Navarrete to return Sept 14 in Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla

WBO junior featherweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (28-1, 24 KOs) will make a quick return to the ring following his third round TKO over Francisco de Vaca on Saturday night. Navarrete has earned a spot on the September 14 Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin undercard at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum confirmed it. “He’s Mexican. He’s proud of being Mexican. September 14 is Mexican Independence Day weekend, and the best fighter in Mexico will be there to defend his title!”

By Miguel Maravilla WBO junior featherweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (28-1, 24 KOs) will make a quick return to the ring following his third round TKO over Francisco de…
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WBO champ Navarrete stops de Vaca in three

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

WBO junior featherweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (28-1, 24 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over previously unbeaten Francisco “Panchito” de Vaca (20-1, 6 KOs) before 3,944 on Saturday night in the inaugural boxing card at the Banc of California Stadium located on the site of the former Los Angeles Sports Arena.

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Navarrete came out landing big punches in the opening round snapping de Vaca’s head back a few times. De Vaca answered with some solid counters as the things began to warm up. In round two, Navarrete landed a three punch combination dropping De Vaca. The third round saw Navarrete go for the stoppage as he came out attacking De Vaca and bloodying him. Credit to the challenger as he kept fighting back but the champ’s attack was too much and referee Raul Caiz Sr. stepped in to stop the fight at 1:54.

Afterward, Navarrete stated, “I want to thank my supporters, and second of all, I want to continue the tradition of Mexican boxing in Los Angeles. I want to fill arenas and follow in the footsteps of Mexican legends.”

“I’m talking to {Top Rank} about fighting September 14 on the Tyson Fury card in Las Vegas. I want to thank Bob Arum and Zanfer Promotions for the opportunity…De Vaca showed his fighting heart. He gave 100 percent in the ring tonight.”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBO junior featherweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (28-1, 24 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over previously unbeaten Francisco “Panchito” de Vaca (20-1,…
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Gvozdyk-Beterbiev lands in Philly

WBC light heavyweight world champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) and IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev (14-0, 14 KOs) will fight in a highly anticipated title unification bout Friday, October 18 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ESPN will televise.

“This could very well be the fight of the year,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “These are two evenly matched, undefeated light heavyweight champions. There is nothing better in the sport of boxing.”

WBC light heavyweight world champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) and IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev (14-0, 14 KOs) will fight in a highly anticipated title…
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Navarette-De Vaca undercard results

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Former WBO junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KOs) won by ninth round technical decision over Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (27-4-2, 18 KOs) at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. Magdaleno dropped Rivera in round nine, but Magdaleno was later cut by an elbow (ruled an unintentional foul) and the bout went to the cards. Scores were 88-82, 89-81, 89-81.

Undefeated local super lightweight Arnold Barboza (22-0, 9 KOs) of South El Monte stopped Japan’s always tough Ricky Sismundo (35-15-3, 17 KOs) in four rounds. Barboza did his thing hammering away on Sismundo dropping him in the third. Continuing to attack, Barboza cornered Sismundo in the fourth. However after four rounds Sismundo had seen enough and when he didn’t come out of his corner the referee stopped the fight.

Middleweight Janibek Alimkhanuly (7-0, 3 KOs) from Russian stopped Stuart McClellan (27-4-3, 11 KOs) of Canada in the fifth round. Alimkhanuly dropped McCllelan late in the fifth round and then followed up with a brutal attack prompting the referee to step in to stop the fight. Time was 2:51 of the fifth.

South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden (28-2-1, 12 KOs) won a hard fought unanimous decision over Aslanbek Kozaev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) of Russia. Van Heerden was slick early on boxing away and frustrating Kozaev as the Russian missed punches wildly. Fighting from the southpaw stance Van Heerden kept his distance as Kozaev was the aggressor. Continue reading “Navarette-De Vaca undercard results”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Former WBO junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KOs) won by ninth round technical decision over Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (27-4-2, 18 KOs)…
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Feigenbutz stops Nunez in eight

IBF #3, WBA #5, WBO #6, WBC #11 super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten Cesar Nunez (16–1-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Friedrich Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Feigenbutz, a former WBA interim champion, battered Nunez to the canvas twice in round eight and the bout was waved off after Nunez continued to absorb punishment without firing back. Time was 1:58.

In the co-feature, unbeaten super welterweight Ahmad Ali (15-0-1, 10 KOs) unanimously outpointed Arman Torosyan (19-7-1, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds. Scores were 117-109, 115-113, 117-110.

IBF #3, WBA #5, WBO #6, WBC #11 super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (31-2, 28 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten Cesar Nunez (16–1-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday…
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Yeritsyan stops Chapman

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Unbeaten welterweight Gor Yeritsyan (11-0, 10 KOs) made his U.S.A. debut a successful one with a sixth round stoppage over Derion Chapman (3-5-1, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Burbank Marriott, in Burbank, CA. Yeritsyan, a 24-year-old hailing from Yerevan, Armenia, had all his previous fights in Russia but was in good company for his American debut with each Freddy Roach and former U.S. Olympian, Vanes Martirosyan, working his corner.

In Russia, Yeritsyan had been facing higher level opponents than Chapman, including former world title challenger Ali Funeka, and was originally scheduled to face Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott, but the fight fell through days ago requiring the last minute replacement of Chapman. Continue reading “Yeritsyan stops Chapman”

By Rocky Morales at ringside Unbeaten welterweight Gor Yeritsyan (11-0, 10 KOs) made his U.S.A. debut a successful one with a sixth round stoppage over Derion Chapman (3-5-1, 2 KOs)…
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Cesar Ramirez in Manila

By Nick Giongco

Cesar Ramirez of Mexico (center) gets a warm Manila welcome from Sean Gibbons (2nd from left) alongside Cebu-based Panamanian writer Carlos Costa (2nd from right). Also joining Ramirez are his two Mexican companions. Ramirez challenges John Riel Casimero for the interim WBO bantam crown on Aug. 24 at the San Andres Sports Complex.
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By Nick Giongco Cesar Ramirez of Mexico (center) gets a warm Manila welcome from Sean Gibbons (2nd from left) alongside Cebu-based Panamanian writer Carlos Costa (2nd from right). Also joining…
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Weights from Tijuana

The card presented by Zanfer Promotions and Jab Promotions on Saturday in Tijuana, is not only a co-promotion, but a “war” between promoters. Lightweight Bryan “Kid” Figueroa (15-1, 7 KOs) of Zanfer faces unbeaten Junior Cuadrado (15-0-1, 8 KOs) of Jab in an eight round main event that grew quite heated at Friday’s weigh-in.

Bryan Figueroa 134.4 vs. Junior Cuadrado 136.6
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Sergio Chirino Sánchez 126.7 vs. Cristian Cortez 126.7
Jhonny Navarrete 149.2 vs. Alberto Córdova 150
Carlos Ornelas 130 vs. Francisco Piña 130.2

Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
Promoter: Promociones Zanfer, Jab Promotions
TV: Azteca 7

The card presented by Zanfer Promotions and Jab Promotions on Saturday in Tijuana, is not only a co-promotion, but a “war” between promoters. Lightweight Bryan “Kid” Figueroa (15-1, 7 KOs)…
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Boxing Legend Jose Napoles passes

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Legendary former welterweight world champion José “Mantequilla” Nápoles has passed away at age 79 according to WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán. “Mantequilla Napoles is already champion for eternity. He was a great champion, but he did it with dignity and with the love of his children who took care of him. Rest in Peace my great idol, compadre of my dad, Mexican at heart although Cuban by birth! Goodbye my champion,” wrote Sulaiman.

Napoles was born in Havana, Cuba on April 13, 1940, but began his career in Mexico in the 1960s. He was a two-time WBC and WBA welterweight champion and held the titles for the better part of six years. His official record is 77 wins, 54 of them by knockout with only seven losses.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Legendary former welterweight world champion José “Mantequilla” Nápoles has passed away at age 79 according to WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán. “Mantequilla Napoles is already champion for…
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Navarrete, De Vaca make weight

Emanuel Navarrete 122 vs. Francisco De Vaca 122
(WBO super bantamweight title)
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Jessie Magdaleno 125.4 vs. Rafael Rivera 125.6
Arnold Barboza Jr 141.6 vs. Ricky Sismundo 141.4
Janibek Alimkhanuly 159.8 vs. Stuart McLellan 159.2
Chris van Heerden 146.4 vs. Aslanbek Kozaev 147
Javier Molina 140.2 vs. Manuel Mendez 141
Dmitry Yun 135.4 vs. Javier Martinez 134.6
Brian Mendoza 148 vs. Rosemberg Gomez 147.8
Elvis Rodriguez 140.8 vs. Jesus Gonzales 141.4

Venue: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN, ESPN+

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Emanuel Navarrete 122 vs. Francisco De Vaca 122 (WBO super bantamweight title) Jessie Magdaleno 125.4 vs. Rafael Rivera 125.6 Arnold Barboza Jr 141.6 vs. Ricky Sismundo 141.4 Janibek Alimkhanuly 159.8…
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Weights from Springfield, Massachusetts

Photos: Emily Harney

Charles Foster 173.8 vs. Denis Grachev 174
(NABA light heavyweight title)
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Niall Kennedy 222.6 vs. Devin Vargas 219.6
Anthony Velazquez 149.8 vs. Vincent Floyd 151.8
Shelly Vincent 125.8 vs. Karen Dulin 124.4
Ray Jay Bermudez 140 vs. Leonardo Kenon 136.2
Elvis Figueroa 167 vs. Marcelo Molina 166.2
Derrick Whitley Jr. 148.4 vs. Antonio Fernandez 148.6
Josh Orta 127.8 vs. Matias Arriagada 124.4
Rollin Whitley 141.2 vs. Ayron Palmer 137.4

Venue: MGM Springfield, Springfield, Massachusetts
Promoter: Murphys Boxing
TV: UFC Fight Pass, Facebook

Continue reading “Weights from Springfield, Massachusetts”

Photos: Emily Harney Charles Foster 173.8 vs. Denis Grachev 174 (NABA light heavyweight title) Niall Kennedy 222.6 vs. Devin Vargas 219.6 Anthony Velazquez 149.8 vs. Vincent Floyd 151.8 Shelly Vincent…
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Kubrat Pulev: I see Ruiz winning again

By Przemek Garczarczyk

IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev is a VERY interested party in the (hopefully) upcoming Ruiz-Joshua 2 bout, so I decided to ask his opinion about the recent IBF decision and a prediction of what will happen in the ring when Andy and Anthony meet again.

Kubrat Pulev: “I wasn’t all that surprised that the IBF gave the exception for the rematch, but we do want some of the conditions clarified so that we can be sure that the winner will fight me next. I have been waiting for this to happen for over 3 years. I will remain focused and keep getting ready for the winner.

“The rematch is a 50/50 fight, and I see Ruiz winning again. I’m currently in training camp in Las Vegas and feeling that great things are about to happen!”

By Przemek Garczarczyk IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev is a VERY interested party in the (hopefully) upcoming Ruiz-Joshua 2 bout, so I decided to ask his opinion about the recent…
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Weights from Germany

Vincent Feigenbutz 167.6 vs. Cesar Nunez 168
Ahmad Ali 153.7 vs. Arman Torosyan 153.4
Sophie Alisch 125.2 vs. Vanesa Caballero 125
Katharina Thanderz 134.9 vs. Monica Gentili 133.6
Hadi Srour 152.1 vs. Evgenii Vazem 153.7
Benjamin Gavazi 181.9 vs. Ondrej Budera 181.9
Dimitar Tilev 171.7 vs. Rene Molik 169.1

Venue: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany
Promoter: Team Sauerland
TV Sport 1 (Germany)

Vincent Feigenbutz 167.6 vs. Cesar Nunez 168 Ahmad Ali 153.7 vs. Arman Torosyan 153.4 Sophie Alisch 125.2 vs. Vanesa Caballero 125 Katharina Thanderz 134.9 vs. Monica Gentili 133.6 Hadi Srour…
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Joshua: I don’t respect Lennox Lewis

Former heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Lennox Lewis have gotten into a squabble after Lewis criticized Joshua and his trainer Rob McCracken.

“Lennox is a clown,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “I don’t respect Lennox…me and Lennox aren’t the same. My legacy is to sit back and enjoy the younger generation coming up. And not really be involved, just appreciate what it takes to get there. Lennox isn’t like that. Me and Lennox are cut from a different cloth.”

Lewis responded via social media, “Disappointed in AJ’s words but I understand that this ‘jealousy’ narrative was only fabricated AFTER I criticized them for Wilder negotiations. All of the sudden I’m a hater. Ask who benefits from such a simple-minded narrative? Not AJ. Not me.”

Joshua’s conqueror Andy Ruiz Jr., who will face Joshua in a December rematch, agitated the situation a bit more by tweeting “Lennox all day,” when asked who would win a fight between the two in their primes.

Former heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Lennox Lewis have gotten into a squabble after Lewis criticized Joshua and his trainer Rob McCracken. “Lennox is a clown,” Joshua told Sky Sports.…
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Weights from Burbank, California

Anthony Zender 148.6 vs. David Morales 144
Gerardo Alvarez 138 vs. Ikeem Abdullah 136.8
Gonzalo Dallera 144 vs. Jose Rodriguez 144
Zaltko Ledic 174.8 vs. Eddie Jackson 176
Luis Norambuena 150 vs. Jessy Martinez 153.2
Derion Chapman 147.8 vs. Gor Yeretsyan 146.8

Venue: Burbank Marriott Events Center, Burbank, CA
Promoter: Bash Boxing
Tickets: www.ValleyFightNight.com
Doors Open at 6:30pm; First Bout at 7:00pm

Anthony Zender 148.6 vs. David Morales 144 Gerardo Alvarez 138 vs. Ikeem Abdullah 136.8 Gonzalo Dallera 144 vs. Jose Rodriguez 144 Zaltko Ledic 174.8 vs. Eddie Jackson 176 Luis Norambuena…
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James Kirkland returns after 4 year layoff

Popular knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) returns from a 4-year absence on August 24 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The 35-year-old Kirkland will take on journeyman Colby Courter (13-14, 10 KOs) in a six round middleweight bout. It will be Kirkland’s first fight since a KO defeat against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in May 2015.

In addition to Kirkland, the card features three other fighters under the Davies Entertainment banner. Middleweight Eddie Ortiz (8-0-2, 4 KOs) battles Jas Phipps (10-6-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder, welterweight Daniel Baiz (13-1, 5 KOs) meets Marquis Hawthorne (7-11, 1 KO) in an eight-rounder, and middleweight Benjamin Whitaker (11-3, 2 KOs) faces Raymond Guzman (3-2, 2KO) in a six-rounder.

Popular knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) returns from a 4-year absence on August 24 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The 35-year-old Kirkland will…
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Navarrete seeks to unify all titles

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO super bantamweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (27-1, 23 KOs) has the firm objective to unify his world title with the other champions and prove he’s the best 122-pounder in the world.
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Today at the final press conference, Navarrete stated that he never belittles any opponent, in this case challenger Francisco “Panchito” de Vaca (20-0, 6 KOs). His focus is to win Saturday’s fight at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, then continue with his target of unification. ESPN will televise in the U.S., Azteca 7 will televise in Mexico.

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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank WBO super bantamweight world champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (27-1, 23 KOs) has the firm objective to unify his world title with the other champions and prove…
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Saludar set to defend WBO 105lb belt

WBO minimumweight champion Vic Saludar (19-3, 10 KOs) will defend his title against Wilfredo “Bimbito” Méndez (13-1, 5 KOs) on August 24 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Spartan Boxing, to be broadcast live on WAPA Deportes.

In the co-feature, WBO #6 ranked junior welterweight Jean Carlos “Lobo” Torres (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his Latino belt against Levis Morales (17-5-1, 8 KOs) over 10 rounds. Also lightweight Néstor Bravo (16-0, 11 KOs) faces Cristian Miño (19-3, 17 KOs).

A total of eight fights will be disputed on the card.

WBO minimumweight champion Vic Saludar (19-3, 10 KOs) will defend his title against Wilfredo “Bimbito” Méndez (13-1, 5 KOs) on August 24 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San…
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Feigenbutz-Nunez final press conference

Super middleweights Vincent Feigenbutz (30-2, 27 KOs) and Cesar Nunez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) met for the first time at today’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s clash at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The fringe GBU world championship and the IBO International belt will be on the line.

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Cesar Nunez: “This is the biggest fight of my career and a hard number for me. But each round has its own plan and I will give everything to beat Vincent.”

Vincent Feigenbutz: “I am looking forward to the atmosphere in the arena and the fight. It will certainly be a close affair – but I’ll do everything I can to end the fight early!”

Super middleweights Vincent Feigenbutz (30-2, 27 KOs) and Cesar Nunez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) met for the first time at today’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s clash at the…
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Top Rank inks Amir Imam

Super lightweight contender Amir Imam (21-2, 18 KOs), a former super lightweight world challenger, has signed a multi-year promotional agreement with Top Rank. Imam has been out of the ring since March 17, 2018, when he lost a decision to Jose Ramirez for the vacant WBC title. Imam will campaign at either super lightweight or welterweight, and he recently enlisted the services of South Florida-based manager Peter Kahn.

Super lightweight contender Amir Imam (21-2, 18 KOs), a former super lightweight world challenger, has signed a multi-year promotional agreement with Top Rank. Imam has been out of the ring…
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Kerobyan-Molina clash Aug 30

The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation is presenting a charity professional boxing card at Pasadena City Hall on August 30. The fights will be open to the public. Headlining the main event will be welterweight prospect Ferdinand Kerobyan (11-1, 6 KOs) taking on Olympian Oscar Molina (13-2-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout. The event will be televised as part of a special Friday edition of the Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights series and be streamed live on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Foundation to help support programs that will benefit the youth and community of Pasadena.

The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation is presenting a charity professional boxing card at Pasadena City Hall on August 30. The fights will be open to the public. Headlining the…
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Andrew Selby added to Sept 13 UAE card

British flyweight champion Andrew Selby (11-1, 6 KOs) is back in action following his world title eliminator loss to Julio Cesar Martinez in March. Selby has been added to the ‘Rotunda Rumble’ card taking place on September 13 at Caesars Palace Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The event is headlined by flyweight Muhammed Waseem (8-1, 6 KOs), who returns following his IBF world title loss to Moruti Mthalane last July.

Opponents are TBA.

British flyweight champion Andrew Selby (11-1, 6 KOs) is back in action following his world title eliminator loss to Julio Cesar Martinez in March. Selby has been added to the…
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Coyle showcased Aug 24 on UFC Fight Pass

The next Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions card on UFC Fight Pass will take place August 24 at the Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, California, which is located about 30 miles from San Diego. Headlining the show is undefeated middleweight prospect Connor “The Kid” Coyle (10-0, 3 KOs) against Rafael “The Pride of San Diego” Ramon Ramirez (21-4-2, 4 KOs) in 10-rounder.

The 29-year-old Coyle’s great grand-father and great-uncle, both named Spider Kelly, each were British Empire and Commonwealth featherweight champions, 16 years apart. Ramirez was a past sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Shane Mosely and Jose Luis Castillo. Continue reading “Coyle showcased Aug 24 on UFC Fight Pass”

The next Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions card on UFC Fight Pass will take place August 24 at the Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, California, which is located…
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Braekhus to be trained by Abel Sanchez

Undisputed women’s welterweight world champion ‘The First Lady’ Cecilia Braekhus (35-0, 9 KOs) has commenced training under Abel Sanchez at his gym, The Summit Training Center in Big Bear Lake, CA as she prepares for her return to the ring. She was previously trained by Johnathon Banks. The 37-year-old Braekhus currently has no announced fights scheduled.

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Undisputed women’s welterweight world champion ‘The First Lady’ Cecilia Braekhus (35-0, 9 KOs) has commenced training under Abel Sanchez at his gym, The Summit Training Center in Big Bear Lake,…
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Shields-Habazin kick-off press conference

Undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields and former world champion Ivana Habazin squared-off and exchanged words at a pair of press conferences in Flint and Detroit on Wednesday, as they previewed their battle for the WBO junior middleweight world championship taking place October 5 on Showtime from Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Michigan.

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Shields will aim to make history as the fastest fighter in boxing, male or female, to become a three-division world champion, in her first professional fight in her hometown of Flint. Continue reading “Shields-Habazin kick-off press conference”

Undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields and former world champion Ivana Habazin squared-off and exchanged words at a pair of press conferences in Flint and Detroit on Wednesday, as they previewed…
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