POLL: Pound for Pound: Floyd or GGG?

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Has Golovkin eclipsed Mayweather as #1 pound for pound?

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By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone/Big Joe Miranda

WBC, WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather has ruled the pound for pound list for many years, but with 18 straight KOs and 12 world title defenses, maybe it’s time to give P4P consideration to WBA/IBO/WBC (interim) middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

Record: Both are undefeated with Floyd at 47-0, 26 KOs, GGG at 31-0, 28 KOs

Style: Both dominate their opponents. Floyd with speed and boxing skills, GGG with concussive punches.

Level of opposition: Floyd has fought a higher level of opposition over the course of his career, but neither fighter can be said to have cleaned out their division. Floyd has seemingly avoided a showdown with Manny Pacquiao, while GGG has yet unify with any of the other middleweight champions. Continue reading

Rodriguez destroys Cartagena in one

One of Puerto Rico’s upcoming stars, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (10-0, 6 KOs) demolished Miguel ‘No Fear’ Cartagena (13-2, 5 KO’s) of Philadelphia in the first round to capture the vacant WBO Latino title at the bantamweight ( 118lbs ) division in a 10-round bout held at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. From the beginning of the bout, Rodriguez was the aggressor, connecting accurate straight right hands on Cartagena’s face, which gave Rodriguez an opening to land a powerful left uppercut to the chin that immediately ended the fight. Cartagena was in very bad shape after the fight. Continue reading

Golovkin targets Cotto, Canelo, Junior

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Photo: Big Joe Miranda

“I don’t like dancing. I like to fight. This was a true fight,” stated WBA/IBO/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Glolovkin in the ring following his two round destruction of Marco Antonio Rubio. “I have three belts. I want to fight everybody. I think next year Miguel Cotto, I respect him, he’s a great champion…Canelo? Of course, I respect him too. He’s a good boy. And I challenge Junior too (Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.). I want that fight. But I think Miguel first.”

Golovkin annihilates Rubio

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) added the WBC Interim middleweight belt to his collection with a second round annihilation of Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on Saturday night before a huge crowd of 9,323 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Rubio bulked up to 181 while GGG entered the ring at 173. Both fighters landed hard shots in round one. Glolovkin laid out Rubio with a left hand in round two. Time was 1:19.

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round KO over WBA super featherweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In an intense fight, Walters dropped Donaire with an uppercut in round three. Donaire’s face was increasingly busted up before Walters dropped Donaire face first with a right hand at the close of round six. Time was 2:59.

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Cunningham stops Visinia; Cherry bombs Aqaba

By John DiSanto at ringside

Heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-6, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Natu “The Truth” Visinia (10-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Outweighed by 73 lbs, the two-time cruiserweight champion was ruled down in round five. Cunningham laid a beating on Visinia in rounds six and seven. The bout was stopped by the ring doctor after round seven.

In the scheduled 10-round junior lightweight co-feature, IBF #11, WBC #15 contender Edner Cherry, 33-6-2, 18 KOs, dropped Osumanu Akaba, 24-7, 19 KOs, three times in round two, and won by TKO at 2:15 of that round.

In a scheduled eight-round middleweight bout, DeCarlo Perez, 13-3-1, 5 KOs, stopped Tyrone Brunson, 22-3-1, 21 KOs, at 2:29 of round five. Brunson, who opened his career with a then-record 19 consecutive first round KOs, has now lost three of his last four, dating back to 2009. Continue reading

Han, Rodriguez win on Golovkin-Rubio undercard

By Rocky Morales at ringside

Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (25-1, 16KO) won a unanimous decision against Azea Augustama (17-2, 9KO) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. . It was a lackluster fight throughout that featured little action and no noticeable applause for the East Coast victor as the decision was announced despite his solicitations for an applause at each ring post. Judges scored the 10 round light heavyweight bout 100-90, 99-91 and 100-90 in favor of Rodriguez.

El Paso middleweight Abie Han (23-1, 14KO) won a majority decision victory over Marcos Reyes (33-2, 24KO) in a ten round middleweight bout. Han seemed to win the early rounds before Reyes picked up the pace. Han was in serious trouble and down in the eighth round and nearly stopped but would get up and even go on to win the final round. The fight started slowly but progressively picked up in the middle rounds only to fizzle out again at the end. Reyes was deducted a point for hitting after the bell in the ninth round. Judges scored the bout 97-91, 97-91 and 94-94 in favor of Han. Continue reading

WBO #1 Glowacki still unbeaten, Huck next?

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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: ringpolska.pl

Unbeaten WBO #1 cruiserweight Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (23-0, 15 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Thierry Karl (31-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland.

The WBO Inter-Continental beltholder overpowered Karl and dropped him three times in round five to end it.

Rubio embarrassed, but very motivated to win

Photo: Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions

Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions

Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio wants to leave behind the incident at yesterday’s weigh-in and focus on tonight’s fight, which can still catapult him to stardom even though he will no longer be a world champion. Now a huge betting underdog, Rubio states, “all that just motivates me. That the fans see me for dead drives me to give maximum effort and try with all my heart to go for the victory.”

“I’ve seen that many people don’t believe in me, and even make mockery that I will destroyed in the ring. Before anything I want to say to all those people that the object of this sport is to hurt the opponent and I’m willing to give my life in this fight in order to come out with my hand raised. Although Golovkin is a warrior, I have no fear of what’s going to happen because I have the power to answer him on an equal footing.”

On the subject of not making weight, Rubio stated “it’s not a lack of professionalism, or irresponsibility. In truth I’m very embarrassed with all the people who believe in me. I did everything I could to make the weight of the division, although I prefer this to coming in diminished to a fight as complicated as I expect with Golovkin.

“Right now my mind is focused on the fight. On Monday I’ll think about whether I’ll move up a division or if we’ll plan a stricter diet with a nutritionist. At this weight I’m not in low spirits, on the contrary it motivates me to give my best to reverse this situation.”

Jhonny Gonzalez comments on Donaire-Walters

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By Gabriel F.Cordero

Current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez will be present tonight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California to see WBA co-champions Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters battle for the absolute WBA title.

“I came to see the Donaire-Walters title bout bout betwen these two champions. Walters is a recent champ and Donaire came up to featherweight recently and I have to see both live. I want to face the best on my division. This a great fight and two different boxing styles.”

Last year, at this same venue, Gonzalez shocked the world when he annihilated the highly favored then WBC monarch Abner Mares in the first round.

Navarrete lives a life of squalor

By Nick Giongco

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The life of Rolando Navarrete, once the toast of Philippine boxing, is in a total mess. Navarrete, now 57, says he makes both ends meet working at the city’s fish port but wouldn’t say how. “Dumidiskarte lang, (I am just being resourceful),” said Navarrete during a chance encounter with the ex-WBC super-featherweight king.

Navarrete has been retired from the sport for over 20 years now and relies heavily on a government monthly assistance worth P2,000 ($45) so he could bring food to the table.

But he no longer has a wife and takes care of two kids, both fighters, but with no solid promotional connections.

On this particular day, Navarrete stood just outside the main door where Manny Pacquiao would come out, hoping that the world welterweight titlist would see him and even slip in a few bills. Continue reading

Munguia surprises Ortega in Mexico City

Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes

WBO Latin welterweight champion Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs) was dethroned by veteran Pablo “El Sepulturero” Munguia (20-5, 11 KOs) via ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the popular Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. The much shorter Munguia pressed the action and earned a clear cut ten round unanimous decision by scores of 98-90, 98-90 and 95-93.

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Weights from Philadelphia

Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Steve Cunningham 205 vs. Natu Visinia 278
Edner Cherry 132.5 vs. Osumanu Akaba 134.5
Tyrone Brunson 158 vs. Decarlo Perez 158
Victor Vasquez 136.5 vs. Gerald Smith 140
Ryan Bivins 174 vs. Darryl Gause 169.5
Roberto Lopez 159 vs. Robert Sweeney 155
Anthony Abbruzzese 150 vs. Anthony Prescott 147.5

Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBCSN

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IBF #8 Samor defeats Ocon

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang

IBF #8 super flyweight Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11 KOs) clearly outscored Fernando Ocon (13-8, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Thonburi University, Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Samor controlled most of the rounds as he outworked the southpaw Filipino to win by scores of 118-110, 116-112, 116-112. Ocon came to Thailand with good credentials and was coming off a KO win over Juren Labordo in July. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Samor performed well today against Ocon who had lost a disputed twelve split decision against world class Tommy Seran. Samor is very popular with Thailand boxing fans with all his bouts are televised nationally.” Continue reading

Briscoe Awards set for Sunday in South Philly

The 7th Annual Briscoe Awards will again honor the best of the Philadelphia fight scene, Sunday afternoon, October 19th, 1:00-4:00 pm, at the Flat Iron Sports Bar, 26 E. Oregon Avenue, in South Philly. This year’s recipients include Danny Garcia (Fighter of the Year & Performance of the Year), Julian Williams (Prospect of the Year), Manny Folly (Rookie of the Year), Tevin Farmer (Breakout Fighter of the Year), Julio De Jesus (KO of the Year), Stephen Fulton, Jr. (Amateur of the Year), Anthony Caputo Smith vs. Dhafir Smith (Local Fight of the Year) and Dylan Price (Everett Brothers Award).

The Briscoe Awards are named for legendary Philadelphia middleweight Bennie Briscoe. The awards given out are statuettes and medals cast in Briscoe’s likeness. Each year, these awards are presented to the standouts of Philadelphia-area boxing, and the free event is a celebration for both fighters and fans alike. Sunday’s awards are for the 2013 fight year.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please call 609-377-6413.

Lawsuit: Rahman Bros say Floyd lied to the Nevada Commission

Hasim Rahman Jr. and his brother Sharif Rahman have filed a lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions, Mayweather Boxing Club and Showtime. Sharif Rahman alleges that he was never told his sparring session with Donovon Cameron would be recorded for “Showtime All Access” and he was forced to fight 5/6/7 minute rounds despite a request to fight 3 minute rounds.

Hasim Rahman Jr. maintains his fight with Cameron went 31 minutes straight with no break and he was later informed there large amounts of money wagered.

The lawsuit further states that Mayweather “misrepresented facts” while testifying on front of the NSAC and falsely testified that the 31-minute fight depicted on “Showtime All Access” didn’t happen.

Rubio can’t make weight, fight will go on

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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Promoter Tom Loeffler has just announced that WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio failed to make weight for Saturday’s clash against WBA champion Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Loeffler said Rubio will be fined $50,000 per pound over limit, a $100,000 overall purse penalty, but Rubio does not have cut the weight. Rubio lost his WBC interim belt at the scale at 161.8 and failed to make weight in the allotted two hours. Golovkin can still add the green belt to his WBA and IBO belts with a victory.

New main event for Oct 24 Telemundo card

Another super flyweight battle will headline the 4th show of the fall series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford next Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL. Originally featherweight Orlando Cruz was scheduled to face Ruben Tamayo, but today it was announced that undefeated superfly Edwin “El Puto” Rodriguez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico will face Ricardo “El Meserito” Rodriguez (9-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds for the WBC FECARBOX title.

In the co-feature Daniel Rosario Cruz (8-1, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico will battle Mexican Jose Alberto “El Flaco” Leal (9-5-1, 4 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds in the welterweight division. Continue reading

Golovkin makes weight, Rubio heavy; Donaire and Walters both make weight

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Videos: Przemek Garczarczyk

Gennady Golovkin 159 vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 161.8
(WBA middleweight title)

Rubio came in, stripped naked, and weighed 161.8. He has two hours to lose 1.8 pounds.

Nonito Donaire 125.6 vs. Nicholas Walters 125.6
(WBA featherweight title)

Edwin Rodriguez 174.8 vs. Azea Augustama 175.8
Marcos Reyes 160.8 vs. Abie Han 160.4
Jamie Oceguda 139.6 vs. Moris Rodriguez 138
Ruslan Madiyev 136.6 vs. Oscar Rojas 135
Walter Sarnoi 123.4 vs. Sergio Najera 121.2

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: K2/Top Rank
TV: HBO

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Payano receives hero’s welcome in Dominican Republic

By Gabriel F Cordero

WBA bantamweight world champion Juan Carlos Payano has been hailed as a national hero in the Dominican Republic for his great victory against Panamanian WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo Moreno on September 26 in Mesquite, Texas. Payano arrived Thursday afternoon at Cibao International Airport in Santiago from the United States where he was received by his mother, friends and family, along with hundreds of fans and the general public who celebrated the feat of their compatriot. Thousands of people lined the streets as his convoy drove through the city.

“I want to thank my hometown and my second city Santiago where I learned and trained because they made me what I am today and all those who in different ways have supported me. I was a little poor boy and I’m telling the young people that they can achieve the best,” said Payano.