Braekhus poised to beat Joe Louis’ record

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Photo: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

Undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (36-0, 9 KOs) is a -560 favorite to beat Jessica McCaskill (8-2, 3 KOs) on DAZN Saturday and successfully defend her title for the 26th time, breaking the record of 25 defenses by Joe Louis.

“Jessica’s hungry, she knows what doors can open if she beats me,” said Braekhus. “I have seen her against Katie Taylor and gave her problems, so you know she’s hard-working and dedicated. I feel I have better skills. I try not to focus on the record, I focus on my task in camp, but you know it would be huge. That’s a record that won’t be broken in quite a while!”

Undisputed female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (36-0, 9 KOs) is a -560 favorite to beat Jessica McCaskill (8-2, 3 KOs) on DAZN Saturday and successfully defend her title for the…
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ESPN Weights from London

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Carl “The Jackal” Frampton 134.5 vs. Darren Traynor 134.25
Michael “Mick” Conlan 126.25 vs. Sofiane Takoucht 126.75
Archie Sharp 133 vs. Jeff Ofori 131.25
Troy Williamson 152.8 vs. Harry Scarff 153.3
Paddy Donovan 146.5 vs. Des Newton 149.3

Venue: BT Sport Studios, London
Promoter: Queensberry Promotions
TV: ESPN (USA), BT Sport (UK)

Carl “The Jackal” Frampton 134.5 vs. Darren Traynor 134.25 Michael “Mick” Conlan 126.25 vs. Sofiane Takoucht 126.75 Archie Sharp 133 vs. Jeff Ofori 131.25 Troy Williamson 152.8 vs. Harry Scarff…
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WBC Heroes for Humanity Awards

Individual bravery in the worst hours of the Pandemic has shone though with heroes taking it upon themselves,  often taking life-threatening risks to help others in dire need, and the WBC is recognizing this. More than two hundred nominations for the Heroes of Humanity Awards, and at the WBC Virtual Convention “The Magnificent Seven” from this huge army of brave people, were praised for their resolute courage.

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Boxing Bob Newman is a respiratory therapist who is working in the front line of the pandemic. A sleep therapist, he used his skills in the respiratory area to save lives. Continue reading “WBC Heroes for Humanity Awards”

Individual bravery in the worst hours of the Pandemic has shone though with heroes taking it upon themselves,  often taking life-threatening risks to help others in dire need, and the…
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WBC’s Remote Scoring Review

The remote scoring system the WBC has been experimenting with for two years has been a safety boon during the pandemic. But with more judges scoring, from a live feed, in addition to the ones ringside, justice via technology is lessening the chance of controversial or incorrect results.

On the airwaves of the WBC’s Virtual Convention, veteran judge Duane Ford, who’s also President of the NABF, said, “I’ve found that when we see the scores of the great judges they are consistent. Average judges are erratic.” Continue reading “WBC’s Remote Scoring Review”

The remote scoring system the WBC has been experimenting with for two years has been a safety boon during the pandemic. But with more judges scoring, from a live feed,…
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Sagawa finishes Takemoto, keeps Japanese 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Up-and-coming Japanese featherweight champ WBC#8/IBF#13 Ryo Sagawa (10-1, 5 KOs), 126, impressively kept his national belt when he caught up with #9 southpaw Yuri Takemoto (8-2-1, 4 KOs), 126, the winner of last year’s Novice King tournament, and finished him at 3:09 of the sixth round in a scheduled ten on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Sagawa, making his second defense, had the upper hand, leading on points after the fifth on open scoring system: 48-47 twice, 49-46. The sixth witnessed Sagawa, formerly an amateur star, accelerate his attack to hurt him with vicious body shots, dropping him for the count. Zooming up by upsetting ex-world challenger Ryo Matsumoto via TKO route in 2018, Sagawa again upset then world-rated Reiya Abe on points to acquire the vacant national belt last September. Sagawa, two years his senior at 26, is a sharpshooter with speed and skills to be highly expected.

Attendance: 385 (under the JBC’s social distancing regulation at the Korakuen Hall)

Promoter: Misako Promotions

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Up-and-coming Japanese featherweight champ WBC#8/IBF#13 Ryo Sagawa (10-1, 5 KOs), 126, impressively kept his national belt when he caught up with #9 southpaw…
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Espinoza aims to rebound on Telemundo tonight

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All Star Boxing kicks off its 2020 Boxeo Telemundo series Tonight. This was decided after careful safety planning with health and local government officials. The main event will feature recent world title challenger WBO #13 Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza (24-3, 21 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico vs undefeated prospect Brandon “El Metrallo” Valdes (13-0, 7 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia. The 10 round super bantamweight battle will have a WBO regional belt in play. This will be the first of four straight Friday shows in a studio setting at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Continue reading “Espinoza aims to rebound on Telemundo tonight”

All Star Boxing kicks off its 2020 Boxeo Telemundo series Tonight. This was decided after careful safety planning with health and local government officials. The main event will feature recent…
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Telemundo Weights

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Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza 122 vs. Brandon Valdes 121.8
(WBO Youth Super Bantamweight title)

Jorge Romero 121 vs. Daniel “Alacran” Lozano 122
Dominique “Trap” Francis 126.2 vs. Jose Lopez 125.6
Bryan Polaco 153.5 vs. Elliot Brown 149
Nestor Alvarenga 134 vs. Hysom Sabet 134.2

Venue: Osceola Heritage Park Event Ctr, Kissimmee, Fla
Promoter: All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo

Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza 122 vs. Brandon Valdes 121.8 (WBO Youth Super Bantamweight title) Jorge Romero 121 vs. Daniel “Alacran” Lozano 122 Dominique “Trap” Francis 126.2 vs. Jose Lopez 125.6 Bryan…
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Herring-Oquendo rescheduled again

WBO junior lightweight world champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring hopes the wait is finally over. Herring, a decorated U.S. Marine veteran from Coram, N.Y., will make his second world title defense Saturday, Sept. 5 against Puerto Rican challenger Jonathan Oquendo at the MGM Grand Conference Center. Herring and Oquendo were scheduled to fight July 2, then July 14, but Herring twice tested positive for COVID-19.

In the 10-round super middleweight co-feature, it’s a battle of the Midwest as Omaha’s unbeaten Steven “So Cold” Nelson takes on Toledo’s DeAndre Ware. Continue reading “Herring-Oquendo rescheduled again”

WBO junior lightweight world champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring hopes the wait is finally over. Herring, a decorated U.S. Marine veteran from Coram, N.Y., will make his second world title…
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WBC Mandatories Meeting LIVE Notes

By Karl Freitag

Legendary fight agent Don Majeski proposed a new weight division at 225 pounds between cruiserweight and heavyweight. Majeski said it shouldn’t be a “super” or “junior” title, but should have its own name. He suggested “dreadnought.” The promoters present seemed positive about the proposal. A WBC committee will study the idea. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stressed that “heavyweight” will always be the name of the top division.

The winner of the August 22 fight between WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will get the WBC diamond belt. The winner between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder on December 19 will have to face Whyte if Whyte beats Povetkin.

Cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu must make two mandatories, having won a vacant title. There are eliminators ordered between #1 Thabiso Mchunu vs. #3 Olanrewaju Durodola and #4 Alexei Papin vs. #5 Ruslan Fayfer. Makabu will be allowed a voluntary defense while the eliminators are sorted out.

Light Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev will defend against IBF mandatory Meng Fanlong on September 25 in Russia. Jean Pascal is the WBC mandatory.

Super middleweight champion David Benavidez defends Saturday against Roamer Angulo, then will face mandatory Avni Yildirim, then be allowed a voluntary defense before facing diamond champion Callum Smith.

Franchise champion Canelo Alvarez isn’t fighting September 12. He is training and Golden Boy is working on a new date with DAZN.

Middleweight champion Jermall Charlo defends against Sergiy Derevyanchenko September 26.

Super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo defends against Jeison Rosario on September 26. The promoter informed that the winner is obliged to make the mandatory defense of the IBF, to which the WBC confirmed that it has agreements of respect and reciprocity with the IBF to respect the mandatory obligations.

Welterweight champion Errol Spence defends against Danny Garcia on November 21. This will count as the mandatory.

Super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez faces Viktor Postol on August 29.

Franchise lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will face IBF champ Teofimo Lopez on October 17 in Las Vegas. If Lopez beats Loma, he will become franchise champion. WBC champion Devin Haney is granted a voluntary defense. Ryan “Kingry” Garcia will face Luke Campbell for the interim title.

Super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt will defend against Oscar Valdez on a date to be named. Top Rank has until the end of August to confirm the deal, otherwise a purse offer will be ordered. A tournament will determine the next mandatory.

Featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. has no mandatory challenger. #2 Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs. #5 Eduardo Ramirez will be a final eliminator on September 19 in Connecticut.

Super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas broke his leg and will be made champion in recess. Luis Nery meets Aaron Alameda for the vacant title. There will be two eliminators and the winners will both be mandatories. Daniel Roman vs. Juan Carlos Payano and Carlos Castro vs. Pitufu Diaz.

Bantamweight champion Nordine Ouabaali defends against Nonito Donaire in December.

Super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada has a voluntary defense. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is the mandatory.

Flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez was supposed to fight McWilliams Arroyo on Saturday, but pulled out due to illness. Promoters will try to reschedule.

Light flyweight Kenshiro Teraji is waiting for a TV date. A final eliminator will be ordered when possible.

Strawweight champion Wanheng Menayothin might fight a voluntary defense in September. A final eliminator will be ordered when possible.

By Karl Freitag Legendary fight agent Don Majeski proposed a new weight division at 225 pounds between cruiserweight and heavyweight. Majeski said it shouldn’t be a “super” or “junior” title,…
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WBC Rankings Meeting LIVE Notes

By Karl Freitag

Due to lack of activity, this meeting might not be as lively as usual.

Heavyweight: Advocates of #6 Joseph Parker, #7 Daniel Dubois, #8 Filip Hrgovic asked that their fighters be elevated in the rankings. It was agreed that the winner of Dubois vs. Joe Joyce will be considered for a top five position.

Cruiserweight: No changes.

Light Heavyweight: Unified champion Artur Beterbiev will defend against IBF mandatory Meng Fanlong on September 25 in Russia. No further discussion.

Super Middleweight: Top Rank asked that Edgar Berlanga (14-0, 14 KOs) be ranked in the top 15. The Rankings Committee will consider. It was asked by Tom Loeffler through a proxy that Ali Akhmedov be moved from #14 to #12. The WBC agreed to move him to #13. Lionell Thompson will be dropped from the top 15 for not enrolling in the Clean Boxing Program. Roamer Angulo moves to #14 and Aidos Yerbossynuly will go to #15.

Middleweight: Golden Boy requested that #14 Jason Quigley get a top 10 ranking and that Chris Pearson get a top 15 ranking. The WBC will wait until there is some activity before considering those moves.

Super Welterweight: Tom Loeffler managed to connect and asked that #15 Serheii Bohachuk and #14 Takeshi Inoue be flipped. It was decided that Bohachuk will move to #13, Inoue will stay at #14 and #13 Abass Baraou will drop back to #15. Baraou’s people complained and convinced the WBC to keep Baraou at #13. In the end, it was decided that Bohachuk and Takeshi will switch spots.

Welterweight: Some talk about lower-rated fighters, nothing involving top 15.

Super Lightweight: Golden Boy requested that #4 Pablo Cesar Cano be moved up and Luis “El Matador” Hernandez into the top 15. Hernandez will fight next in the U.S. and this request will be re-evaluated then. Cano will stay at #4.

Lightweight: There was a request to flip #6 Zaur Abdullaev and #7 Richard Commey. That was accepted. There was a request to move Devis Boschiero into the top 15. A passionate discussion ensued about ranking Boschiero for the good of boxing and what it means to Italy. WBC Ratings Committee Chairman Dean Lohuis argued vehemently that Boschiero didn’t deserve it based on recent fights. It was decided Boschiero will get a #16 ranking.

Super Featherweight: Top Rank requested that Shakur Stevenson be placed at #2 and Abraham Nova be placed in the top 15. The WBC agreed to Stevenson at #2 and Nova will be reviewed.

Featherweight: No changes.

Super Bantamweight: No changes.

Bantamweight: #2 super flyweight Charlie Edwards is moving to bantamweight and will be placed at #3.

Super Flyweight: There was a request to rank unrated former WBA champ Kal Yafei in the top 5, a request for WBC #13 flyweight Sunny Edwards to be rated in the top 7, and a request to move Jade Bornea to the top 15. Lohuis recommended Yafei at #8 and Edwards at #15. Bornea was not added due to the top 15 due to the two fighters who were added to the division.

Flyweight: There was a request to move #6 Jay Harris up, and a request to move #14 Thananchai Charunphak up to top ten. Harris was switched with #5 Angel Acosta. Charunphak was put at #11.

Light Flyweight: No changes.

Minimumweight: The name of the division will be changed back to “strawweight.”

By Karl Freitag Due to lack of activity, this meeting might not be as lively as usual. Heavyweight: Advocates of #6 Joseph Parker, #7 Daniel Dubois, #8 Filip Hrgovic asked…
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Boxing Buzz

Joe DeGuardia’S Star Boxing has signed undefeated Brazilian, super bantamweight Michel “Babu” Da Silva (13-0 12KO’s). With all 13 of his fights taking place in his native Brazil, DeGuardia hopes Da Silva will make a splash in the United States in the near future.
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Duke Ragan has signed a multi-year professional pact with Top Rank, which will co-promote the 22-year-old with Antonio Leonard Promotions. He will make his professional debut in a four-round featherweight bout August 22 in Las Vegas on the Eleider Alvarez-Joe Smith Jr. undercard.
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Peter Kahn’s Fight Game Advisors has signed Joshua ‘The Lion King’ Quartey, the nephew of former world champion Ike Quartey, to an exclusive managerial contract.
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Marc Castro’s pro debut has been canceled after the fighter and his father-trainer Tony tested positive for COVID-19. All other tests for fighters, their camps and all staff around Saturday’s DAZN event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, came back negative and the card will go ahead as planned.

Joe DeGuardia’S Star Boxing has signed undefeated Brazilian, super bantamweight Michel “Babu” Da Silva (13-0 12KO’s). With all 13 of his fights taking place in his native Brazil, DeGuardia hopes…
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DAZN Weights from England

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Felix Cash 159.75 vs. Jason Welborn 158.75
(Commonwealth middleweight title)

Zelfa Barrett 129.6 vs. Eric Donovan 129.6
Shannon Courtenay 126.75 vs. Rachel Ball 123.5
Kieron Conway 153.75 vs. Navid Mansouri 153.25
John Docherty 166.75 vs. Anthony Fox 166.25

Venue: “Fight Camp”
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: DAZN

Felix Cash 159.75 vs. Jason Welborn 158.75 (Commonwealth middleweight title) Zelfa Barrett 129.6 vs. Eric Donovan 129.6 Shannon Courtenay 126.75 vs. Rachel Ball 123.5 Kieron Conway 153.75 vs. Navid Mansouri…
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Tszyu: I will be world champ

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #6, WBO #9, WBC #12 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KOs) will clash with former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs) at the Bank Stadium in Townsville, Queensland on August 26.

“There’s a lot of things that separate Jeff, an average world champion professional boxer, from a world class contender,” Tszyu told AAP. “Becoming a world champion is one thing, but staying world champion is another thing…once I win a world title, I will stay a champion. I will show the two different classes we’re at right now.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF #6, WBO #9, WBC #12 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KOs) will clash with former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (20-2-1,…
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Brandon Valdes debuts on Telemundo Friday

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All Star Boxing kicks off its 2020 Boxeo Telemundo series this Friday. This was decided after careful safety planning with health and local government officials. The top-rated boxing series on Hispanic TV’s event will take place at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The main event will feature undefeated Colombian prospect Brandon “El Metrallo” Valdes (13-0, 7 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombian vs recent world title challenger #13 world ranked Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza (24-3, 21 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico. The 10 round super bantamweight battle will have a WBO regional belt in play. This will be the first of four straight Friday shows in a studio setting. Continue reading “Brandon Valdes debuts on Telemundo Friday”

All Star Boxing kicks off its 2020 Boxeo Telemundo series this Friday. This was decided after careful safety planning with health and local government officials. The top-rated boxing series on…
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WBA President tests positive for Covid-19

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World Boxing Association (WBA) President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza tested positive for Covid-19 this week. He showed some mild symptoms, but for the WBA leader care and health have been a priority and he will increase the security measures to protect himself and his environment.

His doctors have advised him to remain in isolation, rest, and follow all instructions for a prompt recovery. Mendoza said he feels good and motivated to return to work for boxing in a few days.

Fightnews.com® wishes President Mendoza a speedy and complete recovery.

World Boxing Association (WBA) President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza tested positive for Covid-19 this week. He showed some mild symptoms, but for the WBA leader care and health have been a…
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Maxi Hughes shocks world-rated Jono Carroll

In a surprising upset, unheralded Maxi Hughes (21-5-2, 4 KOs) took a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger and world-rated Jono Carroll (18-2-1, 4 KOs) in a lightweight bout headlining a closed-door event at Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England. Coming off a knockout over former world champion Scott Quigg in March, Carroll had his normal high workmate, but Hughes landed the better shots to win 96-95, 96-95, 97-93. Carroll, rated IBF #7 and WBC #12 at super featherweight, was a 21:1 favorite.

Unbeaten junior welterweight “Sugar” Sean McComb (11-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Siar Ozgul (15-5, 3 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 99-92, 97-93, 97-93. McComb announced he will campaign at lightweight following this fight.

In a surprising upset, unheralded Maxi Hughes (21-5-2, 4 KOs) took a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger and world-rated Jono Carroll (18-2-1, 4 KOs) in a…
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Showtime Flash Quotes

Undefeated WBC super middleweight champion David Benavídez joined his main event opponent, Alexis Angulo, and the rest of the fighters on this Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader in a virtual press webinar on Wednesday from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The co-main event features rising lightweight Rolando “Rolly” Romero taking on fellow unbeaten Jackson Maríñez in a 12-round battle for the WBA interim lightweight title, while heavyweights Otto Wallin and Travis Kauffman square off in a 10-round showdown. Continue reading “Showtime Flash Quotes”

Undefeated WBC super middleweight champion David Benavídez joined his main event opponent, Alexis Angulo, and the rest of the fighters on this Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader in a virtual press webinar…
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Brant, Collard on Alvarez-Smith undercard

Former middleweight world champion Rob “Bravo” Brant’s comeback begins in a Las Vegas “Bubble.” Brant, who lost his belt to Ryota Murata last July and had a January return scrapped due to a torn biceps, will fight Vitaliy Kopylenko in a 10-round middleweight tilt Saturday, August 22 from the MGM Grand Conference Center.

Brant-Kopylenko will serve as the co-feature to the Eleider-Alvarez-Joe Smith Jr. light heavyweight world title eliminator live and exclusively on ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET).

The undercard stream (ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET) features the return of boxing’s newest cult hero, “Cassius” Clay Collard, the former UFC fighter who is the leading contender for 2020 Prospect of the Year. Continue reading “Brant, Collard on Alvarez-Smith undercard”

Former middleweight world champion Rob “Bravo” Brant’s comeback begins in a Las Vegas “Bubble.” Brant, who lost his belt to Ryota Murata last July and had a January return scrapped…
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Madrimov poised to beat Walker in eliminator

Unbeaten super welterweight Israil “The Dream” Madrimov (5-0, 5 KOs) is looking to steal the show when he faces Eric Walker (20-2, 9 KOs) in a final eliminator for the WBA title in the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night live on DAZN. Madrimov is hoping to convince promoter Eddie Hearn to put on a huge show in his native Uzbekistan.

Boxing is the number one sport in Madrimov’s homeland and they recently celebrated their first world champion when Murodjon ‘MJ’ Akhmadaliev became the unified super bantamweight ruler in January with victory over Daniel Roman in just his eighth pro outing. Madrimov has ambitions to beat Akhmadaliev’s record and aim to unify at 154lbs in less than eight fights. Continue reading “Madrimov poised to beat Walker in eliminator”

Unbeaten super welterweight Israil “The Dream” Madrimov (5-0, 5 KOs) is looking to steal the show when he faces Eric Walker (20-2, 9 KOs) in a final eliminator for the…
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Horn: Tim is not Kostya

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs) is confident of defeating IBF #6, WBO #9, WBC #12 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KOs) on August 26 at the Bank Stadium in Townsville with a predicted capacity attendance of 16,000 despite the border closure in Queensland because of COVID-19.

“There’s a bit of spice because their team are extremely cocky and they believe they’re going to run over the top of me,” Horn told Sporting News. “They think they’re going to run into the future. Tim’s certainly feeding off his name. His dad is an absolute legend of the sport, and I can’t blame him. But all he wants to do is break out of his shadow. Continue reading “Horn: Tim is not Kostya”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (20-2-1, 13 KOs) is confident of defeating IBF #6, WBO #9, WBC #12 light middleweight Tim Tszyu…
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Mauricio Sulaiman re-elected as WBC President

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WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman was just been unanimously re-elected for a second four-year term as president of the WBC. The entire WBC Board of Governors were also unanimously re-elected.

Mauricio said: “When my Father passed away six years ago, I and my family found in the Boxing Community, thousands of shoulders to lean on. We felt every second was a celebration of Jose Sulaiman’s life. The Boxing community embraced my family. It made a difference and it made a difference to me.  I would like to thank all the Federations for their confidence in me.  I will not let you down.

“Let’s continue to lead the sport, making boxing safer for the boxers.  The WBC is moving strong into the chances we are facing.  Your friendship is my inspiration.”

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman was just been unanimously re-elected for a second four-year term as president of the WBC. The entire WBC Board of Governors were also unanimously re-elected. Mauricio…
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Kronk Gym card broadcast team named

The broadcast team has been named for Salita Promotions’ event at Detroit’s Kronk Gym on August 20, live-streamed on UFC Fight Pass. Doing the play-by-play and in-ring interviews will be Ray Flores of PBC fame. Corey Erdman will provide commentary and round-by-round scoring. Serving as roving reporter doing between-round and locker-room interviews will be Detroit’s own former world champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage.

In the night’s 10-round super middleweight main event, undefeated Vladimir Shishkin (10-0, 6 KOs) will take on Oscar “El Monstruo” Riojas (21-13-1, 10 KOs). In the eight-round middleweight co-main event, Timur Kerefov (8-0, 4 KOs) meets Calvin Metcalf (10-4-1, 3 KOs).

The broadcast team has been named for Salita Promotions’ event at Detroit’s Kronk Gym on August 20, live-streamed on UFC Fight Pass. Doing the play-by-play and in-ring interviews will be…
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