Boxing News Stories and Press Releases from The Boxing Twins

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       The Boxing TwinsFor Immediate Release:

Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Artur Beterbiev Set for Ring Return March 20 Against Adam Deines
Beterbiev-Deines to headline card that will air LIVE on an ESPN platform from Megasport Arena in Moscow

 

(January 23, 2021) — The wait is over. WBC/IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) will fight top contender Adam Deines in a special Russian homecoming Saturday, March 20 at Megasport Arena in Moscow.
 
Beterbiev represented Russia at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and moved to Montreal to begin his pro career in 2013. Nearly eight years after turning pro, he will fight in Russia for the first time, and for the first time since unifying world titles in October 2019 with a scintillating 10th-round knockout over Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Patriot Promotions, Beterbiev-Deines will air live on an ESPN platform, with additional details to follow.

“At long last, Artur Beterbiev will defend his world titles as he looks to kick off his 2021 campaign in devastating fashion,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We have big plans for Artur, but he must first take care of business in Moscow.”

Beterbiev said, “I am excited to finally have a date for the fight. Now that COVID-19 and the injury are behind me, I am able to prepare well and put on a great show for boxing fans.”
 
Beterbiev and Deines (19-1-1, 10 KOs), who is ranked No. 6 by the IBF, have been scheduled to fight twice before. A proposed Oct. 23 date was scuttled after Beterbiev suffered a rib injury in training, and the Jan. 30 makeup date was postponed after Beterbiev tested positive for COVID-19. Deines, who turns 30 on Feb. 8, has won a pair of bouts via stoppage since the lone loss of his career, a June 2019 unanimous decision to Meng Fanlong in Macau, China.

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RDR Promotions Presents a Super Night of Boxing on Saturday, February 6th at The 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
Undefeated Featherweights Donald “No Love” Smith battles William Foster III in the main event
Mark Dawson Fights Derrick Whitley in Co-Feature
Nahir Albright takes on Darnell Jiles Jr.
Plus Undefeated Sharif Rahman, Rashiem Jefferson and Kahshad Elliott
Philadelphia, PA (January 23, 2021) – A terrific night of boxing is planned for Saturday night, February 6th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
The eight-bout event, promoted by RDR Promotions will feature a pair of undefeated featherweights in the main event as Donald “No Love” Smith takes on William Foster III in a bout scheduled for six-rounds.
Smith, 27 of Philadelphia, has a record of 10-0 with six knockouts.  Smith is a five-year professional, and is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Abdur-Raheem Abdullah on August 10, 2019 in Philadelphia.
Foster, 27, of New Haven, Connecticut is 11-0 with eight knockouts.  The six-year pro has quality wins over undefeated Sulaiman Segawa (10-0) and Angel Suarez.  In his last bout, Foster took out Jahmal Dyer in three rounds on November 9, 2019 in Portland, Maine.
In the eight-round co-feature, undefeated welterweight Mark Dawson takes on Derrick Whitley Jr. in an eight-round bout.
Dawson, 23, of Philadelphia is undefeated at 7-0-1 with three knockouts.  The five-year professional, is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over crosstown rival Vincent Floyd on November 7th at the 2300 Arena.  Dawson is managed by Split-T Management.
Whitley of Springfield, Mass. has a record of 6-1-1.  The 29 year-old is a four-year professional.  In his last bout, Whitey fought to a no-decision with Jermaine Corley due to a cut caused by an accidental headbutt on December 13th, 2019 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In six-round bouts:  
Nahir Albright (8-1, 2 KOs) of Sicklerville, New Jersey fights veteran Darnell Jiles Jr. (9-5-2, 3 KOs) of Rochester, New York in a lightweight contest. 
Edgar Joe Cortes (6-6-1) of Vineland, New Jersey fights Michael Stoute (3-2-1) of Long Island, New York in a featherweight contest.
Sharif Rahman (3-0, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas fights Gladmir Jacinto (0-2) of Fresno, California in a super welterweight bout.
Rahman is the son of former Heavyweight Champion of the World, Hasim Rahman.
In four-round bouts:
Rashiem Jefferson (3-0) of Philadelphia takes on James Early (5-6) of Seat Pleasant, Maryland in a featherweight tussle.
Kahshad Elliott (1-0, 1 KO) of Plainfield, New Jersey will take on an opponent to be named in a super welterweight fight.
Elliott is managed by Split-T Management, and is promoted by Top Rank.
Derrick Starling of New Jersey will make his pro debut in a heavyweight fight.
Tickets for this this outstanding evening are $150 for VIP; $125 for Ringside and 100 for General Admission and  can be purchased by emailing rricereview@yahoo.com

All Covid 19 Protocols will be enforced including wearing a Mask at all times and ID is required.
Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com 
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 David O. Morrell Jr. Named WBA Regular Super Middleweight World Champion
Morrell Ordered to Defend Against John Ryder
Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 21, 2021) – Undefeated David O. Morrell Jr. has been elevated to WBA Regular Super Middleweight World Champion.
That distinction was made today by WBA President Gilberto Mendoza.
Morrell, 23 of Santa Clara, Cuba, and now residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota won the interim title on August 8, 2020 with a 12-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Lennox Allen.
Morrell is coming off 3rd round stoppage over Mike Gavronski on December 26th in Los Angeles.  The bout headlined a card that was televised by FOX.
With the victory, the former World Youth Amateur champion pushed his record to 4-0 with three knockouts.
“The first time I laid eyes on David Morrell Jr. I saw a bigger and better Vasilliy  Lomachenko with power in both hands,” Said Warriors Boxing Promotions COO Luis DeCubas.
With the new status of regular champion, Morrell’s representatives, Warriors Boxing Promotions and Ural Boxing Promotions have 30 days to make a deal with former world title challenger John Ryder and his representatives with Matchroom Boxing. 
Today’s ruling also further solidified Morrell’s status as one of the top super middleweights in the world, and following his mandatory assignment, Morrell would be in line to face any of the top 168-pound fighters such as the winner of next Saturday’s Caleb Plant – Caleb Truax fight, Canelo Alvarez and David Benavide
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FIVE UNBEATEN FIGHTERS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION® QUADRUPLEHEADER WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK – January 21, 2021 – Exciting welterweight prospect Janelson Figueroa Bocachica will meet fellow undefeated Mark Reyes, Jr., in a ShoBox: The New Generation main event bout Wednesday, February 17 live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Bocachica vs. Reyes headlines a four-fight card featuring eight compelling prospects with a combined record of 119-4-1, five of whom are undefeated.
Detroit’s Figueroa Bocachica (16-0, 11 KOs) is following up on his dominating performance in his ShoBox debut in October when he faces the power-punching Reyes (14-0, 12 KOs) from Tampa, Fla., in a 10-round welterweight bout. The co-main event will feature unbeaten Russian and Detroit-trained Vladimir Shishkin (11-0, 7 KOs) taking on Ghana’s Sena Agbeko (23-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight matchup. In addition, Alejandro Guerrero (12-0, 9 KOs) of Irving, Texas, returns to ShoBox and faces Mexico’s Abraham Montoya (19-2-1, 14 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout. Another Russian-based in Detroit, Mich., Timur Kerefov (9-0, 4 KOs), will battle middleweight prospect Argenis Espana (15-1, 14 KOs) of Venezuela in the eight-round telecast opener.
The four-fight telecast is promoted by Salita Promotions.
“I am delighted to promote an exciting night of boxing, featuring some of the best young talent in boxing in opposing corners,” Salita said. “The February 17 card features possibly the best new talent in four different weight divisions in pick ’em fights. Middleweight Timur Kerefov, fighting with trainer SugarHill Steward in his corner, is looking to quickly climb up the ladder. Super featherweight Alejandro Guerrero is fighting his toughest test against Abraham Montoya. Super middleweight Vladimir Shishkin is looking for a breakout performance against the hungry Sena Agbeko, who is looking to make a name for himself. This show may also be the crowning of one of the best new welterweights in the world with an exciting matchup between undefeated prospects, Janelson Figueroa Bocachica and Mark Reyes, Jr.”
Steward, who legally changed his name to SugarHill Steward to honor his late uncle Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, calls Kerefov, “One of the best middleweights in the world right now,” and that there is no limit to how far the 30-year-old can go. “We don’t have long conversations because of the language barrier, but I’m impressed how Timur is able to process the information I tell him, and quickly get better in the short time we’ve worked together,” said Steward, who is also training Anthony Dirrell at Big Time Boxing and Fitness in Boca Raton, Fla. “The Russians who come to Detroit are here to work and not run the streets, which I like. They have families and know that boxing in the United States is the mecca. So, they take it very seriously.”
Bocachica vs. Reyes – 10-Round Welterweight Main Event Bout
Bocachica returns for his second consecutive ShoBox appearance as the 22-year-old Detroit native overpowered Puerto Rico’s Nicklaus Flaz from the start earning a first-round TKO at 2:43 of round one in October. Bocachica is a four-year pro who began boxing at age eight. He won four consecutive Ringside Championships (2011-14), the National PAL Championships and the 2015 Detroit Golden Gloves. He boasts an amateur record of 55-5. He is trained by his father, Nelson Figueroa.
“After the last appearance on ShoBox, I felt like that was the performance that I needed,” Bochachia said. “I picked Mark Reyes out myself because I wanted better competition and he is 14-0. I want to put a statement out to all of the fighters in the 147-pound division. A win gets me closer to my dreams. I am fighting better opposition. It shows that Janelson is the truth, and I am coming for everyone in the welterweight division. I am not worrying about anything.”
Reyes is coming off of a first-round knockout of Diego Perez on November 21, in his hometown of Tampa. Reyes was a successful amateur winning the PAL National Tournament in 2012, as well as the Junior Olympics and Ringside Tournament. He also won two National tournaments competing for Puerto Rico: the 2015 Frankie Larvae National Championships and 2016 Cheo Aponte National Championships. Overall, he accumulated a record of 45-5 before turning pro in March 2016. He is now trained by Raul “Chino” Rivas, who also coaches former world champion Tevin Farmer. 
“I am excited to be in this position, fighting on ShoBox, where a win will put my name on the boxing map,” Reyes said. “Bocachica is a solid fighter, but I look forward to adding the first loss to his record and showing the viewers why I took this fight on short notice. Training camp has been going great and I will be ready.”
Shishkin vs. Agbeko – 10-Round Super Middleweight Bout
Shishkin has previously fought twice on ShoBox earning impressive wins over Ulises Sierra and DeAndre Ware. Steward worked Shishkin’s corner for the Sierra fight, but Steward’s commitment to heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has not allowed the two to train exclusively together. Shishkin has recently been working with L.J. Harrison. In his last fight on August 20, he recorded a ninth-round technical knockout of Oscar Riojas. Shishkin is currently ranked No. 9 by the WBC, No. 11 by the WBA and No. 12 by the IBF in the 168-pound division.
“I’m grateful, once again, to get the chance to showcase my skills on SHOWTIME,” said Shishkin, 29. “I’m preparing in a new gym called Superbad with a new coach. I’m curious how that will affect me in the bout. I know this fight puts me just one step closer to my goal of becoming a world champion.”
Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, Agbeko was a member of the Ghanaian National Team as a youth and had 69 amateur bouts. Agbeko turned pro in 2011 at the age of 19 and had his first 15 bouts in Ghana before relocating to the United States in 2013 to pursue his dream of becoming a world champion. Agbeko has fine-tuned his craft serving as a sparring partner for Caleb Plant, Badou Jack and Brandon Adams. Agbeko currently lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife. 
“Training is going great and we’ve been training for a while already, so we’re just doubling down on a few things and fine-tuning as well for the fight,” Agbeko said. “I know my opponent has an extensive amateur background and a style that’s reflective of where he’s from in Russia. I expect an aggressive, yet well-calculated fighter. I will win this fight because I know I want it more and, as a result, have put more effort into preparation. My superior boxing skills coupled with desire and effort will get it done.”
Guerrero vs. Montoya – Eight-Round Lightweight Bout
Fighting out of Houston, Texas, Guerrero is a big-punching prospect who won a closely contested slugfest via majority decision over Jose Angulo in the last ShoBox telecast before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world for several months in March 2020. Prior to that win, Guerrero had stopped three consecutive opponents including a second-round TKO of Darnell Jiles, Jr. in January 2020. A celebrated amateur who won two junior national titles, the 22-year-old “Pork Chop” has sparred with the likes of world champions Mikey Garcia and Brandon Rios at the famed Garcia Boxing Academy in California. 
“I know nothing about my opponent, but I’ve watched one clip of him and that’s all I needed to see to know he will go down,” Guerrero said. “This fight will mean a lot to me because it will show the world I’m the real deal. I will win this fight for my career and my family.”
The 26-year-old Montoya, of Baja California, Mexico, will be making his United States debut on February 17 and will be fighting outside of his native Mexico for just the second time. After dropping his second professional contest, Montoya rallied to go unbeaten in his next 18 bouts before traveling to Russia in November 2019 to take on undefeated prospect Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov, where he lost a 12-round decision. Montoya rebounded to score a second-round TKO over Reyes David Lopez his last time out in October, and also owns an impressive victory over then-undefeated prospect Luis Alberto Lopez Vargas.
“Fighting in the U.S. and on SHOWTIME has always been my dream and I can’t wait for February 17 to show what I can do,” Montoya said. “I’ve never worked or trained as hard for a fight as I have for this one. I’ve seen my opponent and know he will bring the action just like his last fight. He will be tough, but I’m as ready for this as I’ve ever been.” 
Kerefov vs. Espana – Eight-Round Middleweight Bout
Hailing from Shaluska, Russia, and now fighting out of Detroit, Mich., Kerefov will make his ShoBox debut on February 17. Kerefov, 30, amassed an impressive 298-12 amateur record in his home country during his nearly decade-long reign at the elite level of international amateur boxing. In 2019, Kerefov turned in five impressive victories in Russia prior to his United States debut at the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit in August 2020, where he turned in a dominating unanimous decision victory over Calvin Metcalf in a middleweight bout.
“I am in the middle of a great training camp with trainer SugarHill Steward in Florida,” Kerefov said. “I look forward to showing the boxing fans that I am the new face of the middleweight division.”
The 31-year-old southpaw, Espana, will be fighting for the first time in the United States as 14 of his 16 professional bouts have taken place in Venezuela. The power-punching Espana’s only career loss was to Dervin Colina in 2019 and 14 of his 15 victories have come via knockout. In December, he TKO’d Leonard Carrillo in his last fight.
“This is a great opportunity for me to appear in the U.S.,” Espana said. “I know very little about my opponent, but that does not bother me at all. I am always training and ready to go the distance or less. Victory will get me closer to a world title.”
International Boxing Hall of Famer Barry Tompkins will call the action from ringside. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
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41-0 Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez all in for WBC Interim

World light heavyweight clash with “Sir” Marcus Browne  

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez

LAS VEGAS (January 14, 2021) — The first super middleweight world champion of Mexican decent, undefeated Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs) is all in for a potential World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim light heavyweight World title fight against 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne (23-1, 16 KOs).

The WBC ordered Ramirez vs. Browne this past Monday because reigning WBC light heavyweight World champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) hasn’t defended his title since capturing it October 18, 2019, due to getting COVID-19 during training camp, as well as for other pandemic related restrictions.  Beterbiev is also the reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight World champion.

Ramirez is the No. 1 light heavyweight contender in the WBC ratings, while Browne is ranked No. 4. Team Zurdo and Team Browne have until February 5th to work out a deal before it’ll go to purse bid.  Martinez is promoted by his own company, Zurdo Promotions, while Browne is represented by PBC.

“This is an interesting opportunity and I’m ready to fight anyone in the light heavyweight division to leave my mark on the sport,” Ramirez said.  “I know Marcus has been out of the ring for a while, but he’s a U.S. Olympian and still one of the best in the game.  I know he’s wanted this fight for a while and hopefully we can make something happen.

“In addition, it’s always been my dream to get the green belt (WBC) and bring it back to Mexico.  I have a lot of respect for the WBC and Mauricio Suliman and I am grateful for all their love and support throughout my career.”

Last month, Ramirez fought for the first time in 20 months, stopping defending champion Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (32-4, 25 KOs) in the 10th round of the “Battle of Rio Grande” main event, which marked the debut of Zurdo Promotions.

The 29-year-old Ramirez became the first Mexican fighter to capture a world super middleweight crown in 2016, when the ultra-gifted, athletic southpaw pitched a complete shutout against defending title holder “King” Arthur Abraham (44-4), winning each round for a 12-round unanimous decision (120-106 X 3) to become the World Boxing Organization (WBO) world champion.

Ramirez successful defended his WBO title five times against 33-4-1 Maksym Bursak (DEC12), 22-0 Jessie Hart (DEC12), 25-0-1 Habib Ahmed (25-0-1), 23-0 Roemer Alexis Angulo (DEC12), and Hart again in a rematch (DEC12).  “Zurdo” moved up to the light heavyweight division in 2019, destroying 29-6-1 Tommy Karpency, who was unable to continue fighting after four rounds.

A talented southpaw as well, Browne was a decorated U.S. amateur out of New York City, who won gold medals at the 2010 U.S. National PAL Championships and 2012 U.S. National Championships, prior to representing the U.S. at the Olympic Games in London.

Browne, 30, is a past WBA Interim light heavyweight World champion.  He has beaten a pair of word champions, 22-1-3 Badou Jack (DEC12) and 25-7-1 Gabriel Campillo (25-7-2).  Other notable opponents he has defeated include 21-0 Radivoje Kalajdzic (DEC8), 20-2 Thomas Williams (KO6), 28-0 Sean Monaghan (TKO2), and 18-1-1 Lenin Castillo (DEC10).  Browne’s last fight was August 3, 2019, when he suffered his first loss as a professional to former world champion Jean Pascal (33-6-1) via an eight-round technical decision, after Browne suffered a severe cut over his left eye from an accidental head-butt.

“There are always challenges to making a fight become reality,” Ramirez concluded, “but me being both the fighter and sole promoter, I’m flexible on the common problems that takes to make a fight.  I’m not sure how much time Marcus will need to be ready, but both time and location can be determined when the other preliminary items are agreed upon.  If it goes to a purse bid, I’m ready for the process and, hopefully, this fight can happen for both of us.” 

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Jan. 20th ShoBox debut career-changing opportunity for  

Unbeaten super lightweight   “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams  

HARTFORD (January 8, 2021) – Last month, hours after receiving the disappointing news that his first fight in 14 months had been scraped, unbeaten East Hartford (CT) super lightweight prospect “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (15-0-1, 7 KOs) received word that instead of fighting in relatively obscurity in Cancun, he would be making his ShoBox: The New Generation” debut, January 20th at nearby Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.  

Williams, 22, will headline against undefeated Columbian knockout artist Yeis Gabriel “El Tigre” Solano (15-0, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event on SHOWTIME, airing live at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m., to kick off ShoBox’s 20th season.  Mohegan Sun is only a 45-minute drive from Williams’ home, but his fanbase won’t be there rooting him on, unfortunately, because COVID-19 restrictions ban attendees.    

ShoBox is renowned for building future world champions, 83 to date and counting, including Andre Ward, Errol Spence, Jr., Nonito Donaire, Deontay Wilder, and Williams’ fellow Nutmeg State fighter, Chad Dawson.  

“I was upset to learn a week before my fight in Cancun that it was canceled,” Williams explained.  “I’ve been out of the ring for a while. I had trained hard and was in the zone.  But the same day I found out that my fight in Cancun had been canceled, I learned that I’d be fighting on ShoBox at Mohegan Sun.  It was a curse and blessing.  The opportunity to fight on ShoBox only a few weeks later, on a bigger and better platform, is a great opportunity for me.   

“At least I don’t have to travel now and my opponent’s coming in, I believe, from California where he’s training.  Fighting on ShoBox completely elevates my exposure.  I have a chance to show the nation, if not the world, who I am and how good a fighter I am.  I’ll be showcasing my skills on a great platform.  It just came about.  I think I’m the B side fighter, but that doesn’t bother me.”  

Williams’ head trainer since he was an amateur and throughout his 4 1/2-year pro career is Paul Cichon.  “This is like a blessing in disguise,” Cichon commented.  “We went from losing the fight in Cancun and to Mykey now fighting in the main event on ShoBox, It’s great for Mykey and our team.  This change is perfect for us.  If Mykey performs like he thinks he will, doors will open-up for him once the gates open for boxing, after he beats this kid who has a good record.  This is the right time!”  

The 28-year-old Solano is a southpaw who is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedebol lightweight champion.  He’s fought only once outside of Columbia or Mexico, back on September 6, 2019 in his most recent action, when he won an 8-round split decision against 20-1 Elias Damien Araujo in Iowa.  Solano’s other 14 opponents had an accumulative record of 67-227-12.  

“Mykey has fought better opponents,” Cichon noted.  “Solano is a strong southpaw with a 15-0 record and 10 knockouts.  We expect him to come out blazing.  I don’t think he’s fought anybody of Mykey’s caliber.  Mykye has been moved much better.”  

“I don’t know too much about him other than he’s a lefty and coming up in weight,” Williams added “They wanted to fight at 135 and agreed to fight at 138.  I don’t have any issues fighting southpaws.  I’ve fought five left-handers.”  

Williams had been frustrated but he became more patient in terms of being unable to fight during the pandemic.  Because he turned pro at 18, he’s had 16 pro fights to date, and he’s still only 22, and experiencing a lost year doesn’t adversely affect him as much as older fighters.  

“I’m still young and don’t think about running out of time,” Williams concluded.  “There’s nothing we could have done differently during the pandemic.    

Williams is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and managed by veteran Jackie Kallen.  

“I am thrilled that Showtime is giving Mykquan this opportunity to show the boxing world what he can do,” Kallen remarked. “This is his coming out party and I think he’ll now begin to make some serious noise in the 140-pound weight class. This is an important step on his journey toward a world title. I’m very excited and proud of him.”  

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Split-T Management Year in Review

NEW YORK (January 8, 2021)–In 2020, Split-T Management continued to reign supreme as the top management company in boxing.
With nearly 70 top fighters under contract, the New York based outfit headed by David McWater, continued to produce the best fighters in the sport culminating in the undisputed Lightweight World Champion Teofimo Lopez winning both The Ring Magazine and The Athletic’s 2020 Fighter of the Year award.
While 2020 saw only 13% of the total number of fights it had seen in 2019, Split-T outperformed the industry in featuring its fighters in 40% of the bouts it had participated in the year prior. Split-T Management fighters amassed a record of 44-6-1, winning four world titles and four more regional titles, with fights televised or streamed on all of the major boxing platforms such as ESPN/ESPN+, SHOWTIME, DAZN, NBC Sports and FOX.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) scored the sport’s biggest win of the year when he won a unanimous decision over top Pound-For-Pound fighter Vasiliy Lomachenko on October 17th in Las Vegas. With the win, Lopez captured the WBO, WBA and WBC Franchise titles to go along with his IBF championship.
It was a brilliant performance from Lopez, who outboxed what many believed was the top talent in the sport. The win, which amassed over 4 million viewers on ESPN, took Lopez from being a star to superstardom, and will look to compete in the biggest events as the calendar turns to 2021.
Less than a month later, Kali Reis captured the WBA Junior Welterweight championship under the guidance of Split-T’s Brian Cohen, earning a 10-round unanimous decision over Kandi Wyatt in Saint Petersburg, Florida. In capturing this title, Reis joined middleweight Raquel Miller as well as fellow junior welterweight world champions Mary McGee and Christina Linardatou as current female World Champions under Brian Cohen and the Split-T Banner,
Former IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Ivan Baranchyk earned The Ring Magazine and The Athletic’s 2020 Fight of the Year. Baranchyk’s October 3rd eight-knockdown thriller with Jose Zepeda was broadcasted on ESPN+ had fans in awe in one of the brutal and exciting fights in recent memory. Baranchyk displayed both the renowned heart and tenacity that has made him beloved by fans. 
2020 was a year in which many of Split-T’s top prospects made the transition to bonafide World Title contenders.
At the head of that list is 23-year-old super welterweight Charles Conwell. Conwell (14-0, 11 KOs), a 2016 United States Olympian, registered three big wins in 2020. Two of those were stoppages over undefeated opponents (Wendy Toussaint and Madiyar Ashkeyev) in fights that were showcased on SHOWTIME and NBC Sports respectively. Conwell, the USBA and WBC USNBC Welterweight Champion, is ranked #8 by the IBF and has put the entire division on notice with his thudding power and brick wall-like defense. 
Split-T’s lead Agent Tim VanNewhouse roster of clients continued their growth and embarked on an impressive 12 fight win streak, highlighted by the continued ascendance of highly rated contender Abraham Nova, who is knocking at the door for a World title shot in 2021. 
Nova is ranked as the #4 Super Featherweight with the WBA and #7 with the WBO. In 2020, Nova went 2-0 with wins over Pedro Navaratte and Avery Sparrow each on ESPN+.
Brian Ceballo also emerged as a rising contender in the welterweight division. Ceballo of New York City was very impressive in his only outing of the year when he won a 10-round unanimous decision over the tough Larry Gomez to win the WBO Intercontinental Title and raise his perfect record to 12-0 with six knockouts. 
Middleweight teenager Diego Pacheco continues his rise and reaches 10-0 with 8 Ko’s. Pacheco went 2-0 with wins over Oscar Riojas and Juan Mendez each broadcasted on DAZN.
VanNewhouse’s streak doesn’t end there. He’s racked up big hits this year with the debuts of many of his recent signees from the 2020 Olympic Class – David Navarro, Javier Martinez, Omar Rosario, Marques Valle, Kahshad Elliott & Asa Stevens; complimenting Split-T’s deep commitment and support to the amateur program. 
 This year also witnessed the debuts of amateur standouts Haven Brady Jr and Morris Young Jr. Brady was featured twice on ESPN+ telecasts, recording knockouts in both bouts while still only 18 years old. 
2020 also marked the continued ascent of major prospects in heavyweights Stephan Shaw and Sonny Conto, super-middle Isaiah Steen, middleweight Tyler Howard, and junior lightweight Otha Jones III. Rounding out this pack of prospects is welterweight Janelson Bocachica who improved to 16-0 (11Ko’s). 
Bocachica’s year was highlighted by his sensational stoppage win over recently undefeated Nick Flauz (9-1). The fight was aired live on Showtime apart of it’s ShoBox series. 
2021 looks to be the year that fighters such as Christopher Pearson, Ray Robinson and Willie Monroe Jr. inch closer to world title shots and bigger fight opportunities for Ievgen Khytrov, Ivan Golub, Erick DeLeon and many others on the Split-T roster. 
A Split-T Management fighter was involved in boxing’s “Feel Good Story of The Year”.
 Super Middleweight and Toledo Firefighter DeAndre Ware was moments away from weighing-in for his September 5 bout with Stephen Nelson, when Top Rank’s event coordinator Pete Susens suddenly collapsed. Eyewitnesses painted a bleak picture as to Susens’ condition. That’s when Ware jumped into action by performing chest compressions and revived Susens. 
McWater, who was recently nominated for the prestigious BWAA Cus D’Amato Manager of the Year Award, continues to build a diverse, talented team, combined with decades of experience in the fight game. 2020 saw the valuable addition of multiple new members to the Split-T team. 
Ron Rizzo, who has worked in multiple capacities across the sport for over two decades, most recently as VP of DiBella Entertainment and Producer for the long-running Broadway Boxing series and as a director for the New State Athletic Commission prior to that, joined Split-T as their Chief Operations Officer in February. Split-T also added prominent female boxing manager Brian Cohen and Brendan Segalas as associates to the firm. Cohen is one of the most respected figures in women’s boxing, having guided an astounding thirty female fighters to World Championships. Segalas has an investment background and a Masters Degree in Sports Business Management from New York University. In September, he brought in his first client, highly touted Greek middleweight Andreas Katzourakis. Segalas recently passed the Major League Baseball Player Agent certification exam along with CEO David McWater and they will work to expand and build on Split-T’s baseball division. 
In addition, with the increasing importance of social media in the sports industry, Split-T brought on Ryan Rechten to serve as the company’s Social Media Manager to help it’s clients engage with existing fans, new audiences and develop influencer opportunities outside of the ring. Additionally, Rechten brought in his first client to the company Willie Monroe.
This dynamic group of industry professionals will fulfill Split-T’s initiatives across the sport for many years to come. 
2020 was not the most ideal year, but with the calendar flipping to 2021, Split-T Management will continue to grow into the powerhouse and premier management company in the sport. 
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 WBA Interim Super Middleweight Champion David O. Morrell Jr. stops Mike Gavronski in 3 Rounds
Fort Lauderdale, FL (December 29, 2020) -WBA Interim Super Middleweight champion David O. Morrell Jr. beat up Mike Gavronski on his way to a 3rd round stoppage in a scheduled 10-round bout at The Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
The fight was the main event of card that was seen live on FOX.
Morrell is promoted by Warriors Boxing Promotions and Ural Promotions.
At the end of round one, Morrell landed a big combination that was punctuated by a straight left that sent Gavronski down to the canvas. Morrell continued to batter Gavronski with some hard uppercuts and straight lefts. Finally in round three, Morrell landed another blasting left uppercut that forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the bout at 2:45. 
Morrell, 170 lbs of Minneapolis, MN is 4-0 with three knockouts. Gavronski, 167.4 lbs of Bellevue, WA is 26-4-1.
“The first time I saw a video of David Morrell fighting, he was 17 years old
and competing against the 2 time gold medal winner De La Cruz. Having worked
with 23 worlds champions including Roberto Duran, I knew David was going to
be a great one. He continues to show why he is already capable of competing
with the very best in the world.” Quote from Warriors COO Luis DeCubas, Sr.
Even though the fight took place at 170 lbs.,  Morrell Jr. will remain the WBA Interim Super Middleweight World champion.
Morrell, who only accepted the fight on December 4th, did not want to pass up an opportunity to headline on a major network. Morell – Gavronski was scheduled as the main event.  Morrell and his team had informed event organizers that there was a possibility that the fight would need to take place above the 168-pound limit, as he was not in training camp, and had only three weeks to prepare.  A new agreement for an 170-pound bout was consented to by all sides.
Morrell will continue to campaign in the hotly contested super middleweight division, he will look to fight any of the top contenders.
Photos by Sean Michael Ham / TGB Promotions
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Light Heavy Duty: Joe Smith Jr. to Battle Maxim Vlasov for WBO Light Heavyweight World Title on February 13 on ESPN

Smith-Vlasov and Richard Commey-Jackson Marinez lightweight showdown to air LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT 

LAS VEGAS (December 23, 2020) — Light heavyweight contender Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr., the consummate everyman, spent more than a decade as a union laborer on Long Island. He now owns and operates a tree service business, chopping and trimming trees when he’s not training.
 
At 31 years old, this far-from-average Joe will battle Russian veteran Maxim Vlasov for the vacant WBO light heavyweight world title Saturday, Feb. 13. In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, former world champion Richard “RC” Commey will fight Dominican slickster Jackson Marinez.
 
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Patriot Promotions, Smith-Vlasov and Commey-Marinez will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
 
“This is Rocky IV come to life,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Joe Smith Jr. is boxing’s blue-collar hero, a relentless fighter who chops down trees outside the ring and chops down opponents when the lights are bright. Maxim Vlasov is a tough Russian who is going to meet Joe punch for punch in the center of the ring. This will be an early contender for 2021 Fight of the Year.”
 
DeGuardia said, “I am very confident that Joe Smith Jr. will be the new WBO world champion, but I also know that Maxim Vlasov is a strong and seasoned fighter who also wants to become champion. It will make for a great night of boxing on ESPN. Kudos to the WBO for recognizing Joe’s talents and mandating this fight, and to Bob Arum and Top Rank for their continued excellence during this pandemic.”Smith (26-3, 21 KOs) is best known for sending living legend Bernard Hopkins through the ropes and into retirement in 2016, but a world title has thus far proven elusive. He received a shot at the WBA light heavyweight world title in March 2019 and nearly knocked out Dmitry Bivol in the 10th round, but Bivol hung on to win a unanimous decision. Smith rampaged in 2020, dominating Jesse Hart over 10 rounds and knocking out former world champion Eleider Alvarez in an August title eliminator. Those victories propelled Smith to the WBO No. 1 ranking and a second crack at world title glory.

Smith said, “I have worked very hard to get a second opportunity at a world title. I feel I have improved, and on February 13, I am going to make my dream come true and become world champion.”
 
Vlasov (45-3, 26 KOs), a 15-year-pro, has been a world-level operator at super middleweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight. He moved down to light heavyweight in early 2019 and soon joined the ranks of the top contenders. In a six-month span, Vlasov stopped Omar Garcia in four rounds, topped longtime contender Isaac Chilemba by unanimous decision to avenge a 2011 defeat, and shut out the previously undefeated Emmanuel Martey over 10 rounds.
 
“This is a great chance, and perhaps my last opportunity, to finally become a world champion,” Vlasov said. “Smith is a strong and relentless fighter, so I expect a very serious challenge.”
 
Commey (29-3, 26 KOs), from Accra, Ghana, has been a lightweight since turning pro in his home nation in February 2011. He fell just short in his first attempt at a world title, dropping a split decision to Robert Easter Jr. in September 2016 for the vacant IBF title. Commey won the IBF title in February 2019 with a second-round stoppage over Isa Chaniev, then defended it in June with an eighth-round knockout over former world champion Ray Beltran. His title reign ended that December, when Teofimo Lopez emerged with a star-making second-round TKO. Commey has not fought since the Lopez fight and is re-energized for another world title run.
 
Commey said, “It’s been a long and frustrating wait to get back into the ring, and February 13 can’t come soon enough. I’ve kept myself in shape, but once I heard the date, I stepped up my training. All I’ve been thinking about is winning back my title. I am not looking past Jackson Marinez, as I know he is a tough, slick fighter, so he has my full attention. The road to redemption begins now.”
 
Marinez (19-1, 7 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, entered 2020 largely unknown to fight fans. That all changed in August, when he outboxed the unbeaten Rolando Romero over 12 rounds. The official judges disagreed with most boxing observers, and Marinez lost a unanimous decision. Trained by Robert Garcia in Riverside, Calif., Marinez gets a shot at redemption and would enter the world title picture with a victory over Commey.

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Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez improves to 41-0,  

Michael “The Bounty” Hunter rolls  

 “Battle of Rio Grande” PPV results from Texas

GALVESTON, Texas (December 19, 2020) –- The Champ is back!

Former world super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs), fighting for the first time since April 4, 2019, returned to the ring last night with a vengeance, stopping tough defending North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light heavyweight champion Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (32-4, 25 KOs) in the 10th round of the “Battle of Rio Grande” main event.

“Battle of Rio Grande,” presented by the two main event fighter’s promotional companies, Zurdo Promotions and El Tigre Promotions, aired live on pay per view from the Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

The 29-year-old Ramirez displayed his world-class boxing skills and tremendous athleticism from the start, dropping Lopez in the fourth, but the defending champion was resilient right up until the very end.  The ringside physician examined Lopez’ swollen right eye after the ninth round and when Ramirez floored Lopez with a right hook in the 10th, the referee waved off the fight.  Lopez had his 10-right win streak snapped and Ramirez put reigning world light heavyweight champions Artur Beterviev (WBC & IBF) and Dmitry Bivol (WBA) on notice.  Ramirez is ranked No. 1 by the WBO, as well as being WBA #45, WBO and  IBF #7.

Alphonso Lopez (L) congratulates Gilberto Ramirez (R).

“I’m glad I was able to get a fight in this year.” Martinez said. “Alfonso was tough as a bull and kept coming like the true warrior he is but overall, I’m happy with my performance. I felt some ring rust in the beginning, but I’m glad I was able to get back to my old form quickly. This was challenge as a fighter and a promoter, but I plan on doing more shows in the future and appreciate all my partners that helped out in the process (ie fite tv, el tigre promotions, and be def sports). Glad I have this one out the way and on to next one.”

World-rated heavyweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian, Michael “The Bounty” Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs), continued his mission to be world heavyweight champion, outclassing West Virginia’s Shawn Laughery (10-4, 6 KOs) in the 10-round co-featured event, closing the show in the fourth round with his second knockdown.  Hunter is rated among the top 10 heavyweights in the world by the four major sanctioning bodies: IBF #4, WBO #8, WBC #9 and WBA #10.

California featherweight Jose Maria “Chema” Delgado (6-0-4, 2 KOs) can’t catch a break, at least not in the United States, where he fought to a draw for the fourth time last night against Armando Frausto (8-2, 5 KOs).  Delgado’s six pro wins have all come in fights held in Mexico. Delgado and Frausto were fighting for the vacant American Boxing Organization (ABO) featherweight title that remains open.

Team Ramirez with Gilberto Ramirez in the center.

Undefeated lightweight Juan Velazquez (6-0, 4 KOs) overwhelmed fellow Houstonian, Alexis Chavarria (4-3-3, 1 KO), putting him away in round two after pummeling him from the opening bell.

The first fighter signed by Ramirez’ Zurdo Promotions, Los Angeles bantamweight John “Scrappy” Ramirez (no relations), turned in an auspicious pro debut, stopping his Puerto Rican opponent, Jose “El Chavito” Solis (0-3) midway through the opening round.

Texas middleweight Charles “Pretty Bad Boy” Baylor (1-0, 1 KO) dominated fellow Texan Joel “The Assassin” Munoz (0-2) up until the latter’s corner ended the fight, Houston junior middleweight Raynard “Alief Ali” Talib, Jr. (3-0, 1 KO) overcame a first-round knockdown and a cut over his right eye to edge Adam “AD” Ealoms (4-19-3, 2 KOs) by way of a four-round unanimous decision (38-37 X 3), and the junior middleweight fight between pro-debuting Apostle Arias (0-0-1) and Lucas “God First” McDonald (0-5-1) ended in a technical draw, because McDonald was unable to continue fighting in the fourth round due to a serious cut resulting from an accidental headbutt.

Also fighting on the undercard, Houston’s Breyon Gorham improved to 7-0 (6 KOs) with a third-round technical knockout of Anthony Curtiss (2-7, 2 KOs), who managed to beat the count but was deemed to unsteady by the referee to continue fighting, and Delmonte “Sugar Bear” Randle (1-0, 1 KOs) won his pro debut when Jarvis Lee (0-3) retired after round one.

The middleweight fight between Ivan Vazquez (5-0, 4 KOs) and Charon Spain (2-14-2, 1 KO) was canceled after Vazquez tested positive for COVID-19.

Complete results below:

OFFICIAL RESULTS  

MAIN EVENT – NABF LIGHT HEAVYEIGHT CHAMPIONSIP  

Gilberto Ramirez (41-0, 27 KOs), Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México  

WTKO10 (0:59)

Alfonso Lopez (32-4, 25 KOs), Houston, TX

(Ramirez won NABF light heavyweight title)    

CO-FEATURE – HEAVYWEIGHTS  

Michael Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs), Las Vegas, NV  

WKO4 (1:02)

Shawn Laughery (10-4, 6 KOs), Oak Hill, WV

HEAVYWEIGHTS  

Demonte Randle (1-0, 1 KO), Texas City, TX

WTKO1 (3:00)

Jarvis Lee (0-3), Houston, Texas

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS  

Charles Baylor (1-0, 1 KO), Trinity, TX

WTKO2 ((1:40)

Joel Munoz (0-2), Dublin, TX

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS  

Raynard Talib, Jr. (3-0, 1 KO), Houston, TX

WDEC4 (38-37, 38-37, 38-37)

Adam Ealoms (4-19-3, 2 KOs), Bryan, TX

Apostle Arias (0-0-1, 0 KOs), Porter, TX

TD4

Lucas McDonald (0-5-1), Sealy, TX

WELTERWEIGHTS  

Juan Velazquez (6-0, 4 KOs), Houston, TX

WTKO2 (2:14)

Alexis Chavarria (1-1, 0 KOs), Houston, TX

Breyon Gorham (7-0, 56KOs), Houston, TX

WTKO3 (2:14)

Antony Curtiss (2-7, 2 KOs), Butte, MT

VACANT ABO FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP  

Jose Maria Delgado (6-0-4, 2 KOs), Pittsburg, CA

D6(58-56, 57-57, 57-57)  

Armando Frausto (8-1-1, 5 KOs), Alvin, TX  

 

BANTAMWEIGHTS  

John Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO), Los Angeles, CA  

WTKO1 (1:51)  

Jose Solis (0-3), San Juan, Puerto Rico  

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Split-T Management ‘s Charles Conwell and Stephan Shaw Remain Perfect with wins in Los Angeles
Conwell stops Ashkeyev in battle of Undefeated Junior Middleweights on NBC Sports Network
 Shaw Decisions Pinchuk on Twitch 
 

 

Los Angeles, CA  (DECEMBER 18, 2020)–Split-T Management fighters Charles Conwell and Stephan Shaw kept their perfect resumes intact with big wins on Thursday night at the parking lot of the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
The fight card was the 3rd installment of of the Ring City USA series on NBC Sports Network.
In the main event world-ranked Conwell took out Madiyar Ashkeyev out after round nine of their scheduled 10-round junior middleweight bout 
Conwell, who defended his USBA and captured the WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight titles, beat up Ashkeyev throughout the contest as he pounded away at the body and landed heavy shots upstairs. Ashkeyev had a lot of swelling over his left eye from the constant offense of Conwell. Referee Jack Reiss stopped the bout in between rounds nine and 10.
It was a solid all-around performance from Conwell, who should improve on his to number-eight ranking by the IBF.
“I felt good tonight,” Conwell said. “I’m getting more and more comfortable in the ring and more comfortable with the experience I continue to get.”

“I think I’m the only undefeated contender fighting,” Conwell continued. “And I think that means a lot – I’m making great progress and I’m ready for a bigger payday. The more I fight, the better I get. I’m only 23-years-old and I want to keep fighting.”

Conwell, 154 lbs of Cleveland, OH is 14-0 with 11 knockouts. Ashkeyev, 154 lbs of Kazakhstan is 14-1
Conwell is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions.
Stephan Shaw remained undefeated with an eight-round unanimous decision over Lyubomyr Pinchuk in a heavyweight bout.  
Shaw dominated the fight by using a pinpoint jab to set up some solid right hands.
Shaw, 235 lbs of St. Louis, MO won by scores of shutout scores of 80-72 and is now 14-0. Pinchuk, 223 lbs of Lviv, UK is 12-2-1.
Shaw is promoted by DiBella Entertainment

Photos from Tom Hogan/Ring City

Photos from Tom Hogan/Ring City
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Undefeated Andreas Katzourakis Returns to the Ring Saturday, December 12th in Miami
First Fight Under New Trainer Abel Sanchez
Highly-touted Greek boxer Andreas Katzourakis (5-0, 4 KOs) returns to the ring after nearly a year hiatus on Saturday, December 12th at the Blue Lagoon Hilton in Miami. Katzourakis is set to face 35-fight veteran Brandon Baue in a six round bout contested at a catchweight of 158 lbs. Two undefeated opponents had earlier pulled out of the fight, the last due to a COVID-19 related issue on Monday evening.   
 Katzourakis spent much of 2020 at home in Greece before signing with Split-T Boxing in September. By mid-October, he was stationed in Big Bear Lake, California training under legendary coach Abel Sanchez. “Katz” has found a new home at Sanchez’s famed Summit Gym, nearly 7,000 miles away – and 7,000 feet above – his family and friends in Athens.
“I’ve had an amazing camp with Abel and the team. Here it’s all about hard work, rest, hard work, and rest again! There are no distractions to get your mind off of training and with the types of grueling workouts we are doing we need the fresh air that the mountain provides!” said Katzourakis.
“Andreas spent the last two months in the mountains of Big Bear Lake, living and training at The Summit Gym. I’ve been lucky enough to train some really exceptional middleweights in my career. Let me just say this kid gets me excited. We’ve been training hard and are looking forward to displaying the work put in at The Summit,” said Sanchez.
Split-T’s CEO David McWater is very encouraged by the potential he sees in the 23-year old fighter.  
“Brendan Segalas (of Split-T) brought to my attention a kid he thought had all the tools to be special, but just needed some structure and a good team around him to sharpen those tools. Although he’s managed to roll over some tough, veteran opposition early in his career, Andreas is still a raw talent. He dominated Walter Wright in his fourth bout and that really caught my eye. We felt that if we put him in camp with Abel in Big Bear and let him develop the sky’s the limit, so that’s exactly what we’ve done,” said McWater.
Despite having only five professional bouts, Katzourakis has already established himself as one of the top up-and-coming prospects in the middle weight divisions. Split-T has interest from multiple promoters in signing their young fighter to a long term deal and plans to accelerate those conversations going into 2021. Still, Katzourakis’ team thought it was important to keep him active going into the new year. Regardless of wherever and whomever he is facing, Katzourakis is grateful for the opportunity afforded to him each time he steps in the ring.
“My biggest motivation to become a World Champion is to represent Greece and the Greek boxing community. I fight knowing what my ancestors had done in the past and what I can do for Greek boxing in the future. I don’t need much more motivation than that alone.” 
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Santiago Dominguez improves to 24-0  

RJJ BOXING RESULTS  

SAN CARLOS, Sonora, Mexico (December 9, 2020) — The final RJJ Boxing event of 2020 was held last night, presented by Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing Promotions and De La O Promotions, at Marinaterra Hotel & Spa Event Center in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.  

World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 13 rated welterweight Santiago “Somer” Dominguez (24-0, 18 KOs), improved to 24-0 (18 KOs) with a hard fought 10-round split decision victory over a tough Ricardo “Riky” Lara (22-9, 10 KOs) in the main event.  

The final 2020 installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS was streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports. To sign-up for UFC FIGHT PASS, please visit www.ufcfightpass.com.  

The 29-year-old Santiago, Mexico’s No. 1-rated welterweight, was extended the full distance for only the sixth time during his pro career.  The reigning North American Boxing Federation (NABF) champion fought four times in 2020, including three during the pandemic.  

In the co-featured event, Luis “Koreano” Torres (10-0, 7 KOs) destroyed Juan Marcos “Mudo” Rodriguez Ortiz (9-3, 7 KOs), brutally knocking him out in the third round.  Torres holds the WBC Youth Silver lightweight title.  

Three Cuban prospects living in Guatemala all remained undefeated with impressive performances: heavyweight Geovany “La Bestia” Bruzon (5-0, 5 KOs) starched Hugo “Tremendo” Lomeli (21-16-1, 15 KOs) midway through the opening round, super welterweight Yoelvis “La Joya” Gomez (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped David “El Nene” Rangel (13-8, 9 KOs) in round three, and featherweight Jailer Lopez (4-0, 2 KOs) defeated previously undefeated Armando Ramirez (3-1) by way of a unanimous 4-round decision.  

Complete results below:  

MAIN EVENT – WELTERWEIGHTS  

Santiago Dominguez (24-0, 18 KOs), Obregón, Sonora, México  

WDEC10 (96-95, 96-95, 94-96)  

Ricardo Lara (22-8, 10 KOs), El Grullo, Jalisco, México  

 

CO-FEATURE – LIGHTWEIGHTS  

Luis Torres (10-0, 7 KOs), Obregón, Sonora, México  

WKO3 (1:48)  

Juan Marcos Rodriguez Ortiz (9-3, 7 KOs), Culiacán, Sinaloa, México  

 

HEAVYWEIGHTS  

Geovany Bruzon (5-0, 5 KOs), Holguin, Cuba by way of Guatemala

WTKO1 (1:55)

Hugo Lomeli (21-16-1, 15 KOs), Guadalajara, Jalisco, México  

 

SUPER WELTERWEIGHTS  

Yoelvis Gomez (3-0, 2 KOs), Havana, Cuba by way of Guatemala

WTKO3 (0:31)  

David Rangel (13-8, 9 KOs), El Marques, Querétaro, Chiapas, México  

 

FEATHERWEIGHTS  

Jailer Lopez (4-0, 2 KOs), Cienfuegos, Cuba by way of Guatemala

WDEC4 (39-36, 39-36, 38-37)

Armando Ramírez (3-1, 0 KOs), El Grullo, Jalisco, México  

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Undefeated Lester Martinez captures WBC Latino super middleweight title   

RJJ Boxing  

OFFICIAL RESULTS  

SAN CARLOS, Mexico (December 10, 2020) – Rising star Lester Martinez kept his perfect record intact last night, stopping Uriel “Big Bang” Gonzalez (18-7-1, 14 KOs) at the end of the opening round, in the main event on an RJJ Boxing card at Maninaterra Hotel & Spa Event Center in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.  

The final 2020 installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®, presented by Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing Promotions and De La O Promotions, will be held this evening at the same venue.  

 All the action was streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, as will tonight’s RJJ Boxing starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.  To sign up for UFC FIGHT PASS, please visit www.ufcfightpass.com.  

 The 25-year-old Martinez extended his perfect pro record to 7-0, all ending in stoppages, and the heavy-handed Guatemalan captured the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Latino super middleweight championship.  Martinez ripped Gonzalez from the opening bell, dropping him late in the opening round, and even though Gonzalez beat the count, the referee had seen enough, and he halted the action.  

In the co-featured event, Mexican featherweight Eddy “Dinamita” Valencia (16-5-6, 5 KOs) defeated Pablo “The Lethal Mosquito” Cruz (20-3, 6 KOs), of Houston, by way of an 8-round unanimous decision.  

Six-time Mexican National amateur champion, featherweight Alan “Cachoro” Solis (12-0-1, 7 KOs), remained unbeaten by knocking out Abelardo “Bolillo” Sanchez (7-2-2, 4 KOs) in the seventh round.  

Former Cuban amateur star Ariel Perez “La Maquina” De La Torre (4-0, 4 KOs), fighting out of Guatemala, pounded Mexican super bantamweight from start to finish, which came in the sixth round by technical knockout.   

Complete results below:  

MAIN EVENT – VACANT WBC LATINO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP  

Lester Martinez (7-0, 7 KOs), Guatemala City, Guatemala  

WTKO1 (3:00)  

Uriel Gonzalez (18-7-1, 14 KOs), Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México  

(Martinez won WBC Latino super middleweight title)  

CO-FEATURE – FEATHERWEIGHTS  

Eddy Valencia (16-5-6, 5 KOs), Culiacán, Sinaloa, México  

WDEC8 (79-73, 78-74, 77-75)  

Pablo Cruz (20-3, 6 KOs), Houston, Texas, USA  

 

FEATHERWEIGHTS  

Alan Solis (12-0-1, 7 KOs), Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México  

WTKO7  

Abelardo Sanchez (7-2-2, 4 KOs), Los Mochis, México  

 

SUPER BANTAMWEIGHTS  

Ariel Perez De La Torre (4-0, 4 KOs), Camagüey, Cuba by way of Guatemala  

WTKO6  

Isaac Buitimea (9-7, 4 KOs), Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México  

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Top 10 heavyweight contender  
Michael “The Bounty” Hunter
 On a mission starting with    

“Battle of Rio Grande” PPV  

Dec. 18th live on pay per view from Galveston, Texas  

 GALVESTON, Texas (December 8, 2020) –- World-rated heavyweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian, Michael “The Bounty” Hunter, is on a mission to position himself for a world heavyweight title shot in 2021.

Keeping busy is the key for promotional free agent Hunter (18-1-1, 12 KOs) and it all starts for him December 18th, when he faces West Virginia’s Shawn Laughery (10-3, 6 KOs), who has replaced veteran Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer” Welliver, in the 10-round co-featured event on “Battle of Rio Grande” card, airing live on pay per view from Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

The “Battle of Rio Grande,” main event pits undefeated, former world super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (40-0, 26 KOs), who challenges North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light heavyweight titlist Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (32-3, 25 KOs).

“Battle of Rio Grande” will be available for live viewing on digital, cable and satellite, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, on pay per view for a suggested retail price of only $24.99.  FITE will stream worldwide on the FITE mobile apps, all major OTT apps and website (www.FITE.tv), and Integrated Sports Media will distribute throughout North America via DirecTV, iN Demand, and DISH in the United States, as well as in Canada on Shaw and SaskTel.

In addition, preceding the live pay-per-view broadcast at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, fans may view a free LIVE PPV PRE-SHOW featuring some undercard bouts.  “Battle of Rio Grande” Pre-Show will be available at FITE, DirecTV, DISH, Shaw and select cable operators.

“I think that dealing with Zurdo Promotions and getting this first fight off as a free agent really sets the tone,” Hunter said.  “I plan to stay busy the next couple of months Teaming up with ‘Zurdo’ and having such a big name next to mine is a great way to put myself in position for the world heavyweight title.”  

The 32-year-old Hunter, who fights out of Las Vegas, was a decorated amateur boxer who represented the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  He captured gold medals at the 2012 U.S. National Championships and 2011 National Golden Gloves, silver medal at the 2006 National Golden Gloves, and bronze at the 2006 World Junior Championships.

The son of a former pro boxer, the late Mike “The Bounty” Hunter, Michael turned pro March 9, 2013, stopping Chad Davis in the third round.  Hunter won his first 12 pro fights, including a 10-round decision over previously undefeated Isiah Thomas (15-0), before losing by way of a 12-round unanimous decision to Oleksandr Usyk (11-0) for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior heavyweight title. He is unbeaten in the following seven fights, moving up to heavyweight to collect six victories and a 12-round split decision versus Alexander Povetkin (35-2) in his most recent bout a year ago.  Povetkin, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Russia, currently is the reigning WBC Interim world heavyweight champion.

Hunter is a top 10-ranked by all four major sanctioning bodies — #4 International Boxing Federation (IBF), #7 WBO, #10 WBC and World Boxing Association (WBA) – in addition to being # 8 in The Ring magazine’s independent ratings.  

Card subject to change.

Tickets are priced at $65.00, $135.00, $250.00 and $400.00 for VIP are on sale and available to purchase at www.zurdopromotions.events.com.

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December 12: Clay Collard and Robeisy Ramirez to Return on Stevenson-Clary Undercard Broadcast LIVE and Exclusively on ESPN+

Collard-Quincy LaVallais 2 and Ramirez-Brandon Valdes to headline undercard stream LIVE on ESPN+ starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

LAS VEGAS (December 4, 2020) — Boxing’s breakout cult sensation of 2020, “Cassius” Clay Collard, hopes to close out the year with a little slice of revenge. Collard will fight Quincy “Chico” LaVallais in an eight-round middleweight rematch of their June 2019 draw Saturday, Dec. 12 at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Collard, who is also signed to PFL as an MMA fighter, is 5-0 with three wins over previously undefeated boxers in 2020.
 
The card will also see the return of two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez, who is set to fight Brandon Valdes in a featherweight bout scheduled for eight or six rounds.
 
Collard-LaVallais 2, Ramirez-Valdes and additional undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, preceding the ESPN-televised tripleheader (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) headlined by the junior lightweight battle between Shakur Stevenson and Toka Kahn Clary.
 
“Clay and Robeisy have emerged as Bubble fan favorites, so it is only fitting that they are part of our final show of 2020,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.
 
Collard (9-2-3, 4 KOs) entered 2020 with a 4-2-3 record and coming off a TKO loss to light heavyweight phenom Bektemir Melikuziev. Following victories over unbeaten prospects Quashawn Toler (9-0) and Raymond Guajardo (5-0) to start the year, Collard made his Bubble debut June 18 with a decision victory over the 6-0 David Kaminsky. He scored second-round stoppages in his next two Bubble outings and now looks toward Louisiana native LaVallais (9-0-1, 5 KOs), the man who held him to a controversial six-round draw in his fifth pro fight. LaVallais has fought twice since then, notching a pair of first-round knockouts in New Orleans.

Collard and LaVallais were supposed to fight Oct. 17 on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Teofimo Lopez undercard, but they each tested positive for COVID-19. After that hiccup, the rematch is finally on.
 
“I’m going to show up with a smile on my face, shake his hand and win this rematch,” Collard said. “I will prove the first fight wasn’t a draw. I’m the ‘0 collector,’ and I’m taking his undefeated record. Simple as that.”

Said LaVallais, “Unfortunately, we both caught COVID in October, but in God’s eyes, everything happens for a reason. I pray that he and his team are healthy, but I hope he’s ready because my ‘0’ is not going anywhere. This is Chico’s world, and he’s just living in it.”
 
Ramirez (5-1, 3 KOs) seeks his fourth Bubble victory, and sixth overall, since a split decision defeat in his professional debut. Ramirez, 26, has blossomed under the tutelage of noted trainer and countryman Ismael Salas. Valdes (13-1, 7 KOs), from Barranquilla, Colombia, last fought Aug. 14 and lost via unanimous decision to veteran contender Ricardo Espinoza Franco.
 
In other undercard action:
 
Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) vs. Saul Juarez (25-12-2, 13 KOs)
8/6 Rounds, Light Flyweight
Rodriguez, the 20-year-old southpaw phenom from San Antonio, Texas, had a breakout performance Sept. 5 in The Bubble, knocking out the normally durable Janiel Rivera in the first round. Promoted by Teiken Promotions, Rodriguez has knocked out his last four opponents. Juarez is a two-time world title challenger who has only been knocked out once, courtesy of a left eye injury in his sixth pro fight in 2011.
 
Haven Brady Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Michael Land (1-1, 1 KO)
4 Rounds, Featherweight
Former U.S. amateur star Brady, 18, returns following a punishing professional debut that saw him knock out Gorwar Karyah in four rounds. “The Hitman” won gold medals at the Junior Olympics, Eastern Qualifiers and National PAL tournaments prior to signing a professional contract with Top Rank earlier this year. Land, from Dallas, Texas, is coming off a four-round decision loss in July 2019 to the undefeated Francisco Javier Martinez.
 
Kasir Goldston (1-0) vs. Llewelyn McClamy (2-0, 1 KO)
4 Rounds, Welterweight
The 17-year-old Goldston, a native of Albany, N.Y. made his pro debut Sept. 19 and won a competitive four-round decision over Isaiah Varnell. Goldston won three consecutive National Junior Olympic titles before turning pro under the Top Rank banner. McClamy has only fought twice since turning pro in November 2017.

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Brian Ceballo Remains Perfect and wins WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Title with Unanimous Decision Over Larry Gomez
NEW YORK (December 4th, 2020)–Welterweight Brian Ceballo won the WBO Intercontinental title with an impressive 10-round unanimous decision Larry Gomez in the co-feature of a Ring City USA card at the famed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
The bout was televised live on NBC Sports Network.
Ceballo of Brooklyn, New York is managed by Split-T Management under the guidance of Tim VanNewhouse.
Ceballo controlled the action from the start as Ceballo used a tremendous ring IQ to set up his shots   Ceballo’s accurate punching knocked the mouthpiece of Gomez out several times, which prompted referee Raul Caiz Jr. to deduct a point in the 10th round.  Ceballo handled the pressure Gomez very well, was extremely poised in his own attack with solid combination punching.
Ceballo, 26 years-old won by tallies of 99-90, 98-91 and 96-93 to raise his perfect mark to 12-0.
“This win teaches me that even though I was not 100%, but I was able to push through and win by a comfortable margin,” said Ceballo 
I was very excited to be on this stage because it introduced me to the boxing world. I would like to thank Split-T Management, 360 Promotions and Ring City USA for giving me a platform to display my talents” 
Ceballo was a 15-time National Amateur champion, and five-time New York Gold Gloves winner.
Ceballo is promoted by 360 Promotions.
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Brandon Adams Destroys Sonny Duversonne in 2
December 3, 2020 – Former world title challenger and winner of The Contender, Brandon Adams destroyed Sonny Duversonne in round two of a scheduled eight-round junior middleweight bout that headlined a Ring City USA Card at The Parking Lot of the famed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
The fight was televised live on NBC Sports Network
Adams, who is promoted by Banner Promotions and The Tournament of Contenders, came out strong in round one, as he worked the body of Duversonne then came upstairs to land some solid shots to the head.  In round two, Adams landed a crushing left hook to the jaw that froze Duversonne on the ropes.  A follow-up barrage of power punches forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the fight at 1:40.  
Adams of Watts, California was making his first start since his valiant effort against WBC Middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, embedded himself as a title contender in both the 154 and 160 pound divisions.
With the win, Adams raised his mark to 22-3 with 14 knockouts.  Duversonne, who had never been stopped before, falls to 11-3-2.
“My game plan stayed the same from the beginning – to seek and destroy,” Adams continued. “I wanted to come out and win and it didn’t matter who was put in front of me.”
Photos from Tom Hogan/Ring City
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Split-T Management Signs Undefeated Junior Welterweight John Bauza
NEW YORK (December 3, 2020)–Split-T Management is proud to announce the signing of undefeated junior welterweight John Bauza.
Bauza of North Bergen, New Jersey by way of San Juan, Puerto Rico has an unblemished professional record of 14-0 with five knockouts.
“I have followed John Bauza since the amateurs, and I always have been impressed. He won the best fighter award at the best tournament I ever went to beating out the likes of Ryan Garcia, Tiger Johnson, Marc Castro, Otha Jones, Keyshawn Davis and so many more top fighters. I believe that he has the opportunity to be as big a star in New York as he already is in Puerto Rico, and he is on the path to a world title,” said David McWater of Split-T Management.
“I am excited to sign with Split-T Management because they have a lot of great fighters, and I see what they have done with them in terms of advancing their careers.  I was looking for somebody to bring me to another level, and Split-T Management is just the company that will do that for me,” said Bauza.  
“I want to keep training hard.  Now that I have good management, I can see that my dreams can come true, and that is to be a world champion.”
The 22 year-old began boxing at the age of nine went he walked into a gym and loved the sport immediately.  “My dad did not like it at first, but I was good at it and stuck with it,” Said Bauza.
That started a heralded amateur career that saw Bauza rack up an impressive record of 178-8.  Bauza captured many tournament victories which included the USA Junior Olympic Qualifier, Diamond Gloves, Regional Golden Gloves and Ringside World Championships.
Bauza turned professional on April 23, 2016 with a 1st round stoppage over over LeRoy Padilla in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Bauza, who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has continuously stepped up his competition.  He is coming off a eight-round unanimous decision over Larry Fryers (11-2) on June 30th in Las Vegas.
Bauza lists going to the beach and watching documentaries on boxing as his hobbies.
Bauza is promoted by Top Rank.
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Gilberto Ramirez vs. Alfonso Lopez  

Headlines “Battle of Rio Grande”  

Live Dec. 18th on pay-per-view from Galveston, Texas  

 GALVESTON, Texas (November 30, 2020) –- There is a Texas showdown coming December 18th called the “Battle of Rio Grande,” in which undefeated, former world super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (40-0, 26 KOs) challenges North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light heavyweight  Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (32-3, 25 KOs), live on pay per view from Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

“Battle of Rio Grande” will be available for live viewing on digital, cable and satellite, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, on pay per view for a suggested retail price of only $24.99.  FITE will stream worldwide on the FITE mobile apps, all major OTT apps and website (www.FITE.tv), and Integrated Sports Media will distribute throughout North America via DirecTV, iN Demand, and DISH in the United States, as well as in Canada on Shaw and SaskTel.  

The main event fighters, Ramirez and Lopez, are co-promoters of “Battle of Rio Grande” under their promotional company names, respectively, Zurdo Promotions and El Tigre Promotions.

Ramirez, 29, became the first Mexican super middleweight champion of the world in 2016 with a 12-round unanimous decision over World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Arthur Abraham (44-4).  The multi-gifted southpaw “Zurdo” (means lefthanded in English) from Mazatlán, Mexico, went on to make five successful title defences, including three against unbeaten challengers Jesse Hart (25-0), Habif Ahmed (25-0-1), and Roamer Alexis Angulo (23-0).

Ramirez moved up to light heavyweight for his last fight a year ago, when he stopped 29-6-1 Tommy Karpency in four rounds, after which Ramirez became a promotional free agent.  “Battle of Rio Grande” is his first event as a promoter.

“Promoting is not an easy job,” Ramirez said, “but I have good people behind me.  They’ve got my back and we work very well together.  I was world champion and now I’m a promoter; I see the big picture.  I don’t want to be fighting forever.  I started my own promotional company so that when I retire, I will have a good life after boxing.  There’s no stress on me as a promoter, the stress is on my team.”

 The 6’ 3” Ramirez is a physical specimen who can dunk a basketball and could easily have been a pro athlete in a different sport like football.  He follows business trends and by[opening his own promotional company, he’s taking advantages of the new era of boxing, in which he plans to aid fellow boxers, particularly Mexicans, by giving them a larger platform to display their skills.

Working with his opponent in terms of promoting “Battle of Rio Grande” is a sign of two fighters taking control of their careers, as well as being completely independent rather than under a promoter, although Lopez has been promoting in Texas for several years.

“We’ll work together but, in the ring, he wants my 40-0 Ramirez noted.  “I know he’s been training a lot, so he’s going to be faster and stronger, which is good for me because I like fighting good fighters.  Everybody wants to take my record, but I’m training (In Santa Monica, CA) like the champion I am to give fans a good fight. He’s going to bring everything he has into the ring.  I expect a good fight.  It’s a big opportunity for him.  I am fully focused on him because I want the opportunity to be world champion again.”

Lopez will be riding a 10-fight win streak into the ring Dec. 18th versus Ramirez in the 12-round main event.   His most recent fight was 13 months ago, when he won a 10-round decision over 19-9-1 Denis Grachev in Lopez’ first defense of the NABF title he captured in his previous fight with a fourth-round stoppage of 21-3 Alex Theran.

Ramirez isn’t looking past Lopez for future fights against world light heavyweight champions Artur Beterbiev (WBC & IBF) Dmitry Bivol (WBA), because he knows and respects Lopez.  The media and public, in general, underappreciated Lopez and some have taken cheap shots at him in social media.

“Maybe a little but it’s not a big deal,” Lopez responded to being asked if he was undervalued.  “I’ve always said that in this busines, everybody has the opportunity to be seen.  Gilberto’s beaten quality guys and he’s a world champion.  I’ve promoted myself, mostly in Texas, and I’m well respected within the industry.  If they really want to see who Gilberto is fighting, tune in, and then make decisions at the end of the fight and maybe they’ll change their mind.  Otherwise, they should keep their opinions to themselves instead of reading about me on social media or matching up who we’ve fought.”

Ramirez has a marquee name, and he represents a career-changing opportunity for Lopez, who has captured four titles, including the NABF crown he’ll be defending. Plus, “El Tigre” holds victories over solid opponents other than Grachev and Theran, such as Dyah Davis and Rubin Williams, and in 2011 Lopez extended Kelly Pavlik the distance in a loss by way of a 10-round majority decision.

Lopez isn’t fighting Ramirez simply for a payday, to the contrary.  “Nobody walks into the ring thinking they’re just happy to be there,” Lopez explained.  “This fight will establish me as a world-class fighter.  I feel that the winner will be the best in our division and the guys walking around with their belts should fight the winner.  Gilberto is a great fighter who has a lot of experience as a world champion.  He has physical attributes that him difficult to fight.  He’s strong and always in great condition.  I need to be intelligent, able to read him, and in great shape.

“The fight will be about adjustments. We’ve both been in this game a long time and at this high level of boxing, you need to be smart and strategic, but both of us being Mexican, it could turn into a brawl at any time.  People will see why nobody wants to fight either of us.  I’m excited and I know he is, too.  Boxing fans don’t want to miss it!” 

World-rated heavyweight Michael “The Bounty” Hunter will face veteran Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer” Welliver (57-13-5, 23 KOs), the former World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas champion, in the 10-round co-featured event.  

Card subject to change.

Tickets are priced at $65.00, $135.00, $250.00 and $400.00 for VIP are on sale and available to purchase at www.zurdopromotions.events.com.

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Bienvenue, Tony: French Olympic Gold Medalist Tony Yoka Returns Against Christian Hammer Friday LIVE and Exclusively on ESPN+

Yoka makes ESPN platform debut after signing co-promotional pact with Top Rank earlier this year

Live stream from Nantes, France, to begin Friday at 2:55 p.m. ET/11:55 a.m. PT

November 24, 2020 — Tony Yoka, the dynamic heavyweight punching Parisian, aims to impress in his ESPN platform debut. Yoka, who won a super heavyweight gold medal for France at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will fight veteran Christian Hammer in a 10-rounder Friday at H Arena in Nantes, France.
 
Yoka-Hammer will stream live and exclusively this Friday, Nov. 27 in the United States on ESPN+ beginning at 2:55 p.m. ET/11:55 a.m. PT. The ESPN+ stream will also include the return of unbeaten 2016 French Olympic gold medalist Estelle Yoka-Mossely against Pasa Malagic in an eight-round lightweight bout. Yoka and Yoka-Mossely, who have been married since 2018, welcomed their second child in May.
 
Earlier this year, Yoka inked a promotional agreement with Top Rank, which will co-promote him with Ringstar France.
 
“Tony Yoka’s potential is limitless, and he is a grounded young man who is motivated to be a great professional fighter,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “France has never had a world heavyweight champion, and I believe Tony is the one to bring the sport’s biggest honor home.”
 
The 28-year-old Yoka’s stellar amateur run included a berth at the 2012 London Olympics and gold medals at the 2015 World Championships and 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Before his triumph in Rio, he’d already defeated the likes of former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker and current undefeated prospects Joe Joyce and Ivan Dychko. At the Rio Olympics, he defeated Croatian standout Filip Hrgović in the semifinals and edged Joyce in the gold medal match.
 
As a professional, Yoka (8-0, 7 KOs) made his debut in June 2017 with a second-round stoppage over the previously undefeated Travis Clark. Apart from a decision win over Jonathan Rice in his second outing, Yoka has stopped every foe, including durable Englishman David “White Rhino” Allen and former European champion Alexander Dimitrenko. He made his 2020 debut Sept. 25 and stopped former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas in one round.
 
Hammer (25-6, 15 KOs) has fought many of the leading heavyweight names during his 12-year career, falling short against Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz and Alexander Povetkin. He’s notched myriad upset victories, including a highlight-reel knockout over David Price and a 2016 split decision over Erkan Teper for the WBO European belt. In March 2019, he went the 10-round distance against Ortiz and has not been stopped since Fury forced him to retire on his stool after eight rounds in their February 2015 clash.

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40-0 Gilberto Ramirez returns to ring  
Dec. 18 vs. Alfonso Lopez on PPV  

 GALVESTON, Texas (November 24, 2020) – The long-awaited return of undefeated Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (40-0, 26 KOs) will be Friday night, December 18, when he challenges North American Boxing Federation (NABF) light heavyweight  Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (32-3, 25 KOs), live on pay per view from Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

“Battle of Rio Grande” will be available for live viewing on digital, cable and satellite, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, on pay per view for a suggested retail price of only $24.99.  FITE TV will stream worldwide on the FITE app and website (www.FITE.tv) and Integrated Sports Media will distribute throughout North America via DirecTV, iN Demand, Vubiquity, and DISH in the United States, as well as in Canada on Shaw and SaskTel.

The main event fighters, Ramirez and Lopez, are co-promoters of “Battle of Rio Grande” under their promotional company names, respectively, Zurdo Promotions and El Tigre Promotions.

The 29-year-old Ramirez, fighting out of Mazatlán, Mexico, became the first Mexican super middleweight champion of the world in 2016, when he defeated defending World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Arthur Abraham (44-4) by way of a 12-round unanimous decision.  Ramirez successfully defended his world title against 33-4-1 Maksym Bursak (DEC12), 22-0 Jesse Hart (WDEC12), 25-0-1 Habif Ahmed (TKO6), 23-0 Roamer Alexis Angulo (DEC12) and 25-1 Hart (DEC12) in a rematch.

Ramirez’ last fight, his first as a light heavyweight, was last April in Los Angeles, in which “Zurdo” stopped 29-6-1 Tommy Karpency in four rounds.  Ramirez then became a promotional free agent.

Lopez will be fighting close to his home in Huntsville, Texas.  “El Tigre” will be riding a 10-fight win streak into the ring for the Dec. 18th 12-round main event.   He hasn’t fought in 13 months, registering a 10-round decision over 19-9-1 Denis Grachev in Lopez’ first defense of the NABF title he captured in his previous fight with a fourth-round stoppage of 21-3 Alex Theran.

“I’m looking forward to hosting my first fight and appreciate all the support and love I’ve received from everybody,” Ramirez said.  I want to give special thanks to FITE.TV, El Tigre Promotions, Be Def Sports, and the state of Texas for being great partners in this event.  I know it’s been a long road to return, but I feel great having full control of my career and being able to fight whenever, wherever, and however, I want.  As always, I appreciate my trainers – Julian Chua, Joel Flores, and Chris Wong – keeping me in shape since my last fight and I feel better than ever to step back in the ring.  I’ll see you guys December 18th in Texas!” 

World-rated heavyweight Michael “The Bounty” Hunter, of Las Vegas, will take on battle-tested veteran Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer” Welliver (57-13-5, 23 KOs), the former World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas champion.  

Hunter is rated among the top 10 in all four major sanctioning bodies — #4 International Boxing Federation (IBF), #7 WBO, #10 WBC and World Boxing Association – in addition to being ranked # 8 by The Ring independent magazine.

Hunter’s last action was a 12-round split draw a year ago in Saudi Arabia with Alexander Povetkin (35-2), the former world heavyweight champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist.  A decorated U.S. amateur boxer, Hunter’s lone loss as a professional was a 12-round unanimous decision in 2017 to another Olympic gold medalist (2012), defending champion Oleksandr Usyk (11-0), for the WBO World cruiserweight title.    

Additional fights will soon be announced.

Card subject to change.

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The late Johnny Tapia re

mains strong influence for Albuquerque amateur boxer Sharahya-Taina Moreu

 2020 USA Boxing Nationals, Dec. 5-12, Shreveport, Louisiana  

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (November 23, 2020) – The late, great Hall of Fame boxer Johnny Tapia played a significant role in the development of Albuquerque welterweight Sharahya-Taina Moreu, and the 3-division world champion remains a strong influence in her life.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic she has been preparing to compete in the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships, December 5-12, at Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  

Tapia (shown below with his tattooed back to Moreu) helped Sharahya-Taina overcome the life-changing tragedy of her mother’s automobile accident.  She was only eight at the time, laying on her mother after the accident, and the first out of the car and onto the highway asking for help.  

“At first,” she spoke about her relationship with Tapia, “I was regretful and angry, getting into fights and on a bad path.  I got into boxing at 12, took anger management, and became motivated.”  

Tapia, who was a 2-time National Golden Gloves champion as an amateur, had a tremendous impact on Moreu’s life, something that will never leave her heart and soul.  

“We became like family,” the 21-year-old explained.  “At first, he (Johnny) didn’t like girls boxing, so he worked me really hard.  I was a good basketball player and he kept telling me to go play basketball.  But he became a big person in my life, I think, because I had lost my mother at such a young age.  He helped me in and out of the ring in so many ways.  Johnny Tapia was the nicest, most humble man I’ve ever met.  We became family until the gym fell apart.  He only coached me for about eight months, but he taught me that boxing defines you as a person.  I feel safe in the ring.  I’m a better person because of Johnny and boxing.”  

Training with her father/coach Yoruba Moreu during the pandemic, although it was challenging to find good sparring, hasn’t been as much of a problem as for others because her gym is in the backyard.  She hasn’t been in a fight since last December’s Olympic Trials.  

“I’m excited to get back in the ring because I’ve gone too long without competition,” Moreu looked ahead to Shreveport.  “It’s definitely going to be different, because there are a bunch of new faces coming for the number one spot, which makes it fun and worthy to fight.”  

Proud to represent the United States in competition, Sharahya-Taina is proud of her Native American and Puerto Rican heritage, and she’s taken up the cause fighting for women.  

“I love to embrace both sides of my culture,” she commented, “representing my Acoma side from my mother and Taino lineage from the Puerto Rican blood in me, and that’s why my name is Sharahya-Taina.  Every day is a fight for women.  I’m just making it known and clear that we are here to stay.  I’m not just fighting for myself.  I’m also fighting for my family, ancestors and the next generation of females who choose to pick up a pair of gloves.  The goal is not to be just a champ in the ring, but on the outside, too.”  

Moreu has been very successful in her development from youth to the elite division, winning the 2017 Youth National Championships and Western Regional Open, as well as the 2016 and 2017 Youth Open.  She’s also been runner-up at the 2018 Elite National Championships and Western Elite Qualifier, plus the 2015 National Junior Olympics.  

Sharahya-Taina Moreu is a young woman on a mission.  She hopes to compete in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, particularly with her younger brother if they both qualified to be, as she says, “an iconic brother/sister duo in Olympic boxing.”  

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Trainer Frank “Fifo” Toledo dies – Trained Many Fighters including  his son Frankie Toledo Jr.
It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you of the passing of longtime boxing trainer Frank “Fifo” Toledo. Fifo trained his 2 sons, Frankie Jr., who went on to become the IBF Featherweight Champion and David who will be Inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame at our next event.
Fifo trained boxers out of several gyms in Paterson, New Jersey, including the Lou Costello Club and Joe Grier’s BA, he will be missed by so many of us!. When I receive the arrangements I will pass them on!
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Juan Barajas & Bruno Sandoval battle to draw in WBC Latino super middleweight title fight  

RJJ Boxing Official Results

SAN CARLOS, Sonora, Mexico (November 20, 2020) – Last night, unbeaten Juan “Just Business” Barajas and Bruno “Tiburon” Sandoval battled to an 8-round draw in the main event on the latest RJJ Boxing on UFC Fight Pass, presented by Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions (RJJ) and De La O Promotions, at Marinaterra Hotel Spa and Event Center in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.  

The outdoor show from Mexico was streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports.  To sign up for UFC FIGHT PASS, please visit www.ufcfightpass.com  

The 24-year-old Barajas (11-0-1, 7 KOs), fighting out of Victorville, California, remained unbeaten, albeit fighting to a draw with Mexican knockout artist Sandoval (21-4-2, 17 KOs), but the World Boxing Council (WBC) Latino super middleweight title remains vacant.  

Barajas won 97-93 on one of the judges’ scorecards, lost 96-94 on the second, and the third judge scored the fight 95-95.  

In the co-featured event, Mexican middleweight Jesus “Mazo” Moroyoqui Palomares (6-0-1, 4 KOs) remained unbeaten by winning a 6-round unanimous decision against his fellow countryman, previously undefeated Jaime Portillo (3-1, 3 KOs).  

Cuban heavyweight Geovany “La Bestia” Bruzon (3-0, 3 KOs), now fighting out of Guatemala, stopped Jesus “Dandy” Nerio (14-9-1, 6 KOs) in the third round.  Bruzon, 22, was the 2014 Cuban National Youth champion.  The gifted southpaw displayed his with great hand speed and power against Nerio.  

Orlando, Florida junior lightweight Jonathan Lopez (1-0, 1 KO) had a successful pro debut, knocking out Edwin “La Sombra” Salcido (3-4, 2 KOs) midway through the opening round.  

Official results below:

MAIN EVENT – VACANT WBC LATINO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP  

(R) Juan Barajas (11-0-1, 7 KOs), Victorville, California, USA  

D10 (97-93, 94-96, 95-95)  

(L) Bruno Sandoval (21-4-2, 17 KOs), México City, Distrito Federal, México  

 

CO-FEATURE – MIDDLEWEIGHTS  

Jesus Moroyoqui Palomares (6-0-1, 4 KOs), Navojoa, Sonora, México  

WDEC6 (58-56, 58-56, 58-56)  

Jaime Portillo (3-1, 3 KOs), Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, México  

 

HEAVYWEIGHTS (6)*  

Geovany Bruzon (3-0, 3 KOs), Guatemala City, Guatemala by way of Cuba  

WKO3 (2:03)  

Jesus Nerio (14-9-1, 6 KOs), Guadalajara, Jalisco, México  

 

JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS (4)  

Jonathan Lopez (1-0, 1 KO), Orlando, Florida, USA\  

WKO1 (1:24)  

Edwin Salcido (3-3, 2 KOs), Agua Prieta, Sonora, Méxic 

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Split-T Management Sign Undefeated Brothers,
Joseph and Jeremy Adorno
NEW YORK (November 20, 2020)–Split-T Management, boxing’s premier management company has added two outstanding young fighters to its already impressive roster.
Brothers, Joseph and Jeremy Adorno are the latest to ink with Split-T Management.
“We are excited to add Joseph and Jeremy to our roster.  I have known them, and have always thought very highly of their skill levels since they were amateurs.  I can’t wait to help guide them to the highest level of the sport,” said Split-T Management CEO, David McWater.  
Joseph, a 21 year-old lightweight has a professional record of 14-0-1 with 12 knockouts. He was a top amateur who compiled  a record of 156-22 and he won many amateur tournaments in his nearly 200 fight amateur career.  He was a 13-time National Champion, who won Silver Gloves, Ringside and Junior Olympic championships. He holds two amateur wins over world champion Shakur Stevenson     
As a professional, the four-year veteran has wins over Marco Antonio Ocano (1-0); Kevin Cruz (8-0) and Damian Sosa (9-2).
“This is a great new beginning for me.  Signing with Split-T Management will provide me new opportunities.  This was the missing piece to the puzzle for me.  Dave McWater and Split-T Management are people that will care for me and for my career.  I have known Dave since the amateurs, and he is a loyal person, so that is very important to me. He reached out to me at the right time and this is what exactly what I needed in my career,” said Joseph Adorno.
Jeremy is a 19 year-old super bantamweight who has compiled a record of 4-0 with one knockout.
As an amateur, Jeremy won over 100 bouts, and was a member of USA Boxing.  He was a National Silver Gloves, Ringside World Championships and 2017 USA Boxing Youth National Championships.
“I have known David McWater since 2015.  He was talking to my brother and I about managing us back then.  I know this is the perfect fit for us, and I see huge things in the future for us,” said Jeremy Adorno.   
Jeremy is coming off a unanimous decision win over Fernando Ibarra on January 11th in Atlantic City.
They are trained by their father Anibal Adorno and are both promoted by Top Rank.
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Terence Crawford demolishes former Champ Kell Brook to retain WBO Welterweight Title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas


By Alex and John Rinaldi

LAS VEGAS —  It is common knowledge that the state of Nebraska’s most widely known and grown crop is corn, which is used to feed livestock and poultry, as well as make the industrial chemical known as ethanol.

After the corn is grown and harvested – the next most important part of the process is the husking of corn, which is the removal of its outer leafy-like layers leaving remaining only the cob or seed rack of the corn. This husking is not only part of the process, it also becomes a communal ritual in some parts of the state.

That is why the University of Nebraska football team is famously known as the Cornhuskers.

It is equally well known that the WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford also happens to hail from Nebraska.

But make no mistake about it, the closest Crawford  will ever come to being a Cornhusker is when his fists crash through his opponents’ layers of defense with the goal of turning their battered, smashed faces into cornbread.

Terence Crawford (L) pounds Kell Brook (R) with a hard left to the ear.

And like the Grim Reaper the only thing Crawford is reaping lately is pain and destruction.

Defending his WBO welterweight title for the fourth time, on November 14, Crawford knew that his opponent was not some undeserving or unqualified challenger. Instead staring at him from the other side of the ring stood Kell Brook, from Sheffield England, who had previously won the IBF welterweight title from Shawn Porter in 2014, then defended it successfully three times until losing it to Errol Spence three years later in 2017.

Brook, 147,  also had three things going for him: One, lack of fear of any man; Two,  the skills and desire to win back the welterweight title, and, Three,  knockout powered fists that caused 27 men in his 39 wins to never hear the sound of the final bell.

Still the WBO Welterweight Champion of the World - Terence Crawford.

Still the WBO Welterweight Champion of the World – Terence Crawford.

Besides that, the Brit looked be chiseled out of the same Brimham Rocks found near his hometown of Sheffield. In short, he looked to be in wonderful condition and ready to take on his American adversary.

Though the odds makers had him a +1100 chance to win, by fight time, when the English money finally made its way to the Las Vegas Strip, the odds in Brook’s favor increased to +700.

As for Crawford, 146.4, who entered the ring at odds of -225 to retain his title by knockout, and wearing black trunks with gold trim, he had one thing on his mind – a mission as old as the wars of men and might, to seek and annihilate his challenger before the bell tolled 12.

A few minutes later, when the bell rang loud in the near COVID deserted MGM Bubble, Brook started the fight confident behind left jabs and rights to the head and body.  When Crawford, a natural southpaw, came out initially as a righty, Brook took advantage of this to score often with the left jab.

In round two, Terence switched back to lefty and began landing some hard right jabs and combinations. Brook, meanwhile, connected well with straight rights to attack Crawford’s southpaw stance and even managed to pull out of his arsenal an uppercut or two.

The give and take continued in round three, when Brook, wearing white trunks with blue and red trim, continued throwing punches to Crawford’s head and midsection. This time the champion began to pick up the pace, and even stunned Brook with a hard right to the chin near the round’s end.

That right hand punch would prove to be a harbinger of things to come, and like a firestorm tearing up a prairie, it would soon spell doom to anyone in its path.

For the challenger Brook, that doom came for him in round four.

After a fairly close beginning of the round, at around the 2:17 mark, Brook went to throw a left jab…then it happened.

Like meteor on target to strike planet Earth, Crawford countered over the left with a right cross that collided with Brook’s jaw and crushed it as if struck by a cinder block thrown off the top of a farm silo.

Immediately Brook, who never actually saw the punch coming or landing, flew across the ring and into the ropes. Though the ropes at first appeared to be protecting him from falling to the canvas, at the same time it also trapped him like a spider’s web.  

Seeing Brook helpless and hurt, Crawford pounced on him with a hard flurry of punches until the referee Tony Weeks interceded to give the British challenger a merciful eight count.

With his eyes still rolling in his head like gumballs, and his face taking on the gray mask of a man about to take the long walk down the hall to the electric chair, Brook bravely continued the fight.

Unfortunately for Brook, Crawford not only wanted to continue the fight – he also wanted to end it.

And end it he did.

His punches shot out like bullets from a Tommy Gun, consisting of a right to the head, followed by three jarring left hooks, culminating with one final right hand that put Brook somewhere between an ether forced sleep and the curved resting bench of a guillotine.

Thankfully Weeks saw enough and jumped in to save both Brook and his career in the fight game.

The time of the stoppage was 1:14 of round four.

Although Brook (39-3, 27 KOs) was leading on two of three judges’ cards entering the fourth round, it was Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs)  who ended Brook’s challenge forever.

Crawford, who pocketed a cool $4 million for his night’s work,  has now won eight straight fights by knockout dating back to July 2016.

As for  Brook, the first thing he said to his corner after the fight was, “What happened?”

Well, Terence Crawford happened…and he keeps on happening fight after fight.

“I already said who I want {next}. I want Pacquiao. I want to revisit that fight,” Crawford said. “That was a fight that should’ve happened right now. But being that the pandemic happened, and they weren’t going to allow fans in the Middle East, they had to put a hold to that. Everything was 95 percent done. We had the venue. The money was almost there. It wasn’t quite there. That was the only thing we were waiting on.

“Kell is a tremendous talent. He came and he tried to take my title. He was in shape. He made the weight. There were no excuses to be put on the table. He came off of three wins.”

Added Brook, “Never in my career, nobody has ever done that to me in sparring or anything.
 
“It was one of them… I got caught with a shot I didn’t see. I’m gutted because nobody could’ve gotten me in better condition. I was bang on the limit. Maybe I could’ve been a bit more relaxed and loose and let the shots go.”

The only saving grace for the game and talented brooks was that he went home $2 million richer.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said, “Terence Crawford showed, once again, why he is the best welterweight in the world. It was a dominating performance over a very good fighter in Kell Brook. Terence ranks up there with all the great welterweights I’ve promoted.”

Franco-Moloney 2 Ends in Controversy

In one of the strangest events in recent boxing history, Joshua Franco, of San Antonio, Texas,  and Andrew Moloney, of Melbourne, Australia,  fought to a no-decision thereby permitting Franco to retain his WBA jr. bantamweight title.

In a fight that saw Moloney, 114.7,  stabbing his jab at the Champion Franco, and throwing punches in bunches to his head and midsection, the Australian appeared dominant and on the top of his game. 

Then trouble emerged after Moloney connected with some hard blows to the right eye of Franco, 114.5, The champion’s eyed swelled almost immediately prompting referee to  Russell Mora to seemingly incorrectly rule that there was an accidental headbutt. 

In round two, Moloney, (21-1, 14 KO’s) who was trying to avenge the loss of his title to Franco last June, continued his two-fisted assault as Franco battled heroically through his quickly closing eye. At the end of the round, the ring doctor stopped the fight.

After a 26-minute replay review, controversy reigned supreme. WBA super flyweight world champion Joshua Franco, (17-1-2, 1ND, 8 KO’s) retained title via no decision over Andrew Moloney. Franco dethroned Moloney back in June via unanimous decision, and in the rematch, Moloney controlled the first two rounds before the bout was stopped. The injury sustained by Franco in the first round caused the fight to be halted following the conclusion of the second.

Joshua Franco sporting the closed right eye that ended the fight.

Moloney said, “They took this away from me. The injury was caused by a punch. I can’t believe this.
 
“I was in control of the fight and on my way to a clear victory. I deserved this win. I landed 50 punches on that eye. It was not even close.”
 
Added Arum, “This is an absolute disgrace. There was no head butt.  Andrew Moloney should be the new champion.”

In undercard bouts:

Bantamweight: Joshua Greer Jr. (22-2-2, 12 KOs) Majority Draw 8 Rounds Edwin Rodriguez (11-5-2, 5 KOs). Scores: 77-75 Rodriguez and 76-76 2x. Noted spoiler Rodriguez nearly pulled another upset, but Greer closed the bout strong to salvage the draw. Rodriguez is 2-0-2 in his last four fights, all of which came against undefeated fighters.Middleweight: Tyler Howard (19-0, 11 KOs) UD 8 KeAndrae Leatherwood (22-8-1, 13 KOs). Scores: 77-73, 77-74 and 76-74. “Hercules” Howard returned from a nearly 18-month layoff to pick up the most significant victory of his career. In a closely contested bout, Howard dropped Leatherwood in the closing stages of the eighth round to clinch the decision.

Joshua Greer Jr. (R) lands a right to the jaw of Edwin Rodriguez (L).

Featherweight: Duke Ragan (3-0, 1 KO) UD 4 Sebastian Gutierrez (2-1-1). Scores: 40-35 2x. Ragan, a top prospect from Cincinnati, Ohio, cruised to the win after knocking down Gutierrez in the second round.

Bantamweight: Vegas Larfield (2-0, 2 KOs) TKO 3 Juan Alberto Flores (2-1-1), 1:07. Larfield, who trained with Andrew Moloney to prepare for this bout, made a memorable American debut, scoring two knockdowns in the third round. Entering the third round, two judges had the fight even, while the third had Flores ahead 20-18.

Lightweight: Raymond Muratalla (11-0, 9 KOs) TKO 3 Luis Porozo (15-5, 8 KOs), 2:40. Muratalla upped his KO streak to six with a statement-making performance over the former Ecuadorian Olympian. Muratalla, who is trained by Robert Garcia, notched a pair of knockdowns in the third round.

Photos courtesy of  Top Rank

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Terence Crawford vs. Kell Brook: Top Boxing Telecast Across all TV Networks since January 2019

Saturday’s Top Rank on ESPN saw pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) retain his WBO welterweight world title with a fourth-round TKO over former welterweight world champion Kell Brook, in a main event from the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  The fight delivered big on viewership, ranking as the top boxing telecast across all TV networks since January 2019.
 
Top Things to Know
  • Crawford vs Brook averaged 1,758,000 viewers, making it the most viewed boxing telecast across on all TV networks since January 2019.
  • The main event was also the most viewed boxing telecast on cable since December 2018 (Lomachenko vs. Pedraza on ESPN: 1,889,000)
  • The fight rating peaked during the 11:45 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET quarter hour with 2.1 million viewers
  • Through seven Saturday night telecasts on ESPN so far this year, Top Rank on ESPN has averaged 1,033,000 viewers, up 44% from 11 Saturday night telecasts in 2019
  • Adults 18-49 are up 54% year-over-year
  • Crawford vs. Brook ranked No. 1 as the most socially engaged boxing telecast across TV over the last two years, with over 306,000 total social interactions across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Crawford vs. Brook had a strong performance on social media, becoming the most socially engaged telecast across TV over the last two years, with over 306,000 social interactions across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Lomachenko vs. Lopez and Crawford vs. Brook have been the most socially engaged boxing telecasts across TV in consecutive months over the last two years.
  • Top Rank on ESPN has featured an action-packed fall schedule highlighted by some of the leaders of boxing’s electric youth movement, including stunning performances by the new undisputed lightweight king Teofimo Lopez, WBO female junior lightweight world champion Mikaela Mayer and WBA/IBF unified bantamweight world champion Naoya Inoue. Rising star Shakur Stevenson, the undefeated former featherweight world champion from Newark, N.J., is set to close out the year in a 10-round junior lightweight main event against Toka Kahn Clary, Saturday, Dec. 12, from MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
 Source: Nielsen, Nielsen Social Content Ratings 
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Grand Slam Weekend For Split-T Management Fighters

Kali Reis wins the WBA Super Lightweight World Championship

Wins By Isiah Steen, Mark Dawson and pro debuting Tika Hemingway 
NEW YORK (November 10, 2020)– This past weekend, Split-T Management fighters were perfect by winning four bouts, which included adding another world champion to boxing’s premier management company.
Friday night in Saint Petersburg, Florida, Kali Reis captured the WBA Super Lightweight World Championship with a 10-round unanimous decision over Kandi Wyatt.
Reis was brilliant throughout the fight as she showed terrific boxing skills and the Providence, Rhode Island native was dominant with a piston-like jab and pinpoint left hooks.  Reis moved around the ring with great footwork that set up her shots against the hard charging Wyatt.
Reis took the title by winning by scores of 97-93, 97-92 and 96-94 to become a two-weight division world champion as she had previously won the WBC Middleweight championship.
On the same card, super middleweight Isaiah Steen remained perfect by taking out veteran Juan De Angel in round five of their scheduled six-round bout.
Steen scored two knockdowns which included the final hook that sent De Angel down, and the fight was stopped at 23 seconds of the 5th round.  De Angel had previously lasted the distance with world champions Caleb Plan and Austin Trout.
Steen of Cleveland is now 15-0 with 12 knockouts.
The wins by Reis and Steen were seen on Impact Network, and will be replayed on November 14th at 10:30 PM ET
Saturday night in Philadelphia, Mark Dawson shook off a 20-month layoff with a six-round unanimous decision over crosstown rival Vincent Floyd.
Dawson worked well as he was proficient with his overhand left and right hooks from the southpaw stance. 
Dawson won by scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55 to raise his mark to 7-0-1.

Also on Saturday night, prized amateur standout Tika Hemingway made her long-awaited professional debut with a four round unanimous decision over Miranda Barber in Rock Hill,  South Carolina.
Scores were 40-36 on all cards.
Hemingway, who was amateur rivals with Clarissa Shields, and has three wins over WBC and WBO World Champion, Franchon Crews Dezurn.  
Photos courtesy of Fighter’s Social Media
Dawson Photo / Darryl Cobb Jr

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Kali Reis – Kandi Wyatt Championship Match to air November 14 on Impact Network

Impact Boxing to Feature Major Events in 2021

This past Friday night, Kali Reis won the WBA Super Lightweight world championship with a unanimous decision over Kandi Wyatt in an action packed fight in front of a sold out crowd in Saint Petersburg, Florida 

The fight will air on Saturday, November 14  on Impact Network to 90 million homes.  The start time is 10:30 PM ET.

Steven Marcano the programming partner to Impact Network stated  “The Reis- Wyatt event was needed for us as we haven’t put a show since February 1st. That card saw Austin Trout headline to a sold out crowd in New Mexico. For this past weekend’s event, I wanted to showcase a championship bout with a crowd, and when this opportunity was presented, we decided to press re-start.  We did the show in a smaller venue, and we had to downsize our production because because of the restrictions. We have to make sure that we are able to control the safety of fighters, fans and staff.  That is our primary concern.  We will be doing shows in 3,000-5000 seat venues as long it permits, and Impact Boxing will do an arena show Super Bowl weekend..  This is why we wanted to start off with a show at a smaller venue, yet still bring a championship fight.”

“We will put our fights in bigger venues and abide by all state and commission regulations.  If we feel that the state or commission changes, we will abide.”

In 2021, Impact Boxing will start on January 9th, and following up on February 5th, with a show from an arena in Tampa, Florida that will be a big event that will coincide with the Super Bowl  Impact Boxing is committed to airing only premium events.

“We have a great Impact Boxing team, and we have solidified a terrific commentary staff with Antonio Tarver, BJ Flores, Ryan Burton, Marc Abrams and Zach Hirsch. This show came to us quickly, and we aired it because it was a terrific opportunity to put on a great world title bout.  In 2021, Impact Boxing’s 36-date calendar is filling up quickly.  Stay tuned for high quality events from great venues all over the country.  Impact’s sole goal is to compete with the highest level and give the best opportunity for promoters, fighters and all people in the boxing community.”

Look for the return of Stars and Champions hosted by Dan Rafael on January 8th at 10:30 PM ET.  Also the Stars and Champions reality series to return that will document the careers of the Impact Boxing team Fighters, Promoters, Commentators and Executives.  

On February 5th, Impact Network will launch it’s Super Saturday original programming lineup. On Super Bowl Weekend, which will feature all original programs from 4 PM ET until 7 PM ET, and will return at 10:30 PM that evening with the aforementioned championship fight card.

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November 14: Knockout King Elvis Rodriguez to Return on the Terence Crawford-Kell Brook Undercard LIVE on ESPN from MGM Grand Las Vegas

Crawford-Brook, Joshua Franco-Andrew Moloney 2 and Elvis Rodriguez to be televised LIVE on ESPN & ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Undercard, including the returns of Joshua Greer Jr. and Raymond Muratalla, to stream on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2020) — The knockout king of the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble, junior welterweight southpaw Elvis “The Dominican Kid” Rodriguez, hopes to put an exclamation point on his 2020 Prospect of the Year campaign.
 
Rodriguez will fight an opponent to be named in an eight-rounder Saturday, Nov. 14 on the world title doubleheader undercard featuring WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford against former welterweight world champion Kell Brook. The co-main event will showcase the WBA super flyweight world title rematch between champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco and the man he defeated to win the title, Andrew “The Monster” Moloney.
 
Crawford-Brook, Franco-Moloney 2 and the return of Rodriguez will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. ET, with undercard action to stream live on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
 
“No prospect in boxing has shown more this year than Elvis Rodriguez, who keeps knocking out opponents in devastating fashion. It’s getting harder and harder to find people who will fight this kid,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “With two world title fights, plus a bunch of our top young fighters in action, Nov. 14 is a stacked card from top to bottom.”
 
Rodriguez (10-0-1, 10 KOs) has won all five of his 2020 bouts by stoppage, including four knockouts in three rounds or less inside the MGM Grand Bubble since July 2. He last fought Oct. 9 and knocked out veteran Cameron Krael in three rounds, only the second time Krael had been knocked out in 37 pro bouts. The Freddie Roach-trained Rodriguez has won eight in a row since an accidental headbutt-induced technical draw in his third pro bout.
 
“This is going to be my fifth fight in ‘The Bubble’ and my sixth of the year. I feel grateful for the opportunities Top Rank has given me and the great effort of my team to keep me fit and ready,” Rodriguez said. “I would like to be recognized as Prospect of the Year. It would be a great recognition of my talent, effort, sacrifice, and discipline that I have dedicated to this sport for the last 12 years of my life. It would be a great recognition for my team and my country because I believe that I would be the first Dominican boxer named Prospect of the Year. Representing the Dominican flag is a source of pride for me. I am committed to bringing a world title to my country.”
 
In undercard action on ESPN+:
 
Joshua Greer Jr. (22-2-1, 12 KOs) vs. Edwin Rodriguez (11-5-1, 5 KOs) 
8 Rounds, Bantamweight
 
Greer saw his 19-bout winning streak come to end on June 16, when he was knocked down twice en route to a 10-round majority decision defeat to “Magic” Mike Plania. The Chicago native, who is still ranked in the top 10 by two of the major sanctioning organizations, hopes to return to form in his second Bubble appearance. Rodriguez’s record belies his talent, as he is 3-1-1 in his last five bouts, all against previously undefeated foes. He last fought in August 2019, upsetting the then-unbeaten Saul Sanchez via 10-round split decision.
 
Tyler Howard (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. KeAndrae Leatherwood (22-7-1, 13 KOs)
8 Rounds, Middleweight
 
“Hercules” Howard, from Crossville, Tenn., returns after more than a year away from the ring. He is 4-0 with two knockouts since inking a promotional deal with Top Rank and is seeking his first stoppage since a one-round demolition of Isiah Seldon in November 2018. Leatherwood is a 12-year pro who has fought the likes of former world champions Andy Lee and Caleb Truax. He last boxed in December 2019 and was stopped by top prospect Christian Mbilli in eight rounds.
 
Raymond Muratalla (10-0, 8 KOs) vs. TBA
8/6 Rounds, Lightweight
 
Muratalla, from Fontana, Calif., aims for his sixth consecutive knockout win and second inside The Bubble. The younger brother of unbeaten bantamweight prospect Gabriel Muratalla, he last fought Aug. 29 and knocked out Cesar Valenzuela in the seventh round.
 
Duke Ragan (2-0, 1 KO) vs. TBA
4 Rounds, Featherweight
 
Ragan, a former U.S. amateur star from Cincinnati, Ohio, made his professional debut Aug. 22 with a first-round knockout and followed that up with a decision victory over former UFC title challenger John Moraga on Oct. 3. 
 
Vegas Larfield (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Juan Alberto Flores (2-0-1)
4 Rounds, Bantamweight
 
Larfield, from Brisbane, Australia, trained with Andrew and Jason Moloney for this bout and is coming off a first-round stoppage Aug. 26 in his professional debut. Flores has won two consecutive bouts since a four-round draw in his professional debut.

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Armando “Toro” Resendiz Inks Pact With Warriors, Boxing Major League, World Class Event Entertainment, LLC
Fort Lauderdale, FL (Nov. 5, 2020) -Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, Aldo Mir of Boxing Major League, and Lourdes Saura of World Class Event Entertainment, LLC proudly announce the signing of undefeated WBA #12 ranked Mexican middleweight Armando “Toro” Resendiz (11-0, 8 KOs) to a co-promotional contract.
21-year-old Resendiz was a decorated amateur, including 2015 Mexican Olympiad gold medal, 2016 National Olympiad bronze medal, 2017 National Olympiad gold medal, and 2017 Mexican Olympic Festival gold medal winner, and concluded his amateur career with an outstanding record of 71-2.
A powerful fighter with superior technical skills and crowd pleasing style, Resendiz is originally from Compostela, Mexico, but is planning on training in Minneapolis, Minnesota at The Circle of Discipline Boxing Gym with trainer/co-manager Rodolfo Estevez, and alongside WBA Interim Welterweight world champion Jamal James and Warriors Boxing newly crowned WBA Interim Champion David Morell, Jr.
Armando “Toro” Resendiz,”I’m very happy and grateful to God for the opportunities he offers me. My parents and I are incredibly happy to have signed with a Team that has treated us very well, and with lots of experience in champion boxers. I believe in the plans they have for me to fight on American TV. I have no doubt that we will make a great team together with my promoters and my beloved coach Rodolfo Estévez, with whom I have been since the beginning, in addition to my co-manager Mike Borao who is a valuable piece on my team. I feel ready to fight against better opposition and very soon for world titles on bigger stages. I am eager to show the world what I can do in the ring.”
Luis DeCubas Sr, who promoted Roberto Duran along with twenty-two other world champions, plans to develop Resendiz in Minnesota. “Minneapolis has become a great fight town, and The Armory has become the fight hub of Boxing in the state. Resendiz is a future star that is going to shine bright in Minneapolis and throughout the world,” said DeCubas.
Aldo Mir, “As Resendiz co-promoter I am happy to add this young Mexican prospect to my stable of boxers. He has tremendous skills and model looks, along with a perfect 11-0 record as a professional. I am sure we will help him become a superstar in the next few years. Boxing Major League has the prestige and experience to take his career to the top, along with my partners. Resendiz’s wants to fight for a world title by 2022, and it is our job to ensure he does and goes on to have a Hall of Fame career.”
Resendiz co-manager, Mike Borao of Borao Entertainment, LLC is excited about Resendiz potential. “Armando Resendiz is one of the brightest young prospects in boxing and has the ability to become a household name. At only 21 years-old, his potential is limitless.”
Resendiz is coming off an 8th round stoppage over Joaquin Murrieta on January 25th.

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RJJ Boxing & iKON Fighting Federation  

Return to Mexico for back-to-back events   

STREAMING LIVE & EXCLUSIVELY ON UFC FIGHT PASS®  

Nov.19 & 20 FROM MARINATERRA HOTEL SPA IN SAN CARLOS  

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2020) – Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions and iKON Fighting Federation (iKON) return to Mexico for back-to-back combat sports events, November 19th an 20th, at Marinaterra Hotel Spa in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.  

RJJ Boxjng and iKON MMA will be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports.  To sign up for UFC FIGHT PASS, please visit www.ufcfightpass.com or download the UFC app.  

“We’ve really enjoyed working the past few months with co-promoter Emanuel Romo (De La O Promotions) and Marinaterra Hotel and Spa has been a gracious host” said Keith Veltre, CEO/co-founder of RJJ Boxing.  “Things will be a little different this trip, though, because we’ve separated boxing and MMA into two nights of combat sports entertainment.  RJJ Boxing features a great super middleweight title fight between undefeated Juan Barajas and Mexican knockout artist Bruno Sandoval.  As usual, we’ll showcase some promising prospects in real fights. iKON is growing fast, and our third MMA event promises to be our best yet.”  

Boxing is scheduled to start streaming Thursday (Nov. 19) live on UFC FIGHT PASS, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, followed on Friday (Nov. 20) with MMA action, commencing 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.  

In the 10-round main event, Juan “Just Business” Barajas (11-0, 7 KOs), fighting out of Victorville, California, puts his unblemished pro record on the line against dangerous Bruno “Tiburon” Sandoval (21-4-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Latino super middleweight championship.  

Three unbeaten Cuban prospects living in Guatemala – middleweight Yoelvis “La Joya” Gomez (2-0, 2 KOs), heavyweight Geovany “La Bestia” Bruzon (2-0, 2 “KOs) and super bantamweight Ariel Perez De La Torre (3-0, 3 KOs) — are slated to be in 6-round bouts versus opponents to be determined.  Unbeaten California welterweight Raiden “Mortal Kombat” Jace Martinez (5-0, 5 KOs) is also scheduled to fight in a 4-rounder against TBA.   

Two highly rated Mexican lightweights, Alejandro “El Pato” Martinez (11-4-0) and Daniel “Danger” Vega (12-3-0), headline iKON 3.   

Additional iKON 3 matches will soon be announced.   

Cards subject to change.

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Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, Shawn Porter and Ryan Garcia lead boxers in win over UFC on television’s Celebrity Family Feud
By Ron John Rinaldi

LOS ANGELES – The iconic television Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey, scored a knockout when present and past WBC Champions competed against their fellow combat sport adversaries in the UFC to the delight of the live crowd on hand.

The WBC team consisted of present WBC Silver Lightweight Champion Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KO’s), former WBC and IBF Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KO’s), retired legendary former Heavyweight Champions Evander Holyfield (44-10-2-1NC, 29 KO’s) and Riddick Bowe (43-1-1NC, 33 KO’s), as well as WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

Surprisingly the weak link on the team happened to be Sulaiman, while the four boxers soared to victory with their answers.

In an interesting note, the day before the fighters were to appear as part of the boxing team for Family Feud, Shawn Porter somehow happened to be watching his Family Feud teammate Ryan Garcia’s boxing KO Francisco Fonseca on February 14, and wondered how the young boxer could have a fight and somehow be able to make the taping of the show the very next day.

“I was in denial,” Porter told ESPN. “I’m like, ‘He ain’t gonna be there. He’s fighting the night before.’ The second thought: ‘Is he that bold to schedule two things?’ My thought was, I hope to see him there.”

Not surprisingly, Garcia, who happens to be one of the new shining stars in boxing, Garcia knocked out Fonseca at just 1:20 of the second round and then, about 15 hours later, helped lead Team WBC to a dominant 522-37 victory over Team UFC on Feb. 15.

Garcia, Holyfield, Bowe, Porter, and Sulaiman.

The fight was in Anaheim, California. The show was filmed in the Fairfax district of L.A. and aired Thursday night on October 29 on ABC.

“We got the [early] knockout,” Garcia said afterward. “Two days in a row, [early] knockout.”

Forrest Griffin did not get Team UFC off to a good start on “Celebrity Family Feud,” much to the amusement of Henry Cejudo. “Giraffe”? What was Griffin thinking?

Team UFC was headed by former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, and also featured Henry Cejudo, who was UFC men’s bantamweight champion at the time, and former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm  along with welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, and strawweight champion Michelle Waterson. 

Belt featuring host Steve Harvey’s face on it

With the victory, the WBC boxers earned $25,000 for the Andy Vargas Foundation, a youth scholarship program in Los Angeles. The UFC team won $5,000 for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.

Prior to the beginning of the Feud contest, the boxers presented Steve Harvey with an authentic WBC World Championship Belt featuring his name and likeness on it.

The UFC team also presented Harvey with the UFC championship Belt

The UFC team had a slow start and struggled to gain back any momentum. In the first showdown, between Garcia and Griffin, the ex-UFC fighter hit the button first and was asked to name a top answer for the question: “What animal does your wife turn into as soon as you come to bed?” Griffin stupidly answered “giraffe,” which was not on the board. Garcia said “bear” — the No. 1 answer, which allowed Team WBC to take control.

“That’s where it went wrong,” Griffin said with a laugh. “You have to set the tone as the team captain. We had a fumble on the opening kickoff. That’s pretty much what happened. … I don’t know where that came from, but I wish it went back there.”

Next to the UFC fighters, the WBC boxers looked liked Rhodes Scholars, especially Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe who proved to be the funniest contestant with the best answers.

But it was Bowe who delivered the most telling blow of the episode when host Steve Harvey asked: “Some guys are so lonely they’ll go out on a date with their who?”

Cool as you like, the man known as Big Daddy replied: “Joe.”

And Harvey fell straight into the trap.

“Joe, who?” he replied.

“Joe Mamma,” Bowe said.

Harvey let out an hysterical, stunned reaction as the players from both teams erupted in laughter.

UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson was ready for battle, but welterweight boxer Shawn Porter and his WBC teammates had the last word on "Celebrity Family Feud."

UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson was ready for battle, but former welterweight champion Shawn Porter and his WBC teammates had the last word on “Celebrity Family Feud.”

Joked Thompson: “As soon as ‘giraffe’ came out of his mouth, we were like, ‘OK, we’re screwed.'”

Bowe was arguably the MVP for Team WBC, quick with a joke and answers, including a showdown victory over Holm.

“Family Feud” host Steve Harvey told the studio audience that in Las Vegas five years ago he bet $10,000 on Holm to beat Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. Holm, of course, knocked Rousey out. “I told everybody she was gonna whoop Ronda Rousey,” Harvey said.

Waterson said she’s a lifelong fan of “Family Feud” and was hoping to get more time to hang out with Harvey on set. “I want a rematch,” she said.

Team WBC would beg to differ. Garcia stole the show, guiding his team to victory just hours after a highlight-reel knockout in a boxing ring.

“Life is good,” Holyfield said. “One has to take advantage of the opportunity — and he did. Bam.”

Host Steve Harvey with the contestants and the belts.

Host Steve Harvey with the contestants and the belts.

All in all, it was great to see the boxers take part in the show.  Steve Harvey, a lifelong boxing fan, proved to be a genuinely thrilled to see his boxing heroes, as well as was generally touched when he was presented with the WBC Belt.

Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) is next scheduled to fight Luke Campbell in Indio on Dec. 5 for the WBC interim lightweight title.

Ryan Garcia, center, waives to the studio audience as the professional boxer from Victorville stands next to host Steve Harvey, left, and teammate Evander Holyfield on the set of "Celebrity Family Feud," which aired Thursday night, Oct. 29, 2020, on ABC.

Ryan Garcia, center, waives to the studio audience as the professional boxer from Victorville stands next to host Steve Harvey, left, and teammate Evander Holyfield on the set of “Celebrity Family Feud,” which aired Thursday night, Oct. 29, 2020, on ABC.

Earlier this month, he said he’s been “eagerly waiting” to get back to the sport he has dominated to this point. 

“It’s been a tough year for everyone, but I’m excited to bring the fans an escape for the night … or based on my track record, a few minutes at most,” Garcia said of his upcoming bout. “Luke’s record speaks for itself, but I’m ready to prove the doubters wrong. This is my era now, and Dec. 5 is just the start of it.”

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GH3 Promotions Junior Middleweight Derrick Colemon Jr. in action Saturday Night in Mexico
Nutley, NJ (October 30, 2020) – This Saturday night in Sinora, Mexico, junior middleweight prospect Derrick Colemon Jr. will be back in action as he takes on 46-fight veteran Lisandro de los Santons in a bout scheduled for six-rounds.
Colemon (11-1, 8 KOs) of Detroit has been chomping at the bit to get back in the ring following his only professional blemish that took place on February 14th against Joseph Jackson in a bout that was televises live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME.
Soon after that, the Covid-19 Pandemic struck, and Colemon has been eager to get back in the winners circle.
“It was hard at first to train because all of the gyms were closed, but I stayed in shape, I ran outside, worked out so when the gyms were open, I was already in good shape, said the 21 year-Colemon.
In the loss the Jackson, Colemon took it as a great learning experience and he knows that he is young enough to be able to shake off and become a world champion.
“I learned that I beat myself that night.  I over-trained, but I have no excuses.  There have been a lot of world champions that suffered losses early in their career  I was 20 years-old, now 21, and I was fighting an opponent who was 15-0.  There are not many fighters my age willing to take that step up.  I believe in my ability, and I know big things are in store for me.
“I am ready to redeem myself, and the fans did not get to see the real me that night.  I am back now.  I think after three more fights, I will be right where I need to be, and I will be primed for a big 2021.”
Colemon Jr. is promoted by GH3 Promotions, and is managed by Sheer Sports Management.

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MIKE TYSON ‘DOESN’T KNOW THE MEANING OF EXHIBITION’ SAYS

HALL OF FAME TRAINER FREDDIE ROACH

 How Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr match up

With the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight looming large in on COVID world of 2020, former Tyson trainer Freddie Roach had a little bit to say about his former charge and how much of an “exhibition” will it really turn out to be.

Though it is not necessarily highlighted as, this exhibition is indeed a bout between two former heavyweight world champions, one of which, Iron Mike Tyson is a 54 year old former Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, while the other, Roy Jones Jr. is a 51 year old former Four-Division World Champion, including among his belts –  the Middleweight, Super Middleweight, and Light Heavyweight Titles, along with the WBA Heavyweight title.

For it was just a little over seventeen years ago, on March 1, 2003, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, when Jones defeated John Ruiz, the man who had previously bested Evander Holyfield, for the WBA Heavyweight title in front of 15,300 fans. Though Jones officially weighed in at 193 lbs and Ruiz at 226 lbs, by the fight’s end Jones was the clear-cut winner.  With the victory, Roy became the first former middleweight title holder to win a Heavyweight title in 106 years (the first being Bob Fitzsimmons in 1897). Jones also became the first fighter to start his career as a junior middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight title.

On November 28, Tyson and Jones Jr. will compete over the course of eight two-minute rounds to kickstart a ‘Legends Only’ sports project involving various huge names of yesteryear.

Roach, who once trained Tyson after dismissing Kevin Rooney after demolishing Michael Spinks on June 27, 1988 in Atlantic City, feels that Tyson will transform quickly into the Tyson of old who when he finally enters the ring against Jones in California.

“I spoke with Mike Tyson about 10 days ago and I told him he doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘exhibition’,” Roach told Press Box.

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“He laughed but he knew what I meant. Mike is an old school fighter who only has one gear – forward. And I know when that bell rings, Mike will be swinging for the fences.”

Roach can only see the fight ending one way.

“I think Mike knocks Roy Jones out,” he continued. “But I did warn Mike that he has to be careful of Roy’s left to the body. That’s the punch Roy used to knock out Virgil Hill.”

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TYSON FURY MAY DUCK WBC DEFENSE IN DECEMBER FIGHT

Tyson Fury has not yet applied to defend his WBC title when he fights on December 5.

The 32-year-old English heavyweight is due to fight at the start of December with a bout against Agit Kabayel or Carlos Takam to be confirmed.

Fury had been expected to fight Deontay Wilder on 19 December in a trilogy fight, but the Bronze Bomber has been unable to finalize a deal, with a bicep injury and a lack of spectators cited as reasons for the failure.

The new December fight in London was suggested by his co-promoter Frank Warren to be a way to keep Fury sharp after almost a year out of the ring, and that may be why Fury is not considering making the fight a title defense.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told World Boxing News that there is no indication yet that Fury is planning to defend his belt, saying: “The World Boxing Council has not received any sanction request from Tyson Fury.

“Therefore, we cannot comment on any speculations.”

After Fury’s next fight he is expected to arrange two 2021 fights with IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belt-holder Anthony Joshua.

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Jason Moloney & Mikaela Mayer Set for World Title Spotlight

Naoya Inoue-Moloney and Ewa Brodnicka-Mayer world title doubleheader to stream LIVE Saturday on ESPN+ starting at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT

LAS VEGAS (October 28, 2020) — Australian contender Jason Moloney is going “monster hunting” Saturday evening (ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET) when he faces WBA/IBF/Ring Magazine bantamweight world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) from the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble.

In the co-feature, female boxing’s brightest star, 2016 U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer, will challenge WBO junior lightweight world champion Ewa Brodnicka. Mayer (13-0, 5 KOs), the betting favorite, will seek to dethrone a seasoned champion who has made five title defenses. Moloney (21-1, 18 KOs), meanwhile, is confident he can upset the odds and topple the three-division world champion and one of the sport’s most devastating punchers.

Moloney, Mayer and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum met the media for a fight week Zoom press conference. This is what they had to say.

Bob Arum

“When {Mikaela} came to Top Rank, the one thing she told us is she wanted to fight for a world championship. It took some time, but she was grounded in the professional ranks. She’s performed tremendously, and now on Oct. 31, she has the opportunity to win a world championship. And we believe she has the experience now, and the ability, to bring home to the United States a world championship.”

“When Mikaela gives the orders, you step to attention and try to get {the world title fight} done. We’re very proud of Mikaela. She’s comported herself tremendously, both in and out of the ring, and she’s going to be a great world champion and a great credit to women’s boxing.”

Mikaela Mayer

“I have been calling out the champs for a while. It’s been something I feel like I’ve been ready for for a few fights, but now in hindsight looking back, I think everything worked out perfectly. Like Bob Arum said, I’ve had some really great fights, and I’ve really been able to settle in to my pro style. I’m more ready than ever to take on these world champions. I feel like I’m the best in this division.”

“I am honored that Top Rank has really moved me in the way that they have. It’s not just me, but believing in women’s boxing. I think that they’ve moved me perfectly. I think that they’ve put me on some amazing cards, and it’s given me the platform I’ve wanted.”

“I’m peaking as an athlete. I’m really coming into my own. And so it’s really not about Ewa. It’s really about me. They always train me like I’m going up against somebody amazing, and I always have to be like, ‘You guys, don’t worry, relax. I got this.’ But that’s what good coaches do. They’re looking at everything Ewa Brodnicka does really well and then they’re acting as if she does it better than how she actually does it.”

“I think {Brodnicka} is hyping up the fight, talking a big game, but I don’t think she believes anything that she’s saying. I think she knows I’m a better fighter. She knows I’m fast. She knows I’m strong. She knows I’m more technically sound. She’s just playing into the hype.”

“I absolutely hope that after I get this belt from Brodnicka that Eddie Hearn and {WBC champion} Terri Harper will be willing to make this fight happen with me, so we can unify these belts. Because that’s what they told me: ‘Go get a belt, Mikaela, and then we’ll talk about it.’ So, Bob, hold them to their word when it comes to that.”

Jason Moloney

“Every fighter should want to fight the best. That’s why we’re in this sport. My dream and my goal is to be the best bantamweight in the world, and the only way to make that happen is to beat Inoue. I’ve been working towards this opportunity, and have wanted this opportunity, for a long time. It’s finally here. I’m completely confident, and I know I’ve got what it takes to beat him. Saturday night’s the opportunity to prove it. I can’t wait. I’m ready to go.”

“I love being the underdog, and I love proving people wrong and going out there and, as I’ve said before, shocking the world. I know a lot of people don’t give me a chance in this fight, and that just gives me extra motivation and extra fire in the belly to go out there and show people what can be done. People place some of these fighters like Inoue and Lomachenko on this pedestal and think that they’re unbeatable, but they’re not. We’re all human. We all got two arms and two legs, and everyone has weaknesses. Everybody can be beaten.”

“Me and {twin brother} Andrew walked into the boxing gym together for our first day 17 years ago. There’s been a lot of hard work and sacrifices, and we’ve grown together every step of the way, and rode the roller coaster together. A lot of ups and a lot of downs and a lot of hard work. A lot of blood, sweat and tears, and in three weeks’ time, we can get on a plane together with four world titles and go home to Australia and celebrate together with each other, but also with our friends and family and everyone who supported us since day one.”

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Manuel Jaimes takes on Cristian Vazquez in Battle of Undefeated Lightweights for WBC World Youth Title on Saturday, November 21st and LIVE on Bestinboxing.com and Globalsportstreaming.com

Undefeated Fighters Jose Alvarado and Wade Jones III in action

Tijuana, Mexico (October 27, 2020) -Toscano Boxing Promotions returns Saturday November 21, 2020 from The Historic Jai Alai Forum in Tijuana, Mexico
The bouts will be streamed live on www.globalsportsstreaming.com and www.bestinboxing.com 
In the main event, hard hitting Manuel Jaimes (10-0, 9 KOs) of Stockton, California will face fellow undefeated Cristian Vazquez in an eight-round bout for the WBC Youth Lightweight World Title
The Quiet, Hard Grinding of Jaimes has paid off. This 20 year-old has earned himself the opportunity to take the next step onto the elite prospect ladder. Manuel and his Trainer Steve Salas have been in non-stop camp since early 2018. He debuted on July 20, of that year in Stockton, and has since built a strong foundation as a disciplined, dedicated, and focused fighter. The young Jaimes looks to bring the 1st of the Coveted Green Belts back to his hometown of Stockton on November 21st.
Jaimes has quality knockout wins over Lorenzo Antonio Juarez (5-0) and his last bout where he destroyed Francisco Rubio (9-1-1) with a highlight reel 5th round stoppage on September 5th in Tijuana.
19 year-old Vazquez (15-0-1, 14 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico is a three-year professional, and is coming off his most impressive outing as he took out Russell Fiore (24-2-1) in six-round on September 12th in Mexico.
In a six-round lightweight bout Jose “El Karma” Alvarado (7-0, 4 KOs) of Rosarito, Mexico will take on an opponent to be named.
Alvarado, 22,  who is looking to put on an impressive performance, said “I’m always ready for whoever you put In front of me, Soy Mexicano (I am a Mexican).
Rolling hard into the ring will be undefeated super lightweight Wade Jones lll (5-0, 3 KOs) of Stockton Ca. Jones and “Team Nasty” will look to continue sharpening the razor-sharp skills of this young and strong assassin when he takes on Juan Ramon Bernal (8-7-1, 5 KOs) of Tijuana.  Jones is coming off his 1st round body smashing knockout over Alberto Guzman Ante on September 5th in Tijuana.
The 23 year-old Jones will look to continue the momentum on November 21st
Damian El Samurai Sosa (15-1, 8 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico will be in action as he takes on Ernesto Olvera (11-4-1, 3 KOs) of Durango, Mexico in a 10-round super welterweight fight.
The 23 year-old Sosa is looking to make a statement against a fellow veteran fighter,.
Sosa has wins over fighters Alan Carillo (6-0); Giovanny Gonzalez (6-1), and his last bout when he took out undefeated Angel Beltran Villa (9-0) in seven rounds on June 26th
More fights and Start time will be announced shortly
The fights will be streamed live on the following Platforms
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Split-T Management’s Diego Pacheco Remains Perfect with 2nd round Stoppage in Mexico City
Otha Jones III Battles to Disputed Draw against Fellow Undefeated Kevin Montiel
NEW YORK (OCTOBER 27, 2020)– This past Friday night, Split-T Management’s Diego Pacheco remained undefeated by knocking out Juan Antonio Mendez in round two of a scheduled six-round super middleweight fight in Mexico City.
In round two, Pacheco dropped Mendez with a sweet uppercut and the fight was stopped immediately at 2:02,
Pacheco, 167.2 lbs of Los Angeles, CA is 10-0 with eight knockouts. Mendez, 164.9 lbs of Mexico City is 12-3-2.
On the same card that was streamed live on DAZN, junior lightweight Otha Jones III fought to a disputed split-draw with undefeated Kevin Montiel.
Each fighter won a scorecard 58-56, while a 3rd card read even at 57-57.
Jones, who was a 21-time amateur National Champion, continues to show the willingness to fight take on top competition, and took on the undefeated Montiel as an opponent on just two days notice.
Jones, 130 lbs of Toledo, OH is 5-0-1. Montiel, 130 lbs of Mexico is 6-0-1.
Both Pacheco and Jones are promoted by Matchroom Boxing.