Big Baby Anderson moves to 8-0, 8 KOs

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21-year-old heavyweight knockout artist Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (8-0, 8 KOs) looked like he was going the distance for the first time against Kingsley Ibeh (5-1-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night inside the Bubble at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That was until he finally laid out Ibeh with under a minute left in the fight. A left hook ended it at 2:19 of the sixth round.

“We will keep fighting prospects and people who say they can’t be beat,” stated Anderson. “I am here to fight the best. Since everyone wants it, why not give it to them? I wanted the Ibeh fight because I saw him push many prospects. The knockout came, and I made a statement.” Continue reading “Big Baby Anderson moves to 8-0, 8 KOs”

21-year-old heavyweight knockout artist Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (8-0, 8 KOs) looked like he was going the distance for the first time against Kingsley Ibeh (5-1-1, 4 KOs)…
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Rios dominates Negrete

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WBA gold super bantamweight champion Ronny Rios (33-3, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over WBA #13 Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (19-3-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Rios outboxed and outworked Negrete to win 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.

“I should have sat down more on my punches,” said Rios. “I went in a little bit too much with my head, and I kind of waited too long. But I’m happy with the win. I really want a world title shot for my next fight, and I think this fight was a necessary step in that direction.”

WBA gold super bantamweight champion Ronny Rios (33-3, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over WBA #13 Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (19-3-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night…
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Mosley Jr, Bek Bully, Crazy A victorious

Middleweight Shane Mosley Jr. (17-3, 10 KOs) won by fifth round TKO over Cristian Olivas (19-8, 16 KOs) on Diaz-Rakhimov undercard Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The bout was stopped at the end of round five due to Olivas’ right eye being swollen shut.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Bektemir “Bek Bully” Melikuziev (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round KO over Morgan Fitch (19-5-1, 8 KOs). Referee Jack Reiss called a knockdown on Fitch in round three when he turned his back. The bout resumed and a body shot (below the belt) finished Fitch. Time was 2:08.

WBA #2, WBC #7 super bantamweight Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (19-3, 16 KOs) stopped Enrique Bernache (24-13, 12 KOs) in round eight. Bernache down in round two. Continue reading “Mosley Jr, Bek Bully, Crazy A victorious”

Middleweight Shane Mosley Jr. (17-3, 10 KOs) won by fifth round TKO over Cristian Olivas (19-8, 16 KOs) on Diaz-Rakhimov undercard Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio,…
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Shocker: Lara KOs ex-champ Warrington

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In a huge upset, featherweight Mauricio “Bronco” Lara (22-2, 15 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (30-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena outside London. Warrington, who relinquished his IBF title after the governing body refused to sanction a unification clash with WBA champion Xu Can, was outgunned the whole night. Lara dropped 25:1 favorite Warrington in round four and Warrington barely survived the round. Warrington was still hurt at the beginning of round five and was repeatedly staggered as the bout progressed. Lara finally laid out Warrington with a huge left hook in round nine to end it. Time was :54. Continue reading “Shocker: Lara KOs ex-champ Warrington”

In a huge upset, featherweight Mauricio “Bronco” Lara (22-2, 15 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (30-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE…
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“Alacran” ready to sting Valdez

World Boxing Council super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt and his Coach, Alfredo Caballero, offered a press conference in Hermosillo, Sonora, in the build-up to the big fight next Saturday, February 20th. Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) will defend his world championship, against two-time Mexican Olympian and former featherweight world champion, Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs).

Berchelt commented: “I feel very happy and anxious. It is the most important fight I have had in my career because the name of Oscar Valdez was already known before being a professional and before becoming a world champion. He is a two-time Olympic fighter, it is a great challenge that I have in front of me. But in the face of great challenges always bring out the best in me and this is not going to be the exception.” Continue reading ““Alacran” ready to sting Valdez”

World Boxing Council super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt and his Coach, Alfredo Caballero, offered a press conference in Hermosillo, Sonora, in the build-up to the big fight next Saturday,…
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Melian TKOs Molina in Argentina

In the scheduled ten round main event, super bantamweight Alberto Ezequiel Melian (8-2, 5 KOs) defeated fellow Argentine Luis Fernando Molina (8-6-1, 6 KOs) by way of ninth round TKO on Friday night at the Microestadio Municipal, Hurlingham, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Melian dominated the action in route to winning the vacant World Boxing Association Fedebol superbantam title. Continue reading “Melian TKOs Molina in Argentina”

In the scheduled ten round main event, super bantamweight Alberto Ezequiel Melian (8-2, 5 KOs) defeated fellow Argentine Luis Fernando Molina (8-6-1, 6 KOs) by way of ninth round TKO…
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RIP Mitchell Rose

Sad to report the passing of former heavyweight boxer Mitchell Rose at the age of 51. Rose, a career journeyman with a mark of 2-11-1, 2 KOs, first came into the national spotlight when he handed the previously unbeaten Eric “Butterbean” Esch a shock defeat by second round TKO at Madison Square Garden. Seven years later, Rose was in the news again after a scuffle with Mike Tyson inside a Brooklyn nightclub. He later wrote a book on the incident, titled “Mike Tyson Tried To Kill My Daddy.” We’ll update this story when more information comes in.

Sad to report the passing of former heavyweight boxer Mitchell Rose at the age of 51. Rose, a career journeyman with a mark of 2-11-1, 2 KOs, first came into…
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Rahman Bros remain unbeaten

Both the undefeated sons of former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman were victorious in fights last week.

Heavyweight Hasim “Gold Blooded” Rahman Jr. (10-0, 5 KOs) notched a second-round TKO over Mexico’s Alejandro de la Torre at the Salon de Eventos in Heroica Matamoros, Mexico on Friday, February 5. Younger brother Sharif “C3” Rahman (4-0, 3 KOs) scored a third-round TKO over Haitian opponent Gladimir Jacinto at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 6.

The brothers, both signed to New York-based promoter Greg Cohen’s GCP, say it was nice to get back in the ring after an extended Covid-related period of inactivity. Continue reading “Rahman Bros remain unbeaten”

Both the undefeated sons of former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman were victorious in fights last week. Heavyweight Hasim “Gold Blooded” Rahman Jr. (10-0, 5 KOs) notched a second-round TKO…
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ESPN Weights from Las Vegas

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Richard Commey 136 vs. Jackson Marinez 135.5
Adam Lopez 126 vs. Jason Sanchez 126
Jared Anderson 249 vs. Kingsley Ibeh 276

Eric Puente 137 vs. Sergio Vega 136
Jahi Tucker 144 vs. Eric Rodriguez 144.5
Troy Isley 157 vs. Bryant Costello 158
Floyd Diaz 117 vs. Fernando Macias 118

Venue: The Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN, ESPN+

Richard Commey 136 vs. Jackson Marinez 135.5 Adam Lopez 126 vs. Jason Sanchez 126 Jared Anderson 249 vs. Kingsley Ibeh 276 Eric Puente 137 vs. Sergio Vega 136 Jahi Tucker…
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JoJo Diaz loses IBF title on the scale

Update: The fight will go on. After Diaz missed weight, the IBF super featherweight title will only be up for grabs for Rakhimov.

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Joseph Diaz 133.6 vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov 129.8
(IBF jr lightweight title)
Note: Diaz weighed 3.6 pounds heavy. Only Rakhimov will be eligible to win the vacant belt IF the fight takes place.

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Patrick Teixeira 153.4 vs. Brian Carlos Castano 153.8
(WBO jr middleweight title)

Ronny Rios 121.4 vs. Oscar Negrete 121.6
Shane Mosley Jr 161.6 vs. Cristian Olivas 161.6
Bektemir Melikuziev 170.6 vs. Morgan Fitch 170.8

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: DAZN

Update: The fight will go on. After Diaz missed weight, the IBF super featherweight title will only be up for grabs for Rakhimov. Joseph Diaz 133.6 vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov 129.8…
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DAZN Weights from London

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Josh Warrington 125.2 vs. Mauricio Lara 125
Zelfa Barrett 128.75 vs. Kiko Martinez 128.25
Leigh Wood 125.25 vs. Reece Mould 125.75
Dalton Smith 142.75 vs. Ishmael Ellis 138.9
Hopey Price 122.9 vs. Daniel Mendoza 122.8
Ibrahim Nadim 123.25 vs. Jonny Phillips 123.75

Venue: SSE Arena, Wembley
Promoter: Matchroom Boxing
TV: DAZN, Sky Sports (UK)

Josh Warrington 125.2 vs. Mauricio Lara 125 Zelfa Barrett 128.75 vs. Kiko Martinez 128.25 Leigh Wood 125.25 vs. Reece Mould 125.75 Dalton Smith 142.75 vs. Ishmael Ellis 138.9 Hopey Price…
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Broner opponent officially named

We’ve known it for awhile, but now it’s official. Former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner will end his two-year hiatus from boxing when he faces Jovanie Santiago in a 12-round super lightweight bout Saturday, February 20 on SHOWTIME from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The telecast also pits former heavyweight world title challenger Dominic Breazeale against highly touted contender Otto Wallin in the 12-round co-feature. The telecast opener features former world champion Robert Easter Jr. facing off against contender Ryan Martin in a 12-round super lightweight bout. Continue reading “Broner opponent officially named”

We’ve known it for awhile, but now it’s official. Former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner will end his two-year hiatus from boxing when he faces Jovanie Santiago in…
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WBA orders Goulamirian-Egorov clash

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the mandatory bout between cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian and Aleksey Egorov.

Frenchman Goulamirian won the title on May 31st, 2019, so the deadline to face Russian Egorov has lapsed. For its part, WBA rule C.13-fight limitations says that the champion may not fight a boxer who is not the official challenger within sixty (60) days of the expiration of the mandatory defense period.

Based on the regulations, the Committee gave a 30-day period for negotiation, which will start this February 11, 2021 and end on March 13 (- 5 GTM). Continue reading “WBA orders Goulamirian-Egorov clash”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the mandatory bout between cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian and Aleksey Egorov. Frenchman Goulamirian won the title on May 31st, 2019, so…
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All Star Boxing Spring Series Ticket Alert

March 5 in Kissimmee, March 12 in Plant City, March 19 in Tampa

Three weeks from today will mark the opening bell of what will be a stretch of consecutive shows in Central Florida promoted by Felix “Tutico” Zabala All Star Boxing, Inc. March 5th will be leading off with undefeated NABO jr welterweight champion, WBO #9 ranked Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (18-0-1 12 KOs) facing Mexican challenger Jesus Alberto “Barreterito” Beltran (17-3-2). Continue reading “All Star Boxing Spring Series Ticket Alert”

March 5 in Kissimmee, March 12 in Plant City, March 19 in Tampa Three weeks from today will mark the opening bell of what will be a stretch of consecutive…
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Calderon-Enez clash on PPV

Gary Lewis’ Signature Punch has announced a $29.99 pay-per-view stream for February 20 from the DoubleTree Miami Airport and Convention Center. Tickets to attend the massive 11-bout card start at $75.

The main event is a ten-rounder between unbeaten welterweight Harold “The King” Calderon (23-0, 16 KOs) and Jonathan Enez, (25-1, 14 KOs).

Unbeaten WBO #4, IBF #14 middleweight Kanat “Qazaq” Islam, (27-0-1, 21 KOs) meets Obadai “The Miracle” Sai, (35-3-1, 26 KOs) in the ten round co-feature. Continue reading “Calderon-Enez clash on PPV”

Gary Lewis’ Signature Punch has announced a $29.99 pay-per-view stream for February 20 from the DoubleTree Miami Airport and Convention Center. Tickets to attend the massive 11-bout card start at…
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Maruta halts WBC#9 Sagawa, wins Japanese 126lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Elongated Japanese prospect, JBC#1 Hinata Maruta (11-1-1, 9 KOs), 125.5, impressively dethroned WBC#9/IBF#11 national feather champ Ryo Sagawa (10-2, 5 KOs), 125.25, by a fine TKO victory at 2:57 of the seventh session on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Sagawa, making his third defense, took a very solid right and almost lost his equilibrium just before the bell to end the third, which obviously hurt him physically and mentally in following rounds. After the fifth, the open scoring system showed the challenger Maruta leading on points: 49-46 twice, 48-47. Sagawa, formerly a university boxer, fought back hard in the sixth, but Maruta, in round seven, caught him with his favorite right, dropping him on the deck. His follow-up combinations decked the champ again at the referee Fukuchi’s intervention. Standing at 5’9.5”, Maruta, 23, looks promising and talented. Continue reading “Maruta halts WBC#9 Sagawa, wins Japanese 126lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Elongated Japanese prospect, JBC#1 Hinata Maruta (11-1-1, 9 KOs), 125.5, impressively dethroned WBC#9/IBF#11 national feather champ Ryo Sagawa (10-2, 5 KOs), 125.25, by…
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Ramirez pulls out of fight vs. Browne

The WBC has just received a communication from Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez management withdrawing from the WBC ordered fight against Marcus Browne for the interim light heavyweight title. Team Ramirez had asked for an extension to the free negotiations period only to back out at the last minute, consequently, the purse bid scheduled for tomorrow has now been canceled.

The WBC has just received a communication from Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez management withdrawing from the WBC ordered fight against Marcus Browne for the interim light heavyweight title. Team Ramirez had…
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Diaz-Rakhimov Final Press Conference

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Joseph Diaz Jr. (31-1, 15 KOs) and Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino ahead of their 12-round clash for Diaz Jr.’s IBF junior lightweight championship. The fight will take place this Saturday, Feb. 13 and will be streamed on DAZN.

Here’s what both fighters had to say at the presser: Continue reading “Diaz-Rakhimov Final Press Conference”

Joseph Diaz Jr. (31-1, 15 KOs) and Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino ahead of their 12-round clash for Diaz…
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Commey-Marinez Final Press Conference

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Lightweight contenders Richard Commey and Jackson Marinez woke up Thursday morning ready to battle in a 10-round co-feature. After Maxim Vlasov tested positive for COVID-19, scrapping his light heavyweight title tilt against Joe Smith Jr., Commey and Marinez were elevated to main event status.

They will do battle Saturday evening (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble, a three-bout telecast also featuring Adam Lopez defending his NABF featherweight belt in a 10-rounder against Jason Sanchez, and heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson against Kingsley Ibeh in a six-rounder.

Two days before fight night, this is what Commey and Marinez had to say. Continue reading “Commey-Marinez Final Press Conference”

Lightweight contenders Richard Commey and Jackson Marinez woke up Thursday morning ready to battle in a 10-round co-feature. After Maxim Vlasov tested positive for COVID-19, scrapping his light heavyweight title…
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Warrington-Lara Final Press Conference

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Former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (30-0, 7 KOs) and Mauricio Lara (21-2, 14 KOs) faced off Thursday at the final press conference for their twelve round featherweight contest at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S.

Here’s what they had to say: Continue reading “Warrington-Lara Final Press Conference”

Former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (30-0, 7 KOs) and Mauricio Lara (21-2, 14 KOs) faced off Thursday at the final press conference for their twelve round featherweight contest at…
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Covid KOs Vlasov, world title fight postponed

Commey-Marinez elevated to the main event

Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN main event between Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov — for the vacant WBO light heavyweight world title — has been postponed after Vlasov tested positive for COVID-19.

Vlasov said, “I am devastated with the postponement of my world title fight against Joe Smith Jr. I have been following strict protocols, I have done regular testing with negative results, and I have no symptoms. I am well prepared and had an excellent training camp. I look forward to the rescheduling of the fight and the opportunity to display my world class skills.” Continue reading “Covid KOs Vlasov, world title fight postponed”

Commey-Marinez elevated to the main event Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN main event between Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov — for the vacant WBO light heavyweight world title —…
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Andy Ruiz Update

Several images through social media have shown the physical transformation of former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz, who has not fought since December 2019 when he lost the WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Anthony Joshua. In June 2019, he shocked the world by knocking out Joshua at Madison Square Garden, New York, but there was a big difference when he returned to the ring for the rematch later that year and was several pounds over compared to his first fight.

Since that loss, Ruiz has made several changes in his career, most notably joining Team Canelo to train with Eddy Reynoso and focus on losing weight to improve his mobility and boxing style. Continue reading “Andy Ruiz Update”

Several images through social media have shown the physical transformation of former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz, who has not fought since December 2019 when he lost the WBA, IBF and…
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“Monster” Inoue, Uchiyama shine in charity event

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By Joe Koizumi

A charity event named “Legends” was very sensational and successful on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. WBA, IBF bantam champ “The Monster” Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17 KOs) looked too sharp, strong and smart, as expected, for ex-WBC flyweight ruler Daigo Higa (17-1-1, 17 KOs), giving him a lesson all the way for three three-minute exhibition sessions at the Yoyogi First Gymnasium, originally constructed for the Olympic Games. Inoue proved he was excellent and effective in offense and defense against the onrushing hard-puncher Higa. Continue reading ““Monster” Inoue, Uchiyama shine in charity event”

By Joe Koizumi A charity event named “Legends” was very sensational and successful on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. WBA, IBF bantam champ “The Monster” Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17 KOs) looked…
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Hearn eying Teofimo-Kambosos purse bid

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Promoter Eddie Hearn could be placing a bid on the IBF lightweight title bout featuring undisputed champion Teofimo Lopez and IBF mandatory contender George Kambosos that will be held at IBF Headquarters on February 18. “What happens is these governing bodies, they give you a period of time to negotiate and if you can’t come to an agreement, it goes to purse bids,” Hearn said on DAZN’s Ak & Barak Show.

“That period of time now has expired, so there will be a purse bid for that coming up in about a week’s time. Which is really interesting because then it becomes an open marketplace. Right? So, all of a sudden, DAZN, PBC, Top Rank, of course, can bid for this fight.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn could be placing a bid on the IBF lightweight title bout featuring undisputed champion Teofimo Lopez and IBF mandatory contender…
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Prodan-Cristofori clash Feb 26

On February 26 at Allianz Cloud in Milan, unbeaten IBF International welterweight champion Maxim Prodan (18-0-1 with 14 KO) will defend against former Italian champion Nicola Cristofori (11-2-2 with 1 KO) over the 10 rounds distance in an event promoted by Opi Since 82-Matchroom-DAZN.

Maxim Prodan is well known in Milan where he fought 15 times at historic Principe theater, once at Superstudio Più and twice at Allianz Cloud and built a fan base win his aggressive fighting style. Nicola Cristofori is from Ferrara and is well known and followed by the local media in his hometown. Continue reading “Prodan-Cristofori clash Feb 26”

On February 26 at Allianz Cloud in Milan, unbeaten IBF International welterweight champion Maxim Prodan (18-0-1 with 14 KO) will defend against former Italian champion Nicola Cristofori (11-2-2 with 1…
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