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Zerafa Victorious with Ninth Round

Upset TKO Stoppage Win Over Horn!

By: Rick Rivers

August 31st, Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia: In an all Aussie main event of a Dean Lonergan - D & L Events, Lynden Hosking boxing co-promotion Melbourne, “Pretty Boy” Michael Zerafa claimed the World Boxing Association Oceania Middle Title scoring an ninth round upset TKO win over Acacia Ridge, Queensland’s, former WBO Welterweight Champion, Jeff “Hornet” Horn.

 

Following an inaccurate opening round the better conditioned looking Zerafa put horn down with a clean right hand in round two only to see the former champion cut over the left eye from an accidental clash of heads battle back in round three.

 

Round four would see some good back and forth action with “Pretty Boy” continuing to land with solid right hands while “The Hornet” beginning to lose his edge landing answered with counter left hooks.

 

Following a round five possible unspoken mutually agreed respite round six would see Horn return to his slugging style with Zerafa making a major adjustment out boxing and picking his spots to out slug Horn in several big spots in round seven.

 

Horn unable to figure out Zerafa’s right hand was punished in rounds eight and nine backing up the Queensland banger with a volley of punches sending the fighting school teacher former to the canvas forcing the referee to jump in a wave the bout done. With back to back stoppage wins Zerafa upsetting any possibility of a Horn / Ryota Murata showdown moves to 27-3, 16Ko’s while Horn clinging to his July 2nd, 2017 controversial decision win over Manny Pacquiao now stopped in two of his last three drops to 19-2-1, 13Ko’s.

Kovalev Survives Terrible Eighth to Stop Yarde In Eleven!

By: Alfred Zimmerman

August 24th, Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia: In the main attraction of a Main Events, Queensberry German Titov Boxing, Co-promotion Fort Lauderdale, Florida, based Russian, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev survived an eighth round scare to battle back and retain the World Boxing Organization World Light Heavy Title stopping Ilford, Essex, UK’s Anthony Yarde in eleven rounds.

 

The early rounds saw Yarde’s latest version of the Archie Moore shoulder roll keep Kovalev’s jab checked with a well-timed left hook until the middle rounds when more experienced Russian champion finally began to catch the fading single punching challenger with his pounding jab and follow up right hand.

 

Yarde making a second half adjustment targeting Kovalev to the body rocked and hurt the 36 year-old “Krusher” in round eight but unable to finish the job and the undertrained Brit running on empty once again found himself on the end of Kovalev’s punishing straight shots hitting the canvas the result of a Russian thudding left jab unable to make it upright forcing referee Luis Pabon to wave the fight done at 2:04 of round eleven. The judges scores at the time of stoppage were 97-94, 96-93, 98-92 all for Kovalev.

 

Kovalev in line for a possible eight figure showdown against WBC/IBF Middleweight and WBA Super World Middle Titlist, Canelo Alvarez improves to 34-3-1, 29Ko’s while Yarde suffering his first defeat returns to the gym analyzing his questionable training routine at 18-1, 17Ko’s.

In an entertaining battle of knockout streaks Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, southpaw, Ilunga “JR” Makabu claimed the World Boxing Council Silver Cruiser Title scoring a hard-fought back and forth slugfest twelve round majority decision over Reutov, Russia’s, former WAKO Kickboxing World Champion Aleksei Papin.

 

Mukabu’s tight defense, constant shelled him early on from Papin’s heavy return fire limiting the heavy-handed Russian to single right hands.

 

The 31-year-old South African skirting the rules edges with border line low shots, kept his foot on the gas landing with clean, heavy combinations in round seven.

 

The tiring Russian hitting the canvas in round eight ruled a slip was a warning sign of what was to come when in the tenth, Makabu ferociously tracked Papin banging big left hands before Rocking the weakening Russian with a solid right.

 

Continuing the pressure through the championship rounds Makabu looked to have Papin ready to go in round eleven only to see the gallant hometown fighter grab onto to finish the round.

 

Makabu smelling blood pushed forward continuing to batter the fading Russian sending him to the canvas with a heavy volley of shots in the twelfth and final round securing the win only to see Papin again hold on to hear Makabu declared a 114-114, 115-113 times two majority decision winner. Makabu unbeaten in his last seven since being stopped in three rounds by Tony Bellew in 2016 moves to 26-2, 24Ko’s while Papin experiencing his first pro defeat dips to 11-1, 10Ko’s.

 

In other action:

In a scheduled twelve rounder, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia super middleweight, Azizbek “AAA” Abdugofurov remained unbeaten 13-0, 5Ko’s scoring a fourth round TKO stoppage of Gorky, Russia’s Andrey Sirotkin (16-2, 5Ko’s).

 

Ten rounds heavyweights, Volgograd, Russia’s, Evgeny Romanov, (14-0, 10Ko’s) returned to his Ko ways stopping Cordoba, Argentina’s, Dario German Balmaceda (19-18-2, 13Ko’s) in one round.

 

Ten rounds welterweights, Ekaterinburg, Russia’s, Eduard Skavynskyi, (11-0, 7Ko’s) held onto his zero recording a fifth round TKO stoppage win over Bagamoyo, Tanzania’s, Idd Pialari, (26-4-1, 19Ko’s).

 

Ekaterinburg, Russia, southpaw, super feather weight Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu, (15-0, 8Ko’s) claimed the World Boxing Association Asia Super Feather Title knocking out Caracas, Venezuela’s Milner Marcano, (19-8, 15Ko’s) in two rounds.

 

In ten rounds of super featherweight action Ekaterinburg, Russia’s, Erzhan Turgumbekov, (7-0-1, 2Ko’s) took home the vacant Eurasian Boxing Parliament Super Feather Title with a 96-94, 98-92, 97-93 points win over Krasnoarmiysk, Ukraine’s, previously unbeaten 19-year-old, Heorhii Lashko, (9-1, 5Ko’s).             

 

Oxnard, California, southpaw, super lightweight, Enriko “Gudan” Gogokhia, (11-0, 6Ko’s) remained unbeaten stopping Den Bosch, Netherlands, Rafik Harutjunjan, (12-3, 7Ko’s) in round two of their scheduled eight rounder. 

Navarrete Stops De Vaca!

(August 17th) Emanuel Navarrete was already a champion. He is now one of the sport's elite. Navarrete knocked out the previously unbeaten Francisco "Panchito" De Vaca in three rounds Saturday evening in front of 3,944 fans in the first-ever boxing card at Banc of California Stadium.

 

Navarrete (28-1, 24 KOs), who upset Isaac Dogboe to win the title and then defeated him in an immediate rematch, knocked down De Vaca (20-1, 6 KOs) in the second round and forced the referee to stop the fight after dishing out a sustained beating in the third.

 

“I want to thank my supporters, and second of all, I want to continue the tradition of Mexican boxing in Los Angeles. `I want to fill arenas and follow in the footsteps of Mexican legends," Navarrete said. “I’m talking to {Top Rank} about fighting September 14 on the Tyson Fury card in Las Vegas. I want to thank Bob Arum and Zanfer Promotions for the opportunity.”

 

Said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum: “He’s Mexican. He’s proud to be Mexican. September 14 is Mexican Independence Day Weekend, and the best fighter in Mexico will be there defending his title.”

Magdaleno Topples Rivera

Former junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno is ready to take on the featherweight titans. In his second bout since moving up in weight, Magdaleno scored a ninth-round technical decision over Rafael Rivera after an elbow opened up a gash on the bridge of Magdaleno's nose.

 

Magdaleno knocked down Rivera early in the ninth round and prevailed by scores of 89-81, 89-81 and 88-82.

 

"These things happen. It's part of the sport," Magdaleno said. "I have a lot of respect for Rivera. He is a warrior. I felt very good. I felt strong. I would say better than ever. I want a world title. I'm ready."

 

— Super lightweight contender Arnold Barboza Jr. (22-0, 9 KOs) dished out a sustained beating to Ricky Sismundo, and Sismundo's corner stopped the bout following the conclusion of the fourth round,

 

"I want a world title shot now," Barboza said. "I want to challenge all the champions. It doesn't matter who it is, or where it takes place. All I want is to face Ramirez, Prograis, or Taylor, and I want it now!"

 

— Welterweight contender Chris van Heerden (28-2-1, 12 KOs) continued his march up the rankings, overcoming a bad a cut to defeat Aslanbek Kozaev (33-3-1, 8 KOs) via eight-round unanimous decision (79-73 2x and 78-74). van Heerden has won five straight since a 2015 defeat to Errol Spence Jr.

 

“Listen, it was a tough, hard fight, but I got the victory. Hopefully, the cut doesn’t keep me out of action too long. I’m starting to get more active, and before long, I will be ready to fight any of the top welterweights.”

 

— Top middleweight contender Janibek Alimkhanuly (7-0, 3 KOs) defended his WBC Continental Americas and WBO Global middleweight titles with a fifth-round stoppage over Canadian veteran Stuart McLellan (27-4-3, 11 KOs).

 

Javier Molina (20-2, 8 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, won his third consecutive bout, grinding out an eight-round unanimous decision (79-73 2x and 78-74) over Manuel Mendez (16-6-3, 11 KOs).

 

— Lightweight prospect Dmitry Yun improved to 2-0 with a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Javier Martinez (4-7, 3 KOs) by scores of 57-54 2x and 56-54.

 

— Super lightweight prospect Elvis Rodriguez (3-0-1, 3 KOs) made quick work of Jesus Gonzalez (6-3, 2 KOs), knocking him out  at 1:42 of the opening round.

Kownacki Outslugs Arreola – Pascal Upsets Browne!

By: Joe Martin

August 3rd, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the main event of a TGB Promotion, Premiere Boxing Champions event Brooklyn, New York, heavyweight Adam “Babyface” Kownacki remained unbeaten scoring a crowd pleasing twelve round unanimous decision over Escondido, California, veteran, Chris “Nightmare” Arreola.

 

The fast-paced back and forth action would see the hometown Kownacki using his superior hand speed answering Arreola’s straight right with up and down combinations usually punctuated by a clean hook.

 

Both fighters would have their moments but it would be “Babyface” who pushing the action throughout landing the cleaner sharper shots in close holding off Arreola‘s championship rounds push trading shots to the final bell sending the enormously entertaining rock’em-sock’em bout to the judges’ scorecards which were announced 118-110, 117-111 times two for Kownacki. Kownacki improves to 20-0, 15Ko’s while Arreola claiming a broken right hand considers retirement at 38-6-1, 33Ko’s.

In the semi-main attraction Laval, Quebec, Canada 36-year-old, former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal scored a stunning upset WBC Silver and WBA Interim World Light Heavy Title claiming eight-round technical decision win over Staten, Island, southpaw, 2012, Olympian, “Sir” Marcus Browne.

 

Following a give one and get one first round the two light heavies would trade rounds in the second and third with Pascal breaking through dropping the southpaw Browne with a heavy right in round four.

 

Rounds five and six would see Browne doing the better work as both fighters invested in some foundation tearing body work. Entering the second half Browne sent to the canvas two more times by Pascal looping rights in round seven when in round eight Browne suffering a severe cut over the left eye from an accidental clash of heads the fight would be called to a close on the advice of the ringside doctor prompting referee Gary Rosato to send the bout to the judges who announced Pascal a 75-74 times three technical decision winner. Pascal coming in off a twelve round unanimous decision loss to Dmitry Bivol improves to 34-6-1, 20Ko’s while Browne suffering his first pro defeat slips to 23-1, 16Ko’s.               

 

Heading the undercard in a scheduled ten round super welterweight affair Oxnard, California, based Nigerian, Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso bounced Brooklyn, New York, “Cerebral Assassin” Curtis Stevens off the canvas once in each of the first three rounds forcing referee Johnny Callas to stop the bout at 1:28 of round three. The on again, off again Omotoso 3-3 in his last six improves to 28-4, 22Ko’s while Stevens stopped in two of his last three outings drops to 30-7, 22Ko’s.

 

Undercard Results

Featherweights

Cobia Breedy, 126¾, 13-0 W10 Ryan Lee Allen, 123¼, 10-3-1                     

Heavyweights          

Brian Howard, 207, 14-3 KO1 Carlos Negron, 242¼, 20 2 0              

Welterweights

Brian Jones,  144¼, 14-10, TKO5 Julian Sosa,  144¼, 13-0-1           

Featherweights       

Helen Joseph, 121¼, 15-3-2 W6 Edina Kiss, 122¾, 15-10                 

60-53 | 60-53 | 60-53

Super Welterweights

Kestna Davis ,153¼, 3-0 W4 Jaime Meza, 153½, 0-2                          

Heavyweights

Marsellos Wilder, 202, 4-1 W4 Nicoy Clarke, 200½, 2-3

Ramirez Unifies WBC & WBO Super Lightweight Titles

With Thrilling Sixth Round Stoppage of Hooker In Dallas!

By: Edwin Gonzalez

July 27th, College Park Center, Arlington, Texas: In the main event of an Eddie Hearn - Matchroom Boxing bill streamed LIVE on DAZN, Avenal, California, Jose Carlos Ramirez unified the WBC and WBO World Super Lightweight Titles with a thrilling sixth round stoppage of Dallas, Texas, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker.

 

The battle of unbeaten’s began with Ramirez grabbing a quick two-point first round flooring Hooker with a simultaneous toe step jab combo.

 

In round two Ramirez pushed past Hookers offense closing the space backing the hometown Texan to the ropes for some industrious body work.

 

Hooker would begin to find his rhythm and zeroing in with his hook to the body and head while Ramirez intent on closing the spacing lined up behind his jab , throwing and landing big 1-2’s opening the door for a Ramirez left hook driving “Mighty Mo” to the ropes for a Ramirez follow up forcing referee Mark Nelson to wave it over at 1:48 of round six.

 

"I am ready to face everyone in the 140-pound division," said Ramirez. “Every time I trust more and more in my abilities. I just took the title from a great, undefeated champion. I was determined to get out of here with two world titles, and I did it. I want to face the best fighters in the division. I want all the titles. That is my goal.” Ramirez now with the WBC and WBO straps improves to 25-0, 17Ko’s while Hooker suffering his only defeat slips to 26-1-3, 17Ko’s.

 

In the semi-main attraction Philadelphia southpaw, “American Idol” Tevin Farmer retained his IBF World Super-Featherweight title scoring a solid twelve round unanimous decision over Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France, mandatory challenger Guillaume “EL Expert” Frenois.

 

The battle of southpaws saw the 28 year old champion Farmer set the ground work early working “EL Expert” to the body at times choosing to mix it up with the rugged Frenchman relied on his superior defense stepping in for some entertaining inside fighting only to take a step back and losing a point for a low blow in round ten.

 

While Frenois would have his moments, they would come few and far between with the Philadelphia veteran boxing his way to a decisive 119-108, 116-111 times two points win. Farmer anticipating a show down with Baltimore’s Gervonta “Tank” Davis moves to 30-4-1, 6Ko’s while Frenois returns across the pond with just his second defeat at 46-2-1,12Ko’s.

           

In a slow starting vacant WBO NABO USBA Super Bantamweight Title match-up New Haven, Connecticut, Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams won a ten round unanimous decision over Miami, Florida, Yenifel “Lightning” Vicente.

 

The close quarter combat fight saw the cleaner, sharper more polished southpaw, Williams kept the hard hitting Dominican off balanced and out of range early on with the heavy handed Vincente beginning to find his range with some clean shots in the second half only to see “Lightning” strike twice with referee Laurence Cole taking points from Vincente points in rounds six and seven for low blows. The more defensively sound “The Mighty Midget” scoring with the sharper more noticeable shots walked away with a 96-92, 97-91 times two unanimous decision win. Williams remains unbeaten at 19-0, 6Ko’s while the hard-punching Vincente seeing his ten bout KO run come to an end at 35-4-2, 7Ko’s.

 

In a ten round heavyweight feature, a rematch of their April 2017split-decision draw Philadelphia’s, Joey “Tank” Dawejko was the busier man this time winning an ordinary unanimous decision over Modesto, California's, Rodney Hernandez.

 

The quicker handed “Tank” held off the second half pushing 30-year-old, Hernandez landing the cleaner shots gaining the judges nod when the scores were declared 98-92, 96-94 times two for Dawejko. Dawejko coming in off three straight step-up fight defeats (Bryant Jennings, Andrey Fedosov, Sergey Kuzmin) gets a restart at 20-7-4, 11Ko’s while Hernandez three bout victory run comes to a close at  13-8-2, 4Ko’s.         

 

In a tougher than expected six round middleweight bout Brooklyn, New York, Nikita “White Chocolate” Ababiy held onto his zero with a hard-fought back and forth points win over durable Houston, Texas, based Cuban, Yunier Calzada. The highly touted Brooklynite worked the tough Cuban’s body trading right hands to the final bell after which the judges scores were announced 60-54 times three for Ababiy. v forced to go the distance for the first time moves to 6-1, 5Ko’s while Calzada winless in his last five evens up at 6-6-1, 1Ko.

 

Preliminary Four Rounders:

Houston, Texas, middleweight Austin “Ammo” Williams stayed perfect unloading and stopping Bryan, Texas, Jabrandon Harris in round one. Williams beginning with ill intent ripped Harris to the body dropping the winless Texan to the canvas for a record padding knockout win. Williams improves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Harris still winless stopped in two of the three of his pro outings free-falls to 0-3.

           

Toronto, Ontario, southpaw super lightweight, Movladdin Biyarslanov pounded out Swansea, South Carolina’s, 35-year-old opponent Solon Staley with a series of rapid combinations forcing referee Roberto Chapa to stop the punishment at 1:18 of round three. Biyarslanov improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Staley winless since his pro-debut drops to 1-4.

 

Mesquite, Texas, middleweight Darius Bagley, won his pro-debut out pointing Dallas, Texas, 43-year-old, "mark" Carlos Dixon. Bagley starts out 1-0 while Dixon winless in his last eleven going back to 2015 dives to 1-14-1, 1Ko.

Baltimore Homecoming: Davis Stops Nunez In Two!

By: David Colon

July 27th, Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland: In the main event of a Mayweather / TGB co-promotion billed “Homecoming” Baltimore, Maryland’s Gervonta “Tank” Davis brought the sellout crowd to its feet with a WBA Super World Super Featherweight Title retaining second round TKO stoppage of La Chorrera, Panama’s, Ricardo “El Cientifico” Nunez.

 

The confident Nunez fighting on the front foot and cutting off the ring held Davis to single body shorts in round one until appearing to lose his concentration for half a second coming out of a clinch was caught by a devastating “Tank” left hurting the relatively unknown “mandatory” opening the way for a follow up of Davis power shots stirring referee Harvey Dock to call a bit too cautious controversial stoppage at 1:33 of round two. Davis climbs to 22-0, 21Ko’s while Nunez ten bout, three KO win run to a close at 21-3, 19Ko’s.

 

In the super featherweight co-feature, Miami, Florida, based Cuban former WBA and IBF Featherweight Champion, Yuriorkis Gamboa mowed down Vega Baja, Puerto Rico’s, three-time former WBO Super Featherweight Champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez in two rounds.

 

Gamboa beginning with ill intent on his punches landing big clean shots caught the 36 year old Martinez with a tight hook early in round two dropping him for the first time in the fight immediately following up when action resumed landing another big left sending “Rocky” to the canvas for the second time this time prompting referee Bill Clancy to stop the fight at 2:00 of round two. Gamboa who’s last win by stoppage comes November 2014 stopping Joel Montes de Oca in six finds himself in the Gervonta Davis hunt at 30-2, 18Ko’s while Martinez stopped in two of his last three falls to 30-3-3, 18Ko’s.                    

             

In a battle of southpaw lightweights Las Vegas, Nevada’s, Ladarius “Memphis” Miller won a contentious ten round split decision over San Miguelito, Panama’s, former WBA Super Featherweight Champion, Jezzrel “El Invisible” Corrales.

 

Miller's counter right hooks versus Corrales left hand early on trading shots in some very close rounds with the fight appearing up for grabs when referee Brent Brovell without a warning took a point away from Corrales for holding  in the last minute of the final round ten leaving “Memphis” a 95-94, 96-93 Miller 96-93 Corrales split decision winner. Miller on an eleven-bout win streak improves to 20-1, 6Ko’s while Corrales 1-2 in his last two outings drops to 23-3, 9Ko’s.

 

In a ten round super featherweight heavy bag workout Juncos, Puerto Rico, Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez held target practice banging on Ensenada, Mexico’s, Hector “El Studiante” Suarez with the in the deaths of Maxim Dadashev and Hugo Alfredo Santillan fresh on the mind the referee on the advice of the ringside doctor thankfully called the beating to a close at 2:07 of round seven. Velez moves to 29-5-1, 21Ko’sas the tough as nails Suarez winless in his last eight drops to 12-11-2, 6Ko’s.

 

In a closer than scored eight round super lightweight pairing Baltimore, Maryland, Malik “Iceman” Hawkins protected his zero with a hard-fought point win over Duncanville, Texas, Jonathan Steele.

 

The taller, longer, quicker harder hitting “Iceman” would make his mark early but the determined very durable Texan showing his “steel” would fire back until the final bell forcing Hawkins to settle for a 78-74, 79-73 times two points win. With his last stoppage win coming back 2017 Hawkins moves to 16-0, 9Ko’s while Steele never stopped drops to 9-5-1, 6Ko’s.

 

In a super flyweight slot Sicklerville, New Jersey’s, switch hitting Dylan Price forced to go the distance for the first time used his superior hand and foot speed out boxing and out pointing Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico’s, sturdy Samuel “Panterita” Gutierrez to a 78-74, 79-73 times two eight round unanimous decision win. Price moves to 9-0, 6Ko’s while Gutierrez 16-24-6, 6Ko’s.

 

Clinton, Maryland, super lightweight Kareem Martin made it four straight banging out a third-round stoppage of Los Cabos, Mexico’s, Luis “Broccoli” Avila. Starting the eight rounder with an active, accurate jab Martin opened up mixing right hands and left hooks to the body and head leaving the beaten journey man seated for the bell sounding round four forcing referee Harvey Dock to step in and call the bout. With his fourth straight victory since a 2017 eight round decision loss to Ryan Karl, Martin moves to 13-2-1, 5Ko’s as the made to order Avila winless in his last six drops to    8-19-3,   5Ko’s.           

             

In a six round super lightweight event Staten Island, New York’s, Kenny Robles got up from a first-round knockdown to out point Iowa’s, Shawn West. Down but not hurt in round one Robles regrouped in round two letting the tagging West in round two landing the cleaner shots throughout to grab a 60-55, 59-55, 58-55 unanimous decision win.  Robles improves to 7-1, 3Ko’s while West suffering his second defeat drops to 3-2, 2Ko’s.

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