Daxx Khan

Two-time world champion Beibut Shumenov retires due to severe eye injury

LAS VEGAS (June 26, 2017) – Two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Beibut Shumenov has relinquished his WBA cruiserweight world title, due to his career-ending eye injury, and he has announced his retirement from the ring.


“I have regrettably relinquished my WBA cruiserweight title and retired from boxing because of a traumatic eye injury suffered the week before my last scheduled fight,” Shumenov said from his Las Vegas home. “I’m extremely disappointed my boxing career has ended like this but, unfortunately, injuries are part of this sport and there’s nothing I can do about it. I still have blurred vision and I need to have an additional surgery next month to try to further repair so I don’t risk blindness in my (right) eye.


“I’d like to thank my family, my team throughout the years, friends and fans for their continued support all these years. I was proud to wear the WBA championship belt for many years as a two-division champion. I’m grateful to WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, his father, and all those in my WBA family. It was quite a ride and I look forward with great anticipation to the next chapter of my life with my son and future endeavors.”


Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, was scheduled to face Interim WBA champion Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) in the April 29th main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes, from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.


During his last slated sparring sessions, Shumenov suffered an eye injury that required immediate surgery, forcing him to withdraw from his April 29 fight against Dorticos.


Earlier this month, the WBA received a letter from Shumenov’s eye surgeon, Dr. Kent L. Wellish, who wrote the following: “Mr. Beibut Shumenov has a serious ocular issue, a recurrent corneal erosion of his right eye, that with continued fighting, puts him at risk for permanently losing his eyesight.


“It is my medical opinion that he should permanently refrain from sparring, training and boxing due to the severity of damage to his eye and the high risk of further damage of vision impairment, including the possibility of permanent vision loss.”

The WBA accepted Shumenov’s relinquishment of his championship, noting that it expressed its gratitude and pride for his professional career with the WBA.


The last three years of Shumenov’s career was marred by inactivity, in which he fought only three times due to lack of managerial support, despite him training daily, in top shape and always being ready to fight. In fact, he sparred almost 400 rounds since his last fight (May 21, 2016) in anticipation of, first, a unification fight with Denis Lebedev and then for his fight versus Dorticos. Neither happened, however, as boxing politics enabled Lebedev to avoid fighting Shumenov, who defeated BJ Flores and then Junior Anthony Wright in back-to-back WBA elimination fights to be Lebedev’s mandatory challenger.


Even Shumenov’s mandatory fight against Dorticos was unnecessarily delayed because Dorticos’ promoter, Caribe Promotions, defaulted its right to promote the fight it had won by purse bid, followed by continuous and numerous date changes from February to March until finally landing on April 29.


The 33-year-old Shumenov retires as the first and only two-division world champion to date from Kazakhstan, as well as the record-holder for fewest fights needed to win the world light heavyweight championship, 10.


During his 9 1/2 -year pro career, Shumenov defeated four world champions – Gabriel Campillo, Byron Mitchell, William Joppy and Montell Griffin – as well as world title challengers Epifanio Mendoza, Vlacheslav Uzelkov, Danny Santiago, Enrique Ornelas, Tamas Kovacs, BJ Flores and Junior Wright.

Glowacki and Adamek make successful returns in front of Polish Fans

Saturday night from the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland an exciting domestic card was aired on PolSat Sport PPV, featuring former Polish world champions Tomasz Adamek, Krzysztof Glowack and Ewa Brodnicka. As a bonus to the nights excitement, promoter Mateusz Borek also had three undefeated Polish prospects in action making it a quality event from start to finish. The fans enthusiasm, shown for home fighters rivaled that of UK boxing crowds.

In the main event former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek faced Australian heavyweight Solomon Haumono. This was a critical bout for both forty year old plus heavyweights, who entered coming off stoppage losses. In July of 2016 Haumono was halted by current WBO heavyweight title holder Joseph Parker and in April of 2016, Adamek was shocked by journeyman Eric Molina. Over the ten round distance, Haumono looked to capitalize on Adamek using his superior power while Adamek moved and boxed from a distance.

When it was over, the Judges scored it for Adamek 99-91 twice and 100-90. While the right man won, those scores reflected a better performance on behalf of Adamek than what actually took place, Haumono put on a very respectable showing. Tomasz Adamek improved to 51-5 (30), Solomon Haumono now stands at 24-4-2 (21).

The nights co-feature took place between former WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki and undefeated Turkish fighter Hizni Altunkaya. This was a dominate performance for Glowacki, who was making his first in-ring appearance since losing to Oleksandr Usyk last September. The former champion, would pressure Altunkaya for every minute of every round before stopping him just seconds into round six. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges had Glowacki winning by scores of 50-42.

Krzysztof Glowacki improved to 27-1 (17), after suffering his first defeat Hizni Altunkaya now stands at 29-1 (17).

The second of three cruiserweight bouts, took place between former light heavyweight title challenger Ismayl Sillakh and former world ranked Mateusz Masternak. With a possible title opportunity looming in the winners near future, neither fighter wanted to take unneeded chances and performed at their best. While Sillakh controlled the ring using movement, the pressure of Masternak limited his offensive output. When the contest ended, judges favored Masternak and his pressure over the ring generalship of Sillakh. scoring it officially 95-93 twice and 96-92 all for Mateusz Masternak.

Mateusz Masternak improved to 39-4 (26), Ismayl Sillakh now stands at 25-4 (19).

In a female lightweight contest, former interim WBO female super featherweight title holder Ewa Brodnicka faced veteran Viviane Obenauf. The fighters traded momentum, each working behind their jab followed by combinations, neither maintaining advantage for an extended period of time. After a very close ten rounds, judge Przemyslaw Moszumanski scored it 95-94 in favor of Obenauf, overruled by judges Krzysztof Bubak who seen it 96-93 and judge Leszek Jankowiak who scored it 95-94 both in favor of Ewa Brodnicka. With the majority decision victory, Brodnicka remains undefeated improving to 14-0 (2), Viviane Obenauf drops to 10-3 (5).

In undercard action

Super Welterweight– Maciej Sulecki 25-0 (10) def. Damian Ezequiel Bonelli 24-2 (21) via TKO 3. All three scorecards at time of the stoppage read 20-17.

Super Lightweight– Lukasz Wierzbicki 13-0 (6) def. Robert Tlatlik 20-1 (14) via UD 8. Official scores read 80-72, 79-74 and 80-74.

Cruiserweight- Adam Balski 10-0 (8) def. Lukasz Janik 28-4 (15) via TKO 4. All three scorecards at time of the stoppage read 30-26

Super Middleweight- Robert Talarek 18-12-2 (11) def. Norbert Dabrowski 20-7-1 (8) via UD 8. Official scores read 79-72, 79-73 and 77-74.




16 stars, one stage: World Boxing Super Series stars to hand-pick opponents during Live Draft Gala in Monaco on July 8

The World Boxing Super Series will kick off in dramatic fashion on July 8 when the famed Grimaldi Forum will host the official Draft Gala for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing.

Starting in September, eight top cruiserweights, including the three undefeated world champions Mairis Briedis (WBC), Yunier Dorticos (WBA) and Murat Gassiev (IBF), as well as eight elite super-middleweights, including WBA Super Champion George Groves, will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament to determine the undisputed number one in each division.

To set the hotly-anticipated quarter-final match-ups, a special procedure has been put in place.

“In the stunning venue of the Grimaldi Forum and through a never-seen-before live process, the fight calendar will take shape,” said Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board. “For the first time in boxing history, 16 stars will be on the same stage, with the top seeds picking their opponents from the unseeded boxers during a live broadcast. There could not be a more spectacular way to kick off the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”

Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas, believes the unique setting will create a very special atmosphere inside the Grimaldi Forum, which will be crowded with high-profile guests from the world of sports, television and media.

“Just imagine all the 16 gladiators lined up on stage, surrounded by rivals, looking into each other’s eyes knowing that only one man per division can take home all the belts and the Ali Trophy,” Schaefer said. “You never know what´s going to happen in such an explosive setting. There will certainly be a lot of testosterone on stage.”

As of today, five fighters – four world champions one former world champion – have signed up for the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament, with 11 more to be announced shortly. The Comosa Board will then seed the participants based on a fixed set of criteria, including stardom and recent form.

“The fact that the top seeds can hand-pick their opponents will fuel a lot of intriguing speculation among fighters and fans,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa´s Chief Boxing Officer. “Who will pick whom? Who will be avoided? How will fighters select their opponents? Intuition? Recent form? Or do they just flip a coin since there are no easy fights in the World Boxing Super Series? We will find out in Monaco on July 8.”

In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

World Boxing Super Series Summary
Combined Record of the Four Confirmed World Boxing Super Series Participants:

146 wins, 6 losses, 111 KOs

Confirmed Cruiserweights (4 of 8)

  • Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion
  • Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion
  • Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion
  • Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger

Confirmed Super-Middleweights:

  • George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion


ABOUT THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES Organized by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series will kick off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive the GREATEST prize in boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Undefeated WBA Cruiserweight Titlist Dorticos signs up for Muhammad Ali Trophy

Undefeated WBA Cruiserweight Titlist Dorticos signs up for Muhammad Ali Trophy as fourth World Champion joins World Boxing Super Series

The World Boxing Super Series is delighted to announce that undefeated WBA Cruiserweight World Champion Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) has signed up for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, The Greatest Prize in Boxing. The 31-year-old Cuban joins a star-studded tournament line-up that that already features IBF Champion Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), WBC Champion Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs) and former IBF / WBC Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) in the cruiserweight competition as well as WBA Super Champion George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) in the super-middleweight competition.

Dorticos is thrilled that the revolutionary bracket-style elimination tournament will provide him with the chance to add the IBF and WBC belts to his collection.

“I love the idea of the elimination tournament,” he said. “It will be a hell of a ride but I will come out on top! After the World Boxing Super Series, the whole world will know my name.

“I can´t wait to add the WBC and IBF belts to my collection. I will enter the tournament with one belt and leave it with three.”

“On top of that, I will take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy and a lot of money. Really it does not get any better than this, not for the fans and certainly not for us fighters.”

Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa`s Head of Management Board, is thrilled to deliver on the promise to pit the best against the best.

“In the cruiserweight division, the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series will feature the WBA, IBF and WBC World Champions, all of which happen to be undefeated,” he said. “This is great for the fans because it is what they want to see – the best fighting the best.”

Added Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas: “Right now, we have got three undefeated cruiserweight world champions plus a top-ranked contender who is a former world champion. There are four more spots to be filled in the cruiserweight competition. We will make sure it will be exciting names and fighters the fans want to see.”

In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

The exact pairings will be determined during a Draft Gala in Monaco in early July. In each weight class, the top-seeded boxers (which will be determined by the Comosa Board) will select their quarter-final opponents from the unseeded boxers. Once the pairings are set, the exact fight dates and venues will be announced. Further participants as well as details about the Draft Gala will be revealed shortly.


Combined Record of World Boxing Super Series Participants: 146 wins, 6 losses, 92 KOs

Confirmed Cruiserweights:

  • Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion
  • Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion
  • Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion
  • Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger

Confirmed Super-Middleweights:

  • George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion

Toka “T-Nice” Kahn-Clary Signs with Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment

Toka “T-Nice” Kahn-Clary
Signs with Evander Holyfield’s
Real Deal Sports & Entertainment
CRANSTON, RI (June 20, 2017) – Featherweight prospect Toka “T Nice” Kahn-Clary (21-1, 15 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with new Hall-of-Famer Evander Holyfield‘s Real Deal Sports & Management.

The Liberia-born Toka-Kahn, fighting out of Cranston, RI, makes his new promoter’s banner debut this Saturday night in the Real Deal Championship Boxing series televised opener on CBS Sports Network (10 p.m. ET start), airing live from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. This event is part of six-week “I Am Ali” festival, concluding July 15, to honor the late, great Muhammad Ali in his hometown.
Kahn-Clary takes on dangerous Dominican Angel “El Gato” Luna (11-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout.
“Toka is an exceptional talent,” Holyfield said. “Not only is he a hardworking, humble and respectful young man, he is a very talented and accomplished fighter. We expect him to have a very bright future and are excited to have him on the Real Deal Boxing team.”
“I met Evander Holyfield when I was in the amateurs,” Kahn-Clary remembered. “Everybody in boxing likes and respects him. He is one of the best heavyweights of all-time, the best cruiserweight ever. I’m so excited to sign with his new company. They want to make champions – I want to be world champion – and compete with the top promoters in boxing.
“I loved Muhammad Ali, not only because he was a great fighter, but for what he was and did outside the ring. He opened doors for so many like me in boxing and life. I’m honored to be fighting on this card in his hometown.
“I’m also very excited to be fighting on television for the first. I plan to win impressively. A fighter is only as good as his last fight and I want to catch the eyes of everybody watching my fight to let them see my talent. I always study my opponent. He’s a good fighter, looks strong, and he will fight to the best of his ability.”
Kahn-Clary has bitter feelings about his former promoter, Top Rank, which released him after his first professional loss last September, when Toka was caught by a devastating punch early by Jhon Gemino (14-7-1) for an opening-round knockout defeat.
“It happened so fast,” Kahn-Clary explained. “I just ran into a right. My legs were squared, not in a proper boxing stance. I didn’t lose too often in the amateurs (131-11), other than to high-caliber boxers, and I started second-guessing myself after my first pro loss. I decided to become a man and get past it. I had left my trainer,

Peter Manfredo, Sr., for one fight but we’re back together. He’s a great trainer, the best in New England. I have a new advisor, Seth DeRobbio, who was at my first fight. We’ve been friends for a while and we really trust each other. We want to get to a high level together.

“I’ve been a pro five years now. Top Rank never gave me my minimums (fights per year and purses) and my manager at that time didn’t help. They never put me on television. Top Rank didn’t know what to do with me after my loss. I just wanted another opportunity like they’ve given other fighters after a first loss. I was begging them to put me back in the ring. I just wanted to redeem myself. They never did things in my best interest and, I guess, they lost faith in me. It’s no big deal but I’m on a mission to knock out as many Top Rank fighters as I can.”
Overcoming one loss in the squared-circle isn’t a problem for the soon-to-be (June 22) 25-year-old Kahn-Clary, who has overcome so many more challenging and exceedingly dangerous obstacles during his young life. Born Toka Kahn, he knew very little about his real mother as a child, even admitting to not knowing how many siblings he has today. His father moved to Philadelphia and in 1998, when Toka was six, his father brought him and his younger sister there to live with him.   Sadly, though, his father was later shot to death, leaving Toka and his sister alone. In 2000, they moved to Providence (RI) to live with a family that, frankly, didn’t really care what happened to them. All signs led to Kahn falling in with the wrong crowd and getting into serious trouble. He was homeless for a while but, fortunately, he found boxing and that became his salvation.
Kahn was saved the day a friend took him to Manfredo’s Gym, then located in Pawtucket, RI, where trainer Manfredo, Sr., USA Boxing/New England president Jim Perella and the couple that eventually adopted him, Andrea Watson and Ron Clary, completely changed his once-hardened life.
Before he was adopted, no matter the weather, Toka rode his bike six or seven miles each way to the gym from his make-shift residence, which didn’t even have electricity. He never told anybody, never complained. One day Andrea told the quiet, private kid in the gym that Christmas was coming and she had a present for him – an extra bedroom.
Toka developed into a decorated U.S. amateur boxer, collecting numerous medals at national tournaments, highlighted by his gold-medal performance at the 2010 U.S. National Golden Globes Championships. He was also a silver medalist at the 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships and 2011 U.S. National Championships, as well as a bronze medalist at the 2012 U.S. Nationals Championships.
“Toka is an unbelievable boxer and an even better person who’s overcome so much adversity,” DeRobbio commented. “Now, with a better support team then he’s ever had, there’s no stopping him. I will give this young man 150-percent.”
Having won his last two fights against Mario Antonio Macias and Francisco Medel, both by knockout, Kahn-Clary is getting back to where he was before suffering his only pro loss, as one of the top prospects in boxing, and going beyond. Only now a living legend has his back, Evander Holyfield. The sky’s the limit!

Sergey Kovalev TKO’d by Low Blows

Sergey Kovalev TKO’d by Low Blows 

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward vs. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev 2: Official Results 

Chapter two of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev vs. Andre “S.O.G.” Ward drama ended in another controversial loss for Kovalev. The referee waived off Kovalev after he struggled to recover from several consecutive low blows from Ward that the official failed to call. Sergey remained on his feet throughout the exchange but nevertheless the referee called a halt to the action at 2:29 of the eighth round.
The first round began with both fighters feeling each other out. Kovalev landed several hard shots and Ward continued to hold and attempt to work the inside. Ward landed a low blow in the second and received a warning from the referee. Kovalev, however, quickly recovered with a slew of combinations. The next several rounds were so close scorecards varied widely. After several low blows that the referee failed to call against Ward the fight was stopped. 
 frustrated Kovalev was brief in his remarks saying only, “He hit with four low blows. The ref didn’t call them. I felt I could have continued. This is bullshit.”

Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs) remains undefeated as he knocked Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) flat on the canvas at 2:59 of round one. Many believed the blow was late but the punch was declared legal and Rigondeaux was declared the winner and retains his WBA Super World super bantamweight title.
“The Mexican was a brave kid,” said Rigondeaux. “I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time. I fight to give the best performance to the public and all the fans. I am making everyone disappear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me.”
Flores, who believed the punch was after the bell replied, “It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down.”


Dave Spagnolo Main Events

WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol from Russia remains undefeated as he made quick work of Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew. Despite being only 26 years old Bivol demonstrated why he is quickly making a name for himself in the red-hot light heavyweight division. From the first bell, Bivol torpedoed Agnew with a nasty set of combinations in the corner and sent the veteran into a head first knockdown. Agnew quickly recovered and the round continued but so did Bivol’s come-forward attack. The next two rounds were offensive clinics for Bivol as he continued to dominate Agnew. At 1:27 of the fourth round the referee had seen enough and declared Bivol the winner by TKO.
“I’m very glad the fight went this way,” said Biovl. “I found my ways that I practiced and I used them and you saw the results. I didn’t think he was going to work more as right-handed, as orthodox, but I was ready for everything so the fight ran smooth for me. I tried to open him up but for some reason, he didn’t want to go. He was close, he was very defensive and going back. But anyways I won the fight!”


The HBO Pay Per View telecast kicked off with an exciting middleweight on-sided contest between Russian Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (18-2, 11 KOs) and Luis “Cuba” Arias (18-0, 9 KOs). Magomedov could not handle the vicious attack from Arias and the contest was called to a halt at 1:16 of the fifth round.

Humbled by his second career loss Arif simply said, “There’s really not a lot I can say about this. He caught me with a really good shot and I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Arias replied with, “Finally! Your just heard my name. Top 10 all around. Easy work.”

Hungary’s Zoltan Sera could not survive the first round against Junior “The Young God” Younan. The referee stopped the contest at 1:39 of round one. After the fight Younan said, “I wanted to come out and make a statement and I did just that! I knew I could get it done in one round. I did all I could. I worked my ass off! The love that I have gotten since I arrived in Las Vegas has been tremendous. Thank you! And thank you to my promoter, Roc Nation Sports, for getting me to the greatest stage in boxing!”

Middleweights Vaughn “The Animal” Alexander (10-0, 7 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri and Fabiano Pena (16-8-1, 13 KOs) of Chiapas, Mexico were scheduled to face each other is an eight-round bout. However, the fight was stopped at the end of the fourth round due to a rib injury Alexander inflicted on Pena granting Vaughn another TKO victory.

After the contest Vaughn said, “It was a good a good fight for me, another good win. another step to get me closer to where I want to be, amongst the top middleweights. You know soon maybe next year sometime I can be considered for a World title. I just went in there and worked on my defense, what me and my brother been working on in the gym, throwing more combinations and just taking my time.”

The first bout of the free-view ended early with a second round TKO for Tramaine Williams (11-0, 4 KOs) of New Haven, Connecticut at 1:44 against Christopher Martin (30-9-3, 10 KOs) of San Diego, California.

When asked about the stoppage, Williams said, “He was going to take a beating if they let it go for all eight rounds. He has a family he has to get back to. It’s a good thing the ref stopped the fight. If there were 10 more seconds in the first round I would have had him. It would have been over! I’m pretty happy with my performance but I am always going to work to be better. Thank you to everyone for tuning in. I hope to be back in the ring next month. In the meantime, I plan on staying in shape and ready to fight. Thank you to Roc Nation Sports for the opportunity to be on this great card.”

The referee had to stop the third fight of the evening between John Bauza (7-0, 4 KOs) of North Bergen, New Jersey and Brando “Bam” Sanudo (5-5, 2 KOs) of San Felipe, Mexico at 1:14 of the second round. Bauza dropped Sanudo in the first round as well shortly before the bell and Sanudo was able to finish the round.

According to Bauza, “That knock down felt great! It was an easy win because I worked hard. I felt strong in the first round. Thanks to all my followers and supporters. I will keep up great work. Whatever my promoters tell me next, will be next.”

Middleweight Bakhram Murtazaliev (9-0, 7 KOs) made quick work of Alex Sandro Duarte (6-1, 4 KOs) stopping him after at 1:33 of the first round. Murtazaliev dropped Duarte once before the stoppage and the Brazilian quickly recovered but shortly after the referee resumed the action the contest was over.

Murtazaliev had this to say after the fight, “I’m very happy. The fight went so quickly that I didn’t have time to even think about how I felt. I didn’t intend to knock him out, it just happened.”

This was the first career knockout suffered by Duarte who  took the fight on short notice after the original opponent Gerald Sherrell had to drop out last week. He added, “He was taller and stronger than me. I was fighting in a weight class that was above my normal weight class. I am disappointed.”

In the first bout of the evening Georgian Enriko Gogokhia (5-0, 2 KOs) faced Dallas native Jonathan Steele (7-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round welterweight match-up. In an exciting back-and-forth battle, both fighters landed some tough shots. This exciting battle went the distance and the judges scored the bout 59-55, 59-55, 60-54 all in favor of Enriko Gogokhia who remains undefeated.

After the fight Gogokhia said, “I thought it was a good fight. I really wanted to knock him out but I also wanted to play with him and make him go a little harder. He was just the fighter I thought he would be and I was prepared for him. I am happy with my performance.”

This was the first professional loss for Steele who responded, “Hopefully I will get back in there, I want revenge  so hopefully I will be looking forward to a rematch. It was a great fight. I really enjoyed my first time in Vegas, it’s a beautiful thing. It was a very humbling experience. I will go harder in the gym and I’ll come back out here and continue on my path to become the world champion.”

Talkin Boxing With Billy C- LIVE Ward Vs. Kovalev 2 POST Pay Per View Event

Saturday Night following the Andre Ward Vs. Sergey Kovalev WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship rematch  taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The TalkinBoxing With Billy C TV & Radio show will broadcast LIVE, with our Post-PPV show.

Joining the show will be host Billy C with regular contributors Daxx Kahn, Sal Cenicola, Alex Pierpaoli and Hall of Fame Referee Larry Hazzard. PLUS special guest from around the sport of boxing giving their thoughts. We will also have open phone lines for fans to call in andshare their opinions after all scheduled  guest have given their thoughts.

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“KO Night Boxing: Rapid Fire” Weights from Kansas

Nico Hernandez (1-0, 1 KO), Wichita, KS 112 lbs.
Jose Rodriguez (2-0, 2 KOs), Markesan, 112 ½ WI lbs.
Noel Esqueda (7-3-2, 5 KOs), Wichita, KS 152 lbs.
Limberth Ponce (12-3, 9 KOs), Quad Cities, IL 155 lbs.
Eric Vargas (2-0, 1 KO), Garden City, KS 125 lbs.
Humberto Tellez (pro debut), Winfield, KS 125 lbs.
Eddie Chavez (pro debut), Wichita, KS 164 lbs.
Luis Fernando Juanez Jasso (pro debut), Garden City, KS 162 lbs.
Brian Clements (pro debut), Topeka, KS 144 ½ lbs.
Bryant Montalvo (1-9, 1 KO), Garden City, KS 148 Lbs.
Juan Hollingsworth (1-0, 1 KO), Winfield, KS 173 lbs.
Matt Dixon (pro debut), Tulsa, OK. 174 ½ lbs.

Ward vs. Kovalev 2 Official Weights









Andre “S.O.G.” Ward

31-0, 15 KOs

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev

30-1-1, 26 KOs

Oakland, California Chelyabinsk, Russia
Weight: 175, Trunks: Red/WHT/BLK Weight: 175, Black/Platinum
Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux Moises “Chucky” Flores
17-0, 11 KOs 25-0, 17 KOs
Santiago De Cuba, Cuba Guadalajara, Mexico
Weight: 121.5, Trunks: BLK/Red Weight: 122, Trunks: WHT/GRN/Red
Dmitry Bivol Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew
10-0, 8 KOs 29-2, 15 KOs
St. Petersburg, Russia Chicago, IL
Weight: 174.5, Trunks: BLK/Flag Weight: 175, Trunks: BLK/GLD
Luis “Cuba” Arias Arif “The Predator” Magomedov
17-0, 8 KOs 18-1, 11 KOs
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Kizlyar, Russia
Weight: 160, Trunks: WHT/BLK Weight: 159.75, Trunks: Red/GLD
Junior “The Young God” Younan Zoltan Sera
11-0, 8 KOs 28-12, 19 KOs
Brooklyn, New York Budapest, Hungary
Weight: 170.5, Trunks: BLK/WHT Weight: 170.5, Trunks: BLK/Blue
Vaughn “The Animal” Alexander Fabiano Pena
9-0, 6 KOs 16-7-1, 13 KOs
St. Louis, Missouri Chiapas, Mexico
Weight: 161, Trunks: 161 Weight: 166, WHT/Red
Tramaine “Mighty Midget” Williams Christopher Martin
10-0, 3 KOs 30-8-3, 10 KOs
New Haven, Connecticut San Diego, California
Weight: 124.5 Weight: 125.75, Trunks: Black
John Bauza Brandon “Bam” Sanudo
6-0, 3 KOs 5-4, 2 KOs
North Bergen, New Jersey San Felipe, Mexico
Weight: 143 Weight: 144, Trunks: WHT/BLK
Bakhram Murtazaliev Alex Sandro Duarte
8-0, 6 KOs 6-0, 4 KOs
Grozny, Russia Sao Paulo, Brazil
Weight: 159.5, Trunks: Black Weight:159, Trunks: BLK/GRN
Enriko Gogokhia Jonathan Steele
4-0, 2 KOs 7-0, 5 KOs
Georgia Dallas, Texas
Weight: 146.5, Trunks: Red/WHT Weight: 146, Trunks: GLD/BLK/Red

Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch, a 12-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT

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