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Vergil Ortiz wins in Texas with world-class performance

By Scott Shaffer Vergil Ortiz TKO6 Antonio Orozco... Welterweight Vergil Ortiz tweeted "statement made" about his win over Antonio Orozco in Grand Parairie, Texas on Saturday, and that accurately summed up his performance. Ortiz (14-0) announced himself as one of the most exciting young boxers in the sport by dismantling the durable Orozco in...

Olympic champion stunned in traditional pro debut

Press Release Adan Gonzalez W4 Robeisy Ramirez... Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba lost a four-round split decision to unheralded Adan Gonzales of Colorado in one of the biggest upsets in recent years. Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) knocked down Ramirez in the opening seconds of the first round to propel him to the win. The...

Sosa stops Rhodes in seven

Press Release Jason Sosa TKO7 Haskell Lydell Rhodes... Jason Sosa, a Camden, New Jersey native, stopped Haskell Lydell Rhodes (27-4-1, 13 KOs)in seven rounds to win his third in a row in front of 1,723 fans at the Liacouras Center. Sosa, a former WBA regular title holder, scored three knockdowns in all, with Rhodes’ corner indicating...

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Berlanga wins by quick stoppage

Press Release Edgar Berlanga TKO1 Gregory Trenel On the Top Rank undercard in Philadelphia, middleweight Edgar Berlanga (12-0, 12 KOs) made it twelve first-round knockouts in as many fights, stopping the usually durable Frenchman Gregory Trenel (11-5-2, 3 KOs) in 2:24. Trenel took a hard punch but was on his feet when the...

Twitter Chatter: Frampton gutted by fight-week injury

By Scott Shaffer Former featherweight and junior featherweight champion Carl Frampton on his freak fight-week inury where a statue fell on his hand: "Tonight I should be fighting. I was confident I was going to put in a performance that made people realise that I can still become a world champ. Hopefully the people that made the trip are...

Steve Vukosa, age 42, bursts Juiseppe Cusumano's bubble

Press Release Steve Vukosa W8 Juiseppe Cusumano... Massachusetts heavyweight Steve Vukosa (12-1) continued an unnlikely late-career run on Friday at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The 42 year-old, who took fourteen years off, and then another four years off, was brought in as an opponent but upset Juiseppe Cusumano (18-3)...

Regis Prograis pulls out of WBSS!

By Scott Shaffer WBA junior welterweight champion Regis Prograis (pictured) is withdrawing from the WBSS, effective immediately. Prograis was slated appear in the WBSS finals to unify vs. IBF champion Josh Taylor of Scotland. Prograis and his promoter DiBella Entertainment have filed a federal lawsuit in New Jersey against Comosa AG,...

Evincii Dixon pulls second straight upset in Rhode Island

Press Release Evincii Dixon TKO3 Marqus Bates... In Rhode Island, Pennsylvania welterweight Evincii Dixon (9-23-2) pulled his second upset in a row.  This time, Dixon stunned Marqus Bates (7-3), stopping the Taunton, MA, native at the 3:00-mark of the third round to halt Bates’ five-fight win streak. In June, Dixon ended a 0-10-1 streak...

Ghana show planned for August 17th

By Scott Shaffer According to the Ghanaian Times and Ghana Web, Ashalaja, Ghana will play host to a big boxing show on August 17th, to be promoted by Derrick Kotey Jr., a reported son of Ghana’s former world champion, Alfred ‘Cobra’ Kotey. The main event will be a junior welterweight contest between Ghana’s Benjamin ‘Lumba’ Lamptey (10-3-1)...

Matchroom: Ruiz-Joshua II headed to Saudi Arabia

By Scott Shaffer Matchroom issued a brief statement saying the heavyweight championship rematch is now officialy scheduled. Andy Ruiz Jr. will defend his IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight titles in a rematch against Anthony Joshua in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on December 7th. The Mexican-American Ruiz became champion by defeating the British Joshua in...

Tonight: Mikey Faragon returns after five years out of the ring

Press Release Albany, New York’s Mikey “Baby Face” Faragon (19-1, 9 KOs) rehabilitation is complete and, after five years on the sideline, he will return to action in a six rounder tonight, Friday, August 9th, at a GCP and Rapacz Boxing show at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota against Missouri’s Demetrius Wilson (2-14-1). Faragon...

Pre-fight quotes from Philly

Press Release Opportunity has knocked for Jason Sosa and Haskell Lydell Rhodes. After Carl Frampton suffered a freak injury at the fight hotel Monday — a concrete pillar fell and broke his left hand — the Sosa-Rhodes ten-rounder was elevated to the main event. Sosa is a former holder of the WBA super featherweight regular title....

A look at the career of Rwanda's Patrick Kinigamazi

Courtesy of the WBF Super featherweight Patrick Kinigamazi (31-2, 4 KOs) is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the hardest puncher in the world. But his boxing-skills, grit, determination and ring generalship makes him a very hard man to beat. Kinigamazi was born on March 2, 1983 in Rwanda, a troubled nation in Central Africa. At the age...

Florence card booked for September 19th

Press Release Italian junior middleweight Orlando Fiordigiglio will host Sam Eggington at the Tuscany Hall in Florence on Thursday September 19th, live on DAZN. Arezzo’s Fiordigiglio (31-2, 13 KOs) won a split decision win over Stephen Danyo in April. Birmingham’s Eggington (26-6, 15 KOs), a former European Welterweight Champion, was...

Shohjahon Ergashev training montage

Video On August 23rd in Arrow, Oklahoma, junior welterweight Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0, 14 KOs) of Uzbekistan return for his third ShoBox appearance against Mexico's Abdiel Ramirez (24-4-1, 22 KOs) in a ten-round bout. Here is a training montage for Ergashev as prepared by his promoter,...

Twitter Chatter: JRock wants Hurd to sign up for VADA

By Scott Shaffer IBF/WBA junior middleweight champion Julian "JRock" Williams demands former champion Jarrett "Swift" Hurd sign up for VADA's random drug testing program as a pre-condition for a rematch: "It will NOT be a fight on dec14th if Hurd doesn’t enroll in VADA testing ASAP. Everyone wanna drag they feet when it’s time to test......

Twitter Chatter: Claressa Shields sounds off on fighting men

By Scott Shaffer World middleweight champion Claressa Shields on Twitter:  "I don't care what these old ass boxers say, women deserve equal pay. And all this any man can beat a woman fighter is crap. I’ve put hands on pro fighters who were not taking easy on me. And a man off the street and no training I would beat the hell out of him. I said...

Saturday in Texas: Ortiz vs. Orozco

Press Release This Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas, Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Antonio Orozco will do battle in the welterweight division with the WBA's mandatory position at stake. [Manny Pacquiao is the WBA super champion after defeating Keith Thurman, the Ortiz-Orozco winner is more likely to compete for the currently vacant WBA...

Warrington to defend vs. Takoucht

Press Release Josh Warrington (pictured) will be back home in Leeds, England when he defends his IBF featherweight title against [lightly credentialed] France's Sofiane Takoucht at First Direct Arena on Saturday October 12th, live on BT Sport. Warrington (29-0, 6KOs) will be making the third defense of his championship faced off...

Feigenbutz headlines vs. unbeaten Spaniard in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Press Release German super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (30-2, 27 KOs) faces Spain's Cesar Nunez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) on August 17 in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Following a fifth-round demolition of Przemyslaw Opalach (27-3, 22 KOs) in January, the 23 year-old Feigenbutz  (a former WBA regular title holder) is looking to take the next step in...

Marqus Bates training hard for Evincii Dixon

Press Release Massachusetts welterweight Marqus Bates is abiding by the philosophy that you no longer have to beat the best in order to be the best, you should probably train with the best, too. Bates (7-2, 5 KOs) aims for his sixth consecutive win next on Aug. 9th at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino Hotel when he faces deceptively...

Troy Williamson vs. Nav Mansouri booked for October 12th

Press Release British junior middleweights Troy Williamson and Nav Mansouri will go head-to-head on October 12th. The two men will battle live on BT Sport at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s IBF featherweight title defense against Sofiane Takoucht. Williamson (11-0-1 plus four losses in the World...

Donaire-Inoue lands in Japan on November 7th

Press Release Japan’s Naoya "Monster" Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) and legendary Filipino-American Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) clash for the Ali Trophy in the bantamweight division at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on November 7th. Comosa AG, the organiser of the World Boxing Super Series, is delighted to travel...

Top Rank reveals full card for August 17th show in L.A.

Press Release Undefeated junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr., South African welterweight Chris van Heerden and undefeated middleweight Janibek Alimkhanuly will all see action in scheduled ten-rounders on Saturday, August 17th at Los Angeles' Banc of California Stadium on the undercard of WBO junior featherweight champion...

Devin Haney books MSG debut for Sept. 13th

Press Release Devin Haney (pictured) can take a giant leap towards world title glory when he faces fellow unbeaten Zaur Abdullaev in a final eliminator for the WBC lightweight title on Friday September 13th at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. [The WBC title is...

Introducing Rhode Island junior welterweight Elijah Peixoto

Press Release Elijah Peixoto (1-0, 1 KO) works full-time five days a week, sometimes six, installing insulation in homes, and can even do construction, everything from dry wall to stick framing. When he's done, he rides his bike to the Big Six Boxing Academy in Providence -- seven and a half miles there, and seven and a half home -- to...

DAZN to air blockbuster undercard on Sept. 13th

Press Release The undercard for the Septmber 13th undercard at Madison Square Garden will feature WBA/IBF World 122-pound champion Daniel Roman defending against Murodjon Akhmadaliev. Seven-division champion Amanda Serrano returns to featherweight to challenge WBO champion Heather Hardy in an all-Brooklyn affair, and at heavyweight,...

Frampton "devastated" by hand injury

Press Release Former world featherweight champion Carl Frampton has shared his thoughts on the freak injury that has forced him to withdraw from Saturday’s scheduled fight with Emmanuel Dominguez. Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) has suffered a left hand injury after a large ornament fell onto him, meaning he will be unable to compete in...

WBO orders Ramirez-Caterall

By Scott Shaffer Jose Ramirez, who recently added Maurice Hooker's WBO junior welterweight championship to the WBC version he already owned, has been ordered by the WBO to defend against Great Britain's Jack Caterall. As a condition of sanctioning the Ramirez-Hooker unification bout, the WBO required that the winner must make the...

Frank Warren announces Sept. 14th show in York Hall

Press Release Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions returns to London's York Hall on Saturday September 14th. In the headliner,  Croydon’s Sunny Edwards (12-0, 4 KOs) drops down in weight to challenge Mexico’s Hugo Rosendo Guarneros (16-2-2, 8 KOs) at flyweight. Also on the card, Brad Foster (11-0-1, 4 KOs) makes the second defense of...

Valdez vacates; Stevenson-Gonzalez to determine next WBO featherweight champ

By Scott Shaffer Oscar Valdez has vacated the WBO featherweight championship and the organization has ordered the vacant title to be contested by former Olympian Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez. Both men are undefeated. Stevenson is from Newark, New Jersey and is promoted by Top Rank. Gonzalez is from Los Angeles and is promoted by...

Shields-Habazin rescheduled for October 5th

Press Release Undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields’ attempt at history has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 5th live on Showtime.  Shields (pictured) will aim to make history as the fastest fighter in boxing, male or female, to become a three-division champion when she takes on former IBF welterweight champion...

Blair Cobbs back on August 22nd

Press Release Welterweight Blair "The Flair" Cobbs (11-0-1, 7 KOs) returns to the ring on Thursday, August 22nd at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA. Cobbs will face fellow Steve Villalobos (11-0-1, 9 KOs) in a ten-round bout that will be shown live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight...

Mielnicki signs with Premier Boxing Champions

By Scott Shaffer New Jersey teenager Vito Mielnicki, Jr. (1-0) announcing he has signed what effectively amounts to a promotional deal with Premier Boxng Champions: "I want to thank Al Haymon, Luis De Cuba Jr. for believing in me. I want to thank my manager Anthony Catanzaro for helping me get in this position. Lastly, I want to thank my...

Introducing Ireland's Joe Ward

Press Release  Irish amateur boxing star Joe Ward is headed toward the professional ranks and has signed a co-promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment of New York City and Boston-based Murphys Boxing. Ward is managed by Times Square Boxing Co., based in New York City. Additionally, Ward has retained Buddy McGirt to serve as...

Hotel mishap KOs Frampton from Saturday's main event

Press Release Former world featherweight champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton was forced to drop out of Saturday’s main event against Emmanuel Dominguez at the Liacouras Center after fracturing the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. The injury occurred Monday morning at the fight hotel when someone knocked over a concrete structure,...

Alicia Napoleon-Espinosa to defend vs. Shemelle Baldwin

Press Release On Thursday, August 29th, DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series will return to Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, with a card headlined by Toka Kahn Clary taking on Irvin Gonzalez in a ten-round super featherweight contest. WBA women's super middleweight world champion Alicia Napoleon-Espinosa will defend...

Next up for Daniel Dubois: untested Ebenezer Tetteh

Press Release British heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois will bid to add the Commonwealth heavyweight title to his belt collection and WBO female flyweight champion Nicola Adams will have her frst title fight when boxing returns to the Royal Albert Hall on Friday September 27th. Dubois 12-0 (11KOs), who defeated domestic rival Nathan...

Post-Fight Interview Adam Kownacki

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on your victory over Chris Arreola in a highly entertaining fight. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Adam Kownacki:"Thank you, I think it was entertaining, me and Arreola both came to fight, we had a lot to lose, a lot to gain and we fought like that. We left it all on the line that line. I...

More results from Liverpool

Press Release  Anthony Fowler W10 Brian Rose... Over the weekend in Liverpool, Anthony Fowler returned with a wide points win over Brian Rose and then called for a rematch with Scott Fitzgerald. Fowler's unbeaten record was ended by a split decision loss to Fitzgerald in March, but he produced a more controlled performance to defeat...