|Weights from Claressa Shields vs. Sydney LeBlanc
Claressa Shields 162.4 vs Sydney LeBlanc 164
Alexey Zubov 197.4 vs Demetrius Banks 195.4
Jarico O’Quinn 117 vs David Martino TBD
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 147.8 vs Cesar Soriano 150
Serdar Hudayberdiyev 159.8 vs Antonio Urista 154.6
Dimash Niyazov 137.8 vs Ramon Guevara 136.6
Jacob Bonas 147.4 vs Anthony Brooks 147.2
Darren Gibbs 173 vs Scott McCurdy 176
Phoenix, Arizona-based super middleweight phenom David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez spent some time behind the microphone last Sunday, while waiting eagerly for his potentially record-breaking world championship challenge.
Undefeated Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs) did an admirable job serving as a Fox Sports 1 guest commentator for former champion Brand Rios’ exciting comeback victory over Aaron Herrera at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California.
Benavidez is coming off a star-making eight-punch combination KO 8 of fellow contender “Porky” Medina at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.
The 20-year-old now waits for word on who he will face for the WBC Championship in his try to become the youngest super middleweight world champion in boxing history. Darrin Van Horn, who was 22 years, 8 months and 11 days old when he beat Lindell Holmes for the IBF super middleweight championship on May 18, 1991.
“David is a talent at everything he does,” said his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz. “Thank you to the PBC and Fox Sports for allowing him to reach a dream and work as a commentator while he awaits his ultimate dream: to become the youngest champion in history at 168 lbs.”
Warriors Boxing Presents
‘Night of the Rising Stars 2’ on Saturday, June 24 at Deauville Beach Resort in Miami
On Saturday, June 24, 2017, professional boxing returns to Miami Beach as Warriors Boxing presents “Night of the Rising Stars 2” at the Deauville Beach Resort.
The second of Warriors Boxing’s series of Miami-area fights designed to develop local and international prospects, NORS 2 will feature popular and talented light heavyweight Robert Daniels Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) of Miami looking to remain perfect in the light heavyweight division.
24-year-old southpaw light heavyweight Robert Daniels Jr. is the son of former cruiserweight world champion Robert “Preacherman” Daniels, the only Miami-born fighter to hold a major world title.
Daniels Jr. started boxing at 10 years old and went 64-6 as an amateur boxer. Among his many accolades, he won the Sunshine State Games twice, the State title twice, the Platinum Gloves, the Junior Olympic regionals.
A boxer/puncher with excellent counter-punching skills, Daniels is trained by former world champion John David Jackson.
Also scheduled for action are undefeated super welterweight John David “Pretty Boy” Martinez (6-0, 5 KOs) of Miami in a six-round battle; undefeated Miami welterweight Chris Velez (7-0-1, 4 KOs) in a six rounder; and undefeated bantamweight Lawrence Newton (6-0, 4 KOs) of Boynton Beach, Florida, will fight a six-rounder.
In preliminary action, popular undefeated cruiserweight Ulysses Diaz 2-0 (2 KOs) of Miami will fight a four-round battle; Miami super bantamweight Jessy Cruz (11-6-1, 4 KOs) will fight six; undefeated Dominican super welterweight Edurado Perez Diaz (3-0, 3 KOs) will go four rounds; and Cuba’s undefeated Irosvani Duvergel (2-0, 2 KOs) of Guantanamo will go four super middleweight rounds.
“We have put together a terrific night of fighting at a beautiful venue for the great boxing fans in Miami,” said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. “These shows were created to put local and global talent in the types of fights that will make them better fighters and weed out those who haven’t got it.”
All opponents will be announced shortly. The Deauville Beach Resort is located at 6701 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida. On fight night, doors open at 6:00 pm and the action starts at 6:30 pm. All bouts subject to change.
Mayweather promotions had filed a request with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, to host a boxing event on August 26th at the MGM Grand Arena. That request and whether or not it would be approved was on their agenda for the week of June 12th 2017. On June 13th the request was removed from their agenda, most likely that reason was despite being able to reserve the arena, there were no official contracts in place signed by both Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor presented to NSAC for approval.
On Wednesday June 14th, word got out that request had been placed back on the days agenda. With that request being placed back on the official NSAC agenda and becoming a priority so quickly, it inclined a signed contract had been presented to NSAC giving them every reason to proceed. At 9:00am PT when the Nevada State Athletic Commission convened, the request by Mayweather promotions to host an event on August 26th at MGM Grand Arena, was a priority. An hour later, according to Nevada State athletic commission chairman Anthony Marnell, the request by Mayweather promotions to host their August 26th event at the MGM Grand Arena had been approved.
As social media buzzes with excitement, fans already scamper to book hotel rooms and reserve flights, this approval does not mean that request was for Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor only to host a boxing event. The fact Miguel Cotto, will be facing Yoshihiro Kamegai that same night for the vacant WBO 154lb title has me questioning this approval being for Mayweather versus McGregor. I don’t see Golden Boy promotions trying to place Miguel Cotto head to head against this event, on the night Cotto fights under their banner for the first time since parting with Roc Nation.
One thing I do know for sure, is whether the fight happens or not Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, NSAC and the UFC are having a good time.
Germany’s rising stars are out to impress on Saturday night as they face tough international opposition on the undercard of Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title defence against Paul Smith at the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar.
Cologne’s Denis Radovan (4-0, 2 KOs) meets Josip Duric (3-1, 2 KOs) over six-rounds in what promises to be his toughest career test to date. If successful, the 24-year old super middleweight says he would like the chance to avenge an amateur defeat to domestic rival Stefan Haertel, who boxes in Wetzlar against Patrick Mendy, and to land his first title shot.
“I lost against Haertel in the amateurs so I would love the chance to set the record straight” said Radovan, who is trained by former World Champion Juergen Braehmer. ‘’I’m targeting my first title at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018. I’ve not had many fights, but I feel like I’m ready!”
Two-time national amateur champion, Leon Bunn (4-0, 4 KOs), has looked impressive since turning over as a professional and winning all of four of his paid contests inside the distance. The fighter from Frankfurt has yet to go past the second round, but can expect tougher resistance from Hungary’s Laszlo Ivanyi (6-4, 4 KOs).
“I’m just taking it one step at a time” said Bunn ahead of his six-round light heavyweight clash. “Getting this opportunity to fight in Wetzlar, near my hometown, is huge for me!”
Bunn’s coach Ulli Wegner has expressed his excitement about the 24 year-old’s talent: “Leon will be the first to become World Champion out of my group of young boxers,” said the legendary German trainer.
Fledgling heavyweight Albon Pervizaj (2-0, 2 KOs) will be looking for a third consecutive victory against Dusan Krstin (7-7, 2 KOs). The Hamburg boxer has impressed so far with two knockout performances, but in his durable Serbian opponent, Pervizaj meets a man who has a reputation for being incredibly difficult to stop.
“My dream is to fight for a World title in Hamburg, and I’m sure one day it will happen!” said Pervizaj. “But first, I must get past Krstin, who is a tough opponent for my third fight.’’
Hometown hero Emir Ahmatovic (2-0, 1 KO) is also in action, alongside Wolfsburg middleweight Patrick Wojcicki (7-0, 4 KOs). Wojcicki, a former national amateur champion, faces a tough test against Henri Kekalainen (9-3, 4 KOs), but will need to overcome his Finnish opponent to prove he is ready to step up and compete for titles.
The WBA World Super Middleweight Championship clash between Tyron Zeuge and Paul Smith will be shown live on SAT.1 and ran.de in Germany, and Sky Sports in the UK.
“KO Night Boxing: Rapid Fire”
Airing live on CBS Sports Network this
Saturday night from Hartman Arena in Kansas
WHAT: “KO Night Boxing: Rapid Fire”
WHO: Main Event – Flyweights (6) — CBSSN
Nico Hernandez (1-0, 1 KO), Wichita, KS
Jose Rodriguez (2-0, 2 KOs), Markesan, WI
Co-Feature — Junior Middleweights (6) — CBSSN
Noel Esquada (7-3-2, 5 KOs), Wichita, KS
Limberth Ponce (12-3, 9 KOs), Rock Island, IL
Featherweights (4) — CBSSN
Eric Vargas (2-0, 1 KO), Garden City, KS
Humberto Tellez (pro debut), Winfield, KS
Junior Welterweights (4)
Brian Clements (pro debut), Topeka, KS
Bryant Montalvo-Colon (1-9, 1 KO), Garden City, KS
Light Heavyweights (4)
Juan Hollingsworth (1-0, 1 KO), Winfield, KS
Matt Dixon (pro debut), Tulsa, OK
Eddie Chavez (pro debut), Wichita, KS
Luis Fernando Juanez Jasso (pro debut), Garden City, KS
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 2017
WHERE: Hartman Arena
PROMOTER: KO Night Boxing LLC
TELEVISION: Live on CBS Sports Network
BROADCASTERS: Sean Wheelock & Joey Varner
Sydney “Ginger the Ninja” LeBlanc is stepping in on three days’ notice to face Women’s NABF Middleweight
Champion, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields of Flint, Michigan, in the eight-round main event of Salita Promotions’ “Detroit Brawl” this Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Masonic Temple in Detroit.
33-year-old LeBlanc (4-1-1) from Gretna, Louisiana, represents a step up in competition from original opponent Mery Rancier,who was unable to participate due to visa issues. A six-year pro who was already in training for a fight on June 10, LeBlanc says she’s eager for the chance to upset the two-time Olympian and budding women’s superstar Shields.
Tyron Zeuge (20-0-1, 11 KOs) says Paul Smith (38-6, 22 KOs) will not take his title when they meet for the WBA World Super Middleweight Championship on Saturday, June 17 at the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar, Germany.
Zeuge captured the WBA strap with an impressive knockout victory over Giovanni De Carolis on November 5, 2016 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam. Having fought to a stalemate four months earlier, Zeuge claimed the title in style, stopping the Italian champion with just 19 seconds remaining in the final round.
The Berlin boxer then retained his belt with a technical decision against Nigeria’s
Isaac Ekpo. He was ahead on points when the referee stopped the fight in the fifth round due to a cut above his right eye following an accidental clash of heads.
The 25 year-old is now set for a second defence against former British Champion Smith, who returns to Germany for a third attempt at World honours following back-to-back defeats to Arthur Abraham in September 2014 and February 2015.
‘’Paul Smith is a good opponent with a lot of experience. I’ve watched both his fights with Arthur Abraham, and I know he will be coming to win,’’ said Zeuge. ‘’However, I believe his style is well suited to mine, and I’m confident I can beat him. I’m expecting a tough fight, but I guarantee Smith will not take my title!
‘’I’ve been training hard with my coaches Juergen Braehmer and Michael Timm. We’ve prepared a good game plan, and I feel fit and strong. It gives me a lot of confidence to have so much experience in my corner. Juergen has been in my position many times before, and he knows what I to do and what advice to give.
‘’I’m excited to be defending my title. I‘ve worked really hard to get to where I am today and I will not give it up easily. I’m the last World Champion left in Germany, and while I don’t allow myself to feel any additional pressure, I know this is an important fight, not just for me, but for my countrymen too.
‘’Germany and England have always had a big sporting rivalry. I hope we can give both sets of fans an exciting fight with lots of action. Smith has tried and failed to win a World title here twice before, and on Saturday, it will be 3-0 to Germany.‘’