Broner / Vargas Battle to Majority Draw,
Charlo Blasts Out Centeno and “TanK” Demolishes Cuellar!
By: Joe Martin
April 21st, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: Leading a DiBella Entertainment, Mayweather, TGB co-promoted Showtime Championship Boxing card Cincinnati, Ohio’s, Adrien “The Problem” Broner and “The Pride of Las Vegas” Jessie Vargas battled to a 144lb catch-weight hotly contested twelve round majority draw.
Vargas grabbing an early lead in rounds one and two with his jab still out worked and landed a more active Broner to the body in the third.
Broner landed some clean hard shots in the fourth just couldn’t match the busier Vargas but began to time the “The Pride of Las Vegas” in round five.
Prompted by his new head trainer Kevin Cunningham Broner came out swinging in the sixth but it was Vargas turn to time Broner again ripping Cincinnati’s “Problem Child” to the body with an unrelenting reel of punches.
Vargas slowed down a bit in rounds seven and eight allowing Broner’s bigger shots to stand take prominence.
Broner in his best round of the fight would continue to push on in the ninth stealing a back and forth tenth with a late round rally.
The championship rounds would be close Vargas going back to the jab and Broner pushing forward finally moving his hands his hands opening a small cut around Vargas left eye.
In the twelfth and final round Broner scored with a hard chopping right while Vargas acting as if he felt he was ahead in the fight paced out the final stanza ripping off a closing three-piece volley to the body and head sending the fight to the judges’ score cards which were announced Judge Lederman calling it 115-113 for Broner and Judges Morgan and Marlinski had it even at 114-114. Here at SBB I saw it a Vargas trainer Mike “Body Snatcher” McCallum styled 116-112 body work victory for Vargas. Broner moves to 33-3-1, 24Ko’s while Vargas saying he’s ready to do it again tomorrow moves to 28-2-1, 10Ko’s.
In the middleweight co-feature Houston, Texas, Jermall Charlo took claim to the interim World Boxing Council World Middleweight Title with a stunning second round knockout of Oxnard, California’s, once beaten Hugo “Boss” Centeno Jr.
After an ordinary feeling out first round the stronger more aggressive Charlo began to open up hurting Centeno with a pair of hard looping rights followed by a crushing left hook putting the “Boss” flat on his back where he remained for a referee Steve Willis ten count at 0:55 of round two.
Charlo now the WBC mandatory challenger for Gennady Golovkin improves to 27-0, 21Ko’s while Centeno whose only other defeat a tenth and final round knockout loss to Danny Jacob’s April 28th opponent Maciej Sulecki dips to 26-2, 14Ko’s.
Kicking off the Showtime tripleheader Baltimore, Maryland’s, Gervonta “Tank” Davis maintained his World Boxing Association Super World Super Featherweight Title scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Buenos Aires, Argentina veteran Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar.
The southpaw Davis appearing more focused than his August eighth round TKO win over Francisco Fonseca used his superior hand speed and savage bodywork to pound Cuellar who had no answer for the 23-year-old dropping the 31-year-old veteran first with a step-in drilling left to the body in round two.
Staying on the hunt in round three Davis backed the usual tough Argentine to the ropes for a series of right hooks dropping Cuellar for a second referee eight count. Allowed to continue with just over thirty seconds to go Davis walked right to Cuellar staggering him with a stiff jab driving him to the corner with a set of heavy punches unloading with an undefended volley of power shots forcing referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to rightfully step in and put a stop to the punishment at 2:45 of round three.
The subject of a much-hyped unification fight with Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko, “Tank” moves to 20-0, 19Ko’s while the usually rugged Cuellar suffering just his third pro defeat drops to 28-3, 21Ko’s.
In a female eight round scheduled bout Brooklyn, New York’s popular boxing / MMA star Heather "Heat" Hardy returned to the ring to claim the vacant NABF Female Featherweight Title with a tighter than scored hometown 79-73, 78-74 times two unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s, Iranda Paola Torres. With a record of 2-1 in the octagon, in the ring Hardy improves to 21-0, 4Ko’s while Torres 2-2 in her last four bouts slips to 12-3-1, 5Ko’s
In an eight-round bantamweight pairing Cincinnati, Ohio, 2012 US Olympian and former WBA Bantamweight Champion Rau'shee Warren won a non-descript eight round 80-72 times three unanimous decision over the Dominican Republic’s undistinguished Juan Gabriel Medina. Warren improves to 16-2, 4Ko’s while Medina on a three-bout skid drops to 10-3, 9Ko’s.
Buenos Aires, Argentina welterweight Fabian Andres Maidana, the 25-year-old Younger brother of former WBA Light Welterweight and Welterweight Champion Marcos Rene Maidana moved to 15-0 with a third-round stoppage of Silver Spring, Maryland’s, Justin “The Vodou” Savi.
The well-conditioned Maidana took the fight right to Savi ripping up and knocking down “The Vodou” with a wide variety of hooks and uppercuts in round three prompting his corner to wave it over at the close of round three. Maidana improves to 15-0, 11Ko’s while Savi winless in his last three falls to 31-16-2, 21Ko’s.
Bronx, New York based Dominican heavyweight George Arias remained unbeaten out boxing Jersey City, New Jersey’s, once beaten Tyrell Wright to a 78-74, 77-75 times two eight round unanimous decision. Arias improves to 11-0, 6Ko’s while Wright suffering back to back losses drops to 9-1-2, 6Ko’s.
Capitol Heights, Maryland super lightweight Gary Antuanne Russell, the 21-year-old younger brother of WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. unmercifully banged Elkhart, Indiana’s, durable Andrew Rodgers up and down forcing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to put a stop to the punishment at 1:40 of round three. Russell stays perfect at 5-0, 5Ko’s while Rodgers winless in his last four drops to 4-3-1, 2Ko’s.
Sicklerville, New Jersey, switch hitting 19-year-old, super flyweight Dylan Price out danced, out boxed and out classed Mexico City’s Edson Eduardo Neri dropping the overmatched Mexican in round four enroute to a heavily tilted 60-53 times three six round unanimous decision win. Price improves to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Neri on a three bout losing streak skids to 2-3, 1Ko.
In a six round super lightweight bout Brooklyn, New York based 2016 Haiti Olympian Richardson Hitchins held onto his zero blasting out Puerto Rico’s 21-year-old over matched Alexander Charneco with a drilling body shot in three. The 20-year-old Hitchins improves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Charneco winless in his last four sinks to 4-5, 4Ko’s.
In a four-round bout Washington, D.C. based Kazakhstani welterweight Shyngyskhan “Chingiz” Tazhibay battled LA’s Isaac “Puma” Freeman and a cut right eye dropping the overmatched relocated Michiganian in round one enroute to a one sided 39-36, 40-35 times two unanimous decision win. Tazhibay improves to 6-0, 2Ko’s while freeman suffering his fourth straight loss falls to 3-7-1, 3Ko’s.