Undercard Results from Madison Square Garden

By Matt Richardson at ringside

Super middleweight prospect Vaughn Alexander won a lopsided ten-round unanimous decision against Devaun Lee in the final fight of the non-televised portion of the card. Alexander (12-0, 8 KO’s) was thought to be a big hitter before the fight but he appeared to have difficulty connecting with anything overly powerful down the stretch (although he did seem to stun Lee temporarily in the final round). Judges scores read 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. Lee (10-3-1, 5 KO’s) tried to box and move but backed up too much to impress the judges.

Junior middleweight Frank Galarza, from neighboring Brooklyn, made the trek over the bridge a worthy one with an eight-round unanimous decision win against Norberto Gonzalez. One judge had Galarza earning a shutout, 80-72, while two others had him ahead 79-73 and 78-74, respectively. Galarza (19-2-2, 11 KO’s) was simply the quicker, more polished fighter. Gonzalez (24-11, 14 KO’s) plugged forward throughout and kept swinging until the end but he was incapable of putting together a string of clean, effective punches and when he did his power seemed to have little effect on Galarza. There were no knockdowns. Continue reading “Undercard Results from Madison Square Garden”

By Matt Richardson at ringside Super middleweight prospect Vaughn Alexander won a lopsided ten-round unanimous decision against Devaun Lee in the final fight of the non-televised portion of the card.…
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Taylor smashes late sub Campos

Unbeaten WBC #5, IBF #10, WBO #14 super lightweight Josh Taylor (12-0, 11 KOs) scored a third round stoppage against late sub Winston Campos (30-4-5, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Taylor retained the WBC silver belt.

Unbeaten WBC #5, IBF #10, WBO #14 super lightweight Josh Taylor (12-0, 11 KOs) scored a third round stoppage against late sub Winston Campos (30-4-5, 18 KOs) on Saturday night…
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Boesel beats Demchenko for EBU title

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

On Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Weissenfels, Germany, IBF #5, WBO #7 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (27-1, 10 KOs) outboxed Serhiy Demchenko (18-12-1, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds to win the EBU (European) belt recently vacated by Karo Murat.

Local favorite Boesel survived a late rally by the 38-year-old Demchenko to win 116-112, 116-112, 118-110.

In a clash between unbeaten light heavyweights, Adam Deines (14-0-1, 7 KOs) edged Stefan Haertel (15-1, 7 KOs) by ten round split decision to claim the German domestic belt. Scores were 96-95, 96-94 Deines, 96-94 Haertel. Continue reading “Boesel beats Demchenko for EBU title”

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke On Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Weissenfels, Germany, IBF #5, WBO #7 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (27-1, 10 KOs) outboxed Serhiy Demchenko (18-12-1,…
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Brook demolishes Rabchenko in 154lb debut

Former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (37-2, 26 KOs) stopped Siarhei Rabchenko (29-3, 22 KOs) in the second round to win the WBC silver belt in his 154lb debut on Saturday night at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England. A right hand dropped Rabchanko to end it.

In a clash between brothers of current WBA world champions, super bantamweight Gavin McDonnell (19-1-2, 5 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Gamal Yafai (14-1, 7 KOs) to claim the WBC international title. Scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 117-113. Gavin is the brother of WBA regular bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell. Gamal is the brother of WBA super flyweight champion Khalid Yafai.

A rematch between heavyweights Lenroy Thomas (22-4-1, 10 KOs) and David Allen 12-3-2, 9 KOs) ended in a technical draw after Allen was cut over the right eye in a first round headclash. The Commonwealth belt was at stake.

Former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (37-2, 26 KOs) stopped Siarhei Rabchenko (29-3, 22 KOs) in the second round to win the WBC silver belt in his 154lb debut on…
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Pulev’s brother scores KO1 in Chicago

By Craig Wick

A five-bout card was on tap in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village Friday night, as Hitz Boxing rolled into the Belvedere Event Center and drew a SRO crowd for their 2018 kick-off. While it’s a well-known fact that Chicago is home to a large Polish population, who the hell knew it was also an enclave for a sizeable Bulgarian contingent? Apparently promoter Bobby Hitz did, telling Fightnews.com® that Bulgarians “scooped up tickets like the Beatles were in town,” all on account of Sofia native, and former amateur standout, Tervel Pulev, who steamrolled in the main event. Continue reading “Pulev’s brother scores KO1 in Chicago”

By Craig Wick A five-bout card was on tap in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village Friday night, as Hitz Boxing rolled into the Belvedere Event Center and drew…
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Boxing Odds ‘n Ends

Late money is going on WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who is now a -350 favorite over Luis Ortiz +275 tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In the co-feature on that card, Jose Uzcategui is -210 to dethrone current IBF interim super middleweight beltholder Andre Dirrell +175.

Across the river in Manhattan, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev is -2000 vs. Igor Mikhalkin +1000 and WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol is -900 vs. Sullivan Barrera +550.

In Sheffield, England, former world champion Kell Brook is a -2000 favorite vs. Sergey Rabchenko +1000. Brook is now campaigning at super welterweight.

Odds courtesy thegreek.com.

Tonight HBO and Showtime go head-to-head. Not only that, two major world championship cards are talking place at the same time at venues just 5.7 miles apart in New York City.

Wilder came in super light for tonight’s clash against Otiz. This is a very intriguing matchup. Later this month, WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua meets WBO king Joseph Parker, plus we have Dillian Whyte vs. Lucas Browne, Alexander Povetkin vs. David Price and Andy Ruiz vs. Devin Vargas.

March is shaping up as a helluva month for heavyweight boxing.

Late money is going on WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who is now a -350 favorite over Luis Ortiz +275 tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In the co-feature on…
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Weights from Clearwater, FL

William Silva 134 vs. Rogelio Casarez 135
(NBA World/IBO Continental lightweight titles)

Antonio Tarver Jr 161 vs. Carlos Dixon 159.8
Nick Iannuzzi 195.8 vs. Lamarcus Tucker 200.1
Ricky Tomlinson 124.8 vs. Ernest Hall 125
Joseph Fernandez 145.8 vs. Clifford Gray 154.2*
Joseph White 241.4 vs. Rodriquez Cade 274.8
Ozodbek Aripov 151.8 vs. Chaklit Ali Redwood 152.8

*Fernandez-Gray bout cancelled by the Florida State Athletic Commission due to weight discrepancy

Promoter: Fire Fist Boxing Promotions
Venue: Banquet Masters Clearwater, FL
First Fight: 7 PM
Broadcast: Fite.tv

William Silva 134 vs. Rogelio Casarez 135 (NBA World/IBO Continental lightweight titles) Antonio Tarver Jr 161 vs. Carlos Dixon 159.8 Nick Iannuzzi 195.8 vs. Lamarcus Tucker 200.1 Ricky Tomlinson 124.8…
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Carmona crushes Uribe in four

Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes

In a bantamweight clash between former world title challengers, David “El Severo” Carmona (21-5-5, 9 KOs) scored a punishing fourth round KO over Jesús “El Azul” Iribe (20-11-5, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City.

Carmona dropped Iribe twice round two, but Iribe weathered the storm. The bout was stopped in round four after Carmona sent Uribe to the canvas again. Time was 1:04. Carmona claimed the WBC Latino belt with the win. “I think this victory serves to make clear that we learned the lesson, now I want a third fight against Daniel “Daniel “El Alacrán” Lozano. Last time I gave him a rematch without thinking about it. Now I want us to have a third fight,” said Carmona.

Photos

Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes In a bantamweight clash between former world title challengers, David “El Severo” Carmona (21-5-5, 9 KOs) scored a punishing fourth round KO over Jesús “El Azul”…
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Carto beats Smith, remains unbeaten

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

In the main event, Philly bantamweight Christian Carto, 14-0, 11 KOs, pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over Detroit’s James Smith, 12-2, 7 KOs, 1 NC. It was an active and grueling battle, and although Carto was in control, Smith came to fight and proved to be Christian’s toughest opponent to date. Smith came out swinging, taking the first round on my card. But Carto fought back and took over, beginning in round two. Carto looked sharp and showed many facets to his game in the fight. It not only was Carto’s most competitive bout, it was also the best performance of his young career.

In the all-Philly co-feature contest, Christopher Brooker, 13-5, 5 KOs, out-muscled Jamaal Davis, 16-13-1, 7 KOs, to win a comfortable decision in their super middleweight bout. There were many good exchanges in the fight, but Brooker remained in control throughout. He didn’t try anything cute. Rather he applied constant pressure and used his considerable size advantage. The third round was probably the closest, but I still gave it to Brooker, for s clean sweep (80-72). Two of the three judges had the score 79-73, while the third judge saw it a rather close at 77-75. Continue reading “Carto beats Smith, remains unbeaten”

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. In the main event, Philly bantamweight Christian Carto, 14-0, 11 KOs, pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over Detroit’s James…
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WBC indefinitely suspends ex-champ Nery

Luis Nery lost the WBC bantamweight title after failing to make the weight this past March the 1st in Tokyo, Japan. The WBC has implemented several procedures which have worked for many years, including changing the official weigh-in one day before the fight, implementing the monitoring weigh-in 30 and 7 days before the fight, etc. For a bantamweight champion (118 pounds) to arrive at the official weigh-in 5 pounds over is simply unacceptable. The WBC is formally suspending Nery indefinitely. Nery will be mandated to appear at a hearing to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances.

Luis Nery lost the WBC bantamweight title after failing to make the weight this past March the 1st in Tokyo, Japan. The WBC has implemented several procedures which have worked…
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Former champ Jose Pedraza signs with Top Rank

Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza, former IBF junior lightweight world champion, has signed a multi-fight promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced. Pedraza will campaign at lightweight, and his debut under the Top Rank banner will take place March 17 on the Jose Ramirez – Amir Imam undercard at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

“First of all, I want to thank God for making this possible,” Pedraza said. “I want to thank Bob Arum for giving me the opportunity to join the Top Rank family, and for acknowledging that I have the ability and the potential to become a world champion once again.” Continue reading “Former champ Jose Pedraza signs with Top Rank”

Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza, former IBF junior lightweight world champion, has signed a multi-fight promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced. Pedraza will campaign at…
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Ortiz weighs in 26.5lbs heavier than Wilder

Deontay Wilder 214.75 vs. Luis Ortiz 241.25
(WBC heavyweight title)

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Andre Dirrell 167.75 vs. Jose Uzcategui 166
(IBF interim super middleweight title)
Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Alicia Napoleon 158.4 vs. Femke Hermans 159.4
(WBA female super middleweight title)
Chordale Booker 157.8 vs. Emmanuel Sanchez 161.6
Willie Monroe 163.2 vs. Carlos Galvan 163.2
Kenny Robles 39.8 vs. Javier Martinez 139.4
Patrick Day 153.4 vs. Kyrone Davis 153.8
Richardson Hitchins 141.8 vs. Charles Stanford 141.6
Sergey Derevyanchenko 164.2 vs. Dashon Johnson 164.8
Gary Antuanne Russell 138 vs. Keasen Freeman 139.6

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Showtime

Deontay Wilder 214.75 vs. Luis Ortiz 241.25 (WBC heavyweight title) Andre Dirrell 167.75 vs. Jose Uzcategui 166 (IBF interim super middleweight title) Alicia Napoleon 158.4 vs. Femke Hermans 159.4 (WBA…
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Kovalev, Mikhalkin, Bivol, Barrera all make weight

Sergey Kovalev 174.6 vs. Igor Mikhalkin 172.6
(WBO light heavyweight title)

Dmitry Bivol 174.4 vs. Sullivan Barrera 173.6
(WBA light heavyweight title)

Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City
Promoter: Main Events
TV: HBO

Sergey Kovalev 174.6 vs. Igor Mikhalkin 172.6 (WBO light heavyweight title) Dmitry Bivol 174.4 vs. Sullivan Barrera 173.6 (WBA light heavyweight title) Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater in New York…
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Brook-Rabchenko make weight

Kell Brook 153.5 vs. Sergey Rabchenko 153.25
(WBC silver super welterweight title)

Photo: Laurence Lustig

Gavin McDonnell 121.4 vs. Gamal Yafai 121.5
(WBC International siperbantam title)

David Allen 236 vs. Lenroy Thomas 232
(Commonwealth heavyweight title)

Venue: Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, UK
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sky Sports (UK)

Kell Brook 153.5 vs. Sergey Rabchenko 153.25 (WBC silver super welterweight title) Gavin McDonnell 121.4 vs. Gamal Yafai 121.5 (WBC International siperbantam title) David Allen 236 vs. Lenroy Thomas 232…
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Boesel, Demchenko make weight

Dominic Boesel 174.5 vs. Serhiy Demchenko 173.5
(EBU light heavyweight title)

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Adam Deines 175 vs. Stefan Härtel 174
(German light heavyweight title)

Enrico Kölling 179.75 vs. Giorgi Berushvili 173
Phillip Nsingi 146.75 vs. Pal Olah 151.5
Roman Fress 199 vs. Rudolf Helesic 201
Alis Sijaric 176 vs. Beka Aduashvili TBA

Venue: Stadthalle in Weißenfels, Germany
Promoter: SES
TV: MDR (Germany)

Dominic Boesel 174.5 vs. Serhiy Demchenko 173.5 (EBU light heavyweight title) Adam Deines 175 vs. Stefan Härtel 174 (German light heavyweight title) Enrico Kölling 179.75 vs. Giorgi Berushvili 173 Phillip…
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Jarvis stops Lamandau

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Unbeaten Australian bantamweight Brock Jarvis (13-0, 12 KOs) stopped Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-1-1, 5 KOs) in round three of a scheduled ten round bout with the WBC Asian Boxing Council title up for grabs at Mediterranean House at Five Dock, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Jarvis dropped the Indonesian in round two and at 2:58 of round three referee Gary Dean crowned Jarvis the winner. Jarvis is trained by Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Unbeaten Australian bantamweight Brock Jarvis (13-0, 12 KOs) stopped Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-1-1, 5 KOs) in round three of a scheduled ten round…
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Carmona looks to rebound tonight on Telemundo

Bantamweights David “El Severo” Carmona (20-5-5, 8 KOs) and Jesús “El Azul” Iribe (20-10-5, 10 KOs) will clash tonight in the “Boxeo Telemundo Ford” 10 round main event at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. They will battle for the WBC Latino title.

Two years ago, Carmona became the only man to last the full twelve rounds against fearsome KO artist and unbeaten world champion Naoya Inoue. He also put in a solid effort vs. former world champion Carlos Cuadras, dropping a tight decision. However, tonight he finds himself entering the ring trying to snap a three-fight losing streak, which will be no easy feat against the veteran Iribe. Continue reading “Carmona looks to rebound tonight on Telemundo”

Bantamweights David “El Severo” Carmona (20-5-5, 8 KOs) and Jesús “El Azul” Iribe (20-10-5, 10 KOs) will clash tonight in the “Boxeo Telemundo Ford” 10 round main event at the…
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Full Report: Iwasa-Saulong

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

IBF junior featherweight champ, Japanese southpaw Ryosuke Iwasa (25-2, 16 KOs), 121.75, successfully retained his belt when he pounded out a nearly shutout decision over #13 Filipino Ernesto Saulong (24-3-1, 8 KOs), 121.5, over twelve lopsided rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

Katsuhiko Nakamura (Japan) tallied it 120-108, Ian Scott (New Zealand) and Greg Ortega (Philippines) had it 119-109 and 118-110, all in favor of the defending titlist. The referee was Kenny Chevalier (US). Continue reading “Full Report: Iwasa-Saulong”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda IBF junior featherweight champ, Japanese southpaw Ryosuke Iwasa (25-2, 16 KOs), 121.75, successfully retained his belt when he pounded out a nearly shutout…
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Demschenko-Boesel meet in EBU clash

Current EBU European light heavyweight champion Serhiy Demschenko (18-11-1, 12 KOs) and Dominic Boesel (26-1, 10 KOs) faced off in advance of Saturday night’s clash at the Stadthalle in Weißenfels, Germany. MDR will televise in Germany.

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Dominic Boesel: “I feel pressure, must win, otherwise in the boxing business your career is quickly out the window. I also want to take the opportunity, after losing my first European title fight, to make something good happen. The traditional European belt I’ll get back for Germany!”

Serhiy Demschenko: “My opponent is strong – the stronger my opponent, the better it is for me when I win!”

Current EBU European light heavyweight champion Serhiy Demschenko (18-11-1, 12 KOs) and Dominic Boesel (26-1, 10 KOs) faced off in advance of Saturday night’s clash at the Stadthalle in Weißenfels,…
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Ferguson defeats Munoz in Idaho

Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra

Making the first defense of his WBC United States (USNBC) cruiserweight title, Spokane’s Patrick Ferguson (11-0-1, 10 KOs) claimed a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision win over Topeka, Kansas’ Mario Munoz (12-5-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday night at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho.

After a grueling start to the fight, Ferguson took over mid-way through with the more accurate and damaging punches. Continue reading “Ferguson defeats Munoz in Idaho”

Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra Making the first defense of his WBC United States (USNBC) cruiserweight title, Spokane’s Patrick Ferguson (11-0-1, 10 KOs) claimed a hard-fought ten round unanimous…
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Full Report: Nery-Yamanaka, Yamanaka retires

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Anything can happen in the ring. Overweight ex-champ Luis “Pantera” Nery (26-0, 20 KOs), 121 (three pounds over the limit), Mexico, so quickly chalked up a TKO victory over former champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-2-2, 19 KOs), 117.5, dropping him four times at 1:03 of the second round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Yamanaka’s fragility was much below expectation as he hit the deck with Nery’s opening combinations in the first round although he started well with stinging southpaw jabs. Nery, in round two, swarmed over the damaged ex-champ and had him on the deck three more times in the fatal second session. Thus, the WBC 118-pound belt became vacant.

The referee was Michael Griffin (Canada). All the judges tallied the first round 10-8 in Nery’s favor: Alan Krebs, Kevin Scott and David Sutherland (all from the US).

All the spectators, as well as all television watchers here in Japan, had a bad impression on this fight. It wasn’t due to nationalistic feeling because of Yamanaka’s defeat but due to Luis Nery’s insult to the very greatly anticipated event with his overweight fiasco as well as his doping scandal. Continue reading “Full Report: Nery-Yamanaka, Yamanaka retires”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Anything can happen in the ring. Overweight ex-champ Luis “Pantera” Nery (26-0, 20 KOs), 121 (three pounds over the limit), Mexico, so quickly…
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Report: Pacquiao rejects “insulting” fight

Former world champion Manny Pacquaio has reportedly rejected Top Rank’s offer for an April 16 fight against Mike Alvarado. A Pacquiao spokesman told ESPN5 that the proposed fight against Alvarado “is an insult” to Pacman and he will not be fighting on the undercard of the Jeff Horn vs. Terence Crawford event in Las Vegas.

Former world champion Manny Pacquaio has reportedly rejected Top Rank’s offer for an April 16 fight against Mike Alvarado. A Pacquiao spokesman told ESPN5 that the proposed fight against Alvarado…
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Weights from Philadelphia

Christian Carto 118.9 vs. James Smith 118.9
Christopher Brooker 169 vs. Jamaal Davis 167.3
Tyrone Crawley, Jr. 140.8 vs. Anthony Mercado 143
Dominique Mayfield 229.1 vs. Ronny Hale 264.1
David Gonzales 143.1 vs. Victor Vazquez 139.8
Jerrod Miner 116.7 vs. Rondarrius Hunter 111.7
Rasheed Johnson 146.6 vs. Vincent Floyd 154.4*

*Floyd overweight, Bout canceled

Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: SugarHouse Casino
1st bell: 7 pm ET
TV: Eleven Sports (Delay)

Christian Carto 118.9 vs. James Smith 118.9 Christopher Brooker 169 vs. Jamaal Davis 167.3 Tyrone Crawley, Jr. 140.8 vs. Anthony Mercado 143 Dominique Mayfield 229.1 vs. Ronny Hale 264.1 David…
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Rios-Hovhannisyan Media Day

Photo: Lina Baker/Seeyouringside Photography

Local hometown hero and former world title challenger Ronny Rios (29-2, 13 KOs) and explosive Armenian contender Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 KOs) hosted a media workout at TKO Boxing Club in Santa Ana, CA ahead of their 10-round super bantamweight clash on the March 9 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN2 at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Continue reading “Rios-Hovhannisyan Media Day”

Local hometown hero and former world title challenger Ronny Rios (29-2, 13 KOs) and explosive Armenian contender Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (13-2, 10 KOs) hosted a media workout at TKO…
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Oscar Valdez Media Day

By Miguel Maravilla

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico worked out Thursday afternoon for media at the Legendz Boxing Gym in Norwalk, California as he prepares for his next title defense against former world champion Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs) of England. Valdez takes on Quigg next Saturday March 10 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live in ESPN.

Here is what Valdez and his trainer Manny Robles Jr. had to say. Continue reading “Oscar Valdez Media Day”

By Miguel Maravilla WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico worked out Thursday afternoon for media at the Legendz Boxing Gym in Norwalk, California as…
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