Shocker: Late sub Rice TKOs WBA #9 Coffie

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Unheralded late sub Jonathan Rice (14-6-1, 10 KOs) shockingly stopped previously unbeaten WBA #9 heavyweight Michael Coffie (12-1, 9 KOs) in round five on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Coming in on two days’ notice, Rice fought the fight of his life, breaking down Coffie round by round. By round five, Rice was in total control and absolutely teeing off on Coffie, prompting referee Eric Dali to call a stop to the action at the 2:32 mark.

Coffie was originally scheduled to face longtime heavyweight contender Gerald Washington, but Washington tested positive for Covid-19 and Rice came in as Washington’s replacement.

Coffie was a 25:1 betting favorite.

Unheralded late sub Jonathan Rice (14-6-1, 10 KOs) shockingly stopped previously unbeaten WBA #9 heavyweight Michael Coffie (12-1, 9 KOs) in round five on Saturday night at the Prudential Center…
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Tapia remains unbeaten, KOs Menard in two

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Christian Tapia (12-0, 11 KOs), captured the NABA super featherweight title with a scintillating 2nd round knockout of veteran gatekeeper Mason Menard (36-6, 25 KOs) in the main event of a seven bout card promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The sellout crowd rose to their feet as Tapia made his entrance to the ring. Menard, who had been in with Teofimo Lopez and went nine rounds with Devin Haney, would not be intimidated as he chose to slug it out with Tapia. Menard was no match for the quick and deadly combos from the Puerto Rican sensation. Early in round two, a tight right hand up top rocked Menard. He backed to the ropes and tried to shake it off, but Tapia calmly seized the moment and stepped inside with a strong left to the ribs and followed it up with a deadly right uppercut that sent Menard face first to the canvas. He would not move as Referee Allan Huggins reached the ten count at 2:34 of the second round for the knockout victory.

The card capped off the first of 12 monthly cards to be promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions at the Showboat. Continue reading “Tapia remains unbeaten, KOs Menard in two”

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Christian Tapia (12-0, 11 KOs), captured the NABA super featherweight title with a scintillating 2nd round knockout of veteran gatekeeper Mason Menard (36-6, 25 KOs)…
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Andre Dirrell returns with victory

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Now campaigning as a light heavyweight, longtime contender 37-yeqr-old Andre Dirrell returned to the ring with a KO win after a 19-month layoff. Dirrell (28-3, 18 KOs) scored a third round KO over Christopher Brooker (16-8, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Dirrell dominated the fight, putting Brooker down three times in round three to end it. Time was 2:58.

Super lightweight Karl Dargan (20-1, 10 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Ivan “Striker” Delgado (13-4-2, 6 KOs). Dargan dropped Delgado twice in round three to end it. Time was 1:09. It was Dargan’s first fight since 2018. Continue reading “Andre Dirrell returns with victory”

Now campaigning as a light heavyweight, longtime contender 37-yeqr-old Andre Dirrell returned to the ring with a KO win after a 19-month layoff. Dirrell (28-3, 18 KOs) scored a third…
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Wood stops Xu, wins WBA feather title

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4:1 underdog Leigh Wood (25-2, 15 KOs) dethroned WBA featherweight world champion Xu Can (18-3, 3 KOs) by twelfth round TKO on Saturday night at Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex, England. Wood gave as good as he got and landed the flashier punches. Xu stalked Wood around the ring, but often didn’t let his hands go. Wood finally dropped Xu in round twelve, then finished him with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:43.

4:1 underdog Leigh Wood (25-2, 15 KOs) dethroned WBA featherweight world champion Xu Can (18-3, 3 KOs) by twelfth round TKO on Saturday night at Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex, England. Wood gave as…
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“Grave Digger” wins in Colombia

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Jeff Mayweather-trained featherweight prospect Robin “Grave Digger” Ellis (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Luis Carillo (18-18-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday morning at the Yolimar Hostal and Camping in Tolu, Sucre, Colombia. Continue reading ““Grave Digger” wins in Colombia”

Jeff Mayweather-trained featherweight prospect Robin “Grave Digger” Ellis (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Luis Carillo (18-18-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday morning at…
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Cullen defeats Yildirim

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After ten spirited rounds, “Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver” Jack Cullen (20-2-1, 9 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over former world title challenger Avni Yildirim (21-4, 12 KOs) at Matchroom Headquarters outside London. Coming off his loss to pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez in February, Yildirim was the aggressor, but judges weren’t having it. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, 97-93 for Cullen.

In a showdown for the European, British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles, Chris Billam-Smith (13-1, 10 KOs) took a twelve round split decision over Tommy McCarthy (18-3, 9 KOs). Scores were 115-114 McCarthy, 115-114, 116-112 Billam-Smith.

Lightweight Campbell Hatton (3-0, 0 KOs) outpointed Jakub Laskowski (4-5-1, 2 KOs) over four rounds. Score was 40-36. Campbell is the son of former world champion Ricky Hatton.

Super welterweight Anthony Fowler (15-1, 12 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over late sub Rico Mueller (28-4-1, 19 KOs). A barrage of punches prompted a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:12. After the fight, it was announced that Fowler will fight former world champ Liam Smith on October 9 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

After ten spirited rounds, “Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver” Jack Cullen (20-2-1, 9 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over former world title challenger Avni Yildirim (21-4, 12 KOs) at Matchroom Headquarters…
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Gaitan stops Guzman in Dallas

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By Jeff Zimmerman

In the main event Friday night at the Southern Junction Nightclub in Irving, Texas, local fan favorite light heavyweight Rafael “Listo” Gaitan (7-0, 5 KOs) from nearby Grand Prairie, blasted out former Muay Thai fighter turned boxer Joel “El Chapo” Guzman (0-1), out of Fort Worth stopping him in the third round of the scheduled four to the delight of the packed house. Continue reading “Gaitan stops Guzman in Dallas”

By Jeff Zimmerman In the main event Friday night at the Southern Junction Nightclub in Irving, Texas, local fan favorite light heavyweight Rafael “Listo” Gaitan (7-0, 5 KOs) from nearby…
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Weights from Atlantic City

Christian Tapia 130 vs. Mason Menard 129.2
(NABA Super Featherweight Title)

Dylan Price 119 vs. Edwin Rodriguez 118
Anthony Young 146.8 vs. Todd Manuel 146.4
Ricardo Caraballo 111.4 vs. Harold Lopez 111.8
Jerome Conquest 140.4 vs. Wilfredo Garriga 140
Brendan O’Callaghan 158 vs. Anthony Young 154
Desmond Lucas 146.4 vs.Trey Martin 147.4
Isaiah Wise 158.6 vs. Luis Solis 159.8

Venue: Showboat Hotel, Atlantic City
Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
Stream: Flo Combat
Doors: 6 PM ET/1st Bell: 7 PM ET

Christian Tapia 130 vs. Mason Menard 129.2 (NABA Super Featherweight Title) Dylan Price 119 vs. Edwin Rodriguez 118 Anthony Young 146.8 vs. Todd Manuel 146.4 Ricardo Caraballo 111.4 vs. Harold…
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Olympics: Keyshawn Davis TKOs top seed

USA lightweight Keyshawn Davis, considered to be USA Boxing’s best gold medal hope, scored a key win over top-seeded Sofiane Oumiha of France in a Round of 16 bout on Saturday in the Kokugikan Arena at the Tokyo Olympics. Davis (3-0, 2 KOs as a pro) staggered Oumiha with a huge right hand in round two and the bout was halted. Rio Olympics silver medalist Oumiha was definitely rocked and took a standing eight count, but he seemed ready to resume when the ref abruptly waved it off to the surprise of everyone. Oumiha complained bitterly to no avail. Davis will move on to the quarterfinals against Russian Gabil Mamedov.

Davis, along with USA super heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr., USA featherweight Duke Ragan, and USA female welterweight Oshae Jones remain in the gold medal hunt.

USA lightweight Keyshawn Davis, considered to be USA Boxing’s best gold medal hope, scored a key win over top-seeded Sofiane Oumiha of France in a Round of 16 bout on…
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Evan Holyfield remains unbeaten

Unbeaten junior middleweight Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a third round KO over Agustin Cicero (16-19-3, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Castleton Banquet & Conference Center in Windham, New Hampshire. Holyfield dropped Cicero four times in round two, but Cicero survived the round. Holyfield then dropped Cicero again 11 seconds into round three and the bout was halted. Holyfield, son of ring legend Evander Holyfield, was fighting in his first six-rounder.

Unbeaten junior middleweight Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a third round KO over Agustin Cicero (16-19-3, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Castleton Banquet & Conference…
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Castleton Banquet & Conference Center, Windham, New Hampshire Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield (6-0, 4 KOs) vs. Agustin Cicero (16-18-3, 7 KOs) 6 round junior middleweight bout

FOX, FS1 Weights from Newark, NJ

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Michael Coffie 271.3 vs. Jonathan Rice 268.6
Vito Mielnicki Jr 147 vs. Noah Kidd 144.6
Joey Spencer 156.5 vs. James Martin 151.5

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Andre Dirrell 175.5 vs. Christopher Brooker 175
Norman Neely 226.2 vs. Juan Torres 247.9
Karl Dargan 137.5 vs. Ivan Delgado 139.5

Michael Anderson 147.9 vs. DeMarcus Rogers 146.5
Nicky Vitone 142.7 vs. Jordan Rosario 143.5
Malik Nelson 129.8 vs. Alejandro Ramirez 134.5
Quadir Albright 143.2 vs. Jared Tallent 143.2

Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: FOX, FS1

Michael Coffie 271.3 vs. Jonathan Rice 268.6 Vito Mielnicki Jr 147 vs. Noah Kidd 144.6 Joey Spencer 156.5 vs. James Martin 151.5 Andre Dirrell 175.5 vs. Christopher Brooker 175 Norman…
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Weights from Boston

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RayJay Bermudez 140 vs. Bergman Aguillar 140
James Perella 147 vs. Rakim Johnson 148
Francis Hogan 159 vs. Isiah Hart 166
Eric Goff 140 vs. Austin Reed Ward 145
Jonathan de Pina 135 vs. Mike Fowler 134
James Murrin 147 vs. Maycow Oller 150
Alex Rivera 129 vs. Richard Bernard 130
Bernard Joseph 192 vs. Francisco Neto 187

Venue: Moseley’s On The Charles in Dedham, Massachusetts
Promoter: Vertex Promotions
Note: This will be the first professional boxing match ever held in Dedham, Mass., which borders Boston, as well as the first pro show in Massachusetts in 18 months.

RayJay Bermudez 140 vs. Bergman Aguillar 140 James Perella 147 vs. Rakim Johnson 148 Francis Hogan 159 vs. Isiah Hart 166 Eric Goff 140 vs. Austin Reed Ward 145 Jonathan…
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COVID KOs two FS1 fights

Super lightweight Karl Dargan (19-1, 9 KOs) will take on Ivan Delgado (13-3-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round attraction, while unbeaten heavyweight Norman Neely (8-0, 7 KOs) faces Juan Torres (6-3-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round battle as part of the FS1 telecast this Saturday from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The previously scheduled Maliek Montgomery vs. Ángel Contreras and Paul Kroll vs. Justin DeLoach matches slated to appear on FS1 were canceled after positive COVID-19 tests for Montgomery and DeLoach.

The FS1 main event featuring Andre Dirrell against Chris Brooker is still intact.

Super lightweight Karl Dargan (19-1, 9 KOs) will take on Ivan Delgado (13-3-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round attraction, while unbeaten heavyweight Norman Neely (8-0, 7 KOs) faces Juan Torres…
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Evan Holyfield in action tonight

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Not much TV boxing scheduled tonight, but all is not lost. Tonight’s sold out Boston Boxing Promotions show at the Castleton in Windham, New Hampshire, will be streamed on its YouTube page. It has a pretty interesting headliner with Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield (6-0, 4 KOs) vs. Agustin Cicero (16-18-3, 7 KOs) in a six round junior middleweight bout. Of course, Evan is the son of ring legend Evander Holyfield. Nine other bouts are also on tap. Continue reading “Evan Holyfield in action tonight”

Not much TV boxing scheduled tonight, but all is not lost. Tonight’s sold out Boston Boxing Promotions show at the Castleton in Windham, New Hampshire, will be streamed on its…
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Can Xu, Wood make weight

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Can Xu 125.2 vs. Leigh Wood 125.3
(WBA featherweight title)

Tommy McCarthy 199.25 vs. Chris Billam-Smith 199.3
Campbell Hatton 135.6 vs. Jakub Laskowski 135.5
Anthony Fowler 155.25 vs. Rico Mueller 156
Avni Yildirim 163 vs. Jack Cullen 163.5
Sandy Ryan 144.5 vs. Kirstie Bavington 144.25

Venue: Fight Camp, Brentwood, Essex, England
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: DAZN

Can Xu 125.2 vs. Leigh Wood 125.3 (WBA featherweight title) Tommy McCarthy 199.25 vs. Chris Billam-Smith 199.3 Campbell Hatton 135.6 vs. Jakub Laskowski 135.5 Anthony Fowler 155.25 vs. Rico Mueller…
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Hennessy All Stars in action Sept 10

Promoter Mick Hennessy has put all the top boxing talent in his stable on his September 10 card at the Coventry Skydome Arena in Coventry, England, live and free in the UK and Ireland on Channel 5. The arena will be open to full capacity.

The lineup includes WBC silver middleweight beltholder Sam Eggington, cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, welterweight Stevie McKenna, light heavyweight Shakan Pitters, middleweight River Wilson Bent, welterweight Kaisee Benjamin, super middleweight Idris Virgo, super welterweight Brett McGinty, heavyweight Tommy Welch, and super welterweight Michael Hennessy Jr.

Promoter Mick Hennessy has put all the top boxing talent in his stable on his September 10 card at the Coventry Skydome Arena in Coventry, England, live and free in…
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Boxing Buzz

Looks like a Canelo-Plant unification clash is dead for the time being. Canelo needs a new opponent quickly to keep his traditional Mexican Independence Day fight date. Canelo’s team has reportedly reached out to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.

2012 Olympic gold medalist and lightweight contender Luke Campbell has announced his retirement from boxing.

WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza and female champion Hanna Gabriels will present the WBA light flyweight championship belt to Esteban Bermúdez on Tuesday at a ceremony in Mexico City. Bermúdez dethroned Carlos Canizales in May.

Looks like a Canelo-Plant unification clash is dead for the time being. Canelo needs a new opponent quickly to keep his traditional Mexican Independence Day fight date. Canelo’s team has…
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USA secures first Olympic boxing medal

USA welterweight Delante Johnson suffered a unanimous decision defeat against 2012 gold medalist Roniel Iglesias of Cuba in their quarterfinal match on Friday in the Kokugikan Arena at the Tokyo Olympics. Iglesias moves on to the semi-final and is assured of at least a bronze.

Earlier, female welterweight Oshae Jones, the final USA woman boxer in the Olympics, assured herself of at least a bronze medal with a split decision over Dominican Maria Moronta Hernandez to move to the semi-final. Jones dropped Hernandez in round two.

USA super heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr., USA lightweight Keyshawn Davis, and USA featherweight Duke Ragan remain in the medal hunt.

USA welterweight Delante Johnson suffered a unanimous decision defeat against 2012 gold medalist Roniel Iglesias of Cuba in their quarterfinal match on Friday in the Kokugikan Arena at the Tokyo…
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Bowe, Malignaggi join exhibition circuit

Promoter Damon Feldman told TMZ he has a PPV card in the works featuring former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe and former jr welter/welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. The event would happen on October 2 at the James L. Knight Arena in Miami.

The 53-year-old Bowe would take on former NBA star Lamar Odom, while the 40-year-old Malignaggi would meet TikToker Corey B. In another bout, rapper Aaron Carter is slated to face TBA.

Promoter Damon Feldman told TMZ he has a PPV card in the works featuring former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe and former jr welter/welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. The event would happen…
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Coffie-Rice Final Press Conference

Fighters competing on FOX this Saturday, July 31 previewed their respective matchups during a virtual press conference Thursday before they enter the ring at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Unbeaten rising heavyweight Michael Coffie and late sub Jonnie Rice meet in the main event.

Michael Coffie: “When I look at Jonnie Rice, I think he might be more durable than Gerald Washington. To me, that just makes this a better fight.”

Jonnie Rice: “I have to give it my all on Saturday. I have to do my best to impress everyone. This is my time to show everyone who I am.”

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Fighters competing on FOX this Saturday, July 31 previewed their respective matchups during a virtual press conference Thursday before they enter the ring at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.…
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Top Rank names all-female announce team

Broadcast history will be made Saturday, Aug. 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as Crystina Poncher and reigning WBO junior lightweight world champion Mikaela Mayer will form boxing’s first-ever all-female broadcast team.

Poncher (play-by-play) and Mayer (color commentary) will call the international broadcast of the tripleheader featuring the third fight between WBA super flyweight world champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco and former world champion Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, undefeated junior welterweight contender Arnold Barboza Jr. against Antonio Moran, and the professional debut of middleweight Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali.

The international broadcast will be available to millions of fight fans in more than 150 countries. Viewers in the United States, however, will likely be getting an all-male broadcast crew.

Broadcast history will be made Saturday, Aug. 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as Crystina Poncher and reigning WBO junior lightweight world champion Mikaela Mayer will form boxing’s first-ever all-female broadcast team.…
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Benavidez-Uzcategui TV undercard set

Unbeaten two-time world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavídez (24-0, 21 KOs) will square off against former champion José Uzcátegui (31-4, 26 KOs) in a WBC super middleweight title eliminator as Benavídez returns to his hometown of Phoenix for the first time in six years in the Showtime main event on Saturday, August 28 from Footprint Center – home of the Phoenix Suns.

The telecast will also feature the return of longtime contender José Benavídez (27-1, 18 KOs), the older brother of David Benavídez facing Francisco Emanuel Torres (17-3, 5 KOs)  in the 10-round super welterweight co-main event. Kicking off the telecast is undefeated super bantamweight Carlos Castro (26-0, 11 KOs) taking on former title challenger Óscar Escandón (26-5, 18 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.

The Benavídez brothers and Castro hail from Phoenix and have their sights set on impressing their hometown fans.

Unbeaten two-time world champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavídez (24-0, 21 KOs) will square off against former champion José Uzcátegui (31-4, 26 KOs) in a WBC super middleweight title eliminator as Benavídez…
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COVID KOs Benn-Granados

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Conor Benn has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of Saturday’s Fight Camp main event vs. Adrian Granados. New date to be announced shortly. The Xu Can vs. Leigh Wood WBA featherweight world title fight will now headline Saturday’s show on DAZN.

Conor Benn has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of Saturday’s Fight Camp main event vs. Adrian Granados. New date to be announced shortly. The Xu Can vs. Leigh…
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Olympics: USA super heavyweight Torrez wins

USA super heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr. won by unanimous decision over Algerian Chouaib Bouloudinats at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan in the Tokyo Olympics. Torrez dropped Bouloudinats in round one. He will move on to Sunday’s quarterfinal against Cuban Dainier Pero.

USA middleweight Troy Isley bowed out in the round of 16, losing a narrow 3-2 decision to Russian Gleb Bakski representing the Russian Olympic Committee since the country of Russia is banned.

USA welterweight Delante Johnson, USA lightweight Keyshawn Davis, and USA featherweight Duke Ragan are all still in the medal hunt.

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In another notable bout, pro heavyweight Bakhodir Jalolov (8-0, 8 KOs) of Uzbekistan took a unanimous decision over Abdullayev Mahammad in super heavyweight action. Jalolov is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and is 6-0 in the U.S. He will next face Satish Kumar of India.

In other super heavyweight action, Frazer Clarke (UK), Mourad Aliev (France), and Ivan Veriasov (Russia) all advanced to the quarterfinals.

USA super heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr. won by unanimous decision over Algerian Chouaib Bouloudinats at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan in the Tokyo Olympics. Torrez dropped Bouloudinats in round one. He will…
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