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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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Japan sets guidelines to resume shows from July

By Joe Koizumi

The liaison conference of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association, the union of 282 club owners) set up the necessary guidelines on Friday to prepare to resume boxing shows from July. All the shows scheduled through June had been completely canceled due to the still growing coronavirus outbreak here.

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The Japanese government, on April 7, declared a state of emergency until May 6 at first and then extended it through May. But it was lifted last Thursday (May 14) as for 39 prefectures, while eight Metropolis/prefectures such as Tokyo, Osaka and six others should still stay under the coronavirus state of emergency that temporarily restrains our freedom to move around anywhere at any time for safety and sanitation. The closure of sports training facilities, including boxing gyms, still prevails nationwide for fear of any COVID-19 infection. Continue reading “Japan sets guidelines to resume shows from July”

By Joe Koizumi The liaison conference of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association, the union of 282 club owners) set up the necessary guidelines…
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Mike Tyson: I feel unstoppable now

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has hinted that he may be participating in exhibition bouts after reported offers of $1 million from Australian promoter Brian Amatruda and $20 million from the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

“It may not be over yet. Anything’s possible,” Tyson said on a #PlayApartTogether live stream on Facebook. “I feel unstoppable now. I feel like I’m in that streak (during his prime) again. The gods of war have reawakened me, ignited my ego and want me to go to war again. Continue reading “Mike Tyson: I feel unstoppable now”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has hinted that he may be participating in exhibition bouts after reported offers of $1 million from…
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Boxing can use UFC as a blueprint

By Karl Freitag

On Saturday night at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, UFC staged a successful pay-per-view show. This was the first major combat sports event in the United States since March. The show took place with no fans in attendance and all fighters, officials, production crew, and anyone else involved had to pass multiple temperature checks, an antibody test, and a nasal-swab test. UFC has shows scheduled for May 13 and May 16 at the same venue.

Florida has been open to hosting boxing events as long as there are no spectators in attendance, which unfortunately sidelines the state’s vibrant club show circuit. But major promoters with TV dates have so far been gun-shy about coming to the Sunshine State.

With UFC’s blueprint, we hope the pugilistic lockdown will end soon as the world’s fight fans suffer through another weekend without boxing.

By Karl Freitag On Saturday night at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, UFC staged a successful pay-per-view show. This was the first major combat sports event in…
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Andy Ruiz joins Team Canelo

Former WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz officially joined Team Canelo to be trained by Eddy and Chepo Reynoso. Eddy himself published a video on @CaneloTeam Instagram account to welcome Ruiz, who faces a new stage in his career and intends to become world champion again, now with a different training team and in a new setting.

Ruiz was rumored to be joining Canelo’s team months ago. In fact, a few weeks ago, the fighter told WBA president Gilberto Jesús Mendoza through an Instagram Live that there were advanced talks. Continue reading “Andy Ruiz joins Team Canelo”

Former WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz officially joined Team Canelo to be trained by Eddy and Chepo Reynoso. Eddy himself published a video on @CaneloTeam Instagram account to…
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Maidana: Mayweather a dirty fighter, I have his tooth

By Hesiquio Balderas

Marcos “Chino” Maidana is planning his comeback fight and is one of the fighters that is keeping himself in the public eye during this pandemic. Maidana recently did an Instagram live with WBA president Gilberto J. Mendoza and during the conversation, Marcos touched on different subjects including the Mayweather fights.

“I was nervous when I fought Floyd,” said Maidana. “I really couldn’t believe I was fighting him, but when the bell sounded all the nerves went away. I was able to focus and fight my fight and it was a good fight.” Their first fight took place on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas. Continue reading “Maidana: Mayweather a dirty fighter, I have his tooth”

By Hesiquio Balderas Marcos “Chino” Maidana is planning his comeback fight and is one of the fighters that is keeping himself in the public eye during this pandemic. Maidana recently…
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Card is a go in Santo Domingo on May 30

By Robert Coster

Boxing is coming back in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – as previously announced – on May 30th. The no-public, closed-door event promoted by Shuan Boxing, will have two WBA Fedelatin titles at stake. WBA #7, WBC #14, super flyweight Nolberto”Meneito” Jimenez ( 29-9-5, 16 KOs), will defend his belt against countryman Eliezer Aquino (21-4-1, 14 KOs).

Both men have already faced each other in a shoot-out in 2013 that ended in a technical draw in 5 rounds. This rematch between unorthodox stylist Jimenez and slugger Aquino should be a dandy as there is no love lost between the two boxers. Continue reading “Card is a go in Santo Domingo on May 30”

By Robert Coster Boxing is coming back in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – as previously announced – on May 30th. The no-public, closed-door event promoted by Shuan Boxing, will have…
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Pulev: Joshua can’t face Fury

It doesn’t sound like IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev plans to step aside to allow a showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight title.

“He can’t face Fury because he has signed a contract to fight me,” the 39-year-old Pulev told Sky Sports. “Besides, in this same contract there are clauses featuring some serious compensations (if the fight doesn’t happen). In the meantime, Fury has a contract for a third fight with Deontay Wilder. Neither me, nor Wilder will give up on these fights.”

It doesn’t sound like IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev plans to step aside to allow a showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight title. “He can’t…
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Joshua vs. Fury next?

Could a showdown for the undisputed heavyweight championship between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury be in the works? “There is keenness from our side and Fury’s side to go straight into it,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports, “but we are both under contract for different fights. No negotiations have taken place. Negotiations can’t take place until we know if Wilder will step aside and if Pulev will step aside…

“As it stands now Joshua’s next fight is Pulev and Fury’s next fight is Wilder. Could a deal be struck for them to step aside? Absolutely. Would we be willing to entertain it? Absolutely. Right now the focus is on the contracts we have signed, and the winners to fight in spring 2021.”

Could a showdown for the undisputed heavyweight championship between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury be in the works? “There is keenness from our side and Fury’s side to go straight…
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Less activity in 1918 -1919 due to WWI, pandemic

By Joe Koizumi

Boxing has almost disappeared all over the world. Reviewing the numbers of previous world title bouts in respective calendar years, this observer saw the least active years in 1918 through 1919 caused by World War I (which broke out in July 1914 and came to an end in November 1918) and the pandemic called “Spanish Flu” (lasting from January 1918 to December 1920; actually no relation to Spain). The H1N1 pandemic had some 500 million people infected, approximately a quarter of the world population at that time, with some 50 million deaths worldwide and about 675,000 passing in the US. Even in Japan of the Far East, we pitifully had 23 million infected through the first and second waves of the pandemic.

The New York Times, on October 13, 1918 (Section E, Page 7), described the influenza pandemic, “Boxing in the East is now at a standstill, because of the epidemic of Spanish influenza. Promoters in Philadelphia, Boston and New Jersey, in compliance with requests issued by their different Health Departments, have agreed to close up shop. How long the sport will be idle remains to be seen, but it is positive that no matches of any importance will be undertaken while the epidemic continues.”

A similar disastrous situation as today happened some one hundred years ago. Continue reading “Less activity in 1918 -1919 due to WWI, pandemic”

By Joe Koizumi Boxing has almost disappeared all over the world. Reviewing the numbers of previous world title bouts in respective calendar years, this observer saw the least active years…
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Spence: I should’ve lost my life that night

In one of the first interviews since his violent car accident from October 2019, unified WBC/IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. talks about the accident, his life in quarantine, his impending return to the ring and his ideal future opponents on Showtime’s “All the Smoke” show.

On training in quarantine…

“This pandemic really been helping me out a lot. Basically recovery, taking my time and getting back. I’m already back, I’m 100%…No restrictions in my training except sparring. I can’t spar yet because I got my teeth knocked out and they put three posts in my mouth. Once they heal, I get my permanent teeth and then I’ll be able to spar.” Continue reading “Spence: I should’ve lost my life that night”

In one of the first interviews since his violent car accident from October 2019, unified WBC/IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. talks about the accident, his life in quarantine, his…
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Boxing Returns!! Results from Nicaragua

Yes! The first live boxing card in over a month anywhere in the world took place Saturday night at the Polideportivo Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua. Fans were socially distanced in the arena and pretty much everyone except the fighters was required to wear a mask. Chocolatito Gonzalez was among those in attendance.

In the main event of the card presented by Bufalo Boxing Promotions, headed by former two-division world champion Rosendo “Bufalo” Alvarez, super featherweight Robin Zamora (16-7, 8 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision against Ramiro Blanco (18-8-3, 10 KOs). All three judges had it for Zamora with scores respectively 77-75 78-74 77-75. They previously fought last October with Zamora winning by TKO2.

Super lightweight Freddy Fonseca (28-5-1, 19 KOs) was victorious when opponent Alain Aguilar (8-8-2, 1 KO) didn’t answer the bell for round five. Fonseca fought current IBF super featherweight champion Jojo Diaz last year. Continue reading “Boxing Returns!! Results from Nicaragua”

Yes! The first live boxing card in over a month anywhere in the world took place Saturday night at the Polideportivo Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua. Fans were socially distanced in…
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Shuan Boxing plans closed-door event

By Robert Coster

Belgica Pena, CEO of Shuan Boxing Promotions, the top promoter in the Dominican Republic, has announced a televised closed-door event with the tentative date of May 30th. “Our boxers depend on being active to be able to economically sustain themselves and their family,” declared Belgica. “We are going through tragic, terrible times but we want our boxers to count on our support and, in turn, we hope to have the support of our sponsors and TV stations.”

She added that Shuan Promotion “has the full support of the WBA. All boxers and participants (judges, referees) will undergo the necessary tests to participate in the event. The date mentioned (May 30th) is tentative — we will obviously need the OK from the health authorities.”

By Robert Coster Belgica Pena, CEO of Shuan Boxing Promotions, the top promoter in the Dominican Republic, has announced a televised closed-door event with the tentative date of May 30th.…
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Santa Cruz focused on Gervonta fight

Leo Santa Cruz spoke with World Boxing Association (WBA) President, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, on Instagram Live. Mendoza talked to the WBA Featherweight and Super Featherweight Super Champion about many interesting points, including his plan to face Gervonta Davis in his next fight.

“We’re focused on the fight against Gervonta Davis. The negotiation was very advanced, but with this situation it has slowed down. We thought it could be in May or June but now we are waiting for a new date”, said Santa Cruz.

Mendoza announced that the request for the Santa Cruz-Davis fight has already arrived at his office, which means that negotiations are already well underway. About the weight, Leo assured that the information he has is that it will be in 130 pounds but he did not discard to go up to Lightweight if the American could not meet the weight in Super Featherweight. Continue reading “Santa Cruz focused on Gervonta fight”

Leo Santa Cruz spoke with World Boxing Association (WBA) President, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, on Instagram Live. Mendoza talked to the WBA Featherweight and Super Featherweight Super Champion about many interesting…
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Japan extends cancellation again through June

By Joe Koizumi

The hard-working liaison conference of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association, the union of 282 club owners including newly licensed) has decided today (Wednesday) that all shows scheduled through June will be completely canceled due to the still growing coronavirus outbreak here. The conference previously called off all cards through May, but again extended the cancellation for another month through June.

The Japanese government, on April 7, declared a state of emergency until May 6 and recommended the closure of sports training facilities, including boxing gyms. A couple of professional boxers in Aichi Prefecture, however, were found virus-infected yesterday, and the JPBA today asked all the gyms nationwide to take more care of the prevention against the outbreak. The cumulative number of coronavirus infection exceeded 10,000 here in Japan on Saturday, having doubled in just nine days from April 9. The deaths therefrom now topped 280 today. Continue reading “Japan extends cancellation again through June”

By Joe Koizumi The hard-working liaison conference of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association, the union of 282 club owners including newly licensed) has…
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Live boxing card in Nicaragua Saturday

Finally! Bufalo Boxing Promotions, headed by former two-division world champion Rosendo “Bufalo” Alvarez, has announced a live boxing card scheduled for Saturday at the Alexis Arguello Sports Center in Managua, Nicaragua. The main event will feature super featherweight Robin Zamora (15-7, 8 KOs) against Ramiro Blanco (18-7-3, 10 KOs). They previously fought last October with Zamora winning by TKO2. ESPN Knockout will televise the card, but only in Latin America.

Safety measures will be in place as recommended by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health. Fans will have to have their temperatures taken before entering the arena to make sure they don’t have a fever and they must clean their hands and the soles of their shoes with alcohol. They also must remain one meter apart. Cornermen must wear masks and latex gloves. Boxers will also wear masks when not fighting.

Finally! Bufalo Boxing Promotions, headed by former two-division world champion Rosendo “Bufalo” Alvarez, has announced a live boxing card scheduled for Saturday at the Alexis Arguello Sports Center in Managua,…
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WBA discusses boxing activity behind closed doors

The World Boxing Association (WBA) held a special directorate meeting in order to discuss several points of interest for the organization, including the possibility of returning to boxing activity, even if it’s behind closed doors.

Headed by its president, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, the members of the directorate met virtually to evaluate different aspects and mechanisms to activate boxing in the shortest time possible and in compliance with international standards and necessary precautions in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the different proposals evaluated to carry out the activity, several closed-door tournaments were planned, details will be announced in a few days. Continue reading “WBA discusses boxing activity behind closed doors”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) held a special directorate meeting in order to discuss several points of interest for the organization, including the possibility of returning to boxing activity, even…
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Devin Haney: I will never lose to a white boy

WBC lightweight champion in recess Devin Haney commented on a possible fight with WBA, WBO and WBC franchise lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko during an interview with 78SPORTSTV.

“I will never lose to a white boy in my life,” proclaimed Haney. “I don’t care what nobody else says. Can’t no white boy beat me any day of the week. Fight a white boy ten times and I’m gonna beat him ten times.”

WBC lightweight champion in recess Devin Haney commented on a possible fight with WBA, WBO and WBC franchise lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko during an interview with 78SPORTSTV. “I will never…
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Famed boxing ref Eddie Cotton dies of COVID-19

By David Finger

Fightnews.com® is sad to report the passing of one of boxing’s most esteemed referees: Eddie Cotton of New Jersey. Cotton died on the morning of April 17th of COVID-19 after having been hospitalized for over a week. Cotton was highly regarded in the boxing community having refereed hundreds of high profile fights since the early 1990s. He is remembered as the third man in the ring for the infamous Riddick Bowe-Andrew Golata rematch in December of 1996, the final fight of George Foreman in November of 1997 (when Foreman lost a controversial decision to Shannon Briggs), the Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson fight in June of 2002, as well as world title fights involving Wladimir Klitschko, Gennady Golovkin, and Bernard Hopkins among others. Continue reading “Famed boxing ref Eddie Cotton dies of COVID-19”

By David Finger Fightnews.com® is sad to report the passing of one of boxing’s most esteemed referees: Eddie Cotton of New Jersey. Cotton died on the morning of April 17th…
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Ruiz: I’d like to go with Team Canelo

Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association (WBA), conducted an interview with former heavyweight champion and boxing star Andy Ruiz. Nearly 1,000 people logged in through the president’s Instagram Live, @GilberticoWBA, to watch the interview with “The Destroyer” who, among other things, noted that he wants to join Chepo and Eddy Reynoso’s team.

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As it is well known, Ruiz is looking for a new trainer to face this new phase of his career and he assured that there have been approaches so that Canelo’s trainers can be in his corner.

“We’re talking to the Reynoso team and I think it’d be good for me. Right now, there is no contract signed but I’d like to go with Team Canelo,” said the American native with Mexican roots. Continue reading “Ruiz: I’d like to go with Team Canelo”

Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association (WBA), conducted an interview with former heavyweight champion and boxing star Andy Ruiz. Nearly 1,000 people logged in through the president’s…
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Florida to allow boxing and UFC events?

The State of Florida has added some new “essential services” to the businesses allowed to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown that could bring live professional boxing, UFC and other sports back to the Sunshine State sooner than expected.

A memo from the Florida Division of Emergency Management announced the approval of employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience – including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production – only if the location is closed to the general public.

WWE is reportedly already planning live shows in the state.

The State of Florida has added some new “essential services” to the businesses allowed to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown that could bring live professional boxing, UFC and other sports…
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Lomachenko: Teofimo holds my belt

Unified lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is riding out the COVID-19 pandemic in his native Ukraine, but the three-weight kingpin is chomping at the bit to get his hands on the division’s leading names, including IBF world champion Teofimo Lopez, WBC world champion Devin Haney and Gervonta “Tank” Davis.

Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) has not fought since last August’s unanimous decision victory over Luke Campbell in London. He has sat back and taken notice of Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs), the Brooklyn-born prodigy who has been outspoken in his desire to fight the pound-for-pound Picasso.

This is what Lomachenko had to say in an exclusive interview with Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher… Continue reading “Lomachenko: Teofimo holds my belt”

Unified lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is riding out the COVID-19 pandemic in his native Ukraine, but the three-weight kingpin is chomping at the bit to get his hands on…
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Japan extends cancellation through May

By Joe Koizumi

The JBC/JPBA liaison conference announced today (Monday) another extension of its all-cancel policy until the end of May in Tokyo, Japan. Previously the conference had decided to cancel all cards until the middle of May, but it will be continued for another fifteen days. It is said that our government will proclaim a state of emergency as for some major prefectures due to the coronavirus pandemic tomorrow.

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By Joe Koizumi The JBC/JPBA liaison conference announced today (Monday) another extension of its all-cancel policy until the end of May in Tokyo, Japan. Previously the conference had decided to…
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Billy Joe Saunders suspended for disturbing video

Canelo Alvarez’ unannounced next opponent WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has been suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control for posting a demonstration video on social media on the topic of how to hit a woman on the chin if she’s “giving you mouth” during the coronavirus quarantine.

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The British Boxing Board of Control having considered comments made by Billy Joe Saunders on social media have suspended his boxer’s licence pending a hearing under the Board’s misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.

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Saunders has since apologized saying the video was a joke.

This isn’t the first time Saunders has gotten in trouble for his social media videos. He previously posted a video of himself offering a female drug addict on the street “£150 of crack” in exchange for performing a sex act on his friend and assaulting a stranger for being a “pedophile.” After the woman punched a passer-by, Saunders drove away in his Rolls Royce laughing.

Canelo Alvarez’ unannounced next opponent WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has been suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control for posting a demonstration video on social media…
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