Shields hopes to inspire Flint youth

Boxer Claressa Shields is known for her strength in the ring, but it’s her message of faith and survival, that she says is her most powerful weapon. One she shared with her hometown of Flint, Monday night. “Growing up in Flint is not easy,” said the Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist. More

Boxer Claressa Shields is known for her strength in the ring, but it’s her message of faith and survival, that she says is her most powerful weapon. One she shared…
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Photo of the Day

Photo: Salita Promotions/Marilyn Paulino

WBC and WBO middleweight champion of the world Christina Hammer working out at Mendez Boxing Gym in NYC during her visit at Fashion Week where she made appearances with popular designers Philip Plein and Anita Active.

WBC and WBO middleweight champion of the world Christina Hammer working out at Mendez Boxing Gym in NYC during her visit at Fashion Week where she made appearances with popular…
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Savelyeva gets 10-rounder in fourth fight

In just her fourth professional fight, rising female flyweight prospect Elena Savelyeva will take the leap to 10-rounders.

Formerly one of the most decorated female amateur boxers in the world and a 2012 Olympian, Savelyeva (3-0, 3 KOs), of Pushkino, Russia, will face former world title challenger Nevenka Mikulic of Croatia on Saturday, February 10 at Qin Shi Huang Restaurant in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

“I feel great,” said Savelyeva, “Everything has gone completely according to plan. The fight itself will show what great shape I’m in. My training is always very intense, and I always have planned-out goals in mind.” Continue reading “Savelyeva gets 10-rounder in fourth fight”

In just her fourth professional fight, rising female flyweight prospect Elena Savelyeva will take the leap to 10-rounders. Formerly one of the most decorated female amateur boxers in the world…
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Boxing Spotlight: Ja’Rico O’Quinn

Undefeated Detroit bantamweight prospect Ja’Rico “The Great Lakes King” O’Quinn (7-0-1, 5 KOs) getting ready for his fight on February 23rd in Detroit.

Undefeated Detroit bantamweight prospect Ja’Rico “The Great Lakes King” O’Quinn (7-0-1, 5 KOs) getting ready for his fight on February 23rd in Detroit.


Gradinar-Gerula collide March 24

Rising female star, Elena Gradinar of Saint Petersburg, Russia, will compete for the first championship belt of her professional career when she takes on former world champion Olivia “The Predator” Gerula for the IBF Intercontinental Featherweight Championship.

The 10-round Gradinar vs. Gerula battle will take place on Saturday, March 24, at the Energia Sport Hall in Narva, Estonia. Continue reading “Gradinar-Gerula collide March 24”

Rising female star, Elena Gradinar of Saint Petersburg, Russia, will compete for the first championship belt of her professional career when she takes on former world champion Olivia “The Predator”…
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Ex-champ Bundrage targets Amir Khan

Former IBF jr middleweight world champion Cornelius Bundrage has a message for Amir Khan, who is apparently having trouble locking in Phil Lo Greco for his April 21 comeback fight in Liverpool. Bundrage tweeted “@amirkingkhan HAVE @EddieHearn Talk 2 @Dsalita and lets get this party started👊”

Former IBF jr middleweight world champion Cornelius Bundrage has a message for Amir Khan, who is apparently having trouble locking in Phil Lo Greco for his April 21 comeback fight…
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Claressa Shields responds to Laila Ali

WBC/IBF female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields has responded via Twitter to comments from former world champion Laila Ali. “So everybody was texting and tweeting me about @TheRealLailaAli giving me a shoutout on @breakfastclubam so I decided to go and give it a listen! And honestly, to me, it was some disrespect and shade, and my thing is it only takes a phone call to rumble…actually if you go and listen she kinda called me out. I had no desire to fight the 10 year retired former champion…but at the end of the day #WhoCares? I’m not giving it any more of my attention. I fight again April! Then again July. I’m active.” Continue reading “Claressa Shields responds to Laila Ali”

WBC/IBF female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields has responded via Twitter to comments from former world champion Laila Ali. “So everybody was texting and tweeting me about @TheRealLailaAli giving me…
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Davtaev a Diamond in the Rough

By Terrell Groggins

Those following boxing already know that the heavyweight division is making a comeback, with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Unifying the heavyweight titles is clearly on the horizon which makes this an exciting time to be in this division, and for fighters with the right set of skills, technique and drive, championship belts may be ripe for the taking. More

By Terrell Groggins Those following boxing already know that the heavyweight division is making a comeback, with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Unifying the heavyweight titles is…
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Kronk’s Alexey Zubov: A Rising Russian Star

By Terrell Groggins

Alexey Zubov is tough. He’s a 17-1, 9 KOs cruiserweight hailing from Russia. The problem? He’s one of several coming out of the region. So how does one stand out from this crowd? Leaving your friends and family behind and migrating to the world famous Kronk Gym in Detroit, that’s how.

He’s been alone in the States for the past two years, training hard everyday with the great Sugar Hill Steward. He’s been a sponge, soaking up everything that Sugar Hill has to offer. Zubov is another fighter I have had the opportunity to document during his last two training camps. He works hard and he’s eager, which makes him a great student. The lessons have been paying off as evident with his two most recent fights, both victorious.

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By Terrell Groggins Alexey Zubov is tough. He’s a 17-1, 9 KOs cruiserweight hailing from Russia. The problem? He’s one of several coming out of the region. So how does…
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View From Ringside

By Terrell Groggins

Sonny Fredrickson knew he was in for a long night, his eyes seemed to say as I photographed him during the ring walk. For me, this could be a biased view since I’ve been documenting Shohjahon “Sho” during training camp. You know he’s tough when one of his sparring partners is Domonique Dolton. This is what makes Kronk such a special place to train, you never know who will be in the gym on any given day.Sho came out hungry from the start of the bell and jumped all over Sonny. He was consistent with power punches and movement up until referee Benjy Esteves stopped the fight in the third round. More

By Terrell Groggins Sonny Fredrickson knew he was in for a long night, his eyes seemed to say as I photographed him during the ring walk. For me, this could…
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Claressa Shields Update

Female super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields speaks to the Detroit Free Press.

Shields went through an intense six-week training camp to prepare for Saturday morning’s 10-round unanimous decision win over Tori Nelson. Now the Flint boxer and two-time Olympic gold medalist has karaoke on her mind while she waits for her management team to schedule her next fight. More

Female super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields speaks to the Detroit Free Press. Shields went through an intense six-week training camp to prepare for Saturday morning’s 10-round unanimous decision win…
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Eyubov: I Will Run Ulysee Jr Out of the Ring

Already one of the most entertaining up-and-comers in boxing and willing to face anyone put in front of him, Kazakhstan-born slugger Bakhtiyar “Bakha Bullet” Eyubov, is calling out a fellow super lightweight prospect that most of his contemporaries try to avoid.

Photo: Terrell Groggins

“Bring me Yves Ulysse Jr. next,” said Eyubov. I want to fight him.”

A true warrior, Eyubov says he’s willing to go where others fear to tread on his way to a world championship. “I know Ulysse is considered a difficult opponent and fighters are avoiding him, but I would run him out of the ring. I’ll stop him and get my respect in the division. I am too strong and too hungry. He can’t survive my tenacity!” Continue reading “Eyubov: I Will Run Ulysee Jr Out of the Ring”

Already one of the most entertaining up-and-comers in boxing and willing to face anyone put in front of him, Kazakhstan-born slugger Bakhtiyar “Bakha Bullet” Eyubov, is calling out a fellow…
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Interview: Mark Taffet

Former head of HBO PPV Mark Taffet talks about his vision in elevating the state of women’s boxing.

Former head of HBO PPV Mark Taffet talks about his vision in elevating the state of women’s boxing.


Bakhtiyer Eyubov vs. Maurice Chalmers

See a non-televised bout between super lightweight knockout sensation Bakhtiyer Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) against Maurice Chalmers on Friday night in Verona, NY.

See a non-televised bout between super lightweight knockout sensation Bakhtiyer Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) against Maurice Chalmers on Friday night in Verona, NY.


Claressa Shields takes aim at Christina Hammer

Now that unified women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) has defeated previously undefeated Tori Nelson, the 22-year-old 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist now has her sights set on the middleweight division where she will eventually target undefeated and unified women’s middleweight world champion Christina Hammer, who was ringside Friday in Verona, NY.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

“I have to drop down and see how I feel (first),” Shields said. “I think I could make 160 easy, I’m going to be bigger and stronger than any girl. Hammer just wants to scope. I think she’s pretty scared to be honest. She is more worried about me than I am about her. I’m going to kick Hammer’s ass. People think Hammer is more skilled than me so I can’t wait to show her that she’s not.” Continue reading “Claressa Shields takes aim at Christina Hammer”

Now that unified women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) has defeated previously undefeated Tori Nelson, the 22-year-old 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist…
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Shields dominates Nelson, retains WBC, IBF belts

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

WBC/IBF female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields retained her world titles with a one-sided ten round unanimous nod over Tori Nelson on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.

In the first, both ladies eyed each other with some degree of respect, not looking to make a fight-ending mistake. Shields made the first move firing away with combinations, but Nelson was not awed. In fact, at the end of round one, it was Nelson who landed a hard left in a simultaneous exchange. Shields looked to take control in the second, landing lead rights to start two and three punch combos. Nelson signaled “no big deal” with a dismissive shake of her head. In the third, Shields voluntarily backed into a neutral corner, luring Nelson in for counters and in turn avoiding everything Nelson threw with deft bobbing and weaving. Continue reading “Shields dominates Nelson, retains WBC, IBF belts”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Andy Newman WBC/IBF female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields retained her world titles with a one-sided ten round unanimous nod over Tori Nelson…
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Ergashev stops Fredrickson, Hernandez tops Garza

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

In the first televised fight of the ShoBox card in Verona, New York, Super lightweights Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson and Shohjahon “Descendant of Tamerlane” Ergashev lived up to the expectation of “this is going to be the fight of the night!” After a weigh-in full of disdain for each other, it was expected that this matchup would bring fireworks. At the bell for round one, Ergashev showed no fear, rushing right at Fredrickson. For his part, Fredrickson seemed tentative and unsure of his distance, often lunging with his punches, despite a distinct height and reach advantage.

Perhaps it was Ergashev’s southpaw stance, or just respect for the Uzbek’s power (ten-for-ten KOs to wins). Suddenly in the third, a hard left got through the guard of Fredrickson, hurting him badly. Fredrickson tried to tie Ergashev up, but the relentless slugger wailed away, eventually forcing the ring doctor to step up on the ring apron, signaling referee Benji Esteves to halt matters at 1:58 of round three. Ergashev moves to 11-0, 11 KOs. Fredrickson suffers his first defeat at 18-1, 12 KOs. Continue reading “Ergashev stops Fredrickson, Hernandez tops Garza”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Andy Newman In the first televised fight of the ShoBox card in Verona, New York, Super lightweights Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson and Shohjahon…
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Off-TV Results from Turning Stone

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

In a classic Mutt-n-Jeff affair, the 6’5” Apti Davtaev and 5’8” Garrett Wilson presented quite a scene in the ring during this heavyweight scrap. The fireplug Wilson’s only chance appeared to be landing a hay-maker on the bearded lumberjack Davtaev, but doing so would prove difficult due to the massive reach difference. Wilson did sting Davtaev on occasion and at times even pressed the action. When Davtaev sensibly employed his jab, he controlled the action. The fourth brought cheers from the crowd as the under-sized underdog Wilson caught Davtaev high on the temple with a looping right the left the Russian momentarily swaying in the breeze, visibly hurt. Wilson tried to capitalize, but couldn’t land a follow-up blow. Wilson had more success in the fifth, with several more right handed leads landing flush on Davtaev’s noggin, thrilling the crowd. It was more of the same in the sixth, Davtaev pressing at times and paying for it with sneaky counter bombs from Wilson. Suddenly at the end of the sixth, confusion arose as referee Gary Rosato, and the handlers for each fighter began conferring in the ring. Rosato then met with members of the Oneida commission. Both fighters were poised to come out for the seventh, but to everyone’s surprise, the bout was over as it was now a six rounder!

Who knew? Apparently Wilson’s corner did as they produced a photo from a cell phone of the contract, showing a signed-for six rounds. Thank you modern technology! All three judges, Glenn Feldman, John McKaei and Wynn Kintz saw it the same at 58-56 for Apti Davtaev, now 14-0-1, 13 KOs. Wilson falls to 18-15-1, 9 KOs. A look at Davtaev’s record shows why he was 13 KOs out of 13 wins. Garrett was by far his best opponent, if not by win/loss record, then in quality and fighting pedigree! This was the second time Wilson won the hearts of the Turning Stone fans. In 2013, he lost a hard fought decision to then top prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov. Continue reading “Off-TV Results from Turning Stone”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside In a classic Mutt-n-Jeff affair, the 6’5” Apti Davtaev and 5’8” Garrett Wilson presented quite a scene in the ring during this heavyweight scrap.…
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Interview: Christina Hammer

Christina Hammer talks about progress of woman’s boxing, fight with Claressa Shields.

Christina Hammer talks about progress of woman’s boxing, fight with Claressa Shields.


Interview: Claressa Shields

By Byron Spurlock

Unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields and undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson are set for their 10-round WBC and IBF world title showdown tonight in the ShoBox main event taking place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.

Photo: Bob Ryder

The 22-year-old two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) will face her second consecutive undefeated opponent in the former world champion Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs).

We caught up with Claressa in the lead up to the fight. Continue reading “Interview: Claressa Shields”

By Byron Spurlock Unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields and undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson are set for their 10-round WBC and IBF world title showdown tonight…
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ShoBox weights from Verona, New York

By Boxing Bob Newman at the scale

Claressa Shields 167 vs. Tori Nelson 164.75
(WBC & IBF Female Super Middleweight titles)

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Shohjahon Ergashev 140 vs. Sonny Fredrickson 141

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Jesse Angel Hernandez 122.5 vs. Ernesto Garza III 122.5
Apti Davtaev 245 vs. Garrett Wilson 210
Alexey Zubov 206.75 vs. Lamont Capers 194.25
Franchon Crews Dezurn 169.25 vs. Tiffany Woodard 166
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 143.5 vs. Maurice Chalmers 141.5

Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Promoter: Dmitriy Salita (Salita Promotions)
Matchmaker: Dennis Turner
Television: USA Showtime 10:00 pm
Doors open: 6:30 pm, First bell: 7:00 pm

By Boxing Bob Newman at the scale Claressa Shields 167 vs. Tori Nelson 164.75 (WBC & IBF Female Super Middleweight titles) Shohjahon Ergashev 140 vs. Sonny Fredrickson 141 Jesse Angel…
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Claressa Shields Final Workout Quotes & Photos

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields spoke to media at a workout session in her hometown of Flint, Mich., before she departed to Verona, N.Y. to defend her 168-pound titles against undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson tomorrow night, Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME.

Shields will weigh in this afternoon prior to tomorrow night’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast from Turning Stone Resort Casino. The telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and features the battle of two undefeated 140-pound prospects Shohjahon Ergashev and Sonny Fredrickson and Jesse Hernandez making his ShoBox return against Ernesto Garza. Continue reading “Claressa Shields Final Workout Quotes & Photos”

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields spoke to media at a workout session in her hometown of Flint, Mich., before she departed to Verona, N.Y.…
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Davtaev Looking to Impress in American Debut

Undefeated heavyweight KO artist Apti Davtaev will make his long-awaited American debut this Friday night on the untelevised undercard of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) defense of her WBC and IBF titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Photo: Terrell Groggins

A recent signing of Salita Promotions, Davtaev (13-0-1, 13 KOs), from Kurchaloi, Russia, will take on Philadelphia-based veteran Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (18-13-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round showcase.

Standing an imposing 6 ‘5″ and already having won the WBC Slovenian title in just his tenth pro fight, Davtaev moved from his training base in Grozny to Detroit to work with well-respected Javan SugarHill Steward at the Kronk Gym. Continue reading “Davtaev Looking to Impress in American Debut”

Undefeated heavyweight KO artist Apti Davtaev will make his long-awaited American debut this Friday night on the untelevised undercard of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (4-0, 2 KOs)…
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Fredrickson: I’m looking to make a statement

Unbeaten WBA #8 Junior Welterweight fighter Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson (18-0,12 KOs) is slated to make his SHOWTIME debut on Friday, January 12 when he faces off against Shohjahon Ergashev in the telecast opener of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Fredrickson will square off against the Uzbekistani Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) in a telecast headlined by two-time Olympian Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (4-0, 2 KO’s) as she defends her WBC and IBF Middleweight World Titles against Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KO’s).

The highly anticipated fight is part of a tripleheader event promoted by Salita Promotions. And while Ergashev is with Salita Promotions, there is no doubt who the “A-Side” of this fight is as the fast rising Fredrickson looks to solidify his position as one of the top contenders at Junior Welterweight and make himself a television regular. Continue reading “Fredrickson: I’m looking to make a statement”

Unbeaten WBA #8 Junior Welterweight fighter Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson (18-0,12 KOs) is slated to make his SHOWTIME debut on Friday, January 12 when he faces off against Shohjahon Ergashev…
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