Flores camp rips Parker, NZ Commission

Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing CEO-Co-Founder Keith Veltre has (incorrectly) slammed the Professional Boxing Commission New Zealand (PBCNZ) regarding the Joseph Parker vs. Alexander “The Great” Flores heavyweight fight, held earlier this month, due to Parker’s low blows resulting in Flores being knocked out in the third round.

PBCNZ President Ioana Schwalger reached out to Fightnews.com® with the following statement: “The PBCNZ (Professional Boxing Commission of New Zealand) had nothing to do with this promotion and did not officiate these fights. It is the NZPBA (New Zealand Professional Boxing Association) who commissioned these fights and who the referee John Conway is associated with, not PBCNZ.”

That said, Team Flores isn’t happy with the officiating or Parker.

“As excited as we were for Flores to face-off against Parker,” Veltre said, “we are equally disappointed with Parker’s dirty antics. It was clear that the referee not only favored Parker, but he also lacked enough knowledge to be officiating in the ring. Cleary, though, the New Zealand commission is just as inexperienced with high-caliber fights like this. If it wants to continue pursuing larger fights, then I would suggest it makes sure there is an equal playing field in New Zealand for all foreign fighters.” Continue reading “Flores camp rips Parker, NZ Commission”

Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing CEO-Co-Founder Keith Veltre has (incorrectly) slammed the Professional Boxing Commission New Zealand (PBCNZ) regarding the Joseph Parker vs. Alexander “The Great” Flores heavyweight fight, held earlier…
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Mayweather destroys Nasukawa in one

Former world champion and future Hall of Famer Floyd “Money” Mayweather easily demolished kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of a boxing exhibition on Monday night at the Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan. Smiling the whole way, 41-year-old Floyd dropped 20-year-old Nasukawa three times before the one-sided slaughter was halted. The result will not go on either fighters’ official boxing or MMA records.

Former world champion and future Hall of Famer Floyd “Money” Mayweather easily demolished kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of a boxing exhibition on Monday night at the…
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Nietes edges Ioka; wins fourth world belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In an encounter of three-class ex-champions, Filipino veteran Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23 KOs), 115, was awarded a split verdict over Japanese speedster Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13 KOs), 114.5, to acquire the vacant WBO junior bantamweight belt on New Year’s Eve at the Wynn Place Kotai, Macao, China. The hairline tallies were as follows: Patricia Morse Jarman (US) 116-112, Levi Martinez (US) 118-110, both for Nietes, and Samuel Nieto Gonzalez (Panama) 116-112 for Ioka. The third man was Robert Byrd (US).
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Ioka, an artful dodger, made best use of his faster side-to-side footwork to avert Nietes’ punches, but he should have thrown and hit more punches to the Filipino rival. It was Ioka that kept jabbing and moving away from Nieto’s retaliations. Continue reading “Nietes edges Ioka; wins fourth world belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada In an encounter of three-class ex-champions, Filipino veteran Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23 KOs), 115, was awarded a split verdict over Japanese speedster Kazuto Ioka…
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Mthalane keeps IBF 112lb belt by stopping Sakamoto

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Ring-crafty and physically stronger South African, 36-year-old Morti Mthalane (37-2, 25 KOs), 111.5, retained his IBF flyweight belt as he continually battered game Japanese Masahiro Sakamoto (13-2, 9 Kos), 111.5, in furious exchanges of punches, and finally retired him with the doctor’s advice to the referee because of his closed right optic at the end of the tenth round on Monday at the Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao in China.
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The veteran champ, who made his first defense, was leading on points—100-90, 99-91 and 98-92. The referee was Ignatius Missailidis (Australia).

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Ring-crafty and physically stronger South African, 36-year-old Morti Mthalane (37-2, 25 KOs), 111.5, retained his IBF flyweight belt as he continually battered game Japanese…
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Kyoguchi halts Budler; wins WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten former IBF 105-pound champ, Japanese puncher Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9 Kos), 107.75, captured his second world belt as he kept whipping WBA 108-pound titlist Hekkie Budler (32-4, 10 Kos), 106.75, with effective left uppercuts to the face and the side of the belly, weakened him round after round, and was awarded a TKO victory after the tenth round when Budler, 30, gave up going on because of his accumulation of punishment on Monday in Macao, China.
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The new champ Hiroto, 25, was ahead on points at Hekkie’s abrupt surrender—Reina Urbaez (Venezuela) 98-92, Derek Milham (Australia) 96-94, Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 97-93, all in favor of the Japanese pressure fighter with his tight guard. The referee was Mark Cal-oy (US).

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten former IBF 105-pound champ, Japanese puncher Hiroto Kyoguchi (12-0, 9 Kos), 107.75, captured his second world belt as he kept whipping WBA 108-pound…
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Arum: Floyd’s Tokyo fight is a joke

By TMZSports.com

Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Tenshin Nasukawa is a complete joke and is nothing but a money grab … so says Bob Arum, who RIPPED Floyd for even taking the fight.

“It is a non-event. It is not a sporting event,” Bob tells TMZ Sports.

Arum was out at Craig’s this week when he made sure to stop for our photog, to crap all over Mayweather’s highly-anticipated New Year’s Eve exhibition in Japan.

“That’s pretty much a joke, isn’t it? I think so. I think so. Because, it’s not a real fight … the people who are watching that nonsense are pretty well jerks.” Continue reading “Arum: Floyd’s Tokyo fight is a joke”

By TMZSports.com Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Tenshin Nasukawa is a complete joke and is nothing but a money grab … so says Bob Arum, who RIPPED Floyd for even taking…
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Mayweather fighting in exhibition tonight

Former world champion and future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather faces 20-year-old kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa tonight in a three-round exhibition at the Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan. They will go for three three-minute rounds using straight boxing rules. Both will wear RIZIN 8 ounce gloves and there will be no judges. The bout will not go on official boxing or MMA records. Mayweather is reportedly banking as much as $88 million for his trouble. No U.S. TV.

Note: On his Instagram page, Floyd wrote “What if I told you I was making $9,000,000 for 9 minutes of sparring in Tokyo Japan would you do the same if you were me? I like to call it a 9 minute walk thru.”

Former world champion and future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather faces 20-year-old kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa tonight in a three-round exhibition at the Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan. They will…
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Ito halts Chuprakov; keeps WBO 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBO junior lightweight champ Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs), 130, successfully made his initial defense when he battered #1 ranked Russian Evgeny Chuprakov (20-1, 10 Kos), 129.25, so furiously that his cornerman tossed in the towel for surrender at 2:11 of the seventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Ito took the initiative from the outset, had Evgeny hurt with faster combinations and finally caught up with him in the fatal session. Laurence Cole (US) was the referee.

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By Joe Koizumi WBO junior lightweight champ Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs), 130, successfully made his initial defense when he battered #1 ranked Russian Evgeny Chuprakov (20-1, 10 Kos), 129.25,…
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Takuma Inoue wins WBC interim 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten brother of “the Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3 KOs), 118, successfully followed his footstep as he acquired the vacant WBC interim bantamweight belt by winning a unanimous decision over Petch CP Freshmart (AKA Tasana Salapat (48-1, 33 KOs), 118, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. All the judges agreed with a 117-111 tally in favor of Takuma.

But it wasn’t an easy fight at all since Petch, a taller southpaw, was an aggressor stalking the fast-handed Takuma, who often countered him with precision. After the eighth, the open scoring system showed Takuma leading on points—77-75, 78-74, 79-73. Petch, in round twelve, had Takuma at bay with a flurry of punches, pinning him to the ropes, but Takuma desperately fought back hard to survive the final crisis. The third man was Frank Garza (US).

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten brother of “the Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3 KOs), 118, successfully followed his footstep as he acquired the vacant WBC interim bantamweight belt by winning…
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Ken Shiro defeats Juarez; keeps WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten footworker Ken Shiro (15-0, 8 Kos), 107.5, kept his WBC light-flyweight belt as he kept moving all night to avert the retaliation of Mexican Saul Juarez (24-9-2, 13 Kos), 108, and pounded out a lopsided decision over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Steve Morrow (US) 120-108, Perla Rodriguez (US) and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) both 119-109, all for the baby-faced champ who registered his fifth defense. The referee was Vic Drakulich (US).

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten footworker Ken Shiro (15-0, 8 Kos), 107.5, kept his WBC light-flyweight belt as he kept moving all night to avert the retaliation of Mexican Saul Juarez…
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Weigh-In Results of Macao Year-End Tripleheader

Courtesy Clinton van der Berg

Donnie Nietes 115 (52.1) vs. Kazuto Ioka 114.5 (51.9)
(WBO super flyweight title)
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Hekkie Budler 106.8 (48.4) vs. Hiroto Kyoguchi 107.8 (48.9)
(WBA light flyweight “super” title)
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Moruti Mthalane 111.5 (50.5) vs. Masahiro Sakamoto 111.5 (50.5)
(IBF flyweight title)
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Venue: Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao, China
Promoter: Watanabe Promotions, Muto Promotions, DEF Promotions, Tlarock Entertainment, MBH Promotions

Courtesy Clinton van der Berg Donnie Nietes 115 (52.1) vs. Kazuto Ioka 114.5 (51.9) (WBO super flyweight title) Hekkie Budler 106.8 (48.4) vs. Hiroto Kyoguchi 107.8 (48.9) (WBA light flyweight…
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Weigh-In Results of Japan’s Year-End Tripleheader

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

This reporter previously witnessed many weigh-in ceremonies with world championships at stake—in Japan and abroad—but, the most efficient processing in the weigh-in is always seen here in Japan. Today’s weigh-in for the tripleheader took some fifteen minutes only, and the results were as follows:

WBO junior lightweight title bout
Champion Masayuki Ito (Japan) 130
#1 Evgeny Chuprakov (Russia) 129.25
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WBC interim bantamweight title bout
#2 Petch CP Freshmart (AKA Sasana Salapat; Thailand) 118
#5 Takuma Inoue (Japan) 118
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WBC light-flyweight title bout
Champion Ken Shiro (Japan) 107.5
#7 Saul Juarez (Mexico) 108
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We were so fortunate that we saw no overweight case today.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda This reporter previously witnessed many weigh-in ceremonies with world championships at stake—in Japan and abroad—but, the most efficient processing in the weigh-in is…
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Tough fights ahead for Budler, Mthalane

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s WBA light–flyweight champion Hekkie Budler and IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane, both have tough fights ahead of them when they defend their belts against Japanese opponents, Hiroto Kyoguchi and Masahiro Sakamoto at the Wynn Palace Cotai in Macao, China on Monday

SuperSport 9 will cross to Asia at 9.30am on December 31. Continue reading “Tough fights ahead for Budler, Mthalane”

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s WBA light–flyweight champion Hekkie Budler and IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane, both have tough fights ahead of them when they defend their belts against Japanese…
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Plant gearing up for Uzcategui challenge

Undefeated super middleweight contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant hosted a media workout in Las Vegas Friday as he nears his first world title opportunity when he takes on IBF 168-pound champion Jose Uzcategui on FS1 January 13 from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Photo: Team Plant

Here is what Plant and his trainer Justin Gamber had to say Friday from City Boxing Gym in Las Vegas. Continue reading “Plant gearing up for Uzcategui challenge”

Undefeated super middleweight contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant hosted a media workout in Las Vegas Friday as he nears his first world title opportunity when he takes on IBF 168-pound champion…
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Devin Haney set to kickoff 2019

Heralded undefeated lightweight contender Devin Haney worked out for the media Thursday at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas ahead of his ShoBox: The New Generation main-event bout Friday, January 11 on Showtime.

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Photo: Mario Serrano/Devin Haney Promotions

The 20-year old Bay Area native and current Las Vegas resident Haney (20-0, 13 KOs), a seven-time national junior amateur champion, will headline on ShoBox for the third time when he takes on fellow unbeaten Xolisani Ndongeni (25-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-round main event taking place at StageWorks of Louisiana in Shreveport.

Here is what Haney and his father and trainer Bill Haney had to say:

Heralded undefeated lightweight contender Devin Haney worked out for the media Thursday at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas ahead of his ShoBox: The New Generation main-event bout Friday, January…
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Roy Jones Jr. enters streaming deal with UFC

UFC and Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions have reached a new agreement to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s digital subscription service. The inaugural event will stream January 31 live from Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, California. WBO #2-rated world title challenger, “Mighty” Aston Palicte (24-2-1, 20 KOs), and unbeaten WBO #4 ranked Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (20-0-2, 13 KOs) will headline in a 12-round World Boxing Organization junior bantamweight title eliminator.

UFC and Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions have reached a new agreement to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years on UFC Fight…
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Roach jabs at Broner’s legal problems

Upon hearing the news that Manny Pacquiao’s opponent Adrien “The Problem” Broner had been arrested on Sunday in Broward County, Florida, on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court, a seemingly chronic issue for the four-division world champion, Roach had this to say: “Sounds like Adrien should change his ring name from ‘The Problem’ to ‘The Fugitive.’ This may be the first time I face a corner that includes a bail bondsman!”

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Chuprakov ready for WBO champ Ito

Undefeated and number-one ranked WBO junior lightweight contender Evgeny “Happy Gilmore” Chuprakov (20-0, 10 KOs) is ready for the biggest fight of his career, when he takes on WBO world champion, Masayuki Ito this Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. “It seems like it has been a long time coming, but now it is here. I will say, that I have had great preparation for this bout. I will, put my mind for it. I will show a good boxing, and of course I’ll look forward to winning this fight and becoming world champion.”

The title fight can be seen live on ESPN+ on Sunday, December 30th with a start time of 5:00 a.m. ET, with the Ito-Chuprakov fight starting around 6:20 a.m.

Undefeated and number-one ranked WBO junior lightweight contender Evgeny “Happy Gilmore” Chuprakov (20-0, 10 KOs) is ready for the biggest fight of his career, when he takes on WBO world…
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IBF names new Championships Chairman

IBF President Daryl Peoples has appointed longtime IBF member Carlos Ortiz, Jr. as the organization’s new Championships Committee Chairman. Ortiz has been a member of the IBF for 10 years and is currently licensed as a professional boxing judge by the New York State Athletic Commission. As a seasoned judge, he has officiated over 450 professional bouts including approximately 45 world championships for the IBF, WBA, WBO and WBC. “I believe his extensive knowledge and experience in boxing will be an asset to the organization. We are pleased Carlos is joining our executive staff and look forward to his contributions,” stated Peoples. Continue reading “IBF names new Championships Chairman”

IBF President Daryl Peoples has appointed longtime IBF member Carlos Ortiz, Jr. as the organization’s new Championships Committee Chairman. Ortiz has been a member of the IBF for 10 years…
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Takuma Inoue: I will follow Naoya’s footsteps

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Just a couple of days before our annual year-end tripleheader we saw a big press conference with all participants and people concerned in attendance on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Unbeaten brother of “The Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs) expressed his motivation, saying, “I’d like to show the audience there’s not only Naoya but also Takuma. I’ll follow my brother’s footstep. I wish to fight to win at first rather than to win to impress the crowd.” Takuma will face WBC#2 Petch CP Freshmart (48-0, 33 KOs) in quest of the WBC interim bantamweight belt. The Thailander kept his composure and said, “I’ll fight for Thai people. I’ve dedicated my life to boxing and will do my best to win the belt.” Continue reading “Takuma Inoue: I will follow Naoya’s footsteps”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Just a couple of days before our annual year-end tripleheader we saw a big press conference with all participants and people concerned in…
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Abner Mares: I Will Prove Everyone Wrong

By Miguel Maravilla

Three-division world champion Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Mexico will be looking to add another world title to his resume as he will challenge WBA super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 K’s) of Baltimore in his next fight. Mares will square off against Davis on Saturday, February 9 at the Dignity Health Sports Park (Stub Hub Center) in Carson, California live on Showtime.

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“I’m taking this fight because of the challenge that it brings. I’m all about that. February 9th, I will prove everyone wrong,” Mares told Fightnews.com®. “In this fight, they’re counting me out because of his power and speed. Does it bother me? Yeah, it’s sort of disrespectful. This is just another fight for me.” Continue reading “Abner Mares: I Will Prove Everyone Wrong”

By Miguel Maravilla Three-division world champion Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Mexico will be looking to add another world title to his…
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Budler and Mthalane ready to rock Macau

By Clinton van der Berg

WBA light-flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10 KOs) is sick of training. “I just want to fight,” he said ahead of his New Year’s Eve title defense against Japan’s Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8 KOs) in Macau. The pair meet on the undercard of the vacant WBO world super-flyweight championship between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13 KOs) and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23 KOs) at the Wynn Palace.
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The third world championship on the bill will see Moruti Mthalane (36-2, 24 KOs), like Budler of South Africa, defend his IBF flyweight belt for the first time against Masahiro Sakamoto (13-1, 9 KOs) of Japan.

Budler, Mthalane and Nietes all worked out for the media at a light training session in Macau on Friday, with the champion South African pair taking time out afterward to talk about their assignments. Continue reading “Budler and Mthalane ready to rock Macau”

By Clinton van der Berg WBA light-flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10 KOs) is sick of training. “I just want to fight,” he said ahead of his New Year’s…
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Davis-Mares kickoff presser

Two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and three-division world champion Abner Mares went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at a press conference in Los Angeles as Davis defends his WBA title against Mares on Saturday, February 9 live on Showtime from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

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Gervonta Davis: I have power, speed, movement and really a blend of everything. I believe that I’m a better fighter than him. It’s all about being focused in that ring and doing my job. I’m coming to get Abner Mares out of there.

Abner Mares: One day I just thought to myself that this fight against Gervonta Davis would be a great matchup and that I can win it.

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Two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and three-division world champion Abner Mares went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at a press conference in Los Angeles as Davis defends…
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Manny Pacquiao Update

For WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, it has been full steam ahead in his first U.S. training camp since 2016 at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. Pacquiao is in his most intense phase of training as he prepares for his PPV clash against Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) on January 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

After arriving to a throng of media at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal Saturday evening and attending church services with his family on Sunday, it was back to business on Monday morning where Manny greeted the sunrise with a five-mile run up the hills to the Hollywood sign immediately followed by a rigorous session of strength and conditioning with Justin Fortune. The afternoon saw Buboy Fernandez put Manny through his paces for close to three hours at Wild Card. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Update”

For WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, it has been full steam ahead in his first U.S. training camp since 2016 at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif.…
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Adrien Broner arrested, released

By TMZSports.com

Adrien Broner found himself mugging for the wrong camera this holiday season … after getting arrested just days before Christmas. The boxing star was busted Sunday in Broward County, Florida after a warrant for his arrest was issued for failure to appear in court earlier this month. He was booked in county jail and then released … court records show.

The bench warrant stems from a case dating back to December 2017 … after he was arrested for having no driver’s license, speeding, no registration or proof of insurance. Since that arrest, he’s failed to appear in court several times … which led to a previous arrest in July for failure to appear.

It hasn’t been a great month for Adrien. As TMZ Sports first reported … Adrien’s being sued for an unpaid balance of $1.152 million on a jewelry bill.

By TMZSports.com Adrien Broner found himself mugging for the wrong camera this holiday season … after getting arrested just days before Christmas. The boxing star was busted Sunday in Broward…
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