Dogboe Stops Juarez in Five
To Claim Interim WBO Super Bantamweight Title
By: Derrick Liner
January 6th, Bukom Boxing Arena, Accra, Ghana: Accra’s “Brave Son” Isaac Dogboe claimed the vacant Interim WBO World Super Bantamweight Title scoring a fifth round TKO stoppage of Mexico City, Mexico Jessie Magdaleno replacement Cesar “Corazon” Juarez.
The action started fast with the tough pressure fighting Mexican pushing the “rock’em - sock’em” close quarters styled fight with the hometown favorite Dogboe appearing to be temporarily satisfied picking his shots with some precise body and head counter punching.
The back and forth action would continue until the heavier, more accurate punching Ghanaian walked the granite chinned Juarez into a heavy counter left hook sending him to the canvas just past the midpoint of round two.
The very durable Juarez, no stranger to the canvas, down twice versus Nonito Donaire in 2015 and again against Albert Pagara in 2016 was allowed to continue only to absorb some energy zapping Dogboe, power shots.
The quick recovering Juarez put in a solid initiative in rounds three and four only to be rewarded with some heavy-handed punishment by the cute angled counter punching African sending the hard-wearing Mexican to the canvas for a second time in round five with another well timed and placed left hook this time forcing referee Tony Weeks to save the game but badly beaten Juarez any further punishment at 2:12 of round five.
Dogboe calling out Las Vegas unbeaten Jessie Magdelano, 25-0, 18Ko's after the bout improves to 18-0, 12Ko’s while the stoppage protesting Juarez three bout win streak comes to a close at 20-6, 15Ko’s.
Inoue Family and Shiro Winners in Japan!
By: Hideaki Fikada
December 30th, Bunka Gym, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan: In the main event of a Hideyuki Ohashi Promotion Yokohama, “Monster” Naoya Inoue made the seventh defense of his WBO World Super Flyweight Title scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Beaune, France’s, Yoann “Yo Boy” Boyeaux.
The 24-year-old champion started well taking control of the center of the ring feeling out the nonthreatening but game challenger with measuring jabs to the mid-section adding solid right hands disguising a tight left hook dropping the innocuous Frenchman near the close of round one.
Boyeaux lacking the power to hold off the stalking champion went on the move in round two but unable to out run or hold off Inoue’s up and down power punching, “Yo Boy” down twice in the third from liver grinding left hooks showing a degree of toughness allowed to continue would hit the deck a third time, again from a “Monster” left to the body prompting referee Raul Caiz Jr. to immediately wave the bout over at 1:40 of round three. Inoue improves to 15-0, 13Ko’s while the 29-year-old former WPC Bantamweight Titlist Boyeaux losing to Carl Frampton on points in his fourth pro bout unbeaten in his previous twenty-nine bouts drops to 41-5, 26Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Kyoto, Japan’s, Ken Shiro made the second defense of his WBC World Light Flyweight Title stopping Darien, Panama’s, Gilberto “El Cacique” Pedroza in four.
Finding a home for his right hand early, the twenty five year old champion putting in some solid body work opened the way for some round three combination punching allowing Shiro to sit down on his shots in the fourth tagging “El Cacique” with some clean right hands putting him on the canvas with a drilling body – head combo, closing the show with a follow-up unanswered volley of shots returning the clutching and grabbing Pedroza to the canvas for a second time forcing referee Laurence Cole to call it over at 1: 12 of round four. Shiro moves to 12-0, 6Ko’s ending Pedroza’s seven bout unbeaten streak at crashed to 18-4-2, 8Ko’s.
In other action:
Yokohama, Japan 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Satoshi Shimizu remained unbeaten banging out Iligan City, Philippines, over matched Eduardo “Nightmare” Mancito in seven. Shimizu remains perfect at 5-0, 5Ko’s while Mancito winless in his last three bouts falls to 15-8-2, 9Ko’s.
22-year-old, super bantamweight Takuma Inoue, the younger brother to the “Monster” Naoya Inoue remained unbeaten scoring a one sided 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 ten round unanimous decision over Tokyo, Japan’s, Kentaro Masuda. Inoue improves to 10-0, 2Ko’s while Masuda winless in his last two falls to 27-9, 15Ko’s.
Naoya Inoue’s twenty-five-year-old super lightweight cousin Koki Inoue scored his sixth straight KO victory pounding out Seongnam City, South Korea’s Dong Hee Kim in four. Koki Inoue improves to 10-0, 9Ko’s while the out gunned Kim falls to 8-2-2, 3Ko’s.
By: Alfred Zimmerman
December 22nd, Sporthalle, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany: In the main event of a Erol Ceylan - EC Box Promotion Hamburg, Germany based Russian heavyweight Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko stayed alive with tug and pull ten round split decision draw with Belgrade, Serbia’s, late replacement Miljan Rovcanin.
In what easily could be described as a ten-round grappling fest the thirty-five-year-old, 6’7” Dimitrenko originally set to face forty-year-old “Bosnian” Lion Adnan Redzovic would trade with the 24-year-old previously unbeaten last-minute sub Rovcanin early on with both fighters tasting the others best the younger Rovcanin scoring with the cleaner work would jump out to an early lead.
The accuracy less clutch and grab slug fest would see both fighters fade quickly with the taller more experienced “Sascha” grabbing his second win would do just enough down the stretch to gain the a generous 93-93, 96-90 Dimitrenko, 94-92 Rovcanin split decision draw.
By: Reggie French
December 16th, Place Bell, Laval, Quebec, Canada: Heading a Golden Boy, Queensberry, Eye of the Tiger co-promotion Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK’s “Superb” Billy Joe Saunders retained his WBO World Middleweight Title scoring a slanted twelve round unanimous decision over Montreal, Canada’s, power punching David Lemieux.
In what was hyped as a meeting of animosity as well as a title fight the British Champion Saunders put on a clinic using his superior footwork, together with his quicker hand and foot speed to continually turn and walk the former IBF Middleweight Champion into rapid fire southpaw jabs, accurate straight left hands and quick combinations marking up and breaking down the local favorite both mentally as well as physically gliding to a one way 120-108, 118-110, 117-111 unanimous decision win. Saunders calling out “GGG” improves to 26-0, 12Ko’s while previous Golovkin victim Lemieux falls to 38-4, 33Ko’s.
In the semi-main event Cork, Ireland’s, Gary “Spike” O'Sullivan claimed the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight Title with a seventh round TKO stoppage of Burke, Virginia’s, highly touted prospect Antoine “Action” Douglas.
The 33-year-old O’Sullivan brought the pressure at the opening sound, never relenting the former Saunders sparring partner took the fight to the surprisingly stationary "Action" labeled Douglas.
Both fighters would get their share of work home but the relentless “Irishman” taking the “action” to Doulas body and head in the middle rounds began to zero in his right hands hurting the younger, bigger, Virginian several times finally pressing the point with a thumping right in round seven prompting referee Steve St-Germain to step in and stop the bout at 1:03 of round seven. O’Sullivan whose two defeats come to Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. moves to 27-2, 19Ko’s while Douglas stopped in both his defeats falls to 22-2-1, 16Ko’s.
In a special HBO super lightweight attraction Montreal’s, Yves Ulysse Jr. scored an authoritative ten round dismantling of Shirley, Long Island’s, Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin.
The more skilled Ulysse Jr. quickly taking advantage of Seldin’s archaic skills out maneuvered and out boxed the “The Hebrew Hammer” sending the New York banger to the canvas once in each of the opening three frames.
Aware of his early lead the proficient local product cruised down the stretch picking his spots frustrating, rocking and selectively taking apart the straight-ahead brawler and while not exactly Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux just a week ago, Seldin showing no quit stayed with his punchers chance taking it to the final bell and somehow being awarded one round by each of the three judges without surprise found himself on the short side of a career awakening 99-88 times three unanimous decision. Ulysse Jr. improves to 15-1, 9Ko’s while Seldin suffering his first defeat goes home to regroup and consider his options at 21-1, 17Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Montreal’s, Custio Clayton claimed the vacant WBO International Welterweight Title with a 100-88 times three ten round shellacking of Tucuman, Argentina’s, Cristian “El Zorro” Coria. Clayton improves to 13-0, 9Ko’s while Coria falls to 27-5-2, 11Ko’s.
Montreal, based Kazakhstani southpaw, super lightweight Batyrzhan Jukembayev held onto his zero scoring a one way 80-72 times three unanimous decision over Tucson, Arizona, 22-year-old, Wilberth Lopez. Jukembayev improves to 11-0, 9Ko’s while Lopez drops to 20-9, 14Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super welterweight bout Montreal’s, Steven “Bang” Butler blasted out Houston, Texas, 42-year-old, “Pain Server” Lanardo Tyner in two. Butler improves to 21-1-1, 18Ko’s as the all but done Tyner drops to 32-12-2, 20Ko’s.
LA’s, Ryan “Kingry” Garcia, retained his NABF Junior Super Featherweight Title taking apart Aguascalientes, Mexico’s, Noe “El Cortito” Raygoza in eight rounds. Garcia climbs to 13-0, 12Ko’s while Raygoza falls to 23-10-2, 10Ko’s.
In an eight-round heavyweight pairing Trois-Rivières, Quebec’s, Simon Kean remained unbeaten stopping Palestine, West Virginia, journeyman, Mike Sheppard in two rounds. Kean moves to 12-0, 11Ko’s while the 42-year-old Sheppard drops to 25-22-2, 11Ko’s.
Montreal welterweight, Mathieu “G-Time” Germain boxed his way to a lopsided 80-72 times three unanimous decision over Mexicali, Mexico’s, Juan “Tortas” Mendez. Germain advances to 12-0, 6Ko’s while Mendez drops to 19-4-2, 12Ko’s.
In a six-round female super flyweight bout Yorkshire, UK, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Nicola “Lioness” Adams pounded out Salto, Uruguay’s, Soledad “La Negra” Macedo in two. Adams improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Macedo sinks to 15-14-1, 4Ko’s.
Montreal, Vincent Thibault banked his second pro win out scoring Sonora, Mexico’s, Adrian “Wakiro” Campos 40-36 times three after four. Thibault improves to 2-0, 1Ko while Campos 1-3 in his last four drops to 2-5-2.
In a four-round female light flyweight preliminary Montreal’s, pro-debuting Kim Clavel kicked off her career with a 39-37, 40-36 times two unanimous decision over Mexico City, Mexico’s, Yoseline “Coreanita” Jose. Clavel starts out 1-0 as Jose evens out at 3-3.
By: David Colon
December 15th, Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California: Heading a Tom Brown TGB Promotion Edition of Premier Boxing Champions Las Vegas, former WBA Light Welterweight and WBO Welterweight Champion Jessie “Ruthless” Vargas returned to winning form scoring a tilted ten round unanimous decision over Yucatan, Mexico’s, Aaron “La Joya” Herrera.
Approximately one year after losing his WBA strap to Manny Pacquiao, a more composed patient Vargas wasn’t so ruthless appearing to be taking what the veteran Herrera would give.
Vargas working a deliberate jab put Herrera on the canvas in round six with a solid right hand, left hook but the sturdy Mexican would remain up right for the tiled remaining rounds seeing Vargas coast in for a 100-89 times three unanimous decision win. The on again off again Vargas whose only defeats come to Timothy Bradley and Pacquiao improves to 28-2, 10Ko’s while the journeyman Herrera drops to 33-8-1, 22Ko’s.
In the first of two co-features Minneapolis, Minnesota, welterweight Jamal “Shango” James scored a surprise third round knockout of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diego Gabriel Chaves.
The fight beginning to develop as a battle of wills saw the taller, longer James begin establish the range turning the tide with a set of heavy right hands lifting Chaves elbow for an incapacitating left hook putting the “La Joya” on the deck for a referee Tom Taylor ten count at 2:12 of round three. With his biggest win to date James improves to 22-1, 10Ko’s while Chaves whose only previous defeats come to “One Time” Keith Thurman and “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios drops to 26-3-1, 22Ko’s.
In the second co-feature the always ready to rumble Covina, California, lightweight John Molina Jr. scored an astonishing fourth round knockout of LA based Ukrainian, Ivan Redkach.
The pier one brawl starting quickly would see some solid back and forth action in round with the southpaw Redkach making a statement backing Molina to the corner for an extended pounding before sending him down to the canvas against the ropes with a switch hitting two handed assault in round two.
The tough as nails Molina somehow making it out of round two would battle back in the third beating Redkach to the punch dropping the Ukrainian to the canvas with a crushing right hand.
Surviving a rope bound pounding of his own, Redkach would return for round four only to be met by a debilitating Molina body shot and a follow up heavy combination putting the beaten Ukrainian on the canvas again this time prompting referee: Edward Hernandez Sr. to immediately wave the fight over at 1:27 of round four. Molina Jr. moves to 30-7, 24Ko’s while Redkach moving up to 140lbs for the first time drops to 20-4-1, 16Ko’s.
In other action:
Oxnard, California, super welterweight Wale Omotoso scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Mexico City, veteran Freddy “The Rail” Hernandez.
Appearing have the made the adjustment to his new weight Omotoso taking the best Hernandez had to offer in the early frames, landing enough clean heavy shots to keep the rounds close until round eight when after rocking Hernandez with a loaded right in round eight keeping his foot on the pedal and Hernandez cut over the left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round nine Omotoso would close hard reaping the rewards of a closer than scored 100-90, 97-93, 96-94 ten round unanimous decision win. Omotoso coming off a split decision loss to Jamal James July 2016 moves to 27-3, 21Ko’s while Hernandez four bout win streak comes to a close at 34-9, 22Ko’s.
In scheduled lightweight action Santa Maria, California’s, Karlos Balderas remained perfect disposing of Distrito Federal, Mexico’s over matched Carlos Flores. The 21-year-old 2016 Olympian Balderas improves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Flores winless in his last four falls to 4-7-1, 3Ko’s.
Fresno, California, super lightweight Mark “Mad Man” Hernandez banked his third win of 2017 dropping and stopping Mexicali, Mexico’s, Oscar “Perro” Mora with a debilitating body shot in round. one. Hernandez improves to 11-1, 3Ko’s while Mora stopped in back to back bouts falls to 7-5, 6Ko’s.
In a six round super middleweight bout Chihuahua, Mexico, Misael “El Chino” Rodriguez remained unblemished scoring a 60-54 times three shut out of Quintana Roo, Mexico, based Cuban, Yunier Calzada. Rodriguez moves to 6-0, 3Ko’s as Calzada 1-3 in his last four outings falls to 6-3-1, 1Ko.
In a pairing of Californian super lightweight’s, Fresno, California’s, Efren Lopez put San Diego’s, Tyler Marshall down in round one enroute to a one way 40-35 times three unanimous decision win. Lopez moves to 2-0, 1Ko as Marshal drops to 1-4, 1Ko.
Moreno Valley, California, 19-year-old, super featherweight, Luis Coria broke down and beat up Guadalajara, Mexico opponent, Leonardo Anguiano Torres for most of four rounds forcing referee Jack Reiss to call it over at 0:55 of round four. Coria improves to 5-1, 4Ko’s while the bill paying Torres dropping his seventh straight crashes at 2-7.
In a four-round super featherweight preliminary bout Irving, Texas, 19-year-old, Alejandro “Pork Chop” Guerrero made “chop meat” of Phillip Percy stopping the winless San Franciscan standing in round three. Guerrero climbs to 6-0, 5Ko’s as Percy still in search of his first pro win dives to 0-6.
By: Alfred Zimmermann
December 15th, DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia: In the WBA, WBO Final Eliminator heavyweight main event of a German Titov, RCC Boxing Promotion Chekhov, Russia’s, Alexander Povetkin jumps back into the Joshua / Parker heavyweight mix with a twelve round unanimous decision win over Hamburg, Germany’s, Christian Hammer.
The 38-year-old former 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA Heavyweight Champion Povetkin returning to action after failing back to back failed drug tests simply moved forward pushing the action on the simply complying too defensive Hammer who losing a point in round seven for holding would lose out on the Joshua / Parker sweep stakes when the scores were announced 120-107, 120-108, 119-108 all for Povetkin.
In line now for a shot at the Joshua / Parker, the WBO International Heavyweight Champion Povetkin adding the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title holding victories over Eddie Chambers, Jason Estrada, Nicolai Firtha, Ruslan Chagaev, Marco Huck, Hasim Rahman, Andrzej Wawrzyk, Manuel Charr, Carlos Takam, Mike Perez, Mariusz Wach, Johann Duhaupas, and Andriy Rudenko and his sole defeat a 2013 twelve round unanimous decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko moves to 33-1, 23Ko’s while Hammer’s five bout win streak comes to a close at 22-5, 12Ko’s.
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By: Ian Webb
(December 13th) York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom: Bray, Ireland perianal world amateur champion and 2016 Olympian Katie Taylor, successfully made the first defense of her WBA World Female Lightweight Title with a solid ten round unanimous decision over Chicago, Illinois, Jessica “Caskilla” McCaskill.
The 31-year-old Taylor began boxing in round one controlling the action with accurate 1-2’s and keeping the scrap ready McCaskill at the end of her punches with a timely check hook.
McCaskill looking to mix it up and turn the fight nasty drew the attention of referee Howard Foster who warned for a fair amount of holding and hitting.
Round three McCaskill close the gap landing with the right again drawing the eye of referee Foster.
Determined to showcase her skills Taylor back to boxing would land some clean shots in round four setting up a clean rapid combo.
Avoiding “Caskilla’s” best pugilistic rule bending, Taylor sticking and moving through the middle rounds seeing the McCaskill face worn results of her superior work the champion continuing to score well through the championship rounds was rewarded for her effort with a convincing 98-91, 97-92 times two unanimous decision. Taylor advances to 8-0, 4Ko’s as McCaskill unbeaten in her previous four falls to 5-2, 3Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Brentwood, Essex, UK, Martin “Wardy” Ward claimed the vacant EBU (European) Super Featherweight Title with a sudden sixth round knockout of Cataluña, Spain’s, Juli “The Rock” Giner.
The 26-year-old Ward starting behind a stiff jab setting up straight rights swift rights would give some ground to the wider punching Giner in round two.
Back behind the jab in round three Giner would again respond in kind in the fourth landing some clean left hooks.
After a first half of probing for a weakness Ward picking up the pace in the fifth paving the way for clean heavy shots in the sixth this time going around “The Rock’s” guard sending the Spaniard to the canvas for the first time. Giner allowed to continue Ward would waste no time nailing “the Rock” with a jack hammer right sending the durable Spaniard to the deck for the second time prompting referee Massimo Barrovecchio to immediately step in and wave it over at 1:30 of round six. Ward moves to 19-0-2, 9Ko’s while Giner drops to 21-3-1, 8Ko’s.
Lightwater, Surrey, UK’s, Jake “The Blade” Ball claimed vacant WBA Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Title scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Bushey, Hertfordshire, UK’s, testy Miles Shinkwin.
Following a feeling out opening frame Ball fighting in reverse drawing Shinkwin into counter punching range switched to the jab in the third mixing his punches between the head and body landing the cleaner shots earning the approval of all three judges for a bit tighter than scored 97-93, 98-92 times two unanimous decision. Ball improves to 11-1, 8Ko’s while Shinkwin 2-3 in his last five drops to 14-3, 7Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round welterweight bout Sunderland, Tyne and Wear’s, 2016 Olympian, Josh “Pretty Boy” Kelly recorded his fifth victory of the year stopping Epernay, France, veteran, Jean Hamilcaro in six.
Kelly the aggressor from the beginning throwing right hand bombs settled in the second round mixing it up from both sides.
In total control Kelly getting more accurate as the bout wore on the skilled “Pretty Boy” zeroed in on Hamilcaro’s body in round six, officially putting the Frenchman on a knee twice finally drawing referee Ian-John Lewis to step in and stop the body and fender work at 2:06 of round six. Kelly moves to 5-0, 4Ko’s as Hamilcaro’s three bout win streak comes to a close at 25-9-3, 6Ko’s
Bermondsey, London, 22-year-old, super welterweight, Ted Cheeseman, held onto his unblemished slate recording a dominant points win over Mountain Ash, Wales, Tony Dixon.
Putting on a classic punch and move exhibition, Cheeseman moved in and out of range measuring and picking his shots scoring to the body and head building sharp combinations landing heavy uppercuts and drilling rights banging his way to a severely slanted 80-72 points win. Cheeseman improves to 12-0, 8Ko’s while Dixon falls to 10-2, 3Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super featherweight match, Cardiff, Wales, Joe Cordina impressed, undressed and eclipsed Killamarsh, Derbyshire, UK’s, Lee Connelly in every manner stopping the overmatched adversary in four.
In absolute control from moment one the 2016 Olympian Cordina showcasing a comprehensive skill set took apart Connelly from top to bottom with speedy accurate punching opening a cut over his right eye in round three with a rapid multi punch volley.
Cordina continuing the surgical punishment in round four would draw a towel from the Connelly corner and a subsequent stoppage by referee Ian John Lewis at 2:19 0f round four. Cordina climbs to 6-0, 5Ko’s while the record padding Connelly, 1-11-1 in his last thirteen dives to 7-31-3.
In six rounders:
Hackney, London, 2016 Olympian, cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie sent a message to Brixton, rival Isaac “Chambo” Chamberlain with a second-round stoppage victory over Guimaraes, Portugal’s Antonio Sousa.
Okolie working a thumping jab quickly put Sousa on the defensive flooring his Portuguese opponent with a short right hand. Okolie set on making a point sent still teetering Sousa back to the canvas with another clean right only to see his all but beaten opponent be saved by the bell.
Sousa down twice in round two would be saved any further punishment when referee Robert Williams called the bout at 1:04 of round two. Okolie improves to 7-0, 6Ko’s while the paid to play Sousa, 4-7-1, 3Ko’s.
Wokingham, Berkshire, middleweight, Felix Cash once again demonstrated his heavy-handed ways stopping Horden, County Durham, Greg “The Real Deal” O'Neill in one round.
Cash all in from the opening sound went right at O’Neill dumping “The Real Deal” with a drilling body shot quickly applying a follow up heavy handed polish forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout just 54 seconds into round one. Cash moves to 7-0, 5Ko’s while O’Neill stopped in back to back fights falls to 5-4, 1Ko.
Ilford, Essex, welterweight Conor “Destroyer” Benn, the 21-year-old, former WBO/WBC Middleweight Champion Nigel Eubank picked himself up off the deck twice to record points win over Paris, France’s, Cedrick “Peyn’s” Peynaud.
Benn coming off his US debut a November 11th, second round knockout of Brandon Sanudo on the Daniel Jacobs / Luis Arias undercard at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island New York found himself on the canvas twice in round one from Peynaud rights but was able to rally back putting Peynaud down once in rounds five and six to grab a very controversial if not flat generous referee Bob Williams gifted 57-54 points win. Benn holds onto his zero at 11-0, 8Ko’s while Peynaud evens out at 5-5-3, 3Ko’s.
In a six round super bantamweight pairing Birmingham, West Midlands, Gamal “Beast” Yafai disposed of Liverpool, Merseyside’s, Ricky “Battalion Stallion” Starkey. Yafai anxious to step up in competition took the fight straight to Starkey over powering and dismantling the overmatched “Battalion Stallion” in round three. With the win Yafai, improving to 13-0, 6Ko’s eyes a showdown with Doncaster, Yorkshire’s, Gavin McDonnell while Starkey winless in his last six drops to 2-4-2.
By: Peter Falcone
(December 13th) Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: In the main event of a Dean Lonergan Duco Events Ltd / Top Rank promotion, broadcast LIVE on ESPN, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia former school teacher Jeff “The Hornet” Horn successfully defended the WBO World Welterweight Title he won from Manny Pacquiao in July stopping Wembley, London, “Hell Raiser” Gary Corcoran in round eleven.
Horn seizing control of the center of the ring thwarted Corcoran's straight style early with his jab, quickly establishing his clubbing right tagging the on-rushing Brit under and over leaving “The Hell Raising” left hooker bruised over the left eye.
Corcoran doing better in close and both fighters warned about their heads the two traded shots to close out round three.
The middle rounds filled with plenty of action saw the champion Horn maintain his momentum finishing the rounds hard opening a cut over Corcoran’s left eye.
The head first Horn dealing with a cut of his own near his right eye went back to his jab in rounds seven and eight again landing thumping rights adding to damage around the game Brits degrading left eye.
In round nine his left eye looking worse from the wear Corcoran hooking his way through the space continually stung by the much busier and accurate punching “Hornet”, the champion landing at a more frequent rate down the stretch leading the ringside physician to examine Corcoran’s eye subsequently prompting referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to put a stop to the bout at 1:35 of round eleven.
Horn in line for a possible unification bout with Terrence “Bud” Crawford in April improves to 18-0-1, 12Ko’s while Corcoran 2-2 in his last four bouts dips to 17-2, 7Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction Nerang, Queensland’s Rohan Murdock claimed the vacant WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Title scoring a one way 100-90, 99-91, 97-93 ten round unanimous decision over Kurchaloi, Russia’s Apti “The Tiger” Ustarkhanov.
On the undercard:
Bunbury, Western Australia, Nathaniel “Cheeky” May claimed the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight Title by way of fifth round TKO flooring Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Aelio “Biro” Mesquita twice in round four and once in in round five. May advances to 19-1, 11ko’s while the previously unbeaten Mesquita slips to 16-1, 14Ko’s.
Logan City, Queensland, Samoan heavyweight Alex “Lionheart” Leapai battled to a third-round technical draw with Perth, based 42-year-old Nigerian Roger Izonritei. Leapai in complete control of the action backing Izonritei to the ropes for an unanswered volley of punches would see the fight stopped by the ring side doctor due to severe cut caused by an elbow over Izonritei’s left eye. Following the rule if an accidental foul causes an end to a fight before completing four rounds it is to be ruled a technical draw Leapai stays pat at 31-7-4, 25Ko’s while Izonritei remains 12-6-1, 11Ko’s
Leppington, New South Wales, welterweight Leonardo “Lenny” Zappavigna bounced out Salto, Uruguay’s Nestor Faccio in three rounds. Zappavigna improves to 37-3, 27Ko’s as Faccio 1-6 in his last seven dives to 16-9-2, 9Ko’s.
Sydney, New South Wales southpaw super featherweight Paul “Showtime” Fleming remained undefeated banging out Metro Manila, Philippines “Strongman” Vergil Puton in the three. The 2008 Olympian Fleming improves to 24-0, 17Ko’s while Puton 3-3 in his last six outings drops to 17-9-0, 8Ko’s.
“No-Mas Chenko” Retires Rigondeaux After Six!
By: Joe Martin
December 9th, Madison Square Garden Theater, New York: In the highly anticipated main event of a Top Rank Boxing Promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN, Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian, Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko retained his WBO World Super Featherweight Title with a over powering, one way mental and physical breakdown of Miami, Florida based Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux.
Advertised as the meeting of boxing’s best, the record meeting of two-time Olympic Gold Medalists saw Rigondeaux renowned for his defensive skills coming off a June 17th one punch opening seconds knockout changed to a no contest put in the usual feeling out first round but the highly skilled Cuban had no answers for the “Hi Tech” Ukrainian ultimately resorting to frequent holding and sporadic low blows.
Lomachenko seemingly fighting to his opponent’s level readily began to display his “Hi Tech” version of the “Sweet Science” taking the fight to the crafty Cuban making him miss and swiftly responding with an unmatched work rate overwhelming “The Jackal” with rapid fire jab sequences.
One of boxing’s most accurate punchers, Lomachenko followed up the jab with multi-angled power punching, continuing to frustrate and demoralize the Cuban star, who already counseled for low blows and hitting behind the head appearing flustered looked to be searching for a way out was given a glimpse of the door when referee Steve Willis called for time giving the usually predatory “Jackal” an official warning for excessive holding in round five.
Clearly frustrated and overwhelmed by the quick-footed, agile combination punching machine, we know as Lomachenko, Rigondeaux finally losing a point for excessive holding in round six the unbeaten Cuban star remained on his stool for the bell sounding round seven suspiciously claiming an injury to the top of his left hand.
The 29-year-old Lomachenko on a nine-bout win streak punctuated by seven bout consecutive knockout run now wittingly calling himself No-Mas-Chenko” improves to 10-1, 8Ko’s while the 37-year-old Rigondeaux slipping to 17-1, 11Ko’s cunningly claiming “No excuses – I lost,” waved the weight as an issue but quickly implied it was an injured left hand that was the cause for the loss, his first amateur or pro since 2003.
In the semi-main attraction, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico’s Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz took possession of the vacant WBO NABO Super Featherweight Title stopping Port Chester, New York’s, Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz in three.
Diaz in charge from the opening sound floored Cruz once in round one, twice in round two and again in round three making it easy for referee Harvey Dock to waved it all over at 0:37 of round three. The 23-year-old, Diaz improves to 22-0, 14Ko’s while the on again, off again Cruz 2-3 in his last six falls to 18-3, 9Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round heavyweight bout Philadelphia’s, Bryant “By” Jennings rebounding from back to back world title challenges of Wladimir Klitschko and Luis Ortiz scored his second straight TKO win stopping Greensboro, North Carolina’s, Don “Mr. JBT” Haynesworth in three.
Following a first round feeling out session, Jenning’s zeroing in on the mostly defensive Southerner began to punch around and split “Mr. JBT’s” guard backing him up for a third-round referee Arthur Mercante Jr. conversation bring the bout to a close at 2:29 of round three. Jennings working his way back moves to 21-2, 12ko’s while the over matched Haynesworth suffering only his second defeat slips to 13-2-1,11Ko’s.
In a special featherweight attraction Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2016 Olympian Michael Conlan forced to go the limit for the first time scored a one sided six round unanimous decision over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Luis El Titi” Molina.
The switch-hitting southpaw controlling the distance and pace mixed his shots out pointing the never been down, never stopped Argentine to a 60-54 times three six round unanimous decision. Conlan looking to return to the Garden, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th improves to 5-0, 4Ko’s while the durable Molina falls to 7-4-1, 2Ko’s.
In a six-round featherweight affair Newark, New Jersey, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson remained unbeaten scoring a second-round stoppage of Santa Maria, California’s, Oscar “El Coyote” Mendoza.
The more skilled Stevenson mixing up his shots held target practice picking his shots quickly breaking Mendoza down with a variety of head and body shots forcing referee Sparkle Lee to call it over at 1:38 of round two. Stevenson moves to 4-0, 2Ko’s ending Mendoza ‘s victory run at 4-3, 2Ko’s.
In a battle of featherweight hopefuls New York’s, 21-year-old, Jose “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Denver, Colorado’s, Adan Gonzales traded moments and shots to a hard fought 58-56, 57-57 times two majority decision draw. Gonzalez bumps to 9-0-1, 2Ko’s while Gonzales moves over to 3-1-2, 2Ko’s.
In a special female lightweight attraction and a major step up bout LA 2016 Olympian, Mikaela Mayer won a majority decision over Bronx, New York, veteran Nydia “Dha Phenomenal” Feliciano.
Mayer imposing her stature from the opening sound controlled the space keeping Feliciano on the end of her jab for most of the twelve minutes somehow only being rewarded with a 38-38, 40-36 times two conflicting majority decision. Female lightweight Mikaela Mayer used her 5’9” body frame and more polished boxing skills to dominate Nydia Feliciano over four one-sided rounds.
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