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MAY 24, 2018 


LINDER'S LOOK: EVANDER "THE REAL DEAL" HOLYFIELD
By Doveed Linder

Last week, Boxingtalk’s Doveed Linder had the privilege of interviewing former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield for a series of books called “Ringside: Interviews with 24 Fighters and Boxing Insiders.”  The Holyfield interview will be featured in the second edition of “Ringside.”  Below are some highlights of this inspiring interview given by Holyfield, who is now the face of his own promotional company, The Real Deal Boxing.  Throughout his career, Holyfield faced a long line of champions and well known contenders, including Dwight Muhammad Qawi, James Tillis, Pinklon Thomas, Michael Dokes, Alex Stewart, James Douglas, George Foreman, Bert Cooper, Larry Holmes, Michael Moorer, Ray Mercer, Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, Chris Byrd, James Toney, Larry Donald, Fres Oquendo, Lou Savarese, Sultan Ibragimov, Nikolay Valuev, Frans Botha, and Brian Nielsen, and he is the only man in history to have won the world heavyweight championship four times.

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MAY 24, 2018 


KOWNACK RECEIVES OFFER FROM EDDIE HEARN, BUT OPTS TO STAY LOYAL TO PBC!
By G. Leon

Boxingtalk has been informed that Polish heavyweight Adam "Baby Face" Kownacki (17-0 with 14 KOs) has been offered a three-fight, $1.5M deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom USA. Kownacki was unavailable for immediate comment when we phoned him earlier today. The last time we spoke to Kownacki he was targeting a summer return, possibly against former IBF titlist Charles Martin. There will be more to follow, until then Remember where you heard it first!

Update: Kownacki manager Keith Connolly reached out to Boxingtalk to confirm that Eddie Hearn made an offer, though he would not confirm nor deny any of the financial details of the offer. Connolly informs us that he is on the verge of closing a deal with the PBC for Kownacki to return to the ring in August.


 
MAY 24, 2018 


ANCAJAS-SULTAN WORKOUT QUOTABLES

Press Release: No matter the result, history will be made Saturday evening at the Save Mart Center, when Jerwin Ancajas defends the IBF junior bantamweight title against Jonas Sultan. It will be the first all-Filipino world title bout contested since 1925. In the co-feature, WBA 115-pound champion Kal Yafai of Birmingham, England, will make his U.S. debut against Mexico City's David Carmona.

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MAY 24, 2018 
 IVAN DYCHKO TO FACE MIKE MARRONE

Press Release: Fire Fist Boxing Promotions announced that two-time Olympic bronze medalist Ivan Dychko (5-0 plus additional World Series of Boxing professional bouts) will face Mike Marrone (21-8) in an eight-round heavyweight contest Saturday, June 16th at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL. Born in Kazakhstan and fighting out of Kissimmee, FL, Dychko was among the world’s top amateur boxers.  The 27-year-old captured a bronze medal at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. In 2012, he was just barely beaten by future pro champion Anthony Joshua. 


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MAY 24, 2018 


PBC PRESENTS THREE HOURS OF BOXING ON SATURDAY

Press Release: Premier Boxing Champions will deliver three hours of boxing on Saturday, May 26th on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes from the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Once-beaten Eddie Ramirez will take on former world titlist Argenis Mendez in a ten-round light welterweight showdown and Oscar Escandon meets unbeaten 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar in a ten-round featherweight bout in the chief support. Televised action will also feature Justin DeLoach (17-2, 9 KOs) taking on Jeison Rosario (14-1-1, 11 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight match plus Joshua Zuniga (9-0, 4 KOs) clashing with Justin Pauldo (10-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight attraction. 


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MAY 24, 2018 


BROADWAY BOXING CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY BY MOVING TO NEW VENUE

Press Release: Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series returns on Thursday, June 21st at the Melrose Ballroom in Astoria, NY.  Featured boxers on the show will be WBA female super middleweight champion Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon,  former WBC lightweight champion "Dynamite" Dejan Zlaticanin and Brooklyn welterweight Mikkel LesPierre . No opponents have been named yet. 


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MAY 23, 2018 


ESPN TO BECOME THE EXCLUSIVE BROADCASTER OF THE UFC

ESPN announced that it has reached a new five-year deal that will give it the exclusive broadcasting rights to the UFC, the world's largest mixed-martial arts league.  Starting on January 1, 2019, UFC's entire rights package  will move from Fox Sports to ESPN, according to ESPN and multiple reports. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 23, 2018 


GOLOVKIN-DEREVYANCHENKO: FINAL RULING FROM IBF COMING SOON
By G. Leon

If IBF defers back to the WBC; Charlo should be the mandatory!

When the IBF granted world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin an exception to fight Vanes Martirosyan instead of his mandatory defense, that decision came with specific conditions for Golovkin to hold onto his IBF strap. One of them was that he had to face undefeated mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko within 90 days  (August 3rd) of the Martirosyan bout. The Golovkin camp then responded to the IBF by seeking clarification of this condition, and Derevyanchenko's promoter Lou DiBella responded in kind, which resulted in yesterday's hearing. The IBF has now heard the position of both camps and will soon decide if Golovkin will be stripped if he fights anybody but Derevyanchenko next. It's obvious that Golovkin wants to keep his IBF strap for a potential Canelo Alvarez rematch, and in situations where there's a unified champion the sanctioning bodies normally take turns with their mandatory challenges.  The WBC was up next on May 5th since they mandated the Alvarez rematch, but after recently removing Alvarez from their rankings it should be difficult to reinstate him as a mandatory contender over Jermall Charlo, their undefeated interim champion, though with the WBCorrupt, it probably won't.

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MAY 23, 2018 


NIELSEN INJURY SETS UP GERMAN CRUISERWEIGHT BATTLE

Press Release: Danish cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (25-1, 15 KOs) has been forced to withdraw from his planned bout vs. Artur Mann (13-0, 8 KOs) on June 2nd in Hannover, Germany. Nielsen injured his hand in sparring. Mann, who headlines his hometown arena, will instead meet countryman Alexander Peil (10-0, 6 KOs) in an all-German duel.


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MAY 23, 2018 
 CELESTINO CABALLERO RELEASED FROM PRISON

According to the WBC, former champion Celestino Caballero was released from a Panama prison and required to complete his sentence by doing community service.  Caballero was arrested in 2016 and later sentenced to five years in prison for drug trafficking. Caballero will perform his community service in the Caribbean municipality of Colón, 80 kilometers north of Panama City, it was announced. Caballero was a tall super bantamweight and featherweight who held the WBA 122-pound title, unified it with the IBF version in 2008, and later won the WBA featherweight belt. He retired after a 2014 loss with a record of 37-6. --Scott Shaffer
 
 


 
MAY 23, 2018 


PHILLY'S ROSADO SIGNS WITH MATCHROOM USA

On Twitter, Matchroom Boxing's new USA entity, MatchroomBoxUSA, announced it had signed Philadelphia's Gabriel Rosado to a five-fight, two year promotional deal that will have Rosado fighting on the DAZN (app) network that will begin featuring boxing later this year. Rosado is a 24-11 blood-and-guts middleweight. His last fight was in October, a win  over Glen Tapia. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 23, 2018 


STAR BOXING LOOKING TO BUILD TYRONE JAMES

Press Release : Star Boxing will give Long Island, New York fans the chance to see if Elmont, New York's Tyrone "Pretty Boy" James (7-0, 4 KOs) can be the next boxer to come out of  the Rockin' Fights series at The Paramount in Huntington.  On June 8th, James will face Keasen Freeman (4-2, 2 KOs) of South Carolina in James' sixth bout at The Paramount.  Freeman has recently taken on the likes of Gary Russell (6-0) and Aaron McKenna (3-0).  


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MAY 23, 2018 
 LEO SANTA CRUZ WORKOUT QUOTABLES

Press Release: WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz hosted a media workout in Los Angeles Tuesday as he prepares for his world title rematch against former three-division titleholder Abner Mares Saturday, June 9th, live on Showtime from Los Angeles' Staples Center. Showtimes' broadcast will also feature unbeaten WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo defending his title against former champion Austin Trout. Tickets for the live event are on sale at AXS.com. Santa Cruz was joined at City of Angels Boxing Tuesday by his father and trainer, Jose Santa Cruz, and Ringstar Sports Chairman and CEO Richard Schaefer. Here is what they had to say Tuesday:

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MAY 23, 2018 


INOUE HOSTS MCDONNELL THIS WEEKEND IN TOKYO

This Friday, May 25th, at the Ota City General Gynasium in Tokyo, England's Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs) is set to defend his WBA regular title against Naoya Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs).  The bout will be aired on ESPN+, the new streaming service. Inoue, nicknamed “The Monster”, is coming into the fight already considered as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world despite only having fought professionally 15 times.  He's won titles at 108 and 115. McDonnell will be making his seventh defense after winning the vacant title in a bout against Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat in May of 2014.   Source: wba


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MAY 23, 2018 


INTRODUCING TIARA BROWN

Press Release: DiBella Entertainment has announced the signing of Washington D.C. police officer Tiara Brown (4-0, 2 KOs), a junior lightweight. "I am so proud to have signed Tiara Brown," said Lou DiBella. "She is a terrific fighter and an even better person. Tiara is a fulltime Washington, D.C. police officer, a mentor to kids and teens, and a true role model. She is another example of the strong, empowered women boxers who deserve to have their platform."


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MAY 22, 2018 


PEDRAZA AND STEVENSON READY TO SHINE ON HORN VS. CRAWFORD CARD

Press Release: Jose “Sniper” Pedraza is nearing a title shot while Shakur Stevenson is well on his way. Pedraza and Stevenson will see action June 9th on the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn world championship event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pedraza (23-1, 12 KOs), the ex-130pund WBA title holder from Puerto Rico, will challenge Mexico's Antonio Moran (22-2, 15 KOs) in a ten-rounder, while Stevenson (6-0, 3 KOs), the 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, will step up in class against Aelio Mesquita (16-1, 14 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight contest.

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MAY 22, 2018 


TRAVIS KAUFFMAN BASHES ANTONIO TARVER HEADING INTO THEIR JUNE 10TH CLASH ON FS1
By G. Leon

You're fighting Antonio Tarver on June 10th at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, CA. What can we expect from you on fight night? I'm going to knock his f**king old ass out! It's a simple as that because if I lose to a 50 year old I will never fight again. I don't give a f**k about his resume and I always looked up to Tarver because of his knockout against Roy Jones, but now you have to question his victories. How many of his victories are actually legit? You have to question that shit! Growing up I was always looking up to him and then come to find out he's a cheat. He used steroids to enhance his performance and that's not fair to the sport. We're supposed to be clean athletes. Whatever you're doing on your personal time it's your life. I know a lot of cats that smoke weed, drink, party, but whenever you got a fight coming up you can't use no performance enhancing drugs. I don't respect anybody who sticks needles in their butt to try to get a head.



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MAY 22, 2018 


ERIC MOLINA SUSPENDED OVER 2016 DRUG TEST

According to a Sky Sports report, heavyweight Eric Molina was supended by UK Anti-Doping after testing positive for a prohibited substance following his stoppage defeat to Anthony Joshua. Molina's loss to Joshua was back in 2016, but the failed test result was apparently was made public because Molina was scheduled to fight Mariusz Wach in Poland this weekend. It remains to be seen if the British suspension, which runs through 2019, will be enforced in Poland or elsewhere. The Express reported that the substance, dexmethasone, is not necessarily a performance enhancer but is banned despite some legitimate medical uses. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 22, 2018 


SALITA PROMOTIONS LANDS 5-HOUR ENERGY AS SPONSOR

Press Release: Living Essentials, LLC, the makers of 5-hour Energy, the energy shot for hard-working people, has signed on as a principle sponsor of the upcoming Salita Promoitions' show on Friday, June 22nd at Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan. The event will feature two-time Olympic champion and and unified women’s super middleweight Champion Claressa Shields attempting to become a two-division champion by winning two middleweight titles against Hanna Gabriels of Costa Rica, Showtime will televise.

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MAY 22, 2018 


ARTUR SZPILKA IN NEED OF A WIN THIS WEEKEND

According to Warriors Boxing, this Friday, heavyweight Artur Szpilka will take on Dominick Guinn in Warsaw. Szpilka (20-3) is in desperate need of a win following two straight losses. In 2016, he was doing well against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, but got knocked out in frightening fashion.  In 2017, he was stopped by Adam Kownacki and hasn't fought since. The 43 year-old Guinn (35-11-1) was once a prospect but that was long ago. He has not fought since a 2016 loss to Hughie Fury.

 
MAY 22, 2018 


KOMANISI BOOKS MOKOENA AS NEXT OPPONENT

Press Release: Former IBO featherweight champion Lusanda Komanisi of South Africa will have his first bout in the lightweight division against Michael Mokoena (12-2). Golden Gloves confirmed Mokoena (not domestic champion Thompson Mokwana as erroneously reported last week for the September 1 match at Emperors Palace. Mokoena is a pressure fighter on a hot streak, as five of his last six wins having come inside the distance. Komanisi (21-4) last fought in September and is eager to get back into the win column.  “This will be a good test of where Kominisi is at,” said promoter Rodney Berman. “Mokoena is a natural lightweight with a heavy punch, so if Komanisi can see him off, he’ll have a bright future in the division.”


 
MAY 22, 2018 


GANIGAN LOPEZ ARRIVES IN JAPAN

Mexico's challenger Ganigan Lopez (29-7, 18 KOs) arrived in Japan on Friday, a week prior to his rematch against WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs). Ganigan the former title holder, warmed up for the media in Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo. Lopez, who was dethroned by Shiro via majority decision, said "I am in better physical condition with no problem with the weight. I could fight tomorrow. I have been frequently watching the video of my first fight with Shiro. I'm sure that I can do things so much better in the rematch, capitalizing  on the opportunity to defeat him in a clearer way." Tgis will be Ganigan's fourth fight in Japan.  He won the WBC title by decision in the city of Kyoto, Japan, overcoming Yu Kimura. source: wbc


 
MAY 22, 2018 
 GEROME QUIGLEY TO STEP UP VS. RAYMOND SERRANO

Press Release: Welterweight Gerome Quigley (18-0 with 16 KOs) will look to stay perfect when he takes on tough Raymond Serrano  (24-5 with 10 KOs) in a ten-round battle on Saturday, June 16th at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Maryland.  Despite his nearly 90% knockout ratio, Quigley feels that he is more a of a boxer then a fight that is just looking for the knockout. "I look at myself as a boxer-puncher.  I am well balanced.  When people see my record, they may look at me as just a puncher because of all of the knockouts, when the reality is that I am a boxer.  I have more boxing ability then punching ability."


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MAY 22, 2018 
 WOMEN'S BOXING NEWS

WBC flyweight champion Ibeth Zamora and her next challenger, Melissa McMorrow of the United States, both passed the WBC's seven-day mandatory weigh-in requirement, a measure  specifically designed to help protect boxers from the danger of dehydration.  Zamora (28-6), from San Cristobal Huichochitlan, Mexico will defend against California's McMorrow (10-6-3) in Mexico this week as paret of the 10th Anniversary Gala of the Ring Telmex – Telcel Program. Zamora, who is guided by coach Óscar Duarte, weighed 116.8 pounds, while McMorrow registered 116.4. The winner's next mandatory will be determined on the same card, when Mexican champion Lourdes 'La Pequena Lulú' Juarez (23-2) battles Jaky Calvo (11-2-2)...

WBC 154-pound champion Ewa Piatkowska of Poland (10-1) will defend her crown against Sweden's Maria Lindberg (16-3-2) this Friday at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw. Piatowska won the title in her last bout, defeating Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes in September. Lindberg is coming off a four-round KO of Lela Terashvili in Germany last March.  source: wbc


 
MAY 22, 2018 


NICO HERNANDEZ WINS AGAIN IN KANSAS

Nico Hernandez KO1 Szilveszter Kanalas ... 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez, knocked out Hungarian challenger Szilveszter Kanalas in the opening round of a flyweight bout at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. A native of Kansas, Hernandez (5-0, 4 KOs) overwhelmed Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs), pounding Kanalas' head and body. Kanalas who went down from a right that followed a left to the liver. Kanalas beat the count, but it was only a matter of time before Hernandez would end the fight. It came soon, right after another body-and-head combination put the over-matched Hungarian on the mat for the second and final time. source: ko night boxing

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MAY 22, 2018 


LATE RESULTS FROM PA & NC

Armin Mrkanovic W6 Nicholas Lavin... Armin "The Bosnian Prince" Mrkanovic returned to the ring after an 11-month absence to win a win six-round unanimous decision over Nicholas Lavin in a cruiserweight bout on Friday at Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York. Mrkanovic controlled the action, and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all cards to up his record to 8-3. [Lavin drops his fourth straight to fall to 5-9.] source: press release

Jonathan Steele TKO5 Steven Upsher ... At Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, PA, welterweight Jonathan Steele (8-1-1) spoiled the comeback of Steven Upsher (25-6-1), who had not fought since 2015. Steele dominated the fight from the opening bell, banging Upsher to the body, which ultimately led to Upsher quitting in the fifth round. "We took the fight on a two weeks' notice. My initial fight on May 18th was canceled, and Upsher's opponent pulled out at the last minute. I didn't care what his record was, or who he fought," said Steele. source: Adrian Clark press release

Rosalinda Rodriguez TKO8 Ivana Coleman... In the main event of last Thursday night's card at The Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina,  bantamweight Rosalinda Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KOs) recorded an eighth-round stoppage over Ivana Coleman (1-10). source: pretty girl promotions


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MAY 21, 2018 


WITH HIS CAREER AS AN ELITE FIGHTER ON THE LINE, TROUT HAS NO DOUBT HE WILL TRIUMPH ON JUNE 9!
By G. Leon

How is everything going in preparation for Jermell Charlo on June 9th? What can we expect to see from you on fight night? Preparation is great. It's been smooth and it's been good just like performance is going to be on June 9th. It's going to be a nice, smooth, beautiful performance.


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MAY 21, 2018 


GVOZDYK: STEVENSON MUST FIGHT ME NEXT!
By G. Leon

As the WBC's mandated opponent to face Adonis Stevenson next, how do you feel about all of this rematch talk following his draw to Badou Jack? I really expected this situation to be honest. I didn't really think I was going to fight Adonis Stevenson in August. It's impossible, a guy who is fighting once a year now is suddenly going to fight me in three months? The fight is supposed to be done by August 19th, 90 days after their fight. I knew this was going to be impossible, I wasn't really depressed when the decision was a draw because it was a fair decision. I didn't really see who won this fight. It was really a boring a dirty fight, so a draw is a fair decision. It wasn't really good for me though, I know they had a rematch before the fight and they're going to look to do this, but the WBC has told us that we will be next, so we should be next.

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MAY 21, 2018 


REGIS PROGRAIS READY TO RULE THE JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION
By G. Leon

How's everything going in the early stages of training camp for your upcoming fight with Juan Jose Velasco? I'm always in the gym no matter what, but I haven't officially started camp but I probably will in the last week of this month. I'm just kind of cooling right now and I'm always in shape, but I'm not officially in camp right now. Is a six week camp normal for you? Yes because I've been training the whole time and I never really stopped training after the Indongo fight. Right now I'm going to back off the sparring for this week and then start a really fresh camp next Monday.

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MAY 21, 2018 


EGIS KLIMAS TALKS UP LOMACHENKO-BELTRAN, KOVAELV-ALVAREZ AND STEVENSON-GVOZDYK
By G. Leon

What did you think of the Stevenson-Jack fight? How confident are you that the WBC will enforce their mandate and Gvozdyk will be next by August 19th? I started to watch the fight and then I had to change the channel to watch the Royal Wedding because it was more interesting. So you must have tuned out early. Yes Gvozdyk is going to be next, this is my expectation because I have this in writing and signed off on by the WBC. I don't think the WBC is going to work against themselves here.


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MAY 21, 2018 


TYSON FURY OPPONENT NAMED: SEFER SEFERI

As reported by Boxingtalk on April 25th

Press Release: [As Boxingtalk reported on April 25th], Tyson Fury will face [Albanian cruiserweight] Sefer Seferi over ten rounds in his highly-anticipated June 9th comeback fight, live on BT Sport. The former world heavyweight champion will end an exile of over two-and-a-half years when he fights at the Manchester Arena for the first time in his career. Fury looks in incredible shape, having lost a remarkable seven stone [98 pounds] since teaming up with new trainer Ben Davison. Albania’s Seferi is 23-1 His sole career loss came [in his only heavyweight bout] against Manuel Charr, when he was outpointed over ten rounds. [Charr is now the WBA reuglar title holder. Seferi has no significant wins at cruiserweight].

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MAY 21, 2018 
 TWITTER CHATTER ON STEVENSON VS. JACK

Badou Jack: "Alhamdulillah! Thanks for all the support and love from all the fans! Really appreciate it. Hope you guys enjoyed the fight? Thanks to @AdonisSuperman for great fight. Would you like to see a rematch?"

Adonis Stevenson: “Thank-you to all the fans, media and everyone who supported this epic fight. Ready for the rematch”

Egas Klimas [manager of WBC light heavyweight mandatory contender Aleksandr Gvodzyk]: “Sorry! Gvozdyk ‘The Nail’ is next by WBC order. Jack had his chance and didn’t use it.”

Ishe Smith [from Las Vegas like Badou Jack]: “I’m biased but not so biased that I don’t understand the sport. My boy [Jack] started too late which left a little debate for this draw. Had he started a tad bit earlier he would have stopped Stevenson. What a fight tho, Badou fought his ass off,especially after getting hurt in the 10th”


 
MAY 21, 2018 


WOMEN'S BOXING RESULTS

Esmeralda Moreno D10 Yesenia Gómez... Esmeralda "Joya" Moreno (35-10-2) retained her WBC 108-pound title in a hard fought draw against Yesenia Gómez in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Official scores were 95-95 (twice) and 97-93 for Gomez (10-6-2). At the beginning of round seven, Gomez drilled Moreno with a sharp right hook to the head.  Gomez recovered and fought back with a left hook which wobbled Gomez.  Gomez had a big eight round and the intensity ratcheted up in the ninth and tenth rounds. Official scores were 95-95 (twice) and 97-93 for Gomez. 

Érica Farías W10 Yamila Reynoso... WBC 140-pound champion Érica "Pantera" Farías retained her crown by defeating Argentina's Yamila Esther "Maquinita" Reynoso by unanimous decision in the city of Goya, Corrientes, Argentina. It was the fourth title defense for Farias (26-2). Reynoso's record falls to an unimpressive 10-4-3. source for both results: wbc


 
MAY 21, 2018 


HEKKIE BUDLER WINS IBF & WBA TITLES IN JAPAN
By Scott Shaffer

Hekkie Budler W12 Ryoichi Taguchi... South Africa's Hekkie Budler got a huge road win, defeating Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan to claim the WBA and IBF 108-pound championships. It was one of the biggest wins in the history of South African boxing. Taguchi knocked Budler down in round twelve, but it wasn't enough to overcome Budler's strong start.  All three judges scored it 114-113 for Budler, a former WBA 105-pound titleholder spoiled Taguchi's dream of being the first Japanese boxer to successfully defend unified championship belts. Budler was coming off a controversial loss to Milan Melindo. But Taguchi beat Milando in December to add the IBF title to the WBA version Taguchi had taken from Alberto Rossel in 2014. Budler is now 32-3, while Taguchi is now 27-3-2. source: fox sports asia

 
MAY 20, 2018 


STEVENSON-JACK ENDS IN DRAW
By G. Leon

Adonis Stevenson D12 Badou Jack: To say this fight got off to a slow start would be an understatement. The first six rounds of this fight defined uneventful, but Stevenson (pictured) was ahead 4-2 as Jack looked to bide his time. Stevenson looked exhausted after the sixth and Jack noticed and took advantage of the tired champion in rounds seven through nine. Jack was also in control of the tenth round and just when it looked like he was cruising to a unanimous decision victory Stevenson landed a powerful straight left hand to the body that bent Jack over. Jack's world class conditioning and championship desire were the only things keep him up because he was clearly hurt and a rejuvenated kept his attack downstairs. Stevenson took the eleventh, but was nearly out on his feet by the time the final bell sounded. The verdict was a draw, meaning Stevenson retained the lineal and WBC light heavyweight championships.  Official scores were 115-113 for Jack and 114-114 (twice). Boxingtalk scored it 114-114. Punchstats favored Jack in terms of punches landed, 209-165. Source: Showtime



 
MAY 20, 2018 


GARY RUSSELL JR OUTPUNCHES JOSEPH DIAZ IN SOLID SCRAP
By G. Leon

Gary Russell Jr W12 Joseph Diaz: Fighting once a year clearly isn't a problem for WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. who easily dismantled previously undefeated mandatory challenger Joseph Diaz over twelve competitive rounds. Russell (29-1 with 17 KOs), easily took the opening frame, but Diaz had some solid moments early in the fight. He was able to land powerful body shots and for a moment it looked like Russell could be in trouble. Russell showed the heart of a champion, choosing to exchange in moments where he could have used his feet, and by the midway point of the fight he was in total control. There was quite a bit of shoe-shining from Russell, but his punches had enough behind him to discourage Diaz from letting his hands go, which he did very little of in the second half of the bout. Knowing that he was behind on the cards Diaz (26-1 with 14KOs) went for it in the final round and once again Russell chose to exchange during moments where he could have been looking to kill time.  Official scores rightly favored Russell, 115-113 and 117-111 (twice). Source: Showtime

 
MAY 20, 2018 


RIVAS BEATS HUBEAUX BY WIDE MARGIN
Ivan Montiel @ ringside

Oscar Rivas W10 Herve Hubeaux... In a heavyweight contest in Toronto's Air Canada Centre, Canada-based Colombian Oscar Rivas and Belgium's Herve Hubeaux fought a chess match that went the full ten rounds. Rivas, who beat contender Kubrat Pulev in the 2008 Olympics, landed some strong body shots in the early rounds looking to slow Hubeaux down but the Belgian did not slow much. Hubeaux landed some good combinations of his own but Rivas was able to defend many of his punches. In the end the outcome was a unanimous decision win for Rivas by scores of 99-91 and 100-90 (twice). Rivas is now 24-0 and ready to fight a contender, while Hubeaux heads home with a 29-4 record.


 
MAY 20, 2018 


HERON HELD TO A DRAW BY ALVAREZ
Ivan Montiel @ ringside

Kane Heron D8 Ivan Alvarez... Canadian welterweight Kane Heron was in his toughest fight of his career agianst Mexico's Ivan Alvarez in Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Alvarez looked bigger and stronger and was putting pressure on Heron for the entire eight-round distance. Alvarez landed big right hands throughout the entire fight while Heron boxed and fought his heart out. The end result was a majority draw, by scores of 76-76 (twice) and 78-74 for Alvarez. Heron is now 11-0-1 compared to 27-9-1 for Alvarez.



 
MAY 20, 2018 


NEW CHAMPION ALERT: JOSH WARRINGTON GAINS IBF FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE

Englishman dethrones Lee Selby via split decision

Josh Warrington W12 Lee Selby... Josh Warrington became the new IBF featherweight champion by upsetting Lee Selby in a split-decision victory. At Elland Road Football Ground in Leeds, UK (Warrington's hometown), the judges scored the bout 116-112, 115-113 and 113-115. Warrington (27-0, 6 KOs), from Leeds, used the energy of the home crowd and established control of the fight from the onset. He was the more aggressive fighter, catching the Welsh Selby (26-2, 9 KOs) with a clean left hook to the jaw and an equally powerful right hand in the second round. In the same round, Selby, who was making the fifth defense of the IBF title that he earned in 2015, suffered a substantial cut above his left eye from an accidental headbutt. The cut would plague him for the remainder of the fight. source: showtime


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MAY 20, 2018 


THE BOXINGTALK SCOREBOARD

Marquis Moore W6 Troy Artis ... Super middleweight Marquis Moore remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision win over Troy Artis at The Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York.vMoore used quick combinations and focused on the body to control the action to cruise home with the victory, and he remained perfect at 7-0. Said Split-T Management CEO David McWater, "When I first saw Marquis win the National Golden Gloves, I felt he would be a star in the pros because he has the style and power to become an attraction. He punches real hard , has a great work ethic, and he has a lot of natural ability you just can't teach. With the help of his trainers Davarryl Williamson and Terry Buterbaugh, I know he will become a champion." source:  Split-T Management.

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scar Duarte W10 Rey Perez... On Thursday in Indio, California, Oscar Duarte of the Philippines defeated Mexico’s Rey Perez by unanimous decision.  Official scores for the lightweight bout were 98-90 and 99-89 (twice). Duarte (14-0-1, 9 KOs) had Perez in big trouble during round eight, knocking him down twice. Perez (22-7) managed to survive the full ten-round distance. source: espn.com

 
MAY 19, 2018 
 TROY WATERS 1965-2018

Australia's Troy Waters, a junior middleweight contender from the late 80s and early 90s, passed away at age 53 from leukemia. Waters was a former commonwealth champion who challenged three times for world titles, losing to Terry Norris, Simon Brown and Gianfranco Rosi. He also lost to Felix Trinidad. In 1993, he thrilled boxing fans when he knocked down Terry Norris in a WBC championship fight. It was considered the round of the year. Waters' pro career spanned from 1984 to 1998 and he won his last fight to end up with record of 28-5. He was from a boxing family, as his brothers Guy and Dean joined him as winers of Australian championships. Boxingtalk joins the WBC in sending its condolences to the friends and family of Troy Waters. --Scott Shaffer


 
MAY 19, 2018 


STEVENSON SAYS THE KO IS COMING

Adonis "Superman" Stevenson is in the building! Are we going to see a knockout champ? "I promise you that knockout will come on Saturday... Only one punch-- the Superman punch that’s it. That knockout is coming! -- Ivan Montiel


 
MAY 19, 2018 
 INTERVIEW: JAVON "SUGAR" HILL
By Ivan Montiel

Stevenson's trainer sits down with Boxingtalk

First off let me welcome you back to Toronto as we get ready to witness your fighter Adonis Stevenson putting his WBC [and lineal] light heavyweight championship on the line against former WBC 168-pound champion Badou Jack. Can you give Boxingtalk readers your thoughts? "I believe this is going to be a very exciting fight. Both Stevenson and Badou Jack have exciting styles..."


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MAY 19, 2018 
 SPLIT-T MANAGEMENT SIGNS ERICK DE LEON

Press Release: Split-T Management has signed undefeated junior lightweight Erick De Leon to a managerial contract. De Leon, 26 years old of Detroit by way of Sabina Nuevo Leon, Mexico has a record of 17-0-1 with 10 knockouts. Before turning pro, De Leon was a three-time (2009-2011) National Golden Gloves champion as well as a Ringside World champion in 2008.  He also was a  2008 National Silver Gloves champion


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MAY 19, 2018 


SHOWTIME WEIGH-IN REPORT

WBC  / lineal light heavyweight championship (Toronto, Canada)
Adonis Stevenson – 173.25 pounds
Badou Jack – 175 
Referee: Ian John-Lewis (England); Judges: Guido Cavalleri (Italy), Jesse Reyes (Texas), Eric Marlinski (New York)
 
WBC featherweight championship (Maryland, USA)
Gary Russell Jr. – 125.5
Joseph Diaz Jr. – 126 
Referee: Kenny Chevalier (Maryland); Judges: David Braslow (Maryland), Dave Moretti (Nevada), Nathan Palmer (Indiana)

IBF featherweight championship (Leeds, England)
Lee Selby – 125.75 
Josh Warrington – 125


 
MAY 19, 2018 


MAYWEATHER TALKS ABOUT JACK'S CHANCES IN CANADA
By Ivan Montiel

In Toronto, Canada, Boxingtalk caught up with future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was there in his role as Badou Jack's promoter for Jack's challenge of world light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson.  Here is what Mayweather had to say about fighting in the champion's country...

IM: Are you concerned that Badou Jack will be treated fairly against Adonis Stevenson since this fight is taking place in Toronto, Canada (Stevenson's home country)? 
FM: "I actually believe we will be treated fairly I can remember when we fought at Barclays Center [in Brooklyn, New York vs. England's James DeGale. That fight was scored a draw with the majority of observers feeling Jack deserved to win]. They said it was a close fight but you know things happen. We live and we learn.  I can’t say how this fight is going to play out, but you know, I believe in Badou Jack." 

IM: Are you surprised that a lot of Canadians are rooting for Jack? 
FM: "I’ve been in Canada a lot of times, great place, great people. All throughout the country, it’s excitement and a great atmosphere" 

IM: Is Badou Jack looking for the knockout? 
FM: "Badou Jack is looking for the win."


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