Monday, September 16, 2019


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Press Release: September 16, 2019 By Sanman Promotions – WBO NABO lightweight champion Romero “Ruthless” Duno (W21 KO16 L1 D0) successfully defended his belt by battering Ivan Delgado (W13 KO6 L3 D2). Duno masterfully dominated his opponent who failed to answer the bell in the eighth round thus the stoppage win.
Duno was ecstatic on the win. Delgado was a good fighter and I respect him. Now that got another win in my record I am calling out Ryan Garcia. Mexicans are warriors. Show them you’re not scared of fighting anyone. I respect you. You’re good. That’s why I want to fight you.”, Duno stated.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Haney, Serrano, And Hunter Victorious At Madison Square Garden

In a clash of undefeated prospects Lightweight contender Devin Haney scored a fourth round stoppage of previously undefeated Zaur Abdullaev on Friday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. Haney controlled the fight from the opening bell working behind a consistent jab, using angles, mixing in combinations, and countering effectively when Abdullaev missed with his punches. The one-sided action was halted at the end of the fourth round when Abdullaev’s corner asked for the fight to be stopped citing a possible broken cheekbone suffered by their fighter. Devin Haney advances to 23-0, with 16 Knockouts. Zaur Abdullaev falls to 11-1, with 7 Knockouts.

Also on this card, in a battle for the Women’s WBO Featherweight world championship seven-division world champion Amanda Serrano scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated champion Heather Hardy to regain the WBO Featherweight world championship. Serrano put pressure on Hardy from the outset and unleashed a barrage of punches that appeared as though it might be enough to get a stoppage in the first round with Hardy seemingly trapped on the ropes. Hardy however, showed her mettle and skill ad she as able to slightly change the tempo of the combat in the middle rounds. Although the champion was very “Game “ from start to finish, Serrano’s harder punches and consistent pressure were the story of the fight as she went on to win earn the decision. Official scores were: 98-92, and 99-91(On two scorecards) in favor of Serrano. Amanda Serrano advances to 37-1-1, with 27 Knockouts. Heather Hardy falls to 22-1, with 4 Knockouts.

In a Heavyweight bout top contender Michael Hunter scored a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Sergey Kuzmin.Hunter used an athletic style to consistently beat Kuzmin to the punch. Hunter dropped Kuzmin with a solid left hook to the head in round five and continued to out work Kuzmin down the stretch to secure a convincing decision victory. Official scores were: 117-110 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Hunter. Michael Hunter advances to 18-1, with 12 Knockouts. Sergey Kuzmin falls to 15-1, with 11 Knockouts.

Undefeated Jr. Featherweight Raymond Ford outpointed Rafael Castillo over four rounds. Official scores were: 40-36 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Ford. Raymond Ford advances to 4-0, with 1 Knockout. Rafael Castillo falls to 1-4, with 0 Knockouts.

Also in the Jr. Featherweight division Darren Cunningham remained undefeated by scoring a six round unanimous decision over Jonathan Ramos. Darren Cunningham advances to 10-0, with 5 Knockouts. Jonathan Ramos falls to 18-25-5, with 6 Knockouts.

Jr. Welterweight Wesley Ferrer scored an eight round unanimous decision over Larry Fryers. Official scores were: 80-72, and 79-73 on two scorecards in favor of Ferrer.Wesley Ferrer advances to 14-1-1, with 7 Knockouts. Larry Fryers falls to 11-2, with 4 Knockouts.

Heavyweight Mahammadrasul Majidov successfully made his professional debut with a fourth round stoppage of Ed Fountain.  Mahammadrasul Majidov advances to 1-0, with 1 Knockout. Ed Fountain falls to 12-7, 5 Knockouts.

In the Jr. Featherweight division undefeated 2016 Olympic Bantamweight Bronze medalist Murodjon Akhmadaliev scored an impressive fourth round stoppage over Wilner Soro. Akhmadaliev, who was supposed to face WBA Jr. Featherweight world champion Daniel Roman, but had a change in opponent due to an injury to the world champion, took his time early and did not give Soto, who took the fight on six days notice any openings due to his foot work. As the fight progressed Akhmadaliev picked up his offensive output and Soto simply had no answer to combat Akhmadaliev’s arsenal. A barrage of punches that had Soto against the ropes taking punishment brought an end to the fight at 1:56 of round four. Murodjon Akhmadaliev advances to 7-0, with 6 Knockouts. Wilner Soto falls to 22-7, with 12 Knockouts.

In the Welterweight division unbeaten prospect Daniyar Yeleussinov scored a first round knockout over previously undefeated Reshard Hicks. A jab to the body followed by a flush left hand that landed behind the ear of Hicks set of a barrage of punches that forced Hicks to take a knee. Moments later another left hand from Yeleussinov put Hicks down for a second time and out at 2:38 of round one. Daniyar Yeleussinov advances to 8-0, with 4 Knockouts. Reshard Hicks falls to 12-1-1, with 6 Knockouts.

In the Lightweight division Christian Bermudez successfully made his professional debut by scoring a second round knockout over Jonathan Conde. A flush left hook to the jaw sent Conde down in round two. The bout was immediately stopped by Referee Sparkle Lee at 1:56 of the round. Christian Bermudez advances to 1-0, with 1 Knockout. Jonathan Conde falls to 1-3, with 1 Knockout.

This card featured a little of everything. Excitement, Knockouts, and world-class Boxing. A few things to take away from this card are not only the continued growth and long overdue recognition for the sport of Women’s Boxing in two world champions putting it all on the line and more importantly elevating their sport by displaying class and respect for each other both before and after their fight, but also several prospects on various levels all continuing to progress in their respective careers.

For Michael Hunter, his victory over Sergey Kuzmin will continue to move him up the rankings in the hopes of securing another opportunity at a world championship after previously challenging for a world championship in the Cruiserweight division. Devin Haney meanwhile earned interim championship status in the World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight ratings, which makes him the number one contender for current unified WBO/WBA/WBC world champion Vasyl Lomachenko. Although he will likely have to wait a period of time before getting his shot at whomever the WBC champion is, if he continues putting forth the types of impressive performances he has in his recent fights including against Zaur Abdullaev, it may only be a matter of time before those of us who cover the sport and fans of Boxing are including Devin Haney in the discussion of the best pound for pound fighters in the world.

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Press Release: By DAZN – LOS ANGELES (Sept. 13, 2019) – Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 34 KOs), the face of boxing and the king of the middleweight division, will take on a new challenge as he moves into the 175-pound weight class in a 12-round bout against champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 28 KOs) for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be streamed exclusively live on DAZN in all of its nine markets, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. 

Tickets for Canelo vs. Kovalev are priced at $1,754, $1,254, $854, $654, $404 and $204, not including applicable service charges and taxes. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at

“We promised to make this fight happen, and now we are delivering it,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Historic fights have been a hallmark of this company, and we are pleased to once again live up to the high expectations we’ve set for our fans. The best pound-for-pound fighter is also boxing’s biggest star. Few fighters in boxing’s history can claim to be both like Canelo Alvarez. Now, he’ll look to become a four-division world champion against one of the most dangerous fighters of recent years, and I’m certain that he will stop him. There’s no better home for this than on the DAZN platform or live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.”

Canelo, the 29-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, became the face of boxing by taking on some of the biggest names in the sport. At 154 pounds, Canelo captured several world titles and defeated the likes of Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Sugar Shane MosleyAlfredo “El Perro” AnguloErislandy “The American Dream” Lara and Liam “Beefy” Smith.

At 160 pounds, Canelo defeated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs to establish himself as the king of the middleweight division. And, shortly after signing a groundbreaking partnership with global sports streaming giant DAZN, Canelo moved into the 168-pound division by stopping Rocky Fielding in three rounds to become the WBA Super Middleweight World Champion.

Canelo will now look to make history once again by becoming the second Mexican boxer to hold a world title in the light heavyweight division, a feat only done by Julio Cesar Gonzalez in 2003. The pound-for-pound king will at the same time join an elite group of four-division world champions from Mexico.

“The second phase of my career is continuing just as we had planned, and that’s why we are continuing to make great fights to enter into the history books of boxing,” said Canelo Alvarez. “That’s also why I’ve decided to jump two weight classes against one of the most feared champions of recent years. Kovalev is a dangerous puncher, and he’s naturally the bigger man, but that’s the kind of challenges and risks that I like to face.”

Credit: Main Events
On November 2nd, Kovalev, 36, will participate in his 17th consecutive world title bout and the most lucrative fight of his career against the biggest star in boxing. A Russian knockout artist and three-time light heavyweight world champion, “Krusher” is no stranger to fighting in hostile territory. He captured the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title in 2013 when he traveled to Wales and scored a stunning knockout of Nathan Cleverly. Kovalev traveled to Atlantic City to meet future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins near his Philadelphia home to unify the WBO, WBA and IBF titles with a lopsided unanimous decision victory in 2014. As unified champion, “Krusher” successfully defended his titles twice against current WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal in Pascal’s hometown of Montreal, scoring a stoppage victory both times.

Kovalev suffered two controversial losses to former Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward (in 2016 and 2017) and a surprise upset to Eleider Alvarez last year, but quickly regained his WBO Light Heavyweight Title each time. In August, the road warrior finally got the chance to fight in his own hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia, stopping undefeated mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde in a sold-out arena.

When asked about this fight, Kovalev said, “In order to be the best you have to beat the best. I have always tried to fight the toughest opponents in my division, but many have ducked me throughout my career. Canelo wanted to fight me; to step up to higher weight and challenge for my belt. I will be ready on November 2nd. Thank you, Main Events, Kathy Duva, Egis Klimas, DAZN and Canelo for making this fight happen.”

“Canelo is to be praised for asking to challenge Sergey Kovalev,” added Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva. “Win or lose, he will make history and Sergey is extremely pleased to get the chance to test his mettle against another future Hall of Famer.” She continued, “Anyone who cares at all about the Sweet Science should circle November 2nd on their calendar. I have a feeling that this will be one for the ages.”

“Canelo vs. Kovalev is a fascinating matchup between champions that will highlight our entire season of premium fights on DAZN over the next several months,” said DAZN Group Executive Chairman John Skipper. “Simply stated, this is the best schedule in boxing history.”

Richard Sturm, President of Las Vegas Live Entertainment and Sports, said, “We look forward to hosting this tremendous matchup between Canelo and Kovalev at MGM Grand in November. These two great fighters always put on a fantastic show and we are confident they will, once again, provide boxing fans worldwide a thrilling fight when they return to Las Vegas.”

Canelo vs. Kovalev is a 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title presented by Golden Boy, Main Events and Krusher Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and Brand-New Grapefruit Crush, Knockout Flavor. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019


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Press Release: By DAZN – LOS ANGELES (Sept. 12, 2019): Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico and African warrior Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at Dignity Health Sports Park ahead of their 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the aforementioned Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Undercard fighters such as Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs), Avery "A-Plus" Sparrow (10-1, 3 KOs), and Franchon "The Heavy-Hitting Diva" Crews-Dezurn (5-1, 2 KOs) also participated in the event.

Below is what some of today's participants had to say at the presser. 

JAIME MUNGUIA, WBO Junior Middleweight Champion:

"I feel very honored and happy to be representing my country on this important date. I feel ready and I'm prepared to deliver everyone a great show that is worthy of the date of Sept. 14. I had a great preparation, perhaps one of my best training camps, and I want to thank Erik Morales for everything he's been showing me along with Fernando as well. I hope that this Saturday you see a Jaime Munguia that's totally different. I'm ready, I'm going to give it my everything."

PATRICK ALLOTEY, Junior Middleweight Contender: 

"I feel good. I feel good for this Saturday because I prepared for this fight. When I heard the rumors about this fight, I thought wow, this fight needs to happen, I need to be a world champion too. Like Oscar said, in Ghana we have great fighters, and I'm very happy to become one of them. I know Munguia is a very good fighter and he has power like I do, and I know come Saturday, Munguia is coming to throw his big shots and he thinks he can knock Patrick Allotey out. But no, because I'm also a great fighter and also have power like he does. I'm coming to fight and win. So I think on Saturday it will be a very good fight. I think the best man will win." 

RYAN GARCIA. Lightweight Contender:

"This Saturday, I just plan to show all my improvements in the ring. [Avery] claims that he has a lot of experience. He has 11 fights - I don't know how much experience you can have with that. I was in amateurs maybe even longer than him. I have just as much experience, and I've been working in the gym to get better and better every single day. I know there's a lot of pressure on me, a lot of hype, and I know the things people say about me. The only thing I look to do is to become the best fighter I can be. This Saturday, stay tuned, it's going to be a good one, I'm looking to prove myself and earn that respect in the ring."

"A lot of people like to focus on my Instagram, you don't hear me talk about it, everybody else just talks about it. It just connects me to my fans, and why wouldn't I want to connect to the people who support me?"

AVERY SPARROW, Super Featherweight Contender:

"I naturally weigh 126 pounds, I can get here easy. Unfortunately, we can't get no fights there, we can't get no fights at 130. My last fight was at 135 pounds, I dropped him two times, I controlled the whole fight. I felt good, I felt strong, and that was coming off a year layoff. This time, I had a great camp, I'm feeling solid, I got a lot of people backing me, supporting me. This opportunity I'm going to take full advantage of."

"Ryan Garcia is a great fighter but he's yet to be proven. When I fought in 2017, which is some years ago, I defeated Jose Lopez, who was Ryan's last opponent. He's getting guys that I already beat. He hasn't really been put in tough. To me, I really don't see this as a tough fight. He comes in, he only has one plan, to knock everybody out. When he goes the distance, he has a tough time, he has no inside game. It's a lot of things that Ryan has to prove. There's not a lot of things that I have to prove. The first 15, 16 fights when you've signed with an elite promotional company are favored for you to win. So this opportunity is for Ryan Garcia to show he is who he really says he is. If he beats me, then you can be sure Ryan Garcia is on to do big things. But after I beat him, he still has time to grow, he still has time to be a world champion, but I think he bit off more than he can chew. Come this weekend, the world will see that Ryan Garcia is over with. Ryan Garcia has a lot to prove, and he's going to have to prove it because I'm coming to fight. You better tune in because it's going to be an exciting fight and Ryan Garcia is done."

FRANCHON CREWS-DEZURN, WBC Super Middleweight World Champion:

"I'm just so excited right now, I feel like a kid in a candy store. Sept. 14 is long etched in boxing history for the last decade. That's when some of the best fights take place. To have the opportunity through Golden Boy to defend the title and to get to present myself to the world as I see it - as a champion not only in boxing, but in life - is a highlight of my life. Everyone is talking about how strong and big my opponent is, but my heart and my intellect is going to be stronger. I fought an undisputed unified champion and was blessed to hold my own, and with a good training camp and people in my corner, having then in my behind me, you guys are going to see the best version of me. I'm not coming to play, I'm coming to slay, I'm coming to entertain. I make my own outfits, I make my own boxing attire. Get ready for a show."

ERIK MORALES, Trainer to Jaime Munguia:

"It's an honor to be training the new face of Mexican boxing. And overall, very satisfying to be training a younger boxer who has a lot of desire, a lot of motivation, and has the goal set on being one of the faces of boxing. What we've done is to make sure we utilize what he has and exploit those abilities in the ring, and this Saturday, you will see that."

FERNANDO BELTRAN, CEO of Zanfer Promotions:

"I think it's going to be a sensational fight. Sept. 16 is sensational and I think it's a great, great fight. I think Oscar putting fighters with other promoters is what boxing is all about. I congratulate Oscar and I'm very happy to be in this strategic partnership. And, I think Munguia is the next face of boxing - without a doubt."

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy:

"Sept. 16 has held the biggest boxing events in the history of the sport. You have to go back to Julio Cesar Chavez, some of my fights, Canelo, and now, Jaime Munguia and Ryan Garcia and all these fights here. It's about staging the best event at the best stadium, but there's something about Saturday night that's going to be fireworks."

"We decided to headline Jaime Munguia, who is a world champion in his own right, he's a WBO world champion, but we had to put him with a real tough fighter. A real fighter who's going to come and derail those plans. That's what boxing's all about - a coin flip. And when we were looking at his opponent, or the contender, when I talked to Roberto Diaz and Eric Gomez, they mentioned to me a fighter from Ghana. It instantly reminded me of Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, it reminded me of tough, tough fighters. We instantly said yes, [Allotey] is the guy because fighters from Ghana - they come to fight, they have passion." 

"We signed [Ryan] in 2016, and he's been developing as a solid contender, as a fighter we feel can reach the stars. He's trained by a great trainer in Eddy Reynoso, who is bringing out the best in him. So we feel very excited to see exactly what is yet to come. He's defeated fighters such as Carlos Morales, Jayson Velez, Jose Lopez, Braulio Rodriguez, and like I said, being trained by Eddy Reynoso is going to take him to that next level that everybody aspires to be at."

"Women's boxing is not on the rise. It's already here. We at Golden Boy Promotions feel proud that we can showcase these talents and continue to open the doors for much bigger and better things for women's boxing."

BERNARD HOPKINS, Golden Boy Partner and Future Hall of Famer:

"I believe the women's match is probably going to really try to take over this entire card. I'm excited to see that. Everybody here has the opportunity to show their talents on a high scale. Enjoy the fight. Look at the talent that's here, there's champions and some wannabe champions. Understand that this is what boxing is all about - to bring the best, whether they're starting at a level before they get to the top level or they're already there."

Munguia vs. Allotey is a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight Championship presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING," Hennessy "Never Stop. Never Settle," and Orange Crush. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Tickets for Munguia vs. Allotey are on sale and are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at goldenboytickets.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at Dignity Health Sports Park Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

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Munguia vs. Allotey takes place on Saturday, September 14th at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The card can be seen in the United States and several international countries on digital sports streaming network DAZN beginning at 7PM ET/4PM PT. For more information about DAZN including schedules, compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit:

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Press Release: By DAZN – NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2019 – The fighters tipped the scales on Thursday afternoon, a day ahead of the fantastic Matchroom Boxing USA card on Friday, Sept. 13 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

After an electrifying debut on DAZN in May, lightweight superstar Devin Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) will headline the night against Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KOs) for the interim WBC World Lightweight Title. In the co-main event, record-breaking seven-weight World Champion Amanda Serrano (36-1-1, 27 KOs) challenges WBO World Female Featherweight Titlist Heather Hardy (22-0, 4 KOs), and Michael Hunter (17-1, 12 KOs) will take on undefeated Sergey Kuzmin (15-0, 11 KOs) in a heavyweight bout.

DAZN coverage of the preliminary bouts will begin at 7 p.m. ET, with the main card starting at 9 p.m. ET.

Lightweight Bout @ 135 lbs.

Devin Haney: 134.6 lbs.

Zaur Abdullaev: 134.6 lbs.

Female Featherweight Title Bout @ 126 lbs.

Amanda Serrano: 125.8 lbs.

Heather Hardy: 125.8 lbs.

Heavyweight Bout

Sergey Kuzmin: 258.4 lbs.

Michael Hunter: 221.4 lbs.


DAZN is the largest global sports streaming platform in the world. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded across four continents with the app currently available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The platform features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device - including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features live MLB action each day of the season with its new daily show, ChangeUp. The much-anticipated daily program The Pat McAfee Show launched in September.

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Haney vs. Abdullaev takes place tomorrow night (Friday, September 13th) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. The card can be seen in the United States and several international countries on digital sports streaming network DAZN beginning at 7PM ET/4PM PT. For more information about DAZN including schedules, compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: Check your local listings internationally.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Previewing A Big Stretch Of Boxing For Mexican Independence Day Weekend

Mexican Independence Day weekend has traditionally been one of the hottest in the sport of Boxing for many years. A weekend where some of the sport’s biggest stars have competed often in high-profile bouts that more often than not are some of the most-anticipated fights during a calendar year. While it was expected that the weekend this year would be headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, one of Boxing’s biggest draws, Alvarez will not be competing. The Boxing fan should not feel disappointed however, because two of the sport’s major television players, DAZN and ESPN+ will feature a buffet of Boxing over September 13th-14th that will likely leave the fan more than satisfied.

The action will kick off on Friday, September 13th with a card taking place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. The card, which will be broadcast on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN will be promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Headlining this card will be undefeated Lightweight contender Devin Haney who will square off against fellow undefeated contender Zaur Abdullaev in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds.

Beyond this fight being an encounter between two undefeated Lightweight contenders, this bout will also be for interim championship status in the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) Lightweight ratings. As readers know, last week this observer discussed the strong likelihood of the Lightweight division heading towards full unification. What this means for the winner of the bout between Haney and Abdullaev is a position as the WBC’s number one contender for current WBC/WBA/WBO Lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

While the winner of this fight will likely have to wait a period of time before getting that opportunity to fight for a world championship due to both the WBC championship currently being unified and the likely scenario of Lomachenko meeting the winner of the mandated IBF Lightweight world championship fight between champion Richard Commey and undefeated number one contender Teofimo Lopez to determine an undisputed Lightweight world champion. From a contender’s perspective it can be frustrating due to mandatory challengers getting their opportunities on an annual basis in circumstances where there is a unified or undisputed world champion, a fight like this could be used to generate interest in what will likely be a lucrative fight for the contender when that fight does take place.

Devin Haney has been a rising star and an impressive victory in this fight will generate the type of buzz that will build anticipation for a world championship fight. The obvious danger however, is the possibility of looking ahead towards that potential fight and not focusing on the opponent standing across the ring.

Haney will enter the fight with a record of 22-0, with 14 Knockouts. In his last fight, Haney scored a seventh round knockout over Antonio Moran. The native of San Francisco, CA has a solid mix of hand speed and punching power as was evident in his win over Moran and has worked his way into the number two position in the WBC ratings. Although Haney has an impressive record, a question that is often asked of unbeaten prospects/contenders is when will the fighter get a test.

In regard to this fight, there is an element of the unknown. Zaur Abdullaev will enter the fight with a record of 11-0, with 7 Knockouts. The native of Dydymkin, Russia is currently rated number four in the WBC Lightweight ratings. While some may describe Abdullaev’s record as impressive, but limited and also keeping in mind Abdullaev had a limited amateur career before briefly competing in the semi-professional World Series of Boxing, he does have a notable win in his career including over longtime contender Hank Lundy.

If one were to consider Abdullaev’s two World Series of Boxing bouts as amateur fights, he still has an overall limited resume when you factor in that he only had seven official amateur fights. What makes this an interesting comparison is Haney had twenty-nine fights as an amateur before he turned professional in December 2015.

While the overall experience is in Haney’s favor, it will be interesting to see what Abdullaev will bring into this fight. This will also be the first time Abdullaev will be fighting outside of Russia and it can be a shock for fighters competing in the United States for the first time and even more so fighting in Madison Square Garden. Although this fight will take place in the theater adjacent to Madison Square Garden’s main arena, the aura of fighting in The Garden is still real and will likely be a factor for both fighters as Haney will also be making his MSG debut.

Also on this card will be a battle for the Women’s WBO Featherweight world championship between undefeated champion Heather Hardy and former multi-division world champion Amanda Serrano. This in my view could be the fight of the night on this card.

Heather Hardy will enter the fight unbeaten in twenty-two professional fights having scored knockouts in four of those bouts. In her last fight, Hardy won the WBO world championship with a ten round unanimous decision over Shelly Vincent in October of last year. Coincidentally, the venue of her last fight is the same for this fight. What makes this an interesting fight beyond it being an encounter between two world champions is in Amanda Serrano, Hardy will be facing a fighter who has shown an ability to move up and down in weight with relative ease winning world titles as high as the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division and in her last fight, also in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Serrano scored a first round knockout over Eva Voraberger to win a world championship in the 115lb. Jr. Bantamweight division in January of this year.

Serrano, who will enter the fight having won thirty-six of thirty-eight professional fights has also held the world championship that Hardy currently holds that will be on the line in this fight. While Serrano has an edge in terms of experience, this figures to be a well-matched encounter between two boxer/punchers.

What this bout may come down to is who can dictate the combat. It is important to remember particularly for the casual fan that Women’s fights have two minute rounds. Even though much as is the case in Men’s bouts knockouts do occur, Women’s bouts are usually fought at a fast-pace and it is not unusual to see fights end up being close on the scorecards if they do go the distance. With this in mind, it will be interesting to see who can stand out in this fight given both are similar in style and both have similar height and reach. Both women know how to win decisions and both can score a knockout should the opportunity present itself. Although yours truly does not like to give predictions, I would be surprised if this fight is not a close and competitive battle for however long it lasts.

Rounding out the card is an intriguing Heavyweight bout between top contenders Michael Hunter and Sergey Kuzmin. This fight pits two top Heavyweight contenders against each other in what has become one of the more interesting divisions in the sport. After a long period where the Heavyweights were dominated by the Klitschko brothers, the division has become one where arguably any top contender could give a reigning world champion a tough fight and in some cases, able to derail that champion. This was evident earlier this year when top contender Andy Ruiz stepped into a world championship fight on short notice and scored a knockout of previously undefeated unified world championship Anthony Joshua in the main arena of Madison Square Garden.

While the top of the division is set for the remainder of 2019, a fight such as Hunter-Kuzmin could well determine who might challenge for a world championship in 2020. Hunter, a former world title challenger in the Cruiserweight division has established himself as a top contender as a Heavyweight having gone unbeaten in five fights since moving up in weight after losing a twelve round unanimous decision to Oleksandr Usyk in April 2017 in his only career loss.

Hunter however, has scored knockouts in four of his five bouts as a Heavyweight including impressive wins over Alexander Ustinov and Fabio Maldonadoin his last two fights and will enter into this fight having won seventeen of eighteen professional fights overall. The opposition for Hunter on this card will come in the form of the unbeaten Sergey Kuzmin. Kuzmin, who will enter this bout undefeated in fifteen professional fights, has scored knockouts in eleven of those bouts including wins over the likes of David Price and Joey Dawejko. Kuzmin is coming off of a ten round majority decision over Dawejko in March of this year.

The story here in my eyes will come down to who will be able to control the pace. While the reader has already seen this observer use this line in this column, allow me to explain why this also fits in regard to this fight. Hunter is a fighter who has a good mix of hand speed and punching power. In his fight against Alexander Ustinov, a fighter who stands nearly 6’8 and weighed 279lbs. for the fight was out worked by the quicker Hunter and ultimately broken down as Hunter was able to stip him in the ninth round.

In contrast, Kuzmin has also scored knockouts by gradually wearing his opponents down as he did in his fights against David Price and LaRon Mitchell, but has a more methodical approach and at times this can result in fights being fought at a slow pace. Although I felt Joey Dawejko did enough to win the decision in Kuzmin’s last fight, Kuzmin is a fighter who knows how to make fighters fight his type of fight and it might come down to who is able to implement their fight plan that will determine who will get the upper hand in this fight. Whomever comes out on top will likely be in a position to secure a lucrative fight in 2020. Whether or not that fight will be a world championship fight remains to be seen.

One Heavyweight that will also see action during the weekend will be undefeated former unified Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who will face undefeated contender Otto Wallin in a fight that can be seen on digital sports streaming network ESPN+ on Saturday, September 14th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV that will be promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc.

Fury, who will enter the fight unbeaten in twenty-nine professional fights appears to be heading towards a rematch with undefeated WBC Heavyweight world championship Deontay Wilder at some point next year in what would be a return encounter of their draw in December of last year. Before that can come to fruition however, both Fury and Wilder will face other opposition. For Fury, who is coming off of a second round knockout over previously undefeated Tom Schwarz three months ago, that fight will come against another unbeaten, but untested fighter in the form of Otto Wallin.

Wallin will go into this fight having won all twenty of his professional fights and to his credit is the current European Heavyweight champion. As was the case with Fury’s fight against Tom Schwarz in June, an argument some have stated is that this will be a mis-match that is likely to favor the former world champion. While Fury has faced a higher level of competition, you simply do not know what to expect when two unbeaten fighters enter the ring to do battle. Wallin has scored knockouts in thirteen of his twenty career wins and this is similar to Fury’s having scored knockouts in twenty of his twenty-eight career victories.

The challenge for the European Heavyweight champion will be to find a way to combat Fury’s awkwardness and elusive style. Despite his 6’9 frame and 85” reach. Fury is not necessarily a knockout puncher and has shown that he can be difficult to hit cleanly at times. Wallin must find a way to get Fury’s respect from the outset to have a chance in this fight. Wallin stands nearly 6’6 and will be at a seven inch reach disadvantage. Whether or not Wallin will be able to apply the type of pressure on Fury on a consistent basis that one would think could lead to success in this fight remains to be seen.

If Fury is successful in this fight he will likely wait to see what happens with Deontay Wilder who is expected to next defend his portion of the World Heavyweight championship in a rematch against top contender Luis Ortiz later this year, before deciding who he will fight next. Fury must first tend to business this weekend against Otto Wallin.

Finally, the weekend of Boxing action will conclude with a card also on September 14th from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, which can be seen on DAZN that will be promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. This card will be headlined by undefeated WBO Jr. Middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia, who will be making the fifth defense of his world championship against WBO number thirteen rated contender Patrick Allotey. Unbeaten in thirty-three professional fights, Munguia has scored knockouts in twenty-six of those bouts registering a career knockout percentage of nearly 80%.

Recently however, Munguia has appeared to have difficulty making the 154lb. Jr. Middleweight limit, which has fueled speculation as to how much longer he will remain in the weight class before opting to move up in weight. There was also speculation that Munguia was a potential opponent for current unified Middleweight world champion Saul Alvarez. While nothing to date has come of the possibility of Munguia facing Alvarez down the line, this fight against Patrick Allotey does have an interesting storyline that accompanies it.

Following a close twelve round majority decision in his last fight against top contender Dennis Hogan, an addition was made to the champion’s camp. The addition came in the form of former multi-division world champion and Hall of Famer Erik Morales. Morales won world championships in four weigh classes ranging from the 122lb. Jr. Featherweight division to the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division was one of the top fighters of the last twenty-five years in the entire sport. A man who could knock an opponent out with either hand, but also a fighter who had a complete arsenal of skills can do nothing, but add to Munguia’s already intimidating skill set.

The thing that interests me about the addition of Morales to Munguia’s team is to see what tactical adjustments Morales might be able to implement into Munguia’s fight plan. Although Morales was capable of scoring knockouts and did have an entertaining style, over time Morales evolved into a complete boxer who was also capable of out Boxing his opponents.

Munguia’s last fight against Dennis Hogan created some doubt as some felt that Hogan deserved the decision. The fight, which was a mandatory defense for Munguia, now allows him an elective defense against a top twenty contender. Enter Patrick Allotay.

Allotey will enter this fight, his first opportunity at a world championship having won forty of his forty-three professional fights. Although Allotey does have an impressive record, he has faced several fighters that are not well-known particularly to Boxing fans here in the United States. Allotay has also been knocked out in two of his three losses including against his best known opponent to date Patrick Teixeira in April 2015.

Since his last loss, a twelve round unanimous decision to undefeated prospect Kanat Islam in October 2016, Allotey has won six straight fights. Even though this fight has all the appearance of what most in the sport refer to as a “Stay Busy” fight for Munguia, the question of this fight will be whether or not Allotey will be able to get the respect of the champion and pose a challenge to Munguia.

With signs appearing to indicate a move up in weight for Munguia both due to physical reasons as well as to seek potentially more lucrative fights down the line, the question of whether Munguia is taking Allotey lightly will be asked by at least a few people as this fight approaches. Boxing however, as this observer has said often over the is a sport of opportunity and this is clearly the biggest opportunity in the career of Patrick Allotay and if he can pose a challenge to Munguia, this could be an interesting fight to watch.

The undercard of Munguia-Allotey features three bouts in Boxing’s Super-Middleweight and Lightweight divisions. In a battle for the Women’s WBC Super-Middleweight world championship champion Franchon Dezurn will make the first defense of her world title against undefeated Women’s WBC Heavyweight world champion Aljandra Jimenz.

This may be only the second time in the history of the sport that yours truly can remember a current Heavyweight world champion moving down to challenge for a world title in a lower weight class. The first was future Hall of Famer Roy Jones, who successfully moved up from the 175lb. Light-Heavyweight division to defeat WBA Heavyweight world champion John Ruiz in March 2003 before opting to move back down to the Light-Heavyweight division to challenge then WBC world champion Antonio Tarver later that year.

While yours truly has always maintained the stance that Jones moving back down in weight was ultimately a mistake as he was never the same fighter after that, in Jimenz’s case, she has not defended her Heavyweight world championship in nearly two years and gradually moved back down in weight having competed in both the Light-Heavyweight and the 168lb. Super-Middleweight division in her last three fights. The challenger will enter the fight unbeaten with a record of 12-0-1, with 9 Knockouts, which gives her an experience edge over the champion who will enter with a record of 5-1, with 2 Knockouts.

Although some might be critical of this being a world championship fight with two fighters with limited records, it is important to remember that Women’s Boxing is still a growing sport and thanks to digital networks like DAZN, ESPN+,  Fite TV, and cable network Showtime is finally receiving long overdue exposure and recognition, which over time will help grow the sport. It should also be pointed out that in the case of Dezurn, she has far more experience overall than her current professional record would suggest having competed in sixty-seven amateur fights including against multi-division world champion Claressa Shields, who she also fought as a professional. Shields is one of the biggest stars in the sport currently and that is Dezurn’s only defeat thus far as a professional.

What this fight will come down to in my eyes is whether or not the champion will be able to deal with the taller and longer Jimenz. Although Dezurn will be at a three-inch height disadvantage, she will have a near five-inch reach advantage over the challenger. Despite this, it will be a matter of whether Dezurn will be able to get on the inside where theoretically she will have an advantage. She must be aware of Jimenz’ power as the challenger has scored knockouts of nearly 70% of her opponents. The winner of this fight could be in line to face Claressa Shields, if Shields is successful in her upcoming defense of her unified Jr. Middleweight world championship against Ivana Habazin on October 5th in her hometown of Flint, MI.

A pair of Lightweight bouts will round out the card. First in the co. main event of the evening undefeated rising prospect Ryan Garcia returns to the ring to face Avery Sparrow. Garcia is a rising star in Golden Boy Promotions’ stable of fighters having already headlined one card broadcast by DAZN and being featured on the undercard of Saul Alvarez’ fight against Rocky Fielding in December of last year.

In his last fight in March of this year, Garcia scored a second round knockout of Jose Lopez. Garcia is unbeaten in eighteen professional fights and has scored knockouts of fifteen of his opponents registering a career knockout percentage of 83%. A natural question that will be asked of a young fighter with such a resume will be when will that fighter step up in the caliber of their opposition.

Thus far in his career, Garcia has not faced much resistance and it will be interesting to see what Avery Sparrow will be able to bring to the table in this fight. Sparrow will enter the fight with a record of 10-1, with 3 Knockouts. He has never been stopped and does have an edge in terms of caliber of opposition having defeated longtime Lightweight contender Hank Lundy in his last fight in March of this year.

While this may give the appearance as being what is known as a “Showcase Fight” for Garcia, Sparrow does have Boxing skill and has shown in his career that he can go into the deep waters of a fight. Even though Garcia has gone as far as ten rounds twice in his career, logic would suggest that Sparrow’s fight plan could be to weather an early storm of Garcia’s punching power and look to extend him into the middle and late rounds of this fight.

Whether or not Garcia will be pitted against a fighter who is ranked in the top twenty-to fifteen range in his next fight will likely depend on what happens in this encounter. One fighter who Garcia could face down the line is current WBO number ten rated contender Romero Duno.

Duno will also be in action on this card as he will face Ivan Delgado. Duno has also been on the rise and will enter into this fight with a record of 20-1, with 15 Knockouts. In his last fight, Duno scored a nine round technical decision over Juan Rodriguez in a fight that was shortened due to an accidental clash of heads where Rodriguez could not continue due to cuts.

With a top ten ranking, it is not hard to envision Duno possibly getting an opportunity to face current unified world champion Vasyl Lomachenko at some point in the near future. The key in this fight will be whether or not Delgado will be able to upset any plans for a potential title shot for Duno down the line.

Delgado will enter this fight with a record of 13-2-2, with 7 Knockouts. Delgado however, will be coming into this fight off of a loss in his last outing, ironically coming in a technical decision in a fight that was also halted by cuts against Hector Tanajara in February of this year. Keeping the narrative that Boxing is a sport of opportunity, Delgado now gets an opportunity to bounce back against a top ten contender in Romero Duno.

Three separate events over two days and a plethora of Boxing action that will surely leave the Boxing fan both satisfied and entertained. The best part of all for the Boxing fan? All three cards will be broadcast on digital subscription-based streaming networks where the fan does not have to choose what they will watch, but will be able to access all the content when they wish. This in addition to both DAZN and ESPN+ being economically reasonably priced as both offer annual and monthly subscription plans as compared to the overpriced and increasingly undervalued Pay-Per-View model, the Boxing fan should be ecstatic not only over what will be offered over what is traditionally one of the biggest weekends of the calendar year in the sport, but also what will come in the future as both networks continue to grow and expand their offerings not just in regard to Boxing, but for all of Sports.

“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

Haney vs. Abdullaev takes place on Friday, September 13th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. The card can be seen on digital sports streaming network DAZN in the United States and several international countries beginning at 7PM ET/4PM PT (U.S. Time.)

Fury vs. Wallin takes place on Saturday, September 14th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The fight as well as it’s undercard can be seen in the United States on digital sports streaming network ESPN+ beginning at 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT. (U.S. Time.)

Munguia vs. Allotey takes place Saturday, September 14th at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The card can be seen on digital sports streaming network DAZN in the United States and several international countries beginning at 7PM ET/4PM PT. (U.S. Time)

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