Matchroom announces upcoming schedule

Eddie Hearn and Matchroom have announced details of their upcoming UK schedule following the British Boxing Board of Control’s confirmation earlier this week that Boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction will resume in the middle of February. All of the action will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories, with Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte 2 shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on DAZN in all other markets excluding the UK and Ireland.

February 13
Josh Warrington (30-0, 7 KOs) vs. Mauricio Lara (21-2, 14 KOs)
Zelfa Barrett (24-1, 15 KOs) vs. Kiko Martinez (41-9-2, 29 KOs)

February 20
David Avanesyan (26-3-1, 14 KOs) vs. Josh Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KOs)

March 6
Alexander Povetkin’s (36-2-1, 25 KOs) vs. Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs)
Fabio Wardley (10-0, 9 KOs) vs. Eric Molina (27-6, 19 KOs)

March 20
Lawrence Okolie (15-0, 12 KOs) vs. Krzysztof Glowacki (31-2, 19 KOs)

April 10
Conor Benn (17-0, 11 KOs) vs. Samuel Vargas (31-6-2, 14 KOs)

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Eddie Hearn and Matchroom have announced details of their upcoming UK schedule following the British Boxing Board of Control’s confirmation earlier this week that Boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction will…
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Entire Kovalev-Melikuziev Event Canceled

The Kovalev vs. Melikuziev boxing event scheduled for Jan. 30 has been canceled following a positive test for a banned substance on behalf of Sergey Kovalev through the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).  Upon learning of Kovalev’s adverse finding, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) determined that they must cancel the event.
Golden Boy: While we are crushed for “The Bully” (Melikuziev), we know that he will nevertheless have a tremendous year in 2021. We look forward to our next scheduled boxing event on Feb. 13.

The Kovalev vs. Melikuziev boxing event scheduled for Jan. 30 has been canceled following a positive test for a banned substance on behalf of Sergey Kovalev through the Voluntary Anti-Doping…
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Charr-Bryan Official DKP Announcement

It’s a new year and the world’s greatest boxing promoter, Don King, is ready to present two world title fights at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL on Friday, Jan. 29.

While the boxing card will not be open to a live audience, King will present two world title fights–one for the WBA heavyweight championship and the other for the WBA cruiserweight championship plus three other classic fights of the past on Don King TV live-streamed worldwide for $19.95 (www.donking.com). Continue reading “Charr-Bryan Official DKP Announcement”

It’s a new year and the world’s greatest boxing promoter, Don King, is ready to present two world title fights at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL…
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All Star Boxing inks Axel “El Mini” Aragon Vega

All Star Boxing, Inc President & CEO Felix “Tuto” Zabala announced Friday morning the signing of former world title challenger Axel “El Mini” Aragon Vega (14-3-1, 8 KOs) to a multi-year exclusive deal. Axel, 20, is coming fresh off his win in the Telemundo summer series, where he captured the WBA Fedecentro title in 10 round unanimous over Saul “Baby” Juarez. After his win, Axel cracked the WBC rankings, positioning himself #8 in the strawweight category and a step closer to a world title opportunity. Continue reading “All Star Boxing inks Axel “El Mini” Aragon Vega”

All Star Boxing, Inc President & CEO Felix “Tuto” Zabala announced Friday morning the signing of former world title challenger Axel “El Mini” Aragon Vega (14-3-1, 8 KOs) to a…
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Boxing Buzz

By Gabriel F. Cordero

IBF top-ranked Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KOs) tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t be fighting for the world title against IBF lightweight champion Joseph Diaz (31-1, 15 KOs) on February 13 in Los Angeles. Diaz may get another opponent.
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WBC/IBF light heavyweight world champion Arthur Beterbiev (15-0, 15KOs) is fully recovered from a positive coronavirus test and his twice-postponed fight against Adam Deines (19-1-1, 10KOs) is rescheduled for March 20, probably in Russia.

By Gabriel F. Cordero IBF top-ranked Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KOs) tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t be fighting for the world title against IBF lightweight champion Joseph Diaz (31-1,…
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Kambosos: I will beat Lopez

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #1 lightweight George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10 KOs) told Fightnews.com® that he’s confident he’ll upset IBF, WBC, WBA, WBO lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) when they clash in Australia during May.

“If you don’t want to fight me – vacate the belt,” stated Kambosos. “He said he put an offer out. Bob Arum said that he’s a liar. He has no authority to send out contracts. Myself and Devin Haney have received nothing. We are hoping it will be all done in a couple of weeks and we’ll have a date for Kambosos vs. Lopez. We should have it done by February 6 which is the deadline the IBF ordered. Continue reading “Kambosos: I will beat Lopez”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF #1 lightweight George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10 KOs) told Fightnews.com® that he’s confident he’ll upset IBF, WBC, WBA, WBO lightweight champion…
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EC Box Promotion to reduce stable

Last year German promoter Erol Ceylan’s EC Box Promotion celebrated its 10th anniversary. Unfortunately, with a stable of 25 professional boxers, the company hasn’t been able to secure a permanent TV partner to justify the expense of carrying such a large roster. Therefore, Ceylan has announced he’ll significantly slim down his stable and to release the majority of athletes effective immediately. Continue reading “EC Box Promotion to reduce stable”

Last year German promoter Erol Ceylan’s EC Box Promotion celebrated its 10th anniversary. Unfortunately, with a stable of 25 professional boxers, the company hasn’t been able to secure a permanent…
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Tszyu-Hogan in the works

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The management of Australia’s biggest drawcard WBO #2, IBF #4,WBC #10, WBA #8 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (17-0, 13 KOs) and WBC #8 middleweight Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) are in negotiations for a contest in early 2021.

”I know I beat Tim and he believes he beats me so let’s prove who is the best super welterweight in Australia, if not then no problem,” Hogan stated.

Glenn Jennings, manager of Tim Tszyu, says the Tszyu camp is onboard with the idea. “The winner moves into a world title shot,” Jennings said. “Nothing has been signed yet, but it’s very close to being made official. Continue reading “Tszyu-Hogan in the works”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing The management of Australia’s biggest drawcard WBO #2, IBF #4,WBC #10, WBA #8 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (17-0, 13 KOs) and WBC #8…
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Kovalev fails drug test

Former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance (synthetic testosterone). No announcement from Golden Boy or Main Events yet, but Kovalev’s January 30 fight against Bektemir “Bek Bully” Melikuziev on DAZN is probably off.

Melikuziev tweeted, “I don’t like talking, but I said it last night – it makes no difference to me, just put him in the ring, let us fight regardless.”

January 30 originally had four promising boxing telecasts scheduled.

Artur Beterbiev vs. Adam Deines on ESPN (postponed due to Beterbiev getting COVID-19), David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly on DAZN (postponed due to UK lockdown), Sergey Kovalev vs. Bektemir Melikuziev on DAZN (likely canceled due to Kovalev’s failed drug test).

Thus far, the Caleb vs. Caleb showdown (Caleb Plant vs. Caleb Truax) on FOX is still on. Keep your fingers crossed.

Former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance (synthetic testosterone). No announcement from Golden Boy or Main Events yet, but Kovalev’s January 30 fight…
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Pasillas vows all-out war against Aleem

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Undefeated 122-pound prospect Victor Pasillas shared insight into his training camp and more as he prepares to take on fellow unbeaten Ra’eese Aleem for the interim WBA super bantamweight title on January 23 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Fighting out of his native Los Angeles, Calif. the 28-year-old Pasillas (15-0, 8 KOs) had an extensive amateur career and burst onto the scene with a career-best victory in September 2020, as he knocked out the previously unbeaten Ranfis Encarnacion in the sixth round. Continue reading “Pasillas vows all-out war against Aleem”

Undefeated 122-pound prospect Victor Pasillas shared insight into his training camp and more as he prepares to take on fellow unbeaten Ra’eese Aleem for the interim WBA super bantamweight title…
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Zurdo-Browne ordered for WBC interim LH belt

Undefeated former WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs) is all in for a potential World Boxing Council (WBC) interim light heavyweight title fight against 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne (23-1, 16 KOs).

The WBC ordered Ramirez vs. Browne this past Monday because reigning WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) hasn’t defended his title since capturing it October 18, 2019, due to getting COVID-19 during training camp, as well as for other pandemic related restrictions. Beterbiev is also the reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion.

Ramirez is the #1 light heavyweight contender in the WBC ratings, while Browne is ranked #4. Team Zurdo and Team Browne have until February 5th to work out a deal before it’ll go to purse bid. Ramirez is promoted by his own company, Zurdo Promotions, while Browne is represented by PBC. Continue reading “Zurdo-Browne ordered for WBC interim LH belt”

Undefeated former WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs) is all in for a potential World Boxing Council (WBC) interim light heavyweight title fight against 2012 U.S.…
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New opponent for Flores Jr.

Undefeated super featherweight standout Gabriel Flores Jr. will now fight former world title challenger Jayson Velez in a 10-round ESPN tilt February 20, as the co-feature to the highly anticipated all-Mexican showdown between WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel Berchelt and former featherweight kingpin Oscar Valdez.

Velez replaces former world champion Andrew Cancio, who suffered a back injury. Continue reading “New opponent for Flores Jr.”

Undefeated super featherweight standout Gabriel Flores Jr. will now fight former world title challenger Jayson Velez in a 10-round ESPN tilt February 20, as the co-feature to the highly anticipated…
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Charr-Bryan Promo Video

Video promoting Don King’s “Return to Greatness” world title doubleheader on January 29 from the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The PPV event will be streamed live on DonKingTV.com.

Don King’s “Return to Greatness” January 29th PPV

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Takuma Inoue dethrones OPBF 118lb champ Kurihara

By Joe Koizumi

The Monster” Naoya’s younger brother, former WBC interim champ Takuma Inoue (14-1, 3 KOs) of Japan, 118, impressively captured the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) bantamweight belt as he swept almost all rounds with ease and was awarded a unanimous technical decision (90-81, 89-82 twice) over defending titlist, compatriot Keita Kurihara (15-6, 13 KOs), 117.75, because of the champ’s bad bleeding caused by an accidental butt at 2:25 of the ninth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.

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By Joe Koizumi The Monster” Naoya’s younger brother, former WBC interim champ Takuma Inoue (14-1, 3 KOs) of Japan, 118, impressively captured the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) bantamweight…
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Zanfer playing best cards for 2021

Zanfer Promotions opens 2021 this weekend with WBO #11 super welterweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (28-1, 18 KOs) against Abraham “Pitbull” Juárez (20-6, 8 KOs). Promoter Fernando Beltran says the first four months of the year will be spectacular.

“We are going all in,” said Beltran. “We will play all our best cards. Already in February [Miguel] Berchelt will fight against a great boxer in Óscar Valdez, the fight of ‘Gallo’ Estrada against ‘Chocolatito’ González is coming in a unification, [Luis] Nery could unify with the WBA champion Brandon Figueroa, ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete will make his first defense but it could also be a unification, we’re in negotiations for Jaime Munguía to fight for the middleweight world championship against Gennady Golovkin, most likely Jackie Nava will fight in Argentina, or else we can negotiate a fight against ‘Barbie’ Juárez. All this, of course, without neglecting our young talent, our prospects, who despite these difficult moments with closed-door events and complicated situations, we are giving them activity.”

Zanfer Promotions opens 2021 this weekend with WBO #11 super welterweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (28-1, 18 KOs) against Abraham “Pitbull” Juárez (20-6, 8 KOs). Promoter Fernando Beltran says the first…
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ABC Watch List

By Gregory Sirb

Below are the number of Boxers on the ABC “Watch” List that actually competed in each Commission:

COMMISSION / #of times Boxers on the Watch list competed
New Hampshire / 25
Georgia / 17
Kentucky / 16
Mississippi / 15
Florida / 11
N Carolina / 11
Tennessee / 10
Massachusetts / 8
Virginia / 8
Kansas / 6
Arkansas / 6
Alabama / 4
Colorado / 4
Milli Lacs / 3
N Mexico / 2
S Carolina / 2
W Virginia / 2
Minnesota / 2
Louisiana / 1
Wisconsin / 1
Texas / 1
Oklahoma / 1

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By Gregory Sirb Below are the number of Boxers on the ABC “Watch” List that actually competed in each Commission: COMMISSION / #of times Boxers on the Watch list competed…
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Niyomtrong ready for action

One of the WBA’s most solid champions is Thammanoon Niyomtrong (21-0, 7 KOs), better known as Knockout CP Freshmart, who is currently the minimumweight monarch and wants to maintain that supremacy in 2021. The 30-year-old Thai boxer had the opportunity to fight in 2020 before the pandemic pause arrived. Niyomtrong beat Japan’s Norihito Tanaka by unanimous decision when defending the pioneer organization’s super championship in Nakhon Sawan. Continue reading “Niyomtrong ready for action”

One of the WBA’s most solid champions is Thammanoon Niyomtrong (21-0, 7 KOs), better known as Knockout CP Freshmart, who is currently the minimumweight monarch and wants to maintain that…
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Inoue’s brother to collide with IBF#4 Kurihara

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By Joe Koizumi

Only once-beaten younger brother of “The Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3 KOs) will have a shot at the OPBF bantamweight belt against IBF#4 compatriot Keita Kurihara (15-5, 13 KOs) today (Thursday) in Tokyo, Japan. For WBC#7, WBO#6 Takuma, it will be the first appearance since he failed to win the WBC belt on a unanimous decision loss to Nordine Oubaali here in November 2019. Continue reading “Inoue’s brother to collide with IBF#4 Kurihara”

By Joe Koizumi Only once-beaten younger brother of “The Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3 KOs) will have a shot at the OPBF bantamweight belt against IBF#4 compatriot Keita Kurihara…
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Leo-Fulton virtual press conference quotes

WBO junior featherweight champion Angelo Leo and unbeaten rising star Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton Jr. previewed their upcoming world title showdown during a virtual press conference Wednesday as they prepare to battle live on Showtime on January 23 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“This is going to be one of the best fights of the year and I can’t wait for you all to see it” – Leo

“January 23 is going to be fireworks…We both have something to prove and I’m ready to get it on” – Fulton

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WBO junior featherweight champion Angelo Leo and unbeaten rising star Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton Jr. previewed their upcoming world title showdown during a virtual press conference Wednesday as they prepare…
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Arum: Lopez-Kambosos in May?

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has been negotiating to have WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) defend against IBF mandatory contender George Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) in Australia during May.

“We’ve been talking to the Aussies and we’re supposed to have a letter of intent from them by the end of this week,” said Arum to boxing writer Gareth Davies. “It would be in May sometime. We’re at the mercy of this coronavirus, but by May I think we’ll be okay. We’re looking at Melbourne. The plan is to do it in one of their big stadiums with 50,000 people. They’re doing events now at full capacity. The problem there is the quarantine for 14 days and they’ve prohibited foreigners from coming in at all to Australia until further notice.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has been negotiating to have WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) defend…
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A big challenge ahead! First thing is to survive

By Mauricio Sulaimán
Son of Jose Sulaiman – WBC President

The most important challenge for everyone in these difficult times is, without a doubt, survival.

Survival in every possible way. Obviously, maintaining our health and preventing the spread of COVID-19 that has impacted the world since the beginning of last year is paramount.

Also maintaining mental health, which is very important but complicated. It is not an easy task to do when we are filled with news of the seriousness of the situation day after day, hour after hour, when all the chats are flooded with negative and alarming messages and when all the talks revolve around the same thing. Continue reading “A big challenge ahead! First thing is to survive”

By Mauricio Sulaimán Son of Jose Sulaiman – WBC President The most important challenge for everyone in these difficult times is, without a doubt, survival. Survival in every possible way.…
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Mexico City Boxing Commission to waive fees

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The Professional Boxing Commission of Mexico City has decided to waive the fees for licensing boxers and trainers due to the economic situation in the country. The only expenses will be required laboratory tests. Likewise, the promoters will be supported to carry out professional boxing events in Mexico City.

The Comision de Box de la CDMX, chaired by Ciro Nucci, has focused on sanitary and healthy conditions for boxers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Gabriel F. Cordero The Professional Boxing Commission of Mexico City has decided to waive the fees for licensing boxers and trainers due to the economic situation in the country.…
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Charr questions whether bout will take place

Dk Poster 2WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) is scheduled to face WBA interim heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs) on January 29 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

However, Charr isn’t convinced that the bout will happen, writing on his Facebook page: “Do you think the fight will take place? Or is it a wrong play again from Don King? As I said, I am fully in training and I will be fit for the fight. From the street to the stars!”

There is speculation in the German media that the fight announcement is a ploy to get Charr stripped of the WBA belt, which Charr won in 2017 but has yet to defend. At this point, it’s not even certain that Charr can enter the U.S. due to COVID-19 restrictions.

WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) is scheduled to face WBA interim heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs) on January 29 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel…
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Lomachenko back in the gym

Top Rank has announced on social media that former three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is back in the gym. A brief quote attributed to Loma is as follows: “I have my back, I leave no room for doubt. 2021 I can’t wait to [fight].” Not sure if he means “payback” or “comeback,” but either way it’ll be good to see him in the ring again.

Top Rank has announced on social media that former three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is back in the gym. A brief quote attributed to Loma is as follows: “I have…
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Berchelt ready for Valdez

WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt says beating Oscar Valdez, “will be a great springboard for my career!”

Berchelt was one of the special guests at the first “WBC Coffee Tuesday” of 2021. He stated that in defending his crown on February 20 against former Olympian Valdez, he’s preparing for a see-saw war between Mexicans at the MGM Bubble in Las Vegas.

For Miguel, this fight is crucial, as he wants to inspire new generations, as did Barrera vs. Morales, Zarate vs. Zamora, and Marquez vs. Vázquez, just to name a few. Continue reading “Berchelt ready for Valdez”

WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt says beating Oscar Valdez, “will be a great springboard for my career!” Berchelt was one of the special guests at the first…
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