Diego De La Hoya Victorious
In Latest Edition of GBP on ESPN!
By: David Colon
May 18th, Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona: In the ten round super bantamweight main event of Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN Mexicali, Mexico’s Diego De La Hoya, the 22-year-old first cousin of promoter Oscar De La Hoya claimed his biggest victory of his young career out boxing and out pointing Oxnard, California’s Erik Ruiz.
Off to a cautious start De La Hoya using his jab and punching in combination from a smart distance closed the range in round four allowing Ruiz to gain some confidence landing several clean solid shots.
Returning to the earlier Ruiz neutralizing distance De La Hoya moving and punching forcing Ruiz to reach coasted to a convincing 99-91, 100-90 times two unanimous decision. De La Hoya improves to 18-0, 9Ko’s while the Robert Garcia trained Ruiz 1-3-1 in his last five falls to 16-7-1, 6Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction Temple Hills, Maryland, super middleweight D'Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard remained unbeaten scoring a tougher than expected ten round unanimous decision over Ciudad, México’s, late replacement Adrian Luna Flores.
Ballard off to a good start flooring Luna with a drilling left hook in round two would be rocked several times himself winning some hard-fought rounds down the stretch to secure a tough 97-92, 95-94 times two unanimous decision win. Ballard moves to 17-0, 12ko’s while Luna 3-3 in his last six falls to 20-5-1, 13Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Phoenix, Arizona 22-year-old lightweight Robert “Tito” Manzanarez out boxed Tijuana, Mexico’s Erick “Facebook” Martinez to a shutout 80-72 times three eight round unanimous decision. Manzanarez improves to 35-1, 28Ko’s while Martinez falls to 13-7-1, 7Ko’s.
In a six-round scheduled super flyweight bout San Antonio, Texas, Joshua “El Profesor” Franco securely held onto his zero disposing of Mexicali, Mexico’s Marco Antonio Sanchez with a big left hook in one round. Franco moves to 9-0, 5Ko’s while Sanchez unbeaten in his last seven drops to 12-4-3, 7Ko’s
East LA 20-year-old super lightweight Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro banged out a one sided 60-54, 60-53 times two points win over Juarez, Mexico’s ready to be taken Ricardo Alan Fernandez. Navarro improves to 10-0, 6Ko’s while Fernandez winless in his last three sinks to 3-5-4.
San Antonio, Texas 20-year-old, blue chip super featherweight Hector “El Finito” Tanajara held onto his unblemished record scoring a lopsided 60-54 times three unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s, over matched Daniel “Menona” Bastien. Tanajara improves to 9-0, 4Ko’s while Bastien without a victory in his last four sinks to pure opponent status at 4-5, 1Ko.
Yafai Decisions Muranaka to Reatin WBA Strap!
By: Ian Webb
May 13th, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK: Heading an Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing event Birmingham, West Midlands, Khalid “Kal” Yafai successfully made the first defense of his WBA World Super Flyweight title scoring a one sided twelve round unanimous decision over Tokyo, Japan’s, rugged Suguru Muranaka.
The sharper skilled Yafai began boxing well, reaping some early success in the second-round flooring Muranaka with a heavy right hand left hook in round two but was forced to do the full twelve when answering the challengers body attack was deducted a point in round eight for low blows.
Controlling the action down the stretch landing some clean heavy shots “Kal” was forced to the final bell after which he was declared a 118-108, 119-107, times two unanimous decision winner.
Yafai calling for a shot at “Chocolatito” Roman Gonzalez improves to 22-0, 14Ko’s while Muranaka unbeaten in his previous nineteen bouts dips to 25-3, 8Ko’s.
In the semi-main event Stourbridge, Worcestershire, UK’s, Sam “The Savage” Eggington claimed the EBU (European) Welterweight title scoring a sensational tenth round knockout of Islas Canarias, Spain’s, Ceferino “Ferino V” Rodriguez.
After a slow start, Eggington finding the distance landing powerful right hands began to add the hook catching the champion solid in round seven opening the door for a heavy two handed assault backing Rodriguez to the ropes for a “savage” right uppercut, left hook driving the out cold champion through the ropes forcing referee Massimo Barrovecchio to step in and wave it over without a count at 1:03 of round ten. Eggington moves to 21-3, 13Ko’s while Rodriguez drops to 24-2, 12Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round battle of Birmingham, West Midland, super bantamweights Gamal “The Beast” Yafai took possession of the WBC International Super Bantamweight title scoring an impressive seventh round TKO stoppage of Sean “Showtime” Davis.
The taller, longer Yafai taking control of the center of the ring staying behind a persistent bilateral body attack cut off the ring breaking down the still mobile and game Davis landing drilling body shots flooring the Champion Davis with a pair once in the round three, twice in round five, the first compliments of a driving left hook to the body and the second coming after well time counter left hook to the chin. The light-handed Davis lacking the power to hold off “The Beast” showed great heart and drive would beat the count and survive the round only to succumb to the attack visiting the canvas three more times in round seven, the first two coming following left hooks to the body and the final visit putting him on a knee with a solid right hand forcing referee Ian John Lewis to put a stop to the contest at 2:27 second of round seven. Gamal Yafai moves to 12-0, 5Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Davis slips to 12-1.
In super lightweight action Birmingham, West Midlands, southpaw, Frankie Gavin won a spirited eight round points win over Marseille, France’s, Renald “Le Lion” Garrido.
“Le Lion” came out roaring backing up Gavin until the hometown favorite resorting to his jab began to land sharp angled shots with Gavin landing the cleaner shots in the battle of attrition gaining the referees call for a 77-75 points win. Gavin back on track after dropping an 8th round TKO loss to Sam Eggington moves to 24-3, 14Ko’s while Garrido 3-3 in his last six falls to 18-14-1, 3Ko’s.
In other action:
In a ten-round battle of unbeatens Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK’s, Adam Harper claimed the vacant BBBofC Midlands Area Super Welterweight title with a hard fought 97-95 points win over Birmingham, West Midlands, “Ruthless” Ryan Kelly. Harper improves to 8-0 while Kelly suffering his first defeat slips to 8-1, 3Ko’s.
Halesowen, West Midlands super middleweight, Lennox Clarke held onto his unblemished record with a less than ordinary eight round draw with Czech Republic’s, Karel Horejsek. Clarke moves to 15-0-1, 6ko’s while Horejsek remains above five hundred at 8-7-3, 7Ko’s.
In six round super welterweight action Tyne and Wear, flashy 2016 Olympian, Josh Kelly out boxed, out landed the out classed Laviana, Spain’s, Jony Vina with clean combinations closing the show with a solid looping right at 1:27 of round four. Kelly improves to 2-0, 1Ko while Vina falls to 6-2, 1Ko.
Four round preliminaries:
Birmingham, West Midlands, super lightweight, Cori Gibbs turned his punch for punch meeting with Glasgow, Scotland, Ahmed "The Black Assassin” Ibrahim into a convincing 40-36 zero holding points win. Gibbs improves to 11-0, 2ko’s while Ibrahim dips to 3-1-1, 1Ko.
Solihull, West Midlands, Jordan Clayton super welterweight remained unbeaten scoring a tighter than expected 39-38 points win over Nottinghamshire’s, Nick Golubs. Clayton moves to 6-0 while Golubs still in search of his first pro win falls to 0-3.
Tamworth, Staffordshire, Charlie Williams lightweight held onto his zero picking himself up off the canvas and battle back to a 38-38 draw with Bexleyheath, London’s, Josh Thorne. Williams moves to 6-0-1 while Thome winless in his last eleven drops to 1-9-2.
Erdington, West Midlands, sharp shooting super lightweight Aaron Lovell recorded his second pro win out classing and pout pointing Melksham, Wiltshire, opponent, Liam Richards 40-36. Lovell climbs to 2-0 while Richards winless in his last twenty-two dives to 12-33, 1Ko.
Local super-lightweight Aaron Lovell looked sharp to post his second win in as many bouts against the limited Liam Richards. The flashy Lovell moves well, occasionally switching stances but doesn't have much pop on his punches. The referee scored it 40-36.
21-year-old Northampton, UK super welterweight, Kieron Conway floored Prerov, Czech Republic’s 34-year-old opponent Jan Balog in round one enroute to a undefining 40-35 points win. Conway moves to 3-0 while Balog sinks to 11-34-1, 6Ko’s.
Warrington Grinds Out Decision Over Martinez!
By: Richard Green
May 13th, First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK: In the main event of a Frank Warren - Queensberry Promotion hometown Josh Warrington retained the WBC International Featherweight title scoring an arduous twelve round majority decision over former IBF Super Bantamweight Champion Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez.
In the quality versus quantity event the busier Warrington out lasted and out threw the heavier punching Martinez until the final bell after which the judges scores were announced 114-114, 116-112 times two for Warrington. Warrington improves to 25-0, 5Ko’s while Martinez drops to 36-8-1, 26Ko’s.
In the co-feature, West Rainton, County Durham’s Thomas Patrick Ward claimed the BBBofC British Super Bantamweight title scoring a ninth-round technical decision stoppage of Liverpool’s, James “Jazza” Dickens.
The tightly contested bout would see Ward doing the more definitive work steal the close rounds and the fight when cut after an accidental clash of heads in round eight the fight sent to the judges cards by Michael Alexander which were announced 88-84, 87-85 times two for Ward. Ward improves to
21-0, 2Ko’s while Dickens slips to 22-3, 7Ko’s.
In a special attraction, Leeds two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Nicola “Lioness” Adams scored a third round TKO stoppage over Aguascalientes, Mexico out classed Maryan Salazar. Adams moves to 2-0 while Salazar falls to 5-2.
Canelo Dominates High Profile
Chavez Jr. Sparring Session!
By: David Colon
May 6th, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the long awaited “Mexican Showdown” Guadalajara’s, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez scored a dominating twelve round unanimous decision over Sinaloa’s, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
The Mexican Showdown turned high profile sparring session “fought” at a 164.5lb catchweight saw a highly-motivated Alvarez dominate every aspect of every minute, of every round.
Despite the guidance of sure fire Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, Chavez Jr. showing no noticeable sign of urgency or national pride sung so loudly in the pre-fight hype, the 31-year-old son of Mexico’s legendary boxing champion appearing totally confused was never able to adjust to Alvarez speed and was completely undressed by the he quicker, better conditioned and all around Mexican fighter.
Alvarez determined to make a point standing between rounds using a wide variety of weapons and tactics tagged the target posing Chavez Jr. at will all night long drawing uniform approval by the judges who all scored it 120-108 for the red headed Mexican star.
Canelo now set for a September 16th showdown with unbeaten WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO World Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin improves to 49-1-1, 34Ko’s the 31-year-old son of legendary boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez despite suffering just third loss and sliding to 50-3-1, 32Ko’s should reconsider his commitment and possibility of retirement.
In the special super middleweight co-feature, Montreal, Quebec, former vacant IBF World Middleweight Champion, David Lemieux hit Chihuahua, Mexico’s, Marcos “Cheetos” Reyes with everything but the kitchen sink but was forced to settle for a one sided 10-round, unanimous-decision win.
The power punching Canadian coming in off a March 11th total destruction of Curtis Stevens appeared well on the patch to repeat the feat but the determined, durable granite chinned Chavez Jr. sparring partner would take all the Canadian power puncher would offer up forcing the fight to the judges cards and a 98-91, 99-90 times two Lemieux unanimous decision win. Lemieux improves to 38-3, 33Ko’s while Reyes stopped by Elvin Ayala this past November falls to 35-5, 26Ko’s.
In other action:
Downey, California’s, Joseph “Jo” Diaz retained his NABF Featherweight title scoring a convincing ten round unanimous decision over Fairfield, California’s, previously unbeaten Manuel “Tino” Avila.
Diaz a southpaw started well landing big straight lefts in each of the first two rounds setting the tone for the fight with the speedier, sharper punching southpaw getting off first pushing the action limiting the talented Avila to intermittent success enroute to a lop sided 100-90, 99-91 times two unanimous decision. Diaz moves to 24-0, 13ko’s while Avila suffering his first defeat dips to 22-1, 8Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round welterweight bout Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, heavy handed former interim WBC World Super Lightweight Champion, Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse returned to action in superlative fashion scoring a resounding fifth round knockout of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland’s Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor.
Despite a slow start the 35-year-old, Matthysse coming in off an October 2015 seventh round Ko loss to Victor Postol proved the punch is the last to go quickly got back on track. Battling a cut near his right eye form an accidental clash of heads “The Machine” put Taylor on the canvas with a heavy right in round three.
Matthysse heavy handed ways would continue in rounds four and five until referee Jay Nady witnessing the “Tranzformer’s” second trip to the canvas compliments of another “Machine” solid right would step in and call it over at 2:21 of round five, making it the first time the usually sturdy Taylor would be stopped in twenty-five fights. Matthysse improves to 38-4, 35Ko’s while Taylor 2-3 in his last five falls to 20-4, 14ko’s.
Santa Ana, California, super bantamweight, Ronny Rios made it five straight victories since his only defeat an October 10th, 2014 fifth round TKO loss to Robinson Castellanos stopping Torreon, Zaragoza, Mexico, veteran Daniel “El Chato” Noriega in four.
Rios working behind an active and accurate jab would open up in round two flooring the outclassed Noriega with a crisp right going onto piling on the points and the abuse until referee Vic Drackulich stepped in to stop the punishment at 2:22 of round four. Rios improves to 28-1, 12Ko’s while Noriega 2-2 in his last four drops to 30-11-1, 15Ko’s.
In a scheduled six round lightweight bout LA’s 18-year-old, Ryan Kingry” Garcia remained unbeaten scoring a second-round TKO stoppage of Neptune, New Jersey, veteran, Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey.
Garcia flooring Luckey in round one continued the pounding into the second stanza battering Luckey along the ropes forcing referee Russell Mora to step in and call it over at 2:20 of round two. Garcia running his KO streak to five improves to 9-0, 8Ko’s while Luckey winless in his last four drops to 8-7-3, 6Ko’s.
Cancun, Mexico, lightweight, Joseph “Diamante” Aguirre extended his unbeaten streak scoring a one way 60-54 times three six round unanimous decision win over Tijuana’s Angel “Sinola” Aispuro. Aguirre improves to 17-0, 9Ko’s while Aispuro drops to 8-5-2, 5Ko’s.
Tamaulipas México, 2016 Olympic super welterweight, Raul Curiel, made his pro debut boxing his way to a tough four round 38-38, 40-36 times two majority decision over San Pablo, California’s, resilient Jesus Ibarra Sanchez. Curiel starts out 1-0 while Sanchez evens out at 2-2.
In an all Texas, special female flyweight attraction Houston, 2016 US Olympian Marlen Esparza, opting for three minute rounds increased the pressure and her work rate boxing her way to a 40-36 times three unanimous decision over Dallas, Samantha Salazar. Esparza advances to 2-0 while Salazar falls to 2-4-1.
Parker Scores Unimpressive
Twelve Round Decision Over Cojanu!
By: Ian Webb
May 6th, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand: In the main attraction of a David Higgins - Duco Events, Bob Arum Top Rank co-promotion Las Vegas based Joseph Parker retained his WBO World Heavyweight title scoring an ordinary twelve round unanimous decision over Burbank, California, former sparring partner Razvan Cojanu.
The shorter 25-year-old Parker engaging in the “Toro” from the Harder They Fall” styled contest Parker unable to hurt the 6’8” Cojanu turned up his work rate late in the second half easily out pointing the happy to be the Romanian who losing a point in the fourth round for pushing Parkers head down became the Kiwi heavyweight’s twenty third victim when the scores were announced 119-108, 117-110 times two for Parker. The uninspiring victory moves Parker to 23-0, 18Ko’s while the Hughie Fury late replacement Cojanu falls to 16-3, 9Ko’s.
In a special middleweight attraction Rockdale, New South Wales, Australia middleweight prospect Tim Tszyu the 22-year-old son of four-time Light Welterweight World Champion Kostya Tszyu remained unbeaten stopping Auckland, New Zealand faded “Quiet Assassin” Ivana Siau in two. Tszyu moves to 4-0, 3Ko’s while Siau suffering his fifth straight loss falls to 3-7-1, 3Ko’s.
Light Heavyweights: Umar Salamov TKO4 Emil Markic
Lightweights: George Kambosos Jr W10 Qamil Balla
Super Middleweights: Jerome Pascua SD4 Joshua Hatherley
Cruiserweights: Jordan Tuigamala KO3 Nigel Elliott
Cruiserweights: John Parker W4 Ratu Dawai
Castellanos Leaves Gamboa Seated After Seven!
By: Greg Smith
May 5th, Chelsea Ballroom, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: Heading the latest edition of Golden Boy Promotion on ESPN Celaya, Mexico lightweight Robinson Castellanos earned a “Robin Hood” seventh round RTD win over Miami, Florida, based Cuban star Yuriorkis “Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa.
Castellanos the aggressor from the opening bell landing big right hands flooring Gamboa in rounds 3 and four continued to press the action attacking the 35-year-old Cuban star’s body breaking him down, taking the fight out of the former IBF and WBA Featherweight Champion convincing him to remain seated as the bell sounded for round eight.
Castellanos coming off a seventh-round KO loss to Oscar Escandon gets back on track at 24-12, 14Ko’s while Gamboa three bout victory run since being stopped in nine by Terrence Crawford June 2014 slips to 26-2, 17Ko’s.
In the co-feature Caguas, Puerto Rico’s Jesus M Rojas claimed the WBA-NABA Featherweight title scoring an 8th round TKO stoppage of La Puente, California’s, Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez. The heavier handed Rojas on the attack from the opening bell pressed the action pounding his way through the game Lopez defense sending the previously unbeaten “Chamaco” to the canvas with a two-handed power attack in rounds 2, 4 and 8 the later forcing referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight at 1:47 of the eigth round. Rojas improves to 25-1-2, 18Ko’s while Lopez suffering his first defeat slips to 22-1-1, 15Ko’s.
In ten round middleweight action 2012 Brazilian Olympic Bronze Medalist Yamaguchi Falcao out maneuvered, boxed and punched Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s previously unbeaten but out classed Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch to a landslide 100-90 times three unanimous decision. Falcao advances to 13-0, 6Ko’s while stepping up in competition Morgan Fitch slips to 18-1-1, 8Ko’s.
In a super bantamweight match-up Rosemead, California’s, Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete held onto his unbeaten status scoring a decisive eight round unanimous decision over Guadalajara, Mexico’s Victor "Pelon" Ruiz. The mobile Negrete moving and punching proved too quick for the out classed “Pelon” for one way 80-72 times three unanimous decision. Negrete improves to 16-0, 6Ko’s while Ruiz drops to 21-7, 14Ko’s.
In other action:
In a scheduled eight round featherweight bout Guadalajara, Mexico’s Horacio “Violento” Garcia dropped Tijuana’s, Fernando Vargas with a stamina zapping body shot in round four enroute to a 78-73, 76-75 times two unanimous decision win. Garcia moves to 32-2-1, 23Ko’s while Vargas falls to 32-12-3, 21Ko’s.
Highland Park, California, lightweight, Carlos "The Solution" Morales edged out Phoenix, Arizona’s Cesar Alan Valenzuela closing the tightly contested eight round affair with a fight grabbing eighth round knockdown and a 78-74 times two Morales, 77-75 Valenzuela split decision win. Morales moves to 16-1-3, 6Ko’s as Valenzuela falls to 14-5-1, 5Ko’s.
Tlaquepaque, Mexico's 21-year-old Alexis “Laberinto” Salazar won a closely contested 58-56 times three unanimous decision over El Paso, Texas, Even Torres. Salazar improves to 15-3, 6Ko’s while Torres falls to 6-3, 5Ko’s.
In a scheduled four round super lightweight pairing Dallas, Texas, 19-year-old Vergil Ortiz Jr. remained perfect banging out Durango, Mexico’s little resisting Angel “Pescado” Sarinana with a heavy right hand forcing referee jack Reiss to wave it over at 1:44 of round three. Ortiz Jr. moves to 5-0, 5Ko’s while Sarinana stopped in his last two drops to 7-6-2, 3Ko’s.
Argenis Mendez Wins Split Decision Over Ivan Redkach
Main Event Premier Boxing Champions Toe to Toe Tuesday!
(May 2nd) In the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes, former world champion Argenis Mendez (24-5-1, 12 KOs), won a hotly contested split decision over Ivan Redkach (20-3-1, 16 KOs) from the world famous Sportsmen's Lodge Event Center in Studio City, Calif. promoted by featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz's Last Round Promotions.
Starting slowly and tactical in the first round, both fighters threw caution to the wind commencing with the second stanza as the relentless, attacking style of Redkach clashed with Mendez's more precise combinations. Throughout the fight, numerous clashes heads of heads took place with the southpaw Redkach and orthodox Mendez working to find their footing.
Redkach, a member of the 2008 Ukrainian Olympic team, now living in Los Angeles was also the victim of sometimes unique judgments by the referee, Raul Caiz Jr. In the third round, Redkach was deducted a point without prior warnings for rabbit punches.
With Mendez of Brooklyn, New York, scoring consistently with strong combinations, Redkach started loading up in the second half of the fight including two knockdowns, one each in the seventh and eighth rounds, neither of which were properly scored by the referee.
At the end of the exciting 10 rounds, Mendez was declared the winner by split decision with the scores 96-93, 95-94 for Mendez and 95-94 for Redkach.
Stated a visibly upset Redkach, "The judges were wrong. I won that fight.
"I felt that I knocked him down and the referee didn't call it and he took the point away and that cost me. I never felt any pain. I fought like I wanted to and I thought I did enough.
"They were wrong. This was my night."
Said the happy and victorious Mendez, "I used my skill and my speed throughout the fight, but I waited to come forward until the fourth or fifth round. I knew he wasn't going to be able to knock me out because I have great defense. I see every punch.
"I definitely slipped both times I went down. He didn't even hit me.
"Ivan is a tough warrior. He throws a lot of wild punches and he hit me in the back of the head several times. I thought the scorecards were too close. I thought I won by a much larger margin."
In the eight round televised co-feature, super bantamweight prospect Brandon Figueroa (12-0, 8 KOs) of Weslaco, TX stayed undefeated with a dominant performance over Mexico's Luis Saavedra (7-3, 3 KOs)
Battering away with a piston like jab and heavy handed left crosses throughout the fight, southpaw Figueroa displayed a full arsenal over the valiant but outgunned Saavedra.
Said Figueroa, "I worked the body and tried to finish it in the later rounds, but he was a tough opponent. I knew by the third or fourth round that it was going to be a really tough fight so I kept my distance, but kept trying to punish the body.
"He is a Mexican fighter that has never been knocked down so that says a lot about him right there. I knew he was going to be tough.
"I want to wait and fight next on a card with my brother and it depends when that will be, but I will be ready."
Countered Saavedra, "He kept hitting the body, but he couldn't take me down. He isn't as tough as everyone says.
"I was prepared, but the travel here took a lot out of me and I didn't feel 100 percent today. I trained 100 percent, but I wasn't at my best in the ring, but that is how it goes.
"I wish Brandon the best of luck in his career."
Opening the telecast, Antonio Santa Cruz (5-3, 2 KOs), cousin of three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz and Mexico Jonathan Torres (8-5-1, 2 KOs), put on a very highly spirited six-round battle in the featherweight division.
Firing away from the opening bell, both young prospects threw caution to the wind with Torres' punches doing the great damage.
Scores at the end of the fan-friendly clash were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 all for Torres.
Said the victorious Torres, "I stuck to my game plan. I went forward and tried to counter every punch. If he threw one, I would try to throw five. I never really felt his power. He hit me with a good shot in the first, but after that I wasn't fazed.
"I was motivated by all the fans cheering me on in the crowd and knowing I had a lot of people rooting for me watching at home. I really appreciate the support and can't wait to get back in the gym."
Stated a disappointed Santa Cruz, "He was applying a lot of pressure. He is shorter than me, so that was his game plan and it worked.
"He has good experience. This was my first six round fight. He had fought 10 rounds before. Not trying to make excuses though. He just got the better of me. I came prepared, but he did what he had to do to win."
Super Lightweights: Argenis Mendez SD10 Ivan Redkach
Super Bantamweights: Brandon Figueroa W8 Luis Fernando Saavedra
Super Lightweights: Luis Adrian Bello TKO2 Jose Luis Araiza
Bantamweights: Jonathan Arturo Torres W6 Antonio Santa Cruz
Lightweights: Julian Rodarte MD6 Jesus Aguinaga
Welterweights: Herbert Acevedo MD6 Jerome Rodriguez
Super Welterweights: Richard Acevedo KO4 Anthony Woods
Lightweights: Juan Funez W4 Matt Murphy
Joshua Stops Klitshcko in a Classic!
By: Ian Webb
April 29th, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London: In the highest anticipated heavyweight showdown in years, Watford, Hertfordshire, UK’s 27-year-old, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony “AJ” Joshua in the biggest fight of his career scored an eleventh-round TKO stoppage of perennial heavyweight dominator Wladimir Klitschko.
Following a ten-minute-long ring entry the reigning IBF champion Joshua followed up his dramatic entrance with a tactical start. Allowing Klitschko to open the early rounds with clean hard shots Joshua would pick up the pace work behind his jab to win back the early rounds.
In round five the 27-year-old champion flipped the script and opened fast taking the fight to the former champion landing big, clean shots highlighted by a power uppercut and drilling right hand dropping the big Ukrainian to the canvas for the first time. “Dr. Steelhammer” beating referee David Fields count would combine a mixture of holding and moving and beginning to recover battled back in the second half of the round neutralizing the common 10-8 round to 10-9 on many of the pundit’s scorecards.
Klitschko would pick up where he left off in round five returning the favor scoring with thudding jabs solid jab, and clean power shots drilling Joshua with a jack hammer right dropping the defending IBF champ for the first time in his eighteen-bout pro career. Joshua would match Klitscko’s determination and fortitude and weather the storm but it would be a couple of rounds until the real “AJ” returned. The fight going into the second half saw Klitschko grab the momentum but there was no doubt the fight was truly up for grabs with the tempo and bout on the line with each power punch.
Regrouping in round nine, showing signs of regaining the edge with some solid body work the champion met with fierce e resistance at every turn would leave his mark in round eleven when the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist rocked the former champion with a blistering right uppercut. Showing the patience of a calculated assassin Joshua settled in and began picking his spots flooring “Dr. Steelhammer” for the second time with another heavy right.
Showing the heart and grit of a true champion Klitschko would again make it upright only to be met by a ferocious two handed assault, to the delight of the nearly 100,000 fans forced referee David Fields to step in and stop the inevitable and any further punishment at 2:25 of round eleven.
The now reigning IBF/WBA and IBO Champion Joshua remains perfect at 19-0, 19Ko’s while Klitschko having already forged his legacy on boxing and the heavyweight division drops to 64-5, 54Ko’s.
In the IBF Featherweight Title Eliminator co-feature, Bury, Lancashire’s, Scott Quigg scored a thorough twelve round points win over Bucharest, Romania’s, Viorel “Bombardierul” Simion.
After a slow start the 28-year-old former WBA World Super Bantamweight champ taking his turn initiating the action turned it around in round four gaining the edge and the crowds approval winning the majority of exchanges gaining judges approval represented on the scorecards announced 115-113, 117-111 times two for Quigg. Quigg one step closer to a fight with world IBF Featherweight Champion Lee Selby improves to 33-1-2, 24Ko’s while Simion whose only previous loss comes at the hands of Selby falls to 21-2, 9Ko’s
In other action:
In a WBA Lightweight Title Eliminator Hessle, Yorkshire, southpaw, Luke Campbell moved closer to a WBA Lightweight title bout with a ninth-round TKO win over San Pedro, Columbia’s over the weight limit Darleys Perez.
After a slow start and some early back and forth action Luke began to find his rhythm in the sixth but the tough as a nut Perez refused submit battling back trading with the Hessle southpaw in round seven.
Luke zeroed in with his southpaw left in round eight picked up the tempo backing Perez to the ropes for some solid two handed action.
Unable to determine whether Perez was feeling the momentum swing or was truly physically injured Luke would need press no more when the scale tipping Columbian turned and moved to the corner claiming he couldn’t continue due to an arm injury. Sights set on a Linares title challenge Luke improves to 17-1, 9Ko’s while Perez falls to 33-3-2, 21Ko’s.
In a special attraction Bray, Ireland 2012 Olympic Gold medalist Katie Taylor captured the vacant WBA International Female Lightweight title scoring a seventh-round TKO stoppage of Berlin, Germany’s, previously unbeaten Nina “The Brave” Meinke.
Taylors speed and skill just too much for the out-classed Meinke who moving to avoid exchanges came to a patent calculated ending with Taylor methodically measuring and closing the range turned up the pace and the power marking up Meinke opening a deep cut over her right eye with gradually building power shots forcing referee Howard John Foster to call it over in round seven. Taylor now expected to challenge Uruguay's WBA World Lightweight Champion Cecilia Comunales improves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Meinke suffering her first defeat drops to 5-1, 2Ko’s.
In a four-round super featherweight match Cardiff, Wales, 2016 Olympian, Joe Cordina recorded his second pro win and second KO victory in just seven days overwhelming, dropping and stopping Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany based Rusian Sergej Vib in round one.
Cordina coming off last Saturday’s fourth round TKO stoppage of Jose Aguilar on the Martin Murray vs Gabriel Rosado undercard Cordina left no doubt blitzing the over matched Russian dropping him to the canvas twice with left hooks prompting referee Lee Cook to call it over at 2:00 of round one. Cordina moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Vib sinks to 7-8, 4Ko’s.
Marrero Scores First Round KO of Zambrano
In Main Event Premier Boxing Champions on FS1
from Sam’s Town Live, Las Vegas!
(April 29th) Newly crowned WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Claudio Marrero (22-1, 16 KOs) shocked previously unbeaten Carlos Zambrano (26-1, 12 KOs) with a first round knockout in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes, Saturday night from Sam's Town Live in Las Vegas.
"There's so many emotions going through my head right now, that I still can't wrap how it feels to be a champion now," said Marrero. "I won't let it distract me, because I'll fight whoever is the best in my weight class. I knew what kind of fighter I was going up against and I knew what had to be done. I was hungry"
The fight ended abruptly as Marrero of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic threw a rock solid straight left hand that sent Lima, Peru's Zambrano to the canvas, rendering him unable to stand and referee Vic Drakulich waved off the bout at 1:30 of the one and only round. Marrero extended a seven-fight win streak.
"After being inactive for a year, of course my timing was a little off I am not happy at all with my performance," said Zambrano. "This is a fight that was long awaited and I know Marrero has been eyeing me for a while, so it's just unfortunate the way things ended.
"I need to come back to the states and find sparring partners who can really help get me to the level that I want to be," continued Zambrano. "For my record to be beaten at this point, its just really disappointing I have no other words to describe it."
The co-main event of the FS1 and FOX Deportes telecast ended in a sixth round TKO by hungry middleweight Nathaniel Gallimore (18-1-1, 15 KOs) of Kingston, Jamaica over Jeison Rosario (12-1, 9 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.Both fighters came out swinging in the first round with Rosario taking it on all three judge's scorecards. Rosario, who had never gone past the fourth round started to slow down in the fifth as Gallimore took over.
"I came into the fight confident then at some point something just happened, my body started to slow down," said Rosario. "I got a little tired and I started to fight a little sloppy. My plan is to go back and begin working on my jab consistently, that was my weakness during throughout the fight."
Gallimore came out of the corner in the sixth round determined to end the fight and succeeded. He dropped Rosario, but the Dominican rose to his feet, only to be dropped by a hard upper cut. In the end, it was a left hook that sent Rosario to the canvas for a third and final time as referee Jay Nady waved off the fight at 2:15 of the sixth round.
"He was fighting really dirty the whole fight, I think he knew he was hurt early on," said Gallimore. "I knew I had a lot more experience so I just started breaking him down round by round and that's what got me the win. This was the first time he went so many rounds, so I think it really just got to him to the point where he was just trying to hold on the last few rounds. I came to finish him and that's what I did."
In the main event of the FS2 and FOX Deportes telecast, super lightweight prospect Ladarius Miller (13-1, 4 KOs) put on an impressive performance before stopping Jesus Gutierrez (14-2-1, 4 KOs) in the eighth and final round of their matchup.
"I am extremely happy with my performance," said Miller. "This is the best Ladarius Miller I have shown. I was familiar with him as a fighter so I knew what I had to do in the ring. I thought I had him in the first round with the uppercut, but he was in a lot better shape than I thought. He took the punches but in the end I knew I would end up on top with the win. I'm just ready to get back in the ring and look ahead at my next challenge."
Miller out boxed Gutierrez with a combination of movement and lead left hands to take control of the first portion of the fight. Gutierrez attempted to close the distance between him and Miller, but was unable to muster up enough offense to slow down his opponent.
"It was a great fight, I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see," said Gutierrez. "I have nothing but respect for Ladarius, he came out tonight and showed what he was made of. I kept the pressure on and I thought that would be enough to get him."
Several back and forth flurries defined the final two rounds of the fight before Miller was eventually able to use a big right hand to floor Gutierrez and force referee Russell Mora to halt the fight at 2:34 into the eighth round.
The opening bout on FS2 and FOX Deportes saw former world champion Layla McCarter (39-13-5, 10 KOs) dominate and eventually stop Szilvia Szabados (15-10, 6 KOs) in the seventh-round of their welterweight bout.
"I saw early in the fight an opportunity, to go for the body and that's what I did," said McCarter. "She took a lot of damage and was a tough opponent. I felt I could have brought it a lot harder, I had such a great training camp I wish I just would have delivered the Layla i know I can bring."
Szabados came out aggressive from the start, but the veteran contender McCarter picked her off with power punches throughout the early rounds before Szabados began to wear down and become frustrated.
"She was a great opponent for me, there are definitely a lot more things that I need to go back home and work on," said Szabados. "Overall, she came to win and she showed it. I brought a lot of toughness, but in the end she came out on top."
Referee Tony Weeks deducted a point from Szabados for blows to the back of the head early in round seven before a final flurry from McCarter forced the referee to stop the fight 56 seconds into the round.
PBC on FS1 and FOX Deportes was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina.
Pulev Dominates Johnson
Awaits Joshua / Kiltschko Winner!
By: Alfred Zimmerman
April 28th, Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria: Headlining a Wilfried Sauerland Event hometown heavyweight Kubrat “Cobra” Pulev retained the WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title scoring a lop sided twelve round unanimous decision over Lawrenceville, Georgia’s Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson.
Off to a slow but steady start the more accurate Pulev put Johnson on the defensive early incrementally increasing his work rate forcing the lackadaisical jabbing 37-year-old “King Pin” into survival mode holding and grappling through-out the fight dragging the fight to the final bell for a Pulev 119-109, 120-108 times two unanimous decision win. Pulev the mandatory challenger to the winner of tomorrows Joshua / Klitschko bout, unbeaten in his last five since being stopped in five by Wladimir Klitschko November 15th, 2014 moves to 25-1, 13Ko’s while Johnson 1-5 in his last six bouts drops to 30-8-1,14Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Grimstad, Norway heavy handed cruiser Kai Robin Havnaa remained unbeaten scoring a fifth-round TKO stoppage of 22-year-old Hungarian Laszlo Ivanyi. The 28-year-old Havnaa moves to 10-0, 9Ko’s while Ivanyi’s five bout win streak ends at 6-4, 4Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Sofia, Bulgaria, cruiserweight Tervel Pulev, the 34-year-old younger brother of European Super Heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev scored a third-round TKO stoppage of Myslowice, Poland southpaw Jakub Wojcik. Pulev moves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while veteran opponent Wojcik falls to 8-19-2, 4Ko’s.
In an eight-round attraction 29-year-old Sofia lightweight Danail Stanoev put Targovishte, Bulgaria’s Ivailo Boyanov down once in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds finally convincing referee Ventsislav Nikolov to call it over at 2:44 of round seven. Stanoev improves to 9-3, 6Ko’s while Boyanov stopped in his last three drops to 3-10-1, 1Ko.
Frankfurt, Germany 24-year-old Leon Bunn ran his KO streak to four stopping Novi Sad, Serbia’s Slobodan “Coyote” Culum in two rounds of a light heavyweight six rounder. Bumm climbs to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Culum 1-8 in his last nine dives to 13-27, 10Ko’s.
Cuba's Yordenis Ugas Stops Nelson Lara in Round 2
of Premier Boxing Champions Toe to Toe Tuesdayson FS1
Main Event from Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel in Tunica, MS!
(April 25th) Welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas (19-3, 9 KOs) scored a dominant second round stoppage of Nelson Lara (17-8, 7 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 the Fitz Tunica Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.
"I always stay ready in the gym and I was in great shape to deliver a spectacular performance tonight," said Ugas. "I wanted to attack the body and make this a short night. I'm happy I was able to give the fans a knockout."
Ugas came out in round one delivering devastating body blows combined with occasional hooks to the head that pushed Lara back on multiple occasions. Lara was able to land a looping right hand to Ugas' head in the middle of the round, but was on the defensive for a majority of the round.
Lara began round two looking to protect his body, which gave Ugas an opening to land a massive right uppercut that opened a cut on Lara's left eye and stunned him. Ugas quickly followed up with a straight right hand that sent Lara down.
Although Lara was able to beat the count and get to his feet, referee Bill Clancy called the fight at 53 seconds of the second round due to the cut under Lara's eye.
"I want any of the world class fighters in the welterweight division," said Ugas. "I'm ready to fight anyone and prove that I'm as good as any fighter out there."
The co-main event of the telecast saw Georgia's Levan Ghvamichava (18-3-1, 13 KOs) deliver an impressive performance on his way to a unanimous decision victory over Oscar Molina (13-2, 10 KOs) in their 10-round super welterweight contest.
Both men came out looking to use the jab, with Molina establishing himself early as the more mobile boxer, while Ghvamichava looked to work straight towards Molina to create offense.
Molina favored wider punches early on, loading up on power hooks with occasional success to the head and body. Ghvamichava worked off of his strong jab and connected with numerous straight right hands through the early rounds.
Ghvamichava controlled the first half of the fight with his superior work rate and began to attack the body of Molina as the rounds went on. Molina had more success in the second half of the fight, including several big left hooks that popped Ghvamichava on the head.
Molina was unable to keep the momentum as Ghvamichava's physicality and short effective punches proved to be too much over the 10-rounds. All three judges scored the fight in Ghvamichava's favor by the scores of 98-92 twice and 97-93.
Porter Stops Berto in Title Eliminator
Jermell Charlo Knocks Out Charles Hatley
Amanda Serrano Makes History Saturday on Showtime!
(April 23rd) Shawn Porter scored a ninth round stoppage of Andre Berto to become the WBC's mandatory challenger to unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday night on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The welterweight matchup was a rough and tumble affair from the opening bell. Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) barreled forward to smother the offense of Berto (31-5, 24 KOs), pounding Berto's body at close range. A deep gash opened over Porter's left eye from an accidental headbutt in the second, and another opened over his right eye just two rounds later. Porter's constant aggressiveness and effective body work seemed to frustrate Berto, who struggled to stay off the ropes.
An odd series of events unfolded in the opening minute of the ninth round. With Berto unsteady on his feet following another clash of heads, Porter pounced and floored the former champ with a left hook for his second knockdown of the fight. Berto got up, but Porter continued to connect with Berto against the ropes and referee Mark Nelson waved off the contest at 1:31. At the time of the stoppage, Porter had out-landed Berto 60-12 over the final two rounds.
"I have to clean up those head butts," Porter said. "We tried to use the whole ring, but sometimes in the heat of the battle stuff happens. I'm a fighter and Mr. Berto is a fighter as well, those head butts were just the two of us going in and fighting.
"I thought I fought smart tonight. I thought I picked my punches well. There were times where I smothered my shots, but there were also times where I smothered him. He has a dangerous uppercut but we had a great game plan. This was a just very hard fought battle by both of us and I'm blessed to get the victory."
After the fight, Berto admitted that Porter's aggressiveness and the accidental headbutts frustrated him.
"I have to give him credit, but he's a rough fighter," Berto said. "He has great skills but, at the same time, he was trying to be rough and trying to handle me anyway he could. I got a lot of headbutts, and he did too. Shawn' is a tough competitor. We had a good competitive fight until the headbutts got to be a little too much for me. But I thought it was a really good fight before that."
After the fight, SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray asked Thurman, who was ringside for the eliminator, if he would grant Porter a rematch.
"His team was adamant about the rematch and now he's fought his way to earning that," Thurman said. "We just need to sit down and talk about. He's hungry, you see the way he fights, it could be a great fight again."
Answered Porter: "I was just up here wishing he said yes - that's the fight I want next."
Jermell Charlo defended his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship in dominant fashion with a devastating sixth-round knockout of mandatory challenger Charles Hatley in the co-main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Charlo (29-0, 14 KOs) landed the crisper shots from the opening bell, using a sharp left jab to set up a remarkably efficient straight right. The Houston native Charlo, the younger twin of undefeated former 154-pound champion Jermall, floored Hatley (26-2-1, 18 KOs) midway through the third with a textbook left-right combo that stunned his fellow Texan.
Charlo's striking precision continued in fourth and fifth, before an onslaught of punches and a perfectly timed right to the chin sent Hatley falling face-forward to the canvas. Referee Harvey Dock didn't hesitate and instantly waved off the fight at :36 with Hatley out cold on the canvas.
The accuracy of Charlo's jab was telling - he landed his jab at a 31 percent clip to set up his power shots, which connected at an impressive 52 percent. Overall, Charlo landed 42 percent of his total punches over nearly six full rounds of prizefighting.
"I used that jab to set up the right hand," Charlo said. "I knew Charles Hatley goes down and he gets back up - he's a warrior - and I knew I had to get in there and be a lion.
""Hatley was moving around a lot. He was trying to engage and I tried to tell him to come fight. When he finally got in there, that's when I got him out. I'm the champ so I have to continue to fight my mandatory. They got a guy named Jarret Hurd that took my brother's title - we could unify."
Amanda Serrano became the first women and the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in five weight divisions with an eighth-round TKO of Dahiana Santana to capture the vacant WBO Women's Bantamweight World Championship in the featured bout of SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME.
Serrano (32-1-1, 24 KOs) was the aggressor from the opening bell, moving forward and attacking with precision as Santana (35-9, 14 KOs) backed up and ate a steady diet of counter shots. Santana was deducted a point for clinching in the fourth, and had visible welts above both eyes following the seventh.
Serrano was connecting at an almost 3-1 power punch ratio when referee Benjy Esteves stepped-in to stop the bout at 1:14 of the eighth round.
"It means everything to me. We worked so hard. We worked hard for this moment," Serrano said. "To be a five division world champion is amazing. To be the first female and first Puerto Rican is amazing.
"I'm so proud to be a Puerto Rican. I'm so proud to be a SHOWTIME fighter. I'm just so happy for this moment. Just to be a five-division world champion, I could retire today and it'd be the happiest moment of my life. I'm just getting started. I hope I'm back again."
In the opening bout of SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME, Jose Miguel Borrego (12-0, 11 KOs) knocked out a game John Delperdang (10-3, 9 KOs) at 2:07 of the seventh in a scheduled eight-round welterweight contest.
Borrego, who landed his uppercut at will throughout the bout, landed 229 power shots at a more than 50 percent clip in the action-packed bout.
The “Artist” Perez Gets Painted
In Golden Boy Promotions Boxing on ESPN
Main Event Split Decision Win Over Lopez!
By: Phil Kane
April 20th, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York: In the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions card on ESPN2 Newark, New Jersey, lightweight, Michael “The Artist” Perez, picked himself up from an eighth-round knockdown to hang on and battle through to a hard fought ten-round split decision win over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Marcelino Nicolas Lopez.
Looking to rebound from a September KO loss to Russian Petr “Zar” Petrov, Perez started the fight well moving and boxing the aggressive Argentine, getting off first, throwing and landing punches in combination.
Lopez inactive since an October 2015 third round KO win over David Rodela began to find his measure in the second half painting Perez with an active and accurate left putting the New Jerseyan on the canvas with a heavy hook in round eight.
Surviving the eighth round a motivated Perez swelling around both eyes and cut over the right regrouped enough to battle back and out work the free-swinging Lopez in the final round to squeeze out a tough 96-3, Lopez 96-93 times two Perez split decision win. Perez improves to 25-2-2, 11Ko’s as Lopez falls to 32-2-1, 17Ko’s.
In the speed versus power welterweight co-feature, Lynn, Massachusetts, Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis remained unbeaten scoring a tough, back and forth ten round majority decision over Caguas, Puerto Rico’s, John Karl Sosa.
Both fighters leaning to their strengths saw Ellis get off to a “speedy” start as Sosa loading up would find some difficulty finding he mark.
The very agile Ellis would see his success come through his superior hand foot speed while the determined Sosa in hot pursuit would make the best of most of Ellis mental lapses landing clean heavy shots to the head.
Ellis combination of hand speed, movement and some strategic grappling would allow him to hold off the Sosa who would keep things interesting closing the distance landing hard shots, rocking Ellis several times.
Sosa would push the action until the final bell but was out worked by the quicker Ellis who would get the nod when the judges scores were announced 95-95, 97-93 twice for Ellis. Ellis improves to 18-0, 12Ko’s while Sosa on the down swing dropping three straight falls to 13-3, 6Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Brooklyn, New York, welterweight, Eddie Gomez bounced back from a December first round KO loss to Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis scoring an eight round points win over Zurich, Switzerland based Grecian, Dennis “The Spartan” Dauti.
The tactical battle saw the shorter, quicker more active and defensively sound Gomez get creative switching stances manufacturing openings landing the cleaner, sharper punches out landing and out pointing the systematic Dauti for a 79-73, 77-75 times two unanimous decision win. Gomez back on track moves to 20-2, 11Ko’s while Dauti 1-2 in his last three falls to 14-2, 7Ko’s.
In what would become a night of rebounds LA based light heavyweight Ukrainian Vyacheslav “Lion Heart” Shabranskyy returned to his winning and KO ways stopping Frederick, Maryland, “Hitman” Larry Pryor in the second round.
Entering off a December seventh round KO loss to power punching Columbian Sullivan Barrera, Shabranskyy went quantity over quality finally landing a heavy looping rights dropping “The Hitman” in the first and second rounds the later forcing referee Gary Rosato to give the kneeling Pryor a full ten count at 0:54 of round two. Shabranskyy improves to 18-1, 15Ko’s while Pryor 1-7 in his last eight drops to 10-16, 5Ko’s.
Returning from a two-year hiatus Austin, Texas, “blue chip” super welterweight, Travell “Black Magic” Mazion made quick work of Aguascalientes, Mexico journeyman, Juan “Burbuja” Rivera blasting out the made to order Mexican with a drilling body shot at 2:36 of round one. Mazion stays perfect at 11-0, 11Ko’s while Rivera 1-7 in his last eight falls to 28-19, 18Ko’s.
In a four-round preliminary super welterweight bout Syracuse, New York’s, Jimmy Garcia remained unbeaten banging out Macomb, New York’s debuting former MMA fighter Albert Tulley with an up and down two handed attack highlighted by a disabling body shot forcing referee Benjy Esteves, Jr. to wave it over at 1:46 of round one. Garcia moves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Tully’s unsuccessful pro boxing debut leaves him at 0-1.
Indongo Unifies Titles with Decision Win Over Burns!
By: Ian Webb
April 15th, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, UK: In the main event of a Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing promotion Windhoek, Namibia’s, fighting policeman, Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo outboxed, outflanked and held off Coatbridge, Scotland’s, Ricky “Rickster” Burns to claim his WBA World Super Lightweight title.
The IBF, IBO jr. welterweight champion, Indongo simply held class, establishing the distance, pace and rhythm of the fight early stalking the mobile “Rickster”.
The quicker Indongo punching like a fine tuned “Blue Machine” used an accurate jab and rapid follow up combinations keeping the southpaw champion off balance. Steering the perplexed Scotsman right out of a middle round attempt to trade the “Blue Machine” targeting Burns body closing with a last round push to secure the “Rickster’s” WBA strap with a one way 120-108, 118-110, 116-112 unanimous points win. Indongo improves to 22-0, 11Ko’s while Burns unbeaten in his previous four going back to a May 2015 decision loss to Omar Figueroa Jr. drops to 41-6-1, 14Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, Darfield, Yorkshire southpaw Robbie Barrett picked himself up off the canvas twice and rallied back to seized the BBBofC British Lightweight title with a courageous twelve round majority decision over Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, UK’s reigning champion Scott Cardle.
Down in the second from a clean left and in the fifth compliments of a Cardle body shot, the courageous southpaw challenger Barrett battled back returning to his early success mixing his shots to the body and head leaving the champion cut over his left eye in round six, trapping him on the ropes in round seven for a two-handed assault mixing some clean offensive punching with some timely counters finished hard grabbing a tightly contested 115-113, 114-112, 114-114 majority decision. Barrett improves to 15-2-1, 1Ko while the previously unbeaten Cardle slips to 21-1-1,7Ko’s
Leading the undercard, Epsom, Surrey’s Charlie Edwards claimed the vacant BBBofC British super flyweight title scoring a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over Jerviston, Motherwell, Scotland’s, Iain Butcher.
Edwards working behind a machine gun jab held Butcher at bay limiting the overweight Scotsman to minor intermittent success with a solid twelve rounds of accurate punching rewarded by the judges with a 120-109, 120-108 times two title grabbing unanimous decision. Edwards moves to 10-1, 4ko’s while Butcher drops to 16-3, 5Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round battle for the vacant BBBofC Celtic Lightweight title Newarthill, Scotland’s, Charlie Flynn, 8-0, 1Ko and Irvine, Scotland’s, Ryan “Electric” Collins, 13-2, 2Ko’s were forced to settle for a third-round technical draw when after an accidental clash of heads left Flynn with a severe cut above the left eye referee Michael Alexander on the advice of the ringside physician called the fight over at 1:34 of round three.
In a battle of Glasgow, super bantamweights, Joe Ham picked up the vacant BBBofC Celtic Super Bantamweight title scoring a decision win over Scott McCormack. The fight evenly and hotly contested early saw Ham hold onto the drive out working and out landing McCormack for an easy 99-92 title win. Ham improves to 11-0, 5Ko’s while McCormack drops to 5-3-1.
In four round action:
Kirkintilloch, Scotland, welterweight Ally Black banged out North Anston, Yorkshire, UK’s, Mark Weston in one round. Black moves to 6-3-1, 3Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Weston falls to 2-1, 1Ko.
Edinburgh, Scotland, super-featherweight Lewis Paulin held onto his zero scoring a final round stoppage of Hull, Yorkshire, UK opponent Luke Fash. Paulin improves to 9-0, 1Ko while the contract fulfilling Flash winless in his last eighteen drops to 2-21-1.
In welterweight action Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK, 2016 Olympian Josh Kelly got his pro career off to an impressive start opening his full array of weapons pounding a straight-forward 59-55 points win over Dublin, Ireland’s, Jay Byrne. Kelly scheduled to appear on the Joushua vs Klitschko card April 29th begins 1-0 while Byrne dropping his second straight falls to 4-2, 1Ko.
Hackney, London, 24-year-old, 2016 Olympic, cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie dropped Starogard Gdanski, Poland’s, Lukasz Rusiewicz dropping the 35-year-old, Pol three times forcing referee Victor Loughlin to step in and put a halt to the bout at 2:36 of round one. Okolie like Kelly headed to the undercard of Joshua vs Klitschko moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Rusiewicz winless I his last six, stopped in his last four drops to 22-30, 13Ko’s.
Sullivan Barrera Stops Paul Parker in Action-Packed
Light Heavyweight Showdown Live on HBO Latino Boxing!
(April 15th) The Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series teamed up with HBO Latino for another exciting night of boxing at the Uncas Ballroom at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The stacked undercard of international and local prospects was the perfect lead-in to the exciting televised event on HBO Latino.
In the first fight of the evening, Kazakhstan middleweight Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Javier Olvera (1-1, 1 KO) of Mexico in the second round. This was Nursultantov's first appearance in the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series.
The next fight featured former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (4-0, 2 KOs) of Georgia (country) against Bryan Goldsby (4-3) of Macon Georgia. Gogokhia appeared on the Rising Stars' premiere back in November 2016. Goldsby quit on the stool after only two rounds with Gogokhia.
Junior middleweights Madiyar Ashkeyev of Kazakhstan (8-0, 4 KOs) and Brooklyn native Shawn Cameron (10-3, 5 KOs) were set to square off for eight rounds of action. Ashkeyev suffered a cut over his right eye in the first round. The injury did not affect his precision. He continued to connect his vicious combination attacks on Cameron. Shawn managed to hang in against the always-tough Ashkeyev until 1:06 of the seventh in a gutty and gritty performance but the referee called a halt to the action.
(Goode and Chaney)
The only fight on the undercard to go the distance was the eight-round heavyweight battle between local sensation Cassius Chaney (10-0, 5 KOs) and Detroit, MI native Juan Goode (8-5, 6 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 59-55 in the lopsided unanimous decision for Chaney. After the fight, Chaney said, "Goode was a tough opponent. He has never been knocked out. I was hoping to be the first."
(Alexander and Calixto)
The HBO Latino telecast began with the ten-round middleweight contest between St. Louis' own Vaughn Alexander (8-0, 5 KOs) and Andres Calixto (14-4, 9 KOs) of Mexico. This was the first ten-round fight for Alexander, who accepted the additional rounds on just a few days' notice when the original co-feature fell out due to illness. The fight was exciting from bell-to-bell. The referee deducted a point from Calixto in the tenth round for holding and hitting. It was Andres' third offense. Vaughn secured the unanimous decision victory with the judges scoring the contest 100-89 and 99-90 (2).
After the fight, Alexander said, "It was a great experience for me. My first time going 10 rounds. I went in with a clear mind. I got the job done. Going back to the gym, I know what to expect now."
The main event featured a brawl between Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) and Paul "Pay Per View" Parker (8-2, 4 KOs). The fight started off with both fighters trading shots and feeling each other out. Then Parker took five minutes to recover from a head butt and Barrera immediately knocked him down at the start of the next round. Parker managed to get back up and Barrera suffered a head butt shortly after. Barrera took just a moment to recover then came out with a vengeance and knocked down Parker. Within seconds of Parker getting up from the knockdown, the referee stopped the fight and Parker's night was done at 2:08 of the fifth round.
An elated Sullivan said about his performance, "I feel great. Paul Parker is a great boxer but the only time he hurt me was with the head butt. I guess what happened with the head butt and everything, finally in the fifth-round I was able to hit him as I wanted and everything went exactly the way I wanted it to. I am ready for the next level!"
Bivol Stops Clarkson in Four!
By: Jesse Wells
April 14th, MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland: In the main event of a Greg Cohen, Banner co-promoted “ShoBox: The New Generation” St. Petersburg, Russia’s Dmitry Bivol retained his interim WBA World Light Heavyweight title dropping Cedar Hill, Texas, southpaw, Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson three times enroute to a fourth-round Technical knockout victory.
The power punching Bivol going right on the offensive hurt Clarkson with a drilling right to the body early in the opening frame, turning his straight punches upstairs flooring the out gunned Texan twice in round one.
The game Clarkson able to finish round one would see few moments in round two as the patient Russian found his distance landing straight one-two’s.
In round three the persistent Russian pushing his agenda stepping in and out with clean straight shots adjusted the distance in round three drawing Clarkson in for a “main event” right hand dropping him for the third time forcing referee Harvey Dock to rightfully step in and wave it over at 1:40 of round four. Bivol moves to 10-0, 8Ko’s while Clarkson drops to 19-4, 12Ko’s.
In the co-feature Baltimore, Maryland, 21-year-old, welterweight Malik Hawkins scored a blinding second round TKO stoppage of Zaragoza, Mexico’s late sub Carlos “Narro” Soto.
Hawkins zeroed in early setting up solid right hands with an accurate jab backing up the unbeaten Mexican with heavy right hands putting him on a knee for a referee bill Clancy eight count in round one.
Staying on the offensive in round two targeting Soto’s swelling left eye Hawkins would have his way with the defenseless Soto drawing the attention of the ringside doctor who called a stop to the action
when “Narro” said, he could not see. Hawkins improves to 11-0, 8KO’s while the previously unbeaten Soto slips to 13-1-2, 7Ko’s.
In an eight-round battle of unbeaten super bantamweights Baltimore, Maryland’s Glenn Dezurn out pointed New Brunswick, New Jersey’s, Leroy Davila. Dezurn the aggressor and heavier puncher gaining the advantage in some entertaining exchanges would out work the mobile southpaw Davila gaining all three judges approval with a 78-74 times three unanimous decision. Dezurn remains undefeated at 9-0, 6Ko’s while Davila suffering his first defeat slips to 5-1, 3Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In light heavyweight action Baltimore, Maryland, Travis Reeves extended his unbeaten run to thirteen scoring an eight round unanimous decision over Philadelphia, journeyman Taneal Goyco. The more active and precise punching Reeves throwing and landing the more significant punches was rewarded by the judges with a 80-72, 78-74 times two unanimous decision. Reeves moves to 14-2-2, 7Ko’s while Goyco assuming opponent status sinks to 9-10-1, 4Ko’s.
In an all offense, skill less, leave the defense at the door eight round heavyweight bout Philadelphia’s, Joey Dawejko and Modesto, California’s, Rodney Hernandez traded leather to an all in 77-75 Dawejko, 78-74 Hernandez, 76-76 split decision slugfest draw. Dawejko leaves 17-4-4, 10Ko’s while Hernandez moves to 10-5-2, 2Ko’s.
After a feeling out first round Saint Petersburg, Russia heavyweight, Sergey Kuzmin remained unbeaten trading heavy shots with Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s, Keenan Hickman who having claimed to have injured his left arm dropped with a big left remained seated in the corner for the bell sounding round four giving Kuzmin a third round RTD win. Kuzmin moves to 10-0, 7Ko’s while Hickman falls to 5-2-1, 2Ko’s.
Salinas, California, more skilled 19-year-old, super featherweight, Ruben Villa picked apart Puerto Rico’s, Luis E Diaz Torres for most of their scheduled six rounder convincing the referee to stop the punishment at 0:34 of round six. Villa improves to 5-0, 3ko’s while Torres suffering his first loss dips to 2-1, 1Ko.
Santa Fe Springs, California, 19-year-old, super featherweight, Michael Dutchover remained perfect battering Tamaulipas, Mexico’s, over matched Eder “Koriano” Fajardo for nine minutes prompting “Koriano’s” corner they had seen enough calling the bout to a close at the end of three. Dutchover improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Fajardo sinks to 2-3, 1Ko.
In a battle of pro debuting heavyweights like a “chip off the old block” Baltimore, Maryland’s, Hasim Rahman Jr, the 26-year-old son of former IBF, WBC and IBO Heavyweight Champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman wasted no time battering Lanham, Maryland’s, Ralph Alexander up and down with heavy punches forcing referee Bill Clancy to call it over at 0:40 of round one. Rahman Jr. starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Alexander considers trade school at 0-1.
Huerta Upsets Delgado In LA Fight Club Main Event!
By: David Colon
April 14th, Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California: Leading a Golden Boy “LA Fight Club” card broadcast LIVE on Estrella TV Paramount, California’s, Charles Huerta returned to the win column scoring an upset third round knockout of previously unbeaten LA super featherweight Ivan “Stryker” Delgado.
Opening to the usual feeling out first frame with both fighters remaining behind a high guard Huerta assuming the role of aggressor finding his range with the jab took control of the center of the ring putting the “Stryker’s” back on the ropes for some clean work several times in round two.
In round three Huerta quickly backing Delgado back on the ropes sitting on his shots put the “Stryker’s” on the canvas with a drilling one-two for a referee Tom Taylor eight count. Huerta immediately returned to work with a follow up barrage of unanswered punches forcing referee Taylor to step in and stop it at 0:36 of round three. Huerta coming in off split decision losses to Jonathan Arrellano and Carlos Morales improves to 19-5, 12Ko’s while Delgado suffering his first loss dips to 11-1-1, 4 Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, East LA super lightweight, Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro remained unbeaten dropping Tijuana, Mexico’s “bill paying” Joan Jose Valenzuela with a body shot in round five then providing the appropriate follow up punishment to force referee Ray Corona to stop the fight at 2:21 of round five. Navarro improves to 9-0, 6Ko’s while Valenzuela stopped in back to back fights drops to 4-8-1, 4Ko’s.
In other action:
LA featherweight, Manny “Chato” Robles Jr. shined Durango, Mexico’s, Jose “Chore” Martinez cutting up and shutting out the out classed “Chore” for a 59-55, 60-54 times two unanimous decision. Robles Jr, moves to 12-0, 4Ko’s while Martinez 2-8 in his last ten drops to 7-9, 5Ko’s.
Whittier, California, super bantamweight, Pablo “Shark” Rubio Jr. remained unbeaten winning a power punching influenced 59-55 times three unanimous decision over Bakersfield, California’s, Angel Enrique Aguilar Jimenez. Rubio Jr. improves to 9-0, 5Ko’s allowing Aguilar resume his opponent calling at 8-12, 4Ko’s.
In a six-round affair, promising LA 22-year-old featherweight, Edgar Valerio continued to impress scoring a retaliating second round stoppage of Juarez, Mexico’s, Francisco “Panchito” Dominguez.
Valerio paused by a “Panchito” low blow in round one struck back in round two blitzing Dominguez with a two-handed assault highlighted by with a heavy left getting his revenge when Dominguez's corner called for a stop to the punishment immediately after the close of round two. Valerio advances to 10-0, 6Ko’s while Dominguez winless in his last six dives to 7-10, 1Ko.
Lopez Scores Unanimous Decision Against Corral
In The Main Event Of Premier Boxing Champions On FS1
(April 9th) Josesito Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) earned a decisive unanimous decision (100-89, 100-89, 100-89) over Saul Corral (21-9, 12 KOs) in the Ringstar Sports promoted main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 & FOX Deportes from The Novo at L.A. Live.
Although Corral was able to finish the fight, Lopez controlled the action throughout, dropping Corral to the canvas in the 10th round to cement the victory.
The co-main event saw Alejandro Luna (22-0, 15 KOs) defeat Andrey Klimov (19-4, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92, 98-92) in a thrilling ten-round lightweight bout. Luna stunned Klimov on a couple of occasions, but the resilient Klimov would not be knocked out, instead going the distance in a fan-friendly battle.
The televised opener featured 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas (1-0, 1 KO) getting a powerful stoppage in his professional debut over Thomas Smith (3-5-1, 2 KOs). Balderas stalked Smith with precision and forced Smith's corner to throw in the towel following the first round.
The non-televised fights featured a slew of talented fighters making their highly anticipated professional debuts. 2016 Mexican Olympian and Bronze medalist Misael Rodriguez (1-0) secured a unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) over Brian True (1-7-1, 1 KO) in four-round slugfest.
2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis (1-0, 1 KO) landed punches in bunches against Rasheed Lawal (1-5-1). Stanionis applied pressure with two swarms of punches in the first round, the second barrage proving too much for Lawal and forced the referee to stop the fight in round one (2:35).
Lindolfo Delgado (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Luis Silva (3-10, 2 KOs) in round three (:33). Delgado knocked Silva down with a vicious uppercut in the second round and Silva never fully regained himself before his corner stopped the fight in the third frame.
Money Powell IV (1-0, 1 KO) used his height and reach advantage to dominate Todd Templeton (0-1), knocking Templeton down twice and then stunning him a third time before the referee stopped the action in the first round (2:55).
Super Lightweights: Alejandro Luna W10 Andrey Klimov
Super Welterweights: Josesito Lopez W10 Saul Corral
Super Middleweights: Maricela Cornejo W6 Sydney LeBlanc
Lightweights: Carlos Balderas RTD1 Thomas Smith
Super Middleweights: Misael Rodriguez W4 Brian True
Super Welterweights: Eimantas Stanionis KO1 Rasheed Lawal
Super Lightweights: Lindolfo Delgado TKO3 Luis Angel Silva
Middleweights: Money Powell IV KO1 Todd Templeton
Lightweights: Alejandro Guerrero KO2 Isaac Avalos
Shun Kubo Dethrones Nehomar Cermeno
Sets up Clash with Danny Roman!
(April 9, 2017) - Over the weekend, super bantamweight Shun Kubo stunned the boxing world with a stoppage win over WBA champion Nehomar Cermeno in Kubo's native Japan.
The upset win sets up Kubo with a potential world title fight with top challenger Danny Roman, who moved into the top spot by knocking out Adam Lopez in the ninth round back in January in a WBA world title eliminator broadcast on Showtime.
"We got passed Adam Lopez in the WBA title eliminator earlier this year and now we're ready for Shun Kubo," said Danny Roman, who is based in Los Angeles. "Kubo did a great job wearing down Cermeno, and I congratulate him on the win. I'm ready to fight him. Let's make it happen."
Contact: Pierre Kacsinta, Director of Public Relations, Thompson Boxing Promotions, email@example.com, (818) 720-8721
Lomachenko Enjoy’s a Ninth Round
“Sweet Science” Dismantling of Sosa!
By: Coach K
(April 8th) Heading a Top Rank promoted inaugural card in the Theater of the MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland: Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian Vasyl Hi-Tech” Lomachenko retained his WBO World Super Featherweight title scoring an authoritative “sweet science” styled ninth round stoppage of Camden, New Jersey’s Jason “El Canito” Sosa.
Making his second title defense, Lomachenko seen by most pundits as boxing’s greatest amateur continued to excel showcasing a full complement of skill, speed, power molded around a solid core of athleticism creating impossible offensive and defensive angles imposing his will and punishment over the game but out matched New Jerseyite.
Lomachenko dominating the action from bell to bell, round to round at times playing and taunting his beaten foe with rapid combinations to the body and head sliding aside to admire the quickly resume his work.
Beating “El Canito” to the punch Lomachenko frustrated and befuddled Sosa who changing tactics still found himself mentally handcuffed, physically beaten and the recipient of punishing streams of punches only to be intensified in response to a Sosa round eight low blow.
Lomachenko appearing to be enjoying himself continued his relentless body and head target practice battering his thoroughly whipped challenger until the close of round nine when Sosa's trainer and manager, Raul Rivas, “threw in the towel” prompting referee Kenny Chevalier to call a close to the one-way skills competition before the bell sounded for round ten. Lomachenko with another “Hi Tech” performance moves to 8-1, 6Ko’s while the former pizza maker Sosa stripped of his WBA title for taking the fight falls to 20-2-4, 15Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Kiev, Ukraine, southpaw, Oleksandr Usyk retained his WBO World Cruiserweight title wining a weighty twelve round unanimous decision over Las Vegas, Michael Hunter.
The bigger, heavier 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Usyk off his standard sluggish start finding himself on the end of hunters lighter but more frequent jabs gradually adjusted landing heavy lefts to the body setting up a destructive twelfth round in which Usyk pounded Hunter up and down sending him repelling into the ropes for a referee Bill Clancy standing eight count opening the door for some
Hunter unnecessary punishment and a Usyk 117-110 times three unanimous decision win. Usyk making the second defense of the cruiserweight championship improves to 12-0, 10Ko’s while Hunter the son of 80’s-90’s heavyweight contender Mike "The Bounty" Hunter suffering his first defeat slips to 12-1, 8Ko’s.
Leading the undercard Oxnard, California, based 2012 Ukrainian Olympic light heavyweight Bronze Medalist, Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk scored an impressive third round TKO stoppage of Miami, Florida, based Cuban, Yunieski “Monster” Gonzalez.
The mobile Gvozdyk keeping the reaching “Monster” on the end of his punches picked apart the tough and ready Gonzalez apart with clean combinations highlighted by drilling rights sending the beaten Cuban to the canvas twice in round three convincing referee Harvey dock he had seen enough at 2:55 of round three. Gvozdyk in the mix of the tough 175lb division moves to 13-011Ko’s while “The Beast” stablemate Joe Smith Jr. Gonzalez drops to 18-3, 14Ko’s.
Waldorf, Maryland, speedy super lightweight southpaw, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed remained unbeaten scoring a one way ten round 99-91 times three unanimous decision over Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico’s, Reyes Sanchez. Reed moves to 22-0, 12Ko’s while the durable Sanchez winless in his last four falls to 26-10-2, 15Ko’s.
Philadelphia, WBO NABO, and USBA Super Middleweight champion, Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, the 27-year-old son of former middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart added the vacant WBA-NABA strap to his collection with a fifth-round TKO stoppage of Sonora, Mexico’s, Alan “Amenaza” Campa.
After a slight early adjustment, Hart bringing some heavy shots from underneath hurt Campa several times when in round five a big right caught Campa and the attention of the beaten Mexican’s corner prompting it to toss in the towel to end the fight at 1:44 of round five. Hart moves to 22-0, 18Ko’s while Campa drops to 16-3, 11Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round welterweight contest Oxnard, California based Lithuanian, Egidijus Kavaliauskas bounced Distrito Federal, Mexico’s, southpaw, Ramses “El Faraon” Agaton off the canvas three times, two coming by way of quick combinations in round three and the third and final one coming from of a loaded single drilling right forcing a referee full count at 2:58 of round four. The 2008 and 2012 Lithuania Olympian Kavaliauskas improves to 16-0, 13Ko’s while Agaton 1-4 in his last five drops to 18-6-3, 10Ko’s.
In an eight round super lightweight pairing Hyattsville, Maryland, southpaw Patrick Harris stalked Monterrey, Mexico’s, mostly defensive Omar “Mr. Power” Garcia with a steady and concentrated body attack for an ordinary time filling 80-72 times three unanimous decision. Harris climbs to 11-0, 7Ko’s while the never dangerous 1-6 in his last seven Garcia doing his part sinks to 6-7, 1Ko.
Smith Gets Retirement Gift,
Flanagan Out Points Petrov!
By: Ian Webb
April 8th, Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK: In the lead attraction of a Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotion Liverpool’s, Liam “Beefy” Smith won a ninth-round retirement over Clydach Vale, Wales, Liam Williams when was withdrawn from the fight by his corner before the start of round ten.
The all UK affair starting aggressive for both fighters saw a mobile boxing Williams opening a cut over the overweight Smith’s right eye in round three. Williams seemingly taking control of the contest with his boxing skills ran into some intense combat in the middle rounds and was ahead on all of the judges' scorecards when he would be withdrawn from the fight by his trainer Gary Lockett after a clash of heads left him seriously cut and unable to see in round nine. Smith unable to claim the interim WBO title due to him having missed the 154lb weight limit improves to 25-1-1, 14Ko’s while Williams ahead on most cards ringside slips to 16-1-1, 11Ko’s.
In the co-feature Manchester’s, Terry “Turbo” Flanagan retained his WBO World Lightweight title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Madrid, Spain, based Russian, Petr “Zar” Petrov.
The action taking a calculated turn early saw the mandatory challenger make some small gains early forcing the counter punching champion to go into “Turbo” mode in the middle rounds but was met head on by the determined Russian.
The more aggressive and busier southpaw Flanagan making the most of his lead right, landing the cleaner sharper shots but never seemed to turn the corner and put the fight away until in round eleven opening a big gash around Petrov's right eye leaving the Russian challengers body attack short on the scorecards when the scores were announced a bit too wide 116-112, 118-110, 120-108 for the champion Flanagan. Flanagan moves to 33-0, 13Ko’s while Petrov falls to 38-5-2, 19Ko’s.
Super Welterweights: Liam Smith RTD9 Liam Williams
Lightweights: Terry Flanagan W12 Petr Petrov
Super Lightweights: Jack Catterall KO3 Martin Gethin
Super Welterweights: Jimmy Kilrain Kelly W10 Rick Godding
Super Welterweights: James Metcalf RTD5 Jason Ball
Super Middleweights: Mark Heffron TKO2 Achilles Szabo
Super Featherweights: Zelfa Barrett TKO6 Ross Jameson
Super Bantamweights: Paul Butler TKO4 Carlos Ruben Dario Ruiz
Super Welterweights: Mason Cartwright KO1 Sam Omidi
Super Flyweights: Nicola Adams W4 Virginia Noemi Carcamo
Heavyweights: Daniel Dubois TKO1 Marcus Kelly
Cruiserweights: Jordan Thompson TKO2 Jevgenijs Andrejevs
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