Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz Drug Fiasco

By Jake Donovan There’s no positive spin on the possible cancellation of the scheduled November 4 heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz—but at present moment, there is also no need to yet hit the panic button. Because of the manner in which leaked drug results are handled, however, we are already at that point without cooler heads having a chance to prevail. An overnight breaking news item by award-winning ESPN senior writer Dan Rafael revealed that Ortiz had tested positive for banned substances chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide—both of which are used by drug cheats as masking agents to prevent detection of performance enhancing drug (PED) use). Such news was followed by the revelation that…

REDEMPTION: Lozano vs Rodriguez Rematch For Bantam Title

Miami, Fl: The #1 boxing program on US Spanish Television, Boxeo Telemundo Ford opens its Fall Series on October 13th in Tampa, Fla with an exciting rematch of a controversial decision in 2015. Florida native, Mexican American Daniel “El Alacran” Lozano is on a path to redemption when he takes on Ricardo “Meserito”Rodriguez of Mexico City for what will be an action packed war for the vacant WBO Latino Bantamweight Title. Lozano avenged one of his previous losses in the Summer Series when he KO’d title contender from Mexico City, David “Severo” Carmona, which Nayoa Inoue nor Carlos Cuadras were able to do. On the other hand, Rodriguez is looking to crawl his way back…

Broner Def. Granados By Split Decision; Peterson Edges Avanesyan

Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion Broner eking out a split decision victory from Cintas Center at Xavier University in his hometown of Cincinnati.     The fight, which was scored 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados and 96-94 Broner, was a tale of accuracy vs activity. Granados (18-5-2, 11 KOs), a native of Chicago, was the busier fighter, throwing 683 compared to 403 total punches for Broner (33-2, 24 KOs).  But “The Problem” connected at a 41 percent rate, compared to just 21 percent for his opponent.     The fight was fought largely on the inside, which Broner said was because he hurt his left hand…

Jermall Charlo Vacates 154 Title; Looks For New Challenges at 160

The light middleweight division finds itself with one less titleholder as defending IBF champion Jermall Charlo announced his decision to vacate the strap on Thursday. In a prepared press release, Charlo states there are no other fights that interest him at his current weight class and he’s seeking new challenges at 160. Charlo’s twin brother Jermell, who he’s pledged to never fight, will remain at 154. “If there were a big fight at 154 pounds left for me, I’d stick around and wait for it. But there isn’t anything there that can be made quickly. And I wouldn’t fight my brother or my gym mate and close friend, Erislandy Lara.”   Charlo’s trainer, Ronnie Shields agrees.   “It’s…

Lomachenko To Challenge Sosa For Featherweight Title on April 8

Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO and World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world champion JASON “El Canito” SOSA will battle for Lomachenko’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title, Saturday, April 8, at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. The fight between the two world champions will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated No. 1 super middleweight contender JESSE “Hard Work” HART from Philadelphia, PA., and local favorites from the metro Washington, D.C. area, including undefeated prospects MIKE “Yes Indeed” REED and PATRICK HARRIS in separate bouts. Full details on the undercard…

Details On Canelo & Chavez Jr.Multi-City Tour To Promote May Fight

Two-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and former WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) will embark on a four city international press tour beginning Monday, February 20 to engage with fans and the media ahead of their Cinco de Mayo weekend showdown set for Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena. Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Canelo and Chavez, Jr. will kick-off the four city, international press tour in Mexico City on Feb. 20 that will travel to New York on Feb. 21, Houston on Feb. 23, and end with a press event and…

Mayweather Promo Inks Deal With Former Champ Layla McCarter

Former six-time world champion, Layla “Amazing” McCarter (38-13-5, 9 KO’s) looks to further her career under the Mayweather Promotions’ banner. The 37-year old California native is the second female professional boxer to sign with Mayweather Promotions, behind Latondria Jones.    McCarter boasts an impressive resume, having held titles across four different weight classes, and currently ranks #2 in the light welterweight division. Layla has been able to gain exposure by fighting on big stages, most recently, on the Wilder vs. Arreola card in July 2016, when she defeated Melissa Hernandez by unanimous decision. McCarter has fought some of the best pound-for-pound female boxers, including: former WBC champion Alicia Ashley, which ended in a draw, current WBO champion Cindy Serrano, where McCarter earned…

Top Ranks Scores BIG; Shakur Stevenson Inks Promotional Deal

Olympic medalist. Proud native of Newark. And, as of today, Top Rank fighter.Welcome to the pros, @ShakurStevenson. pic.twitter.com/3ozRFwZ9IZ — Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 9, 2017 The speculation on who was going to land highly sought after amateur Shakur Stevenson is finally over. Flanked by co-manager Andre Ward, Stevenson formally announced on Thursday that Top Rank Boxing will steer and promote his professional career.  Known for their ability to build champions, the signing is not only big for Stevenson but for the long, storied promotional company who’s built some of boxing’s biggest champions including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and others. Speaking to RingTV.com  Arum, who likened Stevenson to another former stablemate of theirs,  Sugar…

Claressa Shields Set To Headline ShoBox On March 10th

Claressa Shields will continue to make boxing history in just her second professional fight. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will headline the March 10th edition of Shobox: The New Generation. Her appearance makes her the first female professional boxer to headline a show on a premium cable network. Taking place at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Shields looks to dazzle in front of her hometown crowd against Hungary’s Szilvia “Sunset” Szabados in a six-round super middleweight bout. Speaking to USA Today Sports, Shields feels fans will respect her choice of opponent given her vast experience and excited to be fight close to home. “People do look at numbers, and she’s got way more (pro) experience…

Canelo v Chavez Jr. Official; T-Mobile To Host May Showdown

On Saturday, May 6, Las Vegas will play host to the kind of massive boxing event the city is known for when two-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) squares off at the new T-Mobile Arena. In 2017’s first true mega fight, Alvarez will take on former WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) during the Cinco De Mayo weekend on Saturday, May 6. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Information on a press tour and tickets will be announced soon. Nearly one year ago to the day before Canelo and Chávez, Jr. go head-to-head, Canelo celebrated T-Mobile Arena’s first boxing event with a thunderous knockout of Amir “King” Khan before a crowd of 16,540 in…