Dillian Whyte added to Ruiz-Joshua card

It’s official. Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) has landed a spot on the colossal Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Anthony Joshua 2 World title rematch taking place at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia on December 7, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. Whyte will take on former world title challenger Mariusz Wach (35-5, 19 KOs). Wach was due to face Whyte back in 2017 before ‘The Body Snatcher’ withdrew from their contest with an injured foot.

“I’m delighted to be fighting in Saudi Arabia against Mariusz Wach,” said Whyte. “He’s probably got one of the best chins in the heavyweight division. Continue reading “Dillian Whyte added to Ruiz-Joshua card”

It’s official. Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) has landed a spot on the colossal Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Anthony Joshua 2 World title rematch taking place at the…
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WBA “Future Champions” event in Florida

With the first event of the WBA Future Champions program, the WBA will begin its direct support for amateur boxing with 12 fights between boxers of various nationalities this coming Friday at Hialeah Gardens High School in Miami. The card will begin at 3:00 pm on a day that will be very important for the organization.

In the first match, Dayana Sanchez, from Argentina, will face Kiria Tapia, from Puerto Rico, in the 60 kilograms class. They will be followed by Lucia Perez (ARG) and Nisia Rodriguez (PUR), in the 69 kg class, while the third match will be between Leonela Sanchez (ARG) and Melanie Costa (USA) in the 57 kg class. After these three elite fights, the awards will be made. Continue reading “WBA “Future Champions” event in Florida”

With the first event of the WBA Future Champions program, the WBA will begin its direct support for amateur boxing with 12 fights between boxers of various nationalities this coming…
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Oscar Valdez poised for super feather debut

By Miguel Maravilla

Former featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez of Tucson, Arizona by way of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico returns to the ring this Saturday night as he takes on former world title challenger fellow Mexican Andres Gutierrez of Queretaro, Mexico in the headlining the ESPN+ card at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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“I’m just excited to be back. Andres Gutierrez is a very tough fighter and he is coming with everything. I feel good and I’m just ready to give a solid performance,” Oscar Valdez told Fightnews.com®.

Valdez (26-0, 20 KOs) will be making his super featherweight debut. Continue reading “Oscar Valdez poised for super feather debut”

By Miguel Maravilla Former featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez of Tucson, Arizona by way of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico returns to the ring this Saturday night as he takes on former…
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Interview: George Kambosos

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Team Kambosos

IBF #3 lightweight George Kambosos talks about his scheduled bout with former IBF world champion Mickey Bey on December 14 in Madison Square Garden promoted by Top Rank.

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Kambosos also mentions that Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is considering him as a future Lomanchenko opponent. Kambosos is promoted by Lou DiBella and trained by Javiel Centeno in Miami. Continue reading “Interview: George Kambosos”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Team Kambosos IBF #3 lightweight George Kambosos talks about his scheduled bout with former IBF world champion Mickey Bey on December 14…
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Weights from Quincy, MA

Chris Traietti 197 vs Fabio Garrido 199
Justin Rolfe 242 vs Tracey Johnson 219.5
Edet Mkpanam 179 vs Michael Anderson 181
Jahyae Brown 153 vs Larry Smith 154.5

Venue: Quincy National Guard Armory, Quincy, MA
Promoter: Granite Chin Promotions
Tickets: Ticketriver.com (keyword: final homecoming)

Chris Traietti 197 vs Fabio Garrido 199 Justin Rolfe 242 vs Tracey Johnson 219.5 Edet Mkpanam 179 vs Michael Anderson 181 Jahyae Brown 153 vs Larry Smith 154.5 Venue: Quincy…
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Munguia-O’Sullivan Final Press Conference

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Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) and Gary O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs) hosted a press conference Tuesday The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to formally announce their 12-round middleweight fight, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the very same place and will be streamed live on DAZN.
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Jaime Munguia: I’m excited to be moving up to 160 lbs. where they say that some of the most important fighters in boxing are. I have a very tough fighter in front of me, Gary O’Sullivan who’s very tough. If I want those bigger fights then I have to demonstrate that I’m worthy of that against this guy, so I have to do my best in order to rise up in the rankings. I look forward to delivering a great fight for Mexico. Viva Mexico.”

Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan: Jaime Munguia is a great fighter, I’m very motivated by this challenge; he’s a young world champion, undefeated. For many, this is the stuff of dreams to come to his own backyard and fight the undefeated champion of the world. I’ve never felt the more motivated in my career. I look forward to putting on a show for January 11. I’m going to prepare very hard for this fight, harder than ever, and come January 11 I’ll be ready for war.”

Continue reading “Munguia-O’Sullivan Final Press Conference”

Photos: Ron Cortes-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Jaime Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) and Gary O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs) hosted a press conference Tuesday The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to formally announce their…
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WBO strips Mairis Briedis of cruiserweight title

The WBO Executive Committee has stripped WBO cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis and declared the title vacant. Briedis was ordered to face Krzysztof Glowacki in a rematch after their controversial fight last June, however, Breidis didn’t comply with the WBO’s deadline and instead will compete in the World Boxing Super Series final against IBF champion Yuniel Dorticos. Glowacki will likely face the highest rated available contender for the vacant belt.

The WBO Executive Committee has stripped WBO cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis and declared the title vacant. Briedis was ordered to face Krzysztof Glowacki in a rematch after their controversial fight…
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“The Scale: A Great Responsibility of the Boxers”

By Mauricio Sulaiman
Son of José Sulaimán / WBC President

Two Mexican fighters dropped a great opportunity to shine in one of the most important boxing cards of this 2019. Luis “Pantera” Nery and Julio César “Pollito” Ceja did not make the weight and caused great damage to this promotion. Continue reading ““The Scale: A Great Responsibility of the Boxers””

By Mauricio Sulaiman Son of José Sulaimán / WBC President Two Mexican fighters dropped a great opportunity to shine in one of the most important boxing cards of this 2019.…
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Davis-Gamboa kick-off press conference

Two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis went face to face with former unified champion Yuriorkis Gamboa Tuesday at a press conference in Atlanta to preview their battle for the vacant WBA lightweight title taking place December 28 on Showtime.

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Gervonta Davis: “Coming up in weight is something that I know I have to do to be great. Gamboa is a tough opponent. He’s a gold medalist who hits hard. I’m going to test the waters and December 28 I’m going to show everyone what I can do…the fans should expect action on December 28. I’m going to give it my all and I’m going to put him down on his face.”

Yuriorkis Gamboa: “When I came out to Baltimore and knocked out Roman Martinez, I proved to the naysayers that I have a lot left in the tank. On December 28, my goal is to continue to prove everyone wrong…I know that we’re both coming to win, but in my heart and my soul, I see myself winning on December 28. I’ll leave it all in the ring to do so.”

Continue reading “Davis-Gamboa kick-off press conference”

Two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis went face to face with former unified champion Yuriorkis Gamboa Tuesday at a press conference in Atlanta to preview their battle for the…
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Tete-Casimero Preview

WBO bantamweight world champion Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) will make his first title defense in more than a year against former two-weight world champion John Riel Casimero (28-4, 19 KOs) on Saturday from Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England.

This will be the fourth title defense for Tete, who withdrew from the World Boxing Super Series tournament earlier this year with a shoulder injury. He is unbeaten in 12 bouts dating back to 2012, including an 11-second knockout over Siboniso Gonya which broke a boxing record for the fastest KO in a world title bout.

Casimero is looking to become the fourth Filipino boxer to win world titles in three weight classes. He has reigned as IBF junior flyweight world champion and IBF flyweight world champion.

Tete-Casimero will headline a scheduled six-bout stream on ESPN+.

WBO bantamweight world champion Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) will make his first title defense in more than a year against former two-weight world champion John Riel Casimero (28-4, 19…
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Showtime announces Dec 7 undercard stream

Showtime Sports has announced it will live stream two undercard bouts on Saturday, December 7 from Barclays Center leading up to undefeated WBC middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo defending his title against Dennis Hogan.

Once-beaten middleweight contenders Immanuwel Aleem (18-1-2, 11 KOs) and Ronald Ellis (16-1-2, 11 KOs) face off in a 10-round fight, plus Louisa Hawton (9-2, 5 KOs) versus Lorraine Villalobos (4-2, 2 KOs) in a rematch for the WBC women’s interim strawweight championship.

The stream will run on the Showtime Sports YouTube channel and the Showtime Boxing Facebook page.

Showtime Sports has announced it will live stream two undercard bouts on Saturday, December 7 from Barclays Center leading up to undefeated WBC middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo defending his…
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Ruiz-Joshua DAZN undercard

By Przemek Garczarczyk

As of now, the December 7 Ruiz-Joshua DAZN undercard in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, looks like this:

Alexander Povetkin vs. Michael Hunter (heavyweight)
Filip Hrgovic vs. Eric Molina (heavyweight)

Promoter Eddie Hearn is trying to get heavyweight Dillian Whyte on the card also, likely against former world title challenger Mariusz Wach.

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Ruiz-Joshua 2 will be held in a custom-built 15,000-seat outdoor arena.

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Photo: Diriyah Season

By Przemek Garczarczyk As of now, the December 7 Ruiz-Joshua DAZN undercard in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, looks like this: Alexander Povetkin vs. Michael Hunter (heavyweight) Filip Hrgovic vs. Eric Molina…
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Andy Ruiz lands in Saudi Arabia

Photos: Diriyah Season

Heavyweight World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr has vowed to “make history again” as he landed in Saudi Arabia for the Clash On The Dunes, bringing his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO title belts with him. Ruiz followed his challenger Anthony Joshua into the Kingdom, touching down at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh in the early hours of today to set up his own training camp to prepare for the epic bout on December 7.
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The first-ever Heavyweight World Title fight to take place in the Middle East will be staged in the custom-built 15,000 seat Diriyah Arena which is now ready for action in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the home of heroes and kings. Continue reading “Andy Ruiz lands in Saudi Arabia”

Photos: Diriyah Season Heavyweight World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr has vowed to “make history again” as he landed in Saudi Arabia for the Clash On The Dunes, bringing his WBA,…
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Besputin-Butaev clash for WBA welter title

Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KOs) and Radzhab Butaev (12-0, 9 KOs) will square off for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight title this Saturday at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco. The will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the United States.

The two fighters were originally slated to fight for the WBA’s interim welterweight belt but the bout was upgraded to the regular title when Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman, thereby earning the super title and leaving the regular title vacant. Continue reading “Besputin-Butaev clash for WBA welter title”

Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KOs) and Radzhab Butaev (12-0, 9 KOs) will square off for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight title this Saturday at the Casino de…
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Maurice Weber Announces Retirement

After 20 years in boxing, former world light middleweight title challenger Maurice Weber (22-2-1, 9 KOs) has decided to hang up his gloves due to a consistent hand injury he suffered in his world title fight against countryman Jack Culcay in 2015. Weber, 38 years of age, underwent two surgeries and countless treatments but was strongly advised by his team of physicians to retire from the sport of boxing. “It was a difficult decision for me but I was kinda prepared for it“, Weber said. “I started boxing at twelve years old and turned pro with Universum at 24. I’ve been in boxing my whole life. I wanted nothing more than to return to the ring but I have to accept my fate and listen to my doctors. Health always comes first.“

After 20 years in boxing, former world light middleweight title challenger Maurice Weber (22-2-1, 9 KOs) has decided to hang up his gloves due to a consistent hand injury he…
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Perseverance pays off for Alvarado twins

This past weekend, Rene Alvarado (32-8, 21 KOs) of Nicaragua dethroned Andrew Cancio to win the WBA super featherweight championship. The two had previously fought nearly four years ago and Cancio stopped Alvarado. The win was quite a feat by Alvarado considering at one point in his career he lost 6 out 10 fights. He eventually got it together and is currently riding an eight-fight win streak.
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His twin brother is IBF light flyweight champion Felix Alvarado (35-2, 30 KOs). Felix has also faced adversity, dropping back to back decision losses in world title attempts within a six-month span. He became a world champion last year and has one successful title defense. Continue reading “Perseverance pays off for Alvarado twins”

This past weekend, Rene Alvarado (32-8, 21 KOs) of Nicaragua dethroned Andrew Cancio to win the WBA super featherweight championship. The two had previously fought nearly four years ago and…
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Petalcorin-Shiro clash for WBC title Dec 23

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA world champion and Current IBF #4 and WBA #8 Randy Petalcorin (33-3-1, 23 KOs) was called in at late notice to replace IBF world champion Felix Alvarado on December 23rd in Japan to fight for the WBC world title against champion Ken Shiro (16-0, 9 KOs)
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“Randy has four weeks to get ready and to travel to Japan and fight the best light flyweight in the world Ken Shiro. It’s a big challenge that we couldn’t knock back. It’s a chance of a lifetime for Petalcorin,” said co-manager Peter Maniatis. Continue reading “Petalcorin-Shiro clash for WBC title Dec 23”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA world champion and Current IBF #4 and WBA #8 Randy Petalcorin (33-3-1, 23 KOs) was called in at late notice to…
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Velazquez in action on Saturday in La Paz

Unbeaten Olympian flyweight Joselito “Huracán” Velazquez (11-0, 9 KOs) takes on Adrián “Gatito” Curiel (15-2, 3 KOs) in a ten round bout on Saturday at the Arena La Paz in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Azteca 7, la Casa del Boxeo, will televise the bout in Mexico. Velázquez, trained by Freddie Roach, who will be in his corner in La Paz, is seeking his fifth win of the year.

In the co-feature, super featherweight Carlos “Chinito” Ornelas (24-2, 14 KOs) faces José Alberto “Negro” Guzmán (21-2-3, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder.

Unbeaten Olympian flyweight Joselito “Huracán” Velazquez (11-0, 9 KOs) takes on Adrián “Gatito” Curiel (15-2, 3 KOs) in a ten round bout on Saturday at the Arena La Paz in…
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Jermall Charlo: I’m going for the knockout

WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo is looking to get back to his knockout ways against Dennis Hogan on Showtime December 7 after back-to-back unanimous decisions that snapped his string of knockouts in five of his last six fights.

“You hear fighters say that they’re not going for the knockout, but I am,” said Charlo. “If I hit Hogan with something flush, he’s going to sleep. I’m in shape. I’m strong. I’m going for the knockout if it’s there. If he thinks he can bully me, then I’ll show him he made a big mistake. I’m back where I want to be. It took me a little while to fill out into a true middleweight, but I’m here now.” Continue reading “Jermall Charlo: I’m going for the knockout”

WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo is looking to get back to his knockout ways against Dennis Hogan on Showtime December 7 after back-to-back unanimous decisions that snapped his string of…
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New opponent for Zhang Zhilei

Unbeaten heavyweight Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (20-0, 16 KOs) will now face Andriy Rudenko (32-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco. Rudenko stepped in for Sergey Kuzmin, who withdrew from the bout due to injury. This will be Zhilei’s first fight in 14 months.

A two-time Olympian, Zhilei won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and lost a close split decision match against gold medal winner and future heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in the 2012 London Olympics.

DAZN will televise.

Unbeaten heavyweight Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (20-0, 16 KOs) will now face Andriy Rudenko (32-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco. Rudenko stepped…
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Dominick Guinn ends career with a win

In what was announced as his final bout, 44-year-old former heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn (38-13-1, 26 KOs) won by six round split decision over Terrell Jamal Woods (23-46-7, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arabia Shrine Center in Houston, Texas. Scores were 58-56, 59-55 for Guinn, 58-56 for Woods. Guinn won the vacant American Boxing Federation “American West” heavyweight title.

Super welterweight Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield moved to 2-0 with 2 KOs after a third round knockout over debuting Henry Mendez. A body shot put Mendez down for the count. Holyfield is the son of legendary former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who was in attendance.

In what was announced as his final bout, 44-year-old former heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn (38-13-1, 26 KOs) won by six round split decision over Terrell Jamal Woods (23-46-7, 16 KOs)…
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Helenius to fight in Estonia this weekend

Finnish heavyweight Robert ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ Helenius (28-3, 17 KOs) will fight Mateus Roberto “Tsunami” Osorio (9-4, 9 KOs) from Brazil on Saturday in the historic Estonian city of Narva. It’s a tune-up fight for Helenius, who has set his sights on a return to the United States.
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“When I win this fight I have another one coming up in the US. This fight is a stepping stone for my return to America again. Yes, I admit that I had planned for a year that looked very different to the one I’ve had. But I still want a shot at a world championship fight – so right now my focus is one fight at a time,” says Helenius to Paf. Continue reading “Helenius to fight in Estonia this weekend”

Finnish heavyweight Robert ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ Helenius (28-3, 17 KOs) will fight Mateus Roberto “Tsunami” Osorio (9-4, 9 KOs) from Brazil on Saturday in the historic Estonian city of Narva.…
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Casimero aims for bantam title against Tete

Former IBF flyweight champion John Riel Casimero (28-4, 19 KOs) will be inspired by his promoter and friend Manny Pacquiao when he challenges WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at Arena Birmingham on Saturday live on BT Sport and ESPN+. Casimero’s promoter Manny Pacquiao wanted to stage the bout in the Philippines, but Tete’s promoter Warren won the purse bids.
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Casimero, who is currently WBO interim champion, will be flanked by his adviser and Manny Pacquiao Promotions boss Sean Gibbons when he lands in Britain this weekend. “I told the Senator (Pacquiao) that Casimero had a tremendous camp and we want nothing less than a victory,” says Gibbons. Continue reading “Casimero aims for bantam title against Tete”

Former IBF flyweight champion John Riel Casimero (28-4, 19 KOs) will be inspired by his promoter and friend Manny Pacquiao when he challenges WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete (28-3, 21…
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IBF #1 Khongsong expecting title shot soon

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #1 light welterweight Apinan Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs) is confident he will defeat IBF/WBA champion Josh Taylor (16-0, KO 12) when he finally gets his IBF mandatory opportunity in 2020. Khongsong became the mandatory contender after he stopped Japan’s Akihiro Kondo in round five on February 18, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, but he has been waiting nearly two years for his title shot while Taylor competed in and ultimately won the World Boxing Super Series.

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“I am prepared to promote the IBF title fight between my boxer Apinan Khongsong and IBF Champion Josh Taylor in Thailand in 2020,” said Jimmy Chaichotchuang, the promoter of Khongsong. “We will now wait for the IBF to order the IBF mandatory title bout. Continue reading “IBF #1 Khongsong expecting title shot soon”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF #1 light welterweight Apinan Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs) is confident he will defeat IBF/WBA champion Josh Taylor (16-0, KO 12) when he…
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Khytrov, Vargas victorious in Tampa

2012 Ukraine Olympian super middleweight Ievgen Khytrov (19-2, 16 KOs) was victorious when Ernest Amuzu (25-4, 22 KOs) didn’t come out for round four on Saturday might at the Bryan Glazer JCC in Tampa, Florida. The big-punching Khytrov, who appeared in the most recent edition of “The Contender,” punished Amuzu throughout the fight.

2016 United States Olympian bantamweight Antonio Vargas (11-1, 5 KOs) scored a first round KO over Szilveszter Kanales (14-10, 9 KOs) in his first fight since his loss to Jose Cardenas in May.

Heavyweight Lenroy Thomas (22-5-1, 10 KOs) stopped Miguel Cubos (13-22-1, 10 KOs) in round one.

2012 Ukraine Olympian super middleweight Ievgen Khytrov (19-2, 16 KOs) was victorious when Ernest Amuzu (25-4, 22 KOs) didn’t come out for round four on Saturday might at the Bryan…
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