Loma-Rigo draw 2,114,000 viewers on ESPN

Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN telecast, featuring Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defending his WBO World Junior Lightweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO), delivered big on ratings and viewership, making it Saturday’s most-viewed telecast on cable television among men 18-34 and men 18-49, according to final viewership data from Nielsen Media Research. Overall, 2,114,000 tuned in for Loma-Rigo. It was the second most-viewed boxing telecast on cable television in 2017, trailing Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn, which peaked at 3,925,000. Continue reading “Loma-Rigo draw 2,114,000 viewers on ESPN”

Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN telecast, featuring Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defending his WBO World Junior Lightweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO), delivered big on ratings and viewership, making…
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Undercard Results from Ekaterinburg, Russia

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside

IBF #8, WBA #13 lightweight Pavel Malikov (13-0, 5 K0s) scored a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten Deiner Berrio (20-1-1, 11 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Inter-Continental and WBA Asia titles. Berrio was credited with a knockdown in round nine but replays showed Malikov was not hit by a punch.

WBO #1, WBA #6, IBF #9 super welterweight Magomed Kurbanov (13-0, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over game Akinori Watanabe (35-7, 30 KOs). The WBO International title fight was stopped due to Watanabe’s left optic being swollen shut.

WBO #2, IBF #12 super Featherweight Evgeny Chuprakov (19—0, 10 K0) edged Pablo Manuel Ojeda (14-4, 10 KOs) over ten close rounds to win the WBO Inter-Continental title.

Unbeaten WBO #7, WBA #9, IBF #11 ranked cruiserweight Yuri Kashinsky (15-0, 14 KOs) stopped Minnesota’s Al Sands (20-3, 16 KOs) in round two of a WBO Oriental title fight.

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside IBF #8, WBA #13 lightweight Pavel Malikov (13-0, 5 K0s) scored a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten Deiner Berrio (20-1-1, 11 KOs) in…
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New IBF 130lb champ Ogawa makes hero’s return

By Joe Koizumi

Newly crowned IBF 130-pound champion Kenichi Ogawa made a return in triumph after his invaluable victory over Tevin Farmer with the vacant IBF belt on the line in Las Vegas last Saturday. Ogawa, formerly a Nihon Kenpo contestant, acquired the world belt in the US since Tadashi Miura gained the vacant WBA 154-pound title by defeating Rocky Fratto in 1981. We know it is hard to win the world throne in America as the technical level thereof is higher there unless in the super-flyweight or less categories.

Photo: Boxing Beat

Ogawa (23-1, 17 KOs), 29, is still improving technically in the international style boxing. He reportedly said to his manager/promoter Akihiko Honda, “I wish to fight again in Las Vegas.” Should he square off against Francisco Vargas, Miguel Roman or Orlando Salido (who changed his mind after he once said a farewell to the ring after only five days), it will be a good matchup without doubt. Continue reading “New IBF 130lb champ Ogawa makes hero’s return”

By Joe Koizumi Newly crowned IBF 130-pound champion Kenichi Ogawa made a return in triumph after his invaluable victory over Tevin Farmer with the vacant IBF belt on the line…
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Trainer: Povetkin would rather die than quit

By Przemek Garczarczyk

17 years ago, Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa was the mandatory WBC welterweight championship contender. According to his then-promoter Don King, Kirpa was a “fighter with an unbelievable hunger to win.” However, with his bout for the world championship looming, Kirpa’s boxing career abruptly ended. Not in the ring, mind you, but in a brutal street fight in his Russian hometown.

Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

Kirpa now stands as a trainer in the corner of former heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (33-1, 23 KO). The hunger to win is still there, and according to Kirpa the same could be said for his “Russian Knight” Povetkin. Fightnews.com spoke with Kirpa in Yekaterinburg before today’s clash with Christian Hammer for the WBO International/WBA Intercontinental belts. Continue reading “Trainer: Povetkin would rather die than quit”

By Przemek Garczarczyk 17 years ago, Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa was the mandatory WBC welterweight championship contender. According to his then-promoter Don King, Kirpa was a “fighter with an unbelievable…
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Saunders-Lemieux reaching fever pitch

WBO world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and former IBF champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) hosted their final press conference Thursday for their WBO World Middleweight Championship fight that will take place on HBO this upcoming Saturday at Place Bell in Laval, Québec.

Photo: Vincent Ethier/Eye of the Tiger Management

Billy Joe Saunders: “David has to come from round one and try to knock me out. Because when he’s eating fresh air, he’s very injury prone. But what I don’t want from David’s team are excuses. David is a good fighter, he’s mixed it with Golovkin at a very elite level. But some boxers are not quite enough to be at that elite level. And David, you’re not quite good enough. Am I good enough? We’ll soon see. In my own mind, I know I can deal with it, and then with Golovkin or Canelo, we’ll see where I really am.”

David Lemieux: “The time to talk is over and now it’s time to let the fists do the talk and show you who the real world champion is. A lot of things are going to happen on Saturday, but my promise to you is that by the time I will leave Place Bell, I will have the WBO belt on me. I will be world champion. I’m ready to give you guys a great evening of boxing. Saunders made a lot of promises, about his chin, about his purse, and that’s something I haven’t forgotten. Let’s see for how long you will be able to back up those words and put them together again this Saturday.”

WBO world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and former IBF champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) hosted their final press conference Thursday for their WBO World Middleweight…
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Weights from Lancaster, California

Photo: Pete Young/Premier Boxing Champions

Jessie Vargas 146 vs. Aaron Herrera 146
Diego Chaves 145 vs. Jamel James 146.6
John Molina Jr 140.8 vs. Ivan Redkach 141
Wale Omatoso 152.8 vs. Freddy Hernandez 154
Mark Anthony Hernandez 163.4 vs. Oscar Mora 169.4
Karlos Balderas 134 vs. Carlos Flores 133.8
Efren Lopez 128.8 vs. Tyler Marshall 126.4
Luis Coria 125.2 vs. Leonardo Torres 126
Alejandro Guerrero 138.2 vs. Phillip Percy 138.8
Masael Rodriguez 160.8 vs. Yunier Calzada 160.2

Venue: Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, Calif.
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: FS1

Jessie Vargas 146 vs. Aaron Herrera 146 Diego Chaves 145 vs. Jamel James 146.6 John Molina Jr 140.8 vs. Ivan Redkach 141 Wale Omatoso 152.8 vs. Freddy Hernandez 154 Mark…
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De Gracia demolishes Perales in 2

By Héctor Villarreal


Panamanian featherweight Bryan “La Roca” De Gracia (22-1-1, 18 KOs) demolished Texan Sergio “Time to Shine” Perales (24-3, 16 KOs) in the main event of the Tormenta Perfecta boxing card presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo at Fantastic Casino in the Albrook Mall, Panama. De Gracia, ranked #12 by WBA, dropped Perales twice in round two, forcing referee Guillermo Perez to waive off the fight at 1:21 after Perales hit the canvas completely unconscious.

By Héctor Villarreal Panamanian featherweight Bryan “La Roca” De Gracia (22-1-1, 18 KOs) demolished Texan Sergio “Time to Shine” Perales (24-3, 16 KOs) in the main event of the Tormenta…
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Morales wins tech decision over Zenunaj

Photo: Tom Hogan- Hoganhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Super featherweight Carlos Morales (17-2-3, 6 KOs) won the NABA title against Dardan Zenunaj (14-4, 11 KOs) by six round technical decision on Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Morales got off to a good start before the bout was stopped due to a cut to Morales caused by a headbutt. The stop was unlucky for Zenunaj, who was coming on strong and seemingly taking over the fight. Morales, however, gets the W for being up 49-46 on all three cards.

Welterweight Raul Curiel (2-0, 1 KO) scored a fourth round TKO over Israel Villela (6-8, 2 KOs).

Female Olympian super flyweight Marlen Esparza (4-0, 0 KOs) outpointed Karla Valenzuela (3-17-3, 1 KO) over six. Scores 60-54 across the board.

Featherweight Ryan Caballero (4-0, 2 KOs), brother of former world champion Randy Caballero, needed just 34 seconds to take out Francisco Gutierrez (1-1, 0 KOs)

Super featherweight Carlos Morales (17-2-3, 6 KOs) won the NABA title against Dardan Zenunaj (14-4, 11 KOs) by six round technical decision on Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort…
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Zlaticanin returns with quick KO

Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Former WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (23-1, 16 KOs) blew away journeyman Hevinson Herrera (22-14-1, 16 KOs) in the first round on Friday night as Broadway Boxing returned to BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. It was Zlaticanin’s first fight since losing his title to Mikey Garcia in January.

A clash between unbeaten lightweights Wesley Ferrer (12-0-1, 7 KOs) and Will Madera (11-0-1, 5 KOs) ended in an eight round draw. Scores were 77-75 Ferrer, 77-75 Madera, 76-76.

In an exciting battle between unbeaten welterweights, Larry Fryers (6-0, 2 KOs) defeated Charles Natal (9-1-1, 3 KOs) via six round unanimous decision.

A fight featuring popular female middleweight Alicia Napoleon (8-1, 5 KOs) fell through.

Former WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin (23-1, 16 KOs) blew away journeyman Hevinson Herrera (22-14-1, 16 KOs) in the first round on Friday night as Broadway Boxing returned to BB…
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Mayweather-McGregor numbers finally released

Showtime Sports confirmed today that the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26, 2017 generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. This includes traditional television distribution and online portals such as the new SHOWTIME PPV app and SHOWTIMEPPV.com as well as UFC.TV in U.S. and Canada.

Mayweather vs. McGregor, a four-fight SHOWTIME PPV boxing event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, officially stands as the second largest pay-per-view event of all time behind Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which set the North American pay-per-view mark at 4.6 million buys in 2015. The SHOWTIME PPV totals for Mayweather vs. McGregor far exceed the now third best event in history—nearly doubling the 2.48 million buys for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2007. Continue reading “Mayweather-McGregor numbers finally released”

Showtime Sports confirmed today that the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26, 2017 generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. This includes traditional television distribution…
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Povetkin: I don’t care about his weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I can be smaller but still be the better, faster and smarter fighter,” said former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin who is giving away 35 pounds against Christian Hammer Friday night in Ekaterinburg, Russia. “I don’t care about his weight…I know that I’m in the optimal condition. I have no idea, what kind of tactics he will employ fighting with this weight. I know what I want to do. Win,” said Povetkin in an exclusive Fightnews.com interview.

Povetkin (32-1, 23 KO) meets Hammer (22-4, 12 KO) for both the WBA Intercontinental and WBO International belts.

The “Russian Knight” dismissed the notion that new heavyweight era is only for giants and called his VADA doping disqualification “unjust” and “unfair.” Povetkin and his promotional company World of Boxing also made it known very well who their main target is for 2018: undefeated WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KO).

By Przemek Garczarczyk “I can be smaller but still be the better, faster and smarter fighter,” said former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin who is giving away 35 pounds against…
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Boxing Buzz

Tonight’s scheduled ESPN2 junior featherweight clash between Diego De La Hoya and Jose Salgado was canceled after De La Hoya weighed in 4.5 pounds heavy. Junior lightweights Carlos Morales and Dardan Zenunaj will now meet in the main event. The ESPN2 telecast begins at 10:30PM ET/7:30PM PT.

Due to a technical error, a re-air of the title fight between boxing’s Cinderella Man, Jeff “the Hornet” Horn and Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran did not air in its entirety last night on ESPN. The WBO Welterweight championship fight will re-air Friday, December 15 at 6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and is currently available to stream on the ESPN App.

Tonight’s scheduled ESPN2 junior featherweight clash between Diego De La Hoya and Jose Salgado was canceled after De La Hoya weighed in 4.5 pounds heavy. Junior lightweights Carlos Morales and…
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Mendoza enters 3rd year as head of the WBA

Gilberto Jesús Mendoza is celebrating two years as the head of the World Boxing Association (WBA). He was unanimously elected, on December 14, 2015, at the WBA 94th Convention, which was held in Panama City. Mendoza, who has devoted much of his life to boxing, has vowed to reduce the number of champions per division that the WBA has, and emphasized that this change would not be made from one day to another.

In December 2015, the organization had 42 champions and it currently has 25 champions. Resolutions are constantly emitted from the Championships Committee to carry out mandatory fights in order to obtain one champion per division. Continue reading “Mendoza enters 3rd year as head of the WBA”

Gilberto Jesús Mendoza is celebrating two years as the head of the World Boxing Association (WBA). He was unanimously elected, on December 14, 2015, at the WBA 94th Convention, which…
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Garcia-Lipinets collide Feb 10

Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia will attempt to win a world title in a fourth weight class when he challenges unbeaten IBF 140-pound world champion Sergey Lipinets on Saturday, February 10 live on SHOWTIME. The matchup of top-5 ranked junior welterweights will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and is presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy will face Kiryl Relikh in a rematch of their May showdown on SHOWTIME, this time for the vacant WBA 140-pound world title. The doubleheader of title bouts in the wide-open 140-pound division sets the stage for a potential unification match. Continue reading “Garcia-Lipinets collide Feb 10”

Undefeated three-division world champion Mikey Garcia will attempt to win a world title in a fourth weight class when he challenges unbeaten IBF 140-pound world champion Sergey Lipinets on Saturday,…
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Saunders: I’m too slick and too good for him

WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to put David Lemieux ‘out like a candle’ when the bitter rivals square off at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec this weekend. Saunders will be fighting overseas for the first time in his professional career when he makes the third defense of his crown against the hard-hitting Lemieux in his own backyard, and is unfazed by fighting in hostile territory.

“I’m a fighting man, a gypsy warrior, and I’ll travel anywhere on the planet to defend my World Title,” said Saunders. “I’m heading into the lion’s den this weekend, Lemieux will have the whole arena behind him but that won’t make one ounce of a difference, I’ll thrive off their hate for me. Once that bell goes it’s just me and him stood in that ring, he’s in for one hell of a tough night. Continue reading “Saunders: I’m too slick and too good for him”

WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to put David Lemieux ‘out like a candle’ when the bitter rivals square off at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec…
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Povetkin-Hammer weights from Russia

By Przemek Garczarczyk at the scale

Alexander Povetkin 222.8 vs. Christian Hammer 256.3
(WBO International title)
(WBA Intercontinental/heavyweight eliminator)

Venue: DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Promoter: RCC Boxing Promotions
TV: Match (Russia)

By Przemek Garczarczyk at the scale Alexander Povetkin 222.8 vs. Christian Hammer 256.3 (WBO International title) (WBA Intercontinental/heavyweight eliminator) Venue: DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia Promoter: RCC Boxing Promotions TV: Match (Russia)

Teddy Atlas Update

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Famed boxing analyst Teddy Atlas has been missing in action for two major ESPN boxing telecasts this month (Lomachenko-Rigondeaux and Horn-Corcoran). LA Times boxing writer Lance Pugmire tracked him down to get the latest. Atlas confirmed that after 21 years at ESPN, he has been taken off the live telecasts, but still has three years left on his contract.

The normally outspoken and highly opinionated Atlas told the Times that the move wasn’t his decision. “I wish I was able to speak more on it, but I gave my word that I wouldn’t,” he stated.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Famed boxing analyst Teddy Atlas has been missing in action for two major ESPN boxing telecasts this month (Lomachenko-Rigondeaux and Horn-Corcoran). LA Times…
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Tete is Supersport Boxer of the Year

By Ron Jackson

Zolani Tete from the Eastern Cape who had an outstanding year is the Supersport.com boxer of the year for 2017, after claiming the WBO interim bantamweight belt when he beat Arthur Villaneuva on April 22 and then two days he was elevated to full champion by the WBO to become only the sixth South African to hold a WBO belt.

Tete finished the year in sensational style when he knocked out fellow South African Siboniso Gonya in defence of the WBO belt, in a world record eleven seconds to retain the belt. Continue reading “Tete is Supersport Boxer of the Year”

By Ron Jackson Zolani Tete from the Eastern Cape who had an outstanding year is the Supersport.com boxer of the year for 2017, after claiming the WBO interim bantamweight belt…
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Judge Schreck’s Undisputed Champions Program

The Undisputed Champions Program, a unique non-contact boxing program for kids with autism and other disabilities, will be holding a showcase Thursday, December 14 at 1:00pm at SCHOTT’S BOXING, 21 Vatrano Road in Albany NY. Continue reading “Judge Schreck’s Undisputed Champions Program”

The Undisputed Champions Program, a unique non-contact boxing program for kids with autism and other disabilities, will be holding a showcase Thursday, December 14 at 1:00pm at SCHOTT’S BOXING, 21…
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Arum: Crawford-Horn will be competitive

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was in attendance for WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn’s eleven round stoppage of WBO challenger Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on Wednesday night. He will now move ahead with plans to stage a clash between Horn and WBO mandatory contender Terence Crawford. While Crawford will certainly be a heavy betting favorite, Arum isn’t dismissing the possibility of Horn winning.

“Anybody who says that because of Terence’s skill set that Jeff doesn’t have a chance is crazy,” said Arum. “This is going to be a very, very competitive fight. As far as skill is concerned, I would favor Crawford, but as far as strength and size are concerned, you have to go with Jeff.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was in attendance for WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn’s eleven round stoppage of WBO challenger Gary Corcoran…
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Al Sands aims to continue Minnesota win streak

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Of course, the WBO International heavyweight bout (with very interesting implications for 2018) between Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KO) and Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KO) is the highlight of Friday’s World of Boxing and RCC Boxing Promotions event in Ekaterinburg, Russia, but the card is full of interesting bouts.

Minnesota-based, Haitian-born cruiserweight Al Sands (20-2, 18 KO) takes on undefeated Yuri Kashinsky (14-0, 13 KO) from Russia for the WBO Oriental belt. Continue reading “Al Sands aims to continue Minnesota win streak”

By Przemek Garczarczyk Of course, the WBO International heavyweight bout (with very interesting implications for 2018) between Alexander Povetkin (32-1, 23 KO) and Christian Hammer (22-4, 12 KO) is the…
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ESPN2 Weights from Indio, Calif

Carlos Morales 130 vs. Dardan Zenunaj 129
(NABA super featherweight title)

Raul Curiel 146.5 vs. Israel Villela 145.2
Marlen Esparza 111 vs. Karla Valenzuela 113.8
Ryan Caballero 125 vs. Franco Gutierrez 126
Ferdinand Kerobyan 148.6 vs. Tavorus Teague 148.6
Joet Gonzalez 125.8 vs. Isao Carranza 125.6
Joshua Franco 114.6 vs. Carlos Maldonado 114.2
Jonathan Navarro 141.8 vs. Nelson Lara 141.6

Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
TV: ESPN2

Carlos Morales 130 vs. Dardan Zenunaj 129 (NABA super featherweight title) Raul Curiel 146.5 vs. Israel Villela 145.2 Marlen Esparza 111 vs. Karla Valenzuela 113.8 Ryan Caballero 125 vs. Franco…
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Broadway Boxing Weights from NYC

Wesley Ferrer 135.8 vs. Will Madera 135.4
Alicia Napoleon 154 vs. Sydney LeBlanc 155.8
Dejan Zlaticanin 139.4 vs. Heivinson Herrera 137
Larry Fryers 146 vs. Charles Natal 144.2
Hurshidbek Normatov 153.4 vs. Nicklaus Flaz 151.6
George Arias 240.8 vs. Juan Goode 260

Venue: BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York City
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Live Stream: Facebook

Wesley Ferrer 135.8 vs. Will Madera 135.4 Alicia Napoleon 154 vs. Sydney LeBlanc 155.8 Dejan Zlaticanin 139.4 vs. Heivinson Herrera 137 Larry Fryers 146 vs. Charles Natal 144.2 Hurshidbek Normatov…
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Salido decides to continue boxing in 2018

Former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido has decided not to retire after all and will continue boxing in 2018.

“On Saturday night I let my feelings and frustrations make me say things I did not think through. It was a hard and difficult fight in which I couldn’t do the things I normally do in the ring, which I attributed to my age and the many wars I have had in my career. But when I returned home and examined my preparation and the fight, I realized that the weight was also part of the problem last Saturday. I arrived at the camp weighing a lot, the highest of my career and losing the weight became the focus of the training and getting ready for the fight was secondary. Continue reading “Salido decides to continue boxing in 2018”

Former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido has decided not to retire after all and will continue boxing in 2018. “On Saturday night I let my feelings and frustrations make me…
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Crawford: There’s a lot of holes in Jeff Horn’s game

Undefeated two-division world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), boxing’s first undisputed world champion in 15 years, has been designated the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight world champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn. The two undefeated world champions will face each other next, in the spring of 2018. Here is what Terence had to say after watching the Horn defend against Gary Corcoran today on ESPN:

“Jeff Horn did what he had to do to get the job done tonight but I’m a totally different fighter than Gary Corcoran. I have more power and more speed than Corcoran. When he steps in to the ring with me, it’s going to be a very different story. When I move up to the 147 pound division, everyone is going to see a bigger, stronger fighter and a harder puncher than they saw at 140 pounds. I plan to do the same thing at 147 that I did at 135 and 140 and clean out the division. Continue reading “Crawford: There’s a lot of holes in Jeff Horn’s game”

Undefeated two-division world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), boxing’s first undisputed world champion in 15 years, has been designated the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight world champion Jeff…
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