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1. Ring Ratings Update Errol Spence stays put for now10:38[−]

Errol Spence lived up to his nickname The Truth in blowing out Carlos Ocampo on June 16 in his home region of Texas. The undefeated IBF welterweight titleholder, who entered the Showtime-televised bout as THE RINGs No. 2-rated 147 pounder and No. 7 in our pound-for-pound top 10, was so dominant that some members of the Ratings Panel suggested that he move to the top spot in the welterweight rankings (which is currently occupied by Keith Thurman) and advance in the mythical ratings.

Heres the problem, he looked like a world-beater against a guy who wasnt world class (and, no, we dont give any credence to the ridiculous No. 3 rating the IBF gave the unheralded Mexican prospect).

So, Panelists that believe in the eye test are ready to crown Spence as the best 147 pounder on the planet and one of the elite boxers of the sport, and those that rate a fighter based on his resume suggest waiting until we see the southpaw boxer-puncher in against another live body (so far, the best names on the Texans resume are a damaged and possibly weight-drained Kell Brook and the battle-worn Lamont Peterson).

However, the year isnt over. Thurman, who hasnt fought since unifying belts against Danny Garcia last March, could be dropped for inactivity if he doesnt go through with his scheduled August 4 return. And hopefully, Spence, who wants to fight again in 2018, gets another opportunity to further his claim of being the truth, this time against ranked welterweight.

POUND FOR POUND Spence remains at No. 7.

Panelist Anson Wainwright suggested that Spence move up a few spots.

I feel bad for Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who dropped a spot recently, but I’d have Spence at No. 4.

Wainwright was overruled by other Panelists and members of the Editorial Board.

Photo by Stacey Verbeek-SHOWTIME

Spence stays put, said Managing Editor Tom Gray. He looked dazzling but the opponent was a prospect. Ocampo didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.

Added Martin Mulcahey: Keep Errol Spence where he is. He is young and should move up on the back of a significant fight, in my opinion. Srisakets personal problems seem more of a threat than what Ocampo presented.

Wainwright saw the wisdom in their caution.

Spence passes the eye-test more than most but, yes, Ocampo wasn’t even rated at welterweight by us, so I can see it’s a leap to bump him up in the pound for pound, he said.

Welterweight Spence remains at No. 2.

Wainwright (surprise, surprise) wanted to move Spence up.

Errol Spence is a very, very bad boy, he said. Carlos Ocampo dared him to knock him out and he did just that in one round. Best welterweight in the world for my money. Spence to No. 1.

Again, Gray pumped the breaks on the excitable Dancin Anson.

THE fight is Crawford-Spence, said Gray. I’m a (Terence) Crawford man but ratings stay the same.

Lightweight Javier Fortuna, who moved to junior welterweight where he engaged in a four-round No Decision due to an accidental injury, drops out. Streaking British champ Lewis Ritson (16-0, 10 KOs) comes in at No. 10.

There was talk (mostly from Wainwright) of former 130-pound beltholder Jose Pedraza coming in at No. 10, but Ritson got a shining endorsement from Yours Truly.

WBA junior featherweight titlist Danny Roman (left) vs. Moises Flores. Photo credit: Stacey Verbeek/Showtime

Junior featherweight No. 5-rated Danny Roman continues his climb up the 122-pound rankings, switching places with No. 4-rated Jesse Magdaleno, after outpointing an overweight Moises Flores, who drops out of the top 10. English standout Gavin McDonnell (20-1-2, 5 KOs), who recently outpointed former bantamweight beltholder Stuart Hall to move to 4-0 since dropping a decision to WBC titleholder Rey Vargas last February, comes in at No. 10.

Yasuka Kuga, of Japan, and Ludumo Lamati, of South Africa, also received consideration for the No. 10 spot.

Flyweight No. 1-rated Artem Dalakian retained his WBA title with an eighth-round stoppage of Sirichai Thaiyen.

Junior flyweight No. 8-rated Angel Acosta moves up one spot after a 12th-round stoppage of Carlos Buitrago in defense of his WBO belt.

Strawweight Carlos Buitrago drops out of the ratings. South African prospect DeeJay Kriel (14-1-1, 6 KOs) enters at No. 10.

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2. Vergil Ortiz stops Juan Carlos Salgado with third-round body shot05:25[−]

LOS ANGELES – Nine knockout victories is an impressive start for any pro career, including that of Vergil Ortiz. His 10th knockout victory might supersede the previous nine.

Ortiz stopped former junior lightweight world titleholder Juan Carlos Salgado in Round 3 of an ESPN-televised main event at the Belasco Theatre on Saturday.

Salgado is not the same fighter he was when he held the WBA and IBF 130-pound titles in 2009 and 2011, but he is still a relevant name in boxing. Any experience he had in the fight was nullified by the punching power and aggression of Ortiz.

From the opening round, Ortiz walked Salgado down, but kept the veteran at a distance. Salgado did find gaps through Ortiz’s guard, which kept the 20-year-old prospect honest.

“Salgado was experienced and he showed it,” said Ortiz after the fight. “He did catch me a few times.”

Ortiz (10-0, 10 knockouts) closed the distance in Round 3, ripping several combinations to the head and body of Salgado. A right hand followed by a left hook to the body dropped Salgado to the canvas, where he writhed in pain as referee Raul Caiz, Sr. immediately stopped the bout at 1:52.

None of Ortiz’s knockout victories have gone past the third round.

Saturday night marked the first time Ortiz was working with trainer Robert Garcia after working with trainer Joel Diaz since his pro career. Ortiz stated in pre-fight comments he enjoyed Garcia’s hands-on approach.

“I felt like i was composed,” said Ortiz, who resides in the Dallas area. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to fight an experienced fighter. I want to continue fighting those experienced fighters.”

Ortiz could look to fight top-level fighters, but he acknowledges Golden Boy and his management team would want to take things slow in building his career.

“Obviously, I’m not ready for the championship-level fighters, but I’ll be there in two years.”

Hector Tanajara splits Roger Gutierrez’s guard with a jab. Photo by Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

In the co-main event, Hector Tanajara, Jr. notched another victory, winning an eight round unanimous decision over Venezuela’s Roger Gutierrez.

It was a tactical battle from the opening bell between two young fighters looking to take a significant step forward in the lightweight division.

Tanajara (14-0, 5 KOs), who is trained by Robert Garcia, was effective from the outside during the first half of the fight, countering Gutierrez mostly to the head.

Tanajara was the busier fighter throughout most of the fight, but Gutierrez did connect with counter right hands to the Tanajara’s head. Gutierrez chose not to follow up on his attack, at times choosing to complain to referee Wayne Hedgpeth about Tanajara landing low or holding him.

Most of the second half of the fight was dictated by Tanajara, but much of the action was sloppy as both clenched often and missing than connecting with their punches.

Scores were 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74 for Tanajara, who improves to 14-0, 5 KOs.

Gutierrez, who entered the fight having won his previous four bouts, drops to 19-2, 16 KOs.

In the opening bout of the ‘Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN’ telecast, junior middleweight Ferdinand Kerobyan overwhelmed veteran Edgar Garcia, stopping him late in the second round.

Kerobyan, who is managed by Ronda Rousey, put Garcia on the defensive from the opening bell with his aggressive style. A combination, followed by a three punches dropped Garcia to the canvas. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. immediately stopped the bout at 2:48.

In preliminary action, middleweight prospect Meiirim Nursultanov battered Josue Obando, eventually stopping him at 1:37 of the sixth round. Nursultanov, who is managed by Egis Klimas, is now listed as 20-0, 7 KOs.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper,, and He can be reached by email at or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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3. Takuma Inoue and Mark John Yap to fight for WBCs No. 1 bantamweight ranking04:41[−]

Unbeaten bantamweight up-and-comer Takuma Inoue will face Mark John Yap for the top spot in the WBC’s 118-pound rankings on September 11 in in Tokyo, it was announced by Inoue’s promoter Hideyuki Ohashi on Thursday.

The winner of Inoue-Yap will be installed as the sanctioning body’s No. 1 contender after the current Nos. 1 and 2 contenders – Nordine Ouabaali and Petch Sor Chitpattana (AKA Tassana Sanpattan) fight for the currently vacant WBC title.

Inoue (11-0, 3 KOs), THE RING’s 2015 Prospect of the Year and the younger brother of pound-for-pound rated Naoya Naoya, is the WBC’s No. 9-rated contender. Yap (29-12, 14 KOs), a Japan-based Filipino residing in Osaka, is the OPBF titleholder and the WBC’s No. 3-rated contender.

Left to right: Shingo Inoue, Takuma Inoue and Hideyuki Ohashi. Photo / Boxing Beat

Takuma, who is only 22, is a talented speedster who has been expertly developed by his father/trainer Shingo. He has defeated solid opponents including Nestor Narvaez (on the same show as Naoyas WBO 115-pound title winning annihilation of Nestor’s brother Omar Narvaez), Froilan Saludar, Rene Duckel, and Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (a talented Thailander in Takumas second pro bout).

Yap has won 10 consecutive bouts including an upset of Takahiro Yamamoto for the OPBF title in 2016. The 29-year-old veteran has scored three defenses of the regional title.


IBF 122-pound titleholder Ryosuke Iwasa (25-2, 16 KOs), THE RING’s No. 7-rated junior featherweight, will put his belt on the line against mandatory challenger TJ Doheny (19-0, 14 KOs), of Australia, at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on August 16.

Iwasa, handled by former world champ Celes Kobayashi, annexed the IBF belt by halting compatriot Yukinori Oguni last September and made a successful defense over Filipino Ernesto Saulong by a lopsided decision this March.

Doheny defeated veteran Mike Tawatchai by a split nod in Thailand last December and zoomed up to the mandatory position.


Junior featherweight prospect Juiki Tatsuyoshi, the son of former WBC bantamweight ruler Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, will participate in his first 10-rounder against Indonesian champ Noldi Manakane (33-24-2, 11 KOs) in Osaka on July 27.

Tatsuyoshi (8-0, 5 KOs), 21, only fought once (in December) in 2017 due to an injury, but made a successful comeback in April. He is currently coached by ex-WBA bantamweight titleholder Takuya Muguruma

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4. Josh Taylor overcomes game and tough Viktor Postol in Glasgow03:03[−]

GLASGOW, Scotland The visitors moniker was chilling and he had the resume to match. The Ice Man,” beaten only once in 30 bouts, traveled thousands of miles to provide a stern test for a local hero and he did just that.

In a career-best triumph, unbeaten southpaw Josh Taylor had to earn every second of his 12-round unanimous decision victory over former WBC junior welterweight titleholder Viktor Postol at the SSE Hydro on Saturday. The official scores were 119-108, 118-110 and 117-110, with some of those numbers needing to be filed under the repulsive section.

Taylor, who is rated No. 6 by THE RING at 140 pounds, decked Postol with a rocket left hook in the 10th and had his man reeling on several occasions. However, he was also on the end of some terrific work from the California-based Ukrainian who fought brilliantly at times.

Postol came here and fought the best fight of his career, offered Taylor (13-0, 11 knockouts) at the post-fight press conference. It was his last crack of the whip and if he beat me he was back in world title contention. He surprised me and I had to adapt three or four times in there. My defense was a bit leaky, but I adjusted and marched him down.

Photo by Shabba Shafiq

I can perform a lot better, but Ill take a lot of positives from that fight. That was a top-drawer opponent and I beat him with a below-par performance.

The first round was a feeling-out process in spots, but Postol sent a message of intent with some well-placed power shots to head and body. Taylor responded brilliantly in Round 2, landing a sharp right hook to the head and confusing the Ukrainian with some effective switch-hitting. Postol was also disturbed by a cut around his right eye which presumably occurred following a clash of heads.

A massive left hook in Round 3 momentarily stunned Postol, but Taylor wasnt getting things all his own way in the early sessions. The visitor was scoring well with the jab and that was setting up nice work at long range. The Scotsman continued to switch stance, but one wondered if that was tactical or a sign that his lefty offense wasnt causing enough damage.

In the sixth, Postol was enjoying success when a ripping right uppercut from Taylor landed clean. The punch had an immediate effect and the home fighter bullied his man for the remainder of the session who, for the first time, appeared discouraged and ready to be taken.

Far from it.

Taylor was stunned twice in the seventh with terrific power shots and a cut appeared around his right eye. It was now a battle of attrition and Postol, despite his 34 years, looked game for the challenge. The Scottish crowd rallied behind their man and Taylor responded with a ferocious assault.

Adversity had come to visit with Taylor and the signs for the future were encouraging. His output was matched only by his tenacity, and the left-hand knockdown in the 10th was close to being a finisher. He was, however, in with a world-class opponent who refused to relent.

Postol (29-2, 12 KOs) landed with a sharp flurry to the head in the 11th and despite the fact that the shots werent causing real damage, Taylor was being tagged more often than normal. He battled back with gusto, however, and Postol was nailed by a big left hand in a neutral corner that had him reeling as the bell ended the session.

The final round was untidy as both men sought the finish, Taylor because he wanted it and Postol because he needed it. In the end it was a highly entertaining scrap and it will only help Taylor to improve as he continues his march toward a world title fight.

Manager and former WBA featherweight champion Barry McGuigan addressed that and the controversial nature of the scoring. The scores were too wide, I thought Josh won by three or four points, he said firmly.

Well look at all the options (in terms of the next fight) but (WBC titleholder Jose Carlos) Ramirez is the fight we want. It might happen (in Scotland), but Ramirez has a strong following on the East Coast. The main thing is that Josh is ready.

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5. Isaac Zarate wins controversial eight-round decision over Ramiro Robles., 23 [−]

ONTARIO, California Junior featherweight Isaac Zarate had to dig deep to win a close, but unpopular, eight-round unanimous decision over Ramiro Robles on Friday night.

It was a crossroads clash between two southpaws. Zarate entered the bout unbeaten in his previous three fights, while Robles had lost to several top fighters at 122 and 126 pounds, including ‘JoJo’ Diaz, Diego De La Hoya, Oscar Negrete, and Mark Magsayo.

Zarate, who trains alongside WBA junior featherweight titleholder Danny Roman, was the more polished fighter of the two. Zarate was mostly stationary, making it easy for Robles to connect when they exchanged combinations.

In the middle rounds, Robles landed numerous counter or lead left hands, which caused swelling around Zarates right eye.

Going into the final two rounds, the fight hung in the balance, but Zarate, who resides in the Los Angeles suburb of San Pedro, was the busier and more accurate puncher.

Scores were 77-75, 77-75, and 78-74 for Zarate and those numbers were met with a cascade of boos inside the Doubletree Hotel.

Robles, who resides in Guanajuato, Mexico, drops to 15-8-1, 8 KOs.


Lightweight Manuel Mendez won a close eight-round unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Gilberto Espinoza.

Espinoza used angles to connect while avoiding Mendezs attacks in the first half. Mendez was busier, but he had a hard time landing anything significant on target.

Sensing he was down in the fight, Mendez, who is trained by Joel Diaz, let his hands go more during the final two rounds and it paid off. He pinned Espinoza against the ropes and landed several flush right hands.

Scores were 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75 for Mendez who improves to 16-2-3, 11 KOs.

Espinoza suffers his first loss as a pro and falls to 9-1, 5 KOs.

Bantamweight Saul Sanchez (9-0, 5 KOs), one of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ top prospects, dropped Leonardo Torres (4-12, 1 KO) twice before ending matters at 2:24 of the third round.

Junior featherweight Brandon Valdes (11-0, 6 KOs) won a one-sided decision over Jose Naranjo (3-9-2, 1 KO). All three judges scored the bout for the 19-year-old Valdes, who was fighting for the first time outside of Columbia.

Lightweight George Acosta dropped Juan Alberto Castillo (1-1, 1 KO) in the first round of a scheduled four en route to a unanimous decision win. Scores were 40-35, 40-35, and 39-36 for Acosta, who goes to 6-0, 1 KO.

In featherweight action, Anthony Chavez (6-0, 2 KOs) stopped Josafath Vazquez (5-4, 3 KOs) at 1:45 of the opening round.

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6. Alberto Machado to defend title against Rafael Mensah on July 21 HBO card., 23 [−]

Alberto Machado’s first title defense is finally set.

He’ll put his 130-pound title on the line against mandatory challenger Rafael Mensah on July 21 in Las Vegas in the HBO co-feature to Jamie Munguia-Liam Smith, it was announced Friday.

Machado (19-0, 16 knockouts) claimed a junior lightweight belt when he scored an eighth-round knockout of Jezreel Corrales in October. The 27-year-old Puerto Rican is massive for a 130-pounder at 5-foot-10, and the southpaw’s power was on full display against the crafty Panamanian.

One as a fighter knows the sacrifices that are made to become world champion, said Machado, THE RING’s No. 3 junior lightweight. Because of that, I will defend my title with blood and honor this July 21. Rafael Mensah is the mandatory challenger, and he possess great credentials, including an impressive record.

“Thats why Im preparing more than ever to walk away with my hand raise in my first defense.

Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs) has never fought outside his native Ghana, but the African nation has produced a surprising amount of quality fighters over the years. Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey and Joseph Agbeko all hailed from Ghana before they made a name for themselves as champion fighters in the U.S.

Mensah is confident he can join their esteemed ranks.

I know Machado and there is no doubt I can beat him, said Mensah, 27. When I saw Machado, I said Yes, I can beat you. You are not somebody that can beat me. You cannot beat Rafael Mensah. I will come and maybe not knock you out, but I will beat you in boxing and teach you a good boxing lesson.

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7. Jaime Munguia to defend title against Liam Smith on July 21 in HBO main event., 22 [−]

Fresh off his coming out party on HBO, Jaime Munguia is ready for an encore.

The 21-year-old Mexican will make the first defense of his junior middleweight title against Liam Smith on July 21 in an HBO Boxing After Dark main event from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Alberto Machado will defend his 130-pound title vs. Rafael Mensah in the televised undercard bout.

Munguia (29-0, 25 knockouts) was a late-replacement for Smith on May 12 when he took on Sadam Ali. All Munguia did was score three knockdowns en route to a fourth-round stoppage of Ali in his first world title bout.

Two months later, it’s Munguia who is the champion and the A-side in his second HBO appearance, and after his destructive performance against Ali, there’s plenty of hype surrounding the 154-pound division’s newest titleholder.

I’m very excited and thankful with everyone that made this possible, said Munguia, THE RING’s No. 4 junior middleweight. I invite the fans to go and see me live or to tune in on HBO. I will defend my WBO title with pride and honor. See you in Vegas!

Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs) was slated for his second shot at a 154-pound title, but his fight against Ali was scrapped when he was diagnosed with a skin infection. In his lone HBO appearance (a pay-per-view main event, Smith was knocked out in the ninth round by Canelo Alvarez.

Now, he faces another dangerous Mexican puncher, but this time, he promises to come out on top.

To go to Vegas and fight for a world title is every fighters dream, said Smith, a 29-year-old from England. But its only an extra incentive to my main motivation getting that WBO world junior middleweight title back around my waist. Munguia is obviously a dangerous puncher and Ill have to be wary of him early on, but hes never fought someone as good as me and a fully fledged 154-pound fighter.

I cant afford to look an inch past Munguia though. Hes world champion for a reason and with such a high knockout percentage, Im going to have to be my best ever. Unfortunately for Munguia, thats what Ill be.

Munguia was slotted to face Gennady Golovkin for his middleweight championship before the Nevada State Athletic Commission intervened and declined to sanction the bout citing the 21-year-old’s inexperience.

He ended up cashing in instead with a stellar performance against Ali, and Munguia now has a chance to prove he’s not a fluke.

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8. Alicia Napoleon disgusted after opponent no-shows for weigh-in, eyes July return., 22 [−]

NEW YORK – Disgusted. Disappointed. Frustrated. Aggravated.

Those are words Alicia Napoleon used to describe her feelings, on Thursday, as she walked in to the Melrose Ballroom, in Astoria, Queens, not as a boxer waiting to step into the ring but as a spectator supporting her friends whose fights hadnt fallen through.

Even with these emotions harboring beneath, Napoleon never breaks her smile, as she poses with fans for photos, and keeps a positive disposition.

Napoleon (9-1, 5 knockouts), the WBA female super middleweight titleholder, was scheduled to face Vashon Living (6-3, 1 KO), in an eight-round non-title fight, but Living never showed up at Wednesdays weigh-in, leaving Napoleon without a dance partner.

A Facebook message requesting comment from Living, who last fought in 2014, was not returned.

I sacrifice so much. I sacrifice my time; I sacrifice working. I put everything into this sport and I really depend on this fight going through to get me to the next level, to make sure everything stays in place, said Napoleon of Lindenhurst, Long Island.

It is unprofessional because it messes up a lot of things for myself, for the promoter, for the fans, for everybody. Its a domino effect.

Even for her promoter Lou DiBella, as difficult to surprise as anyone in the business, Living’s inaction was an unpleasant surprise.

Ive seen everything in boxing but Alicias opponent signed the contract; everything was done. Didnt get on the plane, hasnt responded to phone calls and has simply disappeared, said DiBella, whose Broadway Boxing show went forward with just five fights.

Man, its a hard business, and its getting weirder and weirder.

Napoleon, known as The Empress, has been through this situation many times. Aside from her training going to waste, she also has to have uncomfortable conversations with the fans, who buy tickets from her, about why the fight isnt happening. Oftentimes there isnt a satisfactory answer.

When a fight falls through, I gotta take a million steps back outside of the fight. It really hurts my personal life. Its not easy; its not an easy life being a fighter. It also comes with the territory, said Napoleon.

Maybe itll entice the people in boxing to put on those big fights, to make it worthwhile and give women more of a platform to stand on, so more of them dont pull out.

Napoleon is eager to move forward and says she has spoken to DiBella about fighting on July 21 instead. There are reasons to be encouraged about where she is in her career. In her most recent fight, Napoleon outfought Femke Hermans to win the vacant title. Since then, Hermans defeated Nikki Adler to win the divisions vacant WBO belt, and Napoleon says Adlers team reached out to her side to discuss the possibility of unification.

And if shes looking for an opponent whose name is bigger stateside, theres always two-time Olympic gold medalist and current IBF/WBC super middleweight titleholder Claressa Shields, who faces Hanna Gabriels on Friday, for the vacant IBF and WBA middleweight titles.

Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) has begun calling herself the greatest female boxer of all-time, a self-bestowed distinction DiBella feels is premature. Napoleon believes a clash with Shields is something destined to happen in the future.

Absolutely, thats definitely going to happen. The world will see that soon, said Napoleon about a Shields fight.

Im ready for it. Its nothing to really think about. She trains hard but so do I. I have plenty of experience myself, more pro experience than she does. She has a little bit more amateur experience than myself but I do have amateur experience.

Its just a best of the best, at that point, so that fight will happen.

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9. Miguel Mickey Roman to stay busy against Michel Marcano, on Saturday night., 22 [−]

Miguel Berchelt will defend his WBC junior lightweight title against Jonathan Barros, Saturday night, in his hometown of Merida, Mexico. Several hundreds of miles to the northwest, his mandatory contender Miguel “Mickey” Roman will stay busy, waiting for his opportunity to fight for the world title.

Roman will fight unbeaten but untested Michel Marcano, of Venezuela, in a 12-round bout at the Feria de Juarez, in his hometown of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The fight will air live throughout Mexico on Televisa.

Roman (59-12, 46 knockouts) is coming off a fourth round TKO victory over Aristides Perez on February 10. The fight came two months after Roman scored one of the biggest victories of his 15-year career, dropping Orlando Salido three times, en route to a ninth round stoppage victory.

The 32-year-old Roman has won three straight bouts since his 12th round knockout loss to Takashi Miura, on January 28 of last year.

Should both fighters notch victories Saturday night, as expected, THE RING’s No.1-ranked junior lightweight Berchelt is to defend his title against Roman, later this year. Promociones del Pueblo promotes Roman, while Berchelt (33-1, 29 KOs) is promoted by Zanfer Promotions.

Roman is ranked No. 6 by THE RING.

In his most recent outing, on May 26, Marcano (17-0-1, 14 KOs) stopped overmatched Alfix Aguana, in round one, in Marcano’s hometown of Barcelona.

Marcano’s fight against Roman will mark his first time facing a fighter with a winning record. This will also be Marcano’s first time fighting outside Venezuela.

Diana Laura Fernandez (17-2, 4 KOs), who also resides in Ciudad Juarez, will face Colombia’s Olga Julio (26-17-2, 19 KOs) in a 10-round junior bantamweight bout.

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10. Could Mikey Garcia vs. Errol Spence Jr. become a reality in December?., 22 [−]

Wait, what? Mikey Garcia wants to fight whom now?

Errol Spence Jr.?

Spence (24-0, 21 knockouts), the Texas-based sharpshooter and IBF welterweight titlist, who is seen as the baddest man at 147? (Naturally WBA beltholder Keith Thurman and WBO titlist Terence Crawford cannot be summarily dismissed from this mix until we get some bouts to clarify the matter.)


Really – or so Garcia says.

The WBC lightweight titleholder, and undefeated four-division titlist, who will face IBF counterpart Robert Easter Jr., on July 28, says hed love to do a welter rumble against Spence.

Garcia, age 30 (38-0, 30 KOs), was last seen scrapping at 140 pounds, against then IBF beltholder Sergey Lipinets. No, he didnt steamroll the Russian, in taking a unanimous decision, last March. That was his second straight decision win, as, before that, he handled Adrien Broner with ludicrous ease.

But Spence…

Hes just not at 140; hes a legit nasty 147.

Me, I think it might be a bridge too far, too much to ask for the California technician from the proud fighting Garcia family.

And Spence trainer Derrick James agrees…

Errol will be too big and strong and his conditioning is too great, James told me.

If this gets made, and December has been mentioned, is this not a paper mismatch?

I know. Mikey is one of the most complete fighters in boxing. I want to see him fight (WBA and THE RING Magazine lightweight champion Vasiliy) ‘Loma’ (Lomachenko) instead, the trainer, who won THE RING “Trainer of the Year” award for 2017, stated.

James feels Garcia deserves props for wanting this test, especially if it comes to fruition. However he files this Garcia wish list call-out thusly: Be careful what you wish for, cause you just might get it.

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