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Rob Brant Defends Title In Dominant Performance Over Khasan Baysangurov

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.

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Bellator 216: MVP vs. Daley weigh-in results

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Bellator 216 is the second chapter of promotion’s doubleheader presented this weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. MMA event is held on February 17 (AEDT) featuring a series of bouts with the Welterweight World Grand Prix Matchup serving as the headliner of the show.

Top of the bill features Michael Page up against Paul Daley. At the official weigh-in ceremony conducted a day before the fight show both fighters tipped the scales at 170.

The co-main event at Bellator 216 is a heavyweight clash between Mirko Cro Cop and Roy Nelson. Croatian legend weighed-in at 234.5. His American opponent declared 259.5.

The main card comprises five bouts follow the seven-fight preliminary card. The full lineup and weigh-in results can be found below.

The event follows Bellator 215: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov held on February 16 (AEDT).

Main card
Michael Page (170) vs. Paul Daley (170)
Mirko Cro Cop (234.5) vs. Roy Nelson (259.5)
Cheick Kongo (236) vs. Vitaly Minakov (240.5)
Yaroslav Amasov (169.75) vs. Erick Silva (170)
Valerie Loureda (123.5) vs. Colby Fletcher (122.25)

Preliminary card
Tyrell Fortune (246.25) vs. Ryan Pokryfky (250)
Patrick Casey (155.75) vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev (154)
Vinicius De Jesus (171) vs. Rodolpho Barcellos (169.5)
Kemran Lachinov (166) vs. Kastriot Xhema (165)
Reginaldo Felix (185) vs. Justin Sumter (185.5)
Jesse Kosakowski (168) vs. Rodolfo Rocha (170.5)
Demetrius Plaza (169.5) vs. Andrews Rodriguez (169.5)

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Bellator 215: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov weigh-in results

Bellator 215: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on February 16 (AEDT). MMA event is the kick off of doubleheader held over this weekend.

Top of the bill features a heavyweight battle between Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov. At the official weigh-in ceremony conducted the day before the fight show, Mitrione tipped the scales at 258.25. Kharitonov declared 265.

The co-main event is a welterweight matchup between Logan Storley and Ion Pascu. Storley weighed-in at 169.25, while Pascu was 170.25.

Also on the card a pair of bantamweights, Eduardo Dantas and Toby Misech. Both fighters showed 135.5.

The main card features five bouts following the eight-fight preliminary card. The complete results and full lineup can be found below.

Main card
Matt Mitrione (258.25) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (265)
Logan Storley (169.25) vs. Ion Pascu (170.25)
Eduardo Dantas (135.5) vs. Toby Misech (135.5)
Mike Kimbel (136) vs. John Douma (136)
Austin Vanderford (174.25) vs. Cody Jones (174)

Preliminary card
Amber Leibrock (145) vs. Amanda Bell (145.5)
Pat McCrohan (184.75) vs. Jason Markland (185.75)
Tabatha Watkins (106) vs. Lindsay Van Zandt (105)
Pete Rogers (145) vs. Jason Rine (141)
Steve Mowry (246.5) vs. Darion Abbey (264)
Matt Probin (145.75) vs. Ali Zebian (146)
Zarrukh Adashev (125) vs. Ronie Arana (126)
Billy Goff (168) vs. Ryan Hardy (169.5)

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Two-Weight World Champ Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler Signs up With Mtk Global

MTK Global is proud to confirm the signing of two-weight world champion Hekkie Budler, who joins the MTK Africa team under Colin Nathan.

The South African star (32-4, 10 KOs) – nicknamed ‘The Hexecutioner’ – has unified world titles at both minimumweight and light-flyweight and racked up an astonishing 17 world title fights.

Still just 30 years of age, Budler is eager to begin a new chapter of his illustrious career.

Budler said: “I am so happy to have a powerful brand like MTK behind me. With the best in the business guiding my career, the big fights will be rolling in and my profile will rise.

“It is also great that Colin, who has been with me from the beginning of my professional career, is now involved with MTK Global in heading up the African continent.

“I’m more hungry than ever to win back a world title as soon as possible and despite having achieved what I’ve achieved already, I firmly believe the best days of my career are still ahead of me.”

Nathan added: “This is a fantastic statement of intent for MTK Global and for MTK Africa. Hekkie has been one of the most underrated fighters in the world up to this point.

“Having won and defended multiple world titles, Hekkie is a shining example to all African boxers and with MTK Global now in his corner, we believe there’s so much more to come.”

News of Budler’s first assignment as an MTK Global fighter will be forthcoming in due course.

Stay up to date at mtkglobal.com and on social media @mtkglobal

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Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Mykal Fox Official Weights, Quotes and Photos


Rising Prospect Ergashev To Face Fellow Unbeaten Fox at 10 p.m. ET/PT

MULVANE, Kan. – February 14, 2019 – Unbeaten super lightweight and rising star Shohjahon Ergashev and fellow undefeated Mykal Fox made weight just a day before their ShoBox: The New Generation main event headlines a doubleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan.

The 10-round clash between Uzbekistan’s power-puncher Ergashev (16-0, 15 KOs) and Fox (19-0, 5 KOs) will follow the 10-round co-featured super bantamweight fight pitting 28-year-old ShoBox veteran Jesse Hernandez (11-1, 7 KOs) against WBO No. 4-ranked Thomas Ward (25-0, 4 KOs) in what will be the toughest test of Hernandez’s career.

Here is what the fighters had to say on Thursday from the Kansas Star Casino.


Super Lightweight 10-Round Bout

Shohjahon Ergashev – 142* lbs.

Mykal Fox – 142* lbs.

Referee: Bill Clancy (North Carolina); Judges: David Sutherland (Oklahoma), Karen Holderfield (Arkansas), Mike Contreras (Nebraska)

*–Fight contracted at a catchweight of 142 pounds.

Super Bantamweight 10-Round Bout

Jesse Hernandez – 121 lbs.

Thomas Ward – 121 ¾ lbs.

Referee: Kevin Champion (Missouri); Judges: David Sutherland (Oklahoma), Karen Holderfield (Arkansas), Jeff Sinnett (Nebraska)



“I know the odds are against me because of his height. He says he’s 6-foot-4 and the tallest fighter I’ve fought was 6-foot-1.

“I just have to be the smarter fighter tomorrow. My limited English skills has never hurt me in the ring and communicating with my corner. Fighting is a universal language. My English is a little bit better; it’s getting better.

“I trained for this fight both in Detroit and some in Florida and sparred with bigger guys like Anthony Dirrell and Leon Lawson at the Big Time Boxing Gym in Boca Raton. I had my conditioning coach B.B. Hudson in Florida with me too. So we are more than ready to go come fight night.

“I’m not eyeing one particular fighter; I just want to fight for a title. It’s been a year since my ShoBox debut against Sonny Fredrickson and I’ve improved a lot. I can’t wait to show my skills tomorrow night.

“I have some surprises that I’ll show on my way into the ring. I like to make it fun, and the fans will see that when I enter the ring.”


“This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. We’ve been trying to put this fight on for a long time. We tried to do it last year, but it didn’t work out. I decided to fight someone the caliber of Ergashev because he’s undefeated, and I’m undefeated. We have similar records, so why not?

“I’ve been watching [Ergashev] fights every day on YouTube. There is some danger in that, but I feel like I the more I can study what he does in the ring, the better prepared I will be.

“I don’t know what comes next for me. I’m still young. I’m just focused on tomorrow night.

“Right now, my brother [ShoBox alumnus Alantez Fox] thinks I’m the better fighter than him, but that’s only because I’m fighting tomorrow. I bet after the fight he will go back to thinking there’s no one better than him.”


“Eventually, I’ll be a featherweight, but I think I can make this weight [122 pounds] for another year, year and a half.

“I’ve studied him on YouTube. I know what to do tomorrow night. I know how to exploit my advantage. He has a No. 4 ranking by the WBO so if we get the win we can get his rating, if not better.

“He’s never seen a fighter like me; never fought in the States, or against a Mexican fighter. So I know I have the advantage. I have the ring IQ, and am the smarter fighter.

“I have 10 rounds as my mindset. Last time I was on ShoBox I wanted to get my opponent out of there. But not this time. Of course, if I hurt him in the first round I will try to get him out of there. But it’s OK to win by decision too.”


“I was offered this fight and it’s a nice opportunity for me. It’s live on SHOWTIME, so why not? This is a great stage and it’s a very winnable fight for me.

“Eventually we will get a world title shot. I just have to keep winning. I know I have the ability and the time is now. If the opportunity is right, we will take whatever is put in front of us.

“He’s supposed to be an aggressive fighter and I’m a boxer so it will be a good mix of styles. I know that he’s a good, strong fighter, but I’ll be ready to handle whatever he gives me.

“Of all the rounds I’ve boxed in 25 victories, I’ve only lost four or five rounds. If you’re not getting hit, you’re not losing.

“I’m a family man and don’t go out. I’ve just been focused 100 percent on my boxing career.

“I’ve been in the States since February 6. We stopped in New York on our way here and trained for a few days. I trained at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan and also trained at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.”

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Nong-O Gaiyanghadao Ready To Fulfill His Dream In Bangkok

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (257-54-1) has only one dream he has left to fulfill, and that is to capture another belt.

He has the chance to do that at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 16 February.

In the main event, he will face China’s Han Zi Hao (60-15) for the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title in a five-round battle at the Impact Arena.

“I have one goal, it is to become the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion, and to defend that belt,” the 32-year-old said.

“I’m training hard for this World Title bout, and it feels great to be competing back in Thailand — especially for the ONE World Title.”

Nong-O has experienced quite a lot of success at the Impact Arena. In fact, he claimed victory in his last appearance there in October.

The Thailand hero, who is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound Muay Thai athlete, delivered a top-notch striking display to defeat Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout via unanimous decision.

That victory came after another striking clinic against Fabio Pinca during his ONE Super Series debut last April. He displayed nerves of steel, landing heavy strikes, body kicks, and head kicks on his French opponent before walking away with the unanimous decision victory.

“My experience so far with ONE Championship has been great,” the Thai elaborated.

“ONE Championship is a world-class promotion with a global audience, and this is huge for me. I’m very excited. I can’t wait for my upcoming bout.”

Han, his opponent, has also had a tremendous year with the world’s largest martial arts organization.

The Mad Muay Thai Gym athlete was ONE Super Series’ most active competitor in 2018 with three victories on the trot.

First, he earned a unanimous decision victory over Stergos “Greek Dynamite” Mikkios in September, and then he bettered that achievement a month later with a first-round knockout of Ryan “The Filipino Assassin” Jakiri.

Han’s last appearance showed his perfect technique, as he secured a 99-second TKO of Malaysia’s Azwan Che Wil.

Still only 23 years old, the Chinese Muay Thai specialist will be a tough test for Nong-O, who seeks another World Title and victory number 258.

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Lao Chetra Reflects On His Brothers Ahead Of ONE Debut

Kun Khmer star Lao Chetra is ready to take another big step in his career, and he will do so with the full support of his family.

This coming Saturday, 16 February, Chetra will take on multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Superlek Kiatmoo9 in his ONE Super Series debut at the action-packed ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Muay Thai flyweight battle is one of the most anticipated bouts of the card, and Chetra will enter the Impact Arena with his oldest brother Lao Sinat by his side.

“My brothers Chantrea and Sinat are always there for me and help me whenever I need something,” Chetra explains.

“Not only when it comes to martial arts, but with everything!”

The youngest of the three brothers, Chetra says he never felt pressured to follow in his sibling’s footsteps, even when they reached Kun Khmer stardom in Cambodia.

As a young kid, Chetra’s childhood was much like other Cambodians as he went to school and studied in his province, Kompong Speu.

In the back of his mind, however, he always had a longing to step into the ring and compete.

“Nobody chose this career for me, I’ve been interested in [martial arts] since I was a young kid,” he explains.

“When my brother Sinat started competing, I got even more fascinated. It was maybe 15 years ago.

“The love for martial arts has always been there when I was young. Even when I started competing and lost a lot, I would cry all the time, but I kept training!”

Early in his career, the young Kun Khmer star suffered a severe knockout loss while competing in Phnom Penh, something that forced him to take a close look at his chosen path.

“During my seventh bout, I got hit and ended up with eleven stitches,” he explains.

“My sister and mother told me to stop fighting, but I all I had to say was: ‘At this point, there is absolutely no way I will stop!’ If I start something, I have to finish it.”

Even though he is the youngest, he gets the full support of his older brothers Chantrea and Sinat.

Both of his brothers are martial artists in their own right, but Chetra is the first to reach the global stage and now, he has the chance to represent Cambodia and his family.

Even if there was a time when the young Kun Khmer combatant did not have the support of his mother and sister, he now says they are all fully supportive of his passion.

Come Saturday, he will have the chance to show why he is widely regarded as one of Cambodia’s most prominent Kun Khmer practitioners.

As Chetra is about to step into the bright lights of ONE Championship, the talented debutant says he will never forget where he came from, or who helped him get there.

“My two brothers are very important to me,” Chetra states.

“They’ve helped me so much. Without them, I would not be where I am today!”

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Anthony Joshua to Face Jarrell Miller in U.S. Debut at Madison Square Garden

AJ’ Defends Wba Super, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Titles Against ‘Big Baby’ on June 1

Historic clash screened live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK

Heavyweight boxing’s biggest star Anthony Joshua OBE will defend his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO World titles against Jarrell Miller in his long-awaited U.S. debut at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, June 1, live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.

Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), defended his World titles with a devastating knockout of dangerous Russian Alexander Povetkin last time out at Wembley Stadium in September in what was the Olympic Champion’s fourth straight stadium fight in front of over 80,000 fans.

It was a crushing return to the scene of his historical triumph over legendary Champion Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017, where he produced the performance of a lifetime to claim the WBA crown in an unforgettable battle in front of a post war record crowd of 90,000 at England’s National Stadium.

The British sensation blasted Povetkin to the canvas with a brutal assault in the seventh round and then floored the WBA mandatory challenger again to signal a sudden and dramatic ending to his 22nd professional victory in his home city.

And now sport’s biggest name will follow in the footsteps of Heavyweight greats such as Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Evander Holyfield and Muhammad Ali when he crosses the Atlantic to silence Brooklyn’s brash ‘Big Baby’ Miller at ‘The Mecca of Boxing’.

“June 1st I am heading to The Big Apple and I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more,” said Joshua. “I will be fighting Jarrell Miller at the legendary Madison Square Garden. It has been an honour and a blessing to fight at some of the best venues in the World at home in the UK, not least Wembley Stadium, but the time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my Heavyweight titles in the USA. I am looking forward to taking on another challenge with a good boxer & a brilliant talker, it will be an exciting fight, I will leave nothing to chance and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark.”

Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs), has been calling for a British scalp ever since he went face-to-face with Joshua during a heated exchange at the launch of DAZN’s streaming service in the U.S. in July last year, and the undefeated 300lbs giant is promising to turn AJ’s American dream into a living nightmare as he looks to announce himself on the biggest stage of all.

Miller earned his shot at Joshua with successive wins over former World title challengers Gerald Washington, Mariusz Wach, Johann Duhaupas and Tomasz Adamek, crushing the latter inside two rounds on his Matchroom Boxing USA debut at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago in October.

He followed this up with another big stoppage win, this time steamrolling Bogdan Dinu in four rounds to claim the interim NABA Heavyweight title at the Kansas Star Arena, and now Miller returns to his home city to fulfil a lifelong dream of fighting for the World Heavyweight crown.

“AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own backyard,” said Miller. “He wants to announce himself on the American stage but all he’s doing is delivering me those belts by hand. Its dog eat dog in the ring and this dog has got a bigger bite, he’ll be leaving New York empty-handed. This is the fight that I’ve been chasing all my life and on June 1 I’m going to achieve the thing I was born to do and win the Heavyweight Championship of the World. That punk AJ is standing in the way of my dreams and on June 1 he’s getting run the hell over.”

“It’s been an eventful few months but I’m delighted to finally announce that Anthony Joshua will make his American debut at the iconic Madison Square Garden on June 1,” said Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing Managing Director. “AJ has created an incredible ‘Lion’s Den’ atmosphere in the UK and we plan to bring that energy to New York on a card that will be stacked with British vs. American talent. When you look at the Heavyweight greats that have graced the renowned ‘Mecca of Boxing’ the names of Ali, Frazier, Marciano and Tyson stand firm and June 1 will be a moment when the World will witness AJ’s turn.

“Jarrell Miller is someone I know well having been involved in his last 4 fights in America. I know how much he wants this fight and I know the belief that him and his team have in beating AJ. He is a mountain of a man with an incredible work rate and he will get the chance to challenge for 4 World Heavyweight belts in his backyard this summer. They went to head to head for all the wrong reasons last summer and next week they will do it again as we get ready for the big build up for a momentous moment on June 1st at MSG.”

“Anthony Joshua is the number one Heavyweight in the World and DAZN is excited to deliver the British star’s much-anticipated U.S. debut at the iconic Madison Square Garden,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN Executive Vice President, North America. “In New York awaits a hometown fighter in Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller who has been quite vocal about his plans to spoil Joshua’s stateside arrival. He poses a real threat to dethrone the Heavyweight king in what will undoubtedly be a major international attraction and we are eager to see what will unfold June 1 on DAZN.”

“We are delighted to be showing this massive occasion on Sky Sports Box Office and our team will provide every step of an enticing build up,” said Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing. “Every boxer wants to conquer America and the time has come for AJ at the iconic Madison Square Garden. It’s been the home of countless classics, from Ali vs. Frazier to the controversial bout that was called a draw between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis 20 years ago. It’s another chapter in the Joshua story.”

“The World Heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Garden is unlike any setting in the World and we couldn’t be more thrilled to host Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller,” said Joel Fisher, Executive Vice President, MSG Marquee Events. “The legacy of Heavyweights at ‘The Mecca of Boxing’ that began with the likes of John L. Sullivan, Gene Tunney, ‘Jersey’ Joe Wolcott, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, Evander Holyfield, Wladimir Klitschko and Lennox Lewis will continue when Joshua and Miller step into the famed Garden ring in front of a packed house on June 1.”

“On June 1 Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller will fight in the World’s greatest city for boxing’s greatest title — the Heavyweight Championship of the World — on boxing’s biggest stage — ‘The Mecca of Boxing’ Madison Square Garden,” said Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions. “It is a dream come true for Jarrell, but it is exactly what we envisioned and what I promised him when I began working with Jarrell in his second professional fight. He is on the verge of making history and I am proud to have been there since the beginning. On June 1 Jarrell follow in the footsteps of Brooklyn Heavyweight greats Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe to bring the Heavyweight World title back to its rightful home NY.”

“It is incredible to be a co-promoter of Jarrell Miller’s World title challenge against Anthony Joshua on June 1st streamed live on DAZN,” said Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions. “The fact that this event is taking place at Madison Square Garden makes it extra special as it’s a home game for Team Miller. I can’t wait to hear Michael Buffer announce, “And the NEW…!”


Important information for fight fans on tickets for the New York blockbuster

Tickets for Anthony Joshua’s long-awaited American debut against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1 will be available to purchase from this Friday!

Madison Square Garden Pre-Sale begins at Midday ET (5pm GMT) on Friday 15th February via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com)

Fight Pass Pre-Sale begins at Midday GMT (7am ET) on Monday 18th February via StubHub (www.stubhub.com)

General Sale tickets are on sale at Midday ET (5pm GMT) on Tuesday 19th February via Madison Square Garden and StubHub (www.stubhub.com)

Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.MSG.com.

Official Ticket and Travel Packages, including the opportunity to travel on the Official Charter Plane, are available to purchase via Sportsworld (www.sportsworld.co.uk) Prices start at £1,095. Reserve your seat today.

Tickets are priced, $106, $156, $206, $306, $406, $506, $756, $1,006, $1,256 and $2,506 plus applicable booking fees.

Wheelchair seats, companion seats, aisle seats and Assistive Listening Devices are available to purchase by calling 212-465-6034

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UFC Phoenix fight card for Ngannou vs. Velasquez on ESPN

UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez

The Ultimate Fighting Championship visits Phoenix, Arizona on February 18 (AEDT) presenting UFC on ESPN 1, following the first PPV event of the year, UFC 234 held this past weekend in Melbourne, Australia. The upcoming MMA event takes place at Talking Stick Resort Arena featuring the 13-fight bill with the clash of heavyweights serving as a headliner of the show.

The former UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former title challenger Francis Ngannou battle it out in the main event. The co-main event is a lightweight encounter between James Vick and Paul Felder.

Also on the main card Cortney Casey and Cynthia Calvillo square off at women’s strawweight, and Alex Caceres takes on Kron Gracie at featherweight. In addition, Vicente Luque meets Bryan Barberena at welterweight, and Andre Fili faces off Myles Jury at featherweight.

The main features six bouts following the four-fight preliminary card. MMA action kicks off with the early preliminary card comprising three bouts.

On Wednesday the promotion presented Fight by Fight of the upcoming UFC Phoenix Fight Night. The complete lineup can be found below.

Main Card
Heavyweight Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez
Lightweight James Vick vs. Paul Felder
Women’s Strawweight Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Featherweight Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
Welterweight Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena
Featherweight Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury

Preliminary Card
Bantamweight Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling
Bantamweight Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez
Women’s Flyweight Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee
Lightweight Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz

Early Preliminary Card
Bantamweight Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders
Women’s Strawweight Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel
Women’s Strawweight Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire

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What’s Next for Erickson Lubin?

Ever since Jr. Middleweight Erickson Lubin (20-1, 15 KOs) lost to then WBC champion Jermell Charlo by first-round knockout in 2017 he essentially disappeared. He fought only time in 2018, easily dispatching of Silverio Ortiz via fourth-round stoppage.

That match did little to prove anything.

Lubin was once highly regarded in the boxing world and many wanted to see how he would perform against a credible opponent. Would he rise to the occasion and prove that his loss is behind him or would he falter underneath the pressure once again? On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, California we got our answer.

Lubin knocked out former champion Ishe Smith (29-11, 12 KOs) in the third round. It was a major statement by Lubin. Smith had been in the ring with some of the biggest names in boxing and although he often times fell short, he always made a good account of himself and was never stopped.

Lubin walked right through him. Lubin might be officially back as a major player in the division, but there is only one way to find out.

Let’s take a look at who Erickson Lubin should be matched up with next.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia (29-0, 13 KOs) might not be the most well-known fighter, but one thing is for sure–he can fight. Garcia is fresh off a win against former undefeated Ted Cheeseman, capturing the EBU European Jr. Middleweight championship.

It may not be the most prestigious title, but it does hold some value. Garcia is rated No. 2 by the WBC. He seems to be on his way to a title shot very soon. Lubin must be itching to get another shot at a world title himself. He still needs to secure a few more notable victories. Garcia could provide him with a stiff test.

Austin Trout

If you’re a champion or true contender then at some point you will find yourself in the ring with Austin Trout (31-5, 17 KOs).

What do Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Jarrett Hurd and both Jermell and Jermall Charlo have in common? They are all elite fighters and they have all beaten Trout. They are also either current or former world champions.

Trout may not be a true title contender anymore, but he is far from a gatekeeper. He has only lost to some of the very best in his division. If Lubin wants to prove that he is truly back to being a title contender, then a match with Trout is his best bet.

A match between Trout and Lubin would be both tactical and explosive. This is the contest Lubin should be aiming for next.

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What’s Next for New Champion Andrew Cancio?

Andrew Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KOs) pulled off the biggest win in his career when he unseated Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) for his WBA Super Featherweight title this past Saturday, February 9, 2019.

It was an impressive performance by Cancio as he looked like he was in major trouble to start the contest. He picked himself off the deck in Round 1, only to deliver three knockdowns of his own to claim the stoppage win.

Now that he is officially a world champion the question is, what’s next?

Let’s discuss.

Alberto Machado

Now, former champion Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) was dominating the fight before Andrew Cancio completely blitzed him in the fourth round.

We’ve seen it time-and-time again where an overwhelming favorite overlooks his opponent. A rematch between the two is warranted to validate his win.

Cancio won the fight fair and square, but would he win it again? There’s only one way to find out.

Masayuki Ito

WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs) has quietly built himself a very impressive resume. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2015 and he has defeated stellar competition including the likes of Evgeny Chuprakov and Christopher Diaz.

Putting Andrew Cancio in with another champion so quickly after his win over Alberto Machado seems tough. Unfortunately for Cancio that’s the price he must pay now that he is a champion.

It’s a fight he can win, but he will have to go through hell in order to get the victory.

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What’s Next For Former Champion Alberto Machado?

Well that certainly did not go according to plan.

Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) was expected to make a statement against Andrew Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KOs). There was not much expected out of Cancio and for good reason. Every time he stepped up his level of opposition he lost. The only opponent of note that he matched up against was Joseph Diaz Jr. Cancio was dominated and stopped in Round 9 of that contest.

Machado vs. Cancio started off according to script with Machado flooring his opponent in the first round and had him badly hurt. Everything went downhill after that. Cancio brought the fight to Machado and floored him three times en-route to a fourth-round stoppage victory.

It was a jaw-dropping result. Although Machado was dominated, all is not lost. He is, after all, only 28 years old. One bad night at the office shouldn’t spell the end for him. There are plenty of notable fights he can take and win. Let’s take a look at what he should do next.

Miguel Roman

Before Miguel Roman (60-13, 47 KOs) lost to WBC champion Miguel Berchelt, he was on a roll. Winning four matches all via stoppage. Even with his defeat to Berchelt, he gave the champion all he could handle. Both Alberto Machado and Roman want to throw their respective hats in to the mix for a title shot.

It makes sense for these two fighters to be matched up at this point.

Sure, it would be ideal for Machado to face a bit of a softer touch in his comeback fight, but if he wants to challenge for another world title as soon as possible then he needs to take on a fighter with the pedigree of Roman.

Rene Alvarado

After reeling off six-straight wins, Rene Alvarado (30-8, 20 KOs) needs a signature victory to put him over the top for a title shot. A win over former champ Alberto Machado can do just that for him.

That win won’t come easy as the champ has plenty to prove as he works his way back up the ladder.

A win over Alvarado won’t exactly place him in position for another title shot, but it will certainly put him in the hunt for it.

Gervonta Davis

After watching the performance of the “other” WBA titleholder, Gervonta Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) against Hugo Ruiz, it would seem suicidal to match up Alberto Machado with him for his first fight back.

It’s not as crazy as it seems. Davis is a hard hitter and possesses very underrated boxing skills, but Machado has a few advantages. Standing at 5’10”, Machado would have a huge height advantage over the 5’5″ Davis. Machado would also have a five-inch reach advantage as well.

If Machado can avoid one of Davis’ bombs, which is much easier said than done, then he would stand a chance at causing a major upset him.

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Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer Set for April 13 in Atlantic City



IBF, WBA And WBC Champion Shields To Meet WBO & WBC Champion In Recess Hammer In Arguably The Most Significant Women’s Boxing Event In History


NEW YORK – February 12, 2019 – Undefeated middleweight world champions Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer will meet on Saturday, April 13 live on SHOWTIME to crown the women’s undisputed 160-pound world champion. The blockbuster unification from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. will be the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live at 9 p.m. ET/PT and is arguably the most significant women’s boxing event in history.

Shields vs. Hammer features two of the consensus top-10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world squaring off to crown only the second undisputed champion in female boxing history. The fight, originally scheduled for November 2018, was postponed due to a now-resolved medical issue suffered by Hammer.

The 23-year-old Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) is a two-division champion who holds the IBF, WBA and WBC 160-pound titles. The 28-year-old Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) owns the WBO belt, is the WBC Champion in Recess, and has dominated the women’s middleweight division for more than eight years. Shields and Hammer fought on the same card last June on SHOWTIME, with both fighters winning impressively to set up the first undisputed showdown in the women’s 160-pound division.

The winner of Shields vs. Hammer will join Terrence Crawford, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, Oleksandr Usyk and women’s welterweight Cecilia Braekhus as the only fighters to have unified all four major world titles in any weight class.

Shields vs. Hammer is promoted by Salita Promotions. Ticket prices and on-sale date will be announced next week by Boardwalk Hall.

“I always seek the biggest challenges and set the highest goals. I will be ready like never before and will defeat Christina Hammer on April 13,” said Shields. “Nothing will stop me from becoming undisputed champion and continuing my journey to carry women’s boxing to never-before-seen heights. I want to be the greatest of all time and change the game forever for all women in sports, and April 13 is an important step on that road to history.”

“I have waited a long time for this moment,” said Hammer. “I am bigger, stronger and more experienced than Claressa Shields. I am undefeated and have been a champion for over eight years. I can’t wait to show the world that I am the best and undisputed middleweight champion of the world.”

“SHOWTIME Sports has a long history of featuring the best in women’s combat sports, whether it was with Laila Ali and Christy Martin in boxing, or Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey in MMA,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION. “More recently, since 2016 we have featured today’s elite with Claressa Shields, Christina Hammer, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano appearing in an industry-leading 10 presentations of women’s boxing. Male or female, SHOWTIME has delivered the best fighters in their toughest matchups, and April 13 will be no different. We have two of the best pound-for-pound female fighters in the world facing each other with all four middleweight titles at stake. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

“The biggest women’s fight of all time is set to take place on April 13 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City,” said promoter Dmitriy Salita. “Claressa Shields and Christina Hammer, both champions, both in their prime, are not only taking on the biggest challenge in their respective careers by meeting each other in the ring, but are breaking barriers for boxing and for women in sports. April 13 is destined to be an electric and historic night of boxing live on SHOWTIME.”

“Shields vs. Hammer is the biggest and most important fight in women’s boxing history – two undefeated unified champions in their prime battling for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world,” said Shields’ manager Mark Taffet. “Christina Hammer is indeed a very good fighter and champion, but Claressa Shields is once-in-a-lifetime. The same intense focus and determination that got Claressa through life, earned her two Olympic gold medals, and won her five world titles in eight pro fights will carry her to victory on April 13.”

“We are very excited to bring world-class championship boxing back to Atlantic City’s Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall,” said Matt Doherty, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. “This reinforces the CRDA’s commitment to attract world-class sporting events and increase visitors to our destination.”

Shields was the first American boxer in history – male or female – to win consecutive Olympic gold medals. The Flint, Mich., native turned professional following the 2016 Olympics and became unified women’s super middleweight world champion in just her fourth professional fight. Shields moved down to middleweight for her June 22 headliner on SHOWTIME, defeating Hanna Gabriels to win the IBF and WBA titles and become a two-division champion in just her sixth professional contest. After Hammer was named WBC Champion in Recess due to her medical issue, Shields picked up the vacant WBC title last November with a unanimous decision over Hannah Rankin. She most recently defended all three titles in December against Femke Hermans.

Hammer, of Dortmund, Germany, has been the dominant force in the women’s middleweight division since winning the WBO title in 2010. Hammer became unified champion in 2016 with a unanimous decision over WBC titlist Kali Reis and made four defenses as unified champion. In her eight years as champion, Hammer has lost just a handful of rounds across 16 world title fights. Hammer, who also models professionally and was recently featured at Fashion Week in New York City, made her U.S. debut on June 22 after campaigning mostly in Germany since turning professional in 2009. After being forced to withdraw from the November unification due to the health issue, Hammer won a non-title fight via second round knockout last Saturday, February 9 in Germany.

The undercard for the SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Women’s kickboxing: Laura Follereau vs Mireia Garcia Lopez added to BFS 1 Nimes

WKN France

The World Kickboxing Network visits south of France on March 30 with the first edition of “BFS” held in Nimes. The event is headlined by the WKN International Lightweight title fight between French Mallaury Kalachnikoff and Katarzyna Jaworska of Poland.

The second women’s kickboxing bout has been added to the fight card of Tuesday (via Twitter). The matchup features French Laura Follereau up against Mireia Garcia Lopez of Spain. The pair battles it out in the scheduled for three rounds 60 kg catchweight bout in oriental kickboxing (K-1).

Boxing Fighters System (BFS) is presented by Habib Bakir and Olivier Cerdan. The rest of the fight card featuring some of the best French fighters up against international opponents coming from Italy and Switzerland is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current lineup can be found below.

Women’s Lightweight Mallaury Kalachnikoff vs. Katarzyna Jaworska
Catchweight 60 kg Laura Follereau vs. Mireia Garcia Lopez

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Bare knuckles fighting in BYB’s Trigon Triangle, new cage introduced

BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It All: press release

“BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It All” will revolutionize bare-knuckles fighting with its Trigon Triangle cage – 7′ high fences, two beveled corners and a 60-degree, tight third-corner forming a triangle, totaling 187 square feet – on Friday night, April 5, at Cheyenne Ice & Event Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming (Apr. 6 AEDT).

This will mark the first time a professional bare-knuckles event is held inside a cage. This will also be the first time bare-knuckles fighting and MMA are contested in a cage on the same night.

“BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It ALL” is a presentation of BYB Extreme Fighting Series (BYB), bare-knuckle fighting’s most intense promotional company.

Integrated Sports Media will distribute “BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It ALL” throughout North America, commencing at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view, and the FITE.TV app and website worldwide.

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