Andrade Splits with Culcay to Claim WBA Strap!
By: Alfred Zimmermann
March 11th, Ludwigshafen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany: In the main event of a Wilfried Sauerland Event Providence, Rhode Island, 2008 US Olympian, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade claimed the WBA World Super Welterweight title scoring a twelve-round split decision over Darmstadt, Germany based Ecuadorian, Jack “Golden” Culcay.
In a battle of quality versus quantity, the much taller, longer Andrade fighting almost as if he held the title, had all he could handle holding off the relentless, scrapping champion.
“Boo Boo” adjusting in the second half began to control the space landing the longer, sharper, harder shots but the never say die, Culcay continuing to press the action until the end working speedy combinations in close would push the action to the end leading to some entertaining exchanges bringing out some of Andrade’s best work in the championship rounds only to “fall short” at the final bell after which the judges scores were announced 115-114 for Culcay and 116-112 twice for the new champion Andrade.
The 6’1” Andrade in position for a shot at IBO and WBA World Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy “American Dream” Lara improves to 24-0, 16Ko’s while the 5’7” Culcay dips to 22-2, 11Ko’s.
Tso Takes Out Mukai in Eight!
By: Hideaki Fukada
March 11th, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong S.A.R., China: Hong Kong’s, Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso retained his WBO International and WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight titles adding the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight strap with an eighth-round TKO stoppage of Osaka, Japan’s, Hirofumi Mukai.
The battle of southpaws would open up fast, Tso dropping his speedy Japanese challenger with a looping right in round two.
Both fighters having their moments Tso keeping his foot on the gas punching in combination put the gallant Mukai on the canvas for a second time with a body shot in round five. Tso in total command would put an end to the one-sided affair backing Mukai to the ropes sending his game countering opponent on his third trip to the canvas with hard straight left to the body this time drawing a referee Danrex Tapdasan full count at thirty-two seconds into round eight.
The still unbeaten, Tso moves to 21-0, 13Ko’s while Mukai falls to 13-5-3, 3Ko’s.
Shields Destroys Szabados in Four!
By: Susan Hart
March 10th, MGM Grand, Detroit, Michigan: In the main event of a Dimitri Salita Promotions “Detroit City Gold" card Flint, Michigan two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields in just her second pro bout claimed the vacant NABF Female Middleweight title out thoroughly punishing and stopping Miskolc, Hungary’s game but outclassed Szilvia “Sunset” Szabados in four.
Shields quickly demonstrating a severe skill gap scoring with landing rapid straight jabs building to driving right hands and punctuating left hooks battered the valiant Hungarian with savage power shots finally convincing referee Harvey dock he had seen enough stopping the punishment at 1: 30 of round four. Shields improves to 2-0, 1Ko while Szabados falls to 15-9, 6Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, Brooklyn, New York based Russian, Nikolai Potapov relieved Cleveland, Ohio’s, Antonio “Carita” Nieves of his WBO NABO Bantamweight title winning a hard fought, calculated, closely contested 96-94 Nieves, 96-94 times two Potapov, ten round split decision. Potapov moves to 17-0-1, 8Ko’s while Nieves slips to 17-1-2, 9Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a evenly matched eight round super bantamweight bout Chicago’s, more active and accurate Joshua Greer Jr. made the most of a heavy right hand early before breaking through and putting Detroit’s, previously unbeaten James Smith on the deck in round five then finishing the night’s work with another thudding right forcing referee Harvey Dock to step in and wave it over at 2:06 of round six. Greer, Jr. improves to 12-1-1 5Kos while Smith suffering his first defeat slips to 11-1, 6Ko’s.
Toledo, Ohio, welterweight Wesley “King” Tucker won a lack luster, action less welterweight affair points win over Detroit’s, non-engaging Edward Williams. The jab less “King” unable to track down the running hometown Williams would be force to settle for a less than satisfactory 77-73, 79-71, 78-72 points win with Williams being deducted two points for holding and hitting. Tucker remains unbeaten at 14-0, 8Ko’s while Williams booed by his hometown fans drops to 12-2-1, 4Ko’s.
In a free throwing six round welterweight affair Houston, Texas, based Kazakhstani, Bakhtiyar “Bakha Bullet” Eyubov remained unbeaten out landing and out lasting East Moline, Illinois, undeterred journeyman Gilbert Venegas for a 59-55, 60-54 times two unanimous decision. Eyubov moves to 12-0, 10Ko’s while the 39-year-old Venegas 1-3 in his last four drops to
In a scheduled six round bantamweight bout Detroit, Jarico O'Quinn remained unbeaten disposing of Pec, Hungary’s Szilveszter Kanalas with a drilling straight right at 1:23 of round one. O'Quinn improves to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Kanalas stopped in two of his last three falls to 14-5, 10Ko’s.
In a four-round battle of sub .500 welterweights Detroit’s, Larry “Lightning” Ventus won an ordinary 40-36 four round unanimous decision over Mount Morris, Michigan, Darryol Humphrey. Ventus on a three-bout winning streak moves to 9-11, 4Ko’s while Humphrey 1-7 in his last eight falls to 3-9, 1Ko.
Detroit, heavyweight, Marcus Carter remained perfect flooring pro-debuting Henry Wright in rounds one and three putting the record padding Wright out of his misery at 1:12 of the fourth and final round. Carter moves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Wright starts out 0-1.
Thurman Over Garcia By Split Decision!
By: Rick Rivers
March 4th, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the World Welterweight unification, main event of a Dibella Entertainment, Premier Boxing Champions, Showtime Championship Boxing card on CBS, Clearwater, Florida’s, WBA front runner Keith “One Time” Thurman claimed the WBA strap with a twelve-round split decision over Philadelphia WBC title holder Danny “Swift” Garcia.
Unlike his open aggression attack on his previous challenger Shawn Porter, Thurman turned to a calculated mixture of boxing and banging landing a big right in round one leaving the big left hook carrying Garcia, gun-shy. Unable to successfully cut off the ring and missing any semblance of a sustained body attack the previously unbeaten Garcia trailing in the ring and on the cards showing no sense of urgency allowed the out spoken Floridian to escape with an uninspiring, less than entertaining, 116-112, 115-113 Thurman, 115-113 Garcia split decision win. Thurman improves to 28-0, 22Ko’s while Garcia suffering his first defeat dips to 33-1, 19Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Orlando, Florida, 21-year-old power punching southpaw, super welterweight Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin remained unbeaten scoring an emphatic one punch TKO stoppage of Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Jorge “Demonio” Cota.
After a strategic feeling out first round, the heavy handed Lubin starting with a controlled aggression began to close the space with heavy shots stalking the stance switching Cota (fighting as a southpaw) with a cool patience until the fourth round backing the now orthodox “Demonio” to the ropes for a well-timed looping left hand bomb dropping Cota to the canvas forcing referee Earl brown to step in and save the rising Cota any unnecessary damage at 1:25 of round four. Lubin rises to 18-0, 13Ko’s while Cota nine bouts away from a loss falls to 25-2, 22Ko’s.
In a special ten round light heavyweight attraction Chicago based Polish light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, rebounded from his shocking June first round knockout at the hands of Long Islands Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. scoring a come from behind last round TKO win over New Haven, Connecticut’s, former IBF and two time WBC Light Heavyweight Champion “Bad” Chad Dawson.
Out boxed by Dawson through the first half, Fonfara now under the tutelage of Andre Ward head trainer Virgil Hunter showed the rewards of his new Pilates program out lasting the tiring former champion catching the not so “bad” Connecticut fighter sending him to the canvas in round nine.
To his credit, Dawson would make it up right and finish the round but it wouldn’t be for long as the severely eroded and fading “bad man” eating a big Fonfara right early in round ten was driven to the ropes for an unrelenting, defense less Fonfara barrage forcing referee David Field to step in and call it over at 0:38 of the tenth and final round. The retuned Fonfara in search of an Adonis Stevenson or Joe Smith Jr. rematch moves to 29-4, 17Ko’s while Dawson facing retirement drops to 34-5, 19Ko’s.
In an eight round super lightweight bout Beverly Hills, California, based Kazakhstani welterweight Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets over powered Saint Petersburg, Florida’s, Clarence Booth breaking the capable Floridian down with heavy shots finally breaking through in round six with a huge right in round seven sending Booth to the ropes and then the canvas where referee Gary Rosato would wave it over at 1:33 of round seven. Lipinets improves to 12-0, 10Ko’s while Booth falls to 14-3, 7Ko’s.
In a super lightweight pairing, San Antonio, Texas, Mario “Golden Boy” Barrios held onto his unblemished record disposing of Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Yardley Suarez in six.
The accurate punching Barrios turning the target to the body went back upstairs battering the out classed Suarez with an unanswered volley of shots forcing referee to stop it in round six of a scheduled eight rounder. Barrios climbs to 18-0, 10Ko’s while Suarez falls to 20-7, 11Ko’s.
In an early special attraction, Brooklyn’s Heather “Heat” Hardy retained her WBC International Female Featherweight title recording a one sided eight round unanimous decision over Budapest, Hungary’s, Edina “DNA” Kiss. The always entertaining 35-year-old Hardy staying behind an active jab and follow up combinations out worked the younger 27-year-old Kiss being rewarded on the judges’ cards which were announced 79-73, 80-72 times two for the “Heat”. Hardy tinkering in MMA improves 18-0, 4Ko’s ending the tough Kiss three bout KO run at 13-3, 8Ko's.
In a super lightweight preliminary bout, Brooklyn, New York born Haitian, 2016 Olympian Richardson Hitchins made his pro debut dropping San Felipe, Mexico’s, Mario Perez twice in the opening frame forcing referee Eric dali to stop the action at 1:33 of round one. Hutchinson opens 1-0, 1Ko while Perez remains relatively unknown at 1-1.
Keith Thurman Unifies Welterweight Division
with Slpit Decision Over Danny Garcia!
(March 4th) Keith Thurman is the unified welterweight world champion.
Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) unified boxing's glamour division with a split-decision victory over Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday, defending his WBA belt and picking up Garcia's WBC crown on boxing's biggest stage in primetime on CBS from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
The event, which was produced by SHOWTIME Sports® for the CBS Television Network, marked the highest-attended boxing event in Barclays Center history with 16,533 fans witnessing just the 10th unification in division history.
The close affair, which was only the third time undefeated fighters unified the 147-pound division, was scored 116-112 Thurman, 115-113 Thurman and 115-113 Garcia.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS main event, which was presented by Premier Boxing Champions, was a tale of effective aggression and ring generalship. Thurman came out swinging and was the busier and more accurate fighter in nine of the 12 rounds. "One Time" Thurman was more tactical in the second half of the fight, utilizing lateral movement and working off his jab. Garcia picked up the pace and was more active in the final rounds, but it was too little too late for the previously undefeated Philadelphia native.
"I thought I out-boxed him." said Thurman, who likely earned a spot on boxing's mythical pound-for-pound list with the impressive victory. "I thought it was a clear victory, but Danny came to fight. I knew when it was split and I had that wide spread, I knew it had to go to me.
"I was not giving the fight away. I felt like we had a nice lead, we could cool down. I felt like we were controlling the three-minute intervals every round. My defense was effective - he wasn't landing."
A former unified champion at 140-pound, Garcia was aiming to be the first fighter in history to unify titles at 140 and 147 pounds.
"I came up short tonight," said Garcia, who entered the bout with a 7-0 record in world title bouts. "I thought I was the aggressor. I thought I pushed the pace. But it didn't go my way.
"I thought I won and I was pushing the fight. But it is what it is. I'll come back strong like a true champion. I would love a rematch to get these titles."
SHOWTIME Sports analyst and unofficial scorer Steve Farhood scored the fight 116-112 for Thurman.
Undefeated super welterweight Erickson Lubin (18-0, 13 KOs) knocked out Jorge Cota (23-2, 20 KOs) in a WBC 154-pound title eliminator, dropping the previously once-beaten Cota with a flush overhand left at 1:25 (TKO) of the fourth round.
Lubin now becomes the No. 2 challenger to WBC Welterweight World Championship Jermell Charlo, who is due a mandatory bout against No. 1 contender Charles Hatley.
The Orlando-native Lubin landed 47 percent of his power shots across four rounds of shutout boxing.
"I baited him with the jab. I knew he was going to come with the big shots early," Lubin said to reporter Jim Gray. "I put a few tricks on him, I landed that overhand and it was night-night. I put my hands down to bait him in, I did a squat and then it was night-night. I was ready to follow-up with a right but he was already out."
At just 21-years-old, Lubin now has an opportunity to become the youngest world champion in boxing today.
"That would mean a lot to me; that would mean a lot to Orlando, Florida," Lubin said. "This is my second time knocking someone out in front of Ray Leonard. He's one of my favorite fighters of all time. It's an honor to do this on CBS."
Bellew Stops Haye in 11!
By: Ian Webb
March 4th, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, UK: After months of trash talk and to date one of this years most hyped bouts Liverpool, WBC Cruiserweight champion Tony “Bomber” Bellew moved to the front of the pack for upset of the year scoring an eleventh round TKO over London former WBA Heavyweight champion David “Haymaker” Haye.
The grudge fight began with some two-way free swinging and the London “Haymaker” moving to his jab through the first five rounds until round six when after being pushed to the canvas the “Bomber” began to open-up landing some hard shots hurting the now limping Haye backing him to the ropes sending the motormouth Londoner to the canvas with a volley of shots for a referee Phil Edwards eight count.
To his credit Haye holding a slight edge would finish the round but the sizable underdog Bellew would not be denied taking the fight to his hobbling damaged opponent landing big clean shots sending Haye through the ropes in round eleven drawing a referee Edwards count interrupted by a fight ending towel tossed from Hayes corner at 2:16 of round eleven. Open to a rematch Bellew improves to 29-2-1, 19Ko’s ending Haye’s three bout TKO win streak at 28-3, 26Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction: Stourbridge, Worcestershire, UK’s, Sam “The Savage” Eggington retained his WBC International Welterweight title scoring a ninth-round knockout of Brooklyn, New York former IBF Light Welterweight and WBA Welterweight Champion, Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi.
In a mainstream styled first round feeling out opening session the 23-year-old stronger, quicker Eggington continued to work his jab landing clean right hands in the second and third rounds bringing to life the usually flashy New Yorker in round four.
Malignaggi boxing at a comfortable distance began to frustrate the pressing “Savage” in round five closing the first half with a rapid-fire combination appearing to hurt Eggington at the end of round six.
The competitive action of the seventh would see the boxing Malignaggi’s ‘magic’ come to an end in round eight with Egginton sending Malignaggi to the deck with a “savage” left to the body for a referee Victor Loughlin ten count at 1:50 of round eight. Eggington moves to 20-3, 12Ko’s while Malignaggi falls to 36-8, 7Ko’s.
In a ten round non-title fight Barry, Wales IBF World Featherweight titlist “Lightning” Lee Selby with his Las Vegas fight with Johnny Barros cancelled last month ended a 11-month hiatus stopping Bilbao, Spain’s, Andoni “El Macho” Gago in nine.
The quicker, sharper Selby flooring Gago in round one, pilling on the points and the punishment in round nine finally convinced the referee Bob Williams to step in and call it over in round nine. Selby advances to 24-1, 9Ko’swhile Gago drops to 16-3-2, 5Ko’s.
Hackney, London’s, Ohara “Two Tanks” Davies retained his WBC Silver Super Lightweight title dropping Liverpool veteran “Dirty” Derry Mathews twice in round three forcing referee Victor Loughlin to call it done at 2:555 of round three. Davies improves to 15-0, 12Ko’s while Matthews on the downside winless I his last three falls to 38-12-2, 20Ko’s.
In an eight-round bout matching unbeaten super welterweights Bermondsey, London’s, Ted Cheeseman held onto his zero flooring Halifax, Yorkshire’s, Jack Sellars in round two enroute to a 78-74 points win. Cheeseman moves to 8-0, 6Ko’s while Sellars, slips to 5-1-1, 1Ko.
Bray, Ireland, perennial World and Olympic amateur star Katie Taylor remained unbeaten as a pro stopping Lazio, Italy’s Monica Gentili in the fifth round of their light weight six rounder.
Dominating the action from the opening sound the 30-year-old Taylor worked over Gentili with increasing frequency sending her to the canvas with a blistering combination forcing referee Robert Williams to immediately wave it over at 1:31 of round five. Taylor improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Gentili sinks below the opponent line at 6-7, 1Ko.
Just one week off a first round knockout of Starogard, Poland’s Lukasz Rusiewicz, Conisbrough, Yorkshire heavyweight David “White Rhino” Allen recorded his second KO win in a week stopping Sheffield, Yorkshire, David Howe in two.
Closing the distance in round two the 24-year-old “White Rhino” dropped the taller Howe with a body shot in round two finishing the night’s work with a follow up combination flooring the 36-year-old Howe for a full referee Robert Williams ten count at 2:24 of round two. Allen improves to 11-2-1, 8Ko’s while Howe falls to 1-3 in his last four drops to 12-5, 6Ko’s.
In a mild upset Sunderland, Tyne and Wear pro-debuting cruiserweight Jake Bonallie out pointed Liverpool’s Craig Glover, 39-38 after four. Bonallie kicks off 1-0 while Glover dips to 2-1, 1Ko.
Yamanaka Stops Carlson in Seven
To Retain WBC World Bantamweight Title
By: Aki Gyokusho
March 2nd, Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan: In the main attraction of a Akihiko Honda - Teiken Promotion hometown champion Shinsuke Yamanaka retained his WBC World Bantamweight title bouncing Tijuana, Mexico’s Carlos “Memin” Carlson
off the canvas five times enroute to a lop sided seventh round TKO stoppage win.
The more experienced heavier handed more skilled southpaw Yamanaka, in charge from the opening bell began to land big lefts early battering the out gunned Carlson sending him to the canvas twice in round five, once in the sixth and twice again in round seven finally convincing referee Ian John Lewis to call it over for the gallant Carlson at 0:57 of round seven.
The judges scores at the time of the stoppage were announced 59-52, 60-51 times two all for the champion leaving Yamanaka improving to 27-0-2, 19Ko’s, one title defense away from International Boxing Hall of Famer Yoko Gushiken’s Japanese record of 13 consecutive title defenses. Carlson suffering just his second pro defeat slips to 22-2, 13Ko’s.
On the undercard: Waipahu, Hawaii, former four time, two division world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria rebounded from his October 17th, 2015 9th round TKO loss to Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez winning a shake-down 78-75, 78-74, 77-75 eight round unanimous decision over Tamaulipas, Mexico’s Ruben Montoya. Viloria moves to 37-5, 22Ko’s while Montoya falls to 14-5-1, 9Ko’s.
Wilder Scores Sensational Fifth Round
Knockout Win Over Washington
Breazeale Stops Ugonoh, Hurd Ko's Harrison in Nine
Plant Decisions Awimbono, Nyambayar TKO's Gemino
(February 25th) Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) knocked out Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in the fifth round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL.
In front of a crowd of 12,346 fans, Wilder was able to give his home state crowd another scintillating victory. Although Washington stole some of the early rounds, Wilder's patience paid off as he was able to find his pace and finish Washington in the fifth frame.
In the blistering televised opener, Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KOs). Ugonoh controlled the fight early landing heavy blows to both Breazeale's body and head, but Breazeale was able to compose himself and stormed back to knock out Ugonoh in impressive fashion.
The co-main event featured Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) knocking out Tony Harrison (24-2, 20 KOs) in the ninth round of their contest.
Undefeated rising prospect Caleb Plant (15-0, 10 KOs) scored a unanimous decision (100-89, 100-89, 99-90) victory over an experienced Thomas Awimbono (25-7-1, 21 KOs).
Tugstsogt Nyambayar (8-0, 7 KOs) emerged victorious with a hard-fought 10th round technical knockout over Jhon Gemino (15-8-1, 7 KOs).
The card was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with TGB Promotions and Bruno Event Team.
Vargas Out-Points McDonnell
To Claim Vacant WBC World Super Bantamweight Title
By: Ian Webb
February 25th, Ice Arena, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom: Heading an Eddie Hearn - Matchroom Boxing promotion Otumba, México, 26-year-old banger, Rey Vargas claimed the vacant WBC World Super Bantamweight title scoring a tightly contested twelve round majority decision over Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK’s, Gavin McDonnell.
In a battle marked for a belt and someone’s O to go the Nacho Beristain trained Vargas started well controlling the distance with a measuring jab and a consistent body attack leaving the hometown McDonnell satisfied with the occasional counter.
Mid fight McDonnell settling in began to find the target in the fifth opening the doors for a solid back and forth sixth.
Vargas returning to his jab, mixing up power shots to the body and head continued to land the bigger, cleaner punches.
McDonnell driven by the crowd pressed the action but found little success drawing Vargas into a pure brawl. Seeing his defense begin to slip away with the escalating pressure McDonnell allowed Vargas to continue to land big shots down the stretch leading to some entertaining exchanges. Vargas remaining in charge of the space continued to bang away opening an edge leaving McDonnell short on two of the three cards when the scores were announced 114-114 and 117-111, 116-112 for Vargas. Vargas improves to 29-0, 22Ko’s while McDonnell suffering his first defeat slips to 16-1-2, 4Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Hessle, Yorkshire, southpaw Luke Campbell retained his WBC Silver Lightweight title scoring a second-round stoppage of Apodaca, Mexico’s Jairo “Doberman” Lopez.
The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist went to work showing the vast skill differential, holding target practice sending Lopez to the canvas with a sharp left in round one.
Continuing the clinic Campbell finished what he started opening in round two putting the out classed Lopez down for the second time with a drilling uppercut forcing the referee to call the fight to a halt. Campbell moves to 16-1, 13Ko’s ending Lopez three bout victory run at 21-7, 14Ko’s.
In other action:
Hull, Yorkshire super lightweight Tommy “Boom Boom” Coyle returned to the win column with a third round TKO stoppage of Rosehill, London, last minute sub Rakeem Noble. Coyle working his way past the Noble jab rocked the Londoner with a heavy right to close round two, jumping the still shaken Londoner at the bell opening round three dropping and stooping Noble with another solid right forcing the referee to wave it over at 0:28 of round three. Coyle improves to 23-4, 11Ko’s while Noble suffering just his second defeat falls to 11-2, 5Ko’s.
In a bantamweight clash Belfast, Northern Ireland’s Ryan Burnett remained unbeaten, out classing and out pointing Nuevo León, Mexico’s determined but thoroughly beaten Joseafat Reyes, 79-73 times three after eight. Burnett moves to 16-0, 9Ko’s while Reyes winless in his last four drops to 6-8-1, 1Ko.
In a minor upset Seaham, County Durham super featherweight Jordan Ellison won a six-round decision over Charlotte, North Carolina’s, Jacob Wooley. Wolley in his first pro action outside the US the previously unbeaten Wooley left his defense with Ellison’s can’t miss right hand becoming the main factor in his 58-57 points win. Ellison moves to 7-9, 1Ko while Wooley slips to 8-1, 6Ko’s.
In an abbreviated light heavyweight bout Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire’s, Dec “Nitro Kid” Spelman remained unbeaten blasting out Mountain Ash, Wales, Nathan King at the 0:49 mark of round three. Spelman advances to 11-0, 7Ko’s while King falls to 14-28, 1Ko.
Conisbrough, Yorkshire, heavyweight David “White Rino” Allen righted the ship with a first round annihilation of Starogard Gdanski, Poland’s, Lukasz Rusiewicz. Allen coming off back to back losses to Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz moves to 10-2-1, 7Ko’s while Rusiewicz winless in his last five and stopped in his last three drops to 22-29, 13Ko’s.
In the super welterweight shocker of the night Atherton, Lancashire, 29-year-old opponent “pay the bills” William Warburton dropped then stopped Hull, Yorkshire’s previously unbeaten Connor Seymour with a searching right hand forcing the referee to put a halt to the fight near the close of round two. A regular opponent Warburton without a victory in his previous nine bumps up a notch to 23-107-9, 4Kos while Seymour suffering his first loss falls to 7-1-2.
In a raucous four round preliminary lightweight Liverpool's, James "Bam Bam" Carney held off Hull, Yorkshire’s, Carl Chadwick for a 39-38 points win. Carney improves to 5-1-2, 3Ko’s as Chadwick drops to 4-2, 1Ko.
Alvarez Stops Bute in Five!
By: Jeff Ridge
February 24th, Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada: In the main event WBC Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator of a Yvon Michel - GYM Promotion Montreal based, Columbian, Eleider “Storm” Alvarez became the mandatory to WBC Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson scoring a fifth-round knockout of Laval, Quebec, 36-year-old, former IBF Super Middleweight Champion, Lucian “Le Tombeur” Bute.
Starting as a prolonged feeling out session and both fighters suffering cuts from a second-round clash of heads the alternating action would see Bute cut on the nose begin to land the cleaner shots until Alvarez bloodied from a cut on the forehead “stormed” the southpaw “Le Tombeur” with a pair of heavy rights sending him to the canvas where referee Marlon Wright waved the fight over at 0:36 of round five. Alvarez improves to 22-0, 11Ko’s while Bute winless in his last three falls to 32-4-1, 25Ko’s.
In the heavyweight co-feature, Victoria, British Columbia, Adam “The Boogeyman” Braidwood scored a brutal fifth round knockout of Quebec City, Eric “The Hammer” Bahoeli. Braidwood off to a slow start turned things around in the fourth with a set of big right hands in round four.
Bahoeli unable to draw a fresh restart from a delayed fifth round was “hammered” by the “The Boogeyman” sending the local favorite to the canvas twice in the round the latter the referee to call it over. Braidwood improves to 7-1, 6Ko’s while the 35-year-old Bahoeli falling to 11-7-1, 7Ko’s announced his retirement after the bout.
In an eight round super welterweight Quebec, Sebastien Bouchard scored a blue collar, workman like eight round unanimous decision over Distrito Federal, Mexico’s, Gustavo “Vitaminas” Garibay. The hometown Bouchard with a steady grind began to find his rhythm out working and out boxing the slower plodding Garibav to a 79-73, 77-75, 78-74 unanimous decision win. Unbeaten in his last seven, Bouchard moves to 15-1, 5Ko’s while Garibav drops to 13-8-2, 5Ko’s.
Quebec’s, IBF International Middleweight Champion Francis “The People's Champ” Lafreniere added the vacant WBO NABO Middleweight strap to his collection winning a hard fought ten round split decision over Juarez, Mexico’s, Uriel “Big Bang” Gonzalez.
The close fought back and forth battle would come to a boil in the sixth with Lafreniere putting Gonzalez on the ropes for some heavy work enabling “The People's Champ” to gain the edge on the judge’s cards which were announced 96-95 Gonzalez, 96-94 and a way too wide 98-92 for Lafreniere. Lafreniere moves to 15-5-2, 8Ko’s while Gonzalez a late replacement for Marcus Willis falls to 15-2-1, 1Ko’s.
In super middleweight action Cape Coral, Florida, 23-year-old, southpaw, Dario Bredicean remained unbeaten scoring a one way 79-72, 80-71 times two eight round unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s, Alejandro Torres. Bredicean advances to 12-0, 3ko’s while Torres suffering his second defeat falls to 9-2-2, 4Ko’s.
In a four-round preliminary super middleweight bout Quebec’s, Christian “Solide” Mbilli scored his second straight KO win stopping Puebla, Mexico, Jesus Olivares, 34 seconds into round three. M'billi moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Olivares drops to 5-4, 3Ko’s.
DeLoach Stuns Pearson with 2nd Round KO!
(all photos credit Esther Lin/SHOWTIME)
(February 24th) Justin "The Chosen One" DeLoach scored a shocking upset over Chris "Young King" Pearson in a second-round knockout victory on Friday in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME in front of a sellout crowd from Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.
DeLoach, (17-1, 9 KOs), of Augusta, Ga. continued his impressive winning streak with his seventh straight victory as he claimed the vacant USBA super welterweight title with the win, knocking out Pearson (14-2, 10 KOs, WSB 3-0, 1 KO) at 2:30 of the second round.
Pearson, who trains in Las Vegas and fights out of Dayton, Ohio, was first knocked down after DeLoach threw a strong left hook that caught Pearson sideways and dropped him to the canvas with one minute to go in Round 2.
DeLoach didn't let up, going after the hurting Pearson with a flurry of combinations sending him down again on a straight up right hand and leaving Pearson on his knees for the entire 10-second count.
"I'm not surprised that it happened so quickly," DeLoach said. "We had a strategy and we stuck to it. Hard work pays off and that was proof. I didn't think I was an underdog, but I understand the whole thing of psychological warfare. I always go into the ring like I am on top no matter what."
The southpaw Pearson, who was appearing on ShoBox for third time, never got going and landed just one body punch in the short fight connecting on just nine percent of his total punches (four of 43) compared to 32 percent for DeLoach (29 of 92).
"Pearson seemed a step slower from the start and DeLoach came forward," said ShoBox expert analyst Steve Farhood, who later called the DeLoach win a shocker. "Wow. Even if you liked DeLoach to win this fight, you are surprised it happened this soon."
He later added: "I thought it was going to be a distance fight. Pearson never recovered from his loss to Eric Walker. DeLoach continues to surprise. This is his fourth consecutive major win and now I believe he's a contender at 154 pounds-maybe one or two fights away from a world title fight."
The bout was originally scheduled for last September before Pearson was forced to withdraw due to an injury suffered in training.
"I felt lackluster," Pearson said. "He came out and he was explosive, he was busy. He didn't do anything I didn't expect. Things happened the way they did, and you gotta take the good with the bad. He hit me in the eye which got me a bit disoriented. He fought like I thought he would, he did what he had to do. His performance didn't surprise me."
DeLoach was clearly overcome with emotion as he reflected on his huge victory. "I feel great," DeLoach said. "I am emotional right now. I come from a small city and my mom is here and she's in tears. Seeing my mom and my family here, I am just proud."
In the co-main event of the evening, undefeated up-and-coming prospect Saul "Neno" Rodriguez (21-0-1, 15 KOs) of nearby Riverside won a split decision treating the hometown fans to a close outcome against a tough and game Oscar "La Máquina" Bravo (22-7, 10 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight battle.
Judge Carla Caiz scored it 95-94 for Rodriguez; Tony Crebs 95-94 for Bravo and Jerry Cantu 97-92 in favor of the still undefeated Rodriguez, who had never been past eight rounds before Saturday night, and also was knocked down for the first time in his career in the fifth round.
"I was pretty happy with my performance, but I know there are a few things I need to work on and really just stay focused," Rodriguez said. "When you're fighting a wild opponent like Bravo, it gets tough, he head-butted me a few times which affected my visual, but I didn't let his wild style interrupt my plan.
"I was definitely going for the KO throughout the night, but I was still boxing with him. I just gotta go back in the gym and continue developing as a fighter, I am just happy to bring the win home to my hometown and my home stable [Mayweather Promotions]."
A straight right hand by Bravo dropped the 23-year-old Rodriguez for the first time in his career with 1:50 left in the fifth round giving Bravo a huge 10-8 round. In the sixth round Bravo, 29, was again impressive and was able to effectively get inside against Rodriguez and land several powerful combinations.
Going into the final round, the two were almost equal in number of punches thrown and number of punches connected. Rodriguez was a bit more active in the end, connecting on 33 percent of his punches (174 of 522) compared to 31 percent for Bravo (155 of 497).
In the telecast opener, undefeated cruiserweight Andrew "The Beast" Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) of Chicago, Ill., out-worked and out-classed the previously undefeated Quantis "The Grim Reaper" Graves (11-1-2, 4 KOs) of Beaumont, Texas, scoring a technical knockout after six rounds.
The 27-year-old Tabiti was simply too skilled and powerful for the out-manned 34-year-old Graves, who was fighting for just the second time in the past 27 months.
Near the end of the fourth round Tabiti - fighting for the second time on ShoBox - unleashed a series of powerful combinations that all but ended the fight putting the visibly hurt Graves against the ropes before he was saved by the bell.
In the sixth round, Tabiti hurt Graves again leaving him back-pedaling and finally sending him to the canvas for the first time in his professional career with a brutal body shot. Graves never made it out for the seventh round as he and his corner threw in the towel in between rounds. The referee, Ray Corona, signaled the end of the fight.
"As soon as I got in the ring, I knew it was game over for him," Tabiti said. "Figuring out his game plan was easy money. The only thing I feel I could have done better was get him out of the fight quicker. He was talking a lot before the fight, but I didn't let that get in my head I just came out and did what I was supposed to do.
Graves connected on only three body punches on the night, compared to 29 for Tabiti, who landed 43 percent of his total punches, compared to just 11 percent for Graves, who was the 159th fighter to lose his undefeated record on ShoBox.
"Tabiti is very fast," Graves said. "I've been boxing for 19 years and I've never fought anyone as fast as him. I have no excuses. It is okay. Tabiti was cocky before the fight and humble after. He just needs to keep working hard and perfect his skills."
The event was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, and was witnessed by all-time great and Mayweather Promotions President Floyd Mayweather, who celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday and was interviewed by Farhood on the telecast before the Rodriguez-Bravo fight.
Super Welterweights: Justin DeLoach KO2 Christopher Pearson
Cruiserweights: Andrew Tabiti RTD6 Quantis Graves
Light Heavyweights: Lionell Thompson TKO4 Steve Lovett
Lightweights: Saul Rodriguez SD10 Oscar Bravo
Welterweights: Sanjarbek Rakhmanov W8 Jose Marrufo
Braekhus Outshines Svensson
With Title Retaining Dominating Decision Win!
By: Alfred Zimmermann
February 24, The Spectrum, Oslo, Norway: In a self-promoted main event Bergan, Norway’s, “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus retained her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO World Female Welterweight titles and unblemished record with a lop sided ten round unanimous decision over Malmo, Sweden’s, Klara Svensson.
The battle of technicians quickly found a trend with the champion working in a controlled tactical fashion dominate her once beaten opponent working her way to a one sided 100-90, 99-91 times two unanimous decision. The 35-year-old Braekhus advances to 30-0, 8Ko’s while the 29-year-old Svensson slips to 17-2, 5Ko’s.
Nguyen Stops Previously Unbeaten Flores
(photos from Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions)
(February 22nd) Exciting super featherweight Dat Nguyen
(20-3, 6 KOs) dropped and stopped previously unbeaten Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 KOs) in the sixth-round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday night from Silver Street in Houston, Texas.
"Every day I train hard to get to this moment," said Nguyen. "I'm thankful to everyone who was here to watch this performance and I'm ready to take on bigger and better challenges."
Flores started out trying to work off of the jab and impose his size and reach advantages on his smaller but more seasoned opponent. Nguyen was prepared for Flores' usually lethal left hook to the body and was able to deflect it while finding a landing spot for his right hand.
The power punch made its first mark late in round two when Nguyen's right hand hit Flores flush on the chin and sent the hometown prospect into survival mode for the remainder of the round. Flores continued to come forward and control moments of the fight, but Nguyen was consistently able to respond with more powerful punches.
"Flores is a warrior like all great Mexican fighters," said Nguyen. "That is the style I try to fight with too. I fight with that heart every time I'm in the ring. Flores came in fighting like a warrior but it didn't work out for him."
As the fight entered the second half of the scheduled 10 rounds, Nguyen caught Flores with several big hooks during an exchange against the ropes that sent Flores crashing hard to the canvas. Flores got to his feet but was clearly dazed as he attempted to hold on to Nguyen to survive the round.
Nguyen was able to remain patient enough to land a series of hard clean blows to Flores that forced referee Laurence Cole to call a halt to the bout at 1:02 in the sixth round. Flores was unable to give post fight comments due to a busted lip that required stitches.
"Miguel Flores is a tough guy and he's going to be a champion one day," said Nguyen. "Today was my day to win. I've been here 13 years as a professional and I finally got my shot at the top. I'm thankful to everyone who believed in me."
In the co-main event of the night, unbeaten Darwin Price (12-0, 6 KOs) rode a crisp jab to a unanimous decision victory over Hylon Williams (16-4-1, 3 KOs) in their eight-round super lightweight bout.
Price set the pace early by establishing his jab and throwing it often including doubling and tripling up on the punch to begin his attack. Price was able to work in a solid overhand right hand and a left hook that busted Williams' nose late in round two.
Williams remained on the defensive for most of the bout while only opening up his attack slightly in the second half of the fight. Price was able to hold off Williams when he did charge forward, including an exciting exchange late in round six.
Price was able to stay focused and continued to dominate every frame of the third eight-round bout in his pro career. After the final bell rang, all three judges scored the bout 80-72 for Price.
The opening bout of the telecast saw unbeaten prospect Brandon Figueroa (11-0, 8 KOs) put on an impressive performance in dominating Raul Chirino (10-5, 5 KOs) before stopping him in the fourth round of their super bantamweight matchup.
Chirino was aggressive early in attempting to close the distance against the taller Figueroa but the Weslaco, Texas-product set the tone by investing to the body with huge hooks from both hands.
Figueroa's body punching and work rate began to pay dividends in round three when he scored the first of his three knockdowns with a flurry of hooks to the body that sent Chirino down midway through the round. Chirino was able to get to his feet but Figueroa pounced on his wounded opponent and sent him back to the canvas with more thunderous hooks to the body.
Chirino arose once again and was able to narrowly survive the round, but Figueroa was gearing up for a big finish and finally landed the massive right hook to the body in round four that sent Chirino down for good. Referee Laurence Cole waived off the bout 1:30 into the round.
Adrien Broner Defeats Adrian Granados!
(photos Stephanie Trapp/Showtime)
(February 18th) Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion Broner eking out a split decision victory from Cintas Center at Xavier University in his hometown of Cincinnati.
The fight, which was scored 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados and 96-94 Broner, was a tale of accuracy vs activity. Granados (18-5-2, 11 KOs), a native of Chicago, was the busier fighter, throwing 683 compared to 403 total punches for Broner (33-2, 24 KOs). But "The Problem" connected at a 41 percent rate, compared to just 21 percent for his opponent.
The fight was fought largely on the inside, which Broner said was because he hurt his left hand in the first round and couldn't work off his jab. Regardless of the reason, Granados was able to make the fight into the rough affair he had predicted.
"I knew that Adrian Granados was going to come tough," Broner said. "At the end of the day, I was beating him up. This was an easy one for me. I feel good.
"Adrian Granados is a world class fighter, a lot of guys duck him but I wanted to fight him because that's what I'm about. Inside this ring it's business. Granados is a great friend of mine. It's nothing personal.
"I'm taking my career more seriously and being more positive. I want to apologize to everyone who looks up to me and has seen the foolish things I've done. I'm ready to be a better role model, a better father figure and a better star for everyone. "
Granados clearly disagreed with the decision and voiced his displeasure post fight.
"I knew it wasn't a pretty fight but I'm thankful to my team," Granados said. "You already know, there were all types of games that they played with me. We had to change the weights. We had to change the scale. They are just playing all kind of games. I just want to be treated fairly.
"I understand, I don't have a perfect record, but I can beat any of these guys. You have seen the scorecards. Split decision. Come on. Give me another one. Let's do it again. I can't wait to watch this fight, because I know I won.
"Come to my house. He fought smart and did his thing. If he thinks he did it this time, let's do it again. Let's do it in my house. Come to Chicago."
In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) Welterweight World Champion David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112 twice) to become a two-division champion.
The fight was fought at close quarters from the start. Peterson attacked on the inside instead of working off his jab, as was largely his game plan when he unified the 140-pound division. Avanesyan and Peterson traded body punches and uppercuts, but it was Peterson who was more fluid and effective in the second half of the fight. Peterson committed to the body in the later rounds, connecting on 98 shots to the body over 12 rounds.
Both fighters connected on 40 percent of their total punches, but the real difference was that Peterson connected on 39 percent of his power shots compared to 29 percent for Avanesyan.
"I was expecting to pick up where I left off," Peterson said of his 16-month layoff. "That may seem like a long time, but if you're in the gym it's not a long time. I took some steps forward tonight. We're looking to get back in camp and keep moving.
"I expected to put pressure on him the way he did. I didn't think he would fight back as hard as he did. He showed he's a champion and shows he's at this level. I want to fight anyone in the welterweight division now."
Avanesyan admitted it was a close fight but thought he did enough to get the decision.
"I thought that I was landing my punches more cleanly while his punches were being blocked," Avanesyan said. "Lamont is very good but I thought the judges were impressed with his movement, but I had the power."
In the opening bout of the evening, Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOs)knocked down Thomas Williams Jr. (20-3, 14 KOs) three times on his way to a sixth-round KO (0:42).
The southpaw vs. southpaw scrap was chippy from the opening bell. Browne capitalized on his significant reach advantage and controlled the distance with his jab, as Williams struggled to fight effectively on the inside.
In a bizarre second round, the undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian scored a knockdown with a straight right and then cracked Williams with a left hook to the back of his head while he was on his knee. After some confusion, referee Ken Miliner correctly deducted a point from Browne and gave Williams five minutes to rest. Williams took the nearly full five minute allotment but never seemed the same when he returned.
Browne floored Williams again in the fourth with a counter right hook, Williams beat the count but consistently ate shots as he struggled to gauge the distance. The third and final knockdown of the fight happened courtesy of a right hook in the opening minute of the sixth. Williams remained on the canvas complaining of an injured jaw, and failed to beat the 10 second count.
"He didn't' look like he went down, so I made sure he went down," Browne said of the incident in the second round. "He was trying to stand up in the squat position so I pushed him down a bit more. He was in a squat - I didn't see his gloves. I'm sorry. I wasn't being dirty."
The Staten Island native then called out WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson: "Adonis, just give me my chance. Let's go. I want that strap."
Welterweights: Adrien Broner SD10 Adrian Granados
Welterweights: Lamont Peterson W12 David Avanesyan
Light Heavyweights: Marcus Browne KO6 Thomas Williams Jr
Light Heavyweights: Curtis Hill Jr TKO1 Cory Dulaney
Super Featherweights: Desmond Jarman KO1 Lucas Burger
Lightweights: Trakwon Pettis W4 Mike Fowler
Han Retains Title
With Dominant Points Win Over Gerula!
By: Susan Hart
February 17th, Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas: In a now I see you, now I don’t, main event of a Top Rank Promotion, hometown favorite Jennifer Han retained her IBF World Female Featherweight Champion title with a shut out ten round unanimous decision over Manitoba, Canada’s Olivia Gerula.
The well-conditioned Han in charge from the opening bell used her superior speed hand and foot to first place, then touch and tag the 37-year-old veteran Gerula all night long.
Using a sharp jab to set up clean right hands through the first half of the fight, the mobile champion sitting down on a counter left hook in round five floored the game but out classed Canadian piling on the points and coasting to a 100-89 times three unanimous decision.
The 33-year-old Han unbeaten since her March 23rd 2014 majority decision loss to Ji-Hye Woo, moves to 6-3-1, 1Ko while Gerula, 2-3 in her last five bouts drops to 18-17-2, 3Ko’s.
In the lightweight co-feature North Bergen, New Jersey, Jonathan Maicelo scored a minor upset dropping Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Jose Felix Jr. once in rounds 1, 3 and 9, and twice in round 5 enroute to a 95-90, 96-90, 97-88 unanimous decision win. Maicelo moves to 25-2, 12Ko’s while Felix Jr’s. eight bout win streak comes to an end at 35-2-1, 27Ko’s.
In other action:
Undefeated Brazilian 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist middleweight Esquiva Falcoa remained unbeaten scoring a lop sided 79-73, 80-72 times two eighth round unanimous decision over San Jose, Costa Rica’s game and very durable Jaime “El Indio” Barboza. Falcoa a southpaw moves to 17-0, 12Ko’s while Barboza winless in his last three drops to 19-11, 9Ko’s.
Las Cruces, New Mexico, bantamweight Augustine Banegas scored a six-round point win over Juarez, Mexico’s 38-year-old Alejandro “Apachito” Moreno. Banegas climbs to 10-0, 3Ko’s while Moreno winless in his last eight drops to 24-37-3, 11Ko’s
In welterweight action Houston, Texas, Arturo Marquez the 20-year-old of former world champion Raul Marquez won a one sided 39-37, 40-36 times two four round unanimous decision over West Monroe, Louisiana’s, Ja’Mykle Wade. Marquez improves to 6-0, 3Ko’s while Wade falls to 2-1-1, 1Ko.
Jones Jr. Stops Gunn in Eight!
By: Phil Kane
February 17th, Chase Center, Wilmington, Delaware: In the main attraction of a David Feldman Promotion former nine time, four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. added another piece of bling to his trophy wall claiming the vacant World Boxing Foundation World Cruiserweight title with an eighth-round TKO stoppage of Hackensack, New Jersey, “Celtic Warrior, Bobby Gunn.
The 48-years-old promoter/ analyst/ fighter Jones a shadow of himself, looking like a cleaned up classic sepia tone video dominated the 43-year-old “out gunned”, Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Famer putting on a show pot-shotting the almost defenseless brawler with a braked highlight reel for most of seven rounds leaving the beaten gladiator seated for the bell sounding round eight.
Jones Jr. bumps up his Hall of fame career record to 65-9, 47Ko’s while Gunn inactive since a December 2013 eight round unanimous decision loss to Miami, Florida, “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson drops to 21-7-1, 18Ko’s.
I can only hope the analyst Jones watches his tape and that of the recent Bernard Hopkins vs Joe Smith Jr. dismantling and limits his appearances to exhibitions and doesn't continue make the sports overplayed one more fight, same mistake.
Giovani Santillan Cruises
to Another Win at "Path to Glory"!
(February 12th) - Junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) remained unbeaten during Friday's "Path to Glory" main event from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calf.
The steely southpaw from San Diego thoroughly outpointed Mexico's Omar Tienda (18-4, 11 KOs) through 8-rounds, sweeping all scorecards 80-72.
"At times, he was difficult to hit because he bent down at the waist," said Santillan, one of Thompson Boxing's most promising prospects. "In the end it didn't matter because I found angles on him every round and he never really frustrated me."
Santillan relied on his jab to control the tempo and later worked in the pocket to land power shots that consistently slowed down Tienda.
"I was able to do what I wanted," Santillan said. "It was a solid win."
In the 8-round co-feature, Santa Ana's Erick Ituarte (16-1-1, 2 KOs) extended his win streak to nine with a dominating performance against Naciff Martinez (17-10-2, 5 KOs) of Mexico. Scores: 80-72 twice, 79-73.
Top featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (4-0, 2 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. used all four rounds to pick apart Francisco Camacho (2-7-1, 1 KO) of Mexico to earn a unanimous decision win 40-36, all around.
"Camacho had an awkward style," said Villa, who has back-to-back national golden gloves championships on his resume. "I had to chase him around the ring, but that wasn't anything that I hadn't seen before. I got my shots in every round and dominated the decision win."
Junior lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover (3-0, 3 KOs) continues to live up to his high profile billing. The Midland, Texas native delivered a devastating left hook that spelled lights out for Jose Mora (0-3) of Tijuana, Mexico. The first round stoppage win came at the 2:07 mark.
"I was sitting on my punches well and when I saw an opening, I went for it," said Michael Dutchover, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. "I caught him flush with the left hook and that was it. I'm glad I was able to finish it early."
Los Angeles native Rudy Garcia (5-0, 1 KO) handed David Martino (2-1, 2 KOs) of Mexico his first professional defeat by outpointing him in the their 4-round match up (40-36 x3). Garcia, a bantamweight, mixed his punches well and covered up nicely whenever Martino tried to counter or challenge him.
Newly signed Francisco Armenta (3-0) of Sinaloa, Mexico used his superior talent to consistently frustrate Cody Peterson (1-2) of Kansas City, MI. Armenta, who begins his professional career in the junior welterweight division, won with scores 39-37 and 40-36, twice.
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns with their annual private show on Saturday, March 11 from the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, Calif. Information for this event will be released in the coming days.
"Path to Glory" was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.
Contact: Pierre Kacsinta, Director of Public Relations, Thompson Boxing Promotions, email@example.com, (818) 720-8721
Demarco Ends Hiatus with Decision Win Over Solis!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
February 11th, Gimnasio Municipal Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Tecate, Mexico: Tijuana, Mexico’s former WBC Lightweight Champion Antonio "Tony" DeMarco returned from a 14-month hiatus ending a three-bout skid scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Yucatán, Mexico’s, Luis “Muecas” Solis.
The 31-year old southpaw DeMarco coming off consecutive loses to Jessie Vargas, Rances Barthelemy and Omar Figueroa Jr showing some ring rust early quickly re-acclimated putting the 24-year-old Solis down in round two. Continuing his shakedown cruise the more skilled and experience former champion took the fight to Solis, who coming in riding a four bout KO streak was forced to hold on drawing a seventh-round point deduction for holding paving the way for a Demarco one sided 99-89 times three unanimous decision victory. DeMarco relinquishing his title to Adrien Broner November 2012, improves to 32-6-1, 23Ko’s while Solis drops to 20-8-4, 17Ko’s.
Robert Easter Retains Lightweight Title vs Luis Cruz
In PBC Main Event The Next Round on Bounce TV!
(February 10th) Nearly 10,000 fans turned out for hometown hero Robert Easter (19-0, 14 KOs) as he impressively defended his lightweight world title against Puerto Rico's Luis Cruz (22-5-1, 16 KOs) at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV. The 2012 Olympic alternate used his reach and power throughout the fight, knocking Cruz down three times en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Cruz's best round came in the fifth as he turned up the action, giving Easter a pause more than once and pushed the champion toward the ropes. After that round, it was all Easter who threw flurries of punches, not always depending on his range, doing his best to pin Cruz back with powerful hooks and body shots. Easter wasn't fazed by seeing the 10th round for the third time in his career as a big right hand sent Cruz to the canvas for the first knockdown of the fight. Cruz impressively rose to his feet, but Easter didn't relent.
He continued his conquest and with 10 seconds to go in the 11th round, Cruz was saved by the bell after being knocked down again. Fighting to the finish, Easter gave the raucous crowd what they came for as he threw a big right hand that nearly ended the fight. Cruz did notably did not quit, but was no match for Easter as the judges scored the bout 119-106, 118-107, 117-108.
In the co-main event, three-time U.S. Olympian Rau'shee Warren (14-2, 4 KOs) came out strong from the opening bell as he utilized his hand speed and power by knocking Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-1, 18 KOs) of Kazakhstan not once, but twice. Warren, who was defending his bantamweight title for the first time, could not finish the fight in the first round despite throwing a flurry of unanswered punches following the two knockdowns. The tables started to turn in favor of Zhakiyanov in the third round as he threw several consecutive uppercuts, pressuring Warren against the ropes. He threw two right hooks that knocked Warren to the canvas, but referee Gary Rosato ruled it a slip.
Trained and promoted by former unified world champion Ricky Hatton, Zhakiyanov applied pressure throughout the middle rounds, wearing Warren down. But the Cincinnati-native seemed to have gotten a second wind to kick-off the eighth round as he turned up the heat with one minute to go. Zhakiyanov continued to put pressure on Warren and use his strength. The fight was action packed from start to finish, but it was the Kazakh who earned the split decision victory with scores of 116-110, 115-111 for Zhakiyanov and 115-111 Warren.
The telecast kicked off with a middleweight bout between Cleveland-native Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs)and Puerto Rico's Luis Hernandez (15-4, 8 KOs). Gausha established his jab midway through the first round with three straight right hands to the face of Hernandez. However, it was Hernandez who surprised Gausha with a huge overhand right that floored the 2012 Olympian. Gausha easily bounced back from the knock down and was able to get himself out of trouble and continued to show his power throughout.
Referee Jim Howe deducted a point from Hernandez after two low blows in the seventh round. Hernandez remained determined despite taking a lot of big shots, especially in the ninth round when Gausha was a few shots away from ending the fight. In the end, Gausha earned a unanimous decision with scores of 98-90 twice and 97-91.
Bantamweights: Zhanat Zhakiyanov SD12 Rau'shee Warren
Lightweights: Robert Easter Jr W12 Luis Cruz
Lightweights: Jamel Herring RTD3 Art Hovhannisyan
Middleweights: Terrell Gausha W10 Luis Hernandez
Lightweights: Tyler McCreary W8 Jonathan Perez
Lightweights: Raynell Williams TKO2 Justin Savi
Super Lightweights: Albert Bell W4 Andrew Rodgers
Middleweights: Adrian Wilson SD4 Rashad Scott
Baranchyk Wins SHOBOX: War with Ramos!
By: David Colon
February 10th, Buffalo Run Casino & Resort in Miami, Oklahoma: In the main attraction of a Dibella Entertainment promoted ShoBox: The New Generation, Brooklyn, New York based Russian Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk won an arduous ten round unanimous decision over Phoenix, Arizona’s Abel Ramos.
Battling Ramos active jab from the start Baranchyk turned the fight into a war with both fighters opening-up exchanging knockdowns in round three with Baranchyk dropping Ramos with a clean right only to be repaid the favor later in the round when “The Beast” would take a seat compliments of a ramous well timed, counter left hook.
Neither fighter appearing phased by the previous round resumed to full action mode with Baranchyk winning the battle of hooks returning Ramos to the canvas in round four.
The two way, back and forth action would continue with the heavier, sharper punching Russian gaining the competitive and punitive edge out working and out landing the valiant Ramos to a 99-91, 97-92, 97-93 unanimous decision win. Baranchyk improves to 14-0, 10Ko’s while Ramos who’s only other defeat comes to still unbeaten Houston, Texas, “Rougarou” Regis Prograis drops to 17-2-2, 12Ko’s.
In the cruiserweight co-feature squaring a pair of unbeatens, Far Rockaway, New York’s Joseph “Mack” Williams remained unblemished scoring a mild upset eighth round majority decision over 2008 Dominican Republic Olympian Lenin Castillo.
The closely contested battle of 28-year old’s saw the busier New Yorker out work the former Olympian marking the rounds leaving the loading up Castillo short when the judges scores were announced a generous even call of 76-76 and the two more realistic scores of 78-74 77-75 for Williams. Williams moves to 11-0, 7Ko’s while Castillo suffering his first defeat slips to 15-1-1, 10Ko’s.
Heading the undercard: in a demolition derby styled unbeaten super featherweight eight rounder Sergio Martinez promoted Jon “Johnfer” Fernandez remained unbeaten scoring a third-round TKO stoppage of Saginaw, Michigan, southpaw, Ernesto Garza III.
Both fighters opening with volatile intentions saw Fernandez breaking through early flooring Garza in round one opening the bomb bay doors for a steady supply of punishment forcing referee Gary Ritter to step in a call a halt to the maltreatment at 1:39 of round three. Having found his power curve, Scoring his ninth straight KO win Fernandez climbs to 11-0, 9Ko’s while Garza III, 2-2 in his last four falls to 7-2, 4Ko’s.
Collazo Scores Sixth Round KO of Vasquez Jr.
Premier Boxing Champions Special Edition Main Event!
(February 2nd) Former world champion Luis Collazo (37-7, 20 KOs) delivered an early "Knockout of the Year" candidate with a sixth-round knockout of welterweight contender Sammy Vasquez Jr. (21-2, 15 KOs) Thursday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes from Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.
The Brooklyn-native Collazo started slow as Vasquez Jr. looked to control the fight with his movement and jab. The action began to pick-up in the third round as Collazo struck the first major blow of the fight, connecting on a right hand that sent Vasquez Jr. to the canvas.
Vasquez Jr. stunned Collazo early in the fourth round with an overhand left and pressed forward to initiate numerous exchanges along the ropes. Collazo was able to hold off his younger opponent and do damage with body shots and short punches in the exchanges.
After a more tactical round five, Vasquez Jr. once again pushed forward on Collazo in the hopes of getting his offense going. The veteran Collazo was prepared for the attack and connected on a vicious right hand that put Vasquez on the mat and out for good as referee Bill Clancy halted the bout at 1:27 into the round.
In welterweight action, fast-rising Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas (18-3, 8 KOs) earned a split-decision over Levan Ghvamichava (17-3-1, 13 KOs) in their 10-round bout Thursday night.
It was the third straight impressive victory for Ugas, who has put himself squarely in the conversation in the welterweight division. Ugas was in control of the early part of the fight, winning exchanges in the middle of the ring and breaking through the high and tight guard of Ghvamichava.
Ghvamichava was able to work his way back into the fight with an increased work rate in the middle rounds as he began to find openings in Ugas' defense. Referee Bill Clancy deducted a point from Ugas in round eight after multiple warnings for low blows.
The action heated up in the final two rounds as both men exchanged heavy blows throughout. Ugas began to land his left hook successfully but Ghvamichava had his moments and continued throwing punches until the final bell. After 10-rounds of action the judges scores were 99-90, 97-94 for Ugas and 95-94 for Ghvamichava.
In a showdown of unbeaten super lightweight prospects, Chicago's Eddie Ramirez (16-0, 11 KOs) earned a stoppage victory after nine rounds of action against Houston's Ryan Karl (13-0, 9 KOs). Karl's corner stopped the fight before the 10th and final round.
Ramirez was the more effective fighter from the start, working off of his jab to hit Karl with a big right hand that staggered him in the second round. Karl was able to weather the storm and compete throughout the middle rounds of the fight as he threw constant power punches in an attempt to catch Ramirez.
The momentum swung to Ramirez for good starting in the seventh round, when another right hand connected with Karl and opened up a cut over Karl's left eye. A late flurry by Ramirez in round nine as he staggered Karl near the ropes and forced him to hold Ramirez. Karl was able to finish the round, but did not answer the bell for round 10 as his corner put a halt to the fight.
Welterweights: Luis Collazo KO6 Sammy Vasquez
Welterweights: Yordenis Ugas SD10 Levan Ghvamichava
Welterweights: Eddie Ramirez RTD9 Ryan Karl
Welterweights: Jose Miguel Borrego KO1 Tomas Mendez
Cruiserweights: Michael Seals TKO3 Dennis Sharpe
Super Lightweights: Austin Dulay KO4 Rynell Griffin
Heavyweights: Jean Pierre Augustin KO1 Danny Phippen
Santa Cruz Reclaims WBA Featherweight Title
Mikey Garcia Stops Dejan Zlaticanin In Three!
(January 28th) Leo Santa Cruz reclaimed the WBA Featherweight Championship, executing a brilliant game plan to dethrone Carl Frampton in a rematch of their epic first fight in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday in front of 10,085 raucous fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
With the scores 114-114 draw, and 115-113 twice, both fighters now own a majority decision and promised to settle the score in a trilogy.
The fight picked up where the champions left off last July in Brooklyn with tremendous action and back and forth exchanges, but it became immediately evident that Santa Cruz had adjusted his game plan. The three-division world titlist worked off the jab, fought with patience at range and picked his spots perfectly. The brawler out-boxed the boxer.
Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) was more aggressive in the second half of the fight and attacked on the inside, but his aggression opened him up to effective counter shots from Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs).
Santa Cruz, who has made a living with trademark aggression and high volume output, was clearly more patient in the second fight. He threw 884 punches, well below his division-leading average, including over 400 jabs. Frampton, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, managed to throw nearly 600 punches, but he connected at just 22 percent.
As was the case in the first fight, the rematch was fought at times at a blistering pace, especially in the second half. Frampton and Santa Cruz combined to throw 193 punches in the final round, 90 of which were thrown by Frampton, the most he threw in any round of the fight.
"Before the fight, I said I wanted revenge and I wanted to work hard," said the 28-year-old Santa Cruz. "I went to the gym and I worked hard and I did what I had to do.
"My head was telling me to go forward and pressure him, but my dad and corner were telling me to box him. That's what I had to do. I always fight for the fans, but tonight I fought for myself too."
Leading into the rematch, it became evident that Santa Cruz and Frampton were perhaps forever linked. Santa Cruz had promised to earn back his title and grant Frampton a rematch, while Frampton didn't shy away from expressing his desire to make their rivalry a trilogy.
"Of course I want the rematch," Santa Cruz said after the fight. "I'm a man of my word and I said if I won I would give him the trilogy. Carl Frampton is a good fighter. Let's make a third fight."
The two-division titlist Frampton, who was the consensus 2016 Fighter of the Year, told SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray that Santa Cruz deserved the decision.
"It was a very tough fight," said Frampton, who turns 30 years old next month. "Some of the rounds were close. I really think Leo deserved it. He told me what he was going to do. The brawler was out-boxing the boxer. My fault. I'm sorry. We will have to do it again. We have to do it again.
"He was very clever and he used his reach. I think he deserved it. I'm being honest. But it was a very good fight. I think I can perform slightly better. No excuses.
"Let's do it again. I hope he's a man of his word and comes to Belfast. I hope he does.
MIKEY GARCIA KNOCKS OUT DEJAN ZLATICANIN
Mikey Garcia became a three-division world champion with a vicious third-round knockout of previously undefeated defending WBC Lightweight World Champion Dejan Zlaticanin in the co-main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
The rousing and definitive victory marked Garcia's return to boxing's elite. The Oxnard, Calif., native was an undefeated two-division champion when he entered a two-and-a-half year layoff due to promotional issues. He returned last July on SHOWTIME with an impressive performance and made a statement on Saturday by capturing a title in a third weight class in just his second fight in three years.
Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) kept Zlaticanin off balance and out of range with his jab, setting up powerful rights that repeatedly backed up his opponent. The 29-year-old hurt Zlaticanin with a flush right uppercut in the final minute of the third, followed by a punishing and perfectly timed right that immediately knocked the Montenegrin out cold. Zlaticanin remained on the canvas for several minutes before returning to his feet as a concerned Garcia paced the ring.
It was the first time Zlaticanin (18-1, 11 KOs), the most avoided fighter at 135 pounds, was ever hurt or knocked down.
"I'm thankful Dejan, my opponent, is okay now," Garcia said. "We never wish any bad on anyone in this sport and I'm glad he was able to get up and be OK. I wished him a great career still, and he said thank you. I told him he's still a champion. Once a champion, always a champion.
"He kept coming in and I saw the opportunity for the uppercut. He was hurt. When he turned back to look at me I knew he was hurt and I went for the overhand right. I saw it in his eyes. It was just the perfect time and perfect distance.
"I think the layoff allowed me to reignite my fire and my passion and bring back that love for the sport. And in that two-and-a-half year layoff I always had the support of my loyal fans."
Garcia now sets his sites on unifying the lightweight division. WBA Lightweight World Champion Jorge Linares and former titlist Anthony Crolla will fight in a highly anticipated rematch on March 25 live on SHOWTIME from Manchester, England. The WBC, the belt Garcia picked up on Saturday, has mandated that the winner of Linares vs. Crolla II must face the winner of Zlaticanin vs. Garcia.
"I'm available to unify any titles. If we can get the organizations to come together and unify titles we would love that. Maybe move up to 140 pounds by the end of the year."
Zlaticanin, who was the first champion in the history of Montenegro, was frustrated with his performance and inability to execute his game plan.
"I was just getting ready to pick it up a little bit and I got between the ropes and then he hit me with a good, hard punch," Zlaticanin said.
"Mikey is a good fighter without a doubt. I never was able to get into the fight. I was pressuring and trying to break him down in the early rounds."
SHOWTIME BOXING ON SHOWTIME EXTREME RESULTS
Ivan Redkach outclassed Demond Brock, utilizing effective uppercuts and body shots en route to an eighth-round knockout victory (2:30) on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME.
Once a highly-touted prospect, Redkach (20-2-1, 16 KOs) was looking to get back to his winning ways after entering 1-2-1 in his last four bouts. He stamped his return by closing the show in impressive fashion in the eighth and final round, flooring Brock with two big left hooks with little more than one minute left in the fight. Brock (13-4-1, 4 KOs) beat the count but was on unsteady legs and defenseless against a barrage of combo shots, forcing referee Jay Nady to step in and halt the contest with just 30 seconds left on the clock.
"I'm very excited. I couldn't be happier," Redkach said. "I want to thank Team Santa Cruz. They are my family. We had a great camp and I can't wait to see Leo fight. I'm just so happy I won the fight."
Highly-regarded super middleweight prospect David Benavidez made quick work Sherali Mamadjanov, knocking down the previously once-beaten fighter twice en route to a second round TKO (1:04).
The 20-year-old Benavidez (17-0, 16 KOs) floored Mamadjanov (14-2, 7 KOs) with just seconds left in the first round with a vicious left hook to the stomach followed by a straight right. It was the first time the Uzbekistan native had touched the canvas in his professional career. Benavidez connected with another big left hook to the body one minute into the second, Mamadjanov got up but was clearly unsteady and Russell Mora immediately halted the contest.
The Phoenix native connected on 55 percent of his power shots, while Mamadjanov landed just one power punch.
"I am a little disappointed because I wanted to give the crowd a spectacular knockout," Benavidez said. "This is my first time fighting at MGM Grand and I will never forget it. The atmosphere here is amazing. This fight week has been the best experience of my life.
"I want to continue to fight as much as I can. I want to perfect my craft, train as hard as I can and be the best that I can be."
Super lightweight prospect Josh Taylor won a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over a game Alfonso Olvera, scored 79-72, 78-73 twice, in the opening bout of SHOWTIME BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME. Taylor, who entered the bout with a perfect record of 7-0 with seven knockouts, was extended past the fifth round for the first time in his career.
Taylor (8-0, 7 KOs) broke down Olvera (8-3-1, 3 KOs) with a steady diet of body shots, a sharp jab and effective counter punching. The 2012 Olympic representative for Scotland landed 57 percent of his power shots and 43 percent of his total punches, while Olvera connected at just a 17 percent clip.
"I wasn't surprised he didn't go down," Taylor said. "I wasn't looking for the knockout. Just wanted to get the win.
"He was very awkward. I couldn't get going like I wanted to, but I did get some shots off and felt like I hurt him at times."
Taylor's trainer Shane McGuigan said, "I'm happy with his performance. It wasn't his best, but he did enough to win. He is young. He is still a novice. I'm looking forward to continuing to see his progress and what he will do moving forward."
Leo Santa Cruz MD12 Carl Frampton
Mikey Garcia KO3 Dejan Zlaticanin
Ivan Redkach TKO8 Demond Brock
Leduan Barthelemy W6 Jesus Aguinaga
Josh Taylor W8 Alfonso Olvera
David Benavidez TKO2 Sherali Mamajonov
Herbert Acevedo W6 Chris Singleton
Antonio Santa Cruz W4 Victor Torres
Luis Gerardo Perez TKO1 Javier Cepeda
Berchelt Stops Vargas
Claims Super Featherweight Title
Miura Halts Roman in 12 to Stay in Super Featherweight Hunt!
By: Phil Kane
January 28th, Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California: In main event of a Golden Boy Promotions card broadcast LIVE on HBO’s Boxing After Dark Yucatán, Mexico’s, Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt quickly lined himself up for an upset of the year nominee claiming the WBC World Super Featherweight title scoring an eleventh-round TKO stoppage of Mexico City, Mexico’s, Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas.
The 25-year-old Berchelt on a nine bout KO run since being shockingly stopped in the first round by Luis Eduardo Florez, March 15th 2014 went right to work putting the 32-year-old champion on the defensive pushing the action through the first half.
Vargas drawing down on his championship heart looked to battle back working his jab but unable to hold off his two-handed free swinging challenger it would be the busier, heavier combination punching “El Alacran” dominating the exchanges opening a cut over “El Bandido’s” left eye piling on the punishment forcing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to step in and call it at 2:19 of round eleven. Berchelt moves to 31-1, 28Ko’s while Vargas off a tough ninth round TKO stoppage of Takashi Miura, November 2015 and a twelve-round title holding majority draw with Orlando Salido in June calling for an immediate rematch slips to 23-1-2, 17Ko’s.
In the super featherweight co-feature, Tokyo, Japan’s, Takashi Miura remained in the title hunt with a twelfth-round knockout of Juarez, Mexico’s, rugged veteran Miguel “Mikey” Roman.
Starting with a pretentious two round feeling out session the solid back and forth action would begin to unfold in round three. Miura working behind his southpaw jab attempted to control the distance while the pressing Mexican veteran Roman controlled the pace. Going into the second half of the bout it would be the always well-conditioned sharper punching former champion Miura taking over finally breaking down and flooring the determined fading veteran Roman with a left hook to the body round ten.
Evaluating the situation, Miura staying on the attack would send Roman to the canvas again in round eleven with a hard combination. To his credit, Roman making it upright would finish the round only to hit the deck for the third-time compliments of a Miura tight left prompting a referee Thomas Taylor full count ending the action at 0:53 of round twelve. Scoring his second straight KO win since being stopped by Vargas Miura moves to 31-3-2, 24Ko’s while the 31-year-old Roman’s six bout KO streak ends at 56-12, 43Ko’s.
Heading the undercard, Brooklyn, New York, 2008 Olympian welterweight, Sadam “World Kid” Ali put his second victory between himself and his March 5th 2016, 9th round TKO vacant WBO World welterweight title loss to Jesse Vargas scoring a third-round knockout of Tijuana, Mexico’s, made to order Jorge “Pantera” Silva.
The over matched Silva, even going all in was no challenge for the more talented, cleaner punching “World Kid” who landing big right hands from the opening bell putting down the game Mexican down in round one continued to pile on the punishment finally putting the foolishly taunting “Pantera” out of his misery with a sharp combination in round three forcing referee Edward Hernandez Sr. to quickly wave it over without a count at 2:27 of round three. Ali improves to 24-1, 14Ko’s while Silva 2-10 in his last twelve crashes to 21-13-2, 18Ko’s.
In a schedule eight round lightweight bout Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 21-year-old, Lamont Roach claimed the vacant WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight title with a first round annihilation of Sonora, Mexico, southpaw, veteran, Alejandro Valdez. The quicker, sharper punching Roach quickly overwhelmed his overmatched foe sending him to the canvas twice in round one, the latter prompting a referee Edward Hernandez Sr. ten count at 1:41 of round one. Roach remains unbeaten at 13-0, 5Ko’s while 1-4, stopped four times in his last five drops to Valdez, 26-9-2, 20Ko’s.
In four round action:
Tijuana, Mexico, lightweight Vicente “Suavecito” Portillo battled through a cut near his left eye left eye from accidental headbutt in round two to a closely contested 38-38, 39-37 times two majority decision over LA’s, Mike Melikyan. Portillo moves to 6-0, 3Ko’s while Melikyan drops to 1-2.
In a bantamweight bout for “the ages” Palmdale, California, 19-year-old Cesar Diaz scored a one way second round TKO stoppage of Sonora, Mexico’s 40-year-old Joel “Loco” Castro. Diaz in total control flooring Castro with the first punch needed just short of four minutes to catch-up with and pound out his elderly opponent convince referee Edward Hernandez Sr. to wave it over at 0:51 of round two. Diaz improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Castro waiting on his boxing AARP card, stopped twice remains winless at 0-2.
In a respect your elders super lightweight match-up Grand Prairie, Texas, 18-year-old, Vergil Ortiz extended his unbeaten, KO run walking down and dropping Cancun, Mexico’s, 36-year-old, Israel “Isra” Villela forcing referee Ray Corona to step in and stop any further punishment at 1:26 of round one. Ortiz moves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Villela stopped in his last three falls to 5-4,2Ko’s.
Moreno Valley, California, 18-year-old featherweight, Luis Coria remained perfect stopping Durango, Mexico’s, Gerardo Molina with an unanswered heavy barrage of punches forcing referee Ray Corona to step in and stop it at 2:52 of round one. Coria improves to 3-0, 3ko’s while Molina stopped in his last three dives to 1-4, 1Ko.
Judah Returns with 2nd Round TKO of Munguia!
By: Roger Marr
January 21st, Sun National Bank Center arena in Trenton, New Jersey: In the main event of a Renee Aiken’s -Boss Lady Promotion, Brooklyn, former six time, two division world champion, Zab “Super” Judah ended his 37-month hiatus scoring a second round TJO stoppage of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jorge Luis Munguia.
The 39-year-old Judah, inactive since dropping a Brooklyn rivalry unanimous decision Paulie Malignaggi December 7th, 2013 took complete advantage of the over matched journeyman putting in a two round heavy bag session stopping the totally defensive Honduran with a unanswered volley of punches at 1:27 of round two. Judah looking to ride name recognition to a another pay day and possible title shot moves to 43-9, 30Ko’s while Munguia winless in his last five drops to 12-8-, 4Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Glassboro, New Jersey, southpaw, Derrick “Take It to The Bank” Webster, claimed the vacant United States Boxing Organization Super Middleweight title scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Accra, Ghana’s, Thomas Awimbono.
His third victory since his sole defeat, a ten round unanimous decision loss to Arif Magomedov July 2015 Webster improves to 22-1, 11Ko’s while Awimbono, coming in off a ten-round points loss to Mike Gavronski in November falls to 25-6-1, 21Ko’s.
Nielsens Back with Decision Over Berrocal!
By: Alfred Zimmerman
January 21st, Struer Arena, Struer, Denmark: In-active since a December 12th 2015 third round TKO of Rudy Markussen, Albertslund, Denmark’s, Patrick Nielsen got back in the super middleweight mix scoring ten round unanimous decision over rugged Colombian, Beibi Berrocal.
The battle of southpaws saw the 25-year-old Dane, off to a solid start put Berrocal down with a hidden left in round two but pressing with mostly single shots allowed the game Columbian to remain in the fight and at times the aggressor for a less than impressive implied 99-91 times three unanimous decision. Unbeaten in his last seven going back to the Markussen bout Nielsen moves to 29-1, 14Ko’s while the 29-year-old Berrocal falls to 17-4, 16Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Struer’s Dina Thorslund claimed the vacant WBC Youth Female Super Bantamweight title winning a one way ten round 100-90 times three points win over Munich, Germany’s Xenia Jornaec. Thorslund moves to 8-0, 5Ko’s while Jornaec drops to 7-2, 2Ko’s.
In a special attraction, Berlin, Germany super middleweight Stefan Haertel remained unbeaten scoring an eighth-round TKO stoppage of Nowy Sacz, Poland’s, Tomasz Gargula. Showing his dominance early flooring the game but out classed the out Pole in round one Haertel continued to pour it on convincing referee Freddy Rafn he had finally seen enough at 1:52 of round eight. With his first KO victory Haertal moves to 13-0, 1Ko while Gargula stopped in three of his last four falls to 18-5-1, 5Ko’s.
In other action:
Berlin, Germany based Armenia super middleweight Arman Torosyan stopped Copenhagen’s middleweight Abdul Khattab in six.
Odense, Denmark, super welterweight Mikkel Nielsen shut out Georian, Leri Tedeev 60-54 times three after six.
Frankfurt, Germany light heavyweight Leon Bunn stopped Leszno, Poland’s Przemyslaw Binienda in two.
Badou Jack and James Degale
Battle to a Majority Draw In Unification Showdown!
WBC Champion Badou Jack (20-1-3, 12 KOs) and IBF titlist James DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) fought to a 12-round majority draw in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in front of 10,128 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The bout was scored 114-112 (DeGale) and 113-113 twice, and the only clear winner was the sport of boxing and its fans.
Britain's DeGale, making the third defense of his IBF belt, started the drama by flooring Jack with a jab with 30 seconds left in the first round. But it was back and forth from there in a highly skilled, closely contested battle between the consensus best in the weight class and in the eighth unification bout in division history.
Jack, making his third title defense, was more effective on the inside and more active, throwing 745 total punches vs. DeGale's 617.
The pivotal moment in the fight occurred when Jack floored DeGale for the first time in his career with a left-right combo punch midway through the 12th and final round. Without the 10-8 round, DeGale would have won a unanimous decision.
"I thought I won the fight. I finished stronger," Jack said. "His knockdown was a flash knockdown. I won the fight. He was doing a lot of running. He was throwing a lot of shit at my guard.
"Let's do it again at light heavyweight. It's time to move to light heavyweight."
DeGale countered: "I've got huge respect for this man, but I thought I won that. I landed the cleanest shots. Let's do it again. Let's do it again in London.
"He hit me (in the 12th), but I was more off balance. I respect him. He's a good, all-around fighter. Let's go again."
Davis was supremely accurate from the opening bell, landing an astounding 48 percent of his power punches and 40 percent of his total shots. Davis won his first title at just 22 years of age, similar to his mentor Mayweather, who picked up his first belt in the same weight class when he was 21.
Pedraza was making the third defense of his belt, but didn't come out with his traditional "Sniper" game plan of fighting at range and picking apart his opponent. Davis gained confidence as he connected on the inside, landing at an impressive clip and preventing his Puerto Rican opponent from landing with effective lateral and head movement.
The Baltimore native hurt Pedraza with a huge left hook to the body in the opening moments of the sixth round, forcing Pedraza to guard his right side while eating repeated combinations with no answer for the onslaught. Davis landed more than 50 percent of his power shots in the sixth and Pedraza never really recovered. He was floored in the seventh round by a big right hook, falling to the canvas for the first time in his career. Pedraza got up, but referee Ricky Gonzalez sensed Pedraza was defeated and immediately halted the contest.
"I've had experience, I was telling you all that and you didn't believe it," said Davis, who became the youngest reigning world titlist. "I did the hard work, and us coming out on top, it means a lot. Having a great boxer and promoter backing me feels great.
"In this camp, I studied 'Pretty Boy' Floyd, not 'Money.' I learned to stay composed. He caught me with some good shots. I took it and I came back out. That's how you show you're a real dude.
"I felt that he was laying down. I caught him one time in the body and he backed up. My team told me to go back to the body. My team told me to stay under control and go back to the body."
Said Mayweather: "For this training camp, I didn't want to be around him. I didn't want to talk to him. I wanted him to focus so he could go out and be right. Is this the future of boxing? Abso-f***-lutely."
Pedraza admitted he made a fundamental error in fighting Davis' game.
"The strategy was to fight him from a distance, but it didn't work out that way," Pedraza said. "In spurts I did do it, but in the end I was trying to give too much pressure and that didn't work.
"There was a moment there when I adjusted to the game plan that I wanted, but I kept trying to fight with him and it didn't work.
"It's no excuse, but I was at 135 pounds and coming down to accept this fight maybe wasn't the right move."
Amanda Serrano (31-1-1, 23 KOs) capitalized on the opportunity to fight in the first women's world title fight on English-language national television in nearly a decade, with a dominating performance in victory. Serrano defended her WBO Junior Featherweight World Championship over former two-division world champion Yazmin Rivas (35-10-1, 10 KOs) via unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 97-97, 98-92, 99-91.
Serrano was the busier fighter from the opening bell, and landed nearly the double amount of the punches as her opponent - 206 compared to 107 - while connecting on an impressive 41 percent of her power punches.
"We knew she was going to come to fight," Serrano said. "She's a Mexican fighter who's very tough and experienced. I had to show her my power and my skills. I was glad to get 10-rounds in and I hope the fans enjoyed the fight.
"We wanted the knockout, but I was ready for 10-rounds. People who think I'm just a brawler saw that I'm a great boxer today. We picked a tough opponent because we wanted to showcase that I can beat good fighters and take a punch if I have to. I can do everything in the ring. We wanted the toughest fighter out there and she came to fight.
"It was a great night for women's boxing and I hope it keeps getting bigger and bigger. We want the best. My goal is to drop to 118 pounds and win a title in my fifth division. I want to fight other champions. My goal is to be the first Puerto Rican to hold world titles in five weight classes."
Rivas disagreed with the decision.
"It was an excellent fight. I followed all of the instructions from my corner and I believe that I won," Rivas said. "I think the last round was very close, but I think I did well in all the rounds.
"I knew everything was against me and to win I had to knock her out. Unfortunately it didn't happen today. I believe that after this fight, women will have more opportunities to show their skills on television."
In an exciting matchup of undefeated middleweights that saw multiple knockdowns and swings of momentum,
Immanuwel Aleem (17-0-1, 10 KOs)
defeated previously unbeaten Ievgen Khytrov (14-1, 12 KOs) by sixth-round TKO.
Aleem struck first with a massive overhand right that staggered Khytrov and left him wide-eyed and susceptible to punishment. Aleem pushed forward and continued to land punches, but the Ukrainian was able to stay on his feet to survive the round and return to his corner.
Khytrov recovered brilliantly to win the second round on all three judges' scorecards, including 10-8 in the eyes of one judge. The third round saw an early candidate for Round of the Year in which Aleem dropped Khytrov hard with a strong left hook that put Khytrov down for the first time in his career. Khytrov continued to show incredible resolve as he was able stay on his feet and blast Aleem with a late shot that nearly put Aleem out.
The back-and-forth continued with Khytrov seemingly beginning to take control of the bout until the sixth round when Aleem landed a series of overhand right hands that put Khytrov down again. Khytrov beat the count but Aleem continued to push forward and battered a defenseless Khytrov until referee Eddie Claudio halted the bout 1:20 into round six. Aleem landed 50 percent of his power punches in the bout that was scheduled for 10-rounds.
The opening bout of the telecast saw former title challenger Thomas Dulorme (24-2, 16 KOs) earn a sixth-round TKO
victory over Brian Jones (13-7, 7 KOs) in their welterweight contest. In his first bout since signing with Mayweather Promotions, the Puerto Rican-fighter dominated and controlled the fight by landing 46
percent of his power punches.
Big overhand rights and uppercuts did most of the damage early for Dulorme as he staggered Jones in a dominant third round. Dulorme began to work the body shots in as he wore Jones down but missed low repeatedly in round five and had a point deducted from him by referee Shada Murdaugh. Dulorme was able to recover in the next round and used a strong flurry to force the referee to intervene and stop the fight at 1:49 of round six.
James DeGale MD12 Badou Jack
Gervonta Davis TKO7 Jose Pedraza
Immanuwel Aleem TKO6 Ievgen Khytrov
Amanda Serrano W10 Yazmin Rivas
Adam Kownacki TKO3 Joshua Tufte
Thomas Dulorme TKO6 Brian Jones
Noel Murphy W6 Maxito Sainvil
Kenny Robles W4 Latorie Woodberry
Lara Scores 4th Knockout Victory Over Yuri Foreman
In Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Main Event
from Hialeah Park Racing & Casino in Miami!
(January 14th) Super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) continued his reign as one of the top 154-pounders in the world and delivered a sensational knockout of former world champion Yuri Foreman (34-3, 10 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday night from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami.
In front of a huge Cuban audience, Lara needed just a single left uppercut to drop and stop Foreman at 1:47 of round four. Foreman was also down in round three from a questionable knockdown that could have been ruled a slip.
In the co-main event, former world champion Anthony Dirrell (30-1-1, 24 KOs) looked sharp while dismantling Hungary's Norbert Nemesapati (now 24-4, 17 KOs) over six lopsided rounds.
Dirrell had too much for the brave Hungarian, as he hurt him with virtually every landed punch, especially to the body. Nemesapati tried to make a fight of it, but was in over his head against the world-class skills of Dirrell.
Nemesapati elected to stay on his stool and not come out for round seven. The official result is a TKO 6 (2:59) for Dirrell.
Former bantamweight world champion Juan Carlos Payano
(18-1, 9 KOs) had too much for determined Mexican opponent Isao Gonzalo Carranza of Mexico City (15-8-1, 8 KOs), stopping him at 1:16 of round seven.
Payano moved in and out brilliantly, befuddling Carranza with his athleticism and landing bomb after bomb. Referee James Warring had finally seen enough and waved a halt to the bout with Carranza still on his feet.
Inoue Stops Kono in Six, Eyes “Chocolatito”!
By: Ayano Iwakura
December 30th, Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan: In the main event of a Hideyuki Ohashi Promotion, Yokohama, Japan’s “Monster” Naoya Inoue successfully defended his WBO World Super Flyweight title scoring a sixth-round TKO stoppage of Tokyo’s, Kohei Kono.
Inoue in charge from the start, worked off an active jab building clean combinations to the body and head only to be interrupted by a Kono ineffective return.
Pressing the action in the third, Inoue keeping it simple landing hard 1-2’s, setting up clean left hooks.
Inoue working off the jab continued to tag Kono to the body finishing round five with a driving uppercut.
Having established his distance the mobile Inoue, selling the lead right uppercut allowed Kono to open-up catching and the challenger with a counter double hook prompting an Inoue premature rope climbing celebration.
Allowed to continue Kono mistakenly returning to the attack was immediately met by a table setting jab and a two-handed assault culminated by a prudent “Monster” right sending the free-swinging Tokyo fighter to the canvas for the second time and final time with referee Robert Byrd immediately waving the bout over at 1:01 of round six. The 23-year-old Inoue improving to 12-0, 10Ko’s looks to a showdown with WBC title holder Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez while Kono stopped for the first time falls to 32-10-1, 13Ko’s.
In other action:
Yokohama, Japan’s, Akira Yaegashi retained his IBF World Light Flyweight title scoring a twelfth-round TKO stoppage of Thailand’s, Wittawas Basapean. Unbeaten in his last five since being stopped in back to back fights versus Roman Gonzalez and Pedro Guevara, Yaegashi moves to 25-5, 13Ko’s while Basapean’s fourteen bout win streak comes to a close at 31-6, 12Ko’s.
Tokyo’s 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist super middleweight, Ryota Murata remained unbeaten stopping overmatched, Mexican, Bruno Sandoval in three. Murata climbs to 12-0, 9Ko’s while Sandoval drops to 19-2-1, 15Ko’s.
Avenging his only defeat, in an immediate rematch, Yokahamma, super bantamweight, Ryo Matsumoto stopped Mexico’s, Victor Uriel Lopez in six. Matsumoto evening the score from a May 8th KO loss to Lopez moves to 18-1, 16Ko’s while Lopez surely wanting a rubber match falls to 10-6-1, 4Ko’s.
Beterbiev Dismantles Isidro Prieto in One!
December 23rd, Lac Leamy Casino, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada: In the main event of a Yvon Michel GYM Promotions, Montreal based,
power punching Russian light heavyweight, Artur Beterbiev remained perfect with a holiday spirit knockout of
Argentine, Isidro “El Guerrero” Prieto.
After a momentary feeling, out period a circling Beterbiev giving up the center of the ring drew Prieto in for a rapid-fire counter right hand dropping the usually durable Argentine fighter for a referee Michael Griffin eight count.
Beterbiev taking control of the landscape, remained patiently on the attack staying behind a high guard and an analyzing accurate jab put the now reluctant “El Guerrero” on his back leg drawing his game but ineffective opponent into a short exchange highlighted by a Beterbiev double left-right combination dumping the out gunned Prieto to the canvas where referee Michael Griffin immediately wave it over at 2:44 of round one. Beterbiev improves to 11-0, 11Ko’s while Prieto 2-2 in his last four falls to 26-2-3, 22Ko’s.
In other action:
Russian super bantamweight Vislan Dalkhaev scored a 79-73, 80-72 times two unanimous decision over Mexico’s Salvador Hernandez. Dalkhaev improves to 9-0, 2Ko’s while Hernandez 2-3 in his last five drops to 14-5, 8Ko’s.
Quebec, light heavyweight, Louisbert Altidor scored a 6th round TKO of Tlaxcala, Mexico’s Alvaro “Pantera” Enriquez. Altidor moves to 5-0, 1Ko while Enriquez 1-6 in his last 7 dives to 13-17-2, 5Ko’s.
Quebec, cruiserweight, Vanessa Lepage Joanisse stopped Sonora, Mexico’s Maria “Tsunami” Velis in three. Joanisse improves to 3-0, 1Ko while Velis drops to 1-2.
Quebec, middleweight, Danyk Croteau scored a first round TKO of Toronto’s, Alex Ebank. Croteau improves to 2-1, 1Ko while Ebank sinks to 1-3.
Montreal, super welterweight, Roodsy Vincent recorded a first round TKO of Saint-Georges, Quebec’s, Mike Breton. Vincent evens out at 1-1, 1Ko while Breton drops to 1-3.
“The Beast” Smith Jr. Scores “Special
8th Round Coming Out TKO of “The Executioner”!
By: Coach K
December 17th, LA Forum, Inglewood, California: In the main event of Golden Boy Promotions “Final One” Mastic-Shirley, New York’s, Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. retained his WBC International Light Heavyweight title turning Philadelphia legend Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins retirement party, to a “Beast” coming out party, blasting the “The Executioner” through the ropes for an 8th round TKO win.
In a fight where “Father Time” (Hopkin’s age) and “Mother Nature” Smith’s natural power would play their part, the 51-year-old former champion would have his moments none of which appeared to affect the driven New Yorker as the 27-year-old “Beast”.
Trained by the fighting Capobianco’s Phil and Gerry, Smith a laborer for Local 66, unphased by the legends “Special vs Common”
pre-fight psych out came out hard and kept it simple sticking with his all pressure, power punching attack pushing the action making Hopkins fight at his pace landing a high hard right and hurting to
Hopkins head in round one. (Smith’s round)
In round two Smith holstering the right continued to press the action with his jab, taking all the opportunity to work Hopkins to the body until the cagey former champ headbutt the young New Yorker leaving him cut over his left eye. In an attempt to target the cut Hopkins lands his best shot a reaching right to close the round. (two rds to none “The Beast”).
Staying behind a measuring jab in round three, Smith continued to pursue to the roaming “Executioner” letting his hands go landing clean in the last thirty seconds to take the round. (3rds to none “The Beast”)
Smith continuing to press the fight in round four, at times following Hopkins would get caught with some tapping counters only drawing a smirk from the young “Irishman”, but it’s Hopkins round. (3rds to 1 “The Beast”)
In round five Hopkins continued with his rat a tat counters catching Smith stepping in but it would again be Smith’s cleaner harder shits to close the round. (4rds to 1 “The Beast”)
Round six would see Smith find his range landing well with his jab and right to the head while working Hopkins body with the left. (5rds to 1 “The Beast”)
Starting the second half of the fight, round seven sees Smith remain the aggressor, patiently coming forward working his jab, ripping Hopkins to the body. (6rds to 1 “The Beast)
In round eight, Smith goes into “Beast” mode, backing Hopkins to the ropes with some heavy shots catching “The Executioner” with a thudding hooking teetering him to the corner for some “uncommonly” heavy shots beginning a “special” five-punch combination with a thunder right to the head finished by a chopping left hook catching the exiting Hopkins on his way out of the ring where he fall and unable to return to the ring referee Jack Reiss calls the fight making Smith the TKO winner at 0:53 0f round eight.
Open to any and all future fights Smith, now in the record books for good as the only one to stop “The Executioner” improves to 23-1, 19Ko’s while the physically and emotionally beaten seven time, two division world champion and sure fire Hall of Famer Hopkin’s heads to retirement in denial claiming he was pushed at 55-8-2, 32Ko’s.
In the second co-feature, Downey, California, southpaw, Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz retained his NABF Featherweight title with a
demanding but one sided ten round unanimous decision over Guadalajara, Mexico, veteran Horacio “Violento” Garcia.
The quicker, sharper punching Diaz in charge from the start used a mixture of accurate leads, counters and acute angle punching to out box the pressing veteran.
Out working the hard-punching Garcia down the stretch, Diaz leaving the veteran with a mask of his efforts unable to resist his love to fight despite being well in the lead, the 24-year-old 2012 Olympian traded with the heavy-handed Mexican banging his way to a shut out 100-90 times three unanimous decision. Diaz with his fourth round of 2016 improves to 23-0, 13Ko’s while Garcia suffering just his second defeat slips to 30-2-1, 22Ko’s.
In the first co-feature, 2012 Ukrainian 0lympian Gold medalist, Oleksandr Usyk retained his WBO World Cruiserweight title scoring a 9th round TKO of South African, Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu.
Making his US debut Usyk using his 4” height and 6” reach advantage started the battle of southpaws measuring Mchunu in the first two rounds with his jab picking it up in the third round moving in and out mixing up the speed and power on his punches confusing the aggressive “Rock” limiting him to mostly lead lefts. Landing with increased frequency and power through the middle rounds in the sixth round Usyk beginning to sit down on his punches dropped the shorter South African challenger with a clean uppercut.
The game Mchunu bouncing back up returned to action fighting his way through an immediate Usyk assault to finish the round.
Round seven a round of halves, saw Usyk take a breather mostly keeping Mchunu out of range with his movement and accurate jab. Closing the round the champion opening up landed clean combinations to close the round.
In round eight “The Rock” began a late rally appearing to gain the attention of the champion with some god lefts but lacking any consistent follow up allowed Usyk to finish the round.
In round nine the champion moving and putting his shots together worked Mchunu from the body to the head putting the rugged South African down for the second time. Mchunu again battling back would finally fold to an onslaught of Usyk heavy punches going down for the third time forcing referee Lou Moret to stop the fight at 1:53 of the ninth round. Usyk improves to 11-0, 10Ko’s while Mchunu stopped in two of his last three drops to 17-3, 11Ko’s.
In a special ten round middleweight attraction, Woodland Hills, California, based “Irishman” Jason “El Animal” Quigley scored an over powering first round knockout of Manati, Puerto Rico’s, Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez.
The battle of power punchers would see heavy handed “Irishman” not taking any chances and leaving no doubt going right to work quickly dropping Melendez with a heavy right hand. Melendez, making it upright would immediately be met by an “El Animal” two handed attack returning the “Destroyer” to the canvas for the second time. Not allowing Melendez any chance to recover the power punching Quigley would put Melendez down a third time landing a big right hand. For some reason allowed to continue Melendez backed to the ropes by a baggage of Quigley power shots would draw a towel from the corner finally convincing referee Gerard White to stop it at 2:24 of round one. Quigley moves to 12-0, 10Ko’s while Melendez not the same since suffering an eight-round stoppage loss to Ievgen Khytrov, March 2015, now 2-5 in his last seven bouts falls to 28-9-1, 26Ko’s
In a battle of southpaws, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Yamaguchi Falcao retained his WBC Latino Middleweight title scoring a first round stoppage of Tijuana, Mexico, German “Zurdo” Perez.
Falcao the aggressor from the start pressed Perez landing clean shots when “Zurdo” hit with a clean combination appeared to slip. Turning away from Falcao and appearing to talk to referee Zac Young the fight was stopped with Perez being taken from the ring with an apparent leg or ankle injury 27 seconds of round one. Falcao improves to 12-0, 6Ko’s while Perez stopped in back to back fights drops to 11-3-3, 3Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round lightweight attraction Buena Park, California, Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez the 21-year-old son of former WBC Featherweight Champion Alejandro Gonzalez Sr. and brother of 23-year-old Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez who was found dead in a gang land styled shooting along with two others earlier this month scored a third-round TKO stoppage of Barranquilla, Colombia’s, Jonathan “Popeye” Perez.
The bigger stronger, faster and superior skilled banger went right to work banging on Perez up and down flooring “Popeye” with a heavy right at the close of round two.
Returning in round three where he left off in two, it would be a drilling left hook to the body that would stop the punishment and an end to the fight following a referee Gerard White full count at 0:24 of round three. Gonzalez improves to 16-0, 14Ko’s while Perez 1-3 in his last four falls to 36-16, 28Ko’s.
Highland Park, California’s, Carlos “The Solution” Morales retained his WBA-NABA Super Featherweight title grinding out a ten round split decision over Paramount, California’s, Charles Huerta.
Morales appearing satisfied with his early counter punching was put to the test when Huerta returning from a 37-month hiatus hurt Morales with a looping right, decking the temporarily “solution less” champion with a driving left hook in round eight.
Morales would recover enough between rounds to box his way through some solid back and forth action and hold on for a closely contested two way final six minutes and a 95-94, 96-93 Morales, 96-93 Huerta ten round split decision win.
Winless in his first four bouts but unbeaten in his last fifteen improves to 15-1-3, 6Ko’s while Huerta inactive since a November 16th, 2013 eight round majority decision loss to Jonathan Arrellano falls to 18-5, 11Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round featherweight pairing LA’s, Joet Gonzalez remained unbeaten with a fourth-round knockout win over Torreon, Mexico’s, Jairo “Peligrosa” Hernandez. Gonzalez in charge from the start was patient in his attack picking his shots, rocking Hernandez in the four with a steady shower of shots pounding away convinced referee Gerard White to jump in and stop the bout at of round four 2:40.
In a scheduled eight round lightweight bout LA, Ivan “Striker” Delgado held onto his zero-scoring a thorough dismantling of Tijuana, Mexico’s, Roberto “Magnifico” Rivera when an unanswered volley of power shots convinced referee Zac Young, he had seen enough calling the bout at 1:18 of round six. Delgado improves to 11-0-1, 4Ko’s while Rivera drops to 6-4, 5Ko’s.
In six round lightweight action LA’s, 18-year-old, Ryan “Kingry” Garcia stayed on a roll stopping Durango, Mexico’s, 33-year-old, Jose Antonio Martinez. Garcia overwhelming Martinez with a bell ending relentless combination in round one showed his killer instinct going right back to work sitting on his punches in round two dropping Martinez early with a sharp, two piece. Martinez beating the count but an immediate follow-up right driving the elder statesman to the ropes was enough for referee Rudy Barragan to step in and stop the punishment at the 2:00 mark of round two. Garcia climbs to 7-0, 6Ko’s while Martinez on the slide 1-6 in his last seven outings dives to 6-8, 5Ko’s.
Pascal Returns with 3rd Round TKO of Ramallo!
December 16th, Cabaret Amphitheatre, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada: In the main event of a Antonin Decarie – Interbox promotion
Laval, Quebec’s, former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal returned to action scoring a third-round TKO win
over, Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Ricardo El Rayo” Ramallo.
Pascal entering off a seventh-round rematch repeat battering by the Russian “Krusher” Kovalev worked his jab early picking up his intensity in round two taking the fight to Ramallo, who having battled the likes of faced Marco Antonio Rubio, Hassan N’Dam, Zac Dunn, Schiller Hyppolite and Robert Stieglitz again could not keep up after a Pascal put the overmatched journeyman down for the first time with a right to the body in round two.
Surviving a corner pounding ending round two Pascal would go in for the kill drilling Ramallo with a left hook to the body right hand combo flooring the rugged Argentinian for the second time. Barely making it upright pascal would not let the visitor off the hook driving him to the ropes and down for the second time in the round prompting referee Alain Villeneuve to step in and call it done near the end of round three.
Pascal back in the win column moves to 31-4-1, 18Ko’s while Ramallo stopped in three of his last four falls to 21-11-1, 15Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Kazakhstani, welterweight Batyrzhan Jukembayev remained unbeaten pounding out an eight round unanimous decision over opponent Manuel “El Cubano” Mares. Jukembayev improves to 7-0, 6Ko’s while Mares 1-6 in his last seven drops to 16-11, 14Ko’s
Toronto 32-year-old middleweight Steve Rolls scored three knockdowns enroute to a second-round stoppage of Hungarian Attila Koros. Rolls with his third straight KO win moves to 15-0, 9Ko’s while Koros stopped in his last two bouts drops to 12-8-1, 9Ko’s
Montreal based Kazakhstani lightweight, Ablaikhan Khussainov forced to go the distance for the first time stayed unbeaten with a four-round unanimous decision over Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Jesus “Diamante” Perez. Khussainov improves to 4-0, 3ko’s while Perez winless in his last three drops below .500 at 8-9-1, 5Ko’s
In a battle of light handed unbeaten super bantamweights Quebec’s, Francois Pratte out pointed Zamora, Mexico’s, Emmanuel Villamar 40-36 times three after four. Pratte moves to 4-0, while Villamar slips to 6-1, 1Ko.
Chavez Jr. Returns
with Ten Round Decision Over Britsch!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
December 10th, Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico: In the main event of a Fernando Beltran Promociones Zanfer broadcast on Mexico Azteca, Sinaloa, Mexico's former WBC Middleweight Champion and the 30 year old son of Mexican Legendary boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returned from a seventeen month hiatus scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Baden-Württemberg, Germany's Dominik Britsch.
Fought a catchweight of 169lbs Chavez Jr. imposed his family patented body attack controlling the center of the ring, trapping the out gunned Britsch against the ropes for much of the fight pounding the durable German who never adjusting held on only to succumb to the judges scores 99-91 times three for Chavez Jr.
Recording his second victory since being stopped in nine rounds by Andrzej Fonfara, Chavez moves to 50-2-1, 32Ko's while Britsch four bout win streak comes to an end at 32-3-1, 11Ko's.
On the undercard, Omar Chavez, Julio's 26 year old younger brother scored a 1st round KO of Sinaloa, Mexico's no relation Cesar "El Dolar" Chavez. Omar improves to 35-3-1, 23Ko's while Cesar drops to 31-11, 17Ko's.
Charlo Retains Title with 5th Round Ko of Williams,
Lenny Zappavigna, Erickson Lubin Triumph!
(December 10th) Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive, upset 12-round split decision over defending champion Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KOs) to capture the WBA Featherweight World Championship and become a four-time boxing titlist Saturday in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader.
In the co-feature from Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles, Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) retained his IBF Junior Middleweight World title with an emphatic fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten, top-ranked Julian "J-Rock" Williams (22-1-1, 14 KOs).
Mares, of Huntington Beach, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Mexico, was victorious by the scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 112-115.
Judge Kermit Bayless was the lone descender to score the hard-fought match for the Argentine. Mares scored the bout's lone knockdown in the 11th round. Cuellar, of Buenos Aires, had an 11-fight
winning streak end.
Mares, making his first start in 16 months and first with renowned trainer Robert Garcia, executed a technically sound game plan and was the more accurate puncher than Cuellar, who was under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Freddie Roach for the first time in his career.
"I feel so good, it's been a long time. I'm champion, baby,'' said Mares, 31, a former WBC featherweight and super bantamweight world champion and IBF bantamweight world champion, who became Garcia's 10th world champion. "We had the perfect game plan.
"I never doubted myself. I felt it in my heart. When I fought Leo (Santa Cruz) I beat myself because I fought the wrong fight. I fought smart tonight. I thought it would be a unanimous decision, but at the end of the day I'm champion.''
Cuellar is known as a devastating puncher, but he was unable to land his power shots or cut off the ring against Mares, who seemingly pocketed rounds with accuracy and a solid left hook. Mares floored Cuellar with a straight right in the opening minute of the 11th, sending Cuellar to the canvas for the third time of his career. The onslaught continued, with a resurgent Mares teeing off on Cuellar until he raised his hands following the final bell.
"They said he was a power puncher, they said he was going to knock me out, but I proved that I have some power, too,'' said Mares, who dropped a majority 12-round decision to Santa Cruz in his last fight on Aug. 29, 2015. "I want Leo, I want (Carl) Frampton, I want anyone. I'm a champion. I'm not afraid of anyone."
Cuellar stated his case for a rematch afterward.
"I thought the fight was pretty even until he threw me down, and that's when he took control," said Cuellar, who was making his third title defense. "He definitely had the boxing skills going today. I would have preferred a rough fight, but Mares had his skills today. I want a rematch. I gave him the opportunity and now I think it's fair that he gives it to me."
Williams, who established his counter right early, performed well for the next two rounds in the first title fight between
undefeated 154-pound champions since Floyd Mayweather dismantled Canelo Alvarez in 2013.
But Charlo decked him again with a brutal right uppercut midway through the fifth round that sent Williams collapsing face-forward onto the canvas. Williams got up, but he was clearly in trouble. Charlo floored him seconds layer with a left hook, forcing referee Wayne Hedgepath to instantly halt the contest at 2:06.
Charlo was ahead with scores of 38-37 on the three scorecards entering the fifth round in a highly skilled matchup between two fighters in their prime.
Afterward a fracas broke out in the ring between the fighters and their cornermen after Charlo wouldn't acknowledge Williams' congratulatory hand shake. Williams immediately stormed from the ring. The fans booed Charlo loudly throughout his post-fight interview with SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray.
"I did what I was supposed to do, I'm very happy with my performance, I listened to my trainer,'' said Charlo, the identical twin brother of WBC 154-pound titlist Jermell Charlo. "I trained hard for this fight, I stayed in the gym the whole time.
"No matter what, people have to respect my accomplishments. He just wasn't on my level. I told everyone what I was going to do since the fight was announced. I knew I was going to win; he was badly hurt after the knockdown.
"I just want to tell Julian Williams, I'm sorry. Leading up to this fight Julian talked, and I held it in. I did what I had to do to become the champion of the world and I deserve my respect. He disrespected me all the way up to the fight. I made the fight happen; I gave the fans what they wanted to see. I stayed at 154 pounds, although I do want to move up to 160, just to fight someone the world said I couldn't beat.
"I said I don't want your congratulations; I want your apology. I don't care what they say, I knocked him out. No matter what they say about me I'm going to continue to work hard. I did what my trainer told me to do, I stayed in there and bang the shot came home. I'm never disrespected this dude, never, until I knocked him out.
"Yes, I want to unify. I want to prove I'm the best junior middleweight in the world, none of them are on my level."
Williams offered no excuses. "I just got caught,' he said. "I was fine after the second round and kept going. He just caught me. He wasn't too big. He just caught me.
"I didn't care about any of that [post-fight drama]. I just wanted to win."
Charlo-Williams was the fourth 154-pound title fight on SHOWTIME in 2016.
In one off the fights streamed earlier Saturday on FACEBOOK LIVE, Sergey Lipinets (11-0, 9 KOs) knocked out Lenny Zappavigna (35-3, 25 KOs) to become the mandatory challenger for the IBF Junior Welterweight World Title.
After flooring Zappavigna midway through the fourth, Lipinets finished off the Australian with an overhand right in the eighth in a closely contested and bloody affair.
"Yes, this was my toughest fight, it's bloody and rugged but no problem for me,'' Lipinets said. "This was an eliminator and now I want my next fight to be for the world championship. Julius Indogo has the IBF title and now I'm the mandatory.
"I'm very happy with my performance. We've worked on adjusting during fights and that worked very well for me tonight. I was hoping for the knockout but my trainer said to keep working and the stoppage will come."
"I left it all in the ring,'' Zappavigna said. "I fought my heart out and I came here to give it my best. Even though I'm disappointed with the loss, I am at peace with the result because I know I couldn't have done anything else.
"I wish Sergey all the best in his world title fight.
"I know my fans are behind me and I'm bringing pride back to Australia. I know I was in control of the fight, but my Australian 'white line fever' kicked in and I tried to take his head off."
In the opening bout on Facebook Live, talented undefeated middleweight Erickson Lubin (17-0, 12 KOs) knocked out previously once-beaten Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-2, 15 KOs) at 2:09 of the second round.
"He was a little awkward in the first round,'' Erickson said. "I set him up with my jab and I knew I hurt him in the second. That's when I knew it was time for him to go.
"I think that fight definitely proves that I'm in the discussion as one of the top up and comers in the sport, but I don't feel any pressure. I'm back in the gym on Monday.
"I want to be undisputed champion. I want all of the belts. Give me the Charlos, Julian Williams, any of them.
"I'll take whoever is in front of me next, but those names and put them in bold letters and you know I'll be front and center for that Charlo-Williams fight."
Featherweight: Abner Mares SD12 Jesus Andres Cuellar
Super Welterweight: Jermall Charlo KO5 Julian Williams
Super Lightweight: Sergey Lipinets KO8 Leonardo Zappavigna
Super Welterweight: Josesito Lopez W6 Todd Manuel
Middleweight: Erickson Lubin KO2 Juan Ubaldo Cabrera
Super Middleweight: Hugo Centeno Jr. RTD3 Ronald Montes
Super Lightweight: Mario Barrios KO2 Claudio Rosendo Tapia
Super Lightweight: Adan Mares D4 Evincii Dixon
In Eight Round Stoppage of Molina Jr.!
By: David Colon
December 10th, CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska: In the main attraction of a Top Rank Promotion fighting with his title not on the line Omaha's WBC and WBO World Super Lightweight champion Terrance "Bud" Crawford stopped Covina, California's, unprepared and out classed John Molina Jr. in eight rounds.
The titles not on the line with Molina coming in four pounds overweight, the switch hitting, well conditioned Crawford in charge from the opening sound dissected a confused Molina with a wide assortment of shots, landing big clean punches in each round, hurting and taking the fight out of the usually game Californian holding target practice while remaining almost untouched before bringing it to a close in round eight ripping Molina to the body, backing him to the corner for a series of up and down shots sending him to the canvas where referee Mark Nelson called it 2:32 of round eight.
With a potential Manny Pacquiao showdown on the horizon for 2017, the 29-year-old Crawford advances to 30-0, 21Ko's while the over weight 33 year old Molina, 4-2 in his last six drops to 29-7, 23Ko's.
In the co-feature, Phoenix, Arizona's, Raymundo "Sugar" Beltran claimed the vacant NABF and WBO Lightweight titles with a 7th round knockout of Rayne, Louisiana, Mason "Rock Hard Mighty" Menard.
Following a feeling out first frame the veteran Beltran a former constant Manny Pacquiao sparring partner picked up the pace and the pressure breaking down the injured Juan Diaz replacement with heavy combinations to the body and head. Beltran dishing out increasing punishment in each round rocking Menard in the sixth closed the show dropping a stopping Menard with a devastating left to the head forcing referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight at 0:51 0f round seven. Beltran improves to 32-7-1, 20Ko's while Menard dips to 32-2, 24Ko's.
In other action:
In ten round light heavyweight action Long Beach, New York's Sean Monaghan, having it no other way banged out another hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Aguascalientes, Mexico's, battle tested Fernando "Huracan" Castaneda. Now 28-0, 17Ko's against intermittently increasing competition the win moves the rugged "Irishman" closer to a top ten showdown while gate keeper Castaneda 2-2 in his last four drops to 24-12, 15Ko's.
Waldorf, Maryland, super lightweight Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed scoring his fourth win of 2016 remained unbeaten scoring a one sided eight round 80-73, 78-74 times two unanimous decision over Sao Paulo, Brazil's, Sidney Siqueira. Reed moves to 21-0, 12Ko's as Siqueira drops to 26-12-1, 17Ko's
In a six round welterweight match-up Omaha, Nebraska, Kevin Ceja Ventura down in round one had to get up to secure his zero bouncing Denver, Colorado's, Gregorio Perez Herrera off the canvas once in rounds three, four and five forcing the referee to step in and stop it at 1:03 of round five. Ventura improves to 4-0, 3Ko's while Herrera falls to 4-2-1, 1Ko.
Omaha, Nebraska light heavyweight Steven Nelson remained unblemished scoring a four round 40-35 times three unanimous decision over Kansas City's, Chris Harris. Nelson climbs to 5-0, 4Ko's while Harris levels out at 2-2-2, 2Ko's .
Parker Squeezes by Andy Ruiz to Take WBO Title!
By: Mike Rivers
December 10th, Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand: Las Vegas based Auckland, New Zealander, Joseph Parker took claim to the vacant WBO World Heavyweight Title with a tightly contested twelve round majority decision over Imperial, California, "Destroyer" Andy Ruiz Jr.
In the battle of unbeatens, out to a quick start touted as having the fastest hands in boxing by the bi-lateral promoter Ruiz off to an early lead pressed forward through most of the bout but the "Destroyer" relinquishing himself to waiting on Parkers jab in the second half Ruiz failing to move his hands despite rallying to take the final two rounds was inconsistent landing on the sharper punching, mobile hometown favorite, who relying almost entirely on his jab built enough points to grab the judges nod for a 114-114 115-113 times two majority decision. Parker improves to 22-0, 18Ko's while Ruiz suffering his first defeat slips to 29-1, 19Ko's.
In the "head first" welterweight co-feature, Brisbane, Australia's 2012 Olympian, Jeff "Hornet" Horn got up off the deck in round tree to score a sixth round TKO stoppage of South Africa's, Ali Fuenka.
Horn down from what appeared to be a clash of heads in round three, would bang heads again in the fourth leaving both fighters cut .
Round five would see a sense of urgency from both fighters with Horn landing the cleaner heavier shots pounding Fuenka down with a heavy combination highlighted by a stinging right. The game south would finish the round but still in trouble was sent to the canvas by a driving right after which referee Marlon Wright stepped in and waved it over at 0:30 0f round six. Horn in line for a possible fight with Timothy Bradley moves to 16-0-1, 11Ko's while Funeka drops to 39-6-3, 31Ko's.
In other action: Ghanaian super bantamweight Isaac "Brave Son" Dogboe remained unbeaten out working and out landing Bueno's Aires, Julian "El Zurdo" Aristule sending the beaten Argentine to the canvas twice in round seven forcing referee Danrex Tapdasan to call it at 1:15 of round seven. The 22 year old Dogboe improves to 16-0, 10Ko's while Aristule unbeaten in his previous eight falls to 32-7, 16Ko's.