WBO Statement on Billy Joe Saunders & If They Will Strip His Title

WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq reacted on Billy Joe Saunders’ public comments regarding his world title status: “B.J. Saunders has voluntarily vacated the WBO Middleweight Title, and publicly apologized for his violation of the Massachusetts Athletic Commission’s anti-doping regulations”. “Therefore, the clash between Demetrius Andrade and Walter Kautondonkwa scheduled for October 20th will now be for the vacant World Crown”. “Also, I will recommend to the WBO Executive Committee that Saunders receives a six month suspension for his transgression”. Fernando Gaztambide WBO Press

Terence Crawford & Jose Benavidez Get Into Heated Exchange at #CrawfordBenavidez Media Day [Video]

Terence Crawford is excited to be back in Omaha, his beloved hometown and the site of many of his greatest fistic moments. The man nicknamed “Bud” will defend his WBO welterweight world title Saturday evening against Jose Benavidez Jr. at the CHI Health Center Omaha (formerly the CenturyLink Center), live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET. His four CHI Health Center outings have drawn nearly 45,000 fans, and another packed house is expected. The long-simmering animosity between Crawford and Benavidez spilled over into Wednesday’s media day, with the pair and their respective teams exchanging verbal haymakers. The ESPN broadcast will also include 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and top featherweight prospect…

Billy Joe Saunders Out of Title Fight, Expected to Be Stripped of Title; What Happens to Demetrius Andrade Now?

The planned WBO middleweight title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Demetrius Andrade on Oct 20 is off ESPN reports that the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission denied Saunders a boxing license after results from a pre-fight drug test revealed the presence of the banned performance-enhancing stimulant oxilofrine in his system. As a result, Saunders is expected to be stripped of the title by the sanctioning body. What happens to Andrade at this point? In the event a replacement opponent is found, and Saunders is stripped, he will have the opporutnity to fight for the vacant belt against the next mandatory challenger Walter Kautondokwo of Namibia.  To see Demetrius Andrade discussing the fight against Billy Joe Saunders during…

Tyson Fury Not Enrolled In Drug Testing Reportedly; He Says He Is [Video] #WilderFury

On the eve of beginning camp for a December 1 showdown against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, a new report says Fury has yet to enroll in the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program. ESPN’s Dan Rafael reports that as of Sunday Fury had yet to enroll in the drug testing program, which is overseen by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Dopping Agency). ESPN confirmed with enrollment status with president Dr. Margaret Goodman. As of Sunday, Fury, whom the WBC recently rated No. 3, was still not enrolled. “To date, VADA has not received Clean Boxing Program enrollment forms on Mr. Fury,” Dr. Margaret Goodman, the president of VADA, told ESPN. “Mr. Wilder remains enrolled in the Clean Boxing Program.”…

Canelo Moving to 168 Pound to Challenge Rocky Fielding For Title

Canelo Alvarez will be back in the ring in December as speculated. Making the annoucement on his social media platforms, the newly crowned unified middleweight champion will move up to the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds to challenge England’s Rocky Fielding. It is with great pleasure I announce my next fight to be held December 15th at Madison Square Garden in NYC, undertaking another great challenge in my carrer and representing the WBC as the 160 lb champion. I will fight for the 168 lb Title against the current WBA champion Rocky Fielding! Canelo last fought on September 15 in Las Vegas where he defeated Gennady Golovkin in a rematch to become the WBA/IBO…

Watch Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury’s Pre-Fight Tussle in Los Angeles (Video)

Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury landed in Los Angeles on Wednesday to close out a multi-city tour to promote their upcoming super-fight scheduled for December 1 in Los Angeles. Both Wilder and Fury have expressed immense respect and admiration for each other on mutliple occasions but as the old saying goes, it’s a thin line between love and hate. Escalating their trash talking at the conclusion of the press conference, things became tense when the big man started shoving and attempted to get in each other’s faces. What ended up happening was the fighters being led to seperate spaces for media interviews but not before knocking down members of their respective camps on the…

KO! Watch Luis Melendez’s Devastating Knockout Over Vicente Loredo (Video)

Making his amateur debut on Saturday night’s Top Rank-promoted card in Kissimmee, FL, Luis Melendez defeated Vicente Loredo by devastating knockout. To see the big ending, courtesy of Top Rank, scroll down. * * * * * * * * Luis Melendez with the MONSTER KO. #DiazIto 👻 pic.twitter.com/ySYLX5bF38 — Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) July 28, 2018

Mikey Garcia, Robert Garcia Make Weight For Unification Fight (Video)

Watch Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter make weight for their lightweight unification bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Garcia and Easter enter the ring as the division’s only undefeated champions. To see the fight night bout sheet, scroll down. *****

Canelo Says it Was His ‘Mistake’ He Didn’t Know the Risks of Eating Mexican Meat

Canelo Alvarez says he made a mistake. Breaking what has been largely radio silence since the announcement of the rematch against Gennady Golovkin on September 15, Alvarez told ESPN he didn’t know the risks of eating meat in Mexico and as a result of this experience has given up meat completely. “I don’t want to get anyone else involved. This was my mistake for not reading up on the risks, not researching more, more on the subject, on what’s going on with the beef in Mexico,” Alvarez said. “But I didn’t do anything intentionally. I didn’t do anything to try to enhance my performance, I would never do anything like that. It was a mistake…

Manny Pacquiao Announces on Instagram His Independence From Top Rank

Following his decisive win over Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, newly minted WBA welterweight champion took to social media to clarify who will guide his boxing career from this point forward. In a short, but direct, post on Instagram, Pacquiao says he will be making the decisions. Not long time promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing. I, through MP Promotions, will be handling any and all negotiations for my next fight. Nobody is authorized to speak on my behalf. You know my number, call me. Speaking to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Arum will be flying to the Phillippines for a last-ditch effort to salvage the relationship with Pacquiao. Arum said…

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