Angulo and Quillin slug it out
Twin brothers Jermell Charlo, a former junior middleweight world titlist, and Jermall Charlo, a reigning middleweight titleholder, have had their Lions Only Promotions serve as one of the promoters for their recent fights. But now the company is ready to put on its first card on which neither brother is fighting. The card is scheduled to take place on Oct. 4 at the Arena Theater in their hometown of Houston and will feature several area fighters. The card is headlined by unbeaten Houston junior welterweight prospect Darwin Price taking on veteran Breidis Prescott in a 10-round bout.
Lightweight Michael Dutchover suffered the first loss of his professional career versus Thomas Mattice, as he suffered a technical knockout loss due to a cut (caused by a punch) in the eighth round. Up until that point he was leading on two of the three cards. Featherweight Ruben Villa decisioned Jose Enrique Vivas over 10 rounds. Junior welterweight Brandun Lee stopped Milton Arauz in two rounds, the finishing blow was a blistering right hand. This card took place in Midland, Texas, at the Hacienda Event Center.
Weights from Bakersfield, California, for Saturday night’s Premier Boxing Champions card: Peter Quillin 167.8 pounds, Alfredo Angulo 167.6; Chris Colbert 132.6, Miguel Beltran Jr. 132; Thomas Dulorme 146.4, Terrel Williams 146.4; Jesus Ramos 142.4, Rickey Edwards 142.6; Michel Rivera 136, Jose Luis Gallegos 136.8; Petr Khamukov 160, Randy Fuentes 160.8; Jonathan Esquivel 164, Justin Steave 161; Francisco Ochoa 130.8, Clay Burns 129.8; Viktor Slavinskyi 127.4, Jesus Aguinaga 133.8; Daniel Guzman 120, Roberto Pucheta 118.4; Aaron Morales 118, Sergio Quiroz 118; Robert Rodriguez 117.6, Hugo Rodriguez 118.8; Jose Balderas 120, Josue Morales 119.8; Gary Antuanne Russell 136.6, Luis Ronaldo Castillo 140.
Ward says Canelo can finish Kovalev
Andre Ward says Sergey Kovalev is no longer the "Krusher" he used to be, and predicts Canelo Alvarez to beat him via stoppage.
The WBO has ordered Erik Bazinyan (23-0, 17 KOs), 24, of Canada, and Rohan Murdock (24-1, 17 KOs), 27, of Australia, to meet in a super middleweight world title elimination bout for the right to become the mandatory challenger to titleholder Billy Joe Saunders. The camps have two weeks to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered, although they must first notify the WBO in writing if they are willing to negotiate and participate in the fight. If not, the organization will go down its 168-pound ratings to the next contender. If the fight goes to a purse bid the minimum offer is $300,000.
Showtime on Friday announced that undefeated welterweight prospect Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 22, of Philadelphia, will face Argentina’s Demian Daniel Fernandez, 30, in a 10-round fight that will serve as the co-feature to the vacant women’s junior middleweight world title bout between Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin on Oct. 5 (9 p.m. ET) at Dort Federal Events Center in Flint, Michigan, Shields’ hometown. Ennis returned from a nine-month layoff due to a promotional dispute in August. Opening the tripleheader is a 10-round heavyweight fight between Jermaine Franklin and Pavel Sour.
CES Boxing promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. and UFC Fight Pass have made a deal under which CES Boxing’s remaining three 2019 shows will stream live on the service. The first card is Oct. 11 (9 p.m. ET) at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Former light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson, from nearby New Haven, headlines against Denis Grachev for a vacant regional title. The second card is Nov. 23 (8 p.m. ET) at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, Rhode Island, where lightweight Jamaine Ortiz will headline. The third show is Dec. 7 (2 p.m. ET) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Former super middleweight titlist Jose Uzcategui, who was slated to fight Aug. 10 on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s undercard and then on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions card in Bakersfield, California, will instead return on Zanfer Promotions’ card in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday night, Zanfer announced. Uzcategui (28-3, 23 KOs), 28, a Venezuela native living in Tijuana, will face journeyman Roberto Valdez (10-9-1, 7 KOs), 29, of Mexico, in a 10-rounder. The fight will be Uzcategui’s first since he lost his 168-pound belt by unanimous decision to Caleb Plant in January.
Main Events promoter Kathy Duva announced on Wednesday evening in Los Angeles during the kickoff news conference for the Sergey Kovalev-Canelo Alvarez light heavyweight world title fight that junior middleweight Evan Holyfield, the 21-year-old son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, will make his professional debut on undercard of the Nov. 2 DAZN event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Main Events, which recently signed Evan, promoted Evander Holyfield for much of his career.
The Top Rank/ESPN schedule for the last quarter of 2019 continues to fill out. Bob Arum says that on November 30 a card will take place from the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, that will feature former WBO featherweight champion, Oscar Valdez, and possibly former two-time champion, Carl Frampton. "We decided on that because the history is on Thanksgiving, the town is empty, and then Friday morning they pour in, and then the weekend, it's one of their biggest. So we'll have plenty of people in town to buy these tickets," explained Arum.
British heavyweight Daniel Dubois has won the prestigious best young boxer of the year award given annually by members of the United Kingdom’s Boxing Writers' Club, it was announced Tuesday. Dubois is first heavyweight to win it since Herbie Hide, who went on to win a world title, in 1993. Dubois, 22, won the British title in his last fight, a fifth-round knockout of previously undefeated Nathan Gorman on July 13. Dubois returns Sept. 27 (ESPN+) at Royal Albert Hall in London to face unbeaten Ebenezer Tetteh for the vacant Commonwealth title. Dubois (12-0, 11 KOs) will receive the award at the Boxing Writers’ Club’s 68th annual dinner on Oct. 7 in London.
Undisputed women’s lightweight world champion Katie Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs), 33, of Ireland, will move up one division to challenge Christina Linardatou (12-1, 6 KOs), 31, of Greece, for her junior welterweight world title on Nov. 2 (DAZN) at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, a source with knowledge with the deal told ESPN on Monday. The fight is due to be announced at a news conference in Manchester on Tuesday.
Unified women’s junior welterweight world titlist Jessica McCaskill will defend her belts in a rematch with Erica Farias on Oct. 12 (DAZN) the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced. The fight will be on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut against Tyrone Spong. McCaskill (7-2 3 KOs), 35, of Chicago, outpointed Farias (26-3 10 KOs), 35, of Argentina, last October to win a belt before McCaskill then unified two titles with a decision against Anahi Esther Sanchez in a slugfest on May 25.
Due to the severe cuts to lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's right eye suffered in his decision win over Otto Wallin on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued Fury its standard medical suspension. He is suspended until Nov. 14 and not allowed any contact until at least Oct. 30. Fury needed 47 stitches to close the gashes and is supposed to next fight Feb. 22 in a rematch with titlist Deontay Wilder, as long as Wilder wins his rematch with Luis "King Ortiz" in November.
The fall season of “Boxeo Telemundo” kicks on Oct. 4 (Telemundo, 11:30 p.m. ET) with a 10-round junior welterweight fight between Puerto Rico’s Yomar Alamo (17-0, 12 KOs) and Mexico’s Antonio Moran (24-4, 17 KO's) at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center in Kissimmee, Florida, All Star Boxing promoter Tutico Zabala announced on Monday. Moran will be looking to rebound from a devastating knockout loss to rising lightweight star Devin Haney in May. Moran is 4-0 as a Telemundo headliner.
Golden Boy announced Monday it has signed junior lightweight contender Lamont Roach Jr. (19-0, 7 KOs), 24, of Washington, D.C., to a contract extension as he prepares for a world title shot, a mandatory fight against titlist Jamel Herring on Nov. 9 (ESPN+) in Fresno, California. “We have had faith in Lamont, and he has had faith in us. This mutual trust and commitment have paid off as he’ll now be fighting for a world title, and I’m confident that we will have a new world champion in our family,” Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya said in announcing the deal. Roach was happy with his new deal, adding, “My re-signing with Golden Boy is a message within itself. Obviously, I love the way my career has been moved. They have always believed in me. I’m about to bring them a world championship. I’m a superstar in the making, and I would not be here without them.”
Here was the entrance of Tyson Fury tonight before his bout with Otto Wallin....
Fury calls out Wilder: 'I want you next, bum!'
Tyson Fury congratulates Otto Wallin on a competitive fight after his victory, then calls out Deontay Wilder for his next match. For more Top Rank Boxing action, sign up for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/.
Fury sustains massive cut above eye vs. Wallin
Tyson Fury gets caught with a left hand across his brow as he is backed into a corner by Otto Wallin. For more Top Rank Boxing action, sign up for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/.
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