[VIDEO] MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA GOES IN ON CANELO “POLITICS” WITH “FRANCHISE” CHAMPIONSHIP; ERIK MORALES REACTS

FightHype.com was on hand at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada where Hall of Famer Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Winky Wright were joined by WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter to host a roundtable to discuss the highly-anticipated July 20 showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman. You don’t want to miss what those in attendance had to say about the fight and much more. Check it out!

[VIDEO] BIG TIGGER KEEPS IT 100 ON PACQUIAO VS. THURMAN; PICKING THURMAN IN 7: “HE TALKING CRAZY”

FightHype.com was on hand at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada where Hall of Famer Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Winky Wright were joined by WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter to host a roundtable to discuss the highly-anticipated July 20 showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman. You don’t want to miss what those in attendance had to say about the fight and much more. Check it out!

[VIDEO] DANNY GARCIA SAYS ERROL SPENCE “NOT REALLY WHAT PEOPLE SAYIN”; BREAKS DOWN SPENCE VS. PORTER

FightHype.com was on hand at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada where Hall of Famer Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Winky Wright were joined by WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter to host a roundtable to discuss the highly-anticipated July 20 showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman. You don’t want to miss what those in attendance had to say about the fight and much more. Check it out!

Eddie Hearn on Joshua-Ruiz, Katie Taylor, Usyk, Lomachenko, Callum Smith and more

Coming up this Saturday from The O2 in London, Dillian Whyte meets Oscar Rivas for the interim WBC heavyweight title, live globally on DAZN. Sporting News caught up with the Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn to discuss his ever-growing boxing stable.

Join DAZN to watch Whyte vs. Rivas and 100+ fight nights a year

Sporting News: The hot topic that is on everyone’s lips, when and where will the Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr rematch take place?

Eddie Hearn: We will be letting them [Team Ruiz Jr] know shortly the venue for the fight. Obviously, Ruiz Jr has his contractual obligations, he’s a stand-up guy, and he will honor those, so we are just going through the process. We have had some late offers, and runners come in for the rematch that we are exploring. I still think the clear front runners are New York and Cardiff and we will see what happens. I’m happy with Cardiff or New York, but I think there’s great arguments either way. Joshua just went to America to fight Andy Ruiz Jr, so he’s well within his rights to host the fight in Cardiff. The sensible thing and probably the advice from his management and training team is to do it in Cardiff, but there’s also props to be given for going to New York as well.

SN: Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell was announced by the WBC but no official word from either fighter. What’s the current situation?

EH: We are very close with that now; we’re hoping that there could be an announcement made at the Whyte-Rivas fight on Saturday. Vasiliy Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk are both flying in for the fight on Saturday night, and we are tying up the final contract, August 31 at the O2 Arena in London, England.

SN: Speaking of Oleksandr Usyk, he had to pull out of his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam due to an arm injury, when are we likely to see him back in the ring?

EH: I believe he will still fight Carlos Takam. He will be at the show on Saturday night in London. He’s getting that date-sorted now which looks like the end of September, probably against Takam and he’s also mandatory for the winner of Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr, so he’s in a great position.

SN: Is there a Katie Taylor vs. Delfine Persoon rematch on the cards?

EH: I had a meeting yesterday with Brian Taylor, Katie’s manager. We’ve reached out to Delfine Persoon’s team to see about a rematch, it’s defiantly a fight Katie wants, whether that’s next or the one after. I think now it’s about setting new targets for her; she’s become an undisputed champion at lightweight so what’s next? Probably becoming an undisputed champion at 140 pounds, but everybody wants to see the Persoon rematch. Amanda Serrano is a great fight that everyone is talking about as well, so I really think maybe a title at 140 then Delfine Persoon and Amanda Serrano. They’re the sort of the next three fights for Katie Taylor.

SN: Callum Smith has turned down an offer from Billy Joe Saunders, and the Canelo stories have started to dry up. When will a decision likely be made on his next fight?

EH: Callum Smith is ready to fight Canelo, but I don’t think Canelo wants to fight Callum Smith just yet. There’s a big perception about Callum Smith being an absolute beast within boxing, and they are quite right. He is a beast! I expect Callum to box again by the end of September, possibly looking to bring him over to the U.S in December as well”.

SN: Daniel Jacobs said after his loss to Canelo that he will be looking to step up in weight. When will we see the ‘Miracle Man’ next?

EH: Callum Smith, I think is a great fight for Daniel Jacobs. I think Daniel is going to want one fight at super middleweight to feel himself into the weight. He’ll still want a proper contender, but I think Daniel Jacobs will be a force to be reckoned with at 168 pounds.

SN: Otha Jones III has been busy in recent months, when will he be next out?

EH: He has been busy; he’s having a little rest now. He boxed at York Hall in London then he boxed in Providence the week after, so I’m going to let him have the summer off, and then he’ll be back again in September.

SN: Anthony Sims Jr. beat Vaughn Alexander in April. When is ‘The Magician’ next performing?

EH: He’s going to box in Mexico, August 24, I’m looking to give him one more fight. Then for me, he’s really got to go in and start attacking the super middleweight division or maybe even a fight against Callum Smith.

SN: Devin Haney was last out in May when he beat Antonio Moran via a seventh-round knockout. When will ‘The Dream’ be back in the ring?

EH: Devin Haney is a superstar! Everyone is talking about him at the moment. We are waiting on Canelo because he could be on the Friday night before Canelo, If Canelo doesn’t fight then Devon will be in September headlining his own show or maybe one with Oleksandr Usyk as well.

Written by Bradley Cullen

 

 

Struggling to locate a copy of The Ring Magazine? Try here or
Subscribe

You can order the current issue, which is on newsstands, or back issues from our subscribe page.

The post Eddie Hearn on Joshua-Ruiz, Katie Taylor, Usyk, Lomachenko, Callum Smith and more appeared first on The Ring.

Tureano Johnson batters Jason Quigley, stopping him after nine rounds

Middleweight contender Tureano Johnson battered Jason Quigley before the fight was stopped at the end of the ninth round Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Johnson (21-2-1, 15 knockouts) will likely earn a top-ten ranking with the victory.

Despite Johnson facing the stronger opposition of the two, Quigley was the favorite going into the fight. Johnson entered the bout winless in his previous two bouts, a loss to middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko and a draw against Fernando Castaneda on Feb. 9.

The 28-year-old Quigley fought in a stay-busy bout on Mar. 23, stopping Mathias Eklund in round two.

Both fighters stood in the pocket from the opening bell. It was an even bout until round four when Johnson’s punches began to take their toll on Quigley.

During the opening minute of round six, the 35-year-old Johnson hurt Quigley with a left hook to the head. Quigley was able to gather himself, but his punch output began to drop significantly with each passing round. Johnson continued to walk Quigley down against the ropes, letting his hands go and connecting several times to the head and body.

After the end of the ninth round, Quigley’s corner told referee Eddie Hernandez to stop the bout.

“I came inside the ring with so much on my back, but the struggle is behind me now,” said Johnson, who represented the Bahamas at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. “I heard that Quigley had a victory party, but he didn’t invite me. Quigley is a dangerous fighter. Boy has heart. He didn’t quit, but he did.”

Johnson hopes Thursday’s victory would translate to a world title opportunity.

“I’m here to get another shot. I’m here to become a world champion. I want a Canelo (Alvarez). I want a (Jermall) Charlo. I want a Sergiy (Derevyanchenko). I want an (Demetrius) Andrade.”

Quigley, who is originally from Laghy, Ireland and now resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, drops to 16-1 (12 KOs).

In the co-feature, junior featherweight Leonardo Baez notched an upset victory, defeating prospect and two-time Olympian Alberto Melian by unanimous decision.

With the win, Baez won a regional title belt and improvs to 16-2 (9 KOs).

Melian was considered a blue-chip prospect, recently signing a promotional deal with Golden Boy. In his last bout on Apr. 26, he overcame two knockdowns to defeat Isaac Zarate by unanimous decision.

Baez, who was making his United States debut on Thursday, had mostly fought on obscure club shows in Tijuana and his hometown of Mexicali. The 23-year-old Baez entered the bout having won his previous three bouts.

From the opening bell, Baez was the aggressor, closing the distance between the two and letting his hands go. Baez’s thudding hooks and crosses kept Melian on the defensive, especially in round two when he was momentarily stunned by a right hand to the head.

The pace of the fight slowed by the middle rounds, but Baez was the effective fighter, initiating exchanges and continuing to land to Melian’s head and body.

Sensing he was down in the fight, Melian rallied during the final two rounds, fighting with a sense of urgency. Both fighters let their hands go during the second half of the final round, landing thudding punches that brought the crowd to their feet.

All three judges scored the bout 97-93 in favor of Baez.

“I felt excellent and I’m grateful for the opportunity that Golden Boy gave me,” said Baez, who is trained by Joel Diaz. “I’m honest that I thought I lost the last round. I felt I won all the rounds before that. I won because I fought with a lot of heart.”

In the opening bout of the Golden Boy-DAZN ‘Thursday Night Fights’ stream, flyweight contender and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza defeated Sonia Osorio (13-7-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico City by unanimous decision.

Osorio came to fight, but Esparza was the more technical and effective fighter throughout the eight-round bout. Scores were 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74 for Esparza, who improves to 7-0 (1 KO).

In an all-out war between flyweight prospects, Ricardo Sandoval (16-1, 11 KOs) of nearby Rialto stopped Marco Sustaita in the fifth round.

Sandoval dropped Sustaita twice in the opening round, but was also dropped himself in the same stanza. Sustaita (12-2-1, 10 KOs), who resides in the San Diego suburb of Oceanside, dropped Sandoval once in the second round.

Both fighters had their moments, but Sandoval began to get the upper hand during the exchanges. During round five, Sandoval hurt Sustaita, battering him until referee Eddie Hernandez, Sr. stopped the bout at 1:16.

Unbeaten junior featherweight Anthony Reyes (7-0, 5 KOs) dropped Gilberto Duran (3-4, 3 KOs) twice in the opening round, winning by knockout at 2:10.

In lightweight action, Charles Huerta defeated Recky Dulay (11-6, 8 KOs) of the Philippines by unanimous decision. Scores were 78-74, 78-74, and 77-75 for Huerta, who improves to 21-6, 12 KOs.

Now fighting at lightweight, Carlos Morales (19-4-3, 8 KOs) knocked out Rosekie Cristobal (15-5, 11 KOs) of the Philippines in the opening round.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

 

Struggling to locate a copy of The Ring Magazine? Try here or
Subscribe

You can order the current issue, which is on newsstands, or back issues from our subscribe page.

The post Tureano Johnson batters Jason Quigley, stopping him after nine rounds appeared first on The Ring.

Anthony Joshua: I will become 2-time world champion

By Charles Brun: Anthony Joshua is vowing to become a two-time heavyweight world champion ahead of his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) says he thinks he can get it right the second time around against the American Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22 KOs), and his promoter Eddie Hearn is 100 percent behind […]

Read full article: Anthony Joshua: I will become 2-time world champion @Boxing News 24

Johnson, Baez score upsets on GBxDAZN

Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Two prospects fell on tonight’s Golden Boy DAZN card.

Middleweight veteran Tureano Johnson looked all but finished in a disappointing eight-round draw against Fernando Castaneda, and was called on this evening to face Irish prospect Jason Quigley, with Quigley expected to score a solid win over an experienced fighter.

Instead, Johnson (21-2-1, 15 KO) was pretty dominant after the first two rounds, repeatedly hurting Quigley (16-1, 12 KO) and battering him to the point that the fight probably could have been stopped after the seventh or eighth rounds. It went through nine, Quigley got pretty clearly hurt on a body shot, and when the doctor visited the corner, he just wasn’t responding, so his corner pulled him out there.

It was the right call, a compassionate one, but obviously a huge setback for the 28-year-old Quigley. The win, though, gives Johnson some much-needed career momentum at 35 years of age, and puts him back in the mix at 160.

“This boy, he got heart. I threw the kitchen sink and the car behind me,” Johnson said in a post-fight interview that turned somewhat confrontational for a moment as he told Quigley to his face that he quit. Quigley, for his part, shook Johnson’s hand and embraced him, congratulating him on the win.

“I’m here to be a world champion,” Johnson added. “Whoever got those belts, I want a Charlo, I want a Canelo, I want all of them!”

Leonardo Baez UD-10 Alberto Melian


Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Definitely an upset, but probably not a shocker to you if you’d seen Melian fight before as a pro. Melian was in some circles called the Lomachenko of Argentina as an amateur, but he was no Lomachenko, though he did fight twice in the Olympics, losing in the first round in 2012 and the quarterfinals in 2016. As a pro, he’d already had struggles last time out, going down twice against Isaac Zarate. He’s been matched pretty aggressively, and it’s clear he just doesn’t have a huge upside as a pro. He’s 29, too, so he’s pretty much what he’s going to be.

Anyway, he was outhustled and outworked and outlanded and outeverythinged here by Baez (16-2, 9 KO), an unheralded 23-year-old from the Mexican club circuit. Melian (5-1, 3 KO) made it a fun fight, but he was beaten soundly, and even the unanimous 97-93 scores were arguably a bit generous for the loser.

All that said, Melian has the ingredients to be a fun undercard fighter for a while at the very least, so long as he doesn’t get terribly discouraged by the reality that he’s not going to be a top guy.

Marlen Esparza UD-8 Sonia Osorio


Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

This was the second fight back for Esparza after she had a baby in January. She looked fine as usual, but she’s not quite a Claressa Shields or Katie Taylor or anything. Still, she’s a quality flyweight with a promoter that wants to push her, so as long as she doesn’t get upset, she’ll get title shots. Scores were 78-74, 79-73, and 79-73.