The 12th Round: Success after a life inside the ring

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

Evander Holyfield is now a boxing promoter. A legendary champion, one of the best inside the ring is now trying to succeed outside the 4 ropes as a boxing promoter. It is not easy and history shows few boxers have had success in their efforts as promoters.

What are the keys of success?

First, the fighter must have a solid team as partners. A champion like Holyfield is used to have an entourage at his service and it is easy to get used to be praised and glorified, but that doesn’t happen when the champ becomes a promoter. HOLYFIELD has made the right decision and has sensational, decent boxing knowledgeable persons in his company, Sal Musumesi and Eric Bentley as leaders of the group. Continue reading “The 12th Round: Success after a life inside the ring”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son Evander Holyfield is now a boxing promoter. A legendary champion, one of the best inside the ring is now trying to…
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Adamek-Abell: Adamek’s last hurrah?

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“It’s not only about winning the fight. It’s always about winning and giving fans a boxing show. I’m 41 now, you don’t have to remind me, but nothing has changed. If Abell beats me on Saturday in Częstochowa, a very special place for me, for all the Catholics all over the world, it’s over. If I’m victorious, it’s still one more bout and… then it’s over, anyway. I know I said that before, but 2018 is my last hurrah,” said former light heavyweight/cruiserweight champion and heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (52-5, 30 KO), who on Saturday faces hard-hitting Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (34-9, 32 KO), who is riding on a three fight KO streak.

Adamek-Abell headlines Polsat Boxing Night 8, presented by MB Promotions in Częstochowa, Poland.

Adamek won his last two fights (vs. Salomon Haumono and Fred Kassi, respectively) but neither of them was a match for Adamek, one of the best fighters in history of Polish boxing. Abell’s power and, maybe more importantly, his southpaw stance are problematic for Adamek. Continue reading “Adamek-Abell: Adamek’s last hurrah?”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “It’s not only about winning the fight. It’s always about winning and giving fans a boxing show. I’m 41 now, you don’t have to remind me, but…
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Abner Mares Set for Redemption

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA World featherweight champion Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico is eager to once again get back in the ring with his cross-town rival Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico in a rematch. Mares will have his shot avenge his loss to Santa Cruz on June 9th at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Photo: Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME

“This rematch, I’m really excited. It’s finally happening. I’m happy, its hard to get those redemption fights,” Abner Mares told Fightnews.com®. “It”s going to be a good fight, you all saw the first fight.”

It was back in August of 2015 as Mares and Santa Cruz went toe to toe from the opening bell, setting a Compu-box record as Santa Cruz would go on to win a unanimous decision. Continue reading “Abner Mares Set for Redemption”

By Miguel Maravilla WBA World featherweight champion Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico is eager to once again get back in…
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Late Results from Bethlehem, PA

This past Friday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, junior lightweight O’Shaquie Foster got a career boosting win as he defeated Frank De Alba via eight-round majority decision. The six-bout card was promoted by King’s Promotions.

Foster got off to an early lead, as he featured an accurate straight hand. De Alba got back in the fight as he decided to stand toe-toe with Foster, and on many occasions, he gave as good or even better then he received. Neither fighter took a backward step, which was much to the delight to the crowd that congregated at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

The furious action continued, De Alba began to leak some blood from his nose in the fifth frame. Foster of Houston, Texas won his third bout in a row as he took two cards by scores of 79-73 and 78-74, while a 3rd card read event at 76-76. Continue reading “Late Results from Bethlehem, PA”

This past Friday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, junior lightweight O’Shaquie Foster got a career boosting win as he defeated Frank De Alba via eight-round majority decision. The…
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Late Results from Salinas, California

Featherweight Ruben Villa (11-0, 4 KOs) continued his upward trajectory by thoroughly dismantling Marlon Olea (13-3, 12 KOs) to win the vacant WBO Youth Title Saturday night from his hometown of Salinas, Calif. Villa, just days before his twenty-first birthday, headlined his first event and won his first title in front of a raucous home crowd. The southpaw delivered an impressive performance, winning every round on all three scorecards (80-72 x3). Continue reading “Late Results from Salinas, California”

Featherweight Ruben Villa (11-0, 4 KOs) continued his upward trajectory by thoroughly dismantling Marlon Olea (13-3, 12 KOs) to win the vacant WBO Youth Title Saturday night from his hometown…
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Fukushara-Takahashi Preview

By David Finger

Former WBO mini-flyweight champion Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-6-6, 7 KOs) looks to kick off his comeback on April 22, 2018 in Fukuoka Japan when he takes on countryman Yuto Takahashi (8-3, 4 KOs) in an eight round fight that could put the winner back into the WBO world ratings.

Although the 25-year old Takahashi doesn’t have what could be considered a flashy record, he is still seen as a scrappy young fighter who draws comparisons to the former world champion, who had a similar 8-1-2 record at the same point in his career. Continue reading “Fukushara-Takahashi Preview”

By David Finger Former WBO mini-flyweight champion Tatsuya Fukuhara (19-6-6, 7 KOs) looks to kick off his comeback on April 22, 2018 in Fukuoka Japan when he takes on countryman…
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Joshua wants Wilder face-to-face

WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he would rather speak to WBC champion Deontay Wilder and former champ Tyson Fury face-to-face instead trash talking through the media. “When you’re a fighter you can’t let certain things slide,” Joshua told Sky Sports.

Ironically, Wilder stated the reason he didn’t attend the recent Joshua-Parker fight was Joshua refused to go face-to-face with him and even barred him from entering the ring after the fight.

WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he would rather speak to WBC champion Deontay Wilder and former champ Tyson Fury face-to-face instead trash talking through the media. “When…
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Usyk Suffers Injury – Cruiserweight Final Postponed

Team Usyk has informed Comosa AG that Mr Usyk suffered a minor elbow injury whilst training for his World Boxing Super Series Final against Murat Gassiev, for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

It has been confirmed by all parties, including Comosa AG appointed independent medical staff, that Mr Usyk is unavailable for the scheduled date of the event, May 11th.

As such, the May 11th event, due to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has been postponed.

Comosa AG is working in partnership with Team Usyk and Team Gassiev as well as Sela Sport, the local event organisers, to establish a new date for the event.

Comosa AG wishes Mr Usyk a good and speedy recovery. Further information on the rescheduling of the Final will be released in due course.

In the meantime, Comosa AG looks forward to announcing the weight classes that the World Boxing Super Series will employ for Season 2 of the Ali Trophy. Fans can expect to find out the divisions in the coming weeks.

Team Usyk has informed Comosa AG that Mr Usyk suffered a minor elbow injury whilst training for his World Boxing Super Series Final against Murat Gassiev, for the Muhammad Ali…
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Ergashev-Wang now for WBA international title

The previously announced 10-round clash between fast-rising, unbeaten knockout artist Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0-0, 11 KOs), a native of Uzbekistan, now fighting out of Brooklyn, NY and China’s Zhimin Wang (10-2-0, 3 KOs), has now been elevated to a WBA international junior welterweight title bout, it was announced today by Matchroom Boxing USA, promoter of “Straight Outta Brooklyn”, the massive international boxing event set for Saturday, April 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The 26-year-old Ergashev, training out of the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit, has quickly impressed boxing fans in the United States with two recent show-stopping knockouts and 100% knockout ratio, building a huge following in the New York City area. Continue reading “Ergashev-Wang now for WBA international title”

The previously announced 10-round clash between fast-rising, unbeaten knockout artist Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0-0, 11 KOs), a native of Uzbekistan, now fighting out of Brooklyn, NY and China’s Zhimin Wang (10-2-0,…
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Babyface Kownacki: Experience is all I need

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Deontay Wilder talks about my potential fight with him. I’m not the one who talks about fighting the WBC heavyweight champion. It’s great that Deontay knows who I am and what can I do in the ring,” says undefeated heavyweight Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KO). Currently ranked #11 by the WBC, Kownacki spoke to Fightnews.com® about what’s next and his own plans to become the best fighter in the world.

You have a new manager Keith Connolly is known to work with many top fighters, among them Danny Jacobs, now represented by Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing…

…but I’m still a free agent. I heard some rumors that I signed with Eddie. Not true – if I will sign with a promoter, I will announce that. Keith gives me what’s most important in this business – new, more options. I’m happy with that. Continue reading “Babyface Kownacki: Experience is all I need”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “Deontay Wilder talks about my potential fight with him. I’m not the one who talks about fighting the WBC heavyweight champion. It’s great that Deontay knows who…
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Full Report: Murata-Blandamura

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally caught up with him and dropped him with an overhand right to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the eighth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan.

Murata, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, took the pace from the start and kept on throwing stinging lefts to the elusive challenger. The champ, six years his junior at 32, steadily piled up points as he remained aggressive to the circling Italian who occasionally jabbed and threw light but fast rights.

The sixth saw Murata accelerate his attacks to force Blandamura to the ropes with a flurry of punches, but the Italian barely had a narrow escape with his defensive skills. Ryota, however, finally caught Emanuele with a vicious right, decking him on the knees in the closing seconds of the fatal eighth. The referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely saw him unfit to go on and declared a well-received halt before well-packed 11,000 spectators at the Yokohama Arena. Continue reading “Full Report: Murata-Blandamura”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3,…
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Brooklyn’s next heavyweight champ?

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is on his path to bring the heavyweight world title back to the borough of heavyweight kings, Brooklyn, NY. Following in the path of Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Shannon Briggs, “Big Baby’s” journey continues April 28th at the Barclays Center live on HBO as he faces Johann Duhaupas of France.

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is on his path to bring the heavyweight world title back to the borough of heavyweight kings, Brooklyn, NY. Following in the path of Mike Tyson,…
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Pacquiao says no final decision on Roach yet

Manny Pacquiao Statement: “Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my final decision who will be my head trainer for my July 14 fight with Matthysse. My advisor Mike Koncz has been in contact with Freddie’s people to keep them informed. I will make a final decision within the week. When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media.”

Manny Pacquiao Statement: “Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my final decision who will be my head…
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Klitschko: Fury like a fart in the wind

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko is confident that IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would defeat former IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. “Hands down, Joshua [wins]. He is getting to be the complete fighter,” Klitschko said in an interview with the Times. “Technically, size-wise, weight-wise, power-wise. And he is a good learner. The other guy [Fury], like a fart in the wind. It is there and it is gone. In the history of boxing there are a lot of examples of this kind of guy. They can be successful for a time but are not disciplined enough to continue to be successful.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko is confident that IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would defeat former IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight…
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Lopez: I plan to expose Ornelas’ flaws

By Jeff Zimmerman

At 24, bantamweight Tony Lopez (12-3, 4 KOs) is already an “old pro” in the fight game. The Fort Worth native has fought for smaller WBC or WBA belts in five of his last six fights and will do so once again when he fights Max Ornelas (10-0-1, 4 KOs) Friday, April 20th for the vacant NABA Bantamweight Title in Las Vegas at the Cox Pavilion and shown live on beIN Sports.

Photo: Samuel Diaz/Team Lopez

It’s an amazing accomplishment for any fighter to get that many opportunities to fight for a title, especially someone with only 15 career fights. Lopez had a stellar amateur career before turning pro in 2012 at only 18. And although he is 3-3 in his last six fights suffering losses against the likes of Oscar Cantu, Stephon Young and Rico Ramos, he will get another crack at a title when he takes on Ornelas. Continue reading “Lopez: I plan to expose Ornelas’ flaws”

By Jeff Zimmerman At 24, bantamweight Tony Lopez (12-3, 4 KOs) is already an “old pro” in the fight game. The Fort Worth native has fought for smaller WBC or…
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Murata stops Blandamura, keeps WBA 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally caught up with him and dropped him with an overhand right to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the eighth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Murata, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, took the pace from the start and kept on throwing stinging lefts to the elusive challenger. The champ, six years his junior at 32, steadily piled up points as he remained aggressive to the circling Italian. The sixth saw Murata accelerate his attacks to force Blandamura to the ropes with a flurry of punches, but the Italian barely had a narrow escape with his defensive skills. Ryota, however, finally caught Emanuele with a vicious right, decking him on the knees in the closing seconds of the fatal eighth. The referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely saw him unfit to go on and declared a well-received halt.

By Joe Koizumi WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), 160, successfully made his first defense when he kept stalking fleet-footed Italian Emanuele Blandamura (27-3, 5 KOs), 159.5, finally…
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Rosales halts Higa, wins WBC 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Elongated Nicaraguan #2 Cristofer Rosales (27-3, 18 KOs), 111.5, impressively acquired the WBC flyweight belt as he aggressively battered former titlist Daigo Higa (15-1, 15 KOs), 114, with sickle-like uppercuts and Higa’s corner finally signaled a surrender at 1:14 of the ninth round on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. From the outset, the taller Nicaraguan took the leadoff with solid left uppercuts following left-right combos and hurt the ex-champ who had forfeited his belt on the scale—from all angles. Higa exclusively fought back with body shots, but Rosales looked more effective in the close quarters. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated 39-37 twice for Rosales, 39-37 for Higa. Continue reading “Rosales halts Higa, wins WBC 112lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Elongated Nicaraguan #2 Cristofer Rosales (27-3, 18 KOs), 111.5, impressively acquired the WBC flyweight belt as he aggressively battered former titlist Daigo Higa (15-1, 15 KOs), 114,…
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Banks training Granat the Kronk way

Johnathon Banks has revealed the tough sparring tests Adrian Granat (15-1, 14 KOs) had to endure at the famous Kronk Gym ahead of his Viking showdown with domestic rival Otto Wallin (19-0, 13 KOs) on April 21 at the Gärdehov in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt

Having first met in Hamburg while Granat was sparring British heavyweight Dillian Whyte, Banks was suitably impressed to invite the Malmo-boxer to join one of former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko’s training camps. Continue reading “Banks training Granat the Kronk way”

Johnathon Banks has revealed the tough sparring tests Adrian Granat (15-1, 14 KOs) had to endure at the famous Kronk Gym ahead of his Viking showdown with domestic rival Otto…
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Villasana stops Felix, La Tigre gets a draw

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr (22-6, 13 KOs), son of former world champion Marcos Villasana, dominated then stopped longtime contender Jose Felix Jr. (36-3-1, 28 KOs) in the ninth round on Saturday night at the Oasis Cancun Arena, in Cancun, Mexico.

Also, WBC female heavyweight champion Alejandra “La Tigre” Jimenez (10-0-1, 8 KOs) dropped 44 pounds to compete at super middleweight, but only managed a draw against relative novice Irais “La Temible” Hernandez (2-1-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Scores were 77-75 Jimenez, 76-76, 76-76.

WBC #11 lightweight Francisco “Paquito” Rojo (22-3, 15 KOs) halted Galvis War (15-3-3, 13 KOs) in the eighth round.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr (22-6, 13 KOs), son of former world champion Marcos Villasana, dominated then stopped longtime contender Jose Felix Jr. (36-3-1, 28 KOs) in…
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Juarez stops Soto, Nery Plata shocks Torres

Photos: Pablo Lozano, Alvaro Paulin/Imago7-Zanfer, Pepe Rodriguez

WBO #7 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (22-6, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Wilber Soto (21-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. A right hand by Juarez floored Soto face first to end it. It was Juarez second bout since losing to Isaac Dogboe in a WBO interim title fight.

In the main event, Jessica Nery Plata (22-2, 3 KOs) surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA female minimum weight champion Silvia “Guerrerita” Torres (19-1, 6 KOs) by split decision. Scores were 97-94 Torres, 98-93, 96-94 Nery Plata.

Photos: Pablo Lozano, Alvaro Paulin/Imago7-Zanfer, Pepe Rodriguez WBO #7 super bantamweight Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (22-6, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Wilber Soto (21-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday…
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Harris defeats Garcia in Detroit

Report by Brad Snyder The Undercard
Photos by Bob Ryder

​The Night of Knockouts series at the Sound Board in Motor City Casino Detroit proves to be the strongest event series in boxing. The sellout/standing room only night sold out a week prior to the event. Promoter Carlos Llinas, once again, added local favorites to the A-side of the card and matched them with solid opponents on the other side.

Perhaps Detroit’s next star is Winfred “Hot Boy” Harris. Harris took on the challenge of tough fighter, Aaron Garcia, of Guadalajara, Mexico. Harris dominated the main event. With throwing from multiple angles and showing seasoned moves, Harris is displaying his growth in the ring. Garcia allowed Harris to work on his craft, as he had will power to continue to move forward. Garcia was able to eat the power that Harris brought. The fight was for the promotions middleweight title. Harris had all three judges scoring the bout (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) in his favor. Harris moves to (17-0, 9 KOs), as Garcia drops to (16-8-1, 11 KOs). Continue reading “Harris defeats Garcia in Detroit”

Report by Brad Snyder The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder ​The Night of Knockouts series at the Sound Board in Motor City Casino Detroit proves to be the strongest event…
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Higa loses WBC 112lb belt on the scale

By Joe Koizumi

WBC flyweight champ Daigo Higa (15-0, 15 KOs) forfeited his belt as he couldn’t make the class limit of 112 pounds since he failed in his first trip to the scale, weighing at 51.7 kg (114 pounds). After ninety minutes Higa gave up reducing his weight because his body was too dry to reduce any more. His challenger Cristofer Rosales, Nicaragua, tipped the beam at 50.5 kg (111.5 pounds) and successfully made the weight.

WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata scaled in at the class limit of 72.5 kg (160 pounds) to 72.3 kg (159.5 pounds) for Emanuele Blandamura from Italy.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi WBC flyweight champ Daigo Higa (15-0, 15 KOs) forfeited his belt as he couldn’t make the class limit of 112 pounds since he failed in his first…
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James, Cherry victorious in Minneapolis

WBA #4 welterweight contender Jamal “Shango” James (23-1, 10 KOs) ground out a ten round majority decision over Abel Ramos (18-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. James’ workrate made the difference. Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95.

Photo: Brian Schroeder/Premier Boxing Champions

WBC #10 super featherweight Edner Cherry (37-7-2, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dennis Galarza (16-3, 9 KOs). Cherry closed strong to win 97-93, 96-94, 96-94.
Photo: Brian Schroeder/Premier Boxing Champions

Continue reading “James, Cherry victorious in Minneapolis”

WBA #4 welterweight contender Jamal “Shango” James (23-1, 10 KOs) ground out a ten round majority decision over Abel Ramos (18-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Armory in…
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Confirmed: Canelo knee surgery

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez confirmed Friday that he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will be in recovery for a month.

“I share with you that today I had to undergo arthroscopy surgery to repair the internal femoral cartilage and eliminate a pathological fold of my right knee,” Canelo wrote along with a photo from his hospital bed.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez confirmed Friday that he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will be in recovery for a…
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Roach hurt by Pacquiao decision

Freddie Roach Statement: “Manny and I had a great run for 15 years — longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing. I wouldn’t trade any of it. Inside the boxing ring and the political ring, I wish Manny nothing but the best. I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t hurt that he didn’t contact me personally about his decision, but the great times we enjoyed together far outweigh that.”

Freddie Roach Statement: “Manny and I had a great run for 15 years — longer than most marriages and certainly a rarity for boxing. I wouldn’t trade any of it.…
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