Boxing Result

Klitschko TKOs Arreola

Big Joe Miranda
Big Joe Miranda

By Francisco Salazar and Edgar Gonzalez at ringside

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) successfully defended his world title against previously undefeated #1 ranked contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs) via tenth round TKO on Saturday night at the STAPLES Arena in Los Angeles. Klitschko was able to score effectively at a distance against the aggressive Arreola, who made Vitali work very hard. The 38-year-old champion, however, was in tremendous condition and moved around the ring incredibly well for a 6’7, 250+ pound fighter at any age. Arreola could never find a tactic that worked, taking a beating in every round. The fight got more one-sided as the rounds progressed and referee Jon Schorle finally stopped the punishment at the end of round ten upon the request of Arreola’s corner.

Big Joe Miranda
Big Joe Miranda

Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (22-1, 15 KO’s) won an eight round majority decision over Javier Mora. Banks controlled the action, although Mora did have his moments. Banks hurt Mora (22-5-1, 18 KO’s) in the fifth round, but could not finish him off. One judge scored the bout even 76-76, while the other two judges had the bout scored 79-73 and 78-74.

Unbeaten lightweight John Molina (18-0, 14 KOs) knocked out Efren Hinojosa (30-7-1, 17 KOs) in the first round of a scheduled eight round bout. After Molina came out aggressively to start the round, Molina hurt Hinojosa with a right cross to the body. As Hinojosa was going down, Molina landed a left uppercut to the top of the head. Referee Tony Crebs counted Hinojosa out at 34 seconds.

Featherweight Salvador Sanchez II stopped Trinidad Mendoza in the third round of a scheduled six round bout. Sanchez (14-3-2, 8 KO’s) dropped Mendoza (28-25-2, 20 KO’s) with a left hook to the body in the second and repeated it again in the third. Referee Jack Reiss counted Mendoza out at 1:23. Sanchez claims to be the nephew of the late, great Mexican Hall of Famer Salvador Sanchez.

In featherweight action, Rico Ramos remained unbeaten with a six round unanimous decision over faded former world champion Kermin Guardia (37-10, 20 KOs). Guardia held his own against the bigger Ramos, but the young prospect began to overwhelm Guardia. Ramos (13-0, 8 KOs) had Guardia hurt in the final round on numerous occasions, but Guardia was able to hold on. All judges had Ramos winning 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.

Heavyweight Cedric Boswell (31-1, 24 KOs) opened the show with a lackluster eight round unanimous decision over 269lb Cisse Salif (23-15, 21 KOs). No knockdowns and very little action between the two. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Boswell.

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