title fight between Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) to a purse bid on Friday. Both parties were duly notified, the percentage will be 50/50 and the purse bid will take place in Toronto. Oquendo is the mandatory challenger and Charr was notified about this through a resolution last year, which indicated that both had to reach an agreement to fight with a deadline of December 22. Charr won the championship last September, beating Alexander Ustinov by unanimous decision.

The WBA also announced that a purse bid for a WBA super featherweight title fight between world champion Alberto Machado (18-0, 16 KOs) and Rafael Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs) will be held on February 19 at the WBA office in Panama City. The minimum for this purse bid is $120,000 with 75% in favor of the champion Machado, while the challenger will receive 25%. The Championships Committee enforces the resolution issued last November.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee called the world heavyweight title fight between Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) to a purse bid on…
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