Morrison and Demchenko KO Winners In Italy!
By: Ian Webb
July 11th, Stadio Nicola Pietrangeli, Roma, Lazio, Italy: In the ten round main event of a Matchroom Boxing / OPI Since 82 event Manchester, UK’s, Marcus “Sweet MNM” Morrison claimed the vacant World Boxing Council International Silver Middleweight Title with a come from behind ninth round TKO stoppage of Roma, Lazio, Italy’s own, Emanuele “Sioux” Blandamura.
Working behind an inept jab early on Morrison taking control of the center rocked the hometown favorite Blandamura in round one with some leaping wide shots.
The shorter, smaller, Blandamura re-establishing himself with some action packed back and forth action in the middle rounds would continue to push on until showing signs of fatigue clutching and grabbing on in round nine was dropped to his knees by a seeing eye dog right hand forcing referee Francisco Alloza Rosa to immediately wave the bout over after the still shaken Italian made it upright at 2:44 of round nine. The bigger, more youthful 26-year-old Morrison improves to 21-3, 15Ko’s while the 39-year-old Blandamura falls to 29-4, 5Ko’s.
In the light heavyweight co-feature, Roma, Lazio, Italy based 39-year-old, Ukrainian, Serhiy Demchenko battling cuts from third and fifth round clashing of heads reclaimed the EBU European Light Heavyweight title over-powering Rhône, France, Hakim Zoulikha flooring his 33 year old rival in round five and again in round seven with a well-timed counter right hand forcing referee John Latham to stop the immediate follow-up onslaught at 1:20 of round seven. Demchenko on a three bout KO run since dropping a July 2018, ten round unanimous decision loss to Leon Bunn moves to 22-14-1, 15Ko’s while Zoulikha 2-3 in his last five bouts drops to 26-11, 11Ko’s.
In an eight-round cruiserweight attraction Belfast, Northern Ireland’s, Tommy McCarthy bounced Nettuno, Lazio, Italy’s, Fabio Turchi replacement Francesco Cataldo off the canvas twice in round two with the wobbly Italians corner calling for referee Francesco Ramacciotti to stop the bout at 0:01 of round three. McCarthy whose losses come to Matty Askin and Richard Riakporhe in line for a September bout with Turchi moves to 15-2, 8Ko’s while fill in Cataldo 1-4 in his last five drops to 7-6, 2Ko’s.
Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy 42-year-old, southpaw, lightweight Emiliano Marsili held onto his zero banking a 60-55, 60-54 times two six round points win over Gerona, Spain based Nicaraguan, Brayan Mairena. Marsili unbeaten since 2003 improves to 38-0-1, 15Ko’s while the made to order Mairena winless in his last twelve falls to 10-12-1, 4Ko’s.
Roma, Lazio, Italy’s, powerless super welterweight, Vincenzo Bevilacqua remained unbeaten with a 60-54, 59-55 times two six round unanimous decision win over Nis, Serbia’s, Novak Radulovic. Bevilacqua moves to 16-0 with no knockouts while Radulovic stopped in two of his last five drops to 9-4-1, 4Ko’s
Roma, Lazio, Italy, super welterweight, Mirko “Mr. KO” Natalizi was forced to go the distance for the second time recording a 59-55, 60-54 times two six round points win over Amsterdam, Netherlands, Antonio “El Tornado” Gomez. Mirko Natalizi moves to 6-0, 3Ko’s while Gomez winless in his last five outings levels out at 4-3-2, 2Ko’s.
In four round light heavyweight preliminary Napoli, Italy, Valentino Manfredonia won his pro debut with a 39-37 times three points win over Nis, Serbia’s, Sokol Arsic. Manfredonia starts out 1-0 while Arsic now winless in his last three falls to 1-3-2.
Kanat Islam Ko’s De Jesus In Ten Seconds!
By: Hideaki Fukada
July 5th, Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, Almaty: In the main event of a Qazaq - Darkhan Mukhtarbek promotion, Oxnard, California, based Kazakhstan super welterweight, Kanat “QazaQ” Islam claimed the vacant World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Title stopping Dominican Republic’s, Julio “La Para” De Jesus in just ten seconds.
Islam charged out meeting De Jesus in the center of the ring with a “QazaQ” looping right sending “La Parra” to the ropes for a follow up right, left right dropping De Jesus to the canvas forcing referee Joerg Milke to immediately wave the bout over at 2:50 of round one. The 34-year-old Islam remains unbeaten at 26-0, 21 KO’s while at 37 years old, De Jesus suffering just his second pro defeat drops to 27-2, 24Ko’s.
Charlo Powers Past Cota In PBC on Fox Main Event!
By: Ben Calgry
June 23rd, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the super welterweight main event of a Premiere Boxing Champions on FOX bill, Houston, Texas, former WBC super welterweight champion Jermell “Ironman” Charlo blasted out Sinaloa, Mexico, Tony Harrison replacement Jorge Cota in three rounds.
Cota out working the slow starting Texan in round one quickly caved to the bigger stronger “Ironman” in round two allowing the former champion to find his range in round three sending the out gunned Mexican to the canvas twice in round three compliments of two drilling right hands forcing referee Jay Nady to wave the bout over at 2:14 of round three. Charlo anxious for a Tony Harrison rematch improves to 32-1, 16Ko’s while Cota suffering back to back defeats falls to 28-4, 25Ko’s.
In the semi-main event Miami, Florida, based Cuban former WBA and WBO Super Bantamweight Champion, Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux stayed relevant with a blue collar eighth round TKO stoppage of Zaragoza, México’s, Julio “Pollito” Ceja.
The 38-year-old, “Jackal” staying close to the heavy handed Mexican traded leather all night dropping “Pollito” with a solid southpaw left prompting referee Russell Mora to call the bout at 2:59 of round eight. With both fighters having been deducted a point in round eight for low blows Rigondeaux was head 65-68 65-68 66-67 at the time of the stoppage. Rigondeaux moves to 19-1, 13Ko’s while the once highly touted Ceja now stopped in back to back fights and the third time in his last five outings drops to 32-3, 28Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Brooklyn, New York lightweight Chris “Prime Time” Colbert remained unbeaten scoring a one-sided point win over Humacao, Puerto Rico, “Transformer” Alberto Mercado.
The 22-year-old talented New Yorker established his pace, distance and range early on and in complete control from the opening round held off Mercado’s last round desperation attack for a highly slanted 80-72 times three shutout eight round unanimous decision. Colbert improves to 12-0, 4Ko’s while Mercado 2-2 in his last four dips to 16-3-1, 3Ko’s.
In a tougher than expected middleweight bout Union City, California, 19-year-old prospect Joey Spencer won a closer than scored 59-55 times three six round unanimous points win over Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s, Akeem Black. Spencer forced to go the distance for the second straight step up bout moves to 8-0, 6Ko’s while with the loss Black drops to 5-3, 2Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round lightweight matter Las Vegas, based taller, longer Cuban southpaw, Leduan Barthelemy remained unbeaten scoring a one-sided 80-72 times three shut-out win over Tijuana, Mexico’s Jose “El Tigre” Cayetano. Barthelemy the 29 year old younger brother of former IBF Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight Champion Rances Barthelemy moves to 15-0-1, 7Ko’s while Cayetano 1-3, stopped twice in his last four drops to 21-7, 10Ko’s
In a scheduled eight rounder LA 23-year-old lightweight prospect Julian “Cuate” Rodarte held onto his zero with a solid 78-74, 77-75 times two points win over Tijuana, Mexico’s Miguel “Sinaloa” Aispuro. Rodarte advances to 17-0-1, 7Ko’s while Aispuro coming in off an eight round points loss to Leduan Barthelemy drops to 11-8-2, 7Ko’s.
In an eight-round welterweight match-up Houston, Texas, Marquis Taylor and Garden Grove, California’s, Lucas Santamaria battled to an uneventful 78-74, Santa Maria, 76-76 times two majority draw. Santa Maria bumps over to 9-1-1, 7Ko’s while the moves to Taylor 10-1-1.
In a four round preliminary Casa Grande, Arizona, 18 year old welterweight Jesus Alejandro Ramos was forced to go the distance for the first time blanking Haslett, Michigan’s, 28 year old Kevin Schacks 40-36 times three. Jesus Ramos moves to 10-0, 9Ko’s while Shacks sinks to 3-4-3, 3Ko’s.
Benn Stops Koivula In Two, Richards Decisions Sterling, Cheeseman - Conway Ends In A Draw!
By: Ian Webb
June 21st, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London: In the main attraction of a Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing promotion lford, Essex, Conor “The Destroyer” Benn retained his World Boxing Association Continental Welterweight Title with an easier then expected second round TKO stoppage of Tampere, Finland’s Jussi Koivula.
The 22-year-old Benn, the son of former WBO Middleweight and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Nigel Benn working through the 35 year old Koivula’s opening round push caught the aging Finn with numerous big right hands and left hooks putting Koivula on the deck twice in round two prompting referee Bob Williams to call the bout at the 2:00 mark of the second round.
The Tony Simms trained Benn improves to 15-0, 10Ko’s while the faded Koivula 1-3 in his last four outings drops to 24-7-1, 9Ko’s.
Bermondsey, London’s Ted “The Big Cheese” Cheeseman retained his BBBofC British Super Welterweight Title battling to a controversial twelve round draw with Northampton, Northamptonshire’s Kieron “Too Class” Conway.
The battle of evenly matched once beaten’s saw Cheeseman push the action through most of the closely contested rounds out lasting Conway appearing to grab an edge in the championship rounds rocking “Too Class” in round ten and out boxing Conway down the stretch only to be surprised when the judges scores were announced 115-114 Cheeseman 114-114 even and 116-113 Conway for a twelve round draw.
Cheeseman coming in off his sole defeat a twelve round unanimous decision over still unbeaten Sergio Garcia in February moves to 15-1-1, 9Ko’s while Conway suffering his only pro blemish a three round split decision loss to still unbeaten Derrick “DelBoy The Punching Preacher” Osaze in May settles at 12-1-1, 3Ko’s.
In a contentious back and forth battle of London light heavyweights Crystal Palace’s harder hitting Craig ‘Spider’ Richards decked New Cross Andre Sterling in round six enroute to a persuading 117-111,116-111, 115-112 twelve round unanimous decision win. Richards with eyes set on unbeaten Crydon, London World Boxing Association International Light Heavyweight Title Champion Joshua Buatsi improves to 15-1, 8Ko’s while Sterling suffering his first defeat slips to 10-1, 4Ko’s.
In a minor upset Westbury, Wiltshire, 24-year-old journeyman light-heavyweight Anthony “Matador” Fox having battled the much tougher competition auditioned his wares out maneuvering and out boxing Thornton Heath, London, 36-year-old previously unbeaten “Hotshot” Duane Sinclair to a 79-73 referee scored points win.
Fox having battled the likes of Ryan Aston, Nathan Graham, Danny Dignum, Kody Davies, Luke Blackledge and Morgan Jones improves to 8-12-4 while Sinclair ten bout run over an unpublished list of unknown’s dips to 10-1, 4Ko’s.
In a scheduled six round showcase bout 19-year-old Toledo, Ohio, lightweight prospect Otha Jones III chopped down Mottram, Cheshire’s Michael “Lil Smokes” Horabin dropping the overmatched and out gunned patsy twice with big clean shots forcing referee Kieran McCann to immediately wave it over at 1:40 of round one.
In a six round female bantamweight pairing Watford, Hertfordshire’s Shannon “The Baby Face Assassin” Courtenay put in a powerful performance dropping Daugavpils, Latvia’s star struck 18-year-old, Valerija Sepetovskain round one with a hard-right hand piling on the punishment forcing the referee to call in in round two. Courtenay improves to 3-0, 1Ko while Sepetovskain still in search of her first pro win drops to 0-2.
In a scheduled six rounder Watford, Hertfordshire, featherweight, Reece “Bomber” Bellotti returned to winning ways banging out Gerona, Spain based Nicaraguan, Josue Bendana in four. Back in the green Bellotti moves to 14-2, 12Ko’s while Bendana‘s six bout losing streak comes in at 10-12-4, 6Ko’s.
In a four-round preliminary Crowthorne, Berkshire, super featherweight Charles “Boom Boom” Frankham extended record blasting out Jurmala, Latvia 31-year-old mark, Ilgvars Krauklis in one. Frankham moves to 2-0, 2ko’s while Krauklis winless since his pro debut crashes to 1-5, 1Ko.
Ballard and Espadas Battle to a Third Round No-Contest
In Golden Boy Thursday Night Fights Main Event!
By: Joe Martin
June 20th, Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey: In the ten round middleweight main event of Golden Boy Promotions Thursday Night Fights, Temple Hills, Maryland, D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard and Yucatán, Mexico’s “Latin Kid” Elias Espadas battled to a third-round no-contest.
The evenly contested battle seeing “Big Meech” working the counter punching Espadas body early was stopped in round three after a first-round clash of heads lead to Espadas being unable to continue in round three hampered by a severely cut over his left eye.
Off the no contest Ballard with a previous no-contest, October 2014 when Hot Springs, Arkansas, Thomas Gifford injured his ankle in the first-round leaves 20-0 13Ko’s while Espadas one victory from a ten round unanimous decision loss to Yamaguchi Falcao heads south at 18-4 13Ko’s.
In the ten round semi-main event, Bronx, New York welterweight Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez quickly broke down, battered and stopped Douglas, Arizona, “Navajo” Saul Corral in two rounds. On a three-bout victory run since dropping a ten round split decision loss to Alejandro Barrera July 29th, 2017, Gomez improves to 23-3 13Ko’s while Corral 2-4 in his last six drops to 30-14, 20Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Atlantic City, New Jersey southpaw, super middleweight Gabriel “GPHAM” Pham ran his win streak to five dropping Philadelphia’s previously unbeaten Jaba Khositashvili in the opening frame and out boxing the aggressive Georgian to a 60-53, 59-54 times two six round unanimous decision win. Pham moves to 11-1, 5Ko’s while Khositashvili suffering his first pro defeat dips to 4-1, 2Ko’s.
In a non-title, special female attraction Baltimore, Maryland, WBC Super Middleweight World Champion, Franchon Crews-Dezurn, the 32-year-old, wife of super bantamweight Glenn Dezurn out classed and dismantled New Iberia, Louisiana’s mismatched Kayla Williams in five rounds. Dezurn improves to 5-1 2Ko’s while Williams still in search of her first or win sinks to 0-3-1.
Carollton, Texas, southpaw, super lightweight George Rincon remained unbeaten with his second consecutive Ko win stopping Hoover, Alabama’s, Greg Young Jr. in four. The 27 year old former amateur standout Rincon improves to 7-0, 4Ko’s while Young suffering back to back defeats slips to 4-2, 1Ko.
Waldorf, Maryland, veteran, super lightweight, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed recorded his second win of 2019 with a rough and tumble 78-74, 79-73 times two points win over McAllen, Texas, unrelenting Angel “Hitman” Hernandez.
Reed with his second victory following back to back 2017-18 losses to Jose Carlos Ramirez and Arnold Barboza Jr. moves to 25-2, 13Ko’s while Hernandez with two victories in his last ten outings dives to full opponent status at 15-13-2, 9Ko’s.
Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, light handed super lightweight, Dan Murray moved to 5-2 with an uneventful 39-37, 40-36 times two four round points win over Quincy, Florida, southpaw, Leonardo Kenon. The much to do about nothing Kenon, stopped in his previous two falls to 3-6, 1Ko.
Ioka Makes It Five and Four
With Tenth Round TKO Stoppage of Palicte!
By: Hideaki Fukada
June 19th, Makuhari Messe, Chiba City, Chiba, Japan: In the main event of a Hitoshi Watanabe - Watanabe Promotions Tokyo, Japan’s, Kazuto Ioka claimed the vacant World Boxing Organization World Super Flyweight Title with a tenth round TKO stoppage of Bago City, Philippines, forged veteran and former amateur standout “Mighty” Aston Palicte.
In a quality versus quantity matter Ioka putting behind his previous split decision loss to Donnie Nietes last December operated at a steady pace out lasting and working the heavier handed Filipino answering Palicte rights with well-timed counter hooks.
Palicte appearing to have shot his load in a one sided seventh, pressed by the unremitting Japanese foe began to fade allowing Ioka to resume control rocking Palicte with a well-timed hook in round ten backing the “Mighty” one to the ropes for an unanswered volley of punches forcing referee Kenny Chevalier to step in and call it over at 1:46 of round ten.
The former eight-time national amateur champion now a five-time, four division world champion improves to 24-2, 14Ko’s while Palicte unbeaten in his previous six drops to 25-3-1, 21Ko’s.
In the co-feature, a battle of unbeaten light flyweights, Tokyo, Japan’s, Hiroto Kyoguchi retained his World Boxing Association Super World Light Flyweight Title with a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Bangkok, Thailand’s, Tanawat Nakoon.
Kyoguchi in charge for most of the conflict rattled his durable Thai challenger several times but unable to crack that “egg” was forced to settle for a 117-112, 117-111 times two unanimous decision win. Kyoguchi improves to 13-0, 9Ko’s while Nakoon suffering his first pro defeats slips to 11-1, 5Ko’s
In a special added super flyweight attraction Tokyo, Japan, former mixed martial artist Miyo Yoshida claimed the vacant World Boxing Organization World Female Super Flyweight Title with a heavily tilted ten round points win San Francisco, California, based “Lady Hawaiian Punch” Casey Morton.
The accurate but light-handed Yoshida in command from the opening bell out classed Morton pot shooting her way to a lopsided 99-91, 100-90 times two unanimous decision win. Yoshida advanced to 13-1 while Morton 1-2 in her last three falls to 8-2-3, 1Ko.
In a scheduled eight round lightweight match-up Tokyo, Japan's, Shu Utsuki continued his KO ways stopping Ishikawa, Japan based Venezuluan, Omrri Bolivar in three rounds. Utsuki moves to 5-0, 4Ko’s while Bolivar stopped in both his losses drops to 8-2, 3Ko’s.
In a six round affair Tokyo, Japan, southpaw Shisui Kawabata recorded his second consecutive pro KO victory blasting out Bangkok, Thailand’s, Mongkol Kamsommat in two. Kawabata stays perfect at 2-0, 2Ko’s as Kamsommat 1-3 in his last four evens up at 5-5, 4Ko’s.
In a preliminary featherweight bout Chiba City, Japan’s Kiyoharu Nunozaki out pointed Takasaki, Japan’s Yuto Sekiguchiover 40-36, 39-37 times two after four. Nunozaki moves to 2-0, 1Ko while Sekiguchiover levels out at 1-1, 1Ko
In a tightly contested featherweight pairing Chiba, Japan's Tomoyuki Hosaka won a 38-38, 39-36, 38-37 four round majority decision over Tokyo’s, Takahiko Noguchi. The on again off again Hosaka moves to 3-2, 2Ko’s while Noguchi on a three-bout skid drops to 2-6-1.
Moloney Brothers By Ko Down Under on ESPN+!
By: Ian Lewis
June 15th, Seagulls Rugby League Club, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia: In the ten round main event of Top rank Boxing on ESPN+ Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia’s, Jason Moloney retained his World Boxing Association Oceania Bantamweight Title with a third-round knockout of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania’s, Goodluck Mrema.
Moloney taking the role of aggressor pushed the action, closing the range on the mostly defensive Mreme ending the evenings work with a well-timed and placed left hook putting Mrema down convincing referee Justin Kennedy to wave it over at 2:23 of round three.
Now two stoppage wins off his sole defeat, an October 20th, 2018 split decision loss to Emmanuel Rodriguez improves to 19-1, 16Ko’s while Mrema 1-3 in his last four drops to 23-5, 13Ko’s.
Auckland, New Zealand’s, Mose “Iron” Auimatagi Jr. claimed the vacant OPBF Super Middleweight Title stopping Sydney, New South Wales, Kerry Foley in six rounds.
The more accurate and busier New Zealander found his target subject to the left hook hurt Foley to the body in round six sending him to the canvas with follow up hooks forcing referee Justin Kennedy to stop the bout at 1:23 of round six. Auimatagi Jr. unbeaten in his last dozen bouts with his fourth straight Ko win moves to 13-1-2, 9Ko’s while 2-2 in his last four drops to 19-5-1, 16Ko’s.
In a special ten round super flyweight match, Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia, Andrew “The Monster” Moloney moved one step closer to a world title shot overwhelming, then disposing of Tanzania’s, Selemani Bangaiza in two rounds.
Andrew the twin brother of Jason Moloney in control of the action from the opening sound picked up the pressure as the but wore on with the clearly overmatched Bangaiza taking the easy way out spitting out his mouth piece and refusing to fight on forcing referee Brad Vocale to call the bout at 1:57 of round two. Moloney moves to 20-0, 13Ko’s as Bangaiza slides to 15-6, 5Ko’s.
“Mexican Rocky” Andy Ruiz Jr. Shocks Joshua in Seven!
By: Joe Martin
June 1st, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY: In the main event of an Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing card Imperial, California’s, Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. claimed the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO World Heavyweight Champion shocking the sold-out “Mecca” of Boxing” and the DAZN world viewing audience with a stunning upset seventh round TKO stoppage of Watford, UK’s unbeaten 32-1 favorite Anthony “AJ” Joshua.
Ruiz coming back to action in just six weeks following an April 20th fifth round RTD of Alexander Dimitrenko as a Jarrell Miller late minute replacement put on eight pounds and wore it well turning two rounds of feeling out into one of the year’s most entertaining rounds.
Ruiz hitting the canvas in the third compliments of a Joshua left hook in genuine “Rocky” mode shook it off answering a solid Joshua right with a counter left hook landing high on Joshua’s head sending the hurt champion to the canvas. Beating a referee, Michael Griffin count Joshua still obviously hurt was backed to a neutral corner for a volley of Ruiz power shots sending him down for the second time in the round. The beneficiary of a liberal referee Michael Griffin second count a shaken Joshua finished the round.
The veteran of one hundred and sixty amateur fights Ruiz weary of the dangers facing a hurt fighter took on a cautious approach in round four then appearing to be looking for the big counter gave us a very slow fifth and sixth rounds.
Setting up his punches with his jab in the seventh Ruiz would hurt Joshua again with another big right hand sending the champion down for a third time. This time Joshua making it to his feet showing all the signs of a spent beaten fighter turned his back to referee Griffin who after retrieving the big Britts mouth piece followed him to the corner where his body language convinced referee Griffin to rightfully call the bout at 1:27 of round seven.
The new champion Ruiz becoming the first “Mexican World Heavyweight Champion improves to 33-1, 22Ko’s while expected to enforce his immediate rematch clause the 2012 Super Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua slips to 22-1, 21Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Liverpool, UK’s, Callum “Mundo” Smith retained his World Boxing Association Super World Super Middleweight Title, overpowering and stopping Monte Carlo, Monaco’s, former WBO and WBA Middleweight Champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam in three rounds.
The taller, longer, stronger Smith left no doubt dropping the usually durable N’Dam three times with the first coming by way of a left hook just seconds into round one. Down again from a left hook in round two Smith would send the courageous Frenchman to the deck again with a driving right hands this time convincing referee Charlie Fitch to call the fight at 2:56 of round three.
Smith with his eyes on a shot at Canelo improves to 26-0, 19Ko’s while N’Dam suffering his only stoppage defeats in two of his last three bouts (Ryota Murata 7th round TKO October 22nd, 2017) drops to 37-4, 21Ko’s.
In a full ticket worthy Female Lightweight Title bout, Bray, Ireland, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor added the World Boxing Council World Female Lightweight Title to her IBF/WBA and WBO collection with a contentious majority decision over Roeselare, Belgium’s, ready to rumble Delfine Persoon.
Inside the ten closely contested rounds the awkward, aggressive and unrelenting Persoon forced the more skilled Taylor to fight her fight winning the inside exchanges many times forcing Taylor to grab on. Taylor showing some success with her jab and right hands would answer well reaping most of her reward with a well-timed check hook but none of it deterred nine time defending Belgian WBC champion who pushed the fight to the final bell only to be shocked by the judges scores which were announced 95-95, 96-94 times two for the new unified champion Taylor. Open to a Persoon rematch or a highly sought meeting against Brooklyn’s Amanda Serrano, Taylor improves to 14-0, 6Ko’s while Persoon unbeaten in her previous thirty-four bouts slips to 43-2, 18Ko’s.
In a ten round affair Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK O2016 Olympian, Josh “Pretty Boy” Kelly retained his World Boxing Association International Welterweight Title with a controversial majority draw versus Philadelphia, southpaw, veteran Ray “The New” Robinson.
The defensively sound, hard to hit Kelly picked his shots winning the early rounds but began to show some cracks allowing the more active, much busier Robinson begin to flip the script only to come up short on the judges’ scorecards which were announced 96-95 Kelly, 95-95 times two giving Kelly a title saving majority draw. Kelly holds onto his strap at 9-0-1, 6Ko’s while Robinson with his second consecutive draw moves to 24-3-2, 12Ko’s.
Huntington, New York, former WBO Light Welterweight Champion Chris Algieri retained his World Boxing Organization International Super Lightweight Title taking apart and leaving Hull, Yorkshire, UK’s, Tommy “Boom Boom” Coyle seated for the bell sounding round nine.
Algieri off to a good start with a sharp check hook rocked Coyle in round one but the pond crossing Britt would answer back in round two landing a sharp right-hand bringing Algieri with a round closing left hook.
The back and forth action would continue in the third with Algieri beginning to separate himself in the fourth putting Coyle on the deck with a drilling left hook to the body.
After a bit of a respite fifth Coyle would begin a second half surge only to be met head on by the hometown Algieri turning his attention to Coyle’s body leaving the bigger stronger appearing Britt seated for the bell sounding round nine. Algieri moves to 24-3, 9Ko’s while Coyle’s three bout victory run closes at 25-5, 12Ko’s.
In ten round light heavyweight action Croydon, London’s, Joshua Buatsi stopped Mexico City, Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban in four.
A 2016, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Buatsi finding the more experienced Periban a bit slippery early on zeroed punches sending the Mexican veteran to the canvas with a looping right hand in round four Periban closing the show with a follow up volley of shots forcing referee Tony Chiarantano to step in and stop the bout at 1:39 of round four. Buatsi improves to 11-0, 9Ko’s while Periban suffering his second consecutive defeat dips to 25-5-1, 16Ko’s.
Bagnolet, France middleweight Souleymane Cissokho remained unbeaten with a solid eight round points win over Denver, Colorado, southpaw, Vladimir Hernandez.
The quicker, sharper more accurate 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Cissokho out maneuvered, out boxed the aggressive but out classed Hernandez rewarded for his landing clean combinations with a 80-72, 79-73 times two unanimous decision win. Cissokho improves to 9-0, 6Ko’s while Hernandez stopped in six rounds by pro debuting Israil Madrimov in his previous outing drops to 10-4, 6Ko’s.
In a four round middleweight preliminary bout Houston, Texas, southpaw, Austin “Ammo” Williams stopped Trenton, New Jersey, “Target” Quadeer Jenkins in one round.
Williams flooring the out gunned “Target” with a heavy combination would force referee Tony Chiarantano to stop the fight with an unanswered volley of power shots at 2:14 of round one. Williams moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Jenkins stopped in both pro adventures drops to 0-2.
Haney Destroys Moran In Seven!
By: Joe Martin
May 25th, MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland: In the main event of a Matchroom Boxing card streamed LIVE on DAZN San Francisco’s Devin “The Dream” Haney retained the WBC and WBO International Lightweight titles with a seventh round KO of Mexico City’s, Antonio Moran.
The 20-year-old quicker, sharper Haney mixing a variety of punches to the body and head flooring Moran in round five with a drilling right to the body closed the show with a seventh-round crushing looping right to Moran’s forcing head referee Kenny Chevalier to immediately wave the bout over at 2:32 of round seven. Haney with his sights set on pound for pound top ten Vasyl Lomachenko advances to 22-0, 14Ko’s while Moran suffering a 2018 points loss to Jose Pedraza drops to 24-4, 17Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Chicago, Illinois, Jessica McCaskill unified the and WBC and WBA World Female Super Lightweight Titles with an entertaining ten-round unanimous decision over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Anahi “La Indiecita” Sanchez.
The 34-year-old “CasKILLA” open to the 27byear old Sanchez right hand early lead the way to several rounds of exhausting back and forth action with McCaskill’s right finding the mark and its way to the way too wide of 99-91, 98-92 and in the ballpark 96-94 McCaskill unanimous decision win.
McCaskill moves to 7-2, 3Ko’s while Sanchez following up a ten round unanimous decision loss to
Katie Taylor with KO wins over Ruth Aquino and Diana Ayala slips to 19-4, 11Ko’s.
Michael “The Bounty” Hunter, the 30-year-old son of Greenville, South Carolina, heavyweight Mike "The Bounty" Hunter left no doubt in an obvious mismatch retaining his WBA International Heavyweight title with a second round TKO stoppage of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s 39-year-old, Fabio “Caipira de Aço” Maldonado.
Hunter scoring well hurt the out gunned, over matched Brazilian in round two with big rights sending him to the canvas twice forcing referee Harvey Dock to put a halt to the bout at 1:45 of round two. Hunter improves to 17-1, 12Ko’s while Maldonado winless in his last three falls to 26-3, 25Ko’s.
26-year-old, Croatian heavyweight Filip “El Animal” Hrgovic retained the World Boxing Council International Heavyweight Title blasting out Dallas, Texas once beaten 38-year-old, Gregory “Bad News” Corbin with a solid right forcing referee Brent Bovell to stop the bout at the 1:00 mark of round one. Hrgovic stays unblemished at 8-0, 6Ko’s while Corbin coming off a DQ loss to former IBF Heavyweight Champion “Prince” Charles Martin dips to 15-2, 9Ko’s.
2016 Kazakhstani Olympic Games Gold Medalist Daniyar Yelussinov remained unbeaten scoring a blue collar slanted 59-55, 60-54 times two points win over Talca, Chile, southpaw Luis Normabuena. Yelussinov moves to 7-0, 3Ko’s while the light handed, late fill in Normabuena dropping back to back bouts falls to 3-2-1.
Baltimore, Maryland, 19-year-old southpaw super middleweight Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson landing cleanly mixed up his power shots to stop Tucson, Arizona’s Rafael “El Loco” Garcia in round one. Simpson remains undefeated at 4-0, 3Ko’s while the 30-year-old Garcia dropping wo straight falls to is now 9-3, 6Ko’s.
In a six round slugfest, Puebla, Mexico’s lightweight, Luis Gerardo “Palamito” Perez banged out a 59-55 points win over Baltimore, Maryland’s, Mack “Papi” Allison IV. Perez back in the win column moves to 6-2, 1Ko while the inconsistent Allison falls to 9-3-1, 7Ko’s.
Gausha Ends Up on Short End of PBC
Split Controversial Decision With Trout!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
May 25th, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi: In the super welterweight main event of a Premiere Boxing Champions card on FOX Sports 1, Las Cruces, New Mexico southpaw, former WBA Light Middleweight Champion, Austin “No Doubt” Trout and Encino, California, 2012 Olympian, Terrell Gausha “boxed” to a twelve round split draw.
Gausha starting well landing the cleaner sharper punches highlighted by an accurate jab out “boxed” the I don’t want it you can have it event holding off Trout’s “too little, too late final round wake-up push for a crowd shocked 99-91 Gausha, 96-94 Trout, 95-95 split decision draw. Trout moves to 31-5-1, 17Ko’s while Gausha settles for 21-1-1, 10Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, a pairing of unbeaten super welterweights Stamford, Connecticut, southpaw, Chordale Booker out hustled Oxnard, California, based Nigerian, Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso to a blue collar 100-90 times three unanimous decision. Booker holds on to his zero at 15-0, 7Ko’s while the on again off again Omotoso 3-3 in his last six bouts drops to 27-4, 21 Ko’s.
Leading the undercard Miami, Florida based Egyptian, light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali stopped Parana, Brazil’s Marlos Eduardo Simoes with a jaw dropping crushing right hand forcing referee Keith Hughes to stop the bout at 1:12 of round two. Elbiali running his KO streak to three moves to 19-1, 16Ko’s as Simoes stopped in two of his last three falls to 13-2-2, 5Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round cruiserweight affair Houston, Texas, based hard hitting Efetobor Apochi remained perfect stopping Brooklyn, New York’s, Earl Newman with a heavy right at 2:12 of seven. Apochi climbs to 8-0, 8ko’s while Newman winless in his last three drops to 10-2-1, 7Ko’s.
In a super middleweight bout Accra, Ghana “Wild Hurricane” Habib Ahmed helped bury a February, 2018 KO loss to Gilberto Ramirez with a one sided 80-72 times three eight round unanimous decision over Barranquilla, Colombia’s Juan De Angel. Ahmed with back to back wins moves to 27-1-1, 18Ko’s while the made to order De Angel 1-6 in his last seven falls to 21-11-1, 19Ko’s.
In a six round bantamweight match-up Chicago, Illinois, Shawn Simpson out boxed and out classed his way to a to a 60-54 times three unanimous decision over Huntington Park, California’s, Sergio “El Nino” Quiroz. Simpson remaining unbeaten improves to 10-0, 3Ko’s as Quiroz 2-2 in his last four falls to 6-2, 1Ko.
Desoto, Texas, welterweight Amon Rashidi remained unbeaten with his third straight KO win stopping Aguascalientes, Mexico 38-year-old, fill in opponent Juan Jesus Garces in four. Rashidi moves to 7-0, 5Ko’s as Garces winless in his last five drops to 19-25, 13Ko’s.
Canelo Decisions Jacobs
To Unify IBF/WBA and WBC Middle Titles!
By: David Colon
May 4th, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the main attraction of a Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions premiere card broadcast LIVE on DAZN Guadalajara, Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez unified the IBF, WBA and WBC titles with a strategic twelve round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, New York’s, “Miracle Man” Daniel Jacobs.
The contentious highly anticipated bout following a forehead banging face off and a Miracle man” forfeit for some extra poundage quickly stated as a tactical affair with the boisterous pro Canelo crowd while accentuating Alvarez punches while burying Jacobs orthodox jab.
The tension would building behind some early two way rabbit punching but the action never really opened up as the bigger Brooklyn fighter appearing satisfied with keeping the shorter Mexican of balanced with his on again off again southpaw stance would often have his offensive work lost to Canelo’s newly found active upper body and head movement or over shadowed by the Cinco de Mayo stars accurate counter punching.
In long time standing tradition Canelo / Jacobs would have its proverbial flair when “The Miracle Man’s” too little, too late championship round push fell as short as his and GGG’s jab count resulting in a 116-112, 115-113 times two Canelo unanimous decision win. Alvarez with plenty of options (GGG-III or Andrade) advances to 52-1-2, 35Ko’s while the two-time middle weight champion Jacobs with some of his own heads back to Brooklyn to review the film and his possibilities at 35-3, 29Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction Islington, London, southpaw, John 'The Gorilla' Ryder took claim to the interim World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight Title with an impressive three round dismantling of Peakhurst, New South Wales, Australia’s, Bilal Akkawy.
Following an almost silent feeling out opening two frames Ryder went into full fledged “Gorilla” mode dropping Akkawy twice with heavy combinations forcing referee Jay Nady to stop the bout with a third two handed assault at 2:12 of round three. Ryder appearing headed to an all Brit showdown with Callum Smith improves to 28-4, 16Ko’s while the previously unbeaten David Lemieux replacement Akkawy drops to 20-1-1, 16Ko’s.
Not to go without a dash of controversy Upper Marlboro, Maryland, World Boxing Organization International Super Featherweight titlist Lamont Roach added the WBO NABO Super Featherweight Title to his collection with a questionable ten round unanimous decision over Vega Alta, Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo.
The battle tested 35 year old veteran quickly assuming the role of aggressor bloodied up Roach nose in round one pushed the action landing the heavier, cleaner shots in the first half with the 23 year old Roach dipping into his twelve year age advantage picked up the pace out working “Polvo” in second half influencing the judges to a 96-93, 97-92 times two unanimous decision win. Roach holds onto his zero at 19-0-1, 7Ko’s while “Polvo” continues on at 30-6,19Ko’s.
In a spectacular performance Dallas, Texas, 21-year-old, power punching super lightweight, Vergil Ortiz Jr. remained perfect scoring a third -round knockout of Riverside, California, veteran Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera.
Ortiz slow start and Herrera’s attempt to keep the space open in round one quickly faded in round two with the 21-year-old finding his range with a powerful right and follow up combo.
Picking up where he led off in round three Ortiz caught “El Maestro” with a perfectly placed right hand left hook backing Herrera near the ropes for a blistering lead right dropping him cold forcing referee Russell Mora to immediately wave the fight over without a count at 0:29 of round three.
Ortiz stays perfect at 13-0, 13Ko’s while 35-year-old Herrera having battled the likes of Mike Alvarado, Karim Mayfield, Danny Garcia, Jose Benavidez Jr, Frankie Gomez, Pablo Cesar Cano and Sadam Ali falls to 24-9, 7Ko’s.
In a major upset Atlantic City, New Jersey’s, Anthony “Juice” Young claimed the vacant World Boxing Council United States (USNBC) Silver Welterweight Title with a third round TKO stoppage win over Brooklyn, New York, 2008, Olympian and former WBO Light Middleweight Champion, Sadam “World Kid” Ali.
The Atlantic City fighter started fast establishing his spacing early landing clean shots on the more experienced “Wonder Kid” early.
Young turned up “The Juice” in round three landing with a big right and clean body shot backing the all-defensive Ali to the ropes for a volley of unanswered punches prompting referee Robert Byrd to step and call it over at 2:38 of round three. Young improves to 21-2, 8Ko’s while the former champion Ali stopped in two of his last three outings falls to 27-3, 14Ko’s
In a someone’s O must go ten round battle of featherweights Moscow, Russia’s, Aram Avagyan retained his World Boxing Council International Silver Featherweight Title scoring a get up off the deck ten round unanimous decision over Las Vegas, Francisco “Alacran” Esparza.
Avagyan down from a left hook in round two showed excellent recovery and endurance shaking it off and flipping the script putting his punches together and Esparza on his back foot working his way to a solid 97-92, 96-93 times two ten round unanimous decision win. Avagyan improves to 9-0-1, 4Ko’s while Esparza suffering his first loss slips to 9-1-1, 3Ko’s.
In a four round super middleweight preliminary Las Vegas, Nevada, 19-year-old, Alexis Espino used his elevated hand speed and work rate to out point Great Falls, Montana’s, Billy Wagner.
The heavier punching Espino started well mixing up his shots dropping Wagner with a heavy hook in round two only to lose a point for hitting Wagner while he was down.
A bit more in control Espino continued to come forward beating Wagner to the punch boxing his way to a clean 39-4, 39-35 times two unanimous decision win. Espino moves to 2-0, 1Ko while Wagner with the loss levels out at 1-1.
In a battle of southpaw, super featherweights Downey, California, 2012 US Olympian, Jo Jo Diaz claimed the vacant WBA Gold Super Featherweight Title with a seventh round beat down of Managua, Nicaragua’s Freddy Fonseca.
The quicker, heavier punching Diaz proved too much for Fonseca who hitting the canvas late in round six compliments of a heavy straight left couldn’t hold off the former US amateur standout forcing Fonseca’s corner to stop the punishment throwing in the towel prompting referee Kenny Bayless to call the bout at 2:07 of round seven. Diaz improves to 29-1, 15Ko’s while Fonseca unbeaten in his previous sixteen going back to 2015 falls to 26-3-1, 17Ko’s.
Beterbiev Stays Perfect with Power
Fifth Round Knockout of "Hot Rod" Kalajdzic!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
May 4th, Stockton Arena, Stockton, California: In the main event of a Bob Arum / Top Rank promotion on ESPN and ESPN+ Montreal, Quebec, Canada based Russian 2008 and 2012 Olympian, Artur Beterbiev continued his KO ways with an International Boxing Federation World Light Heavyweight Title retaining fifth round knockout of Saint Petersburg, Florida’s, Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic.
The heavy handed Beterbiev going right on the offense immediately put “Hot Rod” on the defensive’ quickly making it clear in round two that the out gunned Kalajdzic had no answers for the power punching Russian.
Beterbiev landing with numerous big rights dropping the once beaten “Hot Rod” to the ropes in round three for the bouts only knockdown plied on the punishment finally convincing referee Dan Stell to put a stop to the punishment at 0:13 of round five. Beterbiev climbs to 14-0, 14Ko’s while Kalajdzic drops to 24-2, 17Ko’s.
In the co featured event Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines southpaw, Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas made the seventh defense of his International Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight Title dismantling Tokyo, Japan’s, Ryuichi Funai in seven rounds.
Following a feeling out opening round the champion Ancajas began to dip into his fully loaded arsenal picking his shots loading up in spots rocking Funai in round four, piling on the brutality in rounds five and six landing lean right hooks and solid left hands finally convincing the ringside physician to call referee Edward Collantes to stop the punishment at 0:01 of round seven. Ancajas advances to 31-1-2, 21Ko’s while Funai drops to 31-8, 22Ko’s.
In a special six round super featherweight attraction Stockton 19-year-old star Gabriel Flores Jr. rocked his hometown fans with a crushing one punch third round knockout of 29-year-old Brazilian, Eduardo Pereira dos Reis.
Flores opened up the arsenal early working behind and accurate jab putting together some rapid-fire combinations and drilling power shots highlighted by a jack hammer left hook in round three dropping Ries cold cancelling any idea of a referee Marcos Rosales count at 1:14 of round three. Flores improves to 13-0, 6Ko’s while Ries 1-3 in his last four falls to 23-6, 19Ko’s.
In an eight-round light heavyweight affair, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic’s Felix “Mangu” Valera won a blue collar pick up the pace fourth round stoppage of Sonora, Mexico’s, Mario “El Ruso” Aguilar.
Valera the aggressor from the start gradually increased his work rate attacking Aguilar to the head and body piling on the punishment forcing referee Marcos Rosales to step in and wave it done at 2:29 of round four. Felix Valera who’s only loses come to Dmitry Bivol and Sullivan Barrera moves to 18-2,15Ko’s while Aguilar 3-6 in his last nine bouts drops to 20-7, 17Ko’s.
In an all-in cruiserweight affair Sacramento, California US Army Veteran, Blake McKernan held off Colorado Springs, Colorado’s, scrappy Joey Montoya for an eight round unanimous decision win.
McKernan the aggressor through most of the action cutting Montoya on the bridge of nose in round four would see Montoya step on his own second half surge losing a point in round six for hitting after the bell setting the stage for the Army Vet to box his way to the final bell ending the spirited match with the judges calling McKernan a 78-73, 79-72 times two unanimous decision winner. McKernan advances to 12-0, 6Ko’s while the Montoya winless in his last five drops to 9-7-3, 3Ko’s
Las Vegas welterweight Brian “La Bala” Mendoza fully deflated La Paz, Mexico’s Carlos Mohamed Rodriguez with a drilling hook to the body forcing referee Edward Collantes to immediately wave it over at 1:45 of the second round of their scheduled eight rounder. Mendoza remains unbeaten at 17-0, 12Ko’s while Rodriguez 1-3-1 in his last five falls to 12-8-1, 5Ko’s.
In a lack luster super bantamweight six rounder, Montreal, Quebec, Canada’s Vislan Dalkhaev won an unimpressive 60-54, 59-55 times two points win over Kentwood, Michigan’s, Vincent Jennings. Dalkhaev now two victories off an upset six round unanimous decision loss to Fernando Fuentes, November 2017 moves to 11-1, 3Ko’s while Jennings falls to 6-7-2, 4Ko’s.
In six round middleweight action Fresno, California’s Quilisto “Quilo The Kid” Madera won a come forward, blue collar points win over Tulsa, Oklahoma’s, tough as nails Osbaldo “Rocky” Gonzales. Madera now two victories off a July, 2018, third round KO loss to Jerhed Fenderson moves to 12-2, 8Ko’s while Gonzales dropping three in a row, lands at 6-4, 4Ko’s.
In a closely contested four round flyweight match-up Oxnard, California’s, Jesus Godinez put Stockton hometown favorite Marco Antonio Arroyo on the canvas with a judge dividing left hook in round two enroute to a 38-37 once Arroyo, 38-37 twice Godinez split decision win. Godinez levels off at 3-3, 2Ko’s while Arroyo suffering his first defeat dips to 2-1, 1Ko.
Dubois Stops Lartey In Four!
By: Ian Webb
April 27th, Wembley Arena, Wembley, London: In the main attraction of a Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotions Greenwich, London, highly touted 21 year old heavyweight “DDD” Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois scored a fourth round knockout of Accra, Ghana’s, Richard Lartey.
Launching into action behind a thumping left jab Dubois engaging Lartey in several offensive exchanges leading to an exciting third round leather swapping “DDD” answered with a fourth round drilling right hand flooring the previously once beaten Ghanaian prompting referee Robert Williams to call the bout at 1:50 of round four.
Dubois looking forward to an all British showdown with unbeaten Putney, London “Juggernaut” Joe Joyce improves to 11-0, 10Ko’s while Lartey openly displeased with the stoppage falls to 14-2, 11Ko’s.
New Malden, London, Lerrone 'Sniper, The Boss' Richards took claim to the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) and World Boxing Organization International Super Middleweight Titles winning a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Birmingham, West Midlands, Tommy Langford.
The fight a major step up in competition for Richards saw the two skilled 168lbers stayed behind their jabs early with Richards beginning to take control landing the cleaner shots through the middle rounds. Richards a southpaw began to show he was “The Boss” putt his punches together in the second half, out throwing and out landing the more experienced Langford to a solid 118-110, 118-111, 116-113 twelve round unanimous decision win. Richards climbs to 12-0, 3Ko’s while Langford 1-3 in his last four bouts slides to 21-4, 6Ko’s.
In a ten round super flyweight feature Croydon, London’s, Sunny Edwards retained his WBO European super-flyweight title with an eighth-round stoppage of Portugal’s, Pedro “Number One” Matos.
Sunny, the 23-year-old younger brother of WBC flyweight titleholder Charlie Edwards displaying a full arsenal of weapons meticulously picked apart Matos rocking “Number One” with a big left hook to close round seven.
In true finisher form Edwards immediately returned to work landing with a wide variety of unanswered punches prompting referee Phil Edwards to put a stop to the fight at 0:23 of round eight. Edwards improves to 11-0, 4Ko’s as Matos stopped in two of his last three bouts falls to 7-2, 1Ko.
London's, Zak Chelli captured the vacant BBBofC Southern Area Super Middleweight Title with a one-sided point win over Slough, Berkshire’s, once beaten Jimmy Smith. The 21-year-old University of Surrey student Chelli picked up his pace and accuracy as the fight wore on flooring Smith in the eighth-round gliding to a slanted 100-89 decision win. Chelli improves to 7-0, 3Ko’s while Smith 2-2 in his last four falls to 7-2.
In eight round super lightweight action Chorley, Lancashire’s, Jack “El Gato” Catterall dismantled Gerona, Spain based Nicaraguan Oscar Amador in three rounds.
The bout all “El Gato’s” from the opening bell saw the title bound southpaw blast the all but beaten Nicaraguan with a smashing uppercut dropping Amador to a knee where he was counted out by referee Chas Coakley at 1:12 of round three. Catterall the mandatory to WBO Champion Maurice Hooker advances to 24-0, 12Ko’s while the disposable Amador winless in his last eleven falls to 10-18, 1Ko.
Welling, London, “Sharpshooter” Archie Sharp retained his WBO European super-featherweight title flooring Gerona, Spain, “mark” Sergio “Torito” Gonzalez three times in round two forcing by referee Chaz Coakley to wave the bout done at 2:02 of second round. Sharp moves to 15-0, 7Ko’s as Gonzalez winless in his last seven sinks to 10-15-5, 7Ko’s.
Battersea, London, heavy handed middleweight, Denzel Bentley forced to go the distance for just the second time won an impressive six round points win over Poprad, Slovakia’s Pavol Garaj.
The power punching southpaw began working his southpaw jab before targeting Garaj’s to the body.
Remaining the aggressor Bently went on to control the fight putting Garaj on his back foot stalking the mostly defensive target backing him to the ropes for some heavy bi-lateral shots pounding away through the sixth and final round answering Garaj’s game last round stand punch for punch to a 60-54 points win. Bently moves to 10-0, 8Ko’s while Garaj 1-14-2 in his last seventeen slumps to 6-17-3, 2Ko’s.
Ilford, Essex, 22-year-old, super middleweight, Umar “Top Boxer” Sadiq continued his comeback burying his October 2018 eight round points loss to Zak Chelli over powering and banging out Sheffield, Yorkshire, “duck” Chris “Box Clever” Dutton in three rounds. In charge of the action from the opening sound Sadiq pushed the fight pounding Dutton for six minutes prompting the Yorkshire product to remain seated for the bell calling round three. Sadiq improves to 5-1, 3Ko’s as Dutton on a seven-bout skid since being stopped in five rounds by Tommy Philbin in 2017 falls to 4-7.
In a scheduled six round super welterweight bout Ilford, London, 19-year-old, Hamzah Sheeraz remained unbeaten stopping Komárno, Slovakia’s, 29-year-old opponent Ladislav Nemeth in just two rounds. Recording his second consecutive knockout win Sheerez improves to 8-0, 4Ko’s while the battle worn Nemeth, 1-4 in his last five, stopped now in back to back fights drops to 13-57-9, 7Ko’s.
In a scheduled six round middleweight affair Belfast, Northern Ireland, 22-year-old, Caoimhin Agyarko pounded out Dolni Ujezd, Czech Republic’s 35-year-old, Martin Kabrhel in three rounds. Agyarko improves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Kabrihl winless in his last thirteen bouts sinks to 2-14-1, 2Ko’s.
In four round action:
Beckton, London, lightweight Mohammad “The Chosen One” Bilal Ali won his second pro adventure out pointing Gornji Kneginec, Croatia’s, Antonio Horvatic 40-36. Ali moves to 2-0 while the record padding Horvatic sinks to 11-57, 6Ko’s.
Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, super lightweight, Alfie Price remained undefeated with a dominant 40-36 points win over Gerona, Spain based Nicaraguan Michael Isaac Carrero. Price improves to 5-0 while Carrero winless in his last eleven outings crashes to 13-48-6, 6Ko’s.
Streatham, London, southpaw, super bantamweight Chris Bourke dropped and stopped Sofia, Bulgaria patsy Stefan Slavchev with a drilling body shot in round two. Bourke moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s as Slavchev winless I his last seven dives to 10-33-2, 4Ko’s.
In a four round middleweight match-up Sheffield, Yorkshire, 6’3’ 22-year-old, Shakiel “Dr. Steel” Thompson stayed perfect blasting out Gerona, Spain based, Nicaraguan journeyman Nelson Altamirano in round one.
The tall, long, rangy southpaw “Dr. Steel” the aggressor from the opening bell quickly measured the overmatched and out gunned, Nicaraguan firing away with a series of unanswered punches drawing in the referee to stop it at 1:59 of round one. Thompson moves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Altamirano winless in his last twenty-two reinforces his opponent status at 10-26-3, 6Ko’s.
Barthelemy and Easter Sleep Walk to Twelve Round Draw!
By: Steve Morrow
April 27th, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card Toledo, Ohio, Robert Easter Jr. and Las Vegas, Nevada’s Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy played tag to a “No-Doze” sponsored twelve round draw.
The slow-paced chess match dragging on with Barthelemy mostly in reverse avoiding Easter’s no existing offense saw the two sleep walkers combine for a general anesthesia 750 total punch count sleeper with the final bell waking the judges for a 115-113 Easter, 115-113 Barthelemy 114-114 Starbucks calling draw. The IBO and WBO World Lightweight Title remain vacant as Easter Jr. wakes up at 21-1-1, 14Ko’s and Barthelemy at 27-1-1, 14Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction, a WBC Super Lightweight eliminator LA based Ukrainian former WBC Light Welterweight Champion Viktor “Iceman” Postol scored a heavily tilted ten round unanimous decision over Toulouse, France’s, Mohamed “The Problem” Mimoune.
The Freddy Roach trained “Iceman” out worked, out pointed and out classed Mimoune in all aspects of the fight coasting to a 99-91, 98-92, 97-93 unanimous decision win. Postol improves to 31-2, 12Ko’s as Mimoune unbeaten since 2013 drops to 21-2, 2Ko’s.
In a ten round welterweight slugfest Los Angeles, Terrel Williams held onto his zero with a hard-fought split decision win over Augusta, Georgia, “Chosen One” Justin DeLoach. The busier more active Williams landing the cleaner punches in the close range back and forth affair would be rewarded when the judges scores were announced 96-94 once Deloach and 96-94 twice for the still unbeaten Williams. Williams bumps up to 18-0, 13Ko’s while Deloach 1-3 in his last four falls to 18-4, 9Ko’s
In ten round heavyweight action Stafford, Texas, heavy handed Nigerian, Efe Ajagba continued his KO ways stopping Munich, Germany’s, once beaten Michael Wallisch in two rounds.
The 6’5” power punching Ajagba went straight to work measuring Wallisch in round one finding his range in round two with a clipping hook followed shortly by a thumping right hand putting the tough German on a knee only to be hit with a repeat right hand.
Wallisch given time to recover by referee Tony Weeks returned to action only to be immediately met by a heavy two handed Ajagba assault forcing referee Weeks stop the bout at 1:40 of round two. Ajagba moves to 10-0, 9Ko’s as Wallisch suffering only his second defeat slips to 19-2, 12Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round featherweight bout Dominican Republic’s Ranfis “La Ensalada” Encarnacion remained unbeaten flooring Juarez, Mexico’s over matched Jose “Flash” Bustos three times forcing the referee to wave it over at 0:28 of round two. Encarnacion moves up to 16-0, 12Ko’s while the canvas comfortable Bustos falls to 14-10-3, 9Ko’s.
Six Round Action:
In a minor upset Fort Worth, Texas lightweight, Clay “3rd Degree” Burns out pointed LA’s, Yovani “Cuate” Rodarte, 59-55, 60-54 times two after six. Burns now on a two-bout victory run moves to 7-5-2, 4Ko’s while Rodarte previously unbeaten since his pro debut dips to 10-2-1, 5Ko’s.
In a battle of LA super welterweights, Flavio Rodriguez got back on track scoring a blue collar 57-57, 55-59, 54-60 points win over southpaw, Gaku Takahashi. Rodriguez improves to 9-1-1, 7Ko’s while Takahashi on a three-bout skid falls to 16-10-1, 8Ko’s.
Fairfield, California’s, 18-year-old bantamweight, Fernando Ibarra De Anda leveled things off with an upset 40-34, 39-35 timed two points win over LA’s Daniel Guzman. De Anda evens up at 1-1 while Guzman levels off at 2-2-1, 1Ko.
Dallas Texas, light heavyweight, Burley Brooks plowed through Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s, Steven Crowfield dropping the 28-year-old Crowfield twice with drilling body shots in round one before inflicting heavy damage in round two forcing referee Russell Mora to wave it over at 0:43 of round two. The 23-year-old Errol Spence Jr. spar mate Brooks improves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Crowfield stopped in two of his last three outings drops to 4-10.
Danny "Swift" Garcia Returns to the Thick
of the 147lb Mix with 7th Round KO of Granados!
By: David Colon
April 20th, Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California: In the main event of a Tom Brown, TGB Promotions premiere Boxing Champions card on Fox TV Philadelphia’s, former WBC / WBA Light Welterweight Champion and WBC Welterweight Champion, Danny “Swift” Garcia got back on track claiming the vacant World Boxing Council Silver Welterweight Title with a seventh-round knockout of Cicero, Illinois, Adrian “Tigre” Granados.
The very focused Garcia usually a slow starter went right to work unleashing his heavier arsenal flooring the volume punching “Tigre” twice in round two, first with a tight left hook and again with a thudding looping right hand. Continuing to landing the heavier punches Garcia would send Granados down again in round five piling on the punishment landing a series of hard shots in round seven prompting referee Thomas Taylor to stop the bout at 1:33 of round seven. Garcia improves to 35-2, 21Ko’swhile the never been stopped former Juan Manuel Marquez sparring partner falls to 20-7-2, 14Ko’s.
Lomachenko “Checks Out” Crolla in Four!
By: David Colon
April 12th, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California: In the main event of Bob Arum’s Top Rank card broadcast LIVE on ESPN, Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian, Vasiliy “HI-Tech” Lomachenko retained his WBA Super World Lightweight and WBO World Lightweight Titles thoroughly dismantling and stopping Manchester, UK mandatory challenger Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla in four rounds.
Lomachenko immediately put his “Hi-Tech” pound for pound talent on display taking control of the center of the ring and command of the fight stalking and angling the mostly defensive Brit with a variety of accurate and powerful southpaw lead right hands ripping away to the body and head driving the out classed Brit to the ropes for a technical knockdown to close round three.
Showing no ill effect in his surgically repaired right shoulder the newly named “No Mas” Lomachenko went right back to business ripping away with shots from both sides dropping “Million Dollar” face first forcing referee Jack Reiss to immediately wave the fight over at 0:58 of round four.
Lomachenko looking through unbeaten prospect Teofimo Lopez and towards Mickey Garcia improves to 13-1, 10Ko’s while Crolla 3-3 in his last six drops to 34-7-3, 13Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Sinaloa, Mexico World Boxing Organization World Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez moved up to the 175-pound division breaking down Adah, Pennsylvania, two-time title challenger Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency after four.
The battle of southpaws saw the bigger stronger appearing “Zurdo” easily out worked Karpency ripping him to the body with heavy right hands right from the start piling on the punishment leaving the “Kryptonite” less Pennsylvanian unable to continue claiming possible broken ribs after round four. Ramirez advances to 40-0, 26Ko’s while Karpency stopped in his last three step up bouts falls to 29-7-1, 18Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Long Beach California’s Arnold Barboza Jr. retained his NABF Junior Super Lightweight Title stopping battle worn Denver, Colorado, 38-year-old former WBO Light Welterweight Champion, Mike “Mile High” Alvarado in three rounds.
The quicker, sharper 27 year old, Barboza went right to Alvarado work his jab ripping the former champion to the body bringing down the guard breaking through with a hard right hand, left hook in round three sinking the legless “Mile High” to the canvas forcing referee Thomas Taylor to wave it over at 0:49 of round three. Barboza, Jr. improves to 21-0, 8Ko’s while the veteran stalwart Alvarado’s six bout win streak comes to a close at 40-5, 28Ko’s.
Oxnard, California, based Russian, Alexander Besputin retained his USBA Welterweight Title with a ten round blue-collar precision punching 99-91, 100-90 times two unanimous decision over Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alfredo “Alfri” Blanco. Still unbeaten Besputin moves to 13-0, 9Ko’s while Blanco unbeaten in his previous four drops to 20-8, 11Ko’s.
Oxnard, California, based Kazahk, Janibek Alimkhanuly took possession of the vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas Middleweight Title scoring a one way ten round points win over San Ysidro, California, Cristian “Ruso” Olivas.
Using an active and accurate southpaw jab Alimkhanuly held off the aggressive Olivas taking control of the spacing landing clean inside shots rocking the game “Ruso” several times enroute to a slanted 99-91, 100-90 times two unanimous decision win. Alimkhanuly improves to 6-0, 2Ko’s while Olivas dropping three straight falls to 16-5, 13Ko’s.
Roma, Italy, heavyweight “Gladiator” Guido Vianello banged out Syracuse, New York’s, Lawrence Gabriel landing a crushing right in the opening seconds hurting the out gunned New Yorker sending him to the deck with a follow up barrage of punches forcing referee Thomas Taylor to wave it done at 0:40 of round one. The Abel Sanchez trained Vianello improves to 3-0, 3Ko’s as Gabriel stopped in both his losses falls to 3-2-1, 2Ko’s.
In a welterweight six rounder Indio, California, Jose Rodriguez started quickly hurting Portland, Oregon’s, ready to rumble Ramel Snegur in round one and again in round two but was forced to go the full six trading leather for a spirted 38-38, 39-37, 40-36 for a majority decision win. Rodriguez improves to 6-0, 2Ko’s as the game Snegur drops to 3-4-1, 2Ko’s.
Koki Inoue Defeats Hosokawa for Japanese Title!
By: Hideaki Fukada
April 6th, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan: In the main event of a - Shingo Suzuki - Kadoebi Jewel Promotion, Yokohama Japan, southpaw, Koki Inoue claimed the Japanese Super Lightweight title scoring a ten-round unanimous decision over Tokyo’s own Valentine Hosokawa.
Inoue, the 26-year-old cousin of Naoya Inoue and Takuma Inoue used his long amateur background, an eleven-year age advantage and some speedy combinations to out work and outpoint Tokyo’s, 37-year-old Hosokawa to a decisive 93-97, 92-98, 93-98 ten round unanimous decision win. Winning his first minor title, Inoue improves to 13-0, 10Ko’s ending Hosokawa’s four bout victory run at 24-7-3, 11Ko’s.
Lipinets Stops Lamont Peterson In Ten,
Mendez Battles Brother Anthony to Split Draw!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
March 24th, MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland: In the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions event broadcast LIVE on FOX Sports 1, Beverly Hills, California based Kazakhstani, former IBF Light Welterweight Champion, Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets scored a tenth round TKO stoppage of Washington, DC, former WBA / IBF Light Welterweight and WBA Welterweight Champion, Lamont “Havoc” Peterson.
The taller rangier Peterson beginning behind a solid jab would see the younger determined aggressor Lipinets gradually close the distance and turn the tide of the fight winning the close quarters infighting wearing “Havoc” down with the cleaner heavier punches in a mid-round exchange pushing the action rocking Peterson in the eighth and applying his final “Samurai” touches in the tenth and final round driving the hometown fighter to the ropes and to the canvas with a heavy volley of punches prompting his corner and referee Harvey Dock to call for a stoppage at 2:59 of round ten. Lipinets improves to 15-1, 11 Ko’s while Peterson announcing his retirement immediately following the bout drops to 35-5-1, 17Ko’s.
In the ten round super lightweight co-feature, Washington, DC 34-year-old younger brother of Lamont, Anthony “Hazardous” Peterson and Brooklyn, New York’s, former IBF Super Featherweight Champion, Argenis Mendez battled to a closely contested ten round split decision draw. The slow starting fight would be a matter of halves with Peterson grabbing a slight edge early on and after several very close rounds the better conditioned more active Mendez picked up the pace putting Peterson in a defensive mode through the final three rounds only to settle for a much too often, too little too late split decision draw. Peterson moves to 37-1-1, 24ko’s while Mendez shifts to 25-5-2, 12Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a pairing of super welterweight southpaws, Cincinnati, Ohio’s, Jamontay “The Quiet Assassin” Clark used his vast height and reach advantage to recover from a third-round trip to the canvas and work his way to a tighter than scored 95-94, 96-93 times two unanimous decision win over Chicago, Illinois, Vernon Brown. The 6’2” Clark advances to 14-1, 7Ko’s while the 5’7” Brown suffering his first defeat drops to 10-1-1, 7Ko’s.
Hyattsville, Maryland, super featherweight, Cobia Breedy held onto his zero when Hemet, California, Fernando “Chukito” Fuentes unable to continue due to a cut caused by a headbutt the bout stopped in round six and sent to the judges Breedy was awarded a 59-55, 58-56 times two technical decision.
Breedy improves to 13-0, 4Ko’s while Fuentes eight bout unbeaten run comes to a close at 14-8-1, 4Ko’s.
In an eight-round middleweight match Hayward, California, southpaw, Aaron Coley eked out a minor upset 77-75 vs 79-73, 78-74 split decision win over Alexandria, Virginia’s, Brandon “Bull Dog” Quarles. Coley moves to 16-2-1, 7Ko’s while Quarles drops to 21-5-1, 10Ko’s. KOs). Scores were.
In six round welterweight action Washington, DC’s, Kareem Martin found himself on the positive side of a widely scored55-59, 60-54, 59-55 split decision win over Las Vegas, Joaquin “Chico” Chavez. Martin moves to 12-2-1, 3ko’s while Chavez winless in his last five falls to 9-18-3, 2Ko’s.
In a six round middleweight upset Costa Rican, southpaw, Arturo Izquierdo floored Clarksburg, Maryland’s, previously unbeaten Mark Duncan in round one enroute to a 57-56, Duncan, 57-56 twice for Izquierdo split decision win. Izquierdo improves to 6-2, 2Ko’s while Duncan suffering his first blemish drops to 3-1, 3Ko’s.
Cincinnati, Ohio, super lightweight, Adrian Benton won his pro-debut recording a 40-36 times three unanimous decision over Norcross, Georgia, Archie Weah. Benton starts out 1-0 while Weah sinks to 2-13.
Baltimore, Maryland, 19-year-old, super welterweight Lorenzo Simpson scored a first-round knockdown enroute to a one way, record padding 40-36, 40-35 times two points win over San Diego, California’s, made to order Earl “Jeree” Henry. Simpson moves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Henry still unbeaten sits at 0-3.
Rodriguez Scores Head Banging
Thursday Night Fights Ninth Round Stoppage of Gesta!
By: David Colon
March 21st, The Avalon, Hollywood, California: In the inaugural Golden Boy Promotions "Thursday Night Fights" Puebla, Mexico’s, Juan “Zurdo El Mozo” Rodriguez scored a mild upset stopping San Diego, California, based southpaw, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta in nine.
The battle of southpaws saw Gesta the aggressor at the start only to be met with an equal counter attack leading to some close inside trading and accidental headbutts leaving Rodriguez cut near the right eye in round three, the left eye in round four and Gesta cut above his eyes in round five.
Gesta using his jab worked Rodriguez to the body and was getting the better of the action on the inside with Rodriguez zeroing his left began to land with some regularity in round seven rocking Gesta in the eighth and ninth rounds showing “No Mercy” backed up the tiring Filipino with a series of heavy shots forcing referee Zachary Young to step in and wave it over at 2:555 of round nine. Rodriguez moves to 30-7, 26Ko’s while Gesta 2-3 since 2017 falls to 32-3-2, 17Ko’s.
In the eight round semi-main event, Las Vegas, based Philly transplant, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs claimed the vacant NABF Junior Welterweight Title with an upset points win over North Hollywood, California, based 21-year-old Armenian, “Lucky Boy” Ferdinand Kerobyan.
The orthodox / southpaw pairing saw Kerobyan cut near his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in round one and the southpaw Cobbs begin target the area with his jab in round two.
Cobbs moving and boxing kept the right hand throwing Kerobyan on the end of his jab rocking the tough Armenian several times with clean southpaw, right hooks. Kerobyan battling the blood and Cobbs jab would push on only to be met by rapid combinations taking the fight the distance and a Cobbs 79-73, 77-75 times two unanimous decision win. Cobbs improves to 10-0-1, 6Ko’s while Kerobyan suffering his first defeat dips to 11-1, 9Ko’s.
Heading the undercard Fairfield, California, southpaw, featherweight Manuel “Tino” Avila battled to an entertaining hard fought eight-round split decision draw with Guadalajara, Mexico’s, tough as nails Jose “El Torito” Gonzalez.
The battle of contrasting styles saw the boxer Avila fight from a distance while the inside tussle Gonzalez pressing to keep the action did so trading enough with the jabbing and moving southpaw putting the fight up for grabs with the judges calling it a lock when the scores were announced 76-76, 77-75 Avila, 75-77 Gonzalez split decision draw. Avila moves to 23-1-1, 8Ko’s while Gonzalez ends his three-bout skid at 23-7-1, 13Ko’s.
In a six round light welterweight mix-up Pasadena, California, southpaw, David Mijares out boxed, and out classed Toa Alta, Puerto Rico’s, Antonio “Anthony” Sanchez to a one sided 60-54 times three unanimous decision win. Mijares stays unbeaten at 7-0, 3Ko’s while Sanchez back in the red 1-5 in his last six evens out at 6-6-2, 3Ko’s.
In a six round heavyweight slugfest North Hollywood, California, James “The Beast” Wilson held onto his zero battling San Luis Potosí, Mexico’s, ordinary Miguel “El Sepulterero” Cubos to an uneventful 58-56 Wilson 57-57 times two draw. Wilson stays unbeaten at 7-0-1, 6Ko’s while the durable Cubos coming in off back to back KO wins over still winless Juan Jose Torres Zaragoza dives to 13-21-1, 10Ko’s.
In a preliminary lightweight bout LA, southpaw, Oscar Acevedo cruised to a dominant four round 40-36, 39-37 times two unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s, 22-year-old, Daniel “Menona” Bastien. Acevedo improves to 5-0, while Bastien winless in his last dozen dives to 4-13, 1Ko.
Chicago, middleweight, Chris “Milly” Ousley moved his new KO streak to four stopping Houston, Texas, “patsy” Jorge “Chele” Munguia in just one round. The more skilled and powerful Ousley didn’t “Milly” around going right at “Chele” putting him down for a referee Zachary Young eight count closing the show with a follow up heavy volley forcing referee Young to stop it at 1:54 of round one. Ousley improves to 10-0, 9Ko’s while Munguia 1-12 in his last thirteen, stopped in his last three crashes to 13-15, 5Ko’s.
Spence Jr. Glides to Shutout Win Over Garcia!
By: Phil Kane
March 16th, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas: In the highly anticipated “potential” fight of the year Desoto, Texas, Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. retained his International Boxing Federation World Welterweight Title with a twelve-round shellacking of Moreno Valley, California, former WBO Featherweight, Super Featherweight and WBC/IBF Lightweight Champion, Mikey Garcia.
After a feeling out first round Spence using every inch of his four-inch height and reach established his southpaw jab keeping Garcia on the end of his shots. The talented Texan incrementally picked up the pressure out working Mikey throwing over one thousand punches continue to land big shots to the head hand cuffing Garcia for a solid body attack pounding his way to a lopsided 120-107, 120-108 times two unanimous decision win.
“Truth” be told Spence was just too big, too strong, too talented and too sharp for the courageous former champion securing his position in the top three, pound for pound list, joining Vasyl Lomachenko and division rival Terrance “Bud” Crawford. Spence immediately calling out 40-year-old, seven division world champion Manny Pacquiao for a truck load of cash improves to 25-0, 21Ko’s while Garcia suffering his first defeat slips to 39-1, 30Ko’s.
In the ten round super middleweight semi-main event Phoenix, Arizona, David “Red Flag” Benavidez the youngest ever super middleweight world champion returning from a September 17th positive test for cocaine released his inner rage blasting out Las Vegas, Nevada, J'Leon Love in two rounds.
Almost holding target practice on the advancing Love early Benavidez began to wave the “Red Flag” in round two landing with big, clean heavy shots knocking Love out of his senses forcing referee Lawrence Cole to step in and call the bout at 1:114 of round two. Benavidez climbs to 21-0,18Ko’s while Love coming in off a ten round unanimous decision loss to Peter Quillin last August falls to 24-3-1, 13Ko’s.
Ten Round Heavyweight Action:
Escondido, California’s, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola Fighting for just the second time since his 2016 eighth round TKO loss to Deontey Wilder, jumped back into the Joshua/ Wilder / Fury mix scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Louisville, Kentucky’s, Jean Pierre Augustin.
Arreola fighting with an aggressive sense of urgency pushed the action from the opening bell. Trading and grappling with his southpaw foe in round two Arreola stunned Augustin with a stiff left in the third quickly following up with a set of heavy punches sending shaken Kentucky fighter the canvas. Augustin would beat the count but could not avoid the inevitable backed to the ropes for a volley of “Nightmare” bombs referee Neal Young would step in and call in a night at 2:03 of round three. Arreola stays alive in the Wilder / Joshua/ Fury sweepstakes at 38-5-1, 33Ko’s while the 31-year-old Augustin suffering his first loss dips to 17-1-1, 12Ko’s.
Carson, California, former IBF Heavyweight Champion, “Prince” Charles Martin endured a low blow fest eight round DQ win over Dallas, Texas, Gregory Corbin. Martin cut near his left eye in round four and hit with repeated low blows drawing point deductions in rounds four, five and six landing enough clean southpaw lefts to gain control endured Corbin straying low again prompting referee Mark Calo-oy to stop the bout in round eight declaring Martin an eight round DQ winner. Martin coming in off a ten round decision loss to Adam Kownacki in September moves to 26-2-1, 23Ko’s while the 38-year-old, previously unbeaten Corbin drops to 15-1, 9Ko’s.
In a battle of southpaw, bantamweights Tijuana, Mexico, southpaw, former WBC Bantamweight Champion Luis “Pantera” Nery celebrated his U.S. stopping Fajardo, Puerto Rico’s, McJoe Arroyo after four rounds.
The fiery combination punching Nery stepped right to Arroyo ripping shots to the body putting the overmatched and out gunned Puerto Rican on the deck once in round two, once again from a big left in round three and twice in round four leaving the beaten Puerto Rican seated not answering the bell for round five. With his tenth straight stoppage win Nery advances to 29-0, 23Ko’s while Arroyo coming in shading back to back losses with a points win over little known Sander Diaz falls to 18-3, 8Ko’s.
Dallas, Texas, super bantamweight Fernando Garcia scored his fourth straight KO win stopping Barranquilla, Colombia’s, Marlon Olea in five rounds. Garcia improves to 12-0, 6Ko’s while Olea stopped in back to back outings falls to 14-5, 12Ko’s.
In a scheduled six round all Texas, super lightweight bout Desoto’s Amon Rashidi put El Paso’s, Gabriel Gutierrez on the deck three times forcing the referee to call the action at 0:24 of round six. Rashid improves to 6-0, 4Ko’s while Gutierrez 1-5 in his last six, now stopped in back to back fights drops to 5-8, 3Ko’s.
North Las Vegas, super welterweight, Thomas Hill won a hard fought closely contested six round split-decision over Rock Island, Illinois, ready to rumble, Limberth Ponce. The 6’1” Hill holding the tough and determined Ponce on the end of his jab landed enough right hands to gain two of the judge’s attention for a read 60-54, 58-56, Hill, 59-55, Ponce six round split decision win. Hill improves to 8-2, 1Ko while Ponce unbeaten in his previous seven dips to 17-4, 10Ko’s.
In a six round lightweight match up Moreno Valley, California, Luis Coria went right to work flooring Monterrey, Mexico’s, Omar “Mr. Power” Garcia in round one, going right back to finish the job landing with an unanswered volley of power shots forcing the referee to call it done at 0:53 of round two. Coria improves to 11-2, 6Ko’s while Garcia winless in his last five and stopped in his last two crashes to 6-8, 1Ko.
In a one sided six round bantamweight affair, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s, Aaron Morales dropped Salta, Argentina’s, Fernando Robles in round two banging away until the final bell and a 59-54, 6053 times two unanimous decision win. Morales improves to 6-0, 3Ko’s while the durable Robles suffering his first defeat falls to 2-1.
In an inside – outside cruiserweight battle Mesquite, Texas, Adrian “Montu-Ra” Taylor traded long power shots with Kearney, Nebraska’s, William Deets out working the Marsellos Wilder conqueror down the stretch for a hard fought 40-36, 39-37 times two four round unanimous decision win. Taylor advances to 9-1, 4Ko’s while Deets, now 2-2 in his last four sinks to 7-12, 3Ko’s
Northport, Alabama, cruiserweight, Marsellos Wilder, the 29-year-old younger brother of WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontey Wilder got back on track stopping Midland, Texas, soft touch, winless southpaw, Mark Sanchez in one round. Wilder moves to 4-1, 3Ko’s while Sanchez remains winless at 0-3.
Dallas, Texas, super middleweight Burley Brooks impressed in his pro-debut banging out Springfield, Missouri’s, Randy Mast in one round. Brooks opening hard with a series of heavy punches put the 18-year-old Mast on the canvas with a drilling left to the body immediately following up where he left off forcing pounding away forcing the referee to pull the plug at 1:16 of round one. Brooks gets rolling at 1-0, 1Ko while Mast levels out at 1-1.
San Antonio, Texas, 19-year-old, blue chip prospect southpaw flyweight Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez remained undefeated scoring a third round TKO stoppage win over Lankaran, Azerbaijan’s Rauf “The Lion” Aghayev. Rodriguez in complete control on the attack backing up “The Lion” would get the nod after referee Lawrence Cole called the bout with the 35-year-old Aghayev claiming an arm injury. Rodriguez bumps up to 9-0, 5Ko’s while Aghayev’s nine bout win streak comes to a close at 26-7, 11Ko’s.
In a pairing of heavy-handed super lightweight Monterrey, Mexico, Lindolfo Delgado measured and zeroed in on Grove, Oklahoma’s, James Roach pounding out the overmatched Oklahoman with a debilitating left hook forcing referee Mark Calo-oy to immediately wave it done at 2:59 of round one.
Delgado stays perfect at 9-0, 9Ko’s while four of Roach’s wins coming against pro debuters falls to 5-2, 5Ko’s.
In the Spence / Garcia opener San Antonio, Texas, super flyweight Robert Rodriguez out pointed Fairfield, California’s pro debuting Fernando Ibarra 39-37, 40-36 times two. Rodriguez moves to 3-0 as Ibarra starts out 0-1.
Farmer Retains IBF Super Featherweight Strap
With Hard Fought Win Over “Buzzsaw” Carroll!
By: Joe Martin
March 15th, Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: In the main event of a Matchroom Boxing, DiBella Entertainment, Peltz Boxing co-promotion streamed LIVE on DAZN, hometown “American Idol” Tevin Farmer retained his IBF World Super Featherweight Title with a hard fought, blue collar ten round unanimous decision over Dublin, Ireland, “Celtic Warrior” Jono Carroll.
The meeting of crusading southpaws opened up right where their feisty pressers left off with both fighters going right at it the energized Carroll clearly out working the champion would see a glimpses of a boxing Farmer mixed with some solid inside slugging action turning this entertaining battle into a war of quality versus quantity in the end leaving Carroll’s buzzsaw work rate and pressure faced off against the “American Idol’s” backyard crowd pleasing shots gaining the judges nod by a perplexingly wide 117-110, 117-111 times two unanimous decision. Farmer now directly in line for a Gervonta Davis showdown moves to 29-4-1, 6Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Carroll slips to 16-1-1, 3Ko’s.
Bray, Ireland, former pluriannual amateur standout Katie Taylor added the World Boxing Association World Female Lightweight Title to her collection stopping Brazilian, “Queen” Rose Volante in nine. The always sharp Taylor started well flooring Volante in the opening round with a driving right but was then forced to methodically breakdown the inferior Brazilian Queen landing sharp heavy combinations to the head and body finally forcing referee Benjy Esteves to put a halt to the beat down at 1:40 of round nine. Taylor, the reigning IBF/WBA/WBO World Female Lightweight Champion having been mention in big name bouts against Brooklyn, New York’s, Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano and Norway’s “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus appears headed for a show down unification clash with Belgium WBC Lightweight Champion Delfine Persoon, 43-1, 18Ko’s while Volante suffering her first defeat slips to 14-1, 8Ko’s.
In the middleweight co-feature Warsaw, Poland’s, Maciej “Striczu” Sulecki scored a ten round hold your place in line unanimous decision over Philadelphia’s, perennial middleweight challenger Gabriel “King” Rosado.
Battling to stay in the center of the middleweight sweepstakes it would be Sulecki assuming the aggressor role putting Rosado on the canvas in round one with a clean right hand jumping out to an early lead hiding strong right hands behind a busy jab.
The always charged and in shape Philly “King” down again in round eight sensing “Striczu” was beginning to fade began an eleventh-hour push putting Sulecki down twice in round nine but unable to close the deed would fall short on the judge’s cards announced 95-93, 95-91 times two for Sulecki.
Sulecki calling for WBO Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade improves to 28-1, 11Ko’s while the always entertaining Rosado 1-3-1 in his last four falls to 24-12-1, 14Ko’s.
In a ten round super middleweight pairing Temple Hills, Maryland, D'Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard kept his zero breaking down Tijuana, Mexico’s, Victor “Sina” Fonseca with solid punches up and down, pounding the fading “Sina” into protective status forcing referee Eric Dali to stop the punishment at 2:11 of round five. Ballard improves to 20-0, 13Ko’s while Fonseca stopped in back to back bouts falls to 17-10-1, 14Ko’s.
In a lightweight battle for Philadelphia bragging rights 25-year-old, Avery Sparrow jumped out to a two-knockdown lead over battle worn Philly favorite Hank Lundy holding off the veterans 35-year-old push safely gliding to a 94-94, 96-92, 95-93 unanimous decision win. Sparrow moves to 10-1, 3Ko’s while Lundy on the downside falls to 29-8-1, 14Ko’s.
In a late edition lightweight bout Hessle, Yorkshire, UK, southpaw, technician, Luke Campbell scored a fifth round TKO stoppage of Sinaloa, Mexico's, Adrian “Chinito” Young. Campbell in charge from the start took control of the spacing with his southpaw jab, ripping and hurting Young to the body in the third, cutting and sending him to the canvas in the fourth, driving “Chinito” to the ropes with a mixture of mixing heavy left hands to the body and head forcing referee Eric Dali to step in and stop it at 1:37 of round five Campbell joining the growing line awaiting a shot Mikey Garcia improves to 20-2, 16Ko’s while
In a welterweight match-up Brooklyn, New York, based Kazakhstani southpaw, Daniyar “Kazakh Thunder” Yeleussinov remained unbeaten out pointing Yucatán, Mexico's, Silverio “Chamacho III” Ortiz over eight.
Yeleussinov in control from early on flooring “Chamacho” in round seven then applying a “Kazakh Thunder” late touch extra shot would be strangely let off the hook by Ortiz corner who allowing there clearly hurt fighter to continue to a 79-70, 79-71 times two unanimous decision defeat.
The blue-chip prospect Yeleussinov gets a pass to 6-0, 3Ko’s while Ortiz heads back south to opponent land at 37-24, 18Ko’s.
In four round featherweight action Camden, New Jersey, 19-year-old, southpaw, Raymond Ford got off to a good start dropping Wilmington, Delaware’s,27-year-old, not ready for prime time Weusi Johnson in round one enroute to a 39-36 times three unanimous decision win. The pro-debuting Ford begins 1-0 while the deep in red 1-9 in his last ten Johnson dives to deep opponent status at 3-11.
Bivol’s Pedigree Proves Too Much
For Power Punching Smith Jr.!
By: Coach K
March 9th, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York: In the main event of a Matchroom Boxing, DiBella Entertainment, Star Boxing, Main Events co-promotion streamed LIVE on DAZN Saint Petersburg, Russia’s, Dmitry Bivol retained his World Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight Title with a wide points win over Shirley, Long Island, “Beast” Joe Smith Jr.
In a battle of pedigree versus world class power the 300 amateur fight backed Bivol turned away the rugged “Irishman’s” early ineffective aggression with sharp angled crisp punching.
Smith’s jab active but falling short saw the more agile champion retain control turning corners landing clean crisp shots keeping the pressing challenger at bay with a more than occasional steering left.
Turning away a mid-round push by the power punching Union Man, Bivol stayed in charge putting the stronger heavier handed “Beast” on his back foot dominating the action landing crisp clean punches out boxing the never say die laborer landing sharp solid punches.
Frustrated or pulling the plug and going all out-street fight mode the Long Island street brawler turned boxer in a moment of fury elevated Bivol but at last second moment appeared to hold back and lighten up a bit on his over the head body slam.
Smith having faced the adversity of twice fighting with a severely fractured jaw would give no quarter cracking and stunning the champion with a looping right in the closing seconds of round ten.
Bivol still appearing shook at the start of the eleventh used his feet, some timely grappling and a measuring jab to keep the Smith at a safe range to finish the round.
It was again in the twelfth and final round that Bivol’s footwork, balance, timing and overall pedigree would shine through quickly turning the momentum back closing out the final round backing the never been down Smith to the corner for a bell ending barrage of accurate and damaging shots sending the fight to the judges cards which were announced 118-110, 119-109 twice all for the heavily favored champion.
Bivol looking for a unification fight at 175lb or a big name fight at (Canelo) at 168lbs improves to 16-0, 11Ko’s while Smith still in the mix proving he can go with the best and is just one punch away from the rest dips to 24-3, 20Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, a battle of unbeatens, Dallas, Texas, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker showing no wear from his battle with the scale retaining his World Boxing Organization World Super Lightweight Title with an impressive twelve round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, New York’s, Mikkel “Slikk Mikk” LesPierre.
The more active and accurate Hooker began working his jab adding straight rights, turning to the conventional right-hand lead and then the left hook dropping LesPierre with a drilling hook to the body in round nine paving the way to 120-107, 119-108, 118-109 resounding unanimous decision win. Hooker advances to 25-0-3, 17Ko’s while LesPierre suffering his first defeat slips to 21-1-1, 10Ko’s.
In a scheduled ten round light heavyweight special attraction Boston, Lincolnshire, UK, Callum “The One” Johnson returned to the win column scoring a dominant third round beat down of Long Beach, Long Island’s, “Irish” Seanie Monaghan.
The power punching once beaten Johnson coming in of a fourth round KO los to Artur Beterbiev this past October flipped the script taking the fight straight to Monaghan landing with short heavy punches to the body and head eventually hand cuffing the durable “Irishman” dropping him to the canvas with a crushing short counter right hand.
Beating the count, Monaghan quickly finding himself on the business end of a powerful Johnson combination would be returned to the canvas only to be saved by the bell closing round two.
In a momentary lapse by referee Charlie Fitch and the Monaghan corner Seanie allowed to continue would run into a Johnson buzz saw forcing referee Fitch to finally step in and wave it over at 0:23 of round three. Johnson climbs to 18-1,13Ko’s while all three of the 37-year-old, Monaghan ‘s defeats coming in his last four outings falls to 29-3, 17Ko’s.
In a ten round heavyweight feature Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sergey Kuzmin won a closely fought, slowly paced ten round majority decision over Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s, rough and ready Joey Dawejko.
Starting as a strategic affair Kuzmin fighting behind a 6” height and reach advantage finally began to work behind his jab landing in combination out working and out landing the mostly single shot taking Dawejko to a 95-95, 96-94 times two majority decision. Kuzmin’s three bout KO run ends at 15-0, 11Ko’s while the experienced, battle tested late notice Dawejko coming in off back to back ten round points losses to Bryant Jennings and Andrey Fedosov falls to 19-7-4, 11Ko’s.
Matchroom Boxing’s newly signed Indio, California, based Uzbekistan, super welterweight Israil “The Dream” Madrimov debuted in fabulous fashion putting Caracas, Venezuela heavy handed veteran, Frank “El Gallo” Rojas in dream land in the second round of the scheduled ten rounder.
Madrimov the aggressor from the opening sound warned for pushing Rojas down opening round two would turn it up stepping in with clean heavy shots battering Rojas along the ropes stretching him out cold with a right uppercut, left hook immediately forcing referee Benji Esteves to wave it over at 1:56 of round two. The Joel Diaz trained Madrimov moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Rojas taken to the hospital falls to 24-3, 23Ko’s.
In his toughest test to date Brooklyn, New York, light heavyweight Junior Younan remained unbeaten recording a one way six round 59-55, 60-54 times two points win over Merrillville, Indiana, rugged veteran, Derrick “Superman” Findley. Younan improves to 15-0-1, 10Ko’s while Finleys “Superman” cape a bit tarnished, falls to 30-25-1, 20Ko’s
In a special lightweight bout Toledo, Ohio, amateur standout Otha Jones III, made his long-awaited pro debut winning a tougher than anticipated six round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, New York based Georgian Giorgi Gelashvili.
Demonstrating the skill and poise of 300 amateur bouts Jones III began well but was forced to dig down deep when the equally determined Georgian would have his moments working to the body setting up some sharp counters.
Jones credited with a knockdown in round four after stepping on Gelashvili’s foot would patiently pick his spots in the fifth and sixth rounds holding off the still pressing upset minded Georgian walking away with a hard fought 59-54, 58-55 times two unanimous decision win. Jones III begins 1-0 while Gelashvili losing back to back decisions dips to 5-2, 3Ko’s.
In the evenings four round middleweight opener Brooklyn, New York, Nikita “White Chocolate” Ababiy blitzed Whitehall, Ohio’s Cory Dulaney ripping shots up and down flooring the out gunned Ohioan twice in round one with the later coming by way of a heavy right-hand forcing referee Gary Rosado stopping the count and waving it over for the teetering Dulaney at 2:50 mark of the opening frame. Ababiy stays perfect at 3-0, 3Ko’s while Dulaney winless in his last eight drops to 5-9-3, 1Ko.
Porter Retains Title By Hair Thin
Controversial Split Decision Win Over Ugas!
By: David Colon
March 9th, Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California: Leading a TGB Promotions / Premiere Boxing Champions on FOX event Las Vegas, Nevada, Shawn “Showtime” Porter retained his World Boxing Council World Welterweight Title with a highly questionable twelve round split decision over Miami, Florida, Yordenis Ugas.
After a hair cutting struggle to make weight the usually a engines full steam ahead Porter appeared a bit undecisive against the taller, longer Cuban allowing the rangy slickster to steal some close rounds while just plain giving a few of the others away still to be rewarded when the judges scores were announced with the very contrasting scores of 117-111 Ugas, 115-113, 116-112, Porter. Porter advances to 30-2-1, 17Ko’s while Ugas eight bout victory run comes to an end at 23-4, 11Ko’s.
In a special ten round welterweight attraction Gilroy, California former two-time IBF Featherweight and IBF Super Featherweight Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero made his 2019 debut stopping Miami, Florida based Columbian Hevinson Herrera after five.
Guerrero came out hard working behind a precise, stiff southpaw jab, tagging Herrera with long straight lefts. the retreating Columbian cut from an accidental clash of heads in round two down I round five and deducted a point for a low blow in round five would remain seated for the bell sounding round six making “the Ghost” a sixth round RTD winner. Guerrero improves to 35-6-1, 20Ko’s while Herrera losing back to back fights sinks to 24-17-1, 18Ko’s.
In a very compelling welterweight bout Casa Grande, Arizona’s, Abel Ramos picked himself up off the deck to score a competitive ten round unanimous decision over Santa Barbara, California, Francisco “Chia” Santana.
Ramos down in round two from a Santana left hook regrouped and went to work behind the jab landing some hidden right hands rocking Santana in the seventh pushing the action to the final bell unable to complete the task settling for a get up and go 95-94, 97-92, 98-92 ten round unanimous decision win.
Ramos on a six bout win streak moves to 24-3-2, 18Ko’s while Santana now 3-4 in his last seven versus some tough competition (Sadam Ali-L10, Arman Jose Benavidez Jr.-L10, Mahonry Montes- L10) drops to 25-7-1, 12Ko’s
In a scheduled eight round heavyweight fight Stafford, Texas, Nigerian, Efe Ajagba remained unbeaten retiring Wilmington, Delaware, 46-year-old, southpaw, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour after two.
The taller, longer 22-year younger Ajagba put the Delaware elder statesman down twice in round one then returning to work in round two pounded on the lethargic former “Hardcore” Mansour from bell to bell forcing referee Thomas Taylor to call the bout after the close of round two. Ajagba improves to 9-0, 8Ko’s while Mansour stopped in back to back fights nears the end at 23-4-1, 16Ko’s.
In an eight-round southpaw bantamweight matter Miami, Florida’s, former WBA Bantamweight Champion, Juan Carlos Payano scored a black and blue, ten round points win over Las Vegas, Nevada’s, previously unbeaten Damien “Sugar” Vazquez.
Coming in off a first-round knockout World Boxing Association World Bantamweight Title loss to Naoya Inoue in October the 34 year old, Payano started hard taking the fight to Vasquez through the first three frames then battling a cut below right eye from an accidental headbutt and cut around the left eye from punch in round four began trading shots opening a cut around the Vazquez cut right eye in round five continuing to trade rocking Vasquez in the sixth. The former champion Payano pacing himself through the seventh and eighth rounds picked his shots down the stretch to a 79-73, 80-71 times two unanimous decision win. Payano moves to 21-2, 9Ko’s while Vazquez slips to 14-1, 7Ko’s.
In an eight round super welterweight matching Oxnard, California, based 2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis recorded his first win of 2019 scoring a one-sided points win over Anasco, Puerto Rico, southpaw, Samuel “El Macho” Figueroa.
Stanionis making the most of his orthodox right hand early on would see Figueroa close the gap making it tough in close until the Ronnie Shields trained Lithuanian took control of the center of the ring establishing his punching range landing cleanly backing up Figueroa to a 80-72 times three unanimous decision win. Stanionis improves to 8-0, 5Ko’s while Figueroa 2-2 in his last four bouts drops to 11-2, 4Ko’s.
Aguascalientes, Mexico’s, Isaac “Canelito” Avelar out pointed Dallas, Texas, southpaw, Juan “The Wolf” Lopez 78-72, 77-73 times two after eight uneventful rounds of featherweight action. Avelar stays unbeaten at 16-0, 10Ko’s while Lopez 2-5 in his last seven falls to 13-6, 5Ko’s
In a super featherweight bout Los Angeles, based Ukrainian, southpaw, Viktor Slavinskyi remained unbeaten boxing his way to a slanted 60-54 times three unanimous decision over Cancun, Mexico’s, Luis “Duro” May. Slavinskyi keeps his zero at 8-0-1, 4Ko’s while May finding himself on the short end in his last three falls to 21-13-1, 8Ko’s.
In a somebody has to win lightweight bout Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar put Barranquilla, Colombia’s, Carlos “Batey” Padilla on the canvas once in each of the first two rounds forcing referee two Thomas Taylor to immediately wave it over at 0:33 of round two. Cuellar coming off a two-bout skid improves to 29-3, 22Ko’s while Padilla winless in his last six drops to 16-10-1, 10Ko’s.
Las Vegas, super lightweight Rolando Romero held onto his zero putting down Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Nicolas Atilio Velazquez for the count at 1:02 of round one. Romero climbs to 8-0, 7Ko’s as Velazquez stopped in his last three sinks to 10-5, 3Ko’s.
Indio, California, 22year old, super lightweight Jose Rodriguez stayed unbeaten blanking Weslaco, Texas, 19-year-old, Jeremiah De Los Santos 40-36 three times. Rodriguez moves to 5-0, 2Ko’s while Santos remains winless at 0-2.
Oak Hills, California, featherweight Jose “El Mudo” Perez easily out pointed Austin, Texas, patsy Carlos Trevino for a 39-37 times three unanimous decision win. Perez moves to 7-1, 2Ko’s while Trevino winless in his last nine dives to 6-14-1, 1Ko.
In his pro debut, Huntington Park, California, lightweight David Gomez, floored
Hayward, California’s, George Carranza twice in round three convincing his corner he had enough prompting referee Thomas Taylor to call it done at 1:53 of round three. Gomez starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Carranza with one victory in five tries drops to 1-4, 1Ko.
Salinas, California, super lightweight Justin Cardona put fellow Californian, Phillip Bounds down in round two enroute to a slanted 40-35 times three shutout unanimous decision win. Cardona improves to 2-0, 1Ko while Bounds still looking for a pro win falls to 0-2.
Castano Squashes Lara’s “American Dream”
With Hard Fought Split Decision Draw!
By: Joe Martin
March 2nd, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the main event of a DiBella Entertainment, TGB Promotions card broadcast LIVE on Showtime, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Brian “El Boxi” Castano retained his World Boxing Association World Super Welterweight Title with a hard fought twelve round split decision draw with Houston, Texas, based 35-year-old, Cuban southpaw, former WBA Light Middleweight Champion, Erislandy “American Dream” Lara.
In a fight matching equal body work, squaring aggression and pressure verses polish and accuracy over some evenly contested rounds, “El Boxi” late round push enabled the 29-year-old, Argentinian to squeeze out a 114-114, 115-113 Castano, 115-113 Lara belt retaining split decision draw.
Castano and Lara bump over one with Castano holding onto his belt at 15-0-1, 11Ko’s while Lara seeking a rematch with IBF/IBO/WBA World Super Welterweight Champion Jarret Hurd move over to 25-3-3, 14Ko’s.
In the ten round heavyweight slugfest semi-main event, Miami, Florida, based Cuban heavyweight, Luis “King Kong” Ortiz kept the doors open for a Deontey Wilder rematch with a firmly contested ten round unanimous decision win over Hamburg, Germany’s, sturdy Christian Hammer.
The upset minded Hammer proved he came to fight taking the best Ortiz had to offer answering with several heavy right hands but it was Ortiz jab and busier work rate along with “hammering” southpaw lefts that convincingly paved the way to a 100-90, 99-91 times two unanimous decision win. The 39-year-old, Ortiz climbs to 31-1, 26Ko’s while the 31-year-old, Hammer now with losses to names like Mariusz Wach, Tyson Fury and Alexander Povetkin falls to 24-6, 14Ko’s.
In a 12-round WBA eliminator bout, Sinaloa, Mexico, featherweight, Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez scored a potential come from behind ninth-round TKO victory over David, Panama, US debuting Bryan “La Roca” De Gracia.
The on paper heavier punching De Gracia off to a solid early start rocking Ramirez with a heavy right in round five would see the tables swiftly turned in round nine when “Zurdito” landing with a set of southpaw thundering rights in round nine unleashed a salvo of heavy shots dazing “La Roca”
prompting referee Benjy Esteves to put a stop to the fight at 2:10 of round nine. The scores at the time of the stoppage 76-76, 77-75 twice for De Gracia. Ramirez in line for a shot at World Boxing Association World Featherweight Champion can Xu improves to 22-1-3, 9Ko’s while De Gracia’s four bout KO run ends at 24-2-1, 20Ko’s.
In his second appearance in the cruiserweight division Stafford, Texas, based Dominican, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez returned from over a one-year hiatus with a blue collar ten round unanimous decision win over Jackson, Michigan, southpaw, Mitch “King Kam” Williams.
The rangier Rodriguez the more active fighter out worked Williams rocking “King Kam” in rounds for and five then with the nearly 200lbs showing its wear saw the former super middleweight challenger slow down dragging to a sloppy 98-92, 96-94 times two “La Bamba” unanimous decision win. Rodriguez making it three straight wins since his April 2016 shocking second round knockout loss to Thomas Williams Jr. improves to 31-2, 20Ko’s while “King Kam” falls to 16-7-3, 11ko’s.
Washington, DC, bantamweight Antonio Russell, the 26-year-old younger brother of WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. continued his destructive ways stopping Tijuana, Mexico’s, Jose “Chema” Cardenas in the sixth round of their scheduled eight rounder.
The much too polished Russell in charge from the opening bell took the fight right to Cardenas flooring the outclassed “Chema” in round one. After having his way for the next four rounds the former National Amateur standout would close the show backing Cardenas to the corner for a heavy volley of unanswered punches prompting the referee to stop the contest in the opening minute of round six. Russell advances to 13-0, 11Ko’s while the previously never stopped 22-year-old, Cardenas falls to 16-4, 13Ko’s.
In a go through the motions eight round lightweight bout Las Vegas based Cuban Leduan Barthelemy scored an un-eventful eight round unanimous decision over Tijuana, Mexico’s, Miguel “Sinaloa” Aispuro.
the taller, longer Cuban fighting mostly at middle to long range out classed the overmatched “Sinaloa” picking his way to a 79-73, 80-72 times two unanimous decision win. Barthelemy improves to 14-0-1, 7Ko’s ending Aispuro’s three bout win streak at 11-7-2, 7Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round welterweight match Manhattan, New York, based 21-year-old, 2016 Haitian Olympian, Richardson Hitchins, checked, controlled, dominated and punished Managua, Nicaragua’s out classed and out gunned David “Piolin” Morales leaving him seated for the bell sounding round four. Hitchins improves to 8-0, 4Ko’s while Morales 1-7 in his last eight bouts drops to 13-9, 13Ko’s.
In a six round super lightweight matter Landover, Maryland’s Tyrek Irby jumped out to an early lead flooring Siaya, Kenya’s Dennis Okoth with a drilling right hand about the mid-point of round one but unable to stop the durable Kenyan was forced to settle for a zero saving six round unanimous points win. Irby improves to 7-0 while Okoth never stopped falls to 2-2-1, 1Ko.
Fighting once in 2016, twice in 2017 after taking 2018 off Maryland, southpaw, middleweight Aaron Anderson returned to action scoring a one way 40-36 times three unanimous decision over Emporia, Kansas, “Lion King” Chukka Willis. Anderson stays unbeaten at 4-0, 3ko’s while the more active Willis at 1-8 in his last nine falls to 4-10, 2Ko’s.
Gill Impressive In Third Round Destruction of Dominguez!
By: Ian Webb
March 2nd, East of England Arena, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK: In the main event of an Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing, JD NXTGEN event Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, UK’s, highly regarded blue-chip Jordan “The Thrill” Gill claimed the vacant World Boxing Association International Featherweight Title scoring a noteworthy third-round TKO stoppage of Aguascalientes, Mexico’s rough but not quite ready Emmanuel “Veneno” Dominguez.
Gill, dominating the action from the opening sound measured Dominguez with clean sharp shots in round one began to sit down on his more and more as the fight progressed rocking the durable Mexican in round two.
Gill continuing to pile on the punishment in round three catching Dominguez with a volley of wide power shots sent the troubled Mexican to the canvas for the first time about the minute mark of round three. Making it upright and allowed to continue “Veneno” would return to the canvas seconds later this time by a set of clean right hands. Dominguez given another chance by the very generous referee Robert Williams would again make it vertical only to be sent backwards into the ropes by a winging Gill left hook forcing referee Williams to step in and wave it over at 1:55 of round three. Gill improves to 23-0, 7Ko’s while tough 25-year-old Dominguez falls to 24-8-2, 16Ko’s.
In the twelve round featherweight co-feature, Gedling, UK, Leigh 'Leigh-thal' Wood captured the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Featherweight Title banging out of Accra, Ghana’s, Abraham Osei Bonsu in two rounds.
Nine victories past his singular defeat, a sixth round TKO stoppage loss to Gavin McDowell February 2014, Wood put behind a feeling out first round and began working Bonsu to the body flooring the gallant Ghanaian with ripping body shots forcing referee Howard John Foster to immediately put a stop to the bout at 2:43 of round two. Wood improves to 21-1, 11Ko’s while Bonsu 2-2 in his last four outings drops to 13-4-1, 11Ko’s.
in the toughest test of his late starting career Walworth, London’s, power punching Richard Riakporhe took home the vacant World Boxing Association Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Title scoring a fourth round TKO win over Belfast, Northern Ireland’s, more experienced Tommy McCarthy.
Carrying the heavier pedigree McCarthy began well working Riakporhe to the body but the 29-year-old Dillian Whyte managed banger would over power the game Irishman working behind a long powerful jab rocking McCarthy in the third.
McCarthy continuing his aggressive ways would be thoroughly discouraged when put on the canvas by a set of powerful rights the very shaky Irishman allowed to continue slipping down just seconds later would be forced to the corner by a wide Riakporhe hook where he would become victim of a forceful volley of shots forcing referee Michael Alexander to call it a night at 2:45 of round four. The still very green Riakporhe improves to 9-0, 8Ko’s while McCarthy suffering just his second pro defeats slips to 13-2, 6Ko’s
In a scheduled ten round super middleweight bout Plainfield, Indiana’s, too big, too strong, too skilled Anthony Sims Jr. remained undefeated pounding out Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Mateo “El Chino” Veron in six. Sims forced the distance for the only time in his pro debut moves to 18-0, 17Ko’s while Veron 1-3 in his last four drops to 28-22-3, 8Ko’s
In an eight round super welterweight pairing Northampton, UK’s, 22-year-old, Kieron “Too Class” Conway was too refined for Budapest, Hungary’s, 31-year-old, Gabor “Squirrel” Gorbics boxing his way to a well-polished 80-72 referee scored points win. Conway improves to 10-0, 3Ko’s as Gorbics 2-4 in his last six squirrels away another loss at 26-15, 16Ko’s. at middleweight.
In six round featherweight action Leeds, Yorkshire, southpaw, Qais Ashfaq moved to 5-0 with a referee scored 60-54 blanking of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, journeyman Fadhili Majiha. Ashfaq advances to 5-0, 2Ko’s while Majiha with back to back losses falls to 23-12-4, 10Ko’s.
Sutton, London, southpaw, Sultan Zaurbek banked his second win of 2019 with a one-way referee scored 60-54 points win over Barcelona, Spain’s, made to order Lesther Cantillano. Zaurbek improves to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Cantillano with just one victory in his last eleven outings cements his opponent status at 4-25, Ko’s.
Four round preliminaries:
Montrose, Scotland, 21-year-old, southpaw, super middleweight John Docherty stayed perfect walking through and putting away Manchester’s, Yailton “Black Warrior” Neves in two. Docherty advances to 5-0, 5Ko’s while the record padding Neves dives to 4-14, 2Ko’s.
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, 21-year-old, super welterweight Joe Steed got what he came for winning a barely contested referee Howard John Foster scored 40-36 win over Barcelona, Spain based Nicaraguan, Miguel “Maikol” Aguilar. Steed starts out 2019 5-0, while the paid to play Aguilar winless in his last 43 sinks to 11-55-1, 5Ko’s.
St Ives, Cambridgeshire, 21-year-old, welterweight Bradley Smith boxed his way to a referee scored 39-7 points win over Barcelona, Spain based Nicaraguan, Oscar Amador. With his first win of 2019 Smith moves to 9-0, 3Ko’s while Amador winless in his last six drops to 10-13, 1Ko.
Eubank Jr. Ends Feud With Dominant Win Over "CHUNKY"!
By: Ian Webb
February 23rd, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London: In the main event of a Poxon Sports event Brighton, Sussex, UK’s, Chris Eubank Jr. the 29-year-old son of boxing legend Chris “Simply the Best” Eubank claimed the vacant International Boxing Organization World Super Middleweight Title winning a heavily tilted twelve round unanimous decision over St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK’s, former two-time IBF Super Middleweight Champion James “Chunky” DeGale.
Fighting for the first time under trainer Nate Vasquez the usually pugnacious Eubank demonstrated a more restrained sense of destruction pressuring his long-time rival while displaying a higher skill level than previously exhibited.
Out boxing and out slugging the gun-shy former champion sending him to the ropes with a hard left hook and to knee with a follow up right in round two.
Eubank’s heavier hands and constant pressure stymied “Chunky’s” low level offense forcing him to grab on. Staying on the offensive Eubank would be credited for a second knockdown buckling DeGale with a crisp left hook in round ten causing his glove to touch the canvas.
Round eleven would see Eubank return the advantage losing a point for throwing DeGale to the canvas in the opening moments of round eleven. Eubank urgently seeking a stoppage would chase and wrestle the survival minded “Chunky” in the final frame forcing him to settle for a 114-112, 115-112, 117-109 title capturing unanimous decision win. Eubank advances to 28-2, 21Ko’s while Degale returning to the video room contemplating retirement drops to 25-31-, 15Ko’s.
In the lightweight co-feature Barry, Wales, former IBF Featherweight Champion, “Lightning” Lee Selby rebounded from a May 2018 split decision IBF World Featherweight Title loss to Josh Warrington claiming the vacant International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Lightweight Title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Wilmington, Delaware’s, Omar “Super O” Douglas.
The 32-year-old, Selby appearing more comfortable at the higher weight despite being cut over the left eye in round two and over the right eye in round seven from accidental headbutts remained aggressive while being selective in his shots finishing hard down the stretch and being rewarded with a 115-114, 116-112 times two unanimous decision win. Selby improves to 27-2, 9Ko’s while Douglas 2-3 in his last five drops to 19-3, 13Ko’s.
In a special attraction Putney, London, 2016 Summer Olympic Games Silver Medalist, 'Juggernaut' Joe Joyce retained the Commonwealth (British Empire) Title with a sixth round TKO stoppage of Las Vegas, based Haitian former WBC Heavyweight Champion Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne.
The hot and certainly heavy action started quickly with both fighters throwing bombs in round one while Joyce getting the better of the action rocked the 40-year-old counter puncher Stiverne in round two sending the soft looking former champion to the canvas in round three with a clean right hand.
Joyce gradually taking full control pilled on the punishment finally forcing referee Howard John Foster to put a stop to the punishment at 2:20 of the sixth round. the 33-year-old, Joyce stays perfect at 8-0, 8Ko’s while the 273lb Stiverne preparing for Michelin Tire or Dunkin Donuts commercials falls to 25-4-1, 21Ko’s.
In an eight round super featherweight event Belfast, Northern Ireland, southpaw, Anthony “The Apache” Cacace won a hard-fought point win over Cordoba, Argentina’s, Alan “El Lumbriz” Castillo.
Caught on the business end of Castillo’s strong body attack Cacace ending a fourteen-month hiatus appearing a second behind to struggled at times but showed enough guff and polish to bang out a referee Lee Emery 79-74 points victory. Two wins away from his sole defeat a July 2017, twelve round unanimous decision loss to Martin Joseph Ward, Cacace moves to 17-1, 7Ko’s as Castillo five bout victory run ends at 26-8, 10Ko’s.
In a ten-round light-heavyweight pairing New Cross, London, Andre Sterling picked himself up off the deck in round two and held onto his zero winning a bloody blue collared affair over Wombourne, UK’s, upset minded, Ricky “Digger” Summers.
Sterling on the canvas in round two compliments of a Summers short right quickly recovered and took the fight to Summers who was cut around the right eye from an accidental clash of heads in the early going.
Starting a concentrated attack to Summers to the body in the third methodically breaking him down the 28-year-old Sterling began to pull away wobbling “Digger” with a solid right in round six opening the gap and getting stronger in every round cruising in for a 97-93, 97-92 times two unanimous decision win. Sterling moves to 10-0, 4ko’s as the 31-year-old Summers 2-2 in his last four drops to 15-2, 5Ko’s.
In a four round cruiserweight preliminary Aldershot, Hampshire, UK, Chezerae “Chez” Nihell won his pro-debut recording a referee Lee Emery 39-38 pints win over Swadlincote, Derbyshire’s awkward Kent Kauppinen. Nihell get strated at 1-0 while Kauppinen back in the red dives to 2-8, 2Ko’s.
Leo Cruz’s to Twelve Round Unanimous Decision Win!
By: David Colon
February 16th, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California: In the main event of a TGB Promotions PBC on FOX event Rosemead, California, “El Terremoto” Leo Santa Cruz made the third defense of his World Boxing Association Super World Featherweight Title out classing, out working and out pointing Tijuana, Baja California, Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera.
After a familiar first round feeling out both fighters opened it up with the more experienced Santa Cruz mixing equal parts of boxing and brawling landing the cleaner harder punches.
Having tasted the best Rivera had to offer Santa Cruz picking his shots pushed forward controlling the range and the action picking his spots before a last round, last-minute all-out exchange securing a dominant title holding 119-109 times three unanimous decision win. Santa Cruz improves to 36-1-1, 19Ko’s while the Miguel Flores late replacement Rivera coming in off a first round KO of Jose Ramos falls to 26-3-2, 17Ko’s.
In a back and forth over the limit welterweight co-feature Weslaco, Texas, former WBC Lightweight Champion, Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. won a closer than scored ten unanimous decision over Covina, California, battle tested veteran, John Molina Jr.
The usually aggressive Molina showing signs he wanted to box early closed the distance taking turns trading big shots with the awkward switching Figueroa. To the delight of the crowd the action stayed upscale with both sides would have their moments and in the end Figueroa’s work rate and active jab would earn him a bit too wide 99-91, 98-92, 97-93 judges nod. Figueroa absent since a July 2017 third round TKO stoppage of Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero stays unbeaten at 27-0-1, 19Ko’s while the fan friendly Molina coming in off a December 2017 fourth round KO of Ivan Redkach now 3-3 in his last six falls to 30-8, 24Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round battle of undefeated super welterweights Coachella, California, based 21-year-old, 6’7” southpaw, “The Towering Inferno” Sebastian Fundora scored a third round TKO stoppage of Buffalo, New York’s, previously unbeaten “Dangerous” Donnie Marshall.
The orthodox standing Marshal shrinking down to help neutralize Fundora’’s height advantage while looking for the big right-hand counter early on was unable to hold off the straight ahead Fundora hurt several times by big left hands over and under the “The Towering Inferno” sending Marshall to the canvas with a clean right in round three closed the show with a follow up volley of punches forcing referee Jerry Cantu to step in and wave it over at 1:08 of round three Fundora improves to 12-0, 8Ko’s while Marshall suffering his first defeat slips to 10-1, 6Ko’s.
In an IBF super bantamweight title eliminator Kashiwa, Japan’s, southpaw, former IBF Super Bantamweight Champion, Ryosuke Iwasa scored a ten round technical decision over Mexico City, Mexico, Cesar “Corazon” Juarez.
The phone booth space back and forth brawl saw both fighters cut from an accidental clash of heads in round two forcing referee Jack Reiss to send it to the judge’s cards at the close of round nine and Iwasa being declared a 98-92, 97-93, 95-95 technical decision winner. Iwasa improves to 26-3, 16Ko’s while Juarez dips to 23-7, 17Ko’s.
Gauteng, South Africa’s, DeeJay Kriel claimed the International Boxing Federation World Minimumweight Title stopping Westminster, California, Carlos “Mexicanito” Licona in the twelfth and final round.
Kriel boxed early on but finding himself on the business end of Licona’s pressure attack dug down late sitting down on his shots flooring Licona three times in the final stanza forcing referee Wayne Hedgpeth to call the bout at 2:16 of the twelfth and final round. Kriel unbeaten since dropping his avenged pro debut loss to Colin Tloubatla moves to 15-1-1, 6Ko’s as Licona suffering his sole defeat slips to 14-1, 2Ko’s
In a scheduled ten round featherweight attraction Kapatagan, Philippines, “Maranding Nightmare” Marlon Tapales ran his current KO streak to six stopping Tijuana, Mexico, journeyman, Fernando Vargas Parra in five rounds. Tapales improves to 32-2, 14Ko’s while Parra 2-4 in his last six falls to 34-15-3, 23Ko’s.
Oxnard, California, middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. rebounded from an April 2018 second round TKO loss to Jermall Charlo with a fourth-round technical decision over Zapopan, Mexico’s, Oscar “Raton” Cortes. The 5’8” Cortes down in round four unable to continue due to a cut near the right eye after an accidental clash of heads under California State Athletic Commission rules the 6’1” Centeno “The Boss” was declared the technical decision winner. Centeno, Jr. moves to 27-2, 14Ko’s while Cortez slips to 27-4, 14Ko’s.
Los Angeles, California, 23-year-old, super lightweight Julian “Cuate” Rodarte advanced his young cause with a convincing 79-73 times three unanimous decision over Aguascalientes, Mexico’s, 35-year-old, journeyman Miguel “Terry” Mendoza. Rodarte the twin brother of 10-1-1, 5Ko’s Yovanni Rodarte improves to 16-0-1, 7Ko’s while Mendoza winless in his last eight solidifies his opponent status at 23-16-2, 22Ko’s.
In a eight round super featherweight pairing Oak Hills, California, Jerry Perez remained unbeaten taking out Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico’s, 18-year-old, Ivan “Cachorro” Benitez in four. Perez advances to 11-0, 8Ko’s as Benitez dropping back to back bouts skids to 12-3, 4Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round battle of southpaws, LA based Ukrainian welterweight Ivan Redkach, made it two straight blowing out Lansing, Michigan, 37-year-old, Tyrone “Fists of Fury” Harris in one round.
The rebuilding Redkach putting wins over Brian Jones and now Harris between 2017 back to back losses to Argenis Mendez and John Molina Jr. moves to 22-4-1, 17Ko’s while the “Fury Less” Harris 2-9 in his last eleven drops to 26-14, 16Ko’s.
In a six round lightweight pairing Santa Maria, California, 22-year-old, 2016 U.S. Olympian, Carlos “Karlos” Balderas continued his heavy-handed ways dropping and stopping Yucatán, Mexico light handed, Jose “Relampago” Torres in round three. Balderas improves to 7-0, 6Ko’ss while Torres winless in his last seven dives to 13-11, 1Ko.
In a four round super bantamweight preliminary Commerce City, Colorado, 21-year-old, amateur standout Shon Mondragon began his trek into the paid ranks battering and cutting Salt Lake City, Utah’s 39-year-old, Julio Martinez over the right eye piling on the punishment prompting Martinez to throw in the towel at 0:47 of round two. Mondragon starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Martinez evens out at 1-1.
In the night’s opener Buenos Aires, Argentina, lightweight Neri “El Maldito” Romero picked himself up from a first round trip to the canvas to battle back claiming a tougher than expected 58-55 times three points win over Dallas, Texas, Thomas Smith. Romero moves to 12-0, 7Ko’s while Smith 2-5 in his last seven drops to 5-71, 3Ko’s.
Gervonta Davis Defends WBA Super Bantamnweight Title With Thrilling First Round TKO of Hugo Ruiz!
(February 9th) Gervonta Davis defended his WBA Super Featherweight World Championship with a thrilling first-round TKO of former world champion Hugo Ruiz before a sellout crowd of 8,048 at Dignity Health Sports Park Saturday non SHOWTIME.
Baltimore's Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) recorded his eighth career first-round knockout as referee Jack Reiss called off the fight with one second remaining in the first round following a devastating sweeping right hook by Davis connected cleanly and sent Ruiz (39-5, 32 KOs) down to his knees.
Davis, who entered the ring to Michael Jackson's "Thriller", wasted little time showing why he is one of boxing rising super stars with his impressive fourth win in a world title fight. The 24-year-old Davis is the youngest U.S.-born world titlist in boxing and was headlining for the first time.
With his promoter Floyd Mayweather looking on, Davis made quick work of his late-replacement opponent. "I knew it was coming," he said. "I wanted to go more rounds, but I knew if I got him out of there early I could fight again sooner. When I touched the jab I saw his arm was in front of his face so if I threw a hook or uppercut it was right in line."
Davis, who has now stopped his last 12 opponents, connected on 50 percent of his power punches, just under the 51 percent power accuracy he logged in his last four fights.
The late substitute 32-year-old Ruiz was fighting for the second time in three weeks as he replaced the injured Abner Mares. Ruiz was used to being on the other side of first-round knockouts having recorded 18 of his own during his career.
"As soon as he started landing punches, I could feel them," Ruiz said. "I have a lot of first round knock outs, today was my turn to lose in the first round. It happens in boxing."
Next up for Davis could be the winner of the March 2 Ricardo Nunez-Edner Cherry WBA Eliminator on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center. "We could do that," Davis said. "At the end of the day I'm a fighter. I'm a fighter and I have a great team. One of the best in the sport. I believe in my team and whatever they line up, I'm ready.
Davis told SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray he's ready for a sweet homecoming for his next fight. "Yes, sir. We're coming to Baltimore. We're going home, baby."
In the co-feature, Mario Barrios (23-0, 14 KOs) knocked out his seventh consecutive opponent as the 23-year-old from San Antonio stopped Mexico's Richard Zamora (15-3, 10 KOs). The stoppage came at 2:16 in round four as referee Ray Corona waved off the fight after a barrage of Barrios punches landed cleanly and dazed the game Zamora.
With noted trained Virgil Hunter in his corner, the accurate Barrios landed a staggering 59 percent of his power punches, including 37 of 58 (64 percent) in the fourth and final round.
"He wasn't an easy target at all," said Barrios, who sparred with Amir Khan and Devin Haney in training camp and is the WBA's No. 1 ranked fighter at 140 pounds. We just used everything we worked on in camp to find my range."
He added: "It was an amazing fight. I tip my hat to Zamora - he's a hell of a warrior. I wish him nothing but the best for the rest of his career. Like he said at the press conference, he wanted a war and I brought it to him. Total respect to him."
Zamora was making his United States debut. "I came to fight," he said. "I didn't come to lay down. I thought I still could have fought more. I don't want to criticize the referee. He did what he had to do."
Barrios said he's ready for the next big step-up in his career. "That's up to my managerial team," he said. "Whenever they feel I'm ready I'll fight for a world title. Any one of them. I am knocking down the door for a world title right now."
In the telecast opener, Javier Fortuna (34-2-1, 23 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Sharif Bogere (32-2, 20 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout. All three judges scored the fight 96-93 in favor of Fortuna.
The southpaw Fortuna, of Braintree, Mass, by way of the Dominican Republic, knocked down Bogere in the sixth round, the same round Bogere suffered a nasty cut above his right eye after an accidental head clash.
The knockdown occurred after a powerful left uppercut by Fortuna dazed Bogere, who appeared to be pushed down and touched his glove on the canvas. Referee Edward Collantes scored it a knockdown, giving Fortuna the 10-8 round.
"(The knock down) was correct," said Fortuna, who said he would love a future shot against Davis. "I saw his eyes were a little glossy and his legs buckled a bit. When I saw that he was cut, the game plan changed again and we had to work again to attack the cut."
Originally from Uganda but now living in Las Vegas, Bogere gave himself a seven out of 10 grade. "I think I won the fight," he said. "Even the knockdown was bull. He kept coming at me with the head. He kept trying to head butt me. The challenge was that there was blood in my eye. The first couple of rounds I was boxing him easily."
At the midway point of the fight, Fortuna began pulling away winning rounds six, seven and eight on SHOWTIME Steve Farhood's unofficial scorecard as Bogere continued to fade, although coming back to win round nine on Farhood's card.
In the power punch category, Fortuna connected on 89 of 310 punches for 29 percent while Bogere landed 59 of 317 for just 19 percent. Bogere was riding a 13-fight winning streak over the past six years coming into the fight.
"What I want right now is a contract so I can fight Gervonta Davis wherever. Lomachenko, any of them," said Fortuna, who had a No Decision against Adrian Granados last June on SHOWTIME after falling out of the ring in the fourth round suffering a head and neck injury.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN featured two live undercard fights on social media platforms leading into the televised tripleheader. Former world title challenger Erickson Lubin (20-1, 15 KOs) knocked down Ishe Smith (29-11, 12 KOs) a total of four times before the fight was stopped at the end of round three in a scheduled 10-round super welterweight bout. Undefeated super lightweight Juan Heraldez (16-0, 10 KOs) stopped Eddie Ramirez (17-3, 11 KOs) in round seven of a scheduled 10-round fight.
Kovalev Evens It Up, Recaptures Title With
Immediate Rematch Points Win Over Alvarez!
By: Edwin Gonzalez
February 2nd, The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas: Heading a Top Rank / Main Events promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+ Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Based Russian former WBO, IBF, WBA and WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev regained the World Boxing Organization World Light Heavyweight Title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Montreal, Quebec, Canada, based unbeaten Columbian, Eleider “Storm” Alvarez.
In stunning fashion revitalized Kovalev under the guidance of new trainer Buddy McGirt, “Krusher” almost taking a step back to his boxer / puncher amateur ways fighting behind a long mobile jab, out boxing and out maneuvering the previously unbeaten Champion to a convincing 120-108 and 116-112 times two unanimous decision win. A rubber match all but set Kovalev improves to 33-3-1, 28Ko’s while Alvarez paid to go away by former champion Adonis Stevenson suffers his first defeat slipping to 24-1, 12Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Sonora, Mexico, 2008 and 2012 Olympian, Oscar Valdez shook off 11 months of ring rust and secure the fifth defense of his WBO Featherweight title dismantling Avellino, Campania, Italy’s, flooring the previously unbeaten Carmine “Mr. Wolf” Tommasone four times enroute to a seventh round TKO win.
In charge from the opening sound the unbeaten Valdez walked down the jabbing “Mr. Wolf” putting him on the canvas the first time with a solid right hand about a minute into round four. Getting vertical and beating the count the still shaky Tommasone struggling to keep it competitive would be returned to the canvas with a follow up body shot.
Continuing to press Valdez put the fading Tommasone on the deck for the third time with a stif jab in round six closing the show sending the beaten Italian to the canvas for the fourth and final time with a drilling uppercut requiring referee Mark Nelson to immediately step in and call it at 0:09 of round seven.
Valdez coming back from a fractured jaw suffered in the fifth round his twelve round title retaining unanimous decision over Scott Quigg last March improves to 25-0, 20Ko’s while the 34 year old, Tommasone suffering his first defeat dips to 19-1, 5Ko’s.
Rising star and NABF Champion, Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez added the NABA and USBA Lightweight Titles to his collection with a seventh-round knockout of Las Vegas “Mr. Superb” Diego Magdaleno.
Lopez began the battering with a package big right hands in round on, opening a cut on the light-handed southpaw’s nose in round two. Continuing to pile on the punishment in the middle rounds “El Brooklyn” chopped “Mr. Superb” down for the first time with a heavy body head combination near the close of round six.
A pure finisher Lopez went right back on the attack in round seven hammering Magdelano with big shots until a pair of potent lefts put the 32-year-old brother of Jesse Magdaleno and Marco Magdaleno on the deck for an abbreviated referee Gregorio Alvarez count at 1:08 of round seven. Lopez climbs to 12-0, 10Ko’s while Magdelano falls to 31-3,13Ko’s
In a twelve round special attraction Accra, Ghana’s, Richard Commey took possession the vacant International Boxing Federation World Lightweight Title with a second-round destruction of Nazran, Russia's, once beaten Isa Chaniev.
The Andre Rozier trained Commey started the “Havoc” early bludgeoning Chaniev right hand sending him to the canvas in round one.
Chaniev still hurt and never really fully recovering would hit the deck two more times the damage being done by a well time left hook forcing referee Laurence Cole to wave it over at 0:39 of round two. Commey improving to 28-2, 25Ko’s now lines up to meet “High Tech” WBA / WBO Super World Lightweight Vasiliy Lomachenko while Chaniev suffering his second defeat slips to 13-2, 6Ko’s.
In a ten round super welterweight match-up Freeport, New York, Patrick Day claimed the vacant International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Super Welterweight Title out working and out classing Kara-Bulak, Russia’s, Ismail Iliev.
The taller, longer New Yorker took away the pressing Russians jab landing clean counter shots banging his way to a 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 ten round decision win. With his sixth straight victory Day improves to 17-2-1, 6Ko’s while the previously unbeaten Iliev slips to 11-1-1, 3Ko’s.
In a breakout middleweight bout Oxnard, California, based Kazakhstani, southpaw, Janibek Alimkhanuly stopped Bronx, New York’s, Steven Martinez in five. the cleaner, harder hitting Alimkhanuly targeted the body early putting the rugged Martinez on a knee in round three.
Seeing Martinez was still hurt Alimkhanuly, picked apart Martinez in the fourth continuing to bang away in the fifth drilling his Bronx foe with a big shot from underneath prompting Martinez corner to call foe the stoppage at 0:21 of round five. Alimkhanuly moves to 5-0, 2Ko’s while Martinez unable to beat the step-up curve losing three of his last five falls to 18-5, 13Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super lightweight mix Oxnard, California, based Georgian, southpaw, Enriko Gogokhia remained unbeaten dropping and stopping Brazilian, Vitor “Frietas” Jones in three rounds.
The more skilled, heavier handed Georgian put “Frietas” on the canvas with a left to the body in round one, then cut from an accidental clash of heads in round two Gogokhia turned up the action working behind a steady jab putting Jones down again in round three with a driving left leaving him on a knee where referee Neal Young called the bout at 2:04 of round three.
In a eight round featherweight bout Albuquerque, New Mexico’s, Jason “El Alacrancito” Sanchez held onto his zero crushing Guerrero, Mexico’s, Daniel “Rayito” Olea in two rounds.
Sanchez going right to work landed with his right-hand early hurting Olea opening up the arsenal pounding the durable “Rayito” till the rounds close.
Picking up where he left off “El Alacrancito” showed his pension for finishing blasting Olea with a hard right sending him to the canvas after which referee Gregorio Alvarez would call a stop to the fight at 1:35 of round two. Sanchez improves to 14-0, 7Ko’s while Olea 0-3-1 in his last four falls to 13-7-2, 5Ko’s.
In the evening opener Oxnard, California, based Russian, Bakhram Murtazaliev made the first defense of his World Boxing Council United States (USNBC) Super Welterweight Title with a ninth round TKO stoppage of New Haven, Connecticut, declining veteran Elvin Ayala.
The upset minded Ayala traded with the twelve year his junior Murtazaliev early only to find himself on a knee in round two.
The forty-two bout, veteran Ayala surviving with some intermittent action began to show the wear and tear of Murtazaliev constant pressure when he deflated with a left hook to the body near the closing of round eight.
Murtazaliev sensing Ayala’s decline stepped up the attack rocking the 38-year-old with a hard right sending him to the canvas with a follow volley of shots urging referee Neal Young move in and call the bout at 2:05 of round nine. Murtazaliev improves to 15-0, 12Ko’s while Ayala 1-7 in his last eight appearances dives to 29-13-1, 13Ko’s.
Palicte Stops Martinez for Mandatory
Second Shot at WBO Champion Nietes!
By: David Colon
January 31st, Viejas Casino and Resort, Alpine, Ca: In the main event of a Roy Jones Jr. / Miguel Cotto co-promotion Bago City, Philippines “Mighty” Aston Palicte retured to his winning ways stopping Las Marias, Puerto Rico’s Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez in just two rounds.
The 28-year-old, longer, more powerful, Palicte coming off a hard-fought vacant World Boxing Organization World Super Flyweight Title split decision loss with Bacolod City, Philippines rival Donnie “Ahas” Neites in September was all business from the opening bell answering Martinez potent attack with a Manny Pacquiao training camp hardened response staying behind a measuring jab landed long right counters reaching Martinez body closing round one.
In what appeared to be a mutual step up in the action the two high guard super flyweights picked up the pace and tenacity with Palicte’s “mightier” punches clearly gaining the edge landing with jab guided heavy looping rights putting Martinez on a knee claiming he was struck with a punch to the back of the head. Quickly making it upright the now mostly defensive Martinez backed to the ropes was returned to the canvas with another heavy right again complaining of another punch to the back of the head. The extremely focused Palicte leaving no doubt immediately returned to work battering Martinez along the ropes with a series of clean unanswered power shots forcing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to step in and stop the bout at 2:18 of round two. Palicte now the Nietes WBO mandatory challenger moves to 25-2-1, 21Ko’s while Martinez suffering his first defeat slips to 20-1-2, 13Ko’s.
Thurman Returns with “Rocky”
Majority Decision Win Over Lopez!
By: Joe Martin
January 26th, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the main event of a Premiere Boxing Champions, DiBella Entertainment, TGB Promotions bill broadcast LIVE on FOX TV Clearwater, Florida’s, Keith “One Time” Thurman retained his World Boxing Association Super World Welterweight Title with a “Rocky” twelve round majority decision over Riverside, California’s, battle tested Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez.
Thurman returning from a 22-month injury induced absence started well flooring Lopez with a big shot in round two pounding the determined challenger with numerous right hands. Lopez doing his best “Rocky” imitation survived the round going on to give the champion a scare of his own tagging and rocking the champion with a big right hand of his own in round seven.
Thurman showing his championship fortitude buckled down and held off the pressing Lopez enduring several more “Rocky” rights winning some closely contested rounds reaching the final bell grabbing a 117-109, 115-111 Thurman, 113-113 majority decision win. Thurman looking for a showdown with many Pacquiao improves to 29-0, 22Ko’s while Lopez having battled the likes of Jessie Vargas, Saul Alvarez, Marcos Maidana and Andre Berto falls to 36-8, 19Ko’s.
In the heavyweight co-feature, Brooklyn, New York’s, Adam Kownacki whacked out Vallejo, California’s, Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington in two rounds.
The fifteen-pound heavier popular volume punching Pole opened fast, taking the fight to Washington hurting the former Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills practice squad player with a solid right hand filling out the round with a windless volley of punches.
Looking to turn the tables the taller longer Washington came out strong in round two only to have Kownacki weather the storm and answering back with a big right hand, flooring “El Gallo Negro” with a follow up barrage of punches.
Washington would beat the count making it upright only to fall victim to Kownacki’s volume punching follow up attack prompting referee Harvey Dock to call a stop to the fight at 1:09 of round two. Kownacki pushes his way into the upper echelon of the heavyweight mix at 19-0, 15Ko’s while Washington coming in squeezing a ten round points win over John Wesley Nofire between back to back TKO losses to Deontay Wilder and Jarrell Miller and tonights Kownacki loss drops to 19-3-1, 12Ko’s.
In a special attraction, Carson, California, based Mongolian, Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar fought off Dominican Republics, Claudio Marrero to claim the vacant International Boxing Organization World Featherweight Title by way of a 12-round unanimous decision.
Nyambayar opening with a concentrated body attack turned it upstairs in round three rocking the tough but slow starting Columbian with a drilling right.
Staying behind his jab the 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, Nyambayar mixed it up well going to the body and head landing frequent accurate right hands drawing a heavy rabbit punch from the frustrated southpaw Marrero drawing a warning from referee Benjy Esteves Jr. in round six.
Marrero would open it up in round seven momentarily backing up “King Tug” leading to some solid back and forth action going into the championship rounds only to see Marrero be deducted a point for punching on the break in round ten.
The upset minded Marrero looking to match Nyambayar shot for shot in the closing two rounds would finish hard only fall short on the judge’s cards which were announced 114-113, 115-112, 116-111 for “King Tug.” Nyambayar improves to 11-0, 9Ko’s as Marrero 1-2 in his last three falls to 23-3, 17Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round middleweight performance Stamford, Connecticut’s, Chordale Booker, remained unbeaten pounding on Barranquilla, Colombia’s, Juan “La Amenaza” De Angel, flooring the rugged southpaw in round seven enroute to a one sided 80-71, 79-72 times two unanimous decision win. Booker improves to 14-0, 7Ko’s while De Angel 1-5 in his last six dives to 21-10-1, 19Ko’s.
In an evenly matched pairing of super featherweights, Brooklyn, New York, 22-year-old, Chris Colbert landed the cleaner, sharper shots handing Chicago, Illinois, Josh Hernandez just his second defeat. Following some back and forth trading the more defensively sound Colbert settled down in the second half scoring with some crisp leads and counters gaining judges approval with a 79-73 times unanimous decision win. The talented Colbert moves to 10-0, 3Ko’s while Hernandez three bout win streak closes at 8-2, 7Ko’s.
In an eight-round featherweight bout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Stephen Fulton held onto his zero blasting out Barranquilla, Colombia’s Marlon Olea in five. Fulton improves to 15-0, 7Ko’s while Olea 1-3 in his last four outings drops to 14-4, 12Ko’s.
In a six round super lightweight pairing Capitol Heights, Maryland, 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell, the 22-year-old younger brother of Antonio and WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. took just two rounds to dispose of Brownsville, Texas, Roberto “R15” Almazan.
Russell overwhelmed Almazan with his superior speed from the opening bell dropping “R15” three times, once in the opening frame and twice in the second round forcing referee Shada Murdaugh to call the beat down at 0:59 of round two. Russell stays perfect at 8-0, 8Ko’s while the outclassed Almazán 2-2 in his last four sinks to certified opponent status at 7-9, 2Ko’s.
Northport, Alabama, heavyweight, Marsellos Wilder, the 29-year-old younger brother of WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontey Wilder suffered his first defeat a fourth- round knockout at the hands of Kearney, Nebraska, journeyman William Deets.
The very durable 33-year-old, Deets rocked in each of the first three rounds gave some credence to the old proverb there’s no one more dangerous than a hurt fighter when the over aggressive defense dropping new comer Wilder was hit with a solid winging left hand flooring the severely damaged Alabamian forcing the referee to call the fight at 2:35 of the fourth and final round. Wilder, dips to 3-1, 2Ko’s Deets makes it two in a row 7-12, 3Ko’s.
In four round preliminary bouts Clarksburg, Maryland, middleweight, Mark Duncan piled on the punishment scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s, Daniel Garcia-Flores. The stronger, faster more skilled Duncan pounded Flores from bell to bell piling on the punishment forcing the referee to stop the punishment at1:15 of round three. Duncan moves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Flores still in search of his first pro win stooped in all three appearances falls to 0-3.
Landover, Maryland, welterweight, Tyrek Irby moved to 6-0, 2Ko’s with a 40-35, 39-37 tomes two points win over Hartford, Connecticut’s, now even 2-2, 1Ko, Jonathan Figueroa.
In the evening opener Saint Petersburg, Florida, middleweight, Mycheal Teal stayed in his KO ways banging out San Antonio, Texas, Jacob Landin at 0:30 of round one. Teal improves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Landin remains winless at 0-3.
Munguia Outslugs Inoue Over Twelve!
By: David Colon
January 26th, Toyota Center, Houston, Texas: In the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions bill streamed LIVE on DAZN, Tijuana, Mexico’s, Jaime Munguia pounded out a twelve round World Boxing Organization World Super Welterweight Title retaining twelve round unanimous decision over Tokyo, Japan’s, previously unbeaten Takeshi Inoue.
Appearing primed for an eventual showdown with fellow countryman Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, the 22-year-old Munguia appeared to be taken back by the 29-year-old Inoue’s aggression.
Incited by an accidental clash of heads in round three leaving Inoue cut, Munguia seemed to be inspired by the blood putting his punches together ripping big shots up and down, landing clean from both sides.
Controlling the pace and tide of the fight a round ten Inoue push seemed to reignite the young banger rocking the sturdy Japanese fighter several times finishing the night with a liberal it 119-109, 120-108 times two unanimous decision third title defense win. Munguia likely headed to 160lbs soon improves to 32-0, 26Ko’s while Inoue suffering his first defeat slips to 13-1-1, 7Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction, Kunming, China, Can “Monster” Xu relieved Caguas, Puerto Rico's, Jesus M Rojas of his World Boxing Association World Featherweight Title winning a tighter than scored twelve round unanimous decision.
The fan friendly back and forth twelve round slugfest saw a highly motivated Xu begin with a wait and see feeling out first round meeting the aggressor Rojas with both hands targeting the body and head in rounds two and three.
Rojas no to be out done would push the action going into the middle rounds with Xu neutralizing Rojas pressure with some accurate long-range punching mixed with some well-placed body shots.
Neither giving an inch or a moment, the two well-conditioned combatants would ping pong return the others efforts with Xu out working his grinding Puerto Rican foe keeping him on the end of his flowing punches and the short side of the scorecards which were announced a much too wide 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 for the “New” World Boxing Association World Featherweight Champion Can “Monster” Xu. Xu unbeaten since his fifth fight improves to 16-2, 2Ko’s while Rojas dropping back to back fights slips to 26-3-2, 19Ko’s.
Heading the undercard, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012 and 2016 Olympian, Alberto “Impacto” Melian claimed the vacant NABA Super Bantamweight Title with a boxer / puncher tenth round TKO stoppage of Mexicali, Mexico’s, once beaten Edgar “El Ciclon” Ortega.
Looking to impress fighting for the first time in the U.S. Melian trading with the aggressive and determined “El Ciclon” changed tactics going into the middle rounds controlling the space boxing from a distance before closing the space and eventually the fight with a well-timed and placed left hook dropping Ortega for referee Sam Garza eight count.
The courageous Ortega would beat the count only to see his eagerness walk him into a Melian volley of follow-up punches forcing referee Garcia to stop the bout at 1:33 of the tenth and final round. Melian improves to 4-0, 3Ko’s while Ortega unbeaten in his previous seven drops to 10-2-2, 5Ko’s
Dallas, Texas, power punching super lightweight Vergil Ortiz Jr. stayed perfect rejecting Sonora, Mexico, journeyman, Jesus “Chuito” Barrayan on cuts after five rounds.
Ortiz in control from the opening bell rocked Barrayan in round three with a sharp right, then opening a cut over “Chuito’s” left eye in the fourth a fifth-round beat down convinced referee James Green to have the ringside doctor to take a second look bringing the fight to a close at the 3:00 mark of round five. Ortiz stays perfect at 12-0, 12Ko’s while the once stopped Barrayan drops to 23-5-1, 12Ko’s.
Carollton, Texas, 23-year-old, power punching southpaw, super welterweight, Alex Rincon forced to go the distance for the first time scored a one way 60-54, 59-55, 58-56 six round unanimous decision over Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jeremy Ramos. Rincon moves to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Ramos 1-4 in his last five drops to 10-6, 4ko’s.
In a scheduled six round super lightweight bout Carollton, Texas, 27-year-old George Rincon remained undefeated overwhelming and tearing down Sonora, Mexico’s, Emmanuel “Pollo” Valadez in one round.
Rincon opened up, ripping Valadez to the body putting him on the deck early in the opening frame. Right going back to work saw the heavy punching southpaw back the beaten and out gunned “Pollo” to the ropes for an unanswered volley of punches forcing referee Sam Garza to out a stop to the bout at 1;36 of round one. Rincon climbs to 6-0, 3Ko’s while Valadez stopped in three straight crashes to 5-7, 4Ko’s.
Feigenbutz Looking to Join the Canelo Sweepstakes
With Fifth Round TKO Stoppage of Opalach!
By: Alfred Zimmerman
January 26th, Ufgauhalle, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany: In the main event of a Wilfried Sauerland Event Baden-Württemberg, Germany, former WBA Super Middleweight Champion, Vincent Feigenbutz took possession of the Global Boxing Union Super Middleweight title stopping Olsztyn, Poland’s, Przemyslaw “The Spartan” Opalach in five rounds.
Three years, and nine victories (8 inside the distance), from an eleventh round TKO loss to Giovanni De Carolis, the 23 year old, Feigenbutz looking to return to the elite rankings of the 168lb division started slowly not finding his rhythm until the third round taking control of the center of the ring stalking the circling Pole with a busy and accurate jab scoring with long straight right hands to the body and head.
The power punching German continuing to rip Opalach up and down momentarily switched to southpaw scoring with a hard multi punch combination, then shifting back tagged the fading “Spartan” with three monster right hands forcing the referee to step in and wave it over with about 15 seconds to go in round five. Feigenbutz improves to 30-2, 27Ko’s while Opalach unbeaten in his previous fifteen drops to 27-3, 22Ko’s.
Andrade Wins, Cano Destroys, Doheny Defends,
Algieri Holds On and Serrano Makes History
On Matchroom / DAZN Bill Hulu Theater MSG!
By: Coach K
January 18th, Madison Square Garden Hulu Theater, New York, New York: In the main event of a Matchroom Boxing, Dibella Entertainment, Star Boxing card broadcast on boxing’s future DAZN Providence, Rhode Island’s, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade made the first defense of his World Boxing Organization World Middleweight Title with a twelfth and final round stoppage of Beverly Hills, California based Russian southpaw, Artur “Wolverine” Akavov.
A freshly inspired Andrade putting past business problems behind stated well out boxing Akavov battling down the proud Russians ninth round push opening a bad cut over Akavov’s right eye in the tenth finished hard in the championship rounds catching the fading Russian with clean body shots and a sharp hook closing the door on the durable challenger prompting referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to step in and call the bout at 2:36 of round twelve.
Andrade with his sights on rival Billy Joe Saunders and “GGG” improves to 27-0, 17Ko’s as Akavov’s three bout victory run at comes to an abrupt stop at 19-3, 8Ko’s.
Zaragoza, México’s, “El Demoledor” Pablo Cesar Cano held onto his World Boxing Council International Silver Super Lightweight Title shocking, dropping and stopping Tokyo, Japan, based Venezuelan former four-time, three division world champion Jorge Linares in round one.
Cano having battled the likes of Ashley Theophane, Fernando Angulo, Paul Malignaggi and Shane Mosley fresh off a technical decision win over Ruslan Madiev started heavy taking the fight to Linares putting him on the deck just fifteen seconds in with a heavy right hand. Making it upright but visibly distressed the Venezuelan “Golden Boy” would be returned to the canvas with a repeat right hand.
The fearless but now very shaky veteran Linares making it vertical for a second time would attempt to battle back but was met by a heavy Cano assault putting him on the canvas for a third time prompting referee Ricky Gonzalez to smartly call the bout to a close at 2:48 of round one.
Cano, just 3-3 in his last six moves to 32-7-1, 22Ko’s while Linares stopped in two of his last three outings falls to 45-5, 28Ko’s.
Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia based Irish southpaw TJ “The Power” Doheny successfully made the first defense of his International Boxing Federation World Super Bantamweight Title scoring an eleventh round TKO stoppage of Yokohama, Japan’s, tough Ryohei Takahashi.
Doheny and Takahashi went right at it leading to an accidental clash of heads in round two leaving both combatants cut.
The champion beginning to target his challenger’s body with powerful lefts and right hooks put the awkward challenger down in round three.
Chipping away the more skilled Irishman methodically began to take apart his determined Japanese foe out classing him down the stretch ripping clean shots up and down, piling on the punishment forcing referee Mike Ortega to step in an save the gallant Takahashi any further and unnecessary punishment at 2:18 of round eleven. Doheny moves to 21-0, 15Ko’s while the rugged Takahashi’s five bout unbeaten streak closes at 16-4-1, 6Ko’s.
Heading the undercard in a battle of welterweights Huntington, New York, former WBO Light Welterweight Champion, Chris Algieri picked up the vacant World Boxing Organization International Super Lightweight Title grabbing a much closer than scored crowd rejected ten round unanimous decision over Woodhaven, New York’s, Daniel “El Gallo” Gonzalez.
The pairing Star Boxing stablemates saw the more mobile and experienced “Pride of Huntington” in just his second fight following a two-and-a-half-year hiatus jump out to an early lead controlling the first two rounds with his jab and concentrated body attack finally drawing a sudden but effective response with Gonzalez rocking the “Fighting Collegian” with a thudding right hand and left hook to close round three.
Returning to his early success with the jab Algieri limiting Gonzalez to intermittent single shots uncharacteristically appeared to fade a bit behind a growing mouse beneath his left eye compliments of one of Gonzalez sporadic rights.
Whether part of the fight plan or a product of necessity “El Gallo” responding to some solid crowd support turned up the pressure and began to target Algieri’s eye putting the former world champion on the move. Taking more control in his roll of aggressor Gonzalez would continue to pursue the now defense minded Algieri stealing some late rounds closing the fight in full attack mode trapping Algieri against the ropes several times in the final round only to fall short on the judges way too wide 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 scores called for Algieri The generous scoring enticing a roar of boos from the local educated boxing fans moves Algieri to 23-3, 8Ko’s and a possible World Boxing Organization World Super Lightweight Title challenge with the winner of Mauricio Hooker vs Mikkel LesPierre on the undercard of Bivol / Smith Jr. March 9th. Gonzalez in the best performance of his career dips to 17-2, 7Ko’s.
In a special female attraction Brooklyn, New York’s, Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano made history claiming the vacant World Boxing Organization World Female Super Flyweight Title her seventh division world title disposing of Vienna, Austria, “Golden Baby” Eva Voraberger in 35 seconds.
The bigger stronger, more aggressive hometown fighter went right after Voraberger landing with a heavy volley of shots dropping and stopping the Austrian “Golden Girl” with a drilling body shot moving referee Sparkle Lee to stop the bout at 0:35 of round one. With the calling for a much-anticipated showdown with Katie Taylor, Serrano planning to shelve an eighth division title shot for at least the man time improves to 36-1-1, 27Ko’s while Voraberger holding wins over Eileen Olszewski and Nina Radovanovic falls to 24-6, 11Ko’s.
In a six round preliminary popular Brooklyn, 23-year-old, welterweight Julian Sosa remained unbeaten stopping Silver Spring, Maryland’s, Dieumerci “Elephant” Nazu in three.
In charge from the opening sound Sosa took control of the spacing with his jab opening the way for speedy combinations to the body and head leading to a late third round exchange tagging the inaccurate “Elephant” with some clean shots forcing the referee to call the bout on the advice of the ringside doctor at 2:59 of round three. Sosa fighting entirely in New York climbs to 13-0-1, 5Ko’s while Nazu winless in his last three, stopped in back to back fights drops to 11-6, 8Ko’s.
In a special four round feature Staten Island, NY, 20-year-old, Albanian, welterweight Reshat Mati showed he is someone to keep an eye on overwhelming and blasting out Silver Spring, Maryland’s, Benjamin Borteye in one round.
Mati assuming the role of aggressor at the opening bell went right to Borteye quickly taking control with rapid, accurate combinations flooring the 35-year-old Ghanian for the first time with a looping right. Not one to waste any work or allow an opponent off the hook the very aggressive Staten Islander closed the show showering the outclassed Marylander with a volley of shots forcing referee Miguel Rosales to put a stop to the fight at 1:06 of round one. Mati advances to 3-0, 2Ko’s while
Borteye levels out at 4-4, 4Ko’s.
In heavyweight action Brooklyn, New York, based G Guyanese heavyweight Nkosi Solomon recorded his first pro victory scoring a four round unanimous decision over Monroe, Georgia’s, Cade Rodriguez.
The more skilled Solomon controlling the distance with his jab landing good right hands to the body and head would floor the “rock’em sock’em styled sleuth footed Georgian in round three securing the win a 40-35 times three unanimous decision. Solomon righting the ship moves on 1-1while Rodriguez winless in his last three falls to 4-2, 2Ko’s
Opening the Matchroom / DAZN show Washington, DC, 25-year-old, welterweight Cornell Hines won an uneventful 38-38, 39-37 times two four-round unanimous decision over Salt Lake City, Utah’s Fahrud “The Puncher” Fatulla. Hines improves to 4-0, 2Ko’s while Fatulla on a three-bout skid drops to 1-3.
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