Boxing

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 13, 2019) — The Nail and the Mean Machine are ready for their South Philly close-up.

WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk will make the first defense of his world title against Doudou Ngumbu on Saturday, March 30 at the 2300 Arena. In the 10-round co-feature, Gvozdyk’s stablemate, top welterweight contender Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, will take on Philadelphia native Ray Robinson.

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The current WBA “super” welterweight champion Keith Thurman is motivated to face off against the WBA’s “regular” champion, Manny Pacquiao, later this year in his third fight in two years.

Smoking hot Keith Thurman spent 22 months on the shelf due to an elbow injury and then a hand injury, both of which required surgery and rehab. In his first fight back in January, Thurman would shake off the ring-rust in a 12-round unanimous decision win over Josesito Lopez.

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Former WBO light middleweight champion Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith (26-2-1, 14 KOs) is throwing his name into the hat to let the boxing fans know that he’s interested in facing Kell Brook (38-2, 26 KOs) in his next fight once he takes care of business against domestic level 154 lb fighter Sam Eggington (24-5, 15 KOs) next month on March 30.

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Anthony Joshua and American Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller are said to have agreed to terms for a fight on June 1 in New York, according to the Metrol. Joshua’s purse for the fight is expected to be £19.3million [$24.83 million dollars). That’s a lot of money for what amounts to be a glorified mismatch for Joshua. Miller, 30, is said to be getting a purse of £5.41m [$6.96 million]. That number is hard to believe.

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