Friday, April 30, 2021


 Press Release: By DAZN – Engaging gamification to be integrated, with exclusive experiences and rewards unlocked based on the outcome of the championship fight


LONDON, April 30, 2021 ― DAZN, the leading global sports destination, will deliver the company’s first-ever non-fungible-tokens (NFTs), showcasing iconic moments from the world Super Middleweight unification blockbuster between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders on May 8, giving boxing fans a unique opportunity to be part of the action throughout fight week and beyond.  

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The drop includes four collections of NFTs which are accompanied by real-life rewards, including never-before-sold memorabilia and exclusive boxing experiences. Most collections will offer both an Alvarez and Saunders edition, so fans can champion their winner before the opening bell, stake their claim of a potential upset and get behind the outcome of the fight. 


All auctions and sales will take place on, the largest NFT marketplace. The first three collections will open on Saturday, May 8 at 7am EDT/12:00 BST until approximately 11pm EDT/04:00 BST before the ring walk. The remaining collection will be sold post-fight on Monday, May 10th.


The four collections include:


Knockout: Legendary Edition (1 per fighter)

These exclusive, one-of-a-kind NFTs offer bidders a chance to own a permanent piece of Alvarez or Saunders’ career. The top bidder will receive: 

●      A one-of-a-kind NFT featuring a digital rendering of each fighter’s gloves 

●      A once-in-a-lifetime experience for two at the fighter’s next bout  

●      A pair of signed fight gloves from Canelo or Eddie Hearn

●      A personalized video from Canelo or Eddie Hearn


Tale of the Tape

On May 8, the Mexican king will clash with the WBO champ for Cinco de Mayo. The ‘Tale of the Tape’ assets will show the world how Alvarez and Saunders measure up on paper before the gloves go on. These NFTs are available in the following editions:

●      Gold Edition: 1 per fighter which will be accompanied by a pair of signed gloves from Canelo or Eddie Hearn and annual DAZN subscription (Auction)

●      Silver Edition: 50 per fighter which will be accompanied by a chance to unlock an annual DAZN subscription for all holders of the winning fighter’s NFTs, with one of those winning NFTs additionally unlocking a personalized video from Canelo or Eddie Hearn (Fixed price)



Every round will count as the pound-for-pound king, Alvarez, takes a giant step in his quest to become undisputed. These assets are digital representations of each way the fight could end – KO or decision. Get the NFT for when you think the fight will end to unlock exclusive rewards. Buyers can go home with the following editions:

●      Gold Edition: 1 per round (Auction) which will be accompanied by a once-in-a-lifetime experience for two at the next Canelo fight for the holder of the NFT representing the round in which the fight ends

●      Bronze Edition: 100 per round (Fixed price) which will be accompanied by an annual DAZN subscription for the holders of the NFTs representing the round in which the fight ends


Fight Highlights

At the end of the night, only one fighter will be crowned the unified world Super Middleweight champion. These NFTs will commemorate that victory as collectible representations of the fight’s best moments including a 1 of 1 Legendary NFT of the winning moment and Gold and Silver Editions memorializing each fighter’s ring walk.


These editions will drop shortly after the fight on Monday, May 10 at a time to be announced shortly after the fight.


DAZN NFTs are presented in conjunction with Matchroom and will be available for purchase at beginning Saturday, May 8 at 7am EDT.


“We’re excited to bring NFTs to boxing, creating new touchpoints with consumers to amplify audience engagement around our events,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN, EVP Global Platform & Revenue Innovation. “This initiative will help DAZN deliver value to our trusted partners and subscribers whilst also allowing the company to explore the new frontier of blockchain technology.”


“This NFT drop is next level for boxing,” said Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport Chairman. “One of the reasons we love working with DAZN is because they’re always looking to create new standards for not only boxing, but all sports. No other broadcaster is in the same position to create these unique assets around individual events.”


Canelo Alvarez will clash with Billy Joe Saunders in a WBC, WBA, WBO and world Super Middleweight unification blockbuster on May 8 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, live worldwide on DAZN (except Mexico).


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Edwards Defeats Mthalane To Win IBF Flyweight World Championship In London


Undefeated Sunny Edwards scored a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over longtime world champion Moruti Mthalane to win the IBF Flyweight world championship on Friday night at York Hall in London, England. Edwards implemented a strategy from the outset that emphasized lateral movement to keep the champion at distance where he could not get his punches off consistently. Although this fight did not have much in the form of drama, it was the definition of Boxing in that Edwards stayed disciplined all the way through the fight, got his punches off first and evading Mthalane’s offense. Simply put, Edwards hit and was not hit often in return in what was an outstanding performance to win a world championship in the 112lb. Flyweight division. Official scores were: 118-111, 120-108, and 115-113 in favor of Edwards. Sunny Edwards advances to 16-0, with 4 Knockouts. Moruti Mthalane falls to 39-3, with 26 Knockouts.


Also on this card:


Undefeated WBO number one Jr. Featherweight contender Michael Conlan scored a hard fought twelve round majority decision over WBO number nine rated contender Ionut Baluta. For twelve rounds, the two fighters engaged in a grueling give and take battle that followed one pattern throughout. Baluta throwing punches in volume and generally outworking Conlan, but Conlan being more accurate and seemingly landing the harder punches. While this was the pattern was consistent from the opening bell, as the fight progressed, Conlan was able to get some separation between himself and Baluta due to some effective body work that seemed to take some steam out of Baluta’s near relentless output. Official scores were 114-114 (Even) and, 115-114, 117-112 in favor of Conlan.  Michael Conlan advances to 15-0, with 8 Knockouts. Ionut Baluta falls to 14-3, with 3 Knockouts.


In a battle of unbeaten Jr. Middleweights in what was an elimination bout to determine a mandatory challenger for British Jr. Middleweight champion Ted Cheeseman, Troy Williamson scored a sixth round stoppage of previously undefeated Kieran Smith. What was a close and competitive bout ended suddenly when Williamson connected with an overhand right that set off a brutal barrage of unanswered punches that sent Smith down to the canvas. The bout was immediately stopped without a count. Official time of the stoppage was 1:28 of round six. Troy Williamson advances to 16-0-1, with 12 Knockouts. Kieran Smith falls to 16-1, with 7 Knockouts.


Undefeated Lightweight Ryan Garner overcame a bad cut to score a six round decision over Jordan Ellison. Although Garner dictated the combat throughout, Ellison connected with a right hand to the head at the end of the third round that opened a cut on Garner’s left eyelid. Despite the cut being in a bad spot, Garner remained in control and was able to score the decision victory. As all non-title bouts that do not have an impact on regional or world rankings are solely scored by the referee officiating a bout throughout the United Kingdom, Referee Ian-John Lewis scored the bout 60-54 in Garner’s favor. Ryan Garner advances to 10-0, with 6 Knockouts. Jordan Ellison falls to 11-33-2, with 1 Knockout.


Jr. Middleweight Joshua Frankham began the evening by scoring a four round decision over veteran Naeem Ali to remain unbeaten. Referee Robert Williams scored the bout 40-36 in Frankham’s favor. Joshua Frankham advances to 3-0, with 0 Knockouts. Naeem Ali falls to 2-67-1, with 1 Knockout.


York Hall is traditionally one of England’s historic venues for the sport of Boxing dating back to to 1949. A venue that is not unlike the legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA here in the United States another historic Boxing venue that has hosted many memorable battles throughout its history. Although the venue was without its normal crowd of spectators due to the ongoing global COVID-19 epidemic , Sunny Edwards victory in winning the IBF Flyweight world championship is the latest in a long list of memorable moments to have taken place in London’s York Hall.


In terms of what the future holds for Edwards, it is logical to think that after a near perfect performance in a fight against the vastly more experienced Moruti Mthalane, a fighter who had two reigns as IBF Flyweight world champion and who had not lost a fight in over thirteen years, the sky may be the limit. After defeating Mthalane, Edwards might be in a position to garner more lucrative opportunities against the other world champions in the division if he chooses to remain at 112lbs.


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Ruiz-Arreola And Parker-Chisora Take Centerstage Saturday


So often in the sport of Boxing when it is able to operate under normal circumstances, it is not uncommon to see two fights take place in the same division within a short span of time that has a similar storyline. Such will be the case on Saturday, May 1st when two Heavyweight encounters will headline separate cards that have similarities between them and one might argue given the state of the Heavyweight division, the winners of these bouts could well face each other down the line.


In one of these bouts, former unified IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO Heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz will return to the ring for the first time since December 2019 where he lost his crown in a rematch with the man he had taken the championship from in June of that year Anthony Joshua. Ruiz will return against longtime Heavyweight contender and multi-time world title challenger Chris Arreola in the main event of a card televised here in the United States by Fox Sports Pay-Per-View at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA.


While it is questionable why this bout, which will be promoted by the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) group of promoters, would not be better suited as the headline attraction of a card televised on the national Fox network given both the ongoing circumstances of the COVID-19 global epidemic as well as the continued decline of the pay-per-view medium, this is an interesting clash of styles between Ruiz a fighter with good hand speed and punching power and Arreola a fighter known for an exciting brawling style.


Although some might say that Arreola, who will enter the bout with a record of 38-6-1, with 33 Knockouts, is a fighter who’s best days as a fighter might be behind him, he is a fighter who’s style is one that will likely force Ruiz to fight early and this could produce a short fight that might see several heated exchanges of offense between the two fighters. Much like Ruiz, who will enter with a record of 32-2, with 22 Knockouts, Arreola is also coming off of both a decision loss in his last fight as well as a lengthy layoff due to the COVID-19 epidemic having dropped a twelve round unanimous decision to then undefeated Heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki in August 2019.


While the former World Heavyweight champion is likely to be the favorite going into this bout, one a that will be present in this fight for Ruiz is the addition of trainer Eddy Reynoso in his corner. Ruiz, who has often been criticized for weight fluctuations throughout his career and weighed 283lbs. for his title defense against Anthony Joshua in December 2019 has dropped nearly thirty pounds since joining Reynoso’s stable and one might expect to see improvements in both his hand speed, which was among the best in the division before hiring Reynoso, as well as in his overall lateral movement.


The danger for Ruiz in this fight in this observer’s eyes is the potential of getting caught in the midst of exchanges with Arreola in a similar way to how he was caught in his first fight with Anthony Joshua in June 2019. Although Ruiz was dropped in the third round of that fight, he also showed the ability to recover quickly and scored a knockdown of his own moments later and ultimately stopped Joshua to become world champion, Arreola does have punching power and is most dangerous when an opponent stands in front of him and is willing to engage in a toe to toe battle with him.


At forty years old however, it is logical to ask after a long career where he has sustained significant punishment just how much Chris Arreola has left in him to give as a fighter. Logic also suggests that this may be Arreola’s last chance near the top of the Heavyweight division and a loss to Andy Ruiz could signal the end of his career.


A fight in the division with a similar storyline that will also take place on May 1st will take place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. This bout also features a former World Heavyweight champion, who is looking to get another shot at a world championship going against a longtime contender and former world title challenger. Former WBO Heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker will face longtime contender Dereck Chisora in the main event of a card that will be televised globally by digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN.


Similar to the Ruiz-Arreola bout, this is a scenario where Parker, who will enter the bout with a record of 28-2, with 21 Knockouts, is looking to continue building momentum towards another world title shot. Parker is currently riding a four bout winning streak and is coming off a twelve round unanimous decision over over Junior Fa in February of this year. In Dereck Chisora, Parker will face a former British and European Heavyweight champion and a veteran of forty-two professional bouts. Chisora is coming off a twelve round unanimous decision loss to undefeated former Undisputed Cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk in October of last year.


Much like Chris Arreola, Chisora has no shortage of experience having fought many top Heavyweights throughout his career including a challenge of then WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko in February 2012 and two bouts with current undefeated WBC world champion Tyson Fury just to name a few. Similar to Arreola, there have been times where Chisora has looked great in his bouts, but there have also been times where he has not looked good. Some could argue that the other similarities between Chisora and Arreola is they have not succeeded against the elite fighters of the division and now Chisora like Arreola, could be looking at his last chance at potential world title contention down the line.


This fight in my eyes will come down to whether or not Chisora as a pressure fighter that likes to come forward and walk his opponents down will be able to do that against a boxer/puncher in Parker. In his last bout against Oleksandr Usyk, this approach had limited success, but Usyk was able to out box Chisora and get the decision victory. Dereck Chisora does have the punching power to do damage, but it will be interesting to see whether Parker will be able to offset Chisora’s pressure for duration of the twelve round bout.


An obvious question is whether the winners of these two fights will be pitted against each other down the line, There is also a possibility that these two bouts could lead to a rematch between Parker, who defeated Ruiz for the then vacant WBO world championship in December 2016. Of course, the idea that the winners of these two bouts will ultimately face each other for now remains simply an idea. The fact however, is all four fighters are all seeking an opportunity at some point to challenge for a World Heavyweight championship down the line, Before any of them can get that chance, there is business to tend to first. We’ll see what happens on “Heavyweight Saturday.”


“And That’s The Boxing Truth.”


Ruiz vs. Arreola takes place on Saturday, May 1st at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The bout as well as a three bout televised undercard can be seen in the United States on Fox Sports Pay-Per-View on cable/satellite providers as well as on the FITE TV app on mobile, tablet, and connected streaming devices beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT (U.S. Time) for $49.99. Contact your cable/satellite provider for ordering information or download the FITE app or visit: to order. Check your local listings and FITE TV internationally.


Parker vs. Chisora takes place on Saturday, May 1st at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The bout as well as its full undercard can be seen globally (Excluding the United Kingdom and Ireland) on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN beginning at 1PM ET/10AM PT (U.S. Time.) For more information about DAZN including schedules, list of compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit:


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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Is It Time For Navarrete To Move Up In Weight Again?


In all of combat sports and in particular in the sport of Boxing, there is somewhat of an accepted practice that unless one competes in the Heavyweight division, fighters generally will move up through multiple weight classes during the course of their careers. While of course there are those who manage to stay in one weight division for the majority of their careers, there are usually two reasons why a fighter would move up in weight. One is for financial reasons in that there are likely more lucrative opportunities for a fighter at a heavier weight than where they are currently. Perhaps the most obvious reason however, is when a fighter physically outgrows their current weight class.


For two-division world champion Emanuel Navarrete, he has reached the top in both the 122lb. Jr. Featherweight and 126lb. Featherweight divisions. Standing at 5’7, Navarrete is blessed to be in a position where he has natural height and reach advantages over many of his opponents. Navarrete’s first defense of his WBO Featherweight world championship came on April 24th in Kissimmee, FL where he faced WBO number six rated contender Christopher Diaz before a crowd of nearly 3,300 socially distanced spectators in accordance with COVID-19 protocols at the Silver Spurs Arena.


Although it was obvious to this observer that this would be a classic clash of a puncher in Navarrete and a fighter who is more known as a boxer in Diaz, what stood out to me from the outset was the difference in size between the champion and challenger. In this case, Navarrete had a near three inch height advantage and an eight inch reach advantage over Diaz. Taking the statistics of height and reach out of the equation, it appeared to my eyes as though I was watching a fighter in Diaz attempting to complete with an opponent that looked like a full-fledged Lightweight, two weight divisions above the 126lb. Featherweight division.


In terms of the combat that took place between the fighters inside the ring, Diaz was able to put forth a determined effort in an attempt to dethrone the champion. As the fight progressed however, the visible difference between the two fighters began to show itself in the fight, Navarrete would score the first knockdown of the bout in round four. Despite appearing to be at a physical disadvantage as well as one in terms of punching power, Diaz remained very “Game”, but he was unable to keep Navarrete from being able to have the advantage and could not land anything to discourage the champion from coming forward. Navarrete would score two additional knockdowns in round eight and a fourth knockdown in the twelfth and final round before Diaz’ corner stopped the fight in the closing seconds of the bout to prevent their fighter from further punishment.


While no one can take anything away from the effort that Christopher Diaz put forth in this bout, ultimately it was a fight that the champion dominated. Although this was Navarrete’s first defense of the world championship he won in October of last year, this observer believes it might be time for him to focus on challenging for a world championship in a third weight division. 


The next division that follows the 126lb. Featherweight division is the 130lb. Jr. Lightweight division. While the Emanuel Navarrete that entered the ring against Christopher Diaz appeared in my eyes to look more like a natural 135lb. Lightweight, it will be interesting to see whether Navarrete will choose to test the waters at Jr. Lightweight first or if he will attempt to go right to the Lightweight division in the near future.


Even though it is not uncommon to see fighters gradually move up in weight over time, it will also be interesting to see if Navarrete, who has a career knockout percentage of 80% in thirty-four career wins will be able to carry the punching power that has made him devastating as a Jr. Featherweight and Featherweight as he moves up the weight scale. The answer to that question will likely as it has for many fighters through the years, be used to determine at what weight division will Navarrete find his ceiling. 


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Tickets still on sale!


EL PASO, Texas (April 28, 2021) – Jaime Munguia (36-0, 29 KOs) will return to the ring on June 19 against Maciej Sulecki (29-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-round defense of his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Championship. The fight will take place at The University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN worldwide, excluding Mexico. 

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The event will be held under strict COVID-19 fan safety protocols and with a reduced event capacity below 40%. For detailed COVID-19 event safety fan protocols, click here or visit


“Although there have been several changes, we are happy because things are back on track for Jaime Munguia’s return on June 19,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “I’m confident that he will deliver a tremendous performance against Maciej Sulecki and show everyone why he deserves an opportunity to become a two-division world champion. At the same time, we’re very excited to have Bektemir Melikuziev face a real tough test against Gabriel Rosado. If he can look impressive against Rosado, then a world title shot will be just around the corner.”


Munguia is a 24-year-old former world champion from Tijuana, Mexico who leaped onto to the highest levels of the super welterweight division by knocking out Sadam "World Kid" Ali to capture the WBO title. Munguia then defended his title against Liam "Beefy" Smith, Brandon "Bad Boy" Cook, Takeshi InoueDennis Hogan and Patrick Allotey. After five defenses at junior middleweight, Munguia moved up to 160 pounds to capture the WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Title against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, which he defended against Tureano Johnson. Despite many changes to his upcoming fight, Munguia will look to make his case for a world title opportunity at 160 pounds.


“I feel very excited to be returning on June 19,” said Jaime Munguia. “I know it will be a tremendous fight against Maciej Sulecki. I think he is a great fighter, and I will make sure to deliver a great fight to all the fans in El Paso, Texas and to everyone who will be watching from home. Thank you very much for your support.”


Sulecki is a Polish contender who has scored knockout victories against Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. and countryman Grzegorz Proksa. The 31-year-old puncher has only suffered two defeats, which were against Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs and Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade. Though pulling out of the initial fight date due to an injury, Sulecki is ready to return to the ring on June 19.


“There have been many changes, but I am happy that things will take place as planned,” said Maciej Sulecki. “I know that a victory against Jaime Munguia will put me on the path to challenge for a world title. That’s why securing this fight was very important to me. I feel great, and I am totally ready to show the world that I can compete against the best in the division.”


“I can’t wait for June 19,” said Leon Margules, President of Warrior’s Boxing. “Although the original date has been changed, the result will remain the same. Maciej Sulecki will dominate Jaime Munguia. I have no doubt.”


In the co-main event, rising Uzbek contender Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (7-0, 6 KOs) will face his toughest test to date against former world title challenger “King” Gabriel Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a 12-round fight for the WBO Intercontinental and WBA Continental Americas Super Middleweight Titles. 


Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora (32-6, 12 KOs) of San Cristobal Huichochitlan, Toluca, Mexico will defend her WBC flyweight world championship against Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (9-1, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas in a 10-round fight.


Welterweight contender Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (14-0-1, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada will fight Brad “King” Soloman (29-3, 9 KOs) of Lafayette, Louisiana in the 10-round opener of the DAZN stream.


Additional undercard fights will be streamed live via Facebook Watch.


Topping the undercard presentation is an exciting battle between two Golden Boy welterweights as Raul Curiel (9-0, 7 KOs) of Tampico, Mexico and Ferdinand Keroyban (14-1, 9 KOs) of North Hollywood, California meet in a 10-round fight.


Exciting southpaw contender Alexis “Lex” Rocha (16-1, 10 KOs) of Santa Ana, California will look to bounce back from his first defeat in a 10-round 147-pound battle against James Bacon (26-4, 17 KOs) of Cebu, Philippines.


Irish prospect Aaron McKenna (11-0, 7 KOs) will face Carlos Ortiz (12-5, 12 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico in an eight-round middleweight bout.


Fiodor Czerkaszyn (17-0, 11 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland will participate in a 10-round middleweight fight.


Evan Sanchez (8-0, 6 KOs) of Parlier, California will return in a six-round welterweight clash against Hector Coronado(5-0, 4 KOs) of Del Rio, Texas.


Chris “Milly” Ousley (12-0, 9 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois will participate in a six-round junior middleweight battle against Sanny Duversonne (11-3-2, 8 KOs) of Avon Park, Florida.


Manuel Flores (9-0, 6 KOs) of Coachella, California will open the night in a six-round super bantamweight clash.


Opponents for Czerkaszyn and Flores will be announced shortly.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Jackson England Back In Action May 28


Press Release: April 27, 2021 By Dragon Fire Boxing – Australia’s highly rated "Action" Jackson England 12-1 is all set to get back under the bright lights in the squared circle after being out of Action for more than a year due to limited opponents and covid restrictions. 

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The West Australian standout steps up to super featherweight to contest the WBC Asian Boxing Council and IBO Oceania Orient Championships on May 28 in Metro City, Perth in the Main Event of the popular Thunderdome series vs New Zealand Shiva Mishra 7-3 over 10 rounds. 

England has had a solid start to his professional career, winning 12 of his opening 13 professional contests whilst becoming Australian Featherweight champion and WBC  Silver ABCO Title in the process. Jackson, who is trained at the Onyx Gym by head trainer Jay Gray in Perth, opened up about his upcoming title clash. 

England said, 
"I am excited to be progressing in the way I am and I believe I can go all the way in this sport. I am still only young, so it is important to have the right people to guide you. I need to have that and I believe I do in Tony Tolj and Dragon Fire Boxing. 

“I have the opportunity thanks to Tony to fight for another WBC title. We all grew up watching the likes of Floyd Mayweather winning WBC titles, so to start along that path is something I’m very grateful to be given the chance to go on.” 

England returns on this year's second installment of the world-renowned Thunderdome series since the pandemic hit, that has been a mainstay of Australian boxing for decades in itself. England discussed his next outing and his plans for 2020. 

He said, "Well I firstly need to keep listening to my manager Tony Tolj as he knows what's best for my career. He's guided the likes of the Moloney's, Bruno Tarimo, Andres Campos to major titles and I want to follow in their footsteps and I believe I can. They are all world rated, Ive just cracked the WBC ratings prior to the pandemic and we are just getting started. 

"I'm always improving, so I expect to put on a career-best performance at the Thunderdome show. I believe I can go all the way to the top in this sport and I have the opportunity to get back into the WBC rankings in my next fight so that is a massive motivation for me in this fight. 

"I wanted more titles in 2021 and I have that opportunity on May 28. I believe that I can progress up the world ratings titles in a way the likes of Bruno Tarimo has done around my weight so I'd like to follow his path up the world route as I believe I'm destined for world titles eventually."


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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Haney-Linares Undercard Announced


Press Release: April 24, 2021 By DAZN – Chantelle Cameron will defend her WBC World Super-Lightweight title against Melissa Hernandez on the undercard of Devin Haney’s WBC World Lightweight title defense against Jorge Linares on Saturday May 29 at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, live worldwide on DAZN – with more tickets to go on sale at 10am PT tomorrow (April 25).


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Cameron (13-0 7 KOs) makes the first defense of the title she won with a shut-out points win over Adriana dos Santos Araujo in Milton Keynes, UK in October, and the talented 29 year old fights in the States for the first time in the paid ranks against Hernandez (23-7-3 7 KOs).


The Puerto Rican veteran is fighting for a World title at a third weight class after been the WBC Featherweight ruler and having also challenged for the WBC Lightweight strap.


There’s a fascinating battle between two Golden Boy Promotions stablemates as Jason Quigley and Shane Mosley Jr go toe-to-toe for the WBO NABO Middleweight title. Quigley (18-1 14 KOs) is back on the winning path with back-to-back wins after his setback against Tureano Johnson in July 2019, and a third win on the spin for the decorated Irish amateur would catapult him into the mix for more big fights and titles at 160lbs.


That’s exactly what Mosley Jr (17-3 10 KOs) is hunting too, and the son of the former three-weight king Shane Mosley is in fine form himself and has boxed more recently than Quigley, forcing the retirement of Cristian Olivas after five rounds in Indio, California in February. That was a fourth win on the bounce for the 30 year old, and he’ll be out for a statement win over Quigley to emerge into the mix at Middleweight.


It’s a huge night for Martin J. Ward as he faces Azinga Fuzile in a final eliminator for the IBF World Super-Featherweight title. Ward (24-1-2 11 KOs) is edging closer to his World title dreams and the #4 ranked Briton enters the biggest fight of his career to date on his American debut and a welcome return to action for the 29 year old whose last fight was a shutout win over Jesus Amparan in Sheffield, UK in February 2020.


Fuzile (14-1 8 KOs) also fights in America for the first time in his career, and the South African ranked one spot lower than Ward at #5 is taking a second bite at the cherry having faced Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov in an eliminator in September 2019 in East London, South Africa, with Fuzile ahead on the cards before the Russian recorded an eight round stoppage. ‘Golden Boy’ has not boxed since that night but can get back on course for a world title shot in what promises to be an exciting clash.


At the other end of the spectrum, there’s a professional debut on the card for Eddie Hearn’s latest American signing, Khalil Coe. The 24 year old Jersey talent will kick life off in the paid ranks at Light-Heavyweight before eyeing a move down to 168lbs, and his journey will begin in Las Vegas.


Reshat Mati (9-0 7 KOs) enters double figures in the pro game on the card, with the New Yorker looking to extend his KO run to six fights, having added two KOs in quick succession in November and December, both in Hollywood, Fl.


Ramla Ali (2-0) has been impressive in her two fights since turning pro in October and the first pro female fighter from Somalia gets an introduction to American fight fans on the bill, a card that is rounded off by Devin Haney Promotions’ Darren Cunningham (13-0 7 KOs) continuing his pro rise.


“This is a stacked card in support of a brilliant main event – and our first promotion in Las Vegas,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “It’s a brilliant opportunity for Chantelle Cameron to showcase her skills in the States and stake her claim for the unification fights she craves, against a tough competitor in Melissa Hernandez.


“Quigley vs. Mosley Jr has the feel of a must-win crossroads fight for the pair, while Ward vs. Fuzile has plenty at stake and is sure to catch fire.


“What a night for Khalil Coe to make his debut, this young man can become a star, and the pro journeys of Reshat Mati, Ramla Ali and Darren Cunningham continue on the bill. This is an unmissable night of boxing in Las Vegas.”


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Friday, April 23, 2021

Martin Retains European Jr. Welterweight Championship:Results From Barcelona, Spain


European Jr. Welterweight champion Sandor Martin scored a workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision Kay Prosper to retain his European championship on Friday night at the Vall d'Hebron Olympic Palace in Barcelona, Spain. In a largely uneventful bout, Martin used his elusive southpaw stance and lateral movement to dictate the tempo of the combat from the opening bell. Prospere, who was very “Game” throughout the entire fight just could not find a way to land any consistent offense on the champion. Only adding to the frustration, Prosper was penalized a point in round eight for an unknown reason as it did not appear he had committed a foul. While not an entertaining or memorable bout to watch, Martin simply did what he needed to do to retain his title. Official scores were: 119-107, 117-110, and 117-109 in favor of Martin. Sandor Martin advances to 38-2, with 17 Knockouts. Kay Prosper falls to 14-2-1, with 7 Knockouts.


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Jr. Middleweight Kerman Lejarraga overcame two knockdowns to score a seventh round stoppage of Jez Smith. A fight that was fought primarily on the inside m Smith seemed to get the upper hand early. In rounds three and four, Smith scored identical knockdowns of Lejarraga with short right uppercuts to the head. Despite appearing to be in control of the fight, Smith was not able to take advantage of the two knockdowns he was able to score and by round six, Lejarraga had turned the ebb and flow in his favor dropped Smith with a hard left hook to the body. At this point in the fight, Smith seemed to be fatigued and this created the opening for Lejarraga to stagger him with a right hand to the jaw. A barrage of unanswered punches forced the fight to be stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 2:31 of round seven. Kerman Lejarraga advances to 32-2, with 25 Knockouts. Jez Smith falls to 12-3-1, with 5 Knockouts.



In a battle for the European Featherweight championship, champion Andoni Gago and former European Jr. Featherweight champion Gavin McDonnell fought to a five round technical draw. A contrast in style with the shorter pressure fighter Gago trying to get inside the taller and longer McDonnell, Gago appeared to open a cut over the right eye of McDonnell with a left hook early in round one. Gago’s pressure led to more openings and even though McDonnell tried to keep the champion at distance he had increased difficulty as the fight progressed. The cut also gradually worsened and ultimately caused a stoppage of the shortly after the start of round five. What appeared to be a clear stoppage victory in favor of Gago turned into a technical decision as it was ruled that the cut McDonnell suffered in round one was caused by an accidental clash of heads. 


Although one official judge had scored every round in favor of McDonnell 50-46, the two other official judges scored the fight identically 48-48 resulting in a technical draw. Andoni Gago advances to 24-3-4, with 7 Knockouts. Gavin McDonnell advances to 22-2-3, with 6 Knockouts.


Unbeaten Featherweight prospect Bernard Torres scored a second round stoppage of veteran Anuar Salas. An otherwise uneventful first round quickly changed when Torres connected with a beautiful left hand behind a right jab from the southpaw stance that dropped Salas. It appeared as though Salas may not have been able to beat the ten count, but he was able to get up at the count of nine. Torres closed the show in round two dropping Salas with an overhand left along the ropes. Although Salas struggled to get up and was up by the count of eight, he was in no position to continue and the bout was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:33 of round two. Bernard Torres advances to 14-0, with 6 Knockouts. Anuar Salas falls to 20-9-1, with 12 Knockouts.



Undefeated Jr. Welterweight Luke Willis scored a six round decision unanimous decision over veteran Ricardo Fernandez. Official scores were: 59-54, and 60-54 (On two scorecards) in favor of Willis. Luke Willis advances to 10-0, with 1 Knockout. Ricardo Fernandez falls to 9-6, with 0 Knockouts.


Unbeaten Women’s Welterweight prospect April Hunter began the evening by scoring a four round majority decision over Elsa Hemat. Official scores were: 38-38, and 39-37 (On two scorecards) in favor of Hunter. April Hunter advances to 3-0, with 0 Knockouts. Elsa Hemat falls to 1-4, with 0 Knockouts. 


While Sandor Martin has a Boxing style that may not be crowd pleasing, it is certainly effective as with his victory over Kay Prosper he has now successfully defended his European Jr. Welterweight championship twice and is currently on a nine bout winning streak. Although such statistics along with an awkward style does not always translate into world title contention, Martin could be in a position to challenge for a world championship within the next year if he continues to win.


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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Triller Fight Club Debut Thoughts


The highly anticipated debut of Triller’s Fight Club series carried with it a sense of intrigue. Following the success of the company’s first foray into the sport of Boxing last November, which was headlined by the eight round exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones, the introduction of the Fight Club series as well as the company’s acquisition of digital combat sports and entertainment streaming network FITE TV were an indication that Triller was not interested in a one-off venture, but rather to enter Boxing in the promotional realm. This events also followed on the heels of the company acquiring the rights to promote the June 5th Undisputed Lightweight world championship bout between undefeated champion Teofimo Lopez and unbeaten mandatory challenger George Kambosos.


Off those acquisitions and looking to build on what some might view as surprising success of their first event in Boxing last November, Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA, played host to the debut of Triller’s Fight Club pay-per-view series on April 17th that was streamed globally by FITE TV. The presentation of this Boxing card, which featured Jake Paul facing MMA veteran Ben Askren in the main event in a Cruiserweight bout, was not what one would expect of a normal Boxing broadcast as the event featured musical performances as well as a loose presentation by the broadcast team working the event that included veteran broadcasters Al Bernstein and Ray Flores. While the looseness included more than occasional explicit language as well as other elements seen on camera that might turn some Boxing purists off, this observer saw it as an attempt to mix Boxing and entertainment aspects into one hybrid. It should also not be overlooked that Triller has also succeeded in bringing mainstream attention to the sport.


While some may have expected a more standard Boxing presentation, I felt for the most part Triller succeeded in providing an entertaining evening of Boxing and music rolled into one package. In terms of what occurred in the ring that evening, it was also interesting. Along with the Paul-Askren bout, the card also featured two bouts that had similar interests. One of those bouts in the Heavyweight division saw former IBF Cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham scoring a six round unanimous decision over former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight world champion Frank Mir.


As we have seen before when boxers face MMA fighters in bouts contested under MMA rules, or when MMA fighters step into the Boxing ring, there can be a difference in experience and polish that more often than not favors the fighter who’s primary combat sports discipline is one where the bout is being fought. The forty-one year old Mir, who was making his professional Boxing debut in this bout had some sporadic success in being able to land punches on Cunningham, but Cunningham’s overall offensive output and skillset was the difference in an otherwise uneventful bout.


The second preliminary bout that took place on the card that could have some implications going forward took place in the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division between former WBA Jr. Welterweight world champion Regis Prograis and former United States Boxing Association (USBA) Lightweight champion Ivan Redkach. Prograis, who was in his second bout since losing his world title in a unification bout with Josh Taylor as part of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) Jr. Welterweight tournament in October 2019, systematically broke the normally durable Redkach down with a body/head attack. It was this attack that floored Redkach in round six as a result of a clean body shot. Although video replays confirmed that the punch was legal, it was incorrectly ruled an accidental foul by Referee Jim Korb. Because of this ruling, the bout was stopped when Redkach, who would be removed from the ring on a stretcher could not continue.


Although Prograis, who had won every round on two official scorecards and was ahead five rounds to one on the third official scorecard, was declared winner by technical decision, the official result was changed in the days following the card by the Georgia State Athletic Commission (GSAC) to a sixth round technical knockout in favor of Prograis, effectively correcting the errant ruling initially made by Referee Jim Korb. With two victories under his belt since his loss to Taylor, Prograis should be in position to challenge for a world championship again in the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division or perhaps the 147lb. Welterweight division.


This brings us to the main event of the inaugural Triller Fight Club series where Jake Paul scored a first round knockout of Ben Askren in 1:59. A single yet perfectly timed right hand to the head floored Askren. Although Askren was able to get up, he was on unsteady legs and the bout was stopped by Referee Brian Stutts.


While this officially marked the third win in Paul’s Boxing career, he still faces much criticism as well as unanswered questions as none of the three victories have come against someone with Boxing experience. Paul himself has stated that he does take the sport seriously and that people should view him as a serious boxer. 


For now, this observer will give him the benefit of the doubt, but it is understandable how some might criticize the influx of Youtubers and other notables who have chosen to enter the sport simply because to date, none of these individuals have faced people with legitimate Boxing backgrounds in official bouts. One does however, need to keep in mind that individuals in Paul’s position, who are relatively new to Boxing do not acquire the experience of seasoned fighters overnight and if he is indeed serious about his commitment as a boxer, it will take time for him to develop. Such development however, needs to occur against fighters who have legitimate Boxing backgrounds and training.


While the subject of “Celebrity Boxing” has always been one that is viewed as tongue and cheek because some do not take it seriously, Boxing is a serious sport as well as a dangerous one. As someone who has seen more than one life unfortunately end as a result of injuries sustained in the Boxing ring, I hope anyone and everyone who thinks of getting into a ring treats the sport with the seriousness and respect that it deserves.


As for Triller, with two events successfully completed, we will see what is next for Boxing’s newest promotional entity. Although both the Tyson-Jones exhibition and debut of Triller’s Fight Club series are likely to be viewed as successful, much like the influx of new entrants into the Boxing ring, Triller might be tasked with trying to figure out what they want to be. Whether they want to be regarded as a player in the Boxing promotional space where the aim is always to try to put on the best/most competitive fights possible featuring the biggest stars in the sport, or if it will be more of a stage where influencers from other realms can test the waters to see if Boxing is for them, while mixing music and entertainment into one package. 


With at least two more Triller Fight Club events planned in the coming months including the June 5th Lopez-Kambosos Lightweight world championship bout, we may find out. For now, Triller has succeeded both in providing entertainment and drawing mainstream attention, whether that translates into something the Boxing enthusiast will embrace in time and more specifically be willing to support in the form of pay-per-view buys at high price points remains to be seen.


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