Gadzhyiev defeats Sandoval in Kyiv

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Bob Newman

In the main event of a nine bout card Ramil Gadzhyiev of Odessa, Ukraine patiently wore down the more experienced Bruno Sandoval of Mexico over eight rounds to capture the WBC International Silver Super Middleweight title at the Sports Palace in Kyiv, Ukraine Tuesday night. The show was part of the 56th WBC convention which is taking place in the capital city.
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Gadzhyiev looked the less experienced on paper, coming in with nine pro bouts under his belt to Sandoval’s twenty three. However, the highly decorated amateur career of Gadzhyiev made up for his pro deficit. Gadzhyiev matched Sandoval in confidence for sure as he stalked the crafty vet around the ring, trying not to fall into any traps. Sandoval had his moments landing some flashy counters and making Ramil miss, but the Ukrainian wasn’t deterred. After some back and forth rounds of give and take, Gadzhyiev finally floored Sandoval in round eight three times along the ropes, prompting referee Donovan Boucher to end matters at 1:57. Gadzhyiev improves to 8-1-1, 5 KOs, while Sandoval falls to 20-3-1, 16 KOs. Continue reading “Gadzhyiev defeats Sandoval in Kyiv”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Bob Newman In the main event of a nine bout card Ramil Gadzhyiev of Odessa, Ukraine patiently wore down the more experienced Bruno…
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Dogboe signs long term deal with Top Rank

By David Finger

Undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe recently announced that he was extending his deal with Top Rank and entered into a long-term deal with Top Rank Promotions. “I am delighted to announce that I have extended my co-promotional agreement,” Dogboe said in a post on Facebook on October 2nd. “I look forward to welcoming Bob Arum to our beautiful country, Ghana, next year. This only further strengthens our relationship and I am excited about making history together.”
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Top Rank chairman Bob Arum was equally pleased with the latest development and even hinted that he might be hosting a world title fight featuring Dogboe in Ghana in 2019. Continue reading “Dogboe signs long term deal with Top Rank”

By David Finger Undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe recently announced that he was extending his deal with Top Rank and entered into a long-term deal with Top Rank…
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WBC 56th convention Day 2 report

By Boxing Bob Newman

Day two of the 56th annual WBC convention in Kiev, Ukraine was chock full of simultaneous activity. Starting with the ratings committee at 9 a.m., the medical seminar commenced at 10 a.m., along with the confederations meetings and the judges certification seminar at the same time. The WBC Cares departed the hotel at 11:30 a.m.
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The ratings meeting is always one of the most highly contentious events at the convention. Assembled promoters, managers and agents all attend to lobby for the position of their respective fighters, sometimes aggressively so. This often drags out the proceedings for an uncomfortably long time. This year however, things went quite well and swiftly. Ratings chairman Bob Yalen was assisted by Dean Louhis. For whatever reason, there was relatively little objection to where fighters were presented in the rankings, leaving little room for debate. Continue reading “WBC 56th convention Day 2 report”

By Boxing Bob Newman Day two of the 56th annual WBC convention in Kiev, Ukraine was chock full of simultaneous activity. Starting with the ratings committee at 9 a.m., the…
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Wilder and Fury promise KOs and pain

By Arvin Nundloll

Reigning WBC Heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, and former champion Tyson Fury hurled abuse and promised swift ends on December 1 as both men fight for what may be an unmissable heavyweight classic live on Showtime PPV from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Both fighters took time out from the NYC press tour to speak to FightNews.com® about their upcoming bout and neither disappointed as the tension rises in this highly anticipated heavyweight showdown.

Speaking exclusively to FightNews.com®, Wilder showed the aggression expected from a reigning heavyweight champion while reminding everyone that Fury is a live and dangerous opponent even with his time spent away from the ring. Continue reading “Wilder and Fury promise KOs and pain”

By Arvin Nundloll Reigning WBC Heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, and former champion Tyson Fury hurled abuse and promised swift ends on December 1 as both men fight for what may…
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Wilder-Fury Day Two Press Tour Highlights

Here are the highlights from today’s Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury: New York Press Conference at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The press tour concludes tomorrow in Los Angeles.

Here are the highlights from today’s Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury: New York Press Conference at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The press tour concludes tomorrow in Los…
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Graciano Rocchigiani killed in car accident

Former world champion Graciano Rocchigiani has been killed in an automobile accident in Italy. The 53-year-old Rocchigiani was reportedly struck by a vehicle last night around midnight while on vacation in Catania, Sicily. He held world titles in the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions and was the arch-rival of Dariusz Michalczewski. He sued the WBC and collected a multi-million settlement in 2003. Later he became a trainer and was also a popular ringside boxing analyst with his deep, booming voice. He had a career mark of 41-6-1, 19 KOs. His brother Ralf Rocchigiani was also a world champion.

Former world champion Graciano Rocchigiani has been killed in an automobile accident in Italy. The 53-year-old Rocchigiani was reportedly struck by a vehicle last night around midnight while on vacation…
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Shields-Hammer blockbuster is off

Looks like the much-anticipated fight for the undisputed female middleweight championship between Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer on November 17 in Atlantic City is off. Shields stated via social media that Hammer has an undisclosed medical condition. More details to come…

Claressa Shields: Very, very, very disappointed. I’ll let my team do the announcement! But what I will say is… I want this fight 100%. I am not the one sick. Idk the ins and outs of Hammers condition, but she can’t box til March the doctor says. I’m still going to fight the 17th of Nov 😟 I’m sorry to hit y’all with the bad news…. it should be some kind of press release announcing about what’s going on. I’m just putting out the information that I know. But umm yeah…. I’m just going to stay focused and in the gym. Love and peace

UPDATE: Hammer has confirmed that the fight is off for now.

Christina Hammer: Dear Hammer Fans 🙏🏼, I have problems with my health I try my best as a CHAMP to train hard for this special Fight but I feel bad, my doctor doesn’t allows me to fight and no hard training for a few more months, it’s really sad now but this fight will come!!! I promise you that all fans will get this Hammer Fight🙌🏼 ✊🏻🔨I step into the Ring when I’m 💯 % health, I will WIN !! thanks to my family& coach who takes care of me ❤️❤️ thanks @wbcboxing @worldboxingorg @capocounselor 👈🏼 Do my best to get fast health 🙏🏼🙏🏼l’ll be back stronger 🙌🏼💪🏼thank you 🙏🏼 ❤️

Looks like the much-anticipated fight for the undisputed female middleweight championship between Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer on November 17 in Atlantic City is off. Shields stated via social media…
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Lewis and Klitschko Face Off

By Boxing Bob Newman

Former heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko don the gloves to face off one more time!

By Boxing Bob Newman Former heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko don the gloves to face off one more time! –

WBA #9, IBF #11 Bilal Akkawy Interview

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #9, IBF #11 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy (18-0, 14 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com® about new trainer Eddie Reynoso and working as chief sparring partner to Canelo Alvarez for the GGG 2 fight, his recent victory over Cristian Olivas (16-2) in Las Vegas and his next fight in New York during December.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBA #9, IBF #11 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy (18-0, 14 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com® about new trainer Eddie Reynoso and working as chief…
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Don Chargin Protege: Show Must Go On

By Jim Jenkins, Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee

Paco Damian, 30ish-plus and Woodland (CA) based understudy to Don Chargin, says their Saturday (Oct. 6) card will go on as scheduled at the nearby Cache Creek Casino and Resort in Brooks.

“It’s how Don wanted it,” Damian said following the passing of the Hall-of-Fame promoter on Friday ( Sept. 28). “Long ago, as partners, he told me, ‘If I go first, I want you to continue.’ I thought about it, how long he’s been promoting despite his age, and told him, ‘I will, if you promise to go on if I go first.’ And so he did. It is my hope, if the family approves, that I can continue promoting under the name of Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents.

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“He taught me so much about the business. When I first came to the United States with my brother from Mexico, I don’t know that I even had a dollar in my pocket. As time went on and I got jobs (including cleaning windows of skyscrapers in New York) I worked my way to California. I met Don and Lorraine and told them I wanted to learn the business. They graciously took me under their wing.” Continue reading “Don Chargin Protege: Show Must Go On”

By Jim Jenkins, Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee Paco Damian, 30ish-plus and Woodland (CA) based understudy to Don Chargin, says their Saturday (Oct. 6) card will go on as scheduled…
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WBC 56th Convention in Kiev: Opening Day Report

Report and Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The opening ceremonies of the 56th WBC convention in Kiev, Ukraine took place literally under “the big top,” a huge circus-like tent across the street from the Fairmont Grand Hotel. While the skies were bright blue, there was a slight chill in the air as it was only in the 50°F range.
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As always, these gatherings are like family reunions, oftentimes old rivalries are forgotten. In fact, the most noteworthy one involved native son and now mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko and former WBC champ Lennox Lewis. There was nothing but love between the old foes- 15 years after the fact. In fact, Lewis, both Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and Evander Holyfield all took turns addressing fans and the media with comments about how happy there were to be in Kiev and being part of the WBC family. Family is why Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales sat next to each other, Roberto Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler exchanged greetings. Continue reading “WBC 56th Convention in Kiev: Opening Day Report”

Report and Photos: Boxing Bob Newman The opening ceremonies of the 56th WBC convention in Kiev, Ukraine took place literally under “the big top,” a huge circus-like tent across the…
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Venue change for Wilder-Fury LA stop

Wednesday, October 3 At 12:30 p.m. PT

Due to inclement weather in the forecast, Wednesday’s press event featuring WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and lineal champion Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury has moved indoors to The Novo by Microsoft at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. In anticipation of the December 1 heavyweight world title showdown between the larger-than-life heavyweights, the fighters will conclude a three-city international press tour following stops in London and New York. The U.S. events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Wednesday, October 3 At 12:30 p.m. PT Due to inclement weather in the forecast, Wednesday’s press event featuring WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and lineal champion Tyson “Gypsy…
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More on explosive Wilder-Fury showdown

The Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Press Tour got off to a combative start as the two heavyweight giants went face-to-face in London on Monday, exchanging verbal jabs ahead of their December 1 showdown for the WBC Heavyweight World Championship live on SHOWTIME PPV from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Amidst the back-and-forth jawing, the 6-foot-7 Wilder and the 6-foot-9 Fury had to be separated when Wilder refused to back down from Fury’s challenge to engage in a sparring session.

“I want to feel the power,” Fury said to Wilder. “You’re going to feel the Fury, I want to feel the Alabama slammer.”

“I’m going to show you the full power”, Wilder fired back. “This ain’t no game!” Continue reading “More on explosive Wilder-Fury showdown”

The Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Press Tour got off to a combative start as the two heavyweight giants went face-to-face in London on Monday, exchanging verbal jabs ahead of…
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Darmani Rock back in action Saturday

Hard Hitting Promotions presents an eight-bout card on Saturday at The 2300 Arena. In the main event, undefeated heavyweight Darmani Rock (12-0, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia takes Pedro Julio Rodriguez (23-5, 19 KOs) of Miami, Florida, via Cuba in an eight-round bout.

In the six-round co-feature, Jeremy Cuevas (10-0, 8 KOs) of Philadelphia will fight Jerome Rodriguez (7-9-3, 2 KOs) of Allentown, PA in a lightweight contest. Continue reading “Darmani Rock back in action Saturday”

Hard Hitting Promotions presents an eight-bout card on Saturday at The 2300 Arena. In the main event, undefeated heavyweight Darmani Rock (12-0, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia takes Pedro Julio Rodriguez…
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Wilder vs. Fury: London Press Conference

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury embark on a three-city press tour to announce their December 1 world title bout.

“I want to feel the power,” said Fury approaching Wilder. Wilder responded with a shove and both camps and security separated the fighters.

Deontay Wilder: I’m all about devastating knockouts. That’s what I do…I want to make this the most devastating knockout of my career.

Tyson Fury: No 15 stone (210lb) man on the planet can beat Tyson Fury. I will stand and prove what I will do to this idiot. I will punch his face right in.

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury embark on a three-city press tour to announce their December 1 world title bout. “I want to feel…
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Philippines grabs WBC Women’s Convention

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The Third Annual World Boxing Council Women’s Convention will be held in the Philippines. The convention was originally planned to be held in the Mexican city of Culiacan, but surprisingly during Sunday’s meeting of the WBC Board of Governors in Kiev, Ukraine, representatives from the Philippines informed the WBC that their country is prepared host the event from November 17 to 19 and the offer was accepted…..Meanwhile, candidates are already lining up for next year’s 57th annual WBC Convention, including Korea, India, Colombia, United States and Mexico.

By Gabriel F. Cordero The Third Annual World Boxing Council Women’s Convention will be held in the Philippines. The convention was originally planned to be held in the Mexican city…
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Figueroa, Joyce, Ajagba win by KO

Unbeaten super bantamweight Brandon Figueroa (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over Oscar Escandon (25-5, 17 KOs) on Sunday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Figueroa seemed headed to a unanimous decision when a crushing uppercut ended Escandon. Time was 1:42. Figueroa is the brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa.

Unbeaten Olympic super heavyweight silver medalist Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (6-0, 6 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Iago Kiladze (26-4, 18 KOs). Joyce looked good, dropping Kiladze in rounds two and three. The bout ended after Kiladze hit the canvas for the third time in round five. Time was :41.

In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Efe Ajagba (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a first round KO over Nick Jones (7-1, 5 KOs). A right hand dropped Jones at 2:25. Continue reading “Figueroa, Joyce, Ajagba win by KO”

Unbeaten super bantamweight Brandon Figueroa (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over Oscar Escandon (25-5, 17 KOs) on Sunday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario,…
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DeGale KOs Monterrosa in three

Former two-time IBF super middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) quietly returned to action tonight with a third round KO over former WBC lightweight title challenger Fidel Monterrosa (39-19-1, 31 KOs) on Sunday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. An uppercut finished Monterrosa, who didn’t beat the count. Strangely the ex-champ’s bout wasn’t selected for tonight’s FS1 telecast.

Former two-time IBF super middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) quietly returned to action tonight with a third round KO over former WBC lightweight title challenger Fidel Monterrosa…
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WBC 56th Annual Convention Opening Cocktail Party

By Boxing Bob Newman

Kiev, Ukraine is at the epicenter of the boxing world as champs and delegates alike descend on the capital city which is playing host to the 56th annual WBC convention.

While the WBC board has been here for a few days, conducting private meetings and ironing out last second convention details, many guests arrived over the weekend at the luxurious host venue Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv. Continue reading “WBC 56th Annual Convention Opening Cocktail Party”

By Boxing Bob Newman Kiev, Ukraine is at the epicenter of the boxing world as champs and delegates alike descend on the capital city which is playing host to the…
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“Melo” keeps his “0” in Philippines

Unbeaten world-ranked bantamweight Melvin “Melo” Lopez (17-0, 10 KOs) showed he had no problems risking his “0” on the road. Lopez made his Asia debut vs. battle tested local favorite Renan Portes. The bout took place at the SM City North EDSA Skydome in Quezon City, Philippines. Portes had the home crowd behind him, but Lopez was determined to keep his unbeaten record intact. The bout was a closely contested battle of wills. Lopez showed his class in the final round to edge Portes by majority decision.

World Boxing Association interim world bantamweight champion Reymart Gaballo (20-0, 17 KOs) had no trouble with Julias Kisarawe (29-8-1, 15 KOs) of Tanzania. Gaballo put Kisarawe down twice in route to stopping him in round one. Continue reading ““Melo” keeps his “0” in Philippines”

Unbeaten world-ranked bantamweight Melvin “Melo” Lopez (17-0, 10 KOs) showed he had no problems risking his “0” on the road. Lopez made his Asia debut vs. battle tested local favorite…
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Boxing Results from Bakersfield

By Matt Thompson

Bakersfield lightweight product Miguel Contreras ran his record to 6-0, 5 KOs, after Mike Melikyan (4-4-1, 1 KO) could not answer the bell to start the sixth round on Friday night at Stramler Park in Bakersfield, California. Fighting behind a partisan crowd, Contreras wore down Melikyan using a solid body attack and picked up steam as the fight progressed to secure the stoppage in his hometown. Continue reading “Boxing Results from Bakersfield”

By Matt Thompson Bakersfield lightweight product Miguel Contreras ran his record to 6-0, 5 KOs, after Mike Melikyan (4-4-1, 1 KO) could not answer the bell to start the sixth…
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DeGale makes low-profile ring return

Former two-time IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (24-2-1, 14 KOs) will return to action tonight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. DeGale vacated the IBF world title in July, saying “I’m in the final phase of my career where I have a few good years left where I can be involved in massive fights and really leave a legacy in the division’s history.”

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DeGale’s bout tonight against Fidel Monterrosa (39-18-1, 31 KOs) won’t be the main event, in fact, it may be off-TV altogether. Monterrosa’s main claim to fame is fighting for the WBC lightweight title in 2010. This will be Monterrosa’s second bout in the light heavyweight division.

Former two-time IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (24-2-1, 14 KOs) will return to action tonight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. DeGale vacated the IBF world…
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Linares wants Mikey, Loma rematch

Former world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (45-4, 27 KOs) returned with an impressive third round knockout over Abner “Pin” Cotto on Saturday in Indio, Calif. It was Linares’ first fight in the super lightweight division, where he will soon look for title opportunities.

“I feel good, and I’m ready to fight the best at 140 pounds,” said Linares. “I’ve been hearing Mikey Garcia’s name, and he’s been hearing my name. Maybe we can have that fight next year. I came in very well prepared to fight the best in the division. I would also drop back down to 135 pounds to fight Vasiliy Lomachenko if we can make the rematch. At this point in my career, I want the big fights.”

Former world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (45-4, 27 KOs) returned with an impressive third round knockout over Abner “Pin” Cotto on Saturday in Indio, Calif. It was…
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FS1 Weights from Ontario, Calif

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Photo: Luis Mejia/Ringstar Sports

Brandon Figueroa 122.4 vs. Oscar Escandon 123
Joe Joyce 263 vs. Iago Kiladze 218
Efe Ajagba 238 vs. Nick Jones 213.6
James DeGale 172 vs. Fidel Monterrosa 170
Joe Spencer 155.8 vs. Cory Macon 153
Stephen Fulton 126 vs. German Meraz 125.8
Jose Balderas 118.8 vs. Ivan Martino 118.8
Jesse Rodriguez 107.6 vs. Edwin Reyes 107.4
Kody Davies 175 vs. Jerhed Fenderson 174.8
Omar Juarez 140.6 vs. Matt Gaver 140.4
Arnold Alejandro 125.6 vs. Francisco Camacho 124.4
Viktor Slavinskyi 128.2 vs. Mike Fowler 128
Aaron Morales 118 vs. Steve Lantry 117.6

Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: FS1

Brandon Figueroa 122.4 vs. Oscar Escandon 123 Joe Joyce 263 vs. Iago Kiladze 218 Efe Ajagba 238 vs. Nick Jones 213.6 James DeGale 172 vs. Fidel Monterrosa 170 Joe Spencer…
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Broadway Boxing Results from Brooklyn

DiBella Entertainment celebrated its 15-Year Anniversary of Broadway Boxing on Saturday night by teaming up with fellow New York-based promoters The Real Deal Boxing and Uprising Promotions for a stacked card of New York City’s most promising prospects at the legendary Kings Theatre in Brooklyn in front of an energetic and near capacity crowd.

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The evening concluded with 2016 Uzbekistan Olympian Bakhodir Jalolov making his New York debut. Trained by Joel Diaz, Jalolov, now (2-0, 2 KOs), blasted Mexico’s Eduardo Vitela (3-3, 1 KO) with a single straight left hand 30 seconds into the first round that dropped Vitela hard and unable to rise from the canvas, resulting in a TKO victory. The 6’6″ southpaw Jalolov is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. Continue reading “Broadway Boxing Results from Brooklyn”

DiBella Entertainment celebrated its 15-Year Anniversary of Broadway Boxing on Saturday night by teaming up with fellow New York-based promoters The Real Deal Boxing and Uprising Promotions for a stacked…
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