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Andre “S.O.G.” Ward dominated Paul “Real Gone Kid” Smith on Saturday and earned a 9th-round TKO after Smith’s trainer threw in a bloody towel.
Fighting in his hometown of Oakland after a 19-month layoff, Ward looked sharp and strong throughout the fight before a spirited crowd of 9,102 at Oracle Arena . . . Click here for full report and giant photo gallery
Boxing was back Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California as the WBA, IBO, and the WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin from Kazakhstan went toe-to-toe with contender Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe Jr. of Ithaca, New York. As promised Golovkin delivered a “Big Drama Show” with his sixth round stoppage of a game opponent in front of 12,372 fans.
The slick southpaw Monroe popped the jab, sticking and moving right from the opening bell as Golovkin stalked his way closer to land hard compact punches. Golovkin cut off the ring as Monroe was on the move in round two and dropped Monroe with a huge left hook on the inside. Golovkin continued the attack as soon as Monroe recovered and connected with a right hand that sent him to the canvas for a second time. Monroe got up and survived the round . . . click here for more
Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new lands, rising boxing star Gennady “GGG’ Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) planted his flag on the West Coast Saturday night when he captured the interim WBC middleweight title to go along with his WBA and IBO titles, knocking out Mexican Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) in the second round. Broadcast live on HBO, a sold-out crowd of nearly 9,000 fight fans packed into the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, to witness the U.S. West Coast debut of undefeated Golovkin of Karaganda, Kazakhstan . . . Click here for more
In a fight for honor and glory, Mexican superstar, former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, of Cuba, squared off in front of 14, 239 fans Saturday night the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Contrasting Mexican and Cuban schools of boxing, Canelo stalked the elusive and slick Lara throughout the fight, pulling off a split decision.
Canelo came out pressing with the jab from the start while Lara kept his distance. Later in the round, Alvarez, landing a thudding blow to the body, backed the Cuban to the ropes. In the second round, a stiff straight right from Canelo appeared to stagger Lara early, though it was an entanglement of feet. Lara regained composure quickly, circling the ring and landing his straight left while Canelo sought to cut off the ring . . . click here for full report
It was the return of former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero of Gilroy, CA Saturday in front of 5,711 fans at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA as he took on Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai in the scheduled ten round main event of a Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader. Despite having been out for over a year – since his loss to Floyd Mayweather – Guerrero showed no ring rust and delivered a “Fight of the Year” candidate as he and Kamegai battled toe-to-toe in the center of the ring most of the contest.
Guerrero began to land flush in the opening round as he tagged Kamegai with some solid counters. Using his distance in round two Guerrero popped the jab and followed up with counters to combat Kamegai’s aggression. Midway in the round Kamegai had Guerrero up against the ropes and unleashed a barrage of punches. In round three, Guerrero used his jab to pepper Kamegai at a distance but that did not stop the Japanese warrior from coming forward with big punches. Later in the round, Guerrero was able to land effective combinations on the inside. Kamegai began to bleed from his nose in round four as Guerrero began to work on the inside. His inside work paid off, as Guerrero began to connect with thudding uppercuts . . . click here for more
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
In the main event of the Team Tapia Promotions card outside the Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque, N.M., local pug Josh Torres left the ring with a ‘W’ against his opponent, Francisco Lira of Sonora, in front of a hometown crowd of about eight hundred. Torres took about half of the first round to study his opponent. Then he started the assault on the body of the taller Lira. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
It was a tough outing for super flyweight Tony “The Warrior” Valdez (8-4-4, 7 KO’s) in the main event of the Latin Collision card at Buffalo Thunder Casino Resort outside of Santa Fe, N.M.. His opponent, no pushover with names like Ivan Calderon and Giovanni Segura on his resume. Felipe Rivas (15-16-3, 9 KO’s), came for the ‘W’, but left home to Sonora with a draw.
“I should call myself ‘The Artist,’ with how many draws I have,” stated Valdez in the locker room after his six round draw. (more…)
Ringside by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com
“The Moment” arrived Saturday night as WBC welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana of Argentina met in a unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Maidana came to fight giving Mayweather all he could handle however Mayweather remained unbeaten with winning a majority decision in one of his toughest fights of his career.
Maidana came right at Mayweather in the opening round smothering him and landing overhand rights while working the body as Mayweather attempted to counter as he stood up against the ropes . . . Click here for more
WBA interim welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman of Clearwater, Fl retained his title with a stoppage of former world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz of Coachella, CA at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA this past Saturday.
Thurman jumped on top of Diaz right away in the opening round landing a solid left uppercut backing him to the ropes and following up with a left hook. In round two Thurman boxed a bit more but his power was evident when he landed some thumping punches on Diaz early in the round. Later in the round Thurman connected with a left uppercut that rocked Diaz into the ropes. Thurman jumped on his opponent drilling a left hook to the top of the head as Diaz went down. Diaz came out aggressively in round three as Thurman boxed while continuing to land big punches. Surprisingly Diaz did not come out for round four as he appeared to have suffered a rib injury. Referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight upon the advice from the corner . . . click here for more
After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins looked at the sea of reporters and yelled out,” I’m a 15-round fighter! I’m a throwback!”
The seemingly ageless, soon-as-he-retires-don’t-even-wait-the-five-years-put-him-in-immediately hall of famer dazzled the 6,823 in attendance at the DC Armory in Washington, DC with an outing against WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov that would have made many of those legends smile in appreciation . . . click here for more
You could make a case that the third man in the ring, Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, was referee Kenny Bayless. It was obvious, I mean, he was right there, the man in blue, doing such a good job you hardly noticed he was there.
But you could also make the case that Juan Manual Marquez, recently defeated by one, after having knocked out cold, the other, was also present.
Standing tall and unseen would be a fifth shadow, that of Floyd Mayweather, untoppled from his hill and less-than-gently reminding the 15,601 in attendance – not to mention the promoter – just whose house they were brawling in, whose city, and whose sport . . . Click here for more
In a clash between two Mexican warriors, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, of Guadalajara, and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, of Mexicali, gave the fans plenty to make noise about, Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Displaying great hand speed and power, Canelo took it to Angulo for ten rounds, before the bout was stopped in controversial fashion by referee Tony Weeks . . . Click here for more
By Sam Geraci; Photos by Tom Barnes / Tomba-Images.com
ESPN′s “Boxcino 2014″ tournament resumed on Friday at Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, with the opening rounds of the middleweight portion of the competition. Winners were Willie Monroe Jr., Vitali Kopylenko, Raymond Gatica and Brandon Adams. The semi-finals will be eight round bouts and take place April 18th at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.
Boxing’s ageless “Road Warrior” added another highlight-reel knockout to his resume Friday night at Twin River Casino. Fighting for the first time in Rhode Island, no surprise given his penchant for spanning the globe throughout his career, former two-time world champion Glen Johnson (54-18-2, 37 KOs) stopped the game Jaime Velazquez (11-6-2) in the fourth round of their scheduled eight-round main event light heavyweight bout at “Home Sweet Home,” presented by Classic Entertainment & Sports. Providence ’s Toka Kahn-Clary also won in impressive fashion by technical knockout in the scheduled six-round co-feature . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
In the main event at the Buffalo Thunder Casino Resort in Santa Fe, N.M., Tony “The Warrior” Valdez (8-4-3, 7 KO’s) seemed gun-shy against a less-than-formidable opponent in Jaime Gutierrez (4-8) of Albuquerque.
The fans in attendance at the Holmes Boxing and Orthrus Promotions card were expecting a blood and guts war, as has been the norm every time Valdez fights. What they got was a cautious and controlled boxing match. (more…)
Cementing his status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in boxing, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward returned from a 14-month layoff to school previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez over 12 rounds on HBO World Championship Boxing at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. What the bout lacked in competitiveness, it made up for in drama, as Ward and Rodriguez tangled often, stared each other down several times, and each suffered a two-point penalty deduction, all of which resulted in the unusual unanimous decision scores for Ward of 116-108, 117-107, and 118-106 . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Phil Doherty
Photos by Scott Foster
Miguel Cotto is 32 years of age. That is an indisputable fact. What’s not as easily discerned is how his biological and pugilistic ages coincide. Last night in front of 12,000 screaming Puerto Rican faithful from the Amway Center in Orlando, Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) destroyed the classy but outclassed Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) by TKO just 18 seconds into the third round of their HBO-televised contest.
While the impressive display erased significant doubts regarding Cotto’s current state of mind and body, others may yet linger with regards to Cotto’s potential performance against the current crop of young lions and veteran champions . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Ricardo Trujillo, photos by Alberto Martinez-Medina
Last night at the Socorro Entertainment center in Socorro, Texas, Escalante Promotions, headed by former featherweight contender Antonio Escalante, held its inaugural card to the delight of the boxing-starved El Paso fans. After a few glitches – no ambulance, no fights – the card began, about an hour late. Issues with glass bottles and ringside placement of officials, doctors and media also stalled the show. Questionable ring lighting, to say the least, also compromised photographers and angered spectators who yelled, “Turn on the lights!” . . . Click here for more
With precise brush strokes Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KOs) displayed his dominance over the sport and proved at 36 years of age why he still is the pound for pound king as he completely dominated 23-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) in the main event of “The One” held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. After 12 championship rounds, a majority decision was announced with Las Vegas judge C.J Ross scoring it a shocking 114-114 while Dave Moretti, also of Las Vegas, turning in a 116-112 and Canada’s Craig Metcalfe filing a 117-111.
Presented by Mayweather Promotions with Golden Boy Promotions as well as Canelo Promotions, the biggest fight card of the year broke the all-time attendance record with a reported gate of over twenty million dollars with nearly seventeen thousand fans in attendance plus over twenty-five thousand closed circuit seats sold. The fight was broadcast live by Showtime PPV. With the win, Mayweather captures the WBC and WBA super welterweight titles . . . Click here for more
“The Nightmare” Chris Arreola (35-3, 31 KOs) made quick work Saturday evening with scoring a first round knockout over Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (26-2-1, 19 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. Arreola captured the WBC Sliver heavyweight title with the stunning victory
Mitchell opened the round circling and jabbing at the aggressive Arreola. Moments later Arreola staggered Mitchell with a huge straight right flush to the chin. A barrage of punches from Arreola sent Mitchell tumbling as referee Jack Reiss ruled Mitchell down. “The Nightmare” followed up his attack with landing another huge right hand that backed Mitchell into the corner. Arreola continued his assault on his defenseless opponent which forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest at 2:26 of the first round . . . Click here for full report
Ringside by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
In his first defense of his WBC featherweight championship, Abner Mares (26-1, 14 KOs), Guadalajara, Mexico, fell to Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KOs) Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. Gonzalez, a veteran of over 60 fights, scored a shocking first round knockout over the previously unbeaten Mares.
The round opened with the fighters jabbing away. Later in the round, Gonzalez caught Mares with a solid right. Moments later, Gonzalez tagged him with a flush left hook to the chin that sat Mares down to the canvas. Mares staggered as he got up. Gonzalez continued his assault, connecting with a straight right that knocked down Mares again. Referee Jack Reiss began a ten-count but then stopped the action at 2:05 . . . click here for more
In what was the first outdoor boxing event held in Chicago in more than 50 years, IBO light heavyweight champion and local hopeful Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) scored a ninth round stoppage over former world champion Gabriel “El Chico Guapo” Campillo (22-6-1, 9 KOs) of Madrid, Spain. The ESPN2-televised card was held in front of more than 8,000 fans at U.S. Cellular Field.
In the first, Fonfara came out aggressively behind his jab and straight right, looking to test the Campillo’s chin . . . Click here for more
Proving no cat’s paw for undefeated Cristian “El Puma” Cabral, veteran Joe “Ironman” Gomez wielded a heavy, iron hand last night in Albuquerque. Silencing Cabral’s cabal and taming the wildcat that had gone undefeated in six bouts, Gomez showed a loud crowd of 500 at the Convention Center the value of experience, by stopping his younger, faster foe inside five frames.
With just four bouts on the card, billed as “Aztec Warriors,” the Chavez Promotions billing might’ve been a bare bones show, but the main event was the first true pick ’em fight of the year in New Mexico. The local showdown between a veterano and an unbeaten comer became the talk of the town – well, in the fight community anyway. Renewing a commitment to stage competitive bouts, Chavez upheld his end of the bargain, at least in three of the four fights . . . Click here for more
In what was a slugfest from the opening bell, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and Josesito Lopez went six rounds Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, on a Golden Boy-promoted cad televised on Showtime.
As expected, both fighters came out banging away in the opening round. Lopez used his distance while the always aggressive Maidana boxed before they began to trade . . . Click here for more
Biologist Thomas Huxley once wrote, “Misery is a match that never goes out.”
Huxley was, of course, referring to the sort of match that lights a candle or a powder keg, and definitely not a boxing match, but, lacking any sort of potential pop and with bouts unending, uneventful, last night’s local smoker at Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque just plain bombed.
That’s bombed, as in tanked, and not in any sense of a word related to a display of fireworks . . . Click here for full gallery and report
Photo gallery by Emily Harney
Fighting for the sixteenth time on ESPN Friday Night Fights and sixth in front of a huge crowd at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Star Boxing’s Delvin Rodriguez once again showed the spirit of a warrior winning a fierce battle against former world title challenger Freddy “EL Riel” Hernandez with an eighth round stoppage.
An intense war over the first seven rounds with both fighters working aggressively and punishing each other, but Rodriguez had the upper hand-often hurting Hernandez with outstanding combinations. Throughout the bout, both punches and clashes of heads resulted in numerous cuts for both fighters with each battling valiantly in front of the “loud and proud” area fight fans . . . Click here for full gallery
Bidding adios to boxing after more than a decade and marking the end of an era, on both local and global fronts, Holly Holm left an emotional sold-out crowd, last night at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, with a final-but-furious victory.
Relinquishing all claims to pound-for-pound supremacy, Holm securely stepped down from her throne in a safe scrap by dominating oversized, overwhelmed Mary McGee, of Gary, Ind., through ten rounds. It might not have been the showdown fans have been clamoring for – Holm vs. Cecelia Braekhus, of course – but the 3,000 in attendance at the Fresquez-promoted card wholeheartedly cheered on the champ that has reigned at the local box-office since 2005 . . . Click here for more
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Venezuelan Liborio Solis (15-3-1, 7 KOs), 115, unified the WBA super-flyweight belt as he, WBA interim ruler, defeated WBA regular champ Kohei Kono (28-8, 11 KOs), 115, Japan, by a majority decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kono floored Solis with a countering right in round two, but the Venezuelan dropped the Japanese back with a vicious left hook in round eight in a give-and-take total war.
The official tallies were as follows: Stefano Carozza (Italy) 114-112 and Pinit Prayadsabu (Thailand) 115-111 (too severe against Kono) both for Solis, and Sergio Caiz (US) 113-113.
The loser Kono gloomily said, “I believed I won the fight. The referee deducted a point, but it wasn’t a low blow.” The winner Solis reviewed the tough battle, saying, “Kono was much stronger than I expected. I was the victor without doubt though it’s a close fight.” (more…)
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs), 130, kept his WBA super-featherweight belt as he sank previously undefeated challenger Jaider Parra (20-1-1 10 KOs), 129.75, a Venezuelan jabber, in agony with a single body shot at 2:15 of the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was Uchiyama’s seventh successful defense with six within the distance.
Jaider, the younger brother of ex-WBA flyweight champ Lorenzo Parra, cautiously started action as he paid his respect to the champ’s vaunted power punching. Uchiyama, three years his senior at 33, looked a little stiff than usual, but threw more punches to the tight-guarded Venezuelan. The champ, in round two, positively threw solid left-right combinations followed by strong left hooks, which were averted by Parra’s good defense. Uchiyama maintained the pressure regardless of precision, winning the second round. (more…)
Thirty-six-year-old Floyd “Money” Mayweather may yet grow old.
But last night was not his time to do so.
Needing just two rounds to expel the specters of rust and age, Mayweather proved the naysayers wrong, yet again, by defending his pound-for-pound crown and one of the welterweight belts with a one-sided spanking of Robert “Ghost” Guerrero. The challenger proved dreadfully ineffectual against the drearily masterful, transforming what was a hoped-for war, into something of a sparring session, which evoked sporadic waves of boos from an anxious crowd . . . Click here for full report
In what should cement him a high pound-for-pound ranking, and the man to beat in the 120s, three-division world champ Abner Mares, 26-0-1, 14 Kos, moved up to 126 to dethrone WBC Featherweight Champ Daniel Ponce De Leon, 44-5, 35 Kos. Weathering the champ’s battering ram of a left hand, Mares unraveled his sparmate and friend, dropping him not once but twice en route to a knockout win in round nine . . . Click here for more
A boxing fan knows they’re in for a night of predictable pugilism when one-half of a line-up is comprised of undefeateds with the opposing corner, a motley collection ranging from merely game to barely challenging.
Packing the cushy Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Ballroom on the eve of what is, arguably, the most important fight of the year, fans had to settle for coffee talk on a seven-bout card, rather than witness something worth reminiscing about in the final hours leading up to Mayweather v. Guerrero . . . Click here for full report and gallery
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo III
The idiom that states you can’t teach an old dog new tricks seems fitting with the result of Saturday night’s main event in the Johhny Tapia Presents card at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. El Paso’s Bernardo “Tuff Enough” Guereca (17-17-1, 4 KO’s) had the same tricks up his sleeve he’s had for the last few years in giving a slew of New Mexico and Colorado fighters tough fights. “Hurricane” Hector Muñoz got caught up in one of those old tricks and history repeated itself in the same city, but different venue, when Guereca sneaked a powerful left uppercut to the chin of Muñoz, dropping him in the center of the ring. Muñoz was able to stand up on spaghetti legs and claim he was good to go, but experienced referee Rocky Burke knew better and called a halt to the bout at 2:59 of the first round . . . Click here for more
War can be so ugly, it’s beautiful.
Ask any boxing fan who watched last night’s epic, and, for once, you won’t hear about snoozefests or robberies, politics or the UFC. You’ll hear about blood and guts warfare and the names of two youngsters who just may keep the sport going once the obvious elders have called it a day.
You’ll also hear satisfaction.
Bypassing both last year’s original epic and the recent Bradley-Provodnikov war, Saturday night’s rematch between Mike “Mile High” Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was a classic battle that will leave fight fans remembering 2013 as the year they began mumbling, “Manny who? ‘Money’ what?” . . . More
Mark Twain once wrote, “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”
So went the lesson learned last night at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque, N.M., where big hearts and big appetites did not, alas, equate to chomping away at more than one can chew.
Faltering for the first time in their budding careers, young guns Jose Luis Sanchez and Matthew Baca received more than a few scratches, bumps and bruises in their untimely showdowns. With school bells clanging away the rounds, professors “Pittbull” and Hernandez Perez dished out hard-learned lessons before a capacity crowd . . . Click here for more
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