Chris Jan Jaszczuk
FRANK GONZALEZ JR
DANIEL JACOBS VS. JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.
ON DECEMBER 20TH
By Dan Rafael
ESPN Senior Writer
Former middleweight world titleholders Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will meet in a 12-round super middleweight bout on Dec. 20, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced Friday at a news conference in Los Angeles.
The fight, expected to be finalized for weeks, will take place in Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena -- home to the city's NBA and NHL teams -- and is due to headline a card on DAZN as part of Jacobs' deal with the streaming service for multiple multimillion dollar comeback fights following his decision loss in a middleweight unification fight with Canelo Alvarez on May 4.
"Daniel returns from his points defeat to Canelo to move up in weight on his quest to become a two-weight world champion," Hearn said. "He faces a determined Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who looks for redemption at the site of his father's last-ever professional fight. We expect a great fight, a huge crowd and a stacked card as we'll look to close out the year in style."
Chavez's participation in the bout comes with some controversy. He was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for declining to submit to a random Voluntary Anti-Doping Association drug test, but that is not expected to impact the bout because, according to Hearn, the Arizona Boxing Commission has already issued a license to Chavez.
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Undefeated WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo Defends Title Against Highly-Ranked Contender Dennis Hogan Saturday, December 7 Live on SHOWTIME® in Premier Boxing Champions Event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn
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On Saturday, December 7, undefeated WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo will defend his title against highly-ranked contender Dennis Hogan live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Lions Only Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on-sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and barclayscenter.com. Tickets also can be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, starting Tuesday, October 15 at 12 p.m. ET. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
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BLAIR "THE FLAIR" COBBS
GOES FROM HOMELESS TO BELT HOLDER
By Bryan Salmond - NBC 3 Las Vegas
Boxer Blair Cobbs has one of the most amazing back stories in the boxing game.
Cobbs has gone from a kid living with his father in a Beverly Hills mansion. To being on the run from the FBI after his father survived a single-pilot plane crash with millions of dollars worth of cocaine on board.
Cobbs spent time living in Mexico, where he laced up boxing gloves for the first time in his life. To landing in the rough inner-city streets of Philadelphia homeless and searching for meaning to life.
Through all the trials and tribulations of life Cobbs created "The Flair" persona to accompany an effective flashy boxing style that's making the pugilist community pay attention.
Saturday on the Canelo-Kovalev undercard Cobbs had the biggest fight of his career, a win over Carlos Ortiz Cervantes. With the win "The Flair" improves to (13-0-1) and now has a win on on the DAZN undercard under his belt.
Cobbs, who's a huge pro wrestling fan even caught the eye of Triple H with his "post fight promo". Cobbs also caught the eye of Bryan Salmond and earned a feature interview on Sports Night. Click Here To Watch Video