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Tony Bellew labels Oleksandr Usyk a “big fool”, Usyk calls Bellew “arrogant”

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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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Outspoken Liverpudlian Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew 30-2-1 (20) insists undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 15-0 (11) can do nothing to rattle him ahead of their November 10 clash at the Manchester Arena.

The two came face-to-face at the Anthony Joshua versus Alexander Povetkin fight at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.

“Of course he tried to get to me in that stare-down but if he thinks that is going to do anything to me, never mind get me worried, he is just a big fool,” Bellew said of the meeting to Sky Sports UK. “He tried to intimidate but I am not scared of him, at all.”

The 31-year-old Usyk, the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF 200-pound champion, gave Boxing Social his take of the ringside meeting.

“’I’m here, super star’.” Usyk said Bellew told him. “I said, ‘Okay, okay’. I have a feeling that Tony is a bit arrogant.”

In an interview with FightHype, Bellew said there was a bit more to their conversation.

“I told him to his face: ‘You are nothing, I don’t fear nothing, I don’t fear you, I am not in awe of you and on November 10th I am going to punch you in the face as hard as I can’,” Bellew recalled.

The 35-year-old Bellew, who will be moving down in weight after back-to-back victories over David Haye at heavyweight, will be a sizeable underdog in the fight after the Ukrainian proved himself the dominant cruiserweight in the world with his tournament win in the World Boxing Super Series.

But promoter Eddie Hearn insists it is an even fight on paper.

“I wasn’t mad on the fight because it’s a very dangerous fight,” Hearn said earlier this week. “I would always joke with Tony and say, ‘I ain’t letting you fight Usyk’. We talked about the Usyk-Gassiev winner and I told him, ‘I’m not letting you fight him.’

“I know he’s up against it but I see this as a 50-50 fight now. I see odds at 4/1 for Bellew and stuff like that but I see a 50-50 fight as Tony finds ways to win.

“With this fight if he wins he would have done absolutely everything and more than he could have ever dreamed of so for me, win or lose, this is Bellew’s last fight.”

Anthony Joshua confident Deontay Wilder will accept April showdown in London

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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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Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21) is confident that the fight with Deontay Wilder 40-0 (39) will take place because the undefeated American knockout artist will be unable to resist sharing in a £100 million payday.

The 28-year-old Joshua, who drew a crowd of 80,000 fans to Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday night to watch him stop perennial contender Alexander Povetkin of Russia in seven rounds, would be staking his IBF, WBA and WBO world titles against the American’s WBC crown.

The winner would be crowned the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

The British superstar is scheduled to fight again at Wembley Stadium on April 13 and says he wants the ‘Bronze Bomber’ in the opposing corner for that bout.

“It will happen sooner or later for sure. That fight will happen,” said Joshua.

“We’ll find out who the best is sooner or later. I don’t think he wants to avoid me for too long because he’s getting towards the end of his career. This payday is his legacy.”

Before the fight can happen Wilder will first have to get past lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who he will face in either Las Vegas or Los Angeles on December 1.

Negotiations to match Joshua with Wilder collapsed in the summer with recriminations flying thick and fast from both sides.

This week promoter Eddie Hearn gave Team Wilder a deadline of six weeks to agree to terms for the April showdown.

If the fight falls through again, it is expected that Dillian Whyte will be in the opposing corner for a rematch of their entertaining 2015 clash for the British and Commonwealth titles.

But Joshua remains confident Wilder will accept the offer.

“If they want the deal, we can make it happen in April,” said Joshua. “The offer made to us had no real substance and will look like absolute peanuts when this fight is made.

“Now after an 80,000 crowd, all the exposure around the world and that finish, that offer will look like peanuts.”

Eddie Hearn issues six week deadline to Deontay Wilder to make Anthony Joshua fight

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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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Eddie Hearn has issued a firm deadline to Deontay Wilder to make the Anthony Joshua fight and he’s not giving the undefeated American a lot of breathing room.

Hearn, who promoted Joshua’s successful IBF, WBA and WBO title defence against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, wants the deal secured for an April clash no later than mid-November.

Speaking to Sportsmail the Matchroom Boxing boss insisted they could not afford to wait until after the WBC heavyweight champion defended his world title against lineal champion Tyson Fury on December 1.

“We cannot wait until the Wilder-Fury fight to make our decision on AJ’s career. I would like to know where we are with Wilder’s team in the next five or six weeks because we cannot really go longer than that,” said Hearn.

The very public fight negotiations between the two camps broke down last summer leading to recriminations from both sides. Joshua moved on to face his mandatory contender in Povetkin while Wilder signed on to face Fury.

Talks between the two camps resumed last week.

If terms cannot be agreed to, Joshua’s Matchroom Boxing stablemate Dillian Whyte will get called out of the bullpen for his second crack at Joshua at Wembley Stadium on April 13.

Whyte was stopped in the seventh round of a shootout for the British and Commonwealth titles against Joshua in 2015.

“Dillian Whyte is an option. Right now I would say it is even money between it being Whyte or Wilder, but we do want Wilder. I think there is a good chance we will make a deal,” said Hearn.

On Saturday night the 28-year-old Joshua overcame a slow start to stop Russian veteran Povetkin, 39, in the seventh round.

Hearn revealed Joshua was carrying a number of injuries into the fight.

“It was the worst camp ever. He had a back problem after about two weeks, and eight weeks out it was 50-50 whether he would be able to fight,” he said. “Then three weeks out he had an elbow problem and a week out he got the flu. It was mad.”

Joshua moved to 22-0 (21) with the win. Wilder holds a record of 40-0 (39).

Video: Ryan Doyle interview ahead of first Commonwealth title defence

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Ryan Doyle, 17-2-1 (9), makes the first defence of his Commonwealth Featherweight Title against Jordan Gill on October 27, at the Copper Box Arena.

In a terrific contest, Manchester’s Doyle upset the odds by ripping the belt away from Reece Bellotti in June, stopping the previously unbeaten fighter in five rounds.

Doyle will face another unbeaten fighter in Gill, 21-0 (5), but Ryan’s manager Steve Wood is convinced his man will – again – come out on top.

“Ryan was unfancied when he beat Belotti for the Commonwealth Title, because obviously Belotti was being built up as a bit of a star,” said Wood. “But I always knew Ryan could upset the odds, and was telling everyone to lump their money on him. It’s the same this time against Jordan Gill, with Gill maybe being the favourite in people’s eyes, but it’ll be a great fight and I’m expecting Ryan to defend his title and move on to get a crack at the British.”

With a full training camp in full flow, ‘Ruthless’ Ryan is raring to go. The 26-year-old recently caught up with VIP TV to chat about the upcoming contest. Watch the interview here, and please do feel free to embed the video for use on your own website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHVgT27d5Cg

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Heading to Staples Center December 1? Undercard shaping up

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At the moment, the heavyweight division continues registering some of the biggest news in the sport of boxing.

This coming Saturday night, IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will look to defend his titles when he faces a very stiff test in former champion Alexander Povetkin. It’s been a hard past few years for Povetkin, who lost a lot of momentum after testing for positive for two separate performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in the span of a year.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the 39-year old is a dangerous man with a wealth of experience heading into the contest. Joshua is on a high streak, at 21-0 with 20 knockouts, and is looking to cement his name a the top dog in the division. A win over Povetkin (34-1, 24 KO’s) will go a long way to helping that case, but ultimately it will take Joshua defeating the winner of the forthcoming Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury showdown to prove his point.

But what is the latest with Wilder vs. Fury. Already the two men have done themselves well by igniting much interest in their fight, and now things appear to be inching close to reality. Looks now as though the WBC champion Wilder (40-0, 39 KO’s) will likely be meeting Fury (27-0, 19 KO’s) inside of the ring on December 1, but it won’t be going down in Las Vegas as initially expected.

According to a report from Lance Pugmire from the LA Times, it now looks like Wilder vs. Fury could be heading to the Staples Center in Los Angeles. And already there seem to be a pair of title fights lined up on the undercard.

Rumors have it that Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KO’s) could be facing Gary Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KO’s) in a dream featherweight matchup and surely exceeds beyond just a title belt. Ideally the winner of that fight can claim themself as the best in the featherweight division.

Along with Santa Cruz vs. Russell, it also looks like WBA junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KO’s) vs. Three-division champion Abner Mares (31-3-1, 15 KO’s) could also be happening. Although it should be noted that Mares, 32, has some wear and tear, coupled with an apparent size disadvantage, that would make him a big underdog.

Apparently Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a place where Wilder has often fought, is out of the running on that date, as Michelle Obama has a speech schedule there that evening. And the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is booked on the same day with a Justin Timberlake concert.

Pretty interesting news, and word on the street is that we can expect an official presser to announce the fight to take place on either this coming Monday or the next. We are nearing a two-month deadline to December 1, and everyone knows each man will want to be locked up in training camp after that fight.

Lots of moving parts. In the next few days we’ll have a winner on Joshua vs. Povetkin, as well as some hopeful news on Wilder vs. Fury.

Ruben Villa Returns as Headliner from Salinas Storm House Saturday, Oct. 13

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Featherweight standout Ruben Villa (13-0, 5 KOs)makes his fifth appearance of the year from his hometown of Salinas, Calif. when he headlines “New Blood” on Saturday, Oct. 13, from the Salinas Storm House.

Villa, 21, returns to his hometown for the second time since winning the vacant WBO Youth featherweight championship in April. In that bout, he handedly outpointed fellow prospect Marlon Olea for his first professional title.

The southpaw followed that performance with a knockout win over Ricardo Lopez in June and a unanimous decision win against Jose Santos Gonzalez in August.

“It’s exciting to be back in my hometown,” said Villa, who is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. “All my friends and family are already asking for tickets. We sold out the last time we were here, and I think we’ll do it again this time.”

The livestream starts at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET on our Facebook page with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert, color commentary.

For regular updates on our fighters, events, and promotions, please check Banner Promotions Facebook Page , and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BannerBoxing

Baranchyk vs Yigit add to New Orleans bill

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Belarus’ Ivan Baranchyk and Sweden’s Anthony Yigit are in an energized and excited state ahead of their Ali Trophy Super-Lightweight Quarter-Final at the U.N.O. Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, USA on October 27.

“If you step into the ring against Ivan Baranchyk, just know, you will never have an easy fight,” said 25-year-old Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs).

‘The Beast’ outlines big ambitions before the fight and intends to send a message to the other combatants in the 140 lbs edition of the World Boxing Super Series.

“I am a boxer with a warrior’s heart and mentality, and I will fight till the last drop of blood no matter what. On October 27, I will not only defeat Anthony Yigit, it will be an execution.”

“I am ready to fight and I will win this belt! I will show everyone that I am the best in the division.”

The vacant IBF World Super-Lightweight title will be contested between Baranchyk and Yigit in New Orleans on a doubleheader night that sees local hero Regis Prograis (United States) and Terry Flanagan (England) battle it out for WBC Super-Lightweight Diamond Title in the second Ali Trophy Quarter-Final.

27-year-old Anthony ‘Can You Dig it’ Yigit is eager to return to the ring after a succesful second defence of the EBU strap in december 2017, when he dominated former English Champion Joe Hughes and secured a decisive victory.

“I am looking forward to stepping into the ring again after almost a year of training hard and developing my skills,” said Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs).

“To fight on the WBSS and for the IBF world title is unreal! I’m so happy all those hours in the gym, the discipline outside the gym and all the blood, sweat and tears finally are giving results.”

The reigning European champion is in confident mood ahead of going to New Orleans, and he believes the timing is perfect in order to shine on the biggest stage of them all:

“I believe there couldn’t have been a better time for me to fight at the world stage and I can’t wait to show all the boxing fans that I belong there!”

Tickets for Baranchyk vs Yigit at the U.N.O. Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on October 27, start from $30 (plus fees) and are on sale now at TicketMaster.com.

Dates and venues for the six weeks of Ali Trophy quarter-final action this autumn:

1. October 7th, Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Naoya Inoue (Japan) vs. Juan Carlos Payano (Dominican Republic)
WBA ‘Regular’ Bantamweight Championship
&
Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) vs. Eduard Troyanovsky (Russia).
WBA Super-Lightweight Championship

2. October 13th, Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
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3. October 20th, CFE Arena, Orlando, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) vs. Jason Moloney (Australia)
IBF Bantamweight Championship
&
Yunier Dorticos (Cuba) vs. Mateusz Masternak (Poland).
Cruiserweight Quarter-Final
TICKETS: From $30 (plus fees) here: TicketMaster.com

4. October 27th, U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, USA – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Regis Prograis (United States) vs. Terry Flanagan (England)
WBC Super-Lightweight Diamond Title
&
Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) vs Anthony Yigit​ (Sweden)
IBF Super-Lightweight Championship
TICKETS: From $30 (plus fees) here: TicketMaster.com

5. November 3rd, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland – Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
Ryan Burnett (Northern Ireland) vs. Nonito Donaire (Philippines)
WBA ‘Unified’ Bantamweight Championship & WBC Bantamweight Diamond Title
&
Josh Taylor (Scotland) vs. Ryan Martin (United States)
WBC Super-Lightweight Silver Title
TICKETS: From £35 (plus fees) here: thessehydro.com

6. November 10th, Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals
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Season II divisions and Ali Trophy quarter-final match-ups:

Bantamweight:
Ryan Burnett (Northern Ireland) vs. Nonito Donaire (Philippines)
WBA ‘Unified’ World Championship and WBC Diamond Title

Zolani Tete (South Africa) vs. Mikhail Aloyan (Russia)
WBO World Championship

Naoya Inoue (Japan) vs. Juan Carlos Payano (Dominican Republic)
WBA ‘Regular’ World Championship

Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) vs. Jason Moloney (Australia)
IBF World Championship

Super-Lightweight:
Regis Prograis (United States) vs. Terry Flanagan (England)
WBC Diamond Title

Josh Taylor (Scotland) vs. Ryan Martin (United States)
WBC Silver Title

Kiryl Relikh (Belarus) vs. Eduard Troyanovsky (Russia)
WBA World Championship

Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) vs. Anthony Yigit (Sweden)
IBF World Championship

Cruiserweight:
Mairis Briedis (Latvia) vs. Noel Mikaelian (Germany)

Yunier Dorticos (Cuba) vs. Mateusz Masternak (Poland)

Krzysztof Glowacki (Poland) vs. Maksim Vlasov (Russia)

Ruslan Fayfer (Russia) vs. Andrew Tabiti (United States)
IBF Eliminator

Video Highlights: O’Shaquie Foster upsets Jon Fernandez

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O’Shaquie Foster upset previously undefeated Jon Fernandez in a battle of ShoBox: The New Generation veterans, scoring an impressive unanimous decision victory over the highly regarded prospect Friday on SHOWTIME from Firelake Arena. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: https://s.sho.com/2OI0NUp

Fernandez (16-1, 14 KOs), a protégé of former unified world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, became the 180th fighter in the history of the ShoBox series to lose his undefeated record after three other previously undefeated fighters dropped decisions on Friday.

The 25-year-old Foster (14-2, 8 KOs), a resident of Houston, executed his team’s game plan to perfection, utilizing superb movement and connecting opportunistically with counter shots. Foster was far sharper on both offense and defense, connecting on 36 percent of his total punches compared to just 16 percent for Fernandez.

Fernandez was frustrated by Foster, a crafty and experienced fighter who was one win away from representing the United States in the 2012 Olympics. In his previous six bouts, Fernandez averaged 8.4 jab connects per round but was limited to just 13 jabs in tonight’s entire 10-round fight.

“This was the best fight of my career,” said Foster, who was appearing on the ShoBox series for the fourth time. “I knew I had it in me, I just never put it together. I have a new team, I have a new trainer, a new strength and conditioning coach. This was what I dreamed of and we put in the work to make it happen.

“I knew he was a puncher and he’d come forward the whole fight. I knew I had to work off my jab and use my lateral movement. He had a little power, but he never got me clean. We’re going to sit down and look at the drawing board. I can tell you this, we’re not the B-side anymore.”

Fernandez improved throughout the second half of the fight, landing a big right hand in the sixth round that briefly wobbled Foster. However, the Spaniard was unable to extend his impressive KO streak of 14 consecutive fights.

“His style was frustrating, but we were expecting it,” said the 23-year-old Fernandez, who was widely regarded as one of the top prospects in boxing. “We thought his conditioning would go down and he’d slow down in the later rounds. He didn’t (slow down) and that surprised me.

“I feel like we can still get better and better. We just had a bad game plan for this fight.”

Irvin Gonzalez Jr. (11-0, 9 KOs) out-boxed Carlos Ramos (9-1, 6 KOs) from start to finish to score a unanimous decision victory in the co-featured bout of tonight’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast. The judges scored the fight 79-73, 78-74, 80-72. Gonzalez, who was the more active and aggressive fighter, kept his unbeaten record intact despite facing a frustrating and defensively shrewd opponent in Ramos.

“It took me a few rounds to figure him out, but once I did he didn’t have anything on me,” said Gonzalez. “He only had the left hand and that was about it. He really didn’t throw any punches.

“This was a big learning experience for me. This was my second eight-rounder and it opened my eyes a little bit. I know I’m conditioned well but I have to go back to work.”

The 22-year-old Gonzalez, a fourth-generation boxer in his family and native of Worcester, Mass., outhustled the skillful southpaw Ramos, who was not nearly active enough throughout the eight rounds. The longer, leaner Gonzalez, who averaged 58 punches per round to Ramos’ 28, relied on his length advantage and fought at range.

The tentative and defensive Ramos, on the other hand, landed only 27 punches in the remaining seven rounds after landing 11 in the opening round. Gonzalez, for his part, exceed 50 punches in all but the third round.

In the second bout of the quadrupleheader, Philadelphia’s Steven Ortiz (9-0, 3 KOs) edged Brooklyn’s Wesley Ferrer (12-1-1, 7 KOs) in an evenly-matched and difficult-to-score matchup of undefeated prospects. The two fighters were separated by no more than five total punches in each round of the majority decision, which was scored 78-74, 77-75, 76-76.

Both fighters fought at a deliberate pace, but neither was able to find their rhythm and consistently land combinations. Ortiz started stronger, but Ferrer grew into the fight and was the busier fighter in the middle rounds. The final two rounds were the deciding factor in the fight. The two judges who had Ortiz winning on their scorecards favored Ortiz in rounds seven and eight.

“I think it was a pretty close fight,” said a disappointed Ferrer. “I thought I was winning the first few rounds, but I know I got out-worked in the last two rounds. At the end of the day, the judges saw something else and he got the win. If I won the last few rounds I would have won the fight.”

Ortiz, who held a narrow 127-115 advantage in total punches landed and a 99-93 advantage in power punches landed, felt he did enough to win but was not completely satisfied with his performance.

“I was coming off a long layoff and wasn’t as sharp as I should have been,” said the 25-year-old Ortiz. “I landed the sharper jabs and landed the harder shots. I think my ring experience and ring generalship was the difference in the fight.

“I want to come back a lot sharper and a lot smarter. At the end of the day, it was a learning experience. I got the win against a tough guy.”

In the telecast opener, Denver’s Misael Lopez (9-0, 4 KOs) got the better of Staten Island’s James Wilkins (5-1, 5 KOs) in a battle of young, previously undefeated super featherweight prospects, tallying a unanimous decision victory (79-72, 77-74, 76-75).

The action-packed fight saw both fighters come out swinging, setting the tempo for the rest of the eight-round bout which saw a total of 1,320 punches thrown. Wilkins brought the pressure to Lopez throughout, but Lopez’s volume of punches, movement and combinations enabled him to control most of the rounds. Lopez’s conditioning proved key. In the final four rounds, Lopez led 139-68 in total connects and landed 213 power punches to just 115 for Wilkins throughout the duration of the eight rounds.

Wilkins, who was featured on the SHOWTIME documentary CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS that premiered immediately preceding tonight’s ShoBox telecast, was deducted a point for a low blow in the fifth round after several warnings. In the seventh round, Wilkins appeared to score a knockdown when he connected with a strong right hand that knocked Lopez off-balance, but referee Mike England ruled that Lopez’s right hand did not touch the mat.

“I think the difference was I was able to make him miss, land the cleaner shots and used my boxing to dictate the pace,” said the 22-year-old Lopez. “I’m looking to keep going and stay on the big stage. Hopefully people and promoters will notice that I’m the real deal.”

In his national television debut, the ever-confident Wilkins felt wronged by the judges’ scorecards and the referee’s apparent missed knockdown in the seventh.

“I think I did enough to pull it off,” said Wilkins. “I could see a split decision, maybe, but I dropped him and that wins the fight. That was a 10-8 round. I want to go back to the gym, work hard and get right back. You haven’t seen the last of me.”

Tonight’s quadrupleheader was presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with MaravillaBox Promotions, Holden Productions and The Real Deal Boxing, and sponsored by Gagliardi Insurance.

The full telecast will replay on Monday, September 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME on DEMAND®.

Barry Tompkins called the action from ringside with boxing analyst and historian Steve Farhood, who was celebrating 40 years in boxing this week, and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Chuck McKean producing and Rick Phillips directing.

In non-televised undercard action, heavyweight Prospect George Arias of Bronx, N.Y. improved to 12-0, 7 KOs with a second-round knockout (2:18) of Byron Polley, (30-24-1, 13 KOs), of St. Joseph, Mo. Polley was down once in the first and again in the second round which resulted in the stoppage.

Junior Middleweight Dennis Knifechief, of Shawnee, Okla. moved to 12-8-1, 7 KOs with a fourth round TKO (1:51) of the valiant Chris Barnes, (4-8-1, 3 KOs) of Tulsa. Barnes fought on after being dropped in the first and second rounds and twice more in the fourth.

Top Middleweight Prospect Ardreal Holmes of Flint, Mich., looked dominant and improved to 7-0, 4 KOs with a four-round decision of Houston’s Rick Graham (6-21-3, 2 KOs). The fight was scored 40-35 twice and 38-37.

A scheduled six-round cruiserweight battle between Bo Gibbs Jr, (20-1-0, 8 KOs), of Carney, Okla., and David Lujan, (4-9-0, 1 KO), of Wichita, Texas, resulted in a no-contest due to an accidental clash of heads in the first round.

Fight Night Live and Kings Boxing close out September at the Sands

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Following a Season II opener viewed by almost 197,000 and the revelation of its new title sponsor, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Powered by Everlast partners with King’s Promotions once again, closing out the month of September with Tuesday Night Fights. Fans can catch all of the action in the center of the ring on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. live from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.

“Tuesday Night Fights! We love being able to present weeknight shows filled with up-and-coming fighters, giving fans the opportunity to relax in their living rooms and catch all the action on any device, including their big screens,” said Mark Fratto, Principal and Director of Business Development, Linacre Media. “We’re looking forward to four or so hours of action, so catch us at home or on the go live, or anytime next week on demand through the miracle of Facebook.”

“King’s Promotions is ecstatic about almost 200,000 views for our Sept. 14 show, especially on short notice,” said Marshall Kauffman of King’s Boxing. “We continue to be one of the busiest promoters anywhere and we’re excited to bring the best-quality boxing to fight fans on Facebook.”

In the main event on Tuesday, Anthony Mercado (11-4, 9 KOs) of Philadelphia and Puerto Rico takes on Victor Vazquez (10-4, 3 KOs) in what figures to be an exciting super lightweight bout scheduled for eight-rounds for the World Boxing Foundation Silver International title. Also in action, undefeated featherweight prospect Stephen Fulton (13-0, 6 KOs) of Philly meets veteran Esteban Aquino (12-5, 7 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Middleweight Money Powell (7-0, 4 KOs), rising featherweight prospect Raeese Aleem (11-0, 5 KOs), heavyweights Colby Madison (6-0-2, 4 KOs) and Michael Coffie (3-0, 2 KOs) and featherweight Martino Jules(4-0) will all risk their undefeated records.

Now in its second season, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE, Powered by Everlast is the fan-friendly series that – among other aspects – prides itself on the real-time conversations held between fight commentators and the viewing audience. FIGHTNIGHT LIVE has showcased more than 340 fighters and 11 promotions during 18 live event broadcasts since May 2017, and in doing so, the interactive platform has generated the loyal interest of fight fans from across the United States and around the globe, including significant audiences in Mexico, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, and even fans in South America, Asia and Australia.

At more than 1.6 million views for the series, FIGHTNIGHT LIVE has continued to deliver impressive numbers throughout its first 18 shows:

Since May 2017, the numbers on the 18-show FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series showed promise and potential for the new platform with an average of 90,001 views per event and more than 1.6 million total views.

The Sept. 2017 “Real Deal Promotions: Empire State” from Resorts World Casino (225,000), the August 2017 CES “Super Saturday” from Foxwoods (203,000), the Sept. 2018 “Card Fit For Kings” from Philadelphia (195,620), the Sept. 2017 CES “Twin River Twinbill” from Lincoln, R.I. (157,000) and the March 17, 2018, Murphy’s “St. Patrick’s Day Clash” (151,253) all logged 150,000 or more views, and collectively the 18-show series has seen a total of 1,620,014 views across all devices.

In addition to the raw viewership numbers, the fully-interactive, fan-friendly productions have seen more than 183,000 collective live post engagements(more than 10,100 per show), including more than 124,000 “likes” or “loves,” more than 31,000 comments and more than 10,000 shares.

The Sept. 2017 “Real Deal Promotions: Empire State” set a new bar with 224,658 views and the Sept. 2017 DiBella-CES doubleheader carried the series to three-quarters-of-a-million views in just over four months. The Sept. 2017 DiBella card saw more than 40,000 viewer interactions including almost 39,000 “likes” or “loves” and the March 17, 2018, Murphy’s “St. Patrick’s Day Clash” set a new high-water mark for shares with 2,182.

· The FIGHTNIGHT LIVE page on Facebook has more than 80,000 fans and more than 83,000 followers. And Facebook itself has taken notice – the world’s No. 1 social network recently profiled FIGHTNIGHT LIVE on its “Success Stories” media blog, noting the series’ use of industry best practices for production and interactivity: https://www.facebook.com/facebookmedia/success-stories/fightnight

Created and produced by Linacre Media out of New York City, the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series features professional announcers, multiple camera angles, television graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. The streamed shows are available globally wherever Facebook is available. The initiative not only enables fans from around the world to tune in, but also gives up-and-coming fighters a global platform to showcase their abilities, gives promoters an accessible “broadcast” solution and gives sponsors the ability to reach a mass audience via branded content.

More FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Fall 2018 dates will be officially announced in the coming weeks.

FIGHTNIGHT LIVE is available online at: https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/

Follow all the action via social media at FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Facebook, @FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Instagram and@FIGHTNIGHTLIVE_ on Twitter, or by using the hashtag #FIGHTNIGHTLIVE. For the latest Linacre Media events and broadcast schedule, follow @LinacreMedia across all social platforms or use the tags #LinacreMediaEvents or #LinacreMediaOnTV.

Selina Barrios Retains NABF Lightweight Title with Dominating Unanimous Decision Over Patricia Juarez Inbox

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Tonight at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, TX, San Antonio’s female boxing sensation, Selina “Aztec Queen” Barrios (5-0, 2 KOs), remained undefeated with a dominating 10-round unanimous decision victory over Patricia Juarez (4-1), sister of WBC Bantamweight champion, Mariana “Barbie” Juarez (50-9-4, 13 KOs). With the victory, Barrios retains her NABF Lightweight title.

In the early rounds, both fighters were very active, throwing a lot of punches, but Barrios was the one landing the cleaner shots. Although Juarez was doing her best to box from the outside using a one-two combo, her power wasn’t enough to keep Barrios off her as she kept coming forward, landing her signature overhand right. Barrios hurt Juarez in round five, knocking her mouthpiece out with right hook, forcing the referee to stop the action momentarily. Juarez recovered but never was able to stop Barrios from coming forward as she continued to land thumping power shots. A clash of head butts cut Barrios on the forehead during the middle rounds, but she was never bothered by them. In the later rounds, Barrios continued to apply pressure, forcing Juarez to fight on the inside. Juarez showed a lot of heart making it to the final bell but came up short as Barrios remains undefeated. Scorecards read 100-89 and 99-91 twice all in favor of Barrios.

“I felt I controlled the fight from the opening bell,” said Selina Barrios. “Juarez was a very tough opponent and I give her a lot of credit for going the distance. I hit her with a lot of power shots and she hung in there. I didn’t feel any power in her punches, so I kept coming forward. I got the victory and I’m ready to fight any of the champions at Lightweight. Katie Taylor, Mikaela Mayer and Amanda Serrano, I’m coming for you guys. You can run, but you can’t hide.”

This event titled “Heavyweight Boxing Showdown” was brought to you by CCC ENTERTAINMENT in conjunction with CC HOOKS, HOUSTON ASTROS, and KEEPPUNCHING ENTERTAINMENT.

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