Smith, Vlasov make weight

Joe Smith Jr V Maxim Vlasov Weigh In
Photo: Mikey Williams (Top Rank via Getty Images)

Joe Smith Jr 174.8 vs. Maxim Vlasov 175
(WBO light heavyweight title)

Efe Ajagba 239.6 vs. Brian Howard 218
Robson Conceicao 128.4 vs. Jesus Antonio Ahumada 129.2
Jared Anderson 251.8 vs. Jeremiah Karpency 226.6
Duke Ragan 125.8 vs. Charles Clark 126.6
Albert Bell 132.2 vs. Manuel Rey Rojas 132
Trey Lippe 225.8 vs. Jason Bergman 256
Sonny Conto 230.4 vs. Waldo Cortes 262
Jeremiah Milton 232.8 vs. Jayvone Dafney 222.6

Venue: Osage Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN, ESPN+

Joe Smith Jr 174.8 vs. Maxim Vlasov 175 (WBO light heavyweight title) Efe Ajagba 239.6 vs. Brian Howard 218 Robson Conceicao 128.4 vs. Jesus Antonio Ahumada 129.2 Jared Anderson 251.8…
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Mendoza gives lecture on boxing regulations

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The president of the World Boxing Association (WBA), Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, gave a lecture on “Boxing Regulations” hosted by Universitas Fundación, as part of a series of seminars held every Thursday under the name #SiDerechoDeportivo.

Mendoza, who is also a lawyer, was an ideal choice for this talk, since thanks to his extensive experience he understands the legal structure that regulates boxing and has the theoretical basis to discuss the subject.

In this sport, negotiations are established on a permanent basis, which require a deep understanding of all parties and that was the reason why Mendoza decided to study law many years ago, he said. Continue reading “Mendoza gives lecture on boxing regulations”

The president of the World Boxing Association (WBA), Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, gave a lecture on “Boxing Regulations” hosted by Universitas Fundación, as part of a series of seminars held every…
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Charr to return against Lovejoy May 15

On May 15th, WBA heavyweight champion in recess Mahmoud “Diamond Boy” Charr (34-4, 17 KOs) will finally get back into the ring. But it won’t be against Trevor Bryan as originally planned by the WBA. Charr will face undefeated Christopher “Pretty Boy” Lovejoy (19-0, 19 KOs).

“It’s time to finally get back in the ring,” stated Charr. “I am in absolutely top shape! Lovejoy will suffer the first defeat of his career and that’s just the beginning!”

The fight will take place in Hamburg in the EC Boxing Promotion Gym. It will be Charr’s first fight since 2017. Lovejoy is not currently in the WBA rankings. Interestingly, all of the 37-year-old Lovejoy’s fights have been in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico.

On May 15th, WBA heavyweight champion in recess Mahmoud “Diamond Boy” Charr (34-4, 17 KOs) will finally get back into the ring. But it won’t be against Trevor Bryan as…
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Munguia-Ballard undercard announced

Heavyweight monster Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov (11-0, 11 KOs) will make his highly anticipated United States debut as he defends his NABF title against Nagy Aguilera (21-10, 14 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event of Munguia vs. Ballard on April 23 at The University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Additionally, Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora (32-6, 12 KOs) will defend her WBC flyweight world championship against Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (9-1, 1 KO) in a 10-round fight.

Also Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (14-0-1, 9 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against James Bacon (26-4, 17 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight clash. Continue reading “Munguia-Ballard undercard announced”

Heavyweight monster Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov (11-0, 11 KOs) will make his highly anticipated United States debut as he defends his NABF title against Nagy Aguilera (21-10, 14 KOs) in the…
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Shot of the Day

Female bantamweight Ebanie Bridges looks fit and ready for her clash against Shannon Courtenay for the vacant WBA world female bantamweight tomorrow night in London.

Benn V Vargas Weigh In
Photo: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

Female bantamweight Ebanie Bridges looks fit and ready for her clash against Shannon Courtenay for the vacant WBA world female bantamweight tomorrow night in London.

Ancajas, Rodriquez make weight

Jaron “Boots” Ennis 146.4 vs. Sergey Lipinets 146.8

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Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Jerwin Ancajas 114.8 vs. Jonathan Rodriguez 115
(IBF super flyweight title)
Ancajas
Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Eimantas Stanionis 147 vs. Thomas Dulorme 146.4
(WBA welterweight eliminator)
Dulorme
Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Mark Magsayo 126.8 vs. Pablo Cruz 127
Evan Holyfield 154.2 vs. Nicholas Compton 155

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: Showtime

Jaron “Boots” Ennis 146.4 vs. Sergey Lipinets 146.8 Jerwin Ancajas 114.8 vs. Jonathan Rodriguez 115 (IBF super flyweight title) Eimantas Stanionis 147 vs. Thomas Dulorme 146.4 (WBA welterweight eliminator) Mark…
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Benn, Vargas make weight

Benn V Vargas Weigh In
Photo: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

Conor Benn 146.75 vs. Samuel Vargas 146.25
(WBA Continental welterweight title)

Shannon Courtenay 117.15 vs. Ebanie Bridges 117
(WBA female bantamweight title)

Savannah Marshall 159.4 vs. Maria Lindberg 155
(WBO female middleweight title)

Alexander Espinoza 117.5 vs. Kash Farooq 117.3
(WBC international silver bantamweight title)

Nick Campbell 249 vs. Petr Frohlich 226.7
John Hedges 178.1 vs. Stanko Jermelic 174

Venue: Copper Box Arena, London
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: DAZN, Sky Sports

Conor Benn 146.75 vs. Samuel Vargas 146.25 (WBA Continental welterweight title) Shannon Courtenay 117.15 vs. Ebanie Bridges 117 (WBA female bantamweight title) Savannah Marshall 159.4 vs. Maria Lindberg 155 (WBO…
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IBF #6 Obara defeats Sakai, keeps Japanese 147lb belt

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Obara scores a right to the onrushing Sakai

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Hard-punching IBF#6 Keita Obara (24-4-1, 21 KOs), 146.25, kept his Japanese welterweight belt as he edged game and gallant Shoki Sakai (25-12-2, 13 KOs), 146.25, by a close but unanimous decision (all 96-94) over ten hard-fought rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

Obara, making his initial defense, was at first befuddled by Sakai’s aggressiveness from the outset, but tried to outbox and outpunch the willing mixer in the first half, which read by open scoring system: 48-47 twice for the champ and 47-48 for the challenger. Continue reading “IBF #6 Obara defeats Sakai, keeps Japanese 147lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching IBF#6 Keita Obara (24-4-1, 21 KOs), 146.25, kept his Japanese welterweight belt as he edged game and gallant Shoki Sakai (25-12-2, 13…
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Ennis-Lipinets heating up

Welterweights Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Sergey Lipinets exchanged barbs leading up to their clash Saturday night on Showtime from the “Fightsphere” at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Jaron “Boots” Ennis: “His style is tailor-made for me. Him coming forward is picture-perfect for me. He’s going to be running into shots all night long. It’s going to be a long night for him.”

Sergey Lipinets: “Whatever he brings into the ring, I’ll be ready for it. We have multiple game plans and multiple ways that we can get this victory…Ennis is still just another fighter. A lot of people have his skills.”

Welterweights Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Sergey Lipinets exchanged barbs leading up to their clash Saturday night on Showtime from the “Fightsphere” at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Jaron “Boots”…
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Jerwin Ancajas fighting for recognition

“I want people to know my name,” says IBF junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas. “Everybody always talks about Estrada, Chocolatito and Rungvisai so that’s why I’m excited to have this opportunity to showcase my skills and challenge those guys.”

Ancajas (32-1-2, 22 KOs) defends against Jonathan Rodriguez (22-1, 16 KOs) on the Ennis-Lipinets undercard Saturday night on Showtime.

“I’m looking to win on Saturday night and I want to fight whoever is left after the four-man tournament between Rungvisai, Chocolatito, Estrada and Cuadras,” stated Ancajas. “I’m always calling the name of any titleholder in my division, so I would fight Ioka too. I want a signature fight because I’m tired of people criticizing me for not fighting anybody. After this, that’s what I’m targeting and then once I get that fight I plan to move to 118 pounds sometime next year. Continue reading “Jerwin Ancajas fighting for recognition”

“I want people to know my name,” says IBF junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas. “Everybody always talks about Estrada, Chocolatito and Rungvisai so that’s why I’m excited…
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Huni challenges Gallen

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Australian heavyweight champion Justis Huni has thrown out a challenge to former Rugby League star Paul Gallen, who is now the country’s biggest pay-per-view boxing attraction. Gallen is scheduled to clash with former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne on April 21 In Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

“For a footballer, he has made a pretty good transition to fighting and he has some boxing ability, he is not a bum by any means,” Huni told the Courier Mail. Continue reading “Huni challenges Gallen”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Australian heavyweight champion Justis Huni has thrown out a challenge to former Rugby League star Paul Gallen, who is now the country’s biggest…
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Szpilka-Rozanski for WBC Int’l bridger belt

When Poland’s Artur Szpilka will fight his compatriot Lukasz Rozanski on the May 22 KnockOut Boxing Night card in Rzeszow, Poland. The WBC international bridgerweight title will be at stake. Szpilka will step into the ring for the first time in more than a year, while Różański had his last fight in September 2020. The Szpilka-Różański fight was supposed to take place on May 8, but it’s now on May 22.

When Poland’s Artur Szpilka will fight his compatriot Lukasz Rozanski on the May 22 KnockOut Boxing Night card in Rzeszow, Poland. The WBC international bridgerweight title will be at stake.…
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Smith-Vlasov Final Press Conference

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Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images

Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov faced off in advance of their clash for the vacant WBO light heavyweight world title on Saturday evening at Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma on ESPN.

Joe Smith Jr: “I was 100 percent ready to go back in February, but it’s OK. I had time to enjoy my wedding day and now I’m just ready to go once again. I know what I’m going up against. He is a busy and aggressive guy with a lot of experience, but I have prepared well and I’m going to give 100 percent of myself to come out victorious. Continue reading “Smith-Vlasov Final Press Conference”

Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov faced off in advance of their clash for the vacant WBO light heavyweight world title on Saturday evening at Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma…
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New opponent for Munguia

Middleweight contender D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (20-0-1, 13 KOs) will step in to face Jaime Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental title after Maciej Sulecki was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury. The event will now take place on Friday, April 23 at The University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center and will be streamed live on DAZN worldwide, excluding Mexico.

“D’Mitrius Ballard has been deserving of an opportunity like this for a while now,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “This is the chance to finally demonstrate to the world that he’s ready for the top guys in the division. We wish Maciej Sulecki a quick recovery, but we also we want to emphasize that Ballard is no mere replacement. He’s a real threat.”

Middleweight contender D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (20-0-1, 13 KOs) will step in to face Jaime Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental title after Maciej Sulecki was forced to…
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Benn-Vargas Final Press Conference

Benn V Vargas Press Conference
Photo: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Welterweights Conor Benn (17-0, 11 KOs) and Samuel Vargas (31-6-2, 14 KOs) squared off at the final press conference ahead of Saturday’s action at London’s Copper Box Arena, shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. Benn is defending his WBA Continental title against Vargas.

Conor Benn: “This is definitely one for the fans. I’m chomping at the bit; this is a fight I’ve been calling for a long time now and this is another fight where I can show my levels and experience.

“You can judge me on my last performance, or the performance before that, but I’m always evolving and learning from previous fights and the mistakes I’ve made. This is the sort of fight where I really do show what I’m capable of. Continue reading “Benn-Vargas Final Press Conference”

Welterweights Conor Benn (17-0, 11 KOs) and Samuel Vargas (31-6-2, 14 KOs) squared off at the final press conference ahead of Saturday’s action at London’s Copper Box Arena, shown live…
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Harris-Sandoval IBF eliminator on May 14

Jay Harris (18-1, 9 KOs) will take on Ricardo Sandoval (18-1, 13 KOs) in a final eliminator for the IBF flyweight title on May 14 at the University of Bolton Stadium in Bolton, England. The card will be broadcast on ESPN+ in the U.S. Harris recently. went the distance with WBC champ Julio Cesar Martinez in a world title bid, while Sandoval enters with five straight knockout wins.

The winner of the bout will be the mandatory challenger for the IBF flyweight title, which is being contested later this month as Moruti Mthalane defends his belt against Sunny Edwards.

Jay Harris (18-1, 9 KOs) will take on Ricardo Sandoval (18-1, 13 KOs) in a final eliminator for the IBF flyweight title on May 14 at the University of Bolton…
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Pro boxing invades Vero Beach

Christy Martin Promotions is hosting a black tie boxing fundraiser to bring awareness to domestic violence on Saturday at The Rustica in Vero Beach, Florida. Tix are $250 and the card will be streamed live by ldltv.com. Lots of developing talent on the card, including unbeaten heavyweight Mike Balogun (16-0, 12 KOs) who faces Keith Barr (20-13-1, 8 KOs).

Christy Martin Promotions is hosting a black tie boxing fundraiser to bring awareness to domestic violence on Saturday at The Rustica in Vero Beach, Florida. Tix are $250 and the…
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Ring City announces April 22 undercard

Ring City USA today announced the undercard matchups for its April 22 event from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and live on NBCSN. The co-main is a women’s featherweight world title bout between WBA world champion Jelena Mrdjenovich (41-10-2, 19 KOs) and Erika Cruz Hernandez (12-1, 3 KOs). Also featured are undefeated junior welterweight prospects Juan Pablo ‘El Pivi’ Romero (13-0, 9 KOs) vs. Jonathan ‘Thunder’ Navarro (17-0, 9 KOs). Continue reading “Ring City announces April 22 undercard”

Ring City USA today announced the undercard matchups for its April 22 event from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and live on NBCSN. The co-main is a…
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Boots Ennis: I’m a dangerous man

Rising welterweight star Jaron “Boots” Ennis says he’s ready for former world champion Sergey Lipinets on Showtime Saturday from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“Whatever he brings, I’m going to be ready for it,” stated Ennis. “We don’t look at anybody as a stepping stone but this fight is going to take me to the next level. I can do a bunch of different things and my opponent doesn’t know how I’m going to come out. He just needs to know I’m ready and this is the hardest I’ve ever worked to get ready for a fight. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time and I finally got a guy with a name and now it’s my time to shine and show the world my talent and show them that I’m not to be played with. I’m a dangerous man and they will see on April 10. Continue reading “Boots Ennis: I’m a dangerous man”

Rising welterweight star Jaron “Boots” Ennis says he’s ready for former world champion Sergey Lipinets on Showtime Saturday from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. “Whatever he brings, I’m going…
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Zerafa promoter offers Tszyu $1 million

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #9 middleweight Michael Zerafa’s promoter Brian Amatruda has offered WBO #1, IBF #3 light middleweight Tim Tszyu $1 million (AUD) or $760,000v(USD) to meet in a twelve round contest in Melbourne.

“I’m sick and tired of seeing Tim make excuses and avoid what is Australia’s biggest fight — Tim Tszyu vs. Michael Zerafa,” Amatruda said in a statement to Fox Sports. “Tim is a quality fighter but he just fought a 36-year-old fighter who was coming off a brutal knockout and his second loss in a row. Hogan also had a major injury coming into the fight and at one stage was going to withdraw. Continue reading “Zerafa promoter offers Tszyu $1 million”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #9 middleweight Michael Zerafa’s promoter Brian Amatruda has offered WBO #1, IBF #3 light middleweight Tim Tszyu $1 million (AUD) or $760,000v(USD)…
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Ocampo headlines Saturday in Tijuana

WBO #12 junior middleweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (28-1, 18 KOs) will put his world ranking on the line against Iván “Demolisher” Matute (30-3, 25 KOs) in a ten rounder at the Grand Hotel in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico. The fight will air in Mexico on Azteca 7. You can watch this fight card in the U.S. if you have a VPN service.

WBO #12 junior middleweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (28-1, 18 KOs) will put his world ranking on the line against Iván “Demolisher” Matute (30-3, 25 KOs) in a ten rounder at…
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WBA orders Akhmadaliev-Rios

The WBA Championships Committee ordered the mandatory fight between WBA super bantamweight super champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev from Uzbekistan and the mandatory challenger Ronny Rios from the United States.

The Committee sent the communication to both teams, who are aware of the mandatory fight. The period for Akhmadaliev’s mandatory defense expired on January 29th, 2021, but the WBA allowed the champion to make the mandatory defense of the IBF, organization of which he is also champion, against Japanese Ryosuke Iwasa last April 3rd. Continue reading “WBA orders Akhmadaliev-Rios”

The WBA Championships Committee ordered the mandatory fight between WBA super bantamweight super champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev from Uzbekistan and the mandatory challenger Ronny Rios from the United States. The Committee…
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Ahmed Elbiali working with Bones Adams

Hard-punching light heavyweight fan favorite Ahmed Elbiali (20-1, 17 KOs) says he can’t wait to show off the new skills he’s developed while working with trainer and former world super bantamweight champion Clarence “Bones” Adams. Cairo-born Elbiali relocated from his adopted home in Miami three years ago to work with Adams at his private gym in Las Vegas and, at first, things didn’t go as well as hoped. Continue reading “Ahmed Elbiali working with Bones Adams”

Hard-punching light heavyweight fan favorite Ahmed Elbiali (20-1, 17 KOs) says he can’t wait to show off the new skills he’s developed while working with trainer and former world super…
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Finally! Boxing back in Vegas next month

For more than a year, the only pro boxing in Las Vegas has been Top Rank’s locked-down bubble shows. But the boxing quarantine for fan-attended events ends in May with two major shows on the schedule.

The first event will be the May 22 undisputed super lightweight title clash between WBC/WBO champion Jose Ramirez and WBA/IBF champion Josh Taylor. The venue and ticket situation hasn’t been announced yet, but we understand it will be at the MGM Grand with a limited seating capacity.

The following week, on May 29, WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney defends against Jorge Linares at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay. Those tickets will go on pre-sale tomorrow starting at $50. Fans will be screened and temperature-checked prior to entry and groups must wear face masks. Capacity will be cut some 50% to maintain social distancing.

For more than a year, the only pro boxing in Las Vegas has been Top Rank’s locked-down bubble shows. But the boxing quarantine for fan-attended events ends in May with…
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Boxing Within Holy Week

By Mauricio Sulaimán
Son of José Sulaimán / President of the WBC

As the world advances towards recovery from the pandemic, which has caused so much pain and damage in every imaginable way, we have spent Easter holiday in which emotions and feelings welled up in millions of people around the world. There is the hope of being able to move forward and heal the wounds that all of us, in one way or another, have suffered.

How many tears can we bear? Seeing loved ones suffering or going through irreparable losses. The hope that Holy Father Francis has left in his multiple interventions, paves the way for us to move forward and appreciate and cherish what we have today. Continue reading “Boxing Within Holy Week”

By Mauricio Sulaimán Son of José Sulaimán / President of the WBC As the world advances towards recovery from the pandemic, which has caused so much pain and damage in…
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