Taylor Moves Closer To World Title Shot,
Disposes of Humberto Soto Sub In Three!
By: Alfred Zimmerman
March 3rd, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom: In the main event of a Cyclone Promotion Prestonpans, Scotland’s, Josh “Tartan Tornado” Taylor moved one step closer to a world title shot scoring a third round TKO stoppage win over Nicaraguan, Humberto Soto late replacement Winston “El Zurdo” Campos.
The totally prepared Taylor never showing any concern for the last-minute change went right to work mixing it up to the body and head putting the “El Zurdo” down twice round two.
The battle of southpaws would move on with Taylor patiently stalking and cutting off the Campos backing him to the ropes for violent combinations to the body and head forcing the all but beaten, defenseless Nicaraguan to turn his back and take a knee forcing referee Victor Loughlin to wave it over at 2:17 of round three. Taylor climbs to 12-0, 11Ko’s while Campos unbeaten in his previous fourteen bouts drops to 30-4-5, 18Ko’s.
Beltless Nery Stops Yamanaka in WBC Mandated Rematch!
By; Hideaki Fukada
March 1st, Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan: In the main event of an Akihiko Honda - Teiken Promotion Tijuana, Mexico’s Luis “Pantera” Nery losing his WBC Bantamweight title on the scale shut the door stopping Tokyo, Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka in two rounds.
The rematch of southpaws saw the 23-year-old Nery failing to make weight for the WBC mandated rematch come in all business after the opening bell taking the fight straight to the 35-year-old Yamanaka.
Much like the first meeting the fight fought mostly in the center of the ring saw the younger, stronger Nery measure Yamanaka early on over powering his low handed, sluggish jab with solid left hands putting him on the canvas for the first time in the closing seconds of round one.
Sensing the door was open “Pantera” stalked Yamanaka behind a gauging jab sending him to the canvas three more times in round two, the later the result of a right, left right volley putting Yamanaka on his back-forcing referee Michael Griffin to wave it over at 1:03 of round two. The belt less Nery improves to 26-0, 20Ko’s while Yamanaka whose only losses come at the hands of “Pantera” falls to 27-2-2, 19Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa made the first defense of his IBF World Super Bantamweight Title with a tighter than scored 120-108, 119-109, 118-110 twelve round unanimous decision over Laguna, Philippines once beaten Ernesto “Chocolate” Saulong. Iwasa claiming the title with a sixth-round stoppage of Yukinori Oguni in September improves to 25-2, 16Ko’s while suffering his third defeat Saulong slips to 21-3-1, 8Ko’s.
Tokyo, Japan former two-division world champ Takahiro Ao avenged a 2012 WBC World Super Featherweight Title loss winning a 77-76, 77-74, 79-74 uneventful points win over Nezahualcóyotl, México’s fully eroded 37-year-old Gamaliel “El Platano” Diaz. The 33-year-old Ao moves to 28-3-1, 12Ko’s while Diaz 1-8 in his last nine dives to 40-19-3, 19Ko’s.
Isao Aoyama MD6 Satoshi Tanaka - 59-55, 58-57, 58-58
Shin Hirano W4 Yusaku Oshima - 39-38, 39-37, 39-38
Hiroto Murakawa TKO1 Koki Nakagawa
Rai Jikihara TKO2 Taison Togashi
Superfly 2 Sees Sor Rungvisai Hold Off Estrada, Arroyo Upset Cuadras and Nietes Stop Reveco!
By: David Colon
February 24th, Forum, Inglewood, California: Heading HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” “Superfly 2” tripleheader, Si Sa Ket, Thailand’s, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai held off Sonora, Mexico’s, “El Gallo” Juan Francisco Estrada’s second half push to retain his WBC Super Flyweight title.
Boxing well early the counter punching challenger “El Gallo” got off to a solid start landing clean right hands and counter left hooks until the bigger, stronger southpaw, champion Sor Rungvisai putting aside several “trips” to the canvas kept Estrada at the end of some thudding lefts taking control through the middle rounds landing the heavier shots.
In the second half with Sor Rungvisai showing signs of tiring Estrada fighting with a new-found urgency and taking some risk tightened the space picked up his work rate landing clean sharp leads and uppercuts to go with his solid counter punching getting the better of some exciting back and forth exchanges rocking the champion several times in the championship rounds only to fall short on the judge’s cards which were announced 114-114, 117-111,115-113 both for Sor Rungvisai. Sor Rungvisai improves to 45-4-1, 40Ko’s while Estrada coming up short slips to 36-3, 25Ko’s.
In the co-feature Fajardo, Puerto Rico’s, McWilliams Arroyo returned from nearly a two-year hiatus to claim the vacant WBC Silver Super Flyweight Title with a technicians ten round points win over Mexico City, Mexico former WBC Super Flyweight Champion, Carlos “Principe” Cuadras.
The more skilled, technically sound Puerto Rico Olympian Arroyo the straighter and sharper puncher showed early he was there to fight rocking Cuadras with a clean right left.
Cuadras would answer Arroyo’s early work closing round two with a thudding looping right.
Round three would see a setting of fight plans with “Principe” setting up wide rights with an active jab while the patient and controlled Puerto Rican fighter would answer Cuadras winging shots with short, tight combinations.
Both fighters rocked in the middle rounds Cuadras remained the aggressor while Arroyo almost playing possum stuck to his fight plan making the former champion pay for any shortening of the distance landing the shorter, cleaner shots causing “Principe” to grab on several times.
Arroyo maintaining his composure and a well established spacing boxed well down the stretch throwing and landing well placed combinations from a distance as well as in tight gaining two of the judge’s approval for a 95-95, 98-92, 97-93 title grabbing majority decision win. Arroyo moves to 17-3, 14Ko’s while Cuadras now 1-3 in his last four falls to 36-3-1, 27Ko’s.
In the third head of the “Superfly 2” triple header Bacolod City, Philippines, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes retained his IBF Flyweight title punctuating a dominant performance with a spectacular seventh round knockout of Mendoza, Argentina veteran, Juan “Coton” Reveco.
Controlling most of a prolonged feeling out tactical battle the defensively sound Nietes would have a “Ahas” moment in the seventh catching Reveco on the ropes with a short right to close round six.
Nietes noticing “Coton’s” staggering retreat to the corner between rounds immediately returned to work in round seven ripping Reveco inside sending his beaten challenger to the canvas with a left hook closing combination prompting his corner signal referee Eddie Hernandez Sr. that their charge had suffered enough at 0:53 of round seven. Nietes improves to 41-1-4, 23Ko’s while Reveco falls to 39-4, 19Ko’s.
On the undercard: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine’s Artem Dalakian claimed the vacant WBA World Flyweight Title scoring an impressive twelve round unanimous decision over Waipahu, Hawaii, former WBC/IBF Light Flyweight and WBO / WBA Flyweight Champion, Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria.
The younger, quicker and more agile Ukrainian landing calculated leads and well-timed counters out maneuvered, out boxed the former champion for most of the early rounds showing the metal of a champion surviving a fifth round “Hawaiian Punch” middle rounds surge buckling down turning over his shots and adding a veteran styled elbow in round eleven opening a cut on Viloria’s forehead cinching what would be announced as a one sided 118-109 times three unanimous decision win. The previously unknown thirty-year-old Dalakian climbs to 16-0, 11Ko’s as the thirty-seven-year-old fading former champion drops to 38-6, 23Ko’s.
In eight round lightweight action Paramount, California’s, Pedro “Little Pete” Duran battled Tijuana, Mexico’s, Enrique “Torito” Tinoco to an entertaining closely contested 77-75 Duran, 76-76 times two majority draw. Duran stays unbeaten at 16-0-3, 13Ko’s while Tinoco 1-3-2 in his last six moves to 16-5-4, 12Ko’s.
Tlalnepantla, México’s, Anahi “Pantera” Torres slugged her way to a controversial vacant WBC International Female Light Flyweight Title grabbing 79-73, 77-75 times two unanimous decision over Perth, Australia’s, aggressive Louisa “Bang Bang” Hawton. Torres getting even with the title claiming win moves to 17-17-1, 2Ko’s while Hawton suffering her first defeat dips to 7-1, 3Ko’s.
In a four-round super featherweight preliminary San Diego, California’s heavy-handed Mario Ramos blasted out Sonora, Mexico’s, out gunned Oscar Quezada in one round.
Ramos credited with a glove touching canvas knockdown to open round one certified his early work with a follow up barrage of punches forcing referee Rudy Barragan to step in and save the falling Quezada any further damage at 2:19 of round one. Ramos stays perfect at 4-0, 4Ko’s while Quezada stopped in back to back bouts drops to 7-6, 4Ko’s.
Yarde, Clark, Dubios and Gorman
Victorious In Bethnal Green Big Bash!
By: Ian Webb
February 24th, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London: In the ten round main attraction of a Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotion Ilford, Essex, UK’s, Anthony Yarde held onto his WBO European and WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Titles stopping Lehaucourt, France, Tony Averlant in seven rounds.
The more aggressive and heavier punching Yarde steering his way through the mobile Frenchman’s power punches and ineffective jabs out working him inside and out until round six when fighting off the ropes put the light handed Averlant his knees with a liver finding left hook.
Game-fully beating the count Averlant would be quickly returned to the canvas with repeat liver shot again beating the count on the move the tight elbowed Frenchman would instinctively manage to finish the round.
In round seven Yarde the veteran of just fourteen amateur bouts remained patient stalking the all but finished Frenchman through round seven convincing his corner to persuade referee Steve Gray to pull the plug before the bell sound for the bell sounding the start of round eight. Yarde improves to 15-0, 14Ko’s while Averlant 2-2 in his last four drops to 26-10-2, 5Ko’s.
In the entertaining ten round semi-main event Dundee, Scotland, Ronnie “The Shark” Clark claimed the vacant IBF East/West Europe Super Featherweight Title scoring an upset twelve round majority decision over Manchester, UK’s previously unbeaten, Zelfa “Brown Flash” Barrett.
Following out a feeling out first round the two parties almost agreement went to work with Clark assuming the role of aggressor and Barrett appearing to be comfortable fighting from a distance.
Both fighters would have their moments Clark pushing the fight and Barrett controlling range until a tide turning a fight deciding uppercut sending Barrett to the canvas for a “Brown Flash” point second in round six.
Barrett reestablishing his space in round seven could not shake the persistent “Shark” leading to some closely contested back and forth exchanges with the busier Clark edging Barrett with a 114-114, 116-111 times two majority decision. Clark rises to 21-4-2, 10Ko’s while Barrett slips to 19-1, 12Ko’s.
In a special heavyweight attraction Greenwich, London’s, 20-year-old, Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois continued his KO ways disposing of Greenwich, London’s, unbeaten but 36-year-old, safe, DL Jones in three rounds.
Dubious going further than any of his previous six bout controlled the action from the opening bell over powering the bigger elder statesman sending him to canvas with a series of power shots forcing referee Robert Williams to step in and immediately wave it over a 2:23 of round three. Dubois improves to 7-0, 7Ko’s while Jones never a threat suffering his first defeat drops to 8-1-1.
Nantwich, Cheshire, UK 21-year-old, Ricky Hatton trained heavyweight Nathan Gorman scored a second round TKO stoppage of Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France’s, Morgan Dessaux.
The stronger, heavier handed Gorman sending Dessaux in round one with three counter left hooks would finish the round pounding the totally defensive 35-year-old Frenchman against the ropes until the bell closing round one.
In full Hatton fashion Gorman right back on the attack in round two landing clean punches highlighted by powerful left hands would batter the overmatched Dessaux convincing referee to stop the mismatch at 1:08 of round two. Gorman needing to step up the competition moves to 12-0, 10ko’s while Dessaux all of who’s fights have ended by way of knockout drops to 4-2, 4Ko’s.
In other action
Welling, London, super featherweight Archie “Sharpshooter” Sharp remained unbeaten stopping Madrid, Spain’s thirty-eight-year-old Ivan Ruiz Morote in seven rounds. Sharp Improves to 12-0, 7Ko’s while Morote winless in his last three bouts drops to 18-9-1, 7Ko’s.
Chingford, London, lightweight Boy Jones Jr. moved to 15-1-1, 8Ko’s with an eight round points win over Barcelona, Spain based Nicaraguan, opponent Reynaldo Mora. The record padding Mora dives to 7-32-1, 4Ko’s.
Southampton, Hampshire, 20-year-old, super featherweight Ryan “The Piranah” Garner held onto his unblemished record scoring a 40-35 point win Barcelona, Spain based Nicaraguan, Lesther Cantillano. Garner improves to 7-0, 5Ko’s while the irrelevant Cantillano crashes to 3-12, 2Ko’s.
Ilford, Essex, super middleweight Umar Sadiq decked Manchester, southpaw Yailton “The Black Warrior” Neves in round one enroute to a one sided four round 40-35 points win. Sadiq moves to 2-0 while the over matched Neves plummets to 2-10, 1Ko.
In preliminary bantamweight action Chigwell, Essex, 22-year-old southpaw amateur standout, Harvey Horn made it two straight pro wins out pointing Kladno, Czech Republic’s, rough Patrik Bartos 40-37 after four. Horn advances to 2-0, 1Ko while Bartos drops to 12-17, 10Ko’s.
Ilford, London, 18-year-old welterweight Hamzah Sheeraz banked a tough experience gaining 39-38 four round points win over Plymouth, Devon’s Christian Gomez. Sheeraz increases to 2-0, 1Ko while the forty-one-bout veteran Gomez falls to 6-31-4, 2Ko’s.
Fourth Time A Charm For New
WBO World Lightweight Champion Ray Beltran!
By: Mike Powers
February 16th, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Grand Theatre, Reno, Nevada: In the main event of a Bob Arum - Top Rank, Terry Lane - Let's Get It On co-promotion the fourth time was a bloody charm for Phoenix, Arizona’s, “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran who claimed the vacant WBO World Lightweight Title winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Windhoek, Namibia, 39-year-old “Hitman” Paulus Moses.
Landing the heavier punches early he 36-year-old Beltran suffering a cut near his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round three taking the fight to the game Namibian fighter.
Both fighters would have their moments with rocking Moses in the fifth and Moses repaying the favor in the ninth, the cut and bloodied long time Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Beltran landing the cleaner, heavier punches down the stretch would bang on to a 116-112, 117-111 times two unanimous decision. Beltran mentioned as a possible Linares substitute for Vasyl Lomachenko in May moves to 35-7-1, 21Ko’s while Moses slips to 40-4, 25Ko’s.
In the ten round semi-main event, Oxnard, California, based Lithuanian, 2008 and 2012 Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas retained his NABF Welterweight Title scoring a sixth round TKO stoppage of Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK based Russian David “Ava” Avanesyan.
The power punching Lithuanian displaying his dominance early on broke systematically down Avanesyan down applying he final touches in round six hurting the sturdy veteran “Ava” with a driving right hand applying the finishing touches with a bilateral follow up forcing referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight at 1:55 of round six.
Kavaliauskas moving his new KO streak to four improves to 19-0, 16Ko’s while Avanesyan stopped for the first time in twenty-seven bouts dips to 23-3-1, 11Ko’s
On the undercard:
In an eight-round battle of southpaw welterweights Oxnard, California, based Russian, Alexander Besputin remained unbeaten stopping Toledo, Ohio’s, once beaten Wesley “King Wes” Tucker in five. Besputin improves to 9-0, 7Ko’s while Tucker suffering just his second loss drops to 14-2, 8Ko’s.
In the televised opener and his toughest test to date Newark, New Jersey, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Shakur Stevenson proved more than up to the test easily out pointing Brownsville, Texas, Juan Tapia to a dominant eight round, target practice session 80-72 times three unanimous decision win. Stevenson climbs to 5-0, 2Ko’s while Tapia falls to 8-2, 3Ko’s.
In six round meeting of unbeaten super featherweights, Bahia, Brazil 2016 Olympic Gold medalist, Robson Conceicao floored San Antonio, Texas, Ignacio “El Alacrán” Holguin in round enroute to a one sided 60-54, 60-52 times two, zero holding, unanimous decision win. Conceicao improves to 6-0, 4Ko’s as Holguin suffering his first pro defeat slips to 5-1-1, 5Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round heavyweight bout Philadelphia’s Bryant “By” Jennings smashed up Houston, Texas, subpar Akhror “Aha” Muralimov in three rounds. The more polished Jennings flooring “Aha” five times, twice in round one, once in round two and two more times round three finally convincing referee Jay Nady to call the beating over at 1:12 of round three. Jennings continuing to put space between back to back 2015 losses to Wladimir Klitschko and Luis Ortiz improves to 22-2, 13Ko’s while the overmatched Muralimov falls to 16-4, 13Ko’s.
Oxnard, California based Kazakhstani super welterweight Sagadat Rakhmankulov impressed in his six round pro-debut battering and stopping Wichita, Kansas, Noel Esqueda in five. Rakhmankulov starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Esqueda 2-2 in his last four falls to 8-4-2, 6Ko’s.
In four round featherweight action Reno, Nevada’s, Ricardo Lucio Galvan dismantled Kalispell, Montana’s, Kenny Guzman in three. Galvan moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Guzman drops to 4-2, 1Ko.
Berchelt Stops Awuku In Three to Retain WBC Title!
By: Derrick Liner
February 10th, Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico: Heading a Promociones Zanfer, Cancún Boxing, Guillermo Rocha Boxing Time co-promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN Yucatán, Mexico's Miguel Berchelt retained his WBC World Super Featherweight Title scoring a third round technical knockout of Accra, Ghana’s, Maxwell Awuku.
The heavy-handed champion started quickly setting the tone landing solid right hands on the relatively unknown southpaw.
Continuing to push the action in round two Berchelt would easily handle a third round Awuku offensive dropping the out gunned challenger with a hard-counter right hand.
Awuku making it upright would immediately be returned to the canvas by a “El Alacran” jab and a follow up barrage of punches forcing referee Hector Afu to put a stop to the fight at 2:46 of round three. Berchelt improves to 33-1, 29Ko’s ending Awuku’s four bout KO run at 44-4-1, 30Ko’s.
In the ten round super welterweight co-feature, Tijuana, Baja, Mexico 21-year-old, Jaime Munguia took possession of the vacant WBC Latino Super Welterweight Title dropping and stopping Cordoba, Argentina’s, Jose “Puro” Paz with a drilling body shot at 2:59 of round three. Munguia moves to 27-0, 23Ko’s while Paz 2-3 in his last five drops to 21-7-1, 12Ko’s.
In a pairing of Sonora, Mexico, super lightweights Pedro “Roca” Campa scored a 97-92, 96-93, 98-91 ten round unanimous decision over Ivan “Zurdo” Alvarez. The once beaten Campa back on track after being stopped by Carlos Jimenez in October moves to 28-1, 20Ko’s while Alvarez suffering back to back losses falls to 27-9, 17Ko’s.
Roy Jones Jr. Says Farewell With WBO Cruiserweight
Title Claiming Decision Win Over Scott Sigmon!
By: Peter Falcone
February 8th, Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida: In a self-promoted so called “Farewell” cruiserweight main event, before a hometown crowd, nine-time, four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. added another trinket to his collection claiming the vacant World Boxing Union Cruiserweight Title scoring a one-way uneventful points win over Lynchburg, Virginia’s, Scott “Cujo” Sigmon.
Even at age 49 the sure fire future Hall of Famer easily had his way with the out skilled journeyman coasting to an uneventful 98-92 times three, ten round unanimous decision win.
Jones Jr. holding onto the possibility of a match against suspended MMA star Anderson Silva moved to 66-9, 47Ko’s while the 30-year-old Sigmon who fought at 160lbs just two bouts ago drops to 30-12-1, 16Ko’s.
On an abbreviated undercard: Frankfurt, Germany based Tunisian lightweight Ikram Kerwat recorded an 80-71 times three lopsided points win over South Carolina’s, Angel “Non-Stop” Gladney. Kerwat improves to 9-1, 5Ko’s while Gladney 1-7, “stopped twice in her last eight bouts dives to 9-14-1, 6Ko’s.
In a six round super lightweight bout Pensacola’s, 21-year-old, Devin Cushing easily held onto his “zero” blanking fellow Floridian, Tommy Bryant, 60-54 times three. Cushing improves to 7-0, 5Ko’s while the “paid to play,” Bryant drops to 3-15-3, 1Ko.
Daigo Higa Stays Perfect,
Stops Fuentes In One to Retain WBC Title!
By: Hideaki Fukada
February 4th, Prefectural Budokan, Naha, Okinawa, Japan: In the main event of a Shirai & Gushiken Promotion Tokyo’s Daigo Higa made the second successful defense of his WBC World Flyweight Title stopping Mexico City’s Moises “Moy” Fuentes.
The 22 year old, power punching, Higa taking control of the center of the ring wasted no time backing the thirty year old veteran Fuentes to the ropes with some clean punching, maneuvering the bigger “Moy to the corner for a vicious body attack dropping him to his knees and a referee Len Koivisto full count a 2:32 of round one.
Higa still perfect, improves to 15-0, 15Ko’s while Fuentes having battled common opponent Juan Hernandez Navarrete along with Raul Garcia, Ivan Calderon, Donnie Nietes -twice, Kosei Tanaka, Ulises Lara – twice on a 1-3 skid falls to 25-5-1, 14Ko’s.
Ancajas and Ramirez Score Title Defense Stoppages!
By: David Colon
February 3rd, Bank of America Center, Corpus Christi, Texas: In the main event of a Bob Arum Top Rank promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN Cavite City, Philippines southpaw, Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas made the 4th successful defense of his IBF World Super Flyweight Title recording a tenth round TKO stoppage of Los Cabos, Mexico’s, Israel “Jiga” Gonzalez.
Starting well the southpaw champion put Gonzalez down with a clean left in round one taking control of the distance and pace moving to a counter punching mode in round two.
Gonzalez turning up the action in round five would temporarily put see the champion in retreat only to see the accurate punching champion flip the script landing solid combinations by rounds end.
Falling into a comfortable rhythm Ancajas would stay in charge bringing the fight to a close dropping “Jiga” twice with clean left hands the later prompting referee Rafael Ramos to call the bout at 1:50 of round ten. Uncomfortably touted as the next Manny Pacquiao, Ancajas improves to 29-1-1, 20Ko’s while Gonzalez eight bout victory run comes to a sudden end at 21-2, 8Ko’s.
(photos Mikey Williams Top Rank)
In the semi-main attraction, Sinaloa, Mexico, southpaw, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez retained his WBO World Super Middleweight Title stopping Accra, Ghana’s previously unbeaten Habib Ahmed in six.
Off to a less than impressive start the 6’2”, longer and heavier handed champion had accuracy problems against the awkward 5’8” challenger and dealing a cut over his left eye from a clash of heads in round three Ahmed simply out gunned by the bigger Ramirez was backed to the ropes in round six for an overwhelming volley of power shots prompting referee Lawrence Cole to step in and stop the action at 2:31 of round six. The third successful title defense for Ramirez moves him to 37-0, 25Ko’s while dips to 25-1-1,17Ko’s.
In other action: Philadelphia, super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart got back on track disposing of Bronx, New York, Thomas Awimbono in one round.
Hart coming off a hard-fought unanimous decision loss to Ramirez in September went right to work putting Awimbono down twice with big right hands the second causing referee to immediately wave the kneeling New Yorker done at 1:28 of round one. Hart trained by his father Eugene “Cyclone” Hart with his eyes set on a rematch with Ramirez moves to 23-1, 19Ko’s while Awimbono the overmatched dropping his fourth straight falls to 25-8-1, 21Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout Nerang, Australia’s once beaten, Rohan Murdock put in his bid for a Ramirez showdown stopping Norfolk, Virginia’s, tough journeyman Frankie “Freight Train” Filippone in four. Murdock improves to 22-1, 16Ko’s while Filippone drops to 24-7-1, 8Ko’s.
In a eight round welterweight match-up Phoenix, Arizona’s highly touted Jose “Merciless” Benavidez, out of action after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg in August returned scoring an eighth round TKO stoppage of Greensboro, North Carolina, Matthew “Mayhem” Strode.
Benavidez shot in the leg by an unknown man while out for a walk took Strode for a “Mayhem” filled walk pounding the out gunned southerner into the final round flooring dropping and stopping him with a follow-up combination causing referee prompted referee Lee Rogers call it over at 2:21 of the eighth round. Benavidez advances to 26-0, 17Ko’s while Strode stopped in his last three crashes to 24-6, 9Ko’s.
In six round super lightweight action Brooklyn, New York based Honduras 2016 Olympian Teofimo Lopez battled Huimanguillo, Tabasco, Mexico late replacement Juan “Lagarto” Sanchez and a severe cut over his left eye to a 59-55, 60-54 times two one way zero saving unanimous decision win. Lopez improves to 8-0, 6Ko’s while Sanchez 1-4 in his last five drops to 30-15, 14Ko’s.
Stockton, California, 17-year-old, super featherweight Gabriel Flores Jr. continued to impress stopping San Quintin, Mexico’s, Alex “Gurito” Solorio with a blistering combination at 2:31 of roumd one. Flores pounds on to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Solorio 1-3 in his last four bouts falls to 4-3, 1Ko.
In a four-round super welterweight preliminary Reseda, California based 17-year-old, Israeli David Kaminsky, the second youngest fighter signed by Bob Arum’s Top Rank made his pro-debut out pointing Houston, Texas, Rafael Munoz. Kaminsky appearing to have left his power home starts out 1-0 while the safe pick Munoz assuming the role of opponent after his pro-debut falls to 1-3-1.
Bellotti, Cheesman and Okolie British Beef Winners!
By: Ian Webb
February 3rd, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London: Leading a Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing Bill Watford, UK’s, Reece “Bomber” Bellotti successfully made the first defense of his Commonwealth (British Empire) Featherweight Title scoring a cracking sixth round TKO stoppage of Crawley, Sussex, Ben “Duracell” Jones.
In charge from the opening bell Bellotti over powered Jones sending him to the canvas with a thudding right prompting referee Ian John Lewis to immediately wave it over at 0:10 of round six. Bellotti banking the eleventh stoppage in twelve starts moves to 12-0, 11ko’s while the out gunned Jones suffering back to back losses falls to 22-7-1, 10Ko’s.
Bermondsey, London, 22-year-old, Ted Cheeseman took home the vacant WBA International Super Welterweight Title scoring a wide unanimous points win over 31-year-old Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, veteran, Carson Jones. Cheeseman moves to 13-0, 8Ko’s while Jones coming off a seventh-round technical decision loss to “Plaster Hands” Antonio Margarito drops to 40-13-3, 30Ko’s.
In a battle of unbeaten British cruiserweights Hackney, London, 2016 Olympian, Lawrence Okolie claimed the vacant WBA Continental Cruiserweight Title with a unanimous points victory over Brixton, London, Isaac “Chambo” Chamberlain.
The biggest fight for both fighters saw Okolie, dominating physically flooring Chamberlain in rounds one and six enroute to a one sided 98-89, 96-90, 97-89 unanimous decision for Okolie. Okolie improves to 8-0, 6Ko’s while Chamberlian suffering his first or defeat slips to 9-1, 4Ko’s.
Wokingham, Berkshire, middleweight Felix Cash TKO’ed Affligem, Belgium based Rwandan, James “Black Dragon” Hagenimana in eight rounds. Cash improves to 8-0, 6Ko’s while Hagenimana falls to
In an eight-round bantamweight bout Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, UK’s, “Baby Faced Assassin” Paul Butler scored an eight round TKO stoppage of Alicante, Spain’s no punch Jefferson Vargas. Butler climbs to 26-1, 14Ko’s while Vargas winless I his last three drops to 5-8.
In a scheduled eight round super flyweight bout Epsom, Surrey’s, Charlie Edwards blasted out Southampton, Hampshire’s, Ricky Little in one. Edwards moves to 12-1, 5Ko’s while Little winless in his last three outings drops to 3-2-1, 1Ko.
In a light heavyweight pairing scheduled for six Croydon, London based Ghanaian, Joshua Buatsi banged out Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire’s, Jordan Joseph in two. Buatsi rises to 4-0, 3Ko’s while Joseph 1-2 in his last three dips to 7-2-1, 2Ko’s.
Newport, Wales, Sean McGoldrick bantamweight scored a third round TKO stoppage of Accra, Ghana’s, Michael “The Shoe” Barnor. McGoldrick improves to 4-0, 2Ko’s while the paid opponent Barnor winless in his last fifteen dives to 14-20-3, 10Ko’s.
In a six-round heavyweight bout Chertsey, Surrey’s, 6’5” Nick Webb remained unbeaten pounding out Zadar, Croatia’s, little resistance Ante Verunica in two rounds. Webb advances to 12-0, 10Ko’s while Verunica on a three-bout skid falls to 3-5-1, 1Ko.
In a battle of southpaw, super middleweights Bowers Gifford, Essex, Danny Dignum remains unbeaten scoring a 40-36 referee scored four round decision over Middleton, Lancashire’s, Darryl Sharp. Dignum moves to 5-0, 2Ko’s.
In six round super bantamweight action Birmingham, West Midlands, Gamal “The Beast” Yafai, the twenty-six-year-old younger brother of WBA Super Flyweight Champion Khalid Yafai ran his KO streak to three stopping Barcelona, Spain based Nicaraguan, Jose Hernandez in round three. Yafai moves to 14-0, 7Ko’s while Hernandez on a six bout dive crashes at 4-17-1, 3Ko’s.
Ellis / Younan Draw, Cleveland Cleans Up!
By: Joe Martin
February 2nd, WinnaVegas Casino & Resort, Sloan, Iowa: In the super middleweight main event of a Vito Mielnicki GH3, Chris Middendorf Victory Boxing and Roc Nation Sports co-promoted Showtime The New Generation Lynn, Massachusetts, Ronald “Akeem” Ellis and Brooklyn, New York’s, 22-year-old, Junior Younan battled to a closely contested ten round split decision draw.
In a fight defined by two halves the more mobile 22-year-old, heavier punching Brooklynite took control of the pace with his movement in the first half leaving the more patient but more accurate punching Ellis enough time and room to make his case forging his mark with straight jabs and follow up clean right hands taking the undefining fight to the tenth and final bell after which the judges scores were announced a rematch worthy 96-94 Ellis, 96-94 Younan, 95-95 even split decision draw. Ellis moves to 14-0-2, 10Ko’s while the highly touted Younan holds onto his zero at 13-0-1, 9Ko’s.
In the scheduled eight round super lightweight co-feature, Cleveland, Ohio, Thomas “Gunna Man” Mattice remained unbeaten with a come from behind seventh round TKO stoppage over Lancaster, Pennsylvania based Puerto Rican, Rolando Chinea.
The straight head, give no quarter, all action Chinea taking full advantage of the 18-foot ring pushed the action through the first six rounds backing Mattice to the ropes in each round limiting “Gunna Man” to an intermittent set of jabs and the occasional right hand.
In round seven Mattice finding his range, sitting down on his punches just missing with several counter left hooks put the relentless Puerto Rican on pause with a drilling right to body flipping the script backing Chinea to the ropes for an unanswered twenty punch volley sending him to the canvas prompting referee Adam Pollack to immediately wave it over at 1:31 of round seven. Mattice improves to 11-0, 9Ko’s while fan friendly Chinea suffering just his second defeat slips to 15-2-1, 6Ko’s.
In the opening Showtime The New Generation super lightweight TV opener Cleveland, Ohio, Wellington Romero replacement Montana “Too Pretty” Love bumped up from a four-round preliminary showed he was up o the task out boxing and out slugging Philadelphia, Samuel “Tsunami” Teah to a poorly scored eight round majority decision.
The more mobile 23-year-old southpaw Love taking control of the range early regulated the pace throughout mixing single shots up and down with rapid combinations out working the economic “Tsunami” to a short sighted 76-76, 78-74 times two majority decision win. Love improves to 9-0, 4Ko’s while the 30-year-old Teah unbeaten in his last nine going back to 2014 falls to 12-2-1, 5Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a match-up of heavy handed cruiserweights Kansas City, Kansas, DeShon Webster got back on track scoring a four-round split decision over Brooklyn Park, Minnesota’s, wide swinging Mengistu “The Dynamic Warrior” Zarzar.
The taller, longer Webster using his jab to open a solid lead over the wide swinging “The Dynamic Warrior” through most of the first three rounds would trade with Zarzar in the fourth and final round holding on for a W grabbing 39-37, 39-38 Webster, 39-38 Zarzar split decision win. Webster moves to 10-1, 6Ko’s 0-1-2 in his last three bouts falls to 6-2-1, 5Ko’s.
In a four-round welterweight bout Passaic, New Jersey, 19-year-old, pro-debuting amateur standout Joel Flores (45-6) will have to wait for his first pro win after battling Saint Louis, Missouri’s, rough and ready former MMA fighter Charles Johnson to a majority draw.
Flores the more skilled boxer would have his moments only to be met head on by the athletic and determined Johnson battling Flores tough to the final bell after which the judges scores were announced 39-37 for Flores 38-38 twice for a majority draw. Flores starts out 0-0-1 while Johnson still in search of his first pro win moves to 0-0-2.
In a four-round super lightweight battle Sioux City, Iowa’s, Drako Rodriguez stopped Kansas City, Missouri’s, Shannen McCray in two.
McCray and Rodriguez going right at it in round one would see the heavier punching Iowan beat McCray to the punch with a crunching left hook early in round two going on to close the show with a follow up barrage forcing referee Adam Pollock to put a stop to the bout at 1:33 of round two. Rodriguez moves to 2-0, 2Ko while McCray suffering his second straight defeat drops to 1-2, 1Ko.
In a four-round skill versus will pairing of Iowa MMA convert super welterweight’s pro debuting Jorge Serrano floored fellow Iowan Frank Young twice in round one enroute to second round TKO win.
The more talented Serrano weathering an early free swing assault would settle in decking Young twice in round one setting the stage for a round two barrage convincing referee Paul Perry to call it over at 0:52 of round two. Serrano begins 1-0, 1Ko while Young still in search of his first pro boxing win falls to 0-2.
About ShoBox: The New Generation
Since its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The ShoBox philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title. Some of the growing list of the 74 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Errol Spence Jr., Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi.
Linares Outclasses Gesta,
Matthysse Awakens to Stop Kiram!
By: David Colon
January 27th, Forum, Inglewood, California: In the main event of a Golden Boy, Akihiko Honda Teiken promotion HBO “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader Tokyo, Japan based Venezuelan Jorge “Golden Boy” Linares retained his WBA Lightweight title scoring a one way, unilateral twelve round unanimous decision over San Diego, California, based Filipino, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta.
The 32-year-old former WBC Featherweight WBA Super Featherweight and WBC Lightweight Champion Linares proved too quick, too crafty and too busy for the 30-year-old Freddie Roach trained Filipino challenger quickly adjusting to Gesta’s southpaw stance neutralizing his best weapon, the lead right hook out boxing his way through an eighth round cut right eye to a heavily slanted 117-111, 118-110 times two third title defense twelve round unanimous decision win. Linares mentioned in a possible showdown with Vasyli Lukashenko improves to 4-3, 27Ko’s while Gesta suffering just his second defeat slips to Ge 31-2-2, 17Ko’s.
In the second half of the doubleheader Chubut, Argentina, Lucas “Machine” Matthysse primed for a rematch bout with Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia should he get past Brandon Rios February 17th, moves to 39-4, 36Ko’s while Karim unbeaten in his previous thirty-eight slips to 38-1, 28Ko’s.claimed the vacant WBA World Welterweight Title with a sleep walking eighth round TKO stoppage of Bairam, Thailand’s, Tewa Kira.
Matthysse eight months off a fifth round TKO stoppage of “Tranzformer” Emmanuel Taylor almost appearing to be sleep walking through the early rounds unable to find the range for his “Machine” like power punches finally awoken in round eight reached the jabbing Thai fighter dropping him with a solid one-two. Kiram beating the count would return to action only to be maneuvered into a piston like jab dropping him cold forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to immediately stop the fight at 1:21 of round eighth.
While not exactly the well-oiled “Machine” of the past Matthysse primed for a rematch bout with Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia should he get past Brandon Rios February 17th, moves to 39-4, 36Ko’s while Karim unbeaten in his previous thirty-eight slips to 38-1, 28Ko’s.
In an eight round super lightweight bout LA based Argentine Marcelino Nicolas Lopez scored a fifth-round knockout of Miami, Florida, based Columbian Breidis “Khanqueror” Prescott. Lopez with his second straight KO win since dropping a ten-round split decision loss to Michael Perez last April moves to 34-2-1, 18Ko’s while the Amir Khan killing Prescott down twice in round five and now winless in his last four outings drops to 30-12, 22Ko’s.
General Santos City, Philippines, power punching 22-year-old, lightweight Romero “Ruthless” Duno returned to his KO ways stopping Sinaloa, Mexico, Yardley Armenta Cruz with a big right hand in one. Duno improves to 16-1, 14Ko’s as Cruz losing another step-up bout drops to 22-10, 12Ko’s.
In a schedule battle of unbeaten featherweights Las Vegas, Francisco “Alacran” Esparza held onto his zero stopping LA’s Tenochtitlan Nava in six.
After a slow first round Esparza went to work cutting Nava the left ear in round three and under his left eye in round five piling on the punishment in round six prodding referee Thomas Taylor to step in and stop the bout at 1:43 of the round. The Fernando Vargas trained Esparza improves to 7-0-1, 3Ko’s while the light-handed Nava suffering his first defeat slips to 7-1, 1Ko.
In a six round super welterweight pairing, after taking Compton, California’s, Lucius “Bull Dog” Johnson to the wood shed for most of five rounds Los Angeles, Ferdinand Kerobyan held off the “Bull Dog’s” swing for the fences single punch last round push for a one sided 59-54 times three (Johnson losing a point in round five for repeatedly spitting out his mouthpiece) unanimous decision win. Kerobyan improves to 8-0, 4Ko’s while now dropping two straight fights falls to 4-2-1, 3Ko’s.
In six round super welterweight action Winter Park, Florida’s, Daquan Arnett out lasted Tulsa, Oklahoma’s, tough Osbaldo Camacho Gonzales for a second half 59-55, 58-56 times two unanimous decision win. Arnett moves to 17-1, 9Ko’s while Gonzalez falls to 6-2, 4Ko’s.
In a four-round preliminary Dallas, Texas, Francisco featherweight Javier Martinez picked himself up from an opening frame knockdown and regroup to battle back and win a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over Mexico, City, Mexico’s Danny “Venado” Flores. Martinez climbs to 5-0, 3Ko’s while the fast falling Flores 1-8 in his last nine dives to 15-12-1, 8Ko’s.
Spence Retires Peterson After 7,
Easter Squeezes Past Over Sized Fortuna!
By: Arthur Bailey
January 20th, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the main event of a Lou DiBella - DiBella Entertainment promoted Showtime Desoto, Texas, 2012 US Olympian, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. retained his IBF World Welterweight Title scoring a crushing seventh round stoppage of Washington, DC’s Lamont “Havoc” Peterson.
In true Texas fashion, Spence again giving us a glimpse of the full package that has him held at the top of the sport “The Truth” was there for all to see beating up and breaking down the former WBA IBF Light Welterweight Champion and WBA Welterweight Champion.
Spence beginning the action putting Peterson on the defensive with a solid and accurate southpaw jab turned his attack to the body taking it back up top in round four sending Peterson reeling in round four with a driving left.
Round five would become the beginning of the end with Spence sending the idle Peterson to the canvas with a driving right, left. Beating the count Peterson futilely attempting to battle back would only find himself absorbing more than his share of leather as the round came to a close.
The punishment would continue with both of Peterson's face wearing the wares of war and both eyes swelling shut at the end of round seven to no one’s surprise Peterson's corner would motion for referee Harvey Dock to put a stop to the bout as the bell sound for round eight. Spence, improves to 23-0, 20Ko’s while the 33 year old Peterson 2-2 in his last four outings drops to 35-4-1, 17Ko’s.
In the semi-main event Toledo, Ohio’s, Robert Easter Jr. won a questionable twelve round split decision over Braintree, Massachusetts, Dominican southpaw, Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna.
The IBF Lightweight title bout down-graded due to Fortuna failing to make weight started out with a common feeling out first round with the 28year old former WBA Super Featherweight Champion
Fortuna looking to rough things up a bit in the second drew a point deduction from referee Ricky Gonzalez for hitting behind the head.
The shorter Fortuna pushing the action got the taller longer Easter’s attention landing clean compact lefts closing round three.
Easter would gain some traction in the fourth and fifth rounds going to Fortuna’s body until in round six Fortuna catching Easter with a solid left hook put the champion on his back foot.
Strangely after buzzing Easter twice with short lefts it would be Fortuna on the move to begin the second half.
In round nine Easter closed the space creating some good inside action, only to be met by some solid short inside retaliation allowing “El Abejon” to keep the bout competitive and up for grabs through the closing third.
The twelfth and final stanza would see some hotly contested two-way action with the shorter Fortuna appearing the land the cleaner tighter shots only to fall short on the judge’s scorecards which were announced to a booing crowd 114-113, Fortuna, 114-113 and 115-112 for Easter making the Toledo star the split decision winner. Easter moves to 21-0, 14Ko’s while Fortuna’s four bout victory run ends at 33-2-1, 23Ko’s.
In a special ten round light heavyweight attraction Staten Island, New York, 27-year-old, southpaw, 2012 Olympian, “Sir” Marcus Browne remained unbeaten dismantling Quebec, Canada’s, 35-year-old, Francy Ntetu in one round.
Browne six months off a shocking second round stoppage of Long Beach, Long Island’s tough Seanie Mongahan put his newly found power curve on display again dropping the 35-year-old Ntetu face first a driving straight right hand. Making it vertical, allowed to continue Ntetu would quickly succumb to an immediate “Sir” Browne follow up forcing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to intervene and wave the bout over at 2:15 of round one. Browne quietly moving up the light heavyweight rankings improves to 21-0, 16Ko’s while Ntetu dropping two of his last three bouts falls to 17-2, 4Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round battle of Brooklyn, New York, heavyweights, 28-year-old, Adam Kownacki stopped 31-year-old Georgian, Iago Kiladze in six.
Kownacki staring fast went right at Kiladze sparking some early exchanges leaving the Polish heavyweight with a bloodied nose.
Both fighters doing a bit of feeling out in round two would see Kownacki in chase of the Freddy Roach trained Georgian closing the round well landing several clean right hands.
Kiladze flipping the script getting the better of the action in round three opening the door for some more back and forth back-and-forth action in round four with Kownacki now wearing a cut near his right eye and a steadily flowing bloody nose would push on dropping Kiladze with a looping right.
The back and forth would slow a bit in round five and Kownacki with more left in the tank began to land regularly in the sixth stunning Kiladze with a clean uppercut dropping the fading Georgian with another solid right bring the fight to a close at 2:48 of round six. Kownacki improves 17-0, 14Ko’s while Kiladze suffering just his second defeat slips to 26-2, 18 Ko’s.
In a ten-round super lightweight mismatch Memphis, Tennessee’s, 33-year-old, Anthony “Hazardous” Peterson, the younger brother of Lamont, glided to a one-way unanimous decision over Puerto Libertador, Colombia’s, undistinguished 30-year-old, Luis Eduardo Florez.
Peterson in control from the opening sound withstanding a ninth-round moment of complacency went on once again reap the reward of sub-standard opposition with 100-89, 100-90 times two unanimous win. Peterson whose only defeat comes by way of a seventh round DQ WBA Lightweight Title Eliminator loss Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, September 2010 moves to 38-1, 24Ko’s while Florez, 2-7 in his last nine drops to 23-9, 19Ko’s.
In a schedule eight round, up and down welterweight affair Brooklyn, New York, based Ukrainian, Ivan “The Volk” Golub got back on track with a recoiling third round TKO stoppage of Ecatepec, México, based Columbian, Fidel Monterrosa Munoz.
Following a less than revealing first round Golub sent to the canvas compliments of a Monterrosa flash, the 29-year-old, southpaw, making it to his feet would double down re-pay his debt dumping his Columbian foe twice the first coming compliments of a heavy head shot and the fight end second a drilling body shot to finish the round.
In round three Monterrosa still hurt Golub uncorking a thundering right hook and follow up barrage would inspire referee Ricky Gonzalez to call the bout to a close at 2;48 of round three. Golub rises to 14-1, 12Ko’s while Monterrosa stopped in three straight drops to 38-16-1, 30Ko’s.
In a six-round pairing of New York, middleweights Ridgewood, 22-year-old, Mathew Gonzalez dominated but couldn’t finish off Queens, Alexander “Popeye” Serna banging his way to a slanted 40-36 times three unanimous decision. Gonzalez climbs to 3-0, 2Kos while Serna drops to 1-2, 1Ko.
In a four-round bantamweight preliminary Sicklerville, New Jersey’s, Dylan Price was all over Nuevo León, Mexico’s, out classed Nestor “Perezoso” Ramos leaving the beaten Mexican seated for the bell sounding round two. Price remains perfect at 5-0, 5Ko’s while Ramos sinking below the opponent lines leaves 7-8-3, 3Ko’s.
In the four-round welterweight show opener Washington, DC, Keyshawn Williams and Siaya, Kenya’s, Denis Okoth battled to a hard fought 38-38, 39-37 both ways draw. Ironically both fighters move to 1-0-1, 1Ko.
Claressa Shields Retains Titles
Dominates Unbeaten Tori Nelson Over Ten!
By: Susan Cleaver
January 12th, Turning Stone Hotel and Casino in Verona, New York: In the main event of a Salita Promotions main event on Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation, Flint, Michigan, twenty-two-year-old, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields retained her IBF and WBC World Female Super Middleweight Titles out pointing Ashburn, Virginia’s previously unbeaten Tori Nelson over ten rounds.
Shields finding it harder and harder to find qualified competition coming off dominant 2017 wins over Szilvia Szabados, Sydney LeBlanc and Nikki Adler continued the trend into 2018 totally outworking and classing Nelson punishing the game Virginian for most of the ten-round distance pounding her way to a clear cut 100-90 times three unanimous decision win. Shields improves to 5-0, 2Ko’s while Nelson 41-year-old Nelson suffering her only defeat slips to 17-1-3, 2Ko’s.
Dogboe Stops Juarez in Five
To Claim Interim WBO Super Bantamweight Title
By: Derrick Liner
January 6th, Bukom Boxing Arena, Accra, Ghana: Accra’s “Brave Son” Isaac Dogboe claimed the vacant Interim WBO World Super Bantamweight Title scoring a fifth round TKO stoppage of Mexico City, Mexico Jessie Magdaleno replacement Cesar “Corazon” Juarez.
The action started fast with the tough pressure fighting Mexican pushing the “rock’em - sock’em” close quarters styled fight with the hometown favorite Dogboe appearing to be temporarily satisfied picking his shots with some precise body and head counter punching.
The back and forth action would continue until the heavier, more accurate punching Ghanaian walked the granite chinned Juarez into a heavy counter left hook sending him to the canvas just past the midpoint of round two.
The very durable Juarez, no stranger to the canvas, down twice versus Nonito Donaire in 2015 and again against Albert Pagara in 2016 was allowed to continue only to absorb some energy zapping Dogboe, power shots.
The quick recovering Juarez put in a solid initiative in rounds three and four only to be rewarded with some heavy-handed punishment by the cute angled counter punching African sending the hard-wearing Mexican to the canvas for a second time in round five with another well timed and placed left hook this time forcing referee Tony Weeks to save the game but badly beaten Juarez any further punishment at 2:12 of round five.
Dogboe calling out Las Vegas unbeaten Jessie Magdelano, 25-0, 18Ko's after the bout improves to 18-0, 12Ko’s while the stoppage protesting Juarez three bout win streak comes to a close at 20-6, 15Ko’s.
Inoue Family and Shiro Winners in Japan!
By: Hideaki Fikada
December 30th, Bunka Gym, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan: In the main event of a Hideyuki Ohashi Promotion Yokohama, “Monster” Naoya Inoue made the seventh defense of his WBO World Super Flyweight Title scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Beaune, France’s, Yoann “Yo Boy” Boyeaux.
The 24-year-old champion started well taking control of the center of the ring feeling out the nonthreatening but game challenger with measuring jabs to the mid-section adding solid right hands disguising a tight left hook dropping the innocuous Frenchman near the close of round one.
Boyeaux lacking the power to hold off the stalking champion went on the move in round two but unable to out run or hold off Inoue’s up and down power punching, “Yo Boy” down twice in the third from liver grinding left hooks showing a degree of toughness allowed to continue would hit the deck a third time, again from a “Monster” left to the body prompting referee Raul Caiz Jr. to immediately wave the bout over at 1:40 of round three. Inoue improves to 15-0, 13Ko’s while the 29-year-old former WPC Bantamweight Titlist Boyeaux losing to Carl Frampton on points in his fourth pro bout unbeaten in his previous twenty-nine bouts drops to 41-5, 26Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Kyoto, Japan’s, Ken Shiro made the second defense of his WBC World Light Flyweight Title stopping Darien, Panama’s, Gilberto “El Cacique” Pedroza in four.
Finding a home for his right hand early, the twenty five year old champion putting in some solid body work opened the way for some round three combination punching allowing Shiro to sit down on his shots in the fourth tagging “El Cacique” with some clean right hands putting him on the canvas with a drilling body – head combo, closing the show with a follow-up unanswered volley of shots returning the clutching and grabbing Pedroza to the canvas for a second time forcing referee Laurence Cole to call it over at 1: 12 of round four. Shiro moves to 12-0, 6Ko’s ending Pedroza’s seven bout unbeaten streak at crashed to 18-4-2, 8Ko’s.
In other action:
Yokohama, Japan 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Satoshi Shimizu remained unbeaten banging out Iligan City, Philippines, over matched Eduardo “Nightmare” Mancito in seven. Shimizu remains perfect at 5-0, 5Ko’s while Mancito winless in his last three bouts falls to 15-8-2, 9Ko’s.
22-year-old, super bantamweight Takuma Inoue, the younger brother to the “Monster” Naoya Inoue remained unbeaten scoring a one sided 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 ten round unanimous decision over Tokyo, Japan’s, Kentaro Masuda. Inoue improves to 10-0, 2Ko’s while Masuda winless in his last two falls to 27-9, 15Ko’s.
Naoya Inoue’s twenty-five-year-old super lightweight cousin Koki Inoue scored his sixth straight KO victory pounding out Seongnam City, South Korea’s Dong Hee Kim in four. Koki Inoue improves to 10-0, 9Ko’s while the out gunned Kim falls to 8-2-2, 3Ko’s.
By: Alfred Zimmerman
December 22nd, Sporthalle, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany: In the main event of a Erol Ceylan - EC Box Promotion Hamburg, Germany based Russian heavyweight Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko stayed alive with tug and pull ten round split decision draw with Belgrade, Serbia’s, late replacement Miljan Rovcanin.
In what easily could be described as a ten-round grappling fest the thirty-five-year-old, 6’7” Dimitrenko originally set to face forty-year-old “Bosnian” Lion Adnan Redzovic would trade with the 24-year-old previously unbeaten last-minute sub Rovcanin early on with both fighters tasting the others best the younger Rovcanin scoring with the cleaner work would jump out to an early lead.
The accuracy less clutch and grab slug fest would see both fighters fade quickly with the taller more experienced “Sascha” grabbing his second win would do just enough down the stretch to gain the a generous 93-93, 96-90 Dimitrenko, 94-92 Rovcanin split decision draw.
By: Reggie French
December 16th, Place Bell, Laval, Quebec, Canada: Heading a Golden Boy, Queensberry, Eye of the Tiger co-promotion Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK’s “Superb” Billy Joe Saunders retained his WBO World Middleweight Title scoring a slanted twelve round unanimous decision over Montreal, Canada’s, power punching David Lemieux.
In what was hyped as a meeting of animosity as well as a title fight the British Champion Saunders put on a clinic using his superior footwork, together with his quicker hand and foot speed to continually turn and walk the former IBF Middleweight Champion into rapid fire southpaw jabs, accurate straight left hands and quick combinations marking up and breaking down the local favorite both mentally as well as physically gliding to a one way 120-108, 118-110, 117-111 unanimous decision win. Saunders calling out “GGG” improves to 26-0, 12Ko’s while previous Golovkin victim Lemieux falls to 38-4, 33Ko’s.
In the semi-main event Cork, Ireland’s, Gary “Spike” O'Sullivan claimed the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight Title with a seventh round TKO stoppage of Burke, Virginia’s, highly touted prospect Antoine “Action” Douglas.
The 33-year-old O’Sullivan brought the pressure at the opening sound, never relenting the former Saunders sparring partner took the fight to the surprisingly stationary "Action" labeled Douglas.
Both fighters would get their share of work home but the relentless “Irishman” taking the “action” to Doulas body and head in the middle rounds began to zero in his right hands hurting the younger, bigger, Virginian several times finally pressing the point with a thumping right in round seven prompting referee Steve St-Germain to step in and stop the bout at 1:03 of round seven. O’Sullivan whose two defeats come to Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. moves to 27-2, 19Ko’s while Douglas stopped in both his defeats falls to 22-2-1, 16Ko’s.
In a special HBO super lightweight attraction Montreal’s, Yves Ulysse Jr. scored an authoritative ten round dismantling of Shirley, Long Island’s, Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin.
The more skilled Ulysse Jr. quickly taking advantage of Seldin’s archaic skills out maneuvered and out boxed the “The Hebrew Hammer” sending the New York banger to the canvas once in each of the opening three frames.
Aware of his early lead the proficient local product cruised down the stretch picking his spots frustrating, rocking and selectively taking apart the straight-ahead brawler and while not exactly Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux just a week ago, Seldin showing no quit stayed with his punchers chance taking it to the final bell and somehow being awarded one round by each of the three judges without surprise found himself on the short side of a career awakening 99-88 times three unanimous decision. Ulysse Jr. improves to 15-1, 9Ko’s while Seldin suffering his first defeat goes home to regroup and consider his options at 21-1, 17Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Montreal’s, Custio Clayton claimed the vacant WBO International Welterweight Title with a 100-88 times three ten round shellacking of Tucuman, Argentina’s, Cristian “El Zorro” Coria. Clayton improves to 13-0, 9Ko’s while Coria falls to 27-5-2, 11Ko’s.
Montreal, based Kazakhstani southpaw, super lightweight Batyrzhan Jukembayev held onto his zero scoring a one way 80-72 times three unanimous decision over Tucson, Arizona, 22-year-old, Wilberth Lopez. Jukembayev improves to 11-0, 9Ko’s while Lopez drops to 20-9, 14Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super welterweight bout Montreal’s, Steven “Bang” Butler blasted out Houston, Texas, 42-year-old, “Pain Server” Lanardo Tyner in two. Butler improves to 21-1-1, 18Ko’s as the all but done Tyner drops to 32-12-2, 20Ko’s.
LA’s, Ryan “Kingry” Garcia, retained his NABF Junior Super Featherweight Title taking apart Aguascalientes, Mexico’s, Noe “El Cortito” Raygoza in eight rounds. Garcia climbs to 13-0, 12Ko’s while Raygoza falls to 23-10-2, 10Ko’s.
In an eight-round heavyweight pairing Trois-Rivières, Quebec’s, Simon Kean remained unbeaten stopping Palestine, West Virginia, journeyman, Mike Sheppard in two rounds. Kean moves to 12-0, 11Ko’s while the 42-year-old Sheppard drops to 25-22-2, 11Ko’s.
Montreal welterweight, Mathieu “G-Time” Germain boxed his way to a lopsided 80-72 times three unanimous decision over Mexicali, Mexico’s, Juan “Tortas” Mendez. Germain advances to 12-0, 6Ko’s while Mendez drops to 19-4-2, 12Ko’s.
In a six-round female super flyweight bout Yorkshire, UK, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Nicola “Lioness” Adams pounded out Salto, Uruguay’s, Soledad “La Negra” Macedo in two. Adams improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Macedo sinks to 15-14-1, 4Ko’s.
Montreal, Vincent Thibault banked his second pro win out scoring Sonora, Mexico’s, Adrian “Wakiro” Campos 40-36 times three after four. Thibault improves to 2-0, 1Ko while Campos 1-3 in his last four drops to 2-5-2.
In a four-round female light flyweight preliminary Montreal’s, pro-debuting Kim Clavel kicked off her career with a 39-37, 40-36 times two unanimous decision over Mexico City, Mexico’s, Yoseline “Coreanita” Jose. Clavel starts out 1-0 as Jose evens out at 3-3.
By: David Colon
December 15th, Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California: Heading a Tom Brown TGB Promotion Edition of Premier Boxing Champions Las Vegas, former WBA Light Welterweight and WBO Welterweight Champion Jessie “Ruthless” Vargas returned to winning form scoring a tilted ten round unanimous decision over Yucatan, Mexico’s, Aaron “La Joya” Herrera.
Approximately one year after losing his WBA strap to Manny Pacquiao, a more composed patient Vargas wasn’t so ruthless appearing to be taking what the veteran Herrera would give.
Vargas working a deliberate jab put Herrera on the canvas in round six with a solid right hand, left hook but the sturdy Mexican would remain up right for the tiled remaining rounds seeing Vargas coast in for a 100-89 times three unanimous decision win. The on again off again Vargas whose only defeats come to Timothy Bradley and Pacquiao improves to 28-2, 10Ko’s while the journeyman Herrera drops to 33-8-1, 22Ko’s.
In the first of two co-features Minneapolis, Minnesota, welterweight Jamal “Shango” James scored a surprise third round knockout of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diego Gabriel Chaves.
The fight beginning to develop as a battle of wills saw the taller, longer James begin establish the range turning the tide with a set of heavy right hands lifting Chaves elbow for an incapacitating left hook putting the “La Joya” on the deck for a referee Tom Taylor ten count at 2:12 of round three. With his biggest win to date James improves to 22-1, 10Ko’s while Chaves whose only previous defeats come to “One Time” Keith Thurman and “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios drops to 26-3-1, 22Ko’s.
In the second co-feature the always ready to rumble Covina, California, lightweight John Molina Jr. scored an astonishing fourth round knockout of LA based Ukrainian, Ivan Redkach.
The pier one brawl starting quickly would see some solid back and forth action in round with the southpaw Redkach making a statement backing Molina to the corner for an extended pounding before sending him down to the canvas against the ropes with a switch hitting two handed assault in round two.
The tough as nails Molina somehow making it out of round two would battle back in the third beating Redkach to the punch dropping the Ukrainian to the canvas with a crushing right hand.
Surviving a rope bound pounding of his own, Redkach would return for round four only to be met by a debilitating Molina body shot and a follow up heavy combination putting the beaten Ukrainian on the canvas again this time prompting referee: Edward Hernandez Sr. to immediately wave the fight over at 1:27 of round four. Molina Jr. moves to 30-7, 24Ko’s while Redkach moving up to 140lbs for the first time drops to 20-4-1, 16Ko’s.
In other action:
Oxnard, California, super welterweight Wale Omotoso scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Mexico City, veteran Freddy “The Rail” Hernandez.
Appearing have the made the adjustment to his new weight Omotoso taking the best Hernandez had to offer in the early frames, landing enough clean heavy shots to keep the rounds close until round eight when after rocking Hernandez with a loaded right in round eight keeping his foot on the pedal and Hernandez cut over the left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round nine Omotoso would close hard reaping the rewards of a closer than scored 100-90, 97-93, 96-94 ten round unanimous decision win. Omotoso coming off a split decision loss to Jamal James July 2016 moves to 27-3, 21Ko’s while Hernandez four bout win streak comes to a close at 34-9, 22Ko’s.
In scheduled lightweight action Santa Maria, California’s, Karlos Balderas remained perfect disposing of Distrito Federal, Mexico’s over matched Carlos Flores. The 21-year-old 2016 Olympian Balderas improves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Flores winless in his last four falls to 4-7-1, 3Ko’s.
Fresno, California, super lightweight Mark “Mad Man” Hernandez banked his third win of 2017 dropping and stopping Mexicali, Mexico’s, Oscar “Perro” Mora with a debilitating body shot in round. one. Hernandez improves to 11-1, 3Ko’s while Mora stopped in back to back bouts falls to 7-5, 6Ko’s.
In a six round super middleweight bout Chihuahua, Mexico, Misael “El Chino” Rodriguez remained unblemished scoring a 60-54 times three shut out of Quintana Roo, Mexico, based Cuban, Yunier Calzada. Rodriguez moves to 6-0, 3Ko’s as Calzada 1-3 in his last four outings falls to 6-3-1, 1Ko.
In a pairing of Californian super lightweight’s, Fresno, California’s, Efren Lopez put San Diego’s, Tyler Marshall down in round one enroute to a one way 40-35 times three unanimous decision win. Lopez moves to 2-0, 1Ko as Marshal drops to 1-4, 1Ko.
Moreno Valley, California, 19-year-old, super featherweight, Luis Coria broke down and beat up Guadalajara, Mexico opponent, Leonardo Anguiano Torres for most of four rounds forcing referee Jack Reiss to call it over at 0:55 of round four. Coria improves to 5-1, 4Ko’s while the bill paying Torres dropping his seventh straight crashes at 2-7.
In a four-round super featherweight preliminary bout Irving, Texas, 19-year-old, Alejandro “Pork Chop” Guerrero made “chop meat” of Phillip Percy stopping the winless San Franciscan standing in round three. Guerrero climbs to 6-0, 5Ko’s as Percy still in search of his first pro win dives to 0-6.
By: Alfred Zimmermann
December 15th, DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia: In the WBA, WBO Final Eliminator heavyweight main event of a German Titov, RCC Boxing Promotion Chekhov, Russia’s, Alexander Povetkin jumps back into the Joshua / Parker heavyweight mix with a twelve round unanimous decision win over Hamburg, Germany’s, Christian Hammer.
The 38-year-old former 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA Heavyweight Champion Povetkin returning to action after failing back to back failed drug tests simply moved forward pushing the action on the simply complying too defensive Hammer who losing a point in round seven for holding would lose out on the Joshua / Parker sweep stakes when the scores were announced 120-107, 120-108, 119-108 all for Povetkin.
In line now for a shot at the Joshua / Parker, the WBO International Heavyweight Champion Povetkin adding the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title holding victories over Eddie Chambers, Jason Estrada, Nicolai Firtha, Ruslan Chagaev, Marco Huck, Hasim Rahman, Andrzej Wawrzyk, Manuel Charr, Carlos Takam, Mike Perez, Mariusz Wach, Johann Duhaupas, and Andriy Rudenko and his sole defeat a 2013 twelve round unanimous decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko moves to 33-1, 23Ko’s while Hammer’s five bout win streak comes to a close at 22-5, 12Ko’s.
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By: Ian Webb
(December 13th) York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom: Bray, Ireland perianal world amateur champion and 2016 Olympian Katie Taylor, successfully made the first defense of her WBA World Female Lightweight Title with a solid ten round unanimous decision over Chicago, Illinois, Jessica “Caskilla” McCaskill.
The 31-year-old Taylor began boxing in round one controlling the action with accurate 1-2’s and keeping the scrap ready McCaskill at the end of her punches with a timely check hook.
McCaskill looking to mix it up and turn the fight nasty drew the attention of referee Howard Foster who warned for a fair amount of holding and hitting.
Round three McCaskill close the gap landing with the right again drawing the eye of referee Foster.
Determined to showcase her skills Taylor back to boxing would land some clean shots in round four setting up a clean rapid combo.
Avoiding “Caskilla’s” best pugilistic rule bending, Taylor sticking and moving through the middle rounds seeing the McCaskill face worn results of her superior work the champion continuing to score well through the championship rounds was rewarded for her effort with a convincing 98-91, 97-92 times two unanimous decision. Taylor advances to 8-0, 4Ko’s as McCaskill unbeaten in her previous four falls to 5-2, 3Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Brentwood, Essex, UK, Martin “Wardy” Ward claimed the vacant EBU (European) Super Featherweight Title with a sudden sixth round knockout of Cataluña, Spain’s, Juli “The Rock” Giner.
The 26-year-old Ward starting behind a stiff jab setting up straight rights swift rights would give some ground to the wider punching Giner in round two.
Back behind the jab in round three Giner would again respond in kind in the fourth landing some clean left hooks.
After a first half of probing for a weakness Ward picking up the pace in the fifth paving the way for clean heavy shots in the sixth this time going around “The Rock’s” guard sending the Spaniard to the canvas for the first time. Giner allowed to continue Ward would waste no time nailing “the Rock” with a jack hammer right sending the durable Spaniard to the deck for the second time prompting referee Massimo Barrovecchio to immediately step in and wave it over at 1:30 of round six. Ward moves to 19-0-2, 9Ko’s while Giner drops to 21-3-1, 8Ko’s.
Lightwater, Surrey, UK’s, Jake “The Blade” Ball claimed vacant WBA Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Title scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Bushey, Hertfordshire, UK’s, testy Miles Shinkwin.
Following a feeling out opening frame Ball fighting in reverse drawing Shinkwin into counter punching range switched to the jab in the third mixing his punches between the head and body landing the cleaner shots earning the approval of all three judges for a bit tighter than scored 97-93, 98-92 times two unanimous decision. Ball improves to 11-1, 8Ko’s while Shinkwin 2-3 in his last five drops to 14-3, 7Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round welterweight bout Sunderland, Tyne and Wear’s, 2016 Olympian, Josh “Pretty Boy” Kelly recorded his fifth victory of the year stopping Epernay, France, veteran, Jean Hamilcaro in six.
Kelly the aggressor from the beginning throwing right hand bombs settled in the second round mixing it up from both sides.
In total control Kelly getting more accurate as the bout wore on the skilled “Pretty Boy” zeroed in on Hamilcaro’s body in round six, officially putting the Frenchman on a knee twice finally drawing referee Ian-John Lewis to step in and stop the body and fender work at 2:06 of round six. Kelly moves to 5-0, 4Ko’s as Hamilcaro’s three bout win streak comes to a close at 25-9-3, 6Ko’s
Bermondsey, London, 22-year-old, super welterweight, Ted Cheeseman, held onto his unblemished slate recording a dominant points win over Mountain Ash, Wales, Tony Dixon.
Putting on a classic punch and move exhibition, Cheeseman moved in and out of range measuring and picking his shots scoring to the body and head building sharp combinations landing heavy uppercuts and drilling rights banging his way to a severely slanted 80-72 points win. Cheeseman improves to 12-0, 8Ko’s while Dixon falls to 10-2, 3Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super featherweight match, Cardiff, Wales, Joe Cordina impressed, undressed and eclipsed Killamarsh, Derbyshire, UK’s, Lee Connelly in every manner stopping the overmatched adversary in four.
In absolute control from moment one the 2016 Olympian Cordina showcasing a comprehensive skill set took apart Connelly from top to bottom with speedy accurate punching opening a cut over his right eye in round three with a rapid multi punch volley.
Cordina continuing the surgical punishment in round four would draw a towel from the Connelly corner and a subsequent stoppage by referee Ian John Lewis at 2:19 0f round four. Cordina climbs to 6-0, 5Ko’s while the record padding Connelly, 1-11-1 in his last thirteen dives to 7-31-3.
In six rounders:
Hackney, London, 2016 Olympian, cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie sent a message to Brixton, rival Isaac “Chambo” Chamberlain with a second-round stoppage victory over Guimaraes, Portugal’s Antonio Sousa.
Okolie working a thumping jab quickly put Sousa on the defensive flooring his Portuguese opponent with a short right hand. Okolie set on making a point sent still teetering Sousa back to the canvas with another clean right only to see his all but beaten opponent be saved by the bell.
Sousa down twice in round two would be saved any further punishment when referee Robert Williams called the bout at 1:04 of round two. Okolie improves to 7-0, 6Ko’s while the paid to play Sousa, 4-7-1, 3Ko’s.
Wokingham, Berkshire, middleweight, Felix Cash once again demonstrated his heavy-handed ways stopping Horden, County Durham, Greg “The Real Deal” O'Neill in one round.
Cash all in from the opening sound went right at O’Neill dumping “The Real Deal” with a drilling body shot quickly applying a follow up heavy handed polish forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout just 54 seconds into round one. Cash moves to 7-0, 5Ko’s while O’Neill stopped in back to back fights falls to 5-4, 1Ko.
Ilford, Essex, welterweight Conor “Destroyer” Benn, the 21-year-old, former WBO/WBC Middleweight Champion Nigel Eubank picked himself up off the deck twice to record points win over Paris, France’s, Cedrick “Peyn’s” Peynaud.
Benn coming off his US debut a November 11th, second round knockout of Brandon Sanudo on the Daniel Jacobs / Luis Arias undercard at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island New York found himself on the canvas twice in round one from Peynaud rights but was able to rally back putting Peynaud down once in rounds five and six to grab a very controversial if not flat generous referee Bob Williams gifted 57-54 points win. Benn holds onto his zero at 11-0, 8Ko’s while Peynaud evens out at 5-5-3, 3Ko’s.
In a six round super bantamweight pairing Birmingham, West Midlands, Gamal “Beast” Yafai disposed of Liverpool, Merseyside’s, Ricky “Battalion Stallion” Starkey. Yafai anxious to step up in competition took the fight straight to Starkey over powering and dismantling the overmatched “Battalion Stallion” in round three. With the win Yafai, improving to 13-0, 6Ko’s eyes a showdown with Doncaster, Yorkshire’s, Gavin McDonnell while Starkey winless in his last six drops to 2-4-2.
By: Peter Falcone
(December 13th) Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: In the main event of a Dean Lonergan Duco Events Ltd / Top Rank promotion, broadcast LIVE on ESPN, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia former school teacher Jeff “The Hornet” Horn successfully defended the WBO World Welterweight Title he won from Manny Pacquiao in July stopping Wembley, London, “Hell Raiser” Gary Corcoran in round eleven.
Horn seizing control of the center of the ring thwarted Corcoran's straight style early with his jab, quickly establishing his clubbing right tagging the on-rushing Brit under and over leaving “The Hell Raising” left hooker bruised over the left eye.
Corcoran doing better in close and both fighters warned about their heads the two traded shots to close out round three.
The middle rounds filled with plenty of action saw the champion Horn maintain his momentum finishing the rounds hard opening a cut over Corcoran’s left eye.
The head first Horn dealing with a cut of his own near his right eye went back to his jab in rounds seven and eight again landing thumping rights adding to damage around the game Brits degrading left eye.
In round nine his left eye looking worse from the wear Corcoran hooking his way through the space continually stung by the much busier and accurate punching “Hornet”, the champion landing at a more frequent rate down the stretch leading the ringside physician to examine Corcoran’s eye subsequently prompting referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to put a stop to the bout at 1:35 of round eleven.
Horn in line for a possible unification bout with Terrence “Bud” Crawford in April improves to 18-0-1, 12Ko’s while Corcoran 2-2 in his last four bouts dips to 17-2, 7Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction Nerang, Queensland’s Rohan Murdock claimed the vacant WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Title scoring a one way 100-90, 99-91, 97-93 ten round unanimous decision over Kurchaloi, Russia’s Apti “The Tiger” Ustarkhanov.
On the undercard:
Bunbury, Western Australia, Nathaniel “Cheeky” May claimed the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight Title by way of fifth round TKO flooring Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Aelio “Biro” Mesquita twice in round four and once in in round five. May advances to 19-1, 11ko’s while the previously unbeaten Mesquita slips to 16-1, 14Ko’s.
Logan City, Queensland, Samoan heavyweight Alex “Lionheart” Leapai battled to a third-round technical draw with Perth, based 42-year-old Nigerian Roger Izonritei. Leapai in complete control of the action backing Izonritei to the ropes for an unanswered volley of punches would see the fight stopped by the ring side doctor due to severe cut caused by an elbow over Izonritei’s left eye. Following the rule if an accidental foul causes an end to a fight before completing four rounds it is to be ruled a technical draw Leapai stays pat at 31-7-4, 25Ko’s while Izonritei remains 12-6-1, 11Ko’s
Leppington, New South Wales, welterweight Leonardo “Lenny” Zappavigna bounced out Salto, Uruguay’s Nestor Faccio in three rounds. Zappavigna improves to 37-3, 27Ko’s as Faccio 1-6 in his last seven dives to 16-9-2, 9Ko’s.
Sydney, New South Wales southpaw super featherweight Paul “Showtime” Fleming remained undefeated banging out Metro Manila, Philippines “Strongman” Vergil Puton in the three. The 2008 Olympian Fleming improves to 24-0, 17Ko’s while Puton 3-3 in his last six outings drops to 17-9-0, 8Ko’s.
“No-Mas Chenko” Retires Rigondeaux After Six!
By: Joe Martin
December 9th, Madison Square Garden Theater, New York: In the highly anticipated main event of a Top Rank Boxing Promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN, Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian, Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko retained his WBO World Super Featherweight Title with a over powering, one way mental and physical breakdown of Miami, Florida based Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux.
Advertised as the meeting of boxing’s best, the record meeting of two-time Olympic Gold Medalists saw Rigondeaux renowned for his defensive skills coming off a June 17th one punch opening seconds knockout changed to a no contest put in the usual feeling out first round but the highly skilled Cuban had no answers for the “Hi Tech” Ukrainian ultimately resorting to frequent holding and sporadic low blows.
Lomachenko seemingly fighting to his opponent’s level readily began to display his “Hi Tech” version of the “Sweet Science” taking the fight to the crafty Cuban making him miss and swiftly responding with an unmatched work rate overwhelming “The Jackal” with rapid fire jab sequences.
One of boxing’s most accurate punchers, Lomachenko followed up the jab with multi-angled power punching, continuing to frustrate and demoralize the Cuban star, who already counseled for low blows and hitting behind the head appearing flustered looked to be searching for a way out was given a glimpse of the door when referee Steve Willis called for time giving the usually predatory “Jackal” an official warning for excessive holding in round five.
Clearly frustrated and overwhelmed by the quick-footed, agile combination punching machine, we know as Lomachenko, Rigondeaux finally losing a point for excessive holding in round six the unbeaten Cuban star remained on his stool for the bell sounding round seven suspiciously claiming an injury to the top of his left hand.
The 29-year-old Lomachenko on a nine-bout win streak punctuated by seven bout consecutive knockout run now wittingly calling himself No-Mas-Chenko” improves to 10-1, 8Ko’s while the 37-year-old Rigondeaux slipping to 17-1, 11Ko’s cunningly claiming “No excuses – I lost,” waved the weight as an issue but quickly implied it was an injured left hand that was the cause for the loss, his first amateur or pro since 2003.
In the semi-main attraction, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico’s Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz took possession of the vacant WBO NABO Super Featherweight Title stopping Port Chester, New York’s, Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz in three.
Diaz in charge from the opening sound floored Cruz once in round one, twice in round two and again in round three making it easy for referee Harvey Dock to waved it all over at 0:37 of round three. The 23-year-old, Diaz improves to 22-0, 14Ko’s while the on again, off again Cruz 2-3 in his last six falls to 18-3, 9Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round heavyweight bout Philadelphia’s, Bryant “By” Jennings rebounding from back to back world title challenges of Wladimir Klitschko and Luis Ortiz scored his second straight TKO win stopping Greensboro, North Carolina’s, Don “Mr. JBT” Haynesworth in three.
Following a first round feeling out session, Jenning’s zeroing in on the mostly defensive Southerner began to punch around and split “Mr. JBT’s” guard backing him up for a third-round referee Arthur Mercante Jr. conversation bring the bout to a close at 2:29 of round three. Jennings working his way back moves to 21-2, 12ko’s while the over matched Haynesworth suffering only his second defeat slips to 13-2-1,11Ko’s.
In a special featherweight attraction Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2016 Olympian Michael Conlan forced to go the limit for the first time scored a one sided six round unanimous decision over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Luis El Titi” Molina.
The switch-hitting southpaw controlling the distance and pace mixed his shots out pointing the never been down, never stopped Argentine to a 60-54 times three six round unanimous decision. Conlan looking to return to the Garden, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th improves to 5-0, 4Ko’s while the durable Molina falls to 7-4-1, 2Ko’s.
In a six-round featherweight affair Newark, New Jersey, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson remained unbeaten scoring a second-round stoppage of Santa Maria, California’s, Oscar “El Coyote” Mendoza.
The more skilled Stevenson mixing up his shots held target practice picking his shots quickly breaking Mendoza down with a variety of head and body shots forcing referee Sparkle Lee to call it over at 1:38 of round two. Stevenson moves to 4-0, 2Ko’s ending Mendoza ‘s victory run at 4-3, 2Ko’s.
In a battle of featherweight hopefuls New York’s, 21-year-old, Jose “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Denver, Colorado’s, Adan Gonzales traded moments and shots to a hard fought 58-56, 57-57 times two majority decision draw. Gonzalez bumps to 9-0-1, 2Ko’s while Gonzales moves over to 3-1-2, 2Ko’s.
In a special female lightweight attraction and a major step up bout LA 2016 Olympian, Mikaela Mayer won a majority decision over Bronx, New York, veteran Nydia “Dha Phenomenal” Feliciano.
Mayer imposing her stature from the opening sound controlled the space keeping Feliciano on the end of her jab for most of the twelve minutes somehow only being rewarded with a 38-38, 40-36 times two conflicting majority decision. Female lightweight Mikaela Mayer used her 5’9” body frame and more polished boxing skills to dominate Nydia Feliciano over four one-sided rounds.
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