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MTK Global, a prominent boxing management company, has ceased operations amid controversy over its past association with alleged crime boss Daniel Kinahan.
The United States Treasury Department recently placed a $5 million bounty on the Irishman’s head, alleging he and cohorts are part of a $1 billion drug ring.
Kinahan formed MTK Global in 2012 but sold the company in 2017. The firm handled Tyson Fury, Josh Taylor and other fighters.
It’s CEO, Bob Yalen, announced on Tuesday that he was resigning. And on Wednesday, the company issued the following statement:
“As a business we have faced unprecedented levels of unfair scrutiny and criticism since the sanctioning by the US Government of Daniel Joseph Kinahan.
“It is a matter of public record that Mr Kinahan’s involvement in MTK ceased in 2017, and despite repeated reassurances in this regard, unfounded allegations about his ongoing association with us and our fighters persist.
“Since leading promoters have now informed us that they will be severing all ties with MTK and will no longer work with our fighters, we have taken the difficult decision to cease operations at the end of this month.”
“MTK prospered because we always put the long term interests of our fighters at the heart of what we do. Our priority in the weeks ahead will be to ensure that our world class boxers are supported to find new partnerships as swiftly as possible.
“MTK gyms are operated independently so will remain open for the foreseeable future. Further announcements will be made in due course. Thank you to all the fans who have supported us over the last decade.”
The Jermell Charlo-Brian Castano title-unification rematch, set for March 19 in Los Angeles, has been postponed after Castano was injured in training, according to reports.
Castano reportedly suffered a partially torn right biceps and will need a month to recover.
No new date has been announced.
Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) and Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) fought to a split-decision draw last July. Charlo holds the IBF, WBA and WBC titles. Castano is the WBO champ.
Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano will face off in a second 154-pound title-unification bout on March 19 at Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center) in Los Angeles, it was announced Friday.
Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) and Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) fought to a split-decision draw last July. Charlo holds the IBF, WBA and WBC titles. Castano is the WBO champ.
No network was announced but the fight could be televised on Showtime.
Jan. 29, 2022
Ilunga Makabu defeated Thabiso Mchunu by a split decision to retain his WBC cruiserweight title Saturday in Warren, Ohio.
Two judges had Makabu winning, 116-112 and 115-113. The third judge scored it for Mchunu, 115-113.
Makabu (29-2, 25 KOs) is a candidate to fight undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, who would be seeking a major title in a fifth weight class.
“Today I didn’t come for the knockout,” Makabu said. “I just came to show that I can box. I am going to box and knock Canelo out in my next fight, baby.”
Jan. 28, 2022
ESPN is reporting that the fight between WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte is being targeted for April 23 in the U.K. after Frank Warren on Friday won the right to promote the fight.
Warren won the purse bid with by offering $41,025,000. Fury will be guaranteed a $29,538,000 payday, Whyte $7,384,500, ESPN reported. The winner will get a $4,102,500 bonus.
Warren will work with Fury’s U.S. promoter, Top Rank.
The fight will be available on pay-per-view in both the U.S. and U.K.
The Gennadiy Golovkin-Ryota Murata and Jerwin Ancajas-Kazuto Ioka title-unification fights, scheduled for later this month in Japan, has been postponed because of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
No new dates has been determined.
Golovkin and Ryota were scheduled to meet on Dec. 29 in Saitama. They hold the IBF and WBA middleweight titles, respectively.
Ancajas and Ioka, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight champs, were due to meet on New Year’s Eve.
“I am deeply disappointed that this fight has been postponed but the health and safety of the public must always be the priority,” Golovkin said, according to a news release. “I look forward to returning to the ring against Ryōta as soon as possible.”
Said Sean Gibbons, president of MP Promotions: “Team Ancajas was looking forward to this historic fight against Ioka but understands there are bigger concerns than boxing in Japan and the world with the situation caused by the emergence of the latest variant. We remain committed to making this fight happen as soon as possible in Japan.”
The release indicated that “a new date for the fight is being actively explored.”
Mexican boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, 18, has died from injuries suffered in a fight Saturday in Montreal, the CBC is reporting.
Zapata fell unconscious after the fourth round of a fight against Marie-Pier Houle in the GYM Gala International Boxing event at IGA stadium in Jarry Park.
She was immediately taken by stretcher to a hospital but didn’t survive. Yvon Michel, who promoted the event, said in a statement that the time of death was around 3:45 p.m. ET Thursday.
“We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to her family, loved ones, friends and especially her husband, Jovanni Martinez, who was at her bedside until her last moments. Jovanni is devastated and extremely upset,” ,” Michel said in the statement.
Houle also expressed grief on social media, saying in French and Spanish, “I am devastated. I offer my most sincere condolences to her family and her husband Jovanni Martinez.”
The Quebec coroner’s office reportedly will investigate the cause of death.
— Yvon Michel (@yvonmichelGYM) September 3, 2021
Welterweight titleholder Terence Crawford will return to the ring in October, according to a report.
Boxing journalist Dan Rafael, citing promoter Bob Arum, tweeted that Crawford will fight on Oct. 23 on ESPN. No opponent — and evidently no site — has been selected.
Arum has mentioned Jose Ramirez, Regis Prograis and Jose Zepeda as potential opponents for Crawford, Boxing Junkie’s No. 1 fighter pound for pound.
Crawford last fought on Nov. 14, when he stopped Kell Brook in four rounds.
Promoter @BobArum tells me that @terencecrawford‘s next fight will be Oct. 23 on ESPN. No opponent set just yet but said the @trboxing team is working on it. #boxing
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) June 22, 2021
Gennadiy Golovkin and Ryota Murata have agreed to fight on Dec. 28 in Tokyo, The Athletic is reporting. The bout, for which contracts have yet to be signed, would unify two middleweight titles.
Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) and Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) plan to fight once in the meantime, presumably against second-tier opponents.
Triple-G, 39, won the vacant IBF 160-pound title by narrowly outpointing Sergey Derevyanchenko in October 2019. He last fought in December, when he stopped Kamil Szeremeta in seven rounds.
Murata, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, is the WBA’s top titleholder. He was last in the ring in December 2019, when he knocked out Steven Butler in five rounds.
Teofimo Lopez Jr.’s defense of his undisputed lightweight championship against George Kambobos Jr. has been moved to June 19 to loanDepot Park in Miami.
The pay-per-view fight, which will be promoted by Triller, was originally set for June 5.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) won all four 135-pound titles by outpointed Vassily Lomachenko in October. He’s about an 8-1 favorte to retain the belts, according to BetMGM.
Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) told Yahoo! Sports that Lopez and the oddsmakers are in for a surprise.
“Absolutely 100 percent, I am leaving with those belts,” he said. “There are holes in his game and things I will be able to take advantage of and you will see that on June 19.”
Also on the card, Franchon Crews-Dezurn will face Elin Cederroos in a super middleweight title-unification bout.
Lightweight contender Ryan Garcia will face Javier Fortuna on Friday, July 9 (DAZN), Garcia’s promoter has announced. The site has yet to be determined.
Garcia had been courting Gervonta Davis and Manny Pacquiao but will take on the lesser-known, but capable veteran from the Dominican Republic instead.
Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) got up from a knockdown to stop Luke Campbell with a body shot in the seventh round this past January, the Los Angeles-area fighter’s most-recent bout.
“Fortuna is eager and will be ready, but so will I,” Garcia said. “No one can beat me in the lightweight division, period. I’m going to show the world who I am.”
Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs) has won three consecutive fights (not counting a no-contest) after losing a split decision to then-titleholder Robert Easter in 2018, a fight for which Fortuna came in overweight.
The longtime 130- and 135-pound contender last fought in November, when he stopped Antonio Torres in six rounds.
“Ryan Garcia should take this fight very seriously and train properly because he will be facing, by far, the best fighter of his career,” Fortuna said. “Hopefully on fight night, there will be no excuses for his loss.
“I expect this fight to be a war while it lasts, but I have too much of everything for Ryan Garcia. His last fight showed how easy he is to hit. And his power won’t mean anything to me. But mine will put him to sleep.”
April 2, 2021
Erickson Lubin and Jeison Rosario have agreed to fight one another on Showtime, BoxingScene.com is reporting. The date and site have not been determined.
The junior middleweights are at different stages of rebuilding after losses to Jermell Charlo.
Lubin (23-1, 16 KOs) has won five consecutive fights since a momentum-crushing first-round knockout against Charlo in October 2017. He last fought this past September, when he defeated Terrell Gausha by a unanimous decision.
Rosario (20-2-1, 14 KOs) is coming off an eighth-round stoppage loss against Charlo in September, which cost the Dominican two 154-pound titles. That fight followed Rosario’s sensational fifth-round knockout of Julian Williams to claim his belts.
Lawrence Okolie stopped Krzysztof Glowacki 46 seconds into the sixth round to win the vacant WBO cruiserweight title Saturday at SSE Arena in London.
Okolie (16-0, 13 KOs) has knocked out his last six opponents.
The London resident, who competed in the 2016 Olympics for Great Britain, was taking part in his first title fight. Glowacki (31-3, 19 KOs) held the WBO 200-pound title twice.
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” Okolie said. “… I’m happy. For me, it’s more of a relief. The potential has been there for over a year. I’m happy to get the victory. Now and forever, I’ll be a world champion.
The super middleweight title-unification bout between Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas., outside Dallas, The Athletic is reporting.
The outlet is reporting that there will be no restrictions on the number of spectators. The home of the Dallas Cowboys has a capacity of about 100,000 for boxing.
Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) fought Liam Smith there in 2016, drawing a reported 51,240 fans.
Manny Pacquiao has fought there twice, drawing 50,994 spectators for his bout with Joshua Clottey in 2010 and 41,734 for Antonio Margarito the same year.
Errol Spence Jr., a resident of Dallas, also fought there twice. He and Mikey Garcia drew 47,525 fans in 2019 and 16,102 (because of the COVID-19 pandemic) watched Spence vs. Danny Garcia this past December.
Alvarez last fought on Feb. 27, when he stopped Avni Yildirim after three rounds. Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) outpointed Martin Murray in December.
The Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders super middleweight title unification fight will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, sources tell @MikeCoppinger
AT&T Stadium – home of the Dallas Cowboys – holds over 100,000 fans when expanded.https://t.co/UZYGl7YDkr
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) March 19, 2021
Lightweight contenders Devin Haney and Jorge Linares have agreed to meet in May, The Athletic is reporting. No specific date or site was reported.
Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) last fought this past November, when he defeated veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa by a near-shutout decision. He holds a secondary WBC 135-pound title. Teofimo Lopez is the sanctioning body’s top champion.
Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) is a 35-year-old former featherweight, junior lightweight and lightweight titleholder.
The Japan-based Venezuelan has won two consecutive fights since he was stopped in the first round against Pablo Cesar Cano at 140 pounds in January 2019.
The fight would be streamed on DAZN.
Former heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker defeated fellow Kiwi Junior Fa by a unanimous decision Saturday in Auckland.
Parker (28-2, 21 KOs) won by scores of 119-109, 117-111 and 115-113 to remain in position for another shot at a world title. He’s ranked by three of the four major sanctioning bodies.
Fa (19-1, 10 KOs) entered the fight unbeaten.
Into round 🔟 and this is just too close to call 👀#ParkerFa pic.twitter.com/dTnTojAPsR
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) February 27, 2021
Police say boxer Gervonta Davis was the driver of a car involved in a hit-and-run accident in the early morning hours of Nov. 5 in Baltimore.
The car driven by Davis, a black Lamborghini, was traveling southbound on MLK Blvd. when it ran a red light and struck another vehicle, according to police.
Those in Davis vehicle allegedly ran from the scene. The people in the other vehicle and surveillance footage identified the champion boxer as the driver.
Several people suffered minor injuries, according to police. One person was transported to a hospital.
No charges have been filed in the case. An investigation is ongoing.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame has canceled its second consecutive induction weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic.
That means three Hall of Fame classes — 2020, 2021 and 2022 — will be honored at the event next year, which is scheduled for June 12 in Canastota, N.Y.
The Class of 2020 includes Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Christy Martin and Lucia Rijker. The Class of 2021 includes Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, Andre Ward, Laila Ali and Ann Wolfe.
Heavyweight contender Trevor Bryan stopped Bermane Stiverne in the 11th round Friday in Hollywood, Fla.
Bryan (21-0, 15 KOs) fought behind a consistent jab and eventually broke down the resilient former titleholder, putting him down twice in the final round before the referee stopped the fight.
The official time was 1:26 of Round 11.
Bryan won the vacant WBA “regular” title, which Boxing Junkie doesn’t recognize. Anthony Joshua is the actual WBA beltholder.
Stiverne (25-5-1, 21 KOs) was a late replacement for Manuel Charr, who was unable to fight because of visa and other issues. The Haitian-Canadian received the opportunity even though he was stopped in his previous two fights.
Adrien Broner has his comeback opponent and date.
The former four-division titleholder, who hasn’t fought since he lost Manny Pacquiao more than two years ago, will face Jovanie Santiago on Feb. 20 in Uncasville, Conn. (Showtime), BoxingScene is reporting.
The weight limit will be “at or near 140 pounds,” according to the website.
Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) hasn’t won a fight since he narrowly outpointed Adrian Granados at 147 pounds in February 2017. The 31-year-old has since lost a decision to Mikey Garcia, drew with Jessie Vargas and lost on points to Pacquiao.
The Cincinnati fighter hasn’t fought at 140 since he stopped Ashley Theophane in nine rounds in April 2016.
Santiago (14-0-1, 10 KOs) is a 31-year-old Puerto Rican who has fought most of his career in his native country. He last fought on Dec. 12, when he stopped Juan Zegarra in the first round in the Dominican Republic.
Broner represents a significant step up in class for Santiago.
Santiago replaces Broner’s original opponent, Pedro Campa, who tested positive for COVID.19.
Also on the card, heavyweight Otto Wallin (21-1, 14 KOs) will face Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs). And former lightweight titleholder Robert Easter (22-1-1, 14 KOs) will take on Ryan Martin (24-1, 14 KOs).
Jayson Velez will replace the injured Andrew Cancio as the opponent for Gabriel Flores Jr. on Feb. 20 in Las Vegas (ESPN), Top Rank has announced.
The Flores-Velez 10-round junior lightweight bout is the co-feature to 130-pound titleholder Miguel Berchelt’s defense against Oscar Valdez.
Velez (29-7-1, 21 KOs) is a former title challenger but has lost his last two fights, including a 10th-round knockout against Valdez in July.
Flores (19-0, 6 KOs) easily outpointed Ryan Kielczweski in October.
The Alexander Povetkin-Dillian Whyte rematch is set for March 6, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) shocked the boxing world by getting up from two knockdowns to stop Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) with a single uppercut in the fifth round this past August.
Hearn, who made the announcement on The Ak & Barak Show, said the winner will become the mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury’s WBC title.
He did not reveal the site of the fight, although it’s expected to take place in the U.K.
Hearn said he will formally announce four more U.K. fights on Friday.
The boxing scene was shut down in January because of a spike in coronavirus cases. It will resume in the middle of the next month.
Boxing in the United Kingdom will resume soon.
The British Boxing Board of Control, which suspended the sport for January because of a spike in COVID-19 cases, announced on Monday that fight cards will return in mid-February.
The BBBofC tweeted: “The British Boxing Board of Control will be resuming Boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction in the middle of February, dates and venues to be confirmed in due course.”
British promoter Eddie Hearn had said he was prepared to schedule fights abroad for his stable of boxers had the sport remained shuttered in February.
The British Boxing Board of Control will be resuming Boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction in the middle of February, dates and venues to be confirmed in due course. pic.twitter.com/QMz87xoJns
— BBBofC (@BBBofCuk) January 11, 2021
Miguel Berchelt’s junior lightweight title defense against Oscar Valdez is official.
The fight will take place on Feb. 20 on ESPN, it was officially announced Wednesday. No site was announced but it’s expected to be the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) will be making the eighth defense of the belt he won by stopping Francisco Vargas in 11 rounds in 2017. He has stopped his last six opponents.
Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) is a former featherweight titleholder.
“This fight is the one that I dreamed of since we were both amateur fighters,” Berchelt said. “Valdez is a great fighter, and it will be a great fight. I am preparing with everything to win by knockout and leave no doubt that I am the best super featherweight in the world.”
Said Valdez: “Whenever there are two Mexicans in the ring, it is a guaranteed war. And it will be an honor for me to bring a great war to my fans.”
Also on the card, Gabriel Flores Jr. (19-0, 6 KOs) will face Andrew Cancio (21-5-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout.
Lightweight prospect Sean Garcia defeated Rene Marquez by a majority decision in a four-round fight on the Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell card Saturday in Dallas.
Two judges scored 39-37 (3-1 in rounds) in favor of Sean Garcia, the 20-year-old younger brother of Ryan. The third score it 38-38.
Marquez (5-6, 2 KOs) has now lost six of his last seven fights but was good enough to give Garcia some resistance.
Kazuto Ioka stopped Kosei Tanaka in the eighth round in defense of his junior bantamweight title Thursday in Tokyo.
Ioka (26-2, 15 KOs) put the previously unbeaten Tanaka (15-1, 9 KOs) down in Rounds 5 and 6. The referee stopped the fight to save Tanaka from further punishment at 1:35 of Round 8.
Ioka, a 31-year-old four-division titleholder, was making the second defense of his 115-pound title.
Tanaka, 25, was attempting to win a major title in a fourth division.
Unified light heavyweight titleholder Artur Beterbiev has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the postponement of his Jan. 30 fight against Adam Deines in Moscow, according to a Top Rank new release.
A new date “will be announced in due course.”
Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) and Deines (19-1-1, 10 KOs) were originally scheduled to fight Oct. 23, but the bout was pushed back after Beterbiev suffered a rib injury in training.
Beterbiev, the only current world champion with a 100% knockout rate, has not fought since he stopped Oleksandr Gvozdyk in October 2019 to unify world titles.
Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov will fight for the vacant WBO light heavyweight title on Feb. 13 (ESPN), Top Rank announced Tuesday. No site was mentioned.
Smith (26-3, 21 KOs) will be fighting for a major title for the second time. He was outpointed by WBA champ Dmitry Bivol in March of last year. The 31-year-old from New York bounced back to beat Jesse Hart and Eleider Alvarez, which earned him the title shot.
Vlasov (45-3, 26 KOs) has won three fights in his native Russia since he was outpointed by Krzysztof Glowacki in a fight for an “interim” title in 2018 in Chicago.
Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez are going to do it again.
The 115-pound stars will take part in a title-unification fight on March 13, Matchroom boxing has announced. No venue has been selected.
Gonzalez (50-2 41 KOs) and Estrada (41-3, 28 KOs) fought in November 2012 in Los Angeles, with Gonzalez, at the peak of his abilities, winning a unanimous decision in a competitive fight at 108 pounds.
Estrada rebounded from that setback to win titles in two divisions and become one of the most-respected boxers in the world. He’s No. 10 on the Boxing Junkie pound-for-pound list.
Gonzalez has bounced back from back-to-back losses to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in 2017 to regain a world title and much of his status as an elite fighter.
Estrada holds the WBC title, Gonzalez the WBA belt.
Joseph Diaz Jr. will defend his junior lightweight title against mandatory challenger Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov on Feb. 13 (DAZN). The site has yet to be announced.
Diaz (31-1, 15 KOs) won the IBF belt in his most-recent fight, a unanimous decision over then-champion Tevin Farmer on Jan. 30.
The 28-year-old Los Angeles-area fighter, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, has won five consecutive fights since he lost a wide decision to Gary Russell Jr. in 2018.
“Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov is a very good fighter who is highly ranked throughout the world,” Diaz said. “I know he’s been aching for a world title shot, but I’m ready to go out there and showcase that I’m willing to fight the best and defend my title with whoever wants to step in that ring with me.
“I’m the hungriest I’ve ever been, and there is nothing that he brings to the table that can affect me.”
Rakhimov (15-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting for a major title for the first time. The 26-year-old is a native of Tajikistan but lives and fights out of Russia.
“I’ve been waiting for this chance for a long time,” Rakhimov said. “Thank you for this opportunity to my team. My training camp is long one but very good. I will do my best to win this fight. I came here for the victory!”
Also on the card, Patrick Teixeira (31-1, 22 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBO junior middleweight title against Brian Castano (16-0-1, 12 KOs).
Gennadiy Golovkin and Kamil Szeremeta made weight for their middleweight title fight Friday in Hollywood, Fla. (DAZN).
Golovkin, who will be defending his belt, weighed 159.2 pounds. Szeremeta, the mandatory challenger, came in at 159. The limit is 160.
Triple-G (40-1-1, 35 KOs) won the vacant IBF title with a unanimous-decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko in October of last year, his most-recent fight.
The fight is being billed as Golovkin’s 21st middleweight title defense, which would break the record of 20 held by Bernard Hopkins.
However, he made five of his 20 defenses when he held only the WBA’s secondary “regular” title, which Boxing Junkie doesn’t recognize. Felix Sturm held the sanctioning body’s “super” title at the time.
Szeremeta (21-5, KOs) will be fighting for a major title for the first time.
The streak continues.
Edgar Berlanga stopped Ulises Sierra at 2:40 of the opening round on the Shakur Stevenson-Toka Kahn Clary card Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Berlanga has now stopped all 16 of his opponents in the first round.
The fans are fascinated with his impressive run. He would rather get some work in his fights.
“[I want] rounds,” he said. “The better competition, the better opposition we fight, I believe we’re going to get those rounds in. We ended 2020 with a bang. 2021 is big year for us, and I’m looking forward to it.”
In another preliminary on the Stevenson-Clary card, popular Clay Collard (9-3-3, 4 KOs) lost a close, but unanimous decision to Quincy LaVallais (10-0-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight bout.
The scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 77-75.
Julio Cesar Martinez will defend his flyweight title against Francisco Rodriguez Jr. on the Canelo Alvarez-Callum Smith card on Dec. 19 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The card will be televised on DAZN.
Martinez (17-1, 13 KOs) will be making the third defense of his belt, which he won by stopping Cristofer Rosales in nine rounds in December of last year.
The Mexican is coming off a second-round knockout of Moises Calleros in October.
“I’m here in San Diego preparing and I’m very excited to be here,” Martinez said. “I’m completing almost two months of camp. I’m so honored to be fighting on the undercard of Saul.
“I’m going to leave everything to God as always and have faith that he’ll ensure it all goes well. Hopefully that night I’ll get a knockout.”
Rodriguez (33-4-1, 24 KOs) has won 14 consecutive fights since back-to-back losses in 2015. Martinez’s countryman held two strawweight world titles in 2014.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. took a positive step on Saturday in Culiacan, Mexico.
The former middleweight titleholder, who had lost his past two fights and three of four, stopped late replacement Jeyson Minda in the fourth round of a scheduled 10-round light heavyweight fight.
Chavez (52-5-1, 34 KOs) put the overmatched Minda (14-3-1, 8 KOs) down in Rounds 2, 3 and 4. The last knockdown prompted the Ecuadoran’s cornerman to stop the fight.
Chavez’s last two fights have taken place in Mexico because the 34-year-old remains under suspension in the U.S. for avoiding drug testers last year. He lost a technical decision to countryman Mario Cazares this past September in Tijuana.
The lightweight clash between Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell has been rescheduled for Jan. 2 on DAZN, Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Boxing announced Friday.
The site has yet to be determined.
The fight, originally scheduled for Dec. 5 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., was postponed after Campbell tested positive for COVID-19.
Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) and Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) will be fighting for the WBC “interim” title. The winner will be in position to face secondary beltholder Devin Haney.
Oscar De La Hoya lost his biggest star when he and Canelo Alvarez agreed to go separate ways, which ended a lawsuit filed by Alvarez against Golden Boy and DAZN seeking damages and his freedom.
However, De La Hoya told Yahoo Sports that he holds no grudges.
“I hope he makes more money, way more money, in his next few fights than we had guaranteed him,” he said. “As you know, every fighter on the planet thinks the grass is greener on the other side.
“It is unfortunate that it had to get to this scenario. [The settlement] worked out for both parties, I believe. There’s no lost love between Canelo and I. I wish him the best.
“We did a lot of good business together and we promoted some of the biggest fights in the sport together, so how can I be angry? It’s a different scenario than my situation with Top Rank.
“Then, you know, I had a contract that had lasted roughly seven years. At that period of time, I didn’t think the grass was greener. I just thought seven years was enough.
“Now, in this situation with Canelo, we are in a very difficult time and the marketplace is changing dramatically, and we had this big lawsuit over our heads.
“I hope everyone involved in it succeeds and can move on. I know we are going to do so.”
Top Rank built De La Hoya into a star. He left the company in 2001.
The California State Athletic Commission has withheld the purse of Alexander Flores, who was stopped by Luis Ortiz in 45 seconds on Saturday in Los Angeles, The Athletic reported.
Flores initially appeared to be hurt by a right body shot. However, based on what Flores said afterward, the damage might’ve been caused when Ortiz’s biceps muscle hit his opponent in the face in the process of throwing the body shot.
Andy Foster, executive director of the CSAC, told The Athletic that he withheld Flores’ $80,000 purse because of “the unusual nature of the fight being stopped.”
Flores, from the Los Angeles area, will now have to appear before the commission to explain what happened.
1st. Round. KO. 👊
Luis Ortiz’s got it done during last night’s main event #OrtizFlores pic.twitter.com/rWRb8wRrjb
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) November 9, 2020
“I want to be very clear that all we’re doing is taking some time to review it,” Foster said. “ … We’re not saying [he] did anything wrong at all. We need to take a look at this a little more than we have because (the conclusion) raised some questions. … We just need more information.”
Foster made his decision after conferring with the ring doctor, the referee and the commission official who oversaw the fight.
The WBC has ordered junior bantamweight titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada to begin negotiations with mandatory challenger Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
If no agreement can be reached within the next 30 days, a purse bid will be held on Dec. 1.
This would be the third fight between the little dynamos. Sor Rungvisai won a majority decision in 2018; Estrada won the rematch last year by a unanimous decision.
“So this is the decider!” the WBC tweeted.
Junior lightweight titleholder Miguel Berchelt has tested positive for COVID-19, putting his Dec. 12 fight with Oscar Valdez in jeopardy, ESPN is reporting.
ESPN cited “sources close to Berchelt’s camp.”
Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs) has been training in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, where he has been tested for the coronavirus weekly. He reportedly is in quarantine.
Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) is the mandatory challenger to Berchelt’s 130-pound title.
The lightweight fight between Ryan Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) and Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs) on Dec. 5 will take place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., it was announced Friday.
The card will be televised on DAZN.
On the undercard, Rene Alvarado (32-8, 21 KOs) faces Roger Gutierrez (24-3-1, 20 KOs) in a junior lightweight bout.
Flyweight titleholder Julio Cesar Martinez will now defend his belt against Moises Calleros on Friday in Mexico City.
Martinez (16-1, 12 KOs) had been scheduled to face Maximino Flores but Flores tested positive for COVID-19 and had to pull out.
Martinez, who will be fighting in his home town, is making the second defense of the title he won by stopping Cristofer Rosales this past December. He outpointed Jay Harris in February.
Calleros (33-9-1, 17 KOs) is a former strawweight title challenger.
The fight is part of a championship triple-header, which also features Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Carlos Cuadras II and Roman Gonzalez vs. Israel Gonzalez.
Ivan Baranchyk has been released from University Medical Center in Las Vegas after his brutal knockout loss to Jose Zepeda on Saturday night.
“Leaving the hospital with our co-promoter Tony Holden, is bruised but grateful warrior Ivan Baranchyk. Last night, he lost a brutal, unforgettable boxing match,” said co-promoter Lou DiBella, as per BoxingScene.com.
The fighters went down four times each but Baranchyk was stopped in the fifth round, after which he lay on the canvas for four minutes.
“Thankfully, he’s well enough to talk about, and appreciate, the fight of 2020 with family. God is good,” DiBella said.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has tested positive for COVID-19, he tweeted Thursday.
He’s in Milton Keynes, England, for the Joshua Bautsi vs. Marko Calic light heavyweight fight on DAZN.
“Gutted to just find out I tested positive for Covid-19 today and have to leave the bubble immediately. Thankfully all other tests were negative. Heading home to rest – catch up tomorrow,” Hearn tweeted.
Gutted to just find out I tested positive for Covid-19 today and have to leave the bubble immediately. Thankfully all other tests were negative. Heading home to rest – catch up tomorrow 👍
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 1, 2020
Former heavyweight titleholder Andy Ruiz Jr. said he won’t fight again until next year.
He began training with Eddy Reynoso – the trainer of Canelo Alvarez — on Wednesday in San Diego, according to BoxingScene.com.
“I’m going to be fighting very soon,” Ruiz said. “We’re going to train hard, I’m going to fight next year. I’m going to be focused on what I should do, we still don’t know who [I’ll be fighting], they tell me there are some opponents.”
He went on: “I’m going to start with Canelo [today], I’m going to be posting some stuff, it’s going to get good, I’m excited. I’ve trained a bit, but I’m going to start [today] with Eddy and everyone there. I can’t wait any longer. It’s going to be fun.
“Ryan [Garcia] is there, Oscar Valdez will be there, another fighter who just fought and won (Luis Nery). I’m excited being part of the Canelo Team.”
Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) is coming off a one-sided loss in a rematch with Anthony Joshua that cost Ruiz his titles.
Devin Haney, waiting to fight the winner of the upcoming fight between Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell, reportedly will face 38-year-old Yuriorkis Gamboa in the meantime.
They will meet on Nov. 7. No site was announced.
Haney hasn’t fought since he easily outpointed Alfredo Santiago in November of last year. Gamboa, the 2004 Olympic champion from Cuba, is coming off a 12th-round knockout loss against Gervonta Davis in December.
Haney had also considered fighting featherweight titleholder Gary Russell Jr., who would’ve had to move up two weight classes for the fight.
Mexican junior featherweight Jose “Gallito” Quirino was shot and killed earlier this week in the Las Torres neighborhood of Tijuana, according to BoxingScene.com. He was 24.
Details about the shooting reportedly haven’t been made public.
Quirino (20-3-3, 9 KOs) might be best known for his two-fight series with former flyweight champion Hernan Marquez, a draw in 2017 and a knockout victory the following year.
The product of Tijuana was coming off a draw and then a split-decision loss to Joel Cordova at the time he was killed.
Quirino never fought outside his native country.
Those who like to keep their calendars updated will be happy to know that all three big upcoming heavyweight fights have target dates.
Promoter Eddie Hearn told BoxingScene.com that Anthony Joshua’s defense of his three titles against Kubrat Pulev has a working date of Dec. 12. The fight is expected to take place at the O2 Arena in London, possibly in front of some fans.
That’s exactly one week before the target date for Tyson Fury’s title defense against Deontay Wilder. Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora have a working date of Oct. 31. No sites have been announced for those events.
A potential rematch between Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte has no date but promoters have said they could meet before the end of the year, possibly as soon as November.
To be clear, these dates are tentative.
The Aug. 28 show on which lightweight contender Jorge Linares was supposed to fight has been officially postponed, Golden Boy Promotions has announced.
Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) was scheduled to face Javier Fortuna (35-2-1, 24 KOs) in the main event at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., but Linares tested positive for COVID-19 and had to pull out.
“We are actively working with all parties involved to reschedule the event as soon as possible,” Golden Boy said in a statement. “Although sporting events around the world continue to face ongoing uncertainty due to the pandemic, we remain committed to presenting top-tier fights for our fans to enjoy. Details for the new date will be announced in the near future.”
July 31, 2020
Welterweight titleholder Errol Spence and Danny Garcia confirmed Friday on Twitter that they will fight on Nov. 21 on pay-per-view.
“Done deal the KING of the division [is] BACK,” Spence Tweeted.
Garcia responded by Tweeting: HERE WE GO! @ErrolSpenceJr Spence on Nov. 21. Signed! Sealed! Delivered! My 10th world title fight its time to crown the king again
Done deal the King of the division BACK‼️ Nov.21st on Fox PPV vs @DannySwift 🤝…#Mandown #strapseason
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) July 31, 2020
HERE WE GO! @ErrolSpenceJr Spence on Nov. 21. Signed! Sealed! Delivered! My 10th world title fight its time to crown the king again 🤴🏻
— Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (@DannySwift) July 31, 2020
The site has not been announced.
Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) last fought in September, when he defeated Shawn Porter by a split decision to retain his 147-pound titles. The following month he escaped a horrific one-car accident with minor injuries.
Garcia (36-2, 21 knockouts) is a former two division titleholder and one of the top welterweights in the world.
Junior welterweight prospect Omar Juarez (7-0, 4 KOs) will face Willie Shaw (12-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round bout on the Thomas Dulorme-Jamal James card Aug. 8 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Fox, BoxingScene.com is reporting.
The card is the network’s first show since March 7 because of the coronavirus pandemic.