Bivol: I would move to 168 for Smith

Dmitry Bivol says that he is willing to drop down to super-middleweight to face world champion Callum Smith and become a two-weight world champion as he plots his future in the latest episode of Matchroom Boxing’s Podcast ‘The Lockdown Tapes’.

Bivol (17-0 11 KOs) has held the WBA light-heavyweight crown for over two and a half years with six successful defenses over that time, and the Russian ace has been chasing a major showdown with the likes of fellow countryman and champion Artur Beterbiev. Continue reading “Bivol: I would move to 168 for Smith”

Dmitry Bivol says that he is willing to drop down to super-middleweight to face world champion Callum Smith and become a two-weight world champion as he plots his future in…
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Boxing Buzz

Still no fight dates announced by the major promoters. A lot of it depends on the various commissions giving approval.
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Top Rank and Zanfer are talking about being the first out of the gate in June. Golden Boy, PBC, Matchroom and Queensbury are eyeing July. In Germany, the Bundesliga will be the first of Europe’s major soccer leagues to return on May 16. Hopefully this means Team Sauerland and SES will get the green light soon. Nothing new on the rescheduled WBSS cruiser final. Boxing in Japan is closed until at least July.
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Florida is open for business with three UFC shows in one week, but no takers from the sweet science so far. TR and GB seem more comfortable staying in Nevada, Texas and California. With its home base in Brooklyn not opening anytime soon, PBC seems a natural for the Sunshine State.
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Saturday’s UFC PPV reportedly had 700,000+ buys.

Still no fight dates announced by the major promoters. A lot of it depends on the various commissions giving approval. —– Top Rank and Zanfer are talking about being the…
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Holyfield happy to face Tyson again

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Four-time heavyweight champion Evander ”The Real Deal” Holyfield says he would agree to an exhibition charity bout with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. ”Wouldn’t bother me to do three rounds. My manager has been talking to his people,” Holyfield told TMZSports. “I wouldn’t ask personally. The only person I would ask is Riddick Bowe because we’re buddies. Life is about trusting each other and doing something that works. Some people didn’t get a chance to see Mike and I. Continue reading “Holyfield happy to face Tyson again”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Four-time heavyweight champion Evander ”The Real Deal” Holyfield says he would agree to an exhibition charity bout with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.…
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Maniatis: Petalcorin wants rematch with Shiro

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBC # 14 light flyweight Randy Petalcorin is chasing a rematch with WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro, who defeated the former world champion in December. “Randy had four weeks to get ready and to travel to Japan and fight the best light flyweight in the world, Ken Shiro. It was a big challenge that we could not knock back a chance of a lifetime for Petalcorin to fight for a WBC world title,” said co-manager Peter Maniatis.

“Randy Petalcorin had only had short notice and he traveled from summer in the Philippines to winter in Toyko Japan to fight Ken Shiro on December 23rd. Continue reading “Maniatis: Petalcorin wants rematch with Shiro”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBC # 14 light flyweight Randy Petalcorin is chasing a rematch with WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro, who defeated the former world…
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Mike Tyson: I feel unstoppable now

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has hinted that he may be participating in exhibition bouts after reported offers of $1 million from Australian promoter Brian Amatruda and $20 million from the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

“It may not be over yet. Anything’s possible,” Tyson said on a #PlayApartTogether live stream on Facebook. “I feel unstoppable now. I feel like I’m in that streak (during his prime) again. The gods of war have reawakened me, ignited my ego and want me to go to war again. Continue reading “Mike Tyson: I feel unstoppable now”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has hinted that he may be participating in exhibition bouts after reported offers of $1 million from…
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Boxing can use UFC as a blueprint

By Karl Freitag

On Saturday night at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, UFC staged a successful pay-per-view show. This was the first major combat sports event in the United States since March. The show took place with no fans in attendance and all fighters, officials, production crew, and anyone else involved had to pass multiple temperature checks, an antibody test, and a nasal-swab test. UFC has shows scheduled for May 13 and May 16 at the same venue.

Florida has been open to hosting boxing events as long as there are no spectators in attendance, which unfortunately sidelines the state’s vibrant club show circuit. But major promoters with TV dates have so far been gun-shy about coming to the Sunshine State.

With UFC’s blueprint, we hope the pugilistic lockdown will end soon as the world’s fight fans suffer through another weekend without boxing.

By Karl Freitag On Saturday night at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, UFC staged a successful pay-per-view show. This was the first major combat sports event in…
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WBA Judges and Referees seminar a success

The online judges and referees seminar “How to score a round and refereeing procedure,” given by the World Boxing Association (WBA) through the WBA Academy, brought together more than a hundred participants for about three hours to learn from the experts about the complex job of rendering justice in boxing.

WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza was present at the seminar and welcomed all the participants. He gave the floor to speakers Gustavo Padilla, Luis Pabón, Roberto Torres, Raúl Caíz Jr. and Octavio Rodríguez. The online seminar was the first of its kind and was very dynamic, allowing participants to ask questions while complementary slides were shown on the screens. Continue reading “WBA Judges and Referees seminar a success”

The online judges and referees seminar “How to score a round and refereeing procedure,” given by the World Boxing Association (WBA) through the WBA Academy, brought together more than a…
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Foreman: Tyson could be a top contender

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former two-time world heavyweight champion George Foreman was impressed with Mike Tyson after viewing a video clip of him hitting the pads and thinks he could be a contender if he dedicates himself to training.

”I was so happy. He looked like he had turned the clock back at least 20 years,” Foreman told IFL TV. “He was looking fit and those punches were coming sharp. If he’s able to go into the woods and dedicate himself to that for about 10 months, he could come back and really be a top contender…I would like to see him back in the ring. He’s an older fella, but a record is always waiting to be broke.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former two-time world heavyweight champion George Foreman was impressed with Mike Tyson after viewing a video clip of him hitting the pads and…
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WBC Talks: Episode 33

Although everyone fought in different generations and eras, Mikey García, Brandon Ríos, Juan Laporte and Rubén Castillo, gave us an incredible hour with all their anecdotes, antidotes, jokes, experiences, memories of fights and much, much more.

Although everyone fought in different generations and eras, Mikey García, Brandon Ríos, Juan Laporte and Rubén Castillo, gave us an incredible hour with all their anecdotes, antidotes, jokes, experiences, memories…
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Ryder eyes NYC showdown with Jacobs

John Ryder says a win over former IBF Middleweight ruler Danny Jacobs in New York would fire him back in line for another shot at WBA super middleweight world champion Callum Smith in the latest episode of Matchroom Boxing’s podcast ‘The Lockdown Tapes’.

Ryder (28-5, 16 KOs) pushed Smith all the way at the M&S Bank Arena Liverpool in November but lost out in what many thought was a controversial decision. A rematch with ‘Mundo’ is at the top of Ryder’s wish-list but the Islington man accepts he may have to earn another shot.

“The fight that I really want is the rematch with Callum but I know that Chudinov is now in the mandatory position,” said Ryder. “In order to get myself back there then why not someone like Danny Jacobs in New York. He’s a great fighter and I want to test myself against the best. Continue reading “Ryder eyes NYC showdown with Jacobs”

John Ryder says a win over former IBF Middleweight ruler Danny Jacobs in New York would fire him back in line for another shot at WBA super middleweight world champion…
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Oscar de la Hoya vs. Conor McGregor?

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47-year-old “Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya hasn’t fought since 2008. Will he come out of retirement to face MMA star Conor McGregor?

Oscar stated on a CBS Sports podcast that in a hypothetical fight he’d take out McGregor in two rounds. “Oh come on, brother. Two rounds. One thing about me is I went for the kill, always. Look, Conor McGregor, I love him in the Octagon, I respect him, I watch him all the time. But the boxing ring is a whole different story, it’s a whole different story.”

McGregor responded via Twitter, “I accept your challenge, Oscar de la Hoya.”

Update: 47-year-old “Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya hasn’t fought since 2008. Will he come out of retirement to face MMA star Conor McGregor? Oscar stated on a CBS Sports…
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Gallen wants to get in the ring with Tyson

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Australian football legend and heavyweight boxer Paul Gallen (9-0-1, 5 KOs) would happily get in the ring with Mike Tyson if the former world champion comes to Australia for charity exhibition bouts. But not for free.

“I’d be happy for a charity to be involved, but I’d be getting paid for it,” Gallen told Wild World of Sports. “You’ve got to remember, Mike Tyson is Mike Tyson – he hasn’t got an off switch, he hasn’t got an exhibition fight switch. If he gets in the ring with someone, we’ve all seen what he’s done to people in the past and that mentality’s not going to change.

“How could you not want to get in the ring with Mike Tyson, to be honest? …but as far as being a legitimate fight or a charity bout, it’s not something you’d do just for charity, jump in the ring with that bloke.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Australian football legend and heavyweight boxer Paul Gallen (9-0-1, 5 KOs) would happily get in the ring with Mike Tyson if the former…
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Hamed: Dubois takes over heavyweight boxing

Ring legend Prince Naseem Hamed has confidently predicted that 22-year-old Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois will “take over heavyweight boxing”. Speaking on the latest installment of Frank Warren’s Heavyweight Podcast, the Sheffield icon expressed his admiration for promoter Warren’s eye for talent and spoke of the qualities that he believes make Dubois a surefire superstar.

“Frank knows how to pick the best fighters,” he said, “and at the moment I think he’s got one in Daniel Dubois who I really think is going to light up the world.” Continue reading “Hamed: Dubois takes over heavyweight boxing”

Ring legend Prince Naseem Hamed has confidently predicted that 22-year-old Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois will “take over heavyweight boxing”. Speaking on the latest installment of Frank Warren’s Heavyweight Podcast, the Sheffield…
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WBC Talks: Boxing & Baseball

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Ted Barret, Umpire
Steve Morrow, Judge
Barry Lindenman, Judge
Shaun Clancy, Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant
Jill Diamond, WBC
Victor Silva, WBC
Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President

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WBC Convention Update

The WBC has announced that its 58th annual convention will not be canceled, so three options are contemplated:

1. Carry it out as planned, at the end of August in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

2. Carry out at some other venue on a date to be defined

3. Hold a virtual convention

This depends entirely on the sanitary conditions that occur in the coming weeks. More details will be released soon.

The WBC has announced that its 58th annual convention will not be canceled, so three options are contemplated: 1. Carry it out as planned, at the end of August in…
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Fenech: I would let Tyson fight Wilder

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech is confident that former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will come to Australia for exhibition bouts. Fenech told the Wide World of Sports, “It’s exciting. I know he’s not going to fight for the world title again. But listen, while I would never let one of my friends get hurt, I would let him fight Deontay Wilder. Give me three months training with him. I’d have no problem at all with Mike fighting. Continue reading “Fenech: I would let Tyson fight Wilder”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech is confident that former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will come to Australia for exhibition bouts. Fenech told…
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WBC Talks: Nacho Beristain

WBC Talks devoted an entire show to speaking with legendary Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristaín.

Born in Actopan, Veracruz, Don Nacho fell in love with boxing since he was a child, he even had a brief career as a boxer; However, fate had another story for him, because after hanging up the gloves he started his career as a coach.

At the beginning with amateur boxers whom he took to participate in the Olympics, the last of them in Moscow 80 – a passage that Don Nacho prefers to forget. On that occasion, he remembers that, despite the great performance of his pupils, they were unfairly eliminated, so this was the last time he had a relationship with amateur boxing where it is worth mentioning, he brought 4 medals to Mexico. Continue reading “WBC Talks: Nacho Beristain”

WBC Talks devoted an entire show to speaking with legendary Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristaín. Born in Actopan, Veracruz, Don Nacho fell in love with boxing since he…
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Andy Ruiz joins Team Canelo

Former WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz officially joined Team Canelo to be trained by Eddy and Chepo Reynoso. Eddy himself published a video on @CaneloTeam Instagram account to welcome Ruiz, who faces a new stage in his career and intends to become world champion again, now with a different training team and in a new setting.

Ruiz was rumored to be joining Canelo’s team months ago. In fact, a few weeks ago, the fighter told WBA president Gilberto Jesús Mendoza through an Instagram Live that there were advanced talks. Continue reading “Andy Ruiz joins Team Canelo”

Former WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz officially joined Team Canelo to be trained by Eddy and Chepo Reynoso. Eddy himself published a video on @CaneloTeam Instagram account to…
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May 5

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

Today, absolutely all Mexicans know the meaning of the celebration of May 5, for as we know, it’s the Battle of Puebla, the defense of our territory against the French invasion.

Yes, it was the boxing cards in Las Vegas that gave this the dimension of a national holiday, and for more than 30 years the most important fights in the world have been taking place on the weekend close to this date and also that of September 16.

Immigrants from Mexico started this tradition of celebrating May 5 with important fights, mainly in California and Texas – Puas Olivares, Carlos Zarate and Salvador Sanchez, plus many more.

It was in the 90s when May 5 and September 16 became a real fixture for the promoters and the largest television networks, establishing their annual calendar based on those two weekends. Continue reading “May 5”

By Mauricio Sulaimán President of the WBC – Son of José Sulaimán Today, absolutely all Mexicans know the meaning of the celebration of May 5, for as we know, it’s…
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Tyson offered $1 million to fight in Australia

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been offered $1 million to fight Aussie heavyweights Paul Gallen, Barry Hall or Sonny Bill Williams in Australia by Melbourne-based promoter Brian Amatruda.

“I’d hold it at Melbourne Arena where we’d get over 10,000 or even Princes Park where they got 30,000 for Jeff Fenech versus Azumah Nelson,” Amatruda said to Daily Mail. “He might be 53 years old but he’s still a huge name and any of those blokes Hall, Gallen or Sonny Bill would jump at the chance to get into the ring with him. I’d make it part of a card with a world title fight for Tayla (Harris) on it. It would be enormous. Not just a fight, it would be an event!”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been offered $1 million to fight Aussie heavyweights Paul Gallen, Barry Hall or Sonny Bill Williams…
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WBC Talks: Digital Press Conference

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman chatted with members of the press to discuss the presentation of the Mazahua Belt, and a protocol designed by the WBC in collaboration with specialists, doctors, federations, commissions and more, regarding the boxing cards behind closed doors.

This protocol is an initiative of the WBC, whose mission is to serve as a guide for those who intend to hold cards. Mauricio specified that everyone can use it, at no cost, and that at the end of the day, local regulations must be followed; however, this document is intended to establish basic and mandatory guidelines to safeguard the health of boxers and all those involved in an event.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman chatted with members of the press to discuss the presentation of the Mazahua Belt, and a protocol designed by the WBC in collaboration with specialists, doctors,…
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Andrade: I would bust up Billy Joe

Demetrius Andrade hopes to finally get to face bitter rival Billy Joe Saunders when boxing returns – and told Matchroom Boxing’s Podcast ‘The Lockdown Tapes’ that he would ‘bust up’ the Brit if they clashed.

Andrade (29-0 18 KOs) was due to face Saunders in October 2018 for the Londoner’s WBO crown but the Briton failed a drugs test and subsequently relinquished the title.

“I was willing to fight Billy Joe after a 15 month lay-off but that didn’t happen and I am willing to fight him again,” said Andrade. “If I can’t get Canelo then it’s Billy Joe or Charlo at 160. At 168 we’ve got Callum Smith. I would bust Billy Joe Saunders up at 160 or 168, that’s not a problem. Continue reading “Andrade: I would bust up Billy Joe”

Demetrius Andrade hopes to finally get to face bitter rival Billy Joe Saunders when boxing returns – and told Matchroom Boxing’s Podcast ‘The Lockdown Tapes’ that he would ‘bust up’…
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Maidana: Mayweather a dirty fighter, I have his tooth

By Hesiquio Balderas

Marcos “Chino” Maidana is planning his comeback fight and is one of the fighters that is keeping himself in the public eye during this pandemic. Maidana recently did an Instagram live with WBA president Gilberto J. Mendoza and during the conversation, Marcos touched on different subjects including the Mayweather fights.

“I was nervous when I fought Floyd,” said Maidana. “I really couldn’t believe I was fighting him, but when the bell sounded all the nerves went away. I was able to focus and fight my fight and it was a good fight.” Their first fight took place on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas. Continue reading “Maidana: Mayweather a dirty fighter, I have his tooth”

By Hesiquio Balderas Marcos “Chino” Maidana is planning his comeback fight and is one of the fighters that is keeping himself in the public eye during this pandemic. Maidana recently…
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Boxing Buzz

Tonight will be a night of boxing on ESPNEWS when the network airs five consecutive hours of boxing featuring some of the sport’s greatest grudge matches.
7PM Érik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera 1
8PM Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez 1
9PM Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito 1
10PM Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio César Chávez 1
11PM Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez 4
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Boxeo Telemundo continues its encore presentations this Friday at midnight with the story behind the rise of Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez Jr and the road to his world title shot, following the footsteps of his father three-time world champ Wilfredo Vazquez.
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Salita Promotions and Warriors Boxing Promotions are partnering to make their extensive libraries of fight videos available on Salita’s YouTube channel.

Tonight will be a night of boxing on ESPNEWS when the network airs five consecutive hours of boxing featuring some of the sport’s greatest grudge matches. 7PM Érik Morales vs.…
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Card is a go in Santo Domingo on May 30

By Robert Coster

Boxing is coming back in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – as previously announced – on May 30th. The no-public, closed-door event promoted by Shuan Boxing, will have two WBA Fedelatin titles at stake. WBA #7, WBC #14, super flyweight Nolberto”Meneito” Jimenez ( 29-9-5, 16 KOs), will defend his belt against countryman Eliezer Aquino (21-4-1, 14 KOs).

Both men have already faced each other in a shoot-out in 2013 that ended in a technical draw in 5 rounds. This rematch between unorthodox stylist Jimenez and slugger Aquino should be a dandy as there is no love lost between the two boxers. Continue reading “Card is a go in Santo Domingo on May 30”

By Robert Coster Boxing is coming back in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – as previously announced – on May 30th. The no-public, closed-door event promoted by Shuan Boxing, will have…
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