Saunders-Isufi to clash for WBO 168lb title

Billy Joe Saunders will bid to become a two-weight world champion when he challenges for the vacant WBO super middleweight world title on April 13. Still undefeated at 27-0, 13 KOs, Saunders meets the WBO #1 ranked Munich-based Serbian Shefat Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs) at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

“It is a brilliant opening for me,” said Saunders on his shot at a second world title and went on to explain his reasoning for passing up his mandatory status at middleweight. “You’ve got these rumors that Andrade is going for shoulder surgery, as well as the financial side of it with the split – it all doesn’t add up. Continue reading “Saunders-Isufi to clash for WBO 168lb title”

Billy Joe Saunders will bid to become a two-weight world champion when he challenges for the vacant WBO super middleweight world title on April 13. Still undefeated at 27-0, 13…
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Many fighters SA fighters listed by the IBO

By Ron Jackson

South African fighters are well represented by the International Boxing Organisation with four world champions and 41 fighters rated in eleven weight classes. The IBO claim to be the only sanctioning body with unbiased computerized rankings and that rate 100 fighters in each weight division. South Africa has four IBO world champions, cruiserweight Kevin Lerena (21-1, 9 KOs) who defends his belt against Arthur Mann on Saturday March 16 at Emperors near Kempton Park, welterweight Thulani Mbenge (15-0, 12 KOs); junior bantamweight Gideon Buthelezi (21-5, 4 KOs) and minimumweight Simpiwe Konko (19-5, 7 KOs. Continue reading “Many fighters SA fighters listed by the IBO”

By Ron Jackson South African fighters are well represented by the International Boxing Organisation with four world champions and 41 fighters rated in eleven weight classes. The IBO claim to…
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More on Spence-Garcia

By Jeff Zimmerman

In one of the most anticipated and intriguing matchups in boxing in quite some time, undefeated champs Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) and Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs), faced off in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater Saturday afternoon to promote their upcoming battle scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys and will also be shown live on Fox PPV.

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This fight has the making of an instant classic as 4 division and 4x champ Mikey Garcia and one of the most fundamentally sound fighters today is going up against one of the most feared fighters in the heavy-handed southpaw and IBF welterweight champ in Errol Spence Jr. The PBC pulled out all stops at the Presser as they brought in the legendary Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, who was known for his powerful right hand and fighting classics himself against the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler in his illustrious, hall of fame career. Continue reading “More on Spence-Garcia”

By Jeff Zimmerman In one of the most anticipated and intriguing matchups in boxing in quite some time, undefeated champs Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) and Mikey Garcia (39-0,…
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Top Rank signs Felix Valera

By Robert Coster

Former WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Felix “Mangu” Valera (17-2, 14 K0s) has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank Boxing. The Dominican-born boxer is presently training in Miami under the guidance of Luis Perez.

Belgica Pena, President of Shuan Boxing Promotion who manages Valera’s career, commented about the contract with Top Rank. “We are looking forward to having Felix fight on American TV very soon. We are honored to work with Top Rank and we are sure that this agreement will jumpstart Felix’s career. Valera is an action fighter. His style is tailor-made for television.”

Valera is presently ranked by three organizations (WBA #3, WBC #11, IBF #14).

By Robert Coster Former WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Felix “Mangu” Valera (17-2, 14 K0s) has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank Boxing. The Dominican-born boxer is presently…
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Fury: I dropped Big Baby seven times

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Tyson Fury claims he dropped WBA #2, WBO #3 Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller seven times in sparring sessions in 2011. Fury told the Sun. ”I was back home in Morecambe and I needed a sparring partner. The first person that sprang to mind was Jarrell Miller, I thought he’ll be good sparring for me.

“Obviously I wasn’t a world champion at the time, he came over to Morecambe and we sparred at a local gym. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but I hired him for two weeks sparring, I ended up sending him back home after one day sparring. I put him down seven times in the first spar and I sent him home packing back to the USA.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Tyson Fury claims he dropped WBA #2, WBO #3 Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller seven times in sparring…
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Coyle, Reyes, Silva, Barnes, Sands win in St. Pete

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Irish middleweight Connor “The Kid” Coyle passed what was supposed to be the toughest test of his career with flying colors by defeating Louisiana’s Travis “Dirty Red” Scott via eight round unanimous decision.
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Coyle-Scott served as the main event of a a Roy Jones Jr Boxing and Rite Hook Promotions card staged at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The card aired on UFC Fight Pass and also available on demand.

Coyle was sharp from the get-go. The Irishman, who trains out of Tampa under Jim Mcloughlin, caught Scott’s attention in the opening round with some buzzing shots. Continue reading “Coyle, Reyes, Silva, Barnes, Sands win in St. Pete”

Photos: Scott Foster Irish middleweight Connor “The Kid” Coyle passed what was supposed to be the toughest test of his career with flying colors by defeating Louisiana’s Travis “Dirty Red”…
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WBO #4 Paro defeats Ballisai

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBO #4 light welterweight Liam Paro (16-0, 11 KOs) outpointed Italian champion Masimilano ”El Loco ” Ballisai (22-6, 12 KOs) over ten rounds on Saturday at the Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, Queensland, Australia. Promoter Angelo Di Carlo told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail, “I believe Liam is Australia’s hottest prospect and that he can follow Jeff Horn to a world title. A lot of people in Mackay have supported Liam for a long time by traveling down to Brisbane to watch his fights, so we are looking to give something back with him now facing a really good opponent in his hometown.” Paro is chasing a shot at WBO champion Maurice Hooker.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBO #4 light welterweight Liam Paro (16-0, 11 KOs) outpointed Italian champion Masimilano ”El Loco ” Ballisai (22-6, 12 KOs) over ten rounds…
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Baraou defeats ex-champ Molina

In just his fifth pro fight, unbeaten super welterweight Abass Baraou (5-0, 2 KOs) claimed the WBC International title with a unanimous points decision against former IBF world champion Carlos Molina (29-11-2, 8 KOs) last night at the CGM Arena in Koblenz, Germany. Judges Esa Lehtosaari and Juan Carlos Pelayo scored the fight 115-112 in favor of Baraou, while Juergen Langos had him ahead 118-109. Molina has now dropped five of his last six bouts.

On the undercard, light heavyweight Leon Bunn extended his unbeaten run with a one-sided points win over Viktor Polyakov and WBSS contestant Anthony Yigit got back to winning ways, outpointing Mohamed Khalladi.

In just his fifth pro fight, unbeaten super welterweight Abass Baraou (5-0, 2 KOs) claimed the WBC International title with a unanimous points decision against former IBF world champion Carlos…
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Kriel dethrones Licona for IBF straw title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

South Africa’s DeeJay Kriel (15-1, 6 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten IBF strawweight champion Carlos Licona (14-1, 2 KOs) in the final round in what was a wild one on Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
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Licona landed the power shots throughout the fight as Kriel boxed. Late in the fight, Kriel’s face was swollen as Licona pressed the action. However, in the twelfth round, Kriel had his best moment in the fight dropping Licona three times in a wild finish. Kriel wins the IBF strawweight title. Continue reading “Kriel dethrones Licona for IBF straw title”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada South Africa’s DeeJay Kriel (15-1, 6 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten IBF strawweight champion Carlos Licona (14-1, 2 KOs) in the final round…
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Sandra Robles passes test

World ranked female featherweight Sandra “Perla Negra” Robles (22-3, 12 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Arely Valente (12-5-1, 6 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at the Plaza La Coleta in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

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In other action, super featherweights Diego Fabián Eligio (19-3, 8 KOs) and Eddy Valencia (12-2-6, 4 KOs) battled to an eight round draw.

World ranked female featherweight Sandra “Perla Negra” Robles (22-3, 12 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Arely Valente (12-5-1, 6 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at…
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Iwasa tops Juarez in IBF eliminator

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

In an IBF super bantamweight title eliminator, former champion Ryosuka Iwasa (26-3, 16 KOs) scored a ten round technical decision over Cesar “Corazon” Juarez (23-7, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
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The action was fast and furious between Juarez and Iwasa, who engaged in a close-quarters brawl. Late in the fight, Juarez suffered a cut from an accidental head butt. The fight was stopped after ten rounds and the judges had it 98-92, 97-93, and 95-95 as Iwasa wins a majority decision. Continue reading “Iwasa tops Juarez in IBF eliminator”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In an IBF super bantamweight title eliminator, former champion Ryosuka Iwasa (26-3, 16 KOs) scored a ten round technical decision over Cesar…
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Santa Cruz beats Rivera, retains WBA feather title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) successfully defended his title as he won a hard-fought unanimous decision over a very game Rafael Rivera (26-3-2, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, who came to fight Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles headlining Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes.
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All three judges scored the bout 119-109 for Santa Cruz, who threw 1,350 punches, the second most of his career.

“I want to fight the best,” he said afterward. “I want to fight any of the champions at featherweight or have a third fight with Carl Frampton. I want to be back this summer and fight three times this year against the best in the division.” Continue reading “Santa Cruz beats Rivera, retains WBA feather title”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) successfully defended his title as he won a hard-fought unanimous decision over a…
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Spence, Garcia face off in LA

Unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and undefeated four-division champion Mikey Garcia faced-off, but also kept their distance, on Saturday during a press conference in Los Angeles. They clash for Spence’s world title in a March 16 PPV from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Errol Spence Jr: “Size always matters, but when you get in there, at the end of the day, it’s about skills and intelligence. I’m not going to rely on size. I’m going to focus on my talent. If I can roll through him, then I’ll show my killer instinct and try to get him out of there. I’m going to use my ability to break him down.”

Mikey Garcia: “If people say Errol is bigger, that’s just obvious. But who’s faster? Who has better timing? There’s a lot more that goes into this sport and who’s going to win this particular fight…I just feel like I’m the better fighter. I think I have the advantage everywhere except maybe power, but we’ll find out on fight night.”

Unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and undefeated four-division champion Mikey Garcia faced-off, but also kept their distance, on Saturday during a press conference in Los Angeles. They clash…
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Figueroa defeats Molina, Fundora stops Marshall

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Former world champion Omar Figueroa (28-0-1, 19 KOs) of Welasco, Texas won a unanimous decision over exciting veteran slugger John Molina Jr. (30-8, 24 KOs) of Covina, California on Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Figueroa, who came in five pounds over the welterweight limit struggled early as Molina connected him with a right hand in the opening round.

Fighting on the inside in round two, Figueroa and Molina did not hold back. Continuing to fight at close range in the third, Figueroa and Molina pounded away. Later in the round, Molina cornered Figueroa and landed solidly on the inside. Standing toe to toe in the fourth, Figueroa began to back up Molina to the ropes but the veteran held his own. A chopping right hand in the fifth backed Figueroa to the ropes as Molina attacked. Continue reading “Figueroa defeats Molina, Fundora stops Marshall”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Former world champion Omar Figueroa (28-0-1, 19 KOs) of Welasco, Texas won a unanimous decision over exciting veteran slugger John Molina Jr. (30-8, 24 KOs)…
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Rojas-Castellon III Nicaragua Feb 23

Former world champion Byron “El Gallito” Rojas (25-4-3, 11 KOs) will look get back into world title contention against countryman Byron “Sambita” Castellón (13-12-3, 2 KOs) in the eight round light flyweight main event February 22nd at the el gimnasio Nicarao in Managua, Nicaragua. WRAM Boxing (William Ramirez) and Nica Boxing (Pablo Osunsa) will promote the event. Continue reading “Rojas-Castellon III Nicaragua Feb 23”

Former world champion Byron “El Gallito” Rojas (25-4-3, 11 KOs) will look get back into world title contention against countryman Byron “Sambita” Castellón (13-12-3, 2 KOs) in the eight round…
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Hollywood Fight Night Weights

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Adam Lopez 126 vs. Aldimar Silva 124
Eric Puente 135 vs. Keith Carson 135
Jonathan Guevara 164 vs. Juan Jose Valenzuela 159.6
Vlad Panin 149.4 vs. Rodolfo Gamez 147.6
Carlos Francisco Saucedo 129.8 vs. Misael Chacon 131.6
Alexander Enriquez 121 vs. Leonardo Torres 120.2
Yulian Tembotov 148.8 vs. Chukka Willis 149.8
Triantafyllos Mavidis 166.4 vs. Roberto Yong 165.6

Venue: Florentine Gardens Hollywood
Promoter: PR Sports, Bash Boxing, Lights Out Promotions, Top Rank
Tickets: www.hollywoodfightnight.com.
Doors Open at 6:30pm; First Bout at 7:00pm.

Adam Lopez 126 vs. Aldimar Silva 124 Eric Puente 135 vs. Keith Carson 135 Jonathan Guevara 164 vs. Juan Jose Valenzuela 159.6 Vlad Panin 149.4 vs. Rodolfo Gamez 147.6 Carlos…
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Espinoza-Nuñez March 1 on Telemundo

Boxeo Telemundo returns to South Florida on March 1st for their second installment of the 2019 spring series. Headlining the broadcast is highly touted world ranked #1 WBO bantamweight Latin champion Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza (22-2, 19 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico defending his title against Panama’s rugged veteran Ricardo “El Matematico” Nuñez (29-8, 23 KOs).

Nuñez a former world title challenger is looking to test his young by bringing him into deep waters and kickstarting his boxing career for one last shot at a world title. On the other hand, Espinoza is coming off a second round stoppage of then undefeated Colombian prospect Yeison Vargas. Continue reading “Espinoza-Nuñez March 1 on Telemundo”

Boxeo Telemundo returns to South Florida on March 1st for their second installment of the 2019 spring series. Headlining the broadcast is highly touted world ranked #1 WBO bantamweight Latin…
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Cesar Juarez still reaching for his dream

Cesar “Corazon” Juarez has fought twice for a world championship coming up short on both occasions, first against Nonito Donaire in 2015 in Puerto Rico and then against Issac Dogboe in 2018 in South Africa, both times it was for the World Boxing Organization junior (WBO) junior bantamweight belt.
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Juarez (23-6, 17 KO’s) of Mexico City will try to get one step closer towards a third opportunity when he takes on former world-champion Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3m 16 KOs) of Japan in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) eliminator bout tonight at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with the winner in line to fight the world champion TJ Doheny of Australia. Continue reading “Cesar Juarez still reaching for his dream”

Cesar “Corazon” Juarez has fought twice for a world championship coming up short on both occasions, first against Nonito Donaire in 2015 in Puerto Rico and then against Issac Dogboe…
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Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame

The Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame inducted Earnie Shavers (Pro), Hedgemon Lewis (Amateur), George Godfrey (Old Timer), Woody Dinning (Manager/Trainer/Promoter) and Bob Hutto (Support Personnel) into its Class of 2019 as part of a packed live pro fight card held at the Tuscaloosa RiverMarket and promoted by Jay Deas, manager/trainer of Deontay Wilder. WBC Heavyweight Champ Wilder and Evander Holyfield were on hand to support the inductees.

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L-R Earnie Shavers, Georgia Lewis and Luvinia Wainwright, sisters of Hedgemon Lewis, whose health didn’t allow him to attend, Woody Dinning, Jr on behalf of the late Woody Dinning and Bob Hutto. Continue reading “Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame”

The Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame inducted Earnie Shavers (Pro), Hedgemon Lewis (Amateur), George Godfrey (Old Timer), Woody Dinning (Manager/Trainer/Promoter) and Bob Hutto (Support Personnel) into its Class of 2019…
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Brant stops Baysangurov in 11, retains WBA title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA middleweight champion Rob “Bravo” Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) retained his title with an eleventh round KO over previously unbeaten Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota.
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Brant was sharp, dropping Baysangurov with a right hand in round two. He got the stoppage win with a barrage of punches that drove Baysangurov to the deck again in the eleventh round. Time was 1:42.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA middleweight champion Rob “Bravo” Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) retained his title with an eleventh round KO over previously unbeaten Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) on Friday…
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Allen, Greer victorious in Hinckley, Minnesota

Unbeaten super middleweight Lennox Allen (22-0-1, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Derrick Webster (28-4, 14 KOs) to claim the WBA Gold championship. Allen dropped Webster in round three.

Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (20-1-1, 12 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Giovanni Escaner (19-4, 12 KOs). At the end of round three, Escaner knocked down Greer with a quick right hand to the face. In round eight Greer knocked down Escaner, who was unable to beat the count.

NABF female super featherweight Mikaela Mayer (10-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Yareli Larios (13-2-1, 3 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 79-73, 78-74, 80-72. Larios is the daughter or former two-division world champion, Oscar “Chololo” Larios.

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Steven Nelson W6 Felipe Romero (light heavyweight)
Ismail Muwendo W8 Hevinson Herrera (lightweight)
Tyler Howard W8 Cristian Olivas (middleweight)

Unbeaten super middleweight Lennox Allen (22-0-1, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Derrick Webster (28-4, 14 KOs) to claim the WBA Gold championship. Allen dropped Webster…
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Ergashev tops Fox, Ward beats Hernandez

In a clash between undefeated super lightweights, Shoh Ergashev (16-0, 14 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Mykal Fox (19-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas. The aggressive Ergashev won by scores of 96-94, 98-92, 98-92.

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Unbeaten super bantamweight Thomas Patrick Ward (25-0, 4 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Jesse Angel Hernandez (12-2, 7 KOs). Ward dropped Hernandez with a short left hook at the end of round four and was the busier man all night. Scores were 100-89, 99-90, 98-90. Continue reading “Ergashev tops Fox, Ward beats Hernandez”

In a clash between undefeated super lightweights, Shoh Ergashev (16-0, 14 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Mykal Fox (19-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the…
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Weights from Los Angeles

Leo Santa Cruz 125.5 vs Rafael Rivera 125.2
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Omar Figueroa, Jr. 144.5 vs John Molina, Jr. 144.2
SebastiáN Fundora 153 vs Donnie Marshall 153.2
Karlos Balderas 133 vs Jose Cen Torres 131.4
CéSar Juarez 122 vs Ryosuke Iwasa 121.6
Carlos Licona 104.8 vs Deejay Kriel 104.6
Hugo Centeno, Jr. 159.8 vs Oscar Cortez 159.4
Ivan Redkach 140 vs Tyrone Harris 137.6
Jerry Perez 129.6 vs Ivan L. Benitez 131
JuliáN Rodarte 133.4 vs Miguel A. Mendoza 135
Marlon Tanan Tapales 123.4 vs Fernando Vargas 123.6
Shon Mondragon 121.6 vs Julio Martinez 121
Neri Romero 130 vs Thomas Smith 128.4

Venue: Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: Fox/Fox Deportes

Leo Santa Cruz 125.5 vs Rafael Rivera 125.2 WBA Featherweight Title Omar Figueroa, Jr. 144.5 vs John Molina, Jr. 144.2 SebastiáN Fundora 153 vs Donnie Marshall 153.2 Karlos Balderas 133…
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Weights from Chiapas, Mexico

Sandra Robles 110.2 vs Arely Valente 110.2
Diego Fabián Eligio 130 vs Eddy Valencia 129.5
Aaron Herrera 145 vs Héctor Barraza 146

Venue: Plaza La Coleta, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mx
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca

Sandra Robles 110.2 vs Arely Valente 110.2 Diego Fabián Eligio 130 vs Eddy Valencia 129.5 Aaron Herrera 145 vs Héctor Barraza 146 Venue: Plaza La Coleta, San Cristobal de las…
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Weights from St. Petersbrug, Florida

Connor Coyle 159.2 vs Travis Scott 158.2
Mark Reyes 151.2 vs Rodrigo Tatijewski 151
William Silva 139.4 vs Juan Ramon Solis 141.4
Javonn Barnes 157.6 vs Alphonso Black 159.8
Armon Sand 267.4 vs Hector Hodge 225
Mike Bissett 214.4 vs Alfredo Trevino 249.44
Jasmine Artiga 119.4 vs Ivana Coleman 127

Promoter: Roy Jones Jr Promotions
TV: UFC Fight Pass
Venue: Coliseum in St. Petersbrug, Florida

Connor Coyle 159.2 vs Travis Scott 158.2 Mark Reyes 151.2 vs Rodrigo Tatijewski 151 William Silva 139.4 vs Juan Ramon Solis 141.4 Javonn Barnes 157.6 vs Alphonso Black 159.8 Armon…
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