Star Tyson Fury and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions
Ink Co-Promotional Deal with Top Rank, ESPN
Multi-Year Agreement, Lineal Heavyweight Champion will be
Key Part of Multiplatform Top Rank on ESPN Lineup in US
Details of Debut Fight and Coverage to be Announced Soon
18, 2019) — Tyson
Fury, one of the world’s most dynamic and popular heavyweight
boxers, and Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren are joining
forces with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank. The
agreement will mean that Fury will be a headline part of
the boxing lineup under the historic, long-term Top Rank
on ESPN relationship.
Fury, the undefeated lineal heavyweight champion, will have
his bouts co-promoted by Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions.
The deal calls for a minimum of two bouts per year in the
Since announcing the landmark Top Rank on ESPN agreement
in 2017, and expanding it in August 2018, the comprehensive
alliance has showcased blockbuster Top Rank fights and content
across ESPN networks and ESPN+, the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer
streaming service in the U.S.
All the parties will work closely to set and announce the
details of Fury’s debut soon.
BT Sport will continue to be the television home in the
United Kingdom for all of Fury’s fights.
Top Rank, Fury’s management team MTK Global and Queensberry
Promotions, worked seamlessly to close the groundbreaking
“Top Rank is very excited to enter into the promotional
arrangement along with Queensberry Promotions for the lineal
heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury,” Arum said. “He is a generational
heavyweight talent at the peak of his powers. We also look
forward to our growing relationship with MTK Global, which
represents so many world-class fighters.”
‘I’m delighted that Frank and Queensberry Promotions have
teamed up with Top Rank to promote my fights in America,”
Fury said. “With ESPN and BT Sport behind me, the biggest
sports platforms in the world are now linked up with the
best heavyweight in the world!”
“This is a great move for Tyson Fury and a great move for
Queensberry Promotions,” Warren said. “By partnering up
with ESPN and Top Rank in America, we’re giving our boxers,
including Tyson, the opportunity to perform on the biggest
and most powerful platforms on both sides of the Atlantic
and become truly global stars.”
Global are thrilled to have played a role in what can only
be described as a monumental partnership, no doubt the biggest
one in the boxing industry, and we’re looking forward to
working more closely with the teams at Top Rank and ESPN
well into the future,” said Sandra Vauaghan, CEO MTK Global.
Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) won the lineal heavyweight title in
November 2015 with a unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko,
who at the time had made 18 title defenses during a nearly
decade-long reign. While never losing inside the ring, Fury
relinquished the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts while dealing with
well-documented mental health and substance abuse issues.
After more than two-and-a-half years away from the ring,
Fury, whose weight had ballooned to more than 400 pounds,
returned in June of last year.
A pair of wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta set
the stage for one of the most dramatic heavyweight title
matches in boxing history. Against WBC World Heavyweight
Champion Deontay Wilder on Dec. 1 at Staples Center in Los
Angeles, Fury put forth a boxing masterclass and survived
a hellacious 12th-round knockdown to, seemingly, do enough
to defeat Wilder. The judges, however, ruled the bout a
split draw. Fury, still just 30, retained his status as
lineal champion and realized an against-all-odds comeback
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About Top Rank
Innovation has been the standard at Top Rank since it was
established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The
boxing industry’s leading promotional company, Top Rank
has shaped, developed, and promoted the careers of top international
pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Muhammad
Ali, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman,
Sugar Ray Leonard, Aaron Pryor, Alexis Arguello, Oscar De
La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto,
Erik Morales, Terence Crawford, and Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Rank has promoted some of the most memorable fights in the
sport’s history, including 26 Ali events, Leonard vs. Hearns,
Pryor vs. Arguello, Duran vs. Leonard, Hagler vs. Hearns,
Leonard vs. Hagler, Foreman vs. Holyfield, Morales vs. Barrera,
De La Hoya vs. Trinidad, and the most lucrative fight in
boxing history, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. In addition to
the previously mentioned super fights, Top Rank possesses
one of the largest sports libraries, which includes nearly
for creating strategic collaborations between athletes,
sponsors, and television networks, Top Rank has been an
architect of boxing’s global growth by staging high-profile
events in landmark settings around the world, including
Madison Square Garden, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Staples Center,
Wembley Arena, Araneta Coliseum, The Venetian Macao, Yankee
Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, The “Fabulous” Forum, and
AT&T Stadium. Top Rank has also been the leader within
the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences
for fans and embracing 21st century technological advancements
to distribute world-class fights and shoulder programming
across a variety of platforms.
Queensberry Promotions is the promotional vehicle of Hall
of Fame Promoter Frank Warren.
Frank Warren has promoted some of the sport of boxing’s
biggest names in his 35+ year career including the likes
of Prince Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Mike Tyson, Frank
Bruno and Ricky Hatton; as well as current stars Tyson Fury,
Billy Joe Saunders, Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton.
Some of the events promoted by Frank Warren during his illustrious
career include: Frank Bruno v Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium,
David Haye v Dereck Chisora at Upton Park, Ricky Hatton
v Kostya Tszyu at Manchester Arena, Prince Naseem Hamed
v Kevin Kelley at Madison Square Garden and Joe Calzaghe
v Mikkel Kessler at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Queensberry Promotions has a long-term exclusive deal in
the UK to promote boxing events on BT Sport, the sport broadcast
platform of telecoms giant BT.
About MTK Global
MTK Global is the world's foremost fighter management company.
Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it was founded
in September 2012 by two-time European boxing champion,
MTK Global delivers a wide range of support and services
including career development, legal, media, endorsements
and sponsorships to more than a hundred professional fighters.
It provides boxing shows, events and training gyms in various
locations worldwide: Marbella, Spain, London, Manchester,
Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, United Kingdom, Johannesburg,
South Africa, Sta. Catarina, Brasil and Sydney, Australia.
general enquiries, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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LOEFFLER’S 360 PROMOTIONS HOLLYWOOD FIGHT NIGHTS SERIES
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BOHACHUK VS. CLEOTIS PENDARVIS HEADLINES
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Hollywood, CA headlined by a sensational junior middleweight
clash between top undefeated prospect Serhii ‘El Flaco’
Bohachuk, (12-0, 12 KOs), of Ukraine, training in Big Bear,
CA and long-time contender Cleotis ‘Mookie’ Pendarvis, (21-4-2,
9 KOs), of Los Angeles, CA.
tickets for The VIP Boxing Experience priced at $150 (Limited
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fight between Serhii Bohachuk and Cleotis Pendarvis is a
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most promising young junior middleweights, being on the
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This is Bohachuk’s fourth fight at Hollywood Fight Nights
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under the guidance of world-renowned Abel Sanchez, the 23-year-old
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to the ring following an impressive fifth round stoppage
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southpaw Pendarvis is currently riding a four-bout win streak,
winning a unanimous decision over Rodolfo Esteban on July
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on the show will be former featherweight world champion,
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DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION MICHAEL SPINKS
CONFIRMED FOR FIFTH ANNUAL BOX FAN EXPO, DURING CINCO DE MAYO
SATURDAY MAY 4, IN LAS VEGAS
Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing
fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current
and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry
people in an up-close personal setting.
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Vegas (February 18, 2019) -
Two-division world champion Michael Spinks has confirmed that
he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with
his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 5th Annual
Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10a.m to 5pm, during
Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide
with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs
Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the
will make his first appearance at this years' Expo and will
be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia.
Spinks will also have merchandise to sell for fans to enjoy.
Boxing Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures
with this boxing legend also known as "Jinx".
joins Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early
commitment to this year's Box Fan Expo.
Spinks is a Two-division world champion, having held the undisputed
light heavyweight title from 1983 to 1985, and the lineal
heavyweight title from 1985 to 1988. He was inducted into
the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994. As an amateur
he won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 1976
Spinks is the brother of former world heavyweight champion
Leon Spinks, and uncle of Cory Spinks, a former welterweight
and light middleweight champion.
Spinks went undefeated in his first 31 professional fights,
beating such opponents as Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Eddie Mustafa
Muhammad, Marvin Johnson and Eddie Davis en route to becoming
the undisputed light heavyweight champion. Following ten successful
title defenses, Spinks moved up to heavyweight, and as an
underdog defeated long-reigning IBF heavyweight champion Larry
Holmes; in doing so, Spinks became the first reigning light
heavyweight world champion to win the heavyweight title. Spinks
only defeat in his professional career came to the hands of
Mike Tyson on June 27, 1988.
International Boxing Research Organization and BoxRec rank
Spinks among the ten greatest light heavyweights of all time.
Box Fan Expo
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Ramirez Edges Jose Zepeda to Retain Title
is STILL WBC super lightweight champion Ray Beltran outlasts
Okada in a brawl Vianello, Vences, Castro, and Flores Jr.
pick up wins
FRESNO, Calif (Feb. 10. 2019) — Jose
Ramirez was faced with the toughest test of his career. Jose
“Chon” Zepeda was slick, slippery, and would not give in.
But it was a late rally in the championship rounds that pushed
Ramirez (24-0, 16 KOs) to a majority decision victory as he
retained his WBC super lightweight title for the second time
in front of 14,034 screaming fans at the Save Mart Center.
The scores were 114-114, 115-113, and 116-112, as Ramirez
won the 12th round on all three judges’ scorecards to clinch
was a very a tough and smart southpaw. He came well prepared,"
Ramirez said. "He kept a good range and distance. That
made it a tough, close fight, but I think I pulled it off
in the championship rounds. I landed the most effective punches.”
Zepeda: "Jose Ramirez is a great fighter, and his fans
really pushed him and gave him momentum."
for what's next, Ramirez mentioned unification bouts or perhaps
a move up to welterweight. When it was all said and done,
the Central Valley folk hero sent his fans home happy.
It’s a new weight, but the same Ray Beltran. The former lightweight
world champion overcame a tough battle from Hiroki Okada to
score a ninth-round knockout and win the vacant WBC Continental
Americas and WBO Intercontinental 140-pound belts. Beltran
(36-8-1, 22 KOs) lost his WBO lightweight world title to Jose
Pedraza back in August, but put himself in the thick of the
140-pound title picture with his performance against the previously
action was fierce from the opening bell, with the two combatants
waging a second round for the ages. Beltran knocked Okada
(19-1, 13 KOs) down with a crisp left hook, only for Okada
to stun Beltran later in the round.
knocked him down in the second round, but he came back and
got me good, too," Beltran said. "We knew his plan
was to stay at distance and keep me at bay with the jab. Every
time I threw my left hook, he kept covering very well. I saw
an opening with the right hand and that’s why I started throwing
it, and little by little, I kept shortening the distance until
I connected with a big right hand and I stopped him.”
weathered the storm, pressed the action, and eventually wore
down Okada. A pair of knockdowns in the ninth forced Okada's
corner to stop the fight. At the time of the stoppage, the
judges' scores read: 78-74 Beltran and 76-76 (2x).
Flores Jr. (12-0, 5 KOs) notched a six-round unanimous decision
over Alex Rynn Torres (6-3, 3 KOs) in a spirited lightweight
bout. The scores were as followed: 60-54 (2x) and 59-55.
getting better with each fight. I felt better than ever,"
Flores said. "I get more and more experience with each
fight. I feel like I’m getting cleaner. I’m getting sharper,
and I’m only going to get better. I’m ready for whoever Top
Rank puts in front of me. This is what I do all day, every
Castro (22-0, 9 KOs) won the vacant WBC Continental Americas
super bantamweight title with a dominant 10-round unanimous
decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92) over former world title challenger
Genesis Servania (32-2, 15 KOs). Castro used his superior
boxing skills to befuddle Servania, who was unable to cut
off the ring.
“El “Tiburon” Venes (22-0-1, 12 KOs) maintained his status
as one of the sport’s top 130-pound contenders, rolling through
savvy veteran Dardan Zenunaj (14-6, 11 KOs) via eight-round
unanimous decision by identical scores of 80-72.
"I felt great coming back after that long rest after
suffering the injury. It’s been a long time," Vences
said. "I looked sharp, but I knew this was going to be
a tough fight. This guy gave a great fight and went the distance
against Andrew Cancio, and Cancio just became a world champion
last night. I knew that against a guy like that I was going
to need to use all my skills, and I did. I dominated the fight.”
prospect Guido "The Gladiator" Vianello" improved
to 2-0 with a first-round stoppage over Andrew Satterfield,
scoring a knockdown early in the round and finishing it off
with a vicious follow-up combination. Vianello represented
his native Italy at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
felt more relaxed and composed than my first pro fight,"
Vianello said. "I am only going to get better."
a major upset at 140 pounds, Cristian Coria (29-7-2, 13 KOs)
scored a crushing third-round knockout over Joel Diaz Jr.
(24-2, 20 KOs). A left hook put Diaz down for good at 1:50
of the round.
native and super bantamweight prospect Isidro Ochoa improved
to 7-0 with a fifth-round TKO over Jesus Guzman after Guzman's
corner elected to stop the fight.
"Neno" Rodriguez defeated Aelio Mesquita by fifth-round
knockout to move to 23-0-1.
SPORTS® TO PRESENT HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT
BOUT BETWEEN JAMES DeGALE AND CHRIS EUBANK JR. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY
23 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Telecast Includes Heavyweight
Prospect Joe Joyce vs. Veteran Bermane Stiverne; Live On SHOWTIME
And The Network’s Streaming Service
YORK – February 6, 2019 –
SHOWTIME Sports will present the highly anticipated super
middleweight matchup between fierce British rivals James DeGale
and Chris Eubank Jr. Saturday, February 23 live on SHOWTIME
from London’s The O2. In the co-featured bout, fast rising
prospect Joe Joyce battles former world champion Bermane Stiverne
in a 12-round heavyweight clash. The event will air live on
air and via the networks’ streaming service at a start time
to be announced.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® event is presented by Premier
Boxing Champions on ITV in the U.K. and promoted by Poxon
Sports. The co-feature bout is promoted in association with
Ringstar Sports and Don King Productions.
(25-2-1, 15 KOs) and Eubank (27-2, 21 KOs) will finally settle
their long-running score when the two outspoken rivals finally
go toe-to-toe in front of the excitable hometown London crowd
in the all-British affair.
33-year-old DeGale was the first British boxer to win a Gold
Medal in the Olympics and a world championship as a professional.
He won his world title with a unanimous decision over Andre
Dirrell in 2015 and made two successful defenses before fighting
to a draw against Badou Jack in 2017. DeGale avenged his December
2017 loss to Caleb Truax to reclaim his IBF Super Middleweight
belt in April 2018 on SHOWTIME. After voluntarily vacating
the belt, DeGale stopped veteran Fidel Munoz his last time
29-year-old Eubank Jr., the son of former two-division world
champion Chris Eubank, is highly motivated to challenge for
more world titles after he lost a unanimous decision to George
Groves for the WBA Super Middleweight belt one year ago. The
rivalry between DeGale and Eubank has been brewing for several
years after a series of run-ins. The duo has sparred each
other in the gym and have traded several verbal jabs on social
media. Eubank, who has been training in Las Vegas at the Mayweather
Boxing Club, has won nine out of his last ten fights and has
registered knockouts in eight of those wins.
6-foot-6 Joyce, of London, England, has started his professional
career with a 100 percent KO rate after turning professional
in 2017 at the age of 32. An accomplished amateur, Joyce claimed
the super heavyweight silver medal for Great Britain at the
2016 Olympic Games. Joyce, who trains in Big Bear, Calif.
under renowned trainer Abel Sanchez, knocked out Joe Hanks
at 2:25 of round one in his last fight on the Deontay Wilder
vs. Tyson Fury undercard.
(25-3-1, 21 KOs), who was the first ever Haiti-born boxer
to own a piece of the heavyweight crown, won the WBC title
with a convincing sixth-round TKO over Chris Arreola in 2014.
Stiverne then lost the belt in his next fight against Deontay
Wilder, despite becoming the first fighter to take the current
American champion the distance. The 40-year-old has not fought
since his loss in the 2017 rematch against Wilder but is anxious
to bounce back with a statement win over the highly regarded
ARENA TO HOST MIDDLEWEIGHT UNIFICATION FIGHT BETWEEN CANELO
ALVAREZ AND DANIEL 'MIRACLE MAN' JACOBS
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019; STREAMED LIVE EXCLUSIVELY ON DAZN
information to be announced shortly!
VEGAS (February 6, 2019) -
T-Mobile Arena will host the biggest boxing event of the year
as Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) defends his WBC, WBA, Lineal
and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles in a 12-round
unification fight against IBF Middleweight World Champion
Daniel "Miracle Man" Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) during
the celebratory weekend of Cinco de Mayo. The champion-vs.-champion
event will take place Saturday, May 4 and will be streamed
live exclusively on DAZN.
Ticket information for the event will be announced shortly
along with an exciting, action-packed undercard.
"I'm excited to return to T-Mobile Arena for a fifth
time," said Canelo Alvarez. "I inaugurated this
arena to boxing at an international level, and it's a place
where I have had some of my biggest fights. This fight against
Daniel Jacobs will not be the exception. I am ready to capture
another world title in front of a packed house, listening
to the unconditional support of the fans in attendance, and
also for those who will watch this fight through the screens
of a huge platform in DAZN. I want it so when people talk
about T-Mobile Arena, they say that is where Canelo Alvarez
Jacobs said, "I'm thrilled that this huge night has landed
in Las Vegas. I made my debut there in 2007, but I haven't
boxed there for nearly nine years. Scheduling the biggest
fight of my career at T-Mobile Arena is the perfect occasion
to return to the bright lights and shine on a massive stage.
Canelo is a champion and he's fought the best so it's an honor
for me to face him, and of course it's a brilliant fight for
the fans. But my legacy is on the line and I have a lot to
gain - I want to be a hall of famer one day, and this is the
sort of fight that will get me there."
Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions,
said, "Fights of this magnitude have a home, and that
home is Las Vegas. Ever since Canelo Alvarez introduced T-Mobile
Arena to boxing fans, he has hosted his biggest fights there.
On May 4, we expect a full house of fans from all over the
world to watch Canelo capture another world title with a great
victory over Daniel Jacobs in a mega-fight that will be streamed
exclusively live via the global sports streaming giant, DAZN."
Hearn,Managing Director of Matchroom Sport, said, "I'm
delighted that this brilliant fight is heading to Las Vegas.
We know that Canelo's fights there on Cinco De Mayo weekend
are always special, and with the size of this fight, this
could be the biggest yet. Daniel has been on an impressive
run since signing with Matchroom Boxing USA, and has risen
to the occasion, taken three unbeaten records in his last
three fights and regained his world champion status. May 4
is such a huge night for Daniel, Matchroom Boxing USA, DAZN
and Sky Sports - and I believe that Daniel will unify the
titles under the bright lights of Vegas and his remarkable
story will have yet another incredible chapter."
Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP, North America, said, "It's
about time DAZN landed in Las Vegas. The vibrant atmosphere
and high-profile crowds surrounding Canelo fights at T-Mobile
Arena are truly unique. We look forward to spotlighting that
environment for all those watching at home live on DAZN."
Richard Sturm, President of Las Vegas Sports & Entertainment,
said, "We are proud to celebrate Cinco de Mayo weekend
with our partners at Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom Sport
and DAZN. Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs, two of the sport's
top fighters, are certain to deliver boxing fans worldwide
a sensational event on the biggest stage live from T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas."
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal,
Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented
by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing.
The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER
OF BOXING" and Hennessy "Never Stop. Never Settle."
The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on
LOPEZ EXPLOSIVE AGAIN IN 7TH ROUND STOPPAGE OF DIEGO MAGDALENO
YORK (February 4, 2019)-
On a night with three world title fights, it was boxing's
hottest star that stole the show at The Ford Center at The
Star in Frisco, Texas, as Teofimo Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) bloodied,
battered, beat up and knocked out former two-time world title
challenger Diego Magdaleno in the 7th round of their NABA/NABF/USBA
Lightweight Title bout.
Lopez's work began to show as early as round two, when his
power punching opened up a cut on the bridge of Magdaleno's
nose. Lopez continued to pound away on Magdaleno. Soon after,
Magdaleno's face was a bloody mess as a result of vicious
shots landed by Lopez.
round six, a powerful left hook finally sent Magdaleno to
the canvas. Most who saw the fight felt the contest should
have been halted there. Lopez of Brooklyn, New York, landed
two devastating left hooks that put out Magdaleno in the 7th
frame, and the fight was stopped at 1:08.
take nothing away from Diego Magdaleno. We picked our shots,
and we knew that in the later rounds, he'd drown in those
deep waters," Lopez said. "As the competition gets
tougher, you will see more of what I can do. I dissected him
like a surgeon."
took a major leap into securing a major fight in his next
think Teofimo has clearly proven that he's not just a prospect
or a contender. He is a world champ right now, and the only
thing that is missing is the belt," said David McWater
of Split-T Management.
PACQUIAO DEFENDS WBA WELTERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE WITH UNANIMOUS
DECISION OVER ADRIEN BRONER ON SHOWTIME PPV® FROM THE
MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
PACQUIAO DEFENDS WBA WELTERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE WITH UNANIMOUS
DECISION OVER ADRIEN BRONER ON? ?SHOWTIME PPV® FROM THE
MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS
Browne Wins WBA Light Heavyweight Title With Unanimous Decision
Over Bloodied Badou Jack; Nordine Ouballi Captures Vacant
WBC Bantamweight World Title With Unanimous Over Rau’shee
VEGAS (Jan. 19, 2019)
– All-time great Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao cruised to a comfortable
unanimous decision over Adrien “The Problem” Broner to defend
his WBA Welterweight World Championship on SHOWTIME PPV®
Saturday night in front of a sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena
in Las Vegas. The scores were 117-111, 116-112 twice.
global icon and boxing’s only eight-division champion Pacquaio
– who was fighting for the first time as a 40-year-old, and
the first time in the United State in more than two years
– used effective jabs and sustained body work in his 70th
professional fight that was watched by an announced attendance
of 13,025 fans, including the retired Floyd Mayweather.
proved in my last fight against [Lucas] Matthysse and now
I proved it again: The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue,”
by SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray if he would like to rematch Mayweather
in the future, Pacquiao said he’d do it if Mayweather unretired.
him to come back to the ring and we will fight,” Pacquaio
said. “I’m willing to fight Floyd Mayweather again if he’s
willing to come back to boxing.”
Sports official scorer Steve Farhood scored the fight 118-110
in favor of the Filipino Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), giving
Cincinnati’s Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) only the fourth and the
said he thought he did enough to win the fight. “I beat him,”
he said. “Everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled
the fight, he was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat
maintained a strong pace throughout the fight, throwing 47
punches per round compared to Broner, who averaged almost
half that output. Broner was limited to single-digit total
connects in every round while Pacquiao exceeded double-digits
wanted to push more but my trainer said don’t be careless,”
Pacquiao said. “Wait for him, counter, and that’s what I did.”
the co-feature, Staten Island native Marcus Browne (23-0,
16 KOs) won defeated a bloodied Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13 KOs)
by upset unanimous decision for the Interim WBA Light Heavyweight
belt. The scores were 119-108, 117-110, 116-111.
suffered a gruesome five-inch cut to his forehead after an
accidental clash of heads in the seventh round of the fight.
The former Olympian Browne told Gray the head butt did not
affect the outcome of the fight.
couldn’t find me before that [head butt],” said the 28-year-old
Browne, who made his professional debut on ShoBox: The New
Generation following the 2012 Olympics. “He couldn’t find
me. I was just too sharp, too slick, too anything. He was
coming with his head all night. He kept coming with his head.”
Las Vegas resident and former two-division champion Jack was
taken immediately to the hospital for observation. Jack, who
was fighting in his seventh consecutive world title fight,
gave all the credit to Browne. “I was flat,” he said. “I don't
know what it was, but no excuses. I would love the rematch.
Now I have to rest, get the head fixed and hopefully get that
chance in the future.”
was the more active fighter, throwing 515 total punches to
303 for Jack. Browne connected on 103 of his power punches
compared to just 58 for Jack.
taller, southpaw Browne said he stuck to his game-plan and
peppered Jack continuously with his strong straight left jab.
“He thought he was going to take me to deep water and drown
me, but I was in shape,” he said. “Teddy Atlas, you think
you have the best light heavyweight? (Oleksandr) Gvozdyk,
just used my athletic ability and did what I do best, and
that’s box the hell out of people.”
a rematch of their close 2012 Olympic showdown, France’s Nordine
Oubaali (15-0, 11 KOs) captured the vacant WBC Bantamweight
World Title with a unanimous decision against Cincinnati’s
Rau’shee Warren (16-3, 4 KOs). The scores were 117-111, 116-112,
was my dream,” said Oubaali, who was making his U.S. debut.
“I made my dream come true, my American dream. I want to thank
all the people of America and France who supported me.”
winning the all-southpaw matchup, the 32-year-old Oubaali
became the first French-born champion in 11 years.
first six rounds were close as both fighters were separated
by four or fewer punches. Oubaali controlled the fight in
the middle rounds, with SHOWTIME’s official scorer Steve Farhood
giving the more active Oubaali rounds five through 10 before
giving Warren the close 11th.
felt like I was doing pretty good in the beginning of the
fight but after the fifth or sixth I let off the gas,” said
Warren, a former world champion. “I was using my jab and wanted
to finish it with my left hand. The judges saw it the way
it was. He wanted it more. You could tell. He had his foot
on the gas.”
seventh round was the most action-packed of the fight with
Oubaali going on the attack and hurting Warren by landing
effective combinations. Oubaali pulled away in the final six
rounds as he out-landed Warren 100-51 in total punches and
was the effective aggressor and the more active fighter.
the ninth round, Warren’s trainer Barry Hunter could be heard
telling Warren he needed each of the final three rounds if
he was going to win the fight.
put on the pressure,” Oubaali said. “I had the speed. He is
a very good boxer – he’s slick, and he’s smart. This is a
very big night to win my first world championship."
the telecast opener, Hugo Ruiz (39-4, 32 KOs) was successful
in his featherweight debut as he dominated late replacement
Alberto Guevara (27-4, 12 KOs), knocking him down once in
the opening minute of the fight and winning easily on all
three judges’ scorecards 100-89, 99-90 twice.
fast starting Ruiz, who has 18 previous knockouts in round
one, showed his early power and he sent the former two-time
world title challenger Guevara to the canvas with a strong
right followed by a left uppercut at 1:41 of the first round.
was hard for me training for a southpaw and then getting a
new opponent I knew nothing about,” said the 30-year-old Ruiz,
from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, who is a former world champion
at 122 pounds. “The other guy was a puncher and this guy is
a boxer. It’s tough to fight a guy who is just trying to survive
out there and running. He came in and got caught early, and
that set the pace for the rest of the fight.”
Guevara was fighting on just one days’ notice after Jhack
Tepora failed to make the 126-pound weight limit on Friday.
was supposed to be a title fight,” Ruiz said. “I was so disappointed
and my mind wasn't totally in it."
SHIELDS vs. CHRISTINA HAMMER UNDISPUTED WOMEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD
FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 13 LIVE ON SHOWTIME® FROM BOARDWALK HALL
IN ATLANTIC CITY
WBA And WBC Champion Shields To Meet WBO & WBC Champion In
Recess Hammer In Arguably The Most Significant Women’s Boxing
Event In History
BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION® Live At 9 p.m. ET/PST
YORK – February 12, 2019 –
Undefeated middleweight world champions Claressa Shields and Christina
Hammer will meet on Saturday, April 13 live on SHOWTIME to crown
the women’s undisputed 160-pound world champion. The blockbuster
unification from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. will be
the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live at 9 p.m.
ET/PT and is arguably the most significant women’s boxing event
vs. Hammer features two of the consensus top-10 pound-for-pound
fighters in the world squaring off to crown only the second undisputed
champion in female boxing history. The fight, originally scheduled
for November 2018, was postponed due to a now-resolved medical
issue suffered by Hammer.
23-year-old Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) is a two-division champion who
holds the IBF, WBA and WBC 160-pound titles. The 28-year-old Hammer
(24-0, 11 KOs) owns the WBO belt, is the WBC Champion in Recess,
and has dominated the women’s middleweight division for more than
eight years. Shields and Hammer fought on the same card last June
on SHOWTIME, with both fighters winning impressively to set up
the first undisputed showdown in the women’s 160-pound division.
winner of Shields vs. Hammer will join Terrence Crawford, Jermain
Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, Oleksandr Usyk and women’s welterweight
Cecilia Braekhus as the only fighters to have unified all four
major world titles in any weight class.
vs. Hammer is promoted by Salita Promotions. Ticket prices and
on-sale date will be announced next week by Boardwalk Hall.
always seek the biggest challenges and set the highest goals.
I will be ready like never before and will defeat Christina Hammer
on April 13,” said Shields. “Nothing will stop me from becoming
undisputed champion and continuing my journey to carry women’s
boxing to never-before-seen heights. I want to be the greatest
of all time and change the game forever for all women in sports,
and April 13 is an important step on that road to history.”
have waited a long time for this moment,” said Hammer. “I am bigger,
stronger and more experienced than Claressa Shields. I am undefeated
and have been a champion for over eight years. I can’t wait to
show the world that I am the best and undisputed middleweight
champion of the world.”
Sports has a long history of featuring the best in women’s combat
sports, whether it was with Laila Ali and Christy Martin in boxing,
or Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey in MMA,” said Gordon
Hall, Executive Producer of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION.
“More recently, since 2016 we have featured today’s elite with
Claressa Shields, Christina Hammer, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano
appearing in an industry-leading 10 presentations of women’s boxing.
Male or female, SHOWTIME has delivered the best fighters in their
toughest matchups, and April 13 will be no different. We have
two of the best pound-for-pound female fighters in the world facing
each other with all four middleweight titles at stake. It doesn’t
get much better than that.”
biggest women’s fight of all time is set to take place on April
13 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City,” said promoter Dmitriy
Salita. “Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer, both champions,
both in their prime, are not only taking on the biggest challenge
in their respective careers by meeting each other in the ring,
but are breaking barriers for boxing and for women in sports.
April 13 is destined to be an electric and historic night of boxing
live on SHOWTIME.”
vs. Hammer is the biggest and most important fight in women’s
boxing history – two undefeated unified champions in their prime
battling for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world,”
said Shields’ manager Mark Taffet. “Christina Hammer is indeed
a very good fighter and champion, but Claressa Shields is once-in-a-lifetime.
The same intense focus and determination that got Claressa through
life, earned her two Olympic gold medals, and won her five world
titles in eight pro fights will carry her to victory on April
are very excited to bring world-class championship boxing back
to Atlantic City’s Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall,” said Matt Doherty,
Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
“This reinforces the CRDA’s commitment to attract world-class
sporting events and increase visitors to our destination.”
was the first American boxer in history – male or female – to
win consecutive Olympic gold medals. The Flint, Mich., native
turned professional following the 2016 Olympics and became unified
women’s super middleweight world champion in just her fourth professional
fight. Shields moved down to middleweight for her June 22 headliner
on SHOWTIME, defeating Hanna Gabriels to win the IBF and WBA titles
and become a two-division champion in just her sixth professional
contest. After Hammer was named WBC Champion in Recess due to
her medical issue, Shields picked up the vacant WBC title last
November with a unanimous decision over Hannah Rankin. She most
recently defended all three titles in December against Femke Hermans.
of Dortmund, Germany, has been the dominant force in the women’s
middleweight division since winning the WBO title in 2010. Hammer
became unified champion in 2016 with a unanimous decision over
WBC titlist Kali Reis and made four defenses as unified champion.
In her eight years as champion, Hammer has lost just a handful
of rounds across 16 world title fights. Hammer, who also models
professionally and was recently featured at Fashion Week in New
York City, made her U.S. debut on June 22 after campaigning mostly
in Germany since turning professional in 2009. After being forced
to withdraw from the November unification due to the health issue,
Hammer won a non-title fight via second round knockout last Saturday,
February 9 in Germany.
undercard for the SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast will
be announced in the coming weeks.
Rob Brant Defends Middle weight Title
Greer Jr. scores body shot KO
Mikaela Mayer retains NABF super featherweight belt
HINCKLEY, Minn. (Feb. 15. 2019) — Rob "Bravo"
Brant crashed the world boxing scene last October with a dominant
decision over Ryota Murata to win the WBA middleweight title.
For title defense number one, he returned to his home state and
sent the partisan crowd home happy.
(25-1, 16 KOs) cruised to an 11th-round TKO over Khasan Baysangurov
(17-1, 7 KOs) Friday evening at the Grand Casino Hinckley, a short
drive from Brant's hometown of St. Paul.
sold-out crowd of 2,225 watched as Brant overwhelmed Baysangurov
with consistent, effective pressure. In the 11th, Baysangurov,
who was knocked down in the second round, could not keep Brant
at bay. A knockdown and a follow-up attack, punctuated by a right
hand, forced referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight.
is what Brant had to say in the ring after he retained the title.
I feel like a true champion. I was happy with my performance.
I had some cramps later in the fight, but this shows I can carry
my power later in fights."
is one of the deepest divisions in boxing. There are fights to
be made. We just have to keep pushing forward. Canelo Alvarez
is recognized by many as the champion at middleweight, and I'd
love a fight with him down the road."
had a good jab. I started a little sloppy, and my trainer (Eddie
Mustafa Muhammad) told me in the corner to relax. I waited for
the opportunity to come, and it came in the 11th round."
Jr. KOs Escaner
"Don't Blink" Greer Jr. (20-1-1, 12 KOs) extended his
knockout streak to seven and defended his WBC Continental Americas
bantamweight title with an eighth-round stoppage of Giovanni Escaner
(19-4, 12 KOs).
landed a right uppercut to the stomach that put Escaner down for
the count. Escaner had the momentum early, dropping Greer with
a looping right hand as the bell sounded to end the third round.
took charge in the middle rounds and ended things with one blow.
had to wait for him to soften up, but I did what I had to do,"
Greer said. "It's all a learning experience for me. But I'm
from Chicago. I had to go take it."
the time of the stoppage, Greer was ahead 67-66 and 67-65 (2X).
Wears Down Larios
Mayer (10-0, 4 KOs) won an old-fashioned, toe-to-toe battle, grinding
down Yareli Larios (13-2-1, 3 KOs) to prevail via eight-round
unanimous decision and defend her NABF super featherweight belt.
scores were as followed: 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.
more about strategy in the pros. I was relaxed and took my time
in there" Mayer said. "We knew she was going to be tough.
She has that Hispanic blood in her.
think I'm ready for more belts. I want those belts this year."
middleweight knockout artist Tyler Howard (17-0, 11 KOs) passed
the biggest test of his career, notching an eight-round split
decision over Cristian Olivas (16-4, 13 KOs) in a neck-and-neck
fight. The judges scored the fight 79-73 Howard, 77-75 Olivas,
and 77-75 Howard.
"This was my first time going eight rounds," Howard
said. "I felt like I prepared well for this fight. Olivas
came to fight. All I can do is go back to camp and continue to
work harder and be ready for my next fight. This experience is
going to help me moving forward."
"So Cold" Nelson (13-0, 10 KOs) recovered from a flash
knockdown in the first round to score a six-round unanimous decision
over Felipe Romero (20-17-1, 14 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout.
Nelson knocked down Romero in the third round and won by scores
of 59-54 (2X) and 58-54.
a tough guy who can take a good punch. That's why we picked him,"
Nelson said. "I had him hurt a few times, but we got the
Allen (22-0-1, 14 KOs) picked up the vacant WBA gold super middleweight
belt with a 10-round unanimous decision over Derrick Webster (28-2,
a six-round lightweight contest, Ismail "Sharp Shooter' Muwendo
(21-1, 12 KOs) won via shutout six-round unanimous decision (60-54
3X) over Hevinson Herrera (24-16-1, 18 KOs).
lightweight Joe James moved his record to 4-0 with a four-round
unanimous decision over Demetrius Wilson (2-11) by identical scores
FIGHTNIGHT LIVE TO COLLABORATE WITH STAR BOXING ON FRIDAY, FEB.
22, FROM JAM-PACKED PARAMOUNT
interactive platform averaging almost 311,000 views per show in
Season II as FREE series returns to Long Island.
NEW YORK (Feb. 18, 2019) - CollabSorating
with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing for the fourth time in series
history and returning to Long Island for the first time in more
than a year, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Powered by Everlast opens the doors
to fight fans from what will be a jam-packed Paramount on Friday,
Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
The free, interactive series - which has entertained more than
4.5 million fight fans since its platform premiere with Star Boxing
in May of 2017 - visits Huntington, N.Y., as part of a FIGHTNIGHT
LIVE doubleheader weekend spanning Feb. 22-23. The three-show
February is part of a 2019 first quarter that showcases an outstanding
six-card lineup featuring six different promotions and spanning
four cities, which began with 203,000-plus views for Raging Babe's
Philly Special on Feb. 8 live from South Philadelphia.
"This Feb. 22 show in many ways epitomizes what FIGHTNIGHT
LIVE is all about," said Mark Fratto, Principal and Director
of Business Development, Linacre Media. "It'll be a sold-out
show and our platform gives fight fans a chance to get in on the
action even if they can't get a ticket. The main event features
two international stars and Facebook gives us a global platform
where their fans can tune in. And then there's the usual undefeated
prospects and up-and-comers who we're always very happy to showcase
and give a home to as they look to build wins and a fanbase."
On Friday, Feb. 22, the 34th edition of Star Boxing's acclaimed
fight series Rockin' Fights 34 brings boxing talent from across
the world to The Paramount. The main event is a toss-up between
big-time European cruiserweight prodigies. Belgian IBO Continental
Champ Joel Djeko (14-2-1, 7 KOs) will take on Italian Cruiserweight
and former IBF Mediterranean Champion Simone Federici (14-1-1,
6 KOs) in an intriguing 10-round bout. The co-featured contest
will witness the return of Huntington's own Johnny Hernandez (9-4,
1 KO), who will be taking on the red-hot upset-minded Marquis
Hawthorne (6-9, 1 KO) of Waco, Texas. Star Boxing prospects Terrell
Bostic (3-1, 1 KO) and Alex Vargas (2-0) of Long Island and Dashaun
Johns (1-0, 1 KO) of The Bronx also all take centerstage on Feb.
22 in separate bouts.
"I am looking forward to another exciting night of 'Rockin'
Fights' at the Paramount," said DeGuardia. "We should
have another thrilling night of fights and it's great that fans
that can't make it to the Paramount will be able to watch on Facebook
Now in its second season, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Powered by Everlast
is the fan-friendly Facebook platform that - among other aspects
- prides itself on the real-time conversations held between fight
commentators and the viewing audience. FIGHTNIGHT LIVE has showcased
more than 460 fighters and 16 promotions during 27 live event
broadcasts from 18 different cities since May 2017, and in doing
so, the interactive platform has generated the loyal interest
of fight fans from across the United States and around the globe,
including significant audiences in Mexico, the United Kingdom
and other parts of Europe, and even fans in South America, Asia
Since May 2017, the numbers on the 27-show FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series
showed promise and potential for the new platform with an average
of 167,871 views per event and more than 4.5 million total views
for the franchise. Since Sept. 2018,Season II shows have averaged
almost 311,000 views.
The Sept. 2018 "Kings Boxing Tuesday Night Fights" (594,447)
from the Sands in Bethlehem, the Dec. 2018 "Queens and Kings
of Queens Card" (379,758) in New York, the Nov. 2018 "Hard
Hitting Showtime Collaboration" (372,662), the Dec. 2018
"Roy Jones Jr. Texas Throwdown" (318,886), the Oct.
2018 "Hard Hitting Philly Special" (297,545), the Oct.
2018 hour-long Bareknuckle "Freeview" (292,253), the
Nov. 2018 "Titans In The Capital" (256,871), the Sept.
2017 "Real Deal Promotions: Empire State" from Resorts
World Casino (225,000), the Feb. 2019 "Raging Babe Philly
Special" (203,000) and the August 2017 CES "Super Saturday"
from Foxwoods (203,000) all logged 200,000 or more views, and
collectively the 26-show series has seen a total of more than
4,532,526 views across all devices.
In addition to the raw viewership numbers, the fully-interactive,
fan-friendly productions have seen more than 388,000 collective
live post engagements (more than 14,300 per show), including more
than 300,000 "likes" or "loves," more than
48,000 comments and almost 16,500 shares.
The Sept. 2018 "Kings Boxing Tuesday Night Fights" from
the Sands in Bethlehem set a new bar with 594,447 views and the
Sept. 2017 DiBella-CES doubleheader carried the series to three-quarters-of-a-million
views in just over four months. The Sept. 2017 DiBella card saw
more than 40,000 viewer interactions including almost 39,000 "likes"
or "loves" and the March 17, 2018, Murphy's "St.
Patrick's Day Clash" set a new high-water mark for shares
The FIGHTNIGHT LIVE page on Facebook has more than 86,000 fans
and more than 93,000 followers.
Created and produced by Linacre Media out of New York City, the
FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series features professional announcers, multiple
camera angles, television graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes
access and interviews. The streamed shows are available globally
wherever Facebook is available. The initiative not only enables
fans from around the world to tune in, but also gives up-and-coming
fighters a global platform to showcase their abilities, gives
promoters an accessible "broadcast" solution and gives
sponsors the ability to reach a mass audience via branded content.
FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Winter and Spring 2019 dates will be officially
announced in the coming weeks.
FIGHTNIGHT LIVE is available online at: https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/
DAVIS DEFENDS WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE WITH
THRILLING FIRST-ROUND TKO OF HUGO RUIZ SATURDAY
ON SHOWTIME® FROM DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK
IN CARSON, CALIF.
Barrios Remains Undefeated With Fourth-Round TKO
Of Richard Zamora
Fortuna Scores Unanimous Decision Against Sharif
Bogere In Telecast Opener
Calif., (February 9, 2019) – Gervonta
Davis defended his WBA Super Featherweight World
Championship with a thrilling first-round TKO
of former world champion Hugo Ruiz before a sellout
crowd of 8,048 at Dignity Health Sports Park Saturday
Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) recorded his eighth career
first-round knockout as referee Jack Reiss called
off the fight with one second remaining in the
first round following a devastating sweeping right
hook by Davis connected cleanly and sent Ruiz
(39-5, 32 KOs) down to his knees.
who entered the ring to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”,
wasted little time showing why he is one of boxing
rising super stars with his impressive fourth
win in a world title fight. The 24-year-old Davis
is the youngest U.S.-born world titlist in boxing
and was headlining for the first time.
his promoter Floyd Mayweather looking on, Davis
made quick work of his late-replacement opponent.
“I knew it was coming,” he said. “I wanted to
go more rounds, but I knew if I got him out of
there early I could fight again sooner. When I
touched the jab I saw his arm was in front of
his face so if I threw a hook or uppercut it was
right in line.”
who has now stopped his last 12 opponents, connected
on 50 percent of his power punches, just under
the 51 percent power accuracy he logged in his
last four fights.
late substitute 32-year-old Ruiz was fighting
for the second time in three weeks as he replaced
the injured Abner Mares. Ruiz was used to being
on the other side of first-round knockouts having
recorded 18 of his own during his career.
soon as he started landing punches, I could feel
them,” Ruiz said. “I have a lot of first round
knock outs, today was my turn to lose in the first
round. It happens in boxing.”
up for Davis could be the winner of the March
2 Ricardo Nunez-Edner Cherry WBA Eliminator on
SHOWTIME from Barclays Center. “We could do that,”
Davis said. “At the end of the day I’m a fighter.
I’m a fighter and I have a great team. One of
the best in the sport. I believe in my team and
whatever they line up, I’m ready.
told SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray he’s ready for
a sweet homecoming for his next fight. “Yes, sir.
We’re coming to Baltimore. We’re going home, baby.”
the co-feature, Mario Barrios (23-0, 14 KOs) knocked
out his seventh consecutive opponent as the 23-year-old
from San Antonio stopped Mexico’s Richard Zamora
(15-3, 10 KOs). The stoppage came at 2:16 in round
four as referee Ray Corona waved off the fight
after a barrage of Barrios punches landed cleanly
and dazed the game Zamora.
noted trained Virgil Hunter in his corner, the
accurate Barrios landed a staggering 59 percent
of his power punches, including 37 of 58 (64 percent)
in the fourth and final round.
wasn’t an easy target at all,” said Barrios, who
sparred with Amir Khan and Devin Haney in training
camp and is the WBA’s No. 1 ranked fighter at
140 pounds. We just used everything we worked
on in camp to find my range.”
added: “It was an amazing fight. I tip my hat
to Zamora – he’s a hell of a warrior. I wish him
nothing but the best for the rest of his career.
Like he said at the press conference, he wanted
a war and I brought it to him. Total respect to
was making his United States debut. “I came to
fight,” he said. “I didn't come to lay down. I
thought I still could have fought more. I don't
want to criticize the referee. He did what he
had to do.”
said he’s ready for the next big step-up in his
career. “That’s up to my managerial team,” he
said. “Whenever they feel I’m ready I’ll fight
for a world title. Any one of them. I am knocking
down the door for a world title right now.”
the telecast opener, Javier Fortuna (34-2-1, 23
KOs) won a unanimous decision against Sharif Bogere
(32-2, 20 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout.
All three judges scored the fight 96-93 in favor
southpaw Fortuna, of Braintree, Mass, by way of
the Dominican Republic, knocked down Bogere in
the sixth round, the same round Bogere suffered
a nasty cut above his right eye after an accidental
knockdown occurred after a powerful left uppercut
by Fortuna dazed Bogere, who appeared to be pushed
down and touched his glove on the canvas. Referee
Edward Collantes scored it a knockdown, giving
Fortuna the 10-8 round.
knock down) was correct,” said Fortuna, who said
he would love a future shot against Davis. “I
saw his eyes were a little glossy and his legs
buckled a bit. When I saw that he was cut, the
game plan changed again and we had to work again
to attack the cut.”
from Uganda but now living in Las Vegas, Bogere
gave himself a seven out of 10 grade. “I think
I won the fight,” he said. “Even the knockdown
was bull. He kept coming at me with the head.
He kept trying to head butt me. The challenge
was that there was blood in my eye. The first
couple of rounds I was boxing him easily.”
the midway point of the fight, Fortuna began pulling
away winning rounds six, seven and eight on SHOWTIME
Steve Farhood’s unofficial scorecard as Bogere
continued to fade, although coming back to win
round nine on Farhood’s card.
the power punch category, Fortuna connected on
89 of 310 punches for 29 percent while Bogere
landed 59 of 317 for just 19 percent. Bogere was
riding a 13-fight winning streak over the past
six years coming into the fight.
I want right now is a contract so I can fight
Gervonta Davis wherever. Lomachenko, any of them,”
said Fortuna, who had a No Decision against Adrian
Granados last June on SHOWTIME after falling out
of the ring in the fourth round suffering a head
and neck injury.
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN featured two live
undercard fights on social media platforms leading
into the televised tripleheader. Former world
title challenger Erickson Lubin (20-1, 15 KOs)
knocked down Ishe Smith (29-11, 12 KOs) a total
of four times before the fight was stopped at
the end of round three in a scheduled 10-round
super welterweight bout. Undefeated super lightweight
Juan Heraldez (16-0, 10 KOs) stopped Eddie Ramirez
(17-3, 11 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled 10-round
'EL CHANGO' CANCIO UPSETS ALBERTO 'EXPLOSIVO'
MACHADO TO CAPTURE WBA SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD
REY VARGAS DEFENDS WBC SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD
TITLE IN CO-MAIN EVENT
SATURDAY FEB. 9, 2019 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT
CASINO AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN
INDIO, CALIF. (Feb. 9, 2019): Andrew Cancio
(20-4-2, 15 KOs) of Blythe, Calif. scored an upset
victory over Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) of
San Juan, Puerto Rico in front of a sold-out crowd
of hometown fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
to become the new WBA Super Featherweight World
Champion. Cancio, who himself was dropped in the
first round, scored three knockdowns over Machado,
forcing the fight to be stopped at 2:16 of the
fourth round. The fight was streamed live on DAZN.
"This was the fight of my life," said
Andrew Cancio. "I feel extremely great winning
this world title by knockout. I did not let this
fight go to the judges' scorecards. It's been
a long road, and it felt like we thought it would:
unbelievable. For me to execute a plan like we
did feels great. He caught me early, but it was
a flash knockdown. I got my legs back and got
my composure. I was never out of the fight. I'm
"I felt weak in there," said Alberto
Machado. "The rematch would be nice, but
I think I have to move up to 130 pounds. We will
Rey Vargas (33-0, 22 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico
defeated Franklin Manzanilla (18-5, 17 KOs) of
Caracas, Venezuela via unanimous decision to retain
his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title. Vargas
won with three scores of 117-108.
"I feel good but he fought too dirty,"
said Rey Vargas. "I like to fight clean,
not dirty like he did. It was a complicated and
he's tough. But I adjusted to his style, and that's
how I won. I wished he would have fought cleaner,
but I did what I could."
"I felt uncomfortable because he was taller
than me, said Franklin Manzanilla. "I haven't
fought anyone that tall before. I hurt him in
the second round and I tried to continue that
momentum. I feel I did well."
Joseph Diaz (28-1, 14 KOs) of South El Monte,
Calif. defeated Charles Huerta (20-6, 12 KOs)
of Paramount, Calif. via unanimous decision in
a ten-round super featherweight battle. Diaz won
with three score of 99-91.
"I did really good," said Joseph Diaz.
"I moved up in weight and showcased in this
new 130-pound division. I was able to look good
and push back a super featherweight in Huerta.
I had him hurt a few times, but I couldn't finish
him because he's such a warrior. At the end of
the day, I had to do my job and that's what I
"It was the right decision," said Charles
Huerta. "Besides the first round, I took
the pedal off the gas. I waited too much. He countered
me well, and I let him dictate the pace. I had
a 17-month layoff, and I feel I did well. I hope
I come back for another opportunity soon."
Adrian Estrella (29-3, 24 KOs) of Nuevo Leon,
Mexico defeated Oscar Duarte (15-1-1, 10 KOs)
of Parral, Mexico via majority decision for the
vacant WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Title
in a ten-round fight. Two judges scored the fight
96-94 and 98-92 in favor of Estrella, while one
judge scored it 96-94 in favor of Duarte.
"This is something I've worked hard to get
for many years," said Adrian Estrella. "Working
my distance was key in this fight. It's hard to
knockout Oscar Duarte. And he was getting stronger
in every round. So, I decided to jab and work
the distance. I got a split decision, but that's
okay. As long as I get the win, that's fine with
"I don't think the decision was right,"
said Oscar Duarte. "I thought it was a draw.
I was pressuring the whole time. I feel I need
to learn a lot more."
Tureano Johnson (20-2-1, 14 KOs) of Nassau, Bahamas
and Fernando Castaneda (26-13-1, 17 KOs) of Aguascaliente,
Mexico fought to a split draw in an eight-round
middleweight fight. One judge scored it 77-75
in favor in Johnson, while another scored it 77-75
in favor of Castaneda. One judge scored it 76-76,
resulting in a split draw
"I want to thank God for this opportunity,"
said Tureano Johnson. I want to thank Golden Boy
and DAZN. He [Castaneda] did an awesome job. It
is a disappointment for me, but now I'm looking
for bigger and better things. It wasn't me overlooking
him. My corner was there. I didn't execute the
way I should have. I wasn't listening to my corner.
Next time I will do better. Tureano will be back."
"We did a good fight," said Fernando
Castaneda. "It was against a fighter without
a lot of experience. I want a rematch because
I did a good job. I worked him to the body and
wore him down. I want to thank Golden Boy for
Azat Hovhannisyan (16-3, 13 KOs) of Los Angeles,
Calif. defeated Lolito Sonsona (22-3-4, 9 KOs)
of General Santos City, Philippines via KO in
the fifth round of a super bantamweight bout originally
scheduled for 10 rounds. Azat Hovhannisyan won
with a time of 2:30 of the aforementioned round.
"I feel good about the fight," said
Azat Hovhannisyan. "I trained hard for this
fight. I'm surprised [Sonsona] prepared so well.
I wish I could have looked better, but a win is
a win and a knockout is a knockout. I hope to
look better next time!"
Rommel Caballero (5-0, 4 KOs) of Coachella, Calif.
defeated Javier Rojas (1-3, 1 KOs) of Mexicali,
Mexico via knockout in the first round of a super
featherweight fight originally slated for four
rounds. Caballero won with time of 1:58 of the
"It feels great coming back," said Rommel
Caballero. "I'm back doing what I love and
what I do best: boxing. I want to dedicate this
fight to an important person who passed away,
Machado vs. Cancio was a 12-round fight for the
WBA Super Featherweight World
Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel
Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Manzanilla was a
12-round battle for the WBC Super Bantamweight
World Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions
in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The
event was sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL
BEER OF BOXING," and Hennessy "Never
Stop. Never Settle." The event took place
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort
Casino. The fights were streamed live on DAZN.
ERGASHEV OUTLASTS MYKAL FOX IN UNANIMOUS DECISION
WIN IN MAIN EVENT OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION
FRIDAY ON SHOWTIME®
Thomas Ward Wins In U.S. Debut With Impressive
Unanimous Decision Over Jesse Hernandez
The Replay Monday, February 18 At 10 p.m. ET/PT
On SHOWTIME EXTREME®
Kan. – February 15, 2019 –
Shohjahon Ergashev overcame a five and a half-inch
height advantage recording a unanimous decision
victory over fellow undefeated prospect Mykal
Fox in the 10-round super lightweight main event
of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on SHOWTIME
from the Kansas Star Casino.
famed trainer Sugarhill Stewart shouting instructions
from his corner, the Detroit-based power-punching
Ergashev (16-0, 14 KOs), by way of Fergana, Uzbekistan,
did enough to beat the rangy 6-foot-4 Fox (19-1,
5 KOs) in a matchup of two exciting undefeated
prospects. The scores were 96-94 and 98-92 twice
(Click HERE to watch).
didn’t think it was a close fight,” said Ergashev,
who was only able to land two jabs the entire
fight missing more than a hundred times. “He was
awkward and his head was very low. He was very
long and tall too, so it was hard to hit him in
the head. I expected him to run all fight and
did connect on 29 percent of his power punches
(66 for 225) compared to Fox at 27 percent (41
said he was disappointed in his performance. “I
come to fight,” he said. “I like fighters who
stand and fight. I’m a fighter. I like guys who
let me showcase my skills and bang. Fox wasn’t
even boxing. He was just running around the ring.
I wanted to sit down and fight.”
23-year-old Fox of Forest Hill, Md., one of the
tallest fighters in the 140-pound division, said
he agreed with one of the judges’ cards, but not
the two 98-92s. “I knew it was close, and thought
maybe I did enough to win,” said Fox, who did
a nice job slowing the pace of the fight. “I think
it was closer than 98-92. I took a few shots,
but I knew he was going to be strong.”
became the 186th fighter to lose their undefeated
record on the prospect developmental series.
who had his father Troy and brother and fellow
professional boxer middleweight Alantez in his
corner, became the ninth fighter in ShoBox history
to have a brother who also fought on ShoBox joining
brother duos like Jermall and Jermell Charlo,
Andre and Anthony Dirrell and Glenn and Nonito
the opening bout of the telecast, England’s Thomas
Ward (26-0, 4 KOs) put on an impressive performance
and showed U.S. fight fans he will be a force
to be reckoned with in the wide-open 122-pound
weight class as he won a unanimous decision against
ShoBox veteran Jesse Hernandez (11-2, 7 KOs).
Click HERE to watch a recap.
for the first time in the States, the WBO No.
4-ranked Ward of West Rainton, England, scored
a fourth-round knockdown and took the 10-round
super bantamweight fight easily against Fort Worth’s
Hernandez. The scores were 100-89, 99-90 and 98-90.
came to America and fought a home fighter and
won quite comfortably, I even got a knockdown,”
the 24-year-old Ward said. “He was supposed to
be the puncher and I was supposed to be the boxer.
A lot of people think I can’t punch, then they
get over-confident and get clipped. Then they
realize I can punch. Look at his face compared
to mine. That will tell you something.”
started strong, and seemed to get better as the
fight went on. “He’s been on the gas from the
opening bell, and he hasn’t gotten off it,” said
International Boxing Hall of Famer and ShoBox
play-by-play commentator Barry Tompkins in the
final minutes of the 10th and final round.
exceeded double-digit connects in every round
and topped 30 in five of the final six rounds
while Hernandez reached double digits just three
was a clean left hook that sent Hernandez to the
canvas in the final seconds of the fourth round
(Click HERE to watch). Ward controlled the middle
of the fight and landed consistent three-punch
combinations against Hernandez, who at the end
of round six was warned by referee Bill Clancy
that he was taking a lot of punishment and had
to show him something or he would stop the fight.
At the top of the ninth, the referee still concerned
about Hernandez lack of action, called the doctor
and asked once again the same question. The doctor
cleared Hernandez to continue.
said he felt Ward’s power, and was impressed.
“Yeah, he got me with that left, but I recuperated,”
he said. “But all the credit to him. A knockdown
is a knockdown.”
said Hernandez asked for the fight, but wasn’t
prepared for the it. “I knew he was a good, experienced
fighter,” Ward said. “He’s fought some good guys
and knocked out some good guys. He’s supposed
to be a puncher, but I was just on another level
wanted a good fight to showcase my skills and
I’m glad the people on ShoBox got to see it.”
interviewed undefeated middleweight world champion
Claressa Shields before the main event. Shields
and fellow undefeated champion Christina Hammer
will meet on Saturday, April 13 live on SHOWTIME
to crown the women's undisputed 160-pound world
champion. The blockbuster unification from Boardwalk
Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. will be the main event
of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live at 9
p.m. ET/PT and is arguably the most significant
women's boxing event in history (Click https://s.sho.com/2UVWXtE
to watch full interview).
talked about her disdain for Hammer. “I’m going
to keep it 100 percent professional,” she said.
“I don’t like her as a person but that doesn’t
matter. I want to beat her well. She’s just mad
because I’m meaner that her and I’m better than
her. I’m the GLOAT. Greatest lady of all time.
I’m fighting every person that they say I can’t
beat. I’m going to unify my division. I’m going
to be the undisputed champion and nobody is going
to be able to say otherwise.”
fights were promoted by Salita Promotions. The
full telecast will replay on Monday, February
18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will
be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME
Tompkins called the action from ringside with
boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world
champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts.
The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Richard
Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing
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