Unheralded Mario Cazares roughs up unmotivated Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.

Unheralded Mario Cazares roughs up unmotivated Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Mario Cazares W6 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In Tijuana, unhearlded Mario Cazares took what little credibility Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had left, dominating Chavez for six rounds beofre winning via technical decision. The 30 year-old Cazares (12-0) is a super middleweight, but moved up to light heavyweight to accomodate the training-adverse Chavez. The fight probably should not have happened at all given that Chavez is under a United States suspension for his last performance, a loss to Danny Jacobs. Cazarez, however, is glad Chavez was allowed to fight in his native Mexico. The fight was a dirty one, with Chavez resorting to early fouls, and Cazares responding with a headbutt that caused an early point deduction. But as a whole, Cazares outworked Chavez and landed punches consistently, while Chavez seemed unwilling to dig down and engage in a tough fight. When a cut opened up over Chavez's left eye in round six, he did not mind when the fight was stopped. The cut was ruled to have been caused by an accidental headbutt by Cazares, and the fight went to the scorecards. Two scores of 57-56 for Cazares were way too close, with the 59-54 scorecard a more accurate reflection of the action. Chavez is now 51-5-1 and is little more than a sideshow attraction. source: dazn 

DAZN to show three world title fights on Mexico City card

DAZN to show three world title fights on Mexico City card
Matchroom returns to Mexico on Friday, October 23rd at TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City with a world title triple-header led by champions Juan Francisco Estrada, Román "Chocolatito" González and Julio Cesar Martinez, live on DAZN in the US and on TV Azteca in Mexico.  Estrada (40-3 27 KOs) will defend his WBC 115-pound championship in a rematch with former title holder Carlos Cuadras (39-3-1 27 KOs) . Chocolatito Gonzalez (49-2, 41 KOs) defends his WBA 115-pound title against a boxer with the same last name, Israel Gonzalez (25-3 11 KOs). Martinez (16-1, 12 KOs)  puts his WBC 112-pound title on the line against the reigning IBO champion Maximino Flores (25-4-2, 17 KOs).
 
Victory in Mexico City for both Estrada and Chocolatito could lead to a rematch between the pair eight years after Chocolatito won their first meeting, but Cuadras has other ideas.
 
A former flyweight champion, Estrada makes the second defense of his current reign, having stopped Dewayne Beamon in nine rounds in August 2019, four months after ripping the belts from Srisaket Sor Rungvisai with a brilliant performance in their rematch in Los Angeles.
 
Estrada and Cuadras tangled for the first time in September 2017 in an ultra-competitive showdown, where an 11th round knockdown by Estrada proved decisive in all three judges awarding him the fight by a solitary point. Cuadras enters the bout with three wins on the spin and the 32 year-old will be putting it all on the line to become a two-time WBC champion at 115 pounds.
 
 “I am excited to return to the ring,” said Estrada. “it has been tough months for the whole world and we want to give a great show to all the fans of this sport. The first fight against Cuadras was a good fight, without a doubt this will be too. Also, we are going to share the show Chocolatito and I and if everything goes well, we hope to see each other again soon.”
 
“I am going to correct the mistakes that were made in the first fight against [Estrada] to go out with my hand up in this new opportunity that is being presented to me,” said Cuadras. “I want to show that I am one of the best in this division.”
 
Chocolatito (49-2 41 KOs) is back at the summit of the sport after rolling back the years with a vintage win over Kal Yafai in February. The Nicaraguan ace stopped the unbeaten Briton in the ninth round in Dallas to become a 115-pound champion for the second time, and the four-weight champion will defend the WBA belt he ripped from Yafai and aim to set up another clash with Estrada against a former Yafai victim, Israel Gonzalez. 
 
“I want to thank God for giving me the strength to endure the sport I love and defend my world title,” said Chocolatito. “I want to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing as well as my family of Teiken. I also want to thank all my fans, specially my Mexican friends and Zanfer promotions for giving me this great opportunity, it is truly a blessing to fight in Mexico and I am ready to give my all on October 23rd.”
 
Israel Gonzalez (25-3 11 KOs) ran Yafai close for the WBA crown in Monte Carlo in November 2018 and his clash with Chocolatito will be his third world title shot having challenged Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF strap in February 2018. “It’s a goal of mine beating Chocolatito especially when the fight is in Mexico,” said Gonzalez. “I feel the compromise of giving a great fight for the fans and for every Mexican fighter that has fought for a world title.”
 
The third world title fight on the bill sees a welcome return to the ring for one of boxing’s most exciting rising stars as Julio Cesar Martinez puts his WBC flyweight strap on the line against IBO champion Maximino Flores. Martinez (16-1, 12 KOs) is becoming a must-see attraction in the sport with his all-action style and ferocious power, and the 25 year old Mexican puts his belt on the line for the second time since beating Cristofer Rosales inside nine rounds in December, and seeing off the spirited challenge of Jay Harris in Dallas in February.
 
Flores (25-4-2, 17 KOs) landed the vacant IBO crown in August with victory on hostile territory over Carlo Penalosa in the Philippines, and the 29 year old can add another title straight away with victory in this all-Mexican bout.
 
“I’ve been preparing very well here with my trainer Mauricio Aceves,” said Martinez. “We’re having a very strong camp. Thank God that I’ve still been able to work out throughout the pandemic. Either my trainer comes to my house or I go to his. Either way I haven’t lost my conditioning.
 
“Thank God I haven’t been directly affected by the Pandemic. I’ve been able to remain active with running and practical skills with the help of Mauricio. We’re just here putting the final touches on my training but I’m very confident that my trainer has me in the best shape for this upcoming fight”
 
“The whole world will know my name when I beat Martinez,” said Flores. “It is a unique opportunity in my career, and I have to take advantage of it, all my life I have prepared for this moment”.
 
Three of Eddie Hearn’s young tyros make their return to action on the bill, with Diego Pacheco (9-0, 7 KOs) boxing for the tenth time in the paid ranks, Austin Williams (5-0, 4 KOs) making a second foray outside the States in his sixth pro fight and Otha Jones III (5-0, 2 KOs) also boxing for the sixth time as a pro.
 
“I can’t wait for our return to Mexico with this triple-header of World title action,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Three of the very best World champions are in action and in real tests for their crowns.
 
“A rematch between Juan Francisco Estrada and Chocolatito is a done deal for the first quarter of 2021 but they both have hard fights ahead. Estrada’s first fight with Carlos Cuadras’ was nip and tuck war, and Carlos is full of confidence that he’ll get a big victory this time.
 
“Chocolatito was outstanding in beating Brit Kal Yafai in Dallas, and the former pound-for-pound king has a new lease of life as he chases more belts – but must be at his best against his Mexican namesake aiming for third time lucky in his hunt for a World title.
 
“Julio Cesar Martinez is one of the most thrilling World champions out there right now and I can’t wait to see him back in action. The firecracker Mexican guarantees excitement, and with Maximino Flores having a high KO percentage himself and coming in after landing the IBO belt, this will catch fire straight away.
 
“Three incredibly talented youngsters are back in the ring on the night in Diego, Ammo and OJIII – it’s a stacked night of action and one not to be missed!”
 
“We are going to give the fans a high-quality card as they always deserve it,” said Fernando Beltran from Zanfer Promotions. “Very interesting fights with great sports idols who always leave everything in the ring.”
 
 

KO video: Yoka needs about 80 seconds to stop Dauhaupas

KO video: Yoka needs about 80 seconds to stop Dauhaupas

Tony Yoka TKO1 Johan Dahaupas... The two best heavyweights in France met, with 28 year-old Tony Yoka pummeling 39 year-old Johan Dauhaupas (38-6) in less than a minute and a half. Yoka is a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, 8-0 as a traditional pro but 15-8 including the World Series of Boxing. Dahaupas' time as a fring contender is clearly done. He's 38-6. Yoka's demolition of Dauhaupas comapres favorably to Dahaupas lasting a full ten rounds with Jarrell Miller and taking then-WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder into round eleven.

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: UFC Fight Pass results from Mississippi

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: UFC Fight Pass results from Mississippi

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: UFC Fight Pass results from Mississippi
In Biloxi, Mississippi, welterweight Mark Reyes, Jr. (13-0, 11 KOs) knocked out his Mexican opponent, Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez (13-9-1, 5 KOs), in round four for his eighth straight stoppage win. Reyes if from Tampa, Florida... in the co-feature, junior welterweight Michael "Boy Wonder" Williams, Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs), stopped Thomas Miller (6-4, 3 KOs) midway through the second round with a body shot. Williams is a Roy Jones, Jr. protégé...  Tennessee junior welterweight Tyler "Short Fuse" Tomlin (7-0, 5 KOs) need only half a round to knock out Texan Gabriel Gutierrez (5-9, 3 KOs)... New Orleans sjunior welterweightJonathan Montrel (7-0, 5 KOs) erased Henry Lee Crapp in two rounds... and Dominican lightweight Eridson Garcia (9-0, 6 KOs) pitched a shutout against Argentinian Christian "El Ninja" Guido (8-14, 6 KOs) for a six-round unanimous decision.
 
MMA UNDERCARD
 
In MMA bouts on the same show veteran lightweight Khasan "Black Wolf" Ashkabov improved to 21-2-0 with a second-round submission win in the main event against Cliff "The Goblin" Wright (12-14-0), by locking in a rear naked choke...
 
Hometown favorite Tyler "Zombie" Hill (10-5-0) suffered a first-round loss to Iowa middleweight Johnny Parsons (5-2-0), who stopped his opponent on punches....
 
Miami middleweight Allan St. Gelais (1-0-0) won his pro debut with a second-round stoppage of Ravon "Big Shot" Baxter (1-2-0)...
 
North Carolina welterweight Zachary Dalen (2-1-0) recorded an opening-round technical knockout of R.J. Summerlin (1-2-0)...
 
Sedriques "The Reaper" Dumas won his pro debut in fashion, using a rear naked choke to submit Clarence "Prodigy" Brown (1-8-0) in round one...
 
Florida lightweight Christian "Hollywood" Lohsen (8-2-0) and Arizona featherweight A.J. Cunningham (6-1-0), respectively, defeated Dennis "DJ" Hughes (2-2-0) and Jewell "Kid Dynamite" Scott (3-4-0).
 
source for all results: rjj boxing

FS1 reveals Oct. 3rd line-up

FS1 reveals Oct. 3rd line-up
On Saturday, October 3rd at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, PBC will present a show on FS1 and Fox Deportes headlined by Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo against Rigoberto Hermosillo in a ten-round featherweight main event. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and also features welterweights Paul Kroll and Luke Santamaria in a ten-round clash. The show also features the unbeaten Barrientes twins in separate six-round featherweight attractions as Ángel Barrientes takes on Fernando Ibarra (2-3) and Chávez Barrientes matches up against Ivan Varela (3-2). 
 
The Filipino Magsayo (20-,0, 14 KOs) fights out of Pasig City, Metro Manila and scored two wins in 2019, knocking out Erick Deztroyer in April and earning a twelve-round decision over former WBO bantamweight champion Panya Uthok a/a/a  Pungluang Sor Singyu in August. The 25 year-old owns two other twelve-round decision wins and a stoppage of former title challenger Chris Avalos. Magsayo will be fighting in the U.S. for the third time on October 3rd. 
 
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Hermosillo (11-2-1, 8 KOs) now trains out of California as he prepares to fight in the U.S. for the fourth straight time. The 28 year-old has fought professionally since 2013 and will look to bounce back from defeats against a pair of unbeaten fighters. He dropped a split-decision to Manny Robles last May, and most recently dropped a unanimous decision to Viktor Slavinskyi last November. 
 
A decorated U.S. amateur from the fighter-rich city of Philadelphia, Kroll (8-1 including the World Series of Boxing) holds a win over then-unbeaten Shinard Bunch in August 2019. Most recently, Kroll kicked off his 2020 campaign with a TKO victory over Marcel Rivers in January. 
 
The 22 year-old Santamaria (11-1-1, 7 KOs) returns to action after an August triumph over veteran contender Mykal Fox that saw him drop Fox in round one of their battle on FS1. The Garden Grove, California native had previously won a decision over Willie Jones and fought to a split draw against Marquis Taylor in his 2019 contests. Santamaria is unbeaten in his last  ten fights since his lone loss, a four-round decision in his third pro bout in 2015. 
 
“Saturday, October 3rd will feature contenders and prospects putting their unbeaten records on the line as they look for statement victories live on FS1,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Featherweight contender Mark Magsayo and top welterweight prospect Paul Kroll will aim to impress against stiff competition as Magsayo faces the always tough Rigoberto Hermosillo, while Kroll steps up to battle the fast-rising Luke Santamaria. With the addition of the sensational twin prospects Ángel and Chávez Barrientes in their television debuts, October 3rd shapes up as a jam-packed night of action.” 
 
The younger twin by 13 minutes, Ángel Barrientes (2-0, 2 KOs) and his brother were born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and moved to Las Vegas when they were two-years-old. The 18-year-old Ángel turned pro alongside his brother last November with a first-round knockout of Luis Armando Nunez. Ángel had an impressive amateur career winning 14 national tournaments and three international. He will be opposed by the 19 year-old Ibarra (2-3) who hails from Guanajuato, Mexico and fights out of Fairfield, California. 
 
Fresh off of graduating high school with his brother in May, Chávez Barrientes (2-0, 2 KOs) also delivered a first-round knockout in his pro debut last November, stopping Jorge Luis Sedano. Chávez and his brother were first introduced to the sport by their father Richard at an early age, with their interest and skill eventually prompting him to open his own gym. Barrientes will be facing Lindsay, California’s Varela (3-2, 1 KO) in the twins’ first stateside pro fights. The 23-year-old Varela most recently dropped a decision to Anthony Casillas last June. 
 

Weigh-in report from Denmark

Weigh-in report from Denmark
Dina Thorslund (14-0, 6 KOs) and Nina Radovanovic (14-3, 3 KOs) both made weight ahead of their WBO super bantamweight title clash this Saturday night at the Struer Energi Park in Struer, Denmark.  Thorslund returns having successfully defended her WBO World title for the second time against Australia’s April Adams, and is now facing former IBO champion Radovanovic from Belgrade, Serbia. The quick handed Thorslund has told fans she’s expecting to knock out her challenger, while Radovanovic says she has never felt better prepared.
 
WBO Female Super Bantamweight Championship - 10 Rounds
Dina Thorslund: 121.7 pounds -vs.- Nina Radovanovic: 118.9
 
UNDERCARD
 
Heavyweight - 8 Rounds
Filip Hrgović: 247.8 -vs.- Alexandre Kartozia: 220.5
 
Super Middleweight - 6 Rounds
Oliver Zaren: 166.4 -vs.- Konstantin Alexandrov: 166
 
Welterweight - 6 Rounds
Oliver Mollenberg: 146.4 -vs.- Nikola Vlajkov: 147.8
 
Middleweight - 4 Rounds
Jacob Bank: 163.1 -vs.- Birkan Garib: 162.7
 
Super Middleweight - 4 Rounds
Martin Foru: 170.4 -vs.- Tarkan Oezcoban: 171
 
Super Featherweight - 4 Rounds
Payman Akbari: 130 -vs.- Marko Petrovic: 129.9
 
 
 

Pacquiao-McGregor under consideration?

Pacquiao-McGregor under consideration?

Pacquiao-McGregor under consideration?

MMA star Conor McGregor (0-1 as a professional boxer) raised eyebrows by tweeting that he wil be boxing eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao (pictured). McGregor tweeted: "I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East. It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight." McGregor famously lost to Floyd Mayweather in 2017, and it is unclear what he meant by "afraid of a fight." Pacquiao (62-7-2) is the WBA welterweight champion, having defeated Keith Thurman in July 2019 for his last fight. In February, Pacquiao signed with Paradigm Sports Management, the same company that manages McGregor.  Boxingtalk will continue to follow this developing story...

 

Weigh-in report from Connecticut: All systems go!

Weigh-in report from Connecticut: All systems go!
Here are the boxers' weights for tomorrow's six-bout pay-per-view "doubleheader" from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut:
  
WBC/ WBA/ IBF JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - 12 ROUNDS
Jermell Charlo (Texas) 153.8 pounds -vs.- Jeison Rosario (Dominican Rep.) 153.4
 
WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - 12 ROUNDS
Luis Nery (Mexico) 121.4 -vs.- Aaron Alameda (Mexico) 121.6
 
WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT ELIMINATOR - 12 ROUNDS
Danny Roman (California) 121.2 -vs.- Juan Carlos Payano (Dominican Rep.) 121.6
 
WBC REGULAR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - 12 ROUNDS
Jermall Charlo (Texas) 159.8 pounds -vs.- Sergiy Derevyanchenko (Russia) 159.4
 
WBA REGULAR SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - 12 ROUNDS
Brandon Figueroa (Texas) 122 -vs.- Damien Vazquez (Colorado) 121.4
 
WBO BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - 12 ROUNDS
John Riel Casimero (Philippines) 117.8 -vs.- Duke Micah (Ghana) 117.2
 
OFF TV - JUNIOR MIDDLWEIGTS - 10 ROUNDS
Bakhram Murtazaliev (Russia) 156.4 -vs.- Manny Woods (Florida) 161
 

Weigh-in report from Munich: Dorticos and Briedis make weight

Weigh-in report from Munich: Dorticos and Briedis make weight
IBF cruiserweight champion Yuniel Dorticos and Mairis Briedis both made the cruiserweight limit ahead of tomorrow’s World Boxing Super Series Ali Trophy final at the Plazamedia Studios in Munich. Dorticos, "The KO Doctor" (24-1, 22 KOs), weighed in at 199 pounds, compared to 198 for Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs). Dorticos said, “I can’t wait for tomorrow night it’s going to be fireworks. Tomorrow I will pick up where Muhammad Ali left 44 years ago when he produced his last KO of his career here in Munich. I will pick up where his footsteps left meaning I will carry on with his legacy.”
 
Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) said, “We have done a tremendous job at training camp. We truly believe we will show a spectacular fight.”
 
Undercard:
Featherweight - 8 rounds (of 2 minutes)
Sophie Alisch (125.2 pounds) - Edina Kiss (125.6)
 
Catchweight for supper middleweights - 8 rounds
Leon Bunn (170.2) - Timo Laine (170.4)
 
Middleweight  
Denis Radovan (158.7) - Robert Talarek (159.8)***
 
The World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos takes place behind-closed-doors tomorrow at the Plazamedia Studios in Munich at 23:00 pm (CET). On the line: The Muhammad Ali Trophy and the IBF world championship. The final will be shown live on DAZN in the U.S. & Canada, Sky Sports in the UK, and Bildplus in Germany.
 
***- NOTE: Event organizers say Robert Talarek returned a negative Covid-19 test result, but due to doctors’ advice and the stringent hygiene and safety protocols in place around the World Boxing Super Series event, as well as the requirements from the Bavarian authorities, the boxer will be removed from the event. Comosa AG has followed all of the required guidelines and takes the health & safety of everyone involved in the event extremely seriously. Comosa AG will formally announce a replacement, following the hygiene and safety procedures, later today.
 
 
 

Weigh-in report from London: Taylor and Khongsong make weight

Weigh-in report from London: Taylor and Khongsong make weight

Weigh-in report from London: Taylor and Khongsong make weight
Here are the weigh-in results for the IBF/WBA junior welterweight championship bout between champion Josh Taylor of Scotland and Thai challenger Apinun Khongsong, which takes place on Saturday  2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT, live on ESPN+, at York Hall in London:
Taylor's IBF/WBA junior welterweight world titles — 12 Rounds:
Josh Taylor 139.25 pounds -vs.- Apinun Khongsong 139.5 
 
Charlie Edwards 117.5 -vs.- Kyle Williams 117.25 
(Bantamweights — 10 Rounds)
 
Davey Oliver Joyce 121.25 -vs.- Ionut Baluta 121.25 
(Junior featherweights — 10 Rounds)
 
George Davey 154.5 -vs.- Jeff Thomas 155.5  
(Junior middleweights — 4 Rounds)
 
Eithan James 141.25 -vs.- Kris Pilkington 141.25 
(Junior welterweights— 4 Rounds)

PBC predictions for Charlo Brothers' Fights this weekend

PBC predictions for Charlo Brothers' Fights this weekend
Top fighters and trainers shared their thoughts and gave predictions on the two main events headlining the pay-per-view show this Saturday, September 26th (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. The twin bill features six fights in all on the same night for one price. Part one is headlined by undefeated Jermall Charlo putting his WBC regular middleweight title on the line versus contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko.  Part two is headlined by WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo facing unified WBA / IBF 154-pound champion Jeison Rosario. Some of the game’s finest minds are split on who will emerge victorious. Respondents leaned toward Jermall Charlo to retain his title over Derevyanchenko by a tally of 12 to 8 (with one draw pick) while predictions for Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario were even tighter, with Charlo edging it out by a total of 15 to 13. Here is what the fighters and trainers had to say:
 
JERMALL CHARLO VS. SERGEY DEREVYANCHENKO FIGHT PREDICTIONS
 
Shawn Porter, two-time welterweight champion
Charlo W 12: Jermall Charlo demonstrated in his fight with Matt Korobov that he has trouble with fighters who can move, box and think in the ring. So that's what he's up against with Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Derevyanchenko lost two close fights to Daniel Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin, and it looked like he may have even beaten Golovkin. But in the end, I have Jermall winning this fight by a close decision. 
 
Oleksandr Usyk, former undisputed cruiserweight champion and current heavyweight contender
Derevyanchenko UD 12: Sergiy Derevyanchenko is our guy and has been waiting for a title opportunity like this for a long time. His experience gained against Daniel Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin have prepared him for victory over Jermall Charlo. Sergiy by unanimous decision.
 
Nonito Donaire, four-division world champion
Charlo W 12: Jermall Charlo gets in there and establishes that he is the ring general, which is key going into a fight with anybody. You put your feet in cement, and you claim the ring and make them adjust to what you're doing.  Derevyanchenko will bring the pressure, but Charlo is a very crafty fighter, and when he smells blood, he goes in on him, knowing how to work a fighter along the ropes and at the same time using the ring. I see him winning by a decision if not by knockout.
 
Jarrett Hurd, former unified junior middleweight champion
Derevyanchenko UD 12: Sergiy Derevyanchenko had a really good fight against Gennadiy Golovkin, and, in fact, I thought he won. I think that he'll carry that momentum into this fight with Jermall Charlo, winning a unanimous decision. 
 
Erislandy Lara, WBA regular junior middleweight title holder
Charlo UD 12: Sergiy Derevyanchenko likes to come forward and I think that plays into Jermall Charlo’s hands, who has the power to keep him honest. I just think Jermall is the better fighter with the superior boxing skills and he will come out victorious. Jermall by unanimous decision in a very entertaining fight.
 
Tony Harrison, former WBC junior middleweight champion
Charlo SD 12: Jermall Charlo will win based on his size in a tough fight similar to how Danny Jacobs and Gennadiy Golovkin did. I know Sergiy Derevyanchenko comes to fight, and I think it's going to be Charlo's most difficult fight to date, but I see him winning close, maybe by a split-decision. 
 
Adam Kownacki, heavyweight
Draw: This is a difficult fight to pick, and I believe that it can go either way. I know both guys, and they're each very tough, so I'll say it's going to end in a draw. 
 
Danny Roman, former unified super bantamweight champion
Charlo SD 12: Sergiy Derevyanchenko looked very tough against Gennadiy Golovkin, and he really gave him some problems in a fight that a lot of people believe Golovkin lost. Jermall Charlo will have Derevyanchenko applying pressure on him for the entire fight, but I believe that he will use his speed, height and reach to win a split-decision.
 
Brandon Figueroa, undefeated WBA regular 122-pound champion
Charlo TKO 10: Jermall Charlo's going to want to go out there and perform at his best against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Charlo has power in both hands and he's going to show it. I believe Charlo is going to stop Derevyanchenko by TKO in the 10th. 
 
Oleksandr Gvozdyk, former WBC light heavyweight champion
Derevyanchenko W 12: Sergiy Derevyanchenko has great stamina, great conditioning and applies a lot of pressure. I don't believe that Jermall Charlo will be able to maintain a safe distance for the full 12 rounds.  I believe that Sergiy will be the one with his hands raised in the end, either by going the distance and applying constant pressure or winning by stoppage in the later rounds. But either way, I believe that the Ukraine is going to have another world champion. 
 
Robert Guerrero, former three-time title holder
Charlo UD 12: I think that Jermall Charlo wins against an aggressive fighter in Sergiy Derevyanchenko, whose style plays right into Charlo’s. Derevyanchenko is a pressure fighter, and anytime you get someone who can box, work behind a jab and deliver power like Charlo can, I believe that makes Derevyanchenko an easier target. I see Charlo winning by unanimous decision. 
 
Taras Shelestyuk, undefeated welterweight
Derevyanchenko KO: Sergiy Derevyanchenko versus Jermall Charlo will be a tough fight. Their two different styles make this fight a hard one for both boxers. I believe that Sergiy will get the victory, but he will need to stop Charlo by knockout or technical knockout. If the fight goes through all rounds, it will be difficult for Sergiy to get a victory on points. 
 
Robert Garcia, trainer of four-division champion Mikey Garcia
Charlo W 12: I believe that Jermall Charlo will win a decision over Sergiy Derevyanchenko in a very good fight. Derevyanchenko will bring the pressure, but the game-changer is the skills that Charlo possesses, and I believe that he will use them to outbox Derevyanchenko.
 
Jamal James, interim WBA welterweight belt holder
Charlo W 12: Jermall Charlo is the stronger fighter and he has more skill than Sergiy Derevyanchenko as far as speed and general ring savvy as well, so I feel as if it's going to be a wide decision, if not a knockout win, for him. 
 
Tugstsogt "King Tug" Nyambayar, featherweight contender
Derevyanchenko 12: It's a tough fight for both Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Jermall Charlo. I know Derevyanchenko from the amateurs and he will pull it off in this one. But I believe it's a 50/50 fight. The best man will come out on top.
 
Sergey Lipinets, former IBF junior welterweight title holder 
Charlo TKO 8: Sergiy Derevyanchenko has a rugged style and he's coming off of a close loss to Gennadiy Golovkin, so we know he's capable of giving people problems. But I've known Derevyanchenko for a long time, and he's gotten busted up before, and Charlo places his punches really well.  So if Derevyanchenko gets caught by a big punch from Charlo in the middle of the fight, it's going to get nasty, it's going to be a wrap, and they are going to stop it on cuts in about the eighth round. 
 
Matt Korobov, middleweight contender
Charlo W 12: Jermall Charlo is going to win this fight. Sergiy Derevyanchenko can put a lot of pressure, but I think Charlo is smart enough to beat Derevyanchenko.
 
Charles Mooney, Olympic Silver Medalist and trainer of Matt Korobov
Derevyanchenko W 12: Jermall Charlo is trained by Ronnie Shields, whom I believe is the best in the business. Charlo's jab, combinations, reaction time and defensive skills are excellent. But so are Sergiy Derevyanchenko's, and he demonstrated against Gennadiy Golovkin that he has the abilities to dominate this fight.  Still, Charlo's a hittable target, and it takes an aggressive guy like Derevyanchenko to beat him. Charlo doesn't have the amateur international history that Derevyanchenko has, and Derevyanchenko can really fight, so I'm leaning toward him to win a close one by decision. 
 
Stephen Edwards, trainer of former super welterweight champion Julian Williams
Charlo UD 12: I think Jermall Charlo is too big for Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Jermall’s jab and stature will be a lot to penetrate. Sergiy has more amateur pedigree, so I expect him to score points and hold his own.  But I think Jermall's jab, size and chin will win him the fight. I think Sergiy is vulnerable early and a knockdown will be the difference. Jermall by unanimous decision.
 
Ivan Redkach, welterweight 
Derevyanchenko KO 7:  Sergiy Derevyanchenko has never been a champion and he's extremely hungry and motivated to become one by defeating Jermall Charlo. I really like Charlo as a fighter, and as far as his style, and I have nothing bad to say about it.  But I do believe that Sergiy's pressure will eventually wear down Charlo, and that he will at some point hurt him, not let him off the hook, and be able to stop Charlo somewhere in the middle of the fight, maybe in the seventh round. 
 
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, light heavyweight 
Derevyanchenko W 12: Sergiy Derevyanchenko is a very tough, durable guy whom I know from the amateurs, but Jermall Charlo has a great boxing style. Both fighters have great chins. I believe that it's going to be a great fight, and I think it's going to go the distance. But, ultimately, I believe Sergiy will have his hands raised in the end. 
 
 
JERMELL CHARLO VS. JEISON ROSARIO FIGHT PREDICTIONS
 
Errol Spence Jr., undefeated IBF/ WBC welterweight champion 
Charlo W 12: I like Rosario as a fighter, but I think Jermell is going to beat him. Rosario has been stopped before. He has been hurt before and recently Jermell’s been showing knockout power. I feel like if he catches Rosario with a good shot, he could stop him, but I’m going with Charlo by decision.
 
Shawn Porter, two-time welterweight champion
Charlo late-round TKO: I think that Jermell Charlo is going to win this fight against Jeison Rosario. Rosario is on a winning streak, but Charlo has a mean streak, and that energetic persona works for him.  Knowing that Rosario has been knocked out before, and when you're going up against a heavy-hitter who lands straight punches and a nice jab like Charlo, I have to go with Charlo by late-round stoppage in a firefight. 
 
Anthony Dirrell, former super middleweight title holder
Charlo SD 12: Anything can happen, and we know that. Jeison Rosario’s mentality in knocking out Julian Williams was unbelievable. But Rosario’s not a guy who dances around too much so Jermell’s skills and his beast mentality will get him those belts from Rosario. I believe it will be Jermell by a split-decision. 
 
Marcus Browne,  light heavyweight contender
Charlo KO 12: Jermell Charlo is on a roll, but Jeison Rosario is a very tough cookie. Jermell has a lot of momentum coming off of his revenge victory over Tony Harrison, and, for that reason, I believe that he is in a zone. Rosario did stop Julian Williams on a night when he brought his "A-game," and I believe that he can present some issues. But I see a late-round knockout for Jermell.  
 
Herman Caicedo, trainer of heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz and former bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano
Rosario W 12: Jeison Rosario is sharper and more powerful with his punches and shows a level of calmness beyond his years. I believe he will defeat Jermell Charlo and maybe even earn a late stoppage.
 
Chris Colbert, Undefeated interim WBA super featherweight belt holder
Charlo KO 10: I believe that Jermell Charlo versus Jeison Rosario will be a tough fight for the first three or four rounds, but that Jermell's clean power-punching will be too much and Rosario will get caught with a vicious shot and be knocked out cold. 
 
Nonito Donaire, former four-division champion
Charlo KO 8: Jermell Charlo is in against one hell of a fighter in Jeison Rosario, who is big and tough and will make it a dogfight. But I think that over the distance, Jermell will start to catch up to him and win by eighth-round knockout. 
 
Luis Ortiz, heavyweight contender
Rosario W 12: I think that Jeison Rosario will win this fight against Jermell Charlo. Rosario is bigger, stronger, has better punch placement and lands with harder shots. I believe that he will win a decision, if not by early knockout or TKO. It's a life-changing event and Rosario won't waste this opportunity. 
 
Tony Harrison, former WBC junior middleweight champion
Charlo UD 12: As much as I don't like Jermell Charlo, he gained my respect in our two fights. Charlo's facing a guy in Jeison Rosario who is game and very motivated after knocking out Julian Williams. I think it's going to be a tight fight, and I think each of them can be hurt at one point, but I see Charlo winning by a unanimous decision. 
 
Jorge Cota, junior middleweight
Rosario KO 10: I know both Jeison Rosario and Jermell Charlo because I fought both of them, losing a split-decision to Rosario and being knocked out in third round by Charlo by a punch that I didn't see coming.  But even though my fight went the distance against Rosario, I felt the power of every single punch he threw, whether it was on the arms, the shoulders, the chest, the stomach or the head.  I never really felt Charlo's power until he caught me with that one punch. So with that in mind, I believe that Rosario will do similar damage to Charlo, wearing him down before finally stopping him in around the 10th round. 
 
Erislandy Lara, WBA regular junior middleweight champion
Charlo KO 11: Jermell Charlo will be too much for Jeison Rosario because he is the better boxer. The fight will be competitive until the later rounds, when Jermell will score a knockout. I don’t see this fight going the distance. Jermell by 11th round knockout.
 
Sebastian Fundora, undefeated junior middleweight contender
Rosario late-round KO: I believe that styles make fights, and that their styles are perfect for one of them to be knocked out. But I think that Jeison Rosario has the edge over Jermell Charlo, and that it will be Rosario who delivers the knockout in the later rounds. 
 
Andre Dirrell, Olympic Bronze Medalist and veteran contender 
Charlo KO 10: I believe that Jermell Charlo will come out of this with a knockout victory over Jeison Rosario, who will bring it, but Jermell will have all the answers and make the adjustment. I’m looking for Jermell to win by ninth or 10th round-knockout. 
 
Danny Roman, former unified super bantamweight champion
Rosario KO 10: Jermell Charlo versus Jeison Rosario is going to be a war that I don't think will go the full 12 rounds. I believe that Rosario will win by 10th-round knockout. 
 
Stephen Edwards, trainer of former unified junior middleweight champion Julian Williams
Charlo TKO 6: Jermell Charlo versus Jeison "Banana" Rosario is a tough fight to assess. I think Rosario is the better boxer. Jermell looks like the better boxer because he can use his legs and he has a good jab. But Jermell's not hard to hit and he's been out-boxed for long stretches by Tony Harrison, John Jackson and Demetrius Hopkins.  Rosario has some skillful moves - except he just comes forward. But Jermell is clutch and he has an elite chin also. I also believe Rosario loses steam after six rounds. So, look for Jermell to clip him late in a great fight. Jermell by TKO.
 
Kenny Porter, trainer of two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter
Charlo KO 10: I think Jermell Charlo will win this fight by stoppage against Jeison Rosario, and I'm thinking that it will be a knockout in the ninth or 10th round. 
 
Javier Fortuna, lightweight contender
Rosario KO 7: I have no doubt that Jeison "Banana" Rosario will defeat Jermell Charlo and make history for the Dominican Republic. I believe that Rosario will do to Charlo what he did to Julian Williams, but that Charlo will be knocked out cold. 
 
Kevin Cunningham, trainer of super welterweight contender Erickson Lubin 
Charlo KO 8: Somebody is getting knocked out in the Jermell Charlo versus Jeison Rosario fight, and I'm picking Charlo to win a shootout. I believe that Charlo's athleticism will give him the edge over Rosario, and I think he'll stop Rosario in the eighth round. 
 
Juan Carlos Payano, former WBA bantamweight champion
Rosario W 12: I believe that Jeison Rosario is going to win against Jermell Charlo. It's Jeison's time, and he won't waste it. Jeison is bigger and stronger and will walk down Charlo. 
 
Rolando Romero, undefeated interim WBA Lightweight beltholder
Charlo KO 9: Jermell Charlo versus Jeison Rosario is going to be a dogfight over the first half of the fight, but I think that as it goes on, Jermell's just going to crack him. I think it will be a late-round knockout, probably in the eighth or the ninth.  
 
Michel Rivera, undefeated lightweight  
Rosario W 12: Jeison Rosario is my pick against Jermell Charlo. From the heart and from the head, Rosario is better at power punching and very poised in all situations. Rosario by decision or by early knockout. 
 
Jesus Ramos, undefeated welterweight 
Charlo TKO 10: I see Jermell Charlo boxing a little smarter than Jeison Rosario and taking him into deep waters with his experience. It’s a been there done that situation for him. 
 
Amilcar Vidal, undefeated middleweight  
Rosario TKO 10: I believe that Jeison Rosario against Jermell Charlo will be a very entertaining fight, but it's also the biggest of Rosario's career. For that reason, I believe that Rosario will be at his best and win by knockout in the later round, perhaps by 10th-round TKO.
 
Andre Rozier, trainer of middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko and former IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs 
Rosario W 12: This is a very intriguing bout. Jeison Rosario is a big 154-pounder, as is Jermell Charlo.  They both have good punching power. But It will come down to a battle of wills, and I'm seeing the hunger of Jeison being a stronger force. Jeison by decision.
 
Carlos Negron, heavyweight  
Rosario KO 10: Jermell Charlo is very skilled, but Jeison Rosario is the harder, sharper puncher. As long as Rosario doesn’t get surprised with a shot, he will win by knockout in the later rounds. 
 
Charles Mooney, Olympic Silver Medalist and trainer of middleweight contender Matt Korobov
Rosario SD 12: If Jermell Charlo's mind isn't right, he can leave a lot of openings for Jeison Rosario to capitalize on and walk away with the championships. Rosario's a tough guy, so I'm leaning toward him to win a tough, close fight by split-decision. 
 
Caleb Truax, former IBF super middleweight champion
Charlo KO 9: I think that Jeison Rosario may give Jermell Charlo some problems early due to the fact that he's a big 154-pounder with good power, but I think that Jermell's general experience, punching power, accuracy and ability to come on in the later rounds will enable him to stop Rosario in the eighth or ninth round.  
 
Eduardo Ramirez, featherweight contender
Rosario KO 9: Jeison Rosario is a younger, newer champion and more motivated fighter than Jermell Charlo. I have no doubt that he is the stronger more powerful fighter and that he will win by a late-round knockout. 
 
 
 

Calic intends to defeat Buatsi on Oct. 4th

Calic intends to defeat Buatsi on Oct. 4th
Croatian light heavyweight Marko Calic says he will prove himself on the big stage when he takes on the touted Joshua Buatsi (13-2 including the World Series of Boxing) on Sunday October 4th, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. Calic (16-5 including the World Series of Boxing where he fought as a cruiserweight, but 11-0 with 6 KOs as a light heavyweight) enjoyed a successful spell in the amateur code, beating his fellow Croat Alen Babic (now a feared a heavyweight) twice, as well as the respected Kody Davies. Standing at 6′3″, the 33 year-old left the amateurs for good in 2016 after losing in an Olympic Qualification Final. An experienced, elite amateur, Calic is determined to become the first man to beat Buatsi in the pros.
 
“I have known Joshua Buatsi since my days in the amateurs,” said Calic. “I have followed his professional career since he switched from the amateurs after the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. He is a strong fighter and has a good boxing IQ. He is a good technician, but I also believe in my boxing ability and I will be ready on October 4th. As an amateur I was fighting at 91kg in the Heavyweight category, so our paths never crossed in the ring. When I was in the European Championships in Samokov in 2015, I think he won a bronze medal, so yes I know him pretty well. I’ve watched him progress in the professional ranks and he is a good fighter, so I will be well prepared. Beating Buatsi would be huge for my career. It would make me well known in the boxing community and open a lot of doors for me. Eddie Hearn is the best boxing promoter in the world right now and his events get a lot of attention. I will prove myself on the big stage. This win will mean a lot for me. I expect that Buatsi will come forward and take the fight to me. I will try to counterpunch him, but I will also be ready to fight fire with fire. My main focus is to do my best. One of my main strengths is that I am taller than most of my opponents. I am also a very good technical boxer with a high boxing IQ.”
 
Buatsi vs. Calic tops a big night of action that sees Chantelle Cameron (12-0, 7 KOs) land a title shot in her very first bout as a Matchroom fighter as she takes on Brazil’s Adriana Dos Santos Araujo (6-0, 1 KO) for the vacant WBC 140-pound crown... the afore-mentioned Babic (4-0, 4 KOs) returns to the UK to lock horns with Irishman Niall Kennedy (13-1-1, 8 KOs) in an eight round heavyweight contest... Luton’s Linus Udofia (15-0, 7 KOs) puts his English middleweight title on the line for the first time against Dillian Whyte-backed Brixton man John Harding Jr (8-1-1, 2 KOs)... Aqib Fiaz (5-0) and Kane Baker (13-6) look to settle the score after their Fight Camp disappointment and recent Matchroom signing John Hedges make his pro debut at supe middleweight.
 

Pasillas says he can go as low as 118 pounds

Pasillas says he can go as low as 118 pounds

Pasillas says he can go as low as 118 pounds
Fresh of his spectacular knockout performance on FS1 PBC Fight Night, undefeated featherweight/bantamweight Victor Pasillas (16-0, 9 KOs, is thrilled to have extended his knockout to six. Pasillas looked unbelievable last night stopping previously unbeaten Ranfis Encarnacion (17-1, 13 KOs) by sixth-round TKO. “I told myself that I didn’t want the fight to go the distance because I know how important it was for me to look impressive in my PBC debut,” said Pasillas, who was born and raised in East Los Angeles. “When you fight on national television, I feel you must show out and go for the knockout. With this being my televised debut as well, that’s exactly what I did, keeping my knockout steak alive. I made a concerted effort to let my hands go and not be boring. Fans can expect me to fight this style every time I step in the ring.”
 
Pasillas wants all the big names anywere from 1118 to 126 pounds. “At age twenty-eight, I feel I’m in the prime of my career, ready to fight any of the champions or contenders at bantamweight or featherweight, Pasillas continued. “Both of those divisions are loaded with entertaining fights, and I’m ready to jump in headfirst and fight all of them. I know the fans want to see me challenge those guys so let’s see who they put in front of me next. I’m hoping it’s a big name. I’m so grateful to the folks at PBC and FOX, as well as my core team, for believing in me. I’m ready to take over.”
 
“It was an incredible feeling to see Victor get the exposure with PBC and Fox as he deserves everything that is coming his way,” said Greg Hannley, CEO of Prince Ranch Boxing, who manages Pasillas. “He has the talent to become a multiple division world champion, and knowing how hard he works, I can see him in some very big fights right away. Everyone is saying Victor is a star in the making and I agree. We are exploring options for his next opponent and I know it’s going to be big.”
 
 
 

World Boxing Super Series final press conference quotes

World Boxing Super Series final press conference quotes
IBF cruiserweight champion Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs) and Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) went head-to-head at the final press conference in Munich ahead of Saturday’s Ali Trophy clash at Plazamedia Studios. “I am happy we are fighting in such a big boxing country as Germany,” said Briedis. “I trust my team, and I believe they and I have done a fantastic job preparing for this fight. So for Saturday, we should be ready. I can’t wait. Hopefully we can bring the fans a classic on Saturday night, a fight that people will remember and talk about for a long time.”
 
Dorticos told that he will be fighting in the spirit of Muhammad Ali who fought in Munich in 1976. “I am fighting on behalf of Muhammad Ali’s legacy, we have a special connection to him in our team,” said Dorticos, the Miami-based Cuban holding the IBF title. “44 years ago Muhammad Ali fought Richard Dunn here in Munich and he produced the last KO win of his career, and I am here to show why I am called ‘The KO Doctor’ and take home the Ali trophy, and become great, just like 'The Greatest of All Time.' Everybody knows that I come to give it my all, that’s what fighters do, that’s what champions do. To all my fans in Miami and worldwide I give you my love and support, and on Saturday night I will perform at the highest level possible.”
 
Said Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer: “Boxing is back, big-time boxing is back. Live from the Plazamedia Studios this Saturday night in Munich it’s the final of the World Boxing Super Series, the cruiserweight division, the best versus the best. We have seen it this season already with Inoue vs Donaire, Prograis vs Taylor, the number ones against the number twos, and on Saturday night we have an absolute barnstormer!”
 
The hotly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos takes place behind-closed-doors at the Plazamedia studios in Munich, Germany on Saturday.  
 
German rising stars Leon Bunn, Denis Radovan, and Sophie Alisch will feature on the undercard of Briedis-Dorticos. Leon Bunn 15-0, 8 KOs challenges Finland’s Timo Laine (27-13, 11 KOs) across eight rounds, IBF European Middleweight Champion Denis Radovan (13-0-1, 6 KOs) defends his title against tough Polish middleweight Robert Talarek (24-13-3, 16 KOs), and ‘Die Zukunft’ Sophie Alisch (5-0, 1 KO) faces Edina Kiss (15-13, 9 KOs).
 
The final will be shown live on DAZN in the U.S. & Canada, Sky Sports in the UK, and Bildplus in Germany.
 
 

Rafferty-Hill added to Oct. 18th English show

Rafferty-Hill added to Oct. 18th English show
A welterweight feature has been added to next month’s MTK Fight Night event as Jack Rafferty (12-0 with 7 KOs) goes up against Tom Hill (9-1, 2 KOs). The two men will do battle at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on October 18th, which will be broadcast in the US on ESPN+ and worldwide on IFL TV. Rafferty has looked great in his career so far, but [having been protected in terms of opposition, he] now faces his toughest test yet against Hill.
 
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said: “It’s great to get this fantastic fight on between Jack Rafferty and Tom Hill. We’ve been trying for a while to get Jack a big step up on this card, and it’s going to be a superb battle against Hill.
 
Along with the addition of Rafferty vs. Hill, the event will also see Billy Joe Saunders’ protégé Lewie Edmondson (2-0) in action, as the rising star looks to extend his unbeaten record. “We’re also pleased to add Lewie Edmondson to the show as well. He’s been training alongside Billy Joe Saunders for a while now and we’re excited to see just how much he has added to his game.”
 
Elsewhere on the October 18th card, a clash of unbeaten fighters will take place, as Michael McKinson (18-0, 2 KOs) goes up against Martin Harkin (13-0, 5 KOs) in a welterweight contest... In the co-feature, flyweight contender Jay Harris (17-1, 9 KOs) looks to build on the fantastic showing he produced in a failed world title bid against Julio Cesar Martinez, when Harris defends his Commonwealth flyweight title against Marcel Braithwaite (9-2)... Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler (31-2, 15 KOs) also makes his long-awaited return against Ryan Walker (11-2, 2 KOs), while there will also be the professional debuts of two amateur stand-outs, as Jordan Reynolds and Paul McCullagh both enter the paid ranks, with opponents to be announced for those two respective fights.
 

Introducing Somalian-born super bantamweight Ramla Ali

Introducing Somalian-born super bantamweight Ramla Ali

Introducing Somalian-born super bantamweight Ramla Ali
Ramla Ali has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and will make her professional debut in October subject to licensing.Signed to Anthony Joshua’s 258 management label, Ali is trained by her husband Richard Moore and Jobi Clayton at the BoxClever Gym in Ladbroke Grove, London. She will compete at super bantamweight. Ali’s family fled war-torn Somalia as refugees after her brother had already been killed. Settling in London, she initially kept her boxing training a secret for fear her family would disapprove of the pastime for a Muslim girl. She started boxing in her early teens and told her mother she was simply training for fitness, rather than contesting any bouts. As an amateur boxer, Ali became the first female Muslim boxer to win an English title before deciding to represent Somalia in 2017. Joining a thriving Matchroom roster that boasts a number of women’s champions including world lightweight ruler Katie Taylor and world welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill, Ali hopes to create more history by becoming Somalia’s first ever world champion.
 
“There is no better place to box than Matchroom,” said Ali. “You get to fight on Sky Sports – what’s better than that? It was a no brainer for me – I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I feel ready to fight now, I could go next week. So many doors open for you when you’re with [WBA/WBO/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's] management company. The link with 258 came to fruition when I was on a photoshoot with Joshua Buatsi for the Wonderland magazine cover. A couple of months after that I signed to 258. As an amateur I won the National Title in 2015 and then in 2016 they had this new English title series which I won. After that I won the GB Championships, which was like my first introduction to a professional fight with the lights, music and commentators. In competing for Somalia, I became the first boxer, male or female, to win an African title for them. I would still love to go to Tokyo if and when the time does come. I wanted to get a head start in my professional career so now is the best time to turn pro. I just want to get in the ring and I feel like I can do that sooner being a pro rather than waiting around for an Olympic Games that might not come. The Olympic dream is still there but I’m excited to begin my journey in the professional ranks. A coach should know their boxer inside and out, who better to guide me than my husband? He will always have my back. I now have the perfect team to pursue my dreams in professional boxing. I want to become a World Champion and I hope in doing so people will develop a better view of Somalia.”
 
“Ramla’s story is incredible and inspiring,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “She has gone through so much to get to this point and I’m delighted that Matchroom will be guiding her progress in the professional ranks alongside our friends at 258 MGT. Ramla joins an unrivalled Matchroom stable that boasts some of the very best female fighters on the planet and she is in the perfect place to fulfil her dream of becoming Somalia’s first World Champion.”
 
“I’m so proud of Ramla and the team at 258 for putting this all together,” said Joshua. “A happy fighter is a good fighter and we know she is happy with her choice. 258 has a great reputation and strong relationships across the sporting world so we are pleased to announce this today. Long may she reign.”
 
“It is a great moment for Ramla to be turning pro with Matchroom, who have been leading the way in women’s boxing,” said 258 MGT Managing Director Freddie Cunningham. “It has been amazing working with Ramla and being able to help generate her the opportunities she deserves in and outside the sport.”
 
 

Salita Promotions in legal battle with Shohjahon Ergashev

Salita Promotions in legal battle with Shohjahon Ergashev

Salita Promotions is showing a willingness to go to court in order to enforce its contractual rights. The company not only filed a federal lawsuit last week, but in a span of just a few days obtained a temporary restraining order blocking junior welterweight Shohjahon Ergashev from taking another fight scheduled for last weekend. Salita was trying to set up a November fight for Ergashev (18-0) to be televised on NBC Sports as part of a new (and still not officially announced) organization known as Ring City, when Salita learned that Ergahsev had instead signed for a September 21st fight in Russia. Salita, who has an exclusive promotional contract with Ergashev, quickly filed a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Michigan against Ergashev and manager Oleg Bogdanov. Within a week, Salita had convinced the judge to issue a restraining order barring Ergashev from taking the fight in Russia. It appears that Ergashev obeyed the court order and the entire show was cancelled, although that is unconfirmed. The judge ordered Salita to post a $10,000 bond in case she later decides Ergashev is entitled to compensation. But so far, Ergashev does not have an attorney appearing on his behalf in the lawsuit. When Ergashev puts in a response, Boxingtalk will promptly update this article.

Dmitriy Salita himself had no comment for this article, likely because he is still interested in promoting Ergashev going forward. However, Salita Promotions was represented by attorney Charles E. Murphy, who, as part of the request for the restraining order, wrote: "Through Salita Promotions’ diligent work and financial investment in Ergashev, as well as through Ergashev’s own success in the ring, Ergashev has gained world-wide exposure, a loyal following, and is moving rapidly toward an opportunity to fight for the world title. Ergashev’s October 2019 fight video, uploaded to YouTube by Salita Promotions, has garnered over six hundred thousand views to date... Since the inception of the promotional agreement, Salita Promotions has fulfilled all of its obligations and in fact, gone above and beyond its contractual obligations by paying for Ergashev’s travel, rent, food, local transportation expenses, visa costs, previous fights in Russia and for his purses in his many wins during the life of the Agreement."

Here is the full decision from Judge Laurie J. Michelson, edited only slightly to remove certain legal citations or references:

Shohjahon Ergashev is a top-ranked boxer who [scheduled a bout for September 21st] in St. Petersburg, Russia. Salita Promotions is Ergashev’s promoter. Salita says that until recently, it had no idea that Ergashev was going to fight on September 21st. [The opponent was to be Dzmitry Miliusha (9-3-1)]. And, according to Salita, this is a problem because it has the exclusive right to arrange Ergashev’s bouts. And Salita has arranged for Ergashev to fight on November 17th, and have that fight broadcast on NBC Sports. Because of the potential for the September 21st bout to adversely affect the November 17th bout, and for other reasons, Salita asks this Court to stop Ergashev from stepping into the ring on September 21st.

In refereeing this fight, the Court finds that Salita is likely to show that Ergashev breached the parties’ agreement and that Salita will be irreparably injured if Ergashev boxes on September 21st. So the Court will grant in part Salita’s request for an ex parte temporary restraining order.

Because [Ergashev did not respond to Salita’s emergency filing], the Court has only one side of the story. Here is that story, according to Salita’s verified complaint:

In November 2017, Salita entered into an agreement with Ergashev to promote him. Under the agreement, Ergashev granted Salita “the sole and exclusive right to secure and arrange all bouts... requiring [Ergashev’s] services.” As the agreement was for five years, there are about two years left on the deal. Things went well for a time. Salita promoted Ergashev in eight fights; Ergashev won them all. Four of the eight fights were featured on “a popular boxing series broadcast on Showtime.” Before his agreement with Salita, Ergashev was unranked; now, depending on who you ask, he is number six, seven, or thirteen in the world in the junior welterweight division. According to Salita, Ergashev has “gained national exposure in the United States and is moving rapidly toward an opportunity to fight for the world title.” But then, Salita says, it got hit with a low blow: the promotion company learned that Ergashev was slated to fight in a bout that it did not arrange. In particular, Salita said it learned from Instagram that Ergashev was set to fight on September 21, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Not to be outmaneuvered, Salita fought back. On September 7th and September 8th, Salita sent cease-and-desist letters to Ergashev and his manager, Oleg Bogdanov, who allegedly arranged the September 21st fight. In the letter to Ergashev, Salita indicated that it would consider fight opportunities that it did not arrange but that Ergashev needed to present those opportunities for its approval. In the case of the September 21st fight, Salita did not consent. Salita demanded that Ergashev cease and desist his breach of their agreement. In its letter to Bogdanov, Salita not only expressed displeasure about Bogdanov being involved in setting up the September 21st fight, but also that Bogdanov did the same thing with another Salita fighter. Salita demanded that Bogdanov cease and desist from any further interference with its contractual rights. Apparently, Salita never got a response to its two letters. With the September 21st fight scheduled to go forward, Salita brought the fight to federal court. And it seeks a first-round knockout; a [temporary restraining order] asking the Court to halt the September 21st fight.

Temporary restraining orders are not handed out readily. Even embracing Salita’s account of the facts (which is all the Court has to go on right now), one of the preliminary-injunction factors is still a close call: whether Salita will suffer immediate, irreparable injury if this Court does not stop the September 21st fight. Salita seeks to satisfy this preliminary injunction requirement in three ways.

For one, it relies on cases finding that when a contract is for “unique and extraordinary” services, the failure of the contracting party to provide those services is irreparable harm. If a contracting party’s services are truly unique, they, by definition, cannot be found elsewhere, and so the failure of the contracting party to provide them is, in all likelihood, irreparable.  Salita says that Ergashev is “an athlete of exceptional talent and skill and his services are unique and extraordinary to Salita Promotions.”

For two, Salita relies on cases finding that reputational injury is irreparable. That too makes sense, for a tarnished reputation is not readily restored, and, even if it is, the cost of restoration is hard to quantify.

For three, Salita says that when it promotes a fight, its name appears on all sorts of promotional material, and Dimitry Salita, the company’s principal, is often interviewed before, during, and after the fights. So Salita argues, if Ergashev were to fight on September 21st, it would lose self-promotion opportunities that are “not measurable in money damages.”

Setting aside for the moment the possibility that Ergashev might be drained from, or injured in, or lose the September 21st fight, the Court is hard pressed to see how Salita’s reputation would be damaged if that fight goes forward. Salita’s reputation is based on promoting boxers and fights. So the September 21st fight would make Salita look bad if the fight is (1) poorly run and (2) those in the boxing community thought that Salita had run it. But aside from the fact that Ergashev is a Salita fighter, Salita has put forth no evidence that anyone in the boxing community would be confused in that way. Indeed, it appears that the fight is being promoted by Yuka Promotions. Perhaps Salita thinks that if its fighters routinely take fights outside their agreement with Salita, it gives the impression to the boxing community that its fighters do not like the fights it arranges or that Salita fails to get enough action for its fighters. But one fighter’s breach is not a pattern. So without more explanation from Salita, it is far from clear how the September 21st fight would hurt its reputation as a promoter.

That said, the Court does narrowly find that Salita has shown immediate, irreparable injury if the September 21st fight takes place. Ergashev appears to be quite highly ranked, with two [sanctioning] organizations placing him in the top 10 in his division. He has no losses on his record, and so he has a chance to become the top contender. Arguably then, his services to Salita—a top-ten fighter in the junior welterweight division—are unique and thus difficult to replace. Of course, even if Ergashev fights on September 21st, that does not mean that Salita will need to replace his services. In theory at least, Ergashev could fight on September 21st and still fulfill his duties to Salita by fighting in every fight Salita wants him to. So this situation is not exactly one where a contracting party with unique talent takes his services elsewhere. But, with an additional fact and bit of foresight added to the mix, the situation gets close enough to that situation for present purposes. Salita has set up a fight for Ergashev on November 17th. The fight will be aired on NBC Sports. And while some do not think much of Ergashev’s opponent on September 21st [Dzmitry Miliusha] the history of boxing is littered with big upsets (just ask James “Buster” Douglas or Andy Ruiz, Jr.). Presumably the November 17th fight was set up based in part on Ergashev’s current rankings and his undefeated record, so a loss might make the November 17th fight a no-go. Or, because it would blemish Ergashev’s undefeated record, the November 17th fight might lose a lot of its luster. Also, boxing matches are often grueling, physical events that, at this level, do not occur less than 2 months apart. So even if Ergashev wins on September 21st, his opponent could catch him with a blow that injures Ergashev. Or Ergashev could injure himself (say, by sustaining a boxer’s fracture). Or he could just not be physically ready, especially where he will be traveling from Russia to the United States.

And if Ergashev loses or is injured on September 21st, that would result in irreparable—or at least very hard to quantify—injury to Salita. Salita would presumably have to break its contract with NBC Sports.

And Salita would lose the opportunity to engage in its usual self-promotion, which, the Court agrees would be challenging to measure in dollars. And Salita’s reputation for setting up fights would take a hit, which could damage Salita’s ability to make deals with, say, sports networks, as well as individual fighters. Presumably too, Ergashev’s November 17th opponent, his opponent’s manager, and his opponent’s promotional company will not be pleased with Salita. One other point favors a finding of irreparable harm. In signing his agreement with Salita, Ergashev acknowledged that his services were “special, unique, extraordinary, irreplaceable and of peculiar value, and that in the event of [his] breach or threatened breach of [his agreement with Salita], [Salita] would suffer irreparable damage.” While this admission is by no means dispositive, it may be treated as evidence that supports a finding of irreparable harm. In sum, the Court narrowly finds that absent an injunction, Salita will suffer irreparable harm.

The other factors for preliminary relief can be addressed without extended discussion. Start with likelihood of success on the merits. On the record before the Court, Ergashev is plainly in breach of the parties’ agreement. The agreement expressly states that Salita has “the sole and exclusive right to secure and arrange all bouts . . . requiring [Ergashev’s] services.”

As far as prejudice to Ergashev from being unable to fight on September 21st, the record is devoid of how skipping that fight will cause him harm. It is probably safe to presume that Ergashevwill lose his purse and that he may burn some bridges with the fight’s promoters. But, perhaps, the fight in Russia can be rescheduled after November 17th. Or, perhaps, the fight can still go forward if Ergashev negotiates for Salita’s approval. Moreover, when he signed the contract, Ergashev agreed that Salita, and Salita alone, would be his promoter. So any prejudice to Ergashev from missing the September 21st bout is partly his own doing. Finally, the Court will mitigate prejudice to Ergashev by requiring Salita to post a $10,000 bond; that money will be used to offset damages to Ergashev if it turns out that he should have been allowed to fight on September 21st. Finally, in terms of the public’s interest, it is not clear how it would benefit the public for Ergashev to breach his contract with Salita and, absent some showing of efficient breach or the like, there is a public interest in holding a contracting party to its promises. Further, the public probably has more of an interest in seeing Ergashev fight on November 21st than it does on September 21st.

There are two loose ends to tie up. Salita’s counsel must certify in writing any efforts made to give notice to Ergashev and Bogdanov and the reasons why it should not be required. Salita’s counsel says that on September 16th it emailed Ergashev and his manager a copy of the verified complaint and motion for temporary restraining order and attempted to call Ergashev and Bogdanov in Russia. As far as the reasons notice is not required before this order issues, the Court recognizes the difficulty of reaching Ergashev and Bogdanov in Russia and that the fight is only three days away.

The second loose end involves Ergashev’s manager, Bogdanov. Salita wants the Court to enjoin Bogdanov too. But the Court has not mentioned Bogdanov in its analysis for two reasons. For one, the Court is not entirely convinced that it may, consistent with the Due Process Clause, exercise personal jurisdiction over Salita’s claims against Bogdanov, who lives in Russia. And while Ergashev consented to this forum when he signed his agreement with Salita, it appears that Bogdanov did not sign the agreement. For two, the Court need only enjoin Ergashev to stop the September 21st fight, and that is the only thing in this case that requires the Court’s attention today.

For the reasons given, the Court will grant in part Salita Promotions’ motion for a temporary restraining order. Specifically, the Court ORDERS the following: (1) Shohjahon Ergashev is restrained from participating in the September 21, 2020 bout at the Azimat Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation; (2) Ergashev is restrained from destroying, erasing, or otherwise making unavailable, any documents or information in his possession or control which pertain in any way to Salita Promotions’ claims in this action (including all digital information, whether that information is on computer storage, in an email or social-media account, or on a cell phone); (3) Salita Promotions is to immediately post a $10,000 bond [Salita should either pay $10,000 to the Clerk of Court or obtain a surety bond in the amount of $10,000 and docket proof that the surety bond has been obtained]; (4) Salita Promotions is to immediately use every reasonably available means (phone, email, social-media direct messaging) to give notice of this injunction to Ergashev and Bogdanov, and shall continue, on a daily basis until this order expires, to attempt to provide Ergashev and Bogdanov a copy of this order; (5) all parties are to meet in a good-faith attempt to resolve this matter without further court intervention; a report of that meeting shall be docketed by September 25, 2020; (6) this temporary restraining order expires 14 days from entry without further order from the Court.

So Ordered on September 18, 2020 [by] Laurie J. Michelson, United States District Judge.

Mark Reyes sees action tonight in Mississippi

Mark Reyes sees action tonight in Mississippi
Welterweight Mark Reyes Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs), of Tampa, FL, will headline a fight card tonight, streamed exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, beginning at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT. The event will be held at the Civic Center, in Biloxi, Mississippi. A popular fighter in his home state of Florida, Reyes fights away from home for the first time as a pro, facing Mexico's Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez (13-8-1 with 5 KOs) in the eight-round main event.
 
"Mark was an outstanding amateur and is developing into a tremendous professional. I look forward to seeing him notch another exciting victory to his record tonight on UFC Fight Pass," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "He's got a show-stopping knockout punch and has all the intangibles to become a world champion. He's a great kid with a huge fan base in Florida and is very admirable for his community work through numerous charitable endeavors. I am happy working with Mark and his father Mark Reyes Sr., as we set a course for him to maximize his potential inside the ring and marketability outside."
 
"My last fight came right before live boxing began to shut down in the United States due to the pandemic and I am very excited to get back in the ring tonight pursuing my dream. I am also thrilled that I will get to showcase my talent headlining on UFC Fight Pass," said the 24 year-old Reyes. "As I resume my career, I am thankful to be signed with DiBella Entertainment," continued Reyes. "I love Lou's passion for boxing and for his fighters. He truly cares personally for the fighter. I know I need more experience in the right fights and that Lou can provide that for me as I continue to learn and grow in this sport."
 
Reyes is coming off of a fourth-round knockout of Gabriel Calfin on March 14, 2020, in Tampa, FL. The victory was the seventh straight stoppage by Reyes. In 2019, Reyes was victorious in all three of his fights, two by first-round knockout. 
 
Born and raised in Tampa, Reyes is of Puerto Rican heritage from both his parents. Taking up boxing at an early age through his father, Mark Reyes Sr., who was an amateur boxer and is his current trainer, along with his inspiration from watching fellow Floridian Roy Jones Jr., Reyes had his first bout at the age of twelve. Using boxing to offset his hyperactivity as a youth, he was successful from the start, winning the PAL National Tournament in 2012, after finishing second in the previous year. Reyes also won two national amateur tournaments competing in Puerto Rico, finishing with a record of 40-6. 
 
Outside of the ring, Reyes is active raising money and giving of his time for numerous charities. More information can be found on his website at www.mrjboxing.com. 
 

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Victor Pasillas steals the FS1 show

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Victor Pasillas steals the FS1 show

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Victor Pasillas steals the FS1 show
Nestor Bravo W10 Jose Luis Gallegos... Lightweight Nestor Bravo (19-0, 13 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over Jose Luis Gallegos (19-9, 14 KOs) after ten rounds of action Wednesday night on FS1 PBC Fight Night in Los Angeles. Official scores were 97-91 and 96-92 (twice). Gallegos proved to be a durable test for Bravo, holding up to his attack and pushing him to round ten for the first time in Bravo's career. In round nine, referee Jack Reiss deducted a point from Bravo, citing fouls that required him to issue multiple warnings. Reiss would take away a second point in round ten from Bravo for holding. Although Bravo was stumbled by an overhand right in the final round, he was able to overcome a difficult opponent and earn the unanimous decision. Bravo rode a 165 to 137 punch advantage to the victory, while landing over 35% of his punches.
 
Victor Pasillas TKO6 Ranfis Encarnacion... In the co-feature, Victor Pasillas (16-0, 9 KOs) remained undefeated by delivering a sixth-round technical-knockout victory over Ranfis Encarnacion (17-1, 13 KOs) in a battle of unbeaten  featherweights. "I'm very excited to get the victory," said Pasillas. "Me and my coach have been back at home breaking this fight down piece by piece for ten weeks. We don't guess when we get in there." The smaller Pasillas found his distance from the outset, landing left hands in the opening frame as Encarnacion was still feeling him out. While Encarnacion had some success in round two, landing a trio of powerful straight right hands, he did so while still being countered effectively by Pasillas. A Los Angeles native, Pasillas continued to vary his attack, flummoxing his opponent with accuracy (40% connect rate) and effective movement.
 
In a fifth round that saw Pasillas land 47 power punches, he stunned Encarnacion with a combination that nearly put him down late before he was eventually saved by the bell. "I'm confident in my skills and in my corner and we showed it in the ring," said Pasillas. "We knew he was going to load up for one shot, so we just took our time and stuck to the plan."
 
Pasillas waited patiently for his moment in the sixth round, eventually breaking through in the final minute with another barrage of punches, this one punctuated by a right hook-straight left combo that put Encarnacion down. Although Encarnacion got to his feet before the count, his corner halted the fight, with referee Sharon Sands waiving it off officially at 2:29 into the round. "I want to take over the 122-pound division," said Pasillas. "Making 126 pounds was easy for this fight. There are a lot of great fighters at 122 pounds. Whoever wants to do it, line them up. Because I'm taking all my straps."
 
Maidel Sando W8 Genc Pllana... In the opening bout, Maidel Sando (10-8, 7 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Genc Pllana (8-2-1, 4 KOs) in their eight-round super middleweight duel. Pllana's awkward style presented problems for Sando in the opening rounds, as he showed off unpredictable movement and a slapping up-jab to deter Sando's offense. The Cuban-born Sando, who now trains in Nashville, Tennessee, began to have more success in round four when he started to find his timing and eventually a home for his right hand to land. As Pllana circled the ring, Sando began to work through his opponent's jab and land combinations while his Pllana moved in reverse attempting to evade the attack. Without fear of being hurt by Pllana's counters, Sando stayed in control through the final rounds, landing the harder punches throughout. Sando held the statistical advantage by out landing Pllana 127-115, while landing 37% of his punches compared to Pllana's 26% connect rate. At the end of the eight rounds, the judges all scored the fight in favor of Sando, by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74.  source: pbc
 

Charlo-Dervyanchenko press conference quotes

Charlo-Dervyanchenko press conference quotes
WBC regular middleweight champion Jermall Charlo and his challenger Sergey Derevyanchenko previewed Saturday's pay-per-view match at final press conference Wednesday. Charlo will face top contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko headlining part one of the doubleheader, while twin brother Jermell unifies his WBC title with the WBA and IBF 154-pound titles held by Jeison Rosario.  Here is what Jermall Charlo and Dervyanchenko had to say about Saturday's fight, which takes place at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut:
 
JERMALL CHARLO
 
“This is just the beginning for me. There’s been 30 fighters who’ve tried to beat me, and all 30 failed. We’ll get a chance to get in there and do what we do best on Saturday. Talk is cheap. We’ll see where that green belt goes on Saturday.
 
“I’m focused and locked in. I’m ready to fight. Sergiy can say what he wants to say about me, it’s going to be a fight on Saturday.
 
“This is like the Super Bowl for us. At the end of the day, we’re always ready to fight. This is what we do and this is what we prepare ourselves for. We’re true warriors.
 
“Derevyanchenko is looking past me. His trainer and his whole camp, they’re all looking past me. They’re going to find out what they’re in for on Saturday.
 
“I’m the best in the world. On Saturday night, everyone will get a chance to see it live on SHOWTIME PPV.”
 
SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO
 
“ I’ve fought twice for the title [close losses to Gennadiy Golovkin and Danny Jacobs], and I’m more ready than ever for the third time.
 
“I was happy to have the break after the Gennadiy Golovkin fight. I got good rest. I’m relaxed, and when I came back to the United States, I was ready to train and now I’m ready to fight. It all helped me.
 
“Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs were tough fights, they were both close fights and I think those experiences definitely helped me. I’ll show it in the ring on Saturday.
 
“I’m going to put pressure on him from the beginning. I’m going to use my legs, my jab and combinations to get the win.
 
“We always train hard and we have great sparring partners to prepare us. They’ve shown me what he’s going to bring to the ring. Now we just have to take our strategy and use it in the ring on Saturday.
 
“This is a big fight. When I win, even more opportunities will open up. I’ll be able to unify and take my career to the next level.”
 
***
The remaining foru bouts on the pay-per-view broadcast are: Brandon Figueroa defending his WBA regular title against 122-pound contender Damien Vázquez, WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero battling unbeaten Duke Micah, unbeaten former WBC bantamweight champion Luis Nery taking on undefeated Aaron Alameda for the vacant WBC super bantamweight championship and former IBF/WBA 122-pound unified champion Danny Román dueling former WBA champion Juan Carlos Payano in a WBC eliminator.

Josh Taylor promises a knockout win over Apinun Khongsong

Josh Taylor promises a knockout win over Apinun Khongsong
WBA / IBF junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor (pictured) feels like he is making a fresh start in his career this weekend – and has promised a knockout win over Apinun Khongsong.  The fight takes place Saturday, live on ESPN+ and BT Sport. It will be Taylor’s first fight since signing with MTK Global and Top Rank and teaming up with new trainer Ben Davison, and he’s excited to show the world what he can do. Taylor said: “You will see on Saturday what changes I have made working with Ben (Davison) and I am not going to give away what we have been working on. It is good and we’ve been working on a lot of things and this is a nice start to a whole new book. This is the start of it, it is going to be better than the last one and I can’t wait to get going on Saturday.
 
“Khongsong is standing in the way of where I want to go so I need to get rid of him. This is his introduction to world boxing and I am going to make it a painful one for him. He doesn’t belong at this level and I am a couple of levels above him. I am going to go in there and knock him out on Saturday. I have seen a lot I can exploit. He is a very good fighter and very strong, punches with both hands with power, but it is not enough to beat me. I am just really looking forward to getting in there on Saturday and putting on a strong performance. I don’t think not having a crowd will affect my performance at all. I’ve been practicing in the gym with no music, no noise and nobody speaking, so we have been replicating what the experience will be like. I’m looking forward to getting in there on Saturday and I have kept fit and in shape throughout the year. I can’t wait to put on a strong performance.”
 
 

Figueroa-Vazquez press conference quotes

Figueroa-Vazquez press conference quotes

Figueroa-Vazquez press conference quotes

On Saturday's big pay-per-view show at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, Brandon Figueroa (pictured) will defend his WBA regular title in the 122-pound division against Damien "Sugar" Vázquez. Figueroa is 20-0-1, while Vazquez is 15-1-1 with his lone loss coming against former WBA bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano. Here is what the two had to say at Wednesday's press conference:

BRANDON FIGUEROA

“I’m excited to be back to doing what I do best and that’s getting in the ring and giving the fans a great show.

“It’s been a very unique circumstance training for this fight during the pandemic, but we made the most of it. I’m very fortunate that I have access to a private gym, so I was able to stay consistent with my training. Sparring was a little difficult, but I was able to venture out after a while and get some good sessions in. Even though this is the longest I’ve gone without a fight, I never took much time off.

“Vazquez is a good, tough opponent but I really don’t think he’ll be able to handle the pressure that I’m going to bring. I’m an action fighter but I can do it all. I can bang, but I can also box - and my dad wants me to box even more and tag him on the outside. I don’t think he’ll be able to handle my body shots.

“I feel like this fight won’t last too long, because I had such a good training camp. I keep getting better and stronger and I’m ready to showcase that Saturday night.”

DAMIEN VAZQUEZ

“If he says it won’t go past six rounds, then he’s going to have to work hard. I’m going to make sure it’ an all-out war. He’s going to have to earn everything.

“I’m ready to go. To be honest, this is the most excited I’ve ever been about a fight. He has two hands and his heart beats like mine. There’s nothing to be scared about in facing my opponent.

“No disrespect to the Charlos, but I want to be fight of the night and steal the show. May the best man win. I’m confident that will be me. Plain and simple.”

German news: Boesel to face Krasniqi

German news: Boesel to face Krasniqi
IBO light heavyweight champion Dominic Boesel (30-1) will face a fellow German, Robin Krasniqi (50-6) on October 10th at the METEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. The fight was announced on Tuesday at a press conference. It will be Boesel’s first defense of the title after defeating Sven Fornling in November last year to earn the crown. Krasniqi had a tune-up win last month but his last major contest was a 2019 loss to Stefan Haertel. Krasniqi also has losses to German legends Arthur Abraham and Jurgen Braehmer plus a failed 2013 WBO title bid vs. Nathan Cleverly.
 

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: mismatches welcomed in Kazakhstan

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: mismatches welcomed in Kazakhstan
In Almaty, Kazakhstan, junior welterweight Nurtas Azhbenov (10-0, 4 KOs) went up against Arkadi Harutyunyan (4-12, 1 KO) and won every round on the scorecards to earn a shutout decision win (all three scores were 100-90). Harutyunyan has now lost twelve out of his last thirteen... Junior middleweight Talgat Shayken (2-0, 1 KO) was just as dominant [although the opposition was again poor]. Shayken secured a first-round knockout victory over Bakhrom Payazov (22-14, 15 KOs) who has now lost ten in a row. source: mtk global
 
 
 
 
 

Caterall says Ramirez is giving him the cold shoulder

Caterall says Ramirez is giving him the cold shoulder

Caterall says Ramirez is giving him the cold shoulder
Jack Caterall says he is in favor of an undisputed world junior welterweight blockbuster becoming a reality, but he wants one involving himself and WBA/IBF champion Josh Taylor. Caterall is the WBC mandatory for WBC/WBO champion Jose Ramirez. Catterall insists that Ramirez must comply with the mandatory engagement put forward by the WBO that recognizes Caterall's right to fight for the WBO title next. The Californian Ramirez, 26-0, fulfilled his WBC mandatory by overcoming Viktor Postol in a close-run encounter at the end of August and now must oblige the WBO side of his world title package.
 
Taylor, of course, is back in action on Saturday, making a WBA mandatory defense against Thailand’s Apinun Khongsong in the first men’s world title competition staged in the UK since the lockdown started. 
 
Catterall insists that talk of fighting Taylor from the Ramirez camp is premature. Ramirez tweeted last week that he wants his next fight to be against Taylor "period." 
 
Catteral said, “I sent him [Ramirez] a message back and he didn’t reply. The WBO reiterated the position at the end of last month and insisted a deal needed to be done. My message is simple: either defend or vacate. I’m not arsed about what he wants! It is what has got to happen. I expect to hear more about it on Monday after the Taylor fight but it is one or the other – defend or vacate. I have worked for the last couple of years to get this world title shot and it seems like it has been one stumbling block after another, through no fault of my own. Let’s just fight for the title.”
 
Assessing the credentials of the two champions, Catterall believes Taylor to be the more potent force and is next on his hit list after Ramirez. “Taylor, for me. I am confident of beating Ramirez and getting the Taylor fight is my objective. It is a massive fight against Taylor and obviously I think I will beat him. Me against Taylor would be a better fight for the undisputed.That is my plan and I have been working every day for it,” added the 27 year-old, who expects Taylor to prevail on Saturday against the unbeaten puncher Khongsong.
 
“Obviously Josh is with a new coach and, after this, he wants to unify and I am his stumbling block. With a new trainer there could be a bit of extra pressure on him, I don’t know. Even though he hasn’t fought, he has been with his trainer for some time now and long enough to know if it was the right move or not. He has been in plenty of big fights before. He will get stuck in and I don’t think it will have too much of an effect on him. This is a must-win fight for him that he has got to win and got to look good in. From the little bit I have seen of Khongsong he should beat him because he looks like an average boxer who pops a little bit. Taylor should deal with him and I expect him to come through with a stoppage... I will be watching closely at home having a cup of tea!”
 

Briedis lands in Munich

Briedis lands in Munich
Former two-time cruiserweight title holder  Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) and his team arrived on Wednesday in Munich ahead of his Ali Trophy clash with IBF cruiserweight champion Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday. “Finally the fight day is near, and to be honest I can’t wait for Saturday!” said the tournament #1 seed after touching down in Munich. “As usual I will give my best so that we know we did the best our here to reach the result and take home the trophy.” On Thursday, Briedis and Dorticos will face off at the pre-fight press conference. The hotly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos takes place behind-closed-doors at Plazamedia Broadcasting Center in Munich, Germany on Saturday. On the line: The Muhammad Ali Trophy and the IBF world title.
 
 
 

Saucedo-Barboza, Berlanga-Bellows added to Lomachenko-Lopez undercard

Saucedo-Barboza, Berlanga-Bellows added to Lomachenko-Lopez undercard
The most anticipated fight of the fall — the Oct. 17th world lightweight championship unification showdown between WBC / WBA /WBO champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and IBF kingpin Teofimo Lopez from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas— now has a two-course televised appetizer befitting the occasion. In the ten-round junior welterweight co-feature, Alex Saucedo will fight unbeaten contender Arnold Barboza Jr., and the televised opener will see super middleweight knockout sensation Edgar Berlanga against veteran Lanell Bellows in an eight-rounder. Berlanga (14-0, 14 KOs) has won all 14 of his professional fights by first-round stoppage. Lomachenko-Lopez, Saucedo-Barboza and Berlanga-Bellows will be televised live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
 
“Lomachenko-Lopez promises to be a classic, and the rest of the ESPN-televised card will set the table,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Barboza and Saucedo are players in the deep junior welterweight division, and both men are ferocious competitors. The winner is ready to challenge for a world title. As for Edgar Berlanga, every time he steps in the ring, he impresses me more and more. I haven’t seen a young puncher like him in quite some time.”
 
Saucedo (30-1, 19 KOs), the slugger from Oklahoma City, has won a pair of fights since falling short to Maurice Hooker in a November 2018 bid for the WBO junior welterweight title. He is entering his third bout with head trainer Pedro Neme, a union that has paid dividends thus far. Saucedo knocked out Rod Salka in the first round last November and on June 30th he earned a one-sided decision over Sonny Fredrickson.
 
Barboza (24-0, 10 KOs), from South El Monte, Calif., is a seven-year pro who graduated from prospect to contender with victories over the likes of Mike Reed, Mike Alvarado and William Silva. He last fought Aug. 29th and cruised to a one-sided decision over Canadian veteran Tony Luis.
 
“Arnold is a very versatile fighter, so we are preparing for everything,” Saucedo said. “I know it will be hard to steal the show from Lomachenko-Lopez, but I’m coming in to put on a memorable fight for the fans. I feel like people still doubt me from the Maurice Hooker fight, and I can’t wait to show everyone all of my tools.”
 
“This fight, and fighting on such a significant card, means the world to me,” Barboza said. “It’s time to put the 140-pound division on notice. I respect Saucedo, but he’s in my way as I strive to earn a world title opportunity.”
 
Berlanga has combined flash with unique power to earn headlines despite not having seen the second round as a pro. The record for consecutive first-round knockouts to begin a career is 21, held by the late Ali "Dough" Raymi. Berlanga stopped Eric Moon in 62 seconds in June, which equaled the fifth-shortest outing of his career.
 
Bellows (20-5-3, 13 KOs) has never been stopped as a pro and has made his bones testing young prospects. He is coming off a fourth-round stoppage over Malcolm Jones, who entered the fight with a 15-1 record.
 
“I’m dedicating this fight to my family and Puerto Rico. I want to continue to shine like a bright star and carry the flag on my back,” Berlanga said. “Bellows has never been stopped, but I intend to be the first man to stop him. He’s a strong fighter, and I hope to get some rounds in. I want to show that I’m a versatile boxer and not just a puncher. One thing I will guarantee is another explosive performance.”
 

Usyk-Chisora announced for Oct. 31st

Usyk-Chisora announced for Oct. 31st
Former world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will finally face British fan favorite Derek Chisora on Saturday October 31st, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US, after their original May date was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Usyk (23-0 including the World Series of Boxing) made the move to heavyweight after dominating at cruiserweight, ending his extraordinary campaign with a phenomenal run of victories in his opponents’ backyard against Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist began his assault on the heavyweight division by retiring Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago last October and continues his bid to become a two-weight champion when he faces an in-form Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs).
 
Chisora scored a second round knockout over Poland’s Artur Szpilka at The O2 in July 2019, a year on from his incredible eighth round KO win against Carlos Takam at the same venue, before blitzing fellow Brit David Price in four rounds in October 2019.
 
The Finchley powerhouse, who is guided by former two-weight champion David Haye, has lofty ambitions of his own and is planning on giving Usyk nightmares in his first real test in boxing’s glamour division as he looks to pull off what would be one of the best wins by a Brit in recent years.
 
“I have really missed boxing,” said Usyk. “I am working hard in my training camp to show a spectacular performance on October 31. I expect a real test in Derek – he is strong, tough and resilient. He is a really big guy and he hits hard. As a cruiserweight, I reached the highest heights as undisputed champion and now I am following the same path as a heavyweight. I need to test myself against world class heavyweights on my new road to undisputed and Derek stands in front of me. Many people say that Derek is a monster, but deep down he is a kind man. I don’t expect to see that good side of him. I know that he wants to break me, but I am water, wind and fire all together. Derek Chisora, I am coming for you!”
 
The response? “Helllllo, Usyk, I’m ready for you, helllllo Usyk!,” said Chisora. “Usyk, I’ve been ready for you all year. It’s my home turf and after such a tough year for everyone, I’m going to give the British public the Halloween party they deserve and finally get revenge for my boy Tony Bellew!”
 
“Yesterday’s news from the Government was a kick in the nuts, so to bounce back with this fight at this time is so important for boxing,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “You’ve either got to sit back and say ‘it’s not possible’ or find a way to make it happen, and I’ve got to say a big thanks to Team Usyk, ‘Del Boy’ and David Haye for staying patient and helping get this over the line.
 
“It’s an absolute firecracker and a fight that’s so important to the Heavyweight division over the next few months. We saw a stunning victory from Povetkin recently to shake up the mandatory situation, can WAR Chisora spring the upset and KO the undefeated Undisputed World Champ? I know he will do everything he can to try and get the victory and this will be another night of heavyweight drama!”
 
“Oleksandr Usyk versus Derek Chisora is one of the most anticipated fights in the Heavyweight division,” said Alexander Krassyuk, General Director of K2 Promotions. “The fight was originally scheduled to take place in May, but I can assure boxing fans around the world that it will be worth the wait.
 
“Usyk is under huge pressure. He has to prove himself as a true heavyweight, while Chisora has nothing to lose and is always dangerous. It will be a violent and bloody battle. I cannot wait to see them finally collide in the ring on October 31st.”
 
“I see this fight with Usyk as the perfect opportunity for Derek to gate crash the world top 5,” said Haye. “He’s a massive underdog, with very few experts picking him to cause the upset. But I know something they don’t, I know Derek has the size, the chin and more importantly the heart to walk through hell to get this win.
 
“Derek cancelled his last family Christmas holiday in preparation for this very fight, and as a result has spent the best part of a year improving his boxing IQ, and building a relentless engine, he is ready to step in the ring with Usyk and wage war. The world will be shocked at what Halloween havoc Chisora brings to the party.”
 
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at Sky Sports, said: “We’re very excited to announce the rescheduled date for Oleksandr Usyk versus Derek Chisora, an intriguing Heavyweight showdown with plenty at stake!
 
“Ukrainian star Usyk has already showcased his sublime skills on these shores in that dramatic battle with Tony Bellew, while Derek Chisora has rejuvenated his career since teaming up with his former foe David Haye.
 
“A potential fight with Unified Champion Anthony Joshua is already within Usyk’s grasp, but Chisora has big ambitions of his own, and with Haye by his side, could we see the battle-hardened Brit pull off a stunning upset? Usyk against Chisora has all the ingredients for a Heavyweight classic!”
 
Tickets purchased for the postponed event at The O2 in London on Saturday May 23rd will be refunded. Please contact your point of purchase if you have any queries.
 

Golden Boy books Munguia-Johnson for Oct. 30th

Golden Boy books Munguia-Johnson for Oct. 30th
Former 154-pound title holder Jaime Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) will return to the ring against Tureano Johnson (21-2-1, 15 KOs) in a twelve-round battle on Friday, October 30th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The fight will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.  Additional information for this card will be announced shortly. The event will be closed to the public and media. “Jaime Munguia has all the qualities to become Mexico’s biggest boxing superstar,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “He’s tough, charismatic and has the physique to win world titles at both middleweight and super middleweight after a successful reign at 154 pounds. However, Tureano Johnson is coming off an impressive knockout win against Jason Quigley in which he handed him his first loss, something he definitely wants to do against Munguia as well. This is a veritable crossroads fight, and the winner will cement his case for a world title opportunity and be a threat to any of the champions.” 
 
Munguia is a 23 year-old contender from Tijuana, Mexico who catapulted to the highest levels of the 154-pound division by knocking out Sadam “World Kid” Ali in May to capture the WBO world title. Munguia then defended against Liam “Beefy” Smith, Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook, Takeshi Inoue, Dennis Hogan [a fight many feel Munguia deserved to lose] and Patrick Allotey. After five defenses at junior middleweight, Munguia moved up to 160 pounds, defeating Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. Now, he’ll face the battle-tested Johnson. 
 
“It’s a great honor to be returning during these tough times,” said Jaime Munguia. “I hope to deliver excitement and entertainment to the fans as the world begins to slowly make its return to normalcy. At the same time, I have been training and improving my skills with my team at the Ceremonial Center in Otomi [Mexico], and I will show everyone that Jaime Munguia is ready for the best in the division.”
 
“I am very happy and excited,” said Fernando Beltran, CEO of Zanfer Promotions. “With so many issues that are taking place on a global level, it is an honor to have the most charismatic boxer in Mexico in Jaime Munguia returning to the ring.” 
 
Johnson is a 36 year-old contender who hopes to fight for a world title despite some setbacks in his career. Johnson’s only losses were against Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens and Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko. After a very tough battle against Fernando “El Huracan” Castaneda in February, the native of Nassau, Bahamas bounced back by handing Jason Quigley his first loss. Johnson is eager to show everyone that he is world championship caliber.
 
“I am excited about the opportunity to fight Jaime Munguia,” said Johnson. “The setbacks I have had in my career have only made me stronger. Munguia is a tough undefeated fighter, but I will hand him his first defeat as I pursue my quest to be the middleweight champion of the world.”
 
 
 

Filip Hrgović gets new foe: Alexandre Kartozia

Filip Hrgović gets new foe: Alexandre Kartozia
Heavyweight Filip Hrgović (pictured, 36-4 including the World Series of Boxing) will have a new opponent on Saturday night, Greece’s Alexandre Kartozia (8-1-1, 7 KOs) at the Struer Energi Park in Denmark. Kartozia replaces Ondrej Pala following a short-notice withdrawal. Hrgovic's promoter, Sauerland Event confirmed that the heavy handed Kartozia has accepted the fight and will arrive in Denmark shortly. Kartozia will be fighting for the second time this year having secured a third round knockout victory over Mexico’s Manuel Duran at the Big Punch Arena in Tijuana on January 25th.
 
“People think he is scary because he has a good amateur career and his nickname is The Animal,” said Kartozia. “Well, I fear no man. He has never felt power like I have and I hope he overlooks me, because this Saturday night I will create history and change the future.”
 
“Obviously a short notice change of opponent is never ideal for the fighter,” said Promoter Nisse Sauerland. “It is difficult enough to find opponents for Filip at the best of times, but especially during the current situation. Kartozia says he is going to fight fire with fire and that he is a true gladiator, so we are sure both men will put on a great show and the fans at the Struer Energi Park Arena will not be disappointed.” 
 
Hrgović vs Kartozia is as a co-feature to Struer's local hero, Dina Thorslund (14-0, 6 KOs), who defends her WBO 122-pound championship against Serbian challenger Nina Radovanovic (14-3, 3 KOs).
 
The return of live boxing will also see Team Sauerland’s latest signing Oliver Zaren (2-0, 2 KOs) make his promotional debut against Volodymyr Romanenko (9-9, 8 KOs). Danish boxers Oliver Mollenberg (5-0-1, 3 KOs), Payman Akbari (1-0, 1 KO) and Jacob Bank (pro debut) also feature on the undercard.
 
 

Flores-Kielczewski added to Oct. 3rd ESPN+ show

Flores-Kielczewski added to Oct. 3rd ESPN+ show
Gabriel Flores Jr. returns to the MGM Grand Las Vegas “Bubble” on Saturday, Oct. 3rd against Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski in the ten-round lightweight chief supporting bout for the junior welterweight main event between Ivan Baranchyk and Jose Zepeda.Flores, from Stockton, Calif., headlined on ESPN June 18th against Josec Ruiz and prevailed via shutout unanimous decision. Baranchyk-Zepeda, Flores-Kielczweski and undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
 
Flores (18-0, 6 KOs), the 20 year-old who signed a pro contract with Top Rank at 16, recently moved his training base from Stockton to Las Vegas and signed with manager James Prince. He shined on the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury II undercard in February, dropping Matt Conway in the opening round en route to a unanimous decision win. Flores, known as “Stockton’s King,” authored a dominating victory over Ruiz despite entering the fight with a lower back injury.
 
"I want to show everyone that I'm ready for bigger and better competition," Flores said. "I'm prepared for a world title shot."
 
Kielczweski (30-4, 11 KOs), from Quincy, Mass., is the most experienced foe of Flores’ career, a 12-year pro who has won four of his last five and has never been knocked out. He last fought in March 2019 and won an eight-round decision over Nick Otieno in Melrose, Mass. He is no stranger to ESPN audiences, having fought multiple times on the beloved “Friday Night Fights” series.
 
“I’m excited to get back in the ring on Oct 3 against a very talented prospect. A win here will put me back where I need to be for bigger fights,” Kielczweski said. “I’d like to thank Murphys Boxing and Top Rank for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills on such a high-level platform."
 
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Heavyweight Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello (7-0, 7 KOs), a 2016 Italian Olympian, will look to extend his KO streak against Kingsley Ibeh (5-1, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. Vianello knocked out Don Haynesworth in the opening round on June 9th, while Ibeh won two bouts in since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Ibeh upset the previously undefeated Patrick Mailata via majority decision on July 2nd.
 
In a rescheduled six-round junior lightweight bout originally set for Sept. 19th, Puerto Rican junior lightweight Frevian Gonzalez (3-0, 1 KO) will fight Carlos Marrero (2-3-1).
 
2019 Junior Olympic gold medalist Haven Brady Jr., an 18 year-old boxer-puncher from Albany Ga., will make his professional debut in a four-round featherweight bout. Brady recently signed a long-term promotional pact with Top Rank.
 
Featherweight Duke Ragan (1-0, 1 KO), who won his professional debut last month inside the “Bubble” with a first-round stoppage, returns in a four-rounder against an opponent to be named.
 
Heavyweight Mitchell Sipe, a professional mixed martial artist, will make his pro boxing debut in a four-round fight against an opponent to be named.
 
 

Meng Fanlong is a promotional free agent

Meng Fanlong is a promotional free agent

Former Olympian and #1 ranked IBF light heavyweight contender Meng Fanlong (16-0, 10 KOs) is now a promotional free agent after reaching a separation agreement with Roc Nation. Last summer, Meng earned the IBF’s #1 ranking with a 2019 victory over then-undefeated Adam Deines. As a result, Meng was set to fight unified champion Artur Beterbiev on March 28th, 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic KO’d the bout. In late 2018, Meng traveled to Monte Carlo and stopped British contender Frank Buglioni in five rounds, sending Buglioni into retirement. His most recent fight was a second-round stoppage of Gilberto Rubio that was not televised anywhere.

“I’m very happy to be a free agent,” said Meng. “I have the best team around me, my advisors Terry and Tommy Lane, my trainer Shaun George, my attorney Scott Shaffer and my Chinese representative Kurt Li. They are building a solid plan for my career and I am really looking forward to the future. I am still the mandatory challenger in the IBF. Let’s get it on!”

Despite his undefeated record and stellar amateur background highlighted by representing his native China at the 2012 Olympic games, Meng remains relatively unknown in the United States. His current team intends for that to change soon. “We can’t wait for people to see him fight;” said Meng’s advisor, Tommy Lane. “He is one of the best fighters in boxing today and is yet to fight on a major platform, and that’s a shame. We hope to change that very soon. We are currently feilding different opportunities for Fanlong.”


 

ESPN+ picks up next week's Golden Contract show

ESPN+ picks up next week's Golden Contract show
Two Golden Contract champions will be crowned Wednesday, Sept. 30th at Production Park Studios in Yorkshire, England. The ten-round junior welterweight and featherweight championship matches will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. At junior welterweight, it will be Ohara Davies (21-2, 16 KOs) vs. Tyrone McKenna (21-1-1, 16 KOs), while the featherweight final will pit Ryan Walsh (26-2-2, 12 KOs) vs. James “Jazza” Dickens (29-3, 11 KOs). Here’s what's in store when the championship combatants fight behind closed doors"
 
Junior welterweight: Ohara Davies (21-2, 16 KOs) vs. Tyrone McKenna (21-1-1, 16 KOs)
Davies entered the tournament coming off a controversial decision over former IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, but in the tournament, Davies has appeared revitalized. He knocked out Logan Yoon in seven rounds in his quarterfinal match and stopped Jeff Ofori in six rounds to advance to the championship. McKenna, from Belfast, [got a decision he did not deserve against] French contender Mohamed Mimoune in the semifinals.
 
In undercard action on ESPN+:
 
In a Golden Contract light heavyweight semi-final match scheduled for ten rounds, all-action British favorite Liam Conroy (18-5-1, 9 KOs) will face 2016 German Olympian Serge Michel (10-1, 7 KOs). Conroy and Michel shared a bill last December, and each man won their respective quarterfinal bout by unanimous decision...
 
Former amateur star Ben Fail will make his professional debut in a middleweight six-rounder against Robbie Chapman (6-4)...
 
In a six-round cruiserweight tilt, former light heavyweight Steven Ward (12-1, 4 KOs) moves up in weight to fight Jone Volau (5-5, 2 KOs).
 

ShoBox features all Puerto Rican match-up of Bocachica vs. Flaz

ShoBox features all Puerto Rican match-up of Bocachica vs. Flaz
The October 7th return of ShoBox: The New Generation will feature four bouts taking place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. One of them is an eight-round welterweight bout between two Puerto Ricans Janelson Bocachica (15-0) vs. Nicklaus Flaz. As a traditional pro, Flaz is 9-1 but including the Wolrd Series of Boxing pro bouts he competed in in 2015, his record drops to 10-5. Here is a closer look at this fight:
 
A native of Puerto Rico and fighting out of Detroit, Mich., Bocachica is just 21 years old and already has four years of pro experience. He began boxing at age eight, won four consecutive Ringside Championships (2011-14), the National PAL Championships and the 2015 Detroit Golden Gloves. He boasts an amateur record of 55-5. He is trained by his father, Nelson Figueroa. Bocachica is managed by McWater of Split T-Management and promoted by King’s Promotions.
 
“I am fighting another Puerto Rican fighter which will surely produce fireworks and an exciting, all-action fight,” Bocachica said. “He is a power puncher and a brawler. He seems to be very confident, and I like fighting guys like that. If he wants a brawl, he will get a brawl, but if he wants to box, I will outbox him. I am versatile like that.”
 
Puerto Rico’s Flaz is part of WBA / IBF 154-pound champion Jesion Rosario’s camp under the guidance of Sampson Lewkowicz. Flaz has knocked out his last two opponents and competed in two ten-round bouts during his pro career, which has included six wins against fighters who had winning records. “It’s a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills,” Flaz said. “I know he’s an undefeated guy and a good opponent but I’m going to put some punching power on him. You can expect me to come in and be explosive. It’s going to be a great fight.”
 

Texas' Dimas De Leon to fight in October

Texas' Dimas De Leon to fight in October

Texas super bantamweight Dimas De Leon has not been sitting on his hands as he waits for his next fight. DeLeon is scheduled to fight October 30th in Houston, Texas against David Alfaro (1-4). To get ready, the 21 year-old De Leon, who is managed by No Limit Mindset LLC, has been working with undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson.  

"It is truly a blessing to be working with top talent fighters like Shakur Stevenson," said De Leon. "Being only 21 years old with 10 pro fights, and being able to hold my own against someone like Shakur has given me a lot of confidence. I have confidence that my manager is moving me the right way and will get me the right opportunities to make me a world champion."

De Leon had three wins in 2019, which included a sixth-round stoppage of Manuel Gloria on December 5th in Mexico.

No Limit Mindset's Shane Shapiro has been taling up his client. "People are starting to take notice on Dimas, and in the same breath, there have been several of the big promoters reaching out to me.  Right now we are weighing our options, and going to get the right fit for Dimas.  He is a terrific young prospect, who at age 21, has a world of potential.  The work he is getting with Shakur is so valuable.  He is also working with Joshua Greer, so we will see even more improvement when he gets back in the ring," said Shapiro.

 

 

 

 

Rosario: "Fans are going to get a war on Sept. 26th"

Rosario: "Fans are going to get a war on Sept. 26th"

WBA and IBF 154-pound champion Jeison Rosario (pictured) stated his intention to go toe-to-toe with his WBC counterpart, Jermell Charlo, when they clash this Saturday, September 26th live on a Showtime pay-per-view (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) presented by Premier Boxing Champions. “Fight fans are going to get a war on September 26th,” said Rosario. “Charlo and I are two of the biggest punchers in the division. We both fight with a lot of pride. We’re two very aggressive fighters who want to fight in the middle of the ring, so we’re going to bring the action and make this an epic war.”

The 25 year-old Rosario has had a smooth training camp for the biggest fight of his career, despite the pandemic, while training in Miami, Fla. with his coach Luis “Chiro” Perez. “Even on a normal basis, we stay in a training camp house by ourselves, so this was just more of the same,” said Rosario. “There’s no family and no outsiders. It’s nothing but training. We know we’re facing a strong, explosive opponent, so we’ve done everything during this 16-week camp to prepare for him. We brought in great sparring partners with similar style to Charlo’s, so I’m as ready for him as I possibly can be.”

Rosario returns to the ring after a career-altering victory over Julian Williams in January, in which he stopped Williams to capture his WBA and IBF titles. Despite the sensational victory, Rosario knows that Charlo will present different challenges than he faced going up against Williams. “I think Williams was probably more skilled technically, and he was harder to hit because he changes up his angles a lot,” said Rosario. “Charlo is stronger, a bigger puncher, and I think he’s a more athletic fighter than Williams. We’re preparing for the best Charlo and we know that means we have to be at our very best too.”

Prior to the Williams fight, Rosario began working Perez for the first time, and he credits that work, the first “real training camp” of his career, to his career-best performance against Williams. “Training with Coach Perez has led to a lot of improvements and allowed me to reach my full potential,” said Rosario. “My camps for the Williams fight and the Charlo fight are the first real training camps of my career. After I fought Jorge Cota, I knew that I needed to make changes and be more dedicated. There are no distractions or excuses for me now. A better diet, better conditioning and more focused training has all played a part in the changes. For this fight, I’m going to be even stronger than I was against Williams. My body wasn’t really used to the training camp going into that fight. My body is responding even better after my second 16-week training camp.”

Hailing from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a hotbed of baseball talent that has produced household names such as David Ortiz, Albert Pujols and Manny Ramirez, Rosario has quickly made himself the fighting pride of the island. His experience growing up living on the street as a child has motivated him to reach this point, even if he didn’t always see himself reaching this peak in the sport. “I fight with a lot of pride and emotion,” said Rosario. “I just try to be myself, but I also want to represent the Dominican Republic the best way I can. I fight for my kids and my country and I leave it all in the ring. One of my biggest motivations for me was my economic status as a child. Living in the street as a kid, we were very poor. I didn’t want my kids to go through that, so that fed my hunger to provide for my family and take care of them the best I can. I always knew that I could be good, but I never imagined being in this position. God’s timing is perfect. Everything came when it was supposed to. I’ve been very lucky and got the opportunities at the right time. I started training with Coach Perez at the right time. I got the Williams fight at the right time and took full advantage of the opportunity. Now, we’re here with a chance to unify the division, and I believe September 26th will be my time.”

 

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Results from Mexico

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Results from Mexico
Alejandro Santiago W10 Willibaldo Garcia... In Tijuana, bantamweight contender Alejandro “Peque” Santiago survived an all-out spirited challenge from countryman Willibaldo Garcia to prevail via ten-round majority decision. Santiago quickly found himself in danger of suffering an upset against the free-swinging and apparently tireless Garcia. Staying poised, Santiago (22-2-5, 11 KOs) picked his shots and was able to do the more effective work in a majority of the action-packed rounds. Despite his now 10-4-1, 5 KOs record, Garcia made a strong account of himself. Throwing non-stop wild haymakers from awkward angles for all ten rounds, he made the world-rated Santiago earn his pay. By the final round, Santiago was cut above one eye and marked up around the other. To his credit, Santiago made adjustments throughout and put together strong combinations several times per round. The scores were 97-94 and 96-94 Santiago. The third judge saw it a draw, 95-95. Santiago is best known for a world-title draw in a 2018 challenge against IBF 115-pound champion Jerwin Ancajas. 
 
Victor Sandoval TKO10 Kevin Villanueva ... In the co-feature, Tijuana's Victor “Chucky” Sandoval (34-3 with 22 KOs) scored a waning-seconds, tenth-round TKO of a determined Kevin Villanueva (16-3-3  with 12 KOs). Moving in and out skillfully, Sandoval was able to unload bombs against Villanueva.  But Sinaloa’s Villanueva walked through the incoming punches to land bombs of his own in an attempt to pressure and wear down his more technically gifted opponent. With Sandoval seemingly cruising to a comfortable, but not easy, decision victory, he finally broke through, trapping Villanueva in the corner and unloading the finishing volley with ten seconds left in the fight.
 
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Super featherweight Cristian "Lacandonsito" Cruz (13-5, 6 KOs) of Tijuana continued his now 11-fight winning streak, beating countryman Diego Aleman (12-2-1, 8 KOs) by unanimous eight-round decision. Cruz, the son of former IBO and IBF featherweight champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz, utilized his hand and foot speed to move in and out of danger while throwing hard combinations. He dropped Aleman twice while cruising to an 80-70, 78-72 and 79-71 verdict. The 23 year-old Cruz got off to a rough start in his career but looks to have done the homework needed to become a tough out at super feather... 
 
In the opening bout of the night, Los Mochis, Sinaloa’s Bryan Luna moved to 6-0 with 3 KOs., winning a unanimous shutout decision over Baja California's Felipe Ayon (now 1-1-1, 1 KO). The scores were 40-36 from all three judges.

Boxing photographer Bob Barton passes away

Boxing photographer Bob Barton passes away
Missouri boxing photographer Bob Barton has passed away. The sad news was reported on social media by former light heavyweight contender Ryan Coyne. A self-professed hippie in his younger days, Barton provided a glimpse of his own humanity in a recent interview published by Knucklejunkies.com, in which he said, "There are photographers out there now who will put a photo out on social media or a website of some local guy who just got the sh*t knocked out of him. He’s laying face down on the canvas. You don’t do that. You don’t do that to local guys that you know. That is a big pet peeve of mine."
 
Barton's concern about the dignity of the athletes who make up the sport was reciprocated by the boxers themselves. Coyne said, "The boxing world lost another great one today. Bob Barton was truly one of a kind. Like so many in my life, I met him ringside and over the years I grew to be great friends with him. Always a smile on his face, a kind word and the best damn photographs you'd ever see. If at the end of my days I can say I'm half the man he was, I'll have lived a good life. He's in a better place now, and surely sitting ringside in good company."
 
Boxingtalk sends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of boxing photographer Bob Barton.
 

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Saunders switches trainers again

Saunders switches trainers again
WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has joined back up with trainer Mark Tibbs. The two-weight champion had been coached by Tibbs' father, Jimmy, for the first half of his career.  Saunders, a 31 year-old southpaw, was trained by Mark’s father, Jimmy, from the moment he turned professional in 2009, and Tibbs Sr. was there when he won the WBO middleweight title in 2015 against Andy Lee. Saunders then fought Artur Akavov in 2016 to successfully defend his title, but did so without Tibbs Sr. Saunders then went through a series of trainers: Ben Davison, Danny Vaughan, Adam Booth and Dominic Ingle all had spells with the 2008 Olympic bronze medal winner, but he has now returned to the Tibbs family.
 
Saunders had just one fight in 2019 and none in 2020, defeating only [the lightly regarded] Marcelo Coceres last September. A proposed fight against Canelo Alvarez has since fallen apart due to the coronavirus pandemic. He has now joined back up with the Tibbs family, with the younger trainer now going from his father’s assistant to step up as trainer for Saunders.
 
 Press Release courtesy of DAZN, written by Alexander Netherton

Olympic qualifying tournaments suspended due to coronavirus

Olympic qualifying tournaments suspended due to coronavirus

According to the WBA, the European boxing qualifier for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics was suspended last week by the International Olympic Committee after two days of competition. The American qualifier, which was supposed to be rescheduled in May, has also been suspended, the IOC explained in a statement. The various measures taken around the world to reduce the spread of the coronavirus forced a halt to the competition. The IOC stated that the European tournament participants, from over 60 countries, should return home and carry out a quarantine. The plan is to evaluate the situation daily, aiming to complete the distribution of the remaining Tokyo spots in May and June.