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Heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller will not be traveling to Bulgaria to face Kubrat Pulev in an IBF final eliminator. The Pulev camp had won the right to stage the bout at an IBF purse bid, but the Miller camp rejected fighting in Pulev’s backyard.

According to Sky Sports, Hughie Fury has been offered the eliminator against Pulev and his father/manager Peter Fury says Hughie wants the fight and is willing to fight in Bulgaria.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has announced on social media that terms have been agreed to for Daniel Jacobs to face Sergiy Derevyanchenko for vacant IBF middleweight title formerly held by Gennady Golovkin. No date yet, but the fight will be at a venue in New York City.

According to ESPN, the network will televise WBO lightweight champion Raymundo Beltran’s first defense against Jose Pedraza on August 25 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The co-feature will be WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe against Hidenori Otake.

ESPN also announced that WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez will defend against Antonio Orozco on September 14 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Ramirez’ fight last Saturday was cancelled when challenger Danny O’Connor couldn’t make weight.

Heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller will not be traveling to Bulgaria to face Kubrat Pulev in an IBF final eliminator. The Pulev camp had won the right to stage…
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Mendoza culminates a successful tour in Kazakhstan

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has finished a successful 3-day tour of Astana, Kazakhstan. His stay in the Euro-Asian country began on July 7th, when Beibut Shumenov was crowned WBA world cruiserweight champion after defeating Hizni Altunkaya.

On Monday, July 9th, Mendoza held an important meeting with the mayor of Astana, Asset Orentsyevich Issekeshev, with whom he shared together with Shumenov a pleasant boxing talk in which they talked about plans to develop even more boxing in the city. In addition, the highest leader of the WBA gave the mayor a WBA title strap and in turn received a book with the history of Astana. Continue reading “Mendoza culminates a successful tour in Kazakhstan”

WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has finished a successful 3-day tour of Astana, Kazakhstan. His stay in the Euro-Asian country began on July 7th, when Beibut Shumenov was crowned WBA…
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WBSS: Naoya “Monster” Inoue added

Three-weight World Champion, Naoya Inoue, is ready to compete for the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the bantamweight edition. “It is an honour to be able to participate and compete in such a great tournament,” said the WBA World Regular 118lb Champion.

25-year-old Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs) from Zama, Japan is a three-weight world champion, having held the WBA Regular bantamweight title since May 2018, the WBO junior-bantamweight title from 2014 to March 2018, and the WBC light-flyweight title in 2014

And Inoue – aka ‘The Monster’ – is oozing confidence ahead of the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. “Of course I will win and as the winner of the tournament, I will continue onto the next journey of my boxing career!” Continue reading “WBSS: Naoya “Monster” Inoue added”

Three-weight World Champion, Naoya Inoue, is ready to compete for the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the bantamweight edition. “It is an honour to be able to participate and compete in…
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Luis Ortiz: I’m looking to make a statement

After having WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder nearly out on his feet before being stopped in their March classic, heavyweight contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) says he’s going to take it out on 6’7 opponent Razvan Cojanu (16-3, 9 KOs).

“I’m looking to make a statement on July 28 and get back to challenge for the heavyweight championship of the world,” said Ortiz. “I’m excited to be back in the ring. I am thankful to have this opportunity. To all the fans in Los Angeles, don’t miss this great card at STAPLES Center. ‘The Real King Kong’ is coming to LA!”

After having WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder nearly out on his feet before being stopped in their March classic, heavyweight contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs)…
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Rojas to defend WBA title against Jojo Diaz

Golden Boy Promotions’ partnership with Facebook will kick off with a bang as Jesus Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KOs) defends his WBA featherweight world title against Joseph Diaz, Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs) in the main event of the inaugural edition of Golden Boy Fight Night at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood. The action will be streamed live on Saturday, August 11.

Rojas is a 31-year-old puncher who is coming off a seventh-round knockout against former interim WBA Featherweight World Champion Claudio Marrero. During his time off, Rojas was elevated to world champion status, and he’ll be making the first defense of this title against Diaz, Jr. The native of Caguas, Puerto Rico is an experienced champion as he has taken on the likes of former world champion Jorge “El Travieso”Arce and featherweight contenders Jorge “El Pilón” Lara and Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez. Continue reading “Rojas to defend WBA title against Jojo Diaz”

Golden Boy Promotions’ partnership with Facebook will kick off with a bang as Jesus Rojas (26-1-2, 19 KOs) defends his WBA featherweight world title against Joseph Diaz, Jr. (26-1, 14…
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Mikey Garcia ready to unify

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WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia worked out for the press Tuesday at Fortune Gym in Los Angeles as he prepares for his 135-pound title unification against IBF titlist Robert Easter Jr. Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Here is what Garcia, his brother and trainer Robert Garcia and Ringstar Sports Chairman and CEO Richard Schaefer had to say ahead of Garcia’s first title unification fight:

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“It’s been seven years since I last had the chance to fight here in LA, and that was even before I was champion. Now after all of my accomplishments, I get to come home and put on a unification match for my local fans. Continue reading “Mikey Garcia ready to unify”

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia worked out for the press Tuesday at Fortune Gym in Los Angeles as he prepares for his 135-pound title unification against…
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Barrera to face Monaghan Aug 18

Former WBC International Light Heavyweight world champion Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KOs) returns to the ring to regain his standing as one of the world’s top Light Heavyweights. Barrera faces top five Light Heavyweight Contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (29-1, 17 KOs) in the 10-round main event at the Sands Bethlehem Casino and Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The event is promoted by Main Events and World of Boxing and will be streamed live via Facebook Watch as part of the Golden Boy Fight Night series. Fans can catch all the fights by clicking here.

Barrera vs. Monaghan is the second live card of the recently announced Facebook series, a collaboration between Golden Boy Promotions, Facebook and Main Events, offered to fans around the world via live online streaming. Continue reading “Barrera to face Monaghan Aug 18”

Former WBC International Light Heavyweight world champion Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KOs) returns to the ring to regain his standing as one of the world’s top Light Heavyweights. Barrera faces…
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Jason Sosa added to Jennings-Dimitrenko card

Former WBA junior lightweight champion Jason Sosa (20-4-4, 15 K0s) returns to the ring on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the magnificent Ocean Resort Casino (formerly the Revel) in Atlantic City, NJ. Sosa takes on Reynaldo Blanco (14-4, 8 K0s) on the big ESPN card, which is topped by heavyweight Bryant Jennings’ 12-rounder with Russian Alexander Dimitrenko. Sosa, currently ranked WBC #9, hopes a win over Blanco will lead to a shot at one of the 130-pound champions.

A bunch of locals will join Sosa and Bryant “By-By” Jennings, including Joseph Adorno, Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, Thomas LaManna and Christian Carto. Nearly all of the ringside have been gobbled up. Call 215-765-0922 for tickets.

Former WBA junior lightweight champion Jason Sosa (20-4-4, 15 K0s) returns to the ring on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the magnificent Ocean Resort Casino (formerly the Revel) in Atlantic City,…
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Curtis Stevens fights for IBA title July 21

By Robert Coster

Power-punching Curtis “The Cerebral Assasin” Stevens (29-6, 21 KOs) is coming back to ring action. Curtis will be fighting in Santiago, Dominican Republic on July 21, tackling local boxer Carlos Jairo Cruz (18-2-1, 12 KOs) for the International Boxing Association (IBA) middleweight title. In 2013, Stevens fought Gennady Golovkin for the WBA title. The Brownsville NY native has been inactive for 15 months – since a loss to David Lemieux. Continue reading “Curtis Stevens fights for IBA title July 21”

By Robert Coster Power-punching Curtis “The Cerebral Assasin” Stevens (29-6, 21 KOs) is coming back to ring action. Curtis will be fighting in Santiago, Dominican Republic on July 21, tackling…
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Luis Ortiz returns July 28

Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz returns to action to face former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu in a 10-round bout on Saturday, July 28 live on SHOWTIME from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

The three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will open with unbeaten super lightweight contender Mario “El Azteca” Barrios taking on hard-hitting Jose Roman in a 10-round showdown. The event is headlined by lightweight world championship title unification bout between WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr.

Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz returns to action to face former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu in a 10-round bout on Saturday, July 28 live on…
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Ex-Champ Sakamoto halted in farewell fight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Former Japanese interim welter champ, 36-year-old Daisuke Sakamoto (14-10-3, 8 KOs), 154, engaged in a publicized farewell fight, but was badly battered by JBC#15 Koki Koshikawa (7-1, 5 KOs), 154, only to surrender on the stool after the fourth session in a scheduled eight on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

It’s a unique confrontation of ex-amateur boxers at Narashino high school with Koshikawa, nine years his junior, against the more experienced senior. From the start Sakamoto, fatty and sluggish, kept swinging round-house blows to the air only to be fading quickly. The fourth witnessed the tight-guarded youngster lopsidedly batter the veteran senior upstairs and downstairs from pillar to post so that the ex-champ disappointingly called it quits. Regardless of the result, Sakamoto should have appeared in the ring in a better condition before his long adherents. Continue reading “Ex-Champ Sakamoto halted in farewell fight”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Former Japanese interim welter champ, 36-year-old Daisuke Sakamoto (14-10-3, 8 KOs), 154, engaged in a publicized farewell fight, but was badly battered by…
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Corbin-Fonseca clash Aug 4 in Dallas

Big Card Promotions presents professional boxing on August 4th at the River Ranch Texas Horse Park in Dallas featuring Dallas’ Greg Corbin (15-0, 9 KOs) versus Homero Fonseca (14-8-3, 4 KOs) from Pittsburgh, Texas for the vacant USBA Gulf Coast heavyweight championship. This event is the first professional boxing event of Big Card’s 2018 boxing series at the spectacular River Ranch -Texas Horse Park facility. The covered outdoor arena seats 3,500 fans in the round.

In the co-feature, the WBC/USNBC super flyweight champion Ernesto Delgadillo (10-0-2, 2 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will defend his title against undefeated challenger Nate Green (10- 0, 2 KOs) in a ten rounder. Continue reading “Corbin-Fonseca clash Aug 4 in Dallas”

Big Card Promotions presents professional boxing on August 4th at the River Ranch Texas Horse Park in Dallas featuring Dallas’ Greg Corbin (15-0, 9 KOs) versus Homero Fonseca (14-8-3, 4…
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July is a big month for the WBA

July will be a month of great boxing activity for the World Boxing Association (WBA). No less than seven championship fights will be sanctioned by the oldest organizing body in boxing. The first fight was held last Saturday in Kazakhstan as local fighter Beibut Shumenov stopped Hizni Altunkaya for the vacant WBA cruiserweight world title.

The second fight of the month will be Saturday in Germany was WBA super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge will defend his crown for the fourth time against the Rocky Fielding.

On Sunday in Malaysia (Saturday night in the USA), boxing superstar Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao will challenge WBA welterweight champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse. Continue reading “July is a big month for the WBA”

July will be a month of great boxing activity for the World Boxing Association (WBA). No less than seven championship fights will be sanctioned by the oldest organizing body in…
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WBC #5 Nakatani finishes Filipino Alimento

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten flyweight prospect, WBC#5 Junto Nakatani (16-0, 12 KOs), 112, impressively disposed of WBO AP#10 Filipino Dexter Alimento (13-4, 9 KOs) at 0:36 into the third round of a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Having beaten world-rated Mario Andrade on a technical decision this April, the 20-year-old tall southpaw collected another victim to impress the audience. Continue reading “WBC #5 Nakatani finishes Filipino Alimento”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten flyweight prospect, WBC#5 Junto Nakatani (16-0, 12 KOs), 112, impressively disposed of WBO AP#10 Filipino Dexter Alimento (13-4, 9 KOs) at 0:36…
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IBF names Uzcategui full champion, Plant next

The IBF has elevated interim super middleweight titleholder Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui to full world champion status. The move came after reigning champion James DeGale relinquished the belt rather make his mandatory defense against Uzcategui.

“The Englishman (DeGale) chose to give up the title rather than face me,” said Uzcategui. “When he was crowned for the second time, I challenged him that night and he never accepted my challenge. The fight was mandatory, but he chose to vacate the title out of fear that I’ll defeat him.”

Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) must now defend against unbeaten Caleb Plant (17-0, 10 KOs) at the end of August. Continue reading “IBF names Uzcategui full champion, Plant next”

The IBF has elevated interim super middleweight titleholder Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui to full world champion status. The move came after reigning champion James DeGale relinquished the belt rather make his…
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WBSS: Payano added to bantam tourney

Former world champion Juan Carlos Payano is the latest addition to the World Boxing Super Series Season II bantamweight line-up. “I am very happy to join the tournament, ecstatic to be very honest. Looking forward to regaining my championship positions,” said Payano.

“It is great to see the best fighting the best and in the end being recognized as truly the best in the division.” Continue reading “WBSS: Payano added to bantam tourney”

Former world champion Juan Carlos Payano is the latest addition to the World Boxing Super Series Season II bantamweight line-up. “I am very happy to join the tournament, ecstatic to…
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Saul “Baby” Juarez returns on Boxeo Telemundo

All Star Boxing, INC president & CEO Felix “Tuto” Zabala announced the 2nd installment of the Boxeo Telemundo Ford summer series, featuring WBC Latino Champion Saul “Baby” Juarez, who will be defending his title against crosstown rival Mario “Mayonesas” Andrade. The title showdown billed “Por Orgullo Chilango” will take place at the famed Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico which has been home to many great battles on the Boxeo Telemundo platform. Continue reading “Saul “Baby” Juarez returns on Boxeo Telemundo”

All Star Boxing, INC president & CEO Felix “Tuto” Zabala announced the 2nd installment of the Boxeo Telemundo Ford summer series, featuring WBC Latino Champion Saul “Baby” Juarez, who will…
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Andy Ruiz: I’d love to face Jarrell Miller

Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. won his second consecutive bout Saturday night in Fresno, prevailing via uneventful unanimous decision over longtime division stalwart Kevin Johnson.

“I still need some work, but having these 10 rounds was a good experience. We’re just improving and getting better. I’d love to face Jarrell Miller or any of the big guys out there, and they’ll probably underestimate me after this performance. The next one will be different,” said Ruiz.

Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. won his second consecutive bout Saturday night in Fresno, prevailing via uneventful unanimous decision over longtime division stalwart Kevin Johnson. “I still need some work,…
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Salita Promotions inks Aslambek Idigov

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has signed Russian super middleweight prospect Aslambek Idigov to a promotional contract.

Undefeated Idigov (13-0, 5 KOs) hails from Grozny, Russia, but is currently training in Detroit with Javan SugarHill Steward at Kronk Gym. The 22-year-old slugger made his debut under the Salita Promotional banner last June, with an impressive unanimous 10-round decision over then once-beaten James Ballard at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Continue reading “Salita Promotions inks Aslambek Idigov”

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has signed Russian super middleweight prospect Aslambek Idigov to a promotional contract. Undefeated Idigov (13-0, 5 KOs) hails from Grozny, Russia, but is currently training…
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Pacquiao a 2:1 favorite to dethrone Matthysse

39-year-old ring legend Manny Pacquiao is a 2:1 favorite to dethrone WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pacman (59-7-2, 38 KOs) has parted ways with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and now is trained by longtime assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez. His company MP Promotions is promoting the card.

Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) and his team already arrived in Malaysia last week to get acclimated to the time and humidity.

The Pacquiao-Matthysse bout will only be available in the United States by live stream on ESPN+.

However, ESPN will be televising boxing Saturday night. The network presents WBC interim super lightweight champion Regis Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) versus Juan Jose Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs) before the Pacquiao-Matthysse stream.

39-year-old ring legend Manny Pacquiao is a 2:1 favorite to dethrone WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pacman (59-7-2, 38…
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Parker looking for redemption against Whyte

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be looking for redemption against WBC #1 Dillian Whyte when they clash at the 02 Arena London on July 29.

“In our last couple of fights, our offense has become a bit dormant,” Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry told the Herald on Sunday. “It’s time to wake it up. We need to pick our moments against Dillian. We won’t need to chase him, we know he’s going to be there. It’s no secret this is a dangerous fight for Joseph but it’s also a very dangerous fight for Dillian Whyte. This is our redemption fight!”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be looking for redemption against WBC #1 Dillian Whyte when they clash at the 02 Arena…
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Hammer looks forward to Shields showdown

Christina Hammer coming off her 12th world title defense, and becoming the first German fighter since Max Schmeling to successfully defend their world title in the USA, looks forward to fighting Claressa Shields in biggest women’s fight of all time.

Christina Hammer coming off her 12th world title defense, and becoming the first German fighter since Max Schmeling to successfully defend their world title in the USA, looks forward to…
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Ex-champ Argumedo defeats Calleros

Former IBF minimumweight world champion José “Tecuala” Argumedo (22-4-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Moisés “Taz” Calleros (28-9-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Parque San Rafael in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Scores were 99-90, 97-91 and 97-91 for Argumedo who is looking to land another title shot. He is rated IBF #11 at minimumweight and WBO #12 at junior flyweight.

Female featherweight Yareli Larios (13-1-1, 3 KOs) and Magaly Rodriguez (18-5-2, 9 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 77-75 Larios, 78-74 Rodriguez and 76-76.

Female super fly Alondra Garcia (19-3-1, 1 KO) outscored Valeria Perez (10-4, 2 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 78-74.

Former IBF minimumweight world champion José “Tecuala” Argumedo (22-4-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Moisés “Taz” Calleros (28-9-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Parque…
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Kavaliauskas, Vences victorious

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With the planned fight between WBC super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez and Danny O’Connor imploding 24 hours earlier, WBO #2, WBA #4, WBC #5 welterweight Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas and Juan Carlos Abreu stepped into the main event on Saturday night at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California. Two-time Olympian Kavaliauskas (20-0, 16 KOs) was cut over both eyes and had all he could handle with Abreu (21-4-1, 19 KOs) as he retained his NABF title with an unsatisfying ten round unanimous decision. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.

“Everything did not go as well as I expected. Abreu was very fast and very slick. In the beginning, I needed a couple of rounds to make adjustments,” Kavaliauskas said. “I’m ready for all of the big names. I give 200 percent in the gym and I will always give my best in the ring.”

Unbeaten super featherweight Andy Vences (21-0-1, 12 KOs) outscored Frank De Alba (22-4-2, 9 KOs) over ten rounds in a clash for the WBC Continental Americas title. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-92. Continue reading “Kavaliauskas, Vences victorious”

Photos: Sumio Yamada With the planned fight between WBC super lightweight world champion Jose Ramirez and Danny O’Connor imploding 24 hours earlier, WBO #2, WBA #4, WBC #5 welterweight Egidijus…
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Pacquiao-Matthysse Notebook

Challenger Manny Pacquiao sparred for five rounds Saturday in General Santos City, Philippines, while WBA champion Lucas Matthysse doubled up the effort as the main combatants to “Fight of Champions” ground it out with seven more days before their monumental clash in Malaysia. Pacquaio, fighting for the first time after losing a controversial bout with Australian bruiser Jeff Horn last year, looked calm and happy with the way his preparations have transpired thus far. Continue reading “Pacquiao-Matthysse Notebook”

Challenger Manny Pacquiao sparred for five rounds Saturday in General Santos City, Philippines, while WBA champion Lucas Matthysse doubled up the effort as the main combatants to “Fight of Champions”…
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