Ashkeyev-Wright clash Nov 9

On November 9th, SOCA Fights’ fourth and final installment of The Gardens Casino Fight Night will take place at the Event Center at The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. Headlining is Kazakstan’s Madiyar Ashkeyev (13-0, 6 KOs) putting up his perfect record against The Contender’s Walter “Two Guns” Wright (17-8, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBC USNBC Championship in a ten-rounder.

Super lightweight Enriko Gogokhia (11-0, 6 KOs) from Zugdidi, Georgia will be co-headlining vs. Mexico’s Miguel Zamudio (44-14-1, 27 KOs) in an eight round bout. Continue reading “Ashkeyev-Wright clash Nov 9”

On November 9th, SOCA Fights’ fourth and final installment of The Gardens Casino Fight Night will take place at the Event Center at The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, CA.…
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WBC 57th Convention ends, Russia will host 2020

By Boxing Bob Newman

Day 4 of the WBC 57th annual convention saw some presentations and the official closing of the convention.

Life-long Argentine boxing journalist Osvaldo Principi delivered a talk on record keeping. Going back before the internet, even before home computers, Principi logged records on index cards and handwritten logs and journals. Separating professional from amateur was also paramount in Principi’s talk.

Don Majeski followed up with an addendum to his earlier query on the difference between amateurs and professionals.

Mauricio Sulaiman wants to create a committee comprising of both amateur and professional officials to further study the problematic issues between the pro and amateur game, especially the Olympic boxing issue. Continue reading “WBC 57th Convention ends, Russia will host 2020”

By Boxing Bob Newman Day 4 of the WBC 57th annual convention saw some presentations and the official closing of the convention. Life-long Argentine boxing journalist Osvaldo Principi delivered a…
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Canelo-Kovalev Officials Named

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has appointed the officials for the November 2 Canelo-Kovalev fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The referee will be Russell Mora. Judges are Dave Moretti, Julie Lederman and Don Trella.

Trella and Moretti both worked Canelo-GGG I. Trella had it 114-114 and Moretti had it 115-113 for GGG. Moretti, who has judged most of Canelo’s recent fights, had Canelo winning 115-113 in Canelo-GGG II.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has appointed the officials for the November 2 Canelo-Kovalev fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The referee will be Russell Mora. Judges are…
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Prograis-Taylor heats up at final presser

Things got pretty testy during the final press conference for the World Boxing Super Series junior welterweight final between Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and Josh Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs). They clash Saturday night at The O2 in London and shown live via Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the U.S.
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Regis Prograis: Josh has been hurt. We saw it against Baranchyk. He’s been hurt against Postal. None of those fighters are punchers like me. They’re not sharp like me. They’re not fast like me. They’re not crisp like me. And they don’t have the timing like I do. So if you got hurt by those fighters like that, just imagine what’s going to happen with me!

Josh Taylor: It’s all smoke and wind. I’m going in there to do a job and I really feel I can lay him out cold on Saturday. 100% I believe I can knock him out…he’s had 24 fights, 24 wins against nobody. He’s not fought anybody who’s been in there to win. He’s never fought against any real live opponents, so he’s in for a hard night on Saturday.

Things got pretty testy during the final press conference for the World Boxing Super Series junior welterweight final between Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and Josh Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs).…
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Loma accepts franchise champion status

Unified WBC/WBA/WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko was bumped up to WBC “franchise champion” yesterday at the WBC’s 57th annual convention at the Grand Oasis Cancun.

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Franchise champion is a special status from the WBC that offers special privileges in regard to mandatory obligations, fighting for multiple titles in multiple divisions and competing for titles of other organizations. To date, only Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez have been designated as franchise champion.

As a result of Loma’s promotion, WBC interim lightweight champion Devon Haney was elevated to full WBC lightweight champion.

Unified WBC/WBA/WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko was bumped up to WBC “franchise champion” yesterday at the WBC’s 57th annual convention at the Grand Oasis Cancun. Franchise champion is a special status…
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Vansiclen vs. Sevilla-Rivera clash in Auburn, WA

By Ricardo Ibarra

Unbeaten Pacific Northwest light heavyweight Richard Vansiclen (6-0, 3 KOs) will take a step up in competition on Saturday night as he squares off with the battle-tested Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (7-5-3, 5 KOs) at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. Heading up the third annual ‘Fight Night, Fright Night’ Halloween card from PNW Professional Boxing Promotions, the two 175 pounders will square off in a six-round match-up, topping a regional fight card that will showcase local talent. Continue reading “Vansiclen vs. Sevilla-Rivera clash in Auburn, WA”

By Ricardo Ibarra Unbeaten Pacific Northwest light heavyweight Richard Vansiclen (6-0, 3 KOs) will take a step up in competition on Saturday night as he squares off with the battle-tested…
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Canelo plans to take aim at Kovalev’s body

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WBA middleweight and super middleweight world champion and WBC franchise champion Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 34 KOs) is making no secret of how he plans to take down WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) on November 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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“A body punch is always necessary in every fight and it’s a key move that I’m obviously going to utilize to my advantage to win this fight,” said Alvarez during a media workout on Wednesday at the House of Boxing in San Diego.

As far as the transition to light heavyweight, Canelo stated, “I feel good! This is the weight I’m usually at during my normal life so it’s natural for me. I’ve been eating well, lifting more weights because I normally don’t lift weights when I’m losing weight. Continue reading “Canelo plans to take aim at Kovalev’s body”

Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy WBA middleweight and super middleweight world champion and WBC franchise champion Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 34 KOs) is making no secret of how he plans to take…
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Wanheng, Konco make weight

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WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (53-0, 18 KOs) seeks to extend his record career unbeaten streak on Friday against mandatory challenger Simphiwe Konco (19-5, 7 KOs) in Chonburi, Thailand.
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Wanheng and Konco both weighed exactly 105 pounds, the division limit. Wanheng eclipsed Floyd Mayweather’s 50-0 mark in August 2018.

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Soto, Heno make weight

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Elwin Soto 107.6 vs. Edward Heno 108
(WBO jr flyweight title)
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Angel Acosta 112 vs. Raymond Tabugon 111.4
Ricardo Sandoval 111.6 vs. Alonso Melendez 112
Raul Curiel 153.2 vs. Jeremy Ramos 154
Jonathan Navarro 139.8 vs. Lebin Morales 137.8
Aaron McKenna 152 vs. Sergio Gonzalez 151.6
Nicholas Sullivan 133.6 vs. Gilberto Aguilar 132.8

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Facebook Watch

Continue reading “Soto, Heno make weight”

Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Elwin Soto 107.6 vs. Edward Heno 108 (WBO jr flyweight title) Angel Acosta 112 vs. Raymond Tabugon 111.4 Ricardo Sandoval 111.6 vs. Alonso Melendez 112 Raul…
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Sosa debuts on Telemundo Friday

Boxeo Telemundo closes out its 30th anniversary fall series this Friday with another Puerto Rico vs Mexico classic rivalry. The 10 round main event has John Karl Sosa (14-3, 7 KOs)of Puerto Rico facing Mauricio “Trompas” Pintor (22-3-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, for the World Boxing Council Latino Welter Title. The site will be the famed Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. with All Star Boxing (Felix Tuto Zabala Jr.) and Producciones Deportivas (Ricardo Maldonado) will promote the event.

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Sosa will fight in Mexico for the first time and against a popular local favorite. Regardless of where the fight is he knows its one on one in the ring. It’s a tough task but one he feels he can overcome in route to victory. Continue reading “Sosa debuts on Telemundo Friday”

Boxeo Telemundo closes out its 30th anniversary fall series this Friday with another Puerto Rico vs Mexico classic rivalry. The 10 round main event has John Karl Sosa (14-3, 7…
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WBC 57th Convention Day 3 full report

Ratings, Mandatories, Lomachenko Franchise champ, Haney now full WBC champ

By Boxing Bob Newman 

Day 3 of the 57th WBC convention got off to a very wet beginning. A tremendous thunderstorm struck early in the morning on the peninsular city, with continuous rain forecast for the entire day. Meetings however, got started at 10:00 a.m.
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The WBC board of directors bid farewell to Shawn Porter and his dad as they stopped by the meeting on their way to the airport. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told Porter, “You lost your title a month ago, but it’s on loan. You’ll be a champion again!” Continue reading “WBC 57th Convention Day 3 full report”

Ratings, Mandatories, Lomachenko Franchise champ, Haney now full WBC champ By Boxing Bob Newman  Day 3 of the 57th WBC convention got off to a very wet beginning. A tremendous…
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Panama card postponed due to Moreno illness

By Héctor Villarreal

The KO to Cancer pro boxing event scheduled for Thursday night at Atlapa Convention Center in Panama has been officially postponed one hour before the start of the weigh-in ceremony.
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A video of the 34 year-old former WBA Super Champion on bantamweight, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno  (37-6-1, 12 KOs) was sent by WhatsApp to journalists and sponsors in which the fighter, lying on a hospital gurney, expressed his excuses to everyone for his inability to fight on Thursday due to severe stomach illness.

“It’s something I ate last night that caused me vomiting and diarrhea. I feel really sorry and sincerely hope that we can reschedule the event for 2 or 3 weeks,” said Moreno on the video, referring to his 10-round fight against Mexican featherweight Marcos Cardenas (20-7,16 KOs) which headed the card Promoted by his wife’s Laguna Premium in association with Master Promotions. Continue reading “Panama card postponed due to Moreno illness”

By Héctor Villarreal The KO to Cancer pro boxing event scheduled for Thursday night at Atlapa Convention Center in Panama has been officially postponed one hour before the start of…
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Broadway Boxing Weights

Mykquan Williams 139.2 vs. Tre’Sean Wiggins 139.4
George Arias 241.2 vs. Gabriel Hernandez 225.4
Jose Roman 150.2 vs. Fabian Lyimo 151.6
Juan Carlos Carrillo 179.8 vs. Afunwa King 175.6
Tiara Brown 129.6 vs. Vanessa Bradford 128.2
Jose Gonzalez 123.4 vs. Ramon Contreras 121.6
Pablo Valdez 147.6 vs. Jimmy Rosario 145.2
Jude Franklin 128 vs. Jayron Santiago 129.2
Khalid Twaiti 121.4 vs. Jose Alfredo Flores Chanez 118.2
Ariel Lopez 120 vs. Victor Trejo Garcia 119
Melissa St. Vil 133.6 vs. Dahiana Santana 136.8

Venue: St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: UFC Fight Pass

Mykquan Williams 139.2 vs. Tre’Sean Wiggins 139.4 George Arias 241.2 vs. Gabriel Hernandez 225.4 Jose Roman 150.2 vs. Fabian Lyimo 151.6 Juan Carlos Carrillo 179.8 vs. Afunwa King 175.6 Tiara…
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Four Euro titles taking place this weekend

By Marco Bratusch

During the weekend to come, several important European titles are going to take place around the old continent, featuring some interesting matchups.

Next Friday in San Bonifacio, northern Italy, Silvia Bortot (6-0-1, 2 KOs), aged 34, will defend his junior welterweight belt for the first time against Djamila Gontaruk (15-5-2, 2 KOs), from Belgium. The 27-year-old challenger is a former European champion herself as he won the title in 2015 in the lower featherweight division, and she is also a former WBO world title challenger. Italian boxing venture Royal Boxing Team will stage the show very close to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet city of Verona. Continue reading “Four Euro titles taking place this weekend”

By Marco Bratusch During the weekend to come, several important European titles are going to take place around the old continent, featuring some interesting matchups. Next Friday in San Bonifacio,…
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Sergey Kovalev Media Workout

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WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs), hosted a media workout yesterday at the Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, Calif. ahead of his November 2 bout against Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 34 KOs).

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Below are quotes from yesterday’s workout:

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“Canelo has nothing to lose in this fight. He has a chance to make history. But I have to defend my title. This is the biggest fight of my career. I’ve never been in this situation, where someone is coming from middleweight. I’m not going to make a prediction, but I am going to go in there and defend my title.” Continue reading “Sergey Kovalev Media Workout”

Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs), hosted a media workout yesterday at the Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, Calif. ahead of his November…
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Eubank-Korobov to clash for WBA interim belt

Middleweights Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2, 21 KOs) and Matt Korobov (28-2-1, 14 KOs) will square off for the WBA interim middleweight title on  December 7 live on Showtime from Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY. Eubank-Korobov will be the co-main event to the clash between undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo defending his title against Dennis Hogan.

Eubank is coming off a win over British rival James DeGale in February will go down from the 168-pound to the 160-pound class to take on Korobov, a southpaw who gave Charlo a tougher than expected test as a late replacement last December at Barclays Center.

Middleweights Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2, 21 KOs) and Matt Korobov (28-2-1, 14 KOs) will square off for the WBA interim middleweight title on  December 7 live on Showtime from Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY.…
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Soto a 4:1 favorite to retain WBO title

WBO light flyweight champion Elwin “La Pulga” Soto (15-1, 11 KOs) is a solid -430 favorite to successfully defend his world title against Filipino Edward “The Heneral Fighting” Heno (14-0-5, 5 KOs) on Thursday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Heno backers can get +310. Soto is making the first defense of the belt he won from Angel “Tito” Acosta via “Hail Mary” KO in the twelfth round last June. The fight will be streamed live on Facebook Watch.

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WBO light flyweight champion Elwin “La Pulga” Soto (15-1, 11 KOs) is a solid -430 favorite to successfully defend his world title against Filipino Edward “The Heneral Fighting” Heno (14-0-5,…
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Manny Rodriguez in tough against Luis Nery

Former IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs) would have been a pretty big favorite against original opponent Rau’shee Warren (16-3, 4 KOs) on the November 23 Wilder-Ortiz PPV undercard. But when Warren withdrew due to injury, Rodriguez was matched against unbeaten Luis Nery (30-0, 24 KOs), who figures to be a tougher foe by magnitudes. The Mexican power-puncher has stopped his last 11 opponents and 15 of his last 16.

“Switching opponents is no problem for me since we always train for different fighting styles,” said Rodriguez, who was starched in two by Naoya Inoue in his previous fight. “I know what Nery brings to the table and I’m ready for that. We are confident in victory and that in 2020 I will be crowned world champion again.”

Former IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs) would have been a pretty big favorite against original opponent Rau’shee Warren (16-3, 4 KOs) on the November 23 Wilder-Ortiz…
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Berchelt: Clean out the division, then Loma

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WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (36-1, 32 KOs) looked sharp and in great shape this week in a media workout at the Caballero Gym in Hermosillo, Mexico. Berchelt is preparing for his November 2 clash against former featherweight champ Jason Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KOs) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
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“I already feel I’m in the best condition and I want to climb into the ring and make the sixth defense of my title in a great fight as are the editions of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico,” said Berchelt. “There’s a lot of talk about a fight against (Oscar) Valdez and I certainly want that fight, but the first thing is to beat Sosa on November 2. We’re always aiming higher. We want to clean out the division and go to lightweight for Lomachenko!”

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Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (36-1, 32 KOs) looked sharp and in great shape this week in a media workout at the Caballero Gym in…
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WBC Cares visits Children’s Hospital

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Carlos Baeza

As is the custom during every WBC convention, the benevolent group known as WBC Cares, aka World Boxing Cares, led by founder Jill Diamond, made yet another pilgrimage to those in need. This time, as is often the case, the destination was sick children, these at the Hospital General de Cancún.
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Bringing toys, soccer balls, stuffed animal boxers and loads of cheer to spread, champs old and new such as Carlos Zarate, Scott Welch, Shawn Porter, Jermall Charlo, Tony Harrison, Badou Jack, Anthony Dirrell, Raja Amasheh, Juan LaPorte, Ilunga Makabu, as well as International Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy, all did their part to bring a moment of joy into the lives of many of those admitted to the pediatric ward.

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By Boxing Bob Newman Photos: Carlos Baeza As is the custom during every WBC convention, the benevolent group known as WBC Cares, aka World Boxing Cares, led by founder Jill…
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Moreno-Cardenas final press conference

By Héctor Villarreal

Former WBA bantamweight super champion, Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (37-6-1, 12 KOs) and his Mexican opponent Marcos Cardenas (20-7-1, 16 KOs) faced off for the first time in the main press conference before their 10 round fight which heads the “KO to Cancer” card Promoted by Moreno’s wife Rouss Laguna. “Chemito,” now ranked #9 at featherweight, looks for a world title chance after facing Cardenas on Thursday night at Atlapa Convention Center in Panama.

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“I feel way faster and stronger than last June when I debuted as a feather against Daniel Colula and I promise to my fans I’ll do my best on Thursday night to shine on a very good eight fight card promoted by my wife,” said Moreno at the end of the presser held at the Presidente Remon Racetrack. Continue reading “Moreno-Cardenas final press conference”

By Héctor Villarreal Former WBA bantamweight super champion, Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (37-6-1, 12 KOs) and his Mexican opponent Marcos Cardenas (20-7-1, 16 KOs) faced off for the first time…
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WBC 57th Convention: Day 2

By Boxing Bob Newman

Day 2 of the 57th WBC convention got underway at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Oasis Grand Arena. A variety of topics were discussed, starting with that of amateur boxing- the WBC amateur program and the AIBA stance of pro boxers in the Olympics.
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Jill Diamond opened with a presentation on the WBC amateur program. Beginning in 2017, the program has expanded with tournaments throughout the world, all supported and sanctioned by the WBC. The Americas, Africa, China, Europe have all seen activity and growth in the program, with expectations for further growth. Continue reading “WBC 57th Convention: Day 2”

By Boxing Bob Newman Day 2 of the 57th WBC convention got underway at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Oasis Grand Arena. A variety of topics were discussed, starting with…
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Wilder-Ortiz PPV lineup finalized

Undefeated rising star Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa (20-0, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBA super bantamweight title against former champion Julio Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) while undefeated Mexican power-puncher Luis Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) battles Emmanuel Rodríguez (19-1, 12 KOs) in a matchup of former bantamweight champions on the November 23 Wilder-Ortiz PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Rodríguez had previously been scheduled to face former champion Rau’shee Warren before Warren withdrew due to injury.

The previously announced fights are WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder against Luis “King Kong” Ortiz and Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz against Miguel “El Michoacan” Flores for the WBA super featherweight championship.

Undefeated rising star Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa (20-0, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBA super bantamweight title against former champion Julio Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs) while…
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Pulev-Booker clash Nov 9

IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring to face Rydell Booker (26-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round clash on November 9 at Chukchansi Park in downtown Fresno, California. Pulev-Booker will serve as the co-feature to the Jamel Herring-Lamont Roach Jr. WBO junior lightweight world title bout and both fights will live stream on ESPN+. A cruiserweight contender in the early 2000s, the 38-year-old Booker is 4-1 since coming back in February 2018 from serving a 12-year prison term for a drug conviction. Continue reading “Pulev-Booker clash Nov 9”

IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs) returns to the ring to face Rydell Booker (26-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round clash on November 9 at Chukchansi Park…
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Prograis, Taylor finally collide Saturday

Unbeaten super lightweights Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and Josh Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs) will be squaring off this Saturday for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super world super lightweight championship. The highly anticipated fight will be the final of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) and will be taking place at the O2 Arena in London, broadcast by DAZN. Continue reading “Prograis, Taylor finally collide Saturday”

Unbeaten super lightweights Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and Josh Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs) will be squaring off this Saturday for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super world super lightweight…
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