After decimating Liam Taylor, David Avanesyan eyes Yordenis Ugas title fight

David Avanesyan celebrates victory in the EBU European Welterweight Title fight between David Avanesyan and Liam Taylor at SSE Arena on October 02,...

Having made the fourth defence of his European welterweight title on Saturday, the 33-year-old Russian (28-3-1, 16 KOs) wants a return to world level after defeats by Lamont Peterson and Egidijus Kavaliauskas on his last two US visits in big bouts. His trainer Carl Greaves and manager Neil Marsh emphasised that belief, after his emphatic showing this past weekend. Continue reading

Rematch Yordenis Ugas or retire? Assessing the Manny Pacquiao predicament

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Despite a competitive first-half showing, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao could have no complaints last Saturday as WBC welterweight titlist Yordenis Ugas eased past him with a UD victory (115-113, 116-112, 116-112), stepping up on short notice to retain his belt in style. Now, the legendary Filipino has stressed his desire for a rematch. Should he just retire? Continue reading

Patience is the key: Jaron Ennis looking ahead after impressive Lipinets win

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Fresh from his sixth-round KO win over Sergey Lipinets on Saturday, blossoming welterweight contender Jaron Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs) knows while his latest victory was commendable, it probably hasn’t helped further aspirations of becoming a world champion by the beginning of 2022 – he might have to become a mandatory challenger to one of the division’s titlists first. Continue reading

Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished

Vergil Ortiz Jr. Rejoices after knocking down Maurice Hooker for the WBO international welterweight championship at Dickies Arena on March 20, 2021...

In the toughest test of his career so far, Vergil Ortiz Jr came through unscathed last weekend with a seventh-round TKO victory against former light welterweight title-holder Maurice Hooker before calling out WBO champion Terence Crawford ringside. Still only 22-years-old with a perfect 17-0 record, his flaws are being scrutinised – rather than his willingness to fight the best.
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Shawn Porter refusing to give up on potential Terence Crawford title bout

Shawn Porter at SiriusXM Studios on September 16, 2019 in New York City.

Five months removed from his last in-ring appearance, where he eased to a UD win over Germany’s Sebastian Formella, former two-time welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (31-3-1, 17 KOs) has publicly reaffirmed his desire for another shot at gold this year: current WBO title-holder and undefeated champion Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs). Will he get it? Continue reading