Fury swerves from Joshua to Charr

Fury swerves from Joshua to Charr
WBC heavyweight champion released a video saying he's moved on from a potential British super fight vs. Anthony Joshua and instead intends to face a former WBA regular title holder, Mahmoud "Manuel" Charr (33-4). Fury said: "Manuel Charr... so it seems now that AJ [Anthony Joshua] is finally out, he's ducked his way out, that sh*bag, coward, and you are the man that wants to fight. So I like that... you're very vocal and the fact that you're calling for a fight like a real man should do. Anybody that wants to fight another man should call him out as you've been doing to me. So I accept your challenge Manuel Charr, let's get it on mother f*cker!" 
 
Charr's losses are to former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, Johann Dahaupas and former cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis.
 
BOXINGTALK COVERAGE FROM SEPT. 27th:
 
Anthony Joshua fought Oleksandr Usyk twice and seemed willing to fight Tyson Fury with only a three-month layoff after his second loss to Usyk, but Fury has apparently killed the fight over an artificial deadline. Sky Sports posted a video of Fury seemingly pulling the plug on the British heavyweight super fight:  "Well guys, it's official. D-day has come and gone. It's now past 5 o'clock Monday and no contract has been signed.  It's officially over for Joshua, he's now out in the cold with the wolfpack. Forget about it. Idiot. Coward... Good luck with your career and your life.. end of... peace out.

BOXINGTALK COVERAGE FROM SEPT. 26th:

Boxing UK posted an Eddie Hearn interview in which the promoter said Anthony Joshua (pictured) is not ready to sign a contract to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury by the Monday deadline set by Fury:  "Looks like [Anthony Joshua is not fighting] Tyson Fury because he [Fury] couldn't make up more excuses. I think the public is starting to see through it now in all honesty. But we're meeting with [our attorneys]. We've been on the phone every day. We've been on  Zoom calls, going back on contracts... We ain't signing a contract on Monday. Tyson Fury says he's walking away if we don't sign on Monday. We'll see if he's true to his word, cause if he does [walk away], he's letting everybody down and he never wanted to fight in the first place."

BOXINGTALK COVERAGE FROM SEPT. 23rd:

Looks like a fight between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former three-belt champion Anthony Joshua will not happen this year, as Fury issued an offensive but funny video tirade against Joshua and current three-belt champion Oleksandr Usyk:  "Usyk, you little sh*thouse.... Talking shyte [like I'm afraid of you]... Joshua, that's a proper sh*thouse, that is. Guy's had the contract for I don't know how long and ain't signing it. You little sausage, you do not want to fight. Your manager is a sausage. I've never seen anything like youse. Both a pack sh*thouses. However, I will be fighting on December 3rd, if this sausage [Joshua] does not sign this contract, which I don't think he is. I don't think he has the bollocks to, cause he's a sh*tbag.  Both of you, a pair of sausage sh*thouses. Joshua is a sh*thouse. Usyk is a sh*thouse. Youse are all sh*thouses."

Previously, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing Social in a video interview: "We had a contract that came through. There were a lot of issues with that contract... Time is of the essence, but we're moving in the right direction withe wording in that agreement, and we are all hopeful to make it happen. There's still a long way to go but no one's slagging each other off, which is a really good sign, and we are all working hard."

BOXINGTALK COVERAGE FROM SEPT. 8th:

On Thursday on IFL TV, Frank Warren (pictured), who promotes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, gave ex-champ Anthony Joshua and Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn a firm deadline to "take it or leave it" for a British super fight: "Tyson wants to make sure there are no problems with [a potential fight vs. three-belt champion Oleksandr] Usyk in February or March with a decent run-up [time] for that. The offer's there, and we need an answer quickly. If they do not come back with the thumbs up, then we move on. [The deadline is] today. What is there to discuss?"
 
On Wednesday,  Fury told TalkSport he's given Anthony Joshua two possible dates for a fight this year: "Let's get the fight made for the British public. The Battle of Britain, who's gonna take it, me or him? [...] However, I have seen that they are trying to wriggle a little bit with the dates because officially, we have Manchester United Football Ground booked for the 12th of November. They are saying that's too short. So what I have got is even better than than that. [I have] Wembley Stadium booked for the 26th of November this year. And if he doesnt want to go to Wembley at the end of November, I even have a December date for him, the 3rd of December at Cardiff. So take your little pick, dosser! There's no room for wriggling!.. Both dates are available and I've agreed to both of them, so if they're no good, he does not want this fight... And if he doesn't want to do it on any of them dates, then I have another date in November that I wil be fighting on.... Take the fight dosser and get yourself knocked spark out in front of the British public and the world. Next time he sees me in the ring, he'll be looking up off his back!"
 
On Wednesday, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn indicated in an IFL TV that a super fight between Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Fury may very well occur this year because he accewpted Fury's proposed revenue split:  "I went back this morning and said we accept 60/40 [a 60/40 split in favor of Fury]. We want that reversed in a rematch, rightfully so, because you are the [WBC] champion here you want the bigger split, which I think is fair. We want to do the fight in December. Interestingly, they have December 17th [in Cardiff, Wales]. Queensberry [Fury's promoter] has held Millennium Stadium. That's perfect for us.... They want the rematch clause but we're not moaning about a rematch clause. He's the champion but we've had rematch clauses when AJ was the champion."
 
On Tuesday, Fury began public negotiations by offering Joshua's side 40% of net revenues for a proposed fight: "Everyone is saying 80/20, 70/30 or 75/25, but the actual answer is, I've offered him 60/40. That's 40 percent of this amazing fight because I want this fight to happen. He doesnt have any excusaes now not to take it. He cant say I've lowballed him or offered him 20 percent or 30 percent. I've offered his people 40 percent. Take it or leave it. Let us know." 
 
Joshua responded positively to Fury's tweet: "I don’t do the online discussions just for clout, so if you're really about it, shout to [my management company] 258Mgt. I’ll be ready in December."
 
To start of the week, Fury tweeted a video call-out to former three-belt champion Anthony Joshua: I'm going to be fighting soon, within the next few months. Before I announce an opponent, I need to do this, just in case. Anthony Joshua, I know you just lost a fight to [Oleksandr] Usyk and you are boutless at the moment. I'd like to give you the opportunity to fight me for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world... in the next few months. You are coming off a twelve-round fight, so you're match-fit, and you're ready and I'm giving you a few months' notice. If you are interested, I'll send you the details over... Let me know if you are interested. If not, I will select a different opponent. Thank you very much.
 

 

Kermit Cintron doing well in retirement

Kermit Cintron doing well in retirement

Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron, now 42 years old and inactive since 2018, seems to be doing well according to his latest social media post: "For those that are wondering what I’ve been doing after retirement-- second year in school, working on my Science and Health (radiography) degree." The records show Cintron with a career mark of 39-6-3 and a 147-pound title reign that lasted from 2006 - 2008. It ended with a loss to Antonio Margarito, who in his next fight was caught cheating with loaded gloves. Did Margarito cheat vs. Cintron? Seems likely, but we may never know for sure.  Boxingtalk wishes Cintron continued success and happiness in his post-boxing life.

Boxingtalk's Thursday fight predictions

Boxingtalk's Thursday fight predictions
Here are Boxingtalk's Thursday fight predictions for a show in Dallas, Texas:
 
Quinton Randall (10-0-1) vs. Luis Hernandez Ramos (22-2) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Randall by clear unanimous decision; and
 
Terry Chatwood (11-1-1) vs. Eudy Bernardo (25-5) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Chatwood by clear unanimous decision.
 
 
 
 
 

Boxingtalk salutes the retiring Jackie Nava

Boxingtalk salutes the retiring Jackie Nava

Boxingtalk salutes the retiring Jackie Nava

Boxingtalk salutes Mexican warrior Jackie “La Princesa Azteca” Nava who has announced that this weekend's fight against Argentina’s Gloria Yancaqueo (10-11-3), scheduled for the first day of October at the Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno Municipal Auditorium, in Tijuana, will be the final bout of her career. The 42 year-old  Nava (39-4-4) will fight for tenth time at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. In her most recent bout in October of last year, she defeated fellow Mexican Mariana “Barby” Juárez by unanimous decision. Nava is a two-division champion, with a brief reign as WBA 118-pound champion and several reigns as WBC and/or WBA 122-pound champion. 

She made her professional debut on May 29, 2001, in Honolulu, against Hawaii's Vicky Cozzy, whom she defeated by four-round unanimous decision. The name of “The Aztec Princess” quickly became known and admired, so much so that in 2005, the opportunity that she had always dreamed of arrived. She was crowned the first WBC champion by defeating experienced New Yorker Leaona Brown at 118.

Since then, Nava has become a benchmark and a hallmark for boxing dedication and quality and an example and a leader in women’s boxing. Her final fight is organized by the Zanfer company and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Berlanga calls out Ryder on Twitter

Berlanga calls out Ryder on Twitter
New York super middleweight Edgar Berlanga Jr. calls out a British rival: "John Ryder. I want you next… I heard your management wants it, my management wants it… both of us want it. Let’s get the networks and the promoters to make it happen-- Top Rank, Matchroom."
 

Joey Dawejko to face Terrell Jamal Woods on Oct. 7th

Joey Dawejko to face Terrell Jamal Woods on Oct. 7th
Philadelphia heavyweight Joey Dawejko (22-10-4, 13 KOs) will attempt to make it back-to-back wins against Terrell Jamal Woods (28-53-9, 20 KOs) of Arkansas in a six-round contest at Parx Casino on Friday, October 7th. Dawejko has had many ups and downs in his career but is coming off a high, winning his last fight at Parx Casino (September 1st) by fourth-round knockout. Dawejko started as a highly touted amateur, winning the 2008 AIBA Youth World Championship. After that, he turned pro at the young age of nineteen and started with eight straight victories. He would go on to win fifteen out of his next eighteen fights. No matter whom Dawejko fights, he is always dangerous with his power in both hands and his high boxing IQ.
 
Dawejko is on the back nine of his career and after a tough 1-3 stretch, he was questioning how much longer he is going to be fighting. He started his own roofing company but then started training again. He decided to make his return at Parx Casino and give it one more run toward championships and big fights at heavyweight. Dawejko’s hooks were looking great with both hands and two left hooks later Mike Marshall was Dawejko’s latest victim.
 
Both Woods and Dawejko have deceiving loss totals. Dawejko has ten losses, but he fought notable boxers who were tough opponents. Dawejko has never shied away from tough challenges, but instead embraces them.
 
The same can be said for Woods, as he has faced 38 undefeated opponents. Woods is clearly a measuring stick for many up and comers. With over ninety fights, he is one of the most experienced heavyweights around right now. Bringing that experience into the ring will always be valuable no matter whom Woods is facing.
 
Both these fighters have never turned away from a challenge, they welcome it and, it shows their true fighter spirit. This should be a great fight, and you don’t want to miss this crucial fight on Joey Dawejko’s last ride toward a heavyweight championship.
 
UNDERCARD BOUTS: 
 
D’Angelo Fuentes (7-1, 4 KOs) of Coconut Creek, FL, will make his second appearance in the Philadelphia area. In his last fight in Philadelphia (February 24), he looked great in a unanimous decision win. Fuentes recently competed on the Teofimo Lopez vs Pedro Campa undercard in Las Vegas (August 13th). Fuentes will fight against Kevin Ford (4-0, 4 KOs) of St. Louis in a six-round featherweight bout.
 
Daiyaan Butt (11-2, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia will be making a quick turnaround like Dawejko as he too is coming off a win on September 1st. Butt will compete in a six-round junior welterweight bout against Juan de la Cruz Rodriguez (10-16-1, 7 KOs) of Front Royal, VA.
 
Soslan Alborov (0-1-1), a Philadelphia-based Russian, will be fighting debuting Saifeddine Mezzi, also from of Philadelphia, in a four-round junior middleweight bout.
 
In a four-round junior welterweight bout, Hakim Smith (1-3-1) of Philadelphia will be competing against Boris Nbe (2-1) of Harrisburg, PA.
 
Brendan O’Callaghan (2-1-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, will be competing against an opponent-to-be-determined in a four-round junior middleweight bout.

South Africa's Thato Bonokoane books tough fight vs. Diego Alberto Ruiz

South Africa's Thato Bonokoane books tough fight vs. Diego Alberto Ruiz

South Africa's Thato Bonokoane books tough fight vs. Diego Alberto Ruiz
On October 9th in Gqeberha, South Africa, formerly Port Elizabeth, super bantamweight Thato Bonokoane will take on Argentina's Diego Alberto Ruiz on a card promoted by Joy4Joy Boxing Promotions. The 31 year-old Bonokoane (13-5-3 with 9 KOs) had a strong perfomrance last July, a twelfth-round stoppage of 17-1 Filipino Jhaleel Payao. In Ruiz (23-5-1 with 12 KOs), he will face an accomplished and experienced operator, who is no stranger to taking on local favorites on their home turf. As recently as this past February, Ruiz fought to a draw with a highly touted Scottish boxer, Lee McGregor. In fact, McGregor was the reigning European champion.
 
 

Richardson Hitchins signs with Matchroom

Richardson Hitchins signs with Matchroom
Richardson Hitchins has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom. Hitchins (14-0, 6 KOs) turned professional in March 2017 after representing Haiti in the 2016 Olympics. He secured his sixth stoppage win in his last outing, dismissing Angel Rodriguez inside four rounds to add to ten-round victories over Malik Hawkins and former 130-pound title holder Argenis Mendez. The Brooklyn resident, who turned 25 on Monday, is campaignig at junior welterweight, and Matchroom will announce his next fight tomorrow as Hitchins prepares to step up his pursuit of major belts and blockbuster nights.
 
“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to join the Matchroom stable,” said Hitchins. “I believe that I am the best 140 pounder in the world, and Eddie is going to give me the opportunity to prove that. There are big fights and big nights ahead for me in my career, and this is my time to shine. I plan on putting the 140-pound division on notice immediately. I want all the smoke. I’m coming for the belts.”
 
“I’m delighted to welcome Richardson to the team,” said Hearn. “There is no doubt in my mind that Richardson can become a World champion at 140lbs and beyond that, but the journey starts soon with a first fight under the Matchroom banner to be announced tomorrow. I want to keep Richardson busy, get him climbing the rankings and he’ll soon be knocking on the door for those belts – and he can crash through the door and become a star.”

On to the next one: Floyd to fight exhibition vs. KSI's brother

On to the next one: Floyd to fight exhibition vs. KSI's brother
On Sunday, November 13th, undefeated Hall of Famer Floyd “Money” Mayweather returns to the ring in his second appearance for the Global Titans Fight Series to face UK-based YouTuber  turned pro-boxer Deji Olantunji. The exhibition will take place at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, and will bebroadcast live on pay-per-view.  Mayweather’s (50-0, 27 KOs) previous Global Titans appearance was on May 21st of this year, where he dominated Don Moore in Abu Dhabi.  Although retired, Mayweather has kept a busy schedule [including an exhibition last week in Japan] as he continues to keep The Money Team brand at the forefront of the biggest events and ventures worldwide.
 
“I’m delighted to be working with Global Titans and FrontRow Entertainment to bring another incredible boxing experience to Dubai.” said Mayweather. “It’s an honor to return to Dubai and to be a part of such an iconic event in this world-class destination. I would like to thank the Global Titans and FrontRow Entertainment team for giving me this platform and for giving back so much to the sport I love.”
 
The brother of fellow social-media influencer and professional boxer KSI, Oladeji Daniel "Deji" Olatunji (1-0, 1 KO) is a major YouTube personality at home in the UK. Formerly known online as ComedyShortsGamer (abbreviated as CSG), the 25-year-old is best known for his comedic content, reactions and skits, which have garnered him 10.7 million subscribers. Deji has already notched one professional boxing victory by stopping fellow YouTuber Yousef ‘Fousey’ Erakat in the second round of their fight on Saturday, August 27th at the 02 Arena in London. In his three-fight amateur career, Deji was defeated by celebrity boxing phenom Jake Paul.
 
“Huge thanks to Global Titans and my team for creating this incredible opportunity,” said Deji. “It’s a privilege to be headlining this phenomenal spectacle in Dubai against the all-time great Floyd Mayweather. This is going to be fun!”
 
One of the most technologically advanced arenas in the world and located in the City Walk in Dubai, the 17,000-seat Coca-Cola Arena opened in 2019 and regularly hosts events that include concerts, sport, family entertainment and ceremonies.
 
Uday Singh, CEO of Global Titans Fight Series, says the event will include several new features, including the arena’s opulent indoor setting, and building on the first event last May. “I am committed to making the biggest fights around the world, with the biggest names across different platforms. So, I have lined up the biggest fight card ever seen in Dubai, and it will be a pleasure to launch this promotion in one of the most glamorous places in the world,” said Singh. “The team we have developed, I believe, can deliver global events on a huge scale in every country we have events planned. Global Titans will be one of the biggest crossover boxing promotions and we hope to keep announcing fights that will entertain the whole world.”
 
“It is an honor and always an experience to work with TBE, the best ever, Floyd Mayweather,” said Keane Anis, Founder and President of FrontRow Entertainment. “He has brought fans across the globe so many memories over the decades at the top of boxing and now we will add one more. To have this event at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai makes it that much bigger and a huge attraction.”
 
The event will also launch the Global Titans Boxing Academy and a foundation which will be established in 2023 to provide opportunities for the next generation of boxers belonging to underprivileged communities.
 
“Bringing Global Titans Fight Night and launching both the Global Titans Boxing Academy and the foundation is a monumental moment for the world of boxing,” continued Singh. “We aim to give young boxing fans the chance to have a professional career path and reach a wider audience. I am thrilled to be a part of this fantastic movement and can’t wait to see the hope and joy that this event and community-focused initiatives will bring to the world.”
 
 

Boxingtalk's Wednesday fight predictions

Boxingtalk's Wednesday fight predictions

Boxingtalk's Wednesday fight predictions

Today's boxing action comes from Thailand. Here are Boxingtalk's predictions, courtesy of MB Boxing Official:

Phanuwit Chinpe (12-2) vs. Jin Ping Yang (3-1-1) (Light Flyweights) … Prediction: Chinpe by mid-round knockout;
Shiva (15-3-1) vs. Adli Hafidz (10-0) (Super Middleweights) … Prediction: Hafidz by clear unanimous decision;
Usman Wazeer (8-0) vs. Somphot Seesa (8-3-1) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Wazeer by early knockout; and
John Michael Zulueta (13-0-2) vs. Sittichai Nimnual (4-2) (Light Flyweights) … Prediction: Zulueta by wide unanimous decision.

 

Nico Ali Walsh added to Top Rank's Oct. 29th show

Nico Ali Walsh added to Top Rank's Oct. 29th show
Middleweight Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of “The Greatest,” is set to make his New York City return. Ali Walsh will fight Billy Wagner in his first scheduled six-rounder Saturday, Oct. 29 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Wagner is 5-2 with an additional two wins in bareknuckle boxing. Ali Walsh-Wagner joins the undercard of the lightweight main event between former pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko and the unbeaten Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz. In the featherweight co-feature, two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez battles former champion Jessie Magdaleno. The entire Lomachenko-Ortiz card will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+.
 

Juarez to defend title vs. Gonzalez

Juarez to defend title vs. Gonzalez
It wil be an all-Mexican title fight when WBC super flyweight champion Lourdes ‘La Pequeña Lulú’ Juárez faces hard-hitting Asley ‘Chiquita’ González on October 1st. Juarez is from Mexico City, while Gonzalez hales from Tepic, where the fight will be held. On the same card, Mexican super flyweight David ‘El General’ Cuellar (22-0) will face Panama's Gilberto ‘El Cacique’ Pedroza (21-10-2).The event will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo, in association with Linaje MX Promociones and broadcast throughout Latin America by Combate Space.
 
Juárez (34-2 with 4 KOs) has won four world title duels, defeating Guadalupe Martínez, Diana Fernández, Luz Helena Aguilar and Argentina’s Debora Vanesa Gómez. Gonzalez (14-2) has achieved half of her fourteen wins by way of knockout including winning three of her last six fights by knockout.
 
 

On the same card, undefeated Mexican David ‘El General’ Cuellar will face contender from Panama Gilberto ‘El Cacique’ Pedroza.

Late results: Cacace wins IBO 130-pound title

Late results: Cacace wins IBO 130-pound title

Late results: Cacace wins IBO 130-pound title
Anthony Cacace W12 Michael Magnesi ... A new IBO super featherweight champion was crowned in Mancheser over the weekend as British champion Anthony Cacace defeated unbeaten title holder in Michael Magnesi from Italy. Cacace was forced to continually quell the aggressive pursuit of Magnesi, who marched forward with purpose from start to finish. The Belfast man picked him off with jabs and uppercuts, but Magnesi would not be deterred and it was a fight destined for the cards. It was declared as a split decision, with both fighters being awarded a 116-112 margin of victory and the decisive card coming in from the Canadian judge Benoit Roussel, who scored the contest 117-111 in favour of Cacace.
 
Ekow Essuman W12 Samuel Antwi... Ekow Essuman is now the outright holder of the British welterweight title belt following a fine display to fend off the challenge of mandatory contender Samuel Antwi. Londoner Antwi began in a confident fashion and it looked like the unbeaten champion would be in for a tough night, but the threat level diminished from the fifth round onwards and the class and quality work of Essuman came to the forefront. The three scorecards read 115-114, 117-112 and 116-113. Essuman also retained his Commonwealth championship belt.
 
ADDITIONAL RESULTS
 
The only people possibly feeling a little bit short-changed inside the old Manchester Arena were the massed hordes of fans there in support of Nathan Heaney. A nip-and-tuck encounter with Jack Flatley was ended in the fifth round due to a cut above the right eye of Heaney. Referee Steve Gray rightly called time on the fight and the scorecards were called into play, with two calling it as 49-46 and the other 50-45 for Heaney, which did appear harsh on Flatley who appeared to be enjoying the upper hand in rounds three and four.
 
Raven Chapman won a tough assignment against Jorgelina Guanini. The Omen had too much for the former champion over eight rounds and emerged triumphant via scores of 79-73, 77-75 and 78-74 to win the featherweight contest.
 
British super middleweight champion Mark Heffron celebrated his recent successes with a homecoming victory in Manchester over Martin Ezequiel Bulacio that lasted 1.16 of the first round as Heffron smashed his opponent into submission.
 
Earlier in the evening, middleweight James Heneghan reached 8-0 as a pro with a fifth round stoppage of Rod Douglas (3-5).
 
Liverpool lightweight Callum Thompson successfully negotiating his fifth pro fight with victory over Delmar Thomas via 40-35 margin, with Thomas (5-3) down in the third.
 
Junior welterweight Amaar Akbar outpointed a game Karlo Wallace over four rounds in front of hundreds of his supporters
 
Cruiserweight Tommy Fletcher had to wait until last to get to work against Toni Visic, who succumbed to the heavy punching Norfolk Nightmare in the fourth.

Joe Joyce post-fight reaction

Joe Joyce post-fight reaction
Joe Joyce became WBO interim heavyweight titleholder iagainst Joseph Parker at the AO Arena in Manchester on Saturday night. The encounter was ended by a left hand from Joyce in the eleventh round. Parkerm the former WBO champion from New Zealand started the fight brightly and many ringside observers had it pretty much level pegging through six rounds.
 
Joyce then took over and planted his opponent firmly on the back foot, constantly forcing him to the ropes and rocking his head back with regularity. However, when Parker was cornered, he always responded in kind and, once again, Joyce’s ability to soak up a shot was evidenced. The fight and the fans deserved a special finish and we got one, when Parker sunk to the canvas in the home corner and referee Steve Gray signalled that a hugely compelling clash had come to a conclusion 1.03 into the 11th round.
 
“What a highlight reel knockout!” reacted the new WBO interim champion backstage. “I am very happy. He is a tough warrior who kept on coming forward and I really had to dig deep to finish him off. I thought around round seven he was going and started to feel it a bit more, but he still surprised me with shots. Credit to him, I have been in his changing room to wish him well and he is in good spirits. We had a little chat and I took a few pictures with his family. He seems alright and just as a precaution he is going to get checked over. [My trainer Ismael] Salas was egging me on telling me to finish it in the 11th. I was going for it in the seventh but he was really tough and I had to push the whole way through from that point.”
 
Joyce then admitted that he does feel something when he walks through the storm of his opponent’s fire, as he did again in Manchester in the process of stopping Parker for a first time. “It does hurt! But I am tough and the Juggernaut!”

Ronny Reyes to face Travis Crawford in New York

Ronny Reyes to face Travis Crawford in New York
New York's "Ruthless" Ronny Reyes (1-0) is set to fight for the second time, this Saturday October 1st on a Star Boxing show in Huntignton, New York. He hopes to bring his in-ring aggression to when he faces Travis "Pretty Boy' Crawford (0-1) of Corpus Christi, Texas in a four-round super featherweight bout. The Reyes-Crawford undercard bout takes place on the same card as the ten-round cruiserweight bout between Lyubomyr Pinchuk (14-3-1) and Joel Shojgreen (13-3. 
 
Reyes made his on June 11th, when he battled fellow pro debuante Hector Bacerra. Reyes controlled the action against in an exciting, four round brawl. After buzzing Bacerra a few times in the third and fourth rounds, Reyes would get the unanimous decision sweep, 40-36 on all three official cards.
 
The trash talk has been heating up since the Reyes-Crawford fight announcement was made, and it will almost certainly spill into the ring come fight night on October 1st. In an interview with KRIS 6 News, Crawford pulled no punches, “I feel like it’s going to be a landslide win. He throws very wide, very open. Those are mainly the fighters I like to get because it’s easy to counter them and pick them apart.” 
 
Reyes, smirked at Crawford’s sentiment, adding for himself, “This fight I will demonstrate the true meaning of ruthlessness and why that’s me! I would also love to mention how boxing ain’t for everyone. [Crawford] will learn that October 1st and start applying for an office job.” 
 

Fury appears to pull the plug on Joshua super fight

Fury appears to pull the plug on Joshua super fight

Fury appears to pull the plug on Joshua super fight
Anthony Joshua fought Oleksandr Usyk twice and seemed willing to fight Tyson Fury with only a three-month layoff after his second loss to Usyk, but Fury has apparently killed the fight over an artificial deadline. Sky Sports posted a video of Fury seemingly pulling the plug on the British heavyweight super fight:  "Well guys, it's official. D-day has come and gone. It's now past 5 o'clock Monday and no contract has been signed.  It's officially over for Joshua, he's now out in the cold with the wolfpack. Forget about it. Idiot. Coward... Good luck with your career and your life.. end of... peace out.

BOXINGTALK COVERAGE FROM SEPT. 26th:

Boxing UK posted an Eddie Hearn interview in which the promoter said Anthony Joshua (pictured) is not ready to sign a contract to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury by the Monday deadline set by Fury:  "Looks like [Anthony Joshua is not fighting] Tyson Fury because he [Fury] couldn't make up more excuses. I think the public is starting to see through it now in all honesty. But we're meeting with [our attorneys]. We've been on the phone every day. We've been on  Zoom calls, going back on contracts... We ain't signing a contract on Monday. Tyson Fury says he's walking away if we don't sign on Monday. We'll see if he's true to his word, cause if he does [walk away], he's letting everybody down and he never wanted to fight in the first place."

BOXINGTALK COVERAGE FROM SEPT. 23rd:

Looks like a fight between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former three-belt champion Anthony Joshua will not happen this year, as Fury issued an offensive but funny video tirade against Joshua and current three-belt champion Oleksandr Usyk:  "Usyk, you little sh*thouse.... Talking shyte [like I'm afraid of you]... Joshua, that's a proper sh*thouse, that is. Guy's had the contract for I don't know how long and ain't signing it. You little sausage, you do not want to fight. Your manager is a sausage. I've never seen anything like youse. Both a pack sh*thouses. However, I will be fighting on December 3rd, if this sausage [Joshua] does not sign this contract, which I don't think he is. I don't think he has the bollocks to, cause he's a sh*tbag.  Both of you, a pair of sausage sh*thouses. Joshua is a sh*thouse. Usyk is a sh*thouse. Youse are all sh*thouses."

Previously, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing Social in a video interview: "We had a contract that came through. There were a lot of issues with that contract... Time is of the essence, but we're moving in the right direction withe wording in that agreement, and we are all hopeful to make it happen. There's still a long way to go but no one's slagging each other off, which is a really good sign, and we are all working hard."

BOXINGTALK COVERAGE FROM SEPT. 8th:

On Thursday on IFL TV, Frank Warren (pictured), who promotes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, gave ex-champ Anthony Joshua and Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn a firm deadline to "take it or leave it" for a British super fight: "Tyson wants to make sure there are no problems with [a potential fight vs. three-belt champion Oleksandr] Usyk in February or March with a decent run-up [time] for that. The offer's there, and we need an answer quickly. If they do not come back with the thumbs up, then we move on. [The deadline is] today. What is there to discuss?"
 
On Wednesday,  Fury told TalkSport he's given Anthony Joshua two possible dates for a fight this year: "Let's get the fight made for the British public. The Battle of Britain, who's gonna take it, me or him? [...] However, I have seen that they are trying to wriggle a little bit with the dates because officially, we have Manchester United Football Ground booked for the 12th of November. They are saying that's too short. So what I have got is even better than than that. [I have] Wembley Stadium booked for the 26th of November this year. And if he doesnt want to go to Wembley at the end of November, I even have a December date for him, the 3rd of December at Cardiff. So take your little pick, dosser! There's no room for wriggling!.. Both dates are available and I've agreed to both of them, so if they're no good, he does not want this fight... And if he doesn't want to do it on any of them dates, then I have another date in November that I wil be fighting on.... Take the fight dosser and get yourself knocked spark out in front of the British public and the world. Next time he sees me in the ring, he'll be looking up off his back!"
 
On Wednesday, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn indicated in an IFL TV that a super fight between Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Fury may very well occur this year because he accewpted Fury's proposed revenue split:  "I went back this morning and said we accept 60/40 [a 60/40 split in favor of Fury]. We want that reversed in a rematch, rightfully so, because you are the [WBC] champion here you want the bigger split, which I think is fair. We want to do the fight in December. Interestingly, they have December 17th [in Cardiff, Wales]. Queensberry [Fury's promoter] has held Millennium Stadium. That's perfect for us.... They want the rematch clause but we're not moaning about a rematch clause. He's the champion but we've had rematch clauses when AJ was the champion."
 
On Tuesday, Fury began public negotiations by offering Joshua's side 40% of net revenues for a proposed fight: "Everyone is saying 80/20, 70/30 or 75/25, but the actual answer is, I've offered him 60/40. That's 40 percent of this amazing fight because I want this fight to happen. He doesnt have any excusaes now not to take it. He cant say I've lowballed him or offered him 20 percent or 30 percent. I've offered his people 40 percent. Take it or leave it. Let us know." 
 
Joshua responded positively to Fury's tweet: "I don’t do the online discussions just for clout, so if you're really about it, shout to [my management company] 258Mgt. I’ll be ready in December."
 
To start of the week, Fury tweeted a video call-out to former three-belt champion Anthony Joshua: I'm going to be fighting soon, within the next few months. Before I announce an opponent, I need to do this, just in case. Anthony Joshua, I know you just lost a fight to [Oleksandr] Usyk and you are boutless at the moment. I'd like to give you the opportunity to fight me for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world... in the next few months. You are coming off a twelve-round fight, so you're match-fit, and you're ready and I'm giving you a few months' notice. If you are interested, I'll send you the details over... Let me know if you are interested. If not, I will select a different opponent. Thank you very much.
 

 

 

Boxingtalk's Tuesday fight predictions

Boxingtalk's Tuesday fight predictions
Boxingtalk's Tuesday fight predictions (all picks courtesy of MB Boxing Official):
 
Vitaly Petryakov (13-0) vs. Roberto Arriaza (19-3) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Petryakov by mid-round knockout;
Artysh Lopsan (8-1-1) vs. Luvuyo Sizani (7-0) (Super Middleweights) … Prediction: Lopsan by split decision;
Vyacheslav Gusev (25-8-1) vs. Issa Nampepeche (33-13-6) (Lightweights) … Prediction: Gusev by wide unanimous decision; and
Demontaze Duncan (7-0) vs. Tyrone Crawley (7-1-1) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Duncan by mid-round knockout.
 

 

Peter McGrail to step up vs. Alexander Espinoza

Peter McGrail to step up vs. Alexander Espinoza
Peter McGrail faces the hardest fight of his career in Liverpool next month at the Eventim Olympia on Saturday, October 15th. He'll take on Nicaragua's Alexander Espinoza over ten rounds. A former amateur star, McGrail (listed as 4-0 with 3 KOs but is more accurately 8-5 sue to nine pro fights in the World Series of Boxing) knows a win over Espinoza (21-4-2, 8 KOs) will make his rivals sit up and take note as he picks up the pace on his journey to the top of the super bantamweight division.  McGrail will supported in the co-main event by Jazza Dickens who fights the hard-hitting South African Lerato Dlamini. Dickens (31-4, 12 KOs) looks to rebuild towards a world title shot and Dlamini (17-1, 9 KOs), known as ‘Lights Out,’ cares not for reputations having caused an upset in his only previous fight outside of his homeland. Probellum Liverpool II also includes the must-see UK debut of Olympic super heavyweight champion Bakhodir Jalolov.
 
Peter McGrail said: “Alexander Espinoza comes to fight and does not take a backwards step, so this is easily the hardest fight of my career to date.  But I’ve said many times before that I am more than ready for these challenges and believe that I am as good as anyone in the division when it comes to skills and ability, but now I need the rounds and the experience to go with it.  Espinoza will push me, but I plan on making a statement to the rest of the division by hitting him with my blurring hand speed and then closing the show with a vicious stoppage.” 
 
Hailing from the proud fighting nation of Nicaragua, Espinoza will not be overawed by travelling into the lion’s den in Liverpool.  The 29-year-old, whose nickname is ‘Supernova’, lost a contentious decision to former amateur stand-out Mikhail Aloyan in Russia before giving Kash Farooq all he could handle in a battle last year, leaving the Scot with cuts over both eyes and a damaged cheek at the end of 10 rounds. 
 
Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum, said: “Probellum’s return to Liverpool in October is going to prove a landmark moment in Peter McGrail’s career. 
 
“Peter is headlining a show for the first time and steps up to the ten-round distance, against a dangerous and highly seasoned opponent.  And this is where the ‘Scouse Lomachenko’ sends a message to the rest of the guys at 122 pounds.  “October 15th is Peter McGrail’s coming out party – make sure you are there!”  
 

Mary Spencer starting to believe in her punching power

Mary Spencer starting to believe in her punching power

Mary Spencer starting to believe in her punching power
Canadian junior middleweight Mary Spencer (7-0, 5 KO) believes she is on the fast track for a world title shot. Since turning pro 13 months ago under the Eye of the Tiger promotional banner, Spencer has already fought 7 times with more activity anticipated later in the year. In this time she has fast established herself as a power puncher with 5 first round knockouts, including stoppages of former IBF champion Chris Namus and Cynthia Lozano in her last two bouts. "My coach, Ian Mackillop, has been telling me that I hit hard. It isn’t something I can prove to myself, so I decided to believe him and I've adjusted my fighting style accordingly. When my opponents go down early in fights, I’m just as surprised as everyone else. I’m just excited to see how far this goes and am coming for everyone!" said Spencer.
 
Spencer's rapid ascent through the pro ranks may not be a surprise to anyone that followed her career as a female amateur boxer in Canadian who compiled a total record of 118-9. As a member of Team Canada, Spencer won three gold medals at the World Amateur Games (2005, 2008, 2010), a gold at the 2011 PanAm Games in Guadalajara, and represented the country at the 2012 London Olympics.
 
“Mary is the dark horse of this division” says manager Brian Cohen. “Eye of the Tiger is an amazing promotion. To believe in Mary as much as they do is a blessing to have from a management perspective. When the boxer, manager and promotion are all in sync, the sky is the limit
 
A member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Spencer recently showed off her versatility serving as the color commentator on ESPN+'s broadcast of Eye of the Tiger's Arslanbek Makhmudov vs Carlos Takam card on September 16th. Spencer is managed by Split-T Management's Brian Cohen and David McWater, marking the first major collaboration between Split-T and Montreal's famed Eye of the Tiger promotions.
 

More late results: Nahir Albright improves to 15-2

More late results: Nahir Albright improves to 15-2
Nahir Albright W8 Estivan Falcao... Lightweight Nahir Albright took an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Estivan Falcao at The Clarion Hotel in Essington, Pennsylvania. Albright fought well and landed precise right hands that kept Falcao from getting any sustained offense going. Albright of Philadelphia won by scores of 80-72 (twice) and 79-73 and is now 15-2. Falcao of Brazil is 11-1.
 
Romuel Cruz W6 Roberto Pucheta... : Romuel Cruz remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Roberto Pucheta in a super bantamweight contest. Cruz of Philadelphia won by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55 and is now 8-0-1. Pucheta of Mexico is 10-22-3.
 
ADDITIONAL RESULTS
 
Pro debuting Marvelous Corbin stopped Kaywann Sistrunk at the end of round three in their four-round super lightweight fight. Corbin landed a left hook at the end of the third round that floored Sistrunk, and he could not beat the ten-count just as the round ended. Corbin of Philadelphia is 1-0 with one knockout. Sistrunk of Detroit is 0-8-1.
 
Mark Dawson stopped Vincent Floyd in the fourth and final round of their junior middleweight rematch. Dawson of Philadelphia is now 10-1-1 with four knockouts. Floyd of Philadelphia is 4-14-1.
 
Erron Peterson remained undefeated with a fourth and final round stoppage over Igor Pesterev in a middleweight bout. In round four, Peterson unleashed a big flurry on the ropes that forced a referee stoppage at 37 seconds. Peterson is 2-0 with two knockouts. Pesterev is 0-2.
 
Dominique Mayfield won a four-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Wiles in a heavyweight bout. Mayfield of Philadelphia won by scores of 40-36 on all cards and is now 2-1. Wiles of Philadelphia was making his pro debut.
 
Famous Wilson remained undefeated with a first round stoppage over Tyler Jacques in a four-round middleweight bout. Wilson dropped Jacques twice with body shots with the second coming at the end of the round and Jacques could not beat the count at 3:00. Wilson is 2-0. Jacques is 0-5-1.
 

Late results from Bethlehem, PA

Late results from Bethlehem, PA
Jonathan Rodriguez W8 Oscar Vazquez ... Bantamweight Jonathan Rodriguez took a eight-round unanimous decision over Oscar Vazquez at The Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rodriguez, who is promoted by King's Promotions, took the victory by scores of 79-73 (twice and) 78-74 to raise his record to 11-1-1. Vazquez is now 15-4-1.
 
James Bernadin TKO5 Jairo Lopez... Lightweight James Bernadin remained undefeated with a fifth-round stoppage over Jairo Lopez in a scheduled six-round bout. The time of the stoppage was 1:07 for Bernadin of Lancaster, PA who is pro\moted by King's Promotions and is now 8-0-1 with five knockouts.  Lopez of Mexico 27-17.
 
ADDITIONAL RESULTS
 
King's Promotions signee Joseph Jackson remained perfect by stopping Anthony Lenk in round three of an eight-round junior middleweight bout. The time of the stoppage was 2:49 for Jackson of Greensboro, North Carolina, who is now 18-0 with 14 knockouts.  Lenk of Niagara Falls, NY is 17-10.
 
Joseph George won a six-round unanimous decision over Juan De Angel in a light heavyweight fight. A Houston native, George won by scores of 60-53 on all cards and is now 12-0.  De Angel of Barranquilla, Colombia is 22-16-1.
 
Julian Gonzalez stopped Rondale Hubbert in the opening round of their six-round lightweight bout Gonzalez of Reading, PA, got the stoppage at 2:48 and is now 7-0-1 with seven knockouts.  Hubbert of Duluth, Minnesota is 14-24-3.
 
Thanjahe Teasley remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous decision over Maycom Oller Di Silva in a welterweight bout. Teasley of Allentown, PA, won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all cards and is now 4-0.  Dil Silva of Concord, NH is 1-7.
 
 
 

Joeshon James stops Richard Brewart Jr.

Joeshon James stops Richard Brewart Jr.

Joeshon James stops Richard Brewart Jr.
Joeshon James KO7 Richard Brewart Jr. .... This past Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, two undefeated middleweights faced off and it was Joeshon James (7-0, 4 KOs) who remained undefeated when he knocked out Richard Brewart Jr. (12-1, 4 KOs) in round seven of their scheduled eight-round bout. James, who has a significant reach advantage, used his lengthy jab to set up all his power shots. After both fighters felt each other out in round one, James picked up the pace in round two as he landed left hook to the temple that hurt Brewart Jr. The fight was close after the fourth, but James landed a hard right hand to the head of Brewart Jr. in round five, sending him to the canvas. Brewart Jr. showed a lot of heart by getting up and going another round on wobbly legs. In round seven, James landed another powerful right hand to the head, sending Brewart Jr. to the canvas for the second time. This time Brewart Jr. was to hurt to continue, and his corner threw in the towel, ending the fight at the 2:37 mark of round seven.
 
“I made all the sacrifices needed coming into this fight and I knew I was going to come out on top,” said Joeshon James. “I didn’t want to leave any doubt with the judges fighting in his hometown, so I was determined to get the knockout. Once I hurt him early in the right, I knew it was just a matter of time before I stopped him. I want to thank my family, my coaches, for always being there for me, and Thompson Boxing for the opportunity.” 
 
Isaac Avelar W8 Robert Meza Jr...  Featherweight Isaac Avelar (18-5, 10 KOs) scored a minor upset when he defeated Robert Meza Jr. (15-3-1, 8 KOs) by way of unanimous decision. Avelar outworked Meza for most of the fight, as he was landing more power punches. Meza showed a lot of heart but couldn’t keep Avelar off of him as the fight was chest to chest. Both fighters gave the fans a great fight, but Avelar prevailed with a gritty performance. Scorecards 77-75 (twice) and 78-74 all in favor of Avelar. 
 
Erick Garcia Benitez W6 Ruben Islas... Bout three of the night showcased a war as local fan favorite Ruben Islas (6-1), suffered his first defeat as a pro and was upset, losing every round to Erick Garcia Benitez (3-3, 1 KO). Islas didn’t expect the fight to be so grueling, as Benitez, who made the fight rough and rugged, was landing wild overhand rights throughout the entire fight. When it was all said and done, Benitez won 60-54 on all scorecards, giving Islas his first defeat. 
 
Esteban “Stone Hands” Muñoz TKO6 Miguel Angel Barajas... In the second bout of the night, a scheduled six-rounder in the welterweight division, Esteban “Stone Hands” Muñoz (6-3, 4 KOs) and Miguel Angel Barajas (3-2, 2 KOs) did battle. Both fighters started throwing hard punches and were going toe-to-toe from the opening bell. Barajas, who came into the fight in great shape, weathered the early storm by Munoz, who took an early lead by landing the cleaner shots. Muñoz started to fade toward the later rounds and that's when Barajas took over. Barajas kept landing his overhand right and it eventually took its toll on Muñoz. Barajas landed a solid combination flurry in the final round and the bout was stopped at the 2:37 mark of round six. The bout was even on the scorecards going into the last round. 
 
David Salinas KO1 Alexis Salido...The opening bout of the evening saw super bantamweight David “The Hitman” Salinas (3-0-1, 2 KOs) of Rialto, CA, destroy Alexis Salido (2-4, 1 KO) of Phoenix, AZ in round one of their. Both fighters were engaging on the inside and Salinas caught Salido with an overhand right, dropping him to the canvas. Salido couldn’t make the count and the fight was stopped. Time was .50 seconds of round one. 
 

Read Eddie Hearn's lawsuit vs. Jake Paul over bribery claim

Read Eddie Hearn's lawsuit vs. Jake Paul over bribery claim

Late last week, Matchroom Boxing and its principal Eddie Hearn sued Jake Paul for defamation after Paul posted a social media video accusing Hearn of bribing a boxing judge in two major fights this year, Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano and Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua II. Here is the text of the lawsuit, filed in United States federal court in Manahattan (known as the Southern District of New York):

 

Plaintiffs, Matchroom Boxing Limited (“Matchroom Boxing”) and Edward (Eddie) John Hearn (together, “Matchroom” or “Plaintiffs”), by their attorneys Salzano, Lampert & Wilson LLP, allege as follows:
 
1. It is axiomatic that a reputation is earned slowly and lost quickly.
 
2. For over three decades Matchroom has worked tirelessly to build its reputation as the preeminent boxing promoter in the world. Matchroom unequivocally respects the rules and guidelines of the boxing profession, acts with integrity and transparency, and treats boxers and others involved in the boxing profession fairly and with dignity.
 
3. Defendant Jake Paul (“Paul” or “Defendant”) has earned tens of millions of dollars as a social media influencer, boxer, and boxing promoter. He is frequently interviewed by the media and is well-known in the boxing profession and mainstream media. Paul also maintains a substantial following on social media, with approximately 20.7 million followers on Instagram, 20.4 million subscribers on YouTube, 16.6 million followers on TikTok, 5.7 million followers on Facebook, and 4.4 million followers on Twitter.
 
4. In light of his substantial following, when Paul speaks, boxing fans, media, and the boxing profession listen. The spoken and written words of the Paul are inevitably spread globally with the potential to harm the reputation of any individual or entity.
 
5. Although playful banter and even smack talk criticizing rivals is common in the boxing profession, Paul’s recent, outlandishly false and baseless accusations against Matchroom, which are detailed below, crossed far past the line of banter, and clearly constitute defamation.
 
6. On or around September 20, 2022, Paul made outrageously false and baseless accusations against Matchroom in a video that was posted online and made available free of charge to anyone across the world. Paul claimed without a shred of evidence to substantiate such claims that Matchroom paid off boxing judge Glenn Feldman (“Feldman”) to score the recent bout between Oleksandr Usyk (“Usyk”) and Anthony Joshua (“Joshua”) in Saudi Arabia, and that Matchroom also paid off Feldman to score a separate bout between Katie Taylor (“Taylor”) and Amanda Serrano (“Serrano”) in April 2022 that was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Paul further stated that, because of Matchroom’s bribes, Feldman scored in favor of Joshua and Taylor (the “Fighters”) respectively. Matchroom was the promoter for both Fighters, with Taylor securing a split decision victory over Serrano and Joshua losing by split decision to Usyk. Paul was and remains the promoter of Serrano.
 
7. Specifically, on or around September 20, 2022, Paul stated: “clearly this guy is getting paid money by Matchroom Boxing.”  At the time he made the statement, Paul recognized the enormity of his proclamation against Matchroom: “that’s a bold statement and an accusation that I don’t take lightly, but it’s just so blatantly obvious and they’re not even trying to hide it.”  Paul went even further in his false and baseless claims against Matchroom, stating: “you’d think they would try to get a different judge to try and hide the
corruption they are bringing to this sport but it’s just so blatantly obvious.” Paul likewise stated that Matchroom has engaged in “a repeated crime.” 
 
8. Thus, not only did Plaintiffs recognize that Paul’s statements crossed the line from banter and clearly amount to defamation, Paul himself, at the time he made the false and baseless statements, explicitly acknowledged that his accusations were “bold.”
 
9. Such accusations are obviously deeply offensive as well as damaging to Plaintiffs. They are also patently false. As Paul should be aware (given his own activities as a boxing promoter), the applicable boxing commission, i.e., the Middle Eastern Professional Boxing Commission for the bout between Usyk and Joshua, and the New York State Athletic Commission for the bout between Taylor and Serrano – not the promoter of the bouts – is responsible for choosing the judges. Therefore, by definition, the Plaintiffs could not have appointed Feldman as Paul insinuated. Furthermore, it is worth noting that: (i) the majority of media concurred with Feldman’s scorecard in respect of the Taylor bout and many remarked on the remarkable achievement of both fighters in what was deemed a closely contested ‘fight of the year’ candidate and (ii) Mr. Hearn himself publicly disagreed with Feldman’s scorecard in respect of the Usyk-Joshua bout, stating that he believed Usyk won the fight.
 
10. Paul’s wild accusations against Matchroom caused a media and social media frenzy undoubtedly exacerbated by Paul’s enormous social media following.
 
11. Within 24 hours of Paul’s false statements, several news and social media sites replayed Paul’s false and accusatory statements, while others wrote about Paul’s claims regarding Matchroom.
 
12. Media characterized Paul’s statements as “damning accusations” against Matchroom and “EXTREMELY STRONG ACCUSATIONS” against Matchroom.
 
13. The media blitz has continued up to the filing of this complaint, and is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Given Paul’s far-reaching social media presence, his statements have reached tens of millions of individuals across the globe.
 
14. Paul’s defamatory statements were made with malicious intent and have caused financial and reputational harm to Plaintiffs, which is precisely what Paul intended when he made the outlandish accusations.
 
15. Following Paul’s explosive and unfounded statements, Matchroom representatives contacted Paul through his agent, and urged Paul to retract the false accusations. Paul refused to comply with Matchroom’s request, thus doubling-down on his malicious and defamatory statements against Matchroom.
 
16. Matchroom brings this complaint against Paul for defamation.
 
[...]
 
21. Matchroom Boxing is a private limited company organized and existing under the laws of the United Kingdom, with its principal place of business in the United Kingdom.
 
22. Eddie Hearn is an individual, who resides in Essex, England, and is the chairman of the Matchroom group of companies, a boxing promoter, sports executive, media personality,
and award-winning author.
 
23. Paul is an individual, and upon information and belief, resides in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico.
 
24. Paul is a social media influencer, boxer, and boxing promoter, and recently launched a sports-betting company called Betr.
 
25. Paul also co-founded the boxing promotional company, Most Valuable Promotions.
 
26. According to a news report, Paul maintains over 70 million followers on social media and is one of the most searched public figures on Google.
 
A. Matchroom’s Excellent Reputation in the Boxing Profession
 
27. Matchroom is firmly established as the foremost fight promoter in the world.
 
28. With over three decades of vast experience in the boxing industry, the company hastaken boxing onto another level with a series of ground-breaking promotions that have broken all records for ticket sales and viewership Matchroom’s current stable of fighters includes well-known athletes such as Joshua, Taylor, Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez, Julio Cesar Martinez, Jesse Rodriguez, Jessica McCaskill, and many more.
 
30. To earn and maintain its fantastic reputation, Matchroom unequivocally respects the rules and guidelines of the boxing profession, acts with transparency and integrity, maintains robust and unwavering anti-bribery and corruption policies, and has long treated boxers fairly and with dignity.
 
B. Paul’s Defamatory Statements Against Matchroom
 
31. On or about September 20, 2022, Paul made outrageously false and baseless accusations against Matchroom.
 
32. Paul claimed that Matchroom paid off scoring judge Feldman to score the bout between Usyk and Joshua (which was held in Saudi Arabia), as well as an earlier bout between Taylor and Serrano (which was held in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan), in favor of Joshua and Taylor respectively, due to those fighters’ professional connections to Matchroom.
 
33. Referring to Feldman, Paul stated: “clearly this guy is getting paid money by Matchroom Boxing.” 
 
34. At the time he made the statement, Paul recognized the enormity of his proclamation against Matchroom: “that’s a bold statement and an accusation that I don’t take lightly, but it’s just so blatantly obvious and they’re not even trying to hide it.” 
 
35. Paul went even further in his false claims against Matchroom, stating: “you’d think they would try to get a different judge to try and hide the corruption they are bringing to this sport but it’s just so blatantly obvious.” 
 
36. Paul likewise stated that Matchroom has engaged in “a repeated crime.” 
 
37. All of Paul’s foregoing statements regarding Matchroom are false.
 
38. Matchroom did not provide authorization to Paul to make any of the aforementioned statements.
 
39. On information and belief, the foregoing statements of Paul were made and published (i) with actual malice and knowledge of their falsity, and (ii) with the design and intent
to harm Matchroom in its profession.
 
C. Paul’s Defamatory Statements Reached a Broad Audience
 
40. In less than twenty-four hours, Paul’s defamatory statements reached a very broad audience. In large part this is due to the fact that Paul enjoys a substantial social media following—with over 70 million followers—and due to the fact that Paul is one of the most searched public figures on Google.
 
41. For example, iFL TV, a well-known boxing media site, when publishing the interview, referred to Paul’s statements in a Twitter post as “EXTREMELY STRONG ACCUSATIONS” against Matchroom.
 
42. An article on Boxing Social, another well-known boxing media site, boasted in a headline that “Jake Paul Makes Extremely Serious ‘Corruption’ Allegation Against Matchroom.”
 
43. The Boxing Social article noted that Paul, as a promoter, was on the losing end of the Taylor-Serrano fight. The article further explained that although scoring disagreements are common in boxing, “rarely do they result in such a stark and targeted accusation.”   A separate article, published on the respected website, Boxing Scene, was titled “Jake Paul Alleges Judge Glenn Feldman ‘Clearly . . . Getting Paid Money by Matchroom Boxing.’”
 
45. The Boxing Scene article referred to Paul’s statements as “damning allegations.” The article further pondered why Paul, rather than note his disagreement with the scoring, claimed “corruption between Feldman and Matchroom.”
 
46. The aforementioned articles represent just a small subset of publications that highlighted Paul’s outlandishly false and defamatory statements regarding Matchroom.
 
D. Paul Knew, or Should Have Known, That His Statements Were False
 
47. Paul knew, or should have known, that his accusations were false at the time that he made them.
 
48. Not only is Paul a boxer, he is also a boxing promoter and a co-founder of a boxing promotional company. As such, Paul is—or at the very least should be—intimately
familiar with how judges are selected for fights.
 
49. As Paul should be aware—the applicable boxing commission, i.e., the Middle Eastern Professional Boxing Commission for the bout between Usyk and Joshua, and the New York State Athletic Commission for the bout between Taylor and Serrano—not the promoter of the bouts—is responsible for choosing the judges.
 
50. Thus, it is factually impossible for Matchroom to have engaged in what Paul called “corruption” by bringing Feldman in as a judge. It simply was not Matchroom’s decision to do so, and Paul knew, or should have known, that.
 
51. Furthermore, there is absolutely no evidence that Matchroom has engaged in any wrongful conduct, let alone bribing a judge in both of the aforementioned bouts.
 
52. Paul’s motivations for his false, baseless, and accusatory statements are not difficult to discern. Paul was the promoter for Serrano in the Taylor-Serrano fight, and Matchroom was the promoter for Taylor. Taylor won the fight in what Sports Illustrated later called “the fight of the year—full stop.” Sports Illustrated, a preeminent sports media publication, detailed how the fight between the women was “a classic,” and further wrote that Taylor’s win “cemented her place” as one of the most accomplished fighters in women’s boxing,
and arguably “enhanced her case to be called the greatest women’s boxer of all time.”
 
53. Nothing in the article even remotely called into question the scoring of the fight, let alone mentioned any potential wrongful conduct on the part of Matchroom. 
 
E. Matchroom Has Suffered Damages Due to Paul’s Defamatory Statements
 
53. Matchroom has suffered, and will continue to suffer, significant financial and reputational damages due to Paul’s defamatory statements.
 
54. The world of professional boxing is closely knit, with only a handful of individuals and companies vying for the right to work with premier boxers. Matchroom’s strengths as trusted advisor, promoter, matchmaker, and ultimately presenter of fair, compelling and competitive televised contests have been core components of the company’s undisputed integrity in the business. Paul’s defamatory statements are therefore particularly damaging to Matchroom and go to the very core of its business.
 
55. The negative impact of Paul’s defamatory statements about Matchroom have been magnified because once Paul initiated his false and scandalous allegations, they have been repeated and paraphrased by reporters throughout the United States and internationally.
 
56. These additional publications and paraphrasing of Paul’s defamatory and libelous statements were foreseeable, and, on information and belief, Paul anticipated and desired such additional publications in order to cause even more injury to Matchroom’s business and reputation. 
 
DEFAMATION
 
[...]
 
58.Paul made his false and defamatory statements deliberately and maliciously with the intent to intimidate, discredit, and defame Matchroom.
 
59. Paul has made statements of fact against Matchroom that are false.
 
60. At the time Paul made his statements, Paul knew, or should have known, that the statements were false.
 
61. Paul’s statements were made to reporters, newspapers, and other public outlets, among other places and persons. The statements were not privileged.
 
62. Paul’s statements were published to a broad audience.
 
63. Paul deliberately made the statements knowing they would be disseminated to a broad audience and would harm Matchroom’s reputation and good standing. Paul acted with spite and malice when making the defamatory statements. As intended by Paul, Paul’s defamatory statements were, in fact, widely published and disseminated around the world, including in the Southern District of New York.
 
64. Given the absence of any evidence to substantiate Paul’s statements, Paul issued his statements with actual knowledge that such statements were false and in
reckless disregard for their falsity. In either case, Paul issued these statements intending to harm Plaintiffs.
 
65. Paul’s statements harm Plaintiffs’ reputation in the public, impute the commission of a crime, and/or call into question Plaintiffs’ fitness to perform its work in its trade and profession.
 
66. Paul’s false statements constitute slander, as he spoke false statements about Plaintiffs in a video that was, upon information and belief, recorded by a third party, and knew that the statements were going to be transmitted in writing, and widely disseminated on the Internet in video and/or in print. Paul intended his false statements to be published by newspaper and
other media outlets internationally, and they were, in fact, published globally, including within the Southern District of New York.
 
67. Paul’s false statements constitute slander per se, including that they accused Matchroom of a crime of significant proportion in the sport of professional boxing, and including that they exposed Matchroom to public contempt, ridicule, aversion, and disgrace, and induced an evil opinion of Matchroom in the minds of right-thinking persons
 
68. Paul’s false statements constitute libel, as he knew that they were going to be transmitted in writing, and widely disseminated on the Internet and in print. Paul intended his false statements to be published by newspaper and other media outlets internationally, and they were, in fact, published globally, including within the Southern District of New York.
 
69. Paul’s false statements constitute libel per se, including that they accused Matchroom of a crime of significant proportion in the sport of professional boxing, and have thus, exposed Matchroom to public contempt, ridicule, aversion, and disgrace, and induced an evil opinion of Matchroom in the minds of right-thinking persons.
 
70. Paul’s false statements also constitute libel per se, inasmuch, among other reasons, as they tended to injure Matchroom in its professional capacity as a premier promoter of boxing events, and inasmuch as they intended to destroy Matchroom’s credibility and reputation among members of the boxing community and profession.
 
71. Because Paul’s conduct was undertaken in bad faith and with fraud, malice, and oppression, Matchroom is entitled to punitive damages.
 
72. Paul knowingly made false statements to third parties with actual malice and knowledge of their falsity, and which tended to injure Matchroom in its profession constituting
defamation per se.
 
73. As a consequence of Paul’s defamatory statements, Matchroom is entitled to substantial and significant damages in an amount to be determined at trial.
 
74. Paul’s false statements have caused, and continue to cause, Matchroom economic damage and reputational harm, and other direct and consequential damages and losses.
 
75. Matchroom is also entitled to recover punitive damages from Paul in that Paul made his defamatory statements: (i) with knowledge of its falsity and/or with wanton and reckless disregard for its truth; and (ii) Paul’s decision to defame was motivated by hatred, ill will, spite, and/or a criminal mental state as directed at Plaintiffs.
 
76. Punitive and exemplary damages are necessary in this case to deter Paul and others from wantonly and maliciously using a campaign of lies to discredit Matchroom and other boxing promoters.
 
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
 
WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs respectfully request judgment against Paul awarding compensatory, consequential, special, exemplary, and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial, but in excess of the $75,000 jurisdictional requirement; costs of suit; attorneys’ fees; and such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.
 
JURY DEMAND
 
Plaintiffs hereby demand a trial by jury on all causes of action asserted within this pleading.
 

 

IBA supports president who has Olympic boxing hanging by a thread

IBA supports president who has Olympic boxing hanging by a thread
With boxing in jeopardy as an Olympic sport for the 2028 games, the corrupt governing body IBA has given a vote of confidence to the same president who has brought the amateur sport to the brink of disaster. Here is the announcement just issued by the International Boxing Association (IBA): "The Congress of IBA reconfirmed the vote of confidence for President Umar Kremlev at its extraordinary meeting in Yerevan, Armenia.  Congress voted against the new elections. Delegates cast 106 votes against, which is 75%, 36 votes for, and 4 abstained out of 146 eligible National Federations. According to the Congress’ decision, Kremlev is to hold his position for 4-years term. 
 
‘I thank National Federations for their trust. This is the full stop in all governance issues within IBA, Congress showed its will clearly in a transparent manner. I respect the decision of our National Federations and will do everything possible to support them, as well as our athletes and coaches,’ said Kremlev. 
 
‘I want to send a clear message today. IBA is an independent and strong organization. Our Congress has proved today that we are on a right track. Now I will present a 4-years development plan today at the Board of Directors meeting. I have a clear vision of what we have to do to achieve our goals,’ he added.  
 
PRIOR BOXINGTALK COVERAGE:
 
SEPTEMBER 16, 2022: The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that a new boxing qualification system for the 2024 Olympic Games was approved after last week's full update on the situation of boxing, including governance issues within the International Boxing Association (IBA).  After deciding last June that the boxing qualifying events and competitions for Paris 2024 would NOT be run under the [corrupt] authority of the IBA, the EB was presented with an additional qualification model, which was approved during its meeting in Lausanne, Switzwerland.
 
Designed by the IOC in close collaboration with boxing experts, the new qualification system is based on direct qualification through selected competitions, including the use of National Olympic Committee (NOC) regional multisport events as Olympic boxing qualification tournaments. The responsibility for the boxing competitions in the following events will therefore not lie with the IBA, and alternative arrangements will be put in place with the respective event organizers:
 
Pan-American Games – Santiago 2023;
European Games – Krakow 2023;
Pacific Games – Honiara 2023;
Asian Games – Hangzhou (taking place in 2023); and
ANOCA (Africa) multisport event (to be confirmed).
 
Following the continental phase of the quota place allocation, two world qualification tournaments are planned to be held in 2024.
 
The new Olympic qualification process puts boxers first, lowering the complexity of the qualification process by using existing regional events and giving up to three qualification opportunities, ultimately achieving a fair and equal pathway for all boxers.
 
Remaining concerns over IBA:  The various IOC concerns around the governance of the IBA, including the refereeing and judging process and the IBA’s financial dependency on the state-owned company Gazprom, are still ongoing. The EB today received a report on the issues related to competition management and refereeing and judging processes highlighted by independent experts during the boxing competition at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
 
It also noted that no clear efforts have been made by the IBA to respect and fully implement the roadmap set out by the IOC EB in December 2021 with regard to the IBA’s governance.
 
As a consequence, the EB has sent a letter to the IBA informing it of the IOC’s ongoing grave concern. Boxing is currently not included in the sports programme of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 and, considering the absence of any real evolution, the IOC Executive Board is not in a position to reverse its decision. This letter will be shared with the NOCs and national boxing federations.
 

Joshua not meeting Fury's Monday contract-signing deadline

Joshua not meeting Fury's Monday contract-signing deadline

Joshua not meeting Fury's Monday contract-signing deadline

Boxing UK posted an Eddie Hearn interview in which the promoter said Anthony Joshua (pictured) is not ready to sign a contract to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury by the Monday deadline set by Fury:  "Looks like [Anthony Joshua is not fighting] Tyson Fury because he [Fury] couldn't make up more excuses. I think the public is starting to see through it now in all honesty. But we're meeting with [our attorneys]. We've been on the phone every day. We've been on  Zoom calls, going back on contracts... We ain't signing a contract on Monday. Tyson Fury says he's walking away if we don't sign on Monday. We'll see if he's true to his word, cause if he does [walk away], he's letting everybody down and he never wanted to fight in the first place."

BOXINGTALK COVERAGE FROM SEPT. 23RD

Looks like a fight between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former three-belt champion Anthony Joshua will not happen this year, as Fury issued an offensive but funny video tirade against Joshua and current three-belt champion Oleksandr Usyk:  "Usyk, you little sh*thouse.... Talking shyte [like I'm afraid of you]... Joshua, that's a proper sh*thouse, that is. Guy's had the contract for I don't know how long and ain't signing it. You little sausage, you do not want to fight. Your manager is a sausage. I've never seen anything like youse. Both a pack sh*thouses. However, I will be fighting on December 3rd, if this sausage [Joshua] does not sign this contract, which I don't think he is. I don't think he has the bollocks to, cause he's a sh*tbag.  Both of you, a pair of sausage sh*thouses. Joshua is a sh*thouse. Usyk is a sh*thouse. Youse are all sh*thouses."

Previously, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing Social in a video interview: "We had a contract that came through. There were a lot of issues with that contract... Time is of the essence, but we're moving in the right direction withe wording in that agreement, and we are all hopeful to make it happen. There's still a long way to go but no one's slagging each other off, which is a really good sign, and we are all working hard."

BOXINGTALK COVERAGE FROM SEPT. 8TH

On Thursday on IFL TV, Frank Warren (pictured), who promotes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, gave ex-champ Anthony Joshua and Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn a firm deadline to "take it or leave it" for a British super fight: "Tyson wants to make sure there are no problems with [a potential fight vs. three-belt champion Oleksandr] Usyk in February or March with a decent run-up [time] for that. The offer's there, and we need an answer quickly. If they do not come back with the thumbs up, then we move on. [The deadline is] today. What is there to discuss?"
 
On Wednesday,  Fury told TalkSport he's given Anthony Joshua two possible dates for a fight this year: "Let's get the fight made for the British public. The Battle of Britain, who's gonna take it, me or him? [...] However, I have seen that they are trying to wriggle a little bit with the dates because officially, we have Manchester United Football Ground booked for the 12th of November. They are saying that's too short. So what I have got is even better than than that. [I have] Wembley Stadium booked for the 26th of November this year. And if he doesnt want to go to Wembley at the end of November, I even have a December date for him, the 3rd of December at Cardiff. So take your little pick, dosser! There's no room for wriggling!.. Both dates are available and I've agreed to both of them, so if they're no good, he does not want this fight... And if he doesn't want to do it on any of them dates, then I have another date in November that I wil be fighting on.... Take the fight dosser and get yourself knocked spark out in front of the British public and the world. Next time he sees me in the ring, he'll be looking up off his back!"
 
On Wednesday, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn indicated in an IFL TV that a super fight between Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Fury may very well occur this year because he accewpted Fury's proposed revenue split:  "I went back this morning and said we accept 60/40 [a 60/40 split in favor of Fury]. We want that reversed in a rematch, rightfully so, because you are the [WBC] champion here you want the bigger split, which I think is fair. We want to do the fight in December. Interestingly, they have December 17th [in Cardiff, Wales]. Queensberry [Fury's promoter] has held Millennium Stadium. That's perfect for us.... They want the rematch clause but we're not moaning about a rematch clause. He's the champion but we've had rematch clauses when AJ was the champion."
 
On Tuesday, Fury began public negotiations by offering Joshua's side 40% of net revenues for a proposed fight: "Everyone is saying 80/20, 70/30 or 75/25, but the actual answer is, I've offered him 60/40. That's 40 percent of this amazing fight because I want this fight to happen. He doesnt have any excusaes now not to take it. He cant say I've lowballed him or offered him 20 percent or 30 percent. I've offered his people 40 percent. Take it or leave it. Let us know." 
 
Joshua responded positively to Fury's tweet: "I don’t do the online discussions just for clout, so if you're really about it, shout to [my management company] 258Mgt. I’ll be ready in December."
 
To start of the week, Fury tweeted a video call-out to former three-belt champion Anthony Joshua: I'm going to be fighting soon, within the next few months. Before I announce an opponent, I need to do this, just in case. Anthony Joshua, I know you just lost a fight to [Oleksandr] Usyk and you are boutless at the moment. I'd like to give you the opportunity to fight me for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world... in the next few months. You are coming off a twelve-round fight, so you're match-fit, and you're ready and I'm giving you a few months' notice. If you are interested, I'll send you the details over... Let me know if you are interested. If not, I will select a different opponent. Thank you very much.
 

 

 

WBA orders Golovkin to defend vs. Lara

WBA orders Golovkin to defend vs. Lara
The WBA Championships Committee ordered a mandatory bout between WBA middleweight super champion Gennady Golovkin and WBA regular champion Erislandy Lara (pictured). Golovkin is also recognized as the middleweight champion by the IBF.  Golovkin and Lara will have a period of one month to reach an agreement for the fight, which will end on October 23rd. Previously, the WBA granted special permission to Golovkin to move up a division and fight world super iddleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on September 17th, with the condition that he would return to middleweight to face Lara afterwards.  In case the teams do not reach an agreement, the fight will be sent to a purse bid auction with a 75% split for Golovkin and 25% for Lara.
 
 

German boxing update

German boxing update
Huseyin Cinkara TKO3 Al Sands... German cruiserweight Huseyin Cinkara defeated Al Sands of the United States by technical knockout in the third round at the Friedrich-Hebert-Halle, in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The 37 year-old Cinkara imposed his strength against the American challenger and got an early victory, his fifth knockout in a row. Cinkara now has 19 wins in as many fights, 16 of them by knockout. Sands heads home to Minnesota with his record at 22 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw and 19 knockouts.
 

Mayweather knocks out Asakura in exhibition

Mayweather knocks out Asakura in exhibition

In an exhibition match held in Japan, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather wasted no time with a second-round KO of Mikuru Asakura, a mixed martial artist. The forty-five year old Mayweather landed a straight right that floored Asakura. Obviously stunned, Asakura got to one knee but could make it no further. See the finish here. 

Joyce wipes out Parker in eleventh

Joyce wipes out Parker in eleventh

Joe Joyce W12 Joseph Parker...  In Manchester, England, British heavyweight Joe Joyce won the WBO interim championship, knocking out New Zealand's Joseph Parker in round eleven. With Parker exhausted and bloodied, Joyce ended the fight with a single left hand that floored the former WBO title holder. Parker beat the count but was clearly in no shape to continue.  Joyce said afterwards, "I really enjoyed that, great fight! Huge respect to Joseph Parker.  I have proven I’m up there with the best in the world and now I’m on the way to some huge fights. Bring on Oleksandr Usyk or Tyson Fury if he wants a war The Juggernaut!"

Serrano adds another belt to her vast collection

Serrano adds another belt to her vast collection

Amanda Serrano W10 Sarah Mahfoud... In Great Britain on Saturday, Amanda Serrano added Sarah Mahfoud's IBF featherweight title to her WBC, WBO and IBO belts.  Serrano won a unanimous decision over ten rounds and is now 43-2-1 over her multi-division championship career, while Mahfoud is now 11-1. Serrano won a unanimous decision by tallies of 97-93 (twice) and 99-92. Compubox calculated that Serrano outlander Mahfoud 166 punches to 70 over the twenty minutes of action. The only remaining 126-pound title for Serrano is the WBA version, which currently belongs to Mexico's Erika Cruz Hernandez.

Harper wins world title on three-division jump!

Harper wins world title on three-division jump!
Terry Harper W10 Hannah Rankin... Great Britain's Terry Harper made a huge jump from lightweight to junior middleweight and won the WBA 154-pound title belt via unanimous decision vs. Hannah Rankin. Harper fought at 135 pounds about six months ago.  Harper dominated the action hurting the former champion near the left eye and opening a cut on Rankins eyebrow, caused by an accidental clash of heads. The wound bothered Rankin until the end.  Harper now boasts a record of 13-1-1 wins with 6 knockouts. Rankin (12-6) provided the following update after her loss: "For all those asking, my CT scan is clear and my eyes stitched up. Congratulations to Terri Harper on becoming a two-weight world champion. I’ll heal up and I’ll be back. Thank you to everyone for the support."
 

Boxingtalk's Sunday fight predictions:

Boxingtalk's Sunday fight predictions:
Boxingtalk's Sunday fight predictions, courtesy of  MB Boxing Official
 
Umar Salamov (26-2) vs. Vikapita Meroro (30-13) (Cruiserweights) … Prediction: Salamov by mid-round knockout;
Khuseyn Baysangurov (20-1) vs. Alejandro Gustavo Falliga (30-16-5) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Baysangurov by early knockout; and
Apti Davtaev (20-1-1) vs. Ricardo Humberto Ramirez (14-9) (Heavyweights) … Prediction: Daptaev by early knockout.
 

Boxingtalk's predictions for Saturday

Boxingtalk's predictions for Saturday
Below are Boxingtalk's predictions for Saturday's fight action. Be sure to check out Michael Borao Jr.'s MB Boxing Official Youtube page...
 
Joe Joyce (14-0) vs. Joseph Parker (30-2) (WBO interim heavyweight title) … Prediction: Joyce (pictured) by majority decision;
 
Amanda Serrano (42-2-1) vs. Sarah Mahfoud (11-0) (WBC / WBO / IBF featherweight titles) … Prediction: Serrano by wide unanimous decision;
 
Maxi Hughes (25-5-2) vs. Kid Galahad (28-2) (IBO lightweight title) … Prediction: Galahad by close unanimous decision;
 
Michael Magnesi (21-0) vs. Anthony Cacace (19-1) (IBO super featherweight title) … Prediction: Magnesi by close unanimous decision;
 
Gabriela Celeste Alaniz (13-0) vs. Debora Rengifo (18-9-1) (WBO flyweight title) … Prediction: Alaniz by mid to late knockout;
 
Hannah Rankin (12-5) vs. Terri Harper (12-1-1) (WBA junior middleweight title) … Prediction: Harper by clear unanimous decision;
 
Sergey Kuzmin (17-2) vs. Tian Fick (9-1) (Heavyweights) … Prediction: Kuzmin by wide unanimous decision;
 
Fedor Chudinov (25-3-1) vs. Farrukh Juraev (7-7-1) (Super Middleweights) … Prediction: Chudinov by wide unanimous decision;
 
Nathan Heaney (15-0) vs. Jack Flatley (19-2-1) (Middleweights) … Prediction: Heaney by clear unanimous decision;
 
Ekow Essuman (17-0) vs. Samiela Antwi (14-1) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Essuman by clear unanimous decision;
 
Marcela Eliana Acuna (50-8-2) vs. Laura Soledad Griffa (18-7) (featherweights) … Prediction: Acuna by clear unanimous decision;
 
Alan Abel Chaves (9-0) vs. Carlos Armando Santana (16-4) (junior welterweights) … Prediction: Chaves by mid-round knockout;
 
Muhammad Bilal (10-2-1) vs. Seymur Isayev (8-0) (Lightweights) … Prediction: Isayev by late knockout;
 
Dewayne Beamon (21-4-3) vs. Isaac Arias (10-0) (Super Flyweights) … Prediction: Beamon by split decision;
 
Luis Quinones (10-0) vs. Jose Munoz (8-0) (Super Lightweights) … Prediction: Quinones by clear unanimous decision;
 
Yuberjen Martinez (1-0) vs. Jimson Garcia (11-4-1) (Flyweights) … Prediction: Martinez by mid-round knockout;
 
Sarah Bormann (14-0) vs. Elizabeth Lopez Corzo (10-4-5) (minimumweights) … Prediction: Bormann by clear unanimous decision;
 
Huseyin Cinkara (18-0) vs. Al Sands (22-4-1) (Cruiserweights) … Prediction: Cinkara by early knockout;
 
Michael Seitz (9-0) vs. Muhammad Oguzhan Arifogullari (11-5) (Cruiserweights) … Prediction: Seitz by early knockout;
 
Ahmad Ali (17-0-1) vs. Felice Moncelli (23-7-1) II (junior middleweights) … Prediction: Ali by clear unanimous decision;
 
Marlo Delgado (6-0) vs. Azael Cosio (21-10-2) (Super Middleweights) … Prediction: Delgado by early knockout;
 
Jose Nunez (12-0-2) vs. Deiner Polo (5-1-1) (Super Featherweights) … Prediction: Nunez by wide unanimous decision;
 
Osleys Iglesias (6-0) vs. Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (27-9) (Super Middleweights) … Prediction: Iglesias by late knockout;
 
Max Suske (4-0) vs. Petro Frolov (5-0) (Super Middleweights) … Prediction: Suske by split decision;
 
Raven Chapman (3-0) vs. Jorgelina Guanini (10-4-2) (Featherweights) … Prediction: Chapman by clear unanimous decision;
 
Mark Heffron (28-2-1) vs. Martin Ezequiel Bulacio (10-6) (Super Middleweights) … Prediction: Heffron by wide unanimous decision;
 
Kyle Haywood (10-1) vs. Ryan Amos (9-0) (junior middleweights) … Prediction: Haywood by close unanimous decision;
 
Joshua Oluwaseun Wahab (22-0) vs. Liam Dillon (11-0-1) (Super Featherweights) … Prediction: Wahab by late knockout;
 
William Webber (9-1) vs. Max Lovell (7-0) (Super Middleweights) … Prediction: Lovell by split decision;
 
Eric Donovan (15-2) vs. Kahlil El Hadri (13-1) (Super Featherweights) … Prediction: El Hadri by late knockout;
 
Tommy McCarthy (19-4) vs. Reinis Porozovs (20-18-1) (Cruiserweights) … Prediction: McCarthy by mid-round knockout;
 
Cyrus Pattinson (4-0) vs. Jorick Luisetto (12-4) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Pattinson by close unanimous decision;
 
Solomon Dacres (4-0) vs Ariel Esteban Bracamonte (11-9) (Heavyweights) … Prediction: Dacres by wide unanimous decision;
 
Melvin Lopez (27-1) vs. Victor Ruiz (23-13) (Bantamweights) … Prediction: Lopez by early knockout;
 
Idalberto Umara (6-1) vs.Guillermo Leonel Crocco (20-1-1) (Lightweights) … Prediction: Umara by wide unanimous decision;
 
Hugo Noriega (3-0) vs. Carlos Gorham (16-8-1) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Noriega by wide unanimous decision;
 
Abel Mendoza (32-0) vs. Alan Isaias Luques Castillo (27-12-2) (Lightweights) … Prediction: Mendoza by wide unanimous decision.
 
 
 
 
 

Stevenson exits junior lightweight division with a win over Conceição

Stevenson exits junior lightweight division with a win over Conceição
Shakur Stevenson W12 Robson Conceição... Shakur Stevenson lost his WBC and WBO junior lightweight world titles on the scale but he wasn't about to lose the fight. Stevenson bested Robson Conceição by twelve-round unanimous decision in front of 10,107 fans Friday evening at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Centerr. According to event promoter Top Rank, it was the largest crowd ever to attend a boxing event at the arena. Official scores were 117-109 (twice) and 118-108.  Stevenson (21-0 including the World Series of Boxing) landed a career-high 199 punches, including a body shot knockdown in the fourth round. He stunned Conceição (21-6 including the World Series of Boxing) in the sixth, but the Brazilian challenger hung tough. Stevenson had a point deducted by referee David Fields for hip tossing Conceição in the ninth round.
 
After the inauspicious ninth, Stevenson closed the show in pound-for-pound form, winning the final three rounds on all three judges' cards. After missing weight by 1.6 pounds the previous day, Stevenson will now begin his lightweight journey. Undisputed champion Devin Haney sits atop the 135-pound heap, with big names like Vasiliy Lomachenko also in play.
 
“I had a long week. I killed myself to make weight. All I want to do is come in here and perform. I did everything I could to do that," Stevenson said. “I’m just a dominating individual. With me versus him, the ref, I did everything I could to try and beat {Conceicao} up as much as I could. He held me the whole night, but I did everything I could.
 
“I think he was doing a lot of holding whenever I was getting on the inside. As soon as I got on the inside, he grabbed me.
 
“We gotta fight the champ. Me and Devin {Haney}, we could lock in. After he fights Kambosos, let’s get it on!"
 
 

Weigh-in report from Manchester

Weigh-in report from Manchester
For today's WBO interim heavyweight title fight in Manchester, England, Great Britain's Joe Joyce weighed in at 271 pounds, 6 ounces. His opponent, former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker from New Zealand, scaled in at 255 lbs, 4 oz. Also making weight were Amanda Serrano (124 lbs, 7 oz) and Sarah Mahfoud (124 lbs, 9 oz), featherweights who scheduled for ten rounds with Serrano’s WBC and WBO titles and Mahfoud’s IBF title all on the table.
 
 
 

Undercard results from Newark

Undercard results from Newark
Keyshawn Davis TKO5 Omar Tienda... On Top Rank's show in Newark, New Jersey, lightweight Keyshawn "The Businessman" Davis stopped Mexico's Omar Tienda in the fifth round in a career-best performance. Davis (6-0, 5 KOs) set the tone in the first round, outlanding Tienda 15 punches to 5. He kept the pressure on and ended matters in swift fashion in the fifth. He knocked down Tienda with a right hand, who appeared alert as he rose to his feet. Davis, who captured a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, then unleashed a torrent of left hooks that staggered Tienda (25-6, 18 KOs). That prompted referee Earl Brown to stop the bout. Davis had to withdraw from a pair of fights earlier this year with a stomach ailment, but he now has a clean bill of health. He hopes to return in December to close out a successful second year in the pro ranks. 
 
Davis said, “Honestly, it felt like a dream come true. I couldn’t believe I got a chance to perform {on a card of this} magnitude again being that I was out with health issues. I didn’t really know what to expect in myself, but I always said since I went pro, God has me. And he definitely had me tonight.
 
“We’re working toward becoming a contender. My next fight will put me in that process faster. Then next year, we’re definitely going to be contending, and we’re going to be top 10, for sure.”
 
Henry Lebron W8 Andy Vences... Junior lightweight Henry Lebron (17-0, 10 KOs) defeated Andy Vences (23-4-1, 12 KOs) by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. Lebron, from Puerto Rico, picked up the most meaningful win of his career. Vences, who has now lost three straight, pressed the action in the opening round. Lebron, a southpaw stylist, opened a cut over Vences' right eye and tagged the San Jose native with vicious straight lefts. Vences, an 11-year-pro, was just a step too slow against his fresher foe.
 
ADDITIONAL RESULTS. 
 
Featherweight Bruce Carrington (5-0, 3 KOs) defeated Jose Argel (9-5, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the six rounder 60-54. "Shu Shu" Carrington, from Brownsville, Brooklyn, could not put away the durable Chilean, but he banked valuable rounds in going the six-round distance for the first time. Argel has only been knocked out once as a pro and provided an ample target for Carrington, who worked off the jab and tagged him with left hooks and right uppercuts.
 
Junior middleweight Pablo Valdez (7-0, 6 KOs) knocked out Noe Alejandro Lopez (11-6-1, 4 KOs). "The King of New York" thrilled his fan contingent that traveled across the Hudson River, knocking down Lopez three times en route to the fourth-round stoppage. The third and final knockdown was a left look to the liver that saw Lopez spit out his mouthpiece.
 
Welterweight Jahi Tucker (9-0, 5 KOs) dominated Jose Luis Sanchez (11-3-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72 (twice) and 79-73. A Long Island native, Tucker could not stop the durable Sanchez, but he went the eight-round distance for the first time in his career. Tucker stunned Sanchez in the opening round, but Sanchez, the younger brother of former world title challenger Jason Sanchez, weathered the early storm and provided the 19 year-old Tucker with a stern test.
 
Featherweight Misael Lopez (14-1, 5 KOs) won an eight round decision over Orlando Gonzalez (18-2, 11 KOs) by scores of 77-75, 78-74 and 79-73. Lopez, who fights out of Denver, Colorado, won his third straight bout and announced himself as a featherweight on the rise. Gonzalez fell to 1-2 in his last three bouts after starting his career 17-0.
 
Junior featherweight Floyd Diaz (7-0, 2 KOs) triumphed over Juan Hernandez (2-2-1). After six rounds, the official scores were 58-55 (twice) and 59-54. Diaz emerged victorious in a firefight that was the most taxing of his young career. He knocked down Hernandez at the end of the third round but ran out of time to notch the knockout. The final half of the bout went back and forth, as Hernandez had pockets of success fighting at close range. Diaz stunned Hernandez with an uppercut in the sixth to put a bow on his performance.
 
There was a stalemate in the welterweight opener as Antoine Cobb (1-0-2, 1 KO) battled Jaylan Phillips (1-2-2, 1 KO). After four rounds, the judgers were split, handing in cards of 40-36 Cobb, 39-37 Phillips and 38-38. It was déjà vu, as Cobb and Phillips fought to their second draw of the year. It was a rematch of their April bout. Phillips stunned Cobb in the fourth round, but that was not enough to swing the rematch in his favor.
 

Stevenson: "I'm moving up to lightweight in my next fight"

Stevenson: "I'm moving up to lightweight in my next fight"
Shakur Stevenson on missing weight by 1.6 pounds and losing his WBC and WBO 130-pound titles on the scales before tonight's big ESPN fight: "I gave it my all. I’ve been professional my whole career and made weight, but my body just can’t make 130 anymore. My health has to come first. I’m moving up to 135 in my next fight."
 

Fury: "Usyk and Joshua are sausages"

Fury: "Usyk and Joshua are sausages"

Looks like a fight between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former three-belt champion Anthony Joshua will not happen this year, as Fury issued an offensive but funny video tirade against Joshua and current three-belt champion Oleksandr Usyk:  "Usyk, you little sh*thouse.... Talking shyte [like I'm afraid of you]... Joshua, that's a proper sh*thouse, that is. Guy's had the contract for I don't know how long and ain't signing it. You little sausage, you do not want to fight. Your manager is a sausage. I've never seen anything like youse. Both a pack sh*thouses. However, I will be fighting on December 3rd, if this sausage [Joshua] does not sign this contract, which I don't think he is. I don't think he has the bollocks to, cause he's a sh*tbag.  Both of you, a pair of sausage sh*thouses. Joshua is a sh*thouse. Usyk is a sh*thouse. Youse are all sh*thouses."

Previously, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing Social in a video interview: "We had a contract that came through. There were a lot of issues with that contract... Time is of the essence, but we're moving in the right direction withe wording in that agreement, and we are all hopeful to make it happen. There's still a long way to go but no one's slagging each other off, which is a really good sign, and we are all working hard."

 

 

131.6! Stevenson loses his titles on the scales

131.6! Stevenson loses his titles on the scales
At Thursday's weigh-in in Newark, New Jersey, hometown hero Shakur Stevenson (pictured) could not get below 131.6 pounds, and therefore lost the WBO and WBC 130-pound championships on the scale. His ESPN main event vs. Robson Conceição is still on, with the Brazilian challenger still eligible to win the titles. If Stevenson wins the twelve-round bout, the two titles become vacant. Conceição made weight with a bit to spare at 129.6. Here are the boxers' weights for the remaining bouts on the show:
 
Keyshawn Davis 136.2 vs. Omar Tienda 136.4 
(Lightweight— 8 Rounds);
 
Henry Lebron 130 vs. Andy Vences 129.8 
(Junior Lightweight — 8 Rounds);
 
 Bruce Carrington 126.6 vs. Jose Argel 126.8 
(Featherweight — 6 Rounds);
 
Pablo Valdez 153.6 vs. Noe Alejandro Lopez 152.2;
(Junior Middleweight — 6 Rounds);
 
Jahi Tucker 147.8 vs. Jose Luis Sanchez 148.2;
(Welterweight — 8 Rounds);
 
Orlando Gonzalez 127 vs. Misael Lopez 126.2 
(Featherweight— 8 Rounds);
 
Floyd Diaz 122.8 vs. Juan Hernandez 123 
(Junior Featherweight— 6 Rounds); and
 
Antoine Cobb 144 vs. Jaylan Phillips 141.8 
(Welterweight — 4 Rounds). 

Boxingtalk's Friday fight predictions

Boxingtalk's Friday fight predictions
Here are Boxingtalk's Friday fight predictions, courtesy of MB Boxing Official:
 
Shakur Stevenson (18-0) vs. Robson Conceicao (17-1) (WBC/WBO 130-pound titles) … Prediction: Stevenson by clear unanimous decision;
 
Henry Lebron (16-0) vs. Andy Vences (23-3-1) (Super Featherweights) … Prediction: Lebron by majority decision;
 
Jahi Tucker (8-0) vs. Jose Luis Sanchez (11-2-1) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Tucker by wide unanimous decision;
 
Keyshawn Davis (5-0) vs. Omar Tienda Bahena (25-5) (Lightweights) … Prediction: Davis by wide unanimous decision;
 
Orlando Gonzalez (18-1) vs. Misael Lopez (13-1) (Featherweights) … Prediction: Gonzalez by close unanimous decision;
 
Richard Brewart Jr. (12-0) vs. Joeshon James (6-0) (Super Welterweights) … Prediction: Brewart Jr. by clear unanimous decision;
 
Roberto Meza (15-2-1) vs. Isaac Avelar (17-5) (Featherweights) … Prediction: Avelar by split decision;
 
Nahir Albright (14-2) vs. Estivan Falcao (11-0) (Lightweights) … Prediction: Falcao by split decision;
 
Juan Manuel Tarborda (17-0-1) vs. Jhon Teheran (18-1) (Middleweights) … Prediction: Tarboda by early knockout;
 
Marianela Soledad Ramirez (10-7-2) vs. Diana Rodriguez (14-1-1) (super bantamweights) … Prediction: Ramirez by majority decision;
 
Christopher Lopez Rodriguez (15-0-1) vs. Alejandro Jair Gonzalez (11-4-2) (Super Bantamweights) … Prediction: Rodriguez by clear unanimous decision;
 
Alvino Herrera Meza (8-0-2) vs. Edgar de la Cruz Gonzalez (8-1) (Featherweights) … Prediction: Meza by clear unanimous decision;
 
Guadalupe Martinez Guzman (20-10) vs. Mayeli Flores (8-1-1) (super bantamweights) … Prediction: Flores by split decision;
 
Bryan Mercado Vazquez (22-1) vs. Victor de Jesus Albino (14-1) (Super Bantamweights) … Prediction: Vazquez by mid-round knockout;
 
Jorge De Jesus Romero (22-0-1) vs. Julian Evaristo Aristule (35-15) (Super Bantamweights) … Prediction: Romero by mid-round knockout;
 
Ryan Martin (24-2) vs. Carlos Padilla (18-12-1) (Super Lightweights) … Prediction: Martin by early knockout;
 
Victor Abreu (1-0) vs Maickol Lopez Villagrana (16-2) (Super Bantamweights) … Prediction: Abreu by mid-round knockout;
 
Frank Zaldivar (3-0) vs. Daulis Prescott (33-17) (Lightweights) … Prediction: Zaldivar by mid to late knockout;
 
Harlos Calderson (26-0) vs. Ezequiel Victor Fernandez (28-5-1) (Welterweights) … Prediction: Calderson by wide unanimous decision;
 
Bruce Carrington (4-0) vs. Jose Argel (9-4) … (Featherweights) … Prediction: Carrington by wide unanimous decision;
 
Pablo Valdez (6-0) vs. Noe Alejandro Lopez (11-5-1) (Super Welterweights) … Prediction: Valdez by ealy knockout;
 
Jonathan Rodriguez (10-1-1) vs. Oscar Vasquez (15-3-1) (Bantamweights) … Prediction: Rodriguez by clear unanimous decision; and
 
Joseph Jackson (17-0) vs. Anthony Lenk (17-9) (Super Welterweights) … Prediction: Jackson by wide unanimous decision.