After months of negotiations and the threat of a purse bid looming Monday, fans thinking this fight would never happen but representatives for unified middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin and secondary titlist (and mandatory challenger) Daniel Jacobs said Saturday they have made a deal for the fight that will match the top two 160-pounders in the world.
Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) retained his WBC International Light Heavyweight Title with a technical knockout victory after sending Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (55-8-2, 32 KOs) through the ropes in the eighth round.
Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s), of Las Vegas, Nevada, has elected not to face #1 ranked contender Alexander Povetkin, (30-1-0, 22 KO’s) after Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance Ostarine and the World Boxing Council withdrew their recognition of the fight.
The positive test reported by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association was revealed by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman on Saturday morning local time.
Said Stiverne, “There’s no reason to fight if the WBC won’t sanction the bout, I’m very disappointed in the actions of Povetkin. I’ve been training for months to be victorious.”
Cuban standout Sullivan Barrera (18-1, 13 KOs) pulled an upset over Vyacheslav “Lionheart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (17-1, 14 KOs) in a slugfest for the WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight title at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Plus News notes results and more to talk about.
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