Richard Schaefer to lead Mayweather Promotions

Richard Schaefer to lead Mayweather Promotions
Richard Schaefer (pictured), the former CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, is replacing Leonard Ellerbe at the helm of Mayweather Promotions. Here is the official announcement: "Mayweather Promotions would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Leonard Ellerbe for his exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication over the years. Leonard has been an integral part of our team, contributing to numerous business endeavors that have played a pivotal role in the success of Mayweather Promotions. After years of hard work and dedication, Leonard has made the heartfelt decision to step down as CEO to spend more time with his family and loved ones. We have the utmost respect for his decision and are incredibly grateful for his leadership that has helped shape Mayweather Promotions into the thriving organization it is today.
 
"As we move forward, we are excited to announce that Mayweather Promotions will be joining forces with Richard Schaefer, a highly sought after finance expert and a phenomenal founder in the world of promotional boxing, with over forty years experience combined. Together, we will expand our presence by establishing Mayweather Headquarters in Los Angeles. Our goal is to elevate Mayweather Promotions to global success, supporting fighters worldwide and assisting them in making rewarding business decisions that will benefit them well beyond their boxing careers. We look forward to this new chapter and the continued global success of Mayweather Promotions."

Boots Ennis gets a new challenger: David Avanesyan

Boots Ennis gets a new challenger: David Avanesyan
Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis (pictured) will defend his IBF welterweight title against David Avanesyan at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday July 13th, live worldwide on DAZN. Over 10,000 tickets have already been sold according to the promoter, Matchroom. The UK-based Armenian replaces Cody Crowley in the bout, after the Canadian was ruled out for medical reasonsAvanesyan (30-4-1 18 KOs) is a former WBA interim king dating back to May 2016 when he defeated ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley. Avanesyan lost the trinket by the finest of margins in his defense against Lamont Peterson in February 2017 in Cincinnati.
 
The 35 year-old has also had a crack at two-time by taking on Terence Crawford for the WBO crown in Omaha in December 2022, an opportunity that followed Avanesyan's long reign as European champion that included a pair of KO wins over Kerman Lejarraga and spiteful KOs over British duo Josh Kelly and Liam Taylor.
 
Ennis (31-0 28 KOs) defends his crown for the first time in a long-awaited Philly homecoming, fighting at home for the first time since November 2018.The 26-year-old, born and raised in Germantown, returns to action just over a year since his stylish knockout win over Roiman Villa in Atlantic City. During that fight, Ennis successfully defended his interim title before being elevated to full champion. 
 
Ennis believes his new foe will serve up an even better night for the Philly fans. “Now that Crowley is officially not my opponent, I actually like Avanesyan as a better opponent,” said Ennis. “He will put up a better fight which will be what I want. July 13th, don’t miss this beautiful, outstanding performance!”
 
“I would like to thank Matchroom, Eddie Hearn, Frank Smith and Tom Dallas, the legal teams and my long-term manager Neil Marsh for this fantastic opportunity,” said Avanesyan. “Jaron Ennis is a world class boxer who I respect highly and is a potential huge star, and on July 13, we will find out if he is the real deal.
 
“When I received the call to go into a tremendous battle with such a highly rated fighters, I did not need to be asked twice, especially when it is for a World title. This is what I love, I am fit and strong and I am ready – let’s have it!
 
“I promise all fans I will give everything to win this World title, this is my last World title chance and I have to take it. I do respect Ennis and his career as he has been perfect, but he has what I want and need.”
 
UNDERCARD
 
Ennis’ clash with Avanesyan tops a huge night of action in Philadelphia. Jalil Hackett (8-0, 7 KOs) faces Peter Dobson (16-1, 9 KOs) in his Matchroom debut over ten rounds at welterweight... Skye Nicolson (10-0 1 KO) defends her WBC featherweight crown for the first time against Dyana Vargas (18-1 12 KOs)... Khalil Coe (8-0-1 6 KOs) fights for his first title as he meets Manuel Gallegos (20-2-1 17 KOs) over ten rounds at light heavyweight... and there is an all-Puerto Rican affair in the 130-pound category between Henry Lebron (19-0 10 KOs) and Christopher Diaz (28-4 18 KOs)... Philadelphia duo Christian Carto (22-1 15 KOs) and Boots Promotions’ Ismail Muhammad (4-0 3 KOs) fight over eight rounds at super bantamweight and six rounds at welterweight respectively, while there’s a pro debut for another Philly native, as Dennis Thompson steps through the ropes in the paid ranks for the first time over four rounds at bantamweight, with all three fighters to be matched soon.
 
 

Matias on tomorrow's Paro fight: "I'm in search of my prey"

Matias on tomorrow's Paro fight: "I'm in search of my prey"
IBF junior welterweight champion Subriel Matias (pictured) says training camp turns him into an animal – and Liam Paro is his prey as the pair meet for Matias’ title at Coliseo Juan Aubin Cruz Abreu in Manati, Puerto Rico on Saturday night, live worldwide on DAZN. Matias (20-1 20 KOs) makes the second defense of his title in his first fight on home turf since November 2019, and the 32-year old is itching to get his hands on Paro and put on a show for his adoring fans. The Australian Paro (24-0 15 KOs) competes for his first world title on Saturday night and does so in the toughest of circumstances – on the doorstep of one of the most avoided fighters on the planet. For Matias, Saturday night is his time to be let off the leash, not just after a long training camp, but also for the first time in a ring in Puerto Rico for 1660 days – and he believes a savage performance is incoming to prove that he’s the top dog at 140 pounds.
 
“During camp I feel like an animal trapped in a cage,” said Matias. “The confinement, the day-to-day nuisances, being away from my family. This creates a monster that grows inside me during camp. I leave camp as an animal, in search of my prey, and this time, that’s Liam Paro.
 
“There is no-one in the 140-pound division that can beat me. It might should arrogant, but I’ll show you. I trust myself and what I do, and that’s makes me dangerous. My mind is my weapon.
 
“As far as I know, he’s been knocked down a couple of times. I don’t want to knock him down; I want him to suffer and leave a strong message to the division. I know Liam is strong, he’s brave, he has good technique. But he also has a big mouth.
 
“I’m preparing myself to take damage, and to inflict damage. They want to take away the beans from my family, and we can’t allow that. We’ve put in a lot of effort to be here, and I cannot lose everything in one day. That’s why I have to make these sacrifices.
 
“I’m the best in the division at 140. There is no second, third or fourth. I’m everything. I’m one, two three and four. I’m scared, but it’s a fear that I enjoy. I just hope that nerves don’t betray me so I can do what I’ve been doing all these years, satisfy my crowd.
 
“I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid. I’ve always said that I see myself unified in the division. Many say I am crazy, but I like it, one day they will open their eyes and i will be unified champion. They will have to give it to me.”
 
Matias’ clash with Paro tops the bill in Puerto Rico, where Angel Fierro faces Alfredo Santiago in another junior welterweight bout and Yankiel Rivera meets Victor Sandoval at fllyweight. Also, Puerto Ricans Stephanie Piñeiro and William Ortiz continue their pro journeys.
 

WBC acknowledges Gary Russell Sr. with Juneteenth belt

WBC acknowledges Gary Russell Sr. with Juneteenth belt

WBC acknowledges Gary Russell Sr. with Juneteenth belt
Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865, the day enslaved people in Texas finally learned of their freedom, marking the end of slavery in the United States. The WBC created the Juneteenth Belt and named it “Freedom.”. It was presented on June 19th, 2021 in Houston and was awarded to then-middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo as he won his fight vs. Juan Macias Montiel. That same week U.S. President Joe Biden announced the confirmation of Juneteenth becoming a National Holiday Day. The WBC created the 2022 version of the belt which was scheduled for the fight to be held on such holiday. It was Jermall Charlo vs. Maciej Sulecki but that was cancelled due to a back injury. In 2023 there was no appropriate fight scheduled in June. The 2024 edition has been presented to the Russell boxing family as a way to honor the memory and efforts of Mr. Gary Russell Sr. who passed away on May 2022. With his love and care, he guided his sons and Gary Jr. became a featherweight champion. He was also a pillar of boxing for his community. May his memory be eternal!
 

Davis: "Martin is worried about not getting knocked out"

Davis: "Martin is worried about not getting knocked out"
WBA lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis and unbeaten challenger Frank “The Ghost” Martin squared off at the final press conference Wednesday before they get it on this Saturday, June 15th headlining a PBC pay-per-view event on Prime Video in the 100th championship fight night to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Davis and Martin traded verbal barbs throughout the press conference and through photo-ops, throwing back and forth jabs on each other’s skill sets, resumes and a previous sparring session. The four-fight pay-per-view event offers a pair of headlining attractions as fan-favorite David “El Monstro” Benavidez is set to make his 175-pound debut against former WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk in a matchup for the interim WBC title.  Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday:
 
GERVONTA DAVIS
 
“I’m gonna break you up. I’m gonna split all that up under your eyes. Every time I tell people something is gonna happen, what happens?
 
“It hasn’t even hit him yet. He’ll see Saturday. It’s gonna hit him. Especially when I touch him. What is he bringing to the table that I haven’t seen?
 
“Come out this Saturday, because it’s gonna be a great fight with a great undercard. Don’t get your popcorn, or your juice, stay locked in. Because I’ve been locked in for a long time now and my give back is gonna be a great performance on Saturday night.
 
“He’s shaking up there. He was talking tough yesterday when it was just him. It’s gonna show. He’s a frontrunner.
 
“He’s just worried about not getting knocked out. He’s not worrying about winning. He’s trying not to get knocked out.
 
“All that movement he has is just fake footwork, it’s regular. Mediocre.”
 
FRANK MARTIN
 
“June 15th, it’s going down. We’re here. Like I’ve said before, I appreciate ‘Tank’ giving me the opportunity to whoop his ass. He just hasn’t been in there with anybody like me.
 
“This can go down however he wants it to go down. If he acts up, like I’ve been saying, you’re gonna see Gervonta Davis get knocked out. If he acts up, he’s getting knocked out, period. If he acts crazy, he’s going to sleep.
 
“Calvin’s telling me to push those buttons, well I’m coming to push every button he’s got. Come out and expect a good fight. Let’s get it.
 
“He’s been working his ass off, because he knows what time it is. He’s been grinding. We haven’t seen too much of you. It’s because he knows this is real.  
 
“It’s a blessing to be in this position, but it won’t hit me until I get the win. I feel like I worked, and that’s why I’m here. Now I have to get this win and then it’ll all hit me.
 
“He comes out to hurt everyone he fights. We’ve heard that before. We’re not worried about none of that. We’re ready for whatever he’s about to bring. We got his number.
 
“I just have to go in there and fight my fight, be comfortable . He has good power, but it doesn’t matter.
 
“I’m here to get my hand raised and come out with that WBA strap. Then there’s a new face in the seat, and it’s gonna be me.”
 
ERROL SPENCE JR., Martin’s Promoter
 
“Come Saturday night, I guarantee you that Frank is going to put on a great show and a great performance. He’s ready for this moment and he’s been ready for this moment for a long time.
 
“I’ve just told Frank to stay focused, stay hungry and stay dedicated. It’s all about the grind. That’s how he got to this point.
 
“I guarantee you that Frank is going to show everyone why he’s the best 135-pounder in the world, and the new WBA lightweight champion.”
 
CALVIN FORD, Davis’ Trainer
 
“On the 100th championship fight night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, you’re going to see greatness that night. I want people to leave this show like they just watched a karate movie and say that they wanna fight just like ‘Tank’. We’re gonna put that work in.
 
“I want Frank to come with it, because I need him to push that button. I haven’t seen it yet. I know what’s under that hood, but there’s a button yet to be pushed. I’m asking Frank to please push that button. It’s nothing personal, but Frank is in the way.
 
“’Tank’ is pushing forward to where he’s supposed to be at, and Frank is here for a reason. Y’all haven’t seen the real ‘Tank’ yet until that button gets pushed.”
 
DERRICK JAMES, Martin’s Trainer
 
“I like that everyone is calling Frank the challenger. Because the thing about boxing is that he’ll come in as the challenger, and 1,000% he’ll leave as the champion.
 
“Frank had a really good camp. We’ve been able to use everything ‘Tank’ said as fuel for the fire. He wants to get in the ring and prove his point. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t believe in ourselves.”
 
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
 
“When ‘Tank’ fights, it’s bigger than just a championship fight night, it’s like the old days here at MGM with a Mike Tyson event. He’ll be defending his WBA title against yet another undefeated challenger in the undefeated, WBA ranked #2 contender, Frank Martin.
 
“It’s very exciting to be part of this 100th championship fight night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and have this great card that will deliver another amazing atmosphere. There’s something about this building and what happens when you walk out of those locker rooms and down that tunnel, it becomes like gladiators in the arena.”
 
LEONARD ELLERBE, Davis' Promoter
 
“Saturday night can’t get here fast enough. Let’s be real, in 2017 ‘Tank’ was a world champion, and Frank Martin wasn’t even a professional yet. One thing about boxing is, you can’t skip steps. It’s about experience, and you get that by consistently fighting the best.
 
“Frank is a good fighter, but there is a difference between good, and special. ‘Tank’ is special. Everything that Frank does good, ‘Tank’ does better. Come Saturday night, don’t blink. Because this could be over early.”
 
 
 
 

Claressa Shields open workout quotes

Claressa Shields open workout quotes

World middleweight champion Claressa “GWOAT” Shields of Flint, Michigan, held a media workout in Detroit yesterday to discuss her Saturday, July 27th rise of two weight classes to challenge for a world title in a fourth division against WBC 175-pound champion Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse of Quebec. [Note: the 175-pound weight class is titled heavyweight by the WBC for women. ] The vacant WBO championship will also be on the line on July 27th in a special edition of “Big Time Boxing USA” at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit that will air live on DAZN.
 Shields (14-0, 2 KOs) and Lepage-Joanisse (7-1, 2 KOs) will headline a show presented by Salita Promotions and 313 Presents at downtown Detroit’s world-class venue and home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Tickets for the July 27th event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and the venue box office. Here is what Shields and her promoter, Dmitriy Salita, had to say today from the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit:
 
CLARESSA SHIELDS

“I feel like some things only happen once in a lifetime, and so I’m happy that Little Caesars Arena has given me the opportunity again. To be given the opportunity here in Detroit at one of the biggest venues here, I feel honored and privileged and humbled. I just can’t wait to show what I can do at heavyweight, represent Detroit and Michigan and Flint, and keep bringing Big Time Boxing back to Detroit.”
 
“I want to go down in history as the ‘Beyonce of Boxing;’ the ‘Serena Williams of Boxing.’ I feel like I’m unstoppable when it comes to a fight and there’s always going to be fireworks, because it they (her opponents) don’t start the party, I will.”
 
“Regardless of the weight class, I haven’t seen any girl be tough enough, be skilled enough, defensively or offensively, to beat me. I’m willing to go wherever I need to go to give all these girls a chance, so I can keep proving them wrong. You guys have got the tapes, you’ve been studying me all these years, and you still can’t beat me.”
 
On Also Fighting in MMA: “I think what makes me so powerful within this combat sport is that I always think positive. I prepare as best I can, I get in there and I fight, and I win. I don’t really think about all the bad things that could happen to me, because that can disrupt what I’m trying to do. I think about being a bad person and doing those bad things.”
 
DMITRIY SALITA

On why Shields chose to fight Joanisse:
“If you look at the great boxing champions from the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit, people like Floyd Mayweather, Tommy Hearns, they took on the biggest and the best challengers. That is what Claressa is doing, too.”
 
“She’s also bringing boxing back to Detroit. This will be her second show at Little Caesars Arena, which is one of the most beautiful venues for boxing in the United States.”
 
“Some athletes, when you see them on TV, seem unreal. Claressa is real. She lives just 30 miles away from Detroit. She’s Michigan-made and has a really incredible story. And in today’s day and age, when women’s empowerment is at the forefront, Claressa is at the head driving that message.”
 
 

Scull purse bid postponed a second time

Scull purse bid postponed a second time

Scull purse bid postponed a second time

UPDATE: The IBF announced that Saul Alvarez vs. William Scull super middleweight purse bid scheduled for Thursday, June 13th has been postponed for the second time. This purse bid is now scheduled for Tuesday, June 18th at 12:00 EST.  Original story, 5/28/24: A virtual unknown, William Scull, will either get the next shot at world super middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez or Alvarez will be stripped of the IBF title. Scull, an unbeaten but untested Cuban fighting out of Germany, will learn his fate soon, as the IBF has scheduled a purse bid for Alvarez-Scull in little more than a week. Alvarez, who also holds the other three major belts besides the IBF, is not expected to agree to fight Scull so the next IBF title fight at 168 pounds could be Scull vs. #2 rated Vladimir Shishkin for the vacant title. The IBF notice to all eligible promoters read: "On May 13, 2024 the IBF ordered Saul Alvarez and William Scull to begin negotiations for the IBF super middleweight mandatory defense. On May 22, 2024 Mr. Hagen Doering representing William Scull requested an immediate purse bid because an agreement could not be reached. The IBF is ordering a purse bid in these offices on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 12:00 PM EST. Bids must be submitted at 11:45 AM EST to be promptly opened at 12:00 PM."

Rafael Espinoza books first title defense vs. Sergio Chirino

Rafael Espinoza books first title defense vs. Sergio Chirino

Unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Rafael “El Divino” Espinoza has inked a multi-fight co-promotional agreement with Top Rank, who will work alongside Zanfer Promotions of Mexico.  Espinoza, a 30 year-old native of Guadalajara, will make the first defense of his title against countryman Sergio Chirino on Friday, June 21st at Fontainebleau Las Vegas and streaming live on ESPN+.
 
“Rafael Espinoza is a fighter who gives the fans excitement every time he steps through the ropes," said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum. "I look forward to working with our friends at Zanfer Promotions to deliver Rafael the biggest and best fights. He has all the tools to become one of the great Mexican champions of his era."
 
Espinoza said, “I’m very excited about this agreement between Zanfer Promotions and Top Rank to take my career to another level. I promise you all great fights and great wars. And more than anything else, I promise to continue giving my all to win the hearts of all the fans. I’m also excited about my main event fight in Las Vegas. I'll show that this title will stay with me for a long time.”
 
Espinoza (24-0, 20 KOs) spent over a decade in the paid ranks before getting his shot at a world title. Last December, he prevailed in a Fight of the Year contender against then-WBO king Robeisy Ramirez. Espinoza took an early lead, was dropped in the fifth, and rebounded to knock down the Cuban two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 12th round. Espinoza emerged with a majority decision victory, becoming the 30th Mexican featherweight world champion and the 20th from his home state of Jalisco.

 Chirino is 22-1 with his only loss coming to contender Mauricio Lara.


 

Benavidez but not Tank makes grand arrival

Benavidez but not Tank makes grand arrival
Boxters competing on the PBC pay-per-view event on Prime Video made their grand arrivals in Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon as they prepare to enter the ring this Saturday, June 15th for the 100th championship fight night to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The card is co-headlined, as undefeated two-division champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis [who did not show up for the grand arrival] defends his WBA lightweight championship against unbeaten Frank “The Ghost” Martin, while former two-time super middleweight title holder David “El Monstro” Benavidez (pictured) is set to make his 175-pound debut against former light heavyweight champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk in a matchup for the interim WBC light heavyweight title.
 
The grand arrivals also featured fighters competing on the pay-per-view undercard, including undefeated Gary Antuanne Russell and unbeaten former 140-pound titleholder Alberto Puello, who meet for the vacant interim WBC title, plus WBC middleweight champion Carlos Adames and former U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha, who duel in the pay-per-view opener at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Tickets for the live event are on sale now and are available through www.axs.com.  The event is promoted by GTD Promotions, Sampson Boxing, TGB Promotions and Man Down Promotions.
 
In addition to the PPV being available for purchase on Prime Video, regardless of Prime membership, fans will also be able to continue to access the telecast through traditional cable and satellite outlets as well as PPV.com. Here is what Benavidez, Martin, Gvozdyk and Davis’ trainer Calvin Ford had to say Tuesday from MGM Grand:
 
DAVID BENAVIDEZ
 
“I’m really thankful for everyone who came out to support, this fight is for you. We’ve worked extremely hard and we’re going for the knockout this Saturday.
 
“My plan is to conquer the light heavyweight and super middleweight divisions. Whoever comes to the plate, they can get it. I’m ready to fight whoever and beat whoever.
 
“I have a lot to prove to the world. I really want to be the best of my generation and until I am, I’m going to keep working hard.”
 
FRANK MARTIN
 
“I’m feeling great. I’m locked in and I’m focused. The goal is to go in there and beat Gervonta Davis. I’m here to take his spot. I’m here for a reason. I’m here to take over.
 
“I’m different. I got speed, power, IQ, and really I have it all. You’re going to see. When it’s time to bite down, the world is gonna see.
 
“Sparring is just sparring, we have this fight Saturday and I’m gonna whoop his ass. We have Saturday to show who’s who.”
 
OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK
 
“I have a lot of experience and I have something to show him. It’s going to be an exciting fight that you don’t want to miss.
 
“Even though he’s moving up in weight, he’s still a big guy. So I’m not thinking about that. I’m expecting him to be in the best shape of his career, just like I am.”
 
CALVIN FORD, Gervonta Davis’ Trainer
 
“We’re back in business. We’ve been waiting for this for a while, so we’re really excited to put on a great performance for the fans. That’s who we do it for.
 
“Watching ‘Tank’ in camp, it scares me how great he looks. He’s really showed maturity in the ring. He’s extremely focused. I want people to leave the arena saying how great this fight was.”
 

Saturday night boxing action in San Antonio

Saturday night boxing action in San Antonio

Saturday night boxing action in San Antonio
Texas Boxers and Brawlers along with the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy-San Antonio are teaming up to bring "Father's Day Fight Night" to San Antonio, Texas this upcoming Saturday, June 15th.  Several fighters under the tutelage of famed trainer Robert Garcia are set to be featured. Nine bouts in all are scheduled to take place with the main event pitting a local product, Daniel Cortez, putting his undefeated record of 8-0 on the line against Ricardo Mena (3-6) of McAllen, Texas in a six-round bantamweight showdown. The co-feature has San Antonio's Ethan Perez (2-0) against Waldo Zamudio from Pasadena, Texas in a four-round featherweight bout. Doors open at 6PM at the Boeing Tech Port located at 3331 General Hudnell Dr Acc Rd, San Antonio, TX 78226.
Boxingtalk's Christian Schmidt will be the ring announcer.
 

Angel Gonzalez following in father's footsteps

Angel Gonzalez following in father's footsteps
On Saturday, June 15th, Angel “Set It Off” Gonzalez (13-0, 7 KOs) faces Josue “Zurdo” Morales (28-13-4, 10 KOs) in a ten-round flyweight contest. The fight serves as the co-feature for CES Boxing’s “Championship Jackpot 2024” at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut and televised live on Swerve Combat TV. The event includes eleven pro bouts, preceded by “Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Invitational,” an amateur showcase featuring the best young boxers in the nation.  “Training is going well, said Gonzalez just a few days before the bout.  “My weight is on point, I’m focused, and I’m ready to win my first pro title.”
 
For the 30 year-old Gonzalez, this fight presents both his toughest test to date and what he hopes will be the beginning of a title run in the flyweight division. “This fight means everything to me,” says Gonzalez. “It gets me to the next level, where I can fight world ranked guys.  This is what I worked hard for over the years.  I’ve been boxing for 14 years.  10 years as an amateur and 4 years as a pro.  It all leads up to this big moment where I fight for my first title.”
 
While Gonzalez first began training in boxing at 8 years old, he didn’t have his first amateur fight until he was 14, mainly because basketball was his passion while boxing was an activity. A few years later, his focus changed, and the Sweet Science became something he saw a future in.    “I figured my Dad [Angel Sr.] was a pro fighter, so why not try boxing seriously,” says Gonzalez, whose father fought in the 90s against the likes of Junior “Poison” Jones (twice), Kevin Kelley, Frankie Toledo and Edwin Santana (4x).  “My Dad took me to the gym and showed me the right way to do things.  Three months later, I had my first amateur fight, won, and decided that this is what I wanted to do.”
 
Under his father’s tutelage, Gonzalez compiled a 50-6 amateur record while competing in 3 National Golden Gloves tournaments and winning 4 Western New England Golden Gloves titles.  After moving to Florida in 2017, Angel decided to turn pro in December 2020, racking up 13 consecutive victories while fighting in Colombia, Mexico, Florida, and all-over New England. 
 
“It’s great to fight in all of these places, but it’s very important for me to fight at home,” says Gonzalez, who is fighting at Mohegan Sun Arena for the second consecutive time this year.  “As a Hartford kid, I’m showing the youth that if you put your mind into something and stay the course, you can make something great out of your life.  Yes, I was born in a rough neighborhood, but I stayed focused and I’m here now, undefeated and fighting for a title.”
 
After boxing only once in 2023, Gonzalez’s braintrust dramatically stepped up his level of opposition in 2024. In February, Angel won an eight-round unanimous decision over the once beaten Christian Robles at Mohegan Sun Arena.  While on paper the matchup looked like a 50/50 fight, Gonzalez took over the bout in the mid rounds to win a dominant unanimous decision. 
 
“I knew he trained at the Wild Card, but he didn’t have as much of an amateur background as me,” says Gonzalez of Robles, who was 8-1 with 3 knockouts when they met. “I went into that fight very focused.  I knew I was going to overwhelm him.  I get stronger as the fight progresses, and while I was getting stronger through the rounds, he was deflating, so I broke him down and came out victorious.”
 
The win convinced CES Boxing founder Jimmy Burchfield Sr. that ‘Set it Off’ was ready. “Angel is a tremendous young fighter,” said Burchfield Sr.  “I’ve seen him develop over the years and I believe that he has the talent, skills, and most importantly, the discipline to... compete for a major world title over the next few years.” 
 
In Angel’s way on Saturday stands Josue Morales, an experienced southpaw whose record is quite deceiving.  While ‘Zurdo’ has 13 losses on his ledger, the Texan is 17-1 in his last 18 bouts, with 9 of those wins coming by knockout.
 
“He’s definitely a boxer,” says Gonzalez of the 31-year-old Morales.  “He paces himself and doesn’t waste punches.  His losses are to guys who put constant pressure on him to slow him down and overwhelm him.  He has 10 knockouts in 45 fights, so I don’t think he’s really a power puncher, but you never know.  I’m ready to go 10 rounds with him, but my goal is to stop him because he’s never been stopped before, and I want to make a statement in the 112-pound division.”
 
With his father by his side, Angel is convinced that this fight is the start of a run that will culminate in one of several world titles.
 
“My Dad molded me into the man I am today,” said Gonzalez, whose father remains present in his career, flying between Connecticut and Florida to go over strategy and help prepare his son for battle.  
 
With his Dad by his side, there’s no better occasion to show it than on Father’s Day weekend in front of his hometown crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Purchase your tickets now at CESFights, Ticketmaster, or the Mohegan Sun box office.  
 
 
 

Bam feeling confident after sparring with Chocolotito

Bam feeling confident after sparring with Chocolotito
Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (pictured) says his confidence has soared to new heights after sparring with Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez ahead of Bam's clash with WBC super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday June 29th, live worldwide on DAZN. Rodriguez (19-0 12 KOs) is looking to reclaim the WBC strap he won in February 2022 by outclassing Carlos Cuadras in Arizona. He defended that crown four months later with a stoppage win over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on his San Antonio home patch, knocking over two of the ‘new Four Kings’ of boxing. Now he can tick off a third king on June 29th with victory over ‘El Gallo’, and though a showdown with Chocolatito in the future is unlikely with their close ties to Teiken Boxing, the pair did share the ring, albeit behind closed doors last week in California.
 
There were no cameras present when Rodriguez and Chocolatito locked horns for eight rounds of elite level sparring, but both Rodriguez and trainer Robert Garcia told media at Tuesday’s media workout at the Matchroom Churchill Boxing Gym in LA that it was ‘pay-per-view worthy’, and following that work with the Nicaraguan, who has shared 36 epic rounds with Estrada, ‘Bam’ has even more confidence in his belief that he’ll have his hand raised in Phoenix once again.
 
“Chocolatito fought Estrada three times so he’s very familiar with his style, he knows what he does right and wrong,” said Rodriguez. “To share the ring with him was a huge opportunity. We got eight solid rounds in, and each one was fireworks, so my confidence is even higher going into the fight knowing I’ve shared the ring with Chocolatito.
 
“Chocolatito is a legend, not just of the lower weight classes but just in boxing period, he was on the pound-for-pound list for a very long time, so to share the ring with him was an honor, and it doesn’t get any better than that.
 
“This isn’t the first fight that I’m being doubted, or people are saying I can’t win. So, it’s just another fight, every day is another day in the gym, and then on June 29 I will show everyone once again that I am the real deal.
 
“It’s not about him, it’s about what I have inside me and the style I have. I know what I am capable of, so I go into the fight knowing that I feel that no-one can beat me.
 
“I just know I am ready, whether he was young and active or not, I know I can beat any version of Estrada.
 
“I’ve been taking tough fights for my last four, five, six fights now, I’ve lost count of them. I’ve been in World title fights since 2022, and I feel like winning this fight in a dominant fashion or even stopping Estrada, it will make people believe. But if it doesn’t, that’s OK, I know what I am accomplishing in the sport and that’s what matters.
 
“The pressure is on me as the one coming up. Estrada has been around, and people know what he’s done, so it’s up to me to show the world that I am one of the greats in the lower weight classes and the world of boxing as well.
 
“I’m more motivated than ever and very confident going into this fight, so you can expect the best of me on June 29.”
 
Rodriguez’s clash with Estrada is part of a stacked night of action in Phoenix, where former champions Sunny Edwards and Adrian Curiel collide, unbeaten duo Arturo Cardenas and Danny Barrios meet in the super bantamweight division and Yamileth Mercado defends her WBC 122-pound title against Ramla Ali.

Welcome to Davis vs. Martin fight week

Welcome to Davis vs. Martin fight week

Welcome to Davis vs. Martin fight week
This Saturday will see popular stars Gervonta “Tank” Davis (pictured) and David “El Monstro” Benavidez co-headline a PBC pay-Per-view event on Prime Video at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Headlining the show is the undefeated two-division champion Davis defending his WBA lightweight title against unbeaten Frank “The Ghost” Martin, while Benavídez, twice a champion at 168 pounds, is set to make his 175-pound debut against former WBC champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk in a matchup for the interim WBC belt. The pay-per-view will also see undefeated Gary Antuanne Russell take on former 140-pound title holder Alberto Puello for the interim WBC belt, while WBC middleweight champion Carlos Adames battles former U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha in the pay-per-view opener at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Tickets for the live event are on sale now and are available through www.axs.com.
 
 

Ryan Garcia's troubling tweets continue

Ryan Garcia's troubling tweets continue

One day after his arrest and subsequent hospitalization for vanadlizing a hotel in Beverly Hills, California, burst of troubling social media posts continued to emerge from Ryan Garcia. On Sunday, he tweeted: "I’m  worried. I have to be at this weird hospital and they are trying to give me medicine and they have me on a hold for who knows how long-- they will determine. Pray for me. God help me... Prayer warriors:  Please I need prayers. A lot of prayers. Prayers can move mountains. Lord Jesus save me... Kinda funny both [former United States president Donald] Trump and I are in jail . I don’t know if he is in jail but I know he got convicted. [Editor's note: Trump is not in jail].  This sucks, but I love Jesus. I will be okay... [i] feel like I’m Ryan Spears a/k/a Britney Spears. This sucks. I never hurt anyone. I’ve only ever loved everyone prayed for people. And try to make a change in this cruel world . I love you Christ Jesus. Amen."

Last month, the biggest boxing win of Garcia's career was thrown into question when it was revealed he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Ostarine at the time of his upset win over two-division champion Devin Haney in April. Garcia did not win Haney's junior welterweight championship because Garcia failed to make the 140-pound weight limit. The fight went ahead anyway, and Garcia punished Haney with damaging blows, seemingly aided by a perfomance-enhancing substance.

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JUNE 9, 2024: Garcia's personal issues are increasing.TMZ Sports reports that the troubled boxing star was arrested for felony vandalism at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday. A very brief video shows Garcia, apparently wearing boxing headgear, being led away in handcuffs. ESPN reporting added that the hotel decided to press charges against Garcia. According to ESPN, upon arrest, Garcia complained of a medical issue and was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Last month, Garcia's biggest boxing win was thrown into question when it was revealed he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Ostarine at the time of his upset win over Devin Haney in April.

Prior to the Haney fight, Garcia came in considerably overweight, and before that, he had been making bizarre and disturbing social media posts to his millions of followers. Even in the hours leading up to this weekend's arrest, Garcia was tweeting about not getting paid for the Haney fight, and also about child sexual abuse. A sampling of these anti-pedophilia posts read: "They touch little kids and then hide it with lies and money and then run for their dear life... I want to get sued to see if they really like that... Yall defend pedo’s and it’s sad. Kids babies getting touched and you choose to support that. I got real evidence and that’s okay?"

As for not receiving payment, Garcia tweeted, "Even if you don’t like me, the fact I haven’t received payment for my fight is messed up... I need my money now."
 
As the administrative process before the New York Athletic Commission continues, Garcia's victory over Haney is expected to be changed to a no contest, with Haney arguing that he should be declared the winner over Garcia by disqualification. The doping tests were administered by VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Only the A-sample has been tested, so the finding is not considered final until either the B-sample has also been tested or Garcia declines to have the B-sample tested. The most disturbing aspect of the news is that Garcia dished out severe and possibly permament punishment to Haney, who was knoked down three times and absorbed many hard punches to the head over the course of twelve rounds against the apparently enhanced Garcia.
 

Report: Sugar Hill to train Jared Anderson

Report: Sugar Hill to train Jared Anderson

Turki Alalshikh, chairman of Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority, and the most powerful person in boxing, tweeted: "I want to thank Jared Anderson for taking my advice and seeking out to coach and trainer Sugar Hill to train him for his upcoming fight." Formerly known as Javan "Sugar" Hill, the trainer is best known for his work with former champion Tyson Fury. Anderson (17-0) has a tough fight coming up on August 3rd in Los Angeles. On a Los Angeles show bankrolled by Alalshikh, Anderson will face Martin Bakole of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bakole is a super-sized heavyweight, about 6'6", 300 pounds, and boasting a record of 20-1.

Late result: Cobbs effectively ends Broner's career

Late result: Cobbs effectively ends Broner's career

Late result: Cobbs effectively ends Broner's career
Blair Cobbs W10 Adrien Broner... For the second time in two weeks, an American boxing star from the prior decade appeared to reach the end of their professional rope. Last week, former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was knocked out by Zhilei Zhang in Saudi Arabia. On Friday, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (pictured) effectively ended the career of former four-division champion Adrien Broner. Both Broner and Wilder were mainstays of the Premier Boxing Champions / Showtime axis for years. Coming off a 22-month layoff, Cobbs put an end to any thoughts of a Broner renaissance. Cobbs scored a second-round knockdown and went on to a unanimous decision victory by scores of 97-91 and 96-93 (twice). Cobbs is now 17-1-1 and we'll see if legendary promoter Don King has the ability to land him a big fight. Broner is now 35-5-1 but with well-documented legal and financial troubles, he will probably continue to chase down some paydays.
 

Late result: Hunter shuts out Chaney

Late result: Hunter shuts out Chaney
Michael Hunter W10 Cassius Chaney ... Heavyweight Michael Hunter ran the scorecards on Saturday night and defeated Cassius Chaney at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Hunter settled a fight that looked evenly matched but won all three scorecards by 100-90 at the Don King Promotions event.  With the win, his record now stands at 23 wins, 2 loss, 2 draws and 16 knockouts [Hunter was coming off a loss to Artem Suslenkov earlier in the year that is not reported on his record by Boxrec]. Chaney’s record stands at 23 wins, 2 losses and 16 knockouts.

Brandun Lee signs with Split-T

Brandun Lee signs with Split-T
Split-T Management has announced the signing of Brandun Lee, an exciting junior welterweight. Lee, of La Quinta, California, has been inactive for more than a year. He made his professional debut in 2017 and since then has gone undefeated with a perfect professional record of 28 wins, 0 losses with 23 of the wins coming by way of knockout. In recent years, Brandun has been featured on major network television in ten of his past twelve bouts. He started off on ShoBox: The New Generation in September of 2019 and then graduated to both Showtime Championship Boxing and Showtime pay-per-view platforms. In those twelve bouts, nine of which he won by KO, his opponents came into the bout with a combined record of 251-48-15. Still only 25 years young yet competing at the elite level for several years already, Lee is looking to get his much awaited shot at a world title in the near future. Something that should not elude this special, unique and talented boxer much longer.
 
"I’ve followed Brandun since the youth amateurs. He has always had the potential to be not just great American talent, but worldwide star. I am so very excited to finally be representing him. He’s only a couple fights away from a world title opportunity and soon enough a world championship belt will be around his waist," said David McWater of Split-T Management.
 
"Signing with Split-T Management is a huge step for me to become a world champion. David has always believed in me and has shown interest in me ever since I was a prospect in the amateurs. I’m looking to start our great campaign together this summer. My team is now complete and I’m ready for war," said Lee.
 
Brandun Lee turned pro at just seventeen and within a few short years had more wins in the boxing ring than he had total years alive on the planet. He had a stellar amateur run that saw him go 196-5 that led him to the 2015 U.S. Junior National Championship, taking home the gold medal at 145 pounds. Lee is guided and trained by his father Bobby. Lee is of multiracial descent having a Korean American father and Mexican American mother. He grew up in Southern California and embraced the diversity of the community. He has now become active within it supporting many initiatives and causes.

BKFC results from Newcastle, England

BKFC results from Newcastle, England

BKFC results from Newcastle, England
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), delivered another bare knuckle fighting event in the United Kingdom on Saturday with BKFC Prospect Series: Newcastle at the sold-out Walker Activity Dome in Newcastle. In the main event, the debuting Paul Venis of Middlesbrough, England picked himself up off the canvas to defeat Bulgaria’s Stanoy Tabakov in a heavyweight showdown. Venis logged five knockdowns of his own en route to the third-round TKO victory. Time of the stoppage was 47 seconds into the third stanza. Venis improves to 1-0, while Tabakov falls to 1-1.
 
In the co-feature, Bishop Auckland, England's Pic Jardine introduced himself in style to BKFC fans with a third-round TKO over previously undefeated Bart Krol in their middleweight matchup. Time of the stoppage was 35 seconds into the third frame. Jardine, who had BKFC heavyweight champion Mick Terrill in his corner, scored two knockdowns in the fight. Krol, who hails from Pila, Poland, is now 3-1 in the squared circle.
 
Carlisle, England’s Danny Christie upped his BKFC record to 5-1 with a unanimous decision victory over Jimmy Millar of Bournemouth, England in the middleweight division. Christie logged two knockdowns in the fight. The judges scored it 50-44, 49-45, 49-44. Millar is now 1-1.
 
Danny Moir of Scarborough, England edged out Ashington, England’s John Ferguson to win by split decision in their back-and-forth, light-heavyweight matchup. Moir is now 1-0 under the BKFC banner, while Ferguson is 1-2.
 
Fitzwilliam, England’s Jack Culshaw made a statement in his BKFC debut with a third-round TKO victory over the previously unbeaten Bartek Kanabey of Workington, England. Culshaw sent his opponent to the canvas twice. Time of the stoppage as 1:35. Kanabey falls to 2-1 in the Squared Circle.
 
Cameron Hardy of Darlington, England turned heads in his BKFC debut with a five-knockdown performance against Kirkby, England’s Bryan Creighton in a featherweight battle. The bout was called to a stop 43 seconds into the fifth round, with Hardy winning by KO.
 
Darwen, England’s Stevie Taylor was victorious in his BKFC debut after his cruiserweight bout with Jakub Kosicki of Poznan, Poland was stopped by the ringside doctor in the fourth round. Time of the TKO stoppage was 1:51. Kosicki is now 0-1.
 
Bradley Taylor of Hartlepool, England improved to 2-0 under the BKFC banner with a 43-second TKO victory over debuting Glasgow, Scotland’s Dan Mohammed in their bantamweight matchup. Taylor dropped Mohammed twice.
 
Debuting Jarrow, England heavyweight Gary Slator needed just 56 seconds to take out Rob Cunningham of Deeside, Wales. Slator sent Cunningham to the canvas twice en route to the first-round TKO victory. Cunningham is now 2-2 in his BKFC career.
 
Luke Beamish of Birkenhead, England was victorious by unanimous decision in his spirited welterweight showdown with Hartlepool, England’s Will Rochester. The judges’ scores weren’t given. Both fighters were debuting for BKFC.
 
Bradford, England’s Ryan Sanson dropped Jeremy Waltron of Hexham, England in the second round of their welterweight matchup, paving the way for the unanimous decision victory. The judges’ scores weren’t given. Both fighters were making their debut for BKFC.
 
BKFC Prospect Series: Newcastle Results
 
Paul Venis def. Stanoy Tabakov via TKO in round 3 (0:47)
 
Pic Jardine def. Bart Krol via TKO in round 3 (0:35)
 
Danny Christie def. Jimmy Millar via unanimous decision (50-44, 49-45, 49-44)
 
Danny Moir def. John Ferguson via split decision
 
Jack Culshaw def. Bartek Kanabey via TKO in round 3 (1:35)
 
Cameron Hardy def. Bryan Creighton via KO in round 5 (0:43)
 
Stevie Taylor def. Jakub Kosicki via TKO in round 4 (1:51)
 
Bradley Taylor def. Dan Mohammed via TKO in round 1 (0:43)
 
Gary Slator def. Rob Cunningham via TKO in round 1 (0:56)
 
Luke Beamish def. Will Rochster via unanimous decision
 
Ryan Sanson def. Jeremy Waltron via unanimous decision
 

Reports show Ryan Garcia's personal woes mounting

Reports show Ryan Garcia's personal woes mounting

Ryan Garcia's personal issues are increasing.TMZ Sports reports that the troubled boxing star was arrested for felony vandalism at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday. A very brief video shows Garcia, apparently wearing boxing headgear, being led away in handcuffs. ESPN reporting added that the hotel decided to press charges against Garcia. According to ESPN, upon arrest, Garcia complained of a medical issue and was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Last month, Garcia's biggest boxing win was thrown into question when it was revealed he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Ostarine at the time of his upset win over Devin Haney in April.

Prior to the Haney fight, Garcia came in considerably overweight, and before that, he had been making bizarre and disturbing social media posts to his millions of followers. Even in the hours leading up to this weekend's arrest, Garcia was tweeting about not getting paid for the Haney fight, and also about child sexual abuse. A sampling of these anti-pedophilia posts read: "They touch little kids and then hide it with lies and money and then run for their dear life... I want to get sued to see if they really like that... Yall defend pedo’s and it’s sad. Kids babies getting touched and you choose to support that. I got real evidence and that’s okay?"

As for not receiving payment, Garcia tweeted, "Even if you don’t like me, the fact I haven’t received payment for my fight is messed up... I need my money now."
 
As the administrative process before the New York Athletic Commission continues, Garcia's victory over Haney is expected to be changed to a no contest, with Haney arguing that he should be declared the winner over Garcia by disqualification. The doping tests were administered by VADA, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Only the A-sample has been tested, so the finding is not considered final until either the B-sample has also been tested or Garcia declines to have the B-sample tested. The most disturbing aspect of the news is that Garcia dished out severe and possibly permament punishment to Haney, who was knoked down three times and absorbed many hard punches to the head over the course of twelve rounds against the apparently enhanced Garcia.
 

Zayas dominates Teixeira

Zayas dominates Teixeira
Xander Zayas W10 Patrick Teixeira...  On the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, San Juan's Xander Zayas, 153.4 lbs., of San Juan, battled former WBO champion Patrick Teixeira, 153.4 lbs., of Sombrio, Brazil, in his first main event, held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Taking on his toughest test to date, Zayas easily outpointed Teixeira over ten frames en route to a unanimous decision. Zayas wore down his adversary round by round, landing flush hooks upstairs and stinging body shots. Teixeira, a crafty southpaw, was capable of landing the occasional counter shot and did his best to trade with Zayas but did not possess the firepower to keep him off. In round eight, Teixeira withstood an extended attack, catching several flush shots, but survived to hear the bell. In the ninth, Teixeira looked to survive and regroup, as Zayas continued to press forward landing heavy leather, bloodying his foe’s left eye. Two judges tallied 100-90, with one card at 99-91, all in favor of Zayas, now 19-0 (12 KOs). Embarking on his boxing journey at age six, Zayas competed in over 130 amateur bouts over a 12-year period, winning 11 National championships, before turning pro in 2019. Teixeira is now 34-5 (25 KOs).
 
Afterwards, Zayas said, “Thank you to all my people in Puerto Rico. Since I was five years old, I dreamed about this. It’s happening, thanks to you guys, and I want to thank you for everything you do for me. He was tough. He knew how to survive in there. It was sometimes difficult to find the body, but with the experience, he hid it. I tried to land the hook, and he was ducking underneath. I feel like it was a tough test, but I passed it with flying colors.”
 

Watch: Callum Walsh improves to 12-0 with KO2

Watch: Callum Walsh improves to 12-0 with KO2

Watch: Callum Walsh improves to 12-0 with KO2
Callum Walsh KO2 Carlos Ortiz... In a battle of junior middleweight southpaws, "King" Callum Walsh stopped Carlos Ortiz in the second round of a UFC Fight Pass broadcast from the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Walsh (12-0) plans to return home to Ireland for his next fight. Ortiz returns to Mexico with a record of 14-6.

Undercard results from NYC

Undercard results from NYC

Bruce Carrington W8 Brayan De Gracia... Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington, 125.4 lbs., from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY, halted the experienced Brayan De Gracia, 125 lbs., of David, Panama, in round eight of Saturday’s ESPN co-feature at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. While De Gracia was aggressive and showed a willingness to trade early on, Carrington looked for openings to counter. Carrington did get caught a few times but was never deterred. A series of overhand rights from Carrington wobbled then dropped De Gracia in round five. By the midway point, De Gracia’s face was swelling and his nose bloodied. Carrington also paid attention to his foe’s midsection, digging hooks downstairs. A right uppercut-right hook combination sent De Gracia to the canvas for a second time at the end of round seven. A barrage of punches with De Gracia against the ropes in the eighth stanza forced the referee to end the contest at the 2:56 mark. Carrington improved to 12-0 (8 KOs). Before turning pro in 2021, Carrington accumulated a stellar amateur record of 255-31. De Gracia left the Garden at 29-4-1 (25 KOs). 

“There are some things I could’ve done more. There are some things I could’ve done better on the defensive end. He’s a tough opponent, and I’m super happy that Brayan came in and took the fight on last-minute notice," Carrington said afterwards. "He came to fight. He’s really strong. His knockout ratio shows the power is there, but you know me, I have a lot of experience and know how to get around that, break my opponent down, and do what I do. And that’s how we got the victory.”

Tiger Johnson W8 Tarik Zaina,... Highlighting the Xander Zayas-Patrick Teixeira undercard from the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Olympian Delante “Tiger” Johnson, 141.2 lbs., of Cleveland, OH, improved to 13-0 (6 KOs) with an eight-round unanimous decision win against Moroccan Tarik Zaina, 142.6 lbs., of Tijuana, Mexico. Expertly evading much of Zaina’s offense with subtle feints, head movement and angles, Johnson often hit his target with counter straight right hands and left hooks. The scorecards read 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75, all for the talented Johnson, who finished his amateur campaign with a record of 118-17. Zaina ended the night with a record of 13-2-1 (8 KOs). 

Andy Dominguez W8 Christopher Rios... With both flyweights, Andy Dominguez and Christopher Rios coming off of losses, Dominguez emerged with the rebound win on Saturday night. It was a thrilling evenly-matched encounter, with Dominguez, 111.8 lbs., and Rios, 111.8 lbs., standing shoulder-to-shoulder and trading leather for much of the bout. Dominguez, of Las Vegas, NV, did his best when he took a half-step back, giving himself room to effectively land his flashy combinations. Rios, of Los Angeles, CA, found success with his left hook upstairs, particularly in round two. Overall, Dominguez proved to be the faster, more accurate puncher. Scorecards read 76-76, 78-74, and 77-75, for Dominguez, now 11-1 (6 KOs), via majority decision. Suffering his second consecutive loss, Rios dropped to 10-2 (7 KOs).

 

BWAA honors Inoue, Serrano and others

BWAA honors Inoue, Serrano and others
The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) held its annual awards ceremony on Thursday night in New York City. Naoya Inoue and Amanda Serrano were honored as boxers of the year. Inoue was awarded for becoming the undisputed super bantamweight champion in 2023, while Serrano was awarded for three successful featherweight title defenses and demanind that women be allowed to participate in twelve-round, three-minute bouts like men do.
 
The event also awarded other categories such as the fight of the year, whose award went to the Jaime Munguía vs Sergey Derevyachenko fight, while in the women’s category the winner was Katie Taylor vs Chantelle Cameron. 
 
Brian Mcintyre was the trainer of the year, while Bill Haney won the award for the best manager/representative of 2023. 
 
Other award winners included writer Thomas Hauser, photographer Ed Mulholland, former boxer and now analyst Tim Bradley, among others.
 

Results from Orlando: Oberlton defeats Keenan

Results from Orlando: Oberlton defeats Keenan

Results from Orlando: Oberlton defeats Keenan
Atif Oberlton TKO8 Harry Keenan... In the main event of Boxlab Promotions' show at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, light heavyweight Atif Oberlton (11-0, 9 KOs), a southpaw from Philadelphia, defeated Harry Keenan Cruz (8-5, 4 KOs) by sixth-round technical knockout.  Oberlton controlled the action as he pressed forward once the opening bell rang. Cruz seemed to be just trying to survive as he was running the entire fight, as Oberlton did his best to engage. Oberlton landed a left uppercut after a flurry of punches and the referee stopped the fight. The official stoppage was at the 2:23 mark of round six.  “I wanted to come out tonight and put on a great performance,” said Oberlton. “I got the knockout and now I’m ready to take my career to the next level. I put in a lot of hard work to get into this position. I’ll be back in the gym next week and hopefully I’ll be back in the ring before the end of the summer.”
 
Herich Ruiz KO6 Brandon Carmack... In the co-feature, Herich Ruiz (5-0, 3 KOs) defeated Brandon Carmack (7-5-3, 4 KOs) by knockout in a heavyweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. Ruiz dominated the bout from the opening round scoring two knockdowns, the first came in round one when Carmack took a knee after a flurry of punches. In round two, Carmack took another knee after getting hit with an overhand left. Ruiz carried Carmack for a few more rounds before ending the bout with another overhand left. The referee stopped the bout at the 1:14 mark of round six. “Carmack showed a lot of heart lasting six rounds with me, but I showed my skills and power to the world,” said Ruiz. “I had to slow down my pace just a bit because he was he was taking a lot of punishment. I wanted to break him down some more and I got him out of there. I’m ready to take on all the big names in the heavyweight division.”
 
Jonathan Gonzalez KO7 Edward Ulloa Diaz ... Jonathan Gonzalez (20-0-1, 16 KOs) defeated Edward Ulloa Diaz (14-6, 11 KOs) by seventh-round knockout in a scheduled ten-round middleweight bout. Gonzalez was down in round one. Diaz was down in round six and was knocked out at the 0:22 mark of round seven.
 
UNDERCARD BOUTS
 
Chavez Barrientes (9-0, 6 KOs) defeated Daniel Olea (13-10-3, 5 KOs) by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout scheduled for six rounds. Scorecards read 60-54, 59-54 twice for Barrientes.
 
Corey Marksman (9-0-1, 7 KOs) defeated Jonathan Perez (41-41, 33 KOs) by knockout in round one in of a lightweight bout. A left hook to the body at the 1:44 mark of round one ended the fight.
 
Welterweight Jockson Blanco (6-0, 4 KOs) defeated Dante Concepcion (1-2-1) by third-round technical knockout. Concepcion was down in round two via an overhand right. After a flurry the referee stops the bout at the 2:00 mark of round three giving Blanco a TKO victory,
 
Carlos De Leon Castro (1-0, 1 KO), the eleven-time national amateur champion from Puerto Rico defeated Christian Reed (0-6) by first round knockout in his pro debut, which came in the super featherweight divison. Reed was down three times in round one. The first knockdown came via left hook to the body. The second knockdown down came via a left hook to the body and head combo. The third knockdown came via an overhand right to the head and the bout was stopped at the 2:18 in round one.
 
Yoelvis Gomez (7-1, 6 KOs) defeated Marcelo Bzowski (11-27-4, 4 KOs) by sixth round knockout in a scheduled six-round middleweight bout. The knockout came at the 2:44 mark of round six via a overhand right to the head.
 
Jamar Pemberton (7-1, 5 KOs) defeated Luis Florez (26-31, 21 KOs) by unanimous decision in a welterweight contest. Scorecards read 60-54 across the board for Pemberton.
 
Carlos Lebron (3-1, 3 KOs) defeated Miguel Rebullosa (4-21, 2 KOs) by second round knockout in a super bantamweight bout. A right hook to the body ended the bout at the 1:32 mark of round two. 
 
"We are delighted to have hosted another thrilling boxing event at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando," said Amaury Piedra, managing director of Caribe Royale. "The fighters delivered an incredible show for the fans tonight. Carlos De Leon Castro's debut was particularly impressive, and we believe he has the potential to become the next big star from Puerto Rico. We have many exciting events on the horizon and can't wait to bring more fantastic shows to the fans in Orlando."
 
This event was promoted by Boxlab Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing, Undisputed Promotions and Kings Promotions.
 

Introducing teenage welterweight Lucas Migotti

Introducing teenage welterweight Lucas Migotti
Lucas Migotti TKO2 Denis Madry... French welterweight Lucas Migotti passed his biggest test to date on Saturday when he defeated Denis Madry from Poland on a show promoted by Boxing Club Montpellierain in Aimargues, France. Just nineteen years old, Migotti was sharp from the start, and stopped his tough opponent in the second round. This was only Migotti's second fight since suffering a shock defeat in February, so he did well to perform as he did against an opponent who had produced good results against tough opposition in recent fights. Migotti took his professional record to 9-1 with 5 KOs. Madry, age 29, who had competed at a much higher level than Migotti prior to Saturday night, falls to a misleading 10-9-1 with 5 KOs.
 

Nathan Lugo staying with Split-T for the long haul

Nathan Lugo staying with Split-T for the long haul
Split-T Management announced the signing of Marietta, Georgia, super middleweight Nathan Lugo (1-0) to a long term managerial agreement. Lugo had a standout amateur career that saw him win an astonishing 23 National Amateur titles. The 19 year-compiled a record of 223-19. Lugo won the 2022 Elite National title which made him the youngest fighter ever to qualify for the Olympic Trials. Lugo also captured many international gold medals as he campaigned extensively overseas at a very young age. 
 
Lugo is considered to have imense punching power, which was evidenced by having over 40 stoppage victories. An unheard of number in the amateur style format.  "Split-T focuses strategically on signing the best amateur talent. I can’t say there has been more excitement surrounding someone coming out since Teofimo Lopez. This young man has as much potential as I’ve ever seen. Split T will help him fulfill his potential and realize those goals he has," said David McWater of Split-T Management.
 
“Split-T Management has always had my best interest, and has proven they are the best in the game at what they do, honored to be representing this amazing brand.," said Nathan Lugo. 
 
“Dave McWater and Split-T has met and exceeded every expectation that I had dreamed of as a father and a coach in the handling of Nathan, I know Dave and the team at Split-T are the epitome of excellence when it comes to management in the boxing industry," Said Lugo's father and trainer, Michael Lugo.
 
In 2021, Nathan, then 16 and his brother Elijah, 14 will featured in Sports Illustrated prestigious Faces in the Crowd sections https://www.si.com/faces-in-the-crowd/video/2021/01/07/nathan-lugo-elijah-lugo-boxing-prodigy-brothers
 
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April 24, 2024: Nathan Lugo took out Richard Lartigue inside of a round in their four-round super middleweight bout. Lugo dropped Lartigue with a hard left hook but  would not rest on his laurels as he dumped Lartigue again, this time with a hard right hand. The fight was stopped at 1:33. Lugo, fighting in his hometown of Atlanta is 1-0 with one knockout. Lartigue, of San Diego, is 1-2. "This is just the beginning of the start of a very, very promising career. He has not just the ability, but also the charisma to become a star. There will be some very big announcements in the not so distant future regarding Nathan.” said David McWater of Split-T Management

Collazo retains 105-pound title

Collazo retains 105-pound title

Oscar Collazo W12 Gerardo Zapata... Oscar Collazo successfully defended his WBO mimimumweight title for a third time after twelve tough rounds. Collazo defeated Gerardo Zapata of Nicaragua via unanimous decision. Zapata did not go quietly, staggering Collazo in round two. Official scores were 117-110 and 119-109 (twice). Collazo is now 10-0 while Zapata, in just his first twelve rounder, returns home with a record of 14-2-1. The title fight took place in Verona, New York as part of the International Boxing Hall of Fame's induction weekend.

Boxingtalk's Saturday fight predictions

Boxingtalk's Saturday fight predictions
Here are Boxingtalk's predictions for the Top Rank show in New York City on Saturday:

Xander Zayas (18-0) vs. Patrick Teixeira (34-4) (junior middleweights) … prediction: Zayas by unanimous decision;

Bruce Carrington (11-0) vs. Brayan De Garcia (29-3-1) (featherweights) … prediction: Carrington by unanimous decision;

Delante Johnson (12-0) vs. Tarik Zaina (13-1-1) (super lightweights) … prediction: Johnson by unanimous decision; and

Jahi Tucker (10-1-1) vs. Quincy LaVallais (17-4-1) (super welterweights) … prediction: Tucker by unanimous decision;

In Atlantic City, New Jersey:

Thomas LaManna (37-5-1) vs. Juan Carlos Abreu (26-7-1) (middleweights) … prediction: Abreu by early to mid-round knockout.
 

 

Weigh-in report from New York City

Weigh-in report from New York City
Here are the full weigh-in results for Saturday's show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden (New York City):
 
Xander Zayas 153.4 pounds vs. Patrick Teixeira 153.4 (10 rounds);
 
Bruce Carrington 125.4 vs. Brayan De Gracia 125 (10 rounds); and
 
Tiger Johnson 141.2 vs. Tarik Zaina 142.6 (8 rounds).
 
Above three fights to be shown on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT).
 
The below undercard fights will be shown on ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT:
 
Andy Dominguez 111.8 vs. Cristopher Rios 111.8 (8 rounds);
 
Kahi Tucker 160.2 vs. Quincy LaVallais 161.4 (8 rounds);
 
Ofacio Falcon 129.8 vs. Antonio Dunton El Jr. 130.4 (6 rounds);
 
Ali Feliz 220 vs. Lemir Isom-Riley 253.6 (4 rounds); and
 
Nisa Rodriguez 160.6 vs. Jordanne Garcia 165.2 (4 rounds).

Anthony Riviere wins trilogy bout in France

Anthony Riviere wins trilogy bout in France
Anthony Riviere W10 Alain Christian Sangue... In  Blagnac, France, Anthony Riviere defeated rival Alain Christian Sangue. This was the third fight between the lightweights, with each having won one going in. Riviere won their first encounter by split decision in March of 2023, and Sangue got even in the rematch three months later, also by split decision. And quite extraordinarily, the rubber-match went exactly the same way. After ten even rounds, judges Bruno Dubois and Uwe Lorch scored it 98-92 and 97-93 for Riviere, while judge Vincent Dupas had it 97-93 for Sangue. Fighting in his hometown, Riviere improved his professional record to 13-6-1 with 2 KOs. Sangue, born in Cameroon but fighting out of Tours, France, drops to 14-10-2 with 3 KOs. The fight was the main event of a show promoted by Blagnac Boxing Club.
 
 

Weigh-in report from Orlando

Weigh-in report from Orlando
Headlining today (Saturday) at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida is an eight-round light heavyweight clash between Atif Oberlton (10-0, 8 KOs) and Harry Keenan Cruz (8-4, 4 KOs). In the eight-round heavyweight co-feature, Herich Ruiz (4-0, 3 KOs) battles Brandon Carmack (7-4-3, 4 KOs). All the action will be shown live on DAZN. Here are the boxers' weights:
 
Atif Oberlton 176.5 pounds vs. Harry Keenan Cruz 175;
Herich Ruiz 231 vs. Brandon Carmack 278;
Carlos De Leon Castro 129 vs. Christian Reed 135.5;
Chavez Barrientes 125 vs. Daniel Olea 125;
Corey Marksman 138 vs. Jonathan Perez 140.5;
Jonathan Gonzalez-Ortiz 160 vs. Edward Ulloa Diaz 159.5;
Jamar Pemberton 159 vs. Luis Florez 163;
Yoelvis Gomez 158 vs. Marcelo Bzowski 158.5;
Carlos Lebron 121 vs. Miguel Rebullosa 122.5; and
Jockson Blanco 147 vs. Dante Concepcion 149.5.
 
 
 
 

Elijah Garcia vs. Kyrone Davis to top three-bout free-streamed show on June 15th

Elijah Garcia vs. Kyrone Davis to top three-bout free-streamed show on June 15th
Three free-streamed bouts will precede the PBC pay-per-view event on Saturday, June 15th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. These three preliminary matchups will be available via free access to all fans, regardless of Prime membership or purchase of the pay-per-view card. The live streaming presentation will be topped by middleweight Elijah García taking on Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis in a ten-round attraction. It will also feature former featherweight champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo facing Mexico's Eduardo Ramirez in a ten-round super featherweight clash. Opening up the stream at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT is hard-hitting welterweight Roiman Villa battling Mexico’s Ricardo Salas in a ten-round fight.
 
These bouts will lead into the pay-per-view broadcast, which will be topped by undefeated Gervonta “Tank” Davis defending his WBA lightweight title against unbeaten Frank “The Ghost” Martin, plus David “El Monstro” Benavidez making his 175-pound debut against former WBC champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk in a matchup for the Interim title. The pay-per-view will also see undefeated Gary Antuanne Russell taing on unbeaten former 140-pound title holder Alberto Puello for the vacant interim WBC junior welterweight title, while WBC middleweight champion Carlos Adames battles former U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha in the pay-per-view opener at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for the live event are on sale now and are available through www.axs.com. 
 
The event is promoted by GTD Promotions, Sampson Boxing, TGB Promotions and Man Down Promotions.
 
In addition to the PPV being available for purchase on Prime Video, regardless of Prime membership, fans will also be able to continue to access the telecast through traditional cable and satellite outlets as well as PPV.com.
 
“Once again fans tuning into Prime Video will be treated to a jam-packed lineup of action fights leading into the Saturday, June 15 PBC Pay-Per-View event on Prime Video,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Topping the show is the sensational and fast-rising middleweight Elijah Garcia, who can test his championship mettle against the always tough Kyrone Davis. Adding in the Magsayo vs. Ramirez and Villa vs. Salas bouts promises power-punching and drama throughout these prelims.”
 
ELIJAH GARCIA VS. KYRONE DAVIS
 
Looking to stamp his 160-pound contender status after a huge 2023 campaign, the 21-year-old Elijah García will return for a  ten-round showdown against tough middleweight Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis, who can make his own name at middleweight with a signature victory on June 15. Garcia and Davis were originally set to clash in March before Garcia was forced to withdraw on the morning of the weigh-in due to illness. 
 
Fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona, García (16-0, 13 KOs) earned three victories in 2023, kicking off his year last 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. The precocious García 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 for another big event,” said García. “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. I’m really happy we were able to reschedule the fight, because fans are going to see an incredible night of boxing on June 15 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.
 
"Training has been going exactly how we need it to,” said Davis. “I expect an entertaining and high action fight once we actually get in the ring. Winning is the only result I’m settling for. I’m preparing to leave it all in the ring."
 

Warriors Boxing has ex-champ Yuniel Dorticos in action today

Warriors Boxing has ex-champ Yuniel Dorticos in action today

Warriors Boxing has two Cubans boxing on today's show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Returning for his first ring action since 2022 will be Yuniel Dorticos (26-2), who had two reigns as a cruiserweight champion. The second reign ended with a 2020 loss to Mairis Briedis. Dorticos will be facing Alan Campa (19-9) of Mexico. Thiugh he is coming off a win, Campas has a very tough assignment as he has spent most of his career at super middleweight and light heavyweight. Warriors' other boxer on the Don King Productions show will be 6'2" middleweight Yoenli Hernandez, who at 26 years old, has won all three of his professional fights by KO. Campas will be giving up a lot of experience, facing Mexico’s Alejandro Barrera, who has fought Errol Spence Jr., Israil Madrimov and Carlos Adames, who all went on to become champions.

Paul vs. Tyson rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 15th

Paul vs. Tyson rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 15th

Jake Paul announced on social media that his novelty fight - eight two-minute rounds vs. the legendary, but soon to be 58 years old Mike Tyson-- has been rescheduled to Friday, November 15th. The venue will remain the same as scheduled, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, near Dallas. Paul (9-1, 6 KOs) was originall scheduled to battle Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) on July 20th but Tyson was recently hospitalized with reported ulcer-related issues. Tyson of course, is a former world heavyweight champion from the 1980s and 1990s. Paul is a cruiserweight but earlier this week reported his weight at 219 pounds. The women's super fight, a rematch between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, will remain as the chief supporting bout.

When initially announcing the fight, Paul had this to say on social media: "I idolized Mike Tyson until the first time I met him four years ago…he called me Logan [that is Paul's brother's name]. [I am] going to make sure he knows who I am real close and personal. He’s the greatest heavyweight of all time…the most vicious KO artist ever. But I’m younger, I’m faster and I’m going to be working my ass off to get stronger.  A member of my team…asked me if I’m sure that I want to do this…yes, yes I do. Heavyweight. This event is not a pay per view . Free to all 260 million Netflix subscribers…500 million plus homes. Live."



 

 

Boxingtalk's Friday Fight predictions

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

Oscar Collazo (9-0) vs. Gerardo Zapata (14-1-1) (WBO minimumweight title) … prediction: Collazo by late knockout;

Blair Cobbs (16-1-1) vs. Adrien Broner (35-4-1) (welterweights) … prediction: Cobbs by decision;
 
Michael Hunter (22-2-2) vs. Cassius Chaney (23-1) (heavyweights) … prediction: Hunter by decision;
 
Yuniel Dorticos (26-2) vs. Alan Campa (19-9) (cruiserweights) … prediction: Dorticos by early knockout;
 
Christian Thun (9-1) vs. Onoriode Ehwarieme (20-4) (heavyweights) … prediction: Thun by early knockout;
 
Aleksei Egorov (12-1) vs. Brandon Glanton (19-2) (cruiserweights) … prediction: Egorov by decision; and
 
Callum Walsh (10-0) vs. Carlos Ortiz Cervantes (14-5) (junior middleweights) … prediction: Walsh by unanimous decision.
 

Zayas vs. Teixeira final presser quotes

Zayas vs. Teixeira final presser quotes

Junior middleweight Xander Zayas (18-0, 12 KOs) is gearing up to kick off Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend by making his headlining debut. Zayas will be stepping up against former WBO  champion Patrick Teixeira (34-4, 25 KOs) of Brazil in the ten-round main event this Saturday, June 8th at New York City's Theater at Madison Square Garden. The show will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. Sky Sports will broadcast the event in the U.K. and Ireland.

The ESPN+-streamed undercard (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT) will feature the eight-round returns of U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson (12-0, 6 KOs) and Jahi Tucker (10-1-1, 5 KOs). Johnson will see action in a junior welterweight tilt against Tarik Zaina (13-1-1, 8 KOs), while Tucker squares off against Quincy LaVallais (17-4-1, 12 KOs) at middleweight. Additionally, Nisa Rodriguez (1-0), a Golden Gloves champion and NYPD officer, makes her second pro appearance in a four-round middleweight clash versus Jordanne Garcia (4-3-3).

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.com. This is what Zayas and Teixeira had to say at Thursday's press conference:

Xander Zayas

"This is something we've worked towards doing. I want to give thanks to Top Rank, ESPN, and MSG for giving me this opportunity. Man, I'm 21 years old, and I'm headlining at MSG. It's something I always dreamed of. I worked hard for it. And now it's happening."

"On paper, this is the biggest test of my career. I have to pass it with flying colors. I know that. The team knows that. We're focused on winning Saturday night and then focusing on everything else."

"Somebody is going to have to back down in this fight. And I don't believe that will be me. I'm ready to go 10 rounds if necessary. I'm willing to go through everything I have to go through to get the victory."

Patrick Teixeira

“A win in this fight can get me back to where I want to be, headlining in big fights.
 
“Obviously, every fight is different. I know that. So, I prepared differently and used different strategies. I just hope to come out with the win.”
 
“In reality, I adapt myself to my opponent. I like to apply pressure and come forward, but it all depends on what my opponent does.”

Tiger Johnson
 
“Last fight, I didn’t get a chance to showcase what we’ve been working on. I had a good training camp in Los Angeles. We worked on a lot, and ya’ll going to see Saturday night.”
 
“It’s really special {to fight alongside my friends}. We’re the best coming up. Ya’ll get a chance to see us and showcase our talent. We’re going to be world champions one day.”
 
“Expect a knockout. A stoppage. I’m getting him out of there.”
 
Jahi Tucker
 

“I’m super excited. I grew up in Brooklyn. Shu Shu was a big part of our neighborhood. It’s crazy that now we’re at The Garden. We’re about to show out.
 
I’m remaining focused and understanding that the goal remains the same. It’s domination regardless {of the opponent}. We just got to go in there and get rid of him.”
 
Nisa Rodriguez
 
“My son kind of bullied me into turning pro. He was like, ‘You’re not going pro?!’ First, I’m an NYPD officer, but I get my workouts in. And I’m fortunate that my job is supportive so I can do this."
 
“I feel like I’m at home here. I’m comfortable. I have a lot of support. I’m blessed with my family, friends, my job and the people on this card that I know. It’s encouraging for me.”  




 

Venezuelan update: Canizales books return from title loss

Venezuelan update: Canizales books return from title loss
On Friday, July 19th, Venezuela's Carlos "Triple C" Cañizales (26-2-1) will face Mexico's Iván García (12-2-1) in a light flyweight bout in Caracas. The promoters will be Jorge Fernández and Williams Pérez under the supervision of the Venezuelan National Professional Boxing Commission. Cañizales, will enter the ring for the second time this year, after losing in January by majority decision in a failed WBA/WBC title bid against  Kenshiro Teraji (23-1). Born in Ixtapaluca, Mexico, García will return to Venezuela after a controversial draw against another local boxer, Rodrigo Ramírez at the end of 2023. Garcia won an April bout in Mexico by unanimous decision against Pedro Delgado Gaytan (10-1). 

Diaz vs. Masvidal final presser quotes

Diaz vs. Masvidal final presser quotes
Combat sports superstars Nate Diaz and Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal exchanged trash talk before a scuffle ensued between the fighters’ camps at Thursday’s press conference, raising the stakes and tensions even more ahead of their pro boxing light heavyweight showdown that headlines a Fanmio pay-per-view event on Saturday, July 6th at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The press conference also featured champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs and Shane Mosley Jr., who will meet in the co-feature, unbeaten Amado Vargas, the son of former champion Fernando Vargas, who faces Sean Garcia, the younger brother of boxing star Ryan Garcia, in an eight-round lightweight attraction, lightweights Devin Cushing and Manuel Correa, who face off in a tem-round bout, as well as Diaz’s teammate and all-action brawler Chris Avila and MMA legend Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who will duel in a six-round light heavyweight fight. Tickets for the live event are on sale through Ticketmaster. A limited
 
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from Brewery X Biergarten Patio at Honda Center:
 
NATE DIAZ
 
“I came here to whoop ass and do my thing. I hope y’all watch!
 
“I feel like I’m sick of this (stuff). I’m ready to fight. I’m ready for the show to go on.
 
“He better hope he gets the knockout. If not, he’s getting (messed) up.”
 
JORGE MASVIDAL
 
“I’m ready to get in there July 6, take care of business, knock this (guy) out and go chill with my family. Let’s get to it!
 
“At the end of the day, all that matters is that I’m in shape and like I said earlier, it’s not going to the judges. And not because of a cut, or nothing, but because of a clean KO. That’s what I’m training for.
 
“I’ve gotten more time to hone in on the craft, sharper at boxing, every day work on getting a little bit better, craftier and more efficient. All that just means more violence come July 6. On July 4, come celebrate the United States’ birthday and on July 6 come see me end him.
 
“I’m meaner. I’m faster. I’m more explosive. And when it comes down to it, I think I’ve got the best hands in MMA. On July 6, I get to prove that. No questions, no nothing. We’re going to find out. There’s none of that jiu-jitsu (stuff), none of that hugging, it’s just straight hands.”
 
DANIEL JACOBS
 
“I’m just happy to be a part of this card with so many champions, so many up-and-coming future stars. It’s an honor and a privilege and come fight night you guys are going to see why this is such a big card.
 
“I’m fighting the likes of Shane Mosley Jr. who’s an up-and-coming guy that’s very talented. I look forward to showing you guys, with all of the experience that I have, why I’m called the ‘Miracle Man’. I’ve been off for two years and now I’ve taken the time to get my mind, body and spirit intact. You guys are going to see the effects on fight night. I appreciate all the love, but you guys are going to see the return of the ‘Miracle Man’.
 
“I knew I wanted to finish my career with a bang. So this is representing the next step in me getting that Hall of Fame plaque.
 
“I’ve been a fan of Shane Mosely Sr. for my entire career. I’ve seen his son fight, but when you talk about levels and you talk about what it is that I bring to the table, obviously I see myself being the victor in whatever way or fashion that victory comes. It’ll be an honor to step into the ring with the son of a legend, but it’ll stop there because he’s not his dad.
 
“I know exactly what I’ve been doing and what works. I know what my team has been cultivating… I just want to say that I’m looking forward to July 6 and the West Coast is in for a treat for sure!”
 
SHANE MOSLEY JR.
 
“Like everybody has been saying, this is going to be an incredible card and an incredible night. Please don’t miss it. I’m blessed to be on this card fighting a legend. This man is a two-time middleweight champion. Most people can’t become a champion and he became champion twice. I’m excited to be a part of this event.
 
“This is by far the best fighter that I’ve been in the ring with. Nothing but respect. I have to raise my game. I have to be better. And to become better you have to put yourself in situations like this. Adversity shows the man to himself, so that’s what I’m doing, and this is my chance.
 
“Whatever happens, I’m going to become better because of it. And my goal is to become a legend as well. So I need to get in there with another legend if that’s my pursuit. So when they said you can fight Daniel Jacobs, I said, ‘Wow, yes! Absolutely, of course.’”
 
AMADO VARGAS
 
“I’ve been training my ass off. My dad has been putting me through rigorous training, and I can’t wait. You guys are going to see the improvement from the beginning of my career to where I’m at now and I can’t wait... Let’s go!
 
“I’m a competitor. He’s a competitor. He’s looking to win. I’m looking to win. At the end of the day, there can only be one winner and that’s going to be me. I’ve been training really hard and I’m confident in the training that I’m putting in. Like I said, you’re going to see a different me, more skillful, more on-point. I just can’t wait. My pops has been getting me great sparring and I’m ready for this fight.
 
“Any man that puts on a pair of boxing gloves has a chance. So I’m preparing like I’m going to fight Mike Tyson. At the end of the day, I’ve got to be well prepared. My father and my team are making sure of that. On July 6th, I’m going to put on a hell of a performance. Thank you to the fans and to everybody that’s here. Watch me go 11-0!”
 
DEVIN CUSHING
 
“I’m ready to put on a show. I’m going to kick his ass on July 6. All that running your mouth, you ain’t going to do nothing. I know everybody don’t know my name, but come July 6 I promise y’all won’t forget it. Devin Cushing, remember it, because I’m coming to steal the show.
 
“Three piece and a soda, that’s what he’s getting. I’m going to bust his ass up. I’m going to beat him up. I’m going to drown him. I’m going to knock him smooth out.”
 
MANUEL CORREA
 
“This is a huge opportunity for me. I’m ready to stand up and do what I do for my hometown. I hear him talking a lot of crazy, but you have to stand on that. You have to show us. We’re going to see. He hasn’t fought anybody yet. He fought a bunch of bums and he’s feeling himself. But you’ve seen who I fought. I fought Olympians with less than 10 fights on my record. So I’m not scared to fight anybody. I’ve been that way my whole life, and now he’s going to find out the hard way.
 
“It was all good back there. He was being friendly and then he came out here trying to act in front of the cameras. You know how they play, but we’re going to show him.
 
“Fans can expect fireworks. I’m always coming forward. If you look at any of my fights, I’m pressing the action no matter what. Win or lose, I’m coming forward.”
 
CHRIS AVILA
 
“I’m out here doing my thing right now. I’m planning on keeping the streak rolling and keep whooping ass. I’m training hard and I’m here to represent and get my hand raised.
 
“I know he’s game, but I’m game too. I box for real and I’ve been boxing for a while. So I train for real and I train in boxing. I plan on knocking this fool out, too.”
 
ANTHONY PETTIS
 
“This is a big opportunity on this card with all these guys, some of the legends I grew up fighting with. California, I know you guys are out here supporting us. Chris, I appreciate you taking this fight and we’re going to have a good fight.
 
“I’ve been sparring some of the best boxers in the world to get ready for the championship MMA fights I’ve had, and it shows. In my first fight, I fought Roy Jones Jr., so I couldn’t just go out there and knock him out. He’s a much bigger guy than me. Avila is more my size, so I can go out there and knock him out, and that’s what we’re training for.
 
“I think that extra month just added motivation. Both of us are ready to go. We were ready to go last weekend. So this extra month just adds that motivation to get the knockout on both ends. So look for a good fight from both of us.”
 

New opponent for Shu Shu Carrington

New opponent for Shu Shu Carrington

Featherweight Bruce "Shu Shu" Carrington has a new opponent for this weekend, Saturday, June 8th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In the ten-round co-feature, Carrington (11-0, 7 KOs) will face Panamanian power puncher Brayan “La Roca” De Gracia (29-3-1, 25 KOs), a last-minute replacement for Jose Enrique Vivas, who withdrew from the fight due to visa issues. Carrington-De Gracia and the main event, Xander Zayas vs. Patrick Teixeira,will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. Sky Sports will broadcast the event in the U.K. and Ireland. This is what Carrington and De Gracia had to say at Thursday's press conference.

 Bruce Carrington

"Of course, we go back to the drawing board with film study and things like that. It's just the consistency of staying sharp and sharpening the tools. I feel like with my style, I can adapt to anybody in a short period of time. I do want to give a shout-out and give thanks to Brayan for taking the fight to make the show still happen. Too bad that he's going to be on the bad end of that show."

"It's Shu York City and Puerto Rico coming together. It's ShuYorico!"

"I plan on putting on a great performance. I plan on doing something special for the Puerto Rican fans. They've shown me a lot of love."

Brayan De Gracia

"I'm always in the gym, regardless of whether I have a fight or not. The opportunity came. I just have to adapt to Shu Shu's style and adjust the sparring partners, too"