WBC welterweight tourney fights announced

Louisville, Kentucky will play host to the first round of the ‘Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament’ at the KFC YUM! Center on April 27 as the matchups for the first round were announced today by Evander Holyfield’s The Real Deal Boxing in association with the World Boxing Council and Louisville’s Top Knotch.

Over the last ten days, boxing fans from around the world have ranked each of the eight welterweights chosen for the tournament which have formulated the first-round matchups. Each fight will be scheduled for ten rounds.

#1 seed Felix Diaz (19-2, 9 KOs) of Santa Domingo, D.R. will clash with #8 Derrieck Cuevas, (16-0-1, 13 KOs) of Catano, Puerto Rico.

#2 seed Chris Van Heerden (25-2-1, 12 KOs) of Johannesburg, South Africa, faces #7 Timo Schwarzkopf (18-1, 10 KOs) of Stuttgart, Germany.

#3 seed Fredrick Lawson (26-1, 21 KOs) battles #6 Aishanbo Nasiywula (13-1-1, 6 KOs) of Urumqi, China.

#4 seed Radzhab Butaev (8-0, 6 KOs) of Russia faces #5 Brad Solomon (27-1, 9 KOs) of Douglasville, Georgia.

The two alternates chosen by the fan voting are Francisco Santana (26-6-1, 12 KOs) of Santa Barbara, CA and Paddy Gallagher (13-3, 8 KOs) of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Louisville, Kentucky will play host to the first round of the ‘Jose Sulaiman World Invitational Tournament’ at the KFC YUM! Center on April 27 as the matchups for the first…
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Brook: This feels like my debut all over again

Kell Brook says he feels like he’s fighting for the first time in his career all over again as he moves up to Super-Welterweight to take on Sergey Rabchenko for the WBC Silver title at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Brook is tackling a fight at 154lbs for the first time in his career having left Welterweight behind after three years as the IBF ruler.

‘The Special One’ expects to shine with the extra seven pounds behind him, but admits the nerves ahead of his return to action on Saturday remind him of making his debut in September 2004. Continue reading “Brook: This feels like my debut all over again”

Kell Brook says he feels like he’s fighting for the first time in his career all over again as he moves up to Super-Welterweight to take on Sergey Rabchenko for…
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Canelo-GGG Kickoff Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

The much anticipated rematch is on as WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan and Mexican boxing icon Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and met face to face Tuesday evening at the Microsoft Square LA Live in Los Angeles to officially kick off their return fight.

This time there will be no press tour. The fighters were extremely respectful toward each other. Thank goodness for Abel Sanchez, who added some life to the proceedings. Canelo Golovkin 2 will take place Saturday Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per view. Continue reading “Canelo-GGG Kickoff Press Conference”

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions The much anticipated rematch is on as WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan and…
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Salita inks light heavyweight Umar Salamov

Dmitriy Salita, of Salita Promotions, has announced the signing of world-class light heavyweight contender Umar Salamov to a co-promotional contract, along with KA Promotions. Salamov (20-1, 15 KOs) hails from Alkhan-Kala, Russia, but is currently in Detroit training at the legendary Kronk Gym with Javan SugarHill Steward.

“Umar is a tall, rangy light heavyweight with crafty footwork and an arsenal of punches,” said Steward. “Being that Umar is only 23 years of age, his natural athleticism and creativity in the ring makes me excited to teach him that Kronk magic, which will make him a force in the strong light heavyweight division.” Continue reading “Salita inks light heavyweight Umar Salamov”

Dmitriy Salita, of Salita Promotions, has announced the signing of world-class light heavyweight contender Umar Salamov to a co-promotional contract, along with KA Promotions. Salamov (20-1, 15 KOs) hails from…
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Triple championship bill at Emperors Palace

By Ron Jackson

Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions presents a triple championship bill at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night, with South Africa’s Kevin Lerena in the main event, making the first defense of his IBO cruiserweight belt against Dmytro Kucher from the Ukraine.

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In two other potential exciting match-ups, South African welterweight champion Thulane Mbenge meets Mexico’s Diego Cruz for the vacant WBC International welterweight title, and Deejay Kriel defends the WBC International minimumweight title against Xolisa Magusha. Continue reading “Triple championship bill at Emperors Palace”

By Ron Jackson Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions presents a triple championship bill at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night, with South Africa’s Kevin Lerena in the…
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Roman defeats Matsumoto to keep WBA 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA super bantamweight champ Daniel Roman (24-2-1, 9 KOs), 121.25, US, impressively kept his belt as he hammered out a unanimous decision (118-110, 119-109 twice) over hard-punching Japanese challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-2, 19 KOs), 122, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Roman’s incessant combinations to the face and the body were more effective than the taller Japanese puncher whose retaliations were averted by the champ’s better defensive skills. There were no knockdowns.

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By Joe Koizumi WBA super bantamweight champ Daniel Roman (24-2-1, 9 KOs), 121.25, US, impressively kept his belt as he hammered out a unanimous decision (118-110, 119-109 twice) over hard-punching…
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Barry: Parker on track for great performance

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is looking good in training for the March 31 showdown in Cardiff, Wales against IBF, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua according to trainer Kevin Barry. “Joe has been very disciplined and on point. His body looks really good. He is in much better shape already than he was for the Hughie Fury fight,” Barry told Stuff.”He’s doing some great strength and conditioning work, I’m confident we are on track for a very good performance.

“We both believe this is the right time to fight Anthony Joshua. If we don’t get the result that we think we are going to get, it’s because we’re simply not good enough. There is no other reason. If we don’t beat him, it’s because he is the better fighter. But we are both very confident, we like where we are at, we are excited by the magnitude of this challenge. I’ve said all along, the bigger the challenge will bring the best out of Joseph.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is looking good in training for the March 31 showdown in Cardiff, Wales against IBF, WBA heavyweight champion…
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Ferguson-Munoz face off Thursday in Idaho

By Ricardo Ibarra

Current WBC United States (USNBC) cruiserweight champion Patrick Ferguson (10-0-1, 10 KOs) is set to make the first defense of his title this Thursday night at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, headlining the Coeur d’Alene’s first ‘House of Fury’ card in nearly seven years. The unbeaten Ferguson will take on Topeka, Kansas’ Mario Munoz (12-4-1, 4 KOs) in a ten round bout, capping off the anticipated return of boxing to the once busy Pacific Northwest venue. Continue reading “Ferguson-Munoz face off Thursday in Idaho”

By Ricardo Ibarra Current WBC United States (USNBC) cruiserweight champion Patrick Ferguson (10-0-1, 10 KOs) is set to make the first defense of his title this Thursday night at the…
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Wilson-Aguilar for NABA cruiser title Saturday

By Ricardo Ibarra

Taking his first crack at a significant title belt, undefeated cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (18-0, 8 KOs) will take on Mexico’s Mario Aguilar (18-3, 16 KOs) for the vacant NABA 200-pound championship on Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon. Fighting in his hometown for the ninth consecutive time, Wilson will battle Aguilar over ten rounds in the main event of White Delight Promotions’ ‘Rogue Valley Rumble 9’ card. Continue reading “Wilson-Aguilar for NABA cruiser title Saturday”

By Ricardo Ibarra Taking his first crack at a significant title belt, undefeated cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (18-0, 8 KOs) will take on Mexico’s Mario Aguilar (18-3, 16…
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KO artist Jarvis returns Friday

Unbeaten Australian bantamweight Brock Jarvis (12-0, 11 KOs) returns to action against Hamson Tiger Lamandau (8-1-1, 5 KOs) of Indonesia over ten rounds with the WBC Asian Boxing Council title up for grabs at Mediterranean House at Five Dock, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday.

Jarvis is trained and managed by former three-time world champion Jeff Fenech who is confident his charge is a future world champion who has boxed internationally in Mexico and Thailand rings. Jarvis received maximum exposure when he boxed on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn WBO welterweight title bout in July 2017 in Brisbane with a record attendance of 51,500 fans that was televised globally on ESPN

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Overweight Nery stripped of WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

Mexican Luis Nery shamefully forfeited his WBC bantamweight belt on the scale as he couldn’t make the 118-pound class limit on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. At his first trip to the scale, Nery was 123, five pounds over the class limit, and he again weighed in at 121 pounds, still three pounds over, at his second and final trial after two hours. Should Yamanaka, 117.5 pounds (a half pound under the limit), win the fight, he will be declared new champion. Should he lose or should it end in a draw, the WBC bantamweight belt will become vacant.

As for the IBF junior feather title bout, defending champ Ryosuke Iwasa, Japan, tipped the beam at 121.75 to 121.5 for Filipino challenger Ernesto Saulong.

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon) Mexican Luis Nery shamefully forfeited his WBC bantamweight belt on the scale as he couldn’t make the 118-pound class limit…
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Andy Ruiz returns March 10

Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (29-1, 19 KOs), of Mexicali, Mexico, makes his ring return after a 15-month absence against Devin Vargas (20-4, 8 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio, on the March 10 Valdez-Quigg undercard at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Ruiz last fought on December 10, 2016, when he lost a majority decision to Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO heavyweight title. Against Vargas, Ruiz will continue his quest to become the first Mexican-born heavyweight champion in boxing history. Continue reading “Andy Ruiz returns March 10”

Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (29-1, 19 KOs), of Mexicali, Mexico, makes his ring return after a 15-month absence against Devin Vargas (20-4, 8 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio, on the March 10…
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Canelo Quick Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

Mexican superstar and former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico spoke with the media Tuesday prior to his blockbuster press conference as he talked about his upcoming rematch with WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan. Canelo Golovkin 2 will take place Saturday Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per view.

Here is what Canelo and his camp had to say

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: “This fight I’m approaching it as it is the 13th round, a new fight and if I was the better fighter. We want the knockout to leave no doubt. We both want to win convincingly.”

“I felt comfortable the first fight 160 and I will be more comfortable the second fight. I did hurt him with a right to the temple but he never hurt me. We have to risk more in this fight.” Continue reading “Canelo Quick Quotes”

By Miguel Maravilla Mexican superstar and former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico spoke with the media Tuesday prior to his blockbuster press conference…
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GGG Quick Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan spoke with Fightnews.com before today’s mega press conference about his rematch with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Canelo Golovkin 2 will take place Saturday Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay Per View.

Here is what GGG and his team had to say…

Gennady Golovkin: “I am really happy for this fight. The first fight was the first fight. This second fight is much bigger. I saw the fight 2 times. I have a plan now. I didn’t feel much of his power but I felt I won 7 rounds. This fight is much bigger. I felt confident after the fight. 100 percent. I had my hand up. Of course, I won the fight.”

Continue reading “GGG Quick Quotes”

By Miguel Maravilla WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) of Kazakhstan spoke with Fightnews.com before today’s mega press conference about his rematch with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez…
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Pulev: I hate PED users, Wilder will beat Ortiz

By Przemek Garczarczyk

#2 IBF, #4 WBA and #5 WBC rated heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KO) is with his team in Chicago not only to support his brother, undefeated Olympic cruiserweight medalist Tervel (7-0, 7 KO) who fights this Friday, but possibly scouting a place for his next fight.

After visiting Chicago’s newest addition to the fight venue scene, Pulev was impressed with downtown’s Wintrust Arena.

“Great place, great place to watch boxing,” said Pulev. “This is a great city, with many Bulgarians, Poles and other nations who would like to see great fights. I’m sure of that. I will fight here, at least once, and then we will see what happens next.” Continue reading “Pulev: I hate PED users, Wilder will beat Ortiz”

By Przemek Garczarczyk #2 IBF, #4 WBA and #5 WBC rated heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KO) is with his team in Chicago not only to support his brother, undefeated…
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Canelo: I’d Never Consider MMA Like Floyd

By TMZSports.com

Canelo Alvarez says he wouldn’t be caught dead in an MMA cage because he’s got too much love and respect for boxing … unlike Floyd Mayweather. With all the buzz about Floyd possibly taking a UFC fight, we had to ask Canelo if he’d consider crossing over, too. Canelo shut that down quick — and shaded his former rival in the process.

“I respect boxing. Boxing’s my sport. That’s what I love. The other sport, that’s something we’ll never know,” he told TMZ Sports. As for Floyd — “With him you never know … but you know what? Whatever he does doesn’t interest me.”

Of course, Canelo’s focus is on his May 5 rematch vs. GGG … and both guys let us know why this one’s a way bigger deal than their first matchup.

By TMZSports.com Canelo Alvarez says he wouldn’t be caught dead in an MMA cage because he’s got too much love and respect for boxing … unlike Floyd Mayweather. With all…
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WBC 118lb champ Nery, Yamanaka glove dispute

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

In a press conference on Tuesday for this coming world title twinbill, there happened a hot dispute between WBC bantam champ Luis Nery (25-0, 19 KOs) and former titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KOs) on the gloves to be used for their highly anticipated rematch on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

The local promoter, Teiken Promotions, prepared Reyes gloves for both contestants as it respected the champ’s nationality and believed that Nery would love to use Mexican brand of gloves. Nery, however, strongly insisted on using Winning gloves made in Japan since he won the first encounter by using Winning ones, kept on training with Winning in Mexico and prefers fighting with the same brand of gloves again. Yamanaka, on the contrary, supposed that the revancha would be competed with Reyes gloves and prepared to use Reyes throughout his training. Continue reading “WBC 118lb champ Nery, Yamanaka glove dispute”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda In a press conference on Tuesday for this coming world title twinbill, there happened a hot dispute between WBC bantam champ Luis Nery…
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WBA 122lb champ Roman, Matsumoto make weight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

A couple of handsome boys will square off tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan. It is rare to stage a world title bout at the Hall (the capacity of which is only 2,000 plus at maximum), as our impresarios usually like to use a bigger stadium in Tokyo for world title bouts such as Ryogoku Sumo Arena, Ota-City General Gymnasium, etc. WBA super bantamweight champ Daniel Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) tipped the beam at 121.25, while Japanese challenger Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19 KOs) at the 122-pound class limit at the Korakuen Hall’s exhibition hall.

Prior to the weigh-in ceremony, we saw a press conference with WBA officials: referee Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico); judges Glenn Feldman (US), Mikael Hook (Sweden), Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand); supervisor Alan Kim (Korea). Continue reading “WBA 122lb champ Roman, Matsumoto make weight”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda A couple of handsome boys will square off tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan. It is rare to stage a world…
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Wilder positive Ortiz will turn up clean

Saturday’s fight is getting close. With three other fights falling out (Ortiz, Povetkin, Wawrzyk) because of opponents’ failed drug tests, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is pretty sure challenger Luis Ortiz will continue to test clean in the time remaining.

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“We always say, ‘once a cheat, always a cheat’ and that will always carry with him but that’s going to be up to Luis Ortiz,” Wilder told reporters last week. Continue reading “Wilder positive Ortiz will turn up clean”

Saturday’s fight is getting close. With three other fights falling out (Ortiz, Povetkin, Wawrzyk) because of opponents’ failed drug tests, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is pretty sure challenger Luis…
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Foster defeats Thomas

By Matt Thompson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Hartford CT’s Charles Foster won the vacant North American Boxing Association’s Light Heavyweight title tonight with a unanimous decision over Baton Rogue’s Justin Thomas in 10 spirited rounds in the main event of Murphys Boxing’s championship boxing series at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville CT.

Foster, weighing in at 174 looked sharp throughout, maintaining optimum punching range and landing both to the head and body of the aggressive Thomas. Dropping Thomas in the second with a nicely timed straight left, Foster maintained the lead utilizing excellent movement and connecting accurate combinations up and down to walk away with the victory and belt by scores of 100-89 across the board. Foster improves to 15-0, 8 KOs while Thomas drops to 19-4 5 KOs. Continue reading “Foster defeats Thomas”

By Matt Thompson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Hartford CT’s Charles Foster won the vacant North American Boxing Association’s Light Heavyweight title tonight with a unanimous decision over Baton Rogue’s…
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Valdez: This title stays with me in Mexico

Oscar Valdez expects a toe-to-toe battle when he squares off against veteran Scott Quigg, Saturday, March 10, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Valdez fights are never short on drama, and the StubHub Center — nicknamed “The War Grounds” by Timothy Bradley — has been the site of numerous Fight of the Year-caliber contests.

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Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), from Nogales, Mexico, will be making the fourth defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title against Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), a former World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion from Bury, England. Continue reading “Valdez: This title stays with me in Mexico”

Oscar Valdez expects a toe-to-toe battle when he squares off against veteran Scott Quigg, Saturday, March 10, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Valdez fights are never short on…
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Medical Exam Results of Roman, Matsumoto

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

The medical examination of the contestants for the WBA super bantamweight championship was held on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The results were as follows:


WBA 122-pound title bout
Daniel Roman/Ryo Matsumoto
Height: 165.7 cm/176 cm 5’5”/5’9”
Reach: 171.5 cm/174 cm 67.5”/68.5”
Neck: 37 cm/35.5 cm 14.5”/14”
Chest: 90 cm/85 cm 35.5”/33.5”

We will see the official weigh-in ceremony tomorrow (Tuesday).

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By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda The medical examination of the contestants for the WBA super bantamweight championship was held on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The results were as follows:…
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Medical Exam Results of Nery, Yamanaka

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

The medical examination of the contestants for the WBC bantamweight championship and IBF junior feather belt in a world title twinbill took place on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The results were as follows:


WBC 118-pound title bout
Luis Nery/Shinsuke Yamanaka
Height: 165 cm/170 cm 5’5”/5’7”
Reach: 169 cm/174 cm 66.5”/68.5”
Neck: 39.5 cm/37 cm 15.5”/14.5”
Chest: 91.5 cm/88 cm 36”/34.5”


IBF 122-pound title bout
Ryosuke Iwasa/Ernesto Saulong
Height: 171 cm/166 cm 5’7.5”/5’5.5”
Reach: 180 cm/172 cm 71”/67.5”
Neck: 37.5 cm/37 cm 14.75”/14.5”
Chest: 91.5 cm/89 cm 36”/35”

There will be the press conference tomorrow (Tuesday).

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Boxing Beat The medical examination of the contestants for the WBC bantamweight championship and IBF junior feather belt in a world title twinbill took place on…
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