Mikey Garcia to face Jessie Vargas at welterweight

Mikey Garcia to face Jessie Vargas at welterweight
Mikey Garcia (pictured) announced on Sunday that he had agreed to a deal with Matchroom Boxing to fight on Feb. 29th, live on DAZN. He now has an opponent. Garcia will return to the ring for the first time in almost a year to face Jessie Vargas at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, the training facility of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. Vargas (29-2-2, 11 KOs) briefly held the WBO welterweight title. Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs), a former four-division world champion, looks to get back on track after he moved up two weight classes to welterweight and suffered the first loss of his career to IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. back in March at AT&T Stadium.
The recently turned 32-year-old is excited about the new journey and wants to make up for his admitted bad showing by staying at 147 pounds. "I'm very happy to announce my next fight against Jessie on Feb. 29 in Texas, live on DAZN," Garcia said in a press release. "I believe our styles are going to make for a great battle, and the fans are going to be in for a real treat."
"It's the biggest challenge for me, coming back after a long layoff, my last performance — horrible performance. I lost my fight," Garcia added. "There's a lot of questions. So I want to be able to answer those questions with this kind of fight. That's why we agreed on fighting Jessie Vargas. He's gonna get the best out of me, and I think I will bring the best out of him."
Vargas gets back into the squared circle for the first time since notching a sixth-round knockout of former lightweight Humberto Soto at a 150-pound catchweight bout. It had been anticipated that Vargas would compete at 154 pounds, but when he got a call from Hearn to see if he'd be interested in taking on one of boxing's pound-for-pound best, the lure of a big fight was too good to pass up. "It's a big fight for fight fans. It's one people have wanted for a long time now," Vargas said in a press release. "We are giving them what they want to see. It's going to be a great showdown.
"He's a warrior, and so am I. We both always go for the win and do anything possible to get it. I really believe in myself and my abilities. It's one of the fights that will generate a lot of attention and it's the perfect time to shine and show that I am here to stay. I need to show that I am going to be a world champion again and this is the perfect fight to show that."

Tyson Fury now training with Javan "Sugar"Hill

Tyson Fury now training with Javan "Sugar"Hill
Javan "Sugar" Hill a/k/a SugarHill Steward is Tyson Fury’s new trainer – but their connection is an old one. Steward has taken up one of boxing’s jobs in training the former world heavyweight king having originally worked with Fury at Detroit’s famous Kronk gym under Steward’s mentor, the legendary Emmanuel Steward. With a decade of friendship and trust between them, Steward is eager to guide his new charge to a colossal 2020. Steward said: “It all came as a bit of a surprise but I’m very happy and I’m very excited because I’ve worked with him before. It’s very important to have someone with the kind of spirit that Tyson has. I’m a free-spirited person myself, just like him and it’s important to have fun when you’re training because it helps you learn.
“Think about it. When you’re locked up in a tight situation, you don’t want to feel stiff, so when you practice relaxing and having fun in preparation, you learn faster. It’s proven. Look at how we learn ABCs – it’s playful.
“I think it’s going to be very good. I’m going to be honest with him and he’ll be honest with me too. We don’t waste time hinting at things – if something is wrong then we feel free to talk to each other about it.
“I’m sure that it’s the same thing [former trainer] Ben [Davison] and Tyson had together. When you have that honest relationship, it makes for the best and most successful kind of combination. It’s true not just in boxing but in sport and throughout history.”
Of course, it wasn’t all fun and games back when Steward and Fury teamed up back in 2010… They also competed at the serious business of poker. Steward joked: “The first thing I want to do is to play him at poker again so I can get back at him! When he first got to camp and we started playing poker, he started off very strong. It took a while for me and Andy Lee and the others to find our rhythm. Tyson is a very good poker player with all his bullsh*tting and bluffing!”
Fury conquered the heavyweight world when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to seize the WBA Super, IBF and WBO world titles.

Mo Hooker to fight Uriel Perez at 144-pound catchweight on Friday

Mo Hooker to fight Uriel Perez at 144-pound catchweight on Friday
Coming off his first pro loss, Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker (pictured) will fight at a catchweight of 144 pounds Friday night before dropping back down to 140 pounds. Hooker faces Mexico's Uriel Perez (19-4) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona live on DAZN. The fight is part of the Daniel Jacobs-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. card. Last time out, Jose Ramirez rocked Hooker with a left hook, blasting Hooker's equilibrium against the ropes, with subsequent power shots securing an electric sixth-round TKO that cost Hooker his WBO championship. [Hooker had his monents in the fight but] Ramirez landed the pivotal blow first, and everything was brought to a screeching halt. Still, there's no shame in Hooker losing a firefight like that, knowing that the results could have been different in the blink of an eye.
Hooker (26-1-3, 17 KOs) seemingly came to grips with his first pro loss that August night, as he congratulated Ramirez on unifying the super lightweight titles. If anything, the 29 year-old left his loss, with even more respect from the boxing world and an extra layer of ring savvy to go with it. “It was a loss, but actually a learning lesson,” Hooker told DAZN News last week. “I had a lot of problems going on before the fight, with my managers. I just learned from that. It was a good fight.”
Hooker’s plan is simple: Show out and dominate, before moving back down to 140 pounds and handling unfinished business. “I’m gonna take this fight and hopefully get another title shot at 140,” Hooker said at the final fight press conference Tuesday.
“I can’t go out like that,” he continued, referring to the way he lost to Ramirez. “I feel like I’m one of the best still in the world at 140. I’m here to show you why come Friday. I’m not overlooking my opponent. I know he’s a last-minute replacement. He’s a good fighter, he’s tough, but man, there’s levels to this. And I’m gonna show the world that I’m on a whole other level.”
Training with the arguable pound-for-pound best in Terence Crawford over the past three months has helped Hooker renew his confidence and add to his boxing skills coming off his first pro loss. Last week, Crawford even praised Hooker’s work in their camp, leading up to his eventual ninth-round TKO of Egidijus Kavaliauskas on Dec. 14th.
“Iron sharpens iron,” Crawford said during his press conference last week. “We added some more great fighters to the team. We’re pushing each other each and every day in camp. If I’m tired, Mo will talk to me, ‘Come on little guy, you tired?’ And that just motivates each and every one of us to go that extra mile. Either we’re running, sparring, hitting the bag. Everything is a competition when we’re in the camp.”
Hooker added: “I’m learning every day in camp, and I’m ready.”
An emphatic win Friday night and Hooker would look back on the super lightweight landscape, which has Ramirez and Josh Taylor each reigning as unified world champions, to plot his next move.
“I have another goal at 140 — I want to be two-time world champion before I move up,” Hooker says of his unfinished business before making welterweight his permanent home. “So, I’m going to go back to 140 and see how I feel making weight.”
As for Friday night, Hooker vows to produce fireworks and bounce back with a resounding victory. Not to mention, send a message to the super lightweight champions at the same time.
“I love to fight,” he said. “I’m not running. If I get in the ring with you, I’m going to go straight to you. I’m going to make you fight."

Danny Garcia, Jarrett Hurd Presser Quotables

Danny Garcia, Jarrett Hurd Presser Quotables

Danny Garcia, Jarrett Hurd Presser Quotables
Former two-division champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and hard-hitting Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach went face to face for the first time at a press conference on Wednesday as they previewed their WBC eelterweight eliminator headlining action live on Showtime on Saturday, January 25th from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The press conference also featured former unified champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd and Francisco “Chia” Santana, who will battle in the co-feature, and unbeaten sensation Stephen Fulton, Jr., who takes on undefeated Arnold Khegai in a WBC super bantamweight  eliminator. Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday from Barclays Center:
“This is my eighth fight at Barclays Center and I’m excited to be back. I’ve fought in a quarter of the events here at Barclays Center, so you could say this is my house. I’ve had some historic fights in here. I love walking in the tunnels and seeing my pictures next to Jay-Z, DMX and Rihanna.
“Come January 25th, this is going to be another great night of boxing. I know Ivan is coming to fight. We’ve followed each other’s careers. I know he’s hungry and he wants to show the fans that he belongs on this level.
“I’m excited to share the card with my Philadelphia brother Stephen Fulton, who I’ve known since he was a kid. Plus, Jarrett Hurd, who’s journey I’ve been watching. It’s been great and he’s going to show everyone that a loss doesn’t mean anything. Just like I have.
“I just think the culture here in Brooklyn is great and I fit right in with it. Lots of hip-hop and Puerto Ricans. It’s the perfect market and we just go together.
“If the top welterweights want to fight me, I’ll be ready whenever. Redkach makes a lot of sense because he’s a southpaw and that would have me ready for Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao.
“We picked Redkach because he’s dangerous and we knew he’d be tough. I’m definitely not overlooking him. I’m training hard for this fight. For me, this is a big fight. If I overlook him, it could ruin everything. I want to show everyone I’m still one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world.
“Redkach has a big heart and he’s going to come forward. I think it’s going to be a really entertaining fight. I can’t overlook him.
“I always feel like I’m the best. They need me, I don’t need them. I’m one of the best fighters in the world and I’m going to be here for a while.”
“I want to give thanks to my team and everyone involved in making this fight and for believing in me, which give me the belief that gives me the strength to go in the ring and give it my all.
“This opportunity fighting at Barclays Center is huge for me. I accept the opportunity with honor and I want to thank Danny Garcia for taking the fight.
“My friends and family provide me with the will to win. That support, along with my experience, is what I’ll need to win this fight.
“I want Danny Garcia’s fans to all come out on January 25 because you’re going to see a great fight and you’re going to be welcomed into the Ivan Redkach family.
“The victory over Devon Alexander was important because he was a well-known opponent. Winning in the fashion that I did catapulted me to where I am right now.
“Danny made a mistake if he thinks this is a tune-up. I’m going to give everyone a great fight and we’ll see what happens on January 25.
“Training alongside Leo Santa Cruz was great motivation. I’m going to knock Danny Garcia out. That’s the plan. Simple.
“I’m training very hard because this fight is extremely important to me. I have to give the best performance of my professional career.
“The energy in the building on January 25th is going to give me the extra motivation to not only put up a great performance, but to leave Brooklyn with the victory.”
“This is my first time doing interviews since I fought Julian Williams. Last time I was up here I was an undefeated fighter and then I suffered my first loss.
“We had the rematch set up for this December, but with me going through a switch in trainers and still in the process of searching, I wasn’t in condition for it. It was the hardest thing possible to not take the rematch, much harder than taking it.
“I’ve been training in Colorado with Kay Koroma and getting away from everything. We’re focused strictly on boxing. I cut the hair off too because I was just ready for a change. The work so far is showing me how much work I have left to do and how much room I have to grow.
“I will stay at 154-pounds and fight for my titles again. I’m not looking past Francisco Santana because he’s a great fighter. I’m working hard to get back to the old me.
“This is the fighter who was put in front of me. He has the style that we were looking for with my having my first fight with my new trainer. I had some time out of a gym after the Williams fight but now we’re going strong toward January 25.
“I would never say I overlooked Julian Williams. There’s no excuses. Julian was the better man that night. When I look back there were probably some things that could have affected me, but Julian deserved to win the fight.
“I don’t know if I’m a better fighter now, but the loss opened my eyes to some things. My new coach has really opened my eyes to some things that I need to work on. Using my jab more and my footwork specifically.
“I’m not thinking about anyone but Francisco Santana. I look back at my fights and realize that I won those fights on pure heart and determination. We’re doing things different this time and working behind strategy and skills.”
“Jarrett Hurd is a good solid fighter who’s accomplished a lot. This is my Super Bowl. When someone calls and presents an opportunity like this, you can’t turn it down.
“To fight against one of the biggest names in the division, that’s hard to say no to. Of course I’m going to step up to the plate and on January 25 I’m going to show everyone the definition of never giving up on a dream.
“I’ve had setbacks like Jarrett and I’ve picked myself up and rose to the occasion time and time again. On January 25 I’m going to fight with every ounce of spirit that I have in me so I can go on and become a world champion.
“Jarrett has himslf with a new team and when a fighter feels refreshed, you know he’s going to come out strong. I expect nothing less.
“I know that everyone is giving me zero chance come fight night. But that’s okay. I read the comments and what people say. It’s all good. My team believes in me and I believe in myself.
“I’m a big welterweight and people tend to forget that I started my career as a super welterweight, but back then I was self-trained. I used to fight on a couple weeks’ notice and was bouncing from gym to gym. When I met coach Joseph Janik, it all changed and we’ve been together about a decade now. He was the missing piece to my puzzle.
“I’ve often said it’s not how you start a race but how you finish it. I know it’s not an easy task, but I look forward to these big challenges. It will test me as a fighter and a human being. I want to show the whole world my definition of never giving up.
“The minute I stop learning, that would be the time I need to hang them up. I’m still learning and we’re still getting better at our craft. It’s a big challenge. He’s the monster of the division, but this is a great opportunity for me. Sometimes you have to face the monster head on.”
“I’m from Philadelphia and Khegai used to live there, but I truly live in Philadelphia. It runs through my blood. That’s how I’m going to carry on and go about this fight.
“This is not the first undefeated fighter I’ve fought. It will be the seventh that I’ve fought and beat. Six have already fell and I don’t know why these guys keep taking these fights. You’ll see what I’m talking about on January 25th.
“This means a lot to me, but I’m not a rookie. I don’t look at this like something that will bring my nerves up. This is normal to me. I always get things the hard way.
“People like me have been working hard our whole lives. This opponent is no different than anyone I see walking the streets of Philadelphia. I’m always ready.
“Fans should expect a wonderful and intelligent boxing game plan. Khegai is coming to rumble. He thinks he’s stronger than me, but he’s not stronger or smarter than me. No one in my weight class will out think me.”
DMITRIY SALITA, President of Salita Promotions, Khegai’s Promoter
“Arnold is taking this fight very seriously and he’s going to be arriving in training camp today with Joe Goossen.
“Arnold made his us debut in Philadelphia and I know there will be a lot of fans from Philadelphia here. There’s also a great community in Brooklyn with people from the Ukraine and Russia who will be supporting him on fight night.
“We’re excited for this opportunity and we’re looking forward to making this a great night on January 25.”
CHRIS DEBLASIO, Senior Vice President of Communications, Showtime Sports
“Next week, we will begin a run of eight live boxing events in 10 weeks on Showtime featuring many of the biggest stars in the sport. In Atlanta, on Saturday, December 28, Gervonta Davis, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Badou Jack and Jean Pascal will compete in two world title fights. On January 10, Claressa Shields, the No. 1 star in women’s boxing, faces Christina Habazin for a unified 154-pound world title. Rising star, Jaron “Boots” Ennis will also be on that card. And, of course, on January 25, we are excited to present two of the biggest stars in the sport, Danny Garcia and Jarrett Hurd, both former unified world champions, both fighting in important, must-win fights to begin a new chapter in their careers. We are proud to continue our tradition of televising important, competitive and meaningful world championship boxing in 2020, our 34th year in the business, with these excellent fights and this great series of events.”

Yuriorkis Gamboa workout quotables

Yuriorkis Gamboa workout quotables
Former unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, an Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, held a media workout in Miami Wednesday as he prepares to take on boxing's hottest attraction Gervonta "Tank" Davis for the vacant WBA Lightweight Title Saturday, December 28th live on Showtime from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta in a Premier Boxing Champions event. Tickets for the event are on sale and available through Ticketmaster.com. Good tickets are still available. Here is what Gamboa and his assistant trainer had to say Wednesday from Roque Boxing Gym in Miami:
"I feel great that that I have this opportunity to prove in the ring what I can do. This is a fight that can get me back to the very top of the sport.
"After I signed my contract and I beat Roman Martinez in July there were a number of names that came up as possible opponents that I could face in my second fight. One name that came up was Davis, so I took the challenge.
"Obviously I have a huge edge in experience and I think the quality of opponents I've faced, versus his opponents, gives me another edge. Plus, the preparation I put into this fight. I really don't see anyone outworking me. The work that I put into this fight gives me a big advantage.
"What power does he have that I haven't faced? Without question this is going to be a great fight. There are going to be great moments of battle and a war, but at the same time, a lot of intelligence will be shown in the ring. So it's a formula for a great fight and I think the fans are going to be pleased. 
"I didn't see Gervonta's last fight on July 27 (the same night Gamboa fought last). I didn't care to watch. I went to my dressing room, I waited to get paid, and then I went to my hotel. I didn't bother to watch it."
STACY MCKINLEY, Gamboa's Assistant Trainer
"We know 'Tank' is a big puncher, but experience is going to take its course. He's never been past the sixth round before. And his trainer has never been past the sixth round before. So when you start talking about round eight, round nine, round 10, round 12, you're in new territory.
"It's like Sugar Ray Leonard told Tommy Hearns: 'I'm going to take you out to deep water, and I'm going to drown you.' So this is what we expect to do, take him into deep water and drown him.
"Gamboa is very versatile. You've got to watch him real close. I've watched him real close and I've seen him thrown punches that most fighters can't throw. I see technique and I see the change up in the ring. The last few weeks we've changed things up and are using different techniques. He's a great Cuban fighter.
"He jumped up two weight classes (to fight Terence Crawford). Terence Crawford is a big guy. You've got a guy like Terence Crawford who says (Gamboa) can punch, then you have to take his word as gospel. What makes (Gamboa) a good puncher is that he knows how to create his shots. He knows where to hit you and he doesn't waste punches. So you get him in the right spot and hit the pressure points, then it's a lot different than just getting hit anywhere and it's more devastating.
"'Tank' is a young man. Don't underestimate him. He's a good fighter and a dangerous fighter. He needs to be a little more disciplined. I saw something on the Internet the other night where he was out on a date. He's needs to be training and not out on a date. He's saying he's walking around at 180, 185 pounds. You're in a fight right there if you've got eight weeks to take that weight off. It's going to play a part against him down the roa

Results from Kazakhstan: gold medalist gets a win

Results from Kazakhstan: gold medalist gets a win
Viktor Kotochigov W10 Javier Jose Clavero ... At the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, in Kazakhstan, lightweight Viktor Kotochigov (11-0, 4 KOs)  kept the hometown fans happy by defeating Argentina's Javier Jose Clavero (27-6). Kotochigov was in control throughout the fight, with all three judges scoring it 100-90 to the Kazakh fighter after ten dominant rounds.
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov TKO1 Vladyslav Baranov ... Olympic champion Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, who is from Uzbekistan, rebounded with a low-level win. Gaibnazarov stopped Vladyslav Baranov (6-6-2) in the first round on the Kazakhstan card. Seven months ago, Gaibnazarov lost to Mykal Fox via decision in the United States. Though listed at 8-1, Gaibnazarov has a second pro loss in the World Series of Boxing. 
Sultan Zaurbek TKO4 Leshan Li... In the co-feature, Sultan Zaurbek (9-0, 7 KOs) produced a performance to remember too, stopping Leshan Li (16-4-2, 9 KOs) of China after four rounds. Zauerbek is 23 years old and lives in England, but was born in Kazakhstan.source for all results: mtk management

Jeff Horn goes to war, avenges loss to Michael Zerafa

Jeff Horn goes to war, avenges loss to Michael Zerafa

Jeff Horn goes to war, avenges loss to Michael Zerafa

Jeff Horn W10 Michael Zerafa...  Jeff Horn got revenge over Michael Zerafa in an exciting rematch of Australian middleweights. Horn took a beating in the beginning of a wild ninth round but recovered and knocked Zerafa down twice in the last minute of that round. Horn went on to win via majority decision. Official scores were 94-94, 98-90 and 97-92. Horn is a former WBO welterweight champion who owns a dubious win over Manny Pacquiao. After losing that title to Terence Crawford, he moved up to middleweight. Less than four months ago, he was stopped by Zerafa. Horn is now 20-2-1, while Zerafa, who bravely fought with a bad cut over his eye, is now 27-4. A rubber match would certainly be welcomed by the Australian public. source: fox sports australia

Jacobs-Chavez on DAZN this weekend from Arizona

Jacobs-Chavez on DAZN this weekend from Arizona
Daniel Jacobs says he’s a happy fighter now he’s campaigning at super middleweight as he makes his debut in the new weight class against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday night, live on DAZN on US and Sky Sports in the UK. Jacobs (35-3 29 KOs) closed the book on his time at middleweight in May, losing a unification clash to Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas, and he now embarks on his quest to become a two-weight champion. He begins that journey in Phoenix against Chavez Jr (51-3-1 33 KOs) the Mexican star that is also hunting two-weight honors.
Jacobs has warned others in the division that the extra weight moving up has made a huge difference to his mood in camp. “It’s been amazing,” said Jacobs. “I’ve been able to be genuinely happy, to focus only on training and focus only on my skillset and not on the idea of cutting 10 to 15 pounds before the weigh in. So, it’s a big deal for me and I’m happy and I’m looking forward to showing everyone in the world that it wasn’t an excuse last time around. It was the actual fact of me cutting the weight and that would make a difference in the previous fights that I’ve been having. So now you’re going to see, in my opinion, a better version of myself and I look forward to that.
“I’m able to be a lot freer when it comes to putting more food and necessary foods in my body. I don’t have to limit myself and most importantly, I don’t have to go through that weight cut process that always drains me the 48 hours before the fight.
“I think with this last fight; it really took a toll on me. Obviously, we know the stipulations. I was in a contract with my last bout, so that was a clear indication for me that maybe I need to try and test the waters in 168 pounds just to give myself an opportunity to be myself, to be 100 per cent and camp has been beautiful.”
Chavez Jr and Jacobs clash on a huge night of action in Phoenix as Julio Cesar Martinez takes on Cristofer Rosales for the vacant WBC flyweight title.
The welterweight division is in focus on the card as ex-WBO champion Maurice Hooker moves up to welterweight and takes on Uriel Perez... Josh Kelly is one of the stand out talents in the welterweight division, and he meets Winston Campos as he closes in on a clash vs. European champion David Avanesyan at the start of 2020... Olympic gold medal man Daniyar Yeleussinov is another welterweight star on the card and he looks to impress in his ninth pro outing against Alan Sanchez... Gabriel Rosado will have a keen eye on the main event as he fights for the 38th time as a pro against Humberto Ochoa... and Brit star Liam Smith continues his charge to a second world title reign in a ten round clash with Roberto Garcia.
Three of Matchroom Boxing USA’s bright young things complete the stacked card in Nikita Ababiy, Reshat Mati and Raymond Ford.

Introducing Australian super middleweight Jack Bowen

Introducing Australian super middleweight Jack Bowen
MTK Global confirmed the signing of Australian amateur king Jack Bowen. News of Bowen’s professional debut will be forthcoming in due course. The 23 year-old Brisbane super middleweight represented his country at this year’s World Championships after having won the Australian title, the Arafura Games, five state crowns, Australasian Golden Gloves and the Queensland Elite Boxer of the Year award.
The powerful Bowen said: “I’ve chose to sign for MTK Global because my ambition is to become a world champion. With the proven success of MTK Global, I’m optimistic and I trust in the development of my professional career both domestically and internationally. I already have good working relationships with both Mike Altamura and Tom Stalker, so it feels only natural to put my faith in the work and culture offered by MTK Global.”
MTK Global International Consultant Altamura added: “I think Jack is one of the standout talents to emerge from Australia for a number of years. I’m really excited to be working with him. He has really fast hands and fast feet but he also has a toughness about him – he’s prepared to mix it up in the pocket if necessary. I have known Jack since his mid-teens and he’s always been a gentleman. He’s a good fit for our company. A special shout-out too to his trainer Gareth Williams. I think he’s one of the top trainers in the Asia-Pacific region and I look forward to working alongside him to develop the fighter.”

Lionell Thompson talks about moving down to 168 pounds

Lionell Thompson talks about moving down to 168 pounds

Lionell Thompson talks about moving down to 168 pounds
Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson is in training camp as preparing to take on former super middleweight title holder Jose Uzcategui live on Showtime on Saturday, December 28th at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.The Premier Boxing Champions event will be headlined by Gervonta “Tank” Davis moving up in weight to take on former unified featherweight title holder Yuriorkis Gamboa for the vacant WBA regular lightweight title.  For Thompson, it will be his debut fight at 168 pounds, after fighting in the light heavyweight division throughout his career. Here is what Thompson had to say about his new division, his December 28 opponent and more, from training camp at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas: 
“I’m not worried about his power. I’ve been in there with big punchers my whole career. I’m just ready to perform. I’m not worried about what he can do. I’m just concentrating on what I can do. Everyone can punch in the pros. One punch from anyone can hurt you. I’m fully focused on being excellent on December 28.
“We’re working hard. It’s a new weight class for me and that’s motivating me even more to be my best. This win is going to do wonders for my life and career. I believe I’ll be victorious in Atlanta. Don’t blink.
“All of my fights are important to me. Uzcategui is just another fighter. I don’t focus on what the perception of Uzcategui is. People say he’s a big puncher, but how do you know if he’s never hit you before? It’s someone’s job to pump their fighter up, but I’m only focused on what I can control.
“This is a huge opportunity for me and I’m definitely thankful to the Mayweather Promotions team for putting me in this position. When I saw that Uzcategui was looking for an opponent, I told (Mayweather Promotions CEO) Leonard Ellerbe that I wanted to fight him and he made it happen. 
“I know it’s rare for someone at my age to go down in weight. I feel fresh for my age though. I’m making weight the right way and the healthy way. I think with my training camp and the challenge that Uzcategui presents, it will bring out the best of me on December 28.”

Late results from Mexico: Diego De La Hoya returns with a win

Late results from Mexico: Diego De La Hoya returns with a win
Diego De La Hoya W10 Renson Robles... Fighting in his hometown, Diego De La Hoya (22-1, 10 KOs) defeated Renson "Gato" Robles (16-7, 9 KOs) of Venezuela via unanimous decision in a ten-round featherweight fight in Mexicali, Mexico. De La Hoya won by scores of 97-94 and 99-89 (twice). It was De La Hoya's first fight back from a loss to Ronny Rios. "I was a difficult fight because I hurt my left hand in the second round," said Diego De La Hoya."I had to fight the entire fight with one hand. Still, I came to fight, and I never gave up."
Roger "The Kid" Guitierrez (23-3-1, 19 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela defeated Andres "Maravilla" Tapia (16-8-3, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via unanimous decision in a 10-round super featherweight brawl. Gutierrez won with three scores of 98-91. "Tapia is a great warrior," said Roger Gutierrez."To fight a Mexican is a great honor for me. Thank you to all who came out to support today."
William "Camaron" Zepeda (20-0, 18 KOs) of San Mateo Atenco, Mexico stopped Jampier Oses (15-6-1, 12 KOs) of Ocumare, Venezuela via technical knockout in the third round of a lightweight bout originally scheduled for ten. "I felt good," said William Zepeda. "He surprised me for a bit. But I was able to recover due to my preparation. I think the fans were the winners tonight from a great show."
Luis "El Venado" Lopez (20-2, 11 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico defeated Cristian "Gaurico" Baez (18-1, 17 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela via technical knockout in the fifth round of a ten-round lightweight fight. "I would like to make a fight with Diego De La Hoya," said Luis Lopez."I feel great. We knew this opportunity would open many doors. And thank God we achieved our objective."

Jaron Ennis added as replacement Showtime bout for Jan. 10th

Jaron Ennis added as replacement Showtime bout for Jan. 10th
Philadelphia welterweight Jaron Ennis will make his 2020 debut against hard-hitting Bakhtiyar Eyubov on Friday, January 10th live on Showtime from Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The previously announced WBA 140-pound title Eliminator between Shohjahon Ergashev and Keith Hunter has been postponed after Hunter injured his right hand during training.  A new date and opponent for Ergashev will be announced in the coming days.The 22 year-old Ennis (24-0, 22 KOs) will take on Kazakhstan’s Eyubov (14-1-1, 12 KOs) just an hour away from his hometown. Two women’s unification fights will bookend the welterweight bout on the SHowtime telecast.  Claressa Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) will take on Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs) for the WBC and WBO 154-pound championships, and, in the telecast opener, WBA super middleweight champion Alicia Napoleon Espinosa (12-1, 7 KOs) meets IBF champion Elin Cederroos (7-0, 4 KOs) in another unification bout. 
In Eyubov, Ennis will take on his toughest test to date as he looks to continue his rapid ascension in one boxing’s deepest divisions.  The switch-hitter has scored 14 consecutive knockouts as has his level opposition has steadily increased since turning professional in 2016.  He returned from a nine-month layoff in August of 2019 with a first round TKO of Franklin Mamani and followed that up with a third round TKO of Demian Fernandez on October 5th.  Against Fernandez, the come-forward and aggressive Ennis landed 43 percent of his power shots as he switched from orthodox to southpaw.   
Regarded as one of the top prospects in boxing, Ennis had two emphatic knockout victories on ShoBox: The New Generation in 2018.  The Philadelphia native, who owns 10 first round knockouts and has yet to be pushed past the sixth round, was a standout amateur who won the 2015 National Golden Gloves was ranked as the No. 1 amateur at 141 pounds before turning pro. “I’m coming to make another statement to the welterweight division and the world,” said Ennis.  “I’m going to let them know that I’m here and that 2020 will be my year.  I’m the future of this division and January 10th is the next step in proving that.”  
The 33 year-old Eyubov, from Aktobe, Kazakhstan and currently based in Brooklyn, NY, is known for his relentlessly aggressive fighting style. Quickly making a name for himself in the welterweight division, Eyubov tore through his first ten professional opponents, knocking them all out within the first three rounds including a third-round stoppage of Jared Robinson on ShoBox in 2016. Eyubov also owns impressive wins over Nicholas Givan (21-2-1) and Karim Mayfield (21-5-1) but is winless in his last two outings, including a majority draw with Jose Luis Rodriguez and a unanimous decision loss to undefeated Brian Ceballo. With just 16 professional fights to his name since moving on from the amateur ranks in 2012, Eyubov is eager to turn heads with a career-defining win over the highly regarded Ennis. 
“On January 10th, Jaron Ennis is going to be in the hardest fight of his life,” Eyubov said.  “He has never faced anyone with my strength, skills and will to win.  Bakha Bullet will shoot to do damage in Atlantic City and hand Ennis his first loss.”  
“The Ennis vs. Eyubov fight is a classic crossroads fight and a must-win for both fighters,” said Eyubov promoter Dmitriy Salita.  “It’s a big test for Ennis, who is a slick, skilled boxer, and a potentially career-changing opportunity for the aggressive, powerful and formerly world-rated contender in Eyubov.  We expect fireworks on January 10th.

Canelo Alvarez vacates WBO light heavyweight championship

Canelo Alvarez vacates WBO light heavyweight championship

Canelo Alvarez vacates WBO light heavyweight championship
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has vacated the WBO light heavyweight championship he recently won from Sergey Kovalev. Alvarez's promoter Golden Boy Promotions released the following statement:  "In order to comply with the WBO's prohibition against its champions holding titles from other sanctioning organizations in multiple weight classes [...] Canelo Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) and the WBO have reached an agreement for Canelo to vacate the WBO's light heavyweight world title. Canelo won the WBO title by defeating Sergey Kovalev via 11th-round knockout on Nov. 2, 2019. Canelo will maintain his status and privileges as a WBO super champion, including any privilege to be designated mandatory challenger to the WBO titleholder in any division."
Editor's note: Boxingtalk recognizes Alvarez as the world middleweight champion pending the announcement of the weight division at which his next fight will be contested. Boxingtalk also recognizes Alvarez as a three-- not four-- division champion: junior middleweight, middleweight and light heavyweight. The super middleweight title Alvarez claimed by defeating Rocky Fielding was a secondary or "regular" title from the WBA.
Alvarez said, “I know that my accomplishments in the ring have brought pride to my fans and my country. I have long enjoyed my relationship with the WBO and appreciate all they do to preserve and enhance the sport of boxing. This agreement allows the WBO to have its light heavyweight title contested regularly and allows me to pursue bouts against the best opponents, regardless of weight class.”
 Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, president of the WBO, said, “Canelo has already accomplished much in boxing, and is still a young man. When his career is done, he will be regarded as one of the greatest boxers to ever step into the ring, and one of Mexico’s best fighters ever. We look forward to his future fights against rivals at the top of the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and other divisions. 
Golden Boy's Oscar De La Hoya added, “We completely support the decision made by Canelo Alvarez and the WBO. Canelo made history by stopping Sergey Kovalev in impressive fashion [...] .  Not only did he show that he is a real threat at 175 pounds, but he also demonstrated that he is fully capable of moving across several divisions to look for the most exciting fights for the fans.


Twitter Chatter: J Rock defends Hurd's choice of opponents

Twitter Chatter: J Rock defends Hurd's choice of opponents
IBF/WBA junior middleweight champion Julian "J Rock" Williams defending Jarett Hurd even though Hurd opted out of a rematch vs. Williams in favor of a much easier opponent, Francisco Santana:  "Seriously y’all gotta stop tagging me [with insults for Hurd]. Jarrett fought four fighters in the top ten and unified the titles all in a span of five fights...  he lost ONE, so what? I think he EARNED the right to have a step back fight..don’t be a fickle fan  #cantpleaseboxingfans."
Vergil Ortiz Sr. on who's jabs his son's vicious jab is patterned after: "Miguel Cotto, Kelly Pavlik, and Oscar [De La Hoya are] the people I studied to have my son throw the jab like."

Bob Arum apologizes to Northern Ireland for pro-IRA joke

Bob Arum apologizes to Northern Ireland for pro-IRA joke
In the wake of an interview given by promoter Bob Arum on Saturday night [that could be interpreted as supporting the Irish Republican Army, an organization that has committed acts of terrorism], Arum and MTK Global issued an apology. [The controversy began when Michael Conlan's ring walk song for a previous fight contained a pro-IRA chant. Conlan previously apologized for playing the song. This weekend, Arum reignited the issue when he inappropriately joked that he hoped to play the song again if Conlan fought in New York next St. Patrick's day].  [When he realized the offensive nature of his remark,] Arum said: “I wish to apologize for any offense caused by my comments in an interview I gave on Saturday night. I was making a joke but what I said was spur-of-the-moment, ill-informed and ill-advised. I have no excuses but as anyone who knows me will tell you, there was nothing malicious whatsoever intended. I am proud to represent great fighters such as Michael Conlan and Carl Frampton and I look forward to promoting more shows with our colleagues at MTK Global in the proud city of Belfast. Boxing is a sport of hope that brings people together and together, we will strive to facilitate that wherever and whenever possible.”
MTK Global’s message on the matter is simple: We are proud to be playing a role in further establishing boxing as a vehicle for breaking down barriers and divisions. We hope to continue our work with people from all-denominations, religions and ethnicities in building a positive future.
In the past 18 months, MTK Global has staged colossal fight nights at Windsor Park for Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson and at Féile an Phobail for Michael Conlan’s homecoming – both also broadcast on BT Sport in the UK in association with Frank Warren – and remains committed to pushing boxing as a sport that unites communities. A visit to any of 2019’s MTK Fight Night events at Ulster Hall has seen fans of fighters from both sides of the community [Catholic and Protestant] in Northern Ireland packing the venue and enjoying the action side by side.
As symbols of hope for a positive future, two-weight champion Frampton, world-ranked Conlan and MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan are all championing the cause. Frampton said: “While Bob’s comments were offensive, I feel they were made out of a lack of knowledge regarding the complexities of our country. I do not believe they were malicious in nature.
“Boxing has always been a sport that has helped unite our people and divisive statements should be kept away from it.”
Michael Conlan, [who was responsible for starting the furor with his music choice earlier in 2019] said: “I can understand how Bob’s comments have caused offense. However, I don’t think there was any malice behind what he said. While I don’t believe he meant to cause any harm, I welcome his apology. Boxing is a sport that unites and welcomes all walks of life on an even playing field and I’m looking forward to seeing Top Rank and MTK Global doing that this year in Belfast with two major shows planned for the summer.”
MTK's Jamie Conlan said: “What Bob said was unfortunate and I understand the hurt and the anger in reaction to it. What I can say is that having spent lots of time with Bob, I can assure people it was not his intention to hurt or anger anyone. While anyone associated with Belfast or knowing its history would want to distance themselves from such comments, we know they were out of character and Bob’s swift apology is a welcome one.”

Golden Contract returns on February 21st

Golden Contract returns on February 21st

Golden Contract returns on February 21st
The semi-finals of the Golden Contract tournaments for both featherweights and junior welterweights will take place on the same night: February 21, 2020 at London’s iconic York Hall, live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with ESPN+. Both weight classes have four boxers remaining. The featherweights consist of Ryan Walsh, Leigh Wood, Tyrone McCullagh and Jazza Dickens, while the 140 pounders are whittled down to Ohara Davies, Tyrone McKenna, Mohamed Mimoune and Jeff Ofori. The match-ups will be determined by draw during fight week.
MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan said: “What a night in prospect this is. This competition has already been a great success and now it goes up another level. Even the knockout bonus money goes up. It’s great to be having these semis at York Hall, which were packed for the quarters and provided superb atmospheres. This will be even bigger, better and louder. We’ve chosen to do both feather and super-light on the same night to bring together eight sets of fans hoping to roar their heroes to a life-changing opportunity in the two finals. Fans from up and down the U.K, Ireland and France will be in attendance supporting the semi-finalists and with ESPN screening it all to the US alongside Sky Sports in the UK, this is simply a massive night for boxing.”
Tickets for the event will be released on Friday. Confirmation of the fight week draw, press conference and weigh-in will be forthcoming in due course.

Matchroom signs Scottish bantamweight Kash Farooq

Matchroom signs Scottish bantamweight Kash Farooq
Matchroom Boxing announced the signing of Scottish bantamweight Kash Farooq to a multi-fight contract. Nicknamed "The Untouchable", Farooq (13-1 6 KOs) debuted in 2015 at just 19, winning a comfortable points decision in Glasgow. The now 23 year-old notched five more points victories consecutively, before securing his first stoppage victory as a professional in September 2017, dismantling Bulgaria’s Georgi Andonov in the first round.
Next, Farooq stopped Scott Allan in the eighth to claim the Scottish Area title at 118lbs to move 8-0. His knockout run continued into 2018, disposing of Jose Hernandez in the second round before stopping Jamie Wilson in the first three minutes to scoop the vacant British title, an admirable achievement in just his tenth pro outing.
Two more defences of the prestigious British crown followed, before Farooq would face his toughest challenge to date against former amateur teammate, unbeaten Commonwealth Champion Lee McGregor. The fight lived up to the expectation, a twelve-tound war between the pair ensued with Mcgregor getting the nod with a split decision win.
There is the potential for some big fights in 2020 for Farooq, who will be hoping to return to winning ways early in the new year. “Eddie first contacted my manager about a week and a half after the McGregor fight,” said Farooq. “It was really exciting to hear that Eddie was watching my fight, he thought that I won the fight as well. I’m really excited to be part of the team now and I can’t wait to get started under the Matchroom Boxing banner.
“I came to Glasgow in 2002, I was born in Pakistan. I’ve been in Glasgow about 17 or 18 years. It’s been my home for a long time and I’d rather be there than anywhere in the world. Its been great to me, the people are great and I’ve loved every minute. I’d love to bring some more big fights to the city.
“Going into the McGregor fight, he was always the bigger name, everyone knew who he was down south. I surprised a lot of people with my style. I proved that I’m a threat at the weight. I was really confident going into the fight and I thought I did enough to win. I put on a great performance but it just went the other way. I’ve just got to move on. This is boxing and things like that happen all of the time.
“For me it’s all about moving on, keeping my head up and not letting things like that keep me down. I would love to get the rematch but do I think it’s going to happen in the next fight? No. I would love it down the line somewhere though. Now it’s all about winning and getting better and better every fight. I’m always learning. You only stop learning once you retire. I’ll get better every fight and this is just the start for me. New fans can expect a fan friendly style from me, a clever style. You’ll see something different, that’s all I can say.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Kash to the team,” said Eddie Hearn. “He is a special talent that really impressed me last time out and I believe he has so much potential in the sport. He will be back in a title fight in the spring and I look forward to many exciting fights with him in Scotland and around the world.”

Results from Pennsylvania: early night for Alycia Baumgardner

Results from Pennsylvania: early night for Alycia Baumgardner
Alycia Baumgardner TKO1 Cristina Pacheco... On a King's Promotions show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Alycia Baumgardner stopped Cristina del valle Pacheco in the first round of their scheduled eight-round junior lightweight bout. Baumgardner sent Pacheco to the canvas in round one with a chopping right to the head.  Baumgardner finished off Pacheco by landing a flush combination that left Pacheco defenseless and the bout was stopped at 1:46.  Baumgardener, from Freemont, OH, is 9-1 with 6 KOs.  Pacheco, from Argentina, drops to 11-13-2.  "Alycia looked fantastic tonight, and showed that she is one of the top fighters in the world.  She is ready and wanting to fight anybody in the world." said promoter Marshall Kauffman.
Las Vegas' Carlos Vidal remained undefeated by stopping Colombia's Jonathan Perez (38-25) in the second round of a scheduled six-round junior lightweight fight. Vidal started landing hard shots in round two.  He then landed a three-punch combination that wobbled Perez into the corner.  A follow up flurry sent Perez down and the fight was stopped at 1:48. Vidal is 16-0 with 15 knockouts...  
Heavyweight Michael Coffie won a technical decision over Grover Young after Young suffered a cut in round five of their scheduled six rounder. In round two, Coffie sent Young down with a straight left to the head. In round five, Young was cut over his left eye.  Later in the round, the cut worsened to the point that the ringside physician determined that the cut was too much, and the fight was halted. Coffie, 273 3/4 lbs of Kissimmee, FL won by scores of 49-45 twice and 48-46, and is now 8-0.  Young, 260 lbs of Memphis is 13-29-3. 
James Bernadin stopped Nick Baez in the second round of their scheduled four-round junior welterweight bout. Bernadin landed several hard shots that backed up Baez before a huge overhand right to the jaw sent Baez down, and the fight was immedately called off at 1:57. Bernadin, 141 lbs of Lancaster, PA is 3-0-1 with two knockouts.  Baez, 136 lbs of Bronx, NY was making his pro debut... 
Dewayne Williams stopped Brent Oren in the opening round of their scheduled four-round middleweight bout. Williams landed a combination that was capped by a left to the jaw that sent Oren down.  The fight was stopped upon Oren getting to his feet at 2:38. Williams, 160 1/2 lbs of Philadelphia is 2-2 with one knockout.  Oren, 156 1/2 lbs of Harrisburg is 2-3.
Luis Morales remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous decision over Ayron Palmer in a lightweight battle. Morales, 136 3/4 lbs of Harrisburg won by 40-36 tallies on all three cards and is now 4-0.  Palmer, 138 3/4 lbs of Tallahassee, FL is 0-3,
Roudly Lolo and Mike Diorio brawled their way to a four-round split draw in a super middleweight bout. In round four, Lolo suffered a cut around his left eye. Each guy took one card by 39-37 and the third was even at 38-38. Lolo, 165 1/2 lbs of Harrisburg was making his pro debut.  Diorio, 167 3/4 lbs of Cortland, NY is 0-2-1.
Britain Hart and Unique Harris battled to a four-round split draw in a bantamweight fight. Each fighter won a card 39-37 and the third card was even at 38-38. Hart, 118 1/4 lbs of Bedford, VA is 3-3-3.  Harris, 118 1/4 lbs of Philadelphia is 1-3-1.
Khainell Wheeler remained undefeated with a 37-second destruction over Patrick Pierre in a scheduled four-round super middleweight bout. Wheeler landed a left hook in the opening seconds in the bout that wobbled Pierre into the ropes.  The follow up flurry saw Wheeler landed several flush punches to the head, and referee Gary Rosato called a halt to the action. Wheeler, 167 lbs of Bethlehem, PA is 4-0 with four knockouts.  Pierre, 167 3/4 lbs of Brooklyn is 3-10. source for all results: king's promotion press release

Women's results from Mexico

Women's results from Mexico

Women's results from Mexico
Guadalupe Martinez W10 Debani Balderas... In Tulum, Mexico, Guadalupe “Lupita” Martinez retained her WBC super flyweight championship, defeating Debani Balderas by ten-round unanimous decision. The official scores were all 100-90 in favor of Martinez. The aggression of Martinez (20-9) made the difference in the fight. Debani (11-4-2) was taller and fought from a southpaw stance, but was simply not able to keep her distance with the jab. The champion, who constantly cut down the distance upped her two-fisted attack as the fight wore on, and came very close to stopping the challenger in the last moments of the eighth round.
Zulina Muñoz W8 Fredee González ... Former WBC super flyweight champion Zulina “La Loba” Muñoz closed out a busy year with a win over Fredee González at the Deportivo Leandro Valle in Mexico City. Muñoz secured the unanimous decision victory by a convincing margin: 80-72 (twice) and 79-73.  Her record now stands at 51-3-2, including 3-1 for the year 2019. Munoz previouisly lost her title to Martinez, the winner of the bout listed above. Gonzalez leaves at 6-16-1. Muñoz was far superior to González, who was repeatedly jolted with combinations. The winner's best round was the seventh, in which she moved around the ring and confidently controlled the action with sharp jabs, following up with snappy combinations. source for both results: wbc

Danny Garcia to fight Ivan Redkach on Jan. 25th

Danny Garcia to fight Ivan Redkach on Jan. 25th
Former two-division champion Danny “Swift’’ García returns to the ring to take on hard-hitting Ivan “El Terrible’’ Redkach in a twelve-round WBC welterweight eliminator on Saturday, January 25th live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.García is a proven box-office attraction as 16,533 attended his welterweight title unification match against Keith Thurman on March 4, 2017 in a bout that aired in primetime on CBS. The fight against Redkach will be Garcia’s eighth appearance at Barclays Center.
“Barclays Center fan-favorite Danny García is back in Brooklyn as he continues his quest for the top spot in the welterweight division,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Danny has been in the biggest fights at Barclays Center and on January 25th there are sure to be fireworks when hard-hitting Ivan Redkach looks for a career-defining win. Redkach has upset the odds before and there’s no doubt he’ll leave it all in the ring with this opportunity to move closer to a world title fight. Combined with a former unified champion known for action fights in Jarrett Hurd, plus a rising star in Stephen Fulton, this card is loaded with intrigue from top to bottom.” 
“We’re thrilled to host our first boxing event of 2020 by welcoming Danny García back for his eighth fight at Barclays Center and have Jarrett Hurd return to the arena where he’s had some memorable victories,” said Keith Sheldon, EVP of Programming and Development for BSE Global. “Danny specifically has built an enthusiastic fan base in the borough, becoming one of the most popular fighters in our arena, and we can't wait to see his supporters out in full force as he steps back into our ring against Ivan Redkach.”
García (35-2, 21 KOs) is the latest in a long line of great boxers from Philadelphia who have made their mark on the sport. His run through the 140-pound division and two-year reign as a unified champion included wins over Nate Campbell, Kendall Holt, Erik Morales, Amir Khan, Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse. 
The 31 year-old García then moved up to welterweight where he won the vacant WBC title with a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero in 2016. He lost a split decision to Thurman in a unification match in 2017 and dropped a narrow unanimous decision to Shawn Porter for the WBC title in 2018.  García thought he won both those matches. In his last fight, García scored a  knockout victory over Adrian Granados on April 20th to get back into position to regain the welterweight crown. 
“I’m very excited to be headlining another Showtime card and to go back to Barclays Center, my home away from home,” said García. “I can’t wait to step in the ring in Brooklyn and give fans the Danny García show. I watched a few of Redkach’s recent fights and he had a great knockout win over two-time champion Devon Alexander. So, I know he’s a tough fighter and competitor who I expect to bring the best out of me, and he’s someone who deserves this opportunity. But January 25th is tax season, so I’m going to have to tax him and pay him with a reality check.”
Redkach (23-4-1, 18 KOs) has his sights set on winning a welterweight title and will face the toughest challenge of his career when he steps in against Garcia. The 33-year-old Redkach, who was born in Shostka, Ukraine and now lives in Los Angeles, is accustomed to stern tests. He started boxing as an amateur in Ukraine where he had over 300 fights. When he turned professional he traveled to Mexico to train and develop the “Mexican Style’’ – a style that emphasis standing in the pocket and throwing hard shots to the body. 
Things started out slowly for Redkach, but soon he began to hold his own in Mexico and prevailed, earning the nickname “El Terrible’’ from his training partners. Redkach won 14 of his first 18 professional fights by stoppage and has won three in a row, including most recently knocking out former world champion Devon Alexander in June. 
“I’m very motivated to take a massive step in my career and get closer to becoming world champion against a strong and accomplished fighter like Danny García,” said Redkach. “I have been to a lot of Danny’s fights and now I get the chance to test myself against him. I am training very hard so that I am the best that I have ever been on January 25. I’m going to shock the boxing world just like I did against Devon Alexander. I’ve never been this hungry before and I’m confident I will win this fight.”

Jarrett Hurd to face Francisco Santana instead of Julian Williams rematch

Jarrett Hurd to face Francisco Santana instead of Julian Williams rematch
Showtime announced a tripleheader for January 25th at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. In the main event, former two-division champion Danny “Swift’’ García faces Ivan “El Terrible’’ Redkach in a WBC welterweight eliminator. In the co-feature, former unified 154-pound champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (pictured) will return against Francisco “Chia” Santana in a ten-round junior middleweight contest, plus super bantamweight Stephen “Cool Boy Steph’’ Fulton will face undefeated Arnold Khegai in a twelve-round WBO title eliminator to open the Showtime broadcast. 
Hurd is a former WBA and IBF champion at 154-pounds. With his record now at 23-1 with 16 KOs, returns to action for the first time since losing his belts against Julian Williams in one of 2019’s best fights. The 29-year-old from Accokeek, Maryland captured his first title by stopping current WBC titlist Tony Harrison in 2017 and then added the WBA belt by defeating Erislandy Lara in 2018’s consensus Fight of the Year. Hurd earned his title opportunity by going on a run of knocking off unbeaten fighters including Frank Galarza and Oscar Molina, and also owns a successful title defense against Austin Trout at Barclays Center in 2017. 
“Just because I fell back, doesn’t mean I fell off,” said Hurd. “I’m back and excited to fight at Barclays Center for the third time. I’m bringing the storm back on January and I’m going to make a statement everyone is going to see. You’re not going to want to miss this fight and the best Jarrett Hurd anyone’s seen.” 
Santana (25-7-1, 12 KOs) has taken on the toughest challenges at 154 and 147 pounds and has made his name with an all-action action style throughout a long career as a contender. The 33-year-old will look to bounce back from a close decision loss to Abel Ramos in March, in a fight where Santana dropped Ramos in the second round. Prior to the setback against Ramos, the Santa Barbara, California native was coming off of a victory over Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz in April 2018. Santana has faced former champions Jermell Charlo and Sadam Ali while also owning a six-round draw against Julian Williams in 2011. 
“This is a great opportunity for me against a fighter like Jarrett Hurd,” said Santana. “When you get an opportunity like this, it’s hard to turn it down. My job is to rise to the occasion and have the best moment of my career on fight night. This is my Super Bowl. When I last fought at 154-pounds, I was basically self-trained. Now I have my coach Joseph Janik training me and I really think he’s the missing piece of the puzzle for me. I’m going to go in there and leave it all in the ring January 25.” 
The 25-year-old Fulton (17-0, 8 KOs) has made a rapid rise through the super bantamweight ranks with superb boxing skills, befitting a slick fighter from Philadelphia. Lately Fulton has shown flashes of power that have caught his opponents off guard. In his last fight he stopped Isaac Avelar with a body shot to end their fight in the fifth round on August 24th. 
Fighting out of Odessa, Ukraine and training for this fight in Los Angeles, Khegai (16-0-1, 10 KOs) will make his third start in the U.S. on January 25, after a successful U.S. debut in in May 2018 when he defeated Adam Lopez on the prospect developmental series ShoBox: The New Generation. The 27-year-old has already been victorious twice in 2019, stopping Haidari Mchanjo in March and most recently winning a unanimous decision over Vladimir Tikhonov in August on ShoBox. 

Mikey Garcia leaves PBC for Matchroom

Mikey Garcia leaves PBC for Matchroom

Mikey Garcia leaves PBC for Matchroom
Mikey Garcia has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA. The former four-weight division champion will return to action on February 29th, on DAZN, as the California favorite looks to regain his champion status. Garcia, who turned 32 today (December 15) will step back into the ring early in 2020 for the first time since moving up two-weights in March to face IBF welterweight ruler Errol Spence in a bid to win world honors at a fifth weight.  Garcia is on the hunt for more world title clashes and big name showdowns to add more big names to a stellar resume that boasts wins over the likes of Adrien Broner, Roman Martinez and Orlando Salido – and Garcia believes that the best is yet to come.
“I am happy to announce my return to the ring for February 29th,” said Garcia. “I am eager to make my return and grow my legacy. I look forward to working with Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN and I want to thank all my fans for the continued support. Fight details will be announced soon and I can’t wait to be back in the ring.”
“I’ve been talking to Mikey for over a year now and I’m so happy to welcome him to the team,” said Eddie Hearn. “Mikey is a standout star and I’m looking forward to working with him on big fights moving forward.
“He will return to the ring on February 29 and we will be announcing the opponent and venue shortly. The talent within Matchroom Boxing and on DAZN is unprecedented – we look forward to an epic 2020.”
“Mikey Garcia joining the DAZN roster will allow us to deliver even greater value to our subscribers as our Fight Season schedule begins to take shape for 2020,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP, North America. “We’re a data-led business and so we’re naturally drawn to the fact that Mikey has consistently delivered numbers – whether it’s been television audience, pay-per-view buys or ticket sales. We look forward to welcoming his fans to DAZN on Leap Year Day.”

Sarah Bormann wins in Germany

Sarah Bormann wins in Germany

Sarah Bormann W10 Lotta Loikkanen ... German light flyweight Sarah “Babyface” Bormann remained undefeated with a win in Karlsruhe, Germany on Saturday, December 14th.  Bormann had a little too much in the bag for gritty and game challenger Lotta Loikkanen from Finland, as she scored a unanimous decision in the main event of a big show at at the traditional Christmas Circus in Karlsruhe. Bormann is now 12-0, while Loikkanen falls to 6-1. source: wbf


Golden Boy signs junior welterweight Luis "El Matador" Hernandez

Golden Boy signs junior welterweight Luis "El Matador" Hernandez
Golden Boy has signed junior welterweight Luis "El Matador" Hernandez (20-0, 18 KOs) to a promotional agreement.  Hernandez is a 23-year-old native of Chihuahua, Mexico who debuted as a professional in November 2015. Since then, he has remained undefeated across 20 fights, winning 18 of them by knockout. After several months of vetting many offers from different promoters, this young man has decided to take his career to the next level with Golden Boy. Hernandez, who has the same name as the legendary soccer player Luis "El Matador" Hernandez, will now look to follow in the footsteps of fellow fighters who also hail from Chihuahua, Mexico, such as Quirino Garcia, Juan Carlos "El Ranchero" Ramirez, David "Tacubayo" Murillo and Miguel "Mickey" Roman.
"I am very pleased to sign with the biggest promoter in the world," said Luis Hernandez. "I have a job to do, and my promoter will get me to where I need to go, and that is to bring a world title back to Chihuahua, Mexico! Viva Mexico!"
"Luis Hernandez represents a new generation of Mexican talent, so we are proud to have him in our growing stable," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. "He has an exciting style and is in a very competitive division, so we look forward to promoting Hernandez as we continue to extend our presence in Mexico and beyond."  

Twitter chatter: Commey promises he will return

Twitter chatter: Commey promises he will return

Twitter chatter: Commey promises he will return
Richard Commey on losing his IBF lightweght title to Teofimo Lopez on Saturday: "Congratulations to the new ?IBF lightweight champion of the world ?Teofimo Lopez?, a great achievement at such a young age [22]. I wish you all the best in the future and may God bless you and your family... I would just thank everybody for all the kind words of support. This is a very hard defeat for me to take but I will be back stronger and better than ever. Sorry for letting all my fans down but I will learn from my mistake and be a world champion again God bless you all!"
Teofimo Lopz's  response: "A true champion not only to his people in Ghana but to everyone all around the world. Thank you for being such an inspiration for all us young fighters."

Crawford overcomes shaky moments to brutalize Kavaliauskas

Crawford overcomes shaky moments to brutalize Kavaliauskas
Terence Crawford TKO9 Egidijus Kavaliauskas... In improving to a perfect 36-0 with 27 KOs, Terence Crawford continues to separate himself in class from every fighter who chooses to share the ring with him.  His stoppage victory tonight came at :44 of round nine over the hard-hitting and previously undefeated Egidijus Kavaliauskas who drops to 21-1-1 with 17 stoppages.  One would not have been crazy to envision a knockout loss for Crawford around the third round, as Kavaliauskas drilled Terence upstairs that amidst a barrage of punches, found Crawford on the canvas.  The landed punch and the subsequent meeting of the canvas were not in direct succession, prompting the referee to rule this a slip.  However, official knockdown or not, the threat was real; Crawford refused to switch from his southpaw stance, nearly squared up to Kavaliauskas who rarely missed his target in their furious exchanges.  As the rounds progressed, Crawford continued to have little regard for the dangerous speed and power of the Lithuanian.  But Crawford must have sensed that standing directly in front of his opponent would give him the opportunity for the knockout he sought, and if he had to take some punishment to get there, then so be it.  That opportunity came in the seventh round for Crawford as he unleashed a fury of punches on Kavaliauskas moments after taking a sturdy shot to the chin himself.  But according to plan, Crawford dropped Kavaliauskas to the canvas for the first time in the fight, chiefly a result of a perfect right hand above the ear.  The next phase of Crawford’s plan included a relative “round off,” and then entered round 9 with a seek-and-destroy assault.  The stoppage followed soon after, as Kavaliauskas simply could no longer compete with one of the sport’s pound for pound best.  Crawford did not commit to any specific opponent by name in the post-fight interview, but maintained that he is willing to take on anyone.  On any other night against any other man, Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas might have been celebrating his coming out party to the welterweight division.  But Terence Crawford was not the man who would oblige him tonight. Source: ESPN

Teofimo Lopez makes short work of Commey to capture IBF title

Teofimo Lopez makes short work of Commey to capture IBF title
Teofimo Lopez TKO2 Richard Commey... In Teofimo Lopez’s mind, he had some redeeming to do following his unanimous decision victory against Masayoshi Nakatani this past September.  If winning by a score of no less than ten rounds to two on any judge’s card, then sure, he needed to redeem himself. Warranted or not, he found his redemption and more tonight with a 2nd round stoppage of the formidable and highly-touted Ghanaian Richard Commey, who drops to 29-3 with 26 KOs.  In a first round that saw Commey land some single shots to the jaw of Lopez, Teofimo was not deterred in the slightest, focused like a hawk for the first opening he could find for his fight-ending right hand. That opportunity came in the second round - Lopez timed Commey as he looked to come in with his own right hand.  The shot landed square on the chin of Commey who wobbled to the canvas. After beating the count, Commey could not defend against Lopez’s endless barrage along the ropes that prompted the referee to jump in and stop the assault.  While Teofimo was hesitant to commit to a fight with Lomachenko in 2020, he alluded to its inevitability for this coming year.  With this stoppage at 1:13 of round two, Teofimo Lopez improves to 15-0 with 12 KOs, and ensures himself match ups of the highest order in 2020. Source: ESPN

Conlan avenges Olympic loss to Nikitin

Conlan avenges Olympic loss to Nikitin
Michael Conlan W10 Vladimir Nikitin... In a match up of former Olympic rivals, Ireland's Michael Conlan (13-0, 7 KOs) took on the Russian Vladimir Nikitin (3-1, 0 KOs, with a 13-3 tally in the World Series of Boxing) who was as tough mentally as he was physically.  Nikitin stood squared up to Conlan, throwing furious power punches from all angles with little regard for Conlan’s offense returned his way.  Nikitin’s attack was wild at times, prompting some warnings from referee Harvey Dock.  However, it was Conlan’s consistent counter attack that proved to be the more effective style in this spirited affair.  Round eight’s final minute saw a level of action above and beyond the already entertaining aesthetic between these two. Conlan found his openings where he could in between the Russian’s shots.  A Conlan right hand to the chin on the inside wobbled Nikitin briefly, but he stayed on his feet to end the round along with the parting gift of a bloody cut over the eye of Conlan.  After a full ten rounds, it was Conlan’s hand that was raised by a wide unanimous decision.  Official scores: 98-92, 99-91, 100-90. Though acceptable scores, the disparity does not accurately tell the tale of the competitive nature of this fight - a solid performance by Conlan who gears himself up for a title shot in 2020.  Source: ESPN

Golden Contract: three British boxers suffer first losses on same show

Golden Contract: three British boxers suffer first losses on same show
Hosea Burton W10 Bob Ajisafe...  The four light heavyweights moving on to the Golden Contract tournament semi-finalis are Hosea Burton, Liam Conroy, Serge Michel and Ricards Bolotniks. Burton felled and outpointed Bob Ajisafe, saying afterwards: “Bob is a very awkward customer and he can also punch. He is one of those men that when you think you’ve got him, he can still knock you out. I landed the back hand early, put the manners on him and went back to boxing. You can’t go wild at Bob. If you go wild at him, you run the risk of him switching your lights off because he’s got power. I’m over the moon with that performance.”
Liam Conroy W10 Andre Sterling... Liam Conroy defeated Andre Sterling, saying afterwards: “I thought I had him a couple of times but I’ve seen him get off the floor and win. I learned from the Steven Ward fight in that I didn’t put everything into three minutes this time when I had him going. I just look to myself and try and improve every time. If my trainer Johnney Roye says I’m ready, then I’m happy to go in with anyone. I’m absolutely buzzing. What a Christmas present." 
Serge Michel W10 Tommy Philbin... 
Born in Russia and living in Germany, Serge Michel (10-1) got a huge road win over previoulsy undefeated Tommy Philbin. Michel said afterwards: “At the start of the tournament, you don’t know where you stand. This isn’t my homeland but I’m very happy with the outcome and I hope the people of England enjoyed my fight. I’m here to fight anyone. I don’t care what the name is – I believe I have the skills to beat anyone.”
Ricards Bolotniks TKO1 Steven Ward... 
Latvia's Ricards Bolotniks (16-5-1) scored a first-round stoppage of previously undefeated Steven Ward to secure his place in the Golden Contract semi-finals. Bolotniks said afterward: “It’s brilliant. I’m so happy. I can’t believe it. It’s all down to one thing – training, training and also training. I don’t care who I face in the semi-final. Whoever. Hosea Burton said he’s the best at the press conference and I told him he made a mistake. So we’ll see.”
Dan Azeez W10 Lawrence Osueke... In another light heavyweight bout, but one that was not part of the Golden Contract tournament, Dan Azeez’s English title victory over Lawrence Osueke marked the third fight of the night in which a British boxer suffered his first loss. Azeez (11-0) said afterwards: “I didn’t really come out of first gear, to be honest. I just boxed sensibly and we keep moving on and we keep moving up. I’ve won the Southern Area, I’ve just won the English so people know what’s coming next… source for all results: mtk management 

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Important wins for Kambosos and Berlanga

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Important wins for Kambosos and Berlanga
George Kambosos Jr. W10 Mickey Bey...Australian lightweight George "Ferocious" Kambosos Jr. (18-0, 10 KOs) graduated from propsect to contender at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Kambosos took home the most significant win of his career, edging former IBF champion Mickey Bey (23-3-1, 11 KOs) via split decision over ten rounds.
Edgar Berlanga TKO1 Cesar Nunez ... Super middleweight Edgar "The Chosen One" Berlanga (13-0, 13 KOs) scored the 13th consecutive first-round knockout to begin his career, icing the normally durable Cesar Nunez (16-2-1, 8 KOs) in only 2:45. Berlanga notched a pair of knockdowns before the referee halted the bout. Berlanga said he came into the fight determined to keep his first-round knockout streak going in honor of his late cousin, Anthony Santana, who was murdered during training camp. "It feels amazing to be able to represent {Puerto Rico} on such a big and important stage as Madison Square Garden," Berlanga said. "My cousin was killed while I was preparing for this fight and that's why I wanted to dedicate this fight to him. I wanted to keep my first-round knockout streak going for him. I did it. I promise that for the next one I will go more rounds and I will be able to show all my skills. I'm not just a puncher."
Josue Vargas W10 Noel Murphy...  Josue "The Prodigy" Vargas (16-1, 9 KOs), the Bronx product, put on a show in front of the home fans and bested former sparring partner Noel Murphy (14-2-1, 2 KOs) via unanimous decision (98-92 on all three cards) in a junior welterweight contest.  “What a blessing to fight in front of my home fans and put on a show for them and everyone watching on ESPN+," Vargas said. "The belt means the world to me. I know this isn’t a world title, but I am on my way. To be 21 years old and fight at The Garden is truly special.”
Julian Rodriguez W8 Manuel Mendez ... Junior welterweight Julian "Hammer Hands" Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) cruised to an eight-round unanimous decision over the game Manuel Mendez (16-7-3, 11 KOs), who was knocked down in the opening round.  Official scores were 80-71(twice) and 79-72. source for all results: top rank press release

Popeye Rivera wins by decision in Massachusetts

Popeye Rivera wins by decision in Massachusetts
Richie Rivera W8 Joe Jones... Heavy-handed Richie "Popeye the Sailor Man" Rivera (now 16-0, 12 KOs) took his power up to the cruiserweight division against "Mighty" Joe Jones (now 11-2, 8 KOs), who unexplainably kept his hands very low, as Popeye pounded him to the head and body in the main event. Rivera hit Jones with everything but the kitchen sink, in what looked like batting practice at times, although he failed to register a stoppage for only the third time in 16 pro fights.  All three cards on Springfield, Massachusetts main event favored Rivera, 80-72.
It was a rough, physical fight that got chippy early with both fighters exchanging trash talk and showboating. Rivera, who hails from Hartford, pressed the action throughout the fight against a defensive Jones, who switched to a peep-a-boo style in the later rounds.  
"I'm strong to the finish because I eat my spinach... My coach kept telling me to relax but, honestly, I was putting on a show. More or less, I was acting," Rivera talked about the roughhousing. "He was tough. My team said to box. The plan wasn't to go for a knockout. I threw some big shots just to let him know.
"I'm so happy to have had my seventh fight this year. I've been active and I'm undefeated. I try to put on a show for the fans and be a role model."  source: star boxing
Richie Rivera (16-0, 12 KOs), Hartford, CT
WDEC8 (80-72, 80-72, 80-72)
Joe Jones (11-2, 8 KOs), Leesburg, VA
Leandro Silva (2-3, 1 KO), Woburn, MA
WTKO4 (2:00)
Angel Vazquez (0-2), Springfield, MA
Derrick Whitley II (6-1-1), Springfield, MA
Jermaine Corley (3-8, 1 KO), Mt. Vernon, NY
Jeffrey Torres (6-0, 4 KOs), Hartford, CT
WDEC6 (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Antonio Chaves Fernandez (9-40-4, 3 KOs), Brockton, MA
Anthony Laureano (13-0, 4 KOs), East Hartford, CT
WDEC8 (79-74, 79-74, 77-76)
Angel Hernandez (17-14-2, 11 KOs), McAllen, TX
Omar Bordoy (10-1, 3 KOs), Danbury, CT
WDEC8 (80-72, 80-72, 80-72)
Dieumerci Nzau (11-11, 8 KOs), Silver Spring, MD

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Undercard results from Springfield, MA

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Undercard results from Springfield, MA
 Anthony Laureano W8 Angel Hernandez ... In the co-feature at MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, Anthony Laureano (now 13-0, 4 KOs), a 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion from nearby East Hartford, CT., defeated Texas' Angel Hernandez (17-14-2, 11 KOs). The junior welterweight bout was a toe-to-toe battle from the opening and could have been fought in a proverbial phone booth. Laureano, as usual, was relentless in his attack, systematically breaking down his opponent with strong body work of his own, as well as seemingly landing uppercuts and left hooks at will.  Laureano took control in the second and never let up against a game Hernandez, who, like Laureano, never stopped throwing punches. Eventually, Laureano won an eight-round unanimous decision in a wildly entertaining, highly competitive clash.  
"It was beautiful," Laureano commented. "I like wars, my trainers don't. I let my emotions take over. It was a beautiful fight, though, all action and the people loved it. But I fought his fight. I did adapt and showed some of my boxing ability at some points.
"He's experienced and came in confident. He kept coming; he's tough. This will build me into a better fighter. I did a lot of good things. The goal is to learn from every fight, I will, and we'll go back to the drawing board."
Danbury, CT super lightweight Omar Bordoy (now 10-1, 3 KOs) opened the NESN broadcast with a masterful display of boxing, winning all eight rounds on each of the three judges' scorecards for an 8-round unanimous decision against late replacement Dieumerci Nzau (now 11-11, 8 KOs).   Bordoy effectively and consistently beat Nzau to the punch, moved well inside the ropes, and never put himself in dire straits. "It felt good," Bordoy said after the fight. "The game plan was to out-box him, use my job, and not take any unnecessary chances. I followed the game plan and came out with an easy victory...
In a battle of welterweight southpaws, hometown favorite Derrick Whitley II (6-1-1) suffered a cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt by Jermaine Corley (3-8, 1 KO) during the second round. The ringside physician halted the action after two rounds and the fight, by rule, was a no decision...
In the opening bout of the evening, Hartford welterweight Jeffrey Torres (now 6-0, 4 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact, pitching a shutout for a six-round unanimous decision over Brockton, MA journeyman Antonio Chaves Fernandez (now 9-40-4, 3 KOs).   Torres out-boxed Fernandez, who was buzzed several times, from start to finish.
Brazilian light heavyweight Leandro Silva (2-3, 1 KO) ruined the homecoming for local fighter Angel Vazquez (0-2) In the walk-out bout, Silva trapped Vazquez on the ropes in the fourth round. Vazquez suffered a standing eight count, but the referee halted the action, and awarded Silva a win by technical knockout. source for all results: star boxing

Twitter Chatter: Korobov demands a rematch

Twitter Chatter:  Korobov demands a rematch
Middleweight Matvey Korobov after losing by TKO to Chris Eubank, Jr. because his shoulder popped out of its socket: "I want another shot at Chris Eubank Jr. I injured my shoulder after making him eat about 15 to 20 left hands and he makes some ridiculous remark about karma. The only thing he knows about me is that his face loves my left. Eubank has a lot of class and its all low! #rematch #Iwin"

Vergil Ortiz is ready for a welterweight title shot

Vergil Ortiz  is ready for a welterweight title shot

Vergil Ortiz, Jr. TKO5 Brad Solomon.... In Indio, California, contender Vergil Ortiz, Jr. continued his rise up the welterweight division with a fifth-round technical knockout of Brad Solomon. Ortiz scored a knockdown in round four using his excellent jab. Ortiz knocked Solomon down twice in round five. The first time, Solomon got up but his body language showed him to be a beaten man.  After the second knockdown, the referee immediately stopped the fight. Ortiz is now 15-0 with 15 KOs, and with back-to-back quality wins (last time out he ran through respected Antonio Orozco), he is ready for a world title shot. Solomon, at 28-2, has an excellent record, but at age 36 he hasn't done himself any favors by having just four fights in the last four years. source: dazn

Mendy stops Parra in lightweight crossroads bout

Mendy stops Parra in lightweight crossroads bout
Yvan Mendy TKO6 Jaider Parra...  France's Yvan Mendy remained in the lightweight title hunt by knocking out Venezuela's Jaider Parra in six rounds on Friday in Levallois, France. Mendy (44-5-1) dominated from round one on, landing a body shot that Parra down. Although Parra recovered, Mendy continued piling up the rounds. In the sixth round, a Mendy combination to Parra’s face set him back, and a good right sent him to the canvas, leading to the stoppage. Parra, who unsuccessfully challenged Takashi Uchiyama for a 130-pound title in 2013, suffers his first loss since 2014 and is now 33-3-1. source: wba

Fedor Chudinov defeats Hassan N'dam

Fedor Chudinov defeats Hassan N'dam
Fedor Chudinov W12 Hassan N’Dam... Russian super middleweight Fedor Chudinov defeated fading Frenchman Hassan N’Dam in Manezh, Russia. Chudinov won a wide unanimous decision by scorecards of 120-108 (twice) and 119-109. It was the eighth consecutive win for Chudinov (22-2) since falling to George Groves in 2017. Chudinov was recognized as the WBA super niddleweight champion from 2014-2016, surely a paper title. At 37-5 with losses in three of his last four, this looks like the end of the road for the 35 year-old N'Dam at the world level. source: wba

Alberto Machado back in the win column

Alberto Machado back in the win column

Alberto Machado KO2 Luis Porozo...  Ex-super featherweight title holder Alberto Machado of Puerto Rico made a successful move up to lightweight with a second-round knockdown of Equador's Luis Porozo (15-1). Porozo hurt Machado to start round two, but even coming off back-to-back losses against Andrew Cancio, Machado refused to bend his will. Instead, he held on for a few seconds, and then launched a body attack that Porozo could not handle. Machado scored three knockdowns, all on body punches, in the eventful second round, with the last one resulting in a ten count just as the round was about to end.   source: dazn

Uzbekistan's Bektemir Melikuziev takes big step forward

Uzbekistan's Bektemir Melikuziev takes big step forward

Bektemir Melikuziev W10 Vaughn Alexander ... Ex-Olympian Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan got a significant win in Indio, California on Friday, shutting out St. Louis' Vaughn Alexander over ten rounds in a super middleweight contest. All three scorecards read 100-90, and Final Punchstats favored Melikuziev by a very lopsided 253 punches landed to just 34 for Alexander. Melikuziev is listed at 4-0 but is more accurately 8-2 taking the World Series of Boxing pro series into account. Alexander is now 15-4. source: dazn

Swiss boxing update: Kinigamazi wins by majority decision

Swiss boxing update: Kinigamazi wins by majority decision
Patrick Kinigamazi W12 Bongani Mahlangu ... Highly skilled, but light-punching super featherweight Patrick Kinigamazi (32-2) edged South Africa's Bongani Mahlangu (22-8) on Thursday, December 12th at the Cirque de Noel in Geneva, Switzerland. Kinigamazi won the thrilling encounter by majority decision after toe-to-toe action where both fighters gave their all and each had periods where they appeared to be on top. Mahlangu started the fight best, but the local boxer took over in the second half. Both appeared to be in trouble at various points of the fight, but both also showed incredible desire to work their ways back in the contest. After many round that were difficult to score, judge Martin Basila had it all even at 114-114, while judges Beat Hausammann and Fabian Guggenheim saw it wider at 116-112 and 117-111 for Kinigamazi. The fight was promoted by Noblem Promotions. source: wbf

Haney out six months after shoulder surgery

Haney out six months after shoulder surgery
Devin "The Dream" Haney (24-0, 15 KOs), is recovering from a successful surgery to his injured right shoulder. The procedure was performed this week in Los Angeles by world renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache. The WBC regular champion at lightweight, Haney suffered a microscopic tear of his right labrum on November 9th, during a successful title defense against Alfredo Santiago. The tear required immediate surgery. Now in recovery, Haney is focused on getting the proper rest and rehabilitation needed to make a full recovery.
"In my last fight with Alfredo Santiago, my right shoulder came completely out of the socket in the twelfth round," said Devin. Haney. "I stayed focused and showed the grit of a true champion. I'm very happy with my performance considering the injury. I'm the youngest world champion in the last 23 years. Unfortunately, my injury required that I have surgery, but I'm happy I went with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who in my opinion is the best surgeon in the world with these types of injuries. His resumé speaks for itself and the procedure was a success. Right now, I'm all about healing so I can get back in the ring as soon as possible."
 Dr. ElAttrache has performed procedures on other distinguished athletes such as Tom Brady.  ElAttrache serves as team physician for the LA Dodgers and LA Rams.  In addition, he serves as an orthopaedic consultant for the LA Lakers, LA Kings, LA Angels and the Anaheim Ducks.
Haney, who was expected face Javier Fortuna next, is expected to be out of the ring for at least six months. Upon a healthy recover, Haney plans to solidify his position as the best young fighter in boxing. "As soon as I feel I'm ready to get back in the ring, I'm coming for everyone," continued Haney. Lomachenko, Lopez, Commey...who ever, I'm coming for all the belts! I'll be back stronger than ever, that you can bet."

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