ESPN+ adds Wednesday show from England

ESPN+ adds Wednesday show from England
Midweek boxing comes to ESPN+ this Wednesday with the return of Jono Carroll, who will face off against Maxi Hughes in an all-British ten-round lightweight main event. The closed-door MTK Fight Night event will take place at Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England, and will stream live beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT. [Some versions of the press release listed an incorrect starting time]. Carroll (18-1-1, 4 KOs), from Dublin, lost a unanimous decision to Tevin Farmer for the IBF junior lightweight world title in March 2019, but he’s since won two consecutive bouts. The southpaw pressure fighter kicked off his 2020 campaign in March with a knockout over former champion Scott Quigg.  The result sent Quigg into retirement and re-inserted Carroll into the world title picture.
 
Hughes (20-5-2, 4 KOs) is a two-time British title challenger who is best known to UK fight fans for his action-packed trilogy against Martin Joseph Ward. He is 3-2 in his last five bouts, including a decision loss to Liam Walsh last November.
 
In other action on the ESPN+ stream:
 
Sean “The Public Nuisance,” McComb (10-0, 5 KOs) will fight Siar Ozgul (15-4, 3 KOs) in a ten-round junior welterweight bout. McComb announced he will campaign at lightweight following the Ozgul fight...
 
In an eight-round battle featuring a pair of unbeaten welterweights, former British amateur star Sahir Iqbal (7-0, 1 KO) will take on Wales' Maredudd Thomas (11-0, 2 KOs)...
 
Dublin-born Pierce “Big Bang” O’Leary (4-0, 1 KO) will face off against Jacob Quinn (4-0) in a scheduled six-rounder contracted for 143 pounds and...
 
Craig MacIntyre (11-0-1, 4 KOs) will fight Ishmael Ellis (11-2) in an eight-round welterweight tilt.
 
 

Frampton gets fill-in opponent for Aug. 15th

Frampton gets fill-in opponent for Aug. 15th
Former world featherweight champion Carl "The Jackal" Frampton (pictured) will fight Scottish veteran Darren "Trayn-Wreck" Traynor in a ten-round lightweight bout this Saturday, August 15th. Frampton was supposed to face Vahram Vardanyan, but visa issues forced Vardanyan to pull out of the fight last week. Traynor (16-3, 7 KOs), from Aberdeen, Scotland, is a nine-year pro and former two-weight Scottish champion who once challenged for the British super featherweight title. He had been training as a potential fill-in opponent, so when the call came to fight a Frampton, he did not hesitate. He's split his last four bouts, most recently winning a decision over veteran Des Newton at lightweight.
 
In the ten-round co-feature, featherweight Michael "Mick" Conlan (13-0, 7 KO) will face Sofiane Takoucht (35-4-1, 13 KOs). The Frampton-Traynor and Conlan-Takoucht bouts will be televised live in the United States on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. Undercard bouts, including the return of Top Rank and MTK Global welterweight Paddy "Real Deal" Donovan (3-0, 2 KOs), will stream live on ESPN+ starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
 
"The show must go on, and Carl needed a fight after a pretty long layoff," said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. "His goal is to become Ireland's first three-weight world champion, and after he's victorious on Saturday, we will do everything we can to give him that opportunity."
 
Said Frampton, "I'm delighted to get an opponent over the line. I have to credit MTK Global for seeing there could have been issues with the original opponent getting into the country, and they have been paying Darren Traynor for a number of weeks to train. He'll be in decent shape and will be up for it as well. There is no pressure on him, but it is up to me to look good. I want to be taking this guy out and then moving on to think about Jamel Herring. I can't be complacent in the slightest. I know I'm the big favorite in the fight, but I want to win and want to look good, and I want to win by knockout. I feel like he's a better opponent as he's fought at a higher level than Vardanyan, and he's coming in at lightweight. I haven't made my debut at junior lightweight yet and I'm already jumping in at lightweight, so that's obviously a little bit in his favor, but I'm looking forward to not having to struggle at all in fight week and then putting on an explosive show."
 
Frank Warren, who co-promotes Frampton, aaded, "Carl is gunning for a third world title at a third different weight and cannot afford any mishaps on Saturday night. Darren Traynor is ready to step in and fully prepared to give Carl the competitive fight he needs before heading into a WBO world championship battle against Jamel Herring, hopefully, later this year." 
 
“Unfortunately, Vahram had visa issues, which was something that we had envisioned as a possible scenario. We reached out to Darren Traynor and his team to be ready in case this situation had come out this way," said MTK Global Vice President Jamie Conlan.
 
 
 

John Docherty set for Anthony Fox this Friday

John Docherty set for Anthony Fox this Friday
John Docherty (8-0) says he needs to beat streaking Anthony Fox (8-12-4) “in style” when they clash over eight rounds in a super middleweight affair at Matchroom Fight Camp this Friday August 14th, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.The heavy-handed Scot has a habit of ending proceedings early, with six of his eight wins to date coming by way of knockout, but the fast rising Tony Sims-trained talent has his work cut out this weekend against the tough and game Fox, who is currently enjoying a three-fight winning streak.
 
Fox’s run of form began with a win over former Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge back in October 2018, a win over Welsh Area Champion Morgan Jones followed in March 2019 before the Westbury man inflicted a first career defeat on Duane Sinclair in June 2019.
 
Docherty was taken the distance for the first time by Middleton journeyman Darryl Sharp in August 2019 and saw the final bell again against Lewis van Poetsch in October, but "The Doc" has no intention of completing the full eight rounds against Fox as he looks towards a first Title shot in his next fight. “Anthony Fox is just above journeyman level,” said Docherty. “I’m not going to say he’s great. I’m not going to say he’s not good. I’m here to do a job on him and knock him out. Me and Tony have been through our game plan and we know what we’re going to do. We’re going to walk through Anthony Fox and look good doing it. I’ve taken Anthony Fox seriously. He’s like a British Champion to me. I’ve left everything in the gym. I know I’ve done everything right in this camp. Tony has been there pushing me on the whole way through. You’ll see on the night. I’ll be a completely different fighter. I’ll put on a top performance. I would love to make a statement with a knockout. He’s on a good run of form and we all know how tough he is. He can box a bit too. If he comes to fight me I think I’ll knock him out very quickly. If he comes to box then he’ll survive for a bit and he might make it through a few rounds.”
 
Docherty vs. Fox lands on Week 3 of Matchroom Fight Camp, top of the bill sees Felix Cash (12-0, 8 KOs) put his Commonwealth middleweight title on the line for the second time against Jason Welborn (24-8, 7 KOs), recent Matchroom signing Zelfa Barrett (23-1, 14 KOs) meets Ireland’s undefeated Eric Donovan (12-0, 7 KOs) at 130 pounds, Watford super bantamweight Shannon Courtenay (5-0, 2 KOs) faces the toughest opponent of her career in Rachel Ball (5-1) and Northampton junior middlweight Kieron Conway (14-1-1, 3 KOs) takes on Rotherham’s Navid Mansouri (20-3-2, 6 KOs).
 

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Results from Spain

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Results from Spain

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Results from Spain
Eryk Apresyan TKO2 David Bency... Eryk Apresyan returned to action in Marbella, Spain on Saturday night. The Armenian-born Apresyan (6-0, 5 KOs) didn’t need long to earn his win, stopping experienced David Bency (14-16-1) in the second round of a welterweight bout to secure his fifth knockout win in six professional fights. Bency, born in Nicaragua, has now lost seven straight.
 
Mace Ruegg W4 Michael I. Carrero... On the same show, British lightweight Mace Ruegg (2-0) earned a one-sided points victory over Michael Isaac Carrero, to make it back-to-back wins in the paid ranks. Carrero, another Nicaraguan import, is 0-19-2 in his last 21 bouts, and 13-58-6 overall. souce for both results: mtk
 

MTK signs Jonathan "Geo Don" Lopez

MTK signs Jonathan "Geo Don" Lopez
MTK Global is delighted to announce the signing of two-time USA National Champion Jonathan "Geo Don" Lopez. A "United States and Puerto Rican" native (according to MTK), Lopez had an extremely successful amateur career, winning gold medals at a number of major national tournaments in the USA, and now at only 17 years of age wants to turn professional and become one the youngest ever boxers to win a world title. News on when Lopez will have his first fight as an MTK Global fighter will be announced in due course.
 
Lopez is the latest American-based boxer to join the company, following the arrival of unbeaten Lorenzo ‘Truck’ Simpson on an MTK advisory deal earlier this week.
 
Lopez’s signing with MTK Global comes after he was recommended by boxing Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr, and he’s excited to repay that faith. Lopez said: “I’m proud to be signing with MTK Global. Roy Jones Jr saw what I had and referred me to MTK. They are one of the best in the business to build a fighter’s career. I would call it a natural fit. One of the best fighters being referred by an all-time great, now signing with one of the best companies in boxing. I want to showcase my talent to the entire world and become a global champion. This is what I was born and bred to do. I love this sport and grew up doing it, so I see myself winning a world title one day.”
 
MTK Global CEO Bob Yalen added: “We’re thrilled to welcome Jonathan Lopez to the team. He is the real deal, and is an American and Puerto Rican native with the tools to excite everyone in attendance. We have high hopes that this young fighter will be a household name very quickly, and we will give him the stage to show everyone what he has got.”
 
 
 
 
 

Errol Spence's comeback vs. Danny Garcia is now official

Errol Spence's comeback vs. Danny Garcia is now official
Premier Boxing Champions has officially announced the comeback of IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence, Jr., and it will be a very tough fight. Spence will defend vs. Danny Garcia a former junior welterweight champion and welterweight title holder. Spence, Jr. (26-0, 21 KOs) will face Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) in a November 21st pay-per-view bout, the most anticipated boxing match since the coronavirus shut down the sport. Spence (pictured) of Desoto, Texas will be entering the ring for the first time since being involved in a horrendous single-car accident where he was thrown from the vehicle before it crashed last October. Philadelphia's Garcia aims to reclaim the WBC title he lost in a disputed decision to Shawn Porter and also pick up the IBF belt.
 
 
 
 

Jamal James wins by unanimous decision over Thomas Dulorme

Jamal James wins by unanimous decision over Thomas Dulorme

Jamal James wins by unanimous decision over Thomas Dulorme
Jamal "Shango" James won a unanimous decision over Thomas Dulorme on Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. James (27-1, 12 KOs) and Dulorme (25-4-1, 16 KOs) began the fight showing different styles, with James circling and fighting off his jab, while Dulorme looked to navigate the space and hit James with short power hooks. In round three, the action stepped up a level, with James landing a series of big combinations while bleeding from the nose after taking a big right hand from Dulorme at the end of round two.
 
The win gave James a paper title, the WBA interim welterweight title. He said afterwards, "I've been working so long... it just meant the world to me. It's been a crazy journey, with this with COVID-19, and then the George Floyd incident and starting camps and then stopping and so forth. My grandmother ended up passing away when I was in camp for this fight. So it was a lot of mixed emotions for me. It just feels good to be able to bring this back home for my city. Now we'll see how much farther I can go."
 
Dulorme said afterwards,  "I landed a good shot on him in the second round, but I couldn't land it again. I couldn't get inside on him the way that I wanted to after that round, and that made it a tough fight."
 
Both men had good moments when the fight went to round six, with each landing dangerous combinations. First Dulorme who appeared to hurt James with body punches early in the round before James returned with a series of sweeping hooks that connected unanswered on Dulorme. The power punches from James would prove to be a weapon throughout, as he connected on 156 compared to Dulorme's 99, according to CompuBox.
 
"Dulorme brought the heat tonight," said James. "I thought I was going to be able to move around a little bit more but he caught me with a couple of nice shots. He caught me with a good shot on the nose and it started leaking pretty bad. He's a strong fighter, so I just had to be careful not to get hit too flush with anything. Luckily, I'm able to take a hard shot.
 
"I knew that he kind of gets tired in the later rounds from the fights that we watched. So, I was really just trying to let him throw, stop the shots, then maybe catch him with something in between his shots. I kind of wanted to rope a dope him a little bit. But he was in shape. He was pushing in those later rounds."
 
When the fight neared the championship rounds, James' sharpshooting kept him in control as he moved away from Dulorme's inside attack and landed his own power punches from distance. Dulorme's best offensive weapon was his bruising body attack, which saw him out land James 57 to 45 on body punches.
 
Dulorme's left eye began to swell from the onslaught of straight right hands as round 11 neared a close. James remained effective through round 12, clinching the victory and winning the fight by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113. Both men were very active, each throwing over 770 punches, but it was James holding the advantage in both punches landed (204 to 115) and accuracy (26% to 15%).
 
"Obviously, I would like to get a shot at Manny Pacquiao, he's got the WBA super title," said James. "But I know he's such a big name, so it really doesn't matter. I want any of the big name welterweights, we can really put on a good show." source: pbc
 

Lara to headline one of three new Fox dates

Lara to headline one of three new Fox dates
PBC has announced three more shows to be broadcast on Fox. Saturday August 22nd will be headlined by the previously announced Shawn Porter vs. Sebastian Formella WBC/IBF welterweight eliminator. One week later, Erislandy Lara (pictured) defends his WBA regular junior middleweight title against Greg Vendetti. On September 6th, Yordenis Ugas faces Abel Ramos for a newly created paper title, the WBA regular welterweight title. Here are more details:
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22nd
Shawn Porter vs. Sebastian Formella - WBC/IBF welterweight eliminator
Sebastian Fundora vs. Nathaniel Gallimore - junior middleweight bout
Joey Spencer in a six-round  junior middleweight bout
 
Two-time welterweight champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs) will take on Germany's Sebastian Formella (22-0, 10 KOs) in a WBC/IBF eliminator headlining a broadcast that begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Porter, who was born in Akron, Ohio and lives in Las Vegas, is coming off a 2019 Fight of the Year contender against Errol Spence, Jr., where he dropped a narrow split decision for the WBC and IBF titles. The undefeated Formella of Lauenburg, Germany will be making his U.S. debut. In the co-feature undefeated super welterweight sensation Sebastian "The Towering Inferno" Fundora (14-0-1, 9 KOs) takes on Nathaniel Gallimore (21-4-1, 17 KOs) in a major step up fight. Sensational super welterweight prospect Joey Spencer (10-0, 7 KOs) will also appear on the card in a six-round special attraction.
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th
Erislandy Lara vs. Greg Vendetti - WBA regular 154-pound title
Alfredo Angulo vs. Caleb Truax - IBF super middleweight eliminator
 
Former super welterweight champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (26-3-3, 15 KOs) battles Greg Vendetti (22-3-1, 12 KOs) for the WBA Super Welterweight Title headlining a broadcast that begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Lara, a former Cuban amateur standout, has fought all of the top 154-pound boxers in the sport, including Saul "Canelo'' Alvarez. Vendetti of Stoneham, Mass., will be looking to earn his first world championship. The co-feature will see battle-tested veteran Alfredo Angulo (26-7, 21 KOs) take on former super middleweight champion Caleb Truax (31-4-2, 19 KOs) in a 168-pound title eliminator. A special six-round attraction will also be announced for the broadcast.
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th
Yordenis Ugas vs. Abel Ramos - WBA regular welterweight title
Rances Barthelemy vs. Alberto Puello - Interim WBA junior welterweight title
Jesus Ramos in an eight-round junior welterweight bout
 
Top welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas (25-4, 12 KOs) takes on Abel Ramos (26-3-2, 20 KOs) for the WBA regular welterweight title headlining a broadcast that begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Ugas, who was born in Cuba but now lives and trains in Las Vegas, has been one of the most active welterweights in the sport the last three years and will look to capture a welterweight title in his second attempt. The only man standing in his way is Ramos, who scored a stunning victory with a TKO stoppage that came with one second left in his fight against Bryant Perrella on FOX in February. In the co-feature, former two-division champion and super lightweight contender Rances Barthelemy (27-1, 14 KOs) clashes with unbeaten Alberto Puello (17-0, 9 KOs) for the WBA interim junior welterweight title. Hard-hitting Jesus Ramos (12-0, 11 KOs) will also appear in an eight-round junior welterweight bout.
 
 

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Morrell hands Allen his first loss

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Morrell hands Allen his first loss
David Morrell, Jr. W12 Lennox Allen... The Fox network returned to boxing for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. At the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Cuba's David Morrell, Jr. (4-0 including the World Series of Boxing) won a unanimous decision win over Guyana's Lennox Allen (22-1-1, 14 KOs). In just his third pro fight, Morrell went the distance for the first time and outworked his opponent through the middle and late rounds, on his way to a 207 to 90 advantage in punches landed. The early action saw Morrell establish his body attack, while Allen looked to setup big counter right hands that he threw often.
 
As the fight wore on, Morrell's relentless attack wore down Allen, who seemed to lose some of the power on his punches that he needed to change the tide of the fight. Allen continued to push and tried to rough Morrell up on the inside to find a place for a counter and his own body attack.
 
Morell continued to put the pressure on in the closing frames, hurting Allen with power punches in both hands during round 10, although he was unable to score a knockdown. After the 12 rounds of action the judges all saw the bout in favor of the 22 year-old Morrell, by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. With the win, Morrell captured the WBA interim super middleweight belt with the win.
 
Omar Juarez W6 Willie Shaw In a 140-pound six rounder, Omar Juarez (8-0, 4 KOs) prevailed by unanimous decision over Willie Shaw (12-2, 8 KOs). Juarez looked to stalk the evasive Shaw early, who moved around the ring seeking a counter opportunity against his aggressive opponent. Shaw had some success using his boxing skills, but as his movement decreased, Juarez was able to cut off the ring and land effectively. After six rounds, Juarez was able to outland Shaw by a mark of 61 to 38, and his higher output and superior accuracy earned him the decision from the judges by the scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56. source for both results: pbc
 

FS1 results: Luke Santamaria surprises Mykal Fox

FS1 results: Luke Santamaria surprises Mykal Fox

FS1 results: Luke Santamaria surprises Mykal Fox
In the FS1 telecast that followed Fox PBC Fight Night, welterweight Luke Santamaria (11-1-1, 7 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Mykal Fox (22-2, 5 KOs) by scores of 99-90, 97-92 and 96-93 after ten rounds... Eighteen year-old Vito Mielnicki Jr. (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a TKO victory over Chris Rollins (3-2, 2 KOs) 2:19 into the second round of their welterweight bout... The opening bout on FS1 saw Michael Coffie (10-0, 7 KOs) stop previously unbeaten Luis Pena (6-1, 6 KOs) 1:35 into the fifth round of their heavyweight tilt.  source: pbc

SES to match Tom Dzemski vs. Michael Eifert in battle of undefeateds

SES to match Tom Dzemski vs. Michael Eifert in battle of undefeateds
SES Boxing has announced a bout between two undefeated German light heavyweights: Tom Dzemski (14-0) vs. Michael Eifert (6-0), a duel between the two young light heavyweights from SES Boxing. The fight will take place in Magdeburg, Germany on August 22nd, in support of a main event featuring former cruiserweight title holder Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1) in a comeback fight against Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (34-17-1). In a press release translated from German on Google Translate, SES promoter Ulf Steinforth said, “Tom Dzemski and Michael Eifert are a positive sign of committed and high-quality [youngsters] in German boxing. As members of Team Germany, both have earned this fight with very good performances... After the great restart in July, where we did so much right, we are setting the next highlights on the floating stage. With the three main fights we can offer great boxing again - and that again with [limited] spectators. I'm looking forward to this exciting [show which includes] Yoan Pablo Hernandez's comeback in the heavyweight division and Adam Deines fight. It's just a great program for all boxing fans."
 

Irish junior welterweight Ryan O'Rourke signs with Star Boxing

Irish junior welterweight Ryan O'Rourke signs with Star Boxing
Irish junior welterweight Ryan O'Rourke (3-0) has put pen to paper on a promotional agreement with Star Boxing. In signing the new deal, the 21 year-old O'Rourke has his sights set on growing his fan base internationally, which is already supported by a strong contingent of fans in Ireland. Known as "The Silent Assassin", O' Rourke notched three quick wins in January, February and March of this year before the world came to a stop due to the coronavirus pandemic. O' Rourke is scheduled for bout number four on September 11th in Spain, planning to step up for his firstsix6-round contest. 
 
O' Rourke had this to say about signing with Star Boxing, "I am delighted to have signed with one of the biggest promoters in the world. I can't thank Joe and Star Boxing enough for the opportunity and I am looking forward to getting started and kicking on in America. My career has been mapped out brilliantly, and I am building up a wealth of experience and fighting regularly. This opportunity is what dreams are made of."
 
Joe DeGaurdia, the CEO of Star Boxing, said, "Ryan had an impressive amateur career and since making the switch to the paid ranks, it is clear to see he is very suited to the professional game. He is still only 21 years of age and has a lot of potential. It looks as though he will be a very entertaining fighter in the years to come."
 
 
 
 
 

Harper and Jonas fight to thrilling draw

Harper and Jonas fight to thrilling draw

Harper and Jonas fight to thrilling draw
Terri Harper D10 Natasha Jonas.... A superb fight took place at Matchroom's Brentwood HQ in Essex, United Kingdom, resulting in a draw between WBC/IBO super featherweight champion Terri Harper, and former Olympian Natasha Jonas. It was the first time that two British women had competed against each other for a word title Harper (age 23) is now 10-0-1, while Jonas (age 36) is 9-1-1. The women, both from Great Britain, began the fight cautiously. In the second round, Jonas looked better, using the counterattack, but then Harper cut Jonas' right eye. Harper sought to be more aggressive in the third by landing better punches on Jonas, who at times looked uncomfortable. Rounds four and five were very close, as both fighters exchanged blows in the center of the ring. In rounds six and seven, Harper was faster, while Jonas dedicated herself to crisp counters. In the eighth, Jonas connected hard with head shots, but Harper was able to weather the storm. The last two rounds were very close, with both warriors showing their entire repertoire and giving 100% of themselves. The judges’ scores were: Ian John Lewis 96-94 in favor of Harper, John Latham 96-95 in favor of Jonas and Mark Lyson scored it a 95-95 draw. source: wbc / social media
 
 
 

Jorge Linares reportedly has the coronavirus

Jorge Linares reportedly has the coronavirus
The WBA announced that former three-division titleholder Jorge Linares has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Venezuelan has no symptoms, but doctors recommended a break of at least ten days and then a second test to confirm that he is free of the virus. Linares is scheduled for a fight against Javier Fortuna on August 28th in California, but there is no word yet about what will happen with that fight. The fight is even more difficult to arrange because Linares has been training in Japan and would have to gain permission to enter the United States.
 

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: CBS gets step-up win at cruiserweight

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: CBS gets step-up win at cruiserweight
Chris Billam-Smith TKO2 Nathan Thorley ... Chris "CBS" Billam-Smith (11-1) blasted out Cardiff’s Nathan Thorley (14-1) in two rounds to retain his Commonwealth cruiserweight title in the opening bout of Matchroom's Fight Camp Week 2. The 30-year-old utilized his superior size and power, backing up Thorley until he took a knee from a CBS left hook at the end of round one. Sensing an early finish, Billam-Smith resumed his assault in the second round and clubbing punches again floored Thorley, who briefly fired back defiantly, before a crunching counter punch prompted the referee to wave it off. The win potentially sets up a shot at the vacant European title, previously held by Billam-Smith’s gym mate Lawrence Okolie, and Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy could be the man he faces for the belt later this year.
 
Anthony Fowler TKO7 Adam Harper ... Junior middleweight Anthony Fowler (13-1) looked back to form as he dominated the tough and game Adam Harper (9-2). Fowler dropped Harper in round four before sealing the win with a stoppage in the seventh. Fowler will now look towards a showdown with former British champ Ted Cheeseman or a rematch with Scott Fitzgerald (who beat Fowler by split decision in early 2019).
 
Hopey Price W6 Jonny Phillips... Leeds featherweight Hopey Price extended his unbeaten record to 3-0 with a composed points win over Sandhurst’s Jonny Phillips (5-5). The 20 year-old, trained and managed by Dave Coldwell in Rotherham, neutralized the early aggression of Phillips to seal a comfortable 60-54 verdict. source for all results: matchroom
 
 
 

Weigh-in report from Connecticut

Weigh-in report from Connecticut

Weigh-in report from Connecticut
Jamal James (145.8 pounds) and Thomas Dulorme (146.2) both made weight for Saturday's WBA interim welterweight title fight at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The broadcast begins tomorrow live on Fox at 8 PM ET... Also on the telecast, David Morrell Jr. (164.6) takes on Lennox Allen (166.8) for the WBA super middleweight interim belt... the Fox broadcast commences with a junior welterweight bout between Omar Juárez (140.6) and Willie Shaw (140.4).
 

UFC Fight Pass to air Mexican card on Aug. 25th

UFC Fight Pass to air Mexican card on Aug. 25th
Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions returns on August 25th in Mexico with a boxing show streaming live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass' digital subscription service from Marinaterra Hotel & Spa in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. The August 25th show will be headlined by Mexican welterweight Santiago "Somer" Dominguez (21-0, 16 KOs) versus Jose Rosario Cazarez (20-5-1, 10 KOs) over ten rounds. The 28 year-old Dominguez said, "It's been a long wait [six months] to get back in the ring and I have improved with the help of my new coach, Alfredo Ozuna." In Cazareez, he'll be  facing an opponent who is riding a seven-fight unbeaten streak. 
 
The ten-round co-feature is a 130-pound contest between Luis "Koreano" Torres (9-0, 8 KOs) and Jose Luis Vasquez (10-1, 3 KOs). Torres requested the toughest fight of his young career and he got that in Vasquez for what promises to be an extremely entertaining stylistic match-up.
 
UNDERCARD
 
Dominguez' younger brother, welterweight Marco "Nazzy" Dominguez (11-2-1, 10 KOs), is matched against fellow Mexican Salvador "Changuito" Tapia (9-3-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round bout...
 
 
In the UFC Fight Pass opener, Arizona welterweight Jerome Jones, Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) looks to keep his perfect pro record intact versus pure Mexican boxer Mario "Cachalote" Israel Vera (6-1, 0 KOs) in a six-rounder. Vera's only loss came in his last fight on short notice against 19-1 contender Hector Zepeda by way of a ten-round decision on March14th...
 
Also scheduled to fight on the card, off-UFC Fight Pass are Las Vegas-based Mexican super bantamweight Ezequiel "La Brukena" Borrero (2-0, 1 KOs) vs. Mexico's Jhoan Cano (1-1, 1 KO)...
 
and Mexican welterweights, Jesus "Fierro" Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Bryan Joel Morales (0-3), both of the ast two scheduled for four rounds each.
 

Lennox Lewis fights added to Salita Promotions' Youtube channel

Lennox Lewis fights added to Salita Promotions' Youtube channel
Last month, Salita Promotions continued to build an extensive library of classic fights on its YouTube Channel by reaching an agreement with Lennox Lewis’ long-time promoter/manager, Panos Eliades of Panix Promotions, to display nearly all of Lewis’ hall-of-fame career, free of charge to boxing fans. Panix’s collection of videos spans from Lewis’ 1989 pro debut as the 1988 Olympic champion through his successful defense of the WBC and IBF heavyweight championships in 2000 over David Tua.
 
Lewis (pictured) only fought four more times after Tua, retiring in 2003 as a three-time world heavyweight champion and two-time lineal champion. He remains the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed heavyweight championship.
 
A UK-based accountant before and after his sensational time in boxing, Eliades promoted Lewis from his sensational stoppage of Razor Ruddock in 1992 until the aforementioned unanimous decision over Tua in 2000 and won the prestigious Cus D'Amato Award, the Boxing Writers of America Manager of the Year Award, in 1998.
 
“Lennox Lewis is one of the greatest heavyweights of all time,” said Eliades. “I am happy that boxing fans will have a chance to relive his rise to the top and some of his signature victories.”
 
The addition of Eliades’ Lennox Lewis fight videos joins a Salita Promotions YouTube Channel that already features thousands of hours of classic fights available free of charge from such names as Cedric Kushner’s CKP, Dan Goossen’s America Presents, Gary Shaw Productions, Kings Promotions, and Leon Margules’ Warriors Boxing Promotions.
 
“Lennox Lewis is one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and I’m honored to have reached this agreement with Panos Eliades,” said Dmitriy Salita. “Boxing fans will now be able to trace the fight-by-fight legend of one of the best big men to ever enter the ring.
 

WBC says if Whyte beats Povetkin, he's entitled to fight Fury-Wilder III winner

WBC says if Whyte beats Povetkin, he's entitled to fight Fury-Wilder III winner

WBC says if Whyte beats Povetkin, he's entitled to fight Fury-Wilder III winner
The WBC has issued a brief statement saying "if WBC interim [heavyweight] champion Dillian Whyte is triumphant against Alexander Povetkin, the winner of the upcoming Tyson Fury v. Deontay Wilder III bout, which is scheduled for December 19th, must face interim champion Whyte in the mandatory defense of the WBC world heavyweight title early next year. The WBC is very much looking forward to this tremendous activity in the heavyweight division." Editor's note: see how sneaky and potentially unfair the WBC is... the statement does not guarantee anything for Povetkin if Povetkin defeats Whyte. The Whyte-Povetkin interim title bout is scheduled for August 22nd at the headquarters of Matchroom Boxing in Brentwood, England. It will be televised live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and Ireland and on DAZN around the world.
 
 

Otto Wallin and Travis Kauffman both have mental hurdles to overcome on Saturday

Otto Wallin and Travis Kauffman both have mental hurdles to overcome on Saturday
The August 15th Showtime Championship Boxing broadcast will feature heavyweights Otto Wallin (pictured) and Travis Kauffman in a ten-round showdown at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Both men will be dealing with their own mental issues: Wallin (20-1, 13 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time since losing a competitive fight to Tyson Fury in September 2019, while Kauffman (32-3, 23 KOs) trained for this fight wihtout the guidance of his longtime trainer Naazim Richardson, who was ill and passed away very recently.
 
Wallin nearly shocked Fury, now the WBA champion, when he opened up a gruesome cut over Fury's right eye with a legal punch that nearly halted the fight. While the 29 year-old Wallin lost a decision, he proved his mettle as a legitimate heavyweight. Representing his native Sundsvall, Sweden, Wallin trains in New York with former champion Joey Gamache. "I'm very happy to finally be back in the ring," said Wallin. "It's been a long and crazy year in many ways and it feels great to be getting ready to step back into the ring. I've been training steady since the Fury fight and I feel like I've developed my game in a lot of ways. Kauffman is a tough veteran that can both come forward or box if he wants to. He's a fan friendly fighter and I have to be ready at all times. We have a great game plan as always and I'm in excellent shape. I know I have all the tools to beat Kauffman."
 
A veteran of the heavyweight landscape, Kauffman owns a ledger that includes challenges of top heavyweights including Luis Ortiz, Chris Arreola and Amir Mansour, amongst others. The Reading, Pennsylvania native lost his most recent bout to Ortiz, following a 2018 triumph over Scott Alexander.
 
"This is my first training camp in seven years without Brother Naazim Richardson, but I know that he wouldn't want me to leave camp and he'd want me to stay focused," said Kauffman. "Having him pass away while I was in camp was one of the hardest things I've had to deal with, but there's adversity in every camp I've had. I wouldn't feel right if there wasn't adversity to overcome. My father, Marshall, stepped back in as my head trainer. We know we're facing a young, hungry fighter, but I have more experience than him and I don't think he can last 10 rounds with me when I'm at 100% like I'll be on August 15th."
 
Additional non-televised action will include super middleweight contender Alantez Fox (26-2-1, 12 KOs) battling Ghana's Habib Ahmed (27-1-1, 18 KOs) in an eight-round attraction.
 

Weigh-in report from Brentwood, England

Weigh-in report from Brentwood, England
Here are the boxers' weights for Week 2 of Matchroom Camp:
 
WBC/IBO 130-pound womens' championship:
Terri Harper (10-0) 129.3 pounds -vs.- Natasha Jonas (9-1) 129.4 pounds
 
Aqib Fiaz vs Kane Baker is off due to Fiaz "feeling unwell" according to Matchroom, the show's promoter.  The card continues as a four-fight show. Baker, who weighed in, said "I'm gutted, I've shed a few tears. I've had one of the best weeks ever but now it's a sad ending. I'll be back."
 
MORE WEIGHTS: 
 
Chris Billam-Smith (10-1) 199.75 pounds -vs.- Nathan Thorley (14-0) 199.75 pounds;
 
Anthony Fowler (12-1) 152.5 pounds -vs.- Adam Harper (9-1) 153.25 pounds; and
 
Hopey Price (2-0) 126.5 pounds -vs.- takes on Jonny Phillips (5-4, 2 KOs) 128.5 pounds.

James-Dulorme conference call quotes

James-Dulorme conference call quotes

James-Dulorme conference call quotes
Jamal "Shango'' James and Thomas Dulorme previewed their battle for the WBA welterweight interim belt on a media conference call Thursday before they headline the return of Fox PBC Fight Night this Saturday, August 8th from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Here is what the conference call participants had to say Thursday:
 
JAMAL JAMES
"It's good to be back. On Saturday I'm going to give everyone the fireworks they've been waiting for. I'm glad to have this opportunity to be in this first main event back.
 
"It would have been nice to have been able to fight in my hometown, but I'm more blessed to have this opportunity on this stage than I am disappointed.
 
"Dulorme and I have both fought really good competition. He's fought some guys with slightly bigger names, but once we get in there Saturday we're going to find out who has the best skills. That's what it's going to come down to.
 
"We always stay in shape. We just slowed down the intensity of training once it was postponed because we didn't know when we'd be back on again. But even in normal times, I stay training in between fights. This is a full-time job for me. Once we got the word that we were back on, we just turned up the heat a little bit.
 
"It's important to be at your best every time you get in the ring, no matter where it is. I was blessed to bring world class events back to Minneapolis, but I've fought all over. This is a big fight, but the reality is, every fight before was just as big. If I didn't get past them, then I wouldn't be in the position I'm in now.
 
"He's a strong fighter and I know that he's got his own style and tricks, but I have my own too. That's what makes these fights so exciting, because you have to tune in to see which style will prevail. I'm not underestimating him, I know he's going to be at his best, but my confidence is so high because of how I trained.
 
"When you get in the ring, your main focus is on your opponent and what your corner is saying. The crowd is like white noise. Having no crowd on Saturday, I don't think it's going to affect me. I'm going to be able to hear my corner and zone in on what I'm trying to do."
 
THOMAS DULORME
 
"Every fight is important and a win on Saturday will get me closer to what I want. I'm aiming for the world title and I'm going to keep working to get there.  
 
"There wasn't any one specific fight that made me know I had to make adjustments in my career. But I knew that I had to make changes to reach the peak of my abilities and I think I've done that and it's shown in recent years.
 
"Jamal James is a good fighter, obviously his talent has got him to the position where he is now. But I don't think that it's going to be enough to get him through all 12 rounds on Saturday night.
 
"It would mean so much to win a world title, not just for me, but it would mean a great deal to the whole island of Puerto Rico. It would mean so much and it's much bigger than me. That's what I fight for.
 
"Me and my coach Joel Diaz made a few adjustments this camp. I never went back to Puerto Rico during the pandemic, I stayed in California the whole time. We didn't stop training, we just slowed down a little bit and then built it back up once we knew when this fight would happen.
 
"I think James' style is going to make this a great fight. He likes to stand there and throw a lot of punches. It's possible that he's changed up his style, and we'll be ready for anything he brings, but I think that it's going to be a very entertaining fight.
 
"Training in California has helped me a lot. I can focus better than ever being here. There's also a lot of different styles of fighters here in the US, more than in Puerto Rico, and I learned a lot being around these fighters.
 
"I'm very happy and excited to be here. It's going to be a great fight for all the fans that will be watching. I can guarantee a great fight."
 
PROMOTER TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
 
"We're thrilled to be back on Fox, FS1 and Fox Deportes headlined by this great main event in one of boxing's hottest divisions with these two welterweights. Jamal James' last four fights have been in his hometown of Minneapolis and he's built a great fan base there. It's too bad that we couldn't have him fight in front of his hometown fans. Prior to the pandemic, this was a fight that I was really looking forward to, so it's great for this to be our featured fight coming back.
 
"Dulorme has proven to be a force in the welterweight division and has fought the top level of competition throughout his career. I've heard great things coming from his training camp, so this should be a great battle with the winner putting themselves in a prime position in the division.
 
"You really have to applaud the fighters and everyone who has been involved in getting these fights back going again. It's going to be nonstop action and a lot of excitement for everyone watching on Saturday night."
 

Craig MacIntyre has new opponent for Aug. 12th

Craig MacIntyre has new opponent for Aug. 12th
Scottish junior welterweight Craig MacIntyre has a new opponent for August 12th: he'll now face Ishmael Ellis instead of Darren Surtees. MacIntyre (11-0-1) meets Ellis (11-2) at Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England on August 12, live in the US on ESPN+ and worldwide on IFL TV. An injury has forced Surtees out of the bout. [Editor's note: Ellis probably has the most unbelievably padded record in boxing. For his 11 wins, his opponents' combined record at the time they fought was a staggering 73-891-31!]
 
MacIntyre said: “I was gutted when I heard about the change, but credit to my team MTK Global as they sorted it out and got me a new opponent, so I’m buzzing to still be fighting. We’ve been focusing on Surtees for the last however many weeks and putting a game plan together to fight him, but this doesn’t change anything, I’ve still got the same job to do. We’ve had a look at Ellis and I don’t know what sort of fight to expect, but I’ll get the business done. I feel like if I land cleanly then I can hurt most people in the division.”
 
Ellis said: “I’m really excited. I’ve been waiting for something to come up for a while, so to fight on an MTK Global is a great opportunity. I’m happy to fight anyone. I’ve been ticking over gradually over the last few months to make sure I’m always fit. I’m expecting a high pace and skilful boxing. We’re both going to put on a good boxing display for the fans around the world to appreciate. I’m hoping a win will lead me on to more big shows to get my name out there a bit more.”
 
MacIntyre vs. Ellis is part of a show headlined by Jono Carroll vs. Maxi Hughes and which also features Sean McComb taking on Siar Ozgul.

Canada's Tony Luis stands in front of the gate for Arnold Barboza

Canada's Tony Luis stands in front of the gate for Arnold Barboza
Yesterday, Top Rank announced Claifornia junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr., will step up his competition level by facing Canadian veteran Tony “Lightning” Luis on August 29th in Las Vegas. The ESPN+ broadcast that night will be headlined by WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez defending against WBC title holder Viktor “The Iceman” Postol.
 
Luis (29-3, 10 KOs), from Cornwall, Canada, is a volume puncher with a knack for upsetting undefeated fighters. Since 2014, he has taken the ‘0’ from three previously unbeaten men, including a nationally televised decision over Karl Dargan in January 2015. Luis has won 10 consecutive fights since an April 2015 decision loss to Derry Matthews for an interim lightweight world title in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England.
 
Luis said, "I want to thank Top Rank and my promoter, Liveco Boxing, for this amazing opportunity. I'm proud of myself for not giving up throughout all the uncertainty over the past several months. I knew this pandemic would be a test of character, and I forced myself to stay dedicated, knowing that if an opportunity arose, I'd be ready to strike. I have not lost in over five years, I'm in the best shape in my life, and I feel that Arnold Barboza Jr. is the perfect opponent to showcase my skills and take my career to the next level. Everyone dreams of fighting in Las Vegas. On August 29th, my dream will come true, and I plan to make the most of this opportunity. For a small-town kid, we proved a lot of people wrong. Let's get it on."
 
Barboza Jr. (23-0, 10 KOs) makes his 2020 debut following a 2019 campaign that saw him gain recognition in the 140-pound weight class with three solid wins. He knocked out [faded] former WBO titleholder Mike Alvarado on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla undercard, stopped Ricky Sismundo in four rounds, and scored a body shot knockout over William Silva last November. 
 
“Tony Luis is as tough as they come. He won't lay down for me. He sees this as a big opportunity, and I can’t let him take it,” Barboza said. “To be honest, the whole no fans thing, I’m more curious than anything. I’ve fought in front of limited fans deep on undercards before. Once you’re in the ring, there’s no difference. I am happy to be part of this ‘Bubble’ experience because it will go down in history.”
 
 
 

September 5th show announced for Tijuana

September 5th show announced for Tijuana

September 5th show announced for Tijuana
On Saturday, September 5th, Toscano Promotions presents pro boxing at the Historic Jai Alai Palace in Tijuana, Mexico. The show be will streamed live all over the world on bestinboxing.com. The first four fights on the undercard will be shown for free, with the main card available of pay-per-stream purchase for $10. In the eight-round, flyweight main event, Angel Ramos (24-1-2 with 17 KOs) will take on Jorge Villalobos (10-0-3 with 6 KOs). In the six-round co-feature, Stockton, California's Manuel Jaimes (9-0 with 8 KOs) will battle Francisco Rubio (9-1-1 with 7 KOs) in a six-round lightweight bout.
 
The 26 year-old Ramos is an eight-year pro who was undefeated in his first 15 fights, which was highlighted by a win over Samuel Ramos (5-1).  Since suffering his lone setback, Ramos has been undefeated over nine contests with wins over Julian Yedras (24-5) Angel Guvara, a fifth-round stoppage on November 30th in his hometown of Ensenada.
 
Villalobos is a 20 year-old native of Guadalajara, Mexico who is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Angel Castillo on December 20th.
 
Jaimes, age 20, is coming off a third-round stoppage over Lorenzo Antonio Juarez (5-0) on June 26th in Tijuana.  Jaimes, who is an action fighter, is a machinist in the ring, grinding his opponents down.
 
Rubio is a capable 32 year-old from Tijuana who has a first-round stoppage over previously undefeated Dorian Tavizon (4-0).  Rubio will be looking to rebound from his first pro defeat.
 
UNDERCARD
 
In a six-round bout on the main card, Giovannie Gonzalez (10-5, 8 KOs) of Stockton, California battles undefeated Brandon Cortez (5-0, 4 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in a lightweight fight. Gonzalez is known for his huge heart, and his crowd pleasing style...
 
In a four-round bout on the main card, Wade Jones III (4-0, 2 KOs) of Stockton, California will take on an opponent to be named in a lightweight fight...
 
On the free undercard, Sergio Perez (2-0, 2 KOs) takes on Noe Ontiveros (6-0, 4 KOs) of Tijuana in a six-round fight featuring undefeated local lightweights...
 
Jose Alvarado (6-0, 4 KOs) of Ensenada, Mexico fights Daniel Acosta (8-1, 5 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a six-round lightweight tussle. Alvarado was a five-time Mexican National champion, who compiled a 125-10 amateur record...
 
Elvis Bravo Salazar (9-2, 6 KO) of Tuxpan, Mexico will take on an opponent to be named in a six-round middleweight bout.
 
The free undercard will be hosted by Emmy-Award winner Courtney Perna, and can be seen on Fight Hub TV on You Tube, Abrams Boxing on Youtube, Best in Boxing on Facebook; Best in Boxing on Youtube ; Global Sports Streaming on Periscope / Twitter as well as globalsportsstreaming.com and bestinboxing.com. 
 
"I am very excited to be putting this event on.  This is an opportunity to do a few things all at once and that is to keep fighters busy, put them in competitive bouts, and introduce some stars of the future.  With Best In Boxing, we can showcase our fighters around the world and when you look at the matchups for September 5th, you can see how competitive and entertaining these fights will be," said Jorge Toscano of Toscano Promotions.
 
"We are working with promoters to assure top quality and exciting fights that fight fans are looking for," said Armando Bereno of Global Sports Streaming.  "Getting to know, and working with Toscano Boxing Promotions has been like a breath of fresh air. They believe 100% in bringing entertaining competitive fights to fight fans and they live by that every fight card. Jorge Toscano's number one goal is to develop top-level fighters while bringing action fights to the fight fans. Jorge is a fan first and so he wants to deliver fights that he wants to watch.  I talked to a lot of promoters about how they could make money in this new pandemic environment and it was clear we had to go to a pay-per-view model to keep relevant. The business of boxing requires smaller promoters to make money off of their live gate and without that they have a choice to not do shows or go online with their product. Here at GSS, we stepped up to bring the service of pay per view to promoters.  We believe that fight fans will pay to support their fighters if we create entertaining shows for them. Toscano already produced great fights before the pandemic and so PPV is just an extension of what they already do."More bouts will be announced.
 

Ramirez-Postol back on tap for August 29th

Ramirez-Postol back on tap for August 29th
Ramirez-Postol, Take 3... the twice-postponed showdown between WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez (pictured) and former WBC title holder Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (31-2, 12 KOs) will take place at the MGM Grand Conference Center Saturday, Aug. 29th. Ramirez and Postol were first set to fight on February 2nd in China and May 9th in Fresno, Calif., but due to the coronavirus pandemic, both were subsequently canceled. This time, they will enter the Top Rank Bubble in Las Vegas. In the ten-round junior welterweight co-feature, unbeaten Arnold Barboza Jr., from South El Monte, Calif., will fight Canadian veteran Tony “Lightning” Luis in his toughest test to date. Ramirez-Postol and Barboza-Luis will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 10 p.m ET, with undercard action to stream live at 7:30 p.m. ET.
 
“Jose has stayed in the gym with his great trainer, Robert Garcia, throughout the pandemic,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “I have no doubt we will see the best version of Jose Ramirez, a wonderful young man and one of the world’s best fighters. He will need to be on his game because Postol is a worthy contender who has proven himself at the world-class level.”
 
Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) enters the fight coming off a career-high 13-month layoff. Last July, he knocked out Maurice Hooker to unify the WBC and WBO titles. Since winning the vacant WBC title against Amir Imam in March 2018, Ramirez defeated the previously undefeated Antonio Orozco, Jose Zepeda and then Hooker. The Orozco and Zepeda title defenses took place in front of more than 10,000 fans at Fresno’s Save Mart Center, a short drive from his hometown of Avenal.
 
During the early stages of the pandemic, Ramirez teamed up with Central Valley community leaders to assist the region’s agricultural workers. With Ramirez leading the way, they donated essential supplies and more than 1,000 wellness boxes, which included N95 masks, paper towels, toilet paper, rice, masa, beans and hand sanitizer. Ramirez now turns his focus to Postol , a former WBC world champion whose only two losses have come against current IBF/WBA junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor and current WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Postol has won two bouts since the Taylor defeat, most recently topping Mohamed Mimoune via decision last April in Las Vegas.
 
"I’m excited to finally be back. It’s always an honor stepping into the ring, fighting a guy like Postol and defending my belts,” Ramirez said. “God knows that my goal is to become the undisputed champion, and this gets me one step closer to my goal."
 
Postol said, “I'm just looking forward to fighting. I'm coming to win those world titles. I have been training since this fight was first announced, so I'm focused and ready to go.”
 
 

WBO sets Aug. 11th date for Navarrete-Magdaleno purse bid

WBO sets Aug. 11th date for Navarrete-Magdaleno purse bid

The WBO is moving forward with plans to fill its vacant featherweight championship by matching Emanuel Navarrete vs. Jessie Magdaleno. The repsective promoters (Top Rank for Magdaleno, Zanfer for Navarrete) were instructed by the WBO that if a deal for the fight is not reached, a purse bid will be held on August 11th. Due to coronavirus, the envelopes will be opened via Zoom, not in person. The WBO featherweight title was recently vacated by Shakur Stevenson. Navarrete (31-1) held the WBO super bantamweight title from 2018 to 2020, but like Stevenson, he vacated in the post-coronavirus era in order to move up in weight. Magdaleno (28-1) was one of Navarrete's predecessors as WBO 122-pound champion. Magdaleno defeared Nonito Donaire for the title in 2016 and turned it over to Isaac Dogboe in 2018. Navarrete then beat Dogboe. source: wbo

Matchroom signs WBO super featherweight champion Ewa Brodnicka

Matchroom signs WBO super featherweight champion Ewa Brodnicka
[Mikaela Mayer fans take note:] Undefeated WBO super featherweight champion Ewa Brodnicka of Poland has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and has targeted a unification clash with the winner of Terri Harper vs. Natasha Jonas (which will have the WBC and IBO titles at stake). Poland’s Brodnicka (19-0, 2 KOs), a former European lightweight champion, outpointed Irma Balijagic Adler to land the interim WBO title in May 2017 before capturing the full crown against Sarah Pucek in Czestochowa a year later.
 
"Kleo" has made five successful defences of her title, all in Poland, most recently decisioning Belgium’s Djemilla Gontaruk in March. Now, the 36-year-old is determined to get her hands on Harper’s WBC and IBO belts. “I’m delighted to team up with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing,” said Brodnicka. “Women’s boxing is on fire right now and I want to be in all the big fights starting with the unification match up between the winner of Harper and Jonas. I’m excited for the future and can’t wait for my return to the ring.”
 
“I’m delighted to welcome Ewa to the team” said Hearn. “This sets up a huge unification fight between the winner of Terri Harper vs. Natasha Jonas at Fight Camp at a time where women’s boxing continues to go from strength to strength.”
 

WBA hard at work creating meaningless lightweight title

WBA hard at work creating meaningless lightweight title
The August 15th edition of Showtime Championship Boxing will feature Rolando "Rolly" Romero taking on fellow unbeaten Jackson Maríñez in a twelve-round battle for the interim WBA lightweight title. [The WBA already recognizes Vasiliy Lomachenko as super champion, Gervonta Davis as regular champion and Yvan Mendy as gold champion. Romero has never gone more than six rounds and has never been in a fight scheduled for ten rounds].
 
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev., Romero (11-0, 10 KOs) added three knockout victories to his tally in 2019 before his 2020 debut saw him stop previously unbeaten Arturs Ahmetovs in February. A member of the Mayweather Promotions team, the 24 year-old will look to extend his six-fight knockout streak on August 15th. "It feels great to return to the ring and to be fighting for such a great opportunity," said Romero. "This has been the best camp of my career, and I'll just say this, if a pandemic is holding you back from training, then you don't want it bad enough. I already believe I should be here with the top guys, but the world will actually get to see that I am who I say I am. I'm confident in my abilities as a fighter and I have the best in the business, Floyd Mayweather, behind me. I think this fight will end fairly quickly, but you will get to see the growth in me as a fighter. This is another fight that will further prove I'm here to stay. Sign up for KO's!"
 
"This is a big step up for Rolando, and he's been waiting for the opportunity to showcase his talent," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "He has a big test ahead to prove himself. This is going to be another one that you don't want to miss, so tune-in to Showtime on Saturday, August 15th."
 
The 29-year-old Maríñez (19-0, 7 KOs) holds victories over Esneiker Correa, Rolando Giono and Kenin Betancourt while picking up eight wins between 2018 and 2019. Representing his native Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Maríñez was successful in his U.S. debut in December of last year, stopping Yardley Armenta Cruz in two rounds.
 
"I've had a great training camp for this fight," said Maríñez. "I've been sparring with Vergil Ortiz and Jose Ramirez, plus other fighters in Robert Garcia's gym, and it's gotten me ready to step into the ring. I know that Romero is a tough and durable fighter, so it won't be easy, but I'm going to do anything I can to bring the title back home
 

Introducing Kazakh heavyweight Kamshybek Kunkabayev

Introducing Kazakh heavyweight Kamshybek Kunkabayev
MTK Global announced the signing of Kazakhstan amateur star Kamshybek Kunkabayev. The heavyweight has achieved plenty of success during his amateur career, including multiple national titles and silver medals at the World Championships and Asian Championships in 2017 and 2019. He is also the captain of the Kazakhstan national boxing team, and is eligible to represent his country in the super heavyweight division at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. As aprofessional, Kunkabayev has been in the Wolrd Series of Boxing, going 4-2.
 
Kunkabayev will now continue his career under the guidance of MTK Global, and he’s excited for the future. “I’m very pleased to be signing with MTK Global. I’ve been really happy with what I have achieved in my career so far and I’m confident that working with MTK and Askar Salikbayev can help me reach the top. I have some big goals that I want to accomplish in my career, so I can’t wait to continue proudly representing Kazakhstan and show everybody what I am capable of throughout the rest of my career.”
 
Head of MTK Kazakhstan Askar Salikbayev added: “We are honored to be welcoming Kamshybek Kunkabayev to the team. He is a hero in Kazakhstan and we’re extremely happy to have him join MTK Global. He has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, so we’re thrilled to have him represent Kazakhstan and MTK Global at that prestigious and iconic event. We have really high hopes for what Kunkabayev can achieve in boxing, so it is set to be a very bright future for this exciting star.”
 

Spotlight on Terri Harper vs. Natasha Jonas

Spotlight on Terri Harper vs. Natasha Jonas
Terri Harper says she will “break down” Natasha Jonas when she defends her WBC and IBO super featherweight world titles against the Liverpudlian at Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex, on Friday August 7th, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. Harper (10-0, 5 KOs) was crowned WBC champion after battering Eva Wahlstrom over ten rounds in February. Her first WBC defense comes against Great Britain’s first ever female boxer to compete at an Olympic Games. Despite Jonas’ wealth of experience in the amateur ranks, Harper remains confident that she will emerge victorious. “For me, professional and amateur boxing are two completely different styles,” said Harper. “We’re not going to do anything daft. We’re not just going to be looking for a stoppage. I’m going to use my engine that for some reason Natasha thinks could be a bad thing. I’m going to work Natasha all night and break her down."
 
Harper continued, “'Tasha' gets caught quite a lot and I’m a big strong super featherweight. When I get in the ring I’m easily a good 10 or 12 pounds heavier than what I was at the weigh-in the day before. I’ve got a bit of meat behind my punches and I strongly believe I could get a stoppage over Tasha. She keeps saying there’s nothing I do better than her but obviously I beat Viviane Obenauf [who bet Jonas]. I’m not going to go off that fight, but I think I’ve got one up on Natasha. Every fight I’m having I’m always thinking about that next step and reaching the next level. I enjoy the risks but I feel I have great momentum and I can’t see anything stopping me at the minute.”
 
For her part, Jonas said, “If I land clean, she’ll go. I believe I’ve turned the clock back to how I was pre-Olympics. I’m mentally, physically and emotionally the best I’ve ever been, and I’ll prove that on Friday. The break away from boxing was good. I had time with my little girl which was good, and now I’ve done everything I can do in this camp. I’ve always had power and have a good knockout percentage on my record. Everything I believe Terri can do, we’ve covered. If I didn’t give it my all then I wouldn’t be here, and I’m ready to take this opportunity.”
 
Harper vs. Jonas tops Week 2 of Matchroom Camp, Bournemouth’s Chris Billam-Smith (10-1, 9 KOs) defends his Commonwealth cruiserweight title against Wales' Nathan Thorley (14-0, 6 KOs)... Liverpool junior middleweight Anthony Fowler (12-1, 9 KOs) gets his second outing of the year against Adam Harper (9-1)... Oldham's Aqib Fiaz (5-0) steps up against Birmingham’s Kane Baker (13-6)... and Leeds featherweight Hopey Price (2-0) takes on Jonny Phillips (5-4, 2 KOs).
 
 

Cecilia Braekhus training camp report

Cecilia Braekhus training camp report
World welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus is ready to burst out of her Big Bear (California) training camp and become a record breaker as she puts her titles on the line against Jessica McCaskill on the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday August 15th, live on DAZN. Braekhus (36-0, 9 KOs) tackles the unified junor welterweight champion McCaskill (8-2, 3 KOs) knowing that victory will see her pass Joe Louis 72 year record of 25 straight successful championship defenses – but history isn’t in the Norwegian’s mind having had plenty of time to prepare for face the tenacious Chicagoan.
 
The pair were set to clash in April in Maryland but the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to all sporting events. Braekhus started camp for that fight in January – her second outing with trainer Abel Sanchez – and believes an elongated spell in the Big Bear mountains with her esteemed coach will give her the edge in Tulsa. “I’ve been in Big Bear since January because I wanted to be back in the ring as soon as possible and wanted everyone to know that I’d be ready at the first opportunity,” said Brækhus. “When I got the chance to be one of the first to fight for Matchroom on a big show I was very happy. I’m in the best shape ever, I feel amazing. I feel strong, I’m in the best condition I’ve ever been in and I’ve worked great with Abel. We’ve made small adjustments; we’re not trying to make me a new fighter but just take the things that I’m already good at and adding things to it to make me a more complete and dangerous fighter."
 
Braekhus continued, “Working with Abel has been so much fun, I’m learning and developing every day and I’m having a great time. I’m in an amazing place in Big Bear, training in the heart of nature, with the mountains and the fresh air, it’s a home away from home as it’s what I grew up with in Norway. I missed belonging to one gym, it’s been a good thing for me, not traveling around from country to country and gym to gym, it takes a toll on you. Being in Big Bear gives you more strength and power, and the high altitude has had a good effect on me. Abel is so professional and has worked with so many champions, I don’t have to tell him anything or explain anything, we just get down to work. He is a great guy, a motivator and that’s something that doesn’t get mentioned very often. The training in Big Bear is brutal but Abel leads by example and that’s really important.”
 
Braekhus-McCaskill tops the Tulsa bill in the unique setting of the downtown streets as Matchroom returns Stateside. Israil Madrimov (11-1 including the World Series of Boxing) meets Eric Walker (20-2 9 KOs) in a final eliminator for [a] WBA 154-pound title...
 
Madrimov’s countryman Shakhram Giyasov (10-3 including the World Series of Boxing) goes against Rey Perez (24-11, 8 KOs) at 140 pounds, after original opponent Francisco Rojo was forced out of the bout after testing positive for coronavirus during his training camp in his home city... a trio of young talents complete the card in Nikita Ababiy (8-0 6 KOs), Raymond Ford (5-0 2 KOs) and the debut of amateur star Marc Castro.
 

Ukrainians Oleh Dovhun and Lyubomyr Pinchuk sign with Star Boxing

Ukrainians Oleh Dovhun and Lyubomyr Pinchuk sign with Star Boxing
Star Boxing announced the signing of two Ukrainian boxers: super bantamweight Oleh Dovhun (11-2 including the World Series of Boxing) and cruiserweight/heavyweight Lyubomyr Pinchuk (12-1-1 7 KOs). Both men now live, fight and train out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
A southpaw nicknmaed the "Ukrainian Pitbull", Dovhun, began boxing in his hometown of Stebnyk at 10-years-old where he amassed 347 amateur fights, was a member of the World Series of Boxing Ottoman Team, which produced greats like Vasyl Lomenchenko, and won 5 Ukrainian National Titles.  Now, at 26, Dovhun, made the move to Pittsburgh and has been training out of the Conn-Greb Boxing Club under Michael McSorley.
 
"Oleh is the slickest fighter I have ever worked with," said McSorley, "he is hard to hit and punishes you at obscure angles." So far, Dovhun's best win came in March of 2019 over then-undefeated Daron Williams.
 
A Lviv native, "Demolition Man" Pinchuk banked over 250 amateur fights before making the move to Pittsburgh. The 24 year-old fought six times in 2019. In July of 2019, Pinchuk decisioned then-undefeated Johnnie Langston. McSorley said, "Pinchuk is a throwback fighter who is a fearless and relentless terminator. He is a punishing counter puncher."
 
Pinchuk who tries to emulate himself after his favorite fighter, heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, will now be campaigning at heavyweight heading into the second half of 2020.
 
Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the signing of Dovhun and Pinchuk: "I am very excited to add Oleh and Lyubomyr to the talented stable we have at Star Boxing. Oleh is an exciting fighter in a hot 122-pound division, and Lyubomyr is a good prospect in a hot heavyweight division. With their skill set and the right opportunities, both Oleh and Lyubomyr will prove they belong in the ring with the elite in their respective divisions. I look forward to working with them and for what is to come."
 

Efe Ajagba switches over to Top Rank

Efe Ajagba switches over to Top Rank
Top Rank announced the signing of undefeated heavyweight knockout artist Efe Ajagba to a long-term promotional agreement. [Ajagba was formerly with Premier Boxing Champions]. Ajagba, 26, the Nigerian-born former soccer player, turned pro in 2017 after competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Ajagba will make his Top Rank on ESPN debut in 2020 on a to-be-determined bill. He has also enlisted the services of manager James Prince and head trainer Kay Koroma. [Ajagba has been managed by Shelly Finkel, whose ongoing role, if any, was not mentioned in the press release].
 
At 6-foot-6 and 240-plus pounds, Ajagba (13-0, 11 KOs) is one of the division’s most intimidating physical specimens, a natural puncher with six-first round knockouts on his ledger. He gained notoriety in August 2018, when his opponent Curtis Harper walked out of the ring one second after the opening bell sounded. The disqualification win ended Ajagba’s string of knockouts, and he would score four more knockouts before being taken the distance for the first time in his career. Ajagba last fought March 7th in Brooklyn, knocking out Razvan Cojanu in nine rounds.
 
“I made this decision to become a better boxer and to advance my career. That’s why I signed with James Prince and Top Rank,” Ajagba said. “When I return to the ring soon, you will see a new Efe Ajagba. Kay Koroma and I are working on my head movement and defense, as I seek to become a more well-rounded fighter.”
 
“Efe Ajagba is one of the most gifted young heavyweights I’ve seen in quite some time,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “He has immense physical tools and a great work ethic. I have the utmost confidence that we’re looking at a future heavyweight champion.”
 
 
 
 

Flashback to April: Rosario was thinking about Charlo unification

Flashback to April: Rosario was thinking about Charlo unification
On September 26th, WBA/IBF champion Jeison “Banana” Rosario will unify his two junior middleweight titles with Jermell Charlo's WBC version. Back in April, as the reality of the coronavirus was setting in, Rosario spoke with Boxingtalk's Ivan Montiel about what was then just a possibility, but is now a reality. Here are Rosario's previously unpublished thoughts:
 
Ivan Montiel: You have the WBA and IBF 154-pound titles you won against Julian Williams. Prior to everything shutting down for the coronavirus, many spoke about a unification fight between you and the WBC champion, Jermell Charlo.
 
Jeison Rosario: That’s right but as of now, those are just rumors and nothing has been signed. “Team Banana” is ready for Charlo... but we are also ready for whomever.  
 
IM: Now I know that you will fight “whomever” but I just know that you want Charlo more than anyone else, right?
 
JR: Yes of course. I am willing to fight anyone; the 154 division is on fire. My objective is to collect all the titles, but my first objective is to get a fight versus Charlo.
 
IM: What about moving up to middleweight?
 
JR: No Ivan. Like I just said, first I must capture all the titles at 154. Once I accomplish that, then I will like to move up to 160… My hunger has not left. It’s still in me and it keeps growing as time passes by.  I’ve seen Charlo’s comments towards me saying that he’s the hunter and that I am a piece of meat.  That all of the guys at 154 are to him, pieces of meat. Those types of comments make me work hard, so I give thanks to him for motivating me.  He’s simply provoking me and the day he fights me, he will be frustrated and realize that he is the piece of meat.  Every fighter deserves respect, and I will teach Charlo how to respect.  It has nothing to do with his titles, this guy has no respect for human beings.  Charlo talks like he’s the only one living on this planet, like others are animals. All that trash talk makes me work harder, it gives me strength.
 
IM: This reminds me of fights like Oscar De La Hoya versus Ricardo Mayorga and we saw what happened in the end to Mayorga the trash talker.
 
JR: Exactly. In order to sell a fight, one does not have to offend. Charlo always talks nonsense. This guy is too negative. Charlo doesn’t realize the problem that he’s causing. He doesn’t imagine what he’s creating. 
 
IM: But going negative does sell. We are seeing more and more boxing fans who support this type of bad attitude.  99% of the fighters I have come across are positive but of course there are a few negative guys out there. That’s boxing I guess.
 
JR: Well I don’t care for that type of nonsense. I am here to fight, my show is inside that ring. I don’t want to be the one who talks and ends up not doing what I said I was going to do. I want to please the crowd. I want the public to get the type of fight that they pay for. I don’t have to insult Charlo. All I know is the day I fight him, I will run right over him. I don’t have to offend Charlo... the day we fight it’ll be just Charlo and me. In the end God punishes those types of people, he puts them to shame.  No fans will save you inside that ring.
 
IM: There’s a saying, be careful with the quiet ones.
 
JR: Yes I believe so. Those who talk too much have little time to think. Those who talk way too much talk trash. Then there are the quiet ones like you said which we have to look out for.  The quiet ones analyze and calculate what they are going to do. That saying is so true. A lot of times, I laugh at these types of fighters, they forget that boxing is a sport.  Yes it’s a combat sport, we have the desire to win, no doubt ,but that’s where it ends.  Don’t cross that line.  
 
IM: Hopefully this fight between yourself and Charlo does in fact happen
 
JR: I believe it will happen. Charlo will come to try to get his piece of meat. But his confidence is way too high. I don’t want to insult him, but man, every day he’s motivating me to get stronger.  I work very hard.  Look Ivan there’s lots of top guys at 154 pounds but I keep wanting Charlo due to his trash talk. I want to teach him some respect.  
 
IM: The fact that he motivated you so much could be a bad thing for him.
 
JR: Yes of course.  Apart from all the trash talk that he’s done, I also want to face him simply because he’s one of the best 154 pounders.  Charlo's is the #1 guy at 154 right now, and I want that spot.  My objective to become world champion has not ended yet. Having beat Julian Williams is not enough. Once I beat Charlo, there can’t be any excuse like some think about my win over Williams [was a fluke].  That is why I have Charlo on my mind 24/7… 
 
[The following remarks have an added siginficance in light of the fact that Rosario's boxing advisor Sampson Lewkowicz is currently recovering from cancer surgery, something that had not occurred when Rosario sat for this interview in April]
 
JR: I want to thank my entire team for everything including Sampson Lewkowicz whom has done everything for me.  After my single loss, Sampson gave me another opportunity.  Sampson wanted me to take full advantage of it and I did so.  I want to thank God as well for everything.  Also, my trainer who is like a father figure to me. He always keeps me ready physically and mentally. Sampson is an intelligent guy whom has a good eye for good talent, which of course includes not only you, but also Manny Pacquiao and Sergio Martinez.  Sampson knows exactly what he is doing. Sampson is like a father. He gives me good advice.  Whenever I don’t listen, whenever I make mistakes Sampson says don’t do that, I told you so.  Don’t make that mistake again.  I am not perfect that’s why I need guys like Sampson… My kids will one day know what Sampson and my entire team did for me.  My kids will have to understand that their father succeeded due to all of these people including God almighty. 
 
IM: Then there are the guys who have good people on their side but they just don’t listen to the good advice they receive.
 
JR: That’s true and that happens to a lot of boxers unfortunately a lot of us fail.  I always say it’s better to have eight eyes watching me then just my two eyes.  Once you have two eyes watching ahead, two eyes watching behind, two eyes watching your left and two eyes watching your right it’s very hard to fail.  In boxing nobody can succeed without a good team.  Once again those who do bad things God will not help.  God sees if a fighter turns his or her back on his or her team once he or she has succeeded.  How does it make any sense to change your promoter, manager and trainer once you’ve won a world title that right there is not correct.  There’s a process to becoming a champion yet once a fighter becomes world champion he or she thinks that he’s or she’s invincible.  That right there is when fighters fail.  I am loyal to my entire team no matter what.  The sacrifice, the pain, the bad blood, which sometimes happens no matter what, I will continue to stick with my people.
 
 
 

Jamal James talks about life in Minneapolis

Jamal James talks about life in Minneapolis
The last several months have been challenging for everyone. But in Minneapolis, the community has been doubly shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the highly publicized, brutal killing of George Floyd by a police officer on May 25th.  Welterweight Jamal “Shango” James (26-1, 12 KOs), a proud Minneapolis native, lives and trains in the very neighborhood where the George Floyd incident took place.  “When that happened, things got real crazy in my city,” said James. “My gym is just a mile away from where he was murdered. I live seven blocks from that store. When I’m running in the neighborhood, I run past that spot all the time.”
 
As the protests grew more intense, many businesses in the area closed. Those without means of transportation could no longer access grocery stores and markets. Coupled with the volatile atmosphere, most locals opted to remain home. That’s when Circle of Discipline (COD), James’ home gym and a community center of sorts, decided to step in. James is utilizing this camp as his home training base ahead of his bout this Saturday's bout versus Thomas Dulorme on Fox PBC Fight Night (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).  At stake is the interim WBA welterweight belt. 
 
[But his work at COD goes well beyond boxing].v“We created a food shelf, and we also had people running bags of groceries out to people in need of it,” James said. “We had it organized so only a certain amount of people could come in at a time. We had it set up like a mini supermarket, in a U-shape. People would line up, we’d give them [hand] sanitizer. If they didn’t have a mask, we’d give them a mask. We’d have them come in with a bag and fill it up with stuff as they go through the line. We did social media posts, and we got interviewed on the local radio stations about it. We had a lot of people come and volunteer, people who didn’t even know about our organization before. The food was donated. We had one organization that came with like two U-Haul trucks full of food. It was a blessing because all that food was passed out. It was really cool to see people come together like that.”
 
James began going to COD when he was five. As a child, he learned to box and was mentored by several volunteers. Over the years, he’s switched roles to become a mentor in his own right and a leader in the community. James founded a leadership committee at COD called Pursuit of Discipline (POD), a mentoring group for young men and women. 
 
“I wanted to make a place where people would feel safe to come and talk,” James said. “Since the gym is closed [due to the pandemic], we still try to keep connected with the people we serve by doing Zoom meetings with some of the young men and women.  They can talk about stuff you don’t talk about in school. Relationships, how to overcome peer pressure, financial literacy, and things that are presented to you in life that can be stressful if you haven’t had anybody teach you how to deal with them. Before the pandemic, we’d go on field trips.”
 
COD is renovating a camp in northern Minnesota for getaways and summer camps for the kids in Minneapolis. 
 
“Rich Richardson, one of the owners of the Minneapolis Armory, also leads the Armory Foundation,” James said. “They spearheaded a gala that raised a nice chunk of money for us that is going towards our ‘up north’ camp, so we can renovate it. 
 
“A lot of young men and women we serve come from low income communities, and they gotta grow up quick. They just don’t get those types of opportunities to go to camps in the summer. We took them up here once just for a camping trip. It was crazy to see how these young men and women just came out of their shells. They really got to have fun and be free.”
 
“Creating opportunities for the people we serve is one of my missions,” James said. “Letting them see that there’s more to life than just a little five-mile radius. Having this camp as well as maintaining the place we have in the city will make a big impact in the community, in a bigger way than just being a gym. We also want to have a paid staff so we can have more full-time programs, so people can get paid for doing what they love and helping other people.”
 
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Danny Williams, age 47, approved for mismatch vs. Joel Djeko in Belgium

Danny Williams, age 47, approved for mismatch vs. Joel Djeko in Belgium
A Belgian show on Friday, Aug. 28th, will feature a ghoulish eight-round main event mis-matching heavyweight Tambwe Djeko a/k/a Joel Djeko (17-2-1, 8 KOs) against 47 year-old Danny Williams (54-28, 41 KOs). Williams beat Mike Tyson in 2004, but has been knocked out about 15 times over the course of his career. Several of Williams' knockout losses came against preliminary boxers. Williams' last fight was a winm, but over an opponent listed at 0-9. Meanwhile, Djeko has won eight in a row.
 
The co-feature showcases Belgian countrymen Brice Bula Galo (11-1-1, 4 KOs), who currently reigns as the Belgian national welterweight champion, and the young Jan Helin (5-0, 3 KOs). Those two will tangle over six rounds. Others highlighting the card include Swedish light heavyweight contender Oscar Ahlin (18-2, 16 KOs), former Belgian champion and two-time European super featherweight champion Faroukh Kourbanov (16-2, 3 KOs), former WBO super middelweight female champion Femke Hermans (9-3, 3 KOs) and junior middleweight Benjamin Dekeyzer (2-0, 2 KOs).
 
Fans will also be able to catch the pro debut of Belgian Nabil Messaoudi. Messaoudi authored an accomplished international amateur career with more than 70 fights - capturing national titles, earning spots in the European and world championships, and reaching the Olympic qualifiers.
 
FightNight Live will broadcast the Belgian show on its Facebook platform for a $5 fee from Noon to 5 p.m. EDT. "As we all adapt to the continuing effects of this global pandemic, we remain committed to helping boxers safely get back into the ring, and entertaining fight fans everywhere for only $5," said Mark Fratto, Principal and Director of Business Development, Linacre Media. "We're excited to have found some early success for FightNight Live and we're pleased to partner on another international show."
 

MTK signs first American boxer, Lorenzo Simpson

MTK signs first American boxer, Lorenzo Simpson
MTK Global announced an advisory deal with Baltimore junior middleweight Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson. The move will see MTK Global work alongside Simpson’s uncle and manager Raheem and his management company Xquizit Sports. Simpson (8-0, 5-0 KOs) is MTK Global’s first American-born signing. He is set to return to the ring later this month, taking on Sonny Duversonne (11-0-2) live on CBS Sports.
 
The 20 year-old had a highly successful amateur career, earning several national titles along the way. He is also the nephew of former world heavyweight champion and boxing legend Hasim Rahman. Simpson said: “I’m really pleased to sign an advisory deal with MTK Global. They manage a number of incredible fighters such as Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Taylor and more, so to be part of the same team as those guys is great. I’m unbeaten in my professional career so far, and now with my uncle Raheem and Xquizit Sports working with MTK Global, I’m looking forward to seeing where we can go from here. I boxed around the world as an amateur, so hopefully with this new deal that can happen again and fans from all over the globe can see me in action.”
 
Raheem said: “It’s an honour to be working with MTK Global as they sign this advisory deal with Lorenzo. We’ve guided his career to where it is today and now we’re thrilled about what opportunities are set to open up with this new venture. I’ve had high hopes for Lorenzo for a long time, and with him only being 20. I’m confident that he has what it takes to become a superstar in this sport for years to come.”
 
MTK Global CEO Bob Yalen added: “We’re proud to be welcoming Lorenzo Simpson to the team. We’re always striving to work with the best boxers in the world and we truly believe that he is destined to reach those heights. We’ve expanded into America recently with the unveiling of the MTK Tuscon Gym, and with other moves in the USA on the horizon soon, we’re certain that Lorenzo can spearhead our presence in the country and become a huge name. He’s clearly a very exciting fighter and brings with him a superb amateur pedigree, so I urge fans to keep an eye on his progression because he’s definitely capable of achieving plenty of success.”

Introducing Colorado super middleweight Shawn McCalman

Introducing Colorado super middleweight Shawn McCalman
Fighter Locker has signed Shawn "The Amazing" McCalman (4-0, 2 KOs), a super middleweight out of Aurora, Colorado, to a mangerial contract. McCalman, who had a 65-7 amateur record, was a three-time Colorado State Golden Gloves champion, as well as a three-time regional winner. Former WBC 154-pound champion Tony Harrison has used McCalman as his chief sparring partner, including for Harrisons title-winning performance in 2018 vs. previously undefeated (31-0) Jermell Charlo.  
 
The 26 year-old McCalman made his pro debut in September 2018, when he knocked out Jake Featherman in the opening round. He has since defeated, in order, Isaiah William Reyez, Damarian Kelly and 5-2 Lorawnt Nelson in his most recent fight this past January.  
 
"Shawn and I had a great conversation and we clicked right away," Fight Locker's Ryan Roach commented. "It made sense for the two of us. It's always exciting for me getting a new fighter and Shawn really has it all. He's fast and strong and has been in camps with world-class boxers. This is a great opportunity. I'm looking forward to Shawn showcasing his skills and climbing the ranks."
 
McCalman spoke about signing a managerial contract with Fighter Locker: "I had a great conversation with Ryan when (his co-head coach and former champion) Verno Phillips introduced us. We met and he was someone who genuinely cares about his fighters. He made a point that his fighters are like family to him. I've seen in the short time I've known him that he puts his fighters in position to succeed. Honestly, I think that's rare in boxing, and I really appreciate that about Ryan."
 
McCalman continued, "I'm a young, hungry, talented diamond in the rough. Ryan taking a chance means a lot and I think the two of use together will accomplish great things. Once this train gets going there's no stopping it. So, jump aboard now.....next stop world championship level!"  
 
McCalman joins Fighter Locker's roster, which includes a talented Ukrainian trio of junior middleweight Stanyslav Skofokhod (19-2, 16 KOs), welterweight Karen Chukhadzhian (16-1, 7 KOs) and junior welterweight Zoravor Petrosyan (7-0, 3 KOs). Other Fighter Locker boxers include Dominican welterweight Juan Carlos "Merengue" Abreu (23-5-1, 21 KOs), Lynn, MA junior middleweight Khiry Todd (10-1, 8 KOs), Dorchester, MA welterweight Gabriel Duluc (15-3, 4 KOs), Troy, NY junior welterweight RayJay Bermudez, Toronto welterweight Jeff "The Trouble 1" Tabrizi (8-3, 7 KOs), New Haven, CT junior middleweight Jimmy "Quiet Storm" Williams (16-3-2, 5 KOs), super featherweight Jesus Vasquez, Jr., plus Irish National champion Paul Ryan, who will fight as a welterweight in the pro ranks, and U.S. Army super bantamweight Daniel Bailey, Jr. 
 
 

Late results: Full fight report from Queensberry Promotion's show on Friday

Late results: Full fight report from Queensberry Promotion's show on Friday
Caoimhin Agyarko TKO9 Jez Smith... In Queensberry Promotions' co-feature last weekend at England's BT Sport Studios, Belfast bruiser Caoimhin Agyarko (8-0 including the World Series of Boxing) toppled Jez Smith (11-2-1) in a middleweight contest. Agyarko would land a series of punishing blows to Smith’s body in the first, eventually forcing Jez to cover up on the ropes as the round came to a close with a variety of different blows raining down on him from all angles. Smith began to find a home for his jab in the second but arguably the more consequential work was still coming from Caoimhin who continued to land from mid-range. A competitive third round saw Smith land a few solid right hands but the bulk of the work was from Agyarko, who entered the fourth round confidently. Despite a right hand livener from Smith, Agyarko soon swarmed his opponent. He was unable to finish his man though, and they soon found themselves back in the centre of the ring swinging leather. By the sixth Caoimhin started to pull away as his power started to tell. Jez did land a big straight right hand of his own but soon Agyarko was battering his man with hooks, uppercuts and straights as Smith took solace in the ropes. Smith spent more time on the ropes in the seventh and Agyarko felled his man with a double right uppercut followed by a left hook to the body. Smith did see the eighth round but the writing looked to be on the wall. Agyarko had his man down with another big shot to the body with forty seconds left on the round, but Smith survived the round. It was Smith who opened the ninth with a series of shots of his own, but it was nothing more than a last gasp attempt to claw something back from the fight. It wasn’t long before Agyarko dropped Jez with a big right hand and the ref waved it off with two minutes left to go in the round.
 
Nick Ball W8 Jerome Campbell... On the same show, Nick Ball (13-0) defeated Jerome Campbell (6-1) in a battle of undefeated super featherweights. Six of Ball’s twelve previous professional contests had not made it out of the second round and that was clearly on his mind as he opened the fight like a buzzsaw. He swarmed Campbell and, despite being the shorter man, Ball repeatedly threw wide and wild shots to his opponents head. The second round saw Campbell again pressed up against the ropes and eating wide, powerful shots but the elusive early finish never came. Campbell spent even more time against the ropes in the third, but as the round progressed the pace slowed and Jerome was able to ping back some shots of his own. He took that momentum into the fourth, which was a better round again for Campbell, but every time he stepped back onto the ropes he’d allow Ball a gap to unleash one of his furious combinations. The fifth and sixth followed a familiar pattern and although Campbell did start to work his body shots well, Ball’s persistence and relentlessness was the story of the fight. In the seventh, Campbell held the centre ring a little better to begin with but before long Ball had his man down. The final minute of the seventh round saw Ball headhunt but Campbell was able see the final round. The eighth round came and went in typical fashion with Campbell being bashed up on the backfoot but surviving the onslaught to hear the final bell. It was just left to the referee to confirm a 79-72 score in favour of Nick Ball.
 
Lyndon Arthur W12 Dec Spelman.... In the main event, the Commonwealth crown would be contested between Lyndon "King" Arthur (now 17-0) and Dec Spelman (16-4). The opening round was evenly matched with Spelman pushing the pace on the front foot and Arthur patiently waiting for an opportunity to land his patented right hand. Spelman would continue to try to push Arthur backwards through rounds two and three but Arthur was boxing well and landing good jabs and uppercuts. As round three came to a close, the more accurate work was coming from Arthur and blood had appeared on the face of Spelman. The fourth round was better for Spelman as he started to put his shots together well, with the straight right and left hook doing a good job for him. His right eye was starting to swell, though. Spelman worked hard in the fifth, but a solid right uppercut from Arthur showed his class and he spent the round peppering the Scunthorpe man with stiff jabs. Spelman rallied to finish the round on top with a couple of decent shots. Lyndon’s jab was equally potent in the sixth and he spent the early stages of the round holding his man back with the piston-like lead hand. Dec never looked in danger of slowing down, but the blood really began to show as the round closed with a showboating Arthur pinging shots towards Spelman with confidence. Round seven was another familiar tale of slickness versus industry and, though Spelman’s face told a tale of woe, he did land a decent right hook to the body of Arthur that made the ‘King’ wince. Round eight was another successful one for Arthur whose quality continued to show over Spelman’s pressure. Through rounds nine and ten Spelman continued to work hard but the gulf in class between the two men seemed only to grow as Arthur continued to box exquisitely off the back foot. Lyndon looked comfortable at all ranges and was hiding a dizzying area of bludgeoning shots behind more fantastic work with his jab. In characteristic fashion, Spelman pressed the action in the eleventh but there was a sense time was running out for him to turn it around.  That would prove to be true in the final round where Arthur summed up the fight as a whole by continuing to determine the pace with his solid jab and accurate array of power shots. It was left, then, to the judges to confirm what we already knew, as Arthur was confirmed to have defended his crown by margins of 116-112, 116-113 and 119-109 respectively. Bigger nights, and names, lay ahead for Arthur as Anthony Yarde is waiting just around the corner.
 
Andrew Cain KO3 Ed Harrison... Up first in the running order was 23 year-old featherweight Andrew Cain, who took on Blackpool’s Ed Harrison. Cain looked like he meant business from the off, opening up confidently with his hands down and stalking his opponent around the ring. He followed that game plan throughout the first round, walking his man down and trying to land heavy left hooks when openings occurred. In the second round of a potential six, Cain started with a barrage of punches that immediately backed up Blackpool’s Harrison. As the claret began to emerge from Ed Harrison’s nose, Cain continued to walk down his foe. Round three started with heavy hooks hammering the head of Harrison, the left hook in particular proving to be a potent weapon for Cain. Harrison was game, throwing shots of his own, but the fight was starting to look like a beating. Harrison (1-4) saw out a torrid third round but his corner ultimately decided to call the fight off before the fourth round could begin. Cain improved to 6-0 with 6 KOs.
 
Brad Strand W4 Brett Fidoe ... In the second bout of the evening, amateur standout Brad Strand had a tricky task in the shape of experienced super bantamweight Brett Fidoe (13-63-5). Strand has had a fairly struggle-free start to his professional career, and Fidoe would prove to be the fourth victim on Brad’s record but not before giving Strand the fight of his life. Fidoe gave a good account of himself in the first, in what proved to be a competitive round. Strand did seem to be establishing his jab as the first came to a close and by the second was using it to continually push back his opponent. Fidoe has only been stopped once in over 80 contests however and he made sure to keep Strand on his toes throughout rounds three and four. Strand’s footwork and jab kept him elusive, though, and his class was on display for all to see. Fidoe drew some blood on his young opponent but would ultimately fall to a 40-36 defeat. That didn’t tell the whole story, though, and the so-called "best journeyman in Britain" could leave the ring with his head held high. Strand improved to 4-0 as a professional, with valuable lessons to take back to Liverpool with him. source for all results: queensberry promotions