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Beltran Fight Plans Delayed, Ramos out 4-6 Months

Boxing Fans, WBO # 1 ranked lightweight contender Ray Beltran nixed the Juan Diaz June 28 proposed bout due to a need for more preparation time. He was hoping to fight in July, but now the affable boxing veteran believes his return to action might be as late as September. He was unaware that Top Rank is mulling over the idea of putting on a show in Arizona. Top Rank has literally stayed away promotionally [...]

Arizona Boxing News & Notes

Santiago Wins Title, Boxing Noise & More Boxing Fans, A sellout crowd (2,650) packed the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night, 2/22, to watch hometown favorite Alexis “The Beaver” Santiago successfully defend his WBC (USA) USNBC Bantamweight crown against highly regarded Hanzel “Rudy Boy” Martinez (Mexico) who left the ring with a 20-2 record while the win improved [...]

Q & A with Sergei Liakhovich & Much More

Arizona Boxing News & Notes With Don Smith Boxing Fans, On April 1, 2006 Sergei Liakhovich, in Cleveland Ohio, scored a unanimous victory over Lamont Brewster to capture the WBO Heavyweight Championship. It was a dream that came true. However; dreams never last forever. He would lose the title 7 months later in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field to Shannon Briggs in a dramatic slugfest that saw [...]

$5,000.00 Reward Withdrawn, Beltran / Burns Rematch & More

On Thursday, October 3, Phoenix television reporter Allyson Blaine (CBS 5) called to inquire about my knowledge of a $5,000.00 reward offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in the beating death of 17 year old amateur boxer Alexis Urbina at his home in Phoenix in September 2013. I told her that retired Judge Carlos Mendoza contacted me (via phone) with the [...]