Strictly Business Boxing
Strictly Business Boxing

By: David Colon

July 15th, “The Fabulous” Forum, Inglewood, California: Heading a Golden Boy, Main Events, Star Boxing, Zanfer and Teiken co-promotion broadcast live on HBO’s popular “Boxing After Dark” Yucatán, Mexico’s, 25-year-old, Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, retained his WBC World Super Featherweight title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion Tokyo, Japan, Takashi Miura.

 

In an early battle for the center of the ring the mobile champion set the pace and the tone early walking the southpaw, challenger Miura into a lead right hand, left hook combination for a round one knockdown.

 

The champion Berchelt bouncing in and out with an active jab used Miura’s aggressiveness against him continuing to walk the gallant challenger into big clean shots.

 

The champion in control continued to control the spacing throughout the fight out landing the pressing Muira, then choosing to trade with his game challenger Berchelt put on the final touches for a 119-108, 116-111, 120-109 unanimous decision win. Berchelt improves to 32-1, 28Ko’s while Miura drops to 31-4-2, 24Ko’s.

 

In the co-feature, San Miguelito, Panama, Jezreel Corrales had his hands full holding onto his WBA Super World Super Featherweight title winning a closely contested ten round technical decision over Celaya, Mexico’s, Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos.

 

The herky-jerky very awkward 26-year-old, southpaw, Corrales off to a good start picking and throwing his shots from all angles would leave Castellanos cut on the forehead from a clash of heads in round two. The challenger would quickly repay the champion for the cut sending to the canvas with a low blow in round three.

 

The champion would run into some further problems in round four with Castellanos sending Corrales to the deck twice with a pair of well-timed right hands. Using every inch of real estate Corrales wouldn’t regain his distance or unorthodox “rhythm” until round seven when the flashy Panamanian put Castellanos on the canvas with a drilling left hand.

 

Corrales would continue to have his way until 31 seconds of round 10, when after an accidental clash of heads opened a deep cut under Castellanos right eye the fight was stopped on the advice of the ringside physician and sent to the judges’ scorecards which were announced 94-94, 96-92 and 94-93 both for Corrales. Corrales moves to 22-1, 8Ko’s while the 33-year-old, Castellanos drops to 24-13, 14Ko’s.                  

In a special light heavyweight attraction Miami, Florida based Cuban Sullivan Barrera got up off the canvas in round one to take possession of the WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight strap winning a distance adjusted ten round unanimous decision over Mastic/ Shirley, Long Island’s, Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr.

 

Barrera down from a high on the head Smith left hook in round one settled in round two adjusting the spacing getting the better of the work done in round two landing some big shots from underneath rocking the tough “Irishman” in round four.

 

Barrera, who’s only defeat comes at the hands of WBA / IBF and WBO World Light Heavyweight Champion Andre Ward would continue to confuse the heavy handed New Yorker landing heavy uppercuts and clean shots off the lead and in counter boxing his way to a two round abbreviated, 96-93, 97-92 times two ten round unanimous decision. Sullivan Barrera improves to 20-1, 14Ko’s while Smith Jr. needing to regroup dips to 23-2, 19ko’s.

 

On the undercard:

In a scheduled ten round lightweight pairing San Diego, California’s, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta used his superior speed to drop, rock, then stop Mexico City’s, Martin “El Brochas” Honorio in eight. 

 

The 29-year-old Gesta showed “No Mercy” for his 37-year-old opponent going right to work landing clean right hands putting the game Honorio on the deck in round four.

 

Gesta piling on the punishment landing from both sides stunning “El Brochas” with a clean combination backed by driving right prompted referee Thomas Taylor to step in and stop the punishment at 0:18 of round eight. Gesta moves to 31-1, 17Ko’s while Honorio 1-5 in his last six falls to 33-11-1, 16Ko’s.     

           

In an eight-round featherweight match-up LA’s, Manny “Chato” Robles Jr. remained unbeaten scoring a fifth round TKO stoppage of Temoaya, Mexico’s, Christian “Italiano” Esquivel.

 

Robles outclassing Esquivel from the beginning broke down “Italiano” in five prompting referee Tom Taylor to stop the fight at the request of Esquivel’s corner at 1:08 of round five. The 23-year-old, Robles Jr. improves to 13-0, 5Ko’s while the 31-year-old Esquivel stopped in two of his last three drops to 30-12, 23Ko’s.                              

 

In an eight-round battle of Guadalajara, Mexico featherweights Diuhl “Elegante” Olguin scored a mild upset flooring Horacio “Violento” Garcia in rounds two and eight enroute to a 76-74, 77-73 times two unanimous decision. Olguin moves to 12-6-2, 9Ko’s while Garcia falls to 32-3-1, 23Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled four round preliminary 18-year-old, LA lightweight, Ryan “Kingry” Garcia wasted no time padding his record, storming Distrito Federal, Mexico’s Mario “Huracan” Macias and dropping the mismatched Mexican twice with a pair of right hands forced referee Jack Reiss to immediately wave off the bout at 1:14 of round one. Garcia advances to 10-0, 9Ko’swhile Macias stopped in his last four dives to 28-22, 14Ko’s.               

(July 15th) Unbeaten Omar Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs) returned to the ring in emphatic fashion with a third-round stoppage of former champion Robert Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday night from the newly-renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The show was the first major boxing event to take place at the Coliseum in 31 years.

 

The former world champion Figueroa returned to the ring after a 19-month layoff and hardly missed a beat, as he sent Guerrero to the canvas five times over the three rounds and became the first fighter to ever stop Guerrero.

 

"We knew that it was going to be tough to accomplish but I had obviously trained to get the knockout,” said Figueroa." With my hands finally being healthy, we knew that it was actually possible.

 

After winning the first round on all three judges’ scorecards, Guerrero continued to fight Figueroa from the inside and attempted to punish him with power shots. However, it was Figueroa who landed the first decisive blow of the fight, a scorching left uppercut that sent Guerrero immediately to the floor.

 

"I haven't fought this way in a long time because I didn't have the power in my hands,” said Figueroa. “I'll always find a way to come out on top though.”

 

Figueroa continued to attack, putting Guerrero down for a second time with a body shot and once more with a glancing shot right before the end of the round. Guerrero looked to blitz Figueroa to start the third round and immediately had Figueroa cornered.

 

"After the first knockdown I knew that the instinct would kick-in for him and he'd go all out,” said Figueroa. “I thought it was going to be over after the first knockdown of the second round but the ref let it keep going.

 

"I've been working since January so I'm going to take some time off,” continued Figueroa. “Then I'm going to get back into camp to get back to 140-pounds. I want to be back in the ring by the end of the year.”

 

The unbeaten fighter was able to turn the tide quickly however, putting Guerrero down twice more with strong flurries before referee Ron Lipton waved off the bout 1:34 into the round. After the bout, Guerrero was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for precautionary reasons.

Unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (20-0, 15 KOs) continued to solidify his status as a world title contender with an electrifying stoppage of previously undefeated Seanie Monaghan (28-1, 17 KOs) in the second-round of their light heavyweight battle.

 

Despite fighting in front of a friendly crowd in his native Long Island, Monaghan struggled from the start as a blistering left hand from Browne sent him to the canvas early in the first round. Monaghan was quickly in survival mode and was aided when referee Steve Willis halted the bout after deeming that Browne had connected with an accidental low blow while looking to finish his opponent.

 

“"I could tell that I hurt him, but I didn't want to rush and walk into anything,” said Browne. “I just took my time and allowed everything to fall into place.”

 

"It was an honor for me to represent Long Island,” said Monaghan. “I knew that it was a big task tonight. Marcus is even faster than in sparring. I'll be alright though, I'm happy that if I had to lose, it was to a guy the quality of Marcus Browne.”

 

Monaghan was able to recover and eventually make it through the round, but Browne put his foot on the gas pedal to begin round two. Browne was able to trap Monaghan against the ropes and delivered a crushing series of body blows and chopping shots that caused Monaghan to hunch over. The onslaught eventually forced the referee to call a halt to the bout 40 seconds into the round.

 

"I'm honored and blessed to be a part of this event and I just want to move upwards and onward from here,” said Browne. “I want a date with Adonis Stevenson next. It's amazing to have this kind of exposure on FOX and FOX Deportes. I loved the opportunity to make new fans tonight."

 

"Marcus has always been a fast starter,” said Monaghan. “He always comes out very fast. I thought I was ready for the speed, but he is very skilled. I think he's going to go a long way.”

In front of a large contingent of his hometown fans, Adam Kownacki (16-0, 13 KOs) put on an impressive performance against his best opposition to date by scoring a fourth-round TKO of former title challenger Artur Szpilka (20-3, 15 KOs) in their heavyweight showdown.

 

"I always knew that I had him,” said Kownacki. “From the first shot I hit him in the body, I knew he didn't have enough. My pressure was too much.”

 

The fight began with both men looking to impose their styles as Szpilka attempted to establish his jab and evade his opponent, while Kownacki tried to trap Szpilka in a corner where he could tee-off with power punches.

 

Despite his left eye swelling up after two rounds, Kownacki was able to take the first bit of momentum by connecting late in round three with a series of power shots that appeared to at least shake Szpilka up.

 

As the fourth round began Kownacki wasted no time, landing a big punch that caused blood to start pouring out of the nose of Szpilka. While the former title challenger tried to keep his distance, the heavier Kownacki was able to land a series of power punches that put Szpilka on the canvas.

 

"I have a great trainer and a great team that has gotten me into great shape,” said Kownacki. “I have to give them all of the credit. Whatever he was doing, I was ready for.”

 

While Szpilka was able to get to his feet, Kownacki continued to keep the pressure on as another series of power punches, led by a strong right hand, sent Szpilka into a heap and forced referee Artur Mercante to stop the bout 1:37 into the round. Kownacki landed 42 percent of his power punches in the decisive fourth round.

 

"It took Deontay Wilder and Bryant Jennings a lot longer to get him out of there,” said Kownacki. “But I still have things that I'm going to go back and fix. Once I improve those aspects of my game I think that a lot of people are going to know me.”

 

“He hit me once with a good shot and after that I just never recovered,” said Szpilka. “I think it was a left hook. I'm going to rest now. This was not how I wanted this to go and I'm very disappointed.”

 

Full Results

Welterweights:

Omar Figueroa Jr. TKO3 Robert Guerrero         

Light Heavyweights:

Marcus Browne TKO2 Sean Monaghan

Heavyweights:

Adam Kownacki TKO4 Artur Szpilka                   

Super Welterweights: 

Patrick Day W10 Eric Walker        

Welterweights:

Jamal James W10 Ionut Dan Ion 

Featherweights:

Brandon Figueroa W8 Fatiou Fassinou

Super Welterweights:

Fidel Monterrosa Munoz W6 Tommy Rainone 

By: Ian Webb

July 15th, Wembley Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom: Brighton, Sussex, Chris Eubank Jr. the 27 year old son of former WBO Middleweight and Super middleweight Chris Eubank retaining his IBO Middleweight Title with a slanted twelve round unanimous decision over Berlin, Germany’s former IBF Middleweight and WBO Super Middleweight Champion “King” Arthur Abraham earned a spot in the World Boxing Super Series.

 

The speedy Eubank started fast firing rapid combinations around, over, under and through the guard of the former champion, never relenting pounding his way to a decisive, one way 120-108, 118-110 times two unanimous decision.

 

Eubank Jr. unbeaten in his last seven since dropping a split decision to current WBO World Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, November 2014 improves to 25-1, 19Ko’s while the usually resilient Abraham 2-2 in his last four dips to 46-6, 30Ko’s.

By: Joe Martin

July 14th, Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma: In the main event of a GH3 Promotions, Holden Productions Showtime The New Generation broadcast Russian super lightweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk remained unbeaten scoring an eight round unanimous decision win over Philadelphia’s, Keenan “Killer” Smith.

 

The 24-year-old, heavier, more accurate Baranchyk used his superior power to bang away on the jabbing southpaw landing clean right hands and left hooks to gain the judge’s approval with the scores announced 80-71, 78-73, 79-72 all for “The Beast”. Baranchyk improves to 17-0, 10Ko’s while Smith suffering his first defeat slips to 11-1, 5Ko’s.

 

In the co-feature, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, super lightweight Roland Chinea won a hard fought, closely contested eight round majority decision over Chicago’s previously unbeaten Kenneth Sims Jr.

 

Chinea the aggressor from the start set the pace putting Sims on his back foot backing him to the ropes several times through the bout banging away to the body slowing the sharp shooting boxer staying in tight forcing the action gaining the edge on the judges cards with were called 76-76, 77-75 twice for Chinea making him the eight-round majority decision winner.

 

In other action:

Burke, Virginia, Antoine “Action” Douglas made it three straight KO wins since his up again, down again ten round KO loss to WBO International Middleweight Champ Avtandil Khurtsidze easily breaking down and stopping Barranquilla, Colombia’s last-minute Bruno Sandoval sub Juan De Angel with a body shot at in round four of the scheduled ten rounder. The WBC FECARBOX Middleweight Champion Douglas adding the vacant WBA-NABA Middleweight strap to his collection moves to 22-1-1, 16Ko’s while Juan De Angel 2 -4 in his last six drops to 20-7-1, 18Ko’s.

 

In a hotly contested eight round super bantamweight bout Baltimore, Maryland’s, Glenn Dezurn and San Antonio, Texas, Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez traded leather to a 76-76, 77-75 both ways draw. Dezurn remains unbeaten at 9-0-1, 6Ko’s while Lopez moves to 16-1-2, 8Ko’s.

 

In an eight-round bantamweight match Chicago’s, Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. retired New Brunswick, New Jersey, southpaw, Leroy Davila in five. Greer Jr. needing to step up the competition improves to 14-1-1, 6Ko’s while Davila suffering back to back losses drops to 5-2, 3Ko’s.

 

In a six-round middleweight affair 19-year-old, Cleveland, Ohio, 2016 United States Olympian, Charles Conwell remained perfect stopping Detroit, Michigan 31-year-old opponent Rick Graham in two. Conwell improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Graham 1-11 in his last 12 crashes to 4-16-2, 1Ko.

 

In a four-round preliminary, Cleveland, Ohio, 20-year-old super middleweight Isaiah Steen remained unbeaten stopping Norman, Oklahoma, overmatched 30-year-old, Travis Nero in round one. Steen improves to 7-0, 6Ko’s while Nero still in search of his first pro win falls to 0-2.

(July 7th ) In what was billed as his toughest fight to date, Giovani "Gallo de Oro" Santillan (22-0, 12 KOs) stormed through "Hurricane" Sammy Valentin (12-1, 9 KOs) by second round knockout on Friday night from A La Carte Pavilion in Valentin's hometown city of Tampa, Fla.

 

Santillan, who came in unranked while Valentin sat at No. 9 by the WBO, captured the NABO Welterweight Championship with an emphatic performance that will elevate his stature in the highly competitive welterweight division.

 

"We came here to take Valentin's championship and we did just that," said Santillan, who lives in San Diego but conducts most of his sparring in boxing rich Los Angeles. "It's on to bigger fights now."

 

"Santillan looked impressive and he definitely shed the prospect tag," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. "He didn't waste anytime in making a statement. He's about to enter his prime and we are thrilled with his progress."

 

The championship bout was presented by Tuto Zabala's Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc., in association with Thompson Boxing, and was televised by the Telemundo Network.

By: Ian Webb

July 2nd, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: In the year’s biggest an upset, Brisbane’s, unbeaten 2012 Olympian Jeff “The Hornet” Horn claimed the WBO Welterweight title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over controversial Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

 

Inspired the opportunity and the majority of the nearly 53,000 fans Horn started quickly taking the fight to the heavily favored “Pacman” taking round one.

 

The bigger, nine year younger, former school teacher, undeterred by the quicker, sharper punching eight-time world champion would continue his awkward head first attack grabbing and pushing Paquiao leading to an accidental clash of heads leaving the challenger cut over his right eye.

 

Round three would continue to follow the trend with the champion beginning to land some big clean counter punches.

 

In an attempt to make the most of his physical advantage, Horn continued to rough things up pushing Pacquiao to the canvas in round four.

 

Following some good back and forth action in round five and the champions speed becoming more of a factor Pacquiao is cut by accidental headbutt early in round six inspiring the challenger to step up the pressure carrying the momentum through round seven.

 

Pacquiao sensing some urgency answers with a pace change of his own landing some clean, heavy lefts and hooks backing the game Aussie up.

 

Carrying the momentum into round nine the champion hurts Horn landing some more heavy shots nearly stopping Horn, causing a referee Mark Nelson visit to the school teachers corner before round ten.

 

Horn appearing in safety mode, takes a reprieve allowing Pacquiao to steal round ten but the hometown challenger perhaps sensing he needs a KO goes all in the championship rounds providing some good two way action but with both fighters still upright at the final bell and “The Hornet” appearing to have fallen well short was delighted by the judges “stinging” scores which were announced 115-113, twice and a stinger left in 117-111 Horn, scored by the “sun facing” New York, judge Woleska Roldan. The newly crowned champion Horn improves to 17-0-1, 1Ko’s, while almost as if he were just letting it roll off his shoulders the rematch clause carrying Pacquiao hoping for a return fight at home in the Philippines slips to 59-7-2, 38Ko’s.

 

In the co-feature Cavite City, Philippines, “Pretty Boy” Jerwin Ancajas retained his IBF World Super Flyweight title scoring a 7th round TKO stoppage of Kobe, Japan’s, Teiru Kinoshita. After the early feeling out action the battle of southpaws would see the champion take charge closing Kinoshita’s right eye then breaking through dropping the challenger with a vicious body shot in round seven forcing referee Ignatius Missailidis to call it done at 1:53 of round seven. The 25-year-old Ancajas improves to 27-1-1, 18Ko’s while Kinoshita’s six bout, victory run comes to an end at 25-2-1, 8Ko’s.

In a special six round featherweight attraction Belfast, Northern Ireland’s 2012 Olympic, Bronze Medalist Michael Conlan remained perfect disposing of Brisbane’s, Jarrett Owen in three. In charge from the start Conlan hurting Owen with a drilling body shot, followed up with a two-handed rapid-fire assault forcing referee Tony Kettlewell to put a stop to the action at 1:56 of the third round. Conlan improves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Owen 1-3-1 in his last five evens out at 5-5-3, 2Ko’s.         

 

In an early evening upset, 2012, Australian Olympian, Damien “Super” Hooper claimed the WBO International and vacant IBF Australian Light Heavyweight titles scoring a controversial 96-94 times the unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Las Vegas, based Russian Umar Salamov. Hooper moves to 13-1, 8Ko’s while Salamov slips to 19-1, 14Ko’s.

 

Canberra, Australia fighting electrician David Toussaint remained unbeaten with split decision over Pomona, California’s Shane Mosley Jr. Toussaint winning the early action, appearing to fade had all he could do to hold off the 26-year-old son of future Hall of famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley escaping with a hard fought 77-75, Mosley, 77-76 times two Toussaint split decision win. Toussaint improves to 11-0, 8Ko’s while Mosley Jr. suffering just his second defeat slips to 10-2, 7Ko’s.

 

Beginning the night of upsets Dandenong, Victoria, Australia super lightweight Brent Dames scored a 59-55, 58-56 times two six round unanimous decision over Digos City, Davao del Sur, Philippines, Jonel “Pacquiao” Dapidran. Dames moves to 6-3 while Dapidran the 19-year-old cousin of many Pacquiao drops to 8-2, 4Ko’s.

      

Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia, 19-year-old, super bantamweight Brock Jarvis remained unbeaten overwhelming and stopping Semarang, Indonesia, tailor-made, 30-year-old, “Lost Boy” Caem Rasmanudinin one. The Jeff Fenech trained Jarvis, with nine straight KO wins improves to 10-0, 9Ko’s while Rasmanudin, 2-15 in his last seventeen evens out to 20-20, 10Ko’s.

(July 1st ) In one of his best performances yet, the still undefeated and newly crowned NABF Bantamweight Champion Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (17-0, 7 KOs) overpowered the rugged and resilient Sergio "Frio" Frias (18-7-2, 9 KOs) with a technical knockout victory in the main event on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

 

"I want Caballero next," said Negrete, calling out Randy  "El Matador" Caballero who was scheduled to fight in the main event originally. "Tonight with Sergio Frias, I knew I was winning the fight; it was more of waiting for either the knock out to come about or get the unanimous decision. I felt like my jabs were the most effective, because after watching his fight against Archinean, our team noticed that he didn't move his head a lot. There's a couple more of these belts that I need to add to my career."

 

"El Jaguar" was focused and in control of the fight, catching Frias on the ropes in several stand and deliver exchanges attacking the body consistently. In the last couple of rounds, Frias attempted to claw his way back, nailing Negrete with a couple of uppercuts that stunned "El Jaguar". It was a heavy exchange in the eighth round that cause Frias to become unstable, and before the ninth round could commence, Frias's corner called the fight, awarding the technical knockout win to Negrete.

 

A slew of VIPs attended the card, which marked the 50th show that Golden Boy Promotions has put on at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino including former IBF and WBO Featherweight Champion, Mexican actor and circus performer Jorge "El Maromero" Paez, NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr., Antonio "Relentless" Orozco, Jesus "El Renuente" Soto Karass, Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera, and Vyacheslav "Lion Heart" Shabranskyy.

 

In the co-main event, super lightweight contender Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin (19-0, 11 KOs) of Chattanooga, Tennessee participated in a 10-round slugfest against Marcos "El Tigre" Jimenez (22-8, 15 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The two fighters went toe-to-toe with each other, however Martin managed to outclass his opponent.

 

"He was a tough, very defensive fighter," said Ryan Martin. "It was hard for me to get him to open up because he would only throw a shot once he knew he could land it clean. This was my first time going the full 10 rounds, and by the eight, I was like 'darn, he's still standing?!' Overall, I felt that I could be more consistent with my style, and I wish I would have listened to my coaches more while I was in the ring, but I am satisfied with my performance and despite not getting the knock out, I'm glad that I got the win."

 

Heavy-handed Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (5-0, 4 KOs) from San Diego, Calif. demolished Devon Jones (2-5, 1 KO) of Fairfield, Calif. in a scheduled four-round match-up of lightweights that only made it to the 1:04 mark of the first round. "El Conde" handled his business with two knockdowns: the first with a left hook, the second a finishing blow of an overhand right.

 

"We were the swing bout, so I tried to send everyone home as early as I could," said Genaro Gamez. "Of course I'm so excited for this win, I'm trying to keep my knock out streak alive."

 

Retaining his unblemished record and champion title, WBC Youth Super Featherweight Champion Lamont Roach, Jr. (14-0, 5 KOs) dazzled the crowd with his skills in the ring against Sonora, Mexico's Jesus "Chuito" Valdez (20-3-1, 9 KOs) for their 10-round super featherweight bout. Valdez landed impressive uppercuts that sent the crowd gushing for more, however Roach, Jr. went straight to the body, and worked-in his swift power combinations. In the last round, Roach gave a beating to Valdez, chipping away at him with consecutive blows to the head, leaving the resilient Mexican unbalanced. The judges scored the bout unanimously in favor of Roach, Jr. with scores of 100-90, 98-92, and 97-93.

 

"The icing on the cake would have been if I could have knocked him out, so I feel like this was an okay performance," said Lamont Roach, Jr. "He was a tough opponent, and he was able to catch me a couple of times."

 

Welterweight KeAndre "The Truth" Gibson (17-1-1, 7 KOs) made a comeback from the first loss of his career taking on Zurich, Switzerland's Dennis "Dennis the Menace" Dauti (14-3, 7 KOs) in eight-rounds of non-stop action. The hungry fighters both pressed on aggressively, engaging in heavy exchanges, however "The Truth" was always a step ahead, utilizing his height and reach to his advantage. Dauti was unable to properly adjust to Gibson's style, but nevertheless, was able to step into moments of dangerous exchanges. The judges scored the bout at 80-72, 79-73, 77-75, awarding the unanimous decision to Gibson.

 

"This fight gives me a confidence boost," said KeAndre Gibson. "Most fighters who come from overseas are pretty awkward in their styles, and he was no exception - he had strange head and shoulder movements that could have become accidental head-butts. I just want to be able to get those tough fights, so I think this puts me back in there."

 

Hot off his professional debut, Luis Feliciano (2-0) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and fighting out of Rancho Cucamonga impressed the crowd with his easy conquest over Baltazar Ramirez (3-3, 3 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. In the six-round super lightweight bout, Feliciano displayed his growing ring generalship, preventing Ramirez from landing any significant punches with his effective counter punching. All three judges scored the bout accordingly with scores of 60-54.

 

"I feel like we came in and we executed the game plan just how we had trained," said Luis Feliciano. "I wasn't sure what type of fighter we were getting, and once you're in the ring styles change. He was a tough guy, and he took a lot of my punches."

 

Opening up the card, Philadelphia's Damon "No Smilin" Allen (12-0-1, 5 KOs) battled ring veteran Gamaliel "El Platanito" Diaz (40-17-3, 19 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round super lightweight match that made it to the sixth round. Allen showed growth from his previous fights, forcing Diaz to taste the mat various times throughout the bout. The doctors called the fight during the sixth round, due to an accidental head-butt, forcing the judges to go to the cards. The scores were 57-56 for Diaz, 58-55 for Allen, and 57-56 for Allen, awarding "No Smilin" the split decision victory.

 

"I don't know if it was actually a head butt that he got from me, I just remember going off on him and unleashing my punches," said Damon Allen. "It doesn't matter if it was a split decision or if it would have ended unanimously - I was going to win regardless. I love taking on veteran fighters for this reason. I feel that I learn a lot about my skills and how to improve for the better."

 

Negrete vs. Frias was a 10-round battle for the vacant NABF Bantamweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate, Born BOLD and Hennessey, Never Stop, Never Settle.

(July 1st) Unbeaten lightweight world champion Robert Easter (20-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title for the second time Friday night with a victory over top contender Denis Shafikov (38-3, 20 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

“I’m thankful for my team preparing me for this victory,” said Easter. “I give my performance a B- tonight. I could have done a lot better. I fought on the inside more at the beginning of the fight but my team wanted me to box so I was able to do that late and get the win.”

 

The 12-rounds of action were defined by both men having success when imposing their differing styles on each other. Easter had a height and reach advantage that allowed him to jab from the outside in addition to the consistent success he had following up with right hands to Shafikov’s head. 

 

“I know a lot of guys’ weakness is their gas tank so I wanted to go after him and test him early,” said Easter. “Shafikov proved that’s he’s a tough opponent but we were able to get the job done.”

 

Shafikov was never deterred as he continued to press forward and as the fight went on he was able to increasingly frustrate Easter and land looping shots from awkward angles. He was especially fond of a chopping right hand that was able to land while jockeying for position on the inside with Easter.

 

The fight ebbed and flowed for 12-rounds, with both men gaining control for moments before being forced to deal with adversity. Easter was given the unanimous decision and retained his belt, although the judges scores of 120-108 twice and 116-112 did not capture the competitive nature of the contest.

 

“I thought that’d I’d be the first guy to be able to break Shafikov down,” said Easter. “I was able to get the win and I’m going to be ready for everybody out there.”

 

Additional televised action saw super welterweight contender Julian Williams (23-1-1, 15 KOs) return to the ring with a seventh-round stoppage of Joshua Conley (14-2-1, 9 KOs).

 

Williams was dominant from the start in his first outing since losing a world title fight against unbeaten Jermall Charlo in December. The Philadelphia-native pushed Conely to the ropes from the start and began mixing in left hooks and uppercuts that damaged Conley.

 

Conley was able to land occasional power punches, but was never able to slow the attack from Williams. Early in round seven a left to the eye forced Conley to take a knee and try to recover.

 

Williams sensed his opportunity and quickly pounced on Conley, teeing off with power punches until Conley’s corner threw in the towel and forced the referee to stop the fight 58 second into the round.

In the televised opener, welterweight prospects Jamontay Clark (12-0, 7 KOs) and Ivan Golub (13-1, 11 KOs) battled for eight hard rounds before Clark emerged with a unanimous decision victory.

 

Clark came out early trying to use his height and reach advantage by jabbing and staying away from Golub, while also mixing in left hands. Golub started out slow in the first two rounds, trying to establish a body attack while taking several hard punches from Clark.

 

Golub and Clark increasingly began to exchange power shots throughout the third and fourth rounds before Golub landed a powerful right hand that clearly shook Clark up late in the fourth. The Cincinnati-native was able to recover and stay on his feet however and return to his corner without being knocked down. 

 

Golub continued to keep the pressure on as Clark regained his composure while spending most of the fifth round moving laterally away from Golub. The final rounds saw Clark returning to his boxing fundamentals as he tried to keep the aggressive Golub at a distance with his jab. After eight rounds of action, the judges ringside saw the fight for Clark by the scores of 77-75 twice and 79-73.

 

Full Results

Robert Easter Jr W12 Denis Shafikov

Julian Williams TKO7 Joshua Conley

Jamontay Clark W8 Ivan Golub

Enver Halili W8 Wesley Tucker

Damar Singleton KO2 Cory Dulaney

Alycia Baumgardner TKO1 Lashanda Tabron

By: Joe Martin

June 27th, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: In the main event of a Marshall Kauffman - King's Promotions edition of Premier Boxing Champions Toe to Toe Tuesday on FOX Sports, Lake Mary, Florida, welterweight Miguel Cruz remained unbeaten scoring a repeat ten round decision over Harvey, Illinois, Alex “Chi Town Heat” Martin.

 

Looking to leave no doubt in the rematch of their January 13th split decision, Cruz jumped out to a quick lead flooring Martin with a well-timed, counter left hook, late in round one. Martin would remain competitive staying busy boxing his way back but pushed down in round three, was sent back to the canvas in round four by another Cruz left hook leaving the “Chi Town Heat’s” too little, too late second half surge short on the judge’s cards which were announced 96-92, times three for Cruz. Cruz improves to 16-0, 11Ko’s while Martin who’s only losses come back to back against Cruz dips to 13-2, 5Ko’s.

In the eighth-round welterweight co-feature Saint Petersburg, Florida’s, Clarence Booth scored a fourth round TKO over Arecibo, Puerto Rico’s Anthony Mercado.

 

Round one saw the 22-year-old Mercado come out winging big right-hand bombs against the south paw fighting Booth until the switch-hitting Floridian changing stances changed the tide landing big right hands of his own hurting Mercado in round four sending the young Puerto Rican fighter to the canvas for a referee Eric Dali eight count with a looping right hand. Booth immediately returned to work backing Mercado to the ropes with an unanswered two-handed forcing referee Dali to step in and wave it over at 1:30 of round four. Booth coming off a march 7th round TKO loss to Sergey Lipinets moves to 15-3, 8Ko’s while Mercado on a three-bout skid drops to 10-3, 9Ko’s.

In an all Pennsylvania, up and down featherweight affair Philadelphia’s Avery Sparrow out slugged Reading’s, previously unbeaten Isaelin Florian to a six round unanimous decision win.

 

The free-swinging action would see both fighters hit the deck in round one with Sparrow catching and dropping the more mobile Florian again in round two. Florian would repay the effort dropping Sparrow with a straight left in round four but the resilient Philadelphia fighter would regroup and win majority of the exchanges down the stretch walking away with a 58-54 times three unanimous decision. Sparrow moves to 7-1, 3Ko’s while Florian suffering his first defeat falls to 6-1, 3Ko’s.

 

Full Results

Welterweights:

Miguel Cruz W10 Alex Martin

Clarence Booth TKO4 Anthony Mercado

Super Featherweights:

Avery Sparrow W6 Isaelin Florian

Super Welterweights:

Nicholas Hernandez MD6 Grayson Blake

Super Flyweights:

Dylan Price KO1 Manuel Guerra

Lightweights:

Jesus Lule TKO2 Ismael Serrano

Super Lightweights:

Jesus Perez  W4 Christian Molina

Super Welterweights:

Rick Pyle W4 Devin McMaster

By: Alfred Zimmerman

(June 24th) Ergo Arena, Plac Dwóch Miast, Gdansk, Poland: Jersey City, New Jersey, Polish transplant Tomasz “Goral” Adamek has made a successful comeback to heavyweight boxing, scoring a one sided ten round unanimous decision over Sydney, Australia's, Solomon “Solo” Haumono.

 

The 40-year-old, Adamek returning from a tenth round KO loss to Eric Molina, April 2016 the busier, sharper puncher coasted to the unanimous decision easily out pointing Haumono 100-90, 99-91 times two after ten. Adamek, 2-3 in his last five moves to 51-5, 30Ko’s while Haumono falls to 24-4-2, 21Ko’s.

 

In the co-feature, Walcz, Poland, former WBO Cruiserweight Champion, Krzysztof Glowacki stopped Rheinland, Germany previously unbeaten Hizni Altunkaya in six. The southpaw, Glowacki improves to 27-1, 17Ko’s while Altunkaya a late replacement for Atlanta, Georgia’s, Brian Howard suffering his first defeat slips to 29-1, 17Ko’s.

 

Wroclaw, Poland cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak made it three straight wins since dropping a twelve round unanimous decision to Tony Bellew December 2015 scoring a 96-92, 95-93 times two ten round unanimous decision over Simi Valley, California, based Ukrainian, Ismail Sillakh. Masternak improves to 39-4, 26Ko’s as Sillakh stopped in his three other defeats (Denis Grachev, Sergey Kovalev, Maksim Vlasov) falls to 25-4, 19Ko’s.

(June 21st) Unbeaten Eddie Ramirez (17-0, 11 KOs) earned a split-decision victory over Erick Bone (16-5, 8 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday night from Sam's Town live in Las Vegas.

 

Representing Chicago, Ramirez controlled the fight early by working off of his jab and attacking with both hands on the inside. Bone was able to consistently throw counters back, but Ramirez showed good defensive skills throughout the night, never taking serious punishment.

 

"I was comfortable in the ring tonight," said Ramirez. "I remain unbeaten. I put the pressure on and I got the win. I think the fans will start to see me more and more."

 

Ramirez began to break through the guard of Bone and had him in trouble in round four before Bone found his composure and finished the round. The second half of the fight saw Bone increase his movement, which seemed to frustrate Ramirez, who was looking to engage and deliver a knockout.

 

"He made it a little difficult because he wasn't cooperating," said Ramirez. "He was running around the ring, but I am proud of my performance. I won and that's all that matters. I'm going to get back in the ring and get back to training until I get word on my next fight."

 

Bone finished the fight strong and believed he did enough to earn the decision.

 

"I don't agree with the decision," said Bone. "I am frustrated because I feel I won, however the judges saw it differently. I thought I landed more punches and I just don't see how they came to the decision that was made. He was a good fighter, tough opponent, but again I believe the wrong decision was made tonight."

 

After the 10-round welterweight contest concluded it was Ramirez who was awarded the decision with scores of 97-93 twice, while one judge saw the bout 97-93 for Bone.

 

"I want whoever is next," said Ramirez. "I'm ready for whoever can get me closer to a title shot."

Additional televised action saw Xavier Martinez (8-0, 4 KOs) keep his perfect record intact by earning a shutout unanimous decision against previously unbeaten Prince Smalls (11-1-1, 4 KOs) in their eight-round featherweight contest.

 

While Smalls had the reach advantage and was dedicated to his jab throughout the bout, Martinez was consistently aggressive and was able to navigate the distance and punish Smalls with hooks to the head and body.

 

"I knew the one advantage he had going into this fight was his height," said Martinez. "But once I got in the ring I saw quickly that he was leaving his body open so I just went in and tried to deliver as many combos and hit the body as much as I could."

 

Martinez landed big power punches all night, including a pinpoint right cross that connected with Smalls at the end of round four. A clean left hook staggered Smalls in round seven as Martinez spent the round punishing his opponent, who was barely able to stay on his feet and finish the frame.

 

After another dominant round to close out the bout, Martinez was awarded the decision by the score of 80-71 on all three judges' scorecards.

 

"I wanted the knockout and I think the fans could tell," said Martinez. "This is my first fight this year, so it's back in the gym for me as I look to my next opponent. I'll definitely be ready for anyone."

The opening bout of the telecast saw lightweight prospect Dennis Galarza (16-2, 9 KOs) record his third straight victory via a unanimous decision over Mexico's Omar Tienda (18-5, 11 KOs) in their 10-round contest.

 

The taller Galarza used his length early and landed clean hooks on the inside during round one. Tienda came out in round two intent on making it a rough fight and crowding Galarza to negate his reach advantage.

 

"I give my performance about a 7.5," said Galarza. "I knew I was coming into the ring with a tough rugged veteran Mexican fighter and he used that to his advantage, I should have used my jab more."

 

Galarza continued to have success with his left hook throughout the night, while Tienda was able to slow down Galarza's offense in the middle rounds with a relentless body attack. Much of the battle took place in close quarters and in round nine Tienda was deducted a point by referee Robert Byrd for throwing Galarza to the canvas.

 

After 10-rounds of hard-fought action, Galarza's clean work and good movement in the late rounds helped him earn a unanimous decision by scores of 100-89, 99-90 and 98-91.

 

"There was a lot of holding, but it didn't really affect my plan," said Galarza. "I wanted the knockout going in but I'm just happy I got the win unanimously. I need to get back in the gym and work on really using my jab and uppercut more and I think that will help me going into the next fight."

 

Full Results

Welterweights: Eddie Ramirez SD10 Erick Bone

Super Middleweights: Mike Snider KO3 Lanell Bellows

Super Lightweights: Dennis Galarza W10 Omar Tienda

Featherweights: Xavier Martinez W8 Prince Smalls

Welterweights: Cameron Kreal TKO4 Genaro Mendez

Featherweights: Brian Gallegos W4 Carlos Trevino

Super Lightweights: Josue Vargas W6 Andrew Rodgers

Lightweights: Andres Cortez TKO4 Jesus Arevalo      

(Ward and Kovalev photo  David Spagnolo)

(June 17th) Chapter two of Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev vs. Andre "S.O.G." Ward drama ended in another controversial loss for Kovalev. The referee waived off Kovalev after he struggled to recover from several consecutive low blows from Ward that the official failed to call. Sergey remained on his feet throughout the exchange but nevertheless the referee called a halt to the action at 2:29 of the eighth round. 

 

The first round began with both fighters feeling each other out. Kovalev landed several hard shots and Ward continued to hold and attempt to work the inside. Ward landed a low blow in the second and received a warning from the referee. Kovalev, however, quickly recovered with a slew of combinations. The next several rounds were so close scorecards varied widely. After several low blows that the referee failed to call against Ward the fight was stopped.

(Kovalev Suffers Low Blow photo Spagnolo)

A frustrated Kovalev was brief in his remarks saying only, "He hit with four low blows. The ref didn't call them. I felt I could have continued. This is bullshit."

 

Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs) remains undefeated as he knocked Moises "Chucky" Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) flat on the canvas at 2:59 of round one. Many believed the blow was late but the punch was declared legal and Rigondeaux was declared the winner and retains his WBA Super World super bantamweight title.

 

"The Mexican was a brave kid," said Rigondeaux. "I commend him for getting in the ring with me. He has more guts than a lot of these other guys. We both threw combinations at the same time at the end of the first round. But mine was quicker and more accurate. It was only a matter of time. I fight to give the best performance to the public and all the fans. I am making everyone disappear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me."

 

Flores, who believed the punch was after the bell replied, "It's not fair. It's clear that the bell rang. He didn't throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw punch when I dropped my hands down."

 

WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol from Russia remains undefeated as he made quick work of Cedric "L.O.W." Agnew. Despite being only 26 years old Bivol demonstrated why he is quickly making a name for himself in the red-hot light heavyweight division. From the first bell, Bivol torpedoed Agnew with a nasty set of combinations in the corner and sent the veteran into a head first knockdown. Agnew quickly recovered and the round continued but so did Bivol's come-forward attack. The next two rounds were offensive clinics for Bivol as he continued to dominate Agnew. At 1:27 of the fourth round the referee had seen enough and declared Bivol the winner by TKO.

 

"I'm very glad the fight went this way," said Biovl. "I found my ways that I practiced and I used them and you saw the results. I didn't think he was going to work more as right-handed, as orthodox, but I was ready for everything so the fight ran smooth for me. I tried to open him up but for some reason, he didn't want to go. He was close, he was very defensive and going back. But anyways I won the fight!"

 

The HBO Pay Per View telecast kicked off with an exciting middleweight on-sided contest between Russian Arif "The Predator" Magomedov (18-2, 11 KOs) and Luis "Cuba" Arias (18-0, 9 KOs). Magomedov could not handle the vicious attack from Arias and the contest was called to a halt at 1:16 of the fifth round.

 

Humbled by his second career loss Arif simply said, "There's really not a lot I can say about this. He caught me with a really good shot and I couldn't do anything about it."

 

Arias replied with, "Finally! Your just heard my name. Top 10 all around. Easy work."

 

Hungary's Zoltan Sera could not survive the first round against Junior "The Young God" Younan. The referee stopped the contest at 1:39 of round one. After the fight Younan said, "I wanted to come out and make a statement and I did just that! I knew I could get it done in one round. I did all I could. I worked my ass off! The love that I have gotten since I arrived in Las Vegas has been tremendous. Thank you! And thank you to my promoter, Roc Nation Sports, for getting me to the greatest stage in boxing!"

 

Middleweights Vaughn "The Animal" Alexander (10-0, 7 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri and Fabiano Pena (16-8-1, 13 KOs) of Chiapas, Mexico were scheduled to face each other is an eight-round bout. However, the fight was stopped at the end of the fourth round due to a rib injury Alexander inflicted on Pena granting Vaughn another TKO victory.

 

After the contest Vaughn said, "It was a good a good fight for me, another good win. another step to get me closer to where I want to be, amongst the top middleweights. You know soon maybe next year sometime I can be considered for a World title. I just went in there and worked on my defense, what me and my brother been working on in the gym, throwing more combinations and just taking my time."

 

The first bout of the free-view ended early with a second round TKO for Tramaine Williams (11-0, 4 KOs) of New Haven, Connecticut at 1:44 against Christopher Martin (30-9-3, 10 KOs) of San Diego, California.

 

When asked about the stoppage, Williams said, "He was going to take a beating if they let it go for all eight rounds. He has a family he has to get back to. It's a good thing the ref stopped the fight. If there were 10 more seconds in the first round I would have had him. It would have been over! I'm pretty happy with my performance but I am always going to work to be better. Thank you to everyone for tuning in. I hope to be back in the ring next month. In the meantime, I plan on staying in shape and ready to fight. Thank you to Roc Nation Sports for the opportunity to be on this great card."

 

The referee had to stop the third fight of the evening between John Bauza (7-0, 4 KOs) of North Bergen, New Jersey and Brando "Bam" Sanudo (5-5, 2 KOs) of San Felipe, Mexico at 1:14 of the second round. Bauza dropped Sanudo in the first round as well shortly before the bell and Sanudo was able to finish the round.

 

According to Bauza, "That knock down felt great! It was an easy win because I worked hard. I felt strong in the first round. Thanks to all my followers and supporters. I will keep up great work. Whatever my promoters tell me next, will be next."

 

Middleweight Bakhram Murtazaliev (9-0, 7 KOs) made quick work of Alex Sandro Duarte (6-1, 4 KOs) stopping him after at 1:33 of the first round. Murtazaliev dropped Duarte once before the stoppage and the Brazilian quickly recovered but shortly after the referee resumed the action the contest was over.

 

Murtazaliev had this to say after the fight, "I'm very happy. The fight went so quickly that I didn't have time to even think about how I felt. I didn't intend to knock him out, it just happened."

 

This was the first career knockout suffered by Duarte who  took the fight on short notice after the original opponent Gerald Sherrell had to drop out last week. He added, "He was taller and stronger than me. I was fighting in a weight class that was above my normal weight class. I am disappointed."

 

In the first bout of the evening Georgian Enriko Gogokhia (5-0, 2 KOs) faced Dallas native Jonathan Steele (7-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round welterweight match-up. In an exciting back-and-forth battle, both fighters landed some tough shots. This exciting battle went the distance and the judges scored the bout 59-55, 59-55, 60-54 all in favor of Enriko Gogokhia who remains undefeated.

 

After the fight Gogokhia said, "I thought it was a good fight. I really wanted to knock him out but I also wanted to play with him and make him go a little harder. He was just the fighter I thought he would be and I was prepared for him. I am happy with my performance."

 

This was the first professional loss for Steele who responded, "Hopefully I will get back in there, I want revenge  so hopefully I will be looking forward to a rematch. It was a great fight. I really enjoyed my first time in Vegas, it's a beautiful thing. It was a very humbling experience. I will go harder in the gym and I'll come back out here and continue on my path to become the world champion."

(June 19th) In just her first eight-round fight, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields scored a spectacular unanimous decision victory last Friday, June 16, at the Masonic Temple in Detroit to win the WBC Silver Super Middleweight Title. 

 

Shields (3-0, 1KO) dominated tough Sydney "Ginger the Ninja" LeBlanc (4-2-1), winning all eight rounds on all three judges' scorecards en route to adding the WBC Silver belt to her NABF Middleweight Championship belt. LeBlanc was simply no match for the blazing fists of crowd favorite Shields, who has convincingly established herself as a world championship-class contender in women's boxing after just three professional fights.

 

Shields' bout was the main event of a jam-packed Detroit Brawl event which set a new gate record for promoter Dmitriy Salita's popular Detroit-based series.

 

"Claressa is one of the best boxers in the world!" said Dmitriy Salita. "Regardless of gender, her skills and experience are that of the elite fighters in the world. She is improving with each fight and the sky is the limit. Claressa is ready for the top fighters in her division and we will work on making a big championship fight happen next."

 

In the 10-round co-main event, transplanted Detroit cruiserweight Alexey Zubov moved to 15-1, 9 KOs with a surprisingly easy 10-round decision over Detroit's highly regarded Demetrius Banks (9-1, 4 KOs).

 

From the opening bell, the superior work rate of Zubov told the story, as the confused Banks had no answers for the big Russian's jab. All three judges scored the fight 99-91. There were no knockdowns.

 

"Two of the best cruiserweight prospects in the world met in Detroit," continued Salita. "The winner is now a real contender, ready to fight the best in the world. Alexey is much improved since his time training with Sugar Hill at the Kronk Boxing Gym. The magic of Kronk is alive and came to life in Alexey's performance. Great things on the horizon for him!"

 

Another of Salita's growing stable of promising contenders, Detroit bantamweight Ja'Rico O'Quinn (7-0, 5KOs) had too many tools for the outgunned David Martino (2-3, 2 KOs) and won by dominant unanimous decision (60-54, all three judges). A talent to watch, O'Quinn basically walked the determined Martino into his lightning-fast shots for six rounds. "Ja'Rico's defense was superb in his fight. His opponent was rarely able to even touch him. He is going to be a force at 118 lbs. in the not-too-distant future."

 

Another surging contender from the Salita stable, junior welterweight wrecking ball Bakhtiyar Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) needed just 1:41 of round one to chew up and spit out Mexico's Cesar Soriano. Eyubov targeted the body of Soriano and took away his breath with thudding left hoods to the liver that ended things quickly. Eyubov is an animal.

 

"Bakhtiyar went up a weight class because no one will fight him. This fight showed why," said Salita. "He is too strong for most fighters to stay in with for very long. He will be in a big fight in the near future. He's ready."

 

In other results, Michigan's Antonio Urista (8-2, 2 KOs), pulled off a surprising upset with a six-round unanimous decision (59-53 and 58-54 and 58-54) over Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev (3-1, 2 KOs). Urista dropped Hudayberdiyev with a looping right hand and he never fully recovered. Both fighters suffered cuts in this rugged affair.

 

To open the show, Michigan light heavyweight Darren Gibbs (1-2, I KO) picked up his first professional victory with a 30-second TKO1 over debuting Scott McCurdy; Jacob Bonas (3-0-1, 2 KOs) scored a TKO3 over Tony Brooks (1-2) and Dimash Niyazov (10-0-3, 5 KOs) stayed undefeated with a fifth-round TKO over a surprisingly determined Ramon Guevara (10-24-2, 6 KOs).

 

"Thank you to everyone involved in this terrific show," said Dmitriy Salita. "The fans of Michigan asked for world-class boxing and they've responded by filling the Masonic Temple. And thank you to all my great sponsors for all their help and congratulations to all the fighters for their brave performances. It is onward and upward for Claressa Shields, who will be back later this summer against a world-class fighter. Clearly, she is ready for anyone in the world."

 

About Salita Promotions

Salita Promotions was founded in 2010 by Dmitriy Salita, a professional boxer and world-title challenger who saw the need for a promotional entity to feature boxing's best young prospects and established contenders in North America and around the world. Viewers watching fighters on worldwide television networks including Showtime, ESPN, Spike TV, Universal Sports Network and MSG have enjoyed Salita Promotions fight action in recent years. We pride ourselves on offering our fighters opportunities inside and outside the ring. Salita Promotions looks forward to continuing to grow and serve the needs of fight fans around the globe.

By: David Colon

June 11th, Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California: In the main event of an Estrada Roman / TGB co-promoted Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 Oxnard, California, former WBA Lightweight Champion, Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios returned from an 18-month hiatus/retirement to score a “Bam Bam” styled seventh round knockout of Yucatán, Mexico’s, Aaron “La Joya” Herrera.

 

In the typical “rock’em sock’em” Rios friendly war, Herrera would carry his weight in the fast starting give one to get one battle. Both fighters would have their moments and momentum swings but the heavier handed pressing Rios in his niche never straying too far from the body wore Herrera down breaking through putting Herrera on his knee for a referee Jack Reiss ten count at 2:11 of round seven. Rios improves to 34-3-1, 24Ko’s while Herrera drops to 32-7-1, 21Ko’s.

In the ten-round welterweight semi main event, San Antonio, Texas, Mario “Golden Boy” Barrios remained undefeated scoring a seventh round TKO stoppage of Monterrey, Mexico’s, Jose “La Boa” Rodriguez.

 

The two way, free swinging, “you’re in my space” action opened up quickly with the eight year younger, taller, longer Barrios out working and out slugging the feisty Rodriguez with a variety of shots finally shutting him down with a well-placed drilling left hook to the liver forcing referee Zac Young to wave it over at 0:37 of round seven. Barrios extending his KO streak to three climbs to 19-0, 11Ko’s while Rodriguez falls to 21-10, 12Ko’s.

On the undercard:

In a scheduled eight round jr. welterweight affair Aguascalientes, Mexico, southpaw power punching 19-year-old, Jose Miguel Borrego set the table for the main events trading leather with Lancaster, California’s, 25-year-old, Kevin Watts for most of the first three rounds tracking down the mobile Watts in round four with a series of power shots putting the willing Californian down about the midpoint of round four. The stone-cold finisher never one to waste an advantage returned to work battering watts to the corner for an unanswered volley of heavy punches forcing referee Jack Reiss    to step in and wave it over at 2:42 of round four. Borrego running his knockout victory run to eleven moves to 13-0, 12Ko’s while watts suffering just the second loss of his career drops to 11-2, 4Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled eight round lightweight affair the now Robert Garcia trained, Guillermo Rigondeaux victim, Roberto Marroquin continued his on again off again career scoring a fourth-round knockout of Barranquilla, Colombia’s, rugged Jonathan Perez. The bigger, taller, longer Marroquin controlling the pace and the distance until catching the tough Columbian with a devastating left hook prompting referee Zac Young seeing the wobbling but very hurt Perez make it upright rightly waved the fight over at 2:23 of round four. Marroquin looking to get back in the thick of the division improves to 26-4-1, 19Ko’s while Perez 1-4 in his last five drops to 37-19, 29Ko’s.

 

In an energetic, six round welterweight bout Inglewood, California’s, Eridanni Leon out worked LA’s, Isaac “Puma” Freeman to a 59-55 times three unanimous decision. Leon moves to 5-2, 1Ko while Freeman drops to 3-5-1, 3Ko’s.

 

In a six round jr. welterweight bout Reseda, California, southpaw, Juan Funez remained unbeaten overwhelming and stopping Sonora, Mexico’s, not ready for prime-time Edgar “El Profe” Garcia with an unreciprocated two-handed attack forcing referee Zac Young to step in and stop the punishment at 1:53 of round two. Funez advances to 10-0-1, 4Ko’s while Garcia 1-3 in his last four drops to 5-13-1, 1Ko.

 

In a four-round preliminary bout Hollywood, California, welterweight, Daniel Fabela floored San Francisco’s, durable Phillip Percy twice in round three enroute to a 39-35, 40-34 times two unanimous decision. Fabela moves to 2-3 while Percy still in search of his first pro win drops to 0-4.

By: Alfred Zimmerman

June 9th, Bergenhus Festning, Bergen, Norway: Bergen, Norway “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus added the WBC Jr Welterweight strap to her WBA/WBO/IBF and IBO Titles scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Erica “La Pantera” Farias.

 

The rain couldn’t dampen the Johnathon Banks trained Braekhus effort, taking control early establishing the pace and the distance out working and out landing Farias for a 98-92, 99-91 times two unanimous decision win. Raekhus remains unbeaten at 31-0, 8Ko’s while Farias dips to 24-2, 10Ko’s.

Stevenson Dismantles Fonfara in Two!

By: Reggie French

June 3rd, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: In the main event of a Yvon Michel’s GYM Promotion broadcast LIVE on Showtime Blainville, Quebec, Canada, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, retained his WBC World Light Heavyweight title with a rematch second round dismantling of Chicago, Illinois, “Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara.

 

The fight a rematch of Stevenson’s twelve round unanimous decision victory May 2014, saw the hometown favorite southpaw power punching “Superman” leave no doubt this time over powering the Virgil Hunter trained Fonfara from the very start landing big right hands flooring “The Polish Prince” in round one.

 

The 39 year old, %80 KO ratio banger would quickly demonstrated his finishing skills walking down the still shaken 29 year old challenger landing monster lead lefts backing him to the ropes where referee Michael Griffin noticing trainer Hunters climbing on the ring apron rightfully stepped in and stopped the punishment at 0:28 of round two.

 

Stevenson accused by many pundits of avoiding the top of the very tough 175lb division improves to 29-1, 24Ko’s while Fonfara stopped in two of his last three bouts falls to 29-5, 17Ko’s.  

 

In the light heavyweight semi-main event Montreal, Quebec, based Columbian Eleider “Storm” Alvarez made the most of his step aside money payoff winning retaining his WBC Silver Light Heavyweight title and his mandatory position for a shot at WBC Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Laval, Quebec’s, former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal.

 

The battle of former sparring partners saw the year younger Alvarez out work the everyday of 34 appearing Pascal to single leaping shots working a snapping jab mixing his attack to the body and head.

 

The taller longer Alvarez controlling the space would gain his respect hurting the former world champion several times early limiting him to mostly unsuccessful last second round stealing attempts and a much too little, much too late round push out working and out landing Pascal for a 114-114, 117-111, 116-112 majority decision win. Alvarez remains unbeaten at 23-0, 11Ko’s while Pascal 2-3 in his last five falls to 31-5-1, 18Ko’s.

 

On the undercard:

In a self-admitting shake off the nerves and the rust bout Trois-Rivières, Quebec, super welterweight bout Mikael Zewski returning from nearly a year and a half layoff progressively built up his confidence, accuracy and work rate flooring Juarez, Mexico’s, Fernando “Picapiedra” Silva in round five enroute to a solid 80-71 times three unanimous decision win. His second win since dropping a ten round unanimous decision to Konstantin Ponomarev, May 2015, Zewski moves to 28-1, 21Ko’s while Silva drops to 15-11-3, 6Ko’s.

 

In a go through the motions uneventful, eight round super middleweight bout Cape Coral, Florida, southpaw, Dario Bredicean remained unbeaten scoring an ordinary uninspiring 80-72 times three unanimous decision over Ciudad, Mexico’s Manuel “Mamba” Garcia. Bredicean climbs to 14-0, 4Ko’s while Garcia continues to hover above .500 ay 15-14-2, 6Ko’s.

 

In a four-round middleweight match-up 22-year-old Montreal, Quebec, base 2016 France Olympian, Christian “Solide” Mbilli remained perfect putting Aguascalientes, Mexico’s, Cesar “Principe” Ugarte on a knee twice in round one enroute to a second round two handed blitz forcing referee Yvon Goulet to put a stop to the action at 0:47 of round two. Mbilli advances to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Ugarte stopped in back to back fights falls to 4-2, 2Ko’s.

By: Greg Swan

June 2nd, Palais des Sports Porte de Versailles, Paris XV, Paris, France: As all the rumblings of the Paris accord hold the front pages, Paris, France’s 2016 Super Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist, Tony “La Conquete” Yoka made his pro debut scoring a second-round knockout of Morristown, Ohio’s, previously undefeated Travis Clark.

 

Working under the tutelage of Oakland’s, Virgil Hunter, Yoka beginning his professional journey under Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar banner, the talented, the bigger, taller, longer 25-year-old Frenchman immediately took control of the center of the ring prudently measuring and probing his rounded 38-year-old foe’s midsection in round one.

 

Having tested Clarks assets and sensing an aura of safety the skilled Frenchman pressed forward in round two stunning the wild swinging Clark with a solid jab and immediate Ali shuffle. Staying on the offensive Yoka backed the over matched, Ohioan to the corner with three straight right hands, the latter going underneath leaving Clark seated for a referee Smail Alitouche eight count.

 

Allowed to continue, Clark drawn into a Yoka lead upper cut the full body tattooed tough guy opened a short lived pretentious offensive, quickly deterred by an immediate Yoka counter-attack revisiting him to the corner where he would be returned to the canvas by a volley of unanswered punches this time prompting referee Alitouche to stop his count and wave it over at 0:58 of round two. Yoka promising to bring the heavyweight world title back to France starts his quest at 1-0, 1Ko while Clark seeing his first dosage of “A” level competition drops to 12-1, 8Ko’s.

 

In a special attraction four round attraction, highly touted Fort Mitchell, Alabama, jr. middleweight prospect Money Powell IV continued to impress taking out Budapest, Hungary’s, Krisztian Kovacs in one round. The 19-year-old Powell moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Kovacs levels out at 5-5, 3Ko’s.

 

Other Results:

Bantamweights: Nordine Oubaali TKO10 Alejandro Hernandez       

Welterweights: Ahmed El Mousaoui W8 Roman Seliverstov  

Super Welterweights: Souleymane Cissokho TKO3 Giorgi Kerdikoshvili    

Middleweights: Michel Tavares W6 Richard Hegyi    

By: Ian Webb

June 2nd, Club Punchbowl, Punchbowl, New South Wales, Australia: Returning to action on a Neutral Corner Promotion, Sydney's Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne returned from a 16 month hiatus due to a highly disputed PED testing to score a second round TKO stoppage of Saint Louis, Missouri, journeyman Matthew “Gator” Greer.

 

The highly motivated 38 year old former MMA fighter “Big Daddy” went right to work flooring the pro opponent in round one piling on the punishment in returning to the record padding “Gator” to the canvas round two forcing referee Garry Dean to wave it over at 1:14 of the second round.

 

Browne on a four bout KO run joining the long line of Deontey Wilder options moves to 25-0, 22Ko’s while Greer winless in his last ten dives to 16-21, 13Ko’s.

By: Coach K

Last night May 27th, at the Bramall Lane Football Ground, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK, Desoto, Texas, 2012, US Olympian, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. claimed the IBF World Welterweight title with a hard fought eleventh round knockout of Sheffield’s, Kell “Special K” Brook.

 

Brook showing the spirit of a true world champion returning from his only defeat, a two-division trip up to challenge 160lb monster Gennady “GGG” Golovkin chose to battle the weight obstacle and return to the 147lb division and defend his IBF title.

 

It would be after travelling nearly 7,500 miles the 27-year-old, unbeaten southpaw, Spence well deserving of the challenge would quietly but emphatically begin to stake his claim.

 

In the beginning the soft spoken, but hard hitting, quietly confident Spence persevered early on taking all the champion had to offer. Fighting tough he would continually make subtle but telling adjustments until almost on key when prodded by his corner in round nine he would begin to stalk the champion drawing on the fruits of a relentless body attack and pinpoint combination punching breaking down and tearing up the UK’s “Special One” wearing him down and closing his non-surgical left eye, putting the champion on a knee with a barrage of punches in round ten. Showing the killer instinct to match his skills, Spence continued his up and down two-handed assault and again putting the champion on a knee in round eleven, this time for a referee Howard John Foster full count.

 

While the 31-year-old, Brook suffering just his second defeat slips to 36-2, 25Ko’s, the world caliber title win moves Spence Jr. to 22-0, 19Ko’s. But more importantly it may have also done boxing a major service. What is that you might say! Well with a Spence / Mayweather fight it can finally call out and put an end the much-ballyhooed future circus event between self-proclaimed “Best Ever” Floyd Mayweather and UFC’s, Conor McGregor.

 

In the co-feature, Hammersmith, London, “Saint” George Groves who claimed the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title scoring a sixth round TKO stoppage of Serpukhov, Russia’s, Fedor Chudinov.

 

In his fourth bid for a world title the now Shane McGuigan trained Groves had his hands full early holding off the pressing Russian fighting off the ropes at times battling the free-swinging Chudinov and a cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round four traded power shots with the young Russian in round five finally breaking through with a big right followed up with a two-handed power barrage forcing referee Steven gray to step in and call it at 1:114 of round six. Groves improves to 26-3, 19Ko’s while Chudinov suffering just his second defeat slips to 14-2, 10Ko’s.

 

In other action:

Saint Petersburg, Florida, southpaw, Lenroy “TNT” Thomas claimed the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight title winning a hard fought, bomb throwing, twelve round split-decision over Conisbrough, Yorkshire, David “White Rhino” Allen.

 

The back and forth action saw Allen take the lead but the counter punching Thomas landing the cleaner sharper shots would caught the judges attention and the edge on the scorecards when the scores were announced 115-113 Allen, 115-114 times two for Thomas making Thomas the split decision winner. Thomas moves to 21-4, 10Ko’s while Allen drops to 11-3-1, 8Ko’s.

 

Swindon, Wiltshire, Jamie Cox laid claim to the vacant WBA Continental Super Middleweight title scoring a bloody nine round technical decision over Dronfield, Derbyshire’s, Lewis Taylor.

 

Taylor battling blood in his right eye after suffering a cut from an early accidental clash of heads found himself on the short side of cox more significant blows gaining him the nod when the fight was finally stopped on the advice of the ringside physician and sent to the judges whose scores were announced 87-84, 88-83 times three all for the former Brook sparring partner Cox. Cox climbs to 22-0, 12Ko’s         while Taylor 1-3 in his last four drops to 19-4-1, 3Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled twelve round bout, the Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Featherweight title would remain vacant when Barnsley, Yorkshire’s, Andy “KO Kid” Townend failing to make weight disposed of Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire’s, Jon “2 Smokes” Kays sending the out gunned kays to the canvas twice in round two drawing a towel from Kays corner at 2:50 of round two.

Townend heads to lightweight at 19-4, 13Ko’s while Kays stopped in two of his last three falls to 22-6-1, 5Ko’s.

           

Sheffield, Yorkshire, bantamweight Kyle Yousaf floored Shepshed, Leicestershire’s, Louis “2 Sweet” Norman in the sixth and final round to secure a 59-55 points win. Yousaf moves to 11-0, 5ko’s while Norman 1-3 in his last four outings dips to 11-4-1, 2Ko’s.

 

2016 Kazakhstan Olympian, middleweight, Anthony Fowler made his pro-debut in fine fashion blasting out over matched Bognor Regis, Sussex, Arturs Geikins in one. Fowler starts out 1-0, 1Ko while the made to order Geilkins winless in his last five secures his opponent status at 3-8-1, 2Ko’s.            

 

Fighting for the third time in four weeks 2016 Cardiff, Wales, lightweight, Joe Cordina took the fight to London’s Josh Thorne forcing the outclassed Londoner to call it quits after one. Cordina improves to 3-0, 3ko’s while Thorne winless since his pro debut considers another occupation at 1-10-2.

 

In a four-round battle of perfect cruiserweights, Hackney, London, 2016 Olympian, Lawrence Okolie shaking off Czech Republic’s Rudolf Helesic best shot floored the previously unbeaten banger twice prompting referee John Latham to stop the bout at 1:10 of round one. Okolie moves to 3-0, 3ko’s while Helesic falls hard to 2-1, 2ko’s

 

In a four-round super welterweight bout Bradford, Yorkshire, Nadeem “Sid” Siddique proved to experienced and too powerful for Budapest, Hungary’s, Pal Olah stopping the late sub Olah in three. Siddique improves to 25-2, 8Ko’s  while Olah 1-3 in his last four drops below the opponent line at 7-8-1, 5Ko’s.            

           

Rotherham, Yorkshire, super lightweight, “Unique” Atif Shafiq rebounded from a January 21st, first round TKO loss to Andreas Maier winning a less than “unique” 39-36 points win over Hereford, Herefordshire’s, “safe” Dean “Deano” Evans. Shafiqback in the green moves to 17-2, 4Ko’s while Dean never a threat now winless in his last five dives to 5-15-2, 4Ko’s.

By: David Colon

(May 26th) Friday night, making his Midwest debut Belfast, Northern Ireland’s, brash, out spoken 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Michael Conlan continues to lets his hands do the majority of the talking scoring his second KO victory in as many pro bouts banking a third round TKO stoppage of Tijuana, Mexico’s, Alfredo Chanez.

 

In his second pro fight in as many months Conlan had it all his way dominating and dropping the game but out classed Mexican in the third and sixth rounds prompting referee Celestino Ruiz  he had seen enough calling it over at 2:59 of round three. Post victory calling for tougher competition Conlan moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Chanez drops to 4-5, 2Ko’s.

 

In the semi-main event Thornton, Colorado’s, former WBO Light Welterweight Champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado returned from an 11-month hiatus to destroy Greensboro, North Carolina’s, Matthew “Mayhem” Strode.

 

Getting past personal and legal issues outside the ring the former state wrestling champion and late comer to boxing Alvarado started quickly flooring Strode in round one with a heavy two piece taking advantage of his superior skills and punching power backing “Mayhem” to the ropes for an unanswered volley of power shots forcing referee Dave Smith to wave it over at 2:43 of round two. Alvarado banking his third straight victory since being stopped by Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in three rounds January 2015 moves to 37-4, 25Ko’s while strode on a three-bout skid, stopped in his last two drops to 24-5, 9Ko’s.

 

In a battle of 22-year-old welterweights Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s, Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo continued his unbeaten ways scoring a one way eight round unanimous decision over Tucson, Arizona’s, Wilberth Lopez.

 

“El Cholo” in charge from the opening sound flooring Lopez with a big right in round one settled in to box his way to a convincing 77-74, 78-73 times two unanimous decision. Saucedo improves to 25-0, 15Ko’s while Lopez falls to 18-8, 13Ko’s.

 

Oxnard, California, based Lithuanian welterweight, Egidijus "Mean Machine" Kavaliauskas made it back to back 2017 KO wins stopping Durango, Mexico southpaw, Daniel “Tocado” Echeverria in six. Kavaliauskas improves to 17-0, 14Ko’s while the skidding Echeverria winless in his last four drops to 19-5, 17Ko’s.

By: Ian Webb

May 26th, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales: In the WBC Flyweight Semi-Final Eliminator, main event of a Blain McGuigan - Cyclone Promotions card Cardiff 2012 Olympian Andrew “Slinky” Selby broadcast LIVE on UK Channel 5, in his toughest test to date got up and regrouped from a first round knockdown to win a twelve round unanimous over Managua, Nicaragua’s Cristofer Rosales.

 

The clever Selby boxing well to start was backed to the ropes early in round one and sent to a knee by a Rosales, looping right. Selby taking a referee Victor Loughlin eight count would recover and finish the round and return to his slick boxing norm putting on an “slinky” exhibition gradually boxing his way back into the fight turning the tide for an educating 118-109, 117-110 times two unanimous decision. Selby securing himself the #1 position as the mandatory challenger to Tokyo, Japan’s WBC World Flyweight Champion Daigo Higa improves to 9-0, 5Ko’s while Rosales falls to 23-3, 15Ko’s.

In the co-main event, Blackpool, Lancashire, “Assassin” Matty Askin claimed the vacant BBBofC British Cruiserweight title scoring a dramatic sixth round knockout of Cardiff’s, Craig “The Kid” Kennedy. In what could be the upset of the night Askin stalked Kennedy for most of the night feinting big right hands behind a measuring jab finally cashing in with a perfectly timed right hand dropping “The Kid” to the canvas after which referee Robert Williams stopped his count waving the fight over at 2:13 of round six. Askin improves to 22-3-1, 14Ko’s while Kennedy suffering his first defeat slips to 16-1, 8Ko’s.

 

In other action:

Ebbw Vale, Wales 26-year-old, bantamweight Ashley Brace ran her unbeaten streak to seven winning a one sided 60-54 points win over Karlovac, Croatia’s 37-year-old, Nevenka Mikulic. Brace improves to 7-0, 3Ko’s while Mikulic 1-4 in her last five drops to 7-9-1, 5Ko’s.

 

Making his pro-debut Cardiff, Wales London 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist super welterweight, Fred Evans got off to a good start securing his first pro victory with a 60-54 points win over Belgian, Najim Fennane. Evans starts out 1-0 while the out classed Fennane falls to 1-2.

(May 22nd) Thompson Boxing Promotions will replay its entire show from May 19 that includes Erick Ituarte's (17-1-1, 2 KOs) dramatic, split decision win over the tough as nails Isaac Zarate (12-3-2, 2 KOs).

 

The replay is set for this Wednesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. PDT / 8:30 p.m. PDT on ThompsonBoxing.com and its YouTube channel - Thompson Boxing TV. Additionally, boxing fans may follow us on Twitter @ThompsonBoxing to access Wednesday's replay.  

 

Ituarte (76-75, 77-74) clinched the vacant Junior NABF Featherweight championship on Friday night by overcoming a third round knockdown to win the marquee fight in Thompson Boxing Promotions' 17 year anniversary show titled "New Blood."

 

"I opened up a little too much in the third round," said Ituarte, referencing the knockdown. "I was a little more patient the rest of the way. Zarate is a terrific competitor. He never backed down. It's a great win."

 

Zarate, who had one judge see the fight in his favor (76-75), struck pay dirt in the third when he landed a counter left hook that dropped Ituarte. After that, Ituarte settled down and became more precise in his punching.

 

In addition to the featherweight title, Ituarte takes home area bragging rights as he and Zarate hail from neighboring cities in Southern California.

The "New Blood" co-feature showcased a thoroughly entertaining, back-and-forth struggle between junior bantamweights and hometown rivals Ricardo Espinoza (10-2, 8 KOs) and Christian Nieto-Ayala (10-1, 4 KOs).

 

The action began in the first round with Espinoza connecting on what appeared to be a flash knockdown. Ayala quickly brushed it off and began firing shots of his won. Both Ayala and Espinoza landed shots from a variety of angles with minimal holding or clinching.

 

Ayala, understanding that he needed to undo the deficit from the first round, went forward on Espinoza for most of the fight. The tactic proved to work as Ayala escaped with a narrow split decision win (76-75, 77-74). One judge had it for Espinoza (76-75).

 

"This was a tough fight," said Ayala, who resides in Tijuana, Mex. "I knew going in that it was going to be a close one. Espinoza is a very talented fighter and I'm just happy that I was able to do enough to win."

 

Top featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (6-0, 4 KOs) continues to impress early in his professional career. Villa, a southpaw fighting out of Salinas, Calif., picked apart Anthony de Jesus Ruiz (2-3, 2 KOs) to win by fifth round technical knockout.

 

Villa, who was naturally bigger than Ruiz, unloaded a serious of damaging shots in the fifth round. By that point, Ruiz had already absorbed a great deal of punishment and his corner wisely put an end to the onslaught at the 2:43 mark.

 

"My jab was working well all night," said Villa, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. "I worked off backing him up with the jab and then that opened up a lot of angles for me to land power shots."

 

Exciting bantamweight prospect Mario Hernandez (2-0) routinely backed up May Garduño (0-1) to win by one-sided unanimous decision (40-36 x3). Hernandez displayed superior punching ability and appeared to grow stronger as the rounds progressed.

 

Garduño could not find an answer to Hernandez's aggressive style, and consequently got shut out in his professional debut.  

 

Junior welterweights Juan Garcia Mendez (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and Cesar Villarraga (9-3-1, 4 KOs) put on a show during their 6-round scrap that ended in a controversial split draw. One judge had Villarraga ahead by a wide margin (59-55), while the second observer scored it 58-56 for Mendez. The third judge had it even at 57-57.

 

Lightweight Brandon Trejo (1-0) of Napa, Calif. delivered a steady beating to Pablo Cupul (5-23, 3 KOs) of Lakeside, Calif. to win by unanimous decision, sweeping it 40-36 on the three scorecards.

 

Trejo looked confident from the outset, landing a stiff jab followed by strong power shots. It was Trejo's first professional outing after amassing an impressive amateur career that saw him net two National PAL titles in addition to being a two-time California Silver Gloves champion.

 

Thompson Boxing Promotions returns with another action-packed card on Friday, June 23 from the Doubletree Ontario.  A formal announcement will be coming soon. 

 

"New Blood" was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

(May 21st) Unbeaten rising contender David Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs) of Phoenix, Ariz. knocked out exciting former title challenger Rogelio "Porky" Medina (37-8, 31 KOs) from San Luis Rio, Mexico in a super middleweight world title eliminator that headlined a special Saturday night edition of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes from Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.

 

The action-packed main event opened with several crowd-pleasing exchanges in the first pair of rounds. Round three offered more of the same as the rugged pair of pugilists went toe-to-toe giving and receiving each other's best.

 

In the fourth round, Benavidez caught Medina with a left uppercut and then followed with a flurry that backed Medina up, but amazingly Medina stayed upright. Medina fought back and engaged Benavidez, but Benavidez landed a sensational seven-punch combination to close out the round.

 

At the end of round six, Benavidez damaged Medina with an onslaught of offense that buckled Medina into the ropes with referee Jon Shorle ruling it a knockdown. Medina survived the round, but only to eat another bombardment of punches and get dropped for a second time at the end of the seventh round due to a right uppercut to his solar plexus.

 

Round eight brought a close as Benavidez landed one final eight-punch combo that dropped Medina for a third time and caused Shorle to stop the action at 1:01 into the eighth round.

 

Benavidez said, "This is just a glimpse of what I can do. I've never fought a fighter that pushed me to the full extent like this. Porky Medina is a tremendous fighter. It took everything for me to knock him out, but it was an amazing fight."

 

Benavidez continued, "My biggest advantage tonight was my jab. I didn't throw it as much as I would have liked, but just enough to set him up. I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym and coming back even stronger."

 

A disappointed Medina said, "I did my best tonight. The plan was to win, work him from beginning to end, but he moved a little bit more than I anticipated. (Benavidez) did his job and hit me with a few good shots. But I'm going to keep training for my shot at a title and hopefully it will come."

 

The win elevates Benavidez into the mandatory position to challenge for the vacant super middleweight world title that will go to the winner of the agreed to Anthony Dirrell vs. Callum Smith clash.

 

Benavidez concluded, "This makes me more humble and gives me more motivation to work harder. There has never been a super middleweight champion at 20-years old, but I'm going to be the first to do that."

Televised coverage kicked off with unbeaten featherweight contender Jorge Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico defeating Mario Briones (28-6-2, 22 KOs) from Aguascalientes, Mexico by third round knockout in their scheduled 10-round contest.

 

In the first round, Lara worked to establish an aggressive pace and punished Briones. The second round began with more of the same, Lara hitting Briones with punches in bunches. Briones was able to hold his ground initially, but a straight left with a little less than one minute remaining in the second frame sent Briones to the canvas. Lara then knocked Briones down for a second time with a wild right hand at the close of the round, but Briones quickly regained himself after time expired and was allowed to continue.

 

The third round opened with Lara mixing it up to the body before landing an overhand right that further dazed Briones. Lara, smelling blood in the water, swarmed Briones with a barrage of punches and forced referee Lee Rogers to stop the bout at :58 into the third.

 

Not resting on the win, Lara said, "I felt great to get back in the ring tonight. This was a fantastic win for me, but there are four champions out there in my division. I'm ready to fight whoever asks me out of those four belt holders."

 

 

The swing bout featured Austin Dulay (10-0, 7 KOs) of Hermitage, Tenn. winning a unanimous decision (59-52, 59-52, 59-52) in a six-round junior lightweight fight against Jose Esquivel (10-6, 2 KOs) from Laredo, Texas.

 

The final televised fight of the evening showcased Adam Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs) of Glendale, Calif. defeating Jordan White (4-1, 3 KOs) of Landover, Md. by unanimous decision (59-55,59-55, 60-54) in a six-round bantamweight bout.

By: Phil Kane

May 20th, Madison Square Garden New York, NY: Heading promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing return to “The Mecca of Boxing” Omaha, Nebraska, Terence “Bud” Crawford retained his WBC and WBO World Super Lightweight titles scoring a dominant tenth round TKO stoppage of Dominican Republic 2008 Gold Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz.

 

From the opening bell, the mobile Crawford controlled the battle of southpaws moving and using his jab, picking his spots opening the pressing Diaz for some hard counters creating a vision problem with his right eye.

 

In full control by the middle rounds, the champion working behind a persistent and accurate jab, landing with clean combinations shutting down most of Diaz inside work with timely grappling turned up the offense in the second half answering all Diaz had to offer with drilling body shots to the head and body backing up the challenger with a free for all volley of shots forcing Diaz's corner to put a stop to the building punishment at the close of round ten.

In the co-feature, a IBF Semi-Final Lightweight Elimination bout Phoenix, Arizona’s, former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner “Sugar” Ray Beltran added the vacant WBA International Lightweight title to his NABF and WBO NABO title collection with a devastating one punch second round knockout of North Bergen, New Jersey, based Peruvian, Jonathan “The Last Inca” Maicelo.

 

“Sugar” appearing to have early problems with the quicker punching Maicelo, cut over his left eye from the clash of heads remained poised subsequently saving the NYSAC the explanation of a possible four-point swing first round when referee David Fields declared the bigger heavier appearing Beltran down by a punch instead of the reckless clash of heads leaving Macielo cut on the top of his head only to compounded the error missing a last second first round knockdown of Maicielo at the close of round one.

 

Beltran openly stating he was fighting to maintain his elevated immigration status would not let the opportunity pass jumping still hurt Peruvian with a well-timed, perfectly placed lead left hook dropping “The Last Inca” cold bouncing his head heavily off the canvas forcing referee Fields to immediately wave the fight over at 1:25 of round two. Beltran improves to 33-7-1, 21Ko’s while Maicelo drops to 25-3, 12Ko’s.

In a special featherweight attraction, Newark, New Jersey, 19-year-old, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Shakur Stevenson scored a devastating first round knockout over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, out classed Carlos “Piji” Suarez.

 

The more accomplished Stevenson in charge from the start stalked Suarez from the opening bell putting “Piji” on the defense and in retreat with sharp, clean right handed jabs and southpaw combinations to the body and head dropping him face first with a short counter left forcing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to stop the bout at 2:35 of the first round. Stevenson improves to 2-0, 1Ko while Suarez falls to 6-4-2, 1Ko.

 

In other action:

Miaa, Russia, super welterweight, Konstantin “Talant” Ponomarev held onto his unblemished record scoring an eight round unanimous decision over Pembroke Pines, Florida, veteran, Ed “The Lion” Paredes.

 

The more skilled, crisper punching Ponomarev let his talent shine through out boxing the battle worn veteran to a 78-74 times three eight round unanimous decision.  Ponomarev improves to 32-0, 13Ko’s while Paredes falls to 38-7-1, 25Ko’s.

 

In an eight round super lightweight match-up LA based, southpaw Uzbek 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Fazliddin Gaibnazarov held target practice taking apart Lawrence, Massachusetts, over matched Agustine “Ruthless” Mauras for a decisive 80-72 times three unanimous decision win. Gaibnazarov holding an Olympic quarterfinal win over Gary Antuanne Russell improves to 2-0, 1Ko while Mauras winless in his last five outings levels out at 6-3-3, 3Ko’s.

           

In six round action:

Davie, Florida, 19-year-old, lightweight, Teofimo Lopez a representative of Honduras at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio continued his heavy-handed ways stopping Kenner, Louisiana’s, Ronald “Savage” Rivas with a pulverizing left hook forcing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to immediately call the fight at 2:21 of round two. Lopez remains flawless at 5-0, 5Ko’s while Rivas sinks to 5-6-2, 3Ko’s.

 

Hefei, China super welterweight, Tong Hui Li proved too tough and too skilled for Dona Ana, New Mexico’s, Daniel “Kaos” Calzada shutting out the more experienced “Kaos” 60-54 on all three judges scorecards. Banking his fourth straight win since dropping a six-round decision to Alimu Tuersun March 2016 Hui Li moves to 9-1, 5Ko’s while Calzada’s two bout victory run comes to an end at 14-17-3, 2Ko’s.                                

 

Omaha, Nebraska, power punching light heavyweight, Steven Nelson began his second KO streak derailing Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Gilberto “Locomotora” Rubio at 0:36 of round two. Nelson moves to 7-0, 6Ko’s while Rubio drops to 7-6, 5Ko’s.

 

In a four-round preliminary bout Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, super featherweight, Henry Lebron recorded his second straight Ko win stopping Las Cruces, New Mexico’s, Johnny Estrada in two, Lebron moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Estrada still in search of his first pro win falls to 0-2.

The “Tank” Davis” Blows Out Walsh in Three!

By: Ian Webb

May 20th, Copper Box Arena, London, UK: In the main event of Frank Warren’s, Queensberry Promotions “Show Me the Money” card Baltimore, Maryland’s, 22-year-old, Gervonta “Tank” Davis retained his IBF World Super Featherweight title scoring a third round stoppage of Cromer, Norfolk, UK’s Liam “Destiny” Walsh.

 

The contentious prefight hype would see a cautious start with both southpaws looking to counter. The feeling out and selective punching would continue in round two with Walsh futile stance switching attempt to jump start the action falling short leaving the heavier handed Davis in charge.

 

The fight would take big turn in round three when Davis fighting in his protégé Floyd Mayweather’s low left shoulder roll defense Davis met Walsh in the center of the ring and began his slow but persistent attack following his jab in with hard lefts to the body then priming the hometown challenger for his “destiny” went up top landing a series of hard lefts sending Walsh to the canvas for a referee Michael Alexander eight count. Beating the count but visibly still shaken challenger would then turn prey to the “Tank” who fired away until the referee Michael Alexander correctly stepped in and waved the fight over at 2:11 of round three. Davis advances to 18-0, 17Ko’s while Walsh suffering his first defeat dips to 21-1, 14Ko’s.

In the co-feature, carrying the pressure to set the tone for brother Liam twin brother, Ryan Walsh, took possession of the Lonsdale belt retaining his BBBofC British Featherweight title systematically taking apart Belfast, Ireland’s, Marco McCullough in eleven rounds.

 

The well-conditioned Walsh standing between rounds took control of the fight pressing the action and out worked and out landing McCullough scoring to the body and head until catching the game “Irishman” with a sharp right and two follow-up trips to the ropes for southpaw volley of power shots forcing referee Howard John Foster to step in with 1:05 to go in round eleven. Walsh improves to 22-2-1, 11Ko’s while McCullough slides to 17-4, 10Ko’s.    

 

Hackney, London’s, Anthony Yarde took possession of the BBBofC Southern Area Light Heavyweight title brutally breaking down Southampton, Hampshire, UK’s Chris Hobbs with a relentless body attack. Unable to keep the peek-a-boo defensed banger at bay the light-handed Hobbs would visit the canvas six times, the first time coming from a body shot near the close of round one, three times from body shots in round three and two more time in round four with the first resulting from a clean right to the head and the later a hook to the body finally convincing the corner they had seen enough throwing in the towel with ten seconds in round four. Yarde improves to 11-0, 10Ko’s while Hobbs drops to 6-2-1.  

 

In an entertaining battle of unbeaten super welterweights Southampton, Hampshire’s, 24 year old, Joe Pigford unleashed his crude but effective power punching attack trading right hands with Barking, London’s, more accurate and skilled Aarron “The Marksman” Morgan finally breaking through with a heavy right hand hurting Morgan driving him to the ropes for a barrage of power shots highlighted by a heavy right and driving left hook dropping “The Marksman” at the bottom of the ropes where the referee would immediately waved it over at 2.33 of round five. Pigford climbs to 13-0, 12Ko’s as Morgan suffering his first loss slips to 12-1, 8Ko’s.

 

In a light heavyweight match London, southpaw Lerrone “Sniper The Boss” Richards held class easily out scoring Westbury, Wiltshire’s, late replacement Anthony “The Matador” Fox, 60-54 after six. Richards improves to 7-0, 2Ko’swhile Fox falls to 1-6-2.  

           

In a six round lightweight match Welling, London, Archie “Sharpshooter” Sharp continued his unbeaten run tearing up and knocking down and disabling strategic grappler Hungarian, Tamas Laska with a penetrating body shot forcing the referee to immediately call it over in round three. Sharp advances to 8-0, 4Ko’s while Laska 3-2 in his last five drops to 19-15-1, 10Ko’s   

 

West Ham, London ambidextrous lightweight, “Lethal” Lucien Reid took the fight to Worcester, Worcestershire, “Mad Man” Michael Mooney banging away with both hands to the body and head landing draining hooks and uppercuts paving the way to a one way 60-54 points win. Reid climbs to 6-0, 4Ko’s while Mooney winless in his last eighteen sinks to 8-30, 3Ko’s

 

In a safe six round super lightweight affair Harrow Weald, London, “Baby Faced Assassin” Mitchell Smith banked his second straight win since dropping a ten-round decision loss to George Jupp December 2015 scoring a mundane 59-54 points win over Killamarsh, Derbyshire UK’s, “ready for the taking” Lee Connelly. Smith moves to 15-1, 8Ko’s while Connelly winless in his last four falls to 6-25-2.          

 

Chingford, London super featherweight, Boy Jones returned to the win column holding off the sixth and last round rally by Budapest, Hungary’s, rugged Norbert “Farina” Kalucza for a solid 60-55 points win. Jones moves to 12-1-1, 7Ko’s as Kalucza 1-3 in his last four falls to 14-10, 8Ko’s.

           

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 20-year-old super lightweight, Ben Smith ran his unbeaten streak to five scoring a lopsided 40-34 four round points win over Dewsbury, Yorkshire’s, 39-year-old opponent, Youssef Al Hamidi. Smith improves to 5-0 while the hapless Al Hamid sinks to 14-108-3, 1Ko.  

 

Greenwich, London, 19-year-old heavyweight sensation Daniel Dynamite” Dubois wasted no time measuring Sheffield, Yorkshire’s bigger, heavier more experienced David Howe for a pin point looping right hand dropping the 36-year-old Howe forcing referee Jeffrey Hinds to wave it over 40 seconds into round one. Dubious moves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Howe stopped in three of his last five drops to 13-6, 6Ko’s.

 

In a four round super lightweight slugfest Hornchurch, London, Sanjeev Sahota survived Manchester’s, Steven Backhouse early assault and turned the tide dropping and stopping the beaten Mancunian in round three. Sahota improves to 7-0, 3Ko’s while Backhouse stopped in his last three descends into the land of the opponents at 1-6-1, 1Ko.

(May 20th) From the MGM National Harbor "Mr." Gary Russell Jr.,

(28-1, 17 KOs) had a successful homecoming in front of a nearly sold out crowd as he defended his WBC Featherweight World title with a seventh-round stoppage against the very tough, strong-willed Columbian Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs) in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

 

Russell Jr. took control of the action from the outset, peppering the shorter Escandon at will and dropping him in the third.

 

However, the brave Escandon fought his way back into the fight in the fourth and fifth stanzas, but Russell stormed into the seventh, battering the hurt Escandon and dropping him early, causing referee Harvey Dock to stop the fight at the 0:59 mark of the round.

 

About the victory, Russell Jr. said, "First and foremost, I want to say happy birthday to my father. Secondly, I'd like to tell all the fans that came to support me: I love you all. Thank you.

 

"I fought a tough competitor. I knew Escandon wanted to come and bring his best. I knew he was going to come forward. I was ready for him. We are warriors.

"I want Lomachenko [next], that's a no-brainer. I don't want to do it for the fans or for the media, I want to do it for myself. And I want to do it twice. I'll knock him out the first time and then, he'll want me to fight him again.

 

"I'd love to unify against all the other guys in the featherweight division. I'd like Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby, Oscar Valdez."

 

About the knockout loss, "I was getting my rhythm going and I felt like Gary was getting tired. I didn't see him coming with the big punch he threw at the end and that was it. I went down and was hoping to get a 10 count, but the referee didn't give it to me and he stopped the fight.

 

"I knew that Gary was going to go fast from the first to the fifth round and it was part of my strategy to let him do that and get tired. It didn't work unfortunately.

"Now we need to go back to the drawing board to rest and see what my manager has planned for me."

 

Said trainer and father Gary Russell Sr., "I'm ecstatic. I'm really happy. I got three wins. Three stoppages. It's my birthday. I'm 15 minutes from home and I can go home and relax.

 

"We prepared fully for Mr. Escandon. We knew he was going to do what he did - come forward. I don't want to diminish or take anything away from Mr. Escandon. He really is a hard, rough fighter. Throughout the course of the fight, I instructed Gary to hit him with some good shots. Some hard shots. It is a brutal sport."

 

Co-featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in a 12-round clash for the IBF Interim Super Middleweight Title, Flint, Michigan's Andre Dirrell, (26-2, 16 KOs), was declared the winner after round eight as Jose Uzcategui, (26-2, 22 KOs) of Merida, Venezuela, was disqualified for a punch after the bell sounded to end the eighth round.

 

Uzcategui started fast, battering Dirrell from the opening round, cutting off the ring and slamming away with body and head shot through the first three rounds. Dirrell saw success starting in the fourth round, countering Uzcategui and scoring

well.

 

Over the next four rounds, the contenders traded even as the fight became more hotly contested. At the end of the eighth round, with Dirrell backed into a neutral corner, Uzcategui let loose with a three-punch combination, the last left hand hitting the southpaw after the bell as he fell to the combination.

 

Following a delay to allow medical personnel to attend to Dirrell, referee Bill Clancy declared that Uzcategui was disqualified with Dirrell being declared the winner.

 

Said referee Bill Clancy about his decision, "The bell rang to stop the round. The round was over and Andre [Dirrell] was knocked out with an illegal punch. So therefore, Dirrell will win this fight by disqualification.

 

"That's a blatant foul. Earlier in the fight, I had warned Uzcategui. I warned him. Dirrell wins the fight, he was clearly unable to continue."

 

About the ending, Dirrell said, "All I remember was him [Uzcategui] throwing a shot at me at the same time the bell rang. After that everything was blurry. I remember a shot and then all went fuzzy.

 

"I forgive Uzcategui. I forgive his camp. I don't want to win a championship like this. I wanted to win fair and square. But I forgive him.

 

Following the decision, Dirrell's trainer and uncle Leon Lawson punched Uzcategui in the corner, sparking a brief altercation in the ring that was quelled by MGM National Harbor security and local police.

 

"I'm sorry for what my coach has done. My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried. He cares for me. He loves me. Please forgive him.

 

"I'm going to stand up like a man. I didn't win like I wanted to, but I'll be back. I'm going to come back as soon as they let me."

 

Stated a very disappointed Uzcategui, "I felt very good. I was hurting him the entire fight. I felt like I could hurt him anytime I wanted. Nothing he hit me with hurt me.

 

"I was throwing a three-punch combination and I didn't hear the bell. I didn't mean to hit him. The third punch wasn't that hard of a punch. I was surprised he stayed down. 

 

"He did the same thing against Abraham that he did against me tonight. He quit against me and he quit against him. I deserve to be the winner."

 

The live televised fights in The Theater kicked-off with two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOs) winning a 12-round unanimous decision over valiant Kiryl Relikh, (25-3, 16 KOs), of Baranovichi, Byelorussia. Scores in the WBA Super Lightweight eliminator were 116-110, 115-111 and 117-109.

 

The opening two rounds of the fight featured excellent action with both fighters attempting to impose their will.  In the third round Relikh suffered a low blow resulting in a two-minute delay, however, no point deduction was made by referee Kenny Chevalier. Following the low blow, the shorter Relikh became much more aggressive.

 

With the undefeated, blue-haired Barthelemy switching stances often in the fourth stanza, he was able to score at will against Relikh.

 

However, Relikh came out charging in the fifth, battering away against Barthelemy who was caught against the ropes and scoring a knockdown when the ropes held the Cuban up from a barrage of hard punches.

 

Recovering nicely in the sixth and seventh, Barthelemy badly hurt Relikh with a multitude of body shots from both hands.

 

In the eight round Barthelemy truly turned the tide for good in the ninth, drilling Relikh to the canvas with a blistering left hook to the body. Through the championship rounds it was all Barthelemy who finished strong against the game but outgunned Relikh.

 

Said the victorious Barthelemy, "It feels great to be going forward. The 11-month layoff really took a toll on my body and I felt it in the ring.

 

"I knew it was a close fight but knew I should get a unanimous decision.

 

"Relikh was a hard hitter. He surprised me with a right hook in the 5th round and I hit the canvas, so I knew I had to be careful going forward. I knew I had lost that round and had to come back stronger.

 

"I took the sixth round to take a breather and then I came back to work the body. Once I knocked him down, I saw that he was hurt and protecting himself upstairs a lot more so I knew I was going to have to be more strategic to come out victorious."

 

Replied a very disappointed Relikh, "Of course I thought I won. Even TV thought I won. The referee did his job when he called it a knockdown in the fifth. I thought it was over."

 

"The two low blows definitely affected me. It takes the wind out of you. This is boxing not MMA."

 

Hot super bantamweight prospect Gary Antonio Russell improved to 8-0 with six knockouts with a dominating performance and knockout stoppage of Puerto Rico's Jovany Fuentes, (7-9, 6 KOs). Following knockdowns in the second and third stanzas, the bout was called to a halt at 0:22 of round three.

 

Making his pro debut, super lightweight Gary Antuanne Russell, (1-0 1 KO) wasted no time dropping Joshua Ross, (2-4-4) of Monroe, LA to the canvas three times enroute to a stoppage victory at the 2:25 mark of the initial stanza.

By: Akio Hino

May 20th, Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan: France based Cameroon former WBO Middleweight Champion Hassan N’Dam claimed the vacant WBA Middleweight title winning a tightly contested twelve round split decision over Tokyo’s previously unbeaten 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryota Murata.

 

The match of conflicting styles opened N’Dam circling with his jumping in and out scoring well dodging the Murata’s bad intentioned counter shots.

 

Murata, doing more cutting off than following going into the middle rounds cornered N’Dam catching the former champion with a well-timed counter right sending him head first to the canvas for a referee Luis Pabon eight count.

 

The very durable N’Dam would beat the count but appeared to lose a step allowing the heavier punching Murata more opportunity in the closely contested fight answering N’Dam’s work rate with solid counter shots rocking him several times for what looked like to be a close decision win only to be surprised when the judges scores were announced 117-110 Murata and 116-111, 115-112 both for N’Dam making him the new WBA World Middleweight Champion. The 33-year-old N’Dam improves to 36-2, 21Ko’s while Murata suffering his first defeat slips to 12-1, 9Ko’s.

 

In other action:

Tokyo’s Daigo Higa laid claim to the vacant WBC Flyweight title stopping Mexico City, Mexico’s Juan Hernandez Navarrete at 2:28 of round six. Higa remains perfect at 13-0, 13Ko’s while Navarrete unbeaten in his previous sixteen dips to 34-3, 25Ko’s.

 

Uji, Kyoto, Japan’s, Ken Shiro claimed the WBC Light Flyweight title scoring a slim closely contested 114-114, 115-113 times two majority decision over Mexico City, Mexico southpaw, Ganigan Lopez. Shiro improves to 10-0, 5Ko’s while Lopez two bout tile reign ends at 28-7, 16Ko’s.

 

Update:

Hours after the bout WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza saying he agreed with Judge Raul Caiz Jr. score of 117-110 for Murata without any mention of a rematch has issued a statement of apology to the previously unbeaten Murata.

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