Strictly Business Boxing
Strictly Business Boxing

By: Ian Webb

December 9th, Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, London: In a non-title contest heading a Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotion's "The Boy's Are Back In Town" Barry, Wales, IBF Featherweight Champion, Lee “Lightning” Selby won a one way twelve round unanimous decision over Sinaloa, Mexico’s previously unbeaten “now you see him now you don’t Eduardo “Zurdo” Ramirez.


Demoted to a non-title fight after Ramirez failed to make weight the champion Selby caught with an early Ramirez power shot quickly moved to his boxing persona using his superior skills taking the fight to the middle rounds where taking his foot off the pedal allowed Ramirez to battle back until the closing rounds increasingly opening the gap boxing his way to a 118-110, 119-109, 116-112 unanimous decision. Selby improves to 26-1, 9Ko’s while the formerly unbeaten Ramirez slips to 20-1-3, 7Ko’s.

In what could be the upset of the year Osseo, Minnesota, gate keeper Caleb “Golden” Truax claimed the IBF Super Middleweight title scoring a twelve-round majority decision over St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK’s, James “Chunky” DeGale.


Degale and Truax staring with a custom feeling out opening round with the Champion De Gale attempting to draw Truax in fighting off the ropes.


Truax the aggressor would have his moments in the third as the two batted even in round fourth with the action picking up Truax having battled the likes of Antwun Echols, Andy Kolle, Jermain Taylor, Donovan George, Daniel Jacobs and Anthony Dirrell began to land some clean solid shots in round five opening a cut in Degale’s mouth with a ripping uppercut.


Riding the momentum Truax pushed the action putting the champion in retreat in rounds six and seven targeting “Chunky’s” body in the eighth. Following an apparent mutually agreed refueling round nine the “Golden” challenger backed the fading champion to the ropes for a series of heavy power shots in round ten.


Both fighters sensing the fight was on the line with the more aggressive Minnesota challenger held on through the championship rounds to grab a hard fought 114-114, 115-112, 116-112 majority decision win.


Truax improves to 29-3-2, 18Ko’s while Degale unbeaten since his 2011 majority decision loss to George Groves coming off a hotly contested draw with Badou Jack last January drops to 23- 2-1, 14Ko’s.

lford, Essex, UK, WBO European and WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Titlist, Anthony Yarde added the WBO European strap with a fourth round TKO stoppage of Budva, Montenegro’s, Nikola Sjekloca.


Yarde keeping it simple working behind his jab and a robust right hand flooring the 39-year-old, Sjekloca in rounds two and four closing the show with an unanswered bilateral assault forcing referee Steve Gray to put a stop to the fight at 1:08 of round four. Yarde advances to 14-0, 13Ko’s while Sjekloca suffering his first stoppage loss falls to 32-5-1, 11Ko’s.

In a ten-round heavyweight bout of contrasting punchers Greenwich, London’s, power punching Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois made it six straight Ko victories since turning pro in April rocking Aberdare, Wales, Dorian Darch with the very first punch sending the punch and grab Welshman to the canvas near the close of round one with a heavy looping right hand.


Somehow still available Darch met by the full force of Dubious in round one would hit the canvas again in the opening seconds of round two compliments of a Dubious right hand, chopping left hook. Allowed to continue Darch would revisit the canvas two more times in the round forcing referee Robert Williams to immediately wave the bout over at 0:51 of round two. The former Anthony Joshua sparring partner improves to 6-0, 6Ko’s while the non-threatening Darch winless in his last three drops to 12-6-1, 1Ko.


Brentwood, Essex, UK’s, “Smokin” Joe Mullender claimed the vacant IBF East/West Europe Middleweight Title with an eleventh-round stoppage of Newport, Wales, Lee Churcher.


The 31-year-old Mullender dominating the action putting the battered Churcher on the canvas twice in round five, once in the eighth and again in the round eleven conclusively forcing referee Steve Gray to call the bout to a close at 0:50 of round eleven. Mullender moves to 11-2, 5Ko’s while the thirty-seven year-old Churcher drops to 13-4-1, 4Ko’s.


Peckham, London’s, Johnny “The Pexican” Garton took hold of the vacant IBF East/West Europe Welterweight Title with a penance taking, hard fought ten round stoppage win over Hauts-de-Seine, France’s, determined Mihail Orlov.


Orlov off to a good start behind his jab would begin to fade to Garton’s pressure in round five only to see the two put it all on the table trading shots down the stretch until round ten when the relentless Garton backed, trapped and hammered the weakened Frenchman in the corner forcing the referee to stop the scheduled twelve rounder. Garton moves to 21-1-1, 8Ko’s while Orlov falls to 12-7-1, 4Ko’s.


In a record padding super featherweight bout Welling, London, 22-year-old,“Sharp Shooting” Archie Sharp remained unbeaten scoring a tighter than scored back and forth scrap over Barcelona, Spain’s, Rafael Castillo. Sharp improves to 11-0, 6Ko’s while the professional opponent Castillo winless in his last seventeen, yes seventeen dives to 14-38, 6Ko’s.

By: David Colon

December 9th, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the main event of a Promociones Zanfer, Golden Boy, K2, Matchroom Boxing co-promotion Tokyo, Japan’s, Kenichi Ogawa took hold of the vacant IBF World Super Featherweight Title with a contentious twelve round split decision win over Philadelphia’s, Tevin “American Idol” Farmer.


With the crafty Philadelphia, southpaw Farmer alternating taking the lead and waiting clever counters the power punching Ogawa, the aggressor throughout found the “American Idol” a hard target to catch. Keeping the fight in range appearing to out work the heavier punching Tokyo fighter going to the championship rounds fading a bit in the tenth and eleventh rounds farmer closed hard but to the disbelief of many in the audience the divided scores were announced 116-112 for Farmer and 116-112, 115-113 for Ogawa. Ogawa improves to 23-1, 17Ko’s ending Farmer’s eighteen bout win streak at 25-5-1, 5Ko’s.

In the ten-round semi main event Mexico City, former WBC World Super Featherweight Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas won a ninth-round technical decision over Liverpool, UK’s, Stephen “Swifty” Smith.


Vargas started well establishing his jab, opening the way for clean right hands pressing Smith early on forcing Smith to grab on.


The middle rounds centering around a fifth-round clash of heads Vargas returned to what was working forcing Smith to resume the referee attention gaining grappling.


Smith attempting to get himself back into the fight tightened up the space and picked up his work rate in the second half only to have his late surge interrupted in round nine when after suffering a severe cut to his left ear from an accidental clash of heads the fight sent to the judge’s cards Vargas would be declared an 89-82, 88-83 times two technical decision winner. Vargas improves to 24-1-2, 17Ko’s while Smith falls to 25-4, 15Ko’s.

In a special ten round crossroads super featherweight attraction Juarez, Mexico’s, Miguel “Mickey” Roman scored a ninth round TKO stoppage of Phoenix, Arizona, former five-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido.


The fight, a pairing to see who has the most left in the tank saw the thirty-two year-old Roman start well only to get rocked by a thirty-seven year-old Salido right hand to closing round one.


Round two would see the battle tested veteran’s employ opposite fight plans with Salido doing some early head hunting while Roman seemed content targeting Sthe former champions body.


The action would open up in round three both fighters taking turns this round Salido matching “Mickey’s” body work punch for punch.


The fight would take a drastic turn in round four when the younger fresher looking Roman putting Salido on the deck with a solid combination.


After some even back and forth trading in the middle rounds Roman pushing the action would again send the former champion to the canvas with a heavy combination in round eight.


Roman seeing Salido was still unsteady in round nine went right back to work forcing “Siri” to the ropes for an unanswered volley of power shots forcing Robert Byrd to step in and wave the bout over at 1:43 of round nine. Roman pushing himself back into the featherweight mix improves to 58-12, 45Ko’s while Salido holding a March, 2014, twelve-round split decision win over Vasyl Lomachenko 1-2-2 in his last five, dropping to 44-14-4, 31Ko’s retired after the fight.


In the upset of the night Managua, Nicaragua super featherweight, Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado won a ten-round split decision over Big Bear, California, based Russian, Denis Shafikov.


Alvarado the aggressor from the opening bell, pushed the action cutting the southpaw “Djingis Khan” over the left eye in round two, credited with a knockdown in round five held off Shafikov’s late round push to grab a 96-94, 96-93 Alvarado, 95-94 Shafikov split decision win. Alvarado on a four-bout run improves to 28-8, 19Ko’s while Shafikov dropping back to back bouts falls to 38-4-1, 20Ko’s.


In eight round super welterweight action Tijuana, Mexico 21-year-old, prospect Jaime Munguia taking another step up in competition remained unbeaten scoring a second round TKO stoppage of Santa Rosalia, Mexico’s, Paul “Chicho” Valenzuela Jr.


Munguia in charge from the start measured Valenzuela in round one, closing the distance in round two sending “Chicho” to the canvas twice in round two forcing referee Jay Nady to stop the bout at 1:26 of round two. Munguia improves to 26-0, 22Ko’s while Valenzuela coming in off losses to Wilky Campfort and Tony Harrison drops to 20-7, 14Ko’s.


In a scheduled eight round super featherweight bout Paramount, California’s, Pedro “Little Pete” Duran held onto his zero with a rock steady fifth round stoppage of Mexico City’s Daniel Evangelista Jr.


Duran on a calculated and persistent hunt put Evangelista down twice in round five with a set of matching hooks forcing referee Tony Weeks to call the bout at the 3:00 mark of round five. Duran moves to 16-0, 13Ko’s while Evangelista stopped in three of his last four falls to 20-9-2, 16Ko’s.


In a scheduled six round flyweight affair Cancun, Mexico power punching Joselito “El Huracán” Velasquez dropped and stopped Mexicali, Mexico’s, out gunned Armando Vazquez in five. Lopez remains perfect at 5-0, 5Ko’s while Vasquez winless I his last four drops to (25-20-1, 6Ko’s.


Just one week after having his previous opponent fail to get licensed for his pro debut on the Cotto / Sadam Ali undercard Monaghan County, Ireland’ super welterweight Aaron “Silencer” McKenna won his USA and pro debut in dominant fashion, scoring a 40-36 times three shutout of Travis Conley. McKenna jumps out 1-0 as Conely evens up at 1-1, 1Ko.

By: Reggie French

December 8th, Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Hialeah, Florida: In the cruiserweight main event of a Leon Margules Warriors Boxing promoted Premier Boxing Champions card broadcast LIVE on FS1 Laval, Quebec, Canada former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal left the game on his terms scoring a sixth round TKO stoppage of Miami, Florida based previously unbeaten Egyptian Ahmed Elbiali.


Promising to retire after the bout win, lose or draw, Pascal rocked in the opening seconds of round one, held on and recovered to push Elbiali to the limit battering the fading unbeaten Egyptian after having his way in round five settled down to business in round six banging away with heavy rights and drilling left hooks prompting Elbiali’s corner to throw in the towel forcing referee Telis Assimenios to stop the fight at 2:06 of round six. Pascal once speaking of joining the Canadian Police services rides away 32-5-1, 19Ko’s while Elbiali suffering his first loss drops to 16-1, 13Ko’s.

In the late added co-feature Miami, Florida, based unbeaten heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz returning from his second suspension for failed pre-fight testing showed the strategically seated WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontey Wilder he was ready willing and able to reschedule their November cancelled bout stopping West Virginia’s, Daniel “Mountain” Martz in two rounds.


Ortiz, a southpaw immediately attacking the 6’7” Martz body with straight left hands put the outclassed Virginian on his knees near the close of round one with a short-left body shot.


Ortiz looking to send a message turned his assault upstairs in round two blasting Martz with a well-timed “avalanche” causing left hand counter to the jaw crashing Martz face first to the canvas where referee Samuel Burgos would immediately wave the fight over at 0:43 of round two.

In a ten-round heavyweight bout of contrasting punchers Greenwich, London’s, power punching Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois made it six straight Ko victories since turning pro in April rocking Aberdare, Wales, Dorian Darch with the very first punch sending the punch and grab Welshman to the canvas near the close of round one with a heavy looping right hand.


Somehow still available Darch met by the full force of Dubious in round one would hit the canvas again in the opening seconds of round two compliments of a Dubious right hand, chopping left hook. Allowed to continue Darch would revisit the canvas two more times in the round forcing referee Robert Williams to immediately wave the bout over at 0:51 of round two. The former Anthony Joshua sparring partner improves to 6-0, 6Ko’s while the non-threatening Darch winless in his last three drops to 12-6-1, 1Ko.


Brentwood, Essex, UK’s, “Smokin” Joe Mullender claimed the vacant IBF East/West Europe Middleweight Title with an eleventh-round stoppage of Newport, Wales, Lee Churcher.


The 31-year-old Mullender dominating the action putting the battered Churcher on the canvas twice in round five, once in the eighth and again in the round eleven conclusively forcing referee Steve Gray to call the bout to a close at 0:50 of round eleven. Mullender moves to 11-2, 5Ko’s while the thirty-seven year-old Churcher drops to 13-4-1, 4Ko’s.


Peckham, London’s, Johnny “The Pexican” Garton took hold of the vacant IBF East/West Europe Welterweight Title with a penance taking, hard fought ten round stoppage win over Hauts-de-Seine, France’s, determined Mihail Orlov.


Orlov off to a good start behind his jab would begin to fade to Garton’s pressure in round five only to see the two put it all on the table trading shots down the stretch until round ten when the relentless Garton backed, trapped and hammered the weakened Frenchman in the corner forcing the referee to stop the scheduled twelve rounder. Garton moves to 21-1-1, 8Ko’s while Orlov falls to 12-7-1, 4Ko’s.


In a record padding super featherweight bout Welling, London, 22-year-old, “Sharp Shooting” Archie Sharp remained unbeaten scoring a tighter than scored back and forth scrap over Barcelona, Spain’s, Rafael Castillo. Sharp improves to 11-0, 6Ko’s while the professional opponent Castillo winless in his last seventeen, yes seventeen dives to 14-38, 6Ko’s.

(photo credit Douglas DeFelice/Premier Boxing Champions)

Ortiz having his November 4th challenge of Deontey Wilder due to failing to disclose blood pressure medication made a B line to the champion sitting ringside calling him out leading to a WWE styled face off. The 38-year-old, Ortiz improves to 28-0, 24Ko’s while the made to order Martz stopped in four of his last six bouts dives to 16-6-1, 13Ko’s.

In other action:

In a battle of prospect southpaw welterweights, Fort Myers, Florida southpaw welterweight Bryant “Goodfellas” Perella returned to the win column scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over Illinois, Alex “Chi Town Heat” Martin.


Perrella coming in off a leg injury hindered fourth round TKO loss to Yordenis Ugas in September started quickly cooling off the “Chi Town Heat” with a canvas bound crunching right hook. The poised Chicagoan made it upright and able to hold on would survive Perrella’s first half pressure attack to make it interesting finding with his jab and sharp counters only to find his late effort to come up short on the judge’s cards which were announced 77-74, 79-72 times two for the “Goodfella” Perrella. Perrella moves to 15-1, 13Ko’s while Martin coming in off back to back losses to Miguel Cruz falls to 13-3, 5Ko’s.


In a battle of unbeaten featherweights Philadelphia’s, Stephan Fulton used his superior mobility and accurate jab to score a nose bloodying 78-74, 77-75, 76-76, eight round majority decision over Glendale, California’s, Adam “Blunose” Lopez. Fulton improves to 12-0, 5Ko’s while Lopez suffering his first defeat drops to 8-1, 3Ko’s.

By: Joe Martin

December 2nd, Madison Square Garden, New York: Last night in the main event of Golden Boy Promotions farewell event for Miguel Cotto, Brooklyn, New York’s 2008 US Olympian, Sadam “World Kid” Ali rained all over the future Hall of Famer’s parade relieving the popular Puerto Rican six-time world champion of the WBO World Super Welterweight Title winning a compelling twelve round unanimous decision over.


The crowd stirring, the bout started in a technical way until the hometown challenger Ali appearing to have bulked up under a calculated design retained his speed while notching up the power evident by a drilling right hand shaking the champion and an over extended sweeping shot sending himself to the canvas in round two.


Clearing his head in round three, the champion Cotto pushing forward looking to land his patented hook opened the way for some back and forth action backing the combination punching New Yorker to the ropes for a clean right.


Cotto continued to push the fight in round four until the mobile challenger sitting down on a looping right buzzed the champion again opening the door for some solid left upper cuts.


Rounds middle frames would see Cotto gain some momentum driving Ali to the ropes with a sharp straight right investing in some good body work attacking Ali’s body closing round six.


The champion remining the aggressor staying to Ali’s body in round seven saw the twenty-nine year-old challenger put the champions push on hold tagging the slowing thirty-seven year old with a ripping upper cut in round eight.


There would be some close action down the stretch with Ali making the best of his combination punching out working and tagging Cotto with a drilling uppercut to the body in round nine.


Ali moving and boxing and moving to open round ten, Cotto still moving forward the two trade jabs, Ali securing the round with a tight left hook.


Cheered on by his father ringside the livelier looking Ali comes out fast in round eleven throwing numbers while Cotto appearing to be tiring, playing possum or saving it for a final round push fights the round in reverse.


Both fighters displaying mutual respect with the twelfth and final round ceremonial touching of gloves both fighters return to work with Ali starting quickly snapped his jab and fired combinations from a self-determined safe range as the champion Cotto with some rejuvenated bounce in his step would finish hard only to fall short with any fight changing punch allowing Ali to show why they call him the “World Kid” when the judges scores were announced 116-112, 115-113 times two all for Ali.


Keeping the WBO strap under the Golden Boy Promotion banner Ali declaring “Good things happen to good people” improves to 26-1, 14Ko’s while Cotto thanking the fans for their support making no excuses giving Ali all due credit rides off into retirement at 41-6, 33Ko’s.  

In the co-feature, Otumba, México’s unbeaten Rey Vargas retained his WBC World Super Bantamweight Title with a lop sided twelve round unanimous decision over Rosemead, California’s, Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete.


The much taller, longer champion controlled the space and distance early ripping the undersized challenger to the body and head with bi-lateral shots from all angles. To Negrete’s credit “The Jaguar” never deterred remained relentless in his attack landing wide looping punches frustrating the champion with some holding and hitting opening cuts over both the champions eyes with accidental head clashes in rounds eight and nine. Vargas keeping his eye on the prize opened the gap in the closing rounds boxing his way to a 120-108, 119-108 times two title retaining unanimous decision win.


Heading the undercard, San Juan, Puerto Rico's Angel “Tito” Acosta claimed the vacant WBO World Light Flyweight Title scoring a punishing tenth round TKO stoppage of Guadalupe, Mexico’s, Juan “Pinky” Alejo.


The heavy-handed Acosta assuming the role of aggressor took the fight right to Alejo tagging “Pinky” with clean solid jabs, opening the way for follow up hooks battering the durable Mexican along the ropes for much of the first half of the fight.


Never taking his foot off the pedal Acosta brutally banging Alejo up and down softened up “Pinky” for well placed left hook dropping Alejo to the canvas forcing referee Benjy Esteves to step in and immediately wave the bout over at 1:33 of round ten. Acosta with all wins coming by way of knockout improves to 17-1, 17Ko’s while Alejo winless in his last two falls to 24-5, 14Ko’s.


Santa Ana, California, featherweight Ronny Rios returned to the win column with a lopsided ten round unanimous decision over Monteira, Colombia, Deivi Bassa.


Rios coming off a WBC World Super Bantamweight Title twelve round unanimous decision loss to Rey Vargas in August would no doubt he was eyeing a rematch out working the southpaw Bassa landing big right hands pounding his way to a Rios low blow bout extending 100-90, 99-91, 97-93 ten round unanimous decision win. Rios back on track moves to 29-2, 13Ko’s while Bassa suffering back to back defeats drops to 19-4, 11Ko’s.                              


Opening up the action Brooklyn, New York, super lightweight Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa staying behind an accurate and active jab hurt Tijuana, Mexico’s, counter punching Erick “Facebook” Martinez in rounds three and five boxing his way in round six to a 60-54 times three shut out win. Ocha now two wins away from a March 11th seventh-round stoppage loss to December 16th Cletus Seldin opponent Yves Ulysse Jr. improves to 18-1, 7Ko’s while Martinez 1-5 in his last six securely makes the opponent list at 14-11-1, 8Ko’s.


The long awaited pro debut of County Monaghan, Ireland 18-year-old Golden Boy welterweight prospect Aaron “The Silencer” McKenna was put on hold when his four-round scheduled bout versus Guanajuato, Mexico’s Victor Eddy Gaytan, 2-3, 1Ko was scratched due to licensing issues.

By: Alfred Zimmerman

November 27th, Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia: In the main event of a Dmitry Ivanov, World of Boxing Promotion St. Petersburgh, Russia’s, heavyweight Sergey Kuzmin and Wilmington, Delaware’s, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour fought to a three-round, technical, no decision.


The 45-year-old, southpaw, Mansour getting the better of the action would find all his work for naught when he and the 30-year-old, Kuzim clashed heads in round three leaving Mansour cut over the right eye and Kuzim cut on the forehead when after being examined by the ringside physician the fight was called at 2:45 of the third round not having gone the required four rounds the WBC International Heavyweight Title remains vacant with the bout being ruled a no contest technical decision. With no talk of a rematch Kuzim leaves 11-0, 8Ko’s while Mansour stays 23-2-1, 16Ko’s.           


In the semi-main event, Orel, Russia 37-year-old, super lightweight, Eduard “The Eagle” Troyanovsky, wasted no time blasting out Asuncion, Paraguay’s, 24-year-old, Carlos “Carpi” Portillo in one round.


The 37-year-old, Troyanovsky taking the fight right to the previously unbeaten Paraguayan overwhelmed the 24-year-old Portillo catching Portillo with clean powerful shots highlighted by a big right hand flooring the out gunned “Carpi” forcing referee Leszek Jankowiak to wave it over at 2:13 of round one. Troyanovsky improves to 27-1, 24Ko’s while Portillo’s unbeaten run closes at 21-1, 16Ko’s.      

By: Coach K

November 25th, The Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York: Heading a Kathy Duva, Main Events promotion on HBO Championship Boxing, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, based former WBO/IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev ere-established himself as a force in the division picking up the vacant IBA and WBO World Light Heavyweight Titles with a second-round stoppage of Los Angeles, based Ukrainian, Vyacheslav “Lion Heart” Shabranskyy.


Rebounding from back to back losses to Andre Ward, a refocused Kovalev now under the tutelage of trainer Manny Robles returned to his Krusher” ways flooring the taller Ukrainian with a sweeping right hand about the midpoint of round one, putting “Lion Heart” on the deck for a second time in the round with a driving multi punch combination drawing a second referee Harvey Dock eight count.


Kovalev noticing the shaken Shabranskyy surviving the closing seconds of round one still obviously a bit off center went right back on the attack flooring the fading Ukrainian for a third time with a chopping right. Again, making it upright Shabranskyy allowed to continue Kovalev first attacking the body took it back upstairs battering “Lion Heart” with vicious shots forcing referee Harvey Dock to step in and put a stop to the punishment at 2:36 of round two.


Kovalev after the bout: “Its my goal to be best in the decision - last time I was stopped was a decision by the referee. Here tonight was great boxing for me and I love boxing and I want to make great fights. I'm happy that the belts have different owners and it makes everything interesting and we can make better fights.  We have a bunch of belt holes and we can now find out who is the best. I am ready for any champion - because this is very good for boxing.”


Kovalev back on track moves to 31-2-1, 27Ko’s while Shabranskyy who’s only other defeat comes to Kovalev stablemate Sullivan Barrera falls to 19-2, 16Ko’s.

In the semi-main attraction, Miami, Florida based Cuban former WBA and IBF Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa picked himself up off the canvas to score a ten-round majority decision over Puerto Rico based Jason “El Canito” Sosa.


Both fighters finding their marks in the opening two frames Gamboa recovering from a slippery third (slipped twice to the canvas in the round) would re-adjust in the fourth landing a set of clean hard combinations.


Gamboa finding the range with his right in round five got the better of it fighting through a grappling sixth round only to be tagged by a Sosa right, left combo forcing the off balanced Gamboa’s gloves to touch the canvas for a referee Ron Lipton rightfully scored knockdown early in round seven.


Following a back and forth eighth round and Sosa rocking Gamboa with a hard right in round nine, Gamboa began to move and pick his shots in the tenth and final round after losing a point for repeated holding “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” would be announced the majority decision winner when the scores were announced 95-93, 96-92, 94-94, Gamboa. The 35-year-old Robinson Castellanos replacement Gamboa moves to 28-2, 17Ko’s while Sosa coming off a ninth-round stoppage at the hands of Vasyl Lomachenko in April drops to 20-3-4, 15Ko’s.

In a the first of two co-features Miami Florida based Cuban, Sullivan Barrera traded first round knockdowns with Dominican Republic’s, Felix Valera enroute to a low blow fest ten round unanimous decision.


Barrera going down early in round one compliments of a Valera body, head left hook would get up to repay the favor bouncing the already off balanced Dominican off the ropes to the canvas with a left.


Barrera landing the bigger, cleaner shots frustrating the showboating free-swinging Dominican penalized a point for low blows in round three, six, and eight would easily be declared the 98-88, 97-90, 97-89 ten round unanimous decision winner. Barrera moves to 21-1, 14Ko’s while Valera who’s only loss coming in was to Dmitry Bivol, May 2016 falls to 15-2, 13Ko’s.


Leading the undercard Big Bear, California based Russian super welterweight Bakhram Murtazaliev remained unbeaten scoring a fifth round TKO stoppage of Apartado, Colombia’s Carlos “El Guerrero” Galvan.


The heavy handed Murtazaliev in charge from the opening sound sent Galvan to the canvas twice in round five the later a body shot forcing the referee Ricky Gonzalez to call the bout at 1:35 of round five.


In super welterweight action Brooklyn’s “Notorious” Frank Galarza ended a two-bout skid winning an ordinary eight round unanimous over Franklin Park, Illinois veteran Jaime Herrera.


The tightly contested battle, fought at close range would see Herrera battling a cut over his left eye from a punch round five, begin to fade to Galarza’s consistent body attack and a closer than scored 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 unanimous decision called for Galarza. Galarza coming off back to back losses to Jarrett Hurd and Ishe Smith improves to 18-2-2, 11Ko’s while Herrera suffering his second straight defeat drops to 15-5-1, 8Ko’s.

In a special undercard bout Coram, Long Island highly touted middleweight “Lightning” LeShawn Rodriquez remained undefeated scoring a surgical third round stoppage of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Alex Sandro Duarte.


After a feeling out opening frame, the precision punching former National Amateur Champion Rodriguez, wearing a smile as sharp as his razor jab remained patient and poised opening Duarte for crisp powerful combinations.


In round two, as if he were playing the children’s surgical game “operation” Rodriguez methodically dissected and broke down Duarte almost appearing like he were picking out organ by organganged the tough Brazilian with thudding body shots putting him on the canvas once in rounds two and three with punishing body shots the later finally forcing the always generous referee Steve Smoger to finally save the down and beaten Brazilian calling a stop to the fight at 1:48 of round three.


Post fight the Main Events prospect Rodriguez saying "It feels good always to win, but to win by knockout is better, sensational, spectacular. I felt at home. A lot of people came out to see me. This is the first time I've fought in New York since I turned pro" climbs to 8-0, 7Ko’s while Duarte falls to 13-3-1, 10Ko’s.


Oxnard, California, based Kazakhstani super middleweight Meiirim Nursultanov remained unbeaten dismantling Marietta, Georgia’s previously unbeaten Eric Moon in two rounds.


The hard hitting Kovalev sparring partner in charge from the opening sound over powered Moon banging away on the out gunned Georgian forcing referee Ricky Gonzalez to step in and call the bout at 1:54 of round two. Nursultanov with his fourth straight knockout win improves to 5-0, 4Ko’s to while Moon suffering his first defeat slips to 7-1, 6Ko’s.


In a six round super welterweight bout LA based Georgian, Enriko Gogokhia won a solid six round unanimous decision over Dominican Republic’s sturdy Jose Antonio Abreu.


The former southpaw kick boxer Gogokhia pushing the action from the start dropping Abreu in round two with a drilling left would out work and out land the taller, longer Dominican boxing and punching his way to a convincing 60-53, 59-54 times two unanimous decision win. Gogokhia improves to 7-0, 3Ko’s while Abreu 1-3 in his last four outings drops to 13-3, 8Ko’s.


Opening the HBO Championship Boxing card Bronx, New York’s, Ismael Villarreal won his pro debut in fine fashion, out classing and out pointing West Jordan, Utah’s rough and tumble Race Sawyer in a four-round middleweight affair.


The more skilled and active Villarreal had his way with the tough and determined Utahan with clean shots up and down banging his way to a one sided 40-35, 40-36 times three shut out unanimous decision. Villarreal gets rolling at 1-0 while the durable Sawyer remains winless at 0-4.

By: Alfred Zimmerman

November 25th, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany: In a battle of sleep walking giants Cologne, Germany, “Diamond Boy” Manuel Charr claimed the vacant WBA “regular” Heavyweight title with an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over Minsk, Belarus, Alexander “The Great” Ustinov.


The more active Ustinov out working Charr early opening a cut over the German’s left eye the 33-year-old frequently injured “Diamond Boy” back to jump in and out with reaching shots finally breaking through and rocking the 40-year-old fading “Great One” in round seven, going onto floor Ustinov with a cut opening left in round eight.


A suddenly revitalized Charr picked up his work rate piling on the points gliding to an unimpressive, 115-112, 115-111, 116-111 twelve round unanimous decision.


In pure WWE fashion Charr on a three-bout win streak since being stopped in five rounds by Latvian, cruiserweight Mairis Briedis in 2015 moving to 31-4, 17Ko’s is now set to face Chicago’s, 44-year-old Fres “Big O” Oquendo in a WBA mandatory defense while Ustinov fighting for just the second time since 2015 drops to 34-2, 25Ko’s.

By: Peter Falcone

November 21st, Coliseum, Saint Petersburg, Florida: In the featured attraction of a Warriors Boxing, Fire Fist Boxing promoted Premiere Boxing Champions, Toe to Toe Tuesday on FS1 event looking as if he hadn’t missed a day Saint Louis, Missouri, southpaw, former WBC/IBF Light Welterweight and IBF Welterweight Champion Devon “The Great” Alexander scored a one way ten round unanimous decision over Miami, Florida, based hard hitting Nicaraguan, Walter Castillo.


Doing his best version of the Macedonian conqueror Alexander the St. Louis star shaking off any evidence of rust from his twenty-five-month absence as if he was inspired by Aristotle himself quickly took full control of the fight from the opening sound.


Using his southpaw jab as range finder and gap control Alexander immediately establishing his punching range keeping the heavy-handed Castillo off balance sending him to the canvas with a well-timed, perfectly placed combination in round two.


The mobile precision punching former champion tightening up the defense when the free-swinging, inaccurate Nicaraguan would close the distance most times immediately responding with rapid combinations frustrating Castillo drawing a Frank Santore Jr. warning for holding and using his elbows in round four.


Dominating the first seven rounds Alexander appearing to be looking for the stoppage in round eight picked up the pace carrying the action through the final three frames answering Castillo’s call in the final round finishing well pounding his way back with a persuading 96-93, 100-89 times two unanimous decision win. Declaring he’s ready to fight anyone Alexander reboots at 27-4, 14Ko’s while Castillo winless in his last three outings falls to 26-5-1, 19Ko’s.

In the welterweight co-feature, Lake Mary, Florida’s, Miguel Cruz remained unbeaten scoring a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Washington, DC’s, once beaten David “Day Day” Grayton.


The action starting quickly with the southpaw Grayton assuming the role of aggressor leading to some solid back and forth action with the “Day Day” hurting Cruz with a wide right in round two and Cruz wasting no time repaying Grayton with a hammering right prompting the entangled pair to topple to the canvas near the close of round three.


Cruz now with a small cut near his left eye, the trading big lefts for rights would continue in rounds four and five seeing Cruz send Grayton to the deck in round six with a short-left hook.


The close combat reciprocating action would continue in round seven and eight leaving Cruz with a larger cut from an accidental clash of heads in round eight.


To the delight of the crowd neither fighter showing any quarter Cruz rocked Grayton with another short-left closing round nine quickly got up from a trip in the tenth and final round obliging Grayton’s late surge punch for punch battling through the final bell to a very entertaining hard fought 96-93 times three unanimous decision win. Cruz advances to 17-0, 11Ko’s as Grayton coming off a technical draw to former IBF Welterweight Champion Kermit “Killer” Cintron in March drops to 15-2-1, 11Ko’s.         

By: Ian Webb

November 18th, The SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland: In the main attraction of a Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotion Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines, Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas forcefully retained his IBF World Super Flyweight Title scoring a sixth-round stoppage of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jamie “The Mexican” Conlan.


In what may be described as a paranormal first round with Conlan mysteriously hitting the deck absent an apparent punch the from the southpaw champion Ancajas focused on a concentrated body attack would continue to press the action leaving Conlan cut over the left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round two.


Staying to the unbeaten Irishman’s body in round three “Pretty Boy” would back “The Mexican” to the corner with bilateral body shots putting him on the canvas for the second time with a drilling left hand to the mid-section.


Staying to Conan’s body in round four ripping lefts and rights to the softening Irishman Conlan would hit the canvas for a third-time compliments of a Ancajas drilling left.


Uninhibited by a point deduction in round five the champion continuing to tear up the high guarded Conlan’s body in round six Ancajas sending the thoroughly beaten to the canvas for a fourth time with a right hook high on the head referee Steve Gray would rightfully step in and immediately wave the bout over at 0:52 of round six. With the third defense of his IBF strap Ancajas advances to 28-1-1, 19Ko’s while the previously undefeated Conlan the 31-year older brother of Michael Conlan slips to 19-1, 11Ko’s.

In what may be the quickest title defense in history Eastern Cape, South Africa’s, Zolani “Last Born” Tete retained his WBO World Bantamweight Title with a devastating single punch first round knockout of KwaZulu-Natal’s, Siboniso Gonya.


The champion Tete a southpaw quickly meeting fellow South African Gonya in the center of the ring “teed off” with a lead right hook dropping Gonya cold to the canvas where referee Phil Edwards immediately waved the fight over eleven second into round one. Tete improves to 26-3, 21Ko’s while Gonya suffering just his second defeat slips to 11-2, 5Ko’s.     


Until Saturday the shortest world title fight was August 7th, 1993 Gerald McClellan knocked out Jay Bell in 20 seconds of a WBC World Middleweight bout Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon Puerto Rico.


March 19th, 1996, Jeremy Williams stopped Arthur Weathers  at Spruce Goose Dome, Long Beach in 10 seconds.  March 18th, 1997, Jimmy Thunder Ko’ed Crawford Grimsley in 13 seconds at IMA Sports Arena, Flint, Michigan but both were non-title fights.

In a special featherweight attraction Belfast, Northern Ireland, former IBF/WBA Super Bantamweight and WBA Featherweight Champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton won an unexpected hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Guadalajara, Mexico’s, underestimated Horacio “Violento” Garcia.


Ten months after losing his title to Leo Santa Cruz last January Frampton fighting for the first time under new trainer Jamie Moore it appeared the sharp punching “Jackal” was primed for a Santa Cruz rematch.


Continuing his pin-point punching in rounds two and three the tough as nails Mexican would continue push on beginning to out work the former champion in round four.


Never straying too far from his zeroed in left hook to the body Garcia closing the distance began to get the brawl he wanted forcing Frampton to trade an occurrence repeated to the final sound after which Frampton was announced a closer than scored 98-93, 97-93, 96-93 unanimous decision winner. Frampton back in the win column improves to 24-1, 14Ko’s while the rugged Garcia 3-3 in his last six falls to 33-4-1, 24Ko’s.      

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Paddy “The Leprechaun” Barnes claimed the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight Title scoring a liver crunching sixth round knockout of Managua, Nicaragua’s, Eliecer “Huracan” Quezada.


The fully energized Barnes flooring the late replacement southpaw with a cracking right hand just before the close of round two would continued to force the action putting an asterisk on his best performance to date with a head, then body liver crunching body shot putting an incapacitated Quezada on a knee forcing referee Steve Gray to immediately wave the over-extended round and fight over at 3:06 of round six. With his first win by stoppage, Barnes climbs to 5-0, 1Ko while the more experienced Quezada having run into “Huracan" Barnes drops to 21-7-3, 8Ko’s.

By: Rick Rivers

November 18th, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the main feature of a Premier Boxing Champions card on Bounce TV, Philadelphia, super welterweight Julian “J Rock” Williams won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Las Vegas, former IBF Light Middleweight Champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith.


The quicker, 27-year-old Williams a starting well behind an accurate jab building to clean combinations controlled the early action scared by a cut over Smith’s left eye the result of an accidental clash of heads in round two.


In the middle rounds possibly feeling the fight begin to slip away the gritty 39-year-old veteran Smith battling the eye and Williams precise punching picked up the pace only to see Williams respond in kind landing the bigger, heavier shots.


The action tightening down the stretch seeing William’s still holding an edge landing the sharper shots Smith would suffer another setback in the way of a second cut near the left eye also a result of an accidental clash of heads.


Both fighters would lay it all out in the tenth and final round only to be interrupted by a third clash of heads thwarting Smith’s too little, too late rally leaving the former short on the judge’s scorecards which were announced a bit too wide 99-91, 98-92, 97-93 all for Williams.


Eager for a Charlo rematch, Williams securing his second victory since being stopped in five rounds by Jermall Charlo, December 2016 moves to 24-1-1, 15Ko’s while Mayweather Promotions stalwart Smith 4-4 in his last eight outings drops to 29-9, 12Ko’s.


In the co-feature, Buffalo, New York, light heavyweight, Lionell “B” Thompson recorded a dominant, one way ten round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, New York’s, previously unbeaten Earl Newman.


Thompson pressing the action from the opening bell took the fight to Newman gaining momentum scoring a referee Robert Byrd ruled knockdown driving Newman into the ropes in round three.


Picking up where he left off Thompson landing big shots would send his Brooklyn foe to the canvas without dispute just before the bell closing round four.


Newman making it upright and out of the round would appear to regroup only to be hurt in each of the remaining rounds surviving to rally in the ninth and tenth rounds as Thompson coasted to a well-deserved 96-92, 97-91 times two unanimous decision loss. Banking his third straight win since dropping a split decision to Toledo, Ohio’s, Paul “Pay Per View” Parker, February 2016 Thompson improves to 19-4, 11Ko’s while Newman swallowing his first taste of defeat dips to 10-1-1, 7Ko’s.


Heading the undercard Carson, California, based Mongolian, featherweight Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar picked himself up off the canvas to win a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Miami, Florida, based previously undefeated Filipino, Harmonito “Hammer” Dela Torre.


The power punching Nyambayar starting well would soon realize the consequences of his big step up in opposition visiting the canvas in round two compliments of a “Hammer” left hook.


Following a stalemate third round a rejuvenated “King Tug” returned to his heavy-handed ways putting his shots together opening a cut over Dela Torre’s right eye in round five.


Nyambayar continuing to press the action and land solid, heavy punches to both the head and body even dislodging Dela Torre’s mouthpiece in round seven pushed on pounding his way to a 79-73, 78-73 times two eight round unanimous decision. twice, all for “King Tug”. Nyambayar surviving a minor scare and forced to go the distance for the first-time advances to 9-0, 8Ko’s while Del Torre suffering his first loss slides to 19-1, 12Ko’s


In a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout Las Vegas, veteran Lanell Bellows returned to victory lane scoring a seventh round TKO stoppage of Chiapas, Mexico made to order Brazilian, Fabiano “Pit Bull” Pena. Bellows moves to 17-3-1, 9Ko’s while Pena stopped by a who’s who list including Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Trevor McCumby, Ahmed Elbiali, Joe Smith Jr, Jose Uzcategui, Tureano Johnson, Vaughn Alexander, Blake Caparello and now bellows sinks to 15-10-1, 11Ko’s.


Houston, Texas, super lightweight, Darwin Price remained unbeaten scoring a 60-54 times three six round shutout of McAllen, Texas, “Hitman” Angel Hernandez. Price improves to 13-0, 6Ko’s while Hernandez drops to 13-9-2, 8Ko’s.

By: Ben Calgry

November 17th, Dort Federal Event Center, Flint, Michigan: In the main event of a TGB, Dmitriy Salita co-promotion Flint Michigan, former WBC Super Middleweight Champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell won a six round technical decision over Marlboro, New Jersey, “Momma’s Boy” Denis Douglin.


The more technically sound Dirrell coming in off a 10-month layoff with just three victories between him and a 2015 WBC World Super Middleweight Title losing majority decision to Badou Jack the former champion made it clear from the opening sound “The Dog” still had more bite rocking “Momma’s Boy” with a drilling right in round one.


The southpaw Douglin frustrated by Dirrell’s right all night long, ultimately losing a point in round six for pushing “The Dog” down would see his growing failures come to a sudden resolve when later in the round Dirrell suffering a severe cut over the left eye from an accidental headbutt referee Frank Garza would send the fight to the judges and the scores were announced 49-46, 48-47 twice for “The Dog.” At 33 years old, Dirrell moves to 31-1-1, 24Ko’s while Douglin suffering back to back losses falls to 20-6, 13Ko’s.       

In the semi-main event Cincinnati, Ohio, welterweight, Jamontay “The Quiet Assassin” Clark won a closely contested eight round majority decision over Sterling Heights, Michigan, Domonique “3D” Dolton.


The taller longer Clark controlling the spacing early with his southpaw jab but would see the determined Dolton continue to pressure at times leaping in with reaching shots leading to a fourth round cut over Clark's right eye from an accidental clash of heads.


Dolton, appearing inspired by the cut pushed the pace and pressure but still unable to consistently and effectively close the space with Clark firmly sticking to his early established fight plan battled on holding off the aggressive but mostly ineffective Michigander for a 78-74, 77-75, 76-76 majority decision win. Clark improves to 13-0, 7Ko’s while Dolton 2-2 in his last four drops to 19-2-1, 10Ko’s.

In a special super lightweight attraction Houston, Texas, 25-year-old “Cowboy” Ryan Karl worked his way to a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Washington, DC’s, Kareem Martin.


Appearing stuck in the stall the “Cowboy” Karl off to a slow start showing his grain took the best Martin had to offer early settling down behind a consistent jab in the middle rounds mixing his power shots to the body and head taking full advantage of the accessible and defensively vulnerable or “catch as catch can” Martin, hurting the 22-year-old in the eighth and final round only to be forced to settle for a 77-75, 78-74 times two unanimous decision win. Karl’s only defeat a February ninth round retirement at the hands of Aurora, Illinois Eddie Ramirez improves to 15-1, 9Ko’s while Martin 1-2 in his last three falls to 9-2-1, 3Ko’s.

By: Joe Martin

November 11th, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York: In the featured attraction a Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing USA debut event, co-promoted by Joe Deguardia’s, Star Boxing and Dmitriy Salita Promotions broadcast LIVE on Showtime Championship Boxing having already backed up his toughest win beating osteosarcoma with a controversial unanimous decision loss to KO monster Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in March, Brownsville, Brooklyn’s former WBA Middleweight Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs scored a one sided twelve round unanimous decision over Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s, previously unbeaten trash talker, Luis “Cuba” Arias.


Just eight months out from his loss to Golovkin, the confident 30-year-old cancer survivor quickly demonstrating his ring superiority outfoxed, out boxed, out punched and frustrated Arias all night long.


Arias early aggression met by Jacobs precision lead and heavy counter punching slowly took away “Cuba’s” hardline offensive attack limiting his usual volume punching repertoire to intermittent reaching or wild single shots usually followed by variety holds and grappling.


Jacob’s dominating the action backing up Arias in the second half would fall short of stopping the pre-fight trash talking Cuban who surviving an eleventh-round knockdown was able to maneuver his way to the final bell only to face the stark reality of his major step up in class officially reflected by the wide judges scores which were announced 118-109, 120-107, 119-108 all for Jacobs.


Now promoted by Eddie Hearn, eyeing a rematch with Golovkin, a showdown with Canelo or facing the winner of the David Lemieux / Billy Joe Saunders WBO World Middleweight Title fight in December, the “Miracle Man” improves to 33-2, 29Ko’s while Arias subjected to his first defeat slips to 18-1, 9Ko’s.


In the scheduled twelve round heavyweight co-feature Brooklyn’s “Big Baby” Jarrell Miller moved one step closer to a shot at the division leaders scoring a ninth-round stoppage of Krakow, Poland’s Mariusz “The Viking” Wach.          


The heavier but quicker Miller (283lbs) out working and out landing the Wach with rapid jabs and vicious uppercuts exploited the laboring 6’7” “Viking" appearing hindered by a possible fractured right hand, yielding to Millers building attack would see the fight called to a stop by referee David Fields on the advice of the ringside doctor at 1:02 of round nine.


Miller looking for a trip to the UK to meet Anthony Joshua moves to 20-0-1, 18Ko’s while the 37-year-old Wach having seen better times drops to 33-3, 17Ko’s.


In a special welterweight attraction Shirley, Long Island’s Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin destructively broke out of the club scene with a third round TKO stoppage of once beaten Mexican veteran Roberto “Massa” Ortiz.


The sports late comer Seldin coming off a ten round unanimous decision over tough Frenchman Renald Garrido in September welcoming the step to the big stage in the HBO opener went right to work powerfully forcing his will and rough and tumble style flooring the thirty-eight-bout veteran with a “Hammering” right hand just seconds into round one.


Surviving his knee buckling knockdown in round one battle tested Ortiz finding himself on the business end of Seldin’s powerful punches now cut on the nose and over the left eye in round two would somehow answer the bell for round three when in a futile attempt to battle back into the fight stepped into the left elbow of Seldin’s cross armed defense subsequently taking a knee the fight was stopped on the advice if the ringside physician at 2:43 of round three. Seldin advances to 21-0, 17Ko’s Knocked out for just the second time (first time Lucas Matthysse Sept. 2014) drops to 35-2-2, 26Ko’s


On the undercard:

Fort Worth, Texas southpaw, super bantamweight Jesse Angel Hernandez scored a tilted eight round unanimous decision over Baltimore, Maryland’s Glenn Dezurn.


The taller, longer, Hernandez using his superior skills and physicality kept the game and determined Baltimorean on the end of his punches firing his way to a solid 79-73, 78-74, 77-75 eight round points win. Hernandez stopping previously unbeatens in back to back fights moves to 10-1, 7Ko’s while

Dezurn receiving his first taste of defeat drops to 9-1-1, 6Ko’s.


In a scheduled six round pairing Brooklyn, New York based Uzbekistan welterweight, Shohjahon Ergashev held onto his perfect record scoring a second round TKO stoppage of Waco, Texas, opponent, Marquis Hawthorne. With his fourth KO win of 2017 Ergashev stays perfect at 10-0, 10Ko’s while Hawthorne1-6 in his last seven dives to 5-8, 1Ko.


In a six-round welterweight action Farmingdale, Long Island’s crafty 37-year-old, Tommy “Razor” Rainone maneuvered his way to a 59-55 Sosa, 57-57 times six round draw with Passaic, New Jersey’s, George “El Terrible” Sosa. Rainone 26-8-2, 6Ko’s shifts to while Sosa moves to 15-10-1, 15Ko’s.          


In a scheduled six round Essex, United Kingdom welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn, the 21-year-old son of former WBO Middleweight and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Nigel Benn made his US debut in fine fashion stopping San Felipe, Mexico’s, Brandon “Bam” Sanudo with a vicious body shot at 1:00 of round two. With his sixth straight KO win and fifth of 2017 Benn climbs to 10-0, 8Ko’s while Sanudo 1-4 in his last five evens out at 7-7, 4Ko’s.


In a scheduled six round bout Staten Island, based Kazakhstani lightweight, Dimash “Lightning” Niyazov held on to his unbeaten slate beating up, knocking down and stopping Lawrence, Massachusetts, overmatched Agustine “Ruthless” Mauras with a crisp combination prompting referee Tony Chiarantano to stop the bout at 2:55 of round five. The 28-year-old Niyazov moves to 13-0-3, 6Ko’s while Mauras now winless in his last six sinks to 6-4-3, 3Ko’s.


Elmont, Long Island, welterweight, Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James floored Highland, New York, journeyman, Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre in round three enroute to a lopsided 60-53 times three six round unanimous decision win. James remains unbeaten at 6-0, 3Ko’s while the combat weary Sostre on a six-bout skid drops to 13-15-1, 5Ko’s.     

By: David Colon

November 11th, Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California: In the main event of a Top Rank on ESPN’s “Fight for Water” event Avenal, California, Jose Carlos Ramirez held onto to his WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Title recording a demonstrative second round stoppage of Waldorf, Maryland’s, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed.


The farmer turned fighter Ramirez, a 2012 US Olympian fighting to bring “water to the farmers” in control from the start began as if he was drilling for water himself.  


In round two the 25-year-old Ramirez overwhelmed Reed the previously unbeaten Marylander putting him on the canvas with a series of punishing blows to the body and head.


Reed would beat the count only to be met by a follow-up barrage of unanswered grueling power shots forcing referee Jack Reiss to wave it over at 1:43 of round two. Ramirez climbs to 21-0, 16Ko’s while reed suffering his first loss dips to 23-1, 12Ko’s.


In the twelve round semi-main event Montreal, Quebec based Russian, Artur Beterbiev claimed the vacant IBF World Light Heavyweight Title with a last round TKO stoppage of Berlin, Germany’s, once beaten Enrico Koelling.


The power punching Beterbiev back in action after months of managerial and promotional problems pressed forward disregarding the light punching mostly defensive German finally stepping on the gas in the championship rounds flooring the 27-year-old German twice in round twelve forcing referee Lou Moret to step in and immediately wave it over at 2:33 of round twelve. The scores at the time of the stoppage had Beterbiev in complete command with all three judges seeing it of 110-99 for the Russian. Beterbiev remains perfect at 12-0, 12ko’s while Koelling suffering just his second defeat slips to 23-2, 6Ko’s.


In other action:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, super lightweight, Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo remained unbeaten scoring a brutal third round knockout of Concordia, Argentina, southpaw, Gustavo “El Peritto” Vittori.


The Abel Sanchez trained Saucedo met by the determined Vittori in the two opening frames cut around the right eye from accidental headbutt in round two would break through in round three exploding with some heavy combination punching sending “El Peritto” to the canvas three times the later forcing referee Marcos Rosales to wave the fight over without a count at 1:16 of round three.

Saucedo improves to 26-0, 16Ko’s while Vittori unbeaten since 2013 falls to 20-3-1, 11Ko’s.


In a ten-round welterweight pairing Albany, New York, “Young Master” Amir Imam beat down Holland, Michigan’s, Johnny Garcia for most of the opening three frames, putting the out gunned Michiganian on the canvas in round four convincing Garcia to remain seated for the bell sounding round five. Imam now in line for a possible showdown with Ramirez improves to improving to 21-1, 18Ko’s while the path paving Garcia winless in his last six falls to 19-6-1, 11Ko’s.


In a scheduled eight round welterweight bout Russian, welterweight Alexander Besputin has his way with Tijuana, Mexico, Juan “El Nino” Ruiz putting the previously unbeaten Mexican on wobbly legs in round seven forcing referee Gerard White to call it done at 2:51 of round seven. Besputin moves to 21-0, 13Ko’s while Ruiz in the loss column for the first time falls to 7-1, 5Ko’s.


Oxnard, California, based power punching Russian, welterweight Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev responding to a cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads brought his scheduled eighth rounder to an abbreviated end hurting Saint Petersburg, Florida’s, Clarence Booth early and often forcing the referee to stop the pounding with Booth standing near the close of round four. Dadashev improves to 9-0, 8Ko’s while the on again off again Booth 3-3 in his last six drops to 15-4, 8Ko’s.


San Jose, California, lightweight, Andy “The Shark” Vences remained unbeaten blasting out Torreon, Mexico, journeyman, Jairo “Peligroso” Ochoa in the second round of their scheduled eight rounder. Vences improves to 20-0, 12Ko’s while Ochoa 1-4 in his last four bouts drops to 18-13, 9Ko’s.


Hemet, California, 23-year-old featherweight, Fernando “Chuckito” Fuentes put Montreal, Quebec, based Russian, Vislan Dalkhaev down in round four enroute to a 60-53, 59-54, 58-55 six round unanimous decision win. Fuentes unbeaten I his last seven builds to 15-7-1, 4Ko’s while Dalkhaev dropping his first pro bout slips to 9-1, 2Ko’s                             


In the upset of the night El Paso, Texas, super middleweight Evan Torres battling a cut over his right eye won a 37-39, Madera 39-37 times two Torres four round split decision over Fresno, California’s previously unbeaten Quilisto “Quilo the Kid” Madera. Torres moves to 7-5, 4Ko’s while Madera slips to 7-1, 4Ko’s.


Madera, California, 19-year-old, lightweight, Bryan Lua banked his second pro victory a 40-35 times three shutout of LA’s, pro-debuting Eric Rodriguez. Lua moves to 2-0 while Rodriguez in search of his first pro win starts out 0-1.      

By: Alfred Zimmerman

November 11th, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, UK: In the WBO World Super Welterweight Title eliminator headline bout of a Frank Warren Queensberry Promotion, Liverpool, former WBO Light Middleweight Champion, Liam “Beefy” Smith squeezed out an immediate twelve round majority decision rematch win over Clydach Vale, Wales, Liam Williams.


Coming in off their April meeting in which both fighters were cut and Smith being declared the points winner when the bout stopped in the ninth round with Williams being severely cut over his right eye the familiar fighters would pick up where they left off this time without the blood.


Playing it close to the chest the bout started slowly when the pair began to open it up leading to some solid exchanges with Williams showing a small surge appearing to rock Smith in round five.


The tentative action would continue with Smith beginning to open the space boxing his way to championship rounds only to see Williams close the gap leading to some solid two-way action in round ten after which he would be met head on by Smith closing well landing the sharper punches holding on to walk away with a closely contested 117-111, 116-112, 114-114 twelve round majority decision win. Smith in line to face the winner of the Miguel Cotto / Sadam Ali WBO World Super Welterweight Title bout in December improves to 26-1-1, 14Ko’s while Williams suffering just his second loss dips to 16-2, 11Ko’s.

By: Ian Webb

November 11th, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland: Heading a Blain McGuigan, Cyclone Promotions event Prestonpans, Scotland's, Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor retained his WBC Silver Super Lightweight Title with a ninth-round knockout of Guadalajara, Mexico’s, former IBF Lightweight Champion, Miguel “Puppet” Vazquez.


An obviously confident Taylor entering off KO wins over Warren Joubert and Ohara Davies the quicker Scot cut the counter waiting Vasquez in round two only to get a remodel of his own from a clash of heads closing the round.


Round three seeing some good two-way action Taylor’s shoulder roll defense targeting Taylors left eye.


The trading would continue through the middle rounds with Taylor swapping his body for “The Puppets” head landing the cleaner sharper punches.


Rounds seven and eight both fighters making their stand the quicker, combination punching “Tornado’s” pace would begin to show its reward finding his distance winning the inside fighting never straying too far from the body opening up in round nine punishing Vasquez with both hands closing the show landing big southpaw right hooks to the body and left hands over and under putting Vasquez on a knee where referee Victor Loughlin counted him out at 2:30 of round nine.


Taylor improves to 11-0, 10Ko’s while Vazquez who’s only defeats come to Canelo Alvarez (2) , Timothy Bradley Jr, Mickey Bey and Argenis Mendez falls to 39-6, 15Ko’s.

By: Nick Cowels

November 10th, Masonic Temple & Performing Arts Center, Cleveland, Ohio: In the main event of a DiBella Entertainment card broadcast LIVE on Showtime Cleveland, Ohio’s, Yuandale “Money Shot” Evans claimed the vacant WBC Continental Americas Featherweight Title winning a thrilling, hard fought, closely contested toe to toe, ten round split decision over New Haven, Connecticut, Luis “KO King” Rosa.


The action competitive from the opening sound saw the aggressor Rosa closing the space pressuring Evans taking away the southpaw’s jab. The back and forth opening round action, a slice of what was to come, would see Rosa end the round backing Evans to the corner for solid combination.


In round two Evans finding his range landing clean left hands off the jab would again come to a close with the pressing Rosa looking to steal a round back Evans to the corner for a short volley of shots.


The third round following the previous frames pattern would see Evans start well controlling the distance with the late surging Rosa pushing in the second half of the round this time running into a solid Evans combination.


Round four would see the hometown Evans putting his punches together while Rosa targeting the body continuing to pushed ahead ending the frame with a crowd-pleasing exchange of leather.


The middle rounds Evans staying with an active jab punctuated by an occasional left would continue with Rosa pressing the action with his straight head attack backing Evans to the ropes.


Following a respite seventh round for Rosa it would be Evans pushing the action in round eight backing the “KO King” to the ropes only to be caught with a winging right. The back and forth tempo would continue with Evans weathering and answering Rosa’s assault well again responding in kind as both fighter emptied their tanks closing the round.


Round nine would see Rosa staying true to his pressure attack with Evan’s looking for his “Money Shot” countering as the two fatiguing fighters melt into some chaotic action drawing the attention of referee Shawn Clark.


The tenth and final round would bring us back to where we started in round one. Evans coming out quick with his jab and Rosa staying with his head first attack the two meeting in the middle for some free swinging two-way exchanges and Rosa pushing Evans to the canvas. The hometown fighter Evans appearing enraged by the push went right back to the fight with the final bell interrupting the melee for a set of split scores with judges Pat Casey 96-94 and Larry Hazzard Jr. 97-93 scoring it for Evans while judge Phil Rogers called it 96-94 for the visiting Rosa. Evans improves to 20-1, 14Ko’s while Rosa not for lack of effort, suffering his first loss slips to 23-1, 11Ko’s.


In a meeting of unbeaten welterweights Brooklyn, New York based Russian welterweight Radzhab “The Python” Butaev boxed his way to an eight round unanimous decision over Cartagena, Colombia’s heavy handed Janer Gonzalez.


The more skilled and craftier Butaev holding on to survive a fifth-round scare out worked the heavier handed Columbian most rounds, land the cleaner sharper punches out pointin the Ruben Guerrero trained counter puncher to a generic 80-72, 77-75, 79-73 unanimous decision win. Butaev improves to 8-0, 6Ko’s while Gonzalez enduring his first defeat dips to 19-1-1, 15Ko’s.


In a special eight round meeting of unbeaten heavyweights Papakura, New Zealand’s Junior Fa remained unbeaten stopping Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Fred “Too Slick” Latham in round one.


Fa working off a solid 1-2, catching the shorter Latham clean with a heavy left hook, quickly following up with a heavy unanswered volley of punches forcing referee Clifford Pinkney to step in and stop the bout at 1:07 of round one. Fa improves to 13-0, 8Ko’s while the not slick enough Latham falls to 9-1-2, 5Ko’s.


In other action: Cleveland, Ohio super welterweight Charles Conwell put Culpepper, Virginia’s Roque Zapata on the canvas three times enroute to a one sided six round unanimous decision.  


The 20-year-old Conwell making the sixth start in his debut year put the out gunned Zapata on the deck twice in round three, the first time coming from an under over double left hook and again with an up lifting right. Conwell dominating the action sending the durable Panamanian to the canvas for a third time with a body shot again in round five the cut-up Zapata in full survival mode hanging on until to the final bell Conwell forced to go the distance for the first time was announced the 60-53, 60-51 times two unanimous decision winner. Conwell improves to 6-0, 5ko’s while Zapata’s three bout win streak ends at 4-2-3.


In a six-round middleweight affair Cleveland, Willie “The Great” Nelson ended a seventeen-month hiatus storming and disposing of Mount Clemens, Michigan’s Alexis “Hurricane” Hloros. Nelson going right to work behind an accurate jab put Hloros on a knee early storming “Hurricane with a heavy right repeating the feat quickly sending him to a knee for the third time with a driving uppercut forcing the referee to call it over at 2:46 of round one. Back on track, Nelson who’s only defeats come to Vincent Arroyo, 2014 US Olympian, Vanes Martirosyan and former Super Welterweight Champion Demetrius Andrade moves to 26-3-1, 16Ko’s while Hloros stopped in back to back bouts falls to 18-7-2, 12Ko’s.


In a scheduled six round super middleweight bout Cleveland, Ohio 21-year-old Isaiah Steen continued to impress taking apart Quito, Ecuador’s Eduardo “El Cheíto” Flores in three. Steen in charge from sound one, targeting Flores body softened the plodding veteran causing him to dislodge his mouthpiece in round three subsequently sending him to the canvas with stern follow up attack forcing the referee to wave it over at 1:43 of round three. Steen improves to 10-0, 8Ko’s while Flores 1-5 in his last six descends to 26-28-3, 15Ko’s.


Cincinnati, Ohio, Senegalese welterweight Boubacar Sylla continued his destructive ways stopping Brooklyn, New York, “Baby Faced Assassin” Marlon Brown in four.


Starting quickly Sylla sending Brown to the canvas in round one cut up and beat down the previously unbeaten Brown prompting his corner they had seen enough putting an end to the contest before the bell sound for round five. Sylla moves to 9-0, 8Ko’s while Brown in his first bout against a fighter with a winning record drops to 7-1, 2Ko’s.


In a four-round matching of Ohio super welterweights Cleveland’s Fred “Dynomite” Wilson Jr. picked himself up from a last round knockdown to hold for a 39-37, 38-37, 37-38 split decision over Whitehall, Ohio’s, Cory Dulaney. Wilson remains unbeaten at 6-0, 2Ko’s while Delaney winless in his last three outings sinks to 5-6-1, 1Ko.


In a four-round preliminary battle of Ohio heavyweights Cleveland’s Alante Green decked Cincinnati’s Antwaun Taylor twice in round one forcing the referee to put a stop to the bout at 1:12 of round one. Green moves to 2-0-1, 1Ko ending Taylor’s three bout victory run at 4-6, 1Ko.

By: Alfred Zimmerman

November 4th, Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo: In the main attraction of a Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing event Russian, Dmitry Bivol remained unbeaten claiming the WBA World Light Heavyweight Title with a crushing first round knockout of Slacks Creek, Queensland, Australia, Trent Broadhurst.


Bivol the aggressor from the start controlling the real estate and tempo took control of the fight working a probing jab and quick counter combination backing the tentative Brit to the ropes for a well-timed at the bell right hand counter catching Broadhurst on the button flipping the switch putting him to sleep forcing referee Howard John Foster to immediately wave the fight over at 3:00 of round one. Bivol advances to 12-0, 10Ko’s while Broadhurst unbeaten in his previous eleven slips to 20-2, 12Ko’s.


In the co-feature Essen, Germany's, Agit Kabayel retained his EBU (European) Heavyweight Title scoring a hard-fought majority decision over Finchley, London, “Del Boy” Dereck Chisora.


The taller, longer former professional kickboxer, former professional kickboxer Kabayel frustrated the pressing “Del Boy” working behind a mobile jab, adding accurate right hands and angled punches from underneath neutralizing the heavier punching Londoner, holding off his too little, too late closing effort and grab a closely scored 115-113, 115-114, 114-114 majority decision win. Kabayel improves to 17-0, 12Ko’s while the on again off again Chisora 2-3 in his last five falls to 27-8, 19Ko’s.     


In other action:

Doncaster, Yorkshire’s, Jamie McDonnell retained his WBA Bantamweight Title with a rematch no decision against Maracay, Venezuela’s, Liborio Solis.


Coming off a twelve round immediate unanimous decision over Solis last November the tightly contested battled was called to a close in round three after the champion suffering a severe cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads referee Luis Pabon on advice of the ringside doctor declared McDonnell unable to continue at 2:45 of the round by rule having not completed four rounds the bout was officially scored a no decision. McDonnell stays put at 29-2-1, 13Ko’s as Solis remains 25-5-1, 11Ko’s.       


In a WBA World Featherweight Title Eliminator Bury, Lancashire, UK Freddie roach trained featherweight Scott Quigg scored a sixth-round stoppage of Soledar, Ukraine’s, Oleg “Doctor” Yefimovych.


The talented once beaten Quigg seemingly undeterred by Yefimovych's power pushed the action quickly finding a home for his hook punished the game but out gunned Ukrainian pounding away on the switch hitting Yefimovych until referee Luis Pabon had seen enough calling the bout over ending the punishment at 0:50 of round six. Quigg with his sights set on a rematch with Carl Frampton moves to 34-1-2, 25Ko’s while Yefimovych stopped for the first time falls to 29-3-1, 16Ko’s.


In a four-round welterweight prelim Brighton, Sussex, Harlem Eubank, the 23-year-old cousin of Chris Eubank Jr. battled to a 39-37, 39-38, 37-39 split decision over Blagnac, France’s, Aboubeker Bechelaghem. Eubank climbs to 3-0, 1Ko while the light-handed journeyman Bechelaghem falls to 12-9-1.


In six round middleweight skirmish Marseille, France’s Diego Natchoo battled Bagheria, Italy’s, Ignazio Crivello to an evenly contested 58-57 57-57 times two majority draw. Natchoo moves to 12-1-4, 3Ko’s while Crivello winless in his last four falls to 2-5-1.


Beziers, France super lightweight Bastien Ballesta remained unbeaten, outclassing and out boxing Budapest, Hungary’s, over matched Pal Olah to a 59-55, 60-54 times two unanimous decision win. Ballesta moves to 13-0-1, 1Ko while Olah 1-8 in his last nine dives to 7-13-1, 5Ko’s.      

By: Joe Martin

November 4th, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the main event of a DiBella Entertainment, Tom Brown TGB Promotions Showtime Championship Boxing card Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder retained his, WBC Heavyweight World title scoring a free swinging first round stoppage over Las Vegas, stale former champion Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne.


Wilder coming off a February fifth round TKO of Gerald Washington after having had his schedule showdown with unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz squashed following a failed pre-fight drug test and the WBC somehow appointing the two-year inactive Stiverne as Wilder’s mandatory the 6’7” champion promising to retire if he didn’t beat Stiverne the brash 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal winner peppered the soft appearing former champion early with a long jab.


Wilder taking advantage of his totally defensive challenger quickly vented seating the 6’2” Stiverne on the canvas for the first time with a glove splitting straight right hand. Stiverne making it upright again absent any authentic offensive response would visiting the canvas for a second-time compliments of a looping “Bronze Bomber” right. Again, making it vertical this time complaining of a punch behind the head Stiverne offering no real resistance would be driven to the ropes and then to the canvas for a third time by a wild free swinging heavy Wilder combination allowing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. with the prompting of the Stiverne’s corner to step in and end the bout at 2:59 of round one. Wilder calling out unbeaten IBF/IBO and WBA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua improves to 39-0, 38Ko’s while the one fight in nearly three-year WBC Mandatory” Stiverne cashes out at 25-3-1, 21Ko’s.                            

In the semi-main event, Las Vegas, former IBF Welterweight Champion, Shawn “Showtime” Porter claimed the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Title with a hard-fought bell to bell twelve round unanimous decision over Cicero, Illinois, relentless Adrian “Tigre” Granados.


The close quarter action starting fast and furious would see both fighters going for broke with the two well-conditioned fighters putting it all on display with Porter gaining an edge backing Granados to the ropes in round three.


Granados would remain aggressive but it would be the more accurate heavier punching Porter switching sharp leads for heavy counters backing Granados to the ropes for some heavy combinations that would stand out with Porter appearing to hurt his left hand coming out of the middle rounds.


Granados staying aggressive seemingly sensing Porter tiring or in some type of distress fought through some referee Gary Rosato pushing to close hard winning rounds eleven and twelve only to fall short on the judge’s cards when the scores were announced a bit too wide 117-111 times three for Porter.  Porter looking to beat Errol Spence to WBC Champion Keith “One time” Thurman improves to 28-2-1, 17Ko’s while the always competitive Granados coming off a contentious split decision loss to Adrien Broner falls to 18-6-2, 12Ko’s.


On the undercard:

Eastvale, California, 6’7” Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale stayed in the heavyweight mix scoring an eighth-round stoppage of Weslaco, Texas, Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina.


Following the early feeling out process the former US Olympian Breazeale getting comfortable behind an accurate and busy jab took control of the center of the ring moving around the mostly stationary “Drummer” from corner to corner opening the door for an eighth-round looping right dropping the fading Texan for an eight-count convincing him to remain seated for the bell sounding round nine.


Beverly Hills, California, based Kazakhstani, Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets to home the vacant IBF World Super Lightweight title with an unpopular twelve round unanimous decision over Tokyo, Japan, Akihiro Kondo.


The early two-way action would see 28-year-old Lipinets landing the cleaner sharper shots bloodying Kondo’s nose in round three but champion battling a cut to his forehead from an accidental clash of heads in round six would stay tough battling the blood and Kondo’s late surge boxing his way to a much too wide 118-11, 117-111 times two unanimous decision win Lipinets improves to 13-0, 10Ko’s ending Kondo’s eight bout win streak at 29-7-1, 16Ko’s.


In a scheduled ten round non-title fight Brooklyn, New York, WBO World Female Super Bantamweight Titlist, Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano hurting Dominican Republic’s, Marilyn “La Cachorrita” Hernandez to the body early bounced her Dominican foe off the deck three times in round one forcing referee Johnny Callas to put a stop to the punishment at 2:38 of round one. Serrano improves to 34-1-1, 26Ko’s while Hernandez drops to 26-11, 17Ko’s.


In a highly anticipated battle of unbeaten New York featherweight’s Brooklyn’s, Chris Colbert held onto his zero scoring an eight round unanimous decision over Elmont, Long Island’s, Titus Williams.


The quicker, flashier, more mobile Colbert flooring Williams with a solid straight right in round four opened up the space picking his spots boxing his way to a 78-73, 79-72 times two unanimous decision win. Colbert advances to 7-0, 2Ko’s while Williams suffering his first loss falls 7-1, 2Ko’s.


In an eight-round heavyweight bout Saint Petersburg, Florida, based Jamaican southpaw, Lenroy Thomas out pointed Saint Louis, Missouri’s, ready to rumble Ed Fountain to a gamely contested 77-74, 76-75 times two unanimous decision win. Thomas set to face Conisbrough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom’s “White Rhino” David Allen December 17th in the UK improves to 22-4, 10Ko’s while Fountain 2-3 in his last five falls to 12-3, 5Ko’s.


In a scheduled six round heavyweight session, 23-year-old, Houston, Texas, based Nigerian, Efe Ajagba out classed Modesto, California’s Rodney Hernandez pounding on the 28-year-old journeyman for most of the first four rounds forcing referee Ricky Gonzalez to put a stop to the beating at 1:31 of round four. Ajagba stay perfect at 3-0, 3Ko’s while Hernandez winless in his last four drops to 10-7-2, 2Ko’s.


In a four-round preliminary bout, Sicklerville, New Jersey, 19-year-old, super flyweight, Dylan Price fighting for the fourth time this year dismantled Cincinnati's, Trevir Ballinger in less than one round. Price improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while still in search of his first pro win drops to 0-3.

By: Ian Webb

October 28th, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales: In the main event of an Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing event Watford, Hertfordshire, Anthony "AJ" Joshua scored an abbreviated tenth round TKO over Seine-Saint-Denis, France based Cameroonian Kurat Pulev replacement Carlos Takam.


Beginning with the customary feeling out process it would be after an accidental clash of heads in round two leaving Joshua claiming a broken nose the taller, longer 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Joshua would loosen the restraints.


As if he were driven by his bloody nose Joshua picked up the action in round three opening a cut over Takam’s right eye and sending his determined challenger to the canvas with a left uppercut near the close of round four.


Even with the experienced challenger Takam doing his best work in rounds seven through nine Joshua never hurt, appearing to be holding back to reach his predicted championship rounds remained patient continuing to pick his shots until round ten when after finally putting his punches together “AJ” drawing an assist from referee Phil Edwards backed the now cut around both eyes Takam near the ropes for a heavy chopping right somehow inspiring referee Edwards against the open complaints from the still battling 36 year old Takam to step in and call an end the fight at 1:34 of round ten. WBA/ IBF /IBO Super World Heavyweight Champion Joshua stays perfect at 20-0, 20Ko’s while the courageous Takam living to fight another day falls to 35-4-1, 27Ko’s.


As there is no way to measure how much or if Joshua carried Takam adding in the early stoppage leaves some questions. While there is no way to tell what the effect this less than impressive win will do for a Wilder / Joshua showdown one thing is for sure, a marination is not what the doctor ordered. Fighters need to fight and let the chips or bodies, fall where they may.


In the co-feature Birmingham, West Midlands, 2008 Olympian, Khalid Yafai retained his WBA World Super Flyweight Title scoring twelve round hard-fought points win over Osaka, Japan’s, Sho Ishida.


Following a slow start Yafai finally figuring out his taller, crafty mandatory visitor settled in and out boxed the previously unbeaten Ishida to a 118-110, 116-112 times tow unanimous decision. Yafai on a possible 2018 collision course with Roman Gonzalez improves to 23-0, 13Ko’s while Ishida suffering his first defeat slips to 24-1, 13Ko’s


In a special heavyweight attraction Brixton, London, “Body Snatcher” Dillian Whyte claimed the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight Title winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Mariehamn, Finland’s “Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius.


The slow starting Brit rocked in round two buckled down and rallied back to out work the fading “Nightmare” walking away with a mundane 118-11, 119-109 times two unanimous decision. Whyte looking to an Eddie Hearn prodded showdown with Deontey Wilder improves to 22-1, 16Ko’s while ending the 33-year-old Helenius three bout KO run at 25-2, 16Ko’s.


Undercard Action:

In a battle of rival Londoners Enfield’s, “Wise Guy” Frank Buglioni clung on to his BBBofC British Light Heavyweight Title with a twelve round distance points win over Crystal Palace’s, Craig “Spider” Richards.


The slow starting, naturally bigger “Wise Guy” taking all Richards had to offer early throwing all caution to the wind going into the second half walking down the fading “Spiderman” landing the cleaner heavy punches banging his way to a 116-113, 117-11 times two title retaining unanimous decision win. Buglioni improves to 21-2-1, 15Ko’s while Richards taking on his first defeat slips to 10-1, 4Ko’s.


Bray, Ireland’s, 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and perennial AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships amateur star Katie Taylor captured her first world title in just her seventh pro bout out classing Buenos Aires, Argentina stripped Anahi “La Indiecita” Sanchez.


With the WBA World Female Lightweight Title only on the line for the 31-year-old Taylor because Sanchez failed to make weight on Friday the popular Irish star went right to work flooring the 26year old Sanchez with a body shot in round two.


Surviving Taylor’s relentless round two closing attack Sanchez demonstrating she wasn’t there to roll over battled back in rounds three and four but Taylor’s pedigree would shine through with the Bray battler taking charge in the second half holding off Sanchez too, little too late rally for a convincing 99-90 times three title claiming unanimous decision. The dominating performance moves the newly crowned Taylor to 7-0, 4Ko’s while Sanchez drops to 17-3, 9Ko’s.  


In a four round stay busy super featherweight bout Cardiff, Wales, 2012 Olympian Joe Cordina, the only Welshman on the bill dominated Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain based Nicaraguan Lesther Cantillano from bell to bell putting his over matched opponent on the deck in round two enroute to a record padding 40-35 points win.  Cordina advances to 5-0, 4Ko’s while Cantillano winless in his last eight sinks to 3-9, 2Ko’s.


In six round cruiserweight action Hackney, London, 2012 Olympian Lawrence Okolie fighting for the sixth time this year returned to his KO ways scoring a third-round stoppage of Manchester’s made to order Adam Williams. Okolie in charge from the opening sound battering Williams for most of the three opening frames before dumping the game but outclassed and outgunned Manchurian prompting the referee to mercifully call it one for the books. Okolie moves to 6-0, 5Ko’s leaving the 36-year-old Williams contemplating another form of employment at 1-2.


In a six-round light heavyweight bout Croydon, London, 2016 Olympian Joshua Buatsi remained unbeaten scoring a one sided six round points win over Essonne, France’s, Saidou Sall. Buatsi in control from the start appearing to be holding target practice, ripping the over matched Frenchman up and down falling short of the stoppage would have to settle for a 60-54 points win. The 24-year-old Buatsi improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while the 33-year-old Sall winless in his last three falls to 10-7-2, 4Ko’s.

By: Alfred Zimmermann

October 27th, Sport and Congress Center, Mecklenburg, Germany: In the main event of Sauerland Events World Boxing Super Series tournament quarter-finals hometown middleweight Juergen Braehmer advanced to the semi-final round scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Saint Paul, Minnesota’s, Saint Paul, Minnesota’s, Rob “Bravo” Brant.


The 39 year old, Braehmer, a southpaw fighting in his twenty second scheduled twelve round bout, returning to the 168lb division for the first time since 2007 used his natural size and more importantly experience of his twenty nine bout experience advantage to make the twenty seven year old Brant expend his youthful vigor and drive making the unbeaten American continually miss and pay for his youthful endeavors landing clean sharp counters matriculating his way to a persuasive 119-109, 118-110, 116-112 twelve round advancing unanimous decision win.


Braehmer set to face Liverpool, UK’s Callum “Mundo” Smith, 23-0, 17Ko’s in the WBSS semi-final improves to 49-3, 35Ko’s while the previously unbeaten “Bravo” Brant courageous enough to except the challenge and cross the pond slips to 22-1, 15Ko’s.


In the semi-main event Baden-Württemberg, Germany 22 old former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Vincent Feigenbutz ran his win streak to seven scoring an eleventh round knockout of Rio Negro, Argentina journeyman Gaston Alejandro Vega.


Feigenbutz controlling the center of the ring and most of the action early began to step up the pressure in the middle rounds bloodying his game Argentine opponent in the middle rounds with his jab and long straight rights returning his constant body attack dropping and stopping Vega with a drilling left hook to the liver leaving the 34 year old journeyman on his knees for a referee Jean-Pierre ten count at 2:36 of round eleven. Feigenbutz improves to 27-2, 24Ko’s while Vega drops to 27-12-2, 11Ko’s.

By: Hideaki Fukada

October 22nd, Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan: In the main event of a Akihiko Honda -Teiken Promotions, Top Rank co-promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN2 Tokyo, Japan’s, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryota Murata claimed the WBA World Middleweight Title with an immediate rematch seventh round stoppage of Seine-Saint-Denis, France, transplanted Cameroonian, N'Dam N'Jikam.


Following a feeling out first two frames Murat in hot pursuit of the circling champion began to close the space reaching the slowing perimeter gliding, clutching and grabbing champion limiting him to futile counters until round six catching the champion with pull down the guard left jab right hand combo, a second and fight cementing drilling left to the body to close the round.


Remaining in control of the real estate back on the attack, Murata cutting off the ring keeping N’Dam along the ropes peppering the champion with a measuring jab, setting up bilateral power shots to the body and head with no apparent place to hide N’Dam refused to answer the bell for round eight. The re-crowned champion Murata climbs to 13-1, 10Ko’s while N’Dam falls to 36-3, 21Ko’s.

In the co-feature, Kyoto, Japan’s, Ken Shiro retained made the first defense WBC World Light Flyweight Title winning a tightly contested twelve round majority decision over Sinaloa, Mexico, veteran Pedro “Pedrin” Guevara.


Shiro starting slowly through first four frames opening a cut over “Pedrin’s” left eye in round four discovered and mostly stayed with the more available mid-section through the middle rounds adding cut over Guevara’s right eye allowing the speedy Shiro to out work the fading Mexican’s challenge through the championship rounds for a title holding 116-112, 115-113, 114-114 majority decision win.

Shiro improves to 11-0, 5Ko’s while the 28-year-old, contender Guevara drops to 30-3-1, 17Ko’s.           


In a special attraction Tokyo, Japan’s, power punching Daigo Higa successfully made the first defense of his WBC World Flyweight Title stopping Pas-de-Calais, France’s, Thomas Masson in seven rounds.


In a Marciano styled bang them anywhere / Henry Armstrong volume attack the defensively sound pugilist spark plug, Higa stormed Masson inside and out, up and down overwhelming his taller, longer challenger staying hidden from the occasion but mostly defensive counters until breaking through in round seven with a thundering left hook putting the deflated Frenchman on a knee after which referee Tom Taylor called the bout on the advice of the ringside physician called the bout at 1:10 of round seven. Higa remains perfect at 14-0, 14Ko’s while Masson unbeaten in his previous nine bouts falls to 17-4-1, 5Ko’s. 

By: Alfred Zimmerman

October 22nd, Oslofjord Convention Center Norway: Un-phased by a surprise pre-fight weigh-in kiss Bergan, Norway’s “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus retained her IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC and WBO World Female Welterweight titles scoring a massive sixth round TKO stoppage of Stockholm, Sweden’s “affectionate” but over matched  Mikaela “Destiny” Lauren.


Showing no sign of caring or rattling by the kiss, the fight a rematch of their 2010 bout (a seventh round TKO stoppage win by Braekus) would see the 36-year-old champion stay focused and keep her pre-fight promise, dismantling then knocking out her the 41-year-old challenger over the opening five rounds closing the show with a big right hand, left hook “kiss of death” combination forcing referee Sparkle Lee to wave the fight over at 1:39 of round six. Braekus improves to 32-0, 6Ko’s leaving the much-improved Lauren way far short again at 29-5, 13Ko’s.

By: Joe Martin

October 21st, Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York: In the main event of HBO’s Boxing After Dark main event San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado got up off the canvas to claim the vacant WBA World Super Featherweight Title with an eighth-round knockout of San Miguelito, Panama’s, Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales.


Corrales losing the title the WBA Super World Super Featherweight Title on the scales on Friday the battle of southpaws saw Corrales get off to a good start initiating the action landing rapid, clean combinations initiating some exciting exchanges with the quicker Panamanian getting the better of the exchanges.


The exchanges becoming more frequent and risky Machado rocked in round four would find himself on the deck in round five compliments of a big over hand left.


Entering round six with a new sense of urgency Machado hurt Corrales in round six but the crafty Panamanian was able to grab on and finish the round


Now alternating rounds, in a volatile seventh round would Corrales hurt by Machado combo would stagger the rugged Puerto Rican but also find himself unable to close the show as Machado held on.


Both fighters going right to work it would be Machado catching Corrales with a solid right hook, thumping left hand flooring the former champion when referee Mark Nelson recognizing Corrales was unable to safely continue called the fight at 2:18 of round eight. Machado improves to 19-0, 16Ko’s as Corrales 22 bout win streak comes to an end at 22-2, 8Ko’s.

In the co-feature Providence, Rhode Island former WBA Light Middleweight Champion Demetrius “Boo” Andrade picked himself up off the mat to win a decisive twelve round unanimous decision over Forestville, Maryland’s previously unbeaten Alantez “SlyAza” Fox.


Stepping up to the 160lb division the 2008 US Olympian Andrade looking to make his mark going right at the taller, longer Fox backing him to the ropes for a series of unanswered punches.


Andrade unaffected by Fox’s sluggish jab continued to dominate the action with his superior speed and timing beating the 6’4” Marylander to the punch landing with clean scoring punches.


Credited by referee Gary Rosado with a knockdown from what appeared to be a leg tangled slip in round seven Fox unable to change the momentum found himself out boxed and down the stretch to a 116-111,118-110, 118-109 Andrade unanimous decision. Andrade moves to 25-0, 16Ko’s while Fox suffering his first defeat slips to 23-1-1, 11Ko’s.


On the undercard:

Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 22-year-old, lightweight Lamont Roach walked away with a gifted first round TKO win when Dominican Republic’s Luis “Barcelo” Hinojosa was unable to continue claiming an injured left foot. Roach moves to 15-0, 6Ko’s while Hinojosa stopped in his last three bouts sinks to 30-13, 17ko’s.


In a ten-round light heavyweight affair Temple Hills, Maryland, D'Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard held onto his zero with a blue collar ten round unanimous decision over San Quintin, Mexico’s relentless Jaime Solorio. The more talented Ballard unable to deter the durable and forever persistent Mexican was forced to settle for a 98-92, 99-91 times two unanimous decision. Ballard advances to 18-0, 12ko’s while Solorio suffering back to back defeats drops to 11-3-2, 8Ko’s.


In a scheduled six round matter Rancho Cucamonga, California, super lightweight Luis Feliciano banged out 19-year-old Hungarian Istvan Dernanecz in two rounds. Feliciano moves to 4-0, 1Ko while Dernanecz stopped in his last three bouts falls to 10-7, 7Ko’s.      


Salinas, California, featherweight Ruben Villa continued his unbeaten run scoring a six round unanimous decision over Sonora, Mexico experienced veteran German “Panteonero” Meraz.


Fighting an increasing level of opposition Villa taking charge early out boxed and out worked his battle tested opponent but unable to hurt his durable adversary was forced to settle for a 60-54 times three unanimous decision. Villa advances to 9-0, 4ko’s while Meraz comfortable in his opponent role has his three bout KO run come to a close at 54-45-1, 35Ko’s.


Carollton, Texas, 22-year-old, southpaw, super welterweight Alex Rincon remained perfect scoring a third-round annihilation of Cartersville, Georgia, “Ironman” Steven Andrade. After a sniper like stakeout opening round Rincon went to work landing a heavy volley of shots sending the overmatched, out gunned Georgian to the canvas for a referee Gary Rosado eight count and a follow up fight ending salvo of power shots forcing referee Rosado to call the bout at 2:35 of round two. Rincon improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Andrade levels out at 3-3, 2Ko’s.


Opening the evenings opening six round bout Santa Fe Springs, California,  19-year-old, lightweight Michael Dutchover systematically broke down and beat up Matehuala, Mexico’s Anthony Ruiz Sanchez convincing the trampled fighters corner to call for referee Charlie Fitch to end it at 2:42 of the fourth round. Dutchover improves to 7-0, 6Ko’s while Ruiz Sanchez falls to 2-4, 2Ko’s.

(October 20th) Indigo at The O2, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom: In the main event of a David Haye - Hayemaker Promotion, Putney, London 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce opened his pro career in fine fashion scoring an eighth round TKO stoppage of Brixton, Londoner Ian “Lay Em Out” Lewison.


The 6’6” Joyce held off the aggressive Lewison with his jab early kicking it into gear in the third round backing Lewison to the ropes for a series of heavy shots.


Keeping the pressure up in round four the taller, longer Joyce took control of the center of the ring taking the fight to the circling Lewison working his jab up and down catching Lewison with a sharp left hook putting the Brixton, heavy into defensive mode pawing at his right eye.


As the bout wore on Joyce and Lewison headed in opposite directions saw the better conditioned Olympian control the action picking his shots landing big clean single punches with Lewison doing little in return.


Joyce remaining patient peppering Lewison with an active left walked his fading foe into a counter left hook sinking him to the canvas for a referee Robert Williams eight count. Allowed to continue Lewison in full desperation mode firing an occasional winning shot was again backed to the ropes for a set of unanswered ounces prompting Lewison’s corner to throw in the towel ending the fight at 2:35 of round eight. The former Anthony Joshua sparring partner Joyce starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Lewison stopped in back to back fights drops to 12-4-1, 8Ko’s.

By: Carl Evers

October 19th, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the middleweight main event of the latest edition of Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN Philadelphia’s, Gabriel “King” Rosado ended his bout skid scoring a sixth round TKO stoppage of Passaic's, "Jersey Boy" Glen Tapia.


The “King” coming off back to back losses to Willie Monroe Jr. and Martin Murray, Rosado in true Philadelphia gym fashion went right to work only to be met by an active “Jersey Boy” jab. Rosado never one to be gun shy pushed on catching Tapia with heavy shots closing round one and again in round two.


Round three would see both fighters trading shots until in round four Rosado finding his middle range began to counter Tapia’s concentrated body work with heavy combinations.


Round five seeing Tapia’s face marked by Rosado’s work would be a forecast as to what would follow in the sixth with the “King” on offense staggering the now defensive and bloodied Tapia with a loaded left hook and long straight right sending the “Jersey Boy” down into the corner with a follow up volley of punches. Tapia beating the count and allowed to continue would quickly be battered and staggered back to the other neutral corner forcing the referee to step in and stop what had now become a one-way assault at 1:15 of round six. Rosado hoping to get back in the upper echelon middleweight mix improves to 24-11, 14Ko’s while Tapia stopped in three of four of his last four defeats drops to 23-5, 15Ko’s.


In the ten-round welterweight co-feature Saint Louis, Missouri’s, Keandre Gibson overcame a slow start scoring a fight of two halves majority decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s, Alejandro “Magno” Barrera. In what started out as a close range give one to get one and the heavy-handed Barrera getting the best of the early action would see the versatile Gibson make a slight adjustment opening the space in the second half answering the slowing Barrera’s pressure and softening power shots with clean counter right hands and left hooks banging out a 97-93, 98-92 and a bit too close 95-95 majority decision. Gibson moves to 18-1-1, 7Ko’s while Barrera 2-2 in his last four falls to 29-4, 18Ko’s.


On the undercard: Almaty, Kazakhstan’s, Bekman Soylybayev retained his WBC International Super Featherweight Title scoring a one sided 99-91, 100-90, 98-92 ten round unanimous decision over Tijuana, Mexico, Fernando Vargas. Soylybayev improves to 12-0, 4Ko’s while Vargas 2-3 in his last five outings drops to 32-13-3, 21Ko’s.


In a scheduled six rounder Las Vegas, featherweight Randy Moreno Ochoa put Miami Florida’s, Raul “El Ciclon De Miami" Chirino on the canvas twice in round two enroute to a second round TKO win. Ochoa improves to 10-1, 9Ko’s while Chirino 1-3 in his last four bouts drops to 11-7, 6Ko’s.

By: David Colon

October 14th, StubHub Center, Carson, California: In the main attraction of a TGB and Ringstar Sports co-promotion Rosemead, California’s Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz successfully made the first defense of the WBA Super World Featherweight title scoring an eighth round TKO stoppage of Lancaster, California, “Hitman” Chris Avalos.


Santa Cruz nine month away from reclaiming his WBA strap with a rematch majority decision over Carl Frampton started a bit tentative beginning to find his range in round two finally hitting that standard high tempo attack leading to several exciting exchanges in round three.


Santa Cruz sitting down on his shots in round four rocked Avalos with a left hook but the tough “The Hitman” held on just enough to finish the round.


Sensing Avalos was hurt, “El Terremoto” a sure-fire finisher went to work landing heavy combinations to the head and body meticulously opening Avalos up and tearing him down in round eight with a set of heavy shots forcing referee Thomas Taylor to call the fight at 1:34 of round eight.


Santa Cruz on a collision course with Mares improves to 34-1-1, 19Ko’s while Avalos, stopped four times in his last six bouts falls to 27-6, 20Ko’s.

In the scheduled twelve round co-feature Montebello, California’s former IBF Bantamweight, WBC Super Bantamweight and WBC Featherweight Champion Abner Mares retained his WBA World Featherweight Title and a\the prospect of a future rematch shot at WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz scoring a lop sided ten round technical decision over Guadalajara, Mexico’s, Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez.


Opening just his second fight under the tutelage of Robert Garcia the rejuvenated Mares just one split decision win away from aa majority decision to Santa Cruz, the champion Mares opened up behind a very busy and accurate jab building to rapid fire combinations opening a cut over Gutierrez left eye in round two.


Mares going on the move in the second half continued to dominate leaving the game and very durable Gutierrez very few moments continuing to pile on the punishment, highlighted by big right hands prompting several inspections by referee Jack Reiss who finally calling the ring doctor brought the bout to a close at 2:40 of round ten sending it to the judge’s cards which were then announced 100-90, 99-91 times two all for Mares. Mares looking primed for a rematch with Santa Cruz moves to 31-2-1, 15Ko’s while the 26-year-old Gutierrez who’s only other defeat is a majority decision to Cristian Mijares June 2016 dips to 35-2-1, 25Ko’s.    

Heading the undercard: Tijuana, Mexico’s, 31 year old former WBC Lightweight Champion, Antonio DeMarco put Aurora, Illinois, Eddie “El Escorpion” Ramirez through an old style initiation styled first round taking the best the young gun had to offer before battling back off the ropes catching the talented prospect with a ripping southpaw left uppercut putting him in full defensive mode backing him to the opposite corner for a volley of heavy shots underscored by a crushing right hook forcing referee Gerard White to step in and wave it over at 156 of round one. DeMarco moves back into the mix at 33-6-1, 24Ko’s while the 25-year-old Ramirez suffering his first pro loss returns to the gym 17-1, 11Ko’s.


In a scheduled eight round lightweight bout Dallas, Texas, Roberto Marroquin bounced Sonora, Mexico’s, southpaw, Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo off the canvas once in rounds three, four and forcing referee David Mendoza to call the action at 1:49 of round five. Marroquin moves to 27-4-1, 19Ko’s while Tamayo winless in his last seven drops to 26-11- 4, 18Ko’s.


Oxnard, California, based Lithuanian, welterweight Eimantas Stanionis forced to go the distance for the first time boxed his way to a 79-73, 80-72 times two eight round unanimous decision over Rayne, Louisiana’s, stubborn Todd Manuel. Stanionis moves to 4-0, 3Ko’s while Manuel 2-3 in his last five evens out at 14-14-1, 3Ko’s.


In a six-round middleweight affair Chihuahua, Mexico’s, Misael “El Chino” Rodriguez and Tracy, California’s, Cesar Hernandez traded leather for the better part of six rounds with Rodriguez body work paying off to the head in the in the end of a 60-54 times three unanimous decision. Rodriguez moves to 4-0, 2Ko’s while Hernandez levels out at 3-3-1, 1Ko.


Santa Maria, California, bantamweight Jose Balderas shut out Modesto, California’s, Victor “El Torito” Torres, 40-36 times three after four. Balderas moves to 2-0 while Torres falls to 2-6-1, 1Ko.


In a four found super featherweight match Oak Hills, California’s, Jerry Perez remained unbeaten out boxing and out pointing San Bernardino, California, journeyman Juan Sandoval to a 39-37 times three unanimous decision. Perez climbs to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Sandoval drops to 7-19-1, 4Ko’s.


In the evening opener Pasadena, California, super bantamweight Jose Vargas floored Oak Hills, California’s, Jose “El Mudo” Perez twice in the opening frame enroute to a second round TKO win with referee David Mendoza stepping in to call it over at 2:00 of round two. Vargas improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Perez evens out at 1-1, 1Ko.


In the surprise of the night San Jose, California super featherweight, Percy Peterson put Moreno Valley, California’s previously unbeaten Luis Coria on the canvas in round one, then battling a cut over the left eye held off the talented 19-year old’s late charge escaping with a 38-37 times three four round unanimous decision. Peterson coming off a last round knockout of Kevin Alfonso Luna in June moves to 4-14-3, 2Ko’s while Coria suffering his first loss drops to 4-1, 3Ko’s.


In a six-round bantamweight bout Antonio “El Tekereke” Santa Cruz, the 21-year-old, cousin of Leo Santa Cruz walked Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Jesus Godinez into simple 1-2’s for most of six minutes before closing the show with a big right hand, dropping Godinez for a referee Gerard White ten count at 1:37 of round three. Santa Cruz improves to 6-3, 3Ko’s while Godinez breaks even at 2-2.    

By: Joe Martin

October 14th, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the main event of Premier Boxing Champions 154lb Triple header on Fox Houston, Texas, based Cuban WBA Titlist, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara retained his WBA and IBO Super World Super Welterweight Titles boxing his way to an ordinary twelve round unanimous decision over Cleveland, Ohio’s previously unbeaten Terrell Gausha.


At 34 years old Lara finding his range, pace and comfort zone appeared to sit back and rely on his jab sticking away with his southpaw jab and occasional straight left dropping the aggressive Gausha in round four appeared to sit back and control the space with his jab coasting to a ho-hum, but win column counting, 116-11, 117-10 times two unanimous decision. Lara improves to 25-2-2, 14Ko’s while the 2012 US Olympian Gausha suffering his first pro defeat slips to 20-1, 9Ko’s.

In the second head of the 154lb triple header Houston, Texas, unbeaten WBC Champ, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo quickly disposed of Orlando, Florida, challenger Erickson “Hammer” Lubin in one round.


The fight one seen by many pundits as a step to far for the previously unbeaten Lubin, the WBC World Super Welterweight champ Charlo proved them right walking the “little too soon” challenger into a monster right hand dumping him into a pile forcing referee Harvey Dock to immediately wave it over without a count at 2:41 of round one. Charlo quickly calling out IBF World Super Welterweight Champion and stablemate “Swift” Jarrett Hurd improves to 30-0, 15Ko’s while Lubin needing to regroup dips to 18-1, 13Ko’s.


In the third head of this highly anticipated show Accokeek, Maryland’s, Jarrett “Swift” Hurd made the first defense of his IBF World Super Welterweight Title scoring a tenth-round retirement of Las Cruces, New Mexico, former WBA Light Middleweight Champion, Austin “No Doubt” Trout.


Off to a slow start Hurd adjusting to the combination punching Trout, waited out his anxious challenger “swiftly” turning the tide in the middle rounds throwing punches in combination landing clean left hooks and straight right hands.


Hurd not effected by a cut over his left eye in the seventh round began to flow with his punches landing big clean shots, battering Trout from pillar to post prompting the doctor together with Trout’s corner call the fight before the bell sounding round eleven. Hurd facing a possible unification bout with Jermell Charlo improves to 21-0, 14Ko’s while Trout coming off a twelve round unanimous decision to Charlo May 2016 falls to 30-4, 17Ko’s.       


In a special eight round attraction popular Brooklyn, WBO World Female Featherweight Champion, Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano maneuvered and boxed her way to an eight-round split decision over Budapest, Hungary’s, never quit Edna “DNA” Kiss.


Serrano mixing slices of boxing with those of slugging never allowed the determined Kiss to take control only to skirt the edges on the judge’s scorecards who ruled it 78-74, 79-73 for Serrano and 78-74 for Kiss leaving Serrano a what were they watching, eight round split decision winner.


Serrano unbeaten in her last thirteen moves to 27-5-3, 10Ko’s while Kiss suffering losses to Brooklyn’s Heater hardy and Serrano’s sister Amanda falls to 14-6, 8Ko’s.


Leaving his mark on the 154lb triple header Detroit, Michigan’s Tony Harrison, the 27-year-old grandson of top ten middleweight and light heavyweight contender Henry Hank put his February 9th round TKO loss to Jarrett Hurd in the rear-view mirror scoring a one way ten round points win over Santa Rosalia, Mexico’s Paul “Chicho” Valenzuela Jr.


Harrison the aggressor took the fight to Valenzuela early but the dogged Mexican refusing to fold trading low blows in round five looking to go blow for blow with his Detroit foe down the stretch when the final bell sound after both fighters rocked, neither down its Harrison’s cleaner, sharper shots that were the deciding factor when the scores were announced 80-71, 78-73 times two all for Harrison giving him the unanimous decision win. Harrison moves to 24-2, 20Ko’s while the rumble ready Valenzuela falls to 20-6, 14Ko’s.   


In an eight-round pairing of unbeaten welterweight prospects, Brooklyn Chordale Booker won a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Long Beach, California’s, Malcolm McCallister.


Both fighters looking to make their mark early saw Bookers southpaw jab become the deciding factor early. While both fighters would have their moments, and their chins checked it would be Bookers power that would rule supreme tonight sending McCallister to the deck in round seven putting the finishing touches on what would be announced as a 79-72, 78-73 times two unanimous decision win. Booker advances to 8-0, 4Ko’s while McCallister beaten for the first time slips to 9-1, 8Ko’s.


In a scheduled eight round match Bronx, New York based Dominican heavyweight George Arias picked himself up off the canvas and dug down deep to over-come and stop Distrito Federal, Mexico’s, Mario “Chabelo” Heredia.


Arias looking to score his big right hand early would lead to some free swing exchanges and the popular twenty-five-year-old hitting the canvas in round two. Beating the count, the brawling would resume with both fighters remaining up-right until the bell closing the round.


Arias giving away nearly sixty pounds smartly turning his attention to Heredia’s body began to wear down the soft around the middle “Chabelo” allowing Arias to get the better of the fifth-round exchanges unloading on the now defenseless Heredia forcing the ringside physician to step in and examine “Chabelo” finding him unable to continue at 2:59 of round five. The close call leaves Arias still unbeaten at 9-0, 5Ko’s while the very game Heredia stopped in four of his last six bouts falls to 14-6, 12Ko’s.


In a six-round phone booth welterweight affair Brooklyn’s 21-year-old, Julian Sosa held onto his zero flooring Tijuana, Mexico’s, Erick “Facebook” Martinez in round three on the way to a 40-35 times three unanimous decision win. Sosa moves to 10-0-1, 3Ko’s while Martinez 1-4 in his last five falls to 14-10-1, 8Ko’s.


In a four-round welterweight bout 19-year-old, 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins out classed and out boxed Sunberry, Pennsylvania’s, aggressive former MMA fighter Jordan Morales to one sided 40-36 times three shut unanimous decision. Hitchins improves to 3-0, 1Ko while Morales sinks to 2-3, 2Ko’s.

By: Ian Webb

October 14th, Wembley Arena, Wembley, London: In the main event of Sauerland Events semi-final round of the Ali Trophy, World Boxing Super Series, Hammersmith, London’s, “Saint” George Groves retained his WBA Super World Super Middleweight Title with an advancing fourth round knockout of Swindon, Wiltshire, UK’s, Jamie Cox.


Quickly adjourning the opening seconds of inquisition, the southpaw challenger Cox would abandon any sediment of caution almost recklessly assuming the role of aggressor landing a big wide left while the champion Groves appeared content with picking his spots looking for the big right hand.


The champion seemingly making a conscious response opened it up in the second-round trading with Cox only to find himself met with some stern resistance and backed to the ropes by the free-swinging southpaw.


In round three Groves the more accurate and heavier puncher working both to the body and head continued to catch Cox stepping inside across his lead foot with solid his right hands but not without drawing some eager return fire from his game but slowing challenger.


Groves staying with the right hand began to step back in answer to his charging challenger landing with increasing frequency even landing some rapid rights to Cox head fighting off the ropes. Then alternating his space opening step back with a gap closing step up and under, it would be the later the “The Saint” would drill Cox with a deflating, leg buckling right uppercut to the liver sinking him to the canvas where he would remain for a full referee Steve Gray ten count at 1:42 of round four. Groves drawing Chris Eubank Jr. in the semi-final round improves to 27-3, 20Ko’s while Cox suffering his first defeat slips to 24-1, 13Ko’s.


In the co-feature, a pairing of southpaw super middleweights Islington, London’s John “The Gorilla” Ryder scored a more patient fifth-round knockout of Albertslund, Denmark’s, Patrick Nielsen.


Falling short in previous step up bouts to current WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders, Nick Blackwell, Jack Arnfield and a split decision loss to Rocky Fielding coming into the bout the shorter self-composed Ryder working behind an accurate jab controlled all levels of spacing in the bout patiently out boxing Nielsen on the outside working his way inside in a businesslike manner working to the body and head meticulously breaking down the twenty six year old Dane answering a labored Nielsen left uncorking and landing a thunderous counter right hook following up with a delayed but devastating left hand right uppercut leaving Nielsen seated for a full referee ten count at 2:08 of round five.


Ryder with the biggest and timeliest win of his career advances to 25-4, 13Ko’s ending Nielsen’s seven bout victory run at 29-2, 14Ko’s.  

Over shadowing Groves win over Cox was an all too often protect yourself at all times the cheap shot ending welterweight bout between Wimbledon’s, London’s, unbeaten Louis Adolphe and Nottingham, Nottinghamshire’s, Nathan McIntosh.  McIntosh picking up the DQ win moves to 14-2, 1Ko while the despicable Adolphe slouches to 7-1, 1Ko.

By: Edwin Gonzalez

October 13th, Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California: In the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions card on ESPN card El Tigre, Venezuela’s, Ismael Barroso claimed the vacant WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title scoring a sixth-round stoppage of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s, Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr.


The ten-round battle of southpaws starting in the usual feeling out mode saw Maldonado move to his jab in round two while heavier handed Barroso looking for the big counter found his spot behind a long right jab, flooring “The Atrisco Kid” in the third with a pair of heavy lefts.


Things would go down from there with Maldonado showing signs he was still hurt in round four “The Atrisco Kid” would be docked a point by referee            Raul Caiz Sr for holding and hitting in round four.


Moving forward with a greater urgency in round five Maldonado pushed forward only to be quickly met by the more active and accurate Barroso leaving him cut near his right eye.


Opening round six following a quick examination by the ringside doctor, Maldonado stalked by the power punching Venezuelan would be walked into a short-left hand to the body dropping him to the canvas for a referee Caiz Sr. full count at 0:50 of round six. Barroso rebounding from his sole defeat a May 2016 seventh round TKO loss to Anthony improves to 20-1-2, 19Ko’s while Maldonado Jr. unbeaten in his previous six drops to 24-4-1, 19Ko’s.


In the ten-round super lightweight semi main event Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Marcelino “Nino” Lopez scored a second-round knockout of Atizapan de Zaragoza, México’s, “El Demoledor” Pablo Cesar Cano.


Cano managing the action in round one working his jab and targeting Lopez body would quickly lose control in round two when the usually sturdy Mexican tagged with a counter looping right and follow up left hook crumbled to the canvas where the fight was immediately waved over by referee Eddie Hernandez at 2:27 of round two. Lopez moves to 33-2-1, 18Ko’s while Cano whose previous losses coming to Erik Morales, Shane Mosley, Paulie Malignaggi, Fernando Angulo and Fidel Maldonado Jr.

falls to 30-7-1, 21Ko’s.


On the undercard:

In a scheduled eight round super lightweight bout Chihuahua, Mexico, Oscar Duarte scored a typical counter punching fourth round TKO stoppage of Guadalajara, Mexico’s, Juan “Goofy” Montes.


The patient Duarte staying behind a tight defense taking the best “Goofy” had to offer prodded and probed Montes body until picking up the pace and his punches in round four cutting the courageous Mexican pounding him into a bloody mess forcing Montes corner to call the bout at the close of round four. Duarte improves to 12-0-1, 8Ko’s while Montes 2-4-1 in his last seven drops to     25-6-2, 15Ko’s.        


LA, Southpaw, middleweight, Marvin Cabrera remained undefeated scoring a fourth round TKO stoppage of Tijuana, Mexico’s 42-year-old, battle tested Hector “Charro Negro” Velazquez.


Cabrera never tested had his way with the fading veteran holding target practice until Velazquez corner deciding to protect their charge threw in the towel at 1:27 of round four. Cabrera advances to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Velazquez now 1-11 in his last dozen fights continues to spiral down to 57-30-3, 39Ko’s.                      


In the night’s opener Dallas, Texas, 21-year-old, super featherweight Francisco Javier Martinez forced to go the distance for the first time held onto his zero winning a tougher than expected 59-55 times three six round unanimous decision over Mexico City, Mexico’s, Ricardo Arias. Martinez moves to 4-0, 3Ko’s while Arias drops to 1-2-1.            


In four round welterweight action Indio, California’s, Ruben Rodriguez had his way with Cancun, Mexico’s, Israel “Isra” Villela cutting and banging up the durable Mexican to a one way 40-36 times three unanimous decision. Rodriquez moves to 2-0, 1Ko while Villela sinks below five hundred at 6-7, 2Ko’s.


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