Top Rank inks Arslanbek Makhmudov

Heavyweight knockout artist Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov has signed a multi-year co-promotional contract with Top Rank, who will work in conjunction with Camille Estephan’s Eye of the Tiger. Makhmudov, born in Russia and now residing in Montreal, Canada, has knocked out all 14 of his professional opponents, including 10 in the first round.

The co-promotional agreement will see Makhmudov fight on Eye of the Tiger-promoted shows in Canada and on Top Rank on ESPN cards.

Makhmudov will defend his NABF belt against Carlos Takam on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal. Makhmudov-Takam headlines a loaded fight card that will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+. Continue reading “Top Rank inks Arslanbek Makhmudov”

Heavyweight knockout artist Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov has signed a multi-year co-promotional contract with Top Rank, who will work in conjunction with Camille Estephan’s Eye of the Tiger. Makhmudov, born in…
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WBC statement on transgender atheletes

The WBC has issued a statement addressing the issue of transgender athletes in boxing:

World Boxing Council Statement/Guidelines Regarding Transgender Athletes participation in professional Combat Sports

1. The World Boxing Council (WBC) firmly and unequivocally supports transgender rights and recognizes the gender identity of an individual athlete. This commitment is grounded in the WBC values of inclusion.

2. The WBC shall continue to champion to protect transgender individuals against discrimination at their workplace, in employment, education and access to healthcare.

3. The WBC is committed to its value of fair competition. A combat sport bout should occur between two equally matched competitors. At present there is no consensus whether a bout between a transgender woman against a cisgender (biological) woman is a fair bout between two equally matched competitors. Metric such as testosterone level less than 10 nanomoles per liter (achieved by using testosterone suppression medication in the transgender woman), in isolation is inadequate to ensure fairness at the time of the bout. It can be argued that by the time a transgender woman combatant launches her professional career she has already gone through male puberty thus conferring her with the musculature and bony structure of a male. So, a transgender woman combatant may have an unfair advantage over her cisgender woman combatant. Continue reading “WBC statement on transgender atheletes”

The WBC has issued a statement addressing the issue of transgender athletes in boxing: World Boxing Council Statement/Guidelines Regarding Transgender Athletes participation in professional Combat Sports 1. The World Boxing…
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Fight Week

Huge weekend on tap with no less than three major fight cards taking place on what is certainly a Super Boxing Saturday.

The big one is the DAZN-streamed rematch between WBA/IBF/WBO unified heavyweight champion Oleksander Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) and Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) in Saudi Arabia. The event airs on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. The undercard includes an IBF heavyweight eliminator between Filip Hrgović (14-0, 12 KOs) and Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (24-0-1, 19 KOs) plus a WBC light heavyweight eliminator between Callum Smith (28-1, 20 KOs) and Mathieu Bauderlique (21-1, 12 KOs)

Showtime presents a loaded show topped by former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) against former WBC lightweight champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (28-2-1, 19 KOs) from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Also on tap are 140-pounders Alberto Puello (20-0, 10 KOs) and Batyr Akhmedov (9-1, 8 KOs) squaring off for the vacant WBA super lightweight title, plus WBA super featherweight champion Roger Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20 KOs) defending against unbeaten Hector Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs).

ESPN has WBO featherweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) against Eduardo Baez (21-2-2, 7 KOs) at the Pechanga Arena (formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena) in San Diego, California.

Huge weekend on tap with no less than three major fight cards taking place on what is certainly a Super Boxing Saturday. The big one is the DAZN-streamed rematch between…
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Teofimo: We want all the belts

“I was at 135 pounds for nine years. It was killing my body, since I was a teenage kid, man. We want Josh Taylor. We want these guys. We want {Regis} Prograis. We want {Jose} Zepeda. We want all the belts. We want to become two-time undisputed champion,” said former lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez after winning his junior welterweight debut by TKO over Pedro Campa on Saturday evening in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,553 at Resorts World Las Vegas.

“If Josh Taylor is too busy with his wedding and there’s nobody else around because the WBA belt is taken and the WBC is going to be fought with Zepeda and Prograis, then so fuc*ng be it,” Lopez added.

There was another interested observer ringside, Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Ryan Garcia. Lopez wants the biggest challenges and has no issue with a Garcia fight.

“I was at 135 pounds for nine years. It was killing my body, since I was a teenage kid, man. We want Josh Taylor. We want these guys. We want…
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Teofimo stops Campa, launches 140lb TAKEOVER

Former undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs) began his “Takeover” of the junior welterweight division with a seventh round TKO against Pedro Campa (34-2-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at Resorts World Las Vegas. Lopez progressively broke down and busted up the game Campas, finally dropping him in round seven and getting a stoppage from referee Tony Weeks soon after. Time was 2:14.

Unbeaten 19-year-old junior middleweight sensation Xander Zayas (14-0, 10 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round TKO against Elias Espadas (22-5, 15 KOs). Zayas dropped Espadas in round one, then got a rather quick stoppage from referee Russell Mora with another knockdown in round five. Time was :23. Continue reading “Teofimo stops Campa, launches 140lb TAKEOVER”

Former undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs) began his “Takeover” of the junior welterweight division with a seventh round TKO against Pedro Campa (34-2-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday…
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Shevadzutskiy beats Kingpin, remains unbeaten

Kingpin
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Unbeaten heavyweight Igor Shevadzutskiy (10-0, 8 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (35-20-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the ECB Gym in Hamburg, Germany. Shevadzutskiy pressed the action but couldn’t break through Johnson’s defense in a bout that resembled a sparring session.

Unbeaten heavyweight Victor Faust was also supposed to fight on the card, but unfortunately his opponent Adnan Redzovic was infected with COVID.

Unbeaten heavyweight Igor Shevadzutskiy (10-0, 8 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (35-20-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the ECB…
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Ferrer edges Velez for NBA belt

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Photo: K-Mo Snaps Photography

By Damon Gonzalez/LatinBox

In front of a sold out crowd, lightweight Wesley “El Bongocero” Ferrer (17-1-1, 8 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (30-9-1, 21 KOs) to claim the NBA Intercontinental title on Saturday night at the Plaza Live Orlando in Orlando, Florida. Scores were 76-76, 77-75, 77-75. Continue reading “Ferrer edges Velez for NBA belt”

By Damon Gonzalez/LatinBox In front of a sold out crowd, lightweight Wesley “El Bongocero” Ferrer (17-1-1, 8 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (30-9-1,…
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Results from Massachusetts

In a rematch, welterweight Brandon Higgins (9-2, 5 KOs) scored a sixth round unanimous decision over 47-year-old Dustin Reinhold (7-6, 3 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts. Scores were 57-56, 57-56, 59-54. A second round knockdown provided the margin of victory for Higgins, who also won their first fight via majority decision.

WBC #12 super middleweight Carlos “Carlito’s Way” Gongora (21-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Oscar Riojas (28-16-1, 16 KOs). 2008, 2012 Olympian Gongora dropped Riojas twice in round one, but Riojas lasted until round four when the referee waved it off.

Unbeaten super lightweight “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (18-0-1, 8 KOs) outpointed Saul Corral (23-20, 13 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores 79-73, 80-72, 80-72.

Unbeaten 2016 Olympian light heavyweight Juan Carlos Carrillo (8-0, 6 KOs) stopped Victor Fonseca (18-12-1, 14 KOs) in round three.

In a rematch, welterweight Brandon Higgins (9-2, 5 KOs) scored a sixth round unanimous decision over 47-year-old Dustin Reinhold (7-6, 3 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at…
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Don King’s Open Letter to Frank Warren

The latest in the dispute between Hall of Fame promoters Don King and Frank Warren over the finances of the Daniel Dubois vs. Trevor Bryan fight is the following open letter from King to Warren:

Dear Frank,

I am very hurt, and terribly disappointed about the nasty things that you are saying about me. I have always held you in very high esteem. Your word has been your bond. You acknowledge to me that you owed me $200,000 dollars, and you guaranteed me with your word that you would pay me what you owed me. You said things were a little rough for you at the time cash-wise but that I have your word and your personal guarantee that when you were able, you would take care of the debt owed. With your word given to me that you would take care of the debt owed, that was good enough for me, my friend. Who is this guy pretending to be you mouthing out this total bullshit, if I owed you any money, why didn’t you sue me? Continue reading “Don King’s Open Letter to Frank Warren”

The latest in the dispute between Hall of Fame promoters Don King and Frank Warren over the finances of the Daniel Dubois vs. Trevor Bryan fight is the following open…
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Tyson Fury walks back comeback plans, re-retires

Looks like WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury won’t be returning after all. A few days ago, The Gypsy King announced that he had teamed up with trainer Isaac Lowe and was planning a trilogy fight with Derek “War” Chisora. However, Fury has now reversed course.

“Massive thanks to everyone who had an input in my career over the years and after long hard conversations, I’ve finally decided to walk away. And on my 34th birthday, I say bon voyage,” Fury wrote on Twitter. He then named a list of people who helped him in his career and concluded with “See you all on the other side you big dossers. 2008-2022.”

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed Fury’s intentions. “Just finished a touching video conference with Tyson Fury, who has confirmed his official retirement from boxing. We fully support his decision, which is a dream for anyone to retire undefeated and as WBC champion of the world. The WBC will prepare a special farewell event soon.”

Looks like WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury won’t be returning after all. A few days ago, The Gypsy King announced that he had teamed up with trainer Isaac Lowe and…
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Farmer-Bey clash canceled AGAIN!!!

Update: Bey and Farmer went on Instagram and announced that they didn’t fight because the promoters didn’t fulfill their obligations.

After two postponements, the long-awaited PPV lightweight clash between former world champions Tevin Farmer (30-5-1, 6 KOs) and Mickey Bey (23-3-1, 11 KOs) seemed like it would finally take place on Friday night at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott, Arizona.

However, in a bizarre situation, after four undercard bouts were completed it was announced that Farmer-Bey and the super middleweight co-feature between unbeaten Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson (11-0, 7 KOs) and Tyi Edmonds (14-4, 9 KOs) were simply CANCELED with no explanation given. Continue reading “Farmer-Bey clash canceled AGAIN!!!”

Update: Bey and Farmer went on Instagram and announced that they didn’t fight because the promoters didn’t fulfill their obligations. After two postponements, the long-awaited PPV lightweight clash between former…
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Weights From Orlando

Orlando Weigh
Photo: Kristen Gasdick

Wesley Ferrer 136.2 vs. Jayson Velez 135.4
Corey Marksman 136.4 vs. Angel Albelo 138
Antraveous Ingram 156.8 vs. Julian Valerio 158.2
Ryan Venable 147.2 vs. Jimmy Brenes 147
Joshua Lebron 121.2 vs. Michael Turner 120
Jocksan Blanco 147.2 vs. Travis Floyd 145
Daniel (Danny) Suarez 124.6 vs. Kenneth Sabino 123
Julio Rosa 149 vs. Osmel Mayorga 154

A Dominican vs. Puerto Rican rivalry is in play as Wesley “El Bongocero” Ferrer (16-1-1, 8 KOs) from Brooklyn, New York way of Santo Domingo will be battle tested as he collides against Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez from Juncos, Puerto Rico for the NBA Intercontinental lightweight title on Saturday at the Plaza Live Orlando in Orlando, Florida presented by Undisputed Promotions.

Wesley Ferrer 136.2 vs. Jayson Velez 135.4 Corey Marksman 136.4 vs. Angel Albelo 138 Antraveous Ingram 156.8 vs. Julian Valerio 158.2 Ryan Venable 147.2 vs. Jimmy Brenes 147 Joshua Lebron…
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Davies-Martin Purse Bid canceled

The purse bid for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight eliminator fight between Ohara Davies and Sandor Martin, scheduled for this Friday, was canceled after Martin announced that he would not participate.

The WBA ranking committee has now started the process to appoint Davies’ next opponent and will be looking for the next available ranked fighter to face the Englishman in this elimination bout. The name of the next opponent will be announced in the coming days, once the next ranked fighters are spoken to and checked for their availability to take on the challenge.

The purse bid for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight eliminator fight between Ohara Davies and Sandor Martin, scheduled for this Friday, was canceled after Martin announced that he…
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Santa Cruz-Wood reach deal, purse bid canceled

The teams of Leo Santa Cruz and Leigh Wood informed the World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee that they have reached an agreement to fight for the featherweight world title and the auction, which was scheduled for today has been suspended.

The mandatory bout between both champions is tentatively scheduled for November 5 or 12, according to the WBA, although the details will be announced as soon as the parties send the official contracts. Continue reading “Santa Cruz-Wood reach deal, purse bid canceled”

The teams of Leo Santa Cruz and Leigh Wood informed the World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee that they have reached an agreement to fight for the featherweight world title…
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Goulamirian now the only WBA cruiser champion

The WBA Championships Committee continues making decisions and ordering fights to reach the goal of having only one champion for each weight class.

The latest division to be sorted out is cruiserweight where Arsen Goulamirian is now the sole champion after Ryad Merhy formally resigned his “regular” champion position and will not fight Goulamirian in a bout ordered by the committee between the two fighters.

There are now 10 divisions with only one champion as the WBA’s plan to reduce the number of world titles continues to move forward.

The WBA Championships Committee continues making decisions and ordering fights to reach the goal of having only one champion for each weight class. The latest division to be sorted out…
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Teofimo-Campa Weights from Las Vegas

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Teofimo Lopez 138.8 vs. Pedro Campa 139
Xander Zayas 153 vs. Elias Espadas 153.6
Andres Cortes 130.6 vs. Abraham Montoya 131
Jose Enrique Vivas 127.8 vs. Edy Valencia 127.6
Troy Isley 156 vs. Victor Toney 156.8
Duke Ragan 126.6 vs. D’Angelo Fuentes 125.6
Omar Rosario 140.8 vs. Esteban Munoz 140.6
Charlie Sheehy 134.4 vs. Juan Castaneda 133.8

Venue: Resorts World Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN

Teofimo Lopez 138.8 vs. Pedro Campa 139 Xander Zayas 153 vs. Elias Espadas 153.6 Andres Cortes 130.6 vs. Abraham Montoya 131 Jose Enrique Vivas 127.8 vs. Edy Valencia 127.6 Troy…
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DiBella inks WBC #12 Gongora

DiBella Entertainment has signed WBC #12 super middleweight Carlos “Carlito’s Way” Gongora (20-1, 15 KOs). He returns to the ring tomorrow night against Oscar Riojas (28-15-1, 16 KOs) at Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts. The fight takes place on a $19.99 PPV stream presented by Boston Boxing Promotions.

Gongora is managed by Mike Criscio and trained by Hector Bermudez. When not home in Ecuador, h lives and trains out of an old fire station that Bermudez converted into a boxing gym in Springfield, MA, called Universal Training Academy.

DiBella Entertainment has signed WBC #12 super middleweight Carlos “Carlito’s Way” Gongora (20-1, 15 KOs). He returns to the ring tomorrow night against Oscar Riojas (28-15-1, 16 KOs) at Memorial…
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Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei hits Jeddah

ZhangUndefeated heavyweight Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (24-0-1, 19 KOs) has touched down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia a few days early to prepare for his IBF heavyweight title eliminator against Filip Hrgović (14-0, 12 KOs). The fight is the co-feature for the unified heavyweight championship rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua on August 20th at Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Hrgović-Zhilei winner will become the IBF’s number one heavyweight contender.

“I’m happy to be in Saudi Arabia. This is a business trip for me. I had the best training camp of my career. I wanted to come early and adjust to the time difference. I am ready for next Saturday.” Continue reading “Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei hits Jeddah”

Undefeated heavyweight Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (24-0-1, 19 KOs) has touched down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia a few days early to prepare for his IBF heavyweight title eliminator against Filip…
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Boxing back in Niagara Falls

Tuto Zabala’s All Star Boxing, Inc returns to the beautiful Seneca Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York on Friday, October 14 with their successful series “Seneca Fight Nights”. “Our winning formula does not change,” stated Zabala. “Supporting the local talent from Western New York is key and our main priority. After two prosperous sold out shows with exciting matches we will continue to bring the fans more of the same at one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Niagara Falls.” Continue reading “Boxing back in Niagara Falls”

Tuto Zabala’s All Star Boxing, Inc returns to the beautiful Seneca Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York on Friday, October 14 with their successful series “Seneca Fight Nights”.…
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Bivol-Ramirez Purse Bid set for August 21

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has called a purse bid for the light heavyweight world title bout between the champion Dmitry Bivol and his mandatory challenger, Gilberto Ramirez to take place Sunday, August 21, at the Caribe Royale Hotel, in Orlando, Florida.

After the negotiation period from July 11 to August 10 expired and the parties did not reach an agreement, the WBA made the decision to call for the bidding.

The communication was officially sent to both parties on Thursday, August 11. The minimum amount to participate is $400,000 with a split of 75% for the champion Bivol and 25% for the challenger Ramirez as established by the rules of the body.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has called a purse bid for the light heavyweight world title bout between the champion Dmitry Bivol and his mandatory challenger, Gilberto Ramirez…
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WBA Championships Committee strips Estrada

The WBA Championships Committee has made the decision to withdraw the recognition of Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada as super flyweight champion of the organization. With the decision, Joshua Franco remains as the only WBA 115-pound champion.

The decision was made based on the WBA internal rules and taking into account all the events that have taken place in recent months. Continue reading “WBA Championships Committee strips Estrada”

The WBA Championships Committee has made the decision to withdraw the recognition of Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada as super flyweight champion of the organization. With the decision, Joshua Franco remains…
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Busy weekend of boxing in NM

By David Finger

It will be a busy weekend of boxing for the state of New Mexico as two of the most promising young prospects in the Southwest headline separate cards in Las Cruces and in Albuquerque.

On Friday promoter Isidro Castillo of School of Hard Knocks Boxing returns to the Pan Am Center on the campus of New Mexico State University as undefeated prospect Stephanie Han (1-0) takes on a fellow undefeated prospect in Destiny Jones (2-0) in a lightweight fight. Han, the sister of former world champion Jennifer Han and former world ranked contender Abraham Han, already has boxing insiders talking about a possible world championship fight in the near future, but she has a tough test in Destiny “Too Sweet” Jones of Texas. Continue reading “Busy weekend of boxing in NM”

By David Finger It will be a busy weekend of boxing for the state of New Mexico as two of the most promising young prospects in the Southwest headline separate…
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Boxing back in Houston

Next Fight Up Promotions is scheduled to bring fight fans a  night of boxing this Saturday at the Bayou Event Center in Houston, Texas. Seven bouts are scheduled to take place in all.

In the main event,  super featherweight Gabriel “Slick” Smith (11-2-1) of Houston takes on the highly touted prospect Eridson Garcia (16-0) of the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in a ten round battle. Garcia is putting his NABF super featherweight title on the line.

In the co-main, Houstonian Giovanni Marquez (2-0), son of former IBF jr middleweight holder Raul Marquez puts his undefeated record on the line against William Marcell Davis (5-13-1) of Memphis, Tennessee in a super lightweight four-rounder. In the main event. Continue reading “Boxing back in Houston”

Next Fight Up Promotions is scheduled to bring fight fans a  night of boxing this Saturday at the Bayou Event Center in Houston, Texas. Seven bouts are scheduled to take…
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Teofimo-Campa Final Press Conference

Teofimo Lopez Vs Pedro Campa Pose
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images

Former undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez will make his junior welterweight debut Saturday evening in the 10-round main event against Pedro “Roca” Campa at the Resorts World Event Center at Resorts World Las Vegas. Here’s what they had to say at the final press conference.

Teofimo Lopez: “I can’t wait to show why Teofimo is the greatest of all time…this guy is in front of me to stop my dreams and stop everything that we’re shooting for. Every time I go out there in the ring, I’m risking everything. I’m risking my life. We double down, every time. When it comes to me, it’s just me versus me, no one else. I thank God for that. He’s always in my corner…Campa has that Mexican style of boxing. He’s going to be aggressive. This is going to be an all-out war. This is going to be a fight. And I’m very excited about that. I love competition.”

Pedro Campa: “We know the kind of fighter we will be fighting this Saturday. Honestly, I trained very hard because, as I repeat, we know the kind of opponent we have. Manny Robles is a trainer with a great understanding. He knows what he wants me to do, and I’m ready to obey what he says…we can do interesting things in the ring. Firstly, I think I’m coming for the victory. By any means necessary, I want to take the victory to Mexico and for my people in Guaymas and Sonora.”

Former undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez will make his junior welterweight debut Saturday evening in the 10-round main event against Pedro “Roca” Campa at the Resorts World Event Center at…
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