Big test for boxers before SEAG (March 30, 2017)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

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BAGUIO CITY — Six boxers are set to compete in two important events that are crucial in their preparation for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games this August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Coach Pat Gaspi said the boxers will have to see action first in the Kings Cup slated April 3 to 9 in Thailand following a performance test conducted recently by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP).

“So far OK naman, nag-performance test kami sa Trinidad,” Gaspi said yesterday after conducting a morning practice session at the Teacher’s Camp here. “Towards SEA Games na ito.”

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Unified junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford's next fight will be at Madison Square Garden on May 20. AP Photo/Nati Harnik

There's been a change of plans for unified junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford's next fight, a May 20 defense against highly regarded contender Felix Diaz.

For the first time, Crawford will play the main arena at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Initially, Top Rank, which will formally announce the fight at news conference at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, planned to stage the card at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

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Ting ready for toughest challenge yet in Folayang (March 30, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Ev Ting. Inquirer.net

Bracing for his first shot at a major world title, Kiwi-Malaysian Ev Ting believes that he more than deserves to finally get his place in the spotlight.

“This is my first chance at a world title and I feel like I have done everything in my career. I took no shortcuts, I overcame all my injuries, I overcame all my fights, I did everything my coach asked of me, I did every media obligation asked of me, and I think it’s time I get what I’m owed,” he said.

Ting is challenging ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang for the title in the main event of ONE: Kings of Destiny on April 21 at Mall of Asia Arena, and he knows that he’s facing an uphill climb in his attempt to dislodge the reigning champion from his throne.

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Gennady Golovkin urged to sign for Billy Joe Saunders showdown (March 30, 2017)
Nick Parkinson [ Source: ESPN ]

Gennady Golovkin is hopeful of unifying the entire middleweight division. Al Bello/Getty Images

Promoter Frank Warren has told Gennady Golovkin to "sign the contract" within the next 10 days if he wants to fight Billy Joe Saunders this summer.

Warren intends to match Briton Saunders with an alternative opponent if a deal is not reached to face the world's leading middleweight by the end of next week.

Warren has already made an offer for Saunders to face Golovkin in his homeland of Kazakhstan on June 10, but is yet to hear back.

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Jason Sosa is a world champion despite only taking up the sport at the age of 20. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

WBA world super-featherweight champion Jason Sosa has lifted the lid on his former life as a pizza chef -- just days before facing superstar Vasyl Lomachenko in a unification fight on April 8.

While WBO king Lomachenko was already amassing a famous amateur record of 396-1, Sosa was working in a cauldron of a kitchen 12 hours a day, six days a week up until the age of 20 when he belatedly took up boxing.

The 29-year-old from New Jersey has enjoyed a startling rise to prominence in the nine years that have followed but far from playing down his humble beginnings, Sosa believes his previous struggles have furnished him with true underdog spirit.

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko during a news conference at New York's Madison Square Garden. Richard Drew/AP

Anthony Joshua will be Britain's highest-profile fighter when he faces Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley next month, but he was very nearly lost to a boarding school in Nigeria.

The IBF heavyweight champion, whose full name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, joined his Nigerian mother Yeta in the African nation for six months at the age of 11 and attended a school he expected to remain in.

After a period that he believes taught him discipline, Joshua and his family returned to the UK, and he resumed the path that led to him being discovered as a promising amateur fighter who has since been groomed for exceptional success.

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  Nonito Donaire Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – After his amicable split with longtime promoter Top Rank Inc., Nonito Donaire Jr. is now looking for a new company to help market his future fights.

He also wants to return to the ring as soon as possible.

In an interview with boxingscene.com’s Steve Kim, Donaire’s wife Rachel said they have started sitting down with parties interested in promoting the four-division world champion.

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