Boxing

NEWARK, N.J. (June 10, 2019) — Shakur Stevenson, born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, and closing in on a world title shot, is coming home. Stevenson, a 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and the WBO No. 1 featherweight contender, will face fellow unbeaten Hairon Socarras in the 10-round main event Saturday, July 13 at Prudential Center, home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

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A six-round sparring and four rounds with the mitts ended the lighter leg of WBA regular welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao’s preparedness program on Saturday at the Elorde Boxing Gym inside the Mall of Asia compound in Pasay City.

Nine more rounds with heavy bag, double end and speed ball plus shadow-boxing completed the day’s work for the fighting senator, who starting today, will be approaching the most crucial stage of his run up for his coming encounter with undefeated WBA special titlist Keith Thurman.

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Heavyweight championship fight week kicks of Monday, as lineal world champion Tyson Fury, Fury's trainer Ben Davison, unbeaten challenger Tom Schwarz and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum will host an international conference call.

Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) will make his Las Vegas debut Saturday, June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena against Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs), the WBO No. 2 contender.

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RENO, Nev. (June 6, 2019) – Oscar Valdez is set to make the sixth defense of his WBO world featherweight title, and for the third time during his title reign, he will be facing an unbeaten challenger.

Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs), the pride of Nogales, Mexico, will defend his belt against upstart Jason Sanchez (14-0, 7 KOs) Saturday evening from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Sanchez is an Albuquerque product who has upset the odds before.

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The World Boxing Organization has made Krzysztof Glowacki their new WBO crusierweight champion after the previous champ Oleksandr Usyk moved up to heavyweight to go after the world titles in that weight class. This means that Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) will be facing WBC Diamond champion Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) as the WBO champion when the two face each other in the semifinal of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament this month on June 15 on DAZN at the Arena Riga, in Riga, Latvia.

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LAS VEGAS (June 4, 2019) — A pair of unbeaten super featherweight contenders will get a chance to shine on the sport’s biggest stage. Andy “El Tiburon” Vences will defend his WBC Continental Americas belt in a 10-rounder against Albert “Prince” Bell June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Tyson Fury-Tom Schwarz undercard.

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OXON HILL, Md. (June 4, 2019) — Teofimo Lopez is one win away from a shot at fulfilling his world title destiny. Standing in his way is fellow unbeaten Masayoshi Nakatani, who is intent on spoiling his plans.

Lopez and Nakatani will lock horns in a 12-round IBF lightweight world title eliminator Friday, July 19 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The Lopez-Nakatani winner will be the mandatory challenger for the victor of the June 28 ESPN-televised bout between IBF champion Richard Commey and Ray Beltran.

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