Haney anxious to lock down Kambosos challenge

Haney anxious to lock down Kambosos challenge
WBC regular lightweight champion Devin Haney (pictured) wants to lock down the much-discussed fight vs. four-belt world champion George Kambosos. Haney tweeted: "Yo George Kambosos [are]  we making this fight happen or what? i’m agreeing to all you’re terms weather its the vaccine or the travel. Its starting to look like some ducking going on!"

Boxxer reveals undercard details for Feb. 5th

Boxxer reveals undercard details for Feb. 5th
Following the announcement by the Welsh Government that indoor sports events can resume in Wales, Boxxer announced that the showdown between Chris Eubank Jr. (31-2, 23 KOs) and Liam Williams (23-3-1, 18 KOs) will take place at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on Saturday, February 5th, live and exclusively on Sky Sports. On the undercard, proud Welshman and former British and Commonwealth Champion Chris ‘Rock ‘n’ Rolla’ Jenkins (22-4-3, 8 KO’s) heads to his nation’s capital from his hometown of Garnant as he faces former two-belt 140-pound champion Julius Indongo (23-4, 12 KOs) in a welterweight showdown.  Indongo’s last visit on these shores in April 2017 saw him relieve Ricky Burns of his world title at his Glasgow fortress and will hold no fear of Jenkins' fierce fan base. Also on the undercard, will be Darren Tetley, who expects an all-action war when he faces Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker (10-0-1, 3 KO’s)
 
Tetley won the English title by way of a sixth-round body-shot stoppage of Samuel ‘True Sensation’ Antwi (13-1, 6 KOs) last summer, while Wlaker demolished Jack Ewbank in the first round of their contest in October. 
 
Already announced as the chief supporting bout, two-time Olympic gold medallist Claressa Shields (11-0, 2 KOs) makes her UK debut, defending her WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight championships against Ema Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KOs).
 
Also set for the undercard, with no opponent named yet, 21 year-old Caroline Dubois looks to follow her older brother Daniel into the professional ranks. Carolone had a stellar amateur career in which she became World Youth Olympic Champion and won the European Youth Championships four times, 
 
Welsh super bantamweight Rhys Edwards (11-0, 4 KO’s) looks to maintain his undefeated run in an eight-round contest against experienced Russian Ruslan Berchuk (13-13, 4 KO’s). The 21 year-old, from Penygraig, is trained by former world champion Gary Lockett and has been heralded as one of the best up-and-coming prospects in Wales.
 
Giant Geordie Steve Robinson, last seen dismantling Reece Barlow in just 82 seconds back in November, heads down from Newcastle on a mission to add another knockout to his highlight reel. With finishes in his four-fight career, the power-punching heavyweight has no intention of going the distance with Shane Gill.
 
Harlem Eubank (12-0, 4 KO’s), cousin of headline draw Chris Eubank Jr and also part of the Wasserman Boxing stable, adds to the family business on fight night. The Sussex 140 pounder returns to action following a stoppage win over Nika Nakashidze in Riga, Latvia on October 16th and will be looking to extend his unbeaten record in Cardiff.
 

Leigh Wood prepares for Michael Conlan

Leigh Wood prepares for Michael Conlan
Leigh Wood achieved became the WBA regular featherweight champion last July 31st when he defeated Can Xu. [The WBA continues to recognize Leo Santa Cruz as featherweight superweight champion even though Santa Cruz has not fought at 126 pounds in years]. But as hard as it was to win it, Wood says he must now work twice as hard to keep it. The 33-year-old Briton will defend his crown against Ireland’s Michael Conlan in a tough fight on March 12th in Nottingham. “I’m extremely confident. My old mentor [late Sheffield trainer] Brendan Ingle, bless him, before I even made my pro debut, he would say to me winning a world title is hard, but keeping one is harder.” Wood assured the Nottingham Post. "All this camp, my mentality has been that this is his world title fight. He’ll be bang up for it. I don’t want to be known as the kid who has won one and lost it straight away.”
 
Wood knows that fitness and preparation are the key to a fight like this, also knows that mental condition plays an extremely important role, so he’s working on that aspect especially.  “I have to go better in this camp to keep the title. I’ve been a favorite in fights and I’ve been the underdog. “My mentality is it’s the same – it’s all up for grabs. I need to beat him so I have a challenger mentality”, he said.
 
 
 

Introducing Great Britain's Taylor Finch

Introducing Great Britain's Taylor Finch

Introducing Great Britain's Taylor Finch
MTK Global announced the signing of Taylor Finch to a management contract ahead of his plan to turn professional. News on when Finch will make his pro debut will be announced in due course. 
Finch is looking to continue the promising start he made as an amateur [reportedly 6-1], as he follows in the footsteps of his father Alvin Finch [who said his own career was ended by an eye injury]. Finch said: “MTK Global was the only company that I felt that will give everything to take me to the top. I’ve boxed for three years after my father was a professional boxer, and I trained at Windermere Amateur Boxing Club with my coaches Gary Tomlinson and Greg Meschino, so now I’m excited to get going.”
 
Like recent MTK Global signees Lee Milburn and Luke Caffrey, Finch's career will be guided by MTK Manchester’s Johnney Roye.
 
 
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Did Demetrius Andrade just duck Zach Parker?

Did Demetrius Andrade just duck Zach Parker?
Zach Parker, a British super middleweight believes he has WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade running scared after [Parker says] Andrade ducked out of a chance to move up in weight and fight for the WBO interim title at 168 pounds.  Parker is the WBO #1 contender for title held by the division’s undisputed world champion Canelo Alvarez. The WBO offered the unbeaten Parker to face Andrade for their interim title while Alvarez decides if he wants to move up in weight, but [according to Parker's promoter, Queensberry Promotions,] last week the American decided against facing Parker. Andrade says he’ll keep his WBO Middleweight World championship instead of facing the fast emerging British star who has knocked out his last five opponents.
 
“People call him the bogeyman, but I must be the problem in the way. I don’t think he fancies it,” said Parker who is lined up to box in hometown of Derby, England for the first time in his professional career on April 23rd. Parker told The Lowdown: “Hopefully I will push on and fight for the interim title next. From what I gather, Andrade said he doesn’t really fancy it and will stay at middleweight. He is a really good fighter... undefeated and doesn’t know how to lose. But, he would be coming up to super middleweight which is a lot bigger than middleweight. These middleweights feel the difference in power when they step up.
 
Parker continued,  “It would be a really good fight and if that came around I would be more than willing to take it and hopefully we could get it in Britain. I think he will stay at middleweight. People don’t like switch hitting and I hit hard with both hands. It scares people off. Andrade probably thought he would come up and go straight into the fight with Canelo, but the WBO say we have to fight first. It’s good work by [Queensberry's] Frank Warren who is fighting my case saying I should be next for Canelo. I’m open to boxing anyone. People should be wanting to box me now I am [WBO] mandatory for Canelo.”
 
Promoter Warren and Parker’s manager Neil Marsh hope that their man will eventually headline a world title fight card at Pride Park. One possible future domestic opponent at Derby County’s magnificent stadium is [middleweght] Chris Eubank Jr, a fight Zach is often asked about by his fans. Parker, 27,  says: “Everyone wants me to get my hands on him. That would be a good fight. This is going to be my year whoever I fight. I am coming with the smoke.”

Smith retains title by stopping Geffrard

Smith retains title by stopping Geffrard

Joe Smith, Jr. TKO9 Steve Geffrard ... At Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, Joe Smith, Jr. stopped Steve Geffrard in the ninth round to retain the WBO light heavyweight title. Geffrard, a late replacement when original challenger Callum Johnson contracted the coronavirus a little over a week ago, ran out of gas in round nine. Geffrard stopped punching back and took a knee in the corner. It didn't look like he was inclined to stand up before the ten count, but the issue was mooted when Geffrard's trainer Kevin Cunningham told the corner inspector to stop the contest. Geffrard had never been past eight rounds before, and he barelymade it into the ninth vs. Smith. Geffrard is now 18-3 after losing his first two pro fights. Smith, now 28-3, had a bruise under his right eye after the fight, but seemed fine afterwards. He said he was looking forward to unifying with IBF/WBC champion Artur Beterbiev next.

Ocampo gets a quick win in Tijuana

Ocampo gets a quick win in Tijuana

Ocampo gets a quick win in Tijuana
Carlos Ocampo KO1 Omir Rodriguez...On Zanfer Promociones show in Tijuana, Mexico, junor middleweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (32-1) easily defeated Panama's Omir “Guerrero de Dios” Rodríguez (11-4-1), who did not make it out of the first round. Ocampo landed a large number of blows to the face and the body, and knocked down the Panamanian twice in the round, the second time with less than ten seconds to go in the round. Rodriguez made the effort to get up, but fell down again. Ocampo, a 2018 loser to Erol Spence, declafred himself ready for a second world title shot.
 

Nova survives knockdown to stop Encarnacion

Nova survives knockdown to stop Encarnacion
Abraham Nova TKO8 William Encarnacion ... Featherweight Abraham "El Super" Nova walked to the ring with a mascot and cheerleaders, but he soon found himself in a fight on the ESPN broadcast from Verona, New York. Short-notice opponent William "El Gago" Encarnacion stunned Nova with an a chopping right in the first round, but Nova (21-0, 15 KOs) settled in and prevailed by eighth-round TKO. Nova was world-ranked at junior lightweight before moving down to featherweight last year. He survived the early rough patch and plastered Encarnacion (19-2, 15 KOs) with body shots. Encarnacion's corner saw enough and threw in the towel, much to the shock of those in attendance. Nova said, “It feels good to fight close to home a day after my birthday. I had a tricky opponent in front of me, but I got the job done. “I want [WBO champion Emanuel] Navarrete, to be honest. Everybody thinks he’ll blow me out. Put him in there. Let’s see if he’ll do it. I know I’ll beat him. I know I have the punch output, I know I’ll knock him out, and I know I’ll be the next WBO champion."
 
MORE RESULTS
 
Puerto Rican junior welterweight Omar Rosario (6-0, 2 KOs) learned another lesson in his young career, as he nearly finished off Brooklyn's Raekwon Butler (4-2, 2 KOs) in the opening round before being forced the six-round distance and winning a unanimous decision. Rosario outlanded Butler 111-49 and got the verdict by scores of 59-54 (twice) and 58-55.
 
Welterweight Jahi Tucker (6-0, 4 KOs), age 18, knocked down Akeem Black (6-5, 2 KOs) with an uppercut in the opening round and then finished things off with a flurry in the second. Tucker became only the second man to knock out Black and landed 47 out of 98 punches thrown.
 
U.S. Olympian Troy "Transformer" Isley (4-0, 2 KOs) threw everything, including the kitchen sink in a middleweight bout, but Harry Keenan Cruz-Cubano (6-3, 2 KOs) withstood a hellacious beating to survive the six-round distance. Isley tagged Cruz-Cubano with uppercuts in the early rounds and cruised to a decision by scores of 59-53 and 59-54 2x.
 
Cruiserweight Lyubomyr Pinchuk (14-2-1, 8 KOs) lumbered to an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Mario Flores (8-3-2, 4 KOs) by scores of 80-72 and 79-73 (twice). 
 

Undercard results from Mexico

Undercard results from Mexico
Junior welterweight Carlos "Tiburón" Sánchez (22-0) needed less than a minute to win the co-feature in Tijuana. He ended up knocking out José Luis "Pepo" Espinoza from Jalisco (14-6-1), when Espinoza visited the canvas after receiving a powerful right to the body... Tijuana's Abimael Cruz (6-1) returned to the win column with a well-worked third-round TKO victory over experienced Ulises "Perro" Pérez (17-18), who visited the canvas twice in the third round... California's George “Phantasma” Navarro (8-0-1) finished off Veracruz's Javier “Pony” Márquez (10-11) in the first round... Jonathan “Gallo” Pinedo (5-0-1) stopped Marco “Chapo” Díaz (1-3-0) in the second round.

Ciudad Obregon to host mini-tournament at lightweight

Ciudad Obregon to host mini-tournament at lightweight

Ciudad Obregon to host mini-tournament at lightweight
World Cup Boxing Series (WCBS) has finalized plans for a four-boxer mini-tournament in the lightweight division, presented by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions, with the semifinals on February 24th at Palenque De La Expo in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The semifinal match-ups will be: Luis “Koreano” Torres (14-0, 9 KOs) vs. Rodolfo “Rudy” Flores (14-5, 6 KOs) and Alberto “El Alacan” Ruiz (11-4, 8 KOs) vs. Isai “Gaga” Hernandez (11-2-2, 7 KOs). The finals are slated for June 2nd. Semifinal action will be contested in eight-round bouts, with ten rounds for the championship. The WCBS will also feature one “overtime” round, if needed, to declare a winner in the event of a draw upon the conclusion of the scheduled distance.
 
The WBC will sanction it as the “4-Man lightweight Tournament,” created by CEO Terry Hollan and matchmaker Guy Taylor.  “We are extremely grateful for the WBC to sanction our upcoming tournament,’” Taylor said. “The semifinals will be held February 24th The World Boxing Council will crown the winner of the ‘4-Man Tournament’ [with a regional belt].”
 
WCBS will also be offering a “Fight of the Night” and “Knockout” bonuses to each contestant through the duration of its “4-Man Lightweight Tournament.”
 
The 20 year-old Torres is the favorite going into the tournament. The southpaw has cruised through his first 14 opponents since making his pro debut in 2017. His last fight was a ten-round decision over Guillermo Avila Godinez (19-11) this past December in Ciudad Obregon.
 
Flores, 26, has won two of his last three fights. His most notable wins have been by decision versus Jesus Acosta Zazueta (16-5-2) and Jairo Lopez (18-5).
 
Last August, Ruiz upset previously undefeated Jair Valtierra by way of a fifth-round knockout.
 
Hernandez has won five of his last six matches, excluding a “no-contest” in his last fight against 13-0-1 Francisco Lopez, in which Hernandez was holding his own until the fight was stopped due to an accidental headbutt.
 
“To have undefeated Luis Torres, Mexico’s top-rated lightweight prospect, and Alberto Ruiz, in this tournament should show everyone the quality fighters we are providing,” Taylor concluded. “Any man can be defeated on any given night and that’s the beauty of a tournament model.”  
 
“The WBC hopes to be able to sanction more World Cup Boxing Series tournaments and create great regional champions to enter our world rankings and achieve their goals with the WBC,” WBC Latino President Alberto Guerra commented.

Introducing Ireland junior welterweight Luke Caffrey

Introducing Ireland junior welterweight Luke Caffrey
MTK Global announced the signing of Ireland's Luke Caffrey to a managfement deal ahead of his plan to turn professional. Caffrey won 44 out of his 52 amateur contests, claiming six regional youth championships in the process. His career will be guided by MTK Manchester’s Johnney Roye. He is expected to compete in the 140-pound category. Caffrey said: “It’s an honor to join MTK Global and to be on this platform so early on in my career. I just can’t wait to show the world how great I can be, and I am extremely grateful for the team I have around me. With Johnney Roye as my manager we believe we can really make some noise. A lot of people really enjoy my style of boxing as I just adapt to the fighter in front of me and can change from several different styles in a round. I’d say I bring finesse, boxing and punching ability, plus calm and effective aggression whenever I decide to turn it up.”
 

Boxingtalk's Weekend Predictions

Boxingtalk's Weekend Predictions
 
Joe Smith Jr. vs. Steve Geffrard (WBO light heavyweight championship) … Prediction: Smith by early knockout
 
Carlos Ocampo vs. Omir Rodriguez (junior middleweights) … Prediction: Ocampo by late knockout
 
David Picasso vs. Cesar Ignacio Paredes (super bantamweights) … Prediction: Picasso by unanimous decision
 
Abraham Nova vs. William Encarnacion (super featherweights) … Prediction Nova by late knockout
 
Lyubomyr Pinchuk vs. Jose Mario Flores (cruiserweights) … Prediction: Pinchuk by unanimous decision
 
Matt Conway vs. Avery Sparrow (super featherweights) … Prediction: Sparrow by unanimous decision
 
 
LAST WEEK'S RECORD: 7-1
 
Luis Nunez vs. Carlos Arrieta (super featherweights) … Prediction: Nunez by unanimous decision CORRECT
 
Starling Castillo vs. Otar Eranosyan (lightweights) … Prediction: Castillo by unanimous decision INCORRECT
 
Edwin De Los Santos vs. William Foster III (super featherweights) … Prediction: Foster by majority decision CORRECT
 
Ali Izmailov vs. Israel Duffus (cruiserweights) … Prediction: Izmailov by unanimous decision CORRECT
 
Elvis Figueroa vs. Ryan Adams (super middleweights) … Prediction: Figueroa by wide unanimous decision CORRECT
 
Shinard Bunch vs. Shyngyskhan Tazhibay (welterweights) … Prediction: Bunch by unanimous decision CORRECT
 
Roberto Ramirez vs. Rodolfo Puentes (welterweights) … Prediction: Ramirez by early knockout CORRECT
 
Derrick Jackson vs. Mike Plazola (middleweights) … Prediction: Jackson by wide unanimous decision CORRECT

 

WBC elevates Callum Smith to mandatory status

WBC elevates Callum Smith to mandatory status

WBC elevates Callum Smith to mandatory status

The WBC has named former champion Callum Smith (pictured) as the new mandatory contender for WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev. Smith replaces Marcus Browne atop the WBC rankings after Beterbiev stopped Browne in a bloody war last month. The IBF mandatory contender is undefeated Fanlong Meng from China, who in theory should get the next mandatory shot at Beterbiev because, in the case of unified champions, the sanctioning bodies usually rotate mandatories. Smith is 28-1, having lost his WBA and WBC titles to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in 2020.

Jade Bornea wins IBF eliminator

Jade Bornea wins IBF eliminator
Jade Bornea KO3 Mohammed Obbadi ... In Monterrey, Mexico, Jade Bornea of the Philippines knocked out Mohammed Obbadi in round three to win an IBF super flyweight elimination bout. Bornea landed a hard body shot that floored the Moroccan-born Obbadi. The referee reached the ten count with Obbadi (22-2) on his knees in pain. Bornea, now 17-0, is in line for a mandatory title shot at his countryman, Jerwin Ancajas. 
 
 

Weigh-in report from Verona, New York

Weigh-in report from Verona, New York
Here are the boxers' weights for Saturday's ESPN show at Verona, New York's Turning Stone Casino:
 
WBO Light Heavyweight Title — 12 Rounds
Joe Smith Jr. 174.25 lbs vs. Steve Geffrard 173.5 lbs 
 
Abraham Nova 126.75 lbs vs. William Encarnacion 127 lbs 
(Featherweights — 10 Rounds)
 
(ESPN+, 7:45 p.m. ET/4:45 p.m. PT):
 
Omar Rosario 139.25 lbs vs. Raekwon Butler 138.25 lbs
 (Junior Welterweight — 6 Rounds)
 
Jahi Tucker 146.75 lbs vs. Akeem Black 145.75 lbs
 (Welterweight — 6 Rounds)
 
Troy Isley 156.25 lbs vs. Harry Keenan Cruz-Cubano 156.25 lbs
 (Middleweight — 6 Rounds)
  
Lyubomyr Pinchuk 194.5 lbs vs. Jose Mario Flores 197.5 lbs
 (Cruiserweight — 8 Rounds)
 

Spotlight on Nova vs. Encarnacion

Spotlight on Nova vs. Encarnacion

Spotlight on Nova vs. Encarnacion
In Top Rank's ten-round co-feature on ESPN on Saturday, featherweight Abraham Nova (20-0, 14 KOs) will look to extend his unbeaten record against 2012 Dominican Olympian William Encarnacion (19-1, 15 KOs).  Nova weighed in at 126.75 pounds for the fight while Encarnacion was 127. Nova is promoted by Top Rank, Murphy's Boxing and 12 Rounds Promotions. Nova, 28 years-old has wins over Weusi Johnson (1-0), Martin Nicolas Matamala (9-2), Andres Zepeda (7-1), Hassan Nourdine (9-2), Sulaiman Segawa (11-1), Bryan Pelaez (8-2), Mario Ezequiel Sayal Lozano (18-2-1), Luis Ronaldo Castillo (20-3), Avery Sparrow (10-1) and his bout when Nova won a unanimous decision over Richard Pumicpic on August 14, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
 
Encarnacion, 33 has wins over Anyelo Munoz (10-2), Alan Guzman (16-1), John Casado (17-1), Danny Aguero (11-1), Marlembron Acuna (4-1), Milner Marcano (10-2), and Eliezer Aquino (19-2-1). In his last outing, Encarnacion won a unanimous decision over Donny Garcia on December 17, 2020. This will be Encarnacion's American debut.
 
At Thursday's press conference, this is what Nova and Encarnacion had to say:
 
Abraham Nova
 
“I'm excited because I’ll be fighting [in Verona, New York,] very close to my hometown (Albany). You guys are going to see an action-packed fighter. I’m ready to put on a great performance. I’m looking for a big win on Saturday night." 
 
“I want to shine and make a statement this Saturday. I want to send a message to the featherweight division. By the end of this year, I want to be fighting for a world title. I would love to challenge Emanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete for his title." 
 
“For two months straight, we had a game plan for an opponent, and at the last minute, we had a change of opponent. What I have seen from my new opponent is that he is a very good fighter. He has the skills and a high ring IQ. He is an Olympian. It doesn’t matter. We have one goal, and that is to win by all means necessary." 
 
William Encarnacion
 
“I've been waiting for this moment for a long time. I am thrilled about this opportunity."
 
“It has been a good preparation. I didn't even have a fight date when they called me for this opportunity, but I always keep training in the gym. I'm ready to go this Saturday.” 
 
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+, Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
 
Joe Smith Jr. vs. Steve Geffrard, 12 rounds, Smith's WBO Light Heavyweight Title
 
Abraham Nova vs. William Encarnacion, 10 rounds, featherweight
 
ESPN+, 7:45 p.m. ET/4:45 p.m. PT
 
Omar Rosario vs. Raekwon Butler, 6 rounds, junior welterweight
 
Jahi Tucker vs. Akeem Black, 6 rounds, welterweight
 
Troy Isley vs. Harry Keenan Cruz Cubano, 6 rounds, middleweight
 
Lyubomyr Pinchuk vs. Jose Mario Flores, 8 rounds, heavyweight
 

Top Rank signs lightweight Giovanni Cabrera

Top Rank signs lightweight Giovanni Cabrera
Lightweight Giovanni “El Cabron” Cabrera, a southpaw boxer-puncher from Chicago, has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. Cabrera, who is managed by Steve Feder and trained by Freddie Roach, will make his Top Rank debut on Saturday, Jan. 29th on the Robson Conceição-Xavier Martinez undercard at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Cabrera (18-0, 7 KOs) will face Mexico’s Alejandro Frias (13-5-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout that will stream live on ESPN+, ending a layoff of more than two years due to managerial and promotional issues.
 
Cabrera had a unique amateur career, winning the Chicago Golden Gloves in 2013 before moving to Mexico, where his father was born. In 2015, he earned a bronze medal at the Mexican National Championships and nearly qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Cabrera returned to the United States to begin his professional career, notching 18 wins from April 2016 to October 2019. He has not fought since a split-decision victory over Joshuah Hernandez, but he has spent the layoff sharpening his skills against the world’s elite. Cabrera has sparred with Manny Pacquiao, Gary Russell Jr., Jose Zepeda and Ray Beltran, earning his stripes in the gym while awaiting his ring return. 
 
“Giovanni is a legitimate lightweight contender who just needs an opportunity to showcase his talents,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “He has sparred the top fighters, and with Freddie Roach in his corner, I am confident Giovanni will rise to the occasion.”
 
Cabrera said, “I’m excited to be signed with Top Rank, the promoter of so many great champions. I always wanted to sign with Top Rank because of that history. I have great trust in Bob Arum and the entire Top Rank team, and I will prove that I am a world championship contender. I have Freddie Roach in my corner and the skills to reach the top. It’s now or never.”
 
 

Omar Rosario hoping for a busy 2022 that starts well tonight

Omar Rosario hoping for a busy 2022 that starts well tonight
On Saturday, January 15th, Puerto Rican junior welterweight Omar Rosario (5-0) will enter the ring for his sixth professional boxing fight and his intention is to have a year full of activity. Rosario will fight brooklyn, New York's Raekwon Butler (4-1) in Verona, New York this weekend. “I’m excited and ready for this challenge. I was eager to have my first six round test because it will allow me to develop my fight plan," the 23 year-old told Primera Hora newspaper.  “The three fights last year went well for me, I came out with two knockouts and the last one I won by decision. In 2022, I am determined to [become the third straight] Puerto Rican to be named as prospect of the year. First it was Berlanga, then Xander [Zayas] and now it will be my turn. I don’t see it as pressure, but as a goal I want to achieve,” continued the Caguas native.
 
Rosario had a good amateur career and participated in the WBA Future Champions program that seeks to contribute to the development of amateur fighters. He said he wants to fight as many times as possible in 2022 and that getting in the ring so early in this year is good news for him. “It’s important to fight in January because if everything goes well I can be active several times in the year. I’m always in the gym preparing for challenges to show that Puerto Rico is still making waves. I spent Christmas dieting, but they are sacrifices that are worth it because this is my job,” said the junior welterweight.
 

Flyweight update: Dave Apolinario to see action on Monday

Flyweight update: Dave Apolinario to see action on Monday

Flyweight update: Dave Apolinario to see action on Monday

Philippine flyweight Dave Apolinario (15-0) will return to the ring on Monday, January 17th to fight Mike Kinaadman (7-14-2) at the Sanman Gym in General Santos City. Apolinario is only 22 years of age, he has shown good tools thus far against lesser competition. Apolinario last fought on July 16th, when he won his WBA regional belt with a four round knockout victory over Charlie Malupangue (9-5-3) in Talisay City. Kinaadman, on the other hand, does not have a good record. He's lost three straight but but has faced good opponents like Rene Mark Cuarto and former 105-pound champion Vic Saludar.

Introducing Jamaican / British cruiserweight Cheavon Clarke

Introducing Jamaican / British cruiserweight Cheavon Clarke
Cheavon Clarke has signed a long-term promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing and will campaign at cruiserweight in 2022. [Boxingtalk considers Clasrke to be 1-0 because he won a bout in the World Series of Boxing in 2018]. Born and raised in rural Jamaica, Clarke moved to England at the age of 11 where he started boxing to keep fit – and it wasn’t long before he began to make his mark on the amateur scene, winning novice competitions across the country.
 
Clarke enrolled into GB Boxing in 2017, winning a silver medal at the European Championships in the Ukraine that year before earning bronze in the men’s heavyweight category a year later at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. From Graves End in Kent, Clarke is trained by Sam Mullings at Churchill’s Boxing Club in South London, was selected to represent Team GB at the Tokyo Olympic Games last summer but didn't qualify to compete as he was defeated at the last 16 stage by Brazil’s Abner Teixeira.
 
“I’m delighted to have signed a long-term promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and I can’t wait to make my professional debut this year,” said Clarke. “This feels like the perfect time to get my journey in the pro ranks on the road. As an amateur I won the ABA title twice, I won bronze at the Commonwealth Games, I won a European silver medal and I qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. I didn’t achieve what I set out to achieve at the Olympics. I wanted to win a medal, but I didn’t – and that wasn’t good enough. It was still a great experience though and something that I can always say that I’ve done.
 
“I just like the way the Matchroom shows are. There’s a legacy behind it. Speaking to people behind the scenes and speaking to Eddie, it felt right and it was a simple decision. I’ll bring that excitement and explosiveness, ferociousness and bad intentions. I can do it all. I can mix it all up. I can give you a bit of the Mike Tyson, a bit of the Ali, the Roy Jones. Ultimately, I’m Cheavron Clarke. There can only be one of anybody and I’m just the best Cheavron Clarke I can be.”
 
“I’m delighted to welcome Team GB Olympian Cheavon Clarke to the Matchroom Boxing team,” said Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn. “I’ve followed Chev’s progress for a number of years now and he is a brilliant talent with a powerful personality and story that will make him hugely popular among fight fans. His vast amateur experience will allow him to move nice and quickly in the pro game and after debuting soon in the U.K. he will have the opportunity to box all over the world on DAZN as we move him towards the cruiserweight championship.”

Gabriel Fundora to fight after false positive on coronavirus test

Gabriel Fundora to fight after false positive on coronavirus test
Female flyweight Gabriela “Sweet Poison” Fundora’s ten-round fight tonight is back on after a more accurate PCR test administered came up negative for the coronavirus today. Coachella, California’s Fundora (4-0, 2 KOs) was set to face Panama’s Nataly Delgado (8-4-1, 3 KOs) on tonight’s (Friday, January 14th) “Box & Roll” event at the the El Panama Hotel in Panama City, Panama. However, at yesterday’s weigh-in, the 19 year-old southpaw tested positive for the virus-- according to a rapid test. As per commission procedure, Fundora, who showed no symptoms, was allowed to weigh-in (111.25 lbs.) and was given a more-accurate 24-hour PCR test by the same laboratory to be certain. The results of that test proved her negative status today. 
 
“I’m so relieved,” said a happy Fundora. “We worked so hard for this, it would have been a shame to miss it. I didn’t let it get me down though. We kept the focus and our faith and today, I’m negative and the fight is back on!”
 
Presented by Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, Carlos Gonzalez of Best Box, Carlos Andres Tello of Tello-Box and Paco Damian of Paco Presents and broadcast live internationally on TyC Sports and in Panama on TV Max Channel 9, Fundora will be fighting her televised battle in support of the night’s ten-round main event in which Panama’s Jaime “Jaimito” Arboleda (17-2, 14 KOs) will face Nicolas Polanco (20-1-1, 11 KOs) of the, Dominican Republic in a lightweight bout.   
 

Florida's Steve Geffrard is an unlikely title challenger

Florida's Steve Geffrard is an unlikely title challenger

Florida's Steve Geffrard is an unlikely title challenger
Steve Geffrard wasn't supposed to be here. Last Friday, he was preparing to weigh in for a fight in Delray Beach, Florida, when he received a call. WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr. needed an opponent after British challenger Callum Johnson contracted the coronavirus. Geffrard answered the call and will fight Smith this Saturday evening at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).  Geffrard (18-2, 12 KOs), a South Florida native and former U.S. amateur standout, started his career at 0-2 before rattling off 18 consecutive victories. Smith (27-3, 21 KOs) defeated Maxim Vlasov last April and will finally defend his title after his own coronavirus diagnosis delayed his return. At Thursday's press conference, this is what the fighters had to say.
 
Steve Geffrard
 
“When those belts are on the line, that mental switch turns on. I know that mentally and skill-wise I can battle with the best. I have sparred with, and handled myself very well, against the best of the division."
 
“I’m a fighter, especially with an opportunity like this. I’m going to rise to the occasion. I’ll show the world who Steve Geffrard is." 
 
“I was in the sauna when I got the call for this fight. I was looking forward to Smith vs. Johnson, but now I’m the one fighting for the title. It’s surreal.”
 
Joe Smith Jr.
 
“I can’t wait to be on ESPN this Saturday defending my world title in front of the whole world. I’m extremely happy to be here. There were a couple of moments where I thought I wasn’t going to be here. I can't wait! Thanks to everyone that made this happen." 
 
“Since I became a world champion, the only thing that has really changed for me is that I’m holding this title, and I want to keep it that way." 
 
“Geffrard has been inside the ring training with the best. I’m sure he is going to give it his all and will try to take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.” 
 

 

IBF super flyweight eliminator sees Jade Bornea vs. Mohammed Obbadi

IBF super flyweight eliminator sees Jade Bornea vs. Mohammed Obbadi
Probellum, in association with Sanman Boxing, announced the signing of Filipino super flyweight Jade Bornea, who will be in action tonight [Friday].  The 26 year-old Bornea (16-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring as part of Probellum’s co-promotional show with Mexico’s BXSTRS in Monterrey. Bornea will be competing in an IBF 115-pound eliminator against Moroccan-born Mohammed Obbadi (22-1, 13 KOs). 
 
Bornea, who had a career-best win in January 2020 courtesy of a win over previously undefeated Ernesto Delgadillo, had this to say:  “I am thrilled to be signing with Probellum,” said Bornea.“I now have the one-two punch I needed to succeed out of the ring. With Probellum and Sanman Boxing. I look forward to my upcoming IBF eliminator as just the start, with my ultimate goal to win the world title in 2022.”
 
“Sanman Boxing is thrilled to be partnering with one of the best promotional company’s in the sport,” added Jim Claude, Chief Executive Officer, Sanman Boxing. “We know Probellum will take us to our ultimate goal of winning a world title and it all starts in Monterrey, Mexico, on January 14 with Jade competing in the IBF World Title Eliminator to become number one.”
 
 
 
 

Panama City boxing tonight

Panama City boxing tonight
Tonight (January 14th), live boxing comes to Panama at the El Panama Hotel in Panama City. Broadcast live internationally on TyC Sports and in Panama on TV Max Channel 9, in ten-round main event, Jaime “Jaimito” Arboleda (17-2, 14 KOs) will face Nicolas Polanco (20-1-1, 11 KOs) in a lightweight contest. The chief support will be Argentina’s Hugo Alberto “Nato” Roldan (20-0-1, 7 KOs) against Colombia’s German Del Castillo (10-1-2, 7 KOs) over ten junior welterweight rounds. Also in action will be California’s Gabriela “Sweet Poison” Fundora (4-0, 2 KOs) taking Nataly Delgado (8-4-1, 3 KOs) in a ten-round flyweight battle.
 
In the opening televised bout, Ernesto Marin (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Colombia’s Carlos Suarez (8-2, 6 KOs) in a six-round lightweight showcase... In the TV swing bout, Panama City’s Jordan Salas (0-0-1) will look for his first career victory over debuting fellow Panamanian Pedro Munoz (0-0)... On the untelevised undercard, heavyweight Abdiel Matute (2-1, 1 KO) will fight a four-rounder against Nicaragua’s David Bejarano (1-4, 1 KO) and ... In a four-round welterweight bout, Alcibiades Ballesteros (0-1) will take on Jonathan Torres (3-0) in an all-Panama contest. 
 
The night will begin at 5:00 pm EST with an amateur boxing tournament. Sembrando Campeones, a running program for South American amateur boxing, features the next wave of fighting talent from Uruguay and Panama.
 

Carlos Adames is waiting in line for Jaime Munguia

Carlos Adames is waiting in line for Jaime Munguia

Carlos Adames is waiting in line for Jaime Munguia
Carlos "El Caballo Bronco" Adames did his part and now he hopes Jaime Munguia does his. Back in November, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said he would order the winner of the Sergiy Derevyenchenko vs. Adames to face Mexico's Jaime Munguia to determine the mandatory challenger for the organization's champion, Jermall Charlo. The Dominican Adames pulled off the upset on December 5th when he defeated Derevyenchenko via majority decision. Prior to the fight, Munguia, a former 154-pound champion, and his team said they had no problem facing the Derevyencho-Adames winner. 
 
Munguia reiterated his willingness to fight Adames last week when he told Un Round Mas co-hosts Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales (who is also his trainer) that El Caballo Bronco is on his hit list.  But instead of heading directly to the elimination bout, it was announced that Munguia would face D'Mitrius Ballard on February 19th.
 
Adames would like to wish the unbeaten Mexican luck in his upcoming bout and hopes that he will honor his word and face him in his next fight. "I want to wish nothing but the best to Jaime Munguia.  I know he is a very good fighter and I believe that my style and his style would produce fireworks with Mexico versus the Dominican Republic. Neither one of us takes a step backwards. Whenever you get two Latinos in the ring you know you will get a great fight," said Adames. "So Jaime, do what you have to do against Ballard then let's face each other for the right to fight for the WBC title. You and your team already said that you would fight the winner so don't back down now. I am here ready and willing to fight you anytime and any place." 
 
 

Introducing Great Britain's Lee Milburn

Introducing Great Britain's Lee Milburn
MTK Global has signed British boxer Lee Milburn to a management contract ahead of his plan to turn professional. Milburn will be guided under the tutelage of MTK Manchester’s Johnney Roye.
Milburn’s accolades include becoming a three-time national champion and representing England. Caffrey won 44 out of his 52 amateur contests, claiming six regional titles in the process. Finch is looking to continue the promising start he made as an amateur, as he follows in the footsteps of his father Alvin Finch.
 
Milburn said: “It’s a dream come true to sign with MTK Global, who are the leaders of world boxing. It feels very surreal to be under the same banner as the biggest names in the sport, so I’m grateful and ready to make my own mark in the boxing world. My dream in boxing is to win world titles and become a household name under the best management company in the world. I’ll be trained by Jordan Williams and fans can expect to see excitement, skilful and spiteful performances from me.”

Hrgovic's promoters say Yoka is negotiating to fight Hrgovic

Hrgovic's promoters say Yoka is negotiating to fight Hrgovic
According to the promoters of heavyweight contender Filip Hrgovic, Tony Yoka of France (pictured) will enter into negotiations to fight Hrgovic in an IBF final elimination bout. The Sauerland Brothers (Kalle and Nisse) Twitter account made this post: "Tony Yoka has formally accepted tonight in writing the challenge to fight Filip Hrgovic in a final IBF eliminator for the heavyweight world championship - El Animal has found a dance partner."  A few points: Hrgovic's last amateur fight was a split decision loss to Yoka. It took place in the 2020 Olympic semifinals, with Yoka going on to beat Joe Joyce and win gold. Hrgovic took home bronze. Hrgovic and Yoka also fought in 2015 with Yoka winning, and all the way back in 2010 with Hrgovic winning the battle of teenagers. If the promoters cannot agree to terms, the IBF will schedule a purse bid, so this fight is far from definite to happen.

Brian Castaño expects Jermell Charlo rematch to take place in Feb. or March

Brian Castaño expects Jermell Charlo rematch to take place in Feb. or March
One of the highkights of boxing in 2021 in the boxing world was the four-belt, world junior middlewight championship fight between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño, which took place on July 17th in San Antonio, Texas.  The fight ended in a draw and the American Charlo kept his WBA, WBC and IBF belts, while Castaño kept his WBO belt.  Castaño will have the opportunity to face Charlo again in a rematch that is expected to take place between February and March.
 
For months, the Argentinean Charlo has been working with his sights set on this fight and in early January he began the final part of the preparation in Los Angeles, California. At 32 years of age, he seems to be in the prime of his career and wants to surprise Charlo in this occasion.  The second fight between these two fighters is one of the most anticipated by the fans because the previous one was so good, and a victory for either fighter will leave another undisputed champion in boxing today.
 

Jessie Vargas fight postponed due to coronavirus

Jessie Vargas fight postponed due to coronavirus
Matchroom's Eddie Hearn tweeted that former WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (pictured) has postponed his upcoming fight due to the coronavirus: "Despite being well, Jessie Vargas has tested positive for Covid and there will be a small delay to his Feb 5th fight vs. Liam 'Beefy' Smith. There will be a further announcement of the new date in due course  [by] DAZN."  [Hearn did not specify whether the entire card would be postponed or just the main event rescheduled]. 
Liam Smith's reaction: "Gutted my fight on Feb 5th is going to be pushed back, should only be a couple of weeks, I’m hoping. Will have news on a new date very soon. Wrap yourself in cotton wool please Jessie. Let’s get this fight on!"
 

Report: Crawford sues Arum, alleges racial discrimination

Report: Crawford sues Arum, alleges racial discrimination

According to the New York Post, WBO welterweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford has sured his former promoter Bob Arum (pictured) and his company, Top Rank, for breach of a promotional contract. The complaint, filed in Nevada state court, also contans allegations of racial disrimination. The contract between Top Rank and Crawford expired after Crawford's recent win over Shawn Porter and Crawford is now a free agent. His lawsuit reportedly seeks $10 million in damages. Crawford accuses Arum and his company, Top Rank, as follows: “it is painfully clear that Top Rank, and especially Arum, judges people based on their race. Arum’s sordid history with athletes of color, especially Black fighters, and his bias favoring white and Latino fighters is well-documented and known throughout the boxing world.”

Top Rank executive Bruce Trampler was quick to come to hi employer's defense, tweeting back at a Crawford fan, "the so-called Top Rank 'slave ship' paid Bud tens of millions of dollars for his fights but you’re a critic because Spence didn’t want to fight Crawford.  Bud is a multi-millionaire 'slave.'  You should be so fortunate.

 

MTK signs British junior middleweight Dean Richardson

MTK signs British junior middleweight Dean Richardson
MTK Global announced the signing of British junior middleweight Dean Richardson (12-0, 9 KOs) to a management contract. Richardson's career highlight so far came when he won the Southern Area title with a second-round knockout of Nathan Graham in September 2019. He followed that up with a seventh-round stoppage win over Konrad Stempkowski in March 2020, but hasn't fought since. News on when Richardson will have his next bout will be announced in due course.
 
Richardson said: “I’m very excited to be joining MTK Global. Seeing what they’re producing for their boxers is very promising and I cant wait to be a part of it. The big names they have proves what MTK can do, and I’m looking forward to making my own name under them. My career has been great so far but I’m not looking at what I’ve done, I’m looking at what I want to do. I want to be in big fights fighting for titles so it isn’t time to be looking back just yet. I’ve had the longest lay off since I’ve started boxing. It’s been a frustrating time, but I believe I have still made huge improvements in all areas. I’m looking forward to getting out and building some momentum. My goal is to have the English title by the end of the year. I want a warm up fight or two and then I’ll challenge for the belt. Sam Gilley has the English [title] at the minute, so he’s who I’ve got my eye on. I’m hoping to be back out in March. Those that have seen me before will see a more complete boxer and those that haven’t will see the excitement that I bring to the ring.”
 
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton added: “We’re really pleased to welcome Dean Richardson to the team. He’s looked sensational in his last few fights and we’re excited to see what he can achieve now that he has joined MTK Global. He’s been out of the ring for nearly two years so the plan is to get him back active again, and then we’ll look to get him right in the mix for titles in the super-welterweight division.”
 
 
 

Mchunu to stop off in Mexico to train for fight in Ohio

Mchunu to stop off in Mexico to train for fight in Ohio
South African southpaw fighter Thabiso Mchunu is slated to arrive to Mexico City on Thursday (Jan. 13th), where he will be training for a few days for the battle in which he challenges for the WBC cruiserweight crown against Ilunga Makabu. Mchunu, who arrives from Amsterdam, will continue his preparation at Mexcio City's White Collar Boxing Club, a gym located in Lomas de Chapultepec. After that, he will travel to the place where the fight will take place in Warren, Ohio, as promoted by Don King, the 90 year-old promoter. Makabu, who has a record of 28 wins and 2 losses, will make the first defense of his crown and many think that he will have a dangerous challenger in front of him, since Mchunu has won 23 of the 28 fights. He has knocked out 13 of his rivals and has lost five times.

WBA calls for Kyoguchi vs. Bermudez purse bid-- again

WBA calls for Kyoguchi vs. Bermudez purse bid-- again
The WBA has scheduled a purse bid between its light flyweight super champion, Hiroto Kyoguchi, and its light flyweight regular champion, Esteban Bermudez. The bidding will take place on Friday, January 28 at 3:00 p.m., US Eastern Time, through the Zoom platform. Kyoguchi must fight Bermudez as part of the title reduction strategy that the WBA implemented several months ago. The bidding will be conducted by the WBA Championships Committee director Carlos Chavez and will have a split of 75% for Kyoguchi and 25% for Bermudez. The WBA, which originally called for this purse bid in November, sent the official communication to the representatives of both boxers, who are aware of the auction, in addition to other promoters who might be interested in the fight.
 
January 3rd story:  The WBA sent a new communication to the teams of Hiroto Kyoguchi (WBA 108-pound super champion) of Japan and Esteban Bermudez (WBA 108-pound regular champion) of Mexico granting them until January 7th to submit signed bout contracts to fight each other.  The communication was sent on December 29, 2021 and the bout must take place before February 9th. The terams of Kyoguchi and Bermudez previously advised the WBA that they had reached an agreement for to fight each other and consolidate the WBA's light flyweight title.
 
WBA Timeline: The WBA ordered the fight last June 10, 2021 and gave a period of one month until July 11, 2021 for them to reach an agreement. Subsequently, on August 18th, the committee sent a reminder and gave 10 days to negotiate until the 28th of the same month... On October 20th, another notice was sent out giving them 15 days to send the fight contracts before considering a bidding process. On November 5th, this period ended and the bidding was called for November 12th... On November 11th, one day before the purse bid, both teams (Matchroom and Greg Cohen) informed that they had reached an agreement for the fight and the bid was called off, and they had until November 22th to send the contracts... On December 14th, they still had not submitted the contracts and as a courtesy they were given until December 20th... However, last December 29th there was no news, so the new January 7, 2022 deadline was sent. 
 
Failure to submit the contracts will entitle the WBA to apply rule D15, which states that if the champion does not sign a fight contract within the required period of twenty (20) days after the awarding of the bid or refuses to participate in the fight by the winning promoter, he will be considered in violation of these rules and his title may be vacated.
 
In addition to Rule D-16, which explains that if a qualified bid is not received in response to the first auction request or if the winning promoter or a boxer identified in the auction award fails to comply with these rules, the Committee may request a second auction. In the case of a title defense, if a qualified bid is not received in response to a second auction, the Chairman may vacate the title and the position of mandatory challenger.
 

Ali Izmailov working well with John David Jackson

Ali Izmailov working well with John David Jackson
Ali Izmailov TKO4 Israel Duffus... Russian light heavyweight Ali Izmailov returned to action last Friday (January 7th) with a fourth-round stoppage of Panama's Israel Duffus at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla.  The heavy-punching Izmailov (7-0, 5 KOs), from Malgobek, Russia, had things all his way against the determined but outgunned Duffus (20-8, 17 KOs). The normally durable Duffus hasn’t lost to a fighter with a loss on his record since 2014 and hadn’t been stopped since 2016. Izmailov dropped Duffus in the third with a clubbing right hand and stunned him with another before referee Chris Young halted the action at :34 of the fourth. 
 
As promised, Izmailov concentrated much of his brutal attack on the body with both of his concrete hands, which softened Duffus up for the thudding finish. Surprisingly, Izmailov looks to have shored up his defense considerably as Duffus missed more than other opponents have previously in the Russian’s career. 
 
The fight was Izmailov’s second with all-star trainer John David Jackson, with whom he now works and resides in Florida. “I felt unbeatable,” said Izmailov, post-fight. “He couldn’t touch me and I was hitting harder than ever. Thank you to my trainer John David and Salita Promotions for this opportunity to stay active and show my improved skills.”
 
“Ali’s fight last Friday was a very good performance for him,” added John David Jackson. “He systematically broke his opponent down with a good jab, a great body attack and very good defense. Some people were concerned with the opponent we had chosen for him, but I knew that he would come through with flying colors. He is definitely ready for bigger and better boxing matches.”
 
Quickly gaining a reputation with his punching power as the next Russian Bloc strongman soon to make his considerable presence felt in the light heavyweight division, the 28-year-old Izmailov appears to be rounding into form for a championship challenge, despite just seven professional fights. The former amateur star has been fast-tracked by promoter Salita, who says he likes what he saw last Friday from his fighter. 
 
“I was very impressed with the improvements Ali and John have already made together,” said promoter Dmitriy Salita. “Ali is going from the hardest puncher in the division to a nightmare for anyone to try and face with John in his corner and it showed Friday night. That was a good opponent that Ali took apart easily and didn’t have to pay a heavy price for doing it with his improved defense. I am very happy with his performance, overall. He will be in an even bigger fight sometime this year.”

The great Azumah Nelson says Ghana is not doing enough to develop its boxers

The great Azumah Nelson says Ghana is not doing enough to develop its boxers
Ghana's greatest boxer ever, Azumah Nelson, said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Graphic that Ghana while has many potential champions, but they must be better developed to shine in the sport.  According to the Daily Graphic, Nelson believes that boxing events must reach the entire territory of Ghana. He said, “the network must be widened to organize boxing events throughout the country to look for talent, because we have many potential boxers in Ghana, but the lack of support means that the potential of young people with boxing skills is not being developed.” 
 
Nelson also assured that the most important thing the youngsters must have is discipline, because without it, no matter how much support they have, they will not become champions if they stray from training. “They have to know what they want and focus on it to reach their goals. If you don’t know what you want in life, you’re not going to achieve anything. Hence the need for them to appreciate that boxing is a career that requires self-discipline, regular training, focus and strategy to achieve your goals,” the former world champion told the Daily Graphic. 
 
Nelson, a boxing hall of famer, was a champion in two different divisions and the first time he was crowned he did so against another legend: Wilfredo Gomez. Undoubtedly, his feats are still remembered and support his vision of boxing today.
 

Eubank vs. Williams, Shields vs. Kozin formally announced for Feb. 5th PPV

Eubank vs. Williams, Shields vs. Kozin formally announced for Feb. 5th PPV
Boxing superstar Claressa “G.W.O.A.T.” Shields will make her long awaited U.K. debut on Saturday, February 5th, defending her WBC, WBA and IBF world middleweight championships against undefeated Ema Kozin live on pay-per-view in the U.S. and Canada. The four-fight pay-per-view telecast will begin at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT with a main event between middleweight contenders Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Williams. [The press release did not state a venue, but it is expected to be Cardiff, Wales' Motorpoint Arena].
 
Guided by Salita Promotions, Shields signed a co-promotional deal with promoter Boxxer and broadcaster SKY Sports in the U.K. that has put her on the path toward a superfight showdown with WBO middleweight champion Savannah Marshall in 2022.  Marshall owns an amateur victory over Shields, the only boxing defeat she has ever suffered in the amateur or pro ranks. Shields must emerge victorious on February 5 to clinch her long-awaited revenge match against Marshall.
 
“I’m eager to get back in the ring and I can’t wait to return to boxing on February 5th in the U.K.,” said Shields, who is training in her hometown of Flint, Michigan with her coach John David Jackson. “We’ve been pushing through the delays so that I’m 100% ready to display my skills against Ema Kozin. I’m going to give her a beating that’s going to make Savannah Marshall regret agreeing to face me. This is going to be a performance you’re not going to want to miss.”
 
In her last boxin match, the 26 year-old Shields defeated the previously unbeaten and then IBF 154-pound title holder Marie-Eve Dicaire. That took place in March of last year and saw Shields become the first boxer in the four-belt era to be an undisputed world champion in two weight classes. Since then, Shields lost an MMA fight.
 
The pay-per-view can be purchased through the recently-launched PPV.com streaming platform from iNDEMAND, FITE.TV and will be carried in North America across all cable, satellite and telco PPV platforms. On TV, boxing fans can order the event through Xfinity, Spectrum, Contour, Fios, and Optimum, among others (U.S.), as well as leading operators in Canada. Complete PPV distribution details can be found below.
 

Introducing Kansas City lightweight Marcell Davidson

Introducing Kansas City lightweight Marcell Davidson
Kansas City lightweight Marcell Davidson has joined his younger brother, welterweight Marcus Davidson (2-0, 2 KOs), under the management of Fighter Locker. Davidson is slated to make his pro debut on a Feb. 12th Vertex Promotions show at Moseley’s On The Charles in Dedham, Massachusetts.  “I’m very excited,” Marcell spoke about his upcoming pro debut. “You won’t see it, but I’m excited inside. I’ve been waiting for this moment. I’d like to stay very busy this year and maybe move up to six-rounders by my fifth or sixth pro fight.”
 
The 24 year-old Marcell was a decorated amateur boxer, capturing the Ringside World Championships twice, in addition to winning a gold medal at the 2019 National Golden Gloves Tournament. A 6’ 3” southpaw, he also won a silver medal at the 2017 National Golden Gloves, as well as a bronze the following year at the The Gloves. He also competed in the Olympic Trials.
 
Davidson got into boxing almost by accident. He and Marcus were together playing football at a local recreation center. The season ended and they were about to sign up for baseball, when the boxing coach asked them what sport they were going to get into next. He told them that boxers are stronger than football players. Marcus was immediately a convert, but Marcell really wasn’t into it. He just ran around instead of training and eventually he was banned because he broke a rule. Eventually, Marcell got his act together and he was allowed back in the gym a couple of years later. Both of the Davidson brothers have been there ever since.
 
As Marcell says, “My brother talks to everybody, and I follow.” So, when Marcus turned pro and signed a managerial contract with Roach, soon afterwards Marcell joined Fighter Locker, headed up by Ryan Roach.
 
“I was ready to turn pro and stayed in the gym training,” Marcell explained. “We were talking about which manager to sign with. We waited it out and stayed ready. My brother signed before me, and I listened to him talk about Ryan. My brother said Ryan was a great guy and the time was right for me to sign with him, too. Ryan is a great guy. I didn’t know anything about him – not even his family in boxing – but he’s a great guy who wants to help us and build our careers. I could definitely tell that he cares and takes care of his fighters.”
 
“Marcell is a very skilled fighter,” Roach commented about his newest fighter. “One of his best attributes, which I think will be a huge advantage, is hos 6’ 1” height. We have been discussing him fighting at 135-140 pounds. He is a very athletic, young man with speed and power. He was a nationally ranked fighter who went to the Olympic Qualifiers, so this is a huge signing for my company. I’m excited to have the Davidson brothers under one stable, Fighter Locket. They are very close and do everything together. This will be fun!”
 

Teofimo Lopez vs. Arnold Barboza in play

Teofimo Lopez vs. Arnold Barboza in play

Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler thinks that Teofimo Lopez's first fight at 140 pounds could be against undefeated Arnold Barboza, Jr.. Replying to a Barbozoa tweet, Trampler tweeted: "Right on, Arnold! Teofimo Lopez was in [Top Rank's office] with his father the other day. He’s a couple months away from fighting again, but his dad did say he wanted you next. Let’s see how things play out with his health." [Lopez (pictured), the former world lightweight champion is recovering from a punishing loss to George Kambosos after which previously existing internal injuries were discovered]. 

PRIOR TWEETS

Former world 135-pound champion Teofimo Lopez confirms he wil be moving up to 140 pounds: "I will become undisputed again but at junior welterweight!" 

Response from contender Arnold Barboza Jr. (26-0) who shares the same promoter as Lopez: "Start with me tuff guy."

 

Joe Joyce update

Joe Joyce update
British heavyweight contender Joe Joyce (pictured) is recovering from a broken wrist. His promoter says Joyce been told he will be able to resume punching in six week’s time as he accelerates his recovery. Joyce, nicknamed The Juggernaut, was scheduled for February action. The 36 year-old is the WBO #1 rated heavyweight, so he is, in theory, next in line to face the winner of the forthcoming Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch, which looks likely to take place in May. Queensberry promoter Frank Warren has indicated a preference for April when it comes to Joyce’s return to action.
 
Joyce sustained the injury after returning from a training stint with his coach Ismael Salas in Las Vegas, who he was unable to work with prior to his last bout, a victory over Carlos Takam at Wembley in July. Salas was absent due to travel restrictions.
 
The sixth-round stoppage over Takam reinforced Joyce’s position in pole position with the WBO and it was a performance the 2016 Olympic silver medallist declares himself satisfied with. “I think it was an ok performance from me and, technique-wise, it was better,” reflected Joyce. “I feel it was a good performance against Takam, although he landed some good shots that didn’t seem to faze me. I was kind of working out his timing and stuff and landing when I could, while trying to avoid or block most of his looping shots that were coming over the top. I found the timing with my jab then landed a good left hook in the sixth. After that I was like ‘okay, I am not going to stop throwing punches until this is stopped’.
 
In some respects, Joyce acknowledges that he reverted to type against Takam after a slick and elusive performance against Daniel Dubois, where he showed nimble footwork and a rapier-like jab. At the SSE Arena it was more of a give and take affair, although he reasons this was not a premeditated tactic.
 
He also reasons that the absence of Salas was a key factor. “It is just the way it turned out really, but I think it was a case of not having worked with Salas. This is why I had to reconnect with him and go back to Vegas to start learning some more stuff from him. For the Dubois fight he came over for two weeks to set the game plan and polish up my technique, which resulted in me going in and doing the job. I am in a better place after doing a training camp with him, for sure. He brings me on a lot and from the start of my professional career he installed in me the fundamentals and biomechanics of boxing.”
 
Joyce is planning further tutorials with his Cuban mentor when he returns to the first phase of his training in the next couple of weeks before finally getting back into headline action.
 
“I am looking to fight some time in April and there are some great potential fights for me for this one, which is something to look forward to. I will be back punching soon in about six weeks and this will still be a huge year for me.”
 
 
 

Feliz Jr. demolishes Billinsgly in 73 seconds

Feliz Jr. demolishes Billinsgly in 73 seconds

Fernely Feliz Jr. TKO1 Cleveland Billingsly III... Connecticut heavyweight Fernely Feliz Jr. moved up to 2-0 by easily stopping Tennessee’s Cleveland Billingsly III (3-7) in under a round. Looking more relaxed than in his pro debut last November,  Feliz landed punches at will against the outgunned Billingsly. A right hook/left hook combination staggered Billingsly and a follow-up barrage convinced Referee Samuel Burgos he had seen enough. The official time was 1:13.The fight took place on a BlackSheep Promotions event at the Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Florida.

“I felt amazing in there. I felt like it was a perfect performance,” said a happy Feliz, post-fight. “This time I wanted to let my hands go and show my speed. I felt like last time I was thinking too much. It was my first fight, so I was being extra careful. Today I wanted to show my hand speed and it worked out perfectly.”

 

A former USA National Amateur Champion and #1 amateur super heavyweight, the colorful 25 year-old says he and father/trainer Fernely Sr. will next be looking for him to gain some size to compete in the big man’s division. “I’m weighing in at 215, so I want to put on some more weight,” Feliz explained. “Skill wise, I’m always learning, but I want some more muscle. I wasn’t feeling the strength of my last opponent, but when I start fighting the really bigger guys, it could be a different story if I don’t gain some size.”

“I thought he looked phenomenal,” said Feliz’s promoter, Gino Limeri from Bulldog Promotions of the fight. “I can already see improvement from the first fight. We want to keep him active, so stayed tuned as you will see him again very soon.”

“Jr. is coming into himself,” added manager Steven Heid The hard work and great sparring he got with Luis “King Kong” Ortiz is already paying dividends. I see can see his confidence building. I’m telling you right now, this kid is like a freight train steaming down the tracks and anyone that steps in front of this train is going to get run over.”