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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 


BLUE CHIPPER RUBEN VILLA SET TO RETURN ON OCTOBER 13TH
By G. Leon

What's the latest and greatest? When can we expect you back in the ring? I'll be back in the ring on October 13th, I don't know who I'm going to be fighting yet,but it's going to take place in my hometown of Salinas, California. How pleased are you to be getting another fight in before the end of the year after just having fought a few weeks ago? I feel good, I'm staying busy and I don't have to take no breaks. I'm always in the gym and I'm always active. I'm just excited to get this last fight in before the end of the year.

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 


ABEL SANCHEZ KEEPING IT CLASSY FOLLOWING GOLOVKIN'S LOSS
By G. Leon

GL: Even though it wasn't the result you were looking for I want to congratulate you for giving the fans a memorable fight. Can you give us some thoughts on GGG's performance and the outcome? I think the outcry from the fans and media is warranted. Al Bernstein and other well known members of the boxing media scored the last round for Golovkin and with that round it should have been a draw. It's not good to cry about it because the decision was rendered and Canelo is champion, but I think we've been on the short end of the stick in Vegas unfortunately, but now we're going to move on to what's next.

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 
 ENZO CALZAGHE, 1949-2018
By Scott Shaffer

After a few days of conflicting reports, it has now been confirmed that trainer Enzo Calzaghe has passed away at age 69. Calzaghe was the father and trainer of Joe Calzaghe, the former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion who is arguably the greatest British boxer of all time. Enzo trained Joe throughout his entire career, which is an incredible accomplishment made even more astonishing by the fact that Enzo never boxed in his life. Under Enzo's guidance, Joe had a career record of 46-0 including wins over Jeff Lacy, Mikkel Kessler, Roy Jones and Bernard Hopkins. Although critics said Joe made Enzo, not the other way around, Enzo also trained three other world title holders from Wales: Enzo Maccarinelli, Gavin Rees and Nathan Cleverly. Eventually, Enzo got his  due, being named trainer of the year in both Britain and the USA.  He is survived by his wife and three children. Boxingtalk sends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of Enzo Calzaghe. source: wbc/ the guardian


 
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 


FIGHT NIGHT LIVE PARTNERS UP WITH EVERLAST

Press Release: After opening Season II last Friday with nearly 200,000 views to bring its series viewership above 1.6 million, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE today announced a 24-show partnership with Everlast: The Choice of Champions and the preeminent brand in boxing since 1910. Under the agreement, Everlast becomes the title sponsor of "FIGHTNIGHT LIVE, Powered by Everlast" for all shows during the 2018-19 season and enjoys benefits such as: Broadcast Billboards; "Tale of the Tape" and "Matchup" graphics during the live shows; sponsored interviews; in-venue ring announcer acknowledgements before each fight; between-show social media integration, and much more.

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 


DAVID BENAVIDEZ APOLOGIZES FOR POSITIVE COCAINE TEST

UPDATE: David Benavidez has apparently conceded cocaine use, tweeting the following:  "I would like to sincerely apologize to the WBC for my actions I am embarrassed to have this happen and to my all my fans that I lost the respect of  I know a lot of people won’t see me the same but I am young and it was a mistake on my behalf."

According to ESPN, WBC 168-pound champion David Benavidez has tested positive for cocaine as part of the VADA testing program.  According to the report, the test was conducted in August and the B sample has not yet been tested to confirm the initial positive test result. Benavidez (20-0) won his world title in 2017 at the age of 20. He is supposed to make a mandatory defense on a date not yet determined against Anthony Dirrell, but with this news, the fight has to be in jeopardy, at least for the time being. --Scott Shaffer


 
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 


TRAINER JOE GALLAGHER TALKS ABOUT GROVES VS. SMITH

"One shot, that’s all it may take for this fight"

Press Release: Callum Smith’s coach Joe Gallagher expects his boxer to peak and shine in the Ali Trophy super middleweight final against WBA champion George Groves in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on September 28th.  (Ringwalks for the final will be at 9.00 pm UK time). “On the night all will be unveiled,” said Joe Gallagher. “The thing with these two fighters; both have the power, both carry serious power. That’s what makes it exciting. One shot, that’s all it may take for this fight. I know everyone will say George is experienced, being there many times and Callum is the young kid coming through.”

 
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 


TWITTER CHATTER: BRUISES AND CUTS ARE NOT SCORING CRITERIA

Former WBC 154-pound champion Sergio Mora: If those post fight pics you see of GGG weren’t edited or enhanced, then the champ’s face serves as the truest scorecard of them all. #CaneloGGG2

Leading trainer John Scully: [Sergio Mora,] you're a fighter, you KNOW that doesn't mean anything. Some guys bruise easier, some not at all. Julian Jackson MURDERED guys but some didnt even have redness.


 
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 
 REMEMBERING CONNECTICUT TRAINER JOHNNY DUKE
By John "Iceman" Scully

There have been so many Hartford (Connecticut) based boxing trainers/coaches over the years, from John Datro, Bill Gore and Walter Brown to Pepe Vazquez, Wesley Shuff and Desi Clark but I think most people familiar with Hartford boxing have one man's name come to mind when they think of trainers in the city-- that being the legend, Julio"The Duke" Julio Gallucci, better known as Johnny Duke.



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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 


MAURO RANALLO'S STRUGGLE RECEIVING RECOGNITION

Press Release: The New York chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness will recognize the commitment of Showtime boxing announcer Mauro Ranallo for raising awareness of what it
means to live with a mental illness. Since 2007, Mauro has been a part of the CBS Broadcasting family and in 2012, was chosen as the play-by-play announcer for Championship Boxing on Showtime. The next year, Mauro's wit and booming voice earned him the Boxing Announcer of the Year Award from Yahoo sports. Mauro has also made history as the only sports broadcaster ever to call every major combat sport on national television: Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA, and Professional Wrestling. Mauro has bi-polar disorder and is the subject of the Showtime documentary Bipolar Rock "N" Roller, which is one of the most honest and gripping films ever made on the experience of living with a serious mental illness. 


 
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 
 SAMPSON BOXING SIGNS THREE DOMINICANS

Press Release: Sampson Boxing announced the signing of a trio of undefeated Dominicans to promotional contracts: featherweight Ranfis Javier Encarnacion (13-0, 10 KOs), super featherweight Michael "La Salsa Michell" Rivera (14-0, 9 KOs), and junior welterweight Starling "Exparquison" Castillo (6-0, 5 KOs).


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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 


Q&A WITH DERRIECK CUEVAS

Press Release: The Heavyweight Factory’s latest promotional signing,  welterweight Derrieck Cuevas from San Juan, Puerto Rico will face Mexico's Silverio Ortiz over ten rounds on Friday, Sept. 28th at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. A former decorated amateur, Cuevas is 17-0-1 with 14 KOs as a pro. [Despite having lost three of his last four,] Ortiz (37-22, 18 KOs) has been a spoiler, having faced a long list of champions and undefeated fighters. 
Cuevas sat down for the following interview during a break in training:

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 


GERMAN AMATEURS COMING TO TENNESSEE

Press Release: Two of the world's top amateur boxing powerhouses will meet in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for two separate duels taking place Saturday, October 6th and Friday, Oct. 12th at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The duels will feature some of the top male and female boxers from both the United States and Germany, as they prepare for the Olympics in 2020. The two events will take place alongside this year's Eastern Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships, which is expected to have more than 650 boxers, aged 8-40, compete from Oct. 8-13.


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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


ERISLANDY LARA: BRING ON CANELO REMATCH - JARRETT HURD DOESN'T WANT TO RUN IT BACK
By G. Leon

GL: What's the latest and greatest? When can we expect you in the ring? I'm back in the gym now moving nice and easy with Ronnie (Shields) and Jack my conditioning coach. I'm waiting on a date and just waiting on the next fight. I want to be in world title fights or big fights in my next few fights.

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


BOXINGTALK'S TOP 20 POUND FOR POUND
By G. Leon

Here it is the top 20 pound for pound fighters in the world according to yours truly. There's been plenty of movement since our last update including a new entrant into the top five. Who's in? Who's out? Click the link and find out for yourself.



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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


DEANDRE WARE STEPS UP FOR SHOBOX OPPORTUNITY

Press Release: Cem Kilic will now face fellow undefeated DeAndre Ware on Friday, September 28th, in the opening bout on ShoBox: The New Generation live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif. However, the eight-round fight will now be contested at 168-pounds. Ware replaces Donnie Marshall, a natural middleweight, who elected to pull out of the fight when the scheduled 160-pound bout moved to 168 pounds.  In the previously announced ten-round main event, lightweight Devin Haney will face Juan Carlos Burgos. The co-feature of the second Friday of back-to-back ShoBox telecasts will be an immediate rematch of one of 2018’s most controversial fights between lightweights Thomas Mattice and Zhora Hamazaryan.

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


Q&A WITH MICHAEL DUTCHOVER

Press Release: Junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (10-0, 7 KOs) has been receiving a priceless education in the lead-up to his showdown with Bergman Aguilar (14-3-1, 4  KOs) this Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. Dutchover, 20, has been sparring with reigning WBA super bantamweight title holder Danny Roman in Los Angeles.  Dutchover talks about on his relationship with Roman, his new found culinary skills, and what the fans in attendance and on the LiveStream can expect from the surging prospect this Friday night.

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


HANEY, JACOBS AND ANDRADE WORKING WITH VICTOR CONTE

Press Release: Victor Conte's SNAC facility in San Carlos, CA, is hosting three elite training camps.  Demetrius Andrade, Devin Haney (pictured) and Daniel Jacobs are working extremely hard at the state-of-the-art training center. SNAC's track coach and living legend Remi Korchemny, one of the best elite performance trainers, is providing the camps with  training drills and techniques. Devin "The Dream" Haney (19-0, 13 KOs) is trained by his father, Bill Haney.  He will face his toughest challenge to date when he battles Juan Carlos Burgos (33-2-2, 21 KOs) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA, on September 28th, live on Showtime.

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


OSCAR DE LA HOYA'S OPEN LETTER TO FIGHT FANS

Press Release: Dear Fight Fans, On the night of Saturday, September 15, fans were set to be treated to what sports should be all about: the two best athletes in a sport squaring off against each other with the winner earning the title of the best in the business. This kind of an event - where an individual can be called the best in any sport -- is truly rare.


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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


IBF ORDERS MANDATORY DEFENSE FOR WOMEN'S 154-POUND CHAMP CHRIS NAMUS

According to Canadian promoter Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), Marie-Eve Dicaire (13-0) is the mandatory contender to face IBF women's junior middleweight champion Chris "El Bombon Asesino" Namus (24-4) from Uruguay. Namus has defdended her title twice and after winning it on August 12, 2017 against Argentina's Yamila Esther Reynoso. Now, IBF Championships Committee Chairman Lindsey Tucker has informed Namus, Dicaire and their respective promoters, Osvaldo Rivero of Argentina and Yvon Michel of GYM that the parties have until October 17th to come to an agreement, otherwise a purse bid will be ordered. source: gym


 
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


MATTY ASKIN PREDICTS KO OF LAWRENCE OKOLIE

Press Release: Matty Askin is predicting an early night for Lawrence Okolie when the rivals collide for the British cruiserweight title at Wembley Stadium this Saturday September 22nd, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. The Blackpool man has been preparing for his showdown with the 2016 Olympian Okolie by spending time away from his partner and son in his dad’s caravan in Eccleston, Lancashire, and believes his humble surroundings will inspire him to put Okolie in his place.


 
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 
 FRENCH BOXING UPDATE

Press Release: European women's featherweight champion Licia Boudersa will move up to super featherweight on September 29th at the Palais St. Sauveur in her hometown of Lille, France. The 26-year-old Boudersa, 12-1-2, will Hasna Tukic, 10-7, a Bosnian based in Germany who lost a decision to undefeated lightweight Nicole Wesner in July 2017. Boudersa is undefeated since losing her second pro fight in June of 2015. She captured the French national crown less than a year later before becoming European Champion in January of 2017 with a victory over undefeated compatriot Ericka Rousseau (10-0). Also on the bill, France's Samuel Kadje (12-0) takes on Vasil Ducar (6-0-1) from the Czech Republic at cruiserweight. source: wbf
 


 
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


BERCHELT VS. ROMAN LANDS IN EL PASO ON NOV. 3RD

Press Release: Miguel "Alacran" Berchelt (34-1) and Miguel "Mickey" Roman (60-12) will fight for Berchelt's WBC super featherweight crown. Berchelt will make the fourth defense of his title on Saturday, November 3rd at the Don Haskins Center on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso. Both men are from Mexico. "I've wanted this fight for a long time" said Berchelt. "Roman has been talking a lot. I cannot wait to be in the ring with him.  I'm happy to fight in El Paso, which is the perfect place for an event  like this. I'll show all the fans that I'm on my way to becoming  one of the greatest Mexican champions."  Roman responded, "Berchelt will get a very big surprise. He's never seen a Mexican warrior like me before, fans will be on my side, and I know I will be the new WBC champion." Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 21st.


 
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


YILDIRIM TOPS MOCK IN GERMANY

Avni Yildirim W12 Lolenga Mock... Turkey's Avni Yildirim (21-1-0) outscored experienced Danish boxer Lolenga Mock (42-15-1) in a super middleweight bout at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Yildirim started fast and knocked Mock down in the first round. In the following rounds, Mock also showed his power and striking effectiveness. After a close and hard fought contest, Yildirim won by majority decision. Scores were 113-112, 116-111 and 113-113. Avni has been working with Mike Tyson's former coach, Stacey McKinley. For the 46 year-old Congo-born Mock, his amazing eleven-fight win streak came to an end. source: wbc


 
SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 


LARA WANTS GGG OR REMATCH VS. ALVAREZ

Press Release: Former WBA 154-pound champion Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs) was inspired by Saturday's main event between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas. "Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought an amazing fight, it was a true classic." said Lara. "I want to congratulate both of them for putting together such a tremendous effort to bring the spotlight back on boxing. It would be a great honor to fight either fighter, and I would love to challenge myself against them." Erislandy Lara has been training in Houston, Texas for his next fight with trainer Ronnie Shields, as he is working hard in the gym, getting ready for his next fight date. "I am ready to make a statement and to challenge either fighter at middleweight, whether it is Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez in a rematch...I am ready!"

 
SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 


BRANDON ROBISON WANTS DERRICK WEBSTER FOLLOWING CAREER BEST WIN!
By G. Leon

"He's soft-I'll stop him!"

Congrats on your victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? My performance was good. I felt like I could have used my jab a little bit more. I could have set up my shots a little bit more, but sometimes when I smell blood in the water it's time to eat.

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 


UGAS NOT SITTING ON MANDATORY POSITION: "BRING ON BRONER, ALEXANDER OR BERTO, I WANT ALL OF THE TOP GUYS!"
By G. Leon

WBC mandatory willing to wait for Spence-Porter winner

Congrats on your recent victory over Cesar Barrionuevo.  Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I'm not super glad with my performance, but I feel like my opponent wasn't trying to engage much. It's difficult to look good when your opponent doesn't want to engage, but I got the win and now I'm one of the mandatories to Shawn Porter and I'm excited about that. Now I've got to go back to work and keep on improving my game.

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 


RESULTS FROM PHILADELPHIA

Brandon Robinson TKO3 Ernest Amuzu... Super middleweight Brandon Robinson (11-1) won his eleventh straight bout as he took out Ernest Amuzu (24-4) in round three this past Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Robinson of Upper Darby, PA bided his time until round three, when he landed a body shot that drove Amuzu into the corner.  That set up a furious flurry by Robinson.  Robinson rocked Amuzu several times until he was defenseless, and the bout was stopped at 2:04. 

Anvar Yunusov TKO1 Angel Monreal... Three-time Olympian, Anvar Yunusov (5-0 plus additional World Series of Boxing pro bouts) dropped Angel Monreal (10-11-1) twice in round one, and got the stoppage win at 2:39 of that opening frame. Yunusov scored both knockdowns with hard left hands, with the finishing blow being a left that sent Monreal plummeting to the deck. source for all results: kings promotion


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SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 


EUBANK IS THE "INSURANCE POLICY" FOR GROVES VS. SMITH

Press Release: Chris Eubank Jr. faces Ireland's JJ McDonagh (16-4, 8 KOs) over ten rounds on the George Groves vs. Callum Smith undercard on September 28th at The Indoor Sports Hall at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Eubank Jr. (26-2, 20 KOs), who was defeated in a thrilling semi-final by Groves, will be on standby to enter the final in the unlikely scenario one of Groves or Smith is unable to compete.

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 


REDDIT.COM SURVEY: MOST THOUGHT GOLOVKIN WON
By Scott Shaffer

Reddit.com's boxing page took an interesting survey of unofficial scorecards for the Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin rematch that was held on Saturday in Las Vegas. Of course, Alvarez won two out of three of the official scorecards, with the third having it even. He gets the world middlewight title.  But Reddit.com shows that unofficially, most in the boxing media had Golovkin winning. Of the 51 opinions taken from boxing  media, Reddit.com says 34 had Golovkin winning, 15 had it a draw and only 2 saw it for Alvarez.  Click below for the full survey:

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 


TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP FOR 2008 OLYMPIAN DAVID PRICE

Press Release: 2008 Olympic bronze medalist David Price (22-5) will take on Russia's Sergey Kuzmin (12-0) in a heavyweight contest at Wembley Stadium on September 22nd, live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN in the US. Price vs. Kuzmin lands on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight championship fight vs. Alexander Povetkin. Price rocked Povetkin before succumbing to a stoppage defeat last time out at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in March and knows it is last-chance saloon against the Russian’s countryman Kuzmin.

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 


TWITTER CHATTER ON ALVAREZ-GOLOVKIN II

Promoter Lou DiBella: I think Golovkin WON TWICE. Tonight, I can live with. It was close. The first one was an utter robbery, and one guy was jacked up. The third fight will NOT be conclusive. The older guy will be even older and more worn. Canelo is in prime. SAD for Golovkin. BTW, Canelo deserves big props for fighting a smart, exciting Fight and coming away with the W. The three judges deserve props for totally credible cards, whether you agree or disagree. And Golovkin yet again shows why he’s been a credit to #boxing and is a HOFer. 

Journalist Kevin Iole: I gave Golovkin the 12th round and have it 114-114 A DRAW. 

Commentator Al Bernstein:  It was a very exciting g match that continues the great momentum of boxing. I disagreed with the decision. I thought Golovkin won the close decision.

Ex-world featherweight champion Carl Frampton: In hindsight a lot of the rounds were close. I edged Golovkin but can we please applaud the smaller man Canelo's chin

Ex-world heavyweight champion George Foreman: Canelo [is] brave as a bull! Congrats! Made a puncher box. I didn’t expect this. Need one more between these great fighters.


 
SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 


DERRICK WEBSTER DEFEATS MILTON NUNEZ

Derrick Webster W8 Milton Nunez.... Super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (28-1, 14 KOs) was back in action on Saturday night, defeating Milton Nunez (35-20-1) via eight-round unanimous decision. Scores were 80-72 and 79-73 (twice). The card was held at the PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware.  “He was a tough dude,” Webster said after the win. “He has more than 50 fights, so he knew how to survive. He has been in there with guys like GGG and Danny Jacobs, so we knew he was bringing a lot of experience into the ring tonight." source: Dee Lee Promotions 



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SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 


UNDERCARD APP FIGHT NIGHT II SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT

Press Release: Hey boxing fans, are you ready for even more boxing? If so we’ve got great news! In just 8 days The Undercard Boxing App returns to bring you more live boxing on September 22nd. This time they partner up with TAC Promotions in Springfield, Va for a night of what’s sure to be exciting and full of action. The card features light heavyweight Alvin Varmall Jr (15-1-1) against Rocky Smith (13-7). Neither guy has the word retreat in their vocabulary.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 


CANELO ALVAREZ ENDS THE LONG REIGN OF GGG
By Sean Sullivan

WINS WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP VIA MAJORITY DECISION

Canelo Alvarez W12 Gennady Golovkin... In front of a sold-out crowd of 21,695 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, on the eve of Mexican Independence Day, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez became a three-time world champion, ending the long reign of middleweight king Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  Alvarez secured his 50th and most impressive professional victory. Both Canelo, 159.4, of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, 159.6, improved on their performances from the first fight and again showed tremendous chins to absorb their adversary’s best shots for twelve hard-fought rounds.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 


HIGH STAKES: CANELO OPEN TO THIRD FIGHT WITH GGG!
By G. Leon

Gennady Got Gone quickly after decision was announced, Hopkins happiest man in Vegas!

Following his majority decision victory newly minted world middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez made it clear to the boxing world that he's open to a third fight with former champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. Unfortunately Golovkin showed poor sportsmanship leaving the ring before being interviewed by the network that help bring him to this point. The fight was close and could have gone either way. This scribe scored it 115-113 in favor of Canelo, while Boxingtalk's Sean Sullivan, whose full report will follow shortly, had Golovkin the victor. Regardless of how you scored this one, it's safe to say that very few people are happier than Bernard Hopkins is right now since Golovkin was unable to break his record for consecutive middleweight title defenses.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 
 QA’ID MUHAMMAD, 1989-2018
By Scott Shaffer

Undefeated bantamweight Qa’id Muhammad was found dead just two days after his 29th birthday. Muhammad was shot in the chest about sixteen miles outside of Las Vegas in a town called Henderson. He was 8-0 but had not fought since 2012. Boxingtalk sends its condolences to the friends and family of Qa’id Muhammad. source: breakingac.com


 


 
SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 


JAIME MUNGUIA RETAINS TITLE
By Sean Sullivan

Jaime Munguia TKO3 Brandon Cook,... In his second defense of the WBO 154-pound title, Jaime Munguia, 154, of Tijuana, Mexico, dismantled brave challenger Brandon Cook, 153.2, of Ajax, Ontario, Canada, over three rounds en route to a TKO victory. Munguia began targeting the body at the outset, while Cook was already resorting to throwing wild haymakers. Munguia almost scored a knockdown to end the first when he landed a barrage of punches with Cook trapped in a neutral corner. The Canadian did his best to make it a rough fight in round two, holding and hitting. Munguia had success landing an overhand right-left hook to the body combination and tried it numerous times. To his credit, the outgunned Cook was trading shots and not backing away from the champion. However, that tactic lead to a knockdown against him and Munguia went in for the kill, landing an endless stream of punches with his defenseless against the ropes. Referee Tony Weeks jumped in to stop the carnage at the 1:03 mark of round three, upping Munguia’s record to 31-0 (26 KOs). Cook, now 20-2 (13 KOs), left the ring with his second loss by knockout.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 


FORMER CHAMPIONS ROMAN GONZALEZ AND DAVID LEMIEUX SCORE KNOCKOUTS
By Sean Sullivan

David Lemieux TKO1 Spike O’Sullivan... Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux, 160, of Montreal needed less than a round to demolish Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, 159.2, of Cork, Ireland. Lemieux started fast looking to assert his edge in speed and power. While O’Sullivan valiantly attempted to return fire, once he felt the power, the Irishman began to cover up instead. A sweeping left hook, from Lemieux, who rehydrated to 179 pounds following the weigh-in, caught O’Sullivan flush. Spike tried to get up, but was clearly stunned and unsteady. The knockout victory, which came at the 2:44 mark, should put Lemieux, now 40-4 (34 KOs), right back in the mix for a top echelon fight in the near future. O’Sullivan’s record fell to 28-3 (20 KOs). Speaking with HBO’s Max Kellerman in his post-fight interview about the pre-fight animosity between he and O’Sullivan, Lemieux had a message for future opponents, “Don’t piss me off.”

Roman  Gonzalez KO5 Moises Fuentes... Fighting for the first time since his shocking back-to-back losses, former pound-for-pound elite Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 114.8, of Managua, Nicaragua, engaged former world champion Moises Fuentes, 116, of Mexico City, Mexico, in a short but exciting brawl. For someone who was coming off three losses in his last four starts, including twice by knockout, trading with the heavy-handed Chocolatito was not the wisest strategy for Fuentes. Still, it gave the crowd a thrill to watch the two-way action for as long as it lasted. In round five, Chocolatito had Fuentes trapped against the ropes. As the two were exchanging power shots, a short right hook found the chin of Fuentes and dropped him in a heap. Fuentes lay motionless for a few seconds and when it was clear he wasn’t beating the count, referee Robert Byrd waved off the contest at the 1:44 mark. Gonzalez improved to 47-2 (39 KOs) to begin his comeback, while Fuentes is now 25-6-1 (14 KOs).

 
SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 


UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
By Sean Sullivan

Vergil Ortiz Jr. TKO2 Roberto Ortiz... Vergil Ortiz Jr., 139.6, of Dallas, TX, a three-time National Silver Gloves gold medalist, earned his 11th knockout in 11 professional bouts, halting Roberto Ortiz, 139.8, of Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico, now 35-4-2 (26 KOs), inside two rounds. Vergil began the bout pumping very forceful shots, often catching Roberto as he attempted his own offense. In round two, an overhand right dropped Roberto, though he arose to face further punishment. A right hook to the body sent Roberto to the deck once more in visible pain and referee Vic Drakulich ended the contest at the 1:03 mark. Roberto Ortiz is now 0-3-1 in his last four outings.

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


MAYWEATHER: I'M COMING BACK TO FIGHT PACQUIAO
By G. Leon

Floyd Mayweather Jr says a rematch with Manny Pacquaio is on the way. The former pound for pound king posted on Instagram saying "I'm coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year, another 9 figure payday on the way." In the video posted Mayweather and Pacquiao appear to be in the same VIP section of a nightclub in Tokyo, Japan. Pacquiao can be heard saying, "I have the belt." [He holds the WBA's regular welterweight title, a paper title as Keith Thurman holds the WBA super championship].  Mayweather can be heard saying, "I'm going to beat his ass worse than I did before." Although this announcement is being made at a night club in the wee hours of the morning, it's safe to say that unlike many of the PBC fighters at last week's Porter-Garcia fight, Mayweather's only high on life and drunk off of himself, and perhaps a ginger-ale on the rocks. Is this nonsense or the real thing? Time will tell, but a rematch that he can't lose in the highest grossing fight in the history of boxing is a Mayweather move.

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


BRITISH SUPER FIGHT ANNOUNCED FOR DEC. 22ND

Press Release: Josh Warrington will defend his IBF featherweight title against former two-division champ Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd, live on BT Sport Box Office. Warrington (27-0) became Leeds, England's first ever champion when he defeated Lee Selby at Elland Road back in May. The undefeated 27-year-old will now be involved in yet another huge domestic clash this year when he faces the current interim WBO titleholder, Frampton (26-1) subject to IBF sanctioning.


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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


J.C. RAMIREZ RETAINS TITLE IN FRESNO
By Scott Shaffer

Jose Carlos Ramirez W12 Antonio Orozco ... In an exciting fight in Fresno, California, hometown hero Jose Carlos Ramirez retained the WBC 140-pound championship and handed Antonio Orozco his first pro loss.  Ramirez, who threw over 1000 punches over the twelve rounds, knocked down Orozco twice en route to a wide unanimous decision win. He also landed more than 100 punches than Orozco did. Ramirez is now 23-0 while Orozco falls to 27-1. “I’ve been teaching my kids that, in life, you don’t lose, you learn lessons. And today, I learned a lesson,” said Orozco afterwards. source: top rank social media



 
SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


RESULTS FROM RHODE ISLAND: DELOMBA WINS

Nick DeLomba W8 Chris Singleton... Nick DeLomba got a much-needed win Friday in front of his hometown crowd at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino Hotel.  The 140-pound DeLomba (14-2) topped Louisiana’s Chris Singleton (18-6-2)  via scores of 79-73 (twice) and 78-74 in a unanimous decision win. Orginally slated to face Ireland’s Ray Moylette, DeLomba had to switch up the game plan five weeks before the fight when Moylette suffered a hand injury.  

Anthony Marsella Jr. W6 Brandon Berry ... Another 140-pounder, Anthony Marsella Jr. (10-0) of Providence, kept his perfect record in the co-feature, outclassing Maine’s Brandon Berry (13-4-2) and cruising to a 60-53 unanimous decision win on all three scorecards.  source for all results: ces



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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


USYK VS. BELLEW FORMALLY ANNOUNCED

Press Release: [As previously reported on Boxingtalk] Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will defend his WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Eng;and's Tony Bellew at Manchester Arena on November 10th, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.  Usyk made history by outclassing Murat Gassiev to become the first cruiserweight to hold all four recognised belts, following his sensational World Boxing Super Series win in July. An announcement on ticket prices and on sale dates will be made in due course.  



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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 
 CONGRATULATIONS TO BOXING PUBLICIST "GRAMPA" BOB TRIEGER
By Kirk Lang

Boxingtalk sends its congratulations to top-notch New England-based boxing publicist Bob Trieger on becoming a grandfather. Trieger, who has worked for, among others, Jimmy's Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES), DiBella Entertainment, as well as for Roy Jones Jr's promotional firm, became a grandfather for the first time this past Monday (9/10/18). His granddaughter Amelia Badolato was born to Trieger's daughter, Caitlin, and his son-in-law, Alfredo Badolato, at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, MA.



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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


FIVE-DIVISION CHAMP NAOKO FUJIOKA RETAINS 112-POUND TITLE

Naoko Fujioka W10 Irma Sanchez... Five-division champion Naoko Fujioka of Japan retained the WBA 112-pound championship by defeating Mexico's Irma Sanchez via unanimous decision. The 43 year-old Fujioka (18-2) has held titles in weight classes from 105 through 118 pounds. Sanchez, who entered with the WBA interim title, drops to 30-8-1. source: kyodo 

 
SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


BROADWAY BOXING PARTICIPANTS MAKE GGG-CANELO PICKS

Press Release: On Saturday, September 29th, Broadway Boxing will make its debut at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. With Gennady "GGG" Golovkin giving Saul "Canelo" Alvarez a world middleweight championship rematch Saturday, the Broadway Boxing fighters gave their predictions on the highly anticipated middleweight championship showdown:

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


MANY OF BOXING'S BEST TO APPEAR AT BOX FAN EXPO TODAY

Press Release: Some of the biggest stars and legends will be appearing TOMORROW at the 4th annual Box Fan Expo at The Las Vegas Convention Center. Mikey Garcia, Errol Spence Jr., Andre Ward, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, James Toney will be among the over 40 fighters, promoters, sanctioning bodies and apparel companies that will be on hand for this very special event.

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


WILL BAD BLOOD BRING OUT BAD INTENTIONS IN THE GGG-CANELO REMATCH?
By Sean Sullivan

“They have become friends.”

This is what HBO’s Jim Lampley remarked while recapping the action in the immediate aftermath of the initial encounter between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on September 16, 2017. Given all the rhetoric in the recent months leading into Saturday’s WBC/WBA middleweight championship rematch at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, that is clearly no longer the case. Mutual respect has become mutual animosity, and it has been heavily used as a marketing tool to build hype. 


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SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 


FRANCHON CREWS-DEZURN WINS WORLD TITLE

Pablo Cesar Cano W5 Ruslan Madiev... Mexico's Pablo "El Demoledor" Cesar Cano (31-7-1, 21 KOs) defeated Kazakhstan's Ruslan Madiev (12-1, 5 KOs) via fifth-round technical decision at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. After a vicious head-butt worsened a nasty cut on the left side of Cano's forehead, the fight was stopped at the end of the fifth round. Cano was awarded the technical decision victory with three scores of 49-46.  

Franchon Crews-Dezurn W10 Maricela Cornejo ... Franchon Crews-Dezurn (4-1, 1 KO) of Baltimore captured the WBC super middleweight title by scoring a ten-round unanimous decision win against Maricela Cornejo (12-3, 5 KOs) in tonight's main event.  "This is for my mom," said Franchon Crews (pictured). "This is the first time, but I knew her will and determination wasn't stronger than mine. There were some rough areas in there, but it's a learning curve and we did everything we could. It seems so much more real. If you believe in yourself, go for it." source for all results: golden boy


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