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FEBRUARY 18, 2018 
 AFTERMATH OF THE ALEXANDER VS. ORTIZ DRAW

Press Release: After fighting to an unsatisfying draw on Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas, both Victor Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KOs) and Devon Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KOs) believed they had done enough over the 12 rounds to earn the decision. "I absolutely thought I won the fight," said Alexander. "The last few rounds I probably gave him, but I thought I out landed him in the twelfth. I thought I did enough to win. I gave him three rounds." Ortiz felt the same way. "I thought the decision was a little off and I thought I did enough to win. The first few rounds were a little complicated. He's a great boxer and he was timing me just right. I wasn't leaving the line of fire." The judges scored the bout 115-113 for Ortiz and 114-114 twice, resulting in the majority draw. After the bout, both former champions expressed interest in a possible rematch.


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FEBRUARY 18, 2018 


GARCIA STOPS RIOS IN ENTERTAINING FIGHT
By Scott Shaffer

Danny Garcia TKO9 Brandon Rios ... In an entertaining and surprisingly competitive fight, former two-division champ Danny Garcia stopped Brandon Rios in the ninth round of a welterweight bout held in Las Vegas. Rios, a former lightweight titlist, was slow and almost chubby, but he came to fight and landed some good punches. Garcia, however, was winning most of the rounds, and when Rios threw a lazy jab in the ninth, a Garcia counter crumpled him awkwardly. Rios (34-4-1) beat the count, but when he wobbled forward, the referee stopped the bout. After the bout, former IBF title holder Shawn Porter got in the ring and aggressively challenged Garcia (34-1) to fight him next. With WBA champ Keith Thurman and IBF champion Errol Spence both seeking lay-ups in their next fight, Garcia vs. Porter makes sense for Al Haymn's PBC. source: showtime

 
FEBRUARY 18, 2018 


BENAVIDEZ DEALS OUT BRUTAL BEATING TO GAVRIL

David Benavidez W12 Ronald Gavril...  David Benavidez punished an incredibly courageous but limited Ronald Gavril for twelve rounds in Las Vegas to retain his WBC super middleweight championship.  In September, Benavidez defeated Gavril by split decision to claim the title that had been vacated by Badou Jack.  This time, however, the 21 year-old Benavidez left no doubt, punishing Gavril with endless combinations that left Gavril's white trunks stained blood red.  Benavidez threw over 900 punches and landed a frightening 315 of them, compared to 176 landed for Gavril. Official scores were both accurate and lopsided: 120-108 (twice) and 119-109 for Benavidez who is now 20-0 in the 168-pound weight class which has heated up into one of boxing's best. Now 18-3, Gavril needs a long rest to recover from the beating he suffered tonight. source: showtime

 
FEBRUARY 18, 2018 


ALEXANDER AND ORTIZ FIGHT TO A DRAW

Devon Alexander D12 Victor Ortiz... A battle of former champions in El Paso, Texas ended in an unsatisfying manner as Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz battled to a majority draw. Most thought Alexander won, and he also had an edge in punches landed, but Ortiz did finish strongly. Ortiz, who held the WBC welterweight title in 2011, basically fights once a year.  Alexander took two years off from 2015-2017 but was the favorite coming in. Official scores were 115-113 for Ortiz and 114-114 (twice). Alexander is now 27-4-1 while Ortiz, who finished with a large welt under one eye, is now 32-6-3. source: pbc

 
FEBRUARY 18, 2018 


YORDENIS UGAS STOPS RAY ROBINSON

Yordenis Ugas TKO7 Ray Robinson... In PBC action in Las Vegas, Yordenis Ugas of Cuba stopped Ray Robinson of Philadelphia in round number seven. Ugas knocked Robinson down and then let his hands go non-stop until the referee ended the welterweight contest. Ugas won his sixth straight to improve to 21-3. Robinson loses for the first time since 2010. He's now 24-3 with his first stoppage loss. source showtime

 
FEBRUARY 18, 2018 


SWEET HANDS TENDERIZES PORKY OVER 12 ROUNDS

Karlos Balderas W4 Jorge Rojas... 2016 Olympian Karlos Balderas is 5-0 as a pro after shutting out Jorge Rojas a/k/a Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl in a lightweight bout. Balderas was judged the winner by 40-36 on all three cards. Rojas, who had a big mouse under his left eye as a result of Balderas' handiwork, falls to 4-3-1. 

Caleb Plant W12 Rogelio Medina... In El Paso, Texas, Tennessee super middleweight Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant dominated stepping stone Rogelio "Porky" Medina of Mexico over twelve rounds to claim the IBF's #2 ranking. Plant defeated the durable Medina by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 117-111. He also dominated the Punchstat numbers, 172-65, but Medina fought very competitively in the final two rounds. source: PBC

 
FEBRUARY 18, 2018 


THE SAINT GOES MARCHING IN... GROVES HOLDS OFF EUBANK
By Scott Shaffer

HBO passes on another excellent fight

Chris Eubank, Jr. W12 George Groves...  In an all-English super middleweight battle held in Manchester, a bloody Chris Eubank, Jr. put on a furious rally in the twelfth round against George Groves but it was not enough to overcome the lead Groves built up. Already the WBA super champion, Groves collected Eubank's IBO title by scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113. In terms of punches landed, Groves had the edge by 117-92.  Both men left the ring damaged, as Groves left arm was immediately put in a sling, while Eubank fought about nine rounds with a bad cut over his left eye. Groves said he hurt his shoulder in the final round, when Eubank nearly put him down. This fight was a semi-final in the World Boxing Super Series, so Groves (28-3) has qualified for the final in May. Whether Groves' shoulder will allow him to face the winner of next week's Jurgen Braehmer vs. Callum Smith semi-final remains to be seen. At 26-2, Eubank remains a contender at 168 pounds. source: world boxing super series

 
FEBRUARY 18, 2018 
 SPANISH & BRITISH CHAMPS TO FIGHT FOR EU WELTERWEIGHT TITLE

After the withdrawal of France's Ahmed El Mousaoui, the vacant European welterweight championship will be disputed between the champion of Spain Kerman Lejarraga (24-0) and British champion Bradley Skeete (27-1). The title was last held by Mohamed Mimoune of France, who dropped down to 140 pounds and captured the IBO title against Emiliano Dominguez Rodriguez. --Scott Shaffer

 
FEBRUARY 17, 2018 


THE BOXINGTALK SCOREBOARD: LANGFORD RETAINS BRITISH CROWN

Tommy Langford W12 Jack Arnfield... In Manchester, England, champion Tommy Langford retained his British middleweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Jack Arnfield. Langford is 20-1 with his lone loss coming against Avtandil Khurtsidze. Arnfield is 25-3 and saw a six-fight wining streak snapped.   source: team sauerland

 
FEBRUARY 17, 2018 


A DREAM COME TRUE FOR REY BELTRAN
By Scott Shaffer

Rey Beltran W12 Paulus Moses ... Rey Beltran defeated Paulus Moses in a fight that could not possibly have been more important to Beltran.  It will likely be the defining moment of his life. By defeating Moses by unanimous decision in Reno, Nevada on Friday, the 36 year-old Beltran completed the journey from sparring partner to world champion, as he picked up the vacant WBO lightweight title. This was Beltran's fourth-- and likely last- world title shot had he failed.  The Mexican-born Beltran also increased his chances of obtaining a green card that will allow him and his family to reside in the United States permanently, a dream of his.  As if that wasn't enough, Beltran also could find himself making a big-money title defense against pound-for-pound superstar Vasyl Lomachenko should Lomachenko decide to move up from 130 pounds to 135. Both Beltran and Lomachenko share the same promoter, Top Rank, so if Lomachenko wants the fight, it will be easy to make.As for the fight itself, it was an exciting one that saw both men bleeding over their left eyes, with Beltran's blood flowing freely in round eleven. Beltran ignored the blood and landed some strong combinations in the last round to remove any doubt.  The official scores were 117-111 (twice) and 116-112, giving Beltran the title thatr was vacated by England's Terry Flanagan last year. Beltran (35-7-1) was credited with outlanding Moses 197 punches to 159 overall. Moses will head back to Namibia at 40-4.  Since he's 39 and not a major draw, this could be his last chance at regaining a world title (he held the WBA lightweight title in 2009-2010), but his excellent performance in defeat was something of which he should be proud. source: espn

 
FEBRUARY 17, 2018 


KAVALIAUSKAS GRADUATES TO WELTERWEIGHT CONTENDER
By Scott Shaffer

Egidijus Kavaliauskas TKO David Avanesyan  In Reno, Nevada, Lithuanian welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas graduated from prospect to contender by stopping David Avanesyan of Russia. The end came suddenly in round six, when Kavaliauskas threw a hard, very accurate right that snuck in through Avanesyan's guard. When Kavaliauskas saw Avanesyan wobble, the Lithuanian pounced with a furious barrage. Referee Tony Weeks stopped it just before Avanesyan was about to go down. This was a quality win because Avanesyan (23-3-1) holds a win over an admittedly faded Shane Molsey and also is a former WBA interim title holder from 2015-2017 until he lost to Lamont Peterson. Kavaliauskas is now 19-0 and ready to contend for world honors, but in a crowded welterweight division, his path to a title is not yet clear. source: espn

 
FEBRUARY 17, 2018 


SHAKUR STEVENSON RAISES RESUME TO 5-0

Shakur Stevenson W8 Juan Tapia  Also on Top Rank's Reno, Nevada show, 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson of Newark New Jersey improved to 5-0 with a unanimous decision win over Juan Tapia of Brownsvile, Texas.  Just 20 years old, Stevenson was in his first eight rounder. Tapia falls to 8-2. source: top rank

 
FEBRUARY 17, 2018 
 FIGHTNIGHT LIVE TO AIR RHODE ISLAND SHOW

Press Release: Next Friday (Feb. 23rd), Facebook FightNight Live serves up tripleheader action inside the squared circle. To open the weekend, the fan-friendly boxing and MMA streaming service partners once again with renowned promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. for a CES Boxing card live from Twin River Casino in Rhode Island on any device wherever Facebook is available. Fall River, Mass., junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (9-1, 1 KO) headlining for the first time in his career in an eight-round showdown against Connecticut’s Edwin Soto (11-2-2, 4 KOs). The six-round heavyweight co-feature matches Sicilian Juiseppe Cusumano (13-1, 11 KOs) and Pittsburgh, Pa., native Fred Latham (9-1-2, 5 KOs).


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FEBRUARY 17, 2018 


RUBEN VILLA IN ACTION TONIGHT

Press Release: Featherweight Ruben Villa (9-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. faced some fight week uncertainty after his initial opponent, Ruben Tamayo, fell out and was replaced by Juan Sandoval (7-20-1, 4 KOs) of San Bernardino, Calif. late Wednesday. However, Villa vs. Sandoval is now set for six rounds at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California tonight.

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FEBRUARY 16, 2018 


BOXINGTALK'S COVERAGE OF BELTRAN-MOSES
By G. Leon

In advance of tonight's Top Rank action on ESPN be sure to check out Boxingtalk's must read interviews with Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum, WBO world title challenger Ray Beltran and undefeated 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Shakur Stevenson.

 
FEBRUARY 16, 2018 


GARCIA-RIOS FINAL PRESSER QUOTABLES

Press Release: Two-division world champion Danny Garcia and former world champion Brandon Rios faced off Thursday at the final press conference for their WBC Welterweight World Title Eliminator this Saturday, February 17 live on SHOWTIME from Mandalay Bay Events Center, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

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FEBRUARY 16, 2018 


ALEXANDER-ORTIZ FINAL PRESSER QUOTABLES

Press Release: Former world champions Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander went face to face Thursday two days before they enter the ring for their Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes main event showdown this Saturday, February 17 from Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas.

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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 


KOVALEV: NOBODY BUT IGOR MIKHALKIN WANTED TO FIGHT ME!
By G. Leon

Mikhalkin says he brought in heavy hitters to prepare for Krusher

GL: You've been in there with nothing but the best over the course of your last several fights. Is it difficult for you to get motivated for this fight like you would with a Bernard Hopkins or Andre Ward? 

Sergey Kovalev: "For me every fight is like a twelve round fight and it's difficult. Right now we got Igor Mikhalkin and that's because nobody else wanted to fight me except him. The only person who was ready is Igor Mikhalkin. Somebody retired, somebody is the champion of another belt defending against a different challenger. I'm ready to fight against anybody who is ready to get in the ring against me."



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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 


DMITRIY BIVOL PRIMED AND READY FOR BIGGEST FIGHT OF CAREER!
By G. Leon

Undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitriy Bivol, 12-0 (10), spoke to the assembled media on a conference call this afternoon. Bivol will face world class contender Sullivan Barrera on March 3rd in the co-main event of an HBO World Championship Boxing twinbill. Boxingtalk got in some solid questions with the champ, you don't want to miss what he had to say.



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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 


SULLIVAN BARRERA: THE FUTURE IS AFTER THIS FIGHT
By G. Leon

World class light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera opened up today's conference call with a bang. Barrera, who was the mandatory challenger of both the WBO and WBA, stated that he elected to fight Bivol for the WBA title because he was being offered less money to fight Kovalev for the WBO title than he was previously offered to face The Krusher in a non-title fight. "They offered me less money and they (Main Events) wanted to extend the contract so we decided to fight Bivol," said Barrera. When Boxingtalk got on the call we asked both Kathy Duva and Sullivan some serious questions that needed answering. You don't want to miss what they had to say.

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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 
 NIELSEN SAYS FANS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO NEW AND IMPROVED PJATROV

Press Release: Mikkel Nielsen (3-0, 2 KOs) says fans can expect a new and improved ‘Pjatrřv’ when he fights on the undercard of Dina Thorslund’s WBC Female World Super Bantamweight Championship clash against Alicia Ashley on March 10 in Struer. Nielsen returns to the ring for the first time in twelve months following a TKO win over Flavio Turelli at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus. The former three-time national amateur champion is eager to showcase his developments in six-round super welterweight contest against Georgian Jamal Shalamberidze (7-2, 4 KOs).

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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 


FULL WILDER-ORTIZ CARD ANOUNCED

Press Release: The heavyweight world title showdown between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz will feature a stacked undercard of exciting attractions that includes top contenders, a former heavyweight champion, exciting prospects and more all entering the ring on Saturday, March 3 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 


ALEXANDER-ORTIZ QUOTABLES

Press Release: Former welterweight world champions Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander showed off their skills at a media workout in El Paso Wednesday, as they prepare for their Saturday, February 17 showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes action from Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas.

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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 


KINGS PROMOTIONS RESULTS FROM SANDS

This past Tuesday night, junior welterweight Mykal Fox took an eight-round unanimous decision over tough Ricardo Garcia in the main event of an eight-bout card at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.The card was promoted by King's Promotions. Fox of Forestville, Maryland remained undefeated by using his long reach, as he used his jab and nice left hands.  Garcia landed haymaker shots from time to time,  but over the second half of the fight, Fox made the proper adjustments and timed Garcia lunging in.  The damage inflicted by Fox was evident as Garcia's left eye began to swell midway through the fight.  In round seven, with his eye nearly shut, Garcia ate a right hook that put him on the canvas.


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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 


GUERRERO AND HUNTER TO CALL ORTIZ-ALEXANDER ACTION

Press Release: Today, FOX Sports announces former multiple-division world champion Robert Guerrero and longtime boxing trainer Virgil Hunter join the broadcast team as analysts for PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS: ORTIZ VS. ALEXANDER live on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, Feb. 17 (8:00 PM ET), from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 


PROGRAIS UNDAUNTED BY CHANGE OF OPPONENT

Press Release: Undefeated 140-pound contender Regis "Rougarou" Prograis remains focused on the prize despite the recent change in opponent for his March 9 showdown for the Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Championship. Prograis will now face former unified world champion Julius Indongo in the 12-round main event of a SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota.
 


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FEBRUARY 15, 2018 
 MARCOS HERNANDEZ IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND

Press Release: Middleweight prospect, Marcos "Madman" Hernandez (11-1, 3 KOs), returns to the ring this Saturday, February 17, 2018, against Jeison Rosario (14-1, 11 KOs). The 8-round bout will take place at the Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas.

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FEBRUARY 14, 2018 


POST FIGHT INTERVIEW: MYKAL FOX
By G. Leon

I'm ready for the Shobox stage now!

Congrats on your victory and improving to 16-0 (4). Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Thank you, I think it was a good performance. I applied pressure intelligently and put him down. I put him down one time that they actually acknowledged, but I really put him down three times and they ain't give me my credit for it.

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FEBRUARY 14, 2018 


REGIS PROGRAIS: INDONGO WON'T BE ABLE TO TAKE MY PUNCHES FOR TWELVE ROUND
By G. Leon

How do you feel about the change of opponent from Viktor Postol to Julius Indongo? It's cool. I was really planning for Postol, but Indongo is cool too. He's another former champion and he held two of the major belts. I would have preferred to fight Postol because he's never been stopped and I know I'm going to be hearing a lot of comparisons between Crawford's fights with these guys and mine. If I could have knocked out Postol it would been a bigger buzz behind my name.

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FEBRUARY 14, 2018 


GROVES-EUBANK WORKOUT QUOTABLES

PRESS RELEASE: George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) entertained hundreds of fans at the National Football Museum ahead of their Ali Trophy semi-final on Saturday at the Manchester Arena.



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FEBRUARY 14, 2018 


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: KEITH "ONE TIME" THURMAN PART II
By G. Leon

Who would you say is your favorite fighter of all time? Who are some of the fighters you admired growing up? My favorite of all time, my first favorite was Mike Tyson when I was a kid, but when I got more affiliated with the sport I really fell in love with Aaron Pryor, Hawk Time. He's my guy. They say Sugar Ray Leonard never wanted to make a fight with him. Some people say there's other reasons and maybe Sugar Ray knew he was on some shit, but at the end of the day they never fought and they say Ray wouldn't get in the ring with him, but he was just a deadly dude.


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FEBRUARY 14, 2018 


STEVENSON LOOKING TO SHINE IN FIRST EIGHT ROUNDER
By G. Leon

Blue Chipper back on February 17th vs. Juan Tapia

How's everything going in preparation for your upcoming bout on February 16th? Everything is going great, I put in a lot of good rounds of sparring, so I feel good and I'm ready to go. What do you know about Juan Tapia [8-1]? I don't know much, I've seen a couple of his fights on Youtube, but he's in for it.



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FEBRUARY 14, 2018 


GROVES-EUBANK UNIFICATION TO AIR ON SUPER CHANNEL

World champions "Sir" George Groves and Chris "Next Gen" Eubank Jr., both fighting out of the United Kingdom, will open World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) semifinals-round action in the super middleweight division, this Saturday at Manchester Arena in Manchester United Kingdom. The Groves vs. Eubank Jr card, starting at 2 p.m. ET, will air live in Canada, exclusively on Super Channel. The Groves-Eubank Jr. winner will advance to the WBSS championship final against the winner of the other WBSS super middleweight semifinals bout, Feb. 24 in Germany, between Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35 KOs) and Callum "Mundo" Smith (23-0, 17 KOs). The two semifinals victors will battle for the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy.

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