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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