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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


THE CZAR OF RING STAR: RICHARD SCHAEFER
By G. Leon

"As Donald Trump would say, I'm going to make boxing great again!"

GL: You have a fantastic event coming up this weekend at the Galen Center, can you tell us what boxing fans have to look forward to on Saturday night? "Well these are exactly the kind of fights everybody is talking about, which are 50-50 fights that are significant in their respective weight classes. Yes they are two world championship fights, but they're really two of the very best fighters in their division fighting each other with Cuellar and Mares. For Cuellar this is easily the biggest fight of his life and for Mares this is a must win night, another opportunity to become world champion. Mares is one of the most decorated fighters in recent history coming out of Mexico, starting with being an Olympian and winning world titles in three different weight classes, and here he goes again. It's a great match-up, styles make fights and these two styles were made for each other. I don't like guaranteeing, but in this case I can guarantee that there will be toe to toe action. This is going to be a fight of the year candidate no question about it. With Charlo and with J-Rock, you have two undefeated guys fighting each other in the prime of their career. If you look at their record they're 46-0 with 30 knockouts. I think there's some bad blood there. J-Rock has been waiting to get that fight for a long time and for whatever reason it didn't happen, but here it is. Both guys are going to be ready to go, if you look at Charlo I think he's the best fighter in this division. I think he's proven that over and over, and with J-Rock you have a guy that hasn't lost a round in his last six fights. There's a lot of momentum there and that's why I said in the beginning, these are two 50-50 fights and this is exactly what the sport needs. It's going to be a great event in downtown Los Angeles at the Galen Center on the campus of USC."

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


JOSHUA: "IF I GET THROUGH MOLINA ON SATURDAY THEN I FIGHT KLITSCHKO"

Press Release: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (pictured) and challenger Eric Molina worked out for the British press on Tuesday in Manchester, England, as they prepare to battle this Saturday at Manchester Arena live on Showtime (5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT). A 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) will make the second defense of his IBF title against Molina (25-3 19 KOs), a Texas native getting his second shot at a belt in his quest to become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion. Here is what Joshua and Molina had to say during fight week:

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DECEMBER 08, 2016 


KERMIT CINTRON TALKS ABOUT THIS WEEK'S FIGHT

Press Release: This Saturday night at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA, former welterweight title holder Kermit Cintron (38-5-2) will take on Nicaragua's Rosemberg Gomez (19-5-1) in an eight-round bout. In the ten-round main event, welterweight David Peralta (26-2-1) of Argentina takes on Berlin Abreu (13-1). Both Abreu and Cintron were born in Puerto Rico. Also on the show, Ronald Ellis (12-0-1) of Lynn, MA takes on Oscar Riojas (10-6-1) of Mexico in a eight-round super middleweight bout and Derric Rossy (30-12) of New York battles Richard Carmack (15-9-1) of Kansas City, Missouri in a heavyweight bout.

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 


MASON MENARD READY TO MAKE MOST OF HBO EXPOSURE
By G. Leon

GL: How has everything gone in training camp and what can we expect to see from you on Saturday night? "I've had a great camp. Expect to see fireworks, it's going to be a great show between me and (Rey) Beltran." GL: What are your thoughts of Beltran as a fighter? What do you know about him? "I know he's rough and rugged and he's going to bring it in every round. He's going to come hard because he knows this is his last chance at a title shot, so I know he's going to come with so that's basically it."

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 
 FRANK WARREN RIPS BILLY JOE SAUNDERS

Billy Joe Saunders W12 Artur Akavov Over the weekend, WBO middleweight title holder Billy Joe Saunders won a twelve-round decision over Russia's Artur Akavov in in Glasgow, Scotland by scores of 116-113, 116-112 and 115-113. Saunders admitted afterwards it was a terrible performance: “I’ve been out of the ring for a year and was a bit overweight. Tonight, was really, really flat and I want to apologize to the fans. I’m an honest man, that was terrible. That was not a world champion performance. Most British fighters perform better than that, but a win’s a win. I’m happy that I performed like that against him rather than someone like Canelo or Golovkin.” Today, Saunders' promoter, Frank Warren expressed his own unhappiness with Saunders' showing: "As Bill also stated in his post-fight appraisal, how can you talk about taking on the current greats after a display like that? What I do know is that Bill is not daft and is fully aware his preparations were not of an acceptable level and it needs to be a lesson learned. What we witnessed from him in Scotland was not good enough. It is all very well being critical of yourself in hindsight, but you don’t need to be an Einstein to realise there was a problem there and I have seen some of the photos that were floating around in the weeks leading up to the fight and it is not what a professional athlete should look like." source: frankwarren.com

 
DECEMBER 07, 2016 


BOXINGTALK'S MID-WEEK MAILBAG
By G. Leon

Hey G, Quick question. What do you think about 15 Round fights for Unification matches? As they used to be for championship matches, now 12 is. Personally, i think unifications should be 15 rounders. Imagine 3 more rounds of Ward/Kovalev? Just when they were heating up. The true CHAMPIONSHIP rounds. Anyway, just an idea and wondering what your thoughts on something like that would be. As always, keep up the good work and being a great ambassador, and part of boxing. -Nick B.

Leon's Response: I personally think all title fights, not just unification bouts, should be thirteen rounds. Having an even amount of rounds makes it too easy for a draw to occur. While I'm a big fan of 15 round fights, I'm also a big fan of safety. I think the 13th round would eliminate the countless number of bouts where you're left wondering what a guy would have been able to do with one more round.


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DECEMBER 07, 2016 


JONES VS. GUNN PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Press Release: On February 17, 2017 at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, the legendary Roy Jones, Jr. (64-9) will face bare-knuckle specialist Bobby Gunn in a cruiserweight bout. Gunn is 21-6-1 in traditional boxing matches. The bout will be broadcast on a pay-per-view basis. At Tuesday's press conference formally announcing the bout, Jones, who will be 48 when the fight takes place, said, "I always do things that people don't expect me to do. I promised Bobby a long time ago that I would give him the opportunity, and I am a man of my word. Come February 17th, I am going to shock the world again." Gunn responded, "I am a pitbull, and I am coming on February 17th. Roy motivates me.  To fight an all-time great is a huge thing for me and I believe that he is top-five all-time. After February 17th, Roy will never forget me for the rest of his life." The bout will be promoted by David Feldman Promotions.

 
DECEMBER 07, 2016 


LUKE BLACKLEDGE VOWS TO END CALLUM SMITH'S TITLE HOPES ON SATURDAY

Press Release: Luke Blackledge (22-2-2) has told Callum Smith (21-0) that Smith's world title dreams will be destroyed on Saturday as he plans to rip the British super middleweight title from him at the Manchester Arena on Saturday live on Sky Sports Box Office. Smith defends his crown for the first time after destroying local rival Rocky Fielding inside a round last November. Smith then claimed the European title in April with a one-round demolition job in the opening session against Hadillah Mohoumadi.

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 


Q&A WITH SERGEY LIPINETS

Eliminator puts him one win away from a soft champion

Press Release: Unbeaten junior lightweight Sergey Lipinets is wrapping up training camp as he prepares for his IBF eliminator against Australia's Lenny Zappavigna this Saturday, December 10th at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The winner is in line for a shot at one of the sport's most suspect titleholders, Julius Indongo of Namibia. The show will be headlined by Jesus Cuellar defending his WBA regular title against former three-division titleholder Abner Mares. The Showtime telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with IBF 154-pound champion Jermall Charlo battling fellow undefeated Julian Williams. Here is what Lipinets had to say about training camp with trainer Buddy McGirt, his matchup on Saturday and more:

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 
 AUSTRALIAN UPDATE: HORN FACES FUNEKA BUT GEORGE WANTS NEXT

Press Release: Talk of an all-Queensland (Australia) super fight between Toowoomba's Kris George (12-1) and Brisbane's Jeff Horn (15-0-1) is gaining momentum. This weekend, Horn faces former mightweight contender Ali Funeka in Auckland on Saturday night. However, Horn is proposing to fight again in Sydney in February and Brisbane in April. The Brisbane date has been labelled a real possibility for George vs Horn for George's newly won Commonwealth welterweight title. George has long called the Horn's name - but until recent days Horn has all but dismissed the challenge.

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 


SWEDISH UPDATE: WIN OVER SHALA PUTS SKOGLUND ON INTERNATIONAL SCENE

Press Release: Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) and Timy Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time at the final press conference ahead of their light heavyweight fight on Friday night at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden. The stakes are high for Skoglund as he returns to his hometown knowing that a victory over "The Albanian Bomber" will set him up for either a European or world title shot in 2017. The undefeated 25 year-old is currently mandatory challenger for Robert Stieglitz’s European strap.

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DECEMBER 07, 2016 
 GETTING TO KNOW CUELLAR AND MARES

Press Release: WBA regular featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division titlist will do battle this Saturday, December 10th, at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles and live on Showtime. The hard-hitting Cuellar of Argentina and the decorated Mares of Southern California shared some fun facts and spoke about their interests outside of boxing before they lace up the gloves. Click the link below to learn more about the two fighters before their main event showdown:

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DECEMBER 06, 2016 


ANTONIO NIEVES RESPONDS TO RAU'SHEE WARREN
By G. Leon

I had to laugh when I heard Nuke said I was a bum and was afraid to fight him in the amateurs. At the same time he was quick to point out that he beat me in the amateurs. What he failed to mention is that Kenny Porter called my coach at about 11 o'clock in the morning on the day we fought to ask if I would be interested in fighting nuke that very night. We immediately got in the car and drove 5 hrs all the way to Cincinnati and fought Nuke that evening. Of course he got to decision in Cincinnati. The fact that we got paid is just because we are smart, I would've fought Nuke for free anytime. Now that doesn't sound like someone who was afraid to fight Nuke back in the amateurs does it? I'm far from afraid of him today. What does he have like two knockouts? He's a good fighter, he's fast but he's clearly not anyone to be afraid of. Name-calling and avoiding mentioning a particular fighter is what someone does when they are afraid .Nuke wants to call me a bum, he wants to avoid mentioning my name it's because he's the one who is afraid. I want to fight him for the title in our home state in January. He wants to make up excuses not to fight me.



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DECEMBER 06, 2016 


HOLYFIELD, BARRERA AND TAPIA LEAD HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Class of 2017 has definite Showtime flavor

The 2017 class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame was announced on Tuesday, headlijned by boxing greats Evander Holyfield, Marco Antonio Barrera (pictured) and Johnny Tapia.  In the non-participant category, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Sr. will posthumously join his son Jimmy Lennon Jr., in the Hall, as will Lennon's Showtime co-wrokers, commentators Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood.  The induction ceremony will take place in Canastota, NY, June 8-11.

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DECEMBER 06, 2016 


BUTE-ALVAREZ SET FOR FEBRUARY 24 IN QUEBEC
By G. Leon

Earlier today Groupe Yvon Michel announced that Eleider Alvarez and Lucian Bute will fight on February 24 at the Videotron Center in Quebec. The winner will face WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. (11:39 AM ET)

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DECEMBER 06, 2016 


THE TOP TEN BOXER/ TRAINER DUOS
By Doveed Linder

Sometimes, a good boxer and a good trainer get together, but it’s just not the right fit for success.  Remember when Jermain Taylor and Emanuel Steward worked together in 2006 and 2007? It was during Taylor’s reign as world middleweight champion. During his time with the man regarded as one of the finest trainers of all time, Taylor was the subject of a great deal of criticism because of sub-par performances. He was eventually knocked out by an underdog, Kelly Pavlik. Taylor was a very talented fighter and Steward a certified Hall of Famer, but together they did not produce outstanding results. My conversation about trainers eventually shifted towards the most “perfect pairs” in boxing. We’re talking about a boxer and a trainer who bring out the best in each other – who put each other on the map, who could not be who they are without one another. The most profound example of this is number 10 on the list, James Kirkland and Ann Wolfe...

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DECEMBER 06, 2016 


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: LOU DIBELLA
By G. Leon

GL: What's the latest and greates with DiBella Entertainment Lou? "I'm looking forward to co-promoting with Mayweather in doing Badou Jack and James DeGale which I think is one of the best unification bouts you could make in boxing. Also on that show is Jose Pedraza and Gervonta Davis and certainly Showtime Xtreme has a tremendous show in its own right with Stephen Espinoza breaking a barrier and putting Amanda Serrano in the main event of Showtime Xtreme against another girl who is a multi-division world champion Yazmin Rivas and on the same Xtreme card Ievgen Khytrov is fighting Immanuwel Aleem another undefeated middleweight, so it's a tremendous card from top to bottom and it will be at the Barclay Center on January 14. After that, on January 28 I have Dejan Zlaticanin, my champion at 135 defending his title against Mikey Garcia in what's a very high profile bout. If Zlaticanin can beat Mikey, which I think he can, it elevates him to stardom. He's already a world champion, but a victory over Mikey Garcia would put him on a whole different level, that's what we've got cooking in the immediate future."


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DECEMBER 06, 2016 


JULIAN WILLIAMS: "I'M GOING TO EXPLOIT CHARLO'S WHOLE GAME!"
By G. Leon

GL: How has everything gone in camp, what can we expect to see from you on Saturday night? "Training camp went really well, I feel good, my weight is extremely good and I actually look better than I've expected. Now it's just about maintaining and getting ready to win. I expect to win on Saturday night."



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DECEMBER 06, 2016 
 ANTONIO VARGAS TO TURN PRO WITH SPLIT-T

Olympian to campaign at 115 or 118

Press Release: Split-T Management has signed 2016 United States Olympian Antonio Vargas to a managerial contract. Vargas of Kissimmee, Florida competed in the flyweight division in the Rio games. "I have known Split-T Management's David McWater for several years.  The people I know told me a lot of positive things about him.  He showed me he was a good person and the man who can manage my career the way it should be," said Vargas, who plans to campaign in the pros at 115 or 118.

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DECEMBER 06, 2016 
 WEBSTER TO FIGHT FOR IBO BELT ON JANUARY 21

Press Release: Fresh off a dominant TKO victory of Zoltan Sera last month in Philadelphia, Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (21-1, 11 KOs) will make a return to the ring on Jan. 21st at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J. Standing opposite him that night will be Thomas Awimbono (25-5-1, 21 KOs), with the IBO Super Middleweight Championship on the line.

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DECEMBER 06, 2016 


NEW CHAMPION ALERT: INDONGO STRETCHES TROYANOVSKY
By Scott Shaffer

Julius Indongo KO1 Eduard Toyanovsky… One of boxing’s least qualified champions was dethroned over the weekened by an unbeaten but anonymous challenger.  In Moscow, Julius Indongo, an unknown Namibian southpaw, landed a grazing left on the chin that stretched Eduard Troyanovsky. The entire fight lasted about 40 seconds, one of the quickest in world title history (Gerald McClellan-Jay Bell and James Warring-James Pritchard were both shorter). Indongo (21-0) took the IBF 140-pound championship that Troyanovsky owned since November 2015. Indongo also claimed the IBO version of the title that Troyanosky held since April 2015.  Troyanovsky won the vacant IBF title by beating Cesar Cuenca. This whole sub-par series of fights needs to be remedied by the IBF allowing only true contenders to fight for its title. Source: youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6W3iLIdo_4

 
DECEMBER 06, 2016 


PULEV STOPS PETER IN BULGARIAN HOMECOMING

Kubrat Pulev TKO4 Samuel Peter… Kubrat Pulev (pictured) celebrated a successful homecoming in Sofia, Bulgaria over the weekend.  The Bulgarian heavyweight beat former WBC champion Samuel Peter via fourth-round technical knockout to improve his pro record to 24-1. Pulev’s only loss was a failed world-title bid vs. Wladimir Klitschko in 2014, and this was his fourth straight win since then. Peter falls to 36-6 and is well-past his prime, which ended around 2008.
 
Otto Wallin W10 Raphael Zumbano Love… Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin scored a career best win, a unanimous points victory over Brazil's Raphael Zumbano Love in a crowd pleasing ten-round heavyweight contest on the Sofia show. The 26 year-old Wallin (17-0) is being inched up in competition slowly but surely. The durable Zumbano falls to 39-14-1. source for both results: sauerland event

 
DECEMBER 06, 2016 


INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Compiled by World Boxing Federation

Bethel Ushona W12 Rafal Jackiewicz … Namibian welterweight Bethuel Ushona (35-5-1) felt robbed when he lost a split decision to Germany’s Deniz Ilbay last June. Unfortunately Ilbay refused to honor a rematch clause, so Ushona moved on to former European champion Rafal Jackiewicz (now 48-16-2) from Poland last weekend in Windhoek, Namibia. Jackiewicz (age 39) came out strong and fast and managed to drop the local man. But Ushona beat the count of referee Darryl Ribbink, and from the second round on he showed that he was the more skilled boxer of the two. After twelve hard but fair rounds, Ushona won by scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109.

Nicole Wesner TKO2 Diafana Salazar... On Sunday, in Hamburg, Germany, lightweight Nicole Wesner shook off 15 months of inactivity to improve to 12-0. Towards the end of round two, Wesner landed a right hand which clearly shook unknown but undefeated Diafana Salazar to the core. Wesner immediately sensed her opponent was in real trouble, and followed up with two more precise, hard rights that made Salazar turn away in distress. Seeing how badly hurt Salazar (now 9-1) was, referee Frank Michael Mass stepped in and waved the fight off.

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DECEMBER 05, 2016 


RAU'SHEE WARREN RETURNS IN LATE JANUARY: IS RIGONDEAUX FIGHT ON THE HORIZON?
By G. Leon

GL: What's the latest and greatest and what can we expect to see from you when you return to the ring in late January? "Right now all I've been doing is training and getting ready for my next fight and the next level of boxing as far as being a champion. I'm trying to keep it that way to get to that next level with my skills, I feel like there's a lot of people in my weight class that can't beat me and are scared of my speed. A lot of people want to count me out and say my name, but these are the same people that wouldn't fight me in the amateurs, the same people who was scared to fight me in the amateurs. It's funny now they're willing to fight me, but I'm going to do whatever I got to do to keep my titles and it's going to be hard to take it away from me."


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DECEMBER 05, 2016 


POST FIGHT INTERVIEW: TEVIN FARMER
By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on your victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? "It was a good fight, it was a good performance. If you want me to grade it, I would say it was a B+. I think I did pretty good and I pretty much did what I wanted to do."
 


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DECEMBER 05, 2016 


POST FIGHT INTERVIEW: SHOHJAHON ERGASHEV
By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on your victory. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? "Thank you , it was good camp before that fight, I was in Tashkent, Uzbekistan with our elite Olympic team , was in excellent shape, and fight was easy." GL: Was there anything about your opponent that surprised you? Shohjahon Ergashev: I knew before the fight that he was a durable journeyman, he went all distance with French prospect Mohamed Kani and with Russian prospect Isa Chaniev , but I didn't see anything special in him, and I was able to get the win in the second round, I need better opposition."

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DECEMBER 04, 2016 


NEW CHAMP ALERT: GASSIEV DETHRONES LEDBEDEV
By Scott Shaffer

Corrupt WBA continues to recognize the loser as champ

Murat Gassiev W12 Denis Lebedev… In an all-Russian cruiserweight battle, Murat Gassiev defeated Denis Lebedev to become the IBF cruiserweight champion, and, along with WBO champion Aleksandr Usyk, one of the top two cruiserweight in the world. Gassiev, a 23 year-old trained by Abel Sanchez, knocked the Freddie Roach-trained Lebedev down in round five and went on to win by split decision. Scores were 116-111, 116-112 for Gassiev and 114-113 for  the 37 year-old Lebedev. In the very worst of boxing politics, Lebedev will retain the WBA cruiserweight title because his promoter “convinced” the WBA that the title should not be on the line against an IBF mandatory. Boxingtalk has absolutely no evidence that any payment was received by the WBA for this ridiculous privilege.

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DECEMBER 04, 2016 


INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Kenny Demecillo W10 Jestoni Autida… In Cebu City, the Philippines, Kenny “Big Heart” Demecillo (12-3-2) won an all-Filippino bantamweight bout via unanimous decision over Jestoni Autida (9-6). All three judges scored it 97-93 in favor of Demecillo.

Andre Valavanis TKO2 Maono Ally… In Cairo, Andre “King Cheetah” Valavanis (7-0) engaged in a brief shoot-out with Tanzania's Maono Ally (5-2) before winning the junior middleweight bout by second-round technical knockout as a result of well-placed body-shots. source for both results: wbf press release



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DECEMBER 04, 2016 


TOKA KAHN CLARY AND SHELITO VINCENT POST WINS IN RHODE ISLAND

Toka Kahn Clary KO2 Mario Macias… In Lincoln City, Rhode Island, Toka Kahn Clary (20-1, 14 KOs) wasted little time disposing of Mexico’s Mario Macias (28-21) via second-round knockout at the 1:58 mark.  The super featherweight Kahn was coming off a knockout loss to journeyman Jhon Gemini three months ago. Kahn began unloading in the second, dropping Macias with a straight left midway through the round. Macias got back up and kept fighting, at one point landing a hard right hook to the body, but as he continued to fight on the inside, Kahn adjusted by cracking him to the chin with a right uppercut. Macias dropped to both knees and tried to beat the count, but referee Danny Schavione ended the bout.

 

Shelito Vincent W8 Marquita Lee.. Shelly Vincent (19-1) hadn’t fought at Twin River since 2015, but on Friday she outworked the tough Marquita Lee (3-3) of Novato, Calif..  Official scores were 80-72, 77-75 and 79-73.

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