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JANUARY 19, 2019 


DEMETRIUS ANDRADE DOMINATES AKAVOV, WHOM MERCANTE CHEATS OUT OF GOING DISTANCE!
By Justin Hackman

Demetrius Andrade TKO12 Artur Akavov: In a WBO middleweight title fight, Artur Akavov was simply in over his head tonight as fellow southpaw Demetrius Andrade controlled the action from the opening bell.  The size differential was apparent as Andrade, the far bigger man, used his reach to his advantage, establishing pace and distance with his pinpoint jab and array of power shots upstairs and down that Akavov simply could not compete with.  Andrade never gave Akavov the same look twice, working angles and hooking off the jab.  Akavov was breathing from his mouth by mid-way through the second round, face reddening.  The reportedly heavy hands of Akavov had little effect on Andrade, as he landed a strong uppercut on the inside square on Andrade’s chin at the end of Round 3.  Andrade took the shot and seemed to be no worse for wear, as in Round 4, Andrade once again capitalized on his long reach, athleticism, and speed as though the punch never landed.  The rhythmic dominance continued in Rounds 5 through 7, with Akamov visibly bothered to the body, protecting his right side from Andrade’s unyielding body onslaught.  Round 8 had a “white flag” type of feel--while Akavov gamely took Andrade’s shots, he seemed emotionally drained and defeated going into the final third of the fight.  But seemingly out of nowhere like a Phoenix rising, Akavov exploded with a three-punch combination, landing flush on Andrade.  Moving backward for the first time in the fight, Andrade took another combination shortly thereafter by the pursuing Akamov.  By the round’s conclusion, Andrade had a thing or two to ponder going into the final three rounds.  It was bad timing though shortly thereafter for Akamov, as the beginning of Round 10 saw him cut and bloodied, the result of a headbutt as ruled by referee Arthur Mercante Jr.  The crimson torrent painted half of Akamov’s face.  Andrade seized the opportunity and returned to supremacy winning the 10th easily.  In Round 11, we witnessed a relatively moderate pace by the rangier champion, perhaps foreseeing a final round KO.  Indeed the stoppage came at the time of at 2:36 of the last round (which will no doubt be questioned by many).  A furious Akavov deserved to see the final bell as he was not wobbled and did not appear to be any immediate danger.  A fighter's well-being should always be the focus by the referee, as he is the first line of defense against serious injury.  Mercante's desire to protect Akavov is commendable, but he might have out-thought himself tonight getting a bit trigger-happy.  The stoppage however should not be the focus as Andrade was relentless and impressive throughout the fight, and Akavov showed tremendous grit and heart.  He can return to Russia with his head high despite falling to 19-3 (8 KO).  Andrade improves to 27-0 (16 KO).  The future remains bright for Demetrius Andrade. Source: DAZN

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JANUARY 19, 2019 


OSCAR RIVAS RALLIES TO SCORE TWELFTH ROUND KNOCKOUT OVER JENNINGS
By G. Leon

Oscar Rivas TKO12 Bryant Jennings: World class heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (24-3 14KO) used his overall experience and superior craft to thoroughly outbox undefeated slugger Oscar Rivas...for eleven rounds. Jennings was sticking and moving throughout the opening round, but fought a closer range starting in round two. Rivas didn't let his hands go enough and when he did his punches were wide and sloppy. Over the first half of the fight, it was difficult to find a round where Rivas (26-0 18KO) landed more than a handful of punches. Jennings was consistent with his jab and when Rivas did find some success in the later rounds landing a few body shots, he decided not to follow up with anything. And then it happened, Rivas landed a one-two that sent Jennings into the ropes where he landed several punches and a forearm to send Jennings to the canvas. Jennings beat the count, but didn't throw another punch as another barrage of unanswered blows ended the fight moments later. Going into the last round Boxingtalk had Jennings ahead 108-100 giving him nine of the first eleven rounds. Official time of stoppage was 0:54. Source: ESPN+ 

 
JANUARY 19, 2019 


SHOCKER: CANO STOPS LINARES IN OPENING ROUND
By Justin Hackman

Pablo Cesar Cano TKO1 Jorge Linares: Moving up in weight, it was clear that Jorge Linares could not handle the power of junior welterweight Cano as he went down from the very first straight right hand that landed.  Linares beat the count and appeared to have his wits about him.  He did his best to move away from Cano, but could not evade the power punches.  Stalking, Cano landed another heavy right hand over the lazy jab of Linares putting him down for the second time.  Beating the count once again, Linares appeared to be in serious trouble at this point, displaying nearly no punch resistance.  Amidst a combination, it was a left hook from Cano that put Linares down for the third time.  He beat the count again, and although the fight continued, the end was imminent at this point.  Linares was unsteady and wobbling backward when the referee then wisely called a halt to the shocking upset.  Journeyman Pablo Cesar Cano improves to 32-7 (22 KOs) while Linares drops to 45-5 (28 KOs).  It’s been a nice career for Linares, but after being knocked out for the fifth time, this one being the biggest red flag of them all, it might be time to hang up the gloves. Source: DAZN


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JANUARY 19, 2019 


TJ DOHENY WINS ENTERTAINING ONE SIDED SCRAP
By Justin Hackman

TJ Doheny TKO11 Ryohei Takahashi: TJ Doheny and Ryohei Takahashi battled in one of the more entertaining one-sided bouts in recent memory. The southpaw Doheny showed slick movement, sharp leads and counters which were the difference in this IBF title defense. Takahashi showed determination, was consistently throwing, and while landing some decent shots, he could not at any point discourage Doheny who proved he was in a higher class this evening.  Both men fought through an early headbutt resulting in cuts on each guy.  Takahashi was consistently beaten to the punch all night, going down from a crisp combination in round 3.  At 2:18 in round 11 the referee had seen enough consistent punishment to call a halt to the sustained beating.  Although Takahashi was battling at the time of the stoppage and did not appear to be in immediate trouble, the stoppage was commendable, with no argument from the Japanese corner.  Takahashi falls to 16-4-1 (6KO) while Doheny improves his record to a solid 21-0 (15KO). Source: DAZN

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JANUARY 19, 2019 


STEVENSON BLOWS ROSALES AWAY IN FOUR
By G. Leon

Adames, Sosa, Conceicao score victories on undercard

Shakur Stevenson TKO4 Jessie Cris Rosales: Over the first two rounds Shakur Stevenson's superior speed had Rosales (22-2-1 10KO) missing his telegraphed punches by two feet. In round three Stevenson (10-0 6KO) decided to stand and bang with Rosales, first behind a peek-a-boo defense, before switching to a Mayweatherish posture. In round four a straight left hand sent Rosales crashing into the canvas. He beat the count but was in bad shape and the fight was waved off. Official time of stoppage was 1:29  After the fight Stevenson reiterated what he stated to Boxingtalk days ago. He wants a shot at IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington and he's willing to fight him n England. Stevenson's promoter Bob Arum chimed in, "I spoke to Frank Warren when I was over in England and if he (Shakur) wants the fight I think I can make the deal." Source: ESPN+

Other Undercard Results:
Carlos Adames KO3 Juan Ruiz
Robson Conceicao UD8 Hector Suarez (80-72 x3)
Jason Sosa UD10 Moises Delgado (96-92, 97-91x2)
Vikas Krishan TKO2 Steven Andrade
Faizliddin Gaibnazarov RTD4 Ricardo Garcia



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JANUARY 19, 2019 


ALGIERI UNIMPRESSIVE IN SNOOZER
By Justin Hackman

Chris Algieri UD10 Daniel Gonzalez:  In a fight with both combatants familiar with each other, having sparred many rounds in the past, both Chris Algieri and Daniel Gonzalez, now 23-3 (8KO) and 17-2 (7KO) respectively, were quite active, yet with neither guy seizing momentum at any point.  Each of the ten rounds resembled the previous with Algieri showing his slick movement, pot-shotting to the body and head, much of it blocked by the gloves of his opponent.  With Algieri cut under the eye due to an accidental headbutt in the seventh round, Gonzalez made a concerted effort to walk down Algieri, opening up looking for the knockout but to no avail.  In the end, it was Algieri winning a 10-round unanimous decision by scores of 98-92,-97-93, 96-94.  Source: DAZN

 
JANUARY 19, 2019 


DAZN UNDERCARD RESULTS
By G. Leon

Serrano wins WBO super fly title, now a seven division champion

Amanda Serrano KO1 Eva Voraberger: Amanda Serrano (36-1-1 27KO) blew right through Eva Voraberger to capture the vacant WBO super flyweight title, and is now a seven division champion. Serrano's trainer Jordan Maldonado could be heard saying easy work during the final pre-fight instructions and that's just what it was. Serrano landed a left hook to the body very early in the bout that sent Voraberger down for the ten count. Official time of stoppage was 0:35. Source: DAZN

Reshat Mati TKO1 Benjamin Borteye: The Albanian Bear Reshat Mati improved to 3-0 (2KO) with a one sided destruction of the extremely overmatched Benjamin Borteye in the opening round. Borteye provided very little resistance and Mati was able to tee off at will. A right hand left hook sent Borteye to the canvas, he beat the count but the fight was appropriately waved off moments later. Source: DAZN



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JANUARY 19, 2019 


PACQUIAO-BRONER WEIGH IN RESULTS AND FLASH QUOTES

WBA REGULAR WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 Rounds
Manny Pacquiao – 146 lbs.
Adrien Broner – 146 ½ lbs.
Referee: Russell Mora (Las Vegas)
Judges: Tim Cheatham (Las Vegas), Dave Moretti (Las Vegas), Glenn Feldman (Connecticut)

WBA INTERIM LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE – 12 Rounds
Badou Jack – 175 lbs.
Marcus Browne – 175 lbs.
Referee Tony Weeks (Las Vegas)
Judges: Eric Cheek (Reno), Max DeLuca (Calif.), Don Trella (Connecticut)

VACANT WBC BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 Rounds
Rau’shee Warren – 116 ½ lbs.
Nordine Oubaali – 118 lbs.
Referee: Vic Drakulich (Reno); Judges: Ricardo Ocasio (Las Vegas), Julie Lederman (New York), Steven Weisfeld (New Jersey)

FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT – 10 Rounds
Hugo Ruiz – 125 lbs.
Alberto Guevara – 126 lbs.
Referee: Jay Nady (Las Vegas)
Judges: Adalaide Byrd (Las Vegas), Robert Hoyle (Las Vegas), Glenn Trowbridge (Las Vegas)


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JANUARY 18, 2019 


RICHARDSON HITCHINS DEFEATS TRE'SEAN WIGGINS BY DECISION
By G. Leon

Brooklynite returns to action on March 2nd Lara-Castano card

Congrats on your victory over Tre'Sean Wiggins (10-4-1). Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I thought it was a good performance, not a great performance. I made a few mistakes out there that I could definitely work on. That's not even something that necessarily comes with experience, it's something that comes in the gym. Tre'Sean was definitely a step up in class from my other opponents. He was crafty and he can punch, so he's capable of landing the kind of shot that could turn things around. I feel like I won every round and broke him down. 
 


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JANUARY 18, 2019 


BOXINGTALK PREDICTIONS: PACQUIAO-BRONER
By Team BoxingTalk

Doveed Linder: Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision. Will this be the fight where Pacquiao finally slips?  Can Adrien Broner pull it together in the biggest fight of his career and give a Zab Judah-Cory Spinks II type of performance?  These are the questions going into this fight.  The way I see it, Pacquiao is an overachiever, while Broner is an underachiever.  Broner seems to struggle with fighters who are very determined.  Given Pacquiao's last two fights (a controversial decision loss to Jeff Horn and a stoppage victory over a shot Lucas Matthysse), it's hard to say how much he has left.  But I give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he is capable of doing enough work to win a decision. 

Ivan Montiel: Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision. Broner doesn't let his hands go therefore Pacquiao should be able to win. Pacquiao also has the edge in experience versus future hall of famers such as Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez to name a few.  Also Pacquiao is looking to get another fight with Mayweather, so he seems determined, more than ever before.  Pacquiao also seems to have the faster hands compared to Broner...


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JANUARY 18, 2019 


HOOKER-LES PIERRE TITLE FIGHT SET FOR MARCH 9TH
By G. Leon

On March 9th, WBO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker (25-0-3 with 17 KOs) will defend his title against Mikkel LesPierre (20-0-1 with 9 KOs), a Trinidad-born New York resident. The bout will either take place at a Connecticut Casino or at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. (First reported by Michael Woods)

 
JANUARY 18, 2019 


LERENA TO FACE A TOUGH MANN IN TITLE DEFENSE

Press Release: Germany's Artur Mann (15-0, 8 KOs) challenges South Africa's Kevin Lerena (21-1, 9 KOs) for the IBO cruiserweight title on March 16th in Johannesburg. Mann landed this fight following a unanimous points win over Alexey Zubov. [Mann is a step up from the originally announced challenger, Patrick Ferguson of the USA, who was reportedly rejected by the IBO].



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JANUARY 18, 2019 


BOXINGTALK PREDICTIONS: JACK-BROWNE
By Team BoxingTalk

G. Leon: Badou Jack by unanimous decision. Look for Marcus Browne to get off to a fast start and possibly drop Jack somewhere in the first four rounds, but Badou Jack will adjust and use his superior experience outwork Browne over the twelve round distance in an entertaining fight. This is a quantum leap up in quality of opposition for Browne whose opponents have regressed since his fight with Radivoje Kalajdzic. 

Scott Shaffer: Jack by TKO7. I thought Jack deserved to win against both Adonis Stevenson and James DeGale. Tell me again who Browne has beaten? While Caleb Plant showed us on Sunday that you can win a big fight even though you've had no prior big wins, Badou Jack is a helluva lot more of a complete fighter than Jose Uzcategui. 

Doveed Linder: Browne by TKO7. I like Browne's youth and enthusiasm over Jack's experience...


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JANUARY 18, 2019 


RESULTS FROM LAS VEGAS

Cameron Krael TKO1 Michael Odhiambo... Hometown welterweight Cameron “Suave” Krael got a quick victory in a welterweight bout against Kenya’s Michael “Hurricane” Odhiambo at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Krael (15-13-3, 4 KOs) scored three knockdowns of Odhiambo (15-11, 12KOs) in the first two minutes of the bout. Odhiambo just could not keep up with Krael's speed, power and piercing blows. After the third knockdown, the referee brought the bout to a halt, and Krael earned the TKO victory.

Layla McCarter W10 Yamila Reynoso ... In the co-feature, welterweight “Amazing” Layla McCarter (43-13-5, 11 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory over Argentina’s Yamila Reynoso (11-6-3, 8 KOs). source for all results: mayweather promotions


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JANUARY 18, 2019 


WEIGH-IN REPORT FROM VERONA, NEW YORK

Here are the boxers' weights for Friday's ESPN+ show from the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York:

Bryant Jennings 225.25 pounds -vs.- Oscar Rivas 234 (12 rounds);

Shakur Stevenson 125.5 -vs.- Jessie Cris Rosales 124.5 (10 rounds). source: top rank


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JANUARY 18, 2019 


CANELO ALVAREZ-DANNY JACOBS LOCKED IN FOR MAY 4TH

DAZN subscribers will not have to pay extra for this blockbuster

Press Release: Boxing’s true world middleweight champion will take a step closer to collecting all the belts as Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) puts his WBC and WBA titles up on May 4th against Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), who has the IBF title. The champion-vs.-champion event will be streamed exclusively live on DAZN. Additional details for the event, including venue and ticket information, will be announced shortly.

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JANUARY 18, 2019 


ASTON PALICTE TO FACE JOSE MARTINEZ IN WBO ELIMINATOR

Press Release: "Mighty" Aston Palicte (24-2-1, 20 KOs) is fighting to establish his Filipino boxing legacy on January 31st when he takes on Puerto Rico's Jose "Chiquiro" Martinez (20-0-2, 13 KOs) in a WBO junior bantamweight title eliminator at Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, California. The card will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

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JANUARY 18, 2019 


LIAM SMITH BOOKS HOMETOWN FIGHT VS. SAM EGGINGTON

Press Release: Ex-WBO 154-pound title holder Liam Smith (26-2-1) will make his Liverpool, England homecoming on March 30th when he takes on Sam Eggington (23-5) at the M&S Bank Arena, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. Also on the bill, newly-crowned European 140-pound champion Joe Hughes clashes with Liverpool’s British Champion Robbie Davies Jr in a tasty domestic showdown.

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JANUARY 18, 2019 


CRAWFORD-KHAN NYC PRESSER QUOTABLES

Press Release: Fresh off their kickoff press conference in London, WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (pictured) and Amir “King” Khan flew across the pond for a special press conference at ESPN’s studios in lower Manhattan. Crawford and Khan will battle on Saturday, April 20th, live on the inaugural Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view. Details on how fans will be able to access the pay-per-view event will be announced at a later date.  On stop two of the Crawford-Khan cross-continental media tour, this is what the fighters and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum had to say.


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JANUARY 17, 2019 


THURMAN PICKING BRONER TO UPSET PACQUIAO!
By G. Leon

Undefeated WBA welterweight champion Keith "One Time" Thurman is riding with Adrien Broner (pictured) to pull the upset over Manny Pacquiao this weekend. "I like Broner to win. Broner starts slow and he doesn't throw a lot of punches and he kind of gets into a rhythm where it's almost like he's sparring and not really fighting to win. I'm concerned about that as I pick him to beat Pacquiao, but Pacquiao lost to Jeff Horn bro-bro. I mean c'mon bro-bro." Stay tuned to Boxingtalk for all the latest and greatest. Tremendous one-on-one interview with Thurman to follow on Monday.

 
JANUARY 17, 2019 


CUBAN NIGHT AT BARCLAY'S ON MARCH 2ND

Lara to face Castano in main, King Kong to see action in chief support

Press Release: Former WBA 154-pound champion Erislandy Lara (pictured) seeks challenges undefeated Brian Castaño for Castano's WBA regular title on Saturday, March 2nd at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center, live on Showtime. Besides Lara, the Premiere Boxing Champions event features another Cuban star, heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz, who clashes with Christian Hammer in a ten-round contest. In the opening bout of the broadcast, Ricardo Núñez takes on rugged veteran Edner Cherry in a twelve-round super featherweight bout.

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JANUARY 17, 2019 


SHAKUR STEVENSON SHOT CALLER: "MY LEFT HAND TO THE BODY IS GOING TO BE MONEY!"
By G. Leon

Blue Chipper wants Josh Warrington title fight later this year

The work is done and the time is near. What can we expect to see from you against Jessie Cris Rosales (22-1-1) on Friday in Verona, New York? Everything is going good, I'm just feeling good, so y'all can expect what you've seen from me in the last few fights. You sounded a little reluctant before giving that answer, why is that? To be honest with you, I was just thinking about what I wanted to say (laughs).



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JANUARY 17, 2019 


HERNANDEZ-WARD, ERGASHEV-FOX MAKES FOR STELLAR FEB 15TH SHOBOX CARD
By G. Leon

On February 15th, Shobox comes to the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas. Jesse Angel Hernandez (12-1 with 7 KOs) will square off with British super bantamweight Thomas Ward (25-0 with 4 KOs). The main event matches two undefeated junior welterweights: Shohjahon Ergashev (15-0 with 14 KOs) and Mykal Fox (19-0 with 5 KOs) in an equally, if not more intriguing match-up. Full interviews with all four combatants to follow next week, so stay tuned to Boxingtalk for all the latest and greatest.

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JANUARY 17, 2019 


Q&A: KEITH THURMAN

Press Release: WBA welterweight super champion Keith "One Time" Thurman discussed his rapidly approaching ring return, set for January 26th against Josesito Lopez on a Premier Boxing Champions show, to be broadcast by Fox and Fox Deportes from Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. Here is what Thurman had to say about his return, Josesito Lopez and more from his training camp in St. Petersburg, Florida:


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JANUARY 17, 2019 


TERENCE CRAWFORD: EXPECT FIREWORKS ON APRIL 20TH
By G. Leon

We were fortunate enough to be able to get a hold of undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford yesterday afternoon to discuss his April 20th showdown with Amir Khan on ESPN PPV. Crawford pulls no punches in this must read interview that can only be found on Boxingtalk. You don't want to miss what the best boxer in America, and maybe the world, had to say. 



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JANUARY 17, 2019 


THE CODA OF MANNY PACQUIAO
By Justin Hackman

On Saturday night, we won’t be witnessing only the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner fight but also the continuation of what is likely the final chapter of Pacquiao’s illustrious career.  Let’s be honest, this is his story that we’re tuning into, and the narrative hook is simple: is this the fight in which the fiery 40 year-old Filipino finally falters?  Does his narrative end here?



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JANUARY 17, 2019 


DEMETRIUS ANDRADE: "I'M GOING TO PUT ON A SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE!"
By G. Leon

Boo-Boo says if GGG wants to rumble with the killers at middleweight he must come to DAZN

How has everything gone in preparation? What can we expect to see from you tomorrow night? It's gone well. We're in good shape in the nick of time that we've had. You can expect my best foot forward and I'm going to do whatever I need to do to make sure that I put on a beautiful performance.

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JANUARY 17, 2019 


MARCUS BROWNE ON BADOU JACK: "HIS TIME HAS PASSED, IT'S MY TIME NOW!"
By G. Leon

What should we expect to see from you on Saturday night against Badou Jack in the biggest fight of your life? Some Pizzazz. Boxing power, everything man. It's going to be fireworks and I'm going to be ready to go. In your opinion is facing this level of opposition something that is long overdue? I leave all that up to God, I let him do his work and I'm in this position for this weekend and I'm just focused on what's in front of me right now. I also want to thank [my advisor] Al (Haymon) for putting me in this position.

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JANUARY 17, 2019 
 WARREN-OUBAALI FINAL PRESSER QUOTES

Two very accomplished amateur rivals, Ohio's Rau'shee Warren and Nordine Oubaali of France, will be facing each other for the vacant WBC bantamweight title on Saturday in Las Vegas as part of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner pay-per-view show. The title became vacant when Luis Nery failed to make weight back in March.  Here is what they had to say at today's final press conference:


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JANUARY 17, 2019 


PACQUIAO-BRONER FINAL PRESSER QUOTABLES

Press Release: Boxing's only eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and four-division champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner (pictured) went face-to-face Wednesday in Las Vegas at the final press conference before they battle for Pacquiao's WBA regular (secondary) welterweight title this Saturday on a pay-per-view show at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday in Las Vegas:

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JANUARY 17, 2019 


ALGIERI-GONZALEZ FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Press Release: Former WBO junior welterweight title holder Chris Algieri (22-3 with 8 KOs) and Danny Gonzalez (17-1-1 with 7 KOs) will put it all on the line on Friday night in New York City's Madison Square Garden, to be streamed live on DAZN. Here is what the boxers had to say, including quotes from their mutual promoter, Star Boxing's Joe DeGuardia:

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JANUARY 17, 2019 


DANISH UPDATE: CEYLAN FACES WIN-OR-RETIRE FIGHT

New opponent for heavyweight Kem Ljungquist

Press Release: Dennis Ceylan (19-2-2, 8 KOs) says he will retire if he loses his rematch with Jesus Sanchez (9-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday, January 19th at the Struer Energi Park. In other news concerning the same show, heavyweight Kem Ljungquist (6-0, 4 KOs) wil have a different opponent on the undercard-- he will now meet Boldizsar Balazs Czagler (2-0, 2 KOs) following the withdrawal of his scheduled opponent, Dominik Musil, who was ruled out after breaking his nose in sparring. 


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JANUARY 16, 2019 


WBC TRIES TO GIVE FURY 40% OF INCOME FOR A WILDER REMATCH

The WBC announced as follows today: "Consistent with the WBC board of governors voting regarding the direct rematch between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, the WBC is hereby notifying both camps that the free negotiation period is opened and if there is no agreement between the parties a purse bid will be conducted by the WBC on Tuesday February 5th. The WBC has modified the 70-30 split and has confirmed a 60-40 split in favor of the champion Wilder considering the market value of Fury." Editor's note: despite this announcement of 60/40 split, the contract for the first Wilder-Fury fight (which ended in a draw) may have contained a rematch clause that could dictate the  terms of a rematch over whatever the WBC tries to do. -Scott Shaffer



 
JANUARY 16, 2019 


RIGONDEAUX: BRING ON SANTA CRUZ, BRING ON RUSSELL!
By G. Leon

"I will be world champion before the end of this year"

Early night of work with Giovanni Delgado (KO1). Can you give us some thoughts on your performance, which didn't last long? It obviously wasn't a tough level opponent, it was a fight for me to get back in there and get the rust off. I got rid of him a little sooner than expected, but I hit him with a really good body shot before I caught him with the left hand up top, but it was a really good body shot, but this is a fight I was expecting to win early so I'm not going to toot my own horn, I'm just going to take the win and get back in the gym.

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


RAY BELTRAN TO TEST THE WATERS AT 140 ON FEB. 10TH

Press Release: Ray Beltran’s road back to title contention begins Sunday, Feb. 10th. The former WBO lightweight champion will face the unbeaten Hiroki Okada in a ten-round junior welterweight bout in support of Jose Ramirez's WBC junior welterweight title defense against Jose Zepeda at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


RICHARDSON HITCHINS PLANS TO MAKE STATEMENT IN FIRST EIGHT ROUNDER TOMORROW NIGHT
By G. Leon

How has everything gone in preparation for this week's fight in Las Vegas against Tre'Sean Wiggins (10-3-1)? What can we expect to see from you tomorrow night? Camp has been going good. Everything has been good so tomorrow night I plan on putting on a show and making a statement. I know Wiggins is a sharp fighter and a big puncher, I know this is a step up because he's been around for a little bit and he definitely comes to fight, so I have to be at my best... and I will.

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


DEVIN HANEY READY TO MAKE "A WORLD CHAMPION LOOK ORDINARY!"
By G. Leon

Young Gun wants title fight next

Congrats on your victory over Xolisani Ndogeni. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Thank you very much. I feel like it was a good performance. I fought the fight that a lot of people haven't seen from me before with me coming forward and breaking my opponent down to the body. People are used to seeing me being a slick boxer, but I showed that I'm versatile.

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


ANTHONY DIRRELL-AVNI YILDIRIM SET FOR FEBRUARY 23RD FS1 CARD

Press Release: Former super middleweight title holder Anthony Dirrell gets an opportunity to rejoin the championship ranks when he battles Avni Yildirim for the vacant WBC super middleweight title in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and Fox Deportes Saturday, February 23rd from The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with welterweight Jamal James fighting a ten rounder in his hometown for a third straight time against Janer González.

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


ADAM KOWNACKI MEDIA QUOTABLES

Press Release: Rising heavyweight Adam Kownacki held a fan meet-and-greet Tuesday in Brooklyn as he nears his showdown against Gerald Washington on Saturday, January 26th on a Premier Boxing Champions show to be aired by Fox and Fox Deportes action from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


TWITTER CHATTER: POSSIBILITY OF ANTHONY JOSHUA VS. TYSON FURY?

Tyson Fury's promoter Frank Warren said, in a video tweeted out by respected British reporter Gareth Davies: "[Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie] Hearn sent an offer to Tyson over the weekend. It was certainly not 60/40 and it was quite a derisory offer for Tyson. We're not even responding to it, it was so derisory... [they would have to offer us] 50/50, simple as that."

 
JANUARY 16, 2019 


NICOLA ADAMS TO CHALLENGE FOR WORLD TITLE IN SIXTH PRO FIGHT

Press Release: Undefeated British heavyweight Daniel Dubois will have his tenth professional fight and double Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams will challenge for her first world title on Friday March 8th at London's historic Royal Albert Hall in London. BT Sport will televise live. Dubois will face Romanian giant Razvan Cojanu (16-5) [who has lost three in a row but against top competition]. Adams (5-0) will challenge WBO flyweight champion Arely Mucino (27-3) of Mexico. Also on the card, Liam Williams (19-2-1) will also make the first defense of his newly won British middleweight title against former English champion Joe Mullender (11-2).


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JANUARY 16, 2019 


OSCAR RIVAS: "ON JAN. 18TH, I WILL MAKE BRYANT JENNINGS GET SERIOUS ABOUT ME!"
By Ivan Montiel

As you prepare yourself for Bryant Jennings on January 18th in Verona, New York, what are your thoughts on him and what he previously told Boxingtalk? He pretty much said he does not know much about you... do you think he could be underestimating you? "For me that is a good thing.  To not know anything about me is to underestimate me.  I have ten years as a professional fighter always hoping to get bigger opportunities like this fight with Jennings.  I would like to demonstrate to Jennings what I am made of once we step into that ring."  


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JANUARY 16, 2019 
 INTRODUCING OHIO'S OTHA JONES III

Press Release: Split-T Management announced the signing of two-time National amateur champion Otha Jones III to a managerial contract. The 18 year-old Toledo, Ohio native was among the top talents in the United States, as he compiled a 283-13 amateur record, highlighted by representing Team USA in several international tournaments including winning gold at the International Youth Continental Americas Tournament. [He competes at about 141 pounds.]



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JANUARY 16, 2019 


BIVOL-SMITH LOOKING LIKE MARCH 9TH
By G. Leon

Boxingtalk has been informed that undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitriy Bivol's bout with Joe Smith, which was announced today but without a firm date or venue, will take place on March 9th. The venues under consideration are Madison Square Garden in New York City, The Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York or Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. DAZN will stream.

 
JANUARY 16, 2019 


PACQUIAO-BRONER GRAND ARRIVAL QUOTABLES

Press Release: Two of boxing's biggest stars kicked off fight week in style on Tuesday as eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and four-division champion Adrien Broner both arrived at MGM Grand in Las Vegas for this Saturday’s pay-per-view show. Pacquiao returns to defend his WBA regular welterweight title in his first fight on U.S. soil in more than two years. Joining Pacquiao and Broner at Tuesday’s arrivals were former super middleweight title holder Badou Jack, who will face unbeaten Marcus Browne, and former WBA bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren who will meet Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC bantamweight championship. In the opening bout, unbeaten Jhack Tepora will face a former world title holder, Hugo Ruiz. 
Here’s what the main event fighters had to say on Tuesday:

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


THURMAN-LOPEZ UNDERCARD DETAILS REVEALED

Press Release: On Saturday, January 26th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. junior lightweight Chris Colbert will fight in his hometown as he battles once-beaten Josh Hernández in an eight-round match on Premier Boxing Champions Prelims live on FS1 and Fox Deportes. Also on the show, 2016 U.S. Olympian Antuanne Russell (7-0) will take on Roberto Almazán (7-8) in a six/eight round light welterweight bout, and junior middleweight Chordale Booker (13-0, 7 KOs) will fight at Barclays Center for the fourth time when he meets Colombia's Juan De Ángel (21-9, 19 KOs) in an eight-round match.

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


SPENCE COACH DERRICK JAMES: I DON'T SEE MIKEY DEALING WITH ERROL'S POWER FOR TWELVE ROUNDS!
By G. Leon

You didn't get the result you were looking for in Jermell Charlo's fight with Tony Harrison. Can you give us some thoughts on his performance and ultimately the decision? It's not so much about his performance, it's about the decision. It just goes to show that no matter what you think you did you don't always get what you deserve. Flat out. I liked his performance and I don't think he did horrible. We're always searching for the perfect performance and his performance wasn't bad or horrible. Sometimes you just don't get what you desire, want or deserve, but you've got to keep pushing on and building off that. It's whatever man, because we feel that we won the fight and nothing else matters besides that.

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


BIVOL INKS WITH MATCHROOM, SMITH JR. BOUT ON DECK

Date, venue to be announced later this week

Press Release: Dmitry Bivol (pictured) and World of Boxing have signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and the Russian will defend his WBA light heavyweight title against Joe Smith Jr. some time in March. Bivol makes the fifth defense of his belt against Smith after a comprehensive points win over former world champion Jean Pascal in November. Bivol’s win over Pascal followed a points triumph over Isaac Chilemba, a final-round stoppage of Sullivan Barrera and a highlight real first round KO of Trent Broadhurst.

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JANUARY 16, 2019 


AMANDA SERRANO WANTS TO BE A ROLE MODEL FOR GIRLS

Press Release: Amanda Serrano wants to inspire the next generation of girls to take up boxing as she prepares to challenge for world title honors in a seventh weight class when she faces Eva Voraberger for the vacant WBO super flyweight title at Madison Square Garden on Friday January 18th, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

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JANUARY 15, 2019 


CRAWFORD-KHAN LANDS ON PAY-PER-VIEW FOR APRIL 20TH

No venue named yet

Press Release: ESPN and Top Rank today announced their first pay-per-view event under their joint venture. Pound-for-pound contender (if not king) Terence “Bud” Crawford (pictured) puts his WBO welterweight title on the line against former world 140-pound champion Amir “King” Khan of England. The fight will take place  on Saturday, April 20th, live on pay-per-view. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing and Khan Promotions, ticket and venue information will be revealed shortly. 



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JANUARY 15, 2019 


TERRELL GAUSHA TARGETING APRIL RETURN, POSSIBLY VERSUS AUSTIN TROUT
By G. Leon

What's the latest and greatest? When can we expect you back in the ring? I've been talking to my team and I'm trying to get back in there in April. If things go the way I'm expecting that's when I'll be back in the ring. I was very happy that I was able to get a win at the end of last month and end the year with a bang.

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JANUARY 15, 2019 


GOLDEN BOY PLANNING ALVAREZ-GOLOVKIN III?

According to the WBC, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, has asked company president  Eric Gomez to start immediate negotiations to organize a third clash between world middleweight champion  Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. Canelo, whom De La Hoya promotes, wants to return to the ring on May 4th, weekend of Cinco de Mayo, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the place where they fought  on two previous occasions (officially a draw and an Alvarez win but many feel Golovkin deserved to win one or both). De la Hoya said in an interview with ESPN Radio in Houston: “I have had preliminary talks with Golovkin's people. We want the third fight on the weekend of Cinco de Mayo, which is the biggest weekend of boxing in Las Vegas.” source: wbc



 
JANUARY 15, 2019 


IS THE TEN-POINT MUST SYSTEM FLAWED?
By Justin Hackman

A modest proposal for scoring reform

Let’s face it: it’s not easy to find a clear-cut winner in every single round of a fight.  In the close rounds, it takes a high level of recognition and understanding of pugilistic flow to be able to confidently declare one fighter the victor over the other in a three-minute micro fight.  And if a round is awarded without a decisive advantage, which is so often the case in tight rounds, then should we really be awarding the “winner” of the close round ten points while simultaneously giving the “loser” of the round only nine points?  By this logic, it is therefore conceivable that a closely contested twelve-round fight could end in a 120-108 shutout. Such a score would not accurately reflect the competitive nature of the bout.  There’s something wrong with this system.



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JANUARY 15, 2019 


ADRIEN BRONER WORKOUT QUOTABLES

Press Release: With fight week underway in Las Vegas, former four-division champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner hosted a media workout Monday before he battles Manny Pacquiao for the WBA regular welterweight title on Saturday, January 19th.  Showtime will broadcast the fight on a pay-per-view basis from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets can be purchased online through AXS.com. Here is what Broner and trainer Kevin Cunningham had to say Monday at Barry's Boxing:

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JANUARY 15, 2019 
 LEE SELBY MOVING UP TWO DIVISIONS; WILL FIGHT OMAR DOUGLAS

Press Release: Former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (26-2) will return to the ring on Saturday February 23rd at London's O2 on the James DeGale-Chris Eubank Jr. show. Selby kicks off 2019 with new and fresh ambitions as he makes a daring move up two weight classes to campaign in the talent-packed lightweight division. The Welsh star will face Delaware's Omar Douglas (19-2).



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JANUARY 15, 2019 
 SHEARNS BOXING PROMOTIONS OPENS ITS DOORS IN MASSACHUSETTS

Press Release: Former professional boxer “Irish” Chuck Shearns has announced the founding of New England’s newest promotional company, Shearns Boxing Promotions. Shearns will promoted his inaugural show at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, the same venue  where he last fought nearly two years ago to the exact date, on Friday, March 15th. Details about this event will soon be announced.


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JANUARY 15, 2019 


INTRODUCING BRITISH SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT CHARLES FRANKHAM

Press Release: Charles Frankham has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing. Nicknamed "Boom Boom," he enjoyed a glittering amateur career, winning 71 of his 77 bouts, collecting a World Youth Championship Bronze medal, a Commonwealth Games Gold medal and a European Championship along the way, as well as eleven National titles. The 19-year-old from Crowthorne trains under Tony Sims in Brentwood, Essex and is excited to begin life as a professional super featherweight at The O2 in London on February 2nd.



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JANUARY 15, 2019 


ANDRADE: THE ACTIVITY WILL MAKE ME EVEN BETTER

Press Release: Demetrius Andrade believes being active will bring the best out of him as he prepares to defend his WBO middleweight title against Russia's Artur Akavov at Madison Square Garden, New York this Friday night, live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK. Andrade (26-0 with 16 KOs) last fought in October, winning the vacant belt in Boston by flooring Walter Kautondokwa four times en route to a points win. The Rhode Island ace is back in action against Akavov (19-2 with 8 KOs) about three months days after that win – the quickest turn around in fights for Andrade since the spring of 2012.

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JANUARY 15, 2019 


LAUREANO TO FACE RIVAS IN HOME STATE

Press Release: On January 26th at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, Anthony Laureano (9-0, 3 KOs) of East Hartford will face Ronald Rivas (5-8-2, 3 KOs). The bout will be Laureano's fourth fight at Mohegan Sun. Laureano earned the nickname "Action" for his come-forward fighting style. This style was clearly evident in his last fight against Marquis Hawthorne in a bout in which Laureano earned a unanimous decision after some toe-to-toe action.


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