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JUNE 20, 2018 


4 BOXING STORIES THAT SHOULD BE MOVIES
By Doveed Linder

I’m a movie fanatic.  And of course, I’m a big boxing fan, so naturally I enjoy movies based on non-fiction boxing stories.  But only if they’re done right.  One example of a movie done right is THE FIGHTER, starring Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward.  When this movie was released, my first thought was that Hollywood would find a way to ruin it.  But it was actually a great story with great acting (Christian Bale won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Ward’s brother-in-law Dicky Eklund), and they made the wise choice of not zeroing in on the Gatti-Ward fights.  An example of a boxing movie done wrong was HANDS OF STONE, starring Edgar Ramirez as Roberto Duran.  While the story followed a good outline, the presentation was formulaic and sensationalized.  Instead of showing Duran as the truly self-destructive person he could be, they made him out to be a victim (in Hollywood movies, you always have to have sympathy for your protagonist).

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JUNE 20, 2018 


CLARESSA SHIELDS ON VERGE OF BECOMING TWO-DIVISION UNIFIED CHAMP IN SIX FIGHTS
By G. Leon

GL: How has everything gone in preparation for your Shobox main event in Detroit against Hanna Gabriels? What can we expect to see from you? You could expect to see me put on a show. I feel like going down in weight is an advantage for me, but it's also a disadvantage. I'm not worried about it being a big home crowd or her being 18-1-1, I'm going to go out there and do what Claressa Shields does best and that's win.

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JUNE 20, 2018 


BOXINGTALK PROSPECT WATCH: JARICO O'QUINN RETURNS ON SHIELDS-GABRIELS UNDERCARD IN DETROIT
By G. Leon

What's good JaRico? How'd camp go? What can we expect to see from you on fight night? I'm good man, camp was great a lot of hard work. As far as my performance, you could expect another great performance that will end with a knockout. It's going to be another be another crowd pleasing performances in front of the great fans we got out here in Detroit.

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JUNE 20, 2018 


ZURDO RAMIREZ WORKOUT QUOTABLES

Press Release: Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (pictured) and Alex "El Cholo" Saucedo showcased their skills for the media Tuesday at Hill Street Boxing Gym as they finalize preparations for their respective nationally televised bouts, June 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. In the main event, Ramirez (37-0, 25 KOs) will defend the WBO super middleweight title against unbeaten Colombian challenger Alexis Angulo (23-0, 20 KOs), while Oklahoma City native Saucedo (27-0, 17 KOs) will face Australian puncher Lenny Zappavigna (37-3, 27 KOs).


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JUNE 20, 2018 


LATE RESULTS: DYCHKO LOOKS LIKE A HEAVYWEIGHT FORCE

Ivan Dychko TKO1 Mike Marrone... Two-time Olympic medalist Ivan Dychko destroyed Mike Marrone of Vero Beach, FL in in less than a round on Saturday at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL. Originally from Kazakhstan and now fighting out of Kissimmee, FL, Dychko scored three knockdowns before the bout was stopped at 2:19. The 6’9 Dychko ups his professional ledger to 6-0 with all of his victories by knockout. (Dychko has had additional pro bouts in the World Series of Boxing). Marrone is now 21-9 with 15 KOs. source: Fire Fist Boxing Promotions

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JUNE 20, 2018 


SIX UNDEFEATED NEW ENGLAND BOXERS IN ACTION ON JUNE 30TH

Press Release: Six undefeated boxers will compete at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on June 30th. Also, Joe "The Common Man" Smith Jr.  (23-2, 19 KOs), returns to the ring after being inactive the past 11 months recovering from a broken jaw. The light heavyweight Smith will face Melvin Russell (11-4-2, 7 KOs) in the ten-round main event.

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JUNE 20, 2018 


LATE RESULTS: "POPEYE" RIVERA WINS IN CONNECTICUT

Richard Rivera KO8 Jaime Solorio ... Hartford Connecticut's Richard "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera kept his pro record perfect (8-0, 7 KOs) by knocking out Jaime "Zarco" Solorio (12-4-2, 9 KOs), in the eighth round of a cruiserweight bout on  Saturday at the Xfinity Centre in Hartford.  It was bombs away in the sixth as Rivera landed a right that sent Solorio to the deck. Solorio was penalized a point in the sixth for unsportsmanlike conduct.  In the seventh round, Solorio appeared to be fighting to survive, but he came forward in spurts as Rivera started loading up for a knockout that finally came in the eighth round. Rivera had never fought more than four rounds, but he was determined to ward off his opponent's wrestling, landing a right-left-right uppercut combination to close the show with only 30 seconds left in the contest. source: hartford boxing promotions


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JUNE 20, 2018 


BROADWAY BOXING HEADS TO MELROSE BALLROOM IN QUEENS ON THURSDAY NIGHT

Press Release: Just a short distance from Manhattan, Astoria, Queens' Melrose Ballroom, is prepped and ready to shine this Thursday night, June 21, as it hosts DiBella Entertainment's long-running Broadway Boxing series for the first time.  In the ten-round welterweight headliner, Brooklyn fan favorite Mikkel Les Pierre (19-0-1, 8 KOs) takes on Argentina's Gustavo Vittori (20-3-1, 11 KOs). Making her return to action, newly crowned WBA super middleweight champion Alicia "The Empress" Napoleon (9-1, 5 KOs) battles Vashon "Lady V" Living (6-3, 1 KO), of Houston, TX in a non-title event.

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JUNE 19, 2018 


SHIELDS-GABRIELS WORKOUT QUOTABLES

Press Release: Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields and unified 154-pound champion Hanna Gabriels spoke to the media at a workout session in Detroit just days before the two clash to decide the IBF & WBA women’s middleweight championships this Friday . The  Showtime telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and features two champions as both attempting to become champions for the first time in the middleweight division. The telecast also features unified women’s middleweight champion Christina Hammer defending her WBC & WBO titles in her U.S. debut against former WBC champion Tori Nelson. Also, light heavyweights Umar Salamov and Brian Howard will meet in a ten-round matchup that will open the tripleheader from Masonic Temple in Detroit.

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JUNE 19, 2018 


SAVELEVA TAKES STEP-UP FIGHT AGAINST NINA RODOVANOVIC
By G. Leon

Undefeated flyweight Elena Saveleva will step up her level of opposition on July 13th when she faces Nina Rodovanovic in Montenegro. Rodovanovic sports a record of 12-2 with 3 KOs. Rodovanovic proved her skill in two fights vs. Austria's Eva Voraberger (23-5).  Rodovanovic won the first bout by split decision and would have had a draw in the second but for a point deduction in Voraberger's home nation. This will be Saveleva's first bout since February 10th when she pitched a shutout against Nevenka Mikulic in St. Petersburg, Russia. Remember where you heard it first!

 
JUNE 19, 2018 


BOXINGTALK'S TOP 20 POUND FOR POUND
By G. Leon

Here it is, the top twenty pound-for-pound boxers in the world according to Boxingtalk publisher G. Leon. There has been a ton of movement since our last update. Who's in? Who's Out? Did Terence Crawford do enough to take the number one spot from Vasyl Lomachenko? Was previous top 20 member Adonis Stevenon's draw with Badou Jack enough to keep him on the list? Read on to find out and then feel free to bombard me with your emails telling me how terrible the list it.

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JUNE 19, 2018 


WBSS CRUISERWEIGHT FINAL MOVING TO RUSSIA?

Cecilia Braekhus to defend titles on undercard

Press Release: World women's welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (33-0, 9 KOs) will defend against Inna Sagaydakovskaya (7-0, 3 KOs) on Saturday, July 21st at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow.  Braekhus is the only boxer to currently hold all four major sanctioning body titles. [According to the WBA,] the bout will take place before Murat Gassiev and Oleksandr Usyk unify all four cruiserweight titles in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) final. [The WBSS finals were previously announced for Saudi Arabia].


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JUNE 19, 2018 


BRYAN VASQUEZ INKS WITH TOP RANK

Press Release: Top Rank has signed former two-time interim WBA super featherweight  title holder Bryan Vasquez to a promotional contract, promoter Bob Arum announced today. Vasquez (37-3, 20 KOs), from Costa Rica, is 30 years old and has been fighting at the world level for nearly a decade. His debut under the Top Rank banner will be announced soon. Vasquez is angling for another world title shot. “I feel really happy. I feel blessed to be signed by the biggest company in the sport of boxing,” Vasquez said. “I want to rule the 130-pound division. I'm ready for big names, whether it’s Christopher Diaz or Oscar Valdez. They better watch out now that I'm with Top Rank. I will show everyone that Vasiliy Lomachenko is beatable, and in the near future, I want the rematch with Ray Beltran with proper notice now that I have a real promotional company behind me. I'm happy and motivated.”

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JUNE 19, 2018 


BOXINGTALK INTERVIEWS CHRISTOPHER "PITUFO" DIAZ
By Ivan Montiel

Puerto Rican junior lightweight discusses upcoming world title shot

Pitufo, let’s talk about your upcoming fight taking place on July 28th. "On July 28th, I’ll be fighting Masayuki Ito for the vacant WBO junior lightweight title [which was recently vasated by Vasyl Lomachenko]. I’m sure he wants it as badly as I do. His record [23-1-1] speaks for itself.  This guy is someone I can’t take lightly.  I am training for a tough fight."

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JUNE 19, 2018 


FRAMPTON AND FURY TO SHARE A BELFAST SHOW

Also Barnes to challenge Rosales for WBC flyweight title

Press Release: Carl Frampton (pictured) will defend his WBO interim featherweight title against against Australia's Luke Jackson at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 18th, on a card that also features Paddy Barnes (5-0) challenging Cristofer Rosales (27-3) for the WBC flyweight title and the second fight of Tyson Fury on the comeback trail. The 31-year-old two-weight world champion Frampton, coming off a big win against Nonito Donaire in April, takes on the 33-year-old Jackson (16-0), the Australian captain at the 2012 Olympics. [No opponent named yet for Tyson Fury].

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JUNE 19, 2018 


CRISTIAN MIJARES ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. KO3 Cristian Mijares... Former 115-pound champion Cristian "Diamante" Mijares said goodbye to boxing after being knocked out in the third round by Puerto Rican Wilfredo "Papito" Vázquez Jr.  Mijares built a pro record of 59-9-2 with 27 knockouts, in a twenty-one year pro career that started when he was just 16 years of age. Wilfredo Vázquez Jr., a former 122-pound title holder from Peurto Rico, improved to 25-7-1 with 20 knockouts. Boxingtalk joins the WBC in saluting Cristian Mijares and wishing him great success in his life and in his future plans. source: wbc


 
JUNE 19, 2018 


BOXINGTALK PROSPECT WATCH: JUDE FRANKLIN
By G. Leon

Undefeated New Yorker returns on DBE card Thursday night

How has everything gone in preparation for your upcoming fight on Thursday night? It's been solid. I'm putting in a lot of hard work with my coach Elmo Serrano. We've bascially been working nonstop since my last fight because I originally thought I was going to be coming back in April on the Broner card and then on the May 19th Keith Thurman card at the Barclay's Center. Obviously the fight got cancelled and now I'm going on Thursday night and I just can't wait to get back in there and show my fans what I can do.

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JUNE 19, 2018 


BLUE CHIPPER KARLOS BALDERAS SET TO RETURN IN JULY OR AUGUST
By G. Leon

Congrats on your victory the other night, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? As far as the fight there wasn't much to it. We had seen his style and we were practicing on what needed to be done for him the last couple of days before the fight. My original opponent fell out at the last minute, I don't know what happened to him, but fortunately they found somebody else. I'm glad I got him out of there and I've been working on my body shots so I knew I was going to get him out of there with one.


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JUNE 19, 2018 
 HERNANDEZ-HARRISON IS A PROMOTIONAL FREE AGENT

Press Release: Capital area welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison is now a promotional free agent after being granted his release from promoter Roc Nation Sports. He is eager to get back in the ring after a 22-month hiatus from the sport.  “I am excited to have the opportunity to get back into the ring and fulfill my goal of becoming a world champion,” Hernandez-Harrison said. “I am in the gym and I am  working hard to get back to where I was two years ago. I just want to fight at this point; it’s been way too long,” Hernandez-Harrison added. Hernandez-Harrison sports a record of 30-0-1 with 16 KOs.  “I would really like to have a few fights at home,” the Southeast D.C., native said. “I love fighting in D.C., and I can’t wait to fight in front of my hometown fans again.”


 
JUNE 19, 2018 


UMAR SALAMOV PLANNING FOR KO VICTORY ON FRIDAY NIGHT IN DETROIT
By G. Leon

How is everything going on for your June 22 fight? What can we expect from you in the night of the fight? Training has been on point in Detroit.  I look forward to putting on a spectacular performance and beautiful fight in my United States television debut.

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JUNE 19, 2018 


SAM CROSSED SCORES FIRST-ROUND STOPPAGE

Sam Crossed KO1 Josh Jones... Cruiserweight Sam “The Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed of Greenbelt, Maryland, was triumphant in his ring return following an 11-month hiatus. Crossed knocked out Josh Jones (1-1) just 23 seconds into the first round with an overhand right. Crossed improves his record to 7-0, with 5 knockouts. The bout took place this past Saturday at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Maryland and was co-promoted by Jeter Promotions and GQ Promotions.  source: press release



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JUNE 18, 2018 


SALITA PROMOTIONS INKS IZIM IZBAKI
By G. Leon

Salita Promotions has signed heavyweight Izim Izbaki to a promotional pact. An unknown commodity in the United States, Izbaki is a 6'11", 265-pound, 23 year old, who was born in Almaty City, Kazakhstan. Izbaki started boxing at 12 years old and posted a 97-3 record as an amateur boxer. He also has more than 100 kickboxing matches with only five defeats. In September 2008, he won first place a boxing juniors national competition Republic of Kazakhstan. In November 2017, he became a kickboxing world gold medalist and was awarded the title of Master of Sports of international level in the city of Budapest, Hungary. Three months ago he took third place at the Kazakhstan Kickboxing Championship. Full interview to follow shortly, until then remember where you heard it first! 


 
JUNE 18, 2018 


CHEZ CONTENT: JENNINGS KEEPING POSITIVE OUTLOOK AFTER LOSING PARKER FIGHT
By G. Leon

Philly heavyweight gives Boxingtalk interview from France

I imagine you were feeling really good when you thought you'd be fighting Joseph Parker next and then became quite frustrated after learning of that opportunity eluding you. "It's all part of the game man. From a boxer's point of view, for me not fighting Parker isn't something that's been tough for me deal with because it was poor ethics by Parker's promoters. They're the ones that I feel cross at, but I look at it like it is what it is. It's something that I wouldn't do, but it's something that's out of my hands. It's all good, it's just something that happens in boxing. I just keep it moving, I'm not dwelling on it at all."

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JUNE 18, 2018 


BOXINGTALK'S PROSPECT WATCH: JOSE BALDERAS
By G. Leon

Congrats on your recent win, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? First of all thank you. It was a good performance. I'm still learning as a fighter and learning how to adjust to the fights, but we're switching it up and every camp we get smarter and stronger. I think my performance was good, but I still have a lot to learn and I need to improve.


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JUNE 18, 2018 


UNDEFEATED HEAVYWEIGHT APTI DAVTAEV PLANS TO IMPRESS ON FRIDAY NIGHT IN DETROIT
By G. Leon

GL: How has everything been going in preparation for your June 22nd bout? June 22, I will have a second professional fight in the American ring in the city of Detroit. I am provided with excellent conditions, professional coaching staff and good sparring partners. I am more than confident that I will be in the best shape on the day of the fight.

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JUNE 18, 2018 


LEWIS RITSON READY TO CONTEND ON THE WORLD LEVEL

Retains British lightweight title for third time

Lewis Ritson TKO1 Paul Hyland Jr.... Lewis Ritson says he feels unstoppable after producing another big power display. In Newcastle, England, He destroyed previously undefeated Paul Hyland Jr. (now 18-1) in one round to retain the British lightweight title for the third time. Ritson (16-0) presented his Dad and trainer Davie with the perfect Father’s Day present – a Lord Lonsdale belt for the mantelpiece. source: matchroom

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JUNE 18, 2018 


KAUFFMAN GIVES BOXINGTALK ROYAL UPDATE ON KING'S PROMOTIONS
By G. Leon

Congrats on Travis's recent victory. Probably not the performance you guys were looking for, but considering you were training for a southpaw and got this guy at the last minute I'm sure you'll take it as you move on to bigger and better things. I actually thought, after watching the fight for like the fourth time, I thought Travis fought well despite not looking well physically. He had a stress fracture on his foot that we didn't really tell anybody about. Al knew about it, but that's it. The injury prevented Travis from doing any running before the fight, we just didn't want anybody to know because we didn't want to lose the opportunity of fighting Tarver. What we did to substitute for the running was some extra bag work and sparring. With that being said, I thought his performance was a B+ because of what he had to deal with. He was sparring southpaw the entire time because we knew we were fighting Tarver for a while and then ten days prior to the fight we're told Tarver isn't fighting and we've got to get ready for an orthodox fighter. So when they talk about that Alexander took the fight on short notice, so did Travis. Both guys were in the gym, but we weren't preparing to fighting an orthodox so I thought he did well under the circumstances.

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JUNE 18, 2018 


CHRISTINA RUPPRECHT CLAIMS VACANT WOMEN'S TITLE

Christina Rupprecht W10 Yokasta Valle... Germany's Christina Rupprecht won the WBC's vacant female minimum weight title by defeating Costa Rica's Yokasta Valle by unanimous decision at the Ballhaus Forum in Munich. The judges' cards were 98-95 and 97-94 (twice). Rupprecht remains unbeaten at 8-0. while Valle's  record is now 13-2. In December, she lost against Japan's Naoko Fujioka, in a  WBO 108-pound title bid. source: wbc



 
JUNE 18, 2018 


ERROL SPENCE BARELY BREAKS A SWEAT IN MISMATCH

 Errol Spence KO1 Carlos Ocampo... Errol Spence Jr. defended his IBF welterweight championship with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated [but unqualified] challenger Carlos Ocampo in a homecoming fight Saturday in Frisco, Texas.  Spence (24-0 with 21 KOs), who was making his second defense as a 147-pound champion, floored Ocampo with a brutal 1-2 body shot combo, the second punch landing flush on the challenger’s side and instantly flooring him as the opening round concluded. Ocampo (22-1, 13 KOs) crippled over in pain while on the canvas, was unable to beat the count and remained on the floor for more than two minutes while Spence celebrated his victory. source: showtime


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JUNE 18, 2018 


ROMAN THROWS 1000+ PUNCHES IN WIN OVER FLORES

Flores also throws 1000 but gets soundly beaten

Danny Roman W12 Moises Flores ... In Frisco, Texas, Danny Roman defended his WBA 122-pound title with a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Moises Flores in a fight that was scored 116-112, 118-110, 120-108. Roman (24-2-1, 9 KOs) was the faster and sharper fighter from the opening bell.  Roman, who was making the second defense of his belt, pounded the body repeatedly over the twelve rounds, connecting on 50 percent of his body shots. Flores (25-1, 17 KOs), who failed to make weight for the title fight and was ineligible to win the belt, tired in the latter half of the fight and was largely a stationary target for Roman. Both fighters threw more than 1,000 punches, yet it was Roman who was the more effective boxer, connecting on an impressive 42 percent of his power shots. source: showtime


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JUNE 18, 2018 


FORTUNA FALLS OUT OF RING, GETS NO DECISION VS. GRANADOS

Adrian Granados ND Javier Fortuna... Also in Frisco, Texas, Javier Fortuna suffered an injury while falling through the ropes due to an accidental push in the fourth round and his 140-pound matchup with Adrian Granados was ruled a no decision. Granados (18-6-2, 11 KOs) and Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs) both came out swinging from the opening bell. In a wild fourth round, Fortuna was deducted two points, first for punching to the back of the head, and second for holding. After the second point deduction, the former WBA 130-pound titleholder (Fortuna) aggressively moved forward and unloaded a series of shots.  Moments later, Granados and Fortuna were clinching along the ropes near Granados’ corner when Fortuna fell backward through the ropes, whipping his neck as he fell back. Complaining of pain and lack of movement, Fortuna was stabilized with a neck brace and removed from the ring on a stretcher in what was later described as a precautionary measure.  At the time of the stoppage, Grandos was leading on all three of the judges’ scorecards. source: showtime 


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JUNE 16, 2018 


JOE JOYCE IMPROVES TO 5-0... BUT REALLY 19-2

Joe Joyce KO1 Ivica Bacurin At York Hall in Bethnall Green, London, British heavyweight hopeful Joe Joyce defeated late replacement Ivica Bacurin in under two minutes. It was a pretty soft KO as no punch landed solidly.  Joyce is listed as 5-0, but a more accurate record for him is 19-2 because he had 16 pro bouts in AIBA's World Series of Boxing (WSB).  One of those WSB losses was to current WBC/WBO cruiserweight champion Olksandr Usyk.  Bacurin, a 36 year-old from from Croatia, drops to 30-14-1. By way of comparison, Bacurin lasted six rounds with Dillian Whyte in 2016. source: bbc 



 
JUNE 16, 2018 


OKC UNDERCARD DETAILS ANNOUNCED

Press Release: Former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao and 2016 U.S. Olympian female fighting sensation Mikaela Mayer will see action on the June 30th undercard at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The card will be headlined by WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez’s title defense against Alexis Angulo and 140-pound contender Alex Saucedo’s homecoming bout against the hard-hitting Lenny Zappavigna. Alvarado (38-4, 26 KOs) will fight Martin Martinez (17-4-1-1, 10 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight bout, Mayer (5-0, 3 KOs) will face Sheena Kaine (5-0, 1 KO) in a six-round lightweight contest, and Conceicao (7-0, 4 KOs) will take on Gavino Guaman (5-2, 1 KO) in an eight-round super featherweight bout.

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