D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard and Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas fought to a no decision

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.: Middleweight contenders D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (20-0, 13 KOs) of Temple Hills, Maryland and Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas (18-5, 13 KOs) Yucatan, Mexico fought to a no decision in the third round due to a cut caused by an accidental head-butt in the 10-round main event of the June 20 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night on Facebook Watch at Ocean Casino Resort/Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The event was streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

“I felt like the fight could’ve went on,” said D’mitrius Ballard. “I’m not the judge. I’m not the doctor. He decided to stop the fight, so I just have to live with the decision and move forward.”

“If I don’t fight Espadas in the next fight, I want to do a rematch for a belt. This is my first time fighting at 160, and I feel good and strong. I’m confident in my abilities, and there are a lot of great fighters at 160. I’m here to take my claim in the ring.”

“I respect any man that comes into that ring. We are battling for our lives on that ring. Espadas is a tough fighter; he is a good quality opponent and a real quality fighter. I’m sure he will be back after this and I have much respect for him.”

“I knew this was a hard and complicated fight, but my team did a great job,” said Elias Espadas. “I think we are doing things correctly. I would love to get better, continue to train hard and my team will decide if we do a rematch with Ballard.”

Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (23-3, 12 KOs) of the Bronx, New York defeated Saul Corral (30-14, 20 KOs) of Douglas, Arizona via knockout in the second round of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for ten rounds. Gomez won with time of 1:55 of the aforementioned round.

“It was a great fight,” said Eddie Gomez. “We have a great team. I worked hard and it showed tonight. My opponent was a tough fighter, and we knew he was tough coming in. I just knew I had to do my job.”

Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (5-1, 2 KOs) of Norfolk, Maryland stopped Kayla Williams (0-3-1) of New Iberia, Louisiana in the fifth round of a super middleweight battle originally slated for eight rounds. Crews won via TKO with time of 1:40 of the round just mentioned.

“Thank you so much Golden Boy for letting me fight on this show,” said Franchon Crews.”I hope the fans enjoyed it. Every time I come, I’m going to bring action, and I’m just going to fight because I’m fighting for my dreams. My opponent definitely brought it to the ring, and she is a tough cookie; I appreciate her for taking the fight.”

Gabriel Pham (11-1, 5 KOs) of Atlantic City, New Jersey defeated Jaba Khositashvili (4-1, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via unanimous decision in a six-round super middleweight fight. Pham won with scores of 54-59, 53-60, and 54-59.

“I boxed well,” said Gabriel Pham.”He was a tough guy and kept coming forward. I just had to use the angles and move around, just like my trainer told me to do. I followed the game plan and came out victorious, so I’m happy.”

Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (25-2, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C. defeated Angel Hernandez (15-14-2, 9 KOs) of McAllen, Texas via unanimous decision in an eight-round welterweight battle. Reed won with scores of 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74.

“This was a very tough fight, exactly what I needed right now,” said Mike Reed. “I’m looking for the world title at 135 or 140. I feel really good.”

George Rincon (7-0, 4 KOs) of Dallas, Texas stopped Greg Young (4-2, 1 KO) of Hoover, Alabama in the fourth round via knockout in a welterweight clash originally scheduled for six rounds. Rincon won with time of 2:01 of the aforementioned round.

“I started strong and I thought I got him on the first round,” said George Rincon. “I was a little anxious to finish, but it was a great fight. I learn with each fight and I’m ready for the next one.”

Dan Murray (5-2) of Barnegat, New Jersey defeated Leonardo Kenon (3-6, 1 KO) of Quincy, Florida via unanimous decision in a four-round super lightweight fight. Murray won with scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 40-36.

“It was a good fight,” said Dan Murray.”I was thinking too much in there, that’s why I hesitated a lot, but all around I had him a couple of times. It’s a learning experience. This is why we are here. I’m glad for my win, my team, my advisor, my manager. Thank you, Golden Boy, for this opportunity.”

Jason Quigley will defend his NABF Middleweight Title against Tureano Johnson on July 18

LOS ANGELES: Undefeated Irish contender Jason Quigley (16-0, 12 KOs) will return to the ring to defend his NABF Middleweight Title against battle-tested Tureano Johnson (20-2-1, 14 KOs) in the 10-round main event of the July 18 edition of the Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. The fights will be streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.

Quigley is a 28-year-old contender who has an unblemished record after turning professional in 2014. The native of Donegal, Ireland has defeated the likes of James “The King” De La Rosa, Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia, and Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez. In his last fight, Quigley fought for the first time in the U.K. since moving to the United States to start his professional career. In that fight, Quigley defeated Mathias Eklund via second-round technical knockout. After a year-long setback due to an injury suffered in his right hand against Tapia, Quigley has been making a comeback and is eager for a world title shot.

“I’m excited because getting in the ring with these good fighters is going to make me perform even better,” said Jason Quigley. “This is going to be a massive year for me so I’m looking to putting on a great performance. We are focused on climbing the middleweight ladder, and we’re on the road now to world titles. That makes me excited. Tureano Johnson is a great fighter. He’s a tall fighter, and he’s got the repertoire and the armory. I’m expecting a tough fight, and I hope he comes 110% prepared because I’m going to be 110% prepared.”

Johnson is a 35-year-old contender who hopes to fight for a world title despite some setbacks in his career. Johnson’s only losses were against Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens and Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko. After a very tough battle against Fernando “El Huracan” Castaneda in February, the native of Nassau, Bahamas is eager to make his case for a world title opportunity by handing Quigley his first loss.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to fight Jason Quigley for the NABF Middleweight Championship on July 18 in Indio, California,” said Tureano Johnson. “Quigley is an excellent boxer with an excellent record, but I will come to the fight prepared to give and to take. I will give him his first loss and take his NABF Championship.”

In the co-main event, Alberto “Impacto” Melian (5-0, 3 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina will defend his NABA Super Bantamweight Title in a 10-round fight against Leonardo Baez (14-2, 8 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico.

Marlen Esparza (6-0, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas will fight in an eight-round flyweight fight.

Ricardo Sandoval (14-1, 9 KOs) of Rialto, Calif. will participate in a 10-round flyweight battle against Marco Sustaita (12-1-1, 10 KOs) of Oceanside, Calif.

Carlos “The Solution” Morales (18-4-3, 7 KOs) of Los Angeles will return in a 10-round lightweight fight.

Charles Huerta (20-6, 12 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. will fight in an eight-round super featherweight clash.

Opponents for the undercard will be announced shortly.

“The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn has signed a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.: Golden Boy’s stable has just gotten even better as WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (4-1, 1 KO) has signed a promotional agreement with the company.

Crews-Dezurn will return in a 10-round fight against a soon-to-be-announced opponent on the undercard of Ballard vs, Espadas.The event will take place on Thursday, June 20 at Ocean Casino Resort/Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The event will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

Crews-Dezurn is a native of Virginia Beach, Va. who currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a former amateur standout who competed at a national and international level. In 2016, Crews-Dezurn made her professional debut against two-time Olympian Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who was also debuting at the time. Though she lost a tough and close battle, Crews-Dezurn would score three more victories before capturing the WBC Super Middleweight World Title via 10-round majority decision against Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo.

“I’m very excited to sign with Golden Boy as they are a Heavy Hitter in the boxing business,” said Franchon Crews-Dezurn. “Not only will I be working with legendary fighters and now business men like Oscar De La Hoya and Benard Hopkins but being on the roster with vast talents like Canelo gives me something to aspire to as a renaissance woman. You can see Golden Boy believes in women’s boxing. They gave me my first shot at a title on national TV.”

“I look forward to putting on some great fights in the future for the fans while building my legacy. I’m not huge on birthdays [which is on June 13], but this is the best gift a girl could ask for which is the opportunity to live out my dream and create HERstory! Lastly for the people who think I just came out of nowhere and became a world champion, The Heavy-Hitting Diva is here to make believers.”

“Yet another world champion has joined our great stable,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “But Franchon Crews-Dezurn is special because she is a renaissance woman. Aside from being the WBC Super Middleweight World Champion, she is also a talented singer, songwriter, designer and motivational speaker. She will undoubtedly also be our ambassador as we continue to open up more opportunities for women in the sport of boxing.”

“I’d like to welcome Franchon Crews-Dezurn to Golden Boy,” said Bernard Hopkins, Golden Boy Business Partner. “I believe that she will one day be the unified champion. We are looking forward to her showing the world that she has all the ingredients to become an undisputed world champion. Congratulations!”

In the co-main event, Eddie “Eboy” Gomez (22-3, 12 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y. will return in a 10-round welterweight fight against Saul “Navajo” Corral (29-13, 19 KOs), who is originally from Sonora, Mexico but fights out of Douglas, Arizona.

Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (24-2, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C. will battle in an eight-round super lightweight clash against Angel Hernandez(15-13-2, 9 KOs) of McAllen, Texas.

Jaba Khositashvili (4-0, 2 KOs) of Akhalkalaki, Georgia will take on Gabriel Pham (10-1, 5 KOs) of Atlantic City, N.J. in a six-round super middleweight bout.

George Rincon (6-0, 3 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will participate in a six-round super lightweight fight against Greg Young Jr. (4-1, 1 KOs) of Hoover, Alabama.

Dan Murray (4-2) of Lanoka Harbor, N.J. will fight in a four-round super lightweight clash against Leonardo Kenon (3-5, 1 KOs) of Quincy, Florida.

Rishard Muhammad of Atlantic City, N.J. will make his professional debut in a four-round featherweight battle against Ronald Alston (0-2) of Wilson, N.C.

Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada looks to defend her WBC Silver Light Flyweight Title for a second time

LOS ANGELES: Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada (16-0, 6 KOs), one of the most important female boxers of this era, will look to take over Hollywood, Calif. as she defends her WBC Silver Light Flyweight Title for a second time in a 10-round main event against a soon-to-be announced opponent. The event will take place on Thursday, June 13 at Avalon Hollywood. The fights will be streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.

Estrada is a native of East Los Angeles, Calif. who earned multiple titles as an amateur boxer before turning professional in 2011. Since then, the 26-year-old has developed into one of the biggest names in women’s boxing, fighting on important cards in Southern California and in Mexico, where she captured a regional title in November 2018. Estrada plans to fight for a world title in the near future, but she’ll have to get passed a tough opponent that will be announced shortly.

“I’m excited fighting at home again,” said Seniesa Estrada. “My last two fights were in Mexico, so it’s cool to be fighting in front of my fans, friends and family who will be coming out to support me as I defend my WBC Silver Light Flyweight Title. I think this will be the last time I defend it before I challenge for a world title. I have high hopes that we can sell this place out because I know my fans have been waiting for me to fight in Los Angeles. I expect it to be a great event!”

In the co-main event, Armenian contender Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (16-3, 13 KOs) will face Glen Porras (32-8, 20 KOs) of Cotabato, Philippines in a 10-round super bantamweight fight.

Carlos Caraballo (11-0, 11 KOs) of Ponce, Puerto Rico will fight in an eight-round bantamweight bout.

Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (19-3, 15 KOs) of Buena Park, Calif. will make his highly anticipated return in an eight-round lightweight fight.

David “Junebug” Mijares (7-0, 3 KOs) of Pasadena, Calif.will compete in a six-round lightweight battle.

Jose Vargas (5-0, 4 KOs) of Pasadena, Calif. will participate in a six-round super bantamweight clash.

Pat Manuel (1-0) of Duarte, Calif. will open the night in a four-round super featherweight fight.

The opponents for this event will be announced shortly.

Christopher Pearson defeats Yamaguchi Falcao to capture the WBC Latino Middleweight Title

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LAS VEGAS: Christopher Pearson (17-2, 12 KOs) of Dayton, Ohio pulled an upset win against Yamaguchi Falcao (16-1, 7 KOs) of San Paulo, Brazil to capture the WBC Latino Middleweight Title in the main event of the May 2 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Pearson won via unanimous decision in a tough battle between two exceptional fighters. Pearson won with scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 96-94. The fight was streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

“I’m blessed with this victory,” said Christopher Pearson. “Nobody knows the trials I’ve gone through. If I can be someone that inspires, then I’ll be happy. I’m going to rest for a couple days and then get right back to the gym.”

“I feel like I won the fight,” said Yamaguchi Falcao. “The judges thought he won, but I congratulate him. I’ll be back from this soon.

Steven Butler (27-1-1, 23 KOs) of Montreal, Canada beat Vitalii Kopylenko (28-2, 16 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif. via 10-round split decision to capture the WBC International Middleweight Champion in the co-main event. Despite being dropped by a vicious body shot in the eighth round, Butler won with two scores of 96-93, while one judge scored 98-94 in favor of Kopylenko.

“It was a tough fight,” said Steven Butler. “Kopylenko came to fight. It was great learning experience which I will use to grow. It was a privilege to fight here, I want to thank Golden Boy and EOTTM for the opportunity.”

Erik Bazinyan (23-0, 17 KOs) of Quebec, Canada beat Alan Campa (17-5, 11 KOs) of Guaymas, Mexico to defend his NABA and NABO Super Middleweight Titles in a 10-round fight. Bazinyan won via unanimous decision with scores of 99-90, 99-90, and 97-92.

“Campa was tough, moving and defending well,” said Erik Bazinyan. “Props to him. I got to do rounds, keeping a good pace, so it was great experience for me.”

Alex Salazar (21-3, 8 KOs) of Tlaquepaque, Mexico defeated Abraham Cordero (13-4-2, 7 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico via unanimous decision in an eight-round super middleweight fight. Salazar won with scores of 79-73, 80-72 and 80-72.

“I’m happy to fight in Las Vegas,” said Alex Salazar. “It fills me with pride to have the opportunity to fight on a Golden Boy card. It gives me inspiration!”

Richard Acevedo (5-0, 5 KOs) of Garden City Kansas defeated Mario Sosa (3-2, 3 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico via TKO of the first round in a middleweight fight originally scheduled for six rounds. Acevedo won with time of 2:05 in the aforementioned round.

“I feel blessed, and I’m thankful to God,” said Richard Acevedo. “I’m blessed and thankful to my brothers and my team, Westside Boxing. And of course, thank you to Golden Boy!”

Yamaguchi Falcao will go against Christopher Pearson on May 2nd edition of Golden Boy Fight Night

LAS VEGAS: Brazilian 160-pound contender Yamaguchi Falcao (16-0 7 KOs) will seek to settle the score against former amateur rival Christopher Pearson (16-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event of the May 2 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. The event, taking place just two days before the highly anticipated unification fight between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, will be streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page.

Falcao, a native of Espirito Santo, Brazil who lives and fights out of Plant City, FL, is an undefeated contender who is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas in July 2018. A bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics, Falcao is more than ready to fight the very best of the division, but he has a tough test ahead of him as he faces a former foe in a fight that is very personal for him.

“Thanks to Golden Boy for making this fight against Christopher Pearson,” said Yamaguchi Falcao. “I know him from the Olympic trials, and this match is personal. I am focused and ready to deliver an explosive performance and show the world that I am ready and willing to compete for a world title! All we need is the opportunity, and we will fight any top-ranked boxer in the world!”

Pearson is a 28-year-old contender who is coming off two knockout victories. Like Falcao, Pearson was a decorated amateur before turning professional, and he even defeated Falcao by split decision when they met in the World Series of Boxing tournament in 2011. Though the native of Dayton, Ohio has spent the majority of his career at super welterweight, he’ll look to take advantage of more opportunities at middleweight if successful against Falcao.

“I want to thank Golden Boy for the opportunity,” said Christopher Pearson. “I look forward to putting on an impressive performance May 2 and most importantly to getting my hand raised.”

The undercard of this event will feature two exciting fighters from Golden Boy’s new co-promotional agreement with Eye of the Tiger Management as Steven Butler (26-1-1, 23 KOs) of Montreal, Canada will fight for the WBC International Middleweight Title against a soon-to-be-announced opponent in the co-main event.

Erik Bazinyan (22-0, 17 KOs), a rising middleweight contender of Quebec, Canada who is also part of this co-promotional agreement, will defend his NABA & NABO Super Middleweight Titles against Alan Campa (17-4, 11 KOs) of Guaymas, Mexico in a 10-round battle.

Las Vegas native Francisco “El Alacran” Esparza (9-0-1, 3 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBC International Silver Featherweight Title against Aram Avagyan (8-0-1, 4 KOs) of Moscow, Russia in an eight-round bout.

Hard-hitting prospect Richard “Kansas Kid” Acevedo (4-0, 4 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas will return in a four-round super welterweight fight against Mario Sosa (3-1, 3 KOs) of Tamaulipas, México.

Alexis Salazar (20-3, 8 KOs) of Tlaquepaque, Mexico will participate in an eight-round middleweight fight against Abraham Cordero (13-3-2, 7 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico.