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After 6 years off, Sergio Martinez has a date and an opponent

By Scott Shaffer Boxing fans will surely have mixed emotions over this news: Former world middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martínez has finally booked his long-rumored comeback fight. On August 21st, in Torrelavega Spain, Martínez will fight a scheduled ten rounder against local boxer José Miguel Fandiño (15-6). [The date was...

MTK Global announces three British shows

MTK Global Press Release MTK Global announced the line-ups for three MTK Fight Night events later this summer. The events will be held behind closed doors at the LS-LIVE in Wakefield, and will be broadcast in the US on ESPN+, and worldwide on IFL TV.AUGUST 11TH:The first show features Jono Carroll (18-1-1, 4 KOs) against the always-entertaining...

Sullivan Barrera says he is recovered from shoulder surgery

Edited Press Release Light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera of Cuba recently had surgery to repair his ailing right shoulder, but he says he can drop down to the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds. "I can make the weight no problem.  I barely even have to diet to make 175. Right now I am walking around at 185 or 186 pounds so making weight will...

Pedraza punishes LesPierre for ten rounds

Edited Top Rank Press Release Jose Pedraza W10 Mikkel LesPierre... Puerto Rico's Jose Pedraza, a former world title holder at 130 and 135 pound, continued his quest for a world title at 140 pounds. Pedraza, from Cidra, Puerto Rico, toppled Mikkel LesPierre via unanimous decision Thursday night in a junior welterweight bout held in Las Vegas. Pedraza...

AIBA to collaborate with WBA on "ethics" and "proper management"

Edited Press Release How bad must AIBA (the International Amateur Boxing Association... you know, the crooks who have run Olympic boxing into the ground) be if it has to use the WBA to improve its image? Here is the statement released by the WBA on its new cooperative venture with AIBA: During the 99th Convention of the World Boxing Association,...

Undercard results from Las Vegas: sweet revenge for Robeisy Ramirez

Top Rank Press Release Robeisy Ramirez W6 Adan Gonzales ... Revenge was officially served. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez dominated Adan Gonzales (5-3-2, 2 KOs) over six rounds in a featherweight rematch of their August 2019 bout, won by Gonzales via split decision. All three judges scored the bout 60-54, as Ramirez officially closed...

Roberto Duran released from hospital

By Scott Shaffer Looking happy but frail behind a surgical maks, boxing legend Roberto Durán was discharged from a Panamanian hospital and will continue his recovery at home. Duran, who recently turned 69, was stricken with the coronavirus. Because the multi-division champion has damaged one of his lungs in a car accident nineteen years...

Clash of undefeated Kazakhs set for July 18th

MTK Global Press Release For Kazakhstan's Arman Rysbek, this month’s super middleweight fight against fellow Kazakh Dauren Yeleussinov continues an exciting rivalry. The two men meet on an MTK Fight Night in Almaty (the largest city in the country) on July 18th – with the event airing live in the US on ESPN+, and worldwide on IFL TV. Rysbek (7-0,...

Cesar Mateo Tapia credits boxing for giving his life structure

MTK Global Press Release For Australian-Mexican warrior Cesar Mateo Tapia a/k/a Mateo Tapia, boxing is more than just a sport – it is his safe haven. The 22-year-old super middleweight (12-0, 7KOs) is coming off a first-round TKO victory against Steve Collins Jr. (14-4-1) in Dubai in March. Known as "El Tijuanero," Tapia admits the sport has...

Twitter chatter: Andrew Moloney says Joshua Franco rematch is set

By Scott Shaffer Australian super flyweight Andrew Moloney tweeted that he will have a rematch against the man who punished him badly last week, Joshua Franco. He tweeted: "I’m extremely excited to announce that I will be having a rematch with Joshua Franco. I want to say a huge thanks to [my promoter] Bob Arum and the Top Rank boxing team...

Ryan Garcia responds to WBC order: "Bring it on Luke Campbell"

Breaking News By Scott Shaffer According to promoter Eddie Hearn, the WBC has ordered a very interesting lightweight bout: Ryan Garcia (pictured) vs. Luke Campbell. [Note: as of Wednesday night, the WBC website was silent about this]. UPDATE: The WBC ordered Garcia-Campbell for the "interim 135-pound world title," a bogus title if ever there was one......

Weigh-in report from Las Vegas

Top Rank Press Release Here are the boxers' weights for tonight's ESPN show in Las Vegas: Jose Pedraza 143.9 lbs vs. Mikkel LesPierre 143.5 lbs (Junior Welterweight — 10 Rounds) Albert Bell 133 lbs vs. Mark Bernaldez 132 lbs  (Junior Lightweight — 10 Rounds) Elvis Rodriguez 140.2 lbs  vs. Dan Murray 139.2 lbs  (Junior Welterweight  —...

Alfred Kotey, 1968-2020

By Scott Shaffer Former WBO bantamweight champion Alfred Kotey passed away earlier this week. The exact cause of death was not reported by Kotey was said to have been sick for a while and died shortly after being taken off life support. Kotey was one of the most durable fighters in recent boxing history. He represented Ghana in the...

Ex-champ Jackie Nava returns this Saturday

Source: WBC Saturday in Mexico City, Jackie Nava will return to the ring at age 40. Nava (35-4-4) had had multiple reigns as a women's 122-pound champion, including a time in 2014-2015 when she held the WBA and WBC titles at the same time. Nava has been inactive for over a year, and has not won since 2018. According to the WBC, Nava...

Top Rank announces Takam-Forrest for July 9th

Top Rank Press Release On Thursday, July 9th, France's Carlos Takam will battle Jerry “Slug” Forrest in a heavyweight ten-rounder. ESPN will televise. Takam steps in to replace Jarrell Miller, who failed a PED test last week. Takam (38-5-1, 28 KOs) has won three straight, including a February win over Fabio Maldonado. Forrest (26-3, 20 KOs) is...

Chantelle Cameron offers to challenge Katie Taylor in August

MTK Global Press Release If the women's superfight between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano cannot be saved, England's Chantelle Cameron is ready and willing to step in to challenge Taylor for the would women's lightweight championship in August.  Cameron (12-0, 7 KOs) is confident that she would be able to knock Taylor out. Cameron is coming off...

Kendo Castaneda steps in to face Jose Zepeda on July 7th

Top Rank Press Release Top Rank's show on July 7th will be headlined by a ten-round junior welterweight bout between Jose “Chon” Zepeda and Kendo Castaneda. The shows will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  Castaneda, from San Antonio, stepped in after Zepeda’s original opponent, Ivan Baranchyk, suffered an...

Alex Saucedo defeats Sonny Fredrickson

By Scott Shaffer Alex Saucedo W10 Sonny Fredrickson... Oklahoma's Alex Saucedo (pictured) defeated Ohio's Sonny Fredrickson via ten-round unanimous decision on the ESPN show from Las Vegas on Tuesday. Saucedo (30-1) won the junior welterweight bout by scores of 98-92, 99-91 and 100-92. According to CompuBox, Saucedo outlanded Fredrickson,...

Philippines' Mercito Gesta in tough vs. Hector Tanajara

By Scott Shaffer Filippino lightweight Mercito Gesta says he wil be facing Hector Tanajara on July 24th on a show to be broadcast on DAZN. Gesta (32-3-3) has a loss and a technical draw in his last two fights. He's had two world title opportunities, losing to Jorge Linares and Miguel Vazquez. From Texas, Tanajara (19-0) is considered a...

Undercard results from Las Vegas

Top Rank Press Release On Top Rank's Las Vegas undercard inside "The Bubble," as the set-up in Las Vegas' MGM Grand is known, Detroit native Isiah Jones (9-2, 3 KOs) rebounded from a loss two weeks ago to hand Donte Stubbs (6-1, 2 KOs) his first pro loss. Jones, a 2016 National Golden Gloves champion, took the fight on short notice and won...

Foster-Beech British title fight set for July 10th

Press Release Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions announced three British title fights: Brad Foster (122 pounds) defends against James Beech, Anthony Cacace faces Lyon Woodstock (130 pounds) and Lerrone Richards(168 pounds)  squares off against Umar Sadiq. The first show will be on July 10th when the British and Commonwealth...

Spotlight on Braekus vs. McCaskill

Matchroom Press Release Prior to the lockdown, Cecilia Braekhus (pictured) was set to defend her undisputed world welterweight championship in Maryland against Jessica McCaskill (8-2, 3 KOs). That fight is now booked for Matchroom's August 15th show in Tulsa, Oklahoma with DAZN broadcasting. Braekhus (36-0, 9 KOs) has dominated the...

Alejandro Gonzalez Barrientos, 1999-2020

By Scott Shaffer The WBC announced the death of young, undefeated lightweight Alejandro González (listed on Boxrec as Javier Alejandro Gonzalez Barrientos). Born in Torreon, Mexico and nicknamed “Rusito” González, left this world at the age of 21 after bravely fighting against cancer. He turned pro at 16, put up a record of 15-0 with 11 KOs...

MTK Global taps Bob Yalen as new CEO

Edited Press Release MTK Global announced the appointment of Bob Yalen as the company’s new CEO. Yalen replaces MTK owner Sandra Vaughan who is stepping down from the CEO position after three successful years. [Editor's note: the move is seen as a way to clean up MTK's image by distancing itself from Daniel Kinahan of Ireland. Although...

Matchroom books first US date, Aug. 15th in Tulsa; JC Martinez, Braekhus to defend titles

Matchroom Press Release Julio Cesar Martinez will defend his WBC flyweight title against McWilliams Arroyo (20-4, 15 KOs) as Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA return to action in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, August 15th, live on DAZN. Martinez (16-1, 12 KOs) thrilled Texas fans with his first defense of the belt in February, prevailing in...

Vergil Ortiz vs. Samuel Vargas announced for July 24th on DAZN

Press Release Welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr. (pictured) will aim to keep his unblemished record intact when he faces Samuel Vargas on Friday, July 24th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The event will Golden Boy Promotions' first since the coronavirus pandemic impacted sports in March. It will be broadcast on DAZN with no...

DAZN adds Linares-Fortuna on August 28th

Edited Press Release Ex-titlists collide as Jorge Linares battles Javier Fortuna on Aug. 28th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The bout will be broadcast live on DAZN with no fans in attendance. Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) is technically a three-division titleholder, but his titles are considered soft. His title winning fights...

Ernesto Marcel, 1942-2020

By Scott Shaffer The WBA is reporting the death of former WBA featherweight champion Ernesto “Ñato” Marcel. In 1974, the Panama-born Marcel defeated Alexis Arguello, a future Hall of Famer, and promptly retired as champion. Marcel was 72 years old and had been battling various health conditions for several months. Marcel was born in 1948...

Weigh-in report from Las Vegas

Top Rank Press Release Here are the weigh-in results for Top Rank's Tuesday night show, live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas: Alex Saucedo 140.8 lbs vs. Sonny Fredrickson 140.9 lbs (Junior Welterweight — 10 Rounds)  Josue Vargas 140.5 lbs vs. Salvador Briceno 138.2 lbs  (Junior Welterweight — 10 Rounds) John...

Bob Arum, Don King to co-host WBA virtual forum this week

WBA Press Release Boxing legends Don King and Bob Arum (pictured here with Boxingtalk publisher G. Leon) will appear virtually together at “99 Years of WBA History” forum, part of the WBA virtual convention. The apearance is scheduled for July 2nd at 12:00 p.m. EDT during the World Boxing Association’s 99th Convention. Both promoters have...

Roberto Duran update

Source: WBO website The WBO posted an update on boxing legend Roberto Duran's battle with the coronavirus. According to the report, Duran is recovering well in a Panama hospital and wants to go home, although the hospital is not ready to reelase him yet. “My dad feels great, in fact he already wants to go home,” Robin Durán told a...

Twitter Chatter: Will Taylor-Serrano women's superfight happen?

Compiled By Scott Shaffer World women's lightweight champion Katie Taylor has an August 22nd date on a Matchroom show. She was previously scheduled to face multi-division champion Amanda Serrano, but the fight seems to be falling apart amid allegations that Serrano is resistant to taking a paycut due to the absence of spectators. Taylor tweeted: "We...

WBA convention begins on Wednesday

WBA Press Release The World Boxing Association (WBA) Convention will raise its curtain on Wednesday with four working days, in which we will take a look at the history of our organization and boxing in general, but with an eye on the years to come. This convention is the kick-off for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the WBA,...

Introducing Vietnamese super middleweight Ding Hoang Trong

WBA Press Release Vietnamese super middleweight Ding Hoang Trong is just 2-0 as a professional, but he's a star in Vietnam. Hoang Trong, who is 30 years old, is known as the king of Vietnamese boxing since he won the national amateur championship for 11 consecutive years and was also a gold medalist at the Southeast Asian Games in 2015. Now...

Peltz optimistic after Sparrow loss

Russell Peltz social media post Promoter Russell Peltz on Avery Sparrow's loss to Abraham Nova last week (Peltz promotes Sparrow:) "There are no moral victories in boxing and I don't always buy into the cliche that 'sometimes you can learn more by losing' but I feel like a proud Pop Pop the way Philly lightweight Avery Sparrow performed last night in Las...

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Ryan Martin back with a win

Compiled By Scott Shaffer Ryan Martin TKO6 Carlos Velasquez... Junior welterweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (23-1), from Tennessee, got back in the win column following his November loss in a world title shot agaist Josh Taylor. In Plant City, Florida, Martin defeated Nicaragua's Carlos Velasquez (27-37-2). After six one-sided rounds, Velasquez's...

Berchelt stops overmatched foe

Edited Press Release Miguel Berchelt TKO6 Eleazar Valenzuela... WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt shook off the ring rust Saturday evening in Mexico City, stopping Eleazar Valenzuela [a former flyweight] in the sixth round of a lightweight non-title bout at TV Azteca Studios. Berchelt (38-1, 34 KOs) knocked down Valenzuela (21-14-4,...

Undercard results from Mexico City

Top Rank Press Release Undercard action from Mexico City: teenage junior featherweight Alan David Picasso (14-1, 5 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Florentino Perez Hernandez (14-6-2, 9 KOs). Because there was no local commission present, six judges were used, and they turned in scores of: 80-72 (three times), 79-73, 79-74 and 78-74. Picasso...

MTK gym closing in Marbella, Spain

Press Release MTK announced that MTK Marbella, a boxing gym located in Spain, will not be re-opening, even after the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. The gym released the following statement: "We want to thank everyone who has been a part of our family over the past 8 years and shared in our incredible journey. Whilst the doors...

Report: Jarrell Miller tests positive for PEDs again!

Breaking News In a story broken by the respected MIke Coppinger, heavyweight Jarrell Miller has failed a drug test for at least the fifth time in his combat career. Miller, out of action for over a year since failing three tests for PEDs, has been removed from Top Rank's July 9th show, where he was scheduled to face Jerry Forrest in...