Garcia and Porter make weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Welterweights Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter both made weight for Saturday’s battle for the vacant WBC welterweight championship this Saturday on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Garcia weighed 146.75 and Porter weighed 147.

The telecast also features a welterweight title eliminator between Yordenis Ugas and Cesar Barrionuevo and a heavyweight clash between former heavyweight champion Charles Martin and Adam Kownacki. Ugas weighed 146.75 and Cesar Barrionuevo weighed 146. Martin scaled in at 246 and Kownacki was 263.25.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Welterweights Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter both made weight for Saturday’s battle for the vacant WBC welterweight championship this Saturday on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn,…
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Abdullaev beats Lundy, Lebedev KOs Altunkaya

Philadelphia’s “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (29-7-1, 14 KOs) came up on the short end of a twelve round unanimous decision against undefeated WBC silver lightweight beltholder Zaur Abdullaev (10-0, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia, about 1,000 miles east of Moscow. Scores were 115-113, 117-112, 118-110 for Abdullaev.

In the main event, WBA cruiserweight world champion in recess Denis Lebedev (31-2, 23 KOs) crushed former world title challenger Hizni Altunkaya (30-3, 17 KOs) in three rounds. Lebedev dropped Altunkaya to a knee in round two and laid him out for the count in round three. Lebedev is the WBA mandatory for undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk.

Philadelphia’s “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (29-7-1, 14 KOs) came up on the short end of a twelve round unanimous decision against undefeated WBC silver lightweight beltholder Zaur Abdullaev (10-0, 6 KOs)…
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Usyk joins Matchroom, targets Bellew

Undisputed WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing. The pound-for-pound star will team up with Matchroom Boxing alongside K2 Promotions with his next fight to be shown live on streaming giant DAZN and Sky Sports.

Usyk, the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, created history by becoming the first man in the cruiserweight division to hold all four recognized world titles at one time. won the World Boxing Super Series in July.

He has called out former WBC champion Tony Bellew and is hopeful of defending all of his belts against the Liverpudlian in the UK later this year. Continue reading “Usyk joins Matchroom, targets Bellew”

Undisputed WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing. The pound-for-pound star will team up with Matchroom Boxing alongside K2 Promotions with his next…
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Two WBSS shows in the U.S. this October

Back-to-back doubleheader World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals will take place in the United States this October.

October 20, CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida:
A mandatory challenge between IBF world bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez and unbeaten Jason Moloney. The second bout is a cruiserweight clash between Yunier Dorticos and Mateusz Masternak.

October 27, Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana:
Regis Prograis vs. Terry Flanagan from England for the WBC interim 140lb title. The second quarterfinal will be announced soon.

Fans in the U.S. can watch both events on sports streaming service DAZN.

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Update: It was also announced that Josh Taylor vs. Ryan Martin and Ryan Burnett vs. Nonito Donaire will take place on November 3 at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Philly Premiere of Ali Film on Wednesday

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

The short film documentary – “Muhammad Ali: Me Whee” makes its Philadelphia premiere on Wednesday, September 12, at the Veteran Boxers Association Clubhouse (VBA-Ring 1). The 30-minute movie, produced and directed by Arny Stone, features vintage footage of the great boxing champion during his second reign as heavyweight champion in the mid-1970s, and beautifully captures Ali’s persona, his love for kids, and the entertaining ride he took all of us on when he was at the peak of his athletic skills and personal charms.

Shot at Ali’s Deer Lake training camp, Las Vegas, and Harvard University, the film also includes appearances by Jerry Lewis, B.B. King, Angelo Dundee, Bundini Brown, Jim Brown, and others. Continue reading “Philly Premiere of Ali Film on Wednesday”

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Lundy and Lebedev in action tonight

Philadelphia’s “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (29-6-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring tonight in Russia to face undefeated WBC Silver Lightweight World Champion Zaur Abdullaev (9-0, 6 KOs) in a 12-round bout as part of a big fight card at the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, about 1,000 miles east of Moscow. “This fight for me is very big, and when I win it, it’ll put me back on top in the race for the big, green belt,” Lundy said. “The WBC Silver belt will change me and my family’s lives and I’m more than ready. I will not let this slip through my hands.”

The event is promoted by RCC Boxing Promotions and also features a ten-round cruiserweight showdown between WBA world champion in recess Denis Lebedev (30-2, 22 KOs) and former world-title challenger Hizni Altunkaya (30-2, 17 KOs).

Philadelphia’s “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (29-6-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring tonight in Russia to face undefeated WBC Silver Lightweight World Champion Zaur Abdullaev (9-0, 6 KOs) in a 12-round…
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Hoy finishes off Garcia in 4 rounds

By Robert Coster

In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, WBA #7 ranked flyweight Charlie Hoy (15-0, 10 KOs) retained his WBA Fedelatin title with a dramatic fourth round knockout of Dominican challenger Donny Garcia (16-4, 5 KOs).

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Garcia had stepped in as a substitute for Venezuelan Albert Gonzalez. The Dominican boxer started off well with an educated jab, good movement and feints. In the third round, the diminutive (5’3″) but strong Briton started to cut off the ring well, turning the fight into a brawl, landing uppercuts and body blows. At 1:47 seconds of the fourth, a well-placed vicious right hand to the ribs leveled the Dominican boxer to the canvas for the full count. Continue reading “Hoy finishes off Garcia in 4 rounds”

By Robert Coster In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, WBA #7 ranked flyweight Charlie Hoy (15-0, 10 KOs) retained his WBA Fedelatin title with a dramatic fourth round knockout of Dominican…
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Jose Ramirez-Antonio Orozco Roundtable

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) of Avenal, California and San Diego’s Antonio Orozco (27-0, 17 KOs) spoke to media Thursday afternoon at the Wolfgang Puck at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles about their upcoming bout taking place next week. Ramirez and Orozco square off next Friday September 14 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California live on ESPN.

Here is what the fighters accompanied by their team had to say

Jose Ramirez: “This is a great fight we are both undefeated and hungry. It’s a get honor to be back fighting in Fresno. This has been the longest camp in my career. We are more than ready to take on Antonio. It will be a fight to tune into. We have styles to make this an exciting fight and may he best man win.” Continue reading “Jose Ramirez-Antonio Orozco Roundtable”

By Miguel Maravilla WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) of Avenal, California and San Diego’s Antonio Orozco (27-0, 17 KOs) spoke to media Thursday afternoon at the…
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Estrada, Orucuta promise true Mexican War

Superfly 3 headliners former world champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada and Felipe “El Gallito” Orucuta promised a true Mexican War this Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

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Juan Francisco Estrada: “I prepared very well at high altitude in the state of Mexico because I know I have a very strong opponent this Saturday, but I going to stick to boxing, win the fight, and keep on the road to a world championship. This is a very important fight for my career. Continue reading “Estrada, Orucuta promise true Mexican War”

Superfly 3 headliners former world champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada and Felipe “El Gallito” Orucuta promised a true Mexican War this Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Juan…
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Garcia-Porter Final Press Conference

Welterweight stars Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they battle for the vacant WBC welterweight championship this Saturday on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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Danny Garcia: ”I know I’m the better all-around fighter. I can just do more in the ring than Shawn Porter, period.”

Shawn Porter: ”I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win this fight. There’s nothing I’ve ever wanted in my entire life more than this.” Continue reading “Garcia-Porter Final Press Conference”

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Arias, Calvo make weight in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

Dominican flyweight, Jonathan “El Agua” Arias faces Panamanian Jose Luis “TVMax” Calvo on the 6 round main event of Friday’s boxing card promoted by Cornejo Producciones and the Panamanian Boxing Commission at Los Libertadores, Betania, Panama.
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Jonathan Arias 111 vs. Jose Luis Calvo 113
Norlan Yera 124 vs. Gilmer Baules 121
Jose Nuñez 130.5 vs. Alvaro Marimon 134
Angel Mojica 119 vs. Alexander Armuelles 117.75
Orlando Peñalba 116 vs. Harold Mendoza 112.75
Bolivar Osorio 114.5 vs. Roger Saldaña 112.75
Carlos Wilson 134.5 vs. Jacob Smith 133.75
Hugo Vasquez 123.75 vs. Kenny Espinosa 123.75
Fernando De La Rosa 143.75 vs. Manuel Ramírez 143

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Khan-Vargas ready for battle

Quotes from today’s press conference at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham ahead of Amir Khan vs. Samuel Vargas at Arena Birmingham on Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and streamed live on the DAZN Facebook and Twitter pages in the US.

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Amir Khan: “I know I’ve got everything it takes to win this fight. I’m not seeing Vargas as another Lo Greco. They might be from the same country but that doesn’t mean anything. I’ve trained like this is a World title fight because I know where this can take me.”

Samuel Vargas: “There’s no doubt in my mind that I will be victorious on Saturday night. I don’t care how I do it. I don’t care if it’s by knockout or if it goes the distance or if I break his ribs. I don’t care how it is, in my heart I think it, I dream it, I pray about it and I’ll win. I think Amir is an old man and he’s over the hill. I think he’s been damaged a lot and I know in my hear that when he goes to sleep he knows that if I touch him, he’s going to get hurt. If I clip him with something he will get hurt.”

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Golovkin: I know what Canelo has become

Here are WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s latest thoughts of his September 15 showdown with Canelo Alvarez:

Gennady Golovkin: “So many people show me their true face during and after the first fight with Canelo. I am talking about lots of different people. I know who I am and I know who Canelo is, and what he has become. I know what kind of people I am dealing with in this rematch, what everyone is about. I do not think about the first fight anymore. I did not lose that fight. I walked out of the ring with all my belts, still the world champion. The second fight is much bigger and more interesting. The last fight was a good experience because it was a learning experience. Now it is a different situation. I understand the situation. I now know that boxing is not just a sport. It is a business. That is one thing I learned from the first fight. So from that I learned how to deal with this rematch. I learned how to deal with Canelo and his promoter. Now we have new judges and a new referee. The world will see a new fight and different sides of that fight.”

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Crawford to defend against Benavidez Jr

Terence “Bud” Crawford will return to the scene of many of his greatest professional triumphs intent on stopping a man who has repeatedly lobbied for a fight. Crawford will make the first defense of his WBO welterweight world title against Jose Benavidez Jr. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the CHI Health Center Omaha (formerly the CenturyLink Center). Crawford-Benavidez will air live and exclusively on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. ET with undercards streaming live in the United States at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

It was Benavidez who challenged Crawford in Corpus Christi, Texas, this past February, accusing him of ducking a potential showdown. Crawford invited Benavidez to “step outside” before cooler heads prevailed. They will settle the score in front of a raucous crowd who will be cheering on their hometown hero.

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Kingpin: This is a new Kevin Johnson

Heavyweight veteran and former World title challenger Kevin Johnson has warned upcoming opponent Daniel Dubois he will be facing ‘a new Kevin Johnson’ when they clash on October 6th at the Morningside Arena, Leicester. Despite being at the age of 38 years old and over 15 years into his professional boxing campaign, it hasn’t stopped Johnson (32-10-1) from changing his regime and taking a different approach to finding ways to succeed within the sport. Continue reading “Kingpin: This is a new Kevin Johnson”

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Crawford re-ups with Top Rank

Top Rank has announced that WBO welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) has agreed to new multi-year agreement with the company. Crawford, who originally signed with Top Rank in 2011, has captured world titles in three weight classes.

“I am the best fighter in the world, hands down. ESPN is the biggest brand in sports and Top Rank is the biggest promotional company in boxing,” Crawford said. “This was a no-brainer for me and my team. All of the super fights that the world wants to see will happen. Mark my words. Like I’ve said before, I want all of the champions in the welterweight division.” Continue reading “Crawford re-ups with Top Rank”

Top Rank has announced that WBO welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) has agreed to new multi-year agreement with the company. Crawford, who originally signed with Top…
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Canelo: I really don’t like Golovkin

How important is his September 15 rematch against WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez?

“I’m very happy with my career,” says Canelo. “I’m very proud of what I have done in these roughly 13 years in the sport. I think I’m creating a legacy that is leaving me very satisfied. Obviously, I still have many years in the sport, but at this rate I am satisfied with what I have done. My objectives in the sport of boxing is to take advantage of my opportunities and to make history. I’m going to keep making the best fights. A career in boxing is short, and I want to do it well. I’m going to do my best and take advantage 100% in this sport to leave a great legacy, which is what I hope for.

“It’s definitely more personal now. I really don’t like him [Golovkin]. It’s personal, and I take it that way. It will make me train harder and give it the extra push to knock him out on September 15.

How important is his September 15 rematch against WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez? “I’m very happy with my career,” says Canelo. “I’m very proud of what…
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Jhonny Gonzalez returns on Sept 29

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The former two-division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (66-10, 54 KOs) returns September 29 against an opponent to be announced in his 77th professional fight. He has registered eight consecutive victories over Hurricane Futa (Japan), Justin Savi (Benin), Christopher Martin (United States), Hirotsugu Yamamoto (Japan), Francisco Contreras (Dominican Republic), Jessie Cris Rosales (Philippines), Irving Berry (Panama) and Marlyn Cabrera (Dominican Republic).

Gonzalez, who turns 37 later this month, is looking for the best options for his 77th fight and has been training since August in Mexico City under his father Miguel Ángel “Ratón” González and his uncle Sergio González. Recently caampaigning at super featherweight, Jhonny has his sights set on a new world championship opportunity very soon.

By Gabriel F. Cordero The former two-division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (66-10, 54 KOs) returns September 29 against an opponent to be announced in his 77th professional fight. He has…
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Dutchover back in action Sept 21

Unbeaten junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (10-0, 7 KOs) headlines September 21 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Dutchover collides with once-beaten Luis Alberto Lopez (12-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round main event. To prepare for Lopez, Dutchover has been clocking rounds against current WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman.

“He has a good record on paper, but I know he hasn’t fought the level of talent that I have,” remarked Dutchover. “I’m heading into the fight with a lot of confidence.”

Unbeaten junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (10-0, 7 KOs) headlines September 21 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Dutchover collides with once-beaten Luis Alberto Lopez (12-1, 5 KOs) in an…
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Munguia focused on Cook, not GGG-Canelo

Breakout Mexican star Jaime Munguia, who will make his second defense of his WBO junior middleweight world title on the September 15 GGG-Canelo PPV telecast against rugged Canadian contender Brandon Cook, spoke about the fight with reporters.

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[On being the GGG-Canelo co-feature] I’m very happy to be able to participate in this big event full of stars. I’m happy, also, that I get to participate on the show date. I’m ready. I have trained really, really hard. I need to focus a lot. I’m excited and I can’t wait, and I’m ready for Saturday, next Saturday’s fight.

[On his opponent] Brandon Cook is a really good opponent, a really strong opponent. He has a lot of experience and is a strong and tough opposition. I need to be very careful with him because I’ve seen a couple of fights, and he looks when he’s hurt, he’s the most dangerous. I need to really focus on the fight and really be at my best on Saturday. Continue reading “Munguia focused on Cook, not GGG-Canelo”

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Garcia a slight favorite over Porter

12 top welterweight stars of the past, present and future have weighed in with their thoughts on the highly anticipated matchup that pits former welterweight champions Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter against each other for the vacant WBC welterweight title on Showtime Saturday. Garcia, a slight -175 betting favorite, had the edge 7-4 with 1 even.

Errol Spence Jr: I pick Danny Garcia to win a split decision.
Keith Thurman: I’m taking Shawn Porter by decision.
Manny Pacquiao: I’m going to give the edge to Danny Garcia.
Mikey Garcia: Danny will win an exciting decision.
Yordenis Ugas: I am leaning toward Danny Garcia to pull off the victory.
Robert Guerrero: I’m going with Porter to win by split decision.
Victor Ortiz: I’m going with Danny…he wins by a decision.
Jamal James: I’m thinking that Shawn Porter pulls it off.
Brandon Rio: I’m going to go with Danny because he knocked me out.
Bryant Perrella: Just the slight edge to Danny.
Sammy Vasquez Jr: I’m going with Shawn Porter.

Ever the politician, Sugar Ray Leonard didn’t commit to picking either fighter.

12 top welterweight stars of the past, present and future have weighed in with their thoughts on the highly anticipated matchup that pits former welterweight champions Danny Garcia and Shawn…
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Mansour: No one can help Hrgovic

Heavyweights Filip Hrgovic (5-0, 4 KOs) and Amir Mansour (23-2-1, 16 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time at a press conference at the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel ahead of their WBC International Heavyweight title contest on Saturday at the Arena Zagreb in Croatia.

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Mansour stated, “I’m used to fighting in my opponent’s backyards in different countries, cities and states. This is boxing. When the bell rings, it doesn’t matter how much support you have, it’s just the two of us in the ring, and no one can help you.”

Hrgovic, the Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medallist, described Saturday’s event as “a dream come true.”

Heavyweights Filip Hrgovic (5-0, 4 KOs) and Amir Mansour (23-2-1, 16 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time at a press conference at the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel ahead of their…
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Salamov, Idigov and Davtaev win in Grozny

All three of Salita Promotions’ Russia-based contenders, light heavyweight Umar Salamov, super middleweight Aslambek “The Hulk” Idigov and heavyweight Apti Davtaev scored impressive victories in Russia today.

Fighting in the main event at the Grozny City Hotel in Grozny, and live in Russia on Match TV, IBF #11- and WBO #15-rated Umar Salamov moved to 22-1, 17 KOs with a two-round KO over Denis Liebau (23-3, 21 KOs) of Frankfurt Germany. With the WBO International light heavyweight championship on the line, Salamov came out firing in round two, landing a perfect left hook to the body that dropped Liebau for the count. The official time was 2:15. Continue reading “Salamov, Idigov and Davtaev win in Grozny”

All three of Salita Promotions’ Russia-based contenders, light heavyweight Umar Salamov, super middleweight Aslambek “The Hulk” Idigov and heavyweight Apti Davtaev scored impressive victories in Russia today. Fighting in the…
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