Andy Hiraoka wins vacant Japanese, WBO AP 140lb belts

Ex-champ Kurihara regains OPBF 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

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Unbeaten lanky southpaw, IBF#6 Andy Hiraoka (18-0, 13 KOs), 139.75, seized a couple of vacant Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific 140-pound belts when he decked unbeaten hard-puncher, 20-year-old Jin Sasaki (11-1, 10 KOs), 144 (who failed to make weight by four pounds), three times and finally halted him at 1:58 of the eleventh round in a scheduled twelve on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The 5’11” Andy, the son of a Ghanan-American trainer Justice, used to be a track and field runner before he concentrated on boxing, and his physical flexibility and reflexes are very excellent. Continue reading “Andy Hiraoka wins vacant Japanese, WBO AP 140lb belts”

Ex-champ Kurihara regains OPBF 118lb belt By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten lanky southpaw, IBF#6 Andy Hiraoka (18-0, 13 KOs), 139.75, seized a couple of vacant Japanese and…
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The bridgerweight era begins tonight

Tonight in Montreal, either Oscar Rivas or Ryan Rozicki will be crowned as the first WBC bridgerweight champion. It has been 34 years since professional boxing has added a new weight division, the last being the strawweight division in 1987.

The 80s were a busy time with no less than four new divisions catching hold. The WBC started the championships in the cruiserweight and super flyweight divisions, while the IBF initiated the belts for the strawweight and super middleweight divisions. The remaining sanctioning bodies eventually accepted the new divisions within a few years. This all took place before the WBO was founded in 1988.

Tonight in Montreal, either Oscar Rivas or Ryan Rozicki will be crowned as the first WBC bridgerweight champion. It has been 34 years since professional boxing has added a new…
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Lewis to train Olympian medalist Garside

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame boxing trainer Johnny Lewis, who trained greats like Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu and Jeff Harding, has teamed up with Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Harry Garside. Lewis will now coach the classy lightweight, who will make his pro debut on the undercard of WBO #1 Tim Tszyu vs. WBO #7 Takeshi Inoue on November 17 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney promoted by George Rose of No Limit Boxing Promotions. Continue reading “Lewis to train Olympian medalist Garside”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame boxing trainer Johnny Lewis, who trained greats like Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu and Jeff Harding, has teamed up with Tokyo…
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Lopez debuts on Telemundo tonight

Jose Andres Soto (1)
Photo: Pablo Lozano Reyes

The second installment of Boxeo Telemundo will take place tonight with a live audience from Deportivo Ocenia in Mexico City, Mexico. The main event will feature undefeated super flyweight contender Jose Soto (15-0, 6 KOs) of Colombia against former WBC world champion Ganigan “El Maravilla” Lopez (36-11, 19 KOs) of nearby Amecameca, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and for the vacant WBA Fedecentro super flyweight title. All Star Boxing, Inc will promote the show.

The 23-year-old Lopez will be fighting outside of his native Colombia for the first time as a professional boxer. He is looking forward to showcasing his talents on Telemundo and defeating a former world champion in his own backyard.

Please speak about your amateur boxing career.

I had 250 amateur fights and won several national titles.

How do you feel about fighting on Telemundo for the first time?

Honestly, it has had me very motivated while preparing for my upcoming fight. I thank God first of all for this opportunity. This will be my first time fighting on Telemundo and outside my country in Mexico.

Do you feel a bit of urgency to win more convincingly or by knockout since you are fighting as the visitor?

I am going to show my technical boxing ability as well as my power. To answer your question, yes, my objective is to win by knockout.

What do you know about your opponent?

I know he is a former world champion who is very experienced. He is also a southpaw.

What would a victory tonight do for your career?

It will get me known outside of my country and also will help me to continue to earn a higher world ranking. I am ready to show that I am a proud Colombian fighter who wants to not only become a world champion but to make history as well.

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The evening’s co-main event is a crossroads clash in the flyweight division as Ivan “Tsunami” Garcia (7-1-1, 5 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico squares off against Mario “Mayonesas” Andrade (16-13-7, 5 KOs) of Distrito Federal, Mexico in an 8 round bout.

The special attraction of the night will feature a battle of undefeated bantamweights as Brandon “Raton” Jimenez(4-0 1 KO) faces Kevin “Avispa” Cisneros (3-0 3 KO’s) over 6 rounds.

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Jose Soto vs “Maravilla” Lopez airs live tonight 12AM/ Check Local Listings

The second installment of Boxeo Telemundo will take place tonight with a live audience from Deportivo Ocenia in Mexico City, Mexico. The main event will feature undefeated super flyweight contender…
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Probellum partners with Moron Boxing

Probellum, the new promotional outfit headed by Richard Schaefer, continued its signing spree with an agreement with Moron Boxing, operated by Rafael Moron. The company have held events in Venezuela over 20 years, and have already held four events in 2021.

“Moron Boxing have become a huge force in Venezuela and so we’re delighted to now join forces with them,” said Schaefer. Continue reading “Probellum partners with Moron Boxing”

Probellum, the new promotional outfit headed by Richard Schaefer, continued its signing spree with an agreement with Moron Boxing, operated by Rafael Moron. The company have held events in Venezuela…
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Quigley talks about Andrade challenge

QuiqleyMiddleweight Jason Quigley (19-1, 14 KOs) hosted a press conference in Ireland ahead of his against Demetrius Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs) for the WBO middleweight title at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on November 19, live worldwide on DAZN.

“He needs fights and the big guns are avoiding him. I’ll happily step in and bring that title back to Ireland.

“I’m at the perfect stage in my life and my career to deal with this situation. I’m not the young kid now living for the whole excitement of fighting for a world title. Continue reading “Quigley talks about Andrade challenge”

Middleweight Jason Quigley (19-1, 14 KOs) hosted a press conference in Ireland ahead of his against Demetrius Andrade (30-0, 18 KOs) for the WBO middleweight title at the SNHU Arena…
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Tank-Rolly Kickoff Press Conference

0019 Gervonta Davis And Roland Romero
Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Five-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and unbeaten lightweight contender Rolando “Rolly” Romero went face-to-face Thursday at a press conference to preview their PPV showdown for Davis’ WBA lightweight championship on Sunday, December 5 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Gervonta Davis: “He’s been talking for a long time. He’s trying to sell a fight, but I’m going to show him that he’s a chump on December 5. I’m not here to talk, I’m here to fight. I don’t take this personally. To me, this isn’t beef, this is business.”

Rolly Romero: “He’s got such a big head, it’s going to be hard to miss it. He gets touched up by every opponent he faces. Leo Santa Cruz was beating him up and Barrios was getting to him too…everyone’s going to see December 5, I’m going to knock Gervonta the f*** out. I hope you hear that.”

Five-time world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and unbeaten lightweight contender Rolando “Rolly” Romero went face-to-face Thursday at a press conference to preview their PPV showdown for Davis’ WBA lightweight championship…
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Herring-Stevenson Final Press Conference

Herring Shakur Presser
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images

They started as acquaintances, but once Jamel Herring acquired the belt Shakur Stevenson wanted, the friendly vibes went out the window. Herring will defend his WBO junior lightweight world title against former featherweight champion Stevenson on Saturday night from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

When Herring and Stevenson had their final faceoff, the fighters and their teams exchanged verbal barbs, with Stevenson grabbing Herring’s belt on multiple occasions. They were separated and will resume the jawing at Friday’s weigh-in.

Jamel Herring: “It’s not personal, it’s just business. We’re building a fight is all it means to me. I’ve heard worse and been through worse.”

Shakur Stevenson: “It’s definitely not personal, just business at the end of the day. He’s not my friend…I don’t talk to Jamel Herring outside of boxing.”

Continue reading “Herring-Stevenson Final Press Conference”

They started as acquaintances, but once Jamel Herring acquired the belt Shakur Stevenson wanted, the friendly vibes went out the window. Herring will defend his WBO junior lightweight world title…
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Telemundo Weights from Mexico City

Lopez Soto Weighin
Photo: Pablo Lozano Reyes

Jose Soto 113 vs. Ganigan “Maravilla” Lopez 114
(WBA Fedecentro super flyweight title)

Ivan “Tsunami” Garcia 111 vs. Mario “Mayonesas” Andrade 110
Brandon “Raton” Jimenez 113 vs. Kevin “Avispa” Cisneros 113
Javier “Fantasma” Calderon 108 vs. Aaron De La Cruz 108
Brian Axel Mora 152 vs. Axl Melendez 152
Vicente Barush Granados 144 vs. Luis Amauri Gonzalez 145
Juan Valdez Palma 107 vs. Luis “Tito” Gonzalez 107
Anthony Andres Fortozo 124 vs. Eric Pabon 124

Venue: Deportivo Ocenia in Mexico City
Promoter: All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo

Jose Soto 113 vs. Ganigan “Maravilla” Lopez 114 (WBA Fedecentro super flyweight title) Ivan “Tsunami” Garcia 111 vs. Mario “Mayonesas” Andrade 110 Brandon “Raton” Jimenez 113 vs. Kevin “Avispa” Cisneros…
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Josh Taylor injured, fight delayed

Undisputed junior welterweight world champion Josh Taylor’s title defense against top contender Jack Catterall — originally scheduled for Dec. 18 at The OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland — has been postponed to Saturday, Feb. 26 at the same venue due to a knee injury Taylor suffered in training.

Undisputed junior welterweight world champion Josh Taylor’s title defense against top contender Jack Catterall — originally scheduled for Dec. 18 at The OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland — has been…
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Weights from Ontario, California

Tb 10 20
Photo: Carlos Baeza – Thompson Boxing Promotions

Miguel Angel Madueño 136.6 vs. Jose Luis Rodriguez 135.9
Eros Correa 120.7 vs.Katsuma Akitsumgi 119.5
Anthony Chavez 128 vs. Brandon Benitez 127.1
Esteban Muñoz 141.6 vs. Manuel Martinez 141.4
Lazaro Vargas 121.5 vs. Ulises Rosales 119.4

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
TV: Thompson Boxing Facebook/YouTube

Miguel Angel Madueño 136.6 vs. Jose Luis Rodriguez 135.9 Eros Correa 120.7 vs.Katsuma Akitsumgi 119.5 Anthony Chavez 128 vs. Brandon Benitez 127.1 Esteban Muñoz 141.6 vs. Manuel Martinez 141.4 Lazaro Vargas 121.5 vs. Ulises Rosales 119.4 Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California Promoter: Thompson Boxing…
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Rivas, Rozicki make weight

Rivas Rozicki Weigh In
Photo: Groupe Yvon Michel

Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas outweighed Ryan Rozicki by nearly 20 pounds at their weigh-in Thursday in Montreal for the inaugural World Boxing Council (WBC) bridgerweight title.

Oscar Rivas 222.2 vs. Ryan Rozicki 203
(WBC bridgerweight title)

Sébastien Bouchard 148.6 vs. Sergio Ortega 148.2
Terry Osias: 172.6 vs. Joaquin Murrieta 173.4
Alexandre Roberge 207 vs. Francis Charbonneau 199.8
Kevin Menoche 153,8 vs. Thad Ridsdill 153.4
Alexis Barrière 235 vs. Rafael Sanchez Rojas 211

Venue: L’Olympia, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: GYM (Group Yvon Michel)
TV: ESPN+

Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas outweighed Ryan Rozicki by nearly 20 pounds at their weigh-in Thursday in Montreal for the inaugural World Boxing Council (WBC) bridgerweight title. Oscar Rivas 222.2 vs. Ryan…
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WBA sets deadline for Kyoguchi-Bermudez talks

The World Boxing Association (WBA) continues to move forward in its plan to reduce world titles and in that regard sent a communication to the teams of light flyweight super champion Hiroto Kyoguchi and regular champion Esteban Bermudez granting them 10 days to reach an agreement to fight.

The Championships Committee has been reviewing each category and making decisions according to the WBA Bylaws aiming to have only one champion per weight. Continue reading “WBA sets deadline for Kyoguchi-Bermudez talks”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) continues to move forward in its plan to reduce world titles and in that regard sent a communication to the teams of light flyweight super…
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Rozicki: I’m here to knock Rivas out

8:1 underdog and late sub Ryan “Bruiser” Rozicki (13-0, 13 KOs) plans to shock the world when he takes on Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas for the WBC’s new bridgerweight world title on Friday night at L’Olympia in Montreal. Rozicki previously competed in the cruiserweight division with a 200lb weight limit. At bridgerweight, he’s allowed to weigh up to 224 lbs.

“I’m sick of food!” Rozicki told reporters. “I had never eaten like this before to gain weight. On the other hand, I don’t feel slower, and I’m still just as powerful.

“…it’s a dream come true for me and all the pressure is on Oscar’s shoulders. I’m really here to do my best and knock him out!”

8:1 underdog and late sub Ryan “Bruiser” Rozicki (13-0, 13 KOs) plans to shock the world when he takes on Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas for the WBC’s new bridgerweight world title…
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Stevenson looks to shed ‘boring’ label

Former featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson has two objectives Saturday night when he challenges WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Atlanta.

1. Defeat Herring
2. Not be boring

Stevenson was ripped by fans and media for his safety-first performance against Jeremiah Nakathila in his last fight – and he didn’t like it.

“I feel disrespected when the media calls me a boring fighter,” Stevenson told ESPN. Continue reading “Stevenson looks to shed ‘boring’ label”

Former featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson has two objectives Saturday night when he challenges WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Atlanta. 1. Defeat Herring 2. Not be boring Stevenson was…
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Ex-champ Lopez eyes rebound on Telemundo Friday

Ganigan Maravilla Lopez (3)
Photo: Pablo Lozano Reyes

Less than a month shy of his 40th birthday, former WBC light flyweight world champion Ganigan “El Maravilla” Lopez (36-11, 19 KOs) knows time isn’t on his side. At this stage of his career, Lopez has to get a win over undefeated Jose Soto (15-0, 6 KOs) in the second installment of the Boxeo Telemundo fall series this Friday night from Deportivo Ocenia in Mexico City. Continue reading “Ex-champ Lopez eyes rebound on Telemundo Friday”

Less than a month shy of his 40th birthday, former WBC light flyweight world champion Ganigan “El Maravilla” Lopez (36-11, 19 KOs) knows time isn’t on his side. At this…
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Triller aiming at 1m subscribers

Triller’s unique blend of boxing and verzuz seemed to be working. TrillerVerz subscriptions at $2.99 a month on FITE have tripled and Triller expects to break one million monthly paying subscribers by year-end. Total viewership for last weekend exceeded 2,954,000.

Triller’s unique blend of boxing and verzuz seemed to be working. TrillerVerz subscriptions at $2.99 a month on FITE have tripled and Triller expects to break one million monthly paying…
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New date for Lopez-Kambosos: Nov 27

Unified lightweight champion Teófimo López (16-0, 12 KOs) will finally make his maiden title defense of his WBA, IBF, WBO, and WBC franchise belts against George Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10 KOs) at Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York City, on Saturday, November 27 – live worldwide and exclusively on DAZN.

Teófimo López: “The time has finally come! It has been a long wait for Team Takeover. We’ve been in the zone for six months and counting but we’re pleased to be able to finally get this fight on DAZN! The Takeover will show the world once again why we are called ‘The People’s Champ’.”

George Kambosos: “It has been a long time coming, I have been patient but ready and I have continued to perfect my craft, leaving no stone unturned to be victorious and win all the belts…I will shock the world and be crowned world champion on November 27 in New York City.”

Unified lightweight champion Teófimo López (16-0, 12 KOs) will finally make his maiden title defense of his WBA, IBF, WBO, and WBC franchise belts against George Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10…
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Dillian Whyte injured, Wallin fight is off

A shoulder injury has forced Dillian Whyte to cancel his WBC interim heavyweight world title defense against Sweden’s Otto Wallin scheduled for The O2 in London on October 30.

The event, shown live worldwide on DAZN, will continue as planned with Chantelle Cameron’s (14-0, 8 KOs) WBC, IBF female super lightweight unification clash with Mary McGee (27-3, 15 KOs) now topping the bill. Continue reading “Dillian Whyte injured, Wallin fight is off”

A shoulder injury has forced Dillian Whyte to cancel his WBC interim heavyweight world title defense against Sweden’s Otto Wallin scheduled for The O2 in London on October 30. The…
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Canelo vows to KO Plant

0012 Canelo Alvarez
Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Unified WBC/WBO/WBA super middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez held a virtual workout on Wednesday, as he showed off his skills ahead of his highly anticipated PPV showdown against undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant on November 6 in Las Vegas. The winner of their fight will become the first undisputed 168-pound champion of the four-belt era.

“It’s new for me to have this much bad blood with an opponent,” said Canelo. “It’s very different from normal and it’s definitely the most animosity I’ve had with an opponent heading into a big fight. I’m sticking with my prediction of a knockout before round eight. The first couple of rounds will be difficult, but as the fight progresses, I am going to be able to get him out of there.”

Continue reading “Canelo vows to KO Plant”

Unified WBC/WBO/WBA super middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez held a virtual workout on Wednesday, as he showed off his skills ahead of his highly anticipated PPV showdown against undefeated IBF super…
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Boxing Buzz

Sad to report the passing of former middleweight boxer Jimmy Campbell at age 43. Campbell fought the likes of Daniel Jacobs, Anthony Dirrell, Virgil Hill, and many more during his 25-bout career. He later became a trainer.

Also sad to report the passing of John Graham, Chief Inspector for the Florida Athletic Commission. He had been a member of the Florida State Boxing Commission since 2012. Graham also served as a police officer in Hollywood, Florida.

Lastly, we’re sad to report that former WBC super welterweight champion Miguel de Oliveira recently passed away at age 74 in Brazil. De Oliveira was 45-5-1 with 28 KOs. He was Brazil’s second pro boxing world champion. Eder Jofre was the first, Acelino Freitas was the third –Gabriel F. Cordero

Sad to report the passing of former middleweight boxer Jimmy Campbell at age 43. Campbell fought the likes of Daniel Jacobs, Anthony Dirrell, Virgil Hill, and many more during his…
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Boots Ennis: I’m coming for all the belts

Boots Ennis Training Photos 9
Photo: Justin McGinnis

Exciting unbeaten welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis will look to make it 26 knockouts in 28 fights when he faces Thomas Dulorme in a 10-rounder on Showtime October 30 in Las Vegas. Ennis is currently ranked IBF #3, WBO and WBA #5 and WBC #8 at 147 pounds, and he believes that a title shot isn’t far away. He sees Dulorme as just another obstacle in the way of reaching his ultimate goal.

“Dulorme is a good fighter and I don’t take anything away from him,” Ennis said. “He’s fought a lot of great guys, world champions, but I’m on a different level right now. I’m coming to take over the welterweight division and he’s in my way. He’s got to go. I’m coming for all the belts.”

Exciting unbeaten welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis will look to make it 26 knockouts in 28 fights when he faces Thomas Dulorme in a 10-rounder on Showtime October 30 in Las…
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Don King to promote Makabu-Mchunu

The world’s greatest boxing promoter, Don King, has put together his latest championship fight pitting WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Junior Makabu and the number one challenger, WBC silver champion Thabiso Mchunu. King, who represents Makabu, came to an agreement with Mchunu’s representatives on the 12-round championship fight, to be held in the next two months.

“This is going to be one action-packed championship fight,” said King. “They are both warriors and this battle could result in one of the best championship fights of the year.” Continue reading “Don King to promote Makabu-Mchunu”

The world’s greatest boxing promoter, Don King, has put together his latest championship fight pitting WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Junior Makabu and the number one challenger, WBC silver champion Thabiso…
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WBA reaffirms Ugas vs Stanionis

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has denied a special permission requested by the team of the super welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas to make a unification fight. The world title reduction plan is currently a priority for the WBA and all the decisions taken are to achieve this goal. This was announced last August 25 after a negative media campaign on multiple titles.

In the 147 lbs. category, it was decided last September 15 by a resolution, that there would be a Box-Off between Jamal James vs Radzhab Butaev and Yordenis Ugas vs Eimantas Stanionis, whose winners of both fights would fight later so that there would be only one champion in the division. Continue reading “WBA reaffirms Ugas vs Stanionis”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has denied a special permission requested by the team of the super welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas to make a unification fight. The world title reduction…
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“Bomba” Gonzalez Belted in Guaynabo, PR

Belted
Photo: Victor Plana/WBO

Newly crowned WBO light flyweight champion Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez has officially received his world title after dethroning Elwin “La Pulga” Soto this past Saturday in Fresno, California as part of the Mikey Garcia vs Sandor Martin undercard that aired live on DAZN.

Gonzalez had a meet & greet homecoming in the Museo De los Deportes de Puerto Rico in an activity organized by the Puerto Rican based World Boxing Organization(WBO) were many attendees took part including Mayor of Caguas William Miranda Torres, Director of Sports in Caguas Johann Estades and former world champions Alex “Nene” Sanchez & Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon who held the same title at some point in their respective careers. Continue reading ““Bomba” Gonzalez Belted in Guaynabo, PR”

Newly crowned WBO light flyweight champion Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez has officially received his world title after dethroning Elwin “La Pulga” Soto this past Saturday in Fresno, California as part of…
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