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Ortiz KOs Solomon to retain WBA gold title

WBA Gold welterweight champion Vergil Ortiz Jr.(15-0, 15 KOs) overpowered Brad “King” Solomon (28-2, 9 KOs) and stopped him in round five on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Ortiz dropped Solomon with a hard jab in round four. Ortiz battered Solomon to a knee in round five then put him on the deck again to end it. Time was 2:22.

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“I have to give him [Solomon] some credit,” said Ortiz. “He’s difficult to figure out and made me use my brain. I tried to take my time, and not rush things. I had to utilize my jab, figure out the right time to throw a punch. I think I tripped with him with my foot, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He came to fight. Continue reading “Ortiz KOs Solomon to retain WBA gold title”

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WBA Gold welterweight champion Vergil Ortiz Jr.(15-0, 15 KOs) overpowered Brad “King” Solomon (28-2, 9 KOs) and stopped him in round five on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino…
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Mendy KOs Parra for WBA lightweight gold title

Lightweight Yvan Mendy (44-5-1, 22 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Jaider Parra (33-3-1, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Gold lightweight title on Friday night at the Palais des sports Marcel Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, France. A Mendy straight right hand put Parra down for the count in round six.

Lightweight Yvan Mendy (44-5-1, 22 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Jaider Parra (33-3-1, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Gold lightweight title on Friday night at the…
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Chudinov tops N’Dam for WBA supermiddle gold title

In a clash between former world champions, Fedor Chudinov (22-2, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Hassan N’Dam (37-5, 21 KOs) to claim the WBA gold super middleweight title on Friday night in Vladikavkaz, Russia. Chudinov pressed the action all the way to post a near shutout 120-108, 120-108, 119-109 verdict.

In a clash between former world champions, Fedor Chudinov (22-2, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Hassan N’Dam (37-5, 21 KOs) to claim the WBA gold…
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Haney named “champion in recess” after surgery

WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney has undergone surgery on his right shoulder and will be out of action for some time. As a result, the WBC Board of Governors have designated Haney as “champion in recess.” and ordered Haney’s mandatory challenger Javier Fortuna to face Luke Campbell for the vacant belt. If an agreement is not reached, a purse bid will be held on January 3.

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WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney has undergone surgery on his right shoulder and will be out of action for some time. As a result, the WBC Board of Governors have…
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World title tripleheader Jan 30 in Miami

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title against WBO #2 rated Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) on Thursday, January 30 to kick-off Super Weekend in Miami. The card takes place at the brand new Meridian at Island Gardens, a 65,000-square-foot entertainment site on Watson Island, and will air live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK.

Also featured IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KOs) defending his title against JoJo Diaz (30-1, 15 KOs) and unified WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10 KOs) defending his titles against Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6 KOs).

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title against WBO #2 rated Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) on Thursday, January 30 to kick-off Super Weekend…
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Joshua facing either Pulev or Usyk next

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been ordered to make mandatory title defenses against both IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev and WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk. The IBF and WBO will hold talks to try to reach a solution. Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs), who has been waiting 14 months since beating Hughie Fury in an IBF eliminator, is expected to get the fight. Formerly undisputed cruiserweight world champion Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) made his heavyweight debut two months ago and may face Derek Chisora next. Eddie Hearn promotes both Joshua and Usyk.

Meanwhile, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has a February 22 rematch with Tyson Fury in Las Vegas that is expected to be officially announced soon.

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been ordered to make mandatory title defenses against both IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev and WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk. The IBF and WBO will hold…
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Aloyan tops Batista for WBA Gold super flyweight title

Two-time Olympian Mikhail Aloyan (5-1, 0 KOs) became the new WBA Gold super flyweight champion defeating Panamanian native Ronal Batista (12-2, 8 KOs) on Tuesday in Kemerovo, Russia. Scores were 119-108, 119-108 and 117-110. Local boxer Aloyan implanted his authority in the first round when he connected with a left that sent the Batista to the canvas. Although Batista recovered, Aloyan continued to dominate thanks to a good workrate and backward movement to avoid the aggressive Batista. The tenth round was another good round for Aloyan, who almost knocked Batista down a couple of times.

Two-time Olympian Mikhail Aloyan (5-1, 0 KOs) became the new WBA Gold super flyweight champion defeating Panamanian native Ronal Batista (12-2, 8 KOs) on Tuesday in Kemerovo, Russia. Scores were…
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WBC reinstates Dillian Whyte

The WBC has lifted its provisional suspension and confirmed its recognition of Dillion Whyte as WBC interim world heavyweight champion. Whyte shall become the mandatory challenger of the division immediately after WBC champion Deontay Wilder’s mandatory defense against current mandatory challenger Tyson Fury, with the mandatory defense against Whyte being due on or about February of 2021. Continue reading “WBC reinstates Dillian Whyte”

The WBC has lifted its provisional suspension and confirmed its recognition of Dillion Whyte as WBC interim world heavyweight champion. Whyte shall become the mandatory challenger of the division immediately…
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Crawford comments on boycott by rivals

The name of unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford is rarely mentioned by the other top welterweights and promoters. Some networks won’t even acknowledge he exists. Why? Crawford is aligned with Top Rank. His chief welterweight rivals are aligned on ‘the other side of the street’ with PBC. Fights between boxers of the two organizations do happen, but only occasionally.

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“Deontay Wilder is about to fight Tyson Fury and you never hear about any ‘sides of the street.'” Crawford said today. “It’s just something people say when it comes to Terence Crawford. Continue reading “Crawford comments on boycott by rivals”

The name of unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford is rarely mentioned by the other top welterweights and promoters. Some networks won’t even acknowledge he exists. Why? Crawford is…
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WBC names Donaire as bantam mandatory

The WBC Board of Governors has voted unanimously to appoint Nonito Donaire as the WBC mandatory contender in the bantamweight division. The free negotiations period has begun for the mandatory title defense of WBC bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali and if no agreement is reached, a purse offer will be conducted on January 3 in Mexico City.

The WBC Board of Governors has voted unanimously to appoint Nonito Donaire as the WBC mandatory contender in the bantamweight division. The free negotiations period has begun for the mandatory…
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AJ: Wilder, Fury, Ortiz, Usyk will call when ready

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WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn talk about what’s in the future now that AJ recaptured his world championships against Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday at the Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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On fighting Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury:

“What can I say? I have been speaking about these guys a long time. You see this time, when I had the opportunity to just focus solely on Andy, my head is in the right place. When Wilder, Fury, Ortiz and Usyk are really ready, they will make the call. Until then, I respect them. I won’t continue to call them out. I am making my own lane and if they want to be a part of that, they will call. Ruiz did it and created a legacy. If those guys want to do it, they can create a legacy too. Look at all I have done, come on. When I call them out and do all of that, I lose focus.” Continue reading “AJ: Wilder, Fury, Ortiz, Usyk will call when ready”

WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn talk about what’s in the future now that AJ recaptured his world championships against Andy Ruiz Jr on…
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Lemieux edges Bursak in knockdown-filled war

In his super middleweight debut, former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (41-4, 34 KOs) barely scraped out a very narrow and exciting ten round split decision over Maksym Bursak (35-6-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Bursak dropped Lemieux in rounds one and five and Lemieux floored Bursak in round six. It was a war of attrition after that with Lemieux winning by scores of 94-93, 94-93 on two cards. Bursak was ahead 94-93 on the third card.

In his super middleweight debut, former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (41-4, 34 KOs) barely scraped out a very narrow and exciting ten round split decision over Maksym Bursak (35-6-2,…
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Ex-champs Peter, Liakhovich get iced in Canada

Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter and former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich were both halted inside the distance in their bouts on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Unbeaten heavyweight Arslanbek Makhmudov (10-0, 10 KOs) scored a first round TKO over 39-year-old Peter (38-9, 31 KOs) in a bout for the NABF title. Makhmudov dropped Peter with a big right hand, then got the stop when he sent “The Nigerian Nightmare” reeling into the corner.

Heavyweight Simon Kean (18-1, 17 KOs) overwhelmed 43-year-old Liakhovich (27-8, 17 KOs) in round ten to claim the vacant WBC international silver title. Kean got a referee’s stoppage when he hurt “The White Wolf” a flurry of punches in the final stanza.

Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter and former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich were both halted inside the distance in their bouts on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in…
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WBC middle champ Charlo hammers Hogan

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Undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) walked through the resistance of Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) and stopped him in round seven on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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After going the distance in his previous two bouts, Charlo vowed to finish Hogan early and he did. Charlo dropped Hogan with an uppercut early in round four, but Hogan gamely survived Charlo’s furious follow-up. Charlo continued to stalk Hogan and in round seven he floored Hogan again with a lead left hook to end it. Time was :28. Continue reading “WBC middle champ Charlo hammers Hogan”

Photos: Sumio Yamada Undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) walked through the resistance of Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) and stopped him in round seven on Saturday…
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WBO 122lb champ Navarrete halts Horta in four

WBO super bantamweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (30-1, 25 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round TKO over Francisco Horta (20-4-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico. Navarrete overpowered Horta and punished him until the referee waved it off at 2:09 of round four. It was the fourth defense for Navarrete in the last seven months.

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“I feel very happy to have been able to defend my title in front of my people. December 8 will be my one-year anniversary as a world champion, and I can’t be happier with everything I achieved this year. It was a very productive 2019,” Navarrete said. Continue reading “WBO 122lb champ Navarrete halts Horta in four”

WBO super bantamweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (30-1, 25 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round TKO over Francisco Horta (20-4-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio GNP Seguros…
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Eubank wins WBA interim belt when Korobov is injured

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Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. (29-2, 22 KOs) claimed the WBA interim middleweight title when Matt Korobov (28-3-1, 14 KOs) dislocated his left shoulder in round two on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The bout ended suddenly when Korobov threw a straight left and his shoulder popped out. He tried to keep going but the arm was useless and he had to quit. Time :34.
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“He just turned around and stopped,” Eubank said after the fight. “I was going to go jump on him. I guess something happened with his shoulder. There’s nothing to take from the fight. I threw like three or four punches. I was just warming up.”

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. (29-2, 22 KOs) claimed the WBA interim middleweight title when Matt Korobov (28-3-1, 14 KOs) dislocated his left shoulder in round two on…
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Iwasa TKOs Tapales for IBF interim 122lb title

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In a bout for the IBF interim junior featherweight title, Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over Marlon Tapales (33-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Iwasa, who formerly held the full version of this belt, was credited with a knockdown in round three, although replays showed came from a head clash (no instant replay used in NY). Iwasa scored a legit knockdown in round eleven with a straight left. Tapales beat the count, but then wobbled and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:09.

At the time of the stoppage, Iwasa led on all three scorecards (97-92, 95-94, 97-92). Continue reading “Iwasa TKOs Tapales for IBF interim 122lb title”

Photos: Sumio Yamada In a bout for the IBF interim junior featherweight title, Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over Marlon Tapales (33-2, 17 KOs) on…
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IBF 115lb champ Ancajas stops Gonzales in six

IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (32-1-2, 22 KOs) TKO’d Miguel “Aguja” González (31-3, 8 KOs) in round six on Saturday night at the Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico.

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Ancajas controlled Gonzales over the first five rounds, then let his hands go in round six to force the stoppage. Time was 1:53. Ancajas has now made eight successful world title defenses in a championship reign that began in September 2016.

Former world title challenger Miguel Marriaga (27-3, 25 KOs) laid out Alfredo “Rambo” Mejia (14-3-3, 5 KOs) in round six with a severe left hook to the liver. Marriaga was struggling with Mejia’s boxing until his KO-artist power ended the fight with one punch. Time was 1:01.

IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (32-1-2, 22 KOs) TKO’d Miguel “Aguja” González (31-3, 8 KOs) in round six on Saturday night at the Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico.…
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Hawton defeats Villalobos in slugfest

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In an all-action rematch for the WBC female interim atomweight championship, Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton (10-2, 5 KOs) scored a very exciting ten round unanimous decision over Lorraine Villalobos (4-3, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Hawton was very aggressive and brought pressure from the opening bell. Villalobos often connected with the left hook and dropped Hawton with that punch at the end of round six. But Bang Bang Lulu dug deep and responded by being even more aggressive for the rest of the fight. Hawton looked to be a clear winner, however the official scoring (95-94 on all three cards) was ridiculously close.

Hawton previously scored a fifth round TKO over Villalobos one year ago in Los Angeles.

In a bout fought at a 163-pound catch weight, Ronald Ellis (17-1-2, 11 KOs) won by majority decision against WBC #11 middleweight Immanuwel Aleem (18-2-2, 11 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 98-92 for Ellis and 95-95.

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Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In an all-action rematch for the WBC female interim atomweight championship, Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton (10-2, 5 KOs) scored a very exciting ten round unanimous decision…
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Andy Ruiz: I didn’t prepare how I should have

Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz commented on what went wrong in his world title loss to Anthony on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia.

“It was his night and I think I think I didn’t prepare how I should have,” Ruiz said after the fight. “I gained too much weight, but I don’t want to give no excuses. He wanted to box me around, but if we do the third fight you best believe I’m going to get in the f–king best shape and be in the best shape of my life…[the weight] kinda affected me a lot. I thought I was gonna feel stronger, I thought I was gonna be better, but I think next fight I’m going to get more prepared. I’m going to work with my team a little bit more. I tried to train myself for my last preparation. Like I said, I don’t wanna give no excuse. Anthony Joshua did a helluva a job.

“I think I was chasing him too much instead of cutting the ring. I was hesitating too much. My arms felt like I couldn’t throw my combinations. But you know what? I know next time I’m going to do a lot better. Who wants to see the third trilogy fight right here in Saudi Arabia, baby?”

Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz commented on what went wrong in his world title loss to Anthony on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia. “It was his night and I think…
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Joshua avenges loss to Ruiz, regains WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles

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Superbly conditioned Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) regained the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles by outboxing 283-pound Andy Ruiz Jr (33-2, 22 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
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Joshua set the tone and easily won in round one, cutting Ruiz over the left eye with a sharp right hand. Joshua was cut over the left eye in round two, but landed the better shots. Joshua successfully kept Ruiz at bay from the outside as the rounds progressed. Ruiz connected with a few shots here and there, but Joshua did more and put round after round in the bank. Ruiz was able to rough up Joshua in round eight. Round nine was close. Joshua got back to boxing the rest of the way. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 119-109.

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Photos: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing, Dave Thompson/Matchroom and Ian Walton/Matchroom Superbly conditioned Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) regained the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles by outboxing 283-pound Andy Ruiz Jr…
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Manfredo wins after “terrible” stoppage

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In a hastily made fight, comebacking light heavyweight Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. (42-7-2, 23 KOs) scored a bizarre and unsatisfying fourth round TKO over Milton Nunez (37-23-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday night inside Foxwoods Resort Casino’s historic Fox Theater in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
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The bout was abruptly and inexplicably halted by Nunez’ corner much to the surprise of both Nunez and Manfredo. Time was 1:39. It was a competitive fight up to that point with Manfredo rebounding after being rocked and arguably knocked down in round one. Manfredo called the stoppage “terrible.”

The 38-year-old former “Contender: Season One” star and two-time world title challenger Manfredo returned from a three-and-a-half-year retirement with a 79 second KO just two weeks ago. Continue reading “Manfredo wins after “terrible” stoppage”

Photos: Emily Harney In a hastily made fight, comebacking light heavyweight Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. (42-7-2, 23 KOs) scored a bizarre and unsatisfying fourth round TKO over…
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Povetkin-Hunter draw; Whyte, Hrgovic win

Former WBA heavyweight champion and WBA #6, WBC #6, IBF #10 Alexander “Sascha” Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) and WBA #7, IBF #7, WBO #8, WBC #14 Michael “The Bounty” Hunter (18-1, 12 KOs) duelled to a hard-fought twelve round draw in an eliminator for the WBA world title on Saturday night at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Hunter, the son of former heavyweight contender of the 90s Mike “The Bounty” Hunter, tried to bum rush Povetkinin in round one. The 40-year-old withstood the attack and rocked Hunter in round five. Hunter hurt Povetkin in round eleven but Povetkin took round twelve. Scores were 115-113 Povetkin, 115-113 Hunter, 114-114.

Newly vindicated WBC #1 heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over 39-year-old former world title challenger Mariusz Wach (35-6, 19 KOs). Whyte never got untracked against the 6’7½ Wach, who put up a very good fight. Scores were 98-93, 97-93, 97-93. Whyte was suspended by the WBC after being flagged by UKAD for banned substances in his system six months ago. The test result was voided due to suspected contamination.

WBA #9, IBF #9, WBC #11 heavyweight Filip Hrgovic (10-0, 8 KOs) manhandled and stopped 37-year-old two-time former world title challenger Eric Molina (27-6, 19 KOs). 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Hrgovic floored Molina in round two with a body shot and put him down for the count with a right to the head in round three. Time was 2:03. Continue reading “Povetkin-Hunter draw; Whyte, Hrgovic win”

Former WBA heavyweight champion and WBA #6, WBC #6, IBF #10 Alexander “Sascha” Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) and WBA #7, IBF #7, WBO #8, WBC #14 Michael “The Bounty” Hunter…
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Dillion Whyte cleared of doping charges

Heavyweight Dillion Whyte has been cleared by UK Anti-Doping and the doping charges that led to his suspension by the WBC have been withdrawn. The testing organization ruled that trace amounts of metabolites found in Whyte’s sample in June 2019 are consistent with an isolated contamination event and are not suggestive of doping.

UKAD/Dillion Whyte Joint Statement

UK Anti-Doping and the professional boxer, Dillian Whyte, can today jointly confirm that Mr Whyte was charged with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) earlier this year, but that this charge has now been withdrawn.

The charge was brought after a sample provided by Mr Whyte on 20 June 2019 indicated the presence of two metabolites of a steroid. UKAD initiated an investigation with which Mr Whyte cooperated fully. UKAD has accepted the explanation provided by Mr Whyte and, in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules, the charge against Mr Whyte has been withdrawn. Continue reading “Dillion Whyte cleared of doping charges”

Heavyweight Dillion Whyte has been cleared by UK Anti-Doping and the doping charges that led to his suspension by the WBC have been withdrawn. The testing organization ruled that trace…
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