2x Olympic gold medalist Ramirez loses pro debut

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

Unheralded Adan Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) did the unthinkable in the four round featherweight co-feature on Saturday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, spoiling the professional debut of two-time Cuban Olympic Gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (0-1) by capturing a split decision victory.
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Gonzalez dropped Ramirez in the opening seconds of the fight with a short counter. The knockdown seemed to give the Adan Gonzalez confidence and he opened up his offense with short little shots which seemed to keep the Cuban from letting his hands go. Rounds two and three were close, but Gonzalez wouldn’t back down his attack. Ramirez landed enough to make the rounds close. Ramirez caught Adan in the final seconds of the fight with a couple big lefts over the top as both traded, but just could not deter the busier Gonzalez. One judge saw the bout 38-37 for Robeisy Ramirez, but was overruled as the other to officials had it 38-37 and 40-35 for Adan Gonzalez, giving him the upset split decision victory.

Undefeated KO artist Edgar Berlanga (12-0, 12 KOs) kept his first round knockout streak intact, needing only two minutes and twenty four seconds to stop French middleweight Gregory “Nounou” Trenel (11-5-2, 3 KOs). Berlanga stunned Trenel with an eight punch combination early in the first round. Trenel tried to back out, but was sent to the canvas with an overhand left up top. Trenel was game and tried to survive as Berlanga rocked him with crushing shots. Referee Benjy Esteves Jr finally had seen enough and stepped in and called a halt to the contest at 2:24 of the opening round. Continue reading “2x Olympic gold medalist Ramirez loses pro debut”

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. Unheralded Adan Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) did the unthinkable in the four round featherweight co-feature on Saturday night at the Liacouras…
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Franco and Negrete battle to second draw

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

In an unusual trilogy in boxing today, bantamweights Joshua Franco (15-1-2, 7 KOs) from San Antonio, TX and Oscar Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs) out of Columbia squared off for the 3rd time in as many fights on Saturday night in Grand Prairie, Texas. The first fight ended in a draw and Franco won a close rematch, a fight that Negrete feels he deserved to win. And like the first two fights, this one was a seesaw battle throughout, as these two know each other so well.

Negrete came out firing from the opening bell as he landed a big right hand and teed off on Franco with combinations to the head and body. Negrete continued in the 2nd round with a triple right hand down the middle and big uppercuts that had Franco railing and in trouble, but Franco hung tough and had his moments towards the latter part of the round. In rounds 3 through 6, Franco found his footing and had a great 4th round as he scored to both the head and the body. In the 7th round, Negrete landed a hard uppercut to the chin of Franco, but Franco found success to the body. In the 8th and 9th, Franco and Negrete took turns landing at will on the other. But in the 10th and last round, Franco landed a huge uppercut and clearly took the fight to Negrete. But in the end, in what was a “too close to call” battle once again, as Franco and Negrete settled for a draw as the scores read 96-94 for each and 95-95. With the draw and the second between these two combatants, Franco retains his NABF & WBA International bantamweight title. Continue reading “Franco and Negrete battle to second draw”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside In an unusual trilogy in boxing today, bantamweights Joshua Franco (15-1-2, 7 KOs) from San Antonio, TX and Oscar Negrete (18-2-2, 7 KOs) out of…
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Former Euro champ Tatli beats Sanchez

Former European lightweight champion Edis Tatli (32–3) scored a unanimous decision victory over Nicaraguan Berman “La Cobra” Sanchez (29-9–3) on Saturday 10th August in Savonlinna, Finland. It was an one-sided affair with Tatli controlling the action from start to finish. This was Tatli’s first fight since his KO loss against Teofimo Lopez in April. Tatli used his jab to keep Sanchez at bay, and when the opportunity presented itself, he threw quick combinations to Sanchez’s head. Sanchez tried to use his upper body movement to get in close, but found little success.

In the fifth round Tatli got in a left hook that staggered Sanchez, and in the beginning of seventh he connected with two stiff right crosses. In the eighth and final round Tatli was looking for a KO, but the experienced Sanchez managed to stay out of harms way. The scores were 80–73, 79–73 and 80–73 for Tatli. Continue reading “Former Euro champ Tatli beats Sanchez”

Former European lightweight champion Edis Tatli (32–3) scored a unanimous decision victory over Nicaraguan Berman “La Cobra” Sanchez (29-9–3) on Saturday 10th August in Savonlinna, Finland. It was an one-sided…
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World-rated Caparello stops Papuni

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC #8, WBO #10, WBA #11 light-heavyweight Blake Caparello (30-3-1, 13 KOs) stopped New Zealand’s Reece Papuni (13-3, 7 KOs) in round eight of a scheduled ten round WBA Oceana title bout on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington Victoria, Australia. Caparello was coming off a ten round decision over fellow Australian Regain Dessaix and will be remembered for dropping Sergey Kovalev in unsuccessful WBO challenge in 2014.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBC #8, WBO #10, WBA #11 light-heavyweight Blake Caparello (30-3-1, 13 KOs) stopped New Zealand’s Reece Papuni (13-3, 7 KOs) in round eight…
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Munguia headlines Sept 14 on DAZN

Golden Boy and DAZN will continue the tradition of delivering pugilistic action on Mexican Independence Day Weekend as Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) takes on Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the WBO junior middleweight world title at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. The event will take place on Saturday, September 14 and will be streamed live on DAZN.

In the co-main event, rising star Ryan Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. will take on Avery “A Plus” Sparrow (10-1, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a 10-round lightweight fight. Continue reading “Munguia headlines Sept 14 on DAZN”

Golden Boy and DAZN will continue the tradition of delivering pugilistic action on Mexican Independence Day Weekend as Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) takes on Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs)…
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Lee to defend OPBF 154lb belt against Watanabe tomorrow

Report, photo by Joe Koizumi

OPBF 154-pound champion Jung-Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), Korea, will defend his newly acquired belt in his initial defense against mandatory challenger Akinori Watanabe (37-7-1, 31 KOs), a hard-punching Japanese southpaw, tomorrow (Sunday) in Seoul, Korea.
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Lee, one of a few Korean prospects, acquired the vacant OPBF belt when he finished Australian Samuel Colomban with a single southpaw left in the seventh session here this January. Though his first defense against Watanabe was once scheduled in April, it was postponed until August because of Lee’s injury at the shoulder rotator cuff. But Lee, standing six feet, has recovered and is reportedly well-conditioned prior to his tough test against the Japanese veteran, It will be promoted by TAP Promotions presided by Beatrice Kim, a lady promoter.

Report, photo by Joe Koizumi OPBF 154-pound champion Jung-Kyoung Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), Korea, will defend his newly acquired belt in his initial defense against mandatory challenger Akinori Watanabe (37-7-1,…
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Heavyweight Vukosa drops and defeats Cusamano

By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In the main event of the evening, heavyweight Steve Vukosa (11-1, 4 KO’s) defeated Juiseppe Cusamano (18-3, 16 KO’s) at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
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Vukosa has been inactive over the years, a 10 year layoff, followed by a 4 year layoff, but was selected to fight in ESPN’s Heavyweight Boxino Tournament in 2015. He returned to boxing this year, with cruiserweight Chris Traietti (27-4) working his corner, to defeat the regional giant, Cusamano by unanimous decision. Continue reading “Heavyweight Vukosa drops and defeats Cusamano”

By Jason Marchetti at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In the main event of the evening, heavyweight Steve Vukosa (11-1, 4 KO’s) defeated Juiseppe Cusamano (18-3, 16 KO’s) at Twin River…
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Prograis files lawsuit and withdraws from WBSS

Today in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Regis Prograis and DiBella Entertainment, Inc. filed for a declaratory judgment that Comosa AG, the owner of the World Boxing Super Series, has breached its contractual obligations to Prograis and DBE. Prograis and DBE further informed Comosa that Prograis is withdrawing from the WBSS, effective immediately.

The lawsuit cites a long and repeated pattern that includes late payments, scheduling delays, bad faith representations, missed deadlines, and broken promises.

Today in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Regis Prograis and DiBella Entertainment, Inc. filed for a declaratory judgment that Comosa AG, the owner of…
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Weights from Philadelphia

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Jason Sosa 129 vs. Lydell Rhodes 130.9
Edgar Berlanga 162.3 vs. Gregory Trenel 162.2
Robeisy Ramirez 125 vs. Adan Gonzales 125.3
Paul Kroll 147.9 vs. Shinard Bunch 146.6
Sonny Conto 214.5 vs. Guillermo Del Rio 225.5
Donald Smith 126.5 vs. Raheem Abdullah 124.6
Jeremy Adorno 121.9 vs. Fernando Robles 121

Venue: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Top Rank
Stream: ESPN+

Jason Sosa 129 vs. Lydell Rhodes 130.9 Edgar Berlanga 162.3 vs. Gregory Trenel 162.2 Robeisy Ramirez 125 vs. Adan Gonzales 125.3 Paul Kroll 147.9 vs. Shinard Bunch 146.6 Sonny Conto…
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Chavez Jr. 175.2, Bravo 173

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Julio César Chávez Jr. 175.2 vs. Evert Bravo 173
Francisco Horta 121.9 vs. Francisco Alarcón 122.3
Jessica Nery 109.1 vs. Bárbara Martínez 108.6
Fernando Molina 135.5 vs. Giovani Alexander 135.2
Martín Jiménez 118 vs. Cristian Medina 119
Oscar Tapia 154 vs. Jesús Alberto Morales 152

Venue: Estadio Antonio R. Márquez
Promoter: Zanfer, Mega eventos Code Jalisco
TV: Azteca 7, Canal Space

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Julio César Chávez Jr. 175.2 vs. Evert Bravo 173 Francisco Horta 121.9 vs. Francisco Alarcón 122.3 Jessica Nery 109.1 vs. Bárbara Martínez 108.6 Fernando Molina 135.5 vs. Giovani Alexander 135.2…
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Ortiz, Orozco make weight

By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale

Vergil Ortiz Jr 147 vs. Antonio Orozco 146.75
(WBA gold welterweight title)
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Joshua Franco 118.25 vs. Oscar Negrete 117.5
Hector Tanajara Jr 134.5 vs. Ezequiel Avilez 134.25
Marcelino Lopez 142.25 vs. Daniel Echeverria 142.75
Travell Mazion 153.2 vs. Jeremy Ramos 153.25
Alex Rincon 154.5 vs. Joel Guevara 152.25
Hector Valdez 121.75 vs. Rafael DelGado 121.75
George Rincon 139.6 vs. Enrique Escobar 139.25
Tristan Kalkreuth 178.5 vs. Kynndale Prather 168.5
Joshua Juarez 177 vs. Emanuel Sanchez 171.75

Venue: Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: DAZN

By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale Vergil Ortiz Jr 147 vs. Antonio Orozco 146.75 (WBA gold welterweight title) Joshua Franco 118.25 vs. Oscar Negrete 117.5 Hector Tanajara Jr 134.5 vs.…
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Ruiz-Joshua II lands in Saudi Arabia

On Monday in London, Eddie Hearn will chair a press conference along with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge Entertainment, official event partner in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to formally announce Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 ‘Clash on the Dunes.’ The bout will take place December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Ababia.
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On Monday in London, Eddie Hearn will chair a press conference along with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge Entertainment, official event partner in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,…
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Weights from Finland

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Edis Tatli 144,8 vs. Berman Sanchez 145,5
Oskari Metz 147 vs. Bibi Ondoua 146,4
Jose Antonio Sanchez Romero 123 vs. Yesner Talavera 125,7
Nourdeen Toure 145,3 vs. Fernando Valencia 142,2
Timo Laine 172,8 vs. Davyd Horokhovets 172
Dayron Lester 179,7 vs. Denys Kozakov 174,4

Venue: Olavinlinna Castle, Savonlinna
Promoter: Veljekset Pekkonen Oy & Pekka Mäki
Web Stream: Ruutu.fi / Nelonen

Edis Tatli 144,8 vs. Berman Sanchez 145,5 Oskari Metz 147 vs. Bibi Ondoua 146,4 Jose Antonio Sanchez Romero 123 vs. Yesner Talavera 125,7 Nourdeen Toure 145,3 vs. Fernando Valencia 142,2…
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Weights from Kiev

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Khasan Baysangurov 162 vs. Ilya Kharlamau 160
Ramil Gadzhyiev 176 vs. Aleksandar Petrovic 175
Shamil Galaev 154 vs. Andrii Moreiko 152
Khyseyn Baysangurov 159 vs. Badri Gogichashvili 160
Dmytro Mytrofanov 160 vs. Rafal Jackiewicz 161
Ruslan Riabokon 133 vs. Vasyl Chebotar 134

Venue: Caribbean Club, Kiev, Ukraine
Promoter: Eliseev Boxing System

Khasan Baysangurov 162 vs. Ilya Kharlamau 160 Ramil Gadzhyiev 176 vs. Aleksandar Petrovic 175 Shamil Galaev 154 vs. Andrii Moreiko 152 Khyseyn Baysangurov 159 vs. Badri Gogichashvili 160 Dmytro Mytrofanov…
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Teshigawara halts Omori, keeps OPBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

OPBF super bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2-2, 13 KOs), 122, successfully kept his regional belt as he took the initiative, continued to whip former world challenger Shohei Omori (20-3, 15 KOs), 122, and finally halted him with a flurry of punches at 2:36 of the twelfth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Hiroaki, handled by ex-WBA 154-pound champ Koichi Wajima, had him at bay in round six and was leading on points after the eighth: 79-73 twice and 78-3 on open scoring system. Omori showed his retaliation with southpaw lefts to the midsection in the tenth and eleventh, but Teshigahwara accelerated his last surge down the stretch to have the referee Nakamura call a well-received halt.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda OPBF super bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara (20-2-2, 13 KOs), 122, successfully kept his regional belt as he took the initiative, continued to whip…
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Franco and Negrete square off in trilogy

By Jeff Zimmerman

In the co-main event, on the undercard of the exciting Ortiz-Orozco battle this Saturday night at The Theatre at Grand Prairie and streamed live on DAZN, Joshua Franco (15-1-1, 7 KOs) and Oscar Negrete (18-2-1, 7 KOs) square off for the 3rd time in a row and will be for Franco’s NABF and WBA International bantamweight titles.

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The first fight ended in a draw and the second was a split decision victory for Franco that could have gone either way or a draw as well. Both fights were very close and the rubber match in this unusual trilogy should be no different.

In an exclusive interview with both fighters, Fightnews.com® caught up with both fighters at the final Press Conference as they prepare to do battle once again. Continue reading “Franco and Negrete square off in trilogy”

By Jeff Zimmerman In the co-main event, on the undercard of the exciting Ortiz-Orozco battle this Saturday night at The Theatre at Grand Prairie and streamed live on DAZN, Joshua…
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Chavez Jr-Bravo Final Press Conference

Super middleweights Julio César Chávez Jr (50-3-1, 32 KOs) and Evert Bravo (25-10-1, 19 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for Saturday’s clash in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico.
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “I am very happy for the treatment and affection that has been given to me by the people and the authorities of San Juan de Los Lagos. I want to say that we had a great preparation, I know that this is my last chance in boxing and I can’t let any more time pass. We’ll go step by step and first is to win the fight on Saturday, look good, feel good, and then approach the championship opportunity. I want to be world champion again, and that’s what we’re working hard for.”

Julio Cesar Chavez: “I closely followed his preparation in Tijuana and the truth is he trained very well. He was devoted and disciplined. He’s stronger and better conditioned than I’ve seen him in a long time. He trained for a major fight, not for weight loss, and these are the results. If he wants to, applies himself, and dedicates himself to the gym, of course, he can become world champion again.”

Evert Bravo: “Julio is the son of a great legend, but he is not a legend. I think he should have stayed in retirement. I appreciate the opportunity you gave me to be chosen as your opponent for your return, but if you think you’ll have it easy with me, you’re wrong. I’ve come to Mexico to beat Chávez!”

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Super middleweights Julio César Chávez Jr (50-3-1, 32 KOs) and Evert Bravo (25-10-1, 19 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for Saturday’s clash in San Juan de los…
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Sosa, Berlanga, Ramirez ready to shine in Philly

Opportunity has knocked for former WBA super featherweight world champion Jason Sosa. After Carl Frampton suffered a freak injury at the fight hotel Monday — a concrete pillar fell and broke his left hand — Sosa’s 10-rounder versus Haskell Lydell Rhodes was elevated to the main event. Sosa, middleweight knockout artist Edgar Berlanga (11-0, 11 first-round KOs), and the professional debut of two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez will headline a night of fights Saturday evening at the Liacouras Center on ESPN+.
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Two days before the fights, they stopped by the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym for a “Back to School Giveaway,” where dozens of local children were given backpacks for the upcoming school year. Continue reading “Sosa, Berlanga, Ramirez ready to shine in Philly”

Opportunity has knocked for former WBA super featherweight world champion Jason Sosa. After Carl Frampton suffered a freak injury at the fight hotel Monday — a concrete pillar fell and…
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Weights from Rhode Island

Juiseppe Cusumano 241 vs. Steve Vukosa 244
Jamaine Ortiz 139 vs. Romain Couture 138
Ricky De Los Santos 125 vs. Yeuri Andujar 124
Michael Valentin 137 vs. Lonnie Jackson Jr. 137
Marqus Bates 144 vs. Evincii Dixon 144
Elijah Peixoto 137 vs. Carlos Otero 138
Victor Reynoso 154 vs. Kenny Chery 154
Lamont Powell 153 vs. Ricardo Garcia 152
Nicholas Briggs 146 vs. Bryan Goldsby 148

Venue: Twin River Casino Hotel, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: CES Boxing

Juiseppe Cusumano 241 vs. Steve Vukosa 244 Jamaine Ortiz 139 vs. Romain Couture 138 Ricky De Los Santos 125 vs. Yeuri Andujar 124 Michael Valentin 137 vs. Lonnie Jackson Jr.…
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Lerena to make fifth defense of IBO belt

South Africa’s Kevin Lerena will make the next defense of his IBO junior-heavyweight belt against Sefer Seferi of Macedonia on Saturday September 21 at the Emperors Palace Casino near Kempton Park.

The southpaw Lerena (23-1, 10 KOs), who has been fighting as a pro since November 2011, has won the WBF Africa junior-heavyweight, WBC Youth junior heavyweight, South African junior- heavyweight, WBA Pan African cruiserweight and IBO junior-heavyweight titles. Continue reading “Lerena to make fifth defense of IBO belt”

South Africa’s Kevin Lerena will make the next defense of his IBO junior-heavyweight belt against Sefer Seferi of Macedonia on Saturday September 21 at the Emperors Palace Casino near Kempton…
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Vergil Ortiz Jr is a rising star

By Jeff Zimmerman

Vergil Ortiz Jr. (13-0, 13 KOs), out of Grand Prairie, Texas, who recently moved up from 140 to 147, has quietly become one of the hottest young fighters in boxing. The heavy handed and personable yet humble Ortiz appears destined for greatness, although he won’t be the one to tell you. And even though he has fought on the undercard of the biggest name in boxing in Canelo Alvarez multiple times and is the same age, 21, of another one of Golden Boy’s young stars in Ryan Garcia who boasts 3M Instagram followers, the spotlight is new to Ortiz.

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The light will surely brighten on Saturday night as he faces his toughest foe to date in former world title contender Antonio Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs) in the main event, a fight that will also be his first in his hometown and take place at The Theatre at Grand Prairie and shown live on DAZN. Continue reading “Vergil Ortiz Jr is a rising star”

By Jeff Zimmerman Vergil Ortiz Jr. (13-0, 13 KOs), out of Grand Prairie, Texas, who recently moved up from 140 to 147, has quietly become one of the hottest young…
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Chavez Jr. looks sharp in workout

Hundreds of boxing fans crammed the main square in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico, to see former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who returns to the ring Saturday.
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“I’m ready,” said Junior, who looked very quick and powerful on the pads. “I putting in 100-percent to my training, focused on boxing. I’m aiming to become world champion again and I still have a lot of history to write!”

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Hundreds of boxing fans crammed the main square in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico, to see former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who returns to…
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Boxing returns to Clackamas, OR

By Ricardo Ibarra

On August 24th the Clackamas Armory in Clackamas, Oregon will play host to professional boxing for a second time this month. In what promises to be a stacked night of fights, Pure Combat will stage a mixed combat sports event at the venue featuring both professional and amateur boxing, as well as mixed martial arts. Headlining the card will be unbeaten Jr. lightweight prospect Victor Morales, Jr. (11-0, 7 KOs), taking on Darryl Hayes (6-14, 1 KO) in one of four pro boxing matchups scheduled. Continue reading “Boxing returns to Clackamas, OR”

By Ricardo Ibarra On August 24th the Clackamas Armory in Clackamas, Oregon will play host to professional boxing for a second time this month. In what promises to be a…
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Ortiz-Orozco Media Day

By Jeff Zimmerman

Vergil Ortiz Jr. (13-0, 13 KOs) and Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs) hosted a media workout today at the Irving Police Athletic League in Irving, Texas ahead of their 12-round battle. Their battle will take place on Saturday at The Theatre at Grand Prairie in Texas and will be streamed live on DAZN.

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Vergil Ortiz Jr: “This is going to be an explosive and very entertaining fight. This is my people and I don’t want them wasting their money on an average fight. This isn’t going to be an average fight, this is going to be a fight where two Mexicans warriors are going to go at it until the very end and give it all we got. I have a lot of respect for Orozco; he only has one loss and he is definitely still in his prime with 31-years-old. He is a great fighter.”

Antonio Orozco: “We are looking for a fight to get people talking once again. This is the type of solid fights I like, and I don’t want to disappoint the fans. I want to win and I’m going to push myself to win. Vergil Ortiz has made a name for himself, he is a tremendous fighter, he has built a reputation and I’m here to prove that I still have it. This is going to be a great fight.”

By Jeff Zimmerman Vergil Ortiz Jr. (13-0, 13 KOs) and Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (28-1, 17 KOs) hosted a media workout today at the Irving Police Athletic League in Irving, Texas…
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