Boxing PPV slated for Saturday

Boxing’s opening bell rings once again on Saturday evening, June 6, when former IBF super welterweight world champion “King” Carlos Molina headlines the first event on a new Facebook platform boxing pay-per-view series. The opening matchup of a five-bout, Spanish-language, non-spectator broadcast walks to the ring at 9 p.m. ET. Fight fans from around the globe can catch the action exclusively on the FightNight Live and King Carlos Promotions Facebook pages for $5.

Headlining as well as promoting, the former world titleholder Molina (31-11-2, 10 KOs) will face Michi ‘El Matador’ Munoz (27-10-1, 18 KOs), of Leon, Mexico, in the ten-round junior middleweight main event. Continue reading “Boxing PPV slated for Saturday”

Boxing’s opening bell rings once again on Saturday evening, June 6, when former IBF super welterweight world champion “King” Carlos Molina headlines the first event on a new Facebook platform…
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ESPN announces June fight schedule

ESPN has announced its first batch of shows as live boxing finally returns to the airwaves. All of the action below will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with the exception of Navarrete-Lopez in Mexico City. No spectators will be allowed.

June 9:
Shakur Stevenson (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. Felix Caraballo (13-1-2, 9 KOs)
Mikaela Mayer (12-0, 5 KOs) vs. Helen Joseph (17-4-2, 10 KOs)

June 11:
Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KOs) vs. Yenifel Vicente (36-4-2, 28 KOs)
Adam Lopez (13-2, 6 KOs) vs. Luis Coria (12-2, 7 KOs)

June 16:
Joshua Greer Jr. (22-1-1, 12 KOs) vs. Mike Plania (23-1, 12 KOs)
Giovanni Santillan (25-0, 15 KOs) vs. Antonio Demarco (33-8-1, 24 KOs)

June 18:
Jose Pedraza (26-3, 13 KOs) vs. Mikkel LesPierre (22-1-1, 10 KOs)
Gabe Flores Jr. (17-0, 6 KOs) vs. Josec Ruiz (21-2-3, 14 KOs)

June 20:
Emanuel Navarrete (31-1, 27 KOs) vs. Uriel Lopez (13-13-1, 6 KOs)

June 23:
Andrew Moloney (21-0, 14 KOs) vs. Joshua Franco (16-1-2, 8 KOs)
Christopher Diaz (25-2, 16 KOs) vs. Jason Sanchez (15-1, 8 KOs)

ESPN has announced its first batch of shows as live boxing finally returns to the airwaves. All of the action below will take place at the MGM Grand in Las…
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Plania-Greer to clash June 16

According to Sanman Promotions, Filipino world ranked bantamweight prospect “Magic” Mike Plania (23-1, 12 KOs) will clash with WBO #1 ranked bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (22-1-1, 12 KOs) in Top Rank’s closed-door event on June 16 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A catch-weight of 120 pounds has been agreed. Plania will be the first Filipino to fight since the COVID19 lockdown.

“I am aware of my underdog status in this fight but it will serve as my inspiration to come out and win this big. Thanks to God, Sanman Promotions, MR Promotions, Knucklehead and Top Rank for this chance,” Plania stated.

According to Sanman Promotions, Filipino world ranked bantamweight prospect “Magic” Mike Plania (23-1, 12 KOs) will clash with WBO #1 ranked bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (22-1-1, 12 KOs) in Top…
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Curtis Cokes passes at 82

Former world welterweight champion Curtis Cokes has passed away in Dallas at the age of 82. Cokes, who held both the WBA and WBC titles, reigned from 1966 until 1969. He had a record of 62-14-4 with 30 KOs and made five successful world title defenses. Cokes was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.

Former world welterweight champion Curtis Cokes has passed away in Dallas at the age of 82. Cokes, who held both the WBA and WBC titles, reigned from 1966 until 1969.…
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Jimmie Sykes Passes

By Robert Coster

Philadelphia middleweight Jimmie Sykes has passed at age 67. Jimmie had a record of 13-11-1 (9 KOs) but these numbers were misleading in view of the high level of opposition he faced. Boxers like Gerry Cooney, Sumbu Kalambay, Frank Fletcher, Doug De Witt, Andre Cooper etc… Sykes can claim some good victories over quality fighters like Philly favorite Bennie Briscoe, unbeaten Steve Traitz Jr ( 16-0), and Mario Maldonado. Jimmie Sykes always gave a hundred percent each time he stepped into the ring. RIP.

By Robert Coster Philadelphia middleweight Jimmie Sykes has passed at age 67. Jimmie had a record of 13-11-1 (9 KOs) but these numbers were misleading in view of the high…
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The greatest night in South African boxing history

By Ron Jackson

Toweelviccie Vs Manuel OrtizOn May 31, in what is possibly the greatest night in the history of South African boxing, it will be 70 years since Vic Toweel beat Manuel Ortiz, a Mexican-American, considered one of the great bantamweight champions, on points over 15 rounds for the world bantamweight title at the Wembley Stadium in Johannesburg, before a crowd of more than 20 000.

When he won his title, he was the universal world champion; not merely the champion of one of four or more organizations that dish out “world” titles these days. He is still the only South African to be recognized as a universal world champion.

Toweel was, for a while, the best bantamweight in the world when there were only eight recognized weight divisions and champions. Continue reading “The greatest night in South African boxing history”

By Ron Jackson On May 31, in what is possibly the greatest night in the history of South African boxing, it will be 70 years since Vic Toweel beat Manuel…
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Zepeda vs. Baranchyk announced

It’s official that super lightweight José “Chon” Zepeda (31-2, 25 KOs) will face former world champion Ivan Baranchyk (20-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round match on July 7 in Las Vegas.

Promoter Top Rank plans to present up to three boxing cards a week starting on June 9 with a non-title bout between WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson and Felix Caraballo. Two days later, former WBO jr feather champ Jessie Magdaleno meets Yenifel Vicente

Another bout on the agenda is July 2 with WBO junior lightweight champion Jamel Herring vs. Jonathan Oquendo.

It’s official that super lightweight José “Chon” Zepeda (31-2, 25 KOs) will face former world champion Ivan Baranchyk (20-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round match on July 7 in…
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Burns wants to finish career in Glasgow

Ricky Burns says it would be fitting to draw the curtain on his career in Glasgow when the time is right, but the Coatbridge hero is confident he still has plenty more great nights left in the tank as he spoke with Chris Lloyd in the latest episode of Matchroom Boxing’s podcast ‘The Lockdown Tapes’.

Burns (43-8-1, 16 KOs ) created history by becoming Scotland’s first three-weight world champion in May 2016 when he added super-lightweight glory to his super-featherweight and lightweight titles by stopping Michele Di Rocco for the WBA title at the SSE Hydro. Continue reading “Burns wants to finish career in Glasgow”

Ricky Burns says it would be fitting to draw the curtain on his career in Glasgow when the time is right, but the Coatbridge hero is confident he still has…
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McNeeley targets Tyson rematch

Here’s the fight everyone wants to see. Not. Boston Boxing Promotions has announced an offer of $1.1 Million to Mike Tyson to rematch Medfield, Massachusetts native “Hurricane” Peter McNeeley (47-7, 36 KO’s) in a fight a quarter of a century in the making.

Tyson (50-6, 44 KO’s), fought McNeeley coming off a four-year layoff in 1995 and scored two knockdowns en route to McNeeley’s corner throwing in the towel 89 seconds into the fight. McNeeley insists this time things will be different.

“Mike Tyson, do you want me to try to wrap you in a cocoon of horror again?” asked McNeeley when reached for comment. Continue reading “McNeeley targets Tyson rematch”

Here’s the fight everyone wants to see. Not. Boston Boxing Promotions has announced an offer of $1.1 Million to Mike Tyson to rematch Medfield, Massachusetts native “Hurricane” Peter McNeeley (47-7,…
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WBA to hold online convention in July

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Assembly agreed to hold an online convention on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th to kick off the celebration of the centenary of the world’s oldest boxing organization, which will mark 100 years in July 2021.

The 100th convention will be held in Russia next year, but before that, a year-long series of events will take place, beginning with this online convention, as Gilberto Jesús Mendoza confirmed to all the directorate members during their meeting this Thursday morning. Continue reading “WBA to hold online convention in July”

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Assembly agreed to hold an online convention on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th to kick off the celebration of the centenary of the world’s oldest…
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Boxing event in the Dominican Republic collapses

The boxing card that was scheduled to take place on Saturday in the Dominican Republic was abruptly canceled at the last minute by government health authorities on Thursday according to Shuan Boxing Promotion. Two WBA regional titles were going to be at stake. The WBA supports the decision of the Dominican authorities, who know the situation first-hand, and hopes that the event can take place in the future under the ideal conditions complying with all health measures.

Before the cancellation, all the necessary measures had been fulfilled, supported by the safety protocol published by the WBA a few weeks ago. The fighters had already undergone rapid tests for Covid-19 with negative results and the venue of the event had been sanitized.

The boxing card that was scheduled to take place on Saturday in the Dominican Republic was abruptly canceled at the last minute by government health authorities on Thursday according to…
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WBA re-elects Mendoza as president

On Thursday, with the affirmative vote of all its members, the Assembly of the World Boxing Association (WBA) re-elected Gilberto Jesús Mendoza in his position as president of the pioneer organization for the period 2020-2025 to continue the process of modernization that he has been developing in recent years.

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Following the proposal of the election process in accordance with the end of the present 2015-2020 term of office, the full assembly agreed to exhaust the statutory limits and re-elect Gilberto Jesús Mendoza by acclamation. Continue reading “WBA re-elects Mendoza as president”

On Thursday, with the affirmative vote of all its members, the Assembly of the World Boxing Association (WBA) re-elected Gilberto Jesús Mendoza in his position as president of the pioneer…
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Testing Protocol for Saturday’s boxing event

By Robert Coster

Here is the COVID-19 protocol for Saturday’s Shaun Promotions boxing card at the Carlos Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The fights can be seen on ESPN Knockout.

1. Boxers and teams will be separated by an acrylic glass in the locker room

2. First tests have already taken place. Another test at Friday’s weigh-in

3. The teams will be provided with sanitary kits

4. Boxers will use sanitary trunks

5. Surgical masks, gloves, shoes will be tested and provided

6. Boxers will be retested the day of the fight

7. Everybody will undergo sanitary tests upon arriving at the Coliseum

8. The Coliseum can hold 8,000 people, but only 25 will be admitted

9. Teams will use masks and gloves. Boxers will have their own personalized gloves

10. There will only be six bouts on the card

11. Teams will be kept isolated from each other

12. Only three people per team

13. Boxers will be tested again after their fights

By Robert Coster Here is the COVID-19 protocol for Saturday’s Shaun Promotions boxing card at the Carlos Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The fights can be seen…
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Boxing Buzz

ESPN will have live boxing in June, but over on Showtime, they’ve got another month of retreads teed up. The schedule:

Friday, June 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Joshua vs. Klitschko
Broner vs. Maidana

Friday, June 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Tyson vs. Frans Botha
Tyson vs. Julian Francis
Tyson vs. Lou Savarese
Tyson vs. Brian Nielsen
Tyson vs. Clifford Etienne

Friday, June 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham
Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson

Friday, June 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Ward vs. Froch

ESPN will have live boxing in June, but over on Showtime, they’ve got another month of retreads teed up. The schedule: Friday, June 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT Joshua vs.…
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Covid-19 testing completed for Saturday card

Boxers and staff members for this Saturday’s event in the Dominican Republic completed the Covid-19 quick test and the results were negative. Shuan Boxing will organize the event in which two regional titles of the World Boxing Association (WBA) will be at stake, and all the regulations have been fulfilled to carry out this great event in the midst of the current situation.

A total of 45 quick tests were held for fighters, trainers, corner personnel, judges, referees, round girls, announcer, promoters and all those who will be on the premises on Saturday night. Continue reading “Covid-19 testing completed for Saturday card”

Boxers and staff members for this Saturday’s event in the Dominican Republic completed the Covid-19 quick test and the results were negative. Shuan Boxing will organize the event in which…
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NSAC Approves Boxing’s Return

By unanimous vote, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved Top Rank’s request for two live boxing dates at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The events will go on without spectators. ESPN will televise. The dates are June 9 and 11. Strict safety protocols must be followed. More to come…

By unanimous vote, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved Top Rank’s request for two live boxing dates at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The events will go on…
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Boxing Buzz

Sampson Boxing has re-signed former WBA featherweight and super featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) to a promotional contract. From La Romana, Dominican Republic, Fortuna has fought under the Sampson Boxing banner from his pro debut.
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With club show promoters unable to stage boxing shows without revenue from the live gate, FightNight Live has unveiled a new $5 PPV option as a possible alternative revenue model. The Facebook-based platform plans to announce upcoming PPV events as athletic commissions approve fight dates.
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Live televised boxing events are scheduled to return on the Impact Network in mid-July. Impact will stage these live boxing shows without fans in attendance. Possible locations include Las Vegas, Detroit, Chicago, and Florida.
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KHK Sports and MTK Global have announced a boxing summit to be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the autumn of 2020. Following the summit, the Kingdom of Bahrain will host its first ever world title contest, broadcast live to the US, UK and around the world. The underlying message is Bahrain and the entire Middle Eastern region is open for major combat sports events.

Sampson Boxing has re-signed former WBA featherweight and super featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) to a promotional contract. From La Romana, Dominican Republic, Fortuna has fought…
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Fury: I got a call to fight Mike Tyson

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

“I did get a phone call with a chance to fight Mike Tyson,” WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury revealed to BT Sport. “I was like ‘what?’ Yeah, I had a phone call saying ‘would you like to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight?’ I was like ‘hell yeah!’

“So yeah I think [Mike Tyson] is definitely serious about doing some fights or whatever, but he’s fought Holyfield twice so they’re both old now, so I think they’re a bit long in the teeth. But who am I to say anything? What anybody’s capable of? I wouldn’t try and kill anybody’s dreams.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing “I did get a phone call with a chance to fight Mike Tyson,” WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury revealed to BT Sport. “I…
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Interview: Tom Loeffler

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Promoter Tom Loeffler talks about boxing in pandemic times, purses for fighters without gate receipts, Tyson and Holyfield coming back, whether Wladimir could beat current champs, when Vitaly was ready to face Mike Tyson.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Promoter Tom Loeffler talks about boxing in pandemic times, purses for fighters without gate receipts, Tyson and Holyfield coming back, whether Wladimir could beat current champs, when…
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Just six officials to work Saturday’s boxing card

The boxing card that will take place this Saturday night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and that will have two regional titles of the World Boxing Association (WBA) at stake, will have a technical staff of six people for all the fights. The decision to use only six professionals to carry out the technical tasks is due to the Covid-19 situation. A reduced staff allows more comforts and makes the practice of the sport safer.

Jesús Ceballos, Franklin Fulgencio, Maximiliano del Rosario, Maximiliano de Aza, Smailin Valdez and Oscar Peña are the ones appointed to exercise authority during the evening. Peña and Valdez will be the referees and the rest will serve as judges.

In the main fight, Peña will be the third man in the ring and Fulgencio, del Rosario and Ceballos will be the judges. Continue reading “Just six officials to work Saturday’s boxing card”

The boxing card that will take place this Saturday night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and that will have two regional titles of the World Boxing Association (WBA) at stake,…
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Boxing back in Germany June 12

German boxing promoter AGON has received the OK to present a boxing event despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorities in Berlin approved the event application of AGON’s Sports Manager Dr. Strickrodt and under strict hygiene and safety regulations, AGON will conduct eight fights in Berlin’s “Havelstudios” on Friday, June 12th.

Due to the Corona regulations of the senate, only persons directly involved in the event, such as boxers, coaches and judges are allowed to participate. Spectators are not allowed. Continue reading “Boxing back in Germany June 12”

German boxing promoter AGON has received the OK to present a boxing event despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorities in Berlin approved the event application of AGON’s Sports Manager Dr.…
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Arum planning 2 or 3 events per week

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum spoke to Peter Maniatis about how boxing will likely return on June 9 in Las Vegas with Coronavirus restrictions and says there will be two and three shows each week during summer.

Arum said, “This is a very complicated situation because right now with the coronavirus, everything opening up slowly in the States. Some people say premature for the opening so boxing has to proceed with caution. And we have been working exclusively with the Nevada Commission because our headquarters are in Nevada. And we have together with State health authority, with the coronavirus czar in Nevada, worked out of protocols where we can start doing fights as early as June 9 on a basis where there are no spectators, everybody is tested and we’re gonna be doing two to three events every week throughout the summer.” Continue reading “Arum planning 2 or 3 events per week”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Top Rank CEO Bob Arum spoke to Peter Maniatis about how boxing will likely return on June 9 in Las Vegas with Coronavirus…
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Saturday’s WBA twinbill has strict protocols

Saturday’s boxing card in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with two regional WBA belts at stake, will be the first event to follow the new health protocol issued recently by the WBA Medical Committee.

Participants will be tested on Wednesday morning. Then the fighters and their teams will be under quarantine for 24 hours until results come back. Once they test negative for COVID-19, they will be able to go the quarantine hotel. On Thursday, Carlos “Teo” Cruz Coliseum will be disinfected top to bottom.

Everyone involved will be tested and no spectators will be allowed in the arena.

Saturday’s boxing card in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with two regional WBA belts at stake, will be the first event to follow the new health protocol issued recently by the…
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Holyfield Warns Tyson: No BOMBS

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has warned Mike Tyson not to throw bombs at him if they have an exhibition fight. “If I ask him it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,” Holyfield told BBC Sport.

“I don’t want pressure on me that ‘you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him.’ If he hits me I’m gonna hit you back, that’s what boxing is really about. I’m gonna be 58, he’ll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it.

“Anybody that I get in the ring with, if I’m in there with my brother, if he tags me I’m gonna tag him back. If you don’t want me to throw bombs you’d better not throw no bombs.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has warned Mike Tyson not to throw bombs at him if they have an exhibition fight. “If I…
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