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Saunders, Haney and KSI All Winners In LA!

By: David Colon

November 9th, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California: In a low profile spot on the DAZN streamed KSI / Logan Paul undercard Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK, southpaw, “Superb” Billy Joe Saunders made the first defense of his World Boxing Organization World Super Middle Title stopping San Jorge, Santa Fe, Argentina’s, previously unbeaten Marcelo “El Terrible” Coceres in round eleven.

 

The quicker, more skilled mobile southpaw Saunder’s initiated a spasmodic attack picking his spots almost lazily out working the inaccurate Argentine taking control of the center of the ring dodging most of Coceres “terrible” attack opening a free swinging eleventh round flooring “El Terrible” three times forcing referee Ray Corona to wave the fight done at 1:59 of round eleven.

 

Saunders calling out Canelo moves to 29-0, 14Ko’s while Coceres suffering his first defeat dips to 28-1-1, 15Ko’s.

In the co-feature, Las Vegas, Nevada, Devin “The Dream” Haney transformed his interim belt to the full-fledged World Boxing Council World Light Title with shut-out twelve round unanimous decision over Fajardo, Puerto Rico’s previously undefeated, Alfredo “Ojo” Santiago.

 

Thee talented Haney in charge from the opening bell peppered his reluctant opponent sending him to the canvas in round five with a ripping double right, left hand combination putting the unbeaten Puerto Rican in safe mode leaving “The Dream” with a less than gratifying 120-107 times three unanimous decision.

 

The 20-year-old, Haney in verbal battles with Gervonta Davis and Vasyl Lomachenko claiming a shoulder injury early in the fight improves to 24-0, 15Ko’s while Santiago finding himself on the short end for the first time drops to 12-1, 4Ko’s.

In a special attraction rematch battle of YouTube star pro debuting cruiserweights London’s, Olajide “KSI” Olatunji won a six round split decision over Los Angeles, California, Logan Paul,             

 

A rematch of their 2018 YouTube majority draw amateur clash helping draw a huge crowd to the Staples Center in Los Angeles delivered an unanticipated entertaining event with KSI put on the canvas by Paul in round four and out landed by the local favorite was assisted on the score cards with the popular LA fighter being assisted by referee Jack Reiss point deductions for holding and for hitting KSI while he was down boosting KSI to a 56-55 Paul, 57-54, 56-55 KSI split decision win. With the rumblings of a trifecta immediately in the air KSI jumps out 1-0 while Paul admitting he got caught up in the excitement of the event starts out 0-1.

 

Santa Ana, California, super bantamweight, Ronny Rios continued to revive his title aspirations with a WBA Gold Super Bantamweight Title retaining fourth round stoppage of Santa Marta, Colombia’s, Hugo Berrio.

 

Rios going right to work never strayed too far from his usual body attack controlling the action landing clean, heavy punches cutting Berrio over the left eye in round four dropping and stopping the tough Columbian with a hard shot to the head forcing referee Thomas Taylor to wave the scheduled six rounder over at 2:56 of round four. Rios recording his third straight win since being stopped by Azat Hovhannisyan, March 2018 improves to 32-3, 16Ko’s while Berrio falls to 28-8-1, 18Ko’s.

 

In six round action Los Angeles, California, 18-year-old, super middleweight prospect Diego Pacheco remained unbeaten putting Augusta, Georgia, 30-year-old, Aaron Casper on the deck once in round one and twice in round four forcing referee Rudy Barragan to put a stop to the punishment at 2:49 of round four. The highly touted Pacheco advances to 7-0, 6Ko’s while Casper winless in his last four dives to 5-4, 4Ko’s. KOs) in Round 4 to score his sixth knockout in seven professional fights.

 

Four Round Preliminaries

Staten Island, New York, 21-year-old, jr. middleweight, Reshat Mati returned to his KO ways pounding out Liberty, Missouri, “pigeon” Cody Peterson with a heavy barrage of power shots prompting referee Ivan Guillermo call the over matched bout to an end at 1:42 of round two. Mati improves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Peterson on a six-bout skid since winning his pro debut secures an opponent spot 1-6.

             

In a light heavyweight pairing of pro debuting former MMA fighters Dearborn, Michigan’s, Joshua Brueckner won a torpid 40-36 times three unanimous decision over Huntington Beach, California’s, Tyler Smith. Bruckner starts out 1-0 while Smith returns to the gym 0-1.         

 

Brooklyn, New York, super middleweight, Nikita “White Chocolate” Ababiy remained undefeated with a bizarre DQ win over the Dominican Republic’s Jonathan Batista.

 

The more skilled 21 year old Ababiy hammering Batista down with a looping right in the early going would be deducted a point for a clipping shot behind the head sold by Batista who continuing the fight throwing punches after the bell saw referee Ray Corona justifiably call the fight allowing Batista to escape what was evident to all a brutal Ko finish. Ababiy moves to 8-0, 7Ko’s while the 35-year-old Batista 1-3 in his last four now headed to the Dominican witness protection service falls to 19-16, 12Ko’s.

Inoue Claims WBSS Bantamweight Ali Trophy

With Mettle Testing Classic Win Over Donaire!

By: Hideaki Fukada

November 7th, Super Arena, Saitama, Saitama, Japan: In a meeting of two freight train punching champion bantamweights at opposite ends of their careers  Yokohama, Japan, “Monster” Naoya Inoue took claim to the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Muhammad Ali trophy with an exciting twelve round unanimous decision over Las Vegas, Nevada, based “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire.

 

The back and forth action would open up quickly with 26-year-old champion Inoue working behind a counter set up stiff jab as the hard hitting more experienced 36-year-old eight-time world champion Donaire mixed up his shots opening a leaky cut over the champions right eye with a left hook in round two.

 

Inoue, staying with his draw out stiff jab moving into and out creating cute angles saw the best of the action through the first half only to be met by a determined Donaire who  changed the flow of the fight with a few “monster” clean rights of his own in rounds seven and eight, rocking Inoue in round nine only to see the ten year his junior Inoue show his championship resolve digging down deep flipping the script back in round ten dropping “The Filipino Flash” with a left hook to the body.

 

Inoue recognizing the damaged done by the big left hook pushed up the pace in the championship rounds only to be held off by the gritty former champion and forced to wait for the judges scores which were announced 116-111, 117-109, 114-113 for Inoue. After the classic battle Inoue improves to 19-0, 16Ko’s while Donaire falls to a Hall of Fame inquiring 40-6, 26Ko’s.

           

In the co-featured battle of unbeatens Bagnolet, Seine-Saint-Denis, France’s Nordine Oubaali retained his World Boxing Council World Bantam Title with a over Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan’s, Takuma Inoue.

 

The stronger, faster, quicker more experienced Frenchman, Oubaali out boxing Inoue in the early rounds flooring Inoue with a big southpaw left in round four carried the fight through the middle rounds tiring in the closing rounds holding off the light-handed challenger for a 117-110, 120-107, 115-112 unanimous decision win. Oubaali improves to 17-0, 12Ko’s while Inoue 23-year-old younger brother of IBF and WBA Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue suffering his first defeat slips to 13-1, 3Ko’s

 

Tokyo, Japan light flyweight Shokichi Iwata remains unbeaten stopping Baja, Mexico patsy, Alejandro “Osama” Valladares in the fifth round of their scheduled six rounder. Iwata back in KO form moves to 4-0, 3ko’s while Valladares winless in his last twenty-six dives to 9-30-1, 5Ko’s.

           

In a scheduled six round bantamweight match-up Tokyo, Japan’s, Katsuya Fukui stayed perfect with a second round TKO stoppage of Thailand’s, Chakkit Ratchakhot. Fukui moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s as Ratchakhot who always goes big winning and losing by KO falls to 2-4, 2Ko’s.

 

Four Round Preliminary               

Atsugi, Kanagawa, 18-year-old bantamweight Eiki Kani, hit the win column scoring a 39-36, 40-35 times two points win over Tokyo’s, Daiju Kogo. Kani moves to 1-1-1 while the 23-year-old Kogo falls to 4-2, 3Ko’s.

"The Tartan Tornado" Josh Taylor Unifies IBF/ WBA

Super Lightweight Titles, Takes Home WBSS Ali Trophy With Pugnacious Win Over Regis “Rougarou” Prograis

By: Ian Webb

October 26th, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom: In a very evenly matched Super Lightweight World Title Unification / World Boxing Super Series, Muhammad Ali Trophy Final Prestonpans, Scotland, 2012 Olympian, Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor won a pugnacious twelve round majority decision over New Orleans, Louisiana, Regis “Rougarou” Prograis.

 

The battle of undefeated southpaws saw the cagey upper body defensed Prograis concentrating on his jab while the high guarded Taylor picking his spots turned the very even hard to score fight into a contrast of quality versus quantity.

 

Through the first third Prograis working a very active jab into, through and around Taylors gloves would find himself faced with the very heavy Taylor return fire working “Rougarou” up and down.

 

The fight turning into a battle attrition saw Taylors, cleaner, harder, easier to score shots hold an edge in the middle rounds bloodying Prograis nose and opening a minor cut over the American’s right eye with “Rougarou” answering taking a crucial eighth round sticking the straight ahead Scotsman with his repeater jab and an occasional body cutting and beginning to close Taylors right eye.

 

Taylor would ricochet back imposing his size advantage in the ninth and tenth rounds plodding forward landing some big power shots in tight.

 

In the eleventh, Taylor’s cut right eye rapidly closing saw Prograis turn “Rougarou” slipping and sliding in and out landing clean counters drawing Taylor in for an evenly battled final frame after which Michael buffer announced Josh Taylor a 114-114, 115-113, 117-112 majority decision winner. The IBF Champion, Taylor adding the WBA belt to his collection improves to 16-0, 12Ko’s while Prograis a true champion even in defeat stating “It was a close fight, but the better man won tonight, so it’s cool” slips to 24-1, 20Ko’s.

 

In the all British, heavyweight, co-feature, Finchley, London’s, Dereck “War” Chisora scored a fourth round TKO stoppage of Liverpool, Merseyside, 2008 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist, David Price.

 

Chisora in full “War” mode started at a torrid pace taking the fight to Price ripping heaving shots to the body looking for the big single shot to the head.

 

Staying in full seek and destroy mode Chisora kept the fight in tight turning shots underneath before backing the 2008 Olympian to the ropes in round three with a few looping lefts punctuated by a rocking right to the head.

 

Round four would see the Finchley “Del Boy” go right back to work pressing the action dropping Price with a heavy combination drawing a towel from Team Price forcing referee Howard Foster to put a stop to the contest at 2:00 of round four.

 

Chisora looking to re-up the fight with spider bitten Joseph Parker moves to 32-9, 23Ko’s while the 36-year-old, Price three bout victory run comes to a close at 25-7, 20Ko’s.

 

In a twelve round lightweight battle between thirty something former world champions Barry, Wales, former IBF Featherweight Champion, Lee “Lightning” Selby scored a twelve round majority decision over Coatbridge, Scotland, former WBO Super Featherweight, WBO Lightweight and WBA Light Welterweight Champion, Ricky “Rickster” Burns.

 

The fight of two halves seeing the sharper pinching and quicker moving Selby take the edge only to see the bout disintegrate into a foul festival going near donnybrook in round five seemingly inspiring “Rickster” in the second half battling back a Selby tenth round push forcing the fight in the championship rounds only to fall short on the judges cards which were announced 115-115, 116-112, 116-113 declaring Selby the majority decision winner. At 32 Selby moves to 28-2, 9Ko’s while the 36-year-old Burns 2-3 in his last five bouts faces a tough career decision at 43-8-1, 16Ko’s.

 

In a ten-round battle of unbeatens, Hackney, London, 2016 Olympian, Lawrence “The Sauce” Okolie held onto his zero claiming the EBU European Cruiserweight Title with a seventh round TKO stoppage of Roeselare, Belgium’s, Yves Ngabu.

 

The five inch taller, ten inch longer, Okolie touching the shorter, thicker Ngabu with his jab continued to tie things up inside, keeping it ugly taking away the unbeaten Belgian’s range and power through six rounds of punch, claw and grab before landing a big right hand hurting Ngabu prompting referee Jean Robert Laine to step in and stopped the bout at the 2:28 of round seven. Okolie improves 14-0, 11Ko’s while Ngabu suffering his first defeat slips to 20-1, 14Ko’s.

 

In a ten round welterweight attraction Ilford, Essex, UK, Conor “The Destroyer” Benn made the second defense of his World Boxing Association Continental Welterweight Title scoring a brutal fourth round stoppage of Liege, Belgium’s, Steve Jamoye.

 

Benn, the 23-year-old son of former WBO Middleweight and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Nigel Benn easily out boxing Jamoye through the first three frames landing to the head and body drawing two warnings for straying low in round two.

 

Tracking the mostly defensive Hungarian through round three Benn turned it up in round four straying low a third time this time having a point deducted by referee gray. Appearing annoyed by the penalty Benn opened up landing two big right hands dropping Jamoye with a tight hook forcing referee to wave the bout over at 2:18 of round four. the 23-year-old, Benn improves to 16-0, 11Ko’s while the Lazlo Tooth late replacement Jamoye, 2-3-1 in his last six drops to 26-8-2, 5Ko’s.

 

On the undercard:

Berlin, Germany’s, Abass Baraou (8-0, 5Ko’s) retained his World Boxing Council International Super Welterweight Title scoring a sixth round TKO over Shepherd's Bush, London, southpaw, John O'Donnell (33-3, 11Ko’s).

 

In a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout Cologne, Germany’s, Denis Radovan moved to 13-0-1, 6Ko’s with a fourth round TKO stoppage of Darwen, Lancashire, UK’s, Luke “Robbo” Blackledge, now 26-9-2, 9Ko’s.                

 

Houston, Texas, southpaw, middleweight, Austin Williams stayed unbeaten 4-0, 3Ko’s with four round points win over Czech Republic’s, Miroslav Juna, 1-4.

 

Watford, Hertfordshire, UK, super bantamweight, Shannon “The Baby-Faced Assassin” Courtenay, remains undefeated, 4-0,1Ko with a four round decision win over Helvecia, Hungary’s, Melinda Habran.         

Usyk Impresses In Heavyweight Debut,

Retires Witherspoon After Seven!

By: Coach K

October 12th, Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois: In the main event of an Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing event streamed LIVE on DAZN, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, former WBO/WBC/IBF/WBA Cruiserweight Champion and World Series of Boxing Ali Trophy winner, Oleksandr Usyk made his heavyweight debut stopping Philadelphia late sub Chazz Witherspoon after seven.

 

Usyk coming off an eleven-month hiatus due to a surgically repaired torn right bicep started slow but gradually finding his rhythm and synchronizing his superior footwork and imposing hand skills began to pile on the points and punishment landing combinations to the head and body with increasing frequency and effectiveness forcing the tiring Tyrone Sprong late substitute to remain seated for the bell sounding round eight.

 

Impressive in his heavyweight debut Usyk improves to 17-0, 13Ko’s while the 38-year-old, 2nd cousin of former Heavyweight Champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon sees his four-bout win streak come to a close at 38-4, 29Ko’s.

 

In the semi-main attraction, Saint Petersburg, Russia’s, Dmitry Bivol retained his World Boxing Association World Light Heavy Title scoring a tactically sound and skillful one-sided unanimous decision over Dominican Republic’s, Lenin Castillo.

 

Bivol working behind an accurate and voluminous jab targeting the body and head masterfully out boxed Castillo from beginning to end flooring the 2008 Olympian Castillo with a well-timed, well placed right hand in round six.

 

Continuing on with relentless pressure strategically placing his shots with swift footed Russian avoiding the majority of what the counter punching Dominican had to offer Bivol drove home a very persuading dominant 120-107, 119-108 times two unanimous decision win. Bivol open to meetings with the winners of the upcoming Sergey Kovalev / Canelo Alvarez and Artur Beterbiev / Oleksandr Gvozdyk fights moves to 17-0, 11Ko’s while Castillo who’s only losses come to still unbeaten Joseph Williams and 2012 US Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne slips to 20-3-1, 15Ko’s.

 

In a special rematch, attraction, Chicago, Illinois, Jessica “CasKILLA” McCaskill retained her WBA/WBC female Super Lightweight straps with a slipshod ten round majority decision over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Erica “La Pantera” Farias.

 

The sluggish, clutch and grab, amateurish affair resulting in Farias being deducted a point in round four for holding and McCaskill deducted a point in round six rabbit punching saw the hometown hero escape with a dirty 97-91, 96-92, 94-94 title retaining majority decision win. McCaskill looking for other big fights including a rematch with Katie Taylor improves to 8-2, 3Ko’s while the more experienced Faria who’s only other defeats come to Delfine Persoon and Cecilia Braekhus slips to 26-4, 10Ko’s.

 

In a super middleweight bout slated for ten rounds Plainfield, Indiana, 24-year-old, Anthony “The Magician” Sims Jr. scored a six round TKO stoppage of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, former “Contender” participant “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch.

 

With no bag of tricks needed the technically sound Sims quickly displaying his superiority putting the “Big Chief” on the Canvas twice in round one.

 

Demonstrating an enormous amount of patience Sims picked his spots turning up the energy in round six putting Finch down a third time with a clean right hand finally forcing referee to stop the fight with an unanswered volley of punches at 2:18 of round six. The 24-year-old, Sims calling out Rocky Fielding after the bout improves to 20-0, 18Ko’s as the 36-year-old, Finch, 1-4 in his last five drops to 19-4-1,8Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled ten rounder, Cleveland, Ohio, 21-year-old, 2016 Olympian, Charles “Bad News” Conwell retained his USBA Super Welterweight Title Day with a brutal tenth knockout of Freeport, long Island’s, Patrick “All” Day.

 

The heavier punching Conwell delivered the “Bad News” punctuating most of the exchanges with the cleaner, heavier shots scoring knockdowns in rounds four and round eight putting his finishing touches on in round ten catching Day with a big right hand high on the head, following it with a clipping left hook to the chin dropping “All In” the New Yorker on his back, slamming his head on the canvas leaving him out cold forcing referee Celestino Ruiz to immediately call the bout at 1:46 of the tenth and final round leaving Day, still unconscious to be taken out of the ring on a stretcher to a nearby hospital. Conwell advances to 11-0, 8Ko’s as Day with back to back losses falls to 17-4-1, 6Ko’s.

           

In an eight-round pairing of southpaw super bantamweights, New South Wales, Australia, former IBF Super Bantamweight Champion, TJ “The Power” Doheny righted the ship scoring a sixth round TKO stoppage of Hollywood, Florida, based Columbian, Jesus “Sargento” Martinez.

 

The former world champion Doheny entering off his sole defeat a twelve round majority decision loss to Danny Roman in April started quickly in round one driving Martinez into the ropes with a heavy left for a correctly ruled knockdown never let up dominating the action scoring with a solid two handed attack leaving Martinez seated for the bell sounding round six. Doheny, back in the win column improves to 24-1, 16Ko’s while Martinez 1-4 in his last five drops to 26-10, 13Ko’s.

           

In scheduled six round battle of super lightweight, southpaws, Toronto, Canada’s, heavy handed, Movladdin “The Chechen Wolf” Biyarslanov was forced to go the full distance winning a six round unanimous decision over South Bend, Indiana, mental health technician Tyrome Jones.

 

The cagey, confident, tight defensed Jones controlling the intensity, distance and pace kept the hard hitting Biyarslano off balanced only to succumb to “The Chechen Wolf’s” unwavering determination battling a cut right eye and lacerated nose relentless attack a forged on closing hard in round four to grab a tougher than expected six round 58-56, 59-55 times two unanimous decision win. The 2016 Canadian Olympian, Biyarslanov bumps up to 5-1, 4Ko’s while the cagey Jones better than his record falls to 4-6-1, 1Ko.

 

In six round super featherweight encounter Toledo, Ohio, 19-year-old, former amateur standout, Otha Jones III on an on the job training, blue collar four-round majority decision over Houston, Texas, Eric Manriquez.

 

The more skilled Jones III boxing early on was draw into a minor slug fest following a headbutt in round three leading to some back and forth action with the very tough former wrestler Manriquez holding his own only to fall short on two of the three judge’s scorecards that were announced 38-38, 39-37, 40-36 for Jones III. The former amateur standout Jones improves to 4-0, 1Ko while Manriquez winless in his last three bouts falls to 7-9-1, 3Ko’s.

Warrington Stops “Baby Face” Takoucht In Two!

By: Ian Webb

October 12th, First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom: In the main event of a Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotions streamed LIVE on ESPN+ Leeds, Yorkshire, Josh “The Leeds Warrior” Warrington successfully defended his International Boxing Federation World Featherweight Title for the fourth time with a  second round TKO stoppage win over Ardennes, France, Sofiane “Baby Face” Takoucht.

 

The hometown champion Warrington catching Takoucht early with a crisp right hand went right to work mixing going to the body and head to close round one.

 

Returning to the straight right in round two “The Leeds Warrior” would floor the “Baby Face” southpaw, twice in round two forcing referee Bob Williams to step in and stop the one-sided follow up assault at 2:54 of round two. Warrington improves to 30-0, 7Ko’s while the out gunned, over matched Takoucht having his eight-bout win streak abruptly ended drops to 35-4-1, 13Ko’s.        

 

In the co-main event Manchester, UK’s, Zelfa “Brown Flash” Barrett made the first defense of his Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Feather Title scoring a ninth-round knockout of Cambuslang, Scotland, Jordan “Jordy” McCorry.

 

The slow starting affair would finally get going in round three with the champion Barrett taking control of the center of the ring cut off the mobile Scotsman landing clean combinations punctuated by solid  body shots dropping “Jordy” with a drilling left hook to the body with about thirty seconds to go in the round.

 

Sticking with a concentrated body attack, Barrett given a brief respite in round eight went right back to work pushing the action adding in wind-up clean uppercuts putting McCorry on the canvas again in round eight with a heavy right. Both fighters landing a bit late to close the round, McCory would lose a point for the later retaliatory blow.

 

Barrett working behind the jab in round nine putting McCory in full retreat landing clean heavy shots put McCorry down again with a heavy right to the body forcing the referee to wave the fight over at 1:25 of round nine.Barrett improves to 23-1, 14Ko’s while McCory 1-5 in his last six falls to 18-7-1, 4Ko’s.

           

In a twelve round light heavyweight bout Moston, Manchester, Lyndon “King” Arthur claimed the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Light Heavy Title with a lack luster twelve round unanimous decision over Accra, Ghana’s, Emmanuel “Horse Power” Anim.

 

Anim off to a great start pressuring Arthur finally saw the “King” come out of the funk dropping the shorter Ghanaian in round four with a drilling right hand.

 

The middle rounds were close with Anim applying the pressure while Arthur landing the easier scored cleaner shots would walk away with a 115-112, 117-110, 117-111 unanimous decision win. Arthur improves to 16-0, 12Ko’s as Anim 1-3-1 in his last five falls to 14-3-1, 12Ko’s.                  

 

Undercard:

In eight round super welterweight action Darlington, County Durham’s, Troy “Trojan” Williamson claimed the put vacant World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Title dropping Nottingham, Nottinghamshire’s overmatched Ben Douglas twice enroute to a seventh round TKO win. Williamson advances to 12-0-1, 9Ko’s as the inexperienced Douglas falls to 2-1, 2Ko’s.

 

In a six round featherweight match Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire’s, Shabaz “Maverick” Masoud remained unbeaten with a referee Michael Alexander 60-54 points win over Gerona, Cataluña, Spain based, Nicaraguan, Yesner Talavera. Masoud moves to 6-0, 1Ko as Talavera winless in his last ten crashes to 15-12-1, 4Ko’s.

 

Oldham, Lancashire, middleweight, Mark “Kid Dynamite” Heffron stopped Lisbon, Portugal’s, Rui “B52” Pavanito in one round when the bout halted on doctor’s advice after Pavanito had sustained a cut above the eye. Heffron’s third straight win since being stopped by Liam Williams in ten rounds December 2018. Heffron improves to 24-1, 18Ko’s as Pavanito levels out at 10-10-1, 5Ko’s.

 

Sheffield, Yorkshire, southpaw, middleweight, Shakiel “Dr. Steel” Thompson keeps his record unblemished with a referee scored 60-54 points win over Lydney, Gloucestershire’s, pro-opponent Lewis “Poochi” Poetsch. Thompson improves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Poetsch winless in his last thirteen dives to 9-112-2, 2Ko’s.

             

Light handed Moate, Ireland, southpaw, middleweight John Joyce moved to 2-0 with a six round decision win over Islington, London, “patsy” Jordan “The Brown Eagle” Grannum. Grannum winless in his last thirteen flops to 5-61-2.

   

Doncaster, Yorkshire, featherweight Reece Mould retained his zero with a record padding referee scored 60-53 points win over Gerona, Cataluña, Spain based, Nicaraguan, Bayardo Ramos. Mould improves to 13-0, 6Ko’s while Ramos without a victory in his last fifteen falls to 8-15-1, 4Ko’s.

             

In a four-round preliminary Barnsley, Yorkshire, 22-year-old, light heavyweight, Callum Simpson moved to 2-0 with a referee scored 40-36 decision win over Klaipeda, Lithuania, pigeon, Kiril Psonko. Psonko 2-3 in his last five drops to 18-44-2, 11Ko’s.               

             

York, super welterweight, George Davey made his pro-debut with a four round, one way 40-36 points win over Hull, Yorkshire, based Lithuanian mark, Zygimantas Butkevicius. The former amateur standout starts out 1-0 as Butkevicius without a victory in his last five outings drops to 2-26.                  

 

Leeds, Yorkshire, southpaw featherweight, Jack Daniel remained unbeaten with a four round points win over Kingsteignton, Devon, “Genius” Jamie Speight. Daniel climbs to 5-0, 2Ko’s while Speight without a victory in his last thirty outings collapses to 15-51, 2Ko’s

 

Silute, Lithuania, super lightweight, Evaldas Petrauskas grabbed his second pro win with a four round points win over Gerona, Cataluña, Spain’s, Johnson Tellez. Petrauskas moves to 2-0 while the Nicaraguan “fall guy” Tellez drops to 10-47-5, 7Ko’s.

Golovkin Squeezes Past Derevyanchenko at the Garden!

By: Joe Martin

October 5th, Madison Square Garden, New York: In the main event of a GGG Promotions, Matchroom Boxing, DiBella Entertainment co-promotion streamed LIVE on DAZN, LA based Kazakhstani, former WBA / IBF and WBC Middleweight Champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin held off Brooklyn, New York, based Ukrainian, 4-1 underdog Sergiy “The Technician”  Derevyanchenko to claim the vacant IBF and IBO World Middleweight Titles.

 

The 37-year-old, Golovkin entering the ring to the Garden filled chant of “GGG” – “GGG” started well flooring Derevyanchenko with and under over combination catching the off balanced “Technician” with a shot to the top of the head.

 

Appearing to be entering a full roll opening up a severe cut over Derevyanchenko’s right eye with an active left in round two Golovkin mysteriously shelving his usually dynamite packed straight right hand began a battle of jabs.

 

In round three the 33-year-old, Ukrainian working with a new sense of urgency began to stand his ground then backing up the former champion firing and landing clean punches to body and head.

 

In round four sticking to what was working Derevyanchenko stayed on the offensive answering Golovkin’s work with a concentrated body attack.

 

The middle rounds would see the action sway both ways with Derevyanchenko’s aggression and Golovkin’s bafflingly absence of urgency favor the local “Technician highlighted by big body shots hurting “GGG” in round seven.

 

Following the previously set script Dereyanchenko unveiling the skills and determination earning him his well-deserved moniker pushed the edges of brawler forcing the lethargic looking Golovkin to trade in some very close rounds down the stretch until to dismay of the quickly turning crowd the judges scores were announced 114-113, 115-112 times two for Golovkin. Golovkin open to a Derevyanchenko rematch improves to 40-1-1, 35Ko’s while Derevyanchenko suffering just his second pro defeat drops to 13-2, 10Ko’s.

 

Henderson, Nevada, based Kazakhstani, super middleweight Ali Akhmedov wasted no time blasting out Phoenix, Arizona late replacement Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez in one round.

 

Akhmedov measured and lined up the out gunned and over matched UPS driver for a “GGG” styled right hand rocking and dropping him to his knees forcing referee Eddie Claudio to stop the fight at 0:44 of round one. The 24-year-old World Boxing Council International Silver Super Middleweight Champion Akhmedov advances to 16-0, 12Ko’s while Hernandez 1-3-1, 1NC in his last six outings drops to 20-8-2, 9Ko’s.

 

Miami, Oklahoma based Russian, former IBF Super Lightweight Champion, Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk returned to his winning ways claiming the vacant World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Super Light Title scoring a stirring fourth round knockout of Brooklyn, New York’s, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero.

 

The 26 year old Baranchyk coming in off a twelve round unanimous decision loss to Scotland’s 'The Tartan Tornado' May started in full beast” mode at the opening bell hurt the 38 year Brooklynite in each of the first four rounds putting his final touches on in round four dropping and bloodying the previously never stopped Bracero with a set of drilling left hooks forcing referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to call the scheduled ten round bout at 1:30 of round four. Baranchyk moves to 20-1, 13Ko’s while Bracero losing another step-up bout falls to 25-4-1, 6Ko’s.

 

In an entertaining ten rounder Indio, California, based Uzbeki, super welterweight Israil “The Dream” Madrimov retained his World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Super Welter Title with a fifth-round stoppage of Monterrey, Mexico’s, battle tested Alejandro “The Chosen One” Barrera.

 

Madrimov going right to work flooring Barrera in round one continued to angle and pick his spots landing big shots before turning and spinning “The Chosen One” into a series of power shots snapping Barrera head back forcing referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to step in and wave the bout over at 2:36 of round five. The very athletic former amateur star Madrimov indirectly calling out IBF and WBC World Welterweight Champion Errol Spence improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while the veteran Barrera, only down at the hands of Spence falls to 29-6, 18Ko’s.                     

 

In an eight-round battle of unbeaten welterweights New York’s, Brian Ceballo held onto his money making zero stopping Miami, Florida, based Azerbaijani, Ramal Amanov in three rounds.

 

The more skilled, quicker, sharper punching Ceballo opening with a two handed attack continued to beat the southpaw, Amanov to the punch landing with big rights and heavy left hands piling on the punishment drawing the attention of the ringside doctor and referee Arthur Mercante Jr.’s forcing a stoppage of the fight at 1:20 of round three.

 

Bialystok, Poland, middleweight, Kamil Szeremeta remained unbeaten dropping Zapopan, Mexico’s, Oscar “Raton” Cortes once in each of the opening two rounds forcing referee Benjy Esteves to call the bout at o:45 of round two. Szeremeta improves to 21-0, 5Ko’s while Cortes 1-3 in his last four drops to 27-5, 14Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled six round super middleweight match Brooklyn, New York, 20-year-old, prospect, Nikita “White Chocolate” Ababiy returned to his heavy-handed ways pounding out Somers Point, New Jersey’s, Isiah “Zoo” Seldon in one round.

 

Ababiy lighting Seldon up with a hard-right hand immediately displayed his finishing touch disposing of the 31-year-old son of former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon with a well placed, well timed left hook at 0:45 of round one. Ababiy improves to 7-0, 6Ko’s while Seldon stopped in two of his last three outings falls to 13-3-1, 4Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled lefty / righty six round light heavyweight affair Anaheim, California’s, Marco Delgado found himself gifted a second round TKO win over Moate, Ireland, pro-debuting 2016 Olympian and amateur standout “Mighty” Joseph Ward.

 

In round two, Ward, a southpaw, in full control of the action appearing to step back to open his punching room clumsily collapsed outwardly showing a left knee dislocation was unable to continue forcing referee Eddie Claudio to announce Delgado to proud owner of a second round TKO win. Delgado improves to 6-1, 5Ko’s while Ward headed for medical evaluation begins his professional endeavor at 0-1.

Spence Edges Porter In War!

By: David Colon

September 28th, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California: In the feature about of a TGB Promotions, Fox, PPV event Desoto, Texas, International Boxing Federation World Welter Champion, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. added the World Boxing Council World Welterweight Title with a tough twelve round split decision win over Las Vegas, Nevada, based Ohioan, “Showtime” ShawnPorter.

 

The 2012, US Olympian, Spence, a southpaw would be pressed in the early rounds forced to fight for space while the aggressive WBC representative continued to plod forward initiating many solid exchanges.

 

As both fighters continued to have there moments working the body as well as the head it would be Spence’s straight up style easier to score. Porter’s relentless aggression would keep things tight pushing forward just missing with that one big shot to outwardly turn the tide.

 

A true champion himself Porter sticking with the straight-ahead pressure attack plan would have his championship round surge momentarily interrupted by a Spence counter left buckling “Showtime’s” knees causing his left glove to touch the canvas for a two-point eleventh round.

 

Spence would go in for the knockout in the twelfth only to be met by a still bountiful Porter ending the fight in a crowd-pleasing toe to toe battle with the judges giving Spence a split decision win with judges Rey Danesco and Steve Weisfeld calling it 116-111 for Spence and Larry Hazzard Jr.  seeing it a tighter 115-112 for Porter.

 

With most calling for Spence to face Terrence Crawford and Danny Garcia climbing into the ring to make his post-fight call out next Spence Jr. leaning towards a Manny Pacquiao fight stays unbeaten at 26-0, 21Ko’s while Porter calling for a rematch slips to 30-3-1, 17Ko’s.                     

 

In the co-feature, Phoenix, Arizona, David “Red Flag” Benavidez, reclaimed the World Boxing Council World Super Middleweight Title with a ninth-round knockout of Flint, Michigan, Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell.

 

Coming from a minimal amateur background, Benavidez the youngest ever Super Middleweight World Champion defeating Ronald Gavril on September 8th, 2017 only to have it stripped after testing positive for cocaine in September 2018 coming in off a second round stoppage of J'Leon Love in March started the evening with a much more selective punching strategy, picking up the pace and pressure going into the second half opening up his full arsenal drawing Dirrell into a “dog fight” opening a cut over “The Dog’s” right eye in round six.

 

Dirrell appearing annoyed by the cut and becoming a frequent receptor of Benavidez power shots through rounds seven, eight and nine the fight would be called after Dirrell’s corner seeing enough called for referee Thomas Taylor to stop the punishment at 1:39 of round nine. With many big name fights just over the horizon, Benavidez moves to 22-0, 19Ko’s while Dirrell dips to 33-2-1, 24Ko’s.

 

Heading the undercard action San Antonio, Texas, Mario “El Azteca” Barrios took claim to the vacant World Boxing Association World Super Light Title with a twelve round closely contested twelve round unanimous decision over Crimea, Russia’s, Batyr Akhmedov.

 

Opening to an extended feeling out process the action picked up in the third with both fighters finding their spots and Barrios dropping his southpaw foe in round four.

 

“El Azteca” cut near the left eye from accidental headbutt in round seven would go onto make the best of his chances putting Akhmedov on the canvas again in round twelve securing a much tighter than scored 115-111, 116-111, 114-112, unanimous decision win. The newly crowned WBA champion Barrios climbs to 25-0, 16Ko’s while Akhmedov finding himself on the short side of the scorecards for the first time slips to 7-1, 6Ko’s.

 

In an as advertised “Rock em – Sock’em, ten round welterweight match-up Riverside, California’s, Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez stopped Covina, California’s, unwavering John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. in eight rounds.

 

Lopez starting quickly took the fight straight to Molina putting the durable “Gladiator” on the canvas twice in round one.

 

Molina battling back enough to keep the action rolling trading with Lopez in rounds four and five would begin to fold in round six taking increasing punishment and being returned to the canvas by a big “Riverside Rocky” in round seven. Beating the count and allowed a restart, Molina taking some serious punishment, unable to resist Lopez all out round eight assault would see referee Corona rightfully call the fight at 0:35 of the round.

 

The 35-year-old, Lopez back in the win column following a January 2019 majority decision World Boxing Association Super World Welter Title challenge loss to Keith Thurman moves to 37-8, 20Ko’s while the gallant Molina 1-3 in his last four bouts drops to 30-9, 24Ko’s.                

 

Gilroy, California, former two-time IBF Featherweight and IBF Super Featherweight Champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero continued his trek back into the welterweight division mix boxing his way to an ordinary ten round 98-92, 99-91 times two unanimous decision over St. Mary’s, Kansas, once beaten Gerald Thomas.

 

Guerrero recording his third straight victory over less than stellar opposition since dropping 2016-17 consecutive losses to Danny Garcia, David Emanuel Peralta and Omar Figueroa Jr. moves to 36-6-1, 20Ko’s while Thomas with his second defeat drops to 14-2-1, 8Ko’s.      

 

In an eight-round super lightweight bout Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Fabian “TNT” Maidana, the 27-year-old brother of former WBA Light Welterweight and Welterweight Champion Marcos Maidana returned to his destructive ways dropping Tlalneplanta, Mexico, southpaw, Ramses “El Faraon” Agaton three times forcing referee Thomas Taylor to call it at 2:07 of round one. Maidana coming in off a shocking ten round unanimous decision loss to Jaider Parra in January starts again at 17-1, 13Ko’s while Agaton like a lamb drawn to slaughter falls to 21-11-3, 11Ko’s.

 

In an eight-round welterweight upset Tucson, Arizona’s, Alfonso Olvera won a 78-74, 79-73 times two unanimous points win over Desoto, Texas, highly touted, previously unbeaten Amon Rashidi. Olevera moves to 12-6-3, 4ko’s while Rashidi hiccups to 7-1, 5Ko’s.

 

In eight round super middleweight action Chihuahua, Mexico, Misael “El Chino” Rodriguez pounded on Detroit, Michigan’s, Brandon Maddox for three rounds forcing the overmatched Michiganders corner to call referee Gerald White to stop the fight at 1:43 of round three. Rodriguez climbs to 10-0, 5Ko’s while Maddox winless in his last four drops to 7-3-1, 5Ko’s.

 

In a matching of Dallas, Texas, featherweights, Juan “The Wolf” Lopez put in a solid blue-collar effort out working and out pointing favored Fernando Garcia, 77-75, 79-73 times two after eight. Lopez improves to 15-7, 6ko’s while Garcia now suffering back to back decision losses falls to 12-2, 7Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled eight round super welterweight pairing Flint, Michigan, 6’5”, “Lethal” Leon Lawson III measured and dropped Tijuana, Mexico’s, Alan “Muneco” Zavala for a referee Thomas Taylor ten count with a big right hand at 2:27 of round three. With his fourth victory of 2019 Lawson III advances to 12-0, 5Ko’s as Zavala stopped in three of his last four straight losses drops to 15-6, 13Ko’s.

 

Dallas, Texas, heavy handed, Burley Brooks ended his six round light heavy weight bout flooring Sonora, Mexico’s, out gunned, Fabian Valdez four times with a heavy body attack in the opening frame forcing referee Ivan Guillermo to wave the bout over without a count at 2:35 of round one. Brooks stays perfect at 4-0, 4ko’s as Valdez stopped in back to back outings falls to 3-6.

           

In an uneven pairing of Mexican welterweights, Nuevo León’s, hard hitting, Lindolfo Delgado battered Sinola’s, game and very durable Jesus Zazueta Anaya for most of their six rounder finally forcing referee Ray Corona to wave the fight over for the still vertical Anaya at 1:59 of the final round six. Delgado needing a serious step up in competition moves to 11-0, 11ko’s while Anaya returns to the duck pond treading water at 6-5-1, 4Ko’s.

                       

In a special four round middleweight attraction Union City, California, 19-year-old, Joey Spencer returned to his KO ways flooring Revere, Massachusetts, Travis Gambardella twice in round one with heavy body shots doing it again in round two finally convincing referee Ray Corona to stop it with an unanswered volley of shots at 0:53 of round three. Spencer improves to 9-0, 7Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Gambardella dips to 5-1-2, 2Ko’s.

 

Seattle, Washington, 20-year-old, Jose Valenzuela remained unbeaten, recording his second knockout victory blasting out Dallas, Texas, patsy, Charles Clark with a strong right-hand prompting referee Gerard White to wave the bout done without a count at 1:06 of round one. Valenzuela improves to 5-0, 2Ko’s while Clark back in the red 1-4 in his last five drops to 2-5-1, 1Ko.

Dubois Takes Out Tetteh In One at Royal Albert Hall!

By: Ian Webb

September 27th, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom: In the main event of a Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotions Greenwich, London’s, Daniel Dubois claimed the vacant WBO International and Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavy Titles with a “Dynamite” loaded first round TKO over Accra, Ghana’s, previously unbeaten Ebenezer Tetteh.

 

The 22-year-old, power punching Dubois coming in off a fifth round knockout of then unbeaten Nathan Gorman in July used his superior skills and devastating power in a controlled, calculated attack targeting the out gunned Ghanaian to the body and head flooring sending him to the canvas twice in round one forcing referee Mark Lyson to wave the bout over at 2:10 of the first round. Recording his fourth first knockout Dubios improves to 13-0, 2ko’s while Tetteh enduring his first defeat slips to 19-1, 16Ko’s.

 

In the highly anticipated co-feature, Leeds, Yorkshire 2016, Olympic Gold Medalist, Nicola “The Lioness” Adams retained her WBO Flyweight Title with a controversial split decision draw with Zaragoza, Mexico’s, Maria “Polvarita” Salinas.

 

Ending an eleven-month hiatus the, 36-year-old, Adams appearing stale in full shake down mode held off the 30-year-old, southpaw, Salinas relentless pressure doing just enough to squeeze out some close rounds to hold onto her title when the judges scores were announced 96-94 Salinas, 97-93 Adams and 95-95 for a split decision draw. Adams moves to 5-0-1, 3Ko’s while the veteran Salinas two bout victory run ends at 21-7-4, 7Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled ten round attraction Welling, London, unbeaten “Sharpshooter” Archie “Sharp held onto his World Boxing Organization European Super Feather Title brutally knocking out Dublin, Ireland’s “sharper” but much lighter punching Declan Geraghty with a crushing left hook in round four. Sharp improves to 17-0, 9Ko’s while Geraghty stopped in three of his last five outings falls to 19-5, 4Ko’s.

 

Battersea, London, middleweight Denzel “Too Sharp” Bentley remained unbeaten blitzing Dordon, Warwickshire’s, Kelcie “Cannon” Ball roughing up and pounding out the Ball with an unanswered volley of punches prompting referee Kieran McCann to step in and stop the bout at 1:12 of round one.

Bentley back to his KO ways moves to 11-0, 8Ko’s while Ball stopped for the second time in his last three outings falls to 10-2, 2Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled eight rounder Carstairs, Scotland, 21-year-old, light heavyweight Willy “Braveheart” Hutchinson steam rolled Sofia, Bulgaria’s, Borislav “Bobi Boxa” Zankov steadily increasing the speed and intensity of his jab and accurate combinations hurting “Bobi Boxa” with a clean lead right, dropping Zankov with a sharp left hook then immediately applying a severe follow up assault forcing referee Lee Every to stop the action at 2:15 of round two.     

             

In a six round bantamweight set-up Kent, UK, 18 year old, “Menace” Dennis McCann blitzed Sofia, Bulgaria’s, Georgi “Joro the Hook” Georgiev overwhelming the 27 year old journeyman and sending him to the canvas twice in round one and again round two forcing referee Kieran McCann (of no known relation) to wave the contest over at 2:53 of round two. McCann moves to 4-0, 3Ko’s as Georgiev 1-5 in his last six drops to 8-16-1, 5Ko’s.

 

Maidstone, UK, amateur standout lightweight Sam Noakes impressed in his pro-debut cutting up and stopping Plymouth, Devon opponent Chris Adaway in three. The more skilled Noakes out classing Adaway from the opening bell would get his reward when referee Lee Every put a stop to the action at the end of round three. Noakes starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Adaway winless in his last seven dives to 9-60-4, 1Ko.

 

In a six round heavyweight bout Sydenham, London’s, Jonathan “God Speed” Palata held onto his zero with a blue collar 58-55 referee scored points win over Stockport, Lancashire, southpaw, Chris Healey. Palata improves to 7-0, 3Ko’s as Healey 2-5 in his last seven drops to 8-6, 2Ko’s.

 

Northampton, super lightweight, Eithan James won his pro-debut with a 40-36 referee scored pints win over Newark, Nottinghamshire, “mark” Fonz Alexander. James kicks off 1-0 while Alexander winless in his last nine floats at 7-102, 4Ko’s.

 

In a four-round pairing of 23-year-old, lightweights, Beckton, London, Mohammad “The Chosen One” Bilal Ali scored his first stoppage win with a third round TKO victory over Riga, Latvia’s, Aleksandrs Birkenbergs. Ali moves to 3-0, 1Ko as Birkenbergs back in the red drops to 6-25, Ko’s.

Pretty Boy” Tyrone James Heads Star Boxing

“Rockin Fights” at the Paramount

With Fifth Round TKO Stoppage Win!

By: Coach K

September 20th, Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York: Heading the 36th edition of Star Boxings long standing popular “Rockin Fights” series Elmont, Long Island, super welterweight Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James hit "The Jackpot" securing himself as the Paramount’s new headline star stopping Shawnee, Oklahoma’s, Dennis “Pawnee Express” Knifechief in five rounds.

 

The very confident and flamboyant James started out quickly establishing his superior boxing skills and power dropping Knifechief with a heavy left hook in round one.

 

Almost appearing to be playing to the excited Paramount crowd “Pretty Boy” patiently dissected the reaching, wide swinging “Pawnee Express” with hard shots up and down hurting Knifechief with a solid left hook and follow up right hand forcing referee Sullivan to call the bout 28 seconds into round five. James improves to 11-0, 8Ko’s while the determined but overmatched Knifechief drops to 12-11, 7Ko’s.

In the semi-main event a battle reminiscent of the 1986 Edwin Rosario / Hector Camacho meeting Dominican Republic, bantamweight Junior “Bombita” Almonte retained his World Boxing Council FECARBOX Bantam Title wining a hotly contested eight round back and forth unanimous decision over Saginaw, Michigan’s, Ernesto “Ernie” Garza III.

 

Almonte carrying a significant height advantage would attempt to control the spacing but the straight-ahead body punching Garza would persistently battle his way in leading to some early chin checking exchanges with “Ernie” being stunned by an early Almonte right only to be immediately answered back by a Galarza drilling hook to Almonte’s body.

 

Holding an edge in the early scoring Almonte the cleaner sharper puncher worked his jab setting up a ripping uppercut dropping his pressing Michigan challenger for a flash knockdown in round four.

 

Seemingly driven by the knockdown Garza turned up the pressure forcing much of the action attacking Almonte to the body only to find himself on the end of clean counters providing the threshold in the judges scoring announced, 77-74, 78-73 times two all for “Bombita”. Almonte advances to 13-0, 9Ko’s while Garza suffering his third defeat dips to 10-3, 6Ko’s.

In an entertaining welterweight matching Bellport, Long Island, amateur standout Alex “El Toro” Vargas recorded his four straight pro victory scoring a one way four round unanimous decision over Dubai, United Arab Emirates, based Ugandan, Deo “The Warrior” Kizito.

 

Making his fourth straight Paramount appearance the fighting social worker, Vargas began the battle of southpaws quickly discouraging the more experienced “Warrior” with an accurate jab, some big straight left hands and a deflating right hook to the body. 

 

Rapidly becoming a Paramount favorite “El Toro” steadily unveiled his ever-growing arsenal mixing up his assault systematically picking apart Kizito, walking and turning him into clean punches and speedy combinations rewarded by the judges with a 40-36 times three unanimous decision. Vargas improves to 4-0, 1Ko while Kizito falls to 3-5, 2Ko’s.

In the evenings opening bout a four round cruiserweight affair Uniondale, Long Island, NYC Police Officer, Emmanuel Etienne won his pro-debut stopping Upper Marlboro, Maryland’s, Charles Johnson in three rounds.

 

Opening the fight with a concentrated body attack NY’s fighting policeman quickly put Johnson on his back foot ripping drilling hard shots to the body mixing in heavy right hands to the head putting Johnson in full defensive mode before breaking through with a crushing uppercut rocking and driving the damaged Marylander into the ropes forcing the referee to immediately wave the fight over 35 seconds into round three. Etienne begins 1-0, 1Ko while Johnson on a three-bout skid drops to 1-4, 1Ko.

Munguia Stop Allotey In Four!

By: Edwin Gonzalez

September 14th, Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California: In the main event of a Golden Boy PromotionTijuana, Mexico’s, 22-year-old unbeaten Jaime Munguia retained his WBO Jr Middleweight Title with a fourth-round dismantling of Accra, Ghana’s, Patrick Allotey.

 

Munguia coming in off a sub-par twelve round majority decision over Dennis Hogan performance in April started slowly following Allotey in round one, picking up the pressure stalking the mobile Ghanaian in round two finally closing the space in round three landing hard to the body putting Allotey on the deck twice in round three.

 

Munguia a proven finisher resumed his pursuit in round four reaching his challenger with a combination putting him on a knee prompting Allotey’s corner call for referee Jack Reiss stoppage at 2:18 of round four. The now Erik Morales trained Munguia possibly headed to 160lbs moves to 34-0, 27Ko’s as the 28-year-old Allotey unbeaten in his previous eight bouts slips to 40-4, 30Ko’s.

 

The highly anticipated scheduled co-featured meeting between LA, 21-year-old, lightweight Ryan “Flash” Garcia, 18-0, 15Ko’s and Philadelphia’s, Avery Sparrow, 10-1, 3Ko’s was cancelled due to sparrow being detained on an open firearms warrant.             

             

In the repositioned semi-main event, Baltimore, Maryland World Boxing Council World Female Super Middle Champion Franchon "The Heavy-Hitting Diva" Crews-Dezurn added the vacant World Boxing Organization World Female Super Middle Title to her resume scoring a 97-93, 98-92 times two ten round unanimous decision over LA’s, Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo.The 32-year-old, Crews-Dezurn improves to 6-1, 2Ko’s while " Cornejo 2-2 in her last four drops to 13-4, 5Ko’s.

 

In a ten-round matching of LA based lightweights, Filipino, Romero “Ruthless” Duno went toe to toe trading big shots with Ivan “Striker” Delgado seeing Duno push on with his “Ruthless” attack through round seven landing big right hands and combinations leaving Delgado seated for the bell sounding round eight. Duno open to a showdown with Ryan Garcia moves to 21-1, 16Ko’s while Delgado suffering back to 13-3-2, 6Ko’s.               

             

In a scheduled eight round pairing of Mexican flyweights Cancun’s, 2016 Olympian Joselito “El Huracan” Velazquez remained unbeaten scoring a fourth-round stoppage of Chihuahua’s, Francisco “El Remache” Bonilla.

 

The more skilled heavier punching Velazquez went right to work testing the tough “El Remache” with clean shots flooring Bonilla with a set of hard shots in round two piled on the punishment dropping “El Remache” again in round four forcing referee Sharon Sands to step in and stop it at 2:54 of round four. Velazquez advances to 11-0, 9Ko’s while Bonilla 3-3 in his last six outings falls to 6-7-3, 3Ko’s.

             

In a scheduled eight round super featherweight battle Los Angeles, Rafael Gramajo pushed the action pounding Guerrero, Mexico’s, Daniel “Rayito” Olea for most of the first half of the bout causing Olea’s corner to call for a stoppage at the close of round four. Gramajo improves to 11-2-2, 3Ko’s  while Olea winless in his last six bouts drops to 13-8-2, 5Ko’s.

 

Lancaster, California, 20-year-old, lightweight, Alejandro "Pin Pon" Reyes won his prom debut buckling Sonora, Mexico’s, Jorge “Dandy” Padron with a drilling body shot stopping the bout after referee Ivan Guillermo full count at 1:55 of round two. Reyes jumps out 1-0, 1Ko while Padron stopped in his last four finds himself in full opponent status at 3-5, 3Ko’s.

 

In a four-round pairing of unbeaten California super-middleweights’ prospects, Los Angeles, power punching 18-year-old, Diego Pacheco banged out Oakland’s, Terry Fernandez with a series of unanswered power shots forcing referee Eddie Hernandez Jr. to stop it at 0:41 of round three. Pacheco bumps up to 6-0, 5Ko’s while the previously untested Fernandez suffering his first loss slips to 3-1, 3Ko’s.

Haney Stops Abdullaev,

Serrano Dominates Hardy at the Garden!

By: Coach K

September 13th, Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden: In the main event of a Matchroom Boxing event streamed LIVE on DAZN, Las Vegas, 20-year-old contender Devin “The Dream” Haney claimed the interim World Boxing Council World Light Title with a meticulous four round breakdown of Ekaterinburg, Russia’s, previously unbeaten Zaur Abdullaev.

 

The too, fast, too skilled “Dream” working behind a very accurate and punishing jab mixed up a full arsenal of shots scoring to the body and the head leaving the befuddled Russian seated for the bell sounding round five with a possible broken nose. Haney having already called out WBC/WBA/WBO World Lightweight Champion Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko and offering to fly out west to face now opponent less Ryan Garcia improves to 23-0, 15Ko’s while Abdullaev losing for the first-time dips to 11-1, 7Ko’s.            

In the co-feature, 30-year-old, southpaw, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano added the World Boxing Organization World Female Feather Title with a one way ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Heather “The Heat” Hardy.

 

The sharper, heavier punching Serrano in full domination almost stopping the 37 year old Hardy in the opening round was forced to go the whole route when the very determined Hardy re-energizing between the two minute rounds did enough to make the fight competitive but had no answer for the more skilled Serrano’s cleaner body and head combination punching finding herself on the short side of the judges scores announced 98-92, 98-91 times two for “The Real Deal” Serrano.

 

The newly crowned “Queen of Brooklyn” Serrano looking forward to a showdown with Katie Taylor moves to 37-1-1, 27Ko’s while the always entertaining Hardy suffering her first defeat slips to 22-1, 4Ko’s.

 

Las Vegas, Michael “The Bounty” Hunter the 31-year-old son of 1990’s Greenville, South Carolina, heavyweight contender Michael “The Bounty” Hunter scored a WBA Intercontinental Title claiming gateway twelve round unanimous decision over Saint Petersburg, Russia’s, previously unbeaten Sergey Kuzmin.

 

The quicker, more fluid Hunter used a frequent accurate jab out maneuvering and boxing the nearly forty-pound heavier Russian to an early lead before flooring the bigger, stronger Russian with a well-timed left hook in round five.

 

Controlling the distance in the second half, turning away a brief Kuzmin surge in round seven Hunter continued to control the pace and space of the action coasting to a 117-110 times three unanimous decision win. Hunter who’s only defeat a twelve round unanimous decision loss to former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk back in April 2017 moves to 18-1, 12Ko’s while Kuzmin suffering his first defeat slips to 15-1, 11Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled ten round meeting of unbeaten welterweights, Miami, Florida, based Kazakhstan 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Daniyar “Kazakh Thunder” Yeleussinov blew out Killeen, Texas, Reshard Hicks flooring the overmatched Texan in round one closed the show seconds later with a blistering barrage of shots forcing referee Ron Lipton to call it over at 2:38 of the opening frame. Yeleussinov advances to 8-0, 4Ko’s while Hicks suffering his first defeat in his first step up bout drops to 12-1-1, 6Ko’s.

 

In a scheduled eight round super lightweight matter Brooklyn’s Wesley “El Bongocero” Ferrer clutched and grabbed his way to his second victory of 2019 scoring an ugly 80-72, 79-73 times two points win over local Irishman, Lawrence James Fryers. Ferrer improves to 14-1-1, 7Ko’s while Fryers unbeaten in his previous five drops to 11-2, 4Ko’s.

 

In an eight-round super bantamweight match-up Indio, California, 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist southpaw, Murodjon “MJ” Akhmadaliev remained unbeaten banging out Canalete, Colombia Daniel Roman replacement  Wilner “Wilber” Soto with a series of power shots at 1:56 of round four. Akhmadaliev improves to 7-0, 6Ko’s while Soto 1-3 in his last four drops to 22-7, 12Ko’s.

           

North Las Vegas, 22-year-old, heavy handed, super bantamweight Darren “DC3” Cunningham forced to go the distance for the first time remained undefeated with a one-sided point win over Mexico City, southpaw, Jonathan “Zurdo” Ramos. Cunningham stays unbeaten at 10-0, 9Ko’s while Ramos 1-7-1 in his last nine drops to 18-25-5, 6Ko’s. 

 

In six round heavyweight action Baku, Azerbaijan, 32 year old three time world amateur champion and 2012 and 2016 Olympian, Mahammadrasul Majidov, made his pro-debut recovering from a rocky start picking himself up from a second round knockdown to over power and overwhelm Saint Louis, Missouri’s 30 year old, journeyman Ed “Tex Trismigistus” Fountain with an unanswered volley of punches at 2:41 of round four. The suspicious start moves Majidov out at 1-0, 1Ko while Fountain losing his fifth straight dives to 12-7, 5Ko’s.

 

Four Round Preliminaries 

Camden, New Jersey, 20-year-old, southpaw super bantamweight Raymond “Savage” Ford held onto his zero scoring a one way 40-36 times three points win over Bronx, New York’s, 30-year-old, spirited head first Rafael Castillo. The former national amateur standout Ford moves to 4-0, 1Ko while the very durable Castillo drops to 1-4.

 

Brooklyn, New York, lightweights Christian Bermudez made an impressive pro-debut blasting out Miami, Florida’s, Jonathan Conde with a big left forcing: Sparkle Lee to call the bout at 1:56 of round two. Bermudez jumps out 1-0, 1Ko while Conde stopped in three of his four pro bouts drops to 1-3. 1Ko. 

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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