Former unified junior featherweight champion, Danny Roman, will be facing former WBA 122 pound titlist, Juan Carlos Payano on September 26 in what is being billed as a WBC elimination bout. Roman in his last outing lost a razor thin split decision to Murodjon Akhmadaliev in late January. The WBC announced that champion Rey Vargas has suffered a broken leg and will be 'champion in recess'. So Luis Nery will now face Aaron Alameda for the vacant title, also on Sept. 26 at the Mohegan Sun.
WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. says he has contracted the coronavirus. He tweeted from his official account on Wednesday: "Dear friends, I want to inform you by this means that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am currently recovering at home, and I will soon return to work for boxing with much more strength."
Featherweight Marc Castro, who was scheduled to make his pro debut on the Cecilia Braekhus-Jessica McCaskill undercard on Saturday, tested positive for COVID-19 and his fight against Raul Corona has been canceled. Castro's father and trainer, Tony Castro, also tested positive according to a Matchroom Boxing press release. Both Marc and Tony are now under quarantine.
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Lightweight Maxi Hughes outpointed former world challenger Jono Carroll on Wednesday to win a 10-round unanimous decision by the scores of 96-95 (twice) and 97-93 at Production Park Studio in Yorkshire, England. Hughes' victory was a bit of an upset since Carroll was coming off an 11th-round TKO victory over Scott Quigg in March.
MTK Global announced on Wednesday the signing of IBF junior lightweight titlist Joseph "JoJo" Diaz Jr. to an advisory deal. Diaz, who is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, won the title with a unanimous decision victory over Tevin Farmer in January. “As a professional athlete it is very crucial to have a team looking out for my best interests, and I am proud to have MTK a part of it, with now being the most important time of my career," said Diaz.
The WBO has announced that Top Rank has won the purse bid for the bout between Emanuel Navarrete and Jessie Magdaleno for the vacant WBO featherweight title with a bid of $250,000. This bout will take place either October 17 or 24 at the MGM Grand Conference Center. The WBO 126 pound belt was most recently held by Shakur Stevenson, who has moved up to the junior lightweight division.
Organizers of the exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones have officially announced that this event has been moved to November 28. They also have stated that Badou Jack will be facing Blake McKernon on the undercard. Jack a former titlist at super middleweight and light heavyweight, has lost his last two outings against Marcus Browne and Jean Pascal. Also on this card is a bout between former NBA guard Nate Robinson and Youtube personality, Jake Paul.
Rob Brant, who once held a version of the WBA middleweight title, will be facing Vitalii Kopylenko on August 22, on the Eleider Alvarez-Joe Smith undercard from the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. This bout is scheduled for 10 rounds, with a weight limit of 162 pounds. For Brant this is his first bout since he was stopped in two rounds by Ryoto Murata in their rematch last July in Osaka, Japan.
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When asked about the status of the negotiations for a fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez, Bob Arum told ESPN on Monday morning, "We hope we can get it finalized this week. But we're not going to put up with any nonsense. It has to be done in a professional manner. We're not responsible for the fact you can't get spectators. But yeah, I'm optimistic it will get done." The hope is that this match-up will be consummated for October 3.
Darren Traynor will step in to face Carl Frampton this Saturday in a 10 round lightweight contest, replacing Vahram Vardanyan, who had visa issues. This card which take place from the BT Sport Studio in England, also features Michael Conlan, who takes on Sofiane Takoucht. This will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 4 pm, ET/1 pm, PT on Saturday.
Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, tells ESPN that Jarrell Miller, who tested positive for banned substances prior to his July 9 bout with Jerry Forrest, has had his temporary suspension extended. "The chairman and the commissioners voted in favor of him being on suspension, pending his administrative hearing, regarding his testing positive for GW-1516." Last year Miller tested positive for PED's multiple times as he was scheduled to face Anthony Joshua.
The WBO has called for an August 14 purse bid in regards to their vacant WBO 126 pound title, that was recently vacated by Shakur Stevenson. Former WBO junior featherweight titlist Emanuel Navarrete, and Jessie Magdaleno are slated to fight for the belt. Carl Moretti of Top Rank, which promotes both boxers, says they are still trying to negotiate a deal with both parties. The target date for Navarrete-Magdaleno is Sept. 19.
Top Rank has formally announced that unified junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez will face Viktor Postol on Aug. 29 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The co-main event will feature young junior welterweight contender Arnold Barboza against veteran Tony Luis. Barboza is currently ranked eighth by the WBC and 10th by the WBO at 140 pounds.
A bout between former junior lightweight Andrew Cancio and Saul Rodriguez will take place on Sept. 12 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, a source told ESPN on Wednesday. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds at a weight limit of 131 pounds. Cancio who moved from Los Angeles to Palm Desert after getting a promotion at Southern California Gas Company where he works, is now training with Joel Diaz and Marcos Caballero. Cancio had been working with Joe Goossen in Los Angeles.
Sources tell ESPN that a bout between Andrew Cancio and Saul Rodriguez will take place on September 12 at the MGM Grand Conference Center. This bout is scheduled for 10 rounds, at a weight limit of 131 pounds. One other note about, Cancio, because of a promotion he has received a promotion at the Southern California Gas Company he has moved to Palm Desert. With that he is now training with Joel Diaz and Marcos Caballero. Cancio had been working with Joe Goossen for a short spell in Van Nuys.
As it relates to WBC lightweight champion, Devin Haney, his promoter Eddie Hearn told ESPN that his next fight,''will either be the last week of September, or the first week of October." Hearn mentioned that Yuriorkis Gamboa is a possible opponent for Haney. He added he is still focused on making the rematch between WBC 115 pound champion, Juan Francisco Estrada, and Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez for the fall.
Eddie Hearn says negotiations are ongoing for a fight between Luke Campbell and Ryan Garcia, which was a fight mandated by the WBC. He told ESPN that he sent Golden Boy a proposal a week ago, and that a counter proposal was returned. "It wasn't outrageous, but again, it's challenging at the moment," said Hearn. Who notes that if an agreement is not reached, this bout will go to purse bids. But he says optimistically, "We'll try and reach a deal this week."
Former WBC junior bantamweight world titlist Srisaket Sor Rungvisai overcame a rather sluggish start to defeat Amnat Ruenroeng in a junior featherweight contest Saturday night in Thailand. Rungvisai won a unanimous decision by the scores of 97-94, 96-93 and 99-91. Rungvisai took over in the late rounds with a steady attack to the body that slowed down the 40 year old Ruenroeng. After the fight, Sor Runvisai expressed interest in a rematch against Juan Francisco Estrada.
Unified welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr. has confirmed the date of his boxing return. "Done deal the King of the division BACK!! Nov. 21 on Fox PPV vs @DannySwift," Spence posted to his Twitter account. The fight against Danny Garcia will be Spence's first since he defeated Shawn Porter last September, and suffering a one-car accident in October.
Junior lightweight prospect Carlos Balderas, who suffered an upset loss to Rene Tellez Giron back in December, is now training under the guidance of Buddy McGirt in Southern California. Balderas was a highly touted amateur coming into the pro game in 2017, but has seen his progress stall recently. "He has phenomenal ability," said McGirt. "I told him today, 'you've got talent, you've just got to sharpen it, and add a little bit to it, to get to that next level.'"
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