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Heavyweight slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz shared his final thoughts from training camp before he steps in to rematch WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder on PPV this Saturday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “As I’ve said before, Wilder is the best heavyweight of this decade and until someone beats him, he will remain the top dog. We have a different strategy in place that I believe will be the difference in this rematch. I have plans to end this fight before the final bell, but if we need to go the distance, I’m well prepared to take it all the way.”

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Heavyweight slugger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz shared his final thoughts from training camp before he steps in to rematch WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder on PPV this…
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Interview: Paul Gallen

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian heavyweight and Rugby League great Paul Gallen talks to Fightnews.com® about the controversial draw that was given after his bout with former Golden Gloves champion and Aussie Rules Football great Barry Hall that happened in Melbourne, Australia on Friday in a pay-per-view bout that could break records. He also discussed recent comments by former heavyweight champion Lucas Browne, and a proposed multi-million dollar contest with Sonny Bill Williams who has recently signed $10 million deal with Toronto Wolfpack Rugby League team in Canada. Continue reading “Interview: Paul Gallen”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian heavyweight and Rugby League great Paul Gallen talks to Fightnews.com® about the controversial draw that was given after his bout with former…
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Leo Santa Cruz Returns Saturday Night

By Miguel Maravilla

Always exciting three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) returns this Saturday night as he takes on Miguel “El Michoacano” Flores, (24-2, 12 KOs) for the WBA Super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fightnews.com caught up with Santa Cruz as he wrapped up his preparation and talked about his next fight.

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“I’m excited to be back. I know that Miguel Flores is going to bring everything,” Leo Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®. “I think I have more to lose in this fight. I won’t let him beat me.”

Santa Cruz will square off against Flores in the co-feature to the heavyweight rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Luis “King Kong” Ortiz live on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View. Continue reading “Leo Santa Cruz Returns Saturday Night”

By Miguel Maravilla Always exciting three-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs) returns this Saturday night as he takes on Miguel “El Michoacano” Flores, (24-2, 12…
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Evan Holyfield featured Saturday in Houston

Forcetrain Promotions presents “NEXT FIGHTUP” this Saturday night at the Arabia Shrine Center, in Houston, Texas. The eight round main event will feature veteran heavyweight Dominic Guinn (37-13-1, 26 KOs taking on Jamal Woods (23-45-7, 16 KOs).

In a special four round attraction, Evan” Young Holy” Holyfield will have his second professional bout. His famed father and former multi-division world champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will be the special guest of honor. Continue reading “Evan Holyfield featured Saturday in Houston”

Forcetrain Promotions presents “NEXT FIGHTUP” this Saturday night at the Arabia Shrine Center, in Houston, Texas. The eight round main event will feature veteran heavyweight Dominic Guinn (37-13-1, 26 KOs…
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Johnson shuts out McFarland in Oregon

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair/Boxingprospects.net

Undefeated Jr. middleweight Chris “The Truth” Johnson (7-0, 1 KO) scored a lop-sided decision win over Auburn, Washington’s Niko McFarland (4-5-2, 1 KO) on Saturday night at the Salem Armory in Salem, Oregon.
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Fighting in one of four pro boxing matchups on the mixed combat sports event staged by Pure Combat, Johnson dominated over five rounds, dropping McFarland twice on his way to securing the unanimous nod from the judges. Continue reading “Johnson shuts out McFarland in Oregon”

By Ricardo Ibarra Photos by Mike Blair/Boxingprospects.net Undefeated Jr. middleweight Chris “The Truth” Johnson (7-0, 1 KO) scored a lop-sided decision win over Auburn, Washington’s Niko McFarland (4-5-2, 1 KO)…
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Beltway Boxers Earn Victories in Glen Burnie

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

A host of local prizefighters gave winning performances in front of a packed house at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, MD on Saturday, November 16th. This card was promoted by Shabazz Brotherz.

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In the main event, highly-touted Baltimore, MD middleweight prospect Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson won a relatively-easy six-round unanimous decision over Delvecchio “Del Chapo” Savage of Tuscaloosa, AL. Continue reading “Beltway Boxers Earn Victories in Glen Burnie”

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside A host of local prizefighters gave winning performances in front of a packed house at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, MD on Saturday,…
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Tereshkin stops Silvens in Jamaica

Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions was back in action Saturday night, with three feature bouts headlining an outdoor card at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica. In the main event of the evening, a battle of two undefeated heavyweights took place, as Vladimir Tereshkin (22-0-1, 12 KOs) was able to earn a six round stoppage win over the hard-hitting Francisco Silvens (23-1, 22 KOs). Continue reading “Tereshkin stops Silvens in Jamaica”

Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions was back in action Saturday night, with three feature bouts headlining an outdoor card at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica. In the main event of…
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Brandon Cook wins comeback fight

Former world title challenger Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (21-2, 14 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Jose Luis Zuniga (16-6-1, 9 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Saturday night at the CAA Centre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It was Cook’s first fight since a TKO3 loss to WBO champion Jaime Munguia 18 months ago in Las Vegas.

Former world title challenger Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (21-2, 14 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Jose Luis Zuniga (16-6-1, 9 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Saturday…
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Mercado dethrones Zarika for WBC 122lb belt

Female super bantamweight Yamileth “Yeimi” Mercado (15-2, 4 KOs) made history by dethroning WBC super bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika (32-13-2, 17 KOs) via unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Poliforo in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. Mercado became the first woman from the Mexican state of Chihuahua to become a world champion.
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“Yeimi” was in command all the way and won by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 98-92 to became the thirteenth Mexican female ever to hold a world title belt. Continue reading “Mercado dethrones Zarika for WBC 122lb belt”

Female super bantamweight Yamileth “Yeimi” Mercado (15-2, 4 KOs) made history by dethroning WBC super bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika (32-13-2, 17 KOs) via unanimous decision on Saturday night at the…
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Cano KOs Ortiz in instant classic

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In an all-out Mexican-style shootout, WBC #6 super lightweight Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (34-7-1, 23 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-5-2, 26 KOs) to successfully retain his WBC International silver super lightweight title on Saturday night at the Plaza De Toros San Miguel De Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico.
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Both fighters savagely tore into each other from the opening bell. Ortiz dropped Cano in round one and had him badly hurt, but Cano ended the fight with a brutal barrage that put Ortiz on the deck prompting a referee’s stoppage in the following stanza. Continue reading “Cano KOs Ortiz in instant classic”

Photo: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy In an all-out Mexican-style shootout, WBC #6 super lightweight Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (34-7-1, 23 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Roberto “Massa”…
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Boesel KOs Fornling in 11 for WBA interim title

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

In a clash for the vacant WBA interim light heavyweight title, WBA #1 Dominic Boesel (30-1, 12 KOs) claimed the belt with an eleventh round KO over WBA #3 Sven Fornling (15-2, 7 KOs) at the Messe Arena in Halle/Saale, Germany.
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Cagey ring technician Boesel was in command early on. Fornling had better results when he starting bringing pressure in round three. Boesel adjusted to Fornling’s charges midway. Boesel put the earmuffs on in round eight while Fornling flailed away. Fornling continued to rough up Boesel in round nine.

The tide turned again in round ten. Fornling’s face was a mess after Boesel touched him up. Boesel flung a seemingly spent Fornling to the canvas in round eleven. When Fornling got up, Boesel opened up with a savage attack and blasted him to the canvas again to end it. Time was 1:12.

Boesel also picked up Fornling’s IBO title with the win. Continue reading “Boesel KOs Fornling in 11 for WBA interim title”

By Karl Freitag Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke In a clash for the vacant WBA interim light heavyweight title, WBA #1 Dominic Boesel (30-1, 12 KOs) claimed the belt…
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Dilmaghani-Fonseca clash ends in draw

Super featherweights Alex Dilmaghani (19-1-1, 8 KOs) and Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2, 19 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw in a bout for the vacant IBO title on Saturday night at the famous York Hall in London.

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Close fight through eight. Dilmaghani was cut over the left eye by an accidental headbutt in round nine and Fonseca clearly got the better down the stretch. Scores were 115-114 for Fonseca and 114-114, 114-114.

Super featherweight John Joe Nevin (14-0, 4 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Francisco’s brother Freddy Fonseca (27-5-1, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA international title. Nevin dropped Fonseca in round two, then was outboxed the rest of the way. Scores were 99-90, 97-92, 97-92.

Super featherweights Alex Dilmaghani (19-1-1, 8 KOs) and Francisco Fonseca (25-2-2, 19 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw in a bout for the vacant IBO title on Saturday night…
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McGregor beats Farooq by split decision

Unbeaten bantamweights lit up the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, as Commonwealth champion Lee McGregor (8-0, 6 KOs) took the British title of hometown hero Kash Farooq (13-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night. Scores were 114-113, 115-112 for McGregor and 114-113 for Farooq as McGregor took a split decision. McGregor was deducted a point for holding in round ten.

Unbeaten super welterweight Kieran Smith (16-0, 7 KOs) overcame two nasty cuts over his left eye to outpoint previously unbeaten Vincenzo Bevilacqua (16-1, 0 KOs) over ten in the first defense of his WBC International silver belt. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 99-91. Continue reading “McGregor beats Farooq by split decision”

Unbeaten bantamweights lit up the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, as Commonwealth champion Lee McGregor (8-0, 6 KOs) took the British title of hometown hero Kash Farooq (13-1, 6 KOs)…
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Undercard Results from Germany

Heavyweight Erik Pfeifer (7-0, 5 KOs) recovered from a third round knockdown to win when opponent 42-year-old Adnan Redzovic (21-4, 9 KOs) quit after round five at the Messe Arena in Halle/Saale, Germany. Pfeifer claimed the vacant WBO Euro heavyweight title.

WBO #15 super middleweight Stefan Haertel (19-1, 3 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO against David Zegarra (34-4, 21 KOs) in a bout for the WBO intercontinental title. Zegarra didn’t seem the worse for wear, but his corner pulled him out after five rounds. Continue reading “Undercard Results from Germany”

Heavyweight Erik Pfeifer (7-0, 5 KOs) recovered from a third round knockdown to win when opponent 42-year-old Adnan Redzovic (21-4, 9 KOs) quit after round five at the Messe Arena…
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Opetaia stops Flanagan in eight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott

WBA #12, IBF #12, WBO #13 cruiserweight Jai Opetaia (19-0, 15 KOs) stopped former WBA cruiserweight challenger Mark Flanagan (24-8, 17 KOs) on Saturday at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia.
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Opetaia dropped Flanagan in round three and again in round seven and the corner of Flanagan retired their charge at the conclusion of round eight. Continue reading “Opetaia stops Flanagan in eight”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Peter McDermott WBA #12, IBF #12, WBO #13 cruiserweight Jai Opetaia (19-0, 15 KOs) stopped former WBA cruiserweight challenger Mark Flanagan (24-8,…
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Fa, Ahio victorious in Salt Lake City

Unbeaten WBO #7 heavyweight Junior Fa (19-0, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over 2004 Olympian Devin Vargas (21-6, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fa, who outweighed Vargas by 49 pounds, dropped the 37-year-old Vargas with a body shot in round five and again to the body in round eight. Vargas put in a good effort, but in the end Fa prevailed by scores of 100-88, 99-89, 97-91.

Unbeaten heavyweight Hemi Ahio (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a second round KO over Joshua Tufte (19-4, 9 KOs). Ahio dropped Tufte at the end of round one and two more times in round two. The carnage was halted at 1:10 of round two. Continue reading “Fa, Ahio victorious in Salt Lake City”

Unbeaten WBO #7 heavyweight Junior Fa (19-0, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over 2004 Olympian Devin Vargas (21-6, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Salt Palace…
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Palmetta stops Vega in Sloan, Iowa

2016 Olympian Alberto Palmetta (13-1, 9 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over previously undefeated welterweight prospect Erik Vega (16-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.

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The bout appeared headed to a ten round decision when Palmetta suddenly launched a furious non-stop barrage that hurt Vega and prompted a referee’s stoppage. Time was 1:03. Entering the final round, Palmetta was ahead 87-84, 87-84, 86-85. Continue reading “Palmetta stops Vega in Sloan, Iowa”

2016 Olympian Alberto Palmetta (13-1, 9 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over previously undefeated welterweight prospect Erik Vega (16-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the WinnaVegas Casino in…
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Fielding demolishes Paziwapazi in two

Former WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding returned Friday for the first time since losing his world title to Canelo Alvarez last December. Fielding (28-2, 16 KOs) scored a second round KO over Abdallah Paziwapazi (26-7-1, 23 KOs) at the Olympia in his hometown of Liverpool, England. Fielding unleashed a devastating four punch that put the aggressive Paziwapazi flat on his back. Time was 2:58.

Former WBO lightweight champion “Turbo” Terry Flanagan (36-2, 14 KOs) outpointed Jayro Duran (14-7, 13 KOs) over eight rounds. Flanagan was credited with a knockdown in round two and went on to win 80-71.

37-year-old four-time world title challenger Martin Murray (40-5-1, 17 KOs) cruised to a one-sided eight round points win over Sladan Janjanin (27-5, 21 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. Score was 80-72.

Lightweight Jeff Ofori (10-1, 3 KOs) overpowered previously unbeaten Ged Carroll (11-1, 0 KOs) over eight rounds by a score of 79-75.

Former WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding returned Friday for the first time since losing his world title to Canelo Alvarez last December. Fielding (28-2, 16 KOs) scored a second…
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WBA cruiser champ Goulamirian KOs Watts in four

Photos: Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten WBA cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian (25-0, 17 KOs) retained his world title with a fourth round knockout over WBA #11 rated Kane Watts (21-4, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Accor Hotel Arena in Paris, France.
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Goulamirian teed off on Watts from the opening bell. After round three, trainer Abel Sanchez implored Goulamirian to “get him out of there.” Goulamirian obliged moments later by dropping Watts for the count with a left hook to the body. Time was 1:08 of round four.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBA cruiserweight super champion Arsen Goulamirian (25-0, 17 KOs) retained his world title with a fourth round knockout over WBA #11 rated Kane Watts (21-4, 13…
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Weights from Ciudad Cuauhtemoc

Yamileth Mercado 121.6 vs. Fatuma Zarika 119.4
(WBC female super bantamweight title)
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Daniel Lugo 127.8 vs. Luis Guzmán 128.3
Bryan Acosta 123.4 vs. Luis Alvarez 124
Jesús Quijada 125.4 vs. Edgar Martínez 126
Cristian Burgos 147.5 vs. Eduardo Ortega 147.5
Manuel Rascón 110.2 vs. Israel López 110.6
Damian Sosa 155 vs. TBA

Venue: Poliforo, Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chih, Mx
Promoters: Zenfer, 2M Promotions
TV: TV Azteca

Continue reading “Weights from Ciudad Cuauhtemoc”

Yamileth Mercado 121.6 vs. Fatuma Zarika 119.4 (WBC female super bantamweight title) Daniel Lugo 127.8 vs. Luis Guzmán 128.3 Bryan Acosta 123.4 vs. Luis Alvarez 124 Jesús Quijada 125.4 vs.…
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WBA gold champ Soro TKOs Vitu in five

Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA super welterweight gold champion Michel Soro (35-2-1, 24 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #15 rated Cedric Vitu (47-4, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Accor Hotel Arena in Paris, France.
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Soro dropped Vitu in round five, then got a referee’s stoppage with his follow up barrage. No time announced.

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Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA super welterweight gold champion Michel Soro (35-2-1, 24 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #15 rated Cedric Vitu (47-4, 19 KOs) on Friday night…
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Shields-Habazin rescheduled for Jan 10

Undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) and former champion Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs) has been rescheduled for January 10 live on Showtime from Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Shields and Habazin will face off for the vacant WBC and WBO 154-pound world titles as Shields attempts to make history as the fastest fighter in boxing, male or female, to become a three-division world champion.

The telecast will also feature a WBA super lightweight world title eliminator between Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15 KOs) and Keith Hunter (11-0, 7 KOs). The winner becomes the mandatory challenger for WBA champion Mario Barrios. Continue reading “Shields-Habazin rescheduled for Jan 10”

Undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) and former champion Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs) has been rescheduled for January 10 live on Showtime from Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.…
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Weights from Norway

Katharina Thanderz 129.2 vs. Danila Ramos 128.1
(WBC interim female super featherweight title)

Kai Robin Havnaa 199.5 vs. Mariano Angel Gudino 200
Kevin Melhus 197.8 vs. Ossie Jervier 198.2
Alexander Hagen 174.8 vs. Emmanuel Feuzeu 177.9
Bernard Torres 128.5 vs. Christian Lopez Florez 129
Kent Erik Baadstad 202.2 vs. Istvan Kun 199.7

Venue: Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: Viasat 4, Viasport + and Viaplay (Norway)

Katharina Thanderz 129.2 vs. Danila Ramos 128.1 (WBC interim female super featherweight title) Kai Robin Havnaa 199.5 vs. Mariano Angel Gudino 200 Kevin Melhus 197.8 vs. Ossie Jervier 198.2 Alexander…
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WBA Convention Recap/Gallery

Photos: Majo Gómez/WBA

The 98th Convention of the World Boxing Association (WBA) this week was a complete success thanks to all the work done during the meetings for the immediate future. With exceptional guests and a great atmosphere, the city of Jiangxi Department hosted the WBA and was filled with boxing for several days.

Various forums and meetings were held with the purpose of improving and making this sport a much fairer activity to protect boxers.

Among the decisions taken in the last few days, the Directorate defined several important issues during its plenary assembly. Among the most important issues is the change on the designation of “Champion in recess” to “Inactive Champion.” Continue reading “WBA Convention Recap/Gallery”

Photos: Majo Gómez/WBA The 98th Convention of the World Boxing Association (WBA) this week was a complete success thanks to all the work done during the meetings for the immediate…
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Boesel, Fornling make weight

Dominic Boesel 174.6 vs. Sven Fornling 174.2
(WBA interim light heavyweight title)

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Stefan Härtel 167.3 vs. David Zegarra TBA
Mohammed Rabii 155.4 vs. Jesus Gurrola 155.6
Peter Kadiru 236.8 vs. Pedro Martinez 225.8
Roman Fress 199.7 vs. David Vicena 200.6
Tom Dzemski 173.3 vs. Zoltan Sera TBA
Erik Pfeifer 244.7 vs. Adnan Redzovic 240.1

Venue: Halle Messe Arena, Halle/Saale, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: ESPN+, MDR (Germany)

Dominic Boesel 174.6 vs. Sven Fornling 174.2 (WBA interim light heavyweight title) Stefan Härtel 167.3 vs. David Zegarra TBA Mohammed Rabii 155.4 vs. Jesus Gurrola 155.6 Peter Kadiru 236.8 vs.…
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