Author: Daxx Khan

Daxx Khan has been a regular member of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Show since 2011, throughout his over two decades involved with the sport of boxing he has owned his own gym, currently is a Coach with "Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing", has covered over 175 world title fights across the globe, worked for two sanctioning body organizations, written for multiple major sporting news outlets. The first world title fight he covered was in 1991 while still attending NYU when he accompanied boxing media Icon Bert Sugar to the "Terrible" Terry Norris versus "Sugar" Ray Leonard WBC Super Welterweight title fight which Norris won by wide unanimous decision. Daxx is also former USA Boxing Coach and representative for "The World Boxing Federation".

RUMBLE IN RIGA: BRIEDIS AND MANN COME FACE-TO-FACE FOR FIRST TIME AHEAD OF WORLD TITLE CLASH

Mairis Briedis (27-1, 19 KOs) and Artur Mann (17-1, 9 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time today at the Porsche Center Riga for a kick-off press conference ahead of their IBF and Ring Magazine World Cruiserweight Title clash on October 16 at the Arena Riga in Latvia.

Briedis has turned the Arena Riga into a hometown fortress with unforgettable nights against Mike Perez, Oleksandr Usyk and Krzysztof Glowacki in recent years. The 36-year-old will now return for the first time since his June 2019 victory over Glowacki to defend the belts he claimed when defeating Yuniel Dorticos in the final of the World Boxing Super Series in September 2020 to establish himself as the number one Cruiserweight on the planet.

“Of course, it will be a great pleasure to return to the Arena Riga to defend my IBF and Ring Magazine Titles in front of my Latvian fans,” said Briedis. “My opponent Artur Mann is an experienced and unpredictable boxer. I have watched many of his fights and each one has been different. In Arena Riga, we will see real boxing, not old masters like Holyfield or YouTubers. I hope people who love boxing will come to the show to witness a real fight.”

Artur Mann, the former WBO International Champion and IBO World Cruiserweight Title challenger, appeared in a confident mood insisting all the pressure was on his opponent ahead of their hotly anticipated World Title fight.

“I’m very excited to get this opportunity to fight Mairis Briedis for his World Titles,” said Mann. “I would like thank Kalle Sauerland and Wasserman Boxing for making this fight. This is not a new situation for me. I know the game and I have fought all over the globe. When the bell rings, I will be ready. It doesn’t matter how many people are in the arena supporting Briedis. There is no pressure on me. All the pressure is on him. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Promoter Kalle Sauerland said he is delighted to be returning to Riga and is looking forward to soaking up the ‘red-hot atmosphere’ on October 16.

“Viva Las Rigas,” exclaimed Sauerland. “We’ve had some fantastic nights at the Arena Riga with Mairis Briedis and we’re delighted to be back with another big event. Mairis has put Riga on the boxing map. It is now known all over the world as a place with a red-hot boxing atmosphere. On October 16, we have another massive event. The absolute number one Cruiserweight in the division against the number six in the world – a young, hungry German challenger, who I’m sure will be looking to take his chance. But Mairis is focused and he intends to prove that Latvia still has the number one Cruiserweight boxer in the world.”

UNDERCARD AND FINAL WEIGHTS FROM SALITA PROMOTIONS ‘RUMBLE IN THE ROSE DISTRICT’ SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION TRIPLEHEADER FROM BROKEN ARROW, OK

Photos by Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME & Terrell Groggins/MY ART MY RULES

The official three-fight untelevised undercard and the final weights for all of tomorrow’s bouts have been released for Salita Promotions’ ‘Rumble in the Rose District’ event, a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader telecast, tomorrow night (Friday, September 24) live on SHOWTIME at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT from the Rose District in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

In support of the three televised fights: the 10-round main event featuring undefeated Detroiter Ja’Rico O’Quinn (14-0-1, 8 KOs) taking on Pacoima, California’s Saul Sanchez (16-1, 9 KOs); undefeated featherweight prospects Jayvon Garnett (10-0, 5 KOs) and Luis Reynaldo Nunez (11-0, 8 KOs) against each other in a ten-round bout and Alejandro Guerrero (12-1, 9 KOs) taking on undefeated Otar Eranosyan (9-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight contest to open the telecast, will be a three-fight untelevised undercard.

In the main supporting bout, Russian middleweight Timur Kerefov (11-0, 6 KO) will look to stay undefeated by getting past Jamaica, Queens, New York’s Devaun Lee (10-7-1, 5 KO). Also in action will be former world title challenger Hugo Centeno Jr. (27-3-1, 14 KO) from Oxnard, California, who will seek to stay busy against Tennessee veteran Kenneth Council (11-4-1, 8 KO) from Knoxville in an eight-rounder; and to open the action, Detroit middleweight Marlon Harrington (3-0, 3 KO) will look to stay perfect against Herlong, California’s Justin Baesman (0-1).

FINAL WEIGHTS

Ja’Rico O’Quinn 115.2 lbs. vs. Saul Sanchez 117.8 lbs.

Luis Reynaldo Nunez 125.6 lbs. vs. Jayvon Garnett 125.6 lbs.

Otar Eranosyan 130 lbs. vs. Alejandro Guerrero 129.2 lbs.

Timur Kerefov 163.4 lbs. vs. Devaun Lee 168.2 lbs.

Hugo Centeno Jr. 163.8 lbs. vs. Kenneth Council 161.6 lbs.

Marlon Harrington 159 lbs. vs. Justin Baesman 162.6 lbs.

“Fight Night on the Charles at Moseley’s II” OFFICIAL WEIGHTS

This Friday in Dedham, MA

(Pictures by Nikolai Alexander)

DEDHAM, Mass. (September 23, 2021) – Fighters weighed in today for tomorrow night’s “Fight Night on the Charles at Mosley’s II, presented by Vertex Promotions, at Moseley’s On The Charles in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Tickets are priced at $95.00 (row 1), $85.00 (2nd row), $65.00 (3rd row), $55.00 (general admission) and $45.00 (standing room). Contact any of the competing fighters to purchase tickets, limited availability at the door.

Doors will open at 7 pm. ET with the first bout scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Fighters’ weights below:

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OFFICIAL WEIGHTS

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MAIN EVENT – LIGHTWEIGHTS (8)

(L) RayJay Bermudez (13-0, 10 KOs), Albany, NY 138 lbs.

(R) Philip Adyaka (7-15, 4 KOs), Saint Paul, MN by way of Uganda 138 lbs.

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CO-FEATIURE – JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS (6)

Francis Hogan (7-0, 7 KOs), Weymouth, MA 154 lbs.

Rakim Johnson (6-13-1, 5 KOs), Indianapolis, tomorrow

HEAVYWEIGHTS (6)

Bryan Daniels (6-1, 4 KOs), Worcester, MA 198 lbs.

Larry Pryor (14-24, 8 KOs), Frederick, MD tomorrow

MIDDLEWEIGHTS (4)

Anthony Conception (7-0-1, 6 KOs), Providence, RI 159 lbs.

Lenwood Dozier (10-26-3, 5 KOs), Belcamp, MD tomorrow

MIDDLEWEIGHTS (4)

Drew Dwelly (2-0-2, New Bedford, MA 160 lbs.

David Rohn (0-8-1), Villa Park, IL 165 lbs.

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CES ON UFC WEIGHTS

Listed below are Thursday’s official weigh-in results for CES Boxing Live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, scheduled for tomorrow night at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Limited tickets for Friday’s event can be purchased online at CESFights.com. Headlining Friday’s card are regional rivals Jimmy Williams (18-5-2, 6 KOs) of New Haven, CT, and Greg Vendetti (22-4-1, 12 KOs) of Stoneham, MA, who face one another in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBC USNBC Silver Super Welterweight Title.

Friday’s event also features the long-awaited Connecticut debut of Stamford’s own Chordale Booker (16-0, 7 KOs), a rising star in the middleweight division who faces tough veteran Silveiro Ortiz (37-27, 18 KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico in the eight-round co-main event.

Also on the card, undefeated super bantamweight Angel Gonzalez (5-0, 3 KOs) of Hartford, who now fights out of Florida, returns to New England in a tough six-round matchup against Dominican Republic-born challenger Juan Gabriel Medina (12-7, 11 KOs). Featherweight Nathan Martinez (6-1, 2 KOs) of New Britain returns from a two-year layoff to face Mexican challenger Francisco Dominguez (7-11-1, 1 KO) in the six-round special attraction.

Preliminary bouts begin at 6:30 pm ET followed by the live FIGHT PASS stream beginning at 7 with play-by play from Michael Parente alongside color commentators “Sucra” Ray Oliveira and Fun 107 radio host and veteran ringside correspondent Madelyn Grimaldi.

Visit CESFights.com for more information and follow CES Boxing on FacebookInstagram and Twitter at @CESBOXING.

WEIGH-IN RESULTS


Jimmy Williams
New Haven, CT
18-5-12, 6 KOs
152 1/2

Greg Vendetti
Stoneham, MA
22-4-1, 12 KOs
153

Nathan Martinez
New Britain, CT
6-1, 2 KOs
126

Francisco Dominguez
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
7-11-1, 1 KO
126 1/2

Chordale Booker
Stamford, CT
16-0, 7 KOs
159

Silverio Ortiz
Yucatan, Mexico
37-27, 18 KOs
157

Angel Gonzalez
Hartford, CT
5-0, 3 KOs
116

Juan Gabriel Medina
La Ramona, Dominican Republic
12-7, 11 KOs
117

Ramon Caraballo
New Britain, CT
Pro debut
146

Samuel Lajoie-Dery
Montreal, Canada
1-0, 1 KO
146

Stevie Jane Coleman
Columbia, CT
0-1
149

Christina Barry
Manitoba, Canada
1-7
147

Carlos Perez
New Haven, CT
1-0
140

Tyriek Gainey
Paterson, NJ
Pro debut
134

Kings and Salita Promotions Reach Co-Promotional Agreement with Undefeated Welterweight Prospect Janelson Figueroa Bocachica

Kings Promotions and Salita Promotions proudly announce signing a co-promotional agreement with undefeated welterweight prospect Janelson Figueroa Bocachica.

The 5′ 10″ and 22-year-old Figueroa Bocachica (17-0, 11 KOs) is a proud Puerto Rican/American who hails from Southwest Detroit. Before turning pro at the tender age of 17, Figueroa Bocachica scored victories over current fellow undefeated professional prospects Charles Conwell and Brandun Lee, while winning multiple city/state titles. He finished the unpaid ranks with a record of 60-5.

Describing himself as an “aggressive technician,” Figueroa Bocachica trains with his father, Nelson Figueroa, at the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit.

“Man, big things are going on in Detroit,” said Bocachica of signing with Michigan-based New Yorker Salita. “They are doing big shows and I want to be a part of that, so I’m in the right spot to prove myself against every opponent I face. I want all the belts in multiple divisions!”

Figueroa Bocachica has come up big in nationally televised showcases in his last two fights. In October 2020, he needed less than a round to stop and drop Puerto Rico’s then 9-1 Nicklaus Flaz. The capable Flaz was down three times from the accurate bombs of Figueroa Bocachica. And then, in February of this year, he took an entertaining majority 10-round decision over formerly undefeated Mark Reyes Jr.

“I’ve always known that Janelson was a special kid – I just didn’t realize how quickly he’d prove it to everybody else!” said his manager, David McWater. “He’s the rare type of the fighter that not only has devastating one-punch power but can really box as well. Teaming with Salita Promotions will allow Janelson to get all the right opportunities to become the next big Detroit boxing star and we’re just thrilled for the future.”

Both of Figueroa Bocachica’s co-promoters say they are pleased with the deal and looking forward to pairing up on more exciting prospects.

“I’m happy to be partnering with Salita Promotions in helping to develop one of the very best Welterweights in the world,” said Marshall Kauffman, President of Kings Promotions. “I look forward to doing more business with Dmitriy in the near future with many more boxers.”

“Janelson Figueroa is one of the best American prospects,” said Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions. “He got his start at the Kronk Gym in Detroit and I believe that he has all the tools to be the next welterweight world champion from Detroit. I’m happy to be working with Marshall Kauffman on building the next great champion from the Motor City.”

Undefeated fighters Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz and Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno Face-Off Saturday April 24th

(L-R) — TEAM ORTIZ (L-R): Head trainer Rocky Gonzalez, assistant trainer Carlos Garcia, promoter Jimmy Burchfield, Jamaine Ortiz, co-managers Eddie Imondi and Richard Shappy

WORCESTER, Mass. (April 19, 2021) – Rarely do undefeated prospects with double-digit victories fight each other because of the perceived risk like lightweights Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz (14-0, 8 KOs) and Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (14-0-1, 12 KOs) will do this Saturday night, April 24th, at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.

The 8-round Adorno vs. Ortiz fight, streaming live on ESPN+, will be on the Top Rank card headlined (on ESPN) by WBO World featherweight champion Emanuel Navarette (32-1, 24 KOs) defending his title against challenger Christopher Diaz (26-2, 16 KOs).

Both young lightweights were decorated USA amateur boxers who are rising stars in arguably boxing’s most loaded division.

“I’m counting the days,” Ortiz said about his fight with Adorno. “I’ve trained hard my whole life. When an opportunity like this comes, I’m ready to prove myself. I think I’ll have a spectacular performance and impress the crowd like I usually do. I’m fighting on another big card; I’m going up not down.”

The reigning WBC USNBC (U.S.) Silver lightweight champion, in addition to being a former WBC World Youth lightweight titlist, the 24-year-old Ortiz recently cracked the top 40 in the WBC ratings at 31, and he’s also ranked No. 5 by the NABF.

Ortiz is coming off a sensational, high-profile knockout of Sulaiman Segawa (13-3-1, 4 KOs), who had never been stopped, in the seventh round last November on the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones, Jr. pay-per-view event.

The lone blemish on the 21-year-old Adorno’s pro record came in his last fight, back on January 11, 2020, when he fought an 8-round split draw with Hector Garcia (14-7-3). Born in New Jersey and raised in Puerto Rico, Adorno lives and trains in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Ortiz surprisingly may have what amounts to a “hometown” advantage, at least in terms of vocal support, largely because many of his New England friends and family are flying down to Florida to attend the fight, along with his Florida fans.

“My father lived in Florida and I visited him during summers, and I went to second grade there,” Ortiz explained. “I have a big family-base in Orlando. A lot of family and friends from Worcester are going to the fight. I’m surprised by how many people will be there for me.”

Ortiz is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES), which will co-promote Adorno vs. Ortiz with Top Rank, and managed by Dick Shappy.

“Both teams need to be complimented for taking a fight like this.” Burchfield commented. “Two undefeated, young boxers like this fighting each other is what real boxing is all about. Bob Arum, Carl Moretti and Team Top Rank have been friends of mine for so many years.

“We turned Jamaine pro and through all these years as a promoter (32nd), maybe, every decade or so you have a special one like Jamaine, who can become the future of boxing. When you find a fighter who can box, punch and set-up his punches very well, he’s special and I feel Jamaine is special like that, not only in the ring but outside as well. I don’t worry about getting a late-night call about him. He is a total professional, no distractions with him. Jamaine works as a carpenter, he’s learning the real estate business, and he’s also looking into the medical field in the future. He reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De Lay Hoya. He has that charisma and is a technician in the ring. A very smart kid in the ring. He has a spectacular team of managers and trainer to work with, too.”

“For many years,” Shappy added, “our management team (including Eddie Imondi) had been searching for the right boxer to come along that had the potential to be a world champ. We are very confident that we have found that person, Jamaine ‘The Technician’ Ortiz.”

Rare as it may be in boxing, the reward is ultimately worth the risk for these legitimate fighters, Ortiz and Adormo.

European Super Featherweight Champ Samir Ziani claims “Tevin Farmer has chickened out” of WBC Eliminator

PARIS, France (April 18, 2021) – European Super Featherweight Champion Samir Ziani (32-3-1, 7 KOs) has called out Tervin “American Idol” Farmer (30-5-1, 6 KOs), former International Boxing Federation World Super Featherweight Champion, to fight June 5th for the WBC Silver belt in a World Boxing Council (WBC) elimination fight. The winner would position himself for a title fight against WBC World champion Oscar Valdez.

The battle of left-handed super featherweights would be on the June 5th Triller pay-per-view card in Florida, headlined by undefeated World lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0) vs. George Kambosos, Jr. (19-0), supported by an exhibition fight between 4-time World heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride.

According to Ziani’s manager Gary Hyde, was offered the WBC eliminator against Farmer and the Frenchman immediately accepted, while all has been quiet from Farmer.

“”I was excited to fight Farmer on a great Triller show,” Ziani said, “especially because it is my dream to win a World title in the United States. “I am surprised to hear that Farmer has chickened out of our fight, but I suppose je knows his boxing is slipping downwards.

“I want you, Farmer! Accept the fight and be a real warrior. Don’t run away from me. I want to box in the capital of boxing, the United States, to show American fans what I can do. They say you’re a technician, I will show you that I am a true warrior. The ring is for real men with the ambition to beat the best, not box the weakest, so, let’s give true value and pay respect to our noble art of boxing.”

Ranked No. 11 by the WBC, as well as No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation (IBF), the 30-year-old Ziani is the reigning EBU European champion, riding a 10-fight win streak. In his most recent fight (Sept. 5, 2020) and second title defense, Ziani dropped a bloody Alex Dilmaghian (19-1-1) three times en route to a 12th round win by technical knockout with 9-seconds left in what was a Fight of the Year candidate.

 Ziani’s last loss was 4 ½ years ago to World title challenger and fellow Frenchman, Guillaume Frenois (41-1), by a razor-thin margin, 115-113 three times, in Paris. Earlier in his career, Ziani also suffered a disputed 10-round loss by decision (97-93, 96-94, 96-94) in Denmark to current IBF World Lightweight Champion Richard Commey (18-0) in 2014.

 “Ziani is an all-action fighter with an enormous work rate,” the Ireland-based Hyde added. “It would be a tantalizing match between two talented southpaws with the winner going on to fight for the WBC World title.”

Smith Captures Gold in thriller against Vlasov

Saturday night on ESPN live from the Osage Casino in Tulsa Oklahoma, a card full of undefeated heavyweight prospects set the stage for a much anticipated vacant WBO light heavyweight title fight between Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr and Maxim Vlasov.

Since the last loss suffered by Smith in March of 2019 to WBA champion Dmitry Bivol, Smith has looked like a different fighter, scoring a split decision win over hard hitting former title challenger Jesse Hart then as a follow up he not only out boxed but stopped former world champion Eleider Alvarez in nine rounds.

Since the last loss suffered by Maxim Vlasov to former cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki in 2018. He has defeated once beaten Omar Garcia, multi time title challenger Isaac Chilemba and undefeated Emmanuel Martey, all of which not only helped create a genuine buzz but credibility for this being a world title affair.

It was a fast start for both fighter, Smith looked to land his big right hand while Vlasov used awkward angles and combinations to avoid being caught clean. Over the next several rounds Vlasov used volume and angles to baffle Smith very reminiscent to the Bivol contest.

As the midway point arrived Smith looked tired and was taking a lot of shots from Vlasov while he laid against the ropes. As the fifth round  reached its midway mark, there was a concern on Smith’s conditioning and while he landed an occasional right hand there was no follow up before Vlasov again used his feet to evade danger and land combinations.

In the sixth Smith despite still being out landed showed a resurgence, during round seven Smith landed repeatedly with authority hurting Vlasov who somehow managed to absorb the shots while remaining upright.

Over the next few rounds they traded punches and momentum with each man giving well as they took. It seemed like Vlasov would once again remain momentum in round ten, just seconds before the bell sounded Smith stopped Vlasov in his tracks. The bell sounded before Smith follow up with another shot.

Once the eleventh started Smith came out strong hurting Vlasov several times early, looking to regroup Vlasov began moving and holding anytime Smith came in range. An accidental punch behind the head of Vlasov from Smith, caused more by Vlasov turning his head rather than recklessness by Smith sent Vlasov to the canvas. It was wrongly called a foul by referee Gary Ritter who allowed Vlasov to walk and get instruction for nearly thirty seconds. Only Joe DeGuardia the promoter of Smith yelling to the ring catching Ritter’s attention did he send Vlasov to a neutral corner prior to resuming the fight. It was an error that very likely cost Smith a stoppage win due to time running out ending the round.

The twelfth and final round was close as Vlasov landed more but Smith with more authority, both fighters threw punches up until the final bell bringing those in attendance to their feet showing appreciation for a great fight.

When final scores were read Judge Gerald Ritter scored it 112-115 and Judge Pat Russell 113-115 for Joe Smith Jr while Judge David Sutherland scored it 114-114 a draw. All of which were acceptable cards even if Gerald Ritter and Pat Russell had it for Vlasov due to his early dominance.

With the win Joe Smith Jr improves to 27-3 (21) and is now the WBO light heavyweight champion of the world, Maxim Vlasov now stands at 45-4 (26) and despite his loss proved he belonged in with the top names at 175lbs.

In the co-feature undefeated heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba after a slow start, found his range and dispatched opponent Brian Howard inside three rounds with a clean right hand sending him to the canvas. There were no signs of Howards making it to his feet so referee Tony Crebs rightfully halted the contest immediately. With the win Efe Ajagba improves to 15-0 (12) while Brian Howard drops to 15-5 (12).

This win now has Ajagba in a position where if we are to consider him as a genuine contender, his next fight needs to be against an opponent of higher caliber. While Ajagba appears to possesses all we like to see in a fighter his best opponent to date has been Amir Mansour who was forty five at the time and coming in off a stoppage loss against Croatian Olympic Bronze medalist Filip Hrgovic.

In Undercard action-

Twenty one year old heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson improved to 9-0 (9) after dropping Jeremiah Karpency 16-3-1 (6) twice before scoring a stoppage win at thirty four seconds of the round.

Heavyweight- Trey Lippe-17-0 (17) def. Jason Bergman 27-20-2 (18) via. TKO 3

Featherweight- Duke Ragan-4-0 (1) def. Charles Clark 3-7-1 (1) Via. UD 6

Heavyweight- Sonny Conto-7-0 (6) def. Waldo Cortes Acosta 6-4 (3) Via. KO 1

Heavyweight- Jeremiah Milton-3-0 (3) def. Jayvone Dafney 2-3 (2) Via. TKO 1

Benn and Marshall Make Statements at the Copper Box Arena

Saturday evening at the Copper Box Arena, United Kingdom Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing presented a “Female World title” double header  with upcoming welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn taking on veteran Samuel Vargas in the main event.

It was a short but night for Benn as it took just ninety seconds to dispatch the rugged veteran Vargas, Just nine months ago Vargas stepped in against another upcoming welterweight sensation Vergil Ortiz Jr.

While a one sided affair in favor of Ortiz it took seven rounds for him to dispatch Vargas, the fact Benn did it so quickly speaks loudly on his potential. The last and only time a fighter was able to dispatch Vargas in under seven rounds was six years ago against current unified WBC/IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr.

With the win Conor Benn improved to 18-0 (12) while Samuel Vargas drops to 31-7-2 (14). The combined record of Conor Benn’s last four opponents is 103-20-5 (38). I think its time boxing pundits to talk less about “Conor Benn son of Nigel Benn” and more about “Conor Benn Genuine Prospect”.

In the co-feature WBO female middleweight champion Savannah “Silent Assassin” Marshall dispatched multi-time former world title challenger Maria Lindberg in three rounds. While Lindberg was a replacement for former female WBO Super Middleweight champion Femke Hermans, who withdrew due to a team member she was in contact with test positive for Covid 19. The fact she had never been stopped before in her career speaks on the power and composure of Marshall.

With the win Savannah Marshall improved to 10-0 (8) while Maria Lindberg now stands at 19-7-2 (10). In her post fight interview Marshall was asked about a potential matchup against three division champion Claressa Shields who Marshall  holds a win over as an amateur. In response Marshall stated “Shields doesn’t want to fight me she is too busy calling out Katie Taylor who fights four divisions lower than Shields does, if we fight I’ll knock her out and she knows it”.

It’ s unquestionably the biggest money fight in female boxing right now, if Shields who has been facing smaller opponents and has only 2 stoppage wins in her career and hints at moving to MMA full time continues avoiding the challenge. There will be serious and legitimate questions on her willingness to face the best available and hurt the current momentum of female boxings acceptance in main stream sports.

When bantamweights Ukashir Farooq and Alexander Espinoza stepped in to vie for the “WBC International Silver title” held by Espinoza, fans were treated to a surprisingly action packed affair. The two fighters gave a solid display of boxing ability trading momentum throughout. It would be the slightly harder punches and higher work rate of Ukashir Farooq that would gain him a unanimous decision by scores of 97-95, 97-94 and 97-93.

With the win Ukashir Farooq now the new “WBC International Silver title” holder improved to 15-1 (6) while Alexander Espinoza drops to 20-3-2 (8).

A fight which had people shaking their heads wondering “HOW CAN THIS BE FOR A WORLD TITLE” considering neither has had ten fights to date nor faced an opponent other than Rachael Ball even the staunchest of boxing fans could recognize by name. Was the vacant female WBA Bantamweight title contest between Shannon Courtenay and Ebanie Bridges. The lead up to this was promoted entirely off each of the ladies appearances as both look more like models than fighters.

Yet despite appearance’s notable and quality opponents on eithers resume, it was an action packed fight from start to finish. The momentum traded often, a headbutt would swell the eye of Bridges to the point she could not see. While Bridges possessed noticeably more power behind her shots, Courtenay brought her game to the next level targeting the eye of Bridges with her jabs which continued to increase the swelling.

In the ninth Courtenay let loose a barrage of shots so furious, referee Michael Alexander considered halting the contest until a last second hook from Bridges stopped her momentum as the bell sounded.

The ladies left nothing behind in the tenth and final round, they fought nonstop until the final bell exceeding expectations and sending a message of “Don’t base expectations off appearances”. The official scores read 98-92 twice and 97-94 in favor of Shannon Courtenay who is now the WBA female bantamweight world champion.

With the newly won title Shannon Courtenay improved to 7-1 (3) while Ebanie Bridges now stands at 5-1 (2). On a side note while the right fighter won the scorecards of Grzegorz Molenda and Luigi Boscarelli were disgraceful placing a dismal cloud over the efforts of both ladies.

In Undercard contest.

Light Heavyweight- John Hedges improved to 2-0 with a four round unanimous decision over Stanko Jermelic 0-6.

Heavyweight Nick Campbell 1-0 (1) the former rugby player won his pro debut with a second round stoppage over Petr Frohlich 2-31-1 (1).

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