Donaire to fight Settoul in Macao

The Cebo Daily News is reporting that former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. (34-3, 22 KOs) will face Anthony Settoul (20-3, 8 KOs) on July 18 in Macao, China. Donaire’s father/trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. confirmed the fight and told the newspaper that the bout will be a non-title ten round affair. A WBC purse was held last week in Mexico City for a WBC eliminator between Donaire and WBC #1 Hugo Ruiz, which was won by Promociones del Pueblo with a bid of $537,000. However, Donaire is instead taking aim at a WBA 122lb belt instead.

JM Marquez to move to the USA?

By Gabriel F Cordero

On Mexican television, former four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez expressed his intention to bring his family to live in the United States. Marquez said he was motivated by dangerous conditions in Mexico right now. He stated that he had been assaulted several times, sometimes by armed assailants. Márquez added that he and his family have needed to use personal security protection for a long time. He plans to buy a summer home in Orlando, Florida.

Johnson: Joshua is media hype job

Heavyweight Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson has branded unbeaten Anthony Joshua has a ‘hype job’ ahead of their clash on Saturday night at The O2 in London. Johnson wants to expose the Olympic gold medal hero who has blasted away all of his first 12 opponents inside three rounds. ‘Kingpin’ has never been stopped in his career.

“He is a media hype job and let me tell you this, once this dude is out the way I’m going to show you that the future of the heavyweight division is right here,” said Johnson, who has lost four of his last five. “I’ve said it before, I’ve got the antidote for this guy. It’s something all of these amateur Olympic guys have in them, you’ll see come Saturday – that’s all I’m going to say on that. Continue reading

Kisner Looks To Surprise Cruiserweight Boxing World May 29 in Memphis

Photo: Greg Cohen Promotions

Photo: Greg Cohen Promotions


By Gary “Digital” Williams

Baltimore, MD cruiserweight “Slick” Nick Kisner knows he is the underdog going into his 10-round nationally-televised main event contest against undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode of Hollywood, CA on Friday, May 29 at the W.C. Handy Pavilion in Memphis, TN. Kisner knows that he has never gone past six rounds in his career and faces a daunting task against the hard-punching native of Nigeria.

However, the 24-year-old former amateur standout says he also knows the way to defeat Kayode and says he is very confident going into the contest.

“In training, I have based everything around going 10-12 rounds non-stop,” Kisner told Fightnews in an exclusive interview. “Mitts, [hitting the] bag, sparring, even running is based on a 10-12 round pace. I feel I can do it in my sleep now. So I feel I will shock people with my movement on Friday.” Continue reading

Gradovich: I am not going to let Selby take the title

IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich received a timely boost ahead of his World title defense against Lee Selby on Saturday night at The O2 in London as the IBF named him their boxer of the year. He defends the belt for the fifth time against Selby. “He’ll want to be at his best because he’s the home fighter but for me it doesn’t matter where I fight because I am the champion,” said Gradovich. “It’s a good opportunity for me to box in England for the first time and I am really looking forward to the challenge.

“I am not going to let him take the title from me. I worked too hard to get it and even harder to keep it. I love being the World champion, it’s the best feeling in the world and I want to keep that feeling going. Boxing is my passion, I love every bit of it, and boxing at the elite level like I do is like nothing else, it’s just my favorite thing to do.”

Gradovich’s defense against Selby is one of three world title fights on a massive night of action as Kell Brook defends his IBF welterweight title against Frankie Gavin and Kevin Mitchell challenges Jorge Linares for the WBC lightweight title.

Interview Graham Shaw – trainer of Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Graham Shaw, who trains two-time middleweight champion Daniel Geale, talks to Fightnews to say they arrived in New York on May 10 and training going perfectly with good sparring with world rated Dennis Hogan and also two world class American middleweights. Shaw feels Geale’s height advantage of four inches will help him to keep Cotto at long range and outbox him similarly to how former WBA champion Austin Trout did. Shaw mentions Cotto does not have same power as GGG but has great boxing skills.

IBF #13 McConnell stops Lookmuangkanch

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #13 jr lightweight Corey McConnell (15-1-1,1KO) stopped Mongkolchai Lookmuangkanch (12-3,7KO) in round one of scheduled twelve at the Town Hall in Gunnedah, NSW, Australia on Saturday. McConnell dropped the Thai boxer with a body shot and referee Damien Casey crowned the world rated Aussie at 1.44. McConnell captured the PABA title. McConnell only loss was to IBF #1 Lee Selby in 2012 and scored his best win over world rated Filipino Ryan Sermona in 2014.

WBA #14 Hammond defeats Ravudi

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #14 welterweight Cameron Hammond (12-0, 6 KOs) stopped Jesse Ravudi (4-2-1, 1 KO) at the Sands Tavern, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. The former London 2012 Olympian controlled the action against Ravudi in rounds one, two and three with referee Derek Millham crowning Hammond at 1:36 after the Fijian boxer was dropped twice. Hammond retained the WBA Oceania title. The Aussie 147 pound star is promoted by future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton.

Browne stops Kiatchanachai

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont

Former Australian champion Dave Browne Jnr (21-1-1, 7 KOs) stopped Denkamoi Kiatchanachai (22-5, 13 KOs) in a scheduled twelve at the E. G. Whitlam Centre, Liverpool, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Browne at 5’11 was four inches taller than the Thai boxer and used that height to good advantage, punishing his opponent with solid combinations consistently. At the conclusion of round four, the Thai boxer retired in his corner. Browne retained the WBC Euro Asia super featherweight title. Continue reading

Rios stops Jimenez

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

After a bit of a hiatus, club-level professional boxing returned to the small but quaint Olivaritos Bar in the heart of downtown Tijuana with five entertaining bouts. Presented by PM Promotions led by former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales, the night was headlined with the popular Marcos “No Money” Rios (11-0-1, 8KO) of Tijuana as he faced his toughest opponent yet on paper Manuel “Menny” Jimenez (13-7-1, 7KO) of Mexicali, Mexico, in an eight round super featherweight contest. Time in the sixth: 51 seconds. Continue reading

Verdejo to Hold Public Event in the Bronx

The boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated #3 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo will be celebrating his upcoming HBO Boxing debut by pressing the flesh and throwing some leather for his fans in New York. He will make a two-hour special appearance at The Bronx Cultural Arts Festival (152nd Street, between Jackson and Union Avenues), next Saturday (May 30), beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Verdejo will be taking the stage to answer questions followed by a meet & greet session where fans can get his autograph or pose for photos with him. He will end his day at the Festival with an hour-long public workout. “Last year the fans in New York made me feel like I was right at home with all the support and affection I received from them at the Bronx Festival,” said Verdejo. “I’m very happy to go back and share a good time with all my boricuas in New York.” Continue reading

Dominguez scores 2nd round stoppage of Macias

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Friday night at the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, lightning quick super bantamweight sensation Juan “Baby Tito” Dominguez (19-0, 13KOs) impressed, dropping forty two fight veteran Mario Antonio Macias (25-16-1, 13KOs) two times on his way masterful second round TKO victory. In the co-feature of nine bout card promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions, Antowyan Aiken (10-0, 1KO) captured a workmanlike six round unanimous decision victory over Edgar Perez (6-14, 3KO’s). The card was loaded with fighters in the Al Haymon stable and the A-sides won every bout. The show will be shown on tape delay on the Comcast Network. Continue reading

Iwasa to meet Haskins for IBF interim bantam belt in the UK

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo: by Boxing Beat

Japanese southpaw, IBF#3 Ryosuke Iwasa (19-1, 12 KOs) will face #4 Lee Haskins (31-3, 13 KOs) for an IBF interim bantamweight championship in Bristol, UK, on June 13. Since IBF titlist Randy Caballero suffered such a serious ankle injury that he will be unavailable for many months and the IBF headquarters sanctioned the interim title bout between Iwasa and Haskins. Iwasa, handled by ex-WBA 115-pound ruler Celes Shoji Kobayashi since his junior high school days, tasted a sole bitter setback when he was stopped by future WBC bantam ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka in the tenth and final session of his ninth pro bout in March 2011. Ironically was it a very fatefully significant crossroad for the contemporary promising 118-pounders as the victor Yamanaka went to acquire the vacant WBC throne to retain it no less than eight times, while the loser Iwasa had to take a roundabout way and wait for four years before his first world title shot. Continue reading

WBC #4 Rey Vargas still unbeaten

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

Unbeaten WBC #4, IBF #5, WBO #8 super bantamweight Rey Vargas (24-0, 20 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Edward Mansito (13-2-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Espectaculos del Recinto Ferial de Metepec, Estado de Mexico. The much taller Vergas scored a knockdown in round two, but was pushed for the full ten by his hard charging Filipino opponent. Scores were 100-88 on all cards.

In the co-feature, WBC female light flyweight champion Ibeth Zamora (23-5, 9 KOs) was victorious when Jolene Blackshear (9-7, 4 KOs) didn’t come out for round seven.

Sanchez destroys Ramos in two

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

WBA interim super flyweight champion David “Tornado” Sanchez (28-2-2, 22 KOs) needed just two rounds to crush Walberto Ramos (23-7-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Sanchez dropped Ramos once in round one and twice in round two. Time was 2:42. The bout was a non-title ten-rounder in the bantamweight division.

WBC female bantamweight champion Yazmin “La Rusita” Rivas (33-8, 10 KOs) successfully defended her title by sixth round KO over Simone Da Silva (14-9, 6 KOs). Da Silva dropped her fifth straight fight.

Super featherweight Adrian “Chinito” Young (22-1-2, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Marco Antonio “Poema” Juarez (17-4-1, 3 KOs). A Young barrage got the bout waved off with 15 seconds left in the fight.

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Dirrell: No way I lost this fight

Despite suffering two early knockdowns, super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell sees himself as the winner in Saturday’s IBF world title fight against James DeGale. “They said I ran from Carl Froch and they took that fight from me,” said Dirrell. “He ran tonight and they gave it to him. All he did was run, no way I lost this fight!”

After his early troubles, Dirrell had considerable success by using his jab and quick combinations, but he wasn’t quite able to close the gap on the scorecards.

DeGale-Dirrell Full Report

By Arvin Nundloll ar ringside
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Although the English national anthem was omitted while the Irish and American anthem was sung, it didn’t prevent James DeGale from making history and becoming the new IBF Super Middleweight champion. DeGale battled Andre Dirrell over 12 hard fought rounds at the Agganis Arena at Boston University.

The opening round brought out Dirrell’s vocal chords as he began taunting DeGale in the ring in a round where both fighters remained cautious while beginning to dissect each other’s defense.

In round two, Dirrell gave DeGale a cut above the right eye due to a clash of heads as Dirrell entered a clinch. DeGale couldn’t quite find his reach all the time but was able to drop Durrell and bring the crowd alive with a well-timed overhand left hook. It went from bad to worse for Dirrell as he was down again from another left hook as DeGale seemed hell-bent on ending the fight early. Continue reading

Chavez Jr vs. Reyes on July 18

Mexican promotional company Promociones del Pueblo has announced that “The Son of the Legend” former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) and Marco “Dorado” Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) will face off on July 18. The fight will likely land in San Antonio, Houston or El Paso. The attractive all-Mexican clash will air in Mexico on the Televisa network. U.S. television will likely land on one of the PBC outlets.

DeGale-Dirrell Official Scorecard

By Arvin Nundloll

A look at the scorecards show that entering the championship rounds, new IBF super middleweight champion DeGale was up 95-93 on two scorecards and 97-91 on the third card. Andre Dirrell needed to sweep the last two rounds to get a draw, but DeGale split rounds eleven and twelve on the two cards still in play for a 114-112 win.

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DeGale defeats Dirrell to seize IBF super middleweight title

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside

In a clash for the vacant IBF super middleweight title, James “Chunky” DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday afternoon at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. In round two, DeGale was cut above his right eye, but later DeGale dropped Dirrell twice in round two. Dirrell recovered pretty well in rounds three and four, but DeGale began to assert himself again in round five. DeGale landed some clean shots to bloody Dirrell’s nose in round six. Dirrell outworked DeGale in rounds seven to ten. DeGale had some good spurts in round eleven and twelve. Scores were 114-112, 117-109, 114-112.

In a light heavyweight matchup, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) scored a third round TKO over previously unbeaten Craig Baker (16-1, 12 KOs). Time was 2:22. Rodriguez landed a series of right hands, but Baker was in no trouble. Very premature stoppage by referee Bob Benoit.

Local welterweight favorite Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (26-2, 10 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Chris Gilbert (13-2, 8 KOs). O’Connor dropped Gilbert twice in round two (once officially) with body shots. More bodywork yielded knockdowns in rounds three and five before the one-sided bout was waved off. Time 1:04 of round five.

Undefeated knockout artist Jonathan Guzman move to 19-0 with 19 KOs) was victorious when Christian Esquivel (27-7, 20 KOs) couldn’t come out for round six. The bout was stopped due to a cut over the left eye of Esquivel.

Pierre outboxes Cruz Bibiano

Photo: Maryse Abraham

Photo: Maryse Abraham


By Robert Coster at ringside

WBA #8 contender Evens “The Sun City Kid ” Pierre retained his WBA lightweight Fedelatin title with a lopsided unanimous decision over Mexican challenger Jesus Cruz Bibiano after 11 rounds at the Karibe Convention Center in Petionville, Haiti. The lanky Pierre (25-1, 17 KOs) put on a defensive boxing clinic that delighted the hometown crowd as Cruz Bibiano (15-10, 9 KOs) just could not solve the Haitian boxer’s display of showy side-steps and feints a la Mayweather. The pattern of the fight was set from the first round with the aggressive Mexican rushing in, desperately but unsuccessfully trying to connect while being peppered by the taller Pierre’s jabs and counters right hands. The decision (110-99, 110-99,1 09-100) by the judges reflected the total dominance by the local boxer.

Flanked by his manager Jacques Deschamps, the colorful Evens mentioned his desire to fight the world title soon. “I really would like to fight for the WBA world title this year and if could be in Haiti it would be a dream come true.”

In the co-main event, WBA #14 Azea “The Hitman” Augustama (19-2, 11 KOs) of Haiti/Miami, defended his WBA Fedelatin light heavyweight belt by crushing Dominican Eduardo Mercedes (28-13, 24 KOs) in three rounds. In other fights, Frank Gedeon TKO6 David Martinez (jr middleweight); Raphael Larose KO2 Carlos Pena (heavyweight); Juan Carlos Pena TKO3 Aneudy Matos (jr lightweight).

Undercard Results from Boston

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside

In the only heavyweight bout of the night, Danny Kelly and Curtis Tate fought the most unusual fight that I’ve seen in a while. Tate was knocked down twice in the first and only round but no count was administered, the first with an uppercut and the second with a sharp inside right hook. After the third knockdown (very dubious as Tate just collapsed on the ground) the referee declared a TKO victory for Kelly. The official time of the stoppage was 1:05 in round one. Kelly is now 8-1-1 with 7 KOs and Tate falls to 7-6 with 6 KOs.

Gary O’Sullivan dominated in his middleweight fight against Melvin Betancourt and delivered a TKO victory for his fans. O’Sullivan knocked down Melvin Betancourt twice in round two, the first with a well-timed right cross but the second knockdown appeared to be a blow to the back of the head. The referee, quite ignorantly, delivered a 10 count while Betancourt was clearly in need of medical attention. The official time of the stoppage was in 2:46 in the second round, O’Sullivan moves to 21-1 with 14 KOs while Betancourt tastes defeat for only the second time and is now 29-2 with 23 KOs.

Super featherweight Ryan Kielczweski (23-1, 7 KOs) delighted the hometown crowd by surprisingly knocking out Anthony Napunyi (11-12,7 KOs) in the first round. Kielczweski started slowly but once his fans made their voices from the crowd he swarmed in for the kill after delivering some heavy handed body combinations. As he turned away, Napunyi still continued to sustain punishment and took a knee before being counted out. The official time of the stoppage was 2:54 of round one.

In an eventful welterweight clash, Logan McGuinness picked himself up off the canvas from a flash knockdown in round one to go the distance to defeat Gerardo “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. McGuinness hit the deck in round 1 after taking a straight left jab but recovered well to outbox Cuevas from round two onwards. Solid body combinations and ring movement allowed McGuinness to convince all of the judges that he had won with scores reading 57-56 across the board. McGuinness moves to 23-0-1 (10 KOs) while Cuevas drops to 17-14 (15 KOs).

Immanuel Aleem didn’t care about anything else but getting the early knockout in his middleweight bout that was scheduled for six rounds and he didn’t disappoint. He delivered a devastating left hook followed by a cross hook to keep David Toribio down for the count. The official time of the stoppage was 0:30 in round one. Aleem continued his undefeated streak and moves to 13-0, 8 KOs while Toribio picks up another loss and is at 21-15, 14 KOs.

Edwin Espinal bullied Alvaro Enriquez over four rounds in their light heavyweight fight. Espinal controlled the pace and action from the opening bell and continued to punish Alvaro with succinctly timed body shots. All three judges scored the fight 40-35 to Edwin Espinal who now picks up his sixth win (6-0, 4KOs) while Enriquez falls to 5-14-2, 1KO).

Antonio Russell (2-0, 2 KOs) made light work of Brandon Garvin (0-2) in their scheduled four round bantamweight bout. Russell barely broke a sweat and delivered a seemingly normal right hook that instantly dropped Garvin just as the action began to pick up in the opening round. The referee determined that Garvin was in no shape to continue and stopped proceedings at 1:03 in round one.

DeGale: I’m obsessed with making history

James DeGale says his “obsession” to create history as the first British Olympic gold medallist to win a World title will drive him on to victory when he faces Andre Dirrell for the vacant IBF World Super Middleweight title in Boston this afternoon on NBC. “I can’t wait to bring the belt home for the fans,” said DeGale. “It’s been a 16-week camp come fight night, so it’s been a long time. My body and mind feel ready to fight, I am so sharp and in a very good place. I’ve had the groin operations and even in the Gonzalez fight, I wasn’t at my physical best and the same against Periban – my movement was jittery but now I am flowing, it feels right – and you are going to see that on Saturday.

“Gonzalez came over to England, trained by Virgil Hunter, highly rated, and I took him apart carrying an injury. Six months before I KO’d Periban he’d pushed Sakio Bika all the way for 12 rounds, he had never been dropped and never been stopped, and I did it. Now I am injury-free, you are going to see the best of me.”

Josean Figueroa returns June 13

The boxing series “Boxeo Al Maximo” presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with H2 Entertainment and Roc Nation Sports returns on Saturday June 13 at the Ismael Delgado Coliseum in Aguada, Puerto Rico. Super bantamweight Josean ‘El Tren’ Figueroa (8-3-2, 7 KOs) will headline the show when he clashes against Jonel Nieves (4-1, 2 KOs) in an eight round bout. Figueroa is coming from a brilliant performance against top prospect Jose ‘Wonder Boy’ Lopez on past February 7 in Carolina, P.R that ended in a majority draw. Continue reading

Commey stops Mamadjonov

Unbeaten lightweight Richard Commey (22-0, 20 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over southpaw Bahodir “Baha” Mamadjonov (17-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). Commey dropped the awkward Mamadjonov in round eight and got the stoppage with a furious followup barrage. Time was 1:48.

Unbeaten middleweight Arif Magomedov (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Darnell Boone (21-22-4, 10 KOs). Magomedov dropped Boone in round one, Boone beat the count and the bout continued, but about 20-30 seconds later, the bout was bizarrely waved off.

Lightweights Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez (13-0-1, 4 KOs) and Angel Hernandez (9-4-1, 5 KOs) battled an eight round majority draw. Scores were 77-75 Gutierrez, 76-76, 76-76.

U.S. Court issues final decision in favor of Oquendo

Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Boxing announced today that District Court Judge Ronnie Abrams for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a 41-page final opinion and order in Oquendo vs. Terek Box Event (Case no. 14-cv-9835) awarding Oquendo damages and interest in excess of $800,000 against Chagaev’s promoter, Terek Box Event, and a permanent injunction enjoining Terek from, among other things, “promoting or managing Ruslan Chagaev in any bout for the World Boxing Association (“WBA”) World Heavyweight Championship or in any bout at which his WBA championship would be at stake, other than such a bout between Fres Oquendo and Mr. Chagaev.”

On May 12, 2015, Chagaev participated in a press conference with Francesco Pianeta to announce a bout on July 11, 2015 at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany for the WBA World Championship. On May 14, 2015, the Court issued an order for Terek to show cause why it should not be held in contempt of court for violating the Court’s preliminary injunction prohibiting Terek from promoting or managing Chagaev in a WBA title bout other than a rematch with Oquendo. The contempt of court proceedings are scheduled to be heard on June 4, 2015.

“We have provided a copy of the Court’s final decision to the WBA and its counsel and are awaiting the WBA’s public announcement on this matter,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “The U.S. Federal Court has unambiguously spoken and issued a well-reasoned opinion in upholding Oquendo’s contract for a $1 million purse and his right to a rematch with Chagaev, and we are confident that the WBA will do the right thing and respect the Court’s decision on this matter.” Continue reading

Bryan remains unbeaten in Nashville

Unbeaten Trevor “The American Dream” Bryan (14-0, 10 KOs) won a competitive but unanimous decision over a very game Jamal Woods (6-20-3, 6 KOs) Friday night. The main event took place at the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. The sold out crowd gave both fighters a standing ovation as they were entertained with two way action from bell to bell. Bryan clearly won the fight, 80-72 on all three judges scorecards, but Woods gave a very solid effort over the eight rounds. Arellano Boxing promoted the card.

Hunter destroys Escalante in one

Super featherweight Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (21-3, 11 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Antonio Escanate (29-8, 20 KOs) on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California. Hunter dropped Escalante twice in round one and had him going down again when the bout was waved off. Time was 2:45.

Unbeaten featherweight Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (18-0-1, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over 1996 Olympian Alfred Tetteh (19-4-1, 15 KOs). A body shot finished the 39-year-old Tetteh at 2:49.

Seven-foot heavyweight Taishan Dong (5-0, 3 KOs) scored a first round KO over 291 lb. Lance Gauch (5-9-2, 3 KOs). Time was 2:32.

Middleweight Paul Valenzuela (8-1-1, 5 KOs) surprised previously unbeaten Antonio Gutierrez (18-1-1, 8 KOs), winning an entertaining six round majority decision. It was a slugfest with Valenzuela prevailing 60-54, 58-56 and 57-57.

ESPN2 FNF bows out as Fedosov and Thompson win Boxcino finals

The last telecast of the long-running ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” series took place Friday night in the temporary outdoor arena outside the Omega Products Center in Corona, California.

Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight Final
Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Donovan Dennis (14-3, 11 KOs). Fedosov looked good, dropping Dennis in rounds three, seven and eight before the bout was halted. Time was :54.

Boxcino 2015 Junior Middleweight Final
John “Apollo Kid” Thompson (17-1, 6 KOs) scored a brutal second round TKO over Brandon “The Cannon” Adams (17-2, 12 KOs). Adams, who failed to make the 154 lb limit, dropped Thompson in round one. Thompson came back to drop Adams twice in round two before getting the stoppage with a further barrage of punches. Time was 2:18. Thompson was originally an alternate in the tournament, but he ended up going all the way.

Lightweight Angel Martinez (6-1-1, 2 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of previously unbeaten Andres Figueroa (5-1, 3 KOs). Time 1:09. Figueroa down once in round five, then got battered.

Weights from Metepec, Mexico

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodríguez

Rey Vargas 121.7 vs. Edward Mansito 121.7
(WBC super bantamweight international title)

Ibeth Zamora 107.8 vs. Jolene Blackshear 105.2
(WBC female light flyweight title)

Juan José “Piquet“ Martínez 135.8 vs. Isidro Curiel 135.8
Enrique Ángeles Jr. 127 vs. Josué Veraza 127

Venue: Centro de Espectáculos del Recinto Ferial de Metepec, Estado de México
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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