Undisputed RISE in ORLANDO

By: Damon Gonzalez

Kissimmee, Florida – Unbeaten female flyweight Jasmine Artiga (10-0-1, 5 KOs) outscored Ashley Sciscente (6-3, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the sold out Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Artiga dropped Sciscente twice en route to a 79-71, 79-71, 78-72.

Flyweight Christina Cruz (4-0) from New York City scores a four round unanimous decision victory over very tough
Amy “La Picosita” Salinas (4-3) from Las Cruces, New Mexico. The judges official scores were 79-73, 77- 75, 79-73.

Female amateur standout from Puerto Rico Kiria Tapia (1-0) won her professional debut against Clarice Morales (0-1-1) by four round unanimous decision. Scores were 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.

Super Middleweight Angraneous Ingram (3-0, 2 KO’s) from Kissimmee, Florida battled hard against very tough Bryant Costello from Fayetteville, North Carolina ending his night at the official time 1:25 seconds of round three by hard KO victory referee Michael De Jesus jumped in and waved off the contest after Costello took a hard blow that sent him down to the canvas.

Light Heavyweight Robert Burwell from Orlando, Florida scores a six round unanimous decision win over Patrick Pierre from Brooklyn, New York. All three judges score the contest 60-54 in favor for Burwell.

After four hard fought rounds welterweight Alex “Trouble” Chilsolm (1-0) from Pembroke Pines, Florida in his professional debut scores a four round unanimous decision victory against Elliott Hicks (0-1) from Jacksonville, Florida.
Judges official scores were 39-37, 40-36 (2x).

Featherweights Danny Suarez from Orlando, Florida and Jonathan “Zurdo” Lecona from Mexico City, Mexico battled to a four round majority draw.
Judges scorecards 39-37,38-28, 38-28.

Lightweight Corey Marksman from Deltona, Florida retires Hungarian Adrian Orban in his corner. The fight got stopped Tonte didn’t come out his corner for round two TKO win for Marksman.

Bantamweight Joshua Lebron from Orlando, Florida jumped right on Hungarian Jeno Tonte from Tampa, Florida finishing him off at the official time 2:24 seconds of the opening round by way of TKO victory.

Welterweight Jocksan Blanco (5-0, 3 KO’s) from
Caracas, Venezuela breaks down Luca Bergers from Rimini, Italy. Keeping him in troubled waters as Bergers didn’t come out for round three TKO for Blanco.

Super Bantamweight Glenn Dezurn, Jr. from Baltimore, MD. executed his fight plan ending Luis Dominguez Hernandez Cambero night at 3:00 mark of round three by TKO.

Fight Card “WARZONE” Presented by Undisputed Promotions Live at the Kissimmee Civic Center on Friday January 20, 2023.
📸: Photo credits:
@damongonzalez_

PETER KAHN ANNOUNCED FOR INDUCTIONTO FLORIDA BOXING HALL OF FAME!

Miami, FL – Peter Kahn, President of Fight Game Advisors, has been announced for induction into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, Class of 2023. The Induction Weekend will take place the weekend of June 30 to July 2 emanating from the St. Petersburg Hilton in St. Petersburg, Florida. More information can be found at Florida Boxing Hall of Fame.

 

“This is a tremendous honor for me and I’m truly humbled to be named for induction into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Kahn. “I have been very fortunate to have worked closely with many legends in boxing over the last thirty years and owe them a wealth of gratitude for my success. The induction ceremony will be a great day for my family and I.”

 

A South Floridian since 1992, Kahn has been working in professional boxing for thirty years. Learning from the ground up, Kahn began as an amateur boxer in South Florida. His operational work with boxing icon Don King started in May of 1995 rising to Vice President of Boxing Operations for the then biggest promotional company in the world. During this time, Kahn worked intimately on many memorable promotions featuring boxing superstars Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad, Terry Norris, and Ricardo Lopez.

 

In 2003, Kahn joined startup boxing promotional company Warriors Boxing Promotions as Director of Boxing Operations. His work there included the signing of numerous world champions and producing countless world championship fights including memorable battles for Hector Camacho and Michael Moorer. His success also included working with three-time, two-division world champion Randall Bailey, who Kahn went on to manage. 

 

As an acclaimed boxing manager, one of Kahn’s earliest clients was former IBF super featherweight world champion and now a renowned trainer of champions, Robert Garcia. Kahn has gone on to manage many world champions and top prospects over the last fifteen years. In 2021 and 2022, Kahn was the only manager in the history of boxing to guide undisputed male and female fighters simultaneously; lightweight George Kambosos Jr. and super middleweight Franchón Crews-Dezurn. Kahn is currently the manager of fast rising star, junior middleweight Xander Zayas and many other world ranked contenders and highly regarded prospects through his company Fight Game Advisors

 

Kahn is a four-time nominee for Manager of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America and was named Manager of the Year in 2021 and 2022 by SiriusXM. Since 2017, Kahn has been a boxing contributor to Forbes and CBS Sportsline. Kahn is also the Associate Producer of Netflix Original Series Fightworld.

TANK-GARCIA MAKE WEIGHT

Photo by Amanda Westcott – Showtime

Gervonta Davis 134 vs. Hector Luis Garcia 134
(WBA “regular” lightweight title)

Jaron Ennis 145.6 vs. Karen Chukhadzhian 146.2
(IBF interim welterweight title)

Rashidi Ellis 146.2 vs. Roiman Villa 145.8
(IBF welterweight eliminator)

Demetrius Andrade 167bvs. Demond Nicholson 167.2
Vito Mielnicki Jr 153.2 vs. Omar Rosales 152.8
Brandun Lee 141.4 vs. Diego Luque 141.2
Travon Marshall 149.8 vs. Shawn West 151.2

Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington DC
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: PPV, undercard on YouTube, Facebook

GERVONTA DAVIS VS. HECTOR LUIS GARCIA MEDIA WORKOUT

Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

Also Featuring Jaron Ennis, Rashidi Ellis, Demetrius Andrade, Vito Mielnicki Jr. and More

Five-Time World Champion Gervonta Davis Defends WBA Lightweight Title Against Unbeaten World Champion Héctor Luis García on SHOWTIME PPV®Saturday, January 7from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five-time world champion and boxing superstarGervonta “Tank” Davis donated fight night tickets to local youths at the Kennedy Recreation Center during Wednesday’s media workout that kicked off fight week activities for his WBA Lightweight Title defense against unbeaten world champion Héctor Luis García onSHOWTIME PPV this Saturday January 7 from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The workout also featured fighters competing on the pay-per-view undercard, including unbeaten rising star Jaron “Boots” Ennis and IBF No.4-rated welterweight Karen Chukhadzhian, who meet for the Interim IBF Welterweight Title in the co-main event, unbeaten welterweight contenderRashidi Ellis and hard-hitting Roiman Villa, who square off in an IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator, plus undefeated two-division world championDemetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade and Demond Nicholson, who kick off the pay-per-view telecast at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a 10-round super middleweight matchup.

Rounding out the workout lineup was sensational prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr., who takes on Omar Rosales in a super welterweight tilt that topsthe three-fight SHOWTIME BOXING COUNTDOWN show that will stream live on theSHOWTIME SPORTS®YouTube channel andSHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT.Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by GTD Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com and capitalonearena.com. The Ennis vs. Chukhadzhian bout is promoted in association with D&D Boxing.

Davis made the donation Wednesday alongside Delano Hunter, the Director of the Parks & Recreation Department and Danielle Hunter, the Roving Leader Manager for the department. Here is what the fighters had to say from the Kennedy Recreation Center in Washington, D.C.:

GERVONTA DAVIS

“This means a lot. I’ve actually fought in this gym before as an amateur. I’m happy to be home in front of a great crowd. I know that Hector Luis Garcia is going to come to fight and we’re going to give the fans what they want to see.

“Garcia did what he had to do to earn this fight. He beat a top contender and then won the belt. Giving him the shot was the perfect timing for everyone. He’s earned his stripes.

“Our main focus is Hector Luis Garcia. We know that he’s a threat to everything I want to do. The goal is to put on a great performance, nothing else.

“Coming up through my whole career, back to the amateurs, I had to fight in D.C. if I wanted to get to the nationals. I’ve been fighting in D.C. forever and it’s like a second home to me.

“Calvin Ford is family. My trainers have been like dads. They’ve been in my corner since I was eight years old. We’re definitely a tight unit.”

HECTOR LUIS GARCIA

“It’s going to be all about how the fight starts out. I respect him and I know what he can bring, so I’m going to have to study him and see how the fight shakes out in the first few rounds.

 

“I know that I have an advantage with my reach. It definitely could be a factor in this fight. But at the same time, I have to take the fight moment by moment and be attentive to every detail. It’s so important against an opponent like Gervonta especially.

 

“This fight is not only important to me, but to the whole Dominican Republic. I’m going up against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I know that I have to be ready for that challenge. I’m coming to show the world that superstars can fall too.

 

“I can guarantee that the Dominican Republic will be proud of me. Our flag will be raised up high. Everyone can expect a great performance from me on Saturday night. 

 

“I’ve been fighting since I was 14 years old and I come from a very small province in the Dominican Republic. I’ve had to earn everything I’ve ever gotten. This is a great opportunity and I’m ready to capitalize.”

 

JARON ENNIS

 

“I’m feeling great and ready to go. Training camp has been great. I’m in tremendous shape and I’m 100% ready to rock and roll.

 

“I’ve got a lot of motivation and I can’t wait until Saturday night. I feel like this is another step toward greatness and getting those belts.

 

“It’s not hard to be the next guy up. I just have to stay focused and do what I do. I know my time is coming real soon. It’s that simple.

 

“I know Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford are holding up the division right now, but whatever way I can get my hands on the belts, I’ll be ready. I just want to fight. I’m young, hungry and I’m going to keep shining and demolishing these guys they put in front of me.

 

“Getting knockouts gives the fans what they want and makes them keep gravitating toward me. As long as I keep doing what I’m doing, my fan base is just going to grow. 

 

“I know Spence says he’s the ‘big fish,’ but we like to go fishing. If I have to sit on the side and ride a jet ski for a while, that’s okay for now. You know what happens when they bring a fish to land right? They squirm.”

 

KAREN CHUKHADZHIAN

 

“People pay to see a great fight, so I’ve been training hard in order to deliver that. I want all the fans to remember that I bring action to the ring. I’m coming to win this fight for everyone back in Ukraine. 

 

“I’m coming here to win. If he wants to avoid going toe to toe, then I’ll be ready to box. If it’s a battle on the inside he wants, I know that I can win that way. 

 

“I know that Ennis is a good fighter, but my focus is on my abilities and what I can do in the ring. I’m very confident. I have everything I need to win this fight.

 

“It’s very motivating to be fighting in the U.S. for the first time, and on a big stage like this. My goal is to keep coming back for bigger and bigger fights.”

 

RASHIDI ELLIS

 

“I’m ready for any of the top dogs. I’d step in there right now with anyone in the top five. Ideally, I’d fight the champions, but right now I’m ready for the best man available. 

 

“I feel like it’s my turn now. Especially after January 7. I think everyone is going to see that I’m coming to take over.

 

“We’re going to have to see what Villa brings into the ring. He’s a come forward fighter, which can be a difficult task for some. He’s gonna have to show me in the ring. I don’t think he’s going to be able to just walk me down. 

 

“I see a lot of things that I can do in there, that I don’t think he’s capable of. I’ve been the best kept secret, but I’m not a secret anymore. I’m here now. 

 

“I don’t really have any rivals yet because nobody wants this action. Nobody wants to get in there with me. I’d love someone to talk trash with and make the fights even more exciting.” 

 

ROIMAN VILLA

 

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to step into the ring on Saturday night. I’m beyond excited to show the whole world what I can do against Rashidi Ellis. 

 

“I wasn’t as prepared for my last fight as I wanted to be, but I still got the victory. Right now, I’m feeling really good and more prepared than I’ve ever been. 

 

“I’m extremely confident heading into this fight. I don’t care if people say that I’m the underdog, because I believe in myself and I know what I can do. It doesn’t matter what Ellis can or can’t do. I believe in myself and my abilities.

 

“Anything is possible with a victory in this fight. I’m willing to step into the ring with anybody. I trust my team, and if they want me to face Jaron Ennis next, then bring it on.” 

 

DEMETRIUS ANDRADE

 

“I jumped on the opportunity to be on this card with all these young stars. I know everyone is coming to do what they do, and I’m gonna set the stage right. I respect what Nicholson can do and I know he’s leaving it all in the ring. But my skills will speak louder than my words. 

 

“I was trying to get the big names at middleweight, I was knocking on everyone’s door, but at the end of the day, it didn’t happen. Everything happens for a reason, and I believe that this is the best division for me. 

 

“At the end of the day, all the fights at the top of the division will be tough. I would have to look real close to break down who the biggest challenge is, but I’m giving them all credit and acknowledging that they’re all gonna be tough fights when we get in there.

 

“I want to give the sport what they’re looking for. Because that’s also what I want with myself. Me and Jermall Charlo have had this rivalry brewing for years. It’s nothing but respect, but I want to take care of it in the ring. Who else is calling him out the way I am?

 

“I want the Charlo twins, I want David Benavidez and Caleb Plant. I’m ready for anyone who wants to put on a big show.”

 

DEMOND NICHOLSON

 

“Andrade definitely has an awkward style, but I’ve been boxing my whole life. When it comes to skill and timing, it wasn’t hard for me to prepare. You’ll see that on Saturday night.

 

“This is definitely the biggest stage I’ve been on, but it’s not my first rodeo. I’m not really motivated by the crowd, I’m more just excited to get this victory.

 

“My advantage right now is that I’m mentally more prepared than he is. I’m feeling as strong mentally as I ever have in my career.

 

“I’m not thinking about anything past this fight. It’s only Plan A now. From here on out, I feel like I’m staying at this level. This is where I belong.

 

“For this whole entire training camp I’ve been envisioning the victory. I’ve been playing it in my mind over and over again. The doors are wide open now. It’s all about taking it  Saturday.” 

 

VITO MIELNICKI JR.

 

“We had a great training camp with ‘Chino’ Rivas and now we’re just ready to put on a show. I’m excited to be back in a position to showcase my talent on a big stage. 

 

“The 154-pound division, and the divisions around it, are all really exciting. There are a lot of top guys and eventually the big fights will be able to get made. Right now we’re in the growing stage of my career and we’re going to keep learning. When the time comes, we’ll be ready.

 

“Everyone goes on their own path in this sport. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes you see fighters rush and their career doesn’t go the way it should. We’re going to take our time. We’ll know when it’s time to take that next step.

 

“I’m in great condition because I’m always staying in the gym. I stay ready because you never know what type of opportunity might come your way.”

Weights from Orlando

Orestes Velazquez 139.8 vs Guillermo Crocco 139.6
(WBA International super lightweight title)

Francisco Daniel Veron 158.8 vs Leonardo Ruiz 159.6
(WBA Continental middleweight title)

Yamaguchi Falçao 167.8 vs Ernesto Amuzu 167
(NABA super middleweight title)

Jeovanny Estella 152.8 vs Luis Florez 156.6

Kalliopi Kourouni 131.8 vs Calista Salgado 128.8
WBA Continental Americas

Sergio Martinez 165.4 vs Noah Kidd 158.2

Idalberto Umara 133.8 vs Emiliano Garcia 133.6
WBA FedeCaribe Title

Connor Coyle 158.2 vs Sladan Janjanin 163.8
(NABA middleweight title)

Melvin Lopez 116.8 vs Jolberto Alvarez 117.8
(WBA Continental bantamweight title)

Joseph George 168.6 vs Raiko Santana 167
(WBA FedeCaribe super middleweight title)

Carlos Cruz 162.8 vs Ibraham Dialo 156.6

Damian Lescaille 149 vs Rondale Hubbert 148

Hehrich Ruiz Cordoba 224.6 vs Phillip Jean Seide 244

Alex Rios Vega138.4 vs Christopher Nelson 127

Venue: Caribe Royale Hotel
Promoter: BoxLab Promotions (Amaury Piedras)
Matchmaker: Melvin Rivas
TV: CBS Sports Network

Photo credits: Damon Gonzalez

Boxlab Promotions to host WBA KO Drugs card December 11

Orlando, FL – Boxlab Promotions is hosting the World Boxing Association (WBA) KO Drugs fight night Sunday, December 11 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL. The card will be televised live on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET.

This special evening of boxing opens the annual WBA Convention, which takes place December 11-14 at the Caribe Royale.

“We are proud to bring our 100th annual convention and signature KO Drugs show to Central Florida,” said WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. This is the first time the show is being held in the United States and we are excited to be partnering with our host the Caribe Royale Resort and Boxlab Promotions to bring you this event. We will have multiple WBA title fights on the card and feature boxers from all over the world.”

Tickets from $40 are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 3 pm and the first fight begins at 4.

Headlining is a ten round junior welterweight contest between Cuban phenom Orestes Velasquez and Guillermo “El Leoncito” Crocco for the WBA International championship. The fast-rising Velasquez is 5-0 with all his wins coming by KO. Currently residing in Las Vegas, NV where he’s trained by legendary Ismael Salas, Velasquez most recently scored a third round knockout over Emiliano Garcia in August. Fighting out of Argentina, Crocco’s 20-2-1 with 6 KO’s, and his last two wins came via stoppage.

In the ten round co-feature, undefeated middleweights Francisco “Bebu” Veron and Leonardo Ruiz will square off for the WBA Continental Americas title. Veron, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is 10-0 with 8 knockouts. On October 28, Veron scored a second round stoppage over countryman Franco Ledesma. Representing San Bernadino, CA, Ruiz is 10-0 with 7 KO’s. On November 18, Ruiz stopped previously unbeaten Josue Silva in the fifth round.

NABA super middleweight champion Yamaguchi “The Problem” Falcao, defends his belt against heavy-handed Ernest Amuzu. Hailing from Brazil and now residing in Florida, Falcao’s professional ledger is an outstanding 23-1-1 with 9 knockouts. On October 29, Falcao retained his title by dominating Alex Tehran over ten rounds.

Originally from Ghana and currently based in Florida, Amuzu’s 26-7 with 22 KO’s. He’s faced many world class fighters including Vijender Singh, Ievgen Khytrov and Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic.

NABA middleweight Champion Connor “The Kid” Coyle defends his belt when he faces Sladan Janjanian in a ten round showdown. Representing Derry, Northern Ireland and training out of Pinellas Park, FL, Coyle’s 17-0 with 7 knockouts. On May 21, Coyle captured the NABA title with a decision victory over Antonio Todd at the Caribe Royale. Rated #10 by the WBA, Coyle most recently defeated veteran Silverio Ortiz in September. 

Fighting out of Bosnia, Janjanian’s 34-13 with 24 KO’s and faced the likes of Bektemir Melikuziev, Martin Murray, Steven Butler, and Pierre Hubert Dibombe among others.

Kalliopi “Pink Tyson” Kourouni of Las Vegas, NV via Greece squares off against Colombia’s Calista Silgado in a ten round matchup for the WBA Continental Americas junior lightweight championship. 

Kourouni, 12-3 (2 KO’s), shutout Simone de Silva over eight rounds this past February. A longtime contender, Silgado is coming off a fourth round knockout of Dalia Vasquez in October.

Bantamweight Melvin “Melo” Lopez, 28-1 (19 KO’s), of Miami, FL via Nicaragua challenges Washington-based Filipino Jobert “Lion” Alvarez, 20-3-2 (7 KO’s) in an eight rounder for the WBA Continental Americas title.

“Boxlab Promotions is extremely excited to be the promoter of the WBA’s KO Drugs card,” said Amaury Piedra. “This talent laden card featuring multiple title fights brings some of the best international boxers to Orlando. We appreciate the WBA and its President Gilberto Mendoza for giving the Boxlab team this opportunity. December 11 is going to be a special event and truly a night of champions!”

Additional ten round title fights are as follows:

WBA Fedecaribe light heavyweight championship: Joseph George (12-0 (7 KO’s), Houston, TX) vs Raiko Santana (8-3 (5 KO’s), Chihuahua, Mexico via Cuba) 

WBA Fedecaribe junior middleweight championship: Yoanis Tellez (2-0 (2 KO’s), Stafford, TX via Cuba) vs Jean Rivera (8-1, (1 KO), San Juan, Puerto Rico) 

WBA Fedecaribe lightweight championship: Idalberto Umara (7-1 (4 KO’s), Miami, FL via Cuba) vs Emiliano Garcia (18-8-1 (13 KO’s), Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Former unified middleweight champion and future Hall of Famer Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez of Buenos Aires, Argentina faces Jefferson City, MO’s Noah Kidd in an eight round bout. Martinez, who won Fighter of the Year in 2010 after defeating Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams, is 4-0 since returning to the ring in 2020.

In six round contests, heavyweight Herich Ruiz Cordoba meets Phillip Jean Siede, junior middleweight Jeovanny Estela faces Luis Eduardo Florez, and welterweight Damian Lescaille battles Rondale Hubbert.

Lightweight Alex Rios Vega will face an opponent to be named.

Located just minutes from the Walt Disney World® Resort in the nation’s number one convention and tourist destination, Caribe Royale Orlando is the only AAA Four Diamond all-suite meetings resort in Orlando. A TripAdvisor 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award winner – among just 10 percent of hotels worldwide to receive the distinction – the upscale Caribe Royale Orlando is emerging from a $127 million renovation that includes fully remodeling all of its one-bedroom suites, an all-new 50,000-square-foot grand ballroom (bringing the total meeting space to 220,000 square feet), and an inviting new lobby. To learn more or to book a visit, event or meeting, visit www.cariberoyale.com. Follow the all-suite convention hotel on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (@cariberoyale), LinkedIn and Pinterest. #cariberoyaleorlando

BYB 13 BANGER IN TAMPA!

Tampa, Florida – Desmond Green fighting with a heavy heart showed why he’s the BYB Champion by finishing off Scott McHugh with a hard uppercut that sends him down to the canvas at 1:35 seconds of round three by TKO victory for Green.

DJ Linderman did everything he could to show the World he could defeat the champion Tony Lopez inside the Trigon as Lopez didn’t come out his corner after the six round declaring Linderman your winner by TKO victory and now the new BYB Heavyweight champion.

Bovar Khanakov clearly showed in his performance last night why he belongs inside the Trigon after going five hard rounds against very tough Isaac Freeman beating him by unanimous decision win, Judges scores were 49-46, 48-47 2x.

Julio Tanori battles Toby Misech overwhelmed him with hard shots finishing him off at 2:27 seconds of round two by KO victory.

Monica Medina battled Jessica Link in a very hard fought unanimous decision win, All three Judges had it 50-44 for Medina.

Christopher Gonzalez put his power shots together right away finishing off John Birdsong at the official time 1:33 seconds of the opening round by KO victory.

Arthur “The DeadMan” Parker in his BYB debut takes out Walter Strickland at 1:21 seconds of the opening round by TKO victory.

Other results: Jarome Hatch wins by TKO at 1:55 of the opening round over Scott O’Shaughnessy.

Nicholas “Cub” Hawkins crushes John Call at 1:37 seconds of round one by KO victory.

Live at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, Tampa, Florida.

BYB 13 was Presented by BYB Extreme.

December 10: Teofimo Lopez-Sandor Martin Tabbed for Heisman Night Main Event at Madison Square Garden LIVE on ESPN

Martin replaces Jose Pedraza, who contracted a non-COVID-related illness

Lopez-Martin headlines a loaded quadruple-header LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

NEW YORK – Junior welterweight contender TeofimoLopez will have a new “Heisman Night” foe. Jose “Sniper” Pedraza contracted a non-COVID-related illness, and Lopez will now face former European champion Sandor Martin on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Madison Square Garden.

Lopez-Martin, scheduled for 10 rounds, is a final eliminator for the WBC world title.

Brooklyn native Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs), the former lightweight king, made his junior welterweight debut in August with a seventh-round stoppage over Pedro Campa. He hopes to become a two-weight world champion in 2023, but the WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender must first defeat the slippery Spanish southpaw. Martin (40-2, 13 KOs), who hails from Barcelona, authored the 2021 Upset of the Year when he stunned Mikey Garcia by majority decision and sent the four-weight world champion into retirement. Martin, ranked in the top 15 by all four major sanctioning organizations, followed up the Garcia triumph with a 10-round unanimous decision over Jose Felix in April.

“We wish Jose Pedraza a speedy recovery, but we look forward to facing Sandor Martin. He was the opponent we originally wanted for Heisman Night at Madison Square Garden,” Lopez said. “I will continue to silence the doubters as I take over the 140-pound division. I look forward to giving my hometown fans a special night of boxing.”

Martin said, “I’ve dreamed of fighting in a main event at Madison Square Garden. This is my time. I’ve taken the risk, and I will take control against Teofimo Lopez on December 10th. I will give the fans what they want to see.”

Lopez-Martin tops a televised quadruple-header airing immediately after the Heisman Trophy Ceremony at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+.Heavyweight sensation Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson aims for his 13th straight knockout against the battle-tested Jerry “Slugger” Forrest, Puerto Rican junior middleweight star Xander Zayas steps up in class against 28-fight veteran Alexis Salazar, and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis looks to jumpstart his world title ambitions in a lightweight duel versus Juan Carlos Burgos.

SPARK GETS THE DQ WIN OVER LOVE

Cleveland, OH – Super lightweight Steve Spark (16-2, 14 KOs) won by sixth round disqualification against previously unbeaten IBF #6, WBO #7 rated Montana Love (18-1-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Sparks dropped Love in round two, but Love was able to recover. Spark was able to rough up Love in round five. A head clash in round six left Love with a cut over his left eye. The ring doctor examined the cut and allowed the fight to continue. Both fighters came at each other aggressively. They wrestled and Spark went over the top rope. Love was then disqualified. Time was :25. Spark won the WBA Intercontinental title.

Unbeaten super lightweight Richardson Hitchins (15-0, 7 KOs) schooled Yomar Alamo (20-2-1, 12 KOs) for eight one-sided rounds. Alamo’s corner finally pulled the plug after round eight. Hitchins claimed the IBF North American title and probably a top 15 ranking.

WBA #8, WBC #13, WBO #13, IBF #14 featherweight Raymond “Savage” Ford (13-0-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended his WBA Continental Americas title with a spectacular eighth round knockout against Sakaria Lukas (25-2-1 17 KOs). Ford laid out Lukas with a huge right hand at 2:20.

Super featherweight Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice (20-3-1, 15 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Christian Tapia (15-1, 12 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision. Mattice dropped Tapia in round two, then rocked him him in round three. Tapia rallied, but was rocked by Mattice again in round seven. Scores were 97-92, 96-93, 96-93.

2020 Olympic female silver medalist Beatriz “The Beast” Ferreira won her much anticipated professional debut against previously unbeaten Tanya Cardoso (5-1, 1 KO) over four THREE-MINUTE rounds in a super featherweight clash. Ferreira looked powerful, dropping Cardoso in rounds one and three. Scores were 40-34 3x. She is being fast-tracked to a world title and a possible showdown with Amanda Serrano.

Super welterweight Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (8-1, 6 KOs) bludgeoned previously unbeaten David Rodriguez (6-1, 2 KOs) for three rounds, after which the bout was stopped by the ring doctor.

2008 Olympian Raynell Williams (14-1, 7 KOs) dropped Ryizeemmion Ford (8-3, 6 KOs) in round one, then cruised to a 60-53 3x win over six rounds. Williams is Montana Love’s older brother.

In a clash between unbeaten cruiserweights, Khalil Coe (4-0-1, 2 KOs) took a six round unanimous decision over Bradley Olmeda (5-1, 3 KOs). Olmeda down in round five. Scores were 60-53 3x.

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UNDEFEATED CHANN THONSON HEADLINESBOXING’S “NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS” FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2AT GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTERIN COLLEGE PARK, GA, LIVE ON ESPN KO

Atlanta, GA, – Lightweight Chann Thonson, ranked No. 13 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), lays his undefeated record on the line in a ten-round bout in the December 2 main event of a nine-bout fight card. The event will take place at the Georgia International Convention Center and be broadcast on ESPN KO.

“Night of Champions” will be presented by Boswell Promotions in association with Tuto Zabala/All Star Boxing Inc. Individual tickets are priced at $50, $75, and $100 and VIP ringside tables are also available. Tickets can be purchased by clicking Freshtix or Boswell Promotions.

“December 2nd is truly an international event with boxers from all over the globe,” said Cedric Boswell, former heavyweight champion turned promoter. “We are excited to be bringing these talented men to Atlanta, many for the first time. Included in this roster are two who are now ranked in the top fifteen of professional boxing. Please join ESPN and Boswell promotions in this exciting night.”

This multinational card will include boxers from México, Venezuela, Brazil, Nicaragua, Quebec and Ontario Canada, and three fighters from Atlanta.

Four Atlantans on the card are Roddricus Livsey, Darin Austin Jahmeer Edwards and Saundre Simmons

In the main event, Chann Thonson (12-0, 9 KOs) from Brossard, Quebec, Canada is on a three-fight KO streak which has vaulted him to the #13 ranking of lightweights by the WBA. He made his professional debut in 2016 and his las knockout win was October 15. Chann is a boxer/puncher that moves around and really make the opponend think. Chann’s opponent, Aclio “Biro” Mequita (21-9, 19 KOs) is from Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Aelio, a former Brazilian Featherweight Champion, made his pro debut in 2014 and won his first 16 fights. Aelio also won the American Boxing Federation Continental Americas title on June 29, 2019.

In a ten-round super lightweight bout, Jair “Kaizer” Valtierra (16-2, 8KOs) from Leon, Guanajuato, México, will battle Esneiker Correa (15-2-1, 13 KOs) from Los Teques, Venezuela. Jair won the WBC Latino title on February 26, 2021 and had one successful defense. Jair is a tough, rugged fighter and will try and use his will to overpower his opponent. Esneiker made his professional debut in 2017 and all but three of his fights have been inside his home country.

Gerardo “El Cascabel” Zapata (14-0, 5 KOs) from Masaya, Nicaragua is ranked #9 by the World Boxing Organization. He will put his undefeated record on the line in a junior flyweight bout.

Oswaldo “Gitano” Garcia (15-0-1, 11 KOs) from Cancun, México, is your typical Mexican fighter that comes to fight. But he can also box if he needs to. Oswaldo is the current American Boxing Federation American West Bantam which he won on December 18, 2021 and has made one successful defense since. Oswaldo will be in an eight-round bantamweight bout.

Trevor Thonson (6-0, 6 KOs) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada is the twin brother of main event fighter Chann. Trevor made his pro debut on January 7 of this year and his six fights have lasted, in order, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1, and 3 rounds. Trevor is known as a come forward guy that can really punch. Trevor will fight in an eight-round lightweight bout.

Roddricus Livsey (11-1-1, 8 KOs) from Atlanta, GA, is a very flashy guy that tries to be elusive. He doesn’t have one-punch power but will put his punches together to break his opponent down with accuracy. Rodd will fight in an eight-round welterweight bout.

Darin Austin (8-0, 7 KOs) from Atlanta, will fight in a six-round lightweight bout. Darin is an aggressor. He comes forward looking for the big punch and at the same time patient as he goes in for the knockout. Not the characteristics seen very often from a southpaw boxer. Darin will be in a six-round light heavyweight bout.

Jahmeer Edwards (1-0, 1 KO) from Atlanta, won his professional debut on February 26 with a first round knockout. Jahmeer will fight in a 4 round welterweight bout.

Saundre Simmons is making his professional debut after a stellar amateur career. He is tall with good boxing skills and has good foot movement. He is a boxer puncher. He was a top ranked amateur in the United States at light heavyweight.