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WBA announces initiatives, WBA Brazil

World Boxing Association President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza spoke to the international press about the balance of the WBA 99th Convention, the decisions taken at it and various current boxing issues at an online press conference on Thursday morning.

About 50 journalists from around the world got connected to hear the WBA President’s remarks about the organization’s projects and what is happening in the international boxing world.

At the press conference, the first information given was the creation of a semi-professional tournament with a 21-22 age limit, to allow young professional boxers to fight in bouts of six rounds or less against amateur fighters. Continue reading “WBA announces initiatives, WBA Brazil”

World Boxing Association President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza spoke to the international press about the balance of the WBA 99th Convention, the decisions taken at it and various current boxing issues…
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Weights from England

After 118 days of being locked down, Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions are delighted to be able to say ‘boxing is back.’ All the action will be live on BT SPORT 1 from BT Sport Studio in London. No spectators will be admitted.

Brad Foster 120.5 vs. James Beech Jr 121.75
Hamzah Sheeraz 153.5 vs. Paul Kean 153.25
Mark Chamberlain 137.5 vs. Stu Greener 135.5
David Adeleye 219.25 vs. Matt Gordon 243.25
Dorin Krasmaru 249.75 vs. Phil Williams 251.5

After 118 days of being locked down, Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions are delighted to be able to say ‘boxing is back.’ All the action will be live on BT SPORT…
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Taylor-Persoon rematch confirmed

Undisputed female lightweight champion Katie Taylor defends her WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO titles in a rematch against Delfine Persoon on August 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office from promoter Eddie Hearn’s backyard. Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) won a controversial points win over Persoon (44-2, 18 KOs) on the Joshua vs. Ruiz bill last year.

“With Amanda Serrano not taking the fight I wanted the biggest fight possible in August and I think a second Persoon fight is one that everyone wants to see,” said Taylor. “I’ve been looking forward to a rematch ever since the first fight and I’m delighted it’s been made. It was definitely very close first time around, but I felt I deserved the win and I intend to leave no doubts in the rematch.”

Persoon said: “I am ready to get the victory following the injustice last June in New York, not by words but in the ring – I am ready!”

Undisputed female lightweight champion Katie Taylor defends her WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO titles in a rematch against Delfine Persoon on August 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office from…
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Espinoza happy with trainer Eddy Reynoso

By Hesiquio Balderas

In an exclusive Fightnews.com® interview, top boxing manager Frank Espinoza touches on various subjects regarding his career and current fighters.

Frank how many champions have you managed during your career?

“I’ve managed ten world champions so far, including Enrique Sanchez, Chino García, Martin Castillo, Israel Vazquez, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Abner Mares and Oscar Valdez.”

What do you think is the key to be successful as a manager in the boxing world?

“The key is to learn to recognize talent and to have the ability to market and promote the fighter effectively. It also takes a lot of discipline in knowing how to apply the correct resources at the right time.” Continue reading “Espinoza happy with trainer Eddy Reynoso”

By Hesiquio Balderas In an exclusive Fightnews.com® interview, top boxing manager Frank Espinoza touches on various subjects regarding his career and current fighters. Frank how many champions have you managed…
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Fans to be admitted to German boxing event

1,000 tickets have been made available for the July 18 open-air show on the floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany. This will be the first major European card with spectators.

“Our summer open-air boxing event can now take place with an audience,” announced SES promoter Ulf Steinforth. “Our submitted and now adapted concept, which takes into account the necessary hygiene, safety and threat aspects, has given us the exception permit from the Magdeburg Health Office. Continue reading “Fans to be admitted to German boxing event”

1,000 tickets have been made available for the July 18 open-air show on the floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany. This will be the first major European card with…
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Dubois, Joyce return against separate foes

Unbeaten heavyweights Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (14-0, 13 KOs) and “The Juggernaut” Joe Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) were supposed to meet earlier this year before the Corona pandemic threw a wrench into things. Now Joyce will meet Michael Wallisch (20-3, 13KOs) on July 25 and Dubois will face Erik Pfeifer (7-0, 5 KOs) on August 29. If both are victorious they are slated to collide on October 24th.

On Thursday, Queensberry Promotions announce full details of their first five shows, all taking place behind-closed-doors at BT Sport Studios. Continue reading “Dubois, Joyce return against separate foes”

Unbeaten heavyweights Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (14-0, 13 KOs) and “The Juggernaut” Joe Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) were supposed to meet earlier this year before the Corona pandemic threw a wrench…
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Heavyweight Boxing Buzz

Unbeaten heavyweight Jared “Big Baby” Anderson (4-0, 4 KOs) was supposed to be fighting on tonight’s ESPN boxing telecast. However, Anderson’s fight has been pushed back to July 21. “Not what I wanted to hear but we are not canceled and that’s what matters. The fight will go on. Stay tuned,” wrote Anderson on social media.
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Former heavyweight title challenger Carlos Takam was originally slated to fight Oscar Rivas on a Top Rank show, but when Rivas pulled out with an injury, Takam remained in fighting shape. Then Jerrell “Big Baby” Miller failed his drug test and Takam took tonight’s fight against Jerry Forrest on just under 12 days’ notice.
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WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte and his long time trainer Mark Tibbs have parted ways. Whyte is training for his August 22 fight against Alexander Povetkin in Portugal and Tibbs chose to remain in the U.K.
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Heavyweight Joe Joyce began training in Las Vegas with Ismael Salas earlier this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on their partnership. Joyce is now being trained by Steve Broughton his July 25 fight against Michael Wallisch, but expects to be reunited with Salas next month ahead of the October clash against Daniel Dubois.

Unbeaten heavyweight Jared “Big Baby” Anderson (4-0, 4 KOs) was supposed to be fighting on tonight’s ESPN boxing telecast. However, Anderson’s fight has been pushed back to July 21. “Not…
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Weights from Las Vegas

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Carlos Takam 245.7 vs. Jerry Forrest 225.6
Carlos Castro 123.8 vs. Cesar Juarez 124.4
Joshafat Ortiz 130.8 vs. Joshua Orta 132.7
Fred Wilson Jr. 159 vs. Donte Stubbs 159.5
Peter Cortez 147.5 vs. Corey Champion 147.6

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

Carlos Takam 245.7 vs. Jerry Forrest 225.6 Carlos Castro 123.8 vs. Cesar Juarez 124.4 Joshafat Ortiz 130.8 vs. Joshua Orta 132.7 Fred Wilson Jr. 159 vs. Donte Stubbs 159.5 Peter…
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Forrest: I will have to hurt Takam

Former heavyweight title challenger Carlos Takam (38-5-1, 28 KOs) returns in the ESPN main event Thursday night against Jerry Forrest (26-3, 20 KOs) inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Takam stepped in on late notice after Jerrell “Big Baby” Miller failed a random drug test and was suspended.

Forrest isn’t in awe of Takam’s credentials. “I respect Carlos Takam as a man, but I will have to hurt him and do what I have to do to win,” Forrest said. “This is an amazing opportunity for me to fight on ESPN. I feel I’ve earned it, and I’m more than ready. The change in opponent was of no huge concern. Though Takam has been more active and is in better shape, he and Jarrell Miller have a similar style, so I didn’t have to change much in training camp.”

The 39-year-old Takam is a slight -155 betting favorite. Backers of Forrest, 32, can get +135.

Former heavyweight title challenger Carlos Takam (38-5-1, 28 KOs) returns in the ESPN main event Thursday night against Jerry Forrest (26-3, 20 KOs) inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand…
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WBC “Coffee Tuesday”

Today, it was a case of: “For Pete’s sake,” as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman announced that the works and logistics for the annual WBC 58th Convention – VIRTUAL – from St Petersburg are well advanced, in order to offer the very best event, in our changing World.

This online event runs from August 12 to 15. The agenda which includes the opening ceremony, an array of presentations, review of world rankings, scrutiny of the status of the mandatory defenses of each division, seminars for ring officials and meetings of all committees plus special awards ceremony. Continue reading “WBC “Coffee Tuesday””

Today, it was a case of: “For Pete’s sake,” as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman announced that the works and logistics for the annual WBC 58th Convention – VIRTUAL – from…
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Zepeda defeats Castaneda in Las Vegas

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Former world title challenger Jose “Chon” Zepeda (32-2, 25 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Kendo Castaneda (17-2, 8 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on Tuesday night inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Scores were 97-93, 98-92, 98-92.

Zepeda: “He was a late replacement, but he was tough in there. I didn’t take Kendo lightly because I knew what he was capable of. He had only one loss by decision coming into tonight. Anybody with a belt at 140 pounds is who I want to fight. A championship fight is my goal, and that is what I am working towards.”

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Junior lightweight Luis Alberto Lopez (21-2, 11 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten round split decision over Andy Vences (23-2-1, 12 KOs). Scores were 96-94 Vences and 96-94, 96-94 Lopez. Lopez had Vences in trouble in round six. Vences was a 5:1 favorite. Continue reading “Zepeda defeats Castaneda in Las Vegas”

Former world title challenger Jose “Chon” Zepeda (32-2, 25 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Kendo Castaneda (17-2, 8 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on Tuesday…
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Mexican Lottery returns with tribute to JC Chavez

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

After a three and a half month stoppage, the drawings for the National Lottery of Mexico will resume on July 12 with a special tribute to the legendary boxing world champion Julio César Chavez with a total prize of 24 million pesos (close to a million dollars).

The ticket has the image of Chavez in addition to the images of the logo of the World Boxing Council and a message saying “J.C. Chávez, Happy Birthday Champion!” Chavez (107-6-2, 85 KOs) will turn 58 on July 12.

By Gabriel F. Cordero After a three and a half month stoppage, the drawings for the National Lottery of Mexico will resume on July 12 with a special tribute to…
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Texas Commission cancels boxing card

Citing a rise in COVID-19 cases in the Houston area, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) canceled this weekend’s Force Train Promotions / NextFightUp 10-bout boxing card. The event was scheduled to air on the popular Facebook platform FightNight Live as a $5 pay-per-view. They will refund all pre-payments within 30 days.

Citing a rise in COVID-19 cases in the Houston area, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) canceled this weekend’s Force Train Promotions / NextFightUp 10-bout boxing card. The…
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Clay Collard returns July 14

Middleweight upset artist “Cassius” Clay Collard will fight LT “Smash” Nelson in a six-round bout on Tuesday on ESPN from”The Bubble” in Las Vegas. Collard, 3-0 in 2020 (all against previously undefeated fighters), took the “0” from highly decorated prospect David Kaminsky on June 18. Nelson is 5-3, 4 KOs in boxing and has a similar amount of experience in pro MMA and kickboxing.

Getting top billing are WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring and 2016 U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer, both of whom are healthy following recent positive COVID-19 test results that delayed their fights, are primed for their “Bubble” debuts. Continue reading “Clay Collard returns July 14”

Middleweight upset artist “Cassius” Clay Collard will fight LT “Smash” Nelson in a six-round bout on Tuesday on ESPN from”The Bubble” in Las Vegas. Collard, 3-0 in 2020 (all against…
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Duran, The Great Warrior

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

Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán managed to knock out the coronavirus, and is at home after a stay at the General Hospital in Panama. We had just finished celebrating the 40th anniversary of that historic triumph over Sugar Ray Leonard, which happened on June 20, 1980, when the news of Durán’s admission to the hospital was announced.

Roberto always showed positivity and tranquility, and put himself in the hands of doctors, nurses and the entire medical staff that was there to attend to him. The discharge from the hospital was very emotional, and demonstrated the greatness of all those heroes of humanity who are there ready to save the lives of whoever is in a difficult situation. Continue reading “Duran, The Great Warrior”

By Mauricio Sulaimán Son of José Sulaimán / President of the WBC Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán managed to knock out the coronavirus, and is at home after a stay…
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WBA 99th Convention Wrapup

By Gilberto Jesús Mendoza
President, World Boxing Association

On behalf of the World Boxing Association and myself, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the personalities and members of the great boxing family who accompanied us during the celebration of our 99th Convention, from July 1 to 4, which ended with great success in terms of your participation and the high level of debate at each of the meetings and forums.

In the midst of the tough times in the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we, at the WBA undertook the challenge to overcome all the obstacles and move forward with creative solutions, embracing the motto that has forged the values and our identity through time: to be pioneers. Continue reading “WBA 99th Convention Wrapup”

By Gilberto Jesús Mendoza President, World Boxing Association On behalf of the World Boxing Association and myself, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the personalities and…
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Boxing Buzz

Top Rank, Golden Boy, and Mayweather Promotions all reportedly participated in the government’s PPP lending program designed to keep businesses running during the shutdown.
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Top Rank has reserved the Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium for December 19 to potentially the third fight between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. The 65,000-seat venue would have plenty of room for social distancing.
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With Billy Joe Saunders out, the Canelo sweepstakes contenders for Canelo’s next fight are looking like Callum Smith, John Ryder, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Anthony Dirrell, or Ryota Murata.

Top Rank, Golden Boy, and Mayweather Promotions all reportedly participated in the government’s PPP lending program designed to keep businesses running during the shutdown. —– Top Rank has reserved the…
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WBC Talks: Journalists

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Dan Rafael
Kevin Iole
Lance Pugmire
Ted Sares
Jill Diamond
Victor Silva
Mauricio Sulaiman

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Weights from Las Vegas

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Jose Zepeda 143.9 vs. Kendo Castaneda 143.9
Andy Vences 129.5 vs. Luis Alberto Lopez 128.2
Andres Cortes 132.5 vs. Alejandro Salinas 132.4
Gabriel Muratalla 118.9 vs. Sergio Lopez 119.1
Genaro Gamez 146 vs. Reymond Yanong 141.8
Eric Puente 135 vs. Diego Elizondo 135.9

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

Jose Zepeda 143.9 vs. Kendo Castaneda 143.9 Andy Vences 129.5 vs. Luis Alberto Lopez 128.2 Andres Cortes 132.5 vs. Alejandro Salinas 132.4 Gabriel Muratalla 118.9 vs. Sergio Lopez 119.1 Genaro…
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WBO orders Kingry-Tagoe eliminator

The WBO Championship Committee has ordered a WBO lightweight elimination contest between WBO #2 Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) and WBO #3 Emmanuel Tagoe (31-1, 15 KOs). Parties have twenty days to negotiate and reach an agreement. If an accord is not reached within the time frame, a purse bid will be ordered. The minimum acceptable bid is $150,000.

The WBO Championship Committee has ordered a WBO lightweight elimination contest between WBO #2 Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) and WBO #3 Emmanuel Tagoe (31-1, 15 KOs). Parties have…
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Culcay returns against Baraou

Former WBA super welterweight world champion Jack Culcay (28-4, 13 KOs) will make a quick return against unbeaten Abass Baraou (9-0, 6 KOs) on August 28th at the Harvel Studios in Berlin. Culcay topped Howard Cospolite on June 12th in the first main event in Germany since the lockdown. The winner of the Culcay-Baraou fight will be elevated to #2 in the IBF world rankings.

Former WBA super welterweight world champion Jack Culcay (28-4, 13 KOs) will make a quick return against unbeaten Abass Baraou (9-0, 6 KOs) on August 28th at the Harvel Studios…
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WBA approves optional defenses, strips Besputin

The World Boxing Association (WBA) made public every decision regarding championships and qualifications after last Thursday’s meeting. The optional Brandon Figueroa vs. Damien Vazquez defense bout was approved.

Figueroa is the super bantamweight champion and was granted permission to defend the title against Vazquez (15-1-1, 8 KOs). On the other hand, Ronny Rios’ promoter (Golden Boy) had requested the fight against Figueroa. He will fight for the interim belt against a top world champion.

In the super lightweight division, the Gold champion Ismael Barroso got approval to fight the qualifying bout against a top-ranked opponent. Continue reading “WBA approves optional defenses, strips Besputin”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) made public every decision regarding championships and qualifications after last Thursday’s meeting. The optional Brandon Figueroa vs. Damien Vazquez defense bout was approved. Figueroa is…
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Interview: WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman

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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman spoke to Peter Manitias about the first WBC heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, being the son of Hall of Famer Jose Sulaiman, how boxing will come back from the coronavirus pandemic, and a possible Mike Tyson comeback. Continue reading “Interview: WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman spoke to Peter Manitias about the first WBC heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, being the son of Hall of Famer…
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Results from Mexico City

The super welterweight fight between former world title challenger Carlos “Chema” Ocampo and Jorge Luis “Chino” García was cancelled when Garcia’s trainer tested positive for Covid-19 before Saturday night’s card at TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City.

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In the main event, female champion Jackie “Princesa Azteca” Nava (36-4-4, 16 KOs) unanimously outscored Estrella “Chacala” Valverde (18-7-2, 3 KOs) over ten in a super bantamweight fight. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90, 100-90, 100-90, 100-91, 100-91. Seven judges scored the bout remotely.

Super featherweight Mauricio “Bronco” Lara (19-2, 13 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Alejandro “Pistón” Palmero (12-6-1, 6 KOs). Time was 2:54.

Unbeaten featherweight Irving Turrubiates (23-0, 19 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Héctor “Ratón” Colín (10-13, 8 KOs). Official time was 1:57. Both fighters were down in an exciting fight.

Super flyweight Joel “Trino” Córdova (12-4-2, 2 KOs) ouscored Martín Tecuapetla (15-13-4, 10 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 77-75, 77-75, 79-74.

The super welterweight fight between former world title challenger Carlos “Chema” Ocampo and Jorge Luis “Chino” García was cancelled when Garcia’s trainer tested positive for Covid-19 before Saturday night’s card…
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WBA closing party

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By Boxing Bob Newman

WBA commence it’s 99th convention – virtual edition, with a worldwide gala fiesta. Featuring a DJ who was playing festive Latin music, the closing party was joined by WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, modern legend Oscar de la Hoya, all-time legend Roberto Duran, (freshly discharged from the hospital after battling COVID-19), female champion Yessica Bopp, and the others from the WBA worldwide family. The countdown has begun for the WBA 100th convention in 2021, Moscow, Russia!

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By Boxing Bob Newman WBA commence it’s 99th convention – virtual edition, with a worldwide gala fiesta. Featuring a DJ who was playing festive Latin music, the closing party was…
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