Introducing Filipino-American Blazen Rocilli

Introducing Filipino-American Blazen Rocilli
Filipino-American boxer Blazen Rocilli (6-0, 5 KOs), a 21 year-old from Waipahu, Hawaii, now training in Las Vegas, has signed a managerial agreement with Andrew Bocanegra and his company, Boxing VIP. Rocilli, is 6’3” tall and fights out of the southpaw stance. He claims to be the tallest Filipino in the sport and is hopes to make significant strides in his boxing career under this new partnership. His management touts him as a middleweight, although he has competed in Team Combat League bouts this year at 177 pounds.
 
Rocilli is trained by coach Richard Barrientes at the Pound-4-Pound boxing gym in Las Vegas, known for hosting some of the best training camps in boxing."I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Andrew Bocanegra and Boxing VIP,” said Rocilli, who’s family back in the Philippines is from the city of Ilocos Norte. “I believe this partnership will elevate my career to new heights and provide me with the opportunities I need to showcase my skills on the biggest stages. I have a great team behind me now and I’m looking forward to my future in boxing.”
 
"Blazen Rocilli has the makings of something special in the boxing world,” said Bocanegra, who is confident in Rocilli's work ethic and potential. “His talent, combined with his massive height and southpaw stance, makes him a problem for anyone in the junior middleweight division. As a tall Filipino boxer, he brings a unique style and presence to the ring that I believe will captivate fans and unite the Philippine community. In my opinion, he can become the next Filipino superstar."
 
Rocilli, a promotional free agent, inspired by the legacy of Filipino boxing legends, expressed his aspirations for his career. "I want to follow in the footsteps of great Philippine fighters like Manny Pacquiao and others. They have set a high standard, and I am determined to honor their legacy by working hard and striving for greatness in every fight."
 

ESPN+ to stream British show on Saturday

ESPN+ to stream British show on Saturday
After their first matchup ended in a draw, British middleweight champion Nathan Heaney and challenger Brad Pauls will meet again this Saturday, July 20th in the twelve-round main event from Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, England. Heaney and Pauls fought four months ago at the same venue in a highly pitched battle and look to break the deadlock. Promoted by Queensberry Promotions, Heaney-Pauls II and additional undercard action will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.  Heaney (18-0-1, 6 KOs), age 35 and a  six-year pro, notched his best win last November by capturing the British middleweight crown via majority decision over Denzel Bentley. Pauls (18-1-1, 10 KOs) entered the paid ranks in 2015 and went 16-0 before his first pro setback, a ten-round decision defeat to Tyler Denny in February 2023. He returned with a points verdict over Patryk Polasik last April and an eighth-round stoppage over Mitchell Frearson in September.
 
In other streaming action from Birmingham:
 
Ashley Lane (18-10-2, 3 KOs) vs. Andrew Cain (11-1, 10 KOs), twelve rounds, for Lane’s British and Commonwealth bantamweight titles;
 
Chantelle Cameron (18-1, 8 KOs) vs. Elhem Mekhaled (17-2, 3 KOs), 10 rounds, forr the vacant WBC interim junior welterweight title;
 
Zach Parker (24-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jack Arnfield (26-3, 6 KOs), 10 rounds, light heavyweights; 
 
Solomon Dacres (8-0, 2 KOs) vs. Michael Webster 2 (10-1, 6 KOs), 10 rounds, for Dacres’ English heavyweight title;
 
Ezra Taylor (8-0, 6 KOs) vs. Carlos Alberto Lamela (8-3, 5 KOs), 10 rounds, light heavyweights;
 
Owen Cooper (10-0, 4 KOs) vs. Ekow Essuman (19-1, 7 KOs), 10 rounds for Cooper’s English welterweight titles.
 
 
 

IBF schedules purse bid for Tszyu vs. Lubin

IBF schedules purse bid for Tszyu vs. Lubin

On June 5th, the IBF ordered an elimination bout in the junior middleweight division between Erickson Lubin and former two-belt champion Tim Tszyu (pictured). The 154 pounders were instructed to begin negotiations for a bout that would determine the IBF's #1 contender position. No agreement was reached between the two boxers, and on July 16th, Tszyu's representative, Matt Rose requested an immediate purse bid, an option that is permitted under IBF rules. Today, the IBF  scheduled the purse bid for Tuesday, July 30th at 12 noon. The IBF champion in the division is currently Bakhram Murtazaliev, who won the vacant title in April after Jermell Charlo moved up in weight. Tszyu (24-1) has not fought since losing his WBO and WBC titles in March, a hard-luck outing that saw him on the verge of winning before suffering a bad cut that severly diminished his vision in a fight vs. Sebastian Fundora. Tszyu lost that fight via split decision. Lubin (26-2) has been been somewhat inactive since losing to Fundora in early 2022, but has won twice since then, including a strong performance against previously undefeated Jesus Ramos in September. 

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Tonight: Team Combat League playoffs get underway

Tonight: Team Combat League playoffs get underway

Tonight: Team Combat League playoffs get underway
Team Combat League’s quarterfinals will kick off tonight (Wednesday) with a doubleheader featuring four of the second season’s eight best teams going toe-to-toe from Royale Boston as they look to move one step closer toward the MegaBrawl Finals on August 1st. In tonight’s first matchup (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT), coach Manny Robles’ L.A. Elite  will face coach Raul Rivas’ Orlando Vipers. The second-place Elite feature a pair of light heavyweight standouts in TCL Most Valuable Fighter nominee Brayan Leon (TCL 10-0, 2 KOs/5-0, 5 KOs) and Most Entertaining Fighter nominee Raul Salomon (TCL 6-0/12-3, 10 KOs), as well as Cuban featherweight Osvel “El Caballero del Ring” Caballero (TCL 8-1, 1 KO/5-0, 4 KOs).
 
The Vipers will be looking to counter with their own standouts, including 17-time amateur national champion featherweight Jeremy "Magic Hands" Adorno (TCL 7-1, 3 KOs/9-1, 5 KOs); featherweight Miy Sean “Untouchable” Mason (TCL 4-1, 1 KO/11-0, 8 KOs); and long-time contender Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe Jr. (TCL 4-1, 1 KO/24-3, 6 KOs) competing in the light heavyweight division.
 
In the night’s second matchup, coach Sam Arnold’s Atlanta Attack  will look to take down coach Marc Gargaro’s hometown Boston Butchers. The Attack feature Most Valuable Fighter Award nominee heavyweight Devon Young (TCL 8-0, 3 KOs/4-0, 3 KOs), Most Entertaining Fighter Award nominee lightweight Doctress “Doc The Giant” Robinson (TCL 3-3), Rookie of the Year nominee Ariele Davis (TCL 5-1/10-0, 6 KOs) and hard-punching welterweight Javonn Davis (TCL 7-1/7-0-1, 7 KOs).
 
The Butchers will answer with their team leaders, including Most Valuable Fighter Award nominee and dangerous lightweight Alejandro Paulino (TCL 11-1, 5 KOs/17-0, 13 KOs), Most Entertaining Fighter Award nominee midleweight “Speedy” Rashidi Ellis (TCL 10-1, 2 KOs/24-1, 15 KOs) and TCL Rookie of the Year Award nominee welterweight Amelia Moore (TCL 8-0, 1 KO). This fan-friendly matchup is a toss-up on paper, as both the Butchers and the Attack have looked unbeatable at times during the season. To continue their Season 2 campaigns, the Butchers will look to be buoyed by the crowd at their home venue, while the Attack hope to use the atmosphere as motivation and flip the script on the home team.  
 
You can catch all the thrilling TCL action beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT streaming live at teamcombatleague.tv. Live event tickets are available HERE.
 
The second half of the TCL quarterfinals will also be held as a doubleheader on Sunday, July 21 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia and will feature the NYC Attitude vs. the Miami Stealth and the Philly Smoke vs. the Las Vegas Hustle.

Wallin returns in New Jersey on July 26th

Wallin returns in New Jersey on July 26th
On Friday night, July 26th, boxing returns to the Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tickets are now on sale at this link. The main event will feature heavyweight Otto Wallin (26-2, 15 KOs) of New York via Sweden, who is set to take on Onoriode Ehwarieme (20-4, 19 KOs) of Miami in a eight-round battle. Waalin has not fought since a 2023 loss to Anthony Joshua. The undercard will be filled with local and undefeated fighters. In a six-round bout, undefeated Atlantic City native, Justin Figueroa (9-0, 7 KOs) fights Victor Mendoza Arreola (4-1, 2 KO) of Colorado Springs, Colorado in a junior middleweight bout.
 
In four-round bouts, Atlantic City native Bruce Seldon Jr, (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Isaiah Margheim (1-3) of Sandusky, Ohio in a heavyweight clash.
 
Jason Castanon (1-0, 1 KO) of New York battles Arvontae Dukes (2-0) of Bronx, NY in a battle of undefeated junior welterweights.
 
Jacob Solis (4-0, 4 KOs) of New York puts his perfect mark on the line against James Abraham (2-1-1, 2 KOs) in an inter-borough battle of middleweights.
 
19-time National Amateur champion Marco Romero (1-0, 1 KO) of Kansas City fights Victor Pradis (2-0) of Covington, Louisiana in a scrap of undefeated super middleweights.
 
Stacia Suttles of the Bronx will make her pro debut against Kalindria Faria (1-1) of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a four-round lightweight bout.
 
"Irish" Micky Ward will be in attendance to meet and greet fans and sign autographs.
 

Berchelt continues on comeback trail

Berchelt continues on comeback trail
On July 27th, in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, former WBC super featherweight champion Miguel ‘Alacran’ Berchelt, will continue rebuilding his career in the lightweight division. Berchelt lost back-to-back fights in 2021 and 2022 to Oscar Valdez (in which Berchelt lost his title) and Jeremiah Nakathila. Berchelt (39-3) returned with a win in 2023 vs. Diego Ruiz. Next week, Berchelt will face Jeremy Triana. From Colombia, Traina is 15-5-3 and is coming off a low-level draw.
 
ADDITIONAL BOUTS
 
Super bantamweight Israel “Azulito” Ramírez will square off against Edixon Perez... Marilyn Badillo will participate in a flyweight contest against Alma Meraz from Mexicali... Camila Zamorano, promoted by Zanfer as a huge prospect will face Melanie Sarmiento, putting her undefeated record at stake. and... David Moreno Potrero will fight Elvis Torres in junior welterweight ten rounder.

Team Combat League reveals nominees for its individual awards

Team Combat League reveals nominees for its individual awards

Team Combat League reveals nominees for its individual awards
Team Combat League (TCL) has announced the nominees for its year-end awards, recognizing their accomplishments throughout the league’s second regular season. Fighters will be recognized for the Most Valuable Fighter Award, the Most Entertaining Fighter Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Most Resilient Fighter Award. The sophomore season of Team Combat League saw the team boxing concept continue to grow and branch out onto the DAZN platform. The Most Valuable Fighter Award recognizes the most outstanding Fighter in the league who had the greatest impact on Team Combat League action in the regular season (pro boxing records listed after fighters’ TCL records). The nominees are lightweight Alejandro "El Abusador" Paulino (TCL 11-1, 5 KOs/17-0, 13 KOs) of the Boston Butchers, featherweight Brittany "Eagle Flex" Sims (TCL 10-0, 2 KOs/6-3, 3 KOs) of the Philadelphia Smoke, heavyweight Patrick Mailata (TCL 7-1, 3 KOs/6-2, 3 KOs) of the Las Vegas Hustle, light heavyweight Brayan Leon (TCL 10-0, 2 KOs/5-0, 5 KOs) of the Los Angeles Elite and heavyweight Devon Young (TCL 8-0, 3 KOs/4-0, 3 KOs) of the Atlanta Attack.
 
“Our slate of nominees for the Most Valuable Fighter Award are not only outstanding fighters, but also role models both in and out of the ring,” said Dewey Cooper, President of Team Combat League. “Any one of them is worthy of winning.”
 
The nominees for the Most Entertaining Fighter Award are Mailata, middleweight “Speedy” Rashidi Ellis (TCL 10-1, 2 KOs/24-1, 15 KOs) of the Boston Butchers, welterweight Ryan Zempoaltecatl (TCL 4-4) of the NYC Attitude, lightweight Doctress “Doc The Giant” Robinson (TCL 3-3) of the Atlanta Attack, welterweight AJ Graham (TCL 8-2, 2 KOs/10-0, 6 KOs) of the Dallas Enforcers and light heavyweight Raul Salomon (TCL 6-0/12-3, 10 KOs) of the Los Angeles Elite. 
 
“Team Combat League is, above all, about entertaining the fans,” said Cooper. “Our nominees this year for the Most Entertaining Fighter Award gave maximum effort every time they stepped in the ring and, as a result, every fight they participated in was electrifying to watch.”
 
The Rookie of the Year Award is given to the most outstanding fighter who made their pro debut during the season with Team Combat League. The nominees are welterweight Zempoaltecatl, Amelia Moore (TCL 8-0, 1 KO) of the Boston Butchers, welterweight Samantha Ginithan (TCL 8-0, 1 KO) of the Houston Hitmen, featherweight Enrique Leon (TCL 4-1) of the New York City Attitude and welterweight Ariele Davis (TCL 5-1/10-0, 6 KOs) of the Atlanta Attack.
 
The Most Resilient Fighter Award will be awarded to the outstanding fighter of the season, age 38 years and older. The nominees include a trio from the New York City Attitude, featherweight “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey (TCL 5-4, 17-1-1, 1 KO), welterweight Melissa “Little Miss Tyson” St Vil (TCL 6-4, 1 KO/15-4-4, 1 KO), and former champion Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon (TCL 3-1/12-2, 7 KOs) as well as former champion Jamie “The Miracle” Mitchell (TCL 2-1/9-1-2, 5 KOs) of the DC Destroyers, Ray “The New Ray Robinson” Robinson (TCL 5-5/25-3-2, 13 KOs) of the Philadelphia Smoke, who reinvented himself as a light heavyweight with TCL after spending much of his career as an accomplished welterweight and Miami Stealth light heavyweight Yunieski Gonzalez (TCL 3-6, 1 KO, 21-6, 17 KOs) who’s faced a slate of the league’s best throughout the season.
 
“We are excited to have the opportunity to recognize both fighters beginning their careers and inspirational fighters who continue to exhibit commitment, dedication and excellence into their late thirties,” said Cooper. “The beauty of the one-round-at-a-time concept of TCL is that fighters of all ages can adapt, compete and excel, whether it be an amateur turning pro or a seasoned professional transitioning to our new format.”
 
The Team Combat League MegaBrawl 2 championship match and the USA vs World All Star match will take place on Thursday Night August 1st from the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, California.
 

Caroline Dubois to face Maira Moneo on August 3rd

 Caroline Dubois to face Maira Moneo on August 3rd

 Caroline Dubois has committed her future in the sport to Boxxer by signing a long-term promotional pact with the promoter. Confirmation of the new deal comes with an announcement of world title action, a bout against Maira Moneo for the IBO and WBC interim titles in the lightweight division on Saturday, August 3rd at Oakwell Stadium in Barnsley, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA. Dubois will be defending her IBO title, while Moneo puts her WBC interim belt on the line with the winner hoping to be in the express lane to face Irish boxing legend and current WBC lightweight champion Katie Taylor. Twenty-three-year-old ‘Sweet Caroline’ Dubois (9-0, 5 KOs) has got off to the perfect start to her professional career after having been crowned Youth Olympic, World Youth and four-time European Youth champion as an amateur.

Dubois’ unbeaten run in the paid ranks includes a convincing win over Magali Rodriguez to claim the IBO title in September 2023 and a successful defense against Miranda Reyes in February 2024. The Shane McGuiga- trained fighter will now join a big night of boxing in Barnsley topped by the British and Commonwealth super middleweight title fight between defending champion Zak Chelli and local star Callum Simpson.

To realize a dream fight with Taylor, Dubois must first overcome Moneo (14-1, 3 KO), the former WBA interim title holder and current WBC interim lightweight champion. Known as ‘La Panterita’, the thirty-one-year-old Uruguayan, Moneo, has mixed with top level opposition. She holds a victory over former two-weight world ruler Erica Anabella Farias and the only blemish on her record is the result of a disqualification in a 2020 bout with Yanina del Carmen Lescano due to a clash of heads.

Caroline Dubois said: “I’m very happy to have signed a new deal with Boxxer, Ben Shalom and Sky Sports. For me, it’s the biggest platform and I’ve been impressed with the amount they’ve invested in me and in female boxing. I’m ready to announce myself on the big stage. I want to be world champion. I want to be fighting for world titles against the likes of Rhiannon Dixon, Beatriz Ferreira and Katie Taylor. I want to unify the division. I want to be undisputed and then I want to move up in weight. I want to go all the way and to do something that has never been done before. I want to transform the sport of female boxing and to change the way it’s viewed to make sure it gets the respect it deserves.

“Moneo is a fight that can propel me to the next level. She’s game, she’s tough and she believes she’s going to win. She is going to bring that South American mentality, tenacity and energy. She has a lot of experience. She’s had a lot of fights so I don’t think she’s going to be overawed. She’s going to be aggressive and non-stop punching and I’m ready and I’m excited for that.

“Every time I step in the ring, I want to do damage. I want to excite people. I want people to say: ‘Wow, that Caroline Dubois, she’s something special!’ I want my name to be in their minds and on their lips. Whether it’s a knockout or a ten round beatdown, I want to be the standout performance of the night, and on August 3rd, I’m coming to steal the show.

“After this fight, I will be on a collision course with Katie Taylor. I will be the interim champion, her mandatory and unless she vacates, we’re fighting next!”

 Moneo said: “I am looking forward to coming to the UK to fight Caroline Dubois. She is a very good fighter, and deserves my respect, but she has never faced anyone like ‘La Panterita’. I will show her why I’m the interim 135 lbs champion. I promise, I will be bringing the belts back home to Uruguay and Argentina with me.”

Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom said: “Caroline Dubois is one of the future faces of world boxing. She is a special talent. We’ve worked with her from her pro debut and we’re delighted that she continues to put her faith in us to guide her career to the highest level.

“At just 23-years of age, she has already achieved so much. On August 3rd, as part of a huge night of boxing in Barnsley, she steps up to challenge Maira Moneo for the WBC Interim World Title, which can pave the way for some massive fights including a potential shot at female boxing icon Katie Taylor. It doesn’t get any bigger than that. This is an opportunity for Caroline to realise her dream and set up a fight with one of the biggest names in the sport in what can be a real ‘passing of the torch’ moment.”

 

Introducing Cuban middleweight Dayan Depestre

Introducing Cuban middleweight Dayan Depestre
Trifon Petrov has signed middleweight Dayan Depestre (3-0-1) to a multi-year managerial deal. Depestre was born in Cuba, but now resides in Miami. The undefeated Middleweight was Cuban National Amateur Champion before moving to the United States and turning professional. The only blemish on his undefeated record is a split decision draw against also-undefeated Euri Cedeño of the Dominican Republic. Depestre took the Cedeño fight on a very short notice because of the opportunity to fight on DAZN. 
 
“The Cedeño fight was a blessing in disguise. I took the fight on a one week notice and we fought to a draw, but it allowed me to showcase my skills in front of somebody like Trifon Petrov,” said Depestre. 
 
Petrov who also manages Euri Cedeño took notice of Dayan Depestre during that fight.  “I was ringside, and it was a phenomenal fight to watch between two of the best young fighters in the weight class. Cedeño, who’s fighting under the Top Rank and ESPN banner now, has been on a tear before and after the Depestre fight. Dayan was the only fighter who gave Euri any problems,” said Petrov. 
 
Depestre trains under Rodolfo Campo at the Alpha Pro Center in Miami.  “I met with Rodolfo and Dayan in Miami a couple of weeks ago, and we had a great conversation that led me to signing Dayan. I am excited to add another top middleweight to my team,” added Petrov. 
 
 Depestre is scheduled to return to the ring on September 6th in Houston on a televised show by DAZN and promoted by Red Owl Boxing. In the main event on that card will be another fighter managed by Trifon Petrov, undefeated welterweight Thanjhae Teasley.
 

A few words with Angel Barrientes

A few words with Angel Barrientes

A few words with Angel Barrientes
Las Vegas super bantamweight Angel “AK-47” Barrientes (11-1, 7 KOs) is ready to to face Edwin Rodriguez (12-8-2, 5 KOs) from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. The six-round bout will take place this Saturday at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, as part of the Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry MVP card. The event will be televised globally on DAZN. Barrientes, who is returning to his natural weight class of 122 pounds after his last fight took place at 126, is thankful for this opportunity. His training camp has wrapped up and he’s ready to perform.
 
"I'm really excited to be fighting on such a big card especially at super bantamweight, my normal weight class," said Barrientes. "It’s been tough finding opponents so I’m grateful that my promoter was able to get me a fight on this big card. I had a great training camp and I feel stronger and more prepared than ever. I just want to go out there and let my hands go. Rodriguez is a very durable fighter who has never been stopped so my goal will be to get the knockout, but I’m prepared to go the distance if need be.”
 
A victory in this bout could have substantial implications for Barrientes' career. "A win on July 20th will be a giant step in the right direction," Barrientes concluded. "It will open up more opportunities and bring me closer to my goal of becoming a world champion. I'm ready to seize this moment and make the most of it."
 
"We believe this is a great opportunity for Angel to showcase what he’s made of,” stated Amaury Piedra, President of Boxlab Promotions. "Fighting on a card with such high visibility is a tremendous blessing for Angel and everyone at Boxlab Promotions. We're excited to see him perform and know he has what it takes to make a statement."
 
 
 

Inoue books September championship defense vs. Doheny

Inoue books September championship defense vs. Doheny
Four-division champion Naoya “The Monster” Inoue will defend his undisputed world 122-pound championship against Irish-born TJ Doheny on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd at Ariake Arena in Tokyo. Inoue, a two-weight undisputed king, has knocked out eight consecutive foes. Doheny is well known to Japanese fans, having defeated Ryouske Iwasa to win the IBF 122-pound title in 2017 in a fight held in Tokyo. Inoue-Doheny headlines a star-studded card streaming live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+. This special early morning broadcast will also include WBO bantamweight champion Yoshiki Takei (9-0, 8 KOs) defending his belt against former flyweight champion Daigo Higa (21-2-1, 19 KOs). Also, Venezuela's Ismael Barroso (25-4-2, 23 KOs) will defend his interim junior welterweight title versus Japan's Andy Hiraoka (23-0, 18 KOs) in undercard action.
 
“Naoya Inoue is a generational talent, and every time he fights, the boxing world stops to watch the master at work,” said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum. “TJ Doheny is a veteran who can never be counted out, as he’s defied the odds many times when fighting in Japan.”
 
Inoue (27-0, 24 KOs) claimed his first world title more than 10 years ago and is 22-0 with 20 knockouts in championship fights. Inoue’s undisputed legacy began in December 2022 when he knocked out Paul Butler to unify all the bantamweight titles. He then consolidated the super bantamweight division in short order, capturing the WBC and WBO world titles by stopping Stephen Fulton in eight in July 2023 before vanquishing WBA/IBF champion Marlon Tapales that December. The 31-year-old powerhouse, named 2023 Fighter of the Year by ESPN and Ring Magazine, returned to headline at the historic Tokyo Dome in May. In the first boxing card there since Buster Douglas shocked Mike Tyson in 1990, Inoue survived a first-round knockdown to KO Mexican two-division champ Luis Nery in six.
  
Doheny (26-4, 20 KOs) has a rich history in Japan and against Japanese fighters. He is 3-0 against Japanese fighters and 4-0 on Japanese soil, with three victories as the betting underdog. Doheny dethroned IBF junior featherweight world champion Ryosuke Iwasa on enemy territory in August 2018. He defended the belt against Japanese challenger Ryohei Takahashi via 11th-round TKO the following January before losing the strap to Danny Roman in a close unification fight that April. Despite some setbacks, Doheny has rebounded with three consecutive wins on Japanese turf. He defeated Kazuki Nakajima via fourth-round TKO in June 2023, blasted out Japhethlee Llamido by first-round stoppage last October, and triumphed over Bryl Bayogos in four rounds on the Inoue-Nery undercard.

Nate Diaz sues Fanmio and Solomon Engel, saying they stiffed him out of $9 million

Nate Diaz sues Fanmio and Solomon Engel, saying they stiffed him out of $9 million
Nate Diaz claims boxing promoter Solomon Engel and Fanmio stiffed him out of $9 million for boxing Jorge Masvidal on July 6th. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida, Diaz’s attorneys, Ronnie Bitman and Jeremiah Reynolds, wrote, “There is nothing lower or more despicable in the world of boxing than a boxing promoter who allows a fighter to put their health and safety on the line in boxing event so that the promoter has the chance to make tremendous profits, only to later renege on paying the boxer following the event.” Diaz alleges he was guaranteed $10 million for the fight but only received a $1 million advance and nothing since the fight took place. He has now sued both Fanmio and Engel personally for fraud, breach of contract and deceptive and unfair trade practices. The lawsuit seeks a total of $20 million, which includes a claim for punitive damages.
 
Wthin a few hours after the lawsuit was made public, Fanmio issued the following statement: “Nate Diaz has filed a frivolous lawsuit against Fanmio which claims that fraud and breach of contract were committed by Fanmio, yet neither has taken place. In fact, Diaz has already been paid seven figures in connection with the fight. I look forward to resolving this dispute through the appropriate process and am confident that justice will prevail. Making salacious and defamatory statements to the media in order to harm my family and I has only strengthened my resolve to ensure that the truth will triumph.”
 
Here are the key allegations in the lawsuit, lightly edited to remove repetition and some legal terms. Remember, these are allegations that still must be proven by Diaz: 
 
"This case involves an outright fraud committed by Fanmio, Inc. and its president and owner, Solmon Engel, upon famed mixed martial artist and boxer, Nathan Diaz. Fanmio describes itself as an entertainment company that provides online access to entertainment events, films, and celebrity experiences. In 2023, Fanmio and Engel approached Diaz and his representatives, about a boxing match between Diaz and retired MMA fighter, Jorge Masvidal. Diaz and his representatives were skeptical that Fanmio and Engel had the financial resources to fund the payments, but they were assured repeatedly that Fanmio and Engel had the financial resources to pay Diaz and that any payments owed to Diaz for participating in the boxing event would be fully guaranteed. 
 
"Engel and Fanmio repeatedly promised and contractually guaranteed in writing they would pay the sum of $10 million to Diaz for helping to promote the fight and boxing Masvidal, with $1 million paid upfront and $9 million paid after the event.  The boxing event between Diaz and Masvidal took place on July 6, 2024 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. From all appearances, the event was a smashing success. The entire 18,000+ seat Honda Center sold-out, and the fight between Masvidal and Diaz was action packed, going the ten-round distance, with Diaz ultimately prevailing in a majority decision over Masvidal. 
 
"[According to Diaz], Fanmio and Engel are now reneging on their written and oral promises and guarantees to pay $9 million owing to Diaz because they claim they are going to lose money on the event. In a flurry of desperate calls to Diaz’s representatives following the event, Engel despondently groveled that he was going to lose more money than he had anticipated on the event if he paid Diaz what he had promised and that his wife might divorce him because of the financial losses. Engel went so far as to threaten he might have to declare bankruptcy to avoid paying Diaz what he owed.
 
"Engel knew that Diaz and his representatives were concerned about this exact situation of Engel reneging on payment if the event was not a financial success. In the months and weeks leading up to the event, Fanmio, Engel, and their representatives intentionally lied to Diaz’s representatives about having set aside the money to make the payments and the payments being guaranteed, going so far as to have their lawyer inform Diaz’s representatives in writing that the money to pay Diaz was being held in an independent collection account. Unfortunately, Diaz has been given no choice but to now sue Fanmio and Engel to address their blatant breach of contract and fraud, and recover the money Diaz is indisputably owed.
 
"In May 2024, Fanmio and Engel assured Diaz’s representatives both orally and in writing that Diaz’s payments were guaranteed and not dependent on the event’s financial success. In addition, Fanmio, Engel and their representatives expressly represented that the money to pay Diaz had already been deposited in an independent third party collection account managed by [a company named] Salford Corporate Services Inc. On May 2nd, Engel told Diaz’s representatives that he had already deposited all of the funds in the collection account held by his lawyer, Yosef Shwedel, that were necessary to pay for the event and stated the funds are with Shwedel already. Engel said the guaranteed amounts would be paid out first, as he had done in past fights, and by no later than five business days following the event. 
 
"On May 12th, Shwedel, who is also an officer and owner of Salford, sent an email to Diaz’s attorney, Sam Awad, copying Engel and Rosenfield, stating that “regarding your inquiries relating to funds, please be informed that as a matter of course our firm does not furnish letters concerning our client's funds to external parties unless they are required under agreements governing the relationship between our client and such third party. However, our firm can confirm that either directly or through Salford Corporate Services Inc, it has received from and for Fanmio amounts in excess of $8,500,000 for the Fanmio bouts.” 
 
"Diaz would have never participated in the event if his representatives had not received the foregoing assurances from Fanmio and Engel via their attorney. On May 13th, Rosenfield and Engel spoke about concerns about Fanmio and Engel paying Diaz. Engel told Rosenfield that “You have nothing to worry about. Nate is getting paid.” Rosenfield replied, stating “we just want to make sure you are not counting on event proceeds as the only way to get it since I am projecting us to come in low.” Engel responded, stating “don’t worry. Nate is going to be fine. I have said that to you that from the start.” 
 
"In the weeks leading up to the event, Diaz’s representatives were concerned about Fanmio and Engel’s efforts to generate pay-per-view sales, including failing to contract with the key players in the pay-per-view market. On June 21st, Rosenfield pressed Engel on what his plan was if the PPV underperformed going so far as to say “you do realize no matter what, you owe Nate $9 million on the Friday after the fight.” Engel again assured Rosenfield that Fanmio and Engel had no concerns about the financial performance of the event. Engel told Rosenfield that “Don’t worry. I pay everybody. Nate will be paid. I don’t have the contract in front of me, but yes.” Engel told Rosenfield during the call that he had a net worth of $80 million in an apparent effort to further comfort Rosenfield that Diaz would be fully paid. 
 
"On May 14th, Fanmio sent a letter complaining that Diaz had failed to perform certain promotional obligations in connection with the event. On June 14th, Diaz’s lawyer, Jeremiah Reynolds, responded, denying that Diaz had failed to perform any promotional obligations. On June 23rd, Rosenfield again demanded assurances from Engel that Diaz would be fully paid if he complied with the promotional obligations during fight week. Engel said that Rosenfield was being ridiculous and “I am not going to stiff Nate Diaz. But Nate has to understand how vital fight week promotion is.” Rosenfield assured Engel that throughout Diaz’s career he has always been fully compliant with media activities during fight week and this would be no different. 
 
"On June 27th, Shwedel again assured Reynolds that Fanmio intended to fully pay Diaz and had no intention of deducting any amounts from payments guaranteed to Diaz. Following the call, Reynolds sent an email stating, “thanks very much for the call today. I understand that the intention from Fanmio in sending your letter is to document past alleged failures to promote but there is no intention of making deductions to my client’s payments as a result of the allegations in your letter. My client intends to perform all agreed promotional obligations but it is critical that Fanmio be clear about its expectations for fight week and the parties agree on a promotional schedule. I am hopeful everyone can work cooperatively towards a very successful event.” 
 
"Diaz participated in an unprecedented amount of media promotion for the fight, including six press conferences, four times the amount of social media posts he has ever done for any previous fight, plus he agreed to media availability, podcast interviews, and granted permission to Fanmio to utilize his YouTube channel as a distribution platform for fight-related promotional content. In the week leading up to the event, Diaz did everything requested of him to promote the success of the event, including doing podcast interviews, participating in press conferences, and posting on social media. Diaz did everything and more to attempt to make the fight a success. The value of Diaz’s services for marketing and participating in the event well exceeds $20 million. 
 
"Following the event, Diaz looked forward to being paid what he had rightly earned and what had been repeatedly promised and guaranteed. Diaz was provided a check by a Eric Bottjer (a matchmaker hired by Fanmio) for Diaz’s disclosed purse of $500,000, which had been disclosed to the California State Athletic Commission. However, later than night, Bottjer asked for Diaz to return the check, stating that Fanmio preferred to just pay Diaz the entire guaranteed sum of $9 million by wire at one time. Diaz in good faith complied expecting that Fanmio and Engel would make good on their promises guaranteeing his payment of $9 million, but remarkably, Fanmio and Engel have even reneged on paying Diaz the disclosed purse that was listed on a contract provided by the California State Athletic Commission. Diaz is informed and believes that Fanmio’s and Engel’s request to return the $500,000 disclosed purse was part of the fraud committed by Engel and Fanmio who had already decided that very night to renege on the payments owed to Diaz. 
 
"Instead, Engel and Fanmio have now told Diaz’s representatives that they are not satisfied with the financial performance of the event on pay-per-view and are unwilling to pay Diaz the full $9 million he is owed. Fanmio and Engel have even gone so far as to despicably threaten to declare bankruptcy to avoid payment to Diaz. Diaz has been given no choice but to sue for what he is owed."  

WBC to order Stevenson vs. Zepeda

WBC to order Stevenson vs. Zepeda

WBC to order Stevenson vs. Zepeda

Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the WBC wrote: "The WBC has ordered the mandatory title defense of our lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson [to face] William Zepeda. [I am] very much looking forward to this great match." The undefeated Stevenson (pictured) defeated Artem Harutyunyan ten days ago in the first defense of the vacant title he won last November.  The also-undefeated Zepeda fought on the same day, besting Giovanni Cabrera.

 

Report: Teraji moving up to flyweight

Report: Teraji moving up to flyweight

According to the WBC, Japan's Kenshiro “Amazing Boy” Teraji (23-1, 14 KO) who currently holds both the WBC and WBA light flyweight championships, will move up four pounds to the flyweight division, leaving the WBC light flyweight title vacant. Teraji, age 32, has had 15 title fights in his career. Teraji won the WBC light flyweight title by dethroning Ganigan López in May 2017. He then successfully made eight defenses of his crown. His only defeat ended his first reign, when he fell to his compatriot Masamichi Yabuki in 2021 via technical knockout in the tenth round, returning too soon from a bout with the coronavirus. Teraji avenged that loss by knocking out Masamichi in the third round in their rematch. He added the WBA title in 2022 when he stopped Hiroto Kyoguchi. His last defense came on January 23rd when he defeated Venezuela's Carlos Canizales by decision.

 

WBO wants Alimkhanuly's medical details

WBO wants Alimkhanuly's medical details
Last week, WBO / IBF middleweight champion Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (pictured) was hospitalized for dehydration days before a scheduled title defense, forcing the postponement of the July 13th-scheduled bout against Andrei Mikhailovich. The WBO issued a letter to Alimkhanuly stating, "Team Zhanibek is ordered to submit within the next ten days [...] a detailed medical explanation of his condition, including but not limited to medical findings, recovery prognosis, and his physician’s opinion as to when will Zhanibek be physically and medically cleared to compete and return to active competition."
 
PRIOR BOXINGTALK COVERAGE
 
JULY 12, 2024: WBO/IBF middleweight champion Janibek Alimkhanuly was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s title defense against Andrei Mikhailovich at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas after being hospitalized Thursday evening due to dehydration. “Janibek was cutting the final pounds last night when he fainted,” said Egis Klimas, Alimkhanuly's manager. “We immediately took him to Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he was put on an IV. While the scans showed no kidney damage, he was severely dehydrated and in no condition to fight.” The ten-round lightweight showdown between undefeated contender Raymond Muratalla and former 130-pound champion Tevin Farmer has been elevated to the main event. Muratalla-Farmer and the rest of the undercard will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 6:50 p.m. ET/3:50 p.m. PT.  

Skye Nicolson retains title via shutout

Skye Nicolson retains title via shutout

Skye Nicolson retains title via shutout
Skye Nicolson W10 Dyana Vargas ... Australia's Skye Nicolson retained her WBC 154-pound title over the weekend, She defeated her Dominican challenger Dyana Vargas by unanimous decision at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Nicolson, a 2021 Olympian, won all ten rounds on all three scorecards (100-90), frequently frustrating her opponent with her slick movement and precise punching.
 

Introducing Wayne "Pretty Boy Bam Bam" Lawrence

Introducing Wayne "Pretty Boy Bam Bam" Lawrence
Trifon Petrov has signed the undefeated Toledo native, Wayne Lawrence to a multi-year managerial deal.  Lawrence started boxing at an early age of 3. Better known as "Pretty Boy Bam Bam", Wayne was a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres show when he was 7 years old. He also appeared on ESPN First Take, and on Dr. Oz's show, as well as co-starring alongside Floyd Mayweather in the video of the song “Undisputed” by Ludacris.  Boxing is a family affair for the Lawrence’s family. Pretty Boy Bam Bam has been trained by his father, Wayne Lawrence Sr. his whole life. 
 
Lawrence turned professional in 2021 and has a record of 7-0 with 4 KOs.  “We’ve struggled getting fights,” Lawrence said. “People kept turning us down. Nobody really wants to fight me, so my career has been stagnant. I am ready to get national exposure and showcase my talent on TV. Trifon Petrov is one of the best in the game right now. His fighters consistently fight on tv, they fight for titles and stay active. I am excited to work with him and allow him to guide my career moving forward.”
 
The 22-year old last fought in April on a local show in Cleveland, stopping journeyman Ira Terry in the second round of their contest. 
 
“Wayne is extremely marketable and talented fighter. I’ve been following his career for some time now, and I’m happy that we are finally able to work together. We have some exciting things in the works for him. I am expecting him to make his television debut later this year,” said Petrov. 
 

Prizefighter tournament results from Japan

Prizefighter tournament results from Japan
Kazuto Takesako W10 Mark Dickinson ... The first round of the eight-man Prizefighter elimination tournament took place in Osaka, Japan over the weekend, with four fighters taking a stride closer to a $1 million winners’ prize.  Kieron Conway, Aaron McKenna, Kazuto Takesako and Riku Kunimoto all secured their place in the semi-finals with victories at the Yamato Arena as the middleweight competition got underway, live on DAZN. Japan’s Takesako (17-2-1, 15 KOs) defeated Britain’s Mark Dickinson (6-1, 2 KOs) in the best fight of the four quarter-final bouts. In a thrilling ten-round encounter, it was Takesako who had his hand raised with a unanimous points victory as the judges scored the hard-fought bout 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92.
 
ADDITIONAL RESULTS
 
Takesako can now look forward to a rematch with countryman Riku Kunimoto, who a scored a win over Eiki Kani in front of his home fans in Osaka by stopping his compatriot in the fifth round.
 
Northampton puncher Kieron Conway (21-3-1, 6 KOs), meanwhile, opened the tournament with a stoppage of his own over China’s Ainiwaer Yilixiati (19-2-0, 14 KOs) when the referee stepped in to halt the proceedings in the seventh.
 
Conway later went face-to-face in the ring with his next opponent Aaron McKenna, as the undefeated Northern Irishman (19-0,10 KOs) silenced American rival Jeovanny Estela (14-1, 5 KOs) with just 58 seconds left on the clock in the final round to earn his share of the $100,000 knockout bonus spoils. 
 
Matchroom Boxing CEO Frank Smith saluted the winning fighters as he hailed the return of the popular series. “It has been a special week here in Japan and tonight showed us why we’re in for a tremendous tournament,” said Smith. “With three stoppages, the fighters are already reaping the Prizefighter rewards with a share of the knockout bonus and four of them are now another step closer to taking home the $1m winners’ [prize].Young Mark Dickinson rolled the dice and he’ll no doubt come again after his defeat. But for the likes of Kieron Conway,  Aaron McKenna, Kazuto Takesako and Riku Kunimoto everything is up for grabs. We are incredibly grateful to our partners Rakuten Ticket Inc., and NSN (Never Say Never) as we now look ahead to the semi-finals.”
 

Kosei Tanaka heads up title bout triple-header in Tokyo

Kosei Tanaka heads up title bout triple-header in Tokyo

Kosei Tanaka heads up title bout triple-header in Tokyo

In a card packed full of championship bouts,  Kosei Tanaka (pictured) will defend his WBO super flyweight championship against Mexico's Jonathan Rodriguez.  Tanaka comes into the fight having defeated Christian Eduardo Bacasegua in February via unanimous decision and is Japan’s third-ever four-division world champion. He'll be the favorite when he steps into the ring with challenger Rodriguez. The action will take place at Kokugikan, Tokyo. Also. On the show, which Sky Sports will televise, will be Junto Nakatani vs. Vincent Astrolabio for Nakatani's WBC bantamweight title, Riku Kano vs. Anthony Olascuaga for the vacant WBO flyweight title and Issei Aramoto vs. Mongontsooj Nandinerdene.

Tanaka is a four-division champion, having held the WBO 108-pound title from 2015 to 2016; the WBO 115-pound title from 2016 to 2017; the WBO 112-pound title from 2018 to 2020; and then gained his current 115-pound title in February 2024. He won his first world title in only his fifth pro bout.

Welcome to Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry fight week

Welcome to Jake Paul vs. Mike Perry fight week
Jake "El Gallo” Paul (9-1, 6 KOs) will return to the ring this Saturday for a cruiserweight battle against bare knuckle boxing champion and MMA star "Platinum” Mike Perry (5-0, 3 KOs in BKFC). The bout will takeplace at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, and will be shown live on DAZN pay-per-view. Paul vs. Perry will be an eight-round bout, as Paul risks the opportunity to face boxing legend Mike Tyson in November. Also on this weekend's show, world featherweight champion Amanda "The Real Deal” Serrano (46-2-1, 30 KOs) returns against Tampa, Florida's Stevie "Sledgehammer” Morgan (14-1, 13 KOs). Serrano vs. Morgan will be a junior welterweight battle, contested over ten two-minute rounds as Serrano aims to display her power in a higher weight class. Serrano is also risking a major fight, as she is scheduled for a rematch against world junior welterweight champion Katie Taylor on Friday, November 15th. The undercard will also feature a rematch between two Floridians, Tony Aguilar (12-0-1, 4 KOs) and Corey "2Smoove" Marksman (9-0-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.  Tickets for Paul vs. Perry and Serrano vs. Morgan at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL will go on sale Wednesday, June 19th at 12pm ET on Ticketmaster.com.
 
Paul (9-1, 6 KOs) has grown as a boxer but Perry's formidable knockout power and fearless mentality will pose a true risk and test for Paul as the 27-year-old aims to prove he has what it takes in the ring against his second youngest opponent to date, the 32-year-old Perry. Paul will nevertheless put it all on the line ahead of his bout against the Baddest Man on the Planet, Mike Tyson on Friday, November 15th. Since turning pro in 2020, Paul has collected multiple accolades for his commitment to the sport of boxing, including ESPNRingside's 2021 Knockout of the Year, Sports Illustrated's 2021 Breakout Boxer of the Year, ESPNRingside's 2022 Viral Moment of the Year, and was the cover of Sports Illustrated's "The 50 Most Influential Figures in Sports” issue, awarded specifically for his groundbreaking work to revolutionize the sport through equitable pay, providing a platform for young fighters, and his support of female boxers. Paul also recently announced a partnership with USA Boxing ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics, continuing his mission to elevate the sport and its future champions.
 
Since headlining his first fight, Paul has broken records at every arena he's fought at during his professional career, including his first fight at Tampa's Amalie Arena, Paul vs. Woodley II, which set the record for the highest combat sports gate in the arena's history. Paul now returns to challenge his own record at Amalie Arena.
 
"When Paul vs. Tyson was rescheduled, I knew immediately that I wanted to still fight on Saturday, July 20. Now, as I prepare for my fight against Iron Mike, there's no better opponent for me than Mike Perry,” said Jake Paul. "He's a proven knockout artist who has shown to be a maniac in and out of the ring. This is the perfect experience for me to gain in advance of facing Mike Tyson. But getting that experience comes with risk. Those who know me know I'm a risk taker and while ‘Platinum' Perry might try to end me, I'm Titanium Jake Paul and I fear no man. I'm going to get the W and give everyone a preview of what I'm bringing to the ring against Mike Tyson. Tune in on DAZN PPV as I return to Tampa and send ‘Platinum' Perry the Platypus back to bare knuckle for good.”
 
Perry steps into the ring with Paul following a career across the UFC, Triad Combat, and bare knuckle boxing. Following his 14-win career in the UFC, boasting 11 wins by knockout, Perry made his Triad Combat debut in November 2021, taking on 27-3, 21 KOs seasoned boxer Michael Seals, demonstrating his ability to handle power punchers and outworking Seals to a split decision victory in the bout. Less than three months later, Perry made his bare knuckle boxing debut with BKFC, securing his first win over Julian Lane in 2022, which he followed with a thrilling win over dynamic striker Michael "Venom” Page later that year. Perry's bout with former UFC champion Luke Rockhold in April 2023 ended decisively with a second-round knockout, highlighting Perry's striking power and relentless pressure from the opening bell. In his BKFC "King of Violence” title fight in December 2023 against Eddie Alvarez, the first-ever fighter to become a champion in both UFC and Bellator, Perry displayed his vicious power yet again with a second round TKO due to corner stoppage. Perry earned the 2023 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Male Fighter of the Year and in April 2024, he expanded his undefeated record to 5-0 with a first-round KO of UFC veteran Thiago Alves. The bout served as the latest testament to the power, tenacity and skill Perry will bring to the ring against Jake Paul on Saturday, July 20 for "Fear No Man”.
 
"Jake Paul claims he fears no man, but on Saturday, July 20th, the world will see the truth: he just made the worst mistake of his life in trying to get through me before Iron Mike,” said Mike Perry. "I'm going to make it look easy on Saturday July 20th, and I'm going to teach Jake Paul the most he's ever learned about fighting."
 
Serrano (46-2-1, 30 KOs), the first-ever Puerto Rican undisputed world champion, started her current featherweight title reign by defeating Heather Hardy in 2019 to win the WBO belt, and has since defended her WBO belt six times. Serrano offered Hardy redemption in August 2023, but successfully defended her undisputed featherweight world champion title for the first time in a decisive 10 round unanimous decision victory. Serrano also won a blood-soaked war against WBA featherweight champion Erika Cruz in February 2023, which made her the undisputed featherweight champion. Serrano's decisive win against Cruz followed her previous win over Sarah Mahfoud in Manchester, England that added the Dane's IBF title to her WBO, WBC, and IBO featherweight belts. Her historic clash against Katie Taylor at Madison Square Garden in 2022 earned recognition as Sports Illustrated's Fight of the Year and The Ring's Event of the Year and was further nominated for Event of the Year by Sports Business Journal. Most recently, Serrano took home a unanimous decision victory against her mandatory WBO challenger Danila Ramos, making history in the first-ever women's unified world championship to be fought over 12, three-minute rounds, equal to any men's championship fight, and marking the first time a women's fight has gone the full 12x3. Serrano threw a career high of 1103 punches in the bout. In honor of her trailblazing achievements inside and outside the ring, Serrano was also recently awarded the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Female Fighter of the Year for 2023. Following her bout against Stevie Morgan on Saturday, July 20, Serrano is set to face Katie Taylor in the most anticipated women's boxing rematch in modern history, for the undisputed super lightweight women's championship. Taylor vs. Serrano will be the co-main event of the rescheduled Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson mega-event at AT&T Stadium on Friday, November 15.
 
"I've already been preparing for a fight on Saturday, July 20th, and even though I'll now be waiting a little longer for my rematch with Katie Taylor, this is an opportunity for me to face another tough boxer in Stevie Morgan in Tampa,” said Amanda Serrano. "My opponent has 13 KOs, more than almost every other active female boxer, but I fear no woman – I embrace the war. I look forward to seeing all my Puerto Rican fans in Tampa for my 50th professional fight to show the world my skills at super lightweight, live on DAZN PPV.”
 
Morgan (14-1, 13 KOs), the 34-year-old 5'8” lightweight talent, was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She was an athlete throughout her school years, excelling in track and field, basketball, and football. Her journey into boxing began just a year before her first amateur fight, under the guidance of coach John Cassella. As an amateur, Stevie quickly rose to prominence with around 40 fights and accolades such as Outstanding Female Boxer and Florida Golden Gloves Champion. Stevie made her professional debut on June 18, 2022, with Brandi Mccain's One One Six Promotions in Memphis, Tennessee. Under the expert training of Monyette Flowers at Flowers Boxing Lab, she has continued to build on her amateur success as a professional. Now in just her second year as a pro, she is currently ranked by the WBC and is in the top 10 of the IBF, WBO, and WBA world rankings.
 
"We've been training for an opportunity like this, and I want to give full respect to Amanda for all she has done in her career and for women's boxing,” said Stevie Morgan. "In this sport, though, in order to make a name, you have to take a name. I have 13 KOs and nothing will be sweeter than making Amanda Serrano number 14. Come fight night on Saturday, July 20 there will be fireworks!”
 
"The stakes are high for every single one of MVP's fighters stepping into the ring on Saturday, July 20. For Jake and Amanda, the pressure is on to emerge with a W against two very dangerous opponents in Mike Perry and Stevie Morgan,” said Nakisa Bidarian, co-founder of MVP. "Jake Paul is facing a monster in Mike Perry. Amanda Serrano is going in there with a fighter who has 13KOs in 15 fights. Nothing is a given for our two superstars. We also have an incredible lineup of undercard fights coming together, the first of which features highly talented lightweight prospects Aguilar vs. Marksman. This fight will see these young talents putting their undefeated records on the line and working to set a new precedent for hopeful title contenders in the sport. We are excited to return to Tampa and put on another heart racing night of fights.”
 
Aguilar (12-0-1, 4 KOs) and Marksman (9-0-1, 7 KOs) were longtime amateur rivals before turning pro, and now look to secure Florida bragging rights during the bout. The 25-year-old Aguilar, a Crescent City, FL native, returns to the ring off his latest three fights on MVP's Most Valuable Prospects series, including his initial bout against Marksman on Most Valuable Prospects 5 in February 2024. He proudly represents his Mexican heritage in the ring, and is a relentlessly hard-working fighter who will look to keep the action high and his opponent guessing in his eagerly-anticipated rematch against Orlando, Florida's Marksman. In the pair's recent faceoff, the 23-year-old Marksman matched Aguilar's energy and met the challenge with his own aggression and power. Aguilar, promoted by boxing legend Christy Martin, and Marksman fittingly fought to a split draw, a decision each will look to right in their favor on Saturday, July 20 in their first major PPV appearances.
 
"It's great to have Jake Paul back on DAZN in another action packed, high risk fight,” said Jared Kass, SVP North America of DAZN. "With an unprecedented number of top-tier fights every year of DAZN, we are pleased to be adding another huge fight to our already packed summer schedule. Watch the fight exclusively live Saturday, July 20, only on DAZN PPV.”
 
 

Smith to face Fernandez for vacant European title

Smith to face Fernandez for vacant European title
Undefeated British junior welterweight Dalton Smith returns to action in September when he goes for the European title. In his way is Jon Fernandez (26-3) and the Spaniard will be hoping to derail the momentum of the Sheffield man. Fernandez has won three in a row. One of his losses came in 2018 against O'Shaquie Foster, who later became a champion at 130 pounds.  The fight will take place at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield, England. TThe European title in this weight class was last held by Adam Aziz. he card will stream live on DAZN in over 200 countries across the globe.    
 

His Excellency looking forward to Aug. 3rd

His Excellency looking forward to Aug. 3rd

His Excellency looking forward to Aug. 3rd
Saudi Arabian financier Turkhi Alalshikh is planning a surprise for the August 3rd show he is sponsoring in Los Angeles. Alalshikh tweeted: "[Four-division champion Terence] Crawford faces [WBA junior middleweight champion] Israil Madrimov in a big and legendary night, one of the toughest challenges in Crawford's career. In my personal opinion however, I’m confident Crawford will deliver a historic performance and surprise the world. We have some major surprises in store for Crawford that will be revealed soon. The promise is in Los Angeles-- those who don’t attend the stadium will miss out on a lot .There will be surprises at the fight night in the arena."
 

Muratalla defeats Farmer by unanimous decision

Muratalla defeats Farmer by unanimous decision
Raymond Muratalla W10 Tevin Farmer... Lightweight contender Raymond Muratalla (21-0, 16 KOs) passed his toughest stylistic test Saturday evening by defeating former junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer (33-6-1, 8 KOs) via ten-round unanimous decision at at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Muratalla had to overcome Farmer’s elusive southpaw style by using angles and consistent pressure. Farmer succeeded by landing straight left hands from the outside, but quick flurries from the 27-year-old stunted his momentum. In the eighth, referee Thomas Taylor deducted a point from Farmer for excessive holding. Muratalla, who was urged by head trainer Robert Garcia to increase the pressure, stunned Farmer with a right hand in the following stanza. Muratalla kept the pace high in the final round to clinch the victory by scores of 97-92, 96-93, and 95-94.
 
Muratalla said, “I just had to keep applying the pressure. He was moving around. He was holding. So I had to keep putting on the pressure. And we came out with the victory. I was just consistent with the pressure. I just kept putting it on. My team told me to keep putting it on. I was breaking him down round by round. I want the champions next. {WBO title holder Denys} Berinchyk called my name. I’m calling out his name right now. If I can’t get Berinchyk, then I want Shakur [Stevenson, the WBC champion].”
 
Farmer said, "That point deduction was crazy. I feel like we were both holding. The times I tried to get out, he had my arm, so it looked like I was holding. So, he took the point. But it’s the ref. He makes the calls. So you have to take it on the chin.”

Ennis stops Avanesyan to retain welterweight title

Ennis stops Avanesyan to retain welterweight title
Jaron Ennis TKO5 David Avanesyan... Jaron "Boots" Ennis won his Philadelphia homecoming bout, defeating tough-as-nails David Avanesyan in an exciting but mostly one-sided welterweight contest. With the win, Ennis improved to 32-0 and retained his IBF championship. Avanesyan is now 30-5-1 and suffered a fate similar to his failed challenge of then-world welterweight champion Terence Crawford in 2022. In round one, Avanesyan received a low blow from Ennis while the champion's head was being held down. Avanesyan took quite a while to recover. The pause in the bout only slightly delayed the inevitable. By round four, Ennis was teeing off on Avanesyan, and blood was leaking from the challenger's nose. Avanesyan had some good moments in round five, but Ennis responded with a knockdown. Avanesyan got up and finished the round but his corner stopped the bout before round six could begin.
 

Undercard results from Las Vegas: Segawa upsets Villa

Undercard results from Las Vegas: Segawa upsets Villa

Undercard results from Las Vegas: Segawa upsets Villa
Sulaiman Segawa W10 Ruben Villa... Sulaiman Segawa (17-4-1, 6 KOs) knew this was a huge opportunity, and he made the most of it. The 33-year-old Ugandan featherweight upset Ruben Villa (22-2, 7 KOs) via ten-round unanimous decision. Segawa set the tone with high output from the opening bell. In the fourth round, Villa attempted to turn the tide by changing angles to land right hooks and even hurting Segawa to the body. In the eighth, Segawa sent Villa reeling with consecutive left hands before Villa hurt him again with several body blows. In the final rounds, Segawa's relentlessness prevailed, earning him the nod by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. Segawa won the last two rounds on all three judges' cards. Segawa said, “He prepared and trained hard. I knew he’d be a tough fighter. But in my camp, we stayed ready. We always stay ready. So I had to train hard. It’s all hard work. 126, baby. Here we are. Top Rank, let’s do it!”
 
ADDITIONAL RESULTS
 
Junior welterweight Charlie Sheehy (10-0, 5 KOs) earned an eight-round unanimous points verdict over Ricardo Quiroz (13-5, 7 KOs). Sheehy encountered trouble in the opening rounds with Quiroz’s counters but found his rhythm down the stretch with straight shots from the outside. The scores were 78-74 and 77-75 (twice).
 
Eighteen year-old welterweight Art Barrera Jr. (6-0, 4 KOs) triumphed with a six-round unanimous decision against Javier Mayoral (6-6-1, 1 KO). Barrera floored Mayoral with a left hook followed by a right uppercut in the opening stanza and again in the fourth with a straight right hand, but the Mexican southpaw survived. All three scorecards read 60-52.
 
Junior lightweight Jonathan Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) landed a perfectly timed left hook to the body that stopped Leonardo Padilla (23-6-1, 16 KOs) in the first round of their scheduled eight-rounder. Lopez turned him to land more, but the liver shot was enough to put him down for the count. Time of stoppage: 1:43.
 
In another junior lightweight bout, Albert Gonzalez (9-0, 5 KOs) scored a sixth-round TKO over Conrado Martinez (9-2). Gonzalez was relentless from the opening bell, wearing Martinez down with body shots. By the fourth, Martinez was on the verge of being stopped but survived until the sixth, where several unanswered shots forced referee Thomas Taylor to halt the action. Time of stoppage: 1:23.
 
Junior welterweight Israel Mercado (11-1-1, 7 KOs) defeated Dondrell Haynes (8-2, 7 KOs) over six rounds of back-and-forth action. Mercado overcame height and reach disadvantages with right hooks to the body and short lefts on the inside. The judges scored it 60-54 and 59-55 (twice).
 
Milawuakee-born southpaw Javier Zamarron (9-0, 4 KOs) scored a hard-earned unanimous decision win over Mikey Bracamontes (9-2-1, 5 KOs). All three scores in the junir lightweight contest were 59-55.
 
 

Biningu wins in Zimbabwe

Biningu wins in Zimbabwe
Tatenda Biningu KO2 Sadiki Momba... Zimbabwean junior lightweight Tatenda Biningu won in his home country, beating Tanzania's Sadiki Momba with an early knockout. Biningu was expected to get a tough test against the experienced Momba, but he proved to be a level above. After an uneventful and somewhat ugly first round, Biningu stepped on the gas in round two and ended the fight with a left-right combination, sending Momba down for the full count. Official time of stoppage 1:16. The 22 year-old Biningu improved his professional record to 15-1 with 9 KOs, while Momba falls to 29-11-3 with 14 KOs. The fight was the main event of a show promoted by former middleweight Charles Manyushi.

Another good win for Nicklaus Flaz

Another good win for Nicklaus Flaz

Nicklaus Flaz TKO4 Alfredo Escarcega... Puerto Rican welterweight Nicklaus Flaz registered a fourth-round stoppage win over Alfredo Escarcega on Wednesday night at the ProBox TV Events Center in Plant City, Florida. The 28 year-old Flaz showed his strength from the opening bell and demolished a good opponent who, although he tried, couldn’t do much in the ring. For Flaz it was his fourth consecutive win after his 2020 loss to Janelson Bocachica.  Since then he has defeated Brian Ceballo, Jahi Tucker and Luke Santamaria followed by his win this week. Flaz’s record now stands at 13 wins, 2 losses and 9 knockouts, while the Texas-born Escarcega’s record stands at 15 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw and 7 knockouts.

Chocolatito Gonzalez back with a win

Chocolatito Gonzalez back with a win

Román González W10 Rober Barrera ... Former four-division champion Román “Chocolatito” González returned from eighteen months of inactivity with a solid display, defeat Colombia's Rober Barrera (27-6) by technical knockout in the tenth round. The fight was contested in Gonzalez's native Nicaragua, a bit over the 115-pound weight limit where Gonzalez held his last title. The winner is now 52-4 and will presumably look for a big fight next.

Boxingtalk's Saturday fight predictions

Boxingtalk's Saturday fight predictions
Here are Boxingtalk's predictions for the most significant fights on Saturday:
 
Jaron Ennis (31-0) vs. David Avanesyan (30-4-1) (IBF welterweight title) … prediction: Ennis by early to mid-round knockout;
 
Skye Nicholson (10-0) vs. Dyana Vargas (19-1) (WBC female featherweight title) … prediction: Nicholson by unanimous decision;
 
Ray Muratalla (20-0) vs. Tevin Farmer (33-5-1) (lightweights) … prediction: Muratalla by unanimous decision;
 
Ruben Villa (22-1) vs. Sulaiman Segawa (16-4-1) (featherweights) … prediction: Villa by unanimous decision;
 
Jalil Major Hackett (8-0) vs. Peter Dobson (16-1) (welterweights) … prediction: Hackett by decision; and
 
Khalil Coe (8-0-1) vs. Kwame Ritter (11-1) (light heavyweights) … prediction: Coe by mid to late knockout.
 

Muslim Gadzhimagomedov wins WBA bridgerweight title

Muslim Gadzhimagomedov wins WBA bridgerweight title
Muslim Gadzhimagomedov TKO5 Zhaoxin Zhang... Russia’s Muslim Gadzhimagomedov defeated China’s Zhaoxin Zhang to win the vacant WBA bridgerweight championship on Friday in Serpukhov, Russia. For the second straight fight, Zhang showed an extraordinary ability to absorb punishment, but there were no cmplaints when the referee stopped the bout in round five even though Zhang was still on his feet. The title went vacant after former champion Evgeny Tishchenko tested positive for banned substances. Gadzhimagomedov (4-0) is a Tokyo (2021) Olympic silver medalist in the 201-pound divisions. He turned pro in 2021 and has measured himself against much more experienced opponents with relatively easy victories over all. Zhang (12-3-1) had won two of his last three fights, including a KO victory most recently over previously unbeaten Evgeny Romanov in a WBA eliminator that took place in Romanov's home country, Russia.

BOXINGTALK'S DEFINITIVE BRIDGERWEIGHT TIMELINE

MAY 26, 2024:  The WBA has stripped Evgeny Tischenko, its first bridgerweight champion due to a positive doping test. On November 28, 2023, the WBA approved Tishchenko and Leon Harth of Germany to fight for the newly created [224-pound] WBA bridgerweight title. On December 9th, Tishchenko and Harth fought in Dubai, with Tishchenko winning by sixth-round technical knockout and gaining recognition as the champion, recognition that would prove to be unearned and short-lived. Two months later in Russia, Zhaoxin Zhang of China won an elimination bout to become Tischchenko's mandatory challenger. But on March 30th of this year, the Middle East Professional Boxing [Commission in] Dubai, United Arab Emirates notified the WBA that Tishchenko's “A” urine sample from December had tested positive for a banned substance, 2-Amino-5-Methylhexane. The result of the title fight was changed to a no contest.

At the time, Tischenko had the right to dispute the positive test and he continued to be listed as the champion by the WBA. Tishchenko and his promoters RCC Boxing were afforded the opportunity to have the “B” sample tested, and RCC did so at its own expense. But on April 5th, the test on the “B” sample was completed, and like the "A" sample, it tested positive. On May 9th, Harth, through his attorneys Rainer Cherkeh and Kurt Emhoff, requested that the WBA apply its rules and strip Tishchenko of championship recognition and reinstate Harth to his previous position, the #2 ranking, in the WBA rankings.

Harth only received a portion of the requested relief. Tischenko was stripped, but Harth was not put back in the same place. On May 22nd, the WBA ruled as follows: "Due to Tishchenko’s positive test for a prohibited substance, his title and recognition are vacated." However, the WBA advised Harth it was not going to follow its own written procedures because, "this is a vacant title of a recent[ly] created division, therefore, the purse bid protocol cannot be applied."

There is no wiggle room under the WBA rules for newly created divisions. Appendix A,  Article 13 of the WBA rules provide that "if the world champion wins the fight or retains the title in a tie, and his test results are positive, the title shall be declared vacant and the challenger (whose anti-drug result is negative) shall fight against the leading available contender for the vacant title." Substituting the names of the affected boxers into the rule, the result should be that "Harth (whose anti-drug result is negative) shall fight against Zhang for the vacant title." Harth's attorneys point out that the rule uses the word "shall" not "may" and therefore the WBA should have no discretion to dictate a different result other than the two leading available contenders contesting the vacant title.

Despite the rule, on May 21st, the WBA ordered Zhang, the #1 contender, to fight for the vacant title against Muslim Gadzhimagomedov, the WBA's #7 rated contender. The fight was ordered to take place between 45 and 90 days. Harth was reinstated to the #2 position that he occupied in the November ratings. However, since he is being skipped over for the vacant title fight, he was not being given the same rights that a #2 contender should enjoy. 

Besides Zhang and Harth, the other boxers affected by this result are those who have appeared above Gadzhimagomedov in the last two months, namely Julio Cesar La Cruz, Evgeny Romanov (who was KO's by Zhang), Roman Fress, Ryad Merhy (just beaten by heavyweight Jared Anderson) and former two-division champion Badou Jack.

MAY 25, 2024: Great Britain's Lawrence Okolie knocked down Lukasz Rozanski three times in the opening round to win the WBC bridgerweight (224-pound) world title in Poland on Friday night. The fight was not really of world-level quality as Rozanskio looked out of shape and generally awful, but the win technically makes Okolie a two-weight world champion. The British Okolie (20-1) reigned as the WBO 200-pound champion from 2021-2023. Keep in mind, the undisputed world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk weighed 223 pounds when defeating Tyson Fury last week, so there is really no dispute who is the world's best 224-pound boxer.

MAY 19, 2024: Although not a bridgerweight fight, Oleksandr Usyk was 223 pounds, below the bridgerweight limit, when he made boxing history by becoming the first undisputed world heavyweight champion of the century. The Ukrainian Usyk outboxed Great Britain's Tyson Fury, although it was ruled a split decision. Boxingtalk scored it 115-112 for Usyk, who remains undefeated as a professional. Usyk was trailing at the midway point but turned the momentum back his way and knocked Fury down towards the end of round nine. Usyk added Fury's WBC heavyweight title to the WBA, WBO and IBF versions he previously owned.  An Olympic gold medal winner as well as undisputed world champion at cruiserweight and now heavyweight, Usyk has to be considered an all-time great For those following the new bridgerweight division, Usyk must be considered the world's best.

FEB. 10, 2024... Unheralded Zhaoxin Zhang of China delivered a spectacular knockout against Evgeny Romanov on Saturday to win a WBA elimination bout in the bridgerweight (224-pound) division. Fighting on hostile turf in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Zhang  ended the bout in only two rounds after a combination sent the Russian to the canvas in very bad condition. The referee did not allow the favored Romanov to continue despite him beating the ten count. But the fight was not easy for Zhang, who was punished from the first bell and looked vulnerable in the beginning of the fight. Zhang was knocked down by Romanov but he overcame that plus several cuts to his face to fight back and pull off the upset with a dramatic victory. Zhang now becomes the mandatory challenger to another Russian, Evgeny Tishchenko. Zhang puts himself on the boxing map with a record of 12-2-1 with 7 KOs. Romanov lost his undefeated record and is now 19-1 with 12 KOs.

WBA / DEC. 12, 2023Evgeny Tishchenko is now recognized as the first WBA bridgerweight champion after he defeated Germany's Leon Harth this weekend at the Agenda Arena in Dubai. **NOTE: As of May 2024, Tishchenko was stripped of his title due to a positive doping test.** The Russian Tischenko  finished the fight in the sixth round against Harth to join South Africa's Kevin Lerena as the two recognized champions in the nascent 224-pound weight class. Tishchenko dominated the bout, winning every round and getting a knockdown in the second round. The fight ended when Harth took a ten count after a hard body shot. Tishchenko's most accurate pro record is 21-3 including the World Series of Boxing. Harth falls to 22-6-1.

WBC / NOV. 27, 2023:  In a 224-pound fight held in South Africa on Saturday, Kevin Lerena outclassed rugged Senad Gashi, landing powerful accurate blows throughout the twelve rounds of the fight. Lerena diminished Gashi’s condition round by round. Gashi never stopped fighting and trying to win, but Lerena remained focused on his fight plan to tilt the fight in his favor. Gashi was penalized a point in the final round after hitting Lerena with a low blow. The South African took revenge for this action by knocking down Gashi seconds before the end of the last round. The judges scored the fight in favor of Lerena, declaring him the new WBC interim bridgerweight champion. He now looks forward to facing champion Lukasz Różański, who is expected to fight two-time world champion Badou Jack first.

WBC / APRIL 23, 2023: Poland's Lukasz Rozanski became the second WBC bridgerweight champion, winning the vacant 224-pound title by knocking out Croatia's Alen Babic in the very first round at the G2A Arena in Rzeszow, Poland. Rozanski didn’t give Babic an opportunity to get comfortable because as soon as the bell rang in the first round, the wild-swinging Pole attacked the visiting Croatian with power, sending him to the canvas. Babic got to his feet, but Rozanski connected with a powerful right hand that again put Babic in bad shape, and then Babic was battered with all kinds of combinations. The referee Guadalupe García decided to stop the fight because Babic was receiving too much punishment. With this victory, Rozanski established himself as the WBC bridgerweight champion, succeeding Oscar Rivas, whose career ended due to eye problems. Rozanski improved his record to 15-0 with 14 knockouts. Babic, who had his manager, English heavyweight Dillian Whyte in his corner, fell to 12-2 (including the World Series of Boxing).

WBC / JAN. 7, 2023: Oscar Rivas is now the first-ever bridgerweight champion in recess. The WBC clarified that Rivas has not been stripped of his bridgerweight championship, but instead has been demoted to champion in recess until he confirms his decision about his boxing future. Rivas suffered a detached retina and will not be able to fight his contracted bout with Lukasz Rozanski of Poland. The WBC Board of governors has voted in favor of the following resolution to immediately address the status of the new 224-pound weight division: Alen Babic and Rozanski will fight for the vacant title with a 50-50 purse split if a purse bid is needed. The winner must commit to comply with two mandatories, the first one against the winner of a final eliminator between Ryad Merhy vs. Kevin Lerena.

WBC / APRIL 27, 2022: Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), Probellum and Global Jabes 77 held a joint press conference in Bogota, Colombia, to announce WBC bridgerweight champion Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (28-1, 19 KOs) will make his first title defense on August 13th at home against Poland's Lukasz Rozanski (14-0, 13 KOs) at the Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero stadium (40,000 capacity) in Cali, Colombia. **The fight would never take place after it was revealed that Rivas had a detached retina and could not fight anymore.**

WBC / OCT. 23, 2021: Colombian transplant Oscar Rivas emerged from an all-Canadian slugfest as the first bridgerweight world champion. Rivas defeated Ryan Rozicki in a phone booth-type fight by scores of 115-112 (twice) and 116-111 to win the inaugural WBC 224-pound honors. An exhausted Rivas bloodied Rozicki's nose and brow but had a point deducted in round twelve for excessive holding. Rozicki took the fight on barely three weeks’ notice after Bryant Jennings refusal to get the coronavirus vaccine barred him from fighting in Canada.

Weigh-in report from Las Vegas

Weigh-in report from Las Vegas
WBO/IBF middleweight champion Janibek Alimkhanuly was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s title defense against Andrei Mikhailovich at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas after being hospitalized Thursday evening due to dehydration. The ten-round lightweight showdown between undefeated Raymond Muratalla and former 130-pound champion Tevin Farmer has been elevated to the main event. Muratalla-Farmer and the rest of the undercard will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 6:50 p.m. ET/3:50 p.m. PT.  Here are the boxers' weights for the remaining bouts:
 
Raymond Muratalla 134.1 pounds vs. Tevin Farmer 134.7 (ten rounds);
 
Ruben Villa 125.5  vs. Sulaiman Segawa 122.6 (ten rounds);
 
Charlie Sheehy 139.9  vs. Ricardo Quiroz 139.8 (eight rounds);
 
Art Barrera Jr. 145.4  vs. Javier Mayoral 145.7 (six rounds);
 
Jonathan Lopez 130.9  vs.  Leonardo Padilla 131.8  (eight rounds);
 
Albert Gonzalez 128.8  vs. Conrado Martinez 128.1  (six rounds);
 
Israel Mercado 140.2  vs. Dondrell Haynes 139 (six rounds); and
 
Javier Zamarron 126.9  vs. Mikey Bracamontes 127.8  (six rounds).
 

Batyrgaziev wins WBA interim belt at 130 pounds

Batyrgaziev wins WBA interim belt at 130 pounds

Albert Batyrgaziev TKO9 Jono Carroll ... In Serpukhov, Russia the WBA interim super featherweight title was claimed by Russian Olympic champion Albert Batyrgaziev (10-0), who survived some rough moments esarly on to stop Ireland's Jono Carroll (24-2-1) in round nine. Carroll had won his last six fights following a loss to Maxi Hughes but with both eyes swelling, he went down twice in round nine. On the second knockdown, the referee stopped the fight without a count. Batyrgaziev is now in line for a shot at WBA champion Lamont Roach.

Olympic champ Zoirov gets a draw in Russia

Olympic champ Zoirov gets a draw in Russia
Shakhobidin Zoirov D8 Dmitry Dvali... Shakhobidin Zoirov, an Olympic champion from Uzbekistan, fought ot a draw against Dmitry Dvali of Russia on an IBA Champions’ Night show in Serpukhov, Russia. It was a bruising eight-round bantamweight contest with the scores not being clearly announced to the audience. By the end of the action, Zoirov was bruised under his right eye while Dvali appeared to suffer a broken nose. In the end, Zoirov prevailed on the cards by scores of He is now 10-0 including the World Series of Boxing. Dvali is very experienced in the Russian amateur program but was making his pro debut.
 

Venezuelan update: Canizales returns after close loss in title fight

Venezuelan update: Canizales returns after close loss in title fight
On Friday, July 19th, Venezuelan Carlos ¨Triple C¨ Cañizales will face Mexico's Iván García in a light flyweight main event. Fighting in his hometown of Caracas, Cañizales, will enter the ring for the second time this year, after losing a world title bid in January by majority decision against Japan’s two-belt champion, Kenshiro Teraji. Cañizales is a former WBA regular title holder with a career mark of 26-2-1. Born in Ixtapaluca, Mexico, García (12-2-1) will return to Venezuela, the nation where he fought to a controversial draw against local man Rodrigo Ramírez at the end of 2023. Garcia won a bout in Mexico in April, by unanimous decision against his compatriot, Pedro Delgado Gaytan. The show will be promoted by Jorge Fernández and Williams Pérez, and will be conducted under the supervision of the Venezuelan National Professional Boxing Commission.
 

 

Alimkhanuly hospitalized due to dehydration; title defense off

Alimkhanuly hospitalized due to dehydration; title defense off
WBO/IBF middleweight champion Janibek Alimkhanuly was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s title defense against Andrei Mikhailovich at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas after being hospitalized Thursday evening due to dehydration. “Janibek was cutting the final pounds last night when he fainted,” said Egis Klimas, Alimkhanuly's manager. “We immediately took him to Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he was put on an IV. While the scans showed no kidney damage, he was severely dehydrated and in no condition to fight.” The ten-round lightweight showdown between undefeated contender Raymond Muratalla and former 130-pound champion Tevin Farmer has been elevated to the main event. Muratalla-Farmer and the rest of the undercard will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 6:50 p.m. ET/3:50 p.m. PT.  
 
 
 

Farmer: "I don’t know if I would have taken this fight if I were Muratalla"

Farmer: "I don’t know if I would have taken this fight if I were Muratalla"
In Saturday's ten-round lightweight co-feature on ESPN, Raymond Muratalla (20-0, 16 KOs) will face former 130-pound champion Tevin Farmer (pictured). The fight takes place  at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Farmer (33-5-1, 8 KOs) has now won three straight since taking a three-year hiatus from 2020 through 2023.
 
Tevin Farmer: “I’m excited. A lot of people might judge me based on my last {big} fight, when I fought Joseph Diaz Jr. There were a lot of medical issues, but we got it straightened out. I worked my butt off from 2020 until now. I had to take a couple of fights at a lower level to get back to where I needed to be. I understand the process. It’s not always easy. So, I’m coming to dominate.”
 
“There’s levels to this. There are steps he should have taken. For him to take such a big step is brave of him. He’s really brave. Maybe his team sees flaws in me that they think they can handle. I thank them for taking this fight. But I don’t know if I would have taken the fight if I were him.”
 
Raymond Muratalla: “Come Saturday night, I’ve got to make a statement so I can get these title shots that I want. I’m ready for it. I’ve been putting in the work. And I can’t wait to show you all on Saturday. I’m ready for a title shot. He’s a good fighter. But I just think I’m on another level now. It’s going to show Saturday night.” 
 
"I can’t count how many new sparring partners I’ve had. And they’re all southpaws. So, I’m fully prepared for this fight. There were too many guys to count. Different styles. Different height and weight. Big guys, small guys, and fast guys. So, whatever he brings, I’ll be ready for it.”

Tonight: the return of Roman Gonzalez

Tonight: the return of Roman Gonzalez

Chocolatito is back tonight. After nineteen months out of the ring, the fighting pride of Nicaragua is back for a long-awaited homecoming. Former four-division champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will face Colombian puncher Rober Barrera in the ten-round bantamweight main event on Friday, July 12th at Polideportivo Alexis Argüello in Managua, Nicaragua. Gonzalez-Barrera and additional fight action will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Gonzalez (51-4, 41 KOs), the one-time pound-for-pound king, has captured titles at minimumweight, light flyweight, flyweight, and junior bantamweight during a 19-year pro career. Considered one of the greatest lighter-weight fighters in boxing history, he returns following a highly controversial decision defeat to Juan Francisco Estrada in December 2022. Barrera (27-5, 17 KOs) is a former world title challenger who has won three straight fights. In 2017, he lost a 108-pound title bid to Ryoichi Taguchi.

Salita Promotions revelas full line-up for Detroit show

Salita Promotions revelas full line-up for Detroit show
The untelevised undercard has been announced for the Salita Promotions event on Saturday, July 27th at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. DAZN will broadcast the show, which features undisputed world middleweight champion Claressa Shields’ historic challenge for the WBC women’s heavyweight (175 pounds +) championship against Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse, a ten-round junior welterweight co-feature pitting Michel “La Zarza Ali” Rivera against Hugo Alberto “Nato” Roldan and power-punching former title challenger Shohjahon “Descendant of Tamerlane” Ergashev taking on Julian “The Quiet Storm” Smith in another ten-round junior welterweight contest. 
 
Headlining the non-televised portion of the night will be a another ten-round junior welterweight contest between Ernesto “Tito” Mercado (15-0, 14 KOs) of Pomona, CA, and Hector Edgardo “Pajarito” Sarmiento (21-2, 14 KOs) from Cordoba, Argentina. A fan-friendly fighter, Mercado is an aggressive, yet poised, boxer-puncher who was voted BoxingScene.com’s 2023 Prospect of the Year. Comparing his mindset to the (the late) former champion Edwin Valero, Mercado says he’s an old-school fighter who is not interested in looking pretty and wants to “take his opponents’ heads off.” 
 
Mercado already has three victories under his belt this year, including stopping then 19-6-2 Cristian Bielma in February and taking out Colombian veteran Deiner Berrio (then 22-4-1) in April. 
 
“I know he has experience,” said Mercado of upcoming opponent Sarmiento. “In his last fight, he went the distance with Denys Berinchyk from Ukraine, who is now a world champ at 135 pounds after beating Emanuel Navarrete. So, you know he’s a tough guy. He’ll pressure me to fight, and he throws very unorthodox punches, which will make it hard to counter him. I will have to be mindful and defensively sharp.”
 
The 22-year-old Mercado says he feels he’s closing in on a world-title shot and is looking forward to the exposure fighting in front of so many fans in Detroit can bring. “I feel like I’m ready to fight for a world title right now. With the experience I’ve been getting, it shouldn’t be too long. I’m also very excited to fight in front of such a big audience. Getting the recognition of being in these big fights motivates me in the gym. I can’t wait and I hope to make a lot of new fans that night.” 
 
In an eight-round women’s junior welterweight test, Samantha Worthington (8-0, 6 KOs) will put her undefeated record on the line against Budapest, Hungary’s Edina Kiss (16-20, 9 KOs). From Folsom, California, via Lexington, Kentucky, Worthington, the first fighter to ever sign with Claressa Shields’ T-Rex Promotions, finished her amateur career with 36 wins (14 losses), including five national championships, a bronze at the Youth World Championships, and a fifth-place finish at the Olympic Trials for the 2016 Olympics. Thus far as a pro, Worthington has gone undefeated at 8-0, 6 KOs and was last seen scoring a near-shutout unanimous decision over Yazmin Rivas in front of her home-state fans in Kentucky last January.
 
“I am so grateful for this opportunity!” said Worthington. “Claressa has believed in me since the amateurs, so it is extremely special to have her backing me now in the pros. And I know that being able to fight on this stage is going to put the world on notice and let the super lightweight division know I’m here to dominate! Edina Kiss is a veteran of the sport and I’m so excited to display my skills against someone who has shared the ring with some of the greats! Training has been going great and I’m ready to show everyone that I deserve to be here.”
 
In a six-round junior middleweight battle, Dearborn Heights, Michigan’s Husam "Lion Heart" Al Mashhadi (9-1, 8 KOs) will take on Buenos Aires Bruno Leonardo Romay (22-13, 19 KOs). Al Mashhadi is a 21-year-old southpaw with an entertaining fighting style who was last seen taking out 58-fight Colombian trialhorse Daulis Prescott in one round at Wayne State Fieldhouse, Detroit in March of last year. 
 
“I feel really blessed to get this opportunity in my hometown at Little Caesars Arena. It’s a big deal and I’m looking forward to it,” said Al Mashhadi. “I know my opponent is from Argentina and a veteran with a lot of fights. He’s coming to fight and give me a run for my money, so I’m training hard to ready for him. This will be the first southpaw I fight in the pros, so I’m sparring Ardreal Holmes and a lot of other tough southpaws to get ready.”
 
In a six-round featherweight showdown, Pontiac, Michigan’s Cameran “The Problem” Pankey (9-1, 4 KOs) will take on Mooresville, North Carolina’s Shaileik Paisley (4-4, 3 KOs). Pankey is a 25-year-old slugger who was last seen putting on the fight of the night in his first career loss against Mexico’s Juan Hernandez Martinez via razor-thin six-round decision at Wayne State Fieldhouse, Detroit in February of last year.
 
“Training is going great,” said Pankey. “I’m hitting harder than ever before and I’m in tip-top shape. I could go 12 rounds today. I know this opponent has never been stopped, but I feel I will be the first to do it.”
 
Also featured that night will be an eight-round female heavyweight fight between Houston, Texas’ undefeated Danielle Perkins (4-0, 2 KOs) and Scotland’s Christianne Fahey (2-1, 2 KOs), as well as an exciting all-Detroit six-round junior middleweight scrap between Gordie Russ II (6-1, 6 KOs) and Josiah Shackleford (3-1, 2 KOs).
 
“We have a stacked undercard featuring top local, national, and international talent,” said event promoter, Dmitriy Salita. “All eyes will be on Detroit at Little Caesars Arena on July 27th, when some of the best boxers in the world look to take the next important step in their careers. Our goal is to be inclusive and work with everyone to give boxing fans the most exciting events, and this card is a testament to that mission statement.”

Jayson Mama wins all-Filipino bout

Jayson Mama wins all-Filipino bout
Jayson Mama W10 Carlo Demecillo ... Jayson “Smasher” Mama won a super flyweight bout on Thursday, July 11th in Malungon, Philippines. In an all-Filipino match-up at the Sunken Arena, and with Malungon mayor Tessa Constantino at ringside, Mama defeated Carlo Demecillo by unanimous decision. After a well-boxed affair, judges Brembot Dulalas, Jaime Mata and Marlou Neri all scored the fight 98-92 in favor of Mama. The loser of a 2021 flyweight title bid to Sunny Edwards, Mama who improved his record to 20-1 with 10 KOs. Demecillo, a former three-time Philippines national champion, falls to 17-9-2 with 10 KOs. The fight headlined a night of boxing promoted by Sanman Promotions.
 

Top Rank adds Steven Navarro to Aug. 10th undercard

Top Rank adds Steven Navarro to Aug. 10th undercard
Los Angeles super flyweight Steven “Kid Dynamite” Navarro returns to action in a six-rounder against Oscar Arroyo on Saturday, Aug. 10th, at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Navarro joins a line-up headlined by the featherweight main event between IBF champion Venado Lopez and hometown hero Angelo Leo. Venado-Leo and the Lindolfo Delgado-Bryan Flores junior welterweight co-feature will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Navarro-Arroyo and additional undercard fights will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Legacy Boxing Promotions, tickets are on sale now via  Etix.com.
 
 “I had a lot of fun in my Top Rank debut in Las Vegas last month, and I believe the fans enjoyed my performance,” Navarro said. “I am excited to showcase my skills in Albuquerque, a storied fight city with passionate fans. Mi gente, vengan a verme pelear por ustedes.”
 
Navarro (2-0, 1 KO), a 13-time U.S. national amateur champion from a renowned fighting family, is on the fast track to contender status after turning pro with a stunning sixth-round stoppage over Jose Lopez in April. He inked a long-term contract with Top Rank later that month and made his promotional debut in June in Las Vegas, shutting out 10-fight veteran Juan Pablo Meza over six rounds. Arroyo (3-2, 2 KOs), a native of Nicaragua, is coming off a four-round decision defeat to Fernando Diaz.