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Two-division champ to warm up the crowd for pro debuters on DAZN

Press Release Billy Joe Saunders will defend his WBO super middleweight title for the first time on the KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday November 9th, live on DAZN. [KSI and Paul are social media personalities with no boxing talent whatsoever. They previously slapped their way to a draw in an...

Vito Mielnicki Jr. To Face Caleb Bailey Tonight in Midland, Texas

Press Release Seventeen year-old welterweight Vito Mielnicki Jr. (1-0) will be in action for his second professional fight tonight in Midland, Texas when he takes on Caleb Bailey (0-1) as part of the non-televised ShoBox: The New Generation card at The La Hacienda Event Center.  Mielnicki, from Roseland, New Jersey, is coming off...

Philadelphia's Jaron Ennis added to October 5th Showtime broadcast

Press Release Philadelphia welterweight Jaron Ennis will face Argentina's Demian Daniel Fernandez on Saturday, October 5th live on Showtime. The highly touted Ennis (23-0, 21 KOs) will fight on TV for the first time in nearly a year against Fernandez (12-1, 5 KOs) in a ten-round co-featured from Dort Federal Events Center in Flint,...

Lenin Castillo enters Golden Contract tournament

Press Release Hard-hitting Dominican Lenin Castillo has become the latest name added to the light heavyweight edition of the Golden Contract tournament. The groundbreaking competition will be shown live on Sky Sports and on ESPN+. Castillo (20-2-1, 15 KOs) is now the sixth fighter to be confirmed to be taking part at 175 pounds,...

ShoBox weigh-in report from Midland, Texas

Press Release Here are the final weights and ring officials for Friday night's ShoBox broadcast from Midland, Texas: Lightweight, ten-round bout:   Michael Dutchover, 134 ¼ pounds -vs.- Thomas Mattice, 134 ¼  Referee: Robert Velez Judges: Jesse Reyes (Dallas), Ursulo Perez (San Antonio), Ruben Carrion...

September 28th card announced for Johannesburg

Press Release On Saturday September 28th at the Portuguese Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa, Fantastic 2 Boxing Promotions presents a main event featuring reigning South African national champion Ayanda “Greyhound” Nkosi is set to take on Mexico's Emmanuel “Polo” Lopez in a lightweight contest. Nkosi, who is 13-1 since turning...

Michael Hunter wants on fast track to title

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on your recent victory over Sergey Kuzmin. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Michael Hunter: "I felt like I did well, but I could have done much better so I didn't give myself an A. I think tactically I need to fight with a little more discipline. I'm just now getting on my feet in terms...

David Benavidez workout quotables

Press Release Undefeated former WBC champion David "El Bandera Roja" Benavidez (pictured) and veterans Josesito "The Riverside Rocky" Lopez and John Molina Jr. all took part in a Los Angeles media workout on Thursday as they near their respective bouts on Saturday, September 28th as part of the pay-per-view headlined by Errol Spence Jr....

Ryan Garcia re-ups with Golden Boy

By Scott Shaffer Apparently, 21 year-old lightweight Ryan Garcia (18-0) was playing the public with "fake news" tweets. Garcia roasted his promoter Golden Boy Promotions just days before extending his promotional relationship with Oscar De La Hoya's company. On Wednesday, Garcia tweeted, "Just signed one of the most lucrative boxing deals for...

Dawejko accuses Gassiev of ducking him

By Scott Shaffer Philadelphia heavyweight Joey Dawejko has accused former IBF/WBA cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev of massively ducking him. Dawejko wrote on social media: "Ok, so this is the second time I was scheduled to fight Murat Gassiev. And like the first time, he pulled out again! The first time I gave him the benefit of the doubt...

Hearn: Buatsi-Caparello will be an eliminator

Edited Press Release On November 2nd at the Manchester Arena in England, British light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi will face Australia's Blake Caparello. The main event that night has world lightweight champion Katie Taylor moving up in weight [to avoid Delfine Persoon and] challenge WBO junior welterweight champion Christina Linardatou. According...

Shawn Porter: "Shawn Porter is going to leave the ring with two belts"

Press Release WBC welterweight champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter will headline a pay-per-view show in a highly anticipated welterweight title unification against IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. The show goes down on September 28th at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Porter hosted a media workout in Las Vegas Wednesday and here is what he had to...

There will be a Ghost sighting on Sept. 28th in LA

Press Release On Saturday, September 28th at Staples Center in Los Angeles, former three-division title holder Robert Guerrero (35-6-1) will take on Jerry Thomas in a welterweight attraction that highlights FS1 PBC Fight Night Prelims preceding the pay-per-view and beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. Guerrero lost three straight...

Q&A with welterweight Brandun Lee

Press Release Undefeated welterweight Brandun Lee has finished an abbreviated training camp as he travels to Midland, Texas to make his television debut against Nicaragua's Milton Arauz in the eight-round opening bout of a three-fight ShoBox: The New Generation telecast on Friday, September 20th. Lee (15-0, 13 KOs), of La Quinta,...

Dutchover, Villa wrap up training camp

Press Release Michael Dutchover and Ruben Villa, both undefeated, talked about their training camp and separate, upcoming matchups on this Friday's ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader, which will take place at La Hacienda Event Center in Midland, Texas. Fighting in front of his hometown fans for the first time as a...

South African update: domestic champs to meet at catchweight

By Scott Shaffer Golden Gloves of South Africa has confirmed two fights for its November 30th show at the Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. South African super middleweight Champion Rowan Campbell (11-0) will battle South African light heavyweight champion Nicholas Radley (9-0) at a catchweight in a ten-round non-title contest. On the same...

Late result: Ponce beats Mueller in Germany for IBO belt

Press Release Jeremias Nicolas Ponce W12 Rico Mueller... A new IBO champion was crowned last weekend in Germany when undefeated Argentinean Jeremias Nicolas Ponce (25-0) beat Rico Mueller (25-3-1) on the scorecards. Ponce won the vacant title by majority decision. Two of the cards were heavily in favor of Ponce: 118-110 and 116-111. The...

Spence-Porter conference call transcript

Press Release Ray Flores: Thank you very much, operator. We greatly appreciate the media joining us from around the world. We continue the countdown for the big night of boxing coming your way on Saturday, September 28th. That is a Fox pay-per-view from Staples Center in Los Angeles. We are joined by the main event participants in...

Congratulations to Russell Peltz: 50 years in the game

Press Release For 50 years, J Russell Peltz has lived and breathed boxing. On October 4th, he will celebrate his Golden Anniversary as a Philadelphia promoter with an eight-bout card titled "Blood, Sweat & 50 Years," at the 2300 Arena. Since Sept. 30, 1969, he's been an institution in the city, providing a platform for hundreds, if...

A look back at the career of South Africa's Zolani Marali

Courtesy of the Word Boxing Federation With a bronze medal in the 1999 All-Africa games as his biggest amateur accomplishment, Zolani Marali turned professional at twenty-three in February of 2001. An awkward southpaw with good power in both hands, from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Marali was nicknamed “untouchable” and considered to...

Late results from Monticello, New York

Press Release Carlos Takam W10 Craig Lewis ... Over the weekend at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, New York, the US debut of heavyweight Carlos Takam (now 37-5-1 28 KOs) was a success.  Takam defeated Detroit's Craig Lewis (14-4, 7 KOs).  The two went to battle from the opening bell. By round two, the 255-pound Takam took...

Saul Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev Preview: Canelo opens as betting favorite as he dares to be great

By G. Leon On Saturday, Nov. 2nd, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) will try to do something few fighters have ever done: win a world title in a third weight class. Canelo – who has already captured world titles at 154 and 160 pounds – is continuing his climb up the divisions, recently inking a fight against current WBO...

Shields-Habazin undercard features Motor City talent

Press Release An all-Detroit shootout and an appearance by an exciting and popular international female fighter will highlight the non-televised undercard of the Saturday, October 5th event at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Mich that is headlined by the Claressa Shields  vs. Ivana Habazin 154-pound title fight live on Showtime....

Katie Taylor ducks Delfine Persoon rematch

Edited Press Release [After a dubious win over Delfine Persoon, world lightweight champion Katie Taylor has decided to avoid a rematch and move up in weight. Instead, Taylor] will meet Christina Linardatou for the WBO 140-pound title at Manchester Arena on Saturday November 2nd, shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. ...

WBA delays minimumweight purse bid

By Scott Shaffer The WBA purse bid for the fight between WBA 105-pound champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong a/k/a Knockout CP Freshmart and Jose Argumedo, initially scheduled for Monday, September 16th, was suspended because the parties requested an extension of the period for negotiations. The WBA called for the fight weeks ago for...

British middleweight Jimmy Kelly Jr. signs with stateside promoter

Press Release Greg Cohen Promotions announced the signing of British middleweight Jimmy Kelly Jr., to a long-term promotional contract. The 27 year-old Kelly (24-2, 9 KOs), from Manchester, recently moved up to middleweight under the guidance of trainer Anthony Farnell and has also linked up with Clearwater Management and Havoc...

After Ryan Garcia falls through, Petr Petrov lands a September 20th fight

Press Release In a chaotic turn of events, lightweight Petr Petrov (40-6-2, 21 KOs) is back on Thompson Boxing's "Locked n' Loaded" main event scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 20th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. Over the weekend, Petrov, 36, was close to finalizing a deal as a last minute replacement for Ryan Garcia, but...

McCaskill-Farias II added to DAZN's Oct. 12th show

Press Release Jessica McCaskill will defend her WBA and WBC 140-pound titles against old foe Erica Farias at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on Saturday October 12th, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. McCaskill (7-2 3 KOs) ripped the WBC crown from Farias (26-3 10 KOs) last October, putting in a then career-best...

Reno, Nevada to host Oct. 25th show

Press Release On October 25th, UFC Fight Pass comes to the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada. Kendo "Tremendo" Castaneda (16-0, 7 KOs), fighting out of San Antonio against Estonia's Stan Martyniouk (20-2, 6 KOs), who lives in Belmont, California. It will be a junior welterweight eight rounder... The co-feature has...

Franchon Crews Dezurn retains title

Press Release Franchon Crews Dezurn W10 Maricela Cornejo... WBC super middleweight champion Franchon Crews Dezurn (6-1) had to battle for ten rounds to beat late substitute Maricela Cornejo, but she came through, successfully defending her crown for the first time. Crews Dezurn faced a durable opponent, who accepted the title fight just...

Post-fight Interview: Mykal Fox

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on your shutout victory over Eudy Bernando (25-5, 18 KOs). Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Mykal Fox: "I think I did very well. I was trying to get the stoppage, but I did pitch the shutout. It was a ten round fight and I won them all. I was trying to get a stoppage, he had a lot of...

More results from Bethlehem, PA

Press Release Courtney Pennington W8 Erik Spring ... In Bethlehem, PA over the weekend, Courtney Pennington defeated Erik Spring by pounding out an eight-round unanimous decision in the junior middleweight division. Pennington got inside at will on the taller Spring. When inside, Pennington landed hard combinations that were mostly finished...

Michael Hunter calls out Alex Povetkin

Press Release Michael Hunter W12 Sergey Kuzmin... Heavyweight Michael Hunter produced another fine performance over the weekend, handing a first career defeat to Russia's Sergey Kuzmin. Hunter (18-1, 12 KOs) started brightly and punctuated his early dominance with a left hook knockdown at the start of fifth. Hunter invested heavily in the...

Tyson Fury fights through nasty gash to outpoint Otto Wallin

Press Release Tyson Fury W12 Otto Wallin... Tyson Fury overcame a terrible cut and a stiff challenge from Otto Wallin to win via unanimous decision (116-112, 117-111, 118-110) in front of 8,249 fans at T-Mobile Arena Saturday evening. Fury, cut from a punch in the third round, survived some anxious moments and rebounded to take control of...

Navarrete retains title for second time in two weeks

Press Release Emanuel Navarrete TKO4 Juan Miguel Elorde... Four weeks removed from his last fight, Mexico's Emanuel "Vaquero" Navarrete stopped Juan Miguel Elorde of the Philippines in four rounds to retain his WBO junior featherweight world title for the third time. Navarrete knocked down Elorde in the third round and had him in trouble in...

Undercard results from Las Vegas: Zepeda beats Pedraza

Press Release Jose Zepeda W10 Jose Pedraza... On the Top Rank undercard shown on ESPN+ on Saturday, Jose "Chon" Zepeda won a clear ten-round unanimous decision over former two-weight champion Jose "Sniper" Pedraza. It was Pedraza's first fight at 140 pounds.  All three judges scored the bout 97-93. “It’s probably one of the best days of...

JoJo Diaz takes Facebook fight instead of Tevin Farmer title shot

Press Release Joseph "JoJo"' Diaz Jr. (29-1, 15 KOs) will return to the ring against Venezuela's Jesus Cuadro (18-5, 14 KOs) on Sept. 21st at The Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. The fights will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. Diaz Jr. is a 26 year-old southpaw who represented...

September 28th show booked in Zimbabwe

Press Release On Saturday September 28 at the Harare International Convention Center in Harare, Zimbabwe, local middleweight Charles Manyushi (23-4-1 with 14 KOs) takes on Argentina's Diego Diaz Gallardo (22-6-1 with 13 KOs). Manyushi is aiming to make a break-through, while Diaz Gallardo will attempt to resurrect his career after a...

Ryan Garcia angry with Golden Boy over fight falling out

By Scott Shaffer Golden Boy Promotions lost the co-feature on tonight's DAZN-broadcast show at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. Avery Sparrow was reportedly arrested on an oustanding warrant, leaving Ryan Garcia without an opponent. Golden Boy was unable to arrange for a late-minute replacement on terms accpetable to Garcia, a...

Haney breezes through Abdullaev

By Scott Shaffer Devin Haney TKO4 Zaur Abdullaev...  Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York City, lightweight contender Devin Haney made previously unbeaten Russian Zaur Abdullaev quit on his stool after four-one sided rounds. Haney (23-0, 15 KOs) may have broken Abdullaev's (11-1) orbital bone. Haney was announced as the new WBC...