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JULY 23, 2018 


HAMAZARYAN PROMOTERS APPEALING TERRIBLE DECISION LOSS TO MATTICE

Press Release: Artie Pelullo, co-promoter of lightweight Zhora Hamazaryan will be appealing the outcome of last Friday's Zhora Hamazaryan - Thomas Mattice fight with the Iowa commission. Pelullo spoke to Iowa Commissioner Joe Walsh right after the fight on Friday, which took place at the WinnaVegas Casino. The bout was seen by a nationally televised audience as the co-feature of a ShoBox: The New Generation card on SHOWTIME. In the fight, Hamazaryan scored an explosive 2nd round knockdown; rocked Mattice several more times, and dominated the action.  Hamazaryan badly hurt Mattice in round seven.  Most people who saw the fight, thought that Hamazayan won 6 rounds to 2, plus the 2nd round knockdown. Hall of Fame SHOWTIME announcer Steve Farhood called the the decision the one of the worst in the history of the series, while his fellow Hall of Fame broadcaster Barry Tompkins went even farther by calling it the worst decision in 40 years.

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JULY 23, 2018 


BELTRAN-PEDRAZA HEADLINES ESPN CARD ON AUGUST 25TH; DOGBOE ALSO IN ACTION

Press Release: Ray Beltran and Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe will head to the desert on Aug. 25 for their first title defenses. In the main event at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, Beltran, who resides in nearby Phoenix, will defend the WBO lightweight title against Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, a former junior lightweight world champion looking to bring another world title home to Puerto Rico. And, in the all-action co-feature, Dogboe will defend the WBO junior featherweight title against Hidenori Otake.

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JULY 23, 2018 


WBO ANNOUNCES OFFICIALS FOR DIAZ-ITO

Press Release: The World Boxing Organization (WBO) announced the officials assigned for this Saturday, July 28th Jr. Lightweight world title clash between WBO ranked number one Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Díaz (23-0, 15 KOs), from Puerto Rico, and WBO ranked number two Masayuki Ito (23-1-1, 12 KOs), from Japan, in a scheduled 12-round match. The duel will be held at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, as the main event of a fight card presented by Top Rank Promotions, and All Star Boxing. Frank Gentile, from Palm Bay, Florida will be the third man in the ring. Roark Young, from Florida, Robin Taylor, from New York and Paul Wallace, from Maryland, were appointed judges of the fight. The supervisor of the fight will be Erno Labega, WBO Second Vice President.
 


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JULY 23, 2018 


STAR BOXING RETURNS TO PARAMOUNT ON SEPTEMBER 21

Press Release: Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing is proud to announce that boxing will return to Long Island in stellar fashion on September 21ST, at "Rockin' Fights" 32 live, from The Paramount in Huntington Long Island. The intimate venue makes it feel as if you are in the ring no matter where your seats are located. The "Rockin' Fights" series has a history of bringing extremely action packed fights to Long Island, and the 32nd edition of the critically acclaimed series will be no different.

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JULY 23, 2018 


KATHY DUVA TALKS UP STELLAR KOVALEV-BIVOL DOUBLEHEADER ON HBO
By G. Leon

We're just two weeks away from your intriguing HBO World Championship Boxing doubleheader headlined by Kovalev-Alvarez, with Bivol-Chilemba serving as the chief support. Can you give us some thoughts on the televised action? I think this is a really fun show. We've got two good fights and it's the kind of thing you love to see, especially in a weight division that's got so much activity and so many interesting fights in it. We're really excited about this card, Alvarez is rated number one in the world, he's undefeated and a really strong opponent for Sergey and Sergey is still the man. Then we've got Bivol who is looking like the future of the division and he's up against Isaac Chilemba, and Isaac is going to make him work so it should be great.

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JULY 23, 2018 


USYK'S TRAINER RUSS ANBER SPEAKS ON DOMINANT WIN OVER GASSIEV
By G. Leon

Congrats on a Usyk's virtuoso performance to become the undisputed fully unified cruiserweight champion of the world. Can you give us some thoughts on the fight? Greg I think he did a great job in camp. The whole team followed the plan that was put together for this and he executed it perfectly. He believed in it from the moment they established the plan. He bought into it and tonight he didn't make any of the mistakes he made in training camp, he just put it all together. It's like they say, it doesn't matter what you do in the gym, it matters what you do in the fight. This was systematic of Muhammad Ali who lost virtually every round he sparred and then looked like a master under the bright lights. It's fitting that the night he won the Muhammad Ali trophy he boxes like Ali, he sticks and moves and stayed on his toes, I mean it was a great performance and I'm proud to be a part of it.

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JULY 23, 2018 


BRITISH HW ELIMINATOR ADDED TO SATURDAY SHOW

Eggington vs. Cook is now off

Press Release: British heavyweights Nick Webb and Dave Allen will clash in a domestic title eliminator at The O2 in London this Saturday (July 28th), live on Sky Sports Box Office. [The untested] Webb (12-0) was last in action in February, defeating Ante Verunica (3-5-1). Allen (13-4-2) was stopped just a month ago by former Olympic medalist Tony Yoka of France. [The current British champ is Hughie Fury].  Webb vs. Allen replaces Eggington vs. Cook after the Englishman (Eggington, himself a late replacement for Kell Brook) suffered an injury in sparring.


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JULY 23, 2018 


POST-FIGHT INTERVIEW: MYKQUAN WILLIAMS
By G. Leon

Congrats on the victory over Matt Doherty. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I thought I did well. I thought I stayed very composed going all eight rounds, I picked my shots well and outboxed him so I'm very happy with the outcome. Other than going eight rounds for the first time do you feel like you learned anything from this fight? Yeah. I was very happy it went the eight rounds though. In general I feel like I proved a lot of people wrong by showing them I could do the eight rounds doing what I wanted to do without any problems. I felt like I could go another four rounds when the fight ended.

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JULY 23, 2018 
 TWITTER CHATTER: USYK VS. BELLEW LOOKS LIKELY

UPDATE: Former WBC cruiserweight titleholder Tony Bellew wasted no time in calling out the new undisputed world 200-pound champion Oleskander Usyk. Bellew tweeted: "Usyk I was born ready!!! Let’s get this done!!" Usyk tweeted back: "I'm also ready!"... Ex-four division champ Nonito Donaire tweeted a picture of himself and his next opponent sitting down in a restaurant after learning they would be fighting each other next. Donaire tweeted about the WBA bantamweight super champion, "Ryan Burnett selected me as his pick [in the World Boxing Super Series tournament].  Its refreshing that we both agree this is a sport.  This isn't street fighting.  There's no need to trash talk and be a way that doesn't align to us.  Make no mistake inside the ropes we will both try to take each others head off." --Scott Shaffer


 
JULY 23, 2018 


VILLASANA JR. WINS SPLIT DECISION

Marcos Villasana Jr. W12 Pablo Vicente... On his home turf at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Marcos Villasana Jr.  edged previously undefeated Pablo Vicente of Cuba in a very close lightweight fight. Villasana (23-6) landed the harder of the punches and was able to use his long left jab to good effect, but he had trouble with the speed and growing confidence of Vicente (12-1) as the fight wore on. It was a split decision as two judges scored it for the Mexican, 115-112 and 114-112 with the third judge tallying 114-113 in favor of the Cuban. source: wbc



 
JULY 23, 2018 
 UPRISING PROMOTIONS SIGNS JAMSHIDBEK NAJMIDDINOV

Press Release: Uprising Promotions announced it has signed junior welterweight Jamshidbek Najmiddinov (18-1, 12 KOs). The fan-friendly Najmiddinov rattled off 14 consecutive wins to start his pro career, which earned him a match-up with former WBC title holder Viktor Postol last September. The Uzbekistan native dropped Postol with a left, but Postol survived and eventually edged out a decision victory. Since then, Najmiddinov has won four consecutive bouts, including three KOs. Highly popular in his home of Uzbekistan, Najmiddinov is moving to New York and will soon fight under the Uprising Promotions banner for the first time. “We are excited to add Jamshidbek to the Uprising Promotions family,” said Ronson Frank, president of Uprising Promotions. “He is an action fighter, and he is someone who is definitely not afraid to take risks. We feel he has the ability to become a champion, and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with him and help guide him towards that mission.”


 
JULY 22, 2018 


MUNGUIA DEFEATS SMITH IN VERY ENTERTAINING FIGHT
By Scott Shaffer

Jaime Munguia W12 Liam Smith... In an exciting Las Vegas fight that recalled the glory days of HBO Boxing After Dark, Mexico's Jamie Munguia showed championship offense and mediocre defense, but still retained the WBO 154-pound title with a unanimous decision over Britain's Liam Smith.  Official scores were 119-108, 119-110 and 116-111 for Munguia (30-0).  Munguia threw wild punches but was credited with a 277-198 edge in punches landed by Compubox. Smith, who seemed to be bothered by an ankle injury, drops to 26-2-1 but certainly did enough to remain a world-class fighter. 

Smith, a former WBO 154-pound titlist who was dethroned by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in 2016, showed early he was not intimidated by Munguia's size and reach advantage. He fared well in the first three rounds, but Munguia started to figure him out in round four. Round five was all action, with Munguia landing big punches and a smiling Smith returning fire at only a slightly less successful rate. Towards the end of round six, Munguia knocked Smith to the canvas with a left hook that landed above Smith's ear. The seventh was another good round for Munguia but Smith made a bit of a comeback in the eighth. Round nine was a thriller, but as with most rounds, Munguia's superior power generally carried the round. Munguia claimed his title just two months ago, taking the belt from Sadam Ali, a welterweight who was fortunate to gain a 154-pound title from an injured and retiring Miguel Cotto. This time, Munguia was in with a legitimate junior middleweight, but the 21 year-old still had enough power to carry the day. source: hbo


 
JULY 22, 2018 


BROADWAY BOXING RESULTS FROM FOXWOODS

Mykquan Williams W8 Matt Doherty... On Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, 20-year-old "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams, 140 pounds, of East Hartford, CT, went the eight-round distance for the first time, outpointing Matt "The Mantis" Doherty, 138, of Salem, MA, to earn a unanimous decision.

Shelly Vincent W8 Calista Silgado...Making her tenth appearance at Foxwoods, Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent, 126, of Providence, RI, defeated Colombia's Calista Silgado, 124, by majority decision in a rematch of their encounter from last October. source for all results: dibella entertainment


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JULY 22, 2018 


MACHADO PUNISHES MENSAH TO RETAIN TITLE
By Scott Shaffer

Alberto Machado W12 Rafael Mensah... Puerto Rico's Alberto Machado (20-0) retained the WBA 130-pound championship by punishing Ghana's Rafael Mensah over twelve painful rounds in Las Vegas.  Mensah (31-1) had never fought outside Ghana or beaten a legitimate contender, but his personal story made him easy to root for.  Mensah's daughter passed away from malaria last month, and he claims he never got paid for any of his prior 30 pro fights.  But it would not be his night, as Machado punished him for twelve rounds en route to a wide unanimous decision.  Machado won by three scores of 120-107 and Compubox's Punchstats favored him in punches landed by 234-90.  The smaller Mensah just could not get close enough to the longer-limbed Machado to do any real damage. Machado knocked Mensah down in the first round and hurt him badly right at the end of the fourth round. By round five, the right side of Mensah's face began to swell, indicating a possible broken jaw or cheekbone. He took a lot pf punishment to reach the final bell.  Although Machado did not press for the knockdown, Mensah deserves a lot of credit for going the distance. source: hbo


 
JULY 22, 2018 


USYK REIGNS HISTORICALLY SUPREME AT CRUISERWEIGHT
By Scott Shaffer

Oleksander Usyk W12 Murat Gassiev... In Moscow today, cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk of the Ukraine put on a master boxing class to become only the fifth boxer in history to gain undisputed world championship recognition from the IBF, WBO, WBC and WBA. Usyk accomplished this feat by defeating Murat Gassiev of Russia by unanimous decision. The win also made Usyk the first winner of Muhammad Ali Trophy, which goes to the winner of the World Boxing Super Series eight-man tournament. Official scores were for Usyk 120-108 and 119-109 (twice). Seeing Usyk draped in the Ukraine flag with four championships belts wrapped around him and the Ali Trophy raised over his head was quite an impressive ending to a fantastic tournament pulled off by Comosa AG. Usyk joins Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Cecilia Braekhus and Terence Crawford as the only boxers to hold all four major belts since the WBO gained recognition in the early 1990s. (In the cruiserweight division, the great Evander Holyfiled conquered all three championships in 1988 prior to the emergence of the WBO).  Both men were undfeated coming into this bout, and Gassiev, if not Usyk as well, will likely move up to heavyweight.

 
JULY 22, 2018 


BRAEKHUS WINS AGAIN

Cecilia Braekhus W10 Inna Sagaydakovskaya... Undefeated welterweight Cecilia Braekhus scored her 34th victory by defeating Inna Sagaydakovskaya via unanimous decision to retain her undisputed world championship. The bout took place at the Olympic Stadium prior to the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) final. Braekhus appeared to have very few issues with the Russian challenger in the bout, as she gracefully boxed her way to the unanimous decision while perhaps letting up on Sagaydakovskaya (7-1) in the late rounds, where Braekhus had her hurt and reeling. source: wba


 
JULY 21, 2018 


USYK PITCHES NO HITTER, MAKES EASY WORK OF GASSIEV TO UNIFY CRUISERWEIGHT DIVISION
By G. Leon

There's A New Elite Pound For Pounder and his name is Oleksandr Usyk

Round 1: Usyk comes out looking to establish his jab, showing good movement. Gassiev has yet to really throw a punch. Gassiev lands a nice left to the body, Usyk continues to control the center of the ring with his jab and footwork. Not a difficult round to score. Usyk 10-9 

Round 2: Gassiev getting closer, but not throwing any punches. Usyk keeps pumping the jab, Gassiev lands back to back left hooks to the body and a nice combination. Usyk not rattled goes back to his jab and superior footwork to control the action. Usyk lands nice right hook off the jab, which is working upstairs and to the body. Gassiev lands heavy left look on Usyk's glove. Usyk 10-9 (20-18)

Round 3: Gassiev closing the distance and stepping to Usky, who stays disciplined behind the jab. Usyk is landing two or three punches to Gassiev's one, but it's clear Gassiev's punches are heavier. Nice right hand to the body for Gassiev. This was Gassiev's best round of the fight, but Usyk's workrate still the difference. Usyk 10-9 (30-27)


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JULY 21, 2018 


ROACH STOPS BASSA IN CANCUN

Lamont Roach TKO7 Deivi Julio Bassa... Maryland super featherweight Lamont Roach improved to 17-0-1 by defeating Deivi Julio Bassa of Colombia via sixth-round technical knockout in Cancun last night. The 37 year-old Bassa didn’t come out for round seven, dropping his record to 20-5. source: golden boy twitter 
 


 
JULY 21, 2018 


ENNIS DESTROYS ALVAREZ IN STEP-UP FIGHT
By G. Leon

Jaron Ennis TKO3 Armando Alvarez: In a battle of undefeated welterweights in Iowa, Jaron Ennis left no doubt of his superiority, absolutely destroying Armando Alvarez in three rounds. Ennis was the sharper, faster and quicker boxer from the opening bell and his hand speed made all of the difference tonight as he was able to beat Alvarez to the punch seemingly at will. Source: Shobox


 
JULY 21, 2018 


MATTICE IS BENEFACTOR OF TERRIBLE DECISION
By G. Leon

Thomas Mattice SD 8 Zhora Hamazaryan: Lightweight Thomas Mattice, 13-0 (10KO) was the benefactor of one of the worst decisons you'll ever see against previously unbeaten Zhora Hamazaryan, 9-1 (6KO), in tonight's Shobox main event from Iowa. Despite being decked in the second round and clearly outworked in the final three frames, the judges gifted Mattice an eight-round split decision win via scores of 76-75 (twice), overruling a 77-74 card for Hamazaryn. Boxingtalk scored it 78-73 for Hamazaryan, as did Showtime commentator Steve Farhood. Source: Shobox


 
JULY 21, 2018 


PASCAL STOPS BOSSE; SCORES BACK-TO-BACK STOPPAGES FOR FIRST TIME IN 12 YEARS!
By H. K. Leon

Jean Pascal TKO8 Steve Bosse: Former world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, 33-5-1 (20),  took care of business against former hockey enforcer and MMA fighter Steve Bosse as expected. Bosse barely landed a punch in the first two rounds, as evidenced by Pascal's homage to his boxing idol Roy Jones Jr, when he looked away into the crowd while punching Bosse in the mouth. Pascal dropped Bosse with a three-punch combination in round three. Bosse, 1-1 (1KO),  made it to his feet and survived the final minute of the frame. Although it was clear he was overmatched, Bosse took a lot of heavy blows and did his best to compete, and probably did enough to win the sixth round. In round eight, Pascal backed Bosse into the ropes with a right hand, left hook combination and ended the night with a left hook that had Bosse on very shaky legs by the time he beat the count. Veteran ref Michael Griffin appropriately called the fight. This is the first time Pascal has ever scored back to back stoppages against two undefeated foes, and the first time he's posted back-to-back stoppage victories since 2006. Source: GYM Stream


 
JULY 21, 2018 


SIMS AND LOVE FIGHT TO ENTERTAINING SPLIT DRAW
By G. Leon

Montana Love D8 Kenneth Sims Jr: Junior welterweights Montana Love (11-0-1 with 5 KOs) and Kenneth Sims (12-1-1 with 4 KOs)  started off tonight's Shobox telecast from Iowa with some hellacious opening-round action before settling in to a highly competitive boxing match. Sims appeared to outwork Love in the first few rounds, but Love responded extremely well in the fourth and fifth. Sims  appeared to finish the bout stronger as he unloaded combinations on Love as the final bell sounded, but there were several difficult rounds to score and fight could have gone either way. Boxingtalk scored it 77-75 for Sims. Official scores were 77-75 Sims, 77-75 Love and 76-76. Source: Shobox. 


 
JULY 21, 2018 


UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM CANADA
By G. Leon

Marie Eve Dicaire UD10 Alejandra Ayala: Undefeated junior middleweight Marie Eve Dicaire pitched a shutout against the game, but overmatched Alejandra Ayal in the co-main event to the Pascal-Bosse card. Ayala did her best, but Dicaire was able to pepper her with punches at will. Not a difficult fight to score, Boxingtalk scored it 100-90 for Decaire, 13-0 (0KO). Ayala falls to 8-4 (5KO)

Jordan Balmir TKO2 Vito Vendetta: Undefeated middleweight Jordan Balmir imrproved to 10-0 (6KO), crushing Vito Vendetta in two rounds. In the second frame Balmir landed two body shots followed by a left hook that sent Vendetta, 12-5-1 (7KO), to the canvas. He was able to beat the count, but was on shaky legs and the referee waved off the bout. Source For All Results: GYM Live Stream


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JULY 21, 2018 


WBSS: BURNETT TO FACE DONAIRE IN OPENING ROUND

Press Release:  The quarter-finals for Season II of the World Boxing Super Series were set for the tournament’s bantamweight bracket on Friday night at the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow. A mandatory challenge determined IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez’s selection, and the Puerto Rican is set to face Australia’s unbeaten Jason Maloney. Number one seed Ryan Burnett, who holds the WBA super championship selected "The Filipino Flash" former four-weight champion Nonito Donaire. Second seed Naoya Inoue, the WBA regular champion, chose Juan Carlo Payano as his quarter-final opponent. That left WBO champion Zolani Tete to begin his quest for the Ali Trophy against Russia's [former doping violatpr] Mikhail Aloyan.

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JULY 21, 2018 


WBSS: PROGRAIS CHOOSES FLANAGAN IN 140-POUND TOURNEY

Press Release: With all participants in attendance in Moscow, the junior welterweights came face-to-face live on stage, to select the quarter-finals for Season II of the World Boxing Super Series. Kiryl Relikh was mandated to defend his WBA title against Eduard Troyanovsky and Ivan Baranchyk ordered to fight Anthony Yigit for the vacant IBF strap. For the selections, it was down to the top two seeds WBC champion Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor to chose from the two remaining unseeded fighters. Prograis selected former WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan as his quarter-final opponent, which left the Scottish talent Josh Taylor to face fellow undefeated fighter Ryan Martin.

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JULY 21, 2018 


BROADWAY BOXING WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Mykquan Williams 140 lbs
Matt Doherty 138 lbs

Shelly Vincent 126 lbs
Calista Silgado 124 lbs

Adrian Sosa 141 lbs
Darnell Pettis 137 lbs

Oscar Bonilla 138 lbs
Seuifullah Jihad Wise 140 lbs

Lennox Allen 171 lbs
Willis Lockett 173 lbs


 
JULY 21, 2018 


LONNIE ALI IN MOSCOW TO AWARD ALI TROPHY TODAY

Press Release: Lonnie Ali, the wife of the late heavyweight icon Muhammad Ali, will present the winner of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final with the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing.  Lonnie Ali will be guest of honor while watching the historic Olesandr Usyk vs. Murat Gassiev final live at the Olimpiyskiy Sports Complex and after the fight reveal and award the winner with the trophy. 20,000 spectators are expected for the final and over 250 journalists from all over the world will cover the event.


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JULY 21, 2018 


KLOWD TV TO STREAM WBSS FINALS FOR $9.99 MONTHLY FEE

Press Release: On Saturday afternoon, July 21st, undefeated cruiserweights Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev. will battle for the four major world titles and the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Both men weighed in at 198.2 pounds. KlowdTV will air the exclusive live United States stream of the finals of The World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight championship.  The fight will be free to anyone who is already a KlowdTV subscriber. For any non-subscribers, the cost will be $9.99 and that will not only guarantee Saturday's "can't-miss" fight, but 30 days of KlowdTV.  The bout will take place in Moscow, Russia beginning at 3 PM ET. 



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JULY 20, 2018 


JARRELL MILLER JOINS SKY SPORTS TEAM TO CALL WHYTE-PARKER BOUT
By G. Leon

Undefeated heavyweight contender Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller will be part of the Sky Sports Box Office team for the heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker. Miller engaged in a heated confrontation with undefeated WBO/IBF/WBA/IBO champion Anthony Joshua at a press conference in New York earlier this week to formally announce Matchroom Boxing's first set of bouts with DAZN. 


 
JULY 20, 2018 


GOGO GOGOKHIA LOOKING FORWARD TO ATLANTIC CITY DEBUT

Press Release: Among all the fighters that will be on the show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on August 4th, none of them are as anxious to get into the ring more than welterweight Enriko "Gogo" Gogokhia of Georgia (7-0. 3 KOs). Gogokhia looks to get back in the groove against Ronald Montes of Colombia (18-9. 16 KOs) after nine months out of the ring due to injury. 


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JULY 20, 2018 


LIPINETS VS. BONE ADDED TO ALEXANDER VS. BERTO CARD

Press Release: Former IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets will battle Erick Bone in a 147-pound ten-round showdown on Fox and Fox Deportes Saturday, August 4th from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, New York in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

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JULY 20, 2018 


WEIGH-IN REPORT FROM MOSCOW

WBA / IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs) and WBC / WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs) both made the cruiserweight limit for their world championship unification bout, both coming in at identical weights of 198.2 pounds. The bout is happening on Saturday, July 21st at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow.  It is the finals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) and is historic in the sense that it will be the first time an undisputed cruiserweight champion will be crowned in the modern four-belt era. Also, undisputed world female welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (33-0, 9 KOs) made weight for her title defense, coming in at 146.4, while challenger Inna Sagaydakovskaya (7-0, 3 KOs) weighed the divisional limit of 147 even. source: wba

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JULY 20, 2018 


GARCIA VS. EASTER CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

Press Release: Q: From what you've seen of Robert Easter Jr., what does he bring to the table? And what are you going to have to be most watchful for? Mikey Garcia (pictured): "Well, I've seen him on several occasions and he's a fighter. He's had some tough fights and I think he's had those tough fights because he allows it to get tough for himself. Because he's a fighter, he likes to fight. He likes to exchange punches and gives up the height and reach advantage at times. But he's always in the fight. He's always punching. He's dangerous. He has power. I think he might actually use his height and reach early on."

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JULY 20, 2018 


KAZUTO IOKA ANNOUNCES AMERICAN CAMPAIGN

According to the Kyodo news agency, Japanese superstar Kazuto Ioka is ending an eight-month retirement and will move to Los Angeles, where he is likely to appear in a 115-pound bout on September 8th. Still only 29 years old, Ioka is 22-1 and a three-division champ. No comeback opponent has been named, but September 8th is the date of HBO's Superfly 3 card, part of a sewries that has seen some great match-ups at 115 pounds.  Ioka unified two titles at 105 pound and also won WBA titles at 108 and 112. He vacated his title late last year when he married a Japanese pop star. --Scott Shaffer

 
JULY 20, 2018 


CLARESSA SHIELDS TO SERVE AS MENTOR ON THE NEXT OLYMPIC HOPEFUL

Press Release: The United States Olympic Committee announced yesterday that two-time Olympic champion Claressa Shields will serve as one of two mentors to the 90 finalist invited to participate in the final phase of “Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful,” which will be held July 27-31 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The program aims to increase and enhance the pipeline of world-class athletes pursuing Olympic sport opportunities in the United States.

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JULY 20, 2018 


KELL BROOK INJURED; SAM EGGINGTON STEPS IN

Press Release: Former welterweight title holder Kell Brook is reportedly injured, so England's Sam Eggington (23-4) will step in to face Canada's Brandon Cook (20-1) on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight clash with Joseph Parker at The O2 in London on July 28th, live on Sky Sports Box Office. A revived Eggington has made short work of his opponents since moving up to 154 pounds. He knows that a win against Canada’s Cook will rocket him into title contention at his new weight. “I’m buzzing to get back to the O2 on a massive PPV show,” said Eggington.



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JULY 20, 2018 
 BOXER WITH SPINA BIFIDA DENIED LICENSE

Press Release: Former WBA 154-pound champion Jose Antonio Rivera (41-6-1, 24 KOs) is making his returnon the August 17th pro boxing card at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. He wanted to fight on the same card as his son, A.J. Rivera, who was to become the first pro boxer who was born with Spina Bifida. A.J., who is a rising matchmaker in New England, was unable to get medically cleared and he will not be fighting Aug. 17th.


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JULY 20, 2018 


KOVALEV-ALVAREZ, BIVOL-CHILEMBA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

Press Release: Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events: "Thanks so much for joining in on this beautiful summer day. It is terrific to be putting a show back in Atlantic City. Back in the Etess Arena. Back in a place where a lot of us started out working with our good friends Bernie Dillon, Sharon Pearce and all the other nice people from Hard Rock who we know from way back when. It is always comfortable and feels right for me whenever we end up in Atlantic City where we began. Where we had so many terrific fights. Where Sergey has had so many terrific fights, including his double-title-winning battle with Bernard Hopkins. Where all the great Gatti fights took place. It's been a while. We've been away for four years and we're really happy to see the city coming back on an upswing. That has a lot to do with the good people at Hard Rock who have hit the ground running in the last few weeks with this newly renovated - to the point of you can't recognize it anymore - property.

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JULY 20, 2018 
 DAMIEN VAZQUEZ OFFERS HIMSELF UP TO CHOCOLOTITO GONZALEZ

Press Release:  Las Vegas 21-year old Damien "Sugar" Vazquez (14-0, 7 KOs), wants to get in the ring with Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) when Gonzalez, a former four-division champ, makes his return to the ring. Vazquez is the younger brother of former three-time super bantamweight world champion, Israel Vázquez. Before turning pro, Vazquez was 83-3 as an amateur.  Gonzalez has not fought since a September loss but is rumored to be considering a fight on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvaerez undercard on September 15th.

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JULY 20, 2018 


WEIGH-IN REPORT FROM IOWA

Press Release: Jaron Ennis and fellow unbeaten welterweight  Armando Alvarez both made weight on Thursday for their match-up Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa. Here are the weights and officials for the three televised bouts:

Welterweights – Ten Rounds
Jaron Ennis:  145 ¾ pounds -vs.- Armando Alvarez: 146 ¼
Referee: Adam Pollack (Iowa); Judges: Bob LaFratte (Iowa), Mike Contreras (Neb.), Jeff Sinnett (Neb.) 
 
Lightweights – Eight Rounds
Thomas Mattice: 134 ¾ -vs.- Zhora Hamazaryan: 134 ¾
Referee: Adam Pollack (Iowa); Judges: Bob LaFratte (Iowa), Mike Contreras (Neb.), Jeff Sinnett (Neb.)
 
Junior Welterweights – Eight Rounds
Montana Love: 140 -vs.- Kenneth Simms Jr.: 139 ¼ 
Referee: Paul Parry (Neb.); Judges: Bob Lafratte (Iowa), Mike Contreras (Neb.), Jeff Sinnett (Neb.)


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JULY 20, 2018 
 MICHAEL DUTCHOVER IN ACTION TONIGHT

Press Release: Michael Dutchover (9-0, 6 KOs) battles Sergio Ramirez (4-2, 4 KOs) in the lightweight main event tonight (Friday) at the Doubletree in Ontario, California The pair weighed in at Thursday's weigh in, with Dutchover reaching the contract weight limit of 133 pounds, while the challenging Ramirez was slightly under at 132.5. All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: Path to Glory via Thompson Boxing Facebook page and ThompsonBoxing.com. 



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JULY 20, 2018 


PBC ON FOX: QUILLIN, COLLAZO, NAPOLEON QUOTABLES

Press Release: Former world title holders Peter Quillin and Luis Collazo were joined by WBA women's super middleweight champion Alicia Napoleon at a media luncheon in Manhattan Thursday to discuss their respective showdowns taking place Saturday, August 4th at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, New York in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Note: the show will be split up among two networks, Fox and FS2. 


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JULY 20, 2018 


FINAL SHOBOX QUOTABLES

Press Release: On ShoBox this Friday, Jaron Ennis (20-0, 18 KOs), battles Amrando Alvarez (13-0, 7 KOs), who has knocked out six of his last seven opponents. Ennis has knocked out his last ten. Undefeated lightweights Thomas Mattice (12-0, 10 KOs) and Zhora Hamazaryan (9-0, 6 KOs) will meet in the eight-round co-feature and junior welterweight Montana Love (11-0, 5 KOs) and Kenneth Simms Jr. (12-1, 4 KOs) both return to the series when they face off in an eight-round clash. Here is what they had to say at the weigh-in:

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JULY 20, 2018 


ROBERT EASTER TRAINING CAMP REPORT

Press Release: IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. says he's made the most of his inaugural training camp with Kevin Cunningham and will look to bring a high level of focus into the ring when he faces WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia Saturday, July 28th live on Showtime from Staples Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. “I decided to go to Florida for a different environment than I usually trained in,” said Easter, a Toledo-native who had trained in his hometown for much of his pro career. “I needed to be taken out of my comfort zone. At home, I was focused on too many other things. Coming to West Palm Beach has allowed me to focus on nothing but myself and boxing.”

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JULY 19, 2018 


PASCAL, BOSSE MAKE WEIGHT
By H. K. Leon

Former world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Steve Bosse both made weight for tomorrow night's clash at the Place Bell in Laval, Qubec. Bosse, who weighed in at 216.4 lbs for a seven day weigh in last week, came in nearly three pounds under the weight limit at 197.4, while a fully clothed Pascal came in at 197.8.

 
JULY 19, 2018 


USYK, GASSIEV BOTH DISCOUNT GASSIEV'S HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE

Press Release: Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk and Russia’s Murat Gassiev exchanged words of respect at the final pre-fight press conference ahead of Saturday’s Ali Trophy Final at the Olimpiyskiy Sports Complex, Moscow. “I am looking forward to the final,” said Usyk. “When I was in Sochi and watched the semi-final between Gassiev and [Yunier] Dorticos, I met a lot of people who said they support Murat, but that they respect me. It does not matter which city, which country my opponent is from and I am not worried about fighting in Moscow. For me, it’s normal to fight abroad.”

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JULY 19, 2018 


LINDER'S LOOK: MANNY PACQUIAO'S TOP 10 HITS
By Doveed Linder

Does this guy ever stop?  To be honest, I was calling for Manny Pacquiao to retire back in 2012 when he lost a decision to Timothy Bradley.  Even though I thought Pacquiao clearly won, he didn’t fight with the same passion and fire that I had seen in previous fights.  When he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez later that year, it only reaffirmed my opinion (though he fought a very spirited fight).  That was six years ago.  Since then, his career has been a series of ups and downs.  And in my opinion, it had been going on for too long.  When I heard he was going to fight Lucas Matthysse without trainer Freddie Roach and without the promotional support of Bob Arum, I pretty much rolled my eyes.  I figured, here’s a once-great fighter who’s going to become just another boxing cliché.  But just when I had written him off completely, he goes and scores his first knockout in almost nine years.  This doesn’t mean he would beat Terence Crawford or Errol Spence.  But so what?  He’s still a tremendous fighter and person, who never ceases to amaze me.  Below is a list of what I consider to be Pacquiao’s top 10 victories.  In choosing these fights, I took into consideration the quality of opposition, the expectations he exceeded, what it did for his career, and the manner in which he won.

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JULY 19, 2018 


TWITTER CHATTER: TOKA KAHN CLARY IN IBF ELIMINATOR?

Real Deal Boxing announced on Twitter that featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (25-1, 17 KOs) has been offered the chance to face Kid Galahad (24-0, 15 KO) in an IBF featherweight title eliminator to determine the next mandatory challenger for the current champ, England's Josh Warrington (27-0, 6 KO). Kahn Clary is a Liberian who moved to Rhode Island. Galahad served a lengthy suspension after a positive doping test in 2015. --Scott Shaffer


 
JULY 19, 2018 


GASSIEV'S TRAINER PREDICTS KO OF USYK

Press Release: Murat Gassiev’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, has studied Oleksandr Usyk ahead of Saturday’s Ali Trophy Final in Moscow and predicts problems for the Ukrainian if he doesn’t improve from his performance in the semi-final against Mairis Briedis. “Usyk got skills, he is a very good fighter,” said Sanchez, known for creating and training world class fighters in Big Bear, California. The Russian Gassiev (pictured) is one out several champions who have been under the wings of the Mexican-American and his training methods.


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JULY 19, 2018 


KEVIN LERENA ON THE SHELF TILL 2019

Press Release: IBO cruiserweight champion Kevin Lerena (21-1) is expected to be out of the ring until February after major injury on his right shoulder last week. What was expected to be a routine operation following an arthroscopy worsened when a body camera revealed tears in Lerena’s labrum and rotator cuff, requiring major surgery. “I was fighting pain for a long time,” said Lerena on Friday.


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JULY 19, 2018 
 AUSTRALIAN UPDATE: LEAPAI VS. IZONRITEI REMATCH PLANNED

Press Release: "Someon is going to get knocked out said Australian heavyweight Alex Leapai (31-7-4) in regards to his August 4th showdown with Roger Izonritei (12-6-1). Set for Toowoomba, Australia, it's a rematch of a 2017 technical draw and opportunity to right the wrongs. Both believe the first fight was an injustice. It all stems from their showdown on December 13th of last year. The doctor ruled Izonritei was unable to continue due to a gaping wound over his eye which was ruled to be caused by an accidental elbow.


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JULY 19, 2018 
 TOM LOEFFLER’S 360 PROMOTIONS PLANS HOLLYWOOD CARD

Press Release: Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions has announced a night of professional boxing on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. The seven-bout event will be headlined by a six-round light heavyweight clash between Ali Akhmedov, (11-0, 8 KOs) of Kazakhstan and San Diego’s Jorge ‘El Bandido’ Escalante (9-1-1, 6 KOs) of San Diego, CA. A six-round welterweight clash matches Abraham Lopez, (9-1-1, 3 KOs) and  Gloferson Ortizo, (12-0-1, 6 KOs) in an all-Calironia battle.


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JULY 19, 2018 


MARIO BARRIOS TRAINING CAMP REPORT

Press Release: Texas junior welterweight Mario Barrios will look for his sixth consecutive knockout when he faces Jose Roman on Saturday, July 28th live on Showtime from Staples Center in Los Angeles.  Barrios (21-0, 13 KOs) made the leap from 130 pounds to 140 in December 2016 and has stayed busy with his KO streak. Here is what the 23-year-old Barrios had to say from training camp in Northern California with Virgil Hunter:


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