Huck-Joyce Purse Bid Results

By Marco Bratusch

Two big offers shook the EBU offices in Rome, Italy, at today’s purse bid as former longtime WBO cruiserweight beltholder Marco Huck, 34, and 2016 Olympic silver-medallist destroyer Joe Joyce, 34, are set to collide for the vacant European heavyweight title.

Huck’s German venture Huck Service put in the envelope the amount of 480,000 Euros, topping another strong offer of 358,000 Euros made by UK’s Queensberry Promotions. The winning offer will have to be split 50/50, being the two men co-challengers after former titlist Agit Kabayel vacated.

Huck (41-5-1, 28 KOs), a two-time European champion, won the continental belt in 2006 and 2008 respectively before moving on to chase world level challenges. The powerful Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) is coming from a competitive twelve-round victory over Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings at London’s O2 Arena last July, and will arguably be the stronger, fresher man of the pair.

In other EBU news, England’s Martin Murray (38-5-1, 17 KOs) has been appointed as the new mandatory challenger for freshly-crowned European middleweight champion Matteo Signani (29-5-3, 10 KOs), aged 40. The Italian won the vacant belt last Friday in Trento, Italy, with a debatable twelve-round split-decision over Armenian-born Gevorg Khatchikian (29-3, 14 KOs). The veteran, durable Murray has never fought for the European belt in his twelve years as a prizefighter.

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Weights from China

China Vs Japan
Wulan Tuolehazi 111.6 vs. Satoshi Tanaka 111.6
(WBA International flyweight title)

Xiang Li 107.1 vs. Ryu Horikawa 107.5
(WBO light flyweight youth title)

Ayati Sailike 120.7 vs. Hiroki Hanabusa 121.7
Yeshibolati Nasiyiwula Batbayar 139.3 vs. Yamato Watanabe 121.4
Lunjun Zhao 125.1 vs. Taichi Hanada 124.3
Yeerlan Nuerlanbieke 139.3 vs. Noboru Morita 139.1

Venue: Yangtze River Delta Roadshow Center in Shanghai, China
Promoter: Promoter Liu Gang/Max Power “Mission 23”
TV: CCTV5 361 degrees /Auswan Creek sponsoring

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Odds nudge slightly in Gvozdyk’s favor

Odds have nudged slightly in the direction of WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) since our first look at the odds earlier this week. Gvozdyk was previously a narrow -125 favorite to defeat IBF champion Artur Beterbiev (14-0, 14 KOs) in their unification clash on Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

However, most online sportsbooks now list Gvozdyk between -130 and-137. There’s not a whole lot to choose between the fighters. Both are undefeated. No common opponents in the pros. Beterbiev defeated Gvozdyk ten years ago in the amateurs. Gvozdyk has stopped 10 of his last 11 opponents, while Beterbiev has stopped all 14 of his foes.

ESPN will televise Gvozdyk-Beterbiev in the States, a showdown that for fight aficionados, is as good or better any of the recent boxing pay-per-views. Oddly, no UK platform has picked up the fight.

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Soto poised in front of first defense

WBO flyweight champion Elwin “Pulga” Soto (15-1, 11 KOs) will make his first defense on Thursday, October 24 in Indio, California, and will have a tough challenger in undefeated Filipino southpaw Edward “Heneral Fighting” Heno (14-0-5, 5 KOs).
Elwin Soto Champ
“We went to Cuba to do our camp and we feel very good,” said Soto. “My trainer Agustín Pacheco applied some adjustments in my boxing and we feel very comfortable. I have no doubt of a victory to validate that it was not by chance that I was crowned as world champion. If Acosta wants a rematch, we’ll give it to him, but first things first.“

On the same card, the fighter Soto dethroned, Angel “Tito” Acosta (20-2, 20 KOs), will also return. He faces Raymond Tabugon (22-10-1, 11 KOs).

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“Pinky” Colon debuts on Telemundo Friday

All Star Boxing’s Tuto Zabala Jr. brings Boxeo Telemundo to the sold out Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York, on Friday as the network continues its 30th anniversary fall series.
The main event is the latest battle in the classic rivalry between Puerto Rico and Mexico as Buffalo-based Boricua Emmanuel “Pinky” Colon (16-1-1, 15 KOs) faces Richard “Dinamita” Zamora (19-3, 12 KOs) of Monterey, Mexico, for a WBO regional jr welterweight title. Colon has an impressive record and believes he’s ready to step up to face tougher opponents.

What does your debut on Telemundo mean to your career?

It means a lot to me. I have trained very hard for this fight. I feel it is my time.  I will show the many viewers that I am a next-level fighter.

How are you feeling ahead of your Friday matchup with Richard Zamora?

I am feeling well prepared. I know that he has a good record and is going to bring the fight to me. It’s going to be a very good fight for the fans which is important.

What would winning your first title mean for your career at this moment? 

It will open up doors for even better opportunities and is a major step towards making a better life for my family.

How was your preparation for this fight?

It was an excellent training camp. Four-time world champion Carlos “Sugar” De Leon was very instrumental in helping me get ready for this fight. I am going into this fight well prepared.

Puerto Rico has 3 fighters in your division holding major regional titles. Where do you see yourself amongst them?

This will be my first opportunity to fight for a title and I feel I am ready to win a title. With regards to my countrymen, I personally feel that I am on their level and on Friday I will show this.

Are you open to fighting any of them?

That would be up to the promoters. They would have to discuss it and if it makes sense for everybody sure why not?

Who was the boxer your most looked up to when you were growing up?

Without a doubt, it was Felix Trinidad. He was a hero to many of us. I can still remember when he lost to Bernard Hopkins how sad it was for many of us.

Who are you dedicating Friday’s fight to?

I have to thank God first for his help and this opportunity. I am dedicating this fight to my wife, my parents, all of my family and friends, Puerto Rico, and Buffalo.

How does it feel to be fighting in your second home of Buffalo?

I am very proud to be fighting here. The city has embraced me since I arrived in 2012. I fought for the golden gloves here. It is an honor for me to represent the city.

What type of fight should fans expect?

I am going to fight intelligent but this is going to be a very exciting fight. You’re going to see the best of me. I can tell you that I am made for this kind of fight. I have been waiting for years for this moment and on Friday I will show this.

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In the co-main event, Wilfredo “BravoVega” Flores (7-0, 5 KOs) of Dunkirk, New York, suburb 45 minutes from Buffalo takes on Adrian Martinez (3-2, 3 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Rounding out the undercard are Buffalo residents Gerffred Ngayot taking on Edward Hatler, Alex Castellano vs. Alonzo Davis, Charles Garner vs. Angel Cotto, Ayanna Tramont vs. Ashlee Futrell and Danny De Jesus vs. Jonathan Smith.

The Colon-Zamora main event will be televised LIVE on the Telemundo Network, 11:35pm Check your local listings.

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Gvozdyk and Beterbiev leave politics behind

As their home countries wage war against each other, neither Ukrainian WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) or Russian IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (14-0, 14 KOs) is focused on his opponent’s nationality. Instead, both fighters choose to focus on the man they will meet in the center of the ring at Temple University’s Liacouras Center on Friday. The winner will leave the ring as unified WBC/IBF world champion.

The hostilities between their home countries isn’t a topic that either Gvozdyk or Beterbiev is anxious to discuss.

“I’m just an athlete,” says Gvozdyk. “I don’t want to make any parallels to the fight. I am living in California, he is living in Montreal. I just don’t know anything about it.”

Beterbiev commented, “Any war is bad for people, but I really don’t want to talk about it. It’s far from me in Canada.”

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Lewis Benson added to Golden Contract

Lewis Benson will now take part in the super lightweight edition of the Golden Contract tournament at London’s York Hall on November 22. Benson (12-2, 2 KOs) stepped in following the withdrawal of Akeem Ennis Brown, who opted to instead bid for the British and Commonwealth titles.

The super lightweight edition of the tournament follows the featherweight quarter-finals that took place earlier this month and includes Benson, Tyrone McKenna, Ohara Davies, Zhankosh Turarov, Darren Surtees, Anthony Yigit, Mohamed Mimoune and Logan Yoon.

The winner of each division will land a two-year, five-fight deal with a major promoter that guarantees six-figure purses for every fight along with global exposure.  The tournament airs live on Sky Sports in the UK and on ESPN+ in the US.

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