Takuma Inoue wins WBC interim 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten brother of “the Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3 KOs), 118, successfully followed his footstep as he acquired the vacant WBC interim bantamweight belt by winning a unanimous decision over Petch CP Freshmart (AKA Tasana Salapat (48-1, 33 KOs), 118, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. All the judges agreed with a 117-111 tally in favor of Takuma.

But it wasn’t an easy fight at all since Petch, a taller southpaw, was an aggressor stalking the fast-handed Takuma, who often countered him with precision. After the eighth, the open scoring system showed Takuma leading on points—77-75, 78-74, 79-73. Petch, in round twelve, had Takuma at bay with a flurry of punches, pinning him to the ropes, but Takuma desperately fought back hard to survive the final crisis. The third man was Frank Garza (US).

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten brother of “the Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3 KOs), 118, successfully followed his footstep as he acquired the vacant WBC interim bantamweight belt by winning…
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Ken Shiro defeats Juarez; keeps WBC 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten footworker Ken Shiro (15-0, 8 Kos), 107.5, kept his WBC light-flyweight belt as he kept moving all night to avert the retaliation of Mexican Saul Juarez (24-9-2, 13 Kos), 108, and pounded out a lopsided decision over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Steve Morrow (US) 120-108, Perla Rodriguez (US) and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) both 119-109, all for the baby-faced champ who registered his fifth defense. The referee was Vic Drakulich (US).

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By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten footworker Ken Shiro (15-0, 8 Kos), 107.5, kept his WBC light-flyweight belt as he kept moving all night to avert the retaliation of Mexican Saul Juarez…
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Weigh-In Results of Macao Year-End Tripleheader

Courtesy Clinton van der Berg

Donnie Nietes 115 (52.1) vs. Kazuto Ioka 114.5 (51.9)
(WBO super flyweight title)
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Hekkie Budler 106.8 (48.4) vs. Hiroto Kyoguchi 107.8 (48.9)
(WBA light flyweight “super” title)
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Moruti Mthalane 111.5 (50.5) vs. Masahiro Sakamoto 111.5 (50.5)
(IBF flyweight title)
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Venue: Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao, China
Promoter: Watanabe Promotions, Muto Promotions, DEF Promotions, Tlarock Entertainment, MBH Promotions

Courtesy Clinton van der Berg Donnie Nietes 115 (52.1) vs. Kazuto Ioka 114.5 (51.9) (WBO super flyweight title) Hekkie Budler 106.8 (48.4) vs. Hiroto Kyoguchi 107.8 (48.9) (WBA light flyweight…
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Weigh-In Results of Japan’s Year-End Tripleheader

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

This reporter previously witnessed many weigh-in ceremonies with world championships at stake—in Japan and abroad—but, the most efficient processing in the weigh-in is always seen here in Japan. Today’s weigh-in for the tripleheader took some fifteen minutes only, and the results were as follows:

WBO junior lightweight title bout
Champion Masayuki Ito (Japan) 130
#1 Evgeny Chuprakov (Russia) 129.25
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WBC interim bantamweight title bout
#2 Petch CP Freshmart (AKA Sasana Salapat; Thailand) 118
#5 Takuma Inoue (Japan) 118
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WBC light-flyweight title bout
Champion Ken Shiro (Japan) 107.5
#7 Saul Juarez (Mexico) 108
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We were so fortunate that we saw no overweight case today.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda This reporter previously witnessed many weigh-in ceremonies with world championships at stake—in Japan and abroad—but, the most efficient processing in the weigh-in is…
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Tough fights ahead for Budler, Mthalane

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s WBA light–flyweight champion Hekkie Budler and IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane, both have tough fights ahead of them when they defend their belts against Japanese opponents, Hiroto Kyoguchi and Masahiro Sakamoto at the Wynn Palace Cotai in Macao, China on Monday

SuperSport 9 will cross to Asia at 9.30am on December 31. Continue reading “Tough fights ahead for Budler, Mthalane”

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s WBA light–flyweight champion Hekkie Budler and IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane, both have tough fights ahead of them when they defend their belts against Japanese…
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Plant gearing up for Uzcategui challenge

Undefeated super middleweight contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant hosted a media workout in Las Vegas Friday as he nears his first world title opportunity when he takes on IBF 168-pound champion Jose Uzcategui on FS1 January 13 from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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Photo: Team Plant

Here is what Plant and his trainer Justin Gamber had to say Friday from City Boxing Gym in Las Vegas. Continue reading “Plant gearing up for Uzcategui challenge”

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Devin Haney set to kickoff 2019

Heralded undefeated lightweight contender Devin Haney worked out for the media Thursday at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas ahead of his ShoBox: The New Generation main-event bout Friday, January 11 on Showtime.

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The 20-year old Bay Area native and current Las Vegas resident Haney (20-0, 13 KOs), a seven-time national junior amateur champion, will headline on ShoBox for the third time when he takes on fellow unbeaten Xolisani Ndongeni (25-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-round main event taking place at StageWorks of Louisiana in Shreveport.

Here is what Haney and his father and trainer Bill Haney had to say:

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Roy Jones Jr. enters streaming deal with UFC

UFC and Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions have reached a new agreement to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s digital subscription service. The inaugural event will stream January 31 live from Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, California. WBO #2-rated world title challenger, “Mighty” Aston Palicte (24-2-1, 20 KOs), and unbeaten WBO #4 ranked Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (20-0-2, 13 KOs) will headline in a 12-round World Boxing Organization junior bantamweight title eliminator.

UFC and Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions have reached a new agreement to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years on UFC Fight…
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Roach jabs at Broner’s legal problems

Upon hearing the news that Manny Pacquiao’s opponent Adrien “The Problem” Broner had been arrested on Sunday in Broward County, Florida, on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court, a seemingly chronic issue for the four-division world champion, Roach had this to say: “Sounds like Adrien should change his ring name from ‘The Problem’ to ‘The Fugitive.’ This may be the first time I face a corner that includes a bail bondsman!”

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Chuprakov ready for WBO champ Ito

Undefeated and number-one ranked WBO junior lightweight contender Evgeny “Happy Gilmore” Chuprakov (20-0, 10 KOs) is ready for the biggest fight of his career, when he takes on WBO world champion, Masayuki Ito this Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. “It seems like it has been a long time coming, but now it is here. I will say, that I have had great preparation for this bout. I will, put my mind for it. I will show a good boxing, and of course I’ll look forward to winning this fight and becoming world champion.”

The title fight can be seen live on ESPN+ on Sunday, December 30th with a start time of 5:00 a.m. ET, with the Ito-Chuprakov fight starting around 6:20 a.m.

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IBF names new Championships Chairman

IBF President Daryl Peoples has appointed longtime IBF member Carlos Ortiz, Jr. as the organization’s new Championships Committee Chairman. Ortiz has been a member of the IBF for 10 years and is currently licensed as a professional boxing judge by the New York State Athletic Commission. As a seasoned judge, he has officiated over 450 professional bouts including approximately 45 world championships for the IBF, WBA, WBO and WBC. “I believe his extensive knowledge and experience in boxing will be an asset to the organization. We are pleased Carlos is joining our executive staff and look forward to his contributions,” stated Peoples. Continue reading “IBF names new Championships Chairman”

IBF President Daryl Peoples has appointed longtime IBF member Carlos Ortiz, Jr. as the organization’s new Championships Committee Chairman. Ortiz has been a member of the IBF for 10 years…
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Takuma Inoue: I will follow Naoya’s footsteps

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Just a couple of days before our annual year-end tripleheader we saw a big press conference with all participants and people concerned in attendance on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
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Unbeaten brother of “The Monster” Naoya, Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3 KOs) expressed his motivation, saying, “I’d like to show the audience there’s not only Naoya but also Takuma. I’ll follow my brother’s footstep. I wish to fight to win at first rather than to win to impress the crowd.” Takuma will face WBC#2 Petch CP Freshmart (48-0, 33 KOs) in quest of the WBC interim bantamweight belt. The Thailander kept his composure and said, “I’ll fight for Thai people. I’ve dedicated my life to boxing and will do my best to win the belt.” Continue reading “Takuma Inoue: I will follow Naoya’s footsteps”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Just a couple of days before our annual year-end tripleheader we saw a big press conference with all participants and people concerned in…
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Abner Mares: I Will Prove Everyone Wrong

By Miguel Maravilla

Three-division world champion Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Mexico will be looking to add another world title to his resume as he will challenge WBA super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 K’s) of Baltimore in his next fight. Mares will square off against Davis on Saturday, February 9 at the Dignity Health Sports Park (Stub Hub Center) in Carson, California live on Showtime.

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Photo: Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME

“I’m taking this fight because of the challenge that it brings. I’m all about that. February 9th, I will prove everyone wrong,” Mares told Fightnews.com®. “In this fight, they’re counting me out because of his power and speed. Does it bother me? Yeah, it’s sort of disrespectful. This is just another fight for me.” Continue reading “Abner Mares: I Will Prove Everyone Wrong”

By Miguel Maravilla Three-division world champion Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California by way of Guadalajara, Mexico will be looking to add another world title to his…
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Budler and Mthalane ready to rock Macau

By Clinton van der Berg

WBA light-flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10 KOs) is sick of training. “I just want to fight,” he said ahead of his New Year’s Eve title defense against Japan’s Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8 KOs) in Macau. The pair meet on the undercard of the vacant WBO world super-flyweight championship between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13 KOs) and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23 KOs) at the Wynn Palace.
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The third world championship on the bill will see Moruti Mthalane (36-2, 24 KOs), like Budler of South Africa, defend his IBF flyweight belt for the first time against Masahiro Sakamoto (13-1, 9 KOs) of Japan.

Budler, Mthalane and Nietes all worked out for the media at a light training session in Macau on Friday, with the champion South African pair taking time out afterward to talk about their assignments. Continue reading “Budler and Mthalane ready to rock Macau”

By Clinton van der Berg WBA light-flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10 KOs) is sick of training. “I just want to fight,” he said ahead of his New Year’s…
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Davis-Mares kickoff presser

Two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and three-division world champion Abner Mares went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at a press conference in Los Angeles as Davis defends his WBA title against Mares on Saturday, February 9 live on Showtime from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

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Photo: Scott Hirano/SHOWTIME

Gervonta Davis: I have power, speed, movement and really a blend of everything. I believe that I’m a better fighter than him. It’s all about being focused in that ring and doing my job. I’m coming to get Abner Mares out of there.

Abner Mares: One day I just thought to myself that this fight against Gervonta Davis would be a great matchup and that I can win it.

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Manny Pacquiao Update

For WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, it has been full steam ahead in his first U.S. training camp since 2016 at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. Pacquiao is in his most intense phase of training as he prepares for his PPV clash against Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) on January 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

After arriving to a throng of media at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal Saturday evening and attending church services with his family on Sunday, it was back to business on Monday morning where Manny greeted the sunrise with a five-mile run up the hills to the Hollywood sign immediately followed by a rigorous session of strength and conditioning with Justin Fortune. The afternoon saw Buboy Fernandez put Manny through his paces for close to three hours at Wild Card. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Update”

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Adrien Broner arrested, released

By TMZSports.com

Adrien Broner found himself mugging for the wrong camera this holiday season … after getting arrested just days before Christmas. The boxing star was busted Sunday in Broward County, Florida after a warrant for his arrest was issued for failure to appear in court earlier this month. He was booked in county jail and then released … court records show.

The bench warrant stems from a case dating back to December 2017 … after he was arrested for having no driver’s license, speeding, no registration or proof of insurance. Since that arrest, he’s failed to appear in court several times … which led to a previous arrest in July for failure to appear.

It hasn’t been a great month for Adrien. As TMZ Sports first reported … Adrien’s being sued for an unpaid balance of $1.152 million on a jewelry bill.

By TMZSports.com Adrien Broner found himself mugging for the wrong camera this holiday season … after getting arrested just days before Christmas. The boxing star was busted Sunday in Broward…
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Meuli edges Zahradnik, Paziwapazi KOs Cheka

Unbeaten welterweight Zino Meuli (13-0, 6 KOs) took a hard-fought majority decision over Josef Zahradnik (10-1, 5 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Bodensee-Arena in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Meuli started well, using his longer reach to keep the aggressive Zahradnik at bay while connecting with well-timed straight punches. Halfway through a very competitive fight it appeared that local man Meuli had gained control, but the visitor never gave up and finished stronger. Swiss Judge Joerg Mangott saw the fight completely even at 114-114, but he was overruled by 115-113 and 116-112 scores in favor of Meuli from Germany´s Alexander Plumanns and Howard Goldberg from South Africa. The win earned Meuli the World Boxing Federation (WBF) world title. Continue reading “Meuli edges Zahradnik, Paziwapazi KOs Cheka”

Unbeaten welterweight Zino Meuli (13-0, 6 KOs) took a hard-fought majority decision over Josef Zahradnik (10-1, 5 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Bodensee-Arena in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Meuli started well,…
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Plania on Uzcategui-Plant undercard

Super bantamweight prospect “Magic” Mike Plania (17-1, 10 KOs) will get another big break in the US as he fights on the undercard of the January 13 Jose Uzcategui vs. Caleb Plant fight in Los Angeles. Opponent is yet to be announced. The fight was arranged by Manny Pacquiao, who will fight the following week against Adrien Broner. Continue reading “Plania on Uzcategui-Plant undercard”

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Trainer Al Certo passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

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Photo: Emily Harney

Sad to report the passing of legendary fighter/manager/trainer Al Certo at the age of 90. One of the larger than life personalities in the fight game, Certo worked with Buddy McGirt, Andrew Golota, Mustafa Hamsho and Vinny Maddalone among others.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Sad to report the passing of legendary fighter/manager/trainer Al Certo at the age of 90. One of the larger than life personalities in…
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2019 Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame Class

Earnie Shavers, widely regarded as one of the hardest punchers in history, will be inducted into the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame in the Pro Boxer category. Shavers, born in Garland, Ala., was 74-14-1 as a pro with an amazing 68 knockouts. He fought for the heavyweight championship twice, coming up short against legends Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes. His biggest win was a first-round knockout of Ken Norton.

“Itʼs a great honor for me to be inducted,” Shavers said. “Joe Louis and Evander Holyfield were the first two in the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame, so Iʼm in great company. I look forward to being inducted.”

Shavers will be honored during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Pro Fight Card on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Tuscaloosa RiverMarket. Fellow Alabamians and Hall of Fame members Evander Holyfield and Deontay Wilder are expected to attend to support him. Continue reading “2019 Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame Class”

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Kurihara wins vacant OPBF 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Hard-punching Japanese Keita Kurihara (13-5, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the vacant OPBF bantamweight belt as he dropped compatriot Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8, 8 KOs), 118, four times, withstood his furious retaliation and emerged victorious with a unanimous nod (all 113-111) over hard-fought twelve rounds on Monday in Osaka, Japan.

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The OPBF belt became vacant after former champ Mark John Yap, a Japan-based Filipino, lost to Takuma Inoue in a WBC eliminator this September. Kurihara, from Tokyo, had the local favorite on the deck in rounds one, two and five, but it wasn’t a lopsided affair because of Kobayashi’s persistent retaliatory attack. The twelfth and final session saw Kurihara floor the game aggressor with a vicious left hook—for the fourth time—in the closing second. Without the dramatic knockdown down the stretch it would have been a draw due to the loser’s admirable surge.

By Joe Koizumi Hard-punching Japanese Keita Kurihara (13-5, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the vacant OPBF bantamweight belt as he dropped compatriot Yuki Strong Kobayashi (14-8, 8 KOs), 118, four times,…
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Joshua-Whyte 2 on inside track

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBC #1, WBO #1 heavyweight Dillian Whyte was impressive in scoring an eleventh round knockout over WBA #5, IBF #5 Dereck Chisora on Saturday and he now deserves a world title opportunity against IBF, WBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua, who previously beat Whyte (KO7) three years ago, drew boos from fans in the Manchester Arena when he stated, “If #1 and #2 (Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury) are not available, I will do Dillian.”

Hearn, however, says he doesn’t believe that Wilder will fight Joshua in April and that leaves the door open for Whyte. “Dillian against AJ is a f**king unbelievable fight,” he stated.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBC #1, WBO #1 heavyweight Dillian Whyte was impressive in scoring an eleventh round knockout over WBA #5, IBF #5 Dereck Chisora on…
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Monster’s brother Takuma Inoue looks highly motivated

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

If you mention a family name of INOUE (pronounced ee-no-woo-ay), we recognize not only “Monster” Naoya (WBA bantam champ; 17-0, 15 KOs), but also his younger brother Takuma (12-0, 3 KOs; WBC #4 118-pounder), Takeshi (OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific 154-pound titlist; 13-0-1, 7 KOs) and Koki (JBC#1 140-pounder; 12-0, 10 KOs).
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Takeshi Inoue is scheduled to have an ambitious crack at the WBO junior middleweight belt against unbeaten Jaime Munguia in Houston on January 26. Southpaw hard-puncher and the cousin of Naoya, Koki Inoue will be given a mandatory title shot against the Japanese national 140-pound champ Valentine Hosokawa in the Carnival of Champions on April 6.

In order to avoid your confusions of Inoues, we hereby pay our attention only to Takuma Inoue, Naoya’s 22-year-old brother. Continue reading “Monster’s brother Takuma Inoue looks highly motivated”

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda If you mention a family name of INOUE (pronounced ee-no-woo-ay), we recognize not only “Monster” Naoya (WBA bantam champ; 17-0, 15 KOs), but also…
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Kownacki ready for next step

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Adam “Baby Face” Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs) will battle former title challenger Gerald Washington (19-2-1, 12 KOs) in a ten round contest in the Thurman-Lopez co-feature next month at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY. Now rated IBF #6 and WBC #8, Kownacki os coming off a win over former world champion Charles Martin.

Photo: Emily Harney

“January 26 is going to be a great night. Every time I fight, it’s very exciting,” said Kownacki. “I throw a lot of punches and bring the pressure. Gerald Washington is going to be a tough test, but if I get through him, I’m even closer to a title shot. That’s the ultimate goal. Continue reading “Kownacki ready for next step”

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