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WBSS: Briedis-Dorticos date in jeopardy

Today, Thursday, the World Boxing Super Series has learned, as a consequence of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the Government of Latvia has decided that all public events, meetings, processions and pickets with more than 200 participants are banned as of March 13 till April 14, 2020.

We are assessing the consequences for the WBSS Cruiserweight final, scheduled for March 21 in Riga, with local authorities and the lighters teams. We will make a further statement in the coming days.

COMOSA AG, WBSS organiser

Today, Thursday, the World Boxing Super Series has learned, as a consequence of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the Government of Latvia has decided that all public events, meetings, processions…
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No spectators at Stevenson, Conlan cards

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure the health and safety of boxing fans and the fight participants, Top Rank announced today that the March 14 and March 17 events at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden will proceed without spectators. The only individuals granted access to the events will be essential production and support staff, in addition to fighters and necessary team members, and credentialed media. Both events will still be shown live on their respective ESPN platforms.

As for future events, Top Rank is consulting with its venue partners and will make a determination in due course. Full refunds for tickets purchased for the March 14 and March 17 events will be available at the point of purchase.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure the health and safety of boxing fans and the fight participants, Top Rank announced today that the March 14 and March 17…
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Oregon boxing card cancelled

Oregon Governor Kate Brown put into effect a ban on large public gatherings, which unfortunately includes an April 4 boxing card at the Clackamas Armory in Portland. Both GBU/IBF welterweight champion Layla “Amazing” McCarter and challenger Yamila “La Maquinita” Reynoso are prepared to postpone their rematch and keep the bout intact. Additionally, tickets purchased for the April 4th card will be honored when the rematch takes place.  Promoter 2Pound Sports and Entertainment is looking to book a brand new date as soon as possible.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown put into effect a ban on large public gatherings, which unfortunately includes an April 4 boxing card at the Clackamas Armory in Portland. Both GBU/IBF welterweight…
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Horn-Tszyu clash in Townsville on April 22

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will clash with IBF #6, WBO #9 light middleweight Tim Tszyu on April 22 at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, Queensland. The location was announced today. The stadium holds 25,000. IBF#13 middleweight Horn is confident of defeating Tszyu, who has been made the slight betting favorite by bookmakers.

Tim Tszyu: “I’m a warrior. We’re boxers, we have to be ready for a war. You have got to give everything. You’ve got to be ready to die in the ring. I don’t want to give predictions, but I’m coming to fight, I’m coming to win.”

Jeff Horn: “He’ll be fighting out of his skin and so will I, so it’s going to be a cracking fight. I’ve got the experience in there to take away Tim’s tools and to get this victory. I don’t know how that’s going to happen, whether it’s going to be a stoppage or not. We’re always looking for a knockout, but a points victory is a victory.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will clash with IBF #6, WBO #9 light middleweight Tim Tszyu on April 22 at the Queensland…
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Butler-Reyes fight cancelled

Tonight’s scheduled clash at the Casino de Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, between former middleweight world title challenger Steven Butler (28-2-1, 24 KOs) and Marcos Reyes (37-8, 28 KOs) has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The WBA #14 Butler was returning from his defeat against WBA champion Ryota Murata last December.

The plug was pulled by public health officials after the fighters had weighed in. Promoter Camille Estephan asked to stage the fights without an audience, but that request was denied. Scheduled fight cards slated for March 14 and March 21 at the same venue were also called off. The casino, however, will remain open for business.

Tonight’s scheduled clash at the Casino de Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, between former middleweight world title challenger Steven Butler (28-2-1, 24 KOs) and Marcos Reyes (37-8, 28 KOs) has…
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Usyk-Chisora set for May 23 in London

Pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) will face Derek Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) in a heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on May 23, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.

“As a cruiserweight, I reached the highest heights as undisputed champion and now I am following the same path as a heavyweight,” said Usyk. “I expect a real test in Chisora – he is strong, tough and resilient. I recall being an amateur and watching his fight with Vitali Klitschko. It seemed so big and far away. Now I am myself taking a fight against Chisora. I am working hard in my training camp to show a spectacular performance on May 23rd.”

“WAR is coming,” said Chisora. “Usyk reckons he can step up and survive with the big boys. He may be the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world but on May 23rd he will find out what it feels like to be hit by a real heavyweight. He is coming to my backyard, I’m going to remind him exactly why he hid in the cruiserweight division and also get revenge for my boy, Tony Bellew. This will be WAR.”

Pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) will face Derek Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) in a heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on May 23, live on Sky Sports…
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Claressa Shields returns May 9

Undefeated three-division world champion Claressa Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) will attempt to become the first boxer in the four-belt era to become an undisputed world champion in two weight divisions when she faces unbeaten IBF super welterweight champion Marie-Eve Dicaire (17-0, 0 KOs) in a 154-pound unification bout on May 9, live on Showtime from the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan.

The winner will walk away with Shields’ WBC and WBO titles, Dicaire’s IBF belt, and the WBA (super) crown. This is the first time in its 99-year history that the WBA has awarded a super champion belt to a female boxer.

Undefeated three-division world champion Claressa Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) will attempt to become the first boxer in the four-belt era to become an undisputed world champion in two weight divisions…
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Kambosos: I will KO Selby

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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #2 lightweight George Kambosos (18-0, 10 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com® about his upcoming IBF elimination bout with former IBF super featherweight champion Lee Selby (28-2, 9 KOs) on May 9 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

“I am in camp in Miami,” Kambosos said. “Straight after the Mickey Bey fight, the IBF made Lee Selby and me the IBF eliminator. I was super excited. Straight away I said yes – we are in. We jumped at that fight. Pretty much 3 or 4 days after the Mickey Bey fight.

“I am super fit and have done a little bit of sparring back in Australia. I’ll be sparring in Miami with WBO #2 Emanuel Tagoe, the South African Chris Van Heerden, and also several other world class boxers. We have a fantastic world class camp here and that’s something Selby doesn’t have. Continue reading “Kambosos: I will KO Selby”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF #2 lightweight George Kambosos (18-0, 10 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com® about his upcoming IBF elimination bout with former IBF super featherweight champion…
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Benavidez to defend WBC belt April 18 on Showtime

Undefeated WBC super middleweight world champion Davíd “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) will defend his title on April 18 in his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz. against former world title challenger Roamer Alexis Angulo (26-1, 22 KOs) live on Showtime from Arizona Federal Theatre.

The telecast features rising lightweight prospect Michel Rivera (18-0, 12 KOs) taking on Marcos Villasana Jr (25-6, 14 KOs), the son of former featherweight champion Marcos Villasana, in a WBC lightweight title eliminator in the co-main event. Interim WBA super lightweight titlist Alberto Puello (17-0, 9 KOs) faces two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy (27-1-1, 14 KOs) in the televised opener.

Undefeated WBC super middleweight world champion Davíd “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) will defend his title on April 18 in his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz. against former world…
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Kirkland comeback ramps up this week

After two under-the-radar tune-up fights, middleweight fan favorite James “The Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (34-2, 30 KOs) emerges from the shadows against “Madman” Marcos Hernandez (14-3-1, 3 KOs) in a 10-rounder that headlines on FS1 Saturday night from MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Kirkland was last seen on TV against Canelo Alvarez back in 2015.

Hernandez has lost two of his last three, but he does have a draw with current WBA/IBF super welterweight champion Jeison Rosario on his ledger. He says he plans to take the Mandingo Warrior to school and outbox him.

After two under-the-radar tune-up fights, middleweight fan favorite James “The Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (34-2, 30 KOs) emerges from the shadows against “Madman” Marcos Hernandez (14-3-1, 3 KOs) in a 10-rounder…
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Helenius stops Kownacki in huge upset

WBA #7 heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten IBF #3, WBO #3, WBA #4, WBC #6 Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) in a WBA title eliminator on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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An all-out slugfest erupted with both fighters taking punishment in round two. Kownacki did more in round three although Helenius had some moments near the end of the round. In round four, Helenius dropped Kownacki with a short right hand (ruled a slip). Helenius then pounced on the reeling Kownacki and dropped him with a barrage of punches. Kownacki beat the count, but Helenius finished him with a vicious follow-up assault, prompting a referee’s stoppage at 1:08.

Kownacki was a 40:1 favorite entering the bout. Helenius backers will get a nice 20:1 payout at some sportsbooks. Continue reading “Helenius stops Kownacki in huge upset”

WBA #7 heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten IBF #3, WBO #3, WBA #4, WBC #6 Adam “Babyface”…
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Carroll dominates and stops ex-champ Quigg

Super featherweight contender Jono Carroll (18-1-1, 4 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over former WBA super bantamweight ruler Scott Quigg (35-3-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

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The heavily bearded Carroll was too fast and strong for the smaller Quigg, who made five defenses of the WBA 122lb crown. The one-sided beatdown ended when Quigg’s corner threw in the title with their man taking shots in round eleven. Time was 2:14. Quigg entered as a -175 favorite.

Super featherweight contender Jono Carroll (18-1-1, 4 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over former WBA super bantamweight ruler Scott Quigg (35-3-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at Manchester Arena…
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#2 Parker stops #1 Murdoch in eleven

In a clash between the WBO’s top two contenders at super-middleweight, #2 rated Zach Parker (19-0, 13 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over #1 Rohan Murdoch (24-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

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A close fight ended when Parker dropped Murdoch in round eleven. Murdoch beat the count and was ready to resume, but referee Phil Edwards quickly waved it off. Time was 2:58. The bout was not a world title eliminator, but Parker did claim the WBO Intercontinental title.

In a clash between the WBO’s top two contenders at super-middleweight, #2 rated Zach Parker (19-0, 13 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over #1 Rohan Murdoch (24-1, 17 KOs)…
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Linares vows to be champion again in 2020

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After four years away, three-division world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares returned to Venezuela to spend time with his people and hold a press conference. Linares talked about his current boxing status and for his goals for this 2020, in which the main objective is becoming world champion in the lightweight division to regain his elite fighter status.

“I promised Gilberto Jesús Mendoza (WBA President) that no matter how, this year I’ll become champion one more time. Not only for the WBA, but also for my country and my family,” he stated in an interview that was streamed through the World Boxing Association youtube channel.

Continue reading “Linares vows to be champion again in 2020”

After four years away, three-division world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares returned to Venezuela to spend time with his people and hold a press conference. Linares talked about…
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Canelo comments on fight rumors

Some media are reporting that according to “sources” multi-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has agreed to terms to fight WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders on May 2 at the T-Mobile in Las Vegas.

In response, Canelo took to social media to say…

“The day that it’s official, the first to announce it will be me. Don’t let yourself be carried away by ‘sources.’ Greetings to all.”

Some media are reporting that according to “sources” multi-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has agreed to terms to fight WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders on May 2…
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All shows in Japan up to April 15 cancelled, postponed

WBO 112lb title bout of Nakatani-Magramo put off too

By Joe Koizumi

All shows scheduled in Japan up to April 15 will be cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak here. The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and the Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA) thus made a new decision on Thursday. They previously announced the cancellations and/or postponements of all cards in March, but now extend the non-boxing period for fifteen days more.

Accordingly, the WBO flyweight title bout for the vacant championship between Japanese prospect Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15 KOs) and Filipino Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20 KOs) slated at the Korakuen Hall on April 4 will be also put off until the date to be announced later. The JBC and the JPBA will have another meeting on March 13 to discuss and decide their policy on the shows from April 16 on depending on the general outcome and situation of virus prevention.

WBO 112lb title bout of Nakatani-Magramo put off too By Joe Koizumi All shows scheduled in Japan up to April 15 will be cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus…
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Joshua-Pulev set for June 20

After long tedious negotiations, it was announced that unified WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) will defend against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) at the new 70,000-seat Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on June 20. The bout will air on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, with a US carrier conspicuously absent. This will be ‘AJ’s’ first fight on UK soil in nearly two years.

Anthony Joshua: “On June 20, I am defending my heavyweight world titles. I’m back in my home city after some time away…the belts go back up in the air and nothing will stop me from being victorious.”

Kubrat Pulev: “I am happy to have the opportunity to show the world how strong I really am. Becoming a heavyweight world champion has always been my mission in life and on June 20 2020 I will fulfill my destiny!”

After long tedious negotiations, it was announced that unified WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) will defend against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) at the…
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Niyomtrong retains WBA 105lb title for 12th time

WBA minimumweight super champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (20-0, 7 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10 KOs) on Tuesday at the Nakhon Sawan Municipality Ground in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand. Niyomtrong, also known as Knockout CP Freshmart, walked down Tanaka the whole way, dropping him in round three. Scores were 120-107, 120-107 and 119-108. It was the 12th defense for the 29-year-old Niyomtrong, who has held the belt since 2014.

WBA minimumweight super champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (20-0, 7 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10 KOs) on Tuesday at the Nakhon Sawan Municipality Ground…
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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai returns on April 4

By Damrong Simakajornboon and Thainchai Pisitwuttinan

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41KOs), the former 2 times WBC World champion from Thailand is set to get back into the ring again on April 4th, 2020, against one of the most talented Thai boxers — Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3-0, 6 KOs). The fight will be the main event of the second episode of WP Boxing series, the number one boxing program in Thailand.

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This will be Rungvisai’s first fight since the former Super Flyweight world champion’s unsuccessful world title defense against Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada on April 26th last year in California, USA, when he lost to his challenger by unanimous decision. Continue reading “Srisaket Sor Rungvisai returns on April 4”

By Damrong Simakajornboon and Thainchai Pisitwuttinan Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41KOs), the former 2 times WBC World champion from Thailand is set to get back into the ring again on…
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Garcia defeats Vargas by unanimous decision

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

In a wild Texas showdown at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX, next door to the worldwide headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys, Jessie Vargas and Mikey Garcia went toe to toe in front of a packed house of 10,000 +.

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Garcia came back from a slow start to win a hotly contested unanimous decision in an entertaining, high action battle and come away with the WBC Diamond Welterweight title.

Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) fought for the 2nd time at welterweight, losing a one-sided affair to one of boxing’s pound for pound best in Errol Spence Jr. last March at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. While Vargas (29-3-2, 11 KOs) has spent a career mostly at 147 and was the bigger man entering the ring. Continue reading “Garcia defeats Vargas by unanimous decision”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside In a wild Texas showdown at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX, next door to the worldwide headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys,…
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Chocolatito KOs Yafai for WBA superfly title

By David Finger at ringside

In the co-main event of the eagerly anticipated Mikey Garcia-Jesse Vargas fight at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas, four division world champion and future Hall of Famer Román “Chocolatito” González, 114.6, successfully returned to the top of the sport as he brutally knocked out WBA Super Flyweight Khalid Yafai, 114.8, at 29 seconds of the ninth round.

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González suffered through a disastrous 2017, losing his trainer in November of 2016 and then dropping two straight fights to Sor Ringvisai. González elected to take nearly a year off and returned in September of 2018. However, with only one fight in 2018 and one fight in 2019 there were still questions remaining as to if he would still be shaking off some ring rust coming into this fight. Continue reading “Chocolatito KOs Yafai for WBA superfly title”

By David Finger at ringside In the co-main event of the eagerly anticipated Mikey Garcia-Jesse Vargas fight at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas, four division world…
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Julio Cesar Martinez retains WBC flyweight title

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

Julio Cesar Martinez (16-1, 12 KOs) out of Mexico defended his WBC flyweight title with a unanimous decision at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, over Britain’s tough, gritty Jay Harris (17-1, 9 KOs) over twelve action packed rounds.

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Martinez won the vacant title against Cristofer Rosales in his last fight last December in Phoenix and at only 25, is one of the most exciting fighters in the world. He is trained by Team Canelo and Eddy Reynoso. This was Harris’ first fight in the United States. Continue reading “Julio Cesar Martinez retains WBC flyweight title”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Julio Cesar Martinez (16-1, 12 KOs) out of Mexico defended his WBC flyweight title with a unanimous decision at the Ford Center at The Star…
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Parker stops Winters in five

By David Finger at ringside

In an eagerly anticipated heavyweight attraction, former WBO heavyweight champion and current #2 ranked WBO heavyweight contender Joseph Parker, 245.4, scored an impressive fifth round TKO over game Shawndell Winters, 208.

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Parker remains a front runner for a potential fight for a vacant WBO heavyweight title before the end of the year, and he wanted to make a statement in Frisco. But the Auckland native also promised to fight a more polished fight tonight. He came out boxing effectively in round one, pumping the jab and landing a hard right hand in the closing twenty seconds of the round. Continue reading “Parker stops Winters in five”

By David Finger at ringside In an eagerly anticipated heavyweight attraction, former WBO heavyweight champion and current #2 ranked WBO heavyweight contender Joseph Parker, 245.4, scored an impressive fifth round…
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Madrimov stops Navarro in WBA eliminator

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

In a WBA junior middleweight eliminator, the former amateur sensation out of Uzbekistan, Israil “The Dream” Madrimov (5-0, 5 KOs) unleashed an array of punches from the opening bell, to confuse veteran Charlie Navarro (29-10, 22 KOs) out of Panama City, Panama. By the 2nd round, Madrimov opened up his arsenal and was landing big to the head and body of Navarro who had no answers to stop the attack. Most fighters would have succumbed to the pressure by now, but Navarro showed his grit and did his best to counter.

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But in the 6th round of the scheduled 10, Madrimov finally hit pay dirt and dropped Navarro with a straight left to the gut that sent Navarro to the canvas. Navarro was visibly hurt, but got to his feet, only to be dropped again by multiple left hooks. This time, Navarro did not get up and referee Rafael Ramos waived it off at 2:24 for a TKO for Madrimov who remained undefeated and kept his knockout streak alive at 5 to start his career. Continue reading “Madrimov stops Navarro in WBA eliminator”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside In a WBA junior middleweight eliminator, the former amateur sensation out of Uzbekistan, Israil “The Dream” Madrimov (5-0, 5 KOs) unleashed an array of punches…
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Deontay Wilder Speaks

“Hello my people, my Bomb Squad. All my loved ones around the world. Just wanted to let you know I am here. Your king is here. And we ain’t going nowhere. For the war has just begun…

“I will rise again. I am strong. I am a king. Can’t take my pride. I am a warrior. I’m a king that will NEVER give up. I’m a king that will fight to the death. If anyone don’t understand that…don’t understand what it is to go to war…don’t understand what it is to fight…

“We will rise again. We will regain the title. I will be back. We will hold our heads up high. Your king is in great spirits. We will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and regain the title. I’ll see you in a few months. For the war has just begun. All my love to all my people.”

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“Hello my people, my Bomb Squad. All my loved ones around the world. Just wanted to let you know I am here. Your king is here. And we ain’t going…
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