Panamanian Official works 100th world title fight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA ring official Gustavo Padilla became the first Panamanian referee to participate in 100 world championship fights. Padilla performed the feat last Saturday night in the clash between Edivaldo Ortega and Jhack Tepora at the Xiata Arena in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia for the vacant WBA featherweight world title.

Padilla made his first appearance on December 21, 1991, in the WBA super flyweight clash between champion Khaosai Galaxy and challenger Amancio Castro at the Thailand National Stadium in Bangkok. Since then he has worked world championship fights in Mexico, China, England, Japan, the United States, Colombia, Northern Ireland, Germany, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, Venezuela, Thailand, Malasya, Nicaragua, France, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama and El Salvador. Padilla is also one of the managers of the WBA training programs.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBA ring official Gustavo Padilla became the first Panamanian referee to participate in 100 world championship fights. Padilla performed the feat last Saturday night in the…
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Williams headlines Saturday at Foxwoods

DBE is on the road again bringing the Broadway Boxing series back to its home away from home at the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, this Saturday. Headlining the event will be East Hartford, CT’s “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (11-0, 7 KOs) facing Matt “The Mantis” Doherty (8-4-1, 4 KOs), of Salem, MA, in an eight-round junior welterweight bout. Continue reading “Williams headlines Saturday at Foxwoods”

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Boxing Buzz

One week after the World Cup final rocked Moscow, the Russian capital will remain in the international sports spotlight as the long-awaited World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final between Aleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev takes place Saturday at the Olympic Sports Complex. The winner of Usyk-Gassiev will be the first boxer ever to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight titles in the four belt era. Still no U.S. TV announced.

On Wednesday in London, Matchroom Boxing will officially announce the WBA/IBF/WBO world heavyweight title clash between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin taking place on September 22 at Wembley Stadium. The bout is expected to kickoff the new DAZN streaming service in the U.S.

According to ESPN, International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas will return to Fresno to defend his title on September 14. The opponent is TBA. The bout will be the co-feature for the previously announced ESPN telecast featuring WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez against Antonio Orozco.

One week after the World Cup final rocked Moscow, the Russian capital will remain in the international sports spotlight as the long-awaited World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final between Aleksandr…
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Munguia set for first world title defense

By Miguel Maravilla

WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico is set for his first title defense against former world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs) of England this Saturday at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Munguia will look impress once again. “I’m very excited for this fight and very motivated to be fighting on HBO again,” Munguia said.

Photo: Tom Hogan, HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

The 21-year-old started the year as a virtual unknown. He quietly made his U.S. debut last December in Las Vegas on the Micky Roman-Orlando Salido non-televised undercard stopping Paul Valenzuela Jr. in two rounds. Munguia went on to win his next two fights in Mexico by knockout.

Then things got interesting. Continue reading “Munguia set for first world title defense”

By Miguel Maravilla WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico is set for his first title defense against former world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (26-1-1,…
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Franklin-Lewis: Full Report

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard
Photos: Bob Ryder

Heavyweight Jermaine Franklin (17-0, 13 KOs) showcased speed and athleticism defeating tough opponent Craig Lewis (14-3, 8 KOs) by UD (98-92, 98-92, 99-91) on Friday night at Detroit’s Motor City Casino.
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There is plenty to like about Franklin. He’s a nice guy away from the ring. Then there are things to love about Franklin. He has speed for the division. But the big question is size. I asked Mike Acri about that very thing after the fight.

“His handspeed is as good as any heavyweight in the business. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. His power will develop as he throws more shots, getting seasoned and gaining experience. It’s about putting the salt and pepper and garlic on it before. He is in the process.” Continue reading “Franklin-Lewis: Full Report”

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Photos: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Jermaine Franklin (17-0, 13 KOs) showcased speed and athleticism defeating tough opponent Craig Lewis (14-3, 8 KOs) by UD (98-92, 98-92,…
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Manny Pacquiao: I’m back!

The fire is back in the eyes and belly of 39-year-old Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao who scored an emphatic knockout victory over Lucas Martin Matthysse to win his 11th world title at 2:43 of the seventh round Sunday afternoon at the Axiata Arena here in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

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Photo: Sumio Yamada

Proving his critics wrong, Pacquiao put on a clinic of sorts as he showed facets of his ring brilliance that were missing in his previous fights since 2009 where he last won by knockout. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao: I’m back!”

The fire is back in the eyes and belly of 39-year-old Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao who scored an emphatic knockout victory over Lucas Martin Matthysse to win his 11th world…
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Ximenez headlines historic Dallas show

Blue Chip Promotions, in association with Montoya Boxing Gym, plans to make history July 28th for “The Rumble in the Park.” Main Street Garden Park, at 1902 Main Street, hosts what they say will be the first outdoor boxing event in Dallas history.

Featherweight Ray Ximenez Jr (17-1, 4 KOs) headlines the night’s festivities in his hometown, fighting for the WBC (USNBC) title. Continue reading “Ximenez headlines historic Dallas show”

Blue Chip Promotions, in association with Montoya Boxing Gym, plans to make history July 28th for “The Rumble in the Park.” Main Street Garden Park, at 1902 Main Street, hosts…
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Pacquiao KOs Matthysse to win WBA welter title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

39-year-old ring legend Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is a world champion again. Pacman dominated and knocked out WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Pacquiao was busier in round one. Round two was more even, still an edge to Pacman. Pacquiao dropped Matthysse with a left uppercut in round three. Pacquiao continued to dominate. Matthysse took a knee in round five after what seemed like a short punch to the temple. The bout ended when Pacquiao dropped Matthysse for the third time in round seven with a left uppercut. Time was 2:43.

It was Pacquiao’s first knockout since 2009 and believe it or not, it was Pacman’s first ever WBA belt.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada 39-year-old ring legend Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is a world champion again. Pacman dominated and knocked out WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs) on…
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Tepora stops Ortega for WBA interim 126lb belt

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten Jhack Tepora of Cebu City, Philippines, (22-0, 17 KOs) claimed the vacant WBA featherweight title with a ninth round TKO against Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (26-2-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A close fight ended suddenly when Tepora dropped Ortega in round nine with an uppercut and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Jhack Tepora of Cebu City, Philippines, (22-0, 17 KOs) claimed the vacant WBA featherweight title with a ninth round TKO against Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (26-2-1, 12…
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WBA champ Canizales ruins Bin’s bid for history

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten WBA light flyweight world champion Carlos “CCC” Canizales (21-0-1, 17 KOs) of Venezuela prevented Lu Bin (1-1, 1 KO) of China from becoming only the first boxer in history to win a world title in his second bout on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Canizales dropped Bin in round eleven, then finished him in the final round with another knockdown. The end came at 2:59, just one second from the final bell.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBA light flyweight world champion Carlos “CCC” Canizales (21-0-1, 17 KOs) of Venezuela prevented Lu Bin (1-1, 1 KO) of China from becoming only the first…
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Mthalane edges Waseem for IBF flyweight title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

35-year-old former world champion Moruti Mthalane (36-2, 24 KOs) of South Africa won a close twelve round unanimous decision over the less experienced Muhammad Waseem (8-1, 6 KOs) of Pakistan in a bout for the vacant IBF flyweight title on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mthalane often outworked Waseem, who was bidding to become the first world champion from Pakistan. Waseem came on strong late, dropping Mthalane at the end of round eleven. They went toe-to-toe in the final stanza. In the end, Mthalane prevailed 114-113, 114-113, 116-110.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada 35-year-old former world champion Moruti Mthalane (36-2, 24 KOs) of South Africa won a close twelve round unanimous decision over the less experienced Muhammad Waseem (8-1, 6…
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WBC 140lb champ Prograis punishes, stops Velasco

Photos: Scott Foster

Homecoming WBC interim super lightweight champion Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (22-0, 19 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten Juan Jose Velasco (20-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Prograis, who hasn’t fought in “The Big Easy” since beginning his pro career, dropped Velasco in round five with a body shot. Another body shot floored Velasco in round seven. After another knockdown in round eight and some additional punishment, Velasco’s corner finally called it off. Time was 1:39.

After the fight, Prograis said he’s planning to compete in the lucrative World Boxing Super Series tournament next.

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Photos: Scott Foster Homecoming WBC interim super lightweight champion Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (22-0, 19 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten Juan Jose Velasco (20-1, 12 KOs)…
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Fielding KOs Zeuge to win WBA 168lb title

In an upset, Rocky “From Stocky” Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (22-1-1, 12 KOs) to claim the world title on Saturday night at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany.

After a fast start from the unbeaten champion, Fielding landed combinations and heavy shots in the third and fourth rounds to put himself in charge of the contest in the heat of Offenburg. Fielding was in total control in the fifth round and when a left uppercut stunned Zeuge, the champion retreated to the ropes, where Fielding landed a body shot that dropped Zeuge and prompted his trainer to throw in the towel.

“It feels amazing,” said Fielding. “The fact I’ve come to his backyard and stopped him. I’ve been listening to my trainer Jamie Moore and everything he said was on point. I broke him down and Jamie said let’s see where he is after six. Continue reading “Fielding KOs Zeuge to win WBA 168lb title”

In an upset, Rocky “From Stocky” Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge (22-1-1, 12 KOs) to claim the world title…
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Undercard Results from New Orleans

Photos: Scott Foster

Highly regarded lightweight Teofimo Lopez (10-0, 8 KOs) impressively destroyed William Silva (25-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title on Saturday night at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lopez dropped Silva in rounds one and five before knocking him out in round six. Time was :15.

Unbeaten 130-pound contender Erick De Leon (17-0-1, 10 KOs) outpointed Adrian Young (25-4-2, 19 KOs) in a 10-rounder. De Leon recovered from a first round knockdown to claim a 97-92, 97-92, 98-91 verdict. Continue reading “Undercard Results from New Orleans”

Photos: Scott Foster Highly regarded lightweight Teofimo Lopez (10-0, 8 KOs) impressively destroyed William Silva (25-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title on Saturday night at the…
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Franklin dominates Lewis, remains unbeaten

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard

Hot heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin (17-0, 13 KOs) looked comfortable and in control, as he easily defeated Craig Lewis (14-3-1, 8 KOs) in the main event at the Motor City Casino SoundBoard in Detroit, Friday night.

Photo: Bob Ryder

Franklin used speed and angles to overcome a worthy heavyweight challenge. Lewis, who looked the best he has in awhile, could not keep up with Franklin’s raw skill. The UD win (98-92, 98-92, 99-91) was a testament to the potential of Franklin being a heavyweight contender down the road.

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Hot heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin (17-0, 13 KOs) looked comfortable and in control, as he easily defeated Craig Lewis (14-3-1, 8 KOs) in the main…
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Pacquiao: Final Words

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao says he’s ready to dethrone WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse tonight in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. “Our plan is to move side-to-side, throw a lot of punches and, of course, if given a chance, finish the fight early,” Pacquiao told The Inquirer. “I am ready. Everything is under control. I am motivated, I am happy and I am hungry.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao says he’s ready to dethrone WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse tonight in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. “Our plan…
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Weights from Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Eduardo “Rocky” Hernández 129.6 vs. Marlyn Cabrera 128
(WBC youth world super featherweight title)

Alejandro Dávila 146.8 vs. Murilo Alves 146.8
Luis Vidales 147 vs. José Luis Rodríguez 147

Venue: Arena Coliseo in Mexico City
Pronoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Eduardo “Rocky” Hernández 129.6 vs. Marlyn Cabrera 128 (WBC youth world super featherweight title) Alejandro Dávila 146.8 vs. Murilo Alves 146.8 Luis Vidales 147 vs. José…
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Saludar-Yamanaka Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Filipino challenger Vic Saludar (18-3, 10 KOs), 104.75, wrested the WBO 105-pound belt as he dropped defending champ Ryuya Yamanaka (16-3, 5 KOs), 105, Japan, with a vicious right to the face in the seventh and won a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Friday in Kobe, Japan. Carlos Ortiz Jr. (US) tallied 116-111, Daniel Sandoval (US) saw it 115-112, and Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) saw it 117-110, all for the newly crowned Saludar. The third man was Raul Caiz Jr. (US). Some 2,200 fans were in attendance at the Kobe Central Gymnasium.

We analyze a couple of reasons in Yamanaka’s forfeiture of his belt: (1) Ryuya fought on a wrong strategy as he, a typical speedster based on his footwork and jabbing, mixed it up to aim at Saludar’s weakness in the midsection and he might have to outbox and outleg the hard-punching Filipino more, and (2) he wasn’t as sharp and speedy as he had demonstrated a good form in halting highly regarded Moises Calleros after the eighth round of his initial defense this March. Continue reading “Saludar-Yamanaka Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Filipino challenger Vic Saludar (18-3, 10 KOs), 104.75, wrested the WBO 105-pound belt as he dropped defending champ Ryuya Yamanaka (16-3, 5 KOs), 105,…
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Pacquiao, Matthysee make weight

Manny Pacquiao 146 vs. Lucas Matthysse 146.7
(WBA welterweight title)

Jhack Tepora 125.4 vs. Edivaldo Ortega 125.6
(WBA interim featherweight title)

Carlos Canizales 106.4 vs. Lu Bin 106.7
(WBA light flyweight title)

Moruti Mthalane 111.5 vs. Muhammad Waseem 111.3
(IBF flyweight title)

Venue: Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Promoter: MP Promotions
TV: ESPN+

Manny Pacquiao 146 vs. Lucas Matthysse 146.7 (WBA welterweight title) Jhack Tepora 125.4 vs. Edivaldo Ortega 125.6 (WBA interim featherweight title) Carlos Canizales 106.4 vs. Lu Bin 106.7 (WBA light…
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Gonzalez edges Rivera for NABO title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Featherweight Joet Gonzalez (19-0, 11 KOs) of Glendora, California scored a ten round split decision over Rafael ‘Big Bang’ Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico on Friday night at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles in the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN main event for the vacant NABO 126-pound title. Continue reading “Gonzalez edges Rivera for NABO title”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Featherweight Joet Gonzalez (19-0, 11 KOs) of Glendora, California scored a ten round split decision over Rafael ‘Big Bang’ Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KOs) of Tijuana,…
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Prograis, Velasco make weight

Regis Prograis 139.8 vs. Juan Jose Velasco 140
(WBC super lightweight diamond belt)

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Teofimo Lopez 134.9 vs. William Silva 134
Erick De Leon 132.5 vs. Adrian Young 133.1
Jean Carlos Rivera 125.8 vs. Angel Luna 126.8
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 138 vs. Kevin Johnson 137.1
Jonathan Guidry 235.3 vs. Aaron Chavers 228.8
Charles Conwell 153.4 vs. Travis Scott 155.3
Tyler Howard 164.9 vs. Javier Frazier 163.1
Jeremy Hill 136.1 vs. Charles Johnson 136
Jonathan Montrel 137.7 vs. Samuel Forjoe 140.6

Venue: Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana
Promoter: Top Rank/DiBella Entertainment
TV: ESPN and ESPN+ (undercard)

Regis Prograis 139.8 vs. Juan Jose Velasco 140 (WBC super lightweight diamond belt) Teofimo Lopez 134.9 vs. William Silva 134 Erick De Leon 132.5 vs. Adrian Young 133.1 Jean Carlos…
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Rising heavyweight Franklin headlines tonight

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard

Fast-rising heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin (16-0, 13 KOs), from Saginaw, MI, will be taking on local favorite Craig Lewis (14-2-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round rumble tonight headlining Night Of Knockouts XIII at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Franklin and his adviser Mike Acri spoke to Fightnews.com®.

Jermaine Franklin

Photo: Bob Ryder

Where is your development?

“I think I’m pretty good. I still have a lot of stuff to work on. I’m still working on being aggressive offensive wise.“

On his opponent, Craig Lewis:

“I fought him in the amateurs. It’s not the same. But he still fights with the same style. I think it’s going to be a good fight.”

Favorite punch to throw:

“The jab. My coaches used to make me jab until my arms fall off.” Continue reading “Rising heavyweight Franklin headlines tonight”

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Fast-rising heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin (16-0, 13 KOs), from Saginaw, MI, will be taking on local favorite Craig Lewis (14-2-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round…
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Gassiev-Usyk Notes

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Leo Khorolinsky, adviser of Murat Gassiev (26-0, 19 KO) talks about the July 21 IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO megafight with Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KO), all the boxing festivities around the WBSS final in Moscow on July 21, what makes Murat a special person…and maybe Diego Maradona sitting ringside for the biggest cruiserweight bout in the history!

By Przemek Garczarczyk Leo Khorolinsky, adviser of Murat Gassiev (26-0, 19 KO) talks about the July 21 IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO megafight with Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KO), all the boxing festivities around…
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Pacquiao punch chips trainer’s tooth

Ring legend Manny Pacquiao is so anxious to get into the ring on Sunday, July 15 (July 14 in the US) against WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina that a little flick of his fist went a little too far.

Photo: MP Promotions

That punch actually hurt trainer Buboy Fernandez during a mitts sessions at the Le Meridien Hotel boxing gym. Fernandez ended up with a chipped tooth. On Saturday, Pacquiao and Matthysse will tip the scales at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center. MITEC is located at 8 Jalan Dutamas 2, Kompleks Kerajaan.

Ring legend Manny Pacquiao is so anxious to get into the ring on Sunday, July 15 (July 14 in the US) against WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina that…
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Pacquiao expecting no problems at weigh-in

Manny Pacquiao is expected to easily hurdle today’s weigh-in ahead of WBA champion Lucas Matthysse at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center (MITEC) Saturday (July 14) morning in Kuala Lumpur.

Weigh-in starts at 8AM and will be free to the public. “Fight of Champions,” the biggest boxing event ever to be shown in Malaysia in the last four decades, will have 10 more additional bouts in the undercard three of which are for world titles.

Pacquiao has been one of the smallest welterweight champions in history and has been tipping the scales three or four pounds lighter than the 147-pound (66.68 Kg.) limit since he first fought in the division 10 years ago. Continue reading “Pacquiao expecting no problems at weigh-in”

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