WBO orders Billam-Smith vs. Riakporhe II

WBO orders Billam-Smith vs. Riakporhe II

The WBO has ordered its cruiserweight champion, Chris-Billam Smith, to make a mandatory defense vs. the big, powerful and undefeated Richard Riakporhe. This fight will be a rematch as Riakporhe (17-0) handed Billam-Smith his only professional loss by split decision in 2019. Both men are from the United Kingdom. The WBO gave the two camps just ten days to negotiate and reach an agreement. Failure to do so will result in the WBO ordering purse bid proceedings. Billam-Smith (19-1) took the title from Lawrence Okolie and defended it against Mateusz Masternak, both fights coming in 2023.

Welterweight bout matches Yeritsyan against Randall

Welterweight bout matches Yeritsyan against Randall
Welterweight Gor Yeritsyan (17-0, 14 KOs), based in Los Angeles, will face Houston's Quinton Randall (13-1-1, 3 KO’s) at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California on Friday. The show will be presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions. Yeritsyan is trained by the legendary Freddie Roach of Wild Card Boxing in Hollywood, California. He has  power, as indicated by his 14 knockouts in 17 fights. However against Randall, he will need his boxing skills along with punching power, as Randall has only lost once in 14 fights. Randall's only defeat was against unbeaten Brian Norman. “I’m very excited because it’s my first main event on UFC Fight Pass,” Yeritsyan said. “It means a lot to me because I have come a long way to achieve this. I am now working very hard with my coach, Freddie Roach, and the team. I have to be 100 percent ready for this fight."

Toussaint will fight Kalunga on Friday in NY

Toussaint will fight Kalunga on Friday in NY

Haitian-born Wendy Toussaint and Egyptian-born Mponda Kalunga will wage a junior middleweight battle this Friday at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington (Long Island) New York. Toussaint, a U.S. citizen, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jerome Jones, whom he knocked out in the third round on October 28th. The 32 year-old Toussaint is 15-2 with 7 KOs. Kalunga now has Canadian citizenship. He is on a nine-fight winning streak since 2018, so he has great confidence despite not being the favorite in the fight. Overall, Kalunga has a record of 11 wins, 2 losses and 3 knockouts.


 

Unbeaten flyweights to collide in Florida on Saturday

Unbeaten flyweights to collide in Florida on Saturday

Unbeaten flyweights to collide in Florida on Saturday

Two unbeaten flyweights will face off this Saturday at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida in a Mexico vs. Puerto Rico showdown. Andy Dominguez of Mexico will battle Yankiel Rivera of Purto Rico. Dominguez is 10-0 with 6 KOs. He debuted in 2020 and all of his fights have taken place in the United States. The Mexico City native, age 25, is based in Las Vegas. Rivera (4-0 with 2 KOs) was a member of the Puerto Rican national team and participated in the 2021 Olympic Games, which ended his career in amateur boxing. He entered the pro ranks with high expectations and has been winning good fights since his pro debut in 2022. The 26 year-old from Bayamon has been adapting his style to the pro game and has shown good ring intelligence.

Inoue and Hiruta named Japanese boxers of the year for 2023

Inoue and Hiruta named Japanese boxers of the year for 2023
Over the weekend, the Annual Award Ceremony of the Japanese Boxing Commission was held to honor the best of that nation's boxing during 2023. Not surprisingly, 122-pound champion Naoya Inoue as the star of the show. He won three of the most important awards of the night.  Inoue was presented with the best boxer of the year award thanks to his excellent campaign and also won the knockout of the year. In addition, his fight against Stephen Fulton was awarded as the best fight of 2023.  Meanwhile, WBO super flyweight champion Mizuki Hiruta was awarded female boxer of the year after making two dominant defenses and remaining the reigning champion in her ascending career.  Other fighters such as Kenshiro Teraji also received recognition at the ceremony, which also gave awards to promoters, trainers and others who develop Japanese boxing. 
 

Big road win makes Eduardo Nunez a mandatory contender

Big road win makes Eduardo Nunez a mandatory contender
Eduardo Nunez TKO11 Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov... A 130-pound IBF title eliminator match took place between Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov from Tajikistan and Eduardo Nunez of Mexico over the weekend. Nunez improved to 26-1 with an eleventh-round stoppage win. The bout was part of an IBA show in Rakhimov's home country. Competing for a title shot at IBF super featherweight champion Joe Cordina, Nunez shook Rakhimov in the second round with a strong right hand that sent the home boxer into the ropes. A former 130-pound champion, Rakhimov replied with a hard left uppercut. Rakhimov was the boxer with momentum on his side early, pinning his opponent into the ropes, but Nunez dominated the fifth round, stringing together combination punches, topped off by a left hook to the chin. Rakhimov had to endure the offense for the rest of the minute, just making it to the bell having spent much of that time with his gloves up.
 
The eighth round resembled a scene in a boxing movie, as both men had moments where he would strike the other with unprotected combinations, all without retreat. The roar of the crowd came when Rakhimov had Nunez unable to reply, followed by a deafening silence when the Mexican had the momentum. But Nunez would ruined Rakhimov’s homecoming, starting the eleventh round on the front foot. A clear blow was followed by several shots to the head without response, forcing the referee to end the match by technical knockout. Nunez is expected to face Cordina in May.
 

Andres "Savage" Cortes calls for a title shot

Andres "Savage" Cortes calls for a title shot

Andres "Savage" Cortes calls for a title shot
Top Rank's super featherweight Andres "Savage" Cortes (21-0, 12 KOs), delivered a strong performance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden this past Friday, ending the twelve-fight winning streak of Bryan Chevalier (20-2-11, 6 KOs) in early fashion. Cortes secured a fourth-round TKO victory after a dominant display in the ring, prompting Chevalier's corner to throw in the towel. From the opening bell, Cortes showcased his skills and aggression, dictating the pace of the fight and landing hardfcombinations. By the end of the third round, it was clear that Chevalier was struggling to keep up with Cortes' onslaught. In the fourth round, Cortes continued to press forward, overwhelming Chevalier with a barrage of punches. Sensing his fighter's distress, Chevalier's corner made the decision to throw in the towel, conceding defeat and handing Cortes the victory.
 
"This victory means everything to me," said Cortes. "I trained tirelessly for this moment, and to come out on top against a tough opponent like Chevalier was very rewarding. I want to thank my brother and trainer Luis, my entire team, along with my promoter Top Rank for all they did behind the scenes. I’m hoping that this win will catapult me to top five in the WBO and top ten in the WBC.”
 
Looking ahead, Cortes has his sights set on bigger challenges, targeting WBC champion O'Shaquie Foster and WBO titlist Emanuel Navarrete. "I'm ready to take on the best in the division," Cortes declared. "Foster and Navarrete, I'm coming for you. I want to prove that I belong among the elite, and I won't stop until I have those belts around my waist." Cortes' victory was made even sweeter by the fact that it was broadcast live on ESPN, allowing him to showcase his skills in front of a national audience.

Undercard results from Tajikistan

Undercard results from Tajikistan
Sharabutdin Ataev W10 Loren Alfonso... Sharabutdin Ataev claimed the inaugural IBA 190-pound title on the IBA show at the Dushanbe Tennis Court and Water Sports Complex in Tajikistan. He defeated his long-time amateur nemesis Loren Alfonso in the main event. Competing for Azerbaijan, the Havana-born fAlonso came into the main event with a 2021 world amateur title, a 2023 world amateur silver, and a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Russian Ataev was the man to defeat Alfonso in that 2023 world final, meaning this could be an opportunity for retribution. The early stages of the bout had a low frequency of punches, but those that landed were often those of Alfonso. However, Ataev came alive out of the corner for round five, landing several punches to Alfonso against the ropes. A fantastic right hand in the sixth round was one of the best strikes of the bout, giving the Azerbaijan boxer more favor with the judges. As the bout wore on, Ataev looked more comfortable and was able to pick up points in bunches. While some matches tonight saw competitors refusing to give space to each other, this was all about avoiding the opponent and getting the clean strikes. After much deliberation, it was Ataev who was deemed victorious with the judges and the recipient of $300,000.
 
ADDITIONAL RESULTS
 
The opening bout of the night saw Uzbekistan featherweight Mirazizbek Mirzkhalilov defeat Mexico’s Luis Rodriguez Ocana to set up an IBA title match with Vsevolod Shumkov. The eliminator match started dramatically and the final moments of the first round was much of the same. Mirzkhalilov stunned Ocana within the first 20 seconds, forcing the Mexican to fight back with all his might to avoid an early finish. However, the southpaw would bite back against the Uzbek, finding the better of his opponent by the end of the second round – a contrast that looked unlikely just minutes before. It was a fight of the highest quality, with neither athlete looking dominant over the other. Mirzkhalilov and Ocana would share the spotlight going back and forth during rounds, until the fifth round when the 2019 world amateur champion was able to absorb the pressure piling on him from Ocana against the ropes. From this position, he defensively attacked, ending the halfway point with a stunning blow, stamping his authority.
 
Dealing with a cut, Ocana would continue to hunt down the Uzbek and would find his moments – but it was Mirzakhalilov who dictated the pace, the stance of his opponent and eventually would dictate the footwork of the Mexican. By the ninth round, it was a case of Mirzakhalilov being careful and not allowing his opponent – who has won 14 of his 15 matches by knockout or technical knockout – to drop him to the floor.
 
Mirzakhalilov would have his arm raised and in a post-match sequence, and would come face-to-face with his next opponent, Shumkov in an intense stare down that followed a heated exchange between the two at the official weigh in on the previous day.
 
 
Bakhodur Usmonov was victorious in a junior welterweight contest against Javid Chalabiyev of Azerbaijan in the other title match. Both fighters were nimble on their feet from the start, but it was the home favourite who landed the quality jabs. The opening round saw Usmonov catch his opponent out while in a back foot stance. Chalabiyev struggled to return the favour at first but had more fortune once the bout progressed. However, Usmonov’s best skill is his evasiveness. While the Azerbaijani boxer was aggressive and pushed the Tajikistan athlete into small pockets of space, he was not able to match the shots of Usmonov. The fifth round saw Usmonov land a clean strike coming out of the clinch. Behind on points, Chalabiyev resorted to distraction tactics, trying to reel Usmonov in, in a bid to land a decisive blow. After eight rounds, Usmonov was named the unanimous winner, rewarded for effectively covering the whole ring, landing incredible shots, and dodging those of his opponent.
 
In the first of the matches tonight featuring home boxers, Shamsher Saidov was welcomed to the arena by a feral crowd, prior to his welterweight match against Mirzomakhmat Mirzabekov of Uzbekistan. The energy fed him well, starting with an intensity that startled the larger Mirzabekov. The Uzbek saw many of his jabs ducked by his foe. Such speed can lead to a boxer tiring quickly, but Saidov was not letting up. Mirzabekov found his aggression, holding his position and sending the fans into a frenzy as the pair flung punches at each other. So fired up, Saidov was so eager to go into the fourth round that he had to be recalled to his corner to put his gumshield in. The fifth round caused a wall of noise as it seemed the Tajikistan boxer forced Mirzabekov to fall, but it was ruled a slip, not a knockdown. There was no doubt about the winner in the end as Saidov chased his opponent around the ring for the final stages, claiming victory after six rounds.
 
Finally, Akmal Ubaydov defeated Kazakhstan’s Assylzhan Serikbay at featherweight. A right-hand lead halfway through the second round sent Serikbay backwards on his feet and made the referee deliver a standing count. It came after the Kazakh had Ubaydov up on the ropes. Serikbay may have looked relieved to hear the bell and have a minute’s rest going into the third round, but by the time it ended, he looked as if he did not want to stop. A remarkable turnaround put the visiting boxer back in contention for the win. Ubaydov looked more passive as the match went on but was effectively evasive. Ubaydov would face a points deduction with little more than a minute to go due to the mouth guard coming out on three occasions. Now, facing a potential loss, the Tajik boxer charged at his opponent for the final minute, knowing he had nothing to lose. On home soil, Ubaydov would remain undefeated with his sixth career victory. Serikbay would be the first to last the length of the bout against the Tajik fighter, showing his resilience against a strong opponent.
 
Check out all the bouts at night.iba.sport.

WBA featherweight situation

WBA featherweight situation
Victor Morales and Luis Reynaldo Nunez will meet on March 16th in a WBA featherweight eliminator bout to be held at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. A Mexican-American who lives in the state of Washington, Morales Jr. (19-0-1 with 9 KOs) is on a strong run after defeating Diego De La Hoya and Edwin Palomares in back-to-back fights.  Nunez, a 24 year-old Dominican, has come on strong in the United States and in his most recent bout, he vanquished the previously unbeaten Christian Olivo.Nunez is 19-0 with 13 KOs as a pro. The WBA featherweight title is currently vacant with Leigh Wood moving up four pounds to 130. The vacancy wont last for long howeer, as Otabek Kholmatov and Raymond Ford will vie for the belt on March 2nd at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. 
 
Kholmatov is a strong and intelligent fighter, age 25 from Uzbekistan. He has knockout power combined with good boxing and an excellent IQ in the ring. Ford, meanwhile, is a 24-year-old American who has defeated the likes of Jessie Magdaleno, Richard Medina and Samaria Luka. Kholmatov has 12 wins, 11 of them by knockout. Ford, meanwhile, has 14 wins, 1 draw and 7 KOs.
 

 

Canadian novice Sara Haghighat Joo lands world title shot

Canadian novice Sara Haghighat Joo lands world title shot

Canadian novice Sara Haghighat Joo lands world title shot
Guadalupe Bautista will travel to Canada to defend her WBA junior flyweight title on April 27th against local Sara Haghighat Joo. The bout will take place at the Toronto Casino Resort and will be the main event of the night. Bautista, age 35, is the  champion and will try to retain her crown on the road. The Mexico City native is 23-11-2 and will be making the third defense of her belt, which she won in 2020 when she defeated Nora Cardoza.  In September 2021, Bautista made her first defense, defeating Alma Meraz Rodriguez, and her second was against Gabriela Sanchez in 2022. It should be noted that during all that time, Bautista has remained active and making fights, despite the fact that in some of them her belt was not at stake.  Haghighat Joo is just 3-0 and made her pro debut  less than eighteen months ago, in November 2022. She is 29 years old andhas good technique.
 

Watch: UFC 145-pound title changes hands on a KO

Watch: UFC 145-pound title changes hands on a KO
There wasn't much boxing action around the world on Saturday, but there was a significant mixed martial knockout in a UFC championship fight. Spain's Ilia Topuria ended the long featherweight (145 pounds in UFC) of Alexander Volkanovski. Topuria landed two combinations to KO Volkanovski. He become just the fifth UFC 145-pound champion since the division began in 2010. 

Foster defeats Nova to retain title

Foster defeats Nova to retain title
O'Shaquie Foster W12 Abraham Nova ... O'Shaquie "Ice Water" Foster (22-2, 12 KOs) defended his WBC junior lightweight title with a split decision over Abraham "El Super" Nova (23-2, 16 KOs) Friday evening at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  After studying each other with jabs and feints in the early rounds, Foster began to take control by rounds six and seven, landing power shots on a Nova who was beginning to fade. Foster hurt Nova with a series of chopping right hands in the ninth to begin widening his lead and punctuated his performance by dropping him with a left hook in the final round, One judge had it 113-114 for Nova, which was overruled by scores of 115-112 and 116-111 for Foster.
 
Foster said, “I don’t want to make any excuses, but when I went to throw a right hand his elbow hit the middle of my bicep, so it kind of tightened my stuff up. But it’s all good. My rhythm was off tonight. It’s all good. We came home with the win, so I can’t complain. I’m a 12-round fighter and I know how to make judgements through the fight. So, he came on strong in the beginning, but I found my rhythm and his timing, and then I started picking it off. Navarrete is busy. I’ll take on Lamont Roach Jr. or the winner of Oscar Valdez vs. Liam Wilson.”
 
Nova said, “O’Shaquie is a great fighter. He did hit me, but I did slip {in the 12th round}. I lost my balance. I wasn’t hurt. The fight would have been a draw if that hadn’t happened. This is boxing. I know they probably think I wasn’t that good. But you guys see I’m a great fighter. Hopefully you guys can see me here again. I’m a world class contender. O’Shaquie, we can run it back. Let’s do it again. If not, I can fight Navarrete or anybody.”
 

Nontshingha regains IBF 108-pound title in rematch vs. Curiel

Nontshingha regains IBF 108-pound title in rematch vs. Curiel

Nontshingha regains IBF 108-pound title in rematch vs. Curiel
Sivenathi Nontshingha TKO10 Adrian Curiel... In Oaxaca, Mexico, South Africa's Sivenathi Nontshingha gained revenge and his title back after losing his IBF light flyweight title to Adrian Curiel three months ago. At first, it looked like Curiel would be retaining his world title belt with the Mexican dominating the first nine rounds of the contest. However, in the tenth round, an unsteady Curiel was pounced on by Nontshingha who unleashed numerous assaults and with the defending champion not able to respond to these attacks in the closing stages of the round, the referee stopped the fight and Nontshingha became a world champion once more. 

Undercard results from New York City

Undercard results from New York City
Andres Cortes TKO4 Bryan Chevalier... In another junior lightweight bout on Friday's Madison Square Garden show in New York City, Andres Cortes (21-0, 12 KOs) prevailed with a fourth-round stoppage win over Puerto Rico's Bryan Chevalier (20-2-1, 16 KOs). From the opening bell, Cortes connected with thudding left and right hooks, forcing Chevalier to fight off his back foot. The Las Vegas native continued to land with ease, hurting Chevalier badly in the fourth, which eventually forced his corner to halt the action at 2:17.
 
Bruce Carrington KO4 Bernard Torres... Featherweight Bruce "Shu Shu" Carrington landed a right hand from his hip pocket that put Bernard Torres down and out for the count in the fourth round. Carrington (11-0, 7 KOs) from Brownsville, Brooklyn, followed up his 2023 campaign with an early contender for Knockout of the Year. Torres (18-2, 8 KOs) collapsed face-first to the canvas, and referee Charlie Fitch wasted no time in waving off the fight. Carrington said, “It always means the world to perform in front of my home crowd. New York City. Madison Square Garden. Ya’ll make me want to turn up every time. Every single time I fight here I get a knockout. Every time I fight here, I get a stoppage. I felt that he leaned into the punch, and it landed at the right place with the right leverage. But he’s a tough competitor. He’s a really good guy. I liked how he uses his feet. He uses his angles well and knows how to get out of certain situations. But we were ready for everything.”
 
Heavyweight: Italian Olympian Guido Vianello (12-1-1, 10 KOs) blasted out Moses Johnson (11-2-2, 8 KOs) via first-round TKO. Vianello dropped Johnson four times before referee Shada Murdaugh halted the fight at 2:59.
Middleweight: Isaah Flaherty (7-0, 3 KOs) scored a workmanlike six-round unanimous points verdict over Julien Baptiste (6-4, 3 KOs). Scores: 60-54 3x.
 
Junior Lightweight: Ofacio Falcon (11-0, 6 KOs) defeated Edward Ceballos (11-5-1, 6 KOs) via six-round unanimous decision. Ceballos pressed forward, but he was unable to deal with Falcon's elusiveness and counterpunching. Scores: 60-54 3x.
 
Junior Welterweight: Tiger Johnson (12-0, 6 KOs) made quick work of Paulo Galdino (13-8-2, 9 KOs), peppering his foe with a host of counterpunches before ending matters with a barrage at :49 of the first round.
 
Middleweight: Dominican Olympian Euri Cedeno (8-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a fifth-round TKO win against Antonio Todd (16-10, 9 KOs). Time of stoppage: 2:39.
 
Local welterweight Arnold Gonzalez (14-0, 6 KOs) retained his unbeaten record with a six-round unanimous decision win over Charles Stanford (7-5, 4 KOs). The scores were 58-56 and 59-55 (twice).
 

Lindolfo Delgado and Carlos Sanchez to duel in Arizona

Lindolfo Delgado and Carlos Sanchez to duel in Arizona

Unbeaten junior welterweight Lindolfo Delgado, a 2016 Mexican Olympian, is set to make his 2024 debut. Delgado will face countryman Carlos “El Tiburon” Sanchez in a ten-round contest on Friday, March 29th at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Delgado-Sanchez is added to a loaded card that features Oscar Valdez against Liam Wilson in the ten-round main event and the undisputed, twelve-round minimumweight world title showdown between WBC/WBA champion Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada and WBO/IBF queen Yokasta Valle. The entire card will stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with No Limit Boxing, tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.
 
Delgado said, “With every fight, we continue to get better. We train thoroughly in each camp so that I can give the very best of myself in the ring and move closer to a world title. 2024 is going to be a big year, and I can’t wait to perform in front of the great Arizona fans.”
 
Delgado (19-0, 14 KOs) graduated from prospect to contender in August 2022 when he upset previously unbeaten Omar Aguilar by unanimous decision. That eight-round firefight ranked among the year’s best slugfests, and Delgado carried his momentum into 2023. He went 3-0 last year, dominating Clarence Booth over eight one-sided rounds in February, nearly shutting out Jair Valtierra over ten rounds in August, and starching Luis Hernandez in four rounds in November. The Booth and Valtierra fights took place at Desert Diamond Arena, and Delgado hopes to impress once more.
 
Sanchez (25-2, 19 KOs) is an eight-year pro who has only been stopped once. Last September, he dropped a ten-round decision on the road to Canada's Steve Claggett. Three months later, he got back on the winning track with an eight-round points verdict over Carlos Diaz.



 

 

Weigh-in report from Philadelphia

Weigh-in report from Philadelphia

Weigh-in report from Philadelphia
Here are the boxers' weights for tonight's (Saturday's) R&B Promotions card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia: 
 
Oluwafemi Oyeleye 155 pounds vs. Wilfrido Buelvas 150;
Noah Norman 133 vs. Dan Van Fossen 133.8;
Joshua Jones 137 vs. Ryan Schwartzburg 138;
Daniel Fry 224 vs. Jesse Hayward 275.6;
Tahmir Smalls 153 vs. Bruno Leonardo Romay 150.8;
Richard Johnson 155.4 vs. Desmond Carr 155;
Mike Scott 159.4 vs. John Hawks 160;
Juan Marrero 137 vs. Darus Somieari 137.6;
Alex James 180.6 vs. Rancy Slanger 177.8; and
Antonio Allen 159 vs. Jason Moreno 156.8.
 
 

Marco Antonio Barrera will appear at Box Fan Expo

Marco Antonio Barrera will appear at Box Fan Expo
Three-division world champion and Hall of Famer Marco Antonio Barrera has confirmed that he will appear at the Seventh Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday, May 4th, at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo will also coincide with a mega-fight that will take place later that evening in Las Vegas, featuring Canelo Alvarez vs. TBA. Barrera will hold a meet and greet with his fans at his booth during the fan event held over the Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Box Fan Expo is an annual fan event centered in boxing's longtime home – Las Vegas. This year's Expo is a must-do for fight fans coming in for this legendary weekend, with dozens of professional fighters, promoters, and companies involved in the boxing industry. The Expo is the largest and only Boxing Fan Expo held in the United States. Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available at Eventbrite. Barrera will make his fifth appearance at this years’ Expo and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. Barrera will also have merchandise to sell. 
 
About Marco Antonio Barrera
 
Barrera is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2011. He held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the WBO super bantamweight title three times from 1995 to 2001; the WBC super featherweight title from 2004 to 2007; and the IBF super featherweight title from 2005 to 2006. Additionally, he held the IBO featherweight title in 2001; the lineal featherweight title from 2001 to 2003; and the Ring magazine featherweight title from 2002 to 2003. Barrera is well known for his trilogy with fellow Mexican legend Erik Morales, as well as his duology with Manny Pacquiao, and rivalry with Juan Manuel Marquez. ESPN ranked Barrera as number 43 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time. Barrera was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017.
 
About Box Fan Expo
 
Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to meet the stars of boxing that represent the past, present and future of the sport. With hosted autograph signings, meet-and-greets with current and former boxing world champions, limited edition merchandise for sale, giveaways and more, this is the ultimate event for fans of the sport.
 
 

Boxingtalk's Friday night fight predictions

Boxingtalk's Friday night fight predictions

Here are Boxingtalk's predictions for Friday's big fights:

Adrian Curiel (24-4-1) vs. Sivenathi Nontshinga (12-1) II (IBF light flyweight title) … prediction: Curiel by decision;

O’Shaquie Foster (21-2) vs. Abraham Nova (23-1) (WBC super featherweight title) … prediction: Foster by late knockout;

Mauricio Lara (26-3-1) vs. Daniel Lugo (27-2) (super featherweights) … prediction: Lara by early to mid-round knockout;

Bryan Chevalier (20-1-1) vs. Andres Cortes (20-0) (super featherweights) … prediction: Cortes by unanimous decision; and

Bruce Carrington (10-0) vs. Bernard Angelo Torres (18-1) (featherweights) … prediction: Carrington by unanimous decision.

 

ProBox presents Friday night action

ProBox presents Friday night action

ProBox presents Friday night action

Tonight (Friday) at the Whitesands Events Center in Plant City, Florida, Israel Rodriguez Picazo locks horns with Ramon Cardenas in a ten-round duel at super bantamweight, live on ProBox TV.
Mexico’s Picazo (30-5, 20 KOs) defeated Wilner Soto with a fifth-round stoppage last December in Orlando. The 25 year-old veteran is undefeated inhis last fifteen bouts, with his last loss coming all the way back in 2019, a twelve-round losss to Eduardo Baez for the Mexican championship. San Antonio’s Cardenas (23-1, 12 KOs) scored a second-round knockout victory over the 15-0 Rafael Pedroza in his hometown this past September. The 28-year old is undefeated in his last eleven, with his only career defeat coming at the hand of Danny Flores by majority-decision nearly eight years ago n Monterrey, Mexico.

In the co-feature, somebody’s O has got to go when Emiliano Moreno clashes with Axl Melendez over eight rounds in the welterweight division. Moreno (8-0, 5 KOs) most recently handed Daniel Lim his first loss, via early TKO in November of last year. Melendez (7-0, 4 KOs) is a come-forward fighter who’s most recent major achievement was interrupting the undefeated streak of Demontaze Duncan this past March.

Fists will fly as Brazil’s Lucas Pontes da Silva (7-0, 7 KOs) squares off with Nigeria’s Efetobor Apochi (11-2, 11 KOs) in a ten-round attraction at cruiserweight...

California's Joeshon James (8-0-2, 5 KOs) and veteran Vaughn Alexander (18-8-1, 11 KOs) will fight an intriguing eight round match-up at middleweight...

And the televised broadcast will be opened by Las Vegas’ “King” Robert Meriwether III (4-0, 2 KOs) as he takes on the Brazilian, Carlos Rocha (3-2, 2 KOs) over four rounds.

 
 

Weigh-in report from NYC

Weigh-in report from NYC

Here are the weigh-in results for tonight's (Friday's) ESPN broadcast from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City:

WBC junior lightweight title - 12 rounds
O'Shaquie Foster 130 pounds  vs. Abraham Nova 129;

 

Andres Cortes 130  vs. Bryan Chevalier 129 (ten rounds);

Bruce Carrington 125.6  vs. Bernard Torres 125.4 (ten rounds);

The three main bouts will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The undercard broadcast will be shown on ESPN+, 5:20 p.m. ET/2:20 p.m. PT):

Guido Vianello 242.2  vs. Moses Johnson 248.4 (eight rounds);
 
Isaah Flaherty 158.4  vs. Julien Baptiste 158.2 (six rounds);

Ofacio Falcon 130  vs. Edward Ceballos 129.6  (six rounds);

Tiger Johnson 140.4  vs. Paulo Galdino 141.8 (eight rounds);

Euri Cedeno 159  vs. Antonio Todd 158.6 (eight rounds); and

Arnold Gonzalez 150  vs. Charles Stanford 147.6 (six rounds).

Jesus Perez upsets JoJo Diaz

Jesus Perez upsets JoJo Diaz
Jesus Perez W10 JoJo Diaz... Tijuana's Jesus "Ricky" Perez scored an upset of former champion Joseph "JoJo" Diaz in Commerce, California. It was an exciting fight and a life-changing win for Perez, who said this win will allow him to become a full-time boxer and quit his job as a bricklayer. The scores were announced as 95-94 Diaz, overruled by 96-94 and a terrible 99-90 for Perez. Lou Moret was the judge who turned in the stinker of a scorecard in a fight that coud have gone either way. Compubox gave Diaz a 188-137 advantage in punches landed, although the harder punches were landed by Perez. Diaz is a former 130-pound champion now fighting at junior welterweight. He's a good boxer, but his punching power has not moved up with his weight. It was a very close first half of the fight. In round five, Diaz grew frustrated and shoved Perez down and through the ropes coming off a clinch. The referee deducted a point from Diaz. Perez continued to do well but Diaz hurt him to the body in round eight. Undaunted, Perez continued bringing the fight to Diaz, but ex-champion was more accurate with his punches. Diaz had a good tenth round, and there was suspense in the air waiting for the verdict to be read. 
 
ADDITIONAL RESULTS:
 
Here are the undercard results:
 
Eric Tudor defeated Luis Ramos by unanimous decision;
Jorge Chavez defeated Diuhl Olguin by unanimous decision;
Joshua Garcia defeated Eric Lozada by knockout; and 
Sasha Tudor drew with Josias Gonzalez. 
 
Source: DAZN website

Formal announcement of Taylor vs. Catterall II

Formal announcement of Taylor vs. Catterall II

Formal announcement of Taylor vs. Catterall II

After more than two years of waiting, bitter rivals Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall will finally meet in a hugely anticipated rematch at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday, April 27th, shown live on DAZN in the UK and around the world and exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. The enemies have been embroiled in a heated war of words since February 2022 when they met on an unforgettable night at The OVO Hydro Arena in Glasgow for Taylor’s undisputed junior welterweight world title. Intense debate has raged in the aftermath of their first fight, when Scotland’s Taylor (19-1, 13 KOs) protected his unbeaten record with a hugely controversial split decision win to retain his crown.
 
During a pulsating battle, Taylor was cut twice by the left eye and was put down by Catterall in the 8th round before he was deducted one point in the 11th for punching after the bell. Catterall, meanwhile, was deducted one point for holding in the 10th.
 
Chorley’s ‘El Gato’ (28-1, 13 KOs) appeared to outbox Taylor for long periods but ultimately tasted defeat for the first time in his career after Taylor clung onto his titles. The decision caused outrage among some boxing fans and the two have been at loggerheads ever since.
 
Following his clash with Catterall, ‘The Tartan Tornado’ relinquished his WBC, IBF and WBA world titles due to pending mandatory orders – and then lost his WBO crown to a resurgent Teofimo Lopez in New York City last June.
 
Catterall ended a fifteen-month ring absence by widely outpointing Irishman Darragh Foley over ten-rounds at the Manchester’s AO Arena in May 2023 before sending multi-weight world champion Jorge Linares into retirement after dominating the Venezuelan legend over twelve rounds in Liverpool last October.
 
In what is one of the most eagerly anticipated rematches in modern British boxing history, the fierce rivals will go head-to-head once more in a twelve-round junior welterweight contest on neutral territory - with plenty of bad blood and animosity guaranteed in a blockbuster build-up.
 
“I’ve never run from anyone in my life, especially not Jack Catterall,” Taylor said. “He has spent the last two years running from promoter to promoter while living off my name. Jack should be careful what he wishes for because he’s getting battered on April 27th. I am going to enjoy every second of this. See you soon, Jack.”

“I’ve wanted this fight since the moment the scorecards got read out in Glasgow,” Catterall said . “A few people say ‘move on Jack’, and that’s easy to say to when you’re not in my position. I get asked every day of my life multiple times a day, ‘when are you fighting Taylor again?’. This isn’t about belts, this is personal to me, and I can’t wait to get my hands on him. I don’t like him, I don’t respect him and on April 27th I’m going to end him.”

"I’m so happy to get this fight made," said Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn. "British boxing has been crying out for a big fight and now we look to settling the score of one of the most bitter rivalries in the sport. It will be nearly 2 years to the day since their controversial ndisputed fight and not a day has past where opinion and debate has not ensued. The pair have engaged in a back and forth full of hatred and now the time has come to finally meet again in Leeds on April 27. Despite the offers to stage this fight on PPV, I am proud that Matchroom and DAZN have stepped up make this fight available to subscribers as part of their subscription and I can’t wait for the intense build up and a huge event on April 27th."

“This is the ultimate grudge match between two of the world’s top 140-pounders,” said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum. “These two warriors will settle the score in front of what I’m sure will be an incredible crowd in Leeds. If you look at Josh Taylor’s career, he has never, ever backed down from a challenge, and he will be in peak form on April 27th.”
 
An announcement on ticket details will follow soon.  

 

Lescurat to defend vs. Mexican teenager moving up three divisions!

Lescurat to defend vs. Mexican teenager moving up three divisions!
Argentina's Clara Lescurat (9-0) will defend her WBA super flyweight  championship against Mexican teenager Regina Chavez next Saturday, February 24th. Lescurat will make the third defense of her crown against the Mexican in a venue she knows very well, the Casino de Buenos Aires. The 35 year-old champion won the title against Maribel Ramirez in June 2022 with a unanimous decision victory in Buenos Aires. Her first defense was against Mexico's Nayeli Gil last October 28, 2022, while in May she trav eled to France to defend against Brazil's Daniela De Jesus Aguiar.  Chavez is only 19 years old and turned pro in 2018! At just 7-3-3, she has little to lose but much to gain if she manages to win. Chavez is on a three-fight winning streak but her last fight was three weight classes lower in the minimumweight division.
 
 
 

Ex-champ Shavkat Rakhimov fights today

Ex-champ Shavkat Rakhimov fights today
The IBA will hold a champions’ night card in Dushanbe, Tajikistan tonight, February 16th. In a twelve-round bout, local star and former IBF 130-pound champion Shavkat Rakhimov faces Eduardo Nuñez from Mexico in an IBF eliminator. Rakhimov lost this title in his last bout against Welsh boxer Joe Cordina in Cardiff, and now will fight to clinch another shot. A professional title fight between two amateur world champions, Russia's Sharabutdin Ataev and Loren Alfonso Domingues, a Cuban fighting out of Azerbaijan will compete for the IBA pro cruiserweight title in a ten-round bout. Ataev and Domingues have a long amatuer history against each other, and this is a rematch following the final of the IBA amateur world championships in Tashkent in May 2023, where Alfonso gave up the crown to Ataev in the finals. They have met three times previously, and the Russian leads in their personal contest with two victories against Alfonso.
 
The card will also feature Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov from Uzbekistan, who has two professional fights, both wins on home soil. This time he will be challenged abroad, as he meets with Luis Rodrigues Ocaña from Mexico in a ten-round challenge at featherweight. The winner will meet Vsevolod Shumkov from Russia who won his eliminator fight against Saidel Horta from Cuba last weekend in Serpukhov.
 
There will be a junior welterweight fight between Tajikistan’s Bakhodur Usmonov and Chu En Lai from Chinese Taipei.
 
Two six-round bouts between Tajik and Uzbek boxers are scheduled to open the program of the night. Supported by home crowd, Davlat Boltaev faces off against Madiyar Saydrakhimovat cruiserweight, while local boxer Abdumalik Boltaev will challenge Ulugbek Sobirov at light heavyweight.
 
 
 

Uzbekistan's Giyasov to fight Cano in WBA welterweight eliminator

Uzbekistan's Giyasov to fight Cano in WBA welterweight eliminator

Uzbekistan's Giyasov to fight Cano in WBA welterweight eliminator

Uzbekistan's Shakhram Giyasov (15-3 including the World Series of Boxing) and Mexico's Pablo Cesar Cano will step into the ring at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida for a WBA  welterweight eliminator fight on Saturday, February 24th. The Uzbek will be making his fourth fight at welterweight after a good stint at junior welterweight early in his career. However, he decided to move up in weight durng 2022 and he has adapted well. Cano, meanwhile, is an experienced fighter who has earned every opportunity the hard way. The Mexican has a two-fight winning streak, both by knockout rasing his career mark to 35 wins, 8 losses, 1 draw and 25 knockouts.


 

Weigh-in report from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Weigh-in report from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
 Here are the boxers' weights for Friday's Christy Martin Promotions show at The John T. Rhodes Sports Complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:
 
 Victor Hernandez 124 pounds - Jose Edgardo Garcia 125;
Marklin Bailey 138 - Rondale Hubbert 142;
Jaquan Carty 162 - Orlando Salgado 161.5;
Elijah Williams 144 - Clay Burns 139; 
Aaron Lopez 137 - Raymond Chacon 133.5; 
Trevor Thonson 135.5 - Mike Fowler 134; 
Joshua Baker 180 - Ricardo Beceril 180; 
Khalid Twati 118.5 - Ira Terry 118; 
Tayvien Alpough 114 - Malcolm Speight 115;
 Aaron Cypress 188 - Shabios Lynch 180; and
 Paul Anthony 137 - Keasen Freeman 140.
 
Stream: TrillerTV Powered By Fite (Marc Abrams and Ron Borges in the Call)
 
 
 
 

BKFC runs in Virginia tonight

BKFC runs in Virginia tonight
Tonight (Friday), the latest installment of the BKFC Prospect Series comes to the Salisbury Center in Manassas, Virgina, live on the BKFC app.  Friday’s main event features heavy-handed Stanislav Grosu (3-2, 3 KO) and Brandon “The Shredder” Shavers (1-1, 1 KO). Grosu and Shavers have only needed the judges’ scorecards once in their combined seven trips to the squared circle, so a highlight-reel finish is likely on Friday. The BKFC 175-pound division is one of the deepest weight classes in the sport, so both combatants are eager to make a statement to their fellow middleweight contenders. 
 
Battle-tested MMA vets Micah "See Me" Terrill (BKFC debut) and Cameron “Jumpman” VanCamp (0-1) drop their gloves in Friday's co-feature. Terrill’s MMA record includes nearly 30 pro bouts and 13 wins by KO; the UFC vet VanCamp’s pro MMA record is 15-7-1, 1 NC. 
 
Friday also features a number of other fan-favorite BKFC fighters, like James "Get Down" Brown (2-0), Nathan Rivera (1-0, 1 KO), Bovar “The Gladiator” Khanakov (2-1),  Zach "Shark Attack" Calmus (2-2, 1 KO), Cary Caprio (1-1, 1 KO), and Ryan “Superman” Shough (1-1, 1 KO), among others.

Hearn: Taylor vs. Catterall II is set for April 27th in Leeds

Hearn: Taylor vs. Catterall II is set for April 27th in Leeds

Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted that the rematch between former world 140-pound champion Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall is now a "Done deal! Two years on since the undisputed controversy, they meet again! April 27th a First Direct Arena in Leeds [England], live on DAZN as part of your subscription - get ready for an incredible build up and a huge night of boxing!" The first encounter was won by Taylor on a controversial decision that left many frustrated fans calling Caterall the uncrowned world champion.

 







 

Foster vs. Nova final presser quotes

Foster vs. Nova final presser quotes
WBC junior lightweight champion O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster (21-2, 12 KOs) and Abraham “El Super” Nova (23-1, 16 KOs) are ready to lock horns in the main event of an ESPN-televised tripleheader this Friday, Feb. 16th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This will be the second title defense for Foster, a native of Orange, Texas, who salvaged his title with a come-from-behind 12th-round knockout over Rocky Hernandez last October. In the ten-round junior lightweight co-feature, Andres “Savage” Cortes (20-0, 11 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican contender Bryan Chevalier (20-1-1, 16 KOs). Featherweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington (10-0, 6 KOs), from Brownsville, Brooklyn, will face Filipino-born Bernard Torres (18-1, 8 KOs) in the ten-round televised opener. Foster-Nova, Cortes-Chevalier and Carrington-Torres will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
 
The ESPN+-streamed undercard (5:20 p.m. ET/2:20 p.m. PT) will feature the return of Italian heavyweight Guido Vianello (11-1-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-rounder against Moses Johnson (11-1-2, 8 KOs), as well as U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (11-0, 5 KOs), who risks his unbeaten record against Paulo Galdino (13-7-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight tilt. At Wednesday's press conference, this is what the fighters had to say:
 
O’Shaquie Foster
 
“The journey has been everything. The ups and downs. Growing as a person. I’ve matured now, mentally and physically. Words can’t explain how I feel, but I’m ready.”
 
“It was crazy {against Rocky Hernandez}. We shocked the world. And I’m here to do it again. Everybody calls me Shock, and we’re going to keep doing it.”
 
“We’ve been calling out Nova for years. He knows it. His excuse was that my name wasn’t big enough. Funny how the tables turn. I’m ready, and I’m familiar with his style.”
 
“I did everything in the gym. We are prepared. Come Friday night, we will dominate and put on a show.”
 
Abraham Nova
 
“Fighting for a world title is a dream come true. I can’t let this opportunity slip by. I’ve wanted this for so long. Now I have this opportunity. So, I’m super excited and super motivated.”
 
“I like to take control of things in my career. It’s the main reason I picked boxing. It’s an individual sport. I can be in control.”
 
“I’ve got to put my trust in God. Everything in the gym has been done. You know what I bring and what I come with. The pressure will be on. The IQ will be on. Everything will be on. I will just have to adjust and come out with the victory.”
 
Andres Cortes
 
“I’m really excited to be here. First time here. Let’s get the show started."
 
"You can expect another statement from me. You’ll see me taking another step towards a world title.”
 
“I see a world title in my future. I’m here to take care of Bryan first. But maybe one day we can make that fight happen.”
 
Bryan Chevalier
 
“The ring is the same throughout the world. It’s a square. It’ll just be me, him and the referee. We’re ready to give a great show to boxing fans.
 
“Styles make fights. I prepared to give the best of me. I will accommodate to what he has. He will have to accommodate to what I have. Without a doubt, it will be a war between Mexico and Puerto Rico.”
 
Bruce Carrington
 
“I love these opportunities to fight at home. Bernard Torres is a southpaw. It’s always interesting to fight against a southpaw. He's a good fighter. 18-1. Great record. He shows a lot of will and skill. There’s nothing more you can ask for in a opponent.”
 
“He's a good fighter. But with my experience, confidence, and work ethic, I know that I’ve got a Plan A through Z and even more to take care of Bernard Torres.”
 
Bernard Torres
 
“Growing up in boxing, it’s a dream to fight here. So, I’m happy to box here at Madison Square Garden. I am really happy for this opportunity. I’m very prepared. I had a really great camp. I’m really happy and ready to go.”
 
 
 

Canelo books May 4th return; opponent still TBA

Canelo books May 4th return; opponent still TBA
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez announced he will be back to the ring for a new defense of his undisputed world super middleweight championship on May 4th in Las Vegas.  The Mexican made the announcement to a Mexican television channel during an exclusive interview on Tuesday.  Alvarez mentioned the date and place, however, he did not give the name of the opponent. He is coming off a great year in which he returned to Mexico in May to face John Ryder in front of a massive audience in Guadalajara, where he got a great victory in front of his home crowd. In September he fought Jermell Charlo in Las Vegas to close out a perfect 2023. Alvarez has been a professional since 2005 and in his extensive professional career he has 60 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws, in addition to having won world titles in multiple divisions.
 

A few words with Andres "Savage" Cortes

A few words with Andres "Savage" Cortes
Super featherweight Andres "Savage" Cortes (20-0, 11 KOs) makes his New York City debut this Friday, Feb. 16th, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Cortes will face off against Puerto Rico's Bryan Chevalier (20-1-1, 16 KOs), in a fight that will catapult the winner one step closer to a world title shot.   The ten-round matchup will serve as the co-feature alongside the main event, which will highlight the championship showdown between O’Shaquie Foster and Abraham Nova for WBC super featherweight title. Live broadcast coverage will air on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Here is what Cortes had to say about his recent training camp, his upcoming matchup with Bryan Chevalier, fighting in New York City on national television, and more:
 
On his recent training camp:
 
"Training camp has been intense, and we've just wrapped it up. My brother and I have been grinding day in and day out in Las Vegas. Throughout this camp, I've pushed myself harder than ever, with the goal to show the world that I have what it takes to become a world champion. I’m determined to prove my worth to myself, the fans, and my promoter. My hard work will show once again in this fight.”
 
On his match-up with Bryan Chevalier:
 
"I have a lot of respect for Chevalier, and I know he’s coming into this fight riding a nice winning streak. We both have power, and we like to throw down, so this will be a fan friendly fight for everyone tuning in. He will have his Puerto Rican fans deep in attendance, but I’m bringing my Mexican heart and desire with me. I’m going to make this fight a classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico war. I’m going into this fight with the mindset to knock him out.
 
On fighting on ESPN for the first time in his career:
 
"This will be my first time fighting on regular ESPN and I am going to make my mark on the sport with this opportunity. The world is going to see why I’m boxing’s best kept secret. I have championship blood flowing in me, and it will show this Friday.
 
On fighting in New York City at Madison Square Garden:
 
"It’s always been a dream of mine to fight at Madison Square Garden, the mecca of boxing on the East Coast. It’s an honor to be fighting in New York City and I’m grateful to my promoter Top Rank for blessing me with this opportunity. It’s another step closer to fighting for a world title and I'm ready to shine."
 

Marku to face Kongu on March 31st

Marku to face Kongu on March 31st
Florian Marku (13-0-1) and Chris Kongo (14-2) will settle their welterweight rivalry on Sunday, March 31st at The O2 in London. On the same show, Alen ‘The Savage’ Babic is back and set for heavyweight action against Newcastle’s Steve Robinson. The main event that night matches unbeaten heavyweight rivals Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke.  All the action will be available to watch live and exclusive on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA. There’s no love lost between Marku and Kongo, who had to be pulled apart following an explosive press conference altercation last year. It will be a clash of styles as the ‘Albanian King’ and ‘2 Slick’ meet in the capital to settle their long-standing feud in a fascinating ten round contest.
 
Marku made short work of his last opponent, stopping Dylan Moran inside 60 seconds on September 2nd in Manchester. The 31-year old will be raring to go following this speedy stoppage win and is expected to bring an army of Albanian supporters with him to London.
 
Kongo returns following a narrow points defeat to Ekow Essuman for the British and Commonwealth welterweight titles on January 21st last year. The Bermondsey man thought he did enough to edge the contest but found himself of the wrong end of a majority decision at Manchester’s AO Arena.
 
Babic (11-1, 10 KOs) returns to The O2 where he has previously recorded wins over Morgan Dessaux, Eric Molina and Adam Balski. The popular Croatian heavyweight has built a cult following in the UK where he has amassed a series of KO wins. His unbeaten run was cut short when challenging Lukasz Rozanski for the WBC bridgerweight title in Poland last April. The 33-year old will be looking to get back to winning ways when faces Newcastle’s Steve ‘Drago’ Robinson (6-2, 4 KOs) as part of a huge night of boxing in the capital.
 
Callum Simpson (13-0, 9 KOs) will be on the card as well He was ringside to watch Zak Chelli capture the British super middleweight title from Jack Cullen in Liverpool in January. The Barnsley man is mandatory challenger for the British Title but before he has his crack at the Lonsdale belt, the 27-year-old will look to extend his unbeaten streak as he returns to London following a unanimous points win over Jose de Jesus Macias at York Hall in September.
 
 
 

Carrington returns to his roots ahead of Friday's fight

Carrington returns to his roots ahead of Friday's fight

Featherweight Bruce Carrington (10-0, 6 KOs) paid a special visit today to the kids of the NYC Cops & Kids Youth Center in Brooklyn, New York, ahead of his ring return this Friday, Feb. 16th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.Carrington spoke with the kids in attendance about his journey from Cops & Kids to the bright lights of MSG and donated 80 tickets to his fight. While growing up in Brownsville, Carrington started training at NYC Cops & Kids Youth Center when he was 12 years old. He credits the free program, the mentorship of New York City'd police officers and the backing of his family for his success both in and out of the ring. Carrington will kick off Friday's ESPN-televised tripleheader in a ten-rounder against Bernard Torres (18-1, 8 KOs).

In the main event, WBC junior lightweight champion O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster (21-2, 12 KOs) will defend his crown against Abraham “El Super” Nova (23-1, 16 KOs)... In the 10-round junior lightweight co-feature, Andres “Savage” Cortes (20-0, 11 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican contender Bryan Chevalier (20-1-1, 16 KOs). Foster-Nova, Cortes-Chevalier and Carrington-Torres will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.



 

Spotlight on Elijah Garcia vs. Kyrone Davis

Spotlight on Elijah Garcia vs. Kyrone Davis
PBC on Prime Video's first show takes place on Saturday, March 30th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Two matchups will be available via free access to all fans prior to a pay-per-view show. The live streaming presentation will be topped by rising middleweight Elijah Garcia taking on Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis in a ten-round attraction. Looking to stamp his 160-pound contender status after a huge 2023 campaign, the 20 year-old Garcia fights out of Phoenix. Garcia (16-0, 13 KOs) kicked off his 2023 campaign in March with a knockout of the previously unbeaten Amilcar Vidal. He followed that up with a pair of performances on the undercards of two of the biggest events of the year, first defeating Kevin Salgado on the Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia pay-per-view in April before knocking out Armando Resendiz on the Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo pay-per-view in September. Garcia has moved fast since turning pro in 2020 and has knocked out seven of his last nine opponents.
 
“I’m excited to be back in the ring, especially on this first event with PBC and Prime Video,” said Garcia. “Fighting on these major events is an incredible blessing and I plan on delivering another great performance. Kyrone Davis has been in the ring with some very good fighters, and it will be a challenging fight, but my plan is to get the win by any means necessary. The fans are going to see an incredible night of boxing on March 30 and everyone should be tuning in.”
 
The 29-year-old Davis (18-3-1, 6 KOs) picked up two victories in 2023, dominating Cristian Fabian Rios in January before scoring a unanimous decision over Cruse Stewart in December. Those victories came after a run that saw Davis battle two-time champion Anthony Dirrell to a draw in February 2021, before stepping in as a late replacement two fights later to drop a hard-fought contest against super middleweight superstar David Benavidez. An amateur standout representing Wilmington, Delaware, Davis trains in Philadelphia under the tutelage of top trainer Stephen “Breadman” Edwards.
 
"Elijah Garcia is a very good fighter who’s young and hungry and he looks the part, but most importantly he's been moved right,” said Davis. “Sometimes you can look better than you really are if you're being moved right. I got asked about this fight last year and of course I said yes. Then everything went silent. Now, I face Cruse Stewart and he goes the distance with me and Elijah stopped him, so now he fights me. I'm not going to say too much, but I'm glad they took the fight. We'll see if Garcia is really the future come March 30th."
 
 

Weigh-in report from San Jacinto, CA

Weigh-in report from San Jacinto, CA
 The official weigh-in was held today for Thursday's “Punches and Punchlines card at Soboba Casino Resort in San Jacinto, California. “Punches and Punchlines,” presented by Toro Promotions, Inc., House of Pain and Black House Boxing, will be the first pro boxing event at Soboba Casino in nearly five years. Doors open at 6 p.m. PT, first bout at 7 p.m. PT. Here are the boxers' weights:
 
Tsotne Rogava (4-0, 4 KOs), Los Angeles, by way of Ukraine and Georgia 264.6 pounds -vs.- John Shipman (5-5, 2 KOs), Dallas, 212.4 (six rounds);
 
Jimmie “El Chingon” Nunez (5-2, 5 KOs), Temecula, CA 145 -vs.- Kenekuk De La Rosa (2-2, 1 KO), Phoenix,  142 (six rounds);
 
Nilo Guerrero (7-0, 6 KOs), Coachella, CA by way of Nicaragua 133.3 -vs.- Dan Hernandez (3-4, 2 KOs), Riverside, CA by way of Mexico 136 (six rounds);
 
Jack “The Outlaw” May (8-0, 7 KOs), Chino Hills, CA 263 -vs.- Bryan Hall (1-2-1, 0 KOs), Fresno, CA 250.3 (four rounds);
 
Ian “Captain” Morgan (1-2, 0 KOs), Temecula, CA 232.5 -vs.- Terrance Brown (1-5, 0 KOs), Ethete, WY 192.2 (four rounds);
 
David Longoria (2-0, 2 KOs), Temecula, CA 170 -vs.- Jason “El Crazy Horse, Lara (pro debut), Boyle Heights, CA 174.2 (four rounds); and
 
William King (5-1-1, 2 KOs), Perris, CA 133.7 -vs.- David Reyes (2-1, 1 KO), Fresno, 136.4 CA (four rounds).
 

Late result: Brooks stops Izaguirre in battle of undefeateds

Late result: Brooks stops Izaguirre in battle of undefeateds
Austin Brooks KO7 Jose Manuel Izaguirre... Austin Brooks won a super featherweight bout by knocking out Jose Manuel Izaguirre last Saturday at Thunder Studios in Long Beach, California. Born in Idaho, Brooks knocked out his opponent in the seventh round of an eight-round battle of undefeateds. Brooks, age 28, defeated his Cuban opponent and improved to 12-0 with 5 KOs. Izaguirre now has a record of 7-1 with 3 KOs.  

Subriel Matias joins forces with Matchroom

Subriel Matias joins forces with Matchroom
IBF junior welterweight champion Subriel Matias has signed a multi-fight co-promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom and Fresh Productions. An announcement on Matias’ second defense of his World crown will be made soon. Matias (20-1, 20 KOs) landed his title last February, forcing Jeremias Ponce to retire after five rounds of their clash in Minnesota. He successfully defended his title against mandatory challenger Shohjahon Ergashev in November, forcing another retirement, this time after six rounds in Las Vegas, continuing his streak of finishing all of his victories inside the distance. The Puerto Rican is now eyeing a summer defense at home where the 31-year old made his debut in December 2015 and has boxed 11 times to date. A homecoming as a world champion would be something special, and Matias is thrilled to be teaming up with Matchroom and DAZN to deliver the huge nights he is hunting.
 
“I am very excited about the deal we’ve reached with Matchroom,” said Matias. I can’t wait to show DAZN, Matchroom, all the big names out there and the world why this deal was made: because I am the best 140 pounder on the planet. And I will show this in front of my people, which makes me immensely happy. I promise to keep working hard to give the fans what they are looking for. This is all-out wars until one of the two opponents breaks up. I do not run. It is not my fighting style, and it is not in my DNA. This will not change now in any way. Whoever they put in front of me, I will destroy.
 
“I thank my promoters, Matchroom and Fresh Productions, for this opportunity. I am excited to be in the Matchroom team. I will not let you down. To my people in Puerto Rico, I will see you soon. And we will have a glorious boxing night.”
 
“Fresh Productions is very excited and looking forward to this partnership with Matchroom,” said Juan Orengo, Fresh Productions. “After months of carefully analyzing several offers, for all of which we are immensely grateful, we have decided that Matchroom is the promoter that can take Subriel to the level of exposition and the names we are looking for. They believe in Puerto Rico’s boxing fans and market. They believe we can do big things in Puerto Rico, as do we.
 
“Puerto Rico is a boxing country with a long-standing legacy in the sport. We are here to revive that market and make Puerto Rico the great boxing venue it once was. Expect big things. We see a bright future ahead of us, and we believe Matchroom and DAZN are the perfect fit for our plans with Subriel.”
 
“I am delighted to welcome Subriel to the team,” said Hearn. “Subriel is one of the most exciting fighters on the planet, with action guaranteed every time he fights, and as a World champion at 140 pounds, the fights out there for him are massive.
 
“Puerto Rico is a huge market for Matchroom and DAZN, and with Subriel joining Edgar Berlanga and Yankiel Rivera in our stable, we are looking forward to holding some huge events there, starting with Subriel’s heroic return for the first time as a World champion this summer.”
 

PBC announces pre-PPV Amazon Prime show

PBC announces pre-PPV Amazon Prime show
Two bouts will highlight the first PBC on Prime Video show taking place Saturday, March 30th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas immediately before a pay-per-view show from the same location. The two matchups will be available via free access to all fans, regardless of Prime membership or purchase of the pay-per-view show. The live streaming presentation will be topped by middleweight Elijah Garcia taking on Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis in a ten-round attraction, and will also feature WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez defending his title against unbeaten Angelino Cordova to kick off the action at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. These bouts will lead into the inaugural four-fight PBC pay-per-view show available on Prime Video beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and topped by two-time champion Keith “One Time” Thurman challenging WBO 154-pound champion Tim Tszyu in the non-title main event, plus WBA 140-pound champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero and Mexican star Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz meeting in the co-feature.
 
Rounding out the pay-per-view lineup is WBA middleweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara defending his belt against mandatory challenger Michael Zerafa, plus all-action junior welterweight Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora meeting streaking contender Serhii Bohachuk for the vacant WBC title in the pay-per-view opener. In addition to the pay-per-view being available for purchase on Prime Video, regardless of Prime membership, fans will also be able to continue to purchase the pay-per-view telecast through traditional cable and satellite outlets. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are available now through AXS.com. The main event is promoted in association with No Limit Boxing.
 
“PBC on Prime Video is coming out of the gate strong with two matchups that promise intrigue and fireworks on March 30th at T-Mobile Arena,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “One of 2023’s breakout stars, Elijah Garcia is continuing to take big steps in his career against the highly-skilled and tough as nails Kyrone Davis. Adding in Mexican flyweight world champion Julio Cesar Martinez against the highly-motivated and undefeated Angelino Cordova and fight fans will be in for non-stop drama in the sport’s first big Las Vegas event of 2024.”
 
 

JC Martinez books title defense for March 30th

JC Martinez books title defense for March 30th
Originally scheduled to duel last December before visa issues for the champion scuttled the bout, WBC flyweight king Julio Cesar Martinez (pictured) is set to attempt his sixth defense of his belt against Angelino Cordova on March 30th in Las Vegas.   Trained by the renowned Eddy Reynoso, Martinez (20-2, 15 KOs) captured his flyweight world title with a ninth-round stoppage of Cristofer Rosales in his stateside debut in December 2019. The 29-year-old has gone on to defend the title five times, besting previously unbeaten opponents Jay Harris and Samuel Carmona, while most recently stopping Ronal Batista in May. A native of Mexico City, Martinez’s only blemish since a split-decision loss in his pro debut was a decision loss to future Hall of Famer Roman Gonzalez in March 2022.
 
“I’m ready to give it my all in training camp for this fight,” said Martinez. “I want all of the big fights and big prizes this year. My plan is to go earn this win on March 30 and end up with my hand raised. Then I’m going for all the belts, no matter who I have to face. I’m going to be the last man standing.”
 
The 28 year-old Cordova (18-0-1, 12 KOs) earned a career-best victory in his last outing, as he bested former 108-pound champion Angel Acosta on his way to a ten-round unanimous decision victory last April. A native of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, Cordova of Cotto Promotions has yet to taste defeat since debuting in 2017, with a draw in just his fourth fight as the only blemish. He made his U.S. debut in June 2022, defeating Axel Aragon Vega by decision before the triumph over Acosta.
 
“I’m very thankful that this fight is on and confirmed,” said Cordova. “My team did a great job making sure that this fight was rescheduled, and I’m thrilled it’s part of a huge card like this. I’m excited to finally face Martinez on March 30. The only thing on my mind is becoming the new WBC world champion.”
 

Barou vs. Eggington shaping up as a pick 'em fight

Barou vs. Eggington shaping up as a pick 'em fight
Abass Barou and Sam Eggington’s European junior middleweight title showdown is too close to call. The rivals are scheduled clash on March 1st, at Telford, England's International Centre, live and free-to-air on Channel 5 in the UK. The official fight odds, brought to you by Ladbrokes, reflect the excitement around this Euro showdown, with the oddsmakers unable to split Barou and Eggington. Baraou and Eggington are both 10/11, with a draw listed at 18/1. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's not often our traders are left sitting on the fence, but that's absolutely the case when it comes to splitting Eggington and Baraou."
 
He added: "We're anticipating the local lad to head into the ring with the majority of punters' backing; while his record suggests he's had his ups and downs, Eggington always puts on a show." Jack Culcay was no doubt Baraou's toughest fight to date and, despite losing that clash in Germany, he heads to Telford on a five-fight winning streak, something our number crunchers are obviously conscious of."
 
The Wasserman Boxing show, delivered in association with Numan and Infinitum, also sees the return of heavyweight Matty Harris and the latest fight for two British hopefuls, Dan Toward and Tom Welland. A tasty looking Southern Area super middleweight title fight between Andrei Dascalu and Joe Jackson-Brown also forms part of the undercard in Telford.