It will be Riakporhe vs. Massey for UK cruiserweight title

It will be Riakporhe vs. Massey for UK cruiserweight title
Richard Riakporhe and Jack Massey will clash for the vacant British cruiserweight title at the famous York Hall in East London on Thursday December 19th, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. The British title was last held by Lawrence Okolie, who is now the reigning European champion. The big-hitting Riakporhe (10-0, 8 KOs) went the distance for only the second time of his career in July as he outpointed previously undefeated Chris Billam-Smith in a close battle . Massey (16-0, 8 KOs) is firing on all cylinders again after an arm injury ruled him out of his July British and Commonwealth title clash with Lawrence Okolie.
“I’m over the moon to be fighting for the British title at the top of a bill at York Hall,” said Riakporhe. “I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time and now it’s here I need to grab it with both hands.  Jack is a decent opponent. I heard that he beat Chris Billam-Smith in the amateurs so he should have a good pedigree. He’s unbeaten in the professional ranks with a strong record so this should be a decent test for me.
“I think Jack will come to fight and he’ll go for it, but I’ll be too strong for him and I’ll have too much will and determination – I’m going to light him up like a Christmas tree. A win here could lead to even bigger opportunities and I know what I have to do.”
"One Smack Jack" says he is ready to propel his name to the top of the domestic cruiserweight scene in his first major title shot.  “I’m in the best shape of my life and I feel great,” said Massey. “I’ve had a few setbacks recently, but they’ve made me even hungrier for this opportunity. I’ve got to come away with that British title on the night and I’ll give my all for it. This has got the makings of a great fight, we’re both big punchers and we both know how to finish a fight. This will be my first time fighting at York Hall so it’s even more special for me. It’s a prestigious place to fight and a prestigious belt to win so there’s a lot on the line – a win would be massive for me.”
Elsewhere on the card, fast-rising Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (8-0, 7 KOs) takes on Middlesbrough’s Simon Vallily (16-2-1, 7 KOs)... Bracknell Welterweight Luther Clay (12-1, 5 KOs) is in against Freddy Kiwitt (17-2, 10 KOs)... Northampton junior middleweight Kieron Conway (13-1-1, 3 KOs) continues to work towards another shot at the British title....
Watford bantamweight Shannon Courtenay (4-0, 1 KO) keeps active with her fifth outing of the year... Crowthorne super featherweight Charles Frankham (2-0, 1 KO) returns... Leeds super bantamweight Hopey Price (1-0) looks to build on his successful pro debut in Manchester... and Billy Joe Saunders-managed Lightweight Donte Dixon looks to move 2-0.

Star Boxing adds strong cruiserweight co-feature

Star Boxing adds strong cruiserweight co-feature
Star Boxing's Huntington, New York show on November 23rd will be headlined by a rematch between Danny Gonzalez (Woodhaven, NY 18-2-1, 7KOs) and Johnny Hernandez (Huntington, NY 10-4, 1 KO). An excellent cruiserweight co-feature has now been added pitting Italy's Simone Federici (15-2-1, 7 KOs) against Albania's Stivens Bujaj (17-2-1, 11 KOs).  
The neighborhoods of New York have seen Italians and Albanians side by side, separated by less distance than the Adriatic Sea that joins the two countries. While both fighters seek success in another New York enclave,  this fight is for more than neighborhood bragging rights as world-wide opportunities could await the winner, with a possible world ranking at stake.    
Federici will be fighting for the second time in the US.   The 26 year-old Rome native is an Italian national champion. Growing up tending his family bar in Corcolle, Rome, Federici began boxing with help from his uncle, a former Italian heavyweight, who is still his coach to this day.  "An opportunity like this does not come by often for Italian fighters," said Federici, "I want to become world champion, and this fight we must win!"
Opposing Federici is Albanian-born, New York resident, Stivens Bujaj.  The 6'1", 29 year-old cruiserweight has not shied from big opportunities in the past, making appearances on ShoBox as well as at major venues such as New Jersey's Prudential Center and the Turning Stone Resort Casino.  Making his pro debut in 2010, Bujaj has previoulsy held New York's cruiserweight title.  
Bujaj warns fans not to blink during the contest, "I don't expect this fight to go ten rounds, I feel like I'll be able to get my opponent out of there early." Bujaj continued to talk about his opportunity on November 23rd, "I've built a great team of management and trainers around me which will finally allow me to fully prepare and fight at a world class level." Bujaj continued, "this feels like a graduation fight which will put me one step closer to getting to world championship fights."

Raquel Miller to face Alma Ibarra in Quebec

Raquel Miller to face Alma Ibarra in Quebec
San Francisco's Raquel "Pretty Beast" Miller (9-0, 4 KOs) battles Mexico's Alma Ibarra (7-0, 4 KOs) in a ten-round bout for the vacant interim WBA junior middleweight title on Saturday, November 23rd, at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  The event promoted by GYM Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment, is headlined by IBF junior middleweight champion Marie Eve Dicaire (16-0) defending her title for the third time against Ogleidis Suarez (29-3-1, 13 KOs), of Venezuela. The winner of Miller-Ibarra will become a highly attractive adversary to face Dicaire in a future title clash.
Miller (pictured) will be competing in the 154-pound weight class for the first time in her four years as a professional. Fighting for the third time in 2019, Miller returns to battle following a seventh-round stoppage of Erin Toughill on May 18th. Prior to that, she swept all scorecards in taking a six-round unanimous decision versus Ashleigh Curry on February 28th.
Miller turned professional in May 2016, following an acclaimed amateur career. She was a 2012 National champion, a silver medalist at the 2012 Women's World Championships, and a 2012 Olympic Team Alternate. She also won the Colorado Springs Golden Gloves tournament in 2013 and won gold at the National Police Athletic League tournament in 2014. 
The 31-year-old Ibarra is coming off of her career-best victory, a fifth-round stoppage of Paty Ramirez on March 20th in Aguascalientes, Mexico. This will be her first professional bout outside of Mexico. 

Roy Jones among Atlantic City Hall of Fame Honorees for 2020

Roy Jones among Atlantic City Hall of Fame Honorees for 2020

Roy Jones among Atlantic City Hall of Fame Honorees for 2020
The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF) has announced the honorees for the 2020 Induction Ceremony to be held in June of 2020. The legendary boxers, trainers, promoters, matchmakers, media, and special contributors being enshrined into the 2020 Hall of Fame includes: Roy Jones (pictured), Sergio Martinez, Riddick Bowe, Pernell Whitaker, Al Cole, Ernest Bing, Tony Thornton, Sr., Calvin Grove, Percy Richardson, Tommy Parks, Earl Morton, Steve Weisfeld, Ron Katz, Murad Muhammad, Marc Abrams, Al Bernstein, and Ms. Laoma Byrd.
Jones said, "I am delighted to be going into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame I don't know if I truly stopped boxing long enough, but it's an honor and a pleasure that you guys think enough of me to put me into the Hall of Fame. I'm truly delighted and thankful and look forward to being back in Atlantic City again." 
Since its 2017 inception, the weekend of events showcases the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place in the Celebrity Theater at The Historic Claridge, located on Park Place & the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. 
"The Claridge is again proud to host the 4th Annual Induction Ceremony in June 2020 and partner with the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame," says Brian DeWinne, a partner of the historic property that opened in 1930. "Ray McCline and his team have put on a great weekend of events in each of the past years here at the Claridge and we expect this to be the best Ceremony to date for them! We look forward to hosting and meeting all the inductees and attendees for the event and want to thank all who choose to visit and stay at our Historic hotel."
The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame will boast of an exciting weekend filled with VIP Meet & Greets, Live Boxing, Fan Experience, Music, Food, Boxing Legends and Celebrity guests and much more.  "FantaSea Resorts has been a proud sponsor and partner of the ACHOF since its inception. With this year's exciting Induction class, we believe this will be ACBHOF's biggest knockout to date. Founder Ray McCline and his team passion and love for boxing are infectious and that always deliver an experience up close and personal with all your favorite super-heroes of the sport. See you all in June" said Roxanne Passarella of FantaSea Resorts.

Jeison Rosario talks about his upcoming title challenge vs. Julian Williams

Jeison Rosario talks about his upcoming title challenge vs. Julian Williams
Jesion Rosario, a junior middleweight from the Dominican Republic with a 19-1-1 record will have the opportunity of a lifetime on January 18, 2020. Rosario is scheduled to challenge Philadelphia's Julian Williams (27-1-1) for the WBA/IBF junior middleweight championship. Rosario spoke with Boxingtalk's Ivan Montiel and expressed confidence he would not only beat Williams, but would stop him inside the distance. Here is what the 24 year-old Rosario had to say:
Ivan Montiel: Jeison Rosario how’s everything? Are you in The Republic Dominican or United States?
JR: I am doing very well Ivan.  I am in the United States
IM: Getting ready for IBF/WBA junior middleweight champion Julian “J Rock” Williams?
JR: Yes sir
IM: The last time we spoke, we talked about a possible title fight and it came true... here you are getting ready for a title fight.
JR: Yes of course... Well it’s going to be a tough fight as you all know.  We are preparing 100%. I take nothing away from Julian Williams, he’s a talented fighter.  We got this opportunity thanks to God
IM: What’s your thoughts on Williams win over Jarett Hurd?
JR: Williams looked strong but Hurd is way too big for this division and I believe Hurd’s weight was the problem.  But I am not focused on that fight.  I will be much stronger than Williams on January 18th I will be smarter than Hurd.   Yes, I will fight going forward but at the same time I will be smart about it.
IM: What’s your prediction for the fight?
JR: I am preparing to fight twelve rounds but I doubt this fight will last the full twelve rounds.
IM: You don’t think Julian Williams will be able to absorb your punches? He was able to withstand Hurd’s punches pretty well...
JR: No, I don’t think Julian Williams will be able to absorb my punches for twelve rounds.
IM: Well, I have seen you knock out many of your opponents but Julian Williams has lots of energy. The man never seems to tire.
JR: Yes, Ivan you're right. Williams does indeed have lots of energy and I admit the man is fast but I just cannot see him being able to withstand my punches.
IM: I guess it’s going to be tough training throughout Christmas and New Year’s especially when family and friends are inviting you to have a feast!
JR: (Laughs) No not at all.  This is a blessing.  I cannot think about the upcoming holidays, there will be lots more holidays in the future for me.  This is a fight that doesn’t come around too often.  I will take full advantage of this big opportunity.
IM: Any final message which you would like to say to Julian Williams?
JR: Yes, Julian, I respect you but once we get in that ring it’s going to be a war!  Whomever is able to absorb all the punches being thrown will be the last man standing.

Tommy Fury getting back to boxing business after reality show

Tommy Fury getting back to boxing business after reality show
Back from a reality show, Love Island star Tommy Fury will make his return to the ring on December 2st1 at London's Copper Box Arena. The smooth-talking 20-year-old light heavyweight appeared on the ITV2 hit show, ultimately partnering up with his now girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague. Fury placed his boxing career on pause to take part in the romantic reality show, having clocked two wins since turning professional in December 2018, marking the occasion with a win over Jevgenijs Andrejevs in his hometown of Manchester. He followed up his debut victory with a first round stoppage of Callum Ide in Leicester before swapping punching for Reality TV and topping up his tan on the Spanish island of Majorca over an eight-week period.
Despite his growing celebrity status, Fury has always maintained that his priority will always remain the sport of boxing and he will take the next step in his career in London against an opponent to be confirmed shortly. “I am delighted to welcome Tommy back into the fold on our huge end-of-year show at the Copper Box,” said promoter Frank Warren. "Tommy is a young man so taking a little bit of time out to pursue a television experience will have done him no harm at all and we always felt certain that he would be back in the ring sooner rather than later. In this day and age it is important for boxers to project their personalities to the public and Tommy is now one of the best known young fighters in the business. Now he has got to turn his mind back to what he does best and that is boxing. I am sure his new army of fans will be supporting him every step of the way.”
Further details of Tommy Fury’s return to the ring on December 21st will be revealed at a press conference on Monday, at which he will be in attendance along with main event attraction and Heavyweight star Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois.

Ronson Frank brings pro boxing to Jamaica on Saturday

Ronson Frank brings pro boxing to Jamaica on Saturday

Ronson Frank brings pro boxing to Jamaica on Saturday
Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions will promote a boxing show this Saturday night in Kingston, Jamaica. Headlining the card, which will take place at the National Arena, will be Louisville, Kentucky super featherweight Carlos Dixon, who will be fighting in Jamaica for the second time of 2019. Dixon (9-1, 7 KOs) will be facing Edinso Torres Jr. (12-4, 3 KOs). Russian heavyweight Vladimir Tereshkin (21-0-1, 11 KOs) will face the Dominican Republican's Francisco Silvens (23-0, 22 KOs). Also on the show, junior welterweight Yurik Mamedov (11-1, 3 KOs) will seek his fourth consecutive win on Saturday when he takes on Eduardo Cordovez (13-1-1, 11 KOs). The Yazidi heads to Jamaica after  defeating Jordan Rosario this past March in Atlantic City. 
Fans can watch all of the action live from Jamaica on Saturday via a livestream from 1 Spot Media.
“Jamaica has great boxing fans, and the country as a whole has provided outstanding support for this show,” said Frank. “We look forward to working in the community this week, where we will be giving back to charitable causes with fundraising efforts around this card. The Jamaican government has been a tremendous partner throughout the planning process, and we look forward to an exciting night of boxing on Saturday.”
A native of  Incredibly popular in his hometown of Louisville, which is also the origin of the legendary Muhammad Ali, Dixon takes his Kentucky pride with him every time he steps into the ring.
Like Dixon, Tereshkin will be competing in his second consecutive bout in Jamaica. Tereshkin got a stoppage win over Williams Ocando on the same show where Dixon defeated Toriano Nicholas. A decorated amateur fighter, Tereshkin eclipsed 200 wins and was a repeated medal winner and champion in both Russian and international competitions. He turned professional in 2007 at the age of 19, and he has remained undefeated over the first 12 years of his career. The Russia native has fought in seven different countries during his pro campaign, and he has finished four of his last five opponents. Standing 6-foot-6, Tereshkin has the versatility to box from both the southpaw and orthodox stances. He also possesses valuable experience as a  sparring partner for International Boxing Hall of Famer Vitali Klitschko and his brother, Wladimir, who will likley be inducted into the Hall of Fame once eligible.
This card will also showcase local Jamaican fighters, such as bantamweight Lisa Frazer in her pro debut. Additionally, Uprising Promotions is actively seeking local talent in Jamaica who could be featured on upcoming shows.
“One of the main focuses of this boxing series is to create opportunities for young up-and-coming fighters from Jamaica,” Frank stated. “We want to provide a platform where they can showcase their talent and make their country proud.”
All amateur boxers will get into the show on Saturday for free. Uprising Promotions would also like to send out a huge amount of gratitude to the Jamaican Boxing Board, TV Jamaica and Creative Sports for their contributions to the development of this show and the boxing series as a whole.

Orlando hosts boxing show this Saturday

Orlando hosts boxing show this Saturday
Junior welterweight Nicholas Irizarry will fight for the second time as a professional Saturday night when he faces Anthony Overby (the "O" in Overby stands for 0-12-- his pro record), at the UCF Arena in Orlando, Florida.  The card is topped by a super flyweight main event of Dewayne Beamon(16-2-2) vs. Marvin Solano (22-4).  Irizarry who is trained by Milton Lacroix, made his professional debut on October 12th in Southern California on the Ronald Johnson-Sergio Ramirez undercard.  Irizarry overwhelmed Johnie White, stopping him on his feet in the second round. This will be Irizarry's second fight in two months and Ron Johnson's American Dream Promotions plans on keeping the 23 year-old very busy as he gains professional experience. "Irizarry is a very talented super lightweight prospect that will be a world champion in a few years.  He has a very bright future in the sport and we plan on building him up the right way," Johnson explained. Saturday's card is promoted by Undisputed promotions and tickets are still available at

Result from France: David Papot tops Vaghinak Tamrayzan

Result from France: David Papot tops Vaghinak Tamrayzan
David Papot W8 Vaghinak Tamrayzan... French welterweight, David Papot took on Armenian-born Vaghinak Tamrayzan (16-5 with 5 KOs) in Chapiteau Luna Park, Guerande, France on Friday night. Papot, coming off a draw vs. James McGirt, outboxed and dominated Tamrayzan, for eight rounds. Papot earned the clear unanimous decision victory, improving to 23-0-1 with 3 KOs. Al three official scorecards had it 78-74.  Papot had this to say about his victory, "Victorious in the return on my land! Thank you all for your support, those close and far, you are huge." source: star boxing

Boxingtalk Prospect Watch: Jude Franklin

Boxingtalk Prospect Watch: Jude Franklin

Boxingtalk Prospect Watch: Jude Franklin
Greg Leon: Congrats on last month's victory over Hayron Santiago [6-6-1]. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Jude Franklin: "Thank you. I think it was a decent performance. It felt good to be back in the ring and I'm just thankful that I had a fight. A lot of people don't know this, but my original opponent fell through like the week before the fight and that became a stressful situation because I obviously want to fight and then on top of that I had sold a lot of tickets and I really didn't want to have to give all those people their money back. As for the fight though I'm glad I was able to get some rounds in, Santiago was a tough guy like I knew he would be. There's some things I need to work on that will be better next time, I just want to stay active now. I need to stay active."
GL: Any idea when your next fight might take place?
Jude Franklin: "Very early next year is what it's looking like. I was trying to get another one in before the end of the year, but now it's looking more like it's going to be sometime in January or February the latest."
GL: You said there's some things you need to work on, can you elaborate on that?
JF: "It's just everything really, I'm trying to become a better all around fighter period, but I want to make sure I punch in combination more because good things happen when I let my hands go."
GL: What are your goals for 2020?
JF: "To win every fight I'm in and hopefully get some national TV time on Shobox or something like that, I think that would be big for me."
GL: How many times do you plan on fighting next year?
JF: "At least four hopefully, but I leave that to my team. I got great people behind me with DiBella Entertainment and my manager and trainer Elmo Serrano."
GL: Closing thoughts.
JF: "I want to thank you for reaching out for the interview, I want to thank my fans for all of their support. 2020 is going to be a big year so stay tuned!"

Jean Pascal: Fight vs. Badou Jack will be a War I Win

Jean Pascal: Fight vs. Badou Jack will be a War I Win
Hunter Leon: How is everything going in preparaton for your December 28th fight with Badou Jack? Jean Pascal: "Everything is going great, I'm working hard like usual and December 28th is going to be fireworks. Everybody knows I come to fight, Badou comes to fight, we've both been there and done that, we both fight the best and I think this fight is going to be a war. December 28th is going to be another big night for me and my family so I can't wait because Christmas is coming three days late this year."  HL: What do you think of think about Badou as a fighter? Jean Pascal: "He's a very good fighter, he's like me when it comes to wanting to fight the best and so we're fighting each other. He's shown that he's got no problem exchanging and that's what I like, that's what I love. If he stays true to himself and comes ready to go to war like I am, then I think this could be a fight of year. For me it's the fight of my life, so I'm going to be at my best, that's a promise."
HL: Why is this the fight of your life?
JP: When you're 37 years old and you surprise everybody by becoming [WBA regular] champion again, there's no room for mistakes, there's no time for setbacks. I'm training to win, I'm fighting to win and on December 28th I will win. It's just that simple. I know he's going to come to fight and this is going to be a fun fight for the fans, but there's no way he's hungrier than I am and it's going to show when the bell rings."
HL: Do you consider yourself a two-time champion?
JP: "Of course I do. I don't make the rules of the sanctioning bodies and the [WBA] belt says world champion, so I'm not going to let you or anybody else take away from my accomplishment. I've been fighting nothing but the best the light heavyweight division's had to offer since 2009, that's more than a decade, that's a lot of blood, sweat and tears, so am I a two time champion, of course I am." Editor's note: Dmitry Bivol holds the WBA super championship in the division].
HL: What do you consider your biggest advantage going into this fight?
JP: "I know I have a lot more experience at light heavyweight than he does, and I've been a lot more active than he has, but he's a great fighter and he's coming to try to take what I have, so he's going to see the best Jean Pascal because like I said there's no time for setbacks."
HL: How do you feel about fighting in Atlanta?
JP: "I've really been enjoying my tour of the USA. I'm looking forward to adding the ATL to the list of places I've fought, I know it's going to be a packed house, which is something I'm used to and very comfortable with because I fill up arenas in the MTL the same way Tank does in the ATL. (laughs)"
HL: Who do you like in that main event?
JP: "Gamboa is a solid fighter and very flashy, but Tank is going to knock him out."
HL: Before this fight got done there was rumors that Jack was going to move up to cruiserweight. Are you concerned about him making weight?
JP: "I heard the same things, but he's always conducted himself as a true professional so I don't think he would take the fight if he couldn't make the weight. His weight is outside of my control, I'm focusing on what I can control and that's my planning and preparation for the fight and performance in the fight once that bell rings."
HL: Other than victory is there a prediction.
JP: "My hand will be raised and Jimmy Lennon Jr will be saying and still!
HL: You're fighting a Mayweather fighter on a Mayweather card, can you win a decision?
JP: "I don't get into all that stuff with the politics, I have people behind me to handle that stuff and I focus on what I can control, but I do trust the WBA will appoint experienced and qualified officials for a fight of this importance."
HL: Closing thoughts.
JP: "I've been taking the test and doing it for the fans since 2004, we're going to 2020 and nothing's going to change. I'm staying on top."

Russian super middleweight Vladimir Shishkin sparring in Kronk Gym

Russian super middleweight Vladimir Shishkin sparring in Kronk Gym

Russian super middleweight Vladimir Shishkin is listed at 9-0, but is more accurately 10-0 as he won his only World Series of Boxing contest. Shishkin, under contract to Salita Promotions, has been hard at work sparring in Detroit's Kronk Gym. Check out this short video highlighting some of his sparring work.

Results from London: wins for Danny Dignum, Liam Walsh

Results from London: wins for Danny Dignum, Liam Walsh

Results from London: wins for Danny Dignum, Liam Walsh
Danny Dignum TKO5 Conrad Cummings ... In London's York hall, British middleweight Danny Dignum stopped Conrad Cummings (17-4-1) in the fifth round to move 12-0. Dignum said afterwards: “Full credit to Conrad. He was gentlemanly leading up to the fight and I wish him all the best. I’m pleased with my performance and it’s onwards and upwards. I’ll let other people decide what kind of statement I’ve made. I’m never going to be the guy who blows my own trumpet, calls people out or runs anyone down. Maybe I’m too nice but inside the ring, I’m not nice!”
Michael McKinson W10 Luis Alberto Veron... Michael McKinson dropped and outclassed welterweight Luis Alberto Veron of Argentina over ten rounds. Veron suffered his first pro loss and is now 17-1-2. McKinson, now 18-0, said: “We came back against a better opponent and I did what I did. You still haven’t seen the best of me and he was unbeaten. He was a proud man and I took his ‘0’. I’m cut from a different cloth to these guys. Who knows where I’ll be next year? I’m still young and I won’t get ahead of myself. I’ve got a great team around me and I’ll keep my head down. Everyone will know who Michael McKinson is worldwide.”
Chantelle Cameron defeated Anahi Ester Sanchez by ten-round unanimous decision. Cameron said afterwards: “She was really tough but that’s why she’s a three-time world champion. I just mixed it with a three-time world champion. Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis kept telling me to box and it’s hard to get used to because naturally, I just want to hit them.”
Liam Walsh, whose only loss is to Gervonta Davis, defeated Maxi Hughes (19-5-2) over ten rounds.  Now 22-1, Walsh said afterwards: “It’s lovely and I think that gets me a [WBO] top 15 ranking if I’m correct. I’m happy with that and I’m going in the right direction. I respect Maxi and he’s underrated. He has a smart team around him and they know what they’re doing. I wasn’t as good as I wanted to be. I want the biggest and best fights available.”

Haney, Saunders win on Youtubers' undercard

Haney, Saunders win on Youtubers' undercard

Devin Haney W12 Alfredo Santiago... At Staples Center in Los Angeles, Devin Haney (pictured) defended his WBC regular lightweight title with a unanimous decision win over Alfredo Santiago of the Dominican Republic. Haney (24-0) dropped Santiago (12-1) during an aggressive fifth round. Santiago got up and made it through the full twelve rounds. All three scorecardsa went to Haney by scores of 120-107. It wasn't the knockout performance many expected, but in the post-fight interview Haney said he injured his shoulder.  [Haney's WBC regular title is inferior to Vasiliy Lomachenko's WBC franchise champion]. 

Billy Joe Saunders TKO11 Marcelo Coceres... Billy Joe Saunders finished off Argentina's Marcelo Coceres with three knockdowns in the eleventh round. The referee had seen enough, and Saunders (29-0) retained his WBO super middleweight belt. Saunders took longer than expected to take care of Coceres (28-1-1), and afterwards apologized to the crowd for his performance. Still, Saunders says he's ready to take on the face of boxing, world middleweight and WBO light heavyweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. 
Joshua Brueckner defeated Tyler Smith by unanimous decision at cruiserweight...
Diego Pacheco defeated Aaron Casper by fourth-round knockout at super middleweight...
Ronny Rios defeated Hugo Berrio by fourth-round knockout at junior featherweight. source for all results: dazn

Herring retains title in Fresno

Herring retains title in Fresno
Jamel Herring W12 Lamont Roach... Jamel "Semper Fi" Herring, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, retained his WBO junior lightweight title with a Veterans' Day Weekend unanimous decision (115-113 and 117-111 (twice) win over top contender Lamont Roach Jr. in front of 7,412 fans at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California. Herring controlled the action early, but Roach landed a huge right hand at the end of the eleventh round that nearly sent Herring through the ropes. Roach pressed the action in the twelfth, but it was too little, too late, as "The Fighting Marine" made his first successful title defense. “I won {the title} on Memorial Day Weekend and I defended it on Veterans Day Weekend, so it definitely means a lot to all of our troops out there defending our country and still in harm’s way," Herring said. "This is for ya’ll. I couldn’t lose it on our weekend. It means a lot to still be a world champion.
“Like I said, [WBC champion] Miguel Berchelt is considered number one, the best super featherweight in the world. In order to be the best, you have to keep testing yourself.”
Said Roach: “We knew we had to dig down. When I hurt him, all that was on my mind was finishing him. I’m coming into unchartered territory.”

KSI wins controversial split decision in battle of Youtubers

KSI wins controversial split decision in battle of Youtubers

KSI wins controversial split decision in battle of Youtubers
KSI W6 Logan Paul... In a rematch between two social media stars (and major bragging rights), Olajide Olatunji a/k/a KSI got knocked down but won a controversial split decision. In a surprisingly entertaining contest, both men gave honest efforts despite no prior professional boxing experience. KSI was declared the winner by split decision. He threw wild punches and was the busier man in this cruiserweight battle, but Paul landed the best punch of the six rounder. In round three, KSI seemed to drop Paul with an overhand right but referee Jack Reiss said the punch was behind the head, therefore it was not scored as a knockdown. In round four, Paul landed a big uppercut and KSI went down. Reiss, normally a top referee, had a bad night, penalizing Paul two points for a boderline foul-- Reiss felt Paul also landed a punch behind the head as KSI was on the canvas. Scores were 56-55 for Paul, overruled by 57-54 and 56-55 for KSI. A one-point penalty would have made the fight a draw, and no penalty would have made it a victory for Paul. However, KSI should have received credit for a knockdown in round three, so Boxingtalk believes the best verdict would have been a draw. Afterwards, Paul said he'd be up for a trilogy fight [they previously fought to a draw as amateurs], but KSI dashed that prospect quickly. source: dazn 

Undercard results from Fresno, CA: Pulev tops Booker

Undercard results from Fresno, CA: Pulev tops Booker
Kubrat Pulev W10 Rydell Booker... IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) had his way against Detroit-based veteran Rydell Booker (26-3, 13 KOs), winning a clear unanimous decision. Scores were 99-91 and 98-92 (twice) in the co-feature. Pulev (pictured), who challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the unified heavyweight title in November 2014, moved one step closer to potentially challenging the winner of the upcoming Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch. After the fight, his message was clear. He wants to fight for the title next. Pulev has now won eight in a row since the Klitschko defeat. “It’s been eight months from my last fight. I think my opponent was not bad," Pulev said. "I respect him. It was a very nice fight. I controlled the whole fight, and I was the much better boxer. I showed everyone I’m at the world level, and I must fight the winner of Joshua and Ruiz.”
Amir Imam (22-2, 19 KOs) returned from a nearly two-year layoff, knocking out Marcos Mojica (16-5-2, 12 KOs) with a right hand in the fourth round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Imam hadn't fought since challenging Jose Ramirez for the vacant WBC super lightweight world title in March 2018. "I just have to be consistent at this point in my career. I’m coming back in January, and I need to take advantage of the opportunities that are given to me," Imam said...
Gabriel Flores Jr. (16-0, 6 KOs), the 19-year-old sensation from Stockton, Calf., dominated Aelio Mesquita (19-5, 17 KOs) over the eight-round distance, winning by identical scores of 80-72 in a lightweight bout...
Janibek "Qazaq Style" Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4 KOs) stopped Albert Onolunose (24-3-1, 8 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled ten-rounder... 
Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (1-1, 1 KO) rebounded from the shocking loss in his pro debut to stop Fernando Ibarra (2-2, 0 KOs) in the sixth round of a featherweight tilt. "I have a new trainer, Ismael Salas, and we worked hard in the gym together," Ramirez said. "What happened in my pro debut is in the past. I am looking forward to a bright future."...
Undefeated middleweight Esquiva Falcao (25-0, 17 KOs) knocked out veteran Manny Woods (16-9-1, 6 KOs) in the third round. source for all results: top rank

Flores stops Heredia in heavyweight action

Flores stops Heredia in heavyweight action
Alexander Flores TKO6 Mario Heredia ... Heavy-handed California heavyweight Alexander "The Great" Flores returned to the ring last Thursday night by stopping Mario "Chabelo" Heredia in the sixth round at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. The 29-year-old Flores (18-2-1, 16 KOs) hadn't fought since last December in New Zealand, when he lost to former WBO champion Joseph Parker, in a fight in which Parker struck Flores numerous times below the belt, leading to a knockout. This time, Flores floored Heredia three times during their fight in the third, fifth and the finisher in the sixth. Flores used a body attack, resulting in the last two knockdowns, against the 282-pound Heredia (16-8-1, 13 KOs). Flores' only two losses have been to Parker and Charles Martin. Heredia holds a split decision over former WBC heavyweight champion and Nigerian Olympian Samuel Peter.
In the co-feature, Mexican welterweight Santiago Dominguez (20-0, 16 KOs) blasted Ravshan Hudayhazarov (17-3, 13 KOs), the Uzbekistan fighter, stopping him only 43 seconds into the opening round...
In his RJJ Boxing Promotions debut, undefeated California super middleweight Juan "Just Business" Barajas (11-0, 7 KOs) pitched a shutout victory, winning each round on all three judges' scorecards, defeating Phoenix veteran Fidel Hernandez (20-8-1, 11 KOs), who announced before the fight that this would be his last...
Tucson welterweight Christopher Gonzalez (6-0-1, 1 KO) pulled off a mild upset, taking an eight-round unanimous decision from Marcos "Nazzy" Dominguez (11-2-1, 10 KOs), the younger brother of Santiago.
Local fan favorite Briana "Amenaza" Sanchez (2-0-1, 2 KOs) and pro-debuting junior flyweight Amanda Borg (0-0-1), of Albuquerque, battled to a four-round majority draw.
Official results:
Alexander Flores (18-2-1, 16 KOs), Rowland Heights, CA
WTKO6 (1:33)
Mario Heredia (16-8-1, 13 KOs), Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Santiago Dominguez (20-0, 16 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
WKO1 (0:43)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-3, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV by way of Uzbekistan
Juan Barajas (11-0, 7 KOs), Victorville, CA
WDEC8 (80-71, 80-71, 80-71)
Fidel Hernandez (20-8-1, 11 KOs), Phoenix, AZ.
Christopher Gonzalez (6-0-1), Tucson, AZ
WDEC8 (78-75, 77-75, 77-75)
Marcos Dominguez (11-2-1, 10 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
Briana Sanchez (2-0-1, 2 KOs), Tucson, AZ
D4 (39-37, 38-38, 38-38)
Amanda Borg (0-0-1, 0 KOs), Albuquerque, NM source for all results: UFC Fight Pass

Weigh-in report from Fresno, CA

Weigh-in report from Fresno, CA

Weigh-in report from Fresno, CA
Here is the weigh-in report from Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California for Saturday's Top Rank show:
Jamel Herring 129.8 poundss -vs.- Lamont Roach Jr. 129
(WBO junior lightweight world title - 12 Rounds);
Kubrat Pulev 248.4 -vs.- Rydell Booker 248.2 (Heavyweight - 10 Rounds)
[above two fights shown on ESPN+ at 10 PM ET]
David Kaminsky 162.2 -vs.- Travis Jerig 162 lbs
(Middleweight - 6/4 Rounds)
Janibek Alimkhanuly 159.8 -vs.- Albert Onolunose 158.2
(middleweight titles - 10 Rounds) 
Robeisy Ramirez 124.8 -vs.- Fernando Ibarra 122.4 
(Featherweight - 6 Rounds)
 Esquiva Falcao 160.8 lbs -vs.- Manny Woods 161.4 
(Middleweight - 10/8 Rounds)
Amir Imam 144 -vs.- Marcos Mojica 143 
(Welterweight- 8 Rounds)
[above five fights on ESPN+ at 6:30 ET]
OFF TV (After Herring-Roach):
Gabriel Flores Jr. 133.4 -vs.- Aelio Mesquita 133.6 
(Lightweight - 8 Rounds) 

Ric Figueroa Discusses Jose Roman’s Victory Over Fabian Lyimo

Ric Figueroa Discusses Jose Roman’s Victory Over Fabian Lyimo
Justin Hackman: Ric, tell me about Jose Roman’s (10-0, 5 KOs) win in Brooklyn last week. Ric Figueroa: It went great.  The opponent [Fabian Lymo, 23-11-2] came in six pounds over weight, so that was a bit of a challenge before the first bell even rang.  He basically came in a full weight class above Roman.  We ended up re-negotiating to 150 pounds.  Roman worked his jab and left hooks, and eventually got the stoppage in the fifth round.  JH: Was it a case of the opponent just not preparing do you think? RF: As far as conditioning, he was there.  I just think his body couldn’t get down.  He’s experienced opponent, and Roman just came out and dominated him. 
JH: Where do you rank this opponent as far as step up fights for Roman?
RF: This guy has more knockouts than Roman has fights, so it was definitely a step up.  But Roman’s been fighting pretty stiff competition for his past few fights, and he continues to shine. 
JH: What’s next for Jose?
RF: His contract is up, and we’re definitely going to resign him.  We are right where we want to be.  We’re gonna see even bigger step up fights, and this year you’re gonna see some TV dates for Jose.
JH: Closing thoughts?  What is going on with the rest of your stable?
RF: [Featherweight] Bryan Chevalier (13-1-1, 10 KOs) is in action on December 7th so we’re of course looking forward to that.  You spoke with Chevalier last month after his win over formerly undefeated Luis Lebron (16-1-1, 9 KOs), so you know his enthusiasm, his hunger level.  He’s so focused and motivated.  The stable is doing well; a lot of my younger fighters are also fighting on Dec 7th.  So everything is going well. 

Jacobs-Chavez set for December 20th

Jacobs-Chavez set for December 20th
Daniel Jacobs (pictured) and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will clash at super middleweight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday December 20th, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Jacobs (35-3 29 KOs) makes the move up to 168 pounds after a competitive loss to world middleweight champion Saul "Canelo Alvarez" in May. Jacobs, a former IBF middleweight title holder, will make the first steps to becoming a two-weight champion in Phoenix and does so against Mexican fan-favorite Chavez Jr (51-3-1 33 KOs). It’s a special night for Chavez, a former WBC middleweight title holder becuase he will be taking on the "Miracle Man" at the same venue his legendary father closed the curtain on his incredible career in 2005.
The 33 year-old Chavez returned to action in August with a first-round KO win [against weak opposition] in his 56th pro outing following his own clash with Alvarez back in May 2017. Like Jacobs, he sees the Phoenix clash as the first step in adding a title at 168 pounds to his resume. “I am thrilled to be making my debut at super middleweight on December 20th against Julio Cesar Chavez,” said Jacobs. “I’ve achieved a dream of becoming a World champion at Middleweight and now I am seeking to secure my legacy by becoming a two-weight champion. There are some great fighters and champions at 168 and I believe that I will be a different beast up at super middleweight. Facing Julio is a great test for my first fight, he’s a former Middleweight champion like me and he has the same goal as I do – Julio is always in great fight and I am sure that our styles will gel to be a thriller for the fans, and I plan to announce my arrival at 168 pounds in style.”
“Going against Daniel Jacobs is the perfect fight for me because there is so much on the line,” said Chavez Jr. “A victory gets me one step closer to a world championship and I’m not going to let anyone stand in my way.
“I know that Danny Jacobs is a former world champion and is a strong fighter with very good boxing skills. Those are the kind of boxers that bring out the best in me. I’ve been working hard in the gym and can’t wait to let everyone see what I’ve been working on. I’m very motivated to get the win and at the end of the night I will have my hand raised in victory.  I ask my fans to believe in me.  I will deliver.”
“I’m delighted to announce this huge fight will close out an incredible 2019 for Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Daniel returns from his point defeat to Canelo to move up in weight on his quest to become a two-weight World champion. He faces a determined Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. who looks for redemption at the site of his father’s last ever professional fight. We expect a great fight, a huge crowd and a stacked card as we’ll look to close out the year in style.”
“As DAZN’s fight season continues, we are thrilled to bring boxing fans a huge super middleweight fight to close out the calendar year,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP, North America. “Both Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. are in a position to prove themselves as title contenders on Dec. 20 and the winner will position themselves for a career-defining fight in 2020.”

Charles Foster To Accept Award With Luis Rosa Jr. On His Mind

Charles Foster To Accept Award With Luis Rosa Jr. On His Mind

Charles Foster To Accept Award With Luis Rosa Jr. On His Mind

Undefeated light heavyweight Charles Foster has earned “Pro Boxer of the Year” honors from the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. The West Haven resident, 19-0 with 9 KOs,  will be presented his award this coming Saturday at Mohegan Sun during the Hall’s 15th Annual Gala Induction Dinner. "It feels great that my work is being noticed,” said Foster, who trains at Luis Rosa Sr.’s Boxing in Faith Gym in the Fair Haven section of New Haven.  “This is a prestigious award that I’m happy to get,” said Foster. 

He added he also takes pride in the fact it’s the same award his gym-mate Luis “The KO King” Rosa Jr. earned in 2014 and 2015. Rosa Jr., the son of his longtime trainer, was more like a brother to him than a gym mate, so when Rosa Jr. had his life cut short by a January 2018 auto accident, it severely affected Foster as well as the entire gym.  “Anything in the sport of boxing I can do to keep mentioning him [Luis Rosa Jr.] and keeping his name alive makes me proud,” said Foster.

Rosa Sr. – finding his own way to deal with the traumatic loss of his oldest child – kept the gym doors open. One month after Rosa Jr. passed away, Foster won a big fight-- a unanimous decision victory over Justin Thomas at Mohegan Sun. 

He returns to Mohegan this weekend after two out of state victories in 2019 – one in Boston, MA and one in Springfield, MA. His two wins prior to that - occurring in 2018 - saw him engage in another Boston battle and before that, a fight in Philly. So the “Pro Boxer of the Year” award presentation will be the first boxing-related event for Foster in his home state since February 2018. 

This year’s Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame induction class consists of still active former light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson, the late Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, former ESPN Friday Night Fights regular and action-packed pugilist Delvin Rodriguez, Eddie Campo, Teddy “Redtop” Davis and a referee, the late Arthur Mercante Sr.

Tickets for this year’s dinner/induction are $90. The dinner is preceded by a cocktail hour. There is also a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Boxing officials, trainers and fighters from Connecticut and beyond will be available for pictures, autographs and to answer fans’ questions. Special guests, according to the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame’s website, are scheduled to include Iran “The Blade” Barkley, “Poison” Junior Jones, Buddy McGirt, Micky Ward, Marlon Starling, Dana Rosenblatt, Randy Gordon and Brian Campbell. In addition, many Connecticut-based fighters are regular attendees.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Ann Murphy at Mohegan Sun (860-862-8846) or Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame board member and longtime boxing writer Sherman Cain at 860-212-9029. Cain, it should be noted, will be honored with this year’s Contribution to Boxing Award.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the sit-down dinner will commence at 7 p.m.


Saunders talks big, but will defend vs. unknown Coceres

Saunders talks big, but will defend vs. unknown Coceres
Billy Joe Saunders (pictured) has warned opponent Marcelo Esteban Coceres that he’ll show just how many levels above him he is when they clash on Saturday. Saunders (28-0, 13 KOs) defends his WBO title against Argentina's Coceres (28-0-1, 15 KOs) at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, live on Sky Sports and DAZN. It takes place on the undercard of the rematch between YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul, and Saunders has fired a clear statement of intent towards Coceres ahead of their battle.
Saunders said: “I’m not that known here yet, so I need to showcase my skills in America and then you’ll know me after Saturday... no disrespect to my opponent, but I’m here to show how levels are made. I’m after Canelo, Golovkin and the big names. I’m hoping to put on a good performance for the American crowd, so thanks to DAZN and Matchroom Boxing. It’s a great card with some fantastic fighters, and then a couple of YouTubers too.”
Coceres added: “Thank you to Matchroom Boxing for making this fight possible, and thank you to Billy Joe Saunders for the opportunity. I came to win in the USA, and I’m doing it for my kids. I’m going to win this fight and take this belt home to show them.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “This is a great opportunity for Billy Joe Saunders in his long overdue American debut. If you haven’t seen him fight before, this is a gift for you. He is one of the most naturally talented fighters to ever come out of the UK, and sits on the verge of the mega fights in boxing. Everyone looks at Canelo as the man to beat, and I believe Billy is a dark horse to fight Canelo on Cinco De Mayo. It’s a challenge he would love to take, and I think he has the ability to be a pound-for-pound great in the sport. First he must overcome a fight he’s expected to win but one that won’t come easy on Saturday against a good undefeated challenger.”

PBC reveals Nov. 23rd FS2 Prelims line-up

PBC reveals Nov. 23rd FS2 Prelims line-up
Undefeated Cuban super featherweight Leduan Barthelemy will square off against Eduardo Ramirez in a ten-round rematch that headlines Fox Sports PBC Prelims on FS2 and Fox Deportes on Saturday, November 23rd from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Barthelemy and Ramirez go toe-to-toe again after originally fighting to a split-draw in their 2017 duel. The prelims begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and will also feature 17 year-old Vito Mielnicki Jr. in a four-round welterweight bout against North Carolina's Marklin Bailey and junior welterweight Omar "El Relámpago" Juarez battling Michigan's Kevin Shacks in a six-round attraction.
The prelims precede the pay-per-view event headlined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber'' Wilder defending his title in a rematch against once-beaten Cuban Luis "King Kong'' Ortiz. Three-division champion Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz will move up another division when he takes on Miguel "El Michoacan" Flores for the WBA regulart 130-pound title as part of pay-per-view action beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The younger brother of two-division champion Rances and Olympic gold medalist Yan, Leduan Barthelemy (15-0-1, 7 KOs) has won back-to-back unanimous decisions in 2019 since the split draw against Ramirez, most recently defeating Jose Cayetano in June. The 30 year-old from Guantanamo, Cuba now lives and trains in Las Vegas and won his first 13 fights after turning pro in 2011.
Ramirez (22-2-3, 9 KOs) followed up the draw against Barthelemy by challenging Lee Selby for the IBF featherweight title in a bout that he lost by decision in December 2017. The 26 year-old southpaw from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico bounced back from the loss with a stoppage victory over Carlos Jacobo in 2018 and a knockout of Bryan De Gracia in March 2019. He most recently lost a decision to Claudio Marrero in June.
Fighting out of Roseland, New Jersey, Mielnicki (2-0, 2 KOs) burst onto the professional scene in July with a first-round knockout in his debut. The 17 year-old had an exceptional amateur career, compiling a 147-22 record and was named the Most Outstanding Boxer of the 2011 Junior National Golden Gloves amongst many accolades before turning pro. He most recently delivered another first-round knockout while earning his second pro win in September and will look for his third win against the 25 year-old Bailey (6-5, 4 KOs), who fights out of Durham, North Carolina.
The 20 year-old Juarez (5-0, 3 KO) was a highly decorated amateur who turned pro in September 2018 and has been on an active pace thus far. Representing his hometown of Brownsville, Texas, Juarez scored a first-round stoppage of Gino De La Paz last time he entered the ring in August. He will be opposed by the 28 year-old Shacks (3-4-3, 3 KOs) who fights out of Lansing, Michigan.

WBA convention to kick off in China next week

WBA convention to kick off in China next week

WBA convention to kick off in China next week
The 98th World Boxing Association (WBA) Convention will raise its curtain next Tuesday from Fuzhou, Jiangxi, in China. The convention will be led by president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. China has been an ally of the WBA, who would like to participate in the potentially huge market for the sport. 
According to the WBA: The current boxing landscape faces several very important challenges and all will be attended to by the senior staff in search of solutions that contribute to the improvement of the activity worldwide. Different forums will address different topics presented by specialists linked to the oldest sanctioning body in the world of boxing. On Thursday, November 7th, the WBA Board Meeting will be held and headed by Mendoza in the morning hours.
Subsequently, an interview will be conducted by the renowned Argentine journalist, Carlos Irusta, of the president of the WBA. In the afternoon, Carlos Chavez will be in charge of holding the Boxer’s Safety and Welfare Forum. The day will end with a welcome dinner.
On Friday, the Opening Ceremony will be held in the morning, while in the afternoon will be the Classification Forum – directed by Julio Thyme and with the participation of George Martinez, Oliver Gomez, and Gustavo Padilla. Later that evening will be the Forum of Regional Organizations, also in charge of Thyme and with the support of Martinez, Chavez, and Aurelio Fiengo.
Friday will also feature the Information Technology Forum presented by Julio Quintero and Gilberto Echeverria, as well as the Legal and Pro/Am Forum moderated by Chavez.
Saturday will be mainly dedicated to the judges and referees, who will have several hours of intense seminars. Finally, on Sunday there will be boxing in Fuzhou composed of a fight card filled with young Chinese talent and some good foreign fighters on the rise.
Finally, on Monday the entire board and the rest of the convention participants will be removed, which will mean the official closing of the WBA Convention.

Inoue claims WBSS Ali Trophy via hard-fought decision

Inoue claims WBSS Ali Trophy via hard-fought decision
Naoya Inoue W12 Nonito Donaire... Naoya Inoue continued building his legacy as one of the great boxers in the proud fistic history of Japan. Inoue defeated Nonito Donaire by decision in a difficult fight. In doing so, he unified the WBA and IBF bantamweight championships and brought home the Muhammad Ali Trophy as the fourth winner of the World Boxing Super Series. In a great nod to Japanese tradition, Inoue was presented with the trophy by Fighting Harada, the former world champion and Hall of Fame who is revered in Japan and boxing circles throughout the world.  As for the fight itself, it did not disappoint. The 36 year-old Donaire, in the twilight of his own Hall of Fame career did himself proud, fighting an extremely competitive fight for ten rounds. Inoue, ten years younger, pulled away at the end despite a large cut over his right eye, which he said gave him double vision for most of the bout. Official scores were 114-113, 116-111 and 117-109 
With Inoue bleeding from his nose and cut  over his right eye, he landed a hard combination near the end of round ten that foreshadowed what was soon to come. Inoue roared out for the eleventh and began punishing Donaire with an array of hard blows. After a liver shot connected, Donaire turned away, backed across the ring and took a knee, obviously in great distress. He got up at about nine and a half, but fought stiffly, unable to move away from Inoue, yet refusing to go down. Donaire landed one hard shot that caused Inoue to back off momentarily, but the eleventh was three rounds of hard pain for Donaire. Inoue did not press for the knockout in round twelve. source: dazn
photos: Naoki Fukuda 

Top Rank is bringing the Monster to America in 2020

Top Rank is bringing the Monster to America in 2020
WBA/IBF bantamweight champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue, a 5-foot-4½ three-weight world champion who has climbed the pound-for-pound rankings with devastating knockouts against normally iron-chinned foes, is coming to America. On the same day that he claimed the Muhammad Ali Trophy by winning the World Boxing Super Series, American promoter Top Rank announced that it has signed Inoue to a multi-year promotional agreement.  Top Rank will co-promote the Japanese legend's bouts with Ohashi Promotions on the ESPN family of networks. His first fight under this new agreement will take place in the United States in early 2020. The 26-year-old Inoue is coming off a thrilling unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire earlier today in the championship of the World Boxing Super Series [see story above].
“Naoya Inoue is a generational talent, the sort of fighter who comes around once a decade,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “He is already a superstar in Japan, and he will be major star stateside in no time. You are looking at an all-time great who is entering the prime of what will be a historic career.”
“It is a tremendous honor to sign with Top Rank and to showcase my talents on ESPN,” Inoue said. “I look forward to 2020. I’ve fought in America once before, and I look forward to doing so again in the very near future.”
“I would like to thank Mr. Bob Arum and Mr. Todd duBoef,” said Hideyuki Ohashi, CEO of Ohashi Promotions. “ESPN is a tremendous platform for Naoya as he continues his career."
Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) born in Zama, Japan, compiled a reported 75-6 record in the amateur ranks before turning pro as a 19-year-old in October 2012. He won the WBC light flyweight world title in his sixth pro fight and defended that belt once before moving up two weight classes. Inoue knocked out longtime WBO junior bantamweight world champion Omar Narvaez in the second round and then defended that belt seven times before joining the bantamweight ranks. He is 14-0 with 12 knockouts in world title bouts and is one of six male boxers from Japan to capture world titles in three weight divisions. Before the Donaire fight, he had knocked out seven consecutive opponents who had never been stopped before. He is a consensus top five pound-for-pound boxer, and many experts rate him as the world’s best fighter.
A YouTube sensation, his one-punch knockout of Juan Carlos Payano last October was named by many outlets as the 2018 Knockout of the Year. In his fourth pro fight, he bested Ryoichi Taguchi over 10 rounds to win the Japanese light flyweight title. Taguchi went unbeaten for nearly five years after facing Inoue, unifying light flyweight world titles in the process.
A three-weight kingpin, Inoue has more weight classes to conquer. The legend of “The Monster” continues on ESPN in 2020.

Deontay Wilder workout quotables

Deontay Wilder workout quotables
Boxing's longest reigning heavyweight champion, Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder, held a media workout in Alabama Tuesday night, as he prepares to battle Cuban slugger Luis "King Kong" Ortiz in a rematch that headlines a Fox Sports pay-per-view on Saturday, November 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Wilder showed off his skills and discussed his highly anticipated rematch against Ortiz from New Era Boxing and Fitness in Northport, Alabama. Here is what Wilder and his co-trainer Jay Deas had to say on Tuesday evening:
"With Ortiz we know that he's a smart fighter and a great counter puncher. He's really good at what he does. I'm the only person in the top five who's given him the opportunity.
"I don't think I threw enough jabs at him in the first fight. The positioning of my feet was not as good as it could be. The movement that we have is very awkward when you have an orthodox fighter against a southpaw. I'm looking forward to making it another great fight.
"I'm planning to stress Ortiz out. I've never been good with predictions. My energy for this fight makes me want to say to everyone, be careful in that first round. I'm the kind of fighter where you can't blink. You're always on the edge of your seat and you never know what's going to happen.
"Alabama is my home and being here just gives me peace. That's very important to me. I have serenity here and I get a lot of love. It's beautiful here. I love feeling the energy of the people here. I made it here, so why go anywhere else? I need that release when things get hectic for me.
"I'm looking to beat Ortiz in even more dramatic fashion. When we fought the first time, I had a bad flu. I could have called off the fight but I want to be able to do things that other fighters shouldn't or wouldn't do.
"It's a beautiful thing to have a team that I started with and have that same team that I'm going to finish with. When we first started we had plans about how we wanted my career to unfold. It's great to have a team that has my best interests at heart.
"When I'm not in the ring, I look back at my past fights as a fan. I understand why these guys run from me and think twice about getting in there across from me.
"Some people think that boxers need to be one-dimensional people who just train and fight and nothing else. We're still people who can do so many other things besides fighting. I'm a great guy. It just happens that in the ring, I can whoop you as well. There's a transformation that happens when that bell rings."
JAY DEAS, Wilder's Co-Trainer
"It took Deontay and Luis a few rounds to get going last time, but I don't think that will be the case in this fight. These fighters know each other, they've been in there together and seen what the other guy has. They know stylistically what the other brings to the table. I think it's going to be very interesting from the opening bell.
"I think we're going to see the best Luis Ortiz. He knows this could be his last chance at world title and that will make him bring the best that he has to offer. He's going to make some corrections off what he did the first fight. We're preparing for the best Ortiz and Ortiz better be prepared for the best Deontay Wilder.
"When Deontay comes out with a victory, then we'll visit any other fights in his future. There are no other big fights, without a victory over Luis Ortiz on November 23rd. We're zeroed in on Ortiz."
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at or 

Oubaali retains WBC version of bantamweight title

Oubaali retains WBC version of bantamweight title

Nordine Oubaali W12 Takuma Inoue ... Another bantamweight title fight took place on the big Japanese show on Thursday. WBC bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali of France retained his title with a wide unanimous decision over Takuma Inoue (13-1), who is Naoya's brother. Oubaali's pro record is now 17-0, or more accurately 23-1 considering the World Series of Boxing. Official scores were 120-107, 117-110 and 115-112. With Naoya holding the WBA and IBF bantamweight championships, and Oubaali holding the WBC championship plus this win over Takuma, the story line is set for a "revenge of the brother" unification fight between Oubaali and Naoya Inoue. We'll have to see if the sanctioning bodies cooperate by holding the mandatory defenses in abeyance. source: dazn

Tete title defense adds to Birmingham, England's rich boxing history

Tete title defense adds to Birmingham, England's rich boxing history
On November 30th in Birmingham, England Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren will promote South Africa’s WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete in a mandatory defense against Filipino John Riel Casimero. Tete, who carries as potent a punch as the Springbok front row, is by no means the first world champion to make a fist of it in Birmingham and he won’t be the last according to Warren. He sees a bright future for the city where he staged his first ever world title fight back in 1985 when the plucky Welshman Colin Jones engaged himself in a fiery battle with the highly-skilled American Don Curry before succumbing on cuts.
That may have been a generation ago and subsequently Birmingham has somewhat rested on its record of hosting big names and big fights with barely a marquee contest since Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank declared their World War 1 in November 1990. Now, such is the boom in boxing, Birmingham is back in focus as a major fight venue so don’t be surprised if Frank comes up with something spectacular for his 2020 vision.
In the past some famous figures have skipped across the canvas at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and other venues are dotted in and around the city, among them St Andrews, home of Birmingham City FC where Henry Cooper fought local pinup boy Johnny Prescott in 1965.
Amir Khan, Naseem Hamed and Robert McCracken, a former middleweight title contender and now coach to Team GB in the Olympics as well as Anthony Joshua, also sharpened their pro careers in Birmingham as did Olympians James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders and Frankie Gavin, all signed by Warren. Of this trio DeGale and Billy Joe became world champions while Birmingham born-and-bred Gavin might have done the same had he not tried too hard to live up to his nickname of “Funtime’ Frankie. But he remains Britain’s only world amateur champion.
Rivalling him as one of Birmingham’s boxing history boys is the redoubtable Bunny Johnson.
An accomplished boxer with a whiplash left hook he became Britain’s first black heavyweight champion, dismantling Danny McAlinden for the title in 1975 – some performance from a bulked-up light-heavy. Bunny later moved back down to this division and captured a second British title, the only one ever to do so.
Before the Jamaica-born immigrant Johnson made his mark, Birmingham had celebrated another accomplished fighter in Jack Hood, whose achievements and gentlemanly manner as British and European welterweight champion in the 1920s and 30s had made him boxing’s Beau Brummie.
But the man whose name remains firmly lodged in the hearts of diehard Black Country boxing fans is that of Charlie Mitchell, whose exploits both with and without gloves date back for more than a century and a half.
For all its passion for pugilism Birmingham has never had a world champion (Richie Woodhall was born in Birmingham but was brought up and lives in Telford). Mitchell is the man who came closest to the crown. And what a character he was.
In his bare knuckle days ‘Madcap’ Mitchell took on all comers often fighting as many as four bouts in one night. There is no doubt the swaggering, foul-mouthed braggart attained greatness. He was the only boxer capable of holding a candle to “Boston Strong Man” John L Sullivan, considered as invincible then as Mike Tyson was a century later.
Mitchell, born on November 24, 1861, did not give a James Figg about reputations and told the world “I am the greatest” long before The Man himself arrived on the scene.
He lost only three times in a 19-year career; in over 100 bouts only Dominick McCaffrey, Gentleman Jim Corbett and Sullivan bettered him.
Although not a big bruiser (he stood only 5'9" and never weighed more than 168 pounds, Mitchell was a big boozer. A bully with a huge ego, he was one of the few Brits capable of beating the best America had to offer.
He famously fought and lost to Sullivan in 1883, when he was the first opponent to knock down the Boston Strong Man. Their second meeting took place five years later (March 10, 1888) on the grounds of a chateau at Chantilly, France, which has gone down in fistic folklore.
It lasted a brutal two-hours in high winds and driving rain on a mud and blood-spattered field during which Mitchell deliberately stamped on John L’s foot. “Be a gentleman, you b******!” bellowed the furious American.
After 39 rounds the pair were unrecognisable, too weary and weakened by blood loss to carry on. Neither could lift his arms to punch and the contest concluded as a draw
The local gendarmerie arrived at this point and arrested Mitchell, who spent the next few days in a cell and was later fined by the local magistrate, boxing being illegal in France at that time. Sullivan managed to evade the law, and, swathed in bandages, was taken back across the Channel to spend the next few weeks convalescing in Liverpool.
In 1894 Mitchell fought in his most noteworthy bout, against James J Corbett for the world heavyweight championship. Corbett won by KO in the third round, pocketing $20,000, worth a million or more in today’s currency. Mitchell died in Hove, Sussex, in April,1918 aged 56, from complications of late stage syphilis infection. And they called them the good old days, eh!

ESPN+ to stream Saturday afternoon show from London

ESPN+ to stream Saturday afternoon show from London
Conrad “Mr. Dynamite” Cummings and Danny Dignum will square off in a ten-round middleweight tilt on Saturday from London’s York Hall on the latest edition of  MTK FightNight. ESPN+ will strewam the action starting at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. Cummings (17-3-1, 7 KOs) had a setbalc earlier this year against via unanimous decision to Luke Keeler, but he returned to the win column in October with a six-round points victory over Adam Grabiec. Dignum (11-0, 5 KOs) will make his middleweight debut after fighting at super middleweight and light heavyweight. This is his first scheduled ten-round bout, and he is coming off an eight-round decision over the ancient former European welterweight champion Rafal Jackiewicz.
In other action on the ESPN+ stream, welterweight Michael “The Problem” McKinson (17-0, 2 KOs) will face fellow unbeaten Luis Alberto Varon (17-0-2, 8 KOs) in a ten-rounder... Liam Walsh (22-1, 15 KOs) will fight longtime British fan-favorite Maxi Hughes (19-4-2, 4 KOs) at lightweight. Walsh challenged Gervonta Davis for the IBF junior lightweight world title in May 2017 and was knocked out in the third round. He has fought once since taking a nearly two-year sabbatical from the ring. Before facing Davis, he captured British and Commonwealth honors at 130 pounds... Chantelle Cameron (11-0, 7 KOs) will clash with former two-weight champion Anahi Ester "La Indiecita" Sanchez (19-4, 11 KOs) of Argentina in a ten-round final eliminator for the WBC 140-pound title.

A few words with Badou Jack

A few words with Badou Jack
Former super middleweight title holder Badou Jack on his upcoming match-up against former world light heavyweight champion for Pascal's WBA regular light heavyweight title: “I’m excited for this fight. I actually called Pascal the day before his last fight and let him know I was rooting for him. But this is business at the end of the day. I’m coming to take back my title... “I feel like a young 36 years old. I live a clean life. I’m always in the gym training and I try not to take any punishment. I have a couple of years left and I’m more motivated now than ever. I needed that little break. I hadn’t had a break since I was an amateur twenty years ago. I took time to relax with the family and eat good food. Now I’m hungry.... Everyone who saw me in my last fight [a January loss to Marcus Browne in which Jack sustained a terrible cut] could see I was flat. My fighting instinct kicked in at that point. He was fighting a dead man.”  

Weigh-in report from Tucson, AZ

Weigh-in report from Tucson, AZ
California heavyweight Alex "The Great" Flores, will be looking ahead, not in the past, when he enters the ring November 7th against Mexico's Mario "Chabelo" Heredia, headlining the latest instalment of RJJ Boxing on UFC Fight Pass at Casino Del Sol's outdoor AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. In his last fight this past December, the 29-year-old Flores (17-2-1, 15 KOs) lost to former WBO champion Joseph Parker in New Zealand. Parker struck Flores numerous times below the belt, leading to a knockout. Flores's opponent in the ten-round main event is Heredia (16-7-1, 13 KOs)  who only two fights ago upset former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter by split decision.
"I feel good," Flores said during a break from training camp. "I'm focused and ready to step back in the ring. I'm over my last fight. The past is the past, I can't go back in time. I'm more than ready and excited to step back in the ring November 7th. My main focus is to win and get momentum going again. I always work hard for every fight. The only thing I switched up was buy an iron groin protector (he joked)."
"Heredia is a cool, humble guy but also a very tough opponent," Flores added. "We were supposed to fight years ago, but it never happened. I'm preparing to beat him come November 7th and anticipating a victory with my hands raised in the air."
Mexican welterweight Santiago "Somer" Dominguez (19-0, 15 KOs) battles tough Uzbekistan-native Ravshan Hudaynmazarov, who was the 2007 World Military Games champion in the eight-round co-feature...  California super middleweight Juan Jose "Just Business" Barajas (10-0, 7 KOs) faces Phoenix boxer Fidel Hernandez (20-7-01, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder... Dominguez' younger brother, welterweight Marcos "Nazzy" Dominguez (11-1-1, 10 KOs), will open the live-steam versus Tucson's Christopher Gonzalez (5-0-1, 1 KO) in yet another eight-round match... also fighting on the undercard in four-round bouts are Tucson flyweight Briana "Amenaza" Sanchez (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Albuquerque, New Mexico's pro-debuting Amanda Borg.
Alex "The Great" Flores (17-2-1, 15 KOs), Rowland Heights, CA 230.6 lbs. -vs.-
Mario "Chabelo" Hereidia (16-7-1, 13 KOs), Ciudad Juarez, Mexico 282 lbs.
CO-FEATURE -  WELTERWEIGHT (8 rounds) -vs.-
Santiago Dominguez (19-0, 15 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico 146.8 lbs.-vs.-
Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-2, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV by way of Uzbekistan 146.6 lbs.
Juan Jose "Just Business" Barajas (10-0, 7 KOs), Victorville, CA 166 lbs. -vs.-
Fidel Hernandez (20-7-1, 11 KOs), Phoenix, AZ 168.4 lbs.
Marcos "Nazzy" Dominguez (11-1-1, 10 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico 143.8 lbs. -vs.-
Christopher Gonzalez (5-0-1), Tucson, AZ 145.4 lbs.
Briana "Amenza" Sanchez (2-0, 2 KOs), Tucson, AZ 106.8 lbs.
Amanda Borg (pro debut), Albuquerque, NM 107.4 lbs.

Blair The Flair Cobbs: I will win world title in 2020

Blair The Flair Cobbs: I will win world title in 2020
Greg Leon: Congrats on your recent victory over Carlos Ortiz Cervantes. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Blair Cobbs: "I think that my performance was good. Of course there's going to be a lot more to see from Blair The Flair. There was a slight hiccup at the end of the first round, I got hit in the back of the head (and went down) which happens to the best of us, but I got back up and finished the fight." Greg Leon: Were you surprised he put on you on your ass early? What was going through your head when that happened? Blair Cobbs: "It wasn't like a full knockdown, I just was knocked off balance for a second and regained my balance and composure, maintained my focus. I wasn't really hurt buy it at all, it was more of a balance shot."
GL: At what point did you feel like you had full control of the fight?
BC: "There was a few things I worried about, so I was kind of like in and out until I figured out his punch selection and how he does certain things, the punches he got me on the back of the head with was an overhand left, so I was darting in and out shooting punches, so I could make him pick up his feet so he can't be set to throw punches. It took me a couple of rounds to figure out his punch selecton and how to stop his left hand completely at close range. The moment I was able to stop that left hand by catching it, I started inching closer and closer, then I started to let off the combinations, and of course the final knockdown of the fight."
GL: You landed what looked like an eight punch combination on him that appeared to take a lot out of him. Did you sense that in the ring?
BC: "Absolutely. If I get close to an opponent a lot of things can happen, ten punch combinations, all power punches, those weren't fluffy punches. I don't know which one of those punches broke his ribs, but one of those punches broke his ribs. It was a very exciting fight. Every time I get into the ring I'm getting better and better and more seasoned as a fighter."
GL: Welterweight is red hot and on fire. Who do ou want to fight the most? Is it time for you to get on the fast track?
BC: "I'm not really calling people out. I'm just trying to take it one fight at a time and move forward and progress as a boxer and basically keep learning and growing. My skills are improving at a ridiculous rate and I'm ready for anybody my team puts in front me...any time, any where, Blair The Flair will be there."
GL: You said you're improving at a rapid rate, but there's no such thing as a perfect fighter. What part of your game do you feel needs the most improvement?
BC: "It's very few things. Just getting a little more comfortable with catching and carrying punches, things like that. This is a sport where with one little mistake you could get hurt. It's very little and subtle things that are going to make a drastic change in my boxing abilities. In the gym I'm destroying everybody though. I'm just trying to convert everything I'm doing in the gym into the actual fight. There's a big difference coming from 16oz gloves to 8oz gloves, so I have to do things a little bit differently. Once these little things are corrected I will be able to take over fights quickly and make that warming up phase a lot shorter."
GL: You fought four times this year. Are you expecting the same level of activity next year?
BC: "I'm not sure, I'm leaving that in the hands of Golden Boy Promotions. They're doing a wonderful job with getting me the right fights to challenge me while keeping me winning on this road to me becoming a true champion."
GL: Any early indication as to when the next one will take place?
BC: "I'm not very sure, but Blair the Flair is must see TV 100, he's a character that needs to be seen in front of a very large audience. Everyone needs to see Blair the Flair. I'm looking forward to fighting as soon possible. Maybe February or March, but you can be sure that Blair the Flair is going to be back early next year in another grand fight."
GL: What are your goals for 2020? Where are you next year at this time?
BC: "We're looking forward to capturing a world title, I'm pretty sure some of these titles are going to be vacated and I'm going to be able to fight for one and bring it back for Golden Boy Promotions."
GL: So when are you and Rick Flair linking up? I mean this has to happen. Him wooing during your post fight interviews would be hilarious.
BC: "Very soon, it's going to happen. The people in the WWE world love me, it's only a matter of time and it's a wonderful time to be alive. Triple H already gave me a shoutout, so it's just been amazing."
GL: Closing thoughts for the fans.
BC: "Closing thoughts for the fans is Blair the Flair is the most exciting fighter there is in the game today. You could check me out on Instagram, twitter and facebook. And for more exciting content you can look me up on

Boxingtalk alert: Inoue-Donaire main card broadcast to start at 5 AM EST!

Boxingtalk alert: Inoue-Donaire main card broadcast to start at 5 AM EST!
Naoya Inoue and Nonito Donaire both made weight ahead of tomorrow’s World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs), the IBF champion, weighed 117.5 pounds. Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs), the WBA super champion, weighed 117.5.  Boxingtalk readers note: The start time for the fight will wreak havoc on East Coast fans-- the DAZN telecast of the main card is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7th at 5 AM Eastern standard time! That means the big fight is likely to begin around 6 AM. Here are what the fighters said one day before the big fight:
“Official weigh-in is over and the only thing we can do is to get ready for fight night,” said Inoue after the weigh-in. “We are going to show the greatest fight ever. A victory will be a very satisfying moment for me and it will be a very big step for a bright future.”
“It’s very special to me,” said Donaire. “It’s for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. It’s the best of the best. Everything a fighter wants to want is to become the best of the best. I’ve been through it all and this is for me another step towards becoming undisputed.  It's one of the top moments of my career and I get to fight in Japan. I’ve been here so many times and I love the place. The fans are incredible, the people are incredible.”
Previous Muhammad Ali Trophy champions:
2017-18: Aleksandr Usyk, Cruiserweight
2017-18: Callum Smith, Super Middleweight
2018-19: Josh Taylor, Junior middleweight

Twitter Chatter: Bivol throws his hat in the ring for shot at Canelo

Twitter Chatter: Bivol throws his hat in the ring for shot at Canelo
WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol on the possibility of unifying with newly minted WBO champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez: "Last days I have to answer the question: Would I fight Canelo? Of course, he has a title in my weight [class], he just won a big fight, he is one of the biggest names in boxing. I respect him. I hope he will stay at 175 or we can fight at 168 [pounds]. Do I believe I can win? Yes I do."

Matchroom Spain announces first show to feature two EBU title fights

Matchroom Spain announces first show to feature two EBU title fights
Matchroom Boxing, OPI Since 82 and DAZN are delighted to announce details of their new joint venture in to Spanish boxing as the trio look to build on the hugely successful launch of Matchroom Boxing Italy in November 2018. Matchroom Boxing will continue to expand tby moving into another new territory, beginning with the first ever Matchroom Boxing Spain event at the Palau Olimpic Vall D’Hebron in Barcelona on Thursday December 12th. At the top of an action-packed evening of boxing, local hero Sandor Martin (35-2, 13 KOs) makes the first defence of his European junior welterweight crown against former champion Joe Hughes (17-4-1, 7 KO’s) and European welterweight king David Avanesyan (25-3-1, 13 KOs) takes on Spain’s Jose Del Rio (29-8-1).
Martin landed the vacant title by retiring Italy’s Andrea Scarpa in nine rounds of their clash at the Pabellon Francisco Calvo in July earlier this year. He is currently enjoying a six-fight winning streak since suffering his first career loss at the hands of Anthony Yigit in 2017.
Hughes will be aiming to get his hands back on the European title after surrendering it to Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jr in an evenly contested battle in March. The 29 year-old from Malmesbury also won the European title against Scarpa, dominating Scarpa in Florence last year.
Russia’s Avanesyan is in red-hot form after firmly establishing himself as "the man" on the European welterweight scene. He ripped the EBU title from Bilbao’s Kerman Lejarraga on Spanish soil in March, destroying him in the opening round of their September rematch. Avanesyan is targeting a world title shot should he get past Palma’s Del Rio.
On a card full of Spanish talent, Madrid’s Jonathan "Maravilla" Alonso (18-1, 7 KOs) meets Venezuela’s Samuel Gonzalez (22-5, 13 KOs) over ten rounds and Malaga’s Samuel "La Esencia" Molina (13-0, 5 KOs) defends his Spanish lightweight title against Barcelona’s Ivan Tomas (9-1-1, 3 KOs).
Eddie Hearn said: “I’m delighted to announce the launch of Matchroom Boxing Spain and we kick off with a huge show in Barcelona on December 12. I have watched with interest the growth of boxing in Spain and I feel it is the perfect time for us to enter the market as we continue our global expansion. We look forward to giving Spanish fight fans a great show in December and many more in 2020 and beyond.”
Christian Cherchi of OPI Since 82 said: “We are very excited to promote our first event alongside Matchroom Boxing and DAZN in the beautiful city of Barcelona. Spain has a strong boxing tradition and many knowledgeable and passionate fans. The show will have three title fights with the European Super-Lightweight title showdown between local hero Sandor Martin and Joe Hughes, the European Welterweight title clash between David Avanesyan and tough Spaniard Jose Del Rio, with Madrid’s Jonathan Alonso and Malaga’s Samuel Molina also in action.”

Spotlight on Thanderz-Ramos

Spotlight on Thanderz-Ramos
Brazilian-born Danila Ramos’ (8-1, 1 KO) coach Marcos Martinez is confident his fighter can defeat Katharina Thanderz (12-0, 2 KOs) to claim the interim WBC super featherweight title on November 16th in Oslo. The experienced Argentinian coach believes he has spotted weaknesses in Thanderz, and expects the Norwegian fighter to be surprised when she meets Ramos as part of a huge night of boxingin Oslo, Norway. “We’ve had a very intense camp with a lot of commitment,” reveals Martinez. "We are working very hard for this fight. We have one goal and that's to win the World title. We know that Katharina is a very strong offensive boxer, but we see failures in her too. Our tactical plan will not be revealed until November 16th, but Katharina will be surprised by Danila's power and skill.
“I have been training Danila since she came to live in Argentina when she was 10 years old, and she has been training and sparring with World Champions. She is a tough female fighter, who loves to fight and loves to train hard. She has been living the life of a World Champion, and now it’s time to get her title!"
Having missed out on the same WBC strap against French fighter Elhem Mekhaled earlier this year, Ramos gets a second attempt at a big fight, and Martinez is convinced that this time  "A Guerreira" takes home the belt. “We’ve had a really great amount of time to prepare for this fight and to plan all the psychological, technical and tactical components. We didn’t have that last time, but Danila still delivered a very high quality performance, and she has become mentally stronger since that fight. She's a different fighter now and this is her chance to do it. She belongs at the top with the best in the division.”
Similarly, Thanderz' coach, Jesus Antonio Labrador is predicting a knockout win for Thanderz, who has trained in Alicante, Spain since making her professional debut in May 2016. She will once again be counting on her coach's expertise as she looks to win her first World title.
Labrador, who has overseen Thanderz’s rise from budding amateur to the present, believes she has always possessed the ability to reach the top of the sport, and is backing his fighter to make history at the Ekeberghallen.  “I’ve known from the very first moment that she would become a champion,” said Labrador. “Katharina is very inspired to fight at home in Oslo, and it will give her added motivation for sure. She wants to show her people that they have someone to get inspired by and feel proud of.
“Everything is going as planned. Katharina has fought ten rounds before and she has fought for titles as well. I won’t speak about our game plan, but we know it will be a very tough fight and Danila is coming to give it her all.”
When asked how the fight will go, the experienced Spanish coach is confident in the outcome, stating: “Kathy will win before the limit. Knockout! I hope I don’t break her when I hug her with all my strength after the fight.”

Rhode Island undercard details revealed

Rhode Island undercard details revealed
CES has announced the rest of the bouts scheduled for November 23rd at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino, when Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7-1, 21 KOs) comes out of a three-year retirement to headline against "The Romantic Redneck" Melvin Russell (11-7-2, 7 KOs) of Lloyd, KY, in a ten-round light heavyweight bout. The co-feature boasts another Rhode Island fan-favorite, Cranston junior welterweight Nick DeLomba (15-2, 4 KOs) who faces Argentina's Diego Vicente Perez (13-8-1, 11 KOs) over eight rounds. The UFC Fight Pass live stream also features a six-round bout between undefeateds as super featherweights Michael Valentin (6-0-1, 1 KO) of Providence faces Joshua Orta (5-0, 2 KOs) of Holbrook, MA. There will also be a six-round welterweight war between Providence's Victor Reynoso (5-0, 5 KOs) and Roque Zapata (6-2-5) of Culpeper, VA.
DeLomba returns to Twin River for the first time in more than a year and puts his four-fight win streak on the line against Perez, who has won five of his last six, all by knockout. DeLomba last fought in Rhode Island in September of 2018, defeating Chris Singleton by unanimous decision, and most recently fought in July with a knockout win over Rynell Griffin in New Hampshire. 
Valetin and Orta could steal the show November 23rd. The two have had their sights set on one another since Orta turned pro in 2018. Since then, Orta has racked up five wins in the past year while Valentin also boasts an undefeated record at 6-0-1.
Reynoso is also facing his toughest test date. An officer at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts, Reynoso recently made quick work of Kenny Chery in August, winning by third round knockout for his fifth knockout victory in as many fights. Zapata has never been stopped and has scored upset wins on the road against Philadelphia's Isaiah Wise and Fred Jenkins Jr. and Reading, PA, vet Nicolas Hernandez. 
The preliminary (non-streamed) card features an eclectic mix of veterans and newcomers, starting with Brian Barbosa (31-7, 23 KOs) of Providence making his long-awaited return and the professional boxing debut of Gary Balletto III, the son of the well-respected "Tiger" Balletto, who amassed a pro record of 31-3-2. Cranston's Balletto is transitioning from the cage to the ring, boxing professionally for the first time following seven professional MMA fights with CES MMA between 2015 and 2018. 
Barbosa is back for the first time since 2013. "The Bull" ran off a streak of 11 consecutive knockouts between 1994 and 1997 as one of the region's top fighters and also returned from an eight-year layoff in 2011 with a knockout win over Rhode Island rival Joe Gardner. 
Also on the preliminary card, junior welterweight Wilson Mascarenhas (2-1) of New Bedford, MA, faces Jose Zaragoza (2-0) of Sedalia, MO, and female lightweight Shayna Foppiano (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Everett, MA, battles Brazilian Raquel Santos, who also lives and trains in Everett and will be making her pro debut. Both are four-round bouts. Brockton, MA, heavyweight Chad Leoncello also makes his professional debut in a four-round bout. 

Introducing "Norwegian Nerd" Alexander Hagen

Introducing "Norwegian Nerd" Alexander Hagen
Norway's Alexander Hagen (13-2-1, 6 KOs) may not be the stereotypical boxer but he is confident his methods will prepare him well for Emmanuel Feuzeu (10-10-2, 4 KOs) on November 16th in his nation's capital city, Oslo. The 30 year-old will be boxing on the undercard Katharina Thanderz’s WBC interim super featherweight showdown against Danila Ramos in Oslo. He is hoping a victory can help him achieve a world ranking. “I am basically in training camp 365 days a year, so I have just been getting some extra sparring to prepare for this fight," he says. "I have also done quite a bit of work visualising what it will be like fighting at the Ekeberghallen. Boxing's most important part is the mental part, so I am preparing in that aspect as well.
“I expect Feuzeu to behave a bit wild and dangerous in spots, so I will have to be careful at all times, but I think it will be a fun and entertaining fight for the audience. I know I am capable of winning by knockout, but my main focus is on boxing. I always land better shots when I'm relaxed and stick to my boxing. If I win this fight, then over the next twelve months, I hope to get a smaller title with one of the bigger boxing organizations so that I can get a world ranking. That would mean a lot to me."
Outside of the ring, the light heavyweight is an advocate for clean living, and reveals his hobbies, which include reading fine literature and collecting obscure European disco records, have led to him being labelled a nerd. “I think most people consider me a nerd,” he says. “Not only because of my glasses, but mostly because of my hobbies. I read fine literature and I still buy music on physical formats. I'm particularly fond of reading Russian literature and listening to Italian disco on vinyl.
“I'm also a teetotaller, which definitely has a positive impact on my fitness and career. I don’t get ready, I stay ready. I don’t need substances of any kind to feel joy and happiness. For me it helps to live a simple and clean life."
Katharina Thanderz headlines the show at the historic Ekeberghallen as she faces Danila Ramos for the interim WBC title, while Kai Robin Havnaa finds himself in a cruiserweight clash with Al Sands of the United States. Tickets are available online via All the action will be available to watch live across Viasat 4, Viasport + and Viaplay in Norway.

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