“FIGHT NITE AT THE SCOTTISH RITE” WEIGHTS FROM SAN ANTONIO, TX.

Photos by Robert Elizondo – TMB & PRB Entertainment

6-ROUND MAIN EVENT

Daniel Biaz 153.5 vs.  Ray Trujillo TBA

Daniel Biaz 153.5 vs. Ray Trujillo TBA

Briana Gonzales 121.5 vs. Brittany Ordonez 120.5

Victor Pasillas 123.5 vs. Alejandro Moreno 122.5

Tyrell Herndon 229.5 vs. Armando Herrera 247

Ignacio Holgiun 127 vs. Santiago Bayardo TBA

Luis Villareal 170.5 vs. Adam Castillo 171.5

Frank Brown 139.5 vs. Daniel Sanchez 135.5

Gregory Morales 123.5 vs. Ben Guerrero 123.5

Faith Morones 126.5 vs. Nina Gallegos 144.5

Tickets priced $25 General Admission $30 at the door$60 Lower Level$75 Ringside, are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling (210) 449-5599 or (210) 322-9974.  The Scottish Rite Theatre is located at 308 Ave E, San Antonio, TX 78205.  Doors open at 6:00 PM, first bell at 7:30 PM.  Promoter TMB & PRB Entertainment

Brittany Ordonez vs. Briana Gonzales

Victor Pasillas vs. Alejandro Moreno

Tyrell Herndon vs. Armando Herrera 

 

Adam Castillo vs Luis Villareal

Frank Brown vs. Daniel Sanchez

Gregory Morales vs. Ben Guerrero

Nina Gallegos vs Faith Morones

Ignacio Holgiun vs. Ray Bayardo

TEWA KIRAM AND MERCITO ‘NO MERCY’ GESTA LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2018 TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®

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LOS ANGELES – PABA Welterweight Champion Tewa Kiram (38-0. 28 KOs) and lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-1-2, 17 KOs) hosted a media workout today at Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles, Calif. ahead of their respective world championship bouts. Kiram will take on former interim WBC Super Lightweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (38-4, 35 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight World Title, while Gesta will take on WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine World Champion Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) in a 12-round battle. The action takes place on Saturday, Jan. 27 in a special double main event at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

On the non-televised portion of the card, Armenian welterweight prospect Ferdinand Kerobyan (7-0, 4 KOs) will face Lucius Johnson (4-1-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round welterweight fight. In an exciting and rarely-seen battle between two undefeated prospects, Los Angeles native Tenochtitlan “T-Dog” Nava (7-0, 1 KO) will participate in an eight-round 126-pound clash against Las Vegas’ Francisco “El Alacran” Esparza (6-0-1, 2 KOs).  Romero “Ruthless” Duno (15-1, 13 KOs) will fight for a second consecutive time at the “Fabulous” Forum in an eight-round lightweight battle against Sacramento, Calif.’s Yardley Armenta (21-9, 12 KOs). Kerobyan, Duno and Nava also participated in today’s workout. The non-televised undercard action will be streamed live on www.RingTV.com beginning at 3:05 p.m. PT/ 6:05 p.m. ET.

Here’s what today’s participants had to say at the media workout:

TEWA KIRAM, PABA Welterweight Champion:

“I have a great game plan that I have for next week. I can’t reveal it now, but if I find an opportunity, I’ll take it. Lucas Matthysse is coming from 140 to 147, so I feel good about that. I’ll be the naturally bigger guy in there. I’m very relaxed, even though this is my first fight outside of Thailand. I’m very happy and excited to come to America to fight for a world title. With a win, I’ll come back here very soon and fight again!”

MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA, Lightweight Contender:

“I’ve grown a lot and learned a lot since 2012, when I first fought for a world title. I learned how to take defeat, and I learned to make the most from my mistakes. Right now it’s a matter of taking all that I learned and putting it into the ring. I’m not concerned with Jorge Linares’ power, but he is fast and we’re taking that into consideration. I’ve been studying and working on applying pressure, but smartly to avoid mistakes. To my all my fans, don’t miss this great fight. I’m going to win that belt for you!”

FERDINAND KEROBYAN, Welterweight Prospect:

“My opponent’s name is Lucius Johnson, and he’s been a pro for a while now. We’ve done our research, and I’m looking forward to putting a great show for my fans and come out with a great victory. After fighting 7 times in 2017, I’m hoping this year I’ll be fighting for a championship belt. I want to get more experience on the way, and with experience I’ll be a more complete fighter.

ROMERO “RUTHLESS” DUNO, Super Featherweight Prospect:

“The win against Christian Gonzalez gave me a lot of opportunities. I was immediately signed and now I’m doing better than ever. I will give a good fight on Jan. 27, and we can show the world to never underestimate me. I’ve prepared well, and I’m ready for the next level and to take on even tougher fights.

TENOCHTITLAN “T-DOG” NAVA, Featherweight Prospect:

“I’ve been waiting for this fight for some time now. Now only is this a great opportunity to step up, but it’s an opportunity to give a great fight between two young, undefeated fighters. Esparza is young and tough, but I came into camp in great shape and I have a smart game plan to beat him.”

Matthysse vs. Kiram is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Welterweight

World Championship, and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and Galaxy Promotions. Linares vs. Gesta, a 12-round fight for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championships is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop, Never Settle,” and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The non-televised undercard action will be streamed live on www.RingTV.com beginning at 3:05 p.m. PT/ 6:05 p.m. ET.

For more information visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.hbo.com/boxing, follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @hboboxing; become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing; visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing; and follow the conversation using #MatthysseKiram.

Tickets for Matthysse vs. Kiram are currently on sale and are priced at $10, $25, $50 and $100, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or the Forum Box Office (Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. PST to 7:00 p.m. PST) at (310) 330-7300.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.fabulousforum.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

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DONNIE NIETES VS. JUAN CARLOS REVECO WORLD TITLE FIGHT ADDED TO SUPERFLY 2

Saturday, February 24, 2018

From the Forum in Los Angeles, CA

Televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®

Los Angeles, CA – With the extraordinary fan and media interest from the previously announced fights for SUPERFLY 2, another excellent world title bout has been added which will open the HBO Boxing After Dark® telecast. Fighting Pride of the Philippines and four-time world champion DONNIE NIETES, (40-1-4, 22 KO’s) will make the first defense of his IBF Flyweight World Title over 12-rounds against three-time former world champion JUAN CARLOS REVECO, (39-3-0, 19 KO’s) from Las Heras, Argentina. The triple header takes place Saturday, February 24 from The Forum in Los Angeles and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

“Fighting in Los Angeles for the third time in front of the great Filipino fans along with fighting on HBO is a great honor for me, said Nietes. “I know how tough Reveco is but I’ll be well prepared to defend my title on Saturday, February 24.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to finally fight in the United States and against a great champion in Donnie Nietes,” said Reveco. “I know there will be a huge amount of Argentinian fans at the Forum for the fight and I look forward to winning the IBF Flyweight World Title in front of them.”

“We’re very proud to add one of the Philippines’ longest standing warriors and four-time world champion Donnie Nietes to this tremendous event as he defends his world title against three-time world champion Juan Carlos Reveco at the Forum on Saturday, February 24 and live on HBO,” said TOM LOEFFLER of 360 Boxing Promotions.

“In the last couple of years Nietes has looked very impressive headlining events in Los Angeles and we look forward to a huge turnout of local Filipino boxing fans for this world title defense against the upset minded Reveco who is seeking his fourth world title.”

“With the four outstanding fights now announced for SUPERFLY 2, three of them being world title fights, this clearly sets the standard for boxing events providing quality to fans in 2018. All eight of these fighters are in the top ten in their respective weight classes.”

Most recently Nietes won the vacant IBF Flyweight World Title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Komgrich Nantapech on April 29, 2017, in Cebu City, Philippines.

Prior to that, Nietes won the WBO Junior Flyweight World Title against Juan Alejo on October 17, 2015 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California and followed up at the same venue by defeating Edgar Sosa on September 24, 2016, winning both bouts by dominant unanimous decision.

Nietes is undefeated dating back to September 2004.

Reveco’s most recent victory also came against Komgrich Nantapech on September 8, 2017, winning by 12-round unanimous decision in Argentina.

In two of his most recent and memorable bouts, Reveco traveled to Osaka, Japan, coming up just short both times against WBA Flyweight World Champion Kazuto Ioka in 2015.

Currently on a three-fight winning streak, Reveco who has fought mostly in Argentina and Japan throughout his illustrious career, will be fighting in the United States for the first time.

Tickets for SUPERFLY 2, priced at $250, $150, $100, $60 and $30 are now on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. The Forum is located at 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305.

SUPERFLY 2 is headlined by WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico.

Co-featured on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS “Principe” CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, MX facing hard-hitting, two-time world title challenger MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico in an outstanding ten round super flyweight clash.

Featured on the international telecast portion of SUPERFLY 2, four-time world champion in two divisions and #2 ranked BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii will challenge undefeated and #1 ranked ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine for the vacant WBA Flyweight World Title

SUPERFLY 2 is presented by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions in association with Nakornluong Promotions and Zanfer Promotions. Cuadras vs. Arroyo is presented in association with Promociones del Pueblo and PR Best Boxing. Viloria vs. Dalakian is presented in association with Teiken Promotions. Nietes vs. Reveco is presented in association with ALA Promotions and OR Promotions.

Photo credits: ALA Promotions

RETURNING THE CARLOS ‘PURIN’ CARABALLO AND EDWIN ‘CHIN’ VALENTIN PROSPECTS

RETURNING THE CARLOS ‘PURIN’ CARABALLO AND EDWIN ‘CHIN’ VALENTIN PROSPECTS

The experienced Josean Figueroa, a fighter used to provide good fights, will face unbeaten prospect Abimael Ortiz in a crash eight round and within featherweight star in Billboard will present Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment in the coliseum Ismael ‘Kid’ Delgado, Aguada, on Saturday 3rd February.

The program, a co-promotion with Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya, will be presented THROUGH OnDIRECTV channel 161 as part of its series DIRECTV Boxing Nights.

It will also be the first show of the year in Puerto Rico, the company headed by Puerto Rican world champion six times. The event will consist in total of 10 matches, which will see action other big prospects of the company. “Josean is a great fighter with a big fan base. We were given the opportunity to celebrate the event in Aguada again and there he will be the star in a big fight , “said Hector Soto, promoter of the company,” decided to make the fight there, as many of the coliseums of the island were damaged hurricane Maria and Aguada fortunately the Coliseum is good and we have a great relationship with the municipality. ”

Meanwhile, Arnaldo Pérez, Senior Program Director, commented: “We are pleased to be able to go to Aguada for our next edition of” DIRECTV Boxing Nights “.. DIRECTV continues its commitment to continue supporting the national sport, in this case the boxing, with exclusive production and transmission in high definition of these billboards, spreading the pugilistic talent of Puerto Rico and opening a window to the outstanding talents of the island. We are confident that 2018 will be a great year for boxing fans in Puerto Rico. ”

Perez reported that fighting between Figueroa and Ortiz will be aired on Saturday, February 3 live from 9:00 pm through the exclusive channel OnDIRECTV channel 161.

It will be the second undercard to present the company in Aguada, having held one at the same stage in June 2015, also starring Figueroa before a sellout. 12-4-2 mark with nine knockouts, Josean has a history of facing great prospects and their record a draw with Jose ‘Wonder Boy’ Lopez in 2015 is included.

Meanwhile, although Abimael only six fights (5-0-1 mark with three knockouts), Soto considers him a dangerous opponent. “It’s a tough fight,” he said. “Abimael was even in the national team.”

Semiestelar in the fight undefeated prospect of Golden Boy Promotions, junior welterweight Luis Lareño Feliciano (4-0 and two knockouts) will be measured six episodes with fellow prospect Ryan Pino (7-1 and three) of Toa Baja.

“I’m very happy to fight again in Puerto Rico against my people, and I will be ready on February 3 to presetar a great fight and take the victory , ” said unbeaten Luis Feliciano. “We are pleased to have Luis Feliciano who is a great prospect for Golden Boy in a big fight with Ryan Pino, we know it will be a great fight for the fans. It will be a fight that will define the future of both , “said Hector Soto promoter.

In addition, the Mayaguez featherweight Richi Rodriguez (8-2 five KOs) will fight six episodes with Angel Cruz (6-2-1 and four), of Juana Diaz.

For its part, the super bantamweight Carlos ‘Purin’ Caraballo (5-0 and four) of Guayanilla, will fight with Janxel Marrro six episodes of Toa Baja. Also, lightweight Edwin Valentin (2-0 two), of Salinas, with four round rival Andrew Nunez (0-1), Arecibo. At welterweight, Moises Rios (5-0 five), Guayanilla, clash with Fernando Semidey, Trujillo Alto to four rounds. At 130 pounds, Michael Adorno, of Vega Alta will face Alberto Medina, Arecibo, at the same distance. Light Christian right, Aguada, four rounds clash with Christian Santos, Mayaguez; welterweight Roberto Cruz, Cayey, will face Otoniel Gonzalez (3-1-1 and three), Aguadilla, four rounds; and flyweight Josean Serra (10-1 seven), of Ponce, also a four round fight with Alexis Diaz (1-15-1 and one), San Juan.

Soto explained that Miguel Cotto Promotions together with H2 Entertainment should hold six billboards DIRECTV this year, and the second should be April 7 in the Choliseo, starring the first title defense of Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta, flyweight champion OMB.

The company must also present four billboards ESPN2 / ESPN, beginning on March 24 with a program starring super flyweight contender Jose ‘Chiquiro’ Martinez at the Exhibition Complex Ponce.

17-year-old Israeli prospect David Kaminsky signs with Top Rank

The 17-year-old prodigy from Israel

signed a promotional agreement
with the company, announced
Hall Of Fame Promoter, Bob Arum.

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RESEDA, CA – Highly touted 17-year-old Israeli prospect David Kaminsky has agreed to a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rankannounced Hall of Fame promoter, Bob Arum.

The super welterweight power puncher that is handled by ‘Manager of the Year’ Egis Klimas and trained by the boxer’s father, Anatoliy Kaminsky, will make his professional debut on the February 3rd world championship event that will take place at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“I feel very fortunate to be signed under Top Rank. This is a big stepping stone in my boxing career. I have worked for this day my entire life and I wouldn’t want to be with any other team. I believe behind every great boxer is a great team, and I am very excited for this journey. Thank you Top Rank for giving me this opportunity,” said Kaminsky.

The former amateur standout assures he has learned a lot from sparring against big names like Shane Mosley and Viktor Postol.

“I can do every different style for every different fighter. Once I step into the ring, I pick up a style right away. W have been working for so many years, and we pick up styles from different types of fighters. So, if I need to be slick, I can be slick. If I need pressure, I can use pressure. If I need to move on my feet, I move on my feet. But I do have a punch. I like to hit with power,” added the young fighter.

Kaminsky will make his pro debut on the February 3 world championship doubleheader event, which will be headlined by unbeaten Mexican champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, who will be making the third defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title against Top-Five world-rated contender Habib “Wild Hurricane” Ahmed. In the co-main event, Filipino fireball JERWIN “Pretty Boy” ANCAJAS — a protégé of Filipino icon Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao — will be making the fourth defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight world title against Top-10 contender ISRAEL GONZALEZ.

The Ramirez vs. Ahmed / Ancajas vs. González card will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on  ESPN and ESPN DeportesThe undercard — including Kaminsky’s pro debut — will be seen live on the ESPN App.

#SuperFly2 Press Conference

SUPERFLY 2 is headlined by WBC Super Flyweight World Champion SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (43-4-1, 39 KO’s), of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, defending his title over 12-rounds for the second time against former world champion and #1 ranked mandatory challenger JUAN FRANCISCO “El Gallo” ESTRADA, (36-2, 25 KO’s), of Sonora, Mexico. The event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Co-featured on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, former WBC Super Flyweight World Champion, CARLOS ‘Principe’ CUADRAS, (36-2-1, 27 KO’s), of Mexico City, MX faces hard-hitting, two-time world title challenger MC WILLIAMS ARROYO, (16-3, 14 KO’s), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico in an outstanding ten round super flyweight clash.

Headlining the off-TV portion of the event, four-time world champion in two divisions and #2 ranked BRIAN “The Hawaiian Punch” VILORIA, (38-5, 22 KO’s) of Los Angeles, CA via Waipahu, Hawaii will challenge undefeated and #1 ranked ARTEM DALAKIAN, (15-0, 11 KO’s), of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine over 12-rounds for the vacant WBA Flyweight World Title.

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Alfredo Corrales New Trainer For Chocolatito

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Alfredo Corrales New Trainer For Chocolatito

The four-time Nicaraguan world champion Román “Chocolatito” González, officially confirmed Gustavo Herrera as his new coach and Alfredo Corrales, as the one in charge of his physical preparation, in a year 2018 that will be key to his medium-term future, as he recently arrived to be in the Olympus of world boxing, to be rated as the best fighter in the world pound for pound.

But that distinction, along with his fourth and last title in the world, the super flyweight of the World Boxing Council (WBC), were erased in one stroke by the Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai last year, who defeated him a couple of times.

Roman was defeated by Thai last March, to lose the WBC title. And in the rematch, he received a spectacular knockout in September in Carson, California. That knockout in four rounds, forced a forced break for the “Chocolatito”, who after a stormy 2017, is now prepared under the direction of Herrera, who directed it at the beginning of his career, since he yielded to Arnulfo Obando (qepd ). “Gustavo Herrera is one of the men who knows how much it has cost me to reach the top, I remember that we started working from the bottom, after my father Luis González and three-time champion Alexis Argüello had me, I was able to crown myself with him first time and who better than him to start this new stage, “said” Chocolatito “at a press conference that took place this Thursday afternoon. “For my part, I am very happy that you have me.” He approached me humbly to ask me to work with him, I agreed and thank God we have reached an agreement and that is why we are here, “said Herrera. “There is a lot of work to be done, but I am happy because he is a great fighter and must return to that aggressive level that always characterized him,” he reiterated.

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Joshua-Parker Collide On March 31st

The Heavyweight unification fight the world has been waiting for between Anthony Joshua MBE and Joseph Parker will take place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Joshua and Parker have agreed to put their IBF, WBA Super, IBO and WBO belts and unbeaten records on the line, ending a period of intense negotiation between the rival camps.

The winner-takes all contest will put the winner within touching distance of becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

“I would like to announce the official news that myself and Joseph Parker will be fighting on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff,” said Joshua. “It is a unification Heavyweight championship fight, we all know what happened last time I was in a unification Heavyweight championship fight, it was gruelling, it was interesting and we both left the ring with masses of respect.

“These fights aren’t easy because there is a lot on the line, so respect to team Parker for taking the challenge. And you know me, I love this game. I am looking forward to it, training camp is underway and before you know it March 31 will be upon us. Stay tuned for more news and I will see you all soon, God bless.”

WBO champion Joseph Parker said he was relieved the contractual negotiations had now been concluded as he could now fully concentrate on the job in hand.

“Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock,” Parker said. “A couple of months ago I heard him say ‘why should I be worried about this little kid from New Zealand’?

“Well, now he’s about to find out. And the world is about to find out whether AJ can really take a punch. My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows.”

Joshua returns to the scene of his last action in the ring, where Carlos Takam became his 20th win inside the distance from his 20 pro fights, the fourth defence of his IBF crown and first of the WBA Super and IBO belts he landed in his epic battle with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium last April.

“I’m delighted to get this fight made – it’s been a long time coming,” said Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Champions should fight Champions and AJ continues to step up to the challenges.

“It’s the first time in history that two reigning heavyweight World champions have met in Britain and it’s a classic match-up between two young, fast, undefeated belt holders and it’s going to be an explosive fight. This is another huge unification fight for Anthony as he continues to make history in the quest to become undisputed World heavyweight champion.”

Parker’s last fight was his first in England as he defended his WBO strap for the second time, outpointing Hughie Fury in Manchester in September, moving to 24-0 with the win. The 26-year-old became New Zealand’s first heavyweight world champion when he landed the WBO strap in December 2016 against the undefeated Mexican American star Andy Ruiz in Auckland.

He comfortably defended the crown for the first time against giant Romanian Razvan Cojanu in May.

Parker’s promoter David Higgins paid tribute to Hearn and Matchroom Boxing for the up-front way they had handled negotiations.

“Eddie has been great to work with from day one,” Higgins said. “I know we ruffled a few feathers along the way but, as Eddie acknowledged, when you come from a small country and people perceive you as a small player, sometimes you’ve got to make a bit of noise.

“New Zealand might be a tiny country on the other side of the world but it has a hugely proud sporting tradition – and a particularly strong tradition when it comes to whipping mother England.

“Joseph Parker is the absolute epitome of the Kiwi sporting battler. It has been said that he is punching above his weight, but he didn’t become WBO heavyweight champion by being lucky.

“He’s never been stopped, never even been wobbled in the ring. He’s consistently fought fighters in the world’s top ten and he’s beaten them all easily. It certainly won’t be a shock to me when he beats Anthony Joshua and takes his titles back home to New Zealand.”

Principality Stadium Manager Mark Williams commented: “Joshua vs. Parker is another exciting feat for Principality Stadium which holds the record for the largest indoor boxing crowd after Joshua’s title defence in Cardiff last October. Afterwards it was a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ boxing would return and we are thrilled to be working with Matchroom once again to raise the bar for live boxing entertainment on March 31st.

“The stadium and Cardiff always come together to put on a fantastic show. Our status and ambition in securing major events is shared with all our city partners and we are grateful to Welsh Government, South Wales Police, Cardiff Council and others working together to attract and deliver the greatest live entertainment to our capital city.

“Inside the stadium, boxing fans can expect yet another spectacular arena transformation, just days after the NatWest 6 Nations and ahead of Judgement Day VI and four nights of Ed Sheeran and more. 2018 is set to be yet another exciting chapter in the stadium’s illustrious history!”

An announcement on on-sale dates, ticket prices and travel packages will be made soon.

Ortiz, Jr. Ready For Feb 22 Return

Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (8-0, 8 KOs), a super lightweight prodigy with tremendous knockout power, will return in the eight-round co-main event of the Feb. 22 edition of #GBPonESPN. Ortiz, Jr., a sensational Mexican American who has his roots in Michoacan, Mexico, said he would like to fight for a junior title this year, and has been working hard in the Joel Diaz training camp alongside Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse and Marcelino Lopez. Photos by Tom Hogan/HoganPhotos

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