Nietes Squeezes Past Ioka
To Claim Vacant WBO Super Flyweight Strap!
By: Ayano Iwakura
December 31st, Wynn Palace Cotai, Macao: Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines former WBO Minimumweight, Light Flyweight and IBF Flyweight Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes took hold of the vacant World Boxing Organization World Super Flyweight Title with a closely contested twelve round split decision over Tokyo, Japan’s Kazuto Ioka.
The 36-year-old Nietes coming off a controversial split decision draw with Aston Palicte in September started well working his jab and landing with his right hand only to see the aggressor Ioka adjust defensively in the second half making Nietes miss more frequently countering with speedy shots to the body and head. After some close middle rounds Ioka appearing to have turned the tide would see Nietes pull things close with some repeat back and forth exchanges landing enough to gain the nod on the judges’ cards which were announced 118-110 and 116-112 for Nietes with the third judge calling it 116-112 for Ioka, Nietes moves to 42-1-5, 23Ko’s while the 29-year-old Ioka’s nine bout victory streak closes out at 23-2, 13Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Tokyo, Japan former IBF Minimumweight Champion Hiroto Kyoguchi claimed his second world title scoring an eleventh round TKO stoppage of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa’s World Boxing Association Super World Light Flyweight titlist Hekkie Budler.
After several evenly paced rounds Kyoguchi began to pick apart the low conditioned champion banging away to the body and head forcing Budler to remain seated after the close of round ten. The 25-year-old, Kyoguchi ahead 98-92, 96-94, 97-93 at the time of the stoppage moves to 12-0, 9Ko’s while the 30-year-old up and down Budler falls to 32-4, 10Ko’s.
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s Moruti “Baby Face” Mthalane made the first defense of his IBF Flyweight World title stopping Osaka, Japans rugged tough Masahiro Sakamoto in ten rounds.
Sakamoto made it entertaining early until the sharper, harder punching champion Mthalane zeroed in the mark in the second half breaking down the tough Japanese challenger drawing the attention of the ringside physician in round nine, allowed one more round on the receiving end of piling punishment had the bout called when referee Ignatius Missailidis having seen enough call the bout making Mthalane in charge on the judges cards 100-90, 99-91,98-92 a tenth round TKO winner. Mthalane unbeaten since a November 2008 sixth round TKO loss to Nonito Donaire improves to 37-2, 25Ko’s while Sakamoto’s five bout KO run comes to a close at 13-2, 9Ko’s.
Ito, Shiro and Inoue All Winners in Japan!
By: Hideaka Fukada
December 30th, Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan: In the main event of a Teiken - Akihiko Honda promotion Tokyo’s, Masayuki Ito made the first defense of his World Boxing Organization World Super Featherweight Title recording a seventh round TKO stoppage of Ekaterinburg, Russia’s previously unbeaten Evgeny Chuprakov.
The bout beginning as an aggressive two way saw the harder hitting Ito use his jab create the necessary space to land a concentrated body attack breaking the tough Russian down taking control in the second half backing Chuprakov to the ropes for heavy combinations up and down prompting a towel from the Russian corner forcing referee Lawrence Cole to call the bout in round seven. Ito moves to 25-1-1, 13Ko’s while Chuprakov suffering his first defeat slips to 20-1, 10Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Uji, Kyoto, Japan’s unbeaten “Amazing Boy” Ken Shiro successfully defended his WBC Light Flyweight title for the fifth time scoring a one-way points win over Mexico City, Mexico’s Saul “Baby” Juarez.
Shiro taking a measured stance in the opening frames began to open it up in the second half leading to a twelfth and final round of punishing shots weathered by the tough Mexican sending the bout to the judge’s card which was announced 120-108, 119-109 times two for the “still” reigning WBC Light Flyweight Champion Shiro. Shiro remains unbeaten at15-0, 8Ko’s while Juarez falling short in his second title challenge falls to 24-9-2, 13Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Yokohama, Japan’s, Takuma Inoue, the 23-year-old, younger brother of WBA Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue claimed the interim World Boxing Council World Bantamweight Title with a tilted twelve round unanimous decision over Roi-Et, Thailand, southpaw, Tasana Salapat.
Inoue fighting a patient technical fight mixing calculated leads and counters remained patient methodically dissecting the taller, longer Salapat to a 117-111 times three title retaining unanimous decision. Inoue climbs to 13-0, 3Ko’swhile Salapat suffering his first loss falls to 48-1, 33Ko’s.
Lukáš Konečný, Back With Eight Round Decision Win!
By: Ian Webb
December 27th, O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic: Forty-year-old former World Boxing Organization European Middleweight Champion Lukáš Konečný, returned from a four-and-a-half-year absence to close his seventeen-year career on a positive note scoring an eight round points win over Nitra, Slovakia’s, Matúš Babiak. Konecy with no plans to fight again moves to 51-5, 20Ko’s while Babiak suffering his second defeat falls to 7-2, 4Ko’s.
Lomachenko Decisions Pedraza,
Unifies WBA/WBO Lightweight World Titles
Emanuel Navarrete Stuns Isaac Dogboe to Win 122lb Title Teofimo Lopez KOs Mason Menard in Lightweight Bout!
(photo credit Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
(December 8th) WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko wanted to unify lightweight world titles. After 12 rounds, he got his wish, although WBO champion Jose Pedraza sure didn’t make it easy and halted Lomachenko’s eight-bout knockout streak in the process.
Lomachenko (12-1 9 KOs,) defeated Pedraza (25-2, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,312 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden to unify world titles for the first time in his illustrious career.
Scores were 119-107 and 117-109 2X.
“It was my dream to unify titles,” Lomachenko said. “It was my next goal. I can now focus on my next chapter.
“He’s a veteran. He did a very good job, and I respect Pedraza and his team.”
Said Pedraza: “I am happy with my performance tonight. I went 12 rounds with the best fighter in the world. I knew what we were going up against. I thought it was a close fight until the knockdowns. At the end of the day, I am proud of what I did.”
It was tactical fight, as Pedraza’s long arms kept Lomachenko at bay for much of the night. In the 11th round, Lomachenko, turned up the heat, scoring a pair of body shot knockdowns as Pedraza barely survived the round.
For Lomachenko, it’s on to the next challenge.
Navarrete Stuns Dogboe to Win Title
Emanuel Navarrete beat the long odds and stunned the rising superstar, Isaac Dogboe, via unanimous decision to win the WBO junior featherweight world title. The scores (116-112 2X, 115-113) reflected the action, as Navarrete was the aggressor throughout the fight
Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs) stopped the streaking momentum of Dogboe (20-1, 14 KOs), who was making his second title defense.
“I thank Dogboe for this opportunity,” Navarrete said. “This world championship represents every day that I was working away from my family. This title represents sacrifice. I injured my right hand early in the fight, but I had the desire to be a champion and I did everything necessary to get the title, and I am very happy and proud to achieve this goal of being the world champion.”
Said Dogboe: “It was a great fight, and Emanuel Navarrete fought like a true Mexican warrior. Champions are supposed to keep going under any circumstance, but I just couldn’t get the victory. The best man won tonight.”
The Teofimo Express Rolls On
Teofimo Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs) showed why, at age 21, he is the sport’s fastest rising star, knocking out Mason Menard with a right hand at only 44 seconds of the opening round. Menard (34-4, 24 KOs) fell face-first, and the fight was immediately waved off.
“I knew he was a tough fighter. I knew he could fight,” Lopez said. “I wanted to test him, and I took a chance early in the fight. I know he trained hard, and he didn’t want it to go that way. But this is ‘The Takeover.’ ‘The Takeover’ has begun.
“In 2019, I will be a world champion. That’s a guarantee.”
In other results:
Alexander Besputin (12-0, 9 KOs) defended his USBA welterweight belt with a 10-round unanimous decision (100-88 3X) over Juan Carlos Abreu (21-5-1, 19 KOs) in a foul-filled bout.
“He fought a very uncomfortable, dirty fight, but I dominated,” Besputin said. “I am ready for a world title fight next.”
Heavyweight Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello came, saw, and conquered in his pro debut, knocking out Luke Lyons (5-2-1, 2 KOs) at :29 of the second round. Vianello, a native of Rome, represented Italy at the 2016 Olympics.
“It was a dream come true to make my professional debut at Madison Square Garden,” Vianello said. “I hope I did Italy proud. I came here tonight to score a knockout, and I delivered.”
Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (12-1, 8 KOs), a Bronx native, put on a show for the hometown fans, scoring three knockdowns en route to a fifth-round TKO against John Renteria (16-6-1, 12 KOs). Vargas has now won six straight since a controversial disqualification defeat.
In an upset to start the evening, super lightweight Abdiel Ramirez (24-3-1, 22 KOs) stopped Michael “The Artist” Perez (25-3-2, 12 KOs) in the eighth and final round. Perez, from Newark, N.J., a longtime contender, was returning from a nearly 20-month layoff. Perez was leading on all three scorecards (68-64, 68-64, 66-65) at the time of the stoppage.
Brian Ceballo (6-0, 3 KOs) cruised to a four-round unanimous decision against Daniel Calzada by identical scores of 40-36.
Horn Takes Out “The Man” In One!
By: Ian Webb
December 1st, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: Brisbane’s, thirty-year-old former physical-education teacher and WBO Welterweight Champion, Jeff “Hornet” Horn scored a definitive, rebound first round stoppage win over Sydney, New South Wales, rival Anthony “The Man” Mundine.
In the must win made to order fight the youthful, stronger Horn, moving up in weight just five month’s off a ninth round TKO title losing stoppage at the hands of unbeaten Terrance “Bud” Crawford went right to work landing a big right hand just seconds into the bout, then turning to former two-time WBA Super Middleweight Champion’s body, together with some strategic grappling brought down the 43 year old’s head for a power left hook dropping “The Man” to his hands and knees prompting referee Phil Austin to immediately wave the bout over at 1:33 of round one.
Unsure if he will remain at the heavier weight, Horn improves to 19-1-1, 13Ko’s. The 25-year veteran Mundine having battled the likes of Sven Ottke, Mikkel Kessler and Joshua Clottey holding wins over Antwun Echols, Danny Green, Sam Soliman, Shannon Taylor, Bronco McKart, Daniel Geale, Shane Mosley and Siarhei Rabchanka 1-3 in his last four announced it would be his last fight leaving him at respectable 48-9, 28Ko’s.
Welterweights: Cameron Hammond (17-1) W12 Frank Rojas (23-2) via unanimous decision for WBA Oceania welterweight title.
On the Undercard:
Liam Wilson (3-0) W10 Brent Rice (8-1) for Australian title.
Francis Chua (6-0-1) SD6 Kye Mackenzie (20-2).
Ben Mahoney (6-0) SD5 Adrian Rodriguez (11-2-2).
Kurtis Pegoraro (12-4) W4 David Aloua (12-3).
Kori Farr (3-4-2) SD4 Krystina Jacobs (1-1).
Lachlan O’Shea (1-0) TKO4 Ben Horn (0-1) the pro debuting younger brother of Jeff Horn.
Youssef Dib (10-0) W4 Mark Ramirez (5-14-3).
Joseph Goodall (5-0) W4 Christian Tsoye (3-2).
Lejarraga Buckles Gavin in Four!
By: Ian Webb
November 17th, Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Baracaldo Bilbao, Spain: Hometown champion Kerman “Revolver” Lejarraga with his EBU European Welterweight Title not on the line stopped Birminham, UK’s over the limit Frankie Gavin in four.
The locked and loaded Lejarraga pressing the action from the opening bell stalked the jabbing moving combination punching Gavin through the first two rounds opening up the offense in round three landing the harder punches on the busier Brit.
In round four Lejarraga drawing the confident Gavin into some solid exchanges “Revolvers” heavier hands would win out rocking the southpaw Gavin with two solid lead right hands turning the left hook to the body over powering the game and very durable Brit with a drilling body shot putting him down with deflating left hook to the body buckling the tough 33 year old to the canvas where he was counted out by referee Christophe Fernandez.
The 26year old Lejarraga remains unbeaten at 27-0, 22Ko’s while Gavin whose only previous defeats coming to Leonard Bundu Kell Brook and Sam Eggington falls to 26-4, 15Ko’s.
Félix Verdejo Returns
With Second Round Stoppage of Yardley Armenta Cruz!
By: David Colon
November 10th, at Coliseo Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico: 25-year-old, once beaten Puerto Rican star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo returned to the ring putting behind his sole defeat scoring a second-round stoppage of Sinola, Mexico’s, Yardley Armenta Cruz.
Nearly eight months since his sole defeat a tenth round KO loss to Antonio Lozada Torres, Verdejo wiped the slate clean measuring Cruz up and down with an accurate and punishing jab dropping and stopping Cruz with a well-timed counter left hook on the button. After calling the fight the most important fight of his young career Verdejo moves to 24-1, 16Ko’s while the 24-year-old, but experienced Cruz, having battled the likes of Andy Vences, Dennis Galarza, Alberto Machado, Ryan Martin, Mario Barrios, Billy Dib, Matt Remillard, Romero Duno and Richard Commey now stopped in four of his last six fights drops to 24-12, 14Ko’s.
Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juanma
Coast to Ten Round Points Wins!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
(November 10th) Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, Miami, Florida: In front of a hometown crowd former WBA and IBF Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis “El Ciclon De Guantánamo” Gamboa coasted to a one-way, points win over Sinola, Mexico’s, Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran, Jr.
The 36-year-old, former champion went right to work flooring the 29-year-old journeyman in round one, going onto out work and out point the sturdy veteran 99-90, 98-91 and 100-89 when the judge’s final tabulations were announced. Gamboa three points wins away from a seventh-round retirement by Robinson Castellanos, May 2017 moves to 29-2, 17Ko’s while Beltran, 2-3 in his last five falls to 33-7, 22Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction, Caguas, Puerto Rico former three-time world champion Juan “Juanma” Lopez, rebounded from a March 3rd, twelfth round TKO loss to Jayson Velez flooring Buenos Aires, Argentina, 22-year-old, Cristian “Piedrita” Mino, twice in round three and again in rounds four and five enroute to a 97-98, 96-89 times two unanimous decision win. Juanma on the slide since two Ko losses to Orlando Salido, now stopped in four of his last seven outings drops to 36-6, 32Ko’s as Mino on a skid of his own losing his last three falls to 19-3, 12Ko’s.
JuanMa Lopez Post Fight
"I don't know how he absorbed all the punishment. I couldn't know him out but it was a good fight.
It was uncomfortable because of his style but I've been fighting for a long time and it was an excellent warm up for the Gamboa fight."
Gamboa trainer Post Fight:
"i have been working every day to make Gamboa a champion once again. And he is responding. It was a great night."
Gamboa Post Fight:
"I was very happy with the results. I tried to work on my explosiveness and it worked well. It was a very exciting night for me. Here in Miami. My city. Great crowd."
JuanMa after Gamboa's fight grabs the mic in the ring:
"Enough of the waiting. We have been waiting long enough I did my part and you did your part now let's get it on."
Gamboa after JuanMa:
"If it's a fight the fans want to see, let's do it!"
Nery Returns with Three Round Annihilation of Canoy!
By: David Colon
October 6th, Gasmart Stadium, Tijuana, Mexico: In the main event of a Fernando Beltran – promotion Tijuana’s own Luis "Pantera" Nery claimed the vacant World Boxing Council Silver Bantamweight Title with a brutal third round stoppage of Cebu City, Philippines Jason “Dillinger” Canoy.
Nery Coming in off an overweight vacant World Boxing Council World Bantamweight Champion second round TKO stoppage of Shinsuke Yamanaka in March The fast-starting “Pantera” working behind an early active jab put the over matched Canoy on the deck in the round one with a powerful southpaw left.
The always aggressive Nery mixing up his attack ripped Canoy up and down in round two opening up the out gunned – out classed Filipino sending Canoy to the Canvas with a heavy combination in round three. A certified finisher “Pantera” would not let his wounded prey off the hook immediately backing “Dillinger” to the corner for a fierce two-handed attack prompting referee Jesus Becerra to step in and stop the punishment at 2:44 of round three. Nery remains unbeaten at 27-0, 21ko’s while Canoy 1-3 in his last four falls to 29-9, 19Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Tijuana, Mexico’s Kenia “Jaguarcita” Enríquez retained her WBC interim Female Mini-Flyweight Champion title scoring a one sided 100-90, 100-89 times two ten round shut out points win over Tejerias, Venezuela’s 19-year-old, Norleidys Graterol. The 24 year old, Enríquez improves to 21-1, 9Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Graterol slips to 7-1, 7Ko’s.
"The Song Remains The Same"
Nothing Settled In Canelo / Golovkin Final Judgement!
By: Coach K
September 15th, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the main event of a Golden Boy promoted Canelo / Golovkin “Final Judgement” rematch LIVE on HBO PPV Guadalajara, Mexico’s, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez took possesion of the IBO/WBA/WBC World Middleweight Titles with a highly provocative “The Song Remains the Same” twelve round majority decision over LA based previously unbeaten Kazakhstani Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Following bogus the scoring of the first fight, two positive ped tests and a slap on the wrist 6-month suspension and a hype filled year of unaccountability the 28-year-old former WBC / WBA Light and WBC / WBO Light Middleweight Champion Alvarez alive on a contentious 118-110 score card by Las Vegas Judge Adalaide Byrd appearing to be fighting a pundit called fight plan once again gained the call of many very closely contest rounds in which Golovkin throwing and landing more punches finishing hard where Golovkin’s consistent jab and final three round power punching push rocking Canelo in the tenth, hammering him with jabs, and bilateral power shots in the eleventh.
Gololvkin opened up cracking Canelo’s head back a solid right hand in the twelfth and final round. Canelo again caught coming forward takes an Golovkin uppercut with the champion landing another clean one to close and take the round.
Yes, Alvarez answered the pundits calls for a sustained body attack but it was GGG who closed hard clearly winning the final three rounds. What better way to end a performance-enhancing drug scandal than with another controversial serving decision.
In the co-feature Tijuana, Baja Mexico’s 21-year-old power punching Jaime Munguia made the second successful defense of his WBO World Super Welterweight Title breaking down Ajax, Ontario, Canada’s once beaten “Bad Boy” Brandon Cook in three rounds.
Fighting for the fifth time in 2018, the much taller, stronger Munguia controlling all aspects of the bout quickly turned Cook’s aggressive third round on itself landing clean heavy shots on the game Canadian landing a heavy barrage of shots continuing to the canvas immediately prompting referee Tony Weeks to put a stop to the bout at 1:03 of round three. Munguia improves to 31-0, 26Ko’s while Cook stopped for just the second time falls to 20-2, 13Ko’s.
In a twelve round middleweight elimination bout which should highlight to return to same day weigh-ins Montreal, Quebec, Canada former IBF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux ended weeks of trash talk blasting out Cork, Ireland’s, Gary O'Sullivan in one round.
The former Golovkin victim Lemieux coming in one victory off a World Boxing Organization World Middleweight Title twelve round unanimous decision loss to Billy Joe Saunders the much bigger, power punching Lemieux lets his hands do the talking dropping “Spike” with a huge left hook forcing referee Russell Mora to stop his count and call the bout at 2:44 of round one. Lemieux with his 15lb fight night weight advantage moves to 40-4, 34Ko’s while the game but “Spike” drops to 28-3, 20Ko’s.
In a special attraction ten round super flyweight bout Managua, Nicaragua former WBA Minimumweight, WBA Light Flyweight, WBC Flyweight and Super Flyweight Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez came crashing back from consecutive losses to ferociously stop Mexico City, Mexico’s former WBO Minimumweight Champion, Moises “Moy” Fuentes in five rounds.
Following a first round shake down Gonzalez opened up the pressure punching and landing from both sides landing to the body and head opening a cut around Fuentes’ right eye in round two.
Staying with his patented offense mined attack Gonzalez put Fuentes on his back foot working him t o the ropes in round five following up a set up left hook with a monster right hand dropping Fuentes on his back forcing to immediately wave the bout over at 1:44 of round five. Gonzalez moves to 47-2, 39Ko’s while Fuentes 1-4 in his last five bouts falls to 25-6-1, 14Ko’s
Dallas, Texas 20-year-old amateur standout and heavy handed pro super lightweight Vergil Ortiz Jr., remained perfect banging out Zaragoza, Mexico veteran Roberto “Massa” Ortiz in two rounds. Vergil Ortiz Jr. catching “Massa” with a loaded right early in round two was quick to demonstrate his finishing touch immediately going back on the attack putting “Massa” for on a knee a forcing referee Vic Drackulich to step in and stop the fight at 1:03 of round two. Vergil Ortiz Jr improves to 11-0, 11Ko’s while “Massa” Roberto Ortiz winless in his last four falls to 35-4-2, 26Ko’s.
In an eight-round battle of southpaw welterweights Santa Anna, California’s 21-year-old, Alexis “Lex” Rocha scored a unanimous decision win over Zaragoza, Mexico’s 34-year-old, Carlos Ortiz Cervantes.
The sharper quicker punching Rocha used some clean combination punching to grab an early lead, opening a cut over Cervantes right eye mixing in a solid body attack earning a well-deserved 79-73, 80-72 times two unanimous decision win. Rocha stays unbeaten at 12-0, 8Ko’s while Cervantes suffering his second straight defeat dips to 11-3, 11Ko’s.
In a battle of unbeaten super middleweight’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, based Georgian, Jaba Khositashvili scored six round points win over San Bernardino, California’s 21-year-old, southpaw, Lawrence “Dawg” King. The 28-year-old, Georgian zeroing his right hand early landing the cleaner harder punches stayed on the attack to score a more convincing than scored 58-56 times three unanimous decision win. Khositashvili advances to 4-0, 2Ko’s while King suffering his first loss slips to 4-1, 3Ko’s.
In six round welterweight action New York’s, Brian Ceballo remained unbeaten stopping Orange, Texas, David “Terminator” Thomas in two rounds. Ceballo the much more skilled fighter in charge from the opening sound flooring the “Terminator” twice in round one continued the punishment in round two exhorting referee Jay Nady to stop the punishment at 0:34 of round two. Ceballo improves to 5-0, 2Ko’s as Thomas winless in his last four drops to 6-4-1, 2Ko’s.
Kavaliauskas Out Points Abeu
In ESPN Elevated Main Event!
By: David Colon
July 7th, Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California: Moved to the main event of a Bob Arum / Top Rank promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN and ESPN+ following the collapse of the scheduled Jose Ramirez / Danny O’Connor WBC Super Lightweight World Championship, Oxnard, California, based Lithuanian “Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas cut over both eyes plowed ahead retaining his NABF Welterweight Title scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Dominican Republic “Merengue” Juan Carlos Abreu.
Abreu cut over the left eye and Kavaliauskas over the right from an accidental clash of heads in round one the more accurate and aggressive 2008 and 2012 Lithuanian Olympian was cut over his left eye by an Abreu right in round three.
Battling the dripping left eye, pawing it throughout Kavaliauskas going past the eighth round for the first time out worked and out landed the single punching Dominican to a 96-94, 97-93 times two unanimous decision win.
Staying unbeaten at 20-0, 16Ko’s the less than stellar performance keeps Kavaliauskas in contention for a shot at the welterweight elite while the loss drops the on again, off again Abreu to 21-4-1, 19Ko’s.
The Ramirez / O’Connor WBC Super Lightweight World Championship main event was cancelled after challenger Danny O'Connor, 30-3, 11Ko’s was found physically and medically unable to perform after O’Connor was hospitalized suffering from severe dehydration attempting to cut two pounds just ahead of the fight weigh-in.
In the repositioned ten round co-feature San Jose, unbeaten “Shark” Andy Vences retained his World Boxing Council Continental Americas Super Featherweight Title with a ten round unanimous decision victory over Reading, Pennsylvania, southpaw, Frank De Alba.
The bigger, stronger, longer Vences controlling most of the action working an accurate jab, switching stances picking his shots landing big clean right hands to the head and body rocking the sturdy Pennsylvanian several times settling for a one sided 98-92, 99-91 times two unanimous decision win.
Vences moves to 21-0-1, 12Ko’s while De Alba suffering his second straight defeat slips to 22-4-2, 9Ko’s.
Leading the undercard, Imperial, California, heavyweight Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. dominated Lawrenceville, Georgia’s Kevin Johnson for most of their scheduled ten rounder out working the past his prime “Kingpin” to an uneventful 99-91, 97-93 times two unanimous decision win.
The win Ruiz second appearance and win since suffering a twelve majority decision round vacant World Boxing Organization World Heavyweight Title challenge to Joseph Parker, December 2016 moves him to 31-1, 20Ko’s while the once highly ranked Johnson holding wins over Timur Ibragimov, Devin Vargas and Alex Leapai having battled the likes of Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury, Christian Hammer, Dereck Chisora, Manuel Charr, Kubrat Pulev and Anthony Joshua remains in gate keeper status at 32-10-1, 16Ko’s.
In his toughest test to date highly touted Stockton, California, 18-year-old, lightweight, Gabriel Flores Jr. floored College Station, Texas, 27-year-old, James De Herrera in round one of their scheduled six rounder with a tight left hook out boxing and out pointing the aggressive Texan to a one sided 60-53 times three unanimous decision win. Flores improves to 9-0, 5Ko’s while the rough and ready Herrera sinks to official opponent status at 4-5, 3Ko’s.
Allentown, Pennsylvania, power punching 19-year-old, super featherweight Joseph Adorno continued his heavy-handed ways dropping Mission, Texas, Guadalupe De Leon in round three bringing the fight to it’s foregone conclusion with a follow up volley of punches forcing referee Gerard White to call it over at 2:32 of round three. Adorno remains perfect at 8-0, 8Ko’s while the 39-year-old professional opponent De Leon 1-7-1 in his last nine dives to 9-16-1, 5Ko’s
In super lightweight preliminary action Indio, California, 21-year-old, Ruben Rodriguez remained unbeaten easily out pointing Dallas, Texas, Richard Ray Howell, 39-37, 40-36 times two after four. Rodriguez moves to 3-0, 1Ko while Howell levels out at 2-2-2, 1Ko.
In a four round super bantamweight preliminary La Quinta’s, Santos Ortega convincingly blanked San Felipe’s, Ivan “El Monkey” Martino, 40-36 across the board. Ortega moves to 2-0, 1Ko as Martino drops to 3-2, 3Ko’s.
Ancajas Out Classes and Out Points Sultan,
Yafai Stops Carmona After Seven!
By: David Colon
May 26th, Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California: In the all Filipino main attraction of a Eddie Hearn - Matchroom Boxing, Bob Arum - Top Rank co-promotion Cavite City, “Pretty Boy” Jerwin Ancajas made the fifth defense of his IBF Super Flyweight title scoring a one way twelve round unanimous decision over Cebu City’s, Jonas Sultan.
The more technically proficient and defensively sound southpaw champion Ancajas out boxed the less skilled but determined Sultan throughout easily out pointing his quirky challenger 117-11, 119-109, times two when the uneventful clinic was concluded. Ancajas improved to 30-1-1, 20Ko’s while Sultan falls to 14-4, 9Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK’s, Kal Yafai made the third defense of his WBA World Super Flyweight title stopping Mexico City’s tough David “Severo” Carmona in seven rounds.
The 2008 Olympian, Yafai flooring the over the limit Carmona once in rounds one and four, twice in round five pounded the overmatched but resilient Mexican finally convincing “Severo’s” corner to call it at the close of round seven. Yafai remains unbeaten at 24-0, 15Ko’s while Carmona 1-4 in his last five drops to 21-6-5, 9Ko’s.
Inoue and Shiro By Early Ko’s!
By: Hideaki Fukada
May 25th, Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan: In the main event of a
Ohashi Promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN+, Yokohama, Japan “Monster” Naoya Inoue claimed the World Boxing Association World Bantamweight Title scoring a sensational first round stoppage of Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK’s Jamie McDonnell.
The 25-year-old Naoya immediately taking control of the center of the ring stalked the circling McDonnell from the opening bell blitzed the reigning champion with rapid combinations to the body and head staggering the 32-year-old with a long-left hand high on the head backing him near the ropes ripping him to the body with a drilling left hook putting the champion down for a referee Luis Pabon eight count. Allowed to continue the still hurt champion was immediately pressed to the ropes for a bilateral Naoya assault dropping McDonnell to his knees where the fight was immediately waved over at 1:52 of round one. Inoue improves to 16-0, 14Ko’s while McDonnell unbeaten in his last 21 bouts going back to 2007-2008 successive losses to Chris Edwards and Lee Haskins slips to 29-3-1, 13Ko’s.
In the rematch World Boxing Council World Light Flyweight Title co-feature, Uji, Kyoto, Japan’s, Ken Shiro again retained his scoring a drilling second round knockout of Mexico City, Mexico former world titlist, Ganigan “El Maravilla” Lopez.
In an unofficial extension of their first majority decision meeting won by Shiro one year ago both fighters coming off interim TKO wins the champion Shiro beginning where he left off in the first meeting probed and measured the southpaw Lopez in the first frame patiently closed the space in round two continuing to assess “El Maravilla” before stepping in and catching the retreating Lopez with a straight right to the liver dropping him to the canvas for a full referee Vic Drakulich ten count at 1:58 of round two. Shiro moves to 13-0, 7Ko’s while Lopez drops to 29-8, 18Ko’s.
Lomachenko Drops Linares In the 10th!
(May 12th - Top Rank) It wasn’t easy, but Vasiliy Lomachenko dug deep and overcame a sixth-round knockdown to stop Jorge Linares in the 10th round to win the WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight titles in front of 10,429 fans at Madison Square Garden. A left hand to the body put Linares down for the 10-count. Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) is a now a three-weight world champion.
Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames went the 10-round distance in the co-feature, overcoming a stiff challenge from Mexican veteran Alejandro Barrera en route to the unanimous decision win. Scored were 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 in favor of Adames (14-0, 11 KOs).
Michael Conlan made his debut in the big room at Madison Square Garden against Ibon Larrinaga, who was content to back up for much of the eight-round featherweight bout. Conlan (7-0, 5 KOs) put the pressure on, and while he couldn’t score the knockout, he cruised to a unanimous decision victory. All three judges scored the bout 80-72. Conlan is scheduled to fight again in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 30.
Brooklyn native Teofimo Lopez put on a show for the hometown fans, knocking out Vitor Freitas with a right hand in the opening round. Lopez improved to 9-0 with seven knockouts.
Mikaela Mayer went six rounds for the first time in her pro career, dominating the game Baby Nansen of Auckland, New Zealand, en route to a unanimous decision points win. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 for Mayer (5-0, 3 KOs), a Los Angeles native who represented the United States at the 2016 Olympics.
In his debut under the Top Rank banner, Jamel Herring knocked out the normally durable Juan Pablo Sanchez at 1:28 of the fifth round. Herring (17-2, 10 KOs) was cut over his right eye but finished with a barrage to stop Sanchez, who hadn’t been knocked out since 2012.
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Uzbekistan, knocked out Jesus Silveyra at 2:05 of fourth round to improve to 4-0. Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, el medallista de oro olímpico de Uzbekistán, fulminó a Jesús Silveyra a los 2:05 del cuarto asalto para mejorar su record a 4-0.
Devan Haney Defeats Menard By TKO In Dominating SHOBOX: The New Generation Performance!
(photos; Credit Stephanie Trapp/Showtime)
(May 12th) Blue chip lightweight prospect Devin Haney rose to the occasion in what was the toughest test of his career, defeating veteran Mason Menard via ninth-round TKO in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on SHOWTIME from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
Haney (20-0, 13 KOs) entered the fight as a highly regarded prospect who had never been tested. He faced his first test on Friday in what was a scheduled 10-round bout against ShoBox veteran Menard (33-3, 24 KOs).
Haney took control of the fight from the opening bell and never relinquished it. The 19-year-old picked off Menard with a dominating jab from the outside and used lateral movement to avoid getting hit. Menard was unable to land any meaningful punches and he looked sluggish compared to Haney's consistent movement and athleticism.
After nine rounds of domination, Menard's corner had seen enough and stopped the fight following the round. Haney passed the toughest test of his career with flying colors, never once letting Menard take control of the fight.
"The plan was to go in there and work off the jab," Haney said. "If the knockout came, I would take it but I just went in there, put on a boxing clinic and showed the world that I could go the full 10 rounds.
"I feel like I put on a performance. I was relaxed and did my job. I'm definitely the next superstar. There's only bigger and better things from here on out. I work very hard. I went in and put on a good performance against a guy that people said could knock me out or hurt me."
Following the fight, a defeated Menard was respectful of Haney's performance.
"He never hurt me. He was catching me with the best shots he could and never hurt me. But the kid can definitely fight," Menard admitted.
In the 10-round co-feature, super bantamweight prospect Joshua "Don't Blink" Greer (17-1-1, 9 KOs) scored his third ShoBox knockout against Baltimore native Glenn Dezurn (9-1-2, 6 KOs).
The fight was explosive from the outset, with both fighters pushing the pace. Greer took advantage of Dezurn's high guard to work the body, while Dezurn pushed forward to engage Greer on the inside. Greer began to dominate in the third round, when a big right hand hurt Dezurn with two minutes remaining.
"I knew he would come hard so I put I the work in the gym to make sure I was ready," said Greer. "I'm just happy everything paid off."
Greer hurt Dezurn again in the fifth round with a straight left, and eventually tied him up against the ropes with a succession of blows that almost had Dezurn's trainer Barry Hunter stopping the fight. After the round, Hunter warned Dezurn that he would stop the fight if Dezurn didn't fight back.
Despite almost going down in the fifth, Dezurn survived for three more rounds. The injured and exhausted Dezurn wasn't able to put anything behind his punches and hit the canvas in the eighth round for the first time in his career before referee Benjy Esteves stopped the fight with 1:47 remaining.
"I got caught with a few good shots, but I recovered quickly and I was still in the fight," Dezurn said. "I have a lot of heart, which is a gift and a curse for me."
A confident Greer was pleased with his performance after the fight.
"I wasn't surprised I could knock him out," Greer said. "I knew I could break his will."
In an eight-round featured attraction, light heavyweight prospect Charles Foster (16-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated with a unanimous decision win against Alvin Varmall Jr. (15-0-2, 12 KOs), scored 77-75, 78-74, 79-73.
Foster dominated the fight from the outset, controlling the scrappy Varmall, who became the 174th fighter to suffer his first loss onShoBox. Varmall made a valiant attempt to get inside in the early rounds, but a more disciplined Foster held him at bay, with Vermall stumbling and getting tied up inside.
"My experience was the difference," Foster said. "He was loading up on one punches and I was sticking to my game plan - sticking behind the jab, working the body."
Foster peppered Varmall with his lead left hand, tagging his opponent enough to break him down and eventually tire him out. Varmall landed a couple of statement shots but wasn't able to hurt Foster and by the later rounds, his punches lacked power.
"When he would come on the inside he couldn't hurt me," Foster said. "I was the one controlling the entire fight."
In the opening bout of the four-fight telecast, super bantamweight Arnold Khegai kept his unblemished record intact with a unanimous decision over veteran Adam Lopez, scored 77-74, 77-74, 78-73.
Making his U.S. debut, the controlled Khegai (12-0-1, 8 KOs) pressed the action from the start. Khegai worked the jab and stayed mobile, capitalizing on a wobbly Lopez (16-2-3, 8 KOs) with a perfectly timed counter punch with 30 seconds remaining in the second round. Khegai stayed busy in the early rounds with consistent counter punches, but earned a point deduction for a hit to the back of Lopez's head with seconds remaining in the sixth round.
"That was my first fight in the U.S. and I wanted to show something special," Khegai said. "Everyone was waiting for the knockout, but I wanted to show my boxing skills. I could have gone for the KO in the middle of the fight, but I wanted to prove that I could box."
Despite a slight dip in productivity in the later rounds, the Ukrainian stayed efficient, landing 31 body shots compared to just 15 from Lopez.
Lopez, caught off guard by Khegai's fighting style, was disappointed by his performance in his record-setting seventh ShoBoxappearance.
"I was expecting him to be a dirty fighter, but it kind of threw me off my game. The referee kept telling me 'don't retaliate, don't retaliate.'
"I couldn't really land my hard shots. I landed a couple," Lopez said. "I stunned him in the fourth or fifth with a right uppercut. He got rocked a little bit, but he's a good fighter. He got out of it."
The event was promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with Devin Haney Promotions and Hard Hitting Promotions.
Devin Haney RTD9 Mason Menard
Joshua Greer Jr TKO8 Glenn Dezurn
Arnold Khegai W8 Adam Lopez
Charles Foster W8 Alvin Varmall Jr
Jeremy Cuevas TKO2 Hector Marengo
Craig Duncan KO4 David Murray
Branden Pizarro W6 Israel Villela
Milton Santiago W6 Jorge Luis Munguia
Barry Tompkins called the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.
Fury New British Champion!
(all photos by Karen Priestley)
(May12th) Hughie Fury destroyed Sam Sexton in five rounds on Saturday night at Bolton's Macron Stadium, Premier Suite, to claim the British Heavyweight title with a powerful performance to put the division on notice.
It was an explosive return to terrestrial TV Channel 5 for the British Heavyweight title which was last seen on the channel nearly seven years ago.
In his first fight back from his controversial loss to WBO World Joseph Parker in September, Fury had been promising a new and improved style in the buildup and he showed that by unleashing his big right-hand with more frequency.
He dropped Sexton in the fourth round just before the bell and then again in the sixth with a right hook leaving the referee Terry O’Connor little choice but to halt the fight.
Hughie dedicated the win to his father Peter who masterminded the return victory and he’s gunning for reigning champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
“I did everything he said tonight, and this fight is dedicated to my dad,” Said Fury.
“I was very confident, and my body has got so much stronger. I worked my right hand over Christmas and gave a boxing masterclass.”
“I’m dreaming to be a world champion. Whoever has got those belts I’m coming for them. Joshua or Wilder.”
On the undercard, female boxing sensation Savannah Marshall scored a second-round stoppage of Ester Konecna with a power-punching display in his first pro fight on UK soil.
Hughie Fury TKO5 Sam Sexton
Peter McDonagh D10 Peter Kramer
Reece Cartwright KO3 Juan Monzon
Savannah Marshall TKO2 Ester Konecna
Yusuf Safa W8 Jose Aguilar
George Brennan W6 Jose Hernandez
Mark Jeffers TKO2 Pjotr Filatov
Reece MacMillan W4 Innocent Anyanwu
Nathan Heaney TKO3 Sean Gorman
Shabaz Masoud TKO2 Stefan Sashov
Golovkin Keeps “Clenelo” Rematch Alive
With 2nd Round Annhilation of Martirosyan!
By: David Colon
May 5th, StubHub Center, Carson, California: In the main event of a 360, K2, Don King co-promotion broadcast LIVE on HBO Championship Boxing LA based Kazakhstani, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin tied Philadelphia legend Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins record of twenty consecutive middleweight title defenses with a second-round annihilation of Glendale, California, 2004 US Olympian, Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan.
Golovkin denied a controversial draw rematch versus Saul “Canelo” Alvarez due to “Clenelo” testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.
The usually sharp Martirosyan primed by his $225,000 purse starting well landing an early combination in round creating a false sense of hope and accomplishment for the local challenger only to have their hopes banished with a driving uppercut in round two paving the way for a “Cinco de Mayo” vicious bandolier of power shots dropping Martirosyan face first for a referee Jack Reiss full count at 1:53 of round two.
Golovkin having gone the distance in his previous two fights versus Saul Alvarez and Danny Jacobs moves to 38-0-1, 35Ko’s while inactive almost two years Martirosyan whose only previous loses come to Demetrius Andrade, Jermell Charlo and Erislandy Lara in his last bout, May 21st, 2016 drops to 36-4-1, 21Ko’s.
Asked about the prospects of a fight with Alvarez in September, Golovkin said "Absolutely, I want everyone. I have lots of belts. I challenge anyone to come and take my belts. I don't care who it is. Let's clean the division out."
In the first time ever female featured bout on HBO Bergen, Norway’s “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus retained her IBF/WBA/WBO and WBC World Female Welterweight titles with a get up and finish hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Providence, Rhode Island’s, capable Kali “KO Mequinonoag” Reis.
Making her 22nd title defense, Braekhus an alien to the canvas, jumped out to an early first half lead landing right hands behind an active mobile jab but was tagged by her bigger and determined challenger and put on a knee in the seventh round by a well-timed Reis looping right.
Braekhus recuperating quickly appeared to be regaining control in round eight when the unbeaten champion was wobbled by another Reis chopping right.
The thirty plus bout veteran Braekhus, again quickly recovered, readjusting her fight plan and returned to her moving and hitting, stopping and trading just enough to keep “KO Mequinonoag” honest and box her way to a 97-92, 96-93 times two win.
The 36-year-old champion, Braekhus appearing to be ignore the ringside Cris Cyborg sporting a "Cyborg vs. Braekhus 2019" T-shirt immediately declaring she would be open to a rematch improves to 33-0, 9Ko’s while the 31-year-old Reis three victories off a November 2016 ten round failed unanimous decision WBC/WBO title challenge loss to Christina Hammer falls to 13-7-1, 4Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a meeting of unbeaten super lightweights Big Bear, California, based Kazakhstani prospect Ruslan Madiev extended his professional unbeaten streak winning a mostly uneventful but challenging ten round unanimous decision over Tijuana, Mexico’s, Jesus Perez.
Madiev in control most of the thirty minutes final hurt Perez in round nine but the talented and determined Mexican held on only to find himself on the short side of a 99-91, 97-93 times two unanimous decision win. The Abel Sanchez trained Madiev improves to 12-0, 5Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Perez drops to 21-1, 16Ko’s.
In his second bout at the super lightweight limit Cleveland, Ohio, Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin kept the results the same winning a zero keeping ten round points win over Miami, Florida, based Columbian Breidis “Khanqueror” Prescott.
The Chattanooga native staying behind a busy early turning his attack to the body sent Prescott to the canvas twice in round four only to be ruled by referee Jerry Cantu the result of low blows.
Mixing up his attack a bit more in round five Martin putting the “Khanqueror” down with a “blue chip” uppercut in round five, only to have his overwhelming later success stained by a referee Cantu point deduction in round nine for repeated low blows.
Prescott scoring with big shots from both sides unable to crack the experienced and durable former contender in the final round would be forced to settle for a 77-73, 79-71 times two unanimous decision win. Martin improves to 22-0, 12Ko’s while Prescott renowned for his 2008 first round knockout of Amir “King” Khan just 1-5 in his last six sinks to opponent status at 31-13, 22Ko’s.
In a scheduled six round minimumweight bout LA southpaw, Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez kept his record without a blemish dropping and stopping Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico’s, Armando “Chiquita” Vazquez with a drilling left at 2:18 of round three. Rodriguez on a three bout KO run improves to 6-0, 4Ko’s while the been around the horn Vazquez winless in his last six drops to 25-22-1, 6Ko’s.
In four round welterweight action Brooklyn, New York’s, Brian Ceballo claimed his second pro victory boxing his way to a slanted 40-36 times three unanimous decision win over Garden Grove, California’s, Nam Phan. Ceballo moves to 2-0, 1Ko as the paid to play Phan winless in his last seven dives to 3-6-1, 2Ko’s.
Bellew Ratifies First Meeting Win
With "Bomber" Styled Fifth Round
"Rock Em - Sock Em" Stoppage of "Haymaker" Haye!
By: Ian Webb
May 5th, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London: Leading a Hayemaker, Matchroom Boxing co-promotion is it now possible Liverpool, heavyweight Tony “The Bomber” Bellew has finally shut up Bermondsey, London’s, trash talking David “Haymaker” Haye for good stopping the former WBA/WBC/WBO Cruiserweight and WBA Heavyweight Champion in five rounds.
Just fourteen months after a ruptured Achilles tendon supplied another “footnote” reason for a rematch Bellew used the perfect strategy to draw Haye into his quickly fading past proving that last year's win was no fluke flooring the declining former champion twice in the round three and once in round five forcing referee Howard John Foster to call it all over for Haye at 2:14of round five.
The "Bomber's" “rock’em - sock’em” style worked perfectly against the early loading “Hayemaker, goating the Londoner into some heavy exchanges sending Haye to the canvas twice in round three the first time from a thumping over hand right and the second coming from the opposite side the product of a powerful left hook.
In total control Bellew taking his time lined Haye up like a dart board in the fourth sending him to the canvas one more time in the fifth with another cracking left hook after which referee Foster rightfully waved the contest to a resolute end. Bellew improves to 30-2-1, 20Ko’s while Haye with his prime just a dot in the rear-view falls to 28-4, 26Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez claimed the vacant International Boxing Federation World Bantamweight Title flooring Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, UK’s, over the limit Paul “Baby Faced Assassin” Butler twice enroute to a one sided twelve round unanimous decision win.
With no title on the line for the three pounds over the division limit “Baby Faced Assassin”, Butler appearing to be closing an early feeling out first round was delivered to the canvas by a well-timed and placed Rodriguez left hook. The 25-year-old Rodriguez looking for an early evening went right back to work returning Butler to the deck with a heavy follow up barrage of punches after which to his credit Butler was able to climb to his feet and finish the round.
Butler able to avoid even the surprisingly cautious Puerto Rican in rounds two and three would then find himself scrambling to deal with “Manny’s” superior speed and accuracy taking clean, heavy shots in rounds four, five and six before slumping into pure survival mode.
Fighting off the back foot in the second half, still on the receiving end of Rodriguez unrelenting work Butler battered and bruised would remain standing only to hear Rodriguez named the one sided 118-108, 120-106 times two unanimous decision winner. Rodriguez improves to 18-0, 13Ko’s while Butler unbeaten in his last nine, going back to a March 2015 eighth round TKO stoppage at the hands of Zolani Tete dips to 26-2, 14Ko’s.
In other action:
Belfast, Northern Ireland, World Boxing Association International Super Featherweight Champion James “The Assassin” Tennyson added the Commonwealth (British Empire) and EBU European Super Featherweight titles to his collection with a get up and go fifth round knockout of Brentwood, Essex, Martin “Wardy” Ward.
The action exciting and intense from the opening bell would see the slightly favored Ward send Tennyson to the canvas in round two with a drilling hook to the body only to see the determined “Irishman” struggle back to his feet and back into the fight flipping the script rocking Ward several in round four putting him on the deck twice in round five, first coming by way of a solid combination and the second from an up lifting inside shot collapsing Ward to the canvas where referee Victor Loughlan waved the contest over at 2:24 of the fifth round. Tennyson moves to 22-2, 18Ko’s while Ward enduring his first defeat dips to 19-1-2, 9Ko’s.
In a scheduled twelve round battle of southpaw super middleweights Islington, London’s, John “Gorilla” Ryder recorded a hard fought second round stoppage of Swindon, Wiltshire’s, Jamie Cox.
The starting as a two way, all in, close range battle would see the straighter, sharper punching Ryder gain the advantage in the “gorilla warfare” styled fight landing a big right high on Cox head in round two slumping the Wiltshire fighter to the canvas forcing referee Ian John Lewis to call it to an end at 0:50 of round two. Ryder improves to 26-4, 14Ko’s while Cox 2-2 in his last four outings falls to 25-2, 14Ko’s.
In just his fourth pro bout Putney, London, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce took hold of the Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title stopping Saint Petersburg, Florida, based Jamaican, Lenroy “TNT” Thomas in two rounds.
Joyce controlling the pace and the distance early in round one took control putting Thomas on the canvas with a body shot to close round one.
Sensing Thomas was still hurt Joyce opened round two immediately engaging the 33-year-old veteran revisiting Thomas to the canvas with a set of thumping rights. Thomas taking a referee Terry O'Connor eight count was allowed to continue only to be met by a crushing left hook sinking the “TNT” less Thomas to his knees this time for a referee O’Connor full count ending the bout at 2:36 of round two. Joyce remains perfect at 4-0, 4Ko’s while Thomas coming off a draw with Conisbrough, Yorkshire, “White Lion” David Allen falls to 22-5-1, 10Ko’s
Croydon, London, based Ghanaian light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi felt out, measured, dominated, then crushed Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Frances, Stephane Cuevas with a loaded combination in the fifth round of their scheduled eight rounder. The 25-year-old 2016 Olympian, Buatsi progresses to 6-0, 4Ko’s while the overmatched Cuevas, 2-2-2 in his last six drops to 8-2-3, 4Ko’s.
In a pairing of super featherweights Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, Jordan “The Thrill” Gill out pointed and out classed Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland’s, Carl “Cobra” McDonald, 60-54 after six. Gill improves to 20-0, 4Ko’s while the light handed, no threat McDonald falls to 3-2.
In a special six round super lightweight contest Hessle, Yorkshire, 2012 Olympic Games Gold medalist Luke Campbell got back on track stopping Coventry, West Midlands, anything but “Terrifying” Troy James in five.
The southpaw Campbell coming off a twelve round split decision World Boxing Association World Lightweight Title loss to Jorge Linares in September righted the ship dominating the five round lasting shake down run sinking James to the canvas twice once in round two with body shot and again in round four with a solid right forcing referee Jeff Hinds to stop the punishment at 2:18 of round five.
Campbell back in the green moves to 18-2, 15Ko’s while the target ready James winless in his last three falls to 20-6-1, 5Ko’s.
Garcia Passes Toughest Test
With Ten Round Unanimous Decision Over Velez!
By: David Colon
May 4th, StubHub Center, Carson, California: In the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN card 19-year-old, Ryan “Kingry” Garcia stepped up to claim the vacant NABF and World Boxing Organization NABO Super Featherweight titles with a convincing ten round unanimous decision win over Juncos, Puerto’s challenger Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez.
The offensive minded Garcia forced to go the distance for the first time in his young, nearly three-year pro-career started quickly trading right hands with Velez before landing a tight left to close round one.
The veteran taking what Garcia was giving attacked the young Californian’s body but the anxious 19-year-old would answer with a flash right hand to finish round two.
As the space continued to shrink Garcia ripped Velez with a driving right uppercut, turning it over the top to adjourn round three.
Beginning to put his punches together Garcia tagged Velez from both sides in rounds four and five, answering a clean Velez right in round six with a rapid-fire combination opening a cut over “La Maravilla’s” right eye to restore control.
The 30-year-old Velez turned up the pressure I the second half going back to the teen’s body only to see the Golden Boy prospect get on the move and close rounds eight and nine like a well-schooled round stealing veteran putting his superior conditioning and speed on display in round ten boxing and trading his way to a convincing 99-91 times three unanimous decision win.
Garcia improves to 15-0, 13Ko’s while Velez three bout win streak comes to a close at 26-5-1, 18Ko’s.
In the scheduled ten round co-feature Cork, Ireland middleweight Gary “Spike” O'Sullivan pounded on and banged out Dominican Republic’s Berlin “The Rock” Abreu after three.
O’Sullivan hunting Abreu from the opening bell took the fight inside, initially met by a firm resistance pushed forward in round two landing clean, hard punches through the third piling on the punishment
forcing Abreu to spit out his mouthpiece for a brief respite and referee Gerard White point deduction in round three conclusively convincing Abreu to remain seated for the bell sounding round four.
O’Sullivan stepping away from a shot at IBF/ IBO/ WBA and WBC World Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin running his KO streak to five improves to 28-2, 20Ko’s while the 26-year-old late replacement Abreu sees his seven-bout victory run come to an end at 14-2, 11Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round bout between southpaw middleweights LA’s Marvin Cabrera held onto his zero scoring a third-round stoppage of Colombia’s Wilfrido “La Roca” Buelvas.
The action starting fast saw Cabrera take control in round two with a heavy lead southpaw right hook battering Buelvas into round three flooring “La Roca” for a referee Jerry Cantu full count at 1:11 of the third round. Cabrera improves to 8-0, 6Ko’s while Buelvas stopped in his last three falls to 18-9, 12Ko’s
In a special six round female light flyweight attraction LA’s “Super Bad” Seniesa Estrada stopped Montevideo, Uruguay’s Amarilis “Manito” Adorno on a cut in round three.
The 25-year-old Estrada going right to work mixing her shots up and down chipped away at “Manito’s” determination bloodying her nose and opening a cut over Adorno’s left eye in round two, piling on the punishment forcing referee Zach Young to put a halt to the bout on the advice of the ringside physician at 0:38 of round three. Estrada improves 13-0, 3Ko’s while the 38-year-old, Adorno secures her opponent status at 1-7.
In the four round card opener Oxnard, California super welterweight Richard Acevedo recorded his second straight pro KO win stopping Pomona’s Edward Aceves in one. Acevedo jumped the overmatched Aceves at the opening sound piling up unanswered shits forcing referee Gerard White to step in and put a stop to the beating at 0:50 of round one. Acevedo moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Aceves remains winless at 0-4.
Wanheng Reaches So Called 50-0 Record!
By: Hideaki Fukada
May 2nd, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, In the main attraction of a Petpiya Fight - Piyarat Vachirarattanawong promotion Bangkok’s Wanheng Menayothin (Chayaphon Moonsri) equaled Floyd Mayweather’s so called 50-0 record scoring a fifth-round knockout of La Chorrera, Panama’s mandatory challenger Leroy “El Sensacional” Estrada.
The 32-year-old Menayothin left no doubt clinching his 50th straight victory without a defeat going right on the attack flooring Estrada twice in the third round with barrage of clean heavy punches.
Repeating the events of the third again in the fourth Menayothin would not let the durable Panamanian off the hook putting the now less than “Sensacional” Estrada down for a fifth time in round five forcing referee Jay Nady to step in and stop the fight. Making his ninth title defense Menayothin improves to 50-0, 18Ko’s while Estrada falls to 16-3, 6Ko’s.
Now in terms of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s 20 years in the making “fake” record of 50-0 lets remember he chose to face Andre Berto for the record tying #49 and then to break the record "picked" pro debuting boxer Conor McGregor.
Add to that the much esteemed 49-0 mark is heavyweight record to begin with. Because as we all know in the sports “biggest” division the potential of a loss comes in any fight on any one punch. Marciano reached his pinnacle of 49-0 in eight years, retiring due to severe back problems.
Somehow buried in the files lets not forget Denmark journeyman Brian Nielsen who somehow quietly tied “The Rock’s” heavyweight record with a fourth round TKO of Tim Witherspoon, April 16th, 1999 only to lose #50 to Omaha, Nebraska’s, “Raging Bull” Dicky Ryan two months later add to the fact that Mayweather’s smoke and mirrors so called 50-0 record had already been achieved by several boxing greats.
When it comes to unbeatens at 50-0 there have been several. Tylorstown, Wales, Jimmy “The Atomic Atom” Wilde battling to a draw in his third pro bout went 93-0-1 to begin his Hall of Fame career losing a 17round TKO loss in his 97th bout on the way to finishing 132-3-1.
Julio Cesar Chavez won his first 87 bouts before battling to a twelve-round draw with Hall of famer Pernell Whitaker in bout number 88, ending his legendary career 108-6-2.
Chicago, Illinois, Class of 2000 flyweight Hall of Famer, Jimmy “Little Tiger” Barry went 58-0-10.
Consensus “Pound for Pound Best Ever” "Sugar" Ray Robinson went 40-0, before losing to future Hall of Famer Jake LaMotta. Winning his next 88 “Sugar Ray” continued to fight on compiling a record of 174-19-6, accumulating 109Ko’s, more than twice Mayweather’s total bouts.
Mexico City, Hall of famer and top five minimumweight Ricardo “Finito” López making 21 title defenses finished up 51-0-1.
Let’s not forget Marcel Cerdan, who after starting off 45-0 died in a plane crash at the age of 33 enroute to a rematch with Jake LaMotta. France’s “Le Bombardier” left us at an exemplary 111-4, 65Ko's.
Hall of famer, Rubén Olivares battling to a draw in his 28th fight could have retired 61-0-1 but suffering his first defeat in bout number 63 "El Púas" fighting the likes of Alexis Arguello, Jesus Pimentel, Rafael Herrera, Bobby Chacon - three times, David Kotey, Danny Lopez, Jose Luis Ramirez and Eusebio Pedroza carrying a 75% knockout ratio finished 89-13-3, 79Ko’s
How about Mexico City, Hall of Famer, Carlos Zarate after chronicling 52 straight wins with 51 coming by way of knockout minus any selective pairing he faced then unbeaten and future Hall of Famer Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez. Not a Andre Berto for #49 or a hometown Las Vegas sanctioned 50-0 fight against pro debuting Conor McGregor. The same Nevada State Athletic Commission who would not approve Gennady Golovkin to fight Jaime Mungai, 28-0, 24Ko’s.
There is also the “Pride of Wales,” Joe Calzaghe who retiring at 46-0, off back to back wins over sure Hall of famers Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. I am sure he could have found two or three Andre Berto’s and a pro-debuter or two to grab a 50-0 record of his own.
It is with all the above considered that in my arrogant, misguided mind when I consider resumes like that of “The Fighting Marine” Gene Tunney who after recording a newspaper draw in his fifth pro bout going on to compile a record of 65-1-1 48Ko’s with his only loss coming to legendary “Pittsburgh Windmill” Harry Greb together with the fact that boxing “All Time Greats” and Hall of Famers, Benny Leonard, Ted "Kid" Lewis, Henry Armstrong, Billy Conn and Manuel Ortiz all losing their pro debuts, evaluating a fighters “Greatness” should only be done viewing their career in its totality. Putting an emphasis on the level of competition, risk, who and when they fought them, as well as who they avoided being taken into consideration. NEVER to be defined by just the almighty “ZERO”.
While I certainly respect Mayweather’s skill and unblemished record and keeping in perspective that money made is not a qualifying attribute when you add a fact that Jimmy Wilde’s first loss would have come in the fifth round of a second fight by todays 12 round bout limit it is under the deep, dark shadow of an extremely played “A-side” and of years of planned picking and strategic selection Floyd Jr’s zero is viewed by many.
Yes, Wanheng has reaches the so-called Mayweather 50-0 milestone but my bet like many the greats listed above my bet is the talented Thai fighter does something Mayweather never did, “Take a Risk” and battle on hopefully to 51-0 to put this Mayweather myth to sleep for good, because boxing's at it's best when fighters just fight. Here's a question for you. Will Wanheng's feat disappear or become irrelevant should he lose in #51?
Jacobs Moves Closer to Golovkin Rematch
With WBA World Middleweight Title Eliminator
Decision Win Over Poland’s Tough Maciej Sulecki!
By: Joe Martin
April 28th, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the main event of an Eddie Hearn - Matchroom Boxing - Dmitriy Salita co-promoted broadcast LIVE on HBO Championship Boxing Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, former WBA Middleweight Champion “Miracle Man” Daniel Jacobs scored an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision over Warsaw, Poland’s, spirited Maciej “Striczu” Sulecki.
The bigger, stronger Jacobs fighting before a hometown crowd weathering the best Sulecki had to offer dominating the early going then ending a slight second half fade flooring the oncoming Pole with a well-timed drilling right in the twelfth and final round for a tighter than scored 117-110, 116-111, 115-112 unanimous decision win.
Never hurt by Sulecki’s repeated right hands, Jacobs now the WBA’s mandatory challenger eying a Gennady Golovkin rematch moves to 34-2, 29Ko’s while Sulecki in his sixth US appearance earning some well-deserved ringside accolades suffering his first defeat dips to 26-1, 10Ko’s.
In the heavyweight semi-main attraction Brooklyn, New York’s, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller moved one step closer to a Anthony Joshua or Deontey Wilder showdown with a twelve round dominant points win over Somme, France’s, experienced and durable Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas.
Wearing his sixty-pound weight advantage like a red badge of courage the deceitfully athletic homer entertained his local fans teeing off on the resolute “Reptile” limiting the durable Frenchman to sporadic jabs and intermittent power shots for a clean 117-11, 119-109 times two unanimous decision win. Miller standing as big as ever in the division’s top five moves to 21-0-1,18Ko’s while Duhaupas heavyweights unofficial gate keeper three bouts off a sixth round TKO loss to Alexander Povetkin and six fights away from an eleventh-round stoppage at the hands of Deontey Wilder falls to 37-5, 24Ko’s.
In just her ninth professional fight, Bray, Ireland’s, former perennial amateur standout and Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor unified the IBF and WBA World Female Lightweight Titles with a supreme ten round unanimous decision points win over Santa Fe, Argentina’s, Victoria “La Leona” Bustos.
Taylor displaying her confident ring generalship took control of the real estate, regulating the spacing with a busy and accurate jab before settling in with some solid inside trading banging out a solid 98-92, 99-91 times two unanimous decision win. Adding the IBF Lightweight title to the WBA strap acquired in Cardiff last October with a previous shining decision victory over Anahi Esther Sanchez Taylor climbs to 9-0, 4Ko’s while Bustos in her twenty third bout and second title defense slips to 18-5.
On the undercard:
In a ten round attraction Brooklyn, New York based Uzbekistani Shohjahon Ergashev claimed the vacant World Boxing Association International Super Lightweight Title with a superior points win over Wuhan, China’s, enduring Zhimin “WZM” Wang.
The more skilled and accurate Ergashev put the shorter Wang on notice early landing with rapid fire shots to the body and head, ended the range finding exercise in the closing rounds sitting down on his shots only to lose his perfect status with the durable Wang remaining upright until the final bell for a no surprise 99-91, 100-90 times two Ergashev unanimous decision win. Ergashev perfect run closes at 12-0, 11Ko’s while Wang 3-3 in his last six falls to 10-3, 3Ko’s.
Brooklyn, New York, 22-year-old, unbeaten super lightweight, Julian Sosa battling a first round cut over his eye escaped his Barclay night scare out working Detroit, Michigan, journeyman, “Lightning” Larry Ventus to a hard fought 57-57, 58-56 times two Sosa majority decision win. Sosa improves to 12-0-1, 4Ko’s while Ventus stays in the cellar at 9-12-1, 4Ko’s.
In six round welterweight action Brooklyn, New York, based Kazakhstani 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Daniyar Yeleussinov won his pro debut in impressive fashion stopping Jefferson City, Missouri’s, previously unbeaten Noah Kidd in three rounds. Yeleussinov starts out 12-0, 1Ko while Kidd suffering his first loss slips to 3-1-1, 2Ko’s.
In a super lightweight surprise Tyumen, Russia’s, Nikolay Buzolin stunned the Barclay Center regulars stopping previously unbeaten New York, based “Irishman” Lawrence Gleeson in six.
Gleeson or “Larry Fryers” to the regulars down and hurt in round one never completely recovered battled back only to visit the canvas again in the sixth round forcing referee Eddie Claudio to call the bout at 1:12 of final frame. Buzolin 1-3 in his previous four bumps up to 6-3-1, 2Ko’s while in a awake up call loss Gleeson / Fryers slips to 6-1, 2Ko’s.
The evening starting with six rounds of lightweight conflict Durango, Mexico’s Angel “Pescado” Sarinana plugged on flooring Brooklyn, New York based previously unbeaten Kazakhstani Dimash “Lightning” Niyazov twice in round five enroute to a 59-52, 59-53, 58-54 unanimous decision upset of the night. Sarinana moves back to respectability at 8-7-2, 3Ko’s while the shocked Niyazov suffering his first pro blemish falls to 13-1-3, 6Ko’s.
Dogboe, Hart, Jennings
Philly Fight Night Winners on ESPN!
By: David Colon
April 28th, Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: In the stirring main event of a Top Rank - Bob Arum, Peltz Boxing Promotion on ESPN Accra, Ghana’s, “Brave Son” Dogboe ended weeks of heated trash talk relieving Las Vegas, Jessie Magdaleno of his World Boxing Organization World Super Bantamweight Title with a stirring eleventh round knockout!
The 23-year-old Dogboe down from a Magdaleno combination in round one picked himself up and shook it off closing the distance exchanging shots putting the unbeaten champion down in round five with a large right hand.
After a mutually slowing sixth the exchanges resumed in the seventh with Dogboe landing the bigger, heavier shots to both the body and head with both fighters appearing to be searching for the single big shot in the eighth and ninth frames.
The fresher appearing Dogboe turned it up again pushing the action pounding Magdaleno on the ropes in the tenth. Picking up where he left off in round ten Dogboe battered the Vegas fighter in round eleven dropping for the champion two more times, the second from a vicious body shot and the third from a little defended top and bottom attack forcing referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to wave it over without a count at 1:38 of round eleven. Dogboe improves to 19-0, 13Ko’s while the 27-year-old younger brother of Diego Magdaleno suffering his first defeat dips to 25-1, 18Ko’s.
In the co-feature Philadelphia, super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart took possession of the vacant NABF Super Middleweight Title stopping Laurel, Maryland’s, Demond “Bestatit” Nicholson in round seven.
The much bigger and stronger Jesse, the 28-year-old son of 1970’s middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart jumped out to a good start hurting Nicholson in the opening frame only to be stunned by a closing second return right to end round one.
A more disciplined Hart opened round two picking his spots finding himself rewarded by an inadvertent knockdown call by referee Shawn Clark in round three.
Motivated by the erroneous call in round three, Nicholson picked up the pace taking the fight to the bigger Philly fighter only to be redelivered to the canvas by a big hart right.
Hart a bit more patient and cautious boxed Nicholson through the middle rounds when appearing to be tiring erupted with a push / punch combination sending “Bestatit” to the canvas for a third time inspiring referee Clark to wave it over at 2:26 of round seven over after Nicholson appeared he did not want to continue. Hart calling out all champions improves to 24-1, 20Ko’s while Nicholson promising to return falls to 18-3-1, 17Ko’s.
In a battle of Philadelphia contending heavyweights Bryant “By By” Jennings claimed the vacant USA Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Title winning a ten round unanimous decision over Philly rival Joey Dawejko.
After an extend feeling out period Jennings finding his rhythm began to let his hands go leading to some entertaining exchanges with Jennings closing the first half begging to separate himself from the smaller slowing Dawejko.
Jennings would begin to say “By By” to his Philly rival opening the space and out boxing Dawejko in the second half landing the cleaner harder shots holding off the shorter armed Dawejko’s last round push for a solid 98-92 times three unanimous decision win. Jennings four victories away from title challenges to Wladimir Klitschko and “King Kong” Luis Ortiz Is back in the mix at 23-2, 13Ko’s while Dawejko’s recent surge under Billy Briscoe comes to a close at 19-5-4, 11Ko’s.
In an eight-round meeting of super lightweights Mexico City’s, Mohamed Rodriguez and Saint Louis, Missouri’s, Kent Cruz battled to an eight round 74-78, 77-75, 76-76 draw. Rodriguez settles at 11-5-1, 4Ko’s while Cruz remains unbeaten at 14-0-1, 9Ko’s.
In his toughest test to date Philadelphia, 21-year-old, bantamweight Christian Carto remained unbeaten scoring a hard fought 78-74, 77-75 times two points win over Puerto Rico’s, unwavering Edwin “Puto” Rodriguez. Carto improves to 15-0, 11Ko’s while Rodriguez drops to 9-5, 5Ko’s.
In a super featherweight pairing Bahia, Brazil’s, 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Robson Conceicao skunked Calgary, Alberta, Canada’s, over matched Alex “Azteca de Oro” Rynn 60-54 times three after six. Conceicao advances to 7-0, 4Ko’s while Rynn falls to 6-2, 3Ko’s
In a clash of unbeaten featherweights Newark, New Jersey, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Shakur Stevenson put his Olympic polish on display stopping Dallas, Georgia’s, more experienced previously unbeaten Roxberg Riley in two rounds. Stevenson dominating Riley from the opening sound floored the out classed southerner with a pair of southpaw lefts following up with an unanswered volley of shots forcing referee Shawn Clark to step in and put a halt to the bout at 1:35 of round two. Stevenson improves to 6-0, 3Ko’s while Riley experiencing his first loss falls to 12-1, 6Ko’s.
In a scheduled six round super featherweight match Allentown, Pennsylvania’s, Joseph Adorno held onto his perfect record disposing of Sonora, Mexico Jorge “Dandy” Padron with a powerful body shot at 1:11 of round one. Adorno advances to 7-0, 7Ko’s while Padron unable to meet the step up in competition falls to 3-2, 3Ko’s.
Opening Top Rank’s Philly Fight Night hometown welterweight Marcel Rivers stopped Bronx, New York’s Ronald Logan in two rounds. Rivers clearly in control was still to benefit from a referee Gerry Rosado missed knockdown when Logan appearing down from a Rivers left was unable to continue forcing referee Rosado to call the mismatch at 0:49 of round two. Rivers moves to 5-0, 4Ko’s while Logan still in search for his first pro win drops to 0-3.
Broner / Vargas Battle to Majority Draw,
Charlo Blasts Out Centeno and “Tank” Demolishes Cuellar!
By: Joe Martin
April 21st, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: Leading a DiBella Entertainment, Mayweather, TGB co-promoted Showtime Championship Boxing card Cincinnati, Ohio’s, Adrien “The Problem” Broner and “The Pride of Las Vegas” Jessie Vargas battled to a 144lb catch-weight hotly contested twelve round majority draw.
Vargas grabbing an early lead in rounds one and two with his jab still out worked and landed a more active Broner to the body in the third.
Broner landed some clean hard shots in the fourth just couldn’t match the busier Vargas but began to time the “The Pride of Las Vegas” in round five.
Prompted by his new head trainer Kevin Cunningham Broner came out swinging in the sixth but it was Vargas turn to time Broner again ripping Cincinnati’s “Problem Child” to the body with an unrelenting reel of punches.
Vargas slowed down a bit in rounds seven and eight allowing Broner’s bigger shots to stand take prominence.
Broner in his best round of the fight would continue to push on in the ninth stealing a back and forth tenth with a late round rally.
The championship rounds would be close Vargas going back to the jab and Broner pushing forward finally moving his hands his hands opening a small cut around Vargas left eye.
In the twelfth and final round Broner scored with a hard chopping right while Vargas acting as if he felt he was ahead in the fight paced out the final stanza ripping off a closing three-piece volley to the body and head sending the fight to the judges’ score cards which were announced Judge Lederman calling it 115-113 for Broner and Judges Morgan and Marlinski had it even at 114-114. Here at SBB I saw it a Vargas trainer Mike “Body Snatcher” McCallum styled 116-112 body work victory for Vargas. Broner moves to 33-3-1, 24Ko’s while Vargas saying he’s ready to do it again tomorrow moves to 28-2-1, 10Ko’s.
In the middleweight co-feature Houston, Texas, Jermall Charlo took claim to the interim World Boxing Council World Middleweight Title with a stunning second round knockout of Oxnard, California’s, once beaten Hugo “Boss” Centeno Jr.
After an ordinary feeling out first round the stronger more aggressive Charlo began to open up hurting Centeno with a pair of hard looping rights followed by a crushing left hook putting the “Boss” flat on his back where he remained for a referee Steve Willis ten count at 0:55 of round two.
Charlo now the WBC mandatory challenger for Gennady Golovkin improves to 27-0, 21Ko’s while Centeno whose only other defeat a tenth and final round knockout loss to Danny Jacob’s April 28th opponent Maciej Sulecki dips to 26-2, 14Ko’s.
Kicking off the Showtime tripleheader Baltimore, Maryland’s, Gervonta “Tank” Davis maintained his World Boxing Association Super World Super Featherweight Title scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Buenos Aires, Argentina veteran Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar.
The southpaw Davis appearing more focused than his August eighth round TKO win over Francisco Fonseca used his superior hand speed and savage bodywork to pound Cuellar who had no answer for the 23-year-old dropping the 31-year-old veteran first with a step-in drilling left to the body in round two.
Staying on the hunt in round three Davis backed the usual tough Argentine to the ropes for a series of right hooks dropping Cuellar for a second referee eight count. Allowed to continue with just over thirty seconds to go Davis walked right to Cuellar staggering him with a stiff jab driving him to the corner with a set of heavy punches unloading with an undefended volley of power shots forcing referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to rightfully step in and put a stop to the punishment at 2:45 of round three.
The subject of a much-hyped unification fight with Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko, “Tank” moves to 20-0, 19Ko’s while the usually rugged Cuellar suffering just his third pro defeat drops to 28-3, 21Ko’s.
In a female eight round scheduled bout Brooklyn, New York’s popular boxing / MMA star Heather "Heat" Hardy returned to the ring to claim the vacant NABF Female Featherweight Title with a tighter than scored hometown 79-73, 78-74 times two unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s, Iranda Paola Torres. With a record of 2-1 in the octagon, in the ring Hardy improves to 21-0, 4Ko’s while Torres 2-2 in her last four bouts slips to 12-3-1, 5Ko’s
In an eight-round bantamweight pairing Cincinnati, Ohio, 2012 US Olympian and former WBA Bantamweight Champion Rau'shee Warren won a non-descript eight round 80-72 times three unanimous decision over the Dominican Republic’s undistinguished Juan Gabriel Medina. Warren improves to 16-2, 4Ko’s while Medina on a three-bout skid drops to 10-3, 9Ko’s.
Buenos Aires, Argentina welterweight Fabian Andres Maidana, the 25-year-old Younger brother of former WBA Light Welterweight and Welterweight Champion Marcos Rene Maidana moved to 15-0 with a third-round stoppage of Silver Spring, Maryland’s, Justin “The Vodou” Savi.
The well-conditioned Maidana took the fight right to Savi ripping up and knocking down “The Vodou” with a wide variety of hooks and uppercuts in round three prompting his corner to wave it over at the close of round three. Maidana improves to 15-0, 11Ko’s while Savi winless in his last three falls to 31-16-2, 21Ko’s.
Bronx, New York based Dominican heavyweight George Arias remained unbeaten out boxing Jersey City, New Jersey’s, once beaten Tyrell Wright to a 78-74, 77-75 times two eight round unanimous decision. Arias improves to 11-0, 6Ko’s while Wright suffering back to back losses drops to 9-1-2, 6Ko’s.
Capitol Heights, Maryland super lightweight Gary Antuanne Russell, the 21-year-old younger brother of WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. unmercifully banged Elkhart, Indiana’s, durable Andrew Rodgers up and down forcing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to put a stop to the punishment at 1:40 of round three. Russell stays perfect at 5-0, 5Ko’s while Rodgers winless in his last four drops to 4-3-1, 2Ko’s.
Sicklerville, New Jersey, switch hitting 19-year-old, super flyweight Dylan Price out danced, out boxed and out classed Mexico City’s Edson Eduardo Neri dropping the overmatched Mexican in round four enroute to a heavily tilted 60-53 times three six round unanimous decision win. Price improves to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Neri on a three bout losing streak skids to 2-3, 1Ko.
In a six round super lightweight bout Brooklyn, New York based 2016 Haiti Olympian Richardson Hitchins held onto his zero blasting out Puerto Rico’s 21-year-old over matched Alexander Charneco with a drilling body shot in three. The 20-year-old Hitchins improves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Charneco winless in his last four sinks to 4-5, 4Ko’s.
In a four-round bout Washington, D.C. based Kazakhstani welterweight Shyngyskhan “Chingiz” Tazhibay battled LA’s Isaac “Puma” Freeman and a cut right eye dropping the overmatched relocated Michiganian in round one enroute to a one sided 39-36, 40-35 times two unanimous decision win. Tazhibay improves to 6-0, 2Ko’s while freeman suffering his fourth straight loss falls to 3-7-1, 3Ko’s.
Frampton Outboxes Donaire, Tete Out Points Narvaez!
By: Roger Ward
April 21st, The SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland: In the main event of a Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotions Belfast, Northern Ireland’s, Carl “the Jackal” Frampton claimed the interim World Boxing Organization World Featherweight Title with a persuasive twelve round unanimous decision over Bohol, Philippines former seven-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire.
Following a feeling out opening frame, hometown Frampton stepped up the action, getting off first landing sharp combinations quickly changing angles leaving the counterpunching Donaire locked and loaded.
Staying behind a solid guard Frampton the more accurate puncher established his jab bringing the fight in close trading with the step behind “Filipino Flash” until caught and rocked by a well-timed and placed Donaire uppercut in round seven.
Frampton reopening the spacing went back behind his jab working from a distance out boxing Donaire down the stretch holding off the Filipino’s lo late futile surge for a well-deserved, 117-111 times three unanimous decision win. The former IBF/WBA Super Bantamweight and WBA Featherweight Champion Frampton now the mandatory challenger to WBO Champion Oscar Valdez improves to 25-1, 14Ko’s while Donaire drops to 38-5, 24Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 30-year-old, Zolani “Last born” Tete retained his World Boxing Organization World Bantamweight Title scoring a twelve-round precision unanimous decision over Chubut, Argentina, veteran, Omar “El Huracán” Narvaez.
The power punching Tete in full charge appearing content for a full distance affair sat and easily out boxed the mostly defensive minded Narvaez coasting to a three-way 120108 unanimous decision. Tete improves to 27-3, 21Ko’s while the 42-year-old, Narvaez five bout victory run comes to a close at
Khan Returns from “The Celebrity Jungle"
With Thirty Nine Second Bliting of Lo Greco!
By: Ian Webb
April 21st, Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom: Heading an Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing bill Bolton, UK former WBA/IBF/ and WBA Light Welterweight Champion, Amir “King” Khan returned from over a two-year absence blasting out Toronto, Canada’s, “Italian Sensation” Phil Lo Greco in thirty-nine seconds.
Fighting at a 150lb catch-weight limit under the guidance of trainer Joe Goossen who stepped in after Khan’s customary coach Virgil Hunter was struck down with illness the high guard Khan returning form a May 7th, 2016 sixth round TKO World Boxing Council World Middleweight Title challenge of recently tainted Saul “Canelo” Alvarez showing no sign of ring rust immediately took control of the center of the ring employing his superior skill craft and hand speed landing through and around lo Greco’s steering left dropping to the canvas with an accurate looping right just fifteen seconds into the opening frame.
Lo Greco taking a referee eight count mistakenly met the supercharged Khan in the center for a three-punch body after which the over matched “Italian Sensation” was driven to the ropes and down by an up and down “King Khan” blitz forcing the referee to immediately wave it over at 0:39 of round one.
Keeping his long-time grudge bout alive with Kell Brook, Khan improves to 32-4, 20Ko’s while Lo Greco losing the biggest fight of his journeyman career falls to 28-4, 15Ko’s.
In the semi-main event Hull, Yorkshire’s, Tommy “Boom Boom” Coyle scored an upset Commonwealth (British Empire) Lightweight Title capturing stoppage of Birkenhead, Merseysides, Sean “Masher” Dodd.
Coyle a third round TKO stoppage win and a hospital stay away from a twelve round unanimous decision loss to Tyrone Nurse “Boom Boom” taking control after rocking Dodd with a heavy right in round three floored Dodd with a tight right left in round four remaining patient picking his shots decking Dodd with another straight right in round six prompting a towel from Team Dodd forcing referee Bob Williams to call the fight over in round six. Coyle contemplating retirement or a shot at British Champion Lewis Ritson improves to 24-4, 12Ko’s
While Dodd falls to 15-3-1, 3Ko’s.
In a ten-round female super featherweight bout Liverpool, 2012 Olympian, Natasha Jonas took control, outclassing and stopping Creil, France’s, Taoussy L'Hadji in seven rounds. Jonas in complete control weathering the taller longer, light punching 41-year-old Gallic fighters first half effort landing the cleaner, heavier shots scored with a long left in round seven initiating a back and forth exchange with the stronger, harder hitting Jonas landing big shots to the body and head buckled L'Hadji with a right hook sending the folding Frenchwoman to the canvas with a thudding body head combination convincing the referee he had seen enough calling the bout near the close of round seven. Jonas improves to 6-0, 5Ko’s as the powder puff punching L'Hadji, 1-5-1 in her last seven falls to 5-6-1.
Stourbridge, Worcestershire, former EBU and WBC International Welterweight champion Sam “The Savage” Eggington returned to the win column flooring Budapest, Hungary, southpaw, Achilles “Best Of” Szabo twice enroute to a second round TKO stoppage win. Eggington coming off a EBU European Welterweight Title losing split decision to Mohamed Mimoune in October rebounds to 22-4, 14Ko’s while Szabo 2-2 in his last four outings drops to 21-19, 10Ko’s.
In a small step up in competition Liverpool, Merseyside, 2016 Olympian, Anthony Fowler remained unbeaten over powering Northolt, Middlesex, 36-year-old, southpaw Ryan Toms with a perfectly placed referee ten count drawing right to the body in round two of the scheduled eight rounder. Fowler improves to 6-0, 5ko’s while Toms levels out at 15-15, 9Ko’s.
In a six-round welterweight match-up Ilford, Essex, Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, the 21-year-old, son to former WBO and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Nigel Benn remained unbeaten stopping Birmingham, West Midlands, Chris “Trumanator” Truman in four rounds. Benn playing a bit of cat and mouse with the game Truman early on dislodged the fading “Trumanator’s” mouth piece with a well delivered one-two in round four sensing it as a sign of weakness immediately opened up well the action resumed hiding a driving left uppercut to the chin in a quick combination putting the enduring Brummie on the seat of his trunks convincing the referee to call it a night. Benn improves to 12-0, 9Ko‘s while Truman winless in his last five falls to 13-9-2, 2Ko’s.
In other action:
Preston, Lancashire, middleweight Scott “Fitzy” Fitzgerald out pointed Szigetszentmiklós, Hungary’s Laszlo Fazekas in a middleweight eight rounder. Fitzgerald improves to 10-0, 7Ko’s as Fazekas evens out at 31-31-1, 18Ko’s.
In a six round super lightweight bout Liverpool, Merseyside, Tom “Fazza” Farrell banged out Chichester, Sussex, Zambian, Mwenya Chisanga in two. Farrell moves to 15-1, 4Ko’s while the non-threatening Chisanga sinks to 1-4-1.
In a six-round tag exhibition Rochdale, Lancashire, welterweight Bilal “Billy the Kid” Rehman made it eleven straight wins without a defeat out pointing Kretinga, Lithuania’s Edvinas Puplauskas, 60-55. Rehman advances to 11-0, 3Ko’s while the record padding Puplauskas winless in his last twelve crashes to 5-18, 4Ko’s.
In a four-round cruiserweight preliminary Liverpool’s, Craig Glover blasted out Edinburgh, Scotland, Ratu Latianara in one. Glover moves to 7-1, 6ko’s while Latianara drops to 5-2.
In a four-round bantamweight bout Leeds, Yorkshire, southpaw, Qais Ashfaq stayed unbeaten scoring a 40-36 points win over Liverpool, Ricky “Battalion Stallion” Starkey. Ashfaq moves to 2-0 while the made to order Starkey winless in his last eight sinks to 2-6-2.
Wallin and Lauren Title Winners In Sweden!
By: Gerard Balsh
April 21st, Gaerdehov Ice Hockey Arena, Sundsvall, Sweden: Leading a SPAG - Nisse Sauerland card, hometown Otto Wallin claimed the EBU European Union Heavyweight Title scoring a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Malmo, Sweden’s, Adrian “The Pike” Granat.
The more mobile 6’5” southpaw Wallin out maneuvered and out worked the 6’7” power punching Granat, out boxing himself in and out of danger for a solid 117-111, 117-112, 118-110 unanimous decision win. Wallin improves to 20-0, 13Ko’s as Granat whose only other defeat, a first round stoppage loss to Alexander Dimitrenko dips to 15-2, 14Ko’s.
In a special attraction Stockholm, Sweden’s 42-year-old, Mikaela “Destiny” Lauren acquired the vacant International Boxing Organization World Female Super Welterweight Title winning a closely contested ten round points win over Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany “Empress” Verena Kaiser.
The more skilled Lauren used her nearly two hundred rounds of experience to outpoint the determined previously unbeaten “Empress” 97-93, 96-94, 95-95 after ten. Lauren improves to 30-5, 13Ko’s while the 25-year-old, Kaiser suffering her first defeat slips to 10-1, 5Ko’s.
Murata Defends with Eight Rounds Stoppage Rosales Beats Stripped Higa to Claim
Vacant WBC Flyweight Belt!
By: Hideaki Fukada
April 15th, Arena, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan: In the main event of a Akihiko Honda Teiken Promotion Tokyo, broadcast on a special edition of ESPN, Tokyo, Japan’s Ryota Murata made the first defense of his WBA Middleweight Title hunting down and stopping Roma, Lazio, Italy’s, Emanuele “Sioux” Blandamura in eight rounds.
The 32 year old, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Murata having claimed the WBA strap in an immediate rematch with France’s Hassan N’Dam in October would leave no doubt pressuring and hunting down the 38 year old, the mostly defensive light handed Blandamura landing to the body and head established his right hand early picking his shots finally bringing the inevitable to the forefront catching the high guarded “Sioux” with a series of shots decorated by heavy overhand right dropping the overmatched challenger along the ropes prompting referee Raul Caiz Jr. to correctly wave it over at 2:56 of the eighth round. Murata improves to 14-1, 11Ko’s while Blandamura falls to 27-3, 5Ko’s.
In the co-feature Managua, Nicaragua’s, Cristofer “El Látigo” Rosales took claim of the vacant WBC Flyweight title scoring a ninth round TKO stoppage of Japan's stripped over the limit former champion Daigo Higa.
Rosales on the attack early worked Higa to the body and head relentlessly battering the former 22-year-old champion up and down finally persuading Higa’s corner they had seen enough calling for a stop to the punishment convincing referee Thomas Taylor to stop the bout at 1:42 of round nine. Open scoring going into round nine had Rosales ahead 79-73 and 77-75 with the third judge seeing it even at 76-76. The 23-year-old Rosales with losses to Khalid Yafai, Andrew Selby and Keyvin Lara back in his third pro bout improves to 27-3, 18Ko’s while Higa suffering first defeat slips to 15-1, 15Ko’s.
James Holds Off Ramos,
Cherry Rallys Back for PBC Points Wins!
By: Bill Drake
April 13th, Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota: In the welterweight main event of a Warriors Boxing promoted Premier Boxing Champions card on FOX Sports 1 Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jamal “Shango” James boxed his way to a blue collar ten round points win over Casa Grande, Arizona’s, more than Abel Ramos.
The taller, longer, James controlling most of the early action with an accurate jab began to land with his follow up right sporadically answered by well-timed counter left hooks.
James continuing to initiate the action with a busy jab in the middle rounds kept Ramos off balance with well-timed and placed rights.
After a respite sixth James pressured by Ramos increasingly dangerous left turned his attack to the body in round seven only to be answered by a complemental Ramos eighth.
Ramos picking up the pressure would have his moments down the stretch only to see James close out the fight with a punctuating right allowing the hometown favorite to box his way to a boxing his way to a 95-95, 96-94 times two hard fought majority decision win. James improves to 23-1, 10Ko’s while the very able Ramos 2-2 in his last four drops to 18-3-2, 13Ko’s.
In the ten round lightweight semi-main event Wauchula, Florida, tough and rugged perennial contender Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry forged a second half comeback ten round unanimous decision win over Brooklyn, New York’s, Dennis “Surgeon” Galarza.
The 36-year-old, Cherry following up his 2015 split decision IBF Title challenge loss to Jose Pedraza with once a year bouts recording ten round unanimous decision wins over Haskell Rhodes June 2016 and Omar Douglas last April got off to a labored start unable to maneuver Galarza’s “surgical” jab.
Rocked in the each of the first three rounds intermittently scoring with his right zeroed in his big punch in the second half backing Galarza up turning up the heat in rounds eight, nine and ten banging his way to a 97-93, 96-94 times two come back unanimous decision win. Cherry improves to 36-7-2, 19Ko’s while Galarza 3-2 in his last five drops to 16- 3, 9Ko’s.
In a special super welterweight attraction Coachella, California, 6’6” southpaw, Sebastian “Towering Inferno” Fundora scored an imposing fifth round TKO stoppage of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s, previously perfect Ve Shawn Owens.
The 20-year-old, Fundora keeping Owens on the end of his long striking shots brought his punches in close ripping the reaching home towner with inside shots catching and hurting Owens with a series of unanswered power shots in round five forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout at 2:27 of round five. Fundora advances to 9-0,4Ko’s while Owens lodging his first defeat slips to 9-1, 9Ko’s.
In other action:
In a battle of unbeaten super featherweights Brooklyn, New York’s, 21 year old, Chris Colbert proved too fast, too strong and too skilled for Nashville, Tennessee’s, Austin “The Dream” Dulay putting the previously unbeaten southpaw down in round six enroute promting “The Dream’s” corner to put the bout to sleep at the close of round seven. Colbert improves to 8-0, 3Ko’s while Dulay dropping his first pro bout dips to 11-1, 8Ko’s.
Las Vegas, Nevada, Haskell “Hackman” Rhodes out pointed Milwaukee, Wisconsin durable opponent, Mike Fowler in a super featherweight six rounder. Rhodes moves to 26-2-1, 12ko’s while the never dangerous Fowler dives to 6-14, 2Ko’s.
In a four-round super welterweight preliminary Minneapolis, Minnesota, Celso Ramirez remained unbeaten dropping and stopping Troy, Missouri, Brandon “The Business” Baue with a follow-up barrage of punches in round one. Ramirez moves to 7-0, 7Ko’s while Baue sinks below the official opponent line at 12-13, 10Ko’s.
In a four-round super featherweight preliminary Minneapolis, Minnesota, Giezwa Pierre Hobbs moved to 2-0 with a one-sided points win over LA’s Raymond “Bad Boy” Chacon who sinks to 7-29-1.
Vargas and Cancio By Stoppage
Heading Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN
By: David Colon
April 12th, Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California: Heading a Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN card, former WBC Super Featherweight Champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas broke down, pounded on and stopped Pittsburgh’s, “Lightning” Rod Salka in six rounds.
A technical decision win over Stephen Smith away from his sole defeat, an eleventh round TKO loss to Miguel Berchelt, January 2017, Vargas in full combat mode took the fight to the “thunder-less” Salka walking through the light-handed Pittsburgh fighter’s counters scoring with big shots to the body and head putting the Army veteran on a knee with a drilling in tight uppercut in round five.
Continuing to pile on the punishment in round six forcing referee Jerry Cantu to call the bout over when the battered and cut Salka remained seated for the bell sounding round seven. Vargas looking Berchelt rematch improves to 25-1-2, 18Ko’s while Salka’s five bout win streak comes to a close at 24-5, 4Ko’s.
In the ten round super featherweight co-feature, Blythe, California’s, Andrew “El Chango” Cancio scored a minor tenth round upset stoppage of Miami, Florida, based previously unbeaten Kazakhstani, Aidar Sharibayev.
Eighteen months off a ninth round TKO loss to Joseph Diaz, Cancio was repeatedly beaten to the punch landed a well timed left hook dropped Sharibayev near the close of round three.
Appearing to have shaken it off the quicker Sharibayev went back to work only to get rocked by another late round left hook in round four.
Round five mirroring, three and four would see Sharibayev hurt late this time going down from an “El Chango” power right.
Sharibayev battling on through the middle rounds it would be Cancio’s heavier punches that would take their toll allowing Cancio to trap the unbeaten Kazakhstani fighter along the ropes for an unanswered volley of shots forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to step in and call the bout at 0:43 of the tenth and final round. Cancio rebounds to 18-4-2, 14Ko’s while Sharibayev suffering his first loss drops to 7-1, 6Ko’s.
On the undercard:
East LA super lightweight Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro remained undefeated mixed up a well-rounded attack banging Silver Spring, Maryland’s, Justin “The Vodou” Savi up and down to a one sided 79-73, 80-72 times two unanimous decision. Navarro improves to 14-0, 7Ko’s while Savi, 2-7 in his last nine drops to 31-15-2, 21Ko’s.
LA based 18-year-old, Smithborough, Ireland transplant super welterweight Aaron “Silencer” McKenna blasted out Aiken, South Carolina’s Keasen Freeman dropping the out gunned southerner twice, closing the fight with thudding counter right forcing referee Wayne Hedgpeth to wave the fight over at 2:06 of round one. McKenna moves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Freeman stopped in back to back fights falls to 4-2, 2Ko’s.
In a four-round rematch of 22-year-old featherweights, Indio, California’s, Javier Padilla got past a slow start to over-power and out point Mexico City’s Ricardo Arias with an August 2017 draw avenging 39-37, 40-36 times two unanimous decision win. Padilla improves to 6-0-1, 5Ko’s while Arias falls to 1-3-1.
Coachella, California amateur standout and the youngest brother of former IBF Bantamweight Champion Randy Caballero, Rommel Caballero was forced to settle for an inauspicious pro-debuting technical draw with LA’s, Eric Rodriguez.
The more skilled craftier Caballero in charge in from the opening bell would see the bout called to a close after round one when Rodriguez suffering a serious cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads was found unable to continue by the ringside physician prompting referee Wayne Hedgpeth to make it official at 3:00 of round one. Caballero starts out 0-0-1 while Rodriguez moves to 1-2-1.
In an eight round super lightweight pairing San Diego, California’s 22-year-old, Genaro “El Conde” Gamez out worked and out-scored Mexico City based Japanese veteran, Shoki “EL PV” Sakai landing with flashy combinations out pointing the taller, longer, “EL PV” 77-75, 79-73 times two after eight. Golden Boy’s Gamez improves to 8-0, 5Ko’s while Sakai 2-1-1 in his last four drops to 22-8-2, 12Ko’s.
Ryan Garcia vs Jayson Velez Heads next edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN May 4th!
Jarrett "Swift" Hurd Unifies Titles
With Split Decision Win Over Erislandy Lara!
By: David Colon
April 7th, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the main event of a
Mayweather, TGB Promotion LIVE on Showtime Accokeek, Maryland’s, IBF Light Middleweight Champion Jarrett “Swift” Hurd added the IBO and WBA Light Middleweight titles to his resume winning a hard fought twelve round split decision over Houston, Texas, based Cuban Erislandy “American Dream” Lara.
The taller, stronger, seven-year younger Hurd pushed the pace early on leaving the skilled southpaw, Cuban to his share of clean jabs, counter straight lefts and inside uppercuts.
Reaping the rewards of his earlier body work Hurd’s labor evident around Lara’s closing right eye left the best for last. Trailing on the judges’ scorecards Hurd capped the back and forth action with an uppercut of his own lifting Lara’s head for a twelfth and final round chin tapping left hook sinking Lara’s “American Dream” to the canvas for a referee Kenny Bayless eight count and a title grabbing 10-8 round after which Hurd was declared the winner of a 114-113 Lara, 114-113 times two split decision win. Hurd with his eyes firmly set on another Houston champion, unbeaten WBC title holder Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo improves to 22-0, 15Ko’s while Lara whose only defeats come by way of majority or split decision falls to 25-3-2, 14Ko’s.
In the co-feature, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK’s James “Chunky” Degale reclaimed his IBF World Super Middleweight Title with a bloody, head banging immediate rematch twelve round unanimous decision over Osseo, Minnesota’s, “Golden” Caleb Truax.
The fight turning both ways on cuts saw Degale start off well only to suffer a serious free flowing cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads mistakenly ruled a punch by referee Robert Byrd in round three.
The straight ahead champion taking full advantage stayed on the attack only to see the action take a one hundred and eighty degree turn after Truax cut over right eye from a clash of heads in round seven and his left in round eight Degale docked one point by referee Byrd for a half elbow / half shoulder smash in round ten the now more mobile free swinging Degale began to reassume control landing clean combinations and single power shots taking the championship rounds and his title back when the judges scores were announced 117-110, 114-113 times two for Degale. The re-crowned champion Degale improves to 24-2-1, 14Ko’s while Truax drops to 29-4-2, 18Ko’s.
In an IBF Super Welterweight Eliminator bout Philadelphia’s Julian “J Rock” Williams won a tightly contested twelve round majority-decision over Evanston, Illinois, based Jamaican, Nathaniel “No Problem” Gallimore.
Williams staying cool and calm worked the pre-fight trash talking Jamaican with an accurate jab, ripping him to the body wearing down the heavy-handed Illinoisan and jabbing his way to a strangely scored 117-110, 116- 112, 114-114 majority decision win.
Williams only defeat a fifth-round knockout IBF Super Welterweight title challenge loss to Jermall Charlo in December now lined up as the IBF mandatory to Jarrett Hurd moves to 25-1-1, 15Ko’s while Gallimore whose only other blemish is a ten-round split decision loss to Virgilijus Stapulionis in 2016 falls to 20-2-1, 17Ko’s.
In a battle of declining California super middleweights East LA’ “Latin Snake” Sergio Mora scored an eight-round split decision win over Coachella’s Alfredo “Perro” Angulo.
Mora the 2005 The Contender" boxing reality series champion was more aggressive, cleaner puncher in the first half saw his close friend and gym mate bang his way back in the second half for a proverbial, little too late 77-75 Angulo 78-74 times two Mora split decision win for the “Latin Snake.”
The 37-year-old Mora holding a win over Vernon Forrest and battling to a 2010 draw with future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley but coming off back to back TKO losses to “Miracle Man” Danny Jacobs climbs to 29-5-2, 9Ko’s while Angulo 2-4 in his last six falls to 24-7, 20Ko’s.
Alhambra, California, southpaw, welterweight Emanuel “El Artista” Medina remained undefeated easily out pointing Sonora, Mexico journeyman Saul Corral 79-73, 80-72 times two after eight. Medina moves to 14-0, 9Ko’s while Corral’s three bout KO run comes to a close at 28-11, 19Ko’s.
In a minor upset Saint Louis, Missouri, featherweight Sharone Carter went back and forth out pointing Dearborn, Michigan’s previously unbeaten Ahmed Mahmood, 79-73, 78-74, 77-75 after eight. Carter scheduled to return to action May 26th at Community America Ballpark, Kansas City, Kansas improves to 9-2, 2Ko’s while the 22-year-old Mahmood suffering his first defeat dips to 7-1-1, 3Ko’s
In a scheduled eight round lightweight bout Sacramento, California’s, 20-year-old Xavier Martinez floored Mechanicsville, Virginia’s, Jairo Fernandez Vargas once in each of the two opening frames forcing referee Jay Nady to call the action at1:22 of round two. Martinez improves to 11-0, 7Ko’s while the 30-year-old Vargas dropping his third straight falls to 6-4, 5Ko’s.
Anthony Joshua Unifies With Pre-April Fools
Way Too Wide Points Win Over Joseph Parker!
By: Ian Webb
March 31st, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales: In the long awaited main event of a Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing promotion Watford, Hertfordshire’s, Anthony "AJ" Joshua forced to go the full distance for the first time retained his IBF/ IBO/WBA and WBO World Heavyweight titles with a much closer than scored twelve round decision over Las Vegas, based Kiwi, Joseph Parker.
The fight began with Joshua taking the center of the ring leaving the more active but less accurate WBO champion Parker on the end of his head and probing jab.
Rounds two and three saw much of the same with Joshua controlling the distance and Parker reaching and lunging with some erroneous punching. Joshua a bit gun shy on the trigger backed Parker to the ropes but unable to unload the big shot the more energetic Kiwi ties him up.
In round four Joshua tracking Parker to the ropes lands a big right over the top and opens a short exchange before grabbing on. The almost agreed distance stays open leaving most of Parker’s offense short sighted.
Landing the biggest shot of the fight so far in round five Joshua rattles parker with a solid turned over jab/left hook. Parker finds some small success with his one two as the spacing still seems to be the biggest obstacle on both sides.
Joshua and Parker exchange to open round six as the two begin to grapple prompting referee Giuseppe Quartarone to initiate some groundless interference. Joshua trades a right to the head for a Parker left to the body and Parker is quick to answer a Joshua jab with a body-hugging right uppercut. Joshua would close the round with good body shot to keep the round close.
The second half would start with a slowing pace as the two clutch and grab and Parker getting the better of the action on the inside while Joshua seemingly is awaiting assistance from the intermittently interfering referee Quartarone.
Round eight would see some more grappling with Joshua’s intermittent jabs finding their mark the Cardiff favorite would land a big right stunning Parker only to initiate another needless referee Quartarone intervention.
With referee Quartarone rally squashing interventions equal going into round nine Parkers step up in pace would falls short like most of his punches with both fighters becoming increasingly less accurate.
Joshua would start fast in round ten, first with the jab, then with a god right only to get preoccupied trying to land the right uppercut after which he appears lost. Parker ends the round with a small cut over his left eye most certainly from an accidental clash of heads.
Rounds eleven and twelve mysteriously missing the urgency of we so passionately call the championship rounds the action does pick up a bit with Joshua tagging Parker with a good right to close round eleven and Parker retaliating to the body.
The twelfth and final round begins with a pair of trading lefts and Parker finding the better of it in tight landing an uppercut to Joshua’s ribs drawing another unwarranted referee Quartarone intervention pushing the bout to the final bell for a pre-April fools, way too wide Anthony Joshua unanimous decision win. New Zealand’s Ian Scott scored it 119-109, while both England’s Steve Gray and the United States Steve Weisfeld called it 118-110.
Joshua appearing to be trying to freeze out Parker in the outdoor ring before their bout needs to thaw out some of his prima donna ways before going into a mandatory with the always aggressive Povetkin and probably should genuinely consider freezing out “Bomb Squad” WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontey Wilder for a few more tune up bouts ahead of any undisputed champion unification bout. The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Joshua moves to 21-0, 20Ko’s while Parker suffering his first defeat slips to 24-1, 18Ko’s.
In the heavyweight semi-main event Chekhov, Russia’s Alexander Povetkin retained his WBA/WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Titles with a destructive fifth-round knockout of Liverpool, UK’s, David Price.
The bout beginning with the 6’8” Price enduring the 6’2” Povetkin’s early assault with his long but lethargic jab and a round ending surprise right wobbling the 38-year-old Russian.
Povetkin showing he still carries some sound recuperative traits continued his unrelenting bobbing and weaving attack in round two sending the 34-year-old Price to the canvas and a referee Howard John Foster with a clean looping right.
Price more frustrated than hurt returned to action catching the former WBA Heavyweight Champion with a tight counter left hook sending him to the ropes for a referee Foster correctly called eight count.
Povetkin turning his attention to the taller Prices body in round four pushed the fight in round five tagging Price with a comatose chopping right and follow-up left hook dropping the lifeless Englishman to the canvas forcing referee Foster to immediately wave the fight over at 1:02 of round five.
With the win the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Povetkin having tested positive for a banned substance and missing out on shot at WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontey Wilder in 2016 now lined up as the WBA mandatory challenger to IBF/ IBO/WBA and WBO World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua moves to 34-1, 24Ko’s. 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Price, 3-3 in his last six, stopped in all three losses falls to 22-5, 18Ko’s.
Belfast, Northern Ireland’s, Ryan Burnett retained his WBA Super World Bantamweight Title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over authoritarian Anzoategui, Venezuela’s, Yonfrez “El Verdugo” Parejo.
Burnett started very well controlling the spacing and dominating the action early on answering a Parejo surge in round three with some solid defense and clean counters.
Burnett the quicker, more skillful fighter totally in charge suffering a small cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round seven out worked and out pointed the fading Parejo to a 120-118, 116-112, 120-118 times two twelve round unanimous decision win. Burnett claiming to have injured his right hand in the third-round advances to 19-0, 9Ko’s while Parejo’s four bout win streak comes to a close at 21-3-1, 10Ko’s.
In the biggest test of his young career Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, “Pretty Boy” Josh Kelly claimed the vacant WBA International Welterweight Title winning a ten round unanimous decision over Chicago, Illinois former IBF Light Middleweight Champion, Carlos “King” Molina.
The 24-year-old Kelly taking full advantage of a ten-year age advantage dictated the pace from the start. Working behind a hard jab Molina landed punches here and there but unable to catch the low guard but proficient head and upper body moving Englishman clean Molina was mostly defensive appearing looking for the big counter.
Kelly seemingly on a respite in the fifth allowed Molina his best round in the fifth only to step up the pace in the second half boxing and punching shook Molina in the eight-round mixing in a driving uppercut in a string of body shots.
Molina began a little too late push in the tenth and final round while Kelly picking his spots boxed his way to the final sound after which he was declared the winner of a 99-91, 98-92 times two ten round unanimous decision. In just his sixth pro bout the 2016 Olympian Kelly showed he is ready to start taking on some bigger names improves to 6-0, 4Ko’s while Molina dropping his third in a row falls to 28-9-2, 8KO’s
In a special lightweight attraction Manchester, UK, former WBA Lightweight Champion, Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla cut over his right eye scored a dominant ten round unanimous decision over Mexico City, Mexico’s, rugged Edson “Buba” Ramirez.
Crolla in command at the opening bell easily out boxing the tough Ramirez suffering a cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in round three buckled down settling in like a “Million Dollar” ring general controlling every aspect of the action boxing his way to an otherwise uneventful 100-91, 100-90, 98-92 unanimous decision. Two wins off back to back 2016-17 points losses to Jorge Linares Crolla improves to 33-6-3, 13Ko’s while Ramirez unbeaten in his previous eighteen bouts dips to 18-3-1, 8Ko’s.
Cardiff, Wales, Joe Cordina grabbed up the vacant WBA International Lightweight out classing and flooring West-Vlaanderen, Belgium’s light handed, Hakim Ben Ali three times enroute to a fourth-round stoppage.
The popular hometown former amateur standout and 2016 Olympian went right to his duties walking Ben Ali down with a quick jab merging in some clean body shots straying a bit low in the second round allowing Ben Ali a short breather.
Ali fighting in reverse never a threat to Cordina could not hold off the inspired Welshman hitting the canvas three times the result of a bilateral hard, accurate head and body attack carried into round four forcing the referee to stop the punishment in the later seconds of round four. With his first knockout win Cordina improves to 7-0, 1Ko while Ben Ali suffering his second straight defeat falls to 19-6, 1Ko.
In a six round super middleweight contest Auckland, New Zealand, 22-year-old, Mose “Iron” Auimatagi Jr. rallied to score a last round, last minute come from behind stoppage of Aberdare, Wales, previously unbeaten Morgan Jones.
After an uneventful opening two frames Jones beginning to find his range in third wobbled his Kiwi foe only to be saved by the bell in the third.
Jones in control landing the cleaner, heavier shots appearing to have Auimatagi where he wanted floored his Kiwi foe with a big right hand in the opening moments of the six.
The Auimatagi demonstrating the wisdom behind his moniker “Iron” beat the count responding with a full sense of desperate urgency ripping Jones with a big right of his own wobbling the unbeaten Welshman setting him up for a series of thumping head and body shots forcing the referee to stop it at 2:52 of round six. Hoping to set up a Kiwi night of upsets Auimatagi moves to 10-1-2, 6Ko’s while Jones suffering his first defeat slips to 12-1, 5Ko’s.
In a six-round light heavyweight bout Croydon, London’s, AJ Boxing promoted Joshua Buatsi cruised to a one-sided, points win over Katowice, Poland’s Bartlomiej Grafka.
The precise punching 2016 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist, Buatsi, ripping Grafka up with sharp jabs and punishing rights denied a knockdown ruled a slip in round one opened up his arsenal in round two tearing into the 29-year-old Pole with wide variety of punches to the body and head pounding the durable journeyman to a demonstrative 60-54 points win. Buatsi climbs to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Grafka 2-7 in his last nine falls to 20-29-3, 9Ko’s.
Deluca Breaks Down Agaton In Seven,
Irishman Jason Quigley Returns
With “Animal” Stoppage of Rosario Cruz in Six!
By: Jeff Sanders
March 31st, Marina Bay Sports Plex, Quincy, Massachusetts: Heading a Murphy’s Boxing, Oscar De La Hoya co-promoted Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN card Whitman, Massachusetts, combat Marine, Mark "Bazooka" DeLuca remained unbeaten scoring a seventh round TKO stoppage of Tlalneplanta, Mexico’s, Ramses "The Pharaoh" Agaton.
The scheduled eight round battle of southpaws saw the naturally bigger, stronger more aggressive Deluca take the fight to the game "Pharaoh" punishing the game Mexican throughout the fight closing the show with a ripping bilateral body combination dumping Agaton on the canvas, rising unable to continue forcing the referee to wave the bout done at 2:17 of round seven. Deluca improves to 21-0, 13Ko’s while the risk taking, last minute sub Agaton, moving up in weight 2-6 in his last eight bouts falls to 20-8-3, 10Ko’s.
In the middleweight semi-main event Woodland Hills, California, based “Irishman” Jason Quigley returned from a nearly one-year hiatus due to a surgically repaired hand to stop San Juan, Puerto Rico’s, Daniel Rosario Cruz in six.
Quigley shaking off the rust early in control for the duration floored Rosario twice with left hooks to the body in round six prompting referee Mike Ryan to stop the bout at 2:56 of the sixth round. Quigley improves to 14-0, 11Ko’s while Rosario winless in his last three falls to 11-4, 10Ko’s.
In an eight-round meeting of middleweights Sao Paulo, Brazil 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Yamaguchi Falcao remained unbeaten scoring a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Miami, Florida’s, rugged Columbian, against Richar “La Lamina” Gutierrez.
Falcao ruled down once in round one after Gutierrez stepped on his foot regrouped to dominate the action at times taunting and playing with the aging veteran flooring him once in round five enroute to a wider than scored 79-73, 78-72, 78-71 unanimous decision win. The 30-year-old Falcao improves to 14-0, 6Ko’s while the 39-year-old, take on all comer, veteran Gutierrez drops to 30-18-2, 19Ko’s.
In a hotly contested toe to toe battle of evenly matched lightweights Philadelphia’s Damon Allen Jr. out worked, out slugged and out lasted Dallas, Texas, Alexis “Perro” Del Bosque for an entertaining 77-75, 78-74 Allen, 77-75 Del Bosque split decision win. Damon Allen Jr. moves to 15-0-1, 5Ko’s while Del Bosque, 2-3 in his last five drops to 13-5, 9Ko’s.
Islandeady, Ireland super lightweight Raymond Moylette out pointed Salem, Massachusetts Matt Doherty, 58-54, 59-55 times two after six. Moylette moves to 9-0, 3Ko’s while Doherty’s four bout victory run ends at 8-4-1, 4Ko’s.
In a battle of Massachusetts super welterweights Holbrook’s, Mike Ohan, Jr. held onto his unblemished record banging out Woburn’s just happy to be there Bruno Dias in two. Ohan, Jr. with his second KO win of 2018 moves to 6-0, 4Ko’s while Dias still in search of his first pro win falls to 0-4.
In a four round super welterweight match South Boston, Massachusetts Joe Farina recorded his second pro victory with a second round stoppage of little resisting Jaco Matos. Farina moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Matos remains winless at 0-2.
Mystic, Connecticut’s, Karen Dulin used her experience to score a 40-36 times three four round unanimous decision over Randolph, Massachusetts, Jillian DiAuto. Dulin bumps up to 3-13, 1Ko while DiAuto levels out at 1-1, 1Ko.
Ventura, California, middleweight Travis Gambardella stopped Brockton, Massachusetts opponent Lionel Young in three. Gambardella moves to 3-0-2 while Young treads water at 1-6.
“Blue Chip” Martin Returns
With A Fourth Round TKO of Florez!
By: David Colon
March 27th, The Avalon, Hollywood, California: In the lead attraction of a Tom Loeffler - 360/K2 Promotion's "Hollywood Fight Nights" Cleveland, Ohio, based super lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin returned from an eighteenth month injury induced hiatus with a convincing fourth round TKO stoppage of Columbia’s, Luis Eduardo Florez.
After a patient, shake down styled opening round Martin began to open upbuilding off his jab adding sharp right hands and hooks to the body and head putting the tough Columbian on the canvas twice , once with a left hook to the body in round three and a right hand to a survival mode Florez in round four forcing referee Jack Reiss to wave it over in the opening at 30 seconds of round four. Martin improves to 21-0, 12Ko’s while Florez 2-7-1NC in his last ten falls to 23-9, 19Ko’s
In other action:
In the six round super welterweight Big Bear, California, based power punching Ukrainian, Serhii Bohachuk pricked himself up from a first round flash knockdown to drop and stop Compton, California, Lucius “Bull Dog” Johnson in three.
In a free swing opening frame Bohachuk rocked Johnson backing him to the ropes only to be sent to the canvas by a short defending right hand.
Bohachuk the aggressor continued his attack in round two working Johnson’s mid-section softening “Bull Dog” up for an unanswered series of power punches in round three forcing referee Rudy Barragan to call the fight at 2:47 of round three. Bohachuk stays perfect at 7-0, 7Ko’s while Johnson now winless in his last three dives to 4-3, 3Ko’s.
In a six round super bantamweight pairing Tijuana, Mexico, Luis Rosales won a one-sided unanimous decision over Huntington Beach, California’s, Guadalupe Arroyo.
Rosales taking control of the action and the center of the ring picking apart his stationary target scoring with an accurate jab and clean 1-2’s for a slanted 60-54 times three unanimous decision win. Rosales improves to 7-1-1, 3Ko’s while the 1-10 in his last eleven Arroyo crashes to 3-11.
In a close quarters super lightweight bout LA’s, Mike Melikyan won a closely contested four round split decision over Huntington Beach, California’s, Alfredo “Gallo De Oro” Hernandez.
The toe to toe, back and forth battle would see both fighters have their moments battling right to the final bell with the counter punching Melikyan landing the cleaner, sharper shots on the aggressive Hernandez gaining the judges call with a 39-37 Hernandez, 39-37, 40-36 Melikyan split decision win. Melikyan starts new at 2-2-1 while the tough Hernandez falls to 3-2, 2Ko’s.
In a scheduled four round bantamweight bout Maywood, California’s, 19-year-old, Jose Casillas opened his pro career with a third-round knockout of San Bernardino, California’s, 31-year-old, May Garduno.
Casillas the more skilled, sharper puncher targeting Garduno to the body and head systematically broke Garduno opening a small cut near his right eye in round two flooring him with a heavy right-left in round three provoking his corner to throw in the towel forcing referee Jack Reiss to step in and wave the fight over at 1:54 of round three. Casillas jumps out 1-0, 1Ko while Garduno remains winless at 0-2.
In a four-round featherweight battle of attrition Redlands, California, Anthony Chavez remained unbeaten out lasting Sonora, Mexico’s, Carlos Apodaca for a 40-35, 39-36 times two unanimous decision win. Chavez holds onto his zero at 5-0, 1Ko while the record padding Apodaca drops to 1-8-2.
Split-T Management / 360 Promotions, newly signed New York amateur standout Brian Ceballo made his pro-debut scoring a blistering first round TKO stoppage of Sonora, Mexico’s, Luis Longoria.
The more skilled and active Ceballo opened fast setting up clean combinations with an accurate jab bloodying and possibly breaking the over matched Mexican’s nose with a rapid combination prompting referee Rudy Barragan to step in and stop the punishment at 2:16 of round one. Ceballo starts out 1-0, 1KO while Longoria evens up at 1-1.
"Del Boy" Batters, Cold Packs "Big Daddy" In Six!
By: Ian Webb
March 24th, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London: In the main event of an Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing production Brixton, London, “Body Snatcher” Dillian Whyte moved one step closer to a fight against WBC Champion Deontay Wilder or IBF/IBO/WBA and WBO World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua with a brutal sixth round knockout of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia previously unbeaten Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne.
The 29 year old Whyte, the owner of a amateur knockdown of Anthony Joshua was in total control opening up a cut under the former MMA star's left eye and battering the 38 year old from pillar to post for most of the opening six rounds until landing a brutal combination punctuated by a sense relieving left hook sending Browne face first to the canvas where he laid for several moments after referee officially called the bout over at 0:37 of round six.
Whyte whose only defeat is a December 2015 seventh round TKO loss to Anthony Joshua now unbeaten in his last seven moves to 23-1, 17Ko’s while the outclassed and out gunned Browne suffering his first pro-boxing loss drops to 25-1, 22Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction, Forest Hall, Tyne and Wear, UK’s Lewis “Sandman” Ritson retained his BBBofC British Lightweight Title stopping Lytham, St Annes, Lancashire, UK’s Scott “Scotty” Cardle in two.
Enduring a first round Cardle onslaught, Ritson never hurt riding a five bout KO streak turned on his power attack tracking “Scotty” down with heavy shots rocking the St Annes challenger with a solid right driving him to the ropes for a referee Robert Williams eight count.
Allowed to continue it wouldn’t be long until the “Sandman” would finish the job banging Cardle with a two-handed volley drawing a towel from the corner prompting referee Williams to put a stop to the fight at 2:05 of round two. Ritson improves to 15-0 9Ko’s while Cardle losing two of his last three falls to 22-2-1, 7Ko’s.
Boston, Lincolnshire, Commonwealth (British Empire) Light Heavyweight Champion Callum “The One” Johnson added the BBBofC British strap to his collection scoring a first round TKO stoppage of Winchmore Hill, Enfield, London’s, “Wise Guy” Frank Buglioni.
Both fighters locked and loaded came out swinging with Johnson landing the first telling shot a heavy right hand to the head. Buglioni hurt seemingly without his “Wise Guy” punch found himself on the working end of a Johnson two handed assault putting him down in the corner for a referee Victor Loughlin eight count.
Proving his is a legitimate finisher Johnson immediately returned to work landing a big right-left driving London’s, “Wise Guy” to the ropes again this time prompting referee Loughlin to call it at 1:31 of round one. With his fourth straight TKO win Johnson stays unbeaten at 17-0, 12Ko’s while Buglioni suffering his third loss drops to 21-3-1, 15Ko’s.
In a special eight round heavyweight pairing Finchley, London, “Del Boy” Dereck Chisora wacked out Hyeres, Var, France’s, Zakaria Azzouzi in two.
Chisora appearing very focused took the fight right to Azzouzi pounding the already soft looking Frenchman to the body.
Azzouzi appearing to put all his cards on the table began to trade with the more accurate, heavier punching “Dell Boy” only to be greeted by a thundering right leaving the out gunned Frenchman down and unable to continue forcing referee Robert Williams to call the bout at 2:12 of round two. Chisora 3-3 in his last six moves to 28-8, 20Ko’s while Azzouzi 2-2 in his last four outings falls to 14-3-2, 10Ko’s
In a six-round welterweight match up Bermondsey, London, Chris Kongo proved “Too Slick” for Sheffield, Yorkshire, based Cameroonian, Serge Ambomo boxing his way to a lopsided referee Chas Coakley scored 60-55 decision. Kongo improves to 8-0, 5Ko’s while Ambomo evens out at 6-6, 2Ko’s.
In a six-round battle of unbeaten super welterweights Liverpool’s, Anthony Fowler held onto his zero dropping Seine-Saint-Denis, France’s, Kalilou Dembele with a drilling body shot in round two trading with Dembele in rounds three and four staying to the body repeating the deed in round five forcing the referee to immediately wave it over. Fowler climbs to 5-04Ko’s while Dembele suffering his first defeat drops to 6-1-2, 2Ko’s.
Swindon, Wiltshire, southpaw, super middleweight Jamie Cox returned to his winning ways demolishing Yorkshire’s, Harry “The Pockington Rocket” Matthews in two. Cox boxing early on measured Matthews with his right jab and long lefts leading Matthews to “The Pocket” where he was dropped and stopped by a tight southpaw right hook. Cox set to face John “Gorilla” Ryder May 5th on the Haye vs Bellew Rematch card improves to 25-1,14Ko’s while Matthews 1-6 in his last seven collects another check at 15-26-2, 2Ko’s
In a light heavyweight match slated for six Crystal Palace, London’s, Craig “Spider” Richards got back on track scoring a blue collar third round stoppage of Split, Croatia’s, Ivan Stupalo. Richards moves to 11-1, 5Ko’s while Stupalo levels out at 12-12, 3Ko’s.
In a four-round meeting of pro-debuting UK featherweights Banstead, Surrey’s, multifaceted Louie Lynn jumped out to a good start against Longendale, Cheshire’s, Michael Horabin battering and bloodying Michael Horobin forcing the referee to stop the contest in round two. Lynn starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Horobin returns to the gym 0-1.
In a four-round preliminary cruiserweight bout Walworth, London’s, previously unbeaten Richard Riakporhe picked himself up from a stunning first round knockdown and turn the tables on Manchester’s, Adam Williams in round two and finish the job in the third with clean heavy punches in round three. Riakporhe stays unbeaten at 6-0, 5Ko’s while Williams stopped in his last three bouts dives to 1-4.
Zuege Defends With Rematch
Second Round TKO Win Over Ekpo!
By: Aldfred Zimmermann
March 24th, Inselparkhalle, Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, Germany: In the main event of a Erol Ceylan / Wilfried Sauerland co-promotion televised on Germany Sport1 Berlin, Germany’s Tyron Zeuge retained his World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight Title with a second round stoppage of Abuja, Nigeria’s Isaac “Grenade” Ekpo.
The fight a rematch of their March 25th, 2017, 49-46, 48-47, 49-47 technical decision title defense win by Zeuge, when the contest was stopped due to a cut to the German’s was left eye began with the Champion working behind an active and accurate jab up and down jab lowering Ekpo’s guard for an opening frame ending canvas introducing counter overhand right.
Seeing Ekpo saved by the bell in round one Zeuge went right back at his Nigerian challenger battering him with consecutive right hands ending him to the canvas for a second time in as many rounds prompting referee Mark Nelson to call the bout at 0:23 of round two.
Zuege improves to 22-0-1, 12Ko’s while Ekpo never getting a chance to pull the pin drops to 32-4, 25Ko’s.
Garcia Takes Apart Veteran Vargas In One!
By: David Colon
March 22nd, Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California: Heading the latest edition of Golden Boy on ESPN, LA’s 19-year-old, Ryan “Kingry” Garcia retained his NABF Junior Super Featherweight Title scoring a first round stoppage of Tijuana, Mexico’s battle tested veteran Fernando Vargas.
Garcia opened the scheduled ten rounder measuring and turning 29-year-old Vargas with his jab walking the bobbing and weaving Mexican into two violent right hands followed by a fight terminating left hook at 2:55 of round one forcing referee Jerry Cantu to wave the fight with an abbreviated ten count.
The talented and power packed Garcia improves to 14-0, 13Ko’s while Vargas winless in his last three falls to 32-14-3, 21Ko’s.
In the co-feature, on again, off again Bronx, New York welterweight Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez moved back to the win column with a blistering second round knockout of Saint Louis, Missouri’s, once beaten Keandre Gibson.
The shorter but heavier punching Gomez finding his distance in round one patiently picked his spots until spotting Gibson’s sinking guard and taking full advantage launching and landing a blitzing counter right hand dropping the 28-year-old Missourian forcing referee Tony Crebs to immediately call it over at 0:54 of round two. Gomez 2-2 in his last four moves to 20-3, 12Ko’s while Gibson whose only other shortfall is a fourth round TKO loss to LA’s unbeaten Antonio Orozco slips to 18-2-1, 7Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a scheduled ten round featherweight affair LA’s Joet Gonzalez remained unbeaten scoring a fifth round TKO stoppage of Pigkawayan, Philippines Rolando Magbanua.
The 24-year-old Californian skillfully maneuvered his way around Magbanua’s early power attack picking his shots, landing the cleaner, stronger punches dropping and stopping the 33-year-old Filipino with a heavy combination prompting referee Jerry Cantu to put a stop to the bout at 2:06 of round five. Scoring his fifth straight stoppage victory Gonzalez advances to 19-0, 11Ko’s while Magbanua 3-5 in his last eight outings drops to 28-7, 20Ko’s.
In a two way super lightweight bout scheduled for eight rounds East LA’s Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro scored a crowd wrangling second round stoppage of El Paso, Texas, rough and ready “DoubleG,” Gabriel Gutierrez.
The action starting with some early trading would see Navarro work to the body with ripping shots taking it heavy upstairs in round two momentarily rocking “DoubleG,” for reasons only known to himself inspired referee Tony Krebs’ to wave the fight over at 2:58 of round two. Navarro improves to 13-0, 7Ko’s while Gutierrez 1-4 in his last five drops to 5-7, 3Ko’s.
In a six round super welterweight match Guadalajara, Mexico 2016 Olympian Raul “Cougar” Curiel took apart and stopped Shreveport, Louisiana’s, Quantavious Green with a grueling body attack putting the outclassed “Ratchet City” on the deck twice in round two forcing the referee to wave it over at 1:29 of round two. Curial improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Green falls to 1-2-1, 1Ko.
LA based 18-year-old, “Irish” super welterweight Aaron “Silencer” McKenna scored his first pro knockout banging on and out Colorado’s Jose Palacios in one round.
The former eight-time Irish champion and European Schoolboys Gold Medalist met the game but over matched and out gunned Palacios battering and dropping the petulant Coloradoan to the canvas with a long powerful right. Palacios unresponsive complaining of a rabbit punch provoked referee Edward Hernandez Sr. to wave the fight over at 2:46 of round one. McKenna moves to 2-0, 1Ko while the disagreeing Palacios drops to 1-2, 1Ko.
Opening the card Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines Eugene “Rambo” Lagos shocked North Hollywood, California’s highly touted super bantamweight Emilio Sanchez dropping the previously unbeaten 23-year-old cold with a drilling counter right forcing the referee to immediately call the bout at 0:35 of round two. The 22-year-old, Lagos 2-3 in his last five moves to 13-5-2, 8Ko’s while Sanchez suffering his first defeat slips to 16-1, 11Ko’s.
Ramirez, Gvozdyk and Conlan
St. Patricks Day Winners!
By: Joe Martin
March 17th, Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York: In the main event of a Bob Arum / Don King co-promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN Avenal, California’s politically inspired Jose Carlos Ramirez claimed the vacant World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight Title with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Albany, New York’s, “Young Master” Amir Imam.
Ramirez as expected took the role of was aggressor at the opening bell with Imam mostly appearing satisfied attempting to set the distance.
In round two Ramirez continued to move forward pressuring the jabbing New Yorker investing in some solid body work laying the foundation for the later rounds.
Imam would momentarily stop Ramirez bull dozing attack stepping on the Californian’s foot tripping him to the canvas.
Round four Iman would again put a momentary stop in Ramirez straight ahead attack ripping the bending Mexican with a ripping uppercut his biggest punch to that point.
Ramirez on a roll ripping left hooks to the body and head Imam would again temporarily discourage the relentless 2012 Olympian with another right uppercut.
During the middle rounds Imam inconsistent with his jab allowing the unyielding to stay in range opened the way for some back and forth action with Ramirez getting the better of the action landing big looping rights damaging Imams left eye never straying too far from some critical investing body work.
Never taking his foot off the gas with Iman unable to find any constancy Ramirez winning the infighting in rounds nine and ten would turn it up a notch in the eleventh rocking “The Young Master” in round eleven continuing to hurt Imam who clutching and grabbing held on for an all Ramirez scored 115-113, 117-111, 120-108 unanimous decision.
Ramirez now securely in the middle of the 140lb mix set to face off against newly crowned WBC interim champ Regis Prograis improves 22-0, 16Ko’s while Imam suffering just his second defeat moves back to the middle of the pack at 21-2, 18Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian, Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk took possession of the interim World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight Title with a pin point twelve round unanimous decision over Marseille, France’s, crafty Mehdi Amar.
The offensive minded sharper, straighter punching 2012 Ukrainian Olympic Bronze Medalist Gvozdyk out worked Amar landing clean shots from all angles but showing some defensive lapses and a one punch lacking arsenal wearing a swelling left eye lid allowed the determined Frenchman to stick around for an eight bout KO run ending 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 twelve round unanimous decision win. Gvozdyk improves to 15-0, 12Ko’s while Amar one win off a twelve round unanimous decision loss to Robert Stieglitz falls to 34-6-2, 16Ko’s.
In the St. Patrick’s Day party ending special attraction Belfast, Northern Ireland super bantamweight Michael Conlan returned to Madison Square Garden one year to the day of his pro debut extended his unbeaten streak to six with a crowd pleasing second round gutting of Budapest, Hungary’s, David Berna.
The 26-year-old, brash 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Conlan, playing the primed and ready to go partisan crowd measured Berna with long straight shots before turning southpaw and drilling Berna with a bread basket deflating left sinking the former Hungarian amateur champion to the canvas for a referee Eddie Claudio eight count to close round one.
Demonstrating the finishing skills learned from older brother Jamie “The Mexican” Conlan, Michael went right back to work landing long lefts to the head and body set up a right hook to the head sending Berna face first to the canvas. Berna beating a second referee Claudio eight count would be allowed to continue only to be met by a Conlan follow up barrage of punches forcing referee Claudio to wave the bout over at 1:00 of round two. Conlan found to have been denied an Olympic Gold due to some alleged fixed judging moves to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Berna falls to 15-3, 14Ko’s.
In the upset of the night Tijuana, Mexico’s, heavy handed Antonio Lozada Jr. scored a tenth-round stoppage of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s, highly touted lightweight, Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo.
The 24-year-old Verdejo returning from nearly a year of inactivity was forced to fight on the back foot after suffering a cut in the mouth by the heavy handed Lozado in round two.
The speedier Verdejo beginning to slow in the middle rounds saw the game Mexicans left hooks wear on and take center stage in the tenth and final round sending the Puerto Rican star to the canvas for a referee Eddie Claudio eight count. Lozado sensing his moment took full advantage returning to work with a fight ending assault forcing referee Claudio to step in and save the defenseless “El Diamante” any further punishment at 2:37 of round ten. The scores at the time of the stoppage had Verdejo ahead 87-84, 86-85, 86-85. Lozado running his KO streak to three moves to 39-2, 33Ko’s while Verdejo enduring his first loss slips to 23-1, 15Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Barranquitas, Puerto Rico’s, Christopher Diaz successfully made the first defense his NABO Super Featherweight Title with a fourth round TKO stoppage of Dominican Republic’s, Braulio “El Chavo” Rodriguez.
Diaz holding an edge in the back and forth action the fight would come to a close when in the middle of a fourth-round exchange “El Chavo” complaining of a right arm injury was determined unable to continue making Diaz a fourth round TKO winner. Diaz improves to 23-0, 15Ko’s while Rodriguez suffering back to back losses falls to 19-3, 17Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight rounder Cidra, Puerto Rico, former IBF Super Featherweight Champion, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza rebounded from a January 2017 seventh round title changing TKO loss to Gervonta “Tank” Davis scoring a one sided 80-72 times three eight round unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s, Jose “La Boa” Rodriguez. Pedraza improves to 23-1, 12Ko’s while Rodriguez 3-3 in his last six falls to 23-12, 13Ko’s.
In a four-round preliminary super featherweight bout Allentown, Pennsylvania’s, power punching, Joseph Adorno disposed of Puerto Rico’s over matched and out gunned Iván De La Madrid with a thudding left hook at 2:01 of round one. Adorno remains perfect at6-0, 6Ko’s while the powerless De La Madrid levels out at 3-3.
Joyce Pads Way To Chisora Showdown
With First Round Stoppage of Palmer!
By: Ian Webb
March 17th, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London: In the heavyweight attraction of a David Haye “Hayemaker” promotion Putney, London’s, Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce remained undefeated with an uncontested 38 second first-round stoppage win over Dorchester, Massachusetts, based Donnie Palmer.
The 6’6” Joyce testing the 6’10” soft around the middle Palmer with a quick set of unanswered jabs immediately touched the “Michelin Man” doppelganger, with a measuring right. Gaining Palmers attention Joyce circling to his right walked the overblown Honduran into a bing-bang 1-2 putting him on his back for a fight ending wave off by referee Jeff Hinds at 0:38 of round one.
In a huge step, the 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Joyce now 3-0, 3Ko’s is set to face Finchley, London, “Del Boy” Dereck Chisora, on the undercard of the Tony Bellew / David Haye rematch May 5th, O2 Arena while Palmer’s undefined three bout winning streak comes to an abrupt close at 9-3-1, 8Ko’s.
Munguia Stays Unbeaten Pounds Out Navarrete In 3!
By: Filiberto Suarez
March 17th, Jose Sulaiman Arena, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico: In the ten round main event of an abbreviated Fernando Beltran - Zanfer Promotion Tijuana, Mexico 21-year-old, super welterweight Jaime “Destructor” Munguia remained unbeaten banging out a rematch third round stoppage of San Juan Zitlaltepec, Mexico veteran Johnny “Vaquero” Navarrete.
A rematch of their one sided ten round unanimous decision April 2017 Munguia leaving no doubt Munguia immediately took control of the middle of the ring displaying a fully loaded arsenal of speedy combinations and big power shots.
“Destructor” staying on the attack in round two made it plain to see that Navarette was not on his level driving a right hand through his defense following by a thunderous left hook putting “Vaquero” down against the ropes at the close of round two.
Obvious Navarette was in full survival mode in round three Munguia became more selective with his punches allowing the game but out gunned “Vaquero” to open up for a heavy series of power shots prompting referee Sergio Hernández to step in and stop the pounding at 2:08 of round three.
Munguia moving his latest KO streak to five improves to 28-0, 24Ko’s while 30-year-old, Navarrete having a tough time moving to the next level, winless in his last five drops to 33-12, 15Ko’s.
Arriaza Demolishes Valentin In One!
By: Steve Morrow
March 16th, Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium, Tampa, Florida: In the main attraction of a Tuto Zabala Jr. - All Star Boxing event Masaya, Nicaragua’s Roberto “Dinamita” Arriaza blasted out hometown Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin in one round.
The taller stronger appearing Thompson Boxing promoted unbeaten Arriaza met the once beaten Valentin in the center of the ring backing the hometown “Hurricane” to the corner for a crushing right hand dropping Valentin to the ropes for a follow up barrage of shots forcing the referee to immediately step in and wave the fight over at 0:20 of round one.
Starting 2018 with his third straight KO win Arriaza improves to 16-0, 13Ko’s while Valentin whose only other defeat comes to still unbeaten Giovanni Santillan drops to 13-2, 10Ko’s.
Split Decision Win for Helenius Over Bykhautsou!
By: Alfred Zimmerman
March 17th, Rakvere Spordikeskus, Rakvere, Estonia: In the heavyweight boxing special attraction of a Yakuza Mixed Martial Arts Fight Gala, Mariehamn, Finland “Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius scored an eight-round split decision over Gomel, Belarus, Yury Bykhautsou.
The 34-year-old, 6’6” Helenius coming off a twelve-round decision to Brixton, London, “Body Snatcher” Dillian Whyte last October, claiming an injury to his right hand had his hands full working his jab battling the much shorter Bykhautsou for a 78-75 Bykhatsou, 77-76 times two Helenius split decision win. Helenius moves to 26-2, 16Ko’s while Bykhautsou, 1-8-1 in his last ten drops to 10-15-3, 5Ko’s.
Garcia Dominates Lipinets for Fourth Title!
By: David Colon
March 10th, Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas: Last night in the main event of a Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions LIVE on Showtime Oxnard, California’s, former WBO Featherweight, WBO Super and reigning WBC Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia claimed IBF World Super Lightweight Title scoring a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Beverly Hills, California’s, former kickboxing champ Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets.
The usually more aggressive Lipinets starting a bit defensive in a feeling out first round turning up the pressure in round two with challenger Garcia gaining the edge answering Lipinets with accurate jabs and clean right hands.
Garcia zeroing in his patented 1-2 rocking the determined Kazakhstani several times began to take full control of the action in round three carrying through the middle rounds when the defensively sound challenger and the uncompromised champion traded hooks leaving Lipinets on the seat of his pants about the middle point of round seven. Lipinets stunned but not hurt got up taking several more rights but finished the round showing Garcia’s respect for the determined champion while hinting at a possible step down in finishing power at the new weight.
The following round Lipinets returned to his pressure attack at times backing Garcia up with powerful lefts only to be answered by a now expected straight right.
The back and forth would continue through the championship rounds with the challenger controlling the distance and pace with a measuring and points adding jab setting up a fight defining never ending line of rights steering the fight to a heavy bout closing final exchange.
The fight an example of a little bit too much, too soon the game and very determined Champion Lipinets making his first title defense in just his fourteenth pro bout would find himself on the short of a 116-111, 117-110 times two all Garcia title taking unanimous decision. Winning his fourth world title the thirty-year-old more experienced technician Garcia improves to 39-0, 30Ko’s while Lipinets suffering his first defeat to 13-1, 10Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Minsk, Belarus, Kiryl “Mad Bee” Relikh claimed the vacant World Boxing Association World Super Lightweight Title with a May 2017 controversial decision avenging unanimous decision won over Las Vegas, former IBF Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight Champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy.
As if intent on not leaving it to the judges Relikh started quickly taking the fight to straight Barthelemy out working “Kid Blast” through most of the thirty-six minutes, handcuffing the former world champion minimizing his best work to a series of low blows continued to the final minutes of the fight despite a seventh-round referee Luis Pabon point deduction and a Relikh slanted 117-110, 118-109 times two unanimous decision title grabbing win. With the best performance of his career Relikh whose only other defeat comes to Ricky Burns improves to 22-2, 19Ko’s while the low throwing Barthelemy suffering his first pro loss dips to 26-1, 13Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a twelve round lightweight eliminator bout Accra, Ghana’s, Richard Commey celebrated his thirty first birthday keeping his title aspirations alive scoring a sixth-round stoppage of Bellflower, California’s, previously unbeaten Alejandro “El Charro” Luna.
The 31-year-old power punching Commey going right to work targeting his younger foes head and body with heavy shots lead to some exciting exchanges with Luna turning the tide backing the powerful Ghanaian to the ropes going into middle rounds until Commey exploding with a heavy right hand ending combination drawing a referee David Fields eight count. Commey right back on the attack landing another tremendous overhand right flooring Luna for the second time prompting referee Fields to wave the bout over at 1:54 of round six.
Eyes firmly set on a title challenge rematch with Robert Easter Jr. the birthday boy Commey moves to 26-2, 23Ko’s while the 26-year-old Luna suffering his first loss slips to 22-1, 15Ko’s.
In a ten round super lightweight affair San Antonio, Texas, 22-year-old, “Golden Boy” Mario Barrios scored a second round TKO stoppage of Dominican Republic’s, Eudy “AK47” Bernardo.
The more skilled 22-year-old Barrios started dominating the opening action working behind an active and accurate jab in round one.
Beginning to tee off on the 31-year-old Dominican with clean building combinations in round two Barrios took advantage of a momentary opening landing a perfectly timed and placed chin checking right hand sending the jammed “AK47” to the canvas for a referee Jon Schorle fight ending abbreviated count at 0:45 of round two. Barrios climbs to 21-0, 13Ko’s while Bernardo 2-3 in his last five falls to 23-3, 17Ko’s
In a scheduled eight round super bantamweight pairing Weslaco, Texas, Brandon “Heartbreaker” Figueroa, the 21-year-old younger brother of former WBC Lightweight Champion Omar Figueroa stayed with the family fight plan breaking down Distrito Federal, Mexico’s, Giovanni “Lloviznas” Delgado with an overwhelming work rate forcing referee Gregorio Alvarez to put a stop to the pounding at 1:55 of round seven. Figueroa moves to 15-0, 10Ko’s while Delgado now winless in his last three outings falls to 16-7, 9Ko’s.
Oxnard, California, based Lithuanian, 23-year-old Eimantas Stanionis got back to his power punching banging out Albuquerque, New Mexico, veteran, Hector “Hurricane” Munoz in the fourth round of an eight-round welterweight bout. Stanionis remains unbeaten at 5-0, 4Ko’s while Munoz on the downside, 2-7 in his last nine bouts drops to 25-20-1, 17Ko’s.
In other action: LA based Ukrainian, southpaw, welterweight Yulian Tembotov remained unbeaten out pointing Fort Pierce, Florida’s, safe Noe Lozano after six. Tembotov moves to 6-0, 4Ko’s as Lozano dips to opponent status at 2-3.
In a six-round heavyweight match-up Stafford, Texas, heavy handed Nigerian heavyweight Efe Ajagba blasted out Las Vegas, Nevada’s, Antonio Johnson in one. The 2016 Brazilian Olympian Ajagba remains perfect at 4-0, 4Ko’s while the on again off again Johnson falls to 6-3, 4Ko’s.
In a cruiserweight six rounder Houston, Texas, power punching Nigerian Efetobor Apochi stayed perfect scoring a second-round stoppage of Mason City, Iowa, 23-year-old, Darrius Flowers. Apochi advances to 3-0, 3Ko’s as Flowers dives to 2-6, 2Ko’s.
San Antonio, Texas, Robert Rodriguez 18-year-old, super flyweight impressed dropping Tijuana, Mexico’s, Giovanni Noriega in round two enroute to a one-way four round pro career opening points win. Rodriguez starts 1-0 as Noriega falls to 1-2, 1Ko.
Valdez Outpoints Quigg In Bloody War!
By: Joe Martin
March 10th, 2018 StubHub Center, Carson, California: In the main event of a Top rank on ESPN card, Sonora, Mexico’s Oscar Valdez retained his the WBO World Featherweight strap with a twelve-round blood and guts twelve unanimous decision over Bury, Lancashire, UK’s over the limit Scott Quigg.
With the WBO strap safely put aside on the scale Valdez began well out boxing Quigg in round one steadily working to the body exploding to the Brits head to close round two
In round three Quigg continuing to plod on found some success answering Valdez active jab with a few counter rights.
Quigg landing a heavy right to open round four continuing to look for the big counter cut in round five. Cut over the left eye by a crisp Valdez jab Quigg would push on closing the gap by rounds end tagging the Mexican star with a solid hook.
Valdez mouth bleeding and showing some signs of wear and tear barely holding off the pressing Britt through the middle rounds beginning to battle back picking up his punch volume targeting Quiggs body in round nine.
Moving his hands up and down Valdez continued to out work Quigg in round ten only to see the gritty Briton battle back leading to a heavy round eleven exchange.
Valdez drawing down deep in round twelve punching in bunches closed hard barring Quigg the chance of any last round heroics securing a bloody, black and blue 118-110, 117-111 times two unanimous decision win. Looking for unification fights with Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Gary Russell Jr. and Lee Selby the two-time Olympian Valdez improves to 24-0, 19Ko’s while Quigg blaming a foot fracture for the 3lb weight discrepancy being fined 20 percent of his purse falls to 34-2-2, 25Ko’s
In the semi-main attraction: unbeaten super featherweights San Jose, California’s Andy “The Shark” Vences and Detroit, Michigan’s, Erick De Leon battled to a ten-round majority draw.
While both fighters had their moments the sharper busier Vences was equaled by the heavier handed southpaw DeLeon landing the cleaner heavier punches leaving two of the judge’s undecided at 95-95 and the third giving De Leon an extra round at a tight 96-94 edge leaving the bout a ten-round majority draw. Vences bumps over to 20-0-1, 12Ko’s while De Leon edges over to 17-0-1, 10Ko’s
In other action:
In a ten round super lightweights contest LA’s, Arnold Barboza Jr. remained unbeaten scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Waldorf, Maryland, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed.
Barboza the harder and more accurate puncher started well fighting at medium range increasing his success into the middle rounds appearing to take the sixth round off opened up the space in the seventh moving and boxing his way to a persuasive 96-94, 97-93 times two unanimous decision win. Barboza improves to 18-0, 6Ko’s while Reed suffering his second consecutive defeat falls to 23-2, 12Ko's.
In a super lightweight’s bout scheduled for ten Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s unbeaten Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo held onto his WBA-NABA USA Super Lightweight belts stopping Tijuana, Mexico’s Abner “Jaeger” Lopez in seven.
The 23 year old Saucedo cut under the right eye in round two, weathered Lopez free swinging early round assault finally finding enough rhythm with some angle changing lateral movement to answer Lopez all in attack with some solid counter punching abruptly bringing the bout to a violent close with a heavy combination highlighted by a pinpoint left hook liver shot forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to immediately wave the fight over at 1:17 of round seven. Saucedo stays unbeaten at 27-0, 17Ko’s while Lopez stopped in back to back fights drops to 25-9, 21Ko’s.
In a ten-round middleweight bout 2012 Brazilian Olympic Silver Medalist Esquiva Falcao remained undefeated blowing out Brooklyn, New York’s, Salim Larbi in one round.
The more skilled Brazilian southpaw leaving no doubt opened up with clean sharp punching hurting and dropping Larbi with a heavy two piece. Larbi beating the count and allowed to continue would not do so for long running into a drilling jab, left hand forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to immediately put a halt to the bout at 2:06 of round one.
Falcao looking forward to a showdown with Nara, Japan’s WBA World Middleweight Champion Ryota Murata moves to 20-0, 14Ko’s while Larbi winless in his last four falls to 20-9-2, 7Ko’s.
In an eight-round pugilistic session Imperial, California, based Mexican heavyweight Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. returned from nearly a year and a half hiatus initiated by a majority decision points loss to Joseph Parker December 2016 to lay waste to Toledo, Ohio, veteran Devin Vargas in one round.
The quick handed big man Ruiz beating Vargas to the punch would catch the former 2004 US Olympian Vargas with a solid looping right dropping him cold forcing referee Thomas Taylor to straightaway call the fight over at 1:38 of round one. Ruiz labeled by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as “the fastest hands in boxing” improves to 30-1, 20Ko’s while the Vargas drops to 20-5, 8Ko’s.
In a welterweight bout set for ten Oxnard, California based Russian Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev banged up Juarez, Mexico’s Abdiel "Mortero" Ramirez pounding on the outclassed Mexican forcing referee Tom Taylor to put a stop to the punishment calling the action with Ramirez standing at 2:11 of round five. Dadashev improves to 10-0, 9Ko’s while Ramirez with just his third defeat coming in back to back fights falls to 23-3-1, 21Ko’s.
In a six-round female lightweight match Los Angeles 27-year-old 2016 U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer determined to put her Olympic disappointment behind her left no doubt taking the fight to and out of Athens, Greece Maria Semertzoglou stopping her 36-year-old opponent in one round.
The more skilled Mayer wasting no time opened behind a stiff jab opening up solid combinations pounding the vulnerable Semertzoglou with both hands forcing referee Sharon Sands to step in and call the bout at 0:35 of round one. Mayer improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while the overmatched Semertzoglou falls to 7-4, 2Ko’s.
In a four round lightweights preliminary bout Madera, California’s, 20-year-old Bryan Lua disposed of Sierra Vista, Arizona’s not yet ready for prime-time Jesus Arevalo with a fight ending blistering left hook forcing referee David Mendoza to immediately wave the fight done at 1:21 of round one. With his newly found power Lua moves to 4-0, 1Ko while Arevalo losing three straight sinks below the opponent lie at 2-3.
Castano Stops Vitu In 12!
By: Bill Drake
March 10th, La Seine Musicale, Hauts-de-Seine, France: In the main event of a Ringstar Sports France event, Buenos Aires, Argentina amateur standout Brian Carlos Castano moved to the World Boxing Association World Super Welterweight Championship position scoring a twelfth round stoppage of Creil, Oise, France veteran Cedric “Titi” Vitu.
Castano in charge from beginning until it’s twelfth round end controlled the fight inside and out putting the tough veteran Vitu down in the final round forcing referee Gustavo Padilla to step in and stop the fight with a follow-up volley of unanswered punches. The 28 year old Castano moves to 15-0, 11Ko’s while Vitu falls to 46-3, 19Ko’s
Also on the card: Fort Mitchell, Alabama, 20-year-old promising super welterweight Money Powell IV remained unbeaten with a one sided 59-55 times three six round unanimous decision over Haute-Garonne, France’s, Gadzhimurad “Mourad” Ibragimov. Powell improves to 6-0, 3Ko’s as Ibragimov suffering back to back losses falls to 2-3-1, 1Ko.
Prograis Stops Indongo In Two!
By: Arthur Bailey
March 9th, Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, South Dakota: In the main event of a Lou DiBella - DiBella Entertainment card on Showtime Houston, Texas, based Regis “Rougarou” Prograis claimed the vacant interim World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight Title with a second round TKO stoppage of Windhoek, Namibia’s, former unified champion Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo.
The battle of southpaws saw “Rougarou” on the hunt from the opening sound stalking the taller, longer Indongo sending “Blue Machine” to the canvas for the first time with a stiff right.
In round two a fully charged Louisianan Prograis pushing the fight behind a stiff jab doing his best “Vinnie Pazienza” ripped the reedy Namibian to the body and head sending the out gunned former champion to the canvas three times in round two forcing referee Ian John Lewis to call the evening done at 2:54 of round two. Prograis in line to get the winner of the March 17th, Amir Imam vs Jose Ramirez vacant World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight Championship, calling out all 140lbers improves to 21-0, 18Ko’s while the 35-year-old Viktor Postol substitute Indongo suffering just his second defeat slips to 22-2, 11Ko’s.
In the twelve round IBF Super Lightweight Eliminator co-feature Miami, Oklahoma based, Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk over powered and stopped Madrid, Spain’s, experienced Petr “Czar” Petrov in eight rounds.
With a premiere of what was to come the stronger, heavier handed 25-year-old Baranchyk put an off balanced Petrov on the canvas with a stiff jab in the opening seconds of round one.
In round two the “Beast” would return the obliging Russian to the deck for an official knockdown with a wide combination causing “Czar” to touch the canvas with his right glove.
Petrov staying aggressive exchanging with “Beast” in round three would take an unofficial trip to the canvas compliments of a digging Baranchyk left inexplicably missed by referee Mark Nelson.
The durable and valiant Petrov taking the fight on a weeks’ notice, finding some success on the inside would battle on only to absorb tremendous punishment showing some big cracks in the armor hitting the canvas for a fourth time, (third officially) in round six from a heavy Baranchyk right.
Passing a round seven ringside visit from the doctor Baranchyk in full beast mode battered the courageous “Czar” finally prompting referee Mark Nelson to put a stop to the pounding at 1:12 of round eight. Baranchyk having gone the distance in his previous four returns to his KO ways at 18-0, 11Ko’s while the game 34-year-old Anthony Yigit late replacement Petrov coming off a World Boxing Organization World Lightweight Title twelve round unanimous decision challenge loss to Terry Flanagan last April drops to 38-6-2, 19Ko’s.
Opening the Showtime broadcast Papakura, New Zealand, heavyweight Junior Fa remained unbeaten with a lack luster eight round majority decision over Detroit, Michigan’s, Craig Lewis.
Fa leaving his left hook home on the island punched himself into Lewis crude inside punching and intermittent rallies never reaching a control threshold allowing the marginal Lewis to hold on to the final bell earning one judges respect when the scores were announced 76-76, 79-73, 78-74 for Fa.
Fa, the owner of two amateur wins over reigning World Boxing Organisation World Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker moves to 14-0, 8Ko’s while the 33 year old former college basketball player Lewis drops to 14-2-1, 8Ko’s.
In a lightweight match-up Hartford, Connecticut’s, “Sharp Shooting” Matt Remillard landed the cleaner more telling punches scoring a cut shortened eight round technical decision over Sonora, Mexico’s, Jesus “Chuito” Valdez.
The sharper more accurate punching Remillard drawn into a close quarters brawl and a two party cut opening second round clash of heads would see both fighters have their moments and the stubborn Mexican’s clever clutch and grab in fighting limit Remillard’s success leading to another clash of heads in round eight this time appearing to demoralize Valdez who stubbornly held onto until referee Ian John Lewis witnessing Valdez cut deteriorate stop the fight sending it to the judges cards at 1:58 of the eighth and final round for a delayed 79-73, 80-72 times two “Sharp Shooter” technical decision win.
Remillard putting his fourth straight victory between a 2011 tenth round stoppage at the hands of Mikey Garcia and a career freezing prison stint moves to 27-1, 15Ko’s while Valdez 2-2 in his last four drops to 22-4-1, 11Ko’s.
In a six round super welterweight pairing Cleveland, Ohio 2016 Olympian Charles “Bad News” Conwell out worked, classed and out pointed Juan Jesus Rivera, sending the Aguascalientes, Mexico veteran to the canvas in rounds two and six enroute to a one way 60-53 times three unanimous decision win. Conwell improves to 7-0, 5Ko’s while the Antonio Pitalua, Johnny Navarrete, Pablo Munguia, Dierry Jean, Cesar Bazan, Samuel Vargas, Silverio Ortiz, Roberto Ortiz, Abel Ramos, Dillon Cook, Derrieck Cuevas, Travell Mazion, Malik Hawkins battle worn Rivera falls to 28-20, 18Ko’s.
In an eight-round heavyweight special attraction Tulsa, Oklahoma’s, Trey Lippe the 29-year-old son of former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison returned from fifteen-month right hand injury forced hiatus to stop Sonora, Mexico’s made to order Oswaldo Ortega in three.
Lippe-Morrison dropping the defenseless, overmatched Ortega once in the second and third rounds forced referee Mark Nelson to put a stop to the pounding at 1:18 of round three. The 28-year-old Lippe-Morrison stays perfect at 14-0, 14Ko’s as the 35-year-old Ortega stopped in his last three outings falls comfortably to 3-8, 1Ko.
Wilder Vacilitates Tenth Round
Stoppage of Luis “King Kong” Ortiz!
By: Ben Calgry
March 3rd, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the main event of a DiBella Entertainment, Tom Brown TGB promoted Premiere Boxing Champions event LIVE on Showtime, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder made the seventh defense of his WBC World Heavyweight Title scoring a listless tenth round TKO stoppage of Miami, Florida, based 38-year-old, Cuban, Luis “King Kong” Ortiz.
The 32-year-old Wilder at the lightest weight of his thirty-nine-bout career, out boxed and out countered in the slow-paced affair drew on his main advantage his power scoring the first tide changing event flooring the calculated Cuban with a heavy surprisingly straight right in round five.
Ortiz unshaken by the knockdown when for only reasons known to the cagey Cuban showed no sense of urgency and acting more like "King Kong Bundy" than "King Kong" mistakenly took his foot of the gas and allowed the load mouthed “Bomb Squad squawker” to survive the round and eventually allow the unsteady champion precious time to regroup and rally back with a fortuitous but detrimental tenth round right hand prompting referee David Fields to step in and stop the fight at 2:05 of the 10th round.
Wilder quickly returning to his much published, never ending WWE styled rhetoric declaring himself as “the baddest man on the planet” advances to 40-0, 39Ko’s while Ortiz suffering his first pro defeat dips to 28-1, 24Ko’s
Whether he silenced his critics or added more questions Wilder calling for a title unification with the UK’s IBF/IBO/WBA Heavyweight Champ Anthony Joshua should he gets past unbeaten Las Vegas, based Kiwi WBO Challenger Joseph Parker at the end of the month is exactly what boxing fans clamor for and deserve.
In the semi-main event a rematch of their May 2017 disqualification Tijuana, Mexico’s, Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui took possession of the interim IBF World Super Middleweight Title forcing an eighth-round retirement of Flint, Michigan’s, “Resurrected” Andre Dirrell.
Dirrell started well working behind the jab until round three, when the driven Mexican timing his rivals attack began to work Dirrell’s body in round three backing the Michigan based former champion to the corner for a round closing assault.
The slippery Uzcategui staying with a steady attack drawing Dirrell into a back and forth battle seemingly demoralized the ineffective former champion through the middle rounds leaving him seated for the bell sounding round nine. Uzcategui sucker punched by Dirrell’s uncle after the first meeting left at an unmolested 27-2, 23Ko’s while Dirrell faced with a list full of career decisions drops to 26-3, 16Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Freeport, New York’s, Patrick Day laid claim to the vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas Super Welterweight Title winning a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Wilmington, Delaware’s, resilient Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis.
The Joe Higgins trained Day staying true to form went back to basics using an accurate jab to pick off the aggressive Delawarean landing clean right counters to gain the judges call in the 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 scored unanimous win. Day now four victories off a shocking first round KO loss to Carlos Garcia Hernandez improves to 15-2-1, 6Ko’s while Davis having his three-bout victory run come to an end falls to 13-2, 5Ko’s.
Lindenhurst, New York, Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon took hold of the vacant WBA World Female Super Middleweight Title out working, out lasting and out scoring Londerzeel, Belgium’s, previously unbeaten Femke Hermans, 99-91, 98-92 times two after six. Napoleon improves to 9-1, 5Ko’s while Herman’s enduring her first loss slips to 6-1, 3Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout Brooklyn, New York, based Russian, Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko went through the motions dissecting Escondido, California, Dashon Johnson over six convincing “The Fly Boy’s corner to call it over at close of round six. Derevyanchenko improves to 12-0, 10ko’s while Johnson now grounded for a bit sinks to official opponent status at 22-23-3, 7Ko’s.
In a six-round battle of unbeaten super lightweights Capitol Heights, Maryland, Gary Antuanne Russell, the 21-year-old younger brother to WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. dominated Aiken, South Carolina’s, Keasen Freeman sending the over matched southerner to the deck twice in round one and again in round two prompting the referee to put a stop to the bout at 1:16 of round two. Russell stays perfect at 4-0, 4Ko’s as Freeman suffering his first defeat stumbles to 4-1, 2Ko’s.
Brooklyn, New York, talented 21-year-old, super lightweight Richardson Hitchins tore down Cincinnati, Ohio’s, Charles Stanford with a concentrated body attack flooring the beaten Ohioan twice in round two with drilling body shots forcing the referee to call it over at 2:15 of round two. Hitchins moves to 4-0, 2Ko’s while Stafford 1-3 in his last four drops to 2-3.
Kovalev and Bivol
Score Stoppage Wins at the Garden!
By: Joe Martin
March 3rd, Madison Square Garden Theater, New York: Leading a Kathy Duva, Main Events promotion broadcast LIVE on HBO Fort Lauderdale, Florida, based Russian, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev retained his WBO World Light Heavyweight Title with a battering seventh round cuts stop win over Hamburg, Germany, based Russian, Igor Mikhalkin.
The 34-year-old Kovalev banking his second win since losing back to back controversial bouts with Andre Ward took another step back to the top of the very competitive light heavy weight division slicing up Mikhalkin with a methodical building pattern of rapid combinations and power shots.
Rocked by a “Krusher right in round two the overpowered challenger fought on until round six when the battered and bruised Russian appearing on the road to collapse was examined by the ringside physician.
Allowed to continue it wouldn’t be long until the champion Kovalev measuring Mikhalkin for his next power shot would have the fight plan interrupted when referee Steve Willis initiating the challengers second visit ringside would see the bout called to a close and Kovalev declared the TKO winner at 2:25 of round seven.
While World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson is set to face Badou Jack in April and Kovalev now 32-2-1, 28Ko’s calling for a third fight with Andre Ward the only question is are wins over Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and an out gunned Mikhalkin enough to set up either showdown. Mikhalkin having his ten bout win streak brutally brought to a close, returns to the middle of the pack at 21-2, 9Kos.
In the semi-main attraction Saint Petersburg, Russia’s 27-year-old, Dmitry Bivol held onto his WBA World Light Heavyweight Title scoring an impressive twelfth round stoppage of once beaten Miami, Florida, based Cuban, Sullivan Barrera.
The soft spoken all business Russian in complete control from the first round on, battling Barrera and a small cut over the right eye from an accidental clash of heads remained focused and steady sticking to the fight plan disassembling and appearing to handcuff the talented Cuban with quick combinations rocking him several times with drilling power shots never relenting from the fight plan pressing Barrera using sharp acute angles, cutting off the ring systematically breaking him down for a thumping right hand dropping Barrera to the canvas where the fight was waived over by referee Harvey Dock at 1:41 of the twelfth and final round.
In other action:
In a scheduled ten round super welterweight bout Big Bear, California, based Russian, Bakhram Murtazaliev moved his knockout streak to eight patiently over powering and stopping Birmingham, Alabama, Kenneth “Bullett Hands” McNeil in five rounds. Murtazaliev improves to 12-0, 10Ko’s while the on again, off again McNeil 2-3 in his last five drops to 11-4, 8Ko’s.
Saint Louis, Missouri, super middleweight Vaughn “The Animal” Alexander, the 32-year-old brother to former IBF / Light Welterweight and IBF Welterweight Champion Devon Alexander extended his post eleven-year prison sentence winning streak to seven with a one way ten-round unanimous decision over Jamaica, Queens, New York’s, Devaun Lee.
Alexander appearing to hurt Lee several times but unable connect with any fight ending “Animal” shots and was forced to settle for an ordinary 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 ten round unanimous decision win.
Alexander’s three bout KO run ends at 12-0, 8Ko’s while Lee coming off KO wins over Giovanni Lorenzo and Carlos Jairo Cruz drops to 10-3-1, 5Ko’s.
Brooklyn, New York, super welterweight “Notorious” Frank Galarza moved two victories off back to back losses to Jarrett Hurd and Ishe Smith scoring a solid eight round 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 points win over Monterrey, Mexico’s, experienced Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez. Galarza climbs to 19-2-2, 11Ko’s while the journeyman Gonzalez dropping three straight falls to 23-11, 13Ko’s.
In an abbreviated closely contested eight round welterweight bout Chelyabinsk, Russia’s Alexey “Rocky” Evchenko was declared the fifth-round technical decision winner over Worcester, Massachusetts, Khiary Gray.
“Rocky” landing the more telling punches would gain the 48-47 times three technical call when the fight was sent to the scorecards after Gray was determined unable to continue due to a severe cut caused by an accidental clash of heads in round five. Evchenko moves to 16-10-1, 6Ko’s while Gray hoping for a rematch dips to 15-4, 11Ko’s.
In six round middleweight action Oxnard, California, based Kazakhstani, Meiirim Nursultanov proved too much for Monterrey, Mexico’s, game but over matched Alejandro “Perro” Torres pounding on the rugged Mexican for most of six rounds finally convincing referee Eddie Claudio to stop the punishment at 1:55 of the sixth round. Nursultanov improves to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Torres drops to 9-4-2, 4Ko’s.
In a six-round heavyweight pairing 30-year-old New London, Connecticut’s, Cassius Chaney extended his unbeaten streak cornering, dropping and stopping Toledo, Ohio’s, Tim Washington with a big right hand at 1:28 of round two. Chaney improves to 12-0, 6Ko’s while Washington evens out at a dark 6-6, 6Ko’s.
In a six-round middleweight fight Shirley, New York 2016 Olympic alternate LeShawn “Lightning” Rodriquez remained unbeaten scoring a tougher than expected unanimous decision over Valdosta, Georgia’s, upset minded Martez Jackson.
Rodriquez in charge from the beginning picked his shots hurting the durable Georgian several times put fighting for the first time at the six-round distance allowed Jackson to stick around ending his six-bout knockout run with a 58-56 times three unanimous decision win. Rodriguez improves to 9-0, 7Ko’s while Jackson never stopped falls to 4-2-2, 2Ko’s.
Ending nearly a year long injury producing hiatus Oxnard, California, based Kazakhstani super welterweight, Madiyar Ashkeyev took little time to shake off the cobwebs taking out Dominican Republic, Jose “Baraca” Abreu with a series of vicious shots forcing referee Johnny Callas to call it off at 1:52 of round one. Ashkeyev improves to 9-0, 5Ko’s while the usually tough Abreu now winless in his last three falls to 13-4, 8Ko’s.
In the night’s opening match Bronx, New York, 20-year-old, super welterweight Ismael Villarreal scored the second win of his promising young career ripping Douglasville, Georgia’s, Anthony Woods body to a four round 40-36 times three unanimous decision. Villarreal moves on at 2-0 while Woods back in the red crashes to 1-6.
Brook Stops Rabchenko In Two!
By: Ian Webb
March 3rd, Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK: Headlining an Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing event Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK, former IBF Welterweight Champion Kell “Special K” Brook coming off 160lb and 147lb title challenge loss appeared to have found a new home claiming the vacant WBC Silver Super Welterweight Title with a second-round stoppage of Minsk, Belarus, Siarhei Rabchenko.
The 32-year-old Brook coming in off back to back KO losses including orbital fractures giving away the center of the ring quickly found his range moving with his jab throwing and landing his straight right hand making the aggressive but ineffective Belarusian reach and miss. In complete command “The Special One” landed a big upper cut to close round one.
In round two Brook continuing to use some good head movement and tight angles turning Rabchenko keeping the Minsk fighter on the end of his punches walking him into a solid charging right hand, finishing the job with a big follow up uppercut right hand forcing referee Steve Gray to wave it over at 1:27 of round two. The former IBF Welterweight Champion back on track with the possibility of a long awaited all British fight with long-time rival Amir “King” Khan, should he get past Canadian Phil Lo Greco on 21 April Brook improves to 37-2, 26Ko’s while Rabchenko 2-2 stopped twice in his last four bouts falls to 29-3, 22KO’s.
In the co-featured event Doncaster, Yorkshire, Gavin McDonnell the used his ring savvy and experience to claim the WBC International Super Bantamweight Title with a slanted points win over Birmingham, West Midlands, UK, Gamal “The Beast” Yafai.
The bigger longer, more experience 31-year-old twin brother of WBA Bantamweight Champion Jamie McDonnell working behind a commanding jab picked up the tempo in the second half incrementally increasing his work rate dominating the action down the stretch piling on the points for a convincing 117-113, 116-112 times two unanimous decision. McDonnell improves to 19-1-2, 5Ko’s as Yafai suffering his first defeat dips to 14-1, 7Ko’s.
Leading the undercard Saint Petersburg, Florida’s, Lenroy “Jamaica” Thomas retained his Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title when his rematch with Conisbrough, Yorkshire, David “White Rhino” Allen was ruled a first round technical draw.
After a few feeling out moments into round one Allen determined unable to continue after suffering a serious cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads following a Thomas lunging body shot the fight not completing four rounds on the advice of the ringside doctor referee Michael Alexander
ruled the bout a technical draw at 2:18 of round one. Thomas adds the draw at 22-4-1, 10Ko’s while Allen calling for a third meeting moves over to
In a scheduled ten-round featherweight bout Sheffield, Yorkshire’s, Kid Galahad scored a dominating third round knockout of Panama City, Panama’s, Irving “Travesio” Berry. The close friend on headlining Kell Brook showed no doubt in his version of the future result ending the early feeling out session firing and landing punishing shots hurting Berry several times piling on the damage putting the over matched Panamanian out of his misery with a crushing left forcing referee Steve Gray to immediately wave it over in round three. Scoring his sixth straight knockout victory Galahad moves to 24-0, 15Ko’s while lamb serving Berry 1-5 in his last six drops to 23-8-2, 10Ko’s.
In a ten-round pairing of Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK, super lightweights Kell brook gym mate Atif “Unique” Shafiq put Lee Appleyard on the canvas twice in round four with some heavy counterpunching finally convincing referee Michael Alexander to stop the punishment backing Appleyard to the ropes for a heavy barrage of shots in round five. With the biggest win of his career Shafiq improves to 19-2, 5Ko’s while Appleyard drops to 12-4, 5Ko’s.
Warrington, Cheshire, 30-year-old super middleweight Rocky Fielding scored a blue collar 79-74 eight round points win over Kladno, Czech Republic’s Karel Horejsek. Fielding moves to 26-1, 14Ko’s while Horejsek falls to 11-8-3, 9Ko’s.