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Curtis Cokes, 1937-2020

By Scott Shaffer Curtis Cokes, who unified the world welterweight championship and put the city of Dallas on the boxing map, passed away from heart failure, according to the Dallas Morning News. Cokes, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, was 82 years old. He came of age in a time and place when his black skin meant many...

Introducing British junior welterweight Daniel Egbunike

Press Release Things may not be ideal for everyone, but British junior welterweight Daniel Egbunike is making  business moves during the coronavirus pandemic. Egbunike (6-0, 3 KOs) recently made his first business venture, opening up his own cleaning services company—named Fresh Fog Services—as the demand for cleanliness and...

Ivan Baranchyk vs. Jose Zepeda on for July 7th

By Scott Shaffer Former IBF 140-pound champion Ivan Baranchyk (pictured) will face Jose Zepeda on a July 7th Top Rank show in Las Vegas. The fight was confirmed by Top Rank executive Carl Moretti on social media. Baranchyk is 20-1, and won the vacant IBF title in 2018 against Anthony Yigit. His first defense was a loss to Josh Taylor, who...

Jermall Charlo suspected in Texas assault

Breaking News By Scott Shaffer Details are very slim but according to television station KTRK in Houston, WBC regular middleweight champion Jermall Charlo is a suspect in an assault investigation. It should be stressed that Charlo has not been arrested or even charged with a crime yet, but the investigation is ongoing. The alleged assault took place...

Tonight's boxing cancelled in Dominican Republic

Breaking News [According to the WBA,] the boxing event scheduled to take place on Saturday in the Dominican Republic was cancelled at the last minute following the recommendations of the government, according to Shuan Boxing Promotion. The WBA stated, "It is very important to respect the political and health authorities in the midst of...

Introducing British lightweight Adam Azim

Press Release MTK Global announced the signing of British amateur star Adam Azim ahead of his plans to turn professional. Azim will be entering the paid ranks when he turns 18 in July, leaving behind an amateur career which saw him win ten national titles, a European championship and a European silver medal. He also managed the...

WBA re-elects Gilbert Mendoza Jr. through 2025

Press Release The WBA assembly has voted Gilberto Jesús Mendoza to continue his position as president of the sanctioning body through the year 2025. Following the proposal of the election process in accordance with the end of the present 2015-2020 term of office, the full assembly agreed to exhaust the statutory limits and re-elect...

Cecilia Braekhus eyes 25th title defense

Press Release World welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus says she wants to continue to break new ground ain women's boxing. Braekhus (36-0 9 KOs) has dominated the welterweight division for 11 years now, and should her proposed clash with Jessica McCaskill (8-2 3 KOs) go ahead when boxing returns, the Norwegian will break Joe Louis...

Javier Fortuna sticking with Sampson Boxing

Press Release Promoter Sampson Boxing has announced the signing of lightweght contender Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna to an extension of Fortuna's promotional contract. From La Romana, Dominican Republic, Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) has fought under the Sampson Boxing banner from his pro debut and has gone on to have a career that has seen him...

Impact Network planning live shows for July

Press Release Live televised boxing events are being scheduled on the Impact Network in mid-July. Negotiations for fights in Las Vegas, Detroit, Chicago, and Florida for the Bahamas, are all underway as particular cities reopen up for business amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  With social distancing guidelines still in effect, Impact will...

Karlos Balderas processes his first pro loss

Press Release Following a shocking loss, lightweight Karlos Balderas says he’s back—and better than before. Balderas admits that the first few days were hard for him. He sat there in a surreal state, numb to everything around him. He never lost before—not like this. Family and friends would show up with bread and praying in his parlor...

A victim of USA boxing politics, Javier Martinez to turn pro

Press Release Split-T Management announced the signing of Javier Martinez [who was controversially denied a spot on the USA team for the next Olympics, scheduled for Tokyo next year]. Martinez, 23, was the 2020 Olympic Trial Champion at middleweight, but has decided to turn professional under the guidance of Split-T Management's...

Jose Ramirez will be next guest on Impact Network

Press Release WBC/WBO 140-pound champion Jose Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) will be the featured guest on this week’s edition of Stars and Champions, airing this Friday, May 29th, on the Impact Network. Veteran boxing writer Dan Rafael will host the thirty-minute broadcast beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT. Ramirez, who is promoted by...

Charlie Edwards leaves Matchroom for Queensberry Promotions

Edited Press Release Former WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards has signed a multi-fight deal with Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren. Edwards (15-1, 6KOs) will be moving up from flyweight to either bantamweight or superflyweight. Charlie vacated his WBC world crown after being severely weight-drained for his defense against Julio Cesar...

Catching up with Robert Easter

Press Release Toledo, Ohio, is much like every other medium-sized city in the USA, indeed the world, battling the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic. The Glass City has been struggling to open back up after much of its business community and citizens have been shuttered the last few months. Toledoans are restless and weary of watching...

Boxing returns to Dominican Republic on May 30th

Breaking News Boxing returns to the Dominican Republic on Saturday, May 30th. Promoter Shuan Boxing is organizing an event to be broadcast by ESPN KnockOut. The event will be held behind closed doors and all measures will be taken to safeguard the health of the participants. The main event will feature the charismatic Norbelto...

Toowoomba, Australia planning to go live on JUly 11th

Press Release Coronavirus restrictions remain in Australia, but on July 11th, TGW & Smithy's Promotions is turning up the lights in Toowoomba for a fully catered, full broadcast studio set-up with two pro bouts, and two exhibitions mixed in wth boxing films. "The main event will be Steven Spark against Mick Whitehead and we will see...

Shawn Porter to guest on Impact Network talk show

Press Release Two-time welterweight champion, Shawn Porter (30-3-1, 17 KOs), who fights under the PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) banner, will be the featured guest on “Stars and Champions”, airing tonight (Friday May 22nd) on the Impact Network. The 30-minute weekly show on the state of boxing during the COVID-19 pandemic, hosted by...

Broner: "I'm a rapper now"

By Scott Shaffer In a video posted on social media by ESPN, former four-division champion Adrien Broner says his proce for a comeback has not been met, so he will not pursue a fight at this time. Broner said, "I aint heard from [Showtime Boxing chief] Stephen Espinoza. Me and Al [Haymon] we talk everyday but ain't nobody talking abut that...

World Boxing Super Series talks season three, but silent on Dorticos-Briedis season two finale

Press Release Andreas Benz, CEO of Comosa, the promoter of the World Boxing Super Series: As everybody knows we are living in special times. Times where we can all use the qualities boxers and the referee’s advice to them before they go into battle: “Protect yourself at all times”. Keep safe so you don’t get caught with an unpleasant...

Twitter chatter: Top Rank gym reopens in Las Vegas

By Scott Shaffer Top Rank tweet: In the freshly sanitized Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, [bantamweight] twins Andrew Moloney and Jason Moloney today were the first two fighters to enter back through the doors to train, maintaining proper safety protocols in...

Prograis lashes out at the haters

By Scott Shaffer Regis Prograis on Twitter: "I bought a brand new house in New Orleans for my mom for $305K cash and I hear people talking sh*t. Please people mind y’all f---ing business. Jealousy is a bitch. Don’t hate on me cause you’re not in my leauge. I’ve surpassed a lot of y’all in life and I’m just starting...

Top Rank requests permission for shows on June 9th and June 11th in Vegas

By Scott Shaffer The Nevada State Athletic Commission will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 27th. On the agenda will be requests from Top Rank for permits to hold two shows in June. The agenda states that the Commission has received a request from Top Rank, Inc. for a program permit to promote a professional boxing event to be held on June...

Boxingtalk salutes Anthony Dirrell for striving to make Flint, Michigan a better place

Press Release A child who grew up in poverty never forgets what it’s like. Many use it as a source of motivation and fight for a better life. Those who attain that will often give back to the ones going through a similar experience. Two-time super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (33-2-1, 24 KOs) is such a person. He and his...

WBA develops (unreleased) protocols for the return of boxing

Press Release The WBA has developed its safety protocol for the gradual return to training and boxing events in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. A 19-page document, written by qualified specialists who are members of the WBA Medical Committee, gives guidelines on how to return to boxing activity safely. The document is...

Introducing British amateur Khalid Ayub

Press Release MTK Global announced of the signing of British amateur Khalid Ayub to a management contract as he turns professional. From Halifax,Ayub achieved plenty of success as an amateur, winning a number of national and GB titles and also representing England, and he’s excited to now be entering the paid ranks alongside MTK Global....

Salita building an impressive YouTube fight library

Edited Press Release Salita Promotions continues to expand its free, online library of fights by acquiring license rights to the boxing video libraries of former prominent boxing promotions firms Cedric Kushner Promotions (CKP) and America Presents. The flicensed fights will be added to Salita' Promotions YouTube Channel. The massive CKP...

ESPN2 to air Leonard-Hagler plus four other controversial decisions

Press Release Wednesday, May 20th will be a night of boxing on ESPN2 when the network airs five consecutive hours of big fights that ended in controversial decisions. The most interesting fight will air at 10 p.m. ET when Sugar Ray Leonard (pictured) is shown battling Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1987. In addition to the linear telecast,...

Walter Matthysse Jr. ready to turn pro

Press Release Sampson Boxing has announced the signing of Argentinean middleweight Walter Ezequiel Matthysse Jr. to a multi-year co-promotional contract, along with Argentina-based Tello Box.  His father, Walter Matthysse Sr., challenged Kermit Cintron for the IBF welterweight championship. The 21 year-old Matthysse is also the nephew...

Congolese welterweight Jonathan Kumuteo to turn pro despite rare skin disease

Press Release African-born welterweight Jonathan Kumuteo is set to turn pro under the promotional guidance of Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions. The 24 year-old was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will enter the pro ranks working from the Bushey, England base of trainer Josh Burnham.  Kumuteo, who describes himself as...

Callum Johnson plots path back to second title shot

Press Release British light heavyweight Callum Johnson, best known for knocking down Artur Beterbiev in a failed title bid, believes that a huge domestic clash with rising Joshua Buatsi is inevitable down the line. Speaking with Chris Lloyd in the latest episode of Matchroom Boxing’s podcast The Lockdown Tapes, Jo0hnson sais, "the...

Some overdue recognition for Moruti Mthalane

Press Release South Africa superstar South Africa superstar Moruti Mthalane has been rewarded for his incredible run of form in recent times – after receiving a special achievement award from the IBF. > Mthalane (39-2, 26 KOs) won the IBF flyweight title back in 2018, and has defended it on three occasions since then, with the most...

Twitter Chatter: Prograis shifts talk from Hooker to Ritson

By Scott Shaffer Former WBA 140-pound champion Regis Prograis (pictured) on the possibility of fighting England's Lewis Ritson in his next fight: That is a perfect fight for me to come back to the UK. I would absolutely love that fight, no matter if its Maurice Hooker next or Lewis Ritson next, it makes sense for me. I will definitely come back...

Bivol willing to drop down to 168 for shot at Smith

Press Release WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol says that he is willing to drop down to super middleweight to face WBA champion Callum Smith and become a two-weight champion. [Editor's note: everyone seems to be calling out Smith because Smith looked bad in his last fight, a debatable win over John Ryder.] Bivol plots his future...

Chukhadzhian and Petrosyan sign with Fight Locker

Press Release Fighter Locker announced that it has signed a pair of promising Ukrainian prospects, word-rated welterweight Karen Chukhadzhian (16-1, 7 KOs) and super lightweight Zoravor Petrosyan (7-0, 3 KOs), to exclusive managerial contracts. The 24 year-old Chukhadzhian got a significant win in his last fight this past February 1st,...

Twitter chatter: Ryan Garcia and Henry Cejudo commence trash talk

By Scott Shaffer Lightweight contender Ryan Garcia: "You think Henry Cejudo would give me a good fight in the boxing ring?"UFC 135-pound [called bantamweight in MMA, but same weight limit as lightweight in boxing] champion Henry Cejudo: "Get the hell out of here you Oscar De La Hoya wannabe. I’d make you bend the knee in your own sport! ...

Ryan Garcia is featured guest on second Stars and Champions show

Press Release Lightweight contender Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs), will be the featured guest on the second episode of Dan Rafael's “Stars and Champions”, airing this Friday, May 15th on the Impact Network. The 30-minute broadcast begins at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT. Rafael gets confirmation on who Garcia wants next in the ring, and what...

Ryder sees Jacobs fight as a way to get rematch vs. Smith

Press Release British super middleweight John Ryder says a win over former IBF middleweight title holder Danny Jacobs in New York would fire him back in line for another shot at WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith. Ryder (28-5, 16 KOs) was seen as an easy mark for Smith, but when the two fought in November, Ryder pushed Smith...

Q&A: Boxing Executive Ian Ritchie

Press Release As part of MTK's Business Of Boxing series, it provided the following question and answer session with MTK Global Event Coordinator Ian Ritchie about his journey into the sport.Q: Tell us a bit about your background in terms of growing up with sport… Ian Ritchie: “I grew up in a wee place called Maryhill in Glasgow. If...

Leonard Ellerbe to be inaugural guest on Impact Network boxing show

Press Release The debut of “Stars and Champions” a thirty-minute weekly show on the state of boxing during the COVID-19 pandemic, airs tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT on the Impact Network. CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, and host, longtime boxing scribe Dan Rafael, give fans an open dialogue about the...