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Giovanni Santillan on Antonio DeMarco Clash: ‘I Want to Show the World That I am an Elite Fighter’

Giovanni Santillan faces fromer champion Antonio DeMarco on Tuesday night (Photo: Thompson Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

The sport of boxing has returned with live action, and for welterweight prospect Giovanni Santillan, Tuesday night marks by far the biggest test of his young career.

The 28-year old Santillan (25-0, 15 KO’s), who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Top Rank, will face former world champion Antonio DeMarco (33-8-1, 24 KOs), on ESPN in a co-feature attraction. The main event will see bantamweight contender Joshua Greer Jr. (22-1-1, 12 KOs) face Mike Plania (23-1, 12 KOs), with the broadcast starting at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

PHOTOS: Shakur Stevenson Knocks Out Felix Caraballo in the Sixth

Shakur Stevenson returned with a victory on Tuesday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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Boxing is back, and Shakur Stevenson put on a show. The WBO featherweight world champion, who was making his super featherweight debut, knocked out Puerto Rican contender Felix “La Sombra” Caraballo in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-rounder at MGM Grand Conference Center—Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas.

Stevenson showcased his talents in the first major boxing card in the United States since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Champions & Top Contenders Take Over PBC Social Media Platforms Next Week

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Premier Boxing Champions has put together another lineup of champions and top contenders set to appear on PBC social media platforms next week to engage with fans and give updates on how they’re managing social distancing.

SHOWTIME BOXING CLASSICS CONTINUE EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME® IN MAY WITH SERIES OF LEGENDARY BOUTS FROM BOXING’S BIGGEST NAMES

Viewers will have a chance to flash back to some of Errol Spence’s previous fights in May  (Photo: SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

SHOWTIME Sports will continue to present classic bouts from its vast archive of world championship fights every Friday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME throughout the month of May. SHOWTIME BOXING CLASSICS will also be available via the SHOWTIME streaming service and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

The May SHOWTIME BOXING CLASSICS line-up highlights some of the biggest names in boxing in a slew of signature fights, including the 2017 blockbuster pay-per-view event Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. Every Friday night, viewers will be able to relive classic encounters from all-time greats such as Mayweather, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe and more, as well as the stars of today including Premier Boxing Champions fighters Errol Spence Jr., Leo Santa Cruz, Keith Thurman and more.

PHOTOS: Remembering the Great Times with Roger Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather, J’Leon Love, and Ishe Smith at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, NV (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

The boxing world suffered a tremendous loss last month, as former two-division world champion Roger “The Black Mamba” Mayweather passed away.

Mayweather, 58, had a tremendous professional career that saw him compile a 59-13 record with 35 KO’s, while also winning titles at junior welterweight and junior lightweight. Along the way he faced the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Rocky Lockridge, Freddie Pendleton, Pernell Whitaker, Vinny Pazienza, Livingston Bramble, Kostya Tszyu, and others.

PHOTOS: Brian Cannady Jr. Working Ahead of March 14 Fight in Tampa

Brian Cannady Jr., left, works out inside of Team Willis Boxing & Family Fitness in Fort Myers, FL (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Brian Cannady Jr. has emerged has one of the top prospects to watch coming out of Fort Myers, Florida.

Cannady, an undefeated junior featherweight, returns to the ring this weekend in nearby Tampa, where he will face off with veteran Samuel Gutierrez. The fight takes place inside of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium, as Cannady will be looking to improve his 9-0 (5 KO’s) record.

FULL FIGHT: Cameron Krael vs. Ravshan Hudaynazarov

Cameron Krael and Ravshan Hudaynazarov had a great battle in Las Vegas 

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By Chris Robinson

We were  on hand inside of the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas, NV last month as junior middleweights Cameron Krael (17-5-3, 4 KO’s) and Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-4, 13 KO’s) went to battle over eight rounds.

The fight very much had the feel of a crossroads type of bout, the kind of contest that could go either way. Hudaynazarov recently returned from a lengthy layoff, while Krael was looking to get himself back into the win column.

VIDEOS: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder II Post-Fight Reactions

Tyson Fury following his dominant victory over Deontay Wilder (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, February 22, Tyson Fury came through with perhaps his most brilliant performance to date in halting former champion Deontay Wilder in seven rounds.

The fight took place on a joint FOX/ESPN pay per view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, and was a rematch of Fury and Wilder’s first fight from December of 2918. In that contest, Wilder dropped Fury twice, as the two men fought to a split-draw.

PHOTOS: Tyson Fury Stops Deontay Wilder in Seven Rounds to Capture WBC Heavyweight Title

Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in convincing fashion on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury defeated Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder by seventh-round stoppage on Saturday night in Las Vegas in a big shocker. Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) handled Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) very convincingly over seven one-sided rounds in a historic FOX/ESPN joint pay per view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Fury and Wilder had fought to a draw in December of 2018, with Wilder registering two knockdowns, but the rematch was completely different. Fury set the tone of the fight early, took the fight to Wilder, and scored two knockdowns of his own before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh.

VIDEO: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Nearly Come to Blows at Final Presser

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face off on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, February 22, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will again meet inside of the squared circle.

Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) and Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) will square off inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, in a joint pay per view being distributed by FOX and ESPN. It’s perhaps the biggest fight of the year and one of the biggest heavyweight fights in years.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Make Their Grand Arrivals to Las Vegas

Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury made their grand arrivals Tuesday afternoon at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, just days before their big pay per view rematch.

Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) came in a red Ferrari, while Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) arrived shortly after in a Rolls-Royce SUV. Each man was bombarded with fans and support ahead of one of the biggest heavyweight fights in years.

PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes at Reid Boxing’s Inaugural Weigh-in

Will Clemons, left, and Alex “ATG” Thiel will be fighting on a Reid Boxing show in Las Vegas on Thursday night (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday night, Feb. 13, from the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Reid Boxing will stage its first official event in the city.

Headlining the show is a very intriguing junior middleweight fight between battle-tested Cameron Krael (16-15-3, 4 KO’s) and hard-charging Uzbekistan Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-3, 13 KO’s). Krael has made his name by fighting anyone put in front of him, win or lose, while Hudaynazarov is looking to get back into the win column following three defeats.

PHOTOS: Blair Cobbs Media Workout Ahead of Samuel Kotey Clash

Blair Cobbs Training in Las Vegas (Photo: Team Cobbs)

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By Chris Robinson

Ever since we crossed paths with him some years back in Las Vegas, Blair Cobbs has remained a confident individual.

Cobbs, the undefeated NABF welterweight champion, recently hosted an open media workout in Las Vegas ahead of his upcoming match with tough veteran Samuel Kotey (23-2, 16 KO’s). Cobbs (14-0-1, 10 KO’s) vs. Kotey (23-2, 16 KO’s) takes place on Friday, Feb. 14 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Cobbs is one of the more colorful characters promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, and he will be making his 2020 debut as part of the of Ryan Garcia vs. Francisco Fonseca card, which will air live on DAZN at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

PHOTOS: Gary Russell Jr. Overcomes Game Challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar Over 12

Gary Russell and Tugstsogt Nyambayar (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Feb. 8, WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. successfully defended his title by winning a unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar. The fight aired on SHOWTIME in a Premier Boxing Champions event from PPL Center in Allentown, PA.

Scores reading 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112 went in Russell’s favor, but the contest was far from a walkover. It was the fifth title defense for Russell (31-1, 18 KO’s) and the first loss for the 26-year old Nyambayar (11-1, 9 KO’s).

16-Year Old Phenom DJ Zamora lll Scores Another First-Round Knockout in Second Pro Bout

DJ Zamora III, pictured center, with his family at the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas in 2016 (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Looking back, it’s still a bit surprising to see Demler (DJ) Zamora III fighting professionally. At Hustle Boss, we have been covering Zamora since he was nine years old, and now, at 16 years of age, his pro career is off to a booming start.

Zamora moved to 2-0 (2 KO’s) with a first round knockout this past Friday, Jan. 31 inside of the Big Punch Arena in Tijuana, Mexico.

VIDEO: BJ Flores On Why He Favors Deontay Wilder Over Tyson Fury In Their Rematch

BJ Flores speaking in Miami, Florida (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Former interim title challenger BJ Flores is in Miami this week, as he will be in the corner of popular YouTube star-turned debuting boxer Jake Paul ahead of his grudge match vs. Ali Eson Gib. Paul vs. Gib will take place on DAZN later tonight, as a chief undercard attraction to WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade’s title defense vs. Irishman Luke Keeler.

But I was actually more interested in Flores’ take on the looming rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. The two giants face off for a second time on February 22 in Las Vegas, with everyone’s memory of their split-draw verdict from December 2018 still lingering.

PHOTOS: Jesse Hart And Joe Smith Jr. Face Off In Atlantic City

Jesse Hart and Joe Smith (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday afternoon, former title challengers Jesse Hart and Joe Smith Jr. faced off two days before their highly anticipated, 10-round light heavyweight showdown. Hart (26-2, 21 KO’s) and Smith (24-3, 20 KO’s) will meet inside of the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, with the fight to be carried by ESPN.

One of the subplots heading into the contest will be Hart seeking revenge, as Smith scored a stoppage victory over the Philadelphia fighter’s mentor, former two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins in December 2016.

Unified Junior Welterweight Champion Josh Taylor Signs With Top Rank; Sets Stage For Big Fights In The Future

Josh Taylor has officially signed with Top Rank (Photo: World Boxing Super Series)

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By Chris Robinson

Big signing in the boxing world today, as it has been announced that unified junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor has officially aligned his career with Top Rank.

Taylor (16-0, 12 KO’s) holds the IBF and WBA junior welterweight titles and is regarded as perhaps the best fighter at 140 pounds. Nicknamed “The Tartan Tornado”, Taylor is coming off of an excellent victory over former champion Regis Prograis this past October.

PHOTOS: Gervonta Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa Make Weight Ahead of SHOWTIME Fight

Gervonta Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa fight on Saturday (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon, former junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa weighed in ahead of their SHOWTIME-televised main event, set for Saturday night from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA.

Davis is the heavy favorite heading into the contest, which will see the two men vying for the vacant WBA lightweight title. But things didn’t exactly go as expected, as the Baltimore native originally came in 136.25 pounds, over a pound over the lightweight limit. Gamboa weighed in at 134.5 pounds.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford Media Workout Ahead of Egis Kavaliauskas Fight

Terence Crawford faces Egis Kavaliauskas this weekend (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, one of boxing’s top fighters, WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, returns to the ring, where he will defend his title vs. unbeaten #1 contender Egis “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas. The fight will take place from Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening and air on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.

Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) is looking for a third defense of his welterweight crown against Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs), but it’s admittedly not the fight that he prefers at the moment. Crawford is looking for unification matches, and the biggest names possible at this point.