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Gvozdyk does not slip vs. Doudou

By Justin Hackman Oleksandr Gvozdyk TKO5 Doudou Ngumbu... Going into this fight against Doudou Ngumbu (38-9, 14 KOs) many wondered if WBC/ world light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvosdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) could emotionally bounce back after putting Adonis Stevenson in the hospital with a life-threatening  brain injury (Stevenson survived but...

Robinson plays spoiler in draw with Kavaliauskas

By Justin Hackman  Ray Robinson D10 Egidijus Kavaliauskas... In his hometown of Philadelphia, Ray Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs) fought the more-highly touted Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0, 17 KOs) to a draw, a result that could cost Kavaliauskas an expected WBO welterweight title shot vs. Terence Crawford.  Kavaliauskas spent the first two rounds of...

Ryan Garcia stops Jose Lopez

By Scott Shaffer Ryan Garcia TKO2 Jose Lopez... In the Indio, California main event, social media master Ryan Garcia got a second-round technical knockout win over Puerto Rico's Jose Lopez in the super featherweight division. California's Garcia, who has over 2 million Instagram followers due to both his good looks and his fighting skills,...

Acosta scores another knockout to retain his title

By Scott Shaffer Angel Acosta KO8 Ganigan Lopez ... Puerto Rico's Angel "Tito" Acosta retained his WBO light flyweight title by knocking out Mexico's Ganigan Lopez in the eighth round in Indio, California. Acosta (20-1 with 20 KOs) has extraordinary power for a 108-pounder, and he showed it tonight when he ducked his head and landed a wild...

Two upsets on Top Rank's Philadelphia undercard

Press Release Juan Ruiz TKO4 Frederick Lawson... In an upset in Philadelphia, Juan Ruiz (22-4, 14 KOs) scored a fourth-round stoppage over longtime welterweight contender Fredrick Lawson (27-2, 21 KOs). Ruiz had lost four out of his last five comingin, but was too much for Lawson. Ruiz knocked Lawson down once and ended matters with a...

The Boxingtalk Scoreboard

By Scott Shaffer and Justin Hackman Danielito Zorilla KO2 Gamaliel Diaz... Puerto Rican junior welterweight Danielito Zorilla (11-0) scored a nice knockout of faded former junior lightweight champion Gamaliel Diaz (40-20-3) in Indio, California. Promoted by Miguel Cotto, Zorilla landed a powerful left to Diaz's jaw that launched Diaz's feet off the ground and...

Smith cracks Eggington to win by TKO

By Scott Shaffer Liam Smith TKO5 Sam Eggington... In Liverpool, England, former WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith returned to the win column by stopping fellow Brit Sam Eggington in five rounds. Smith's last fight was a failed title shot at Jaime in Munguia last July, but he had no problems vs. Eggington on Saturday.  Smith's...

Carlos Takam is likely to be Oleksandr Usyk's first heavyweight foe

By Scott Shaffer The WBC reports that British promoter Eddie Hearn is working to find  a date for the heavyweight debut of world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, and Usyk's first opponent in the new weight class will be France-based Carlos Takam. Last year, Usyk (pictured) unified the cruiserweight division by capturing all world...

Rocky Martinez returns with a KO after nearly three years out

Fight Report Rocky Martínez KO8 William Gonzalez In Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, former WBO 130-pound champion Román "Rocky" Martínez returned to the ring after almost three years. Coming off a 2016 loss to Vasyl Lomachenko, Martinez came back with a knockout victory over Nicaragua's William Gonzalez at the Rubén Zayas Montañez Coliseum. It...

Weigh-in results for tonight's ESPN show

Press Release WBC / world light heavyweight champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk will make the first defense of his world title against Doudou Ngumbu tonight (Saturday, March 30th) at the 2300 Arena. In the co-feature, welterweight Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas will take on Philadelphia native Ray Robinson. Here is the...

Results From San Antonio

Fight Report John Arellano W8 Xavier Wilson... On Thursday in San Antonio, Texas, lightweight John Arellano (10-1, 9 KOs) had to win the last two rounds on two of the scorecards to take a hard-fought, eight-round split decision against previously unbeaten Xavier Wilson (10-1-1, 1 KO) of Baltimore. Scores were 76-75 (twice) for the...

Kash Ali attempting huge step up tonight

Press Release Heavyweight Kash Ali (15-0) has vowed to “spark out” former British Olympian David Price (23-6) and send him into retirement when they collide at The M&S Bank Arena Liverpool on Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. The rivals became embroiled in a heated war of words at the final press conference...

Matchroom signs Canada's Arthur Biyarslanov

Press Release Arthur Biyarslanov a/k/a Movladdin Biyarslanov has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA. The Canadian junior welterweight has blasted his way to 2-0 with two first-round KOs in December in Toronto and in February in Ontario. The 23 year old five-time Canadian champion, 2015 Pan-American champion and 2016...

Easter-Barthelemy set for Showtime April 27th

Press Release Former IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. and former two-division champion Rances Barthelemy will meet for the vacant WBA regular lightweight title on Saturday, April 27th live on Showtime from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  [Editor's note: This will be a secondary or regular title because Vasyl Lomachenko holds...

Newly-elected AIBA President steps down with Olympic boxing still in doubt

Edited Press Release With the future of Olympic boxing in 2020 still in doubt, AIBA president Gafur Rahimov has stepped aside. AIBA, the international governing body that jeopardized Olympic boxing with its outrageous corruption, issued the following **cough** statement: "the AIBA Executive Committee would like to extend their great appreciation...

Heavyweight Kubrat Pulev accused of unwanted contact by reporter Jenny SuShe

By Scott Shaffer Video reporter Jenny SuShe a/k/a Jennifer Ravalo (pictured) has accused heavyweght contender Kubrat Pulev of unwanted sexual advances, namely a kiss that Pulev planted on her in the middle of an interview. Sushe has retained womens' rights activist Gloria Allred as her attorney, and has added claims beyond the video,...

Q&A: WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford

Press Release  Terence Crawford, one of, if not the, most skilled boxers in the world, will defend his WBO welterweight title on April 20th in New York City's Madison Square Garden against former world 140-pound champion Amir Khan (33-4) in a pay-per-view bout. Here is what Crawford and his trainer, Brian McIntyre, had to say on a...

Henderson-Robinson named 2018 Philly Fight Of Year

Press Release Of the 114 total bouts that took place in the City of Philadelphia in 2018, the final main event of the year has been voted the best. The dramatic and grueling battle between Upper Darby super middleweight Brandon Robinson and out-of-towner Kalvin Henderson of Arkansas, was voted by fans as the "2018 Philly Fight of the...

Kid Galahad steps up the trash talking

Press Release Kid Galahad, who will challenge Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight title at First Direct Arena, Leeds on Saturday June 15th, believes believes Warrington’s feelings will be his downfall Galahad (26-0) has been playing mind games with the IBF featherweight champion even since Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren won...

Boudersa defeats late sub in France

Press Release Licia Boudersa W10 Marisol Corona ... When original opponent Djemilla Gontaruk pulled out on short notice, France's Licia Boudersa (14-2-2) was forced to adjust to substitute Marisol Corona (11-5-2) on Thursday, March 28th, in Lille, France. But Boudersa did well against a completely different style than she had prepared for,...

California show loaded with fights TBA

Press Release A six-round featherweight showdown between Adan Ochoa (8-1, 4 KOs) and Mario Ayala (5-4-1, 2 KOs) will headline an event promoted by R.E.D. Boxing Promotions.that will take place on April 6th at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. In the four-round co-feature, popular local welterweight Angel Israel Rodriguez...

Boxingtalk Interviews Joe Goossen Part 1

By Justin Hackman Justin Hackman: Joe, last Saturday, March 16th, you did commentary for PBC on Fox at the Errol Spence-Mikey Garcia fight [which Spence won by lopsided unanimous decision].  It went down the way most expected: two great fighters, but one [Spence] was simply too big.  However, I don’t think most expected it to be the pure...

Heavyweight action scheduled for Friday around North America

Press Release Tomorrow (Friday, March 29th), two heavyweight promoted by DiBella Entertainment will see action on separate cards. Canada-based Ukraiian Oleksandr Teslenko (15-0 with 12 KOs)  will face Brazil's Fabio Maldonado (26-1, 25 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round clash  at the Mattamy Events Center in Toronto. [Maldonado is the former...

Shields: “I’m coming to win every round on April 13th”

Press Release WBC/IBF/WBA middleweight champion Claressa Shields arrived in Miami yesterday to hold the final portion of her training camp at the Fifth Street Gym as she prepares to take on her WBO counterpart Christina Hammer iin Atlantic City, New Jersey as part of a Showtime boxing tripleheader on Saturday, April 13th. Shields spent...

Rosario-Cota to air on FS1 ahead of Garcia-Granados

Press Release Hard-hitting Dominican Jeison Rosario takes on Mexico’s Jorge Cota in a ten-round middleweight fight on FS1 and Fox Deportes taking place Saturday, April 20th at Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center) in Carson, California. 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas takes on Pedro Vicente in a six or eight...

Heavyweight bout lands in Montreal

Press Release Heavyweight Jonathan Rice (10-3-1, 6 KOs) will battle Arslanbek Makhmudov (listed at 7-0 with 7 KOs but he had at least a half a dozen additional pro bouts) on May 17th at the Montreal Casino. The ten-round main event is being promoted by Eye of the Tiger Management. Rice has three consecutive wins, two by knockout, under...

WBA removes Usyk's championship recognition; now down to three champs in the division

By Scott Shaffer According to the WBA, world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk wrote a personal letter to the WBA informing the sanctioning body that he intends to move up to the heavyweight division. The WBA, which corruptly recognized four simultaneous champions at cruiserweight, quickly declared Usyk's super championship vacant....

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Q&A: Amir Khan

Q&A: Amir Khan

Press Release On April 20th in New York City's Madison Square Garden, former world 140-pound champion Amir Khan (33-4) will challenge Terence Crawford for Crawford's WBO welterweight championship in a pay-per-view bout. Here is what Khan, and lead promoter Bob Arum, had to say on a recent conference call about the fight. Q: How is...

Despite loss, Cuevas honored as Philly's best prospect

Press Release Lightweight Jeremy Cuevas went 5-0 with 3 KOs in 2018, to improve his overall professional record to 11-0 with 8 KOs. Although he suffered his first pro loss in early 2019, during 2018, Cuevas brought excitement to local boxing fans, and for his hard work, he was voted as Philadelphia boxing's best prospect of 2018. Cuevas...

David Price must beat former sparring partner this weekend

Press Release British heavyweight David Price, a former Olympic medal winner, admits he needs to “destroy” Brummie Kash Ali (15-0) at The M&S Bank Arena Liverpool on Saturday if he wants to keep his name relevant in the division. The former British and Commonwealth Champion fights in is home city for the first time in nearly three years...

Heavyweight rematch booked for Toowoomba, Australia

Press Release On July 13th in Toowoomba, Australia, heavyweight brawler Herman Ene-Purcell (14-9) will try to avenge a loss against Will Nasio (12-3). Their first encounter will go down in local folklore as one of the most memorable in the Garden city's fight history. The atmosphere created by the Samoan Ene-Purcell supporters and the...

New Hampshire undercard gets beefed up

Press Release Undefeated New England boxers Tramaine "The Mighty Midget" Williams and Anthony Marsella, Jr. have been added in separate bouts to a Friday April 12th show at The Rim in Hampton, New Hampshire. The 26-year-old Williams (16-0, 6 KOs), fighting out of Connecticut, is a former 10-time national amateur champion who will be...

Danish update: Lolenga Mock to keep on keepin' on

By Scott Shaffer On May 18 in Aarhus, Denmark's Viby Hall, veteran super middleweight Lolenga Mock will have his sixtieth pro fight, an immediate rematch vs. Argentina's Mateo Damian Veron.  In January, Veron (28-22-3) defeated the 46 year-old Mock via eight-round unanimous decision. Mock's record dropped to 42-16-1, but for years, he...

Justin's Jab Journal, edition #4

By Justin Hackman Let’s get this week’s journal started… 1) There’s a short list of trainers out there that transcend coaching.  You see it in Barry Hunter who trains brothers Anthony and Lamont Peterson.  There was Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao.  Of course, Angelo Dundee and the great Muhammad Ali.  And there’s also Joe Goossen. These...

One month until Prograis fights in WBSS

Press Release In exactly one month, Louisiana's American Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KOs) will challenge Belarus’ WBA 140-pound champion Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KOs) in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana. Tuesday afternoon the New Orleans native, who is now living and training in Houston,...

Tevin Farmer named Philly's 2018 Fighter of the Year

Press Release IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer, won three championship bouts in 2018, and when it came to deciding the "2018 Philly Fighter of the Year"  Briscoe Award, Farmer proved to be unbeatable.  In fan voting, Tevin led the field of nominees to earn the top honor at the Briscoe Awards, which will be presented on April,...

Blair Cobbs targeting spot on Canelo-Jacobs card following big win over Kerobyan

By G. Leon Greg Leon: Congrats on your victory over Ferdinand Keroybyan. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Blair Cobbs: "My performance was ok. It went down kind of like I planned it, I didn't thinkhe would last past the fifth round, but he pulled it out and I was impressed he was able to stay in there. I was pretty...

Antonio Tarver Jr. wants all the smoke after May 25th homecoming

By G. Leon Greg Leon: What's good brother? When can we expect you back in the ring? Why haven't you fought in over a year? Antonio Tarver Jr: "You can expect me back in the ring on May 25th in Daytona Beach, Florida at Ocean Center. That's my hometown and where I grew up at, so I'm happy to be back home and show off my talents and my...

Anthony Fowler confident he'll stop Scott Fitzgerald

Junior middleweight Anthony Fowler (9-0) hopes to prove he is a level above Scott Fitzgerald (12-0) by taking him out at The M&S Bank Arena Liverpool on Saturday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. Liverpool’s Fitzgerald holds an amateur win over Preston's Fitzgerald. Now trained by Dave Coldwell in...

Results from the Philippines

Press Release Mig Elorde W12 Shohei Kawashima... At the Okada Manila Hotel and Casino in Paranaque City, Philippines, Mig Elorde (28-1) defeated Japan’s Shohei Kawashima (17-3-2) at super bantamweight. It was a tough win for the Filipino who could not hurt his foe. Elorde injured his right hand during training and could barely land...