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One On One With Joe Goossen

By Justin Hackman Justin Hackman: Joe, you’ve got a big fight tomorrow as your fighter Sergey Lipinets takes on your former fighter, John Molina.  How was camp? Joe Goossen: I couldn’t have asked for a better camp—six days a week, great sparring, no injuries, etc.  The real key there though was the sparring.  You’ll never find someone to...

Yordenis Ugas plans to leave no doubt against Omar Figueroa Jr

By G. Leon Greg Leon: How's everything going in preparation for your July 20th bout versus Omar Figueroa Jr. [28-0-1]? Yordenis Ugas: "The same as always, I'm excited to be getting right back into the ring with a great opporunity like this, it's just an exciting time for me. In a month's time I'm going to be in the ring with Omar...

Jermaine Franklin vows to come in lighter and throw more punches next time out

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on your victory over Jerry Forrest? Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Jermaine Franklin: "I thought I had a decent performance, I think I need to still work on my overall self control. I got a little wild sometimes, but I think I had a decent performance. There's still work to do, but...

Thurman-Pacquiao final presser quotables

Press Release Eight-division champion Manny "PacMan" Pacquiao and unbeaten WBA welterweight superchampion Keith "One Time" Thurman went face-to-face Wednesday at the final press conference before their blockbuster showdown that headlines the Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Sports Pay-Per-View this Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden...

Following comeback win Eric Hunter wants to stay busy

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on your recent comeback victory over German Meraz. How did it feel to shake the rust off? Can you give us some thoughts on your peformance? Eric Hunter: "I felt good. I was dealing with certain stuff before the fight, I had a little arm problem and I twisted my foot in the fight, but it was cool though. It...

Roach talking big says Thurman can either run like Broner or get pushed around like Matthysse

Press Release Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao's Hall of Fame trainer, was in a lyrical mood on Wednesday after Senator Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) go through a light workout before heading over to the final press conference.  Pacquiao, age 40, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, is just two...

Omar Figueroa talks about Saturday's fight vs. Yordenis Ugas

By Justin Hackman Justin Hackman: Omar, how's everything going days ahead of your [WBC welterweight elimination] fight with Yordenis Ugas [this Saturday in Las Vegas on the Fox pay-per-view broadcast]? Omar Figueroa: Everything is going amazingly well. I can honestly say that this is one of the best camps ever, maybe the best. My conditioning,...

Warriors signs Cuban light heavyweight Osvary David Morrell Gutierrez

Press Release Warriors Boxing of South Florida and Russia-based Ural Promotions have signed light heavyweight Osvary David Morrell Gutierrez of Cuba to a long-term promotional contract.  The 21-year-old Morrell Gutierrez is [touted by Warriors and Ural] as one of the most promising fighters to ever come out of Cuba. Among his many...

Kovalev thrilled to be defending in Russia

Press Release WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) will be fighting in Chelyabinsk, Russia-- his hometown-- for the first time in his pro boxing career on Saturday, August 24th at the Traktor Arena. Kovalev takes on WBO mandatory challenger, Anthony Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs) of the UK. This will be...

WBC creates meaningless interim heavyweight title

Edited Press Release The WBC confirmed that Saturday’s bout between Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas at The O2 in London, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US, will be contested for the WBC interim heavyweight championship. The winner of the bout will become mandatory challenger for the championship, currently held...

Pernell Whitaker memorial details

Breaking News On Saturday, July 20th, friends and family will gather at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia to bid farewell to boxing legend Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker. The viewing will be open to the public between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for fans to come and pay their respects to the Olympic Gold Medalist, International Boxing Hall...

Teofimo Lopez media quotes

Press Release Lightweight Teofimo Lopez is on the fast track to a world title shot. Standing in his way is a fellow unbeaten, Masayoshi Nakatani of Japan, the longtime OBPF lightweight titlist who represents the stiffest test of Lopez's young career.  Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs) and Nakatani (18-0, 12 KOs) will meet Friday in Maryland in an...

Spotlight on Ladarius Miller

Press Release Lightweight Ladarius “Memphis” Miller shared his thoughts as he nears his showdown against former WBA 130-pound super champion Jezzrel Corrales (23-2, 9 KOs), which takes place Saturday, July 27th at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, with Showtime broadcasting live. The 25-year-old Miller (19-1, 6 KOs) recently scored...

Star Boxing returns to Long Island this Friday

Press Release Star Boxing held its official press conference ahead of its Long Island, New York show at The Paramount, this Friday, July 19th.  In the main event, Danny "El Gallo" Gonzalez is set to make his tenth appearance at The Paramount, and fight in his fourth main event.  Danny had this to say about Friday night's bout against...

Nevada HOF ceremonies to be hosted by Al Bernstein and Cynthia Conte

Press Release The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame announced that this year's Induction Ceremony on August 10th at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas will be hosted by Al Bernstein and Cynthia Conte.  Bernstein who is already inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, also hosted the event in 2017. Conte is making her...

Alvarez maneuvers to avoid GGG

Press Release Golden Boy and world middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez have made the strategic decision to postpone their typical September fight. The decision was made in an effort to secure the right opponent and to do justice to the level of promotion required for a boxing star of his magnitude.  Though Canelo typically fights...

Remembrances of Pernell Whitaker

By Doveed Linder In recent years, I have had the privilege of interviewing numerous people affiliated with Main Events, the promotion company who promoted former 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist and four-division world champion Pernell Whitaker.  Whitaker was struck by a car last Sunday, passing away at age 55.  Below are a few quotes about...

ESPN+ reveals line-up for Saturday's British show

Press Release British welterweight hopeful Michael “The Problem” McKinson (16-0, 2 KOs), a native of Portsmouth, England, will take on Russia's Evgeny Pavko (18-2-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder on the next edition of MTK Fight Night this Saturday from the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, England. McKinson-Pavko will headline a scheduled...

Devin Haney volunteers time with the elderly

Press Release Yesterday at the San Francisco Senior Center, undefeated lightweight Devin "The Dream" Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) spent his day feeding the elderly. Devin, who is looking to get back in the ring in September, feels it's important to give back financially as well as spend quality time with those less fortunate.  "Today was a...

Riakporhe ready for Billiam-Smith

Press Release British cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (-0) says he will beat Chris Billam-Smith (also 9-0) “in every department” at London's O2 Arena on Saturday July 20th, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. With just nine fights to his name, the 29-year-old expects to become even more of a problem in his...

DiBella praises UFC Fight Pass' commitment to women's boxing

Press Release WBA 154-pound champion Hanna "La Amazona Black" Gabriels (19-2-1, 11 KOs) returns home on Wednesday, July 17th to defend her title against Abril Vidal (8-0, 3 KOs) of Argentina. Gabriels vs. Vidal will be the first of three women's world title fights streamed live exclusively on UFC Fight Pass over the next six...

Gervonta Tank Davis Conference call transcript

Press Release Promoter Leonard Ellerbe:  Mayweather Promotions is really thrilled to bring this very exciting event to where it all started for our two-time super featherweight champion, who really beat the odds to making it to where he is now and it’s only really the beginning for Gervonta Davis. We expect a star studded event, filled with...

Hitchins-Crawley to top July 27th Showtime stream

Showtime Sports will live stream three undercard bouts on Saturday, July 27th from Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore leading up to Gervonta Davis’ homecoming title defense. The stream begins at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on Showtime Sports' YouTube channel and boxing Facebook page. Richardson Hitchins (pictured) (9-0, 5 KOs),...

Quillin Says He's Going To Finish Truax "as soon as possible"

By G. Leon Greg Leon: How's everything going in preparation for your upcoming August 31st rematch with Caleb Truax [the first bout was a no contest]? Peter Quillin: "We've been working, we've been feeling good and the preparation is going great. I have a little more control of this camp than the last one and I feel a lot more durable...

Rivas says he'll be left standing after Whyte fight

Press Release Colombian Oscar Rivas, who is now based in Canada,  is determined to be the “last man standing” at The O2 in London on Saturday July 20th after his heavyweight clash with Dillian Whyte, to be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN in the US. The undefeated Rivas heads into the bout on the back of his biggest...

Emanuel Navarrete to defend vs. Francisco De Vaca next month

Press Release The soccer field will become a boxing battleground Saturday, August 17th, as WBO junior featherweight champion Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete makes the second defense of his title against fellow Mexican-born Francisco “Panchito” De Vaca. In the other featured bout, Jose Benavidez Jr. will battle former WBA welterweight...

Catching up with Yordenis Ugas

Press Release Cuba's Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs) wrapped up his final day of training camp and talked about his upcoming showdown with Omar Figueroa Jr. (28-0-1, 19 KOs), a twelve-round WBC welterweight eliminator that will be a part of this Saturday's pay-per-view telecast headlined by Keith "One Time" Thurman defending the...

PBC's Pacquiao-Thurman predictions are in

Press Release The predictions are in from around the boxing world and the expert group that was polled is nearly split 50-50, but overall gives eight-division champion Senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao a slight edge over WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith "One Time" Thurman ahead of their Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports...

Finland's Wahlstrom books Vegas title defense

Press Release WBC 130-pound champion Eva Wahlstrom has a new title challenger-- Ronica "Queen" Jeffrey-- who has replaced Yareli "Chocolita" Larios in the August 2nd headliner at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions is offering free admission for this show, which will also be streamed on UFC...

Seventeen year-old Mielnicki gets KO1 in pro debut

Press Release Vito Mielnicki Jr. KO1 Tamarcus Smith... Seventeen year-old Vito Mielnicki Jr. blasted out Tamarcus Smith in just 76 seconds in his professional debut on Saturday night at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  Mielnicki, the youngest boxer ever granted a license in The Garden State, and a Roseland, New Jersey...

Late results from New York City

Press Release Titus Williams TKO1 Aaron Echeveste Lopez ... In Friday's main event at Club Amazura in Queens, New York., featherweight Titus Williams (9-2, 4 KOs) needed less than a round to dispose of Aaron Echeveste Lopez (6-4, 3 KOs). The right-handed Williams put on a display of well-timed counter punching while holding court in the...

Manny Pacquiao conference call transcript

Press Release Manny Pacquiao's publicist Fred Sternburg: Thank you for joining us today. Manny had an amazing camp. According to Freddie and according to Manny it may be their best camp in many years. They're very excited. It's the biggest challenge they've had in a long time. Manny has spent about four weeks training in the Philippines....

Pernell Whitaker, 1964-2019

By Scott Shaffer One of the greatest boxers of recent decades, and perhaps the greatest lightweight and the greatest defensive boxer of all time, Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker died Sunday in Virginia when he was struck by a car. Whitaker, age 55, is a Hall of Famer who fought the very best and compiled an endless resume of amazing...

Pernell Whitaker fatally struck by car in Virginia last night

One of the all time great pound for pound fighters and arguably THE greatest lightweight and defensive fighter of all time, Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker was killed on Sunday night when he was struck by a car in Virginia Beach, Virigina. Whitaker, a six time world champion and 1984 Olympic Golde Medalist was 55 years old. He...

Update: Flores says he is fine, wants to reschedule Wallin bout

By Scott Shaffer Friday's ShoBox co-feature was cancelled on the day of the fight when heavyweight BJ Flores was denied a boxing license in the state of Washington because of a dispute about his medical evaluations. Flores was scheduled to face undefeated Otto Wallin. Here is a statement Flores issued on social media: "I had a clear MRI,...

Nikolai Potapov addresses majority decision loss

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on a great showing against Joshua Greer Jr. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance and tell us how you feel about the decision (a majority decision loss by scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112)? Nikolai Potapov: I was in great shape and controlled the fight with my skills.  Greer is not a...

Mick Conlan doesn't see step up bout vs Ruiz going the distance

By G. Leon Greg Leon: How's everything going in training camp for your August 3rd bout against Diego Alberto Ruiz? Mick Conlan:"This is the best camp I've had so far as a professional without a doubt. I've basically stayed in camp and in shape my last fight on March 16th, so I'm ready." GL: Has the opponent change from Vladimir...

Ronny Rios bursts Diego De La Hoya hype bubble

By Scott Shaffer Ronny Rios KO6 Diego De La Hoya... Californian's Ronny Rios burst the Diego De La Hoya hype bubble over the weekend, stopping the cousin of the promoter / hall of famer Oscar De La Hoya in round six over the weekend in Carson, California. Rios (31-3) landed a hard uppercut in round six that dropped De La Hoya (21-1) to a knee....

Szpilka refuses to trash talk with Chisora

Press Release Pokish heavyweight  Artur Szpilka has refused to engage in any trash talk with Britain's Derek Chisora and has instead promised to let his fists do the talking at The O2 in London on Saturday July 20th, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. Although Szpilka’s dream of becoming the first ever...

Jamal James wins tough fight vs. Antonio DeMarco

Press Release Jamal James W10 Antonio DeMarco... Former lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco gave welterweight Jamal James all he could handle during a ten-round war that saw James emerge victorious Saturday. In front of a hometown capacity crowd at the Armory in Minneapolis, James prevailed by unanimous decision but faced a serious gut...