A Puño Limpio Weights from Puerto Rico

Luis Lebrón 122 vs. Josean Figueroa 123
Jean Rivera 158 vs. Moisés Carrasquillo 162
Ángel Aponte 130 vs. José Otero 124
Mario Suárez 158 vs. José León 160
Luis Enrique Rivera 131 vs. Kevin López 135
Christian Lebrón 124 vs. Jesús Méndez 116

Venue: Rubén Zayas Montañez Coliseum, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions/Spartan Boxing.
TV: www.facebook.com/prbestboxing

Luis Lebrón 122 vs. Josean Figueroa 123 Jean Rivera 158 vs. Moisés Carrasquillo 162 Ángel Aponte 130 vs. José Otero 124 Mario Suárez 158 vs. José León 160 Luis Enrique…
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New opponent for Santa Cruz

Featherweight challenger Miguel Flores suffered an ankle injury in training and was forced to drop out of his match against WBA featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz that headlines on FOX February 16 from Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Stepping up to replace Flores is Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (26-2-2, 17 KOs), a 24-year-old from Tijuana, Mexico.

The televised undercard will also feature a battle of unbeaten super welterweight prospects as 6’6 Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fondura takes on Donnie Marshall in an eight-round match. The co-feature is a 12-round junior welterweight clash between unbeaten former champion Omar Figueroa and hard-hitting John Molina Jr.

Featherweight challenger Miguel Flores suffered an ankle injury in training and was forced to drop out of his match against WBA featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz that…
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Canadian grudge match reaching boiling point

The all-Canadian grudge match between super welterweights Cody “The Crippler” Crowley and Stuart McLellan is heating to a boil on social media, and the two freely trade insults in a newly released video. The undefeated newcomer Crowley (16-0, 9 KOs) will defend his titles against McLellan (25-2-3, 10 KOs) in a 12-round shootout on February 9, at the Memorial Centre in Crowley’s hometown of Peterborough, Ontario.

The event, presented by Crowley’s own CCC Promotions, is entitled “Homecoming IV – Bad Blood” and the two have been going back and forth with increasing intensity since their showdown was announced. Continue reading “Canadian grudge match reaching boiling point”

The all-Canadian grudge match between super welterweights Cody “The Crippler” Crowley and Stuart McLellan is heating to a boil on social media, and the two freely trade insults in a…
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Another Wilder in the ring

It was announced today that Marsellos Wilder, the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay, will make his UK debut on February 23 at The O2 in London. Marsellos is creating a name for himself in the division below at cruiserweight where he’s undefeated in three fights with two knockouts. The 29-year-old Marsellos from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, first fights this Saturday night against Will Florentino on the PBC show in Brooklyn, New York.

Marsellos will then follow in the footsteps of Deontay, who stopped Olympic champion Audley Harrison inside a round in Sheffield in April 2013, by having his first fight in the UK. Deontay will accompany Marsellos on his first excursion to the UK. Continue reading “Another Wilder in the ring”

It was announced today that Marsellos Wilder, the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay, will make his UK debut on February 23 at The O2 in London. Marsellos is…
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Rojas-Xu Media Day

WBA featherweight champion Jesus Rojas (26-2-2, 19 KOs) and challenger Xu Can (15-2, 2 KOs) hosted a media workout Wednesday at The Knockout Factory in Houston, Texas ahead of their 12-round battle for Rojas’s world title. The action will take place on Saturday at the Toyota Center and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Jesus Rojas: “Xu Can is a great fighter and I was very happy to have another opportunity to defend my title. There will be fireworks at the ring this Saturday night.”

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Xu Can: “I am very excited for Saturday. I was training for 10 days in Miami and feel good. I’m excited and eager to win a fight for my Chinese fans.”
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WBA featherweight champion Jesus Rojas (26-2-2, 19 KOs) and challenger Xu Can (15-2, 2 KOs) hosted a media workout Wednesday at The Knockout Factory in Houston, Texas ahead of their…
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Munguia, Inoue Media Day

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WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) and challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) hosted a media workout today at The Knockout Factory in Houston, Texas ahead of their 12-round battle for Munguia’s World Title. The action will take place on Saturday at the Toyota Center iand will be streamed live on DAZN.
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Jaime Munguia: “I’m really happy to be here in Houston and happy to see how they treat me here. I’m ready to defend my title and give a great fight to my fans. Thanks for your support and I hope to give you a great show this Saturday. Continue reading “Munguia, Inoue Media Day”

Photos: Stacey Verbeek WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KOs) and challenger Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KOs) hosted a media workout today at The Knockout Factory in Houston,…
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Badou Jack on the cut that broke the Internet

Although two-division world champion Badou Jack dropped a decision Saturday night to fellow light heavyweight Marcus Browne, it was the courage and tenacity that he showed in fighting through what some are calling one of the worst cuts in boxing history that has had the sports world buzzing. “I don’t just fight for myself, I fight for the refugee children and I was thinking of them,” said Jack. “They come from war and often don’t have any parents, so what’s a scratch on my forehead? They are going through something much worse. You have to keep fighting.”

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While many were concerned with the blood that gushed from Jack’s cut round after round, the veteran fighter was able to block it out and continued to fight until the final bell. Although he was taken to the hospital immediately following the fight, Jack was unfazed by the severity of the cut, which was sewn up with nearly 100 stitches. Continue reading “Badou Jack on the cut that broke the Internet”

Although two-division world champion Badou Jack dropped a decision Saturday night to fellow light heavyweight Marcus Browne, it was the courage and tenacity that he showed in fighting through what…
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Conlan headlines on St Paddy’s Day

Michael “Mick” Conlan is set to paint the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden green on St. Patrick’s Day for a third consecutive year. The Belfast native, two-time Irish Olympian, and top featherweight prospect packed the Hulu Theater to the rafters in 2017 and 2018 and will return on Sunday, March 17 to face the battle-tested Ruben Garcia Hernandez in the 10-round main event.

Conlan-Hernandez will begin following the conclusion of the annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

In the co-feature, former junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno will face former junior lightweight world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz in a 10-round featherweight clash. And, in a crossroads welterweight bout, Brooklyn native and former world champion Luis Collazo will take on Samuel Vargas in a 10-rounder.

Michael “Mick” Conlan is set to paint the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden green on St. Patrick’s Day for a third consecutive year. The Belfast native, two-time Irish Olympian,…
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Joyce steps up against Stiverne

Poxon Sports and PBC have announced that heavyweight Joe Joyce will defend his Commonwealth title in the biggest test of his unbeaten career when he takes a gigantic leap up to confront former WBC world champion Bermane Stiverne on February 23 at The O2 in London. Joyce vs. Stiverne will feature alongside the return of former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby as one of the chief-supporting contests on an action-packed show, headlined with the all-British clash between fierce rivals James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr.

The 6ft 6in ‘Juggernaut’ from Putney, South West London, has destroyed all seven of his opponents since turning professional in October 2017 after capturing the Silver medal at the Rio Olympics and has singled himself out as one of the most feared talents in the heavyweight division. Continue reading “Joyce steps up against Stiverne”

Poxon Sports and PBC have announced that heavyweight Joe Joyce will defend his Commonwealth title in the biggest test of his unbeaten career when he takes a gigantic leap up…
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Farmer leads pack of Briscoe Award winners

Junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer has been named the “2018 Philly Fighter of the Year” and will receive the Briscoe Award on April 14, 2018. The Philadelphian also earned the award for the “Performance of the Year”, based on his title-winning effort against Billy Dib. Farmer and several other locals will be honored at the 12th Annual Briscoe Awards, a public event held at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia.

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The dramatic super middleweight bout between Kalvin Henderson and Brandon Robinson was named the “2018 Philly Fight of the Year”. Henderson won the exciting struggle, but both combatants will take home a Briscoe Award. Continue reading “Farmer leads pack of Briscoe Award winners”

Junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer has been named the “2018 Philly Fighter of the Year” and will receive the Briscoe Award on April 14, 2018. The Philadelphian also earned the…
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Interview: Adam Kownacki

By Przemek Garczarczyk

72 hours before another crucial fight, heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KO) talks with Fightnews.com about his past and future, always staying true to his principles, working with manager Keith Connolly and why he knows how to beat “very good, very athletic” Gerald Washington (19-2, 12 KOs). Kownacki-Washington will be part of the FOX live broadcast of the return of WBA welterweight world champion Keith Thurman defending his title against Josesito Lopez on Saturday live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

By Przemek Garczarczyk 72 hours before another crucial fight, heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KO) talks with Fightnews.com about his past and future, always staying true to his principles,…
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Saunders suspension lifted, Andrade fight looms

The WBO Championship Committee has issued a ruling on suspended former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders’ suspension is to be terminated immediately and it’s recommended to the WBO World Ratings Committee that Saunders be reinstated in the WBO middleweight ratings and be positioned as the number one contender. Further, if the WBO Ratings Committee adopts the Championship Committees’ recommendation, Saunders will be designated the official mandatory challenger to current champion Demetrius Andrade.

The Championship Committee has also ordered the Andrade and Saunders to begin negotiations. If an accord is not reached within 30 days, a purse bid will be ordered. The minimum acceptable bid is $200,000.

The WBO Championship Committee has issued a ruling on suspended former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders’ suspension is to be terminated immediately and it’s recommended to the WBO…
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Charr-Oquendo to finally meet in March?

WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr has been reinstated and ordered to defend his title against Fres Oquendo in March. After a positive result in a random doping test at the end of August, Charr’s planned WBA title defense against Oquendo could not take place. Now the WBA officially declared that doping test to be invalid. Decisive for the decision of the WBA was Charr’s clean test on the scheduled date of the match. Oquendo won a federal court order for a WBA title fight by virtue of a rematch clause in the contract for his 2014 fight with then-champ Ruslan Chagaev.

WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr has been reinstated and ordered to defend his title against Fres Oquendo in March. After a positive result in a random doping test at the…
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Pacquiao comments on Mayweather

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao issued the following statement on Sunday morning before he went to bible study:

“I only want to continue to fight the best. If Floyd [Mayweather] can no longer fight at my level, then of course he should stay retired!”

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao issued the following statement on Sunday morning before he went to bible study: “I only want to continue to fight the best. If Floyd [Mayweather]…
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Italian boxing back on DAZN

Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN have announced the second installment of their historic eight-year joint venture in Italy. Following the success of their inaugural event in November, the trio will host a boxing card at the Superstudio in Milan on March 8. Three title fights top a nine-fight show.

Undefeated super middleweight Daniele Scardina (15-0, 14 KOs) takes on Henri Kekalainen (11-5, 5 KOs) for the IBF International 168lb crown.

Welterweight Maxim Prodan (15-0, 14 KOs) meets Steve Jamoye (25-6-2, 5 KOs) for the IBF International 147lb title. Continue reading “Italian boxing back on DAZN”

Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN have announced the second installment of their historic eight-year joint venture in Italy. Following the success of their inaugural event in November,…
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WBC #4 Wake halts Nakajima, avenges previous defeat

By Joe Koizumi

WBC #4 super-bantam, Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18 KOs), 122, avenged his previous defeat in 2012 as he caught up with his grudge rival Takafumi Nakajima (29-12-1, 13 KOs), 121.75, floored him twice and finally halted him at 2:20 of the sixth round in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

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Having tasted a bitter defeat by Jonathan Guzman via eleventh round stoppage to fail to win the IBF 122-pound belt in July 2016, Wake, a lefty sharpshooter, scored six victories since—all within the distance—to show he is ready to have another world crack soon. Nakajima wasn’t an easy target, but Wake, sharp and speedy, whipped him with precision to bring home the bacon.
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IBF #4 feather Reiya Abe (19-2, 9 KOs), 127.25, bloodied former amateur star Daisuke Sugita (4-1, 3 KOs), 127.5, dropped him twice in round five and pounded out a unanimous nod (80-70 twice, 79-71) over a lopsided eight. Abe had entered the world top ten by upsetting then rated veteran Satoshi Hosono (retired afterward) in October 2017, and scored four triumphs thereafter. The shifty southpaw Abe will have a long anticipated shot at the national 126-pound belt against Taiki Minamoto in the Carnival of Champions on May 1.

By Joe Koizumi WBC #4 super-bantam, Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18 KOs), 122, avenged his previous defeat in 2012 as he caught up with his grudge rival Takafumi Nakajima…
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Munguia ready to make it another special year

By Miguel Maravilla

It was well over a year ago in December of 2017 when I saw a young super welterweight prospect Jaime Munguia of Tijuana, Mexico for the first time. He was fighting in the U.S. for the first time on the Orlando Salido vs. Mikey Roman on the non-televised card against Paul Valenzuela at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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There was some buzz prior to his fight by media comparing him to former world champion Antonio Margarito, also of Tijuana. Standing at 6 feet tall with a long, and rangy punching style. I can see the similarity. Munguia would go on to annihilate Valenzuela, stopping him in two rounds. The young fighter continued to stay active as he would go on to win his next two fights. Continue reading “Munguia ready to make it another special year”

By Miguel Maravilla It was well over a year ago in December of 2017 when I saw a young super welterweight prospect Jaime Munguia of Tijuana, Mexico for the first…
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Tree kills Balanganani Ndou

By Ron Jackson

Balanganani “Bonecrusher” Ndou from the Limpopo Province who fought as a professional from July 2002 to October 2017 was killed by a tree that fell on him on Sunday. The 35-year-old’s job was cutting down trees in the area and he was killed instantly.

Ndou, who fought from the southpaw stance made his pro debut as a junior-featherweight on July 6, 2002 at the Showgrounds in Louis Trichardt and outpointed Amen Masuthu over four rounds. Continue reading “Tree kills Balanganani Ndou”

By Ron Jackson Balanganani “Bonecrusher” Ndou from the Limpopo Province who fought as a professional from July 2002 to October 2017 was killed by a tree that fell on him…
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Pacquiao suffers eye injury

WBA welterweight champion suffered an injury to his left eye in Saturday night’s win over Adrien Broner. Pacman reportedly suffered a scratched retina and was wearing an eye patch on Sunday. The L.A. Times is now reporting that Manny has shed the eye patch will attend tonight’s Lakers game.

WBA welterweight champion suffered an injury to his left eye in Saturday night’s win over Adrien Broner. Pacman reportedly suffered a scratched retina and was wearing an eye patch on…
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Lee finishes Colomban, wins vacant OPBF 154lb belt

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi

Elongated Korean southpaw Jung-Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), 153.75, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-welterweight belt when he fought in even terms and then turned loose to demolish Cameroon-born Australian Samuel Colomban (25-11-1, 11 KOs), 151, at 2:47 of the seventh round in a scheduled twelve on Saturday in Seoul, Korea.
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It was the very first OPBF title bout held in Korea in six years, and the audience was greatly moved by Lee’s dramatic knockout after their competitive processing. Prior to the knockout, the tallies were as follows: 59-55 (Korean Kim), 58-56 (Japanese Ikehara) both for Lee, and 58-56 (Australian Ferrauto) for Colomban. Continue reading “Lee finishes Colomban, wins vacant OPBF 154lb belt”

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi Elongated Korean southpaw Jung-Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), 153.75, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-welterweight belt when he fought in even terms and then turned…
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WBC Updates (by division)

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has reported on the status of each division.

HEAVYWEIGHT: Free negotiations for the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch have been ordered. If no agreement is reached, a purse bid will be held on February 5. With the WBC order of the Wilder vs. Fury rematch, the mandatory status of the division is under process by WBC Board.

CRUISERWEIGHT: Champion Oleksandr Usyk has unified all major belts. The WBC supports unified champions and will look into the mandatory situation with all organizations, trying to find a common mandatory contender and avoid multiple mandatories.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT: Champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk will make a voluntary defense vs. TBA in March. Marcus Browne captured the WBC silver and is now the mandatory challenger of the division.

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT: Mandatory contender Anthony Dirrell faces Avni Yildirim for the vacant title on February 23. David Benavidez is “Champion in Recess” after testing positive in CBP. Diamond champion Callum Smith will defend in March or April.

MIDDLEWEIGHT: Champion Canelo Alvarez will make his voluntary defense on May 4 vs Daniel Jacobs. Continue reading “WBC Updates (by division)”

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has reported on the status of each division. HEAVYWEIGHT: Free negotiations for the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch have been ordered. If no agreement is…
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Chicago boxing card announced

Boxing returns to the Windy City when Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bobby Hitz presents the “Belvedere Bash, Friday February 22 at the Belvedere in Elk Grove Village. Super middleweight Tommy “White Lightning” Hughes (7-1, 3 KOs) tops the eight bout card.

Hughes is coming off a majority decision win in an all-action brawl versus a tough, experienced southpaw in fellow Chicago fighter Chris Chatman (15-9-1, 5 KOs) last November. It was his first fight back after suffering his sole defeat last June against Damar Singleton. Many of today’s fighters would look for an “easy touch” following a loss, but Hughes chose an even tougher foe. Continue reading “Chicago boxing card announced”

Boxing returns to the Windy City when Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bobby Hitz presents the “Belvedere Bash, Friday February 22 at the Belvedere in Elk Grove Village. Super middleweight…
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WBO #1 Isufi, WBO #2 Szello in action Feb 22

Felix Promotions will start the year on February 22 in Budapest. In a featured bout, WBO #1 super middleweight Shefat Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs) will fight a ten-rounder against an opponent to be named. With WBO champ Gilberto Ramirez likely to move up in weight, Isufi could soon fight for the vacant WBO title, possibly against Jesse Hart. No official word, but those are the rumors.

On the same night, unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #5 and WBA #14 cruiserweight Imre Szellő (22-0, 14 KOs) will be the main event of the evening vs. TBA. Szellő was supposed to fight WBO #1 rated Firat Arslan in an eliminator, but the Arslan camp stepped back from that fight according to Team Szellő. Continue reading “WBO #1 Isufi, WBO #2 Szello in action Feb 22”

Felix Promotions will start the year on February 22 in Budapest. In a featured bout, WBO #1 super middleweight Shefat Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs) will fight a ten-rounder against an…
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Horn promoter calls for Horn-Pacquiao rematch

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will give WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao a rematch and is confident he will defeat him again according to Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan. “In his last five fights, Manny Pacquiao has only been beaten once, by Jeff Horn. Given Pacman’s last two fights, a destruction of Matthysse and an easy win over Broner, Manny has shown he has plenty of gas left in the tank. It also shows that Jeff horn didn’t beat an old Manny Pacquiao,” Lonergan told Fightnews.com®.

“If Pacquiao wants to build towards a big fight with Mayweather, and make MayPac 2 more credible than it currently is, and with more credibility, it makes more money, surely Manny has to revisit Jeff Horn before a Mayweather fight. Continue reading “Horn promoter calls for Horn-Pacquiao rematch”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will give WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao a rematch and is confident he will defeat him again…
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Pacquiao: I’m waiting who will challenge me

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) spoke about his win over four-division world champion Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 23KOs) at the post-fight press conference. The 40-year-old Pacquiao was dominant in winning a unanimous decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
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“It was a nice to be back. This was a good win for me and my team,” Pacquiao said. “Our strategy was to counter and that’s his style. So we had to make adjustments.

“Buboy told me not to get careless in there. Adrien Broner is a good boxer. He is a former champion. You can’t take him lightly. I respect him and his team for giving a good fight tonight.” Continue reading “Pacquiao: I’m waiting who will challenge me”

By Miguel Maravilla WBA welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) spoke about his win over four-division world champion Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 23KOs) at the post-fight press conference. The…
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