By: Duyi Goh
August 15th, Shimazu Arena, Kyoto, Japan: Heading an Akihiko Honda Teiken Promotions show Tijuana, Mexico’s, Luis “Pantera” Nery took claim to the WBC World Bantamweight Title stopping Tokyo, Japan’s, Shinsuke Yamanaka in four.
The battle of southpaws and wills saw a feeling out first round with the 34-year-old champion Yamanaka winning the battle for control of the center of the ring with a variety of jabs and right hands leaving the 22-year-old circling challenger Nery appearing to be looking for the big counter.
More aggressive in round two the heavier punching Nery began to tighten the circle and close the spacing backing the champion up with reaching left hands and a body attack of his own. Nery beginning to time the hometown champions jab closed the round landing a solid combination.
In round three the challenger Nery missing bad intentioned counters early momentarily giving back control of the real estate to the straighter punching Yamanaka began to follow his leaping jab putting the retreating champion on his back leg for some free singing right hooks and an entertaining close to round three.
Yamanaka swiftly moving to take control of the middle of the ring in round four would run into a long Nery left opening the way for a drilling right hook to the body. Yamanaka displaying a sudden sense of urgency began to fire and land long straight lefts appearing to put Nery back into counter punching mode only to be surprised by a “Pantera” styled pouncing assault landing a big left hand driving the champion to the ropes for an uninhibited following of winging hooks convincing the champions corner and the close watching referee Michael Griffin to step in and wave it over at 2:29 of round four.
Recording his fifth straight KO victory the new WBC World Bantamweight Champion Nery moves to 24-0, 18Ko’s while the rematch seeking former champion Yamanaka, 7-0 against former or current world titlists Vic Darchinyan, Tomas Rojas, Malcolm Tunacao, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, Liborio Solis, and Anselmo Moreno - twice, suffering his first defeat now 13-1 in World Title fights, slips to 27-1-2, 19Ko’s.
By: David Colon
August 12th, Arena Oasis, Cancun, Mexico: Hidden on a Cancún Boxing promotion 35 year old former IBF and WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa kept his career alive returning from a May 5th upset seventh round stoppage at the hands of Robinson Castellanos to squeeze out a narrow ten round majority decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s 22 year old, Alexis “Baby” Reyes.
The quicker 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Gamboa showing just glimpses of the fighter that recorded wins over Rogers Mtagwa, Jonathan Victor Barros, Orlando Salido, Jorge Solis, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Darleys Perez and the Cuban star had all he could handle in the taller, longer Reyes escaping with a generous 94-94, 95-94 times two majority decision.
Gamboa who’s only other defeat comes to Terrance Crawford, June 2014 moves to 27-2, 17Ko’s while Reyes still a youngster drops his second straight dipping to drops to 15-3-1, 7Ko’s.
Heading the card Monterrey, Mexico, super flyweight, Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez Jr. made it six straight wins since suffering 2015 back to back losses to Donnie Nietes and Moises Fuentes stopping Cebu, Phillipines previously unbeaten Elias Joaquino in seven rounds. Rodriguez Jr. advances to 24-4-1, 16Ko’s while Joaquino suffering his first defeat drops to 11-1,-1, 6Ko’s.
Also in action Mexico City, Mexico’s unbeaten Alejandra “La Tigre” Jimenez retained her WBC World Female Heavyweight Title scoring a third round TKO win over Quebec, Canada’s, previously undefeated Vanessa Lepage Joanisse. Jimenez climbs to 9-0, 7Ko’s while Joanisse falls to 3-1, 1Ko.
By: Edwin Gonzalez
August 12th, Gimnasio Nuevo León Unido, Monterrey, Mexico: In the main event of Fernando Beltran’s, Promociones Weslaco, Texas, 37-year-old veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia claimed the vacant WBC Silver Middleweight Title winning an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Sinaloa, Mexico’s complacent Omar “Terremoto” Chavez.
The more determined, more active Garcia took the fight to the weary looking “Terremoto” attacking the 27-year-old son of Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez to the body early.
The stronger looking Garcia would stay on the attack controlling the long distance and inside action holding off Chavez way too little, too late effort for a 97-92, 96-93 times two unanimous decision win.
Garcia improves to 42-3, 24Ko’s while Chávez coming off an avenging second round knockout over Canelo’s brother Ramon has his four-bout win streak comes to an end at 36-4-1, 24Ko’s.
(All pictures by Emily Harney / Granite Chin Promotions Derek Silveira (R) Michael Clark)
(August 6, 2017) - Former New England welterweight champion Derek "The Surgeon" Silveira defeated former world title challenger Michael "Cold Blood" Clark last night (Sat., Aug. 5) in the "Fight Night at the Bay" main event, presented by Granite Chin Promotions, at Marina Bay Sportplex in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Silveira (12-1, 6 KOs), of Salem MA) used his height and length advantage to out-box the much more experienced Clark (44-16-1, 18 KOs). Due to what appeared to be a broken right hand, Clark was unable to continue after six rounds.
After the fight, Silveira got done on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Ashley Myers. (She accepted).
"I want to thank Michael Clark," Silveria commented. "My buddy Martin passed away and this fight was for him. We're back and can go as long as needed because I'm in better shape. I'm a smart fighter and I can counter guys. I hope to be back fighting September 30 in Boston."
(Aleksandra Lopes (L) picked up a big win vs, Lisa Garland)
In the co-featured event, three-time world title challenger Aleksandra Lopes (18-4-2, 1 KO) likely positioned herself for another world title shot, taking an eight-round decision from former world champion Lisa Garland (15-8, 8 KOs), winning all eight rounds on two judges' scorecards and all but one on the other.
"It's tough to judge," said the Polish native who lives in nearby Marshfield (MA) regarding her position for another world title shot opportunity. "I hope so. I respect her but I felt that I should implement my sharper skills. She fought hard and came at me. I thought she'd go flat in the later rounds but she didn't.
"I'm always tough on myself, Wayne (Lopes, her trainer and husband) was happy. I feel that I should have taken it to her more and I got caught up in clinches too much. The heat was difficult, I felt heated before the fight. I was more tired than usual and I let her come in winging wild punches."
(New N. E. Cruiserweight champion Chris Traietti)
Iraq War veteran and Quincy's favorite son, Chris Traietti (24-4, 19 KOs), who is also co-promoter of "Fight Night at the Bay", pounded Nick Lavin (5-6, 4 KOs) from the opening bell to capture the vacant New England Cruiserweight Championship by way of a decisive eight-round unanimous decision. Traietti teed-off on the over-matched Lavin for most of the fight, but his tough Connecticut opponent lasted to the very end.
U.S. Marine veteran Brandon Montella (8-0, 7 KOs) remained unbeaten, registering three knockdowns against his Floridian opponent, light heavyweight "Money" Mike Sawyer (7-9, 5 KOs), in the second round, as referee Mike Ryan called the fight off right before the bell. Montella first put down Sawyer with a body shot, followed that with a straight right to the face, and Sawyer took a knee for his third trip to the canvas,
In an entertaining fight from start to finish, Whitman (MA) welterweight Mike "Bad Man" O'Han, Jr. (1-0) made his retired fighter father proud, defeating a game Daniel Amaro (0-2-1) by way of a four-round unanimous decision. O'Han, Jr. decked Amaro twice in the first round via perfectly placed left hooks but Amaro persevered and went the full distance.
Undefeated Irish junior middleweight Paddy Irwin (4-0, 3 KOs), fighting at home in Quincy, methodically broke-down Demetrius Thomas (0-5), dropping him with a right hand in the second round, and floored him with a flurry of punches en route to a third-round stoppage only moments later by referee Ryan.
Two-time Ecuador Olympian Carlos Gongora (9-0, 8 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn (NY), thoroughly outclassed Texas journeyman Larry "Slow Motion" Smith (10-34-1, 7 KOs)by way of a fifth-round technical knockout. Gongora, a powerful southpaw promoted by Murphy's Boxing, started the fight firing crisp combinations to the head and body of Smith, who took a knee for an eight-count in the opening round. The action slowed through the second and third frames, but Gongora picked up the pace in the fourth, as Smith took a knee again and survived another round. The undefeated Ecuadorian middleweight closed the snow in the fifth as referee Steve Clark halted the one-sided bout.
Tufankjian Auto Group and Tobin Scientific were major event sponsors; additional sponsors included The Chantey, Jack Campbell Electric, Hancock Tavern, Brennan's Smoke Shop, JN Phillips Auto Glass and Sheriff Michael Belotti.
By: David Colon
August 5th, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California: In the main event of a Bob Arum Top Rank card LIVE on ESPN Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian southpaw Vasyl “High Tech” Lomachenko retained his WBO World Super Featherweight title scoring a highly entertaining one-way seventh round stoppage of Cartagena, Colombia, power puncher Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga.
Lomachenko almost toying with the rugged Columbian in the first two rounds would floor “The Scorpion” with a powerful left in round three inspiring the champion to retreat to a neutral corner urging the reluctant Marriaga to come and get it.
Marriaga straying low and leading with his head leaving Lomachenko cut around his left eye in round four would see the Champion Lomachenko turn his “High Tech” defense into offense attacking “The Scorpion” to the body in rounds five and six putting the completely discouraged challenger on the canvas with another big left in round seven leaving the usually tough Columbian seated for the bell sounding round eight. Lomachenko now leaving Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa and now Marriaga seated in consecutive fights moves to 9-1, 7Ko’s while Marriaga down in back to back losses falls to 25-3, 21Ko’s.
In the co-feature Phoenix, Arizona, NABF/ WBO NABO Lightweight Champion “Sugar” Ray Beltran added the vacant WBA International Lightweight to his collection winning a ten-round majority decision over San Jose, Costa Rica’s, slick Bryan Vasquez.
The title only on the line for Beltran after Vasquez failed to make weight it would be the 36-year-old former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Beltran that would land the bigger shots allowing him to jump out to an early lead but the cagey Vasquez punching from awkward angles continued to stay active with rat-a-tat combinations claiming to injure his left hand in round three would pick his spots moving in and out with Beltran landing the more significant shots.
Beltran would track the circling Vasquez throughout the second half landing the heavier shots cut around both eyes from accidental clashes of heads in rounds nine and ten Beltran would be rewarded for his more substantial work coming out on the right side of a claimed a majority decision victory by scores of 95-95, 96-94, times two majority decision win. The green card seeking Beltran improves to 34-7-1, 21Ko’s while Vasquez losing two of his last three drops to 35-3, 19Ko’s.
In other action:
In an exciting eight round welterweight bout LA’s Arnold Barboza Jr. got up off the deck to close the show and score a hard-fought unanimous decision over San Francisco’s, Jonathan “El Carismatico” Chicas.
Barboza off to a good start pressed the action landing the more effective punches dropping Chicas with a hard combination in round three. Chicas proving he came to fight made it upright and finished the round returning the favor with a right-hand bomb in round five.
Both fighters would their moments down the stretch with Barboza again landing the more telling shots would walk away still unbeaten with a closer than scored 78-72, 77-73, 76-74 eight round unanimous decision win. Barboza improves to 17-0, 6Ko’s while Chicas 2-2 in his last four drops to 15-3, 7Ko’s.
In eight round middleweight action Brazilian 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, southpaw, Esquiva Falcao extended his unbeaten record winning a one-sided unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico, Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez.
The more polished southpaw Brazilian patiently out worked and outscored the limited Mexican mixing his accurate attack up and down limiting “Demonio” to an occasional right for a slanted 80-72 times three unanimous decision win. Falcao advances to 18-0, 12Ko’s while Gonzalez finding himself on the short end of all step-up fights falls to 23-10, 13Ko’s.
In a lightweight clash Detroit, Michigan’s, bigger, stronger southpaw, Erick De Leon out shined and pointed Cebu, Philippines, tough Adones Aguelo 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55 after six. De Leon stays unbeaten at 17-0, 10Ko’s while Aguelo drops to 28-16-2,19Ko’s.
San Jose, California, super featherweight Andy “The Shark” Vences remained unbeaten putting Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico’s, Eliseo “Lobo” Sesma down with big right hands in rounds two and three the later forcing referee Zac Young to step in and call it over at 2:21 of round three. Vences improves to 19-0, 11Ko’s while Sesma 2-4 in his last six falls to 11-4-1, 7Ko’s.
In an exciting super featherweight affair Oxnard, California, based Russian, Maxim Dadashev scored a last round stoppage of Phoenix, Arizona’s, aggressive but light handed, Jose Marrufo.
The bigger Dadashev using a busy and accurate jab controlled the real estate and set up clean counter shots on the free-swinging Mexican. Dadashev getting the better of the exchanges continued to systematically break down the aggressive until out gunned Marrufo battered along the ropes in the eighth and final round backed to the corner eating clean heavy shots fell victim to Dadashev’s clean punches and referee Zachary Young’s call to stop it at 1:32 of the eighth and final round. Dadashev moves to 8-0, 7Ko’s while the sturdy Marrufo openly contesting the stoppage falls to 10-7-2.
In four round lightweight female action Los Angeles, California, 2016 US Olympian, Mikaela Mayer made her long anticipated pro-debut banging out Green Bay, Wisconsin’s, over matched Widnelly Figueroa.
The taller, longer more experienced Mayer went right to work landing and upstairs/ downstairs right left combination followed up by an unanswered barrage of punches putting the beaten Wisconsinite on a knee where referee Lou Moret called it over at 1:15 of round one. Mayer starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Widnelly remains winless at 0-2.
In a scheduled eight round super welterweight pairing Colton, California, Artemio “King” Reyes methodically broke down Fort Morgan, Colorado’s, Steve Marquez leaving the fading Coloradoan kneeling for a referee Eddie Hernandez full count with a hook to the body at 1:54 of round four. Reyes improves to 25-2, 20Ko’s while the veteran Marquez falls to 16-19-2, 10Ko’s.
By: Susan Hart
August 4th, The MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit, Michigan: In the main event of a Dmitriy Salita's "Best of the Best" promotion on Showbox the Next Generation Flint, Michigan’s 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Claressa Shields claimed the WBC and vacant IBF World Female Super Middleweight titles with a 5th round TKO win over Augsburg, Germany’s previously unbeaten Nikki Adler.
In just her fourth pro bout showing her "Gold Medal” pedigree the 22-year-old Michiganian taking control of the center of the ring used her superior speed overwhelming the unbeaten champion Adler with rapid combinations early.
Seemingly adding power to her punches in round two Shields landing clean punches backed Adler to the ropes with a heavy left hook closing the round with a volley of uncontested punches.
In round three dropping her guard at times showing her disregard for Adler’s absent offense Shields continued to pick the champion apart with a mixed bag of shots continuing the punishment through and into round five battering the out gunned German with rapid accurate combinations up and down finally convincing referee Michael Griffin to step in and stop the punishment at 1:34 of round five. The new WBC and IBF Female Super Middleweight champion Claressa Shields improves to 4-0, 2 Ko’s while Adler suffering her first defeat slips to 16-1, 9Ko’s.
In the eight round co-feature an eight-round battle of southpaw featherweights Fort Worth, Texas, once beaten, Jesse Angel Hernandez stopped Saint Petersburg, Russia’s, Vladimir Tikhonov in five rounds.
Hernandez the heavier puncher, in charge from the opening bell over powered Tikhonov limiting the previously unbeaten Russian to an occasional headbutt landing big heavy shots backing him to the ropes with an unanswered volley of power shots forcing referee Ansel Steward to step in a put a stop to the contest at 2:25 of round five. Five wins away from his only defeat, a January 2015 split decision loss to Ray Ximenez Hernandez improves to 9-1, 7Ko’s while the US debuting Tikhonov suffering his first loss dips to 16-1 9Ko’s.
In other action:
In a scheduled six round super bantamweight bout Detroit, Michigan, James “OG” Smith blasted out Lagos, Nigeria’s Yaqub Kareem in one. Smith coming off a March sixth round stoppage loss to Joshua Greer Jr. gets back in the win column at 12-1, 7Ko’s while the overmatched Kareem stopped in his last three fights drops to 14-7-1, 8Ko’s.
Sterling Heights, Michigan, middleweight Domonique Dolton returned to his winning ways with a convincing 60-54 times three unanimous decision over Brockton, Massachusetts, 38-year-old, Antonio Chaves Fernandez. Dolton moves to 18-1-1, 9Ko’s while professional opponent Fernandez falls to 9-33-4, 3Ko’s.
Lansing, Michigan middleweight, Antonio Urista won a six-round majority decision over Brooklyn, New York based 2012 Turkmenistan Olympian, Serdar Hudayberdiyev. Urista moves to 9-2, 2Ko’s as Hudayberdiyev falls to 3-2, 2Ko’s.
In a not sure what you were watching bantamweight affair Reynosa, Mexico’s Jose Elizondo flooring Detroit’s 22-year-old Jarico O'Quinn twice was slighted with a blind mans, six round majority draw. Elizondo winless in his last three moves to 2-3-1 while the zero saving decision leaves O'Quinn unbeaten at 7-0-1, 5Ko’s.
(July 30th ) Former world champion Victor Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) made his ring return in style with a fourth round stoppage of Saul Corral (23-10, 14 KOs) in their welterweight battle that headlined Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes Sunday afternoon from Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California.
Fighting for the first time since April of last year, Ortiz was sharp from the start and attacked Corral with straight left hands and hooks. Corral was game and fired back uppercuts, but was too often on the short end of their exchanges.
“Corral is a great fighter who hits hard and I definitely felt it,” said Ortiz. “Top of the line boxers like myself, we hang in there and we perform to the best of our abilities. It was my first time back in a while and it’s just the beginning.”
Ortiz had success stalking Corral towards the ropes and unloading, focusing on delivering those powerful straight lefts and hooks. Corral tried to keep Ortiz at bay too often by holding onto his left arm, and after multiple warnings from referee Jack Reiss, he was deducted a point in round three.
“There’s nothing easy about going up against a guy like Saul Corral,” said Ortiz. “We were better tonight. We worked hard and I’m thankful to my team for getting me ready.”
The southpaw Ortiz was again able to trap Corral against the ropes and midway through the fourth round he connected with the decisive left hand that sent Corral into a heap on the canvas. Corral was able to get to his feet and briefly continue, but Ortiz quickly pounced and forced the referee to stop the bout 1:26 into the round.
“There are a lot of names out there in the welterweight division,” said Ortiz. “At this point I’m going to let my team guide me, because I’ll always be ready for anybody.”
Additional action featured once-beaten Nathaniel Gallimore (19-1-1, 16 KOs) defeating Justin DeLoach (17-2, 9 KOs) by TKO after five rounds of super welterweight action.
Both men looked to implement their game plan in round one, with DeLoach throwing combinations off his jab, while Gallimore looked to close the distance and attack the body. Late in the first round, Gallimore drew DeLoach in and got the better of an exchange of left hooks that sent DeLoach crashing to the canvas.
While DeLoach was able to hold on and survive the round, he was sent to the mat again late in round two from a series of powerful hooks. DeLoach was able to stop an oncoming Gallimore in his tracks with a left hook right before the bell, but it was one of his last significant moments in the fight.
Gallimore continued to close off the distance and blasted DeLoach consistently with strong uppercuts, while DeLoach tried to stay busy, but simply lacked the power on his punches to slow Gallimore down.
Late in round five, Gallimore connected with an overhand right that staggered DeLoach and followed it up with more effective uppercuts. DeLoach was again able to make it to the bell, but had endured too much punishment and the bout was officially stopped after five rounds at the advice of the ringside physician.
The opening bout of the telecast saw 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas (2-0, 2 KOs) deliver a devastating knockout of Eder Amaro Fajardo (3-4, 2 KOs) via a vicious body shot in the first round of their lightweight bout.
Balderas controlled the action, ripping right hooks to the body off of a strong jab as Fajardo attempted to return fire against the slick prospect. Balderas followed up a series of left hooks to the head with a left to the liver that put Fajardo on the canvas for good at 1:36 into the first round.
Nathaniel Gallimore RTD5 Justin DeLoach
Victor Ortiz KO4 Saul Corral
Adam Lopez MD6 Paul Romero
Karlos Balderas KO1 Eder Amaro Fajardo
Eimantas Stanionis KO3 Isaac Freeman
Efe Ajagba KO1 Tyrell Herndon
Money Powell IV W4 Carlos Lozano
Jose Balderas W4 Don Jose
Efetobor Apochi KO2 Daniel Hernandez
Miguel Contreras KO4 Phillip Percy
Alejandro Guerrero KO4 Matt Murphy
Emmanuel Medina W4 Edgar Ivan Garcia
Oluwafemi Oyeleye KO1 Uriel Gonzalez
(July 30th) Undefeated featherweight prospect Tramaine "The Mighty Midget" Williams made a major statement last night (Saturday, July 29), dropping former world title challenger William "Chirizo" Gonzalez three times in the opening round of a sensational performance in the "KO Night Boxing" Rumble on the Water 2" main event, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from The Queen Mary's outdoor venue in Long Beach, California.
"KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2" was presented by Black Tree, and promoted by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, in association with KO Night Boxing LLC and Roc Nation Sports.
The 5' 4" Williams (12-0, 5 KOs), fighting out of New Haven (CT), exploded with pin-point accuracy, also displaying his new-found power, dropping Gonzalez 30-8, 26 KOs), of Nicaragua, three time in the first round. The crafty southpaw finished off his more experienced opponent with a perfectly placed right-left combination, right on the button, for his third and final knockdown. Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. waved off the action, not bothering to count, as Gonzalez lay vertical on his back in dire straits.
"I prepared well for this fight and anything can happen when I work hard," Williams remarked after his third consecutive knockout victory. "I felt his power early with a body shot but I stayed focused.
"I can deal with anybody in my division. I want to fight Lee Selby (IBF featherweight world champion), or any of the world champions, but none will fight me. I really want Gary Russell (WBC champion); I'm here, Gary. It'll be target practice for me."
In the co-feature, highly touted super middleweight prospect Junior "The Young God" Younan (13-0, 9 KOs) remained undefeated, winning a close eight-round decision against tough Mike "The Menace" Guy, of Sacramento (CA), the former California State champion. (9-3-1, 5 KOs) Guy was penalized a point for tossing Younan to the mat at the end of round six or the result would have been a majority draw.
In his first eight-round fight, the 21-year-old Younan gained invaluable experience fighting the non-stop Guy, who kept coming forward, throwing punches from all angles, at his Brooklyn opponent.
"You can't learn if you don't go rounds," Younan correctly noted after the fight. "I'm only going to improve. Guy kept moving forward the entire fight. There were a couple of things that bothered me, but I went eight hard rounds and won. Thank you to Mike Guy for that."
Former Winthrop College (SC) basketball player Jonnie Rice (7-2-1, 4 KOs), fighting out of Los Angeles, opened the televised broadcast with a convincing six-round unanimous decision over Rodney "King Corso" Hernandez (10-6-2, 2 KOs), of Fresno (CA).
"I thought I did real well against a good opponent," former power forward Rice said after the fight "He's an athlete, getting better each fight. He's not the same fighter he was a year ago. I'm becoming more strategic, working on my jab to get better. Basketball players need good footwork like Chris Paul and Lebron James. I'm working to bring my footwork from basketball to boxing,"
Hometown favorite Raul Calderon (1-0) pitched a shutout over Eric Gomez (0-1), winning a four-round unanimous decision (40-36 X 3), in a battle of pro-debuting Californians. In the walkout-fight, Los Angeles featherweight Sergio "El Nino" Quiroz improved to 4-0 with a four-round unanimous decision over Lupe Arrotyo (2-7).
Garcia Dismantles Broner!
By: Joe Martin
July 29th, In the main event of a Showtime Championship card from the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York Oxnard, California WBC Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia remained unbeaten dissecting and dismantling Cincinnati, Ohio’s former four-time world champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner enroute to a one way twelve round unanimous-decision win.
After a feeling out opening frame edged by Garcia’s more effective precision punching the technically sound three-time world champion showing no effects of any layoff cut off the ring picked up his usual adequate work rate.
Garcia controlling the action with his constant pressure and control of the spacing put on a punching clinic out throwing and landing Broner 2-1 ripping the head shaken Ohioan up and down with clean, sharp lead and counter punches.
Garcia quick to answer Broners sporadic offense Garcia continued to leave Cincinnati’s “Problem Child” with more questions than answers including a lop-sided 117-111,116-112 times two unanimous decision win.
Still unbeaten seeking potential PPV fights with the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford, Garcia recording his third victory since ending a two-and-a-half-year layoff moves to 37-0, 30Ko’s while Broner remaining cocky and planning to stay alive on name brand suffering his third defeat slips to 33-3, 24Ko’s.
In the Showtime middleweight co-feature, Houston, Texas, former IBF World Super Welterweight Champion Jermall Charlo made his 160lb debut rolling over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s, Jorge Sebastian Heiland in four.
Charlo opening quickly took the fight to Heiland dropping the Argentinian with a heavy right uppercut. The rugged southpaw would beat the count but now with a hitch in his step it wouldn’t take long for the Ronnie Sheilds trained Texan to repeat the deed with a left hook in round four causing referee Benjy Esteves to stop the bout at 2:13 of round four.
Charlo looking towards a showdown with the winner of Canelo vs GGG improves to 26-0, 20Ko’s while Heiland who attempted to begin the bout with a bandage on his knee saw his eight come to an end at 29-5-2, 16ko’s.
In a special super flyweight attraction Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004 Olympian, Rau'shee Warren won a twelve round unanimous decision over Fajardo, Puerto Rico’s, 2008 Olympian McJoe Arroyo.
The battle of former Olympian southpaws saw Warren land some solid shots early to set the tone opening a cut over Arroyo’s right eye in round two used his jab and superior speed and accuracy boxing his way to a 118-110, 117-111 times two unanimous decision. Warren 2-2 in his last four improves to 15-2, 4Ko’s while Arroyo coming off a twelve round decision loss to Jerwin Ancajas in September dips to 17-2, 8Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a ten-round heavyweight affair Brooklyn, New York’s, re-conditioned Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller remained unbeaten bang on then out Vallejo, California’s, once beaten Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington in eight.
The rejuvenated miller unable to catch up with Miller in round one began to close the space leading to some exciting exchanges with both fighters taking some shots.
The give and take sessions would continue with Miller slowly gaining the edge with the 35-year-old Washington beginning to slow down showing signs of fading allowing miller to step it up in the middle rounds hurting Washington with some hard shots in the 5th and sixth never taking his foot off the gas rocking “El Gallo Negro” again in round eight with some heavy punches prompting the Californian’s corner to call it over at the close of round eight. Miller advances to 19-0-1, 17Ko’s while Washington coming in off a 5th round stoppage loss to Deontey Wilder in February drops to 18-2-1, 12Ko’s.
Making her US debut Bray, Ireland 31-year-old, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor used her superior skills to out work, out land and out class Cedar Hill, Texas, Jasmine Clarkson leaving the 22-year-old Texan seated at the close of round two. Taylor needing a step up in opposition moves to 6-0, 4Ko’s while served up Clarkson 2-7 in her last nine dives to 4-9.
In a battle of unbeaten welterweights Woodlawn, New York, based “Irishman” Noel Murphy delivered an eight-round blue-collar performance out boxing Dominican Republic’s, previously unbeaten heavier handed Julio Cesar Sanchez to a of 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 unanimous decision win. Murphy climbs to 11-0, 2Ko’s while Sanchez suffering his first defeat slips to 11-1, 6Ko’s.
In the four-round featherweight opener Cincinnati, Ohio’s, heavy handed Desmond Jarman was forced to go the distance for the first time dropping Bedford, Ohio’s, Darnell Pettis near the close of round two allowing the durable former MMA fighter to make it to the final bell leaving Jarman a 40-35 times three unanimous decision winner. Jarman moves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Pettis falls to 1-5.
By: David Colon
July 29th, Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona: Heading a Golden Boy Promotions card on ESPN2 Brooklyn, New York 2008 Olympian, Sadam “World Kid” Ali claimed the vacant WBA-NABA Welterweight title with a hotly contested ten round unanimous decision over Caracas, Venezuela’s, Johan “El Terrible” Perez.
Ali coming off wins over Saul Corral and Jorge Silva after being stopped in nine rounds in a vacant WBO World Welterweight fight with Jessie Vargas March 2016 had all he could handle against the straight-ahead Perez.
Perez in full upset mode taking all Ali had to offer hitting the canvas on a slip/punch in round three continued to push the action but it would be “The World Kid’s” superior agility and movement that would open the way for clean counter punches giving the Brooklynite a closer than scored 98-91, 97-92 times two unanimous decision. Hoping to find his way onto the September 16th Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin card in Las Vegas Ali improves to 25-1, 14Ko’s while Perez forced to return to Venezuela looking for another US call up drops to 22-4-4, 15Ko’s.
In the eight-round welterweight co-feature, Monterrey, Mexico’s, Alejandro “Magno” Barrera won a hard-fought split decision over Bronx, New York, Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez.
The counter punching battle would see some solid two-way action leaving Barrera cut over the right eye early in round seven and sent on a trip to the canvas compliments of a “E-Boy” left hook, the "Nacho" Beristain trained Barrera with an overt sense of urgency quickly regrouped turning up his work rate nipping Gomez in the action and on the scorecards which were announced 95-94 Gomez and 96-93 twice for Barrera giving “Magno” the split decision win. Barrera coming off a November 2015, 5th round TKO loss to Errol Spence Jr. returns to the win column at 29-3, 18Ko’s while Gomez now 2-2 in his last four falls to 20-3, 11ko’s.
Heading the undercard: Brazilian, southpaw, super welterweight Patrick Teixeira returned to his winning recording a one way eight round unanimous decision over Phoenix, Arizona’s, Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez.
Teixeira in control from the start landing long right jabs and straight left-hand follow ups, claiming injury to his left hand in round five was forced to close the fight with active jab for a 79-73, 80-72 times two unanimous decision win. Teixeira moves to 27-1, 22Ko’s while Hernandez falls to 19-6-1, 9Ko’s.
In super welterweight pairing, Winter Park, Florida’s, Daquan Arnett, inactive since his November 2015 first round TKO win over Yudel Johnson returned to action scoring a convincing eight round unanimous decision over Tijuana, Mexico’s Jorge “Pantera” Silva.
Arnett in charge from the opening sound took the fight to “Pantera” hiding sharp combinations behind a slippery jab out pointing the over matched Mexican 80-71 times three after eight. Arnett improves to 16-1 9Ko’s while Silva, 3-12 in his last outings sinks to 22-14-2, 18Ko’s.
In a tough six round super bantamweight match Whittier, California, Pablo “Shark” Rubio Jr. held onto his zero with a hard-fought split decision win over Houston, Texas, David Perez. The split decision coming with two judges calling it 58-56 and 59-55 for Rubio while the third somehow calling it 60-54 Perez. Rubio Jr. advances to 10-0, 3Ko’s while Perez dropping back to back fights falls to 8-2, 4Ko’s.
In a four-round super lightweight preliminary Indio, California, 19-year-old, Alfredo Escarcega made it 3-0 squeezing out a tougher than expected majority decision over Tucson, Arizona, Rodolfo “Rudy” Gamez. Escarcega moves to 3-0 while Gamez sinks to 1-4.
By: Duyi Goh
July 28th, Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China: Tokyo, Japan’s Sho Kimura claimed the WBO World Flyweight title scoring a shocking eleventh round TKO of Zunyi, China’s 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shiming Zou.
The 28-year-old, 10-1 underdog Kimura dedicating the fight to his late mother, battling the counter punching Chinaman and a cut near his right eye finally caught up with the slowly fading 36-year-old champion, first time self-promoting champion officially sending the “slippery” Zou (down three times prior ruled slips) to the canvas with a heavy barrage of punches in round eleven forcing referee Danrex Tapdasan to wave it over at 2:28 of the round. The officials’ scores were at 96-94, 94-96 Zou and 97-93 for Kimura at the time of the stoppage.
The beer delivery driver Kimura moves to 15-1-2, 8Ko’s while the emotionally shaken 36-year-old Zou suffering his second defeat drops to 9-2, 2Ko’s.
Serrano Stops Kiss in 3!
By: Bill Drake
(July 22nd) On Friday night, July 21st, heading an Ivan Rivera Puerto Rico’s Best Boxing card at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico Brooklyn, New York’s, Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano retained her WBO World female super bantamweight title scoring a third round TKO stoppage of Budapest, Hungary’s, Edna “DNA” Kiss.
Serrano first claiming the title with a first-round stoppage of Alexandra Lazar, October 2016 wasted no time settling the WBO strap scrap taking control of the center of the ring pursing the mostly defensive Kiss with log straight shots up and down sending her to the canvas with a short left in round two. Kiss making it upright to finish the round would not be so lucky in the third with the relentless Serrano walking her down with heavy shots to the body and head finally prompting the referee to step in and stop the punishment at 1:00 of round three. Serrano improves to 33-1-1, 25Ko’s while Kiss falls to 13-5, 5Ko’s.
In other action:
Vega Alta, Puerto Rico super featherweight, Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo pounding on Managua, Nicaragua's, Orlando Rizo for five rounds leaving the beaten southpaw, seated for the bell sounding round six. The former WBA World featherweight title challenger Oquendo improves to 27-5, 17 Kos while Rizo winless in his last five drops to 19-11, 11Ko’s.
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Robson Conceicao remained unbeaten scoring his third straight KO win stopping Guadalajara, Mexico’s overmatched Bernardo “Benny” Uribe in just 52 seconds. Conceicao moves to 4-0, 3Ko’s while Uribe stopped in back to back fights drops to 18-8, 11Ko’s.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico two-time Puerto Rican Olympian jr featherweight Jeyvier Cintron, the 22-year-old son of former pro boxer Javier Cintron, remained undefeated stopping Chilean opponent Guillermo Dejeas at 2:21 of round two. Scoring his first KO Cintron moves to 2-0, 1Ko while Dejeas 1-7 in his last eight dives to 8-13-1, 2Ko’s.
(July 18th ) In a battle of exciting featherweight brawlers, Chris Avalos (27-5, 20 KOs) was awarded a TKO victory after the doctor ruled that Miguel Flores (21-2, 9 KOs) could no longer continue due to a cut sustained during their featherweight matchup that headlined Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday night from Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana.
The action packed showdown came to an end after the fifth-round when the doctor deemed that the cut over Flores’ left eye was too serious for him to continue the fight. Because referee Bruce McDaniel ruled that the cut was caused by a punch, and not a head butt, Avalos was given the stoppage victory.
“I’m disappointed by what happened,” said Flores. “We were winning the fight. Everybody saw what happened. We saw the referee say it was an accidental head butt, but this kind of stuff happens in boxing. They took it away from me.”
“I didn’t get the victory the way I wanted, but I got the win,” said Avalos. “It was a good back and forth action fight. We both had moments where we went after each other and the other guy always came right back.”
The cut in question occurred in round four, from what appeared to be a grazing of heads on the inside, but was contested by Avalos.
“We caught a little bit of a head butt, but I don’t remember any cuts coming from it,” said Avalos. “I didn’t see any blood from the head butt. I saw blood after I threw a right hand.”
Flores was ahead 48-46 on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, and had put Avalos on the canvas with a good combination and follow-up flurry in the third round. The fight had been highlighted by consistent powerful exchanges on the inside before coming to an unsatisfactory finish after the fifth round.
“The cut was bothering me and I couldn’t really see out of that eye,” said Flores. “It was just a matter of time until I got the knockout though. I was breaking him down. I’ll learn from it and get better. I definitely want an immediate rematch next.”
“I was proud of what I was able to do and I thought it was a really good fight,” said Avalos. “He’s a good fighter and I’d definitely give him a rematch.”
Additional action saw light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (16-0, 13 KOs) remain unbeaten with a dominant stoppage of Philadelphia’s Christopher Brooker (12-4, 5 KOs) in the second round of action.
Elbiali came out aggressive from the start, looking to land big power shots with both hands while Brooker quickly sought to establish his movement and consistently tied up Elbiali when the action moved to the inside.
Both men received a warning from referee Bruce McDaniel midway through the first round for hits to the back of the head and it was later on in the round when the referee deducted a point from Brooker after another illegal shot.
Elbiali began the second round continuing his aggressive style and stalked Brooker until he could unload power shots in the corner. After landing several big shots that began to slow Brooker, Elbiali rained down multiple overhand rights that left Brooker hunched over before a final left hook put him on the canvas. The referee jumped in and called a halt to the bout 1:48 into the round.
“I had a decent performance tonight, I was definitely a little sloppy but I’ll have to look at the tape,” said Elbiali. “I still have a lot to learn and plenty of improvements to make. At the end of the day, I got the knockout that I was looking for.”
Featherweights: Chris Avalos RTD5 Miguel Flores
Light Heavyweights: Ahmed Elbiali TKO2 Christopher Brooker
Heavyweights: Charles Martin KO1 Michael Marrone
Cruiserweights: Edwin Rodriguez TKO2 Melvin Russell
Welterweights: Ryan Karl W8 Carlos Winston Velasquez
Lightweights: Josh Ross SD4 Clay Burns
(July 17th ) Popular Long Island light heavyweight contender JOE SMITH JR. (23-2-0, 19 KO'S), gritted his way through Saturday's ten round battle with SULLIVAN BARRERA (20-1-0, 14 KO's), after suffering a broken jaw early in the 2nd round. Even with a broken jaw, Smith Jr. dug deep to fire away at the skilled Barrera until the final bell, in which he ultimately fell short by scores of 96-93 and 97-92 twice.
In a fight that had the cheering crowd on their feet throughout, Smith and Barrera went to war from the opening bell. Prior to breaking his jaw, Smith wasted no time showing his sheer power as he drilled Barrera with a hard left hook to the forehead in the opening round sending Barrera sprawling to the canvas. Barrera, hurt from the knockdown, showed his proven grit and determination by rising and finishing the round.
Although having his jaw broken in the second round, Smith continued to fight hard throughout the fight which featured excellent two-way action. Smith showed a great chin and tons of heart as he tried his best to fight through a debilitating injury. Smith landed some heavy blows stunning Barrera on occasion but Sullivan outworked him to grab the decision on the judges scorecards.
"Joe knocked down Barrera hard in the first round but in the second round he sustained a broken jaw," said JOE DEGUARDIA, CEO and President of STAR BOXING. "It's a similar injury to the one he suffered five years ago and frankly it's amazing that he continued to valiantly fight over the next eight rounds and finish the fight."
In his only other previous loss, Smith also suffered a broken jaw against Eddie Caminero five years ago.
Continued DeGuardia, "After spending part of Saturday night at the UCLA Medical Center, Joe will have surgery later this week in New York and we'll know more then about a time frame for his full recovery. We congratulate Sullivan Barrera on his victory."
We at Star Boxing are extremely proud of Joe for fighting this fight under such extreme conditions as are all his fans who came to the fight last night from Long Island and those who watched on HBO. Joe Smith is a true warrior and epitomizes what a real fighter is supposed to be.