James Holds Off Ramos,
Cherry Rallys Back for PBC Points Wins!
By: Bill Drake
April 13th, Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota: In the welterweight main event of a Warriors Boxing promoted Premier Boxing Champions card on FOX Sports 1 Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jamal “Shango” James boxed his way to a blue collar ten round points win over Casa Grande, Arizona’s, more than Abel Ramos.
The taller, longer, James controlling most of the early action with an accurate jab began to land with his follow up right sporadically answered by well-timed counter left hooks.
James continuing to initiate the action with a busy jab in the middle rounds kept Ramos off balance with well-timed and placed rights.
After a respite sixth James pressured by Ramos increasingly dangerous left turned his attack to the body in round seven only to be answered by a complemental Ramos eighth.
Ramos picking up the pressure would have his moments down the stretch only to see James close out the fight with a punctuating right allowing the hometown favorite to box his way to a boxing his way to a 95-95, 96-94 times two hard fought majority decision win. James improves to 23-1, 10Ko’s while the very able Ramos 2-2 in his last four drops to 18-3-2, 13Ko’s.
In the ten round lightweight semi-main event Wauchula, Florida, tough and rugged perennial contender Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry forged a second half comeback ten round unanimous decision win over Brooklyn, New York’s, Dennis “Surgeon” Galarza.
The 36-year-old, Cherry following up his 2015 split decision IBF Title challenge loss to Jose Pedraza with once a year bouts recording ten round unanimous decision wins over Haskell Rhodes June 2016 and Omar Douglas last April got off to a labored start unable to maneuver Galarza’s “surgical” jab.
Rocked in the each of the first three rounds intermittently scoring with his right zeroed in his big punch in the second half backing Galarza up turning up the heat in rounds eight, nine and ten banging his way to a 97-93, 96-94 times two come back unanimous decision win. Cherry improves to 36-7-2, 19Ko’s while Galarza 3-2 in his last five drops to 16- 3, 9Ko’s.
In a special super welterweight attraction Coachella, California, 6’6” southpaw, Sebastian “Towering Inferno” Fundora scored an imposing fifth round TKO stoppage of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s, previously perfect Ve Shawn Owens.
The 20-year-old, Fundora keeping Owens on the end of his long striking shots brought his punches in close ripping the reaching home towner with inside shots catching and hurting Owens with a series of unanswered power shots in round five forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout at 2:27 of round five. Fundora advances to 9-0,4Ko’s while Owens lodging his first defeat slips to 9-1, 9Ko’s.
In other action:
In a battle of unbeaten super featherweights Brooklyn, New York’s, 21 year old, Chris Colbert proved too fast, too strong and too skilled for Nashville, Tennessee’s, Austin “The Dream” Dulay putting the previously unbeaten southpaw down in round six enroute promting “The Dream’s” corner to put the bout to sleep at the close of round seven. Colbert improves to 8-0, 3Ko’s while Dulay dropping his first pro bout dips to 11-1, 8Ko’s.
Las Vegas, Nevada, Haskell “Hackman” Rhodes out pointed Milwaukee, Wisconsin durable opponent, Mike Fowler in a super featherweight six rounder. Rhodes moves to 26-2-1, 12ko’s while the never dangerous Fowler dives to 6-14, 2Ko’s.
In a four-round super welterweight preliminary Minneapolis, Minnesota, Celso Ramirez remained unbeaten dropping and stopping Troy, Missouri, Brandon “The Business” Baue with a follow-up barrage of punches in round one. Ramirez moves to 7-0, 7Ko’s while Baue sinks below the official opponent line at 12-13, 10Ko’s.
In a four-round super featherweight preliminary Minneapolis, Minnesota, Giezwa Pierre Hobbs moved to 2-0 with a one-sided points win over LA’s Raymond “Bad Boy” Chacon who sinks to 7-29-1.
Vargas and Cancio By Stoppage
Heading Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN
By: David Colon
April 12th, Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California: Heading a Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN card, former WBC Super Featherweight Champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas broke down, pounded on and stopped Pittsburgh’s, “Lightning” Rod Salka in six rounds.
A technical decision win over Stephen Smith away from his sole defeat, an eleventh round TKO loss to Miguel Berchelt, January 2017, Vargas in full combat mode took the fight to the “thunder-less” Salka walking through the light-handed Pittsburgh fighter’s counters scoring with big shots to the body and head putting the Army veteran on a knee with a drilling in tight uppercut in round five.
Continuing to pile on the punishment in round six forcing referee Jerry Cantu to call the bout over when the battered and cut Salka remained seated for the bell sounding round seven. Vargas looking Berchelt rematch improves to 25-1-2, 18Ko’s while Salka’s five bout win streak comes to a close at 24-5, 4Ko’s.
In the ten round super featherweight co-feature, Blythe, California’s, Andrew “El Chango” Cancio scored a minor tenth round upset stoppage of Miami, Florida, based previously unbeaten Kazakhstani, Aidar Sharibayev.
Eighteen months off a ninth round TKO loss to Joseph Diaz, Cancio was repeatedly beaten to the punch landed a well timed left hook dropped Sharibayev near the close of round three.
Appearing to have shaken it off the quicker Sharibayev went back to work only to get rocked by another late round left hook in round four.
Round five mirroring, three and four would see Sharibayev hurt late this time going down from an “El Chango” power right.
Sharibayev battling on through the middle rounds it would be Cancio’s heavier punches that would take their toll allowing Cancio to trap the unbeaten Kazakhstani fighter along the ropes for an unanswered volley of shots forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to step in and call the bout at 0:43 of the tenth and final round. Cancio rebounds to 18-4-2, 14Ko’s while Sharibayev suffering his first loss drops to 7-1, 6Ko’s.
On the undercard:
East LA super lightweight Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro remained undefeated mixed up a well-rounded attack banging Silver Spring, Maryland’s, Justin “The Vodou” Savi up and down to a one sided 79-73, 80-72 times two unanimous decision. Navarro improves to 14-0, 7Ko’s while Savi, 2-7 in his last nine drops to 31-15-2, 21Ko’s.
LA based 18-year-old, Smithborough, Ireland transplant super welterweight Aaron “Silencer” McKenna blasted out Aiken, South Carolina’s Keasen Freeman dropping the out gunned southerner twice, closing the fight with thudding counter right forcing referee Wayne Hedgpeth to wave the fight over at 2:06 of round one. McKenna moves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Freeman stopped in back to back fights falls to 4-2, 2Ko’s.
In a four-round rematch of 22-year-old featherweights, Indio, California’s, Javier Padilla got past a slow start to over-power and out point Mexico City’s Ricardo Arias with an August 2017 draw avenging 39-37, 40-36 times two unanimous decision win. Padilla improves to 6-0-1, 5Ko’s while Arias falls to 1-3-1.
Coachella, California amateur standout and the youngest brother of former IBF Bantamweight Champion Randy Caballero, Rommel Caballero was forced to settle for an inauspicious pro-debuting technical draw with LA’s, Eric Rodriguez.
The more skilled craftier Caballero in charge in from the opening bell would see the bout called to a close after round one when Rodriguez suffering a serious cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads was found unable to continue by the ringside physician prompting referee Wayne Hedgpeth to make it official at 3:00 of round one. Caballero starts out 0-0-1 while Rodriguez moves to 1-2-1.
In an eight round super lightweight pairing San Diego, California’s 22-year-old, Genaro “El Conde” Gamez out worked and out-scored Mexico City based Japanese veteran, Shoki “EL PV” Sakai landing with flashy combinations out pointing the taller, longer, “EL PV” 77-75, 79-73 times two after eight. Golden Boy’s Gamez improves to 8-0, 5Ko’s while Sakai 2-1-1 in his last four drops to 22-8-2, 12Ko’s.
Ryan Garcia vs Jayson Velez Heads next edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN May 4th!
Jarrett "Swift" Hurd Unifies Titles
With Split Decision Win Over Erislandy Lara!
By: David Colon
April 7th, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada: In the main event of a
Mayweather, TGB Promotion LIVE on Showtime Accokeek, Maryland’s, IBF Light Middleweight Champion Jarrett “Swift” Hurd added the IBO and WBA Light Middleweight titles to his resume winning a hard fought twelve round split decision over Houston, Texas, based Cuban Erislandy “American Dream” Lara.
The taller, stronger, seven-year younger Hurd pushed the pace early on leaving the skilled southpaw, Cuban to his share of clean jabs, counter straight lefts and inside uppercuts.
Reaping the rewards of his earlier body work Hurd’s labor evident around Lara’s closing right eye left the best for last. Trailing on the judges’ scorecards Hurd capped the back and forth action with an uppercut of his own lifting Lara’s head for a twelfth and final round chin tapping left hook sinking Lara’s “American Dream” to the canvas for a referee Kenny Bayless eight count and a title grabbing 10-8 round after which Hurd was declared the winner of a 114-113 Lara, 114-113 times two split decision win. Hurd with his eyes firmly set on another Houston champion, unbeaten WBC title holder Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo improves to 22-0, 15Ko’s while Lara whose only defeats come by way of majority or split decision falls to 25-3-2, 14Ko’s.
In the co-feature, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK’s James “Chunky” Degale reclaimed his IBF World Super Middleweight Title with a bloody, head banging immediate rematch twelve round unanimous decision over Osseo, Minnesota’s, “Golden” Caleb Truax.
The fight turning both ways on cuts saw Degale start off well only to suffer a serious free flowing cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads mistakenly ruled a punch by referee Robert Byrd in round three.
The straight ahead champion taking full advantage stayed on the attack only to see the action take a one hundred and eighty degree turn after Truax cut over right eye from a clash of heads in round seven and his left in round eight Degale docked one point by referee Byrd for a half elbow / half shoulder smash in round ten the now more mobile free swinging Degale began to reassume control landing clean combinations and single power shots taking the championship rounds and his title back when the judges scores were announced 117-110, 114-113 times two for Degale. The re-crowned champion Degale improves to 24-2-1, 14Ko’s while Truax drops to 29-4-2, 18Ko’s.
In an IBF Super Welterweight Eliminator bout Philadelphia’s Julian “J Rock” Williams won a tightly contested twelve round majority-decision over Evanston, Illinois, based Jamaican, Nathaniel “No Problem” Gallimore.
Williams staying cool and calm worked the pre-fight trash talking Jamaican with an accurate jab, ripping him to the body wearing down the heavy-handed Illinoisan and jabbing his way to a strangely scored 117-110, 116- 112, 114-114 majority decision win.
Williams only defeat a fifth-round knockout IBF Super Welterweight title challenge loss to Jermall Charlo in December now lined up as the IBF mandatory to Jarrett Hurd moves to 25-1-1, 15Ko’s while Gallimore whose only other blemish is a ten-round split decision loss to Virgilijus Stapulionis in 2016 falls to 20-2-1, 17Ko’s.
In a battle of declining California super middleweights East LA’ “Latin Snake” Sergio Mora scored an eight-round split decision win over Coachella’s Alfredo “Perro” Angulo.
Mora the 2005 The Contender" boxing reality series champion was more aggressive, cleaner puncher in the first half saw his close friend and gym mate bang his way back in the second half for a proverbial, little too late 77-75 Angulo 78-74 times two Mora split decision win for the “Latin Snake.”
The 37-year-old Mora holding a win over Vernon Forrest and battling to a 2010 draw with future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley but coming off back to back TKO losses to “Miracle Man” Danny Jacobs climbs to 29-5-2, 9Ko’s while Angulo 2-4 in his last six falls to 24-7, 20Ko’s.
Alhambra, California, southpaw, welterweight Emanuel “El Artista” Medina remained undefeated easily out pointing Sonora, Mexico journeyman Saul Corral 79-73, 80-72 times two after eight. Medina moves to 14-0, 9Ko’s while Corral’s three bout KO run comes to a close at 28-11, 19Ko’s.
In a minor upset Saint Louis, Missouri, featherweight Sharone Carter went back and forth out pointing Dearborn, Michigan’s previously unbeaten Ahmed Mahmood, 79-73, 78-74, 77-75 after eight. Carter scheduled to return to action May 26th at Community America Ballpark, Kansas City, Kansas improves to 9-2, 2Ko’s while the 22-year-old Mahmood suffering his first defeat dips to 7-1-1, 3Ko’s
In a scheduled eight round lightweight bout Sacramento, California’s, 20-year-old Xavier Martinez floored Mechanicsville, Virginia’s, Jairo Fernandez Vargas once in each of the two opening frames forcing referee Jay Nady to call the action at1:22 of round two. Martinez improves to 11-0, 7Ko’s while the 30-year-old Vargas dropping his third straight falls to 6-4, 5Ko’s.
Anthony Joshua Unifies With Pre-April Fools
Way Too Wide Points Win Over Joseph Parker!
By: Ian Webb
March 31st, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales: In the long awaited main event of a Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing promotion Watford, Hertfordshire’s, Anthony "AJ" Joshua forced to go the full distance for the first time retained his IBF/ IBO/WBA and WBO World Heavyweight titles with a much closer than scored twelve round decision over Las Vegas, based Kiwi, Joseph Parker.
The fight began with Joshua taking the center of the ring leaving the more active but less accurate WBO champion Parker on the end of his head and probing jab.
Rounds two and three saw much of the same with Joshua controlling the distance and Parker reaching and lunging with some erroneous punching. Joshua a bit gun shy on the trigger backed Parker to the ropes but unable to unload the big shot the more energetic Kiwi ties him up.
In round four Joshua tracking Parker to the ropes lands a big right over the top and opens a short exchange before grabbing on. The almost agreed distance stays open leaving most of Parker’s offense short sighted.
Landing the biggest shot of the fight so far in round five Joshua rattles parker with a solid turned over jab/left hook. Parker finds some small success with his one two as the spacing still seems to be the biggest obstacle on both sides.
Joshua and Parker exchange to open round six as the two begin to grapple prompting referee Giuseppe Quartarone to initiate some groundless interference. Joshua trades a right to the head for a Parker left to the body and Parker is quick to answer a Joshua jab with a body-hugging right uppercut. Joshua would close the round with good body shot to keep the round close.
The second half would start with a slowing pace as the two clutch and grab and Parker getting the better of the action on the inside while Joshua seemingly is awaiting assistance from the intermittently interfering referee Quartarone.
Round eight would see some more grappling with Joshua’s intermittent jabs finding their mark the Cardiff favorite would land a big right stunning Parker only to initiate another needless referee Quartarone intervention.
With referee Quartarone rally squashing interventions equal going into round nine Parkers step up in pace would falls short like most of his punches with both fighters becoming increasingly less accurate.
Joshua would start fast in round ten, first with the jab, then with a god right only to get preoccupied trying to land the right uppercut after which he appears lost. Parker ends the round with a small cut over his left eye most certainly from an accidental clash of heads.
Rounds eleven and twelve mysteriously missing the urgency of we so passionately call the championship rounds the action does pick up a bit with Joshua tagging Parker with a good right to close round eleven and Parker retaliating to the body.
The twelfth and final round begins with a pair of trading lefts and Parker finding the better of it in tight landing an uppercut to Joshua’s ribs drawing another unwarranted referee Quartarone intervention pushing the bout to the final bell for a pre-April fools, way too wide Anthony Joshua unanimous decision win. New Zealand’s Ian Scott scored it 119-109, while both England’s Steve Gray and the United States Steve Weisfeld called it 118-110.
Joshua appearing to be trying to freeze out Parker in the outdoor ring before their bout needs to thaw out some of his prima donna ways before going into a mandatory with the always aggressive Povetkin and probably should genuinely consider freezing out “Bomb Squad” WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontey Wilder for a few more tune up bouts ahead of any undisputed champion unification bout. The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Joshua moves to 21-0, 20Ko’s while Parker suffering his first defeat slips to 24-1, 18Ko’s.
In the heavyweight semi-main event Chekhov, Russia’s Alexander Povetkin retained his WBA/WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Titles with a destructive fifth-round knockout of Liverpool, UK’s, David Price.
The bout beginning with the 6’8” Price enduring the 6’2” Povetkin’s early assault with his long but lethargic jab and a round ending surprise right wobbling the 38-year-old Russian.
Povetkin showing he still carries some sound recuperative traits continued his unrelenting bobbing and weaving attack in round two sending the 34-year-old Price to the canvas and a referee Howard John Foster with a clean looping right.
Price more frustrated than hurt returned to action catching the former WBA Heavyweight Champion with a tight counter left hook sending him to the ropes for a referee Foster correctly called eight count.
Povetkin turning his attention to the taller Prices body in round four pushed the fight in round five tagging Price with a comatose chopping right and follow-up left hook dropping the lifeless Englishman to the canvas forcing referee Foster to immediately wave the fight over at 1:02 of round five.
With the win the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Povetkin having tested positive for a banned substance and missing out on shot at WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontey Wilder in 2016 now lined up as the WBA mandatory challenger to IBF/ IBO/WBA and WBO World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua moves to 34-1, 24Ko’s. 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Price, 3-3 in his last six, stopped in all three losses falls to 22-5, 18Ko’s.
Belfast, Northern Ireland’s, Ryan Burnett retained his WBA Super World Bantamweight Title scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over authoritarian Anzoategui, Venezuela’s, Yonfrez “El Verdugo” Parejo.
Burnett started very well controlling the spacing and dominating the action early on answering a Parejo surge in round three with some solid defense and clean counters.
Burnett the quicker, more skillful fighter totally in charge suffering a small cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round seven out worked and out pointed the fading Parejo to a 120-118, 116-112, 120-118 times two twelve round unanimous decision win. Burnett claiming to have injured his right hand in the third-round advances to 19-0, 9Ko’s while Parejo’s four bout win streak comes to a close at 21-3-1, 10Ko’s.
In the biggest test of his young career Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, “Pretty Boy” Josh Kelly claimed the vacant WBA International Welterweight Title winning a ten round unanimous decision over Chicago, Illinois former IBF Light Middleweight Champion, Carlos “King” Molina.
The 24-year-old Kelly taking full advantage of a ten-year age advantage dictated the pace from the start. Working behind a hard jab Molina landed punches here and there but unable to catch the low guard but proficient head and upper body moving Englishman clean Molina was mostly defensive appearing looking for the big counter.
Kelly seemingly on a respite in the fifth allowed Molina his best round in the fifth only to step up the pace in the second half boxing and punching shook Molina in the eight-round mixing in a driving uppercut in a string of body shots.
Molina began a little too late push in the tenth and final round while Kelly picking his spots boxed his way to the final sound after which he was declared the winner of a 99-91, 98-92 times two ten round unanimous decision. In just his sixth pro bout the 2016 Olympian Kelly showed he is ready to start taking on some bigger names improves to 6-0, 4Ko’s while Molina dropping his third in a row falls to 28-9-2, 8KO’s
In a special lightweight attraction Manchester, UK, former WBA Lightweight Champion, Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla cut over his right eye scored a dominant ten round unanimous decision over Mexico City, Mexico’s, rugged Edson “Buba” Ramirez.
Crolla in command at the opening bell easily out boxing the tough Ramirez suffering a cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in round three buckled down settling in like a “Million Dollar” ring general controlling every aspect of the action boxing his way to an otherwise uneventful 100-91, 100-90, 98-92 unanimous decision. Two wins off back to back 2016-17 points losses to Jorge Linares Crolla improves to 33-6-3, 13Ko’s while Ramirez unbeaten in his previous eighteen bouts dips to 18-3-1, 8Ko’s.
Cardiff, Wales, Joe Cordina grabbed up the vacant WBA International Lightweight out classing and flooring West-Vlaanderen, Belgium’s light handed, Hakim Ben Ali three times enroute to a fourth-round stoppage.
The popular hometown former amateur standout and 2016 Olympian went right to his duties walking Ben Ali down with a quick jab merging in some clean body shots straying a bit low in the second round allowing Ben Ali a short breather.
Ali fighting in reverse never a threat to Cordina could not hold off the inspired Welshman hitting the canvas three times the result of a bilateral hard, accurate head and body attack carried into round four forcing the referee to stop the punishment in the later seconds of round four. With his first knockout win Cordina improves to 7-0, 1Ko while Ben Ali suffering his second straight defeat falls to 19-6, 1Ko.
In a six round super middleweight contest Auckland, New Zealand, 22-year-old, Mose “Iron” Auimatagi Jr. rallied to score a last round, last minute come from behind stoppage of Aberdare, Wales, previously unbeaten Morgan Jones.
After an uneventful opening two frames Jones beginning to find his range in third wobbled his Kiwi foe only to be saved by the bell in the third.
Jones in control landing the cleaner, heavier shots appearing to have Auimatagi where he wanted floored his Kiwi foe with a big right hand in the opening moments of the six.
The Auimatagi demonstrating the wisdom behind his moniker “Iron” beat the count responding with a full sense of desperate urgency ripping Jones with a big right of his own wobbling the unbeaten Welshman setting him up for a series of thumping head and body shots forcing the referee to stop it at 2:52 of round six. Hoping to set up a Kiwi night of upsets Auimatagi moves to 10-1-2, 6Ko’s while Jones suffering his first defeat slips to 12-1, 5Ko’s.
In a six-round light heavyweight bout Croydon, London’s, AJ Boxing promoted Joshua Buatsi cruised to a one-sided, points win over Katowice, Poland’s Bartlomiej Grafka.
The precise punching 2016 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist, Buatsi, ripping Grafka up with sharp jabs and punishing rights denied a knockdown ruled a slip in round one opened up his arsenal in round two tearing into the 29-year-old Pole with wide variety of punches to the body and head pounding the durable journeyman to a demonstrative 60-54 points win. Buatsi climbs to 5-0, 3Ko’s while Grafka 2-7 in his last nine falls to 20-29-3, 9Ko’s.
Deluca Breaks Down Agaton In Seven,
Irishman Jason Quigley Returns
With “Animal” Stoppage of Rosario Cruz in Six!
By: Jeff Sanders
March 31st, Marina Bay Sports Plex, Quincy, Massachusetts: Heading a Murphy’s Boxing, Oscar De La Hoya co-promoted Golden Boy Promotions on ESPN card Whitman, Massachusetts, combat Marine, Mark "Bazooka" DeLuca remained unbeaten scoring a seventh round TKO stoppage of Tlalneplanta, Mexico’s, Ramses "The Pharaoh" Agaton.
The scheduled eight round battle of southpaws saw the naturally bigger, stronger more aggressive Deluca take the fight to the game "Pharaoh" punishing the game Mexican throughout the fight closing the show with a ripping bilateral body combination dumping Agaton on the canvas, rising unable to continue forcing the referee to wave the bout done at 2:17 of round seven. Deluca improves to 21-0, 13Ko’s while the risk taking, last minute sub Agaton, moving up in weight 2-6 in his last eight bouts falls to 20-8-3, 10Ko’s.
In the middleweight semi-main event Woodland Hills, California, based “Irishman” Jason Quigley returned from a nearly one-year hiatus due to a surgically repaired hand to stop San Juan, Puerto Rico’s, Daniel Rosario Cruz in six.
Quigley shaking off the rust early in control for the duration floored Rosario twice with left hooks to the body in round six prompting referee Mike Ryan to stop the bout at 2:56 of the sixth round. Quigley improves to 14-0, 11Ko’s while Rosario winless in his last three falls to 11-4, 10Ko’s.
In an eight-round meeting of middleweights Sao Paulo, Brazil 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Yamaguchi Falcao remained unbeaten scoring a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Miami, Florida’s, rugged Columbian, against Richar “La Lamina” Gutierrez.
Falcao ruled down once in round one after Gutierrez stepped on his foot regrouped to dominate the action at times taunting and playing with the aging veteran flooring him once in round five enroute to a wider than scored 79-73, 78-72, 78-71 unanimous decision win. The 30-year-old Falcao improves to 14-0, 6Ko’s while the 39-year-old, take on all comer, veteran Gutierrez drops to 30-18-2, 19Ko’s.
In a hotly contested toe to toe battle of evenly matched lightweights Philadelphia’s Damon Allen Jr. out worked, out slugged and out lasted Dallas, Texas, Alexis “Perro” Del Bosque for an entertaining 77-75, 78-74 Allen, 77-75 Del Bosque split decision win. Damon Allen Jr. moves to 15-0-1, 5Ko’s while Del Bosque, 2-3 in his last five drops to 13-5, 9Ko’s.
Islandeady, Ireland super lightweight Raymond Moylette out pointed Salem, Massachusetts Matt Doherty, 58-54, 59-55 times two after six. Moylette moves to 9-0, 3Ko’s while Doherty’s four bout victory run ends at 8-4-1, 4Ko’s.
In a battle of Massachusetts super welterweights Holbrook’s, Mike Ohan, Jr. held onto his unblemished record banging out Woburn’s just happy to be there Bruno Dias in two. Ohan, Jr. with his second KO win of 2018 moves to 6-0, 4Ko’s while Dias still in search of his first pro win falls to 0-4.
In a four round super welterweight match South Boston, Massachusetts Joe Farina recorded his second pro victory with a second round stoppage of little resisting Jaco Matos. Farina moves to 2-0, 2Ko’s while Matos remains winless at 0-2.
Mystic, Connecticut’s, Karen Dulin used her experience to score a 40-36 times three four round unanimous decision over Randolph, Massachusetts, Jillian DiAuto. Dulin bumps up to 3-13, 1Ko while DiAuto levels out at 1-1, 1Ko.
Ventura, California, middleweight Travis Gambardella stopped Brockton, Massachusetts opponent Lionel Young in three. Gambardella moves to 3-0-2 while Young treads water at 1-6.
“Blue Chip” Martin Returns
With A Fourth Round TKO of Florez!
By: David Colon
March 27th, The Avalon, Hollywood, California: In the lead attraction of a Tom Loeffler - 360/K2 Promotion's "Hollywood Fight Nights" Cleveland, Ohio, based super lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin returned from an eighteenth month injury induced hiatus with a convincing fourth round TKO stoppage of Columbia’s, Luis Eduardo Florez.
After a patient, shake down styled opening round Martin began to open upbuilding off his jab adding sharp right hands and hooks to the body and head putting the tough Columbian on the canvas twice , once with a left hook to the body in round three and a right hand to a survival mode Florez in round four forcing referee Jack Reiss to wave it over in the opening at 30 seconds of round four. Martin improves to 21-0, 12Ko’s while Florez 2-7-1NC in his last ten falls to 23-9, 19Ko’s
In other action:
In the six round super welterweight Big Bear, California, based power punching Ukrainian, Serhii Bohachuk pricked himself up from a first round flash knockdown to drop and stop Compton, California, Lucius “Bull Dog” Johnson in three.
In a free swing opening frame Bohachuk rocked Johnson backing him to the ropes only to be sent to the canvas by a short defending right hand.
Bohachuk the aggressor continued his attack in round two working Johnson’s mid-section softening “Bull Dog” up for an unanswered series of power punches in round three forcing referee Rudy Barragan to call the fight at 2:47 of round three. Bohachuk stays perfect at 7-0, 7Ko’s while Johnson now winless in his last three dives to 4-3, 3Ko’s.
In a six round super bantamweight pairing Tijuana, Mexico, Luis Rosales won a one-sided unanimous decision over Huntington Beach, California’s, Guadalupe Arroyo.
Rosales taking control of the action and the center of the ring picking apart his stationary target scoring with an accurate jab and clean 1-2’s for a slanted 60-54 times three unanimous decision win. Rosales improves to 7-1-1, 3Ko’s while the 1-10 in his last eleven Arroyo crashes to 3-11.
In a close quarters super lightweight bout LA’s, Mike Melikyan won a closely contested four round split decision over Huntington Beach, California’s, Alfredo “Gallo De Oro” Hernandez.
The toe to toe, back and forth battle would see both fighters have their moments battling right to the final bell with the counter punching Melikyan landing the cleaner, sharper shots on the aggressive Hernandez gaining the judges call with a 39-37 Hernandez, 39-37, 40-36 Melikyan split decision win. Melikyan starts new at 2-2-1 while the tough Hernandez falls to 3-2, 2Ko’s.
In a scheduled four round bantamweight bout Maywood, California’s, 19-year-old, Jose Casillas opened his pro career with a third-round knockout of San Bernardino, California’s, 31-year-old, May Garduno.
Casillas the more skilled, sharper puncher targeting Garduno to the body and head systematically broke Garduno opening a small cut near his right eye in round two flooring him with a heavy right-left in round three provoking his corner to throw in the towel forcing referee Jack Reiss to step in and wave the fight over at 1:54 of round three. Casillas jumps out 1-0, 1Ko while Garduno remains winless at 0-2.
In a four-round featherweight battle of attrition Redlands, California, Anthony Chavez remained unbeaten out lasting Sonora, Mexico’s, Carlos Apodaca for a 40-35, 39-36 times two unanimous decision win. Chavez holds onto his zero at 5-0, 1Ko while the record padding Apodaca drops to 1-8-2.
Split-T Management / 360 Promotions, newly signed New York amateur standout Brian Ceballo made his pro-debut scoring a blistering first round TKO stoppage of Sonora, Mexico’s, Luis Longoria.
The more skilled and active Ceballo opened fast setting up clean combinations with an accurate jab bloodying and possibly breaking the over matched Mexican’s nose with a rapid combination prompting referee Rudy Barragan to step in and stop the punishment at 2:16 of round one. Ceballo starts out 1-0, 1KO while Longoria evens up at 1-1.
"Del Boy" Batters, Cold Packs "Big Daddy" In Six!
By: Ian Webb
March 24th, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London: In the main event of an Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing production Brixton, London, “Body Snatcher” Dillian Whyte moved one step closer to a fight against WBC Champion Deontay Wilder or IBF/IBO/WBA and WBO World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua with a brutal sixth round knockout of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia previously unbeaten Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne.
The 29 year old Whyte, the owner of a amateur knockdown of Anthony Joshua was in total control opening up a cut under the former MMA star's left eye and battering the 38 year old from pillar to post for most of the opening six rounds until landing a brutal combination punctuated by a sense relieving left hook sending Browne face first to the canvas where he laid for several moments after referee officially called the bout over at 0:37 of round six.
Whyte whose only defeat is a December 2015 seventh round TKO loss to Anthony Joshua now unbeaten in his last seven moves to 23-1, 17Ko’s while the outclassed and out gunned Browne suffering his first pro-boxing loss drops to 25-1, 22Ko’s.
In the semi-main attraction, Forest Hall, Tyne and Wear, UK’s Lewis “Sandman” Ritson retained his BBBofC British Lightweight Title stopping Lytham, St Annes, Lancashire, UK’s Scott “Scotty” Cardle in two.
Enduring a first round Cardle onslaught, Ritson never hurt riding a five bout KO streak turned on his power attack tracking “Scotty” down with heavy shots rocking the St Annes challenger with a solid right driving him to the ropes for a referee Robert Williams eight count.
Allowed to continue it wouldn’t be long until the “Sandman” would finish the job banging Cardle with a two-handed volley drawing a towel from the corner prompting referee Williams to put a stop to the fight at 2:05 of round two. Ritson improves to 15-0 9Ko’s while Cardle losing two of his last three falls to 22-2-1, 7Ko’s.
Boston, Lincolnshire, Commonwealth (British Empire) Light Heavyweight Champion Callum “The One” Johnson added the BBBofC British strap to his collection scoring a first round TKO stoppage of Winchmore Hill, Enfield, London’s, “Wise Guy” Frank Buglioni.
Both fighters locked and loaded came out swinging with Johnson landing the first telling shot a heavy right hand to the head. Buglioni hurt seemingly without his “Wise Guy” punch found himself on the working end of a Johnson two handed assault putting him down in the corner for a referee Victor Loughlin eight count.
Proving his is a legitimate finisher Johnson immediately returned to work landing a big right-left driving London’s, “Wise Guy” to the ropes again this time prompting referee Loughlin to call it at 1:31 of round one. With his fourth straight TKO win Johnson stays unbeaten at 17-0, 12Ko’s while Buglioni suffering his third loss drops to 21-3-1, 15Ko’s.
In a special eight round heavyweight pairing Finchley, London, “Del Boy” Dereck Chisora wacked out Hyeres, Var, France’s, Zakaria Azzouzi in two.
Chisora appearing very focused took the fight right to Azzouzi pounding the already soft looking Frenchman to the body.
Azzouzi appearing to put all his cards on the table began to trade with the more accurate, heavier punching “Dell Boy” only to be greeted by a thundering right leaving the out gunned Frenchman down and unable to continue forcing referee Robert Williams to call the bout at 2:12 of round two. Chisora 3-3 in his last six moves to 28-8, 20Ko’s while Azzouzi 2-2 in his last four outings falls to 14-3-2, 10Ko’s
In a six-round welterweight match up Bermondsey, London, Chris Kongo proved “Too Slick” for Sheffield, Yorkshire, based Cameroonian, Serge Ambomo boxing his way to a lopsided referee Chas Coakley scored 60-55 decision. Kongo improves to 8-0, 5Ko’s while Ambomo evens out at 6-6, 2Ko’s.
In a six-round battle of unbeaten super welterweights Liverpool’s, Anthony Fowler held onto his zero dropping Seine-Saint-Denis, France’s, Kalilou Dembele with a drilling body shot in round two trading with Dembele in rounds three and four staying to the body repeating the deed in round five forcing the referee to immediately wave it over. Fowler climbs to 5-04Ko’s while Dembele suffering his first defeat drops to 6-1-2, 2Ko’s.
Swindon, Wiltshire, southpaw, super middleweight Jamie Cox returned to his winning ways demolishing Yorkshire’s, Harry “The Pockington Rocket” Matthews in two. Cox boxing early on measured Matthews with his right jab and long lefts leading Matthews to “The Pocket” where he was dropped and stopped by a tight southpaw right hook. Cox set to face John “Gorilla” Ryder May 5th on the Haye vs Bellew Rematch card improves to 25-1,14Ko’s while Matthews 1-6 in his last seven collects another check at 15-26-2, 2Ko’s
In a light heavyweight match slated for six Crystal Palace, London’s, Craig “Spider” Richards got back on track scoring a blue collar third round stoppage of Split, Croatia’s, Ivan Stupalo. Richards moves to 11-1, 5Ko’s while Stupalo levels out at 12-12, 3Ko’s.
In a four-round meeting of pro-debuting UK featherweights Banstead, Surrey’s, multifaceted Louie Lynn jumped out to a good start against Longendale, Cheshire’s, Michael Horabin battering and bloodying Michael Horobin forcing the referee to stop the contest in round two. Lynn starts out 1-0, 1Ko while Horobin returns to the gym 0-1.
In a four-round preliminary cruiserweight bout Walworth, London’s, previously unbeaten Richard Riakporhe picked himself up from a stunning first round knockdown and turn the tables on Manchester’s, Adam Williams in round two and finish the job in the third with clean heavy punches in round three. Riakporhe stays unbeaten at 6-0, 5Ko’s while Williams stopped in his last three bouts dives to 1-4.
Zuege Defends With Rematch
Second Round TKO Win Over Ekpo!
By: Aldfred Zimmermann
March 24th, Inselparkhalle, Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, Germany: In the main event of a Erol Ceylan / Wilfried Sauerland co-promotion televised on Germany Sport1 Berlin, Germany’s Tyron Zeuge retained his World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight Title with a second round stoppage of Abuja, Nigeria’s Isaac “Grenade” Ekpo.
The fight a rematch of their March 25th, 2017, 49-46, 48-47, 49-47 technical decision title defense win by Zeuge, when the contest was stopped due to a cut to the German’s was left eye began with the Champion working behind an active and accurate jab up and down jab lowering Ekpo’s guard for an opening frame ending canvas introducing counter overhand right.
Seeing Ekpo saved by the bell in round one Zeuge went right back at his Nigerian challenger battering him with consecutive right hands ending him to the canvas for a second time in as many rounds prompting referee Mark Nelson to call the bout at 0:23 of round two.
Zuege improves to 22-0-1, 12Ko’s while Ekpo never getting a chance to pull the pin drops to 32-4, 25Ko’s.
Garcia Takes Apart Veteran Vargas In One!
By: David Colon
March 22nd, Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California: Heading the latest edition of Golden Boy on ESPN, LA’s 19-year-old, Ryan “Kingry” Garcia retained his NABF Junior Super Featherweight Title scoring a first round stoppage of Tijuana, Mexico’s battle tested veteran Fernando Vargas.
Garcia opened the scheduled ten rounder measuring and turning 29-year-old Vargas with his jab walking the bobbing and weaving Mexican into two violent right hands followed by a fight terminating left hook at 2:55 of round one forcing referee Jerry Cantu to wave the fight with an abbreviated ten count.
The talented and power packed Garcia improves to 14-0, 13Ko’s while Vargas winless in his last three falls to 32-14-3, 21Ko’s.
In the co-feature, on again, off again Bronx, New York welterweight Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez moved back to the win column with a blistering second round knockout of Saint Louis, Missouri’s, once beaten Keandre Gibson.
The shorter but heavier punching Gomez finding his distance in round one patiently picked his spots until spotting Gibson’s sinking guard and taking full advantage launching and landing a blitzing counter right hand dropping the 28-year-old Missourian forcing referee Tony Crebs to immediately call it over at 0:54 of round two. Gomez 2-2 in his last four moves to 20-3, 12Ko’s while Gibson whose only other shortfall is a fourth round TKO loss to LA’s unbeaten Antonio Orozco slips to 18-2-1, 7Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a scheduled ten round featherweight affair LA’s Joet Gonzalez remained unbeaten scoring a fifth round TKO stoppage of Pigkawayan, Philippines Rolando Magbanua.
The 24-year-old Californian skillfully maneuvered his way around Magbanua’s early power attack picking his shots, landing the cleaner, stronger punches dropping and stopping the 33-year-old Filipino with a heavy combination prompting referee Jerry Cantu to put a stop to the bout at 2:06 of round five. Scoring his fifth straight stoppage victory Gonzalez advances to 19-0, 11Ko’s while Magbanua 3-5 in his last eight outings drops to 28-7, 20Ko’s.
In a two way super lightweight bout scheduled for eight rounds East LA’s Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro scored a crowd wrangling second round stoppage of El Paso, Texas, rough and ready “DoubleG,” Gabriel Gutierrez.
The action starting with some early trading would see Navarro work to the body with ripping shots taking it heavy upstairs in round two momentarily rocking “DoubleG,” for reasons only known to himself inspired referee Tony Krebs’ to wave the fight over at 2:58 of round two. Navarro improves to 13-0, 7Ko’s while Gutierrez 1-4 in his last five drops to 5-7, 3Ko’s.
In a six round super welterweight match Guadalajara, Mexico 2016 Olympian Raul “Cougar” Curiel took apart and stopped Shreveport, Louisiana’s, Quantavious Green with a grueling body attack putting the outclassed “Ratchet City” on the deck twice in round two forcing the referee to wave it over at 1:29 of round two. Curial improves to 3-0, 2Ko’s while Green falls to 1-2-1, 1Ko.
LA based 18-year-old, “Irish” super welterweight Aaron “Silencer” McKenna scored his first pro knockout banging on and out Colorado’s Jose Palacios in one round.
The former eight-time Irish champion and European Schoolboys Gold Medalist met the game but over matched and out gunned Palacios battering and dropping the petulant Coloradoan to the canvas with a long powerful right. Palacios unresponsive complaining of a rabbit punch provoked referee Edward Hernandez Sr. to wave the fight over at 2:46 of round one. McKenna moves to 2-0, 1Ko while the disagreeing Palacios drops to 1-2, 1Ko.
Opening the card Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines Eugene “Rambo” Lagos shocked North Hollywood, California’s highly touted super bantamweight Emilio Sanchez dropping the previously unbeaten 23-year-old cold with a drilling counter right forcing the referee to immediately call the bout at 0:35 of round two. The 22-year-old, Lagos 2-3 in his last five moves to 13-5-2, 8Ko’s while Sanchez suffering his first defeat slips to 16-1, 11Ko’s.
Ramirez, Gvozdyk and Conlan
St. Patricks Day Winners!
By: Joe Martin
March 17th, Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York: In the main event of a Bob Arum / Don King co-promotion broadcast LIVE on ESPN Avenal, California’s politically inspired Jose Carlos Ramirez claimed the vacant World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight Title with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Albany, New York’s, “Young Master” Amir Imam.
Ramirez as expected took the role of was aggressor at the opening bell with Imam mostly appearing satisfied attempting to set the distance.
In round two Ramirez continued to move forward pressuring the jabbing New Yorker investing in some solid body work laying the foundation for the later rounds.
Imam would momentarily stop Ramirez bull dozing attack stepping on the Californian’s foot tripping him to the canvas.
Round four Iman would again put a momentary stop in Ramirez straight ahead attack ripping the bending Mexican with a ripping uppercut his biggest punch to that point.
Ramirez on a roll ripping left hooks to the body and head Imam would again temporarily discourage the relentless 2012 Olympian with another right uppercut.
During the middle rounds Imam inconsistent with his jab allowing the unyielding to stay in range opened the way for some back and forth action with Ramirez getting the better of the action landing big looping rights damaging Imams left eye never straying too far from some critical investing body work.
Never taking his foot off the gas with Iman unable to find any constancy Ramirez winning the infighting in rounds nine and ten would turn it up a notch in the eleventh rocking “The Young Master” in round eleven continuing to hurt Imam who clutching and grabbing held on for an all Ramirez scored 115-113, 117-111, 120-108 unanimous decision.
Ramirez now securely in the middle of the 140lb mix set to face off against newly crowned WBC interim champ Regis Prograis improves 22-0, 16Ko’s while Imam suffering just his second defeat moves back to the middle of the pack at 21-2, 18Ko’s.
In the semi-main event, Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian, Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk took possession of the interim World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight Title with a pin point twelve round unanimous decision over Marseille, France’s, crafty Mehdi Amar.
The offensive minded sharper, straighter punching 2012 Ukrainian Olympic Bronze Medalist Gvozdyk out worked Amar landing clean shots from all angles but showing some defensive lapses and a one punch lacking arsenal wearing a swelling left eye lid allowed the determined Frenchman to stick around for an eight bout KO run ending 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 twelve round unanimous decision win. Gvozdyk improves to 15-0, 12Ko’s while Amar one win off a twelve round unanimous decision loss to Robert Stieglitz falls to 34-6-2, 16Ko’s.
In the St. Patrick’s Day party ending special attraction Belfast, Northern Ireland super bantamweight Michael Conlan returned to Madison Square Garden one year to the day of his pro debut extended his unbeaten streak to six with a crowd pleasing second round gutting of Budapest, Hungary’s, David Berna.
The 26-year-old, brash 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Conlan, playing the primed and ready to go partisan crowd measured Berna with long straight shots before turning southpaw and drilling Berna with a bread basket deflating left sinking the former Hungarian amateur champion to the canvas for a referee Eddie Claudio eight count to close round one.
Demonstrating the finishing skills learned from older brother Jamie “The Mexican” Conlan, Michael went right back to work landing long lefts to the head and body set up a right hook to the head sending Berna face first to the canvas. Berna beating a second referee Claudio eight count would be allowed to continue only to be met by a Conlan follow up barrage of punches forcing referee Claudio to wave the bout over at 1:00 of round two. Conlan found to have been denied an Olympic Gold due to some alleged fixed judging moves to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Berna falls to 15-3, 14Ko’s.
In the upset of the night Tijuana, Mexico’s, heavy handed Antonio Lozada Jr. scored a tenth-round stoppage of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s, highly touted lightweight, Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo.
The 24-year-old Verdejo returning from nearly a year of inactivity was forced to fight on the back foot after suffering a cut in the mouth by the heavy handed Lozado in round two.
The speedier Verdejo beginning to slow in the middle rounds saw the game Mexicans left hooks wear on and take center stage in the tenth and final round sending the Puerto Rican star to the canvas for a referee Eddie Claudio eight count. Lozado sensing his moment took full advantage returning to work with a fight ending assault forcing referee Claudio to step in and save the defenseless “El Diamante” any further punishment at 2:37 of round ten. The scores at the time of the stoppage had Verdejo ahead 87-84, 86-85, 86-85. Lozado running his KO streak to three moves to 39-2, 33Ko’s while Verdejo enduring his first loss slips to 23-1, 15Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Barranquitas, Puerto Rico’s, Christopher Diaz successfully made the first defense his NABO Super Featherweight Title with a fourth round TKO stoppage of Dominican Republic’s, Braulio “El Chavo” Rodriguez.
Diaz holding an edge in the back and forth action the fight would come to a close when in the middle of a fourth-round exchange “El Chavo” complaining of a right arm injury was determined unable to continue making Diaz a fourth round TKO winner. Diaz improves to 23-0, 15Ko’s while Rodriguez suffering back to back losses falls to 19-3, 17Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight rounder Cidra, Puerto Rico, former IBF Super Featherweight Champion, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza rebounded from a January 2017 seventh round title changing TKO loss to Gervonta “Tank” Davis scoring a one sided 80-72 times three eight round unanimous decision over Monterrey, Mexico’s, Jose “La Boa” Rodriguez. Pedraza improves to 23-1, 12Ko’s while Rodriguez 3-3 in his last six falls to 23-12, 13Ko’s.
In a four-round preliminary super featherweight bout Allentown, Pennsylvania’s, power punching, Joseph Adorno disposed of Puerto Rico’s over matched and out gunned Iván De La Madrid with a thudding left hook at 2:01 of round one. Adorno remains perfect at6-0, 6Ko’s while the powerless De La Madrid levels out at 3-3.
Joyce Pads Way To Chisora Showdown
With First Round Stoppage of Palmer!
By: Ian Webb
March 17th, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London: In the heavyweight attraction of a David Haye “Hayemaker” promotion Putney, London’s, Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce remained undefeated with an uncontested 38 second first-round stoppage win over Dorchester, Massachusetts, based Donnie Palmer.
The 6’6” Joyce testing the 6’10” soft around the middle Palmer with a quick set of unanswered jabs immediately touched the “Michelin Man” doppelganger, with a measuring right. Gaining Palmers attention Joyce circling to his right walked the overblown Honduran into a bing-bang 1-2 putting him on his back for a fight ending wave off by referee Jeff Hinds at 0:38 of round one.
In a huge step, the 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, Joyce now 3-0, 3Ko’s is set to face Finchley, London, “Del Boy” Dereck Chisora, on the undercard of the Tony Bellew / David Haye rematch May 5th, O2 Arena while Palmer’s undefined three bout winning streak comes to an abrupt close at 9-3-1, 8Ko’s.
Munguia Stays Unbeaten Pounds Out Navarrete In 3!
By: Filiberto Suarez
March 17th, Jose Sulaiman Arena, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico: In the ten round main event of an abbreviated Fernando Beltran - Zanfer Promotion Tijuana, Mexico 21-year-old, super welterweight Jaime “Destructor” Munguia remained unbeaten banging out a rematch third round stoppage of San Juan Zitlaltepec, Mexico veteran Johnny “Vaquero” Navarrete.
A rematch of their one sided ten round unanimous decision April 2017 Munguia leaving no doubt Munguia immediately took control of the middle of the ring displaying a fully loaded arsenal of speedy combinations and big power shots.
“Destructor” staying on the attack in round two made it plain to see that Navarette was not on his level driving a right hand through his defense following by a thunderous left hook putting “Vaquero” down against the ropes at the close of round two.
Obvious Navarette was in full survival mode in round three Munguia became more selective with his punches allowing the game but out gunned “Vaquero” to open up for a heavy series of power shots prompting referee Sergio Hernández to step in and stop the pounding at 2:08 of round three.
Munguia moving his latest KO streak to five improves to 28-0, 24Ko’s while 30-year-old, Navarrete having a tough time moving to the next level, winless in his last five drops to 33-12, 15Ko’s.
Arriaza Demolishes Valentin In One!
By: Steve Morrow
March 16th, Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium, Tampa, Florida: In the main attraction of a Tuto Zabala Jr. - All Star Boxing event Masaya, Nicaragua’s Roberto “Dinamita” Arriaza blasted out hometown Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin in one round.
The taller stronger appearing Thompson Boxing promoted unbeaten Arriaza met the once beaten Valentin in the center of the ring backing the hometown “Hurricane” to the corner for a crushing right hand dropping Valentin to the ropes for a follow up barrage of shots forcing the referee to immediately step in and wave the fight over at 0:20 of round one.
Starting 2018 with his third straight KO win Arriaza improves to 16-0, 13Ko’s while Valentin whose only other defeat comes to still unbeaten Giovanni Santillan drops to 13-2, 10Ko’s.
Split Decision Win for Helenius Over Bykhautsou!
By: Alfred Zimmerman
March 17th, Rakvere Spordikeskus, Rakvere, Estonia: In the heavyweight boxing special attraction of a Yakuza Mixed Martial Arts Fight Gala, Mariehamn, Finland “Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius scored an eight-round split decision over Gomel, Belarus, Yury Bykhautsou.
The 34-year-old, 6’6” Helenius coming off a twelve-round decision to Brixton, London, “Body Snatcher” Dillian Whyte last October, claiming an injury to his right hand had his hands full working his jab battling the much shorter Bykhautsou for a 78-75 Bykhatsou, 77-76 times two Helenius split decision win. Helenius moves to 26-2, 16Ko’s while Bykhautsou, 1-8-1 in his last ten drops to 10-15-3, 5Ko’s.
Garcia Dominates Lipinets for Fourth Title!
By: David Colon
March 10th, Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas: Last night in the main event of a Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions LIVE on Showtime Oxnard, California’s, former WBO Featherweight, WBO Super and reigning WBC Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia claimed IBF World Super Lightweight Title scoring a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Beverly Hills, California’s, former kickboxing champ Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets.
The usually more aggressive Lipinets starting a bit defensive in a feeling out first round turning up the pressure in round two with challenger Garcia gaining the edge answering Lipinets with accurate jabs and clean right hands.
Garcia zeroing in his patented 1-2 rocking the determined Kazakhstani several times began to take full control of the action in round three carrying through the middle rounds when the defensively sound challenger and the uncompromised champion traded hooks leaving Lipinets on the seat of his pants about the middle point of round seven. Lipinets stunned but not hurt got up taking several more rights but finished the round showing Garcia’s respect for the determined champion while hinting at a possible step down in finishing power at the new weight.
The following round Lipinets returned to his pressure attack at times backing Garcia up with powerful lefts only to be answered by a now expected straight right.
The back and forth would continue through the championship rounds with the challenger controlling the distance and pace with a measuring and points adding jab setting up a fight defining never ending line of rights steering the fight to a heavy bout closing final exchange.
The fight an example of a little bit too much, too soon the game and very determined Champion Lipinets making his first title defense in just his fourteenth pro bout would find himself on the short of a 116-111, 117-110 times two all Garcia title taking unanimous decision. Winning his fourth world title the thirty-year-old more experienced technician Garcia improves to 39-0, 30Ko’s while Lipinets suffering his first defeat to 13-1, 10Ko’s.
In the co-feature, Minsk, Belarus, Kiryl “Mad Bee” Relikh claimed the vacant World Boxing Association World Super Lightweight Title with a May 2017 controversial decision avenging unanimous decision won over Las Vegas, former IBF Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight Champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy.
As if intent on not leaving it to the judges Relikh started quickly taking the fight to straight Barthelemy out working “Kid Blast” through most of the thirty-six minutes, handcuffing the former world champion minimizing his best work to a series of low blows continued to the final minutes of the fight despite a seventh-round referee Luis Pabon point deduction and a Relikh slanted 117-110, 118-109 times two unanimous decision title grabbing win. With the best performance of his career Relikh whose only other defeat comes to Ricky Burns improves to 22-2, 19Ko’s while the low throwing Barthelemy suffering his first pro loss dips to 26-1, 13Ko’s.
On the undercard:
In a twelve round lightweight eliminator bout Accra, Ghana’s, Richard Commey celebrated his thirty first birthday keeping his title aspirations alive scoring a sixth-round stoppage of Bellflower, California’s, previously unbeaten Alejandro “El Charro” Luna.
The 31-year-old power punching Commey going right to work targeting his younger foes head and body with heavy shots lead to some exciting exchanges with Luna turning the tide backing the powerful Ghanaian to the ropes going into middle rounds until Commey exploding with a heavy right hand ending combination drawing a referee David Fields eight count. Commey right back on the attack landing another tremendous overhand right flooring Luna for the second time prompting referee Fields to wave the bout over at 1:54 of round six.
Eyes firmly set on a title challenge rematch with Robert Easter Jr. the birthday boy Commey moves to 26-2, 23Ko’s while the 26-year-old Luna suffering his first loss slips to 22-1, 15Ko’s.
In a ten round super lightweight affair San Antonio, Texas, 22-year-old, “Golden Boy” Mario Barrios scored a second round TKO stoppage of Dominican Republic’s, Eudy “AK47” Bernardo.
The more skilled 22-year-old Barrios started dominating the opening action working behind an active and accurate jab in round one.
Beginning to tee off on the 31-year-old Dominican with clean building combinations in round two Barrios took advantage of a momentary opening landing a perfectly timed and placed chin checking right hand sending the jammed “AK47” to the canvas for a referee Jon Schorle fight ending abbreviated count at 0:45 of round two. Barrios climbs to 21-0, 13Ko’s while Bernardo 2-3 in his last five falls to 23-3, 17Ko’s
In a scheduled eight round super bantamweight pairing Weslaco, Texas, Brandon “Heartbreaker” Figueroa, the 21-year-old younger brother of former WBC Lightweight Champion Omar Figueroa stayed with the family fight plan breaking down Distrito Federal, Mexico’s, Giovanni “Lloviznas” Delgado with an overwhelming work rate forcing referee Gregorio Alvarez to put a stop to the pounding at 1:55 of round seven. Figueroa moves to 15-0, 10Ko’s while Delgado now winless in his last three outings falls to 16-7, 9Ko’s.
Oxnard, California, based Lithuanian, 23-year-old Eimantas Stanionis got back to his power punching banging out Albuquerque, New Mexico, veteran, Hector “Hurricane” Munoz in the fourth round of an eight-round welterweight bout. Stanionis remains unbeaten at 5-0, 4Ko’s while Munoz on the downside, 2-7 in his last nine bouts drops to 25-20-1, 17Ko’s.
In other action: LA based Ukrainian, southpaw, welterweight Yulian Tembotov remained unbeaten out pointing Fort Pierce, Florida’s, safe Noe Lozano after six. Tembotov moves to 6-0, 4Ko’s as Lozano dips to opponent status at 2-3.
In a six-round heavyweight match-up Stafford, Texas, heavy handed Nigerian heavyweight Efe Ajagba blasted out Las Vegas, Nevada’s, Antonio Johnson in one. The 2016 Brazilian Olympian Ajagba remains perfect at 4-0, 4Ko’s while the on again off again Johnson falls to 6-3, 4Ko’s.
In a cruiserweight six rounder Houston, Texas, power punching Nigerian Efetobor Apochi stayed perfect scoring a second-round stoppage of Mason City, Iowa, 23-year-old, Darrius Flowers. Apochi advances to 3-0, 3Ko’s as Flowers dives to 2-6, 2Ko’s.
San Antonio, Texas, Robert Rodriguez 18-year-old, super flyweight impressed dropping Tijuana, Mexico’s, Giovanni Noriega in round two enroute to a one-way four round pro career opening points win. Rodriguez starts 1-0 as Noriega falls to 1-2, 1Ko.
Valdez Outpoints Quigg In Bloody War!
By: Joe Martin
March 10th, 2018 StubHub Center, Carson, California: In the main event of a Top rank on ESPN card, Sonora, Mexico’s Oscar Valdez retained his the WBO World Featherweight strap with a twelve-round blood and guts twelve unanimous decision over Bury, Lancashire, UK’s over the limit Scott Quigg.
With the WBO strap safely put aside on the scale Valdez began well out boxing Quigg in round one steadily working to the body exploding to the Brits head to close round two
In round three Quigg continuing to plod on found some success answering Valdez active jab with a few counter rights.
Quigg landing a heavy right to open round four continuing to look for the big counter cut in round five. Cut over the left eye by a crisp Valdez jab Quigg would push on closing the gap by rounds end tagging the Mexican star with a solid hook.
Valdez mouth bleeding and showing some signs of wear and tear barely holding off the pressing Britt through the middle rounds beginning to battle back picking up his punch volume targeting Quiggs body in round nine.
Moving his hands up and down Valdez continued to out work Quigg in round ten only to see the gritty Briton battle back leading to a heavy round eleven exchange.
Valdez drawing down deep in round twelve punching in bunches closed hard barring Quigg the chance of any last round heroics securing a bloody, black and blue 118-110, 117-111 times two unanimous decision win. Looking for unification fights with Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Gary Russell Jr. and Lee Selby the two-time Olympian Valdez improves to 24-0, 19Ko’s while Quigg blaming a foot fracture for the 3lb weight discrepancy being fined 20 percent of his purse falls to 34-2-2, 25Ko’s
In the semi-main attraction: unbeaten super featherweights San Jose, California’s Andy “The Shark” Vences and Detroit, Michigan’s, Erick De Leon battled to a ten-round majority draw.
While both fighters had their moments the sharper busier Vences was equaled by the heavier handed southpaw DeLeon landing the cleaner heavier punches leaving two of the judge’s undecided at 95-95 and the third giving De Leon an extra round at a tight 96-94 edge leaving the bout a ten-round majority draw. Vences bumps over to 20-0-1, 12Ko’s while De Leon edges over to 17-0-1, 10Ko’s
In other action:
In a ten round super lightweights contest LA’s, Arnold Barboza Jr. remained unbeaten scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Waldorf, Maryland, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed.
Barboza the harder and more accurate puncher started well fighting at medium range increasing his success into the middle rounds appearing to take the sixth round off opened up the space in the seventh moving and boxing his way to a persuasive 96-94, 97-93 times two unanimous decision win. Barboza improves to 18-0, 6Ko’s while Reed suffering his second consecutive defeat falls to 23-2, 12Ko's.
In a super lightweight’s bout scheduled for ten Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s unbeaten Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo held onto his WBA-NABA USA Super Lightweight belts stopping Tijuana, Mexico’s Abner “Jaeger” Lopez in seven.
The 23 year old Saucedo cut under the right eye in round two, weathered Lopez free swinging early round assault finally finding enough rhythm with some angle changing lateral movement to answer Lopez all in attack with some solid counter punching abruptly bringing the bout to a violent close with a heavy combination highlighted by a pinpoint left hook liver shot forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to immediately wave the fight over at 1:17 of round seven. Saucedo stays unbeaten at 27-0, 17Ko’s while Lopez stopped in back to back fights drops to 25-9, 21Ko’s.
In a ten-round middleweight bout 2012 Brazilian Olympic Silver Medalist Esquiva Falcao remained undefeated blowing out Brooklyn, New York’s, Salim Larbi in one round.
The more skilled Brazilian southpaw leaving no doubt opened up with clean sharp punching hurting and dropping Larbi with a heavy two piece. Larbi beating the count and allowed to continue would not do so for long running into a drilling jab, left hand forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to immediately put a halt to the bout at 2:06 of round one.
Falcao looking forward to a showdown with Nara, Japan’s WBA World Middleweight Champion Ryota Murata moves to 20-0, 14Ko’s while Larbi winless in his last four falls to 20-9-2, 7Ko’s.
In an eight-round pugilistic session Imperial, California, based Mexican heavyweight Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. returned from nearly a year and a half hiatus initiated by a majority decision points loss to Joseph Parker December 2016 to lay waste to Toledo, Ohio, veteran Devin Vargas in one round.
The quick handed big man Ruiz beating Vargas to the punch would catch the former 2004 US Olympian Vargas with a solid looping right dropping him cold forcing referee Thomas Taylor to straightaway call the fight over at 1:38 of round one. Ruiz labeled by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as “the fastest hands in boxing” improves to 30-1, 20Ko’s while the Vargas drops to 20-5, 8Ko’s.
In a welterweight bout set for ten Oxnard, California based Russian Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev banged up Juarez, Mexico’s Abdiel "Mortero" Ramirez pounding on the outclassed Mexican forcing referee Tom Taylor to put a stop to the punishment calling the action with Ramirez standing at 2:11 of round five. Dadashev improves to 10-0, 9Ko’s while Ramirez with just his third defeat coming in back to back fights falls to 23-3-1, 21Ko’s.
In a six-round female lightweight match Los Angeles 27-year-old 2016 U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer determined to put her Olympic disappointment behind her left no doubt taking the fight to and out of Athens, Greece Maria Semertzoglou stopping her 36-year-old opponent in one round.
The more skilled Mayer wasting no time opened behind a stiff jab opening up solid combinations pounding the vulnerable Semertzoglou with both hands forcing referee Sharon Sands to step in and call the bout at 0:35 of round one. Mayer improves to 4-0, 4Ko’s while the overmatched Semertzoglou falls to 7-4, 2Ko’s.
In a four round lightweights preliminary bout Madera, California’s, 20-year-old Bryan Lua disposed of Sierra Vista, Arizona’s not yet ready for prime-time Jesus Arevalo with a fight ending blistering left hook forcing referee David Mendoza to immediately wave the fight done at 1:21 of round one. With his newly found power Lua moves to 4-0, 1Ko while Arevalo losing three straight sinks below the opponent lie at 2-3.
Castano Stops Vitu In 12!
By: Bill Drake
March 10th, La Seine Musicale, Hauts-de-Seine, France: In the main event of a Ringstar Sports France event, Buenos Aires, Argentina amateur standout Brian Carlos Castano moved to the World Boxing Association World Super Welterweight Championship position scoring a twelfth round stoppage of Creil, Oise, France veteran Cedric “Titi” Vitu.
Castano in charge from beginning until it’s twelfth round end controlled the fight inside and out putting the tough veteran Vitu down in the final round forcing referee Gustavo Padilla to step in and stop the fight with a follow-up volley of unanswered punches. The 28 year old Castano moves to 15-0, 11Ko’s while Vitu falls to 46-3, 19Ko’s
Also on the card: Fort Mitchell, Alabama, 20-year-old promising super welterweight Money Powell IV remained unbeaten with a one sided 59-55 times three six round unanimous decision over Haute-Garonne, France’s, Gadzhimurad “Mourad” Ibragimov. Powell improves to 6-0, 3Ko’s as Ibragimov suffering back to back losses falls to 2-3-1, 1Ko.
Prograis Stops Indongo In Two!
By: Arthur Bailey
March 9th, Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, South Dakota: In the main event of a Lou DiBella - DiBella Entertainment card on Showtime Houston, Texas, based Regis “Rougarou” Prograis claimed the vacant interim World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight Title with a second round TKO stoppage of Windhoek, Namibia’s, former unified champion Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo.
The battle of southpaws saw “Rougarou” on the hunt from the opening sound stalking the taller, longer Indongo sending “Blue Machine” to the canvas for the first time with a stiff right.
In round two a fully charged Louisianan Prograis pushing the fight behind a stiff jab doing his best “Vinnie Pazienza” ripped the reedy Namibian to the body and head sending the out gunned former champion to the canvas three times in round two forcing referee Ian John Lewis to call the evening done at 2:54 of round two. Prograis in line to get the winner of the March 17th, Amir Imam vs Jose Ramirez vacant World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight Championship, calling out all 140lbers improves to 21-0, 18Ko’s while the 35-year-old Viktor Postol substitute Indongo suffering just his second defeat slips to 22-2, 11Ko’s.
In the twelve round IBF Super Lightweight Eliminator co-feature Miami, Oklahoma based, Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk over powered and stopped Madrid, Spain’s, experienced Petr “Czar” Petrov in eight rounds.
With a premiere of what was to come the stronger, heavier handed 25-year-old Baranchyk put an off balanced Petrov on the canvas with a stiff jab in the opening seconds of round one.
In round two the “Beast” would return the obliging Russian to the deck for an official knockdown with a wide combination causing “Czar” to touch the canvas with his right glove.
Petrov staying aggressive exchanging with “Beast” in round three would take an unofficial trip to the canvas compliments of a digging Baranchyk left inexplicably missed by referee Mark Nelson.
The durable and valiant Petrov taking the fight on a weeks’ notice, finding some success on the inside would battle on only to absorb tremendous punishment showing some big cracks in the armor hitting the canvas for a fourth time, (third officially) in round six from a heavy Baranchyk right.
Passing a round seven ringside visit from the doctor Baranchyk in full beast mode battered the courageous “Czar” finally prompting referee Mark Nelson to put a stop to the pounding at 1:12 of round eight. Baranchyk having gone the distance in his previous four returns to his KO ways at 18-0, 11Ko’s while the game 34-year-old Anthony Yigit late replacement Petrov coming off a World Boxing Organization World Lightweight Title twelve round unanimous decision challenge loss to Terry Flanagan last April drops to 38-6-2, 19Ko’s.
Opening the Showtime broadcast Papakura, New Zealand, heavyweight Junior Fa remained unbeaten with a lack luster eight round majority decision over Detroit, Michigan’s, Craig Lewis.
Fa leaving his left hook home on the island punched himself into Lewis crude inside punching and intermittent rallies never reaching a control threshold allowing the marginal Lewis to hold on to the final bell earning one judges respect when the scores were announced 76-76, 79-73, 78-74 for Fa.
Fa, the owner of two amateur wins over reigning World Boxing Organisation World Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker moves to 14-0, 8Ko’s while the 33 year old former college basketball player Lewis drops to 14-2-1, 8Ko’s.
In a lightweight match-up Hartford, Connecticut’s, “Sharp Shooting” Matt Remillard landed the cleaner more telling punches scoring a cut shortened eight round technical decision over Sonora, Mexico’s, Jesus “Chuito” Valdez.
The sharper more accurate punching Remillard drawn into a close quarters brawl and a two party cut opening second round clash of heads would see both fighters have their moments and the stubborn Mexican’s clever clutch and grab in fighting limit Remillard’s success leading to another clash of heads in round eight this time appearing to demoralize Valdez who stubbornly held onto until referee Ian John Lewis witnessing Valdez cut deteriorate stop the fight sending it to the judges cards at 1:58 of the eighth and final round for a delayed 79-73, 80-72 times two “Sharp Shooter” technical decision win.
Remillard putting his fourth straight victory between a 2011 tenth round stoppage at the hands of Mikey Garcia and a career freezing prison stint moves to 27-1, 15Ko’s while Valdez 2-2 in his last four drops to 22-4-1, 11Ko’s.
In a six round super welterweight pairing Cleveland, Ohio 2016 Olympian Charles “Bad News” Conwell out worked, classed and out pointed Juan Jesus Rivera, sending the Aguascalientes, Mexico veteran to the canvas in rounds two and six enroute to a one way 60-53 times three unanimous decision win. Conwell improves to 7-0, 5Ko’s while the Antonio Pitalua, Johnny Navarrete, Pablo Munguia, Dierry Jean, Cesar Bazan, Samuel Vargas, Silverio Ortiz, Roberto Ortiz, Abel Ramos, Dillon Cook, Derrieck Cuevas, Travell Mazion, Malik Hawkins battle worn Rivera falls to 28-20, 18Ko’s.
In an eight-round heavyweight special attraction Tulsa, Oklahoma’s, Trey Lippe the 29-year-old son of former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison returned from fifteen-month right hand injury forced hiatus to stop Sonora, Mexico’s made to order Oswaldo Ortega in three.
Lippe-Morrison dropping the defenseless, overmatched Ortega once in the second and third rounds forced referee Mark Nelson to put a stop to the pounding at 1:18 of round three. The 28-year-old Lippe-Morrison stays perfect at 14-0, 14Ko’s as the 35-year-old Ortega stopped in his last three outings falls comfortably to 3-8, 1Ko.
Wilder Vacilitates Tenth Round
Stoppage of Luis “King Kong” Ortiz!
By: Ben Calgry
March 3rd, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York: In the main event of a DiBella Entertainment, Tom Brown TGB promoted Premiere Boxing Champions event LIVE on Showtime, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder made the seventh defense of his WBC World Heavyweight Title scoring a listless tenth round TKO stoppage of Miami, Florida, based 38-year-old, Cuban, Luis “King Kong” Ortiz.
The 32-year-old Wilder at the lightest weight of his thirty-nine-bout career, out boxed and out countered in the slow-paced affair drew on his main advantage his power scoring the first tide changing event flooring the calculated Cuban with a heavy surprisingly straight right in round five.
Ortiz unshaken by the knockdown when for only reasons known to the cagey Cuban showed no sense of urgency and acting more like "King Kong Bundy" than "King Kong" mistakenly took his foot of the gas and allowed the load mouthed “Bomb Squad squawker” to survive the round and eventually allow the unsteady champion precious time to regroup and rally back with a fortuitous but detrimental tenth round right hand prompting referee David Fields to step in and stop the fight at 2:05 of the 10th round.
Wilder quickly returning to his much published, never ending WWE styled rhetoric declaring himself as “the baddest man on the planet” advances to 40-0, 39Ko’s while Ortiz suffering his first pro defeat dips to 28-1, 24Ko’s
Whether he silenced his critics or added more questions Wilder calling for a title unification with the UK’s IBF/IBO/WBA Heavyweight Champ Anthony Joshua should he gets past unbeaten Las Vegas, based Kiwi WBO Challenger Joseph Parker at the end of the month is exactly what boxing fans clamor for and deserve.
In the semi-main event a rematch of their May 2017 disqualification Tijuana, Mexico’s, Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui took possession of the interim IBF World Super Middleweight Title forcing an eighth-round retirement of Flint, Michigan’s, “Resurrected” Andre Dirrell.
Dirrell started well working behind the jab until round three, when the driven Mexican timing his rivals attack began to work Dirrell’s body in round three backing the Michigan based former champion to the corner for a round closing assault.
The slippery Uzcategui staying with a steady attack drawing Dirrell into a back and forth battle seemingly demoralized the ineffective former champion through the middle rounds leaving him seated for the bell sounding round nine. Uzcategui sucker punched by Dirrell’s uncle after the first meeting left at an unmolested 27-2, 23Ko’s while Dirrell faced with a list full of career decisions drops to 26-3, 16Ko’s.
On the undercard:
Freeport, New York’s, Patrick Day laid claim to the vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas Super Welterweight Title winning a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Wilmington, Delaware’s, resilient Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis.
The Joe Higgins trained Day staying true to form went back to basics using an accurate jab to pick off the aggressive Delawarean landing clean right counters to gain the judges call in the 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 scored unanimous win. Day now four victories off a shocking first round KO loss to Carlos Garcia Hernandez improves to 15-2-1, 6Ko’s while Davis having his three-bout victory run come to an end falls to 13-2, 5Ko’s.
Lindenhurst, New York, Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon took hold of the vacant WBA World Female Super Middleweight Title out working, out lasting and out scoring Londerzeel, Belgium’s, previously unbeaten Femke Hermans, 99-91, 98-92 times two after six. Napoleon improves to 9-1, 5Ko’s while Herman’s enduring her first loss slips to 6-1, 3Ko’s.
In a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout Brooklyn, New York, based Russian, Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko went through the motions dissecting Escondido, California, Dashon Johnson over six convincing “The Fly Boy’s corner to call it over at close of round six. Derevyanchenko improves to 12-0, 10ko’s while Johnson now grounded for a bit sinks to official opponent status at 22-23-3, 7Ko’s.
In a six-round battle of unbeaten super lightweights Capitol Heights, Maryland, Gary Antuanne Russell, the 21-year-old younger brother to WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. dominated Aiken, South Carolina’s, Keasen Freeman sending the over matched southerner to the deck twice in round one and again in round two prompting the referee to put a stop to the bout at 1:16 of round two. Russell stays perfect at 4-0, 4Ko’s as Freeman suffering his first defeat stumbles to 4-1, 2Ko’s.
Brooklyn, New York, talented 21-year-old, super lightweight Richardson Hitchins tore down Cincinnati, Ohio’s, Charles Stanford with a concentrated body attack flooring the beaten Ohioan twice in round two with drilling body shots forcing the referee to call it over at 2:15 of round two. Hitchins moves to 4-0, 2Ko’s while Stafford 1-3 in his last four drops to 2-3.
Kovalev and Bivol
Score Stoppage Wins at the Garden!
By: Joe Martin
March 3rd, Madison Square Garden Theater, New York: Leading a Kathy Duva, Main Events promotion broadcast LIVE on HBO Fort Lauderdale, Florida, based Russian, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev retained his WBO World Light Heavyweight Title with a battering seventh round cuts stop win over Hamburg, Germany, based Russian, Igor Mikhalkin.
The 34-year-old Kovalev banking his second win since losing back to back controversial bouts with Andre Ward took another step back to the top of the very competitive light heavy weight division slicing up Mikhalkin with a methodical building pattern of rapid combinations and power shots.
Rocked by a “Krusher right in round two the overpowered challenger fought on until round six when the battered and bruised Russian appearing on the road to collapse was examined by the ringside physician.
Allowed to continue it wouldn’t be long until the champion Kovalev measuring Mikhalkin for his next power shot would have the fight plan interrupted when referee Steve Willis initiating the challengers second visit ringside would see the bout called to a close and Kovalev declared the TKO winner at 2:25 of round seven.
While World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson is set to face Badou Jack in April and Kovalev now 32-2-1, 28Ko’s calling for a third fight with Andre Ward the only question is are wins over Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and an out gunned Mikhalkin enough to set up either showdown. Mikhalkin having his ten bout win streak brutally brought to a close, returns to the middle of the pack at 21-2, 9Kos.
In the semi-main attraction Saint Petersburg, Russia’s 27-year-old, Dmitry Bivol held onto his WBA World Light Heavyweight Title scoring an impressive twelfth round stoppage of once beaten Miami, Florida, based Cuban, Sullivan Barrera.
The soft spoken all business Russian in complete control from the first round on, battling Barrera and a small cut over the right eye from an accidental clash of heads remained focused and steady sticking to the fight plan disassembling and appearing to handcuff the talented Cuban with quick combinations rocking him several times with drilling power shots never relenting from the fight plan pressing Barrera using sharp acute angles, cutting off the ring systematically breaking him down for a thumping right hand dropping Barrera to the canvas where the fight was waived over by referee Harvey Dock at 1:41 of the twelfth and final round.
In other action:
In a scheduled ten round super welterweight bout Big Bear, California, based Russian, Bakhram Murtazaliev moved his knockout streak to eight patiently over powering and stopping Birmingham, Alabama, Kenneth “Bullett Hands” McNeil in five rounds. Murtazaliev improves to 12-0, 10Ko’s while the on again, off again McNeil 2-3 in his last five drops to 11-4, 8Ko’s.
Saint Louis, Missouri, super middleweight Vaughn “The Animal” Alexander, the 32-year-old brother to former IBF / Light Welterweight and IBF Welterweight Champion Devon Alexander extended his post eleven-year prison sentence winning streak to seven with a one way ten-round unanimous decision over Jamaica, Queens, New York’s, Devaun Lee.
Alexander appearing to hurt Lee several times but unable connect with any fight ending “Animal” shots and was forced to settle for an ordinary 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 ten round unanimous decision win.
Alexander’s three bout KO run ends at 12-0, 8Ko’s while Lee coming off KO wins over Giovanni Lorenzo and Carlos Jairo Cruz drops to 10-3-1, 5Ko’s.
Brooklyn, New York, super welterweight “Notorious” Frank Galarza moved two victories off back to back losses to Jarrett Hurd and Ishe Smith scoring a solid eight round 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 points win over Monterrey, Mexico’s, experienced Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez. Galarza climbs to 19-2-2, 11Ko’s while the journeyman Gonzalez dropping three straight falls to 23-11, 13Ko’s.
In an abbreviated closely contested eight round welterweight bout Chelyabinsk, Russia’s Alexey “Rocky” Evchenko was declared the fifth-round technical decision winner over Worcester, Massachusetts, Khiary Gray.
“Rocky” landing the more telling punches would gain the 48-47 times three technical call when the fight was sent to the scorecards after Gray was determined unable to continue due to a severe cut caused by an accidental clash of heads in round five. Evchenko moves to 16-10-1, 6Ko’s while Gray hoping for a rematch dips to 15-4, 11Ko’s.
In six round middleweight action Oxnard, California, based Kazakhstani, Meiirim Nursultanov proved too much for Monterrey, Mexico’s, game but over matched Alejandro “Perro” Torres pounding on the rugged Mexican for most of six rounds finally convincing referee Eddie Claudio to stop the punishment at 1:55 of the sixth round. Nursultanov improves to 6-0, 5Ko’s while Torres drops to 9-4-2, 4Ko’s.
In a six-round heavyweight pairing 30-year-old New London, Connecticut’s, Cassius Chaney extended his unbeaten streak cornering, dropping and stopping Toledo, Ohio’s, Tim Washington with a big right hand at 1:28 of round two. Chaney improves to 12-0, 6Ko’s while Washington evens out at a dark 6-6, 6Ko’s.
In a six-round middleweight fight Shirley, New York 2016 Olympic alternate LeShawn “Lightning” Rodriquez remained unbeaten scoring a tougher than expected unanimous decision over Valdosta, Georgia’s, upset minded Martez Jackson.
Rodriquez in charge from the beginning picked his shots hurting the durable Georgian several times put fighting for the first time at the six-round distance allowed Jackson to stick around ending his six-bout knockout run with a 58-56 times three unanimous decision win. Rodriguez improves to 9-0, 7Ko’s while Jackson never stopped falls to 4-2-2, 2Ko’s.
Ending nearly a year long injury producing hiatus Oxnard, California, based Kazakhstani super welterweight, Madiyar Ashkeyev took little time to shake off the cobwebs taking out Dominican Republic, Jose “Baraca” Abreu with a series of vicious shots forcing referee Johnny Callas to call it off at 1:52 of round one. Ashkeyev improves to 9-0, 5Ko’s while the usually tough Abreu now winless in his last three falls to 13-4, 8Ko’s.
In the night’s opening match Bronx, New York, 20-year-old, super welterweight Ismael Villarreal scored the second win of his promising young career ripping Douglasville, Georgia’s, Anthony Woods body to a four round 40-36 times three unanimous decision. Villarreal moves on at 2-0 while Woods back in the red crashes to 1-6.
Brook Stops Rabchenko In Two!
By: Ian Webb
March 3rd, Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK: Headlining an Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing event Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK, former IBF Welterweight Champion Kell “Special K” Brook coming off 160lb and 147lb title challenge loss appeared to have found a new home claiming the vacant WBC Silver Super Welterweight Title with a second-round stoppage of Minsk, Belarus, Siarhei Rabchenko.
The 32-year-old Brook coming in off back to back KO losses including orbital fractures giving away the center of the ring quickly found his range moving with his jab throwing and landing his straight right hand making the aggressive but ineffective Belarusian reach and miss. In complete command “The Special One” landed a big upper cut to close round one.
In round two Brook continuing to use some good head movement and tight angles turning Rabchenko keeping the Minsk fighter on the end of his punches walking him into a solid charging right hand, finishing the job with a big follow up uppercut right hand forcing referee Steve Gray to wave it over at 1:27 of round two. The former IBF Welterweight Champion back on track with the possibility of a long awaited all British fight with long-time rival Amir “King” Khan, should he get past Canadian Phil Lo Greco on 21 April Brook improves to 37-2, 26Ko’s while Rabchenko 2-2 stopped twice in his last four bouts falls to 29-3, 22KO’s.
In the co-featured event Doncaster, Yorkshire, Gavin McDonnell the used his ring savvy and experience to claim the WBC International Super Bantamweight Title with a slanted points win over Birmingham, West Midlands, UK, Gamal “The Beast” Yafai.
The bigger longer, more experience 31-year-old twin brother of WBA Bantamweight Champion Jamie McDonnell working behind a commanding jab picked up the tempo in the second half incrementally increasing his work rate dominating the action down the stretch piling on the points for a convincing 117-113, 116-112 times two unanimous decision. McDonnell improves to 19-1-2, 5Ko’s as Yafai suffering his first defeat dips to 14-1, 7Ko’s.
Leading the undercard Saint Petersburg, Florida’s, Lenroy “Jamaica” Thomas retained his Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title when his rematch with Conisbrough, Yorkshire, David “White Rhino” Allen was ruled a first round technical draw.
After a few feeling out moments into round one Allen determined unable to continue after suffering a serious cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads following a Thomas lunging body shot the fight not completing four rounds on the advice of the ringside doctor referee Michael Alexander
ruled the bout a technical draw at 2:18 of round one. Thomas adds the draw at 22-4-1, 10Ko’s while Allen calling for a third meeting moves over to
In a scheduled ten-round featherweight bout Sheffield, Yorkshire’s, Kid Galahad scored a dominating third round knockout of Panama City, Panama’s, Irving “Travesio” Berry. The close friend on headlining Kell Brook showed no doubt in his version of the future result ending the early feeling out session firing and landing punishing shots hurting Berry several times piling on the damage putting the over matched Panamanian out of his misery with a crushing left forcing referee Steve Gray to immediately wave it over in round three. Scoring his sixth straight knockout victory Galahad moves to 24-0, 15Ko’s while lamb serving Berry 1-5 in his last six drops to 23-8-2, 10Ko’s.
In a ten-round pairing of Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK, super lightweights Kell brook gym mate Atif “Unique” Shafiq put Lee Appleyard on the canvas twice in round four with some heavy counterpunching finally convincing referee Michael Alexander to stop the punishment backing Appleyard to the ropes for a heavy barrage of shots in round five. With the biggest win of his career Shafiq improves to 19-2, 5Ko’s while Appleyard drops to 12-4, 5Ko’s.
Warrington, Cheshire, 30-year-old super middleweight Rocky Fielding scored a blue collar 79-74 eight round points win over Kladno, Czech Republic’s Karel Horejsek. Fielding moves to 26-1, 14Ko’s while Horejsek falls to 11-8-3, 9Ko’s.