Floyd Mayweather Eyes MMA Fight

By TMZSports.com

Floyd Mayweather is heading to Minnesota where he’s set to meet with Showtime honcho Stephen Espinoza … and the two will DEFINITELY be talking about a possible MMA fight. “It will be a topic of conversation,” Stephen told TMZ Sports … acknowledging Floyd’s recent videos from inside an MMA cage are VERY interesting. “There’s a chance … whatever he puts his mind to, he sort of wills into happening. [Floyd] willed the McGregor fight into happening. So, if he sets his mind to it, it’ll happen.”

And how much money would it take to lure Floyd back? “He’s not an 8-figure guy anymore. He’s a 9-figure guy,” says Espinoza, the president of Showtime Sports and event programming. Bottom line — if Floyd wants an MMA fight, sounds like Showtime is 100% behind him. Stay tuned …

By TMZSports.com Floyd Mayweather is heading to Minnesota where he’s set to meet with Showtime honcho Stephen Espinoza … and the two will DEFINITELY be talking about a possible MMA…
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Demschenko-Boesel clash March 3 for EBU belt

After European light heavyweight champion Karo Murat renounced his title on Tuesday, the EBU (European Boxing Union) approved a clash EBU EU champion Serhiy Demschenko (18-11-1, 12 KOs) against Dominic Boesel (26-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant European championship title.

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

A hasty press conference was arranged to announce that Demschenko-Boesel will take place on March 3 at the Stadthalle in Weißenfels, Germany. Continue reading “Demschenko-Boesel clash March 3 for EBU belt”

After European light heavyweight champion Karo Murat renounced his title on Tuesday, the EBU (European Boxing Union) approved a clash EBU EU champion Serhiy Demschenko (18-11-1, 12 KOs) against Dominic…
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Nevin to fight in Philly March 9

John Joe Nevin, who won a silver medal for Ireland in the 2012 Olympics, returns to Philadelphia for the second time when he boxes four-time Canadian national amateur champion Alex Torres Rynn in the scheduled eight-round lightweight semifinal on Friday, March 9, as part of Xcite Fight Night at Parx Casino.

The seven-bout card is headlined by junior lightweights Avery Sparrow, of Philadelphia, and Jesus Serrano, of Nogales, Mexico, also scheduled for eight rounds.

Nevin, 28, of Mullingar, Ireland, has compiled his record (9-0, 4 K0s) in eight different cities: Boston, MA; Winston-Salem, NC; Dublin, Ireland; Brooklyn, NY (twice); Springfield, VA; Hammond, IN; London, England, and Philadelphia. Continue reading “Nevin to fight in Philly March 9”

John Joe Nevin, who won a silver medal for Ireland in the 2012 Olympics, returns to Philadelphia for the second time when he boxes four-time Canadian national amateur champion Alex…
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Okolie Vows To Make Chamberlain Pay

Unbeaten cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie says he will make ‘jealous’ Isaac Chamberlain pay for disrespecting his amateur achievements when they clash at The O2 on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports. Okolie represented Team GB at the Rio games in 2016 before turning pro with Matchroom Boxing under the management of Anthony Joshua’s AJ BXNG.

Chamberlain has been vocal about Okolie’s amateur success in the build-up to the clash, downplaying the Hackney talent’s journey that took him from flipping burgers in McDonald’s to amateur success and the 7-0 record he puts on the line in Greenwich.

“The rivalry on his side stems from jealousy,” said Okolie. “They say that they’ve been watching me since I went to the Olympics as we’ve known each other a long time. They see me as a big money fight and here it is – we’ll see if it’s too early for him or too early for me. Continue reading “Okolie Vows To Make Chamberlain Pay”

Unbeaten cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie says he will make ‘jealous’ Isaac Chamberlain pay for disrespecting his amateur achievements when they clash at The O2 on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.…
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Roy Jones Jr. poised for 75th and last fight

By Prmezek Garczarczyk

49-year-old former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) ends his career in seven days (February 8) in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Roy will face Scott Sigmon (30-11-1, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round cruiserweight fight at the Pensacola Bay Center. It will be streamed live via UFC Fight Pass.

“Several years ago, we approached Dana [White at the UFC] about doing a boxing match between Roy and Anderson Silva,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “We had several discussions, on and off over the years, about that fight. It was our concept but, of course, Mayweather ended up doing it first.” Continue reading “Roy Jones Jr. poised for 75th and last fight”

By Prmezek Garczarczyk 49-year-old former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) ends his career in seven days (February 8) in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Roy will face…
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New opponent for Havnaa

For the second time and with his homecoming fight just days away, Kai Robin Havnaa (11-0, 9 KOs) must adapt his tactics to suit a new opponent with standby Daniel Vencl (9-5, 6 KOs) stepping in for the ‘injured’ Gezim Tahiri. “We were contacted by Tahiri’s representatives and told he had been involved in a car accident and unable to travel to Arendal,” explains promoter Nisse Sauerland. “As a promoter, that’s the last call you want to receive during fight week, but fortunately we had Vencl on standby in case a situation like this arose. Continue reading “New opponent for Havnaa”

For the second time and with his homecoming fight just days away, Kai Robin Havnaa (11-0, 9 KOs) must adapt his tactics to suit a new opponent with standby Daniel…
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WBO champ Ramirez ready to kick off 2018

WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (36-0, 24 KOs) took part in an open workout Wednesday in advance of Saturday’s ESPN-televised world title defense against #4 rated Habib Ahmed at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

“I want to successfully defend my title and give the fans a good show,” he said in the lead up to the fight. “I want to start 2018 the right way. I also want to unify titles and clean up the division, so I can show the world that I’m the best fighter at 168 pounds. Finally, I want to be the king of the super middleweight division and be one of the best pound for pound fighters. That is my dream.”

WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (36-0, 24 KOs) took part in an open workout Wednesday in advance of Saturday’s ESPN-televised world title defense against #4 rated Habib…
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Roman: I want to be the best in the division

WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) is inching closer to his first world title defense when he puts his world title on the line against No. 13 rated challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19 KOs) of Japan on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The 12-round world championship fight, dubbed “The Challenge,” is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Ohashi Promotions and will take place from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Photo: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions

Roman, who lives and trains in Los Angeles, caught up with the Thompson Boxing team to discuss how he handles the new found pressure of being a world champion, the sacrficies that entails, and how he plans to fight Matsumoto. Continue reading “Roman: I want to be the best in the division”

WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) is inching closer to his first world title defense when he puts his world title on the line against No. 13…
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Selby-Warrington Press Conference Quotes

IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby and mandatory challenger Josh Warrington came face-to-face at a press conference at Elland Road today ahead of their all-British blockbuster World Title showdown on Saturday May 19th. Below are a selection of quotes from both fighters and Promoter Frank Warren.

Lee Selby: “Coming here (Elland Road) doesn’t faze me in the slightest. If you’re banking on me falling apart before the first bell goes then you have another thing coming. I think it’s a great fight, Josh Warrington has done everything that has been asked of him. This time he actually has the chance to win one of my titles rather than buy it off me. I’m the Champion and no one has given me anything. His fans won’t be in the ring with him on the night. If Josh comes steaming out with all of his fans behind him then I’ll just box his head off. Continue reading “Selby-Warrington Press Conference Quotes”

IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby and mandatory challenger Josh Warrington came face-to-face at a press conference at Elland Road today ahead of their all-British blockbuster World Title showdown on Saturday…
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Holyfield announces new Brooklyn boxing series

Boxing legend Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment has announced an exclusive partnership with the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York to bring at least four boxing events to the venue.

The first anticipated date under the new partnership is slated for March 10, 2018 with events following in the subsequent three quarters in 2018. The events are meant to provide an opportunity for local boxers to be able to fight consistently in front of their fans in their hometown, which has been a rarity on a grass-roots level since state-implemented policies have drastically raised the cost of promoting events.

Details on the March 10, 2018 event including fights and ticket information will be announced shortly. Continue reading “Holyfield announces new Brooklyn boxing series”

Boxing legend Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment has announced an exclusive partnership with the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York to bring at least four boxing events…
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Khan-Lo Greco heats up

Tempers erupted at Tuesday’s Amir Khan-Phil Lo Greco kick-off press conference in Liverpool. Lo Greco taunted Khan about his wife and family, prompting Khan to throw a glass of water in Lo Greco’s face. The fighters then had to be separated.

“After the Canelo loss, you went on a losing streak,” taunted Lo Greco. “Family, wife, and then you go out and tweet to the heavyweight champion of the world. What is wrong with you, mate? You tweet that he can have your leftovers?”

“When it goes to family, then I have to stand my ground,” Khan stated after the melee. “…he has just motivated me to go to the gym and work hard. I am going to give this guy a beating for 12 rounds.”

They will fight April 21.

Tempers erupted at Tuesday’s Amir Khan-Phil Lo Greco kick-off press conference in Liverpool. Lo Greco taunted Khan about his wife and family, prompting Khan to throw a glass of water…
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Ugas-Robinson added to Garcia-Rios telecast

Welterweight contenders Yordenis Ugas and Ray Robinson will clash in a 12-round IBF 147-pound title elimination bout live on SHOWTIME Saturday, February 17 from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. This welterweight showdown will be contested for the IBF’s number two position for the title held by undefeated champion Errol Spence Jr.

Ugas vs. Robinson kicks off a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader that is headlined by a battle between two-division champion Danny Garcia taking on former world champion Brandon Rios in a welterweight title eliminator. The co-feature will see 168-pound world champion David Benavidez defending his title in a rematch against top-rated super middleweight contender Ronald Gavril.

Welterweight contenders Yordenis Ugas and Ray Robinson will clash in a 12-round IBF 147-pound title elimination bout live on SHOWTIME Saturday, February 17 from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in…
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Povetkin-Price eliminator in the works

A heavyweight clash between Alexander Povetkin and David Price is very close to being finalized for the undercard of the heavyweight unification clash between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker on March 31 in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn told the Liverpool Echo newspaper that “We’re nearly there. Price has agreed, Povetkin has agreed and we hope that by the end of this week we will be announcing Povetkin versus Price at the stadium for the WBA Inter-Continental title and the number one position with the WBA for Anthony Joshua…this is a massive opportunity for David Price, don’t blink in that one.”

A heavyweight clash between Alexander Povetkin and David Price is very close to being finalized for the undercard of the heavyweight unification clash between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker on…
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Dorticos-Gassiev Final Press Conference

IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) and WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) met at a press conference before their Ali Trophy semi-final at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia on Saturday.

Photo: World Boxing Super Series

Murat Gassiev: “Dorticos is a well-schooled fighter. He has many amateur fights, good speed, and fast hands. He is a great opponent and I have prepared for 12 tough rounds. The World Boxing Super Series is a great tournament that gives me the opportunity to unify all the cruiserweight titles. On Saturday I am going to take another step towards that dream in front of my proud countrymen.”

Yunier Dorticos: “On a personal level I have no problems with Gassiev, but right now he has a problem. He has to find a defense against the missiles that are going to land on that big head of his. Gassiev will learn to respect ‘The KO Doctor’ on Saturday night. I will put on another show on Saturday for the fans in Russia and around the world. I have nothing to worry about. Gassiev has.”

IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) and WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) met at a press conference before their Ali Trophy semi-final at the Bolshoy…
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DiBella inks heavyweight Teslenko

DiBella Entertainment has signed highly touted undefeated heavyweight prospect Oleksandr “Sasha” Teslenko to an exclusive promotional contract. Teslenko will make his DBE debut on Broadway Boxing, next Wednesday, February 7, at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square, New York City. The 25-year-old Teslenko, who stands 6’5″, sports a record of 11-0 with 9 KOs, and will face Keenan Hickman (6-2-1, 2 KOs) in an 8-round bout.

The card is headlined by a crosstown clash of unbeaten welterweights Noel Murphy (12-0, 2 KOs) and Mikkel Lespierre (18-0-1, 8 KOs).

DiBella Entertainment has signed highly touted undefeated heavyweight prospect Oleksandr “Sasha” Teslenko to an exclusive promotional contract. Teslenko will make his DBE debut on Broadway Boxing, next Wednesday, February 7,…
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New opening bout on Friday ShoBox telecast

Undefeated super lightweight Montana Love will face streaking Philadelphia prospect Sam Teah in the opening bout of ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday from WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa. Cleveland native Love, who was originally scheduled to fight on a non-televised undercard bout on Feb. 2, replaces Wellington Romero, who was forced to withdraw on Monday with a back injury. Teah (12-1-1, 5 KOs) vs. Love (8-0, 4 KOs), is an eight-round super lightweight matchup that will serve as the opening bout of what is now a three-fight ShoBox telecast.

In Friday’s main event, undefeated 168-pound prospects Ronald Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs) and Junior Younan (13-0, 9 KOs) will clash in a 10-round super middleweight bout. In the co-feature, Thomas Mattice (10-0, 8 KOs) will face two-time ShoBox winner Rolando Chinea (15-1-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight matchup.

NOTE: A previously announced matchup between Devin Haney and Harmonito Dela Torre was pulled from the ShoBox telecast after the Filipino Dela Torre encountered visa issues.

Undefeated super lightweight Montana Love will face streaking Philadelphia prospect Sam Teah in the opening bout of ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday from WinnaVegas Casino Resort in Sloan, Iowa.…
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Schwarz-Nebo final press conference

WBO #6 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (19-0, 12 KOs) and Samir Nebo (10-1-1, 10 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for their clash on Saturday at the Erdgas Sports Arena in Halle (Saale), Germany. The bout will be for the WBO-Intercontinental and German domestic titles.

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke

Tom Schwarz: “I am the more complete boxer. Even if my boxing tactics should fail, my fighting spirit will never fail. I went through the long injury break building up an inner anger, a great impatience and Samir will feel it!”

Samir Nebo: “I have nothing to lose. On Saturday, I will not be the Samir that you knew before. I will make the fight of my life!”

WBO #6 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (19-0, 12 KOs) and Samir Nebo (10-1-1, 10 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for their clash on Saturday at the Erdgas Sports…
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WBC female champ Koseki retires after 17 defenses

By Joe Koizumi

WBC female atomweight (102-pound) champ Momo Koseki (24-2-1, 9 KOs), a 35-year-old Japanese southpaw, officially made an announcement on Monday to hang up gloves for good after she registered 17 successful defenses and acquired the WBC 105-pound belt by dethroning compatriot Yuko Kuroki in her last appearance last December.

Photo: Boxing Beat

Both belts, therefore, will become vacant with Koseki’s relinquishment. Koseki, cultivated by her long-time manager/promoter Masayuki Ariyoshi, has improved in every fight physically, technically and mentally so that she became a formidable champion, having broken even Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen consecutive defenses and having been unbeaten since 2008 to her credit. Continue reading “WBC female champ Koseki retires after 17 defenses”

By Joe Koizumi WBC female atomweight (102-pound) champ Momo Koseki (24-2-1, 9 KOs), a 35-year-old Japanese southpaw, officially made an announcement on Monday to hang up gloves for good after…
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Tanaka to face Baldonado in 112lb tune-up bout

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten two-class world champ Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6 KOs), a Japanese enfant terrible at still 22, will participate in his first and tune-up bout in the flyweight category against WBO#12 Ronnie Baldonado (10-0-1, 7 KOs), a Filipino prospect, in Nagoya, Japan, on March 31.

WBO #1 Tanaka hopes to acquire his third world belt this year after he recently renounced his WBO 108-pound belt to pave the way for his previous challenger, Puerto Rican Angel Acosta to gain the WBO full championship prior to his bout with Juan Alejo on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Sadam Ali bout at Madison Square Garden last December. Currently ranked atop, Tanaka said, “I’m willing to challenge the WBO flyweight champion Sho Tanaka to win my third belt within this year.” Time will tell.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten two-class world champ Kosei Tanaka (10-0, 6 KOs), a Japanese enfant terrible at still 22, will participate in his first and tune-up bout in the flyweight…
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Olympian Joe Joyce headlines Feb 16

Hayemaker Ringstar, the partnership between two-weight World Boxing Champion, David Haye, and world-renowned promoter, Richard Schaefer, have announced the stable’s second professional fight, which will take place on February 16th at York Hall, London. Headlining the show will be Olympic silver medalist Heavyweight Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce (1-0, 1 KO) who entered the professional ranks in emphatic style in October. He now faces 25-year-old Rudolf Jozic (4-1, 3 KOs) from Croatia. Continue reading “Olympian Joe Joyce headlines Feb 16”

Hayemaker Ringstar, the partnership between two-weight World Boxing Champion, David Haye, and world-renowned promoter, Richard Schaefer, have announced the stable’s second professional fight, which will take place on February 16th…
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IBF champ Ancajas ready for U.S. debut

World champion Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas — a protege of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao — just scratched another item off his bucket list, as he fulfilled his dream of training at the legendary Wild Card Boxing Club, the same place where his idol and now co-promoter has trained for his most famous battles. Continue reading “IBF champ Ancajas ready for U.S. debut”

World champion Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas — a protege of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao — just scratched another item off his bucket list, as he fulfilled his dream of…
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Feb 17 card in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

By Robert Coster

Boxing is rebounding in Puerto Rico and promoter Fresh Productions is putting on an attractive card in Fajardo on February 17th. The promoter’s two top prospects, WBA #15 jr lightweight Alfredo Santiago (8-0, 2 KOs) and jr welterweight Subriel Matias Matthews (8-0, 8 KOs) will be tested by two former title contenders. Continue reading “Feb 17 card in Fajardo, Puerto Rico”

By Robert Coster Boxing is rebounding in Puerto Rico and promoter Fresh Productions is putting on an attractive card in Fajardo on February 17th. The promoter’s two top prospects, WBA…
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Former Aussie Champ Cowburn Passes

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former Australian welterweight champion Gary Cowburn has passed away at the age of 80 years in Queensland, Australia.Cowburn made his debut in 1959 and captured the Australian crown in 1962 defeating Johnny Tapp by KO in round thirteen. Cowburn lost a twelve round decision to world light middleweight champion Ralph Dupas in 1963. He scored two victories over world rated George Barnes. Cowburn also clashed with other notable welterweights Sid Prior, Roberto Cruz, J.D.Ellis Alfredo Cota, George Bracken and Arthur Persley. Cowburn’s record was 24-15-2, 13 KOs. Gary will be sadly missed by his family and the Australian Boxing Community.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former Australian welterweight champion Gary Cowburn has passed away at the age of 80 years in Queensland, Australia.Cowburn made his debut in 1959…
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EBU purse bids and Updates

By Marco Bratusch

A bunch of important news hit the EBU landscape today regarding some of the organization’s most notable titles.

Out of the blue, European Light-Heavyweight titlist Karo Murat has relinquished his belt. Errol Ceylan, who promotes Murat, sent a letter to the EBU office in late afternoon, Italian time, and the administrative office will make the decision official tomorrow morning. No specific reasons were mentioned but the rumor is the boxer might get a good opportunity soon. Murat was supposed to defend his European belt versus official challenger Serhiy Demchenko in the spring as the parties reached a deal for this contest two weeks ago. As a consequence of such unexpected decision made by the German fighter, the title will be declared vacant and co-challenger Demchenko will be pitted against the highest available opponent in the 175-pound EBU rankings. Continue reading “EBU purse bids and Updates”

By Marco Bratusch A bunch of important news hit the EBU landscape today regarding some of the organization’s most notable titles. Out of the blue, European Light-Heavyweight titlist Karo Murat…
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Sampson inks 6’7 superwelter Fundora

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has signed of undefeated super welterweight prospect Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno’ Fundora (8-0, 4 KOs) to a promotional contract. The unique thing about the 20-year-old southpaw Fundora, from Coachella, California, is that he is 6′ 7″, by far the tallest fighter in his division in the world. “Sebastian is nearly impossible to fight at this weight, with his reach and southpaw stance,” proclaimed Lewkowicz, who also stated Fundora has a world-class chin.

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has signed of undefeated super welterweight prospect Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno’ Fundora (8-0, 4 KOs) to a promotional contract. The unique thing about the 20-year-old…
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