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FEBRUARY 28, 2017 


JERMALL CHARLO: I'M READY TO FIGHT ANYBODY TO GET TO THAT WORLD TITLE!
By G. Leon

Charlo to return in mid-May in Houston vs TBA

GL: What made you vacate your IBF junior middleweight championship to move up to middleweight? I've paid my dues at 154 pounds. Getting the IBF world title and defending it three times against high level opposition, from my number one contender all the way down to my voluntary title defenses like Austin Trout. I feel like I've paid my dues and I want bigger and better things as far as the big names and the big fights at 160 so that's what caused me to leave.

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FEBRUARY 28, 2017 


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STEVE CUNNINGHAM
By G. Leon

Cunningham to face Williams on March 17

GL: How is everything going in camp? What can we expect to see from you against Phil Williams on March 17? I'm really, really motivated to be as sharp as I'm supposed to be. I've been in camp sparring and everybody is telling me I'm looking phenomenal, but my whole thing is I'm still a work in progress. I'm going to go in there and get this win, make it impressive, do the best I can, but at the same be smart while I'm dominating. I feel very bad that I lost my last fight for the title against Glowacki. I believe I should have won that fight, but I didn't fight to my intelligence.

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FEBRUARY 28, 2017 


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DMITRIY SALITA
By G. Leon

GL: Your Shobox quadruple header from the MGM Grand in Detroit is right around the corner. Can you give us some thoughts on the card? On March 10 boxing fans can look forward to a great night of boxing, in Detroit, one of America's greatest fight cities. I'm thrilled to be promoting the first boxing show at the MGM Grand in Detroit and to have Claressa Shields a two time gold medalist in the main event. This is the first time a woman's fight has headlined a show on a premium television network. It's going to be a great night of boxing and I'm proud to be presenting it. Our co-main event is a fight for the NABO title between Nikolay Potpov and Antonio Nieves. Both of these guys are bantamweight contenders with an amateur pedigree and I think that's going to be a great fight. We also have Ed Willias from Detroit fighting Wesley Tucker from Toledo, Ohio and they're both talented welterweights and the winner of that fight is going to be on their way to becoming a welterweight contender. Then we have James Gordon Smith who is a highly touted prospect from Detroit fighting Joshua Greer from Chicago, so it's going to be a great telecast from top to bottom. On the undercard we have Jarico O'Quinn who is a very talented bantamweight, he was rated #1 in the US as an 18 year old. He's won US championships and other major tournaments and he's a very talented guy. We've also got Bakhtiyar Eyubov back in action, he's had some hand problems following his win over Karim Mayfield, but now he's coming back we're looking forward to big things from him. 



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FEBRUARY 28, 2017 


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: FRANK DE ALBA
By G. Leon

De Alba set to face Ryan Kielczewski on April 4

GL: Congrats on your recent victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? It was fight to get back in the groove. I was off for six months and it was the kind of fight I needed for the fight I have coming up with Ryan Kielczewski on April 4th. He was the kind of fighter that moved a lot and it was a fight for me to learn from and move from that.

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FEBRUARY 28, 2017 


TYRONE BRUNSON: IT'S TIME FOR ME TO GET RANKED!
By G. Leon

GL: How is everything going in preparation for your March 11 bout with Brandon Quarles? What can we expect to see from you on fight night? Everything is going great man. Camp is going fine, we're on the right schedule. As far as what you could expect on fight night, you could expect a win. GL: What are your thoughts on Quarles as a fighter? To tell you the truth I've only watched a few clips of him, I let my coaches study him, but I'm not impressed.

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FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


SHAKUR STEVENSON TO MAKE HBO DEBUT IN SECOND PRO FIGHT!
By G. Leon

Moments ago Bob Arum informed Boxingtalk that 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson will make his HBO debut on the May 20th Terence Crawford card at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Stevenson is set to make his professional debut on April 22. Full interview with Arum to follow shortly until then, remember where you heard it first! (9:26PM EST)

 
FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


RUSSELL JR-ESCANDON NOT HAPPENING ON MARCH 11
By G. Leon

Russell off card, bout to be rescheduled

Boxingtalk has been informed that the Gary Russell Jr-Oscar Escandon fight has been postponed following Escandon suffering an injury in training camp. As a result Russell Jr will have to wait a while to make the second defense of his WBC featherweight title. There will be more to follow so stay tuned, until then, Remember where you heard it first! 7:33 PM EST

 
FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


PACQUIAO SAYS HE'S FIGHTING KHAN NEXT

There has been no formal confirmation yet, but the prestigious BBC is reporting that future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao will fight Great Britain's Amir Khan on April 23rd. Pacquiao himself took to social media to tweet, "Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted." Pacquiao, age 38, fought twice in 2016, defeating Timothy Bradley and then taking the WBO welterweight title from Jessie Vargas.  Khan has not fought since he was knocked out in May by Saul Alvarez in an ambitious jump up to junior middleweight. However, he remains a huge attraction in both the United Kingdom and the Muslim world, which has led to speculation that a Pacquiao-Khan fight could wind up in the United Arab Emirates. --Scott Shaffer

 
FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


TRAVIS KAUFFMAN: MANSOUR ISN'T GOING THE DISTANCE!
By G. Leon

GL: How is everything going in preparation for your March 17 bout with Amir Mansour? What can we expect to see from you on fight night? Everything has been great, I've been training for about ten weeks and I'm taking this fight very seriously because I know Amir Mansour is not walk in the park. Fans can expect a fight, I can box, I can fight, I can dance, expect to see a lot of different things from me, but I'm expecting a knockout.

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FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


NEW CHAMPION ALERT: REY VARGAS

Rey Vargas W12 Gavin McDonnell... Mexico's Rey Vargas walked into enemy territory and won the vacant WBC 122-pound championship via majority decision over Gavin McDonnell in Hull, England. It was a competitive fight with Vargas using his length and jab to open up combinations. McDonnell was willing, but was unable to get in a groove.  Official scores were 114-114 and, more properly, 117-111 and 116-112 for Vargas (29-0). McDonnell was trying to join his twin brother Jamie (WBA regular bantamweight) as current world title holder, but he falls to 16-1-2.   McDonnell said afterward, ""It was his long arms, I just could not pin him. "He beat me fair and square. I just fell short... I will be back in the gym and I will be a world champion. The title became vacant upon the retirement of Japan's Hozumi Hasegawa. source: klowd tv

 
FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


POST FIGHT INTERVIEW: JAY DEAS
By G. Leon

Wilder coach sees unification next for Deontay Wilder

GL: Congrats on your victory over Gerald Washington. Can you give us some thoughts on Deontay's performance? I thought he was patient. He did what he had to do, the game plan was to let Gerald burn down a little bit. Gerald is most dangerous during the first three rounds of a fight so we didn't want to get into any big exchanges or wars to give Gerald what we felt was like his best chance to be successful. We wanted to take that away, so that's why he wasn't throwing a lot of shots that would have lead to counters or big exchanges. We were trying little by little to take his energy away, we knew he probably had a lot of pressure on and a lot on his mind to fight in a fight of this magnitude on the road. After those first three rounds we wanted to get to work in round four and that's just about the way it played out.

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FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


POST FIGHT INTERVIEW: DAT NGUYEN
By G. Leon

Fresh off upset over Flores, Nguyen wants title shot

GL: Congrats on your recent victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I think I'm so overwhelmed right now, I've gotten so much support from everyone congratulating me and it's like a dream come true. I've worked so hard to get to this point, people counted me out and the odds were so bad against me, but I knew I was coming into the ring to upset this kid because I trained so hard for this fight. I was in great shape and I made a lot of changes preparing for this fight. I didn't have a trainer and I went and got the contract signed and then I had to put everything together. God was watching over me and everything just fell into place. I didn't have good sparring and I was worried about that. Then one of the best sparring partners I've worked with shows up at my gym asking if he could work there, so then I go from having bad sparring to excellent sparring. I was getting in great shape and looking good in sparring, I felt like I was ready to go ten hard rounds, and I changed my mindset, in the past I go into the fight trying to knock my opponent out and I don't look good because I get winded. I know I have a lot of power and my sparring partner told me once he feels my power he's going to be moving. I didn't want to believe him to get too confident going in there because I know I'm strong, but going in there overconfident is never smart. I said to myself that I was going to ten hard rounds and win this fight on points if I have to. I wasn't looking for the knockout. I told myself to put punching together in combinations and let my hands go, I told myself, I just had to win six out of ten rounds. I know I'm in the kids hometown so I had to win at least six rounds convincingly. I never used to be prepared to go ten rounds, and I got this fight on four weeks notice so thank God I was in shape for this fight."

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FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MARSHALL KAUFFMAN
By G. Leon

Business As Usual: King's Promotions Boss Keeping Very Busy

GL: How's everything going Marshall? You've got a couple of shows coming up, tell us all about it.  We've been blessed with these shows and last year I was probably the busiest promoter on the east coast thanks to my main man Al Haymon providing the networks that make it all possible for boxing to be on free TV. It's been really good, we've been grinding and making moves. This year we have a busy schedule as well and things look good. On March 11 I've got a great main event at the Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, they just started doing boxing there a few months ago and in the main even we've got Ty Brunson going up against Brandon Quarles. It's a great main event along with a great co-feature with Ty Crawley, who is 6-0 taking on the 6-2 Victor Vazquez who is out of New York. I'm just trying to put on great fights, I've been in the game a long time and having these guys fight stiffs and guys who are going to lay down isn't any good for them or me. I want the customers to come back so the fights have to be great. It's very important to see where your guys are, the last thing I want to do as a promoter is throw money away. If a guy isn't worth it or can't fight then go get a 9-5 job.

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FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


JARICO O'QUINN BACK IN ACTION ON MARCH 10
By G. Leon

GL: How is everything going in preparation for your March 10 bout? What can we expect to see from you on fight night? Everything is going good. Camp is going good and you can expect nothing but a knockout. I'm not expecting this to go the distance. I'm going to be sharp as usual, I'm going to be fast as usual and I'm going to be strong. It's going to be an exciting performance, the crowd is going to love it, Showtime is going to love it and that's that.



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FEBRUARY 27, 2017 


BOXINGTALK PROSPECT WATCH: MYKAL FOX
By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on your recent victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? It was a good step up, a good challenge and I'm happy with how it went. I watched it and I had it 6-2. Even though they had it a majority decision I feel like there's no doubt that I clearly won the fight. Now I'm at the point where I feel like if I win convincingly, that's good enough for me.

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FEBRUARY 25, 2017 


AND STILL: WILDER STOPS WASHINGTON IN 5
By G. Leon

Deontay Wilder TKO5 Gerald Washington: Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, 38-0 (37), likely lost each of the first four rounds against undefeated challenger Gerald Washington. Washington was the first tall experienced heavyweight that Wilder has faced and he gave him problems. Wilder was reluctant and often found himself at the end of Washington's long jab, but the Bronze Bomber has that great equalizer and it landed in the fifth round when a short right hand found its mark to Washington's temple. Wilder's follow up hook sent Washington, 18-1-1 (12),to the canvas. He beat the count, but was virtually out on his feet and Wilder's follow up barrage forced referee Michael Griffin to stop the fight. Official time of stoppage was 1:45. Source: Fox


 
FEBRUARY 25, 2017 


HURD STOPS HARRISON TO CAPTURE VACANT IBF STRAP
By G. Leon

Jarrett Hurd TKO9 Tony Harrison: Jarrett Hurd captured the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship stopping Tony Harrison in he ninth round of a grueling fight. The first round was a feel out round, most of punches thrown were jabs, but Harrison finished the round stronger to win it by the slightest of margins. Harrison was able to effectively outbox Hurd in the second, third, fourth ,and most of the fifth round, but he was badly hurt by an uppercut at the end of round five which wound up becoming a sign of things to come. To his credit, Harrison recovered and clearly won round six, but Hurd was coming on strong. Hurd, 20-0 (14), won the seventh and eighth hurting Hurd in each round. The end came at 2:24 of round 9 when Hurd floored Harrison, 24-2 (20), with a right hand. Harrison beat the count and told the referee he wanted to continue but spit out his mouthpiece which lead to the fight being stopped in somewhat controversial fashion. Source: Fox  


 
FEBRUARY 25, 2017 


BREAZEALE STOPS UGONOH IN INSTANT CLASSIC
By G. Leon

Dominic Breazeale TKO5 Izuagbe Ugonoh: Heavyweights Dominic Breazeale and Izuagbe Ugonoh put on a fight reminiscent of the all time great slugfest between George Foreman and Ron Lyle. The previously undefeated Ugonoh got off to a very fast start, taking the first two rounds and visibly hurting the former world title challenger in the process. In round three Breazeale, 18-1 (15), floored Ugonoh with a left hook he never saw coming. Ugonoh made it to his feet as the referee counted ten, he was allowed to continue and managed to come back very strong, hurting Breazeale with punches to the head and body. Breazeale appeared to hurt Ugonoh again as the bell sounded to end the third, but it was Breazeale who found himself on the canvas in the fourth round. He beat the count with a badly swollen eye and managed to survive the round, largely due to an exhausted Ugonoh, 17-1 (14), being unable to keep the pressure on. Ugonoh was floored twice more in the fifth, the second knockdown sent him through the ropes, prompting the referee to save an absolutely exhausted Ugonoh from absorbing further punishment. Source: Fox


 
FEBRUARY 25, 2017 


ALVAREZ STOPS BUTE IN 5
By G. Leon

Eleider Alvarez TKO5 Lucian Bute: Eleider Alvarez stopped former super middleweight champion Lucian Bute in the final minute of the fifth round in a WBC light heavyweight eliminator. After the first four rounds the scorecards could have been even or even saw Bute in front following a strong third and fourth frame. In the fifth, Alvarez landed an overhand right that badly wobbled Bute and immediately followed up with a second right that floored Bute. Despite beating the count at 8 the referee appropriately waved off the bout once it was clear Bute was out of it. With the win, Alvarez, 22-0 (11), is now in line to face Champion Adonis Stevenson, who hasn't made a mandatory defense since 2013. Source: PPV


 
FEBRUARY 25, 2017 


DELOACH PUNISHES PEARSON
By Scott Shaffer

Justin DeLoach KO2 Christopher Pearson… In the ShoBox main event from Temecula, California, Georgia’s Justin DeLoach knocked out Ohio’s Christopher Pearson in the second round of a junior middleweight bout. Loach landed big combinations that sent Pearson to the canvas twice.  The second time saw Pearson crawling around the canvas on all fours but not attempting to stand up.  Now 17-1, Loach has strung together four consecutive wins over quality opposition. Pearson, a former amateur national champion, has now lost two out of his last three and is no longer on the professional fast track. Pearson landed just four punches according to Compubox. source: shobox

 
FEBRUARY 25, 2017 


JUDGE JERRY CANTU ROBS OSCAR BRAVO
By Scott Shaffer

Tabiti punishes Graves

Saul Rodriguez W10 Oscar Bravo… Judge Jerry Cantu’s horrible scorecard gave Saul Rodriguez an undeserved, home state victory in Temecula, California.  All three Showtime announcers thought Oscar Bravo beat Rodriguez, from Riverside California, and Punchstats credited Bravo with 174 punches landed compared to 155 for Rodriguez.  Bravo also scored the only knockdown of the ten-round lightweight bout, but the incompetent or corrupt Cantu gave Bravo only two rounds, scoring it 97-92 for Rodriguez.  The other two judges split, scoring it 95-94 for different boxers, meaning Rodriguez got a split decision win. Bravo, from Chile, walked down Rodriguez for much of the fight and landed the harder punches. Unfairly, his record sinks to 22-7. Rodriguez, in his first fight for Mayweather Promotions, is now 21-0-2 thanks to Cantu. source: shobox

Andrew Tabiti TKO6 Quantis Graves… In the ShoBox opener from Temecula, California, Andrew Tabiti continued his swift climb up the cruiserweight division. Tabiti delivered a comprehensive beatdown of Quantis Graves for eighteen minutes, with Graves’ corner stopping the fight after six rounds over Graves’ objections.  Tabiti likely broke Graves’ nose and floored him with a body shot in the sixth round. Graves barely beat the count and bravely endured more punishment until the bell ended. Now 14-0, Tabiti has handed previously undefeated boxers their first losses in two consecutive fights, first Keith Tapia and now Graves. At 11-0-2, Graves proved his mettle but lacked the power to give Tabiti a real challenge. source: shobox


 
FEBRUARY 24, 2017 


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DEONTAY WILDER
By G. Leon

Undefeated WBC heavyweight champ sees Parker unification in his future

GL: How has everything gone in camp? What can we expect to see from you on February 25? "Everything has been going great, it's all been going real good in camp, so I'm looking forward to the 25th and you can expect me to be very exciting and like always, coming to knock somebody's head off." GL: What do you know about Gerald Washington and what are your thoughts of him as a fighter? "I don't know too much about him. I've been seeing him come up in the rankings as a stablemate of mine. I've had him on my card right here in Alabama before, but still that leads to me not really knowing much about him. It all doesn't matter once you get in that ring, when you get in that ring that's when it all matters and that's when we'll get to understand each other a little bit better."


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FEBRUARY 24, 2017 


BITTERNESS ABOUNDS AS BRAEKHUS FIGHTS SAUERLAND BOXER

Undispuyed world champ puts five belts on the line tonight

Edited Press Release: Tonight, undisputed world female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus will defend all major belts: WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and even the IBO titles, against Klara Svensson of Sweden.  For years Braekhus was promoted by Sauerland Event, but now she has left the German promoter, only to face the Sauerland-promoted Svensson, albeit in Braekhu's home country of Norway. Braekhus’ (29-0, 8 KOs) former coach Ulli Wegner has hit out at the female pound-for-pound star as she prepares to defend her undisputed world championship against Svensson (17-1, 5 KOs) on Friday at the Spektrum in Oslo.

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FEBRUARY 24, 2017 
 OFFICIALS NAMED FOR WILDER VS. WASHINGTON

When Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) defends his WBC heavyweight  title against Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) this Saturday at the Legacy Arena, located in Birmingham, Alabama. the referee will be the respected Mike Griffin of Canada.  The judges will be Michael Ross and Keith Hughes of the United States and Juan Carlos Pelayo of Mexico. Washington fans take note: Pelayo turned in an outlying scorecard in March 2016 when the other two judges widely favored Ganigan Lopez 119-109 and 118-110 in a WBC 105-pound title fight but Pelayo turned in a 114-114 scorecard that leaned heavily towards the hometown fighter, Yu Kimura. Hughes is from nearby Mississippi and judged two prior Wilder fights. Ross is a Floridian who scored Wilder's most recent bout, a win over Chirs Arreola. source: wbc

 
FEBRUARY 24, 2017 


A LOOK AT TONIGHT'S BRITISH BOXING ACTION

Press Release: Frank Warren's show in London's York Hall tonight is headlined by a fight for the Commonwealth flyweight title between the champion, Thomas Essomba, from Tyne and Wear and the unbeaten Swansea boxer Jay Harris. The 26-year-old Harris, who has stopped his last six, is the narrow favorite with the bookies, but Essomba – originally from Cameroon – has a 7-2 record, having lost his first and last fight. Last time out, Essomba came up just short on the cards against Iain Butcher, who is soon to challenge for the British title at super flyweight against Charlie Edwards.

 
FEBRUARY 24, 2017 


SHOBOX WEIGH-IN REPORT

OFFICIAL WEIGHTS AND QUOTES FROM TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA

Junior middleweights – 10 Rounds
Chris Pearson – 152 ¾ pounds
Justin DeLoach – 151 ¾ pounds

Lightweights – 10 Rounds
Saul Rodriguez – 133 ¾ pounds
Oscar Bravo – 132 ¾ pounds

Cruiserweights- 10 Rounds
Andrew Tabiti – 196 ¼ pounds
Quantis Graves – 198 ¾ pounds

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FEBRUARY 24, 2017 
 GREG COHEN PROMOTIONS SIGNS CEM KILIC

Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions announced the signing of super middleweight Cem "Champ" Kilic. The 22-year-old Kilic (7-0, 4 KOs) was born in Frankfurt, Germany, to Turkish parents. Kilic was a decorated amateur boxer on the international level, where he won the European silver medal for Turkey in 2012. Upon meeting his manager Shane Shapiro, he moved to America and turned pro in 2014. He currently lives in Sherman Oaks, California.

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