Crawford-Kavaliauskas, Commey-Lopez make weight

Photos: Emily Harney

Terence Crawford 147 vs. Egidijus Kavaliauskas 146.6
(WBO welterweight title)
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Richard Commey 134.2 vs. Teofimo Lopez 134.4
(IBF lightweight title)
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Mick Conlan 125.8 vs. Vladimir Nikitin 126
Edgar Berlanga Jr 164.8 vs. Cesar Nunez 164.8
Josue Vargas 139.8 vs. Noel Murphy 138.2
Julian Rodriguez 141.6 vs. Manuel Mendez 140.8

Venue: Madison Square Garden, NYC
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN, ESPN+

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Photos: Emily Harney Terence Crawford 147 vs. Egidijus Kavaliauskas 146.6 (WBO welterweight title) Richard Commey 134.2 vs. Teofimo Lopez 134.4 (IBF lightweight title) Mick Conlan 125.8 vs. Vladimir Nikitin 126…
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Weights from Ensenada

Carlos Ocampo 153.5 vs. Adolfo Moreshi 153.5
Omar Aguilar 141 vs. Kelvinyer Salazar 139.5
Dubiel Sánchez 156.5 vs. Pavel Miranda 154.5
Ruben Aguilar 140.5 vs. Omar Galindo 140.5
Erick Robles 126 vs. Javier Miranda 127
Jose Lozano 148 vs. Ramón Avilez 149

Venue: Ensenada, BC, Mx
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca

Carlos Ocampo 153.5 vs. Adolfo Moreshi 153.5 Omar Aguilar 141 vs. Kelvinyer Salazar 139.5 Dubiel Sánchez 156.5 vs. Pavel Miranda 154.5 Ruben Aguilar 140.5 vs. Omar Galindo 140.5 Erick Robles…
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Showtime adds another fight to Jan 10 telecast

Showtime has added a second women’s fight to the Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin event on Friday, January 10, at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., as WBA super middleweight champion Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon-Espinosa (12-1, 7 KOs) will face undefeated IBF champion Elin Cederroos (7-0, 4 KOs) in a 10-round unification.

If Shields and Napoleon win their respective bouts on January 10, they are expected to face off for the undisputed middleweight world championship in 2020 with all four of Shields’ 160-pound titles on the line.

The telecast will also feature a WBA super lightweight world title eliminator between Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15 KOs) and Keith Hunter (11-0, 7 KOs). The winner becomes the mandatory challenger for WBA super lightweight world championship currently held by Mario Barrios.

Showtime has added a second women’s fight to the Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin event on Friday, January 10, at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., as WBA super…
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Mendy KOs Parra for WBA lightweight gold title

Lightweight Yvan Mendy (44-5-1, 22 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Jaider Parra (33-3-1, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Gold lightweight title on Friday night at the Palais des sports Marcel Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, France. A Mendy straight right hand put Parra down for the count in round six.

Lightweight Yvan Mendy (44-5-1, 22 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Jaider Parra (33-3-1, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Gold lightweight title on Friday night at the…
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Chudinov tops N’Dam for WBA supermiddle gold title

In a clash between former world champions, Fedor Chudinov (22-2, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Hassan N’Dam (37-5, 21 KOs) to claim the WBA gold super middleweight title on Friday night in Vladikavkaz, Russia. Chudinov pressed the action all the way to post a near shutout 120-108, 120-108, 119-109 verdict.

In a clash between former world champions, Fedor Chudinov (22-2, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Hassan N’Dam (37-5, 21 KOs) to claim the WBA gold…
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Q&A: Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton

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Last Saturday in a bout live-streamed on Showtime’s social media platforms, Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton retained her Interim WBC atomweight championship in an exciting rematch against Lorraine Villalobos (4-3, 2 KOs). It was an all-action slugfest that to be honest stole the show. If you haven’t seen it, you can catch a replay on YouTube. Fightnews.com® spoke with Lulu this week.

Congrats on a very exciting win Saturday night at Barclays.

Thanks. Well once again I was “fight of the night.” It was a barn burner as they say!

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Last Saturday in a bout live-streamed on Showtime’s social media platforms, Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton retained her Interim WBC atomweight championship in an exciting rematch against Lorraine Villalobos (4-3, 2 KOs).…
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Golden Contract Weights

Golden Contract light heavyweight quarter-finals. All scheduled ten rounds:

Tommy Philbin 173.5 vs. Serge Michel 174.5
Bob Ajisafe 174.6 vs. Hosea Burton 174.7
Andre Sterling 174.6 vs. Liam Conroy 174.8
Steven Ward 175 vs. Ricards Bolotniks 174.8

Venue: Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, England
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: ESPN+, Sky Sports

Golden Contract light heavyweight quarter-finals. All scheduled ten rounds: Tommy Philbin 173.5 vs. Serge Michel 174.5 Bob Ajisafe 174.6 vs. Hosea Burton 174.7 Andre Sterling 174.6 vs. Liam Conroy 174.8…
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Haney named “champion in recess” after surgery

WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney has undergone surgery on his right shoulder and will be out of action for some time. As a result, the WBC Board of Governors have designated Haney as “champion in recess.” and ordered Haney’s mandatory challenger Javier Fortuna to face Luke Campbell for the vacant belt. If an agreement is not reached, a purse bid will be held on January 3.

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WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney has undergone surgery on his right shoulder and will be out of action for some time. As a result, the WBC Board of Governors have…
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Mahlangu loses in bid for WBF belt

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Bongani “Wonderboy” Mahlangu failed in his bid in a challenge against Patrick Kinigamazi from Rwanda for the World Boxing Federation junior lightweight belt when he lost on a majority 12 pound points decision at the Cirque de Noel in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday night.

Judges Fabian Guggenheim and Beat Hausammann scored it 117-111 and 116-112 for Kinigamazi, but judge Christian Roesen could not split the fighters when he handed in a card of 114-114. The referee was Vincent Dupas. Continue reading “Mahlangu loses in bid for WBF belt”

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Bongani “Wonderboy” Mahlangu failed in his bid in a challenge against Patrick Kinigamazi from Rwanda for the World Boxing Federation junior lightweight belt when he…
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Mori keeps WBO AP 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

On a night card of a dual event at the Editon Arena Osaka, unbeaten southpaw Musashi Mori successfully kept his belt by pounding out a unanimous decision over compatriot Takuya Mizuno over twelve speedy rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

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Mori, coached by Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, improved well in power and overwhelmed the dame but limited challenger in close range all the way. Yakushiji Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi On a night card of a dual event at the Editon Arena Osaka, unbeaten southpaw Musashi Mori successfully kept his belt by pounding out a unanimous decision…
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Beppu, Nakagawa win belts

By Joe Koizumi

On the daytime promotion of a dual event at the same Edion Arena Osaka, #1 Yuki Beppu acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific welterweight belt as he survived no less than five visits to the deck and finally halted #2 Ryota Yada to score a dramatic come-from-behind stoppage at 2:11 of the tenth round on Sunday (December 8) in Osaka, Japan.

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Yada hit the deck early in the give-and-take affair but was in command, dropping the hard-punching opponent time and again. After the ninth, all the judges had Yada identically leading on points: 85-80, but a trick happened with Beppu’s unexpected last surge.

In the main event, unheralded ex-champ Kenta Nakagawa surprisingly dethroned IBF#13 Takayuki Okumoto, making his fourth defense, by scoring an upset decision (98-92 twice, 99-92) over ten sizzling rounds. In a confrontation of fast southpaws Nakagawa was more puzzling and frustrated the defending titlist with his sharp counters and shifty mobility. Okuda deserves a rematch to regain his belt. Continue reading “Beppu, Nakagawa win belts”

By Joe Koizumi On the daytime promotion of a dual event at the same Edion Arena Osaka, #1 Yuki Beppu acquired the vacant WBO Asia Pacific welterweight belt as he…
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Andrade: They can’t avoid me forever

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring again finally!” says undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs), who defends against WBO #2 rated Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) on January 30. “It’s a great opportunity to show the world my talents and to be part of Super Bowl weekend in Miami is incredible. Miami is a beautiful city and I’m looking to once again showing that I’m the best 160-pound fighter in the world. It’s me again! Continue reading “Andrade: They can’t avoid me forever”

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring again finally!” says undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs), who defends against WBO #2 rated Luke…
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2020 USA Olympic Trials Day 4

Photos: Scott Foster

Thursday was a last chance at redemption in the Challenger’s bracket. The winners kept their Olympic dreams alive for at least another round. The losers were eliminated from the tournament. It was an evening packed with emotion; here’s who performed well enough to advance. Continue reading “2020 USA Olympic Trials Day 4”

Photos: Scott Foster Thursday was a last chance at redemption in the Challenger’s bracket. The winners kept their Olympic dreams alive for at least another round. The losers were eliminated…
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Ortiz, Solomon make weight

Vergil Ortiz Jr 147 vs. Brad Solomon 146.8
(WBA Gold welterweight title)

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Photo: Kyte Monroe-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Alberto Machado 135 vs. Luis Porozo 134
Bektemir Melikuziev 167.4 vs. Vaughn Alexander 166.4
Alexis Rocha 146.6 vs. Roberto Valenzuela 146.8
Serhii Bohachuk 153.8 vs. Carlos Galvan 154
Ferdinand Kerobyan 150 vs. Fernando Carcamo 149.6
Luis Feliciano 140 vs. Herbert Acevedo 139.2
Erik Bazinyan 167.2 vs. Saul Roman 164.8

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

Vergil Ortiz Jr 147 vs. Brad Solomon 146.8 (WBA Gold welterweight title) Alberto Machado 135 vs. Luis Porozo 134 Bektemir Melikuziev 167.4 vs. Vaughn Alexander 166.4 Alexis Rocha 146.6 vs.…
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ESPN to air Alvarez-Seals on Jan 18

The previously announced January 18 light heavyweight showdown between former world champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs) and Michael “Cannon Handz” Seals (24-2, 18 KOs) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, will air live on regular ESPN instead of ESPN+. Alvarez-Seals and a soon-to-be-announced co-feature will follow the undercard stream on ESPN+.

The previously announced January 18 light heavyweight showdown between former world champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs) and Michael “Cannon Handz” Seals (24-2, 18 KOs) from Turning Stone Resort…
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World title tripleheader Jan 30 in Miami

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title against WBO #2 rated Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) on Thursday, January 30 to kick-off Super Weekend in Miami. The card takes place at the brand new Meridian at Island Gardens, a 65,000-square-foot entertainment site on Watson Island, and will air live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK.

Also featured IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KOs) defending his title against JoJo Diaz (30-1, 15 KOs) and unified WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10 KOs) defending his titles against Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6 KOs).

Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title against WBO #2 rated Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) on Thursday, January 30 to kick-off Super Weekend…
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Weights from Springfield, Massachusetts

Richie Rivera 191.5 vs. Joe Jones 197
Anthony Laureano 141.5 vs. Angel Hernandez 144.5
Omar Bordoy 141.5 vs. Dieumerci Nzau 142.5
Derrick Whitley II 148 vs. Jermaine Corley 148
Jeffrey Torres 147.5 vs. Antonio Fernandez 150.5
Angel Vazquez 175.5 vs. Leandro Silva 177.5

Venue: MassMutual Center, Springfield, Massachusetts
Promoter: Star Boxing
TV: NESN

Richie Rivera 191.5 vs. Joe Jones 197 Anthony Laureano 141.5 vs. Angel Hernandez 144.5 Omar Bordoy 141.5 vs. Dieumerci Nzau 142.5 Derrick Whitley II 148 vs. Jermaine Corley 148 Jeffrey…
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Martin, Avanesyan retain European titles

By Marco Bratusch

In the first boxing event co-promoted by Matchroom Boxing Spain and OPI Since 82 founder Salvatore Cherchi in Barcelona, Spain, and streamed live on DAZN platform, both the European champions involved in the card retained their belts.

EBU super lightweight champion Sandor Martin (36-2, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Joe Hughes (17-5-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the Pabellón de la Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, Spain. Scores were 119-109, 119-109, 117-111.

EBU welterweight champion David Avanesyan (26-3-1, 14 KOs) destroyed Jose Del Rio (29-9-1, 13 KOs) in the first round. An Avanesyan body shot ended after just 2:06 of action.

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By Marco Bratusch In the first boxing event co-promoted by Matchroom Boxing Spain and OPI Since 82 founder Salvatore Cherchi in Barcelona, Spain, and streamed live on DAZN platform, both…
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Bohachuk on Ortiz-Solomon undercard

Unbeaten WBC #14 super welterweight Serhii ‘El Flaco’ Bohachuk has been added to the undercard of Friday’s Golden Boy card headlined by the welterweight showdown between Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Brad Solomon at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Bohachuk (16-0, 16 KOs) goes against Carlos ‘El Guerrero’ Galvan, (17-9-1, 16 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout.

Unbeaten WBC #14 super welterweight Serhii ‘El Flaco’ Bohachuk has been added to the undercard of Friday’s Golden Boy card headlined by the welterweight showdown between Vergil Ortiz Jr. and…
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Mendy, Parra make weight

Yvan Mendy 135 vs. Jaider Parra 135
(WBA Gold lightweight title)

Venue: Palais des sports Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France
Promoter: Asloum Event
TV: RMC Sport (France)

Yvan Mendy 135 vs. Jaider Parra 135 (WBA Gold lightweight title) Venue: Palais des sports Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France Promoter: Asloum Event TV: RMC Sport (France)

Joshua facing either Pulev or Usyk next

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been ordered to make mandatory title defenses against both IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev and WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk. The IBF and WBO will hold talks to try to reach a solution. Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs), who has been waiting 14 months since beating Hughie Fury in an IBF eliminator, is expected to get the fight. Formerly undisputed cruiserweight world champion Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) made his heavyweight debut two months ago and may face Derek Chisora next. Eddie Hearn promotes both Joshua and Usyk.

Meanwhile, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has a February 22 rematch with Tyson Fury in Las Vegas that is expected to be officially announced soon.

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been ordered to make mandatory title defenses against both IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev and WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk. The IBF and WBO will hold…
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Rio gold medalist Gaibnazarov returns after loss

2016 Olympic gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (7-1, 4 KOs) will make his ring return against Jose Guadalupe Rosales (38-22, 20 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight bout on Monday night at Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Gaibnazarov is coming off his first pro loss against 6′3½ Mykal Fox back in May. The bout can be seen on ESPN+.

In the main event, WBC International lightweight champion Viktor Kotochigov (10-0, 4 KOs) will face Javier Jose Clavero (27-5, 5 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

2016 Olympic gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (7-1, 4 KOs) will make his ring return against Jose Guadalupe Rosales (38-22, 20 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight bout on Monday night…
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2020 USA Olympic Trials Day 3

Photos: Scott Foster

Wednesday evening served as a proving ground for Monday’s winners. Some competitors proved their worth with their second consecutive win while others were relegated to the Challenger’s bracket for one last shot at achieving their dreams. Continue reading “2020 USA Olympic Trials Day 3”

Photos: Scott Foster Wednesday evening served as a proving ground for Monday’s winners. Some competitors proved their worth with their second consecutive win while others were relegated to the Challenger’s…
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2020 USA Olympic Trials Day 2

Photos: Scott Foster

Tuesday evening served as an opportunity for redemption for those who lost in yesterday’s opening bouts of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing. The winners kept their Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 hopes alive while the losers were eliminated from the tournament. Tuesday’s victors will face the losers of Wednesday’s bouts. Continue reading “2020 USA Olympic Trials Day 2”

Photos: Scott Foster Tuesday evening served as an opportunity for redemption for those who lost in yesterday’s opening bouts of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing. The winners…
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Golden Contract matchups set

The quarterfinal draw for the “Golden Contract” light heavyweight bracket was set Wednesday afternoon and will feature the following bouts:

Andre Sterling (10-1, 4 KOs) vs. Liam Conroy (17-5-1, 9 KOs)
Steven Ward (12-0, 4 KOs) vs. Ricards Bolotniks (15-5-1, 6 KOs)
Serge Michel (9-1, 7 KOs) vs. Tommy Philbin (13-0, 4 KOs)
Hosea Burton (24-1, 11 KOs) vs. Bob Ajisafe (19-3, 9 KOs)

The action takes place at the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, England, and will be televised by ESPN+.

The tournament features eight fighters with the winner earning a two-year, five-fight deal with six-figure purses for each fight guaranteed. The format is similar to the current World Boxing Super Series with quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a final. One new innovation is a bonus for knockouts.

The quarterfinal draw for the “Golden Contract” light heavyweight bracket was set Wednesday afternoon and will feature the following bouts: Andre Sterling (10-1, 4 KOs) vs. Liam Conroy (17-5-1, 9…
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