Golovkin Retains Title with 5th Round TKO of Brook!
By: Coach "K"
September 10th, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, UK: Heading a Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing, Tom Loeffler, K2 Promotions card LA based Kazakhstani Gennady "GGG" Golovkin retained his WBC IBF and IBO World Middleweight titles scoring a fifth round TKO of Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK's former IBF Welterweight Champion Kell "Special One" Brook.
The 34 year old Golovkin appearing to want to end it early, relentlessly stalked Brook from the start. Pushing the fight Golovkin backing Brook to the ropes uncharacteristically loading up his shots caught his skilled challenger rocking and hurting the hometown fighter with a under and over double left hook noticeably damaging Brooks right eye.
In round two GGG continued to press the action but the talented Brit refusing to fold began to jab and confidently throw punches in combination taking advantage of GGG's out of frame sweeping punches landing clean uppercuts opening a small cut on the Kazakhstani fighters forehead.
Opening the third round GGG stayed on the hunt when a tangling of feet sent Brook to the canvas, rightly ruled a slip by referee Marlon Wright. Brook electing to stay close landed some clean touches only to see the champion answer and land a solid right. To the delight of the prejudiced hometown fans Brook began to move his hands in spurts but the challengers shots showing little effect or caught on the champions gloves were beginning to show they were no match for the champions brutal power.
In round four while continuing to paw his right eye Brook mistakenly moving away from his most successful punch the uppercut continued to throw combinations but most of the buzz was coming from the crowd as
the heavier and more telling work was being done by the champion.
In the fifth round GGG appearing determined to get it over began dish out some brutal punishment ripping shots up and down prompting the game Brook to put on a decoy front calling for more. Offering little in return Brook now appearing hurt by the champions thudding shots backed to the corner and appearing in dire straights and primed for some severe punishment, to the surprise of the partisan crowd the "Special One's" long time trainer Dominic Ingle concerned for his charges future threw in the towel prompting referee Wright to call the action in round five.
While we have to commend Brook for his true championship valor climbing two weight divisions and risk his zero to face the unbeaten punching machine, in the end it was that risk and Brook's lack of fear to trade with the power punching champion that would ultimately be the cause of his fist defeat. Golovkin with his record breaking 23rd straight KO win moves to 36-0, 33Ko's while the previously unbeaten Brook claiming a broken eye socket after suffering his first defeat slips to 36-1, 25Ko's and likely to the 154lb division stating "I think I'm more suited at light middleweight."
While GGG chases a unification fight with unbeaten southpaw WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders boxing fans will probably have to hold their breath for a Canelo vs GGG showdown. Should Alvarez not slip and get past lightly touted WBO World Super Welterweight titlist Liam Smith next week we will probably have to wait for Golden Boy Canelo's promoter to marinate it a while longer and set the red headed Mexican up for a Cinco De Mayo fight with the now once beaten "Special One.
As a side note I found it refreshing to see those loyal British boxing fans despite the UK Brexit and all their problems they found it fit to stand for both national anthems lets see what happens at our opening day NFL games on the anniversary of 9/11.
In the co-feature Bristol, Avon, UK's, southpaw, Lee "Playboy" Haskins retained his IBF World Bantamweight title with a unanimous points victory over Darlington, County Durham, UK, Stuart "Stuey" Hall.
Haskins off to a good start making the plodding Hall miss and land with counters would out work Hall who having his moments rocked the champion in round four with a clean right but was unable to close the show and put a bow on the tiring champion allowing the "Playboy" to escape with an unimpressive 115-113, 117-111, 116-112 unanimous decision. Haskins moves to 34-3, 14Ko's while Hall's four bout win streak ends at 20-5-2, 7Ko's.
In scheduled twelve round action Darlington, County Durham, UK's, Martin Joseph Ward claimed the vacant BBBofC British Super Featherweight title with an eight round dissection and stoppage of Barnsley, Yorkshire, UK's, Andy "KO Kid" Townend.
Ward avoiding Townend's winging shots punishing the "KO Kid" for most of the first eight frames landing big right hands and left hooks forcing referee Marcus McDonnell to wave it over in round eight. ward improves to 15-0-2, 8Ko's while Townend stopped for the first time falls to 16-4, 11Ko's.
Liverpools, Callum "Mundo" Smith retained his WBC Silver Super Middleweight title scoring a 7th round stoppage of Budapest, Hungary's, Norbert "Noble" but overmatched Nemesapati. Controlling the action from the opening sound the sharper harder punching Smith first in line for Badou Jack's WBC strap banged on the "Noble" Hungarian up and down dropping him with a driving body shot in round six leaving him seated for the bell sounding round seven. Smith with his fourth straight KO win advances to 21-0, 15Ko's while Nemesapati dropping back to back fights drops to 21-4, 16Ko's.
Liverpool's, light heavyweight Paul "Smigga" Smith recorded his third straight win burying a three bout skid stopping Budapest, Hungary, opponent Daniel Regi in five. Working behind his jab early "Smigga" opened up in round four putting Regi down four times before closing the show with a big right hand around the two minute mark of round five.
The win Smith's third straight since being stopped by Andre ward in nine rounds June 20th, 2015 moves to 38-6, 22Ko's while Regi 2-2 in his last four falls to 28-14, 15Ko's.
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines John Riel Casimero held onto his IBF World Flyweight title scoring a tenth round TKO of Epsom, Surrey, UK's, previously Charlie Edwards.
The more experienced Casimero in his eleventh title fight having battled the likes of Ramon Garcia Hirales, Moruti Mthalane, Luis Alberto Lazarte, Pedro Guevara, Luis Alberto Rios and Amnat Ruenroeng came out hard letting go with heavy shots relinquishing the light punching Brit to his jab piling up heavy right hands setting up a big left hook putting Edwards on the canvas for the first time in round ten. To his credit the out gunned Brit would make it upright only to have referee Steve Gray call it done seconds later after an unanswered Casimero barrage. Casimero improves to 23-3, 15Ko's while Edwards mistakenly rushed to the deep water suffers his first loss slipping to 8-1, 3Ko's.
Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK WBC Silver Super Bantamweight title holder Gavin McDonnell remained unbeaten surviving some early solid work from Managua, Nicaragua's, 18 year old, Robin Zamora stepping it up late to win a hard fought 78-76 decision. McDonnell improves to 16-0-2, 4Ko'swhile the youngster
Zamora falls to 6-3, 3Ko's.
In eight round featherweight action Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK's, Kid Galahad remained unbeaten scoring his second straight KO victory since serving a two year drugs ban for testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol stopping Roma, Italy's, Emiliano Salvini in four.
The more skilled Galahad taking Salvini apart with his jab put the out classed Italian down with a clean two piece in round three never recovering would be saved from a round four Galahad follow up with the referee calling it over at 0:38 of round four. Galahad advances to 20-0, 11Ko's while the perfect comeback opponent Salvini 1-5 in his last six drops to 17-24-2, 2Ko's.
In his fourth fight since turning pro in April, Ilford, Essex, UK welterweight, Conor "The Destroyer" Benn, the 19 year old son of former WBO and WBC Middleweight Champion Nigel Benn extended his unbeaten streak with a 2nd round knockout of Leicester, Leicestershire, UK's, Joe Ducker. the more polished, harder hitting Benn flooring the over matched Ducker twice in round one "The Destroyer" would not let the mostly defensive Ducker get away dropping him for a full referee count with a series body shots early in round two. Benn improves to 4-0, 3Ko's while Ducker taking the fight on two days notice remains winless at 0-2-1.
In a super middleweight preliminary affair Crystal Palace, London's, Craig "Spider" Richards remained unbeaten scoring a decision win over Acton, London based Jamaican, Dalton Miller. Richards busy with the left set up some solid right hands opening the door for some clean body punching but was unable to push the button and was forced to settle for a 40-36 points win. Richards improves to 5-0, 2Ko's while Miller 1-6-1 in his last eight drops to 4-8-1, 2Ko's.
"Chocolatito" Claims 4th Title
With Decision Win Over Cuadras!
By: David Colon
September 10th, Forum, Inglewood, California: In the main event of a Tom Loeffler's, K2 Promotions and Akihiko Honda Teiken Promotions event Managua, Nicaragua, and WBA Minimumweight, WBA Light Flyweight and WBC Flyweight Champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez considered by many as the top lb for lb fighter in the world relieved Mexico City, Mexico's, previously unbeaten Carlos "Principe" Cuadras of his WBC World Super Flyweight title by way of a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision.
The champion Cuadras attempting to avoid “Chocolatito's” aggression from the start maneuvering away with his jab was forced to trade with the relentless former Alexis Arguello disciple who was landing the heavier shots.
Gonzalez in charge pressed Cuadras who attempting to trade and steal some rounds would fall short with late speedy, at times mixing amateurish showboat combinations would fall deeper into a hole against the none stop sharper punching challenger.
The middle rounds would see Cuadras find a better distance timing shots catching Gonzalez coming in.
Cuadras would continue have his spots with swelling building under both Gonzalez eyes but the unforgiving Nicaraguan would turn up the pressure again in round eight leading to a small cut over Cuadras right eye from an accidental clash of heads.
Never able to break Cuadras drive Gonzalez appearing to tire was hurt to the body in round eleven but in true championship fashion picked it up in the final round putting his stamp on a hard fought 117-111, 116-112, 115-113 unanimous decision win.
Gonzalez the first Nicaraguan to win four world boxing world titles improves to 46-0, 38Ko's setting up a fan friendly showdown with Yokohama, Japan's WBO World Super Flyweight Champion Naoya "Monster" Inoue while the previously unbeaten Cuadras slips to 35-1-1, 27Ko's.
In the ten round light middleweight semi main attraction, a rematch of their Aril split decision draw Tokyo, Japan's, Yoshihiro Kamegai broke down and stopped North Hollywood, California, trial horse Jesus Soto Karass in eight. The fight picking up where they left off in April saw working Karass body in round one hurting the veteran several times.
The solid two way action would see some solid back and forth action through the middle rounds with Kamegai mixing in some clean shots to the head.
The gallant Karass would remain aggressive and competitive but Kamegai landing the cleaner harder shots turning his attack back to the body would out work and wear down the Mexican veteran hurting him bad to the body in round eight finishing the round with a relentless attack convincing Soto Karass to remain seated forcing referee Jack Reiss to call it over before the bell sound round nine. Kamegai climbs to 27-3-2, 24Ko's while Soto Karass falls to 28-11-4, 18Ko's.
Fighting for the third time in 2016 East LA, flyweight Seniesa "Super Bad" Estrada pushed her unbeaten streak to eight scoring a convincing 80-72 times three shutout of Guadalajara, Mexico, Nancy "Chatita" Franco. Estrada improves to 8-0, 1Ko while Franco falls to 15-10-2, 4Ko's.
Cleveland, Ohio, Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin claimed the vacant WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title scoring a one way eight round unanimous decision over Bogota, Colombia's, Cesar "Ras Tas Tas" Villarraga. the 5'11" taller longer martin controlling the space and the action with his superior skills and reach flooring the Fermin De Los Santos late replacement with a sharp right hand in round four. Picking his shots with crisp straight punches and rapid combinations Martin appearing to be happy with a decision win coasted to a 78-73, 79-72 times two unanimous decision win. Martin improves to 16-0, 9Ko's while Villarraga dips to 9-2, 4Ko's.
In a four round lightweight preliminary Apple Valley, California's, Brahmabigi "Rowdy" Montgomery ruined the pro debut of Kahului, Hawaii, former MMA fighter Chazz Moleta dropping the mixed martial artist twice with big right hands the later coming in round four forcing referee Zac Young to wave it over. Montgomery moves to 2-1-1, 1Ko leaving Moleta still in search of his first pro boxing win at 0-1.
Daniel Jacobs Retains Middleweight World Title
By Dominant 7th Round TKO Victory Sergio Mora
The bout was a rematch of their championship fight last August that saw Jacobs win by TKO despite being dropped in the first round. Mora suffered an ankle injury on the punch that ended the last fight but he was not able to capitalize on his second chance.
Jacobs was in control early and often, attacking the body of Mora and switching between orthodox and southpaw styles to stay in control throughout. Mora was evasive and used good head movement to frustrate Jacobs early but could never get his own offense going.
The champion from Brooklyn stayed the course and in round four he broke through with a left hook to the head that sent Mora crumpling to the mat. Mora recovered but again had a knockdown scored against him in round five.
Sensing his moment, Jacobs came out aggressive in the seventh round as he clearly sought an end to the fight. A left right combo dropped Mora in the corner early in the round before he was dropped from a body shot moments after getting back on his feet.
Referee Gary Rosato let the fight continue but Jacobs put a quick end to the night by smothering Mora and dropping him for the fifth and final time, forcing the referee to stop the bout at 2:08 into the round.
In front of a raucous and supportive crowd, undefeated rising star Robert
Easter (18-0, 14 KOs) earned a narrow split-decision victory over previously unbeaten Richard Commey
(24-1, 22 KOs) in a thrilling contest that saw both men grab momentum at different points throughout the 12-round bout.
Easter used his jab and length advantage in round one and appeared to have more success throughout the night when he fought from a distance. The fight vacillated between a tactical battle and a toe-to-toe war by the round and even by the minute.
The Ghanaian Commey was aggressive throughout the fight and had success pushing Easter to the ropes and catching him with big right hands. In round eight, Commey scored a knockdown on one of those right hands, as referee Benjy Esteves ruled that Easter's glove hit the canvas as a result of the punch.
Easter and Commey both came out firing in round nine, engaging in one of the many exchanges that put the lively crowd on its feet. Easter had great success throughout the night with his right uppercut that consistently caught Commey coming in, but never deterred him completely.
Both men reached the 12-round limit for the first time in their careers but it was Easter who took advantage of the final stanza by rocking and wobbling Commey with a big overhand right just seconds into the round.
Commey was able to survive on the ropes and by consistently wrapping up his opponent. Both men were lifted to the air in triumph by their trainers after the final bell rang as the crowd cheered the two combatants. In the end the judges scored the fight 114-113 for Commey and 115-112 and 114-113 for Easter.
Daniel Jacobs TKO7 Sergio Mora
Robert Easter Jr SD12 Richard Commey
Christopher Brooker MD8 Elvin Ayala
Jorge Sebastian Heiland TKO2 Angel Hernandez
Kermit Cintron TKO7 Manny Woods
Frank De Alba KO2 Kiun Evans
Earl Newman W6 Leo Hall
Erik Spring MD6 Simon Henriksson
Nicholas Hernandez W4 Randy Hedderick
Kashon Hutchinson W4 Jordan Morales
(September 10th) The heat was on last night at "Knockout Night at the D,"
in and out of the ring, thoroughly entertaining another sold-out crowd at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.
On a stacked card that had fans on their feet all night, Canadian Steve "The Dragon" Claggett (24-4-1, 16 KOs) upset Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles (15-1-1, 5 KOs) in the main event, promoted in association with Bobby D Presents, but it was Neeco "The Rooster" Macias (13-0, 7 KOs) who stole the show in the co-feature.
The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. Hall Of Fame announcers Jim "J.R." Ross and Al Bernstein called the action from ringside on CBS Sports Network in North America and internationally via ESPN.
Claggett, fighting out of Calgary, Canada, dropped down one weight class. Coming off
a disputed 10-round decision loss to Chris van Heerden this past April, also at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, Claggett won a 10-round majority decision (98-92, 98-92, 94-96) tonight for the
vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title. His expert body work allowed him to dictate the pace of the boxing match.
"This is a long time coming, Claggett admitted. "I took the loss (vs. van Heerden) in stride, vowing to go back to the gym and make changes. I went down to 140 (lbs.) and it was the right decision. I'm stronger. I I really worked hard.
"I landed a couple of shots that hurt him noticeably. He's tough. Robles is a champion in the making. I have a lot of respect for him. This is my life. It (his loss to van Heerden) fueled me. The fire's back in me. I love fighting in Las Vegas."
The co-feature showcased a pair undefeated junior middleweights and from the opening bell it was a real firefight. Macias forced Rolando "Rola" Garza (9-1, 6 KOs), a 3-time Mexican National amateur champion, to fight his fight.
Macia's aggressive style, always coming forward, throwing punches from every conceivable angle, ruled the coop. Garza got caught up in the action and paid for it, although the score after was 39-37,
39-37 for Macias, 39-37 for Garza, entering the fifth and final round. Macia's constant pressure controlled the action, wearing down Garza, and paid dividends as he dropped Garza in the fifth.
Referee Jay Nady had seen enough, halting the fight at that point as much due to the damage Garza had suffered in the first four rounds as the knockdown.
A rising star was born in Macia, who captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBC) United States junior middleweight championship. "It's conditioning, a lot of work," Macias explained the reason for his non-stop action before crowing loudly in the ring. "I stuck to the game plan. I knew he'd come to fight with a lot of skill to out-box me and get points. My game plan was throw a lot of upper cuts and punches from every angle. It was all about throwing combinations.
"He had a lot pf power, so I used defense to block punches. In the last round, I put punches together. I think the fight was stopped a little early and he could have kept going, but I didn't see what he saw, and the referee was looking out for the fighters so we can fight another day."
In the television opener, flashy Las Vegas welterweight Jeremy "J-Flash"
Nichols (6-0, 2 KOs) kept rolling, winning a 4-round unanimous decision over Steve Belmontes (2-1, O KOs). Nichols outworked his opponent, consistently beating Belmontes to the punch with his superior quickness.
"I think it could have been a little flashier," Nichols admitted. "But give it up to my opponent, he came to fight. With more than 100 amateur fights, he could take a punch but he kept coming. My goal was to take everything from him and make him fight my fight. His hands were a little slower and he took a lot of good body shots and counters."
Idaho junior flyweight Marina "Rocky" Ramirez (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) pitched a 4-round shutout, defeating Rachel "The Black Widow" Sazoff (0-2) by scores of 40-36 across the board. "I landed a lot of shots," Ramirez noted. "I respect her, she was tough. The game plan worked and we got the win."
Twenty-year-old Randy Moreno (4-0, 3 KOs) turned in the best performance of his young career, stopping Australian junior lightweight "12" Gaige Ireland (2-1-2, 2 KOs) in the third round. Moreno fights with the poise of a much older fighter, effectively counter punching from the opening bell. "It feels great," Moreno commented. "I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for Gil Martinez (head trainer). He is notorious for his training methods and it's paid off. I've been with him 10 years. Fighting here at home means the world to me."
Undefeated lightweight prospect Ismail "Sharp Shooter" Muwendo, fighting out of Minneapolis by way of his native Uganda, improved to 18-0 (12 KOs), taking a one-sided six-round unanimous decision from Eliseo Cruz (9-2-1, 6 KOs). "I think I did well, I was out of the ring a long time," Muwendo commented. He's a tough guy who was ready."
Las Vegas favorite Max "Baby Face Assassin" Ornelas (4-0, 2 KOs) remained unbeaten by way of a 4-round unanimous decision over Jonathan "Johnny Boy" Quiorz (6-5, 1 KO). "I was confident (of winning the decision," the 18-year-old Ornelas said. "I was out-boxing him. I love fighting here. I have a lot of support from family and friends; I'm motivated when I hear them."
Darwin Price Works Behind Jab
to Set Up 7th Round TKOof Javontae Starks
In Premier Boxing Champions Main Event!
(September 3rd) Darwin Price stayed true to his
jab against Javontae Starks, and in return it stayed true to him.
Working consistently behind his piston-like left hand Saturday night, Price was able to follow up with power shots as he earned a seventh-round TKO in a 142-pound main event at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio.
Darwin Price (11-0, 6 KOs) frustrated Javontae Starks (13-2, 7 KOs) throughout the scheduled eight-round bout with his jab, which he doubled to set up combinations.
After a measured first two rounds in which both boxers threw almost nothing but jabs, Price loaded up a right hand behind a pair of jabs to knock Starks to the canvas in Round 3.
"I had to pick up the tempo, so I kept the jab going. I had to be smart," Price said. "He's a technical fighter, so I had to keep it tactical in the ring, so I kept using the jab, keeping him at bay, feigning and moving my feet because my speed was a lot faster than his."
In the seventh, Price landed another crisp double jab followed by a straight right that had Starks hurt and trying to hold on. Price began throwing wildly with both hands in an attempt to finish off Starks, who was pinned against the ropes.
Price, 27, then connected on a straight right that stunned Starks and began to dial in with both hands as referee Mark Calo-Oy briefly separated the fighters before stepping right back in to stop the fight at 1:52 of the round.
"I kept on bringing the double jab with the right hand because he was open with the right hand, I just didn't throw it in the beginning that much," Price said. "But it brought that knockdown and it brought that knockout, so I'm thankful for that."
Price, who was a star distance runner at Grambling State University for four years before starting his pro boxing career, had won his last two fights by eight-round unanimous decision.
It was the second straight defeat for Starks, who was fighting for the first time in more than 300 days since losing an eight-round decision to Samuel Figueroa last year in Orlando, Florida.
Despite fighting at the lowest weight of his pro career, the 27-year-old Minneapolis native made no excuses after the loss.
"He had a pretty good stiff, quick jab and it took me a second to come in and get heated up," Starks said. "I've been off since last October; he just pretty much fought a couple of months ago, but he came in and did his job. He did what he was supposed to do, stuck to his game plan, and he made it difficult for me to get through the jab."
In undercard action, Kent Cruz (11-0, 6 KOs) earned an eight-round unanimous decision over Rickey Edwards (11-1, 3 KOs) in a clash of unbeaten 140-pound prospects. Cruz floored Edwards in Round 2 with an overhand right to take early command of the bout.
David Perez (8-0, 4 KOs) delivered a lights-out right hand to gain a sixth-round KO of Gustavo Molina (12-13, 5 KOs) in a 122-pound bout. Perez put Molina down in Round 3 before finishing him off in the final round of the fight.
Dominican 2012 Olympian Junior Castillo (11-1, 9 KOs) gained a six-round unanimous decision over Josue Obando (12-11-1, 10 KOs) in a 162-pound bout.
Justin Pauldo (8-1, 4 KOs) defeated Eric Anton (4-4, 1 KO) by six-round unanimous decision in a 135-pound bout.
Danny Roman Defends
NABA Title in Dominating Fashion
(August 28th) Danny Roman delivered a dominating
and masterful performance in his fourth NABA Title defense on Friday night.
Behind a precise and rabbit quick jab, Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) outpointed the always-game Enrique Quevedo (16-8-1, 10 KOs). With the one sided win, Roman pushes his winning streak to thirteen and likely moves up the WBA rankings where he sat at number eight entering Friday's fight.
"I know I belong with the best," said Roman, who is getting closer to landing a big fight in the 122-pound division. "Quevedo couldn't hit me and he never seemed comfortable."
Roman looked every bit like a world title contender by frequently attacking and frustrating Quevedo. Quevedo, for his part, switched between orthodox and southpaw stances throughout the 10-round fight, but it was a futile attempt to stymie the Los Angeles-based Roman. Roman was just too skilled and determined to retain the championship he won last July.
"It was an incredible win," said Alex Camponovo, matchmaker and general manager at Thompson Boxing. "Roman made a very respectable boxer look average."
The co-feature saw heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (14-0, 13 KOs) battle through a slow start and second round knockdown to defeat the skilled Mario Heredia (14-5, 12 KOs) by unanimous decision (77-74 twice, 76-75).
Mitchell shook off the early knockdown by wearing down Heredia with body shots and closing nearly every round with a flurry of punches.
"I knew it was going to be a tough fight," Mitchell said. "I was able to continuously apply pressure to get the win."
Welterweight prospect Robert Arriaza (13-0, 10 KOs) remains unbeaten after a unanimous decision win over the tough Benjamin Whitaker (11-2, 2 KOs). Arriaza found the range early over the shorter Whitaker. He boxed on the outside effectively, while Whitaker found success when he was able to cut the distance. Arriaza, who recently relocated to Los Angeles from his native Nicaragua, won for the third time this year (77-75 twice, 79-73).
Heavyweight Scott Alexander (12-1-2, 6 KOs) overcame a slow start and a point deduction in the fourth for a low blow to win by technical decision over Sergio Ramirez (11-2, 7 KOs). In the sixth and final round, Ramirez slipped and accidentally clashed heads with Alexander, causing a nasty cut above his right eyelid. The ringside doctor ruled him unable to continue, which led to the technical decision. Scores: 59-55 twice, 58-55.
Junior lightweight Michael Norato (4-0, 1 KO), a southpaw from the Los Angeles suburb of Pacoima, backed up the shorter Eder Amaro (2-1, 1 KO) to the tune of a unanimous decision win. Norato mixed his punches well and defended nicely throughout the 4-round fight. Scores: 39-37 twice, 40-36.
Bantamweight standout Rudy Garcia (3-0, 1 KO) preserved his unbeaten record with a unanimous decision win over Jorge Perez (2-4, 1 KO) in the "New Blood" opening bout. Garcia, a Los Angeles native, was backed by a raucous home crowd that cheered his every strike. Garcia was clearly the more polished prospect, showing a capacity to throw combinations and an ability to dart out of danger. Scores: 40-36 twice, 39-37.
"New Blood" was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast. The event took place at the Omega Products Events Center in Corona, Calif.
Scores were 116-112 and 115-113 for Peralta and 115-113 for Guerrero in the main event of the televised tripleheader promoted by TGB Promotions.
Guerrero opened strong in the first two rounds, scoring at will over the slower Peralta. Guerrero continued to have success in the third stanza as they traded back and forth throughout the round. Peralta started to mount a consistent attack in the fifth round, upping the tempo and using movement to keep the oncoming Guerrero at bay.
The middle rounds featured excellent exchanges with Guerrero using a blistering uppercut to score points against Peralta. However, Peralta turned the tables in the ninth, seemingly scoring a knockdown which wasn't called and landing right hands at will on Guerrero.
Peralta continued to land and score in the final three rounds earning the split decision.
Stated the victorious Peralta, "I was a cab driver, driving cabs in Argentina. I was offered a chance to fight in the U.S. and came away victorious.
"I came to fight and I knew I would win. He is a very good fighter but I hit him with the harder shots.
"Yes, I want to fight bigger names now, no way I'm going to retire now. I'll be ready again to fight soon, this was no joke and I can beat a lot of great fighters."
Said a disappointed Guerrero, "I thought I clearly won the fight. For the judge to say I lost eight rounds sounds crazy to me. Peralta was very awkward but I felt I won. I won the rounds when I boxed. This is very disappointing but I'll be back, that you can count on."
In a 10-round battle between two Mexican warriors, Freddy Hernandez, (34-8, 22 KOs), won a unanimous decision over Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo, (24-6, 20 KOs). Scores were 98-92 and 97-93 twice. From the opening bell, it was bombs away with both fighters unloading thunderous power shots. Hernandez seemed to have more on his punches as Angulo slowed over the first few rounds.
Although continuing with heavy pressure and moving forward in his aggressive style, Angulo was not able to score consistently as Hernandez kept his distance and used a solid jab to control the action.
Said the happy Hernandez following the fight, "I felt great, I know I clearly won the fight. This weight is too big for me, I'm not a super middleweight or a middleweight. He still punches hard but I hit him harder tonight.
"I have a great deal of respect for Alfredo, tonight the people saw two real Mexican warriors."
2012 U S. Olympian Terrell Guasha, (19-0, 9 KOs)
remains undefeated with a 10-round majority decision over the Bronx's Steve Martinez, (16-3, 13 KOs) in the opening
bout of the PBC on Spike telecast.
Fighting on the inside over the first two rounds featuring excellent two-way action, both Gausha and Martinez landed, hard accurate shots.
Gausha continued to score points in the first half of the fight with stunning and accurate body shots to slow down the aggressive Martinez. Gausha's success continued throughout the fight controlling the action and distance with his jab with Martinez scoring occasionally with powerful right hands shots. Scores at the end of the of the entertaining bout were 97-93 twice for Gausha and 95-95.
Said the happy winner Gausha, "He was aggressive but I was able to solve him. This was a real test and just what I needed, I need the competition to be the best and become a world champion."
"I wasn't surprised by the one scorecard for a draw, it was a close fight but I definitely won."
Full Card Results
Welterweights: David Emanuel Peralta SD12 Robert Guerrero
Super Middleweights: Freddy Hernandez W10 Alfredo Angulo
Middleweights: Terrell Gausha MD10 Steven Martinez
Heavyweights: Stephan Shaw W6 Jonathan Rice
Super Lightweights: Luis Adrian Bello KO3 Omar Reyes
Featherweights: Victor Morales Jr W4 Erick Lainez
Jr. Featherweights: Abram Martinez RTD2 Phillip Percy
Lightweights: Neri Ariel Cruz Romero RTD2 Luis Angel Silva
Featherweights: Daniel Gonzalez W4 Javier Cepeda
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Premier Boxing Champions Toe to Toe Tuesdays
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(August 23rd) Undefeated Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) dropped and dominated Colombia's Juan De Angel (18-5-1, 17 KOs) on his way to a
unanimous decision victory Tuesday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX
Deportes from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
The Nashville-native was able to keep his perfect record intact and was in control from start to finish of his first 10-round bout. Plant was patient in the early rounds, looking to find the distance against his power-punching opponent.
Plant's offense began to break through in round three and in round four he caught De Angel lingering in the pocket and dropped him with a left hook. De Angel got to his feet but was never able to get his own offense going and spent much of the night trying to tie up the more aggressive Plant.
In the ninth round, a clash of heads caused a temporary halt in the action and saw Plant emerge with a cut on his head. Plant was able to battle through and and kept his momentum going throughout the remainder of the fight.
Plant was twice as accurate as De Angel and landed 30 percent of his punches compared to 15 percent from De Angel. The judges saw the bout the same and all scored it 100-89 after 10-rounds of super middleweight action.
The co-main event of the night saw a pair of Washington, D.C. welterweights do battle as David Grayton (15-1, 11 KOs) earned a victory over previously unbeaten Kareem Martin (8-1-1, 3 KOs) via a stoppage in the eighth and final round.
The southpaw Grayton pressed forward early and often, looking to disrupt Martin and keep him uncomfortable. Martin was sharp early on, especially with right hand counters. He was the more accurate fighter over the first three rounds, but the experience of Grayton began to take over.
As the fight went on, Grayton's attack gained effectiveness and Martin appeared to wear down from the constant pace. Grayton out threw Martin 537 to 308 and landed 172 punches to Martin's 106.
Grayton took control of the fight in the sixth round, hurting Martin early with a blistering body attack and rocked him late in the round with crisp uppercuts. By round eight, Martin had faded and Grayton sensed his moment. A left hand to the body dropped Martin early, and while he beat the count, Grayton quickly pounced and delivered a flurry that caused referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to stop the fight 41 seconds into the round.
Two-time Ecuadorian Olympian Carlos Gongora (6-0, 5 KOs)started the telecast off with an impressive first round stoppage of previously unbeaten Ronald Mixon (7-1, 6 KOs) in their light heavyweight clash.
Gongora wasted little time, feinting a right hook and following with a thudding overhand left that put Mixon on the mat immediately. The knockdown prompted referee Gary Rosato to wave off the count and stop the bout 1:16 into the first round.
Super Middleweights: Caleb Plant W10 Juan De Angel
Welterweights: David Grayton TKO8 Kareem Martin
Light Heavyweights: Carlos Gongora TKO1 Ronald Mixon
Lightweights: Carlos Rosario KO6 Cesar Garcia
Heavyweights: Wesley Triplett TKO3 Eric Newell
Welterweights: Yurik Mamedov W4 Antonio Allen
Super Welterweights: Daquan Johnson TKO2 Stephen Bass
Spence Jr. Scores 6th Round KO of Bundu
In Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC
Ford Amphitheater, Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY!
(August 21st) Undefeated rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. (21-0-, 18 KOs) moved one step closer to a world title as he delivered a thunderous sixth-round knockout of tough Italian contender Leonard "The Lion" Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KOs) Sunday afternoon in the main event of Premier Boxing
Champions (PBC) on NBC from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.
With the knockout, Spence Jr. becomes the mandatory challenger for undefeated welterweight Kell Brook and showed his willingness to step in the ring with Brook.
"I definitely want my shot at Kell Brook and his title," said Spence Jr. "I want him next. If he vacates or gets stripped then I'll fight for his vacant title. I've paid my dues."
In a prime spot that immediately followed the U.S. Men's basketball team winning Olympic gold in Rio, the Dallas-native started patiently, measuring his opponent with steady jabs. Bundu came ready to fight and tried to make it difficult for Spence Jr. by switching stances and attacking from awkward angles.
"I was a little shakey in the first round and second rounds," said Spence Jr. "He's very awkward and I was trying to feel him out."
Spence Jr. began to pick up his power punching as the rounds went on and started to connect with left uppercuts and hooks. After round four, Bundu returned to his corner with swelling beginning to show up over his right eye.
"Once I was able to catch his rhythm and figure him out, I knew I had him," said Spence Jr. "I knew he was very tough, but he never hurt me. He was switching and jumping in and out and it took me a little bit to adjust to."
The dominance with his power punches began to wear Bundu down as the fight entered the sixth. After seemingly scoring a knockdown, which was ruled a slip by referee Johnny Callas, Spence Jr. quickly pounced on Bundu and trapped him in the corner.
"He certainly lived up to the hype," said Bundu, who was taken to the hospital for evaluation after the fight. "Errol was more precise than Keith Thurman. Errol threw more punches and was fresh in every round."
It didn't take long for Spence Jr. to take advantage as he hit Bundu with a hard left uppercut and followed with a crushing right hook that put Bundu on the mat for good and forced the referee to stop the fight at 2:06 of the sixth-round.
"I really tried to get up but I couldn't," said Bundu, who had never been stopped before. "I am okay though. I feel good."
Spence Jr. won every round on all three judges' cards and landed a staggering 64 percent of his power punches, per Compubox.
"I think this performance showed once again that I am one of the top fighters at 147-pounds," said Spence Jr.
In tape delayed action that airs on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, exciting featherweight contender Claudio "The Matrix" Marrero (21-1, 15 KOs) scored a dominant fourth-round technical knockout of fellow Dominican Republic-native
Luis Hinojosa (28-10, 17 KOs).
"This is how champions perform," said Marrero. "They do it smart and they figure out their opponents quickly. Regardless of his record, you have to figure it out and then go for the finish."
Marrero was in control from the outset, putting Hinojosa on the mat with a right hand early in the first stanza. Hinojosa tried to keep himself in the fight by throwing primarily power punches. However, it was Marrero who was much sharper in that department, landing 60 percent of his power punches to just 24 percent from Hinojosa.
In the fourth-round Marrero's power and style proved to be too much as he consistently beat Hinojosa to the punch on his way three fourth-round knockdowns of Hinojosa. The final barrage and knockdown forced referee Danny Schiavone to stop the bout at 2:55 of the round.
"I'm glad that Hinojosa was brave enough to take the fight," said Marrero. "I'll fight anybody. I don't care how short the notice is.
"I've endured my loss to Jesus Cuellar and I feel like I'm back at the top of the contenders in the featherweight division. The champions keep running from me so I'm going to keep working until I'm the mandatory and can get another title shot."
On the same day that Flint, Michigan's Claressa Shields won her second consecutive Olympic Gold medal for the U.S., women's
boxing was given another great platform as Brooklyn's Heather "The Heat" Hardy (18-0, 4 KOs) earned a majority decision
over previously unbeaten Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent (18-1, 1 KO) in their 10-round bout.
"This is definitely a win for women's boxing," said Hardy. "We kept up a great pace throughout and the fans were invested the whole time."
The action was non-stop from the beginning, as Vincent charged in early and often looking to close the distance between her and the taller Hardy. Hardy was the more mobile fighter as she circled the ring looking to find the right distance to attack the Providence-native.
"Every time she crowded me, she would get off more punches," said Hardy. "I wanted to keep the fight on the outside and when I did that I had a lot of success."
The longtime rivals were able to live up the hype that their matchup drew. The action was non-stop and it appeared that neither woman would be able to build a big lead on the scorecards.
Hardy's movement allowed her to create more angles for her attack as she varied her offense with overhand rights, jabs and hooks. Vincent was consistent countering, especially with her left hand that yielded much success.
The punch stats reflected the exciting nature of the fight as Hardy threw 752 punches while Shelly threw 678 across 10 two-minute rounds. It was Hardy who had the advantage in punches landed as she connected on 251 punches compared to 194 for Vincent.
"I thought I won the fight pretty convincingly," said Hardy. "She only really caught me a few times the whole fight. I knew I had to be tactical to win the fight. Judging by the belt around my waist, I would rate my performance a 10."
Power punches were a key to the fight, with the two combatants combining for 955 power punches thrown. Hardy's biggest advantage came in this department as she landed over 50 percent of her power shots to 34 percent from Vincent.
In the end, the judges ruled the bout a majority decision for Hardy by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 95-95. Vincent believed she had done enough to win the fight and expressed her displeasure with the judges scores afterwards
"I definitely thought I won the fight," said Vincent. "I was coming forward and I landed the bigger shots. Everyone saw the fight.
"I got head-butted all night long. I came here and everybody told me I'd get robbed. I'll take the rematch but I'm not playing by these rules. I want her to come up to Providence."
Welterweights: Errol Spence Jr KO6 Leonard Bundu
Featherweights: Heather Hardy MD10 Shelly Vincent
Super Featherweights: Claudio Marrero TKO4 Luis Hinojosa
Welterweights: Julian Sosa W6 Rene Marquez
Cruiserweights: Joseph Williams W6 Chris Harris
Lightweights: Abraham Nova MD6 Wilfredo Garriga
Super Welterweights: Chordale Booker W4 Brandon Philips Black
Shabranskyy Stops Riojas LA Fight Club Main Event!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
August 19th, LA Fight Club at the Belasco Theater, Los Angeles: In the main event of the latest edition of golden Boy Promotions popular LA Fight Club Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav "Lion Heart" Shabranskyy remained unbeaten scoring a third round stoppage of Laredo, Texas, Oscar “El Monstruo” Riojas.
The taller longer, more skilled Shabranskyy using a calm, patient but persistent attack work his jab cutting Riojas near the left eye in round two landing clean right hands with a big one sending “El Monstruo” to the canvas in round three. Riojas would beat the count only to succumb to the Ukrainian follow up forcing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to step in and call it over at 1:43 of round three. Shabranskyy moves to 17-0, 14ko's while Riojas 1-4-1 in his last six drops to 10-6-1, 3Ko's.
In the eight round lightweight co-feature, LA's Ivan “Striker” Delgado held onto his unblemished record scoring a seventh round stoppage of Bell Gardens, California opponent Alejandro Ochoa.
The heavier punching Delgado dropping Ochoa in round one with a well timed left hook would go all in trading with the game Ochoa causing some right eye swelling in round three breaking through some exciting back and forth action in round seven dropping Ochoa with a heavy combination prompting referee Lou Moret to wave it over at 1:42 of round seven. Delgado improves to 10-0-1, 3Ko's while Ochoa stopped in back to back fights falls to 7-12-2, 1Ko.
On the undercard:
Santa Anna, California 19 year old super welterweight Alexis Rocha continued his young assault on the pro ranks scoring a first round disposal of Tijuana, Mexico's Israel Villela. Rocha starting quickly pressed Villela with a solid two handed body and head attack overwhelming and dropping the out classed Mexican with a sharp combination closing the show with a follow up assault forcing referee Raul Caiz Jr to stop the beating at 1:18 of round one. Rocha improves to 4-0, 3ko's while Villela stopped in all his losses falls below .500 to 2-3, 1Ko.
Chihuahua, Mexico 20 year old lightweight Oscar Duarte blitzed Monterrey, Mexico's 32 year old, Omar "Mr. Power" Garcia battering the ineffective and defenseless Garcia with a solid volley of punches highlighted by a heavy left hook dropping and stopping "Mr. Power" at 0:58 of round one. Duarte moves to 7-0-1, 4Ko's while Garcia sinks to 5-1, 1Ko.
Pasadena, California 20 year old super lightweight David Mijares recorded his second straight KO win stopping Hobbs, New Mexico's Jorrell Sparenberg in two. The more skilled Mijares turned it up and off pounding Sparenberg with an unanswered barrage of punches forcing referee Lou Moret to step in and stop the pounding at 1:36 of round two. Mijares improves to 3-0, 2Ko's while Sparenberg remains winless at 0-2.
Miguel Flores Defeats Ryan Kielczweski by UD
In Thrilling Main Event of PBC on ESPN
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(August 13th) Undefeated rising contender Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) defeated exciting featherweight
contender Ryan Kielczweski (25-2, 7 KOs) by unanimous decision (97-93, 96-94, 96-94) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Turning Stone Resort
Casino in Verona, New York.
In an action-packed fight during which both fighters threw over 750 punches, the Houston native Flores was slightly more fluid and able to do enough work on the inside to keep his unblemished record intact.
Flores said, "I thought I would hurt him with body shots, so we did a lot of work down there tonight. I think my movement was the difference. Ryan said I couldn't move, but I showed him and everyone else that I can."
As Flores appeared to be stealing the early rounds, Kielczweski stepped on the gas at the midway point, throwing punches in bunches and landing regularly throughout the second half of the bout.
Kielczweski said, "I thought we fought a great fight tonight for the fans. I started a little slow, but I really picked it up in the fifth round."
The increased activity was a little too belated to salvage the fight for the Quincy, MA native.
Kielczweski added, "I was gaining steam in the second half of the fight. I can't say that I won, but I thought it could have been a draw. It was a good fight though, and I will be back."
An excited Flores said, "It felt great to get this win tonight. I boxed and banged it out with (Kielczweski). He had some pop, and in the last round he got me with a good body shot, but we are used to tough fights like this. I like it like that. This is fun to me. We will watch the video and correct what I know were a lot of mistakes, but I believe I'm ready for the next level. I'm ready for the top contenders."
Televised coverage kicked off with Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas
(16-3, 7 KOs) defeating contender Jamal James (20-1, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision (99-91,
98-92, 96-94) in a technical 10-round welterweight showdown.
Three days ago, James stepped in to replace undefeated welterweight Bryant Perrella, who was forced to withdraw from tonight's bout because of an injury to his left thumb. James was coming off just 27 of days rest following his July 16 split decision victory over Wale Omotoso.
Ugas fought last 825 days ago when he lost his second consecutive bout, the third defeat of his career. However, Ugas showed no sign of ring rust on Friday night as he casually controlled the action against James.
Ugas, a five-time Cuban National Champion, used his tremendous experience and was able to neutralize James' height advantage.
"We focused on the body because (James) was tall," said Ugas. "So we planned on chopping him down, and that's what I did."
Although Ugas had initially been preparing for his long-awaited comeback against the left handed Perrella, he had no difficulty with the orthodox James.
Ugas added, "I followed my corner's instructions and won round by round. I felt very consistent in there tonight."
Knowing that he'd come up short, James said, "I thought it was a good fight. (Ugas) brought it tonight. I was fighting his fight unfortunately. I started to outpoint him late, so I should have started earlier with my combinations and countering. I was trying to knock him out and I should have just boxed."
James added, "I have no excuses though, I am a grown man and could have said 'no' to taking this fight. But fighting is what I do. Other fighters are not doing what I did tonight. Sure, if I had more time to prepare I might have done better, but I am a fighter."
On his prospects moving forward, Ugas said, "After the long layoff, this is a new beginning for me, and now I am looking for a big opportunity in my next fight. It felt good to get back to fighting."
A resilient James summed things up adding, "A fight like tonight makes me hungrier to get back in the gym and get myself ready to come back again better than ever." The card was promoted by King's Promotions.
Margarito By Split Decision
Over Champion Canelo’s Brother Ramon!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
August 13th, Centro De Convenciones, Rosarito, Mexico: In thye main event of a Fernando Beltran Promociones Zanfer show Tijuana, Mexico'a former WBA, IBF and WBO Welterweight Champion, Antonio “Plaster Hands” Margarito continued his return claiming the vacant "WBO Continental" Super Welterweight Title scoring a ten round split decision over Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez.
After a slow start in round one the 38 year old Margarito using a newly found jab and his standard pressure attack to push and out work the 30 year old brother of WBO World Super Welterweight Champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez rocking him several times through out the fight hurting him and dropping “Inocente” with a counter "push" right hand in round eight.
The smaller Alvarez giving away 3 inches in height and 5 inches in reach would beat the count and flip the script in round nine as the former "Tijuana Tornado" missing his in prime high volume combination punching began to retreat allowing the Champions brother to turn the tide.
Alvarez finishing hard landing clean hard sweeping shots to open the tenth and final round put the defensively inadequate "Tijuana Wind Bag" in reverse only to come up short when the judges scores were announced 97-92 twice for Margarito and 95-94 for Alvarez giving the fading "Tornado" a split decision win, a minor title and a WWE styled reasoning for a fight with Ramon's brother "Canelo".
The win his fifth fight since having his license revoked by the CSAC on February 11th 2009 for having reported traces of calcium and sulfur the elements make plaster of Paris discovered on his hand wraps prior to his January 24th, 2009 fight versus "Sugar" Shane Mosley, Margarito moves to 40-8, 27Ko's while Alvarez who's biggest wins come to well over done former champions Vivian Harris and Ben Tackie drops to 23-5-2, 15Ko's.
Ward Dominates Brand To Set Up
Kovalev "Pound for Pound" Showdown!
By Phil Kane
August 6th, Oracle Arena, Oakland, California: In the main event of a Roc Nation Sports promotion broadcast LIVE on HBO Oakland, California's 2004 Olympic Gold medalist and former WBA and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Andre S.O.G. Ward claimed the vacant WBO International Light Heavyweight title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Bogota, Colombia's relatively unknown Alexander Brand.
The fight a final scheduled "tune up / shakedown run" in preparation for a "Pound for Pound" Showdown with Sergey Kovalev saw the 32 year old bigger, longer Ward a natural southpaw in charge from the opening sound pushed the action pursuing the over matched awkward 39 year old Columbian working his jab, landing big, clean right hands.
Brand an amateur until age 32 with over 400 amateur fights, coming off his biggest win of his career a split decision over previously unbeaten Russian, Medzhid Bektemirov would have no answers for the bigger, faster, more skilled "Son of God" and remain in complete survival mode with Ward demonstrating his complete dominance switching to the southpaw stance scoring with heavy straight left hands pounding the durable "survivalist" only to be forced to go the distance and sending it to the judges scores cards which were announced 120-108 times three for Ward.
Ward making it out clean without an injury or a cut improves to 30-0, 15Ko's is now set to meet the unbeaten power punching Russian "Krusher" Sergey Kovalev on November 19th while the just happy to be here Brand suffering his second loss returns to Columbia at 25-2, 19Ko's.
Dallas, Texas, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker retained his WBO NABO Super Lightweight title blitzing and stopping Washington, DC's Ty Barnett in round one. Hooker remains unbeaten at 21-0-2, 16Ko's while the overweight and over done Barnett falls to 23-6-1, 15Ko's.
In six round jr. lightweight action Riverside, California's, Daniel “Twitch” Franco remained undefeated tallying first and fifth round knockdowns stopping Renton, Washington's Marcelo Gallardo at 2:16 of round five. Franco improves to 14-0-3, 9Ko's while Gallardo's two bout win streak ends at 7-4-2, 3Ko's.
In a scheduled six round light heavyweight bout Brooklyn, New York's 20 year old Junior “The Young God” Younan held onto his zero scoring an impressive first round knockout of Sucumbios, Ecuador's Jinner Guerrero. Younan advances to 10-0, 8Ko's while late sub Guerrero stopped in his last three bouts drops to 8-7, 6Ko's.
In a four round heavyweight preliminary bout 20 year old Philadelphia, unbeaten prospect “Rock Solid” Darmani Rock three bout KO run came to an end with a 40-35, 39-36 times two unanimous decision win over Boise, Idaho's, Mike Kyle. rock moves to 4-0, 3Ko's while the 36 year old Idaho tough guy Kyle falls to 1-3-1, 1Ko.
Undefeated Rising Star David Benavidez Knocks Out
Denis Douglin In Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN
(August 6th) Undefeated rising contender David "El Bandera Roja"
Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) knocked out Denis Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) in the
10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
Douglin, who is trained by his mother Saphya, opened the fight very aggressive, stealing the first round on all three judges' scorecards. Douglin continued to press the action, also winning the second round battle with two of the three judges, but Benavidez would soon settle in and take control of the war.
"I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I knew Douglin wasn't going to go out without a fight," said Benavidez. "So I came in here and started slower than I usually do, just using my jab a little bit more."
The 19-year-old Benavidez made the necessary corrections in round three and never looked back, chipping away throughout the fourth and fifth rounds. In the sixth, Benavidez teed off on Douglin with damaging punches to both Douglin's body and head.
In the seventh round, Benavidez was still having his way when one of the top turnbuckles gave out, causing the ropes on one side of the ring to collapse, and stopping the fight momentarily. When the action resumed, Douglin came forward with a flurry, but that burst of energy was short-lived.
Benavidez regained control in the eighth round, and in the ninth he scored the only knockdown of the fight. In the tenth and final frame, Benavidez threw a barrage of punches, several of which buckled Douglin, causing referee Gary Rosato to intervene and stop the fight at :35 into the round.
When asked about Douglin's resilience, Benavidez said, "I hurt him a lot of times, but I kept my cool. I knew I was going to get him out of there sooner or later and that's exactly what I did tonight. This is a good victory for me. Douglin is a tough veteran. He started fast and swinging wildly, and his offense probably looked better on-camera than it was, but he did what he had to do to survive until the final round."
Benavidez continued, "It was important to me to get the stoppage and show everybody that I am just as strong in the late rounds as I am early on. I love this. This is what I signed up for. I want tough fights."
A disappointed Douglin said, "I was in this fight, I just got winded. I was in great shape and everything, but I got winded there towards the end. Benavidez is a tough, young fighter. He was able to make me stay in there longer than I wanted to, but I feel good and I'll be back."
Benavidez concluded, "Right now, I would like to say that I don't think about that. I'm just trying to progress in my career and I'm not trying to call anybody out. But if I do dream about fighting anybody, it would be whoever is the champion at that weight. I'm going to work hard to get to that spot."
Televised coverage began with exciting undefeated contender Alejandro "El Charro"
Luna (21-0, 15 KOs) defeating Philadelphia prospect Naim Nelson (13-2, 1 KO) by
unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92, 97-93) in a ten-round bout fought at a catch weight of 144 lbs.
Nelson, who stepped up to face Luna on only 24-hours notice, tried to bring the fight to Luna in the early rounds and make it a physical contest on the inside.
Despite Luna landing a couple of blistering uppercuts in the second and third rounds, Nelson still came forward. Luna later said, "Nelson was a tough guy and could bang a little bit."
By the close of the third round, Luna's left eye appeared to be swelling badly, but luckily for Luna Nelson's gas tank appeared to drain just in time. Although Nelson was all aggression and wanted to fight in a phone booth early on, he found himself landing fewer punches and looking to create distance in the middle rounds.
Luna soon took over of the action, and in the seventh round a cut opened on Nelson's forward, but was quickly controlled by his corner. Nevertheless, Luna had done enough damage in the middle stages of the scrap and was able coast to a unanimous victory on the scorecards.
"Obviously we prepared for another opponent, but I felt I had a solid performance against him," said Luna. "Nelson came to fight and was in shape, and I thought I handled him pretty well, but I know I can still do better."
When asked about taking the fight on short notice Nelson said, "I make no excuses, but we took this fight at 9 p.m. last night and I knew I was stepping up to face a tough opponent. I didn't get the decision, but I felt good in there tonight, and I proved I can compete with a world class fighter.
Nelson added, "Luna is a good puncher and he's strong. I won't take anything away from him. We fought a hell of a fight, and I look forward to being back soon."
Luna summed up the night adding, "I'm looking to build on what I did here tonight and get back in the ring soon for another good fight."
In off-television bouts:
Tyrone Brunson came off the deck twice to score a thrilling fourth round stoppage over Carlos Garcia in a scheduled eight round junior middleweight bout.
Brunson dropped Garcia in round one with a left hook. Garcia returned the favor in round two as he sent Brunson to the deck with a right hand.. Later in the round, Garcia sent Brunson down for a second time with another straight right hand. In round four, Brunson drilled Garcia with a body shot that sent him to the canvas. Garcia could not beat referee Shawn Clark's count and the fight was over at 25 seconds. Brunson of Philadelphia, PA is 23-6-1 with 22 knockouts. Garcia of Aguada, Puerto Rico is 10-17-1.
Darryl Bunting and Edward Jeramie Ortiz fought to a four-round draw in a super middleweight bout. Scores were 39-37 for Bunting and 38-38 twice. Bunting of Asbury Park, NJ is 2-0-2. Ortiz of San Antonio, TX is 1-0-1.
Kieran Hooks won a 4-round unanimous decision over Miguel Martinez in a junior middleweight bout. Martinez dropped Hooks in the first round with a powerful right, but he came back to win the next three rounds. Hooks of Philadelphia is 1-0. Martinez of Reading, PA is 2-2.
Jeffery Torres stopped Mariano Rolon in the first round of a scheduled four-round bout of debuting lightweights. Torres scored two knockdowns and the bout was stopped at 2:23. Torres of Philadelphia is 1-0 with one knockout. Rolon of Reading, PA is 0-1.
Victor Vasquez (6-2) scored a four round unanimous decision over Jerome Conquest (6-2) in a lightweight bout The card was promoted by King's Promotions.