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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Roy Jones Jr. calls it a career tonight

Ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) takes on Scott Sigmon (30-11-1, 16 KOs) in a cruiserweight clash at the Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida. The will be the final fight for the 49-year-old Jones, who has won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.

“It’s been a wonderful career,” said Roy at Wednesday’s weigh-in. “We’ve had a great time. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. I came in making history and I’m going out making history, so we’re doing it like we’re supposed to do.”

Ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) takes on Scott Sigmon (30-11-1, 16 KOs) in a cruiserweight clash at the Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida. The will be the…
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Alvarado Camp balks at Taguchi-Budler date

IBF #1 junior flyweight contender and mandatory challenger Felix Alvarado (31-2, 27 KOs) is in a holding pattern due to a logjam atop the 108lb division. Alvarado earned his mandatory title shot in an eliminator last October, but due to a complicated series of circumstances, he is now in for a long wait for a title shot. Felix was the mandatory challenger to then-champion Milan Melindo, but Melindo’s previous defense against Hekkie Budler ended with some controversy and the IBF ordered a rematch. In addition, prior to the decision on a Budler rematch, the IBF approved a unification between Melindo and WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi. Taguchi dethroned Melindo, and thereby inherited the rematch owed to Budler.

The IBF informed Team Alvarado by letter that Taguchi and Budler had to fight by March 31, 2018 with the winner to face Alvarado within 90 days of that. However, it now appears that Taguchi-Budler is being planned for May in Japan. This would mean that Alvarado possibly wouldn’t get his world title fight for nearly a year after winning his mandatory. Continue reading “Alvarado Camp balks at Taguchi-Budler date”

IBF #1 junior flyweight contender and mandatory challenger Felix Alvarado (31-2, 27 KOs) is in a holding pattern due to a logjam atop the 108lb division. Alvarado earned his mandatory…
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Broadway Boxing Results

In a welterweight clash between undefeated crosstown rivals, Mikkel Lespierre (19-0-1, 8 KOs) edged Noel Murphy (12-1, 2 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC USNBC title at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square, New York City. Murphy was deducted a point for a rabbit punch and it cost him a draw. Scores were 97-92, 95-94, 95-94.

Also, two promising and undefeated heavyweight prospects made their New York City and DBE debuts on Wednesday night. Oleksandr “Sasha” Teslenko (12-0, 10 KOs) stopped Keenan Hickman(6-3-1, 2 KOs) in two rounds and Stephan Shaw (10-0, 6 KOs) outpointed Joel Caudle (7-2-1, 5 KOs) over six 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.

In a welterweight clash between undefeated crosstown rivals, Mikkel Lespierre (19-0-1, 8 KOs) edged Noel Murphy (12-1, 2 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC USNBC title at…
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Arum vs. King: Hall of Fame rivalry resumes

Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King will resume one of boxing’s fiercest rivalries when the fighters they respectively guide — top-rated contenders Jose Ramírez and Amir “Young Man” Imam — collide for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight world title. Ramirez vs. Imam will headline a St. Patrick’s Day world title extravaganza, Saturday, March 17, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The Ramirez – Imam world championship event will be televised live and exclusively at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The fight between Ramirez and Imam will mark the first time Arum and King have battled each other promotionally on the same card since Miguel Cotto defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight world title on March 12, 2011, stopping former world champion Ricardo Mayorga in the 12th-round.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, February 8, at Noon EST. Tickets priced at $206, $156, $106, $81, $56 and $31, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office and Ticketmaster.

Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King will resume one of boxing’s fiercest rivalries when the fighters they respectively guide — top-rated contenders Jose Ramírez and Amir “Young…
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Roy Jones Jr’s final weigh-in

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Roy Jones Jr. 199 vs. Scott Sigmon 193.4

Venue: Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, FL
Promoter: Square Ring
TV: UFC Fight Pass

By Przemek Garczarczyk Roy Jones Jr. 199 vs. Scott Sigmon 193.4 Venue: Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, FL Promoter: Square Ring TV: UFC Fight Pass

Former WBO President Ramon Pina Acevedo Passes

By Robert Coster

Ramon Pina Acevedo, 96, has passed away in his home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A prestigious lawyer and political figure in his country, Pina Acevedo was a knowledgeable lover of boxing who was Vice President of the WBA and then the first President of the WBO. Pina Acevedo was also President of the Dominican Boxing Commission. Pina was the supervisor to many important world title fights, among which included Leonard vs. Hagler. R.I.P.

By Robert Coster Ramon Pina Acevedo, 96, has passed away in his home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A prestigious lawyer and political figure in his country, Pina Acevedo was…
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Rios: I will do whatever it takes to win

By Miguel Maravilla

Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Garden City, Kansas held a media day workout Wednesday afternoon at NGBA Boxing in Lynwood, California as he prepares for his fight with two-division and two-time world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) February 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas live on Showtime.

Photos: Idris Erba/Team Brandon Rios

Here is what Rios and his trainer Robert Garcia said prior to the workout.

Brandon Rios: “I’m really happy and I feel good for this fight. I’m sparring young cats. They are hungry and they want to prove a point. They have really been pushing me and Robert (Garcia) has done a good job along with Donald (Leary) in this camp. As long as I beat Danny Garcia, it puts me back on top!” Continue reading “Rios: I will do whatever it takes to win”

By Miguel Maravilla Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Garden City, Kansas held a media day workout Wednesday afternoon at…
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WBC Peace and EBU Championships in Rome

On February 23 in Rome, Italy, Opi Since 82 company led by Salvatore Cherchi will promote the WBC Peace championship with the support of the Italian Minister of Sports Luca Lotti and the Italian Olympic Committee headed by Giovanni Malagò. The stars will be two top lightweights: former IBO world and EBU champion Emiliano Marsili (Italy, 35 wins, 14 inside the distance, and 1 draw) and Victor Betancourt (Mexico, 22-1). They will fight on the 12 rounds distance at Palazzo dello Sport, a building with a great boxing tradition. Continue reading “WBC Peace and EBU Championships in Rome”

On February 23 in Rome, Italy, Opi Since 82 company led by Salvatore Cherchi will promote the WBC Peace championship with the support of the Italian Minister of Sports Luca…
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Fuentes wants Higa rematch

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Former world champion Moisés Fuentes appeared at the WBC “Tuesday Coffee Conference” in Mexico City to request a thorough review of his first round KO loss to WBC flyweight champion Daigo Higa. Moises stressed that in his opinion, the referee’s decision was a mistake. He says he was up at the count of eight and was ready to continue.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán says he will ask for the report of both the referee and the supervisor and that he himself will scrutinize this case.

Click here for the ringside account by Hall of Fame boxing writer Joe Koizumi

Photo: Naoki Fukuda Former world champion Moisés Fuentes appeared at the WBC “Tuesday Coffee Conference” in Mexico City to request a thorough review of his first round KO loss to…
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Philippine Update

By Nick Giongco

Arum welcomes Ancajas vs Sultan

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has reached out to the camp of Jonas Sultan, the mandatory challenger to Jerwin Ancajas’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown for a unique all-Filipino title showdown being eyed for April. Top Rank promotes Ancajas, who made a smashing US debut over the weekend in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sultan, the pride and joy of the ALA Boxing Club of Cebu, earned the right to fight for the IBF 115-lb title after upsetting ex-world champion Johnreil Casimero last year.

GAB prevents Magali title shot

Orient-Pacific super-featherweight champion Carlo Magali won’t be fighting for a world title after all. The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) ruled recently that owing to the proximity of Magali’s title defense in Japan to the promised crack at the World Boxing Council on Feb. 10 in Mexico, Magali won’t have enough time to get ready. Magali last fought on Jan. 13 when he retained his 130-lb throne with a knockout victory.

Nietes heats up in training

Donnie Nietes, the country’s other world champion, has intensified his training for his mandatory defense of his International Boxing Federation fly crown against Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco on Feb. 24 in Los Angeles. “Since arriving here three weeks ago, Donnie has sparred about 40 rounds mostly against Brian Viloria,” said Nietes’s trainer Edito Villamor. Viloria is also seeing action on the Feb. 24 card at the Forum as he is booked to vie for the vacant World Boxing Association fly title.

By Nick Giongco Arum welcomes Ancajas vs Sultan Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has reached out to the camp of Jonas Sultan, the mandatory challenger to Jerwin Ancajas’s International…
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Rungvisai and Chaichotchuang honored

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Congratulations to Fightnews.com® contributor and IBF promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang who received the “Boxing Promoter of the Year” award from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) by Office of Boxing Sport Board, Professional Sports Development and Boxing Department, hosted the Announcement of 6th National Honorary Boxing Awards on February 6 at the Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Also, WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Rungvisai received the Best Boxer of the Year award. The event is to honor people in boxing and Muay Thai that brought success and earned fame for Thailand in the previous year.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Congratulations to Fightnews.com® contributor and IBF promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang who received the “Boxing Promoter of the Year” award from the Sports Authority of…
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Barry: Joshua won’t recover from Parker knockdown

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Kevin Barry, trainer of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, warns that if Parker puts WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on the canvas on March 31 in Cardiff, Wales, Parker will not let Joshua off the hook. “I’d be very foolish to pick a round, but I can promise you this: when Joseph Parker does hit Anthony Joshua clean, if Joshua goes down I can promise you he will not recover like he did in the Klitschko fight,” Barry told Las Vegas Sports Network. “The fight will be over. Joseph Parker is a very, very good finisher. There will be times in this fight where both guys get hurt, but I like our chances a lot in this fight.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Kevin Barry, trainer of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, warns that if Parker puts WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on the canvas…
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WBC planning special Golovkin-Alvarez belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC has reported that it will present a special belt to the winner of the May 5 fight between the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. “Once again a big boxing event in the USA will be held on May 5 and we are looking forward to a new edition of the “Adolfo Lopez Mateos” belt this year. In 2017, the Huichol belt was presented and this year we hope it will be something very special,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. Continue reading “WBC planning special Golovkin-Alvarez belt”

By Gabriel F. Cordero The WBC has reported that it will present a special belt to the winner of the May 5 fight between the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady…
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Matellon-Mendoza on March 10 in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

Undefeated Cuban, Daniel Matellon (5-0-2, 2 KOs) will risk his WBA Fedelatin light flyweight championship against Nicaraguan Camilo Mendoza (11-2-1, 5 KOs) on the main event of the Sparta en Guerra II card, announced today at Giorgio’s Restaurant in Panama City, Panama.

Matellon, currently ranked #10 by WBA, was recently awarded as the winner of the fight of the year 2017 in Panama. Continue reading “Matellon-Mendoza on March 10 in Panama”

By Héctor Villarreal Undefeated Cuban, Daniel Matellon (5-0-2, 2 KOs) will risk his WBA Fedelatin light flyweight championship against Nicaraguan Camilo Mendoza (11-2-1, 5 KOs) on the main event of…
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Rodriguez Ready For WAR against Gonzalez

Flyweight warrior Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (16-5, 5 KOs) held a media work out at San Dune Park at Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles, California Tuesday. He will headline the All Star Boxing Boxeo Telemundo Series Premiere against Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez. on February 23rd.

“I am well prepared and taking this fight extremely serious,” said Rodeiguez. “I’m focused on Gonzalez and nothing else, this will be a do or die fight.” Continue reading “Rodriguez Ready For WAR against Gonzalez”

Flyweight warrior Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (16-5, 5 KOs) held a media work out at San Dune Park at Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles, California Tuesday. He will headline the All…
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Amateur boxing under fire from IOC

The International Olympic Committee has announced the opening of an investigation into the AIBA (the international sanctioning body for amateur boxing) by the IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Citing concerns over governance, financial matters, judging & refereeing, and anti-doping issues, the IOC is withholding funds from the AIBA until these matters are addressed. Furthermore, the IOC has issued an ominous warning that they reserve the right to review the inclusion of boxing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

The International Olympic Committee has announced the opening of an investigation into the AIBA (the international sanctioning body for amateur boxing) by the IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Citing…
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Paulie Ayala’s Punching out Parkinsons

By Jeff Zimmerman

Former 2x world champion Paulie Ayala hosts his annual “Punching out Parkinson’s” fundraiser, Meet the Champs VI, Saturday, February 10th at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ayala has been a fighter his whole life and experienced what it was like to become a champion in the ring, not once, but twice. But what he is doing with his Punching out Parkinson’s program, using a non- contact boxing workout he designed, to help those inflicted with the dreaded disease of Parkinson’s and the impact he is making on them is something special.

“Of course, it feels good to help people, but I think that community that has evolved from this program is powerful as well. There is strength in numbers and I see this group care and support each other.” Continue reading “Paulie Ayala’s Punching out Parkinsons”

By Jeff Zimmerman Former 2x world champion Paulie Ayala hosts his annual “Punching out Parkinson’s” fundraiser, Meet the Champs VI, Saturday, February 10th at The Fort Worth Club in Fort…
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New opponent for Ximinez

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions has a beIN Sports telecast on Friday at the Bomb Factory in Dallas Texas. The featured bout of the night will showcase the hometown hero and fan favorite, Ray Ximenez (16-1, 4 KOs) from Dallas Texas in an 8-round featherweight bout against Eugene Lagos (12-4, 7 KOs) from Valencia City Philippines. Ximenez was originally scheduled to face once-beaten John Vincent Moralde (also from the Philippines) but Moralde was forced to pull out due to an injury. Lagos, who was already in training camp in Los Angeles CA jumped at the opportunity to face Ximenez.

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions has a beIN Sports telecast on Friday at the Bomb Factory in Dallas Texas. The featured bout of the night will showcase the hometown hero…
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Prograis-Postol is official

Undefeated 140-pound contender Regis Prograis and former world champion Viktor Postol will face off for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Championship on Friday, March 9 in the 12-round main event of Showtime Boxing: Special Edition live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs), of Houston by way of New Orleans, has scored knockouts in 13 of his last 14 fights and is a rising star in the wide-open 140-pound division. The aggressive-minded southpaw will face the toughest test of his career in Postol, a former WBC Super Lightweight World Champion with only one loss on his record. Continue reading “Prograis-Postol is official”

Undefeated 140-pound contender Regis Prograis and former world champion Viktor Postol will face off for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Championship on Friday, March 9 in the 12-round main…
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