Erickson Lubin to face Ishe Smith

Showtime Sports will live stream two undercard fights on the network’s social platforms on February 9 from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, California. Super welterweight contender Erickson Lubin will face former world champion Ishe Smith in a 10-round contest plus super lightweights Juan Heraldez and Eddie Ramirez will meet in a 10-round bout.

The digital presentation will stream on the Showtime Sports YouTube channel and Showtime Boxing Facebook page. A three-fight Showtime telecast follows headlined by super featherweight world champion Gervonta Davis defending his title against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.

Showtime Sports will live stream two undercard fights on the network’s social platforms on February 9 from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, California. Super welterweight contender…
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WBSS: Taylor-Baranchyk Update

Update: Baranchyk’s camp told ESPN that they are pulling out of the WBSS tournament, citing WBSS financial woes.

Word Boxing Super Series has announced that Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor and IBF champion Ivan ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk will meet in the WBSS Semi-Final in the 140 lb division on May 18 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Taylor (14-0, 12 KOs) and Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KOs) both looked strong on their way to the semi-final against previously unbeaten opponents. Baranchyk will be defending his IBF jr welterweight title. Fans in the U.S. can watch on DAZN.

Update: Baranchyk’s camp told ESPN that they are pulling out of the WBSS tournament, citing WBSS financial woes. Word Boxing Super Series has announced that Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor…
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Alvarez, Valdez speak

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Top Rank hosted an Afterschool Goals and Boxing Clinic for 20+ kids at the Frisco Family YMCA on Wednesday that included a meet and greet with fighters Eleider Alvarez, Oscar Valdez, Teofimo Lopez and Richard Commey. Top Rank reporter Crystina Poncher served as the MC for the event as she and the fighters spoke to the kids of the importance of staying in school and following their dreams, even perhaps boxing. The kids participated in various boxing related drills led by each of the fighters as the media looked on.
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This will all lead to what is being billed as “Super Saturday” at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, as fights will air on both ESPN and ESPN+ headlined by Eleider Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev 2 and includes the return of Oscar Valdez and lightweight rising start Teofimo Lopez. There are three world title bouts on the card plus the Lopez fight versus Diego Magdaleno. Continue reading “Alvarez, Valdez speak”

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Stacey Verbeek Top Rank hosted an Afterschool Goals and Boxing Clinic for 20+ kids at the Frisco Family YMCA on Wednesday that included a meet and…
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Weights from Alpine, California

Aston Palicte 114.8 vs. Jose Martinez 114.6
(WBO jr bantamweight world title eliminator)

Edward Vasquez 125.6 vs. Brandon Cruz 125.8
Dilan Miranda 119 vs. Daniel Constantino 118.8
Jessica Juarez 128 vs. Kailyn Hansen 126.4
Anthony Franco 146.8 vs. David Morales 146
Oscar Torrez 215.8 vs. Ignacio Zambrano 228.8

Venue: Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, California
Promoter: RJJ Boxing
TV: UFC Fight Pass

Aston Palicte 114.8 vs. Jose Martinez 114.6 (WBO jr bantamweight world title eliminator) Edward Vasquez 125.6 vs. Brandon Cruz 125.8 Dilan Miranda 119 vs. Daniel Constantino 118.8 Jessica Juarez 128…
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Kovalev: Alvarez got lucky

Former world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev talks about Saturday’s rematch with WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday night at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility.

“First, I am very excited to get the opportunity to get back my belt,” said Kovalev. “Thanks to God for this opportunity and thanks to my promoter and my manager to make this fight happen. Right now I must prove that I am the best in this division by this victory on Saturday night

“I didn’t have enough gas, enough power. You saw my condition. I was lazy it was like something was wrong with my body.

“Proving again that I always push myself more than needed and that was my biggest mistake in my boxing career. Always push further than needed. Right now Buddy has taught me a lot – saving energy for the fight and I listen to him 100% on his recommendations and I follow his instructions. I like this training camp but we’ll see Saturday what the boxing side will show. Continue reading “Kovalev: Alvarez got lucky”

Former world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev talks about Saturday’s rematch with WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday night at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas,…
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Matchroom inks Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN.

The reigning two-time champ has been a huge hit in America following a pair of wins over Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in 2017 and then victory against Juan Francisco Estrada last February. Continue reading “Matchroom inks Srisaket Sor Rungvisai”

WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN. The reigning two-time champ has been a huge hit in America…
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NYSBHOF 2019 Inductees announced

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) has announced its 24-member Class of 2019. The eighth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 28, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include (Bronx-born) three-time, two-division world champion Wilfredo Benitez (53-8-1, 31 KOs), Canastota welterweight Dick DiVeronica (44-13-1, 13 KOs), (Hempstead) WBO super featherweight world champion Rogelio Tuur (46-4-1, 30 KOs), (Bronx) 1968 U.S. Olympian Davey Vasquez (19-15, 6 KOs), WBO super middleweight world title challenger Michael Olajide (27-5, 19 KOs), of Manhattan, and Queens’ world heavyweight title challenger Monte Barrett (35-11-2, 20 KOs). Continue reading “NYSBHOF 2019 Inductees announced”

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) has announced its 24-member Class of 2019. The eighth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET),…
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Munguia honored in Mexico City

WBO super middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) is in Mexico City, receiving special recognition for his sporting career from the new National Boxing Commission (CONABOX), on behalf of President Lic. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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The 22-year-old-champion is already thinking about his next fight. He is planning to return on April 13 in the city of Monterrey, apparently in the Arena Monterrey. The opponent is TBA.

As far as moving up to middleweight, Munguia said, “I think this year we can hold 154 pounds and then move up, but we have to do it carefully.”

He also recognizes that there are things that have to be improved, “I personally believe there is better learning than in fights. Experience. Rounds. Fighting. The gym is nothing more than to correct what you did wrong in the fight.” Continue reading “Munguia honored in Mexico City”

WBO super middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) is in Mexico City, receiving special recognition for his sporting career from the new National Boxing Commission (CONABOX), on behalf of…
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Mares injured, Davis gets new opponent

Three-division, four-time champion Abner Mares has been forced to pull out of the WBA Super Featherweight title match against two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis on Saturday, February 9 after suffering an elbow injury while training.

Davis will now defend against former world champion Hugo Ruiz in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Ruiz is an all-action brawler who previously picked up a world title at super bantamweight in 2015 and most recently defeated Alberto Guevara in January on the Pacquiao vs. Broner PPV event in a featherweight fight. Ruiz, who owns 18 first round knockouts, floored Guevara in the opening minute and cruised to a near-shutout decision victory. Continue reading “Mares injured, Davis gets new opponent”

Three-division, four-time champion Abner Mares has been forced to pull out of the WBA Super Featherweight title match against two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis on Saturday, February 9 after…
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Buddy McGirt: I don’t need to watch tapes

Buddy McGirt, the new trainer of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, talks about Saturday’s rematch with WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility.

“No, I did not watch the first fight,” said Buddy. “The night that they fought I had a fight in New York. You want to hear something? Whenever I watched tapes of an opponent, as a fighter, I lost. When I watched tapes as a trainer, my fighter lost.

“I watched tape of Meldrick Taylor, and I lost the fight.

“I don’t need to watch tapes. I’m old school. I prepare for anything and everything. If you watch a tape of a guy, and you see something, then you expect it to happen and you wait all night for it, and it doesn’t. Continue reading “Buddy McGirt: I don’t need to watch tapes”

Buddy McGirt, the new trainer of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, talks about Saturday’s rematch with WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday at Ford Center at The Star in…
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Alvarez a slight favorite against Kovalev

Odds for Saturday’s hotly anticipated light heavyweight world title rematch between WBO champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and challenger Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev are pretty close. Alvarez, who stopped Kovalev in their first fight, is a narrow -165 favorite to retain his title. Kovalev backers can get +135.

Kovalev was a big favorite in the first fight with Alvarez and his loss was a shocking upset. It came out later that his camp for that fight was disrupted when he was arrested for allegedly punching an unidentified woman causing a broken nose, concussion and neck injury. Kovalev pleaded not guilty. The case is still pending.

Kovalev-Alvarez 2 takes place at Ford Center at The Star, home to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and training facility, and will stream live on ESPN+. Fightweek activities kick off today (Wednesday) with a media workout.

Odds for Saturday’s hotly anticipated light heavyweight world title rematch between WBO champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and challenger Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev are pretty close. Alvarez, who stopped Kovalev in their…
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Seldin-Mate Full Report, Photo Gallery

Photos: Emily Harney

Junior welterweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (23-1, 19 KOs) needed only 48 seconds to destroy Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-14, 21 KOs) on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut in the main event of the fan favorite “Slugfest at the Sun” series presented by promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. Continue Reading

Photos: Emily Harney Junior welterweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (23-1, 19 KOs) needed only 48 seconds to destroy Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-14, 21 KOs) on Saturday at…
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Barrios-Zamora confirmed for Feb 9

After a last minute glitch was resolved, it was confirmed today that undefeated super lightweight contender Mario Barrios will take on Richard Zamora in a 10-round co-featured match on Saturday, February 9 live on Showtime from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, California. Zamora was supposed to fight on ShoBox this Friday, but that bout was scrapped when opponent Logan Yoon suffered a knee injury and pulled out.

In the main event, two-time super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis will defend his WBA title against three-division world champion Abner Mares.

After a last minute glitch was resolved, it was confirmed today that undefeated super lightweight contender Mario Barrios will take on Richard Zamora in a 10-round co-featured match on Saturday,…
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Update: WBA to hold four purse bids Feb 6

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee reported that there have been changes in the purse bids originally announced for Monday, February 4. One more fight has been added and the auctions will now take place on Wednesday, February 6th, at the WBA offices located in Panama City.

The bids that will place that day will be:
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla (lightweight title)
Beibut Shumenov vs. Arsen Goulamirian (cruiserweight title)
Daniel Roman vs. Murodjon Akhmadaliev (super bantamweight title)
Trevor Bryan vs Jarrel Miller (interim heavyweight title)

The percentages will be distributed as follows: 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger in the case of 135 and 122 pounds. While at 200 pounds the champion will have 55% and the challenger 45%, the heavyweight bid will be announced soon.

The minimum purse bid per weight class is the following: $200,000 for cruiserweight, $150,000 for lightweight, $120,000 for super bantamweight and $600,000 for interim heavyweight.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee reported that there have been changes in the purse bids originally announced for Monday, February 4. One more fight has been added and…
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Ex-champ George Groves retires

Former WBA super middleweight champion George Groves (28-4, 20 KOs) has announced his retirement from boxing on his Facebook page. In his final fight, the 30-year-old Groves was stopped by Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final.

George Groves Statement: “To my friends, family, and all of the people who have supported me throughout my career.

“After taking a little time to reflect on the recent events in my career, I have decided that it is time for me to retire as a professional fighter. In 2017, I boxed in front of a home crowd in Sheffield and became the WBA super middleweight world champion. After four attempts I had finally fulfilled my childhood dream, and the experience was as great as I had always imagined it would be. It was without doubt the best moment of my career.

“Some of you might think it odd that I’m choosing this time to retire. I’m still young, still fit and healthy, and there are still some big fights out there for me. But it’s for these reasons that I am choosing to retire now. I have a young family at home; it’s time to spend some of my better days with them. I don’t want there to be a time where I’m “too old” to box on, or where an injury retires me in or out of the ring. Over the years I have seen and sadly known the dangers of the sport, and I want to respectfully bow out while I’m at the top of my game. I’ve learned that doesn’t always mean coming off the back of a win. I’ve boxed at the highest level, all over the world, I’ve been a champion, and I’ll be leaving the sport (relatively!) intact. Continue reading “Ex-champ George Groves retires”

Former WBA super middleweight champion George Groves (28-4, 20 KOs) has announced his retirement from boxing on his Facebook page. In his final fight, the 30-year-old Groves was stopped by…
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Ticket Alert: Bivol, Hooker twinbill

Tickets for the world title doubleheader starring Dmitry Bivol and Maurice Hooker defending their belts at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, on Saturday March 9 live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK are on sale. Bivol (15-0, 11 KOs) puts his WBA light heavyweight title on the line against Joe Smith Jr (24-2, 20 KOs) in the fifth defense of his belt. Hooker (25-0-3, 17 KOs) makes the second defense of his WBO junior welterweight title against unbeaten challenger Mikkel LesPierre (20-0-1, 9 KOs).

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Fights set for Roc Nation trio

Roc Nation Sports today announced fights for three unbeaten fighters in its stable, heavyweight Darmani Rock, featherweight Tramaine Williams, and light heavyweight Junior Younan.

Rock (13-0, 8 KOs) will compete on February 8th in his hometown of Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena, taking on Steven Lyons (5-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout.

On February 23, Williams (15-0, 5 KOs) will take on an opponent to be announced in a six-round bout at the Genetti Manor in Scranton, PA. This will be Williams’ first fight since his release from prison in October 2018.

On March 9, Younan (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will compete in an eight-round match at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, on the same card as stablemate WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker’s title defense against Mikkel LesPierre. Younan’s opponent will be announced in the near future.

Roc Nation Sports today announced fights for three unbeaten fighters in its stable, heavyweight Darmani Rock, featherweight Tramaine Williams, and light heavyweight Junior Younan. Rock (13-0, 8 KOs) will compete…
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New ShoBox co-feature

Undefeated lightweights Thomas Mattice and Will Madera will face off in the new co-feature of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME from Main Street Armory in Rochester, N.Y. Mattice (13-0-1, 10 KOs) and Madera (12-0-2, 6 KOs) will meet in an eight-round co-featured bout on the telecast, which begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and is headlined by the return of undefeated super middleweight prospect Ronald Ellis against once-beaten DeAndre Ware.

The Mattice vs. Madera bout was added to the telecast after unbeaten 140-pound prospect Logan Yoon suffered a knee injury while training to face Richard Zamora.

Undefeated lightweights Thomas Mattice and Will Madera will face off in the new co-feature of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME from Main Street Armory in…
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Infamous sparring session motivates DeGale

The ring in James DeGale’s gym is a constant reminder to him of an infamous sparring session with Chris Eubank Jr. that sparked the bitter feud that has led to their British blockbuster showdown on February 23 at The O2 in London. The notorious sparring session between DeGale and Eubank Jr. happened in 2011 at his then gym in Debden, Essex, when DeGale was preparing to challenge for the European super middleweight title and young prospect Eubank had only had a handful of fights.

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It was agreed between both camps that they would spar eight rounds, but after six rounds which DeGale claims he got the better of, Eubank Jr. left the ring for no particular reason with two rounds remaining. When DeGale and his trainer Jim McDonnell then started a pad session, Eubank Jr. did his trademark rope-vault back into the ring and started shadow boxing in between them which infuriated DeGale and he says he threw Eubank out of the gym for being disrespectful. Continue reading “Infamous sparring session motivates DeGale”

The ring in James DeGale’s gym is a constant reminder to him of an infamous sparring session with Chris Eubank Jr. that sparked the bitter feud that has led to…
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Thurman targets Pacquiao

After his nationally televised win over Josesito Lopez on FOX Saturday night, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman made it clear that he would like to unify the WBA titler with regular beltholder Manny Pacquiao.

“I would most likely definitely take the Manny Pacquiao fight this year,” declared Thurman. “I feel good. I’m ready to fight wherever Pacquiao wants it.”

If Thurman and Pacman do get on, expect it to be on PPV. The Pacquiao-Broner PPV the previous week reportedly had 400k buys.

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Interview: WBA#4 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #4 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy talks to Fightnews.com® about his stoppage win over Victor Fonseca in Madison Square Garden in December, training with superstar Canelo Alvarez under Eddie Reynoso, and boxing in Las Vegas on the undercard of Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs on May 4, 2019. Akkawy also talks about WBA #1 Joh Ryder, WBA #2 Fedor Chudinov, WBA #3 Chris Eubank Jr and world rated Aussie super middleweight WBO #4 Rohan Murdock, WBO #8 Zac Dunn and WBA #9 Jayde Mitchell.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing WBA #4 super middleweight Bilal Akkawy talks to Fightnews.com® about his stoppage win over Victor Fonseca in Madison Square Garden in December, training…
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Perez, Navarette win big in Amarillo, Texas

By David Finger

In front of a raucous near capacity crowd of over 3,000, local boy Abel Navarette Jr., 131, dominated debuting David Waters, 131.8, of Corpus Cristi, scoring a stoppage in the opening round at the Azteca Music Hall in Amarillo Texas Saturday night (January 26th).

Waters, a fighter with a solid MMA background, struggled with the talented Amarillo native from the opening bell. Waters tried to jab and force his way inside but Navarette easily picked him apart and dropped him half way through the opening round with a vicious right hand to the body followed by a short hook to the head. Waters gamely tried to fight through the danger after rising, but although he won points for courage he was simply unable to turn the tide. A hard right to the face followed by an uppercut hurt him and sent him backpedaling into the corner where another flurry and body shot sent him back to the canvas a second time. Waters rose again but was quickly felled a third time with a left hook to the temple, prompting referee Jon Schorle to wave the fight off at 2:47 of the opening round. Continue reading “Perez, Navarette win big in Amarillo, Texas”

By David Finger In front of a raucous near capacity crowd of over 3,000, local boy Abel Navarette Jr., 131, dominated debuting David Waters, 131.8, of Corpus Cristi, scoring a…
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Maricela Cornejo Decisions Erin Toughill

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions kicked off its 2019 Hollywood Fight Nights series from the Avalon in Hollywood. The ladies Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (13-3, 5 KOs) and Erin Toughill (7-4-1) squared off in the main event. Cornejo was the boxer as Toughill stalked and connected with the right hand. Letting her hands go, Cornejo was the busier much of the fight but Toughill continued to stay on her.

In round five Cornejo and Toughill mixed up on the inside as they appeared to be fighting in a phone booth exchanging body shots and uppercuts. Late in the fight, the Diva Cornejo stayed busy behind the jab as Toughill continued to stalk and pressure. There was no quitting in Cornejo and Toughill as they closed trading away to the final bell.

In the end, the judges scored the bout 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74 as Maricela Cornejo takes the unanimous decision. Continue reading “Maricela Cornejo Decisions Erin Toughill”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions kicked off its 2019 Hollywood Fight Nights series from the Avalon in Hollywood. The ladies Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo (13-3, 5…
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Gabriels retains WBA title in Nicaragua

WBA super welterweight female world champion Hanna Gabriels (18-2-1, 11 KOs) of Costa Rica retained her title by unanimous decision over Sarah Dwyer (3-5-2, 1 KO) of Australia on Saturday night at the Baco Discoteca in Managua, Nicaragua. Although less experienced, Dwyer gave a very good account of herself. In the end, it was Gabriels winning a clear but hard fought decision. The official scores were 97-93 and 100-90 twice. Continue reading “Gabriels retains WBA title in Nicaragua”

WBA super welterweight female world champion Hanna Gabriels (18-2-1, 11 KOs) of Costa Rica retained her title by unanimous decision over Sarah Dwyer (3-5-2, 1 KO) of Australia on Saturday…
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