Greg Cohen inks WBA #7 Billel Dib

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #7 super featherweight Billel ”Baby Face” Dib (24-3, 11 KOs) has signed with American promoter Greg Cohen Promotion. Dib’s father Michael said, “That will open many more doors for Billel.” Dib moved closer to a world title bout with WBA champion Andrew Cancio when he clearly outscored Carlos Magali (24-13-3, 13 KOs) over ten rounds last Saturday in a two-man war at the Seagulls Rugby League Club, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia. Continue reading “Greg Cohen inks WBA #7 Billel Dib”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #7 super featherweight Billel ”Baby Face” Dib (24-3, 11 KOs) has signed with American promoter Greg Cohen Promotion. Dib’s father Michael said,…
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ESPN+ snags Golden Contract tourney

MTK Global has announced that the Golden Contract tournament will be broadcast by ESPN+ in the U.S. The tournament will feature eight fighters at featherweight, super lightweight and light heavyweight with each divisional winner earning a two-year, five-fight deal with six-figure purses for each fight guaranteed. The format is similar to the current World Boxing Super Series with quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a final. One new innovation is a bonus for knockouts. Continue reading “ESPN+ snags Golden Contract tourney”

MTK Global has announced that the Golden Contract tournament will be broadcast by ESPN+ in the U.S. The tournament will feature eight fighters at featherweight, super lightweight and light heavyweight…
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Lerena to defend IBO cruiserweight belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’ Kevin Lerena is the odds-on favorite when he makes the fifth defense of his IBO cruiserweight belt against the 40-year-old Sefer Seferi of Albania at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night.

The 27-year-old Lerena (23-1, 10 KOs) who fights from the southpaw won the vacant IBO cruiserweight belt on a split decision against Youri Kayembre (23-3) in a hard-fought encounter at Emperors Palace in September 2017 and has made successful defenses against Dmytro Kucher (ud 12), Roman Golovashchenko (ud 12), Artur Mann (tko 4) and Vasil Ducar (ud 12) all at Emperors Palace, except for the win over Golovashchenko which was in Baku. Continue reading “Lerena to defend IBO cruiserweight belt”

By Ron Jackson South Africa’ Kevin Lerena is the odds-on favorite when he makes the fifth defense of his IBO cruiserweight belt against the 40-year-old Sefer Seferi of Albania at…
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Schwarz-Mezencev undercard announced

The full lineup has been announced for the Schwarz-Mezencev card taking place September 18 at the Stadthalle in Magdeburg, Germany.

Tom Schwarz vs. Ilja Mezencev (heavyweight)
Peter Kadiru vs. Andrei Mazanik (heavyweight)
Adam Deines vs. Yevgenii Makhteienko (light heavyweight)
Elvis Hetemi vs. Tomas Bazvoda (super middleweight)
Tom Dzemski vs. Christian Dulz (light heavyweight)

– Kadiru is co-promoted by Top Rank
– Deines is coming off a loss in an IBF eliminator
– Promoter is SES

The full lineup has been announced for the Schwarz-Mezencev card taking place September 18 at the Stadthalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Tom Schwarz vs. Ilja Mezencev (heavyweight) Peter Kadiru vs. Andrei…
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Nonaka keeps WBO AP 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Veteran southpaw Yuki Nonaka (34-10-3, 10 KOs) sustained a bad gash on the nose bridge but retained his WBO Asia Pacific 160-pound belt in his initial defense as he eked out a split verdict (117-111, 115-112 for Nonaka, 112-115 for Yang) over Korean Hyun-Min Yang (8-3, 7 KOs) over twelve gory rounds on Monday in Osaka, Japan.

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Nonaka, 41, had acquired the WBO AP and OPBF belts by defeating Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa in Osaka this February, but renounced the latter to pave the way for Hosokawa and Koki Tyson to vie for the vacant regional belt. Yang, 26, opened a gash on the champ’s nose in round six, but Nonaka utilized his footwork to outpunch the game challenger down the stretch.

By Joe Koizumi Veteran southpaw Yuki Nonaka (34-10-3, 10 KOs) sustained a bad gash on the nose bridge but retained his WBO Asia Pacific 160-pound belt in his initial defense…
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Tomita acquires vacant WBO AP 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Local prospect Daiki Tomita (14-1, 5 KOs) acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific belt when he defeated compatriot Hayato Yamaguchi (15-8-1, 2 KOs) by a unanimous decision (117-112, 118-110, 118-113) over twelve fast rounds on Monday in Sakai, Osaka, Japan.

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Having failed to win the OPBF 105-pound belt from Tsubasa Koura in September of the previous year, Tomita moved up to pursue the vacant regional championship in the 108-pound category.  Tomita made good use of his faster footwork and outscored the game opponent, piling up points steadily.

By Joe Koizumi Local prospect Daiki Tomita (14-1, 5 KOs) acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific belt when he defeated compatriot Hayato Yamaguchi (15-8-1, 2 KOs) by a unanimous decision…
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Full Shields-Habazin Card Announced

The full lineup has been announced for the Shields-Habazin card taking place October 5 at Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Michigan.

Showtime Fights
Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin (WBO jr middleweight title)
Jermaine Franklin vs. Pavel Šour (heavyweight)

Off-TV Fights
Jarico O’Quinn vs. James “O.G.” Smith (super flyweight)
Hannah Rankin vs. Erin Toughill (super welterweight)
Robert Simms vs. Michael Glasscox (cruiserweight)
Izim Izbaki vs. Troy Albring (heavyweight)
Jacob Bonas vs. Norfleet Stitts (welterweight)

The event is promoted by Salita Promotions.

The full lineup has been announced for the Shields-Habazin card taking place October 5 at Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Michigan. Showtime Fights Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin (WBO…
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Full Spence-Porter Lineup Announced

The full lineup has been announced for the Spence-Porter undercard taking place September 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

PPV Fights
Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter (WBC/IBF welterweight titles)
Anthony Dirrell vs. David Benavidez (WBC super middleweight title)
Mario Barrios vs. Batyr Akhmedov (WBA super lightweight title)
Josesito Lopez vs. John Molina Jr. (welterweight)

FS1 Fights
Robert Guerrero vs. Jerry Thomas (welterweight)
Joey Spencer vs. TBA (super welterweight)

Off-TV Action
Misael Rodriguez vs. Brandon Maddox (super middleweight)
Lindolfo Delgado vs. Jesus Zazueta Anaya (welterweight)
Fabian Maidana vs. Ramses Agaton (super lightweight)
Burley Brooks vs. Fabian Valdez (light heavyweight)
Amon Rashidi vs. Alfonso Olvera (welterweight)
Fernando Garcia vs. Juan Antonio Lopez (featherweight)
Leon Lawson III vs. Alan Zavala (super welterweight)
Justin Cardona vs. Archie Weah (super lightweight)
Jose Valenzuela vs. Charles Clark (super featherweight)

The event is promoted by Man Down Promotions, TGB Promotions and Shawn Porter Promotions.

The full lineup has been announced for the Spence-Porter undercard taking place September 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. PPV Fights Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter (WBC/IBF welterweight…
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J Russell Peltz Celebrates Half Century in Boxing

For 50 years, J Russell Peltz has lived and breathed boxing. On October 4, he will celebrate his Golden Anniversary as a Philadelphia promoter with an eight-bout card titled “Blood, Sweat & 50 Years,” at the 2300 Arena. Since Sept. 30, 1969, he’s been an institution in the city, providing a platform for hundreds, if not thousands of Philadelphia fighters to showcase their talent. He’s promoted over a thousand boxing events and over 40 world title bouts. For half a century, Peltz has ridden the roller coaster of small- and big-time boxing, with stops all over the world.
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Peltz’ love for boxing has outlived mentors, parents, a sister, a son and a marriage. It’s been the constant throughout the entirety of his adult life, and a refuge from guilt, sadness and loss. It was the cane he used when he couldn’t stand, and the mountain from which he screamed his successes. It has been an enduring passion and a safe, faceless pool where he could pour out an immense amount of love, out loud, and without guilt or fear of judgement. Continue reading “J Russell Peltz Celebrates Half Century in Boxing”

For 50 years, J Russell Peltz has lived and breathed boxing. On October 4, he will celebrate his Golden Anniversary as a Philadelphia promoter with an eight-bout card titled “Blood,…
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More details on Nov 2 Matchroom card

DAZN will be busy on November 2. Prior to the blockbuster Canelo-Kovalev card in Las Vegas, Matchroom Boxing delivers a DAZN show at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

In the main event, undisputed female lightweight champion Katie Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs) will bid to become a two-weight world champion when she meets Christina Linardatou (12-1, 6 KOs) for the WBO super-lightweight world title.

On the same bill, former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) takes a pre-retirement victory lap against TBA, rising light heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi (12-0, 10 KOs) takes on former world title challenger Blake Caparello (30-3-1, 13 KOs) in a WBA world title eliminator, middleweight Felix Cash (11-0, 7 KOs) defends his Commonwealth title against English champion Jack Cullen (17-1, 8 KOs) and Gamal Yafai (16-1, 9 KOs) will also see action.

DAZN will be busy on November 2. Prior to the blockbuster Canelo-Kovalev card in Las Vegas, Matchroom Boxing delivers a DAZN show at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. In the…
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Fenech: Brock Jarvis is special

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech has predicted his charge IBF #15 super bantamweight Brock Jarvis (17-0, 15 KOs) has the skills to become world champion and his latest victory over former IBF world title challenger Ernesto Saulong on August 31 was impressive despite a medical emergency in Thailand eight weeks earlier.

“Had he (Brock) waited an hour, he’d have lost one of them,” Fenech said. “We were in Bangkok and he just jumped on the back of a motorbike and rushed to the hospital. As soon as he had his scans, he had to have emergency surgery otherwise he’d lose a testicle … maybe I should’ve let him lose it and he would’ve made weight easier.” Continue reading “Fenech: Brock Jarvis is special”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech has predicted his charge IBF #15 super bantamweight Brock Jarvis (17-0, 15 KOs) has the skills to become…
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Joselito Velazquez looking forward to title shot

25-year-old Joselito Velazquez improved to 11-0 with 9 KOs after dispatching Francisco Bonilla on Saturday night via stoppage in the fourth round at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The former Mexican Olympian, who fights as a flyweight, is looking to challenge for a world title in the near future.

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“I knew he was going to be a tough and complicated opponent but I was patient and I think my power is what made the difference at the end of the day,” said Velazquez after the fight. “It was a dream come true to fight in this location on Mexican Independence Day weekend. A lot of great fights have taken place in this venue and I’m happy to be part of its history.” Continue reading “Joselito Velazquez looking forward to title shot”

25-year-old Joselito Velazquez improved to 11-0 with 9 KOs after dispatching Francisco Bonilla on Saturday night via stoppage in the fourth round at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson,…
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Oscar, Kingry soap opera erupts

The tension between Golden Boy Promotions and lightweight contender Ryan “Kingry” Garcia continues to ratchet higher and higher. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Golden Boy CEO Oscar de la Hoya said Garcia’s social media following hasn’t transcended over to boxing.

“It just hasn’t. That’s the bottom line,” said Oscar. “So how do we do that? He has to win a world title. And who knows how to get him there? I do. Don’t listen to all these voices in your ear telling you, ‘Hey, you have 3 million followers, you’re supposed to be getting paid this much.’ Don’t listen to them. Just trust the process and you will get there.”

Garcia responded via social media. “Oscar if you don’t believe in my talents then you can release me elsewhere. Point blank period! If you do [believe in my talents], then come talk to me. Please no more press and public bashing.”

The tension between Golden Boy Promotions and lightweight contender Ryan “Kingry” Garcia continues to ratchet higher and higher. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Golden Boy CEO Oscar…
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Fans invited to Canelo-Kovalev press conference

WBA middleweight/WBC Franchise/WBA super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 28 KOs) will face off for the first time on Wednesday at a press conference at Union Station (800 N Alameda St.) in Los Angeles. The event will take place at 5PM and boxing fans are invited to attend. Arrive at 3PM for the best spots.

The Canelo-Kovalev fight will take place November 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

WBA middleweight/WBC Franchise/WBA super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 28 KOs) will face off for the first time on…
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WBC Green Belt Challenge hits Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBC super welterweight world champion Tony Harrison will be the featured guest for this week’s three-day WBC Green Belt Challenge event in Chicago to support Illinois youth boxing.

On Thursday, a meet and greet will take place at the Output Lounge (1758 W. Grand Ave.) in Chicago. This event has been coordinated specifically for boxers, coaches and boxing enthusiasts.

On Friday at The Dome at the Parkway Bank Sports Complex (27 Jennie Finch Way, Des Plaines) in Rosemont, Illinois, an amateur boxing show will take place with the support of Hitz Boxing. The show will include 15 bouts, two of which will be competing for WBC Amateur championship belts.

On Saturday, The Dome will host a professional boxing show with a WBC regional belt on the line. Several world boxing figures will be in attendance at the event.

For tickets, click here.

By Przemek Garczarczyk WBC super welterweight world champion Tony Harrison will be the featured guest for this week’s three-day WBC Green Belt Challenge event in Chicago to support Illinois youth…
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Boxing Buzz

Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury needed 47 stitches to close the cuts over his right eye after Saturday night’s fight with Otto Wallin.

Fury’s autobiography “Behind the Mask” comes out November 14.

Junior lightweight contender Lamont Roach Jr. (19-0, 7 KOs) has extended his promotional agreement with Golden Boy as he prepares to take his first world title shot on November 9 against WBO champ Jamel Herring (20-2, 10 KOs) to be streamed live on ESPN+.

Former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla, undisputed female lightweight champion Katie Taylor and light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi will headline a card on November 2nd at Manchester Arena.

Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury needed 47 stitches to close the cuts over his right eye after Saturday night’s fight with Otto Wallin. Fury’s autobiography “Behind the Mask” comes out…
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Niyomtrong-Argumedo ask for extension to negotiate

The purse bid for the fight between WBA minimumweight champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong and mandatory challenger Jose Argumedo initially scheduled for today was suspended after both parties requested an extension to negotiate an agreement to carry out the fight under the terms of WBA regulations.

Niyomtrong has been a champion since 2014 and has defended his title 12 times since he first got the black and gold WBA belt. Argumedo knocked out Alexis Diaz in March to earn the right to face the champion.

The purse bid for the fight between WBA minimumweight champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong and mandatory challenger Jose Argumedo initially scheduled for today was suspended after both parties requested an extension to…
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Petrov returns Friday after near miss with Kingry

In a chaotic turn of events, former lightweight contender Petr Petrov (40-6-2, 21 KOs) is back on Friday’s card at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Over the weekend, Petrov, 36, was close to finalizing a deal as a last-minute replacement for Ryan “Kingry” Garcia last Saturday, but the agreement never materialized and the popular Garcia didn’t fight on the DAZN-streamed Mexican Independence Day card he was to be co-featured in.

“Things like this happen,” said Petrov, who will face journeyman Dedrick Bell (23-30-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder on Friday night. “I’ve switched my focus back onto Bell and making sure I’m ready for whatever he brings.” Continue reading “Petrov returns Friday after near miss with Kingry”

In a chaotic turn of events, former lightweight contender Petr Petrov (40-6-2, 21 KOs) is back on Friday’s card at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Over the weekend, Petrov,…
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Boxing back at Commerce Casino

On Friday at The Commerce Casino in Commerce, California, PR Sports, Bash Boxing, and Lights Out Promotions presents a fight card featuring nine pro boxing bouts including the U.S. debuts of undefeated Olympian bantamweight Narek Abgaryan (12-0, 5 KOs) from Armenia and Robin Sirwan Safar (8-0, 5 KOs) from Sweden. Abgaryan, who has been working with Freddie Roach while in Los Angeles, will face off against Juan Kantun (21-7-3, 15 KOs) while Safar will face off against Alfredo Contreras (14-23-2, 5 KOs). Continue reading “Boxing back at Commerce Casino”

On Friday at The Commerce Casino in Commerce, California, PR Sports, Bash Boxing, and Lights Out Promotions presents a fight card featuring nine pro boxing bouts including the U.S. debuts…
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Alamo-Moran on Telemundo Oct 4

Boxeo Telemundo returns with its 30th anniversary fall series featuring a classic battle between Puerto Rico and Mexico. Rising WBO #8 jr welterweight contender Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (17-0, 12 KOs) of Aguas Buenas faces Mexican City’s Antonio “Toño” Moran (24-4 17 KOs) in a ten rounder for the WBO/NABO title. The bout will take place at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

Alamo will be making his 2nd defense of the title in February of this year, making a successful Telemundo debut over spoiler Manuel Mendez. Also known as the Pride of Aguas Buenas, Alamo will look to take a step closer to a world title opportunity.

Moran is looking to rebound from his knockout defeat in the hands of lightweight sensation Devin Haney back in May. Moran is 4-0 as a Telemundo headliner. Continue reading “Alamo-Moran on Telemundo Oct 4”

Boxeo Telemundo returns with its 30th anniversary fall series featuring a classic battle between Puerto Rico and Mexico. Rising WBO #8 jr welterweight contender Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (17-0, 12…
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WBO #9 Mori finishes Suntorn

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBO Asia Pacific featherweight champion Musashi Mori (10-0, 6 KOs), 126.5, engaged in a non-title go and dispatched Thai #1 feather contender Suntorn Panhom (5-5, 4 KOs), 126.25, at 1:41 of the third round on Sunday in Kariya, Japan.

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The 20-year-old southpaw prospect has been coached by Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, who successfully advised him to make short work of it. Mori, managed by ex-WBC bantam champ Yasuei Yakushiji, caught the Thailander with a southpaw right hook and floored him in the third session. Though he resumed fighting back, Mori connected with a well-timed and well-targeted body shot, which had him down in agony for the count.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten WBO Asia Pacific featherweight champion Musashi Mori (10-0, 6 KOs), 126.5, engaged in a non-title go and dispatched Thai #1 feather contender Suntorn Panhom (5-5, 4…
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Ebenezer Tetteh: I will punish Daniel Dubois

When little-known heavyweight Ebenezer Tetteh (19-0, 16 KOs) meets highly regarded Daniel Dubois (12-0, 11 KOs) at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 27, he insists he will punish Dubois for two reasons.

Reason 1: “I am going to England to get revenge for my countryman Richard Lartey. Richard gave Daniel hell but couldn’t get the job done – I will finish what Richard Lartey started.”

Reason 2: “Daniel is speaking a lot about fights with David Price or Dereck Chisora. He is definitely overlooking me. It reminds me of when Anthony Joshua was going into the fight with Andy Ruiz and kept talking about fighting Wilder and Fury. He got punished for overlooking his opponent and I will punish Daniel Dubois.”

ESPN+ will stream the bout in the U.S.

When little-known heavyweight Ebenezer Tetteh (19-0, 16 KOs) meets highly regarded Daniel Dubois (12-0, 11 KOs) at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 27, he insists he will punish Dubois for…
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Fury-Wallin Wrap-up

Miscellaneous quotes…

Tyson Fury: “Deontay Wilder, I want you next, bum!”

Andy Ruiz Jr: “After that performance, there’s no way he beats me with a hand tied behind his back!”

Promoter Frank Warren: “Tyson’s been in camp for nearly a year now. He needs to take a real rest with his family.”

John Fury (Tyson’s Dad): “That wasn’t Tyson, he was as weak as a kitten from the first round…if he keeps hold of that team, they’re gonna cost him his career. I’ll say it live on TV. The team what’s around him now, Ben Davison, whatever he’s got there in charge of the business needs to have a look in the mirror and say ‘not good enough at a high level.’”

Ben Davison (Tyson’s trainer): “He has a tough fight which he clearly won after being cut terribly. Not only one, but two cuts. Sometimes you can’t win.”

Miscellaneous quotes… Tyson Fury: “Deontay Wilder, I want you next, bum!” Andy Ruiz Jr: “After that performance, there’s no way he beats me with a hand tied behind his back!”…
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Laguna-Moreno reveals plans for 2020

By Héctor Villarreal

Rouss Laguna-Moreno, the one and only female boxing promoter in Panama and the wife of former super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (37-6-1, 16 KOs), advanced some data for her next show scheduled for Thursday, October 24 and also reveals her plans for the 2020 season.
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“Our next event will be a very international one because we confirmed the participation of fighters from Mexico, Colombia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba and Panama, headed by my husband against Mexican featherweight Marcos Cardenas (20-7-1, 16 KOs),” said Mrs. Moreno. Continue reading “Laguna-Moreno reveals plans for 2020”

By Héctor Villarreal Rouss Laguna-Moreno, the one and only female boxing promoter in Panama and the wife of former super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (37-6-1, 16 KOs), advanced some data…
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Romero Duno: I am calling out Ryan Garcia

WBO NABO lightweight beltholder “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs) called out fellow contender Ryan “Kingry” Garcia after battering Ivan Delgado in Carson, California,on Saturday night.

Romero Duno: Now that got another win on my record I am calling out Ryan Garcia. Mexicans are warriors. Show them you’re not scared of fighting anyone. I respect you. You’re good. That’s why I want to fight you!”

Garcia was also scheduled to fight on Saturday’s card, but his opponent fell out 24 hours before the fight. Golden Boy attempted to put Kingry in with Duno or another opponent, but no agreement could be reached.

WBO NABO lightweight beltholder “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs) called out fellow contender Ryan “Kingry” Garcia after battering Ivan Delgado in Carson, California,on Saturday night. Romero Duno: Now that got another…
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