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Eddie Hearn comments on Dillian Whyte situation

By Karl Freitag

Promoter Eddie Hearn spoke in detail about reports of WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte and allegations of a failed drug test during Saturday night’s DAZN stream. He also talked about why the Rivas camp wasn’t informed and the reluctance of WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz to fight in the UK.

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Eddie Hearn: “Those reports are actually largely untrue. What I can tell you, is that both fighters, as in the majority of our fights, underwent full VADA testing, which Dillian Whyte paid for. $30,000, $40,000, and UKAD testing as well, which is a testing government agency employed by the British Boxing Board of Control. Dillian Whyte was asked to provide information at a hearing prior to the fight regarding the UKAD anti-doping test that he took. He presented all his results, mainly from his VADA testing. He was 100% cleared to fight and take part in the contest, therefore he’s licensed by the BBBofC, therefore myself who has a contract with both fighters, he’s appoved to fight.

“There is an ongoing issue which is confidential between Whyte and the (UKAD) Board, which you will hear about very soon. A lot of facts that have been reported aren’t true, but there was a hearing before that fight where they heard all the evidence and cleared Dillian Whyte to box in that event.” Continue reading “Eddie Hearn comments on Dillian Whyte situation”

By Karl Freitag Promoter Eddie Hearn spoke in detail about reports of WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte and allegations of a failed drug test during Saturday night’s DAZN stream.…
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Hooker- Ramirez post-fight quotes

By Jeff Zimmerman

Jose Ramirez: The game plan was to be aggressive and surprise him and use different volume on my punches.

Maurice Hooker: I lost focus and you can’t lose focus at this level. You can’t lose focus for a second or you see what happens. I have no excuse. I lost. It wasn’t my night.

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By Jeff Zimmerman Jose Ramirez: The game plan was to be aggressive and surprise him and use different volume on my punches. Maurice Hooker: I lost focus and you can’t…
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Ramirez stops Hooker, unifies WBC/WBO titles

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a battle of unbeaten 140lb champions, WBC champ Jose Ramirez proved he was up for the Texas-size challenge and knocked out the WBO titleholder “Mighty Mo” Maurice Hooker in the sixth round in his hometown of Dallas at the College Event Center at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Ramirez came out from the opening bell and took the fight to Hooker, who tried to keep the aggressive Ramirez at bay with his 80 inch reach. Ramirez landed a glancing shot as Hooker was going backwards off-balance, but appeared to step on Hooker’s foot causing Hooker to hit the canvas. Hooker got up instantly and protested the call to referee Mark Nelson but to no avail. Continue reading “Ramirez stops Hooker, unifies WBC/WBO titles”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a battle of unbeaten 140lb champions, WBC champ Jose Ramirez proved he was up for the Texas-size challenge and knocked out…
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Tevin Farmer retains IBF super feather title

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

IBF super featherweight Tevin Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KOs) out of Philadelphia, PA outboxed #3 Guillaume Frenois (46-2-1, 12 KOs) from Sainte-Quentin, France over 12 rounds in the co-main event on Saturday night at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.
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Farmer was too slick for the fellow southpaw Frenois as he mixed up his attack with shots to the body and head all night. Frenois tried his best to make it a fight, but would often miss or end up hitting the back of Farmer as Farmer ducked under the shot. Farmer was sporting bright orange trunks with the late, great Pernell Whitaker’s name inscribed on the back. Farmer did his best to emulate Whitaker’s defense, considered one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, by ducking and dodging Frenois punches all night. Continue reading “Tevin Farmer retains IBF super feather title”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada IBF super featherweight Tevin Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KOs) out of Philadelphia, PA outboxed #3 Guillaume Frenois (46-2-1, 12 KOs) from Sainte-Quentin, France…
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WBA super feather champ Davis TKOs Nunez in two

Unbeaten two-time WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (22-0, 21 KOs) scored an explosive second round TKO over mandatory challenger Ricardo Núñez (21-3, 19 KOs) on Saturday night before 14,686 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Davis rocked Nunez in round two and the bout was very quickly waved off by referee Harvey Dock. Núñez complained about the stoppage. Time was 1:33.

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“I’m always ready. He wasn’t,” Davis said. “He wasn’t alert and I caught it with my third punch. I got him with a body shot. I caught him with a really nice shot. That was it…Tevin Farmer fought tonight. I want Tevin. That’s a fight that can be made. Let’s get it on later this year.”

In a clash between former world champions, Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) destroyed Roman “Rocky” Martinez (30-4-3, 18 KOs) in two rounds in a bout fought at lightweight.

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Gamboa dropped Martinez twice in round two, the second time for the count. No time announced. Continue reading “WBA super feather champ Davis TKOs Nunez in two”

Unbeaten two-time WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (22-0, 21 KOs) scored an explosive second round TKO over mandatory challenger Ricardo Núñez (21-3, 19 KOs) on Saturday night before…
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Dillian Whyte: I won that fight fair and square

WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte has commented on social media about allegations that he failed a drug test a few days before last Saturday’s fight with Oscar Rivas.

Dillian Whyte: “I am so disappointed with the rubbish that has been said about me over the last few days. I have lawyers dealing with it and I have been told that I can’t talk about it for good legal reasons. I was cleared to fight and I won that fight fair and square. Thanks for all the support, it really means a lot to me.”

Both Rivas’ promoter Yvon Michel and the WBC have stated that they were never notified of any adverse findings in the pre-fight drug testing.

The British Boxing Board of Control issued the following not very helpful statement on the Whyte-Rivas situation: United Kingdom Anti-Doping undertake all anti-doping procedures on behalf of British Boxing Board of Control and any subsequent findings, decisions, suspensions and sanctions are upheld by the British Boxing Board of Control in line with United Kingdom Anti-Doping. No further comment will be made at this time.

WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte has commented on social media about allegations that he failed a drug test a few days before last Saturday’s fight with Oscar Rivas. Dillian…
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Venue named for Chavez Jr. Comeback

The long-awaited comeback fight of “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will take place August 10 at the Salón Diamante Premier in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico. Chavez (50-3-1, 32 KOs) faces Evert Bravo (25-10-1, 19 KOs) in his first fight since May 2017 when he dropped a unanimous decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas. Now at his natural weight, super middleweight, and new trainer Romulo Quirarte, Chavez hopes to make a successful comeback campaign, enabling him to win his second world championship in different divisions. Continue reading “Venue named for Chavez Jr. Comeback”

The long-awaited comeback fight of “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will take place August 10 at the Salón Diamante Premier in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco,…
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WBC Update on the Status of Dillian Whyte

WBC Statement: “At of the time of the publication of this release, the WBC has not received any notification from anyone about a positive anti-doping test allegedly yielded by Dillian Whyte in connection with last Saturday’s fight against Oscar Rivas for the WBC interim heavyweight championship. The WBC has requested that the BBBofC, as the local, governing entity that oversaw that fight, formally provide any available information to the WBC.

“The fight’s promoters contracted the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) to perform pre-fight and after-the-fight anti-doping tests on both fighters. The WBC is not aware that any of the test’s results VADA has received up to now have yielded any adverse findings. The WBC created the Clean Boxing Program which is administered by VADA, and which is a top priority of our organization.

“The WBC will not make any comments about the situation at hand until it receives the proper, formal communication from the BBBofC.”

WBC Statement: “At of the time of the publication of this release, the WBC has not received any notification from anyone about a positive anti-doping test allegedly yielded by Dillian…
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WBC champ Wilder rips Whyte for alleged PED use

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has ripped new crowned WBC interim heavyweight titlist Dillian Whyte on social media, alleging that Whyte cheated by using a banned substance in his win over Oscar Rivas. (Warning: Strong language used)

Rumors of a failed drug test were addressed by Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who stated “I can confirm that both Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas were subject to extensive VADA and UKAD testing for their bout. Both fighters were cleared to fight by both bodies and the BBBofC.”

Deontay Wilder: “Now here you have a fighter that has been recently reported of taking PEDs (Performance Enhancements Drugs). In fact, it was said he had over more than 1 substance in his body. This fighter has been caught before using PEDs so this is his second attempt.

“This shit has to stop…the bleeding has to stop somewhere. We just had a fighter fucking die in the ring because of taking too many blows to the head and you have idiots like @dillianwhyte want to CHEAT just to come up in his career because he’s not good enough to do it alone. Continue reading “WBC champ Wilder rips Whyte for alleged PED use”

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has ripped new crowned WBC interim heavyweight titlist Dillian Whyte on social media, alleging that Whyte cheated by using a banned substance in his win…
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Q&A: Jose Ramirez and Robert Garcia

By Jeff Zimmerman

In exclusive interviews, Fightnews.com® caught up with WBC junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez (24-0, 16 KOs) and his trainer Robert Garcia at Media Day Tuesday as they prepare for their title unification showdown against WBO titleholder Maurice Hooker (26-0-3, 17 KOs) at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas this Saturday night and shown live on DAZN.

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Photo: Stacey Verbeek

Ramirez and Garcia share their thoughts on their upcoming battle with Hooker, the impact of rising star and stablemate Vergil Ortiz Jr. and the outstanding performance of Manny Pacquiao versus Keith Thurman. Continue reading “Q&A: Jose Ramirez and Robert Garcia”

By Jeff Zimmerman In exclusive interviews, Fightnews.com® caught up with WBC junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez (24-0, 16 KOs) and his trainer Robert Garcia at Media Day Tuesday as they…
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returns August 10

“The Son of a Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) will return to the ring after more than two years of inactivity on August 10. The opponent will be the Colombian Evert Bravo (25-10-1, 19 KOs). The super middleweight bout will land in Puerto Vallarta, Lagos de Moreno or Tijuana and will be televised on Azteca 7, the House of Boxing.
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Chavez Jr. has been preparing intensely for more than three months in Tijuana under trainer Romulo Quirarte and his sons and the former middleweight world champion has shown condition and speed, as well as a great desire to climb into the ring and show that he still has the talent and hunger to be a world champion.

Also scheduled is the comeback of former world champion Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui, setting the stage for a likely Chavez-Uzcatgui confrontation. The details of the fight and the undercard will be released by Zanfer Promotions during the week.

“The Son of a Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) will return to the ring after more than two years of inactivity on August 10. The opponent will…
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Pacman and Floyd go at it on social media

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and arch-nemesis Floyd Mayweather launched verbal bombs today on social media.

Manny Pacquiao: @FloydMayweather You come to my fight and then use my name in a post but I’m the one that is trying to stay relevant? 🤔 if you want to be relevant again… #MayPac2
Floyd Mayweather: Let’s stick to the facts! Bob Arum is no longer your promoter, so when it comes to @mayweatherpromotions & PBC events I’m the HNIC! Bottom line, I make more money than you; I beat you, then I signed you! I was only at your fight supervising you, my employee, as any real BOSS would do. You made $10Million for 12 rounds, when I just made $9M in under 3 minutes playing around in an exhibition with a pizza delivery guy! I beat you mentally, physically and financially! Remember, you fight cause you have to, I fight when I want to! #TMT #TBE
Manny Pacquiao: Excuse me Floyd, your name has not been on any of my PBC contracts. But if you would like to be on the next one, I will have one drawn up and sent to you. #CounterfeitMoney

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and arch-nemesis Floyd Mayweather launched verbal bombs today on social media. Manny Pacquiao: @FloydMayweather You come to my fight and then use my name in…
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EXCLUSIVE: Hooker’s winding road to the top

By Jeff Zimmerman

WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (26-0-3, 17 KOs) strolled into his home gym, Maple Ave Boxing Gym in Dallas, for his Media Day Workout on Tuesday like a big kid at Disneyland and had the time of his life engaging with fans, media and anyone that wanted a piece of him. It hasn’t always been this way for Hooker, who has literally come from the bottom of the boxing barrel to his perch as one of the 140lb titleholders and he is enjoying every minute of it and rightfully so.

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It wasn’t that long ago that he didn’t even have a promoter, but come Saturday night at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas just up the road from where the Dallas Cowboys play at AT&T Stadium, Hooker could unify the division against the more heralded, former Olympian and WBC champ Jose Ramirez (24-0, 16 KOs) in a big showdown that has fight of the year written all over it. Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Hooker’s winding road to the top”

By Jeff Zimmerman WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (26-0-3, 17 KOs) strolled into his home gym, Maple Ave Boxing Gym in Dallas, for his Media Day Workout…
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Mayweather: I will always have the last laugh

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather comments on Manny Pacquiao via social media:

“I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao’s name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached to it. This man’s entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name and it’s about time you all stop using my brand for clout chasing and clickbait and let that man’s name hold weight of its own.

“For years, all you heard was that “Floyd is afraid of Manny Pacquiao.” But what’s funny is, when we finally fought, I won so easily that everyone had to eat their words! All of the so-called boxing experts, critics and jealous American “fan base” either went mute and ran for cover or made every excuse in the world as to why I should give Manny Pacquiao a rematch. Continue reading “Mayweather: I will always have the last laugh”

Former world champion Floyd Mayweather comments on Manny Pacquiao via social media: “I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao’s name is brought up in the media, my name…
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Maxim Dadashev passes away

Very sad to report that super lightweight contender Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev has passed away. The 28-year-old Dadashev underwent surgery on Friday night to relieve severe swelling on his brain after his eleventh round TKO loss against Subriel Matias at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Dadashev was a very highly regarded fighter from Saint Petersburg, Russia. A former amateur standout, he won a reported 281 bouts in the unpaid ranks before turning pro under the guidance of famed manager Egis Klimas. Entering Friday night’s bout he had compiled a pro record of 13-0 with 11 KOs, was rated in the top five by two world sanctioning organizations, and held victories over two former world champions. Bob Arum, Dadashev’s promoter, stated “Maxim was a terrific young man. We are all saddened and affected by his untimely death.” R.I.P.

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Very sad to report that super lightweight contender Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev has passed away. The 28-year-old Dadashev underwent surgery on Friday night to relieve severe swelling on his brain…
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Canelo-Derevyankchenko purse bid postponed

The purse bid for the mandatory defense of the IBF middleweight title between champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and #1 ranked contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko scheduled for today, July 23, 2019, has been postponed. Canelo’s planned September defense was recently postponed citing “an effort to secure the right opponent and to do justice to the level of promotion required for a boxing star of his magnitude.” Canelo’s next fight will take place later in 2019 and negotiations are reportedly in progress for a Canelo-Derevyanchenko clash.

The purse bid for the mandatory defense of the IBF middleweight title between champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and #1 ranked contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko scheduled for today, July 23, 2019, has…
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Cardiff the front-runner for Ruiz-Joshua rematch

It looks like WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr is likely heading to the UK for his rematch with Anthony Joshua. “This week we will be letting Team Ruiz know the venue,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports News. “Right now the front-runner is still Cardiff, a marginal front-runner…Joshua-Ruiz at Cardiff in front of 80,000 people would be something very, very special.” But, Hearn didn’t rule out the O2 Arena in London, citing the Whyte-Rivas crowd Saturday night and the brisk ticket sales Lomachenko-Campbell in August. No mention of returning to Madison Square Garden, the preference of Ruiz.

It looks like WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr is likely heading to the UK for his rematch with Anthony Joshua. “This week we will be letting Team Ruiz know…
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Luis Nery shines on Pac-Thurman undercard

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

Undefeated former bantamweight champion Luis Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) delivered a great performance on the Pacquiao-Thurman undercard, scoring a ninth-round knockout of former bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano (21-3, 9 KOs). It was a body shot that finished Payano.
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“He was a very complicated fighter at the beginning, he’s a veteran, so I had to try to adapt to his style to see how I could get in,” said Nery afterward. “In the fifth or sixth round I started gaining control of the fight and then that left hook came to the body which was devastating. I saw the openings in the body and then that’s when the left hook came and it was over. Continue reading “Luis Nery shines on Pac-Thurman undercard”

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions Undefeated former bantamweight champion Luis Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) delivered a great performance on the Pacquiao-Thurman undercard, scoring a ninth-round knockout of former bantamweight champion Juan…
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Pacquiao: I can still fight

By Miguel Maravilla

Following his victory Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, eight-division and newly crowned WBA welterweight world champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) talked about his split decision victory over Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) of Clearwater, Florida at the post-fight press conference.

“I’m sure everyone is happy with my performance. My opponent, he is young and a heavy-handed man. He can fight. His journey does not end tonight. He has a great future. Your journey is not over. This guy is a warrior. I’m blessed for being a winner tonight.” Continue reading “Pacquiao: I can still fight”

By Miguel Maravilla Following his victory Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, eight-division and newly crowned WBA welterweight world champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39…
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Thurman: I will be back

By Miguel Maravilla

Former welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) of Clearwater, Florida, discussed his defeat to Filipino boxing icon Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) at the post-fight press conference.

“Tonight was a great night of boxing. The opening rounds didn’t start like I wanted them to. Manny Pacquiao got momentum with the early knockdown. Obviously, he caught me in the first round,” Thurman said. “I was beaten tonight and that the sport of boxing. I’m not going anywhere and I will be back. Continue reading “Thurman: I will be back”

By Miguel Maravilla Former welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) of Clearwater, Florida, discussed his defeat to Filipino boxing icon Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs)…
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Pacquiao beats Thurman for WBA welter title

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Father Time continues to creep closer and closer to Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, leading up to the inevitable end of his reign as an elite fighter. But not today. The incomparable Senator from the Philippines is clearly showing some wear in the tread, but still had enough in the tank to earn a well-deserved split decision over the previously undefeated WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman.
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Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs) had predicted in the lead-up to the fight that Pacquiao’s time had passed and he was no longer able to hang with the best of the division. But Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) gave notice in the opening round that Thurman would pay for his lack of respect, dropping “One Time” with a left to the body, right to the head that sent the pro-Manny crowd into a frenzy. Continue reading “Pacquiao beats Thurman for WBA welter title”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Father Time continues to creep closer and closer to Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, leading up to the inevitable end of his reign…
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Ugas schools Figueroa in WBC eliminator

In a WBC welterweight title eliminator, Yordenis Ugás (24-4, 11 KOs) schooled previously undefeated former world champion Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (28-1-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Scores were 119-107 across the board.

A right uppercut by Ugas got things started, finding its mark and moments later Ugas followed up with a right hand, knocking down Figueroa as his glove touch the rope while staggering. Referee Russell Mora officially ruled it a knockdown. Ugas was warned for holding in round two as Figueroa stood close to him fighting on the inside. Continuing to hold, Ugas was deducted a point in the fifth but pressed and stood close to Figueroa. Continue reading “Ugas schools Figueroa in WBC eliminator”

In a WBC welterweight title eliminator, Yordenis Ugás (24-4, 11 KOs) schooled previously undefeated former world champion Omar “El Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (28-1-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at MGM…
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Unbeaten Nery KOs Payano in nine

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Undefeated former WBC bantamweight champion Luis “Pantera” Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico scored a ninth round knockout over former world champion and two-time Olympian Juan Carlos Payano (21-3, 9 KOs) of the Dominican Republic on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The two southpaws clashed heads early in the opening round but no caused no cuts as Nery and Payano fought on. Fighting aggressively in round two, Nery landed some looping wild punches that got Payano’s attention. Nery began to pick up the pace connecting inside to the body and roughing up Payano. A short right by Nery in the fourth started things up as he backed Payano and followed up with his attack. Continue reading “Unbeaten Nery KOs Payano in nine”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Undefeated former WBC bantamweight champion Luis “Pantera” Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico scored a ninth round knockout over former world champion and two-time…
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Plant smashs Lee, retains IBF 168lb title

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) successfully defended his world title with a one-sided beatdown of Mike Lee (21-1, 11 KOs), earning a referee’s stoppage at 1:29 of round three in a scheduled twelve round contest at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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This bout featured two men who had remained undefeated despite substantial hardships, with Plant suffering both the loss of his infant daughter and mother in separate, tragic circumstances. Lee, a graduate of Notre Dame university who gained national recognition a few years ago as a spokesman for Subway, has battled inactivity and health complications from an autoimmune disease that he continues to hold at bay while he pursues this career. Continue reading “Plant smashs Lee, retains IBF 168lb title”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) successfully defended his world title with a one-sided beatdown of Mike Lee (21-1,…
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Whyte beats Rivas for WBC interim heavy title

In a clash for the vacant WBC interim heavyweight title, Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Oscar Rivas (26-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Whyte appeared headed to an easy decision, but in round nine Rivas dropped him with an uppercut. Whyte survived Rivas’ follow-up barrage and Rivas was never able to mount another charge. Scores were 115-112, 115-112, 116-111. Whyte is now the WBC mandatory challenger.

In a clash for the vacant WBC interim heavyweight title, Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Oscar Rivas (26-1, 18 KOs) on…
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