Lomachenko-Marriaga Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

Two-division world champion and WBO super featherweight champion Ukraine’s Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga ( 25-2, 21 KOs) of Columbia held a press conference Wednesday at the the newly designed Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to announce their August 5th fight at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Los Angeles live on ESPN.

Photo: Mikey Wiliams/Top Rank

“We will bring back boxing to mainstream. Lomachenko-Marriaga will bring tremendous action August 5th all over the world and we at Top Rank are glad to be bringing this event to you,” Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum said.

“I am ready to get back in the ring to fight Marriaga and I am ready to fight. I think many around the world will get the chance to see Vasyl Lomachenko. I am ready to show that I am the best in boxing,” Lomachenko stated.

“For me, it’s a great opportunity vs. a great fighter like Lomachenko. We are here coming to fight,” Marriaga commented. Continue reading “Lomachenko-Marriaga Press Conference”

By Miguel Maravilla Two-division world champion and WBO super featherweight champion Ukraine’s Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga ( 25-2, 21 KOs)…
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Melindo-Budler for IBF 108lb title Sept 16

ALA Promotions announced the Melindo-Budler world title fight earlier today at a press conference held in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Melindo, who recently won the IBF Light Flyweight title from a stunning 1st round TKO over Japanese Akira Yaegashi is scheduled to face Budler in Cebu City, Philippines on Sept. 16.

Photo (from L-R): IBF world light flyweight champion Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, ALA Promotions President/CEO Michael Aldeguer, and Milan Melindo trainer Edito Villamor during today’s Presscon at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Below are some key quotes from the Press Conference and team Budler, which was sent to ALA Promotions:

Milan “El Metodico” Melindo (IBF Light Flyweight champion): “I feel no pressure for this fight. No matter how many fights he’s had, he’s never fought anyone like me. I want to advise him not to put his guard down, because then I might give him the first KO defeat of his career. I already fought some of the best world champions in the world, including Juan Francisco Estrada, so he (Budler) is no threat to me. I have a lot of confidence because God is with me. We’re gonna fight in my territory, where I will run the show and I promise an impressive win.” Continue reading “Melindo-Budler for IBF 108lb title Sept 16”

ALA Promotions announced the Melindo-Budler world title fight earlier today at a press conference held in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Melindo, who recently won the IBF Light Flyweight…
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Nicklow Has Rematch In Glen Burnie, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Baltimore, MD-area fan favorite Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow returns to action in the main event of the next Baltimore Pro Boxing promotions card at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Thursday, July 13th.

Actually, the main event for the card has a familiar ring to it as Nicklow will participate in an eight-round rematch against Chauncey “Grimm” Fields of Lynchburg, VA. The two men faced each other on January 13th at Michael’s with Nicklow winning an eight-round unanimous decision. Nicklow (26-8-3, eight KO’s) has not fought since the last meeting with Fields but he is undefeated in local-area competition (25-0-3). However, Fields (4-3, two KO’s) has fought twice, losing by knockout to Gary O’ Sullivan and Gabriel Pham. Continue reading “Nicklow Has Rematch In Glen Burnie, MD”

By Gary “Digital” Williams Baltimore, MD-area fan favorite Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow returns to action in the main event of the next Baltimore Pro Boxing promotions card at Michael’s Eighth…
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Mayweather-McGregor Toronto Presser

Profanity Warning: Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor hit Toronto Wednesday on day two of their four-city international press tour to announce their August 26 PPV clash in Las Vegas. Like day one, the f-bombs were flying fast and furious,

Mayweather: One thing we do know. The fucking fans can’t fight for you.
McGregor: Shut your fucking mouth.
Mayweather: We’re not talking about being at the top one year, two years, three years, four years, mutha-fucker 21 years. And they say I’m the mutha-fucker that can’t read. Bitch, I do numbers. I make money. You know my middle name, bitch.
McGregor: You owe money.
Mayweather: If you believe in yourself like you say you believe in yourself, bet your whole fight check you bitch.
McGregor: No fucking problem. Send the contract kid it’s done.
Mayweather: …And y’all got the fucking nerve to believe in a fucking fighter who likes to fucking quit? He’s a fucking quitter. Turn the pressure up. I don’t fold under pressure. I’m the best and I know I’m the best. Bitch, and you know I’m the best. Don’t you ever tell me shit about a fucking $3 million fighter.
McGregor: Not no more.
Mayweather: …they say I was too small. They say I run like a bitch. But goddamm it. 49-0. Yeah mutha-fucker, I’m running to the mutha-fucking bank!

Profanity Warning: Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor hit Toronto Wednesday on day two of their four-city international press tour to announce their August 26 PPV clash in Las Vegas. Like…
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Lucas Matthysse Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source informed Fightnews.com® that former WBC interim world champion Lucas Matthysse will likely not fight on the GGG-Canelo card on September 16 in Las Vegas.  Matthysse may now begin his training camp in California starting in September with a return to the ring planned for November.

By Gabriel F. Cordero A source informed Fightnews.com® that former WBC interim world champion Lucas Matthysse will likely not fight on the GGG-Canelo card on September 16 in Las Vegas.  Matthysse…
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Golovkin motivated in training camp

WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight world champion Boxing’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is back at The Summit Gym, head trainer Abel Sanchez’s high altitude training complex in Big Bear, Calif., preparing for the biggest challenge of his career, Canelo Alvarez. Golovkin came into training fit and fired up as he gears up for, believe it or not, his Las Vegas debut.

Gennady Golovkin: “Abel has new ideas for this fight – exciting ideas — and I need to be my best to perform in the ring. I don’t care about pound for pound. This is real. This is about being the champion of the world.” Continue reading “Golovkin motivated in training camp”

WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight world champion Boxing’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is back at The Summit Gym, head trainer Abel Sanchez’s high altitude training complex in Big Bear, Calif., preparing for the biggest…
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Pacquiao says he hasn’t been paid yet either

Below is Senator Manny Pacquiao’s official statement regarding Freddie Roach’s allegation that he has not yet been paid:

“I have no problem with Coach Freddie Roach. I’m not the one paying him, it’s Bob Arum. The trainer’s fee is automatically deducted by Top Rank from my purse. So, if Coach Freddie has not yet received his payment, we are in the same boat. My purse has not yet been released by Arum.”

Below is Senator Manny Pacquiao’s official statement regarding Freddie Roach’s allegation that he has not yet been paid: “I have no problem with Coach Freddie Roach. I’m not the one…
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Koncz expresses shock over Roach’s claim

By Nick Giongco

Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Manny Pacquiao, yesterday called the attention of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach on the issue of the alleged non-payment of his professional fee following the Jeff Horn fight last week in Brisbane, Australia. “For the last five years, we have instructed our promoter to deduct said payment from our guaranteed purse and this is how our corner has been paid,” said Koncz yesterday after an article on Sports Illustrated reported that Roach has yet to collect his payment.

“If Freddie had some concern, he should have brought it up with Manny and not in the media,” said Koncz, noting that the fee of conditioning coach Justin Fortune and cutman Miguel Diaz also get theirs from the promoter. Continue reading “Koncz expresses shock over Roach’s claim”

By Nick Giongco Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Manny Pacquiao, yesterday called the attention of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach on the issue of the alleged non-payment of…
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Ikeyama, 47, keeps WBO female 102lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Do you know who’s a current world champion under 100 pounds? The WBO female atomweight titlist Nao Ikeyama is the one. Do you know who’s the oldest current world champ? Nao, 47 years old, is the one, too. Nao Ikeyama (18-3-3, 5 KOs), 99.5, barely kept her WBO 102-pound belt as she was held to a split draw (96-94, 94-96, 95-95) by younger and fresher Saemi Hanagata (13-6-4, 7 KOs), 101.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.


It’s Nao’s sixth successful defense, and the tallies were completely same as their previous encounter with the WBO belt at stake in June of the previous year. Hanagata, fifteen years her junior, took the initiative with her opening attack, but the veteran champ, having fought since 2003, came back hard with her trademark non-stop attack in the second half. Hanagata may deserve their rubber battle. Continue reading “Ikeyama, 47, keeps WBO female 102lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Do you know who’s a current world champion under 100 pounds? The WBO female atomweight titlist Nao Ikeyama is the one. Do you…
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AIBA accuses WBC of forgery

The AIBA has responded to Monday’s column by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, claiming Sulaiman or his WBC associates forged an AIBA document and purposely omitted two paragraphs to mislead the boxing public.

AIBA deplores and refutes in the strongest terms the comments by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman on 10 July 2017 on his boxing blog. In it, Mr Sulaiman refers to a letter from AIBA to its member National Federations which he reproduces in Spanish. At no point has AIBA written such a letter in Spanish, nor would AIBA ever send an unsigned communication to its members, meaning that Mr Sulaiman or his associates have illegally created a forgery and attributed it to AIBA. By also failing to include two paragraphs sent in the original letter (attached), Mr Sulaiman’s sole motivation to misinform the boxing public is abundantly clear. Continue reading “AIBA accuses WBC of forgery”

The AIBA has responded to Monday’s column by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, claiming Sulaiman or his WBC associates forged an AIBA document and purposely omitted two paragraphs to mislead the…
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Floyd compares McGregor to Maidana

Profanity Warning: Former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather compared MMA fighter Connor McGregor to former world champion Marcos Maidana. “Some guys play it safe and then some like Marcos Maidana go for the kill,” Floyd told the LA press. “I think he’s the Maidana-type. He’s a heavy-hitter so I have to be cautious. It’s going to basically be a toe-to-toe battle.”

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Floyd also stated he could beat McGregor no matter where they fight. “I don’t give a fuck if it’s a ring, I don’t give a fuck if it’s an octagon. Put me in there and I’m going to kick ass,” proclaimed Floyd. “I don’t back down from no-mutha-fucking-body. You line them up, and I knock’em down like bowling pins. On August 26, I’m gonna knock this bitch out too…if you want eight oz. gloves, let’s put eight oz. gloves on. If you want four oz. gloves, let’s put four oz. gloves on. Don’t fool the public. Continue reading “Floyd compares McGregor to Maidana”

Profanity Warning: Former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather compared MMA fighter Connor McGregor to former world champion Marcos Maidana. “Some guys play it safe and then some like Marcos Maidana…
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Mayweather-McGregor Kickoff Presser

Unbeaten former champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC star “The Notorious” Conor McGregor went face-to-face for the first time on Tuesday, in a highly anticipated press conference in front of over 11,000 fans at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Floyd Mayweather: “Everyone knows I’ve never backed down from anybody. You line them up, and I knock them down like bowling pins. On August 26, I’m knocking Conor out. I am guaranteeing you this. You are going out on your face or on your back. So which way do you want to go?”

Conor McGregor: “He’s got little legs and little hands. I’m going to knock him out inside of four rounds. Mark my words…Floyd will be unconscious inside of four rounds. The power and ferociousness that I have, he’s never experienced it before. I don’t fear him.”

Unbeaten former champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC star “The Notorious” Conor McGregor went face-to-face for the first time on Tuesday, in a highly anticipated press conference in front of…
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Horn to brush off Teddy

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn has arrived in the USA for ESPN Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday but has vowed not to talk to Teddy Atlas who said to him after he defeated Manny Pacquiao “Congratulations – I thought you lost”

“I have nothing to say to Teddy Atlas,” Horn told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail. “I’m not a fan anymore. He kind of annoyed me a little bit after the fight. I’m on a high after winning and he’s tried to drag me down straight away. It’s disappointing.” Continue reading “Horn to brush off Teddy”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn has arrived in the USA for ESPN Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday but has vowed…
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Mansour calls out heavyweight division

Frustration? Amir Mansour never knew the true meaning of the word until he tried to tried to capitalize on his March 17 victory over heavyweight hopeful Travis Kauffman.

Mansour’s unanimous 12-round decision victory in Kauffman’s Reading, PA, backyard was nationally televised (Bounce TV) but it did little to create future opportunities for the left-hander from Salem, NJ.

“You’d think I have the plague, the way the other so-called heavyweight contenders are avoiding me,” Mansour said. “Is it my breath or is it my ability? These guys call themselves fighters but when my name comes up in conversation, they act like they have a hearing problem. Why would anyone be afraid of a 44-year-old man? Continue reading “Mansour calls out heavyweight division”

Frustration? Amir Mansour never knew the true meaning of the word until he tried to tried to capitalize on his March 17 victory over heavyweight hopeful Travis Kauffman. Mansour’s unanimous…
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Koasicha-Veraza on Telemundo Friday

The Boxeo Telemundo summer series continues this Friday at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event former world title challenger Romulo Koasicha returns to face Josue “Chino” Veraza in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant WBO Latin featherweight title at stake. Koasicha, 26, hails from San Luis Potosi, Mexico and is looking for another world title shot after his failed bid against Vasyl Lomanchenko in November of 2015, his record stands at 25-6, 15 KOs. Veraza, 24, is looking for his first belt as a professional and comes in the fight with a record of 18-8-2, 14 KOs. Continue reading “Koasicha-Veraza on Telemundo Friday”

The Boxeo Telemundo summer series continues this Friday at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event former world title challenger Romulo Koasicha returns to face Josue…
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Joshua-Klitschko 2 could land in Vegas

Eddie Hearn, promoter of WBA, IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua is headed to Las Vegas to potentially stage the rematch between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at the T-Mobile Arena, MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay. Klitschko still hasn’t signed off on the fight, which did blockbuster business in London, drawing 90,000 fans to an epic war. All of Joshua’s fights to date have been in the UK. Wlad’s home base is Germany. Vegas is considered neutral ground.

Eddie Hearn, promoter of WBA, IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua is headed to Las Vegas to potentially stage the rematch between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at the T-Mobile Arena,…
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Barrera vows to beat Smith for dad

It has been more than eight years since Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) defected from Cuba and left his friends and family behind to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer in the United States. On Saturday, July 15 he takes on Long Island, New York native Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) for the WBA International Light Heavyweight Title and, for the first time in Sullivan’s life, his father, Rafael Barrera, will be watching him from ringside. After an eight-year separation, father and son were reunited on Thursday when the elder Barrera was finally able to visit from Cuba. Continue reading “Barrera vows to beat Smith for dad”

It has been more than eight years since Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) defected from Cuba and left his friends and family behind to pursue his dream of becoming a…
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Horn promoter eyes smaller venue for rematch

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Jeff Horn promoter Dean Lonergan said the rematch between Horn and Manny Pacquiao, if the former champion agrees to the opportunity to regain the WBO welterweight crown, could land at Brisbane’s 14,500-seat indoor Boondall Arena rather than the 52,500-seat outdoor venue that hosted the first fight. The change would mean ticket prices would be increased.

“First Manny’s got to say yes, and secondly, a case has to be made to make it work at Boondall or another venue,” Lonergan told AAP. “Who knows what happens after that? If you look at Mayweather versus Pacquaio – the highest-grossing fight of all time in boxing – it did $72 million in a 15,000-seat venue. It’s a case of supply and demand. If it can be made to stack up at Boondall I think that’s a real option. If it can’t, then we’ll just have a look around.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Jeff Horn promoter Dean Lonergan said the rematch between Horn and Manny Pacquiao, if the former champion agrees to the opportunity to regain…
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Late results from Baton Rouge

Last Saturday, TKO Promotions and L’Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, teamed up to put on L’Auberge’s first professional boxing show at their Event Center. The place was sold out days in advance and the fights were action packed from the very first bout of the evening. Continue reading “Late results from Baton Rouge”

Last Saturday, TKO Promotions and L’Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, teamed up to put on L’Auberge’s first professional boxing show at their Event Center. The place was…
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Roach: Manny has avoided me

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

There is turmoil in Pacland. Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao has avoided him and barely spoke to him following his loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane. “I was trying to see where his head was at and I could not even get him to say hi to me. I don’t know if he was upset with me or what,” Roach told Sports Illustrated. “I really don’t know if he’s mad at me. But I can tell you this: I haven’t been paid yet. So who knows?”

Roach added, “Manny wasn’t himself. He didn’t look like the Manny Pacquiao I’ve known for a long time. It was almost over in the ninth. One more round like that and, man … he just couldn’t do it.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing There is turmoil in Pacland. Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao has avoided him and barely spoke to him following…
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EX-WBO 118lb champ Kameda defeats Ivan Morales

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Former WBO bantam champ Tomoki Kameda (34-2, 20 KOs), 123.25, defeated Mexican Ivan “Nino Maravilla” Morales (31-3, 19 KOs), 122.25, by a nearly shutout decision (100-90 twice, 99-91) over ten speedy rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Tomoki displayed good hand speed and work rate in lopsidedly attacking the youngest brother of Erik and Diego, steadily piling up points. Tomoki, 25, had Ivan at bay with solid combinations in round four, but the Mexican, also 25, refused to go down and withstood his furious rallies. Kameda positively threw jabs and combos to have Morales retreating but couldn’t finally catch up with him until the end. Ivan’s strong heart coupled with his excellent defense saved him from going down despite Tomoki’s persistent body bombardment.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Former WBO bantam champ Tomoki Kameda (34-2, 20 KOs), 123.25, defeated Mexican Ivan “Nino Maravilla” Morales (31-3, 19 KOs), 122.25, by a nearly…
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Shields: No future for Szpilka without victory

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Always brutally honest trainer Ronnie Shields spoke with Fightnews.com® about this Saturday’s nationally televised all-Polish heavyweight showdown at the Nassau Coliseum between Artur Szpilka (20-2, 15 KO) and Adam Kownacki (15-0, 12 KO).

Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

“Losing on July 15 means that you’re not a heavyweight fighter with a big future in this business,” said Shields. “Losing to Kownacki means that you’re just one of many. I’m not saying that Adam cannot fight – not at all. Kownacki has heart, is aggressive, knows how to finish. He’s not just an opponent from the street to put in front of Szpilka after his 18-month break from boxing. But if you have Artur’s experience, background, talent, all the training options he has and you’re losing to a fighter without all that, the conclusion is a simple one.”

Saturday’s Szpilka-Kownacki clash will be part of the Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes fight card from NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Continue reading “Shields: No future for Szpilka without victory”

By Przemek Garczarczyk Always brutally honest trainer Ronnie Shields spoke with Fightnews.com® about this Saturday’s nationally televised all-Polish heavyweight showdown at the Nassau Coliseum between Artur Szpilka (20-2, 15 KO)…
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Claressa Shields Open Workout

Photos/Report by Brad Snyder/The Undercard

Female super middleweight star Claressa Shields (3-0, 1 KO) held her media day workout on Monday at the Kronk Gym in Detroit. Shields is preparing for her WBC and IBF world championship fight against defending champ Nikki Alder (16-0, 9 KOs) on August 4.

Also, at the media workout, WBC Silver champ Shields and promoter Dmitry Salita were presented with the Spirit of Detroit award from the Detroit City Council. Continue reading “Claressa Shields Open Workout”

Photos/Report by Brad Snyder/The Undercard Female super middleweight star Claressa Shields (3-0, 1 KO) held her media day workout on Monday at the Kronk Gym in Detroit. Shields is preparing…
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Horn beats Pacquiao again, in WBO Review

By David Finger

The WBO has just released the results of their review of the scoring of the Pacquiao-Horn fight and it looks like Jeff Horn has again won a decision over Manny Pacquiao.

After a formal protest and was filed by the Philippines Games and Amusements Board (GAB) on July 3rd, disputing the decision of the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao fight and alleging “errors of the referee and judges who officiated the subject fight”, the WBO agreed in a letter written by President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, to review the decision. Valcarcel stated that as part of the review the WBO had five “anonymous and competent Judges from different countries” watch a replay of the Horn-Pacquiao fight “without sound distractions.” Continue reading “Horn beats Pacquiao again, in WBO Review”

By David Finger The WBO has just released the results of their review of the scoring of the Pacquiao-Horn fight and it looks like Jeff Horn has again won a…
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Holyfield to promote card in NYC

Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment is bringing its Real Deal Championship Boxing series to New York City. The first installment is set to take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom, on Friday, August 11th, leading into the city’s Dominican Day weekend, as part of a multi-fight agreement with the Manhattan Center Studios, Inc. The televised portion of the event will be live on CBS Sports Network. Fighters are TBA.

There have been very few boxing events in New York City due to new higher insurance requirements made the economics very onerous, especially for smaller shows. Continue reading “Holyfield to promote card in NYC”

Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment is bringing its Real Deal Championship Boxing series to New York City. The first installment is set to take place at the Hammerstein…
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