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Chocolatito Gonzalez books comeback fight

Source: Top Rank After nineteen months out of the ring, the fighting pride of Nicaragua is back for a long-awaited homecoming. Former four-division champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will face Colombian puncher Rober Barrera in the ten-round bantamweight main event on Friday, July 12th at Polideportivo Alexis Argüello in Managua,...

Weigh-in report from Bolton, England

Source: Wasserman Boxing Live on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom on Friday, June 21st, 'King' Lyndon Arthur returns to face Liam 'Cannonball' Cameron in Bolton, England. Arthur is 23-2 and coming off a WBA championship loss to Dmitri Bivol. Cameron is 23-5. He failed a drug test in 2018 but took more than five years off and has returned with...

Spotlight on Espinoza vs. Chirino

Source: Top Rank Two Mexican warriors are set to author another chapter in their country's historic saga of championship battles. Rafael “El Divino” Espinoza (24-0, 20 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBO featherweight title against Sergio Chirino (22-1, 13 KOs) this Friday, June 21st at Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Promoted by Top Rank,...

Shields and Joanisse making the rounds to promote their fight

Source: Salita Promotions Claressa Shields and upcoming opponent Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse came face-to-face for the first time at a press conference held on Wednesday in Flint, Michigan, to discuss hometown hero Shields’ rise in weight to challenge Quebec’s Joanisse at 175 pounds (the WBC is calling it a heavyweight championship, the WBO is...

Robeisy Ramirez looking to pick up the pieces after losing title

Source: Top Rank Former featherweight title holder Robeisy Ramirez (27-4 including pro bouts in the World Series of Boxing) of Cuba wants another shot at the title before the end of the year, but first, he'll have to get past one of the division's most battle-tested contenders. Ramirez, a Cuban two-time Olympic gold medalist, will...

Mayweather to fight August exhibition in Mexico City

Source: WBC Floyd Mayweather will appear “for the first and only time” in a Mexican boxing ring on August 24th at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico at Mexico City. In the other corner for the exhibition bout will be John Gotti III, the grandson of the organized crime leader. It will be a rematch of a 2023 exhibition bout. Gotti is 2-0 in...

Batyrgaziev to battle Carroll for WBA trinket at 130 pounds

The next IBA Champions’ Night, in Serpukhov, Russia on July 12th, will feature a WBA interim super featherweight title, as Russian Olympic champion and undefeated Albert Batyrgaziev (10-0) is to face Ireland's Jono Carroll (24-2-1). Carroll has won his last six fights following a loss to Maxi Hughes. The previoulsy...

Oyeleye to risk his undefeated record vs. DiStefano

Press Release On Saturday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, junior middleweight Oluwafemi Oyeleye risks his undefeated record against Leonardo DiStefano in an eight rounder that will headline an eight-bout card promoted by R&B Promotions. Oyeleye, age 29 and from Philadelphia, boasts a record of 15-0 with nine knockouts. The...

Panamanian update

Source: WBA Panama's Leroy Estrada and Colombia's Ruben Mendoza will step into the ring at the Coliseo de Combates Pandeportes in Panama City in a super flyweight bout tonight (Thursday).  Estrada, a southpaw, is extremely inactive. He suffered consecutive defeats between 2018 and 2019 that caused him to stay out of the ring. He...

Old pro Bercier steps in to face undefeated Perdomo

Edited Press Release Leo Bercier, age 43, was happy to accept a short-notice fight against Leonardo Perdomo on Friday at BKFC 62. Bercier, a natural cruiserweight, is moving up in weight for the evening to battle the heavy-handed heavyweight Perdomo. As a traditional boxer, Bercier campaigned from 2005 through 2016, compiling a pedestrian...

Hutchinson gets opportunity to fight Buatsi for interim belt

By Scott Shaffer With Anthony Yarde apparently on the sidelines due to promotional dispute, the WBO is moving forward with Joshua Buatsi vs. Willie Hutchinson for the vacant WBO interim light heavyweight championship. A purse bid has been scheduled for Monday, June 24 with a minimum bid of $300,000. The WBO decided to create the interim...

With Parker's backing, David Nyika steps up his cruiserweight campaign

Source: Duco Events Undefeated David Nyika and Duco Events are on a mission to bring a cruiserweight championship to New Zealand for the very first time. In a groundbreaking collaboration, interim WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has aligned forces with Duco, Thornberry Promotions and DAZN to broadcast Nyika’s pursuit of a 200-pound...

Top Rank wins purse bid... but will Haney take the fight?

By Scott Shaffer On Tuesday, the WBC held a purse bid for a mandatory fight in the junior welterweight division between champion Devin Haney (31-1, 15 knockouts) and mandatory challenger Sandor Martin (42-3, 15 knockouts) of Spain. Top Rank won the rights with a winning bid of $2,420,000. The WBC announced it will employ its relatively new...

New champion alert: Mario Barrios upgraded by WBC

Source: WBC With world welterweight champion. Terence Crawford moving up to junior middleweight, the WBC Board of Governors has voted to elevate interim champion Mario Barrios to WBC world champion. Crawford will be designated WBC welterweight champion in recess, which could be valuable to him if he decides to drop back down to...

Teofimo Lopez talks about upcoming title defense

Press Release WBO and lineal junior welterweight world champion Teofimo Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) prepares to defend his titles against Steve Claggett (38-7-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday, June 29, at James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida.  Lopez, the first world champion of Honduran descent, will headline in South Florida for the first time, where...

Introducing lightweight Tayden “The Butcher” Beltran

Press Release Lightweight Tayden “The Butcher” Beltran (8-0-1, 4 KOs) from Huntington Beach, California, will headline a CBN Promotions fight card this Saturday June 22nd at Thunder Studios in Long Beach, CA. Beltran will battle Cesar Villarraga (10-9-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round main event. The entire event will be broadcast live...

BKFC in Southern Florida this Friday

Press Release Three BKFC titles will be on the line Friday at BKFC 62 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.  The two top bareknuckle featherweights collide in the main event as Montana's Kai "Hefty Bag" Stewart defends his featherweight championship for the second time against Miami’s Bryan "El Gallo" Duran. Stewart...

Alvarez vs. Scull purse bid officially DOA

By Scott Shaffer UPDATE: After two postponements, the IBF announced that its planned purse bid for a Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. William Scull super middleweight fight has been cancelled. The news came out about an hour before the bid was set to take place. Normally, a cancelled purse bid means that the parties have agreed to terms for a fight,...

Makhmudov and Vianello booked for battle in August

Source: Top Rank Heavyweights Arslanbek “The Lion’” Makhmudov and Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello will do battle in a ten-rounder on Saturday, Aug. 17th at Videotron Centre in Quebec City. The clash of 6-foot-6 behemoths will serve as the co-feature to the Christian Mbilli-Sergiy Derevyanchenko super middleweight main event. Promoted by Top...

Yankiel Rivera scores win in San Juan

Source: WBA Yankiel Rivera W10 Victor Sandoval... Puerto Rican featherweight Yankiel Rivera defeated Victor Sandoval last weekend by unanimous decision at the Juan Aubin Cruz Abreu Coliseum in San Juan. Rivera improved his professional record to 6-0 after winning unanimously on the scorecards by 98-91 (twice) and 97-92. The 26...

Darius Fulghum will step up vs. Ronald Ellis

Press Release Super middleweight Darius “DFG” Fulghum (11-0, 10 KOs) is pumped to be headlining his first show on June 25th, when he faces veteran Ronald Ellis (18-4-2, 12 KOs) in a ten-round match on “Golden Boy Fight Night”, streaming live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.  “I’m extremely blessed to be starting...

Results from the Emerald Queen Casino

Press Release Austin Brooks W10 Aram Avagyan... Junior lightweight Austin Brooks (12-0-1, 5 KOs) remained undefeated, albeit by way of a unpopular ten-round split draw with Aram “Warrior” Avagyan (11-1-3, 5 KOs) o a weekend card presented by Toro Promotions, Inc., in association with Whitfield Haydon Boxing, at the Emerald Queen Casino (EQC)...

Andres Cortes to battle Abraham Nova on ESPN+ this Friday

Press Release Top Rank’s undefeated super featherweight Andres "Savage" Cortes (21-0, 12 KOs) takes another step up in competition when he battles Abraham Nova (23-2, 16 KOs) this Friday, June 21st at at Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Cortes vs. Nova will serve as the ten-round chief support prior to Rafael Espinoza, who will defend his...

Bangkok to host boxing show on June 28th

Source: WBC Bangkok's World Siam Stadium will host boxing on June 28th including a junior middleweight clash featuring India’s Rohit Choudhary (6-1-2) against China’s Tao Zhang (7-2). Choudhary, hailing from India, is renowned for his relentless aggression and powerful punches. His journey to this fight has been marked by...

Gadzhimagomedov to face Zhang for vacant bridgerweight strap

By Scott Shaffer Two-time amateur world champion and 2021 Olympic silver medallist Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (3-0) will fight for the vacant WBA bridgerweight title at IBA Champions’ Night in Serpukhov, Russia on July 12th. He'll face WBA mandatory His rival will be WBA mandatory contender Zhaoxin Zhang of China (12-2-1). The previous...

Promoter looks back on Tommy Morrison vs. Razor Ruddock

By Tony Holden, as posted on social media June 1995, twenty nine years ago. This is my story. As a boxing promoter for over 30 years, this was my biggest challenge. While I've promoted world title fights, Tommy Morrison vs. Razor Ruddock had the most highs and lows I've ever experienced. Three years earlier, Tommy beat George Forman for the WBO heavyweight world...

Billam-Smith avenges only loss vs. Riakporhe

Source: Sky Sports Chris Billam-Smith W12 Richard Riakporhe... WBO cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith avenged his only loss and retained his title, defeating Richard Riakporhe by unanimous decision in Riakporhe's home venue at Selhurst Park in England's Crystal Palace. Five years eago, Billam-Smith (20-1) suffered the only defeat of...

New champion alert: Liam Paro scores huge upset over Subriel Matias

By Scott Shaffer Liam Paro W12 Subriel Matias... A huge upset occurred in Manati, Puerto Rico, as unheralded Australian Liam Paro defeated Subriel Matias to become the new IBF junior welterweight champion. Paro took Matias' title in Matias' home territory by unanimous decision. The referee dubiously penalized Paro one point for hitting behind...

Tank Davis rolls over Ghost Martin

Sean Sullivan @ ringside Gervonta Davis KO8 Frank Martin... Following a slow start, Gervonta “Tank” Davis, 133.4 lbs., of Baltimore, MD, demolished fellow southpaw Frank “The Ghost” Martin, 134.4 lbs., of Indianapolis, IN, in round eight to make the fifth defense of his WBA lightweight title, headlining the 100th championship boxing event held at the...

Benavidez defeats Gvozdyk via decision

Sean Sullivan @ ringside David Benadvidez W12 Oleksandr Gvozdyk... Tired of waiting around for a shot at world super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, David “The Mexican Monster” Benavidez moved up to the light heavyweight division to battle a former WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the vacant WBC interim title. After...

Big night for Domincan Republic as Adames and Puello both win

Sean Sullivan @ ringside Carlos Adames W12 Terrell Gausha... In his first fight since being elevated from interim title holder to full WBC middleweight champion in May, Dominican Carlos Adames, 159.2 lbs., based in Las Vegas, defended his title via unanimous decision against Terrell Gausha, 160 lbs., of Cleveland, OH, to open up the Davis-Martin PBC...

PBC on Prime results: wins for Magsayo and Davis

Sean Sullivan @ ringside Mark Magsayo W12 Eduardo Ramirez... Determined to re-enter the world title picture, Filipino Mark Magsayo, 129.4 lbs., the former WBC featherweight champion based out of Valencia, CA, earned a unanimous decision win against Mexican southpaw Eduardo Ramirez, 129 lbs., of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, over 10 rounds. Following...

Watch: Woodall upsets Richards via TKO

By Scott Shaffer Steed Woodall TKO6 Lerrone Richards... In Bolton, England on Friday, Steed Woodall upset previously unbeaten Lerrone Richards via sixth-round technical knockout in a super middleweight bout.  Richards, a former IBO champion, is now 18-1, but found himself on the canvas in round six via a big right hand. Richards beat the ten...

Supplement maker strikes back at Ryan Garcia

By Scott Shaffer After testing positive for the banned substance ostarine in the wake of his big victory over WBC 140-pound champion Devin Haney, boxing bad boy Ryan Garcia said he unknowingly took two different tainted supplements, and purported to show proof of testing to ESPN through his legal representatives. ESPN reported the two...

Diaz vs. Masvidal preview is now online

Press Release Fanmio has released the first installment of the four-part “Last Man Standing” documentary series on the Fanmio YouTube Channel, designed to bring fans into training camp and behind the scenes with combat sports superstars Nate Diaz and Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal ahead of their pro boxing showdown on a Saturday, July...

Off-TV results from Las Vegas

Sean Sullivan @ ringside Daniel Blancas TKO1 Aro Schwartz... The historic 100th championship fight night held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas began at 12:33pm local time on Saturday afternoon. Later this evening, Gervonta “Tank” Davis will headline the latest PBC PPV on Prime against Frank Martin, in defense of his lightweight...

Purse bid scheduled for Buatsi vs. Yarde

By Scott Shaffer The stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control decded to order a British light heavyweight championship contest between Joshua Buatsi and Anthony Yarde. A purse bid has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 10th with the stuipulation that the bout take place by the end of November. Buatsi, the reigning champion, is 18-0...

Boxingtalk's Saturday fight predictions

By Michael Borao, Jr. Here are Boxingtalk's predictions for a busy Saturday: Subriel Matias (20-1) vs. Liam Paro (24-0) (IBF super lightweight title) … prediction: Matias by mid-round knockout; Chris Billam-Smith (19-1) vs. Richard Riakporhe (17-0) (WBO cruiserweight title) … prediction: Riakporhe by decision; Gervonta Davis (29-0) vs....

Weigh-in report from Las Vegas

Source: PBC / WBC Headlining tomorrow night's pay-per-view show in Kas Vegas is the undefeated two-division champion Gervonta "Tank" Davis defending his WBA lightweight championship against unbeaten contender Frank “The Ghost” Martin. At Friday's weigh-in both Davis (29-0) and Martin (18-0) came in below the 135-pound weight limit, coming in...

Justin Viloria added to today's PBC free livestream

Press Release Undefeated teenager Justin Viloria will battle Mexico’s Angel Contreras in an eight-round super featherweight contest that will open up a three-fight PBC on Prime Video stream today (Saturday, June 15th) in the 100th championship fight night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. These three preliminary matchups will...