Author: Daxx Khan


Oliver Flodin (4-0) believes he has the necessary attributes to claim a career best win over Abdul Khattab (15-2-1, 4 KOs) when they clash in an eight-round Scandinavian middleweight thriller at the Struer Energi Park on January 19.

Flodin faces a significant step up in class as he takes on Khattab in just his fifth professional contest, but the 22 year-old from Jonkoping, Sweden, says he is pleased with his preparations and is confident of defeating his Danish rival.

“I’m very satisfied with my preparations. I’ve been in a good shape for a long time and I’m feeling strong,” says Flodin. “I’ve sparred a lot of rounds with Sven Fornling and Denis Radovan, and I’m now finishing my training in Karlsruhe.

“Khattab is the toughest opponent I’ve fought as a professional. He has a lot of experience, but I’ve sparred and fought the toughest and most experienced amateurs in my career, and I’ve sparred with other professionals that are more experienced than him, so I don’t think that will be a problem.

“I know he’s going to be a tricky opponent, but I’ve trained hard and I’m confident I can beat him. I have the size, speed and power to win!”

Khattab will have Mikkel Kessler, one of the best boxers to come out of Scandinavia, in his corner on fight night, yet, despite being a fan of the ‘Viking Warrior’, Flodin insists it will not affect his focus.

“I’m a big fan of Kessler. He was a great boxer in his prime, but that doesn’t bother me. I will just be focusing on what I’m doing,” says Flodin, who also has no issue fighting in his opponent’s home country.

“I don’t have a problem with fighting in Denmark either, and I’m expecting to have a good fan base from Sweden coming over to support me as well.”

Dina Thorslund tops the bill in Struer, defending her WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title against Alesia Graf, while former European Champion Dennis Ceylan rematches Jesus Sanchez for the EU Featherweight crown.

Oliver Flodin faces Abdul Khattab in a Scandinavian middleweight thriller, heavyweight hope Kem Ljungquist takes on Dominik Musil, Lolenga Mock continues his World title chase against Mateo Damian Veron, Mikkel Nielsen meets Bulgaria’s Angel Emilov, and Adam Bashanov faces Ivan Nikolov.

Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions & Rite Hook Promotions bringing pro boxing to historic St. Petersburg Coliseum on Feb. 16

“St. Pete Fight Fest”
To be live-streamed on UFC FIGHT PASS©

LAS VEGAS (January 10, 2019) – Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions and Rite Hook Promotions have jointly announced a co-promotion presentation, “St. Pete Fan Fest,” to be live-streamed on UFC FIGHT PASS©, on Saturday night, February 16, from historic St. Petersburg Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“Roy Jones Jr and I are honored to work with such a hard-working and honorable promotion company like Rite Hook Promotions,” RJJ Boxing Promotions CEO/Co-Founder Keith Veltre commented.  “William Hunter is a true class act in the sport of boxing. February 16th, RJJ Promotions along with Rite Hook Promotions will conquer the corner with outstanding fights.  We have true warriors on this card who can now showcase their talent and let the world see what Tampa fighters have to offer.”

“I am super excited to be working with RJJ Boxing Promotions and UFC Fight Pass for our February 16th event,” Rite Hook Promotions president William Hunter said. “There are tons of talented fighters in the Tampa/St. Pete area along with loyal boxing fans. There are definitely some future world championship-caliber fighters on this event, male and female, who will showcase their talents in front of the world on February 16th.”

North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Continental Americas lightweight champion William “Baby Face” Silva (26-2, 15 KOs), a native of Brazil now fighting out of Plant City, FL, will headline in a 10-round bout.

Undefeated middleweight prospect Connor Coyle (8-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Derry, Northern Ireland, is slated to fight in his first scheduled 10-rounder in the co-featured event.

Also scheduled to fight are St. Petersburg welterweight Clarence Booth (17-4, 9 KOs) in an eight-round match; unbeaten American Boxing Federation (ABF) Continental Americas welterweight titlist Mark Reyes (8-0, 6 KOs), of Tampa, undefeated Atlanta middleweight Javonn “Pinkie” Barnes (12-0, 6 KOs), unbeaten Tampa middleweight Antonio Tarver, Jr. (5-0, 4 KOs), the son of multiple world champion Antonio Tarver, and Tampa heavyweight Mike “Concrete” Bissett (14-11-1, 8 KOs) – all in six-round bouts – plus Tampa’s undefeated female junior bantamweight Jasmine Artega (5-0, 4 KOs) in a four-rounder.

All fighters are subject to change. Opponents will soon be announced.

“St. Pete Fan Fest” will be the second event of the RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS series. FIGHT PASS is a digital subscription service that is now available in more than 200 countries and territories. In 2019, FIGHT PASS will showcase more than 200 exclusive events featuring top promotions from around the world, providing fans with a front row seat to a broad spectrum of competitive fighting, including mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, individual and team submission grappling, and more.

Fight fans can access FIGHT PASS on personal computers, iOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Sony TVs with Android TV.


Undefeated Crowley to Face Spoiler McLellan in All-Canadian Super Welterweight Showdown

On Saturday, February 9, at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, hometown favorite Cody “The Crippler” Crowley’s CCC Promotions will promote, and he will fight in the 12-round main event of, “Homecoming IV- Bad Blood,” a night of world-class professional boxing.

In the toughest test of his career, the undefeated Crowley (16-0, 9 KOs) will defend his CPBC Canadian and International Super Welterweight Championships against former Canadian champion Stuart McLellan (25-2-3, 10 KOs).

25-year-old Crowley, from nearby Douro, Ontario, now resides and trains in Las Vegas with Ibn Cason, brother of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. The aggressive southpaw has gained notoriety and intense popularity back home for, among countless other world champions, serving as Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s sparring partner for the Pacquiao and Conor McGregor fights.

Officially his own promoter as President of CCC Promotions, Crowley won the CPBC International Super Welterweight Title in May 2017 with a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Edgar Ortega. In May 2018, he added the CPBC National Championship with a unanimous decision over Canadian rival Kevin Higson.

“He’s one of the first guys I wanted to fight when I turned pro,” said Crowley of McLellan. “He calls me out after every fight. I’ve offered him purses before, but now he realizes this is his biggest opportunity for a fight in Canada. I think it’ll be a great fight. We are going to bang it out, toe-to-toe. He thinks he has experience on his side and keeps saying I’m not ready, but people have only seen about 20% of what I can do. He’s a big guy who walks around at 175 lbs or so. He hunts you down and comes forward and tries to break you down, but that’s what I do. And I do it way better.”

32-year-old McLellan is an 11-year professional and former national champion, currently riding a 13-fight winning streak dating back to 2015. A determined and active pressure fighter, McLellan has gained a reputation as a spoiler for fighting and winning in the opponent’s hometown.

McLellan maintains that Crowley isn’t ready for a fighter with his experience.

“I know he’s got money behind him and gets the best training in Vegas, but all the glitz and glamor mean nothing to me. It’s nothing new to be on the road and be a road warrior. I won the Canadian title in the guy’s hometown. He thinks he’s ready for me, but he has no idea what he’s getting into. He’s going to find out on February 9. I have too much experience. I’m a very busy fighter and people have a hard time dealing with it. The stuff he’s learning right now is already second nature to me. 21 years of experience speaks for itself.”

The exciting undercard, packed with Canadian and international talent, will be announced shortly.

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm, with the first fight starting at 7 pm. The Memorial Centre is located at 151 Lansdowne Street in Peterborough. The Memorial Centre is a 4,329-seat multi-purpose arena. Built in 1956, it is now home to the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League and the Peterborough Lakers of the Major Series Lacrosse league.


New York, NY (January 7, 2019) World ranked and undefeated lightweight contender “Ferocious” George Kambosos JNR. (15-0, 9 KOs) returns to the ring for the biggest fight of his professional career, on the biggest show of his professional career, when he faces battle-tested veteran Rolando Chinea (15-2-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday, January 19, in a scheduled eight-rounder on the off-TV undercard to the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner Welterweight World Championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

“Australia’s George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos is the truth,” said Lou DiBella, President ofDiBella Entertainment. “He’s a special talent and has been gaining invaluable experience in training camp with Manny Pacquiao. I expect 2019 to be a special year for George Kambosos.”

The 25-year-old Kambosos, a native of Sydney, Australia, is currently training alongside and serving as the chief sparring partner for the third consecutive training camp with the legendary Pacquiao at the famed Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, CA.

“I’m looking forward to showcasing what I possess in the ring against Chinea come January 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas,” said the all-action Kambosos. “He likes to bring the fight and so do I, but the difference between a good fighter and an elite fighter will be evident from the opening bell. I have had a tremendous camp sparring a legend in Manny Pacquiao and I will make Chinea feel every bit of the hard work and sacrifice we have put in to be victorious. Being my third camp as Manny Pacquiao’s chief sparring partner has been vital to my career and my growth as a fighter.

“As a young fighter on the verge of winning a world title, these camps alongside greatness is what gives me the edge on my world title journey.”

Stated Kambosos’ manager Peter Kahn, “Rolando Chinea is a great step up in competition for George at this stage of his career. I consider Chinea a veteran who has experience fighting under the big lights. A victory over Chinea would allow George to continue his trajectory toward fighting for a world title. Both fighters like to come forward. It should be an exciting fight for the fans.”

A native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, now residing in Lancaster, PA, the 27-year-old Chinea has defeated a number of top contenders and prospects including O’Shaquie Foster, Kenneth Sims Jr., Mel Crossty and Ladarius Miller.

A staple of SHOWTIME’s boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation, Chinea will be looking to re-enter the win column having recently losing a hard-fought battle to undefeated Thomas Mattice on February 8, 2018, a bout the aggressive Chinea was winning before being stopped in the seventh round.

“Why shoot for a tune-up when you can shoot for the stars,” said Chinea.

“Rolando Chinea has been nothing but trouble for the undefeated fighters he has faced in the past,” said DiBella. “And he has a wealth of experience fighting and winning on the big stage. Chinea is not someone who sees himself as a spoiler; he sees himself as the favorite looking to propel his own career.”

For Kambosos, this will be his second consecutive bout on a Pacquiao undercard. He knocked out 17-1-2 JR Magboo in two rounds on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse Welterweight World Title clash on July 15, 2018, in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

Kambosos made his United States debut on May 5, 2018, with a spectacular first-round knockout of Jose Forero at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

Highly popular in his native Australia, Kambosos stopped world ranked contender Krai Setthaphon in the ninth round on October 13, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia, in front of a massive crowd at The Melbourne Pavilion. The victory earned Kambosos the WBA Oceania and IBF Pan Pacific Lightweight Titles. He is currently world ranked #9 by the WBO and #11 by the IBF. Kambosos is trained by former heavyweight contender Justin Fortune.


Abdul Khattab, Mikkel Kessler Photo Credit: Sebastian Heger


Abdul Khattab (15-2-1, 4 KOs) will have a familiar face in his corner when he enters the ring for his eight-round Scandinavian middleweight thriller against Oliver Flodin (4-0) on January 19 at the Struer Energi Park in Denmark.

Khattab is fighting on the undercard of Dina Thorslund’s WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title defence versus Alesia Graf, and will be joined by coach and mentor, Mikkel Kessler, the former five-time World Champion.

“It means a lot to me that Mikkel is going to be with me in Struer,” says the Copenhagen boxer. “When Mikkel is with me, I feel safe, and as long as I listen to his instructions, with him in my corner nothing can go wrong!”

Khattab and Kessler were last in action on October 27 at the Sport and Congress Centre in Schwerin. Here, the 25 year-old scored a draw against Ronny Mittag, in a fight both men believed they should have won.

“Although the fight ended a draw, both me and Mikkel agreed that I won, and that meant a lot to me,” he says. “Now, we need a victory over Flodin, and I will be ready to move on to even bigger fights later this year.”

Dina Thorslund tops the bill in Struer, defending her WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title against Alesia Graf, while former European Champion Dennis Ceylan rematches Jesus Sanchez for the EU Featherweight crown.

Oliver Flodin faces Abdul Khattab in a Scandinavian middleweight thriller, heavyweight hope Kem Ljungquist takes on Dominik Musil, Lolenga Mock continues his World title chase against Mateo Damian Veron, Mikkel Nielsen meets Bulgaria’s Angel Emilov, and Adam Bashanov faces Ivan Nikolov.


New York, NY (January 4, 2019) Female combat sports sensation Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano will fight for a record seventh weight division world boxing title on Friday January 18th at the Hulu theater in Madison Square Garden.

Sporting a record of 35-1-1, with 26 knockouts, the Puerto Rican-born Serrano will challenge Austria’sEva Voraberger (24-5, 11 KOs) in a 10-round clash for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight Women’s World Title. With a victory, Serrano will tie boxing legend Manny Pacquiao as the only boxers to win world titles in seven weight classes.

This will be the first time in her 10 years as a professional that Serrano has competed in the super flyweight (115lb.) division. Most recently in boxing, Serrano won her sixth world title in the junior welterweight division (140lb.) defeating Yamila Reynoso on September 8, 2018, at home in Brooklyn, NY. The 30-year-old followed that up with a mixed martial arts victory on October 13, 2018, competing for Combate Americas.

“On Friday, January 18, boxing fans will get the opportunity to see Amanda Serrano, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, continue to cement her legacy when she competes for a world title in her seventh weight class,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Eva Voraberger is an excellent fighter, one of the world’s best at 115/118-pounds. Her record reflects her excellence. In a span of four-and-a-half months, Amanda will attempt to win a world title six weight classes below the 140-pound title that she won last September. This has never been done by a fighter, regardless of gender. I truly believe that 2019 will be an historic year for women in boxing; Amanda Serrano will get it off to an historic start.”

Speaking after a day of workouts, Serrano stated, “I’m having a great training camp for my fight on January 18. I’ll be attempting to break my own record and win a world title in a seventh division. Any time you attempt to make history, it gives you an extra drive to push yourself to succeed. I am the only female and Puerto Rican, male or female, to win titles in six weight classes, and I did it in crazy fashion. I first won world titles at junior lightweight and lightweight, dropped down to the featherweight and bantamweight classes, then moved back up to junior welterweight, and now I’m headed to super flyweight.”

“I am fighting a tough and very skilled world champion in Austria’s Eva Voraberger. She currently holds the interim WBC bantamweight title and only has three pounds to drop whereas I’m coming off of winning the WBO 140-pound world title just four months ago. I’ve heard the critics say that I’m crazy for dropping this much weight so quickly, but I’ll prove them wrong. I am known as the ‘Real Deal’ for a reason.”

About fighting on DAZN, Serrano continued, “This is the beginning of my contract with DAZN that will culminate with a fight against Katie Taylor. This isn’t about taking easy fights before a big payday. This is about legacy and I will continue to cement my place in boxing history by taking risks. Dropping down to 115 pounds is going to be my first challenge and then I will move back up to fight for another world title before meeting Taylor.”

“I won the Golden Gloves at Madison Square Garden in 2008 and I am thrilled to be back there vying for a world title as a professional. Don’t miss this fight. I am coming to take the title by knockout.”

Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing Promotions slams New Zealand boxing commission

LAS VEGAS (December 31, 2018) – Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing CEO-Co-Founder Keith Veltrehas slammed the Professional Boxing Commission New Zealand (PBCNZ) regarding the controversial Joseph Parker vs. Alexander “The Great” Flores heavyweight fight, held earlier this month, due to numerous obvious low blows, resulting in Flores being knocked out in the third round.

“As excited as we were for Flores to face-off against Parker,” Veltre said, “we are equally disappointed with Parker’s dirty antics. It was clear that the referee not only favored Parker, but he also lacked enough knowledge to be officiating in the ring. Cleary, though, the New Zealand commission is just as inexperienced with high-caliber fights like this. If it wants to continue pursuing larger fights, then I would suggest it makes sure there is an equal playing field in New Zealand for all foreign fighters.”

Upset-minded Flores (17-2-1, 15 KOs), fighting out of Rowland Heights, California, traveled to Parker’s home country to challenge the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight world champion, in front of three Kiwi judges and a New Zealand referee, John Conway.

“Coming into this fight,” Flores said, “I was excited and prepared for the opportunity to fight Joseph Parker. My vision of how it would play out was nothing that I could have ever expected. I heard Joe speaking in pre-fight interviews about hitting me in the balls or using his elbows, but I really thought he was talking about his experience with Dillian Whyte, and I never expected him to use those tactics with me. I have never been a dirty fighter, so, in my training for this fight, getting hit in the groin area or getting his forearm in my face was not something that ever crossed my mind.

“After reading articles it is clear to me that this was premeditated. When the fight started, the referee clearly stated that we were at belt-line and anything below that would be considered low. I noticed early on that he was hitting me low and I tried to get the referee’s attention. I don’t remember the exact number, but it was consistent whenever we would get inside and exchange.”

In the third round, Parker (25-2, 19 KOs) unloaded a right-left combination, both clearly landing below the belt, lowering Flores’ hands and leaving him virtually defenseless for a crushing right that floored him. Flores beat the count, but he never recovered from the illegal blows, ending in a knockout moments later.

“I have never been hit in the groin like that and there was an evident welt in that area. After the referee warned him in the corner, it was already after I had been the beneficiary of several low blows. It can be a serious problem when you’re hit in that area because, mentally, you feel like you need to protect a larger area. After that warning, he went straight to the well and hit me hard to the groin. I dropped my hand to cover my groin area and he hit me hard, knocking me down with a shot that I never recovered from. Even after the blatant low blow that knocked me down, I was shocked that the ref did not see it. This should have amounted to a disqualification, or point deduction, and time for me to recover. “

Conway warned Parker at last three times prior to the critical low-blow combination that led to the end of the fight moments later. Conway told Parker to keep his punches higher early in the second round, halted the action near the end of the second when a Parker left was terribly low, again during the first minute of the third, and then again after the two low blows that led to the first knockdown.

At the very least, Conway should have halted the action after the first knockdown to give Flores, by rule, up to five-minutes to recover, in addition to penalizing Parker one point. If Flores couldn’t continue the fight, it should have been ruled a “no contest”. Conway told Stuff that Parker would have lost a point had there been a third time, but the fourth and fifth south-of-the-border punches were the one-two leading to the first knockdown.

The only statement more irrelevant than Parker calling the low blows “unintentional”, as if legal punches, was his trainer, Kevin Barry, declaring after the fight that, “He didn’t get knocked out by a body blow.” No, Flores was merely left defenseless and dangerously susceptible to the damaging punch that floored him, from which he never really recovered, that resulted in the knockout.

“I heard that some people were saying that the low blows were irrelevant, because that was not the shot that finished the fight, but that’s from people who’ve never been knocked down and tried to recover from a knockdown. I never recovered from the low-blow knockdown. Joe quickly jumped on me with the shots needed to finish the fight.

“Looking back, I could have never imagined that he would resort to these tactics to win the fight, and I believe this left a black mark on the sport of boxing. I was knocked out to end the fight in a way that could have resulted in serious injury due to clear referee negligence.”

Even the New Zealand media understood Parker won by fighting dirty:

New Zealand Herald: “Parker last night knocked out Flores in the third round at Christchurch’s Horn castle arena but it came after at least two blows against his Mexican-American opponent, who complained bitterly about the “dirty” tactic afterwards.

“Parker’s second low blows caused Flores to drop his hands and the south Aucklander connected with a right hand which flattened his opponent. Flores beat the count but was set upon straight away by Parker who scented blood…..”

Stuff: “Parker, the former WBO world heavyweight champion of the world, knocked Flores down in the third round with a right hand to the head that was set up on the back of two unquestionably low shots.” “He (Parker) promised to bring an edge, a little mongrel if you like, and Joseph Parker certainly did that when knocking out Alexander Flores in the third round……

“There will inevitably be some controversy attached to their stoppage by Parker because it came soon after a low blow, the second of the short fight, and Flores had dropped his hands when Parker’s right hand knocked him to the canvas.

“…Apart from the two low blows, Parker occasionally held and hit Flores, which is illegal, as well as going in with elbows raised.”

“I heard Joseph admitted to the low blows and that should be enough to change this fight to a ‘no contest’,” Flores concluded. “His excuse that, ‘That’s up to the ref to see low blows and his job to fight’ is like saying it’s up to police to stop you from stealing. I have the support of a lot of wonderful people in New Zealand and I was met by people at the airport who apologized for how I was mistreated. The biggest problem with boxing is we need to develop a zero-tolerance policy regarding issues of this nature. It would be a good start by the New Zealand boxing commission to set a precedence by saying it us not going to tolerate cheating or deception.

“When I pressed Joe at the end of the fight, I said to him, ‘What’s up? You know you were hitting me low.’ He just mumbled and didn’t have an answer, but he did say he’d give me a rematch. No amount of money would ever make me a dirty fighter. Joe needs to look deeply and reflect about the importance of good character because, at the end of the day, that’s what matters the most.”

The 28-year-old Flores’ goal remains to become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world

WBA News- Maria Jesus Rosa – pioneer of Spanish women’s boxing passes away

Maria Jesus Rosa

Kid Hersh 12/18/2018

The World Boxing Association (WBA) regrets the death of former boxer Maria Jesus Rosa. The Spanish Boxing Federation announced the news through its social networks, which shocked Spanish sport and world boxing.

Rosa was 44 years old and succumbed to cancer, which was diagnosed only two months ago but progressed aggressively. Maria was the first Spanish world champion, winning the light flyweight title on November 6, 2003, when when she beat Terri Moss of the United States by unanimous decision in 10 rounds to capture the belt of the IBF.

The Iberian retired in 2005, when she was 31 years old, after she took her only loss in a championship fight against the German native Regina Almich. In that match she lost by split decision in a demonstration of her good boxing skills but her opponents desire to capture the crown was just a little too much. Her professional record was 19 fights won, only one loss, and 4 wins by knockout.

The WBA deeply regrets the departure of a great champion like Rosa, a pioneer of Spanish boxing and one of the great competitors that the sport has given. May she Rest In Peace.

Xcite Fight Night 3 Announced!

Bensalem, PAJoe Hand Promotions announced today that ParxCasino® will host Joe Hand’s Xcite Fight Night 3 at the Xcite Center on Friday, March 1, 2019. The night of professional boxing features homegrown talent from the Philadelphia area.

The event will be the first of four Joe Hand’s Xcite Fight Night boxing events in 2019 at Parx Casino®. The other three dates for 2019 are June 14, Sept. 20 and Nov. 15. Next year will be an exciting year for boxing in Bensalem.

The seven-bout fight card figures to attract a huge crowd on March 1. Last year’s shows packed the house and the crowd had an energy that had fight fans on the edge of their seats.

The lineup has not been announced, but will be packed with local fighters in competitive fights.

“We will give these fighters a platform to perform on and grow on,” said Joe Hand Sr. “These young fighters are here to build their fan base. They will put their reputations on the line in the kind of fights that old-timers remember. This event is just another stepping stone for them to fight on a nationally televised cards, and I am excited to bring boxing back to the spectacular Xcite Center. It is a great boxing venue.”

The Xcite Fight Night series is here to promote fights that fans will pay to see and get good value for their dollar. Our goal is to challenge fighters on the series by making competitive fights to help fighters develop their skill, not just their won-loss record, and to entertain our Parx Casino® guests.

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