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Boxingtalk's lightweight rankings as of Jan. 20, 2020

By Scott Shaffer  1.  Vasiliy Lomachenko - The top spot at 135 pounds is not up for debate. The Ukrainian superstar has had four fights at lightweight, three against top competition. Next up, he faces young gun Teofimo Lopez for the IBF belt, the only major title missing from Loma's collection.2.  Teofimo Lopez - While Lomachenko is...

Twitter Chatter

By Scott Shaffer Julian Williams on losing his IBF/ WBA junior middleweight championships to Jesion Rosario: "I been here before I’ll bounce back even better... congrats to Rosario for putting on a...

Dan Azeez added to London show on March 20th

Press Release Dan Azeez will meet challenger Andre Sterling for the English light heavyweight title on the Golden Contract bill at London's York Hall on March 20th. Azeez (11-0, 7 KOs) shot to prominence last year with an emphatic stoppage win over Charlie Duffield and now defends his national crown against Sterling (10-2, 4 KOs), who...

It will be Brackin vs. Freiberg in Toowoomba

Press Release In an all-Australian junior welterweight bout, Stanthorpe's Chris Brackin will battle Brisbane's Kyle Freiberg on March 14th. Brackin the former amateur star, has a perfect record of eight fights, eight wins. Brackin said, "With reward comes risk and no doubt Kyle Freiberg is the biggest test of my career but I feel I'm...

Cunningham: Rosario-Lubin makes all the sense in the world

By G. Leon World class trainer Kevin Cunningham wasted no time to make it clear to Boxingtalk that he'd love a fight between Erickson "Hammer" Lubin and newly minted WBA, IBO and IBF junior middleweight champion Jeison Rosario. "Hammer beat (Nathaniel) Gallimore, Gallimore knocked out Rosario, Rosario just knocked out (Julian)...

Undercard results from Philadelphia

Press Release Joey Spencer W6 Erik Spring... On the PBC card in Philadelphia, junior middleweight Joey Spencer (10-0, 7 KOs) took the patient approach and won a mundane six-round decision over skinny southpaw Erik Spring (13-3-2, 1 KO). The most action in the fight came in the final five seconds, when Spencer rocked Spring with a left to...

Undercard results from Verona, New York

Press Release Christopher Diaz W8 Adeilson dos Santos... In a bout between two junior lightweight title challengers now competing at featherweight, Christopher "Pitufo" Diaz (25-2, 16 KOs) shut out Adeilson dos Santos (19-8, 15 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout. All three judges scored it 80-72. "I am very happy to have returned to...

Jeison Rosario stops Julian Williams for two junior middleweight titles

By Scott Shaffer Jeison Rosario TKO5 Julian Williams... A huge upset has occurred in Philadelphia as little-known Jeison Rosario of the Dominican Republic punished Julian Williams in Williams' hometown to win the WBA and IBF junior middleweight championships. Williams was unable to handle Rosario's punching power, and a cut on his left...

Eleider Alvarez wins by spectacular knockout

By Scott Shaffer Eleider Alvarez KO7 Michael Seals... At the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, former WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider Alvarez returned from nearly a year of inactivity with a spectacular knockout of Michael Seals. Inactive since losing his title to Sergey Kovalev last February, the Colombian looked plenty rusty...

Colbert tops Corrales for WBA trinket

By G. Leon Chris Colbert W12 Jezzrel Corrales... Junior lightweight Chris Colbert (14-0) captured the interim WBA title with a one-sided victory over Panama's Jezzrel Corrales (22-4). It was a tactical boxing match from the opening bell, Colbert (14-0 with 5 KOs) fought like a pugilist who knew he had plenty of time to operate...

BWAA names Floyd Mayweather fighter of the decade

Press Release Floyd Mayweather has been rewarded by the Boxing Writers Association of America as the first Joe Louis Fighter of the Decade recipient by going 10-0 through 2010-2019. Mayweather (50-0, 27 knockouts) beat out Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao for the honor, two fighters he defeated in the last 10 years. The list of...

BWAA names Canelo Alvarez fighter of the year

Press Release If there was any doubt as to who the face of boxing was entering 2019, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez answered it. The 29 year-old Mexican beat two quality opponents last year, outpointing Daniel Jacobs to defend his world middleweight championship in May, then jumping up two weight classes to stop WBO light heavyweight titlist...

Verdejo tops Rojas by decision

By Scott Shaffer Felix Verdejo W10 Manuel Rey Rojas... At Verona, New York's Turning Stone Casino, Puerto Rican lightweight Felix Verdejo turned in an unspectacular but clearly winning performance against Manuel-Rey Rojas of Texas. Verdejo, a former Olympian once touted as a can't-miss future champion, improved to 26-1 but still has work to...

Super featherweights: Quigg vs. Carroll on tap for March in Manchester

Press Release Super featherweights Scott Quigg (35-2-2, 26 KOs) and Jono Carroll (17-1-1, 3 KOs) will meet in a huge England vs. Ireland clash at Manchester Arena on Saturday March 7th, shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.  Quigg  held a WBA secondary title and made five defenses before losing out to Carl Frampton...

Ergashev gets 92-second KO on ShoBox

Press Release Shohjahon Ergashev KO1 Adrian Estrella ... In the ShoBox co-feature in Sloan, Iowa, junior welterweight Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0, 16 KOs) lived up to his reputation as a hard hitter with a 92-second knockout. The Uzbekistani southpaw knocked out Adrian Estrella (29-5, 24 KOs) in the first round with a devastating body...

More ShoBox results: wins for Shishkin, O'Quinn

Press Release Vladimir Shishkin W10 Ulises Sierra ... On Friday at WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, 28 year-old super middleweight Vladimir Shishkin (10-0, 6 KOs) prevailed in a battle of unbeatens, dominating Ulises Sierra (15-1-2, 9 KOs) of San Diego over ten rounds. Shishkin won by scores of 100-90 and 99-91 (twice). Shishkin...

PBC books heavyweight tripleheader for March 7th

Press Release Undefeated Polish heavyweight and Brooklyn native Adam Kownacki will headline a night of heavyweight showdowns when he takes on Robert Helenius in a 12-round WBA title eliminator headlining Fox PBC Fight Night on Saturday, March 7th from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The heavyweight action begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m....

Tonight on Fox: Williams vs. Rosario

Press Release IBF/WBA 154-pound champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams (27-1-1, 16 KOs) is coming home to Philadelphia to make the first defense of his belts, but hard-hitting Jeison “Banana” Rosario (19-1-1, 13 KOs) hopes to spoil the champion’s homecoming party. Tonight (January 18th), live from Temple University's Liacouras Center, the...

Blair Cobbs to face Samuel Kotey on Valentines' day

Press Release Welterweight  Cobbs (13-0-1, 9 KOs) faces Samuel Kotey (23-2, 16 KOs) of Ghana in a ten-round bout on February 14th. It will be part of the of Ryan Garcia vs. Francisco Fonseca card at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, which will air live on DAZN at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. Kotey was inactive for more than three years until...

Toronto to host Broadway Boxing on January 28th

Press Release DiBella Entertainment will debut its Broadway Boxing series north of the border on Tuesday, January 28th at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Canada. The 113th edition of Broadway Boxing will be live streamed on UFC Fight Pass. Headlining will be hometown favorite Steve Rolls (19-1, 10 KOs) who will battle Shady...

Introducing North Philadelphia junior lightweight Shakhzod "Shak" Atoev

Press Release Junior lightweight Shakhzod Atoev, from Uzbekistan. is known as "Shak." He will makes his pro debut Friday evening, Jan. 31th, when he faces North Carolina's Juan Ibarra (0-2) in a four-round contest at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA. The 22-year-old Shak came to the USA in 2008 and lives in the Somerton section of...

Jalisco, Mexico to host Enriquez-Minowa tonight

Press Release Mexico's Kenia Enriquez, who holds the WBC interim light flyweight title, will defend against Japan's Chaoz Minowa on Saturday when they clash on a card presented by Zanfer and that will be broadcast on Azteca 7. The  two women showed their potential and talent, during a public training display in the main square of...

Weigh-in report from Verona, New York

Press Release Here are the boxers' weights and ring officials for tomorrow's ESPN / ESPN+ show from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York: Light heavyweights — ten rounds Eleider Alvarez 174 lbs vs. Michael Seals 173.5 lbs Judges: Don Ackerman, Glenn Feldman and John McKaie/ Referee: Danny SchiavoneLightweights -...

Post-fight Interview With The GWOAT Claressa Shields

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on your dominant showing against Ivana Habazin on Showtime the other night. Can you give us some thoughts on your performnace? Claressa Shields: "Thank you. I was happy with my performance against Habazin. I was sharp, precise with my punches and I dropped her with a body shot." GL: Your jab was...

Jarrett Hurd training camp report

Press Release Former IBF/WBA 154-pound champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd shared his thoughts on his ring return taking place Saturday, January 25th against Francisco Santana live on Showtime from Brooklyn, NY's Barclays Center in a Premier Boxing Champions event. "This fight isn’t about making a statement,” said Hurd. “I just want to get the...

Roman Gonzalez signs for title fight vs. Kal Yafai

Press Release  Nicaragua's Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, a former four division champion, will challenge Britain's Kal Yafai for the WBA super flyweight title against on Saturday February 29th at The Star in Frisco, Texas, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Yafai (26-0 15 KOs) makes the sixth defense of his WBA strap...

Weigh-in report from Iowa

Press Release Super middleweight Vladimir Shishkin (9-0, 6 KOs) and Ulises Sierra (15-0-2, 9 KOs) both made weight a day before they square off on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday night on Showtime (10:00 p.m. ET/PT) from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa. Friday’s show will be the 250th edition of ShoBox, the prospect-oriented series...

Quigley to tune up in Golden Boy main event

Press Release Irish super middleweight Jason Quigley (17-1, 13 KOs) will make a quick return to the ring against Mexico's Oscar "Raton" Cortes (27-5, 14 KOs) in a ten rounder on Thursday, January 23rd at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Cortes has lost two straight.  In the co-feature, Ferdinand "Lucky...

David Price intends to fight on

Press Release British heavyweight David Price-- a 2008 Olympic bronze medal winner-- is hoping to return to the ring in either March or April. He has earmarked Australia's Lucas Browne as a potential opponent. Price (25-7, 20 KOs) has had an active twelve months, earning wins over Dave Allen, Tom Little and Kash Ali, then losing to...

Weigh-in report from Hallandale, Florida

Press Release Here are the boxers' weights for Friday night's fight card at The Gulfstream Park and Casino in Hallandale, Florida:  Blake Davis 178 -vs.- Luis Iniguez 177 Maureen Shea 121.8 -vs.- Martina Horgasz 120.4 David Estrada 156.8 -vs.- Javier Frazier 157.6 Raphael Akpejiori 246.4 -vs.- Mike Ford 237.2 Daniel...

Final press conference quotes from Philadelphia

Press Release IBF/WBA 154-pound champion Julian "J-Rock" Williams went face-to-face with his next challenger Jeison Rosario at Thursday's final press conference for Williams' homecoming title defense this Saturday, January 18th at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Fox will televise.  Thursday's press conference...

Danny Garcia has less than ten days till Ivan Redkach fight

Press Release Former two-division champion Danny “Swift” Garcia is eager for another crack at returning to the championship ranks and knows that he can’t look past the hard-hitting Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach when they face off in a WBC eelterweight eliminator on Saturday, January 25th live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn,...

Mexican welterweight Santiago Dominguez gets main event opportunity

Press Release Undefeated Mexican welterweight Santiago "Somer" Dominguez will be going for his 21st pro victory and 17th knockout on Thursday, January 30th on the first 2020 installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC Fight Pass. Dominguez (20-0, 16 KOs), fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas, takes on former Brazilian champion Vitor "La Amenaza"...

Caleb Plant press conference quotes

Press Release Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Caleb "Sweethands" Plants previewed his homecoming title defense at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee Wednesday, as he prepares to take on mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz on Saturday, February 15th. Fox and Fox Deportes will broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena...

Kauffman/ Foy partnership leads King's Promotion into new decade

Press Release As winter weather approaches in the Northeast and 2019 draws to a close, boxing insiders have taken notice that the activity out of Kings Promotions is heating up. The company closed out 2019 by promoting back-to-back shows in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA. While the history and success of Kings Promotions can be...

Frampton hopeful of landing title shot vs. Herring

Press Release Carl Frampton is confident of overcoming a significant height difference to beat Jamel Herring and become a three-weight champion. Frampton came face to face with the WBO super featherweight champion after dispatching Tyler McCreary on his comeback fight – and American Herring has since expressed an eagerness to meet...

McComb-Godoy added to Belfast ESPN+ show

Press Release Sean McComb has raced off to a 9-0 start since turning professional in late 2018. On February 1st, the junior welterweight from Belfast, Northern Ireland will tackle Argentina's Mauro Maximiliano Godoy (32-5-1, 17 KOs) on MTK FightNight at Belfast’s Ulster Hall. With the ESPN+ audience in America, McComb has welcomed his...

Parx Casino card booked for Jan. 31st

Press Release On Friday, Jan. 31st at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA, North Philadelphia junior middleweight Isaiah Wise (7-2-2, 4 K0s), who always brings out a great crowd, will face Enver Halili (10-2, 3 K0s) of The Bronx, NY in a six-round bout. Also on the show, Victor Padilla (7-0, 6 K0s) of Berlin, NJ is slated to lock horns with...

Joe Smith wants all the smoke: I'll fight whoever Joe DeGuardia lines up

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on your recent victory over Jesse Hart. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Joe Smith Jr: "It was defnitely a great night. I came fought hard and I did what I came to do it was definitely great night for me." Greg Leon: Were you surprised that he decided to fight so passively? Joe Smith...

Wilder: "This time, Fury won’t be able to get up"

Press Release A calm and confident WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has promised to finish the job against former world championTyson Fury. The venue for the Los Angelespress conference could barely contain the two larger-than-life personalities prior to their rematch, set for Saturday, February 22nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena...