Promising rematch highlights Parx Casino show

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com

In boxing, nothing beats a rematch. The pre-fight expectations are especially sky-high when two local fighters are nudged into a second go, because it usually means that their first meeting was either a terrific battle or an upset. In the case of the first fight between Cherry Hill’s Anthony Prescott, 8-8-2, 2 KOs, and North Philly’s Isaiah Wise, 6-2, 3 KOs, their tussle, three months ago, was both.

House fighter Wise, was on a three-fight winning streak that included a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate bout against Fred Jenkins Jr., and was expected to beat Prescott, a familiar face on the scene with a skillset far better than his rocky record suggests. Continue reading “Promising rematch highlights Parx Casino show”

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com In boxing, nothing beats a rematch. The pre-fight expectations are especially sky-high when two local fighters are…
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Kavaliauskas gets ESPN co-feature

The Mean Machine, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, is looking to cement his name as a welterweight to watch when he defends the NABF title against Juan Carlos Abreu, July 7 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno as the ESPN-televised co-feature to Jose Ramirez’s WBC super lightweight title defense against Danny O’Connor.

The undercard will also feature heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. against veteran Kevin Johnson in a 10-round bout, 18-year-old wunderkind Gabe Flores Jr. versus James De Herrera in a six-round lightweight bout, and Andy Vences defending the WBC Continental Americas super featherweight title against Frank De Alba.

Ramirez vs. O’Connor and Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.

The entire undercard, including Vences-DeAlba, Ruiz-Johnson and Flores-De Herrera will be streamed on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Mean Machine, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, is looking to cement his name as a welterweight to watch when he defends the NABF title against Juan Carlos Abreu, July 7 at the…
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WBSS confirms super lightweight tourney

The exciting 140lb division will feature in the second season of the World Boxing Super Series and the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. “We are very delighted to announce Super Lightweight as our second weight class of the upcoming season,” said Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland. “Super Lightweight is without a doubt one of the most action-packed weight divisions in boxing and we have a sensational line-up to be announced.”

Three weight classes will feature in Season II of the World Boxing Super Series with two categories, Bantamweight and Super Lightweight, already announced. Further details on Season II, the 2018/2019 season of the World Boxing Super Series, will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

The exciting 140lb division will feature in the second season of the World Boxing Super Series and the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. “We are very delighted to announce…
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Villa headlines in Sacto Saturday

Unbeaten featherweight standout Ruben Villa (11-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas, Calif stars in the main event this Saturday when he takes on Mexico’s Ricardo Lopez (7-2-2, 6 KOs) in an 8-round fight that will mark his third start of the year.

The bout will take place this Saturday, June 30, from Omega Products International in Sacramento.

The slick southpaw defends his WBO Youth title that he won in April in his hometown. Villa thoroughly outpointed Marlon Olea for his first championship as a professional.

Unbeaten featherweight standout Ruben Villa (11-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas, Calif stars in the main event this Saturday when he takes on Mexico’s Ricardo Lopez (7-2-2, 6 KOs) in an…
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WBA orders Joshua-Povetkin to be finalized

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has ordered heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to finalize a defense against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Mendoza told Sky Sports, “Today the WBA requested an answer from Anthony Joshua’s team regarding his fight with the mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. The WBA have allowed over a month extension to negotiations with Povetkin and also ongoing discussions with Deontay Wilder. It appears the Wilder team have not returned the contract for the fight and therefore we are requesting a date for the Joshua versus Povetkin fight with immediate effect.”

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has ordered heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to finalize a defense against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Mendoza told Sky Sports, “Today the WBA requested an answer…
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Conlan poised for homecoming

Unbeaten Olympian Michael Conlan returns home to Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday when he meets Brazil’s former world title challenger Adeilson Dos Santos at the SSE Arena in a non-title ten rounder on ESPN+. Conlan who hasn’t boxed in his home city since February 2011 stated “Irish boxing is just getting better. I think Irish professional boxing is the strongest it has ever been. We had the golden age of Irish amateur boxing, and right now it is the golden age of professional boxing.”

Besides Conlan, other Irish stars include two-time world champion Carl Frampton, Paddy Barnes (who challenges for the WBC flyweight title in August) and WBA bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett.

Conlan, 26, who has won all seven fights since turning professional in the United States insists he will be home to fight once a year despite being a boxing darling in New York.

Unbeaten Olympian Michael Conlan returns home to Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday when he meets Brazil’s former world title challenger Adeilson Dos Santos at the SSE Arena in a non-title…
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Results from Detroit

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard

Thomas Hearns and Jackie Kallen teamed up with 10 Count Promotions to present Boxing in the D at the Antheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit. The five fight card, matchmade by Carlos Llinas, featured a main event showcase of Taylor Duerr (7-0-1, 6 KOs) vs. a tough opponent in Leroy Jones (3-4, 2 KOs). Record aside, Leroy Jones did come to fight and proved his durability over the 6-Round light heavyweight bout. Continue reading “Results from Detroit”

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Thomas Hearns and Jackie Kallen teamed up with 10 Count Promotions to present Boxing in the D at the Antheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit. The…
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Zurdo Ramirez has center stage this week

Just one world title this week and it’s on ESPN, not ESPN+.

WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his world title against Colombian Roamer Alexis Angulo (23-0, 20 KOs) on Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

In the co-feature, welterweight contender Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo (27-0, 17 KOs) takes on Lenny Zappavigna (37-3, 27 KOs).

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There’s no escaping ESPN+ though. The streaming service will present the Ramirez-Angulo undercard, which features the likes of ex-champion Mike Alvarado, Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao, and unbeaten prospects Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez and Trey Lippe.

Earlier in the day, ESPN+ will also televise the Michael Conlan vs. Adeilson Dos Santos fight live from Northern Ireland.

Just one world title this week and it’s on ESPN, not ESPN+. WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his world…
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Crawford swears he’ll fight Spence, but not yet

By TMZSports.com

Terence Crawford says one of the biggest fights in boxing WILL happen … it just needs a little more time to marinate before it officially goes down. We got the boxing champ outside of Craig’s this weekend and had to ask … when are you fighting Errol Spence Jr.?!

“In the future, it will happen,” Terence told TMZ Sports. “But right now, you know, we’ve got other fights until that one gets bigger.”

FYI … the 30-year-old Crawford is 33-0 … and the 28-year-old Spence is 24-0 … making the possible bout one of the biggest in the entire fighting world.

So, who is Crawford eyeing BEFORE Spence? His promoter, Bob Arum, has floated two names — Jose Benavidez Jr. and Lucas Matthysse.

By TMZSports.com Terence Crawford says one of the biggest fights in boxing WILL happen … it just needs a little more time to marinate before it officially goes down. We…
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Unbeaten welters clash on ShoBox July 20

A battle of unbeaten welterweight prospects will headline a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on Friday, July 20 when Jaron Ennis squares off against Armando Alvarez in the 10-round main event from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa. Philadelphia’s Ennis (20-0, 18 KOs) has knocked out 10 consecutive opponents and was the 2015 National Golden Gloves Champion before turning professional in 2016. The 20-year-old former amateur standout will face his first undefeated opponent in Alvarez (18-0, 12 KOs), a native of the Florida Keys who has knocked out six of his last seven opponents.

In the co-feature, undefeated lightweight Thomas Mattice (12-0, 10 KOs) returns to Iowa for his second ShoBox appearance of the year when he clashes with former Armenian amateur standout Zhora Hamazaryan (9-0, 6 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

Also on the card, undefeated super lightweight prospect Montana Love (11-0, 5 KOs) will take on former national amateur champion Kenneth Sims Jr. (12-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight bout.

A battle of unbeaten welterweight prospects will headline a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on Friday, July 20 when Jaron Ennis squares off against Armando Alvarez in the 10-round main…
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Pacquiao: The fight will proceed as scheduled

Eight-division former world champion Manny Pacquiao has addressed reports that his July 14 fight against Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is in jeopardy due to missed financial commitments. “The fight will proceed as scheduled,” Pacquiao told The Philippine Star. “I am training hard for the fight and I never allow any distraction to destroy my focus.” Pacquiao’s MP Promotions is the lead promoter for the event.

Eight-division former world champion Manny Pacquiao has addressed reports that his July 14 fight against Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is in jeopardy due to missed financial commitments. “The…
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Parker: Whyte’s style is perfect for me

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is confident of victory inside the distance over WBC #1 Dillian Whyte when they clash at the 02 Arena in London on July 28. “When you are fighting in someone’s backyard a decision isn’t an option for you. As soon as you go there to fight you have already lost unless you get a knock out,” Parker told Stuff.

“I think his style is perfect for us. He comes forward and throws a lot of punches. Sometimes when you focus on attacking the other person you can make a mistake and walk into a big one. Continue reading “Parker: Whyte’s style is perfect for me”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is confident of victory inside the distance over WBC #1 Dillian Whyte when they clash at the…
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Hammer overcomes decades-old jinx with win

Undefeated WBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer joined some illustrious company in her American television debut on the co-main event of Shobox. With her one-sided win over former champion Tori Nelson, Hammer became the first German fighter to successfully defend a world title in the US since Max Schmeling successfully defended his heavyweight title in 1931 against Young Stribling at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Hammer’s next fight is expected to be a full unification of the middleweight division against undefeated two-time gold medallist and current WBA and IBF middleweight champion Claressa Shields, in what could be the biggest fight in the history of women’s boxing.

Undefeated WBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer joined some illustrious company in her American television debut on the co-main event of Shobox. With her one-sided win over former champion…
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Jimenez dominates Robles, awaits title fight

By Robert Coster

Dominican boxing fans flocked to the Club El Million in Santo Domingo on Saturday to watch the ever popular WBA #2 jr bantamweight Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (29-8-4, 16 KOs) win a one-sided ten round decision over Remson Robles (12-4, 6 KOs) of Venezuela. “Meneito” (the one who wiggles) decked Robles with a well-timed right-cross in the 6th round but the gritty visitor was able to survive until the final bell. The verdict was 100-90, 99-91, 99-91 in favor of the Dominican.

It was the second fight between both battlers (Jimenez had decisioned Robles in 2016). After the bout, Jimenez expressed the wish that his next fight should be for the world title. Said Meneito, “I haven’t lost a fight in seven years. I am the uncrowned world champion. My next fight should be for the title.” Continue reading “Jimenez dominates Robles, awaits title fight”

By Robert Coster Dominican boxing fans flocked to the Club El Million in Santo Domingo on Saturday to watch the ever popular WBA #2 jr bantamweight Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (29-8-4,…
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Wright shocks DeLuca for NABA and IBA belts

By Matt Thompson at ringside

Highly regarded defending IBA world and WBA/NABA jr middleweight champion Mark DeLuca, 21-1, 13 KOs of Whitman, MA suffered his first defeat, losing a 12-round split decision to former amateur standout Walter Wright of Seattle, WA, 17-4, 8 KOs at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavillion in Gilford, New Hampshire.

The slick-boxing Wright started well, using a fast jab and clever right hand leads to jump to an early start, but DeLuca cut the distance and bullied Wright to the ropes in the middle rounds, banging away at the body and roughing Wright up whenever he got close. Continue reading “Wright shocks DeLuca for NABA and IBA belts”

By Matt Thompson at ringside Highly regarded defending IBA world and WBA/NABA jr middleweight champion Mark DeLuca, 21-1, 13 KOs of Whitman, MA suffered his first defeat, losing a 12-round…
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Mbenge stops Chaves, wins vacant IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

A confident looking Thulani Mbenge of South Africa’s coming into the ring without his customary dreadlocks gave a polished performance when he stopped Diego Gabriel Chaves from Argentina in the seventh round to win the vacant IBO welterweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Continue reading “Mbenge stops Chaves, wins vacant IBO belt”

By Ron Jackson A confident looking Thulani Mbenge of South Africa’s coming into the ring without his customary dreadlocks gave a polished performance when he stopped Diego Gabriel Chaves from…
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Roman smashes Marcano in two

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #1 rated super featherweight Miguel “Micky” Román (60-12, 47 KOs) scored a second round KO over previously unbeaten Venezuelan KO artist Michel Marcano (17-1-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fería de Juárez in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. A body shot finished Marcano, who was facing his first ever opponent with a winning record. Roman is WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt’s mandatory challenger.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC #1 rated super featherweight Miguel “Micky” Román (60-12, 47 KOs) scored a second round KO over previously unbeaten Venezuelan KO artist Michel Marcano (17-1-1, 14…
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Berchelt crushes Barros, retains WBC 130lb title

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (34-1, 30 KOs) destroyed former champ Jonathan Víctor “Yoni” Barros (41–6-1, 22 KOs) via a third round TKO on Saturday night at the Poliórum Zamná in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Berchelt dropped Barros with a left hook at the end of round two, then floored Barros again in round three. Soon after, Barros’ corner entered the ring to protect their man from further damage. Barros wasn’t happy about being pulled out. Time was 1:53. It was Berchelt’s third successful defense.

“I felt strong, there was no way the Argentinean was beating me in front of my people in Yucatan,” stated Berchelt afterward. “Thank God. I feel happy and I gave them a triumph.

“Now for Micky Roman, you have to answer for everything you said. Get ready because I’m going to tear your head off. We’ll be ready to put you back into reality. You’re going to swallow every word you said about me. I will answer you with my fists and my crushing victory.” Continue reading “Berchelt crushes Barros, retains WBC 130lb title”

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (34-1, 30 KOs) destroyed former champ Jonathan Víctor “Yoni” Barros (41–6-1, 22 KOs) via a third round TKO on Saturday night at the…
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Vergil Ortiz stops Salgado, still unbeaten

Undefeated super lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. (10-0, 10 KOs) continued to impress with a third round knockout victory over former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (27-9-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California. A brutal left hook to the body finished Salgado.

In the co-main event, Hector “Finito” Tanajara Jr. (14-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Roger Gutierrez (18-2-1, 15 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight battle.

Undefeated super lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. (10-0, 10 KOs) continued to impress with a third round knockout victory over former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (27-9-1, 16 KOs) on…
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Taylor beats Postol in title eliminator

In a WBC super lightweight eliminator, unbeaten 2012 Olympian Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs) defeated former WBC world champion Viktor Postol (29-2, 12 KOs) at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Close, good action fight. Taylor dropped Postol in round ten. Correct man won, but the 118-110, 117-110, 119-108 seemed way too lopsided. Judges had Postol winning two, three, and one round against hometown hero Taylor.

In a WBC super lightweight eliminator, unbeaten 2012 Olympian Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs) defeated former WBC world champion Viktor Postol (29-2, 12 KOs) at the SSE…
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Olympic champ Yoka remains unbeaten

2016 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over tough guy Dave Allen (13-4-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dome de Paris-Palais des Sports in Paris, France. Yoka dominated as expected and a barrage of unanswered punches prompted a referee’s stoppage.

2016 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over tough guy Dave Allen (13-4-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dome…
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Murray outpoints Garcia for WBC silver

Photos: Chris Royle

Former middleweight title challenger Martin Murray (37-4-1, 17 KOs) dethroned WBC silver middleweight champion Roberto “Amenaza” Garcia (41-4, 24 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at The O2 Arena in London. Ugly fight. Garcia was questionably deducted points in rounds two and nine by referee Hector Afu. Scores were 116-111, 118-109, 118-108.

The winner was billed as likely being made mandatory challenger for WBC/WBA middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, but that seems unlikely. Golovkin previously stopped Murray in a 2015 defense. Continue reading “Murray outpoints Garcia for WBC silver”

Photos: Chris Royle Former middleweight title challenger Martin Murray (37-4-1, 17 KOs) dethroned WBC silver middleweight champion Roberto “Amenaza” Garcia (41-4, 24 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday…
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Berchelt-Barros Notebook


Everything is set for tonight’s big Miguel Berchelt vs. Jonathan Victor Barros WBC world super featherweight championship clash tonight on Azteca 7 (Mexico) and ESPN+ (USA).

Final Words

Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt: “We already have the weight, now we are going to satisfy the fans. We’re going to knock out Barros and give my people from Yucatan great joy. The title stays at home,” said Berchelt, declining to give an opinion on the challenge of WBC #1 rated Micky Román, who is also in action tonight. “First things first, my mind is only on defeating the Argentinean. I don’t care about anything else.”

Jonathan Víctor Barros: “Berchelt is strong, a good fighter, but I bring experience and more heart. I’ll defeat him in front of his own people, have no doubt!”

Mexico-Argentina Tiebreaker

In all-time head-to-head matches between Mexican and Argentine boxers, the series is tied with 27 wins and 27 losses and 4 draws for each country after decades of memorable clashes.

Berchelt-Barros Officials

Referee is Michal Griffin. Judges are Stephen Blea, Mike Ross and Gerald Ritter. WBC supervisor is Abel González.

Complete Weights from Merida:

Miguel Berchelt 130 vs. Jonathan Victor Barros 130
(WBC world super featherweight championship)

Elvis Torres 131 vs. Ricardo Núñez 131
William Puch 113 vs. Abisail Palomo 113
Darwin Berrón 153.5 vs. Dayan Cartaya 153
Ulises Martin 108 vs. Cristian Pech 108
Bryan González 134 vs. Miguel Nieves 133

Venue: Poliforum Zamná, Merida, Yuc, Mx
Promoters: Zanfer, Max Boxing
TV: Azteca 7, ESPN+

Everything is set for tonight’s big Miguel Berchelt vs. Jonathan Victor Barros WBC world super featherweight championship clash tonight on Azteca 7 (Mexico) and ESPN+ (USA). Final Words Miguel “Alacrán”…
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Shields-Hammer feud erupts

Photo: Bob Ryder

WBC/WBO female middleweight champion Chistina Hammer entered the ring after Claressa Shields won the vacant WBA and IBF female middleweight titles. An emotional Shields pressed toward Hammer and some pushing and shoving ensued.

Clarissa Shields: “I’m just tired of Hammer disrespecting me all the time. She comes into the ring after all my rights, talks trash, and then she goes in there and looks like [crap] against Nelson. I’m sick of it. But I let her know I’m more than ready for a fight against her. She wanted me to lose tonight, but I wanted her to win because I want to fight her. We have to unify now…hopefully it’s next. I don’t need no rest. I could have whipped her tonight. I’m just so sick of her and her whole team.”

Christina Hammer: “I’m really looking forward to fighting Claressa. She will try and fight me on the inside but my footwork and my reach will make the difference. The fight with Claressa will be a game-changer. It will be the biggest women’s fight ever. I would like to fight her at a neutral site.”

WBC/WBO female middleweight champion Chistina Hammer entered the ring after Claressa Shields won the vacant WBA and IBF female middleweight titles. An emotional Shields pressed toward Hammer and some pushing…
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Boxing Buzz

Sad news. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has reported the passing Sam Macias, the former Nevada State Athletic Commission member and President of the North American Boxing Federation.

Well known boxing official Pete Podgorski has resigned his position as a Chicago City Committeeman. Pete was first elected Committeeman (R) 36th Ward Chicago in March of 2012 from a field of four candidates. After city re-zoning put Podgorski’s residence in Chicago’s 38th Ward, he was re-elected Committeeman 38th Ward in March of 2016. He is passing on the position to the younger generation.

Former interim WBO interim middleweight champion Avtandil Khurtsidze is facing up to forty years in prison after being found guilty on racketeering, wire fraud and other charges.

Sad news. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has reported the passing Sam Macias, the former Nevada State Athletic Commission member and President of the North American Boxing Federation. Well known boxing…
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