Whyte says Joshua wants easy fights

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC #1, WBO #1 heavyweight Dillian Whyte is certain that WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is after easy fights and trying to avoid a rematch bout with him.

“I called him out there live thinking the fight could be made and I was very disappointed with Anthony’s response. I was ready for him to say ‘Okay, let’s get it on.’ Wilder is not going to fight him because he doesn’t want it and is fighting Tyson Fury. But from his answer – and the way he was acting – I think AJ might want the fight, but I don’t think his team wants the fight,” Whyte told The Sports Bar on Talk Sport. Continue reading “Whyte says Joshua wants easy fights”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBC #1, WBO #1 heavyweight Dillian Whyte is certain that WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is after easy fights and trying…
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Torres, Munoz headline in Mexico City

Former female world champions Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres and Zulina “Loba” Muñoz will headline in separate bouts on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. Azteca 7, la Casa del Boxeo, will televise in Mexico.

Torres (19-1-1, 6 KOs) will face Norleidys Graterol (10-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round light flyweight encounter, while Muñoz (48-2-2, 28 KOs) meets Arely Valente (12-3-1, 6 KOs) in a ten round super flyweight clash. Continue reading “Torres, Munoz headline in Mexico City”

Former female world champions Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres and Zulina “Loba” Muñoz will headline in separate bouts on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico…
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Langston kicks off 2019 in Macon, Georgia

E Butts Jr Promotions had the distinction of presenting the first boxing card of 2019 in the United States. Last Saturday at the Shrine Temple in Macon, Georgia, unbeaten cruiserweight Johnnie Langston (5-0, 3 KOs) was victorious when Brad Austin (13-30, 9 KOs) couldn’t come out for round two in the main event.

E Butts Jr Promotions had the distinction of presenting the first boxing card of 2019 in the United States. Last Saturday at the Shrine Temple in Macon, Georgia, unbeaten cruiserweight…
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Pacquiao-Broner off-TV fights

Welterweight Jayar Inson and flyweight Genisis Libranza make their U.S. debuts on the big stage as part of the non-televised undercard headlined their fellow Filipino countryman Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, January 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Continue reading “Pacquiao-Broner off-TV fights”

Welterweight Jayar Inson and flyweight Genisis Libranza make their U.S. debuts on the big stage as part of the non-televised undercard headlined their fellow Filipino countryman Manny Pacquiao on Saturday,…
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IBF champ TJ Doheny inks with Matchroom

TJ Doheny has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and will make the first defense of his IBF world super-bantamweight title at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday January 18, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

Doheny landed the IBF strap in stunning fashion in Japan in August, ripping it from defending champion Ryosuke Iwasa in Tokyo, moving to 20-0 (14KOs) in the process.

The Irishman will now look to solidify his status as a World champion in the Big Apple against an opponent to be announced soon, and then look to unify the division in 2019 – with a fight against WBA ruler and fellow DAZN fighter Daniel Roman a target. Continue reading “IBF champ TJ Doheny inks with Matchroom”

TJ Doheny has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and will make the first defense of his IBF world super-bantamweight title at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square…
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2018 Briscoe Award Nominations

By John DiSanto

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The 2018 Philly fight season closed with a bang in December with two world title fights involving two of Philadelphia’s best fighters – Tevin Farmer and Jesse Hart. But they weren’t the only standouts in 2018. The local fight scene kept fans busy with a number of important events and milestones. Continue reading

By John DiSanto The 2018 Philly fight season closed with a bang in December with two world title fights involving two of Philadelphia’s best fighters – Tevin Farmer and Jesse…
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Crowley to face McLellan Feb 9

On Saturday, February 9, at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, undefeated hometown super welterweight Cody “The Crippler” Crowley (16-0, 9 KOs) will defend his CPBC Canadian/international titles against former domestic beltholder Stuart McLellan (25-2-3, 10 KOs). 25-year-old Crowley, who is also promoting the event, now resides and trains in Las Vegas with Ibn Cason, brother of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. He served as Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s sparring partner for the Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor fights.

On Saturday, February 9, at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, undefeated hometown super welterweight Cody “The Crippler” Crowley (16-0, 9 KOs) will defend his CPBC Canadian/international titles against…
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Elbiali back in action this week

Having recently moved from Miami to Las Vegas, hard-hitting light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (17-1, 14 KOs) shared his thoughts on training camp as he prepares to face Allan Green (33-5, 22 KOs) on this Sunday from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The fight will be featured on the FS1 and FOX Deportes Uzcategui-Plant championship telecast if time allows.

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Here is what Elbiali had to say from training camp at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. Continue reading “Elbiali back in action this week”

Having recently moved from Miami to Las Vegas, hard-hitting light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (17-1, 14 KOs) shared his thoughts on training camp as he prepares to face Allan Green (33-5,…
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Nietes-Ioka Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

In an encounter of three-class ex-champions, Filipino veteran Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23 KOs), 115, was awarded a split verdict over Japanese speedster Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13 KOs), 114.5, to acquire the vacant WBO junior bantamweight belt on New Year’s Eve at the Wynn Place Kotai, Macao, China. The hairline tallies were as follows: Patricia Morse Jarman (US) 116-112, Levi Martinez (US) 118-110, both for Nietes, and Samuel Nieto Gonzalez (Panama) 116-112 for Ioka. The third man was Robert Byrd (US).
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Ioka, an artful dodger, made best use of his faster lateral footwork to avert Nietes’ punches, but he should have thrown and hit more punches to the Filipino rival. It was Ioka that kept jabbing and moving away from Nieto’s retaliations without mixing it up. His strategy of hitting without getting hit appeared to be successful, but now that Ioka’s fight plan resulted in a decision loss, he as well as his chief second Ismael Salas would have to review the defect of their strategy. It’s true that Ioka often had Nietes missing with his shifty mobility, but he should have been more aggressive with more convincing shots. Nietes occasionally caught Ioka with a solid punch at a time, which might be evaluated by the officials in such a close affair. Continue reading “Nietes-Ioka Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada In an encounter of three-class ex-champions, Filipino veteran Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23 KOs), 115, was awarded a split verdict over Japanese speedster Kazuto…
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FBHOF Class of 2019

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2019 as part of the SJC Boxing 9th Annual Open House on Saturday afternoon in Fort Myers. Here are the 2019 inductees:

Fighters: Nate Campbell, Richard Hall, Lou Esa, Eromosele Albert, Lamar Murphy, Juan Arroyo, Jimmy Navarro and James Scott*
Trainers: Mike Birmingham*, Pete Brodsky
Promoters: Nelson Lopez Sr.
Media: Damon Gonzalez, Sean O’Grady
Participants: Chico Rivas, Henry Grooms, Pete Balcunas*
Officials: Dr. Rodolfo Eichberg, Frank Gentile, Telis Assimenios, Mel Jurado
Special Achievement Award: Emil Lombardi Jr., Mitchell Cypress

A large group of current Hall of Famers were on hand with Bob Alexander handling the MC duties.

*Deceased

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2019 as part of the SJC Boxing 9th Annual Open House on Saturday afternoon in Fort Myers. Here are the…
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Ndongeni hits the USA

Undefeated lightweight contender Xolisani Ndongeni arrived in the United States on Friday morning for his showdown with Devin Haney in the main event of the first ShoBox: The New Generation telecast of 2019 on Friday, January 11 live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from StageWorks of Louisiana in Shreveport.
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Ndongeni (25-0, 13 KOs) of South Africa traveled for nearly 24 hours, as he made the trek from his homeland to Louisiana, where he will finish up his training for the bout with the highly regarded Haney.

Undefeated lightweight contender Xolisani Ndongeni arrived in the United States on Friday morning for his showdown with Devin Haney in the main event of the first ShoBox: The New Generation…
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FBHOF Class of 2019 to be named

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame will announce the Class of 2019 tomorrow (January 5) as part of the SJC Boxing 9th Annual Open House in Fort Myers. A large group of Hall of Famers is expected to be on hand. Bob Alexander will be the MC. There will be book signings, workouts, autographs, photographs, refreshments and fun for everyone. The public is invited – free of charge. Open house is from 12-5pm, the official announcement at 3pm.

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame will announce the Class of 2019 tomorrow (January 5) as part of the SJC Boxing 9th Annual Open House in Fort Myers. A large…
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Golden Boy announces two world title fights

Two world title fights will head to the Coachella Valley in February as Golden Boy Promotions presents another exciting night of boxing on DAZN. In the main event, Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (21-0, 17 KOs) will defend his WBA super featherweight world title against Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (19-4-2, 14 KOs) in a 12-round clash. In the co-main event, Rey Vargas (32-0, 22 KOs) will put his WBC super bantamweight world championship on the line against Franklin Manzanilla (18-4, 17 KOs) in a 12-round battle. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Heading the undercard of this event will be Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (27-1, 14 KOs) will return in a 10-round super featherweight battle against Charles Huerta (20-5, 12 KOs). Continue reading “Golden Boy announces two world title fights”

Two world title fights will head to the Coachella Valley in February as Golden Boy Promotions presents another exciting night of boxing on DAZN. In the main event, Alberto “Explosivo”…
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Kownacki: I don’t have to look like Rambo to knock people out

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I don’t really care that I’m not looking like some super-athlete. I know how hard I work. This is not a bodybuilding competition – this is boxing, winning fights, giving people a show that counts. I don’t have to look like Rambo to knock people out,” says IBF #6, WBA #8 ranked heavyweight Adam Kownacki.

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Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs) spoke with Fightnews.com® about his upcoming bout with Gerald Washington (19-2, 12 KOs) taking place January 26 on FOX. He also talks about fighting Ołeksandr Usyk (“why not?”), future plans and a long friendship but fairly new advisor deal with Keith Connelly. Continue reading “Kownacki: I don’t have to look like Rambo to knock people out”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “I don’t really care that I’m not looking like some super-athlete. I know how hard I work. This is not a bodybuilding competition – this is boxing,…
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Badou Jack vs. Marcus Browne Media Call

Former two-division world champion, Badou Jack (22-1-3, 13 KOs) and undefeated former 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (22-0, 16 KOs) collide in the co-feature to Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner on January 19 in Las Vegas. The WBA interim light heavyweight title will be on the line. Both fighters took part in a conference call with reporters. Continue reading “Badou Jack vs. Marcus Browne Media Call”

Former two-division world champion, Badou Jack (22-1-3, 13 KOs) and undefeated former 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (22-0, 16 KOs) collide in the co-feature to Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner…
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Alberto Reyes passes

Sad to report that Alberto Reyes, owner of world renown boxing glove company Cleto Reyes, passed away at the age of 66 on January 2. Reyes gloves were used by many great fighters, including Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson to name a few. They are known ar “puncher’s gloves.”

Sad to report that Alberto Reyes, owner of world renown boxing glove company Cleto Reyes, passed away at the age of 66 on January 2. Reyes gloves were used by…
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Leo Santa Cruz-Miguel Flores Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs) and his opponent Miguel Flores (23-2, 11 KOs) of Michoagan, Mexico held a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Conga Room at LA Live in Los Angeles. Santa Cruz and Flores square off Saturday February 16 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles live on FOX and Fox Deportes.

Here is what the fighters had to say:

Leo Santa Cruz: “Everyone says I’m underestimating my opponent. I never underestimate or overlook any fighter. That comes from fans and media. I want to go out and give a good fight. I’ve been training really hard. It’s going to be a great fight. Miguel Flores is a good fighter. He’s like every Mexican fighter willing to leave it all.”

Miguel Flores: “Everyone is seeing me as a Taxi cab driver. February 16 we have a great fight. Most people are overlooking me. Leo and his dad are professionals and I expect them to be at their best. People are in for a treat on February 16th. The writers will have their upset. Other than that see you February 16th.” Continue reading “Leo Santa Cruz-Miguel Flores Press Conference”

By Miguel Maravilla WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs) and his opponent Miguel Flores (23-2, 11 KOs) of Michoagan, Mexico held a press conference Thursday…
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Jennings-Rivas undercard announced

Shakur Stevenson (9-0, 5 KOs), who captured a silver medal for the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will begin his 2019 campaign against Jessie Cris Rosales (22-1-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the IBF Intercontinental and WBC Continental Americas featherweight belts on January 18 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Stevenson-Rosales will serve as the co-feature to the Bryant Jennings-Oscar Rivas heavyweight main event.

In other action, former super featherweight world champion Jason Sosa (21-3-4, 15 KOs) faces Moises Delgadillo (17-18-2, 9 KOs) in bout scheduled for 8/10 rounds; super welterweight Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames (15-0, 12 KOs) takes on Juan Ruiz (21-3, 13 KOs) in an 8/10 rounder; jr lightweight Robson Conceicao (10-0, 5 KOs), who won a gold medal in front of his home fans at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has an eight-rounder vs Hector Ambriz (12-8-2, 6 KOs); super lightweight Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (6-0, 3 KOs), who captured Olympic gold in 2016, will fight Ricardo Garcia (14-4-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-rounder; heavyweight Cassius Chaney (14-0, 8 KOs) meets Michael Glasscox (6-2-2, 5 KOs) in a six-rounder; debuting amateur standout Vikas “The Indian Tank” Krishan goes against Steven Andrade (3-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round super welterweight bout.

Shakur Stevenson (9-0, 5 KOs), who captured a silver medal for the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will begin his 2019 campaign against Jessie Cris Rosales (22-1-1, 10…
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Hollywood Fight Nights returns Jan 27

Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ series returns for the first time in 2019 on Sunday, January 27 at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA. In main event, two-time world title challenger Maricela ‘La Diva’ Cornejo, (12-3, 5 KOs) will face Erin Toughill, (7-3, 0 KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight clash.

Undefeated welterweight prospect Brian Ceballo, (6-0, 3 KOs) will fight Randy Fuentes, (8-7-1, 2 KOs) in the six-round co-feature. Continue reading “Hollywood Fight Nights returns Jan 27”

Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ series returns for the first time in 2019 on Sunday, January 27 at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA. In main event, two-time world…
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Carto-Ruiz collide Feb 8 in Philly

Undefeated bantamweight prospect Christian Carto, of South Philadelphia, faces veteran southpaw Victor Ruiz, of San Diego, CA in the eight-round main event Friday evening, Feb. 8, at the 2300 Arena. The Carto-Ruiz fight tops an eight-fight card, dubbed the “Philly Special” by promoter Michelle Rosado, of Raging Babe, in her first solo promotion in Philadelphia.

Carto, 22, has won all 17 of his pro fights, 11 by knockout. A pro since mid-2016, Carto has developed into one of the most popular fighters in the Philadelphia/Atlantic City area. In his last fight Nov. 9, Carto earned a six-round decision over Antonio Rodriguez, of Durango, Mexico. Continue reading “Carto-Ruiz collide Feb 8 in Philly”

Undefeated bantamweight prospect Christian Carto, of South Philadelphia, faces veteran southpaw Victor Ruiz, of San Diego, CA in the eight-round main event Friday evening, Feb. 8, at the 2300 Arena.…
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DeGale-Eubank Jr clash Feb 23

Former IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) will take on Chris Eubank Jr (27-2, 21 KOs) in an all-British non-title clash at London’s O2 Arena on February 23. The fighters have long made no secret of their mutual dislike and are relishing the prospect of settling their differences in the ring.

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James DeGale: “When he first turned professional he was calling me out, he’s very deluded. On February 23rd I get my chance to deal with this guy good and proper and finish him. After Eubank has lost to me I don’t know where he is going to go. I’m calling this the retirement fight and whoever losses can knock it on the head, it’s game over. He’s got heart and big set of balls but that’s not going to be enough to beat me.”

Chris Eubank Jr: “This fight has been four or five years in the making and it’s going to be a painful lesson for him. I’ve been training for years to beat him and I know everything about him. James talks retirement, but that has never even come into my mind. I hope he can bring the best he can bring on the night and give the fans the most exciting and explosive fight that we possibly can. I just don’t think he has what it takes.”

This will be the first fight in the new transatlantic deal between PBC and ITV. Poxon Sport is the exclusive promoter of all UK PBC events on ITV. This fight will be shown exclusively on ITV Box Office so it looks like US viewers may be out of luck.

Former IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) will take on Chris Eubank Jr (27-2, 21 KOs) in an all-British non-title clash at London’s O2 Arena on February…
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Kyoguchi-Budler Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten former IBF 105-pound champ, Japanese puncher Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9 KOs), 107.75, captured his second world belt as he kept whipping WBA 108-pound titlist Hekkie Budler (32-4, 10 KOs), 106.75, with effective left uppercuts to the face and the side of the belly, weakened him round after round, and was awarded a TKO victory after the tenth round when Budler, 30, gave up going on because of his accumulation of punishment on Monday in Macao, China.
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The new champ Hiroto, 25, was ahead on points at Hekkie’s abrupt surrender—Reina Urbaez (Venezuela) 98-92, Derek Milham (Australia) 96-94, Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 97-93, all in favor of the Japanese pressure fighter with his tight guard. The referee was Mark Calo-oy (US). Continue reading “Kyoguchi-Budler Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten former IBF 105-pound champ, Japanese puncher Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9 KOs), 107.75, captured his second world belt as he kept whipping WBA 108-pound…
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Mthalane-Sakamoto Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Ring-crafty and physically stronger South African, 36-year-old Moruti Mthalane (37-2, 25 KOs), 111.5, impressively retained his IBF flyweight belt as he continually battered game Japanese IBF#14 Masahiro Sakamoto (13-2, 9 KOs), 111.5, in furious exchanges of punches, and finally retired him with the doctor’s advice to the referee because of his closed right optic at the end of the tenth round on Monday at the Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao in China.
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The veteran champ, who made his first defense, was leading on points—Deon Dwarte (South Africa) 100-90, Katsuhiko Nakamura (Japan) 99-91 and Gil Co (Philippines) 98-92. The referee was Ignatius Missailidis (Australia). Continue reading “Mthalane-Sakamoto Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Ring-crafty and physically stronger South African, 36-year-old Moruti Mthalane (37-2, 25 KOs), 111.5, impressively retained his IBF flyweight belt as he continually battered game…
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Adrien Broner’s Jailhouse Moment

Adrien Broner reveals that he was sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial when he decided that, if released, he would dedicate his life to boxing.

“What the f*** am I gonna do if I get out,” Broner recalled. “I’m going to sell drugs? Nah, I’ll be back in here. I was like, I’m gonna box. I made up my mind that day that if God let me out of here, I’m gonna box. And then a week later I got out and I ran to the gym. And now I’m here fighting Pacquiao. I never thought in a million years I’d be here.”

Adrien Broner reveals that he was sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial when he decided that, if released, he would dedicate his life to boxing. – “What the f***…
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Andrade: I will prove I’m the best at middleweight

WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs) has vowed to dominate the middleweight division in 2019 – starting with the first defense of his world title against Artur Akavov (19-2, 8 KOs) on Friday January 18 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

“I’m out there trying to fight the undefeated guys, the champions, that’s what I want,” proclaimed Andrade. “I get in there with anyone at 160lbs – and I beat them all. It’s the time for the elite to fight each in 2019, people want to see me fight the big names and I want them. Continue reading “Andrade: I will prove I’m the best at middleweight”

WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs) has vowed to dominate the middleweight division in 2019 – starting with the first defense of his world title against Artur Akavov…
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