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Teofimo Lopez vs. Steve Claggett set for June 29


STEVE CLAGGETT TO FACE TEOFIMO LOPEZ IN A WORLD TITLE SHOWDOWN ON JUNE 29TH

Montreal, Monday, May 20, 2024 — Steve Claggett has dedicated his life and career to defying the odds and will attempt to do so once again, this time at the highest level, on June 29, when he takes on WBO super lightweight world champion Teofimo Lopez at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. Presented by Top Rank, the event will be broadcast worldwide on the ESPN network and will also feature Robeisy Ramirez and ‘The Greatest’s’ grandson, Nico Ali Walsh.

“I’ve worked my whole life for this opportunity and I don’t intend to let it slip away. I’m more motivated than ever, I’ll give it my all, and I firmly believe it will pay off,” says Steve Claggett.

It’s often said that to judge a boxer’s level, one must rely on their recent performances. By that measure, Steve Claggett (38-7-2, 26 KOs) has been a new fighter since teaming up with Montreal coach Mike Moffa. In less than three years, the man nicknamed ‘The Dragon’ has amassed a record of 9 victories, including 7 by KO, capturing the NABF and WBO International belts along the way against former world champion Alberto Machado and world contender Miguel Madueno. Fully aware that the next challenge will be entirely different, Underdog Gym’s coach sees his protégé securing a 10th consecutive victory on June 29, but under one condition.

“It’s not with a perfect fight that we’re going to win; we’ll need to be perfect every second of the fight,” says Mike Moffa.

An immensely talented boxer, Teofimo Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) is not only the WBO champion at 140 pounds but also holds the legendary Ring Magazine belt, two titles he won last year by defeating the previously undefeated Josh Taylor. He has since defended his titles in February against American Jamaine Ortiz.

However, it was at 135 pounds that Lopez made a name for himself by surprising Vasyl Lomachenko to win the IBF, WBA, and WBO lightweight crowns. However, he was subsequently surprised in his next fight by George Kambosos Jr. Saying that none of the biggest names in his division wanted to face him, ‘The Takeover’ tips his hat to Claggett for accepting the challenge, but also for his inspiring journey.

“It’s a Rocky Balboa story for Steve Claggett. I’m really looking forward to seeing what kind of style he brings. No other fighter wanted to face me, and I feel like he’ll be able to give not only me but also the fans a great fight to watch,” says Teofimo Lopez.

“I’m first happy for Steve Claggett. Receiving this opportunity proves that it’s possible to have a second chance in life like in boxing. Now, the plan is to surprise the world,” says Camille Estephan, president and founder of Eye of the Tiger.

Tayden Beltran vs. Cesar Villarraga Set For June 22


Tayden Beltran vs Cesar Villarraga Headlines CBN Promotions June 22 Show

LONG BEACH, CA – CBN Promotions returns with another exciting night of boxing as unbeaten lightweight, Tayden “The Butcher” Beltran (8-0, 4 KOs), is set to square off against the seasoned contender Cesar Villarraga (10-9-1, 5 KOs) in an 8-round main event clash. All the action will take place at Thunder Studios in Long Beach, California, on Saturday, June 22, 2024.

In the 6-round co-main event, undefeated super lightweight, Juan Sanchez (7-0, 6 KOs) puts his unblemished record on the line against an opponent to be announced. Sanchez, known for his one punch knockout power and elevated ring IQ, seeks to continue his ascent up the ranks of is weight division.

“We’re thrilled to offer another electrifying night of boxing, showcasing some of the best undefeated prospects in Southern California,” said Alex Camponovo, President of CBN Promotions. “In addition and prior to the ring action, everyone will have the opportunity to watch a great soccer game between Mexico vs. Jamaica for the Copa America 2024 for what will be a truly exciting family event,” continued Camponovo. “Inside the ring fans will see a lineup of highly skilled fighters and evenly matched bouts, this show guarantees an unforgettable experience for boxing fans in Long Beach and beyond.”

“We anticipate another great show for all our fans watching live on television and those in attendance.” Rolando Nichols, President of Thunder Studios said. “We extend a warm invitation to the Long Beach community and neighboring areas to join us. It’s a lively, atmosphere for the entire family where everyone can enjoy thrilling boxing matches.”

UNDERCARD BOUTS:
Super lightweight Leonardo Rubalcava (6-0, 2 KOs) from Jurupa Valley, CA, will face an opponent TBA. (4-rounds).

Super bantamweight Jose Bravo (3-0, 3 KOs), from Los Angeles, CA, will battle an opponent TBA. (4-rounds).

In a battel of two undefeated super bantamweights, Hector Lopez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Compton, CA, will face Nestro Varala (4-0, 2 KOs), from Lindsey, CA. (4-rounds).

Featherweight Jared Hermosillo (ProDebut), from Los Angeles, CA, vs. an opponent TBA. (4-rounds).

Opening up the show will be super middleweight Aristides Garcia (Pro Debut), from Los Angeles, CA, vs. Ratavious Thrasher (0-2), from Mobile, AL

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Austin Brooks vs. Aran Avagyan set for June 15


Undefeated Austin Brooks to defend his WBA Continental USA Featherweight title vs. 2016 Armenian Olympian Aran Avagyan June 15 at famed Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA

LOS ANGELES – Toro Promotions, Inc., in association with Whitfield Haydon Boxing, returns June 15th to the famed Emerald Queen Casino (EQC) in Tacoma, Washington, to showcase its powerful stable of professional boxers on the “EQC Fight Night” card.

Undefeated Austin Brooks (12-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of La Mesa (CA), defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) Continental super featherweight title for the first time, versus 2015 Armenian Olympian Aram “Warrior” Avagyan (11-1-2, 5 KOs) in an All-Toro 10-round main event.

Brooks, 28, captured his WBA Continental USA belt in his last fight, when he knocked out previously unbeaten (7-0) Jose Manuel Izaguirre in the seventh round this past February 10th in Long Beach, California. Brooks, a southpaw, has fought only once at EQC, which ended in a six-round technical knockout of Anthony Chavez (11-3-1) on August 26, 2023.

Avagyan, now living in Burbank (CA), was a two-time bronze medalist in the European Championships as an amateur, in addition to representing his country at the 2016 Olympics. His most recent fight, after nearly three years of inactivity, was on April 12th in Colorado, in which his opponent, Juan Santiago, was unable to continue after three rounds.

Red-hot, power broker and 2020 Ukraine Olympian, Tsotne Rogava (7-0, 7 KOs), continues his accelerated march to a world heavyweight rating, when the 6’ 5”, 270-pounder takes on battle-tested Jon Bolden (10-13-1, 7 KOs), of Seattle, in the eight-round co-featured event.

A champion kickboxer who has successfully transitioned to boxing, the Georgia-native and Ukraine-raised Rogava has won his last four fights via first-round stoppages, and he’s only fought a grand total of nine rounds in seven pro bouts to date. Rogava now resides in Marina del Rey (CA), and he is trained by Hall of Famer Joe Goossen.

Toro Promotions has an imposing group of gifted and large heavyweight, including Rogava, Dante Stone (16-1, 11 KOs), Alexander “The Great” Flores (19-4-1, 17 KOs) and another rising prospect, Kingsley “The Black Lion” Ibeh (12-1, 10 KOs), who will also be in action on the June 15th show.

Ibeh, who is a native of Nigeria who now resides in Phoenix, is a cousin of the retired, infamous heavyweight boxer Ike Ibeabuchi. The 6’ 4”, 300-pound Ibeh played football in college (Washburn U.) as well as professionally in the Canadian Football League.

Veteran mixed-martial-arts fighter Juan Torres (11-6-1, 4 KOs), the former Texas and ABF USA heavyweight champion, will challenge Ibeh in the eight-round Special Heavyweight Attraction.

Undefeated Nicaraguan super featherweight prospect Nilo Guerrero (8-0, 1 KO), a 2016 Nicaragua Youth National Champion who lives in Coachella (CA), faces 60-fight veteran Diuhi “Elegante” Olguin in a six-round match. Guerrero, 23, skillfully uses his abnormal 6’ 1” height (and length) to a tremendous advantage thus far in the super featherweight division.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in four-rounders is Hoquiam (WA) super welterweight Nathan “Superman” Stolen (1-0, 1 KO), another MMA fighter who has fought in the highly respected Bellator, vs. Julio Munoz, Jr. (0-0-1), of Tucson, and Auburn (WA) lightweight Agustin Tovar (1-0) vs. Robert Jimenez (0-2), of Nampa, Idaho.

Card subject to change.

Younan Stops Luna in one


Junior Younan impressive knockout win on action packed Star Boxing ‘Rockin Fights’ 47

Huntington, New York (May 12, 2024)—Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing Rockin’ Fights 47 delivered an exciting night of boxing at the Paramount in Huntington, Long Island.

Undefeated Junior Younan (20-0-1 12 KO’s) was very impressive in scoring a sensational, highlight reel knockout over veteran Ricardo Adrian Luna to capture the vacant WBA CONTINENTAL AMERICA GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Younan’s had the type of performance that is sure to put the Brooklyn NY prospect on the world map as he seeks to fight the top names in boxing after recently becoming a part of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing stable. The knockout came at 2:53 in the first round

Undefeated Ryan O’Rourke (11-0 3 KO’s) returned to the ring after an injury filled layoff and had to work very hard to take the unanimous decision against determined Polish Welterweight Michal Bulik. Scores were 59-55, 59-56 and 58-56.

Ronny Reyes and Yeuri Andujar engaged in an exciting 6 round battle in the Jr Lightweight division. The fighters went toe to toe for the entire 6 rounds, each taking a turn having his way. In the end, Andujar scored the upset majority decision over the previously undefeated Reyes by scores of 57-57, 58-56, and a seemingly outrageous score of 60-54 by judge John Basile, for Andujar.

The opening fight of the night was a thrillingly engaging and entertaining war between pro debuting John McDonagh and Tevin Terrance. The fight was sensational and worthy of a ‘club show 4 round fight of the year’ award. It is an example of the fights that have made Star Boxing’s Rockin’ Fights series one of the longest running and most successful shows in boxing. The fight was an all-out slugfest. The fittingly appropriate end result was a split draw, 39-37 for each fighter and 38-38 on the final scorecard in their Super Middleweight bout.

Kaipo Gallegos Signs with Boxlab Promotions and Shuan Boxing


Kaipo Gallegos Signs Co-Promotional Agreement with Boxlab Promotions and Shuan Boxing

LAS VEGAS, NV (May 9, 2024) – Boxlab Promotions and Shuan Boxing announce the signing of a co-promotional agreement with undefeated super featherweight prospect, Kaipo Gallegos (4-0-1, 3 KOs), a southpaw from Las Vegas, Nevada. The two prominent promoters have big plans for Gallegos and plan to keep him busy for the remainder of 2024 and thereafter. His next fight is scheduled for May 31, 2024, live on DAZN from the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, FL.

At only 18 years old, Kaipo Gallegos, who was an 18-time national champion in the amateurs, is already making a name for himself in the super featherweight division. While training in the mecca of boxing, Gallegos is well known for having sparred with some of the best fighters in boxing, which include Shakur Stevenson, Keyshawn Davis, Devin Haney, Alberto Puello, Jorge Linares and Robeisy Ramirez to name a few. His impressive skills have caught the eyes of both fans and experts alike.

Kaipo is trained under the guidance of his father, Jayson Gallegos, who co-manages his son with Marcelino Castillo. With a powerful team supporting him, Kaipo Gallegos, a Filipino-Hawaiian-American, is poised to make a significant impact on the boxing landscape in the years to come.

“I’m incredibly excited to join forces with Boxlab Promotions and Shuan Boxing, who has been with me since I turned professional,” stated Kaipo Gallegos, who is the current WBO Youth Champion. “This is a huge step forward in my career, and I can’t wait to show the world what I’m capable of with their support behind me. I have two of the best promoters working on my behalf, and that makes me feel good.”

With the combined expertise and resources of Boxlab Promotions and Shuan Boxing behind him, Kaipo Gallegos is poised to reach new heights in his boxing career. Fans can look forward to witnessing his continued success and electrifying performances inside the ring as he embarks on this exciting new chapter in his journey.

“We are delighted to announce the signing of Kaipo Gallegos to a co-promotional agreement with Boxlab Promotions and Shuan Boxing,” said Amaury Piedra, President of Boxlab Promotions. “Kaipo is a rare talent with immense potential, and we believe that this partnership will provide him with the platform and opportunities he needs to fulfill his aspirations in the sport. Together with Shuan Boxing, we are going to be strong!”

President of Shuan Boxing Promotions, Bélgica Pena, also expressed her enthusiasm about the collaboration. “Kaipo has been part of the Shuan Boxing family since his pro debut. His skills and determination are truly exceptional, and we are committed to supporting him every step of the way as he continues to rise through the ranks of the super featherweight division. We feel blessed to be uniting with Boxlab Promotions to help further Kaipo’s growth and development.”

Lucas Bahdi set to face Juan Javier Carrasco June 1


Lucas Bahdi vs. Juan Javier Carrasco Headlines June 1 On DAZN & TYC Sports

Top-ranked lightweight contender “Prince” Lucas Bahdi is on a mission to bring a world title to his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. That quest continues on June 1 at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre when he battles fellow world-ranked 135-pounder Juan Javier Carrasco, headlining an event aired live on DAZN globally, and in Argentina on TYC Sports.

Bahdi (15-0, 13 KOs) has separated himself from the pack in the Canadian boxing scene, emerging as one of the country’s true title hopefuls. A three-time national amateur champion, Bahdi has developed a reputation not just as a skillful technician, but as a true power puncher. Two fights ago, Bahdi entered the world rankings with a bloody stoppage victory over Jesus Amparan in his first appearance on DAZN. In his most recent outing, he knocked out Eliot Chavez in five rounds in Montreal, Quebec.

Over the last year or so, Bahdi has called out notable names such as former WBA 140-pound titleholder Rolly Romero, but his vision may be even more focused. Now ranked No. 12 by the IBF, ahead of names such as Andy Cruz and Angel Fierro, Bahdi finds himself in an IBF title picture that is becoming clearer by the week. On the same night he headlines in his hometown once again, Vasyl Lomachenko and George Kambosos will fight for the vacant IBF title, giving Bahdi an obvious target down the road.

Sampson Boxing Renews Contract With Edwin De Los Santos


Sampson Boxing Renews Promotional Agreement with Lightweight Powerhouse Edwin De Los Santos

May 7, 2024 – Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz proudly announces he has renewed his long-term promotional contract with WBC and WBC #4, WBO #9 and IBF #10 lightweight Edwin “La Granada” De Los Santos (16-2, 14 KOs)

The 24-year-old De Los Santos, a hard-punching southpaw from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has been with Lewkowicz’s Sampson Boxing for most of his career and found success in the United States, with nationally televised victories over fellow contenders, Luis Acosta (then 12-0), Jose Valenzuela (then 12-0) and Joseph Adorno (then 17-2-2).

De Los Santos has also picked up the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship along the way and unsuccessfully challenged for the WBC World Championship last November, losing a controversial decision to a highly reluctant Shakur Stevenson.

“I am happy to have re-signed with my promoter Sampson,” said De Los Santos upon signing. “He has done everything he said he would do for my career, and we have grown to be like family. I look forward to another world title fight soon and this time, I hope it is a fight.”

De Los Santos’ trainer, and now also manager Humberto “Chelo” Betancourt, says he’s happy to be keeping the team in place for another run at a world championship.

“I have worked with Sampson for over 20 years, and he’s always kept his word,” said Betancourt. “Edwin is an excellent fighter who works hard in the gym, and he will be the lightweight champion of the world very soon.”

Lewkowicz, known for finding hidden gems like De Los Santos in gyms around the world, says he’s very happy to continue working with the Dominican slugger.

“Edwin De Los Santos is a terrific talent and a good man,” said Lewkowicz. “He has never backed down from any fight I have offered him, and he has the talent to become a dominant champion. I’m happy he has chosen to stay with Sampson Boxing and look forward to many more big fights and great accomplishments from him during his career.”

Super Dan Azeez Returns June 15


SUPER’ DAN AZEEZ RETURNS ON JUNE 15TH AT SELHURST PARK

LONDON, UK (May 7, 2024) – Former British, Commonwealth and European Light Heavyweight Champion ‘Super’ Dan Azeez joins British boxing’s biggest event of the summer as the latest addition to BOXXER’s star-studded Selhurst Park stadium show on Saturday, June 15th, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and Peacock in the USA.

Azeez returns to action after a thrilling twelve round clash with friend and fellow South Londoner Joshua Buatsi on February 3rd at the OVO Arena Wembley.

The Lewisham man lost a hard-fought points decision to Buatsi in a final eliminator for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.

Despite suffering his first career defeat, Azeez’s stock has risen following his ‘Fight Of The Year’ contender and the 34-year-old plans to waste no time in getting back into title contention and targeting the top names in the division.

Dan Azeez said: “I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring. This is my job and I wear this sport on my chest like a badge of honour. I’m ready to put the graft in like I always do to prove I belong at the top of the sport. I always aim for the top and I’m excited to be a part of a huge stadium show in South London, where I am from! Selhurst Park is going to be rocking and I’m excited to put on a show for all the fans who turn out.”

BOXXER Founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “It’s great to see Dan Azeez back in the ring so quickly. I know he will have learnt a lot from such a great fight with Joshua Buatsi. He has become one of the country’s most popular fighters and I now expect him to be well equipped to go right to the top of the division.”

The epic Chris Billam-Smith vs Richard Riakporhe clash tops a huge bill in South London and kick-offs a huge summer of world-class sport with a blockbuster night of world championship boxing and celebrations.

A stacked undercard features Brixton’s Isaac Chamberlain challenging the fierce punching Pole Michal Cieslak for the European Cruiserweight crown.

Ben Whittaker faces undefeated rival and press conference crasher Ezra Arenyeka for the WBA Gold Light Heavyweight belt, plus the return of 19-year-old bantamweight starlet Francesca Hennessy.

A percentage of every ticket sold will be donated to the Palace For Life Foundation, the official charity of Crystal Palace F.C, which has been working with the community for over 25 years, helping young people grow through the power of sport, inspiring them to find a better path in life and to lead a healthier life.

Bryce Mills Returns June 7


Bryce Mills Returns to the Ring June 7 During 2024 International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

SYRACUSE, NY (May 1, 2024) – Up and coming super lightweight prospect, Bryce Mills (15-1, 5 KOs), from Syracuse, NY, makes his way back to the ring on Friday, June 7, 2024, during the International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction weekend at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. Mills will square off against Jose Marruffo (14-13-2, 2 KOs)) from Sonora, Mexico, in a scheduled 6-round bout.

The event is being promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, promising an unforgettable evening of non-stop action. All the live coverage will broadcast on DAZN.

Mills, a popular figure in his hometown of nearby Syracuse, NY, will have a massive number of fans attending his fight. For Mills, fighting in his backyard once again is a tremendous blessing for his career.

“I’m beyond excited to step back into the ring in front of all my family and friends,” Mills said. “There’s nothing quite like fighting at home, and I can’t wait to put forth a great performance. To be fighting during the International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction weekend is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. I know there will be many Hall of Famer’s in attendance watching this fight, so I’m working hard in camp to be at my best. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

Amer Abdallah, Mills’ advisor, believes that Mills is destined for greatness. As he is rapidly rising up the super lightweight rankings, Abdallah feels Mills is in a great position.

“Bryce Mills has all the makings of a future household name not only on the east coast, but in boxing period,” Abdallah stated. “He’s talented, dedicated, and hungry for success. With each fight, he’s getting better, and I’m happy with his progression.”

Mills is focused on the task at hand but is also eager to give his fans a night to remember. “I’m fully focused on the fight ahead, and I’m not looking past Marruffo,” Mills emphasized. “But I’m also looking forward to putting on a great show for all the fans who come out to support me. This is an opportunity to showcase my skills and entertain the crowd, and I plan to make the most of it.”

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