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Osumanu Akaba repalces Jerry Belmontes

Osumanu Akaba, of Ghana, who had a nine-fight knockout streak snapped in his most recent fight, steps in against Edner Cherry in a 10-round junior lightweight contest on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
 
Akaba replaces Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, who injured his right wrist in training last Thursday.

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Banner Promotions gearing up for busy Fall schedule

Banner Promotions will be closing 2014  with a string of domestic and international fights that are on tap for some of the biggest stars in boxing.

On Saturday, November 22 in Macao, China, WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion Chris Algieri will take part in one of the biggest fights of the year when he takes on the legendary Manny Pacquiao in a bout for Pacquiao's WBO Welterweight world title.  The fight will be live on HBO Pay Per View,

On Friday, November 28 in Moscow, Russia, former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov will have a homecoming when he fights in his home country for the first time since 2011. His opponent will be announced shortly.

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Lewkowicz Congratulates 'Pilon' Lara for Smashing Debut

Super bantamweight prospect Jorge "Pilon" Lara wanted to put on an impressive performance for his first fight under the promotional banner of Sampson Boxing... Mission accomplished.

Fighting on the undercard of Saturday's Molina vs. Bundrage fight at the Oasis Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico, Lara (26-0-1, 18 KOs) dominated tough veteran Jovanny Soto, dropping him four times before stopping him in four brutal rounds.

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Joshua vs. Wilder: If and When

It only went two rounds but I just wanted to hurt him—Anthony Joshua

"I'll be looking to take his [Joshua] head off his shoulders,"—David Price

It almost seems that this fight is pre-ordained though Bermaine Stiverne may have something to say about that.

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Belmontes Out. Akaba in Against Cherry

Osumanu Akaba, of Ghana, who had a nine-fight knockout streak snapped in his most recent fight, steps in against Edner Cherry in a 10-round junior lightweight contest on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

Akaba replaces Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, who injured his right wrist in training last Thursday.

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Joshua sends power threat to Heavyweight rivals

Anthony Joshua MBE claimed his first professional title on Saturday night with a brutal second round KO of Denis Bakhtov – and chillingly warned his Heavyweight rivals: ‘My power is only going to grow.’

The Olympic gold medal hero blasted Bakhtov out of the equation in just five ruthless minutes in east London, back in the venue of his debut last October.

Joshua signalled his intent in the opening round, staggering the Russian with a fierce right counter that led to the 24 year old hunting a fourth first-round stoppage.

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Middleweight contender Spada banks on upsetting the odds in Monte Carlo

Beating highly-rated Martin Murray will be a short cut to a world title shot, believes Domenico Spada, who challenges for Murray’s WBC Silver middleweight belt in Monte Carlo next weekend.

Ranked #7 by the WBC, Spada (39-5, 19 KOs) has been a perpetual contender in recent years and needs a breakthrough win to force his claims. Defeating Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) would do it.

The rugged Italian has been training intensely at his Volcano Gym in Rome under the watchful eye of Valerio Monti. Mornings are occupied by power and resistance training with afternoons spent on technique and sparring.

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Tyson Fury’s Uncle, Hughie Fury, Passes Away

It was announced that star-crossed Tyson Fury’s uncle, Hughie Fury, passed away over the weekend due to complications of a blood clot.

According to the Fury family, Hughie had spent eleven weeks in intensive care in an effort to repair a damaged knee with a pin. It resulted in a blood clot that left Fury fighting for his life.

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Marcus Upshaw reborn for Oct. 23 fight vs. Aaron Pryor Jr.

Modern day road warrior Marcus "Arillius" Upshaw (17-13-2, 8 KOs) plans to jumpstart his career October 23 against fellow gatekeeper and upset specialist, Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-7, 12 KOs), in the 10-round main event on a private (no tickets sold or media coverage) Alarm Charity Boxing fundraiser event at Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C.

"I've fought everybody," Upshaw said from training camp. "It seems like I've fought forever as a super middleweight but I'm a middleweight and this fight is going to help me get a fight against a top middleweight. My mind is right for this fight and I know what I need to do. I'm not going to leave fights in the hands of the judges anymore.

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Lee Selby outclasses Brunker to land World title shot

Lee Selby will challenge for the IBF World Featherweight title after a dominant performance against Joel Brunker at The O2 on Saturday night.

Selby peppered the visitor from the opening bell with his full arsenal of shots until the middle of the ninth round when a vicious left to the body took everything out of Brunker and Selby pounced closed the show moments later, responding to the critics who wanted to see more spiteful finishing from the Barry stylist.

The 27 year old will watch on with interest when IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich defends his title for fourth time against Jayson Velez in Omaha on November 29, and Selby insists that a World title shot will bring out the best in him.

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Taylor Gets Tough Manchester Test

Steve Wood has warned the UK's top light-welters that Middleton’s Liam Taylor is on their tails.

Unbeaten Taylor (pictured) goes again on October 18 when he will look to notch up his tenth straight victory – three early - at Manchester's Victoria Warehouse.

With the card aired live on the Matchroom Fight Pass series, and Taylor coming off the back of his best win - a third round stoppage of Daza Usher - Wood is expecting another blistering performance.

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