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LOS ANGELES — Local media descended on downtown L.A. yesterday to attend the opening press conference for the HBO’s Superfly 2 card, set for February 24 at The Forum.

The card is the first promotion being solely handled by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Boxing Promotions. Loeffler, who also manages middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, anticipates adding a fourth high-level bout to the event.

“Since we announced this event, the excitement from the fans and media has been tremendous,” said Loeffler. “This is a great media turnout and we’re very thankful to be able to for the press’ involvement in helping us promote this event.

From top to bottom this will be one of the best shows this year, we’ve already announced three outstanding matchups and we’ll be announcing another terrific fight shortly.”

Superfly 2 is headlined by a title fight with Pound 4 Pound implications with Juan Francisco Estrada facing WBC title-holder Sor Rungvisai, who’s coming off two victories over former Pound 4 Pound #1 Roman Gonzalez. The fight is Estrada’s first title shot since moving up to super flyweight in 2016.

“I’m very happy for the opportunity and can’t wait for February 24 to become a world champion again” said Estrada. “I know this is a tough fight, Sor Rungvisai is the best super flyweight in the world. I know I have the style to beat him. On February 24 you will see a lot of great fights and hopefully the Superfly series will continue with many great fights to come.”

 The co-main event features a crossroads bout between Carlos Cuadras and McWilliams Arroyo. Cuadras dropped a close decision in his last fight against Estrada, and also dropped an entertaining decision to Gonzalez in a 2016 Fight of the Year contender. With two losses in his last three bouts, Cuadras has enlisted a new trainer in Abel Sanchez (Golovkin, Sullivan Barrera) to refine his game.

“I’m very happy to be up in Big Bear with such a great trainer like Abel Sanchez, learning about the training methods he uses for Gennady Golovkin,” he stated. “I’m training very hard and thrilled to be up in Big Bear for the first time.

I know Arroyo very well, he’s a great fighter. It’s Mexico vs. Puerto Rico which is always a great fight. I have to beat Arroyo and then I want to fight Estrada again. I have the medicine in my fist to beat them both.  I’m fast and strong and very, very handsome.”

Sanchez’s first order of business was improving Cuadras’s stamina. He believes his new fighter is not far from returning to the title picture should Cuadras post an impressive victory next month.

“This is my first-time training Carlos. I’ve asked a lot of thing of him, discipline, dedication and he’s training very hard,” Sanchez revealed. “Maybe he’s been a little undisciplined in the past with his conditioning.  With the extra’s I can add I believe he will be better. McWilliams Arroyo is a very good fighter, the winner of this fight deserves a world title opportunity.

“I thank Carlos Cuadras for taking the fight, it’s a great opportunity for both of us,” added Arroyo. “It’s my first fight at 115 and I’m going to take advantage of it. I’m training very hard and I’ll be ready to beat Carlos Cuadras on February 24. Not only my fight but all of these fights will make for an excellent night of boxing. “

Brian Viloria is going for his fifth title when he faces off against Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA world flyweight title. The match is Viloria’s first title shot since losing by TKO to Roman Gonzalez in November 2015. Viloria posted two comeback wins before earning a shot at the belt vacated by a retiring Kazuto Ioka.

‘It seems like yesterday that I won my first world title, and now I’m fighting for my fifth world title,” Viloria reflected. “It’s an honor for me to fight for this title and I’m honored to have been able to stay in the game this long. Superfly 1 was an amazing show but Superfly 2 will even surpass that. Superfly 1 was the best card I’ve ever fought on and this card will be even better. It’s a great thing for the little guys to have such a big stage to fight on.”

 Superfly 2 will air on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.

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Heavyweight supremacy is one step closer to reality. Anthony Joshua, unified IBF/WBA titleholder, and Joseph Parker, WBO titlist, will face off on March 31 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Negotiations had been ongoing for several months, with Parker’s team being vocal about holding out for a “fair split” of the purse proceeds. Although financial figures have not been disclosed, Joshua took to social media to confirm the fight with a video.

Joshua is coming off a high-profile 2017 that saw him retire Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th round TKO last April in the consensus Fight of the Year. His last bout in October was a one-sided 10th round TKO over Carlos Takam. Parker also posted two victories last year over Razvan Cojanu (UD12) and Hughie Fury (MD12).

Joshua’s last fight at Principality Stadium was against Takam and drew over 78,000, breaking an indoor attendance record previously held by Muhammad Ali.

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Despite Parker’s protests about money the last few weeks, we knew this was inevitable. This was Parker’s biggest possible payday and it gives AJ the chance to add a third belt to his collection. Not only is it a credible fight between two undefeated young heavyweights with knockout power, it further cleans up the title picture and brings us one step from the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis. And for AJ, it gives him further contract leverage over rival and WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder, who faces Luis Ortiz on March 3.

As for the fight, I see another Joshua KO. Parker’s momentum is low considering his lackluster showings against his best opponents in Hughie Fury and Andy Ruiz. Parker likes to barrel in with wide lead hooks and rarely works behind the jab. I see Joshua’s jab befuddling Parker and keeping him in range for right hands and left hooks. I also see the smaller Parker taking lots of damage from AJ’s lethal uppercut. Look for a middle-rounds stoppage that puts the hype even higher for Joshua-Wilder in late 2018.

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This afternoon, you can stream the entire Frank Warren card headlined by the return of IBF super middleweight titlist James DeGale defending his belt against Caleb Truax. The co-main event features Eduardo Ramirez challenging IBF title-holder Lee Selby. Also spotlighted is the U.S. tv debut of light-heavyweight prospect Anthony Yarde (13-0, 12 KOs).

The card begins at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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The weights are in for Saturday night’s Pound 4 Pound showdown between WBO super featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Both fighters were chiseled with the champion coming in at 129 pounds and the challenger at 128.25.

PREDICTION: I’ve gone back and forth on this fight since it was announced. Rigo’s sublime skills make him a hard night for any opponent, not to mention his underrated power and nimble footwork. However, this is the first fight where I feel there is a perfect storm that will lead to his first defeat.

Rigondeaux is 37 years old (allegedly), jumping two weight classes and has fought only three rounds in the last year. I would feel uneasy about those facts if he were fighting a lower Top 10 super featherweight, let alone going after the #1 guy at the weight in Lomachenko. Having fought and broken the will of bigger punchers in Nicholas Walters and Manuel Marriaga, I see Lomachenko being able to handle Rigo’s stinging shots and forcing a higher pace in the later rounds. Because Rigo sometimes squares up out of clinches, there’s an outside chance that Lomachenko could score a flash knockdown ala Donaire and Amagasa.

Expect a good start from Rigondeaux due to his counter punching with Lomachenko’s size and activity being the difference in the second half to earn a close but clear unanimous decision.

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BROOKLYN — Deontay Wilder said before last night’s rematch he feared for Bermane Stiverne’s life. Two minutes and 59 seconds later, we found out why as Stiverne failed to land a single punch and was on the receiving end of three knockdowns before being left motionless at the Barclays Center.

At 39 years old and having not fought in two years, most weren’t expecting much from Stiverne. Wilder wisely pounced on him early, showing a sharp jab. As Stiverne tried to plod in, his guard was split by an accurate straight right that put the former titlist on the seat of his pants. Any semblance of fighting spirit left Stiverne as he vainly claimed it was a rabbit punch. Wilder taunted him with a statue pose before unleashing two haymaker left and right hooks for another knockdown seconds later.

With under 10 seconds left, Wilder landing a sliding right hook and two left hooks that put Stiverne out cold against the bottom of the ropes.

Wilder’s win now gives him the distinction of knocking out every man he’s ever faced. In the post-fight interview, he challenged Anthony Joshua, who he accused of using performing enhancing drugs. Wilder also rebuffed the public offer from Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing, who want him to face Dillian Whyte to earn a Joshua unification.Wilder did acquiesce that he would be willing to travel to the UK for Joshua.

Last night’s knockout was Wilder’s sixth successful defense of the WBC heavyweight title.

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A good knockout can make you forget the details. Stiverne was a dead man walking the minute this fight was announced. Shopworn, 39 years old, and inactive for two years (and in his last fight, was dropped), Stiverne was facing a man in Wilder at the peak of his physical powers and it showed quickly.

But the fact Wilder scored a huge KO, and Joshua seemed to “struggle” a week ago vs. Carlos Takam, has led some to claim not only will Wilder win, but that AJ is ducking the American champion.

When comparing resumes, Joshua holds the clear advantage. If Wladimir Klitschko was washed up, then Stiverne was the walking dead. And even more ironic is that Wilder’s next opponent is likely Dominic Breazeale, a man Joshua easily knocked out in seven rounds last year.

Now make no mistake, the fight needs to happen to unify the division. But Wilder has to realize he has zero leverage. Last night’s win was not even a sellout, while Joshua easily filled and set an indoor boxing record of over 70,000 with a replacement opponent in Takam. Much like Canelo-GGG, Joshua has all the cards and can delay the fight or have Wilder jump through as many hoops as he pleases.

Don’t expect this fight to happen until late 2018, early 2019 at the latest.

 

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Check out the live stream of today’s weigh-in for the Wilder-Stiverne rematch. The event takes place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and airs on Showtime Saturday night (November 4).  Wilder is making the sixth defense of the WBC title he won from Stiverne two years ago. Stiverne, who hasn’t fought since 2015, is looking for revenge and redemption after claims of dehydration from the first bout.

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After the success of the first Underground Showdown in July, promoter Terri Moss and the Buckhead Fight Club are back tomorrow with a public press conference and weigh-in for Underground Showdown 2 at the Atlanta Buckhead Marriott.

“Our first show July 1 was a success, totally sold out, with great action, and we’re expecting more of the same November 4,” said Moss. “I’m bringing back some local favorites, Deonte Brown (1-0) who fights out of Buckhead Fight Club, and Ray Barlow (2-0), and I’m thrilled to have a women’s WBF bantamweight title between Helen Joseph (14-3-1) and Elizabeth “Betty” Anderson, (5-8-0) as our main event. Don’t blink when these ladies get in the ring because they’re ready to battle for this title!”

The full card features Deonte Brown vs. Gabriel Braxton, (2-18-0), Ray Barlow vs. Lloyd Wright (0-1-0), Pablo Batres (9-15-1) vs. Patrick Riley (11-0), Jesus Almonte (1-0) vs. Joe Ryan Montgomery, (0-3-0), and Jeremiah Williams (3-11-1) vs. Sugi Foxx (1-13-1).

The weigh-in takes place at Friday 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Although tickets for Underground Showdown 2 are sold out, BeatsBoxingMayhem will provide live coverage starting Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Twitter at @Ismael_BBM_NYK.