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Chazz Witherspoon to face Oleksandr Usyk on short notice

Breaking News Former world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will face Chazz Witherspoon in his heavyweight debut at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on Saturday night, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Witherspoon replaces Tyrone Spong after there were adverse findings in two of Spong’s urine samples. As a result,...

UFC Fight Pass line-up for Oct. 25th announced

Press Release Reno, Nevada's Silver Legacy Resort Casino will host a UFC Fight Pass boxing event on October 25th. San Antonio, Texas' Kendo "Tremendo" Castaneda (16-0, 7 KOs) faces Estonia native Stan Martyniouk (20-2, 6 KOs), who lives in Belmont, California, in the eight-round junior welterweight main event. The co-feature will...

Ramirez makes generous donation to Dadashev family

Press Release WBC/WBO 140-pound champion Jose Ramirez wanted to do something to benefit the family of Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev, who passed away July 23rd from injuries sustained in the ring. After Ramirez defeated Maurice Hooker in a unification bout July 27th in Arlington, Texas, Ramirez and his adviser, Rick Mirigian, offered...

Crawford to Spence: "Take off the panties and let's fight!"

By Scott Shaffer WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, considered one the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport, is getting frustrated with the lack of opponents and called out IBF/WBC champion Errol Spence in no uncertain terms.  Crawford told TMZ Sports, "Take off them panties and pull your pants up, and let's sign the...

The Phenom Returns To Boxingtalk- One-on-One With Devin Haney

By G. Leon Greg Leon: It's been a while since we had you on Boxingtalk, so first of all congrats on your recent victory over Zaur Abdullaev. Give us some thoughts on that performance. Devin Haney: "I thought that my performance was good. I went in there and did what I had to do. I was just warming up and getting into my groove when the...

Kovalev-Alvarez undercard revealed

Press Release The undercard for Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's ambitious move up from middleweight world champion to challenge WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev has been announced by Main Events. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on...

Jeff Fenech undergoing emergency surgery

By Scott Shaffer Boxingtalk sends its best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to three-division champion Jeff Fenech. The Hall of Famer was working as trainer in Thailand when he began coughing up blood, according to Australian news reports. An infected heart valve was diagnosed, and Fenech will have to undergo emeregency surgery....

Price steps up to face Chisora this month

Press Release Derek Chisora will face former Olympic bronze medal winner David Price at London's O2 Arena on Saturday October 26th, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. Chisora (31-9, 22 KO’s), who was scheduled to face former WBO champion Joseph Parker until the New Zealander was forced out through illness, will...

Spong out of Usyk fight due to positive doping test

By Scott Shaffer Former world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight debut has taken another turn, as his opponent appears to have tested positive for abanned substance. Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted, "We have been contacted by VADA [the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency] to inform us that there has been an adverse finding in...

Introducing Detroit junior middleweight Derrick Coleman, Jr.

Press Release GH3 Promotions has announced the signing of junior middleweight Derrick Coleman, Jr. of Detroit, Michigan. Coleman has a pro record of 9-0 with seven knockouts.  The now 20 year-old Coleman began boxing at the age of four because his family, namely his grandfather were big fans of the sport.  Coleman had a 135-fight...

It's fight week for Dawson-Grachev in Connecticut

Press Release  More than 11 years have passed since promoter Jimmy Burchfield brought live championship boxing to the Connecticut Convention Center. The drought ends Friday when former world light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson of New Haven faces hard-hitting Russian challenger Denis Grachev (19-8-1, 10 KOs) in the eight-round...

17 year-old German girl steps up to eight rounders

Press Release Germany's Sophie Alisch (4-0, 1 KO) will face the toughest test of her career on November 2nd as the 17-year-old takes on Irma Balijagic Adler (16-12, 8 KOs) at the CGM Arena in Koblenz., Germany. Alisch returns to the ring following a points win over Spain’s Vanesa Caballero in August, and will hope to continue her ascent...

Post-Fight Interview: Jermaine Franklin

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on Saturday's victory (W10) over Pavel Sour. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Jermaine Franklin: "I thought I had a good performance. I was fighting good and I'm just glad that I was able to fight my fight and stay calm. Overall I did a good job." GL: "You had him down in the sixth and...

Baranchyk becomes first boxer to stop Bracero

Press Release Ivan Baranchyk TKO4 Gabriel Bracero ... On the Madison Square Garden undercard on Saturday, former IBF junior welterweight champion Ivan Baranchyk (pictured) stopped tough New Yorker Gabriel Bracero in the fourth round of their scheduled ten-round bout. Baranchyk came out throwing hard punches early, looking for an...

Twitter Chatter: Derevyanchenko believes he deserved the decision

By Scott Shaffer Sergiy Derevyanchenko on Sautrday's narrow points loss to Gennadiy Golovkin for the vacant IBF middleweight title: "I feel that I won the fight.  The whole Madison Square Garden saw it. And the whole world saw it. Something really weird happened yesterday. Huge thanks to everyone, who...

JaRico O'Quinn talks about Saturday's win

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on Saturday's unanimous victory over James Gordon Smith (13-3). Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? JaRico O'Quinn: "I feel like it was a great performance by both of us. For me, I feel like it was kind of like the Shawn Porter and Errol Spence fight. I feel like he came in there to work ugly...

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard

Fight Reports Ema Kozin W10 Maria Lindberg... Slovenia's Ema Kozin scored a unanimous decision over tough Swedish challenger Maria Lindberg, a former multiple world champion.  The super middleweight bout was held on Sunday at the Arena Stozice in Ljubljana. After ten rounds of action, two judges scored the fight 96-94, while the third had...

Kai Robin Havnaa to face Al Sands in Norway

Press Release Cruiserweight Kai Robin Havnaa (15-0, 13 KOs) will face Al Sands (20-4-1, 14 KOs) of the United States on November 16th in Oslo, Norway. Havnaa is the son of a former WBO title holder and currently his nation's number one male boxer. On the show, at the historic Ekeberghallen venue, he'll appear alongside Katharina...

Golovkin edges Derevyanchenko in thriller

By Scott Shaffer Gennadiy Golovkin W12 Sergiy Derevyanchenko... This time, Gennadiy "GGG" Golovkin got the benefit of the doubt from the judges.  In a grueling and exciting middleweight bout, 37 year-old Golovkin barely defeated Sergiy Dervyanchenko by decision to capture the vacant IBF title. Derevyanchenko suffered a flash knockdown in round...

Ennis continue shine, scores another knockout on Showtime

Press Release Jaron Ennis TKO3 Demian Fernandez... Unbeaten welterweight Jaron Ennis scored yet another knockout with a third-round TKO of Demian Fernandez at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Mich. Ennis, widely considered one of the top prospects in boxing, wasted no time in his first fight under the national spotlight...

Madrimov keeps rolling at MSG

Press Release Israil Madrimov TKO5 Alejandro Barerra ... At Madison Square Garden in New York City, junior middleweight hopeful Israil Madrimov racked up a fifth-round stoppage of Alejandro Barerra (29-6). Madrimov (listed at 4-0 but more accurately 10-1 due to pro fights in the World Series of Boxing) signalled his cruel intentions early...

Franklin floors Sour twice in win

Press Release Jermaine Franklin W10 Pavel Sour,... In the Showtime opener from Flint, Michigna, heavyweight Jermaine Franklin scored two knockdowns en route to a ten-round unanimous decision over Pavel Sour, scored 97-91, 98-91, 98-90.  Fighting less than an hour from his hometown of Saginaw, Mich., Franklin (20-0, 13 KOs) scored knockdowns...

Claressa Shields issues statement on weigh-in attack

Claressa Shields Social Media Post Statement posted to Claressa Shields' social media: Hey everybody what’s up, the last 24 hours I’ve had time to reflect on what happened and I want you guys to hear it personally from me. My heart is with Coach [Bashir] Ali [hospitalized with apparent broken bones in his face from an attack at the weigh-in]. He is a coach who...

Shields-Habazin off due to weigh-in incident

By Scott Shaffer Showtime Boxing confirmed on its Twitter page that tomorrow's main event between world middleweight champion Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin, scheduled for Shields' hometown of Flint, Michigan, has been called off. The reason: Habazin's trainer, James Ali Bashir was seriously wounded by a sucker punch and is...

Cunningham: Lubin will face Gallimore instead of Gausha

By G. Leon Trainer Kevin Cunningham (pictured), who trains junior middleweight Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin, says Lubin's scheduled opponent ex-Olympian Terrell Gausha has withdrawn from the fight due to injury. The fight was supposed to be a WBC title eliminator to be held on Saturday, October 26th at Santander Arena in...

Heather Hardy tests positive for a banned substance

Heather Hardy Instagram post Heather Hardy on her positive test for a banned substance: I found out yesterday that my VADA tests came back negative for PEDs but [positive for] a prescription medication— something I never heard of, so I was of course alarmed The med is diuretic “water pill” that can be used for heart and kidney conditions but for me...

Charlie Edwards vacates title instead of rematching J.C. Martinez

By Scott Shaffer Shortly after being ordered to give Julio Cesar Martinez a rematch, Charlie Edwards (15-1-0-1 NC, 6 KOs), has decided to vacate the WBC flyweight title, claiming it is too difficult for him to make the weight (112 pounds).  In his most recent fight on September 1st, Edwards barely retained his championship against Martinez in...

Golden Ticket featherweight results

Press Release Leigh Wood, Ryan Walsh, Jazza Dickens and Tyrone McCullagh are the first ever Golden Contract semi-finalists after the tournmaent's opening night at London's York Hall. The featherweight division of the competition saw Wood and Walsh halted Davey Oliver Joyce and Hairon Socarras respectively to earn over $6,000 in bonuses...

Heavyweight Ronald Johnson to headline and co-promote Oct. 12th show

Press Release Junior middleweight Brandyn "Bad News" Lynch (9-1) returns to action next Saturday when he faces Bernard Thomas (5-6) in Pico Rivera, California.  The 28 year-old Lynch, who began boxing professionally in late 2016 is the nephew of Eddie Murphy-- the legendary comedian and actor who recently signed a major distribution...

John Molina Jr. retires from boxing

Press Release Premier Boxing Champions has announced that John Molina Jr. retired after a storied professional boxing career that lasted 13 years. Molina, 36, one of the true gladiators of the sport, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Molina retired in the wake of last week's loss to Josesito Lopez. He finishes with a record of 30-9...

De La Hoya sued by former employee

By Scott Shaffer The Blast reports that former multi-division champion Oscar De La Hoya has been sued by radio disc jockey David "Tattoo" Gonzalez. The allegation is that De La Hoya, who employed Gonzalez, forced him into illicit activities, while De La Hoya was under the influence multiple substances. While the claims are just allegations,...

IBHOF releases 2020 ballot

Press Release The International Boxing Hall of Fame released the 2020 ballots to itsl panel of voters today. Inductees will be named in the following categories: Modern, Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non-Participant and Observer; and, for the first time, Women’s Modern and Trailblazer. In addition to the newly created women’s boxing categories,...

Great news! Adonis Stevenson to attend Quebec show!

Press Release Former world light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who fought five world title fights in Quebec City during his reign, is well enough to attend the November 23rd show at Quebec City's Videotron Center. Stevenson suffered a severe brain injury and nearly died in his last fight, a career-ending loss against...

Marie-Ève Dicaire to defend title in Quebec City

Press Release On November 23rd, the Videotron Center in Quebec City host Marie-Ève Dicaire (16-0, 0 KOs) defending her IBF 154-pound championaship for the third time against Ogleidis Suarez (29-3-1, 13 KOs) from Venezuela. Also featured will be Mikael Zewski (33-1, 22 KOs) in a welterweight contest against Georgia's Brad "King"...

Misael Lopez in action on Friday

Press Release Super featherweight Misael Lopez (11-0) is looking to close out 2019 with a win.  The 23 year old returns to action tomorrow in Houston, Texas against Mexico's Nestor Robledo (7-10-2) on the first card promoted by Jermall and Jermell Charlo's Lions Only Promotions in which neither of the twins is fighting on the card....

Fight Club OC reveals line-up for Oct. 10th show

Press Release On Thursday, October 10th, Fight Club OC returns to The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California with a six bout card mixing boxing and MMA. Headlining the boxing side will be Maywood, California’s Jose Casillas (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Lake Elsinore, California’s Jorge Porras (0-2-1) in a four-round...

Spotlight on Saturday's Showtime undercard

Press Release A Thursday press conference in Flint, Michigan featured four boxers competing on this Saturday's Showtime telecast: undefeated welterweight Jaron Ennis who faces Argentina’s Demian Daniel Fernandez over  and unbeaten heavyweight Jermaine Franklin and his opponentn, once-beaten Pavel Šour. Here is what the four press...

Baranchyk-Bracero tops MSG undercard this weekend

Press Release Ex-world title holder Ivan Baranchyk (pictured) and Gabriel Bracero in a 140-pound battle this Saturday, and two divisions heavier at 154, Israil Madrimov and Alejandro Barrera will do battle on the same show. Both fights will be broadcast by DAZN and the fights will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ...

Top Rank announces Reno undercard for Oct. 26th

Press Release Top Rank has announced the undercard bouts that will take place before Shakur Stevenson takes on Joet Gonzalez for the vacant WBO featherweight title on Saturday, October 26th at Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Nevada. Bantamweight champion Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer, also known as “Mr. Do That,” “Mr. ESPN,” and “Night...

Katharina Thanderz lands Norwegian headlining slot

Press Release Katharina Thanderz (12-0, 2 KOs) has landed a big fight on November 16th as she tops an action-packed event at the Ekeberghallen in Oslo, Norway. Having signed a promotional deal with Team Sauerland, Thanderz aims to follow in the footsteps of Cecilia Brækhus, the current world welterweight champion, who is considered one...