Carl Froch: Canelo is too strong

By Hesiquio Balderas

Former super middleweight world champion Carl Froch is in Las Vegas to work as a color commentator for SKY Sports. After having breakfast at the MGM Grand Cafe Studio restaurant, Carl had a few words about the Canelo-Jacobs fight among other things.
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“I think Jacobs is a good fighter, he is fast, he is big and is a world champion, but Canelo is too strong. He has the power and I believe at this moment he is the best there is, he is at his peak. I believe Canelo is going to win.” Continue reading “Carl Froch: Canelo is too strong”

By Hesiquio Balderas Former super middleweight world champion Carl Froch is in Las Vegas to work as a color commentator for SKY Sports. After having breakfast at the MGM Grand…
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Minamoto draws with Abe, keeps Japanese 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

We might not call it an upset, as a champion barely kept his belt by a draw with a challenger who had been a prohibitive prefight favorite. But we witnessed a dramatic processing against the odds for the challenger.
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IBF #14 Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13 KOs), 126, dropped IBF #4/WBC #9 mandatory challenger Reiya Abe (19-2-1, 9 KOs), 125.75, in the first and second rounds, gamely put on a gallant performance, withstood Abe’s retaliations in later rounds and barely retained his belt by a majority draw (94-94 twice, 95-94 for Abe) over ten hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Continue reading “Minamoto draws with Abe, keeps Japanese 126lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda We might not call it an upset, as a champion barely kept his belt by a draw with a challenger who had been…
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Andy Ruiz displays his form

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Heavyweight Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (32-1, 21 KOs) displays the handspeed he’ll unleash when he challenges Anthony Joshua for his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles on Saturday June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.

Ruiz just fought on April 20, so with one month to go, he’s already in pretty good shape.

Heavyweight Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (32-1, 21 KOs) displays the handspeed he’ll unleash when he challenges Anthony Joshua for his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles on…
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El Maestro Herrera poised to upset Vergil Ortiz

When David Lemieux fell out as the co-feature for Canelo-Jacobs, Golden Boy upgraded the super lightweight fight between Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera to co-feature status. The unbeaten 21-year-old Ortiz has compiled a 12-0 record with 12 knockouts. The light-punching Herrera (24-8, 7 KOs) is on the downslide, having dropped three of his last five. Oddsmakers have made Ortiz as much as a 50:1 favorite, but the 38-year-old Herrera says he still has enough to handle Ortiz.

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“I have fought undefeated fighters,” said Herrera. “It might be a young lion against an old lion but we are two lions and we are going to go toe-to-toe. You will see this lion very hungry and you will see me go get it. He will be the aggressor and I will do my thing like I always do. I will pull out all of my tricks and get the win.”

When David Lemieux fell out as the co-feature for Canelo-Jacobs, Golden Boy upgraded the super lightweight fight between Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera to co-feature status. The…
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Joe Joyce to face Alexander Ustinov next

Heavyweight Joe Joyce will encounter a tall order in the shape of 6’8 former world title challenger Alexander Ustinov (subject to visa) when the Olympic silver medalist returns to the ring on May 18 at the Lamex Stadium live on BT Sport. The 8-0 Joyce is having his first fight following his promotional alignment with Frank Warren at the home of Stevenage FC as chief support to Billy Joe Saunders challenging for the vacant WBO Interim world super middleweight title against Shefat Isufi.

The 42-year-old Ustinov (34-3, 25 KOs) has dropped two straight. Joyce has won the WBA Gold title in his last fight against former world champion Bermane Stiverne in February, having previously become Commonwealth and WBA Continental champion. Continue reading “Joe Joyce to face Alexander Ustinov next”

Heavyweight Joe Joyce will encounter a tall order in the shape of 6’8 former world title challenger Alexander Ustinov (subject to visa) when the Olympic silver medalist returns to the…
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Weights from Las Vegas

Yamaguchi Falcao 159.8 vs. Christopher Pearson 159.4
Steven Butler 159.8 vs. Vitalii Kopylenko 159.4
Erik Bazinyan 166.8 vs. Alan Campa 168
Alexis Salazar 160 vs. Abraham Cordero 167.8
Richard Acevedo 153,2 vs. Mario Sosa 156.8

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Promoter: Golden Boy
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Yamaguchi Falcao 159.8 vs. Christopher Pearson 159.4 Steven Butler 159.8 vs. Vitalii Kopylenko 159.4 Erik Bazinyan 166.8 vs. Alan Campa 168 Alexis Salazar 160 vs. Abraham Cordero 167.8 Richard Acevedo…
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Big crowd expected Saturday in Stockton

How did Saturday’s world title twinbill on ESPN land in of all places Stockton, California? Three words. Gabriel Flores Jr. The 19-year-old lightweight is expected to attract more than 10,000 fans to the Stockton Arena to see him take on Eduardo Pereira (23-5, 19 KOs) in a six-rounder.

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Sandwiched around Flores-Pereira will be a pair of highly anticipated world championship bouts featuring IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev vs. Radivoje Kalajdzic and IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas vs. Ryuichi Funai. Continue reading “Big crowd expected Saturday in Stockton”

How did Saturday’s world title twinbill on ESPN land in of all places Stockton, California? Three words. Gabriel Flores Jr. The 19-year-old lightweight is expected to attract more than 10,000…
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Gaibnazarov tops Berchelt-Vargas undercard

Fazliddin “Fayzi” Gaibnazarov (7-0, 4 KOs) is on the fast track to world title contention. Gaibnazarov, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist for his native Uzbekistan, will face the toughest — and tallest — test of his career against the 6-foot-3 Mykal “The Professor” Fox (19-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight showdown from the Tucson Arena. Fox will have a roughly nine-inch height advantage over Gaibnazarov.

In the main event, WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacrán” Berchelt will make the fifth defense of his belt against Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas in a rematch of their 2017 Fight of the Year contender, won by Berchelt via 11th-round knockout. In the co-feature, WBO junior featherweight champion Emanuel Navarrete will look to repeat the deed against Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe in a rematch of their Dec. 8 bout, won by Navarrete via unanimous decision. Continue reading “Gaibnazarov tops Berchelt-Vargas undercard”

Fazliddin “Fayzi” Gaibnazarov (7-0, 4 KOs) is on the fast track to world title contention. Gaibnazarov, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist for his native Uzbekistan, will face the toughest —…
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Canelo-Jacobs Final Press Conference

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World champions Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs faced off at the final press conference before their WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight unification fight on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez: “Look, we’re just ready for Saturday. I’ll repeat to you – I’m ready, I’m ready to continue writing history like I always have. I’m a fighter that’s fought all the styles. What he brings on Saturday night is going to bring the reaction out of me to counter whatever he brings. In boxing, anything can happen. That’s including the knockout. If it’s there, trust me, I’m going to go for the knockout. I don’t care if he’s bigger, stronger, it’s never bothered me. I have the capability. I have the experience to overcome that and more.”

Daniel Jacobs: “I’m gonna talk inside the ring and let my fighting speak for itself. To Canelo – let’s put on a good show my brother…what will take the win will simply be me being the best version of myself. My physical advantages in itself can win me the fight, but I also have the mental capacity. I’m in my prime. I’m the only fighter Canelo has faced since Floyd Mayweather to be in his prime. I’m super confident and I’m going in there with the ability as well.”

World champions Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs faced off at the final press conference before their WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight unification fight on Saturday in Las Vegas. Canelo Alvarez: “Look, we’re just…
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Jarrett Hurd: I want to be undisputed champion

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Unified and undefeated IBF and WBA 154-pound champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd held a media workout at his gym in Temple Hills, Maryland on Tuesday as he prepares for his hometown return in a title defense against top contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams May 11 on FOX from EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia.
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The broadcast will see Hurd return to defend his titles in front of a hometown crowd for the first time since becoming a world champion. A native of Accokeek, Maryland, this is Hurd’s first fight in the region since his 13th pro victory in 2014 that took place at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Continue reading “Jarrett Hurd: I want to be undisputed champion”

Photos: Mike Greenhill Unified and undefeated IBF and WBA 154-pound champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd held a media workout at his gym in Temple Hills, Maryland on Tuesday as he prepares…
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Kalajdzic: I’m ready to take home the belt

World ranked light heavyweight “Hot Rod” Radivoje Kalajdzic (24-1, 17 KOs) has arrived in California for his world title showdown against IBF 175lb champion Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs), on Saturday in the main event at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, CA, and live on ESPN.

“We’ve had a great camp in Florida with excellent sparring and I’m just ready to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Kalajdzic. “I’ve watched enough of Beterbiev and know that he’s a strong fighter, but he just comes forward and my plan is to counter his aggressiveness.

“His resume is pretty thin and he did get dropped in his last fight. There’s a lot that I can take advantage of.” Continue reading “Kalajdzic: I’m ready to take home the belt”

World ranked light heavyweight “Hot Rod” Radivoje Kalajdzic (24-1, 17 KOs) has arrived in California for his world title showdown against IBF 175lb champion Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs), on…
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Berchelt ready for Vargas rematch

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) is ready for his rematch against former champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) on May 11 at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
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“We are more than ready to face Vargas again,” said Berchelt this week. “We’re ready for everything my challenger brings. We’re giving him the opportunity, just as he granted it to us. We’ll demonstrate that we are superior on May 11 in Tucson. I always prepare myself to the optimum and in the ring I hold nothing back. I will give everything and I hope Vargas does also to offer a Mexican war.”

WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) is ready for his rematch against former champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) on May 11 at the Convention…
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It’s official: Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz

Andy Ruiz Jr. has landed a dream world title shot at Heavyweight king Anthony Joshua on Saturday June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.

Ruiz (32-1 21 KOs) can become the first ever Mexican heavyweight world champion when he meets AJ at the vaunted Manhattan boxing mecca and comes into the bout in fine form. The 29 year old recorded his 21st KO win on his 32 fight ledger when he forced the retirement of Alexander Dimitrenko after five rounds of their clash in Carson, California ten days ago. Continue reading “It’s official: Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz”

Andy Ruiz Jr. has landed a dream world title shot at Heavyweight king Anthony Joshua on Saturday June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York, live on DAZN in…
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Nunez dropped four times, still wins decision

In a highly controversial result, Nicaraguan bantamweight Limber Ramirez (12-2, 4 KOs) knocked down Panama-based Cuban Leosdan Nunez (10-0, 4 KOs) four times, but still came out on the short end of an eleven round split decision on Tuesday night at the Albrook Mall in Panama City. The bout was a slugfest with Ramirez dropping Nunez in round two, twice more in round four, and a fourth time in round nine, however in the end scores were 103-102 for Nunez on two cards, while Ramirez was ahead 105-100 on the third card. With the win, Nunez retained the WBA Federation title.

Also on the card, former WBA super featherweight champion Jezzrel Corrales (23-2, 9 KOs) scored a second round KO over Onalvi Sierra (27-9-1, 24 KOs), and Fedelatin light flyweight beltholder Daniel Matellon (9-0-2, 5 KOs) retained the title with a second round KO over Mario Andrade (14-9-6, 4 KOs).

In a highly controversial result, Nicaraguan bantamweight Limber Ramirez (12-2, 4 KOs) knocked down Panama-based Cuban Leosdan Nunez (10-0, 4 KOs) four times, but still came out on the short…
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Anselmo Moreno returns with a win

By Héctor Villarreal

After almost two years of inactivity, former WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (37-6-1, 12 KOs) outclassed Mexican Daniel Colula (12-3-2, 3 KOs) to score a unanimous decision on Tuesday night at Arena Roberto Durán in Panama. The judges scored 79-72, 77-74, 78-73.

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Moreno, now invading the featherweight division, plans to fight again in August to recover his usual speed, rhythm and distance before facing a world ranked fighter.

By Héctor Villarreal After almost two years of inactivity, former WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (37-6-1, 12 KOs) outclassed Mexican Daniel Colula (12-3-2, 3 KOs) to score a…
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Duno-Rodriguez clash May 16

Lightweight contender “Ruthless” Romero Duno (19-1, 15 KOs) will battle Juan Antonio “Mozo” Rodriguez (30-7, 26 KOs) for the vacant NABO title in the 10-round main event of the May 16 edition of the Golden Boy/DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

In the co-main event, Manny “Chato” Robles III (17-0, 8 KOs) will defend his NABF featherweight title against Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-0-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round fight between two undefeated fighters. Continue reading “Duno-Rodriguez clash May 16”

Lightweight contender “Ruthless” Romero Duno (19-1, 15 KOs) will battle Juan Antonio “Mozo” Rodriguez (30-7, 26 KOs) for the vacant NABO title in the 10-round main event of the May…
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Marco Huck returns May 17 at Foxwoods

Former long-reigning cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck (41-5-1, 28 KOs), of Berlin, Germany, will continue his comeback as a heavyweight on May 17, vying in an eight-rounder versus TBA at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The bout will be part of DiBella Entertainment’s acclaimed Broadway Boxing series. Huck held the WBO cruiserweight title from 2009-2015, making 13 defenses. This will be just his second bout in the United States.

The event will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

Also in action, Toka Kahn Clary (25-2, 17 KOs) returns to action, following a 12-round decision loss to Kid Galahad in an IBF featherweight eliminator last October. He will compete in a junior lightweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.

In the main event, undefeated junior welterweight prospect “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (14-0, 7 KOs) will fight in his first scheduled 10-rounder against Rickey Edwards (12-2, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC USNBC 140lb title. Continue reading “Marco Huck returns May 17 at Foxwoods”

Former long-reigning cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck (41-5-1, 28 KOs), of Berlin, Germany, will continue his comeback as a heavyweight on May 17, vying in an eight-rounder versus TBA at…
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Canelo, Jacobs Grand Arrivals

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs made their “grand arrivals” today at the MGM Grand lobby for Saturday’s fight card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Canelo Alvarez: “Every single one of my fights is important. Every single fight marks history for me. It’s another check. [Jacobs] is the second best middleweight in the world, so it’s another step in that direction, to keep writing my history…for me, [unifying the division] is the most important. Nobody in Mexico has ever done that, won all four belts in one division, so that’s my motivation. To keep writing history.”

Daniel Jacobs: “It’s the biggest fight that can be made, especially at the middleweight division. I’m looking forward to displaying great skill Saturday night and I’m looking forward to being victorious…I’ve always envisioned getting my hand raised, I’ve always been vocal about getting the knockout, about the knockout being possible. I have an 80% knockout ratio, so if I get a guy hurt, you know I can get him out of there.”

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs made their “grand arrivals” today at the MGM Grand lobby for Saturday’s fight card at the T-Mobile Arena in…
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Record turnout for NYSBHOF Inductions

A record turnout honored the Class of 2019 at this past Sunday’s eighth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On the Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

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Inimitable promoter Don King led the 24-member Class of 2019 into the NYSBHOF

“We had our largest attendance, 402 people,” a happy and proud NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said at the event. “This is the way we show our appreciation with this special belt for these New Yorkers for what they’ve given boxing through the years. Thanks to a lot of peoples’ efforts this is our eighth year. I hope we can do another 50. I’d like to thank everyone of these inductees, and their family members for their support. It’s all about family.” Continue reading “Record turnout for NYSBHOF Inductions”

A record turnout honored the Class of 2019 at this past Sunday’s eighth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On the…
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Billy Joe Saunders happy with new team

After a terrible 2018, former middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders (27-0, 13 KOs) insists he’ll be ready for Shefat Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs) on May 18 for the WBO interim super middleweight title.

Saunders has settled well with trainer Ben Davison after splitting with Dominic Ingle and has been living at a hotel on the outskirts of Manchester for seven weeks and training at Ricky Hatton’s gym.

“I am loving it at Hatton’s gym with Ben and I am just enjoying it again,” said Saunders. “I have to be happy at what I am doing and I will get the best out of myself. If it’s not like that it can become a slog. Continue reading “Billy Joe Saunders happy with new team”

After a terrible 2018, former middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders (27-0, 13 KOs) insists he’ll be ready for Shefat Isufi (27-3-2, 20 KOs) on May 18 for the WBO interim…
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Estrada gets hero’s welcome in Sonora

The new WBC super flyweight world champion Juan Francisco Estrada is back in Sonora, Mexico, after winning the title last Saturday. Estrada schooled dangerous champion Sor Rungvisai despite suffering an injury to his right hand in the second round.
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“I feel very proud and pleased to have achieved another dream of having this beautiful belt from the most prestigious World Boxing Council. There were many hours, days and years of sacrifice and I found that you can achieve anything when you strive and fight for what you wish for,” said Estrada. Continue reading “Estrada gets hero’s welcome in Sonora”

The new WBC super flyweight world champion Juan Francisco Estrada is back in Sonora, Mexico, after winning the title last Saturday. Estrada schooled dangerous champion Sor Rungvisai despite suffering an…
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Boxing SA announces 2018 award nominees

By Ron Jackson

At a meeting held at the Uncle Tom’s Hall in Soweto on Monday, Boxing Souths Africa announced the nominees for the 2018 annual awards to be held on Friday May 17 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The nominees for the main award of male boxer of the year were IBO cruiserweight champion Kevin Lerena, IBO welterweight champion Thulani Mbenge, IBF Intercontinental junior-lightweight champion, Azinga Fuzile, WBO Intercontinental junior-bantamweight champion, Yanga Sigqibo, WBO Intercontinental junior-bantamweight champion and Ronald Malindi South African and African Boxing Union bantamweight champion.

A surprise omission from this category was two-time IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane one of South Africa’s most outstanding flyweights in recent years. Continue reading “Boxing SA announces 2018 award nominees”

By Ron Jackson At a meeting held at the Uncle Tom’s Hall in Soweto on Monday, Boxing Souths Africa announced the nominees for the 2018 annual awards to be held…
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Ten Count: Hal “TNT” Carroll passes

By Boxing Bob Newman

Former light heavyweight title challenger Hal “TNT” Carroll passed away from complications of a stroke, this past Thursday, April 25th in his hometown of Syracuse, NY.
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Born Horace Carroll, in Greenwood, SC on January 5, 1941, Carroll eventually made his way to Syracuse, NY where he would turn pro in February 1, 1964 with a KO3 over Willie Law. Over the next fourteen years, Carroll would ply his trade and move up the light heavyweight ranks, fighting top names in the division. He faced Ray Anderson (L10), Jorge Ahumada (TKO by 8), Chris Finnegan (L10), Mike Quarry (D10), Henry Hank (W10), Rudi Lubbers (W10) and retiring after his last fight against Gary Summerhays (L10). Continue reading “Ten Count: Hal “TNT” Carroll passes”

By Boxing Bob Newman Former light heavyweight title challenger Hal “TNT” Carroll passed away from complications of a stroke, this past Thursday, April 25th in his hometown of Syracuse, NY.…
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Papadopoulos-Said clash June 7 in Greece

Unbeaten welterweight prospect Stelios Papadopoulos (11-0-2, 4 KOs) of Greece looks to make the leap from prospect to world ranked contender against Abdumonem Said (19-1-1, 9 KOs) of Egypt on June 7 at the Galatsi Olympic Indoor Stadium in Athens, Greece. The WBO intercontinental welterweight title will be at stake. The title is a major regional title for the WBO with potential world ranking implications for the winner. “I am very appreciative for the opportunity by WBO. It will be a big night for boxing in Greece,” said Greg Mallios, Manager/Trainer of Papadopoulos.

Unbeaten welterweight prospect Stelios Papadopoulos (11-0-2, 4 KOs) of Greece looks to make the leap from prospect to world ranked contender against Abdumonem Said (19-1-1, 9 KOs) of Egypt on…
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Moreno, Colula make weight in Panama

By Héctor Villarreal

Former WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (36-6-1,12 KOs) and his Mexican opponent Daniel Colula (12-2-2,3 KOs) both hit the scale at 126 pounds for their Tuesday night fight at Arena Roberto Duran. After being WBC superbantam Silver Champion Moreno returns as a featherweight.

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By Héctor Villarreal Former WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (36-6-1,12 KOs) and his Mexican opponent Daniel Colula (12-2-2,3 KOs) both hit the scale at 126 pounds for their…
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