Perez upsets Lovera in Argentina

In the 9 round main event, Argentine super middleweight Ramon Matias Lovera (14-1-1, 12 KOs) suffered his first defeat to countryman Hernan David Perez (6-3, 2 KOs) at the Club Atletico, Social y Deportivo Camioneros-Complejo Guillon, Luis Guillon, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lovera was willing to take multiple shots to land one as he was unfazed by Perez’ power. The problem with that is Perez was piling up points on the scorecards. Perez would go on to outwork Lovera in route to a unanimous decision victory. All three judges had it respectively for Perez (87-84 twice and 86-85), who won the WBA light heavyweight Fedebol title.

The 10 round co-feature saw Abel Leandro Silva (6-6-3, 3 KOs) surprised Junior Leandro Zarate (14-3, 5 KOs) by split decision. Good back and forth action with Silva pulling it out in the end. The official scores were 96-93, 96-94 1/2 for Silva and 96-93 for Zarate.

In the 9 round main event, Argentine super middleweight Ramon Matias Lovera (14-1-1, 12 KOs) suffered his first defeat to countryman Hernan David Perez (6-3, 2 KOs) at the Club…
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Katie Taylor gets WBA Female Boxer Award

Whatsapp Image 2021 01 08 At 12.59.28 PmIf 2020 had a great female boxing protagonist, it was undoubtedly Katie Taylor. The Irish lady showed that she is still at the top of the pound-for-pound lists by defending her championships twice, and that is why she has been named Female Boxer of the Year by the World Boxing Association (WBA).

In August, Taylor had a great moment when she fought against Belgian warrior Delfine Persoon. After a long period of inactivity (she hadn’t fought since November 2019), the former Olympic medalist was back in action at the Brentwood Matchroom Camp for a rematch with the toughest opponent she had ever had in her career. It was another fierce fight but she was able to win and defeat her for the second time to retain her WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO 135-pound crowns. Continue reading “Katie Taylor gets WBA Female Boxer Award”

If 2020 had a great female boxing protagonist, it was undoubtedly Katie Taylor. The Irish lady showed that she is still at the top of the pound-for-pound lists by defending…
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DKP world title twinbill set for Jan 29

Don King Productions has booked the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida for January 29. In the main event, WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs) is facing WBA interim heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs). Charr hasn’t fought since November 2017 and Bryan hasn’t fought since August 2018, but finally this bout looks like it’s happening.

In the co-feature, WBA cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (18-2, 12 KOs) is slated to defend against #8 rated Raphael Murphy (14-1, 11 KOs). Also, former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-4-1, 21 KOs) is penciled in to meet unbeaten Christopher Lovejoy (19-0, 19 KOs).

No details on TV or streaming as of yet.

Don King Productions has booked the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida for January 29. In the main event, WBA heavyweight champion Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs)…
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Espinoza: Oscar Valdez ready for glory

Top Rank and ESPN have announced that Miguel Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) vs Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) is on for February 20, and Valdez’s manager, Frank Espinoza, couldn’t be happier. “I’m excited. This is one of those fights that will cement both of these fighters’ legacy. These are two of the best and most exciting fighters on the planet,” he continued. “When they meet, it will be an incredible explosion. This is a can’t miss fight.”

The bout was originally scheduled for Dec. 12, but Berchelt came down with COVID and the fight was postponed.

Berchelt, 29, will be defending the WBC junior lightweight title. Valdez, 30, the former WBO featherweight champion, was last active on July 21 when he defeated Jayson Velez by 10th round TKO. Continue reading “Espinoza: Oscar Valdez ready for glory”

Top Rank and ESPN have announced that Miguel Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) vs Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) is on for February 20, and Valdez’s manager, Frank Espinoza, couldn’t be happier.…
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Abdugofurov returns Feb 28

Img 20210106 Wa0011Unbeaten world-ranked super middleweight Azizbek Abdugofurov (13-0, 5 KOs) of Uzbekistan will return to the ring on February 28 against an opponent to be announced at a site to be named. Abdugofurov scored a big win over former world champion Dmitrii Chudinov in 2018. He has added a few more wins to his record since then and is now ready for his 2021 fight debut.

Formerly with Queensberry Promotions, free agent Abdugofurov plans to sign with Vladimir Promotions and immediately become active again. This was confirmed by his manager Vikram Swapragasam, who stated, “Aziz was #2 world ranked by the WBC after all the hard work he had done inside and outside the ring. Unfortunately, we could not move forward or maintain that position with Queensberry Promotions. Hence we decided to end the contract and move forward towards the WBC title all over again.”

Unbeaten world-ranked super middleweight Azizbek Abdugofurov (13-0, 5 KOs) of Uzbekistan will return to the ring on February 28 against an opponent to be announced at a site to be…
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Ocampo headlines Jan 16 in Tijuana

Super welterweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (28-1, 18 KOs) takes on Abraham “Pitbull” Juárez (20-6, 8 KOs) in a ten round bout on January 16 at the Grand Hotel in Tijuana. Ocampo’s only loss came in a world title challenge against Errol Spence in 2018.

In the co-feature, welterweight KO artists Jorge “Chino” García (18-2, 16 KOs) and unbeaten José “Berna” Lozano (8-0, 8 KOs) clash in an eight-rounder.

The card will air in Mexico on Azteca 7.

Super welterweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (28-1, 18 KOs) takes on Abraham “Pitbull” Juárez (20-6, 8 KOs) in a ten round bout on January 16 at the Grand Hotel in Tijuana.…
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Gervonta Davis nets two WBA awards

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The fight on October 31st between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz was designated as the best of the year by the World Boxing Association (WBA), while the knockout delivered by the American to the Mexican also received the award for the best KO of the year.

The fight, held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, featured the WBA Super Featherweight Super Championship and Lightweight Championship. It ended by knockout in the sixth round after a frantic action by both of them in which they gave their all and made great performances. Continue reading “Gervonta Davis nets two WBA awards”

The fight on October 31st between Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz was designated as the best of the year by the World Boxing Association (WBA), while the knockout delivered…
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FBHOF Class of 2021 announcement

By Bob Alexander

While most are looking forward to new beginnings in 2021, The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame is looking forward to several. First and foremost, The FBHOF will have a new location to announce a new year of events and a new regime in charge. For well over a decade, The FBHOF has kicked off the new year by announcing the details of the June induction weekend at the SJC Boxing Gym in Fort Myers, Florida. That part of the tradition will continue but with a new and much bigger SJC Gym. New FBHOF President Steve Canton is proud to announce a new location for the SJC Boxing Gym just a short distance from the old facility. Continue reading “FBHOF Class of 2021 announcement”

By Bob Alexander While most are looking forward to new beginnings in 2021, The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame is looking forward to several. First and foremost, The FBHOF will…
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Williams ready to headline on Showtime

Last month, hours after receiving the disappointing news that his first fight in 14 months had been scraped, unbeaten East Hartford (CT) super lightweight prospect “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (15-0-1, 7 KOs) received word that instead of fighting in relatively obscurity in Cancun, he would be making his ShoBox: The New Generation” debut, January 20th at nearby Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Williams, 22, will headline against undefeated Colombian knockout artist Yeis Gabriel “El Tigre” Solano (15-0, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event on SHOWTIME to kick off ShoBox’s 20th season. Mohegan Sun is only a 45-minute drive from Williams’ home, but his fan-base won’t be there rooting him on, unfortunately, because COVID-19 restrictions ban attendees. Continue reading “Williams ready to headline on Showtime”

Last month, hours after receiving the disappointing news that his first fight in 14 months had been scraped, unbeaten East Hartford (CT) super lightweight prospect “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (15-0-1, 7…
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Lovera-Pérez, Zárate-Silva headline Friday

Argentinian boxing continues Friday with heated rematches and important champions in the opening show of the year from Argentina Boxing Promotions on TyC Sports. Unbeaten Argentinian super middleweight champion Matías “Monzon” Lovera (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will face tough countryman Hernán “El Picante” Pérez (5-3, 2 KOs) trying to conquer the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedebol title, in a highly expected rematch, at in the main event at a venue to be determined in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In the co-main event of the evening, in another rematch, Argentinian flyweight champion Junior “El Demonio” Zárate (14-2, 5 KOs) will face Leandro “El Pumita” Silva (5-6-3, 3 KOs) in a flyweight bout scheduled for ten rounds. This is the third fight between the two, after two disputed and exciting clashes won by unanimous decision after eight rounds by the champion.

Argentinian boxing continues Friday with heated rematches and important champions in the opening show of the year from Argentina Boxing Promotions on TyC Sports. Unbeaten Argentinian super middleweight champion Matías…
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Ryota Murata rises to WBA super champion

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) was elevated to “super champion” status by a resolution of the WBA Championships Committee, issued on January 5. Based on rule C.18, which states that the President and the Championships Committee may recognize a fighter as a super champion under special circumstances, the WBA considers Murata’s career and record as a meritorious circumstance for the appointment. Continue reading “Ryota Murata rises to WBA super champion”

WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) was elevated to “super champion” status by a resolution of the WBA Championships Committee, issued on January 5. Based on rule C.18,…
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Derrick James is WBA Trainer of the Year

Whatsapp Image 2021 01 06 At 9.01.44 AmDerrick James has been named the Trainer of the Year by the World Boxing Association (WBA) for his great performance in 2020. The American trainer had an excellent year with top fighters such as Jermell Charlo and Errol Spence, thus earning the award.

James has been an inspiring man who has helped great fighters recover from bad times. In the case of Charlo, the Texas native knocked out Jeison Rosario in a dramatic and spectacular way with a jab to the mid zone on September 26th. This is how he won the WBA, IBF and WBC 154-pound belts. Continue reading “Derrick James is WBA Trainer of the Year”

Derrick James has been named the Trainer of the Year by the World Boxing Association (WBA) for his great performance in 2020. The American trainer had an excellent year with…
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Beterbiev back in training

WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) has returned to training camp, fully recovered after he was diagnosed in December with COVID-19. Due to illness, the fight between Beterbiev from Russia and Germany’s Adam Deines (19-1-1, 10 KOs), which was scheduled for January 30 and was to be held at the VTB Arena in Moscow. It’ll be rescheduled to another date.

Beterbiev, 35, has been out of the ring since October 2019, when he scored the biggest victory of his career by defeating Oleksandr Gvozdyk to unify the WBC and IBF titles.

WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) has returned to training camp, fully recovered after he was diagnosed in December with COVID-19. Due to illness, the fight between…
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Bohachuk-Adams on Feb 25

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Serhiy Bohachuk (18-0, 18KOs) will face Brandon Adams (22-3, 14 KOs) on February 25 in an event organized by Ring City USA at a location to be determined. Bohachuk and Adams were originally slated to meet in December, but the bout was postponed after Bohachuk tested positive for COVID-19.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Serhiy Bohachuk (18-0, 18KOs) will face Brandon Adams (22-3, 14 KOs) on February 25 in an event organized by Ring City USA…
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Berchelt-Valdez official for Feb 20

Miguel Berchelt will defend his WBC super featherweight world title against Oscar Valdez in a special Top Rank on ESPN telecast Saturday, February 20.

The 10-round super featherweight co-feature will see rising 20-year-old Gabriel Flores Jr. against former world champion Andrew “El Chango” Cancio. Continue reading “Berchelt-Valdez official for Feb 20”

Miguel Berchelt will defend his WBC super featherweight world title against Oscar Valdez in a special Top Rank on ESPN telecast Saturday, February 20. The 10-round super featherweight co-feature will…
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Teofimo Lopez: I’m the king of the division

By TMZ.com

“I know y’all scared and sh*t, but let’s just make the fight happen for the fans. Let’s just do that. Don’t overprice yourselves. If y’all believe y’all the best and y’all think that y’all can take this, then let’s make the fight happen! Man, don’t be p***y about it!”

That’s 23-year-old boxing champ Teofimo Lopez throwing down the gauntlet to rivals Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney … 3 of the sport’s youngest, most-talented stars.

TMZ Sports talked to the undefeated, lightweight champ about his next move … as he plots his return just months after dethroning pound-for-pound king, Vasyl Lomachenko. Continue reading “Teofimo Lopez: I’m the king of the division”

By TMZ.com “I know y’all scared and sh*t, but let’s just make the fight happen for the fans. Let’s just do that. Don’t overprice yourselves. If y’all believe y’all the…
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Moloney Team demands a NSAC hearing

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBA super flyweight champion Andrew Moloney’s is demanding that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) hear his protest for the bout between Moloney and current champion Joshua Franco at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 14. The bout was stopped due to a swollen eye suffered by Franco. Referee Russell Mora ruled that the swelling was caused by a headbutt. Team Moloney asserts that no headbutt occured and Mora “misinterpreted the definition of ‘butting with the head.'” The Commission has refused to review the fight. Continue reading “Moloney Team demands a NSAC hearing”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBA super flyweight champion Andrew Moloney’s is demanding that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) hear his protest for the bout between…
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Franco, McCaskill WBA Revelation of the Year

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Joshua Franco won the Revelation of the Year Award granted by the World Boxing Association (WBA) in its 2020 edition thanks to his great performance and the improvement he showed during the year. Franco, a native of San Antonio, Texas, became the first world champion after the pandemic pause when he defeated Australian Andrew Moloney in Las Vegas on June 23rd. Continue reading “Franco, McCaskill WBA Revelation of the Year”

Joshua Franco won the Revelation of the Year Award granted by the World Boxing Association (WBA) in its 2020 edition thanks to his great performance and the improvement he showed…
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Dr. William Lathan passes

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Sad to report the passing of  Ringside physician Dr. William Lathan. IBF Director of Public Relations Jeannette Salazar said “It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Dr. William Lathan’s passing. Dr. Lathan, “Doc” as many called him, was the IBF Medical Director for many years. As a ringside physician, he was a staple in the boxing community, especially in the New York area. Dr. Lathan was the husband of IBF Board Member Melvina Lathan. We will miss Doc immensely. Please keep the Lathan family in your thoughts during this difficult time.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Sad to report the passing of  Ringside physician Dr. William Lathan. IBF Director of Public Relations Jeannette Salazar said “It is with a heavy…
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Boxing Buzz

Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) has his 1964 Chevy Impala convertible featured in the current issue of Lowrider Magazine.  Plant is scheduled to defend his world title against Caleb Truax (34-4-2, 19 KOs) on January 30.
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The WBC has opened the voting for the organization’s Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year, Dramatic Fight of the Year, Performance of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Revelation of the Year, Boxer of the Year, Prospect of the Year, Trainer of the Year, and Event of the Year. Vote here.
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Star Boxing has announced the signing of super lightweight Omar “The Beast” Bordoy (10-1, 3 KOs). At 25-years-old, Bordoy stands at 5’5″. He is trained and managed by AJ Galante.

Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) has his 1964 Chevy Impala convertible featured in the current issue of Lowrider Magazine.  Plant is scheduled to defend…
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A great start to 2021

By Mauricio Sulaimán
Son of José Sulaimán – WBC President

What an explosive way to begin this 2021, which the World Boxing Council has designated “The Year of Boxing” as we will celebrate life with a large number of anniversaries of historic dates derived from our sport.

The fight between “King” Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell was amazing and this young star has reached the major leagues, and is faced with a series of great fights in the lightweight division in sight.

This Saturday, January 2, the first card of 2021 was held. It took place in Dallas and there was an important attendance of fans who witnessed a great fight. Continue reading “A great start to 2021”

By Mauricio Sulaimán Son of José Sulaimán – WBC President What an explosive way to begin this 2021, which the World Boxing Council has designated “The Year of Boxing” as…
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Interview: Belgica Pena/Shuan Boxing

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By Robert Coster

There are not many female boxing promoters but that hasn’t stopped 33-year-old Belgica Pena, who heads Shuan Boxing Promotion in the Dominican Republic. Shuan has its own gym, its ring, trainer, dietician and TV channel.  Fightnews.com® sat down with the ebullient, ambitious Belgica to talk about her company, its past, present, and future.

Belgica, when was Shuan Boxing created? How were its beginnings?

I was introduced to boxing by my father who loved the game. He financed me at the beginning. It was very difficult. We only had one boxer, no gym. I was just 23. Continue reading “Interview: Belgica Pena/Shuan Boxing”

By Robert Coster There are not many female boxing promoters but that hasn’t stopped 33-year-old Belgica Pena, who heads Shuan Boxing Promotion in the Dominican Republic. Shuan has its own…
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“Melo” Lopez headlines Jan 29 in Miami

World-ranked bantamweight Melvin “Melo” Lopez (24-1, 15 KOs) of Nicaragua (now based in Miami) continues his march towards a world title opportunity on January 29 against Sharone Carter (11-3, 3 KOs) of St. Louis, MO. in a ten-rounder for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Latino bantamweight title at the Manual Artime Community Center Theater in Miami, Florida. Continue reading ““Melo” Lopez headlines Jan 29 in Miami”

World-ranked bantamweight Melvin “Melo” Lopez (24-1, 15 KOs) of Nicaragua (now based in Miami) continues his march towards a world title opportunity on January 29 against Sharone Carter (11-3, 3…
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Interview: Steve Farhood

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Hall of Famer Steve Farhood spoke to Peter Maniatis about working in boxing for 42 years as a boxing historian also Showtime on-air boxing analyst.

Boxing in the 1970s

“I grew up in the 1970s when I was a kid, and, of course, in America in the 70s was all about Ali and the heavyweights, so I was what you would call a casual fan. Nothing too intense. I didn’t buy the Ring Magazine every month. I was just a sports fan in general. Continue reading “Interview: Steve Farhood”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Famer Steve Farhood spoke to Peter Maniatis about working in boxing for 42 years as a boxing historian also Showtime on-air…
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WBA Names Promoter of the Year

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The World Boxing Association (WBA) named Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) as the Promotions Company of the Year 2020, and Eddie Hearn as the Promoter of the Year.

The pioneer organization, in recognition of those in charge of organizing boxing around the world, also awarded Honorable Mentions to Matchroom Boxing and the legendary Bob Arum, for their work during a complicated year like the one that just ended.

PBC presented several important events in the United States featuring WBA world title fights. Continue reading “WBA Names Promoter of the Year”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) named Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) as the Promotions Company of the Year 2020, and Eddie Hearn as the Promoter of the Year. The pioneer organization,…
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