Featherweight world titleholder Lee Selby, out of action for nearly a year, will return to make a mandatory defense against former titlist Jonathan Victor Barros on Jan. 28 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, organizers announced Monday.
The addition gives the card three world title bouts, as Selby-Barros will take place on the undercard of the much anticipated rematch between featherweight world titleholder Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and former titleholder Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs), who waged the 2016 ESPN.com fight of the year on July 30.
In the co-feature, lightweight world titleholder Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) will make his first defense when he faces former featherweight and junior lightweight titlist Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs).
Junior featherweights Adam Lopez and Danny Roman, already due to meet on Jan. 20, have had the stakes of their fight raised considerably.
On Monday, the fight, which was initially just a scheduled 10-round affair between rising contenders, was elevated to a 12-round world title elimination contest.
The winner of the fight, which will headline a "ShoBox: The New Generation" quadrupleheader on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT) at Bally's Atlantic City Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will become the mandatory challenger for the secondary 122-pound belt held by Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1, 15 KOs), 37, of Venezuela.
After reaching the apex of UFC’s lightweight division, Brazilian mixed martial artist Rafael Dos Anjos is looking to start fresh in a higher weight class.
The 32-year-old took to Twitter over the weekend to announce his intent to move on from the 155-pound weight class and start competing with the bigger guys at 170.
RDA (25-9) has been a staple of the promotion’s lightweight division since 2008 and has racked up 14 wins over the course of his UFC career.
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Inc chief Bob Arum recently came to the defense of WBC and WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford regarding a fight with Manny Pacquiao.
In a boxingscene.com report by Keith Idec, Arum denied claims made by Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, who said that Crawford was asking for a purse of $7 million to fight the Filipino icon.
Crawford was the first to dispute Roach’s statement, taking to Twitter to say that there were no negotiations between their camps.
MANILA, Philippines – Australian boxer Jeff Horn may be little known outside of his home country, and is a relative newbie to the sport with only 16 fights to his name.
Yet Horn is not lacking in confidence as he gears up for a potential bout against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
Horn's promoter is working with Top Rank to secure the fight for April 23 in the 50,000-seater stadium, according to The Courier Mail, in a bout that will be a "dream come true" for the 28-year-old boxer.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum wants Manny Pacquiao to go on a world tour this year with stops planned in Australia, Russia, and England.
Yesterday, Arum told the Bulletin about his proposed itinerary for 2017 as a deal for an April 23 fight in Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, inches closer to fruition with the arrival in the US of promoters from Down Under.
Arum is hosting a meeting with Duco Promotions, with offices in Auckland (New Zealand) and Melbourne (Australia), on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
One of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s uncles blamed Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao for the two camps' failure to come to terms for a rematch.
Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao to win the "Fight of the Century" last May 2015, in what eventually became the richest fight in the history of the sport though it was far from well-received by boxing fans.
Pacquiao later revealed that he fought with an injured right shoulder that required surgery days after the fight, and has since insisted that he remains open for a rematch. Mayweather initially seemed willing to offer Pacquiao a rematch, but subsequently changed his mind, instead calling the "Pacman" a sore loser who repeatedly made excuses for his defeat.