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Q&A: Former WBO 130-pound titlist Barry Jones

Press Release Barry Jones of Wales had an eight-year pro career from 1992-2000, highlighted by a brief stint as WBO 130-pound champion. Jones captured the vacant title from Wilson Palacio in 1997 but never defended it. His brain scan showed an irregularity, costing him his boxing licence, and the WBO stripped him. Jones regined his...

Catching up with Errol Spence

Press Release IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. was the featured guest on Tuesday’s remote episode of Showtime Basketball’s All The Smoke web broadcast. In one of the first interviews since his violent car accident from October 2019, Spence opens up about the accident and talks about how his perspective on life has changed...

This Friday, Showtime to feature two Spence wins

Press Release Showtime Sports will continue to present recent bouts from its vast archive of championship fights every Friday night at 10 p.m. throughout the month of May. This Friday (May 1st) highlights two big Errol Spence fights: the time he became IBF welterweight champion by defeating Kell Brook, and his defense over Lamont...

Boxing writer George Willis let go by the NY Post

By Scott Shaffer Respected boxing columnist-- and a great guy-- George Willis has lost his job with the New York Post. Willis made the following social media post: "Today was my last day at the New York Post. After 23 years as a sports columnist, I was informed that my position had been “eliminated.' To all the friends, colleagues,...

Dan Rafael lands his own show on the Impact Network

Press Release Veteran boxing reporter Dan Rafael, recently with ESPN, and before that with USA Today, has covered the great sport of boxing full time for two decades. [No longer with ESPN], Rafael has signed on to host a weekly show on the Impact Network. The new show will look into the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on...

Julio Cesar Martinez wants to unify

Press Release Eddy Reynoso says WBC champion Julio Cesar Martinez (16-1) will aim to unify the flyweight division before moving to super flyweight for blockbuster bouts against the likes of Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, as the Ring Magazine trainer of the year maps out Martinez’s path on this weekend’s episode...

Dominican lightweight Michel Rivera looking to move fast when boxing resues

Press Release Caicedo Sports Training Center in Miami, Florida, houses eight dormitories. It allows fighters and their trainer and manager, German Caicedo, to know where they are and that the fighters are seriously training. If they’re not, German can count on “Crazy Mike,” as he’s known, a round 60-year-old Cuban who lives there. Crazy...

Cristian Oviedo, 1998-2020

Breaking News The WBC reports that a young heavyweight from Argentina, Cristian Oviedo, passed away at the age of 21. No cause of death was identified. Oviedo was from Córdoba, Argentina. He had a good amateur career and turned pro in 2019, winning his only bout by four-round decision. Boxingtalk joins the WBC in sending its condolences...

On Saturday, ESPN to spotlight Mayweather and Pacquiao fights

Press Release Saturday, April 25th will be a day of boxing blockbusters on ESPN when the network airs four consecutive hours of the sweet science immediately following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. Starting at 7 p.m. ET, this special presentation will showcase Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, culminating with the 2015...

Santa Cruz makes it clear, he wants Tank Davis next

Press Release Multi-division title holder Leo Santa Cruz spoke with WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, on Instagram Live. Mendoza talked to Santa Cruz about his plan to face Gervonta Davis in his next fight. [Santa Cruz's last fight was in November for a version of the WBA 130-pound title; Davis' last fight was in December for a...

Words of inspiration from Lennox Lewis

Nineteen years ago, one of the more shocking upsets in heavyweight history occurred.  The loser that night, Lennox Lewis, reflected back with a few words of wisdom years later: "In 2001, I lost my the WBC, IBF, IBO and lineal titles to Hasim Rahman by stoppage in the fifth round in South Africa. I realized in that moment...

Josh Warrington: unification vs. Can Xu is likely

Press Release IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington was the latest guest on Matchroom Boxing’s podcast, "The Lockdown Tapes." Warrington used his interview to say he hopes to meet WBA featherweight king Can Xu (18-2 3 KOs) in a unification clash when boxing returns. Warrington (30-0 7 KOs) recently reunited with Matchroom's Eddie...

Marcos Maidana planning comeback fight vs. a kickboxer

Press Release Former WBA 140-pound title holder Marcos Maidana had an Instagram Live excellent chat with WBA president Gilberto Jesús Mendoza in which he spoke about his career and his intention to return to boxing and retire as a champion. Maidana is 35-5 and has not fought since a pair of losses to Floyd Mayweather in 2014. [Photos...

Tokyo Olympics trying to regroup for 2021, but who will pay?

By Scott Shaffer The 2020 Olympics, scheduled for Tokyo, are postponed due to the coronavirus but trying to regroup for 2021. According to the Associated Press, a one year's postponement of the games, which includes the Paralympics, will cost at least $2 billion dollars, and there is a dispute over who should bear that cost. The...

Introducing Cuban super middleweight David Morrell Jr.

Press Release Courtesy PBC Perched at the edge of a chair, David Morrell Jr. looked anxiously outside his window. Dawn was on the horizon. The boat was waiting. Time to go. Now, it was a matter of finding the gumption to go, to stand and do the inevitable. To leave everything he loved and knew behind him. To take the chance of never again...

Panamanian boxing update

Press Release Panama is a country where you can find boxing in every corner and its boxers are recognized by the public. The coronavirus difficulties the world faces today have put its boxers in a complicated situation and many of them, including Bryan de Gracia and Jaime Arboleda, have had to reinvent their training methods. Both...

Gonzalez, Estrada respect each other but want a rematch

Press Release Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez are hunting a blockbuster unification rematch at 115 pounds – and Estrada told Gonzalez that he is confident of settling the score if the pair can meet again. Both men are multi-division champions, and they both appear on Matchroom Boxing's first ever episode...

Haney in damage-control mode after dumb racial remarks

By Scott Shaffer Devin Haney is in damage-control mode days after his unfortunate racially tinged comments claiming he would never lose to a white boxer," "I’m not racist and I never will be a racist, Haney tweeted. "I just had a very positive conversation with Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the WBC and confirmed to him directly my...

Joshua expresses interest in fighting Fury

By Scott Shaffer With the boxing world frozen during the coronavirus pandemic, there are two men, and two men only, vying for heavyweight supremacy: Tyson Fury who holds the WBC title, and Anthony Joshua (pictured) who holds the other three major belts (IBF, WBO and WBA). Both are British, so a super fight makes sense. While both men...

Coronavirus claims the life of referee Eddie Cotton

By Scott Shaffer The WBA is reporting the sad new that retired referee Eddie Cotton has passed away from the coronavirus. Besides being well-liked, Cotton was a strong and capable referee, thus earning key assignments in boxing's heaviest weight classes, where he was physically capable of separating the boxers when circumstances...

Devin Haney goes racial

By Scott Shaffer A video clip of lightweight Devin Haney is making the rounds where, unfortunately, Haney goes racial. On the clip, widely available on Twitter, Haney says, "I'll tell you this, I will never lose to a white boy in my life. I don't care what nobody say. Can't no white boy beat me any day of the week. If I fight a white boy...

Catching up with Andy Ruiz: he wants a new trainer!

Press Release WBA president Gilberto Jesús Mendoza conducted an interview with former WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz (pictured). Among other things, Ruiz noted that he wants to train under Eddyie Reynoso, who is best known for his stellar work with multi-division champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. It is well known Ruiz is...

Jamaine Ortiz thinks he had coronavirus before his last fight

Press Release Even in his wildest dreams, undefeated New England lightweight Jamaine "The Technician" Ortiz (13-0, 7 KOs) never could have ever imagined that his 24th birthday, later this month, would fall smack in the middle of a worldwide health pandemic. When he turns 24 on April 28th, Ortiz figured he'd be preparing for training...

Dorticos-Briedis WBSS finals bout cancelled

Breaking News / Press Release The IBF cruiserweight championship bout, which was scheduled to have Yuniel Dorticos defend against former title holder Mairis Briedis in what would have been a World Boxing Super Series finals bout, has been cancelled, according to tournament organizer Comosa. The finals of the eight-man tournament was scheduled for May...

Catching up with Miguel Berchelt

Press Release WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) says he wants all the big names. Whether it’s fellow Mexican action man Oscar Valdez, IBF champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, WBA champion Rene Alvarado, WBO champion Jamel Herring, or lightweight standouts Vasiliy Lomachenko and Gervonta...

Jose Ramirez: "I owe it to myself to fight for all the belts"

Press Release WBC/WBO 140-pound champion Jose Ramirez is staying ready. The 2012 U.S. Olympian has not fought since knocking out Maurice Hooker last July in a title unification bout. He was supposed to fight Viktor Postol Feb. 2nd in China (Feb. 1st prime time in the U.S.), but it became the first major bout to be impacted by COVID-19....

Anthony Causi, 1971-2020

By Scott Shaffer Boxingtalk sends its deepest condolences to Anthony Causi, a New York sports photographer who became one of the many casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. Causi was a talented photographer who covered not only boxing, but many of the most significant sporting events in the New York City area. Among the recent fights...

A look back at the career of 1972 Olympic champion Sugar Ray Seales

Courtesy of USA Boxing Imagine being the lone boxer from your country to capture an Olympic gold medal, only days after the infamous Munich massacre. Now imagine also having won a remarkable 338 of 350 amateur matches, having fought a trilogy as a professional with "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, being declared legally blind in both eyes...

Haney pronounces himself ready to return, seeks to fight Fortuna

Press Release Last December, WBC regular lightweight title holder Devin Haney (pictured) underwent shoulder surgery, which prompted the WBC to designate him a champion in recess during his recovery and order a fight between The Dominican Republic’s Javier Fortuna and England’s Luke Campbell, for the vacant lightweight regular title...

David Benavidez's next fight to be rescheduled in Arizona

Press Release Sampson Lewkowicz has secured a promoter’s license from the Arizona Department of Gaming with the aim of Sampson Boxing promoting WBC super middleweight champion David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez’s virus-postponed homecoming defense against Roamer Alexis Angulo as soon as conditions permit. Originally scheduled for...

Pulev says he'll donate half his purse when Joshua fight rescheduled

By Scott Shaffer Anthony Joshua’s defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO wolrd heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev (pictured), which was scheduled to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday June 20th, has been postponed indefinitely. A rescheduled date is currently being worked on according to lead promoter Matchroom...

ESPN2 to air 7 classic heavyweight bouts on April 7th including Ali-Frazier III

Press Release This Tuesday, April 7th, ESPN2 airs a special programming lineup featuring classic heavyweight fights. The seven-hour presentation will showcase some of the greatest heavyweight bouts of recent times, including Muhammad Ali (pictured) vs. Joe Frazier III, Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas and Evander Holyfield vs. George...

Catching up with Vasiliy Lomachenko

Press Release WBO/WBA/WBC lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is riding out the coronavirus-19 pandemic in his native Ukraine, but the three-weight kingpin is chomping at the bit to get his hands on the division’s leading names, including IBF champion Teofimo Lopez, WBC regular title holder Devin Haney and WBA regular title...

Introducing Washington DC's Jordan "Shortdog" White

Press Release When the world of boxing resumes, super featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White will strive for elite status in the 130-pound division. The 22 year-old native of Washington,DC has a record of 10-1 with eight knockouts. White began boxing at the age of eight after his cousin, 2000 United States Olympian Clarence Vinson piqued...

Ring 8 / NY HOF offer coronavirus assistance to boxers, trainers and cutmen

Press Release The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) and Ring 8 jointly announced today a partnership to establish a COVID-19 (coronavirus) fund to assist New York and New Jersey boxers and boxing personnel who are in financial need during the coronavirus pandemic. Any boxing personnel (boxers, trainers, cut-men, etc.) who...

Introducing British super featherweight Aqib Fiaz

Press Release British super featherweight Aqib Fiaz (5-0) has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Trained by renowned coach Jamie Moore at the VIP Gym in Astley , England alongside former champion Carl Frampton and Rocky Fielding, Oldham’s Fiaz is rapidly improving with every fight. He made the...

Ajagba Forever-Well, For The Foreseeable Future At Least

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on your victory, a second-round stoppage of Michael Wallisch (19-2) this weekend. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Efe Ajagba: "I was prepared for the fight, I trained a lot for the fight. The guy is a good fighter and a good power and he's got power. I know that he was going to have a...

Ronnie Shields pleased with Ajagba's win, but heavy slugger needs better sparring

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on Efe Ajagba's victory over Michael Wallisch. Can you give us some thoughts on his performance? Ronnie Shields: "I thought his performance was great. He did everything that we worked on, I told him to come out using his jab and throw straight punches to see what the guy's going to do, but I would like to...

WBA creates another bogus title this weekend

By Scott Shaffer The WBA is creating yet another meaningless interim title. This weekend, John Ryder (27-4) and Bilal Akkawy (20-0-1) will face off for the vacant interim WBA super middleweight title. The fighters, who hail from Britain and Australia, will enter the ring at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in suport of the world...

Price-Allen added to Whyte-Rivas show in London

Press Release Dave Allen will face David Price in an all-British heavyweight showdown on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s clash against unbeaten Oscar Rivas at The O2 in London on July 20th, live on Sky Sports Box Office.  Allen (17-4-2, 14 KOs) stopped former WBA regular title holder Lucas Browne in three rounds at the Greenwich venue...