ABC announces charity fund for retired fighters

The Association of Boxing Commissions (“ABC”), a Federally-mandated 501c3 tax-exempt entity whose mission is to help create rules and regulations to enhance safety, and has implemented a Retired Fighter Charitable Fund. The was created to help retired fighters who may have fallen on hard times due to mental or physical health issues related to injuries sustained while competing in combat sports. Members of the Board of Directors are voluntary and no members of the Board accepts any payments and there are no administrative or operating; 100% of donations goes directly to aid retired fighters. Continue reading “ABC announces charity fund for retired fighters”

The Association of Boxing Commissions (“ABC”), a Federally-mandated 501c3 tax-exempt entity whose mission is to help create rules and regulations to enhance safety, and has implemented a Retired Fighter Charitable…
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Weights from Rhode Island

Rich Gingras 167 vs. Antowyan Aikens 166
Juiseppe Cusumano 236 vs. Bernardo Marquez 229
Anthony Marsella Jr. 140 vs. Ricardo Maldonado 139
Jamaine Ortiz 135 vs. Tyrone Luckey 133
Marqus Bates 143 vs. Mohamad Allam 145
Ricky Delossantos 128 vs. James Early 128
Nicky Dequattro 135 vs. Andy Aiello 136
Jake Paradise 185 vs. Leandro Da Silva 183
Derrick Whitley 146 vs. Carlos Galindo 147

Venue: Twin River Casino, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: CES Boxing

Rich Gingras 167 vs. Antowyan Aikens 166 Juiseppe Cusumano 236 vs. Bernardo Marquez 229 Anthony Marsella Jr. 140 vs. Ricardo Maldonado 139 Jamaine Ortiz 135 vs. Tyrone Luckey 133 Marqus…
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Bounce Weights from Las Vegas

Tony Harrison 155.6 vs. Ishe Smith 155.6
Andrew Tabiti 200.8 vs. Lateef Kayode 201.6
Erick Bone 147.2 vs. Cameron Krael 147.2
Lanell Bellows 170 vs. Naim Terbunja 169.4
Ladarius Miller 139.6 vs. Jose Marrufo 140
Maurice Lee 147.4 vs. Joel Guevara 148

Venue: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: Bounce

Tony Harrison 155.6 vs. Ishe Smith 155.6 Andrew Tabiti 200.8 vs. Lateef Kayode 201.6 Erick Bone 147.2 vs. Cameron Krael 147.2 Lanell Bellows 170 vs. Naim Terbunja 169.4 Ladarius Miller…
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ShoBox Weights from Philadelphia

Devin Haney 134.75 vs. Mason Menard 134.25
Joshua Greer 122.75 vs. Glenn Dezurn 122.25
Alvin Varmall Jr 172.75 vs. Charles Foster 174.5
Arnold Khegai 120.25 vs. Adam Lopez 121.75

Venue: 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
Promoter: Greg Cohen Promotions
TV: Showtime

Devin Haney 134.75 vs. Mason Menard 134.25 Joshua Greer 122.75 vs. Glenn Dezurn 122.25 Alvin Varmall Jr 172.75 vs. Charles Foster 174.5 Arnold Khegai 120.25 vs. Adam Lopez 121.75 Venue:…
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Weights from Detroit

By Brad Snyder

Sinan Fradi 175 vs. Darren Gibbs 170.2
Curtis Head 240.6 vs. Robert Simms 247
Leon Lawson III TBD vs. Antonio Louis Hernandez 155
Aslambek Idigov 171.8 vs. Emmanuel Sanchez 170.6
Jalen Stephenson 129.8 vs. Michael Wooten Jr. 117.1
Kaywann Sistrunk 138.2 vs. Charles Johnson 141.6
Christion White 145.6 vs. Donnie Reeves 135
Clarence Dubose 186.2 vs. Scott Futrell Will weigh in later
Gheith Mohammed 154.2 vs. Jared Chauvin 156.6
Basil Ali Nasser 124.1 vs. Deron Smith 121.2
Jafar Mohammed 122.4 vs. Yaqub Kareem 125.4

Venue: Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Detroit
Promoter: Second 2 None Promotions

By Brad Snyder Sinan Fradi 175 vs. Darren Gibbs 170.2 Curtis Head 240.6 vs. Robert Simms 247 Leon Lawson III TBD vs. Antonio Louis Hernandez 155 Aslambek Idigov 171.8 vs.…
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Weights from Philadelphia

Mykal Fox 143 vs. Anthony Mercado 141.1
Alex Barbosa 124 vs. Sergio Aguilar 125.1
Romuel Cruz 124.4 vs. Bryann Perez 127.6
Jerrod Miner 116.8 vs. Desmond Moore 116.9
Joshafat Ortiz 129.7 vs. Jordan Peters 129.8
Michael Coffie 276.2 vs. Lamar Lewis 248.3
Joel Flores 135.9 vs. Christopher Burgos 135
Anvar Yunusov 131.6 vs. Deo Kizito 131

Venue: SugarHouse Casino
Promoter: King’s Promotions

Mykal Fox 143 vs. Anthony Mercado 141.1 Alex Barbosa 124 vs. Sergio Aguilar 125.1 Romuel Cruz 124.4 vs. Bryann Perez 127.6 Jerrod Miner 116.8 vs. Desmond Moore 116.9 Joshafat Ortiz…
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Weights from Ontario, California

Roberto Arriaza 147 vs. Juan Ruiz 146.5
Erick Ituarte 125.9 vs. Carlos Carlson 124.8
Michael Dutchover 130.7 vs. Mike Fowler 128.7
Mario Hernandez 118.9 vs. Neri Garcia 118.6
Ruben Torres 132.4 vs. Sergio Gonzalez 131.5

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

Roberto Arriaza 147 vs. Juan Ruiz 146.5 Erick Ituarte 125.9 vs. Carlos Carlson 124.8 Michael Dutchover 130.7 vs. Mike Fowler 128.7 Mario Hernandez 118.9 vs. Neri Garcia 118.6 Ruben Torres…
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Lomachenko-Linares Final Presser

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) and WBA lightweight Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) held their final press conference Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ESPN will televise.

Vasyl Lomachenko: “I want to thank Linares for taking this challenge. Saturday night, it’s going to be a good bout, and we’re going to find out who is the best. The way this bout is going to go… who knows? It’s boxing. It’s going to be a fight, and after that, we’re going to see.”

Jorge Linares: “I’ve been working hard for the last few fights preparing for this fight. I knew Lomachenko wanted it. I wanted it. So I was very confident that Golden Boy, Teiken and Top Rank were going to get it done. The last two opponents I faced were southpaws. Purposely. I was preparing psychologically and physically to fight Vasiliy Lomachenko. I’ve had him on my radar. I believe, and trust me when I say this, the fight is going to get more intense as the rounds go on.”

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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) and WBA lightweight Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) held their final press…
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Munguia vows to take WBO belt from Ali

Unbeaten Tijuana super welterweight Jaime Munguia (28-0-0, 24 KOs) has made the trip to Verona, New York, to attempt to wrest the WBO junior middleweight championship from Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday in the main event at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Munguia is accompanied by his team of trainer Robert Alcazar, Dr. Jose Manuel Covarrubias, Guadalupe Martinez, Jose Manuel Martinez and Jaime Munguia Sr.

The 21-year-old Zanfer Promotions prodigy has promised he will not return to Mexico empty-handed. “I am very happy with this opportunity. After two months of intense preparation comes the week of the fight and I’m sure I will not miss this opportunity. The belt is coming back with us!”

Ali-Munguia will be televised in the US by HBO and in Mexico by Azteca 7, la Casa del Boxeo.

Unbeaten Tijuana super welterweight Jaime Munguia (28-0-0, 24 KOs) has made the trip to Verona, New York, to attempt to wrest the WBO junior middleweight championship from Sadam Ali (26-1,…
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Matchroom announces billion dollar streaming deal

Matchroom Boxing and Perform Group today announced the creation of a landmark $1 billion joint venture they call the biggest-ever deal in boxing. The eight-year deal will see Matchroom Boxing USA stage 32 fight nights a year on the on-demand streaming service DAZN. 16 events will be in the U.S. and 16 will be in the U.K. None of the fight nights will be on PPV, all will be available for one monthly fee and no long term contract.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said, “This is a historic moment for Matchroom and the sport of boxing. Since our expansion to the US, we have been looking for a partner that shares our vision and that can give us the volume of dates and rights fees required to build the strongest stable in world boxing and take it to a new level.”

Matchroom Boxing and Perform Group today announced the creation of a landmark $1 billion joint venture they call the biggest-ever deal in boxing. The eight-year deal will see Matchroom Boxing…
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Sena headlines in Clovis on Saturday

By David Finger

On Saturday night, boxing will return to Clovis, New Mexico, for the first time in two years as popular local heavyweight Elijio Sena (2-0-1, 1 KO) looks to kickstart his career after nearly two years of sitting on the bench as he takes on Belen’s Eduardo Silva (0-1) in a four round affair. It will be Sena’s second fight in front of his hometown crowd. Continue reading “Sena headlines in Clovis on Saturday”

By David Finger On Saturday night, boxing will return to Clovis, New Mexico, for the first time in two years as popular local heavyweight Elijio Sena (2-0-1, 1 KO) looks…
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IBF Awards for 2017

The IBF has announced its award recipients for 2017 to be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet closing the organization’s 35th Annual Convention at the Saint Vincent Resort & Casino in Saint Vincent, Italy on May 31. The Jersey Joe Walcott Award, the organization’s highest honor, will go to Lee Selby. Currently preparing for his sixth defense of his IBF Featherweight title, Selby’s notable career in the ring has earned him this distinction.

Receiving the IBF Female Fighter of the Year Award is Debora Dionicius of Argentina. The reigning IBF Female Jr. Bantamweight Champion has held her title since she won it in November of 2012. Dionicius is currently preparing for her twelfth IBF title defense. Continue reading “IBF Awards for 2017”

The IBF has announced its award recipients for 2017 to be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet closing the organization’s 35th Annual Convention at the Saint Vincent Resort & Casino…
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Kanalas: I can do big things in the ring

Hungarian invader Szilveszter “The Silent Assassin” Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs) has a plan designed to upset local favorite and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) in their May 19th PPV showdown for the vacant fringe IBA flyweight championship at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. It will be the first world championship boxing match ever held in the state of Kansas.

Two years ago, Kanalas became one of the youngest (17) world champions ever, when he defeated fellow Hungarian boxer Jozsef Ajtai for the fringe WBF super flyweight title. He later had a rough patch where he suffered five KO losses in six fights, but in his last outing he outpointed Szilveszter Ajtai (12-10-1, 7 KOs) in a four-rounder and he’s not fazed by fighting hometown hero Hernandez in a twelve-rounder in his backyard. Continue reading “Kanalas: I can do big things in the ring”

Hungarian invader Szilveszter “The Silent Assassin” Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs) has a plan designed to upset local favorite and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez (4-0, 3 KOs) in their…
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Claressa Shields Media Workout

Photos: Terrell Groggins

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and unified women’s super middleweight champion Claressa Shields worked out for the media and spoke to local youth Wednesday at The Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit. The boxing star is two weeks into training camp ahead of her SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION showdown Friday, June 22 live on SHOWTIME from the historic Masonic Temple.

The 23-year-old Shields, who grew up in nearby Flint, will attempt to become a two-division world champion when she faces unified women’s 154-pound champion Hanna Gabriels for the vacant IBF and WBA Middleweight World Titles. Continue reading “Claressa Shields Media Workout”

Photos: Terrell Groggins Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and unified women’s super middleweight champion Claressa Shields worked out for the media and spoke to local youth Wednesday at The Downtown Boxing…
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Comebacking Shumenov to fight for WBA belt

Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov announced his comeback fight will be held July 7, against 30-1 Hizni Altunkaya for the vacant WBA Cruiserweight World title, in Astana, Kazakhstan. Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, retired last June due to an eye injury that required surgeries, forcing him to relinquish his WBA cruiserweight world title.

The July 7th gala event will be part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Astana being the capital of Kazakhstan. Many political dignitaries from Kazakhstan and around the World are expected to attend Shumenov’s comeback fight.

“I’m happy to fight for my belt,” Shumenov said from his training camp in Kazakhstan. “My eye is 100-percent and I’m excited about fighting again. I’m honored to fight on the 20th anniversary celebration of Astana as my country’s capital. After this fight, I want interim cruiserweight champion, Arsen Goulamirian.” Continue reading “Comebacking Shumenov to fight for WBA belt”

Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov announced his comeback fight will be held July 7, against 30-1 Hizni Altunkaya for the vacant WBA Cruiserweight World title, in…
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Dib aiming to dethrone Farmer for IBF title

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib is confident he will defeat American Tevin Farmer in Sydney for the vacant IBF super featherweight crown in July with Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech in his corner. “Tevin Farmer’s a very elusive kind of guy. He’s a great mover, and he’s got quick hands, so it’s going to be a challenge,” Dib told Sporting News. “It’s a difficult match-up, but it’s one I’m definitely going to rise to the occasion for and do the best that I can and hopefully pull out a great victory.”

“I need Jeff because he’s a great motivator. He definitely pushes you very hard and I honestly feel I’m going to put in a great performance in late July…this is going to be a special moment for me and for Jeff – Jeff Fenech’s a three-time world champion and this is my opportunity to be a three-time world champion as well.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib is confident he will defeat American Tevin Farmer in Sydney for the vacant IBF super featherweight crown…
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Lomachenko’s unconventional training

The secret to the two-time champ Vasyl Lomachenko’s success: preparing the mind and body through unconventional means.

The secret to the two-time champ Vasyl Lomachenko’s success: preparing the mind and body through unconventional means.

Parker Team targets Joshua rematch

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will earn a rematch with IBF, WBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua within a year according to Parker’s promoter David Higgins. “If we employ the same tactics we did originally and just fight often, fight regularly, pay our sanctioning fees, beat the person in front of us, we’ll be back at number one within a year,” Higgins told Newshub. “People think it’s voodoo, and you have to send brown paper bags to Colombia and that sort of thing. No, you just line up a good opponent and you win, and you’ll edge your way back…and I think the world wants to see Parker fight Joshua again.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will earn a rematch with IBF, WBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua within a year according to…
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Sexton hypnotized to beat Fury

British heavyweight champion Sam Sexton is using the powers of hypnotherapy as he heads into his crunch showdown with Hughie Fury this Saturday at the Macron Stadium Premium Suite in Bolton, England. Sexton has been working with hypnotherapist Matthew Robinson from Boxnosis as he makes the first defense of the Lonsdale belt against a dangerous challenger in Fury, who’s having his first fight back since his loss to Joseph Parker last September.

Sexton believes that mind over matter will take him to victory over Fury and continue his winning run using the technique that has stretched his last nine fights.

“It’s nothing like you see in films with a swinging watch in front of your eyes and going into trance,” said Sexton. “A lot of it involves focusing on key words, like power, strength, accuracy and making me believe that I’m more powerful and stronger that anyone else. Continue reading “Sexton hypnotized to beat Fury”

British heavyweight champion Sam Sexton is using the powers of hypnotherapy as he heads into his crunch showdown with Hughie Fury this Saturday at the Macron Stadium Premium Suite in…
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Loma-Linares winner to get special belt

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has unveiled a special belt that was made to honor the big fight this weekend between Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko and Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares. This is not a “brand new” type of belt, as some may think, but rather a special belt that is only made for historic matchups on special occasions to commemorate the best fighting the best. WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza will be present at the fight to award the belt to the winner.

Photo: Marcelino Castillo

The World Boxing Association (WBA) has unveiled a special belt that was made to honor the big fight this weekend between Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko and Jorge “El Nino de Oro”…
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Lomachenko, Linares hit the streets of NYC

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares took their talents to the streets of Manhattan on Wednesday, as they participated in an open workout on the corner of 33rd Street and 8th Avenue, just outside Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko, a two-weight world champion, is looking to conquer a third weight class when he challenges WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares on Saturday at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”


Jorge Linares: “I am hungry to win and to continue with my reign as world champion. This is a high-level fight and a very important one for my career because I am going to prove that Lomachenko is not an invincible fighter. We will see what he is really made of when he faces me this Saturday. I believe in myself and I know that I will come out with the victory. I am here to win. I did not come here to quit.”


Vasiliy Lomachenko: “I want to put my name in the history of boxing, and this is one of the steps I have to take, to fight in different weight classes, different titles. That’s what will put my name in the history of boxing. I don’t know what Linares will bring. After the fight, I can compare him with Rigondeaux. Continue reading “Lomachenko, Linares hit the streets of NYC”

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares took their talents to the streets of Manhattan on Wednesday, as they participated in an open workout on the corner of…
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Kovalev-Alvarez lands at new AC casino

WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (33-2-1, 28 KOs) will defend against Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) on August 4 at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. HBO will televise. Kovalev-Alvarez is the first boxing event at the newly opened venue.

Alvarez had been the mandatory challenger for WBC champ and stablemate Adonis Stevenson and stepped aside several times. Groupe Yvon Michel eventually got Alvarez a fight for Kovalev’s title instead.

WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (33-2-1, 28 KOs) will defend against Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) on August 4 at the new Hard Rock Hotel &…
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WBSS announces bantamweight tournament

World Boxing Super Series Season 2 will feature competitions in three weight divisions. Bantamweight and two undisclosed divisions. Bantamweight world champions Ryan Burnett (WBA), Zolani Tete (WBO) and Emmanuel Rodriguez (IBF) are confirmed. One of the other divisions is expected to be junior welterweight.

World Boxing Super Series Season 2 will feature competitions in three weight divisions. Bantamweight and two undisclosed divisions. Bantamweight world champions Ryan Burnett (WBA), Zolani Tete (WBO) and Emmanuel Rodriguez…
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Joe Smith Jr. returns June 30

After having his jaw wired shut for over six months following a loss to Sullivan Barrera, on June 30th Joe Smith Jr. (23-2 19 KOs) will make his return to the ring at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Embracing the moniker the “Common Man,” Local 66 Laborers Construction Union worker, Smith Jr., exploded onto the national boxing scene beginning in 2016. Backed by his union brothers, Smith Jr. would wield a sledgehammer by day and lace up his gloves to train by night. “I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 30th,” stated Smith. “I have been looking forward to this day since I was told I needed surgery. I plan on showing why I am still one of the best in the light heavyweight division.”

After having his jaw wired shut for over six months following a loss to Sullivan Barrera, on June 30th Joe Smith Jr. (23-2 19 KOs) will make his return to…
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Bösel, Kölling set for June 9 Euro title clash

European light heavyweight champion Dominic Bösel (27-1, 10 KOs) will defend against SES stablemate and mandatory challenger Enrico Kölling (25-2, 8 KOs) on June 9 at the Kohlrabizirkus in Leipzig, Germany.

Photo: Team SES/fotobasis.de

Dominic Bösel: “I’m really looking forward to Leipzig and have only the best memories of my fights here. I won all my last fights here by KO…on the 9th of June, there will be a big surprise. In addition to the European Championship, this is a kind of elimination for a world title opportunity – the winner is right up there!”

Enrico Kölling: “First and foremost, I will not let the the judges decide my future on June 9th. Dominic should know that I’m determined to win and a premature victory is my firm goal. Dominic should already know which way the wind blows. I’ve always liked the European belt!”

European light heavyweight champion Dominic Bösel (27-1, 10 KOs) will defend against SES stablemate and mandatory challenger Enrico Kölling (25-2, 8 KOs) on June 9 at the Kohlrabizirkus in Leipzig,…
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