Truax upsets DeGale, wins IBF supermiddle title

Minnesota’s Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KOs) scored an upset twelve round majority decision over IBF super middleweight world champion James “Chunky” DeGale (23-2-1, 14 KOs) to claim the world title on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London. Truax pressed the action throughout the bout. DeGale was pummeled in round five and was constantly on the back foot against the pressure of Truax. In the end, judges scored it 114-114, 115-112, 116-112.

DeGale was as much as a 41:1 favorite at online sportsbooks earlier in the week.

Minnesota’s Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KOs) scored an upset twelve round majority decision over IBF super middleweight world champion James “Chunky” DeGale (23-2-1, 14 KOs) to claim the world title…
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Selby outpoints Ramirez

IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby (21-1, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Eduardo Ramirez (20-1-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London. Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 116-112. Ramirez disappeared during fight week, missed the final press press conference, and missed making weight, so he wasn’t eligible to win the title. Next up for Selby is mandatory challenger Josh Warrington.

IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby (21-1, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Eduardo Ramirez (20-1-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper…
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Skoglund in coma with brain bleed

Super middleweight contender Erik Skoglund (26-1, 12 KOs), coming off a brutal fight against Callum Smith in a September Word Boxing Super Series bout, was feeling ill and taken to the hospital after a training session in Nyköping, Sweden. He was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent surgery last night to repair a bleed on the brain. Doctors are pleased with the results and Erik remains in a serious yet stable condition. The next 3-4 days are critical for his recovery. Team Sauerland asks that everyone respect the privacy of Erik and his family.

Super middleweight contender Erik Skoglund (26-1, 12 KOs), coming off a brutal fight against Callum Smith in a September Word Boxing Super Series bout, was feeling ill and taken to…
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Ritchie, Akkawy, Lovett triumph Down Under

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Australian middleweight champion Dwight Ritchie (16-1-0) outpointed Shay Brock (12-1-1) over ten rounds to capture the vacant IBF Youth title at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Ritchie controlled the action in most of the rounds to be awarded a unanimous decision. Ritchie, 25 years, captured the OPBF title in 2016 defeating Hikaru Nishida but lost the championship to Koki Tyson that same year in Osaka, Japan.

Unbeaten super middleweight Bilal Akkawy (16-0-1, 14 KOs) stopped Rogerio Damasco (16-8-1, 15 KOs) in round two of a scheduled eight round bout on Friday at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Akkawy is scheduled to box again at this venue on February 24.

Globe-trotting light-heavyweight Steve Lovett (17-2, 13 KOs) outscored Steven Moxon (5-5, 4 KOs) over eight rounds by unanimous decision in the main event at the Hellenic Club, Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia on Friday. Lovett was based in the USA from 2013 to 2017 training under highly regarded Ronnie Shields. He was also trained by former IBF, WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale for Friday’s Fight. Continue reading “Ritchie, Akkawy, Lovett triumph Down Under”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former Australian middleweight champion Dwight Ritchie (16-1-0) outpointed Shay Brock (12-1-1) over ten rounds to capture the vacant IBF Youth title at the…
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Dominican ‘Destino Japan’ halts Okamoto

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Hard-punching Dominican residing in Japan, Destino Japan (AKA Vladimir Baez; 24-3-2, 22 KOs), 140, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the national super-light titlist Koichi Aso early next year, when he won an eliminator for #1 by chalking up a fine TKO victory over Kazuyasu Okamoto (14-5, 4 KOs), 139.75, at 2:12 of the eighth and final session on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

It’s an eliminator between the JBC #1 and #2 contenders with Destino emerging victorious with his remarkable power-punching, with which the taller Dominican sent the game Japanese to the canvas in the fifth and eighth. Before the trick happened, the Dominican had been dominating the contest with his more accurate combinations to the belly and the face. Continue reading “Dominican ‘Destino Japan’ halts Okamoto”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching Dominican residing in Japan, Destino Japan (AKA Vladimir Baez; 24-3-2, 22 KOs), 140, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at…
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Magusha upsets SA champion Baleni

By Ron Jackson

Xolisa Magusha upset Siphamandla Baleni the defending champion to win the South African mini-flyweight title on a unanimous 12 round points decision at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Judge Allen Matakane scored it 116-112 and judges Siya Vabaza-Booi and Simphiwe Mbini handed in cards of 118-111 and 117-111. Continue reading “Magusha upsets SA champion Baleni”

By Ron Jackson Xolisa Magusha upset Siphamandla Baleni the defending champion to win the South African mini-flyweight title on a unanimous 12 round points decision at the Orient Theatre in…
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Lomachenko-Rigondeaux collide tonight

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko was asked if tonight’s ESPN-televised clash against Guillermo Rigondeaux would end like his fight against Nicholas Walters with a No Mas.

Lomachenko responded, “You can call me NoMaschenko.”

Rigondeaux stated, “If Lomachenko was reborn ten times, there wouldn’t be a version of him that could beat me.”

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko was asked if tonight’s ESPN-televised clash against Guillermo Rigondeaux would end like his fight against Nicholas Walters with a No Mas. Lomachenko responded, “You…
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Wilder-Ortiz heats up

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) and WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder exchanged words in the ring after the Ortiz KO win Friday night in Miami.

Photo: Douglas DeFelice/Premier Boxing Champions

Deontay Wilder: “I’ve wanted you and I’m going to bless you again with another opportunity. I was ready the first time. This is a new day for you. I think you’re one of the best heavyweights in the world and I want to prove that I am the best. We must fight each other. You will have your fight.”

Luis Ortiz: “Anthony Joshua doesn’t want to fight either of us, let’s give the world this fight. There will be no excuses. I will be ready to do this for Cuba!”

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) and WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder exchanged words in the ring after the Ortiz KO win Friday night in…
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Pascal: I wanted to make a statement

Having already stated that this bout would be the final of his 12-year career, former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal went out in style with an upset win Friday night in Miami.

Photo: Douglas DeFelice/Premier Boxing Champions

“It was a beautiful fight,” said Pascal. “I knew it would be my last one and I wanted to make a statement against a young, unbeaten fighter. It went basically as I expected, a couple of difficult moments but I was able to do everything I wanted.”

Having already stated that this bout would be the final of his 12-year career, former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal went out in style with an upset win Friday…
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Ortiz demolishes Martz, targets Wilder

As expected, unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) scored a second round KO Daniel Martz (16-6-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at Hialeah Park in Miami, Florida. Ortiz’ bodywork dropped the 6’7 Martz in round one.

Photo: Douglas DeFelice/Premier Boxing Champions

Ortiz laid out Martz 43 seconds into round two with a left to the head, then marched straight over to call out WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder who was at ringside.
Photo: Douglas DeFelice/Premier Boxing Champions

Wilder said he would “bless” Ortiz by scheduling to fight him again. “This time no excuses,” said Wilder.

In a slugfest, former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (32-5-1, 19 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (16-1, 13 KOs) in round six. The end came with Pascal punishing a gassed Elbiali.

Photo: Douglas DeFelice/Premier Boxing Champions

Before the fight, the 35-year-old Pascal stated that this would be the final fight of his career. Continue reading “Ortiz demolishes Martz, targets Wilder”

As expected, unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) scored a second round KO Daniel Martz (16-6-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at Hialeah Park in Miami,…
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Weights from Portland, Oregon

By Ricardo Ibarra

Marquice Weston 199.7 vs. Armando Ancona 201.3
James Ballard 169.4 vs. Britton Norwood 170
Nicholas Jefferson 148 vs. Jesse Barich 147.5
Oscar Hernandez 155 vs. Marco Russell 155.4
Oscar Herrera 148.2 vs. Shawn Harwood 150.5

Promoter: 2Pound Sports & Entertainment
Venue: Jackson Armory, Portland, Oregon

By Ricardo Ibarra Marquice Weston 199.7 vs. Armando Ancona 201.3 James Ballard 169.4 vs. Britton Norwood 170 Nicholas Jefferson 148 vs. Jesse Barich 147.5 Oscar Hernandez 155 vs. Marco Russell…
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Weights from Texcoco, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Eduardo ‘Rocky’ Hernández 127 vs. Rafael Hernández 129
(WBC Youth super featherweight title)

Rodrigo Guerrero 118 vs. Salvador Juárez 117
Juan Pablo ‘Pivi’ Romero 141 vs. Luis Acuña 141

Venue: Palenque de la Feria del Caballo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

By Gabriel F. Cordero Eduardo ‘Rocky’ Hernández 127 vs. Rafael Hernández 129 (WBC Youth super featherweight title) Rodrigo Guerrero 118 vs. Salvador Juárez 117 Juan Pablo ‘Pivi’ Romero 141 vs.…
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Farmer, Ogawa make weight

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Sumio Yamada


Tevon Farmer 129.5 vs Kenichi Ogawa 129.5
(IBF jr lightweight title)

Orlando Salido 131.5 vs Miguel Roman 130.5
Francisco Vargas 130 vs Stephen Smith 130
Tevon Farmer 129.5 vs Kenichi Ogawa 129.5
Dennis Shafikov 130.5 vs Rene Alvarado 130.5
Aaron McKenna 149.5 vs Travis Connolly 153
Jamie Munguia 157 vs Paul Valenzuela 157
Pedro Duran 131 vs Daniel Evangelista 130
Joselito Vasquez 113 vs Armando Vasquez 110.5

Venue: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: HBO

Photos

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale Photos: Sumio Yamada Tevon Farmer 129.5 vs Kenichi Ogawa 129.5 (IBF jr lightweight title) Orlando Salido 131.5 vs Miguel Roman 130.5 Francisco Vargas 130…
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Lomachenko, Rigondeaux make weight

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Vasyl Lomachenko 129 vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux 128.4
(WBO jr lightweight title)

Michael Conlan 126.2 vs. Luis Fernando Molina 125.4
Christopher Diaz 129.4 vs. Bryant Cruz 132.6
Shakur Stevenson 125.2 vs. Oscar Mendoza 125.2

Bryant Jennings 227.2 vs. Don Haynesworth 271
Jose Gonzalez 124 vs. Adan Gonzales 121.6
Mikaela Mayer 131.4 vs. Nydia Feliciano 131.2

Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater, NYC
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN

Vasyl Lomachenko 129 vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux 128.4 (WBO jr lightweight title) Michael Conlan 126.2 vs. Luis Fernando Molina 125.4 Christopher Diaz 129.4 vs. Bryant Cruz 132.6 Shakur Stevenson 125.2 vs.…
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DeGale, Truax make weight

James DeGale 168 vs. Caleb Truax 167
(IBF super middleweight title)

Photo: BoxNation

Lee Selby 124.75 vs. Eduardo Ramirez 128.5*
(IBF featherweight title)
*Ramirez did not make weight, cannot win IBF title
Photo: BoxNation

Anthony Yarde 173.5 vs. Nikola Sjekloca 174.75
Daniel Dubois 239 vs. Dorian Darch 229

Venue: Copper Box Arena, London
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: Facebook/YouTube

James DeGale 168 vs. Caleb Truax 167 (IBF super middleweight title) Lee Selby 124.75 vs. Eduardo Ramirez 128.5* (IBF featherweight title) *Ramirez did not make weight, cannot win IBF title…
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Ticket Alert: Superfly 2

Following the overwhelming success from the first Superfly event this past September, Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions has announced Superfly 2, set for February 24 at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA televised live on HBO.

Superfly 2 will be headlined by WBC super flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39 KOs) defending his title for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada (36-2, 25 KO’s).

Advance tickets for Superfly 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30 will go on sale TODAY at noon through Ticketmaster and the Forum Box Office. Continue reading “Ticket Alert: Superfly 2”

Following the overwhelming success from the first Superfly event this past September, Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions has announced Superfly 2, set for…
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Salido-Roman Final Presser Quotes

The final press conference was held Thursday for “Warriors Collide” set for this Saturday, December 9 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and telecast live on HBO.

Below are quotes from the ten fighters on the HBO Boxing After Dark and HBO Latino telecasts.

Orlando Salido: “Thanks to everyone who’s made this possible, all the promoters in charge. I want to thank my trainer Santos Moreno for all his help. We know we’re in a very difficult fight and expect the best of Miguel Roman. There will be a fight in the ring on Saturday night and the fans know to expect that.”

Miguel Roman: “I’m very grateful for this opportunity and want to thank everyone involved. Thanks to HBO for putting this show together and putting me in the main event. My training was great with Rudy Hernandez and we’re prepared for the fight. I have a great deal of respect for Orlando Salido and that’s why I’ve trained so hard.”

Tevin Farmer: “Thanks to HBO and Peter Nelson for this opportunity. Saturday night is a big night for me. I’ve worked very hard for a long time to become a world champion. I’ve earned my spot and I’m ready to become a world champion. I’ve watch Ogawa’s tapes, I’m sure he’s coming to win but I will be victorious on Saturday night.

Kenichi Ogawa: “Thanks very much to HBO and Teiken Promotions and Tom Loeffler. I’m not here as tourist, I’m here to win and go home a champion.”

Continue reading “Salido-Roman Final Presser Quotes”

The final press conference was held Thursday for “Warriors Collide” set for this Saturday, December 9 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and telecast live on…
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Ex-world challenger Muranaka barely defeats Achiwa

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Former Japanese flyweight champ Suguru Muranaka (26-3-1, 8 KOs), 115.75, appeared for the first time since he failed to win the WBA 115-pound belt by a unanimous decision loss to Khalid Yafai in Birmingham UK last May, and barely defeated compatriot Ken Achiwa (11-13-5, 4 KOs), 116.75, by a close but unanimous nod (all 76-75) over eight hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.

The more experienced Muranka floored his foe with a solid left hook in the opening session, and people thought it would be a matter of time. But the fight went against their wish to go out of the Hall early to drink at cold night. The game Achiwa came out fighting toe-to-toe and had Muranaka befuddled with his volume of punches despite his better precision. Suguru, a fine combination puncher, was forced to mix it up and fought a see-saw battle in every round thereafter. It’s fortunate Muranaka emerged victorious even with such a hairline verdict.

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By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Former Japanese flyweight champ Suguru Muranaka (26-3-1, 8 KOs), 115.75, appeared for the first time since he failed to win the WBA 115-pound…
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Gray Defeats Jackson in Rhode Island

By Jason Marchetti

In the main event, Khiary Gray (15-3, 11 KO’s) battled Greg Jackson (8-5-1, 2 KO’s) to a majority decision on a card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing. The program also celebrated Burchfield’s 25th anniversary of promoting boxing in New England. Continue reading “Gray Defeats Jackson in Rhode Island”

By Jason Marchetti In the main event, Khiary Gray (15-3, 11 KO’s) battled Greg Jackson (8-5-1, 2 KO’s) to a majority decision on a card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES…
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beIN SPORTS Weights from Austin, Texas

Aston Palicte 115 vs. Jose Alfredo Rodriquez 113.7
Bryan Vera 168 vs. Jas Phipps 167
Giovanni Loya 167 vs. Stetson Horne 166.5
Reshard Hicks 145.5 vs. Jonathan Steele 147.7
Manny Mondragon 123.5 vs. Antonio Castillo 123.5
Ali Akhmedov 174.5 vs. Deshon Webster 174.7
Keton Sippio-Cook 154 vs. Rudy Lozano 160.7

Venue: Round Rock Sports Center, Austin, Texas
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions/Underwood Promotions
TV: beIN SPORTS

Aston Palicte 115 vs. Jose Alfredo Rodriquez 113.7 Bryan Vera 168 vs. Jas Phipps 167 Giovanni Loya 167 vs. Stetson Horne 166.5 Reshard Hicks 145.5 vs. Jonathan Steele 147.7 Manny…
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FS1 Weights from Miami

Ahmed Elbiali 178 vs. Jean Pascal 178
Luis Ortiz 242.4 vs. Daniel Martz 261.6
Bryant Perrella 146.8vs. Alex Martin 146.4
Stephen Fulton 123 vs. Adam Lopez 123
Willie Jones 144.8 vs. Livan Navarro 146.4
Raynell Williams 134 vs. Joshua Zuniga 135.8
Harold Calderon 147 vs. Ariel Vasquez 145.6
Eduardo Perez Diaz 153.4 vs. Noe Lozano 151
Semajay Thomas 144.8 vs. Charles Mulindwa 142.6
Ivan Dychko 245.4 vs. Carlos Sandoval 253

Venue: Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Miami, Florida
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
TV: FS1

Ahmed Elbiali 178 vs. Jean Pascal 178 Luis Ortiz 242.4 vs. Daniel Martz 261.6 Bryant Perrella 146.8vs. Alex Martin 146.4 Stephen Fulton 123 vs. Adam Lopez 123 Willie Jones 144.8…
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Atlas off ESPN broadcast team?

ESPN has announced that the team calling Saturday’s Lomachenko-Rigondeaux fight will be Joe Tessitore and Mark Kriegel, with guest analyst Tim Bradley, reporter Bernardo Osuna and on-location contributor Stephen A. Smith. The name of longtime ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas is nowhere to be seen, although Atlas is still with the network and doing an on-air profile of Lomachenko.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Kriegel, who ESPN recently signed to a multi-year deal, worked alongside Atlas last month for the Beterbiev-Koelling IBF light heavyweight title telecast.

ESPN has announced that the team calling Saturday’s Lomachenko-Rigondeaux fight will be Joe Tessitore and Mark Kriegel, with guest analyst Tim Bradley, reporter Bernardo Osuna and on-location contributor Stephen A.…
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McDonnell still bantamweight champ

Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell is having second thoughts about giving up the World Boxing Association (WBA) regular bantamweight championship. It was announced earlier this week that McDonnell gave up the belt to go up a division. Now word is McDonnell is merely studying the possibility of going up a division, but it’s not a final decision. So he will retain the WBA bantamweight regular belt for now. McDonnell’s countryman Ryan Burnett holds both the WBA (unified) and IBF titles.

Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell is having second thoughts about giving up the World Boxing Association (WBA) regular bantamweight championship. It was announced earlier this week that McDonnell gave up the belt…
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Mundine returns January 17

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine returns to the ring on January 17 against former world title challenger Tommy Browne at the Star City Casino, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine said after the Tommy Browne fight he will target Jeff Horn, Gennady Golovkin, Saul Canelo Alvarez and WBO middleweight champion Billy Saunders.

“I’ve got to win. Against Tommy Browne, against the next guy, I’ve just got to keep winning,” Mundine said. “They’re the big dogs, they know who I am, I’ve just got to keep winning and look impressive.” Continue reading “Mundine returns January 17”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine returns to the ring on January 17 against former world title challenger Tommy Browne at the…
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Boxing Odds (and Ends)

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko is a 3:1 betting favorite to defeat unbeaten rival Guillermo Rigondeaux in a very intriguing ESPN fight taking place Saturday in New York City.

Lomachenko’s 130lb arch-rival Orlando Salido is a 2:1 pick over Miguel “Mickey” Roman on HBO in Las Vegas.

IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby is 16:1 to beat Eduardo Ramirez and IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale is a 41:1 favorite to handle Caleb Truax in a world title twin bill in London, which will be streamed on Showtime’s Facebook page.

Heavyweight Luis Ortiz is “off the board” against Daniel Martz on Friday night on FS1

Former female boxing world champion Leatitia “Baby Girl” Robinson has been seen back in the gym and is said to be considering giving it another try.

Heavyweight Raphael Zumbano, from Brazil, is training in Las Vegas. Zumbano (39-16-1, 31 KOs) doesn’t currently have a manager or promoter and he’s looking for an opportunity.

Not only is Manny Pacquiao a senator, he has just become a full colonel in the Philippines Army. Pacman is also working on establishing a Manny Pacquiao International Boxing Academy in Beijing, China. And for boxing? He’s still calling out Jeff Horn, but wants the rematch to take place in the Philippines.

WBO jr lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko is a 3:1 betting favorite to defeat unbeaten rival Guillermo Rigondeaux in a very intriguing ESPN fight taking place Saturday in New York City.…
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