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Spotlight on Smith vs. Bauderlique

Quotes: from Matchroom This weekend in Saudi Arabia, as part of the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua II undercard, Callum Smith (pictured) fights Mathieu Bauderlique in a twelve-round light heavywight contest. The bout will be a WBC eliminator, but the path to a title shot remains uncertain, even for the winner. Artur Beterbiev holds the WBC,...

IBF orders purse bid for Pascal vs. Buatsi

By Scott Shaffer  On July 22, 2022, the IBF ordered light heavyweight contenders Joshua Buatsi and Jean Pascal to begin negotiations for an IBF final elimination bout. An agreement for the two men to fight each ither was not be reached within the time frame set forth in the IBF's order. The IBF has now ordered a purse bid scheduled for...

A few words with Juan Francisco Estrada

Source: Zanfer Promociones WBA super flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada will defend his title against Argi Cortes on September 3rd in Hermosillo, Mexico's Multiple Use Center. Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) will face Cortés (23-2-2, 10 KOs) on a show to be promoted by Zanfer, Matchroom and 2M Promotions, and broadcast live on Azteca 7, as well...

Magnesi to defend IBO title against Cacace

Source: Queensberry Promotions On September 24th at the AO Arena in Manchester, England, heavyweight cotneders Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker (an ex-WBO title holder) will be fighting fin the main event. Amanda Serrano will be bidding to add an additional featherweight championship to her collection when the Puerto Rican superstar battles unbeaten...

Wilder to fight Helenius on Oct. 15th in Brooklyn

Source: PBC Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber'' Wilder will take on Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius in a twelve-round WBC eliminator between ferocious punchers on a Fox Sports PBC pay-per-view Saturday, Oct. 15th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In the co-feature, former IBF super...

Bash Boxing has competitive card scheduled for Friday

Press Release This Friday (Aug. 19th) at The Commerce Casino in Commerce, California, Bash Boxing presents a show headlined by junior welterweight Luis Feliciano (15-0) against Alejandro Frias Rodriguez (14-6-2). The co-feature sees welterweight Vlad Panin (14-1) taking on Reggie Harris Jr. (7-1). Additional confirmed bouts: Robin...

Jorge Lugo Cota to face Jesus Antonio Rubio in Los Mochis

Source: World Cup Boxing Series Mexican junior welterweight Jorge Lugo Cota (8-0, 6 KOs), a member of Mexico’s fighting Montiel family, will be fighting at home August 19th on the next installment of the Canela Boxeo series, at Centennial Sports Center in Los Mochis, Sonora, Mexico. Canela Boxeo will be held and streamed live for free the third Friday...

Bentley to defend British middleweight title vs. Marcus Morrison

Source: Queensberry Promotions British middleweight champion Denzel Bentley will defend his title against Marcus Morrison at London's York Hall on Friday September 16th, live on BT Sport.  Battersea man Bentley (16-1-1, 13 KOs) seized back his treasured Lonsdale belt when he beat the previously undefeated Linus Udofia back in May, having lost...

Caleb Plant vs. Anthony Dirrell to serve as Wilder-Helenius co-feature

Source: PBC PBC announced a Fox Sports pay-per-view show for Saturday, October 15th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The main event has former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder facing Robert Helenius, with a chief supporting bout matching former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant against former...

New opponent for Cassius Chaney this Saturday

Source: CES Boxing CES Boxing announced a new opponent for the main event at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena this Saturday. 6'6" heavyweight Cassius Chaney (21-1) will now face California's Matthew McKinney (9-5-3). The 41 year-old McKinney fought twice in June of this year, garnering a win and a draw. McKinney replaces originally...

Hrgovic looking forward to fighting Zhang

Source: Wasserman Boxing Croatian heavyweight Filip Hrgovic (pictured) spoke at the press conference in Saudi Arabia a few days before he comes up against China’s Zhilei Zhang (24-0-1, 19 KOs) in an IBF final eliminator.  The fight previously fell through [in the wake of Hrgovic's father's death], but everyone is excited as both fighters look ahead...

Lomachenko returns from Ukraine; intends to fight this year

Source: Top Rank Vasiliy Lomachenko, the three-weight world champion and former pound-for-pound king, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday. Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs), who spent several months serving with the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky Territorial Defense Battalion in his native Ukraine, is ready to resume his boxing career...

Serrano to unify vs. Mahfoud on Sept. 24th

Source: Queensberry Promotions Amanda Serrano (pictured) will bid to add another featherweight championship belt to her collection when she takes on the IBF champion Sarah Mahfoud at the AO Arena in Manchester, England on September 24th. The unification bout is part of a show topped by the huge heavyweight collision between Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker...

Wednesday fight predictions

By Mike Borao, Jr. Here are Boxingtalk's predictions for Wednesday's fight action, courtesy of MB Boxing Official Eliasu Sulley (8-0) vs. Vijender Singh (12-1) (Super Middleweights) … Prediction: Sulley by late knockout; Sachin Nautiyal (6-2) vs. Faizan Anwar (12-0) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Anwar by early knockout;...

Rob Safar to face Antonio Brown on Friday

Press Release Cruiserweight, Rob Safar (14-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring this Friday, August 19th at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California. Safar, managed by Oliver Cabrera in association with FightStars will face his most dangerous opponent to date, Antonio Brown (8-1, 8 KOs), a power puncher from Phoenix. Safar vs. Brown will be...

Tahmir Smalls to headline on Battleship New Jersey

Press Release The line-up has been set for the inaugural boxing event on board The Battleship New Jersey on Sunday, August 28th in Camden, New Jersey. The card that is promoted by R&B Promotions and will begin at 5 PM ET. In the six-round main event, welterweight Tahmir Smalls of Philadelphia will takes on Joel Guevara. Smalls...

A few words with Los Angeles super featherweight Pedro Valencia

Source: Thompson Boxing Los Angeles super featherweight Pedro Valencia (10-0, 7 KOs) clashes with fellow unbeaten Adrian Corona (9-0-1, 2 KOs) of Rialto, CA this Saturday in Corona, California. Valencia vs. Corona is scheduled for eigh -rounds, with Valencia believing he has a tremendous amount of momentum going into this fight.  Here is what...

African boxing update

Source: WBF Two bouts sacntioned by the WBF in a five-day period headline shows in South Africa and Botswana on August 21st and August 26th respectively.  On Sunday August 21st at Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Complex in Polokwane, South Africa, lightweight Ayanda Nkosi, (14-1 with 8 KOs), hosts Filipino Carlo Magali (25-13-3 with 13...

Introducing British heavyweight Boma Brown

Source: Queensberry Promotions Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions has bolstered its heavyweight contingent with the signing of professional newcomer Boma Brown. The 6' 6″, 250 pounder from North West London is the most recent recruit to a promotional heavyweight brigade that includes WBC champion Tyson Fury, WBA regular title holder Daniel...

Juan Francisco Estrada to return in September

Source: WBC Guillermo Brito from Promocines Zanfer announced the return of WBA super flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada, who will see action against Argi Cortes on September 3rd in Hermosillo, Mexico. Estrada (42-3) was also the WBC champion as of his last fight, a unification bout that he narrowly won against...

Twitter chatter: Regis Prograis

Source: social media Former WBA 140-pound champion Regis "Rougarou" Prograis on the possibility of moving down in weight: "My nutritionist said I can make 135 pounds if I didn’t eat so many snacks. I said I rather stay at 140 pounds and keep...

Boxingtalk salutes Sergey Lipinets for stepping up on short notice

Source: social media Former IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets is grateful for the opportunity to fight Omar Figueroa, a WBC 135-pound champion, on six days' notice in a Showtime main event this Saturday: "That's why you gotta love the sport of boxing  There is always an opportunity and I was just given one. Be ready. Fans won't be...

WBC puts Fury on the clock

By Scott Shaffer With WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury talking about retirement, the WBC has been in communications with Fury and his promoters (Frank Warren and Bob Arum) regarding his status as WBC heavyweight champion. The WBC has set Friday, August 26th as the final day to receive official written confirmation from them about his...

Makhmudov to face Takam in Montreal next month

Source: Top Rank Little-known but dangerous heavyweight Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov has signed a multi-year co-promotional contract with Top Rank, who will work in conjunction with Eye of the Tiger Management. Makhmudov, born in Russia and now residing in Montreal, is listed as 14-0 but professional bouts in the World Series of Boxing make...

Late result: Acosta remains undefeated in Argentina

Source: WBA Franco Ezequiel Acosta KO3 Jean Carlos Mina ... Argentinean cruiserweight Franco Ezequiel Acosta advanced his career with a third-round knockout over Jean Carlos Mina at the Polideportivo Islas Malvinas in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The local fighter used a hook to the liver to knockout the Ecuadorian, who had no chance to...

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Results from Houston, Texas

Source: Split-T Management At The Bayou Event Center in Houston, Texas, welterweight Giovanni Marquez stopped William Davis in round two of their scheduled four-round bout. Marquez dropped Davis three times in the second round and the bout was stopped at the 2:00 mark. Marquez, the 2021 National Golden Gloves Most Outstanding Boxer is now 3-0 with...

Taylor: "Serrano rematch must be at lightweight"

Source: Matchroom World lightweight champion Katie Taylor has blasted Jake Paul’s suggestion that a proposed rematch against Amanda Serrano should be at 126- or 130 pound catchweight. Taylor (21-0, 6 KO’s), who edged out Serrano back in April in an epic women's fight, spoke on Matchroom Boxing’s new podcast Flash Knockdown and stood firm...

Star Boxing returns to Huntington, NY in October

Press Release Star Boxing announced an October 1st show at the Paramount in Huntington, New York. The main event is set for ten rounds of cruiserweight action between Ukrainian-born, Pittsburgh-residing Lyubomyr Pinchuk (14-3, 8 KOs) and Brooklyn, New York’s Joel Shojgreen (13-3, 12 KOs).  Pinchuk is coming off a decision loss in...

A few words with lightweight Cristian Baez

Press Release Lightweight power puncher Cristian Baez (18-1, 17 KOs) is scheduled to battle Ruben “Ace” Torres (18-0, 15 KOs) in the ten-round main event on Thompson Boxing’s August 20th show in Corona, Callifornia. Baez is eager to get back in the ring after over a two-year layoff. The show will stream live for free on the Thompson...

WBA convention lands in Orlando

Source: WBA The WBA will hold its centennial convention from December 11th through 14th at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The event will mark the celebration of 100 years of existence of boxing’s pioneer sanctioning organization. The WBA had had to postpone its convention for different reasons since 2019, when the 99th...

Maryland amateur card set for Aug. 27th

Press Release Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions returns to the Carroll County Ag Center For “Fight Night in the Country” Saturday, August 27th in Westminster, Maryland. The card will feature a dozen Olympic-style boxing matches and tickets are on sale now at Baltimoreboxing.com/Tickets.  During the event, Baltimore Boxing will...

Lipinets steps in for Broner to save Showtime main event

Press Release Former IBF 140-pound champion Sergey Lipinets (pictured) has agreed to replace Adrien Broner this weekend and will now face former WBC lightweight champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. in Showtime Championship Boxing's main event this Saturday, August 20, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida in a...

Broner withdraws from this weekend's fight

By Scott Shaffer According to his own social media account, former four-dvision champion Adrien Broner has withdrawn from this weekend's scheduled fight vs. former lightweight title holder Omar Figueroa. The bout was scheduled to air on Showtime from Hollywood, California. Broner issued the following statements on his Instagram account:...

Boxingtalk's Monday fight predictions

By Michael Borao, Jr. Here are Boxingtalk's predictions for Monday's boxing action, courtesy of MB Boxing Official Hyun Mi Choi (19-0-1) vs. Aka Ringo (3-0) (WBA super featherweight championship) … Prediction: Choi by clear unanimous decision; Yurik Mamedov (15-2) vs. Javier Jose Clavero (30-9) (lightweights) … Prediction: Mamedov by...

Parker set to face Joyce, with Sept. 24th the new date

Source: Queensberry Promotions The trading of verbal jabs during an opening press conference was an unfamiliar experience for Joseph Parker, as the ex-WBO heavyweight title holder is more used to exchanging pleasantries with forthcoming opponents. But with his proposed collision with Joe Joyce mired in confusion and delay for a considerable period before...

Golden Boy Fight Night to feature women's unification bout

Source: MarvNation Promotions Tickets are now on sale for Golden Boy Fight Night on DAZN: Valle vs. Nguyen. The card will take place on Thursday, September 8th at Ciudad Deportiva Heiner Ugalde, Hatillo, San José, Costa Rica and will be broadcast live on DAZN, the Golden Boy Boxing YouTube page and on the MarvNation YouTube page starting at 6:00 p.m. PT...

Boxingtalk's Sunday fight predictions

By Michael Borao, Jr. Here are Boxingtalk's predictions for Sunday's action, courtesy of MB Boxing Official Andres Campos (13-0) vs. Gilberto Pedroza (21-9-2) (Flyweights) … Prediction: Campos by clear unanimous decision; Ryuya Yamanaka (17-3) vs. Jonathan Taconing (29-4-1) (Flyweights) … Prediction: Yamanaka by clear...

Lopez begins junior welterweight campaign with a win

Press Release Teofimo Lopez TKO7 Pedro Campa... Teofimo Lopez, the former world lightweight champion, knocked out Pedro Campa in the seventh round Saturday evening in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,553 at Resorts World Las Vegas. Beginning his campaign at junior welrterweight, Lopez shook off the ring rust in his first fight since losing...

Undercard results from Las Vegas: Zayas wins again

Press Release Xander Zayas KO5 Elias Espadas ...  Promising Puerto Rican junior middleweight Xander Zayas (14-0, 9 KOs) picked up a fifth-round knockout over Elias Espadas (22-5, 15 KOs). Zayas knocked down Espadas with a left hook in the opening round and finished the fight in the fifth with a sweeping right hand. The bout was the...

IBF schedules purse bid for Taylor vs. Ponce

By Scott Shaffer On July 7th, the IBF ordered Josh Taylor, the world champion, and Jeremias Ponce to begin negotiations for the IBF 140-pound championship mandatory defense. An agreement was not reached within the time frame set forth by the IBF. Accordingly, the IBF has ordered a purse bid scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd at 12:00 PM...