Arum planning 2 or 3 events per week

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum spoke to Peter Maniatis about how boxing will likely return on June 9 in Las Vegas with Coronavirus restrictions and says there will be two and three shows each week during summer.

Arum said, “This is a very complicated situation because right now with the coronavirus, everything opening up slowly in the States. Some people say premature for the opening so boxing has to proceed with caution. And we have been working exclusively with the Nevada Commission because our headquarters are in Nevada. And we have together with State health authority, with the coronavirus czar in Nevada, worked out of protocols where we can start doing fights as early as June 9 on a basis where there are no spectators, everybody is tested and we’re gonna be doing two to three events every week throughout the summer.” Continue reading “Arum planning 2 or 3 events per week”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Top Rank CEO Bob Arum spoke to Peter Maniatis about how boxing will likely return on June 9 in Las Vegas with Coronavirus…
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Saturday’s WBA twinbill has strict protocols

Saturday’s boxing card in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with two regional WBA belts at stake, will be the first event to follow the new health protocol issued recently by the WBA Medical Committee.

Participants will be tested on Wednesday morning. Then the fighters and their teams will be under quarantine for 24 hours until results come back. Once they test negative for COVID-19, they will be able to go the quarantine hotel. On Thursday, Carlos “Teo” Cruz Coliseum will be disinfected top to bottom.

Everyone involved will be tested and no spectators will be allowed in the arena.

Saturday’s boxing card in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with two regional WBA belts at stake, will be the first event to follow the new health protocol issued recently by the…
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Holyfield Warns Tyson: No BOMBS

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has warned Mike Tyson not to throw bombs at him if they have an exhibition fight. “If I ask him it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,” Holyfield told BBC Sport.

“I don’t want pressure on me that ‘you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him.’ If he hits me I’m gonna hit you back, that’s what boxing is really about. I’m gonna be 58, he’ll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it.

“Anybody that I get in the ring with, if I’m in there with my brother, if he tags me I’m gonna tag him back. If you don’t want me to throw bombs you’d better not throw no bombs.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has warned Mike Tyson not to throw bombs at him if they have an exhibition fight. “If I…
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Boxing’s Greatest LOSER

Meet super lightweight Kristian Laight. In his career, he compiled a pro record of 12 wins, 279 losses, and nine draws in a career that started in 2003 and ended in 2018. He never scored a knockout and holds the boxing’s all-time record for most losses in a professional career. At 39, he says he would still be fighting if he wasn’t finally forced to retire.

“It can be an easy, easy job if you keep yourself fit,” Laight told SkySports. “It can be easy money, potentially £1000 per fight. It can be a weekly wage if you have a good manager and you’re tough and fit.” Continue reading “Boxing’s Greatest LOSER”

Meet super lightweight Kristian Laight. In his career, he compiled a pro record of 12 wins, 279 losses, and nine draws in a career that started in 2003 and ended…
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Boxing’s Return Begins THIS WEEK

After a long pause, professional boxing will close the month of May with two fight cards, then ramp up significantly in June if all the dominos fall in place. All events for the time being will have strict testing protocols and no spectators.

MAY 30 – PATZCUARO, MICHOACAN, MEXICO
Former IBF jr middleweight world champion “King” Carlos Molina faces Michi Martinez in a bout originally scheduled for the previous week. Live streaming on YouTube and Facebook.

MAY 30 – SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Former world title challenger Norbelto “Meneíto” Jiménez meets Eliézer “Campeoncito” Aquino for the WBA super flyweight Fedelatin title. Televised on ESPN Deportes.

Top Rank and Zanfer will have a full slate of fights in June as long as the local health authorities approve as expected. Golden Boy, Matchroom and PBC  are expected to resume in July.

After a long pause, professional boxing will close the month of May with two fight cards, then ramp up significantly in June if all the dominos fall in place. All…
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WBA holds 2nd Judges/Referees Seminar

The World Boxing Association (WBA) continued to develop the WBA Academy on Saturday with the second online Judges and Referees seminar titled “How To Score A Round And Refereeing Procedure,” which reached maximum capacity once again and also had simultaneous Spanish-English interpretation.

Webinars with the presence of the best specialists have been one of the Academy’s projects and the public has had a great response. On the first event, made a couple of weeks ago, many users weren’t able to participate, so on the second event the intention was to give them another opportunity. Continue reading “WBA holds 2nd Judges/Referees Seminar”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) continued to develop the WBA Academy on Saturday with the second online Judges and Referees seminar titled “How To Score A Round And Refereeing Procedure,”…
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Tito Ortiz: I was asked to fight Tyson

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, 45, says he’s been asked if he was interested in a charity contest with Mike Tyson. “I was watching Mike Tyson hit pads with one of my old trainers Rafael Cordeiro. And Tyson looked like the old Tyson, fast and speed and powerful. I was like, ‘Wow, Tyson’s going to make a comeback?’ All of a sudden two days later I get a phone call and someone started asking me, ‘What do you think about fighting Mike Tyson?’ I was like, ‘Really?’ This is the opportunity of my life. I’m in,” Ortiz said to TMZ Sports.

“I’m not sure if it’s going to be MMA or boxing yet. I haven’t even got that far. I think that we both have to be cleared by the athletic commissions. Continue reading “Tito Ortiz: I was asked to fight Tyson”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, 45, says he’s been asked if he was interested in a charity contest with Mike Tyson. “I…
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Tyson: I’m gonna do this charity event

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former unified heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, 53, is looking forward to his ring comeback to help the homeless and the drug-addicted. “I’m feeling better than I’ve ever felt in my life,” Tyson told the Young Money Radio Show. “God has been merciful to me man. I’m gonna get on with it, I’m looking good. Yo Wayne, I’m 230 [lbs] right now! Man I’m just getting ready you know, I’m just getting ready to help some people out who are less fortunate than me. I’m gonna do this charity event! I’m going to take this money and help these homeless and we’re going to help these addicted brothers because I’ve been homeless and I’ve been addicted so I know the struggle. Not many people have survived like I did.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former unified heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, 53, is looking forward to his ring comeback to help the homeless and the drug-addicted. “I’m feeling…
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Whyte: I dropped Fury in sparring

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte claims he dropped WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury several times in sparring sessions. “Well, me and Tyson Fury sparred, and I bashed him about and I dropped him on multiple occasions,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “It’s as simple as that. You know, he wants to sit around, talking this and saying that. But if I’m such an easy fight, why is he not in any rush to fight me? He said before beating Wilder, ‘When I beat Wilder, I’m gonna give Dillian Whyte his title shot after beating Wilder.’ He just talks rubbish. I’m just sick and tired.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte claims he dropped WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury several times in sparring sessions. “Well, me and Tyson…
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Sulaiman supportive of Mike Tyson comeback

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

“Mike Tyson was the youngest to win a world championship. Maybe he will be the oldest!” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told Stats Perform News courtesy of @trcksuits. “He’s a tremendous, legendary figure. He’s an icon for the sport, an icon for the WBC. He could knock out anyone with one punch, at any time! So of course we will support him. I don’t like to speculate. This is a topic we are all entertained by. An exhibition is one thing. If he comes back, he has to be licensed and has to go through a thorough process.

“I’m not going to kill the dream. I’m going to be very supportive of Mike Tyson, he deserves it. If the dream is to say ‘I will be ranked,’ I am saying yes, we will rank him. Continue reading “Sulaiman supportive of Mike Tyson comeback”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing “Mike Tyson was the youngest to win a world championship. Maybe he will be the oldest!” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told Stats Perform…
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Nevada close to reinstating boxing

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced a hearing to be conducted via phone next Wednesday (May 27) to discuss the return of live boxing in the state. Commissioners are expected to approve COVID-19 protocols for events held without the presence of a live audience.

Top Rank is applying for a permit to promote boxing cards on June 9 and June 11 at MGM Grand to be televised on ESPN/ESPN+. UFC is also hoping to get the OK to stage local shows.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced a hearing to be conducted via phone next Wednesday (May 27) to discuss the return of live boxing in the state. Commissioners are…
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Hearn not promoting Tyson comeback

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

UK Promoter Eddie Hearn thinks he would receive a lot of criticism if he were to promote a Mike Tyson comeback fight. ”We all know my head can be turned for a few quid,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “You saw my KSI vs Logan Paul fight which I got stick for, but it was a roaring success and I really enjoyed it. It taught me a lot. Imagine if I said, ‘Mike Tyson is returning to the ring and I will promote him!’ The stick I’d get would be unbelievable. It’s NOT something I’m looking to do.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing UK Promoter Eddie Hearn thinks he would receive a lot of criticism if he were to promote a Mike Tyson comeback fight. ”We…
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Boxing Buzz

ESPN will open its extensive library of vintage boxing matches this weekend to present four hours of “Iron” Mike Tyson in some of the most iconic fights of his legendary career on Saturday, May 23, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.
7:00 p.m. Mike Tyson’s Greatest Hits – Volume I
7:30 p.m. Mike Tyson vs. Mike Jameson
8:00 p.m. Mike Tyson vs. Jess Ferguson
8:30 p.m. Mike Tyson vs. Steve Zouski
9:00 p.m. Mike Tyson vs. James Tillis
10:00 p.m. Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks
10:30 p.m. Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno I

ESPN will open its extensive library of vintage boxing matches this weekend to present four hours of “Iron” Mike Tyson in some of the most iconic fights of his legendary…
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WBA releases Covid-19 safety protocol

The World Boxing Association (WBA) announced its safety protocol for the gradual return to training and boxing events in the midst of the Covid-19, which is another project of the WBA Academy and will serve as a guideline for all those who intend to do boxing during this situation.

The 19-page document, written by qualified specialists who are members of the Medical Committee of the pioneer organization, gives guidelines on how to return to boxing activity safely. Continue reading “WBA releases Covid-19 safety protocol”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) announced its safety protocol for the gradual return to training and boxing events in the midst of the Covid-19, which is another project of the…
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Briggs says Briggs-Tyson clash is official

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, 48, claims that Hall of Famer Mike Tyson, 53, has agreed to clash with him in an exhibition bout. “I just talked to Mike Tyson, it’s going down, me and Mike. We’re going to make it happen, it’s official,” said Briggs on social media. “You’re going to see it happen. Brownsville versus Brownsville. Me and Tyson are going to lace up the gloves, we’re going to rumble, rumble in the jungle. We’re going to let our fists do the talking!”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, 48, claims that Hall of Famer Mike Tyson, 53, has agreed to clash with him in an exhibition…
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Navarrete returns June 6

WBO super bantamweight champion Emmanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete will headline in what is billed as the first boxing card to be held in Mexico since the pandemic. The fight is slated for June 6 without spectators in a ring installed at the studios of TV Azteca in Mexico City, following all safety protocols proposed by the medical staff of the World Boxing Council and the Boxing Commission of Mexico City as long as the health authorities approve the event.

Navarrete (31-1, 27 KOs) will face TBA in a non-title fight at featherweight or above.

All boxers, cornermen and staff are undergoing testing and daily monitoring by doctors.

WBO super bantamweight champion Emmanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete will headline in what is billed as the first boxing card to be held in Mexico since the pandemic. The fight is slated…
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2020 Nevada BHOF Induction postponed

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the postponement of its 2020 induction weekend until the summer of 2021. The severity of the health crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic caused the President and CEO of Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) Michelle Corrales-Lewis to make the official announcement. The eighth annual weekend show had been scheduled for August 7 and 8 at the Red Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

The 2020 Class of Inductees will be augmented by additional names comprising the 2021 Class, and both will be celebrated in the most spectacular event in NVBHOF’s history next summer.

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the postponement of its 2020 induction weekend until the summer of 2021. The severity of the health crisis due to the Covid-19…
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Hector Thompson at 70

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The Australian boxing community is in mourning with the passing of two-time world title challenger Hector Thompson (73-12-2, 20 KOs) at the age of 70. Thompson had suffered with poor health for several years.

He held the Australian and Commonwealth light welterweight crowns and defeated former world champions Pedro Adigue Jr and Alfonso Frazier. Thompson also defeated world-rated boxers Alfonso Hayman, Jimmy Heair, Johnny Gant, Carlos Jiminez, Josue Marquez, Gerardo Ferrat, Joe Tetteh, Lion Furuyama, Jeff Malcolm, Raul Montoya and Manny Santos in nationally televised bouts promoted by Reg Layton, who also trained and managed Thompson. Continue reading “Hector Thompson at 70”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing The Australian boxing community is in mourning with the passing of two-time world title challenger Hector Thompson (73-12-2, 20 KOs) at the age…
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Boxing Buzz

Boxing will start to come back in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, we’re still stuck with replays. Tonight ESPN2 will air an encore presentation featuring some of boxing’s most debated decisions.
7PM Oscar De La Hoya vs. Félix Trinidad
8PM Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley II
9PM Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez III
10PM Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard
11PM Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. José Luis Castillo I
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The first boxing pay-per-view telecast when the sweet science returns could be a lightweight showdown between Vasyl Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez in September. According to ESPN, both camps want the fight even if there are no live spectators allowed.

Boxing will start to come back in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, we’re still stuck with replays. Tonight ESPN2 will air an encore presentation featuring some of…
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WBC Tuesday Coffee (online)

WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán met online with the boxing press to discuss different topics, primarily the security protocol that has already been presented to the Government of Mexico City.

The World Boxing Council is analyzing all the options to help return boxing to its position. He commented that the WBC will support promoters and boxers, confirming it’ll reduce the fees and it’s analyzing the possibility of saving promoters the salaries of ring officials, that is, appointing local members or they may even score rounds remotely. All these issues are being carefully analyzed since the most important thing is to take care of everyone’s health without discarding or disregarding the government’s instructions. Continue reading “WBC Tuesday Coffee (online)”

WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán met online with the boxing press to discuss different topics, primarily the security protocol that has already been presented to the Government of Mexico City. The…
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WBA Academy to hold 2nd seminar Saturday

In light of the success of the first Judges and Referees seminar conducted by the World Boxing Association (WBA) through the WBA Academy two weeks ago, which reached maximum capacity very quickly, the WBA decided to open a new seminar to give an opportunity to those who could not register in the first edition. It will also have simultaneous translation for English speakers.

This new seminar will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Colombia, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST and 8:00 pm in the UK; and it will be online just like the first one. Registration is open through www.wbaboxingacademy.com. The seminar is called “How to score a round and refereeing procedure” and will be dictated by experts such as Gustavo Padilla, Luis Pabón, Raúl Cáiz Jr., Octavio Rodríguez and Roberto Torres, all of whom have extensive international experience. Continue reading “WBA Academy to hold 2nd seminar Saturday”

In light of the success of the first Judges and Referees seminar conducted by the World Boxing Association (WBA) through the WBA Academy two weeks ago, which reached maximum capacity…
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A Glorious Era

By Mauricio Sulaimán
President of the WBC – Son of José Sulaimán

All of us who are passionate about sports enjoy remembering and entering in discussions with friends about sports’ glory moments, those memorable endings of some game, the great stories that lead to debate between what has been most dramatic ending or the greatest performance or who has been the best.

We love making lists of the best and the most memorable. We are fascinated by comparing legends from different eras, debate what would have happened if X faced Y … if Pelé is the best of all time, comparing him with Maradona, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. If Muhammad Ali is the greatest boxer ever, what would have been the result if he had faced Mike Tyson? Or if Tom Brady is the best QB of all time, then those from the Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana era quickly jump into the conversation.

Last Friday I had the opportunity to get myself into a time capsule. My brother Héctor asked me for a list of fights that I could recommend to watch during these #stayhome days. Continue reading “A Glorious Era”

By Mauricio Sulaimán President of the WBC – Son of José Sulaimán All of us who are passionate about sports enjoy remembering and entering in discussions with friends about sports’…
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Japan’s “Boxing Day”

By Joe Koizumi

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Today, May 19, is the Boxing Day in Japan. We make it a rule to celebrate and remember the birth of our first world champion in Yoshio Shirai who brilliantly dethroned Hawaii’s Dado Marino to become the new world flyweight champion at the Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo on May 19, 1952. Shirai successfully retained his undisputed belt on four occasions to his credit before he forfeited it to Argentine Pascual Perez via fifteen-round decision in 1954.

He became a popular television commentator, and later honorably presided Shirai Gushiken Boxing Gym. Shirai passed away at the age of eighty in December 2003. We still greatly respect Shirai’s very first achievement that paved the way for the younger aspirants to follow his footstep.

By Joe Koizumi Today, May 19, is the Boxing Day in Japan. We make it a rule to celebrate and remember the birth of our first world champion in Yoshio…
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