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Hovhannisyan Moves Past Acosta on Shobox


SANTA YNEZ, CALIFORNIA — In by far his toughest test to date, lightweight prospect Art Hovhannisyan remained unbeaten with a ten-round split decision over former titleholder Miguel Acosta in the Showtime-televised main event emanating from the Chumash Casino Resort on Friday night. Hovhannisyan (15-0-2, 8 KOs) of Glendale, California by way of Gyumri, Armenia got off to a strong start, ... Read More »

Video: Interview with Roman Morales

Rising super bantamweight prospect Roman Morales impressed with an eight-round unanimous decision over tough as nails Alexis Santiago in his Showtime debut at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on Friday. The young fighter spoke to moments after the win. Morales (11-0, 6 KOs) of San Ardo, California fights again August 24th in Tulare, California. Read More »

Video: Interview with Rodolfo Tapia

Rodolfo Tapia, trainer and father-figure to unbeaten super bantamweight Roman Morales, spoke to moments after his young charge improved to 11-0 with a dominant decision over tough Alexis Santiago at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on Friday. Morales (11-0, 6 KOs) of San Ardo, California fights again August 24th in Tulare, California. Read More »

Hovhannisyan Steps Up Against Former Champ Acosta


SANTA YNEZ, CALIFORNIA — In tonight’s edition of the Showtime prospect series Shobox: The New Generation, unbeaten Art Hovhannisyan aims to make the move into contender status against former lightweight title holder Miguel Acosta in a ten-rounder at the Chumash Casino Resort. In the co-feature, rising super bantamweight Roman Morales takes a litmus test against tough Alexis Santiago in an ... Read More »

Video: Interview with Mia St. John

One of the three most famous women in the history of prizefighting, Mia St. John packed them in at the Downtown Club in Fresno, California on Tuesday for the press conference to officially announce her rematch with Christy Martin, which takes place August 14th at the Table Mountain Casino in nearby Friant. St. John (46-11-2, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, California ... Read More »

Video: Interview with Christy Martin

Legendary women’s fighter Christy Martin returns to the ring August 14th in a rematch against Mia St. John at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California. Martin (49-6-3, 31 KOs) of Orlando, Florida will be defending the WBC Light Middleweight title in what could be the last fight for both women. Martin spoke to after their formal press conference ... Read More »

Video: Christy Martin-Mia St. John II Press Conference

Two of the most recognizable names in women’s boxing history were in Fresno, California at the Downtown Club on Tuesday to formally announce their August 14th rematch at the Table Mountain Casino in nearby Friant, California. Martin (49-6-3, 31 KOs) of Orlando, Florida will be giving St. John (46-11-2, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, California an opportunity to take her WBC ... Read More »

Fortuna Makes a Statement


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Rising featherweight prospect Javier Fortuna flashed the speed, athleticism and power that combine to make him one of the most talked about prospects in the game in a two-round destruction of former champion Cristobal Cruz at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday night. Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of La ... Read More »

Fortuna in the Spotlight as he takes on Former Champ Cruz


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Tabbed by boxing insiders as one of top prospects in all of the sport, undefeated Javier Fortuna looks to make a statement against one of the longtime measuring sticks in the lower weight divisions, former featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz in tonight’s ESPN2-televised main event emanating from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Fighters for the five-bout ... Read More »

Video: Paul Nave Goes Before the Commission

With the hope of returning to the ring this fall, 51-year-old veteran fighter Paul Nave went before the San Rafael Park and Recreation Commission in San Rafael, California on Thursday night. Additional members of the community voiced their approval of the proposed event as well. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Commission voted to give their consent for a ... Read More »

Hargraves Invades Minnesota in Return on Saturday

Team Hargraves

Light middleweight prospect and former amateur standout Richard Hargraves ends a fourteen-month layoff many miles from his hometown of San Francisco, California as he takes on Michael Faulk in a six-round featured attraction at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota this Saturday night. Hargraves (2-0-1, 2 KOs) turned pro way back in December of 2009 with a quick ... Read More »

Paul Nave Appeals to his Community

Paul Nave

Hoping to bring professional boxing back to his home area by staging the second ever such event at Albert Park Field in San Rafael, California this fall, longtime local favorite Paul Nave is reaching out to his community for support. Nave has promoted all five of his own fight cards since his ring return in March of 2009 under his ... Read More »

Looked like a Pacquiao Landslide, but the Math Says No it wasn’t


I did not score the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. fight two Saturdays ago. Having felt cheated out of a chance to be outraged like most everyone else last weekend, I decided to score the fight during its televised replay as part of HBO’s World Championship Boxing broadcast last night. In addition to tabulating my card for the first time, I ... Read More »

Tarver and Kayode Fight to a Draw

Antonio Tarver vs Lateef Kayode

CARSON, CALIFORNIA — Returning from an eleven month layoff, former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver failed to muster up enough offense to claim victory over a still raw cruiserweight contender in Lateef Kayode at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night. Excluding Tarver’s lone foray into the heavyweight division, Kayode (18-0-1, 14 KOs) of Hollywood, California by way of Lagos, ... Read More »

All Set for “Four Warned”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Saturday night the Home Depot Center in nearby Carson hosts the highly anticipated four-fight Showtime-televised card headlined by the cruiserweight clash between Antonio Tarver and undefeated Lateef Kayode. Fighters for the mega event, which includes two world title bouts and the return of former champion Winky Wright, weighed-in Friday mostly at Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live. ... Read More »

Video: Brandon Rios Post-fight Press Conference

Too drained to take the podium at the post-fight press conference, Brandon Rios sat down with media for a brief interview session after his controversial victory over Richard Abril on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) of Oxnard, California answers questions about the selection of Abril as his opponent, ... Read More »

Grand Larceny: Judges Victimize Abril in Vegas


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Though he did not make it look pretty, huge underdog Richard Abril appeared to be on his way to claiming the vacant WBA Lightweight title over a lackluster Brandon Rios after twelve rounds at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Saturday night. But then the judges’ scores were read. After a feeling out first round, ... Read More »

Rios Loses Second Straight Battle with the Scale

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Former WBA Lightweight title holder Brandon Rios forfeited an opportunity to regain his title as he again failed to make the lightweight limit of 135-pounds for his bout against Richard Abril tonight at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. However, the grudge match will go on as scheduled, with the title on the line for Abril ... Read More »

Mensah Shocks Katsidis


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Previously unknown Albert Mensah is unknown no longer after a hard-earned ten-round unanimous decision over proud warrior Michael Katsidis at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday night. With the ESPN2-televised win, Mensah vaults into the world rankings, while the future of Katsidis’ career becomes uncertain. Katsidis (28-6, 23 KOs) of Hollywood, California by way ... Read More »

Delvin Rodriguez: Targeting the Champions at 154

Long one of cable television’s most exciting fighters, light middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez and his team feel he is deserving of the big fight that has eluded him to this point in his thirteen-year pro career. Just last month, one such fight came close to coming to fruition, but evaporated in deflating fashion. Undeterred, and with the options plentiful in ... Read More »

Video: Interview with Vicente Escobedo

Fighting before his local fan base, Vicente Escobedo scored three first round knockdowns of Lonnie Smith en route to the impressive stoppage victory at the Woodland Community & Senior Center in Woodland, California on Saturday night. With the knockout, the WBO #10 ranked lightweight and IBF #10 ranked 130-pounder netted the WBO NABO Super Featherweight title. Escobedo (25-3, 15 KOs) ... Read More »

Escobedo Impressive in Hometown Return

WOODLAND, CALIFORNIA – With a world title opportunity potentially looming right around the corner, Vicente Escobedo thrilled his hometown crowd by scoring three first-round knockdowns en route to a stoppage over Lonnie Smith at the Woodland Community & Senior Center in the Telefutura Solo Boxeo main event on Saturday night. Smith (14-3-2, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada started out ... Read More »

Escobedo Returns Home for High Stakes Bout Tonight

Escobedo v. Smith

CAPAY, CALIFORNIA – 2004 U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo is back in his hometown as he headlines tonight’s edition of Telefutura Solo Boxeo against Lonnie Smith at the Woodland Community & Senior Center in Woodland, California. For Escobedo the fight presents a risky proposition, as he is a name fighter in a division lacking such a commodity, but instead of a ... Read More »

Lonnie Smith: “El Negro Mexicano” Takes Big Leap on Enemy Turf

Charismatic super featherweight Lonnie Smith is set to take a big step up in class as he goes to the hometown of world ranked contender Vicente Escobedo for a ten-round regional title bout at the Woodland Community & Senior Center in Woodland, California on Saturday night. For Smith and his team, the fight represents a calculated gamble, but also rare ... Read More »

Promising Prospect: Manuel Avila

Emerging super bantamweight Manuel Avila enters a rematch with David Reyes on Saturday night aiming to show his superiority and in a way prove a unanimous verdict should have been rendered instead of the split decision that was announced after their initial October meeting. The bout takes place at the Woodland Community & Senior Center in Woodland, California – a ... Read More »

Dulorme Blows Away Ambriz in One


SANTA YNEZ, CALIFORNIA – Puerto Rican welterweight rising star Thomas Dulorme continues to impress ringside observers as he quickly disposed of Aris Ambriz inside of one round in the Showtime-televised main event at the Chumash Casino Resort on Friday night. Dulorme (14-0, 11 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico dropped Ambriz (16-3-1, 8 KOs) of Azusa, California hard with a sweeping ... Read More »

Dulorme Set for Replacement Ambriz

SANTA YNEZ, CALIFORNIA — Touted rising welterweight Thomas Dulorme aims to impress in his West Coast debut as he takes on Aris Ambriz in the ten-round Showtime-televised main event emanating from the Chumash Casino Resort Friday night. Fighters weighed in Thursday evening for the six-bout card. After turning professional in Florida in 2008, Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto ... Read More »

Reynoso on Injury

Yesterday it was announced that 140-pound prospect Jose Reynoso was forced to pull out of his scheduled ten-round bout against unbeaten Thomas Dulorme, which was to have taken place next Friday at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, due to a hip injury suffered in training. Reynoso, extremely disappointed to withdraw from the Showtime-televised bout, explained the cause ... Read More »

Sanchez Remains Unbeatable at Home

Alan Sanchez lands on Alberto Herrera

WOODLAND, CALIFORNIA — Rising prospect and local draw Alan Sanchez thrilled his vocal following yet again with a hard-fought eight-round unanimous decision over Alberto Herrera in the Telefutura Solo Boxeo main event at the Woodland Community & Senior Center on Friday night. Sanchez (9-2-1, 3 KOs) of Fairfield, California entered the ring four times in 2011, three times in Fairfield ... Read More »

Sanchez Back on Solo Boxeo

Alan Sanchez v. Alberto Herrera

WOODLAND, CALIFORNIA — In the season finale of Telefutura Solo Boxeo tomorrow night, welterweight prospect Alan Sanchez will appear on the network for the third time this year as he takes on late fill-in opponent Alberto Herrera in the eight-round main event emanating from the Woodland Community & Senior Center. Fighters weighed in this afternoon at Paco’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant ... Read More »