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Is Joshua mulling a step-aside offer?

By Scott Shaffer Former three-belt heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has the contractual right to rematch with his recent conqueror, Oleksandr Usyk. However, reports have been published saying Joshua may accept a large step-aside payment to let Usyk unify his three belts with Tyson Fury's fourth one. Joshua released a cryptic video denying...

Colbert lands title shot vs. Gutierrez

Press Release Roger Gutierrez will defends his WBA super featherweight title on Saturday, February 26th against undefeated Chris “Primetime” Colbert (pictred) in the Showtime main event at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The Showtime Championship Boxing telecast kicks off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will feature Gary Antuanne Russell, a...

WBA orders Akhmadaliev to make mandatory defense in 90 days

Source: WBA The WBA gave Murodjon Akhmadaliev a deadline of 90 days, or until April 24th, to carry out a mandatory defense of the WBA 122-pound championship against challenger, Ronny Rios. Matchroom Boxing won the rights to promote the fight in May 2021. However, the fight had to be suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and...

Antonio Todd defeats Hugo Centeno

Source: Salita Promotions Antonio Todd W10 Hugo Centeno Jr. .... On Saturday night in Dearborn, Michigan, Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (28-4-1, 15 KOs) dropped a majority decision to skillful but unheralded Antonio Todd (13-5, 7 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight bout. Fighting in front of an enthusiastic crowd, the brisk pace seemed to tire Centeno out...

South African news: Lerena vs. Dinu pushed back a bit

Source: Golden Gloves (Rodney Berman) A heavyweight fight between South Africa's Kevin Lerena and Romania's Bogdan Dinu, scheduled for Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park, has been moved one week later to March 26th, according to promoter Rodney Berman's website. Lerena is a former IBO cruiserweight champion looking for his first true heavyweight test. Lerena...

Mexican update: Tijuana card set for Friday

Source: 13th Round Boxing On Friday January 28th at the Grand Hotel in Tijuana, promoter Eric Ibarra's TM Boxing presents a flyweight main event featuring Adrian Curiel Dominguez (18-4) vs. Hugo Hernandez Aguilar (18-6-1). In the lightweight co-feature, Francisco Lopez (13-0-1) battles Edgar...

WBA orders Tank Davis to face Rolly Romero

Source: WBA The WBA Championships Committee has ordered its regular lightweight champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis to defend against undefeated former WBA interim title holder Rolando Romero. The WBA says that formal communication were sent to both teams and the boxers now have thirty days, through February 24th, to reach an agreement or...

Twitter Chatter: Shields-Marshall trash talk heats up

Source: Twitter WBO middleweight champion Savannah Marshall to future opponent, WBC/IBF/WBA champion Claressa Shields: "Your next opponent [Ema Kozin] has declined a fight with me thre times yet accepted a fight with you, wonder why, pillow fists."Shields' response: "You're a bum, you only fight last minute replacements, and I can’t wait to...

European bantamweight champion Lee McGregor added to Feb. 11th show

Source: MTK European bantamweight champion Lee McGregor will return to the ring on next month’s MTK Fight Night when he faces dangerous Argentine Diego Alberto Ruiz (23-4, 12 KOs) in a non-title fight. The card will be held on Friday February 11th and be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ and worldwide on IFL TV. Middleweight Danny...

Scottish heavyweight championship to return after 71-year vacancy

Press Release The Scottish heavyweight championship was last contested in 1951 when George VI was king of the UK, Ezzard Charles was the world heavyweight champion; Nat King Cole had the hit Too Young; Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh lit up the big screen in A Streetcar Named Desire; Tottenham Hotspur were Football League Champions and...

Introducing Olympic champion Estelle Mossely of France

Source: Probellum Probellum announced the promotional signing of Olympic gold medallist Estelle Mossely of France. The 29 year-old Mosselly is 9-0 with 1 knockout as a pro and is the reigning IBO world lightweight champion. She clinched the IBO world lightweight title in 2019 with a victory over Lucy Wildheart. Prior to turning professional,...

Magsayo defeats one-armed Russell to win featherweight title

Source: Showtime Mark Magsayo W12 Gary Russell Jr.... Unbeaten Mark Magsayo defeated long-reigning Gary Russell Jr. by majority decision Saturday night to capture the WBC featherweight championship at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  A protégé of Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, Magsayo (24-0, 16 KOs) was able to end...

Matias avenges loss to Ananyan

Source: Showtime Subriel Matias TKO9 Petros Ananyan ...In Showtime's co-feature, junior welterweight Subriel Matias (18-1, 18 KOs) scored a ninth-round TKO over Petros Ananyan (16-3-2, 7 KOs) after dropping Ananyan at the end of the round, prompting the referee to stop the fight at the suggestion of the ringside doctor between rounds. The bout...

Sakaria Lukas denied career-changing win by blown call

Source: Showtime Sakaria Lukas D10 Tugstsogt Nyambayar ... In the Showtime telecast opener, Tugstsogt Nyambayar (12-2-1, 9 KOs) and late replacement Sakaria Lukas (25-1-1, 17 KOs) fought to a spirited split-decision draw over 10 rounds of super featherweight action. Lukas was denied a win by a controversial ruling when the referee called a slip...

Results from Tijuana: Picasso improves to 20-0

Source: Zanfer Promociones David Picasso TKO6 César Ignacio Paredes ... Mexican super bantamweight David “Rey” Picasso triumphed by technical knockout after six rounds against Peru's César Ignacio Paredes. They fought on a Zanfer Promociones show in Tijuana. Picasso (20-0-1, 9 KOs) was patient but as the rounds went by, his dominance became clearer....

Boxingtalk salutes Cristiano Ndombassy

Source: WBA Angolan-born Cristiano Ndombassy, a junior middleweight with a 12-6 record, is helping young people in the Wenter Cape region of South Africa through boxing.  Ndombassy, who has lived in South Africa since 2010, opened the Warriors of Faith Boxing Club gym a few years ago, where he supports young boxers in pursuing a...

Boxingtalk salutes Gary Russell, Jr. ahead of tonight's fight

By Scott Shaffer Although he is often criticized for his inactivity, Boxingtalk salutes WBC featherweight champions Gary Russell Jr. ahead of tonight's title defense in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Russell has faced some family adversity going into tonight's fight. He lost a younger brother last year to a reported heart attack, and his father...

Gary Cully lands shot at ex-champ Miguel Vazquez

Source: MTK A good fight in the deep lightweight division has been booked for March 12th when undefeated Irish southpaw Gary Cully takes the toughest test of his career so far against former IBF champion Miguel Vazquez. The two men will collide on the undercard of the WBA featherweight title fight between Leigh Wood and Michael Conlan...

Boxingtalk's weekend predictions

By Michael Borao, Jr. Here are young Michael Borao, Jr.'s prognostications for week 3 of 2022:Gary Russell Jr. vs. Mark Magsayo (WBC featherweight championship) … Prediction: Russell by unanimous decisionSubriel Matias vs. Petros Ananyan II (junior welterweights) … Prediction: Matias by mid-round KOTugstsogt Nyambayar vs. Sakaria...

WBC postpones Fury-Whyte purse bid again

By Scott Shaffer Statement from WBC on a potential Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte fight: "The WBC has received requests from the teams of Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte, to extend the period of free negotiations to finalize the fight. If there is no agreement, a purse bid will be held this coming Wednesday, January 26th."Prior statement from WBC on...

Spotlight on Ananyan vs. Matias II

Press Release Tonight (January 22nd) at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, junior welterweight contenders Petros Ananyan and Subriel Matías meet in a twelve-round rematch on Showtime. Recently, Matias sat for an extended interview with Boxingtalk to discuss his 2020 decision loss to Ananyan. Now fight day is...

Top Rank reveals Jan 29th undercard details

Press Release U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson, Brooklyn-born Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington and Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali, are among the undercard boxers on the Top Rank show scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29th at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Oklahoma. The bill is topped by the ten-round WBC 130-pound title eliminator between...

Ray Robinson to end long layoff in February

Source: RDR Promotions RDR Promotions kicks off its 2022 fight series on Saturday, February 26th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Tickets can be purchased here. In the main event, welterweight Ray Robinson will take on veteran Cleotis Pendarvis in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds. Robinson of Philadelphia, has a record of 24-3-2 with 12...

Weigh-in report from Dearborn, Michigan

Source: Salita Promotions Here are the official boxer weights for Salita Promotions' show tonight at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan: Hugo Centeno Jr. 161.2 pounds vs. Antonio Todd 158.2; Winfred Harris Jr. 166.8 vs. Esau Herrera 163.4; Joseph Hicks Jr. 168.4 vs. Montrel James 168.4; Gordie Russ II 153.4...

Gary Russell needed extra time but makes featherweight

Source: Showtime Tomorrow's main event on Showtime in Atlantic City, New Jersey will be a WBC featherweight championship fight between long-time champion Gary Russell Jr. and challenger Mark Magsayo of the Philippines. Magsayo had no problem with the 126-pound featherweight limit, coming in at 125.5. Russell, who said he was basically...

Nyambayar vs. Lukas final presser quotes

Press Release Tonight's Showtime opener from Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. opens up with a ten-round battle between Mongolian featherweight contender Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar (15-4 including the World Series of Boxing) and Namibia's Sakaria Lukas (25-1). Here is what they had to say at the final press...

Hockey Enforcers working on boxing on ice

Press Release In 2006 Prince George, British Columbia played host to a sporting event called ‘The Battle of The Hockey Enforcers.’ Over 2,000 fans filled the CN Centre to watch a single-night fight tournament of 15 competitors – made up of hockey enforcers from the minor professional and senior leagues. The event was considered a...

Fox to air Thurman-Barrios preview

Press Release Fox Sports will air “Fox PBC Countdown”  tomorrow (Saturday, January 22nd) at 2 p.m. ET live on Fox to promote  the Keith Thurman vs. Mario Barrios pay-per-view show taking place on Saturday, February 5th at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The behind the scenes show features comments from Fox Sports PBC...

Al Bernstein: 42 years in the game!

Source: social media Boxing analyst Al Bernstein on preparing for Saturday's Showtime broadcast: "Starting out my 42nd year as a boxing announcer with a show in Atlantic City [New Jersey] is  appropriate because so many of my initial shows back when I started were in AC.  The weekly Top Rank series on ESPN had about two shows per...

Thurman: "My legacy is not over"

Press Release Keith “One Time” Thurman declared his intention to return to the top of the boxing world when he steps back into the ring on Saturday, February 5th for the first time since his 2019 loss to Manny Pacquiao. Thurman takes on Mario Barrios on a PBC pay-per-view show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. To purchase...

Russell-Magsayo final presser quotes

Press Release WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. and unbeaten challenger Mark Magsayo went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they meet in the Showtime main event this Saturday, January 22nd in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. Here is what the...

WBC: Barrios has agreed to drug testing

Source: WBC The WBC announced that Mario Barrios has enrolled in the Clean Boxing program, stating, "Mario will be fighting Keith Thurman in a WBC elimination bout in the welterweight division on February 5th and will certainly be eligible for WBC ratings next month. PRIOR STORY: The WBC Clean Boxing Program, administered by VADA,...

Boxingtalk salutes former bantamweight contender Bernardo Caraballo of Colombia

By Scott Shaffer Boxingtalk salutes former bantamweight contender Bernardo Caraballo of Colombia, who passed away on January 20th at the age of 87. Caraballo's family reported the death to the Colombian press after he spent several days hospitalized with heart problems in Cartagena, his city of birth. Caraballo was the first Colombian...

Kozin has something to prove vs. Shields

Source: Salita Promotions Unbeaten Ema Kozin has worked her way into position as the mandatory challenger for WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Claressa Shields and she will look to earn a historic win for her native Slovenia when she challenges Shields on Saturday, February 5th from Cardiff, Wales and available live on pay-per-view in the U.S....

Trainer Tunde Ajayi says Anthony Yarde is ready for Joe Smith

Press Release British light heavyweight Anthony Yarde (22-2, 21 KOs) is the WBO #1 contender for Joe Smith Jr.’s light heavyweight title. From Ilford, Yarde is promoted by Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions. He is ready for a second world title challenge after knocking out Lyndon Arthur in four rounds last month, which was revenge for...

Robeisy Ramirez to fight on Josh Taylor undercard

Source: Top Rank Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez will cross the pond to battle Ireland's Eric Donovan in a ten-round featherweight battle Saturday, Feb. 26th at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Ramirez-Donovan highlights the undercard supporting the world junior welterweight championship showdown between...

RayJay Bermudez discusses sparring with Gary Russell

Press Release Lightweight RayJay “The Destroyer” Bermudez (15-0, 11 KOs) recently gained invaluable experience sparring WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. (31-1, 18 KOs) at his Washington D.C. training camp. Bermudez, who fights out of Albany, New York, is scheduled to fight an opponent to be determined in an eight-round...

Berlanga to face Rolls on March 19th

Press Release Brooklyn-born super middleweight Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga (pictured) will host Canada's Steve Rolls in the ten-round main event Saturday, March 19th at Hulu Theater in New York City's Madison Square Garden. In the junior middleweight co-feature, 19 year-old Puerto Rican Xander Zayas will fight in his first...

Charr's claims against Don King, DKP headed to mediation

By Scott Shaffer The lawsuit between former WBA regular champion and former WBA champion-in-recess Mahmoud Charr vs. Don King individually, Don King Productions and Epic Sports and Entertainment is headed to non-binding mediation. Charr sued in U.S. federal court last August, blaming King after a proposed bout against Trevor Bryan fell...

WBO postpones purse bid for Andrade vs. Alimkhanuly

By Scott Shaffer Statement from the WBO postponing the middleweight purse bid: "the current COVID-19 situation in Puerto Rico has forced the purse bid for 160-pound champion Demetrius Andrade's mandatory defense against Janibek Alimkhanuly to be rescheduled once again. It will now be held Friday, January 28th at 11:00 am at the WBO main offices...