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2020 Olympic boxing mess continues

By Scott Shaffer The AIBA Olympic mess continues. Due to the demonstrated past corruption of AIBA, the organization that oversees international amateur boxing competitions, the International Olympic Committe (IOC) is considering banning boxing from the 2020 Olympics. The IOC has prohibited AIBA from taking steps to organize the...

Rob Brant wins Minnesota homecoming

By Justin Hackman Rob Brant TKO11 Khasan Baysangurov... Fighting in his home state of Minnesota, Rob Brant successfully defended his WBA reular middleweight title, giving his fans plenty to cheer about.  He overwhelmed previously beaten but lightly credentialed Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) with seemingly nonstop combinations and...

Ergashev defeats Fox, but has plenty to work on

By G. Leon Shohjahon Ergashev W10 Mykal Fox: In Mulvane, Kansas, junior welterweight Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0 with 14 KOs) walked away with a unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Mykal Fox in tonight's ShoBox main event, but it's clear Ergashev has plenty to improve on. Ergashev bum rushed Fox at the opening bell and looked...

Greer, Mayer win in Minnesota

By Justin Hackman Joshua Greer Jr. KO8 Giovanni Escaner... In Hinckley, Minneosta, Joshua Greer Jr. (20-1-1, 11 KOs) added to his knockout total this evening against Giovanni Escaner (19-4, 12 KOs).  This victory marks the ninth stoppage for Greer in his last ten fights, and the seventh straight.  This bantamweight match saw both men working at...

Ward makes splash in US Debut

By G. Leon Thomas Patrick Ward W10 Jesse Angel Hernandez: British super bantamweight Thomas Patrick Ward (26-0 with 4 KOs) really did a number on Texas' Jesse Angel Hernandez (12-2 with 7 KOs) over ten extremely one-sided rounds in the Shobox co-feature from Kansas. Ward's superior boxing ability was evident from the opening bell....

Results from Belgium

Press Release Meriton Karaxha W10 Jean Pierre Habimana. ... On Friday in Gent, Belgium, welterweight Meriton Karaxha, originally from Albania, won a unanimous decision over Rwanda's Jean Pierre Habimana. Both men now live in Belgium. Most of the ten rounds were dominated by Karaxha, who forced the tough Habimana on the back foot and made...

Miller confirms rematch clause for Anthony Joshua fight

By G. Leon Undefeated heavyweight contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (23-0-1 with 20 KOs) informed Boxingtalk that there is a rematch clause in place for his June 1st title challenger against WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO champion Anthony Joshua (22-0 with 21 KOs).  "I had to give it to him, but that doesn't matter because after I knock him out...

Lomachenko On Potential Fight Vs. Lopez: "I will not be surprised at all if he quits in the middle of the fight!"

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Just when it looked like the stars were aligned and you were going to be able to unify titles with Richard Commey, he hurts his hand and now he's unavailable to fight you on April 12th. How did you respond to this news? Vasiliy Lomachenko: "Of course I wasn't happy about it. I didn't like to hear the news, but what...

Joshua-Miller [**allegedly**] breaks MSG pre-sale record for boxing

Press Release Anthony Joshua’s WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight title defense against Jarrell Miller, set for June 1st at Madison Square Garden became -- according to a press release-- the highest grossing pre-sale for a boxing event at the famous arena. [Boxingtalk questions whehter the Ali-Frazier I event was adjusted to current dollar...

David Grayton takes on new manager and trainer

Press Release Washington DC welterweight David Grayton IV (15-3-1) has signed with manager Thomas "Top Dog" Williams Jr. After a seven-month layoff [following two straight losses to undefeated boxers], Grayton is making some changes to his camp.  He will be trained by Ronnie Pisano and managed by Williams. Al Haymon will continue to act...

Tonight on ESPN+: Derrick Webster vs. Lennox Allen

Press Release A late entry into boxing at the age of 24, Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (28-1, 14 KOs) has developed under the tutelage of head trainer Denny Brown since his time in the amateur game. The bond between them has since driven Webster;s career, and they now take a step up as Webster battles Lennox Allen (21-0-1, 14...

Garrett Wilson to headline vs. Brian Howard

By Scott Shaffer According to Philadelphia promoting legend and boxing historian Russell Peltz, two of the most brutal twelfth-round knockouts in Philly boxing memory were scored by South Philadelphia's Garrett "GQ" Wilson at Bally's Atlantic City in New Jersey. Wilson starched Chuck Mussachio late in 2011 and Andres Taylor in 2012....

ESPN Weigh-in report from Hinckley, Minnesota

Press Release Weigh-in report from the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, with ESPN and ESPN Deportes to televise tonight (Friday): Rob Brant 158.6 poubd -vs.- Khasan Baysangurov 158.8; (For Brant's WBA regular mddleweight title) Joshua Greer Jr. 117.8 -vs.- Giovanni Escaner 116.2 (ten rounds) Mikaela Mayer 129.6 -vs.-...

Huntington, Long Island undercard revealed

Press Release Having previously announced the dual, Huntington, New York main events for February 22nd of Belgium’s Joel “Big Joe” Djeko vs. Italy’s Simone Federici and Huntington’s Johnny Hernandez vs. Texas’ Marquis Hawthorne, promoter Star Boxing announced the rest of the card today. In a scheduled six-round welterweight bout,...

South African show to feature junior welters

By Scott Shaffer South African Promoter Golden Gloves has announced a show for the Emperor's Palace in Kempton Park on February 24th. According to the announcement, the show will "see the passing of the baton to our incredible new young prospects."  The two featured bouts are Marios Matamba (9-0) vs. Clement Kamanga (11-3) at 140 pounds...

Mariana Juarez books March title defense in Mexico

Press Release WBC female bantamweight champion Mariana “Barby” Juarez  will defend her crown for the seventh time against Spain's Eva Maria Naranjo on  March 2nd in Fresnillo, Mexico. It will be broadcast domestically on Televisa Deportes. Naranjo (12-0) is promoted by former world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, who will...

Filip Hrgović adds Matchroom to his promotional team

Press Release Croatian heavyweight hopeful Filip Hrgović has signed a co-promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing, adding the British powerhouse to his existing deal with Sauerland Event. The 2016 Olympic bronze medal winner will now have his future fights screened live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. Hrgović's record  is listed...

Santa Cruz-Rivera final presser quotables

Press Release There was no love lost on Valentine's Day in Los Angeles as fighters competing on Saturday's Premier Boxing Champions on Fox and Fox Deportes exchanged words and went face-to-face at the final press conference before their respective showdowns this Saturday night at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live. World / WBA...

Final Shobox Weights and Quotables

Press Release Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow's installment of ShoBox at the Kansas Star Arena, Mulvane, Kansas: Shohjahon Ergashev – 142 pounds -vs.-  Mykal Fox – 142* Referee: Bill Clancy (North Carolina); Judges: David Sutherland (Oklahoma), Karen Holderfield (Arkansas), Mike Contreras (Nebraska) *--Fight...

Fonfara retires, Ramos-Santana added to Porter-Ugas undercard

Press Release Light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara has withdrawn from a bouth against Edwin Rodriguez that was scheduled for March 9th at Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center) in Carson, California. The vbout was slated to be part of Premier Boxing Champions on Fox and Fox Deportes. Fonfara has decided to retire, saying,...

Claressa Shields: Christina Hammer isn't going the distance on my watch

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Your middleweight unification vs. Christina Hammer is booked for April 13th in Atlantic City [NJ]. This is big news. Claressa Shields: "Everybody keeps on telling me congrats on getting the fight made, but that's really congrats to [manager] Mark (Taffet) and [promoter] Dmitriy (Salita). I'll get my congrats at the...

Badou Jack starts promotional company

Press Release Former IBF super-middleweight champion and philanthropist Badou Jack has officially launched Badou Jack Promotions and Events LLC in the United Arab Emirates, as he continues to grow his portfolio of ventures outside of the ring.  The company will hold  its inaugural event on Friday, May 3rd from the Five Palms Jumeriah...

Joshua Greer fighting to "become one of the best bantamweights ever!"

By G. Leon Greg Leon: How did everything go in camp? What can we expect to see from you versus Giovanni Escaner [19-3] on Friday night in Hinckley, Minnesota? Joshua Greer Jr:  "I had a great camp, an awesome camp as usual. I worked on a lot and one thing you can expect is a guaranteed one sided dominant performance from all angles, and...

Apti Davtaev Expecting Step-Up Fight After UFC Fight Pass Bout

By G. Leon Greg Leon: How's everything going in preparation for Richard Carmack [15-14-1] this Friday in Kansas? What do you know about him? Apti Davtaev:  "Preparation is going well, I work hard on myself. Good work done, I'm ready. Richard, I don't know much about him. I know that he is a very heavy boxer weighing more than 300 pounds...

Mullender to challenge Williams for British middleweight title

Press Release Joe Mullender (11-2) challenges Liam Williams (19-2-1) for the British middleweight title at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday March 8th. The basher from Brentwood, known as Smokin Joe, knew a domestic title shot could be in the works even before Williams claimed the title with a stoppage of previously unbeaten Mark Heffron...