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JANUARY 22, 2017 
 DERRICK WEBSTER WINS IBO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE

Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (22-1, 11 KOs) was in championship form on Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J., winning the IBO/USBO Super Middleweight Title by defeating a hard-nosed Thomas Awimbono (22-6-1, 21 KOs) via unanimous decision.

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JANUARY 21, 2017 


FRAMPTON-SANTA CRUZ CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

Stephen Espinoza: SHOWTIME again is continuing to deliver the biggest fights in the sport, the most important fights and the most meaningful fights. Coming off the December show in which we saw the featherweight title change hands with Abner Mares taking the title and a stellar show this weekend with a title unification fight, or at least an attempted title unification, and the emergence of a potential young breakout star in Gervonta Davis. We’re thrilled to keep the momentum going with another stellar card. Our co-feature, it is a cliché but it is absolutely true, this is a co-feature that really has the ability to stand on its own as a championship fight.



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JANUARY 21, 2017 


RESULTS FROM WORCESTER, MA

Irving Gonzalez TKO2 Israel Ramos: Pro boxing returned to Worcester, Massachusetts on Thursday for the first time in more than five years. A capacity crowd of 2,100 was on hand at the Palladium. Local featherweight Irvin Gonzalez (5-0, 5 KOs) dominated his Mexican foe, Israel "Tigre" Ramos (9-15, 3 KOs), including a late first-round knockdown.  Gonzalez didn't let up in the second, firing crisp punches until Rojas hit the canvas early in the second frame and referee Steve Clark had seen enough, stopping the one-sided fight. Gonzalez takes off Sunday to report to undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux' training camp in Miami, where he'll work with the reigning world 122-pound champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

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JANUARY 21, 2017 


ROMAN PUNISHES LOPEZ, CORNER STOPS FIGHT AFTER 9
By G. Leon

Danny Roman TKO9 Adam Lopez: 16-0-1 (8) 21-2-1 (7) Tonight's Shobox main event featured two hungry junior featherweights battling for the right to fight for a world title. Undefeated Adam Lopez and grizzled contender Danny Roman put it all on the line tonight, both fighters had their moments over the first three rounds, but Lopez was the aggressor. In the fourth Roman floored Lopez for second time in his career with a left hook he never saw coming, Lopez, 16-1-1 (8), beat the count on shaky legs and was knocked down for a second time moments later. Lopez showed a ton of heart and miraculously made it out of the round with a swollen left eye, but the fight had been taken out of him. To his credit, Lopez may have done enough to win the fifth, but the sixth and seventh belonged to Roman, 22-2-1 (8), who punished Lopez with powerful combinations to the head and body. Head trainer Ronnie Shields threatened to stop the fight if Lopez didn't show him something in the eighth round. Although Lopez didn't do much, Shields let him come out for the ninth round, but appropriately stopped the fight at its conclusion. Source: Shobox.



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JANUARY 21, 2017 
 INTRODUCING BRITISH CRUISERWEIGHT LAWRENCE OKOLIE

Press Release: British Olympian Lawrence Okolie has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing. The 24 year-old’s decision to turn pro is the latest step in his rapid rise through the amateur ranks. Okolie began boxing in 2010 just to lose weight. Then he got inspired by Anthony Joshua’s London 2012 Olympic gold medal win while he was working in McDonalds. Following Joshua’s golden moment in east London, Okolie doubled his efforts and after landing back-to-back University titles in 2014 and 2015 he earned a spot in the British Lionhearts World Series of Boxing team before taking gold in the AIBA European Qualifier in Turkey to make it to the 2016 games in Rio. [Set to compete as a cruiserweight, Okolie is 2-1 in World Series of Boxing professional bouts].

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JANUARY 21, 2017 


BOXINGTALK'S COVERAGE OF JAN 22 DETROIT BRAWL
BY TEAM BOXINGTALK

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ALEXEY ZUBOV

TYNER: I'M GOING TO GET HIM OUT OF THERE QUICKLY

JUNIOR WRIGHT MAKES HEAVYWEIGHT DEBUT ON SUNDAY

JAMES GORDON SMITH LOOKING FOR KO

DETROIT BRAWL CARD BOOKED FOR JAN 22

SALITA'S BRIGHT YOUNG TALENT IN ACTION JAN 22

TUCKER-TYNER HEADLINES JAN 22 DETROIT BRAWL

INTERVIEW JAMES GORDON SMITH

BOXINGTALK PROSPECT WATCH: JARICO O'QUINN

JUNIOR WRIGHT MOVING UP TO HEAVYWEIGHT

TYNER: I'M KNOCKING TUCKER OUT

TUCKER: I'M GOING TO GET RID OF TYNER

 
JANUARY 21, 2017 


ELLIS CRUISES TO UD OVER BROOKER
By G. Leon

Ronald Ellis UD8 Chris Brooker: Just when you thought you've seen it all in boxing, tonight's co-main event was postponed a minute or so when there was a malfunction that prevented the microphone to elevate out of the ring. When the bell finally rang, both boxers came out swinging in this super middleweight clash. The bout had many sloppy moments but was entertaining. Brooker, 11-3 (5), did his best to make it a brawl, but Ellis, 14-0-1 (10), was having none of it, using his superior boxing ability to keep Brooker where he wanted while landed more than his fair share of power punches to cruise to the decision victory. Official scores were 77-75, 79-73, 79-73. Boxingtalk scored it 78-74. Source: Shobox

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JANUARY 20, 2017 


SIMS TAKES DECISION OVER ROBLES IN ACTION FIGHT
By G. Leon

Kenneth Sims Jr UD8 Emmanuel Robles: Tonight's Shobox opened up with a fantastic match-up between two game junior welterweights who brought their best. Emmanuel Robles and Kenneth Sims Jr's styles meshed perfectly to provide fans with a professionally fought, action-packed bout. Robles, 15-2-1 (5), didn't stop coming and hurt Sims more than once, but it was the superior handspeed of the undefeated Simms, 11-0 (3), that made the difference. Officical scores were 78-73, 79-72, 79-72. Boxingtalk scored it 76-74. Source: Shobox. 

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JANUARY 20, 2017 


BOXINGTALK'S TOP TWENTY POUND FOR POUND
By G. Leon

Here it is, the top twenty pound for pound list according to Boxingtalk publisher G. Leon.  There's been a ton of movement since our last update. Who's in? Who's out? Read on and see for yourself.

CLICK HERE FOR TOP 20 P4P

 
JANUARY 20, 2017 


LARA-FOREMAN GENERATES IMPRESSIVE RATING ON SPIKE

PRESS RELEASE: Erislandy Lara, the WBA/IBO 154-pound champion, scored two knockouts in his match against Yuri Foreman in Miami on Premier Championship Boxing on Spike TV last Friday night. One in the ring to retain his world titles and another in the ratings.  An average of 547,000 viewers, with a peak audience of 707,000, tuned in to watch Lara land a devastating uppercut that knocked out former world champion Foreman in the fourth round. Spike TV's viewership ratings for Lara vs. Foreman scored 11% higher than their last Friday night telecast, which showcased Danny Jacobs vs Sergio Mora.  Look for Erislandy Lara to return to the ring sometime before summer.  "I want to thank Spike TV and everyone involved with the promotion for giving me the opportunity to fight in Miami, in front of all my fans." said Erislandy Lara. "The last time I fought in Miami I got the knockout and that's exactly what I wanted to do in this fight.  I accomplished that goal and the fans got to see someone go down. Everyone loves the knockout.  I'm happy to have delivered a positive rating for Spike TV.  I can't wait to return to the ring."

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JANUARY 20, 2017 


IT WILL BE HUCK V. BRIEDIS FOR WBC INTERIM TITLE

With WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew moving up to heavyweight for an ambitious crack at former two-division champion David Haye on March 4th in London, the WBC has decided to  sanction an interim title at 200 pounds.  The Mexican organization announced that former WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck of Germany (pictured) will face Mairis Briedis of Latvia for WBC interim honors on April 1st in Germany.  Huck (40-3-1) has two good wins following the loss of his WBO title to Krzysztof Glowacki in a 2015 war.  Briedis (21-0) is 32 years old and is less seasoned than Huck but has some good wins on his resume including heavyweight Manuel Charr and cruiserweight contender Olanweraju Duradola. —Scott Shaffer

 
JANUARY 20, 2017 
 INTRODUCING DUARN VUE

Hmong boxer fights in Minnesota tonight

Press Release: There are few Hmong fighters in the United States and arguably none as accomplished as Madison, Wisconsin's Duarn "The Storm" Vue.   The 130-pound Vue (10-3-2) takes on Iowa's Lance Williams (7-6) this Friday night at Minnestoa’s Grand Casino Hinckley.  Internet pay-per-view site FloBoxing will broadcast. Vue's story is a unique one, and he says the support he gets from the Hmong community in the United States is huge as he continues to grow and develop.  He'll count on their support this weekend to make a splash and take his career to the next level.

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JANUARY 20, 2017 


GOLDEN BOY REACHES MULTI-FIGHT BROADCAST DEAL WITH ESPN

Press Release: ESPN and Golden Boy Promotions today announced a multi-year, international agreement for a series of fights to be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The first fight, from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, is March 23rd. Fighters on the card will be announced soon. In the first year of the deal, ESPN will televise 18 fight cards throughout the U.S., in both English and Spanish, and on its wholly-owned and affiliated networks in Latin America, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and parts of Asia.

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JANUARY 20, 2017 


SHO-BOX WEIGH-IN REPORT

Press Release: The six fighters who will compete on Friday's, Jan. 20, on ShoBox: The New Generation made weight for the tripleheader that will take place at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino in New Jersey.

Super Bantamweights – 12 Rounds / WBA Title Eliminator
Adam Lopez – 121½ Pounds
Danny Roman – 122 Pounds

Super Middleweights – 8 Rounds
Ronald Ellis –167½ Pounds
Christopher Brooker – 167½ Pounds

Light welterweights – 8 Rounds
Kenneth Sims Jr. – 139 Pounds
Emmanuel Robles – 139¾ Pounds

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JANUARY 20, 2017 


OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST CALLS OUT TERENCE CRAWFORD

Press Release: Dominican Felix Diaz (19-1, 9 KOs) ended a successful 2016 as a legitimate junior welterweight contender with another two victories added to his ledger. He is determined to continue that momentum this year by facing the biggest challenges. The top name on his hit list remains world 140-pound champion Terence Crawford. "I spent half of last year calling out Crawford. He went the easy route, facing John Molina, who entered their December title fight three pounds above the weight limit and was way overmatched. Now, it is time for Crawford to face a real challenge," said Diaz.

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JANUARY 19, 2017 


CALLUM SMITH IN FOR VACANT WBC BELT

What will Anthony Dirrell do?

Edited Press Release: Britain's Callum Smith confirmed he will fight for the WBC super middleweight crown that was vacated this week by Badou Jack. Smith actually travelled to New York to watch the unification battle between Jack and IBF king James DeGale MBE which ended in a thrilling draw. In the ring after the fight, Jack and his promoter Floyd Mayweather declared that the Swede would move up to 175 pounds and, true to their word, Jack promptly vacated the title. Smith would have been Jack's mandatory contender, but he will now wait to see who will step up to face him for the WBC belt. The first opportunity goes to former champion Anthony Dirrell, who will likely to want to regain the title he lost to Jack in April 2015.

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JANUARY 19, 2017 


JOE SMITH JR: THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE EVEN BIGGER FOR ME!
By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on your victory over Bernard Hopkins. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Thank you. I was happy with it, I did what I wanted to do in there, I stopped him. Now I'm just excited to see what's next." GL: What are you hoping is next? "I just want to keep moving up, I'll fight anybody above me, but that's up to my promoter and manager."

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JANUARY 19, 2017 
 BADOU JACK VACATES WBC 168-POUND TITLE

The WBC has received official notification that Badou Jack has vacated the WBC super middleweight championship in order to move up in weight and compete in the light heavyweight division.  The WBC has therefore declared its 168-pound championship vacant.  Last weekend in New York, Jack attempted to unify his title with the IBF version but his bout against James DeGale was declared a draw, with both men retaining their respective titles. While many thought Jack deserved the win, and others agreed with the draw verdict, Jack and his promoter, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. said there would not be a rematch, either at super middleweight or light heavyweight.   The top two contenders, according to the WBC ratings are Britain's Callum Smith and America's Anthony Dirrell, so they will have the first opportunity to compete for the vacant title. --Scott Shaffer

 
JANUARY 19, 2017 


WELTERWEIGHTS TO HEADLINE IN GUADALAJARA ON FEB. 11TH

Press Release: On Saturday, February 11th, at Jalisco Guadalajara Arena in Guadalajara, Mexico, RingTV.com and TyC Sports of Argentina will broadcast a boxing show to most of North and South America with a ten-round main event featuring Argentina's Juan Jose "El Pitbull" Velasco (14-0, 8 KOs) in a welterweight bout against Fernando "El Cacho" Marin (13-1-3, 9 KOs) of Mexico. In an eight-round super featherweight bout on the same show, Argentina's Jose Matias Romero (12-0, 5 KOs) will take on Guadalajara's Bernardo "Benny" Gomez Uribe (18-6, 11 KOs).

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JANUARY 19, 2017 


THURMAN VS. GARCIA PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Press Release: Undefeated welterweight champions Danny Garcia (WBC) and Keith Thurman (WBA) hosted a press conference in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday to discuss their prime time showdown that headlines on CBS from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 4th. The broadcast, which will air live from 9–11 p.m. ET/6–8 p.m. PT, is just the second prime time boxing presentation on the CBS Television Network in nearly 40 years.  Thurman and Garcia were joined by their trainers at the press conference Wednesday afternoon at Barclays Center. [The press conference was marred by ignorant and inappropriate comments from Garcia's father and trainer Angel Garcia but] here is what the other participants had to say:

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JANUARY 19, 2017 


ZUBOV NEEDS WIN ON SUNDAY TO REMAIN IN PLAY

Press Release: Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov knows what's at stake when he enters the ring this Sunday in Detroit.  With a second chance at a nationally televised fight possibly looming, Zubov (13-1, 8 KOs) from Russia, will face Hungary's Andras Csomor (18-14-1, 14 KOs) in an eight-round bout. It will be one of the supporting bouts in promoter Dmitriy Salita's Sunday edition of his "Detroit Brawl" series on January 22, 2017, at Masonic Temple. In the night's eight-round main event, Detroit welterweight Lanardo "Pain Server" Tyner (30-10-2, 19 KOs) will face Hungary's Istvan Dernanecz (10-4, 7 KOs). In another eight rounder, Detroit bantamweight James Gordon Smith (11-0, 6 KOs) will face Hungary's Szilveszter Ajtai (10-3-1, 5 KOs). 



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JANUARY 18, 2017 


LOMACHENKO RETURNS TO HBO APRIL 8
By G. Leon

Boxingtalk has been informed that pound for pound king Vasyl Lomachenko will return to the ring on April 8. No opponent has been solidified, but Jezreel Corrales appears to be the front runner to land the bout. There will be more to follow. (4:11 PM EST)

 
JANUARY 18, 2017 


FRIDAY'S SHOBOX REDUCED TO THREE BOUTS

This Friday's ShoBox has been reduced from a four-bout telecast to three. Super bantamweight Stephon Young (15-0-3, 6 KOs) was originally slated to open the Atlantic City, NJ broadcast against  Elton Dharry, but Dharry has withdrawn with a shoulder injury. Young, from St. Louis, Missouri, will now battle Olimjon Nazarov (14-3, 8 KOs) of Uzbekistan, but the match is no longer scheduled for live broadcast.  However, highlights of Young vs. Nazaroz will be included in the ShoBox telecast.  source: showtime press release

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JANUARY 18, 2017 
 INTRODUCING MALIK JACKSON

Press Release:  Super bantamweight Malik Jackson (1-0) of Washington, D.C. has been added to Friday's Ballys Atlantic City Hotel undercard against Virginia's Christian Foster (0-2) in a four-round bout. Jackson of Washington, D.C turned professional on September 30th with a first-round stoppage over Javonta Cherry in Washington, D.C. Just 22 years old, Jackson started boxing at age 9 and had a long amateur career that spanned 120 fights.

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JANUARY 18, 2017 


CBS TO AIR THURMAN VS. GARCIA LIVE IN PRIME TIME

Press Release: Premier Boxing Champions has announced that the welterweight unification showdown between unbeaten WBA champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and unbeaten WBC champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) will be broadcast by CBS on Saturday, March 4th from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The March 4th broadcast will be produced by Showtime Sports, a division of the CBS Corporation.




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JANUARY 18, 2017 


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: LOU DIBELLA
By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on a fantastic event. Can you give us your overall thoughts on the card? "You know I was hyping the card pretty big the last time we talked and it delivered in every way from top to bottom. Every one of the four televised fights was sensational. The undercard was sensational and sold out, we wound up having to open up some seats upstairs, so it was just a great night. The main event, I understand some people thought it was controversial, but it was an incredible close fight. The rounds that Badou Jack won were more convincing, his knockdown was much more damaging, his winning rounds were somewhat more of an ass-whooping, but DeGale got balls the size of basketballs. He's got a tremendous work rate and he's got a tremendous ability to take, I thought that he was up because of the knockdown in the first round and the fact that Jack got off to a slow start, DeGale got off to a big lead in points. The scoring to me wasn't really controversial, I understand that if you watch the fight and look at the two guys faces at the end, why they thought the winner was Jack, but I don't think the judges missed the fight at all. The big winner in the fight was the fans and that's what we need to maintain in boxing, big events like the other night. When you pay for your ticket and you walk in at 6 o'clock and from the time you walk in until the time you leave you're entertained, that to me is what we're supposed to be delivering to boxing fans. I'm proud to have been involved in the event and working with Mayweather Promotions and the Barclay Center and Showtime. I think Espinosa should be really happy, he started the year as well as he could have hoped and he ended last year pretty well too. Things are looking good for Showtime right now."



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JANUARY 18, 2017 


ADAM LOPEZ: AFTER I BEAT ROMAN ON FRIDAY, I'M FIGHTING FOR WBA TITLE
By G. Leon

GL: How has everything gone in camp and what can we expect to see from you on Friday night? "It was a great training camp. You can expect to see the best Adam Lopez there is for that fight." GL: What do you know about Daniel Roman? "He's a really good fighter. He's got 21 wins and 2 losses, he's a rated fighter and he's very good. He's multi-dimensional, he's got a bit more to him than just being a typical Mexican brawler who comes in slugging. He can box a little bit and he looks good doing it in some fights and in other fights he just comes right at you. He's probably the best opponent I've faced right now, but I am well prepared for him."



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JANUARY 18, 2017 


MICK CONLANS' PRO DEBUT FOE ANNOUNCED

Irish Olympic hero to fight Tim Ibarra (4-4) at MSG

Press Release: Ireland's Olympic hero Michael "Mick" Conlan will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making his pro debut headlining at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, February 17th. Conlan will turn pro as a junior featherweight in a six-round bout against Tim Ibarra (4-4, 1 KO) of Denver. Conlan, 25, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, produced one of the most memorable moments during last summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  A loss in the bantamweight quarterfinals to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin was arguably the most controversial of the boxing tournament.  After the decision was announced, Conlan saluted the judges with both middle fingers followed by a series of post-fight interviews [correctly] accusing the International Boxing Association (AIBA), which oversees amateur boxing, of corruption.  AIBA sent the judges who worked that fight home in the wake of the immediate public outrage.

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JANUARY 18, 2017 


BOYD MELSON MULLING A RUN FOR CONGRESS

Retired boxer does not disclose party afilliation

Press Release: Recently retired boxer Boyd Melson competed hard in the sport, but not for for his own  financial gain. He even came out of retirement for one final match to raise funds for others. An amateur that defeated future pro standouts Keith Thurman, Charles Hatley, and Deandre Latimore, Melson had a different vision of what boxing could do. The 2003 West Point graduate and Army Reserve Officer used boxing as a vehicle and a voice for causes close to his heart throughout his 18 fight career, donating 100% of the money he earned in the ring. Following the fight, Melson officially announced his retirement and plans to run for U.S. Congress in 2018. [However, the Brooklyn resident did not disclose which party he will be affiliated with].

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JANUARY 18, 2017 
 ROB BRANT FIGHTS IN MINNESOTA THIS WEEKEND

Press Release:  The FloBoxing Fight Series will be launched with a January 20th show from Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota airing live on the FloBoxing.tv platform. Fans can subscribe to FloBoxing  for $20 monthly or $150 yearly. Minnesota middleweight Robert "Bravo" Brant (21-0, 14 KOs) headlines the first event against Michigan's Alexis Hloros (18-5) in a ten-round bout. [Hloros was out of boxing from 2013-2015 but returned in 2106 with two low-level wins].

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