Ryan Garcia-Carlos Morales Media Day

By Miguel Maravilla

NABF and NABO super featherweight champion Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (15-0, 13 KOs) and NABA super featherweight champion Carlos “The Solution” Morales (17-2-3, 6 KOs) worked out Monday afternoon at Legendz Boxing in Norwalk, California. They will square off this Saturday on the Golden Boy Fight Night main event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California streamed live on Facebook.

After one fight as “The Flash,” Garcia is back with the “Kingry” moniker.

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Ryan Garcia: “I’m really happy to be fighting on Facebook. I’m so focused and ready to go, ready to show everyone that I have improved. Carlos Morales is a very experienced fighter. He’s been in tough fights with some veterans. He will try to take me into deep waters but I’m going to his body right away. Don’t miss it!” Continue reading “Ryan Garcia-Carlos Morales Media Day”

By Miguel Maravilla NABF and NABO super featherweight champion Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (15-0, 13 KOs) and NABA super featherweight champion Carlos “The Solution” Morales (17-2-3, 6 KOs) worked out Monday…
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Khegai calls out Dogboe

Based on his performance this past weekend, it would be understandable for most of the world’s 122-lb fighters to want to avoid UK-based WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Isaac Dogboe… Not Arnold Khegai.

Khegai, the ethnic Korean, Ukrainian-born #12-rated WBO contender, is calling out Dogboe.

“I feel I am the best super bantamweight in the world!” said the confident Khegai. “I want to prove my point by fighting the most avoided fighters in the division. Bring on Dogboe!” Continue reading “Khegai calls out Dogboe”

Based on his performance this past weekend, it would be understandable for most of the world’s 122-lb fighters to want to avoid UK-based WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Isaac Dogboe… Not…
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Uzcátegui returns Sept 28 in non-title bout

IBF super middleweight champion José Uzcátegui, the power-punching boogeyman of the 168-pounders, will face Ezequiel Maderna in the 10-round, non-title main event on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

And, in the co-feature, Jerwin Ancajas, the world’s longest-reigning 115-pound world champion, is ready to add another defense to his résumé. The southpaw Filipino sensation will make the sixth defense of his IBF junior bantamweight world title against the hard-charging Alejandro Santiago.

Ancajas-Santiago and Uzcátegui-Maderna will stream live in the United States beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+. Continue reading “Uzcátegui returns Sept 28 in non-title bout”

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Dumezweni wins SA junior bantam title

By Ron Jackson

After his controversial loss to Lindile Tshemese in December 2016, Athi Dumezweni won the South African junior-bantamweight title with a fourth round stoppage in a rematch at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Dumezweni took no chances this time as he dominated the fight from the first round to take an emphatic victory.

In their first fight, Tshemese came back to score a stoppage win in the last round after being behind on points. Continue reading “Dumezweni wins SA junior bantam title”

By Ron Jackson After his controversial loss to Lindile Tshemese in December 2016, Athi Dumezweni won the South African junior-bantamweight title with a fourth round stoppage in a rematch at…
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Jaime Munguia: My focus is Brandon Cook

By Miguel Maravilla

WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico talked to the media and also took part in the workout festivities Sunday afternoon at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles for his upcoming bout.

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Munguia will take on Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KOs) of Toronto, Canada in the co-feature bout to the anticipated rematch between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin live on HBO Pay Per View. Continue reading “Jaime Munguia: My focus is Brandon Cook”

By Miguel Maravilla WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico talked to the media and also took part in the workout festivities Sunday afternoon at…
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Canelo looking to KO “hypocrite” Golovkin

By Miguel Maravilla

Former world champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout in front of thousands of fans at the new Banc of California Stadium ahead of historic PPV rematch against WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) on Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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“We’re getting close to the fight, and I feel good,” stated Canelo. “This fight is personal because of all that’s been said, and it will be difficult to regain the respect that we once had. The statements that have been made about me have given me more motivation to train harder. I have watched the first fight several times. The error that I made was that I had opportunities to counter that I needed to have taken advantage of. I need to do that in the rematch. Continue reading “Canelo looking to KO “hypocrite” Golovkin”

By Miguel Maravilla Former world champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout in front of thousands of fans at the new Banc of California Stadium…
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GGG wants to knock out “liar” Canelo

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout in front of thousands of fans at the new Banc of California Stadium ahead of historic PPV rematch against Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Photo: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

In addition to his workout, Golovkin blasted Canelo. “Canelo, he is not a champion. He is a liar who has no respect for the sport of boxing or its fans. I want to stay world champion and bring all my belts home. I am ready to star in another Big Drama Show. I do not think about Canelo in training. I am not worried about him. I only worry about doing my job in training camp and doing my job in the ring against Canelo on September 15. In the last fight I did not feel any real power from Canelo. Just slaps. He is not the hardest puncher I have fought, but he is fast and quick. He is the most skilled fighter I have fought. He is a very good fighter. Continue reading “GGG wants to knock out “liar” Canelo”

By Miguel Maravilla WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout in front of thousands of fans at the new Banc of…
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Groves and Smith set for WBSS Final

WBA Super World Champion George Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) and Callum Smith (24-0, 17 KOs) met Friday at a press conference in London ahead of their hotly anticipated Ali Trophy Super Middleweight Final on Friday 28 September at the Indoor Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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“We believe Groves and Smith will create absolute fireworks in Jeddah,” said Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland. “We will deliver a final in territory which has never seen boxing before at this level. It will be the first time in this region that such an event will take place. We are very proud to promote the first-ever boxing event in Saudi Arabia. It’s historical.” Continue reading “Groves and Smith set for WBSS Final”

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Nietes, Palicte faceoff in LA

Photos: Tom Hogan/360 Promotions

Saturday in Los Angeles, 360 Promotions kicked off a full schedule of events for fans and media leading up to the highly anticipated SUPERFLY3 world championship, international boxing card by hosting a ‘Meet and Greet’ at the Filipino Community Center in Los Angeles. Among those on-hand to meet the large crowd of fans and media were three-division world champion and #1 world ranked Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes, #2 world ranked contender ‘Mighty’ Aston Palicte, women’s world title challenger ‘Bang Bang Lulu’ Louisa Hawton along with 360 Promotions’ President Tom Loeffler and Event Host Cynthia Conte.
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Donnie Nietes: “This fight represents a lot to me as I will seeking my fourth world championship in a fourth different weight division. Winning the world title will put me at the level of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire and will add worldwide recognition to my career…I would be worried if we were playing basketball, but this is boxing and I know how to fight taller opponents and that is why we are working so hard in the gym.” Continue reading “Nietes, Palicte faceoff in LA”

Photos: Tom Hogan/360 Promotions Saturday in Los Angeles, 360 Promotions kicked off a full schedule of events for fans and media leading up to the highly anticipated SUPERFLY3 world championship,…
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Pedraza-Lomachenko on tap for Dec 1

By David Finger

Newly crowned WBO lightweight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs) is expected to fight WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko on December 1 on Los Angeles to unify two of the division’s titles. Pedraza returned from a 14-month layoff in March and won two bouts to earn the shot at Beltran.

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After dethroning defending champ Ray Beltran, Pedraza gave his fans an unexpected surprise at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Although Glendale is very much Beltran-country, a small contingency of Puerto Rican fight fans came it to support the Cidra native. To their amazement, the champion repaid their support by joining them in the stands to celebrate his win!

By David Finger Newly crowned WBO lightweight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs) is expected to fight WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko on December 1 on Los Angeles…
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Villalobos defeats Jimenez in Portland

Report and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra

Pitching a shutout over seven rounds, undefeated Pacific Northwest Jr. middleweight prospect Steven “Hands of Gold” Villalobos (10-0-1, 8 KOs) added his tenth win as a pro on Saturday night at the Jackson Armory in Portland, Oregon, defeating Eagle pass, Texas’ Lionel Jimenez (5-24-1, 4 KOs) by unanimous decision.
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In the main event of the 2Pound Sports &Entertainment card, Villalobos controlled the fight throughout with steady pressure, claiming every round on all three judges’ scorecards. Continue reading “Villalobos defeats Jimenez in Portland”

Report and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra Pitching a shutout over seven rounds, undefeated Pacific Northwest Jr. middleweight prospect Steven “Hands of Gold” Villalobos (10-0-1, 8 KOs) added his tenth win…
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Pedraza dethrones Beltran for WBO lightweight belt

By David Finger at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a mild upset, quick-fisted Puerto Rican Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, 134.4, defeated the popular WBO lightweight champion Raymundo Beltran, 134.6, scoring a unanimous decision over twelve rounds.
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Pedraza boxed beautifully in the early rounds but the pressure of Beltran seemed to wear the quick boxer down by round six and Beltran began to close the gap. But Pedraza found his second wind in round nine and sealed the deal with a knockdown of the champion in round eleven courtesy of a picture perfect left uppercut. With the win Pedraza improves to 25-1, 12 KOs while Beltran slips to 35-8-1, 21 KOs.

Full report to follow. Photos

By David Finger at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a mild upset, quick-fisted Puerto Rican Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, 134.4, defeated the popular WBO lightweight champion Raymundo Beltran, 134.6, scoring a…
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Dogboe obliterates Otake in one

By David Finger at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe, 121, made short work of his Japanese challenger, destroying Hidenori Otake, 121.4, in the opening round on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
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Dogboe started cautiously but as soon as he opened up he found a home for his uppercut and left hook. A picture perfect left hook upstairs sent Otake to the canvas and the Japanese challenger never fully recovered. Otake was dropped a second time with an overhand right and took a beating before referee Chris Flores waved it off at 2:18. With the win Dogboe improves to 20-0, 14 KOs while Otake falls to 31-3-3, 14 KOs.

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By David Finger at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe, 121, made short work of his Japanese challenger, destroying Hidenori Otake, 121.4, in the opening…
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Canelo’s Brother wins in Mexico City

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Middleweight Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (27-6-3, 16 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Nicolás Luques (15-5, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City.
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Scores were 97-92, 96-93 and 98-91 for Alvarez, who is the older brother of boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Alvarez dropped Luques in round three and almost stopped him, however, the action slowed after that. Continue reading “Canelo’s Brother wins in Mexico City”

Photos: Pablo Lozano/Zanfer Middleweight Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (27-6-3, 16 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Nicolás Luques (15-5, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio de Trabajadores…
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Undercard Results from Glendale, Arizona

By David Finger at ringside

In a walkout bout after the main event undefeated super lightweight Arnold Barboza Jr., 141.6, dominated Luis Solis, 142, before the ringside physican stopped the fight in the corner after round five due to the severe swelling around the right eye of Solis. Barboza dominated the fight with his jab and had the eye closing early and by round four it was clear that Solis was on borrowed time as the eye rapidly swelled shut. With the win Barboza improves to 19-0, 7 KOs while Solis falls to 23-10-4, 20 KOs. Continue reading “Undercard Results from Glendale, Arizona”

By David Finger at ringside In a walkout bout after the main event undefeated super lightweight Arnold Barboza Jr., 141.6, dominated Luis Solis, 142, before the ringside physican stopped the…
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R.I.P. Senator John McCain

By David Finger

Fightnews is sad to report the passing of Arizona Senator John McCain, 81, of brain cancer. McCain is best known for his run for President back in 2008 as well as his career as senator from the state of Arizona, having first been elected in 1986. He also proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, having earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart as a pilot with the United States Navy. But to many boxing fans he is also remembered as the man who pushed to have the Professional Boxing Safety Act (also known as the Ali Act) passed into law. McCain first introduced the Ali Act in January of 1999 and due to his persistence and determination, he helped see that it was passed the following year. He remained a friend to the sport of boxing for his entire career and in 2016 moved to extend the Ali Act to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

By David Finger Fightnews is sad to report the passing of Arizona Senator John McCain, 81, of brain cancer. McCain is best known for his run for President back in…
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Ex-IBF 105lb champ Kyoguchi moves up to face unbeaten WBA #6 Monabesa

By Joe Koizumi

Former IBF 105-pound champ, unbeaten Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7 KOs) lately renounced his belt to move up to the 108-pound category, and will participate in his first light-fly bout against unbeaten WBA#6/WBC#13 Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8 KOs), an Indonesian southpaw, in Tokyo on September 25.

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It was publicly announced by Watanabe Promotions this Wednesday. Tibo, WBC international sliver 108-pound ruler, may be a stepping stone for Kyoguchi to fight in quest of his second world belt in the end of December.

By Joe Koizumi Former IBF 105-pound champ, unbeaten Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7 KOs) lately renounced his belt to move up to the 108-pound category, and will participate in his first…
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Beltran just a slight favorite to retain belt

Often a new world champion gets a soft first defense in his hometown. But nothing in boxing has ever been easy for Ray Beltran. WBO lightweight champion Beltran is only a narrow -115 favorite tonight against former IBF champ Jose Pedraza -105 in a hard to gage brawler vs. boxer bout. The over/under is 9.5 rounds. Over is -280, under is +230. The fight takes place in Beltran’s adopted hometown of Phoenix.

In the other championship bout, WBO jr featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe -5000 against Hidenori Otake +2000, over 9.5 is +100, under 9.5 is -125.

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Often a new world champion gets a soft first defense in his hometown. But nothing in boxing has ever been easy for Ray Beltran. WBO lightweight champion Beltran is only…
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Watanabe wins Japanese interim 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Awkward but powerful southpaw Akinori Watanabe (37-7, 31 KOs), 154, seized the vacant Japanese interim 154-pound belt when he withstood the opening attack of JBC#2 Ryosuke Maruki (15-6-1, 10 KOs), 154, pinned him to the corner, floored him with a flurry of punches and finally halted him at 2:51 of the first round in a scheduled ten on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Having been demolished by unbeaten Russian Magomed Kurbanov in Ekaterinburg, Russia, last December, Watanabe, a muscular southpaw puncher, scored a decision win over Thailander Niwat Kongkan this April. Due to regular champ Hiroyuki Shindo’s injury, the JBC sanctioned an interim title bout during his recess between the top two contenders of the super-welter category. Continue reading “Watanabe wins Japanese interim 154lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Awkward but powerful southpaw Akinori Watanabe (37-7, 31 KOs), 154, seized the vacant Japanese interim 154-pound belt when he withstood the opening attack…
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Ono halts Kano, keeps Japanese 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Japanese veteran 105-pounder, WBO#9/IBF#11 Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6 KOs), 105, kept his national belt as he proved still too ringwise and relentless in infighting in outhustling JBC top contender Riku Kano (13-4-1, 7 KOs), 105, and dropping him twice en route to a well-received stoppage at 2:46 of the eighth round in a scheduled all-southpaw ten on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Having failed to win the WBO minimum title from compatriot Katsunari Takayama two years ago, Kano rebounded to move up to the Japanese top contender. Riku, fifteen years his junior at 20, was obviously overpowered by the champ, hitting the deck like Mark Breland outhustled by Marlon Starling in their first encounter in 1987. Continue reading “Ono halts Kano, keeps Japanese 105lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese veteran 105-pounder, WBO#9/IBF#11 Shin Ono (23-9-3, 6 KOs), 105, kept his national belt as he proved still too ringwise and relentless in…
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Saunders-Andrade face off in Boston

Photos: Emily Harney

A press conference was held Friday at the Quincy Market in Boston to kick off a huge Matchroom Boxing USA show live on DAZN at the TD Garden in Boston on October 20.
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Top of the bill is a clash between WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders against former champ Demetrius Andrade. Also, IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer defends against James Tennyson. WBA/IBF female lightweight ruler Katie Taylor meets Cindy Serrano and Kid Galahad faces Toka Kahn Cleary in a final eliminator for the IBF featherweight title.

Billy Joe Saunders: “This is such a big fight. The two main men at middleweight at the moment is GGG and Canelo – and neither of them want to fight me or Demetrius. There’s a lot of smoke and mist in the division right now, and when it clears up I will be the man standing there. Continue reading “Saunders-Andrade face off in Boston”

Photos: Emily Harney A press conference was held Friday at the Quincy Market in Boston to kick off a huge Matchroom Boxing USA show live on DAZN at the TD…
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Ajagba wins when opponent flees

Heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba (6-0, 5 KOs) was awarded a victory by disqualification against Curtis Harper (13-6, 9 KOs) on Friday night in Minneapolis when Harper exited the ring moments after the opening bell rang in one of the strangest endings in boxing history. Through no fault of his own, power-punching Ajagba lost his perfect KO record.

Heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba (6-0, 5 KOs) was awarded a victory by disqualification against Curtis Harper (13-6, 9 KOs) on Friday night in Minneapolis when Harper exited the ring moments…
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Truax stops Pena in ring return

Fighting as a light heavyweight, former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Truax (30-4-2, 19 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Fabiano Pena (15-11-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The bout was halted after Truax dropped Pena with an uppercut in round three. Pena beat the count, but was deemed unable to continue. It was True’ first bout since losing the IBF belt to James DeGale in April.

Fighting as a light heavyweight, former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Truax (30-4-2, 19 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Fabiano Pena (15-11-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at…
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Weights from Portland, OR

By Ricardo Ibarra

Steven Villalobos 149.6 vs. Lionel Jimenez 155.3
Andre Keys 148.8 vs. Somethonit Phoumychak 150.6
Blaiwas Eaglepipe 127 vs. Juan Huerta 127
Gerardo Esquivel 131.5 vs. Greg Cruz 132.2
Kevin Davila 148.6 vs. Jesse Barich 149

Venue: Jackson Armory, Portland, Oregon
Promoter: 2Pound Sports & Entertainment

By Ricardo Ibarra Steven Villalobos 149.6 vs. Lionel Jimenez 155.3 Andre Keys 148.8 vs. Somethonit Phoumychak 150.6 Blaiwas Eaglepipe 127 vs. Juan Huerta 127 Gerardo Esquivel 131.5 vs. Greg Cruz…
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Berchelt-Roman clash for WBC title on Nov 3

By Gabriel F. Cordero

It has been confirmed this Friday that Mexican stars Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt and Miguel “Micky” Román will collide on November 3 in an event presented by Top Rank and streamed by ESPN+ with possible venues in Los Angeles or Texas. Oswaldo Kuchle, president of Promociones del Pueblo and representative of Mikey Roman, confirmed to Fightnews.com® the information about the agreement reached. The fight is the mandatory for the WBC super featherweight title held by Berchelt.

By Gabriel F. Cordero It has been confirmed this Friday that Mexican stars Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt and Miguel “Micky” Román will collide on November 3 in an event presented by…
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