Fights set for Roc Nation trio

Roc Nation Sports today announced fights for three unbeaten fighters in its stable, heavyweight Darmani Rock, featherweight Tramaine Williams, and light heavyweight Junior Younan.

Rock (13-0, 8 KOs) will compete on February 8th in his hometown of Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena, taking on Steven Lyons (5-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout.

On February 23, Williams (15-0, 5 KOs) will take on an opponent to be announced in a six-round bout at the Genetti Manor in Scranton, PA. This will be Williams’ first fight since his release from prison in October 2018.

On March 9, Younan (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will compete in an eight-round match at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, on the same card as stablemate WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker’s title defense against Mikkel LesPierre. Younan’s opponent will be announced in the near future.

Roc Nation Sports today announced fights for three unbeaten fighters in its stable, heavyweight Darmani Rock, featherweight Tramaine Williams, and light heavyweight Junior Younan. Rock (13-0, 8 KOs) will compete…
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New ShoBox co-feature

Undefeated lightweights Thomas Mattice and Will Madera will face off in the new co-feature of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME from Main Street Armory in Rochester, N.Y. Mattice (13-0-1, 10 KOs) and Madera (12-0-2, 6 KOs) will meet in an eight-round co-featured bout on the telecast, which begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and is headlined by the return of undefeated super middleweight prospect Ronald Ellis against once-beaten DeAndre Ware.

The Mattice vs. Madera bout was added to the telecast after unbeaten 140-pound prospect Logan Yoon suffered a knee injury while training to face Richard Zamora.

Undefeated lightweights Thomas Mattice and Will Madera will face off in the new co-feature of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME from Main Street Armory in…
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Infamous sparring session motivates DeGale

The ring in James DeGale’s gym is a constant reminder to him of an infamous sparring session with Chris Eubank Jr. that sparked the bitter feud that has led to their British blockbuster showdown on February 23 at The O2 in London. The notorious sparring session between DeGale and Eubank Jr. happened in 2011 at his then gym in Debden, Essex, when DeGale was preparing to challenge for the European super middleweight title and young prospect Eubank had only had a handful of fights.

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It was agreed between both camps that they would spar eight rounds, but after six rounds which DeGale claims he got the better of, Eubank Jr. left the ring for no particular reason with two rounds remaining. When DeGale and his trainer Jim McDonnell then started a pad session, Eubank Jr. did his trademark rope-vault back into the ring and started shadow boxing in between them which infuriated DeGale and he says he threw Eubank out of the gym for being disrespectful. Continue reading “Infamous sparring session motivates DeGale”

The ring in James DeGale’s gym is a constant reminder to him of an infamous sparring session with Chris Eubank Jr. that sparked the bitter feud that has led to…
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Thurman targets Pacquiao

After his nationally televised win over Josesito Lopez on FOX Saturday night, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman made it clear that he would like to unify the WBA titler with regular beltholder Manny Pacquiao.

“I would most likely definitely take the Manny Pacquiao fight this year,” declared Thurman. “I feel good. I’m ready to fight wherever Pacquiao wants it.”

If Thurman and Pacman do get on, expect it to be on PPV. The Pacquiao-Broner PPV the previous week reportedly had 400k buys.

After his nationally televised win over Josesito Lopez on FOX Saturday night, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman made it clear that he would like to unify the WBA titler with…
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Interview: WBA#4 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #4 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy talks to Fightnews.com® about his stoppage win over Victor Fonseca in Madison Square Garden in December, training with superstar Canelo Alvarez under Eddie Reynoso, and boxing in Las Vegas on the undercard of Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs on May 4, 2019. Akkawy also talks about WBA #1 Joh Ryder, WBA #2 Fedor Chudinov, WBA #3 Chris Eubank Jr and world rated Aussie super middleweight WBO #4 Rohan Murdock, WBO #8 Zac Dunn and WBA #9 Jayde Mitchell.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #4 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy talks to Fightnews.com® about his stoppage win over Victor Fonseca in Madison Square Garden in December, training…
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Perez, Navarette win big in Amarillo, Texas

By David Finger

In front of a raucous near capacity crowd of over 3,000, local boy Abel Navarette Jr., 131, dominated debuting David Waters, 131.8, of Corpus Cristi, scoring a stoppage in the opening round at the Azteca Music Hall in Amarillo Texas Saturday night (January 26th).

Waters, a fighter with a solid MMA background, struggled with the talented Amarillo native from the opening bell. Waters tried to jab and force his way inside but Navarette easily picked him apart and dropped him half way through the opening round with a vicious right hand to the body followed by a short hook to the head. Waters gamely tried to fight through the danger after rising, but although he won points for courage he was simply unable to turn the tide. A hard right to the face followed by an uppercut hurt him and sent him backpedaling into the corner where another flurry and body shot sent him back to the canvas a second time. Waters rose again but was quickly felled a third time with a left hook to the temple, prompting referee Jon Schorle to wave the fight off at 2:47 of the opening round. Continue reading “Perez, Navarette win big in Amarillo, Texas”

By David Finger In front of a raucous near capacity crowd of over 3,000, local boy Abel Navarette Jr., 131, dominated debuting David Waters, 131.8, of Corpus Cristi, scoring a…
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Maricela Cornejo Decisions Erin Toughill

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions kicked off its 2019 Hollywood Fight Nights series from the Avalon in Hollywood. The ladies Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (13-3, 5 KOs) and Erin Toughill (7-4-1) squared off in the main event. Cornejo was the boxer as Toughill stalked and connected with the right hand. Letting her hands go, Cornejo was the busier much of the fight but Toughill continued to stay on her.

In round five Cornejo and Toughill mixed up on the inside as they appeared to be fighting in a phone booth exchanging body shots and uppercuts. Late in the fight, the Diva Cornejo stayed busy behind the jab as Toughill continued to stalk and pressure. There was no quitting in Cornejo and Toughill as they closed trading away to the final bell.

In the end, the judges scored the bout 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74 as Maricela Cornejo takes the unanimous decision. Continue reading “Maricela Cornejo Decisions Erin Toughill”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions kicked off its 2019 Hollywood Fight Nights series from the Avalon in Hollywood. The ladies Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (13-3, 5…
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Gabriels retains WBA title in Nicaragua

WBA super welterweight female world champion Hanna Gabriels (18-2-1, 11 KOs) of Costa Rica retained her title by unanimous decision over Sarah Dwyer (3-5-2, 1 KO) of Australia on Saturday night at the Baco Discoteca in Managua, Nicaragua. Although less experienced, Dwyer gave a very good account of herself. In the end, it was Gabriels winning a clear but hard fought decision. The official scores were 97-93 and 100-90 twice. Continue reading “Gabriels retains WBA title in Nicaragua”

WBA super welterweight female world champion Hanna Gabriels (18-2-1, 11 KOs) of Costa Rica retained her title by unanimous decision over Sarah Dwyer (3-5-2, 1 KO) of Australia on Saturday…
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Munguia beats determined Inoue in slugfest

Photos: Stacey Verbeek

WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) prevailed in a twelve round slugfest against previously unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (13–1-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
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The brawling, granite-jawed Inoue gave Munguia problems all night, but the champ’s offensive firepower and brutal body attack made the difference. And as usual, Munguia’s defensive shortcomings made for thrilling exchanges. After twelve rounds of war, judges had it 120-108, 120-108, 119-109.

Jaime Munguia: “I was surprised by his ability to take punches. He took a lot of punches to the head and to the body. He took punches that would have dropped anyone else. Continue reading “Munguia beats determined Inoue in slugfest”

Photos: Stacey Verbeek WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) prevailed in a twelve round slugfest against previously unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (13–1-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at…
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Seldin annihilates Mate in 44 seconds

Junior welterweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (22-1, 18 KOs) needed just 44 seconds to destroy Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-13, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Big punching Seldin scored another first round knockout over Nelson Lara last month.

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Junior welterweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (22-1, 18 KOs) needed just 44 seconds to destroy Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-13, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan…
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Xu dethrones Rojas in war, wins WBA feather title

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It was “rock’em sock’em robots” on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, as WBA featherweight champion Jesus Rojas (26-3-2, 19 KOs) and unbeaten contender Xu Can (11-0, 1 KO) waged war for twelve rounds. When the dust cleared, it was Xu who dethroned Rojas by surprisingly wide scores of 118-110, 117-111, 116-112. The fight was a slugfest that seemed much closer than that.
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“I don’t feel the decision was correct,” said Jesus Rojas. “I don’t know what to say. I’m surprised. I spoke to Golden Boy Promotions, and I want the rematch. I think we worked well. I used my jab and I want the fight. Of course, I want the rematch!” Continue reading “Xu dethrones Rojas in war, wins WBA feather title”

Photos: Stacey Verbeek It was “rock’em sock’em robots” on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, as WBA featherweight champion Jesus Rojas (26-3-2, 19 KOs) and unbeaten contender…
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Thurman defeats Lopez to retain WBA welter title

After a 22-month injury layoff, WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) retained his title with a hard-fought twelve round majority decision over Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (36-8, 19 KOs) on Saturday night before 9,623 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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Thurman dropped Lopez with a left hook at the end of round two and built up a lead. Lopez made a strong run in the middle rounds, but Thurman adjusted and outboxed Josesito in the late rounds. Scores were 113-113, 115-111, 117-109.

Keith Thurman: “He had me buzzed and shaken up in the seventh round, but I tried to stay on the outside away. I was a little off in my prediction of how long his arms were. He lunged in and was really willing to commit to the knockout…he came right for me. Continue reading “Thurman defeats Lopez to retain WBA welter title”

After a 22-month injury layoff, WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) retained his title with a hard-fought twelve round majority decision over Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez…
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Ortiz stops Valdez, remains unbeaten

Undefeated super lightweight Vergil Ortiz (12-0, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO when Jesus Valdez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) couldn’t continue due to a cut on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Good performance by Ortiz.

In only his fourth fight, super bantamweight Alberto “Impacto” Melian (4-0, 3 KOs), a former amateur standout who participated in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, claimed the vacant NABA title with a tenth round TKO over Edgar Ortega (10-2-2, 5 KOs). Melian dropped Ortega with a left hook in round ten and got the stop with his follow up barrage. Continue reading “Ortiz stops Valdez, remains unbeaten”

Undefeated super lightweight Vergil Ortiz (12-0, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO when Jesus Valdez (23-5-1, 12 KOs) couldn’t continue due to a cut on Saturday night at the…
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Kownacki, Nyambayar victorious in Brooklyn

Unbeaten heavyweight Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO against former world title challenger Gerald Washington (19-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Kownacki dropped Washington with a crushing right hand in round two and got the stoppage with his brutal follow-up barrage. Time was 1:09.

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“I trained hard for this fight,” said Kownacki. “I prepared for 10 hard rounds, but I’m glad I got it done and ended it as fast as I did. I want to thank my team, without them I wouldn’t be where I’m at. I want that belt! We stuck with the game plan. I’m a pressure fighter. I worked on sitting down on my punches and I proved that I have great power when I do that. It’s amazing to have this support from the Polish fans. It definitely gives me extra energy.”

In a WBA featherweight eliminator, unbeaten Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0, 9 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Claudio Marrero (23-3, 17 KOs). Scores were 114-113, 115-112, 116-111. Marrero was deducted a point for a low blow. Continue reading “Kownacki, Nyambayar victorious in Brooklyn”

Unbeaten heavyweight Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO against former world title challenger Gerald Washington (19-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in…
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Feigenbutz stops Opalach in five

Former WBA super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (30-2, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Przemyslaw Opalach (27-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ufgauhalle in Karlsruhe, Germany. With the win, Feigenbutz claimed the fringe GBU (Global Boxing Union) world 168lb title.

Former WBA super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (30-2, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Przemyslaw Opalach (27-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ufgauhalle in Karlsruhe, Germany.…
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Weights from Hollywood, California

Maricela Cornejo 158.8 vs. Erin Toughill 158.8
Brian Ceballo 146.6 vs. Randy Fuentes 147
Christian Robles 111.4 vs. Joel Bermudez 110.8
George Navarro 116.4 vs.Anthony Torres 116.8
Alberto Jr. Felix 121.2 vs.Cody Sessions 122.2

Venue: Avalon Nightclub, Hollywood, California
Promoter: 360 Promotions
TV: www.360Promotions.us

Maricela Cornejo 158.8 vs. Erin Toughill 158.8 Brian Ceballo 146.6 vs. Randy Fuentes 147 Christian Robles 111.4 vs. Joel Bermudez 110.8 George Navarro 116.4 vs.Anthony Torres 116.8 Alberto Jr. Felix…
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Thurman, Munguia, Rojas favored tonight

Returning from a 22 month layoff, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman is a 35:1 favorite to beat Josesito Lopez tonight in Brooklyn. The bout can be seen on FOX.

Meanwhile, WBO junior middleweight champion Jamie Munguia is a whopping 90:1 favorite to retain his title against Takeshi Inoue in Houston. Also on that card, WBA “regular” featherweight champion Jesus Rojas is an 8:1 pick to handle Xu Can. Both bouts can be seen on DAZN.

Returning from a 22 month layoff, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman is a 35:1 favorite to beat Josesito Lopez tonight in Brooklyn. The bout can be seen on FOX. Meanwhile,…
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Adonis Stevenson Recovery Update

Per Stevenson girlfriend Simone “Sisi” God: “As the first month of 2019 slowly comes to a close, I’d like to share an update on the health of our beloved boxing champion Adonis Stevenson. Last month, I disclosed that Adonis had woken up and was healing from his injury in the private company of his family and his dedicated medical team. Today, I am happy to share that after months of grueling workouts and physical therapy, Adonis has taken his first few steps, and is working towards walking independently. Continue reading “Adonis Stevenson Recovery Update”

Per Stevenson girlfriend Simone “Sisi” God: “As the first month of 2019 slowly comes to a close, I’d like to share an update on the health of our beloved boxing…
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Porter-Ugas at the war grounds

WBC welterweight world champion Shawn Porter will make his first title defense against mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas on March 9 in the FOX-televised main event at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, not in Las Vegas as originally announced. Never heard of Dignity Health Sports Park? It was formerly known as The StubHub Center. The 13,000-seat tennis venue has proven to be an ideal spot for boxing with many memorable fights held there. Former world champion-turned broadcaster Tim Bradley accurately dubbed the facility as the “war grounds.”

The card also features Andrzej Fonfara against Edwin Rodriguez in a 10-round cruiserweight co-feature, and heavy-handed heavyweight Efe Ajagba faces Amir Mansour in the eight-round televised opener.

WBC welterweight world champion Shawn Porter will make his first title defense against mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas on March 9 in the FOX-televised main event at the Dignity Health Sports…
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“Popeye” Lebrón still unbeaten

Unbeaten WBO #11 featherweight Luis “Popeye” Lebrón (15-0-1, 8 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Josean “El Tren” Figueroa (12-6-2, 9 KOs) on Friday at the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Lebrón, who moved to the 122lb division for this bout, pounded on Figueroa the whole fight. Figueroa finally sank to a knee in the final round and was in no condition to continue. Time was 1:37.

Unbeaten WBO #11 featherweight Luis “Popeye” Lebrón (15-0-1, 8 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Josean “El Tren” Figueroa (12-6-2, 9 KOs) on Friday at the Ruben Zayas Montañez…
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Weights from Nicaragua

Hanna Gabriels 153.2 vs. Sara Dwyer 150.8
(WBA female super welter world title)
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Felix Alvarado vs. Crisofer Rosales (exhibition)
Wiston Guerrero 115.6 vs. Kevin Trana 115.4
Bayron Castellon 108 vs. Nelson Luna 109
Franco Gutierrez 126.4 vs. Edwin Tercero 127,2
Eusebio Osejo 129.4 vs. Jose Perez 125.8
Alexander Taylor 118.8 vs. Harby Calero 117.6
Brayan Ruiz 113.6 vs. Engel Gomez 113
Fredy Espinoza 133.8 vs. Luis Garcia 135.2

Venue: Baco Discoteca Managua, Nicaragua
Promoter: WRAM Boxing (William Ramirez)/Nica Boxing (Pablo Osunsa)
Event will be streamed on Nica Boxing Facebook page

Hanna Gabriels 153.2 vs. Sara Dwyer 150.8 (WBA female super welter world title) Felix Alvarado vs. Crisofer Rosales (exhibition) Wiston Guerrero 115.6 vs. Kevin Trana 115.4 Bayron Castellon 108 vs.…
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Weights from Mohegan Sun

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Cletus Seldin 145.5 vs. Adam Mate 147
Anthony Laureano 140.5 vs. Ronald Rivas 139
Angel Suarez 128 vs. William Foster 129
Jacob Marrero 131 vs. Zsolt Karvaj 130.5
David Papot 153 vs. Ronald Montes 163
Nathan Martinez 122.5 vs. Jerrod Minor 124
Ronnie Austion 143 vs. Marquis Hawthorne 142.5

Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: Star Boxing
TV: PPV

Cletus Seldin 145.5 vs. Adam Mate 147 Anthony Laureano 140.5 vs. Ronald Rivas 139 Angel Suarez 128 vs. William Foster 129 Jacob Marrero 131 vs. Zsolt Karvaj 130.5 David Papot…
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Munguia, Inoue, Rojas, Xu make weight

Jaime Munguia 153.2 vs. Takeshi Inoue 153.6
(WBO super middleweight title)

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Jesus Rojas 126 vs. Xu Can 125.6
(WBA featherweight title)
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Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
TV: DAZN

Jaime Munguia 153.2 vs. Takeshi Inoue 153.6 (WBO super middleweight title) Jesus Rojas 126 vs. Xu Can 125.6 (WBA featherweight title) Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions…
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Thurman, Lopez make weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Keith Thurman 146.6 vs. Josesito Lopez 146.5
(WBA welterweight title)

Adam Kownacki 258.5 vs. Gerald Washington 243.25
Tugstsogt Nyambayar 125.5 vs. Claudio Marrero 125.5

Venue: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: FOX

By Przemek Garczarczyk Keith Thurman 146.6 vs. Josesito Lopez 146.5 (WBA welterweight title) – Adam Kownacki 258.5 vs. Gerald Washington 243.25 Tugstsogt Nyambayar 125.5 vs. Claudio Marrero 125.5 – Venue:…
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