Teofimo Lopez: “I’m a performer in the ring and I’m coming to put on a show”

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Undefeated lightweight contender Teofimo Lopez 13-0 (11) will put himself in the box seat to fight for a world title if he can get past Masayoshi Nakatani 18-0 (12) at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Friday night.

The winner of the IBF eliminator will be in a position to challenge IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey 29-2 (26) in the fall.

The 21-year-old Lopez of Brooklyn, New York has had a meteoric rise up the lightweight division and is already being touted as a future opponent for pound-for-pound level fighter Vasyl Lomachenko.

Before those fights can happen Lopez must first turn back the challenge of the undefeated Nakatani from Osaka, Japan who will be making his US debut.

“Training camp was great this time around, and I just loved how everything was put to schedule,” said Lopez, who is coming off a 5th round stoppage over Edis Tatli on April 20th at Madison Square Garden.

“Nakatani is no pushover, and I know he’s going to come and try to win this fight. He’s undefeated and is a lot taller than me so he has the advantage with his reach.  I trust my coach and my team that our game plan is going to work, and I see us knocking Nakatani out before 12 rounds.”

“A win for me will lead us to become the mandatory challenger to face the IBF world champion Richard Commey.”

Lopez has a clear sense of his own identity in the ring and says entertaining the crowd is what it is all about.

“I see myself as a performer in the ring, and I am coming to the MGM National Harbor to put on a show,” said Lopez. “I have respect for Nakatani because he is undefeated like me, but nobody is going to stand in my way.

“I say this before all of my fights — I go in there to take over the show. I’m a main event fighter now, and that won’t change. When people watch me fight, they put down their phones because they don’t want to miss anything. For the boxing fans living in the Northeast, come down and watch me fight. And if you can’t make it down, check out the best show of the weekend on ESPN+.”

“I do all of that stuff — the backflips and the Fortnite celebrations — because I want to entertain. I want people to remember my name. I’m a fighter, but I am also an entertainer. That’s been lost in today’s game. I’m unique in the sport of boxing.”

Freddie Roach urging Manny Pacquiao to knockout Keith Thurman

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Freddie Roach has a simple explanation for why he believes we will see a rejuvenated Manny Pacquiao in the ring against Keith Thurman this Saturday.

“His pay per view numbers sucked,” Roach told Sporting News with a laugh on Wednesday. “That’s the real reason. People want knockouts, and on pay-per-view, people want knockouts more because they are paying to see it. I was urging him on about this.

“I told him for quite a while that the equation where he just has to do enough to beat his opponents — where you don’t have to really hurt them or try to knock them out — won’t work. That fell apart with Jeff Horn. I like when the judges are taken out of the result.”

Roach was collateral damage in the wash-up after the Horn loss, dismissed as head trainer in favour of Pacquiao’s lifelong friend Buboy Fernandez. It came after Roach advised Pacquiao that his responsibilities as a senator in his native Philippines was impacting his career as a boxer.

“He’s always had a full plate of responsibilities,” said Roach, who still works with Pacquiao in an assistant trainer capacity. “He knew it was hard to be a senator and a boxer at the same time. He needed to choose one or the other and I got let go for trying to give him good advice.”

Pacquiao has won back-to-back fights against Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner since the Horn loss two years ago but WBA welterweight champion Thurman promises to present a sterner challenge.

Roach insists that the smack talk from Thurman, which has included warning that he will end the 40-year-old’s career, have only provided more motivation for the evergreen Pacquiao.

“Whenever Manny is upset or dislikes an opponent he fights much more aggressive,” Roach said. “And when he’s more aggressive he’s a much better fighter. I’m hoping for the knockout.”

Eddie Hearn questions Anthony Joshua’s mindset, said he wasn’t “war ready” for Andy Ruiz Jr

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Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

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Promoter Eddie Hearn believes Anthony Joshua wasn’t mentally ready before his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr at New York’s Madison Square Garden last month.

The Matchroom Boxing boss said the 29-year-old Brit was not “war ready” when he lost his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles to Mexican-American Ruiz Jr by seventh round knockout.

But Hearn said trainer Rob McCracken was already making changes to ensure the result in the rematch isn’t a repeat of their first encounter.

“I think he will bring someone in, but one thing is very clear and Anthony has made it very clear that Rob McCracken is the head trainer,” Hearn told BoxingSocial.

“He’s more than a trainer actually, he’s sort of camp leader, he’s an advisor, he’s all different things.

“Will they bring in someone to work on specific things? Quite possibly, yeah. I don’t really get involved too much in that sort of stuff, despite the conspiracy theories and rumours.

“They know what they are doing, in my opinion Rob McCracken is one of the best trainers in the world, he knows exactly what Anthony Joshua has to do to beat Andy Ruiz, he’s got to make it happen, make him do it.

“But the mindset for this is totally different, I already see it.

“When you’re in a situation, it’s only afterwards that you look back and think [what was I doing?].

“So you look back there, the whole fight week for Joshua-Ruiz, he was on ESPN First Take, ‘oh yeah, I’m gonna have a meeting with Fury, we’ll do this…’

“It’s like, ‘mate [don’t speak beyond this fight]’, but at the time no one was saying, ‘Josh, [don’t speak about that].’

“He trained hard, but just mentally, when he fought [Wladimir] Klitschko, I know it’s sometimes a controversial thing so say, but he was ready to die in the ring.

“Against Ruiz he wanted to win… bad. But I don’t think he was war ready.

“And now, he will be war ready, you will see Joshua-Ruiz [rematch] will be a barn-burner.”

18th July Rankings

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Champion: Open
1. Andy Ruiz Jr.
2. Tyson Fury
3. Deontay Wilder
4. Anthony Joshua
5. Dillian Whyte
6. Luis Ortiz
7. Alexander Povetkin
8. Kubrat Pulev
9. Joseph Parker
10. Adam Kownacki

Champion: Oleksandr Usyk
1. Mairis Briedis
2. Murat Gassiev
3. Yunier Dorticos
4. Krzysztof Glowacki
5. Denis Lebedev
6. Kevin Lerena
7. Matuesz Masternak
8. Yves Ngabu
9. Ilunga Makabu
10. Andrew Tabiti

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Oleksandr Gvozdyk
1. Dmitry Bivol
2. Sergey Kovalev
3. Eleider Alvarez
4. Marcus Browne
5. Artur Beterbiev
6. Badou Jack
7. Jesse Hart
8. Joe Smith Jr.
9. Anthony Yarde
10. Sullivan Barrera

Super Middleweight
Champion: Open
1. Callum Smith
2. Gilberto Ramirez
3. Chris Eubank Jr.
4. Anthony Dirrell
5. Caleb Plant
6. David Benavidez
7. Saul Alvarez
8. Jose Uzcategui
9. John Ryder
10. Avni Yildirim

Champion: Saul Alvarez
1. Gennady Golovkin
2. Daniel Jacobs
3. Sergiy Derevyanchenko
4. Demetrius Andrade
5. Jermall Charlo
6. Ryota Murata ↑ from 8
7. David Lemieux
8. Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam
9. Rob Brant ↓ from 6
10. Kamil Szeremeta

Junior Middleweight
Champion: Open
1. Julian Williams
2. Jarrett Hurd
3. Tony Harrison
4. Jermell Charlo
5. Erislandy Lara
6. Brian Castano
7. Jaime Munguia
8. Michel Soro
9. Kell Brook
10. Carlos Adames

Champion: Open
1. Errol Spence Jr.
2. Terence Crawford
3. Shawn Porter
4. Keith Thurman
5. Manny Pacquiao
6. Yordenis Ugas
7. Danny Garcia
8. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov
9. Sergey Lipinets
10. Egidijus Kavaliauskas

Junior Welterweight
Champion: Mikey Garcia
1. Regis Prograis
2. Josh Taylor
3. Jose Carlos Ramirez
4. Viktor Postol
5. Maurice Hooker
6. Antonio Orozco
7. Kiryl Relikh
8. Pablo Cesar Cano
9. Ivan Baranchyk
10. Vergil Ortiz

Champion: Open
1. Vasyl Lomachenko
2. Mikey Garcia
3. Richard Commey
4. Robert Easter Jr.
5. Jose Pedraza
6. Rances Barthelemy
7. Luke Campbell
8. Devin Haney
9. Teofimo Lopez
10. Francesco Patera

Junior Lightweight
Champion: Open
1. Miguel Berchelt
2. Gervonta Davis
3. Tevin Farmer
4. Jamel Herring
5. Andrew Cancio
6. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov
7. Masayuki Ito
8. Joseph Diaz Jr.
9. Francisco Vargas
10. Roger Guttierez*
Eduardo Hernandez (7) exits after loss

Champion: Open
1. Leo Santa Cruz
2. Josh Warrington
3. Gary Russell Jr.
4. Oscar Valdez
5. Carl Frampton
6. Can Xu
7. Tugstogt Nyambayar
8. Kid Galahad
9. Shakur Stevenson
10. Jessie Magdaleno

Junior Featherweight
Champion: Guillermo Rigondeaux
1. Rey Vargas
2. Emanuel Navarrete
3. Daniel Roman
4. TJ Doheny
5. Ryosuke Iwasa
6. Shingo Wake
7. Brandon Figueroa
8. Isaac Dogboe
9. Carlos Castro
10. Tomoki Kameda ↓ from 9

Champion: Open
1. Naoya Inoue
2. Luis Nery
3. Zolani Tete
4. Nonito Donaire
5. Ryan Burnett
6. Nordine Oubaali
7. Takume Inoue
8. John Riel Casimero
9. Emmanuel Rodriguez
10. Juan Carlos Payano

Junior Bantamweight
Champion: Juan Francisco Estrada
1. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
2. Donnie Nietes
3. Kazuto Ioka
4. Roman Gonzalez
5. Jerwin Ancajas
6. Khalid Yafai
7. Israel Gonzalez
8. Andrew Moloney
9. Alejandro Santiago
10. Aston Palicte

Champion: Open
1. Kosei Tanaka
2. Moruti Mthalane
3. Artem Dalakian
4. Charlie Edwards
5. Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar
6. Cristofer Rosales
7. Sho Kimura
8. Masayuki Kuroda
9. Giemel Magramo
10. Jonathan Gonzalez *
Muhammad Waseem (8) exits due to inactivity

Junior Flyweight
Champion: Open
1. Ken Shiro
2. Hiroto Kyoguchi
3. Carlos Canizales
4. Felix Alvarado
5. Hekkie Budler
6. Elwin Soto
7. Angel Acosta
8. Ryoichi Taguchi
9. Edward Heno
10. Milan Melindo

Champion: Open
1. Wanheng Menayothin
2. Knockout CP Freshmart
3. Vic Saludar
4. Byron Rojas
5. Joey Canoy
6. Simpiwe Konkco
7. Jose Argumedo
8. Melvin Jerusalem
9. DeeJay Kriel
10. Lito Dante

Former Love Island star Idris Virgo backs fellow boxer Tommy Fury to be victorious on the Island

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Professional Boxer Idris Virgo has gone from strength to strength since his stint in the Celebrity Love Island retreat, where he appeared in last years hit series.

Virgo has since moved on with his professional boxing career since exiting the island, and the Birmingham super middleweight discussed how life changed for him after featuring on the ITV show.

Virgo said, “It was a good experience going on Love Island, but the reality was the girl I was getting on with was getting pushed on another fella by the producers, so that didn’t really work out but it was a good laugh.

“Things went crazy for me post love island. My boxing career really took off commercially, as companies approached me, my social media following went through the roof so it was a blessing as it’s given me the ability to focus on boxing full time with my trainer Anthony Hull.

“I’ve had lots of opportunities in and outside of boxing and I have to attribute that to my time spend in love island, so I am grateful for being given the chance to go on the series and it’s likely not the last time I will be seen on mainstream tv away from boxing.”

Virgo continued, opening up about his progression within the professional boxing game, “I’ve really had some great opportunities since love island as I’ve been able to box on the Ultimate Boxxer shows on BT Sport which I believe are a really entertaining platform as it’s not just a regular show it’s a night out. It has a bit of everything for everyone so it’s been good to build my career such exciting and entertaining events.”

One of Virgo’s fraternal boxing Brother’s is Tommy Fury who is currently starring in the hit tv show that’s gripping the nation. Virgo divulged his thoughts on Tommy Fury’s chances of winning love island and what he can expect after the show ends.

The undefeated professional boxer stated, “Tommy Fury has been great in there. He is a good guy in real life and has really been himself in there so I believe he has a great chance of winning the series itself.

“Tommy’s life will change when he comes off the island. He will have lots of endorsements and he will have a lot more eyes on his boxing career, eyes that probably haven’t been fans of boxing before. His life will change massively but I believe he won’t let the mainstream fame go to his head like some people do and he will use the experience to benefit his professional career in the same way I have.”

Williams Vows To Come Back Stronger

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Kyle Williams has vowed to come back fighting when he returns to action on the back of his British title disappointment.

Williams is ready to lace on the gloves again and remains in good spirits, despite enduring his first defeat as a boxer.

He features on BCB Promotions’ show at the Venue, on Dudley high street. The afternoon offering, on July 28, has been titled ‘Sunday Service.’

The 27-year-old, from Wolverhampton, previously had a crack at British bantamweight boss Kash Farooq, who put him down twice on route to a fifth round stoppage.

The bout was screened live on BBC Scotland, where viewers watched Williams go down fighting to the talented Scot.

His pro record changed to 10 wins, with three TKOs, with just the one defeat. Outing No 11 will be a six-rounder, as he bids to get back to winning ways.

The former Midlands champion no longer has the English bantamweight crown to fall back on, with the strap now held by Marc Leach.

Leach beat Brett Fidoe by unanimous points decision, after Williams vacated rather than face his mandatory challenger.

The Whitmore Reans man had the shot at Farooq on the horizon, so turned in a belt he never ended up defending.

Glories like the split decision victory over Thomas Essomba that landed him those honours are still in his mind, along with possibly even dropping down to super flyweight.

He’s been to the top table before, winning the ICO world title in kickboxing, before switching sports three years ago.

He remains involved as an instructor at Fran Zuccala’s Eclipse Kickboxing & Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy, on Tempest Street in Wolverhampton.

The second dan black belt teaches children, teenagers and adults at the same venue where he first learned his own skills since the age of six.

The setback against Farooq will now be put to the back to his mind, now Williams has had the time to assess what went wrong and move on.

He said: “I just didn’t perform as I wanted to and what we’d trained for, he slipped and slid a lot more than I expected, but that was mainly because I was loading up.

“His body punching was his best attribute, he actually caught me for the first knockdown as I was throwing a punch myself.

“The second was a shot to the temple, but I still thought the stoppage was a bit premature. The referee counted to eight, but didn’t ask me to step forward or put my hands up.

“I still think he’s beatable and he didn’t get the best of me that night. He won’t be interested in a rematch now, but you never know in the future.

“But it was a brilliant experience, the whole build-up was really exciting and I made some new fans up there. I have to take the positives.

“I’m not one to wallow in self-pity, I’m moving forward. I’ve overcome adversary before, as a kickboxer, and I’ll do it again.

“I just want to get back in there and get going again. The plan is to build up some momentum again, starting on July 28, and get another win on the board.

“I didn’t want to be out of the ring for too long, I was back in the gym the Tuesday after the Farooq fight and I want to crack on. I’m fit all year round.

“Four-rounders are not really going to do anything for me now, so this is over six and that’s what I was looking for.

“I had the English title, Marc Leach was mandatory and I saw somewhere that he didn’t know who the champion before him. That would be me.

“I could even perhaps go for an International title, with one of the major governing bodies. And who’s to say I can’t even drop down to super fly? I believe I can do it.

“If you put your hand in the cookie jar often enough, you’re bound to get a cookie sooner or later. I’m certainly not giving up.”

Fellow Wolves fighter, Conah Walker, is also in action. Walker has five victories, his in the welterweight division, with two TKOs already to his credit.

‘The Wolf’ is emerging as a prospect with a boxing legend in his corner, as he’s coached by two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton.

Walker already has his first six-rounder under his belt, outpointing Nathan Bendon at the same Town Hall in May.

Two hometown favourites will be in action elsewhere on the card, with Danny Ball and Connor Lee Jones slated to appear.

Ball, from Kingswinford, came close to becoming the Midlands welterweight champion in December, pushing title holder Benjamin to a points draw.

He was then matched for a shot at WBC Youth Intercontinental boss Jon Miguez in Spain, but an injury to his opponent saw the opportunity scuppered.

He instead focuses on on adding to his eight wins from nine contests, with three TKOs including two in the first round. Two of those successes took place at the Venue.

Dudley’s Jones will be looking to extend his unbeaten start in the lightweight ranks, after racking up three spotless points successes.

The Lions Boxing Club graduate, an England international as a junior amateur, has vanquished experienced foes in Liam Richards, Kristian Laight and Ibrar Riyaz.

James Beech Jr has relinquished the area strap at super feather, as he’s looking to come down to super bantam.

The second-generation fighter makes the short trip from nearby Bloxwich, featuring in the paid ranks for a 10th time after nine wins, with three stoppages.

He’s the son of Jimmy Beech, who featured 31 times as a pro at lightweight between 1999 and 2008. He’s a graduate of Pleck Boxing Club, who he featured for 80 times with 50 wins.

Reigning Midlands flyweight title holder Ijaz Ahmed has already defended his belt once, after claiming the area strap.

Ahmed beat Conor Blackshaw for the vacant belt and then saw off fellow Brummie Matt Windle to keep it, with a keep-busy affair now lined up.

Alex Florence is unbeaten in the super lightweight ranks, with five victories and one stoppage of his own.

‘Pinky,’ from Ledbury in Herefordshire, will register his first bout of 2019 having passed his two-year anniversary as a pro.

Female flyweight Dani Hodges, from Burntwood, will be determined to get back to winning ways after a first points defeat.

It took Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Whiteside to beat her, a first setback since a TKO loss to Eva Naranjo in Spain two years ago.

An eventful 2019 has also seen the ‘Pocket Rocket’ vanquish Lauren Parker and Roz Mari Silyanova, adding to victories over Sonia Klos and Teodora Hristova.

Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale now. It will be £40 for entry on the door. For more information, contact the boxers.

Whyte v Rivas Public Workout Quotes And Images

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“I’m good. I feel strong and fit. I saw Oscar Rivas throw a few punches in there and he looks strong and he looks big. His arms a dense, chest dense, legs dense, everything dense. He looks good.

“We’ve been working on the same things. We’re just trying to get better and better. People forget I had seven amateur fights. Most of my learning was done sparring guys like David Haye, David Price, Klitschko, Chisora, all of these guys.

“I fought a couple of these guys but I was their sparring partner at the start so my learning has been from training with these guys. I’m at a high level but I’m still learning. We just work on it until we get better and better.

“Boxing is a strange sport. we’ve been told this for over 607 days and it ain’t happened yet. I just keep fighting. I just want to give the fans the best fights I can. I could have fought someone else. I’m still learning and I want to challenge myself so we picked Oscar Rivas.

“He’s not really someone that you pick. You fight Oscar Rivas if you have to fight him for a World title or as a mandatory challenger. What the heck, we’re in the game to try and make history and do the best we can. These kind of guys, if we I beat these guys, I’m piggy-banking on their amateur experience and their experience. This is another step in the right direction.

“I don’t even know what the best of me looks like yet. Even the strength and conditioning guys keep saying to me ‘you don’t know your limit, we don’t know your limit because we haven’t been there yet’. There’s still probably another 20% or 30% of improvement left to come across the board. I’m just excited and working. The longer these guys leave me the better I’m getting.”


“I don’t really care enough about anything in life for it to be a pressurised situation for myself.

“If David Price loses against me I know it will upset him because I never boxed when he was the next Klitschko, I had never even boxed in my life.

“So he must beat me otherwise it’s the end, where I will keep going. I’ve got no shame. I’ll fight anywhere, anyone. The pressure is all on him.

“It’s a massive advantage having Darren in my corner. I hope I don’t have to come back to the corner at the end of round one. I think it could go that quick, he hits hard enough and I hid hard enough and he’s fragile enough.

“If I hit him he could go and if he hits me I could go. That’s why it’s so intriguing because one of us will get knocked out at some point. It just depends when, how, where, who.

“I really excited to be involved in it, it’s a really exciting fight. I always wanted to be involved in these kind of fights. I’ve got all the respect in the world for David Price, I know what he’s capable of and I’m just excited by the whole week.

“I just want to keep going. I know what the prize is for this fight and I guess realistically that’s what has kept me going.

“I’m a lazy man, I like to eat, I like to go out and do things I shouldn’t do, so I do need something to keep me going and I’ve had that in this fight and I’ve got Darren as well to keep me on the straight and narrow.

“Everything has gone well for this fight, everything is 100 per cent. There’s no excuses, I’m really happy and when I’m happy I’m dangerous.”

“It’s a pick-em fight for the public, so it’s going to be exciting to watch.

“Dave’s got a bit of momentum and I’ve got a bit of momentum. Dave Allen fits the bill for the next step up after Tom Little and Kash Ali.

“No pressure whatsoever because I’m the B-side in this fight and it’s kind of nice, it’s refreshing because Dave Allen is the favourite.

“I know I’m capable and what I’m supposed to do on the night.”

Whyte vs. Rivas tops a huge night of boxing in the Capital.

Doncaster fan favourite Dave Allen (17-4-2, 14 KOs) tackles Liverpudlian Heavyweight David Price (24-6, 19 KOs) in a must-win domestic showdown, former World title challengers Derek Chisora (30-9, 21 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (22-3, 15 KOs) clash in an explosive Heavyweight match-up, big-hitting London Cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (9-0, 8 KOs) defends his WBA Inter-Continental title against Bournemouth’s undefeated Chris Billam-Smith (9-0, 8 KOs), Canning Town’s Charlie Duffield (7-1, 6 KOs) clashes with Lewisham’s Dan Azeez (8-0, 5 KOs) for the vacant Southern Area Light-Heavyweight title, Lawrence Okolie (12-0, 9 KOs) defends his WBA Continental Cruiserweight title against Mariano Gudino (13-2, 8 KOs), Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (7-0, 6 KOs) continues his march towards a title and Sheffield amateur star Dalton Smith (1-0) fights for the second time.

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Al Bernstein and Cynthia Conte to Host 2019 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Ceremony

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The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is excited to announce that this year’s Induction Ceremony happening on August 10th at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas will be hosted by Al Bernstein and Cynthia Conte. Bernstein who is already inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, also hosted the event in 2017. Conte is making her first appearance.

Al Bernstein has had a legendary broadcasting career in Boxing. In his 39th year of television work, he is perhaps the most recognizable and respected commentator in boxing. He has called many of the most famous fights in boxing history. In 1980, Bernstein joined ESPN as boxing analyst for the Top Rank Boxing series. He stayed at ESPN until 2003, and during that time he also worked as a reporter for SportsCenter, covering major boxing matches, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL Draft. He also wrote and hosted the series “Big Fights Boxing Hour” for ESPN Classic. In 1992 and 1996, he served as the boxing analyst for NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympic Games. From 1999-2002, he was a sports anchor for KVVU news in Las Vegas. Since 2003, Bernstein has served as the boxing analyst on Showtime for Showtime Championship Boxing. In 2012 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and he was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame as one of the inaugural inductees in 2013 in the Media category.

Cynthia Conte is a Los Angeles native and based boxing reporter, in-ring interviewer & host. Over the past 3 years, she has been on the boxing grind doing on-camera interviews, post-fight interviews in the ring & host live boxing shows. Conte’s worked with Ring TV/ Ring Magazine for 3 ½ years. This opportuning fell into her lap and ran with it. She was thrown in the with wolves & learned on the job. Conte’s first mega fight was GGG vs. Jacobs in NYC. She’s worked many of the mega fights in NYC, Las Vegas, LA & across the country. She hosts, in-ring interviewer & does blow-by-blow alongside Chief-in-Editor of Ring Magazine Douglass Fischer & two-time world champion Kevin “The Flushing Flash” Kelley for 360 Promotions “Hollywood Fight Nights.” Conte has carved her name in boxing history when she co-hosted Canelo vs. GGG 2 mega fight week in Las Vegas & hosted the live pre-show interacting with fans around the world via social media. It was the first time two females hosted a mega fight. Conte & Jess Rosales made history!

Jason Quigley v Tureano Johnson Official Weights

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Quigley vs. Johnson is a 10-round fight for the NABF Middleweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The fights will take place Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The event will be streamed live on and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation. To see when and where the series is available in your area, click here.

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Deontay Wilder slams Tyson Fury’s stance on mental health

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 41-0-1 (40) has lashed out at old rival Tyson Fury 28-0-1 (20) accusing him of using his ‘mental illness thing’ to build his US profile.

The 30-year-old Fury returned to the ring in June 2018 after almost two years of inactivity after a well-publicised battle with depression and substance abuse.

The self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ revealed he contemplated suicide following his surprise win over Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in November 2015.

Fury has since become an advocate for mental health awareness.

After two warm-up fights Fury appeared to earn a decision win over Wilder in Los Angeles last December despite being dropped twice late in the fight, but the fight was ruled a split draw.

The WBC ordered an immediate rematch but that fight was nixed when Fury signed a lucrative co-promotional deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank that would see his future bouts broadcast on ESPN. Wilder’s fights are shown on rival network Showtime.

Fury has fought just once since, a second-round knockout of little-known German Tom Schwarz in his Las Vegas debut.

Wilder has slammed Fury’s stance on mental health, claiming he is “beating a dead horse”.

“The only thing he really has to go off of is beating a dead horse with the mental illness thing, that’s it,” Wilder told 78SportsTV.

“But he’s going to find in America that’s yesterday’s news, that’s an old story, in America we want what’s fresh and what’s new.

“There are millions who have faced this illness.

“It’s a thing that can be overcome, so many people have overcome it, he wants to come up with this story, it’s something he’s holding on to, the mental illness thing is dying out.

“As you can see in his last fight, it says it all, his story paints itself, it tells its own story.

“It’s pathetic what he’s doing but as long people are entertained he’s going to continue to do it, but once it dies down he may change his ways.”

Fury is expected to fight once more this year in New York before facing Wilder in a rematch in the new year.

Wilder will defend his world title against Cuba’s Luis Ortiz in November.


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