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By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
DiBella Entertainment returned to the historic BB King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on Thursday, featuring eight up-and-coming prospects in separate bouts as part of its popular Broadway Boxing series. In the main event, Ecuador’s Erick Bone (14-1, 8 KOs) made his US debut a successful one, battering former contender Francisco “Gato” Figueroa (20-7-1, 13 KOs) over 5 rounds in a welterweight contest.
Figueroa landed a few good counter right hooks early on, but the 25-year-old Bone was able to settle down later, breaking Figueroa down to the body and then landing a series of head shots that caused Gato’s corner to throw in the towel in a merciful stoppage at 2:40 of round 5. A once promising prospect, Figueroa has now lost 5 of his last 6 contests. The Bronx native has shared the ring with big punchers Randall Bailey, Breidis Prescott and Thomas Dulorme, but he has lately been relegated to being an opponent for up and coming prospects. (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
In an huge upset, Juan Carlos Martinez (19-14-1, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decksion over WBA #14 super featherweight Alejandro Perez (19-4-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. Scores were 96-93, 96-93 Martinez, 96-93 for Perez. It was an entertaining two-way slugfest with both fighters having their moments. Perez was deducted a point for a low blow in round ten.
The loss was a costly one for Perez, who had been expected to land a May title shot against WBA world featherweight champion Nicholas Walters in Macao, China.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympian jr welterweight Jose Ramirez (9-0, 7 KOs) scored an impressive second round TKO over Boyd Henley (10-4-1, 9 KOs). Ramirez showed explosive offense prompting referee Robert Byrd to step in even though the game Henley was still fighting back. Time was 2:32. “Henley was strong and had a lot of heart,” said Ramirez after the fight. “Even though I hurt him he kept moving forward was good for me. he was the best fighter I fought. I wanted to go more than one round and this went two. he was a tough guy but I got the win.”
Ramirez fights again in Fresno on May 17
Two-division former world champion Brian Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs) returned to the ring one year after losing his WBO/WBA belts to Juan Francisco Estrada in Macao. The 33-year-old “Hawaiian Punch” hammered out a clear but unspectacular ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Juan Herrera (9-8, 4 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 97-93. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Peter Gercke/Team SES
In an important light heavyweight bout with world title ramifications, WBO #8 rated Robin Krasniqi (42-3, 16 KOs) schooled then KO’d previously unbeaten #13 rated Emmanuel Dansu (20-1, 18 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBO International light heavyweight title on Friday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. The more experienced Krasniqi, a former world title challenger, showed good boxing skills against Dansu, who brought a 90% KO ratio but had never fought outside Ghana. The end came in round seven when Krasniqi floored Dansu with a right uppercut to the jaw. Time was 1:55. Krasniqi, who lost a decision to then-champion Nathan Cleverly 12 months ago, is now back in the picture and could now be on the short list to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.
In an entertaining fight, heavyweight KO artist Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) returned for the first time since September 2012 with an eight round unanimous decision over iron-jawed journeyman Samir Kurtagic (12-6, 8 KOs). Things got interesting in round five, when Kurtagic was warned for a low blow, then deducted a point for a rabbit punch. Kretschmann looked to be in some distress the rest of the way complaining about his neck. He was briefly examined by the ring doctor in round six after which Kurtagic got more aggressive and tried to end it. Kretschmann was dropped in round seven, then immediately knocked down Kurtagic. Kurtagic rocked Kretschmann again at the bell. Scores were 78-74, 78-75, 75-74. Kurtagic had previously gone the distance with big punchers like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko and Carlos Takam and has never been stopped. (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney
Undefeated jr middleweight Julian “J-Rock” Williams (14-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular third round destruction of former contender Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30-6, 20 KOs) on a Monday night St. Patrick’s Day card at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Williams knocked down Hernandez in round one, and put him down for the count in round three with a crushing left to the jaw. Time was :35.
Unbeaten heavyweight Alexis Santos (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Sylvester Barron (8-4, 3 KOs). A punishing three-punch combination put Barron down and out. Time was 2:08.
2012 Irish Olympian super featherweight John Joe Nevin won his pro debut against Alberto Candelaria (3-1-1, 2 KOs) taking a six round unanimous decision by a score of 59-55 on all cards.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Graessle / Main Events
Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) put on the greatest performance of his professional career, in taking a one sided twelve round unanimous decision victory over Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) an capturing the IBF North American heavyweight belt and the #2 spot in the IBF before a sellout crowd at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Main Events and televised live on NBCSN, saw light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) put on a boxing exhibition in winning a completely one sided ten round unanimous decision victory over “Drago’s Son” Denis Grachev (13-3-1, 8 KOs). (more…)
Over the past week or two the boxing world has been consumed with the verbal sparring match happening in the media between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and Adonis Stevenson. But before any Kovalev-Stevenson match can take place “Krusher” will face-off against undefeated challenger Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) for the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship on March 29th at the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ and live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Agnew has been flying under the radar, so few people know how deeply the sport of boxing runs in his veins. His uncle, Chicago’s own “Mighty” Mike Evans (38-11-1, 27 KOs), started taking Cedric to the gym with him when he was just eight years old. Agnew spent the majority of his childhood in Chicago working out with his pro-boxer uncle. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) rebounded from his loss to Floyd MAyweather last September with an impressive tenth round TKO over Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) in a middleweight bout on Saturday night before a crowd of 14,610 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo came out aggressively and battered Angulo, pushing him back and keeping him from getting leverage on his punches. Canelo’s hands were much faster as landed at a very high percentage. Angulo took a savage beating but kept coming. The best round was round eight when both fighters went toe to toe in some thrilling exchanges. Referee Tony Weeks finally stopped the fight to save Angulo from further punishment in round ten. Time was :47. Neither Angulo, nor the crowd were happy with the stoppage.
“I could have fought another 10 rounds,” said Canelo, “the stoppage isn’t my problem.” Angulo said the plan was for him to finish strong in the late rounds. “I wanted to keep fighting,” he said.
WBC super bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Cristian Mijares (49-8-2, 24 KOs). The 25-year-old Santa Cruz overwhelmed and overpowered the 32-year-old Mijares, who had two reigns as super flyweight champion. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Samoan born heavyweight Craig “King” Vitale (6-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Junior Maletino Lakopo (1-13-2, 0 KOs) in the main event six round bout on Friday at the Calabria Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Vitale controlled the contest in most of the rounds to have his hand raised by referee Alan McColl by scores 59-55, 59-55, 58-56. Vitale has been a big success on YouTube with his KO wins that has given over 500,000 hits. It was reported that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson contacted Vitale’s manager to congratulate him on his KO wins and invited him to fight in the USA. Vitale is trained by Sam Brizzi and managed by Adam Willcock. (more…)
By Sam Geraci; Photos by Tom Barnes / Tomba-Images.com
IBF junior middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) makes his first defense this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against the #14 IBF contender Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs). The Molina-Charlo showdown is a televised bout of the “Toe to Toe” pay-per-event featuring Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) going toe-to-toe with Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs). This is Molina’s second consecutive appearance on the undercard of a Canelo PPV. Back in September, Molina captured the IBF crown from Ishe Smith when Canelo faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Paulus Moses of Namibia retained his WBO International lightweight title when he scored a hard-earned 12 round points decision over Cristian Coria from Argentina at the Olufuka Centre in Outapi, Namibia on Saturday night. The scores were 120-108, 119-108 and 117-110, but despite the wide margins the 35-year-old Moses who is a former WBA “regular” lightweight champion had to pick up the pace after the rugged Coria, 31, made a good start through the first four rounds. The in your face Argentinean paid the price for boring in with the head when he was deducted two points by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen. Moses improves his record 33-2; 21 and Coria saw his record drop to 21-2-1; 7. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) left no doubt in his rematch with Bryan Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. An in-condition Chavez outworked Vera and landed the harder shots in every round. Vera was deducted a point by Rafael Ramos for pushing in round eight. The iron-jawed Vera took a pounding kept coming. Chavez clowned and gave away the last round. In the end, Chavez won a unanimous decision by scores of 114-113, 117-110, 117-110.
Next up for Junior could be a showdown with Gennady Golovkin in the summer.
In just his second pro fight, unbeaten two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the vacant WBO featherweight title against former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs). Salido, who forfeit his title on the scale on Friday, came in at 147 pounds and had an 11 pound weight advantage as he used all his veteran experience and a fierce body attack (and many low blows) to trouble Lomachenko throughout the fight. Lomachenko staged a furious comeback over the last few rounds, but it was too little, too late. Salido won by twelve round split decision by scores of 115-113, 116-112 on two cards. Lomachenko was ahead 115-113 on the third card.
Former unified lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (39-4, 19 KOs) brought the pressure with non-stop aggression against Gerardo Robles (18-13, 9 KOs). Robles showed a good chin as he went all ten rounds. Diaz won a unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 100-90. (more…)
Fighting on a major network in front of a worldwide audience might be unnerving for someone who doesn’t know any better, or someone who has never faced the music on boxing’s biggest stage. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
A good solid turn out made their way to the Mission Tower Facility of the famed Del Mar Fairgrounds in the north county of San Diego to take in the first fight card of the season. “Ringside at Del Mar” was presented by Paco Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions and A&T Gym. In the main event, Tijuana’s Fernando “Cuervito” Garcia (19-6-2, 11KOs) made his way back into the ring after four months to take a hard earned split decision over journeyman Adolfo “Tepito” Landeros (22-34-2, 10KOs) over six lightweight rounds. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
IBF lightweight world champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (34-3, 13 KOs) of Mexico retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Russian Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night in the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macau, China. It was a typical tactical Vazquez fight as he used his height and ring movement to outbox the aggressive Shafikov when he wasn’t holding him. The challenger never got much going. Vazquez was cut over the left eye in round four. Shafikov was cut over the right eye in round seven. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 119-109.
2008/2012 Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO) of China scored a seventh round KO over Thailand’s Yokthong Kokietgym (15-4, 11 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Shiming dropped Kokietgym three times in round seven. Time was 2:09.
In a crossroads fight between former world champions, Filipino Marvin Sonsona (18-1-1, 15 KOs) scored a crushing third round KO over Japan’s Akifumi Shimoda (28-4-2, 12 KOs) in a bout fought in the featherweight division. Shimoda got off to a good start, but a left uppercut from Sonsona put Shimoda out cold. Time was 1:17. Sonsona is now the WBO International beltholder. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at Ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Boxing returned to Hawaiian Gardens, California as Las Vegas’s Magdaleno brothers were victorious with knockouts Saturday night at the Robert C. Lee Activity Center. Former world title challenger lightweight Diego Magdaleno took on Jorge Pazos of Guamuchil, Mexico in the UniMas Solo Boxeo main event. Younger sibling super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno squared off against Robert Casteneda.
The older Magdaleno came out using the jab and countered in round one sizing up Pazos. In round two Pazos came out aggressive swinging away as Magdaleno dodged the attack continuing to box and finishing the round strong. The left hand found its mark for Magdaleno in round three as Pazos went down as he quickly got up, Magdaleno continued to his attack backing Pazos up to the ropes but Pazos was saved by the bell. Coming out strong in the fourth round Magdaleno connected with a crunching left hook to the body that did it as Pazos hit the canvas referee Jack Reiss reached a ten count at 2:27.
With the win Diego Magdaleno improves his record to 25-1, 10 KOs as the Mexican Jorge Pazos falls to 14-7-1, 8 KOs. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (25-1, 10 KOs) scored a nice fourth round KO over Jorge Pazos (14-7-1, 8 KOs) in a lightweight bout on Saturday night at the C. Robert Lee Center in Hawaiian Gardens, California. Classy southpaw Magdaleno dropped Pazos flat on his back with a huge right hook in round three, but Pazos barely made the count. A body shot finished Pazos in the next round. Time was 2:27 of round four.
2012 Brazilian Olympian super middleweight, Esquiva Falcao scored a fourth round stoppage in his pro debut over Joshua Robertson (5-5, 1 KO). Falcao dominated as he backed Robertson with a barrage of punches backing him to the ropes as referee Jerry Cantu stopped the contest at 2:36 of round four.
Rising undefeated super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno (18-0, 14 KOs) stopped Mexican veteran Roberto Castaneda (20-6, 15 KOs) in five rounds. Magdaleno started off boxing patiently and scored two knockdowns in round two. Then in round five Magdaleno’s counter right dropped Castaneda and referee Jack Reiss waved off the bout at 2:08.
Unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Trevor McCumby (14-0, 10 KOs) destroyed Chris Eppley (10-4, 9 KOs) in the first round. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
On Saturday at the Copper Box Arena in London, the stage was set for heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora to meet in a rematch this summer as both won showcase fights. In his post fight interview, however, Chisora stated that he first wants to go to Moscow to fight Alexander Povetkin before facing Fury.
Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-5-1, 14 KOs). Johnson did some good jabbing at times, but it was Chisora applying the pressure and landing most the heavy artillery. The highlight was when Chisora dropped Johnson with a right hand in round five. Scores were 118-109, 118-110, 118-109.
Unbeaten Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) scored an exciting fourth round TKO over Joey Abell (29-8, 28 KOs). The 6’9 Fury, who came in very heavy at 274, mainly jabbed from the outside early on. Abell connected with a straight left that had Fury holding on in round two. Fury dropped Abell with a punch on the break in round three. A right hand put down Abell officially moments later. Fury then floored Abell again at the bell. Abell staggered Fury in round four, but Fury then turned the tables and dropped Abell again. After Fury’s follow up barrage floored Abell for the fourth time, referee Jeff Hinds waved it off. (more…)
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By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leon Nunez
As soon as the current Tijuana boxing commission lifted certain limits on the least amount of rounds needed to put on a fight card in the city a couple of years ago, the border town has become a hot bed for local club-show level boxing events. With Zanfer and Mayen Promotions leading the way, smaller promoters like PM and Gonzalez have also jumped into the fray. Last night it was Gonzalez’s turn to present their first show of the year at the Hangar 27 nightclub. Presenting a seven-bout fight card, Monroy Gonzalez put together an entertaining night of professional boxing featuring a majority of local fighters.
In the main event, light middleweight Pastor Elenes (8-1, 3KOs) suffered an early scare to be awarded a questionable unanimous decision over the hard charging Hugo Guttierez (0-5-1) in a scheduled four rounder.
Guttierez rushed Elenes from the opening bell as the favorite Pastor did the right thing and clinched to slow down the pace. Despite being held for a short time, Guttierez went back to attacking as soon as he was let go and soon scored a left hook followed by a right one to the chin of Elenes. Elenes went down to the canvas but was able to beat the count. Elenes was able to hold on until the end of the round. (more…)
Promoter Don King returns to Cleveland, Ohio. More
Heavyweight David Haye targets a return to the ring. More
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Angelo Prospero gets inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. More
A mid-life crisis for a fighter happens a lot earlier than for an accountant, but at 45 years young, the ageless “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson has been reflecting on his 21-year career.
Coming off two wins, including a one-sided boxing clinic over cruiserweight Bobby Gunn (25-5-1) in December, Johnson feels he is still not at the end of the road yet.
“Some fighters, they get old because of the way they live,” explains the always amiable Johnson from his Miami home, a few weeks after his 45th birthday. “I never drank or smoked, I’ve never used drugs, never got fat between fights. If I fight on Saturday, I’m back in the gym on Tuesday. I love training. This is my job, my vocation, and I work at it and have always tried to conduct myself as a professional in and out of the ring.” (more…)
Welterweight Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr (18-2, 15 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over late sub John Nater (13-5, 10 KOs) on Monday night at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. Maldonado dropped Nater with a body shot in round three. Another body shot put Nater down in round four. The fight was stopped by Nater’s corner after round four. Maldonado was originally slated to face former world champion Steve Forbes, who was pulled from the bout due to a failed pre-fight medical exam.
Unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian welterweight Errol Spence Jr. (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to impress with a fourth round KO over Peter Olouch (12-7-2, 6 KOs). Spence scored a knockdown in round four and then dropped Olouch again in the same round to end it. Time was 1:39.
2012 U.S. Olympian middleweight Terrell Gausha (13-2, 6 KOs) pounded on George Sosa (13-5, 13 KOs) for eight rounds, taking a lopsided 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 unanimous decision.
Chris “The Fighting Pride of Huntington” Algieri (18-0, 8 KOs) faces one of the toughest fights of his career against #6 IBF jr welterweight contender the “Tranzformer” Emmanuel Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs) on this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Fighting in his hometown at the Paramount Theater, Algieri took time out of his training to discuss with FightNews his career and future, and the showdown with Taylor. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, seventeen year old highly decorated amateur superstar Milton “El Santo” Santiago made his professional debut in impressive fashion with a picture perfect first round knockout of five fight junior welterweight veteran Moses Molina (1-5, 1 KO). In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Productions, undefeated super middleweight Derek “Take it to the bank” Webster upped his record to 15-0, 8ko’s with a one sided fifth round TKO over Julio Garcia (6-6, 3KOs). The card was matched by none other than the boxing diva, Renee Aiken. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In his U.S. debut, South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden (21-1, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Cosme Rivera (35-18-3, 24 KOs) on Thursday night at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California. The ref stopped the one-sided affair at end of the fourth round. The 37-year-old Rivera suffered his fourth straight loss.
By Dave Spencer
On a wintery night in Montreal, lightweight Ghislain Maduma (16-0 10KO) proved to be the perfect storm as he defended his NABF title with ease Wednesday night walking through challenger Mexican John Carlo Aparicio (26-8 21KO) and scoring a KO victory at 2:42 of the third round. The #3 ranked (WBC, #6IBF) lightweight scored with everything in his tool box serving notice he should be the next emerging name to watch out of Montreal. Aparicio could find no answers for the lightening storm coming his way and threw next to nothing along the way, waiting and hoping for opportunities that just weren’t there. Maduma scored with an uppercut with less than a minute left in round three that had the visiting Mexican getting up at the count of eight, still very bleary eyed and trying to shake the cobwebs. It was not to be though as Maduma wasted no time in driving Aparicio right back down where all he could do was listen as the ten count sped by him as he tried getting up from his knees.
The fight capped off a 7 bout card put on by Eye of the Tiger at a new venue for boxing in Montreal, New City Gas. It was Maduma who was supplying the gas though as he broke out of the gates in a hurry backing up his opponent with sturdy jabs and landing in rapid succession, punishing the body at every opportunity. It was the quickest stoppage of Aparicio’s career who did go the distance for a WBC Silver title at 140 pounds a little over a year ago. (more…)
British featherweight beltholder Lee Selby (18-1, 7 KOs) defended his domestic belt and won the vacant European title with a sixth round TKO over Rendall Munroe (27-4-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Selby dominated every minute of the fight and finally got the stoppage from referee Ian John Lewis when he cornered Munroe and pummeled him. Time was 1:31.
Heavyweight Anthony Joshua (4-0, 4 KOs), the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, easily stopped Dorian Darch (7-3, 1 KO) in round two.
In a lightweight clash, Gary Buckland (28-3, 9 KOs) and former world champion Gavin Rees (37-4-1, 18 KOs) battled to a split decision over twelve hard fought rounds. Scores were 115-114 and 116-113 for Buckland, 116-113 for Rees.
Welterweight Dale Evans (8-1-1, 3 KOs) edged Erick Ochieng (14-3, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder by a score of 77-76.
Former European cruiserweight champion Mateusz Masternak (31-1, 23 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout victory over Sandro Siproshvili (27-18, 13 KOs) at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Masternak took control of the early rounds before landing a big right hand in the fourth, which sent his opponent to the floor and down for the count. Masternak was coming off his first career defeat against Grigory Drozd last October in Moscow.
In the main event, WBC/WBA/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (24-0, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Myriam Lamare ( 22-4, 10 KOs). Scores were 100-90, 100-89, 100-89.
On February 1st, Osumanu “Machine Gun” Adama (22-3, 16 KOs) challenges WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Despite representing Ghana in the 2000 Olympics, never being stopped and challenging for a world title for a second time, Adama remains a relatively unknown fighter who has been brushed aside in this matchup by many as nothing more than a B-side knockout victim. In the following interview, Adama acknowledges that he’s a “Nobody” looking for a chance to prove himself. The fighter discusses his strengths and what this fight means for his career plus boxing in Africa. (more…)
European lightweight champion, IBF #4 and WBC #9 Emiliano Marsili (28-0-1, 12 KOs) defended his last title by twelve round unanimous decision against Pasquale Di Silvio (17-6-1, 5 KOs) last Saturday night in Tolfa (Rome). The scores were 116-111 twice and 115-112. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) in collaboration with A&B Events promoted the show with Italia 2 televising the main event live in Italy.
The highly anticipated pro debut of 2012 Olympic middleweight bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao ended in disaster Saturday night when both he and his opponent Fidel “El Terrible” Rios (9-0-2, 3 KOs) were surprisingly disqualified after round two at the Arena Santos in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The fight got out of hand when both fighters continued to punch after the bell in round two and referee Jose Bezerra controversially DQ’d both of them rather than issuing a warning or deducting points. With no winner, the official result will be a no contest. Both fighters were enraged by the call and want a rematch.
In the main event, unbeaten featherweight Adeilson Dos Santos (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Carlos Gaston Suarez (6-3, 1 KO). The card was Golden Boy Promotions first event in Brazil.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson returned from his non-title KO loss to Lucas Matthysse to win a twelve round unanimous decision and successfully defend his belt against mandatory challenger Dierry Jean on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. After four close rounds, Peterson won rounds five to seven. Jean then rallied and took rounds eight and nine. Peterson had more left late and won by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 118-111.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous fan favorite Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs). The cut-prone Rosado was hampered by a nasty cut over the left eye in round five from a headbutt. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 100-90. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett at ringside
Undefeated junior welterweight contender Antonio Orozco (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a sensational second round TKO over “El Anestesista” Miguel Angel Huerta (27-12-1, 18 KOs) on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Huerta rocked Orozco and had him in big trouble in round one, but Orozco then knocked down Huerta face first in round two and referee Pat Russell waved it off during Orozco’s brutal followup barrage. Time was 1:00.
Former IBF jr middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (23-2-1, 13 KOs). Now rated #8 after losing his belt to Ishe Smith, the 40-year-old Bundrage won by scores of 118-110 on all cards. (more…)
WBA #3, WBO #5 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sanchez (24-2-2, 19 KOs) of Mexico scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Filipino Marcos Demecillo (19-2-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Estado in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Sanchez dropped the game Demecillo at the end of round four. Demecillo got about halfway up and then collapsed back to the canvas. Time was 2:56. With the win, Sanchez claimed the vacant WBA International super flyweight belt.
By Dave Spencer at ringside
In front of more than 20,000 spectators, former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) in an all-Canadian light heavyweight showdown at the at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pascal rocked Bute in round two with a right hand and was able to impose his will with wild flurries and relentless aggression that overshadowed Bute’s moments. Bute came out second best in virtually every exchange until round twelve when Bute somehow battered Pascal but couldn’t get the stoppage. Scores announced by ring announcer Michael Buffer as 116-112, 117-110, 117-111, however HBO later announced that the official judges scorecards were read incorrectly on-air and the revised final scoring totals were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111.
In his first fight since his brutal war against Magomed Abdusalamov in November, heavyweight Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) was lucky to get a ten round draw against underdog Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KOs). Perez suffered a bad cut over the left eye from an accidental headbutt in round three, but trainer Abel Sanchez was able to halt the bleeding. Takam clearly outworked Perez down the stretch. Scores were 96-94, 95-95, 95-95. Ring announcer Michael Buffer never identified who the 96-94 card winner. (more…)
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