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The Azim brothers to turn pro on the same card

Press Release Brothers Hassan and Adam Azim will both make their debut on the same card, Wednesday December 2nd at Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England. It will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and ESPN+. Amateur star Adam Azim will take on lightweight Ed Harrison (2-4). Hassan's opponent has not yet been named.  As an amateur,...

Botswana to host November 27th show

Source: WBF Two Botswana rivals will rumble in a super bantamweight main event on Friday, November 27th. Tshepang Babui (7-3-2) vs. Onkarabile Mothibedi (5-2) will headline a show promoted by Scud Missile Promotions at the Grand Palm in the country's capital of Gaborone. With a minor WBF title ast stake, the winner will be the...

Q&A with Francisco Santana

Press Release Francisco Santana: I'm excited and I'm very, very thankful and grateful for the opportunity to [face Josesito "The Riverside Rocky" Lopez in a ten-round welterweight showdown on December 5th as part of Premier Boxing Champions' Errol Spence vs. Danny Garcia pay-per-view show].  [It will be an] all-action fight. People that...

ESPN+ picks up Dubois-Joyce

Press Release The highly anticipated all-British heavyweight showdown between British and Commonwealth champion Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (pictured) and Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce — Saturday, Nov. 28th in London— has an American broadcast home. Dubois-Joyce and unbeaten junior middleweight Hamzah Sheeraz against Guido Nicolas Pitto will...

Sturm returns for first time since 2016

By Scott Shaffer German promoter Universum announced the comeback of former two-division title holder Felix Sturm (pictured) on December 19th. The 41 year-old German has not fought in over four and a half years, a stretch that included prison time for tax evasion. His opponent for the comeback is an acceptable one-- Timo Rost, an undefeated...

Juan Domingo Roldan, 1957-2020

By Scott Shaffer The coronavirus has claimed the life of former middleweight contender Juan Domingo Roldán, a boxing legend in Argentina. Roldán packed 74 pro bouts into a ten-year career that stretched from 1978-1988. An Argentine and South American champion, his high-water mark was probably his 1983 highlight reel knockout that left...

Shawn Porter joins Ring City broadcast team

Press Release Super featherweights O’Shaquie Foster (17-2, 10 KOs) and Miguel Roman (62-13, 47 KOs) made weight on Wednesday ahead of their ten-round headliner Thursday on Ring City’s inaugural fight night airing live on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST from Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Foster returns to the ring...

Conor Benn to step up vs. Sebastian Formella this weekend

Press Release British welterweight  Conor Benn hopes to announce himself on the contender level when he takes on former IBO title holder Sebastian Formella (22-1, 10 KOs) at The SSE Arena, Wembley, England on Saturday November 21st, live on Sky Sports and DAZN. "The Destroyer" (16-0, 11 KOs) heads into his toughest assignment to date...

Weigh-in report from Los Angeles

Press Release Here are the boxers' weights for the first Ring City broadcast, coming from the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, set for 9 PM Eastern time on NBC Sports: Super Featherweights – 10 Rounds O’Shaquie Foster: 130 pounds -vs.- Miguel Roman: 129.5Lightweights – 10 Rounds William Zepeda: 135 -vs.- Roberto...

Weigh-in report from Sonora, Mexico

Press Release The official weigh-in was held today for tomorrow night's RJJ Boxing on UFC Fight Pass at Marinaterra Hotel Spa and Event Center in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. weights below:SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS (10 rounds Juan Barajas (11-0, 7 KOs) California 165 pounds -vs.- Bruno Sandoval (21-4-1, 17 KOs), México City 166MIDDLEWEIGHTS...

WBC: Terri Harper won despite broken hand

By Scott Shaffer The WBC reports that its women's super featherweight champion Terri Harper suffered a broken right hand in round four of last week's successful title defense against Katherina Thanderz. Harper went on to defeat Thanderz by technical knockout in round nine. On Sunday, Harper commented, “On cloud nine from last night! Thank...

EBU bantamweight championship rescheduled for Jan. 22nd

Press Release The European bantamweight championship fight between Karim Guerfi and Lee McGregor will now take place on Friday January 22, 2021. The show will be held at Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England and will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ and worldwide on IFL TV. The fight was originally due to take place on...

Canelo vs. Callum set for Dec. 19th on DAZN

Matchroom Press Release [After a brief but contentious lawsuit between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in which the boxer sued DAZN and his now-former promoter Golden Boy, Alvarez will stick with DAZN for at least one more fight]. Canelo Promotions and Matchroom Boxing announced that Alvarez will take on Callum Smith for Smith's WBA super...

Report: Joe Smith vs. Maxim Vlasov for vacant WBO title

Press Release According to Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGaurdia, the WBO has ordered New York's Joe Smith Jr. (pictured) to face Maxim Vlasov of Russia for the vacant WBO light heavyweight title. The title was last held by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez who KO's Sergey Kovalev, but Alvarez vacated and will be fighting at super middleweight next month....

Hector Tanajara gets a managerial boost

Edited Press Release The MTK Global / Rick Mirigian money moves continue with the signing of lightweight Hector Tanajara to a managerial deal. Tanajara (19-0, 5 KOs) will be advised by MTK Global and managed by Mirigian, becoming the latest US boxer to team up with the two parties (already announced were the signings of 115-pound secondary...

Moloney wants Franco to come to Australia

By Scott Shaffer Andrew Moloney on his controversial no contest vs. Joshua Franco, which nearly everyone thinks should be changed to a TKO win for Moloney: "Thank you everyone for your amazing support! My team is working hard to rightly have this decision overturned but either way I look forward to a third fight with Franco and hopefully we...

Main Event #3 for Ring City: Charles Conwell vs. Madiyar Ashkeyev

Press Release Ring City announced its third main event, which will be broadcast on December 17th on NBC Sports at 9 PM Eastern Time. The Thursday night show takes place at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles and will match junior middleweights, 2016 Olympian Charles Conwell (13-0, 10 KOs) against Madiyar Ashkeyev...

Saturday's Philly fight card postponed

Press Release This Saturday night's fight card that was to feature Genc Pllana taking on Khainell Wheeler at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia has been canceled due to the new coronavirus restrictions that were implemented by the city of Philadelphia on Monday. More information about future King's Promotions shows will be available in...

Top Rank thrilled with Terence Crawford's ratings

Press Release Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN saw Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) retain his WBO welterweight championship with a fourth-round TKO over former IBF champion Kell Brook at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  The fight delivered big on viewership. Crawford-Brook averaged 1,758,000 viewers, making it the most viewed...

Matchroom thrilled with Katie Taylor's ratings

Press Release World lightweight champion Katie Taylor’s successful defense against Miriam Gutierrez last Saturday drew more than 2 million views across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sky Sports aired a triple-header of women's title fights, featuring Terri Harper and Rachel Ball, available to all, customers and non-subscribers alike,...

Defiant Deontay: "People can believe what they want!"

Courtesy of Last Stand Podcast This week Brian Custer's Last Stand Podcast has an in-depth interview with Deontay Wilder. The former WBC heavyweight champion pulls no punches about his claim that Tyson Fury cheated during their last fight and is now refusing a rematch. The Bronze Bomber goes on to talk about firing Mark Breland, his long-time trainer,...

Amir Khan to promote Pakistani show on Dec. 19th

Edited Press Release Former world 140-pound champion Amir Khan (pictured), through his company Amir Khan Promotions, will do a boxing show in Pakistan on December 19th. The show will take place at the Governor House in the city of Lahore. Although no main event has been announced, Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem will be featured in his first pro...

Ergashev gets win in violation of court order

By Scott Shaffer Shohjahon Ergashev TKO2 Dzmitry Miliusha... It was an uneventful bout in Moscow, but junior welterweight Shohjahon Ergashev did something rarely seen in boxing: he stepped into the ring in violation of a court order. On Sunday, a United States federal judge granted Salita Promotions a preliminary injunction in a...

Spotlight on Zepeda-Ramirez

Edited Press Release Ring City's inaugural show is set for November 19th at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. The show will be headlined by super featherweight O’Shaquie Foster (17-2, 10 KOs) vs. Mexican warrior Miguel Roman (62-13, 47 KOs) in a ten-round showdown. In the All-Mexican co-feature, hard-punching William...

Jamaine Ortiz gets new opponent for Nov. 28th

Press Release From a hard-hitting right-hander to a slick southpaw, CES Boxing's Jamaine Ortiz will see a much different opponent than previously anticipated on November 28th. With Nahir Albright forced to withdraw due to an elbow injury, Ortiz (13-0, 7 KOs) will now face Ugandan-born southpaw Sulaiman Segawa (13-2-1, 4 KOs) at The...

Teeenager Jonathan Lopez turns pro this week

Edited Press Release Jonathan "Geo Don" Lopez will enter the paid ranks for the first time when he makes his professional debut on Thursday. Lopez goes up against Edwin Salcido (3-3, 2 KOs) at the Marinaterra Hotel Spa in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, on an event promoted by Roy Jones Jr. A Floridian of Puerto Rican descent, Lopez had a...

USA Nationals preview: Abdullah Mason

Press Release Cleveland light welterweight Abdullah Mason has a dream to establish himself and his four brothers in boxing. Influenced by his older brothers and father/coach, Valiant Mason, Abdullah first got into boxing at the age of nine. His older brothers often gave him boxing tips and his father introduced him to boxing, asking...

Matchroom loading up the Joshua-Pulev undercard

Press Release Two heavyweight matchups have been added by Matchroom to the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s WBO/IBF/WBA heavyweight championship defense against Kubrat Pulev on Saturday December 12th, shown live on DAZN and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. Hughie Fury (24-3, 14 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since his...

Report: Joe Cortez hospitalized with coronavirus

By Scott Shaffer The WBO reports that retired referee Joe Cortez is in hospital due to the coronavirus. The WBO tweeted, "our thoughts are with him and his family during this difficult time. Joe has a fighter’s spirit and we know it will come in handy during his fight." Cortez, whose trademark was to tell boxers "I'm firm but fair" is one...

Salita gets preliminary injunction against Ergashev

By Scott Shaffer When Boxingtalk last left off with its coverage of the lawsuit between Salita Promotions and junior welterweight contender Shohjahon Ergashev, Salita had obtained a temporary restraining order in United States court to stop a fight Ergashev had booked in Russia. Ergashev did not go through with the Spetember fight, but he...

Twitter Chatter: respect for both Crawford and Brook

Press Release WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor on WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford's TKO of Kell Brook: "Got to admit, Crawford is  good. I watched the fight back a couple of times from last night. He is a very clever fighter Former two-division world champion and current ESPN boxing analyst Andre Ward on...

Claressa Shields update: bout plans stalled?

By Scott Shaffer After a proposed title defense on a UFC-promoted show has apparently fallen through, Claressa Shields' manager Mark Taffett discussed the possibility of Shields going over to Matchroom: "Salita Promotions asked if [Matchroom's Eddie Hearn] wants to discuss a deal and Eddie Hearn's answer was to tweet 'Love you Claressa" ???...

Golden Boy wins Teixeira-Castano purse bid

By Scott Shaffer Golden Boy Promotions won a purse bid to promote the long-delayed Patrick Teixeira vs. Brian Castano WBO junior middleweight title fight, but Teixeira is not out of the woods yet as far as the risk of being stripped. Late last week, Golden Boy bid $427,000 to top the Castano / TGB Promotions bid of $225,000. The $427,000...

Menayothin books another soft defense

By Scott Shaffer On November 27th in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, WBC minimumweight champion Chayaphon Moonsri a/k/a Wanheng Menayothin will defend his title against fellow Thai Panya Pradabsri. Menayothin has an outstanding 54-0 record but few legitimate contenders on his resume. Pradabsri a/k/a Petchmanee Kokietgym is nore of the same...

Boxingtalk salutes Mike Jimenez on his retirement

By Scott Shaffer In an emotional video announcement, Chicago super middleweight Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez announced his retirement from boxing. Jimenez, who has not fought since September 2019, said he got injured on the job earlier this year and surgery could not correct the problem (which he did not specify). The 33 year-old Jimenez leaves...

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: 16 bouts in New Hampshire

Press Release Mike O'Han, Jr. W8 Ryan Dibartolomeo ... Professional boxing returned to Derry, New Hampshire's New England Sports Center thanks to Granite Chin Promotions. Whitman Massachusetts' Mike "Bad Man" O'Han, Jr. dominated Ryan Dibartolomeo (3-1-1, 1 KO) from start to finish in the main event, winning every round on two of the...

Fury-Kabayel off for December 5th

By Scott Shaffer UPDATE: It looks like Tyson Fury's co-promoter Frank Warren jumped the gun when announcing that Fury was likely to defend his WBC heavyweight championship against Germany's Agit Kabayel on December 5th. Today, Fury contradicted Warren by tweeting, "The Gypsy King is returning in 2021. Only those that have supported me 100%...

Update: Drama swirling around Joshua Franco after no contest

By Scott Shaffer UPDATE: There's a lot of drama swirling around Joshua Franco after he controversially retained his WBA regular title with a no contest last night. Franco's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya tweeted, "In all fairness I did not see a head butt." If the Nevada Athletic Commission had agreed with that statement, Franco would have...

Dave Allen suddenly announces his retirement

Press Release Boxingtalk salutes Dave Allen and wishes him success in his post-boxing endeavors... Just two days after his management said he would be fighting soon, popular British heavyweight Dave Allen has announced his retirement from professional boxing. Allen (18-5-2, 15 KOs) enjoyed a successful career, sharing the ring with the likes...

Crawford stops Brook in four

Press Release Terence Crawford TKO4 Kell Brook... It ended suddenly in Las Vegas, with Terence "Bud" Crawford successfully defending his WBO welterweight championship a fourth-round TKO Saturday evening over former IBF champion Kell Brook. Up till the end, it was a competitive fight.  Brook (39-3, 27 KOs) was leading on two of three...