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By Craig Wick at ringside
Veteran Chicago fight promoter, Bobby Hitz, returned to his favorite stomping ground, The Venue, located inside the beautiful Horseshoe Casino in nearby Hammond, Indiana for a nine bout card, headlined by the Antonio Canas vs Rafael Hernandez 8 round welterweight bout. Also seeing action were established local favorites as well as the long awaited debut of Sam “The Russian Concussion” Horowitz.
In the evening’s main event, which beckons for a rematch due to its unsatisfying conclusion, Chicago’s Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas (10-1-1 with 1 no contest, 4 KOs) and Rafael Hernandez (8-0, with 1 no contest and 5 KOs) Detroit, MI engaged in a see-saw welterweight battle that was unfortunately called prior to the fourth round by the ring physician due to a cut over the eye of Hernandez. Both fighters tore into one another in the opening round, going toe-to-toe, with Canas gaining the upper hand when he had Hernandez pinned on the ropes and seemingly hurt with a series of straight right hands to the head. In round two, Hernandez suddenly turned the tables, dropping Canas with a left hook to the midsection that had him in anguish and barely able to beat the count. Moments later, Hernandez landed a flurry of punches to the head of Canas, which the referee ruled knockdown #2 as it appeared as if the ropes were all that was holding Canas up. (more…)
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By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson
In the main event Nathaniel May claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Featherweight Title with an impressive unanimous points victory over James Mokoginta.
The 19 year old May, was quicker and used slick movement throughout the fight. However May was lucky not to be disqualified in round 8 when retaliating to a low blow he received from Mokoginta. May took some time to recover, but upon resumption seemed to deliberately hit Mokoginta with a low blow that had his opponent on the canvas in a spot of bother. May received a warning from experienced referee Gary Ingraham and after Mokoginta was given time to recover, the fight continued, where May cruised to his point’s victory. Judges scores were 99-91, 99-91 and 97-93.
This boxing event at the WA Italian Club in North Perth last night, but it was really all about one special little girl. The Perth boxing community came together and got behind a worthy cause at Western Alliance 14 – “Fighting For Kira”. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Aussie 135-pounder George Kambosos Jr (6-0, 3 KOs) clearly outscored Robert Toomey (13-9, 6 KOs) over ten rounds to capture the national title at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Kambosos outworked Toomey as he consistently connected with accurate head and body shots. The experienced Toomey was never in danger of being stopped but suffered facial injuries at the conclusion of the contest to lose by scores Brad Griffith 99-91, Ray Wheatley 99-91, Ray Reed 97-93. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
One right uppercut from middleweight Tony Harrison and it was all over. Bronco McKart said he got hit behind the ear and never recovered. McKart may have thought his ear was on the underside of his chin for all that his head was buzzing; he shook his head after that first knockdown and made his way to the ring’s far corner before engaging. Within seconds, he was on the floor again, this time from a left and a right. Another exchange and a perfectly-thrown straight right from Harrison pitched McKart forward to the canvas and referee Sam Williams waved the fight off with Michigan’s three-knockdown rule.
Steadily dancing while waiting nervously for the opening bell, Harrison responded to a taunt from a ringside heckler: “Put your money where your mouth is. How much you want to bet?” But those pent-up nerves seemed to abate with the ringing of the bell, as McKart rushed forward; Harrison allowed himself to be pinioned into a corner before re-setting and getting to work. That right uppercut between the McKart earmuffs and the fight was, in effect, over. The knockout was Harrison’s 15th in his 18-0 start; the 43-year-old McKart fell to 56-11-1 and probable retirement. (more…)
Welterweight “Mr. Smooth” Sakima Mullings (14-1, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Richard “Frog” Holmes (5-4, 3 KOs) on Wednesday night in a quarter-final match in the 2014 Wray & Nephew Contender Boxing series at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica. It was a good action fight with Mullings progressively breaking down the very game Holmes. Time was 1:14. Mullings will now advance to the semi-final to face the winner between Donovan “Police” Campbell and Christopher “Shaka” Henry. The other semi-final features 43-year-old former world contender Howard “The Battersea Bomber” Eastman vs. Tsetsi “Lights Out” Davis. The winner of the tournament wins J$2,000,000 (about $18,000 U.S.)
Boxing fans have waited a long time for this, almost as long as Bermane Stiverne. On May 10th he will take part in a historic heavyweight fight that will see either boxing’s first Haitian born heavyweight champion or boxing’s first Mexican-American heavyweight champion. Regardless of who wins, it will be the first time in awhile that someone not named “Klitschko” will be holding a belt for one of the major sanctioning organizations.
For Stiverne, a lifetime dream is about to come true. All he has to do is repeat the performance he pulled off back in April of last year. All he has to do is beat Chris Arreola. (more…)
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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