Weights from Panama

By Héctor Villarreal


Amrit Herrera 110 vs Azael Villar 108.75
Jesus Arboleda 151.5 vs Edwin Gamboa 152
John Hibbert 140 vs Franklin Ruiz 133.5
Ernesto Marín 139.5 vs Kevin Rueda 139.75
Josue Cedeño 112 vs Henry Arrieta 112.25
Orlando Peñalba 115 vs Marcos Arrieta 115

Friday 9pm at Los Andes Mall, Panama.
Promoter G&V Etertainment

By Héctor Villarreal Amrit Herrera 110 vs Azael Villar 108.75 Jesus Arboleda 151.5 vs Edwin Gamboa 152 John Hibbert 140 vs Franklin Ruiz 133.5 Ernesto Marín 139.5 vs Kevin Rueda…
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Russell-Diaz Final Press Conference

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. and unbeaten top contender Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference two days before they enter the ring May 19 live on SHOWTIME from MGM National Harbor in Maryland.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

The battle between the 2008 U.S. Olympian Russell Jr. and the 2012 U.S. Olympian Diaz Jr. is part of a split-site SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that will feature WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson defending his title against two-division world champion Badou Jack in a main event from Toronto. Continue reading “Russell-Diaz Final Press Conference”

WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. and unbeaten top contender Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference two days before they enter the ring…
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Stevenson, Jack both promise KOs

Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack both predicted they would win the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship by knockout as they were joined by all-time great Floyd Mayweather during the final press conference on Thursday.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Stevenson will make the ninth defense of his title against Jack in the biggest and most meaningful fight in the 175-pound division in 2018 from Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday night.

Here is what the fighters had to say on Thursday from the Rec Room-Toronto Roundhouse:

ADONIS STEVENSON
“Badou, are you ready? You’ve never been hit; that’s the problem. When you get hit, it’s going to be different. I know you have trained very hard and are excited.

“Don’t blink! Because it’s only going to take one punch to knock him out. I am looking for the knockout. It’s 12 rounds and I just need one punch. Only one. That’s all I need. And as soon as it lands, I’m going to knock him out, and he will stay on the floor. Continue reading “Stevenson, Jack both promise KOs”

Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack both predicted they would win the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship by knockout as they were joined by all-time great Floyd Mayweather during the final…
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Golden Boy inks Andrew Cancio

Junior lightweight contender Andrew ‘El Chango’ Cancio of Blythe, CA has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. The multi-fight deal was announced today by his manager, Ray Chaparro. The 29-year-old Cancio, (18-4-2, 14 KO’s), is coming off a sensational knockout of top undefeated Kazak prospect Aidar Sharibayev for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Super Featherweight Title on April 12, 2018 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California and live on Golden Boy on ESPN. Continue reading “Golden Boy inks Andrew Cancio”

Junior lightweight contender Andrew ‘El Chango’ Cancio of Blythe, CA has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. The multi-fight deal was announced today by his manager, Ray…
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The 12th Round: A Day With Mayor Vitali Klitschko

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

The WBC 56th Annual convention will take place in Kiev, capital city of Ukraine from September 30 through October 5 of this year. I traveled to meet with the local organization committee and to officially present the convention to the media.

The last time I was in this beautiful city was in 2004 when the WBC Board of Governors held a special meeting which is of high significance for the history of our organization, it was then when a terrible legal injustice was finalized and settled and the WBC became stronger than ever. Continue reading “The 12th Round: A Day With Mayor Vitali Klitschko”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son The WBC 56th Annual convention will take place in Kiev, capital city of Ukraine from September 30 through October 5 of…
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Nico Hernandez ready to make history

By Bill Green

History will be made May 19th in several categories, when 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) faces Szilveszter “The Silent Assassin” Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBA world flyweight title at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. Hernandez vs. Kanalas will air on PPV in the U.S. and on Super Channel in Canada.

The 12-rounder will be the first world championship boxing match ever held in the state of Kansas.

At the National Amateur boxing tournament on May 14th inside the Ralston Arena, located in Omaha, Nebraska, Fightnews.com® sat down with Nico. Continue reading “Nico Hernandez ready to make history”

By Bill Green History will be made May 19th in several categories, when 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) faces Szilveszter “The Silent Assassin” Kanalas (14-7, 9…
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Robinson says Horn can defeat Crawford

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #11 welterweight “The New” Ray Robinson defeated WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford in the amateur ranks ten years ago, and after sparring sessions with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, Ray gives the Australian an excellent chance to be victorious on June 9 in Las Vegas. The 32-year-old only arrived in the country on Wednesday night but went toe-to-toe with Horn in a 12 round sparring session on Thursday.

“Anyone can sit behind a desk and say someone is going to win,” Robinson told Grantlee Kieza. “No one really knows how Terence Crawford’s going to react when Jeff hits him. Continue reading “Robinson says Horn can defeat Crawford”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF #11 welterweight “The New” Ray Robinson defeated WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford in the amateur ranks ten years ago, and after sparring…
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Krasniqi-Kashtanov clash for Euro belt

Former world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (47-5, 17 KOs) meets former WBA interim champion Stanislav Kashtanov (36-2, 21 KOs) for the vacant European super middleweight title in a June 2 crossroads duel at the Wee Arena in Bad Tolz, Germany.

Photo: Team SES/Tim Blendermann

Robin Krasniqi: “I have motivated myself once more, still more can be brought out of me. With my fitness coach Sepp Maurer, I was back in the sports school Vitalis “Einkaserniert” working again on the diet and can now approach the 100 percent performance in sparring. I’ll never give up working for my boxing dreams. This is everything for me and Kashtanov’s a big number in our weight class. I’ll beat him. I want this great title!”

In the co-feature, super middleweight Emre Cukur (10-2, 2 KOs) meets Roman Shkarupa (28-7-2, 12 KOs) for the EE title.

Former world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (47-5, 17 KOs) meets former WBA interim champion Stanislav Kashtanov (36-2, 21 KOs) for the vacant European super middleweight title in a June 2…
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Mares ready for redemption

Four-time world champion Abner Mares, along with trainer Robert Garcia, hosted media at their training camp in Riverside, California Wednesday ahead of the featherweight world title rematch between Mares and Leo Santa Cruz Saturday, June 9 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Photo: Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also feature unbeaten super welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo taking on former world champion Austin Trout in the co-main event. Continue reading “Mares ready for redemption”

Four-time world champion Abner Mares, along with trainer Robert Garcia, hosted media at their training camp in Riverside, California Wednesday ahead of the featherweight world title rematch between Mares and…
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Boxing back in New Orleans July 14

Fire Fist Boxing Promotions’ William “Baby Face” Silva (25-1, 14 KOs) will challenge undefeated Olympian Teofimo Lopez (9-0,7 KOs) in a ten round lightweight contest Saturday, July 14 at the Lakefront Arena at the University of New Orleans. Silva-Lopez opens a Top Rank promoted ESPN telecast headlined by New Orleans’ own Regis Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) against Argentina’s Juan Jose Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs), for the WBC interim junior welterweight championship. Continue reading “Boxing back in New Orleans July 14”

Fire Fist Boxing Promotions’ William “Baby Face” Silva (25-1, 14 KOs) will challenge undefeated Olympian Teofimo Lopez (9-0,7 KOs) in a ten round lightweight contest Saturday, July 14 at the…
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Tuto Zabala Jr. inks PR prospect Yomar Alamo

Tuto Zabala’s All Star Boxing has inked Puerto Rico’s latest hot prospect, unbeaten junior welterweight Yomar “The Magic” (14-0, 11 KOs) Alamo from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. “We are very pleased with Yomar, we have big plans for him, we will get him in the ring very soon,” said Tuto Zabala Jr. 

The Zabala family were pioneer promoters in Puerto Rico over 50 years ago. They have promoted several Puerto Rican champions. Miami-based Zabala Jr. has been looking to restart promoting on the island. The signing of prospect Yomar Alamo could bring that desire to fruition. Alamo has a huge fan base in his hometown of Aguas Buenas. Continue reading “Tuto Zabala Jr. inks PR prospect Yomar Alamo”

Tuto Zabala’s All Star Boxing has inked Puerto Rico’s latest hot prospect, unbeaten junior welterweight Yomar “The Magic” (14-0, 11 KOs) Alamo from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. “We are very…
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ESPN2 Weights from Fantasy Springs

Romero Duno 134.6 vs. Gilberto Gonzalez 134.8
Oscar Duarte 134.8 vs. Rey Perez 134.8
Francisco Esparza 125.6 vs. Edgar Cantu 125
Jaba Khositashvili 169 vs. Fabian Valdez 168
Raymond Muratalla 133.2 vs. Benjamin Da Cunna 134.6

Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN2

Romero Duno 134.6 vs. Gilberto Gonzalez 134.8 Oscar Duarte 134.8 vs. Rey Perez 134.8 Francisco Esparza 125.6 vs. Edgar Cantu 125 Jaba Khositashvili 169 vs. Fabian Valdez 168 Raymond Muratalla…
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Badou Jack hits Toronto

Former two-division world champion Badou Jack explored Toronto and Maple Leaf Square at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday just three days before he challenges light heavyweight king Adonis Stevenson in what will be the city’s most significant world title fight in more 30 years.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Stevenson-Jack is the most noteworthy fight in Toronto since Aaron Pryor defended his 140-pound title against Toronto-native Nicky Furlano on June 22, 1984 at Varsity Arena. Eleven years prior, on Sept. 22, 1973, Welterweight World Champion Jose Napoles defeated Canada’s Clyde Gray at the old Maple Leaf Gardens. Continue reading “Badou Jack hits Toronto”

Former two-division world champion Badou Jack explored Toronto and Maple Leaf Square at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday just three days before he challenges light heavyweight king Adonis Stevenson in…
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Ramirez-O’Connor set for July 7

It’s official. WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his world title against WBC #14 Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (30-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday, July 7 at the Save Mart Center. Ramirez vs. O’Connor will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Tickets are on sale now $150 (floor), 90, $60, $35, $20, and $10. As a bonus, fans who purchase tickets to Ramirez-O’Connor will also receive a free voucher to attend the May 26 card at the Save Mart Center, a world championship doubleheader featuring 115-pound world champions Jerwin Ancajas and Kal Yafai in separate bouts. Continue reading “Ramirez-O’Connor set for July 7”

It’s official. WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his world title against WBC #14 Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (30-3, 11 KOs) on…
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Naito survives knockdowns, barely keeps OPBF 140lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Former OPBF middleweight champ Cassius Naito’s son, Rikki Naito (20-2, 7 KOs), 140, very barely retained his OPBF super-lightweight belt as he was lopsidedly leading on points after the tenth, but suffered damaging visits to the canvas in the eleventh and twelfth rounds and breathlessly earned a majority decision (114-112 twice, 113-113) over Filipino titlist Jheritz Chavez (8-3-2, 6 KOs), 140, over twelve unbelievable rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It almost followed the outcome of Mike Weaver’s come-from-behind fifteenth-round victory over John Tate in 1980. The open scores after the eighth were identically 78-74 for the shifty defending champ Naito. The fast-handed footworker Rikki piled up a couple of more points in rounds nine and ten, leading no less than six points. But a trick happened then and there. Continue reading “Naito survives knockdowns, barely keeps OPBF 140lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Former OPBF middleweight champ Cassius Naito’s son, Rikki Naito (20-2, 7 KOs), 140, very barely retained his OPBF super-lightweight belt as he was lopsidedly…
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WBO orders Munguia-Smith negotiations

Luis Batista Salas, Chairman of the WB0 Championship Committee, has sent a letter to Golden Boy, Zanfer and Queensbury Promotions ordering the immediate commencement to negotiations for a bout between newly crowned WBO jr middleweight champion Jaime Munguia and Liam Smith.

The letter says:

Please be advised the parties have thirty days (30) upon receipt of this letter to negotiate and reach an agreement concerning the W80 Jr. Middleweight Title Bout between Jaime Munguia and Liam Smith. If an accord is not reached within the time frame stated herein, a Purse Bid will be ordered pursuant to our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.

Therefore, the minimum acceptable bid for the W80 Jr. Middleweight division is $200,000.00 (Two-Hundred Thousand Dollars). Any of the parties involved may request a purse bid procedure at any time during the negotiation process.

Luis Batista Salas, Chairman of the WB0 Championship Committee, has sent a letter to Golden Boy, Zanfer and Queensbury Promotions ordering the immediate commencement to negotiations for a bout between…
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Canelo enrolls in year-round drug testing

Shortly after the WBC dropped Canelo Alvarez from its rankings due to noncompliance with the WBC mandatory Clean Boxing rule that requires random drug testing by all champions and rated fighters, Canelo announced via social media that he is now enrolled with VADA’s testing program.

Canelo took a lot of heat from other fighters, boxing personalities, and fans for not doing drug testing after being forced to pull out of a May 5 rematch with Gennady Golovkin due to an illegal substance found in his system. Golovkin’s camp insists that Canelo must be enrolled in a testing program to get a rematch with GGG in September.

Shortly after the WBC dropped Canelo Alvarez from its rankings due to noncompliance with the WBC mandatory Clean Boxing rule that requires random drug testing by all champions and rated…
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European (EBU) Boxing Update

By Marco Bratusch

Next Saturday at Pabellòn Esperanza en Elche, Spain, European featherweight champion Marc Vidal (11-1-4, 5 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against mandatory challenger and former IBF world titleholder Kiko Martinez (28-8-1, 28 KOs). Maravillabox, which won the related bid for this contest, will promote the card. Vidal, a younger and arguably fresher action-fighter, will have to deal with a more tested fighter like Martinez, who has stamped his passport around the world facing some of the highest-ranked opponents of his era. If Martinez pulls out a victory, he will become a four-time European champion, this time in the featherweight division as he won the previous three belts in the junior featherweight class. Continue reading “European (EBU) Boxing Update”

By Marco Bratusch Next Saturday at Pabellòn Esperanza en Elche, Spain, European featherweight champion Marc Vidal (11-1-4, 5 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against mandatory challenger…
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Sugar Ray Charity Boxing Night May 23

Ring Legend Sugar Ray Leonard will host the 9th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night on May 23 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The star-studded event will feature live professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions, entertainment and a live and silent auction display, which will include iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences. The main event features rising super featherweight prospect Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (7-0, 7 KOs) of Glendora, Calif. taking on Juan Sandoval (7-21-1, 4 KOs) of Toluca, Mexico in a six-round battle.

Celebrity guests will include Bill Bellamy (MC), Cedric “The Entertainer,” Laila Ali, Curtis Conway, Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Arsenio Hall, Magic & Cookie Johnson, Terry Norris, Rodney Pete, Sergio Mora, Mia St. John, Chris Tucker, and more to be announced.

Proceeds from the event will support the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and their mission to fund life-changing research, care and awareness for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.

Ring Legend Sugar Ray Leonard will host the 9th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night on May 23 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The star-studded event…
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Kahn Clary headlines June 2 in AC

The eyes of the boxing world will once again be on Atlantic City when Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing makes its Atlantic City debut on Saturday, June 2nd at the Adrian Phillips Theater inside Boardwalk Hall as part of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend. With Evander Holyfield as the lead inductee in this year’s Hall of Fame class, The Real Deal Boxing, in association with Mis Downing Promotions and the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, has put together a sensational card featuring world class fighters along with a who’s who of local talent.

Headlining the evening will be The Real Deal Boxing’s top 10 ranked featherweight contender, Toka Kahn Clary (24-1, 17 KOs). The Liberian born southpaw, now based out of Providence, Rhode Island is set to take on Mexico’s Emmanuel Dominguez (22-6-2, 14 KOs) for the NABA Featherweight Title. Continue reading “Kahn Clary headlines June 2 in AC”

The eyes of the boxing world will once again be on Atlantic City when Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing makes its Atlantic City debut on Saturday, June 2nd at…
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Selby-Warrington final press conference

Featherweight world champion Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) and undefeated contender Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs) took questions from the media at Tuesday’s final press conference days ahead of their clash for the IBF featherweight world title this Saturday, May 19. The main event bout from Elland Road Football Ground in Leeds, England will stream live to U.S. audiences via Showtime Sports’ YouTube channel and Facebook page at 5PM ET/2PM PT.

Lee Selby: “I’m no Muhammad Ali, I can’t predict the round I’m going to win in, but I just see myself winning. If I didn’t, then I shouldn’t be here. If you’re a professional boxer and you don’t have the determination to become a world champion, then you shouldn’t be in the game.”

Josh Warrington: “There’s no more need for talking. On Saturday night, I get to punch him in the face. This is beyond dreams, especially since I’ve been written off. I’m just carried on going and the fans have stuck behind me. They’re very loyal and we do this together. After Saturday night I’ll be known as Leeds’ first world champion…carry on with your pictures and everything else with that belt this week, because it’s staying here pal. Once it comes here, that world title is staying.”

Featherweight world champion Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) and undefeated contender Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs) took questions from the media at Tuesday’s final press conference days ahead of their…
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Salita puts Khegai on the fast track

After unbeaten super bantamweight Arnold Khegai’s win on ShoBox last Friday in Philadelphia, promoter Dmitriy Salita says he has big plans for the Ukrainian-born ethnic Korean slugger.

“Arnold is a ‘made for TV’ fighter and I’m looking forward to moving him quickly. He was able to dominate a world-class opponent with relative ease and that’s just the beginning for him. He’s going to be a real force in the super bantamweight division and we will have him back for the fans’ enjoyment very soon.” Continue reading “Salita puts Khegai on the fast track”

After unbeaten super bantamweight Arnold Khegai’s win on ShoBox last Friday in Philadelphia, promoter Dmitriy Salita says he has big plans for the Ukrainian-born ethnic Korean slugger. “Arnold is a…
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Mike Acri to be inducted into PABHOF

Veteran promoter and Erie, Pennsylvania native Mike Acri will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. The banquet and induction ceremony will take place This Sunday, May 20, at Romano’s Catering in Philadelphia. Established in 1958, PABHOF is the oldest boxing hall of fame in the country.

Acri, a longtime fixture in professional boxing, is best known for his work with living legend Roberto Duran, the late Hector “Macho” Camacho, and “The Pittsburgh Kid” Paul Spadafora. Continue reading “Mike Acri to be inducted into PABHOF”

Veteran promoter and Erie, Pennsylvania native Mike Acri will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. The banquet and induction ceremony will take place This…
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Adonis Stevenson: This might end quickly

WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson is set to make his ninth, and perhaps most difficult, world title defense when he faces two-division world champion Badou Jack Saturday, May 19 live on SHOWTIME from Air Canada Centre in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. As fight week events in Toronto near, Stevenson shared some thoughts on his training camp and Saturday’s showdown.

Photo: Sugar Hill Steward

“Badou is a two-time world champion for a reason,” said Stevenson. “I’m not underestimating him. I know he’s durable and that he has attributes like good head movement and I’ll have to be ready for everything.” Continue reading “Adonis Stevenson: This might end quickly”

WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson is set to make his ninth, and perhaps most difficult, world title defense when he faces two-division world champion Badou Jack Saturday,…
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Hollywood Fight Night returns June 6

Following its widely acclaimed opening night, Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions has announced the return of ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ on Wednesday, June 6 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Among the featured fighters on the card are former world lightweight title challenger Denis Shafikov (38-4-1, 20 KOs), undefeated junior middleweight knockout artist Serhii ‘El Flaco” Bohachuk (8-0, 8 KOs) and former amateur standout and undefeated welterweight prospect Brian Ceballo (2-0, 1 KO). Opponents are TBA.

Following its widely acclaimed opening night, Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions has announced the return of ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ on Wednesday, June 6 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Among the…
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