What is the true age of Luis Ortiz?

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Regarding the persistent rumor that the age of heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz is closer to 50 than 40, what evidence is there?

1. We know Ortiz’ birthdate is officially listed as March 29, 1979.

2. We know he has three young children.

3. We know he was fighting on the Cuban national team from 2002-2008 (at age 33-39???).

The available evidence would seem to point to Ortiz being 40. However, if Ortiz is indeed 50, he would break George Foreman’s record as the oldest fighter ever to win a world boxing championship by FIVE years if he defeats WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in three weeks.

Regarding the persistent rumor that the age of heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz is closer to 50 than 40, what evidence is there? 1. We know Ortiz’ birthdate is…
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JC Chavez: Canelo has the tools to beat Kovalev

By Hesiquio Balderas

The legendary Julio César Chavez is part of the telecast of ESPN Deportes to cover the Canelo-Kovalev fight. Canelo is trying to become a world titleholder in his fourth weight division.

“I have a great deal of respect for Canelo, he is a great fighter with great fighting skills. He is always trying to get better, to work harder, and to challenge himself,” said Chavez. “It will be a difficult fight for Canelo. Kovalev’s jab and his punching power are a great asset in his arsenal, but Canelo has the head movement, the technique, the mental strength, and Canelo goes very good to the body and remember if you kill the body the head will fall.”

By Hesiquio Balderas The legendary Julio César Chavez is part of the telecast of ESPN Deportes to cover the Canelo-Kovalev fight. Canelo is trying to become a world titleholder in…
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Berchelt, Sosa media day

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Three days before they launch punches at Dignity Health Sports Park, WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel Berchelt and challenger Jason Sosa joined forces Wednesday afternoon for a WBC Cares event at The Rock Boxing Gym along with super lightweight contender Alex Saucedo.
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A group of local children were in attendance, as the fighters showed them basic boxing techniques, signed autographs, and gave them each a ticket to Saturday’s event. Continue reading “Berchelt, Sosa media day”

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Three days before they launch punches at Dignity Health Sports Park, WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel Berchelt and challenger Jason Sosa joined forces Wednesday afternoon…
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Luis Ortiz vows to knock out Wilder

40-year-old heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz showed the media some of what he has in store for WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder before their PPV rematch on November 23 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Luis Ortiz: “I don’t know if Deontay will be improved for this fight, but I will definitely be an even better version of myself on November 23. If I get that opportunity like I got in the last fight, I’m not going to stop punching until it’s over. I’m going to seek and destroy. Continue reading “Luis Ortiz vows to knock out Wilder”

40-year-old heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz showed the media some of what he has in store for WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder before their PPV rematch on November…
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Ancajas-Rodriguez scrapped due to visa issue

IBF junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas’ title defense against Jonathan Rodriguez has been canceled due to a visa issue with Rodriguez. The main event Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park, Miguel Berchelt’s WBC super featherweight title defense against former world champion Jason Sosa, will go on as planned.

The new co-feature will be a 10-round super lightweight tilt between 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina and Japanese veteran Hiroki Okada.

Berchelt-Sosa and Molina-Okada will air live on ESPN.

IBF junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas’ title defense against Jonathan Rodriguez has been canceled due to a visa issue with Rodriguez. The main event Saturday at Dignity Health Sports…
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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Xavier Martinez 130.75 vs. Jessie Cris Rosales 132.5
Richardson Hitchins 144 vs. Kevin Johnson 143.25
Kevin Newman II 165 vs. Marcos Hernandez 165
Rolando Romero 138 vs. Juan Carlos Cordones 141.5

Venue: Sam’s Town
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: Showtime

Xavier Martinez 130.75 vs. Jessie Cris Rosales 132.5 Richardson Hitchins 144 vs. Kevin Johnson 143.25 Kevin Newman II 165 vs. Marcos Hernandez 165 Rolando Romero 138 vs. Juan Carlos Cordones…
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Canelo-Kovalev Undercard Press Conference

The undercard of the Canelo vs. Kovalev card hosted a press conference Thursday featuring Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs), “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs), Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (17-0, 7 KOs), Marlen Esparza (7-0, 1 KO), Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (12-0-1, 8 KOs), and Carlos Ortiz (11-4, 11 KOs).

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Ryan Garcia: A lot of things have been said about me not taking the fight in September but look, I’m taking it now…I just got a lot of haters and they want to see me lose, even if I knock him out and I put on a beautiful boxing performance, they’re not going to respect me but I’m okay with that. I’m okay with just being confident in myself. I have a lot of respect for Romero Duno. Sometimes it confuses me when he wears t-shirts that ‘Ryan Garcia is running,’ so I’m a little confused, but I respect him.” Continue reading “Canelo-Kovalev Undercard Press Conference”

The undercard of the Canelo vs. Kovalev card hosted a press conference Thursday featuring Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs), “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs), Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada…
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Ruiz-Joshua 2 undercard shaping up

Unbeaten heavyweight Filip Hrgović (9-0, 7 KOs) faces former world title challenger Eric Molina (27-5, 19 KOs) at the Diriyah Arena in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on December 7 on the undercard of the rematch between WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr and former champ Anthony Joshua, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.  Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Hrgović will be defending his WBC International title.

Also, former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) is confirmed for the undercard as he takes on Michael Hunter (18-1, 12 KOs) in an eliminator for the WBA world title.

Former WBA super bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg (35-2-2, 26 KOs) meets former world title challenger Jono Carroll (17-1-1, 3 KOs) for the WBA Inter-Continental title in an England vs. Ireland showdown at 126lbs.

Unbeaten heavyweight Filip Hrgović (9-0, 7 KOs) faces former world title challenger Eric Molina (27-5, 19 KOs) at the Diriyah Arena in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on December 7…
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Tyson Fury wins in WWE wrestling match

Unbeaten former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury knocked out 385lb Braun Strowman in a WWE wrestling match on Thursday night in Saudi Arabia. After both combatants had each other in trouble several times, a right hand by Fury laid out Strowman for the count. Following the match, the humiliated Strowman snuck up behind the celebrating Fury, bodyslammed “The Gypsy King,” then quickly exited the ring area before Fury could retaliate.

The cut Fury suffered in his September fight against Otto Wallin didn’t appear to re-open, so he’s still on target for a rematch against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder early next year.

Unbeaten former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury knocked out 385lb Braun Strowman in a WWE wrestling match on Thursday night in Saudi Arabia. After both combatants had each other in trouble…
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Murtazaliev-Fortea Scouting Report

Prior to the Canelo-Kovalev main event Saturday night on DAZN, the live audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and those fans tuning into the DAZN live stream early will catch the IBF Junior Middleweight Eliminator Bout between Bakhram Murtazaliev of Russia and Jorge Fortea of Spain. For the scouting report for this important match-up, click here.

Prior to the Canelo-Kovalev main event Saturday night on DAZN, the live audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and those fans tuning into the DAZN live stream early will…
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Kingry, Duno comments

Rising lightweight star Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) and NABO beltholder “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs) faced off in a special pre-fight feature on Facebook Watch to discuss their highly anticipated 10-round fight in the co-main event of Canelo vs. Kovalev this Saturday in Las Vegas.

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Ryan Garcia: “I took this fight because no prospects want to do this. I want to do it. I don’t want to fight old veterans. I don’t want to fight ex-champions that are already washed up. I want to show everyone what I’m made of, and this is the perfect fight to do this. We’re two young fighters. What other young fighter is doing this?”

Romero Duno: “A win over Ryan Garcia would mean a lot to me. I know that Ryan is very famous, and there are a lot of people who think I can’t beat him. I need to show them that I can fight against a fast boxer like him. It’s going to be a tough fight.”

Rising lightweight star Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) and NABO beltholder “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs) faced off in a special pre-fight feature on Facebook Watch to discuss…
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“Filipino Flash” Donaire arrives in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

WBA 118-pound super champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) arrived in Japan on Wednesday to face unbeaten WBA regular bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) in the final of the WBSS tournaments in Saitama, Japan, on November 7.
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Donaire, ten years his senior at 36, engaged in a public workout and demonstrated his good shape in Tokyo on Monday. Nonito said, “It’ll be a confrontation of the best versus the best. I feel like before opening a Christmas gift.” Continue reading ““Filipino Flash” Donaire arrives in Japan”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBA 118-pound super champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) arrived in Japan on Wednesday to face unbeaten WBA regular bantamweight champ Naoya…
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Donny Lalonde picks the Canelo-Kovalev winner

By Robert Coster

Former WBC light heavyweight champion Donny Lalonde knows a thing or two about fighting a smaller boxing star coming up in weight. On July 11, 1988, Lalonde defended his title in an epic battle with Hall of Famer “Sugar Ray” Leonard. Lalonde was the bigger, taller (6’2 to 5’9) and naturally heavier boxer, an obvious parallel with Saturday’s battle between a good big man (Kovalev) and a good smaller man (Canelo). In view of the similarities between both fights, Fightnews.com® contacted Lalonde who currently lives in Costa Rica,

Champ, what parallel do you see in the upcoming fight and your war with Ray Leonard?

Canelo has to move up while Kovalev will be fighting at his weight. My fight with Ray Leonard was for two titles, the super-middleweight and light heavyweight titles. I had to go down to a catchweight of 168lbs. I knocked Ray down, but by the fifth round I was drained. Continue reading “Donny Lalonde picks the Canelo-Kovalev winner”

By Robert Coster Former WBC light heavyweight champion Donny Lalonde knows a thing or two about fighting a smaller boxing star coming up in weight. On July 11, 1988, Lalonde…
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Horn-Zerafa rematch Dec 18

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will clash with WBA #8 middleweight Michael Zerafa in a rematch on December 18 in Brisbane it has been confirmed by Horn’s camp.

The Melbourne fighter has promised to end Horn’s career in their re-match to be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre after claiming his camp pleaded with the ex-world boxing champion to let him fight WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata, only to be knocked back.

Horn’s camp have admitted they may have to talk about retirement if their charge suffers a second loss to Zerafa.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn will clash with WBA #8 middleweight Michael Zerafa in a rematch on December 18 in Brisbane it…
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2016 Olympian Daniel Lewis in action Saturday

<em>By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing</em>

2016 Olympian Daniel Lewis (4-0,2KO’s) will make his American debut on Saturday against Texan, Alex Gaytan (6-4, 2 KOs) at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The card is headlined by the WBC super featherweight title bout between Miguel Berchelt and Jason Sosa.

Lewis signed with Top Rank after impressive sparring sessions with Daniel Jacobs who was preparing for Canelo Alvarez. Continue reading “2016 Olympian Daniel Lewis in action Saturday”

<em>By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing</em> 2016 Olympian Daniel Lewis (4-0,2KO’s) will make his American debut on Saturday against Texan, Alex Gaytan (6-4, 2 KOs) at the Dignity Health…
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Canelo, Kovalev comments

Canelo Alvarez: I’m ready to make history. I’m ready for this great fight with Kovalev. Thank you to my team, to my family, thank you to my beautiful daughter who’s here – hi my love, I love you. We are ready to win.”

[Why Kovalev?] “Because he’s the best in his division, he’s one of the best, that’s why we chose him, to make history by fighting one of the best.”

[175 vs. 160:] “I feel comfortable, I feel good, we’ll see on Saturday how it all goes but I feel good.”

Sergey Kovalev: “I’m sure this fight is going to be very interesting and very difficult for both of us because we never step back, never give up…my goal is to break his strategy and use my strategy in the fight. My goal is to defend this title and follow my dreams.”

[Were you offended that Canelo chose you, perhaps seeing you as an easy win?] “No, I’m happy. It’s nice that this is the biggest call in my boxing career, and to face Canelo, I’m happy. This is a big test for me – to prove one more time, I’m the best light heavyweight in the division.”

[Will you be the first to KO Canelo?] “You know, let’s fight, and in the fight you’ll get to see. It’s not my goal, because when you follow that goal, you can’t do it. I just want to get into the ring and box very well and make a great fight for boxing fans and the boxing world.”

Canelo Alvarez: I’m ready to make history. I’m ready for this great fight with Kovalev. Thank you to my team, to my family, thank you to my beautiful daughter who’s…
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Broadway Boxing hits Salt Lake City

DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series hits Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT, on November 15. The 111th edition of Broadway Boxing features two undefeated heavyweight contenders from New Zealand in separate ten rounders.

Junior Fa (18-0, 10 KOs) will take on former US Olympian Devin Vargas (21-5, 9 KOs) in the main event, while Hemi Ahio (15-0, 10 KOs) meets Joshua “Too Tuff” Tufte (19-3, 9 KOs) in the co-feature. Also in action will be welterweight Ivan “The Volk” Golub (17-1, 13 KOs).

UFC Fight Pass will stream the event.

DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series hits Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT, on November 15. The 111th edition of Broadway Boxing features two undefeated heavyweight contenders from…
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Kovalev-Canelo Final Press Conference

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) and three-division champ Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) faced off at tho final press conference in advance of Saturday’s DAZN clash in Las Vegas. As has been the case all through the promotion, the fighters were overly cordial toward each other.

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WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) and three-division champ Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) faced off at tho final press conference in advance of Saturday’s DAZN clash…
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Duno: I am 100% ready for Kingry

Lightweight “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs) offered to fight Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) last month in Carson, California, after Garcia’s opponent Avery Sparrow was taken off the card at the last minute. Kingry didn’t accept that offer, but now Duno and Garcia will get it on in Saturday’s Canelo-Kovalev co-feature.

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“I am 100% ready for Garcia,” said Duno. “I’m just four pounds above my weight limit and will have no problem shedding the extra pounds. I had an excellent training camp and have never felt this good. I will get Ryan Garcia with everything I have. This is my biggest fight. My biggest break. I will not put it to waste. I know what Garcia is made of. He’s strong, but I have my own game plan. As long as I follow it I know I will take home the win.”

Lightweight “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs) offered to fight Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) last month in Carson, California, after Garcia’s opponent Avery Sparrow was taken off the…
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Inoue planning the best performance of his career

WBA/IBF bantamweight champion “Monster” Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) breaks down his WBSS Bantamweight Ali Trophy final against legendary “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on November 7.

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So far in the tournament, Inoue needed just 70 seconds to smash former champ Juan Carlos Payano, then he steamrolled Emmanuel Rodriguez in less than a round-and-a-half. His total fight time in the tournament is an astounding 5 minutes and 29 seconds.

Did you ever believe it would only take you 5 minutes and 29 seconds to reach the final?

“No, I never imagined it.” Continue reading “Inoue planning the best performance of his career”

WBA/IBF bantamweight champion “Monster” Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) breaks down his WBSS Bantamweight Ali Trophy final against legendary “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) at the Saitama Super…
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Unbeaten welter contenders collide Nov 9

Mario Margossian’s Argentina Boxing Promotions is sending two fighters to appear on a November 9 card promoted by MTK Global at York Hall in London, England, which will be televised live on TyC Sports and streamed on ESPN+.

Unbeaten WBO #6 welterweight Luis “Lucho” Verón (17-0-2, 8 KOs) will face unbeaten WBO #12 Michael “The Problem” McKinson (17-0, 2 KOs) in a clash that will serve as a virtual eliminator bout. Verón is WBO Latino champ and McKinson is WBO Euro champ.

Also former four-division female world champion Anahí “La Indiecita” Sánchez will face unbeaten WBC silver lightweight champion Chantelle “Wham Bam Chan” Cameron in a WBC World super lightweight final title eliminator.

Mario Margossian’s Argentina Boxing Promotions is sending two fighters to appear on a November 9 card promoted by MTK Global at York Hall in London, England, which will be televised…
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Year-end card announced in Chiriqui, Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

An eight-fight boxing event which closes the 2019 season was announced
on Tuesday by Casa de Campeones Productions in Hotel Ciudad de David,
Chiriqui, Panama.
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Local bantamweight Felix “Chinito” Montenegro (7-9-1, 6 KOs) faces former
National champion Edgar Valencia (14-4-1, 3 KOs) on the main event of the
VIP Boxing Night scheduled for Sarurday, November 16th at Gimnasio Escolar. Continue reading “Year-end card announced in Chiriqui, Panama”

By Héctor Villarreal An eight-fight boxing event which closes the 2019 season was announced on Tuesday by Casa de Campeones Productions in Hotel Ciudad de David, Chiriqui, Panama. Local bantamweight…
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Kovalev, Canelo make grand arrivals

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Fight fans were thrilled to attend the “grand arrivals” of Canelo and Krusher on Tuesday at the MGM Grand’s main lobby. Fans cheered Canelo and booed Kovalev.

Canelo Alvarez: “To be a world champion in four different weight classes would be another chapter of my story…everything has been different, the weight, the training, and I can’t wait to see how it goes on Nov 2. I’ll do my best.”

[On if the fan support ever get old] “No, it’s very motivating. This motivates me and I’m ready for triumph.”

Sergey Kovalev: “I’m ready to fight 12 rounds. It’s not the goal to knock someone out, I just need to follow my instructions from the corner, from my coach, and everything will be fine.”

[On the boos] “I want to disappoint a lot of people on Saturday. In England, everybody was going against me, but after the fight, everyone was asking for my autograph. Your boo is good!”

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Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Fight fans were thrilled to attend the “grand arrivals” of Canelo and Krusher on Tuesday at the MGM Grand’s main lobby. Fans cheered…
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Late Results from Italy

On October 25 at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy, IBF International super middleweight champion Daniele Scardina and European lightweight champion Francesco Patera both retain their titles by unanimous decision. Continue reading “Late Results from Italy”

On October 25 at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy, IBF International super middleweight champion Daniele Scardina and European lightweight champion Francesco Patera both retain their titles by unanimous decision.

Pinchuk-Wilson clash Saturday

By Bob Caico

Michael McSorley’s Integrity Fighter Management returns Saturday night with an exciting boxing card in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania located on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. The main event will feature hot local cruiserweight prospect Lyubomyr “Demolition Man” Pinchuk (11-1-1, 7 KOs) going against Philadelphia’s Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (18-16-1, 9 KOs) in an eight round go for the Pennsylvania State cruiserweight title.

A companion eight round battle brings together Pittsburgh’s Oleg Duvhun (9-0, 2 KOs) and Derrick Wilson (12-8-2, 3 KOs) in a jr. featherweight matchup. Continue reading “Pinchuk-Wilson clash Saturday”

By Bob Caico Michael McSorley’s Integrity Fighter Management returns Saturday night with an exciting boxing card in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania located on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. The main event will feature…
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