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July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018
Liam Smith to fight Jaime Munguia

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LIAM SMITH hit the scales for his WBO super-welterweight title challenge against Jaime Munguia in Las Vegas on Saturday (July 21).

Liverpool’s Smith looked ripped, cutting a lean figure as he weighed in at 153.8lbs.

The champion, Mexico’s Munguia also made weight. He’s boiled his frame down to the exact same mark, 153.8lbs, smiling at the result.

They turned on one another for the obligatory face-off, Smith staring up at Munguia without flinching, the traces of a smile still playing across the Mexican’s face.

Munguia won his world championship in dramatic fashion, stunning Sadam Ali, the man who beat legendary Miguel Cotto in his last fight. Smith is the former holder of that same title, losing it to Canelo Alvarez in Texas in 2016. Now he wants to take back what was once his.

July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018
Josh Warrington

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Josh Warrington is intent on leading his army of Leeds fans across the Atlantic as he seeks to cash in on his reign as IBF featherweight champion.

The popular 27-year-old wrested the crown from Lee Selby in a thriller at Elland Road in May and now has his sights on the kind of exodus that could leave even Ricky Hatton in the shade.

Hatton famously took hordes of supporters with him Stateside for bouts against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, and Warrington harbours similarly big ambitions.


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Josh Warrington won a thriller over Lee Selby in May (Dave Thompson/PA)

Warrington told Press Association Sport: “I’d like to unify the titles and hopefully then look at a big fight in Las Vegas and taking all the Leeds lot over there.

“My fan-base in Leeds is big enough to hopefully take over silly numbers. I’d love to replicate those Ricky Hatton days or even better than that.

“My first plan is to get more well-known around the country and that’s part of the plan that Frank Warren has set out for me over the next two years.  I want to become a nationwide star.”


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Ricky Hatton famously took hordes of fans Stateside (Peter Byrne/PA Archive)

Warrington’s win over Selby took many by surprise and extended his professional record to 27 straight wins, enough to raise the realistic prospect of bouts against the likes of Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton.

Warrington added: “I’ve always taken every little step and it started with the ambition to become British champion. Then it was to become world champion and I’m not finished yet.

“When you reach the top people think you’re going to walk away and feel satisfied. But I don’t want it to sink in. I want to keep that fire in my belly and that hunger to go on to even bigger things.”


Warrington is currently taking time out to work with the Movember Foundation which aims to make men more aware of issues with their physical and mental health.

“I think when you’re in the limelight you can influence people in a positive manner,” added Warrington. “I’ve got a few guys in my team who have suffered with mental health issues so it’s a very important thing for me.”

:: The ManVan, funded by the Movember Foundation, is visiting Rugby League events across the country to raise awareness of men’s health issues. For more info visit https://uk.movember.com/

July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018
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Video: World Boxing Super Series

July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018
Jarrell Miller

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THE draw for the quarter-finals of the World Boxing Super Series’ bantamweight and super-lightweight tournaments takes place in Moscow, Russia this evening and should, if the seeding is anything to go by, throw up one or two interesting matchups.

The seeds, announced this afternoon, are as follows:

At super-lightweight, (interim WBC champion) Regis Prograis is at one, Josh Taylor is at two, (WBA champion) Kiryl Relikh is at three, and Ivan Baranchyk is at four. Unseeded are Anthony Yigit, Terry Flanagan, Eduard Troyanovsky and Ryan Martin.

At super-bantamweight, (WBA champion) Ryan Burnett is at one, (WBA regular champion) Naoya Inoue is at two, (WBO champion) Zolani Tete is at three, and (IBF champion) Emmanuel Rodriguez is at four. Unseeded are Jason Moloney, Nonito Donaire, Juan Carlos Payano and Mikhail Aloyan.

Of course, while we wait for the draw, and do so with a great deal of anticipation, many of the quarter-final fights have already been made. Relikh, for example, must fight Troyanovsky, as per the WBA’s mandatory ruling, and Rodriguez must fight Moloney, for the same reason. Yigit and Baranchyk, meanwhile, will contest the IBF super-lightweight title in the quarter-final stage.

Boxing News understands a fight between Ryan Burnett and Nonito Donaire was being discussed for Belfast – meaning a return to Ireland for Donaire following his heroic exploits against Carl Frampton – but reports today suggest it might be Japan’s Inoue, rather than Burnett, who elects for the Filipino in the first round.

We shall soon find out.

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A couple of days after posting (and quickly deleting) a picture of Jimmy Savile on social media to rile Anthony Joshua, undefeated American heavyweight Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller has been given an opportunity to work with Sky Sports on their heavyweight fight next Saturday (July 28) between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker.

It’s hardly the punishment he deserves for a calamitous attempt to be funny (?), but as a heavyweight with a big mouth, someone invested in the British heavyweight scene, the choice of Miller as a fight night pundit should come as no surprise.

“I am a student of the game and keep a close eye on the heavyweight division,” he told Sky Sports.

“Dillian Whyte versus Joseph Parker is a great, significant match-up.

“I look forward to giving the boxing fans watching Sky Sports a detailed view from my perspective on their physical and mental preparations for this exciting fight. See you ringside!”

We can put the Savile gaffe down to stupidity – Miller, after all, isn’t being paid for his intelligence – but it will be interesting to see what he can offer as a pundit. Moreover, it will be interesting to see what happens when the inevitable happens and he goes nose-to-nose with Dillian Whyte if the Brit gets past Parker and sends him the post-fight cue.

Failing that, I’m sure Anthony Joshua can be found somewhere in the O2 Arena, presumably close to the ring, and we all know ‘Big Baby’ is working on that fight at some point in 2019. As awkward as it is obvious, there’s no doubt those two will again cross paths on Saturday night – completely by chance, of course. Then: “Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!” (“Just not right now, Big Baby. I’ve got another fight lined up, and then another one after that. For now, just push me and shout stuff.”)

Jarrell Miller

July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018
Murat Gassiev

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MURAT GASSIEV’S coach Abel Sanchez has studied Oleksandr Usyk ahead of Saturday’s Ali Trophy Final in Moscow and predicts problems for the Ukrainian if he doesn’t improve from his performance in the semi-final against Mairis Briedis.

“Usyk got skills, he is a very good fighter,” said Sanchez, known for creating and training world class fighters in Big Bear, California.

Russian Murat Gassiev is one out several champions who have been under the wings of the Mexican legend and his training methods.

“Dorticos, Usyk, Briedis, any of those guys, they are all very physical themselves so we have to be more physical. And I feel that our exercises and system make us a little stronger, a little better, a little faster than most guys,” said Sanchez.

Murat Gassiev

He has studied Usyk in detail ahead of the final and believes he has seen a chink in the armor of the first seed in the cruiserweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series.

“You can’t allow a fighter to be the one he wants to be and I believe Murat will be able to break Usyk down. Briedis allowed Usyk to move, allowed him to be first and when Briedis came close he was not effective.”

“But Usyk also allowed himself to be trapped and to be hit. If Usyk fights Murat the same way he fought Briedis he will be on his back before nine.”

“I always train my fighters to be the best they can be. It doesn’t matter what the other guys bring. How Usyk fought Briedis doesn’t mean he will fight Murat the same way. What you look for though is tendencies of what he likes to do and what he does after certain combinations. We have prepared Murat to be Murat and now Usyk will have to deal with him.”

The winner of Usyk-Gassiev at the Olympic Sports Complex will be the first boxer ever to win the Muhammad Ali Trophy and unify the cruiserweight titles in the four belt era.

July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018
Jaime Munguia vs Liam Smith fight time

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JAIME MUNGUIA (29-0, 25 KOs), the newly-crowned WBO junior-middleweight world champion of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, and former world champion Liam Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs) of Liverpool, England, held a final press conference ahead of their 12-round main event Saturday, July 21 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Alberto “Explosivo” Machado (19-0, 16 KOs) and Rafael “Sweet Pea” Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs), who will fight for Machado’s WBA Super Featherweight World Title in the co-main event, also participated.

Here’s what today’s participants said at today’s press conference:

JAIME MUNGUIA, WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion:

“Liam Smith is a tough fighter. We know what kind of style he has. He’s the type of fighter who will come forward and throw a lot of punches. He has an advantage because he’s been in big fights before. But I have a lot of experience as well. I’ve had over a hundred amateur fights and I have fought all over Mexico. We also know what style he will bring. Smith is the kind of fighter who will stand in front of you with a high guard and then suddenly throw a lot of punches. We both come forward and we both throw a lot of punches, so there is a high possibility that this fight will end in a knockout. If we don’t get the knockout, I’m prepared to go the 12 rounds. This has been the best camp of life. I am very prepared. My sparring has gone well. I feel great and I will show that on Saturday. Don’t miss this big fight!”

LIAM SMITH, Junior Middleweight Contender:

“It’s good to be back fighting in the United States. The last time I was here I was treated very well. It was unfortunate to pull out of the Sadam Ali fight. But my loss was Jaime Munguia’s gain. He stepped in and he won the title.

I was kept in the mandatory position and now I’ve got my shot against a good champion. It should be an exciting fight. He’s an exciting combatant who comes to fight. He’s young and he’s hungry. But you know me. I’m not going to come here and lie down. It’s not the Jaime Munguia show for me. I’m here to do my job. I’m here to do what I set out to do and get my title back.”

ALBERTO “EXPLOSIVO” MACHADO, WBA Super Featherweight World Champion:

“I want to thank God for this opportunity. I’m excited to be fighting in back-to-back events on HBO, the most important television platform in boxing. It is a dream come true to be working for Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya. I grew up watching Miguel Cotto fights as a kid in Puerto Rico, so for me it is a dream come true to be here defending my title.”

“Rafael is the Number 1 contender for a reason. I’ve got great training at the Wild Card Boxing Club where everyone is very strong. I thank Freddie Roach for focusing on me for the past several weeks. I’m going back to Puerto Rico a world champion.”

RAFAEL MENSAH, Super Featherweight Contender:

“I thank Golden Boy Promotions, HBO and Don King Productions. I thank everyone who will see this fight live. This fight was a long time coming, but now I’m happy Alberto Machado will fight me. I’m happy to fight on a Golden Boy card. My uncle Ike Quartey fought with the Golden Boy, and now I will fight on a Golden Boy card. Like my uncle, I will fight with everything on Saturday.”

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OSCAR DE LA HOYA, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions:

“We have great fights in store for everyone. Jaime Munguia, who just acquired his world title in spectacular fashion, is up against another tough contender in Liam Smith. In the co-main event, we’re happy to work with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Don King Promotions to bring this great fight between Alberto Machado and Rafael Mensah. The fights are sure to be a great. They are all prepared and good to go, so don’t miss all this action.”

July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018
Ryan Garcia

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IT’S rare two boxers will fight for free, and why would you when you could do it for money? Well, super-featherweights Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia look to do both, fight for free, and for money.

That’s the plan for Garcia anyway, as he confirmed to Boxing News a spar with Davis looks on the table, with the real thing coming next.

Davis (20-0, 19 KO’s), the current WBA ‘super’ super-featherweight world champion, and Garcia (15-0, 13 KO’s), have exchanged in a war of words this past week, with insults and threats thrown around back and forth, and the latest edition of boxing beef was born.

With Davis being a two-time world champion, and Garcia only debuting in 2016, it’s seemed like the two unbeaten Americans wouldn’t cross paths so soon, however, ‘Kingry’ had other plans.

“A lot of reporters asked who I wanted to fight and I say what I say because that’s what I want, and that was Gervonta,” Garcia said, explaining how the rivalry started.

“Then he started getting mad, I guess because I was saying I wanted to fight him, which makes no sense because you say who you want to fight and that shouldn’t be a problem. But he took offence to that, and it’s been building up ever since.

“He’s been making comments on my fights and saying I’m a bum, but that’s how it started – he took offence because I said I wanted to fight him.

“It’s not personal it’s business, and then it just turned into something else.”

In most cases, this is where the promoters would earn their money and build on a fight between the two fighters goading one another, it’s not often the boxers will fight it out, behind closed doors and for no cheque.

But it seems Garcia and Davis are both willing to do so, and this is a rarity, two boxers actually willing to fight each other, not worrying about tarnishing a future fight.

“We’re quite serious, he said he’s coming to California Monday, so it looks like we’re going to get some work in Monday and then there it is,” Garcia said. “But I really do want to fight him, I don’t care about sparring, I want to fight him, I don’t need headgear, I don’t want that.”

To most people this would seem strange; why fight in a gym when you could do it for real? But to Garcia, he believes this will only enhance the interest in a future fight between the two.

And no, the potential spar will not be recorded, if Garcia has it his own way.

“If it’s not filmed I think it will add onto it, because everyone will want to see what really happened,” he said. “But knowing Gervonta he’s probably going to want to film it, he’s probably going to do whatever but that’s not happening, you can’t ruin a fight that could potentially be a huge one.

“I’m smart, I’m not going to ruin my chances of a huge fight, as I know he’s not going to want to fight me, or it’s just going to ruin it if it’s caught on camera.”

Whatever happens it’s clear Garcia has confidence in himself, leaving the 19-year-old to predict a title fight is only one or two fights away.

“I know probably in the next two fights I should get a chance for a world title, whether if it’s with Gervonta or not,” Garcia said.

“I’ve been talking to [promoter] Oscar [De La Hoya] and we have our plans. Gervonta is definitely on our radar so we’re thinking about it, I’m going to have a meeting with Oscar on Saturday and we’ll talk from there.”

Gervonta Davis

Whatever Garcia and De La Hoya decide is next, another promoter may be keeping a keen eye on the NABF title holder, one Eddie Hearn.

Following Hearn’s blockbuster deal with American sports streaming company DAZN, the promoter signed six American boxers.

The deal left Garcia praising the efforts of the promoter and admitted a fight in the UK is a future target.

“Eddie Hearn seems like a great promoter, he’s doing his thing, I respect him and I just respect UK boxing overall,” Garcia said. “The fans are great, the fights are always a huge event and whatever the UK is doing they’re doing it right.

“I want to do that as soon as possible, I know I’ve got extreme support from the UK and I’d love to go out there and experience the whole atmosphere with the fans.

“Over here it’s different, I think the atmosphere of the UK fans is just a whole experience.”