Mares injured, Davis gets new opponent

Three-division, four-time champion Abner Mares has been forced to pull out of the WBA Super Featherweight title match against two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis on Saturday, February 9 after suffering an elbow injury while training.

Davis will now defend against former world champion Hugo Ruiz in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Ruiz is an all-action brawler who previously picked up a world title at super bantamweight in 2015 and most recently defeated Alberto Guevara in January on the Pacquiao vs. Broner PPV event in a featherweight fight. Ruiz, who owns 18 first round knockouts, floored Guevara in the opening minute and cruised to a near-shutout decision victory. Continue reading “Mares injured, Davis gets new opponent”

Three-division, four-time champion Abner Mares has been forced to pull out of the WBA Super Featherweight title match against two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis on Saturday, February 9 after…
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Buddy McGirt: I don’t need to watch tapes

Buddy McGirt, the new trainer of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, talks about Saturday’s rematch with WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility.

“No, I did not watch the first fight,” said Buddy. “The night that they fought I had a fight in New York. You want to hear something? Whenever I watched tapes of an opponent, as a fighter, I lost. When I watched tapes as a trainer, my fighter lost.

“I watched tape of Meldrick Taylor, and I lost the fight.

“I don’t need to watch tapes. I’m old school. I prepare for anything and everything. If you watch a tape of a guy, and you see something, then you expect it to happen and you wait all night for it, and it doesn’t. Continue reading “Buddy McGirt: I don’t need to watch tapes”

Buddy McGirt, the new trainer of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, talks about Saturday’s rematch with WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday at Ford Center at The Star in…
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Alvarez a slight favorite against Kovalev

Odds for Saturday’s hotly anticipated light heavyweight world title rematch between WBO champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and challenger Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev are pretty close. Alvarez, who stopped Kovalev in their first fight, is a narrow -165 favorite to retain his title. Kovalev backers can get +135.

Kovalev was a big favorite in the first fight with Alvarez and his loss was a shocking upset. It came out later that his camp for that fight was disrupted when he was arrested for allegedly punching an unidentified woman causing a broken nose, concussion and neck injury. Kovalev pleaded not guilty. The case is still pending.

Kovalev-Alvarez 2 takes place at Ford Center at The Star, home to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and training facility, and will stream live on ESPN+. Fightweek activities kick off today (Wednesday) with a media workout.

Odds for Saturday’s hotly anticipated light heavyweight world title rematch between WBO champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and challenger Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev are pretty close. Alvarez, who stopped Kovalev in their…
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Seldin-Mate Full Report, Photo Gallery

Photos: Emily Harney

Junior welterweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (23-1, 19 KOs) needed only 48 seconds to destroy Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-14, 21 KOs) on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut in the main event of the fan favorite “Slugfest at the Sun” series presented by promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. Continue Reading

Photos: Emily Harney Junior welterweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (23-1, 19 KOs) needed only 48 seconds to destroy Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-14, 21 KOs) on Saturday at…
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Barrios-Zamora confirmed for Feb 9

After a last minute glitch was resolved, it was confirmed today that undefeated super lightweight contender Mario Barrios will take on Richard Zamora in a 10-round co-featured match on Saturday, February 9 live on Showtime from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, California. Zamora was supposed to fight on ShoBox this Friday, but that bout was scrapped when opponent Logan Yoon suffered a knee injury and pulled out.

In the main event, two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis will defend his WBA title against three-division world champion Abner Mares.

After a last minute glitch was resolved, it was confirmed today that undefeated super lightweight contender Mario Barrios will take on Richard Zamora in a 10-round co-featured match on Saturday,…
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Update: WBA to hold four purse bids Feb 6

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee reported that there have been changes in the purse bids originally announced for Monday, February 4. One more fight has been added and the auctions will now take place on Wednesday, February 6th, at the WBA offices located in Panama City.

The bids that will place that day will be:
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla (lightweight title)
Beibut Shumenov vs. Arsen Goulamirian (cruiserweight title)
Daniel Roman vs. Murodjon Akhmadaliev (super bantamweight title)
Trevor Bryan vs Jarrel Miller (interim heavyweight title)

The percentages will be distributed as follows: 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger in the case of 135 and 122 pounds. While at 200 pounds the champion will have 55% and the challenger 45%, the heavyweight bid will be announced soon.

The minimum purse bid per weight class is the following: $200,000 for cruiserweight, $150,000 for lightweight, $120,000 for super bantamweight and $600,000 for interim heavyweight.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee reported that there have been changes in the purse bids originally announced for Monday, February 4. One more fight has been added and…
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Ex-champ George Groves retires

Former WBA super middleweight champion George Groves (28-4, 20 KOs) has announced his retirement from boxing on his Facebook page. In his final fight, the 30-year-old Groves was stopped by Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final.

George Groves Statement: “To my friends, family, and all of the people who have supported me throughout my career.

“After taking a little time to reflect on the recent events in my career, I have decided that it is time for me to retire as a professional fighter. In 2017, I boxed in front of a home crowd in Sheffield and became the WBA super middleweight world champion. After four attempts I had finally fulfilled my childhood dream, and the experience was as great as I had always imagined it would be. It was without doubt the best moment of my career.

“Some of you might think it odd that I’m choosing this time to retire. I’m still young, still fit and healthy, and there are still some big fights out there for me. But it’s for these reasons that I am choosing to retire now. I have a young family at home; it’s time to spend some of my better days with them. I don’t want there to be a time where I’m “too old” to box on, or where an injury retires me in or out of the ring. Over the years I have seen and sadly known the dangers of the sport, and I want to respectfully bow out while I’m at the top of my game. I’ve learned that doesn’t always mean coming off the back of a win. I’ve boxed at the highest level, all over the world, I’ve been a champion, and I’ll be leaving the sport (relatively!) intact. Continue reading “Ex-champ George Groves retires”

Former WBA super middleweight champion George Groves (28-4, 20 KOs) has announced his retirement from boxing on his Facebook page. In his final fight, the 30-year-old Groves was stopped by…
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Ticket Alert: Bivol, Hooker twinbill

Tickets for the world title doubleheader starring Dmitry Bivol and Maurice Hooker defending their belts at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, on Saturday March 9 live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK are on sale. Bivol (15-0, 11 KOs) puts his WBA light heavyweight title on the line against Joe Smith Jr (24-2, 20 KOs) in the fifth defense of his belt. Hooker (25-0-3, 17 KOs) makes the second defense of his WBO junior welterweight title against unbeaten challenger Mikkel LesPierre (20-0-1, 9 KOs).

Tickets for the world title doubleheader starring Dmitry Bivol and Maurice Hooker defending their belts at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, on Saturday March 9 live on DAZN…
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Fights set for Roc Nation trio

Roc Nation Sports today announced fights for three unbeaten fighters in its stable, heavyweight Darmani Rock, featherweight Tramaine Williams, and light heavyweight Junior Younan.

Rock (13-0, 8 KOs) will compete on February 8th in his hometown of Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena, taking on Steven Lyons (5-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout.

On February 23, Williams (15-0, 5 KOs) will take on an opponent to be announced in a six-round bout at the Genetti Manor in Scranton, PA. This will be Williams’ first fight since his release from prison in October 2018.

On March 9, Younan (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will compete in an eight-round match at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, on the same card as stablemate WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker’s title defense against Mikkel LesPierre. Younan’s opponent will be announced in the near future.

Roc Nation Sports today announced fights for three unbeaten fighters in its stable, heavyweight Darmani Rock, featherweight Tramaine Williams, and light heavyweight Junior Younan. Rock (13-0, 8 KOs) will compete…
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New ShoBox co-feature

Undefeated lightweights Thomas Mattice and Will Madera will face off in the new co-feature of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME from Main Street Armory in Rochester, N.Y. Mattice (13-0-1, 10 KOs) and Madera (12-0-2, 6 KOs) will meet in an eight-round co-featured bout on the telecast, which begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and is headlined by the return of undefeated super middleweight prospect Ronald Ellis against once-beaten DeAndre Ware.

The Mattice vs. Madera bout was added to the telecast after unbeaten 140-pound prospect Logan Yoon suffered a knee injury while training to face Richard Zamora.

Undefeated lightweights Thomas Mattice and Will Madera will face off in the new co-feature of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME from Main Street Armory in…
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Infamous sparring session motivates DeGale

The ring in James DeGale’s gym is a constant reminder to him of an infamous sparring session with Chris Eubank Jr. that sparked the bitter feud that has led to their British blockbuster showdown on February 23 at The O2 in London. The notorious sparring session between DeGale and Eubank Jr. happened in 2011 at his then gym in Debden, Essex, when DeGale was preparing to challenge for the European super middleweight title and young prospect Eubank had only had a handful of fights.

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It was agreed between both camps that they would spar eight rounds, but after six rounds which DeGale claims he got the better of, Eubank Jr. left the ring for no particular reason with two rounds remaining. When DeGale and his trainer Jim McDonnell then started a pad session, Eubank Jr. did his trademark rope-vault back into the ring and started shadow boxing in between them which infuriated DeGale and he says he threw Eubank out of the gym for being disrespectful. Continue reading “Infamous sparring session motivates DeGale”

The ring in James DeGale’s gym is a constant reminder to him of an infamous sparring session with Chris Eubank Jr. that sparked the bitter feud that has led to…
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Thurman targets Pacquiao

After his nationally televised win over Josesito Lopez on FOX Saturday night, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman made it clear that he would like to unify the WBA titler with regular beltholder Manny Pacquiao.

“I would most likely definitely take the Manny Pacquiao fight this year,” declared Thurman. “I feel good. I’m ready to fight wherever Pacquiao wants it.”

If Thurman and Pacman do get on, expect it to be on PPV. The Pacquiao-Broner PPV the previous week reportedly had 400k buys.

After his nationally televised win over Josesito Lopez on FOX Saturday night, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman made it clear that he would like to unify the WBA titler with…
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Interview: WBA#4 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #4 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy talks to Fightnews.com® about his stoppage win over Victor Fonseca in Madison Square Garden in December, training with superstar Canelo Alvarez under Eddie Reynoso, and boxing in Las Vegas on the undercard of Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs on May 4, 2019. Akkawy also talks about WBA #1 Joh Ryder, WBA #2 Fedor Chudinov, WBA #3 Chris Eubank Jr and world rated Aussie super middleweight WBO #4 Rohan Murdock, WBO #8 Zac Dunn and WBA #9 Jayde Mitchell.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #4 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy talks to Fightnews.com® about his stoppage win over Victor Fonseca in Madison Square Garden in December, training…
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Perez, Navarette win big in Amarillo, Texas

By David Finger

In front of a raucous near capacity crowd of over 3,000, local boy Abel Navarette Jr., 131, dominated debuting David Waters, 131.8, of Corpus Cristi, scoring a stoppage in the opening round at the Azteca Music Hall in Amarillo Texas Saturday night (January 26th).

Waters, a fighter with a solid MMA background, struggled with the talented Amarillo native from the opening bell. Waters tried to jab and force his way inside but Navarette easily picked him apart and dropped him half way through the opening round with a vicious right hand to the body followed by a short hook to the head. Waters gamely tried to fight through the danger after rising, but although he won points for courage he was simply unable to turn the tide. A hard right to the face followed by an uppercut hurt him and sent him backpedaling into the corner where another flurry and body shot sent him back to the canvas a second time. Waters rose again but was quickly felled a third time with a left hook to the temple, prompting referee Jon Schorle to wave the fight off at 2:47 of the opening round. Continue reading “Perez, Navarette win big in Amarillo, Texas”

By David Finger In front of a raucous near capacity crowd of over 3,000, local boy Abel Navarette Jr., 131, dominated debuting David Waters, 131.8, of Corpus Cristi, scoring a…
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Maricela Cornejo Decisions Erin Toughill

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions kicked off its 2019 Hollywood Fight Nights series from the Avalon in Hollywood. The ladies Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (13-3, 5 KOs) and Erin Toughill (7-4-1) squared off in the main event. Cornejo was the boxer as Toughill stalked and connected with the right hand. Letting her hands go, Cornejo was the busier much of the fight but Toughill continued to stay on her.

In round five Cornejo and Toughill mixed up on the inside as they appeared to be fighting in a phone booth exchanging body shots and uppercuts. Late in the fight, the Diva Cornejo stayed busy behind the jab as Toughill continued to stalk and pressure. There was no quitting in Cornejo and Toughill as they closed trading away to the final bell.

In the end, the judges scored the bout 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74 as Maricela Cornejo takes the unanimous decision. Continue reading “Maricela Cornejo Decisions Erin Toughill”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions kicked off its 2019 Hollywood Fight Nights series from the Avalon in Hollywood. The ladies Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (13-3, 5…
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Gabriels retains WBA title in Nicaragua

WBA super welterweight female world champion Hanna Gabriels (18-2-1, 11 KOs) of Costa Rica retained her title by unanimous decision over Sarah Dwyer (3-5-2, 1 KO) of Australia on Saturday night at the Baco Discoteca in Managua, Nicaragua. Although less experienced, Dwyer gave a very good account of herself. In the end, it was Gabriels winning a clear but hard fought decision. The official scores were 97-93 and 100-90 twice. Continue reading “Gabriels retains WBA title in Nicaragua”

WBA super welterweight female world champion Hanna Gabriels (18-2-1, 11 KOs) of Costa Rica retained her title by unanimous decision over Sarah Dwyer (3-5-2, 1 KO) of Australia on Saturday…
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Munguia beats determined Inoue in slugfest

Photos: Stacey Verbeek

WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) prevailed in a twelve round slugfest against previously unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (13–1-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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The brawling, granite-jawed Inoue gave Munguia problems all night, but the champ’s offensive firepower and brutal body attack made the difference. And as usual, Munguia’s defensive shortcomings made for thrilling exchanges. After twelve rounds of war, judges had it 120-108, 120-108, 119-109.

Jaime Munguia: “I was surprised by his ability to take punches. He took a lot of punches to the head and to the body. He took punches that would have dropped anyone else. Continue reading “Munguia beats determined Inoue in slugfest”

Photos: Stacey Verbeek WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) prevailed in a twelve round slugfest against previously unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (13–1-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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Seldin annihilates Mate in 44 seconds

Junior welterweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (22-1, 18 KOs) needed just 44 seconds to destroy Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-13, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Big punching Seldin scored another first round knockout over Nelson Lara last month.

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Junior welterweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (22-1, 18 KOs) needed just 44 seconds to destroy Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-13, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan…
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Xu dethrones Rojas in war, wins WBA feather title

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It was “rock’em sock’em robots” on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, as WBA featherweight champion Jesus Rojas (26-3-2, 19 KOs) and unbeaten contender Xu Can (11-0, 1 KO) waged war for twelve rounds. When the dust cleared, it was Xu who dethroned Rojas by surprisingly wide scores of 118-110, 117-111, 116-112. The fight was a slugfest that seemed much closer than that.
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“I don’t feel the decision was correct,” said Jesus Rojas. “I don’t know what to say. I’m surprised. I spoke to Golden Boy Promotions, and I want the rematch. I think we worked well. I used my jab and I want the fight. Of course, I want the rematch!” Continue reading “Xu dethrones Rojas in war, wins WBA feather title”

Photos: Stacey Verbeek It was “rock’em sock’em robots” on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, as WBA featherweight champion Jesus Rojas (26-3-2, 19 KOs) and unbeaten contender…
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Thurman defeats Lopez to retain WBA welter title

After a 22-month injury layoff, WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) retained his title with a hard-fought twelve round majority decision over Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (36-8, 19 KOs) on Saturday night before 9,623 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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Thurman dropped Lopez with a left hook at the end of round two and built up a lead. Lopez made a strong run in the middle rounds, but Thurman adjusted and outboxed Josesito in the late rounds. Scores were 113-113, 115-111, 117-109.

Keith Thurman: “He had me buzzed and shaken up in the seventh round, but I tried to stay on the outside away. I was a little off in my prediction of how long his arms were. He lunged in and was really willing to commit to the knockout…he came right for me. Continue reading “Thurman defeats Lopez to retain WBA welter title”

After a 22-month injury layoff, WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) retained his title with a hard-fought twelve round majority decision over Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez…
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Ortiz stops Valdez, remains unbeaten

Undefeated super lightweight Vergil Ortiz (12-0, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO when Jesus Valdez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) couldn’t continue due to a cut on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Good performance by Ortiz.

In only his fourth fight, super bantamweight Alberto “Impacto” Melian (4-0, 3 KOs), a former amateur standout who participated in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, claimed the vacant NABA title with a tenth round TKO over Edgar Ortega (10-2-2, 5 KOs). Melian dropped Ortega with a left hook in round ten and got the stop with his follow up barrage. Continue reading “Ortiz stops Valdez, remains unbeaten”

Undefeated super lightweight Vergil Ortiz (12-0, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO when Jesus Valdez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) couldn’t continue due to a cut on Saturday night at the…
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Kownacki, Nyambayar victorious in Brooklyn

Unbeaten heavyweight Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO against former world title challenger Gerald Washington (19-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Kownacki dropped Washington with a crushing right hand in round two and got the stoppage with his brutal follow-up barrage. Time was 1:09.

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“I trained hard for this fight,” said Kownacki. “I prepared for 10 hard rounds, but I’m glad I got it done and ended it as fast as I did. I want to thank my team, without them I wouldn’t be where I’m at. I want that belt! We stuck with the game plan. I’m a pressure fighter. I worked on sitting down on my punches and I proved that I have great power when I do that. It’s amazing to have this support from the Polish fans. It definitely gives me extra energy.”

In a WBA featherweight eliminator, unbeaten Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0, 9 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Claudio Marrero (23-3, 17 KOs). Scores were 114-113, 115-112, 116-111. Marrero was deducted a point for a low blow. Continue reading “Kownacki, Nyambayar victorious in Brooklyn”

Unbeaten heavyweight Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO against former world title challenger Gerald Washington (19-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in…
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Feigenbutz stops Opalach in five

Former WBA super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (30-2, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Przemyslaw Opalach (27-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ufgauhalle in Karlsruhe, Germany. With the win, Feigenbutz claimed the fringe GBU (Global Boxing Union) world 168lb title.

Former WBA super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (30-2, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Przemyslaw Opalach (27-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ufgauhalle in Karlsruhe, Germany.…
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Weights from Hollywood, California

Maricela Cornejo 158.8 vs. Erin Toughill 158.8
Brian Ceballo 146.6 vs. Randy Fuentes 147
Christian Robles 111.4 vs. Joel Bermudez 110.8
George Navarro 116.4 vs.Anthony Torres 116.8
Alberto Jr. Felix 121.2 vs.Cody Sessions 122.2

Venue: Avalon Nightclub, Hollywood, California
Promoter: 360 Promotions
TV: www.360Promotions.us

Maricela Cornejo 158.8 vs. Erin Toughill 158.8 Brian Ceballo 146.6 vs. Randy Fuentes 147 Christian Robles 111.4 vs. Joel Bermudez 110.8 George Navarro 116.4 vs.Anthony Torres 116.8 Alberto Jr. Felix…
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