ABC Watch List

By Gregory Sirb

Below are the number of Boxers on the ABC “Watch” List that actually competed in each Commission:

COMMISSION / #of times Boxers on the Watch list competed
New Hampshire / 25
Georgia / 17
Kentucky / 16
Mississippi / 15
Florida / 11
N Carolina / 11
Tennessee / 10
Massachusetts / 8
Virginia / 8
Kansas / 6
Arkansas / 6
Alabama / 4
Colorado / 4
Milli Lacs / 3
N Mexico / 2
S Carolina / 2
W Virginia / 2
Minnesota / 2
Louisiana / 1
Wisconsin / 1
Texas / 1
Oklahoma / 1

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By Gregory Sirb Below are the number of Boxers on the ABC “Watch” List that actually competed in each Commission: COMMISSION / #of times Boxers on the Watch list competed…
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Niyomtrong ready for action

One of the WBA’s most solid champions is Thammanoon Niyomtrong (21-0, 7 KOs), better known as Knockout CP Freshmart, who is currently the minimumweight monarch and wants to maintain that supremacy in 2021. The 30-year-old Thai boxer had the opportunity to fight in 2020 before the pandemic pause arrived. Niyomtrong beat Japan’s Norihito Tanaka by unanimous decision when defending the pioneer organization’s super championship in Nakhon Sawan. Continue reading “Niyomtrong ready for action”

One of the WBA’s most solid champions is Thammanoon Niyomtrong (21-0, 7 KOs), better known as Knockout CP Freshmart, who is currently the minimumweight monarch and wants to maintain that…
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Inoue’s brother to collide with IBF#4 Kurihara

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By Joe Koizumi

Only once-beaten younger brother of “The Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3 KOs) will have a shot at the OPBF bantamweight belt against IBF#4 compatriot Keita Kurihara (15-5, 13 KOs) today (Thursday) in Tokyo, Japan. For WBC#7, WBO#6 Takuma, it will be the first appearance since he failed to win the WBC belt on a unanimous decision loss to Nordine Oubaali here in November 2019. Continue reading “Inoue’s brother to collide with IBF#4 Kurihara”

By Joe Koizumi Only once-beaten younger brother of “The Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3 KOs) will have a shot at the OPBF bantamweight belt against IBF#4 compatriot Keita Kurihara…
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Leo-Fulton virtual press conference quotes

WBO junior featherweight champion Angelo Leo and unbeaten rising star Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton Jr. previewed their upcoming world title showdown during a virtual press conference Wednesday as they prepare to battle live on Showtime on January 23 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“This is going to be one of the best fights of the year and I can’t wait for you all to see it” – Leo

“January 23 is going to be fireworks…We both have something to prove and I’m ready to get it on” – Fulton

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WBO junior featherweight champion Angelo Leo and unbeaten rising star Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton Jr. previewed their upcoming world title showdown during a virtual press conference Wednesday as they prepare…
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Arum: Lopez-Kambosos in May?

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has been negotiating to have WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) defend against IBF mandatory contender George Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) in Australia during May.

“We’ve been talking to the Aussies and we’re supposed to have a letter of intent from them by the end of this week,” said Arum to boxing writer Gareth Davies. “It would be in May sometime. We’re at the mercy of this coronavirus, but by May I think we’ll be okay. We’re looking at Melbourne. The plan is to do it in one of their big stadiums with 50,000 people. They’re doing events now at full capacity. The problem there is the quarantine for 14 days and they’ve prohibited foreigners from coming in at all to Australia until further notice.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has been negotiating to have WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) defend…
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A big challenge ahead! First thing is to survive

By Mauricio Sulaimán
Son of Jose Sulaiman – WBC President

The most important challenge for everyone in these difficult times is, without a doubt, survival.

Survival in every possible way. Obviously, maintaining our health and preventing the spread of COVID-19 that has impacted the world since the beginning of last year is paramount.

Also maintaining mental health, which is very important but complicated. It is not an easy task to do when we are filled with news of the seriousness of the situation day after day, hour after hour, when all the chats are flooded with negative and alarming messages and when all the talks revolve around the same thing. Continue reading “A big challenge ahead! First thing is to survive”

By Mauricio Sulaimán Son of Jose Sulaiman – WBC President The most important challenge for everyone in these difficult times is, without a doubt, survival. Survival in every possible way.…
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Mexico City Boxing Commission to waive fees

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The Professional Boxing Commission of Mexico City has decided to waive the fees for licensing boxers and trainers due to the economic situation in the country. The only expenses will be required laboratory tests. Likewise, the promoters will be supported to carry out professional boxing events in Mexico City.

The Comision de Box de la CDMX, chaired by Ciro Nucci, has focused on sanitary and healthy conditions for boxers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Gabriel F. Cordero The Professional Boxing Commission of Mexico City has decided to waive the fees for licensing boxers and trainers due to the economic situation in the country.…
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Charr questions whether bout will take place

Dk Poster 2WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) is scheduled to face WBA interim heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs) on January 29 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

However, Charr isn’t convinced that the bout will happen, writing on his Facebook page: “Do you think the fight will take place? Or is it a wrong play again from Don King? As I said, I am fully in training and I will be fit for the fight. From the street to the stars!”

There is speculation in the German media that the fight announcement is a ploy to get Charr stripped of the WBA belt, which Charr won in 2017 but has yet to defend. At this point, it’s not even certain that Charr can enter the U.S. due to COVID-19 restrictions.

WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) is scheduled to face WBA interim heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs) on January 29 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel…
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Lomachenko back in the gym

Top Rank has announced on social media that former three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is back in the gym. A brief quote attributed to Loma is as follows: “I have my back, I leave no room for doubt. 2021 I can’t wait to [fight].” Not sure if he means “payback” or “comeback,” but either way it’ll be good to see him in the ring again.

Top Rank has announced on social media that former three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is back in the gym. A brief quote attributed to Loma is as follows: “I have…
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Berchelt ready for Valdez

WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt says beating Oscar Valdez, “will be a great springboard for my career!”

Berchelt was one of the special guests at the first “WBC Coffee Tuesday” of 2021. He stated that in defending his crown on February 20 against former Olympian Valdez, he’s preparing for a see-saw war between Mexicans at the MGM Bubble in Las Vegas.

For Miguel, this fight is crucial, as he wants to inspire new generations, as did Barrera vs. Morales, Zarate vs. Zamora, and Marquez vs. Vázquez, just to name a few. Continue reading “Berchelt ready for Valdez”

WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt says beating Oscar Valdez, “will be a great springboard for my career!” Berchelt was one of the special guests at the first…
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Frampton-Herring set to collide on Feb 27

Carl Frampton will bid to become a three-weight world champion when he takes on the WBO world super featherweight champion Jamel Herring on February 27 in London, live on BT Sport in the UK.

The special occasion of ‘The Jackal’ bidding to make boxing history will be Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions’ first show of 2021, in association with MTK Global.

The Frampton-Herring showdown was originally scheduled for the middle of 2020 before being delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, which led to both taking interim fights, with Herring overcoming Jonathan Oquendo following a disqualification in Las Vegas, while Frampton kept busy defeating Darren Traynor via a seventh round stoppage in London. Continue reading “Frampton-Herring set to collide on Feb 27”

Carl Frampton will bid to become a three-weight world champion when he takes on the WBO world super featherweight champion Jamel Herring on February 27 in London, live on BT…
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Leo-Fulton Showtime quotes

Undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Angelo Leo (20-0, 9 KOs) takes on unbeaten Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) in the main event of the first Showtime Championship Boxing telecast of 2021 on January 23 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The telecast also features two WBA interim title fights.

Leo, who fights out of the Mayweather Promotions stable, was originally scheduled to face Fulton for the vacant WBO junior featherweight world title last August in the first Showtime boxing event following the pandemic shutdown of the sport, but Fulton was forced to withdraw following a positive COVID-19 test. Leo then defeated late-sub Tramaine Williams by unanimous decision for the belt. Continue reading “Leo-Fulton Showtime quotes”

Undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Angelo Leo (20-0, 9 KOs) takes on unbeaten Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) in the main event of the first Showtime Championship…
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Promoter Mike Acri passes

Sad to report that legendary promoter Mike Acri has passed away at the age of 63. Acri had been ill health for some time. He is best known for promoting Roberto Duran, Hector Camacho and Paul Spadafora among others. Mike was an executive producer for the acclaimed Showtime documentary titled Macho: The Hector Camacho Story. Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, Mike Acri is a member of the PA Boxing Hall of Fame.

Sad to report that legendary promoter Mike Acri has passed away at the age of 63. Acri had been ill health for some time. He is best known for promoting…
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Boxing Buzz: Canelo, Broner, Holyfield-Tyson

Eddy Reynoso, trainer and manager of WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, says Canelo is planning to face WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim next. The bout could take place as soon as February 27, possibly in Mexico. If victorious, Canelo would return in May against Billy Joe Saunders, Gennady Golovkin or Caleb Plant.
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Looks like Showtime is bringing back Adrien Broner on February 13. Opponent is TBA. Broner hasn’t fought since facing Manny Pacquiao two years ago.
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Evander Holyfield really wants that exhibition fight with Mike Tyson. “I believe if I fought Mike the fight will generate $200 million,” Holyfield told The Mirror. “It will be the biggest fight there is. That’s the honest truth. I think Mike has my message already. If he is going to do it he is, if not then he’s not. It’s a decision he has to make now and we both have to be in an agreement.”
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The British Boxing Board of Control has announced that boxing will be resuming in the UK starting in the middle of February, dates and venues to be confirmed. The BBBofC shut down all boxing in January, although some other sports remained active.

Eddy Reynoso, trainer and manager of WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, says Canelo is planning to face WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim next. The bout could take place…
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Charr says Don King playing mean, nasty game

Don King Productions has announced that WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) is facing WBA interim heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs) on January 29 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. That is deadline ordered by the WBA. Charr hasn’t fought since November 2017 and Bryan hasn’t fought since August 2018. The bout will apparently be a $39.99 pay-per-view stream.

Charr clearly isn’t happy with the arrangement. “What a mean, nasty game by Don King,” Charr posted on his Facebook page. “Research has shown that the specified venue in Florida on January 29, 2021, was neither booked nor confirmed by Don King. The fight was announced in BoxRec, but the alleged venue has not been confirmed.

“You don’t want to fight me. Don King tries to force me to sign with him, which I definitely won’t do! I have a boxing promoter myself: Erol Ceylan. We have already put our lawyers on all points. Don King won’t get away like this!!! Continue reading “Charr says Don King playing mean, nasty game”

Don King Productions has announced that WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) is facing WBA interim heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs) on January 29 at the…
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Oscar Valdez: Berchelt, Covid, Canelo and more

By Hesiquio Balderas

Oscar Valdez is challenging WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt in a much-anticipated ESPN clash that will take place on February 20 inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“This is the opportunity that I waited for all my life,” Valdez told Fightnews.com. “In school I used to draw myself in my notebook as WBC world champion. This is the opportunity of my life, a dream come true. Continue reading “Oscar Valdez: Berchelt, Covid, Canelo and more”

By Hesiquio Balderas Oscar Valdez is challenging WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt in a much-anticipated ESPN clash that will take place on February 20 inside “The Bubble” at the…
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Interview: Lovemore Ndou

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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former world champion Lovemore Ndou spoke to Peter Maniatis about his career in boxing and his autobiography “Tough Love.”

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“The biggest thing I remember about the fight with Sharmba Mitchell is that I took the fight on short notice. Sharmba was supposed to fight Kostya Tszyu for the IBF title but Kostya suffered a shoulder injury and they needed a last minute opponent. I took the fight on one week’s notice.

“I recall going into the fight with Sharmba and his team thinking it was going to be a walk in the park. I surprised him and shocked him. He couldn’t handle my style with how I could switch from orthodox to southpaw. Each time I switched to southpaw I pretty much confused him. At the end of the fight – I thought I won and a lot of people thought I won. Continue reading “Interview: Lovemore Ndou”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former world champion Lovemore Ndou spoke to Peter Maniatis about his career in boxing and his autobiography “Tough Love.” SHARMBA MITCHELL “The biggest…
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Eubank Jr. signs with Team Sauerland

WBA interim middleweight world champion Chris Eubank Jr. (29-2, 22 KOs) has joined forces with European powerhouse promoter Team Sauerland. Eubank Jr. claimed the WBA interim middleweight world title for the second time with a TKO win over former world title challenger Matvey Korobov in December 2019, while making his US debut at the Barclays Center in New York.

Currently based in the United States. he is training with the boxing great Roy Jones Jr. The second-generation fighter says he is delighted to have signed a long-term deal with Team Sauerland and is targeting all the top names at 160 lbs.

WBA interim middleweight world champion Chris Eubank Jr. (29-2, 22 KOs) has joined forces with European powerhouse promoter Team Sauerland. Eubank Jr. claimed the WBA interim middleweight world title for…
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Gimenez stays unbeaten in Argentina

An eight round super featherweight main event Saturday night featured a battle of unbeatens at the Complejo Multifuncion in Perez, Santa Fe, Argentina. Ayrton Osmar Gimenez (9-0, 1 KO) defeated fellow Argentine Matias Ezequiel Guenemil (6-1-1, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision. All three judges scored in favor of Gimenez 80-72 twice and 80-73. O.R. Promotions-Osvaldo Rivero promoted the show with TyC Sports televising the event.

An eight round super featherweight main event Saturday night featured a battle of unbeatens at the Complejo Multifuncion in Perez, Santa Fe, Argentina. Ayrton Osmar Gimenez (9-0, 1 KO) defeated…
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Fernandez edges Chaparro

Super welterweight Demian Daniel Fernandez (12-2, 5 KOs) won by six round majority decision over journeyman Carlos Andres Chaparro (7-38-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Complejo Multifuncion in Perez, Santa Fe, Argentina. Fernandez, fighting for the first time since his 2019 TKO loss to top contender Jaron Ennis, won by scores of 59-55, 58-56 on two cards. The third card was 58-58.

Super welterweight Demian Daniel Fernandez (12-2, 5 KOs) won by six round majority decision over journeyman Carlos Andres Chaparro (7-38-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Complejo Multifuncion in…
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Florida Boxing Hall of Fame 2021 Class

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The announcement for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2021 and the grand opening of the FBHOF Museum took place Saturday at the New SJC Boxing Gym​ in Fort Myers, Florida.

FIGHTERS
Antonio Tarver
Glen Johnson
Jameel McCline
Danny Santiago
*Frankie Randall
Marcel Clay
Danny Sanchez

TRAINERS
Orlando Cuellar
Luis Camacho

PROMOTERS
Terry Trekas Continue reading “Florida Boxing Hall of Fame 2021 Class”

The announcement for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2021 and the grand opening of the FBHOF Museum took place Saturday at the New SJC Boxing Gym​ in…
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LaManna stops Gonzalez for Fedecentro title

WBA #10 super welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (30-4-1, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Juan Gonzalez (22-15, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at La Terraza Sports Bar in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. LaManna dropped Gonzalez with a right hand near the end of round four. He then stalked Gonzalez and floored him again in the following round to get a referee’s stoppage. LaManna claimed the vacant WBA Fedecentro super welterweight title with the win.

WBA #10 super welterweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (30-4-1, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Juan Gonzalez (22-15, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at La Terraza Sports Bar in…
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Canelo named WBA Boxer of the Year

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Saul Alvarez won the World Boxing Association (WBA) Best Boxer of the Year award for his victory over Callum Smith to confirm himself as the top pound-for-pound fighter today.

Boxing had a year of many setbacks but managed to move forward. The end of the year could not have been any more perfect, with the reappearance of Canelo on December 19th in a great performance against the previously unbeaten reigning champion. Continue reading “Canelo named WBA Boxer of the Year”

Saul Alvarez won the World Boxing Association (WBA) Best Boxer of the Year award for his victory over Callum Smith to confirm himself as the top pound-for-pound fighter today. Boxing…
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Fight Club OC Shows return in June

Knowing that the Covid-19 situation and the protocols required by the California State Athletic Commission still make it difficult to stage shows in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, promoter Roy Englebrecht is announcing that the first Fight Club OC show of 2021 will take place on Thursday, June 10th.

Englebrecht Promotions & Events will stage four Fight Club OC shows instead of their customary six shows, with 2021 Thursday dates now set for June 10th, August 26th, October 21st, and December 2nd. Continue reading “Fight Club OC Shows return in June”

Knowing that the Covid-19 situation and the protocols required by the California State Athletic Commission still make it difficult to stage shows in The Hangar at the OC Fair &…
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IBF orders Lopez-Kambosos

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Sydney-based lightweight George Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10 KOs) will soon be getting his IBF world title opportunity according to the New Jersey-based International Boxing Federation. The IBF has ordered world lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jnr (16-0, 12 KOs) to defend his belt against number one contender and mandatory challenger Kambosos. Continue reading “IBF orders Lopez-Kambosos”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Sydney-based lightweight George Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10 KOs) will soon be getting his IBF world title opportunity according to the New Jersey-based International…
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