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Kell Brook issues heartfelt apology

Source: social media Former champion Kell Brook, caught on tape appearing to snort a line of cocaine, issued a heartfelt apology on social media: "I messed up. I hold my hands up and want to apologise to my family, gym friends & fans. It’s no secret that I struggle with mental health and I’m finding retirement really hard. I’m actively seeking...

Benavidez "guarantees" early KO of Plant

Source: Premier Boxing Champions Undefeated former two-time WBC super middleweight champion David “El Bandera Roja’’ Benavídez (pictured) and former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant continued their war of words at a tense press conference in Los Angeles Thursday before they settle their years-long rivalry in a twelve-round pay-per-view showdown...

Weigh-in report from Arizona

Source: Top Rank Here are the weigh-in result from tonight's (Friday's) ESPN boxing event at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona:Vacant WBO junior lightweight Title — 12 rounds Emanuel Navarrete 129.2 pounds vs. Liam Wilson 126.3;  Arnold Barboza Jr. 139.2  vs. Jose Pedraza 138.7 (junior welterweights, 10...

Final press conference quotes for Serrano vs. Cruz

Press Release Promoter Eddie Hearn: “Welcome everybody today, huge turnout to the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden [in New York City]. What an honor to be back in this incredible city. Of course, last April, a night that will go down in history as one of the greatest fights, one of the greatest events in the history of Madison...

Baumgardner hungry for undisputed status

Source: Matchroom Alycia Baumgardner says she is in the form of her life. One more win will cement her spot as one of the best women fighters on the planet as she meets Elhem Mekhaled for the world undisputed super featherweight crown on Saturday night at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, live worldwide on DAZN....

Introducing Thai bantamweight Yuttapong Tongdee

Source: WBA Thai bantamweight Yuttapong Tongdee will battle F. Zaramchhana this Saturday at the SpacePlus Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Tongdee (9-0) had two wins over the second half of last year when he defeated Ryan Ray Ponteras by unanimous decision in August then dispatched Herlan Gomez with an eighth-round technical knockout...

Simone Federici looking to move up cruiserweight rankings

Source: Star Boxing Italian cruiserweight Simone Federici (19-2-1, 8 KOs) will get the ball rolling on his 2023 campaign on February 5th, in Genoa. Federici, from Lazio, will be featured in a ten rounder against Lvani Lukhutashvili (10-12, 9 KOs) from the Republif of Georgia. Lukhutashvili fights a tough schedule, as four of his last...

Joe Joyce to fight Zhilei Zhang on April 15th

Press Release Joe Joyce will defend his WBO interim heavyweight title against the Chinese giant Zhilei Zhang at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday, April 15th, live on BT Sport. It will be a first defense of the belt for the ‘Big Juggernaut’ Joyce, 15-0 (14 KOs), who put himself first in line for a shot at the full WBO title with a...

New Mexico boxing update: Tapia Promotions show set for Feb. 24th

By Christian Schmidt Promoter Teresa Tapia of Tapia Promotions will promote a boxing show on February 24th at the Rio Rancho Event Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Two sons of legendary fighters are set to lace up the gloves in separate bouts.  Jose Luis Castillo Romero, son of two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo will be fighting...

Matchroom signs Australian heavyweight Justis Huni

Press Release Australian heavyweight Justis Huni (7-0, 4 KOs) has signed a multi-year promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. The 23-year old from Brisbane becomes Matchroom’s latest recruit from Down Under, joining a roster that includes IBF bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges, unbeaten heavyweight Demsey...

De La Hoya shades WBC over Jermall Charlo special treatment

Source: social media Promoter Oscar De La Hoya takes a shot at the WBC, who is breaking their own rules by not enforcing a mandatory defense against middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, inactive since June 2021. Oscar tweeted: "Why the fack is the WBC protecting Jermall Charlo. Hasn’t made a tittle defense in 18 months and guess who’s #1?...

Boxingtalk salutes Omar Henry on the tenth anniversary of his death

Press Release Yesterday (Feb 1st) marked the ten-year anniversary of the untimely death of Omar Henry, a Chicago-born boxer of Puerto Rican and African-American descent who seemed posed for stardom before succumbing to gallbladder cancer. After scrapping his way through the poverty stricken “Wild 100s” neighborhood, and later moving to...

A few words with Australia's Liam Wilson

Source: Top Rank Here is what Australia's Liam Wilson (11-1, 7 KOs) had to say at the final press conference before his battle for the vacant WBO junior lightweight title against two-division champion Emanuel "Vaquero" Navarrete (36-1, 30 KOs): “This is a chance to fulfill my dream and become a world champion. I’ve done 17 years of hard...

Venezuelan update: Roger Gutierrez books comeback bout

Source: WBA Venezuela's Roger Gutierrez, the former WBA 130-pound champion, will start a new campaign on March 3rd in his native Maracaibo. Fighting for the first time since losing his title to Hector Garcia in Auguat, Gutierrez takes on his second consecutive Dominican, Henry Delgado (20-1). Warning: Delgado's record seems misleading,...

Jarrett Hurd to fight for first time since June 2021

Press Release On Saturday, March 4th, live on Showtime at Toyota Arena in Ontario, California, former unified 154-pound champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (pictured) returns to take on Armando Reséndiz in a ten-round middleweight co-feature. Hurd has not fought since 2021 and has not won a bout since before the coronavirus pandemic....

Zeus Network lands Mayweather PPV rights

Press Release The U.K. debut of Boxing Hall of Famer Floyd “Money” Mayweather will be broadcast on pay-per-view by the Zeus Network on Saturday, February 25th from the famed O2 Arena in London. Mayweather will participate in an exhibition clash against pro MMA fighter and “Geordie Shore” reality show star Aaron “The Joker”...

Late results from MA: Vukosa gets solid regional win

Source: Reyes Boxing Promotions Steve Vukosa W10 Donnie Palmer ... On Saturday at the Lowell Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts, heavyweight Steve Vukosa of Quincy, MA improved to 14-1 with 5 KOs  with a workmanlike ten-round unanimous decision win over Dorchester, MA's Donnie Palmer (12-3, 10 KO’s). Both fighters were patient and picked their spots,...

A few words with Mario Barrios

Source: Premier Boxing Champions San Antonio, Texas' Mario “El Azteca” Barrios shared insights into his training camp with trainer Bob Santos and promised fireworks for his hometown fans when he takes on Jovanie Santiago (14-2-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday, February 11th live on Showtime from the Alamodome in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions....

Logan Paul and KSI now business partners

By Scott Shaffer Logan Paul and KSI fought each other in 2019, but the social media influencers turned combat sports stars are now business partners. The two co-founded the sports drink company Prime and have entered into a partnership with The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that makes Prime the official global sports drink of UFC....

Alimkhanuly now willing to fight Adames

Source: Twitter WBO middleweight champion Janibek Alimkhanuly has changed his tune on fighting Carlos "Bronco" Adames. In late 2022, Alimkhanuly tweeted, "Bronco, How are you? I respect you. You are a good boxer. And you know me. We had 50 rounds of good sparring. But you're not a world champion. If you want to fight me you need to get...

Hitchins happy to be fighting at home in NYC

Press Release Richardson Hitchins is back in New York for a junior welterweight bout against John Bauza at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night, live worldwide on DAZN. Hitchins (15-0, 7 KOs) last stepped through the ropes in the Big Apple in May 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and had just six...

Confused John Fury falsely accuses Jake Paul

Source: social media A confused John Fury said his son Tommy will knock Jake Paul out when they fight on Feb. 26th in Saudi Arabia. The confusion came in when the elder Fury accused Paul of winning a fixed fight vs. Anderson Silva. Fury claimed Paul’s punch never touched Silva (it clearly did) and he also said Silva allowed himself to get...

Brandon Figueroa to face Mark Magsayo on March 4th

Press Release Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa (pictured) will meet Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo of the Philippines for the vacant interim WBC featherweight title on Saturday, March 4th, live on Showtime at Toyota Arena in Ontario, California. The broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will also feature the return of former...

KnockOut Promotions outbids Matchroom for bridgerweight title fight

Source: WBC At the beginning of 2023, the first WBC bridgerweight (224-pound) champion Oscar Rivas suffered a detached retina and will be unable to fight in the near future. Consequently, the WBC designated Rivas as champion in recess until his status is more certain. The WBC Board of Governors has now voted that Alen Babic should...

ESPN+ to air Montreal show tomorrow

Source: Top Rank On a show to be streamed live in the U.S. on ESPN+ on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, super middleweight Erik Bazinyan returns in a ten rounder against Maryland's Alantez Fox at Casino de Montréal in Montreal. Bazinyan, a ten-year-pro, hopes a victory over the 6-foot-4 Fox moves him closer to a world title...

Thai update: Phoobadin Yoohanngoh fights on Saturday

Source: WBA Thailand’s Phoobadin Yoohanngoh will return to the ring this Saturday in a junior welterweight bout against India’s Vanlalawmpuia [only one name given] at the SpacePlus Arena in Bangkok. The 19-year old Thai is one of his country’s best prospects and has remained active against decent opposition. Yoohanngoh fought three...

Introducing Dominican middleweight Anibal Cleto Francisco

Press Release Kings Promotions continues to grow its roster of Dominican fighters by signing middleweight Anibal Cleto Francisco to a multi-year promotional agreement. The 22 year-old Francisco is 10-0 with 9 KOs as a professional. In his last fight on July 2nd, Cleto Francisco got a fifth-round knockout win over Venezuela's Yeison...

Late result: Jennifer Meza wins in Argentina

Source: WBA Jennifer Meza TKO4 Johana Zuñiga... In a women's atomweight fight in Argentina, Jennifer “Hormiga” Meza overcame the challenge of Venezuela's Johana Zuñiga for a career-best victory. In the city of Galvez, Meza defeated Venezuelan Zuñiga (16-5) by technical knockout in the fourth round to improve her record to  and won...

Erik Bazinyan to face Alantez Fox on Thursday

Source: WBA Super middleweight Erik Bazinyan (28-0) will host veteran Alantez Fox (28-3-1) on Thursday at the Casino de Montreal. Bazinyan, an Armenian-born Canadian last fought in June, a win over  Argentina’s Marcelo Coceres. Bazinyan, age 28, is a strong fighter who has knocked out four of his last five opponents. Fox, age 30, took...

Martinez vs. Bornea purse bid back on for Feb. 14th

By Scott Shaffer On November 29, 2022, the IBF ordered its super flyweight champion Fernando Martinez and mandatory contender Jade Bornea to begin negotiations for a title fight. A purse bid was ordered for January 17th. A request for an extension to negotiate was requested and approved until January 24th. But on January 27th, Sean Gibbons,...

Germany to host meaningful heavyweight fight this weekend: Mourad Aliev vs. Ali Kiydin

Source: WBC This Saturday at the Friedrich-Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany, heavyweight Mourad Aliev (6-0, 4 KOs) wil clash with Ali Kiydin (16-1, 15 KOs). Mourad was born in Moscow but has lived in France since the age of six and is now age twenty seven. A talented southpaw, he won a silver medal at the 2019 European Games and a...

Cobb retracts cheating accusations made against Ortiz

By Scott Shaffer Welterweight Blair Cobb (pictured) retracted his recent accusations that his divisional rival Vergil Ortiz was taking performance-enahncing substances. In a social media video, Cobb said: "[I have to give you guys] a big retraction statement on all my accusations of Virgil Ortiz doing performance enhancement drugs. Initially,...

WBO orders Jerusalem vs. Collazo

By Scott Shaffer The WBO has ordered newly minted 108-pound champion Melvin Jerusalem (20-2) of the Philippines to make his first defense against mandatory contender Oscar Collazo of Puerto Rico. Collazo, only 6-0 as a pro, won a WBO eliminator this weekend, stopping Yudel Reyes (15-2) in the fifth round. The WBO gave the parties just 15...

Bohachuk stops Gallimore

Source: WBC Serhii Bohachuk TKO5 Nathaniel Gallimore ... Ukrainian junior middleweight Serhii Bohachuk stopped Nathaniel Gallimore (22-7-1) at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California over the weekend. Gallimore started the fight well, showing that he was in excellent condition, but as the fight progressed, Bohachuk’s punches began to...

Cortes wanted to fight Navarrete, settles for Melendez on the undercard

Source: Top Rank Super featherweight Andres Cortes (17-0, 11 KOs) will face his most challenging opponent to daye when he steps in the ring with Luis Melendez (17-2, 13 KOs), from Miami by way of Puerto Rico. Cortes vs. Melendez, a ten-round bout, will take place at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, February 3rd in support of...

Introducing super middleweight Harley "Heavy Hands" Burke

Press Release Star Boxing has announced the signing of Irish-born, New York-based super middleweight Harley "Heavy Hands" Burke (7-0, 6KOs). On March 4th, Burke will be making his Star Boxing debut in a six-round  vs Oregon's Joseph Aguilar (4-1-1, 2 KOs) at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey. Harley was born in Galway, Ireland,...

Frank Warren: the pressure is on Tommy Fury

Press Release Promoter Frank Warren wrote: "Saudi Arabia awaits the arrival of our man Tommy Fury and his rival Jake Paul for their long-awaited grudge match on February 26th and I am delighted that Tommy is finally getting the opportunity to settle a social media driven feud and earn some life-changing money into the bargain. There will be...

Boxing returns to Corpus Christi area

By Christian Schmidt After nearly five years, Reyna Promotions is returning to the Corpus Christi, Texas area.  "Battle in the City" will take place February 18th at the Robstown Fairgrounds. Nine bouts are scheduled to take place in all.  Boxers from all over the state of Texas are set to be showcased.  One tough hombre will appear on the show...

Schofield moving up in the lightweight division

Source: WBA Floyd Schofield W10 Alberto Mercado... Texas lightweight Floyd Schofield defeated Puerto Rico's Alberto Mercado by wide unanimous decision on Saturday on Golden Boy Promotions' show at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California. All three judges scored the ten-round contest 100-89 in Schofield's favor, a verdict that...

Erika Cruz completes training camp for unification bout

Source: WBA Last Saturday, WBA featherweight champion Erika Cruz completed her training camp before traveling to New York City, where she will face Amanda Serrano, who holds the WBO, IBF and WBC titles.  “Dinamita”, as Cruz is known, knows that she is facing a big challenge, in which she is an underdog going against a legend. However,...