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By: Alfred Zimmerman

June 9th, Bergenhus Festning, Bergen, Norway: Bergen, Norway “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus added the WBC Jr Welterweight strap to her WBA/WBO/IBF and IBO Titles scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Erica “La Pantera” Farias.

 

The rain couldn’t dampen the Johnathon Banks trained Braekhus effort, taking control early establishing the pace and the distance out working and out landing Farias for a 98-92, 99-91 times two unanimous decision win. Raekhus remains unbeaten at 31-0, 8Ko’s while Farias dips to 24-2, 10Ko’s.

Stevenson Dismantles Fonfara in Two!

By: Reggie French

June 3rd, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: In the main event of a Yvon Michel’s GYM Promotion broadcast LIVE on Showtime Blainville, Quebec, Canada, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, retained his WBC World Light Heavyweight title with a rematch second round dismantling of Chicago, Illinois, “Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara.

 

The fight a rematch of Stevenson’s twelve round unanimous decision victory May 2014, saw the hometown favorite southpaw power punching “Superman” leave no doubt this time over powering the Virgil Hunter trained Fonfara from the very start landing big right hands flooring “The Polish Prince” in round one.

 

The 39 year old, %80 KO ratio banger would quickly demonstrated his finishing skills walking down the still shaken 29 year old challenger landing monster lead lefts backing him to the ropes where referee Michael Griffin noticing trainer Hunters climbing on the ring apron rightfully stepped in and stopped the punishment at 0:28 of round two.

 

Stevenson accused by many pundits of avoiding the top of the very tough 175lb division improves to 29-1, 24Ko’s while Fonfara stopped in two of his last three bouts falls to 29-5, 17Ko’s.  

 

In the light heavyweight semi-main event Montreal, Quebec, based Columbian Eleider “Storm” Alvarez made the most of his step aside money payoff winning retaining his WBC Silver Light Heavyweight title and his mandatory position for a shot at WBC Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Laval, Quebec’s, former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal.

 

The battle of former sparring partners saw the year younger Alvarez out work the everyday of 34 appearing Pascal to single leaping shots working a snapping jab mixing his attack to the body and head.

 

The taller longer Alvarez controlling the space would gain his respect hurting the former world champion several times early limiting him to mostly unsuccessful last second round stealing attempts and a much too little, much too late round push out working and out landing Pascal for a 114-114, 117-111, 116-112 majority decision win. Alvarez remains unbeaten at 23-0, 11Ko’s while Pascal 2-3 in his last five falls to 31-5-1, 18Ko’s.

 

On the undercard:

In a self-admitting shake off the nerves and the rust bout Trois-Rivières, Quebec, super welterweight bout Mikael Zewski returning from nearly a year and a half layoff progressively built up his confidence, accuracy and work rate flooring Juarez, Mexico’s, Fernando “Picapiedra” Silva in round five enroute to a solid 80-71 times three unanimous decision win. His second win since dropping a ten round unanimous decision to Konstantin Ponomarev, May 2015, Zewski moves to 28-1, 21Ko’s while Silva drops to 15-11-3, 6Ko’s.

 

In a go through the motions uneventful, eight round super middleweight bout Cape Coral, Florida, southpaw, Dario Bredicean remained unbeaten scoring an ordinary uninspiring 80-72 times three unanimous decision over Ciudad, Mexico’s Manuel “Mamba” Garcia. Bredicean climbs to 14-0, 4Ko’s while Garcia continues to hover above .500 ay 15-14-2, 6Ko’s.

 

In a four-round middleweight match-up 22-year-old Montreal, Quebec, base 2016 France Olympian, Christian “Solide” Mbilli remained perfect putting Aguascalientes, Mexico’s, Cesar “Principe” Ugarte on a knee twice in round one enroute to a second round two handed blitz forcing referee Yvon Goulet to put a stop to the action at 0:47 of round two. Mbilli advances to 4-0, 4Ko’s while Ugarte stopped in back to back fights falls to 4-2, 2Ko’s.

By: Greg Swan

June 2nd, Palais des Sports Porte de Versailles, Paris XV, Paris, France: As all the rumblings of the Paris accord hold the front pages, Paris, France’s 2016 Super Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist, Tony “La Conquete” Yoka made his pro debut scoring a second-round knockout of Morristown, Ohio’s, previously undefeated Travis Clark.

 

Working under the tutelage of Oakland’s, Virgil Hunter, Yoka beginning his professional journey under Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar banner, the talented, the bigger, taller, longer 25-year-old Frenchman immediately took control of the center of the ring prudently measuring and probing his rounded 38-year-old foe’s midsection in round one.

 

Having tested Clarks assets and sensing an aura of safety the skilled Frenchman pressed forward in round two stunning the wild swinging Clark with a solid jab and immediate Ali shuffle. Staying on the offensive Yoka backed the over matched, Ohioan to the corner with three straight right hands, the latter going underneath leaving Clark seated for a referee Smail Alitouche eight count.

 

Allowed to continue, Clark drawn into a Yoka lead upper cut the full body tattooed tough guy opened a short lived pretentious offensive, quickly deterred by an immediate Yoka counter-attack revisiting him to the corner where he would be returned to the canvas by a volley of unanswered punches this time prompting referee Alitouche to stop his count and wave it over at 0:58 of round two. Yoka promising to bring the heavyweight world title back to France starts his quest at 1-0, 1Ko while Clark seeing his first dosage of “A” level competition drops to 12-1, 8Ko’s.

 

In a special attraction four round attraction, highly touted Fort Mitchell, Alabama, jr. middleweight prospect Money Powell IV continued to impress taking out Budapest, Hungary’s, Krisztian Kovacs in one round. The 19-year-old Powell moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Kovacs levels out at 5-5, 3Ko’s.

 

Other Results:

Bantamweights: Nordine Oubaali TKO10 Alejandro Hernandez       

Welterweights: Ahmed El Mousaoui W8 Roman Seliverstov  

Super Welterweights: Souleymane Cissokho TKO3 Giorgi Kerdikoshvili    

Middleweights: Michel Tavares W6 Richard Hegyi    

By: Ian Webb

June 2nd, Club Punchbowl, Punchbowl, New South Wales, Australia: Returning to action on a Neutral Corner Promotion, Sydney's Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne returned from a 16 month hiatus due to a highly disputed PED testing to score a second round TKO stoppage of Saint Louis, Missouri, journeyman Matthew “Gator” Greer.

 

The highly motivated 38 year old former MMA fighter “Big Daddy” went right to work flooring the pro opponent in round one piling on the punishment in returning to the record padding “Gator” to the canvas round two forcing referee Garry Dean to wave it over at 1:14 of the second round.

 

Browne on a four bout KO run joining the long line of Deontey Wilder options moves to 25-0, 22Ko’s while Greer winless in his last ten dives to 16-21, 13Ko’s.

By: Coach K

Last night May 27th, at the Bramall Lane Football Ground, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK, Desoto, Texas, 2012, US Olympian, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. claimed the IBF World Welterweight title with a hard fought eleventh round knockout of Sheffield’s, Kell “Special K” Brook.

 

Brook showing the spirit of a true world champion returning from his only defeat, a two-division trip up to challenge 160lb monster Gennady “GGG” Golovkin chose to battle the weight obstacle and return to the 147lb division and defend his IBF title.

 

It would be after travelling nearly 7,500 miles the 27-year-old, unbeaten southpaw, Spence well deserving of the challenge would quietly but emphatically begin to stake his claim.

 

In the beginning the soft spoken, but hard hitting, quietly confident Spence persevered early on taking all the champion had to offer. Fighting tough he would continually make subtle but telling adjustments until almost on key when prodded by his corner in round nine he would begin to stalk the champion drawing on the fruits of a relentless body attack and pinpoint combination punching breaking down and tearing up the UK’s “Special One” wearing him down and closing his non-surgical left eye, putting the champion on a knee with a barrage of punches in round ten. Showing the killer instinct to match his skills, Spence continued his up and down two-handed assault and again putting the champion on a knee in round eleven, this time for a referee Howard John Foster full count.

 

While the 31-year-old, Brook suffering just his second defeat slips to 36-2, 25Ko’s, the world caliber title win moves Spence Jr. to 22-0, 19Ko’s. But more importantly it may have also done boxing a major service. What is that you might say! Well with a Spence / Mayweather fight it can finally call out and put an end the much-ballyhooed future circus event between self-proclaimed “Best Ever” Floyd Mayweather and UFC’s, Conor McGregor.

 

In the co-feature, Hammersmith, London, “Saint” George Groves who claimed the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title scoring a sixth round TKO stoppage of Serpukhov, Russia’s, Fedor Chudinov.

 

In his fourth bid for a world title the now Shane McGuigan trained Groves had his hands full early holding off the pressing Russian fighting off the ropes at times battling the free-swinging Chudinov and a cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round four traded power shots with the young Russian in round five finally breaking through with a big right followed up with a two-handed power barrage forcing referee Steven gray to step in and call it at 1:114 of round six. Groves improves to 26-3, 19Ko’s while Chudinov suffering just his second defeat slips to 14-2, 10Ko’s.

 

In other action:

Saint Petersburg, Florida, southpaw, Lenroy “TNT” Thomas claimed the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight title winning a hard fought, bomb throwing, twelve round split-decision over Conisbrough, Yorkshire, David “White Rhino” Allen.

 

The back and forth action saw Allen take the lead but the counter punching Thomas landing the cleaner sharper shots would caught the judges attention and the edge on the scorecards when the scores were announced 115-113 Allen, 115-114 times two for Thomas making Thomas the split decision winner. Thomas moves to 21-4, 10Ko’s while Allen drops to 11-3-1, 8Ko’s.

 

Swindon, Wiltshire, Jamie Cox laid claim to the vacant WBA Continental Super Middleweight title scoring a bloody nine round technical decision over Dronfield, Derbyshire’s, Lewis Taylor.

 

Taylor battling blood in his right eye after suffering a cut from an early accidental clash of heads found himself on the short side of cox more significant blows gaining him the nod when the fight was finally stopped on the advice of the ringside physician and sent to the judges whose scores were announced 87-84, 88-83 times three all for the former Brook sparring partner Cox. Cox climbs to 22-0, 12Ko’s         while Taylor 1-3 in his last four drops to 19-4-1, 3Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled twelve round bout, the Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Featherweight title would remain vacant when Barnsley, Yorkshire’s, Andy “KO Kid” Townend failing to make weight disposed of Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire’s, Jon “2 Smokes” Kays sending the out gunned kays to the canvas twice in round two drawing a towel from Kays corner at 2:50 of round two.

Townend heads to lightweight at 19-4, 13Ko’s while Kays stopped in two of his last three falls to 22-6-1, 5Ko’s.

           

Sheffield, Yorkshire, bantamweight Kyle Yousaf floored Shepshed, Leicestershire’s, Louis “2 Sweet” Norman in the sixth and final round to secure a 59-55 points win. Yousaf moves to 11-0, 5ko’s while Norman 1-3 in his last four outings dips to 11-4-1, 2Ko’s.

 

2016 Kazakhstan Olympian, middleweight, Anthony Fowler made his pro-debut in fine fashion blasting out over matched Bognor Regis, Sussex, Arturs Geikins in one. Fowler starts out 1-0, 1Ko while the made to order Geilkins winless in his last five secures his opponent status at 3-8-1, 2Ko’s.            

 

Fighting for the third time in four weeks 2016 Cardiff, Wales, lightweight, Joe Cordina took the fight to London’s Josh Thorne forcing the outclassed Londoner to call it quits after one. Cordina improves to 3-0, 3ko’s while Thorne winless since his pro debut considers another occupation at 1-10-2.

 

In a four-round battle of perfect cruiserweights, Hackney, London, 2016 Olympian, Lawrence Okolie shaking off Czech Republic’s Rudolf Helesic best shot floored the previously unbeaten banger twice prompting referee John Latham to stop the bout at 1:10 of round one. Okolie moves to 3-0, 3ko’s while Helesic falls hard to 2-1, 2ko’s

 

In a four-round super welterweight bout Bradford, Yorkshire, Nadeem “Sid” Siddique proved to experienced and too powerful for Budapest, Hungary’s, Pal Olah stopping the late sub Olah in three. Siddique improves to 25-2, 8Ko’s  while Olah 1-3 in his last four drops below the opponent line at 7-8-1, 5Ko’s.            

           

Rotherham, Yorkshire, super lightweight, “Unique” Atif Shafiq rebounded from a January 21st, first round TKO loss to Andreas Maier winning a less than “unique” 39-36 points win over Hereford, Herefordshire’s, “safe” Dean “Deano” Evans. Shafiqback in the green moves to 17-2, 4Ko’s while Dean never a threat now winless in his last five dives to 5-15-2, 4Ko’s.

By: David Colon

(May 26th) Friday night, making his Midwest debut Belfast, Northern Ireland’s, brash, out spoken 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Michael Conlan continues to lets his hands do the majority of the talking scoring his second KO victory in as many pro bouts banking a third round TKO stoppage of Tijuana, Mexico’s, Alfredo Chanez.

 

In his second pro fight in as many months Conlan had it all his way dominating and dropping the game but out classed Mexican in the third and sixth rounds prompting referee Celestino Ruiz  he had seen enough calling it over at 2:59 of round three. Post victory calling for tougher competition Conlan moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Chanez drops to 4-5, 2Ko’s.

 

In the semi-main event Thornton, Colorado’s, former WBO Light Welterweight Champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado returned from an 11-month hiatus to destroy Greensboro, North Carolina’s, Matthew “Mayhem” Strode.

 

Getting past personal and legal issues outside the ring the former state wrestling champion and late comer to boxing Alvarado started quickly flooring Strode in round one with a heavy two piece taking advantage of his superior skills and punching power backing “Mayhem” to the ropes for an unanswered volley of power shots forcing referee Dave Smith to wave it over at 2:43 of round two. Alvarado banking his third straight victory since being stopped by Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in three rounds January 2015 moves to 37-4, 25Ko’s while strode on a three-bout skid, stopped in his last two drops to 24-5, 9Ko’s.

 

In a battle of 22-year-old welterweights Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s, Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo continued his unbeaten ways scoring a one way eight round unanimous decision over Tucson, Arizona’s, Wilberth Lopez.

 

“El Cholo” in charge from the opening sound flooring Lopez with a big right in round one settled in to box his way to a convincing 77-74, 78-73 times two unanimous decision. Saucedo improves to 25-0, 15Ko’s while Lopez falls to 18-8, 13Ko’s.

 

Oxnard, California, based Lithuanian welterweight, Egidijus "Mean Machine" Kavaliauskas made it back to back 2017 KO wins stopping Durango, Mexico southpaw, Daniel “Tocado” Echeverria in six. Kavaliauskas improves to 17-0, 14Ko’s while the skidding Echeverria winless in his last four drops to 19-5, 17Ko’s.

By: Ian Webb

May 26th, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales: In the WBC Flyweight Semi-Final Eliminator, main event of a Blain McGuigan - Cyclone Promotions card Cardiff 2012 Olympian Andrew “Slinky” Selby broadcast LIVE on UK Channel 5, in his toughest test to date got up and regrouped from a first round knockdown to win a twelve round unanimous over Managua, Nicaragua’s Cristofer Rosales.

 

The clever Selby boxing well to start was backed to the ropes early in round one and sent to a knee by a Rosales, looping right. Selby taking a referee Victor Loughlin eight count would recover and finish the round and return to his slick boxing norm putting on an “slinky” exhibition gradually boxing his way back into the fight turning the tide for an educating 118-109, 117-110 times two unanimous decision. Selby securing himself the #1 position as the mandatory challenger to Tokyo, Japan’s WBC World Flyweight Champion Daigo Higa improves to 9-0, 5Ko’s while Rosales falls to 23-3, 15Ko’s.

In the co-main event, Blackpool, Lancashire, “Assassin” Matty Askin claimed the vacant BBBofC British Cruiserweight title scoring a dramatic sixth round knockout of Cardiff’s, Craig “The Kid” Kennedy. In what could be the upset of the night Askin stalked Kennedy for most of the night feinting big right hands behind a measuring jab finally cashing in with a perfectly timed right hand dropping “The Kid” to the canvas after which referee Robert Williams stopped his count waving the fight over at 2:13 of round six. Askin improves to 22-3-1, 14Ko’s while Kennedy suffering his first defeat slips to 16-1, 8Ko’s.

 

In other action:

Ebbw Vale, Wales 26-year-old, bantamweight Ashley Brace ran her unbeaten streak to seven winning a one sided 60-54 points win over Karlovac, Croatia’s 37-year-old, Nevenka Mikulic. Brace improves to 7-0, 3Ko’s while Mikulic 1-4 in her last five drops to 7-9-1, 5Ko’s.

 

Making his pro-debut Cardiff, Wales London 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist super welterweight, Fred Evans got off to a good start securing his first pro victory with a 60-54 points win over Belgian, Najim Fennane. Evans starts out 1-0 while the out classed Fennane falls to 1-2.

(May 22nd) Thompson Boxing Promotions will replay its entire show from May 19 that includes Erick Ituarte's (17-1-1, 2 KOs) dramatic, split decision win over the tough as nails Isaac Zarate (12-3-2, 2 KOs).

 

The replay is set for this Wednesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. PDT / 8:30 p.m. PDT on ThompsonBoxing.com and its YouTube channel - Thompson Boxing TV. Additionally, boxing fans may follow us on Twitter @ThompsonBoxing to access Wednesday's replay.  

 

Ituarte (76-75, 77-74) clinched the vacant Junior NABF Featherweight championship on Friday night by overcoming a third round knockdown to win the marquee fight in Thompson Boxing Promotions' 17 year anniversary show titled "New Blood."

 

"I opened up a little too much in the third round," said Ituarte, referencing the knockdown. "I was a little more patient the rest of the way. Zarate is a terrific competitor. He never backed down. It's a great win."

 

Zarate, who had one judge see the fight in his favor (76-75), struck pay dirt in the third when he landed a counter left hook that dropped Ituarte. After that, Ituarte settled down and became more precise in his punching.

 

In addition to the featherweight title, Ituarte takes home area bragging rights as he and Zarate hail from neighboring cities in Southern California.

The "New Blood" co-feature showcased a thoroughly entertaining, back-and-forth struggle between junior bantamweights and hometown rivals Ricardo Espinoza (10-2, 8 KOs) and Christian Nieto-Ayala (10-1, 4 KOs).

 

The action began in the first round with Espinoza connecting on what appeared to be a flash knockdown. Ayala quickly brushed it off and began firing shots of his won. Both Ayala and Espinoza landed shots from a variety of angles with minimal holding or clinching.

 

Ayala, understanding that he needed to undo the deficit from the first round, went forward on Espinoza for most of the fight. The tactic proved to work as Ayala escaped with a narrow split decision win (76-75, 77-74). One judge had it for Espinoza (76-75).

 

"This was a tough fight," said Ayala, who resides in Tijuana, Mex. "I knew going in that it was going to be a close one. Espinoza is a very talented fighter and I'm just happy that I was able to do enough to win."

 

Top featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (6-0, 4 KOs) continues to impress early in his professional career. Villa, a southpaw fighting out of Salinas, Calif., picked apart Anthony de Jesus Ruiz (2-3, 2 KOs) to win by fifth round technical knockout.

 

Villa, who was naturally bigger than Ruiz, unloaded a serious of damaging shots in the fifth round. By that point, Ruiz had already absorbed a great deal of punishment and his corner wisely put an end to the onslaught at the 2:43 mark.

 

"My jab was working well all night," said Villa, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. "I worked off backing him up with the jab and then that opened up a lot of angles for me to land power shots."

 

Exciting bantamweight prospect Mario Hernandez (2-0) routinely backed up May Garduño (0-1) to win by one-sided unanimous decision (40-36 x3). Hernandez displayed superior punching ability and appeared to grow stronger as the rounds progressed.

 

Garduño could not find an answer to Hernandez's aggressive style, and consequently got shut out in his professional debut.  

 

Junior welterweights Juan Garcia Mendez (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and Cesar Villarraga (9-3-1, 4 KOs) put on a show during their 6-round scrap that ended in a controversial split draw. One judge had Villarraga ahead by a wide margin (59-55), while the second observer scored it 58-56 for Mendez. The third judge had it even at 57-57.

 

Lightweight Brandon Trejo (1-0) of Napa, Calif. delivered a steady beating to Pablo Cupul (5-23, 3 KOs) of Lakeside, Calif. to win by unanimous decision, sweeping it 40-36 on the three scorecards.

 

Trejo looked confident from the outset, landing a stiff jab followed by strong power shots. It was Trejo's first professional outing after amassing an impressive amateur career that saw him net two National PAL titles in addition to being a two-time California Silver Gloves champion.

 

Thompson Boxing Promotions returns with another action-packed card on Friday, June 23 from the Doubletree Ontario.  A formal announcement will be coming soon. 

 

"New Blood" was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Everlast.

(May 21st) Unbeaten rising contender David Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs) of Phoenix, Ariz. knocked out exciting former title challenger Rogelio "Porky" Medina (37-8, 31 KOs) from San Luis Rio, Mexico in a super middleweight world title eliminator that headlined a special Saturday night edition of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes from Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.

 

The action-packed main event opened with several crowd-pleasing exchanges in the first pair of rounds. Round three offered more of the same as the rugged pair of pugilists went toe-to-toe giving and receiving each other's best.

 

In the fourth round, Benavidez caught Medina with a left uppercut and then followed with a flurry that backed Medina up, but amazingly Medina stayed upright. Medina fought back and engaged Benavidez, but Benavidez landed a sensational seven-punch combination to close out the round.

 

At the end of round six, Benavidez damaged Medina with an onslaught of offense that buckled Medina into the ropes with referee Jon Shorle ruling it a knockdown. Medina survived the round, but only to eat another bombardment of punches and get dropped for a second time at the end of the seventh round due to a right uppercut to his solar plexus.

 

Round eight brought a close as Benavidez landed one final eight-punch combo that dropped Medina for a third time and caused Shorle to stop the action at 1:01 into the eighth round.

 

Benavidez said, "This is just a glimpse of what I can do. I've never fought a fighter that pushed me to the full extent like this. Porky Medina is a tremendous fighter. It took everything for me to knock him out, but it was an amazing fight."

 

Benavidez continued, "My biggest advantage tonight was my jab. I didn't throw it as much as I would have liked, but just enough to set him up. I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym and coming back even stronger."

 

A disappointed Medina said, "I did my best tonight. The plan was to win, work him from beginning to end, but he moved a little bit more than I anticipated. (Benavidez) did his job and hit me with a few good shots. But I'm going to keep training for my shot at a title and hopefully it will come."

 

The win elevates Benavidez into the mandatory position to challenge for the vacant super middleweight world title that will go to the winner of the agreed to Anthony Dirrell vs. Callum Smith clash.

 

Benavidez concluded, "This makes me more humble and gives me more motivation to work harder. There has never been a super middleweight champion at 20-years old, but I'm going to be the first to do that."

Televised coverage kicked off with unbeaten featherweight contender Jorge Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico defeating Mario Briones (28-6-2, 22 KOs) from Aguascalientes, Mexico by third round knockout in their scheduled 10-round contest.

 

In the first round, Lara worked to establish an aggressive pace and punished Briones. The second round began with more of the same, Lara hitting Briones with punches in bunches. Briones was able to hold his ground initially, but a straight left with a little less than one minute remaining in the second frame sent Briones to the canvas. Lara then knocked Briones down for a second time with a wild right hand at the close of the round, but Briones quickly regained himself after time expired and was allowed to continue.

 

The third round opened with Lara mixing it up to the body before landing an overhand right that further dazed Briones. Lara, smelling blood in the water, swarmed Briones with a barrage of punches and forced referee Lee Rogers to stop the bout at :58 into the third.

 

Not resting on the win, Lara said, "I felt great to get back in the ring tonight. This was a fantastic win for me, but there are four champions out there in my division. I'm ready to fight whoever asks me out of those four belt holders."

 

 

The swing bout featured Austin Dulay (10-0, 7 KOs) of Hermitage, Tenn. winning a unanimous decision (59-52, 59-52, 59-52) in a six-round junior lightweight fight against Jose Esquivel (10-6, 2 KOs) from Laredo, Texas.

 

The final televised fight of the evening showcased Adam Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs) of Glendale, Calif. defeating Jordan White (4-1, 3 KOs) of Landover, Md. by unanimous decision (59-55,59-55, 60-54) in a six-round bantamweight bout.

By: Phil Kane

May 20th, Madison Square Garden New York, NY: Heading promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing return to “The Mecca of Boxing” Omaha, Nebraska, Terence “Bud” Crawford retained his WBC and WBO World Super Lightweight titles scoring a dominant tenth round TKO stoppage of Dominican Republic 2008 Gold Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz.

 

From the opening bell, the mobile Crawford controlled the battle of southpaws moving and using his jab, picking his spots opening the pressing Diaz for some hard counters creating a vision problem with his right eye.

 

In full control by the middle rounds, the champion working behind a persistent and accurate jab, landing with clean combinations shutting down most of Diaz inside work with timely grappling turned up the offense in the second half answering all Diaz had to offer with drilling body shots to the head and body backing up the challenger with a free for all volley of shots forcing Diaz's corner to put a stop to the building punishment at the close of round ten.

In the co-feature, a IBF Semi-Final Lightweight Elimination bout Phoenix, Arizona’s, former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner “Sugar” Ray Beltran added the vacant WBA International Lightweight title to his NABF and WBO NABO title collection with a devastating one punch second round knockout of North Bergen, New Jersey, based Peruvian, Jonathan “The Last Inca” Maicelo.

 

“Sugar” appearing to have early problems with the quicker punching Maicelo, cut over his left eye from the clash of heads remained poised subsequently saving the NYSAC the explanation of a possible four-point swing first round when referee David Fields declared the bigger heavier appearing Beltran down by a punch instead of the reckless clash of heads leaving Macielo cut on the top of his head only to compounded the error missing a last second first round knockdown of Maicielo at the close of round one.

 

Beltran openly stating he was fighting to maintain his elevated immigration status would not let the opportunity pass jumping still hurt Peruvian with a well-timed, perfectly placed lead left hook dropping “The Last Inca” cold bouncing his head heavily off the canvas forcing referee Fields to immediately wave the fight over at 1:25 of round two. Beltran improves to 33-7-1, 21Ko’s while Maicelo drops to 25-3, 12Ko’s.

In a special featherweight attraction, Newark, New Jersey, 19-year-old, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Shakur Stevenson scored a devastating first round knockout over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, out classed Carlos “Piji” Suarez.

 

The more accomplished Stevenson in charge from the start stalked Suarez from the opening bell putting “Piji” on the defense and in retreat with sharp, clean right handed jabs and southpaw combinations to the body and head dropping him face first with a short counter left forcing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to stop the bout at 2:35 of the first round. Stevenson improves to 2-0, 1Ko while Suarez falls to 6-4-2, 1Ko.

 

In other action:

Miaa, Russia, super welterweight, Konstantin “Talant” Ponomarev held onto his unblemished record scoring an eight round unanimous decision over Pembroke Pines, Florida, veteran, Ed “The Lion” Paredes.

 

The more skilled, crisper punching Ponomarev let his talent shine through out boxing the battle worn veteran to a 78-74 times three eight round unanimous decision.  Ponomarev improves to 32-0, 13Ko’s while Paredes falls to 38-7-1, 25Ko’s.

 

In an eight round super lightweight match-up LA based, southpaw Uzbek 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Fazliddin Gaibnazarov held target practice taking apart Lawrence, Massachusetts, over matched Agustine “Ruthless” Mauras for a decisive 80-72 times three unanimous decision win. Gaibnazarov holding an Olympic quarterfinal win over Gary Antuanne Russell improves to 2-0, 1Ko while Mauras winless in his last five outings levels out at 6-3-3, 3Ko’s.

           

In six round action:

Davie, Florida, 19-year-old, lightweight, Teofimo Lopez a representative of Honduras at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio continued his heavy-handed ways stopping Kenner, Louisiana’s, Ronald “Savage” Rivas with a pulverizing left hook forcing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to immediately call the fight at 2:21 of round two. Lopez remains flawless at 5-0, 5Ko’s while Rivas sinks to 5-6-2, 3Ko’s.

 

Hefei, China super welterweight, Tong Hui Li proved too tough and too skilled for Dona Ana, New Mexico’s, Daniel “Kaos” Calzada shutting out the more experienced “Kaos” 60-54 on all three judges scorecards. Banking his fourth straight win since dropping a six-round decision to Alimu Tuersun March 2016 Hui Li moves to 9-1, 5Ko’s while Calzada’s two bout victory run comes to an end at 14-17-3, 2Ko’s.                                

 

Omaha, Nebraska, power punching light heavyweight, Steven Nelson began his second KO streak derailing Sinaloa, Mexico’s, Gilberto “Locomotora” Rubio at 0:36 of round two. Nelson moves to 7-0, 6Ko’s while Rubio drops to 7-6, 5Ko’s.

 

In a four-round preliminary bout Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, super featherweight, Henry Lebron recorded his second straight Ko win stopping Las Cruces, New Mexico’s, Johnny Estrada in two, Lebron moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Estrada still in search of his first pro win falls to 0-2.

The “Tank” Davis” Blows Out Walsh in Three!

By: Ian Webb

May 20th, Copper Box Arena, London, UK: In the main event of Frank Warren’s, Queensberry Promotions “Show Me the Money” card Baltimore, Maryland’s, 22-year-old, Gervonta “Tank” Davis retained his IBF World Super Featherweight title scoring a third round stoppage of Cromer, Norfolk, UK’s Liam “Destiny” Walsh.

 

The contentious prefight hype would see a cautious start with both southpaws looking to counter. The feeling out and selective punching would continue in round two with Walsh futile stance switching attempt to jump start the action falling short leaving the heavier handed Davis in charge.

 

The fight would take big turn in round three when Davis fighting in his protégé Floyd Mayweather’s low left shoulder roll defense Davis met Walsh in the center of the ring and began his slow but persistent attack following his jab in with hard lefts to the body then priming the hometown challenger for his “destiny” went up top landing a series of hard lefts sending Walsh to the canvas for a referee Michael Alexander eight count. Beating the count but visibly still shaken challenger would then turn prey to the “Tank” who fired away until the referee Michael Alexander correctly stepped in and waved the fight over at 2:11 of round three. Davis advances to 18-0, 17Ko’s while Walsh suffering his first defeat dips to 21-1, 14Ko’s.

In the co-feature, carrying the pressure to set the tone for brother Liam twin brother, Ryan Walsh, took possession of the Lonsdale belt retaining his BBBofC British Featherweight title systematically taking apart Belfast, Ireland’s, Marco McCullough in eleven rounds.

 

The well-conditioned Walsh standing between rounds took control of the fight pressing the action and out worked and out landing McCullough scoring to the body and head until catching the game “Irishman” with a sharp right and two follow-up trips to the ropes for southpaw volley of power shots forcing referee Howard John Foster to step in with 1:05 to go in round eleven. Walsh improves to 22-2-1, 11Ko’s while McCullough slides to 17-4, 10Ko’s.    

 

Hackney, London’s, Anthony Yarde took possession of the BBBofC Southern Area Light Heavyweight title brutally breaking down Southampton, Hampshire, UK’s Chris Hobbs with a relentless body attack. Unable to keep the peek-a-boo defensed banger at bay the light-handed Hobbs would visit the canvas six times, the first time coming from a body shot near the close of round one, three times from body shots in round three and two more time in round four with the first resulting from a clean right to the head and the later a hook to the body finally convincing the corner they had seen enough throwing in the towel with ten seconds in round four. Yarde improves to 11-0, 10Ko’s while Hobbs drops to 6-2-1.  

 

In an entertaining battle of unbeaten super welterweights Southampton, Hampshire’s, 24 year old, Joe Pigford unleashed his crude but effective power punching attack trading right hands with Barking, London’s, more accurate and skilled Aarron “The Marksman” Morgan finally breaking through with a heavy right hand hurting Morgan driving him to the ropes for a barrage of power shots highlighted by a heavy right and driving left hook dropping “The Marksman” at the bottom of the ropes where the referee would immediately waved it over at 2.33 of round five. Pigford climbs to 13-0, 12Ko’s as Morgan suffering his first loss slips to 12-1, 8Ko’s.

 

In a light heavyweight match London, southpaw Lerrone “Sniper The Boss” Richards held class easily out scoring Westbury, Wiltshire’s, late replacement Anthony “The Matador” Fox, 60-54 after six. Richards improves to 7-0, 2Ko’swhile Fox falls to 1-6-2.  

           

In a six round lightweight match Welling, London, Archie “Sharpshooter” Sharp continued his unbeaten run tearing up and knocking down and disabling strategic grappler Hungarian, Tamas Laska with a penetrating body shot forcing the referee to immediately call it over in round three. Sharp advances to 8-0, 4Ko’s while Laska 3-2 in his last five drops to 19-15-1, 10Ko’s   

 

West Ham, London ambidextrous lightweight, “Lethal” Lucien Reid took the fight to Worcester, Worcestershire, “Mad Man” Michael Mooney banging away with both hands to the body and head landing draining hooks and uppercuts paving the way to a one way 60-54 points win. Reid climbs to 6-0, 4Ko’s while Mooney winless in his last eighteen sinks to 8-30, 3Ko’s

 

In a safe six round super lightweight affair Harrow Weald, London, “Baby Faced Assassin” Mitchell Smith banked his second straight win since dropping a ten-round decision loss to George Jupp December 2015 scoring a mundane 59-54 points win over Killamarsh, Derbyshire UK’s, “ready for the taking” Lee Connelly. Smith moves to 15-1, 8Ko’s while Connelly winless in his last four falls to 6-25-2.          

 

Chingford, London super featherweight, Boy Jones returned to the win column holding off the sixth and last round rally by Budapest, Hungary’s, rugged Norbert “Farina” Kalucza for a solid 60-55 points win. Jones moves to 12-1-1, 7Ko’s as Kalucza 1-3 in his last four falls to 14-10, 8Ko’s.

           

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 20-year-old super lightweight, Ben Smith ran his unbeaten streak to five scoring a lopsided 40-34 four round points win over Dewsbury, Yorkshire’s, 39-year-old opponent, Youssef Al Hamidi. Smith improves to 5-0 while the hapless Al Hamid sinks to 14-108-3, 1Ko.  

 

Greenwich, London, 19-year-old heavyweight sensation Daniel Dynamite” Dubois wasted no time measuring Sheffield, Yorkshire’s bigger, heavier more experienced David Howe for a pin point looping right hand dropping the 36-year-old Howe forcing referee Jeffrey Hinds to wave it over 40 seconds into round one. Dubious moves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Howe stopped in three of his last five drops to 13-6, 6Ko’s.

 

In a four round super lightweight slugfest Hornchurch, London, Sanjeev Sahota survived Manchester’s, Steven Backhouse early assault and turned the tide dropping and stopping the beaten Mancunian in round three. Sahota improves to 7-0, 3Ko’s while Backhouse stopped in his last three descends into the land of the opponents at 1-6-1, 1Ko.

(May 20th) From the MGM National Harbor "Mr." Gary Russell Jr.,

(28-1, 17 KOs) had a successful homecoming in front of a nearly sold out crowd as he defended his WBC Featherweight World title with a seventh-round stoppage against the very tough, strong-willed Columbian Oscar Escandon (25-3, 17 KOs) in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

 

Russell Jr. took control of the action from the outset, peppering the shorter Escandon at will and dropping him in the third.

 

However, the brave Escandon fought his way back into the fight in the fourth and fifth stanzas, but Russell stormed into the seventh, battering the hurt Escandon and dropping him early, causing referee Harvey Dock to stop the fight at the 0:59 mark of the round.

 

About the victory, Russell Jr. said, "First and foremost, I want to say happy birthday to my father. Secondly, I'd like to tell all the fans that came to support me: I love you all. Thank you.

 

"I fought a tough competitor. I knew Escandon wanted to come and bring his best. I knew he was going to come forward. I was ready for him. We are warriors.

"I want Lomachenko [next], that's a no-brainer. I don't want to do it for the fans or for the media, I want to do it for myself. And I want to do it twice. I'll knock him out the first time and then, he'll want me to fight him again.

 

"I'd love to unify against all the other guys in the featherweight division. I'd like Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby, Oscar Valdez."

 

About the knockout loss, "I was getting my rhythm going and I felt like Gary was getting tired. I didn't see him coming with the big punch he threw at the end and that was it. I went down and was hoping to get a 10 count, but the referee didn't give it to me and he stopped the fight.

 

"I knew that Gary was going to go fast from the first to the fifth round and it was part of my strategy to let him do that and get tired. It didn't work unfortunately.

"Now we need to go back to the drawing board to rest and see what my manager has planned for me."

 

Said trainer and father Gary Russell Sr., "I'm ecstatic. I'm really happy. I got three wins. Three stoppages. It's my birthday. I'm 15 minutes from home and I can go home and relax.

 

"We prepared fully for Mr. Escandon. We knew he was going to do what he did - come forward. I don't want to diminish or take anything away from Mr. Escandon. He really is a hard, rough fighter. Throughout the course of the fight, I instructed Gary to hit him with some good shots. Some hard shots. It is a brutal sport."

 

Co-featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in a 12-round clash for the IBF Interim Super Middleweight Title, Flint, Michigan's Andre Dirrell, (26-2, 16 KOs), was declared the winner after round eight as Jose Uzcategui, (26-2, 22 KOs) of Merida, Venezuela, was disqualified for a punch after the bell sounded to end the eighth round.

 

Uzcategui started fast, battering Dirrell from the opening round, cutting off the ring and slamming away with body and head shot through the first three rounds. Dirrell saw success starting in the fourth round, countering Uzcategui and scoring

well.

 

Over the next four rounds, the contenders traded even as the fight became more hotly contested. At the end of the eighth round, with Dirrell backed into a neutral corner, Uzcategui let loose with a three-punch combination, the last left hand hitting the southpaw after the bell as he fell to the combination.

 

Following a delay to allow medical personnel to attend to Dirrell, referee Bill Clancy declared that Uzcategui was disqualified with Dirrell being declared the winner.

 

Said referee Bill Clancy about his decision, "The bell rang to stop the round. The round was over and Andre [Dirrell] was knocked out with an illegal punch. So therefore, Dirrell will win this fight by disqualification.

 

"That's a blatant foul. Earlier in the fight, I had warned Uzcategui. I warned him. Dirrell wins the fight, he was clearly unable to continue."

 

About the ending, Dirrell said, "All I remember was him [Uzcategui] throwing a shot at me at the same time the bell rang. After that everything was blurry. I remember a shot and then all went fuzzy.

 

"I forgive Uzcategui. I forgive his camp. I don't want to win a championship like this. I wanted to win fair and square. But I forgive him.

 

Following the decision, Dirrell's trainer and uncle Leon Lawson punched Uzcategui in the corner, sparking a brief altercation in the ring that was quelled by MGM National Harbor security and local police.

 

"I'm sorry for what my coach has done. My coach is my family, my uncle, and he was worried. He cares for me. He loves me. Please forgive him.

 

"I'm going to stand up like a man. I didn't win like I wanted to, but I'll be back. I'm going to come back as soon as they let me."

 

Stated a very disappointed Uzcategui, "I felt very good. I was hurting him the entire fight. I felt like I could hurt him anytime I wanted. Nothing he hit me with hurt me.

 

"I was throwing a three-punch combination and I didn't hear the bell. I didn't mean to hit him. The third punch wasn't that hard of a punch. I was surprised he stayed down. 

 

"He did the same thing against Abraham that he did against me tonight. He quit against me and he quit against him. I deserve to be the winner."

 

The live televised fights in The Theater kicked-off with two-division world champion Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOs) winning a 12-round unanimous decision over valiant Kiryl Relikh, (25-3, 16 KOs), of Baranovichi, Byelorussia. Scores in the WBA Super Lightweight eliminator were 116-110, 115-111 and 117-109.

 

The opening two rounds of the fight featured excellent action with both fighters attempting to impose their will.  In the third round Relikh suffered a low blow resulting in a two-minute delay, however, no point deduction was made by referee Kenny Chevalier. Following the low blow, the shorter Relikh became much more aggressive.

 

With the undefeated, blue-haired Barthelemy switching stances often in the fourth stanza, he was able to score at will against Relikh.

 

However, Relikh came out charging in the fifth, battering away against Barthelemy who was caught against the ropes and scoring a knockdown when the ropes held the Cuban up from a barrage of hard punches.

 

Recovering nicely in the sixth and seventh, Barthelemy badly hurt Relikh with a multitude of body shots from both hands.

 

In the eight round Barthelemy truly turned the tide for good in the ninth, drilling Relikh to the canvas with a blistering left hook to the body. Through the championship rounds it was all Barthelemy who finished strong against the game but outgunned Relikh.

 

Said the victorious Barthelemy, "It feels great to be going forward. The 11-month layoff really took a toll on my body and I felt it in the ring.

 

"I knew it was a close fight but knew I should get a unanimous decision.

 

"Relikh was a hard hitter. He surprised me with a right hook in the 5th round and I hit the canvas, so I knew I had to be careful going forward. I knew I had lost that round and had to come back stronger.

 

"I took the sixth round to take a breather and then I came back to work the body. Once I knocked him down, I saw that he was hurt and protecting himself upstairs a lot more so I knew I was going to have to be more strategic to come out victorious."

 

Replied a very disappointed Relikh, "Of course I thought I won. Even TV thought I won. The referee did his job when he called it a knockdown in the fifth. I thought it was over."

 

"The two low blows definitely affected me. It takes the wind out of you. This is boxing not MMA."

 

Hot super bantamweight prospect Gary Antonio Russell improved to 8-0 with six knockouts with a dominating performance and knockout stoppage of Puerto Rico's Jovany Fuentes, (7-9, 6 KOs). Following knockdowns in the second and third stanzas, the bout was called to a halt at 0:22 of round three.

 

Making his pro debut, super lightweight Gary Antuanne Russell, (1-0 1 KO) wasted no time dropping Joshua Ross, (2-4-4) of Monroe, LA to the canvas three times enroute to a stoppage victory at the 2:25 mark of the initial stanza.

By: Akio Hino

May 20th, Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan: France based Cameroon former WBO Middleweight Champion Hassan N’Dam claimed the vacant WBA Middleweight title winning a tightly contested twelve round split decision over Tokyo’s previously unbeaten 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryota Murata.

 

The match of conflicting styles opened N’Dam circling with his jumping in and out scoring well dodging the Murata’s bad intentioned counter shots.

 

Murata, doing more cutting off than following going into the middle rounds cornered N’Dam catching the former champion with a well-timed counter right sending him head first to the canvas for a referee Luis Pabon eight count.

 

The very durable N’Dam would beat the count but appeared to lose a step allowing the heavier punching Murata more opportunity in the closely contested fight answering N’Dam’s work rate with solid counter shots rocking him several times for what looked like to be a close decision win only to be surprised when the judges scores were announced 117-110 Murata and 116-111, 115-112 both for N’Dam making him the new WBA World Middleweight Champion. The 33-year-old N’Dam improves to 36-2, 21Ko’s while Murata suffering his first defeat slips to 12-1, 9Ko’s.

 

In other action:

Tokyo’s Daigo Higa laid claim to the vacant WBC Flyweight title stopping Mexico City, Mexico’s Juan Hernandez Navarrete at 2:28 of round six. Higa remains perfect at 13-0, 13Ko’s while Navarrete unbeaten in his previous sixteen dips to 34-3, 25Ko’s.

 

Uji, Kyoto, Japan’s, Ken Shiro claimed the WBC Light Flyweight title scoring a slim closely contested 114-114, 115-113 times two majority decision over Mexico City, Mexico southpaw, Ganigan Lopez. Shiro improves to 10-0, 5Ko’s while Lopez two bout tile reign ends at 28-7, 16Ko’s.

 

Update:

Hours after the bout WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza saying he agreed with Judge Raul Caiz Jr. score of 117-110 for Murata without any mention of a rematch has issued a statement of apology to the previously unbeaten Murata.

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