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Goulamirian, Merhy, Vera, Soro make weight

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Arsen Goulamirian 196.25 vs. Ryad Merhy 197.5
(WBA cruiserweight title)

Michel Soro 153.5 vs. John Vera 152.5
(WBA interim super welterweight title)

Venue: Palais des Sports, Marseille, France
Promoter: Univent Production
TV: Canal+ Sport (France)

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Arsen Goulamirian 196.25 vs. Ryad Merhy 197.5 (WBA cruiserweight title) Michel Soro 153.5 vs. John Vera 152.5 (WBA interim super welterweight title) Venue: Palais des Sports, Marseille,…
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Lineup set for April 21 Brooklyn card

Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing has announced the lineup for their return to the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY on April 21. Headlining the event, Josue ‘The Prodigy’ Vargas, (10-1-0, 6 KOs) will face off against Victor Vazquez (10-3-0, 4 KOs) in an eight round junior welterweight bout.

Co-featured is the return of undefeated welterweight Peter Dobson (9-0, 5 KOs), in an eight-round clash with Martin Wright (11-2-2, 5 KOs).

In a special attraction eight round bantamweight clash, undefeated Duke ‘The Baby-Faced Terminator’ Micah, (21-0, 18 KOs) will battle veteran Frenchman Yoan Boyeaux (41-5, 26 KOs).

Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing has announced the lineup for their return to the historic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY on April 21. Headlining the event, Josue ‘The Prodigy’…
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Whyte-Browne Weights from London

Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark live telecast begins at 6PM ET/PT with a same-day replay at 10PM ET/PT from the O2 in London featuring a 12-round heavyweight showdown matching Britain’s Dillian Whyte against Lucas Browne of Australia.

Photos: Ed Mulholland/HBO

Official Weights from London:

Dillian Whyte: 254.2 vs. Lucas Browne 264.5

Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark live telecast begins at 6PM ET/PT with a same-day replay at 10PM ET/PT from the O2 in London featuring a 12-round heavyweight showdown matching Britain’s…
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Parker aims to fulfill Wilder’s prediction

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Sportsbooks have established WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as an 8:1 betting favorite over WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker when they collide in Cardiff, Wales on March 31. However, the Parker team prefers the view of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder over that of the betting houses.

Wilder is on the record saying Parker “has a 100 percent chance of winning. He has to be smart and stick to the game plan. In this ring it’s not about how much a person weighs, or about how big a person’s muscles is – it’s about heart, that dog that he’s going to bring to the fight.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Sportsbooks have established WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as an 8:1 betting favorite over WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker when they collide…
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Young, Gaballo make weight

Stephon Young 118 vs. Reymart Gaballo 116.6
(WBA interim bantamweight world championship)

Juan Carlos Payano 118.4 vs. Mike Plania 117.4
Logan Yoon 139.2 vs. Juan Carlos Salgado 139
Ivan Dychko 244.8 vs. Stephen Kirnon 224.8
Roberto Duran Jr. 149.6 vs. Miguel Morales 147.6
Jorge De Jesus Romero 121.4 vs. Szilveszter Ajtai 120.8
Steve Geffard 176.4 vs. Zoltan Sera 175.2
Jessy Cruz 123.8 vs. Sam Rodriguez 120.8
Harold Calderon 149 vs. Ronald Montes 152
Mussa Tursyngaliyev 125 vs. Luis Hinojosa 126.8
John D Martinez 156.8 vs. Jose Cortes 157

Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Promoter: Kris Lawrence/Heavyweight Factory

Stephon Young 118 vs. Reymart Gaballo 116.6 (WBA interim bantamweight world championship) Juan Carlos Payano 118.4 vs. Mike Plania 117.4 Logan Yoon 139.2 vs. Juan Carlos Salgado 139 Ivan Dychko…
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Kingry Garcia impressively remains unbeaten

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside

One of the stars of the Golden Boy stable, 19-year old prospect Ryan Garcia, easily defended his NABF Junior Super Featherweight title with a first round knockout of seasoned veteran Fernando Vargas in a scheduled ten-round bout. Garcia (14-0, 13 KOs) started patiently, circling and throwing the jab, while Vargas (33-16-3, 24 KOs) was effectively shifty at first, ducking and dodging many of the youngster’s jabs. However in the closing seconds of the round, Vargas might have lost his focus for just a second, and Garcia capitalized, landing a right hook, left uppercut combination that dropped Vargas for the count. Another impressive win for Garcia, quickly dispatching a fighter in Vargas who unsuccessfully challenged for the WBA bantamweight title less than two years ago. Continue reading “Kingry Garcia impressively remains unbeaten”

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside One of the stars of the Golden Boy stable, 19-year old prospect Ryan Garcia, easily defended his NABF Junior Super Featherweight title…
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Magdaleno-Dogboe tops April 28 Philly ESPN card

There will be no Brotherly Love when Jessie Magdaleno defends his WBO junior featherweight title against #1 contender Isaac Dogboe on April 28 at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

The Magdaleno-Dogboe fight will headline a card with plenty of local flavor, as Philly heavyweights Bryant “By-By” Jennings and Joey Dawejko rekindle an old rivalry, and Philadelphia native Jesse “Hollywood” Hart continues his drive back to a world title challenge when he faces Demond Nicholson in a super middleweight bout.

Appearing on the undercard will be 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KOs) of Newark, N.J., in an eight-round featherweight bout against Roxberg Riley (12-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Ga. Continue reading “Magdaleno-Dogboe tops April 28 Philly ESPN card”

There will be no Brotherly Love when Jessie Magdaleno defends his WBO junior featherweight title against #1 contender Isaac Dogboe on April 28 at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. The…
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Tawatchai stops Portes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

IBF #14 Mike Tawatchai (45-11-1) stopped Renan Portes (10-6) in round nine of a scheduled twelve round bout with the vacant IBF Asia junior featherweight title up for grabs on Wednesday at Suanlum Night Bazaar, Bangkok, Thailand. Tawatchai boxed aggressively from round one and at the conclusion of round nine Portes retired in his corner with a hand injury.

In other action, former IBF 108lb world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreeriin Jr stopped Chatchay Sithsaithong in round three of a scheduled six round bout. Continue reading “Tawatchai stops Portes”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang IBF #14 Mike Tawatchai (45-11-1) stopped Renan Portes (10-6) in round nine of a scheduled twelve round bout with the…
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Interview: Joseph Parker

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and trainer Kevin Barry talk to the press about the March 31 unification clash with WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua in Cardiff, Wales.

Joseph Parker: “It’s been a great training camp that we’ve had in Las Vegas and now we’re here in London. We have about a week and a half before the fight and like Kevin mentioned, we hit the ground running. We got some good sessions in. I’m looking forward to fighting an undefeated fighter like Anthony Joshua, who I respect. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to unify the division and unify the belts and the opportunity to put on a great display and make my mark on SHOWTIME. I can’t wait for it. Our team is excited to be here and it’s going to be a great opportunity for us.”

Q: When you watch the struggles Joshua had against Klitschko, what do you take away from that fight?

Parker: “I think being active has worked well for us. I watched that fight. He did really well in terms of coming back and showed a lot of heart to get back up off the canvas and finish off the fight and getting the win. Coming into this fight, we’re young, we’re hungry and I think if we did get him in trouble there’s no waiting for us. We know how to finish off a fight. We know how to put on the pressure and get him out of there. He has strengths and weaknesses like every other fighter has and we’ll come up with a good game plan which I believe in and if I execute, I think we’ll get the victory.” Continue reading “Interview: Joseph Parker”

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and trainer Kevin Barry talk to the press about the March 31 unification clash with WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua in Cardiff, Wales. Joseph Parker: “It’s…
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Yang defeats #12 Watanabe

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Xiaoping Sport Co. LTD

Chinese rising star Yang Yongqiang (10-0,7 KOs) impressively kept his ABCO continental 135lb crown when he excitingly outpointed WBO#12/WBO Oriental title holder Takuya Watanabe (33-8-1,18KOs) on Tuesday at Shenzhen Sport Center in Shenzhen City, China.

This fight drew wide interest from local people as it was a title clash between a Chinese prospect and experienced Japanese veteran who was ranked in the top-15 by the WBO. There were almost 3,000 in attendance at the venue. Continue reading “Yang defeats #12 Watanabe”

By Damrong Simakajornboon Photos: Xiaoping Sport Co. LTD Chinese rising star Yang Yongqiang (10-0,7 KOs) impressively kept his ABCO continental 135lb crown when he excitingly outpointed WBO#12/WBO Oriental title holder…
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Frampton-Donaire now for WBO interim title

With WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez out of action while his broken jaw heals, the April 21 clash between Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been elevated to a WBO interim featherweight world title fight. “A huge night of boxing in Belfast just got even bigger,” said Frampton. “This is great news and it adds a whole lot more razzmatazz to the event – not that it needed it. I was sure that the winner of this fight was going to go on to fight for a world title in their next fight and having an interim world title on the line on April 21st all but confirms that.

“Oscar Valdez must face the interim champion when he is ready and that’s a big incentive for myself and Donaire. The Valdez fight is very appealing to me and obviously the winner of Selby vs. Warrington is also equally as appealing. I think the Valdez fight would get a lot more attention on both sides of the globe rather than just in the UK. Continue reading “Frampton-Donaire now for WBO interim title”

With WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez out of action while his broken jaw heals, the April 21 clash between Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire at the SSE Arena in Belfast,…
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Joshua: Relaxed, Reduced in Size and Ready

By Rob Hough

Anthony Joshua, 28, was in a jovial mood Wednesday as he shared some thoughts on Wednesday, 10 days ahead of his fight with WBO champ Joseph Parker. The fight will be shown live on Showtime at 5 pm ET on Saturday March 31 from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

“Looking at Joseph Parker, you’ve got to look at how he boxes on the front foot and on the back foot. When he’s on the front, he finds it difficult to land combinations. When he’s on the back foot, he’s performed better.” Continue reading “Joshua: Relaxed, Reduced in Size and Ready”

By Rob Hough Anthony Joshua, 28, was in a jovial mood Wednesday as he shared some thoughts on Wednesday, 10 days ahead of his fight with WBO champ Joseph Parker.…
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Hollywood Fight Night Lineup Announced

Undefeated lightweight prospect Ryan Martin (20-0, 11 KOs) will battle Luis Eduardo Florez (23-8-0, 19 KOs), in the ten-round main event in the debut of ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ at The Avalon on Tuesday, March 27. The Avalon is located at 1735 Vine Street in Hollywood, CA adjacent to the iconic intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St.

The co-feature will be the highly anticipated professional debut of highly regarded 360 Promotions welterweight signee Brian Ceballo in a six-round clash against Luis Alberto Longoria (0-1).

In the junior middleweight division, knockout artist Sergii Bohachuk (6-0, 6 KOs) will face Lucious Johnson (4-2-1, 3 KOs). Continue reading “Hollywood Fight Night Lineup Announced”

Undefeated lightweight prospect Ryan Martin (20-0, 11 KOs) will battle Luis Eduardo Florez (23-8-0, 19 KOs), in the ten-round main event in the debut of ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ at The…
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ESPN2 Weights from Indio, Calif

Ryan “Kingry” Garcia 129.6 vs. Fernando Vargas 129.2
(NABF “junior” super featherweight title)

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

KeAndre Gibson 146.2 vs. Eddie Gomez 147
Joet Gonzales 126 vs. Rolando Magbanua 125.6
Raul Curiel 148 vs. Quantavious Green 152.6
Emilio Sanchez 122 vs. Eugene Lagos 121
Aaron McKenna 149.6 vs. Jose Palacios 147
Jonathan Navarro 139.6 vs. Gabriel Gutierez 140.6

Venue: Fantasy Spring Resort Casino, Indio, Calif
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN2

Ryan “Kingry” Garcia 129.6 vs. Fernando Vargas 129.2 (NABF “junior” super featherweight title) KeAndre Gibson 146.2 vs. Eddie Gomez 147 Joet Gonzales 126 vs. Rolando Magbanua 125.6 Raul Curiel 148…
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Women In Boxing: Against All Odds

“It’s our time to shine,” says Christine Hammer, the current undefeated WBC, WBO Unified Middleweight champion. Women’s boxing has traversed a long road to get here and still has a long way yet to go. Hammer, a 22-0, 10 KOs, WBO, WBC and WBF champion, is one boxer who understands this long and difficult road well. She was born on August 16, 1990 in Novodolinka, Kazakhstan. She relocated to Sontra, Germany, with her parents, in 1991. Hammer showed an affinity for boxing and more. Read the full story

“It’s our time to shine,” says Christine Hammer, the current undefeated WBC, WBO Unified Middleweight champion. Women’s boxing has traversed a long road to get here and still has a…
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Avni Yildirim sparring with “Canelo” Alvarez in L.A.

WBC International super middleweight champion Avni Yildirim has traveled from Turkey all the way to Los Angeles to help Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to get in shape for his rematch with Gennady Golovkin which will take place on Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas.

Yildirim made the trip to the United States only two weeks after his unanimous decision win over veteran Derek Edwards.

“When I heard that a great fighter like Canelo wants me in his camp I immediately confirmed and jumped on the next plane”, says Yildirim. “It is an honor for me to work with him and the experience will surely help me on my way to the World Championship.”

Yildirim is currently ranked no. 6 in the WBC ratings and hopes to get a shot at title holder David Benavidez rather sooner than later. “I always said that my goal is to win the Green and Gold belt”, states Yildirim. “And I will not let anybody or anything get in my way.”

The 26-year-old Turk was already close to securing a title shot before entering the World Boxing Super Series where he suffered his first career loss by the hands of Chris Eubank jr. in October 2017. “I made some stupid mistakes in the Eubank fight which I will certainly not make again”, says Yildirim. “But that experience only made me stronger.”

WBC International super middleweight champion Avni Yildirim has traveled from Turkey all the way to Los Angeles to help Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to get in shape for his rematch with…
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The 12th Round: Boxing, A Volcano in Constant Eruption

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

I miss so much writing my weekly column, which I will certainly continue from now on. This year begun with extreme demands for travel, meetings and activities all over which is shaping 2018 as yet another unbelievable year for boxing.

My dear father, Jose Sulaiman, often described boxing as a “Volcano in constant eruption “…. One day a huge problem or controversy arises, such gets resolved just to wake up the following day with a new one. The WBC has 166 affiliated nations and thus the complexities in administering the activities worldwide; Different standards, practices, culture and else makes effective and efficient communications a real challenge.

There have been incredibly high moments so far this year and a few lows which reminds us that there is still much to do to make boxing safer and better. Continue reading “The 12th Round: Boxing, A Volcano in Constant Eruption”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son I miss so much writing my weekly column, which I will certainly continue from now on. This year begun with extreme…
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Yamanaka-Calleros Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBO 105-pound champ Ryuya Yamanaka (16-2, 5 KOs), 105, impressively kept his belt in his initial defense as he was awarded a TKO victory after the eighth round when Mexican Moises Calleros (28-8-1, 16 KOs), 105, quit on the stool because of his absorption of punishment in the eighth on Sunday in Kobe, Japan.

Yamanaka utilized his faster left hand to be leading on points: Gerard White (US), Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) both 80-72, and Salven Lagumbay (Philippines) 78-74, all for Yamanaka. The ref was Jose Rivera (Puerto Rico). Calleros showed his retaliation with body shots to the fleet-footed champ in the third and fourth, but Yamanaka took the pace and accelerated his furious attack to hurt the game Mexican with a flurry of punches in the fatal session. Continue reading “Yamanaka-Calleros Full Report”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBO 105-pound champ Ryuya Yamanaka (16-2, 5 KOs), 105, impressively kept his belt in his initial defense as he was awarded a TKO…
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Ring photogs in focus at Briscoe Awards

Nine area photographers will each exhibit one photo highlighting local boxing action from 2017 at the 11th Annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday at the VBA Clubhouse in Philadelphia. The photos will also be judged by those attending the event to determine the “2017 Photo of the Year”. All attendees of the event will be given a ballot and asked to vote for their favorite photo from the nine selections. The photo chosen as the best of the year will win its photographer a Briscoe Award. Continue reading “Ring photogs in focus at Briscoe Awards”

Nine area photographers will each exhibit one photo highlighting local boxing action from 2017 at the 11th Annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday at the VBA Clubhouse in Philadelphia. The photos…
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Linares-Lomachenko Ticket Alert

In a battle of two of the world’s pound-for-pound best, Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares will defend his WBA title against Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko on Saturday, May 12, at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden. Linares vs. Lomachenko will be televised live on ESPN.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions, Teiken Promotions, and Madison Square Garden, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 12 p.m. EST on Friday, March 23. Priced at $506, $406, $306, $206, $106, and $56, including facility fees, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at ticketmaster.com and MSG.com.

In a battle of two of the world’s pound-for-pound best, Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares will defend his WBA title against Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko on Saturday, May 12, at…
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Bruno: Parker is a very dangerous guy

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has warned WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua that WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be dangerous when they clash in Cardiff, Wales on March 31. “Anthony Joshua has got the size, the power, and the skill, and Parker is a guy who comes to him all the time,” Bruno told Sky Sports. “If Joshua moves around and uses his reach and his power, he should make it make it easier for himself. Joshua has a lot of skill, a lot of size, a lot of power. If he just relaxes and uses Parker to come in, it is as simple as that. If he is going to get macho and start wanting to tear up with him, then Parker is a very dangerous guy, very fit — he is on you all the time.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno has warned WBA, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua that WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be dangerous…
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WBF title twinbill in South Africa

By Ron Jackson

Real Steel Promotions presents two WBF title fights on Friday night at the Edenvale Community Centre, in Gauteng, South Africa, with junior-middleweight Emmany Kalombo against Nkululeko Mhlongo and Jackson Chauke going in against Sihle Jelwana at flyweight.

In the main bout of the evening, South African junior-middleweight champion Nkululeko Mhlongo (16-5, 12 KOs) faces the promising Emmany Kalombo (8-0, 8 KOs) from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a clash for the vacant WBF Intercontinental junior-middleweight title. Continue reading “WBF title twinbill in South Africa”

By Ron Jackson Real Steel Promotions presents two WBF title fights on Friday night at the Edenvale Community Centre, in Gauteng, South Africa, with junior-middleweight Emmany Kalombo against Nkululeko Mhlongo…
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Golovkin unloads: Canelo is cheating

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin doesn’t buy Canelo Alvarez’ claim that tainted meat is the reason he tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

“Again with Mexican meat? Come on,” Golovkin told reporters at his media day in Big Bear according to ESPN. “I told you, it’s not Mexican meat. This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion. Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening!”

As far as the Nevada Commission goes, GGG stated, “These people are terrorists, they are killing the sport, not just me.”

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin doesn’t buy Canelo Alvarez’ claim that tainted meat is the reason he tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. “Again with Mexican meat? Come on,”…
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Williams-Gallimore IBF eliminator set

Julian “J-Rock” Williams and Nathaniel Gallimore, two young, skilled contenders in the stacked 154-pound division, will clash in a 12-round world title eliminator on Saturday, April 7 live on SHOWTIME from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event will see WBA champion Erislandy Lara, the longest reigning world champion at 154-pounds, clash with undefeated IBF champion Jarrett Hurd in a highly anticipated 154-pound world title unification bout. The three-fight telecast also features Caleb Truax making the first defense of his IBF 168-pound title against James DeGale in a rematch of their exciting first bout in December.

Williams and Gallimore will look to put themselves into the mandatory position for the IBF Junior Middleweight World Title currently held by Hurd.

Julian “J-Rock” Williams and Nathaniel Gallimore, two young, skilled contenders in the stacked 154-pound division, will clash in a 12-round world title eliminator on Saturday, April 7 live on SHOWTIME…
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Golulamirian-Merhy clash for WBA cruiser belt

Unbeaten cruiserweights Arsen Golulamirian (22-0, 14 KOs) and Ryad Merhy (24-0, 20 KOs) collide this Saturday in Marseille, France for the WBA cruiserweight championship, which is currently vacant. Goulamirian, born in Armenia with French nationality, will try to maintain his immaculate record against Merhy, a native of Côte d’Ivoire of Belgian nationality.

Unbeaten cruiserweights Arsen Golulamirian (22-0, 14 KOs) and Ryad Merhy (24-0, 20 KOs) collide this Saturday in Marseille, France for the WBA cruiserweight championship, which is currently vacant. Goulamirian, born…
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