Adam Lopez 126 vs. Aldimar Silva 124
Eric Puente 135 vs. Keith Carson 135
Jonathan Guevara 164 vs. Juan Jose Valenzuela 159.6
Vlad Panin 149.4 vs. Rodolfo Gamez 147.6
Carlos Francisco Saucedo 129.8 vs. Misael Chacon 131.6
Alexander Enriquez 121 vs. Leonardo Torres 120.2
Yulian Tembotov 148.8 vs. Chukka Willis 149.8
Triantafyllos Mavidis 166.4 vs. Roberto Yong 165.6
Venue: Florentine Gardens Hollywood
Promoter: PR Sports, Bash Boxing, Lights Out Promotions, Top Rank
Doors Open at 6:30pm; First Bout at 7:00pm.
On Friday, February 15, 2019, Rob Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) put on an absolute clinic as he dominated Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) and stopped him in the 11th round in his home state of Minnesota.
For Brant, it was the first defense of his WBA regular Middleweight title.
Brant got off to a quick start to begin the contest. He put his hand speed on display in the opening round. The second round showed his power as he knocked Baysangurov down with a right hand that clipped him on the side of the head.
Brant looked much more confident in the ring in comparison to his opponent. He also connected with the more eye-catching shots as well.
Baysangurov began to find a bit of success in the fifth round. Brant began to lunge in and paid the price as Baysangurov began to land a few good shots. That round however was about as much success as Baysangurov had as Brant boxed circles around him.
It seemed as though the champion was on his way to a clear decision victory. To Brant’s credit he wanted to put an exclamation point on his performance.
He did exactly that in the 11th. In what would end up being the final round, Brant let off a combination of punches that had his man badly hurt.
A few more punches followed and the challenger hit the deck. It seemed over, but somehow he managed to get to his feet. Brant wasted little time jumping back on his opponent. A right hand by the champion staggered Baysangurov to the ropes and the referee stepped in to stop the contest.
It was a terrific performance by Brant who fought like a man who wanted to prove he belongs among the elite of the Middleweight division. If he continues to string together performances like this, then he will make a strong case to be ranked higher among his peers.
WBA middleweight champion Rob “Bravo” Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) retained his title with an eleventh round KO over previously unbeaten Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota.
Brant was sharp, dropping Baysangurov with a right hand in round two. He got the stoppage win with a barrage of punches that drove Baysangurov to the deck again in the eleventh round. Time was 1:42.
Floyd Mayweather says the exhibition fight business will be VERY good to him in 2019 — with 4 or 5 bouts lined up this year, which will pay him around $80 MILLION!!! Remember, Floyd says he got $9 mil for tuning up Tenshin Nasukawa during a New Year’s Eve exhibition match in Japan … and he’s going BACK to Japan to fight again in July.
This time, Floyd says he’s fighting a former Japanese boxer (he’s not 100% sure who the guy is) — but tells us he’ll cash a $10 million check to go 3 rounds with his mystery opponent.
And, that’s just the beginning … Floyd says he’s got more fights lined up too. So, why not book another full 12-round pro fight with a real contender? Floyd says he can make real money doing the exhibition fights with much less risk to his health.
“It’s all about being smart. My faculties are very important.”
There was no love lost on Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles as fighters competing on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes exchanged words and went face-to-face at the final press conference before their respective showdowns this Saturday night at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live.
WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz will defend his title against Rafael Rivera in the main event of the show. The telecast will also feature contenders Omar Figueroa and John Molina Jr., plus unbeaten prospects Sebastian Fundora and Donnie Marshall going toe-to-toe.
Leo Santa Cruz: “If I can get this win, we want to unify the belts or make the third fight against Carl Frampton. If not, we will go to 130 pounds and seek a title in a new weight class.”
Rafael Rivera: “I’ve stepped in late before to a big fight. I’m always ready when it comes. Expect a surprise come Saturday night. I know that I have everything it takes to bring this title back to Tijuana.”
Omar Figueroa: “Given our styles, there’s no way this is going to go the distance. I think this is going to be an early night and I’m planning on having my hand raised.”
John Molina Jr: “It’s time to fight. The hard work is done and the time is now. Talk is cheap. On Saturday night, we’ll get down.”
Sebastian Fundora: “Hopefully we’re going to display a lot more boxing and technique in this fight. I think Marshall is going to come inside and attack the body. I think if I’m able to stop him, it will be from the boxing skills that I show.”
Donnie Marshall: “I’m ready to dominate the fight like I always do. That’s the only thing on my mind. I don’t care about his height, record or anything else. I’m coming to dominate.”
Promoter Richard Schaefer: “We are committed to continuing to bring the best and biggest fights to the fans here in Los Angeles because Los Angeles is the fight capital of the world again.”
Unbeaten IBF welterweight world champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. defends his title against undefeated four-division champion Mikey Garcia in a highly anticipated FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event on March 16 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The four-fight pay-per-view card will also see unbeaten former super middleweight world champion David Benavidez taking on veteran contender J’Leon Love in a 10-round showdown, undefeated former WBC bantamweight champion Luis Nery battling former champion McJoe Arroyo in a 10-round attraction and heavyweight fan-favorite Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola facing unbeaten Jean Pierre Augustin for 10-rounds of action.
Tickets for this event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Ringstar Sports, are on sale now.
WBA #3,WBC #4, IBF #7,WBO #11 super flyweight Andrew Moloney (18-0, 11 KOs) is confident of victory when he clashes with WBA #2 Miguel Gonzalez (29-1, 6 KOs) on March 22 at in San Fransico de Mostazal’s Gran Arena Monticello, Chile for the WBA mandatory position. Moloney talked to Fightnews.com®.
“Training has been going well with my trainer Angelo Hyder,” said Moloney. “Angelo has trained some of Australia’s top talent for years and years, so to learn of Angelo and train alongside the likes of my brother Jason, Billel Dib and Bruno Vifuaviwili is improving me as a fighter every day.
“Gonzelez is a good fighter. He’s 29-1 for a reason. He has a great record and his team have a lot of belief in him.
“This fight is really what world title eliminators are about. Two fighters at the top of their game battling it out to see who is number one. Gonzelez is a world level fighter, but I am out to prove I am an elite level fighter on March 22.
“I want to be World Champion that is the ultimate goal.
“Fighting someone like Roman Gonzalez in AAMI Park in Melbourne would be a dream, but my focus is Miguel Gonzalez right now, then onto a big world title clash in 2019.”
Longtime light heavyweight and cruiserweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (30-5, 18 KOs), currently ranked #6 by the WBO, has decided to walk away from boxing. “I’m fine physically, but I don’t have my usual desire to give boxing the 100 percent it deserves. I want to thank all who helped me through this crazy, great ride,” said Fonfara.
Undefeated middleweight world champions Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer will meet on Saturday, April 13 live on Showtime to crown the women’s undisputed world middleweight champion. The fight will take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The 23-year-old Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) holds the IBF, WBA and WBC 160-pound titles. The 28-year-old Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) owns the WBO belt and is the WBC Champion in Recess.
Shields-Hammer was originally scheduled for November 2018, was postponed due to a now-resolved medical issue suffered by Hammer.
When it was announced last year that WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) would be taking on IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) the whole boxing world was shocked. It was last November as FOX officially announced their early 2019 boxing schedule. Garcia and Spence stood face to face for the first time in New York as Mikey looked up and stared at the champ Spence. Garcia takes on Spence later next month on March 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas live on FOX Pay Per View.
“I’m happy that I’m fighting a PPV, a fight of this magnitude, the atmosphere. This just shows what type of fight this is. I’m excited. This is the biggest fight this year,” Mikey Garcia told Fightnews.com®. “I want to prove everyone wrong.”
Mikey returns to the D.F.W. (Dallas/Fort Worth) area as he last fought there back in June of 2013, scoring a spectacular knockout over former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez as I was seated ringside covering my first fight in Texas.
“It feels good to be back fighting in Texas. Last time I was here in Texas the fans showed me a lot of love,” Garcia on returning to the Lone Star State.
Now he will be fighting at the home of Dallas Cowboys and Spence’s hometown. This is definitely the biggest stage for the 31 year old from Riverside by way Oxnard, California. Fighting in “Jerry’s World,” for the first time, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s stadium which has hosted many spectacular events including 3 major world title fights, 2 Manny Pacquiao fights and Canelo fight. Going into hostile territory, Garcia will be stepping into Spence’s turf as the Dallas native hails from nearby De Soto. It’s said that Texas has the best boxing fans, Garcia is confident he will have his mass wave of supporters on fight night.
“I believe there is going to be fans for both sides. I have fans everywhere. I have fought in Texas before and I have fans there too.” Mikey said on fighting in Spence’s hometown. “I know a lot of fans that will be there are big boxing fans. They will enjoy the night,”
Coming off a unanimous decision over Robert Easter Jr. in his last fight, Garcia dropped Easter and dominated setting up the fight with Spence. It was that night following his victory at the postfight press conference that Garcia hinted on the possibility of fighting Spence.
For Spence, this will be the third defense of his IBF title he won over Kell Brook in May of 2017. Spence has successfully defended his title twice as he stopped former champion Lamont Peterson and made quick work of Carlos Ocampo with a first round knockout in his homecoming at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas, the Dallas Cowboys training facility.
“He reminds me a lot of me on how he fights. He is a technical fighter that does everything right,” Garcia said about Spence. “I see a lot of things I can take advantage of,” Garcia said. “He is a world champion and was at the Olympics. He has done a lot of good for his career.”
In preparation for Spence, Garcia has been training in Riverside, California with his brother respected trainer, former world champion Robert Garcia along with their father Eduardo Garcia. In this camp, Garcia has also been training strength and conditioning with Victor Conte’s SNAC program.
“The routines are different than in the past. Most recently I haven’t been doing strength conditioning but I have done work in the past. What I have noticed is the intensity every drill is high and explosive. So that is the difference,” Garcia stated.
Garcia will be making the leap from lightweight to welterweight moving up two weight divisions to take on Spence. This won’t be the first time Garcia fights above the 135 pound lightweight limit as he had two fights at 140 pounds fighting Adrien Broner and Sergey Lipinets at super lightweight.
“Everyone sees the obvious, his size, height, and weight, all that don’t matter. My power will be there. He will respect it, but not sure if it will hurt him. On fight night he will be 12-14 pounds over the limit but I feel power will be there,” Garcia explained. “We are both world champions and I don’t want to be picking easy fights. I could have picked contenders, that is what some champions do. That is not what I want. I want the best.”
Looking to become a five-division world champion with a win over Spence, Garcia could possibly add another accolade to his career. Having won his first world title back in 2013, Garcia defeated the always tough Mexican warrior Orlando Salido to win the WBO featherweight title. Later that year he won his second world title moving up to super featherweight to win the WBO title over Rocky Martinez. After being out of boxing for 2 years, Garcia returned and won his third, world title with a devastating knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin, picking up the WBC lightweight title. Last year he moved up to super lightweight and defeated IBF champion Sergey Lipinets to win his fourth world title in fourth weight class.
“I don’t consider my ring experience a big advantage. My boxing ability and confidence, I feel, I’m the better boxer.”
The question everyone wants to know. Why would Garcia decide to take on the much taller Spence? Mikey standing at 5’6 gives up a 3-inch height advantage to Spence standing at 5’9. Already opening up as the underdog, Garcia will be fighting at welterweight for the first time.
“Nobody believes in me. They think it’s a fight I can’t win. Once I do, I will prove everyone wrong. Make all the doubters believers.”
Five years have gone by since Mauricio Sulaiman was elected President of the World Boxing Council, following the passing of his father José Sulaimán, who led the WBC for 38 years.
Today, with the same values his father promoted, Mauricio is creating his own history with programs like the Clean Boxing Program, the Jose Sulaimán Champions Fund, Amateur Boxing Development, the WBC Nutrition Committee, the WBC Safety Committee with pre-weigh ins and mandatory medical exams, and many other initiatives, actions and programs. Many congratulations to Mauricio on his tireless work to improve boxing.
WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs) is back in action as he takes on Rafael Rivera (26-2-2, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico this Saturday February 16 at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles headlining Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes. We caught up with the champ during training camp here is what he had to say.
“This isn’t going to be an easy fight. Rivera is tougher than people have given him credit for in the past. Most important though, is to come out of there with the victory,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®.
Santa Cruz wrapped up training camp in La Puente, California under the guidance of his father/trainer Don Jose Santa Cruz along with his brother Antonio in preparation for this fight.
“This preparation has been great. We have been sparring 13 rounds so that we are ready. I feel good and strong,’ Santa Cruz on training camp.
Originally scheduled to take on Miguel Flores, his previous opponent withdrew from the fight due to an ankle injury. Now Santa Cruz will take on Rivera.
“We were getting ready for Flores, a boxer that moves around and throws a lot of punches. Rivera lunges and he is kind of wild. We were training for Flores and now Rivera but we are always ready for anything. I am use to training against any style fighters that brawl, move, fast handed, or guys with technique,” Santa Cruz said about the change in opponent.
“It’s been a good a preparation. He is looking sharp and is ready for this fight,” Mr. Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com “The preparation is for him to look sharp on fight night. That is where the fight is won, with a good preparation. He is ready to give a good show and that is what the fans come to see,” Mr. Santa Cruz added.
His opponent Rivera is no stranger to taking fights on late notice.In September of 2017, Rivera came in as a late replacement the week of the fight against Joseph Diaz in going the distance and dropping a decision. Rivera since dropping back to back decision to Joseph Diaz and Joet Gonzalez is coming off a knockout over Jose Ramos.
“We are ready for Rivera he’s a tough fighter. He fought Joseph Diaz and got in some good punches even though he came in as a replacement, he came ready to fight and went twelve rounds,” Santa Cruz on the change of opponent.
“I have never seen neither of those two guys fight. I really have not much to say. All I’m doing is preparing my son to be ready come fight night,” Mr. Santa Cruz said.
For Leo, he is coming off a unanimous decision over former champion Abner Mares this past Summer at Staples Center. Santa Cruz, a man of his word gave Mares the rematch and proved that the first fight was not a fluke.
“The last fight I had with Abner was a great. We have the style to make great fights,” Santa Cruz said about his win over Mares.
The champ also expressed his concern, wishing Mares a recovery as he recently suffered a detach retina and was scheduled to fight WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis this past weekend. Here is what Leo had to say.
“I heard about his eye and that sucks. We as fighters we put our lives out there, I know if it was up to Mares he would go out there and fight. It’s sucks to hear that news. I send all my prayers to him and wishing him a speedy recovery,”
With a win over Rivera, Santa Cruz is expected to have a unification bout with WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. later this year.
“We will go out there try to win convincingly and then move up to the big names. The names that people want to watch. Gary Russell Jr., Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington, and Oscar Valdez. Any of those guys I am ready for them,”
Looking to avenge his loss to Russell, Santa Cruz was outpointed by Gary Russell in the amateurs as Leo hopes to get his shot at redemption.
“Hopefully I fight Gary Russell Jr. He beat me in the amateurs and I want that rematch. Iv’e wanted that fight and I’m sure it will happen later this year,” Santa Cruz on a potential rematch with Russell. “The amateurs is only three rounds and I felt that I was catching him later in the fight. Now if we go twelve rounds, I know I will break him down with my pressure and his speed will slow down,” Santa Cruz added.
Other champions and big fights at featherweight include fellow Mexican, WBO champion Oscar Valdez, IBF champion Josh Warrington, even a rubber match against Carl Frampton as the two have split a pair of fights.
“They all have different styles. Gary Russell has really fast hands but I think timing beats speed. Oscar Valdez is strong, if he catches he will hurt you and he has good technique. Warrington puts a lot of pressure and throws a lot of punches. All those guys have their style and they are champions,” Santa Cruz said about the 126 pound division. “I want to unify against any of the champions,” Santa Cruz added.
With a win here, look for Santa Cruz to call out Gary Russell but first must make a statement Saturday night.
“Tune into FOX or go to the Microsoft Theater. I will go out there and give a great fight and come out with the victory,”
Andrew Cancio: “This was the fight of my life. I feel extremely great winning this world title by knockout. I did not let this fight go to the judges’ scorecards. It’s been a long road, and it felt like we thought it would: unbelievable. For me to execute a plan like we did feels great. He caught me early, but it was a flash knockdown. I got my legs back and got my composure. I was never out of the fight. I’m extremely happy.”
Alberto Machado: “I felt weak in there. The rematch would be nice, but I think I have to move up to 130 pounds. We will see.”
Rey Vargas: “I feel good but he fought too dirty. I like to fight clean, not dirty like he did. It was a complicated fight and he’s tough. But I adjusted to his style, and that’s how I won. I wished he would have fought cleaner, but I did what I could.”
Franklin Manzanilla: “I felt uncomfortable because he was taller than me. I haven’t fought anyone that tall before. I hurt him in the second round and I tried to continue that momentum. I feel I did well.”
Gervonta “Tank” Davis: “Tonight I just wanted to put on a great performance. I was scheduled to fight Abner Mares, but he had an injury so my main goal tonight was to make a great performance, which I did. I knew it was coming. When I touched the jab I saw his arm was in front of his face so if I threw a hook or uppercut it was right in line.
“I’m very confident that I will be more active this year. I have three, probably four fights lined up this year. I’m happy with my team and ready for the next.”
On fighting the winner of the March 2 Ricardo Nunez-Edner Cherry WBA eliminator
“We could do that. At the end of the day I’m a fighter. I’m a fighter and I have a great team. One of the best in the sport. I believe in my team and whatever they line up, I’m ready. Yes sir, we’re coming to Baltimore. We’re going home, baby.”
Hugo Ruiz: “He felt very heavy to me, very heavy-handed. As soon as he started landing punches, I could feel them. I have a lot of first round knock outs, today was my turn to lose in the first round. It happens in boxing. I surely have a fractured nose. I’m looking forward to go down to 126 and look for another opportunity down there.”