ShoBox Weights from Shawnee, Oklahoma

Jon Fernandez 129.75 vs. O’Shaquie Foster 129.5

05 Fernandez Foster
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Irvin Gonzalez Jr. 126 vs. Carlos Ramos 125.5
Wesley Ferrer 134.75 vs. Steven Ortiz 134.5
James Wilkins 128.5 vs. Misael Lopez 128.75

Venue: Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Showtime

Jon Fernandez 129.75 vs. O’Shaquie Foster 129.5 Irvin Gonzalez Jr. 126 vs. Carlos Ramos 125.5 Wesley Ferrer 134.75 vs. Steven Ortiz 134.5 James Wilkins 128.5 vs. Misael Lopez 128.75 Venue:…
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Charr fails drug test, Oquendo fight off

The world title clash between WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr and Fres Oquendo scheduled for September 29 in Cologne, Germany, is off after Charr tested positive for two banned substances.

Official Statement from Manuel Charr…

Dear Boxing Fans, here is my statement on the doping test:

Tonight the message came that I tested positive. My manager Christian Jäger and my promoter Bernd Trendelkamp canceled the fight without informing me or contacting me. I am very disappointed in this approach.

I can’t explain the result, but I will do anything to resolve it. I’m now waiting for the result of the B Sample as I have once again undergone independent and voluntary doping testing. The results are expected to be published on Saturday, 9/22/18. Continue reading “Charr fails drug test, Oquendo fight off”

The world title clash between WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr and Fres Oquendo scheduled for September 29 in Cologne, Germany, is off after Charr tested positive for two banned substances.…
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Weights from Long Island

Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez 139 vs. Johnny “Hitman” Hernandez 139.8
(ABO intercontinental super lightweight title)

Anthony Laureano 139.2 vs. Marquis Hawthorne 141.2
Shaun Kennedy 179.2 vs. Perez Aughtry 178
Jared Bonilla 136.8 vs. Jose Maysonet 135.8
Alex Vargas 144 vs. Deron Lawson 143.6

Venue: The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing

Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez 139 vs. Johnny “Hitman” Hernandez 139.8 (ABO intercontinental super lightweight title) Anthony Laureano 139.2 vs. Marquis Hawthorne 141.2 Shaun Kennedy 179.2 vs. Perez Aughtry 178 Jared…
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Oscar Valdez starts training camp on Oct 1

By Hesiquio Balderas

Frank Espinoza, manager of two-time Mexican Olympian and WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs), told Fightnews.com® that Valdez starts training camp on October 1st. He is returning after suffering a broken jaw in his exciting win over Scott Quigg in March.

“Oscar is going to Mexico to train with Eddy Reynoso. He wants to train in Guadalajara. He wants to be in his homeland and they will train at Reynoso’s gym,” said the three-time manager of the year.

“The goal is for Oscar to fight in December. He wants to defend his title and we are extremely happy to fulfill his desire. Oscar will become (next to Canelo) Mexico’s biggest star. We are on the right path,” he concluded.

By Hesiquio Balderas Frank Espinoza, manager of two-time Mexican Olympian and WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs), told Fightnews.com® that Valdez starts training camp on October 1st. He…
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Joshua, Povetkin face off at final presser

Unified WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and challenger Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) faced off at the final press conference in advance of their showdown on Saturday before 90,000+ at Wembley Stadium in London.

Joshua Povetkin Presser
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Anthony Joshua: “(I plan to) roll with the punches, what more can I do than give my best? I’ll go out there and find a way to win…I know I have a lot of fire in my belly, that’s just as important as skills.”

Alexander Povetkin: “The fight will show everything. Anthony is a very strong fighter but I am just as strong…I never try to say anything ahead of time, you’ll see everything on fight night.”

Unified WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and challenger Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) faced off at the final press conference in advance of their showdown on Saturday…
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Venue and Juanma’s opponent named

Former three-time world champion in two weight classes Juan “Juanma” Lopez will clash with Cristian Ruben “Piedrita” Mino in a ten-round lightweight co-feature bout on the upcoming November 10 “Redemption in Miami” card. The event will take place at Marlins Park on the West Plaza in Miami, Florida and will be available live on pay per view ($24.95).

In the previously announced main event, former four-time world champion in three weight divisions and Olympic Gold Medalist Yuriorkis “El Ciclon De Guantánamo” Gamboa will battle two-time world title challenger Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran, Jr. in another ten round lightweight bout.

“Redemption in Miami” is promoted by New Champions Promotions in association with Marlins Park. Ticket prices start at $60 and will go on sale Wednesday, September 26 at 10:00 am ET and be available at the Marlins Park ticket office and online at www.marlins.com/boxing. Fight night doors will open at 6:00 pm and first bout will begin at 7:00 pm. Continue reading “Venue and Juanma’s opponent named”

Former three-time world champion in two weight classes Juan “Juanma” Lopez will clash with Cristian Ruben “Piedrita” Mino in a ten-round lightweight co-feature bout on the upcoming November 10 “Redemption…
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Cortez joins the Dream Team

Undefeated lightweight Devin “The Dream” Haney (19-0, 13 KOs), has brought on Hall of Fame Boxing referee Joe Cortez to serve as the team’s official boxing consultant. Cortez, who is known for refereeing some of boxing’s most memorable fights, will guide Devin Haney Promotions as he ascends in his career.

Cortez has over 50 years of boxing experience under his belt, as a fighter, trainer and referee. He won several NYC Golden Glove Championships as an amateur and went (18-1) as a professional before refereeing over 175 world championship fights. Cortez will be accompanying Haney in Temecula, CA, for his upcoming fight September 28th against Juan Carlos Burgos, televised live on Showtime.

Undefeated lightweight Devin “The Dream” Haney (19-0, 13 KOs), has brought on Hall of Fame Boxing referee Joe Cortez to serve as the team’s official boxing consultant. Cortez, who is…
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Kazakh duo on Sept 28 ESPN+ card

A pair of former amateur stars from Kazakhstan, 2016 Olympian Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1 KO) and Askhat Ualikhanov (3-1, 2 KOs), will make their Top Rank debuts in separate bouts on Friday, Sept. 28 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Alimkhanuly will face Carlos Galvan in a super middleweight contest, while Ualikhanov will take on Angel Hernandez in a super lightweight showdown on the undercard of IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcátegui’s 10-round non-title bout against Ezequiel Maderna and Jerwin Ancajas’ IBF junior bantamweight title defense versus Alejandro Santiago.

Both are managed by Egis Klimas. “Janibek and Askhat are sensational talents who will be contending for world titles sooner rather than later,” Klimas said. “I am happy that American fight fans will be able to see them fight on ESPN+.”

Note: The loss on Ualikhanov record came in his pro debut when he was controversially disqualified in the third round against Daniel Bastien for landing a punch on the break.

A pair of former amateur stars from Kazakhstan, 2016 Olympian Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1 KO) and Askhat Ualikhanov (3-1, 2 KOs), will make their Top Rank debuts in separate bouts…
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Video: Joshua, Povetkin public workouts

Unified WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and challenger Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) showed their skills to the boxing public on Wednesday night. Joshua, Povetkin plus many undercard fighters entered the ring at the famed York Hall.

Povetkin shook out, hit the pads and left the ring. Joshua jumped rope, hit the pads and stuck around to answer a few questions.

“He might have a good left hook but I have to annihilate that early,” said Joshua. “He has a lot of things in his locker so we have to shut him down early…the win is the most important thing, but, of course the knockout is always entertaining and boosts up the stock.”

Unified WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and challenger Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) showed their skills to the boxing public on Wednesday night. Joshua, Povetkin plus many…
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Floyd to fight in Tokyo BEFORE Pacquiao rematch?

By TMZSports.com

Floyd Mayweather isn’t jumping right back into the ring with Manny Pacquiao … instead, he’s taking a tune-up fight in Tokyo, with the big money Pacman rematch to follow … TMZ Sports has learned. Mayweather called out Manny last weekend, telling Pacquiao and the world he wanted to run back the 2015 superfight in December.

It looks like Floyd is adjusting course a bit … ’cause sources close to TBE tell us he’s actually eyeing 2 comeback fights … starting with a massive boxing event in Tokyo.

Couple of interesting points here … we’re told Floyd hasn’t yet picked an opponent — and he ain’t just lookin’ at boxers — he’s also checking out kickboxers and MMA fighters. Continue reading “Floyd to fight in Tokyo BEFORE Pacquiao rematch?”

By TMZSports.com Floyd Mayweather isn’t jumping right back into the ring with Manny Pacquiao … instead, he’s taking a tune-up fight in Tokyo, with the big money Pacman rematch to…
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Onolunose-Volny collide Sept 29 for NABO belt

Lee Baxter Promotions has a good boxing card on tap for Saturday, September 29th at The Cornwall Civic Centre in Cornwall, Canada. In the main event, the WBO-NABO championship is on the line when current champion Albert Onolunose (23-1-1, 7 KOs) takes on current WBA-NABA Canadian champion Patrice Volny (11-0, 8 KOs) in a 10 round title fight with massive implications in Canada’s middleweight picture.

The Calgary-based, Nigerian-born. Onolunose, who won the title in his last light against Francis Lafreniere, is taking on one of Montreal’s hottest young fighters in Volny who is coming off a brutal TKO victory and title defense over Calgary’s rugged Janks Trotter this past May. Continue reading “Onolunose-Volny collide Sept 29 for NABO belt”

Lee Baxter Promotions has a good boxing card on tap for Saturday, September 29th at The Cornwall Civic Centre in Cornwall, Canada. In the main event, the WBO-NABO championship is…
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WBC 168lb champ Benavidez fails drug test

According to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, VADA has confirmed that WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez had an adverse finding in a recent random drug test and protocols will begin immediately. It is reported that the substance was a compound commonly found in cocaine.

Benavidez has the right to challenge the finding and open the “B” sample, but he has already fessed up via social media “I would like to sincerely apologize to the WBC for my actions. I am embarrassed to have this happen and to my all my fans that I lost the respect of, I know a lot of people won’t see me the same but I am young and it was a mistake on my behalf.”

The WBC’s “Clean Boxing Program” requires all champions and rated fighters in each weight class to comply with year-round blood and urine testing administered by VADA. Benavidez could be facing a fine and/or suspension.

According to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, VADA has confirmed that WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez had an adverse finding in a recent random drug test and protocols will begin…
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Eubank-McDonagh on Groves-Smith undercard

World Boxing Super Series super middleweight final reserve Chris Eubank Jr. faces JJ McDonagh over ten rounds on the George Groves vs Callum Smith undercard on 28 September at The Indoor Sports Hall at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Eubank Jr. (26-2, 20 KOs), who was defeated in a thrilling semi-final by Groves, will be on standby to enter the final in the unlikely scenario of one of the original participants being unable to compete.

“I have been training hard in Vegas, and I am looking be a part of the event in Jeddah,” said Eubank Jr. “I am preparing for any scenario that may present itself.” Continue reading “Eubank-McDonagh on Groves-Smith undercard”

World Boxing Super Series super middleweight final reserve Chris Eubank Jr. faces JJ McDonagh over ten rounds on the George Groves vs Callum Smith undercard on 28 September at The…
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European Boxing Updates

By Marco Bratusch

Former European junior welterweight champion Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs), a young, skilled southpaw from Sweden, officially relinquished his continental belt last week as he is already scheduled to take on hard-hitting Ivan “Beast” Barancyk (18-0, 11 KOs) on October 27 in New Orleans for the vacant IBF belt, a bout which also happens to be a quarter-final for World Boxing Super Series tournament’s second season in the 140-pound division. The vacant European belt will be disputed between Italian Andrea Scarpa (23-4, 10 KOs) and Joe Hughes (16-3-1, 7 KOs), with the purse bid deadline set for October 10 at noon by the EBU. Hughes is a solid fighter with a good level of opposition in domestic fights while Scarpa, who also had his biggest fights in the UK in 2016 where he beat John Wayne Hibbert in an eye-catching battle, followed it up with lackluster performance in front of Ohara Davies who utterly dominated the bout. Continue reading “European Boxing Updates”

By Marco Bratusch Former European junior welterweight champion Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs), a young, skilled southpaw from Sweden, officially relinquished his continental belt last week as he is already…
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Saunders in hot water after disturbing video

Police investigating Billy Joe Saunders after viral video he posted on social media

World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has apologized for a disturbing video he posted on social media calling it “banter went wrong.”

The video shows Saunders seated in his Rolls Royce offering a woman on the street “£150 of crack” in exchange for performing a sex act on a friend riding in his car. Saunders also offered the drugs to the woman if she assaults a random pedestrian walking by. After the woman punched the man in the face, Saunders drove away laughing.

The BBBoC has already charged Saunders with “misconduct” and will hold a disciplinary hearing on the incident next week.

Nottingham police are also investigating the video, which a spokesman called “sickening,” and they say the footage shows several possible crimes being committed including “an offer to supply drugs” and “assault” among others.

Saunders is scheduled to defend his belt against Demetrius Andrade on October 20 in Boston, Massachusetts. Too early to tell if this incident will jeopardize that fight.

Police investigating Billy Joe Saunders after viral video he posted on social media World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has apologized for a disturbing video he posted…
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Gamboa, Juanma to rock Miami Nov 10

Two of boxing’s most exciting fighters return to the ring

Four-time world champion in three weight divisions and Olympic Gold Medalist Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa and former featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez will headline in separate bouts on a November 10 card at a venue to be named in Miami, Florida.

In the main event, Gamboa (28-2, 17 KOs), from Guantanamo, Cuba now living in Miami, Florida will battle two-time world title challenger Miguel Beltran, Jr. (33-6, 22 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico. “Juanma” Lopez (35-6, 32 KOs) from Caguas, Puerto Rico will fight an opponent to be named in the co-feature.

The card will be billed as “Redemption in Miami” and be televised on pay-per-view. More details to come shortly.

Two of boxing’s most exciting fighters return to the ring Four-time world champion in three weight divisions and Olympic Gold Medalist Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa and former featherweight…
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Canelo to be belted at gala WBC tribute

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will have an extraordinary tribute and reception in Mexico City. Plans call for “Canelo” Alvarez to be in Mexico City in October to officially receive the WBC’s world championship belt that he won by defeating Gennady Golovkin last Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A source has commented that the WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán is planning a gala event for the popular Mexican champion. The WBC is currently hard at work preparing for its 56th annual convention to be held from September 30 to October 5 in Kiev, Ukraine. One of the issues to be resolved at the convention is the situation involving current WBC interim middleweight champion Jermall Charlo.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBA/WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will have an extraordinary tribute and reception in Mexico City. Plans call for “Canelo” Alvarez to be in Mexico City…
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Sampson Boxing inks Dominican trio

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has announced the signing of a trio of undefeated Dominican prospects to promotional contracts: featherweight Ranfis Javier Encarnacion (13-0, 10 KOs), super featherweight Michael “La Salsa Michell” Rivera (14-0, 9 KOs), and super lightweight Starling “Exparquison” Castillo (6-0, 5 KOs). “All three fighters are eager to take the same path their countrymen took to the world championship and I am going to provide it for them,” stated Lewkowicz. “Like I do with all my fighters, I am currently securing all of their P1 work visas, so they can fight in the United States starting in 2019.”

Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has announced the signing of a trio of undefeated Dominican prospects to promotional contracts: featherweight Ranfis Javier Encarnacion (13-0, 10 KOs), super featherweight Michael “La…
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Cuevas-Ortiz added to Sept 28 Florida card

The Heavyweight Factory’s latest promotional signing, undefeated welterweight Derrieck Cuevas (17-0-1, 14 KOs), will face veteran Silverio Ortiz (37-22, 18 KOs) over 10 rounds on the undercard of “Rumble at the Rock 2,” the professional boxing event on September 28 in the Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

In the night’s 10-round main event, undefeated Logan “The Korican Kid” Yoon (12-0, 10 KOs) will defend his WBO-NABO Youth Junior Welterweight Championship against John “El Emperador” Rentería (16-4-1, 12 KOs). The co-main is Mussa “Warrior” Tursyngaliyev (7-0, 6 KOs) versus Deivi “El Cabo” Bassa (20-5, 12 KOs) for the WBA International featherweight title. In an “All Florida” showdown, undefeated welterweight Livan “Machine Gun Kid” Navarro (8-0, 5 KOs) will face Armando “The Gentleman” Alvarez (18-1, 12 KOs).

The Heavyweight Factory’s latest promotional signing, undefeated welterweight Derrieck Cuevas (17-0-1, 14 KOs), will face veteran Silverio Ortiz (37-22, 18 KOs) over 10 rounds on the undercard of “Rumble at…
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New opener for Sept 28 ShoBox

Undefeated middleweight prospect Cem Kilic will now face fellow undefeated prospect DeAndre Ware on September 28, in the opening bout on ShoBox from Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif. The eight-round fight will now be contested at 168-pounds. Ware replaces Donnie Marshall, a natural middleweight, who elected to pull out of the fight when the scheduled 160-pound bout moved to 168 pounds.

In the previously announced 10-round main event, top undefeated lightweight prospect Devin Haney will face three-time world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos. The co-feature of the second Friday of back-to-back ShoBox telecasts will feature an immediate rematch of one of 2018’s most controversial fights between lightweights Thomas Mattice and Zhora Hamazaryan.

Undefeated middleweight prospect Cem Kilic will now face fellow undefeated prospect DeAndre Ware on September 28, in the opening bout on ShoBox from Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif. The…
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Mendy aims to KO Campbell this time

Lightweight Yvan Mendy believes he should have had a shot at a world title by now and is frustrated that Luke Campbell fought for one before him. Mendy outpointed Campbell back in 2015 and is aiming to go one better and knockout the Hull fighter when they rematch at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE on Saturday live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Since that win at The 02, Mendy has gone from strength to strength, piling up seven consecutive wins with three of them via stoppage. Continue reading “Mendy aims to KO Campbell this time”

Lightweight Yvan Mendy believes he should have had a shot at a world title by now and is frustrated that Luke Campbell fought for one before him. Mendy outpointed Campbell…
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Joshua-Povetkin Update

By Karl Freitag

Not much happening yet in London for Saturday’s world heavyweight title fight between unified WBA/IBF/WBO champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and challenger Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs).

Fight Week won’t really get underway until Wednesday when the fighters hold open workouts at the famed York Hall. The workouts start at 6PM.

On Thursday there will be a final press conference (media only), then Friday’s public weigh-in will take place at the Burgess Design Centre starting at 1PM.

Saturday’s fight in front of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium can be seen on DAZN in the U.S. and on PPV on the U.K. via Sky Sports Box Office. FYI: The U.K. PPV price is £19.95 ($26.20). DAZN is $9.99/mo and they have a 30-day free trial.

By Karl Freitag Not much happening yet in London for Saturday’s world heavyweight title fight between unified WBA/IBF/WBO champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and challenger Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24…
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Berchelt, Roman face-off at kickoff presser

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel ‘El Alacrán” Berchelt and Miguel “Mickey” Roman went face-to-face on the arena floor of the Don Haskins Center, site of their Nov. 3 showdown that will, once and for all, settle this simmering grudge match. Berchelt (34-1, 30 KOs), from, Cancun, Mexico, is the 26-year-old champion looking to make his fourth successful title defense. Roman (60-12, 47 KOs), from Juarez, Mexico, is a 32-year-old who will be making his third attempt at a world title.
Berchelt Roman Kickoff
Roman and Berchelt met the media on Monday in El Paso, the middle stop of a three-city press swing that, if anything, has stoked the rivalry between the two.

Here is what they had to say 47 days away from one of the year’s most anticipated fights. Continue reading “Berchelt, Roman face-off at kickoff presser”

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel ‘El Alacrán” Berchelt and Miguel “Mickey” Roman went face-to-face on the arena floor of the Don Haskins Center, site of…
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Alvarado Team shakes off venue switch

Power-punching IBF #1 Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua and IBF #3 Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22 KOs) of General Santos City in the Philippines will fight for the vacant IBF light flyweight title. As previously announced the fight has been moved from Melbourne, Australia to Manila, Philippines on October 21st. Adding some spice to the event is that Manny Pacquiao´s MP Promotions will co-promote the event.

The venue switch does not concern Alvarez’ manager WRAM Boxing (William Ramirez) who is 100% confident that Alvarado has what takes to bring the world title back to Nicaragua. Continue reading “Alvarado Team shakes off venue switch”

Power-punching IBF #1 Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua and IBF #3 Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22 KOs) of General Santos City in the Philippines will fight for the…
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Lara targets Canelo and GGG

Former WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs) says he was inspired by last Saturday night’s fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and he wants to fight either one of them. “I am ready to make a statement and to challenge either fighter at middleweight, whether it is Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez in a rematch…I am ready!” proclaimed Lara, who has been working hard in the gym with trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston, Texas, getting ready for his next fight date.

Former WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs) says he was inspired by last Saturday night’s fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG”…
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