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Joyce hammers Hammer in four

By Scott Shaffer Joe Joyce TKO4 Christian Hammer... Joe Joyce remained near the top of the heavyweight division with a fourth-round technical knockout of Germany's Chrisitan Hammer in Wembley, London. "The Juggernaut" ended round three with a knockdown, and then scored three more in the fourth. The last one was caused by a hard body shot, and...

Zolani Tete remains a force to be reckoned with

By Scott Shaffer Zolani Tete KO4 Jason Cunningham... In London, former two-division champion Zolani Tete of South Africa defeated Jason Cunningham in brutal fashion in the fourth round. The bout was supposed to be a test for Tete (30-4) in his third weight class, super bantamweight, but he won easily. Tete knocked Cunningham down in round...

Opetaia tops Briedis to become new IBF cruiserweight champion

By Scott Shaffer Jai Opetaia W12 Mairis Briedis... Yahoo! Sports reports that 2012 Australian Olympian Jai Opetaia overcame an injured jaw to claims Mairis Briedis’  IBF cruiserweight championship. Briedis was considered the top 200-pounder in the world since Oleksadr Usyk moved up to heavyweight but Opetaia bloodied and defeated the...

Mfaume Mfaume wins in Tanzania

Source: WBF  Mfaume Mfaume KO2 Abdumonem Said... The Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar Es Salaam was jumping, as hometown man Mfaume Mfaume took on Egypt´s Abdumonem Said in a junior middleweight bout on Friday, July 1st. Singing and dancing spectators saw the local man in complete control from the first bell, as he hurt the visitor with a...

Boxingtalk's Saturday fight predictions

By Michael Borao Jr. Boxingtalk''s Saturday fight predicions: Mairis Briedis vs. Jai Opetaia (IBF Cruiserweight Title) … Prediction: Briedis by  unanimous decision; Joe Joyce vs. Christian Hammer (Heavyweights) … Prediction: Joyce by unanimous decision; Jason Cunningham vs. Zolani Tete (Super Bantamweights) … Prediction: Tete by...

A few words with Adam Kownacki

Press Release Comebacking Polish heavyweight and Brooklyn fan-favorite Adam Kownacki spoke at a virtual press conference on Thursday in advance of his return the ring on Saturday, July 30th live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Kownacki will take on Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen in a ten-round bout while...

Reminder: two big shows streaming on ESPN+ today

Press Release Two world-class boxing events will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ today (Saturday, July 2nd). The action kicks off from Australia in the early morning hours (5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT), as IBF cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis defends against unbeaten Jai Opetaia at Gold Coast Convention Center in...

Taylor vacates but Top Rank to retain control of WBC junior welterweight title

By Scott Shaffer World 140-pound champin Josh Taylor has vacted the WBC title, making it the second of the four major belts to slip off his waist outside of the ring. The WBC announcer that  Jose Zepeda and Jose Carlos Ramirez will be sanctioned to fight for the vacant WBC tile. Taylor, Zepeda and Ramirez are all promoted by Top Rank....

Weigh-in report from Australia

Source: Wasserman Boxing At the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Australia, IBF cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis (28-1, 20 KOs) weighed in comfortably below the 200-pound limit ahead of Saturday's title fight against Jai Opetaia (21-0, 17 KOs). Here are the boxers' weights for the three featured bouts:IBF CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Mairis...

Boxingtalk's Friday fight predictions

By Michael Borao, Jr. Boxingtalk's Friday fight predictions, courtesy of MB Boxing OfficialRene Mark Cuarto vs. Daniel Valladares (IBF minimumweight championship) … Prediction: Valladares by split decision;Karim Guerfi vs. Ricardo Mercado Vazquez (featherweights) … Prediction: Guerfi by unanimous decision;Daud Yordan vs. Panya Uthok...

Joyce vs. Hammer final presser quotes

Press Release Saturday’s boxing show at London's OVO Arena was supported by the final press call earlier this week before blows are traded live on BT Sport and ESPN+. Joe Joyce (pictured) and Christian Hammer, Jason Cunningham and Zolani Tete, plus Mark Chamberlain and Mark Vidal fielded the questions. Joyce said, "I’ve had a great...

Briedis on Opetaia: "the most important thing for me is to enjoy this fight"

Source: Wasserman Boxing IBF cruiserweight king Mairis Briedis (pictured) was welcomed to Thursday’s press conference, and the champion (28-1, 20 KOs) spoke ahead of his title clash with Jai Opetaia (21-0, 17 KOs) at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Australia on Saturday. Described as “the best cruiserweight in the world,” Briedis has had to wait...

Spotlight on Russell vs. Barthelemy

Source: PBC On Saturday, July 30th live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, undefeated Gary Antuanne Russell and former two-division champion Rances Barthelemy will do battle on a Premier Boxing Champions' show. Russell will be fighting for the first time since the passing of his father and trainer, Gary Russell...

Undefeated heavyweight Christian Thun added to ProBox show

Press Release German heavyweight Christian Thun (8-0, 6 KOs) is set it to return in an eight-round bout against Curtis Harper (13-8, 9 KOs) on July 9th at ProBox Events Center in Plant City, Florida.  Thun tops off an undercard portion that supports the main event between Panamanian junior welterweight Cesar “Rainman” Francis (10-0, 6...

Yakima Legends Casino to host RJJ Boxing show

Press Release RJJ Boxing returns to the Great Northwest for the first time in more than two years on July 14th, with a UFC Fight Pass show headlined by former USA amateur standout Quinton Randall (9-0-1, 2 KOs), at Yakima Legends Casino in Toppenish, Washington. The 3 -year-old Randall, fighting out of Houston, faces Ivan “Cobra”...

South African update

Source: WBF On July 8th at the Steve Tshwete Banquet Hall in Middelburg, South Africa, female super bantamweights get the spotlight as Matshidiso Mokebisi fights undefeated Katie Healey from England. Mokebisi enters the fight at 15-9-1, and has a clear advantage in experience over Healey (4-0 ), but she is considered a major talent. In...

ESPN+ picks up Joyce and Briedis cards for Saturday

Press Release Two world-class boxing events will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ Saturday, July 2nd. The action kicks off from Australia in the early morning hours (5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT), as IBF cruiserweight champion Mairis Breidis defends against unbeaten Jai Opetaia at Gold Coast Convention Center in Broadbeach. The...

Boxingtalk salutes Mikey Garcia on his retirement

By Scott Shaffer Boxingtalk salutes former four-division champion Mikey García who announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 34. Born in Ventura, California, Garcia made his announcement announced on social media, modifying his personal Instagram account ny writing in his profile information: “Retired World Champion 126, 130,...

Boxingtalk's Thursday fight predictions

By Michael Borao, Jr. Here are Boxingtalk's Thursday fight predictions, courtesy of MB Boxing Official Georges Ory vs. Hugo Guarneros (Vacant IBO super flyweight title) … Prediction: Guarneros by unanimous decision; Emmany Kalombo vs. Rayton Okwiri (junior middleweights) … Prediction: Kalombo by late knockout; Thulani Mbenge vs. Idd...

WBC puts Taylor vs. Zepeda purse bid on calendar for Friday

Source: WBC The WBC reported today that a purse bid is back on for world junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor's WBC  mandatory defense vs Jose Zepeda. Last scheduled for June 10th, the WBC now has it calendared for July 1st. PRIOR BOXINGTALK REPORTING: MAY 25, 2022: The WBC confirmed that the purse bid for the WBC mandatory...

Brandon Figeuroa training camp report

Source: PBC Former champion and fan-favorite Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa expects to showcase his power and speed when he moves up in weight and makes his 126-pound debut against Carlos Castro in a WBC featherweight eliminator live on Showtime on Saturday, July 9th from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas in an event presented...

Crawford's lawsuit vs. Top Rank heads back to state court

By Scott Shaffer WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford won a very minor legal victory over Top Rank today when a federal court in Nevada granted Crawfor's request to send the case back to state court. Crawford originally sued Top Rank in Nevada state court in January, making explosive allegations of racial discrimination. Top Rank took...

Avery Sparrow in tough vs. William Foster III

Press Release On Saturday night July 23rd, Philadelphia super featherweight Avery Sparrow (11-3 with 4 KOs) and undefeated William Foster III will headline an eleven-bout card at The Fillmore Philadelphia promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions. In the co-feature, super featherweight Christian Tapia takes on undefeated Fernando Romero in...

Nick Fantauzzi to headline in Toronto on July 21st

Edited Press Release Lee Baxter Promotions has announced a night of boxing on July 21st at Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto. The show will be headlined by a Canadian light heavyweight championship bout between Nick Fantauzzi (11-0, 5 KOs) against Greg Weeks (3-2, 3 KOs). Fantauzzi’s last fight saw him dominate Darren Fletcher in March....

Emanuel Navarrete to defend against Eduardo Baez on Aug. 20th

Source: Top Rank A fighting cowboy, a hometown hero, and the grandson of “The Greatest” are set for a summer night in San Diego. Mexico's Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete (pictured) will defend his WBO featherweight title against countryman Eduardo “El Gemelo” Baez on Saturday, Aug. 20th at Pechanga Arena San Diego.  Navarrete also signed a...

Boxingtalk's Wednesday fight predictions

By Michael Borao, Jr. Here are Boxingtalk's Wednesday fight predictions, courtesy of MB Boxing OfficialLiam Wilson vs. Matias Rueda (super featherweights) … Prediction: Wilson by mid-round knockout;Paulo Aokuso vs. Robert Berridge (light heavyweights) … Prediction: Aokuso by unanimous decision;Benjamin Hussain vs. Wes Capper (middleweights)...

Garcia vs. Benavidez presser quotes

Press Release Former two-division champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (pictured) spoke of feeling reinvigorated from his time off while his comeback opponent Jose Benavidez Jr. predicted that their junior middleweight showdown would be the “Fight of the Year” during a virtual press conference Tuesday. The two men will square off on Saturday,...

WBC orders eliminator between Callum Smith and Mathieu Bauderlique

Source: WBC The WBC has ordered a purse bid for a light heavyweight elimination bout between former super middleweight Callum Smith (pictured) of the United Kingdon UK and Mathieu Bauderlique of France. The purse bid is slated to take place on Friday, July 1st. Smith is 28-1 but has had only one fight since losing his 168-pound titles...

Harth to face Makiadi in Germany

Source: WBA France's Siril Makiadi (13-2-2) and Germany's Leon Harth (20-5) will fight this Saturday in Mainz, Germany in a cruiserweight bout. Makiadi has not lost a fight since 2018, although he has drawn on a couple of occasions along the way.  Harth, who looks like the favorite in the fight, has faced good names and has won two of...

Late results from Philly: Cameron Krael wins by TKO

Source: RDR Promotions Cameron Krael TKO4 Vincent Floyd ...Cameron Krael took out Vincent Floyd in round four in their six-round middleweight bout that topped a ten-bout card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Krael of Las Vegas and Floyd of Philadelphia fought a nip-and-tuck battle that saw both fighters land flush throughout the first three...

Report: Tommy Fury blocked from flying to USA for press conference

Source: Social media Quoting a social media post from the boxer himself, the British tabloid The Mirror reports that Tommy Fury was barred from flying to the United States ahead of Wednesday's press conference in New York's Madison Square Garden to promote an August 6th fight between Fury and social media idol Jake Paul. Although the reason...

Report: The Hearns are considering selling "a substantial" part of Matchroom

By Scott Shaffer According to journalist Mark Kleinman of Sky Sports, the father and son owners of Matchroom Sport, Barry and Eddie Hearn are in negotiations to sell a "substantial minority stake" in the sports business, which includes boxing, darts and snooker (pool) events. The three investment firms mentioned as potential purchasers are...

IBA barred from organizing Olympic boxing

Edited by Scott Shaffer The International Olympic Committee announced that IBA, the corrupt amateur governing body, will not be allowed to play a part in the Olympic qualification system for the Paris 2024 games. It has not been determined how the 2024 Olympic boxing and qualifying will be handled, but Olympic boxing is generally safe for...

Joyce calls Parker a duck

By Scott Shaffer Heavyweight contender Joe Joyce said on his Instagram account that former WBO title holder Jospeph Parker has been ducking him: So Mr. Parker, I’ve always wanted to fight you and you pretended that you wanted to fight [me], but in reality you say and do everything to avoid me. After it was all agreed, you pulled out of...

Josh Kelly to jump right back in, this time vs. Lucas Bastida

Source: Wasserman Boxing After the dismantling of Peter Kramer last week, junior middleweight Josh Kelly (11-1-1, 7 KOs) wastes no time in returning to action on July 30th in Newcastle, England. Live on Channel 5, Kelly faces a tougher challenge when he faces ‘El Tornado’ Lucas Bastida (18-1-1, 10 KOs) of Argentina. The calculated and methodical...

Gomez vs. Clavel back on for this Friday

Source; GYM Kim Clavel (15-0, 3 KOs) will finally challennge WBC flyweight World Champion Yesenia Gomez (19-5-3, 6 KOs), now rebooked for Friday, July 29th at the Cabaret of Montreal Casino,” co-promoted by Groupe Yvon Michelle (GYM)/ Probellum. Gomez vs. Clavel has been postponed three times, which has naturally increased tensions...

Harlem Eubank to face Tom Farrell next month

Source: Wasserman Boxing A junior welterweight showdown has been added to Wasserman Boxing's July 30th show in Newcastle, England. Harlem Eubank (14-0, 6 KOs) will be squaring off against Tom ‘Fazza’ Farrell (21-5, 5 KOs). Both fighters will be brimming with confidence off the back of wins in their last bouts. Farrell defeated a potential...

Indications are that Inoue vs. Butler will take place in UK

Source: Probellum [According to Probellum,] three-belt bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue said he is prepared to come to the United Kingdom and fight Paul Butler for the fourth piece of the undisputed 118-pound world championship. Butler, last week, said if Inoue wanted the fight enough then he should be willing to accept the showdown taking...

Panama's Cesar Francis to fight ex-champ Ray Beltran

Source: ProBox Promotions Panamanian junior welterweight Cesar “Rainman” Francis (10-0, 6 KOs) will take a big step up in opposition when he faces former 135-pound title holder Raymundo Beltran (37-9-1, 23 KOs) in a ten-round battle on Saturday, July 9th at the ProBox Events Center in Plant City, Florida. It will be streamed live globally on ProBox...

Jesse Rodriguez extends promotional relationship with Matchroom

Press Release Breakout star Jesse Rodriguez has signed an extension to his long-term promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom. The WBC non-franchise junior bantamweight champion put pen to paper following his sensational stoppage win over ex-champ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai at the Tech Port Arena in his San Antonio hometown on...