Shields-Habazin presser quotables

Shields-Habazin  presser quotables
Undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields and former world champion Ivana Habazin squared-off and exchanged words at a pair of press conferences in Flint and Detroit on Wednesday, as they previewed their battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship taking place Saturday, October 5 live on SHOWTIME from Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Mich. In the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT), Shields will aim to make history as the fastest fighter in boxing, male or female, to become a three-division world champion, in her first professional fight in her hometown of Flint. Wednesday's press conference in Flint featured Mayor Karen Weaver offering words of encouragement for the city's hometown hero. Shields vs. Habazin is promoted by Salita Promotions. Tickets for the live event can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and at the Dort Center box office. Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday from the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint and the Hotel St. Regis in Detroit:
 
CLARESSA SHIELDS
 
"I'm so happy to be here. This moment is a long time coming. I've been a pro for nine fights and all I've wanted to do is come back home and fight. I haven't fought here since the amateurs when I was 18.
 
"To be here now as a pro with two Olympic gold medals, all my belts and my whole team here, it just feels really good. Our city has gone through rough times with the water crisis, but I wanted to show that we're still fighting people.
 
"A lot of us here are fighting daily. I'm happy that I can be in the ring doing what I'm doing, but outside of the ring I get to inspire kids. Having a summer camp here this summer really changed me. My knee injury gave me more time to spend with the kids, and that time with them made me stronger.
 
"I understand that Habazin is here and wants to win, but don't come here like this is going to be a walk in the park. Christina Hammer thought this was a joke, so I hope Habazin is taking this as seriously as possible.
 
"I love this challenge, but you will not beat me in front of my family and friends. I'm going to destroy her. Don't miss this, because this is going to be a knockout.
 
"I'm so excited about this fight. My last fight was supposed to be the toughest fight of my life, and it was probably the easiest pro fight I've had so far, and it was against an accomplished long-reigning champion.
 
"You can't talk about women's boxing without thinking of me. This fight is here in Flint, Michigan because of what I've done and what I've accomplished. I appreciate Ivana for wanting this challenge, but she's acting crazy talking about knocking me out.
 
"She's going to be in defense mode I think. I've seen how she fights. If she thinks she's going to stand there blow for blow with me, she's crazy. She has good movement and hand speed, but she has a lot of flaws.
 
"Being at 154-pounds, I'm going to be stronger and I'm going to be faster. I've never had a problem making weight and it won't be a problem at 154.
 
"I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in Flint for the fight and really embracing the city. Buy tickets because you do not want to miss this fight. I hope she can fight like she can talk so it can be a great one for the fans."
 
IVANA HABAZIN
 
"This is a really big opportunity for me. I was a world champion and I'm looking forward to winning a title in another division.
 
"Claressa Shields is a spectacular fighter and I have respect for her, but I'm going to bring the fight to her. I didn't come here just to fight; I came here for victory.
 
"She is taking on a big challenge. If she says she's going to make the weight, then I believe her. But I know that it's going to be tough for her because it's not her natural division. I hope she makes the weight and that we'll have a good fight. Fighting at 154-pounds is an advantage for me.
 
"When I decided to fight at middleweight, I started fighting there because I wanted to fight her. She's the best fighter out there, and I know that I can beat her. When they told me that she wanted to go down in weight, I knew it was the perfect time.
 
"It doesn't matter to me if the fight is in Flint, London, New York or anywhere. The ring is my home and what happens in there is the most important thing. I'm always the underdog and I like to be in that position. I won my title in my opponent's hometown and I'm going to do it again.
 
"I'm at the point in my career where it could be my last chance to do something big and change my life. This isn't just a fight for a title, it's a fight for my life. When you only have one chance and you're really hungry, anything is possible.
 
"It's going to be tough in her hometown to beat her on points, so I'm coming here to knock her out.
 
"I'm happy to see that she is healthy because she needs to be ready for what I'm going to bring on October 5."
 
JOHN DAVID JACKSON, Shields' Trainer
 
"It's great to be here for this event. This should a good fight between two hungry fighters leaving it all in the ring.
 
"Habazin has a great trainer in Bashir Ali, so I know that she's going to be ready for us. Claressa will be ready too, so I just have to make sure everything is set with our game plan.
 
"Claressa is the biggest star in women's boxing and we have to be ready for any and all opponents. This is another step towards her becoming the greatest women's boxer of all time. My job is to make sure she gets there.
 
"I'm looking forward to a great fight and I can't wait to see everyone in this arena on fight night. After fight night she'll be a world champion again, and when the dust settles, she'll be the best of all time."
 
BASHIR ALI, Habazin's Trainer
 
"This is a fight with two world champions going after another world title. People take things for granted, and we know that Claressa has accomplished a lot, but there are going to be two strong fighters in the ring.
 
"You can look back and see so many big upsets throughout the history of the sport and it should teach you not to take anything for granted. These are two fighters who are going to give everything they've got.
 
"I'm not just preparing Habazin for a fight, but I'm preparing her for the mindset behind the fight. In this case, my counterpart John David Jackson is a threat. We know we have to work to win this fight.
 
"I'm not going to rest easy until we win this belt. I tell Habazin every day that we have to put our best foot forward and give it everything we have."
 
FLINT MAYOR KAREN WEAVER
 
"We are so glad that you are here for this great event. I want to thank Claressa for what she is doing. She's been saying she wants to have a fight at home, and home wants you to have a fight here.
 
"This is a big deal for Flint. We're so excited to have Claressa bring this fight to the city of Flint, because it shows people a different side of Flint. It shows people our toughness and our strength and grit.
 
"It's so important to us that Claressa comes home and is involved with the community. Every opportunity that she has, she's gives back to the community and it means a lot to us.
 
"I just want Claressa to know how happy we are, how proud you continue to make us, and we know it's not going to stop. We can't wait for the fight October 5."
 
DMITRIY SALITA, President of Salita Promotions
 
"Claressa Shields will look to make history again when she fights for a junior middleweight title. We had offers from around the country to host this fight, but Claressa was very focused on bringing a big fight back home to Flint. This is going to be a great night for the city.
 
"Claressa Shields has accomplished a lot in her life in boxing and as a humanitarian and role model, but she will be achieving a first on October 5, because it will be her first time fighting as a pro in her hometown of Flint. She has a special relationship with Flint and I know that Flint is going to support her as she looks to make more history in her already remarkable career
 
"Claressa is going to have a tall task against Ivana Habazin, who not only has won a title, but enters this fight on a five bout winning streak and has been focused on this challenge for a long time.
 
"I want to thank SHOWTIME for their commitment to Claressa's career and to women's boxing as a whole. They're an important partner on this journey that we're all on with Claressa, and it's exciting to have a platform like SHOWTIME for her to display her talents on.
 
"This has all the makings of a tremendous fight and a night that will be remembered for a long time, so you're going to want to make sure you buy a ticket, or if you can't be there watch it live on SHOWTIME."
 
MARK TAFFET, CEO of Taffet Media & Shields' Manager
 
"We couldn't be more pleased to be here in Flint. We know that this is going to be a great event and we're proud to have this fight with Claressa Shields here and we look forward to all the fans in Flint, Michigan coming out.
 
"I've worked with many of the biggest and greatest fighters of all time, but I've never been more proud of a fighter and more proud to work with a fighter, than I am with Claressa Shields. She isn't just once in a generation, she's truly once in a lifetime.
 
"Before Claressa is done, she won't just set records, but she will make her mark outside of the ring, like the greatest athletes in history. I believe that she is going to change the game forever.
 
"Ivana is an accomplished world champion herself, and one of the top fighters in women's boxing. She's very proud of her accomplishments in boxing and we couldn't be more pleased to have a woman of her character as part of this historic fight."
 
 

Raeese Aleem workout quotables

Raeese Aleem workout quotables
Prince Ranch Boxing's undefeated super bantamweight prospect and rising star, Raeese "The Beast" Aleem (14-0, 8 KOs), who is promoted by Kings Promotions, gives his thoughts on his upcoming fight with fellow undefeated foe, Ernesto Delgadillo (11-0, 2 KOs). Aleem vs. Delgadillo, a 10-round main event bout promoted by ForceTrain Promotions, will take place at the Arabia Shrine Center in Houston, TX, on August 23, 2019. Aleem, who is managed by Greg Hanley of Prince Ranch Boxing, brings excitement to the sport with his eye-catching skill set and fan friendly style. Here is what Aleem had to say about his upcoming matchup with Delgadillo, training camp, and more.
 
On his recent training camp:
"I'm having another incredible training camp with my coach, Bones Adams, here at the Prince Ranch boxing facility in Las Vegas. He's prepared me well for this fight and together we are getting the job done. The sparring I'm getting is the best in the world. I'm feeling great and I'm healthy. Expect a great performance from me on fight night."
 
On his upcoming fight with Ernesto Delgadillo:
"This guy is highly skilled and boost an undefeated record, so I know I'm in a step-up fight. These are the type of fights that take a fighter to the next level, and my goal is to make a statement against Delgadillo. This will be my toughest fight and I'm up for the challenge, but make no mistake about it, If I get him hurt, I'm going for the knockout."
 
On the state of the super bantamweight division:
"Right now, the 122-pound division is stacked with the best fighters in any weight class in my opinion. Rey Vargas, the WBC champ is an incredible talent, and he's undefeated for a reason. Daniel Roman and Emanuel Navarrete, both great champions in their own right, haven't lost a in years. So, I would have to say this division is the best in boxing. Guillermo Rigondeaux is right there as well. I see myself beating all these guys and my time will come, the takeover is happening now."
 
On what a win will do for his career:
"A victory against Delgadillo will be good for my career because it'll be a win against another undefeated fighter. This will be the second undefeated fighter I've faced in my career. After I win this fight, I'll be ready for anyone in the top 10 of any sanctioning organization."

Will Hammer be looking to Hulk Out On Hogan next?

Will Hammer be looking to Hulk Out On Hogan next?
Boxingtalk had been hearing rumblings that world class junior middleweight contender Erickson "Hammer" Lubin (21-1 16KO) could find himself across the ring from a crafty dangerous foe in the form of WBC #6 rated contender Dennis Hogan (28-2-1 7KO), so naturally we reached out to his elite trainer Kevin Cunningham to see what it's looking like. "It could be, said the vociferous St. Louisan now training out of a state of the art facility in West Palm Beach, Florida that carries his name. "I thought Hogan schooled WBO Champion Jaime Munguia in his last fight. The Irishman is very crafty and skillful, he’s going to be a problem for any of the top guys in the division. I’ve advised Hammer if this fight happens you’ve got to take this guy very serious. We can not make the same mistake Munguia made." Stay tuned to Boxingtalk's front page for all the latest and greatest including full interviews with Hammer and Cunningham. 
 

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Liam Smith and Jono Carroll added to Mexico bill

Liam Smith and Jono Carroll added to Mexico bill

Liam Smith and Jono Carroll added to Mexico bill
Liam Smith and Jono Carroll will aim to move into position to get World title shots in the winter when they travel to at the Centro de Usos Múltiples in Hermosillo, Mexico, on Saturday August 24, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. On a night headlined by pound-for-pound star Juan Francisco Estrade (39-3 6 KOs) defending his WBC and Ring Magazine Super-Flyweight titles against Dewayne Beamon, Smith (27-2-1 15 KOs) is fresh from his dominant five round KO win over Sam Eggington in March at home in Liverpool, a first fight under the Matchroom Boxing banner and a return to the ring since challenging Mexican Jaime Munguia for his old WBO World Super-Welterweight title in a great fight in Las Vegas last July
 
‘Beefy’ famously faced modern Mexican great Canelo Alvarez at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in September 2016, and now meets his third Mexican fighter in quick succession this time in Mexico in the shape of Mario Alberto Lozano (33-9 24 KOs) over ten rounds as the 31 year old Liverpudlian targets a return to the elite level.
 
Carroll (16-1-1 3 KOs) is back in action following his spirited World title challenge in Philadelphia against IBF Super-Featherweight king Tevin Farmer in March. ‘King Kong’ Carroll faces Eleazar Valenzuela (20-11-4 16 KOs) over ten rounds in Mexico as the Irish star hunts down a second World title shot.
 
“This is a fantastic card and it’s honor to promote in Mexico - a country full of boxing tradition,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “We are expecting more than 10,000 for Gallo Estrada’s homecoming at the atmosphere is going to be very special and I’m pleased to add Liam and Jono to the card.
 
“Liam would love another crack at Jamie Munguia after their great battle last year and I’m looking for him to win well in Mexico before a big fight before the end of the year. Jono is back raring to go after his brilliant fight with Tevin Farmer in Philly and is gunning for another World title shot in 2020. The card is full of top talent and action - don’t miss it all live on DAZN and Sky Sports.”
 
Former Uzbek amateur star Shakhram Giyasov (8-0 6 KOs) faces a step-up in his ninth fight over ten rounds against former World champion Darleys Perez (34-4-2 22 KOs), unbeaten Croatian Heavyweight sensation Filip Hrgovic (8-0 6 KOs) aiming for KO number seven in Mexico and defends his WBC International title against an in-form Mexican in the shape of Mario Heredia (16-6-1 13 KOs) and young Mexican talents Alexis Espino (3-0 2 KOs) and Diego Pacheco (4-0 3 KOs) continue their pro journeys on home turf.

Kovalev-Yarde headlines ESPN+ on August 24th

Kovalev-Yarde headlines ESPN+ on August 24th
WBO light heavyweight champion and future Hall of Famer Sergey Kovalev will face off against his hard-hitting mandatory challenger, Anthony Yarde, in a highly anticipated showdown Saturday, Aug. 24 from Traktor Arena in Kovalev’s hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Kovalev-Yarde will stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT. The stream will also showcase the co-feature bout between unbeaten cruiserweight contender Aleksei Papin (11-0, 10 KOs) and former world title challenger Ilunga Makabu (25-2, 24 KOs). Fans in the U.S. can sign up at www.ESPNplus.com or on the ESPN App. "I am thrilled to fight for the first time in my hometown of Chelyabinsk,” Kovalev said. “It is a dream to defend my WBO title in front of all my friends and family back home. I am also thankful ESPN+ will show the fight to my fans in the U.S. Thank you to Igor Altushkin, Egis Klimas, Main Events and Top Rank for making this dream a reality, and thank you to Anthony Yarde for agreeing to fight in my home."
 
“Sergey has done just about everything a professional fighter can do, other than fight in his own hometown,” said promoter Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events. “One of the sport’s greatest road warriors, Sergey will finally get the chance to salute his legion of fans in Chelyabinsk, where he grew up. It will be an exciting, long overdue homecoming for Sergey. And I am so happy to confirm that Sergey’s many fans in the U.S. will be able to watch this great event only on ESPN+. I wish to thank Igor Altushkin, German Titov and everyone at RCC for making this all possible. I also wish to thank Bob Arum and Top Rank for their continued support.”
 
Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) is a veteran of 15 world title bouts and has won the light heavyweight world title on three occasions. A former unified champion, he revived his career in February by scoring a wide points win over Eleider Alvarez, the man who’d knocked him out less than six months prior. One of this generation’s most decorated champions, Kovalev holds victories over Jean Pascal, Nathan Cleverly and living legend Bernard Hopkins. In Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs), he faces a London native with a giant hand who is taking a giant step up in competition. Yarde has won his last 16 bouts by knockout, most recently stopping Travis Reeves in five rounds in a bout that streamed on ESPN+. This will be only his second pro bout outside of England.
 
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Former Braekhus coach backing Srour to become champion

Former Braekhus coach backing Srour to become champion
Hadi Srour (3-0, 2 KOs) will have a familiar face in his corner when he meets Evgenii Vazem (8-7, 3 KOs) on Saturday in Ludwigshafen, Germany with former Cecilia Brækhus coach Georg Bramowksi joining his training team. Having signed a promotional contract with Team Sauerland following his victory over Zoltan Szabo in March, Srour spent two weeks training with Bramowski in Berlin, where among others the Toensberg-boxer sparred top German talent Abass Baraou, the current WBC International Super Welterweight Champion. While in the German capital, Srour impressed Bramowski who agreed to join his corner and is backing the 23-year-old to become a future World Champion.
 
“Hadi is a very talented boxer. After seeing him train in Berlin, I believe he has the ability to fight the best in the world one day,” said Bramowski.
 
“His mentality and will to win are among his best attributes. He has a positive aggressive attitude to win every fight, and even every sparring session, no matter who he's facing. I am sure he is capable of becoming World Champion.
 
“I look forward to working with him and helping him with his fight in Ludwigshafen. I will tell him to perform like he always does and that with a convincing performance and another win he will get a step closer to his dream.”
 
Srour meets Vazem on the undercard of Vincent Feigenbutz’s IBO International Super Middleweight title showdown with Cesar Nunez, which also features Norwegian female fighter Katharina Thanderz versus Monica Gentili.
 
All the action from the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle is available to watch live on Viasport + and Viaplay in Norway, and Sport1 in Germany. Tickets are available online via www.eventim.de or by calling +49 01806-570440.

A look back at the career of Mexican super bantamweight Nicky Bentz

A look back at the career of Mexican super bantamweight Nicky Bentz

A look back at the career of Mexican super bantamweight Nicky Bentz
Nicky Bentz, a super bantamweight from Mexico turned professional in 1990, somewhere in his home country. It was so low key, that the exact date and location are no longer remembered. It is however known that Bentz, born on November 11, 1971 in Reynosa, Tamaulipas in north east Mexico as Nicasio Benta Rodriguez. At the time of his debut, Bentz was eighteen years old and he stopped a fellow Mexican named Jose Lopez in the first round. The details of many of his early bouts are sketchy, to say the least, but in the first fourteen months or so of his paid career, he reportedly build a record of 13-0, and developed into a solid prospect on the Mexican circuit.
 
During that period he most notably defeated Tamaulipas-rival Manuel Hernandez tree times (Hernandez was 4-1-2, 6-2-2 and 6-4-2 when they fought), and knocked out undefeated Salvador Acosta (2-0) in two rounds at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. Fighting on small shows with small budgets, Bentz had to take what he could get, but he did his job well and kept winning. 
 
By the end of 1992 he was 19-0 and the following year he finally got a chance to impress on a bigger stage. In July of 1993 he was assigned a slot on the undercard of Richardo Lopez´ WBC strawweight title-defense against Thailand's Saman Sorjaturong, and pitted against former Mexican Flyweight Champion Javier “Suzuki” Diaz (44-29-2) over ten rounds. Squaring off at featherweight, four weight classes above Diaz prime fighting-weight, Bentz was a healthy favorite. But the vastly more experienced veteran, still levels above anyone the twenty-two year old up-and-comer had faced before, gave Bentz plenty of problems in a fight that ended in a draw.
 
While he didn't fail his first big test, he didn't exactly pass it with flying colors either, and Bentz soon returned to fighting on smaller cards in Reynosa, knocking out nondescript opponents such as Alejandro Garcia (1-1), Alfonso Garcia (0-2), Armando Arriaga (6-2) and Hugo Torres (8-11). But in September of 1995 he was awarded another huge opportunity, as the biggest promoter in the world, Don King, put him on the undercard of a star-studded bill headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez vs. David Kamau at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. And this time Bentz passed the test, as he won a ten-round unanimous decision over another battle-tested, tricky costumer in Benito Rodriguez (23-19-1), improving his record to 24-0-1 (21) and showing signs that a further step up
was not far off.
 
Six months after the Las Vegas-outing, Bentz beat Raul Cortez (6-5) on points back in Reynosa, but he would soon return to the USA as he dismantled and stopped Adrian Torres (13-4) in two rounds in the main event of a show in Pharr, Texas on July 23, 1996.
 
Less than two months on he stopped Thomas Reyes (6-5) in the sixth in the same city, and in April of 1997 he was back in Mexico, getting rid of out-classed Jesus Jose Mendoza (4-7-1) in three. It was clearly time for Bentz to be tested at championship level.
 
On May 29, 1997, back in Pharr, which is connected to his hometown Reynosa by a bridge crossing the Rio Grande, Bentz got a super bantamweightcontest against former foe Arturo Estrada (21-21-1). Bentz had stopped Estrada in five rounds in 1992, but the man from Tampico had since seen it all in fights against the likes of John Michael Johnson, Paulie Ayala, Johnny Tapia, and Tim Austin.  Despite the convincing result in their first encounter, the rematch was not considered an easy task for Bentz. But, nevertheless, he appeared to make it easy, as he put his foot down from the first round and eventually knocked out Estrada in round three.
 
Another rematch was soon in the pipe-line. Javier Diaz, the only man Bentz had faced in the pro ranks whom he had failed to defeat, would be next.  Four years had passed since they drew in Mexico, and Bentz showed his progress by winning a clear unanimous decision in Pharr. All the tricks and moves that Diaz had used to frustrate him with in the first fight had no effect in the second go-around. 
 
Soon after it was revealed that Bentz, now 30-0-1, would have a quick turn-around on November 9, 1997 at the Country Club in Reseda, California. Bentz was matched with late substitute Juan Manuel Chavez (21-20) from Mexico City, an opponent much better than his mediocre statistics suggests. Bentz, eight days away from his twenty-sixth birthday, was naturally a huge favorite to win, and perhaps he underestimated Chavez, knowing he had lost almost as much as he had won. Whatever the case was, it became a much tougher fight than casual fans at ringside probably expected, and in the end Chavez was awarded a massive upset victory, and the WBF title, by majority decision.
 
Losing for the first time can do something to a fighter. Some will prosper from the defeat, while others will never be the same, their confidence perhaps broken, and their dedication not what it once was. Nicky Bentz never reached the same heights again. In February of 1998 he fought Carlos Navarro (13-0) for the WBU World title, and was knocked down five times before losing clearly on all three judges cards. He did floor Navarro too, but was never really close to winning.
 
Bentz rebounded with five victories, but when he drew with journeyman Geronimo Hernandez (7-11) in an eight rounder in November of 2001, it looked like the end of the road. But three years later he decided to make a comeback. Between November of 2004 and October of 2006, he lost five straight bouts in the USA, getting stopped four times by Idelfonso Martinez (11-4), future champion Jorge Solis (29-0-2), Jason Litzau (18-0) and Tomas Villa (15-5-4).
 
In the middle of that horrid run he almost pulled off a shocker, losing only by split decision to legendary multidivision world champion Johnny Tapia (53-4-2) in January of 2005, but that was the closest he got to success. Pulling out after two rounds against Villa was his last dance in the ring. Going 6-7-1 in his last fourteen bouts, Nicky Bentz retired at 34 years of age, with a professional record of 36-7-2, at least according to BoxRec. He may have had more fights in Mexico that went unrecorded.
 
Married to wife Ericka since 2011, he still lives in Reynosa.
 

Spence-Porter Quotables

Spence-Porter Quotables
IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. and WBC Welterweight World Champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter went face to face Tuesday in Los Angeles at a press conference to preview their 147-pound championship unification that headlines a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View on Saturday, September 28 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Also in attendance at Tuesday's press conference, and competing in pay-per-view action beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Anthony Dirrell and unbeaten former champion David Benavidez, who meet in a 168-pound title fight, unbeaten contenders Mario Barrios and Batyr Akhmedov, who battle for the WBA Super Lightweight title, and rugged veteran Josesito Lopez and brawler John Molina Jr., who battlein a 10-round welterweight fight.
 
The event also featured former three-time world champion Robert Guerrero and unbeaten super welterweight prospect Joey Spencer, who compete in separate attractions as part of FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View Prelims on FS1 and FOX Deportes beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. Guerrero will face Jerry Thomas in a 10-round welterweight bout. 
 
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Man Down Promotions, TGB Promotions and Shawn Porter Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com.
 
Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday at the open to the public event from STAPLES Center in Star Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles:
 
ERROL SPENCE JR.
 
"This is going to be an amazing event. The co-main event could be the main event on any normal, but this main event is going to be fire. You know it's man down when I get in the ring and we're going to show you just that on September 28.
 
"Shawn is a warrior who always comes to fight and leaves his heart on the table. He always comes ready, but I'm in shape and ready for him too. We're both always in exciting fights and that's what we're going to give the fans.
 
"You've seen my growth over the years to where I'm fighting in bigger and bigger stadiums and headlining the pay-per-views. Now I'm in a unification fight, which is what I've wanted for a long time.
 
"I know Shawn will keep this same energy on fight night. It's going to be an amazing moment when I get this knockout at STAPLES Center.
 
"This is what I've been waiting for. I had to be on the sidelines and watch Shawn fight Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, but now I'm in that group. I have the opportunity to fight these top guys and make my name known.
 
"My whole thing is that I'm looking for the stoppage. I want to make a statement that I'm clearing out the division. I want Manny Pacquiao and all of the top names in this division."
 
SHAWN PORTER
 
"This fight demands this kind of excitement and energy that we have here today. We're coming to the STAPLES Center for these fans, because they give us the energy that we need.
 
"Being in this position is amazing and I love it. I've always looked forward to opportunities like this and I'm going to bring this same energy into the ring.
 
"I know what's about to go down. I know how great and how special this fight is going to be. The closer we get, the more excited I get. We will be prepared for it.
 
"People don't understand the level that Errol and I are on. He's expecting the same thing I'm expecting. We're both training to go 12 hard rounds and out class each other. It's all about that one moment, and I know I have what it takes to make that moment all mine. I'm looking forward to it.
 
"It was only a matter of time until this fight happened. I've been patient my entire career and never rushed anything. For me, this fight is happening on time. He's amongst the elite of this division now and will be after September 28 no matter what.
 
"When I beat Errol Spence Jr., it doesn't mean he's going away. He's still elite. But I'm going to take care of him September 28 and go after Manny Pacquiao. That's the plan."
 
ANTHONY DIRRELL
 
"Benavidez is a come forward fighter who throws a lot of punches. You can frustrate him and do what you need to do to counteract that though.
 
"I've had some tough fights and people think that because of those fight, Benavidez is going to beat me. I feel otherwise. I'm the champion. I'm older and smarter and I'm going to go in there and defend my title successfully.
 
"I'm an experienced fighter. I've been doing this for 25 years going back to my amateur days. He's only 22-years-old and he can't possible know what I can do. He's going to find out on September 28.
 
"I can't only rely on just my experience. I have to throw punches and go in there to execute my game plan.
 
"Him going for the knockout definitely excites me. We're going to give the fans something to see. They're coming to see a knockout and I'm planning to give it to them.
 
"Being an underdog is great, it motivates me. I'm fine with it because I can prove everybody wrong at the end of the day. It's about making history, and you can't make history if you don't go in there and take a chance.
 
"I'm ready. We've been wanting this fight for over a year. Now it's here and we're both ready to go. I'm looking for the knockout and I know he is too.
 
"I know that I can take a punch, but we'll see if he can. He's been dropped before, as have I. I've come back from worse than that though. We're both warriors and we're both going to be ready to give the fans something to see."
 
DAVID BENAVIDEZ
 
"Anthony Dirrell is a tough, rugged fighter who has a lot of experience and has been in there with the best. He has height and reach like I do. We're putting together a good game plan.
 
"Fighting in Dallas in front of 50,000 people was definitely one of the biggest fights of my life, but I feel like it's just getting better and better from there.
 
"It's a dream come true fighting at STAPLES Center. I've always dreamed about fighting here in front of all my people. It's going to be like I'm fighting at home.
 
"The winners of this fight are going to be the fans. It's going to be a great fight and I want to steal the show and put on the fight of the night.
 
"I have the opportunity to become the youngest two-time super middleweight world champion in history. I'm working hard to do my best to give the fans an action packed fight and accomplish my goals.
 
"There's a lot of motivation for me because he has my title. We have respect outside the ring, but none of that will be in the ring. We're both going for the knockout and it's going to be a war from round one.
 
"There are a lot of things that I can do. I can box on the inside and I can brawl. I think Anthony Dirrell is going to want to make it a brawl and stay in there with me. That's how he fought his last fight and we know there's a lot we can do if he brings that style."
 
MARIO BARRIOS
 
"Fighting on a card like this is a dream come true. This will be my third fight at STAPLES Center and I always get a lot of love in Los Angeles. It's always an exciting experience and I'm looking forward to it again.
 
"I'm fighting for a title and I'm not going home to San Antonio without it. I know that he's going to bring everything he's got. This will be my toughest opposition by far, but that won't change anything on September 28."
 
BATYR AKHMEDOV
 
"This a great opportunity for me to be part of such a momentous card. I'm grateful to my whole team for getting me this opportunity and I'm training to take full advantage.
 
"On September 28, it's going to be a great fight. I'm going to start writing my history in this fight by winning this title."
 
JOSESITO LOPEZ
 
"I'm excited to be a part of this great card. It's been seven years since I had that great showing at STAPLES Center against Victor Ortiz, and it's a great feeling to be back.
 
"I'm going to put on a show, just like I did my last time fighting at STAPLES Center. I'm going to deliver another great performance.
 
"Expect fireworks. We're going to start this pay-per-view off right and get things ready for the rest of this card. It's going to be a night you don't want to miss."
 
JOHN MOLINA JR.
 
"Here we go again. It's going to be another exciting fight. This is a long time coming for the both of us. We both have a never say die attitude and that's what you're going to get on fight night.
 
"Make sure you're there on September 28, because you're going to enjoy this fight. We're both going to leave it all in the ring, just like everyone expects us to."
 
ROBERT GUERRERO
 
"I'm excited to be back on this stage again. We have two great champions in the main event and it makes for an exciting night from top to bottom.
 
"I just wanted to say something about the shooting incidents that have happened in our country. One of the incidents happened in my hometown in Gilroy, California, so a portion of my purse is going to go to the victims of that tragedy."
 
JOEY SPENCER
 
"I'm really happy and honored to be a part of this card with all of these great champions. I can't wait to go out there and put on a show.
 
"It's amazing just to be in the building, let alone to be fighting on a card like this. I'm really excited to give all the fans a great show."

NOT SO FAST; RUIZ-JOSHUA II NOT A DONE DEAL FOR DECEMBER 7

NOT SO FAST; RUIZ-JOSHUA II NOT A DONE DEAL FOR DECEMBER 7

Not so fast. Boxingtalk has been informed that the Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua rematch is far from set in stone to take place in Saudi Arabia on December 7th. Sure, Eddie Hearn has Ruiz obligated vis a vi rematch clause that was included in the contract for the June 1st bout, but Ruiz hasn’t signed any bout agreements and as we understand it, financials have yet to be fully agreed to. Eddie Hearn was unavailable for immediate comment. More to follow. Until then remember where you heard it first!

REMEMBER WHERE YOU HEARD IT FIRST !

Heather Hardy on Amanda Serrano: Losing Is Not An Option

Heather Hardy on Amanda Serrano: Losing Is Not An Option

Heather Hardy on Amanda Serrano: Losing Is Not An Option
Greg Leon: How is everything going in preparation for the biggest fight of your career, a WBO featherweight title defense against Amanda Serrano on September 13th? Heather Hardy: "Everything has been great so far. We're a month away right now and the fight presented itself kind of out of nowhere and I just kind of rolled with it." Greg Leon: Whenever I brought this fight up in the past you would always say that there would have to be a lot of money in it. Did they make it worth it? Are you happy with the purse? Heather Hardy: "I am, but at the end of the day when somebody calls you out it's hard to say no when she's also from Brooklyn. If somebody says I want Heather Hardy's belt, I want her to fight me or vacate."
 
GL: Has this gotten personal at all or is this just a competitive rivalry?
 
Heather Hardy: "No, this is not personal at all. It's business and this is a competitive rivalry. She wanted my belt and Amanda has won seven world titles so she's earned the right to tell someone she wants their belt. She said she wants the belt and I got to vacate or fight and I'm not just going to vacate, I mean my pride is too big for that."
 
GL: What would a victory over Amanda mean to you?
 
HH: "It would mean everything to me. The winner of this fight gets Katie Taylor and the fight with Taylor would help me pay her college tuition. She's only a couple of years away from college and I'm the one who's responsible for her. This is my career and this is why I do this, I fight for pride and competitiveness, but I'm also fighting to make ends meet and put food on the table. Winning this fight for me is not an option."
 
GL: In your opinion should this fight be the main event?
 
HH: "I think so, I really do and that's not to take anything away from Devin Haney because he's an incredibly talented fighter and he's on the come up, but to be honest, nobody knows his opponent right. Am I lying? (she's not). Co-main event is tremendous, but in my opinion our fight should definitely be the main event."
 
GL: What weaknesses do you see in Amanda that you feel you'll be able to exploit on fight night?
 
HH: "She's a seven time world champion and there's not much to talk shit about with her, you're going to have to watch on September 13th to find out. I wouldn't say she has a weakness, do I think I can beat her? Hell yeah otherwise I wouldn't be taking this fight, but I wouldn't say that she has a weakness."
 
GL: What do you consider your biggest advantage going into the fight?
 
HH: "That I'm familiar with her power. We should spar and yeah I know it's with the fourteen ounce gloves on and a headgear, but I've sparred with Alicia Napoleon, I've been in there with some heavy hitters, but nobody as small as Amanda with anywhere near the same kind of power. When I tell you that this girl hits like a guy I'm not even playing, it's no an exaggeration."
 
GL: Now the fight is made and the money is improving does that put the pressure on both you and Amanda to make sure that it's a highly entertaining fight?
 
HH: "There's a fine line between an entertaining fight and a dangerous fight. We just saw two men lose their lives in entertaining fights, you got to go in there and be smart. Amanda is one of the most dangerous punchers in women's boxing, if not the most dangerous puncher in women's boxing. I'm going to make it entertaining for the fans, but I'm going to make sure I'm safe first."
 
GL: Closing thoughts for the fans.
 
HH: "You don't want to miss this one. I don't think there's any real fan of women's boxing that isn't excited for us. Girls from all different weight classes and all over the world are excited about this fight, I can't wait."
 

Three featherweights announced for Golden Contract tournament

Three featherweights announced for Golden Contract tournament
MTK Global announced three of the eight fighters that will be competing in the featherweight edition of the Golden Contract tournament: British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh (24-2-2), Commonwealth champion Leigh Wood (22-1), and unbeaten Hairon Socarras (22-0-3) will all be part of the line-up. The winner of each tournament will land a two-year, five-fight deal that guarantees six-figure purses for every fight. To add to the excitement, fighters will not know their opponents until fight week, at the start of which the draws will be made. All titles held will be on the line in each fight and knockout bonuses are also on offer.
 
Walsh (24-2-2, 11 KOs) made the sixth defense of his British title in June when he defeated Lewis Paulin, plus he also holds wins over the likes of Reece Bellotti, James Tennyson, Marco McCullough, Darren Taynor and Samir Mouneimne. Walsh said: “I’ve entered this tournament because I know that I can win it. I’m really excited with the opportunity it brings and the activity. There are some good fighters in this tournament but I believe my experience will be the major factor towards my success.”
 
Wood (22-1, 12 KOs) won the Commonwealth title with a knockout over Abraham Osei Bonsu in March, before following that up with another knockout win against Ryan Doyle in May. Wood said: “It’s going to very exciting and all the fans are going to be getting great fights. There will be no ducking and diving or waiting for mandatory positions. You know what I bring every time and I can’t wait.”
 
Unbeaten Socarras (22-0-3, 14 KOs) is from Cuba. He has spent the majority of his career competing in America, where he holds wins over names such as Jesus Martinez, Carlos Ruiz, Mike Oliver and Jose Nieves. Socarras said: “I’m delighted to be entering the Golden Contract tournament. I’ve got 14 wins by stoppage in my career so far and with the knockout bonuses in this competition, I’ll be on the hunt for more wins inside the distance.”
 
Three quarter-finals nights will take place in October / November, three semi-finals nights in February / March 2020 and the finals will be staged in May / June 2020.
 
 

Thanderz targets Wahlstrom world title fight

Thanderz targets Wahlstrom world title fight
Katharina Thanderz (11-0, 2 KOs) has her sights set on a World title challenge as she looks to claim her twelfth professional victory against Monica Gentili (6-10, 1 KO) on Saturday at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Thanderz returns to the ring following an impressive points win over Rachel Ball in Arendal in March, and will be fighting for the first time since signing a long-term contract with European powerhouse promoter Team Sauerland. “I believe I’m ready for a World title challenge,” said Thanderz ahead of her crunch clash with the tough Italian. “I have been working with that goal in my mind for many years. I’ve put in the hard work every single day to be at my best, and I definitely think I have what it takes to become a World Champion.
 
“Going into this fight, it gives me a lot of extra motivation knowing that a World title fight is so close. I mean, I love boxing, and I always work with a lot of passion and give my all in every training session, but it definitely gives me an extra push to know that I’m so close to achieving my goal.”
 
To achieve her goal, Thanderz must first dethrone one of the reigning 130lb rulers, and has WBC titleholder Eva Wahlstrom at the top of her wish list.
 
“Out of all the champions in my weight division, I would love to meet Eva Wahlstrom,” said Thanderz. “She’s from Finland and I’m from Norway, and it would be a great fight that I’m sure the Scandinavian public would love.
 
“I really admire her as a boxer. She has a very nice boxing style to watch, and is very technical and fast. She might not be the strongest or hardest hitting boxer, but she’s a hard worker, and I have huge respect for that. I think she has the whole package and is a good role model for other female boxers.
 
“With that said, I would be willing to fight any of the World Champions. My ambition is to meet the best female boxers in the world, and I wouldn’t have a problem going up in weight in the future either, but for now, all my focus is on beating Monica Gentili because she is not a fighter you can overlook.
 
“My preparations have gone well. I’ve been training twice a day in extreme heat so I'm in great condition and I'm anxious to step into the ring again.”
 
Thanderz faces Gentili on the undercard of Vincent Feigenbutz’s IBO International Super Middleweight title showdown with Cesar Nunez, which also features rising Norwegian star Hadi Srour against Russia’s Evgenii Vazem.
 
All the action from the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle is available to watch live on Viasport + and Viaplay in Norway, and Sport1 in Germany. Tickets are available online via www.eventim.de or by calling +49 01806-570440.

Three light heavies announced for Golden Contract tournament

Three light heavies announced for Golden Contract tournament

Three light heavies announced for Golden Contract tournament
MTK Global announced the first three of eight boxers who will be competing in the light heavyweight edition of the Golden Contract tournament. Former British champion Hosea Burton (24-1), Steven Ward (12-0) and ex-Olympian Serge Michel (8-1) will all be part of the line-up, with five more names set to be announced. The winner of each of the three weight divisions tournaments will land a two-year, five-fight deal that guarantees six-figure purses. Three quarter-finals nights will take place in October / November, three semi-finals nights in February / March of 2020 and the finals will be staged in May / June. To add to the excitement, fighters will not know their opponents until fight week, at the start of which the highly anticipated draws will be made. All titles held will be on the line in each fight and knockout bonuses are also on offer.
 
Burton (24-1, 11 KOs) is the former British champion and has won all but one of his 25 fights, picking up knockout wins over Miles Shinkwin, Jahmaine Smyle, Fernando Castaneda and Ratu Latianara during his career. Burton said: “I’m the best light heavyweight in Great Britain, and the reason I’m entering this Golden Contract tournament is because I’m also the most avoided light-heavyweight in Great Britain. It’s a great opportunity for me to get some fights and get some exposure, and once I win this competition I’ll move on to big things.”
 
Unbeaten Ward (12-0, 4 KOs) heads into the tournament on the back of his recent fight of the year contender with Liam Conroy, where Ward came out on top after an incredible back and forth battle. Ward said: “I feel this is a massive opportunity. There haven’t been tournaments like this before, and it’s a tournament I feel I can win due to my amateur background. As an amateur you’re used to showing up and fighting guys on a few hours’ notice from the weigh-in. With this you only find out who you’ll face the week of the fight, so it’s very exciting. There are some massive rewards on offer at the end.”
 
Michel (8-1, 6 KOs) has displayed good knockout power in his career so far, as shown when he stopped Sheldon Lawrence inside three rounds in October. Michel said: “I’m from Germany and a former Olympian and I’m more than ready to win this tournament.”
 
 
 
 

Gvozdyk's out to nail down top status at 175 starting with Beterbiev on October 18th

Gvozdyk's out to nail down top status at 175 starting with Beterbiev on October 18th
Greg Leon: Unification of your WBC light heavyweight championship with IBF champion Artur Beterbiev has been announced for October. I know these are the kind of fights that you've been looking for. Can you put into words what this fight means to you?  Oleksandr Gvozdyk: "I'm getting myself psyched up for this fight, this is another challenge, another big fight. I also realized that the winner of this fight is going to be the best light heavyweight. I would definitely say the most important and influential light heavyweight. I know he's a tough fighter and very strong and this going to be a very tough challenge." 
 
GL: How well do you know Beterbiev? 
 
OG: "I know him very well because he was a very good amateur. I fought him in 2009 and he won the fight, so this is going to be another motivation to get back my money from ten years ago. Now we're both different boxers and different people, but it's great for me to get this rematch."
 
GL: Will your science be the difference in this fight? Everyone Betebiev is a very strong fighter, but he really only does one thing, come forward and look to hurt you, but you on the other hand, have shown the ability to fight more than one way.
 
OG: "I hope so, that's our plan. I'm definitely not going to stand in front of him and look to trade punches with him, that's not a good strategy to have with him. We will see which game plan is going to be better."
 
GL: What did you think about his fight with Radivoje Kalajdzic?
 
OG: "To be honest I didn't see this fight. I've seen a lot of his fights but I didn't see this one. I did see the highlights and from what I see it looked like Kalajdzic, instead of moving of using some tactical plan, decided to stay in front of him. I don't think that was the best plan because just like you said he's a really strong guy and he likes to come forward, he hits hard and Kalajdzic didn't use tactics or his reach. It's easy to say this from the outside of the ring, but Kalajdzic didn't fight the right way."
 
GL: Will it be important for you to get his respect early? Will you go in there looking to box from the opening bell?
 
OG: "I'll tell you the truth, I didn't start my camp with Teddy (Atlas) yet, so what I think I'm going to do it doesn't matter because he's got the game plan for Beterbiev. We didn't discuss it yet because we've still got a lot of time. When I meet with Teddy we're going to work on that."
 
GL: I think you're going to be Piranha again, just like you were against the last strong heavy puncher you faced, Adonis Stevenson.
 
OG: "Yes, but they are different. Stevenson is more sneaky, but this guy applies much more pressure."
 
GL: They are also both frontrunners who don't see the second half of the fight too often.
 
OG: "Maybe, we will see. It's a tough fight."
 
GL: What would a victory in this fight mean to you?
 
OG: "It would mean that I'm one step closer of my dream to become the undisputed champion."
 
GL: Must the winner of this fight face WBO champion Sergey Kovalev next?
 
OG: "I don't know, it's a difficult question. I don't think he's looking in this direction right now, but since we both have the same manager and we're friends with each other, this would be the last unification I would look to make."
 
GL: Closing thoughts.
 
OG: "Thank everyone for their support, it's going to be a great fight on October 18th in Philadelphia. Come out and see a big fight!" 

Haney-Abdullaev tickets on sale

Haney-Abdullaev tickets on sale

Tickets for the WBC World Lightweight title final eliminator clash between American sensation Devin Haney and Russian dangerman Zaur Abdellaev on Friday September 13 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Haney (22-0 14 KOs) made an electrifying debut with Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN in May, destroying Antonio Moran with a KO of the year contender in the seventh round of their clash in Maryland. The 20 year old fights in the Big Apple for the first time in his career and the Las Vegas native, ranked #2 with the WBC, hits Manhattan for his biggest fight yet in association with Devin Haney Promotions and Titov Boxing.

Abdullaev (11-0 7 KOs) is ranked #3 with the WBC having landed the Silver Lightweight strap in just his ninth pro outing in April 2018, and the highly rated and dangerous Russian registered his 11th pro win and seventh inside the distance in February, stopping Humberto Martinez in Ekaterinburg, and now fights outside his homeland for the first time in his career.
 
The WBC crown will be in the hands of either Vasiliy Lomachenko or Luke Campbell MBE when the clash at The O2 in London on August 31, with Haney and Abdullaev keenly observing that clash from their training camps become locking horns on September 13.
 
WBA and IBF World Super-Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman leads a stacked undercard in a mouth-watering chief-support bout as he takes on lethal WBA mandatory challenger Murodjon Akhmadaliev. Roman (27-2-1 10 KOs) unified his WBA crown with the IBF strap of Irishman TJ Doheny in a fight of the year contender at home in Los Angeles in April, a fifth World title win on the bounce a fourth inside 14 months for the 29 year old.
 
Roman’s fifth defense of his WBA crown pits him against dangerous Uzbek talent Akhmadaliev (6-0 5 KOs) – the highly decorated amateur has looked fearsome in ending five of his six pro outings to date inside the distance, with the 25 year old’s last win coming on the same LA bill as Roman’s dust-up with Doheny. Roman vs. Akhmadaliev is brought to you in association with Thompson Boxing and World of Boxing.
 
There’s more World title action on the bill as record-breaking seven-weight World champion Amanda Serrano challenges WBO World Featherweight champion Heather Hardy in an all-Brooklyn affair, brought to you by DiBella Entertainment in association with Matchroom Boxing USA.
 
Serrano (36-1-1 27 KOs) conquered her seventh weight class at the Hulu Theater in title in January when the Puerto Rican destroyed Eva Voraberger inside the opening round to claim the vacant WBO Super-Flyweight title.
 
Serrano held the WBO Featherweight strap in 2016 before vacating it then her sister Cindy picked it up later that year. Hardy (22-0 4 KOs) was next in line to win the vacant title in October in a rematch against Shelley Vincent in the Hulu Theater. Hardy put boxing on hold to return to MMA in June with an outing at Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden but returns to boxing to go head-to-head with her fellow Brooklynite.
 
The Heavyweight landscape remains a hot one and there’s a great 50-50 clash on the card as Michael Hunter challenges Sergey Kuzmin for the WBA Intercontinental title. Hunter (17-1 12 KOs) holds the International strap with the WBA having KO’d Alexander Ustinov in Monte Carlo in November and defended that with a second round KO of Fabio Maldonado in Maryland in May. The 31 year old is rapidly rising in the rankings and can take a huge leap towards World title action with a win but faces a crunch challenge in the form of Kuzmin (15-0 11 KOs).
 
The unbeaten Russian puts the strap he won at Wembley Stadium in London in September against David Price and first saw off LaRon Mitchell and then Joey Dawejko in successful Stateside defenses. With Kuzmin ranked #5 and Hunter #8 with the WBA, the victor in New York will be knocking on the door for a title shot, raising the stakes in this pick’em match-up, in association with World of Boxing.

One-on-One with power broker Egis Klimas

One-on-One with power broker Egis Klimas

One-on-One with power broker Egis Klimas
Greg Leon: As somebody who has represented many fighters I can only imagine how difficult a time this has been for you following the passing of Maxim Dadashev. How hard has it been for you to continue to do business for and with your other clients with this still relatively fresh? Egis Klimas: "Greg, I don't want to comment about that. There's a lot of people with different opinions and somebody was writng about it and I'm reading the comments and it's people calling me all kind of different names and it's not something I really want to talk about.
 
GL: What's the latest with [WBO light heavyweight champion] Sergey Kovalev? Why do you think [world middleweight champion] Canelo Alvarez wanted to fight him? Do you think that fight will ever happen?
 
EK: "I think it's going to happen because Canelo wants to fight legends and Sergey is a legend. Sergey is the only name that Canelo wants to fight at 175lbs and Sergey is the biggest name at light heavyweight so I think that's why he picked Kovalev."
 
GL: What an interesting way to phrase it the biggest name. Having two of the top guys [Klimas also manages WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk] prevents you from calling of them the best. (laughs)
 
EK: "He's the biggest name at the division right now." (doesn't laugh)
 
GL: How well do you see Kovalev dealing with [his next opponent] Anthony Yarde when there's all this Canelo talk in the air.
 
EK: "I can tell you 100% Sergey is only focused on Yarde. We know Yarde is a big puncher, but Sergey has much more experience and he will win that fight because he is more experienced and he can also punch as well. After his last fight we know Sergey is capable of doing a lot in that boxing ring."
 
GL: Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell is right around the corner. What can we expect to see from the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world on August 31?
 
EK: "I think we're going to see something different from him because Loma brings excitement in every fight. I think he's going to show everyone something different."
 
GL: Different in an exciting, entertaining way that the boxing fans will love?
 
EK: "That's what I think."
 
GL: Will there be three neutral judges for this fight? Are you concerned about any funny business? 
 
EK: "There's always funny business when you go over to the UK, but you have to do what you have to do, but of course there will be neutral judges. According to the BBB of C, the referee will have to be assigned from the UK."
 
GL: Gvozdyk-Beterbiev [WBC/IBF light heavyweight] unification is all set for October 18th in Philadelphia, can you give us some thoughts on this fight?
 
EK: "That's the best fight that can be made in the light heavyweight division. Both guys have a chance, but I personally think Beterbiev is maybe a little bit too stiff and tight for Gvozdyk. Gvozdyk can move better than Beterbiev and I think Gvozdyk has a very good chance to come away with two titles."
 
GL: Is this a fight that he was pushing you to make?
 
EK: "He was always saying that he wanted to unify titles, so he wanted to fight with all of the champions. This is the opportunty that was there with Betebiev and we grabbed it right away."
 
GL: Do you see that fight going the distance?
 
EK: "This is boxing anything is possible, I can definitely see that happening. I know for sure that Betebiev is going to be looking for the knockout and he's going to be coming straight forward."
 
GL: Will Egidijus Kavaliauskas be fighting Terence Crawford next as I've been hearing?
 
EK: "It's what I've been hearing too, but nothing is done. Nothing is confirmed until it's announced and signed. There's a lot of talking going on, but right now I cannot comment on it."
 
GL: If he's not ready now he'll never be ready, but what kind of chance do you give Kavaliauskas to pull off that massive upset?
 
EK: "If he lands and he throws a couple of combinations the game can be over. But it's just an if right now."
 
GL: Closing thoughts for the fans?
 
EK: "Continue to support boxing-- boxing is great right now and it's only going to get better."

Chavez Jr. back with easy win

Chavez Jr. back with easy win
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. KO1 Evert Bravo... Saturday at the Premier Diamond Hall, in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico, former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returned to action as a light heavyweight after two years away from the ring. The Mexican Chavez stopped Colombia's Evert Bravo (25-11-1) in the first round. Fighting in a tiny ring where Bravo had nowhere to run, Chavez got Bravo up against the ropes and landed a body punch that dropped Bravo for a ten count. Chavez (51-3-1) did niot appear to be in good shape but he wasn't tested at all. Chavez should stay busy, now that he has returned to the ring two years after his defeat against current world middleweight champion Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez in May 2017. In his reign, Chavez made three successful defenses and lost a memorable battle against world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.   source: box azteca

Coming to ESPN+ in October: the Golden Contract tournaments

Coming to ESPN+ in October: the Golden Contract tournaments
MTK Global announced it will organize three Golden Contract boxing tournaments. The three competitions will take place at featherweight, junior welterweight and light heavyweight with eight fighters in each category competing for huge prizes; the ultimate reward being a lucrative contract with one of the world’s leading promoters. The winner of each tournament will land a two-year, five-fight deal that guarantees six-figure purses for every fight along with global exposure. To add to the excitement, fighters will not know their opponents until fight week, at the start of which the highly anticipated draws will be made. All titles held will be on the line in each fight and knockout bonuses are also on offer.
 
MTK Global President Bob Yalen said: “This is a landmark announcement for the company, for the boxers participating, and for the boxing fans. We have no doubt the ‘Golden Contract’ series will capture everyone’s imagination. We’ve all seen the success of similar competitions over the years but this takes things a step further with its layered reward system and the big incentives offers. The fans are already sure to win because the big names and fast-emerging elite prospects will be throwing everything at trying to win these tournaments – not just for the immediate rewards, but for the future opportunities presented as well. Action is guaranteed throughout the course of the tournaments. MTK Global is proud to provide this unique programming to its US broadcast outlet Top Rank on ESPN+ and is also already in talks with British and European broadcast partners.”
 
MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan added: “This is fantastic news for all concerned. The major statements just keep on coming and we believe these tournaments can become a mainstay of boxing in the future. When you think about it, this format ensures everyone gets what they want. The fighters are booked in for a period of activity, the promoters can assess who the main men are and the fans get to watch all the entertainment unfold. I now can’t wait to see which fighters make the final cut and line up for the quarter-finals.”
 
Three quarter-finals nights will take place in October / November, three semi-finals nights in February / March and the all-important finals will be staged in May / June.

Three junior welters announced for Golden Contract tournament

Three junior welters announced for Golden Contract tournament

Three junior welters announced for Golden Contract tournament
MTK Global announced the first three boxers (out of a field of eight) that will be competing in the junior weltertweight edition of the Golden Contract tournament. The first three are: Anthony Yigit (24-1-1),  Ohara Davies (19-2) and Tyrone McKenna (19-1-1). Three quarter-finals nights will take place in October / November, three semi-finals nights in February / March of 2020 and the finals will be staged in May / June. Five more names are still to be announced. The winner of each tournament will land a two-year, five-fight deal that guarantees six-figure purses for every fight along with global exposure. To add to the excitement, fighters will not know their opponents until fight week, at the start of which the highly anticipated draws will be made. All titles held will be on the line in each fight and knockout bonuses are also on offer.
 
Davies (19-2, 14 KOs) heads into the tournament on the back of his victory against former IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vasquez in June, going alongside the wins he has picked up over the likes of Derry Mathews, Andrea Scarpa, Tom Farrell and Paul Kamanga earlier in his career.
 
Davies said: “I have entered the Golden Contract tournament because I love fighting. I’ve been doing it ever since I was a kid. There are many other fighters that are world-class level entering the tournament, but I believe I’m one of the best in the world and this is the only way I’m going to prove it, by entering the tournament and coming in first place. I’m confident I will win because I think I am the hungriest fighter in the tournament. Nobody works as hard as me and I don’t think there’s anyone that wants to win as much as I do.”
 
Yigit (24-1-1, 8 KOs) is a former European champion with wins over the likes of Joe Hughes, Lenny Daws, Siar Ozgul and Philip Sutcliffe Jnr, and also challenged for the IBF world title last October. Yigit said: “I’m excited to be participating in the Golden Contract tournament. You’ll see explosive fights from me and I’ll be making sure to see all of them. Everyone will see me on top of the world again.”
 
McKenna (19-1-1, 6 KOs) was recently in action at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, defeating Darragh Foley in an entertaining battle in June. McKenna said: “I’m in this to clear out the riff-raff and the competition. There are a few names in here that have been ducking and diving and dodging me and didn’t want to fight me, but now they’ll be forced to fight me. That’s a beautiful thing because I’ll be knocking them out. As I always say, line them up, sign them up and I’ll bash them up.”
 
 
 

Daniel Dubois promises devastating performance in Spetember

Daniel Dubois promises devastating performance in Spetember
British heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois is promising a devastating performance when he takes to the ring at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday September 27th with the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title on the line. Tickets are now on sale for the clash between Dubois and unbeaten Ebenezer Tetteh, live on BT Sport. Dubois enters into his thirteenth professional fight against Tetteh, coming in off the back of his demolition of domestic rival Nathan Gorman last time out when he claimed the British title
 
Defeating Gorman, Dubois believes, has increased his stock ahead of his next title assignment and his slightly longer-term aim of breaking into the elite band of heavyweights. “It is like getting back to the drawing board now with this next fight and getting ready for this next date and seeing what’s what,” considered the 21-year-old.
 
“The last fight boosted my profile and a lot of people tuned in. It was special in that regard, with a lot of people watching with their own opinions on who would win. It builds exposure for me and grows my profile, so I’m glad I got that one done. The best is still yet to come and I’ve a whole lot more to give. I’m not too far away from the big boys and breaking into that [world-class] league. I am very focused right now, determined to push on and not let anything hold me back. Whoever I’ve got to beat, I will beat,” explained Dubois by way of a mission statement before adding his thoughts on forthcoming opponent Tetteh, who holds a record of 19-0 with 16 of the wins coming via KO.
 
“It is going to be interesting and I am confident I will come out with the victory. I am at the stage where I am only getting better and in this fight I might show something a little different that boxing fans haven’t seen before. This is the fight business and we are in the fighting game, so when the guy has got two gloves on and is swinging with all his might, I think there is enough danger in that already. It is obviously a prestigious title on the line so I have got to approach it seriously because he will be trying his best. I’ve got to make myself ready. It is going to be buzzing again and I am sure it is going to be an amazing night of boxing. I am looking forward to putting on a show at the Royal Albert Hall. It is going to be another devastating performance from me.”

Vergil Ortiz wins in Texas with world-class performance

Vergil Ortiz wins in Texas with world-class performance

Vergil Ortiz TKO6 Antonio Orozco... Welterweight Vergil Ortiz tweeted "statement made" about his win over Antonio Orozco in Grand Parairie, Texas on Saturday, and that accurately summed up his performance. Ortiz (14-0) announced himself as one of the most exciting young boxers in the sport by dismantling the durable Orozco in six rounds. Ortiz fought ferociously and floored Orozco three times in round six, causing a referee's stoppage. The first two knockdowns were occassioned by Orozco (28-2) taking a knee to try to recover from the combinationshe was absorbing. Orozco also landed quite a few clean punches, but they were nowhere near as hard as Ortiz's bombs. Orozco's only prior loss was to Carlos Ramirez, who now holds the WBO and WBC junior welterweight championships. Admittedly, that was a weight class lower for Orozco, but the Mexican warrior went the full twekve rounds vs. Ramirez and simply couldn't hang with Ortiz. It will be interesting to see how Ortiz's promoter, Goden Boy, manuevers Ortiz into a title shot with rival Premier Boxing Champions controlling most of the welterweight champions (Errol Spence, Manny Pacquiao, Shawn Porter) save for Terrence Crawford, who is with Top Rank. source: dazn

Olympic champion stunned in traditional pro debut

Olympic champion stunned in traditional pro debut

Olympic champion stunned in traditional pro debut

Adan Gonzalez W4 Robeisy Ramirez... Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba lost a four-round split decision to unheralded Adan Gonzales of Colorado in one of the biggest upsets in recent years. Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) knocked down Ramirez in the opening seconds of the first round to propel him to the win. The fight took place at Philadelphia's Liacouras Center. “When they announced a split decision, I knew I better have won that fight or something would have seriously been wrong,” Gonzales said. “I attacked him from the start, and I got the win. You ain’t seen the last of me.” [Ramirez is the guy who beat Shakur Stevenson for Olympic gold in 2016]. Said Ramirez: “I feel like I won that fight. He may have been throwing more, but I was the one landing the cleaner punches. This is a setback, but trust me, I will be back.” [Editor's note: We used the phrase "traditonal pro debut" in the headline because Ramirez had 16 pro fights in the World Series of Boxing, going 14-2.] source: top rank

 
Middleweight Edgar Berlanga (12-0, 12 KOs) made it twelve first-round knockouts in as many fights, stopping the usually durable Frenchman Gregory Trenel (11-5-2, 3 KOs) in 2:24. Trenel had never been knocked out in 17 previous professional fights. “We went over the tape in the gym. It’s just repetition. We go over the same things, and each time we fight, we execute. He was a tough opponent. He took a good shot. He didn’t go down. He didn’t want to go down. I felt the love from the crowd and my friend Fat Joe walked me to the ring. It was a great night. I’m proud to represent my Puerto Rican people.”
 
UNDERCARD
 
South Philadelphia heavyweight Sonny “The Bronco” Conto (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time as a pro, shutting out Guillermo Del Rio (2-3-1, 2 KOs) over four rounds. Conto knocked down Del Rio in the fourth round and prevailed by identical scores of 40-35. “You can’t load up on every punch in there,” Conto said. “This fight showed me how to be patient and work on the things that are going to get me to the next level. I’m used to being in there with guys who don’t go anywhere. I’ve sparred great fighters like Tyson Fury. That prepared me for a fight like this.”
 
In a spirited battle of unbeaten welterweights, Paul Kroll (5-0, 4 KOs) defeated Shinard Bunch (2-1, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision. Official scores were 58-56 (twice) and 59-55.
 
Philadelphia featherweight Donald Smith (10-0, 6 KOs) cruised to a six-round unanimous decision over Raheem Abdullah (3-3, 0 KOs) by scores of 60-52 and 59-53 (twice).
 
Jeremy “Magic Hands” Adorno improved to 2-0 with a third-round knockout over Fernando Robles (2-2, 0 KOs) in a super bantamweight contest. Adorno, a southpaw, scored the KO with a left hand to the body. source for all results: top rank
 

Sosa stops Rhodes in seven

Sosa stops Rhodes in seven
Jason Sosa TKO7 Haskell Lydell Rhodes... Jason Sosa, a Camden, New Jersey native, stopped Haskell Lydell Rhodes (27-4-1, 13 KOs)in seven rounds to win his third in a row in front of 1,723 fans at the Liacouras Center. Sosa, a former WBA regular title holder, scored three knockdowns in all, with Rhodes’ corner indicating their fighter had enough. Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KOs) lost back-to-back bouts to Vasiliy Lomachenko and Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2017, but with the dominating win over Rhodes, he thrust himself back into the world title conversation. “It was pretty satisfying. I think we did everything we were supposed to do tonight,” Sosa said. “There’s room for improvement, but we’re a top contender now once again. We never left. I need a title. I want to call out Miguel Berchelt and get that WBC belt. “Don’t forget about me. I’m here. I ain’t going nowhere. I’m a warrior, baby. I come to fight. I put on good fights. The fans see me and appreciate me. I come out every night and do it for them.” source: top rank
 

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Berlanga wins by quick stoppage

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Berlanga wins by quick stoppage
Edgar Berlanga TKO1 Gregory Trenel On the Top Rank undercard in Philadelphia, middleweight Edgar Berlanga (12-0, 12 KOs) made it twelve first-round knockouts in as many fights, stopping the usually durable Frenchman Gregory Trenel (11-5-2, 3 KOs) in 2:24. Trenel took a hard punch but was on his feet when the referee overprotectively stopped the bout. Trenel had never been knocked out in 17 previous professional fights. “We went over the tape in the gym. It’s just repetition. We go over the same things, and each time we fight, we execute. He was a tough opponent. He took a good shot. He didn’t go down. He didn’t want to go down. I felt the love from the crowd and my friend Fat Joe walked me to the ring. It was a great night. I’m proud to represent my Puerto Rican people.”
 
MORE RESULTS
 
South Philadelphia heavyweight Sonny “The Bronco” Conto (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time as a pro, shutting out Guillermo Del Rio (2-3-1, 2 KOs) over four rounds. Conto knocked down Del Rio in the fourth round and prevailed by identical scores of 40-35. “You can’t load up on every punch in there,” Conto said. “This fight showed me how to be patient and work on the things that are going to get me to the next level. I’m used to being in there with guys who don’t go anywhere. I’ve sparred great fighters like Tyson Fury. That prepared me for a fight like this.”
 
In a spirited battle of unbeaten welterweights, Paul Kroll (5-0, 4 KOs) defeated Shinard Bunch (2-1, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision. Official scores were 58-56 (twice) and 59-55.
 
Philadelphia featherweight Donald Smith (10-0, 6 KOs) cruised to a six-round unanimous decision over Raheem Abdullah (3-3, 0 KOs) by scores of 60-52 and 59-53 (twice).
 
Jeremy “Magic Hands” Adorno improved to 2-0 with a third-round knockout over Fernando Robles (2-2, 0 KOs) in a super bantamweight contest. Adorno, a southpaw, scored the KO with a left hand to the body. source for all results: top rank

Twitter Chatter: Frampton gutted by fight-week injury

Twitter Chatter: Frampton gutted by fight-week injury
Former featherweight and junior featherweight champion Carl Frampton on his freak fight-week inury where a statue fell on his hand: "Tonight I should be fighting. I was confident I was going to put in a performance that made people realise that I can still become a world champ. Hopefully the people that made the trip are enjoying the amazing city of Philadelphia.  If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck."

Steve Vukosa, age 42, bursts Juiseppe Cusumano's bubble

Steve Vukosa, age 42, bursts Juiseppe Cusumano's bubble
Steve Vukosa W8 Juiseppe Cusumano... Massachusetts heavyweight Steve Vukosa (12-1) continued an unnlikely late-career run on Friday at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The 42 year-old, who took fourteen years off, and then another four years off, was brought in as an opponent but upset Juiseppe Cusumano (18-3) by unanimous eight-round decision. The slick southpaw used his elusive head movement and footwork to frustrate the heavy-handed Cusumano, scoring a knockdown in the third round that all but secured the fight on the scorecards despite a rally by Cusumano down the stretch. Judges Martha Tremblay and Eddie Scuncio scored it 76-75 while Steve Smoger saw it 77-74 in favor of Vukosa.
 
Cusumano, who had won three in a row and 16 of 17, lost for the first time since June of 2018. Vukosa, “The Gentle Giant,” just came out of retirement in July, ending a four-plus year layoff with a win over Justin Rolfe in New Hampshire. He was also inactive for a 12-year stretch between 2002 and 2014, returning to the ring at the age of 37 to upset former U.S. Olympian and Providence, RI, native Jason Estrada.
 
Cusumano looked sharp in the first two rounds, but ran into a right cross that sent him tumbling to the canvas late in the third round. Vukosa poured it on in the closing seconds, but ran out of time, allowing Cusumano to regain his composure heading into the middle portion of the fight. It appeared Cusumano had momentum in his favor again until the seventh round when Vukosa – now in a comfort zone – cracked Cusumano with five clean left hands, using his awkward southpaw style to take control of the fight.   source: ces press release

Regis Prograis pulls out of WBSS!

Regis Prograis pulls out of WBSS!
WBA junior welterweight champion Regis Prograis (pictured) is withdrawing from the WBSS, effective immediately. Prograis was slated appear in the WBSS finals to unify vs. IBF champion Josh Taylor of Scotland. Prograis and his promoter DiBella Entertainment have filed a federal lawsuit in New Jersey against Comosa AG, the promoter of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.  According to the complaint, Comosa has repeatedly missed deadlines and failed to schedule the WBSS finals match between Prograis and IBF champion Josh Taylor. Prograis says the WBSS final was required to take place by October 7, 2019 and that Comosa will not be able to meet the deadline. Through the lawsuit, Prorgrais also seems to be resisting a September 28th fight date on the grounds that he needs more time to train. The lawsuit alleges that Comosa violated its written agreement with DiBella Entertainment to deposit Prograis' purse for the finals into an escrow account. Through the lawsuit, Prograis is seeking a declaratory judgment from the court stating he is free and clear of further responsibilities to fight under the WBSS.  
 
The key portions of the lawsuit read as follows:
 
"This [lawsuit] arises out of the wrongful conduct and broken promises of Comosa, a European sporting company that runs a tournament known as the World Boxing Super Series (“WBSS”), in promising the boxing world that it could deliver viable tournaments featuring world champions and top contenders fighting top quality bouts for millions of dollars in purses. Instead, Comosa has left a trail of late payments and scheduling delays that, upon information and belief, have put many of boxing’s top promoters and boxers in limbo due to its financial problems and breach of contractual duties.
 
"On information and belief, Comosa was having funding problems to the point where they were reaching out to other promoters in hopes of getting funding to set make the WBSS finals happen. To date, in spite of the Tournament Agreement stating that the finals will take place 'in May, June or July 2019,' not one of the [finals in the] three weight classes in Season II of the WBSS has taken place."
 
A later escrow agreement stated that, "the WBSS final bout shall take place no later than October 7, 2019 as a material term of Prograis’ continued participation in the WBSS under the Tournament Agreement." 
 
DiBella demanded that Comosa comply with the pre-payment or escrow requirements by depositing the following funds with a neutral party: "$500,000 on or before August 1, 2019 (i.e., 65 days before the final bout), $500,000 on or before August 12, 2019 (i.e., 54 days before the final bout), [and] $1,000,000 on or before September 4, 2019 (i.e., 31 days before the final bout)."
 
The lawsuit continued:
 
"August 5th came and went with no offer [from Comosa]. Only on August 6th, well after the date DBE specified for the first payment, [Comosa] e-mailed a last minute offer stating, 'In order to save time once Comosa has determined the place and date of the Final, please find attached the contract drafts as proposed by Comosa. Please have a look from your end, what is acceptable to you, and where you would make a counter proposal.'
 
"The proposed escrow arrangements confirmed that Comosa had no intention to comply with their obligations under the Escrow Agreement as the terms of the new proposal were clearly not the same nor substantially similar to the escrow for the semifinal bout. Comosa offered the following [escrow deposits]: $350,000 on or before August 16, 2019 (50 days before the final bout), $350,000 on or before August 30, 2019 (36 days before the final bout), [and] $1,300,000 on or before September 6, 2019 (29 days before the final bout).
 
"Further, the offer [from Comosa] asked for another two weeks to finalize, not just the escrow payments, but also the site and date of the final. On information and belief, Comosa made this
offer with the knowledge that their American broadcast partner, DAZN, a sports streaming service, had not approved of the October 5th date. Comosa’s offer was merely a stalling tactic as
they desperately tried to find alternate financing to pay for the bout and front the escrow money.
 
"Two days later, on August 8, 2019, Comosa forwarded another set of draft escrow and bout agreements. The proposed date of the final was now moved up to September 28th... Moving the date of the final one week closer also gave Prograis even less time to train for final. The fighters in the WBSS are required to travel to the site of the bout at least one week in advance of the fight in order to do publicity. Even if Prograis were to start his training camp immediately on August 8th, he would only have a little over six weeks to be in prime condition.
 
"Comosa’s continuing failure to perform [is]  holding [Prograis'] career hostage and keeping him in limbo. Put simply, Prograis is being kept off of a very lucrative boxing market by Comosa, which upon information and belief, cannot finance the rest of its tournament and is in violation of its obligations under the Escrow Agreement...
 
[Therefore,] DBE and Prograis seek a declaration that Comosa has not complied with the Escrow Agreement and cannot [do so]. Further, Plaintiffs seek a declaration that Prograis is free and clear of his obligations to Comosa and can pursue his career outside of the WBSS immediately."

Originally reported at 5:45 on Aug. 9th.  UPDATE:   In a subsequent press release, DiBella stated, "today's action is the result of a long and repeated pattern of behavior by [WBSS organizer] Comosa that includes late payments, scheduling delays, bad faith representations, missed deadlines, and broken promises. There is no one more disappointed by this turn of events than Regis Prograis, who has expressed his desire to unify the [140-pound] division on a number of occasions. Comosa was provided every opportunity to see the WBSS to conclusion but it failed at every turn to meet its obligations to the contracted fighters... This action was commenced only after Prograis and DBE determined, as a result of Comosa's conduct, that his participation in this venture was no longer possible."

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Evincii Dixon pulls second straight upset in Rhode Island

Evincii Dixon pulls second straight upset in Rhode Island
Evincii Dixon TKO3 Marqus Bates... In Rhode Island, Pennsylvania welterweight Evincii Dixon (9-23-2) pulled his second upset in a row.  This time, Dixon stunned Marqus Bates (7-3), stopping the Taunton, MA, native at the 3:00-mark of the third round to halt Bates’ five-fight win streak. In June, Dixon ended a 0-10-1 streak by surprising previously undefeated Marcel Rivers.
Jamaine Ortiz W8 Romain Couture.... In the Rhode Island co-feature, Massachusetts lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (12-0) lived up to his nickname, “The Technician,” outworking durable, but overmatched, French challenger Romain Couture (8-2-1) by an 80-72 verdict on all three scorecards. Ortiz’s angles were too much for Couture to overcome as he remained a step or two ahead of his opponent throughout the fight. Couture never closed the gap in speed and Ortiz eventually began toying with him in the later rounds, landing at will despite Couture’s attempts to defend himself. Ortiz was so fast he kept finding the small windows in Couture’s defense to land the jab effectively and counter on the inside with uppercuts.
 
UNDERCARD
 
In undercard action, Pawtucket, RI featherweight Ricky De Los Santos (9-0) remained unbeaten with a six-round unanimous decision win over Reading, PA's Andujar (4-2-1).  Official scores were 59-53 (twice) and 60-52.
 
East Providence, RI, super lightweight Elijah Peixoto (2-0) won a thorough (40-35) unanimous decision win on all three scorecards against previously-unbeaten Tampa, FL, native Carlos Otero (2-1)...
 
Worcester, MA, native Nicholas Briggs (5-0) remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision win over Bryan Goldsby (5-14) and...
 
Providence, RI, junior middleweight Victor Reynoso (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Canadian Kenny Chery (2-3) at 2:52 of the third for his fifth consecutive knockout win in as many fights.  source for all results: ces press release
 
 
 
Providence, RI, lightweight Michael Valentin (6-0-1) and Philadelphia, PA, vet Lonnie Jackson Jr. (4-1-2) fought to a majority draw with Smoger ruling it 59-55 in favor of Valentin and Scuncio and Joe Paolino scoring it 57-57. Providence super welterweight Lamont Powell (5-0) cruised past Ricardo Garcia (14-8-1) of Reading to win by a 40-36 score on all three cards.
 

Ghana show planned for August 17th

Ghana show planned for August 17th
According to the Ghanaian Times and Ghana Web, Ashalaja, Ghana will play host to a big boxing show on August 17th, to be promoted by Derrick Kotey Jr., a reported son of Ghana’s former world champion, Alfred ‘Cobra’ Kotey. The main event will be a junior welterweight contest between Ghana’s Benjamin ‘Lumba’ Lamptey (10-3-1) and Nigeria's Opagun "Omodaddy Stayer" Samuel (4-1). Another Nigerian, Olagede Tunde will face Togo's Wari Razak while Sidick Musah engages Kofi Johnson in an all-Ghanaian super middleweight affair. Mubarak Abubakar and Rasheed Abolaji will add to the Ghana-Nigeria rivalry in a middleweight eight rounder while Charles Sossoya and Kweku Eric battle it out in a six-round welterweight contest. Prince Okoe Nartey will complete the bill with a super middleweight showdown with Karim Mohammed.

Matchroom: Ruiz-Joshua II headed to Saudi Arabia

Matchroom: Ruiz-Joshua II headed to Saudi Arabia

Matchroom issued a brief statement saying the heavyweight championship rematch is now officialy scheduled. Andy Ruiz Jr. will defend his IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight titles in a rematch against Anthony Joshua in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on December 7th. The Mexican-American Ruiz became champion by defeating the British Joshua in New York City. Joshua and his promoter, Matchroom, had a mandatory rematch clause in Ruiz's contract and exercised it. Despite lacking the contractual right to do so, Ruiz had stated he would not give Joshua a rematch in the United Kingdom. He apparently has gotten his wish. Matchroom said it will provide further details at a press conference on Monday August 12th.

Tonight: Mikey Faragon returns after five years out of the ring

Tonight: Mikey Faragon returns after five years out of the ring

Albany, New York’s Mikey “Baby Face” Faragon (19-1, 9 KOs) rehabilitation is complete and, after five years on the sideline, he will return to action in a six rounder tonight, Friday, August 9th, at a GCP and Rapacz Boxing show at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota against Missouri’s Demetrius Wilson (2-14-1). Faragon was once a highly touted prospect but a severe foot injury forced the junior wekterweight out of boxing five years ago. During his extended recovery, which included several painful surgeries, 32-year-old Faragon fell into depression and unhealthy living and gained a great deal of weight. With his mobility now restored, Faragon challenged himself to get back in shape and said he would fight again if he could. Faragon says is back in fighting shape and, against Wilson, will be looking to gauge how much of that immense potential he still has.

Pre-fight quotes from Philly

Pre-fight quotes from Philly
Opportunity has knocked for Jason Sosa and Haskell Lydell Rhodes. After Carl Frampton suffered a freak injury at the fight hotel Monday — a concrete pillar fell and broke his left hand — the Sosa-Rhodes ten-rounder was elevated to the main event. Sosa is a former holder of the WBA super featherweight regular title. Sosa, middleweight knockout artist Edgar Berlanga (11-0, 11 first-round KOs), and the professional debut of two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez will headline a night of fights Saturday evening at Philadelphia's Liacouras Center (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+). Two days before the fights, they stopped by the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym for a “Back to School Giveaway,” where dozens of local children were given backpacks for the upcoming school year. This is what they had to say.
 
JASON SOSA
“It’s a blessing to be the main event, but it sucks what happened to Frampton. Stuff can happen, and we gotta always be ready and prepare for everything that is thrown our way. I’m excited to headline in Philly. It’s been a long time.”
 
“It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. I know a lot of us always say, ‘you’re going to see a different fighter.’ I’ve been training hard. I’m hungry. I feel like I’ve restarted my motor and am ready to go again. I’m excited.”
 
 
“I’ve had a couple wins in a row, and after this fight, I’ll be ready to fight any of the world champions. I’ve been at that level before, and I know I can do it again.”
 
EDGAR BERLANGA
“I’ve been bumped up to the co-main event, which is a blessing. I’m going to go out there and give the fans the type of fight they want to see.”
 
“I grew up idolizing Felix Trinidad. My dad had a VHS copy of his fight with Fernando Vargas, and I watched it countless times. I’m from Brooklyn, but my Puerto Rican roots are important to me, and Trinidad continues to inspire me as a fighter.”
 
“I’m a knockout puncher, and it just so happens that nobody has made it out of the first round against me. I always train to go the distance, and I am always prepared for any type of fight.”
 
ROBEISY RAMIREZ
 
“It has been a long journey, but I am excited to finally be making my professional debut. Philadelphia is a great city with a lot of boxing history, and it’s an honor for me to begin my professional journey here.”
 
“I want to stay active, stay busy and continue to improve with the great team I have behind me.”
 
“I know the professional game is different from the amateurs, but I am confident I can make the necessary adjustments and become a world champion. I fought countless great fighters as an amateur, and I am ready to test myself against the best professionals.” 
 
BROADCAST SCHEDULE
 
ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
 
Jason Sosa vs. Haskell Lydell Rhodes, 10 rounds, super featherweight
 
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Adan Gonzales, 4 rounds, featherweight
 
Edgar Berlanga vs. Gregory Trenel, 8 rounds, middleweight
 
ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
 
Paul Kroll vs. Shinard Bunch, 6 rounds, welterweight
 
Sonny Conto vs. Guillermo Del Rio, 4 rounds, heavyweight
 
Donald Smith vs. Abdur-Raheem Abdullah, 6 rounds, featherweight
 
Jeremy Adorno vs. Fernando Robles, 4 rounds, super bantamweight
 
 

A look at the career of Rwanda's Patrick Kinigamazi

A look at the career of Rwanda's Patrick Kinigamazi
Super featherweight Patrick Kinigamazi (31-2, 4 KOs) is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the hardest puncher in the world. But his boxing-skills, grit, determination and ring generalship makes him a very hard man to beat. Kinigamazi was born on March 2, 1983 in Rwanda, a troubled nation in Central Africa. At the age of fifteen, in 1998, he moved to Switzerland where most of his family lived and studied. He now lives in Thonex, not far from Geneva.
 
Kinigamazi's favorite sport is not boxing, but basketball. He actually prefers watching basketball and soccer ahead of boxing. But he got his start in combat sports at seventeen, doing karate, kung fu and eventually kickboxing, before also taking on traditional boxing.
 
As an amateur he represented the Club Pugilistique Carouge, trained by Giorgio Costantino who is still in his corner today. He turned professional in boxing in June of 2006. He quickly became the Swiss lightweight champion in 2007 but in between 2007 and 2010 he won European and World titles in full-contact kickboxing.
 
Things began to pick up for him in 2016. On April 22, 2016, Kinigamazi promoted his own fight against Miguel Alberto Gonzales Mena from Honduras. The bout was staged at a Citroën dealer in Geneva, with over 600 people in attendance, and Kinigamazi didn't pay himself a purse for the fight, which he won on points over eight rounds. A few months later, he got a big win, beating Spain-based Congolese Clark Telamanou. That fight took place in Carouge, Switzerland. He followed that up with a trip to France in which he defeated Ruben Gouveia (then 10-3-1). 
Kinigamazi has never boxed in Africa.
 
After that, Kinigamazi dropped down to 130 pounds, defeating four opponents with a combined record of 66-15-6: Juan Jose Farias was 18-9-1, Robert Laki 14-1-1, Ramiro Blanco 17-2-
3 and Jordan McCorry 17-3-1. This past June he stayed busy with a ten-round unanimous decision over Martin Parlagi (25-3-1) from the Czech Republic.
 

Florence card booked for September 19th

Florence card booked for September 19th
Italian junior middleweight Orlando Fiordigiglio will host Sam Eggington at the Tuscany Hall in Florence on Thursday September 19th, live on DAZN. Arezzo’s Fiordigiglio (31-2, 13 KOs) won a split decision win over Stephen Danyo in April. Birmingham’s Eggington (26-6, 15 KOs), a former European Welterweight Champion, was stopped by ex-WBO titlist Liam Smith in March but returned to winning ways with victories over Jordan Grannum and Lewis van Poetsch. On the same card, Correzzola’s Devis ‘Boom Boom’ Bosheiro (47-6-2, 12 KOs), a former European 130-pound champion, clashes with Barcelona’s Ivan Tomas (9-0-1, 3 KOs) over ten rounds.
 
Bergamo welterweight Dario Morello (15-0, 2 KOs) is matched against Bracknell’s Luther Clay (11-1, 5 KOs)... Elsewhere on the card, there’s action for Cascina flyweight Mohammed Obbadi (19-1, 13 KOs), former Olympian Carmine Tommasone (19-1, 5 KOs) and 140-pound Sebastian Mendizabal (3-0).
 
Ross Garritty of Matchroom Boxing Italy said: “It’s a pleasure to be returning to the venue that saw the launch of the historic joint venture between Matchroom Boxing Italy, OPI Since 82 and DAZN back in November 2018. Our first five events in Florence, Milan and Rome have been overwhelmingly successful and Florence fight fans are in store for another exciting night of title action at Tuscany Hall on September 19th.”
 
 

Shohjahon Ergashev training montage

Shohjahon Ergashev training montage

On August 23rd in Arrow, Oklahoma, junior welterweight Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0, 14 KOs) of Uzbekistan return for his third ShoBox appearance against Mexico's Abdiel Ramirez (24-4-1, 22 KOs) in a ten-round bout. Here is a training montage for Ergashev as prepared by his promoter, Salita Promotions.

Twitter Chatter: JRock wants Hurd to sign up for VADA

Twitter Chatter: JRock wants Hurd to sign up for VADA
IBF/WBA junior middleweight champion Julian "JRock" Williams demands former champion Jarrett "Swift" Hurd sign up for VADA's random drug testing program as a pre-condition for a rematch: "It will NOT be a fight on dec14th if Hurd doesn’t enroll in VADA testing ASAP. Everyone wanna drag they feet when it’s time to test... what’s the hold up bro?"
 

Twitter Chatter: Claressa Shields sounds off on fighting men

Twitter Chatter: Claressa Shields sounds off on fighting men

World middleweight champion Claressa Shields on Twitter:  "I don't care what these old ass boxers say, women deserve equal pay. And all this any man can beat a woman fighter is crap. I’ve put hands on pro fighters who were not taking easy on me. And a man off the street and no training I would beat the hell out of him. I said what I said!"

Saturday in Texas: Ortiz vs. Orozco

Saturday in Texas: Ortiz vs. Orozco
This Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas, Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Antonio Orozco will do battle in the welterweight division with the WBA's mandatory position at stake. [Manny Pacquiao is the WBA super champion after defeating Keith Thurman, the Ortiz-Orozco winner is more likely to compete for the currently vacant WBA regular title]. Ortiz comes to the fight with thirteen wins, zero losses, and all wins by knockout. Orozco, meanwhile, has a record of 28 wins, one loss and seventeen knockouts.
 
According to the WBA, the American Ortiz holds a slight advantage due to his youth and perfect record so far. The 21-year-old fighter has proven himself against veteran Mauricio Herrera – where he passed the test. Ortiz will also have a height advantage over his opponent and intends to take advantage of it in search of a victory that gives an important boost to his career.
 
For his part, Orozco will not make it easy for the young man from Dallas. The Mexican-born fighter has faced better competition, including the WBO/WBC 140-pound world champion Jose Carlos Ramirez, against whom he suffered the only defeat of his career. 

Warrington to defend vs. Takoucht

Warrington to defend vs. Takoucht
Josh Warrington (pictured) will be back home in Leeds, England when he defends his IBF featherweight title against [lightly credentialed] France's Sofiane Takoucht at First Direct Arena on Saturday October 12th, live on BT Sport. Warrington (29-0, 6KOs) will be making the third defense of his championship faced off with Takoucht (35-3-1, 13KOs) at a press conference. [Takoucht has no major wins on his ledger]. Here are a selection of quotes from the media event:
 
JOSH WARRINGTON
 
“I hoped for a unification, but that isn’t mine, my management or Frank Warren’s fault. None of the champions seem to want it. I have to stay active so we’re back in Leeds. Some of my fans had money saved to go and watch me in America and Frank really tried. I am hoping to get through this one and it happens. All I am doing is concentrating on keeping my title, but ultimately my dream is to unify. I just want to win a unified title against one champion and I will then fight anyone until the cows come home. Takoucht has a massive opportunity and he has been given a golden ticket. Takoucht knows he has a massive opportunity in my back yard and it would be ridiculous to think this is a given. I am not there to make a statement, but show that if I step up to any of the other champions I beat them. The fire is in my belly. I want a performance and must beat people like this is style. I would be disappointed if it was a long drawn out points win. I want to get it done quickly. Michael Conlan is making big waves, but I want the other champions then I will fight the likes of him. I’m coming up to ten years as a professional. The support has just grown and grown and inspired young fighters in Leeds. The journey hasn’t finished. I would love the WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz and if Shakur Stevenson wins the WBO title  I would line him up and give him 12 rounds of hell, but it’s this fight against Takoucht I’m thinking about.
 
SOFIANE TAKOUCHT
 
“This is a childhood dream for me since I started boxing at ten years old. Winning this would change everything and I hope it brings me recognition. Josh is a great champion and this is a wonderful opportunity. I will show myself in a good light.”
 
SEAN O’HAGAN (Warrington’s father and trainer)
 
“Takoucht is a very experienced fighter and the highest ranked fighter available at number four. It is a genuine fight and one where we know we have to raise our game and keep the momentum going until the super fights come. Takoucht is very capable and we are taking him serious. He has plenty of grit, is durable, can box, fight or be evasive. He has a bit of everything and it makes for a good fight. We had a bad night at the office against Galahad and still won. Anthony Joshua had a bad night and got leathered. We always enjoy fighting in Leeds and this time we have an opponent who wants to fight.”
 
ALAIN VASTINE (Takoucht’s trainer)
 
“Nothing is given in life so we are coming here to win, nothing else. We have an opportunity and it’s up to us to grab it and we will do everything to get it. Sofiane has courage, determination and a big heart. We know that Josh has the support, but it has been like that before in the Ukraine, but we are coming to win and will win.”
 
UNDERCARD
 
Zelfa Barrett (22-1,13KOs) will make the first defense of his Commonwealth super featherweight crown against exciting Scot Jordan McCorry (18-6-4, 4KOs)...
 
Leeds idol Jack Bateson (10-0, 3KOs)  challenges Preston’s Michael Ramabeletsa (17-17, 8KOs) at super bantamweight...
 
Manchester’s Lyndon Arthur (15-0, 12KOs) faces Ghanian Emmanuel Anim (14-2-1, 12KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth light heavyweight title, in a battle of the big hitters...
 
Darlington’s Troy Williamson (11-0-1, 8KOs) takes a step up in class when he meets Rotherham’s Nav Mansouri (20-2-2, 6KOs) at 154 pounds.
 
Also boxing on the show will be Willy Hutchinson (9-0, 6KOs), Mark Heffron (23-1, 17KOs), Shakiel Thompson (4-0, 3KOs), Shabaz Masoud (5-0, 1KO), John Joyce, 1-0) plus exciting debutants bantamweight Muhammad Ali and York super-welterweight George Davey. 

Feigenbutz headlines vs. unbeaten Spaniard in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Feigenbutz headlines vs. unbeaten Spaniard in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
German super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (30-2, 27 KOs) faces Spain's Cesar Nunez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) on August 17 in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Following a fifth-round demolition of Przemyslaw Opalach (27-3, 22 KOs) in January, the 23 year-old Feigenbutz  (a former WBA regular title holder) is looking to take the next step in his career. “With a win over Nunez, the 'KO King’ Vincent Feigenbutz is one step closer to IBO champion Chris Eubank Jr. That’s a fight we want, before facing fighters like Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo”, said promoter Nisse Sauerland.  “Vincent has to take care of Nunez first, but we are confident he will live up to the ‘KO King’ nickname. Vincent is in top form, he’s highly ranked and we are looking forward to him putting on a show on August 17th and taking another step towards a world title shot.” 
 
While the unbeaten Nunez has been preparing with esteemed Cuban trainer Pedro Diaz in tropical Miami, Feigenbutz has been fighting Europe’s heatwave as he looks to ensure he is ready for August 17th.  “We had a good, but exhausting camp. The hot temperatures of 40 degrees certainly played a part in the gym,” said Feigenbutz. “Training is fun, but nothing compares to fighting. Slowly the excitement builds as we get closer to August 17th. I am looking forward to fighting near my home town once again and I hope that fans in Ludwigshafen and from across the region will come out to support me!”
 
The fight tops a huge night of boxing featuring 17-year-old Sophie Alisch (3-0, 1 KO) against Vanesa Caballero (1-5-3), Ahmad Ali (14-0-1, 10 KOs) against experienced Arman Torosyan (19-6-1, 16 KOs) at junior middleweight, and Team Sauerland’s two newest recruits Katharina Thanderz (11-0, 2 KOs) and Hadi Srour (3-0, 2 KOs). 
 
All the action from the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle is available to watch live on Sport1 in Germany and Viasport+ and Viaplay in Norway. Tickets are available online via www.eventim.de.
 

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