Charr-Oquendo to finally meet in March?

WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr has been reinstated and ordered to defend his title against Fres Oquendo in March. After a positive result in a random doping test at the end of August, Charr’s planned WBA title defense against Oquendo could not take place. Now the WBA officially declared that doping test to be invalid. Decisive for the decision of the WBA was Charr’s clean test on the scheduled date of the match. Oquendo won a federal court order for a WBA title fight by virtue of a rematch clause in the contract for his 2014 fight with then-champ Ruslan Chagaev.

WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr has been reinstated and ordered to defend his title against Fres Oquendo in March. After a positive result in a random doping test at the…
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Pacquiao comments on Mayweather

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao issued the following statement on Sunday morning before he went to bible study:

“I only want to continue to fight the best. If Floyd [Mayweather] can no longer fight at my level, then of course he should stay retired!”

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao issued the following statement on Sunday morning before he went to bible study: “I only want to continue to fight the best. If Floyd [Mayweather]…
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Italian boxing back on DAZN

Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN have announced the second installment of their historic eight-year joint venture in Italy. Following the success of their inaugural event in November, the trio will host a boxing card at the Superstudio in Milan on March 8. Three title fights top a nine-fight show.

Undefeated super middleweight Daniele Scardina (15-0, 14 KOs) takes on Henri Kekalainen (11-5, 5 KOs) for the IBF International 168lb crown.

Welterweight Maxim Prodan (15-0, 14 KOs) meets Steve Jamoye (25-6-2, 5 KOs) for the IBF International 147lb title. Continue reading “Italian boxing back on DAZN”

Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN have announced the second installment of their historic eight-year joint venture in Italy. Following the success of their inaugural event in November,…
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WBC #4 Wake halts Nakajima, avenges previous defeat

By Joe Koizumi

WBC #4 super-bantam, Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18 KOs), 122, avenged his previous defeat in 2012 as he caught up with his grudge rival Takafumi Nakajima (29-12-1, 13 KOs), 121.75, floored him twice and finally halted him at 2:20 of the sixth round in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

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Having tasted a bitter defeat by Jonathan Guzman via eleventh round stoppage to fail to win the IBF 122-pound belt in July 2016, Wake, a lefty sharpshooter, scored six victories since—all within the distance—to show he is ready to have another world crack soon. Nakajima wasn’t an easy target, but Wake, sharp and speedy, whipped him with precision to bring home the bacon.
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IBF #4 feather Reiya Abe (19-2, 9 KOs), 127.25, bloodied former amateur star Daisuke Sugita (4-1, 3 KOs), 127.5, dropped him twice in round five and pounded out a unanimous nod (80-70 twice, 79-71) over a lopsided eight. Abe had entered the world top ten by upsetting then rated veteran Satoshi Hosono (retired afterward) in October 2017, and scored four triumphs thereafter. The shifty southpaw Abe will have a long anticipated shot at the national 126-pound belt against Taiki Minamoto in the Carnival of Champions on May 1.

By Joe Koizumi WBC #4 super-bantam, Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18 KOs), 122, avenged his previous defeat in 2012 as he caught up with his grudge rival Takafumi Nakajima…
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Munguia ready to make it another special year

By Miguel Maravilla

It was well over a year ago in December of 2017 when I saw a young super welterweight prospect Jaime Munguia of Tijuana, Mexico for the first time. He was fighting in the U.S. for the first time on the Orlando Salido vs. Mikey Roman on the non-televised card against Paul Valenzuela at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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There was some buzz prior to his fight by media comparing him to former world champion Antonio Margarito, also of Tijuana. Standing at 6 feet tall with a long, and rangy punching style. I can see the similarity. Munguia would go on to annihilate Valenzuela, stopping him in two rounds. The young fighter continued to stay active as he would go on to win his next two fights. Continue reading “Munguia ready to make it another special year”

By Miguel Maravilla It was well over a year ago in December of 2017 when I saw a young super welterweight prospect Jaime Munguia of Tijuana, Mexico for the first…
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Tree kills Balanganani Ndou

By Ron Jackson

Balanganani “Bonecrusher” Ndou from the Limpopo Province who fought as a professional from July 2002 to October 2017 was killed by a tree that fell on him on Sunday. The 35-year-old’s job was cutting down trees in the area and he was killed instantly.

Ndou, who fought from the southpaw stance made his pro debut as a junior-featherweight on July 6, 2002 at the Showgrounds in Louis Trichardt and outpointed Amen Masuthu over four rounds. Continue reading “Tree kills Balanganani Ndou”

By Ron Jackson Balanganani “Bonecrusher” Ndou from the Limpopo Province who fought as a professional from July 2002 to October 2017 was killed by a tree that fell on him…
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Pacquiao suffers eye injury

WBA welterweight champion suffered an injury to his left eye in Saturday night’s win over Adrien Broner. Pacman reportedly suffered a scratched retina and was wearing an eye patch on Sunday. The L.A. Times is now reporting that Manny has shed the eye patch will attend tonight’s Lakers game.

WBA welterweight champion suffered an injury to his left eye in Saturday night’s win over Adrien Broner. Pacman reportedly suffered a scratched retina and was wearing an eye patch on…
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Lee finishes Colomban, wins vacant OPBF 154lb belt

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi

Elongated Korean southpaw Jung-Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), 153.75, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-welterweight belt when he fought in even terms and then turned loose to demolish Cameroon-born Australian Samuel Colomban (25-11-1, 11 KOs), 151, at 2:47 of the seventh round in a scheduled twelve on Saturday in Seoul, Korea.
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It was the very first OPBF title bout held in Korea in six years, and the audience was greatly moved by Lee’s dramatic knockout after their competitive processing. Prior to the knockout, the tallies were as follows: 59-55 (Korean Kim), 58-56 (Japanese Ikehara) both for Lee, and 58-56 (Australian Ferrauto) for Colomban. Continue reading “Lee finishes Colomban, wins vacant OPBF 154lb belt”

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi Elongated Korean southpaw Jung-Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), 153.75, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-welterweight belt when he fought in even terms and then turned…
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WBC Updates (by division)

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has reported on the status of each division.

HEAVYWEIGHT: Free negotiations for the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch have been ordered. If no agreement is reached, a purse bid will be held on February 5. With the WBC order of the Wilder vs. Fury rematch, the mandatory status of the division is under process by WBC Board.

CRUISERWEIGHT: Champion Oleksandr Usyk has unified all major belts. The WBC supports unified champions and will look into the mandatory situation with all organizations, trying to find a common mandatory contender and avoid multiple mandatories.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT: Champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk will make a voluntary defense vs. TBA in March. Marcus Browne captured the WBC silver and is now the mandatory challenger of the division.

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT: Mandatory contender Anthony Dirrell faces Avni Yildirim for the vacant title on February 23. David Benavidez is “Champion in Recess” after testing positive in CBP. Diamond champion Callum Smith will defend in March or April.

MIDDLEWEIGHT: Champion Canelo Alvarez will make his voluntary defense on May 4 vs Daniel Jacobs. Continue reading “WBC Updates (by division)”

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has reported on the status of each division. HEAVYWEIGHT: Free negotiations for the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch have been ordered. If no agreement is…
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Chicago boxing card announced

Boxing returns to the Windy City when Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bobby Hitz presents the “Belvedere Bash, Friday February 22 at the Belvedere in Elk Grove Village. Super middleweight Tommy “White Lightning” Hughes (7-1, 3 KOs) tops the eight bout card.

Hughes is coming off a majority decision win in an all-action brawl versus a tough, experienced southpaw in fellow Chicago fighter Chris Chatman (15-9-1, 5 KOs) last November. It was his first fight back after suffering his sole defeat last June against Damar Singleton. Many of today’s fighters would look for an “easy touch” following a loss, but Hughes chose an even tougher foe. Continue reading “Chicago boxing card announced”

Boxing returns to the Windy City when Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bobby Hitz presents the “Belvedere Bash, Friday February 22 at the Belvedere in Elk Grove Village. Super middleweight…
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WBO #1 Isufi, WBO #2 Szello in action Feb 22

Felix Promotions will start the year on February 22 in Budapest. In a featured bout, WBO #1 super middleweight Shefat Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs) will fight a ten-rounder against an opponent to be named. With WBO champ Gilberto Ramirez likely to move up in weight, Isufi could soon fight for the vacant WBO title, possibly against Jesse Hart. No official word, but those are the rumors.

On the same night, unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #5 and WBA #14 cruiserweight Imre Szellő (22-0, 14 KOs) will be the main event of the evening vs. TBA. Szellő was supposed to fight WBO #1 rated Firat Arslan in an eliminator, but the Arslan camp stepped back from that fight according to Team Szellő. Continue reading “WBO #1 Isufi, WBO #2 Szello in action Feb 22”

Felix Promotions will start the year on February 22 in Budapest. In a featured bout, WBO #1 super middleweight Shefat Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs) will fight a ten-rounder against an…
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Horn promoter calls for Horn-Pacquiao rematch

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will give WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao a rematch and is confident he will defeat him again according to Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan. “In his last five fights, Manny Pacquiao has only been beaten once, by Jeff Horn. Given Pacman’s last two fights, a destruction of Matthysse and an easy win over Broner, Manny has shown he has plenty of gas left in the tank. It also shows that Jeff horn didn’t beat an old Manny Pacquiao,” Lonergan told Fightnews.com®.

“If Pacquiao wants to build towards a big fight with Mayweather, and make MayPac 2 more credible than it currently is, and with more credibility, it makes more money, surely Manny has to revisit Jeff Horn before a Mayweather fight. Continue reading “Horn promoter calls for Horn-Pacquiao rematch”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will give WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao a rematch and is confident he will defeat him again…
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Pacquiao: I’m waiting who will challenge me

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) spoke about his win over four-division world champion Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 23KOs) at the post-fight press conference. The 40-year-old Pacquiao was dominant in winning a unanimous decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
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“It was a nice to be back. This was a good win for me and my team,” Pacquiao said. “Our strategy was to counter and that’s his style. So we had to make adjustments.

“Buboy told me not to get careless in there. Adrien Broner is a good boxer. He is a former champion. You can’t take him lightly. I respect him and his team for giving a good fight tonight.” Continue reading “Pacquiao: I’m waiting who will challenge me”

By Miguel Maravilla WBA welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) spoke about his win over four-division world champion Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 23KOs) at the post-fight press conference. The…
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Broner: I believe I won that fight

By Miguel Maravilla

Four-division world champion Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 23 KOs) once again failed to win the big one as he lost a one-sided unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
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“It was a hell of a fight,” Broner said at the post-fight press conference. I feel like I won the fight. I’m not going to sit here with a sad face. I believe I won that fight.” Continue reading “Broner: I believe I won that fight”

By Miguel Maravilla Four-division world champion Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 23 KOs) once again failed to win the big one as he lost a one-sided unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2,…
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Oubaali, Browne talk about title wins

By Miguel Maravilla

Newly crowned WBC Nordine Oubaali (14-0, 11 KOs) of France spoke momentarily about his decision win over former world champion Rau’shee Warren (16-2, 4 KOs) at the post-fight press conference. Oubaali was thrilled on capturing his first world title.

“I want to thank everybody and all the media. Today I achieved my dream. My dream came true winning the WBC title in Las Vegas. The fight capitol.” Continue reading “Oubaali, Browne talk about title wins”

By Miguel Maravilla Newly crowned WBC Nordine Oubaali (14-0, 11 KOs) of France spoke momentarily about his decision win over former world champion Rau’shee Warren (16-2, 4 KOs) at the…
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Broner claims robbery

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Adrien Broner: “I beat him. Everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled the fight, he was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat him …I did this for the hood. Y’all know I beat that boy. They are trying to get that money with Pacquiao and Floyd.”

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Adrien Broner: “I beat him. Everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled the fight, he was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat him …I did…
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Pacquiao dominates Broner, still WBA welter champ

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Marching on in defiance of Father Time, the incomparable Manny Pacquiao cruised to a convincing unanimous decision victory over four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs), retaining his WBA welterweight belt via scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 117-111 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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The 40-year old Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division champion, took a few rounds to figure out “The Problem,” but once he did it was a one-sided domination, partly due to Senator Pacquiao’s still formidable skills, and partly due, as is often the case, to Broner’s lack of offensive urgency. Continue reading “Pacquiao dominates Broner, still WBA welter champ”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Marching on in defiance of Father Time, the incomparable Manny Pacquiao cruised to a convincing unanimous decision victory over four-division champion Adrien…
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Browne tops Jack for WBA 175lb interim belt

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

2012 United States Olympian Marcus Browne (23-0, 16 KOs) earned his first major title, winning the interim WBA light heavyweight belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over a bloodied Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Scores were 116-111, 117-110, and 119-108 in a fight that may be most remembered for the profuse amount of blood spilled from Jack’s head over the last half of the fight, covering both fighters and referee Tony Weeks in a seemingly endless stream of crimson. Continue reading “Browne tops Jack for WBA 175lb interim belt”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME 2012 United States Olympian Marcus Browne (23-0, 16 KOs) earned his first major title, winning the interim WBA light heavyweight belt with…
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Oubaali beats Warren (again) for WBC bantam title

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

In a rematch nearly seven years in the making, undefeated Frenchman Nordine Oubaali (15-0, 11 KOs) captured the vacant WBC bantamweight title with a well-fought twelve-round unanimous decision over Rau’shee Warren (16-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 117-111.
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These two fighters met as amateurs at the 2012 London Olympics, with two-time Olympian Oubaali edging three-time Olympian Warren 19-18 in the flyweight division. Continue reading “Oubaali beats Warren (again) for WBC bantam title”

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME In a rematch nearly seven years in the making, undefeated Frenchman Nordine Oubaali (15-0, 11 KOs) captured the vacant WBC bantamweight title…
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Pacquiao-Broner undercard results

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Opening the pay-per-view telecast of the Pacquiao vs. Broner card, former two-division titlist Hugo Ruiz (38-4, 31 KOs) had an easy time with late sub Alberto Guevara (27-4, 12 KOs), earning an uneventful ten-round unanimous decision by scores of 99-90, 99-90, and 100-89 in a featherweight non-title bout. Guevara replaced former interim WBA Featherweight Champion Jhack Tepora, who was pulled from the fight and stripped of his title when he weighed in nearly six pounds over the 126-pound featherweight limit.

Ruiz, who was denied an opportunity to fight for a title in a third division when Tepora failed to make weight, took his frustration out on Guevara early, dropping him with a pair of right hooks followed by a left to the chin just moments into the opening stanza. Continue reading “Pacquiao-Broner undercard results”

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Opening the pay-per-view telecast of the Pacquiao vs. Broner card, former two-division titlist Hugo Ruiz (38-4, 31 KOs) had an easy time…
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Thorslund defends WBO female title

Dina Thorslund (13-0, 6 KOs) defended her WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title with a unanimous points decision against Alesia Graf (29-8, 13 KOs) last night at the Struer Energi Park in Denmark, despite suffering a cut above her left eye following an accidental clash of heads in the seventh round. Continue reading “Thorslund defends WBO female title”

Dina Thorslund (13-0, 6 KOs) defended her WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title with a unanimous points decision against Alesia Graf (29-8, 13 KOs) last night at the Struer Energi…
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WBA orders three purse bids

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered a purse bid for the bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla for the lightweight championship held by Lomachenko. The representatives of both parties were notified of the bid that will be held Monday, February 4th at the offices of the WBA in Panama City. Aurelio Fiengo will supervise the proceedings with a minimum bid amount of $150,000 and the split being 75% for Lomachenko and 25% for Crolla.

The same day there will also be purse bids for WBA cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov against mandatory challenger Arsen Goulamirian, and WBA super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman against mandatory challenger Murodjon Akhmadaliev. Continue reading “WBA orders three purse bids”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered a purse bid for the bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla for the lightweight championship held by Lomachenko. The representatives of…
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Lerena returns to action on March 16

By Ron Jackson

IBO cruiserweight champion Kevin Lerena will return to action on March 16 at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park when he defends his belt against Artur Mann from Kazakhstan, and not against Patrick Ferguson as previously announced.

The southpaw Lerena (21-1, 9 KOs) has been inactive since June last year when he made a successful defense of the IBO belt against Roman Golovashchenko in Baku. Continue reading “Lerena returns to action on March 16”

By Ron Jackson IBO cruiserweight champion Kevin Lerena will return to action on March 16 at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park when he defends his belt against Artur Mann from…
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WBO middle champ Andrade stops Akavov in 12

Photos: Emily Harney

WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Artur Akavov (19-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Andrade dominated the fight for the most part. Akavov had his best moment in round nine, when he landed a good combination, but Andrade showed no ill effects. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. suddenly waved it off with 24 seconds left, much to Akavov’s disgust.

Continue reading “WBO middle champ Andrade stops Akavov in 12”

Photos: Emily Harney WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Artur Akavov (19-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Hulu…
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IBF 122lb champ Doheny stops Takahashi in 11

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Unbeaten IBF junior featherweight champion TJ Doheny (21-0, 15 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over late sub Ryohei Takahashi (16-4-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Doheny dropped Takahashi in round three and was in command all the way. Takahashi didn’t seem particularly hurt, but the bout was suddenly waved off by referee Michael Ortega at 2:18 of the eleventh.

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Photos: Emily Harney Unbeaten IBF junior featherweight champion TJ Doheny (21-0, 15 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over late sub Ryohei Takahashi (16-4-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at…
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