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  Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson
Fight Week Media Workouts
 
Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME

Welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. and former two-division champion Lamont Peterson hosted a media workout in Brooklyn on Wednesday ahead of their main event showdown this Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
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  Sergey Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin & Dmitry Bivol
vs. Sullivan Barrera Take Center Stage On March 3
 
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING spotlights the competitive light heavyweight division with two world title bouts when SERGEY KOVALEV VS. IGOR MIKHALKIN AND DMITRY BIVOL VS. SULLIVAN BARRERA is seen SATURDAY, MARCH 3 at 10:05 p.m. (ET/PT) from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
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  Exciting Slugger Eyubov Calls Out
Fellow Prospect Yves Ulysse Jr.
 
Already one of the most entertaining up-and-comers in boxing and willing to face anyone put in front of him, Kazakhstan-born slugger Bakhtiyar "Bakha Bullet" Eyubov, is calling out a fellow super lightweight prospect that most of his contemporaries try to avoid.
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  On This Day: Jan 18  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2003, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico:
Fernando Montiel TKO'd Roy Doliguez in the 2nd round - WBO Super Flyweight Title.
Hugo Cazares TKO'd Eric Jamili in the 3rd round - WBO NABO Light Flyweight Title.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
Hector Camacho TKO'd Otililo Villareal in the 9th round - Non Title.
2002, Raleigh, North Carolina:
David Telesco won a 10 round UD over Julian Letterlough - Non Title.
Tim Witherspoon TKO'd Ed White in the 1st round - Non Title.
2001, Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California:
Mike Anchondo KO'd Osvaldo Valenzuela in the 2nd round - Non Title.
Librado Andrade KO'd Sheridan Page in the 1st round - Non Title.
1997, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Mauricio Pastrana won a 12 round SD over Michael Carbajal - IBF Light Flyweight Title.
Oscar De La Hoya won a 12 round UD over Miguel Angel Gonzalez - WBC Light Welterweight Title.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. TKO'd Jerry Cooper in the 1st round - Non Title.

  Billy’s Boxing Blog
Loeffler’s Game Plan For Success In 2018:
Promoter Cooperation
 
By William Trillo
Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/360 Promotions

The year end holidays always bring boxing to a standstill but the Superfly 2 press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday put the wheels in motion for the 2018 boxing season. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), will be defending his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico. The event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
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  Top Rank On ESPN Hits Unforgettable
High Notes In Its Inaugural Year
 
Top Rank on ESPN has racked up banner results in its 2017 debut. The series kicked off July 1, 2017 with the memorable live telecast of the “Battle of Brisbane,” Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao’s first non-PPV fight since September, 2005. The Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn battle for the WBO World Welterweight Championship fight ranks as the highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast on cable television since 2006 and ESPN’s highest-rated boxing telecast since 1995.
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  On This Day: Jan 17  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, DM-Arena, Karlsruhe, Germany:
Zsolt Erdei won a 12 round UD over Julio Gonzalez - WBO Light Heavyweight Title.
Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida:
Ramon Garbey won a 12 round UD over Jermell Barnes - Vacant WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Title.
Davarryl Williamson TKO'd Kendrick Releford in the 9th round - Non Title.
Michael Moorer TKO'd Jose Da Silva in the 7th round - Non Title.
1998, Sport und Erholungszentrum, Berlin, Friedrichshain, Germany:
Oktay Urkal TKO'd Craig Houk in the 3rd round - WBC International Light Welterweight Title.
Vitali Klitschko TKO'd Marcus Rhode in the 2nd round - Non Title.
Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey;
Michael Grant TKO'd David Izon in the 5th round - IBC Heavyweight Title.
Zab Judah TKO'd Steve Valdez in the 1st round - Non Title.
Antonio Tarver TKO'd Boyer Chew in the 7th round - Non Title.

  Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg In World
Featherweight Title Tilt March 10 At StubHub
 
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion ÓSCAR VALDEZ, the man who swims with a fully-grown pet alligator, will begin the third year of his championship reign by defending his title against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight world champion and current No. 2 world-rated featherweight contender SCOTT QUIGG. For Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, this will be his fourth title defense since winning it in 2016. Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), of Lancashire, England, will be making his U.S. debut. The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship fight will take place Saturday, March 10, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on  ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App. Additional fights on the live telecast will be announced shortly.
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  Boxing Promotion Campaigns
For Hall Of Fame Induction
 
When Boston Boxing Promotions comes to the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham on Saturday January 27th, former welterweight champion of the world "The Fleet Street Fury" Tony DeMarco will be a special guest in attendance signing copies of his autobiography Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion.
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  On This Day: Jan 16  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
Koba Gogoladze TKO'd Juan Garza in the 2nd round - Vacant IBA Continental Lightweight Title.
Matt Vanda won a 10 round SD over Sam Garr - Non Title.
Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas:
Daniel Ponce De Leon TKO'd Jesus Perez in the 1st round - Non Title.
Fernando Montiel TKO'd Roberto Lopez in the 3rd round - Non Title.
2003, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California:
Jose Navarro KO'd Carlos Madrigal in the 2nd round - Vacant WBO NABO Super Flyweight Title.
Oscar Larrios won a 10 round UD over Marcos Licona - Non Title.
1999, Alexandria Basketball Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales:
Glen Kelley TKO'd John "The Beast" Mugabi in the 8th round - IBF Pan Pacific Light Heavyweight Title. (Mugabi's last bout)
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Zab Judah KO'd Wilfredo Negron in the 4th round - IBF Light Welterweight Title (Interim).
Roberto Garcia won a 12 round UD over Juan Molina - IBF Super Featherweight Title.
Lance Whitaker TKO'd Alex Stewart in the 7th round - Non Title.
Mike Tyson KO'd Francois Botha in the 5th round - Non Title.
Fres Oquendo won a 6 round UD over Duncan Dokiwari - Non Title.

  Tahiri: "Havnaa Has Made A Big Mistake,
I’m Going To Knock Him Out"
 
Gezim Tahiri (13-3, 7 KOs) says Kai Robin Havnaa (11-0, 9 KOs) has made a big mistake agreeing to fight him and has vowed to knock him out when they meet on February 3 at the SØR Amfi in Arendal.

Tahiri replaces Marino Goles as the opponent for Havnaa’s hotly anticipated homecoming bout, and the Austrian southpaw is full of confidence as he prepares face the undefeated Norwegian fighter in a ten-round cruiserweight clash.
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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Butler Will Face Uriel Gonzalez On Feb. 10
 
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - Montrealer super welterweight Steven Butler will be involved in the semi-final of the February 10th boxing show organized by The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group in Shawinigan, Québec. The news has been confirmed by promoter Camille Estephan.
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  On This Day: Jan 15  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2000, Doncaster, England:
Acelino Freitas TKO'd Barry Jones in the 8th round to retain the WBO Super Featherweight Title.
New York:
Roy Jones Jr. won a 12 round UD over David Telesco to retain the WBC, WBA, and IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
1990, Atlantic City, NJ.:
Doug DeWitt TKO’d Matthew Hilton in the 11th round to retain the WBO Middleweight Title.
George Foreman KO’d Gerry Cooney in the 2nd round.
Ray Mercer TKO’d Wesley Watson in the 5th round.
1989, Thailand:
Khaosai Galaxy KO’d Tae-Il Chang in the 2nd round to retain the WBA Super Flyweight Title.

  Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields Dominates Tori Nelson  
Photos: Stephanie Trapp - SHOWTIME

Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields dominated previously undefeated Tori Nelson en route to a 10-round unanimous decision in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on SHOWTIME from Turning Stone Resort Casino.
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  On This Day: Jan 14  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY 1996, Atlantic City, New Jersey:
Vinny Pazienza won a 12 round UD over Roberto Duran.
1989, Auburn Hills, Michigan:
Michael Moorer TKO'd Victor Claudio in the 2nd round - WBO Light Heavyweight Title.
Arthel Lawhorne won a 10 round UD over James Tillis - Non Title.
Frankie Liles won a 6 round UD over Eric Cole in his 3rd pro fight.
1984, Reno, Nevada:
Ray Mancini TKO'd Bobby Chacon in the 3rd round - WBA Lightweight Title.
1978, Puerto Rico:
Felix Trinidad Sr. won a 12 round decision over Fernando Rivera - Puerto Rican Featherweight Title.
1944, Portland, Oregon:
Henry Armstrong TKO'd Aldo Spoldi in the 3rd Round - Non Title.
Detroit, Michigan:
Jake LaMotta won a 10 Round UD over Fritzie Zivic - Non Title.
1921, New York City, New York:
Benny Leonard TKO'd Richie Mitchell in the 6th round - World Lightweight Title.

  Russian Heavyweight Apti Davtaev Remains Undefeated On Shields vs. Nelson Undercard  
Several entertaining fights highlighted the untelevised undercard for two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields defense of her WBC and IBF titles against mandatory challenger Tori Nelson at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York tonight.
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  Perez Shines At Battle At The Boat 114  
Manuel Perez overcame a second-round knockdown to defeat John Jackson by unanimous decision in the main event of Battle at the Boat 114 Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

Perez appeared as the overwhelming 99-92, 97-92, 96-93 winner on the scorecards in the 10-round welterweight bout to improve his record to 29-12-1 with 7 KOs.
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  Unbeaten Top Middleweight Contender Sergey Derevyanchenko Highlights Jan. 20 Undercard  
Unbeaten middleweight contender and IBF No. 1 challenger Sergey Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs, WSB: 23-1, 7 KOs) will enter the ring for an eight-round bout as part of an exciting undercard on Saturday, January 20 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
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  Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Victor Terrazas Headlines Feb. 22 Golden Boy Boxing On ESPN At Fantasy Springs  
Golden Boy Promotions will continue its partnership with ESPN for this exciting new year with an explosive main event featuring 126-pound contender Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, Jr. (25-0, 13 KOs) defending his NABO Featherweight Title against former world champion Victor "Vikingo" Terrazas (38-4-2, 21 KOs) on the Feb. 22 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino inIndio, Calif.Doors to the Special Events Center open at 5:00 p.m. PT, and the first non-televised bout starts at 5:30 p.m. PT. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will transmit the fights beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT, and the ESPN3 transmission will begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
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  On This Day: Jan 13  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2003, Tokyo, Japan:
Sirimongkol Singwangcha won a 12 round UD over Yong Soo Choi - WBC Super Featherweight Title.
2001, Uncasville, Connecticut:
Zab Judah TKO'd Reggie Green in the 10th round - IBF Light Welterweight Title.
1996, St Etienne, France:
Fabrice Tiozzo won a 12 Round UD over Eric Lucas - WBC Light Heavyweight Title.
The Philippines:
Manny Pacquiao TKO'd Lito Torrejos in the 5th round - Non Title.
Miami, Florida:
Carlos Murillo won a 12 round UD over Hi Yong Choi - WBA Light Flyweight Title.
Nate Miller TKO'd Reinaldo Gimenez in the 5th round - WBA Cruiserweight Title.
Juan Martin Coggi won a 5 round TD over Frankie Randall - WBA Light Welterweight Title.
Atlantic City, New Jersey:
Obed Sullivan TKO'd Terry Davis in the 5th round - IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title.
David Tua TKO'd Bruce Bellocchi in the 2nd round - Non Title.

  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Eleider Alvarez Has No Interest In Oleksandr Gvozdyk
 
MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Eleider Alvarez confirmed he won’t fight the Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the WBC interim light heavyweight championship of the world. Last month, the WBC championship committee revealed its intention to sanction an unification titles bout between the WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montrealer southpaw Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0) and the WBA 175 pounds champion of the world, the Swedish African Badou Jack (22-1-2), and a WBC interim championship of the world between Alvarez (23-0-0) and Gvozdyk (14-0-0).
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  Lucas Matthysse Media Workout  
Photo: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight and WBO International Welterweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse hits the heavy bag at his media workout on January 11, 2018 in Indio, California in preparation for his fight against undefeated Thai superstar Tewa Kiram for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Championship on January 27, 2018 at the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, California which will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.


  Weights From Verona, New York - ShoBox  
Photo: Stephanie Trapp - SHOWTIME

Claressa Shields 167 vs. Tori Nelson 164.75
(WBC & IBF Female Super Middleweight Titles)

Shohjahon Ergashev 140 vs. Sonny Fredrickson 141
Jesse Angel Hernandez 122.5 vs. Ernesto Garza III 122.5
Apti Davtaev 245 vs. Garrett Wilson 210
Alexey Zubov 206.75 vs. Lamont Capers 194.25
Franchon Crews Dezurn 169.25 vs. Tiffany Woodard 166
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 143.5 vs. Maurice Chalmers 141.5

Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Promoter: Salita Promotions


  Quick Results From Tachi Palace, Lemoore, Ca.  
Vladimir Hernandez W 10 Danny Valdivia
Scores - 77-75, 77-75, 78-77

Bryan Lua W 4 Mario Aguirre

Calvin Metcalf W6 Majority Joe Louie Lopez

Victor Morales TKO 5 Edgar Cantu

Isidro Ochoa W4 40-36 X 3 Gabriel Rodriguez

Angel Cordon TKO 3 Johnny Estrada

Edgar Martinez W4 38-37 X 3 Javier Rodriguez


  Smith vs. Braehmer Ali Trophy Semi-Final
Set For Nuremberg On Feb. 24
 
The Ali Trophy semi-final clash in the super middleweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series between Callum Smith (23-0, 17 KOs) and Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35 KOs) takes place at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Germany on February 24.
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  Lamont Peterson & Anthony Peterson
Washington, D.C. Media Workout Quotes
 
Two-division world champion Lamont Peterson hosted a media workout in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Thursday as he prepares to take on unbeaten welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING® and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
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  New Challenge Set For Havnaa’s
Homecoming, Tahiri Replaces Goles
 
Kai Robin Havnaa (11-0, 9 KOs) will face a new challenge for his homecoming fight on February 3 at the SØR Amfi in Arendal. His scheduled opponent Marino Goles has been ruled out of their ten-round cruiserweight clash with a knee injury and will be replaced by Austrian southpaw Gezim Tahiri (13-3, 7 KOs).
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  William Silva Will Battle Rogelio Casarez
For NBA Gold On March 3
 
The National Boxing Association would like to announce our first World Title fight of 2018. William Silva (24-1-0, 14 KOs) of Sao Paolo, Brazil, will square off against Batesville, Arkansas’ Rogelio Casarez (13-6-0, 5 KOs) for the NBA World Lightweight title. Scheduled for March 3, 2018 in Clearwater, Florida, the contest will be promoted by Fire Fist Boxing.

  On This Day: Jan 12  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2002, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Angel Hernandez won a 12 round UD over JC Candelo - Vacant NABF Light Middleweight Title.
Acelino Freitas won a 12 round UD over Joel Casamayor - WBA & WBO Super Featherweight Title.
Wayne McCullough KO'd Alvin Brown in the 2nd round - Non Title.
2001, Madison Square Garden, New York:
Roy Jones Jr. TKO'd Merqui Sosa in the 2nd round - Non Title.
Tim Witherspoon won a 10 round UD over Al Cole - Non Title.
Michael Grant won a 6 round UD over Bradley Rone - Non Title.
Derrick Gainer TKO'd James Crayton on the 10th round - Non Title.
Lou Savarese TKO'd Lyle McDowell in the 2nd round - Non Title.
1993, Buenos Aires, Argentina:
Juan Martin Coggi TKO'd Morris East in the 8th round - WBA Light Welterweight Title.
Madison Square Garden, New York:
Buddy McGirt won a 12 round UD over Genaro Leon - WBC Welterweight Title.
Kevin Kelley TKO'd Peter Nieves in the 6th round - Non Title.

  Errol Spence Jr. Dallas Media Workout  
Photos: Byron Craig - SHOWTIME

Unbeaten welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. hosted a media workout in his hometown of Dallas on Tuesday ahead of his matchup against former two-division world champion Lamont Peterson Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
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  Weights From Fresno, Ca.  
Vladimir Hernandez 154.8 vs. Danny Valdivia 153.8
Bryan Lua 135.2 vs. Mario Aguirre 138
Joe Louie Lopez 166.6 vs. Calvin Metcalf 163.2
Victor Morales 127.4 vs. Edgar Cantu 127.4
Isidro Ochoa 126.6 vs. Gabriel Rodriguez 127.2
Angel Cordon 127.4 vs. Johnny Estrada 126.6
Javier Rodriguez 140.4 vs. Edgar Martinez 140

Venue: Tachi Palace Casino, Fresno, CA
Promoter: Top Rank


  New York State Boxing Hall Of Fame
Announces Class Of 2018
 
The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) has announced its 23-member Class of 2018. The seventh annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 29, at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

"This day is for all these inductees who worked so hard for our enjoyment," NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said, "and for what they did for New York State boxing."
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  Rances Barthelemy vs. Kyrl Relikh Rematch
In 140-Pound World Championship On Feb. 10
 
Unbeaten two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy and former title challenger Kiryl Relikh will both look to kick off their new year with a world title victory when they meet in a rematch for a vacant 140-pound title Saturday, Feb. 10 live on SHOWTIME from the Alamodome in San Antonio in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
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  Russian Heavyweight Crusher Apti Davtaev
Looking To Impress In His American Debut
This Friday At Turning Stone Resort Casino
 
Undefeated heavyweight KO artist Apti Davtaev will make his long-awaited American debut this Friday night on the untelevised undercard of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) defense of her WBC and IBF titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
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  Sonny Fredrickson Ready To Shine In ShoBox
Debut This Friday From Turning Stone Resort
 
Victory Sports & Entertainment's highly-touted Junior Welterweight fighter Sonny "Pretty Boy" Fredrickson (18-0,12 KOs) is slated to make his SHOWTIME debut on Friday, January 12 when he faces off against Shohjahon Ergashev in the telecast opener of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
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  Kazakh Slugger Bakhtiyar Eyubov Returns To
Action This Friday At The Turning Stone Resort
 
Kazakhstan-born junior welterweight contender Bakhtiyar Eyubov is back with a vengeance and ready to bring his flashy and fan-friendly style to New York boxing fans.

One of the world's most exciting fighters at 140 and 147 pounds, the entertaining Eyubov will return to action this Friday, January 12, on the untelevised undercard of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) defense of her WBC and IBF titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
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  On This Day: Jan 11  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2002, Bandung, Indonesia:
Chris John TKO'd Kongthawat Singwangcha in the 8th round - PABA Featherweight Title.
Cagus, Puerto Rico:
Eric Morel won a 10 round UD over Alex Baba - Super Flyweights.
Ivan Calderon won an 8 round UD over Mike Thomas - Light  Flyweight.
Miguel Cotto TKO'd Joshua Smith in the 2nd round - Light Welterweight.
Thanyaburi, Thailand:
Veeraphol Sahaprom won a 12 round UD over Sergio Perez - WBC Bantamweight Title
1997, London, England:
Paul Ingle KO'd Colin McMillan in the 8th round - British Featherweight
Title
Boston, Massachusetts:
Daniel Zaragoza won a 12 round SD over Wayne McCullough - WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
Romallis Ellis won a 10 round SD over Vince Phillips - Non Title.
Nashville, Tennessee:
Felix Trinidad TKO'd Kevin Lueshing in the 3rd round - IBF Welterweight Title.
Henry Akinwande won a 12 round UD over Scott Welch - WBO Heavyweight Title.
Khalid Rahilou TKO'd Frankie Randall in the 11th round - WBA Light Welterweight Title.
Terry Norris TKO'd Nick Rupa in the 10th round WBC & IBF Light Middleweight Title.

  Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios & David Benavidez
vs. Ronald Gavril Los Angeles Press Conference
 
Photos: Chris Farina - Mayweather Promotions

Two-division world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios went face-to-face for the first time Tuesday at a press conference in Los Angeles to announce their main event showdown taking place Saturday, Feb. 17 live on SHOWTIME from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
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  Prestigious WBAN Belt To Be Awarded To Winner
Of Shields vs. Nelson Showdown This Friday
 
The WBAN, one of the most highly-respected organizations in female boxing, has announced that their World Super Middleweight Championship belt will be on the line this Friday, January 12, when two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) defends her WBC and IBF titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
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  Humberto Velasquez vs. Thomas Williams Jr.
Super Middleweight Clash Feb. 17 In El Paso, TX
 
Prince Ranch Boxing's super middleweight prospect, Humberto "Tito" Velasco (18-1-1 12KOs) will return to action on February 17th in El Paso, Texas as he takes on Thomas "Top Dogg" Williams Jr. (20-3-1 14KOs) on the undercard of an event headlined by Devon Alexander vs. Victor Ortiz which will be broadcast globally on FOX.
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  Thomas LaManna vs. Gabriel Bracero Headlines Boardwalk Boxing Feb. 24 In Atlantic City  
Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna will headline the inaugural Boardwalk Boxing series when he takes the battle-tested veteran Gabriel Bracero in a ten-round welterweight bout for the WBC Fecarbox welterweight title on Saturday, February 24th at The Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City.
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  Sugar Promotions New Blood Card Set
For Feb. 2 In Aguascalientes, Mexico
 
Damien Vazquez' Sugar Promotions, will promote its card titled "New Blood", featuring Issac "Canelito" Avelar (13-0, 8 KOs), vs. Alejandro Frias (6-2-1, 3 KOs), fighting for the WBC FECOMBOX Featherweight title in a 10-round main-event. The bout will take place at the Palenque de la Feria in Aguascalientes, Mexico on February 2, 2018.
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  Baltimore Boxing Returns With
"Super Brawl Of Boxing" Jan. 26
 
Jake Smith Baltimore Boxing will host their first show of 2018 when they present the “Super Brawl of Boxing” Friday, January 26 at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD.

Baltimore Boxing is also pleased to announce that 5-time world champion and the subject of the movie “Bleed for This” Vinny Paz will be on hand to meet fans. Paz is a regular at Baltimore Boxing cards and local fight fans have adopted him as if he were one of their own.
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  On This Day: Jan 10  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Tokyo, Japan:
Eagle Kyowa won a 12 round UD over Jose Antonio Aguirre - WBC Minimumweight Title.
Mexico City, Mexico:
Jorge Arce KO'd Joma Gamboa in the 2nd round - WBC Light Flyweight Title.
2003, Jakarta, Indonesia:
Chris John TKO'd Dante Paulino in the 8th round PABA Featherweight Title.
Uncasville, Connecticut:
Brian Viloria won a 12 round UD over Alejandro Moreno - NABF Flyweight Title.
DaVarryl Williamson won a 10 round UD over Robert Wiggins - Non Title.
Sechew Powell TKO'd Bill Tipton in the 2nd round - Non Title.
1999, Seoul, South Korea:
In Joo Cho won a 12 round MD over Joel Luna Zarate - WBC Super Flyweight Title
In Jin Chi TKO'd Sammy Surdilla in the 3rd round - Non Title.
1993, Atlantic City, New Jersey:
Freddy Pendleton won a 12 round UD over Tracy Spann - Vacant IBF Lightweight Title.

  Victor Ortiz vs. Devon Alexander & Caleb Plant vs. Rogelio Medina Headline Feb. 17 In El Paso, Texas  
"Vicious'' Victor Ortiz and Devon Alexander "The Great'' headline a show topped by two USA vs. Mexico battles as the former welterweight champions meet in the 12-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, Feb. 17 from Don Haskins Center on the UTEP campus in El Paso, Texas with televised coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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  Broadway Boxing Returns To B.B. King
Blues Club & Grill In New York City Feb. 7
 
DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT's acclaimed BROADWAY BOXING series returns to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 7, headlined by a sensational eight-round welterweight crosstown clash between NOEL MURPHY (12-0, 2 KOs), of Woodlawn, New York, and Brooklyn's MIKKEL LESPIERRE (18-0-1, 8 KOs).
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  Unified Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields Reflects On Olympic Glory  
Unified champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields reflects on her remarkable amateur career and forecasts success in 2018, starting when she defends her belts against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson this Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT live on SHOWTIME.
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  Yoshihiro Kamegai vs. Daquan Pauldo On
Matthysse vs. Kiram Non-Televised Undercard
 
Japanese slugger Yoshihiro "El Maestrito" Kamegai (27-4-2, 24 KOs) will return after his impressive first shot at a world title to take on Orlando, Florida's Daquan "King" Pauldo (16-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight fight that will top off the non-televised undercard of Matthysse vs. Kiram and Linares vs. Gesta on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The non-televised undercard action will be streamed live on RingTV.com beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT/ 6:00 p.m. ET.
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  Brandon Robinson Takes On Juan Zapata
Jan. 26 At The SugarHouse In Philadelphia
 
Rising super middleweight prospect, Brandon Robinson will take on 18-fight veteran Juan Zapata in a six-round bout as part of Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Showcase 1 on Friday, January 26th at The SugarHouse Casino.
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  Richard Rivera vs. Kevin Cobbs Headlines "New England's Future 5" Feb. 10 In Worcester, MA  
One of the most popular New England boxing prospects, undefeated Hartford (CT) light heavyweight Richard "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera (5-0, 4 KOs), will headline his third show Saturday night, February 10, at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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  On This Day: Jan 9  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Uncasville, Connecticut:
Nate Campbell won a 12 round UD over Daniel Attah - IBF Super Featherweight Eliminator.
Jermain Taylor TKO'd Alex Rios in the 1st round - Non Title.
Serguei Lyakhovich TKO'd Ron Guerrero in the 1st round - Non Title.
Elvin Ayala won a 4 round UD over Keith Sonley - Non Title.
Sechew Powell TKO'd James Johnson in the 1st round - Non Title.
1999, Pensacola, Florida:
Derrick Gainer won a 12 round UD over Harold Warren - USBA Super Featherweight Title.
Roy Jones Jr. TKO'd Richard Frazier in the 2nd Round WBC and WBA Light Heavyweight Title.
Shane Mosley KO'd Golden Johnson in the 7th round - IBF Lightweight Title.
Brian Barbosa won a 12 round UD over Kevin Tillman - WBO NABO Middleweight Title.
1998, Biloxi, Mississippi:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. TKO'd Hector Arroyo in the 5th round - Non Title.
Lamon Brewster TKO'd Biko Botowamungu in the 5th round - Non Title.

  Norwegian Heavyweight Hope Nysaether
Eager To Impress In Arendal On Feb. 3
 
Norwegian heavyweight hope Simen Nysaether (2-0, 1 KO) says he will give fans a fight to remember as he returns to the ring for his third professional contest against Britain’s Adam Williams (1-2) on February 3 at the SØR Amfi in Arendal.

Nysaether made his professional debut last year scoring a second-round KO victory over Miklos Kovacs on June 9 in Bergen before recording his second paid win on October 21 with a points decision over Sinan Baran in Stokke.
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  Brian Viloria vs. Artem Dalakian WBA Flyweight World Championship Added To Superfly 2 Event  
Four-time world champion in two divisions and #2 ranked BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii will challenge undefeated and #1 ranked ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine for the vacant WBA Flyweight World Title taking place prior to the HBO Boxing triple header telecast at SUPERFLY 2 set for Saturday February 24, 2018, at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, it was announced today by TOM LOEFFLER of 360 Promotions.
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  On This Day: Jan 8  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2000, Albuquerque, New Mexico:
Johnny Tapia won a 12 round UD over Jorge Eliecer Julio to win the WBO Bantamweight Title.
Omar Sheika won an 8 round UD over Simon Brown.
Danny Romero KO’d Rudolfo Blanco in the 1st round.
Francois Botha TKO’d Steve Pannell in the 1st round.
1999, Mashantucket, Connecticut:
Vinny Pazienza TKO’d Undra White in the 9th round.
Ray Oliviera and Fitz Vanderpool fought to a 10 round Draw.
1994, Catskill, New York:
Junior Jones won a 12 round UD over Elvis Alvarez to retain the WBA Bantamweight Title.
Arturo Gatti won an 8 round Decision over Leon Bostic.
Ivan Robinson won an 8 round decision over Arturo Nina.
1990, Mobile, Alabama:
Roy Jones Jr. KO’d Joe “Randy” Edens in the 2nd round.
1947, Reigning Featherweight champion Willie Pep broke his leg and fractured a vertebra, in a plane crash. Some said this would end Pep’s career. He proved them wrong by winning a 10 round decision over Victor Flores only five months later.

  DiBella Entertainment Signs Former
World Champion Julius Indongo
 
DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT has signed former unified junior welterweight world champion JULIUS "The Blue Machine" INDONGO to an exclusive long-term promotional agreement.

Sporting a record of 22-1 with 11 knockouts, the Namibia native will be relocating his training camp to Omaha, Nebraska, in preparation for his return to the ring in the United States.
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  Robert Easter, Javier Fortuna, Marcus Browne
& Adam Kownacki Teleconference Transcript
 
Lou DiBella: Thanks for joining us. Greetings from the blizzard in New York City. I know that Marcus Browne and Adam Kownacki are both local right now, so they’re experiencing this insanity with me, and I guess a lot of you are also. So we’re going to try to warm up this blizzard afternoon and talk boxing for a little bit.

Errol Spence versus Lamont Peterson, terrific fight Saturday, January 20, 2018 on SHOWTIME, 9 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, presented by Premier Boxing Champions and of course at the beautiful Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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  On This Day: Jan 7  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2001, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Israel Vazquez TKO’d Don Don Concepcion in the 3rd round to win the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Title.
Jesse James Leija TKO’d Fred Ladd in the 3rd round.
2000, Sacramento, California:
Israel Vazquez won an 8 round UD over Edel Ruiz.
Juan Lazcano won a 10 round SD over Julian Wheeler.
1995, San Antonio, Texas:
Alejandro Gonzalez TKO’d Kevin Kelley in the 10th round to win the WBC Featherweight Title.
Wilfredo Vazquez won a 12 round SD over Orlando Canizales to retain the WBA Super Bantamweight Title.
Carlos Gerena won an 8 round SD over Jesus Chavez.
1994, Palma de Majorque, Spain:
Alex Sanchez TKO’d Arturo Mayan in the 1st round to retain the WBO Title. Minimumweight Title (Mayan had no known Professional experience).
Daniel Jimenez won a 12 round UD over Felix Garcia to win the WBC Super Bantamweight Title.
1992, Auburn Hills, Michigan:
Leeonzer Barber won a 12 round SD over Anthony Hembrick to win the WBO Light Heavyweight Title.

  Former Contender Star Walter Wright Returns
To The Ring At "Battle At The Boat 114"
 
Seattle’s Walter “2 Guns” Wright makes his return to professional boxing on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. when he fights at Battle at the Boat 114.

A 2001 U.S. National Amateur Championship finalist, Wright (14-4, 7 KOs) will step inside the ring for the first time in five years. He will face Rafael Valencia in a 6-round bout in the 167-pound division.
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  Melson Volunteers To Serve In The Middle East; Withdraws From NY Congressional Race  
Army Public Affairs Officer and retired pro boxer Boyd Melson announced his withdrawal from the New York District 11 Congressional election to serve the United States in the fight against ISIS in Operation Inherent Resolve.

Melson is currently serving in the Army Reserve in the rank of Major. Recently, a member of Melson’s Army Reserve unit scheduled for deployment in early 2018 received an opportunity for an assignment in an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) position.
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  On This Day: Jan 6  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2005, Tucson, Arizona:
Fulgencio Zuniga TKO'd David Lopez in the 12th round - IBA Middleweight Title.
Abner Mares TKO'd Luis Malave in the 2nd round - Non Title.
2001, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Joel Casamayor TKO'd Roberto Garcia in the 9th round - WBA Super Featherweight Title.
Augie Sanchez TKO'd Luisito Espinosa in the 4th round - Non Title.
1996, Levallois, France:
Laurent Boudouani won a 12 round UD over Javier Castillejo - European (EBU) Light Middleweight Title.
Winky Wright won an 8 round decision over Jean Paul D'Alessandro - Non Title.
Andrei Pestriaev won an 8 round decision over Pascal Lustemberger - Non Title.
1995, Los Angeles, California:
Jeremy Williams TKO'd Everton Davis in the 9th round - Non Title.
Bones Adams won a 10 round UD over Isagani Pumar - Non Title.
Virginia Beach, Virginia:
Hasim Rahman TKO'd Robert Jackson in the 1st round - Non Title.
Chris Byrd TKO'd Frankie Hines in the 2nd round - Non Title.

  Frank De Alba Battles Carlos Padilla In Main Event Feb. 13 At The Sands Bethlehem Event Center  
Super Featherweight Frank De Alba will battle Carlos Padilla in the eight-round main event on Tuesday, February 13th at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

Undefeated super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox will take on Ricardo Garcia in the co-main event.
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  Former MMA Star Jahnsen
Ready For Pro Boxing Debut
 
Aron ‘Iron Fist’ Jahnsen has issued some words of warning for his opponent Sam Omidi (4-9-2) as the former MMA star prepares to make his professional boxing debut on February 3. “Don’t worry, I’m not going to choke you out, I’m going to knock you out,” says the Oslo fighter ahead of their middleweight clash at the SØR Amfi in Arendal.
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  On This Day: Jan 5  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Santiago, Dominican Republic:
Victoriano Sosa TKO'd Danilio Alcantara in the 4th round - Non Title.
Julio Cesar Green KO'd Roberto Jimenez in the 1st round - Non Title.
2002, Madgeburg, Germany:
Artur Grigorian TKO'd Rocky Martinez in the 8th round -WBO Lightweight Title.
Luan Krasniqi won a 12 round MD over Rene Monse - Vacant European (EBU) Heavyweight Title.
San Antonio, Texas:
Leonard Dorin won a 12 round SD over Raul Balbi - WBA Lightweight Title.
Jesse James Leija won a 5 round TD over Micky Watd - Non Title.
Ricardo Williams Jr. TKO'd Mark Adams in the 4th round - Non Title.
Brian Viloria TKO'd Antonio Perez in the 3rd round - Non Title.
Ricardo Juarez TKO'd Frankie Martinez in the 4th round - Non Title.
2001, Biloxi, Mississippi:
Reggie Johnson won a 12 round UD over Chris Johnson - NABF Light Heavyweight Title.
2000, Ponce, Puerto Rico:
Carlos Quintana TKO'd Angel Villegas in the 7th round - Non Title.
1997, The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts:
Dana Rosenblatt won a 10 round UD over Glenwood Brown - Non Title.
1993, Biloxi, Mississippi:
Larry Holmes won a 10 round UD over Everett Martin - Non Title.

  Havnaa Wants To Start New Year With A Bang
As He Looks Ahead To Big Fights In 2018
 
Kai Robin Havnaa (11-0, 9 KOs) says he wants ‘to start the New Year with a bang’ as he looks ahead to ‘big fights’ in 2018 starting with his toughest career test against the big punching Croatian Marino Goles (22-8, 20 KOs) on February 3 at the SØR Amfi in Arendal.
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  Boardwalk Boxing Launches In Atlantic City  
In its heyday, Atlantic City was home to some of boxing's most storied fighters, most memorable fights, and an unmatched atmosphere, punctuated by glitz, glamour, sweat and blood. With Rising Star Promotions' launch of its new boxing series, Boardwalk Boxing, the budding promotional outfit hopes to return the city to its former pugilistic glory. On February 24, the series debuts at The Showboat Atlantic City, and features talent from New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York.
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  On This Day: Jan 4  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2003, Washington, DC:
Luis Perez won a 12 round SD over Felix Machado - IBF Super Flyweight Title.
Demarcus Corley won a 12 round UD over Randall Bailey - WBO Light Welterweight Title.
Owen Beck TKO'd Mike Middleton in the 1st round - Non Title.
Seguei Lyakhovich TKO'd Joe Lenhart in the 9th round - Non Title.
Miami, Florida:
Diosbelys Hurtado won a 12 round UD over Ricky Quiles - Vacant IBA Light Welterweight Title.
Eliecer Castillo KO'd Andre Purlette in the 5th round - Non Title.
1994, Ft Lauderdale, Florida:
Eddie Hopson won a 12 round decision over Alex Perez - NABF Super Featherweight Title.
Buddy McGirt won a 1o round UD over James Hughes - Non Title.
1978, Koriyama, Japan:
Miguel Canto won a 15 round SD over Shoji Oguma - WBC Flyweight Title.

  Salita Promotions Congratulates
Shields On 2017 Year-End Awards
 
Promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions wishes to congratulate his fighter, female superstar, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Champion, Claressa "T Rex" Shields, for her impressive list of victories in the 2017 year-end awards.

In just her first full year as a professional, Flint, Michigan's Shields was named USA Today: Female Fighter of the Year, Yahoo Sports: Female Fighter of the Year, WBAN: Hottest Rising Star and WBAN: Most Inspirational, as well as The Sweet Science's Prospect of the Year.
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  Undefeated Super Middleweight Prospects Ronald Ellis & Junior Younan Headline ShoBox On Feb. 2  
A battle of unbeaten super middleweight prospects will headline a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Feb. 2, live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, as two-time ShoBox veteran Ronald Ellis takes on New Yorker Junior Younan.
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  On This Day: Jan 3  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Yokohama, Japan:
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam won a 12 round UD over Trash Nakanuma - WBC Flyweight Title.
Mashantucket, Connecticut:
Terrance Cauthen won a 12 round UD over Jermaine Marks - NABF, NABA Light Welterweight Titles.
Kassim Ouma TKO'd JC Candelo in the 10th round - Non Title.
Acelino Freitas won a 12 round UD over Artur Grigorian - WBO Lightweight Title.
1995, Epernay, France:
Laurent Boudouani TKO'd Javier Castillejo in the 9th round - European (EBU) Light Middleweight Title.
Las Vegas, Nevada:
Quincy Taylor TKO'd Rodney Toney in the 12th round - NABF Middleweight Title.
Lonnie Bradley TKO'd Karl Willis in the 3rd round - Non Title.
Eduardo Perez won a 10 round SD over Jeff Mayweather - Non Title.
Memphis, Tennessee:
Terron Millett TKO'd Ruben Otero in the 1st round - Non Title.
Tim Austin KO'd Arturo Estrada in the 1st round - Non Title.
1993, Hollywood, California:
Rudy Zavala KO'd Jerome Coffee in the 5th round - USBA Super Bantamweight Title.
Larry Donald TKO'd Craig Brinson in the 2nd round - Non Title.
Oscar De La Hoya TKO'd Paris Alexander in the 2nd round -Non Title.

  2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Murodjon Akhmadaliev To Start Training Alongside Fellow Countryman Shakhram Giyasov In Las Vegas  
Uzbekistan's highly decorated armature standout, Murodjon Akhmadaliev, a 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the bantamweight division, has arrived in Las Vegas to start his professional boxing career, alongside fellow countryman and Olympic teammate, Shakhram Giyasov.
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  Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Lauded With
Accolades For Remarkable 2017
 
WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISKAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), has received numerous year-end accolades by the boxing media for his two victories over ROMAN ‘Chocolatito’ GONZALEZ in 2017.

Among the honors for Sor Rungvisai included were ‘ESPN’s Knockout of the Year’, Los Angeles Daily News' ‘Fighter of the Year’ and HBO Boxing’s ‘Breakthrough Fighter of the Year’.
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  On This Day: Jan 2  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Wilmington, Delaware:
Cesar Bazan TKO'd Louis Brown in the 2nd round - Non Title.
2001, Rayong, Thailand:
Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai KO'd Joselito Rivera in the 3rd round- PABA Super Featherweight Title.
2000, Seoul, South Korea:
In Joo Cho won a 12 round SD over Gerry Penalosa - WBC Super Flyweight Title
1999, Zofingen, Switzerland:
Darren Maciunski KO'd Javier Pomales in the 4th round - IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Title.
Joe Gatti TKO'd Allen Smith in the 3rd round - IBC Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Title.
1988, Reseda, California:
Michael Nunn won a 12 round UD over Kevin Watts - NABF Middleweight Title.

  "Real Deal Showcase Series I" Announced For
Jan. 26 At The Sugarhouse In Philadelphia, Pa.
 
Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing has announced ‘Real Deal Showcase Series I’, a sensational professional boxing card set for Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia.

Said Boxing Legend Holyfield, “I fought many times in Atlantic City and know first-hand how passionate and knowledgeable the boxing fans from Philadelphia are and look forward to presenting an entertaining card on January 26th.”
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  Lihaug Vows To Get Career Back
On Track With Victory Over Kondor
 
Tim-Robin Lihaug (16-4, 9 KOs) has vowed to get his career back on track with a victory over Vasyl Kondor (18-18-1, 5 KOs) on February 3 at the SØR Amfi in Arendal as the Bergen-boxer targets a hometown title fight in 2018.

Lihaug, a flag-bearer for Norwegian boxing, has made his name with memorable victories over domestic rivals Simen Smaadal and Arne Ernstsen, a successful WBO Youth Super Middleweight title challenge and a brave attempt at the WBO International Super Middleweight strap versus former two-weight World ruler 'King' Arthur Abraham.
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  On This Day: Jan 1  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 1997, Mexicali, Mexico:
Jose Luiz Castillo KO’d Jesus Casteneda in the 2nd round.
1995, Fleetwood England:
Jane Couch won a 6round decision over Fosteras Joseph.
1985, a card in Mexico City for New Years:
Hector Camacho KO’d Leoncio Ortiz in the 6th round.
Lupe Pintor TKO’d Ronnie Gary in the 6th round.
Julio Cesar Chavez KO’d Manuel Hernandez in the 3rd round.
1977, Tokyo, Japan:
Guty Espadas Sr. TKO’d Jiro Takada in the 7th round to retain the WBA Flyweight Title.
1972, Mexico City:
Pipino Cuevas TKO’d Jose Arias in the 4th round. This was Cuevas 2nd Professional Bout.
And way back in 1937, one of the All-Time greats was building his great ring career:
Henry Armstrong KO’d Rodolfo Casanova in the 3rd round to retain the California-Mexico World Featherweight Title. In 1937 Henry Armstrong fought in every month, a total of 27 times, all wins.

  HBO Boxing Insider 2017 Year-End Picks:
Favorite Moments
 
By Nat Gottlieb

Let’s close out the year with one of our top contributing writers Nat Gottlieb’s picks of favorite moments. Gottlieb dished out his picks for HBO and Pound4Pound is proud to post them here for our faithful readers.

Check out these moments as seen through the eyes of sports writer and novelist Nathan Gottlieb:

Fight Of The Year: Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko did more for the heavyweight division in their one grueling battle than any other pair of heavyweights have done in years. A dethroned, aging champion in Klitschko, and a young, undefeated thoroughbred in Joshua, put on a show for the ages.
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  On This Day: Dec 31  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 1980, Bangkok, Thailand:
Khaosai Galaxy KO’d Sangsung Sithkempet in the 2nd round of a non-title bout. Galaxy’s 2nd pro bout.
1956, New York:
Carlos Ortiz won a 10 round decision over Gale Kerwin in a non-title bout.
1952, Coral Gables, Florida:
Danny Nardico TKO’d Jake LaMotta in the 8th round. Lamotta’s corner stopped this fight after LaMotta was down in the 7th. This fight was of course near the end of Hall of Famer LaMotta’s career.
1941, Vichy, France:
Marcel Cerdan KO’d Robert Seidel in the 3rd round of a non-title bout.

  Selina Barrios Remains Undefeated
Captures NABF Lightweight Title
 
Tonight at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, LA, Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios (3-0, 1 KO) remained undefeated with a majority decision victory against "Lovely" Lisa Porter (1-1-1), capturing the lightweight NABF title.
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  Anthony Karperis To Take On Erick Martinez
At "Rockin' Fights 29" On Jan. 26
 
JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING will kick off the new year with a bang, as Long Island's own ANTHONY "SHOWTIME" KARPERIS returns to headline Rockin' Fights 29 at The Paramount against tough Mexican brawler ERICK MARTINEZ in a 10-round jr. welterweight contest on January 26th.
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  On This Day: Dec 30  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Managua, Nicaragua:
Adonis Rivas won a 12 round UD over Davis Arosemena - WBC Fecarbox Bantamweight Title.
Chester, West Virginia:
Tony Tubbs won a 10 round SD over Brian Minto - Non Title.
2003, Chester, West Virginia:
Brian Minto TKO'd Toby Vaughn in the 1st round - Non Title.
1996, Thailand:
Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym TKO'd Daniel Ward in the 11th round - WBU Flyweight Title.
1995, Chiang Mai, Thailand:
Ratanapol Sor Vorapin TKO'd Osvaldo Guerrero in the 6th round - IBF Minimumweight Title.
1994, Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadalupe:
Anaclet Wamba TKO'd Perfecto Gonzalez in the 4th round - Non Title.
1970, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Former Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston Died under mysterious circumstances.

  Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson Undercard Fighters Talk Upcoming Jan. 20 Showdowns  
Rising stars and veteran contenders will enter the ring on Saturday, January 20 looking to start their 2018 with a statement victory when they compete in undercard action from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®, on the undercard for the welterweight championship showdown between IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. and two-division champion Lamont Peterson.
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  Crawford & Lomachenko Lead
The 2018 Boxing Resolution
 
Boxing enjoyed an outstanding 2017 and before the crystal ball drops in Times Square to begin an even better year, Top Rank asked some of its fighters for their New Year's resolutions. Here are their responses:

TERENCE CRAWFORD (32-0, 23 KOs) / Two-division world champion / 2017 BWAA Fighter of the Year nominee / 2014 BWAA Fighter of the Year
"My 2018 resolutions are to win a world title at my new welterweight division, making me a three-division champion, and to open the fully renovated B&B Boxing Academy here in Omaha for all the kids in my community to enjoy."

VASILIY LOMACHENKO (10-1, 8 KOs) / Two-division world champion / 2017 BWAA Fighter of the Year nominee
"First I want to wish world peace on earth, good health and Happy 2018 to all. For me, I want to get back into the ring at least three times and fight the best fighters and biggest names available."
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  On This Day: Dec 29  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2001, Konin, Poland:
Tomasz Adamek won a 6 round UD over Ruslan Gladkikh - Non Title.
2000, Chester, West Virginia:
Carl Daniels won a 12 round UD over Brian Barbosa - IBF Middleweight Title Eliminator.
1998, Osaka, Japan:
Veerapol Sahaprom KO'd Joichiro Tatsuyoshi in the 6th round - WBC Bantamweight Title.
1989, Philippines:
Morris East TKO'd Rolando Masuay in the 6th round.
Lansing, Michigan:
Joe Lipsey TKO'd Doug Anderson in the 1st round - Non Title.
1977, Chanthaburi, Thailand:
Saensak Muangsurin KO'd Jo Kimpuani, in the 14th round - WBC Super Lightweight Title.

  Usyk vs. Briedis Press Conference In Riga  
WBO World Champion Aleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs) and WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) had their first face-off in Riga before the Ali Trophy semi-final bout in the Latvian capital on January 27th.

“Briedis is a good fighter, but the only thing he has that I want is his belt,” said Usyk. “I am looking forward to fighting in Riga, it’s going to be a great event. I am sure there will be a lot of people coming from Ukraine to support me. People can look forward to an entertaining fight between two world champions both eager to qualify for the final and win the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”
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  On This Day: Dec 28  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, El Cajon, California:
Israel Vazquez TKO'd Artyom Simonyan in the 5th round - IBF Super Bantamweight Title.
1996, Manila, Philippines:
Manny Pacquiao TKO'd Sung - Yul Lee in the 2nd round - Non Title.
Irvine, California:
Lamon Brewster KO'd Fabian Meza in the 1st round - Non Title.
1995, Jakarta, Indonesia:
Lakva Sim KO'd Max Karamov in the 4th round - Vacant PABA Lightweight Title.
1936, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
Billy Conn (156 lbs) won a 10 round SD over Fritzie Zivic (149 lbs) - Non Title.

  Daniel Baiz vs. Joey Dunmoodie
Jan. 20 At The Scottish Rite Theatre
 
On January 20, 2018, the Scottish Rite Theatre in downtown San Antonio, TX, will host "FIGHT NITE AT THE SCOTTISH RITE", a five-star boxing event presented by TMB & PRB Entertainment.

Headlining the main event will be an all-action showdown between hometown hero, Daniel "Da Beast" Baiz (10-1, 6 KOs), as he battles Joey Dunmoodie (9-2, 4 KOs), in a 6-round super-welterweight bout. The co-main event will feature a special female attraction when two local warriors square off against each other as Briana "Queen B" Gonzales (2-1) faces Brittany "Mi Vida Loca" Ordonez (2-1), in a 6-round bantamweight clash.
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  On This Day: Dec 27  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Bangkok, Thailand:
Pramuansak Posuwan won a 12 round UD over Isidro Lorona - WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight Title.
2003, St Joseph, Missouri:
Rob Calloway TKO'd Jason Nicholson in the 3rd round - Vacant WBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title.
2001, Bangkok, Thailand:
Somsak Sithchatchawal KO'd Michael Domingo in the 3rd round - PABA Super Bantamweight (Interim) Title.
1999, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago:
Wayne Braithwaite TKO'd Ken Sharpe in the 3rd round - Non Title.
1997, Songkhla, Thailand:
Zolani Petelo TKO'd Ratanapol Sor Vorapin in the 5th round - IBF Minimumweight Title.
1990, Hacienda Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Jeff Mayweather won an 8 round Decision over Lorenzo Garcia - Non Title.
Arthur Williams TKO'd Armando Hurtado in the 1st round - Non Title.
Roger Mayweather TKO'd Santos Moreno in the 3rd round - Non Title.

  "New England Future 5": Richard Rivera vs.
Kevin Cobbs, Elvis Figueroa vs. Vladine Biosse
 
The popular "New England's Future" series, promoted by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), returns with its fifth installment on Saturday night, February 10, at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Undefeated Hartford (CT) prospect Richard "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera (5-0, 4 KOs) takes on Kevin "KRAY 2 UNKL" Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs) for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) New England title in the eight-round main event.
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  Jackson, Manuel & Returning Wright
Highlight Battle At The Boat 114
 
Brian Halquist Productions will kick off its 2018 season with a special Friday night boxing event on Friday, Jan. 12 with Battle at the Boat 114 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

The six-bout card will feature a 10-round main event between welterweights John Jackson and Manuel Perez and the return of Walter “2 Guns” Wright.
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  On This Day: Dec 26  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2003, Accra, Ghana:
Ossie Duran won a 12 round decision over Joshua Okine - Vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Welterweight Title.
Rayong, Thailand:
Ratanachai Sor Vorapin TKO'd Obote Ameme in the 3rd round WBO Asia Pacific
Bantamweight Title.
1992, Ettalong, NSW, Australia:
Bob Mirovic and Steve Unterholzer fought to an 8 round Draw - Non Title.
1991, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Jeff Mayweather won a 10 round UD over Jesus Rodriguez - Non Title.
Skipper Kelp KO'd Maurice Brantley in the 1st round - Non Title.
1986, West Orange, New Jersey:
Bobby Czyz TKO'd David Sears in the 1st round - IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
Henry Tillman TKO'd Stanley Ross in the 4th round - Non Title.
**1908, Rushcutters Bay Stadium, Sydney NSW, Australia:**
Jack Johnson 192 lbs TKO'd Tommy Burns 168 lbs in the 14th round - World Heavyweight Title.

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