Cherry Wins Tough Decision Over Douglas
Main Event Premier Boxing Champions Toe to Toe Tuesdays
fromSands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
(April 5th) Former title challenger Edner Cherry (36-7-2, 19 KOs) won a competitive decision over Omar Douglas (17-2, 12 KOS) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday night from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
Cherry came out aggressive from the opening bell, landing a strong left hook and backing up Douglas early and often over the first few rounds. Douglas attempted to control the fight with his jab and movement and had some success moving his head to avoid many of the power punches from Cherry.
Douglas did well as he increased his attack to the body in the middle rounds and continued to move backward to avoid the power punches being thrown by Cherry. The differing styles left the judges with a decision to make in weighing the movement and technique of Douglas versus the aggression of Cherry.
In the end, the consistency of Cherry's attack, who frequently targeted Douglas with combinations to the head, was more effective in the minds of the judges. The final score totals were 98-92 and 96-94 twice for Cherry.
Additional action featured Philadelphia's Stephen Fulton (11-0, 5 KOs) earning a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Luis Rosario (8-1-1, 7 KOs) in their eight-round super bantamweight contest.
Rosario was the more aggressive fighter in the early rounds, but it was Fulton who timed his opponent first and built up an early lead with a combination of check hooks and power punches. Fulton was patient against the attack-minded Rosario and was able to counter effectively while avoiding Rosario's power punches.
Fulton continued to have success in the middle rounds as Rosario's attack slowed, but the Puerto Rican fighter came out with an increased level of aggression in round seven and tagged Fulton during several exciting exchanges.
Despite the increasing pressure, Fulton was able to stay composed and fend off Rosario over the final two rounds on his way to winning a unanimous decision by scores of 78-74, 79-73 and 80-72.
The opening bout of the telecast saw Bethlehem's Frank DeAlba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) score a unanimous decision over Ryan Kielczweski (26-3, 8 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight bout.
The hometown fighter got off to a slow start as Kielczweski appeared to control the early rounds using his movement and tagging the southpaw with right hands. DeAlba began to work on the inside of his opponent and found more success starting in the fourth round.
Once he had closed the distance, DeAlba began to land hooks to the head and smothered much of Kielczweski's offense. With an increased emphasis on body-punching in the late rounds, DeAlba turned the tide of the fight in the judges' minds and earned a unanimous decision by scores of 77-75 twice and 80-72.
Carita Stops Domingos
Remillard Returns with Impressive Decision Over Mauras Full Results from "New England's Future 2"!
(photos Emily Harney Vinnie Carita punished Gilberto Matheus Domingos)
(April 2nd) Popular Massachusetts heavyweight Vinnie "American Nightmare" Carita was too much for former South American champion Gilberto Matheus "El Magico" Domingos in last night's "New England's Future 2" main event at Worcester Palladium. A capacity crowd of 1,700 rocked the vintage venue from start to finish.
"New England's Future 2" was presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), which is owned and operated by retired three-time, two division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera and his son, matchmaker Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera. Rivera announced that "New England's Future 3" will be held June 10th at DCU Center, Exhibition Hall, in Worcester.
Carita (16-1-1, 15 KOs), fighting out of Pembroke (MA), unleashed a relentless body attack on his Brazilian foe, Domingos (22-7, 20 KOs), who was unable to answer the bell for the second round due to damaged ribs.
"I was hoping to get in more rounds but unfortunately I didn't get 'em tonight," Carita (pictured to the right) commented. "Based on his record, I thought he'd be more competitive, but that fell short. I keep stepping up (quality of his opponents) but they haven't lasted with me."
(Matt Remillard (R) was home once again in the ring)
The feel-good story of the evening was the long awaited return of Manchester (CT) lightweight Matt "Sharp Shooter" Remillard (24-1, 13 KOs), who was incarcerated five years and hadn't fought in six. Remillard pounded his opponent, Augustine "Ruthless" Mauras (6-2-3 3 KOs), whose toughness showed throughout the contest as Remillard pounded his Lawrence (MA) opponent to the body and head en route to a eight-round unanimous decision (80-71, 79-72, 78-73) in the co-feature. Mauras was deducted a point in the fourth round for headbutting.
"I was a little rusty but I got better as the fight went on," Remillard said. "He's a tough kid who was slippery inside. If the fight went a little longer, I think I would have gotten him out of there."
Worcester heavyweight Bryan Daniels (4-0, 2 KOs) remained undefeated, dropping "Money" Mike Sawyer (7-8, 5 KOs) four times in the opening round, the last coming on the end of a vicious left-hook, resulting in referee Mike Ryan immediatelty stopped the contest without counting.
Dorchester (MA) heavyweight Donnie "Big Nasty" Palmer (9-1-1, 8 KOs) outclassed Bobby Favors (1-4, 1 KO), of Cleveland, on his way to a first-round technical knockout win. Palmer has comeback from being shot in the stomach last summer by his sister's abusive boyfriend. He recently served as a sparring partner for Wladimir Klitschko.
Hartford junior welterweight Anthony Laureano (3-0, 2 KOs), a 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion, continued to impress with a third-round technical knockout victory over battled-tested upstate New Yorker Bryan "The Brick" Abraham (6-25-1, 6 KOs).
Hot junior welterweight prospect "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams (6-0, 4 KOs), the 18-year-old high school senior from Manchester (CT), lived up to his nickname with an explosive first-round knockout of Mexican veteran fighter Israel "Tigre" Rojas (10-16, 3 KOs).
Three-time USA Boxing Nationals champion Elvis Figueroa (1-0, 1 KO), from New Haven (CT), turned in a strong professional debut, stopping Brazilian super middleweight Devision Ribiero (0-4), who was unable to continue after two rounds.
Worcester welterweight Andy Gonzalez (6-1, 5 KOs) cruised to a four-round unanimous decision over a game Antonio Chavez Fernandes (7-30-4, 2 KOs), of Brockton (MA).
Lawrence (MA) featherweight prospect Adrian "Tonka" Sosa (2-0, 2 KOs), thre 2015 New... England Golden Gloves champion, knocked out Oscar Diaz (0-11), of Hartford, midway through the opening round.
Pro-debuting Luis "Pancho" Santiago (0-0-1), fighting out of Springfield (MA), and Alex Montes (1-2-1), of Lawrence (MA), fought to a hard-fought four-round draw.
Springfield junior middleweight Derrick "Double Impact" Whitley (1-0) won his pro debut in an entertaining opener with a four-round unanimous decision over Anthony Everett (1-5), of Lawrence.
Orozco Stops Gibson, Gesta Gets Up to Outpoint Gonzalez
Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN from Las Vegas!
By: David Colon
April 1st , Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the main event of the latest edition of a Golden Boy Promotion on ESPN card San Diego, super lightweight, Antonio “Relentless” Orozco remained unbeaten with a fourth-round stoppage of St, Louis, blue chip prospect Keandre Gibson.
In the battle of unbeaten’s it was the unrelenting Orozco pressing the action working an accurate jab, targeting Gibson’s body early turned the attack upstairs catching the mobile boxing Gibson with a looping right sending him to the canvas where upon getting to his feet turned his back appearing incoherent to referee Russell Mora who rightfully waved the fight over at 1:31 of round four. Orozco improves to 26-0, 17Ko’s while Gibson suffering his first defeat slips to 16-1-1,7Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, San Diego, lightweight, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta rebounded from a third-round trip to the canvas to score a ten round unanimous decision over Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez.
The shorter southpaw Gesta returning from a sixteen-month hiatus saw some early success pressing Gonzalez until in round three charging the stance switching Mexican Gresta ran into a well-timed uppercut sending him to the canvas about the midpoint of round three. Returning to action and finishing the round Gesta would make some adjustments through the toe to toe middle rounds finding his range down the stretch holding off Gonzalez final round push for a hard fought 99-91, 98-92, 96-93 unanimous decision win. Gesta advances to 30-1-2, 16Ko’s ending Gonzalez eight bout KO run at 26-4, 22Ko’s.
In other action:
LA featherweight, Joet Gonzalez TKO’ed Saint Louis, Derrick Murray in five rounds. Gonzalez improves to 16-0, 8Ko’s while Murray drops to 13-2-1, 5Ko’s.
Hollywood, 22-year-old super bantamweight Emilio Sanchez stopped Juarez, Mexico’s, Jose “Flash” Bustos in the final round of their scheduled eight rounder. Sanchez moves to 14-0, 9Ko’s while Bustos falls to 13-8-3, 8Ko’s.
Palmdale, California bantamweight, Cesar Diaz forced to go the distance for the first time scored a one sided 60-54 times three four round shutout of Nogales, Mexico’s, Felipe Rivas. Diaz moves to 5-0, 4Ko’s while Rivas 1-3 in his last four drops to 17-19-4, 11Ko’s.
Briedis and Hammer Dominate in Germany!
By: Alfred Zimmerman
April 1st, Westfalenhalle Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany: Riga, Latvia’s, Mairis Briedis claimed the vacant WBC World Cruiserweight title winning a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over Berlin Germany’s Marco Kapt” Huck.
The champion Huck taken to task immediately by the quicker, sharper, better conditioned Briedis who put the “Kapt” on his back leg consistently beating him to the punch controlling the tempo and the action gliding to a one way 116-111, 117-110, 118-109 unanimous decision. Briedis leaving the IBO strap on the table for choosing not to pay the sanctioning fees improves 22-0, 18Ko’s while Huck now 2-2 in his last four drops to 40-4, 27Ko’s.
In the co-feature, a rematch of their 2011 meeting hometown 26-year-old Christina Hammer retained her WBO and WBC World Female Middleweight titles out classing Malmo, Sweden’s, 40-year-old Maria Lindberg in all facets of the bout, easily boxing her way to a three way 100-90 unanimous decision. Hammer moves to 21-0, 9Ko’s while Lindberg drops to 15-2-2, 8Ko’s.
Barthelemy Drops & Stops Blanco in Round Nine
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(March 29th) Undefeated Cuban prospect Leduan Barthelemy (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round stoppage of Reynaldo Blanco (14-4, 8 KOs) Tuesday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California.
"I came here knowing that I had to make a statement and deliver a knockout on FS1 and FOX Deportes," said Barthelemy. "I controlled the fight from the opening bell and never lost focus."
The brother of two-division world champion Rances, Barthelemy showed off his boxing skill by using his length and speed to dictate the action against Blanco. After a slow start, Blanco came alive in the third round and began increasing his offensive output, including a looping right hand that landed clean on Barthelemy's head late in the round.
Blanco again pushed the action in round four and landed a sharp left hook, but Barthelemy took the shot and responded with a right hook of his own to end the round. Barthelemy continued to have success with his jab, and throwing combinations off of it, and eventually opened up a cut over Blanco's right eye at the end of round eight.
Barthelemy was the fresher fighter as he entered the ninth round for the first time in his career and it showed as he dropped Blanco with a series of hard right hands early in the ninth round. Blanco was able to get to his feet but Barthelemy continued the onslaught, prompting Blanco's corner to stop the fight at the official time of 1:30 of round nine.
"I feel like I'm the best up-and-coming fighter in the division," said Barthelemy. "I'm ready to step up to the next level of competition."
The co-main event of the night saw Delaware's Kyrone Davis (12-1, 5 KOs) earn a split-decision victory over previously unbeaten Marcos Hernandez (9-1, 2 KOs) in a 10-round showdown of super welterweight prospects.
Davis came out aggressive from the start as he looked to close distance and attack Hernandez from the inside. It nearly backfired early as Hernandez wobbled Davis with a left hook and followed up with a right uppercut that put Davis in some early trouble.
The tide swung back towards Davis after the first two rounds with an increased attack to Hernandez's body, which slowed down the offense of the Fresno-native. In round seven, a stray body shot from Davis was deemed low by referee Dan Stell, who deducted a point as Hernandez dropped to the canvas.
Despite the deduction, Davis was able to remain effective with his aggressive game plan as both fighters went past eight rounds for the first time in their pro careers. Hernandez appeared to hurt Davis midway through the final round with a left hook, but Davis was able to smother Hernandez as he went for the knockout.
After the end of ten rounds the judges awarded Davis a split decision by scores of 95-94 for Hernandez and 96-93 twice for Davis.
In the televised opener, unbeaten prospect Malcolm McAllister (9-0, 8 KOs) overcame a knockdown in the final round to earn a unanimous decision over Mexico's Alejandro Torres (9-2-2, 4 KOs) in their six-round super welterweight clash.
McAllister was in control of the fight throughout the first five rounds using his jab to control the distance and beat Torres to the punch consistently. He began landing more strong right hands in the third round and continued to box effectively while building a lead on the scorecards.
The fight changed drastically early in the sixth and final round as Torres got the better of an exchange of power punches and connected with a massive left hook that stunned McAllister and sent him to the canvas. The Long Beach-native was able to get to his feet but was still shaky as Torres stalked him around the ring.
With a combination of clinches, jabs and movement, McAllister was able to finish the round on his feet despite Torres' advances. The knockdown was not enough to derail McAllister as he won the decision by the score of 58-55 on all three judges' cards.
Linares Retains Belt
With Imposing Decision Win Over Crolla!
By: Ian Webb
March 25th, Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK: In the rematch of their exciting first meeting won by in September Tokyo, Japan based Venezuelan, Jorge “Golden Boy” Linares retained his WBA World Lightweight title scoring an impressive soup to nuts twelve round manhandling of Manchester’s, former WBA Lightweight Champion Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla.
Crolla the challenger starting well working his Linares to the body but it wouldn’t be long for three division world titlist to dial in with crisp snapping combinations and an answering body attack taking control in round two.
Linares finding his range, displaying the ring generalship of a four-time champion the “Golden Boy” controlling the real-estate and the space at times picking his shots introducing big uppercuts dropping Crolla to his knees with counter left from underneath in round seven. The courageous Crolla making it upright taking a referee Howard Foster eight count would finish the round.
After a failed rally in round eight the script would become monotonous with the fluid Linares landing clean heavy shots shutting down any chance of a “Million Dollar” comeback provoked Crolla cornerman Joe Gallagher to consider calling an end to the punishment at the close of round eleven giving into an open hearted plea from his charge.
Allowed to continue under a sharp referee Foster eye Linares would batter back Crollas late feable push for a 118-109 ties three unanimous decision. Linares improves to 42-3, 27Ko’s setting up a possible showdown with unbeaten WBC World Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia, 36-0, 30Ko’s returning Crolla to the gym at a very respectable 31-6-3, 13Ko’s.
In the co-feature, a growingly more familiar, I don’t want it you can have it pairing of Blackpool middleweights Jack Arnfeld retained his WBA International title winning an ordinary 116-112, 115-113 times two unanimous decision over Brian “The Lion” Rose. Arnfeld moves to 24-2, 6Ko’s while Rose 3-3 in his last six falls to 29-5-1, 8Ko’s.
In other action:
Brentwood, Essex, Martin “Wardy” Ward retained his BBBofC British and WBC International Super Featherweight titles out lasting and out pointing Rossington, Yorkshire, southpaw, Maxi “Maximus” Hughes for a 116-112, 116-113, 118-111 unanimous decision win. The bout the duos trifecta with Ward backing a 2014 majority draw and a 2015, fifth round retirement with tonight’s point wins improves to 17-0-2, 8Ko’s while Hughes falls to 16-3-2, 2Ko’s.
In a minor upset Tividale, West Midlands Jason Welborn took claim to claim the WBC International Silver Middleweight title getting up from an early trip to the canvas to pressure, wear down and out work Hattersley, Manchester’s, Marcus Morrison to a hard fought 97-92, 96-93 times two unanimous decision. Welborn moves to 21-6, 7Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Morrision slips to 14-1, 10Ko’s.
Bray, Ireland 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and former perennial AIBA Women's World Boxing Champion Katie Taylor continued her pro push to the top flooring Silven Bulgaria’s Milena “Hells Baby” Koleva in round seven enroute to an eight round points win.
The quicker, sharper Taylor the aggressor from the get go, catching Koleva with a quick combinations early, setting up big shots tagging and hurting the former IBF title challenger in round four. Taylor with relentless pressure methodically breaking down working Koleva to the body and head sending “Hells Baby” to the canvas with a big right in round seven for a referee Howard Foster eight count and a convincing 80-72 points win. Taylor improves to 4-0, 2Ko’s while Koleva drops to 9-8-1, 3Ko’s.
In eight round light heavyweight action, Manchester’s Hosea “The Hammer” Burton buried his December BBBofC British title 12th round TKO loss to Frank Buglioni dropping Nagykanizsa, Hungary’s not too dangerous Tamas Kozma in round three enroute to a convincing 80-71 points win. Burton moves to 19-1, 9Ko’s while Kozma drops to 5-3-2, 2Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round cruiserweight match-up Kladno, Czech Republic’s Karel Horejsek banged out Bentham, Yorkshire, Tomi “TNT” Tatham in one. Horejsek gets his head above .500 at 8-7-2, 6Ko’s while Tatham drops to 11-2, 6Ko’s.
Sale, Cheshire, middleweight Ben Sheedy remained unbeaten battling Bulford, Wiltshire, Rob Brown and a severe cut to a complete 60-54 points win. Sheedy moves to 6-0 while Brown falls to 2-5, 1Ko
Warrington, Cheshire, middleweight Nathan “The Wire” Wheatley held onto his unblemished record with an ordinary 40-36 points win over Bolton, Lancashire, Chris “Chaos” Jenkinson. Wheatley builds to 7-0 while Jenkinson winless in his last eleven falls to 9-43-3, 3Ko’s.
In his bantamweight pro debut Newport, Wales, former Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Sean McGoldrick scored an impressive one way 40-36 points win over Evesham, Worcestershire, Brett Fidoe. McGoldrick kicks off 1-0 while the safe pick Fidoe dives to 7-36-2, 5Ko’s.
Hackney, London, cruiserweight 2016 Olympian Lawrence Okolie made his pro debut blasting out tailor made Hammersmith, southpaw, Geoffrey Cave at 0:20 of round one. Okolie jumps out 1-0, 1Ko while Cave remains winless at 0-3.
Zeuge Retains Title with TD Win Over Ekpo!
By: Alfred Zimmerman
March 25th, MBS Arena, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany: Heading a Wilfried Sauerland Event Berlin’s, Tyron Zeuge successfully made the first defense of his WBA World and Global Boxing Union World Super Middleweight titles with a bloody fifth round technical decision win over Nigerian, Isaac “Grenade” Ekpo.
The 24-year-old champion in control of the action from the start, avoiding Ekpo’s wild assault suffering a cut over the right eye after an accidental clash of heads in round three after being examined twice by the doctor with the blood steadily flowing in round five saw referee Raul Caiz Jr. on the advice of the ringside doctor send the fight go to the judges cards which were moments later announced 49-46, 48-47, 49-47 all for Zeuge. Tyron Zeuge improves to 20-0-1, 11Ko’s while the 34-year-old Ekpo drops to 31-3, 24Ko’s.
2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Nico Hernandez
Shines in Professional Debut
Official Results "KO Night Boxing: History Begins"!
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(March 25th) A future star was born last night as 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez turned in a stellar performance in his professional debut, stopping Pat "Slacks" Gutierrez in the fourth round of the "KO Night Boxing: History Begins" main event, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas.
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The large, hometown crowd of more than 3,100 had Hernandez (1-0, 1 KO) pumped to start the fight, in which he quickly established himself as the clear aggressor. The 21-year-old settled down in the second, showing his full arsenal of punches, as he banged Gutierrez' body and also landed effectively upstairs.
Hernandez cut off the ring in the third, often trapping Gutierrez (0-3) on the ropes, where he unloaded punishing punches that started to take its toll on the gutsy Las Vegas fighter. Hernandez' dominance continued in the fourth, even as he surprisingly switched from orthodox to southpaw stance, hurting Gutierrez until his corner asked the referee to halt the action.
"It doesn't get better than this," a beaming Hernandez said after the fight. "It means so much for me to bring boxing to Wichita, to all of Kansas, for these awesome fans. I started switching up a little because it was worked. I'd like to get back fighting again in two months.
"I wasn't to thank KO Night Boxing. This was the way I pictured it. As I was waiting in the tunnel, I could hear the crowd chanting my name. This was a great night of boxing. I want to bring more shows here.
"Fighting here tonight was much different than fighting in the Olympics (in Brazil). Tonight they were cheering me, they booed me at the Olympics no matter who I fought because I was an American."
In the co-feature, gifted New Haven (CT) southpaw Tramaine "The Mighty Midget" Williams improved his undefeated record to 10-0 (3 KOs), displaying special ring skills on his way to an impressive eight-round unanimous decision over tough Eduardo "Thunder" Garza (6-2, 2 KOs).
A classic boxer, Williams also showed some pop tonight, dropping Garza twice, once in the first round and again in the third. Williams, who made his promotional debut for Roc Nation Sports, rolled to victory by scores of 79-71 twice and 78-72.
"I performance okay," Williams commented. "The last two rounds I was a little winded but I hadn't been in the ring for two years. We knew he dropped his chin when he jabbed; I followed the game plan and it worked. He fought his butt off, he didn't come to lose. Now, I want to fight the best. Let's go!"
Relentless junior middleweight Neeco "Rooster" Macias (15-0, 8 KOs), fighting out of Tehachapi, California, enhanced his reputation as a rising contender on the regional scene, assaulting his game Mexican foe, Cesar Soriano (26-35-1, 16 KOs), from the opening bell until the very end for a hard-fought win by eight-round unanimous decision.
A southpaw known for his non-stop motor, Macias connected with punches thrown from every conceivable angle, leaving Soriano no room to move or time to catch his wind, to win by scores of 80-71, 79-72, 78-73).
"I feel like I could have done better," Macias admitted. "My opponent came to fight eight rounds and we respect for each other. I'm still learning. Everybody has a game plan until they get hit. I didn't move like I should have. I thank my opponent for giving me a fight I can learn from.
"I was surprised he took so many punches, but he's a veteran and I didn't underestimate him. I trained hard and needed every bit of it. I'm getting better and I'm coming back strong to make boxing more exciting."
Fighting for the first time since last August, Kansas favorite Jeff Page, Jr. (18-3, 12 KOs) dropped Missouri veteran Steve "The Spoiler" Walker (26-34-1, 16 KOs) three times for a first-round technical knockout victory in a fight contested at a 186-pounds catchweight.
In a non-title fight, Kansas State junior middleweight champion Efrain Morales (5-0, 2 KOs) remained undefeated, stopping fellow Kansan Robert Alexander Seyan (2-6, 2 KOs) in the opening round.
Kansas featherweight Eric Vargas (2-0, 1 KO) pitched a shutout, winning all four rounds against pro-debuting Kevin "Indio" Garcia.
Kansas cruiserweight Juan Hollingsworth (1-0) won his pro debut by way of a four-round unanimous decision over Raymond Gray (1-2),
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Jhonny Gonzalez Stops Francisco Contreras in 3!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
March 25th, Gimnasio Municipal "Jose Neri Santos" Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico: Mexico City, Mexico’s former WBO Bantamweight and two time WBC Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez claimed the interim WBC Latino Super Featherweight title scoring a third-round knockout of Irvington, New Jersey, “Dominican Boy” Francisco Contreras.
The focused 35-year-old Gonzalez looking to show he belongs in the thick of the division started strong bouncing in and out of range, throwing and landing heavy shots ripping Contreras to the body setting up the game “Dominican Boy” for a left hook up top sending the New Jersey fighter to the canvas for the first time in round three. Contreras would rise and beat the count only to be met by a Gonzalez set of digging left hooks to the body ending the night in the third round of the scheduled twelve rounder. Extending his KO run to four Gonzalez moves to 63-10, 53Ko’s while Contreras unbeaten in his last eight has his five bout KO run closed at 30-6, 23Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Mexico City’s, Lourdes "La Pequeña Lulú" Juárez the 30-year-old younger sister of WBC International Female Bantamweight Champion Mariana "La Barbie" Juarez, extended her victory streak to sixteen boxing her way to a decisive 100-90, 98-92 times two ten round unanimous decision over Chihuahua, Mexico’s Karina “La Bella” Fernandez. Juarez improves to 19-2, 3Ko’s while Fernandez unbeaten since her February 2014 debut split decision loss falls to 9-2-1, 3Ko’s.
Robinson Stops Lacerda
In Hard Hitting Promotion Main Event!
By: Joe Martin
March 24th, The Fillmore Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: In the main event of a Will Ruiz - Hard Hitting Promotion, Philadelphia super welterweight “The New” Ray Robinson continued his drive back towards the top of division scoring a seventh-round stoppage of durable Brazilian, Claudinei “Volcano” Lacerda.
Robinson first returning from a fourteen month hiatus brought on by back to back losses to then unbeaten Brad Solomon and Shawn “Showtime” Porter with a seventh round TKO win over Manuel Guzman, September 30th, 2011 averaging a meanial two fights a year banked his second win of 2017 taking the fight straight to his tough Brazilian foe. Robinson in charge from the opening sound began holding target practice scoring with an increasingly growing level and frequency of power shots, pounding the tough but limited Lacerda for most of the first six rounds forcing referee Benjy Esteves to step in and stop the maltreatment at 2:30 of round seven. The “New Robinson moving his win streak to twelve grows to 23-2, 12Ko’s while Lacerda 1-7 in his last eight drops to 18-17-1, 13Ko’s.
Bantamweights: Christian Carto RTD 4 Rudolph Hedge
Super Lightweights: Branden Pizarro W4 Matt Murphy
Super Lightweights: Jeremy Cuevas W4 Jack Grady
Lightweights: Gadwin Rosa KO1 Wytama Faulk
Featherweights: Vidal Rivera RTD2 Jesus Feliciano
Quigley Victorious Over Tapia
In Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN Debut!
(photo tom Hogan - Golden Boy Promotions)
By: David Colon
March 23rd, Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California: In the main event of Golden Boy Promotions first card on ESPN Woodland Hills, California, based “Irishman” Jason “El Animal” Quigley claimed the vacant NABF Middleweight title winning a blue collar ten round unanimous decision over Passaic’s, tough “Jersey Boy” Glen Tapia.
Despite rocking Tapia early with a big right hand early in round one, “El Animal” was forced to the buckle down and strap in and go the distance for the third time in his last three outings when after Tapia cut over the right eye in round six finish hard scoring with clean right hands to hold off the “Jersey Boy’s” late push for a tougher than scored 99-91, 98-92, 100-90 unanimous decision win. Quigley improves to 13-0, 10Ko’s while Tapia stopped in his previous two drops to 23-4, 15Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Coachella, California, former IBF Bantamweight Champion
Randy “El Matador” Caballero returned from a thirteen-month hiatus to claim the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight title scoring a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Nogales, Mexico’s Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz.
In what turned out to be a ten-round shakedown cruise, the 26-year-old Cabalerro inactive since his seventh-round stoppage of Ruben Garcia Hernandez last February, started slow but began to relax opening the space answering the pressing Ruiz body work battling through a cut near his right eye in round nine from one of the many clashes of heads for a tough 97-93, 96-94 times two unanimous decision win. Cabalerro who lost his title to the scales in his cancelled first defense versus UK’s Lee Haskins moves to 24-0, 14Ko’s while Ruiz 2-2 in his last four drops to 36-8-5, 25Ko’s.
In other action:
Georgia based middleweight Tureano Johnson banked his sixth straight victory since dropping a late round KO loss to Brooklyn, New York, “Cerebral Assassin” Curtis Stevens putting Chiapas, Mexico, “Pit Bull” Fabiano Pena on the canvas twice in round two convincing his Mexican opponents corner to call it over at 2:38 of round two. Johnson improves to 20-1, 14Ko’s while Pena stopped in three of his last six outings falls to 19-7-1, 15Ko’s.
In eight round welterweight action Riverside, California, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera out worked an out landed Tijuana, Mexico’s Hector “Charro Negro” Velasquez for a lopsided 80-72 shutout unanimous decision win. Herrera a shadow on former WBC World Welterweight Danny Garcia’s pedigree coming off points losses to Frankie Gomez and Pablo Cesar Cano rebounds to 23-7, 7Ko’s while the made to order veteran Velasquez, 1-9 in his last ten drops to 57-29-3, 39Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super bantamweight contest LA based Armenian, Azat “Attack” Hovhannisyan wore down, then beat up Guadalajara, Mexico’s “Elegante” Diuhl Olguin, breaking down the game Mexican with a solid body attack peppering Olguin’s closing right eye forcing referee ray Corona to call it over at 2:47 of round six. Hovhannisyan on a five bout KO tear since dropping a surprising six round majority decision over Walter Santibanes, November 2014 moves to 11-2, 10Ko’s while Olgin on a three-bout skid, slides to 11-6-3, 9Ko’s.
San Antonio, Texas, 20-year-old super lightweight, Hector “El Finito” Tanajara remained unbeaten putting Monterrey, Mexico’s, Daniel Perales down in round two enroute to a one way 58-55 times three unanimous decision. Tanajara Jr. moves to 8-0, 4Ko’s while Perales 1-5 in his last six drops to 10-9-1, 5Ko’s.
Houston, Texas 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Marlen Esparza broke into the pro ranks scoring a domineering 40-36 times three four round unanimous decision over Hamilton New Jersey, “Black Widow” Rachel Sazoff. Esparza starts out 1-0 while Sazoff still in search of her first pro victory slides to 0-3.
Golovkin Jab Extends Title Defense Streak
with Squeaker Points Win Over Jacobs!
By: Coach K
March 18th, Madison Square Garden, NYC: In the highly anticipated main event of a Tom Loeffler - K2 Promotion – HBO PPV middleweight unification event LA based Kazakhstani, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin successfully defended his WBC and IBO titles (IBF title not on line as Jacobs skipped mandatory same day weigh-in for ten-pound maximum rehydration limit) adding the WBA belt to his collection winning a closely contested twelve round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, "Miracle Man" Daniel Jacobs.
With both fighters coming off September KO victories, “GGG” ending his London meeting with former IBF World Welterweight champion Kell Brook in five rounds and Jacobs stopping Contender TV boxing star Sergio Mora in seven it would be the 30-year-old Jacobs back story of beating cancer that would drive the pre-fight hype.
The fight a close one to score, would see “GGG” in his demonstrative straight ahead cut off the ring pressure attack and the hometown Jacobs showing off his switch-hitting skills and a fluid mobile attack. But in the end, despite Jacobs holding a small edge in power punches landed it would be Golovkin’s cleaner harder shots, a double right hand sending Jacobs to the canvas for a 10-8 round four.
While Jacobs exceeded most expectations for his work in the fight it should not and would not be a big enough reason to give him the victory. It would rightfully go to the provocateur and effective aggressor “GGG”, who’s spirited, accurate and thudding 3-1 jab landing differential would provide the difference in the close rounds and this contest allowing him to remain unbeaten when the judges scores were announced 114-113, 115-112 times two for the visiting Golovkin.
After the fight, Golovkin now 37-0, 33Ko’s his KO streak done at 23, the always cordial "GGG" two title defenses from "The Executioner" Bernard Hopkins record of twenty was candid stating "Of course I am ready to fight Canelo, of course I want that fight, I am like an animal for that fight" but gave one other option saying "I will give Danny Jacobs a chance for a rematch." After possibly his finest performance, against undoubtedly his toughest opponent, the doors are as wide open as they will ever be for the now 32-2, 29Ko’s “Miracle Man.”
In the hard fought very entertaining semi main attraction Si Sa Ket, Thailand, southpaw, Wisaksil Wangek (Srisaket Sor Rungvisai) claimed the WBC Super Flyweight title winning a contentious twelve round majority decision over Managua, Nicaragua’s, previously undefeated Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, seen by most at the peak of the top “pound for pound” fighter list would appear to hit a perfect storm. “Chocolatito” for just the second time at the higher super division weight, put together with the loss of his long-time trainer Arnulfo Obando, the deterrable determination of his Thai challenger and an antagonistic, unrelenting cut over the right eye from a clash of heads suffered in round three.
The two way action was fast, heavy and unyielding as Wangek being rewarded for some early body work while the faster, flashier “Chocolatito” would attempt to close and steal the rounds which would be a microcosm of the fight with Wangek deducted a point for headbutting by referee Steve Willis in the sixth it would be a bloodied Gonzalez who would answer Wangek’s late fight challenge closing hard in the championship rounds only to have his effort superior thrown, landed and percentage numbers masked by the blood for a 113-113 114-112 times two Wangek majority decision win.
Wangek unbeaten in his last fifteen since his May 2014 technical decision loss to Carlos Cuadras who was cut in that fight improves to 42-4-1, 38Ko’s while Gonzalez suffering his first defeat amateur or pro drops to 46-1, 38Ko’s.
In a special attraction, a battle of top Mexico City, Mexico, super flyweights former WBC Super Flyweight Champion and “Chocolatito” victim Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras returned to his winning ways scoring a hard-fought unanimous decision over former world title challenger David “Severo” Carmona.
Appearing to be lacking the pep and motivational drive displayed versus “Chocolatito” six months earlier Cuadras never showed the flash or movement shown versus Gonzalez finding himself on the end of a solid Carmona body attack appearing at times to be satisfied with the in close trading doing just enough to hold off his hometown foe for an un-inspiring 96-94, 97-93 times two unanimous decision win. Cuadras now in line for a title seeking rematch with Wangek moves to 36-1-1, 27Ko’s while Carmona falls to 20-4-5, 8Ko’s.
Leading the undercard Cleveland, Ohio’s, Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin retained his WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title stopping Port Chester, New York, Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz in the eighth round of their scheduled ten rounder.
The bigger, stringer, longer Martin picking his shots early, picked up his work rate taking it to the out gunned Cruz leading to some lively exchanges allowing the heavier punching and now busier fighter martin to pour on the punishment forcing referee Harvey Dock to step in and stop the mistreatment of the still vertical New Yorker at 0:45 of round eight. Martin improves to 18-0, 11Ko’a while Cruz stuck in a reboot at 1-2 in his last three drops to 17-2, 8Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round middleweight affair, London former WBO World Champion “Irish” Andy Lee returned from a 15-month hiatus spurred on by a down twice April 2015 split decision title saving draw with Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and a repeat down twice December 2015 majority decision WBO World Middleweight title loss to Billy Joe Saunders winning a totally vertical blue collar points win over Birmingham, Alabama’s, KeAndrae Leatherwood. The less than engaging eight round shakedown session highlighted by a few Lee power lefts allowed the heavy handed “Irishman” to reap a belated 78-74, 79-73, 80-72 St. Patrick’s Day reward. Back in the “green” Lee improves to 35-3-1, 24Ko’s while Leatherwood’s five bout victory run ends at 19-4-1,12Ko’s.
In a four-round tough-man heavyweight bout Oceanside, California’s, 35-year-old Matt McKinney winged his way to a slapdash 38-38, 39-37 times two majority decision Glasgow, Scotland’s, 19-year-old obliging Jay “Kidd Dynamite” McFarlane. McKinney moves to 4-2-2, 1Ko while the less than explosive “Kidd Dynamite” drops to a more realistic 2-1, 2Ko’s
In the four-round opener LA based Ukranian, welterweight Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk remained unbeaten terminating a three-round pounding sending Miami, Florida’s, Yasmani Pedroso to the canvas twice in round three forcing referee Ron Lipton to immediately call it over without a count at 2:28 of round three. The Abel Sanchez trained Bohachuk remains perfect at 3-0, 3Ko’s while Pedroso stopped in back to back fights drops to 1-2, 1Ko.
Mansour Wins Majority Decision Over Kauffman
Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce
(photos from Premier Boxing Champions)
(March 18th) In a 12-round heavyweight war that lived up to the hype, Amir Mansour (23-2-1, 16 KOs) was able to take a majority decision (114-114, 117-111, 115-113) over Travis Kauffman (31-2, 23 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce from Santander Arena in Reading, PA.
In round two, Kauffman buckled Mansour with a hard right on the inside. The two fighters started round four with bad intentions as they each landed hard shots on the inside. Kauffman switched back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances in an attempt to befuddle the southpaw Mansour.
By the closing rounds, both fighters began to grind out a hard-fought battle on the inside. In rounds nine and 10, it was Mansour who had more pep in his step, landing several hard blows to close out round 10.
Round 12 was a classic heavyweight slugfest, as Kauffman and Mansour stood toe-to-toe landing leather on each other for the whole three-minute period, with Mansour doing just enough to get the win.
The co-main event featured two-time welterweight world champion Kermit Cintron (39-5-3, 30 KOs) and David Grayton (15-1-1, 11 KOs) fighting to a technical majority draw after Cintron was deemed unable to continue due to a cut over his right eye.
In round five, Grayton floored Cintron with an overhand left. Later in the round, Grayton nailed Cintron with an unintentional headbutt to the right eye, which opened up the cut that led to the end of the bout. Action was stopped at 2:53 of round five.
Televised coverage opened with Chordale Booker (6-0, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York getting a unanimous decision (59-55, 59-55, 58-56) over Moshea Aleem (4-1-1, 2 KOs) of Richmond, Virginia in a super welterweight bout.
Pro Debuting Conlan Stops Ibarra in St. Patrick’s Day
Boxing Return to Madison Square Garden!
By: Phil Kane
March 17th, Madison Square Garden Theater, New York: Heading a Bob Arum, Top Rank promoted St. Patrick’s Day card, Belfast, Northern Ireland’s, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist and out spoken 2016 Olympian Michael Conlan made his New York and pro debut stopping Denver, Colorado, conscript Tim Ibarra in four.
Absent a St. Patrick’s Day card since Sergio Martinez vs Matthew Macklin, 2012 Conlan in full form escorted to the ring by fellow countryman and UFC star Conor McGregor to the sound of singing bag pipes, Irish eyes were quickly smiling as the brash “Irishman” immediately went to work.
Appearing to be unaffected by some suspect officiating at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro months earlier, the confident Conlan the aggressor from the start put the eight-bout light handed veteran quickly on his heels targeting the body on both sides over running his out classed opponent in round three backing him to the ropes for big right hands. Limiting his own jab, the young “Irishman” demonstrating he was ready to adapting to a pro style never straying too far from the body cagily pushed off creating room while keeping the folding Coloradoan in prime punching range for a full arsenal of unanswered shots forcing referee Benji Esteves to step in and wave it over at 0:59 of round three. Conlan begins his assault on the division at 1-0, 1Ko while Ibarra sinks below .500 at 4-5, 1Ko.
In the co-feature, Oklahoma City, welterweight Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo remained unbeaten pounding out Holland, Michigan’s Johnny “Juan” Garcia in two. Never in doubt the quick starting Saucedo went right to work pummeling the over drawn Garcia with both hands finally forcing boxing’s most liberal referee Steve Smoger to stop the battering a at 2:42 of round two. Saucedo improves to 24-0, 15Ko’s while Garcia winless in his last possibly considering a new Michigan auto plant job falls to 19-5-1, 11ko’s.
On the undercard:
Unbeaten featherweight Jose “Chocolatito” Gonzalez floored fellow New Yorker featherweight Jhovany Collado with a clean left in round three enroute to banging out a one sided 60-53 times three six round unanimous decision win. Gonzalez moves to 7-0-1, 2Ko’s while the non-threatening, record padding Collado, winless in his last six drops to 4-12-2, 1Ko.
In a scheduled six round featherweight bout 2016 Brazilian Olympic Gold Medalist, Robson Conceicao continued his unbeaten pro run trashing Cincinnati, Ohio, last minute replacement Aaron Hollis in two. Conceicao improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Hollis thankful for the pay day absent a victory in his last five falls to 3-5, 2Ko’s.
Davie, Florida, based Honduras 2016 Olympian lightweight Teofimo Lopez put Monterrey, Mexico’s free swinging Daniel Bastien on a knee and out of his misery allowing referee Shada Murdaugh to call it over at 0:39 of their scheduled six rounder. Lopez remains perfect at 3-0, 3Ko’s while Bastien stopped in two of his last three defeats evens out at 4-4, 1Ko.
Puerto Rican super lightweight Alexander Picot riding a second round knockdown battled back to the win column scoring a 40-35, 38-37 times two four round unanimous decision over Bronx, New York’s Ben Garcia. Picot evens up at 2-2, 1Ko while Garcia drops to 1-2, 1Ko.
In the four round welterweight opener New York based “Irishman” Larry “Fryers” Gleeson off to a solid start remained unbeaten flooring Seattle, Washington’s Gabriel Solorio in frame one, then taking his foot off the gas coasting to a one way 40-35 times three four round unanimous decision win. Gleeson climbs to 3-0, 1Ko while Solorio 1-3 in his last four drops to 2-4-1, 1Ko.
Unbeaten Sergiy Derevyanchenko Stops Previously Undefeated Kemahl Russell In Five
Premier Boxing Champions Toe to Toe Tuesday on FS1
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(March 14th) Middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko (10-0, 8 KOs) remained unbeaten Tuesday night as he delivered a blistering fifth-round stoppage of previously undefeated Kemahl Russell (10-1, 8 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 & BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from the Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.
"I was so happy to be back in the ring," said Derevyanchenko. "I felt very good in there. Once I got going and sped it up, he couldn't keep up with me. I'm ready to take on anyone."
The unbeaten Russian, who fights out of Brooklyn, was at a major height disadvantage against the six-foot Russell, who attempted to control the fight with his jab from a distance. This led to a slow-paced fight early, which seemed to favor the taller boxer.
Derevyanchenko would eventually find the distance as he used double left hooks and feints to work inside Russell's jab. Round four saw the two men begin to exchange in more flurries dangerous on the inside, with Russell taking the brunt of the damage.
Now fully settled into the fight, Derevyanchenko began to unload in round five and connected on a huge straight right hand that rocked Russell's head back and put his opponent in immediate peril. Derevyanchenko pounced on the opportunity and began landing big shots in succession until referee Bill Clancy jumped-in to stop the fight 1:06 into the fifth-round.
The co-main event of the night saw undefeated prospect Ahmed Elbiali (15-0, 12 KOs) make quick work of Brazil's Jackson Junior (20-8, 19 KOs) as he scored a first round knockout just 1:33 seconds into the first round.
Elbiali was returning from a 14-month layoff after recovering from a broken hand, but he wasted no time trading big punches. Both men were aggressive early on and dealt big hooks from the opening bell.
Working off of his jab, Elbiali caught Junior in a defensive crouch and connected with a perfect overhand right to the temple that sent Junior to the canvas. Junior was able to get to his feet but was deemed unable to continue by the referee, who called a halt to the bout 1:33 into the round.
The opening bout of the telecast saw unbeaten prospect Jamontay Clark (11-0, 7 KOs) stop a game Gaku Takahashi (15-7-1, 7 KOs) after seven rounds of action in their welterweight bout.
Cincinnati's Clark survived an early stumbled as Takahashi connected with a jab that stunned and stumbled Clark midway through the first round. Clark was able to regain his footing and use his jab as his primary mode of attack.
The southpaw Clark began timing Takahashi with left hands and right hooks and was able to control the action each round. Takahashi attempted to match Clark's punch output, specifically targeting his opponent to the body, but was unable to land enough clean blows.
Takahashi came out aggressive in round seven and initiated several big exchanges. It was Clark who got the better of these moments, hitting Takahashi with a big left hand late in the round that left his opponent temporarily stunned, although able to return to his corner. Takahashi's corner had seen enough however and called an end to the fight at the end of the seventh round.
Manuel Mendez Earns 3rd Round KO Win!
(March 13th) Manuel "La Tormenta" Mendez (14-1-2, 10 KOs) body punched his way to another knockout victory during the "Night of Champions" main event on Saturday night.
Mendez's latest victim, Costa Rica's Bergman Aguilar (14-3-1, 4 KOs), crumpled to the ground in the third round after sustaining a thunderous left hook to the ribs.
"Body shots are my bread and butter," said Mendez, who is trained by Joel Diaz. "In the third, I was able to get inside and really do some damage."
In the first round, Aguilar was the busier of the two, but the tide turned in rounds two and three when Mendez began forcing his way into the pocket and connecting on numerous body shots.
For a fighter with a host of knockouts on his resume, Mendez actually exercises excellent patience in wearing down opponents and striking at the most opportune time. He never looks rushed and always appears to know how the fight will develop.
"I like to take my time in the first few rounds to see what I'm working with," said Mendez. "By the third, I already knew how to attack."
In the co-feature, Juan Reyes (14-3-3, 2 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. applied his routine, constant pressure to thwart veteran Miguel Angel Mendoza (23-11-2) of Mexico.
Reyes, who recently made the jump to junior lightweight from featherweight, found his rhythm early with strong body shots and counter left hooks.
Mendoza was more than willing to return throughout their eight round fight, but Reyes found pay dirt on a more consistent basis. The judges awarded Reyes a unanimous decision victory with scores 78-74 twice, 79-73.
"After a few rounds, I could tell he was getting tired," Reyes said. "I knew if I was first to the punch I would have a great shot at winning. I just kept the pressure and got the win."
The second fight of the night featured a heavyweight rematch between Jonathan Rice (6-2-1, 4 KOs) of Los Angeles and Mario Heredia (14-7, 12 KOs) of Mexico. Rice got the better of Heredia in their first encounter in November. Rice knocked down Heredia three times on his way to a fifth round knockout victory.
The sequel would not end any different for Heredia. Rice downed Heredia once in the second and twice in the third. The second drop in the third round was the final shot Heredia would absorb. The referee waived the fight off at the 2:02 mark.
In the "Night of Champions" 4-round opener, Jose Salinas (1-0, 1 KO) of Indio, Calif. was victorious in his professional debut over Johnny Black (3-5, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev.
The junior lightweight dropped Black early in the first round with a left hook. Salinas, a southpaw, continued his attack by punching Black into a corner. From there, he let his hands go, connecting on a handful of punches before the referee stopped the barrage at the 2:37 mark of the opening round.
Lemieux Keeps Word Puts Stevens to Sleep in Three!
By: Phil Kane
March 11th, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York: In a middleweight crossroads fight of middleweight power punchers broadcast LIVE on HBO’s Boxing After Dark Montreal, Quebec’s David Lemieux kept his word and put Brownsville, Brooklyn former chin-checker Curtis “Cerebral Assassin” Stevens to sleep in round three.
Meeting all pre-fight hype Lemieux and Stevens went right to work loading up and trading big shots with the heavy handed Canadian out working the cerebral Brooklynite behind an active shot setting up thudding bombs up and down leading to a trading of uneven left hooks leaving Stevens on his back-prompting referee Charli fitch to immediately wave the fight over at unconscious at 1:59 0f round three.
Lemieux unbeaten in his last three since being stopped by Gennady “GGG” Golovkin October 17th 2015 telling HBO analyst Max Kellerman he is open to fighting the best enroute to the top of the division moves to 37-3, 33Ko’s while Stevens waking after several minutes acknowledging the crowd taken to the hospital for observation slips to 29-6, 21Ko’s.
In the lightweight co-feature Miami based once beaten former three-division world champion, Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa did little with a nearly fifteen pound fight night weight advantage scoring a lackluster ten round unanimous decision over Managua, Nicaragua, veteran Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado.
The faster, stronger Cuban star shaking off nearly 15 months of inactivity showed glimpses of the athleticism and skill earning him three world titles doing just enough to steal all the early rounds but never appearing to have Alvarado hurt or in trouble was rocked himself in the seventh compliments of a “Gemelo” right who was generously credited with a grazing off balanced knockdown in the final round leaving “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” the recipient of a less than stellar 97-93, 97-92 times two unanimous decision. Gamboa improves to 26-1, 17Ko’s while Alvarado 1-3 in his last four falls to 24-8, 16Ko’s.
In a battle of unbeaten super lightweights Montreal’s, Yves Ulysse Jr. held onto his zero scoring a vicious seventh round TKO stoppage of Brooklyn, New York’s Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa.
The stronger, heavier handed Ulysse demonstrating his power early but the uncertain appearing New Yorker behind an active but too cautious jab allowing the Floyd Mayweather inspired Canadian to rattle off accurate combinations to the head and body taking the fight to and out of the the circling New Yorker hurting him with a powerful right hand opening the door for a follow up barrage of unanswered punches convincing Ochoa’s corner to call for referee Gary Rosado to wave it over at the close of round seven. Ulysse improves to 13-0, 9Ko’s while Ochoa suffering his first defeat slips to 16-1, 7Ko’s.
In a eight round super bantamweight bout Mexicali, Mexico’s Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya, the 22 year old cousin of Oscar De La Hoya won a hard fought eight round points win over Jalisco, Mexico’s tough and durable Roberto “Escorpión” Pucheta.
Taking full advantage of a Pucheta flash knockdown in round two, De La Hoya’s newly grown confidence backing his quicker combinations brought the fight to a boil in round six allowing the quicker, more mobile “Golden kid” to finish boxing his way to a 80-71 times three unanimous decision. De La Hoya improves to 17-0, 9Ko’s while Pucheta one and five in his last six evens out at 10-10, 6Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout Temple Hills, Maryland’s, 23 year old D'Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard remained unbeaten stopping Budapest, Hungary’s Zoltan Sera in four.
The more precise Ballard remained patient stalking the unorthodox, bobbing and weaving Sera targeting the body wearing down and battering the awkward Hungarian to the canvas twice in round four leaving Sera seated against the ropes shaking his head no more forcing referee Benji Esteves to call it over at 1:16 of round four. Soring his fifth straight KO win Ballard moves to 16-0, 12Ko’s while Sera 2-2 stopped twice in his last four falls to 26-12, 17Ko’s.
In a lackluster, uneventful, light heavyweight contest Philadelphia’s, unbeaten Todd “2 Gunz” Unthank May settled for an eight round go through the motions draw with Charlotte, North Carolina, southpaw, Quinton Rankin. May slides to 10-0-1, 4Ko’s while Rankin bumps over to to 12-3-2, 9Ko’s.
In a eight round lightweight affair Philadelphia’s Damon Allen squashed and any recollection of his October draw with Luis Arceo blitzing Budapest, Hungary “Bad Boy” Adam Mate with an overwhelming two handed assault sending him to the canvas three times in round two bringing the slaughter to an official end at 1:05 of round two. Allen moves to 11-0-1, 5Ko’s bringing mates three bout KO victory run to an abrupt end at 24-11, 17Ko’s.
Carrollton, Texas, amateur standout super welterweight Alex Rincon made his impressive pro debut pounding on then banging out Albuquerque, New Mexico’s over matched Shaun “Buddy Holly” Lee Henson sending him to the canvas twice in round two with drilling body shots drawing a full ten count at 0:52 of round two. Rincon jumps out 1-0, 1Ko while “Buddy Holly” crash lands at slumping 2-4, 2Ko’s.
Conlan and Barnes Winners at Home in Belfast!
By: Ian Webb
March 10th, Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland: Belfast, Jamie “The Mexican” Conlan moved one step closer to a world title shot claiming the vacant WBC International Silver Super Flyweight title winning a hard fought, back and forth, twelve round split decision over Managua, Nicaragua’s, Yader Cardoza.
Wearing the rewards of a hard-fought victory, a bloodied Conlan drawn into a two-way slug fest picked himself up from an eighth-round knockdown to work his way to a back with some aggressive combination punching to grab a 114-113, 115-113, Conlan 115-112 Cardoza split decision win. The 30-year-old Conlan moves to 19-0, 11Ko’s while the tough Cardoza 2-2 in his last four drops to 22-11-1, 6Ko’s.
In a special attraction, Belfast two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist, Paddy Barnes continued his pro transition scoring a clinical dissection 60-54 points win over 40-year-old, Argentine Adrian “El Renegado” Garzon. Barnes glides to 2-0 while the handpicked Garzon winless in his last four drops to a pay the bills 10-22, 1Ko.