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High-stakes showdown: Donaire vs. Santiago added to Spence vs. Crawford mega undercard

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Nonito Donaire’s highly-anticipated bout for the vacant WBC bantamweight title against Alexandro Santiago has been rescheduled and now set to take place on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford on July 29 (July 30 in Manila) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Originally planned as the co-main event for the Frank Martin vs. Artem Harutyunyan fight this weekend, the move to the pay-per-view event provides Donaire with a bigger stage for his title pursuit.

Donaire, who aims to beat his own record as the oldest bantamweight world champion in boxing history at 40 years old, holds an impressive record of 42-7 with 28 knockouts.

His opponent, Santiago, boasts a record of 27-3-5 with 14 knockouts, including a notable draw against former super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas in 2018.

The pay-per-view undercard underwent further changes, as two fights were scrapped due to Viktor Faust’s withdrawal from his bout with Gurgen “Big Gug” Hovhannisyan and Jesus Ramos Jr’s withdrawal from a scheduled fight against Sergio Garcia.

Despite the adjustments, Garcia remains on the card and will now face off against prospect Yoenis Tellez, a 23-year-old Cuban junior middleweight trained by Ronnie Shields.

Donaire’s upcoming fight marks his return to the ring after a 13-month hiatus since his second-round knockout loss to Naoya Inoue in Japan.

On the other hand, Santiago has been on a winning streak, securing three victories in 2022 after a majority decision loss to Gary Antonio Russell in 2021.

With both fighters hungry for success, their clash promises to be an intense battle for the coveted WBC bantamweight title.

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Iron Mike signs to smash Jake Paul in a pro bout

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Jake Paul, Nate Diaz agree to a 10-round boxing match

Despite the 31 years old gap, heavyweight legend Mike Tyson (50 – 6) officially signed a contract for 8 rounds professional fight against the 27-year old youtuber Jake Paul (9 – 1).

Nakisa Bidarian, Most Valuable Promotions founder, announced last April 29, 2024 that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation approved the fight with two minutes per round in 14-ounce gloves. This is not an exhibition fight

“I get up in the morning and do the real work. Then I go to the gym; I go to strength and conditioning. Then I start all over again,”Tyson said in his preparation for the upcoming fight vs Jake on July 20, 2024 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas.

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Saudi Arabia brews Canelo vs Crawford to repair alleged ‘Broken Boxing’

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Boxing's pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez to make boxing return in September

The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) believes Canelo Alvarez (61-2-2) vs Terrence Crawford (40 – 0) will fix the alleged “broken boxing sport.”

The GEA is a department in the Saudi Arabia government that regulates and promotes their entertainment industry.

There are reports that the super mega-fight will happen in December 2024 or January 2025 in Saudi Arabia.

It can be recalled that Floyd Mayweather’s match with Manny Pacquiao remains the biggest-selling boxing pay-per-view in the history of the sport. However they are already retired. as of this writing

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Usyk relentlessly ravages Tyson Fury in round 9

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The Ukrainian heavyweight champ Oleksandr Usyk dethroned the “Gypsy King” as he ravaged Tyson Fury in round 9 at Kingdom Arena in  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last May 18,2024.

The undisputed heavyweight Usyk maintained his undefeated record of 22-0. Fury on the other hand tasted his first defeat of 34-1-1.

The action-packed fight between Fury and Usyk resulted in a split decision. Judge Manuel Oliver Palermo gave 115–112 for Usyk, judge Craig Metcalfe tallied 114–113 for Fury, while judge Mike Fitzgerald scored it with 114–113 for Usyk.

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