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Matchroom signs IBO super middleweight title holder Carlos Gongora

Press Release Matchroom has signed IBO super middleweight champion Carlos Gongora to a promotional contract. Gongora (19-0 14 KOs) landed the IBO strap in stunning fashion in December, coming in on late notice and knocking out Ali Akhmedov in the final round of their thrilling clash in Hollywood, Florida. Gongora became an instant hero...

Introducing British welterweight Lenny Fuller

Press Release MTK Global announced the signing of Maidstone's Lenny Fuller, a welterweight. Fuller (10-1, 1 KO) gained notroriety in Ultimate Boxxer, where he got all the way to the final against Steven Donnelly. He has kicked on from there and continued his fine form, and is thrilled to be teaming up with MTK Global ahead of his plans...

Bjornsson-Ward post-exhibition reaction

Press Release Icelandic strongman Thor "The Mountain" Bjornsson loved every second of his exhibition bout with Steven Ward – and has warned Eddie Hall that if he doesn’t take it equally as seriously then the Englishman will be knocked out in the first round. Thor and Ward took part in a three-round exhibition bout in Dubai over the...

Boxingtalk's super middleweight rankings as of January 12, 2021

By Scott Shaffer 1. Canelo Alvarez - There can be no dispute as to who deserves the #1 spot following Canelo's destruction of Callum Smith to claim Smith's WBA and the vacant WBC titles. Before Smith, Alavarez KO'd Sergey Kovalev for the WBO title at light heavyweight and the four-division champion performed even better moving down to...

Ocampo easily stops toothless Pitbull

By Scott Shaffer Carlos Ocampo TKO1 Abraham “Pitbull” Juárez ... Carlos “Chema” Ocampo did not waste time, stopping a toothless Abraham “Pitbull” Juárez in about eighty seconds of Mexican boxing action. Ocampo (29-1, 19 KOs) launched a combination that put Juárez on the canvas, who got up with great difficulty. The lost look, on Juarez's face...

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: undercard results from Mexico

Source: Zanfer Jorge García W8 José Bernardino Lozano... On the undercard in Tijuana, Mexico, Jorge "Chino" García of Los Mochis imposed his experience to gain a road victory over previously undefeated José Bernardino Lozano. García (19-2, 16 KOs) was dangerous from a distance against Lozano (8-1, 8 KOs), who had won all of his fights...

A few words with Ra’eese Aleem

Press Release Super bantamweight Ra’eese Aleem previewed his upcoming showdown against fellow unbeaten Victor Pasillas before they battle for the interim WBA belt on Saturday, January 23rd, live on Showtime in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Originally from Muskegon, Michigan, Aleem (17-0, 11...

WBC orders three fights

Source: WBC The WBC has ordered three fights: flyweight champion Julio César Martínez must make a mandatory defense against Puerto Rico's McWilliams Arroyo; Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramírez and Marcus Browne have been instructed to negotiate a battle for the interim light heavyweight title; women's featherweight champion Jelena Mrdjenovich...

Official announcement of Matchroom's British schedule

Press Release [As reported yesterday,] Eddie Hearn and Matchroom announced details of their upcoming UK schedule following the British Boxing Board of Control’s confirmation earlier this week that boxing tournaments can resume in the middle of February. All of the action will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S....

CES extends relationship with UFC Fight Pass

Press Release CES Boxing and CES MMA have signed a multi-year extension with UFC Fight Pass streaming service. The promotion’s 2021 schedule will be announced shortly. To date, CES MMA and CES Boxing have promoted 12 events on UFC FIGHT PASS, including three in 2020 as part of a condensed schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UFC Fight...

Weigh-in report from Tijuana, Mexico

Source: Zanfer Here are the boxers' weights for the featured bouts in a Zanfer Promotions show in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday: Carlos Ocampo 153.8 pounds -vs.- Abraham 'Juárez 153.8; Jorge García 149 -vs.-  José Lozano 147.2;  Erick Robles 122.3 -vs.- Jonathan Rojas 122.5. Carlos Ocampo faces Abraham Juárez at the Grand Hotel...

Golden Boy cancels Kovalev-Melikuziev show

Press Release Golden Boy statement concerning Sergey Kovalev's positive PED test: The Sergey Kovalev vs. Bektemir Melikuziev boxing event scheduled for Jan. 30th has been cancelled following a positive test for a banned substance on behalf of Sergey Kovalev through the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.  Upon learning of Kovalev’s...

Matchroom announces five new DAZN shows

By Scott Shaffer On Friday, Matchroom held a virtual press conference on its Youtube channel to announce the following five shows to be aired on DAZN:February 13th: IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara; Zelfa Barrett vs. Kiko Martinez; Lee Wood vs. Reece Mould (for the vacant British featherweight title; Dalton Smith...

Twitter Chatter: Melikuziev wants to fight Kovalev despite Kovalev's failed PED test

2016 Olympic silver medal winner Bektemir Melikuziev may have lost a huge opportunity with Sergey Kovalev testing positive for synthetic testosterone, but Melikuziev says he'll fight the enhanced Kovalev anyway: "I don't like talking, but I said it last night - it makes no difference to me, just put him in the ring, let us...

Report: Beterbiev-Deines rebooked for March 30th

Press Release The WBC reports that WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev of Russia is fully recovered after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus in December. Due to illness, the fight between Beterbiev and Germany's Adam Deines, which was scheduled for January 30th, has now been rescheduled for March 20th, most likely...

Zurdo Ramirez says he's in for fight vs. Marcus Browne

Press Release The first super middleweight champion of Mexican descent, Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs) is all in for a potential WBC interim light heavyweight title fight against 2012 U.S. Olympian "Sir" Marcus Browne (23-1, 16 KOs). The WBC ordered Ramirez (pictured) vs. Browne this past Monday because reigning WBC/IBF...

Patera-Boschiero talks heating up

Source: WBC Italian lightweight Devis Boschiero (49-6-2, 22 KOs) was scheduled to face former European champion Francesco Patera 23-3-0, 8 KOs) last December. Unfortunately, the fight could not be carried out because the Belgian Patera tested positive for the coronvirus. The WBC reports that the fight may happen in March as Patera is...

A few words with Victor Pasillas

Press Release Super bantamweight Victor Pasillas shared insight into his training camp as he prepares to take on fellow unbeaten Ra’eese Aleem for the interim WBA title on Saturday, January 23rd, live on Showtime in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Fighting out of his native Los Angeles, Calif....

Herring: "time to crush Frampton's dream"

Press Release WBO 130-pound champion Jamel Herring insists it won’t be a history-making moment for Carl Frampton when they face each other next month. Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) defends his title against Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) in London on February 27th in the UK, with Frampton attempting to go down in the record books as the island...

Cancio injured; Flores will now face Velez

Press Release Undefeated super featherweight Gabriel Flores Jr. will now fight Jayson Velez in a ten-round tilt on Saturday, Feb. 20th, in support of the all-Mexican showdown between WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt and former WBO featherweight kingpin Oscar Valdez. Velez replaces former WBA regular champion Andrew...

DKP amateurishly claims Charr-Bryan will be a pay-per-stream on Donkingtv.com

By Scott Shaffer A very amateurish 100-second video posted to Don King's website promised that the much-ridiculed Mahmoud Charr vs. Trevor Bryan heavyweight bout will take place on Friday, January 20th at the "Hard Rock Casino" [presumably the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida]. The video said the fight will be shown...

Povetkin-Whyte II slated for March 6th

Source: WBC WBC interim heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (pictured) will defend his title in a rematch against Britain’s Dillian Whyte on March 6th, in the United Kingdom. Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the date during his participation as part of DAZN's “The Ak & Barak Show.” The rematch between Povetkin and Whyte was scheduled...

Promoter Mike Acri passes away at age 63

Taken from Russell Peltz social media [Erie, Pennsylvania promoter] Mike Acri passed away in his sleep Sunday night at the age of 63. I cannot remember the exact year I first met him but it had to be in the 1980s. [Acri was best know for promoting former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora and the late-career resurgence of Hector Camacho. More recently,...

Frampton: "I respect Herring but..."

Press Release Carl Frampton has told Jamel Herring to stop reacting to every incident ahead of their WBO super-featherweight title fight next month. Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) defends his title against Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) in London on February 27th, live in the UK on BT Sport. Both men have made it clear that they respect the other,...

Leo-Fulton press conference quotes

Press Release WBO junior featherweight champion Angelo Leo and unbeaten challenger Stephen "Cool Boy" Fulton Jr. previewed their rescheduled championship showdown during a virtual press conference Wednesday as they prepare to battle live on Showtime on Saturday, January 23rd in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Mohegan Sun Arena...

Ex-NBA player Lamar Odom signs for celebrity boxing match

Source: TMZ Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was hampered by drug use, is apparently desperate enough for cash that he will try his hand at celebrity boxing. TMZ reports Odom has signed with promoter Damon Feldman for a June show in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Now 41 years old, the 6'10" Odom was married to reality show star Khloé...

Introducing English amateur Mark Dickinson

Press Release MTK Global announced the signing of former Team GB member Mark Dickinson ahead of his plans to turn professional. News on when Dickinson will make his pro debut will be announced in due course. The 21 year-old had a standout career in the unpaid ranks, including eight national titles, plus gold medals at the Youth...

Herring-Frampton booked for Feb. 27th in London

Press Release Carl Frampton will bid to become a three-weight world champion when he challenges WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring (pictured) on February 27th in London, live on BT Sport in the UK. The Frampton-Herring showdown was originally scheduled for the middle of 2020 before being delayed due to the coronavirus...

Holyfield says he is training for Tyson exhibition

Source: WBC In November, former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, returned to the ring for an exhibition against another legend, Roy Jones Jr. Now, says the WBC, there’s the prospect of Tyson in a third clash with his former conqueror, Evander Holyfield, himself a two-division world champion. Holyfield told The Sun newspaper, ...

Spotlight on Leo-Fulton

Press Release WBO 122-pound champion Angelo Leo meets Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton Jr., in the main event of the first Showtime Championship Boxing telecast of 2021 on Saturday, January 23rd at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.,  “Leo vs. Fulton is a true 50-50 matchup between two rising stars entering the primes of their...

Introducing Ireland's Paul Ryan

Press Release MTK Global announced the signing of three-time Irish National Champion Paul Ryan. A middleweight, Ryan had a memorable career as an amateur, with a European silver medal and a world bronze medal to go along with his three national titles  Ryan said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining MTK Global. They are by far...

Showtime adds Aleem-Pasilla and Romero-Pauldo to Jan. 23rd show

Press Release Boxing has been added by Showtime to the sparse January calendar. In the previously reported main event for Janaury 23rd, WBO 122-pound champion Angelo Leo meets Stephen "Cool Boy" Fulton Jr., at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in a Premier Boxing Champions event. The other two Showtime bouts that night will...

Canelo's plan: Yildirim in Feb., bigger fight in May

Source: WBC Eddy Reynoso, the manager and trainer of WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, laid out Alvarez's plans for 2021. According to the WBC, Reynoso said,  “First we have to fulfill the commitment we made when we beat Callum Smith. The winner of that fight had to defend against [WBC] mandatory challenger...

Ellerbe calls Leo the underdog vs. Fulton

By Scott Shaffer Mayweather Promotions' CEO Leonard Ellerbee discussed the first title defense for WBO junior featherweight champion Angelo Leo on social media. Ellerbe tweeted, "Our WBO 122lb champ Angelo Leo takes on super talented Stephen Fulton on January 23rd on Showtime Boxing. This bout is one you don’t want to miss! Although Leo is...

Thomas LaManna gets TKO win in Mexico

Press Release Thomas LaManna TKO5 Juan González... New Jersey boxer/promoter Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (30-4-1) scored a fifth-round stoppage over tough Juan González (22-15 in a scheduled ten-round middleweight contest at La Terraza Sports Bar in Agua Prieta, Sonora Mexico.  LaManna dropped Gonzalez a total of three times in the fight...

Australian update: Goodall to face Ene-Purcell

Press Release With the heavyweight scene in Australia exploding, Joe Goodall (6-0-1) and Herman Ene-Purcell (17-8) have almost become the forgotten pieces in an ever-growing Aussie heavyweight jigsaw puzzle. On March 27th as part of the TGW & Smithy's Promotions show, they both want to make a statement. To put it simply a win here would...

Undercard results from Mexico

Press Release At La Terraza Sports Bar in Agua Prieta, Sonora Mexico, local light heavyweight Giovanni Garcia (1-1-1) had a harder-than-expected match with last-minute replacement Roberto Mendez (0-3), stopping him with body shot in the second round... light heavyweight Paul Bamba (1-0) rumbled his way to a first-round stoppage over...

Boxingtalk's lightweight rankings as of Jan. 10, 2021

By Scott Shaffer 1.  Teofimo Lopez -  The Takeover happened on October 17th, when Lopez backed up his pre-fight talk by soundly defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko. For the record, Boxingtalk gave Lopez nine of the twelve rounds. With Lopez's move to junior welterweight a question of when, not if, here's hoping he sticks around at lightweight to...

Eubank hoping for title fight in wide-open middleweight division

Press Release German promoter Sauerland Event formally announced the previously reported news that it has inked middleweght contender Chris Eubank, Jr. to a promotional contract. Eubank, from England, is 29-2 and holds the WBA interim title.  Currently based in the United States where he is training with the great Roy Jones Jr., Eubank...

Interesting show booked for Tanzania on Jan. 29th

Source: WBF Tanzania continues to keep the flag flying high for African boxing, with a notable card slated for Dar Es Salaam on January 29th. So far announced for the show is a lightweight contest between Tanzania's Class Mgender (24-6) and South Africa-based Malawian Dennis Mwale, 8-0. Mgender went twelve rounds with Julius Ndongo...