The Aug. 10 Top Rank Boxing on ESPN show, a featherweight card due to feature former featherweight and junior featherweight world titleholder Carl Frampton in his Top Rank debut in the main event and former junior featherweight titlist Jessie Magdaleno in the co-feature, will take place at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, a source with knowledge of the plans told ESPN. A win by Frampton would set up a likely title shot against Oscar Valdez later this year. Magdaleno will be returning to the arena where he lost his world title by 11th-round knockout to Isaac Dogboe April 2018.
Organizers have announced the co-feature of the Amir Khan-Neeraj Goyat welterweight fight on July 12 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Heavyweight Hughie Fury, the cousin of lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, will take on long-faded former world titlist Samuel Peter, who is 2-1 in low-level fights this year after returning to the ring for the first time since third-round knockout loss to Kubrat Pulev in December 2016. Former world title challenger Fury has won his only bout since a decision loss to Pulev in an October eliminator.
Russian cruiserweight world titlist Denis Lebedev, recently re-installed by the WBA from his “champion in recess” designation when Beibut Shumenov was stripped of his world title due to injury, will next face regular titlist Arsen Goulamirian, of France, after the sides made a deal and avoided a purse bid that had been scheduled for June 20. The date and site have not been set yet. The fight will be the undefeated Goulamirian’s first since October and Lebedev’s first since November. Goulamirian had been the organization’s interim titlist and due to face Shumenov.
Promoter Lou DiBella announced that he has signed Joel Diaz-trained Mexican heavyweight Elvis Garcia (8-0, 6 KOs), 29, who was born in Mexico and moved to Umatilla, Oregon, at age 4. Garcia, who was 85-10 as an amateur, has a 3-0 record as a pro in mixed martial arts but is focused on boxing. "Elvis Garcia is a promising and hard-working heavyweight with great talent. The heavyweight division is thriving right now and I look forward to working with Elvis to bring him the best opportunities to fulfill his potential,” DiBella said. Diaz raved about his work ethic. “Elvis is the hardest working heavyweight I have ever seen," he said. "He trains like a featherweight. No fighter in my gym is hungrier or has a bigger heart."
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The WBA has scheduled a purse bid for the fight between unified junior featherweight world titlist Daniel Roman, of Los Angeles, and mandatory challenge Murodjon Akhmadaliev, of Uzbekistan, for July 2 at its offices in Panama City, Panama. Minimum bid is $120,000 with a $5,000 fee for any promoter who wants to participate in the auction. Roman, who has made four defenses, is entitled to 75 of the winning bid and Akhmadaliev 25 percent.
Newly crowned junior lightweight titlist Jamel Herring, who won his belt by decision from Masayuki Ito on May 25, has been ordered to make his first defense against mandatory challenger Lamont Roach Jr. The WBO sent a letter to Herring promoter Top Rank and Roach promoter Golden Boy on June 21 ordering them to commence negotiations. They have 30 days to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered although either camp can request an immediate purse bid if they don’t want to negotiate. Minimum bid is $150,000.
With representatives for strawweight titlist Vic Saludar and mandatory challenger Wilfredo Mendez unable to make a deal, the WBO has scheduled a purse bid to determine promotional rights to the bout. The purse offer is scheduled for June 27 at the WBO offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Minimum bid is $80,000. Rontal Championship Boxing Promotions represents Saludar and PR Best Boxing Promotions represents Mendez. The purse split will depend on where the fight takes place. Under WBO rules, if the bout is “held in the country of origin, residence or nationality of the champion” it’s a 75-25 split in favor of the titlist. If the fight is “held in any other country” the titleholder gets 80 percent and the challenger 20 percent.
The WBO on Saturday appointed former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who has vacated his belts to move up to heavyweight, as its mandatory challenger. The WBO issued its ruling based on its acceptance of a petition filed on June 3 by Usyk attorney John Hornewer seeking the position, which is in accordance with WBO rules to appoint a champion in a lower weight division as a mandatory when he moves up to the next division. Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs), 32, of Ukraine, the 2018 fighter of the year, who is sidelined until September because of a biceps injury, will be in line to face the winner of the rematch between unified titlist Andy Ruiz Jr. and former titlist Anthony Joshua, who are due to meet in a rematch later in the year.
McGregor lands multiple punches on Allan
Lee McGregor comes out swinging landing multiple punches against Scott Allan especially in the fifth round. For more Top Rank action, sign up here for ESPN+ https://watch.espnplus.com/toprank/
The purse bid for the lightweight world title fight between champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and mandatory challenger Luke Campbell, which was scheduled to take place on Friday, was postponed until Wednesday as Lomachenko promoter Top Rank and Campbell promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing move closer to a deal. There have been talks about the bout taking place on Aug. 31 in London but it could also wind up taking place in the United States.
Ward wins by technical decision
Steven Ward wins the WBO European light-heavyweight title against Liam Conroy after the fight was stopped in the 8th round.
Mexico's Elwin Soto, right, defeated Angel Acosta, of Puerto Rico, by KO on Friday to win the WBO junior flyweight title. Acosta's loss means Puerto Rico has no world titlists for the first time since August 26, 2017. Soto's victory breaks a streak of four consecutive wins for Puerto Ricans against Mexican fighters in recognized world title bouts. According to the ESPN Stats and Information team, the last Mexican fighter to defeat a Puerto Rican fighter in a recognized world title bout was Canelo Alvarez against Miguel Cotto in 2015. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)
Elwin Soto captured the WBO junior flyweight world title by stopping defending champion Angel Acosta in the 12th and final round in dramatic fashion. Instead of playing it safe after building a lead in the early rounds, Acosta fought aggressively at the start of the final round and was hit by a left hook that staggered him. While he never was off his feet, after taking a couple of more punches, the fight was waved off by referee Thomas Taylor.
Top Rank has announced that is has signed welterweight Paddy Donovan, 20, one of Ireland’s top amateur boxers, to a multi-year promotional contract. Donovan, whose pro debut will come on a date to be determined later this year, is trained and managed by former middleweight world titlist Andy Lee, who, like Donovan, is from Limerick, Ireland. As an amateur, Donovan was 161-5, won 13 national titles and claimed a silver medal at the 2015 AIBA World Junior Championships. “My goal is to become a world champion, and there is no one better than Top Rank to help me achieve my goal,” Donovan said.
Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14 KOs) became the first Japanese boxer to win world titles in four weight divisions when he stopped the Philippines’ Aston Palicte (25-3-1, 21 KOs) at 1 minute, 46 seconds of the 10th round to claim a vacant junior bantamweight title on Wednesday in Chiba, Japan. Ioka badly hurt Palicte with a counter right hand in the 10th round and then unloaded a stream of follow-up punches until referee Kenny Chevalier stopped it at 1 minute, 46 seconds. Ioka, who led on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, has now won belts at strawweight, junior flyweight, flyweight and junior bantamweight. Also on the card, Japan’s Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9 KOs) made his first junior flyweight title defense, retaining his belt by unanimous decision against Thailand’s Tanawat Nakoon (11-1, 5 KOs). The scores were 117-111, 117-111 and 117-112.
The WBO has ordered a 30 day negotiating period between their junior lightweight champion, Jamel Herring, and his mandatory contender, Lamont Roach. If an agreement is not reached, a purse bid will be called (with a minimum bid of $150,000 in place). Herring won the title on May 25 by defeating Masayuki Ito via unanimous decision.
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