Strictly Business Boxing
Strictly Business Boxing

By: Jamie Conor

October 7th, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK: In the WBC Flyweight Title eliminator main attraction of a Blain McGuigan Cyclone Promotion, Barry, Wales 2012 Olympian Andrew “Superstar” Selby, remained unbeaten scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Ensenada, Mexico veteran Maximino “Max” Flores.

 

Flores showing, he was there for the win came out hard and pushed the action but found it a frustrating task to catch the slippery Welshman.

 

Flores staying the aggressor pressed the action at times backing Selby to the ropes only to see most of his efforts go air bound and finding himself on the end of some sharp Selby counters.

 

After a few moments of “Superstar” showboating in round four allowing Flores to tee off, Selby rocking and rolling with the best the Mexican had to offer returned to business following a referee Chris Sanigar warning leading to some exciting exchanges with the quicker, sharper punching Selby getting the better of the action with his hook.

 

Neither fighter, hurt or down and the most damage done by a clash of heads in the tenth round the more skilled and more accurate punching Selby would find himself on the right side of a 119-109, 117-111, 117-112 unanimous decision. Selby improves to 10-0,5Ko’s while Flores seeing his five bout unbeaten streak come to a close falls to 23-4-1, 16Ko’s.

By: Alfred Zimmerman

October 7th, Manchester Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom: In the main event of an Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing showcase Manchester, UK’s former WBA World Lightweight Title Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla put himself right back in the mix out maneuvering, out boxing and out slugging Coatbridge, Scotland’s former WBO Super Featherweight, WBO and WBA Light Welterweight Champion Ricky “Rickster” Burns to an impressive twelve round unanimous decision.

 

A well-conditioned comeback kid Crolla coming in off back to back title bout losses to current WBA “King” Jorge Linares left no doubt from the opening sound he was there to right the ship attacking Burns body.

 

Crolla, foiling Burns offense with a “Million Dollar” high guard and some clean counter punching in the middle rounds outworked the Scotsman in the exchanges landing from all angles to hold off the former champs late round push with no one down or seriously hurt Crolla would be rewarded for his nights effort when the scores were announced 116-113, 117-112 and 116-114 all for Crolla. The 30-year-old, Crolla back on track improves to 32-6-3, 13Ko’s while the 34-year-old Burns 5-5 in his last ten, showing signs of slippage falls to 41-7-1, 14Ko’s.

By: Ian Webb

October 7th, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany: Sauerland Event and Ringstar Promotions World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals Brighton, Sussex, UK’s, Chris “Next Gen” Eubank Jr. the 28-year-old son of former WBO Middleweight Champion and Super Middleweight Champion Chris Eubank retained his International Boxing Organization World Super Middleweight Title disposing of Sivas, Turkey’s, previously unbeaten Avni “Mr. Robot” Yildirim in three rounds.

 

The power punching Eubank allowing Yildirim to believe he trade on even terms out worked and over powered his previously unbeaten foe changing his height and angles bringing up power shots from the floor putting “Mr. Robot” on a knee for a referee Leszek eight count in round one.

 

Round two would see the close quarters affair continue with the heavy-handed champion mixing shots under and around rocking the tough Turk once again.

 

Almost appearing to have agreed to finish the fight in round three both fighters opened their full arsenal trading with bad intentions but it would be the locked and loaded Brit letting go and landing a brutal left hook sending “Mr. Robot” to the deck once again this time prompting referee Jankowiak to immediately wave it over at 1:58 of round three.  Eubank moving to 26-1, 20Ko’s gets the winner of the George Groves vs Jamie Cox bout next week

As Yildirim suffering his first pro setback dips to 16-1, 10Ko’s.

By: Hideaki Fukada

October 7th, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong S.A.R., China: Headlining a DEF Promotions - Top Rank fight card Hong Kong, China’s, Rex “Wonder Kid” Tso retained his WBO International Super Flyweight Title with a seventh technical decision over Tokyo, Japan’s, Kohei Kono.

 

The champion Tso battling Kono and severe swelling over his left eye suffered from an accidental clash of heads over in round two.

 

The more accurate Tso used a long constant jab to keep his free swinging pressing challenger at a distance piling up the points with some selective counter punching. Landing with quick combinations the champion thwarted Kono’s inside game with some tactical grappling then beginning to move and box in round six closed the first half of the fight after which the bout called by the ringside physician leaving the thirty-year-old Tso a 68-66-time three technical decision winner. Tso improves to 22-0, 13Ko’s while the thirty-six-year-old Kono 1-3 in his last four drops to 33-11-1, 14Ko’s.  

By: Alfred Zimmermann

September 30th, Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia: Heading another edition of Sauerland Events and Ringstars World Boxing Super Series hometown favorite Mairis Briedis “held” onto his WBC World Cruiserweight Title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Cork, Ireland Cuban transplanted former WBC United States Heavyweight Champion Mike “The Rebel” Perez.

 

The bout starting with the one-time southpaw heavyweight Perez assuming the role of aggressor putting the champion Briedis going on the move working behind his jab appearing to be looking for the right hand to counter.

 

Beginning to level the action in round two the champion would suffer a cut from an accidental clash of heads in round three forcing referee Massimo Barrovecchio to take a point from the pressing Cuban.

 

“The Rebel” continuing to force the action would show signs of fading going into the middle rounds as the champion who would appearing unaffected by his cut left eye slowly began to change winning the inside exchanges hurting Perez in the seventh.

 

Landing the cleaner punches down the stretch staying safe keeping it tight with some strategic clutching Briedis landing the cleaner punches down the stretch losing a point for holding the tenth and final round would retain his belt when the judges scores were announced 116-110, 115-111, 114-112 for Briedis. Briedis improving to 23-0,18Ko’s gets Oleksandr Usyk in the next round while Perez in just his second bout at cruiser falls to 22-3, 14Ko’s.    

In the co-feature Walcz, Poland, southpaw, Krzysztof Glowacki scored a fifth-round stoppage of Galliera, Italy’s, Leonardo Bruzzese Glowacki taking the fight to the fight to two-time Italian Cruiserweight Champion from the opening bell would close the show in round five landing a big left, right left combination dropping Bruzzese to his knees prompting referee Joerg Milke to wave it over at 2:19 of round five. Glowacki improves to

28-1, 18Ko’s while Bruzzese falls to 18-4, 6Ko’s

 

In a mild light heavyweight upset Kaliningrad, Russia’s, Sergey Gorokhov scored a 100-96, 99-97, 97-93 ten round unanimous decision over Bergen, Norway’s Tim Robin Lihaug. Gorokhov improves to 9-2, 6Ko’s while Lihaug drops to 16-4, 9Ko’s   

By: Jeff Ridge

September 26th, Cannery Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas: In the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions “Cuba vs Mexico” Toe to Toe Tuesday on FOX Sports 1, both Las Vegas based Cuban Leduan Barthelemy and Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez held onto their esteemed zero’s with a contentious split decision draw.

 

The battle of unbeaten featherweights saw the taller, longer Leduan Barthelemy the younger brother of Former IBF Super Featherweight Champion and current IBF Lightweight Champion Rances Barthelemy use his height and reach advantage to jump out to an early lead as the determined Ramirez continued to press the action doing his best work in rounds four through six.

 

Both fighters finding their sweet spots down the stretch led to some solid back and forth action with both combatants having their moments neither fighter down or seriously hurt the closely contested battle sent to the judges would be announced Judge Patricia Morse Jarman seeing the fight 97-93 for Barthelemy, Richard Ocasio calling it 96-94 for Ramirez and Tim Cheatham scoring it even at 95-95. Barthelemy moves to 13-0-1, 7Ko’s while Ramirez settles at 20-0-3, 7Ko’s.

In an eight-round crowd pleasing super featherweight co-feature Youngstown, Ohio, 22-year-old Alejandro “Popo” Salinas took Madison, Wisconsin’s, durable Duarn “the Storm” Vue to the shed banging out an in your face convincing 80-72, 79-73, 77-75 unanimous decision win. Salinas improves to 9-1, 8Ko’s while the 31-year-old Vue suffering his first taste of defeat dips to 12-1-2, 4Ko’s.

In a matching of unbeaten lightweights Tijuana, Mexico’s, Bryan “The Kid” Figueroa won a tough six round unanimous decision over Las Vegas, Nevada, based Cuban Ivan Jimenez. The inside outside battle saw Figueroa win the distance battle and seeing some limited success on the inside Jimenez but the heavier handed “Kid” landing the cleaner, harder shots would claim the victory when the judges scores were announced 58-56 times three all for “The Kid” Figueroa. Figueroa improves to 13-0, 5Ko’s while Jiménez losing for the first time drops to 7-1-1, 4Ko’s.

By: Alfred Zimmerman

September 23rd, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas: In the main attraction of Sauerland Events and Ringstar Sports World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals Miami, Florida based Cuban, Yunier "The KO Doctor" Dorticos disposed of Volgodonsk, Russia’s Dmitry "The Russian Hammer" Kudryashov in two rounds.

 

The fight starting with both fighters making their stand behind a high guard and feeling out jab with

the challenger Kudryashov’s aggressiveness, his early edge ultimately becoming his demise.

 

In round two the quicker punching WBA Cruiserweight Champion Dorticos mixing up his punches , landing big right hands backed Kudryashov to the ropes for a heavy volley of punches, continuing to dish out the punishment on the slowing Russian finally countering his dipping jab with two brutal right hands dropping him for a full referee ten count at 0:53 of round two. Dorticos improves to 22-0, 21Ko’s bringing Kudryashov’s three fight knockout streak to an end at 21-2, 20Ko’s.

By David Colon

September 23rd, Forum, Inglewood, California: In the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom Boxing, Akihiko Honda co-promotion broadcast LIVE on HBO's “Boxing After Dark” Tokyo, Japan based Venezuelan, Jorge “Golden Boy” Linares held onto his WBA Lightweight title with a spiritedly contested, highly controversial twelve round split decision win over Hessle, Yorkshire, UK’s Luke Campbell.

 

After a slow starting feeling out first round Linares turned things up dropping the taller, longer southpaw Campbell with a drilling right with about a minute to go in round two adding insult to injury opening a small cut over the Brits right eye by the time the round closed.

 

Campbell beginning to use his height and reach in the second half worked his jab setting up some clean left hands and adding an accurate and punishing right hook the talented Brit battled his way back into the fight giving away a crucial resting eleventh round only to be met by a determined champion firing away with solid right hands closing the fight well allowing him to retain his title when the scores were announced 114-113 and 115-112 Linares to a single count of 115-113 for Campbell making Linares a the split decision winner. Extending his winning streak to twelve Linares moves to 43-3, 27Ko’s while the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Campbell suffering just his second pro defeat slips to 17-2, 14Ko’s    

 

In the ten round co-feature, LA based Armenian, Azat “Attack” Hovhannisyan captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight Title winning a tough back and forth, too widely scored unanimous decision over Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico’s, Sergio “Finito” Frias.

 

Hovhannisyan boxing early before falling into “attack” mode led to some solid back and forth action leading to a cut near the new California’s right eye in round nine forcing the talented Armenian to box his way to a gaping 98-92, 100-90 times two unanimous decision win. Hovhannisyan climbs to 13-2, 10Ko’s while the on again, off again Frias losing back to back fights falls to 19-8-2, 10Ko’s.

 

In an eight round lightweight match General Santos City, Philippines, Romero “Ruthless” Duno won a blue collar unanimous decision over Tabasco, Mexico’s Juan “Lagarto” Sanchez. The more accurate Duno running his win streak to six moves to 15-2, 13Ko’s while the tough Sanchez dropping here of his last four falls to 30-14, 14Ko’s.    

           

In a slated eight round featherweight bout La Puente, California, Abraham “Chamacho” Lopez returned to the win column leaving Mexico City, Mexico’s, beaten Isao “Kato” Carranza seated for the bell sounding round five. Lopez moves to 23-1-1, 16Ko’s while Carranza winless in his last five drops to 15-10-1, 9Ko’s.                

 

In a super bantamweight bout LA’s, popular Rafael “Ralph” Gramajo moved nine bouts from his single defeat scoring a convincing six round unanimous decision over Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico’s, Pedro Melo. Gramajo moves to 9-1-1, 2Ko’s as Melo now winless in his last four evens out at an opponent status 17-17-2, 8Ko’s.         

By: Ian Webb
September 23rd, Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK: Las Vegas, Nevada, based Kiwi,
Joseph Parker retained his WBO Heavyweight title scoring an uninspiring majority decision over Manchester, UK’s, Hughie Fury.

 

The “battle” of undefeated heavyweights fought more like a game of tag saw the mostly defensive Fury stay on the move hiding behind his jab keeping Parker a distance grabbing on when-ever the pressing parker closed range.

Fury cut by a clash of heads in the fourth the champions head first charges attempting to close the distance would draw a referee Marcus McDonnell warning in round five.

 

Fury staying mobile saw the champions forward pressure build but his punch count and accuracy fall leaving it to the championship rounds in which Parkers aggression and heavier punches would earn him a widely scored 114-114, 118-110 times two majority decision. Parker moves to 23-0, 18Ko’s while the 23-year-old cousin of former IBF/WBO/IBO/WBA Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury slips to 20-1, 10Ko’s.

By: Edwin Gonzalez

September 22nd, Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona: In the main attraction of a Bob Arum, Top Rank promotion Sonora, Mexico’s, 26-year-old, Oscar Valdez regained his feet and his composure following a fourth-round knockdown to flip the script and retain his WBO World Featherweight Title winning a tougher than expected twelve round unanimous decision over Ishikawa, Japan’s, Genesis “Kashimi” Servania.

 

The 2008 and 2012 Mexican Olympian Valdez in his third title defense coming off a twelve round unanimous decision over Columbian banger Miguel Marriaga in April began well with the more mobile Valdez out boxing and controlling the distance mixing in his usual dosage of body work until round four when the plodding versus Servania caught the young Mexican champion moving away with a long looping right sending him to the canvas with about forty-five seconds to go in the round.

 

Surviving the round and displaying a true champions heart Valdez would repay the favor in a trading fifth round catching the Japanese challenger with a left hook sending him to the canvas with about a minute to go in the round. Valdez would close the round landing with heavy left hooks and looping rights but the durable Servania would finish the round.

 

Servania taking his turn to display his recuperative powers taking the sixth the second half of the fight would see some very entertaining back and forth exchanges with both fighters having their moments with the busier champion Valdez holding off Servania’s twelfth and last round surge landing the cleaner sharper punches for a 116-110, 119-111, 117-109 unanimous decision win. Valdez dipping into a little pre-fight politics coming out against a southern US border wall and its handling of so-called “Dreamers” improves to 23-0, 19Ko’s while Servania in his first US appearance suffers his first pro defeat slipping to 29-1, 12Ko’s.

In the co-feature, Sinaloa, Mexico, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez retained his WBO World Super Middleweight Title scoring hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Philadelphia’s, Jesse “Hard Work” Hart.

 

In a fight of halves, the southpaw champion Ramirez mostly chasing Hart in round one, answered a Hart hard right in round two sending the Philadelphia fighter to the deck with a short left. Hart beating the count would return to his moving using every inch of the ring to survive the round and Ramirez trapping pursuit.

 

Following a short respite in round three brought on by a Ramirez low blow the champion would continue his attack taking the fight to Hart who appeared to recover and gain a second wind in round seven, scoring well in the eighth and eleventh rounds but unable to adjust to Ramirez power and pressure would fold to a proverbial too little, too late Ramirez 114-113, 115-112 times two unanimous decision.

 

Ramirez moves to 36-0, 24Ko’s while Hart trained by his father Eugene “Cyclone” Hart suffering his first loss falls to 22-1, 18Ko’s.

In a special super bantamweight attraction Belfast, Northern Ireland’s, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Michael Conlan stopped Kalispell, Montana’s, previously unbeaten Kenny Guzman in two rounds.

 

After a feeling out first round the two-time Olympian Conlan turning his attack to the body brought it upstairs finishing off boxer/ carpenter dropping Guzman with a driving right hand forcing referee Wes Melton to immediately wave it over at 2:59 of round two. Conlan improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Guzman returns to the trades at 3-1, 1Ko.

Leading the undercard Oxnard, California, based Lithuanian, welterweight Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas beat up, broke down and dissected Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Mahonry “Ruso Jr.” Montes to a mean 7th round TKO win. Montes right eye closed and unable to see the was bout called to a close at 0:34 of round seven declaring Kavaliauskas the TKO winner.  Kavaliauskas improves to 18-0, 15Ko’s while Montes 3-3 in his last six falls to 33-7-1, 22Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled eight round welterweight affair New South Wales, Australia’s, Leonardo Zappavigna, put Ecatepec, México, based Columbian Fidel Monterrosa Munoz down three times in round three forcing the referee to put a stop to the contest at the 2:48 mark of round three. Zappavigna improves to 36-3, 26Ko’s while Munoz three bout victory run closes at 38-14-1, 30Ko’s.

 

In eight round lightweight action LA based southpaw, Uzbek, Fazliddin Gaibnazarov remained unbeaten boxing his way to a 80-72 times three shutout of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico’s, Victor Rosas. Gaibnazarov improves to 3-0, 1Ko while Rosas three on then three off falls to 9-7, 3Ko’s.

 

Bahia, Brazil, 2008, 2012 Olympian and 2016 Gold Medalist super featherweight Robson Conceicao retained his unbeaten status when while ahead on the judge’s cards Managua, Nicaragua’s, Carlos Osorio was deemed unable to continue due to a shoulder injury declaring Conceicao a third-round retirement winner. Conceicao moves to 5-0, 4Ko’s while Osorio winless in his last four drops to 13-8-1, 5Ko’s.

 

In a four-round lightweight preliminary match LA 2016 US Olympian, Mikaela Mayer provided all the “Boom” pounding on and knocking down Spring, Texas, Allison “Boom Boom” Martinez in rounds one and three forcing referee Wes Melton to put a stop to the bout at 0:39 of round three. Mayer moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while the “boom less” Martinez on a three-round skid since her pro debut falls to 1-3, 1Ko.

(September 19th) Unbeaten super lightweight Mario Barrios (20-0, 12 KOs) defeated Naim Nelson (13-4, 1 KO) via seventh round TKO in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

 

The fast-rising star Barrios of San Antonio started the bout throwing multiple combinations to the head and body of Nelson of Philadelphia. He kept his distance and stayed patient, but did not get to showcase all of the tools in his arsenal as the fight took a turn in the third round when Nelson went to the canvas after hurting his left shoulder by throwing a hook. That was ruled a slip and he dropped to his knees again after throwing another punch, but after being examined by the ringside doctor, it was determined that Nelson could continue.

 

Barrios was not deterred and continued to move forward, apply pressure and control the action into the fourth round. By the fifth, Nelson's work rate dropped significantly, which Barrios took advantage of by battering the Philadelphia-native against the ropes. Throughout the sixth, Barrios stalked Nelson around the ring while Nelson tried to work through his apparent shoulder injury, countering with the right where he could. Barrios sent Nelson to the canvas with a hard left hand causing referee Gary Rosato to wave off the bout at 1:41 of the seventh round. The victory over Nelson marks Barrios' fourth straight stoppage - all of which have taken place since he started working with renowned trainer Virgil Hunter.

 

 "I apologize to the fans of Pennsylvania as I wanted to put on a show tonight," said Barrios. "After I caught him, he was trying to survive.  He was moving around.  I did not concentrate if he hurt his shoulder or not.  

 

"I just want to keep moving along and get better. I want to fight again before the end of the year if possible and I know I will put on a show in my next fight."

 

"I was doing well and I had him, but I hurt my shoulder," said Nelson. "I thought I was doing a good job, but my shoulder just hurt too much. This is a sport and injuries happen."

In the co-feature, lightweights Thomas Velasquez (9-0, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia and Tyrome Jones (4-2, 1 KO) of South Bend, Ind. Tyrome Jones fought to a draw in a fast-paced six-round bout. Velasquez, who is mentored by former world champion Danny Garcia, started the fight going to Jones' body and stuck with that plan throughout. As the fight wore on, Jones turned up the heat and listened to his corner who told him to stay busy and aggressive. Velasquez landed multiple straight left hands in the fourth that stung Jones, but the Indiana-native was able to counter with several straight lefts of his own. The sixth and final round showcased hard-fought action from both pugilists with Jones throwing several hard lefts with Velasquez countering with his own flurries of shots finishing the fight strong. In the end, the judges ruled the bout even 59-55 for each and 57-57.

 

"I had to use the jab in this fight as well as my double-jab and body shots were working well," said Velasquez. "This was a great learning fight and I felt that I won. I can't wait to get back in the gym, apply what I learned and get back in the ring again soon."

 

"This was a tough fight against an undefeated guy who came in confident," said Jones. "I countered very well and I got to him. I feel that I won the fight, but sometimes the judges don't see it that way."

The opening bout saw light heavyweights Earl Newman (10-0-1, 7 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY and Paul Parker (8-2-1, 4 KOs) of Toledo, OH fight to an eight-round draw. Parker made it awkward for Newman in the first two rounds by starting out strong, moving forward, diving in and staying busy. However, Newman came out of the corner swinging in the third, throwing a left hook that forced Parker to tap the canvas with his glove although it was not ruled a knockdown by referee Benjy Esteves.

 

Neman worked his right hand throughout the fourth round, ready to counter Parker's shots. Newman drove Parker back with a left hook in the fifth and continued to put pressure on the Ohio-native throughout the round. The two-time New York Golden Gloves winner continued to press forward and walk down Parker in the later rounds, but was unable to finish strong enough to be victorious as the judges scored the bout 79-32 (Newman), 77-75 (Parker) and 76-76.

 

"After a year off I felt rusty," said Newman. "I saw the punches, but I did not react as well as I wanted to.  That being said, I kept pressuring and landed more to the body. I felt I won the fight.  Now it is back to the drawing board. I definitely can't be inactive for a long time again." 

 

"He is a great fighter," said Parker. "I listened to my corner and followed the game plan.  He caught me with some good punches, but I landed more.  I wobbled him and I was busier.  I really feel that I won the fight. I want a rematch"

By: Coach “K”

September 16th, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas: Heading Golden Boy and K2 Promotions “Best vs the Best” highly anticipated Middleweight Championship card LA based Kazakhstani, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin retained his IBF/IBO/WBA and WBC World Middleweight Titles with a highly controversial split decision draw with Guadalajara, Mexico’s, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

 

After saying the Canelo vs GGG fight would be a must see and it certainly was boxing would agin drop the ball. While the fight itself was a classic battle with the two top middleweights in the world doing their part it again would be the boxing powers to be, this time in particular the Nevada State Athletic Commission dropping the ball when judge Adalaide Byrd somehow scored the fight a whopping and misguided ten rounds to two for Canelo.

 

The fight starting with the champion Golovkin in full character as the aggressor matching Alvarez slow staring body attack with his jab and right hand in the early rounds.

 

Through the early work and into the middle rounds both fighters displaying iron chins and appearing to wear the best the other had to offer Alvarez staying to the body with an active left and occasional right was met with Golovkin mixing his right hands behind an active and accurate jab clearing the way forward controlling the real estate repeatedly backing Canelo to the ropes.

 

Golovkin remaining the antagonist in the second half out worked a respite appearing Canelo in the seventh only to the red headed Mexican re-awaken in the eighth round leading to some solid two-way exchanges. Golovkin’s jab seemed to be the building and deciding factor going into to an entertaining set of championship rounds.

 

In this writer’s opinion Canelo’s slow start put together with Golovkin’s steady jab and constant affective aggressiveness that allowed the champion to hold off Canelo’s late rounds push for the win only to have the ringside pundits and the mostly pro Canelo crowd in placed in a moment of shock and awe when the unpopular split decision was announced.

 

The sad thing only weeks after approving the Mayweather 49-0 vs pro debuting boxer Conor McGregor sham, in the end the Nevada State Boxing Commission and the boxing powers to be dropped the ball once again.

 

Point in question when Judge Don Trella scores it even at 114-114, and another Judge Dave Moretti (at least in the ball park) scoring it 115-113 for Golovkin in the end remembering Pacquiao vs Bradley the glitch again falls away from the fighters and to an official this time disrupting the whole “Best vs the Best” no matter who you had. Judge Adalaide Byrd’s scoring of the closely contested fight as a lop-sided 118-110 (ten rounds to two) for Alvarez leaves this fight a kiss your sister styled split decision draw I can immediately imagine several analogies.

 

Just for a moment imagine the end of the Oscar winning movie Platoon and its Sgt. Barnes not Sgt. Elias who comes running from the jungle in the closing scene. Or close your eyes and remembering the Oscar winning picture On the Waterfront and boxing pug Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) storms the waterfront union office in the final scene and instead of battling union boss Johnny Friendly he just gets his union card punched. Last but not least picture the three Oscar winning movie Rocky I ending in a split decision draw. True blue boxing fans love the mano-e-mano conflict but what they want most of all is a righteous ending not the most lucrative.

 

Golovkin still holding all but one of the belts (Billy Joe Saunders- WBO World Middleweight Title), not having a contracted rematch clause leaves 37-0-1, 33Ko’s while Alvarez heads home again holding the cards at 49-1-2, 34Ko’s.

           

In the end falling short of say Graziano / Zale II and Hagler Hearn’s this “Best vs Best” drops the ball right back in the fighter’s hands clamoring for a rematch while the boxing hierarchy scurries back to their cash counting cubby holes leaving the fan again wondering when and if will the sport of boxing ever get it right.

 

While not exactly Whitaker / Chavez Sr. or Alfredo Escalera / Tyrone Everett or even Lewis / Holyfield a move back to fifteen rounds might help.

In a big step-down WBC Featherweight Eliminator "co-main event" Downey, California, southpaw, Joseph "JoJo" Diaz Jr. overcame a slow start to score a twelve round unanimous decision over Tijuana, Mexico’s previously unbeaten Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera.

 

The 24-year-old Diaz a southpaw started hesitantly incrementally becoming more aggressive and comfortable against his able foe landing big, clean heavy shots going into the middle rounds never looking back taking the fight inside and to the winner’s corner with some damaging in fighting for a closer than scored 120-108, 119-109 times two unanimous decision.

 

Diaz having gone the distance in his last three moves to 25-0, 13Ko’s while the Jorge "Pilon" Lara late replacement Rivera dips to 25-1-2, 16Ko’s.

 

In a special ten round attraction Mexicali, Mexico’s, “Golden Kid,” Diego De La Hoya passed his toughest test to date claiming the NABF Super Bantamweight Title scoring an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Coachella, California’s, Randy "El Matador" Caballero.

 

The 23-year-old cousin to Hall of Famer, Oscar De La Hoya wanting to leave no doubt he was there to fight took the fight to caballero at the first sound landing some clean heavy shots.

 

Like an over stated display of family skills De La Hoya employing a varying set a of skills mixing some boxing and brawling out boxing "El Matador" punctuating the night with some clean combination punching walking away with a clear 100-90, 98-92 times two ten round unanimous decision win. De La Hoya advances to 20-0, 9Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Caballero slips to 24-1, 14Ko’s.

 

In ten round action Unbeaten Chattanooga, Tennessee native Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin retained his WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title winning a hard fought, blue collar widely scored ten round split decision over Francisco “Paquito” Rojo.

 

Martin working his way to an early lead sticking and moving with his jab the Cleveland based Martin would slow down allowing the aggressive Rojo to close the distance in the fight and on the cards forcing Martin into some heavy exchanges until the more mobile "Blue Chip" Martin would return to his jab boxing his way to the final bell gaining the nod when the judges scores were announced 96-93, 95-94 for Martin and a way too wide 98-91 for Rojo. Martin improves to 20-0, 11Ko’s while Rojo’s unbeaten since 2013 has his eight-bout victory run come to an end at 20-3, 13Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled six rounder Grand Prairie, Texas, 19-year-old heavy handed super lightweight, Vergil Ortiz, remained perfect recording his seventh straight KO win dropping Juarez, Mexico’s, 31-year-old, Cesar Valenzuela twice with body shots the second resulting in a referee Robert Byrd ten count at 1:22 of round two. Ortiz powers his way to 7-0, 7Ko’s while Valenzuela suffering just his second defeat drops to 7-2, 2Ko’s.

 

In six round female flyweight action Houston, Texas, 2016 Olympian Marlen Esparza remained unbeaten boxing her way to a skillful 60-54 times three unanimous decision over Durango, Mexico’s, Aracely Palacios. Esparza improves to 3-0 while Palacios slumps to 8-9, 1Ko.

 

In a four-round preliminary bout LA based, power punching Ukrainian welterweight, Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk powered his way to a perfect 5-0, 5Ko’s blasting out Bakersfield, California’s, Joan Jose Valenzuela in two. The mismatched Valenzuela stopped in his last three bouts dives to 5-9-1, 5Ko’s.

By: Ian Webb

September 16th, Copper Box Arena, London: In the main event of a Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotion, Hatfield, UK’s, WBO World Middleweight Champion “Superb” Billy Joe Saunders kept the hopes of a unification fight with the winner of the Canelo vs Golovkin bout scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Rochester, New York’s, Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe Jr.

 

The business like technical affair with no one hurt and no one down, saw the busier, more accurate champion control the action early holding off the upstate New Yorker’s late round push for a 115-114, 117-112 times two unanimous decision win.

 

The successful defense Saunders second moves the talented brit to 25-0, 12Ko’s while the former “GGG” victim Monroe 2-2 in his last four drops to 21-3, 6Ko’s.

 

In the co-feature Ilford, Essex, UK’s WBO European Light Heavyweight Champion Anthony Yarde added the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Title to his collection scoring a third-round stoppage of Budapest, Hungary “Noble” Norbert Nemesapati.

 

Just two years a pro the heavy handed Yarde went right to work punishing Nemesapati with big shots in round one, sending him to the canvas twice late in round two.

 

Yarde continuing where he left off pounded the “Noble” Hungarian for most of the previous nine minutes convincing his corner to pull the plug and call it a night after the close of round three. Yarde improves to 13-0, 12Ko’s while Nemesapati 1-3 in his last four falls to 25-7, 18Ko’s

Heading the undercard most boxings exciting prospects Greenwich, London,   20-year-old, heavyweight Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois flooring fellow Londoner   “Big Dog” AJ Carter with the very first shot quickly preceded to close the show just seconds later dropping “Big Dog” cold with a vicious right hand forcing referee Lee Cook to immediately declare the bout over at 0:48 of round one. The former Anthony Joshua sparring partner Dubious moves to 5-0, 5Ko’s while Carter stopped in back to back fights falls to 8-4, 6Ko’s.

In an eight round super featherweight pairing Welling, London, 22-year-old, “Sharp Shooter” Archie Sharp pounded on Szentes, Hungary, Imre “Lütyö” Nagy for most of two rounds forcing referee Lee Every to call it at 1:31of round two. Sharp moves to 10-0, 6Ko’s as Nagy winless in his last three falls to 15-11, 7Ko’s.                                   

 

In super middleweight action Fulham, London’s, 19-year-old, Zak Chelli remained unbeaten out pointing Denaby Main, Yorkshire, UK’s Adam Jones over six. Zak Chelli improves to 3-0, 1ko while Jones winless in his last eleven drops to 6-24-5, 1Ko.

 

In an over the limit super middleweight bout New Malden, London, southpaw, Lerrone “Sniper the Boss” Richards banked a 60-53 referee scored points win over Jánoshalma, Hungary’s, Ferenc Albert. Richards improves to 9-0, 3Ko’s as Albert’s two fight KO win streak closes at 24-12, 12Ko’s.            

           

In a scheduled four round light heavyweight bout Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK’s, Ryan Hatton made his pro debut  scoring a third-round stoppage of Sussex, ready opponent, Callum Ide. Hatton begins his trek at 1-0, 1Ko while Ide remains winless at 0-5-1.

           

In an experience gaining / record padding six round super bantamweight matter Westham, London’s, Lucien “Lethal” Reid remained undefeated toying and boxing his way to an impressive 60-54 referee scored shut out of Barcelona, Spain based Nicaraguan, Jose “El Pollo” Aguilar. Reid moves to 7-0, 4Ko’s while the journeyman Aguilar sinks to 16-38-4, 6Ko’s.

           

In a super bantamweight matching Erith, Kent, southpaw, Jake Pettitt out-scored Sofia, Bulgaria’s, Stefan Sashov 40-36 after four. Pettitt improves to 2-0 while Sashov drops to 3-13, 3Ko’s.

 

In a four-round welterweight preliminary bout Gants Hill, Ilford, London’s Hamzah Sheeraz scored a undefining pro-debut second-round stoppage of Norwich, Norfolk, Duane “Mad Dog” Green. Sheeraz off with a bang at 1-0, 1Ko as Green winless in his last sixteen sinks to 4-29-5.

 

Ilford, Essex, based Nigerian, super middleweight Umar Sadiq, made his successful pro-debut scoring a 40-36 referee decision over Lydney, Gloucestershire’s, play for pay Lewis “Poochi” Van Poetsch. Sadiq starts out 1-0 while professional opponent Van Poetsch dives to 5-51-1, 1Ko.

By: Alfred Zimmerman

September 16th, Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK: In the opening round of the World Boxing Super Series semi-finals hometown super middleweight Callum “Mundo"  Smith advanced one step closer to securing an Ali Trophy claiming the vacant WBC Diamond title along the way scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Nyköping, Sweden’s Erik Skoglund.

 

The very entertaining two-way fight saw Smith faced with a ready to go Skoglund, rocked early took control of the center of the ring until round five in which Smith appeared to suffer a possible broken nose.

 

Smith digging down re-taking the center and control of the fight turned the tide for good putting the free-swinging Swede on rubbery legs with a long strong right and then to a knee with a follow up left hook turning the fight for good paving the way for a “Mundo” 116-112, 117-110, 117-111 twelve round unanimous decision win.

 

Still unbeaten at 23-0, 17Ko’s Smith is set to face the winner of Juergen Braehmer's vs Rob Brant October 28th at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Germany while with the loss Skoglund suffering his first defeat slips to 26-1, 12Ko’s.

By: Joe Martin

September 15th, Dome at the Ballpark, Rosemont, Illinois: In the main attraction of a Hitz Entertainment event broadcast LIVE on the CBS Sports Network Chicago’s “Subway” Mike Lee retained his USBA Light Heavyweight title annihilating Follansbee, West Virginia’s, Aaron “Quiet Storm” Quattrocchi in one.

 

The Notre Dame graduate Lee taking the fight right to Quattrocchi took control of the center of the ring walking down his West Virginian foe placing him along the ropes for long right hands and left hooks, drilling the circling Quattrocchi with a drilling right to the body setting up a big counter right hand putting “Quiet Storm” on the seat of his trunks for referee eight count about the mid-point of the round.

 

Lee quickly resuming control returned to his long rights and hooks again tracking Quattrocchi along the ropes answering a futile “Quiet Strom” with a rapid heavy combination putting the once between, 27-year-old on the canvas for the second time.

 

Allowed to continue the now defenseless Quattrocchi the quick recipient of a Lee follow up would see the fight waved over when referee David Smith stepped in to wave it over at 2:32 of round one.

 

Lee improves to 20-0, 11ko’s while Quattrocchi stopped in back to back fights falls to 10-2-1, 5Ko’s.

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