Ring City USA, the new sports media startup that debuted its Thursday night boxing series in November 2020, announced today a change in the headliner of its March 18 event, their second of three cards during its residency in Puerto Rico.

With the previously announced Hector Tanajara unable to fight due to an illness, former super featherweight Alberto Machado, (22-2, 18 KO), will now face hard-hitting Mexican contender Angel ‘Tashiro’ Fierro, (17-1-1, 13 KOs), of San Diego, Calif. in a ten-round main event clash, highlighting the latest chapter of the iconic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico ring rivalry. The event emanates from the famed Alberque Olimpico (Olympic Center) in Salinas, P.R.

Fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico, Fierro returns to battle following a ninth-round knockout of Alexis Reyes on October 16, 2020. Since turning pro in 2015, the 22-year-old has flashed an aggressive fighting style which is highlighted by six career first-round knockouts.

The next two Ring City USA events (March 18 and March 25) are televised in the United States and Puerto Rico on NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports app on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with undercard action streaming live on Twitch. The full card, which will be announced shortly, will be available on Twitch outside of the United States.

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About Ring City USA
Ring City, which launched in 2020, is boxing’s newest sports media platform. Working in tandem with a variety of promoters and talent, its new boxing series places an emphasis on competitive matchups that genuinely test the fighters and excite the fight fans. Ring City provides great fights in the ring and compelling shoulder programming outside of the ring. Ring City is the proving ground where up-and-coming talent can earn their stripes and launch themselves into the upper echelon of boxing stardom.

EN VIVO DESDE PUERTO RICO – Ring City USA se transmitirá en:

NBC Sports Network – 9 pm ET (10 pm PR) – Cartelera principal

NBC Puerto Rico (canal 2.3) – 9 pm ET (10 pm PR) – Cartelera principal

Twitch – 7 pm ET (8 pm PR) – Undercards

ESPN Latin America Cartelera principal – 6pm PT (8 pm México)

KHABAR (Kazakhstan) Cartelera principal – March 5th, 8 am (hora local)

PESAJE OFICIAL: Ring City USA – Puerto Rico


Serhii Bohachuk – 153.8 lbs.

Brandon Adams – 153.8 lbs.

Referee: Ramón Peña

Judges: Chris Flores, Steve Weisfeld, Luis Ruiz

WBO NABO Junior Welterweight Fight – 10 Rounds

Danielito Zorrilla – 139.6 lbs.

Ruslan Madiyev – 139.6 lbs.

Referee: Janny Guzman

Judges: Chris Flores, Steve Weisfeld, Gerardo Martinez


Featherweight Fight – 8 Rounds

Bryan Chevalier – 127.4 lbs.

Carlos Zambrano – 127.0 lbs.

Referee: Ramón Peña

Judges: Ramon Solis, Luis Ruiz, Gerardo Martinez

Super Middleweight Fight at 163 lbs. – 4 Rounds

Fernando Vargas, Jr. – 159.8 lbs.

Salome Flores Torres – 162.0 lbs.

Referee: Janny Guzman

Judges: Ramon Solis, Luis Ruiz, Gerardo Martinez

Super Lightweight Fight – 4 Rounds

Harold Laguna – 135.2 lbs.

Darwin Álvarez – 138.8 lbs.

Referee: Ramón Peña

Judges: Ramon Solis, Luis Ruiz, Gerardo Martinez

Welterweight Fight – 4 Rounds

Jorge Díaz – 146.0 lbs.

Felipe Muñoz – 143.0 lbs.

Referee: Janny Guzmán

Judges: Ramon Solis, Luis Ruiz, Gerardo Martinez

Ring City USA, the new sports media startup that debuted its Thursday night boxing series in November 2020, has unveiled undercard fights for their March 4 and March 18 events, three weeks ahead of their residency in Puerto Rico.

All events will be televised in the United States and Puerto Rico on NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports app on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with undercard action streaming live on Twitch.

On March 4, Ring City will take over the Felix Pagan Pintor Gym in Guaynabo with the previously-announced main event between undefeated blue-chip rising star Serhii Bohachuk (18-0, 18 KOs) and former middleweight title challenger Brandon Adams (22-3, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO NABO Jr. Middleweight title in a 10-round affair. In the co-main event on NBCSN, undefeated prospect Danielito Zorilla (14-0, 11 KOs) of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, will meet Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Madiyev (13-1 5 KOs) for the WBO NABO Jr. Welterweight title in a 10-rounder.

About Ring City USA

Ring City, which launched in 2020, is boxing’s newest sports media platform. Working in tandem with a variety of promoters and talent, its new boxing series places an emphasis on competitive matchups that genuinely test the fighters and excite the fight fans. Ring City provides great fights in the ring and compelling shoulder programming outside of the ring. Ring City is the proving ground where up-and-coming talent can earn their stripes and launch themselves into the upper echelon of boxing stardom.

Miami,FL; Boxeo Telemundo kicks off on March 5th 2021 live with audience from Osceola Heritage Park events center in Kissimmee, FL. Headlining the bill is undefeated WBO/NABO Jr Welterweight champion Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (18-0-1 12 KO’s) of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico who faces Mexican challenger Jesus “Barreterito Beltran (17-3-2 10 KO’s) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa in a 10 round main event attraction.

After 8 studio setting shows at the same venue to close out 2020, Promoter Felix “Tutico” Zabala has announced they will now open their doors to a 50% capacity with all safety measurements in place including temperature check, social distancing and required mask at all times.

The pride of Aguas Buenas Yomar Alamo returns to action after one year of inactivity due to covid-19. In his last fight, Alamo outgunned then undefeated Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda in a battle of undefeated on Telemundo.

“I am excited to be back in the ring in what feels like my 2nd home and with my people cheering me on again” stated NABO Champion Yomar Alamo “2021 will be my year, after this fight i am ready for the bigger challenges.”

Jesus Beltran will now be dropping in weight were he will campaign at super lightweight. Beltran has his own championship pedigree as he comes from a fighting family, his brother Miguel Beltran is a fighter and his cousin Raymond Beltran is a former WBO world champion.

“In my last fight on Telemundo I gave up too much weight, which cost me the fight” stated Jesus Beltran ” I have been training hard since the new year, now I’m back to my original weigh class were I feel strong. The only goal i have in mind is to bring the title back to Mexico!”

All Star Boxing will follow up with 2 back to back shows all in the state of Florida March 12 and March 19th details to be announced shortly.

“The Magic” Alamo Vs. “Barreterito” Beltran will air live on Telemundo at 12AM/EST

Top Rank Boxing’s undefeated super middleweight Steve Nelson has landed a great spot on an upcoming ESPN show and he plans to make the most of the jump to the big stage.

Nelson (15-0, 12 KO’s) will now fight fellow-undefeated Cem Kilic (14-0, 9 KO’s) in a 10-rounder for the vacant NABO title Saturday, January 11 as the co-feature to the Jesse Hart-Joe Smith Jr. main event at Hard Rock Live in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

A bicep injury to middleweight Rob Brant, that required some surgery, changed things up for the staff at Top Rank Boxing who had scheduled Brant to be fighting January 11 as part of the Hart/Smith Jr. card. So, a quick lineup shuffle saw a great opportunity for Omaha, Nebraska’s undefeated super middleweight Steve Nelson.

Nelson was prepared and excited to be part of stablemate Terence Crawford’s card at Madison Square Garden on December 14 in New York City. However, when the January 11 bout for Brant had to be changed, he was presented with the opportunity to wait a month and co-headline with Hart and Smith, on ESPN. Nelson was thrilled at the new opportunity and jumped at the chance to be put in the co-headline spoon the bill.

This fight is a big one for the Nelson, who trains out of the B+B Boxing Academy in Omaha, Nebraska under the direction of Brian McIntyre. Nelson is in tough with the Buddy McGirt-trained Kilic who will also be looking to use the high profile event to gain some traction in front of a large audience.

Nelson, a United States Army veteran, turned pro in 2016 and has been perfect in 15 bouts. A win against an undefeated prospect like Kilic could be the ticket to bigger fights and his eventual hope of one day fighting for a world title. But, for Nelson, who is famous for entering the ring with some very stylish and unique (self-designed and made) ring outfits, it all starts with a big win on January 11th in Jersey.

In a recent interview with Cornerman Boxing in New York, Nelson expressed his excitement at this great opportunity and his desire to certainly make the most out of it.

“It’s time to step it up”, said an enthused Nelson. “It’s where everybody is going to say, ‘hey, who is this dude? He got a lot skills to offer to the boxing world. The world is going to see”, he said.

Being a stablemate of Terence Crawford, considered by many as the very best in boxing, has afforded the opportunity for Nelson to be on some big shows with Crawford and Top Rank. However, moving into a co-headlining slot on ESPN brings things to a new level for him and an impressive win could land him a real big fight.

“This (co-headlining ESPN) is like going from a 5th round draft pick to a 1st round”, he said with a smile.

Via MaxBoxing.com

21-year-old lightweight prospect Ryan Garcia is set for action on Saturday, headlining the Canelo-Kovalev undercard in the night’s co-feature on DAZN, facing Filipino battler Romero Duno in a fight that may or may not wind up competitive, but will almost certainly be an entertaining watch for fans.

Garcia (18-0, 15 KO) is expected to do a number on Duno (21-1, 16 KO), who is shorter and seems to have the more limited toolset, but Duno is a full-on warrior, too, a guy who fights his guts out every time he’s in the ring.

The fight has come about in a pretty unusual and fairly high-profile manner, considering that this is not exactly an elite-level matchup. Garcia was supposed to return to the ring in September against Avery Sparrow, who wound up arrested the day before the bout and was, obviously, pulled from the fight.

Duno, who was on the same card, was offered to Garcia as a short-notice replacement opponent, but Garcia and Golden Boy couldn’t come to terms on that, resulting in a very public and pretty ugly spat between fighter and promoter.

In the end, cooler heads prevailed, with Garcia signing an extension with Golden Boy and moving forward to the Duno fight on this date, a big opportunity on a major card.

On Duno’s end, he didn’t have any trash to talk about Garcia “ducking” him in September.

“I respect the decision because I know that King Ryan had already prepared for a different opponent, and that’s why he didn’t accept the offer,” Duno said on Tuesday.

Garcia was very brief in his discussion of the fight and any “controversy” surrounding it not happening a couple of months ago.

“I’m here now, I’m ready to do my thing Saturday night and prove that I’m the better fighter,” he said. “Words are cheap, I’m just ready to show what I can do.”

Duno is also fully aware that he’s the underdog, and that it’s believed that Garcia’s speed and skills will be too much for him, but he believes in himself, saying, “A lot of people said that King Ryan is going to beat you, but I said to myself that maybe I can have a technique to counter that kind of speed.”

Outside of Garcia’s huge social media presence — which he’s right about when he says that everyone but him seems to bring it up — he has a lot of naysayers and non-believers who feel he’s nothing more than an Instagram success who can’t back it up in the ring.

If he wins Saturday, he doesn’t sound like he expects anything to change there, at least not yet, and he’s not too concerned about it.

“I don’t know what it says to them, that’s up to their own judgment,” he said. “I believe in myself and my team believes in me and that’s all that matters. This is a big moment and a big time in my life.”

Ever since he turned pro following the 2016 Olympics, featherweight contender Shakur Stevenson wanted to return home to Newark. In front of 5,150 fans at Prudential Center, Stevenson, the WBO No. 1 contender, knocked out two-time world title challenger Alberto “Metro” Guevara (27-5, 12 KOs) in the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder for the WBO NABO belt.

“That was a great performance I put on for the city of Newark. Top Rank, y’all all have to give me better competition I want the IBF and WBO {titles}. I would love to go to England to fight Josh Warrington,” Stevenson said. “I surprised myself today. I was going to the body a lot. I saw him at the weigh-in. He didn’t look like he was in shape.

“There is only one way to describe tonight – amazing! Seeing all of my family, friends and everybody from the city come out to support me was incredible.”

Stevenson (12-0, 7 KOs) dominated the opening round, scored a pair of knockdowns in the second and finished things off with a knockdown in the third. It was a short, brutal and just what the crowd wanted.

Greer Jr. Edges Potapov

The knockout didn’t come, but bantamweight Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. ultimately got the job done. Greer (21-1-1, 12 KOs), the Chicago-born bantamweight puncher, bested Nikolai Potapov by majority decision (114-114, 115-113 and 116-112) to the earn the WBO NABO belt.

Greer swept the 12th round on all three judges’ scorecards to secure the win in what was a tactical affair. Potapov (20-2-1, 11 KOs) snapped Greer’s seven-bout KO streak, with some ringside observers believing he did enough to pull off the upset.

“He’s very awkward with the Russian style. But at the end of the day, this is the pros. And at the end of the day, I pulled it out,” Greer said. “The booing didn’t bother me. I know I won the fight. Every time I hit him to the body, I hurt him. I didn’t get the knockout, but I got the win. Next time out, you’ll see the pillow again.”

Photo by Mikey Williams / Top Rank

NEWARK, N.J. (July 11, 2019) – It was a press conference befitting a Newark King. Mayor Ras Baraka was on hand, as well as a large contingent of media from Northern New Jersey and New York.

WBO NABO Featherweight Champion Shakur Stevenson, Newark’s favorite son and a 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, is ready for his homecoming.

WBO. No. 1 featherweight contender Stevenson (11-0, 6 KOs) will face Alberto Guevara (27-4, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event Saturday evening at Prudential Center (ESPN/ESPN DEPORTES, 10:30 p.m. ET). In the televised co-feature, for the vacant WBO NABO Bantamweight title, Chicago native Joshua Greer Jr. (20-1-1, 12 KOs) will look to make it eight knockouts in a row versus Nikolai Potapov (20-1-1, 11 KOs).

In front of a packed Newark house, this is what the fighters had to say.

Shakur Stevenson

“It means everything to me being that this was a dream of mine to come here to the Prudential Center and fight in front of the hometown, my home crowd, family, friends. I’m happy to be here, and it means everything to me.”

“I’m not overlooking him. Honestly, I’m not going to let you {Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher} put no pressure on me either [smiles}. I feel like I’m going to go in there, box my fight and have fun. I’m going to let everything take care of itself.”

Alberto Guevara

“I know Shakur is a tough fighter, but I want to prove that I can do more in boxing. All of my experience will show on Saturday night.”

“I have a lot of experience as an amateur and a pro. My experience will be important in this fight.”

Joshua Greer Jr.

“This means everything to me. You asked {Nikolai} a way to beat me. The only way to beat me is to kill me because I’m not giving him nothing.”

“I work hard. I leave no stone unturned. Me and my coach work hard day in, day out. I make the sacrifices.”

“I’m dedicating this fight – my whole career, basically – to Ed Brown, who was 20-0 with 16 knockouts. He got killed in Chicago {in 2016}, and I know that we got Ed Browns everywhere, even in Newark, so I’m just bringing awareness to the situation.”

“Shakur is like a brother to me. He calls me his brother. If I call you my brother, I mean that. Him, his family, his grandfather, the way that they’ve been to me since I’ve been out here, his people, Newark. I mean, they treat me like a king out here. I wouldn’t have it no other way if Shakur was to come to Chicago.”

Nikolai Potapov

“I’ve been wanting this fight. I’ve been looking at this fight and watching {Greer’s fights}. I feel great. Everything with the weight cut has gone well, so I can’t wait to get started on Saturday night. That’s it. I’m excited.”

“I’m happy that Joshua has been following my career and that he wants to knock me out. We’ll see on Saturday night how he’s going to do it.”

“I don’t want to predict too much. He’s a very tough fighter, so there will be a lot of punches, a lot of movement. It’s going to be a very interesting fight to watch.”

Photo by Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames pressed the action and landed the harder punches, ultimately coming away with a 10-round unanimous decision over Patrick Day to retain his WBO NABO title at Pechanga Resort Casino.

Adames (18-0, 14 KO) prevailed by scores of 97-93 2x and 98-91, as Day (17-3-1, 6 KOs) saw his six-bout winning streak snapped. The Dominican puncher wobbled Day in the final round, but Day was ultimately saved by the final bell.

Adames, who had knocked out three straight opponents coming into the fight, now has his sights set on a world title shot.

“Tonight was about getting work in. I listened to my coach, Robert Garcia,” Adames said. “This was my second fight with him, and it was about getting good rounds, and we did that. In the 10th round, he told me he was ready to go. If I had one more minute I think I would’ve finished him, but in the end, I think it was a very good performance on my behalf.”

Photo by Mikey Williams

Congrats to the WBO NABO Mini-Flyweight Champion and ranked #4 Wilfredo “Bimbito” Méndez 🇵🇷 (13-1, 5 KO) of Trujillo Alto, who defeated WBO ranked #8 Janiel “Pototo” Rivera 🇵🇷 (18-3-3, 11 KO) of Vega Baja, via unanimous decision, on his first title defense at the Rubén Zayas Montañéz Coliseum in the city of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Scorecards: 100-88, 99-89 & 97-91.

Below you can watch the entire event. In the main event, WBO NABO Champion Méndez faces Rivera in a great action fight:

As a “civil war” could be called the clash between world ranked at 105 pounds Wilfredo “Bimbito” Méndez and Janiel “Pototo” Rivera, who will dispute the WBO’s NABO belt of Méndez, this Friday, May 24, in another edition of “A Puño Limpio”, which will be held at the Rubén Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Spartan Boxing and Miguel Cotto Promotions.

Currently, Méndez (12-1, 5 kos) is ranked #4 by the WBO at 105 pounds, while Rivera (18-3-3, 11 kos), who challenged for a world title in 2013, is ranked #8.

“We are going to present a big fight this Friday between Bimbito Méndez and Janiel Rivera, two well-ranked fighters, who could get a world opportunity to win this Friday,” said promoter Iván Rivera, president of PRBBP. “We also have other good matches and fighters from Trujillo Alto and adjacent areas for the delight of the fans that comes to the Rubén Zayas Montañez Coliseum.”

The main event of the evening will have Bimbito Méndez defending his WBO NABO belt at 105 pounds against Pototo Rivera, in what is expected to be a 10-round “civil war”. Méndez, 22, comes from a victory by way of the knockout in March over Mexican Armando “Chiquita” Vázquez, while Rivera, 27, knocked out Lucian González in March, in the most recent bouts of both fighters. The WBO monarch at 105 pounds is the Filipino Vic Saludar.

“It’s a fight that the fan asked for, even Janiel asked, I’m super happy, second time I’m stellar at home, my audience calls for competitive fights all the time, this fight is competitive, it’s an important fight for me, to win, I put myself number one (in the ranking), the fight is going to be a great show,” said Méndez.

For his part, Rivera said that “Wilfredo Méndez is a boy who is rising, but I understand that he has something that can make me fight for the world title. It’s nothing personal, Wilfredo is a terrific fighter We know each other a little bit, I’m happy that this fight was made, we need boxing stars in Puerto Rico, I know the winner is going to give a good representation of Puerto Rico, but it’s not a secret that I’m going to win. ”

Meanwhile, in an eight round bout, Carlos Arrieta (8-0, 7 kos), will face the Argentine Ernesto Sebastian Franzolini (8-9-1, 1 kos) to eight rounds in 122 pounds, as well as Patrick Cora (6 -0, 5 kos), will fight against the Argentine Luis Alberto Vera (10-14-2, 1 kos) to six rounds and 154 pounds.

The rest of the undercard will have in four-round matches, Ángel Marrero (2-0) against Juan Fonseca (2-0) at 140 pounds; José Manuel Scroggin (1-0-1) against Juseim Cruz (2-0) at 140 pounds; Luis Enrique Rivera (2-5, 2 kos) against Hayron Santiago (5-5-1, 3 kos) at 126 pounds; Mario Suárez (1-0-1) against Eugene Alvelo (0-4) at 160 pounds, and Adrián Martínez (3-2, 2 kos) against a rival to be determined at 140 pounds.

WBO NABO Jr. Middleweight Championship Fight: Adames Vs. Day

On Friday, June 28 at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California, undefeated Dominican puncher Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames will defend his NABO 154-pound belts against Patrick Day. The fight will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with DiBella Entertainment, tickets for this world championship event priced at $149, $129, $79, $59, and $29 are on sale now and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in person at the Pechanga Resort Casino box office.

Adames (17-0, 14 KOs) has won three straight bouts by knockout since electing to campaign at 154 pounds. A former amateur star from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Adames grew up with 35 siblings and turned to the sport at the age of 12 after an older brother took him to a gym. In his last bout, April 20 on the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan undercard, he blew away perennial contender Frank Galarza in four rounds. Day (17-2-1, 6 KOs), from Freeport, New York, has won six in a row, including two wins against previously unbeaten fighters. He made a statement Feb. 2 in Frisco, Texas, outboxing Ismail Iliev (11-0-1 at the time) over 10 rounds.

“This fight represents a big step in the right direction for me and my career,” Adames said. “I am thrilled with this opportunity, and as I have always promised to my people of the Dominican Republic, I will be the next world champion from the island and the new face of Dominican boxing.”

“Time to show the world who Pat Day is,” Day said. “These are the fights I dreamed of on my way to top 10 contention. Now that I am here, I intend to advance to a world title. I respect what Carlos brings to the table, but he has never fought a guy like me. I am focused on winning and looking good doing it.”

Photo by Mikey Williams / Top Rank

FOR THIS SATURDAY, Nov. 17 at Plaza de Toros Calafia in Mexicali, Mexico NABO Jr. Featherweight Champion Diego De La Hoya (21-0, 10 KOs) will look to shine before a hometown crowd as he defends his titles against Edixon Perez (16-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round main event at Plaza De Toros Calafia in Mexicali, Mexico. De La Hoya will fight for the first time as a professional in his native country of Mexico in a bout that will be televised live on TV Azteca at a delayed time of 8:30 p.m. PT.

De La Hoya is an undefeated contender who has built a stellar resume since turning professional in 2013. The 24-year-old scored his most significant victory when he defeated former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero on the HBO-televised undercard of Canelo vs. Golovkin in Sept. 2017. De La Hoya followed this win by defeating Jose “Sugar” Salgado via seventh-round technical knockout in June of this year. De La Hoya is on the verge of a world title shot but will risk that opportunity against Perez.

“I’m delighted to return to my hometown and defend my titles,” said Diego De La Hoya. “I’ve developed my career in the United States, but I’m happy to fight for the first time as a professional in Mexico. There’s no better way than to come back as a headliner and on a great platform such as TV Azteca.”

Perez is a 26-year-old native of El Tigrito, Venezuela who is coming off six straight victories, four of them by stoppage. Perez will look to follow in the footsteps of fighters such as the late Edwin “El Inca” Valero and Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares, boxers with Venezuelan blood who scored impressive wins against tough Mexican fighters.

“It is a privilege to fight in Mexico against a renowned boxer like Diego De La Hoya,” said Edixon Perez. “I’m going to my opponent’s backyard, but I am not going out without a fight. Local fans will find out who is Edixon Perez on the day of the fight.”

De La Hoya vs. Perez is a 10-round fight for the NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate,”THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” The fights will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at Plaza de Toros Calafia in Mexicali, Mexico. The action will be televised live on TV Azteca beginning at 8:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the event are on sale now. Tickets are priced at $150, $250, $400, $500 and $1000 pesos and can be purchased at www.cityticket.com.mx.

Vacant WBO NABO Mini-Flyweight fight this Friday, September 28 in Puerto Rico when the series “A Puño Limpio” returns to the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Spartan Boxing, which will be retransmitted by Wapa Deportes.

In the main event, Wilfredo ‘Bimbito’ Méndez (10-1, 4 kos) will fight for the second time as a professional in his town (the first occasion since 2016) and will go in search of the WBO NABO minimumweight (105 pounds) belt when he faces the Mexican Axel Aragon (10-1, 6 kos) to 10 rounds. Méndez, brother of also boxer Bernard “Bimbo” Lebron, comes from a victory last July in Barranquilla, Colombia.

“I have not fought here (in Trujillo Alto) for years. I feel totally blessed to fight for this NABO title. To my opponent, thank you for coming here to fight, since not many do it. I’ll see you on September 28,” Mendez said.

Aragon, who will fight for the first time outside his country, expressed that “I come with everything, I had a great preparation and I tell my opponent to do his best to give a great fight”.

Meanwhile, the co-main event of the night will have Jean Carlos ‘Lobo’ Torres (12-0, 8 kos) fighting for the second time in a row at home when he faces Luis Joel González (11-5-1, 6 kos) in an eight rounds scheduled bout at 140 pounds. Last month Torres beat Travis Castellón by TKO in the first “A Puño Limpio” of 2018 in Trujillo Alto.

The rest of the action presents at six rounds in 122 pounds former Olympian Antonio Vargas (7-0, 3 kos), Top Rank prospect, facing Mexican veteran Felipe Rivas (17-20-4, 11 kos).

In four round clashes, Jose Villarán (4-0, 3 kos) will fight against a rival to be determined in 168 pounds; Juan Fonseca (1-0, 1 kos) will face Kelvin Diaz (2-1, 2 kos) at 140 pounds; Jean Rivera (1-1) will fight against debutant Emmanuel Román at 147 pounds; Alfredo Cruz (1-0, 1 kos) will face Louis Rios (0-3) at 115 pounds; debutants Angel Marrero and Nisk Steven Torres will fight in 140 pounds, and in a female fight debutants Kina Delgado and Genesis Lopez will fight in 105 pounds.

The series “A Puño Limpio”, in its first part, took place between 2011 and 2012 with shows around Puerto Rico, and had in action fighters like the current world champion Emmanuel “Manny” Rodríguez (in his debut), former world champion Manuel Alejandro “Manny” Siaca, later world champion McJoe Arroyo, as well as future world challengers McWilliams Arroyo, Jonathan Oquendo, José “Chelo” González and David Quijano, and then prospect Jonathan “Bomba “González, among others.

The “A Puño Limpio” series will have three other cards in 2018, on Fridays, October 26, November 16 and December 7.

Lee Baxter Promotions is proud to announce a night of professional boxing on Saturday, September 29th at The Cornwall Civic Centre in Cornwall, Canada.

In the main event the WBO-NABO Championship is on the line when current champion, Albert Onolunose (23-1-1, 7 KOs) takes on the current WBA-NABA Canadian Champion, Patrice Volny (11-0, 8 KOs) in a 10 round title fight with massive implications in Canada’s middleweight picture.

The Calgary based Onolunose, who won the title in his last fight, is taking on one of the hottest young fighters in Montreal’s Volny who is coming off a brutal TKO victory and title defense over Calgary’s rugged, Janks Trotter this past May.

The stakes are high as the WBO has mandated that the winner of Onolunose vs. Volny must face the fearsome Quebec knockout artist, Steven Butler 24-1-1 (21 KOs) within 120 days of the fight.

In even more middleweight action in the co-main event, Brandon Brewer (22-0, 11 KOs) will return to the ring after a year layoff and make his debut in the weight class after tearing through the junior middleweight division.

The undefeated fighter from New Brunswick is making it clear that he wants the winner of Onolunose vs. Volny.

“Canada is on the verge of producing another middleweight world champion and the winner of this showdown between two title holders will make them the front-runner. We expect fireworks in the ring as both fighters know what’s on the line.”, explains, Lee Baxter, President of Lee Baxter Promotions.

The card will also feature a stacked undercard of Canadian fighters going head to head that will be announced shortly.

“We’re stacking the undercard with some exciting domestic match ups. I want to bring great fights to the fans in Cornwall from the opening bell to the finish. We’re planning an absolutely spectacular night of professional boxing.”

tickets start at $35 dollars and VIP tables for up to 8 people available now starting at $1000. For more information visit www.leebaxterpromotions.com

Ticket patrons can purchase tickets at the Cornwall Civic Complex box office at (613) 938-9400, on-line at www.ticketpro.ca or toll free at 1-888-655-9090. The Complex box office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM.


Seth ‘Mayhem’ Mitchell isn’t pointing any fingers for his November loss to Johnathon Banks, and says he’s ready for his February 16 rematch on HBO.

Seth Mitchell heard the calls that maybe he needed a new trainer after his November 17 loss to Johnathon Banks, but the 30-year-old former Michigan State linebacker says he’s got nobody to blame but himself for the setback, and that his trainer gave him the right game plan.

From RingTV.com:

“Andre [Hunter] gave great instructions. We had a great game plan going into that fight, man. Like I said, nothing that Johnathon Banks did was a surprise to me. But people were like, “You need a new trainer,” and, “You need a new this or that.” But my trainer didn’t tell me to go out there and lunge. He didn’t tell me to go out there and be reckless and be overly aggressive. Sometimes, you’ve got to point the finger at yourself.

“You know, I know what we worked on, and one of the main things Andre said was that we’ve got to watch out for his left hook when he’s up against the ropes. I heard that over, and over, and over again in training camp. But what did I get caught with? This was after I had been hurt and he was up against the ropes, I got caught with the left hook.”

Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KO) won the first round of the fight, but was caught and finished off in the second round by Banks (29-1-1, 19 KO), a fighter the same age but many years older in terms of ring experience and savvy.

Not wanting to try and hit reset on his career, Mitchell is headed toward a February 16 rematch with Banks, a gutsy call from a fighter who can’t afford another loss if he wants to keep his name in the mix at heavyweight. Another loss to Banks, and Mitchell will be written off, at least for the time being, as having any hope of becoming a serious contender.

The Banks-Mitchell rematch will be the HBO co-feature to the Adrien Broner-Gavin Reesfight from Atlantic City.

By Scott Christ


Jesse Magdaleno of Las Vegas knocked down Jonathan Arellano of Ontario, Calif., twice to win a unanimous decision and the NABO youth super bantamweight championship Thursday night at the Mirage Events Center.

“My heart is racing. I landed some real heavy punches, and I have my first title belt,” the 21-year-old Magdaleno said in a statement.

Magdaleno (13-0, 9 knockouts) knocked down Arellano (13-2-1, 3 KOs) in the second and sixth rounds to win by scores of 80-70, 80-70 and 80-69.

“I took some hard punches but gave it back hard,” Magdaleno said. “I could tell by his eyes he was shook bad in the last couple of rounds.”



ONTARIO – Keith Thurman (19-0, 18 KOs) conservó el título superwelter NABO de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, al derrotar por nocaut técnico en cuatro rounds a Carlos ‘El Indio’ Quintana (29-4, 23 KOs) en Ontario, California.

Thurman fue superior desde el principio, en el mismo primer episodio, con un potente gancho al cuerpo, el campeón tiró al puertorriqueño a la lona, quien se levantó con algunos problemas.

Para el segundo rollo, ‘El Indio’, se subió a la bicicleta y evitó cualquier intercambio de golpes. Thurman fue paciente, cerró las salidas de Quintana, lo arrinconó en una esquina y descargó todo su arsenal, el réferi se apiadó del boricua y detuvo el pleito.

Carlos Quintana felicitó a su rival y anunció su retiro definitivo del boxeo activo.


LAS VEGAS, NV.- El mexicano-norteamericano Miguel “Mikey” García, primer aspirante a la corona pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (WBO), aplicó un furioso nocaut en el octavo round al ex campeón de la WBA de la división, el argentino Jonathan “Yoni” Barros, anoche, en la cartelera que Top Rank organizó en el Hotel Wynn, y quedó listo para desafiar al actual monarca, el mexicano Orlando “Siri” Salido en enero 2013.

Un potente gancho de izquierda envió a la lona a Barros, y aunque se levantó para tratar de continuar, el réferi Robert Byrd detuvo las acciones pues no estaba en condiciones. El KO se produjo a los 2’24” del octavo capítulo.

García mejoró a 30-0, 26 nocauts, mientras que Barros desmejoró a 34-4-1, 17 nocauts. “Siri” Salido estuvo sentado en primera fila, y presenció la victoria de García.


Bad day at the office for Glenn. After 12-rounds of non-stop action, Mexican Omar Soto (in the foto) defeated popular world rated Filipino Glenn Donaire via unanimous decision to capture the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) flyweight title last Friday at the Ala Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, in the main event of a card organized by Glenn Donaire’s promoter All Star Boxing.

Born in Gensan, Glenn “The Bomber” Donaire, elder brother of sensational world champion Nonito Donaire, got in the ring as the huge favorite, but at the end it was the underdog Omar Soto the warrior who prevailed, even though Soto had been away from boxing for about a year.

Despite the inactivity, Soto’s performance was way more effective than the Donaire’s, who had no resources to counter the pressure and effective attacks dished out by the relentless Mexican veteran, a fact reflected in the judges scorecards: 118-110 (twice), 116-112, all for Omar Soto.

Before his unexpected lost to Omar Soto, the 32-year-old Glenn Donaire has been well rated in all major world boxing organizations: WBA #3, WBO #6, WBC #14 and IBF #14.

Unbeaten bantamweight Randy Caballero, (16-0, 8 KOs), successfully defended his NABO title Friday night with a unanimous decision over Manuel Roman, (15-2-3, 6 KOs), in the main event on ShoBox: The Next Generation before a partisan crowd at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Scores were 97-92, 96-93, and 96-93 in a mostly tactical affair that served as a solid test for the 21-year old prospect from nearby Coachella, California. Caballero, fighting for the 10th time at Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in his 16 pro fights, acknowledged the step up in competition before the fight, but did not seem overly concerned. “Roman’s a tough fighter, I’m not taking anything away from him,” explained Caballero. “But he’s never been 10 rounds. I’ll probably just break him down and hopefully finish him off in the early rounds.”

Although Caballero did not score the early knockout he predicted, he did put Roman on the canvas in the early going. Both fighters started cautiously, trading jabs and jab, straight right combinations. However in round two Caballero landed a right hook followed by a left hook that dropped Roman back onto the seat of his pants. Roman was unhurt and rose quickly, but the knockdown reflected the fact that Caballero was in control from the get go.

The middle rounds continued to be fought at a measured pace, with little offensive diversity by either fighter beyond the jab and one-two, sapping some of the energy from the crowd which had started the fight enthusiastically cheering on Caballero.

Round six started to see some sustained two-way action by the fighters as Roman cornered Caballero and landed a left hook to the body, right hook to the head combination that forced Caballero to fight his way out of danger, resulting in an exchange of blows as Caballero fought his way back towards the center of the ring. The action heated up further in round eight as Roman began to consistently land lead left hooks to the head and body of Caballero, forcing Cabellero out of the cruise control he had been on since the early knockdown.

With the pressure mounting, Caballero was equal to the task, effectively putting an end to Roman’s attempted rally shortly after the start of round nine with an impressive double jab, straight right combination that stopped Roman in his tracks, punctuated shortly after by a left uppercut. That seemed to signal the end of any drama from the fight, as Roman was unable to generate any further momentum as the fighters mixed grappling and clinching with brief spurts of activity over the remaining round and a half.

By: David Robinett



INDIO, Calif. (Aug. 23, 2012) – The four talented fighters competing on a terrific doubleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Aug. 24, live on SHOWTIME® (11:00 p.m. ET) made weight Thursday at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

In the 10-round main event, talented, unbeaten, world-rated hometown favorite Randy Caballero (15-0, 8 KOs), of Coachella, Calif., will defend his NABO Bantamweight Championship against Manny Roman (15-1-3, 6 KOs), of Paramount, Calif.

The ShoBox co-feature at Fantasy Springs will match once-beaten lightweights Michael “The Artist’’ Perez (16-1-1, 10 KOs), of Newark, N.J., against hard-hitting southpaw Fidel Maldonado (13-1, 11 KOs), of Albuquerque, N.M., in a 10-round bout.

Caballero vs. Roman and Perez vs. Maldonado are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT. The first fight begins at 5:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the event, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

Future Hall of Famer, the legendary Bernard Hopkins, will host a meet and greet before the televised card, including signing autographs and taking pictures with fans, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet and greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the fight card.

Barry Tompkins will call the blow-by-blow action on ShoBox with expert analyst Steve Farhood and special guest analyst, former Unified Lightweight World Champion Juan “The Baby Bull” Diaz. Gordon Hall is the executive producer of ShoBox with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

WEIGHTS: Caballero weighed 117.6 pounds, Roman 117.8. Perez tipped scale at 134.8, Maldonado 134.4.

What the fighters said Thursday:


“It’s always a good thing to fight in your hometown and it is really a big thing to be fighting on SHOWTIME again. I feel my career is going in the right direction.

“I really learned a lot from my first fight on ShoBox and have been training hard on not making the same type of mistakes again in this fight as I did in that one.

“Roman is a tough fighter no doubt about it, and he comes to fight, but no one is going to come into my backyard and take my belt away from me. Winning the NABO belt was a really big deal for me and I’m not just going to let it slip away.

“I’m very excited about two of my brothers fighting on this card (one off TV as a professional, one in an amateur fight). Tomorrow will be a big night for our family.”


“I’ve had a lot of stops and starts in my career, but I am definitely ready for this fight and feel more motivated than ever. I plan to make the most of this opportunity.

“I definitely feel they are making a mistake by fighting me. I’ve had more years as a pro than he has. I just haven’t had the chance to show what I can do on television.

“This is by far my biggest fight and I am treating it like a world title fight. The fact I’m fighting on SHOWTIME against an undefeated fighter that’s ranked and fighting him in his hometown is huge, but mentally and physically I am totally prepared and totally confident.

“I’ve been working on trying to be more aggressive and I think you’ll see a difference tomorrow. I’m ready.”


“The huge changes I made before my last fight have really made a positive difference. Physically, I feel stronger. My training camp lasted eight weeks. There were no distractions. I stayed totally focused. There was a lot less stress.

“I fought this guy in the amateurs and I totally out-boxed him. He says I ran from him, but I beat him 5-0 so what does that tell you? I know it was only three rounds and now we are fighting with eight-ounce gloves and no headgear, but I’ll be ready for whatever he brings.

“I’m looking forward to getting in the ring Friday night.”


“I lost a decision to Perez in the semifinals of the Golden Gloves finals when we were amateurs, but he ran the whole time and wouldn’t exchange. I don’t think he threw too much. I’m looking at this as my chance for some major payback.

“So many good fighters have fought on ShoBox, so for me to get my chance is exciting. This is a great opportunity for me. I plan to put on a good show. I’m excited, but not nervous.

“I feel I am really getting underestimated just because I lost my last fight and went the distance with Erick Cruz and Perez knocked Cruz out, but I came in weak for the Cruz fight; there was a misunderstanding with the contract weight.

“Everything is a go for me this time. I’m confident and ready.”


Coachella Boxing Club’s Randy Caballero (left) poses during the weigh-in Thursday against  Manuel Roman at  Fantasy Springs Casino. Caballero, along with  younger brother Ryan, will fight on ShoBox  today.
Coachella Boxing Club’s Randy Caballero (left) poses during the weigh-in Thursday against Manuel Roman at Fantasy Springs Casino. Caballero, along with younger brother Ryan, will fight on ShoBox today. / Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun

INDIO — Randy Caballero is on the brink of some big things and getting closer to fulfilling his dream, but the Coachella boxer wants to keep his focus and not look too far ahead.

Tonight, Caballero will defend his WBO NABO bantamweight title against Manuel Roman (15-1-3) in the main event that will be televised by Showtime.

A lot will be at stake for Caballero.

Currently, Caballero is ranked No. 6 in the WBO. Also the WBO’s bantamweight division doesn’t have a champion right now after many of the top stars moved up in weight class.

Earlier this year, Caballero was named by ESPN.com as one of the 25 prospects to watch.

Caballero will get a tough challenger in Roman, which should make an interesting fight for television.

“We have a prototypical ShoBox prospect in Caballero, who’s young, unbeaten and had a strong amateur career facing a fighter, Roman, who has had a lot of starts and stops in his career, but has only one loss, and it came on a split decision, so he could be easily undefeated, too,” said Showtime boxing analyst Steve Farhood, who will call the fight for ShoBox. “This is definitely a step up for Caballero.”

It is the second time Caballero will fight on ShoBox, a showcase for top prospects.

Caballero fought on ShoBox in March and Farhood said the performance left something to be desired.

“Early in the fight, he looked like everything you would hope to look like for three rounds,” Farhood said. “Then he slumped and he was not all that impressive. But I saw his last fight, and I thought he looked great, but it was mediocre competition.

“The one thing I learned on ShoBox is don’t judge a person from one fight. So we’ll give Randy another chance to wow us.”

If Caballero can come away with the victory and wow the national audience, it could open some key doors — maybe even a title fight, or elimination bout, very soon.

But trainer and father Marcos Caballero said he got some good advice from a renown trainer that still sticks with him.

“One thing Robert Garcia said was ‘Remember the more you take care of your fighter, the longer his career will last,’” Marcos said. “Whatever they give us, Golden Boy, they know what’s good for Randy. We just have to go in and perform.”

But with four divisions and some unknown champions, Farhood said it’s never too early for a title fight, depending on who holds the title.

“Depending on who he fights, a title fight in the next 12 months or sooner could be within reason,” Farhood said.

Like Caballero’s last fight, tonight will be a 10-round fight, and how Caballero performs throughout could be a key.

It will be Caballero’s 10th fight at Fantasy Springs, where he continually draws boisterous fans. Tonight will be special in that younger brother Ryan will make his professional debut and youngest brother Rommell will be part of an amateur exhibition.

But by fighting so much at home, Caballero’s exposure is limited.

But Randy said he enjoys fighting at home and doesn’t pay attention to the concerns.

“I love fighting in front of my fans,” Randy said. “If I fight somewhere else, it’s harder for them to make it. But a ring is a ring. The people outside won’t be in the ring with you. You’ll be the one taking the punishment.”

Coming into the fight, Caballero said he’s in the best shape he’s ever been. During training camp, he’s felt fresh and sharp. He hasn’t been dogged by injuries or soreness.

“I don’t know what it is, but I feel this is my best training camp,” Randy said. “My father said it, my brother said it, people who have seen me train, they’ve seen the difference in my body in how it recovers and how I fight in the ring.”

Roman will be a rugged opponent for Caballero. His only loss was by split decision.

“He’s a tough guy and his record is the way it is for a reason. I’m not taking anything away from him,” Caballero said. “I know he’s going to come to fight, he wants to win, knowing it’s my hometown. I know he’s training hard, but I don’t think there’s anyone training harder than me now. I’m more than 110 percent.”

By: Leighton Ginn


Flores to fight Ahmed "The Egyptian Prince" Samir Sep. 14th

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Willard native and world ranked cruiserweight B.J. Flores will square off with Ahmed “The Egyptian Prince” Samir (12-0) Friday September 14th in a 10 round fight at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield.  The fight is for the NABA and NABO title.

Undefeated 28-year old Ahmed Samir, who trains in Brooklyn, was a member of the 2007 Egyptian National team and he came over to the U.S. in 2007 to represent Egypt in the World Amatuer Championships.  Ahmed never left the country after.  Since  then, he has racked  up an impressive undefeated 12-0 record.  He has lost very few rounds to date in his professional career and has been very dominant in all 12 of his pro fights.

The Flores vs. Samir Fight will headline Youngblood Auto groups “Fight Night at the Shrine”  .  The NABA, NABO and WBC continental Americas titles will be on the line.  The winner will be rated very highly across the boards by all 3 World sanctioning bodies.

The undercard includes:

Will Grover 7-1 vs. Shane Steele 7-4
Jose Gonzales 17-10
Keith Jackson 1-0
Jessie Cook 4-0 (4kos)
Dylan Cook  pro debut
Shawn Beckles (special attraction)

By: Mike Scott