Boxing

The WBA has ordered a WBA Super World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs) to face WBA World featherweight champion Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs). The management for the two fighters has 30 days to try and negotiate the fight before the World Boxing Association orders a purse bid. This move by the WBA is part of their efforts to decrease the amount of titles they have in each weight division.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) looks like he’s already in fighting shape for his May 6th fight against former 2-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), With a little over 1 month to go before the fight, Chavez Jr. already is looking very cut up like he’s ready to go. Chavez Jr. says he weighs 178 pounds now. This is just 13 ½ pounds over the 164 ½ lb. catch-weight limit for the weigh-in on May 5.

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WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) says he’s been sparring with welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs) and he’s very impressed with what he’s seeing from the 26-year-old fighter. Spence is getting ready for his fight against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) on May 27, and it looks like he’s taking it very serious in training with the 5’11” Jermell, who is a little bit bigger than him.

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Considered one of the best Filipino boxers of all-time, Fighting senator Manny Pacquiao proves that he is also a true gentleman. Pacquiao has apologized for his non-appearance at the 17th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards Banquet of Champions is held last Saturday at Manila Hotel’s Tent City.

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet Province -- Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez graced the boxing matches held as part of the celebration of the 36th Strawberry Festival in this mountain town Sunday.

The event, organized jointly by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) and the municipal government led by Mayor Romeo K. Salda, was also the final box-offs for national boxers vying for a slot in the upcoming King's Cup in Thailand to be held April 3-9 in Bangkok.

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