The British sensation Anthony Joshua burst onto the global scene with a dramatic knockout of long-reigning heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko in the universally acclaimed 2017 Fight of the Year. Now, he faces another significant challenge in Joesph Parker, a native of New Zealand with 24 wins, no losses and 18 knockouts. Watch the mega unification fight - live Saturday, March 31 at 5PM ET/2PM PT on SHOWTIME.
Natex Boxing is Chicago’s newest boxing promotion, and Frontproof Media's Steven Weinberg recently sat down with its Natex Boxing CEO, Andrew Sobko, and VP of Marketing, Alex Cervantes, ahead of their April 14th event in Northlake, Illinois, a Chicago Suburb. This will be Natex’s third show in less than nine months. Andrew and Alex were kind enough to answer my questions about being a new promotion, Chicago boxing, and Natex’s plans for the future.
Tomorrow night on the untelevised undercard of Jose Ramirez’s (21-0, 16 KOs) vacant WBC 140-pound title shot against Brooklyn’s Amir Imam (21-1, 18 KOs), fans will witness the return of two of Puerto Rico’s fallen stars in Felix Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) and Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12 KOs). They will be featured on the card at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Last night the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas played host to a night of boxing action that featured the return of technician Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs). Garcia faced off against Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KOs) for the IBF 140-pound championship. Garcia won a unanimous decision to become the third fighter in boxing history to win titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140-pounds.
“Combate Estrellas II” will be headlined by a bantamweight (135 pounds) showdown featuring the homecoming of Monterrey native and world-ranked superstar, Erik “Goyito” Perez (17-6), making his much-anticipated Combate Americas promotional debut in a rematch against U.S. battler and old rival David “D.J.” Fuentes (13-10).
UFC 222 features the quick return of Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino who is ready to defend against Invicta FC’s Yana Kunitskaya. Also in the co-main event, a contender match between the number one and number two featherweights in the UFC, Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega face off to be the next man to fight for the title.