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Two big new MTK Fight Nights announced

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Following a triumphant run of three superb shows throughout the summer, #MTKFightNight will return to Production Park Studios in Wakefield for two massive events, live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.

On Sunday 18 October, a fantastic clash of unbeaten fighters will take place, as world-ranked Michael McKinson (18-0, 2 KOs) goes up against the dangerous Martin Harkin (13-0, 5 KOs) in a welterweight contest.

In the co-main event, recent world title challenger Jay Harris (17-1, 9 KOs) looks to build on the fantastic showing he produced against Julio Cesar Martinez, when he defends his Commonwealth flyweight title in a brilliant match-up against Marcel Braithwaite (9-2).

Former IBF bantamweight world champion Paul Butler (31-2, 15 KOs) also makes his long-awaited return against Ryan Walker (11-2, 2 KOs), while undefeated Shaw boxer Jack Rafferty (12-0, 7 KOs) has his first bout under the MTK Global banner.

Rounding up the bill in October are the highly-anticipated professional debuts of two amateur sensations, as Jordan Reynolds and Paul McCullagh both enter the paid ranks, with opponents to be announced for those two respective fights.

Another star-studded card will then take place on Wednesday 11 November, and is headlined by an incredible showdown, as British and Commonwealth bantamweight king Lee McGregor (9-0, 7 KOs) challenges Karim Guerfi (29-4, 9 KOs) for his European bantamweight title.

Highly-rated Kazakhstan superstar Tursynbay Kulakhmet (1-0, 1 KO) will fight in the UK for the first time at the event, following a terrific performance in his debut last month.

The show will also see fellow Kazakh sensation Sultan Zaurbek (9-0, 7 KOs) square off with Jeff Ofori (10-3-1, 3 KOs), and Sahir Iqbal (8-0, 1 KO) go up against Jamie Robinson (10-4-1, 3 KOs).

Rising stars Inder Bassi (2-0) and Jack Martin (3-0) will collide with each other, plus highly-rated Hassan Azim makes his professional debut.

MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said: “I’m really excited for these two shows. Both cards are full of 50-50 fights.

“In October we have a double-header main event, with Michael McKinson fighting Michael Harkin and Jay Harris taking on Marcel Braithwaite. Those are two great fights and then there is a brilliant undercard too.

“In November we then have Karim Guerfi against Lee McGregor for the EBU bantamweight title. It’s a massive fight for both boxers, and there is a stacked undercard on that show as well.

“We have Tursynbay Kulakhmet making his UK debut, and we’re looking to secure a proper fight for him as he wants to make a statement.

“It’s two really good shows, so we’re looking forward to being back and continuing our tradition of 50-50 fights all the way through the cards.”

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Quadrupleheader Features Total of Six Fighters with Undefeated Records

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ShoBox: The New Generation returns for the first time since March with a four-fight card headlined by exciting, undefeated super welterweight prospects Charles Conwell and Wendy Toussaint in a 10-round main-event bout on Wednesday, October 7 live on SHOWTIME ® (9 p.m. ET/PT) from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.

The four-fight telecast will feature eight prospects who boast a combined record of 109-4-3, including six boxers who have yet to taste defeat at the professional level. The last ShoBox event was held March 13 in Hinckley, Minn., and was one of the final live sporting events to take place before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world for several months.

A decorated amateur and U.S. representative at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the 22-year-old Conwell (12-0, 9 KOs) hails from Cleveland, Ohio, and will make his second ShoBox appearance – and first in nearly three years – when he takes on up-and-coming and Toussaint (12-0, 5 KOs) at 154 pounds.

The co-feature is another bout of unbeatens as Conwell’s half-brother Isaiah Steen (14-0, 11 KOs) matches up against Kalvin Henderson (12-0-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight bout. The ShoBox event will open with two eight-round welterweight showdowns as Detroit’s Janelson Bocachica (15-0, 10 KOs) takes on fellow Puerto Rican native Nicklaus Flaz (9-1, 7 KOs) and hard-hitting Brandun Lee (19-0, 17 KOs) returns to ShoBox in the telecast opener against Jimmy Williams (16-3-2, 5 KOs).

“Charles Conwell is the quintessential ShoBox fighter,” said Gordon Hall, executive producer for ShoBox: The New Generation since its inception in 2001. “He had a successful amateur career and he has shown real promise in his pro campaign. Now, he’ll face his first undefeated opponent in Haitian-born Wendy Toussaint who should be a tough test. In the co-feature another battle of unbeatens in Steen vs. Henderson and rounded out by promising prospect Janelson Bocachica and rising star Brandun Lee. These are the type of fight cards that make this series unique and important for the development of young fighters on both sides of the bout sheet.”

Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing had this to say about the fight, “This is a great opportunity for Wendy Toussaint to once again showcase his ability against a top, talented undefeated prospect in Charles Conwell, in the main event of ShoBox. Wendy is an extremely hard worker inside and outside of the ring. I look forward to a thrilling, action packed fight on ShoBox’s famed series.”

Charles Conwell vs. Wendy Toussaint – 10-round Super Welterweight Main Event

Known for his lightning quick fast hands and power, the rising prospect Conwell is currently ranked No. 9 by the IBF in one of boxing’s deepest divisions at 154 pounds led by Jermell Charlo, Jeison Rosario, Tony Harrison, Erickson Lubin, Julian Williams, Terrell Gausha and Jarrett Hurd.

Conwell was 116-14 as an amateur and was the National Golden Gloves Champion in 2015. In his last fight in February, Conwell scored a fifth-round stoppage over Ramses Agaton. He is co-promoted by Tony Holden of Holden Productions and Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment. He is managed by Dave McWater at Split-T Management.

Fighting in front of his hometown fans in Cleveland in his ShoBox debut in 2017, Conwell went the six-round distance for the first time in his young career finishing off a game Roque “Rocky” Zapata with an impressive unanimous decision.

“I am happy to be back on ShoBox, and I am going to put in a good performance and do what I do best,” said Conwell. “My opponent is undefeated, and he will come to win, but I think that I am just better overall and all around. I am a very smart boxer with fast hands and power. When people see me, they will see Aaron Pryor, Mike Tyson and Andre Ward rolled up into one! I am happy to be headlining ShoBox and being able to show my talent to the whole world.”

Nicknamed “Haitian Fire”, Toussaint, 28, was born in Haiti and currently trains in Huntington, New York where eight of his 12 pro fights have taken place. He is promoted by Hall of Fame New York promoter Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

Toussaint fled Haiti for France in 2010 following the devastating earthquake and currently works as a firefighter on Long Island. He is the main sparring partner of No. 1-ranked (WBO) light heavyweight world title contender Joe Smith Jr. Toussaint has won his last five of seven fights by knockout. Fighting on the undercard of the Eleider Alvarez-Joe Smith card August 22 in Las Vegas, Toussaint won an eight-round decision over Isiah Jones.

“I would like to thank my trainer Frankie Globuschutz, my promoter Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing for this great opportunity to shine in a ShoBox main event,” Toussaint said. “I am ready to fight. I have always been ready to fight. Nothing changes for me, and I am bringing the Haitian Fire.”

Isaiah Steen vs. Kalvin Henderson – 8-round Super Middleweight Co-Feature

Like his half-brother Conwell, the 24-year-old Steen of Cleveland also had a successful amateur career with a record of 85-15. Fighting on the same card as Conwell back in February, Steen needed less than a round to stop Kenneth Council in Hammond, Ind., in his last fight. Steen is co-promoted by Holden and DiBella and managed by McWater.

“This is my first fight on TV so it’s going to be a big one,” said Steen. “This is a big stage to show everybody what I am coming for and I am very excited to be fighting on SHOWTIME. This is a major step-up fight. I am just going to keep to my game plan and keep my distance. It’s amazing to be able to be on a television card with my brother.”

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Henderson currently resides and trains out of Fayetteville, Ark., where he was a six-time Arkansas state champion in the amateurs. Following high school, Henderson got a full-ride music scholarship to the University of Arkansas as a percussionist graduating with his bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2012. The 30-year-old Henderson is promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions.

“I am ready to get back to what I do great,” said Henderson, who is married with four children and a fifth on the way. “My opponent is undefeated, but on October 7th, he will have his hands full. I am excited to finally showcase by skill-set on a national level as the co-main event.”

Janelson Bocachica vs. Nicklaus Flaz – 8-round Welterweight Bout

A native of Puerto Rico and fighting out of Detroit, Mich., Bocachica is just 21-year-old and already has four years of pro experience. He began boxing at age eight, won four consecutive Ringside Championships (2011-14), the National PAL Championships and the 2015 Detroit Golden Gloves. He boasts an amateur record of 55-5. He is trained by his father, Nelson Figueroa. Bocachica is managed by McWater of Split T-Management and promoted by King’s Promotions.

“I am fighting another Puerto Rican fighter which will surely produce fireworks and an exciting, all-action fight,” Bocachica said. “He is a power puncher and a brawler. He seems to be very confident, and I like fighting guys like that. If he wants a brawl, he will get a brawl, but if he wants to box, I will outbox him. I am versatile like that.”

Puerto Rico’s Flaz is part of current WBA and IBF 154-pound World Champion Jesion Rosario’s camp under the guidance of Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. Flaz has knocked out his last two opponents and competed in two 10-round bouts during his pro career, which has included six wins against fighters who had winning records.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills,” Flaz said. “I know he’s an undefeated guy and a good opponent but I’m going to put some punching power on him. You can expect me to come in and be explosive. It’s going to be a great fight.”

Brandun Lee vs. Jimmy Williams – 8-round Welterweight Bout

Just 21 years old, the knockout artist Lee from La Quinta, Calif., has KO’d all but two of his opponents (89.5 percent), including 11 in the first round, four in the second and two in the third. The third-year pro is making his third ShoBoxappearance. In March, Lee scored an impressive third-round TKO over 33-year-old challenger Camilo Prieto. This is Lee’s third fight of 2020 as he knocked out Miguel Zamudio in a non-televised January 17 bout in Sloan, Iowa.

Lee had a decorated amateur career with an estimated record of 196-5. He was the 2015 U.S. Junior National Champion, taking home the gold medal at 145 pounds. With lightning quick hands that pack power, the exciting Lee has sparred with Mikey Garcia, Devin Haney, Mauricio Herrera, Timothy Bradley Jr., Thomas Dulorme, to name a few.

“I am ready to go,” said Lee, a full-time college student who is trained by his father Bobby Lee and managed by Cameron Dunkin of D&D Boxing. “I was supposed to fight on September 19th, and now I have an extra three weeks of training, so that will be great for me. My opponent is bigger and has fought at higher weights, and he was ranked in the top-15. This is a step up and it is exactly what I need for my career. I am looking forward to being back on ShoBox and I will come to perform. The audience wants knockouts, and that is what I am here for.”

A pro since 2013, Williams is a former college football standout who has yet to fight in 2020. Williams grew up in Plainfield, N.J., before moving to New Haven, Conn., and played wide receiver at Southern Connecticut State University.

Promoted by Jimmy Burchfield of CES Boxing, the 34-year-old Williams has battled adversity as his father passed away from cancer, and his mother was murdered in what is still an unsolved case.

International Boxing Hall of Famer Barry Tompkins will call the action from ringside with fellow Hall of Famer and boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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About ShoBox: The New Generation
Since its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The ShoBox philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title. Some of the growing list of the 83 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Errol Spence Jr., Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and more.

6’6 heavyweight signs for Matchroom Boxing

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Zhang Zhilei has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom.

Matchroom’s deal with Zhang sees Eddie Hearn’s promotional outfit appointed as the sole promoter of the Chinese star.

The unbeaten China Heavyweight (21-0 16 KOs) has returned to action in November in Monte Carlo, Monaco with a ten-round win over Andriy Rudenko seeing Zhang pick up the WBO Oriental title for the third time – Zhang now sits at #11 with the WBO and #12 with the IBF as he aims to convert his prolific amateur career in the pro game.

‘Big Bang’ is in New Jersey training for his return to the ring Stateside in November, and the 37 year old giant wants to put his career into overdrive and prove that he is ready to challenge for World titles in the paid ranks.

“I’m very happy to enter into an agreement with Matchroom,” said Zhang. “They are one of the best promoters in the world. I’m the best Heavyweight coming out of China. I just need an opportunity to become the best in the world which I strongly believe that Matchroom is able to provide. With each of us focused on our part, I wish a happy and successful future together.”

“The Heavyweight scene couldn’t be any hotter right now, so this is the perfect time for Zhilei to get back into action and throw his name into the mix,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Zhilei is ready to take on all-comers and as he aims for his 22nd win in November, the next step for ‘Big Bang’ then will be to face his fellow top-class contenders and get in position for a World title shot.”

“We are extremely excited about the partnership with Matchroom,” said Zhang’s advisor Terry Lane, from Lane Brothers Boxing. “Zhilei is a world-class Heavyweight and Matchroom is one of the world’s premier boxing promoters. It’s a natural fit, and this puts Zhilei in the mix amongst boxing’s top big-men.”

Francis Chua targets Kambosos, Ng & Mackenzie Trilogy

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The “Removalist” Francis Chua (7-1-1) boasts an excellent record of 7 wins from 8 fights, his lone loss being a highly controversial points decision to top-flight Australian boxer Kye MacKenzie. Chua had previously upset MacKenzie’s tilt at a world title shot against Vasyl Lomachenko when he beat the WBO #2 in front of a 40,000 crowd as the undercard to a Jeff Horn bout in Brisbane. That November 2018’s clash with Kye Mackenzie was the Australasian “Upset of the Year”

Chua is guided by Oceania Manager of the year Tony Tolj who opens up about his lightweight charge.

“Chua is an old school fighter, anyone, anywhere, anytime. If I told him tomorrow to fight Tyson Fury, he would say get me on a plane. Once in the ring hes like an unchained animal and that’s why he’s the most feared lightweight in the Southern hemisphere.”

Prior to the global pandemic, Francis Chua agreed to terms with the Vietnamese based promotional group Victory 8 to fight Vietnamese legend Nguyen Van Hai. The fight was set to take place in Manila on May 9 for the prestigious WBC Australasia lightweight title.

“For sure, I was coming to win and I expected to win, I believe I’m an old school type Gatti Ward type fighter. I will always give the fans a great show but with the coronavirus, it was not meant to be,” said Chua.

Now Chua sets his sights on the domestic scene.

“Jacob NG is an up and coming boxer who is WBO & IBF World rated, both our camps have been in loose discussions previously but now is the time to make it happen”.

“There is also local West Aussie Brandon Ogilvie, that would be another great local match up. That could headline Dragon Fire Boxing’s Thunderdome series”.

“Then there’s George Kambosos Jr. who is supposed to be fighting Lee Selby in an IBF Eliminator, that is a fight I would love to have. I was offered by my manager the Big Boss Man, Tony Tolj a fight with George at the MGM Grand in Vegas on a Pacquiao undercard.

Now that is things that you dream about growing up. However, my manager really cares for me as a person and said Francis I know you have some of your close family that is terminally ill, you need to spend time with them. And it was the right decision as my head was all over the shop”.

“Kye (MacKenzie) and I are 1 win each “on paper” but everyone who saw the second fight knows who really won that fight so a trilogy to even up the score with all the regional belts would make sense. I’m up for fighting anyone, anywhere, anytime.

“If the Mackenzie fight doesn’t happen, I’ve got plenty of options and I’m grateful to my management for getting me the right opportunities and Tony’s exactly when we should roll the dice, that’s why he’s the man.

“There are always the Thunderdome events in Perth and I want to continue to build my experience and look to win titles by taking on the best. That is what I really want going forward and I know that if I stay solid in the gym, I will get there when the time is right. All I want to do is make my family, friends, and country proud, The Removalist is here to take out all the lightweights!!”

Francisco Fonseca Grabs Second Round KO, Wants Title Fight Next

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Former multi-time world title challenger dubbed “The Nicaraguan Nightmare” Francisco Fonseca moves to 27-3 after a second round knockout in Nuevo, Nicararo Managua in his homeland of Nicaragua.

Fonseca vs “Lethal” Lesther Lara headlined the Buffalo Boxing Promotions event and Fonseca sent a clear message to the super featherweight division, with a straight right to body, that devastated his opponent unable to make the count.

His trainer, former WBC and WBA world champion Rosendo Alavarez, discussed Fonseca’s performance;

“Fonseca had really put in the hard work in training for this fight, he really wanted to show what he’s trained for in the main event of the Buffalo Boxing event. Every fight we are seeing a new and rejuvenated Fonseca and the plan was always to finish the fight early and in style, we worked on the straight right to the body in the camp, I will speak with my partner Tony Tolj and we will plan the strategy for Franciscos next move.”

Fonseca, a former world title challenger, discussed fight preparations and future targets.

“I have trained day and night. It was really satisfying to get the first round knockout. The punch was timed to perfection. I’m very lucky to have such a good team around me with Buffalo Boxing, Ruth and Rosendo and my manager Dragon Fire Boxing’s Tony Tolj,” Fonseca said.

“With my team, I’m ready for any of the world champions, Berchelt, Diaz, Herring, Alvarado. I will discuss with Tony and we will plan.”

Tolj opened up about the plans for Fonseca going forward.

“I’m very pleased with the performance of Fonseca. He has become a new fighter, it really showed. All Francisco wants is another world title shot. I have a lot of belief in Francisco and the team and I believe Fonseca for and another opportunity at one of the world champions. Berchelt, Diaz, Herring or even an domestic derby with Alvarado, these are exciting times for career of Fonseca.”

What can Deontay Wilder do differently in third fight with Tyson Fury?

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It’s been a crazy year for everyone and that includes promoters in the sport of boxing.

Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is undoubtedly one of the most outspoken figures in all of boxing and for good reason.

So it hasn’t been surprising to see Hearn begin to drum up interest in a huge heavyweight unification between his fighter Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.

Joshua holds the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles while Fury is the WBC champion.

And each man is coming off of a big win.

Fury dominated Deontay Wilder in February and scored a stoppage victory. And in that fight he was as good as he ever was, showing power, speed and great athletic ability.

Joshua meanwhile avenged his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. this past December with a unanimous decision win. Ruiz has stopped him inside of seven rounds in their first fight.

Hearn has been drumming up interest in a Joshua vs. Fury mega showdown. Hearn told Sky Sports the following.

“I’m very sure you’re going to see two versions of that fight in 2021. I think we’re on the verge now of papering that deal with Bob Arum. We haven’t done it yet, but all the conversations are positive. We have a lot on our plates with the pandemic, making sure we keep boxing alive and trying to deliver those fights for AJ and Fury, but I think 2021, I’m very sure you’ll see those two fights.”

The thought of Joshua vs. Fury is tantalizing, but Fury recently took to social media to remind everyone about what is next.

“Again just to put everyone straight I’m fighting (Deontay Wilder) next, whenever it is, wherever it is!” he wrote. “Everyone else can join the queue.”

Fury later added a “#fakenews” tag to his Twitter post.

And with Wilder now in line, it looks like December 19th in Las Vegas will be on tap for them.

But what will happen in a third fight?

For Wilder supporters, there may be concern, as he looked to be out of his element. He was dropped twice and mauled around the ring for the most part.

That begs the question, what can Wilder do differently in a third fight?

If there’s one thing that will always make Wilder dangerous it’s the fact that he’s a big puncher. But what else does he bring to the ring?

Recent reports from training camp in Miami claim that Wilder is in amazing physical shape. So him focusing on his conditioning is a great thing. And the fact that he stay committed to training throughout the year is another big blessing, especially following his first career defeat.

Wilder He is a great athlete and he has a frame that would allow him to be an excellent boxer if he picked up some more skills.

His best bet in the third fight with Fury would be to attempt to use his jab, and not do anything foolish, and try to find a home for his right hand. But don’t look for a knockout, let the fight come to him.

Keith Thurman admits he suffered depression following Manny Pacquiao loss

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Former WBA welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman 29-1 (22) has reflected on his first professional loss to Manny Pacquiao 61-7-2 (39), revealing he suffered depression and blew up in weight following the fight.

In July last year Thurman found himself on the canvas in the opening round against the then 40-year-old Filipino superstar at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, but rallied back to lose a close split decision.

It was just his second fight in almost two-and-a-half years following a string on injuries that still plague his career.

“My hand is good. We have been on the bag sparring Saturday,” Thurman said to FightHype.

“The Saturday before that, when we are in camp, we are sparring two-three times a week. But right now, we are testing it out once a week.

“After the hand injury, I was 192 pounds. That was last (late) summer when I was commentating on the Spence vs Porter fight.

“I was depressed. I didn’t enjoy taking my first career L, even though I lost to a champion (Manny Pacquiao).

“We are trying to be ready this upcoming year, and after taking that L, I have got the motivation.”

The 31-year-old Thurman has changed up his training regime as he aims to get back in the ring before the end of 2020.

“I have put in my work for the day we just hit noon,” Thurman continued.

“I used to wake up and start my day at noon. Now I am waking up early and being done by twelve o’clock. I have put in 45 mins on day one of cardio on the spin bike. It feels good.

“I have been in the gym a little bit during COVID trying to get back moving and be real on my diet. I was very unsatisfied last year with my weight management losing 35 pounds twice. That’s not what champs do.

“We did it, and I didn’t complain through the process. But when I reflect, it wasn’t a wise choice. I see it as my ignorant self, saying: you got this, you can do anything.

“To a degree, we can we are all blessed. There is nothing we can not accomplish. But if you wanna tap into your higher self you should do what’s better for one’s self.

“I know you all loved that last Pacquiao fight. I loved it too. But I still want to get my belt back, but I want to get back healthy, strong, focused. That’s why I am waking up early.

“Right now, I am 171 pounds. I have been for the last three weeks. I’ve been neglecting the cardio, so it’s no more.

“I want to see the numbers change, and I want to get down to my amateur weight close to 165 or 160 pre-camp.

“I’m not old, but it’s a whole other story when you’re not in your 20s no more. I know what I need; that’s why we are here doing it.”

Thurman won the WBA 147-pound championship against Robert Guerrero in 2015 and successfully defended the title four times against Luis Collazo, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia and Josesito Lopez.

Kell Brook tipped to take on Terence Crawford on November 14

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Former IBF welterweight champion Kell ‘Special K’ Brook 39-2 (27) looks to be in the box seat to challenge WBO 147-pound champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 36-0 (27) in November.

The 34-year-old from Sheffield, Yorkshire lost his IBF strap to Errol Spence Jr 26-0 (21) by 11th round stoppage in May 2017 after moving back down in weight following his ill-fated move to middleweight when he was knocked out in five by unified 160-pound champion Gennadiy Golovkin 40-1-1 (35) eight months earlier.

The fight against 32-year-old southpaw Crawford, from Omaha, Nebraska, would take place in the United States.

“We’re having advanced conversations with Brook,” Top Rank president Todd duBoef told Sky Sports.

“It makes sense for both fighters. We’re eyeing a November date if it can get done.

“November 14 is earmarked as the date. The location, as of now, is Las Vegas in a studio-type environment.

“There was talk of going to Omaha, where Crawford is from, in an intimate setting with some fans.

“We’re weighing it up. First we’ve got to see if we can put the match together. Then the venue.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: “I’ve been talking to [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum about various things [including] Crawford against Brook, which looks close to happening as well.”

In his second fight in the US, Brook lifted the IBF belt from Shawn Porter 31-3-1 (17) in Los Angeles in August 2014, ending the American’s undefeated record.

Porter would go on to defeat Yordenis Ugas for the WBC welterweight championship in March 2019 after defeating Andre Berto, Adrian Granados and Danny Garcia following his close decision loss to Keith Thurman for the WBA belt in June 2016.

Speaking to Sky Sports previously about squaring off with Crawford, Brook said: “Talks are progressing and we feel like we are edging closer. My team have been in regular dialogue with [promoter] Bob Arum.

“He assures us that both him and Crawford are bang up for it, so hopefully we can get it over the line and give the fight fans something to get excited about and to close 2020 in style.

“Crawford is the champ so rightfully they want the fight stateside, Vegas has been discussed. It suits me though. I have always wanted to fight in Las Vegas – the bright lights of ‘Sin City’.

“I’ve dethroned a welterweight American world champion in his own back yard before – I look forward to doing it again.”

The end-goal for Crawford is a fight against reigning WBC and IBF champion Spence Jr, who had a tougher-than-expected split decision win against Porter in September last year.

In the weeks following his unification win he trashed his Ferrari, suffering relatively minor injuries after being ejected from his vehicle.

Next up for the Texan southpaw is a fight against former world champion Garcia in defence of his unified crown on November 21.

“Spence Jr’s accident, put that fight on the side,” duBoef said. “It should have happened this year.

“The welterweight division is going through these guys.

“Terence is a brilliant fighter – one of the best finishers I’ve seen in the past 10 years. He’s in a great weight class.”

Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis gunning for his 16th straight knockout on Saturday night

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Fast-rising welterweight contender Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis 25-0 (23) won’t se satisfied with anything less than a knockout when he faces Juan Carlos Abreu 23-5-1 (21) in a scheduled 10-round bout at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville Connecticut on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old Philly fighter is on a 15-fight knockout streak going back three years with none of those fights lasting past the fourth round. Abreu has never been stopped.

“We never prepare one way for one person. We prepare all the way around because you never know how that guy is going to come out. We mix everything up,” Ennis said.

“Whatever he brings, we are going to be ready. I’m going to go out there, do my thing, be smart, have my fun and get that stoppage at the end of the night.

“My last fight, I did good, but there were a lot of things I watched that I could have done better – so that’s what we worked on in this camp, and you guys will see on Saturday night. Being more relaxed and not rushing and letting it come to me.

“You’ve just got to let the knockout come. You’ve got to feel it, you can’t just go in there and go for the knockout. That’s how you get tired and lose your cool or even get hit with punches that you shouldn’t be getting hit with.

“Most definitely I’m ready for a title shot, I’ve been ready. After Saturday night I’ll probably get a title eliminator and then sometime in 2021 I’ll be world champion.

“It feels great to put Philadelphia on my back. I can’t wait to perform and show the rest of the world my talent on Saturday night.”

Dominican Abreu, 33, has mixed with good quality opposition throughout his nine year pro career.

Four of his five losses have come to undefeated fighters, while the fifth was against savvy veteran Humberto Soto six years ago.

“I’m feeling great and I prepared very well for this fight. I’m ready to show the best version of myself on Saturday night,” Abreu said.

“I know Ennis is a good young fighter, so it’s going to be his youth versus my experience. I’ve fought a lot of younger fighters with good abilities, so we’ll see what he has on Saturday. My losses have given me the wisdom and experience to deal with someone like Jaron Ennis.

“My fellow Dominican Jeison Rosario winning his titles gave me a lot of motivation and gave the whole country a lot of motivation. It showed me that we can make it to the top level and it helps me keep pushing forward.

“Ennis is a good fighter just like all the prospects I’ve faced. I think they put him in over his head. I’ve never been knocked out. So he’s going to have to fight. This is going to be his first actual fight.

“I’m going to do my work like I always do and put him in a position that I’m more comfortable with – that’s fighting into the later rounds. I’m going to do my best work from rounds six through 10.

“I’m not going to allow this fight to go the distance. I’m going to fight him where I’m comfortable. One of us is getting knocked out. If it gets to where I’m behind on points, I’m just going to come forward and try to take him out, even if I end up getting knocked out.

“If he stands and fights, it’s better for me. That’s what I want. I really want one of us to get knocked out. If he is in front of me, it’s a better chance for me. I’m not afraid of losing, but I’m coming to win.”

Tugstsogt Nyambayar promises knockout, Cobia Breedy says that won’t be happening

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Featherweight contender Tugstsogt ‘King Tug’ Nyambayar 11-1 (9) has vowed not no make the same mistakes against Cobia ‘Soldier’ Breedy 15-0 (5) as he did against WBC 126-pound champion Gary Russell Jr 31-1 (18).

The 28-year-old Mongolian, who fights out of Los Angeles, dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to Russell Jr in February by scores of 112-116, 111-117 and 110-118.

Nyambayar, who is ranked number two by the WBC at featherweight, is hoping victory over Breedy at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut this Saturday night will land him a rematch against Russell Jr.

“I had a very good training camp and I’m ready for Saturday night. We had the same problems that everyone else had training during the pandemic, but we stayed safe and we’re prepared for this fight,” Nyambayar said.

“It wasn’t my night against Gary Russell Jr., but now I’m a better fighter. I was waiting too much against Russell and I let him control the fight. I have to be in control of the fight from the beginning until the end.

“I had a bit of an ankle sprain heading into the fight against Russell. I wasn’t able to use my movement as much as I wanted. It was a mild injury, but it caused me to have a lot less running in training. It just wasn’t the best ‘King Tug’. I would happily rematch Gary Russell Jr. I would love to fight him again because I think it would end differently.”

Nyambayar vowed to stop Breedy in the middle rounds of their scheduled 10-round bout.

“I have watched a couple of fights from Cobia Breedy and he’s definitely a good fighter. He’s a tough competitor, but we’ll see what happens Saturday. I’m going to bring my best,” he said.

“This is going to be a much better performance from me. I’ve had eight weeks of hard training and I’m mentally better than ever. I’m going to put on a good show Saturday.

“The change in opponent made no difference to me. We train to win no matter what. We want to get this win and move to the next step, which is winning a world title.

“It doesn’t matter what kind of style he brings to the ring. We’re ready for anything he brings on Saturday night. I’ve worked hard and I think I’m going to stop him in the middle rounds.”

Breedy, 28, of Barbados by way of Maryland, is confident he can produce a breakthrough performance.

“I basically live in the gym, so I’m always ready whenever the phone rings. I don’t have to get ready,” he said.

“We had a wonderful camp for this fight. I was originally scheduled to fight later in September, so I jumped on this opportunity to face Nyambayar when the opportunity came. I’m ready for anything that happens on Saturday.

“When I was 11-0, Barry Hunter called me to spar with Rau’shee Warren and me and my coach fell in love with the Headbangers team. Barry has come on board and given us help to get us to the next level.

“I’m never under pressure because I know that I’m doing this for. I’m doing this for my people back home in Barbados. I’m doing it for my family, my wife and everybody who supports me. I’m going to show everyone who ‘Soldier’ Breedy is.

“Me and my coach have this thing called the seven styles of boxing. People say I fight like Tim Bradley, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather – and that’s where my separate styles come into play. I even have some old school Joe Frazier that comes into play. It depends what Nyambayar brings to the table. Whatever he has, we’re going to match him.

“I just have to show the world what I can do. I’m not worried about how he fought against Gary Russell Jr, that was a good win for Gary. Tug is a good fighter. He’s accomplished a lot, but he hasn’t fought a soldier yet. Saturday night he’s going to be facing something different.

“Being a world champion from Barbados would make history. It would be great for my people. Boxing in Barbados is not a big thing. It’s different there. Me bringing back hope for my country would be an amazing thing. I could show kids there that you can come from Barbados and follow your dreams.

“I’ve been around a lot of world champions in training, so I feel like I know what it takes to get to the next level. Now I just have to show it in the ring Saturday.”

Tyrone McKenna: This fight will change my life

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McKenna (21-1-1, 6 KOs) and Davies (21-2, 16 KOs) meet on a massive card at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on September 30, which will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports in association with Matchroom Boxing, and live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.

The behind-closed-doors atmosphere could benefit McKenna in the fight, and he’s ready to take full advantage of the opportunity ahead of him.

McKenna said: “This will be the highlight of my career, no matter what I do afterwards. This is the moment my life changes and I don’t think any feeling will be able to beat this. This will be number one on my achievements ever, no matter if I win a world title after this.

“This environment will suit me massively. I usually play to the crowd in my fights, so with no fans there it should mean I’m not egged on to be dragged into a war. I might actually box to instructions for a change.

“If you watch me in sparring compared to when I’m in fights, I’m a completely different fighter, so I think this could benefit me.

“I don’t care whether it’s humble Ohara or brash and loud Ohara in the build-up, it doesn’t matter to me. Everyone knows I love a bit of back and forth in press conferences, so if he wants to bring out the brash side then he can. It gets me more hyped up for fights.”

The #GoldenContract super-lightweight final takes place on the same night as the featherweight final, as Ryan Walsh faces Jazza Dickens, while that evening also sees a light-heavyweight semi-final between Liam Conroy and Serge Michel on the undercard.

The other light-heavyweight semi-final sees Hosea Burton travel to Latvia to take on Ricards Bolotniks on September 26, with that fight broadcast live on IFL TV.

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Shreveport to Host 2020 USA Boxing National Championships

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USA Boxing announced today the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships will now take place at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, La., Dec. 5-12.

“Hurricane Laura wreaked havoc on the city of Lake Charles and rendered their Civic Center inhospitable for this year’s National Championships. This came on top of the pandemic which already nearly wiped out the 2020 National Tournament calendar,” stated Michael Campbell, USA Boxing Events and Operations Manager. “Our events staff immediately pivoted and was determined to replace the event with as little disruption as possible for our coaches and boxers that had been training with their goals fixed on participating in this event to end the year.”

“Shreveport stepped up quickly to provide us a great alternative within the same footprint as the planned event, therefore we could keep our same scheduled dates and remain in the great state of Louisiana. Shreveport will provide good accessibility, weather and hospitality for our members and their Convention Center will be ideal for the implementation of our #BackToBoxing protocols that are designed to ensure the safety of our boxers, coaches, officials and members of the community.”

“Shreveport, Bossier City, and the State of Louisiana are proud to host the 2020 National Boxing Championships in December,” said Kelly Wells, Executive Director for the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “Primarily, I would like to acknowledge my unwavering respect for Lake Charles and their investment in USA Boxing, which ultimately highlights Louisiana as a destination for national, elite sporting events.”
“As they recover from the detrimental effects of Hurricane Laura, Shreveport-Bossier is excited to keep this event within our state, which is expected to bring an estimated $2 million in economic impact to the area. We’re honored to welcome approximately 1,000 athletes to Shreveport-Bossier, as well as their coaches, friends, families and other boxing enthusiasts. On behalf of the Sports Commission team and Shreveport-Bossier community, I would like to thank the USA Boxing family for entrusting us with this incredible event, as well as Lt. Governor Nungesser, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the Shreveport Convention Center, Hilton Shreveport and the local boxing community. We’ll deliver nothing less than world-class hospitality in sportsman’s paradise.”
Registration for the event will open Oct. 1. The fact sheet, which will include check-in information, hotels and schedule will be released in the coming days.

As a reminder, due to COVID-19 and being the sole USA Boxing tournament in 2020, this year’s National Championships will be an open tournament, with a minimum bout requirement, for pee-wee to elite divisions. Boxers competing in Olympic/International Federation weight divisions in junior, youth and elite age groups will be competing for their place on Team USA’s High Performance teams.

This year’s championships will also have other changes to help provide a safer and easier tournament experience for our members, including staggered check-in days, set late coaches check-in hours, no general weigh-in, as well as a quota for all weight classes.

Continue to check USABoxing.org and USA Boxing’s social media platforms for important updates on this year’s tournament.

Terrell Gausha ready to claim world title shot with victory over Erickson Lubin

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Junior middleweight Terrell Gausha 21-1-1 (10) says he is in the best shape of his life ahead of his WBC world title eliminator against Erickson ‘The Hammer’ Lubin 22-1 (16) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old former US Olympian from Cleveland, Ohio has the utmost confidence in his preparation under the watchful eye of trainer Manny Robles.

“We had a good training camp, and we are in shape and ready. On Saturday night, I’m going to put out my best performance to date and get the win,” Gausha said.

“I’m expecting Erickson Lubin to come in ready. I’m expecting a good fight. We both know what’s on the line, and that a title shot awaits us. But I’m looking to make a statement and take control.

“It’s a great opportunity for both of us. I’m looking forward to fighting for the titles next. Whatever we have to do, we’re going to do. We can box or we can bang. We will do whatever we need to do.

“Ohio always has the true players in the game. When you think of this sport, you’ve got Rau’Shee Warren, Robert Easter Jr, myself, and the list goes on and on. I’m happy to be from Ohio, and especially the city of Cleveland.

“Lubin is the favourite in this fight, but I’m no stranger to being an underdog. I’ve been with [trainer] Manny Robles a long time, even before I went pro and while making the Olympics. We just work really well together.

Gausha, who lost a decision to WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara three years ago and had to settle for a draw against former world champion Austin Trout in his last fight in May last year, is well accustomed to fighting lefthanded boxers.

“There’s no pressure on me. I definitely want to let my hands go, but there’s no pressure. This will be my fourth southpaw in a row. So I’m more comfortable and familiar this time around,” he said.

“I’ve fought a lot of top guys. I wasn’t really 100% against Austin Trout, but I felt like I did really well. Now, I’m 100%.

“I’ve seen all the top guys in my division and I’ve seen them hold all the belts. I know Jeison Rosario and [Jermell] Charlo fight next week, but I can’t look past Saturday night.

“I like the style matchup heading into the fight with Lubin. He likes to stay busy and press the action and I think that’s better for me and gives me a chance to catch him.

“The guys before me, they all fought each other. Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran. They all fought each other. To be the best you have to beat the best. And you can see that the fights I take, even after a long layoff, they are tough fights.”

Victory for Gausha will line up a shot at WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 33-1 (17), who stopped Lubin in a single round three years ago.

Charlo is set to face WBA and IBF champion Jeison Rosario 20-1-1 (14) in a unification bout on Saturday week at the same venue where Gausha will face Lubin.

Erickson Lubin vows to knockout Terrell Gausha, land another title shot

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Junior middleweight contender Erickson ‘The Hammer’ Lubin 22-1 (16) has promised to go for the knockout when he meets Terrell Gausha 21-1-1 (10) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday night.

“I had a tremendous training camp once again,” Lubin said. “Saturday night I’m looking to go out there, look my best and come out with a dominant victory. I’m expecting Terrell to be solid too. But the way I train, I’m going to have an answer for everything that he comes with.

“I remember watching Terrell back in his Olympic days. Now we’re in the pro ranks though, so it’s a totally different story. He’s a solid fighter, but I feel like I’m on a different level than him. I’m planning on proving that on Saturday night.

“I always want to go out there and get the knockout. That’s what every fighter wants. If that doesn’t come, then I’m in shape and ready to fight 15 rounds if I had to. That’s the type of shape I’m in.

The 24-year-old southpaw was stopped in the opening frame of his lone world title shot against WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo three years ago.

He sees victory over Gausha as creating a mandate for another world title tilt.

“These are great fights to get me ready for another title shot,” Lubin said. “Fighting for a title at such a young age did a lot for my game. It helped me get to that next level. This next go around for the title will definitely be different. I feel like I’m at my best right now.

“I’m fighting for that mandatory spot for the winner of Jermell Charlo vs Jeison Rosario and I’m looking forward to getting in the ring to fight one of those guys. I’m excited to fight for not just one strap, but all three. I’m not just chasing Jermell Charlo. I’m chasing those titles. If he wins, so be it. I want those belts.

“I train to go in there and make a statement. That’s what I’m looking forward to Saturday. I just have to be steps ahead of him. My boxing skills are the best in the division and I’m going to be able to show it Saturday. Anything he thinks he can do, I can do better.”

Gausha, 33, has gone 1-1-1 in his past three fights, dropping a decision to WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara and drawing with former world champion Austin Trout.

“I did some studying on Gausha,” Lubin said. “I looked at the Erislandy Lara fight, the Austin Trout fight and a few other fights. My trainer looks into that more than I do. I saw what I needed to see. We put together a game plan that we’re ready to execute on Saturday night.

“I think Gausha has some problems with southpaws, but I’m not focused on that. I’m focused on my game plan and coming out victorious Saturday night.

“I have to go out there and win, but I also have to win in style. I have to look good winning. I feel like my advantage is that I’m more determined than he is. I’m younger and I believe that I have the edge in almost every department. I know that I’m a couple of steps ahead of him.

“The loss [to Charlo] was definitely something to learn from. It was also disappointing, because I dared to be great. I learned that experience is a great teacher. I took that from the Charlo fight, brought it with me and bounced back. I’m still bouncing back in a great way and I’ll soon take over this division.”

MTK Global announce two new podcasts

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MTK’s Inside Scoop with Colin Nathan will report on everything you need to know from the world of boxing, with a new episode released each Wednesday, while MTK’s The Clinch with Karl Keller will cover all things MMA, with a new episode each Monday.

They will be available on a wide range of platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google, TuneIN, PocketCasts, Deezer, Breaker, Stitcher and Acast.

The podcasts will feature superstar guests each week, meaning listeners will get the opportunity to learn even more about the biggest names in boxing and MMA.

Nathan is the gym manager at MTK Africa and is regarded as one of the leading trainers in boxing, having achieved a number of incredible accolades, including guiding Moruti Mthalane to the IBF world flyweight title.

Keller is also a hugely-respected figure around the world, and was recently appointed as the new head of MTK MMA UAE, after a 15-year-long career which has seen him work with some of the key figures in MMA across the UFC, Bellator and Strikeforce.

The duo are extremely excited about the new groundbreaking podcasts, and can’t wait to give fans the interviews that they want to hear.

Host of MTK’s Inside Scoop Colin Nathan said: “I’ve always wanted to do something like this. My first career was in media as a television continuity presenter, boxing analyst and commentator, so this brings my other skills into play.

“Fans can expect exactly what the name of the show suggests, ‘The inside Scoop!’ I’ll be asking the hard questions that the fans want to know. Baring in mind that I am a trainer and manager, I want to go into that aspect of the interview at times too. I’m beyond excited.”

Host of MTK’s The Clinch Karl Keller said: “I have always wanted to get in the podcast game and I’m honoured to be selected by MTK to host ‘The Clinch.’ I’m excited to look behind the scenes and host some of MMA’s top athletes and key personalities.

“Our goal is to offer a platform for the fighters and personalities to tell us what they don’t get a chance to in pre and post fight interviews. This will be absolutely nothing like a press conference. We want to know who, not what. I don’t care what you did in your training camp, I care why you started your first ever training session, what drew you in and what keeps you going.”

Further news on the launch of the two new podcasts will be announced in due course.

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