By: David Colon
September 9th, StubHub Center in Carson, California: In the main event of “SuperFlys” Si Sa Ket, Thailand’s, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai settling the controversy surrounding his first fight with Managua, Nicaragua’s then unbeaten Román “Chocolatito” González retained his WBC World Super Flyweight Title scoring a one punch stoppage of the former pound for pound champion in round four.
A southpaw, Sor Rungvisai starting head first began right where he left off in the first fight moving to the now flat looking “Chocolatito” quickly stirring and displeasing the crowd with an early clash of heads.
In round two the ever so confident Sor Rungvisai stayed busy while Gonzalez again without his late life-long trainer Professor Arnulfo Obando tightened up his defense but missing his usual initiating offense and another clash of heads “Chocolatito” increasingly appeared frustrated and confused even at times looking to referee Tom Taylor for help.
In round three missing his life time trainer Gonzalez began to open it up but showing signs of the new weight divisions effect on his punching power Sor Rungvisai staying to the body closed the round taking it upstairs leaving “Chocolatito” taking the worst of the exchanges.
Down in the first round of fight number one, it would be in round four the real heavy damage would come with Sor Rungvisa flooring Gonzalez for a referee Tom Taylor eight count with a surprise thudding right hook. The aggressive champion would not let the moment slip stepping to Gonzalez dropping and stopping Gonzalez with another thumping right hook sending the former champion to the canvas where he would remain to be immediately counted out at 1:18 of round four.
Rungvisai improves to 44-4-1, 40Ko’s while Gonzalez suffering just his second defeat taken to the hospital after the fight falls to 46-2, 38Ko’s.
In the first of two super flyweight co-features Sonara, Mexico’s former WBO and WBA Flyweight Champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada, became the mandatory challenger to Sor Rungvisa’s WBO strap scoring a tightly contested twelve-round unanimous decision over Mexico City’s former WBC Super Flyweight Champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras.
The superfly battle of halves saw Cuadras start well throwing and landing in combination to Estrada’s body and head leading to some entertaining exchanges going into the middle rounds.
Estrada appearing to wear the earlier work better turned up the pace surprising Cuadras with some new-found speed zeroing in his power banging away and hurting “Principe” with several big rights.
Cuadras would bounce back in round nine landing a few solid rights of his own but the quicker Estrada going counter in round ten made Cuadras pay for a sinking combination sending “Principe” to the canvas for a referee Jack Riess eight count with a well-timed counter right.
The valiant Cuadras would battle on but the fresher looking Estrada continued to land the cleaner sharper punches as the two battled to the final bell after which the scores were unscrambled 114-113 times three all for Estrada. Estrada in line to challenge Sor Rungvisa early next year moves to 36-2, 25Ko’s while Cuadras who’s only other defeat comes to “Chocolatito” falls to 36-2-1, 27Ko’s.
In the second super flyweight co-feature Yokahama, Japan’s 24-year-old, “Monster” Naoya Inoue retained his WBO World Super Flyweight title scoring a six-round beat down of Cleveland, Ohio’s once beaten Antonio “Carita” Nieves.
Making the sixth defense of the title he won stopping Omar Andres Narvaez in two rounds back December 2014, the 24-year older brother of unbeaten bantamweight Takuma Inoue quickly displayed his punishing skills attacking the out classed Ohioan to the body with ripping bilateral shots methodically wearing down and opening Nieves up for a drilling left to the body putting the fading challenger on a knee for a referee Lou Moret eight count. Beating the count and in full survival mode the challenger could not escape the wrath of the “Monster” when his corner took the smarter way out not allowing their charge to answer the bell for round seven. Inoue improves to 14-0, 12Ko’s while Nieves suffering back to back losses falls to 17-2-2, 9Ko’s.
In other action:
In an eight-round bantamweight match Waipahu, Hawaii, 36-year-old, former WBC/IBF Light Flyweight and WBO/WBA Flyweight Champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria kept his chances alive for another title shot scoring a convincing fifth round stoppage of Philadelphia’s, 25-year-old, Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena.
The slow starting Viloria surviving an all-out first round assault finally finding his rhythm in round four hurting the fearless Cartagena with a heavy right hand battering him along the ropes with a mixture of rapid combinations and drilling body shots finally convincing referee v to step in and stop the punishment following a thunderous lead right at 2:18 of round four. Viloria banking his second straight victory since being stopped in nine rounds of an October 2015 WBC World Flyweight Title challenge of Roman Gonzalez now planning a return to 112lbs moves to 38-5, 23Ko’s while Cartegena 12-1 in his last four falls to 15-4-1, 6Ko’s.
In female light flyweight action, LA’s Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada remained unbeaten winning her third bout of 2017 out pointing and out classing Tlalnepantla, México’s, tough veteran Anahi “Pantera” Torres with a lopsided 80-72 times three eight round unanimous decision. Estrada climbs to 11-0, 2Ko’s while the battle tested Torres suffering losses to Tyrieshia Douglas, Yesica Yolanda Bopp and Lourdes Juarez falls to opponent status at 16-17-1, 2Ko’s.
In an eight round lightweight event, Big Bear, California based Kazakhstani, Ruslan Madiev punched his way to his tenth straight victory scoring a one way 80-72, 79-73 times two unanimous decision over Juarez, Mexico’s durable, once beaten, heavy handed Abdiel “Montero” Ramirez. Madiev improves to 10-0, 4Ko’s while Ramirez falls to 23-2-1, 21Ko’s.
In six rounds of scheduled power punching, welterweight action Bangkok, Thailand, 23-year-old, Nick Frese was forced to the final bell for the first time scoring a 39-37, 40-36 times two unanimous decision over Bulacan, Philippines, Nam Phan. No one down in the fight, Frese advances to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Phan suffering his second defeat slips to 7-2-1, 7Ko’s.
In a four-round lightweight preliminary Whittier, California, 20-year-old, George “Yuyu” Acosta proved too elusive scratching and pawing his way to a 40-36 times three unanimous decision over Eugene, Oregon’s, 32-year-old Derick Bartlemay. Acosta improves to 3-0 while Bartlemay remains winless at 0-6-2.
By: Alfred Zimmerman
September 9th, Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany: In the opening round of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight edition Kiev, Ukraine, southpaw, Oleksandr Usyk advanced to the second round scoring a well fought tenth round TKO of Berlin’s, former WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck.
The fight starting as a battle of contrasting styles with the southpaw Usyk working as the mobile boxer and orthodox Huck pressing forward as the high guard banger.
The fight would develop some solid two-way action with Usyk’s jab being his punch of choice to control the distance holding off the plodding “Kapt’n” opening windows for some brutal rapid combinations.
Going through the middle rounds Usyk’s mobility, speed and powerful left began to dominate Huck’s clutch and grab tactics before appearing to silently agree to resting sixth round.
The Ukrainian WBO Champ would return his superior boxing scoring skills landing with sharp punishing combinations appearing to want to close the show in round eight turned it up rocking Huck with a big left only to slip down in the follow up collecting a Huck late right prompting referee Robert Byrd to deduct the German former champ a point hitting Usyk while he was down.
Usyk in total control appeared to give away the center of the ring circling Huck in rounds nine and ten picking his spots until hurting the German with another big left punishing him along the ropes until repetitive unanswered combinations up and down forced referee Byrd to step in and call it over at 2:18 of round ten.
The unbeaten WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Usyk moves to round two of the $50 million World Boxing Super Series at 13-0, 11Ko’s while Huck coming in off a twelve round unanimous decision loss to Mairis Briedis in April leaves 40-5-1, 27Ko’s.
Usyk is scheduled to get the winner of the Mairis Briedis, 22-0, 18Ko’s vs Mike Perez, 22-2-1, 14Ko’s pairing September 30th, Arena Riga, Riga Latvia.
In the semi-main attraction Hamburg, Germany, cruiserweight, Noel Gevor returned to the win column recording a monotonous one way 100-89 times three shut out of Detroit, Michigan, southpaw, Isiah Thomas. Gevor coming of an uninspired split decision loss to former IBF and WBC Cruiserwight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk moves to 23-1, 10Ko’s while Thomas 0-2-1NC in his last three falls to 15-2, 6Ko’s.
By: Adam Wilburn
(September 8th) Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas: In the main event of a TGB, Sampson Boxing, Mayweather, Premier Boxing Champions co-promotion, Phoenix, Arizona’s, 20-year-old, David “Red Flag” Benavidez picked himself up from a last round knockdown to hold off Las Vegas, based Romanian, Ronald Gavril and claim the vacant WBC World Super Middleweight Title winning a hard fought twelfth round split decision.
After a feeling out first round to start and a two-way testing second, Benavidez would turn to his “Red Flag” body attack in the third, mixing it up punching to the head and body from all angles through the to grab the edge in the middle rounds.
As both fighters would see some success going into the second half it would be Gavril picking up the pace down the stretch working his jab while Benavidez continuing to go body and head landing the cleaner more definitive shots it would be Gavril backing up a driving right to the body with a well-timed counter left hook putting Benavidez on his seat with a just under a minute to go in the twelfth and final round. Beating a referee Jay Nady eight count Benavidez would hold on to grab a split decision win with the judges seeing almost two different fights the scores were announced judges Adalaide Byrd and Dave Moretti giving it to Benavidez 116-111, 117-111 respectively while judge, Glenn Trowbridge scored the fight a contrasting 116-111 for the Mayweather promoted Gavril. At 20 years of age Benavidez becoming the youngest super middleweight champion in history improves to 19-0, 17Ko’s while the 31-year-old Gavril’s seven bout win streak ends at 18-2, 14Ko’s.
In the ten round co-feature, Ashland City, Tennessee, super middleweight, Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant would remain unbeaten scoring a one sided ten round unanimous decision over Phoenix, Arizona’s durable late sub Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez.
The quicker, stronger, more skilled Plant in control from the opening bell took charge setting the spacing with an accurate jab, putting the persistent Hernandez on the end of clean combinations cutting him over his left eye in round three.
The game Hernandez continued to plow in at times straying low only to draw a referee Russell Mora warning and some supplementary Plant combinations.
In total control and a Hernandez making a round nine visit to the ringside doctor “Sweet Hands” would continue the target practice until the final bell for a blinding 100-90 times three unanimous decision. Plant improves to 16-0, 10Ko’s while the Alan Campa replacement Hernandez suffering his second straight defeat falls to 19-7-1, 9Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Las Vegas, super middleweight J'Leon Love returning from nearly a year’s absence won a hotly contested eighth round technical decision over El Paso, Texas, Abraham “Abie” Han.
The switch-hitting Han appearing to be out working and out landing Love early on would find himself on the short side of a technical decision when hitting the canvas after an accidental clash of heads in round eight, dazed and severely cut high on the left side of his forehead referee Kenny Bayless calling the fight at 1:02 of round eight “Abie” removed from the ring on a stretcher unable to hear the scores which were announced 76-76, 76-76 and a not sure what you saw 79-73 for Love leaving the fight an eight round technical draw. Love moves to 23-1-1, 13Ko’s while slides over to Han 26-3-1, 16Ko’s.
In a light heavyweight bout Brooklyn, New York’s, former WBO Middleweight Champion, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin moving up to the 175lb division secured a tough eight round points win over Escondido, California, Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson.
In a fight defined by halves Quillin began to find his rhythm about midway through the bout and landing with more frequency and increasing power was awarded a hard fought 78-74, 79-72, 79-73 eight round unanimous decision win. Quillen improves to 33-1-1, 23Ko’s as Johnson 1-3 in his last four fights levels out at 22-22-3, 7Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round middleweight bout Dominican Republic’s 22-year-old, Jeison “Banana” Rosario banged up Brooklyn, New York, based Frenchman Salim Larbi through most of the bout sending him to the canvas twice with drilling body shots in round five leaving him there for a fifth-round knockout win. Putting his second win between his only defeat a sixth round TKO loss to Nathaniel Gallimore in April Rosario improves to 14-1, 11Ko’s while Larbi 1-4 in his last five sinks to
In a scheduled eight round lightweight match Sacramento, California’s, Xavier Martinez padded his record with a 5th round beatdown stoppage of Phoenix, Arizona’s, over matched Jesus Aguinaga. Martinez advances to 9-0, 5Ko’s as Aguinaga sinks to 5-6-2.
In the nights six round welterweight opener Bronx, New York, “Prodigy” Josue Vargas banged out Puerto Rico’s Alexander Charneco in four. Vargas who’s only defeat is a DQ loss to Samuel Santana moves to 9-1, 5Ko’s while Charneco dropping his third straight evens out at 4-4, 4Ko’s.
By: Duyi Goh
September 3rd, Shimazu Arena, Kyoto, Japan: Garden Grove, California, “Baby Faced Assassin” Danny Roman claimed the WBA World Super Bantamweight Title scoring a ninth-round stoppage Kobe, Japan’s Shun Kubo.
Roman breaking down the champion Kubo turned up the pressure in round six, going onto send Kubo to the canvas in the seventh and eighth rounds landing with some clean, vicious shots finally forced referee Pinit Prayadsab to step in and stop the punishment at 1:21 of round nine.
Thompson Boxings 27-year-old Roman recording his 15th straight victory since dropping an eight round controversial decision to Juan Reyes, March 18th, 2013 improves to 23-2-1, 9Ko’s while the 27-year-old Kubo having claimed the title in his last bout stopping Nehomar Cermeno in ten rounds back in April suffers his first defeat dipping to 12-1, 9Ko’s.
By: Edwin Gonzalez
September 2nd, Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre, Chihuahua, Mexico: In the ten round super welterweight main event of a Fernando Beltran Promociones Zanfer card Tijuana, Mexico’s, former WBO/IBF and WBC Welterweight Champion, Antonio “El Tornado” Margarito kept his hopes alive for a rubber match with WBO World Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto winning a controversial seventh round technical decision over Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s, Carson Jones.
The 39-year-old, Margarito, notoriously suspended by the California State Athletic Commission along with his trainer Javier Capetillo for attempting to use “loaded” gloves prior to his January 24th, 2009 bout against “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Carson went right at it providing some solid two-way action leaving Margarito cut over his surgically repaired right eye from an accidental clash of heads in round two.
Then after what appeared to be an early closing of round four with Jones gaining the edge, a point deduction to Jones for an intentional low blow in round five and the Oklahoman’s continuous glove tape issues continuing to interfere with the flow of the bout allowing Margarito several timely breaks none would be bigger than the one coming after a good two way sixth round carrying over into round seven and no significant sign of the former “Tijuana Tornado”, the 31 year old Jones to took control backing the fading Mexican to the ropes for an unanswered volley of shots until the bell closing round.
Referee Ricardo Manjarrez immediately visiting Margarito’s corner between rounds seven and eight appearing to be waving the fight over making Jones the TKO winner, Referee Manjarrez announcing Margarito could not see would be sending the fight to the judges’ scorecards which were announced 68-64, 67-65 twice declaring the auspicious Margarito the victor by way of a seventh-round technical decision.
Margarito on a three bout win streak (Jorge Paez Jr, Ramon Alvarez and Jones) in hopes of a rubber match to bury the suspicion surrounding his July 26th, 2008 brutal, beat down of then WBA World Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto moves to 41-8, 27Ko’s while the rematch deserving Jones declaring the fight results “bullshit” falls to 40-12-3, 30Ko’s. If Margarito looks to fight again a Jones rematch or a fight with recent Cotto opponent Yoshihiro Kamegai would be in much higher order.
In the semi-main attraction, Guadalajara, Mexico, middleweight, Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez, the 31-year older brother of former WBO World Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez battled San Juan Zitlaltepec, Mexico’s, Johnny “Vaquero” Navarrete to an evenly contested 77-75, 75-77, 76-76 eight round draw. Alvarez coming in off a second round TKO loss to Omar Chavez moves to 24-6-3, 16Ko’s while Navarrete coming off back to back ten round decision losses to Jaime Munguia and Custio Clayton moves to 33-10-2, 15Ko’s.
Heading the undercard, Tijuana, Mexico, 20-year-old middleweight, Jaime Munguia remained unbeaten blowing out Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s, Uriel “Big Bang” Gonzalez in two. Munguia back to his KO ways improves to 25-0, 21Ko’s while Gonzalez 1-2 in his last three drops to 16-3-1, 12Ko’s.
By: David Colon
August 26th, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the super welterweight main event of his self-promoted WWE styled extravaganza Las Vegas, special one Floyd Mayweather Jr. surpassed Rocky Marciano’s “Heavyweight unbeaten record of 49-0 scoring a lop sided tenth round TKO stoppage of Kildare, Ireland’s, UFC star a “Notorious” Conor McGregor.
Entering off a September 12th record tying twelve round unanimous decision over stablemate Andre Berto, the 40-year-old heavily favored eleven time, five division former world champion Mayweather and the UFC star McGregor put on an entertaining exhibition.
Weathering a clean uppercut and early three round stand Mayweather stalked the awkward 29-year-old pro debuting McGregor out boxing and at times out slugging the rough but not ready Irishman steadily wearing down the fatiguing mixed martial artist for a target practice tenth round forcing referee Robert Byrd to step in and stop the punishment at 1:05 of round ten.
The fight as slanted as the $100 to $30 million-dollar guaranteed purse split the judges scores at the time of the stoppage were announced 89-82, 87-83 and 89-81 all for “Money” Mayweather who once again promising retirement this time at a “record setting” 50-0, 27Ko’s leaves the now two sport star McGregor still in search of his first pro boxing win at 0-1.
In the scheduled pro boxing co-feature Las Vegas former IBF and WBC World Super Middleweight Champion based Badou “The Ripper” Jack moved up to claim the WBA World Light Heavyweight Title scoring a fifth-round stoppage of Cefn Fforest, Wales, Nathan Cleverly.
Leaving no doubt about his decision to move up Jack and Cleverly battling even through round one would see jack take the lead and the fight landing some clean, heavy left hooks and right hands battering Cleverly into round five where landing with combinations at will referee Tony Weeks correctly stepped in stopping the unanswered punishment at 2:47 of round five. Jack immediately calling out WBC Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson improves to 22-1-2, 14Ko’s while Cleverly 2-3 in his last five drops to 30-4, 16Ko’s.
Heading the undercard, Baltimore, Maryland’s, Gervonta “Tank” Davis followed up his losing his IBF World Super Featherweight Title on the scales for coming in two pounds over the 130lb limit with a behind the back, then behind the head eighth round clubbing of San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica’s, Francisco Fonseca.
The 22-year-old Mayweather Promotions protégée in control from the start began to showboat a bit in round four fighting with his hands behind his back would remain in charge through the middle rounds following up a solid body and head attack in round eight with a referee Russell Mora unseen illegal shot to the back of the head putting Fonseca down where he stayed forcing referee Mora to wave the fight over at 0:39 of round eight. The uncrowned Davis remains unbeaten at 19-0, 18Ko’s while Fonseca suffering his first defeat slips to 19-1-1, 13Ko’s.
In an action filled ten round welterweight affair Miami, based Cuban, Yordenis Ugas and Carolina, Puerto Rico’s, Thomas Dulorme would both visit the canvas with the frequent low swinging Dulorme going down twice in round two compliments of a Ugas uppercut and straight right.
Dulorme attempting to battle back with a concentrated body attack, many times straying low would get some reciprocity putting Ugas down with a right in round seven but would fall short on the judges’ score cards which were announced 94-91, 93-92 times two for the Cuban Ugas. Ugas with his fifth straight win since dropping back to back bouts to Emmanuel Robles and Amir Imam in 2014 moves to 20-3, 9Ko’s while Dulorme who’s only two other defeats come to Luis Carlos Abregu and Terence Crawford falls to 24-3, 16Ko’s.
In an early versus late, volume versus quality ten round cruiserweight bout NABF Champion Las Vegas, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti captured the judge’s attention and the vacant USBA Cruiserweight Title winning a closer than scored ten round unanimous decision over Philadelphia, veteran Steve “USS” Cunningham.
Tabiti holding off Cunningham’s early push held his ground in the second half landing the cleaner heavier shots for the strangely scored 100-90, 97-93 times two unanimous decision. The 27-year-old Tabiti remains unbeaten at 15-0, 12Ko’s while the 41-year-old former two-time IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Cunningham falls to 29-9-1, 12Ko’s.
In a ten-round battle of unbeaten super lightweights, Las Vegas, Juan Heraldez survived a ninth-round knockdown to out point Aguascalientes, Mexico’s, 19-year-old, southpaw, Jose Miguel Borrego.
The mobile boxing Heraldez using his hand and foot speed to hold off the pressing, power punching southpaw Borrego early would slow down and rocked several times by big Borrego hooks would hit the deck in round nine compliments of a Borrego left hook but the combination punching 27-year-old would hold on to hear himself declared the winner of a very entertaining 96-93, 97-92 times two ten-round unanimous decision. Heraldez moves to 13-0, 8Ko’s while Borrego suffering his first loss dips to 12-1, 11Ko’s.
Fresno, California, super middleweight Mark “Madman” Hernandez scored a minor upset flooring Las Vegas, Kevin “The Second Coming” Newman II in the sixth and final round gaining a 57-56, 59-54 times two unanimous decision. Hernandez improves to 10-1, 2Ko’s while Newman suffering his first loss drops to 7-1, 3Ko’s.
In a female super middleweight pairing Hartlepool, County Durham, UK’s taller, longer 2012 and 2016 Olympian, Savannah Marshall won her pro debut effortlessly out boxing Gretna, Louisiana, southpaw, Sydney “Ginger the Ninja” LeBlanc to a 40-36 times three unanimous decision. The Mayweather promoted Marshall begins 1-0 as LeBlanc winless in her last four evens out at 4-4-1.
In the end for boxing, like Enron and Bernie Madoff the Mayweather / McGregor - Marciano record fraud is over. Both Mayweather and McGregor are laughing all the way to the bank. McGregor should get an ESPY, Emmy or even an Academy Award for his performance before and during the fight. Add in the fact reports had Mayweather trying to place a 10th round TKO bet but was turned away Floyd should get the award for best supporting actor. I just hope boxing fans have seen the light and will remember The Who song and “Won't Get Fooled Again”
By: Edwin Gonzalez
August 26th, StubHub Center, Carson, California: In the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promociones, Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions event Caguas, Puerto Rico’s former five time, four division world champion Miguel Cotto claimed the vacant WBO World Super Welterweight Title with a landslide beat down of Tokyo, Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai.
It the action packed twelve round brawl, the 36-year-old Cotto re-united with trainer Freddie Roach controlled all aspects of the fight alternating from boxer to brawler pounding the undeterred, durable Kamegai up and down all night at times spinning the game Japanese fighters head to a top heavy 120-108, 119-109, 118-110 unanimous decision. Cotto improves to 41-5, 33Ko’s while the rugged Kamegai falls to 27-4-2, 24Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction, Otumba, México’s, unbeaten Rey Vargas retained his WBC World Super Bantamweight Title winning a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over Santa Ana, California’s, previously once beaten Ronny Rios.
Vargas using his ring generalship controlled the spacing moving and keeping the body hunting Rios on the end of a long accurate jab and well placed right hands through most of the action with the plodding Californian closing the gap at times landing some good left hooks in the middle rounds and wobbling the champion with a tight counter in round eight.
Rios continuing to push forward in rounds nine and ten would be out boxed by the jabbing, combination punching champion who would reap the benefits of his nights work when the judges scores were announced 115-113, 118-110 times two for the champion Vargas. Vargas improves to 30-0, 22Ko’s while Rios who’s only other defeat an October 2014, 5th round TKO loss to Robinson Castellanos drops to 28-2, 13Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a ten-round featherweight bout LA’s, Joet Gonzalez remained unbeaten breaking down and stopping Monteira, Colombia’s, Devi “El Cabo” Bassa in five. The more skilled and powerful Gonzalez having his way dropping “El Cabo” with a heavy right in round five followed up with an unforgiving attack prompting referee Jack Reiss to step in and wave it done at 2:57 of round five.
Gonzalez improves to 17-0, 9Ko’s while Bassa 2-3 in his last five drops to 19-3, 11Ko’s.
In a competitive scheduled eight round super bantamweight bout North Hollywood’s, Emilio Sanchez record remained unblemished scoring a fifth-round stoppage of Mexico City, Mexico journeyman, Danny “Venado” Flores.
Sanchez the aggressor backed up Flores from the start landing with big right hands to the head turning his attack to the body in round two then mixing up his attack in rounds three and four leading to some active exchanges with Sanchez landing the heavier shots wearing Flores down for a one-sided assault prompting referee Gerald White to step in and make a crowd angering stoppage at 33 seconds of round five. Sanchez improves to 15-0, 10Ko’s while Flores 1-8-1 in his last ten drops to 15-10-1, 8Ko’s.
LA featherweight, Tenochtitlan Nava held onto his zero scoring a closely contested four round 39-37 times three unanimous decision over Mexico City’s, Angel “Maikol” Jimenez. Nava moves to 7-0, 1Ko as A Jimenez winless in his last four drops to 8-14, 1Ko.
In a scheduled eight round minimumweight match Catano, Puerto Rico’s, Janiel “Pototo” Rivera deducted a point by referee Tony Crebs for a low blow, picked his punches up to flatten Mexicali, Mexico’s, Marco “Tony” Sanchez with a devastating left hook at 1:59 of round one. Rivera improves to 16-2-3, 10Ko’s while Sanchez stopped in back to back fights falls to 12-6-3, 7Ko’s.
In six round welterweight action Santa Ana, California, Alexis Rocha, the 20 hear old younger brother of co-featured Ronnie Rios dropped and stopped Mexico City’s, Esau Herrera with a driving right at 2:59 of round one. Rocha improves to 9-0, 6Ko’s while Herrera without a W in his last four outings drops to 18-10-1, 8Ko’s.
Indio, California super lightweight, Ruben Rodriguez entertained in his pro debut blowing out Guadalajara, Mexico’s made to order Rolando Padilla with a heavy volley of punches forcing referee Rudy Barragan to call it at 0:47 of round two. Rodriguez kicks off 1-0, 1Ko while Padilla still in search of his first pro win falls to 0-3.
In a six-round welterweight pairing San Diego’s, Genaro “El Conde” Gamez floored Reynosa, Mexico’s, Eduardo “Dinamita” Reyes in round two to gain an early lead but giving back the point in round four when deducted a point by referee Tony Crebs for a low blow Gamez would step it up banging his way to a convincing 58-54, 59-53 times two unanimous decision. Gamez improves to 6-0, 4ko’s while Reyes, 1-5 in his last six sinks to 8-11, 6Ko’s.
In a back and forth four round slugfest Rancho Mirage, California, bantamweight, Javier Padilla and Mexico City, Mexico’s Ricardo Arias banged their way to a crowd pleasing 38-38 times three unanimous decision draw. Padilla moves to 3-0-1, 3Ko’s while Arias stays level at 1-1-1.
(August 25th) Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs) remained unbeaten as he stopped Tureano Johnson (20-2, 14 KOs) in the 12th and final round of their middleweight world title eliminator that headlined a Special Friday Night Edition of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes.
Derevyanchenko put himself in line for a world title shot with an impressive stoppage of the durable contender Johnson in their bout from Main Street - in front of historic Coleman Theater - in Miami, Oklahoma.
“I’m very happy with my performance,” said Derevyanchenko. “I did exactly what we worked on in training and broke him down to get the knockout.”
"I'm very disappointed,” said Johnson. “But I give a lot of credit to Derevyanchenko and congratulate him on his performance tonight."
Johnson was aggressive from the start, positioning himself right in front of his opponent while trying to throw punches from orthodox and southpaw stances. Derevyanchenko was able to sustain the pressure and use a steady jab to create enough space to unload big power shots on Johnson.
The third round saw Derevyanchenko’s offense break through as he was able to land multiple punches to the head while Johnson could only try to cover up. After falling behind in the first half of the fight, Johnson upped the aggression in rounds six and seven and was able to have more success landing series of hooks through Derevyanchenko’s own offense.
However, in round eight Derevyanchenko returned to relying on his jab and was once again able to create the space to land strong shots and got the best of multiple exchanges. Derevyanchenko continued to show off impressive combos until finally breaking down Johnson for good in the 12th round with a ferocious combination that included three clean left hooks to the head.
“He was very tough and took a lot of punches,” said Derevyanchenko. “Maybe the fight could have been stopped earlier but I was always ready to go the distance.”
Johnson was sent down and referee Gary Ritter immediately called a halt to the bout 40 seconds into the final round.
“I’m ready to fight the winner of Golovkin vs. Canelo for the title,” said Derevyanchenko. “I think that Golovkin will win and I look forward to fighting him next.”
The co-main event of the telecast saw once-beaten Hugo Centeno Jr. (26-1, 14 KOs) deliver a highlight reel knockout of previously undefeated Immanuwel Aleem (17-1, 10 KOs) in the third round of their middleweight matchup.
Centeno Jr. looked to use his 6’1” frame to hurt Aleem from a distance as he circled the ring and stayed on the outside until attacking with a combination. Aleem came out dedicated to throwing huge left hooks to the body and worked to stay on the inside against the taller opponent.
Aleem upped the aggression in the second and third rounds, but Centeno Jr. stayed calm and slowly began to time the charging Aleem. A Centeno uppercut in round two was the first shot that got the attention of Aleem, who was coming in to this bout off of a knockout victory over Ievgen Khytrov in a Fight of the Year candidate from January.
Late in the third round, Centeno Jr. landed a perfect left hook on the button just as Aleem tried to throw his own left hand and sent Aleem crashing to the canvas. Referee Gerald Ritter counted Aleem out as the fight was officially ended 2:27 into the round and Centeno walked away with a victory that will likely garner Knockout of the Year consideration.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko TKO12 Tureano Johnson
Hugo Centeno Jr. KO3 Immanuwel Aleem
Austin Dulay RTD3 Carlos Padilla
Alejandro Guerrero TKO2 Darin Hampton
Demond Nicholson RTD2 Josue Obando
James McKenzie Morrison TKO1 Roberto White
(August 22nd) Former world champion Juan Carlos Payano (19-1, 9 KOs) scored an impressive decision victory over Alexis Santiago (24-5-1, 8 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes, Tuesday night from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas and presented by Mayweather Promotions.
Payano set the pace early, closing the distance with Santiago and delivering consistent flurries of punches. Santiago was unable to keep Payano from charging forward early and seemed focused on landing a big counter.
The fight was defined by its rough nature and constant fighting on the inside. This led to a cut above Payano’s left eye after round three, but his corner was able to manage it and the cut was never a problem.
"I felt like I was winning every single round,” said Payano. “There were small moments on the inside that I gave away but I think I did the better work each round.”
Santiago had moments in the fight and landed big right hands late in the fourth and fifth rounds that got Payano’s attention, but the former champion was able to throw back with high volume and regain control of the fight.
"The strategy was to wear him down and then really try to walk him down and take him out,” said Payano. “Santiago was a little too tough for his own good so I kept some distance at times and controlled the fight.”
"I felt the long layoff when I got in there,” said Santiago. “I was a little tight and I loaded up too much instead of using my speed.”
Even when Santiago was able to corner Payano, the slippery fighter was able to fight his way off the ropes and turn the tide back in his favor. After the end of 10 rounds of super bantamweight action all three judges’ saw the fight in Payano’s favor by scores of 100-90 and 99-91 twice.
"I want my titles back,” said Payano. “I don't care who is holding which titles at 118 and 122 pounds. I'll fight anyone and show I'm still a champion."
"I thought the fight was a little closer,” said Santiago. “He did more work than me but I thought I had good moments. I wanted to box him a little more but I couldn't find my range so I just tried to close down the gaps. We just have to go back to the drawing board and stay more active. I want to get a tune-up fight then get right back to fighting top guys.”
The co-main event saw once-beaten Ladarius Miller (14-1, 4 KOs) score a unanimous decision victory over 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (16-2, 9 KOs) in their 10-round lightweight bout.
The southpaws began the fight carefully, with Miller looking to establish his jab while Herring showed great movement early and tried to catch Miller in the pocket. The exchanges picked up in round two, although both men were still primarily throwing one punch at a time.
"I know I out-jabbed him,” said Miller. “When we jabbed each other, I thought my jab was stronger than his. I gave him two different styles. There were times where I walked him down and times where I boxed him.”
Miller began to pick up the aggressiveness in round three, following up his jab with a straight left hand over the top that snapped Herring’s head. Herring continued to focus on his movement and mixed-in good body work several times to finish off exchanges.
In round five Herring began to plant himself inside and looked to counter Miller, but was unable to do enough clean work to get the attention of the judges as Miller continued to throw back with left hands and movement that occasionally frustrated Herring.
"I thought it was a close fight,” said Herring. “I thought when I came forward and pressed the fight he started retreating and moving.”
Both men squared-off in the center of the ring for the final three rounds, as each looked to deliver a shot that would seal the fight in their favor. The flurry of action led to judges’ disagreements on all three of the final action-packed rounds.
In the end it was Miller’s consistent work throughout the fight that got him the nod from all three judges by scores of 98-92 and 97-93 twice.
"I thought 97-93 was the right score,” said Miller. “I took it easy in round nine and felt him out in the first two rounds. But the rest of the fight I felt like I dominated. It's a process. I'm just climbing the ladder right now. I want to get another test and fight more strong fighters. I want to be on the biggest stages. I'm ready for the step up."
"I thought I landed some heavy shots in there and was more aggressive,” said Herring. “Obviously the judges saw it differently. I'll get back with my team and see what's next, but I did think I won the fight. I thought I won the last two rounds and pulled it out."
Juan Carlos Payano W10 Alexis Santiago
Ladarius Miller W10 Jamel Herring
Shoki Sakai W8 Ashley Theophane
Sanjarbek Rakhmanov KO2 Noe Lopez
Cameron Kreal W6 Greg Jackson
AhmedMajed Mahmood W6 Alberto Mora
By: Greg Swan
August 19th, Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska: In the main event of a Top Rank Promotion on ESPN Omaha, Nebraska’s, Terence “Bud” Crawford became the first four belt undisputed World Super Lightweight Champion, scoring an arresting third round knockout of Windhoek, Namibia’s, WBC/ WBO World Super Lightweight Title holder Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo.
The battle of unbeaten southpaws would see the straighter more precision punching IBFWBA Champ Crawford time and set up his shots in round one. “Bud” measuring the reaching and looping Indongo in round two put the “Blue Machine” down for the first time with a chopping left behind the ear with less than a minute to go in round.
A proven finisher, Crawford landing nearly %50 of his power shots would go right back to work in round three taking advantage of Indongo’s natural aggressiveness and free wide singing style flooring the previously unbeaten Namibian with a puncturing left to the body leaving him there for a referee Jack Reiss ten count at 1:38 of round three. The undisputed Super Lightweight Champion Crawford cementing a in history and a spot on the pound for pound list improves to 32-0, 23Ko’s while Indongo suffering his first defeat dips to 22-1, 11Ko’s.
In the ten-round light heavyweight co-feature, Oxnard, California based Ukrainian, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk, retained his NABF and WBO NABO Light Heavyweight Titles scoring a calculated sixth round TKO over Baytown, Texas, journeyman, Craig “El Gato Negro” Baker.
Gvozdyk backed by an impressive 250 bout amateur pedigree continued to impress as a pro systematically and progressively dissecting Baker with increasingly heavier combinations answering the calling of his corner to sit on his punches driving a hard right through Bakers guard dropping “El Gato Negro” for a Celestino Ruiz eight count only to be driven to the ropes for a set of power shots forcing referee Ruiz to step in and stop the fight at 2:04 of round six. Gvozdyk improves to 14-0, 11Ko’s while Baker coming in off a surprise 8th round KO stoppage of Steve Lovett, June, 2016 drops to 17-2, 13Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Waldorf, Maryland, welterweight, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed, remained unbeaten scoring a prejudiced ten round unanimous decision over Denver, Colorado, veteran, Robert “Red Hot” Frankel. The quicker, sharper punching started and ended all the exchanges rocking the durable Coloradoan throughout the bout gliding to a 100-90 times three unanimous decision. Reed improves to 23-0, 12Ko’s while the 37-year-old, Frankel drops to 35-18, 7Ko’s.
In a scheduled six round super featherweight match Omaha’s, heavy handed, Kevin Ventura ran his KO streak to seven dropping and stopping Juarez, Mexico’s, Baltazar “El Indio” Ramirez with a drilling body shot at 1:54 of round three. Ventura staying inside the distance since his pro debut moves to 8-0, 7Ko’s while Ramirez winless I his last three drops to 3-4, 3Ko’s.
Forced to go the distance for only the second time Omaha, Nebraska’s, power punching, light heavyweight, Steven Nelson held onto his zero winning a shutout 60-54 times three shutout over Sonora, Mexico’s, Cesar Ruiz. Nelson climbs to 9-0, 7Ko’s while Ruiz dropping his second straight sinks below .500 at 5-6, 2Ko’s.
In the first of two special heavyweight attractions Brixton, London, former BBBofC British Heavyweight Champion, Dillian 'The Body Snatcher' Whyte made it five straight victories since suffering a 7th round TKO stoppage to former amateur rival and reigning IBF/IBO and WBA Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua, December 2015 dismantled and stopped Chandler, Arizona’s, 38-year-old, Malcolm “The Show Stopper” Tann in three.
Whyte flooring the elder statesman Tann twice in rounds two and three the later following a heavy left right combo forced referee Tom Anderson to put a halt to the bout at 2:36 of round three. The 29-year-old, Whyte advances to 21-1, 16Ko’s while Tann 1-5 in his last six falls to 24-6, 13Ko’s.
In an eight-round heavyweight attraction, returning from a 20 month lay-off Philadelphia, former IBO/WBA and WBO Heavyweight title challenger Bryant “By By” Jennings scored a second-round stoppage of Clarksburg, West Virginia, 6’7” Daniel “Mountain” Martz.
Following a shake down opening frame Jennings began to put his punches together sending the 6’7” Martz to the canvas three times in round two forcing referee Paul Parry to put a stop to the over matched contest at 2:18 of round two. Jennings coming off a December 2015 7th round TKO loss to Miami based unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz moves to 20-2, 10Ko’s while Martz 1-3 in his last four falls to 15-5-1, 12Ko’s.
20-year-old, Newark, New Jersey, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, featherweight, Shakur Stevenson, continued his young career scoring a one sided six round unanimous decision over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, light handed, David “El Chaqueño” Paz.
Stevenson out classing Paz in all aspects of the fight picked his moments landing clean, sharp combinations to the body and head, hand cuffing the over matched 23-year-old putting him on the deck in round five enroute to a one way 60-53 times three unanimous decision. Stevenson moves to 3-0, 1Ko while Paz fighting for the first time outside Argentina evens out at 4-4-1.
In a battle of elder statesman welterweights, Thornton, Colorado’s, former WBO Light Welterweight Champion, Mike “Mile High” Alvarado continued to bury his 2013-15 three bout losing streak (Ruslan Provodnikov, Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios) scoring a fourth-round knockout of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s, Sidney Siqueira.
Siqueira showing he was there to win came out swinging taking the fight to Alvarado in the opening three rounds until the 37-year-old, former champion buckled down catching the tough Brazilian with driving uppercuts setting up a thudding right hand sending Siqueira to the canvas bouncing his head off the canvas ending the bout at 1:20 of round four. Alvarado moves to 38-4, 25Ko’s while the 40-year-old, Siqueira winless in his last five falls to 26-13-1, 17Ko’s.
By: Duyi Goh
August 15th, Shimazu Arena, Kyoto, Japan: Heading an Akihiko Honda Teiken Promotions show Tijuana, Mexico’s, Luis “Pantera” Nery took claim to the WBC World Bantamweight Title stopping Tokyo, Japan’s, Shinsuke Yamanaka in four.
The battle of southpaws and wills saw a feeling out first round with the 34-year-old champion Yamanaka winning the battle for control of the center of the ring with a variety of jabs and right hands leaving the 22-year-old circling challenger Nery appearing to be looking for the big counter.
More aggressive in round two the heavier punching Nery began to tighten the circle and close the spacing backing the champion up with reaching left hands and a body attack of his own. Nery beginning to time the hometown champions jab closed the round landing a solid combination.
In round three the challenger Nery missing bad intentioned counters early momentarily giving back control of the real estate to the straighter punching Yamanaka began to follow his leaping jab putting the retreating champion on his back leg for some free singing right hooks and an entertaining close to round three.
Yamanaka swiftly moving to take control of the middle of the ring in round four would run into a long Nery left opening the way for a drilling right hook to the body. Yamanaka displaying a sudden sense of urgency began to fire and land long straight lefts appearing to put Nery back into counter punching mode only to be surprised by a “Pantera” styled pouncing assault landing a big left hand driving the champion to the ropes for an uninhibited following of winging hooks convincing the champions corner and the close watching referee Michael Griffin to step in and wave it over at 2:29 of round four.
Recording his fifth straight KO victory the new WBC World Bantamweight Champion Nery moves to 24-0, 18Ko’s while the rematch seeking former champion Yamanaka, 7-0 against former or current world titlists Vic Darchinyan, Tomas Rojas, Malcolm Tunacao, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, Liborio Solis, and Anselmo Moreno - twice, suffering his first defeat now 13-1 in World Title fights, slips to 27-1-2, 19Ko’s.
By: David Colon
August 12th, Arena Oasis, Cancun, Mexico: Hidden on a Cancún Boxing promotion 35 year old former IBF and WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa kept his career alive returning from a May 5th upset seventh round stoppage at the hands of Robinson Castellanos to squeeze out a narrow ten round majority decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s 22 year old, Alexis “Baby” Reyes.
The quicker 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Gamboa showing just glimpses of the fighter that recorded wins over Rogers Mtagwa, Jonathan Victor Barros, Orlando Salido, Jorge Solis, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Darleys Perez and the Cuban star had all he could handle in the taller, longer Reyes escaping with a generous 94-94, 95-94 times two majority decision.
Gamboa who’s only other defeat comes to Terrance Crawford, June 2014 moves to 27-2, 17Ko’s while Reyes still a youngster drops his second straight dipping to drops to 15-3-1, 7Ko’s.
Heading the card Monterrey, Mexico, super flyweight, Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez Jr. made it six straight wins since suffering 2015 back to back losses to Donnie Nietes and Moises Fuentes stopping Cebu, Phillipines previously unbeaten Elias Joaquino in seven rounds. Rodriguez Jr. advances to 24-4-1, 16Ko’s while Joaquino suffering his first defeat drops to 11-1,-1, 6Ko’s.
Also in action Mexico City, Mexico’s unbeaten Alejandra “La Tigre” Jimenez retained her WBC World Female Heavyweight Title scoring a third round TKO win over Quebec, Canada’s, previously undefeated Vanessa Lepage Joanisse. Jimenez climbs to 9-0, 7Ko’s while Joanisse falls to 3-1, 1Ko.
By: Edwin Gonzalez
August 12th, Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Mexico: In the main event of Fernando Beltran’s, Promociones Weslaco, Texas, 37-year-old veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia claimed the vacant WBC Silver Middleweight Title winning an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Sinaloa, Mexico’s complacent Omar “Terremoto” Chavez.
The more determined, more active Garcia took the fight to the weary looking “Terremoto” attacking the 27-year-old son of Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez to the body early.
The stronger looking Garcia would stay on the attack controlling the long distance and inside action holding off Chavez way too little, too late effort for a 97-92, 96-93 times two unanimous decision win.
Garcia improves to 42-3, 24Ko’s while Chávez coming off an avenging second round knockout over Canelo’s brother Ramon has his four-bout win streak comes to an end at 36-4-1, 24Ko’s.
(All pictures by Emily Harney / Granite Chin Promotions Derek Silveira (R) Michael Clark)
(August 6, 2017) - Former New England welterweight champion Derek "The Surgeon" Silveira defeated former world title challenger Michael "Cold Blood" Clark last night (Sat., Aug. 5) in the "Fight Night at the Bay" main event, presented by Granite Chin Promotions, at Marina Bay Sportplex in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Silveira (12-1, 6 KOs), of Salem MA) used his height and length advantage to out-box the much more experienced Clark (44-16-1, 18 KOs). Due to what appeared to be a broken right hand, Clark was unable to continue after six rounds.
After the fight, Silveira got done on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Ashley Myers. (She accepted).
"I want to thank Michael Clark," Silveria commented. "My buddy Martin passed away and this fight was for him. We're back and can go as long as needed because I'm in better shape. I'm a smart fighter and I can counter guys. I hope to be back fighting September 30 in Boston."
(Aleksandra Lopes (L) picked up a big win vs, Lisa Garland)
In the co-featured event, three-time world title challenger Aleksandra Lopes (18-4-2, 1 KO) likely positioned herself for another world title shot, taking an eight-round decision from former world champion Lisa Garland (15-8, 8 KOs), winning all eight rounds on two judges' scorecards and all but one on the other.
"It's tough to judge," said the Polish native who lives in nearby Marshfield (MA) regarding her position for another world title shot opportunity. "I hope so. I respect her but I felt that I should implement my sharper skills. She fought hard and came at me. I thought she'd go flat in the later rounds but she didn't.
"I'm always tough on myself, Wayne (Lopes, her trainer and husband) was happy. I feel that I should have taken it to her more and I got caught up in clinches too much. The heat was difficult, I felt heated before the fight. I was more tired than usual and I let her come in winging wild punches."
(New N. E. Cruiserweight champion Chris Traietti)
Iraq War veteran and Quincy's favorite son, Chris Traietti (24-4, 19 KOs), who is also co-promoter of "Fight Night at the Bay", pounded Nick Lavin (5-6, 4 KOs) from the opening bell to capture the vacant New England Cruiserweight Championship by way of a decisive eight-round unanimous decision. Traietti teed-off on the over-matched Lavin for most of the fight, but his tough Connecticut opponent lasted to the very end.
U.S. Marine veteran Brandon Montella (8-0, 7 KOs) remained unbeaten, registering three knockdowns against his Floridian opponent, light heavyweight "Money" Mike Sawyer (7-9, 5 KOs), in the second round, as referee Mike Ryan called the fight off right before the bell. Montella first put down Sawyer with a body shot, followed that with a straight right to the face, and Sawyer took a knee for his third trip to the canvas,
In an entertaining fight from start to finish, Whitman (MA) welterweight Mike "Bad Man" O'Han, Jr. (1-0) made his retired fighter father proud, defeating a game Daniel Amaro (0-2-1) by way of a four-round unanimous decision. O'Han, Jr. decked Amaro twice in the first round via perfectly placed left hooks but Amaro persevered and went the full distance.
Undefeated Irish junior middleweight Paddy Irwin (4-0, 3 KOs), fighting at home in Quincy, methodically broke-down Demetrius Thomas (0-5), dropping him with a right hand in the second round, and floored him with a flurry of punches en route to a third-round stoppage only moments later by referee Ryan.
Two-time Ecuador Olympian Carlos Gongora (9-0, 8 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn (NY), thoroughly outclassed Texas journeyman Larry "Slow Motion" Smith (10-34-1, 7 KOs)by way of a fifth-round technical knockout. Gongora, a powerful southpaw promoted by Murphy's Boxing, started the fight firing crisp combinations to the head and body of Smith, who took a knee for an eight-count in the opening round. The action slowed through the second and third frames, but Gongora picked up the pace in the fourth, as Smith took a knee again and survived another round. The undefeated Ecuadorian middleweight closed the snow in the fifth as referee Steve Clark halted the one-sided bout.
Tufankjian Auto Group and Tobin Scientific were major event sponsors; additional sponsors included The Chantey, Jack Campbell Electric, Hancock Tavern, Brennan's Smoke Shop, JN Phillips Auto Glass and Sheriff Michael Belotti.
By: David Colon
August 5th, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California: In the main event of a Bob Arum Top Rank card LIVE on ESPN Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian southpaw Vasyl “High Tech” Lomachenko retained his WBO World Super Featherweight title scoring a highly entertaining one-way seventh round stoppage of Cartagena, Colombia, power puncher Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga.
Lomachenko almost toying with the rugged Columbian in the first two rounds would floor “The Scorpion” with a powerful left in round three inspiring the champion to retreat to a neutral corner urging the reluctant Marriaga to come and get it.
Marriaga straying low and leading with his head leaving Lomachenko cut around his left eye in round four would see the Champion Lomachenko turn his “High Tech” defense into offense attacking “The Scorpion” to the body in rounds five and six putting the completely discouraged challenger on the canvas with another big left in round seven leaving the usually tough Columbian seated for the bell sounding round eight. Lomachenko now leaving Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa and now Marriaga seated in consecutive fights moves to 9-1, 7Ko’s while Marriaga down in back to back losses falls to 25-3, 21Ko’s.
In the co-feature Phoenix, Arizona, NABF/ WBO NABO Lightweight Champion “Sugar” Ray Beltran added the vacant WBA International Lightweight to his collection winning a ten-round majority decision over San Jose, Costa Rica’s, slick Bryan Vasquez.
The title only on the line for Beltran after Vasquez failed to make weight it would be the 36-year-old former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Beltran that would land the bigger shots allowing him to jump out to an early lead but the cagey Vasquez punching from awkward angles continued to stay active with rat-a-tat combinations claiming to injure his left hand in round three would pick his spots moving in and out with Beltran landing the more significant shots.
Beltran would track the circling Vasquez throughout the second half landing the heavier shots cut around both eyes from accidental clashes of heads in rounds nine and ten Beltran would be rewarded for his more substantial work coming out on the right side of a claimed a majority decision victory by scores of 95-95, 96-94, times two majority decision win. The green card seeking Beltran improves to 34-7-1, 21Ko’s while Vasquez losing two of his last three drops to 35-3, 19Ko’s.
In other action:
In an exciting eight round welterweight bout LA’s Arnold Barboza Jr. got up off the deck to close the show and score a hard-fought unanimous decision over San Francisco’s, Jonathan “El Carismatico” Chicas.
Barboza off to a good start pressed the action landing the more effective punches dropping Chicas with a hard combination in round three. Chicas proving he came to fight made it upright and finished the round returning the favor with a right-hand bomb in round five.
Both fighters would their moments down the stretch with Barboza again landing the more telling shots would walk away still unbeaten with a closer than scored 78-72, 77-73, 76-74 eight round unanimous decision win. Barboza improves to 17-0, 6Ko’s while Chicas 2-2 in his last four drops to 15-3, 7Ko’s.
In eight round middleweight action Brazilian 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, southpaw, Esquiva Falcao extended his unbeaten record winning a one-sided unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico, Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez.
The more polished southpaw Brazilian patiently out worked and outscored the limited Mexican mixing his accurate attack up and down limiting “Demonio” to an occasional right for a slanted 80-72 times three unanimous decision win. Falcao advances to 18-0, 12Ko’s while Gonzalez finding himself on the short end of all step-up fights falls to 23-10, 13Ko’s.
In a lightweight clash Detroit, Michigan’s, bigger, stronger southpaw, Erick De Leon out shined and pointed Cebu, Philippines, tough Adones Aguelo 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55 after six. De Leon stays unbeaten at 17-0, 10Ko’s while Aguelo drops to 28-16-2,19Ko’s.
San Jose, California, super featherweight Andy “The Shark” Vences remained unbeaten putting Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico’s, Eliseo “Lobo” Sesma down with big right hands in rounds two and three the later forcing referee Zac Young to step in and call it over at 2:21 of round three. Vences improves to 19-0, 11Ko’s while Sesma 2-4 in his last six falls to 11-4-1, 7Ko’s.
In an exciting super featherweight affair Oxnard, California, based Russian, Maxim Dadashev scored a last round stoppage of Phoenix, Arizona’s, aggressive but light handed, Jose Marrufo.
The bigger Dadashev using a busy and accurate jab controlled the real estate and set up clean counter shots on the free-swinging Mexican. Dadashev getting the better of the exchanges continued to systematically break down the aggressive until out gunned Marrufo battered along the ropes in the eighth and final round backed to the corner eating clean heavy shots fell victim to Dadashev’s clean punches and referee Zachary Young’s call to stop it at 1:32 of the eighth and final round. Dadashev moves to 8-0, 7Ko’s while the sturdy Marrufo openly contesting the stoppage falls to 10-7-2.
In four round lightweight female action Los Angeles, California, 2016 US Olympian, Mikaela Mayer made her long anticipated pro-debut banging out Green Bay, Wisconsin’s, over matched Widnelly Figueroa.
The taller, longer more experienced Mayer went right to work landing and upstairs/ downstairs right left combination followed up by an unanswered barrage of punches putting the beaten Wisconsinite on a knee where referee Lou Moret called it over at 1:15 of round one. Mayer starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Widnelly remains winless at 0-2.
In a scheduled eight round super welterweight pairing Colton, California, Artemio “King” Reyes methodically broke down Fort Morgan, Colorado’s, Steve Marquez leaving the fading Coloradoan kneeling for a referee Eddie Hernandez full count with a hook to the body at 1:54 of round four. Reyes improves to 25-2, 20Ko’s while the veteran Marquez falls to 16-19-2, 10Ko’s.
By: Susan Hart
August 4th, The MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit, Michigan: In the main event of a Dmitriy Salita's "Best of the Best" promotion on Showbox the Next Generation Flint, Michigan’s 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Claressa Shields claimed the WBC and vacant IBF World Female Super Middleweight titles with a 5th round TKO win over Augsburg, Germany’s previously unbeaten Nikki Adler.
In just her fourth pro bout showing her "Gold Medal” pedigree the 22-year-old Michiganian taking control of the center of the ring used her superior speed overwhelming the unbeaten champion Adler with rapid combinations early.
Seemingly adding power to her punches in round two Shields landing clean punches backed Adler to the ropes with a heavy left hook closing the round with a volley of uncontested punches.
In round three dropping her guard at times showing her disregard for Adler’s absent offense Shields continued to pick the champion apart with a mixed bag of shots continuing the punishment through and into round five battering the out gunned German with rapid accurate combinations up and down finally convincing referee Michael Griffin to step in and stop the punishment at 1:34 of round five. The new WBC and IBF Female Super Middleweight champion Claressa Shields improves to 4-0, 2 Ko’s while Adler suffering her first defeat slips to 16-1, 9Ko’s.
In the eight round co-feature an eight-round battle of southpaw featherweights Fort Worth, Texas, once beaten, Jesse Angel Hernandez stopped Saint Petersburg, Russia’s, Vladimir Tikhonov in five rounds.
Hernandez the heavier puncher, in charge from the opening bell over powered Tikhonov limiting the previously unbeaten Russian to an occasional headbutt landing big heavy shots backing him to the ropes with an unanswered volley of power shots forcing referee Ansel Steward to step in a put a stop to the contest at 2:25 of round five. Five wins away from his only defeat, a January 2015 split decision loss to Ray Ximenez Hernandez improves to 9-1, 7Ko’s while the US debuting Tikhonov suffering his first loss dips to 16-1 9Ko’s.
In other action:
In a scheduled six round super bantamweight bout Detroit, Michigan, James “OG” Smith blasted out Lagos, Nigeria’s Yaqub Kareem in one. Smith coming off a March sixth round stoppage loss to Joshua Greer Jr. gets back in the win column at 12-1, 7Ko’s while the overmatched Kareem stopped in his last three fights drops to 14-7-1, 8Ko’s.
Sterling Heights, Michigan, middleweight Domonique Dolton returned to his winning ways with a convincing 60-54 times three unanimous decision over Brockton, Massachusetts, 38-year-old, Antonio Chaves Fernandez. Dolton moves to 18-1-1, 9Ko’s while professional opponent Fernandez falls to 9-33-4, 3Ko’s.
Lansing, Michigan middleweight, Antonio Urista won a six-round majority decision over Brooklyn, New York based 2012 Turkmenistan Olympian, Serdar Hudayberdiyev. Urista moves to 9-2, 2Ko’s as Hudayberdiyev falls to 3-2, 2Ko’s.
In a not sure what you were watching bantamweight affair Reynosa, Mexico’s Jose Elizondo flooring Detroit’s 22-year-old Jarico O'Quinn twice was slighted with a blind mans, six round majority draw. Elizondo winless in his last three moves to 2-3-1 while the zero saving decision leaves O'Quinn unbeaten at 7-0-1, 5Ko’s.
(July 30th ) Former world champion Victor Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) made his ring return in style with a fourth round stoppage of Saul Corral (23-10, 14 KOs) in their welterweight battle that headlined Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Sunday afternoon from Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California.
Fighting for the first time since April of last year, Ortiz was sharp from the start and attacked Corral with straight left hands and hooks. Corral was game and fired back uppercuts, but was too often on the short end of their exchanges.
“Corral is a great fighter who hits hard and I definitely felt it,” said Ortiz. “Top of the line boxers like myself, we hang in there and we perform to the best of our abilities. It was my first time back in a while and it’s just the beginning.”
Ortiz had success stalking Corral towards the ropes and unloading, focusing on delivering those powerful straight lefts and hooks. Corral tried to keep Ortiz at bay too often by holding onto his left arm, and after multiple warnings from referee Jack Reiss, he was deducted a point in round three.
“There’s nothing easy about going up against a guy like Saul Corral,” said Ortiz. “We were better tonight. We worked hard and I’m thankful to my team for getting me ready.”
The southpaw Ortiz was again able to trap Corral against the ropes and midway through the fourth round he connected with the decisive left hand that sent Corral into a heap on the canvas. Corral was able to get to his feet and briefly continue, but Ortiz quickly pounced and forced the referee to stop the bout 1:26 into the round.
“There are a lot of names out there in the welterweight division,” said Ortiz. “At this point I’m going to let my team guide me, because I’ll always be ready for anybody.”
Additional action featured once-beaten Nathaniel Gallimore (19-1-1, 16 KOs) defeating Justin DeLoach (17-2, 9 KOs) by TKO after five rounds of super welterweight action.
Both men looked to implement their game plan in round one, with DeLoach throwing combinations off his jab, while Gallimore looked to close the distance and attack the body. Late in the first round, Gallimore drew DeLoach in and got the better of an exchange of left hooks that sent DeLoach crashing to the canvas.
While DeLoach was able to hold on and survive the round, he was sent to the mat again late in round two from a series of powerful hooks. DeLoach was able to stop an oncoming Gallimore in his tracks with a left hook right before the bell, but it was one of his last significant moments in the fight.
Gallimore continued to close off the distance and blasted DeLoach consistently with strong uppercuts, while DeLoach tried to stay busy, but simply lacked the power on his punches to slow Gallimore down.
Late in round five, Gallimore connected with an overhand right that staggered DeLoach and followed it up with more effective uppercuts. DeLoach was again able to make it to the bell, but had endured too much punishment and the bout was officially stopped after five rounds at the advice of the ringside physician.
The opening bout of the telecast saw 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas (2-0, 2 KOs) deliver a devastating knockout of Eder Amaro Fajardo (3-4, 2 KOs) via a vicious body shot in the first round of their lightweight bout.
Balderas controlled the action, ripping right hooks to the body off of a strong jab as Fajardo attempted to return fire against the slick prospect. Balderas followed up a series of left hooks to the head with a left to the liver that put Fajardo on the canvas for good at 1:36 into the first round.
Nathaniel Gallimore RTD5 Justin DeLoach
Victor Ortiz KO4 Saul Corral
Adam Lopez MD6 Paul Romero
Karlos Balderas KO1 Eder Amaro Fajardo
Eimantas Stanionis KO3 Isaac Freeman
Efe Ajagba KO1 Tyrell Herndon
Money Powell IV W4 Carlos Lozano
Jose Balderas W4 Don Jose
Efetobor Apochi KO2 Daniel Hernandez
Miguel Contreras KO4 Phillip Percy
Alejandro Guerrero KO4 Matt Murphy
Emmanuel Medina W4 Edgar Ivan Garcia
Oluwafemi Oyeleye KO1 Uriel Gonzalez
(July 30th) Undefeated featherweight prospect Tramaine "The Mighty Midget" Williams made a major statement last night (Saturday, July 29), dropping former world title challenger William "Chirizo" Gonzalez three times in the opening round of a sensational performance in the "KO Night Boxing" Rumble on the Water 2" main event, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from The Queen Mary's outdoor venue in Long Beach, California.
"KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2" was presented by Black Tree, and promoted by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, in association with KO Night Boxing LLC and Roc Nation Sports.
The 5' 4" Williams (12-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of New Haven (CT), exploded with pin-point accuracy, also displaying his new-found power, dropping Gonzalez 30-8, 26 KOs), of Nicaragua, three time in the first round. The crafty southpaw finished off his more experienced opponent with a perfectly placed right-left combination, right on the button, for his third and final knockdown. Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. waved off the action, not bothering to count, as Gonzalez lay vertical on his back in dire straits.
"I prepared well for this fight and anything can happen when I work hard," Williams remarked after his third consecutive knockout victory. "I felt his power early with a body shot but I stayed focused.
"I can deal with anybody in my division. I want to fight Lee Selby (IBF featherweight world champion), or any of the world champions, but none will fight me. I really want Gary Russell (WBC champion); I'm here, Gary. It'll be target practice for me."
In the co-feature, highly touted super middleweight prospect Junior "The Young God" Younan (13-0, 9 KOs) remained undefeated, winning a close eight-round decision against tough Mike "The Menace" Guy, of Sacramento (CA), the former California State champion. (9-3-1, 5 KOs) Guy was penalized a point for tossing Younan to the mat at the end of round six or the result would have been a majority draw.
In his first eight-round fight, the 21-year-old Younan gained invaluable experience fighting the non-stop Guy, who kept coming forward, throwing punches from all angles, at his Brooklyn opponent.
"You can't learn if you don't go rounds," Younan correctly noted after the fight. "I'm only going to improve. Guy kept moving forward the entire fight. There were a couple of things that bothered me, but I went eight hard rounds and won. Thank you to Mike Guy for that."
Former Winthrop College (SC) basketball player Jonnie Rice (7-2-1, 4 KOs), fighting out of Los Angeles, opened the televised broadcast with a convincing six-round unanimous decision over Rodney "King Corso" Hernandez (10-6-2, 2 KOs), of Fresno (CA).
"I thought I did real well against a good opponent," former power forward Rice said after the fight "He's an athlete, getting better each fight. He's not the same fighter he was a year ago. I'm becoming more strategic, working on my jab to get better. Basketball players need good footwork like Chris Paul and Lebron James. I'm working to bring my footwork from basketball to boxing,"
Hometown favorite Raul Calderon (1-0) pitched a shutout over Eric Gomez (0-1), winning a four-round unanimous decision (40-36 X 3), in a battle of pro-debuting Californians. In the walkout-fight, Los Angeles featherweight Sergio "El Nino" Quiroz improved to 4-0 with a four-round unanimous decision over Lupe Arrotyo (2-7).
Garcia Dismantles Broner!
By: Joe Martin
July 29th, In the main event of a Showtime Championship card from the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York Oxnard, California WBC Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia remained unbeaten dissecting and dismantling Cincinnati, Ohio’s former four-time world champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner enroute to a one way twelve round unanimous-decision win.
After a feeling out opening frame edged by Garcia’s more effective precision punching the technically sound three-time world champion showing no effects of any layoff cut off the ring picked up his usual adequate work rate.
Garcia controlling the action with his constant pressure and control of the spacing put on a punching clinic out throwing and landing Broner 2-1 ripping the head shaken Ohioan up and down with clean, sharp lead and counter punches.
Garcia quick to answer Broners sporadic offense Garcia continued to leave Cincinnati’s “Problem Child” with more questions than answers including a lop-sided 117-111,116-112 times two unanimous decision win.
Still unbeaten seeking potential PPV fights with the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford, Garcia recording his third victory since ending a two-and-a-half-year layoff moves to 37-0, 30Ko’s while Broner remaining cocky and planning to stay alive on name brand suffering his third defeat slips to 33-3, 24Ko’s.
In the Showtime middleweight co-feature, Houston, Texas, former IBF World Super Welterweight Champion Jermall Charlo made his 160lb debut rolling over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Jorge Sebastian Heiland in four.
Charlo opening quickly took the fight to Heiland dropping the Argentinian with a heavy right uppercut. The rugged southpaw would beat the count but now with a hitch in his step it wouldn’t take long for the Ronnie Sheilds trained Texan to repeat the deed with a left hook in round four causing referee Benjy Esteves to stop the bout at 2:13 of round four.
Charlo looking towards a showdown with the winner of Canelo vs GGG improves to 26-0, 20Ko’s while Heiland who attempted to begin the bout with a bandage on his knee saw his eight come to an end at 29-5-2, 16ko’s.
In a special super flyweight attraction Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004 Olympian, Rau'shee Warren won a twelve round unanimous decision over Fajardo, Puerto Rico’s, 2008 Olympian McJoe Arroyo.
The battle of former Olympian southpaws saw Warren land some solid shots early to set the tone opening a cut over Arroyo’s right eye in round two used his jab and superior speed and accuracy boxing his way to a 118-110, 117-111 times two unanimous decision. Warren 2-2 in his last four improves to 15-2, 4Ko’s while Arroyo coming off a twelve round decision loss to Jerwin Ancajas in September dips to 17-2, 8Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a ten-round heavyweight affair Brooklyn, New York’s, re-conditioned Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller remained unbeaten bang on then out Vallejo, California’s, once beaten Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington in eight.
The rejuvenated miller unable to catch up with Miller in round one began to close the space leading to some exciting exchanges with both fighters taking some shots.
The give and take sessions would continue with Miller slowly gaining the edge with the 35-year-old Washington beginning to slow down showing signs of fading allowing miller to step it up in the middle rounds hurting Washington with some hard shots in the 5th and sixth never taking his foot off the gas rocking “El Gallo Negro” again in round eight with some heavy punches prompting the Californian’s corner to call it over at the close of round eight. Miller advances to 19-0-1, 17Ko’s while Washington coming in off a 5th round stoppage loss to Deontey Wilder in February drops to 18-2-1, 12Ko’s.
Making her US debut Bray, Ireland 31-year-old, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor used her superior skills to out work, out land and out class Cedar Hill, Texas, Jasmine Clarkson leaving the 22-year-old Texan seated at the close of round two. Taylor needing a step up in opposition moves to 6-0, 4Ko’s while served up Clarkson 2-7 in her last nine dives to 4-9.
In a battle of unbeaten welterweights Woodlawn, New York, based “Irishman” Noel Murphy delivered an eight-round blue-collar performance out boxing Dominican Republic’s, previously unbeaten heavier handed Julio Cesar Sanchez to a of 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 unanimous decision win. Murphy climbs to 11-0, 2Ko’s while Sanchez suffering his first defeat slips to 11-1, 6Ko’s.
In the four-round featherweight opener Cincinnati, Ohio’s, heavy handed Desmond Jarman was forced to go the distance for the first time dropping Bedford, Ohio’s, Darnell Pettis near the close of round two allowing the durable former MMA fighter to make it to the final bell leaving Jarman a 40-35 times three unanimous decision winner. Jarman moves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Pettis falls to 1-5.
By: David Colon
July 29th, Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona: Heading a Golden Boy Promotions card on ESPN2 Brooklyn, New York 2008 Olympian, Sadam “World Kid” Ali claimed the vacant WBA-NABA Welterweight title with a hotly contested ten round unanimous decision over Caracas, Venezuela’s, Johan “El Terrible” Perez.
Ali coming off wins over Saul Corral and Jorge Silva after being stopped in nine rounds in a vacant WBO World Welterweight fight with Jessie Vargas March 2016 had all he could handle against the straight-ahead Perez.
Perez in full upset mode taking all Ali had to offer hitting the canvas on a slip/punch in round three continued to push the action but it would be “The World Kid’s” superior agility and movement that would open the way for clean counter punches giving the Brooklynite a closer than scored 98-91, 97-92 times two unanimous decision. Hoping to find his way onto the September 16th Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin card in Las Vegas Ali improves to 25-1, 14Ko’s while Perez forced to return to Venezuela looking for another US call up drops to 22-4-4, 15Ko’s.
In the eight-round welterweight co-feature, Monterrey, Mexico’s, Alejandro “Magno” Barrera won a hard-fought split decision over Bronx, New York, Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez.
The counter punching battle would see some solid two-way action leaving Barrera cut over the right eye early in round seven and sent on a trip to the canvas compliments of a “E-Boy” left hook, the "Nacho" Beristain trained Barrera with an overt sense of urgency quickly regrouped turning up his work rate nipping Gomez in the action and on the scorecards which were announced 95-94 Gomez and 96-93 twice for Barrera giving “Magno” the split decision win. Barrera coming off a November 2015, 5th round TKO loss to Errol Spence Jr. returns to the win column at 29-3, 18Ko’s while Gomez now 2-2 in his last four falls to 20-3, 11ko’s.
Heading the undercard: Brazilian, southpaw, super welterweight Patrick Teixeira returned to his winning recording a one way eight round unanimous decision over Phoenix, Arizona’s, Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez.
Teixeira in control from the start landing long right jabs and straight left-hand follow ups, claiming injury to his left hand in round five was forced to close the fight with active jab for a 79-73, 80-72 times two unanimous decision win. Teixeira moves to 27-1, 22Ko’s while Hernandez falls to 19-6-1, 9Ko’s.
In super welterweight pairing, Winter Park, Florida’s, Daquan Arnett, inactive since his November 2015 first round TKO win over Yudel Johnson returned to action scoring a convincing eight round unanimous decision over Tijuana, Mexico’s Jorge “Pantera” Silva.
Arnett in charge from the opening sound took the fight to “Pantera” hiding sharp combinations behind a slippery jab out pointing the over matched Mexican 80-71 times three after eight. Arnett improves to 16-1 9Ko’s while Silva, 3-12 in his last outings sinks to 22-14-2, 18Ko’s.
In a tough six round super bantamweight match Whittier, California, Pablo “Shark” Rubio Jr. held onto his zero with a hard-fought split decision win over Houston, Texas, David Perez. The split decision coming with two judges calling it 58-56 and 59-55 for Rubio while the third somehow calling it 60-54 Perez. Rubio Jr. advances to 10-0, 3Ko’s while Perez dropping back to back fights falls to 8-2, 4Ko’s.
In a four-round super lightweight preliminary Indio, California, 19-year-old, Alfredo Escarcega made it 3-0 squeezing out a tougher than expected majority decision over Tucson, Arizona, Rodolfo “Rudy” Gamez. Escarcega moves to 3-0 while Gamez sinks to 1-4.
By: Duyi Goh
July 28th, Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China: Tokyo, Japan’s Sho Kimura claimed the WBO World Flyweight title scoring a shocking eleventh round TKO of Zunyi, China’s 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shiming Zou.
The 28-year-old, 10-1 underdog Kimura dedicating the fight to his late mother, battling the counter punching Chinaman and a cut near his right eye finally caught up with the slowly fading 36-year-old champion, first time self-promoting champion officially sending the “slippery” Zou (down three times prior ruled slips) to the canvas with a heavy barrage of punches in round eleven forcing referee Danrex Tapdasan to wave it over at 2:28 of the round. The officials’ scores were at 96-94, 94-96 Zou and 97-93 for Kimura at the time of the stoppage.
The beer delivery driver Kimura moves to 15-1-2, 8Ko’s while the emotionally shaken 36-year-old Zou suffering his second defeat drops to 9-2, 2Ko’s.
Serrano Stops Kiss in 3!
By: Bill Drake
(July 22nd) On Friday night, July 21st, heading an Ivan Rivera Puerto Rico’s Best Boxing card at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico Brooklyn, New York’s, Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano retained her WBO World female super bantamweight title scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Budapest, Hungary’s, Edna “DNA” Kiss.
Serrano first claiming the title with a first-round stoppage of Alexandra Lazar, October 2016 wasted no time settling the WBO strap scrap taking control of the center of the ring pursing the mostly defensive Kiss with log straight shots up and down sending her to the canvas with a short left in round two. Kiss making it upright to finish the round would not be so lucky in the third with the relentless Serrano walking her down with heavy shots to the body and head finally prompting the referee to step in and stop the punishment at 1:00 of round three. Serrano improves to 33-1-1, 25Ko’s while Kiss falls to 13-5, 5Ko’s.
In other action:
Vega Alta, Puerto Rico super featherweight, Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo pounding on Managua, Nicaragua's, Orlando Rizo for five rounds leaving the beaten southpaw, seated for the bell sounding round six. The former WBA World featherweight title challenger Oquendo improves to 27-5, 17 Kos while Rizo winless in his last five drops to 19-11, 11Ko’s.
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Robson Conceicao remained unbeaten scoring his third straight KO win stopping Guadalajara, Mexico’s overmatched Bernardo “Benny” Uribe in just 52 seconds. Conceicao moves to 4-0, 3Ko’s while Uribe stopped in back to back fights drops to 18-8, 11Ko’s.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico two-time Puerto Rican Olympian jr featherweight Jeyvier Cintron, the 22-year-old son of former pro boxer Javier Cintron, remained undefeated stopping Chilean opponent Guillermo Dejeas at 2:21 of round two. Scoring his first KO Cintron moves to 2-0, 1Ko while Dejeas 1-7 in his last eight dives to 8-13-1, 2Ko’s.
(July 18th ) In a battle of exciting featherweight brawlers, Chris Avalos (27-5, 20 KOs) was awarded a TKO victory after the doctor ruled that Miguel Flores (21-2, 9 KOs) could no longer continue due to a cut sustained during their featherweight matchup that headlined Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday night from Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana.
The action packed showdown came to an end after the fifth-round when the doctor deemed that the cut over Flores’ left eye was too serious for him to continue the fight. Because referee Bruce McDaniel ruled that the cut was caused by a punch, and not a head butt, Avalos was given the stoppage victory.
“I’m disappointed by what happened,” said Flores. “We were winning the fight. Everybody saw what happened. We saw the referee say it was an accidental head butt, but this kind of stuff happens in boxing. They took it away from me.”
“I didn’t get the victory the way I wanted, but I got the win,” said Avalos. “It was a good back and forth action fight. We both had moments where we went after each other and the other guy always came right back.”
The cut in question occurred in round four, from what appeared to be a grazing of heads on the inside, but was contested by Avalos.
“We caught a little bit of a head butt, but I don’t remember any cuts coming from it,” said Avalos. “I didn’t see any blood from the head butt. I saw blood after I threw a right hand.”
Flores was ahead 48-46 on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, and had put Avalos on the canvas with a good combination and follow-up flurry in the third round. The fight had been highlighted by consistent powerful exchanges on the inside before coming to an unsatisfactory finish after the fifth round.
“The cut was bothering me and I couldn’t really see out of that eye,” said Flores. “It was just a matter of time until I got the knockout though. I was breaking him down. I’ll learn from it and get better. I definitely want an immediate rematch next.”
“I was proud of what I was able to do and I thought it was a really good fight,” said Avalos. “He’s a good fighter and I’d definitely give him a rematch.”
Additional action saw light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (16-0, 13 KOs) remain unbeaten with a dominant stoppage of Philadelphia’s Christopher Brooker (12-4, 5 KOs) in the second round of action.
Elbiali came out aggressive from the start, looking to land big power shots with both hands while Brooker quickly sought to establish his movement and consistently tied up Elbiali when the action moved to the inside.
Both men received a warning from referee Bruce McDaniel midway through the first round for hits to the back of the head and it was later on in the round when the referee deducted a point from Brooker after another illegal shot.
Elbiali began the second round continuing his aggressive style and stalked Brooker until he could unload power shots in the corner. After landing several big shots that began to slow Brooker, Elbiali rained down multiple overhand rights that left Brooker hunched over before a final left hook put him on the canvas. The referee jumped in and called a halt to the bout 1:48 into the round.
“I had a decent performance tonight, I was definitely a little sloppy but I’ll have to look at the tape,” said Elbiali. “I still have a lot to learn and plenty of improvements to make. At the end of the day, I got the knockout that I was looking for.”
Featherweights: Chris Avalos RTD5 Miguel Flores
Light Heavyweights: Ahmed Elbiali TKO2 Christopher Brooker
Heavyweights: Charles Martin KO1 Michael Marrone
Cruiserweights: Edwin Rodriguez TKO2 Melvin Russell
Welterweights: Ryan Karl W8 Carlos Winston Velasquez
Lightweights: Josh Ross SD4 Clay Burns
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