Robert Helenius Stops Adam Kownacki In His Back Yard!
By: Coach K
March 7th, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In a WBA title eliminator main attraction of a TGB Promotions, Premiere Boxing Champions Fight Night on Fox event Mariehamn, Finland, “Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius stopped previously unbeaten hometown favorite “Baby Face” Adam Kownacki in four rounds.
Evolving into a pier one brawl began almost immediately saw Helenius surrender the center of the ring almost inviting the perpetual motion “Baby Face.”
Kownacki backed to the ropes early in round two with the taller longer “Nordic Nightmare receiving the brunt of the action showing minor signs of success in rounds two and three when opening the distance to punch began to land on the swiss cheese defended Brooklynite.
In round four Helenius behind on all three judges’ scorecards fighting out of the corner inspired by a clean 1-2-3 sending Kownacki to the canvas mistakenly ruled a slip by referee David Fields the fighting Finn turned it up battering Kownacki to the canvas again allowed to continue followed up with a series of hard 1-2’s hands forcing referee to step in and call the bout at 1:08 of round four.
The 36-year-old Helenius improves to 30-3, 19Ko’s while Kownacki suffering his first loss dips to 20-1, 15Ko’s.
Carroll Overwhelms Quigg In Eleven Rounds!
By: Ian Webb
March 7th, Manchester Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom: In the main event of a Eddie Hearn - Matchroom Boxing event streamed live on DAZN Dublin, Ireland, “Celtic Warrior” Jono “King Kong” Carroll stopped his eleven-round manhandling of Bury, Lancashire, UK’s, Scott Quigg in round eleven.
Carroll a southpaw, in charge from the opening sound steerwed the one-sided affair with quick precision punching, out maneuvering and out working Quigg landing with an increasingly growing application of quick combinations and well-timed counters outclassing the former WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Quigg in all aspects of the bout forcing Quigg’s corner to throw in the towel forcing referee John Latham to call a stop to the one sided affair at 2:14 of round eleven. The 27year old, Carroll improves to 18-1-1, 4Ko’s while Quigg dropping two of his last three falls to 35-3-2, 26Ko’s.
In the well matched ten round co-feature Woodville, Derbyshire, UK’s, Zach Parker claimed the WBO Intercontinental Super Middleweight title stopping Queensland, Australia’s, once beaten Rohan Murdock in eleven rounds.
The even pairing saw the cagey switch-hitting Parker land from both sides taking the fight inside in rounds three and four seeing the fleet afoot Murdock gets his work done drawing parker in changing angles creating openings for his accurate right hand.
Parker more selective with his shots would step up the pressure in the second half coming forward landing clean well-timed shots staying defensively sound continuing to beat his Aussie foe to the punch turning it more to a brawl in round ten wearing Murdock down for an eleventh round heavy hook dropping the WBO champ to the canvas exhorting referee Phil Edwards to promptly wave it over at 2:58 of round eleven. Parker climbs to 19-0, 13Ko’s while Murdock unbeaten since his third pro bout slips to 24-2, 17Ko’s.
Manchester, UK, heavyweight, Hughie Fury, the 25-year-old, cousin of lineal heavyweight Tyson Fury bounced back from his August twelve round unanimous decision loss to Alexander Povetkin scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Plzen, Czech Republic’s, Pavel “Pablo” Sour.
Fury off to a cautious start opened up in the second-round flooring Sour with a clean right hand, repeating the act again in the third drawing a towel from the Czech corner prompting referee Steve Gray to wave it done at 0:24 of round four. Fury back on track moves to 24-3, 14Ko’s as Sour suffering back to back losses drops to 11-3, 6Ko’s.
Liverpool, UK, 2016 Olympian, super welterweight, Anthony Fowler fighting for the first time under trainer Shane McGuigan retained his World Boxing Association International Super Welterweight Title dropping Accra, Ghana’s, slipping and sliding Theophilus Tetteh four times in round one prodding referee Bob Williams to call the at the close of round one. Fowler with his eyes on a rematch with Scott Fitzgerald improves to 12-1, 9Ko’s while Tetteh in need of skating lessons skids to 19-7-3, 12Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round middleweight match Little Lever, Bolton, UK’s, Jack 'Little Lever's Meat Cleaver' Cullen righted the ship dropping Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Tomas “La Cobra” Reynoso with a heavy body shot forcing referee John Latham to put a halt to the bout at 2:31 of round two. Cullen coming off a November eight round TKO loss to Felix Cash improves to 18-2, 9Ko’s while Reynoso 1-4 in his last five bouts falls to 13-6-1, 3Ko’s.
In an eight-round super lightweight matter Kirkby, Merseyside, UK’s, Robbie Davies Jr. returned to the win column with an authoritarian 80-72 Phil Edwards referee scored points win over Madrid, Spain based Argentine, Damian “El Chino” Yapur. Davies back in the green off an October twelve round unanimous decision loss to Lewis Ritson moves to 20-2, 13Ko’s while the light handed Tapu sinking below five hundred secures his opponent status at 16-17-3.
Staten Island, New York, 21-year-old, welterweight Reshat Mati used a patient set of jabs and right hands sprinkling in a compliment of body shots dropping and stopping Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania’s, Abdallah Luanja with a drilling left hook to the body forcing referee Steve Gray to call I the scheduled six rounder at 2:58 seconds of round two. With his third straight KO win Mati improves to 7-0, 5Ko’s while the overmatched Luanja two KO wins, two KO losses in his last four falls to 13-8-2, 9Ko’s
Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK, super lightweight, Dalton “Thunder” Smith ran his KO streak to three putting 22-year-old, Tanzania, southpaw, Benson Nyilawila on the canvas twice in round, once in round three and again opening round four forcing referee Steve Gray to finally call it done. Smith moves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Nyilawila on a major skid being stopped twice in four straight losses falls to 10-3, 6Ko’s.
Four Round Preliminaries
Liverpool, Merseyside, southpaw, super flyweight Blane Hyland stayed unbeaten scoring a referee scored 40-36 points win over Gerona, Cataluña, Spain based Nicaraguan, Joel Sanchez. The experience earning / record padding win moves Hyland to 3-0 while Sanchez winless in his last eleven crashes to 4-11-1, 2Ko’s.
Oldham, Lancashire, UK, 20-year-old, lightweight, Aqib Fiaz pounded Telford, Shropshire, 30-year-old, pigeon, Dean Jones for a full twelve minutes settling for a referee scored 40-36 points win. Fiaz climbs to 5-0 while Jones hiding his sole victory sinks to full paid opponent status at 1-27.
Stretford, Lancashire, UK, 22-year-old, 6’3” super middleweight Bradley Rea scored an impressive one-sided referee Steve Gray 40-36 points win over Slovakia’s, 33-year-old, Pavol Garaj. Rea moves to 9-0, 2Ko’s while Garaj winless in his last six bouts falls to 6-19-3, 2Ko’s.
Keighley, Yorkshire, UK, 21-year-old, super featherweight Ibrahim “Ibby” Nadim earned his second pro win with a referee scored 39-37 points win over Bucharest, Romania’s, 28-year-old, token, Stefan Nicolae. Nadim moves to 2-0 while Nicolae winless in his last eight appearances falls to 3-23-1, 1Ko.
Garcia Victorious for First Welterweight Win,
“Chocolatito” Stops Yafai for Fifth World Title!
By: David Colon
February 29th, The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas: Heading a Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing event LIVE on DAZN Moreno Valley, California, former WBO Featherweight / Super and WBC/IBF Lightweight Champion, Mikey Garcia claimed the vacant World Boxing Council Diamond Welter Title with a second half rally twelve round points win over Las Vegas, Nevada, former WBA Light Welterweight and WBO Welterweight Champion, Jessie “The Pride of Las Vegas” Vargas.
In the take a step back 147lb bout Garcia coming off a slanted twelve round unanimous decision loss to Errol Spence Jr. a year ago began slowly against the taller, longer jabbing Vargas.
Appearing more comfortable with the spacing in the third Garcia landing clean right hand and left hook began to show signs of his stronger heavier punch.
After a fourth round with both participants displaying their willingness to trade, Garcia a began to put his punches together dropping Vargas with a big right hand in round five. Carrying the momentum into the middle rounds Garcia having Vargas on the edge was unable to close the deal with the sturdy former champion battling on.
Whether by design or in a refueling mode of his own Garcia backing off gave Vargas a much-needed respite in the eighth and ninth rounds opened back up behind his jab in round ten and eleventh rounds reintroducing his straight right hand.
Garcia with more left in the tank closed well rocking Vargas with a tight hook only to see the former 147lb champ dig deep for closing little too late right hand to close the bout announced 114-113, 116-111 times two for Garcia. Garcia stuck between weight classes improves to 40-1, 30Ko’s while Vargas slips to 29-3-2, 11Ko’s.
In the co-feature Managua, Nicaragua, former WBA Minimumweight, WBA Light Flyweight, WBC Flyweight and WBC Super Flyweight Champion, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez to hold of the World Boxing Association World Super Flyweight Title with a brutal ninth round TKO of Birmingham, West Midlands, UK’s, previously unbeaten Khalid Yafai.
In his third bout back off back to back 2017 losses to Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, “Chocolatito” taking the first frame to monitor the 2008 Olympian, Yafai’s jab Gonzalez turning aggressor, picked up the pace taking the fight in close putting his combinations together wearing down the champion with big right hands and clean counters flooring Yafai in round eight with a solid right.
Sensing the end Gonzalez opened the next frame with closure in mind, stepped straight to Yafai ripping shots decking the champion with a brutal right on the button forcing referee Luis Pabon to wave it over at 0:29 of round nine. With his third straight stoppage victory Gonzalez is back at 49-2, 41Ko’s while Yafai suffering his first defeat dips to 26-1, 15Kos.
Leading the undercard: Mexico City, Mexico, Julio “El Rey” Martinez retained his World Boxing Council World Flyweight Title with a tougher than scored twelve round unanimous decision win over Swansea, Wales, previously unbeaten Jay Harris.
Martinez starting hot and heavy in round one taking the fight to Harris who determined to battle on would find his spot and box grabbing his moments with exciting exchanges only to see Martinez close each round hard leaving Harris with the very familiar, too little to late last round leather exchange and a Martinez closer than scored 115-112, 116-111, 118–109 title retaining twelve round unanimous decision win. Martinez unbeaten since his later avenged pro-debut split decision loss moves to 16-1, 12Ko’s while Harris dropping his first pro bid sits at 17-1, 9Ko’s.
In a heavyweight special attraction Las Vegas, Nevada, based Kiwi former WBO Heavyweight Champion, Joseph Parker scored a stay in the heavyweight title chase fifth round TKO stoppage of Harvey, Illinois, 39-year-old, Shawndell Terell Winters.
Starting in a measured fashion Parker using a straight jab set the pace and the distance turning up the energy sitting down on his shots flooring the over matched Winters with a clean right to close round three.
Looking to close the show in the fourth and rewarded with a cut over his right eye for his efforts Parker would return to the jab that was working earlier hiding a big right hurting Winters and immediately following with heavy combination sending Winters to the canvas forcing referee Rosario Solis to step in and wave it done at 2:40 of round five. Parker improves to 27-2, 21Ko’s while Winters 2-2 in his last four drops to falls to 13-3, 12Ko’s
Indio, California, based 25-year-old, 2016 Olympian, Uzbek, Israil “The Dream” Madrimov continues to march up the super welterweight rankings with a sixth round TKO stoppage of Maturin, Venezuela, 40-year-old, Charlie Navarro.
The younger, stronger, faster more talented Madrimov in charge from the opening sound pummeled Navarro for most of the first five rounds before putting him on a knee with s drilling body shot closing the show with an immediate follow up barrage of shots returning the 40 year old to the canvas forcing referee Rafael Ramos to stop the fight at 2:24 of round six. Madrimov remains perfect at 5-0, 5ko’s while ending Navarro’s four bout victory run at 29-10, 22Ko’s.
San Antonio, Texas, southpaw, flyweight, Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez put behind a slow start piling up points with fast, sharp combinations out classing Oceanside, California’s, Marco “El Lobito” Sustaita through most of eight rounds forcing referee Lawrence Cole to stop the punishment at 1:10 of round eight. Rodriguez improves to 11-0, 7Ko’s while Sustaita stopped in back to back fights drops to 12-3-1, 10Ko’s.
In a tougher fight than expected 18-year-old, LA, super middleweight, Diego Pacheco remained unbeaten unnecessarily trading shots with Monterrey, Mexico, 36-year-old, Oscar Riojas to a 60-54 times three unanimous decision. Pachecho ready to start another KO streak moves to 9-0, 7Ko’s while Riojas drops to 21-13-1, 10Ko’s.
Las Vegas, Nevada, 20-year-old, middleweight, Alexis Espino extended his unbeaten streak out classing Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s, Delvecchio Savage over six with an impressive one way 60-54, 59-55 times two unanimous decision win. Espino moves to 6-0, 4Ko’s while Savage winless in his last four falls to 3-6-1, 3Ko’s.
San Bernardino, California, 20-year-old, super welterweight, Leo Ruiz Acevedo retained his zero with a one way abbreviated third round breakdown of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Dennis “Pawnee Express” Knifechief. Acevedo moves to 7-0,5Ko’s while Knifechief winless in his last four falls to 12-12-1, 7Ko’s.
Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin Retains NABF Title,
Takam, Toussaint, Vargas All Winners at Rockin Fights 38!
By: Coach K
February 28th, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: In the main event of another exciting Star Boxing “Rockin Fights” card Shirley, Long Island’s, Cletus “Hebrew Hammer” Seldin retained his NABA Super Light Title with a hard fought seventh round TKO stoppage of Puerto Libertador, Colombia, veteran, Luis Eduardo Florez.
Seldin coming in off a eleven round breakdown of former six time world champion Zab “Super” Judah in June was met by an experienced, cagey foe in Florez who at times appeared to be intentionally giving into Seldin’s patented pressure attack. Florez settling for heavy jabs intermingled with hard, heavy counters kept the uncompromising “Hebrew Hammer” temporarily in check with a Columbian version of “Big” George Foreman’s “rope a dope” only to lead Seldin to progressively building to a whirlwind pace beginning to overwhelm the seasoned vet in round six leaving the rugged Columbian severely cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads.
Sensing Florez beginning to wilt, Seldin unleashed the “Hebrew Hammer” going to work in round seven a bit more sense of urgency, picking his shots breaking through with heavy punches deflating the late minute replacement in his own corner with a drilling body shot forcing referee LoBianco to step in and stop the punishment at 1:11 of round seven.
Seldin’s only blemish a 2017, ten round unanimous decision defeat to Yves Ulysse Jr. moves to 25-1, 21Ko’s while the 40 fight veteran Florez holding a March 2015 first round KO of then 21-0 current World Boxing Council World Super Featherweight Title holder Miguel Berchelt having battled the likes of Miguel Cruz, Lanardo Tyner, Anthony Peterson, unbeatens Darwin Price, Brian Ceballo, Ryan Martin, Logan Yoon, Danielito Zorrilla, Sammy Valentin, Sharif Bogere, Jamel Herring, Regis Prograis and most recently Janelson Bocachica drops to25-16, 21Ko’s.
In the semi-main event a pairing of 39-year-old heavyweight contenders Henderson, Nevada, based Cameroon 2004 Olympian, Carlos Takam returned to the thick of heavyweight contention with a ten-round drudging of Sao Paulo, Brazil former UFC fighter, Fabio “Caipira de Aco” Maldonado.
Takam following the loud orders of his corner to “get the bread basket” did exactly that banging away with a bilateral body attack opening the door for big right hands, left hooks and uppercuts to the head mixing in quick combinations off a too little used jab, limiting the defense minded “Steel Hillbilly” to patchy return volleys and a Takam heavybag testing styled 100-90, 100-89 times two unanimous decision win. Takam three victories off back to back 2017-18 TKO losses to Dereck Chisora and Anthony Joshua moves to 38-5-1, 28Ko’s while the very durable Maldonado winless in his last four falls to 26-4, 25Ko’s.
In a pure demonstration of pugilistic excellence, Huntington super welterweight Wendy “Haitian Fire” Toussaint put on a full display of ring generalship scoring a second round TKO stoppage of Yonkers, New York’s, Jermaine “Real Steel” Corley.
The unflappable Toussaint paying no attention to any of Corley’s distraction antics immediately established full control of the center of the ring putting Corley in retreat. Patiently cutting off the ring and picking his spots with an accurate jab and right hands to the body the cool technician Toussaint backed “Real Steel” to the ropes giving the Paramount loyalist a flash of “Haitian Fire” tagging Corley with a quick combination to the head dropping him to a knee forcing referee Al LoBianco to wave the fight over at 1:52 of round two. Toussaint improves to 11-0, 5Ko’s while Corley winless in his last four outings drops to 3-9, 1Ko.
Bellport, New York, rising welterweight, Alex “El Toro” Vargas, quickly becoming a Paramount favorite recorded his sixth straight pro victory in as many Paramount appearances scoring a well-rounded six round unanimous decision over Toa Alta, Puerto Rico’s, battle tested Antonio Sanchez.
The cool, calm fully collected, Vargas working behind an accurate jab took the attack straight to Sanchez adding in heavy lead straight left hands quickly gaining the veteran’s respect. “El Toro” assuming the role of matador began to open up Sanchez for quick clean combinations ripping shots to the body and head then using his superior foot work rapidly change angles to a defensively sound position or many times to a new avenue for a return assault.
By round three, the college educated Vargas, a full fledge student of the game remained the aggressor out working and out landing the crafty Sanchez only becoming more precise with his shots in round five giving us a glimpse into his growing arsenal.
Answering the bell for the sixth and final round and a frustrated Sanchez last round onslaught “El Toro” discarded the choice of a safe coast to victory answering the Puerto Rican warriors go for broke final push with a crowd pleasing stand and fight approach highlighted by heavy counters backing Sanchez to the corner for a furious crowd pleasing exchange leaving “Vargas” the winner of a six round, 59-55, 60-54 times two unanimous decision win. The always exciting Vargas climbs to 6-0, 1Ko while Sanchez having battled 14-0, 12Ko’s LA based Ukrainian southpaw, Ivan “The Terrible” Redkach to a second round no decision, dropping a split decision to reigning World Boxing Organization World Super Featherweight Champion Jamel Herring and a hard fought points loss to then unbeaten John Karl Sosa in 2014, fighting 8 unbeatens and 9 once beaten’s for a total opposition number of 105-28 carrying a very deceiving record falls to 6-9-3, 3Ko’s.
In a pairing of pro-debuting, southpaw, super lightweights, Brentwood, New York, 27-year-old, Prince Slaughter scored an impressive second round TKO stoppage of Brooklyn, New York based Turk, Ahmet “The Wolf” Tuncel.
Slaughter, playing possum repeatedly moving in, out and away morphed from prey to hunter turning Tuncel’s aggressive hostility back on “The Wolf” landing clean counter shots shocking him with a drilling straight left forcing the referee to wave it over at 2:37 of round two.
Brooklyn, New York, Local 3 electrician, Barkim Logan made his heavyweight pro-debut in fine fashion scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Boston, based Brazilian, Jackson De Souza.
The stronger, more aggressive Logan initiating the action scored early and often landing with clean jabs and solid 1-2’s forcing De Souza into repeated sets of grappling. Logan would settle in banging through, around under and over De Souza’s grabbing scoring with simple combinations forcing his Bostonian to the corner where he was left seated on the canvas by an electrified series of shots highlighted by a big body shot forcing the bout to be called at 2:59 of round three. Logan starts out 1-0, 1Ko while De Souza still winless, stopped in both outings sinks to 0-2.
Bronx, New York based Nigerian, Afunwa King stayed focused tracking down Los Angeles, California, based Lebanese light heavyweight, Nadim Salloum for most of the twelve minutes allotted landing the cleaner, sharper punches to grab a wider than scored 38-38, 38-37 times two four round decision win. King moves to 2-1, 1Ko while Salloum levels out at 1-1, 1Ko.
Plant Retains Title With Dominating
Tenth Round Stoppage of Feigenbutz!
By: Coach K
February 15th, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee: In the main event of a Premiere Boxing Champions “Fight Night” on Fox” card Nashville, Tennessee, Caleb “Sweethands” Plant made the second defense of his International Boxing Federation World Super Middleweight Title with a tenth-round technical knockout of Baden-Württemberg, Germany’s, Vincent Feigenbutz.
Plant opened quickly but cautiously working his jab incrementally building his offense adding clean hooks and big right hands going to the body in the middle rounds progressively breaking down Feigenbutz with an overwhelming work rate slowing to a more methodical pace picking his shots punishing his durable German mandatory challenger breaking through with sharp combinations in round ten landing through and around Feigenbutz mostly defensive posture forcing referee Malik Waleed to step in and wave it over at 2:23 of round ten. With his sights now set on a unification fight with World Boxing Council World Super Middleweight Champion David “Red Flag” Benavidez, Plant improves to 20-0, 12Ko’s while Feigenbutz unbeaten in his previous ten bouts drops to 31-3, 28Ko’s.
In the ten round welterweight co-feature, Casa Grande, Arizona’s, Abel Ramos scored a surprise rally from behind last round stoppage of Fort Myers, Florida, Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella.
Following an overly cautious feeling out opening round the action saw Perrella begin moving and boxing from his southpaw stance with the heavier handed Ramos appearing content searching for a big counter.
The pace would accelerate but the both fighters’ strategy remained the same with the Florida based “Goodfella” moving and boxing opening himself what appeared to be a comfortable a lead.
Heading into the final third of the fight Ramos keeping up the pressure, sitting down on his shots began to chip away at the spacing using every second of his late urgent search and destroy mission backed Perrella to the ropes in the tenth and final round catching and sending him to the canvas for a referee Jack Reiss eight count with a drilling right uppercut. Perrella allowed to continue, Ramos immediately return to the attack pressing the fading Floridian to the ropes for a long straight right returning him to the canvas this time prompting referee Reiss to wave the fight over with one second remaining at 2:59 of the final round ten. The scorecards had Perrella ahead 87-84, 88-83, 88-83 at the time of the stoppage. Ramos with back to back TKO wins, now unbeaten in his last eight bouts improves to 26-3-2, 20Ko’s as the up and down Perrella 2-2 in his last four falls to 17-3, 14Ko’s.
In a battle of southpaw lightweights Las Vegas, Nevada’s, Diego Magdaleno, the 33-year older brother of Marco Magdaleno and former WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Jesse Magdaleno scored a ten round unanimous decision over Nashville, own Austin “The Dream” Dulay.
Following an extended feeling out process the two-time title challenger picked up the pressure in the middle rounds targeting Dulay to the body, flooring the hometown prospect with a driving body shot in round seven paving the way to a convincing 97-91, 96-92 times two unanimous decision win.
Back in the win column Magdaleno moves to 32-3, 13Ko’s while Dulay suffering just his second defeat slips to 13-2, 10Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super welterweight match, Flint, Michigan’s, “Lethal” Leon Lawson III proved to be too experienced and too heavy a puncher dropping El Paso, Texas, over matched Francisco “El Zorro” Castro with a heavy combination just seconds into the bout following up with a follow up barrage decking “El Zorro” for the second time ending the bout at 0:36 of round one. Lawson III moves to 13-0, 6Ko’s while Castro winless in his last five dives to 28-13, 23Ko’s.
In a pairing of southpaw, welterweights Aguascalientes, Mexico, 21-year-old, Jose Miguel Borrego out box, out class, then pound out Sao Paulo, Brazil’s, 32-year-old, Joaquim Carneiro with an unanswered volley of punches at 1:114 of round three. Borrego on a three-bout win streak moves to 17-2, 15Ko’s while Carneiro stopped in three of his last four drops to 26-13, 23Ko’s.
In ten round bantamweight action Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004, 2008 and 2012 US Olympian and former WBA Bantamweight Champion, Rau'shee Warren ended just over a year’s hiatus with a one sided ten round unanimous decision over Modesto, California’s, Gilberto Mendoza.
In complete control from the opening round the more skilled, sharper looking Warren controlled the action taking the fight to Mendoza who cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round four found himself on the receiving end of most of Warren’s offensive efforts easily carrying him to a lopsided 100-90, 99-91 times two unanimous decision win. Warren coming in off a January 19th, 2019, twelve round unanimous decision vacant World Boxing Council World Bantam Title fight to Nordine Oubaali improves to 17-3, 4Ko’s while Mendoza’s five bout unbeaten streak closes at 15-8-3, 7Ko’s.
In a four round preliminary, Ashland City, Tennessee, 20-year-old, lightweight, Tyler “Short Fuse” Tomlin banged his way to a lopsided 40-36, 39-37 times two unanimous decision over Sedalia, Missouri’s, 32-year-old, Jose Zaragoza. Tomlin improves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Zaragoza drops to 2-2-1.
Garcia Takes Out Fonseca In One!
By: David Colon
February 14th, Honda Center, Anaheim, California: Leading an Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotion streamed on DAZN, Los Angeles, Ryan “Kingry” Garcia retained his World Boxing Council Silver Lightweight Title blasting out Managua, Nicaragua, Francisco Fonseca in round one.
The 21-year-old, “Kingry” without breaking a sweat used a combination of a crisp jabs, freezing feints and lead rights to set up a strategically placed counter left hook dropping Fonseca flat on his back slamming his head forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to immediately wave the bout over at 1:20 of round one. Opening possible attractive matches against Devin “The Dream” Haney and WBA Champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis, Garcia improves to 20-0, 17Ko’s while Fonseca drops to 25-3-2, 19Ko’s.
In the lightweight co-feature Tokyo, Japan based Venezuelan, former WBC Featherweight, WBA Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight and WBA Lightweight Champion, Jorge “El Nino de Oro Golden Boy” Linares scored a fourth-round knockout of Highland Park, California’s, Carlos “The Solution” Morales.
Linares cut near the left eye by an accidental clash of heads in round one remained focused trading jabs zeroing his right-hand flooring Morales with a short one in round three.
Carrying in his set up jab into round four Linares found the “solution” decking Morales with a jab a heavy right drawing a referee Thomas Taylor full count at 2:09 of round four. Linares climbs to 47-5, 29Ko’s while Morales 2-3-1 in his last five falls to 19-5-4, 8Ko’s.
In a special welterweight match-up Irvine, California, prospect Alexis “Lex” Rocha remained unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision win over Douglasville, Georgia’s, 36-year-old, Brad “King” Solomon.
Rocha, the 22-year-old brother of NABF and WBA Gold Super Bantamweight Champion Ronny Rios, a southpaw, started quickly mixing his shots up and down hit some steady resistance in the middle rounds with Solomon landing the lefty / righty prescribed lead rights.
Rocha continuing with his steady pressure continued to control the space in the ring and on the scorecards breaking through flooring Solomon with a body assault in the tenth and final round securing a 100-89, 99-90, 97-92 unanimous decision win. Rocha improves to 16-0, 10Ko’s while the 36-year-old Solomon dropping back to back fights falls to 28-3, 9Ko’s.
Las Vegas, Nevada, southpaw, welterweight, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs stayed unbeaten with a tougher than expected ten round split decision win over Baltimore, Maryland based Ghanaian, “Unbelievable” Samuel Kotey Neequaye.
Cobbs moved and boxed the straight ahead Neequaye easily out pointing his Ghanaian foe losing a point for continuing to stray low in round nine moved on to a “unbelievable” 95-94 Neequaye, 96-93 times two Cobbs split decision win. Cobbs moves to 14-0-1, 9Ko’s while the on again, off again Neequaye 3-3 in his last six drops to 23-3, 16Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round super middleweight affair Indio, California, 23-year-old Uzbekistan, southpaw, “Bully”, Bektemir Melikuziev returned to his KO ways blasting out Jalisco, Mexico, Marco Antonio Periban replacement Oscar “Raton” Cortes in one round. The sharper, much heavier handed Melikuziev bullied Cortes taking the fight straight to the late replacement flooring Cortes twice in round one forcing referee Edward Hernandez Sr. to wave it over without a count at 2:05 of round one. Melikuziev advances to 5-0, 4ko’s while Cortes winless in his last three falls to 27-6, 14Ko’s.
In a six round welterweight bout Parlier, California’s, taller longer, more skilled Evan Anthony Sanchez used every inch of his physical advantage dropping Mexico City, Mexico’s, Daniel “Danny” Evangelista Jr. once in each of the first two rounds prompting referee Jerry Cantu to stop the one-sided contest at 1:52 of round two. Sanchez improves to 7-0, 5Ko’s while Evangelista Jr. stopped in his last five bouts crashes to 20-12-2, 16Ko’s.
In a six-round battle of LA featherweights, 26-year-old, Tenochtitlan Nava ended a two-bout skid recording a blue collar 58-56 times three points win over 22-year-old, Anthony Casillas. Nava moves to 8-2, 1ko while Casillas dips to 8-2, 4Ko’s.
In a four round lightweight preliminary bout Lancaster, California, 22-year-old, Alejandro Reyes out worked and out boxed Cayey, Puerto Rico’s, Nelson Colon to an entertaining 39-37, 40-36 times two unanimous decision win. Reyes improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Colon suffering his second defeat slips to 4-2, 3Ko’s.
Brook Stops Deluca In Comeback Fight!
By: Ian Webb
(February 8th) Kell Brook returned from a 14 month hiatus from the ring to stopMark DeLuca in seven rounds at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, LIVE on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
A left hook flattened DeLuca and caused the referee to step in after Brook had spent the entire fight badly bloodying and hurting his visitor. The win sets up an exciting 2020 for ‘The Special One’ who now has plenty of options.
“2020 is the year that I become World Champion again,” Brook said afterwards. “I don’t shy away from any fighter, I have a lot of respect for Liam Smith, he boxed a stablemate of mine in Liam Williams.
“I’ve sparred him and if those spars are anything to go by, the fight would be amazing.
“I know he wants the fight. We’ll sit down with Eddie [Hearn] this week. I love the Smith family but once we get in there, it’s business.
“I want to get straight back in the gym, I want to be fighting again in 10 or 12 weeks.”
Terri Harper was crowned WBC Super-Featherweight World Champion after battering Eva Walhstom over ten rounds to rip the famous green and gold belt from the long-reigning Finn and cement herself as a new star of British boxing.
“I had a lot of pressure on me, I’m 23-years old and I’ve just done this, I’ve made history,” she said afterwards. “I got the win, it was a hard fight against a tough girl.”
Kid Galahad earned another shot at IBF Featherweight World Champion Josh Warrington by stopping Claudio Marrero in eight rounds of their Final Eliminator in a hugely-impressive performance.
“After last time against Warrington, I couldn’t leave anything to the judges,” said Galahad afterwards.
Doncaster fan favourite Dave Allen clattered Dorian Darch, flooring him twice in three rounds, to impressively return to action after his loss to David Price last year.
“This means the world to me, I’ve waited for this moment for a long time,” he said. “I’ve come back because I love the game. Whatever I have is because of boxing.”
Gary Russell Jr. / Guillermo Rigondeaux
Winners on Showtime!
By: David Colon
February 8th, PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania: headlining a Tom Brown, TGB, Marshall Kauffman, King's co-promotions broadcast LIVE on Showtime Capitol Heights, Maryland, 2008 US Olympian, “Mr.” Gary Allen Russell Jr. made the fourth defense of his World Boxing Council World Featherweight Title with a tough twelve round unanimous decision over Los Angeles, California based Mongolian, 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medalist, Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar.
In a battle of contrasting styles and stances the faster, more accurate, busier and more experienced southpaw, Russell Jr. controlled the real estate and the action manipulating Nyambayar into favorable positions and situations using his superior speed, hand and foot to maneuver in an out of “King Tug’s” imprecise offensive surges maneuvering his way to a solid but tougher than scored 116-112, 117-111,118-110 unanimous decision win. Russell Jr. with his sights on a shot at WBA “Super” Featherweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz improves to 31-1, 18Ko’s while mandatory challenger Nyambayar suffering his first defeat slips to 11-1, 9Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction, Miami, Florida, based Cuban, 2004 Olympic Bantamweight Gold Medalist and former WBA and WBO Super Bantamweight Champion, Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux claimed the vacant World Boxing Association World Bantamweight Title with a tightly contested twelve round split decision win over Panama City, Panama based Venezuelan former WBA Super Flyweight Champion, Liborio Solis.
The more skilled, precision-oriented Rigondeaux a southpaw, holding off Solis early surge patiently picked his spots moving in and out of reach with a crisp jab selecting when and where to close the spacing credited with a knockdown by referee Benjy Esteves Jr. driving his Panamanian foe back into the ropes with a strong left uppercut in round seven began to land more with his left hand staying on the move holding onto a 115-112 Solis, 115-112, 116-111Rigondeaux split decision win. Rigondeaux moves to 20-1, 13Ko’s while Solis five bout victory run closes at 30-6-1, 14Ko’s.
In a WBA super featherweight eliminator Miami, Florida based Panamanian, Jaime “Little” Arboleda got up and held on to squeeze out a split decision win over Juncos, Puerto Rico’s, Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez.
The more experienced Velez started well winning some close early rounds with “Little” Arboleda hurting “La Maravilla” in the fourth using his heavier armed arsenal to gain a small power edge in the middle rounds forced to hold on the championship rounds picking himself up off the canvas in the twelfth and final round snatching with a very tightly contested 115-112 Velez, 114-113 times two Arboleda split decision win. Arboleda six wins off a July 2017 third round KO loss to Recky Dulay improves to 16-1, 13Ko’s while Velez three bout KO victory run since dropping a ten round unanimous decision to Ryan Garcia May 2018 drops to 29-6-1, 21Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round super lightweight matter Capitol Heights, Maryland, southpaw, 2016 US Olympian, Gary Antuanne Russell continued his power punching ways blasting out Phoenix, Arizona’s, Jose Marrufo with a devastating power hook forcing referee Ricky Gonzalez to wave it over at 2:12 of round one. Gary Antuanne, the 23-year-old younger brother of Gary Russell Jr. remains perfect at 13-0, 13ko’s while Marrufo, 2-5 in his last seven drops to 12-10-2, 1Ko.
In a scheduled eight round bout matching southpaw super welterweights Cincinnati, Ohio’s, Jamontay “The Quiet Assassin” Clark won a convincing unanimous decision over Niagara Falls, New York’s, Anthony Lenk. “The Quiet Assassin” going all in early, put on point by a heavy return fire in round four settled in to box his way to a solid 78-74, 79-73 times two unanimous decision win. Clark moves to 15-1-1, 7Ko’s as Lenk 2-6 in his last eight bouts drops to 16-7, 7Ko’s.
Washington, District of Columbia, bantamweight, Gary Antonio Russell, the 27-year-old younger brother of Gary Russell Jr. pounded on Hollywood, Florida’s, 39-year-old, southpaw, Jesus “Sargento” Martinez forcing him to continue to grab and hold on forcing the referee to disqualify “Sargento” at 1:31 of round six. Gary Antonio like his brothers a natural right hander who fights as a southpaw remains unbeaten at 17-0, 12Ko’s while Martinez 3-7 in his last ten outings drops to 27-11, 13Ko’s.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 20-year-old, bantamweight Jonathan Torres held onto his unblemished record winning a blue collar six round 58-56, 60-54 times two unanimous decision over Mexico City, Mexico’s ten years his senior, Edson Eduardo Neri. Torres improves to 8-0, 4Kos while Neri 1-5 in his last six drops to 3-5, 2Ko’s.
Bowie, Maryland, welterweight, Marlon Bolen had his way banging out 33-year-old, Detroit, Michigan, veteran Larry “Lightning” Ventus at 2:58 of round two. Bolen climbs to 4-0, 3Ko’s while Ventus with his “Lightning” way clearly in the rear-view mirror stopped in back to back outings falls to 9-15-1, 4Ko’s.
Allentown, Pennsylvania, 22-year-old, super featherweight, Martino “Titan” Jules out classed 32-year-old, San Diego, California, veteran Pablo Cupul picking apart the over matched journeyman dropping him twice in round one forcing the referee to stop the mismatch at 2:39 of round one. Jules moves to 9-0,2Ko’s while Cupul stopped in his last four dives to 10-31, 5Ko’s.
East Orange, New Jersey, super bantamweight Rajon Chance won his pro-debut in fine fashion flooring and pounding out Alamosa, Colorado, southpaw, Joseph Robert Quintana at 1:45 of round one. Chance jumps out 1-0, 1Ko while Quintana still winless, stopped in back to back fights crashes to 0-3.
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