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Eddie Ramirez 141.8 vs Kevin Watts 141.2
Marcos Hernandez 157.8 vs Antonio Urista 157.4
Leduan Barthelemy 123 vs Ricardo Nunez 123.2
Flavio Rodriguez 148.8 vs Yasmani Pedroso 148
Antonio Santa Cruz 117.2 vs Francisco Muro 117.4
Venue: Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino, Nice, California
Promoter: TGB Promotions
By Miguel Maravilla
NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) of South El Monte will put his title and his undefeated record on the line as he takes on Blythe, California’s Andrew Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs) this Saturday, September 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas live on HBO Pay per view. We caught up with Diaz as he talked about his upcoming fight.
“This fight is a big magnitude fight, the type of fight I have dreamed of since I was a kid fighting on a big card like a pay per view card,” Joseph Diaz Jr. told Fightnews.com “I want to thank my manager Ralph Heredia, Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya for giving me this opportunity. I know this is my time to shine and showcase my skills to prove to everybody that I can be the next superstar in boxing,” Diaz added. (more…)
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 21-1, 9 KOs, held an open workout for the media today at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. LaManna meets Dusty Hernandez Harrison, 29-0-1, 16 KOs, in the main event of an eight-bout card at South Philly’s 2300 Arena on Thursday night. Their bout, and three others, will also be nationally televised by CBS Sports Network.
Although Thursday’s 10-round bout for the vacant USBA welterweight title will be the first time the two have officially faced off, LaManna and Harrison sparred together about three years ago in Washington, DC.
That experience in the gym, with headgear and big gloves, has given LaManna some insight on his opponent, and he says he knows what not to do against Harrison when they meet on Thursday.
“Don’t give him confidence, and don’t let him get into a groove,” LaManna said. “I can’t let him get into a groove. I don’t like comparing sparing to real fights, but one thing I remember in the sparring was that if you give him a groove, he’s a little hard to handle.” (more…)
Felix Diaz (18-1, 8 KOs), the only boxer to win an Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic and coming off a career-changing win over Sammy Vasquez back in July, is calling out undefeated two-division world champion Terence Crawford. WBC #6 rated Diaz sees the fight as an easy one to make. “I am with DiBella now, and I know that he has worked with Bob Arum and Top Rank many times in the past. Also my manager Al Haymon and Bob are able to work together as well, so there are no obstacles to get this fight done. This would be a tremendous fight for boxing and for TV. If he moves around the ring, I will chase him down and force him to fight me. If he wants to stand and trade with me, even better. I will be ready for whatever he brings,” proclaimed Diaz.
Crawford’s last fight, a unification clash vs. Viktor Postol, was on pay-per-view and by all accounts didn’t do well. Whether Crawford sticks with PPV or goes back to HBO remains to be seen. Crawford-Diaz on PPV might be a tough sell. Would HBO cough up the $$ for Crawford-Diaz?
Former cruiserweight/heavyweight contender Alexander Petkovic landed a major TV deal in his new role as promoter on the German TV market. His company “Petko’s Boxpromotion” signed a deal with Sky Germany which starts on November 5th. Petkovic will present WBC Youth World Champion Toni Kraft (9-0, 3 KOs) who will take on African knockout artist Abdallah Paziwapazi (13-3, 12 KOs).
In the co-feature, unbeaten WBO Female World Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer (19-0, 9 KOs) hopes to land a unification bout with reigning WBC female titlist Kali Reis (10-5-1, 4 KOs). Hammer and Reis already met in May last year when the German secured a unanimous decision win but was knocked down by powerful Reis in the tenth and last round.
The event which also features Toni’s younger brother James Kraft (9-0, 7 KOs) and former German amateur standout Howik Bebraham (4-0, 1 KO) will take place in Munich, Germany. More details on the show and on the cooperation between Sky and “Petko’s Boxpromotion” will be released shortly.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Jairo Cajina / CCC
Newly crowed WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” González receives a hero’s welcome in his home country Nicaragua.
Chocolatito arrived in Managua, Nicaragua after 9pm from Los Angeles after his historic triumph over Mexican Carlos Cuadras at the Forum in Los Angeles. Chocolatito claimed the WBC super flyweight world title by unanimous decision over twelve rounds and enters the records of the proud few champions with four world titles in different divisions.
“This Victory is for my family, for Nicaragua, for president Ortega and God. I would like to return to the ring in 2017,” said Gonzalez.
Former WBA world super featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna will return to the ring on Friday, September 23, 2016.
Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) will take on fellow Dominican Marlyn “Maravilla” Cabrera (22-0, 10 KOs) of Santiago de los Caballeros in a 10-round super featherweight battle at the Sambil Ballroom in Sambil Plaza in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and live on Dominican TV RNN.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” said Fortuna. “I lost my championship and I’m going to beat whoever I have to beat to get it back. Cabrera is my countryman and I wish him a long successful career, but right now he is in my way. He has to go.”
In the co-main event unbeaten junior middleweight Jeison “Banana” Rosario (11-0, 8 KOs) of Santo Domingo will take on also undefeated Carlos Jairo Cruz (17-0, 11 KOs). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko had the press all to himself on Monday at the Fury-Klitschko 2 kickoff presser. WBA/WBO heavyweight champ Tyson Fury was a no-show after his car broke down en route. “I am obsessed with getting the titles back,” said Klitschko. “Trust me, I’m really looking forward to my revenge. It’s not a rematch, it’s a revenge.”
Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren vowed that Fury would definitely be on hand at the Manchester Arena for the October 29th fight, even if he has to pick him up on his motorcycle.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Hard-punching prospect, Japanese super-featherweight champ Kenichi Ogawa (19-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, kept his national belt when he stopped mandatory challenger Kento Matsushita (34-10-7, 13 KOs; formerly fighting under nom-de-guerre Kyohei Tamakoshi), 129.75, at 3:04 of the tenth and final round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. After a see-saw processing, Ogawa finally caught the veteran with a left hook following a right uppercut and decked him to the canvas with the referee declaring a TKO win for Ogawa, who successfully made his second defense since he dethroned Rikki Naito last December. The official tallies read after the ninth.
Matsushita pitifully failed in his sixth attempt to win the national belt though he once decked an upset third-round stoppage of Dante Jardon to win the WBC Youth 130-pound belt in Mexico in 2011.
Golden Boy chief Oscar De La Hoya visited AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants NFL game. Next Saturday on the same field, former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) challenges WBO jr middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on a Golden Boy Promotions PPV card.
Heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (35-3, 27 KOs) is set to headline a historic night of Professional and amateur boxing at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey on Saturday night. This will be the first actual New Jersey Pro-Am show in the last thirty years and also done by a female Promoter in Renee Aiken of Boss Lady Promotions. The Amateur portion will pit fighters from New York and New Jersey for the first annual Mayors cup. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ike Williams Boxing Academy of Trenton, New Jersey. Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson will present the trophy to the winners. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
Unbeaten cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson (14-0, 9 KOs) will take on his most experienced opponent to date on Saturday September 24th at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon, facing off with battle-tested journeyman Damon Reed (48-19, 32 KOs) in the main event of White Delight Promotions’ Rogue Valley Rumble 5. (more…)
Fighting in front of a raucous crowd of 6,714 at The Fabulous Forum on Saturday night, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) captured his fourth divisional world title with a unanimous decision over WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) at The Forum in Los Angeles.
“Chocolatito” Gonzalez: We both gave a good fight, this was the most difficult fight of my career. I’ve never fought at this weight before, but I felt I won the fight. I wasn’t hurt to the body but I definitely felt the head blows. With pleasure I would face Naoya Inoue. Alexis Arguello will always be number one, he is my teacher and I am his son. This victory is for my family, for Nicaragua, and for God.
Carlos Cuadras: It was close but I think I won, he’s never been hit that much in his career, just look at his face. He is relentless; he didn’t get tired all night. His defense was better than I expected. He was stopping my shots with his arms and coming right back with his own punches.
By David Finger
It goes without saying that a lot has changed in the Southwest boxing scene since 2012. Back in October of 2012 a young promoter named Isidro Castillo was just starting to make a name for himself in New Mexico, having promoted a few small club shows starting in 2010. His star attraction: one Edgar Zubia, a smooth punching amateur standout in the super featherweight division who had shown flashes of brilliance as a pro…but who also struggled at times in fights that he was widely expected to win. In October of 2012 Zubia defeated Octavio Garay in front of his hometown crowd in a School of Hard Knocks Boxing promoted show that would end up being Zubia’s last victory in the boxing ring. Two losses would follow the win over Garay and in May of 2015 Zubia was seriously injured in a horrific car accident that seemed to end any hope of a continuation of his boxing career. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos: Mike Blair
Rebounding in spectacular fashion from only his second career loss, Mike “Image Me” Gavronski (21-2-1, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Australian Jake Carr (11-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. In the super middleweight main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 107, Gavronski dropped Carr with a devastating right-left combo in the sixth and forced the stoppage moments later with a barrage of unanswered right hands.
Gavronski, who had not fought since his loss to Dashon Johnson for the WBA-NABA US 168 lbs. title last November, set the tempo early, working his jab from range and following up with occasional right hands. Carr did his best to cut the distance in the early rounds, but Gavronski remained disciplined, boxing well and gradually increasing his output as the fight went on. (more…)
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Undefeated WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (46-0, 38 KOs) dethroned previously undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. “Chocolatito” was very aggressive the whole fight. The taller Cuadras often moved to stay out of range, but had success when he stood and traded. All out war in the last few rounds. In the end, “Chocolatito” simply outworked him to claim a fourth world title in four weight divisions. Scores were 117-111, 116-112, 115-113.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten WBO #3 heavyweight Andy Ruiz (27-0, 17 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Franklin Lawrence (21-3-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night before a sold out crowd of over 3,000 outdoors at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Ruiz rocked Franklin in round two, but the 40-year-old Franklin got through it. Both fighters slowed down after that and the bout went the full ten. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90. Ruiz retained his NABF title and is now in line for a WBO eliminator against Hughie Fury on the October 29 Fury-Klitschko undercard in Manchester, England.
In a walk-out bout, welterweight Arturo Marquez (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time, winning a four round majority decision over Curtis Waller (1-4-1, 0 KOs). Scores were 39-37, 39-37, 38-38. Marquez is the son of former world champion Raul Marquez.
Unbeaten welterweight Saul Lomas (9-0, 6 KOs) unleashed a brutal left hook that slammed slammed Joshua Joseph (5-3, 3 KOs) very hard to the canvas. Fight over. Lomas KO3.
Former lightweight world title challenger Ray Beltran (30-7-1, 18 KOs) battered Miguel Mendoza (22-9-2, 21 KOs) until Mendoza finally went to the canvas in round five. The bout was then waved off.
Super welterweight prospect Danny Valdivia (12-0, 9 KOs) won a spirited eight rounder over Gilberto Pereira (7-3, 4 KOs) by scores of 77-75, 77-75, 78-74.
Fighting in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 at The O2 in London, England, boxing superstar and unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0, 33 KOs) stopped undefeated British Boxing Star and welterweight world champion “The Special One” Kell Brook, (36-1, 25 KOs) in the fifth round of an action-packed clash. The stoppage was Golokvin’s 23rd straight knockout and his 17th consecutive world title defense.
Gennady Golovkin: “I wanted a ‘Big Drama Show’, this was more like street fight, I knew I was stronger than him. He couldn’t handle my power. I knew I was hurting him…I want to fight Billy Jo Saunders next, he has the WBO belt and I want a unification fight to get all the middleweight titles.”
Kell Brook: “My trainer was looking out for me, he’s known me a very long time. I think the eye injury may be bad, but if I lose I want to lose by getting knocked out. I’m not sure what I will do next, what weight I’ll fight at. I need a little time to make a decision.”
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
In a rematch of a war that ended in a draw earlier this year, super middleweight slugger Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) left no doubt this time. Kamegai dominated Jesus “El Renuente” Soto Karass (28-11-4, 18 KOs) from the opening bell on Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles. Soto Karass was hurt with a body shot to the liver in round one and was never in it after that as Kamagai pressed the action. The end came in round eight when Kamegai battered the game Soto Karass, then dropped him. Soto Karass finished the round, but his corner stopped the fight. Kamegai wins by TKO8.
Former amateur standout, Ryan Martin (16-0, 9KO) put on an impressive boxing display against game Colombian fighter, Cesar Villaraga (9-2, 4KO) en route to winning the vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title in an eight round championship bout. Martin dropped Villarga with a right cross in the fourth round but that would be as close as he would come to a stoppage. Villaraga battled a wardrobe malfunction all night as the forefront of his lead left shoe was held together by tape which had to applied repeatedly between rounds. The 5’11” Martin was the clear winner by scores of 78-73, 79-72, 79-72 and the ring announcer managed to get it right this time. (more…)
Photos: Matchroom Boxing
WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) retained his titles with a fifth round TKO over IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Golovkin staggered Brook in round one and had him holding on, but Brook rallied late in the round. Brook landed some clean shots in round two. Good two-way action in round three. Both fighters getting marked up. After a competitive round four, GGG launched a furious attack in round five and Brook’s corner threw in the towel. It was GGG’s 23rd consecutive knockout. Golovkin’s WBA belt was not on the line.
IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (33-3, 14 KOs) picked up where he left off in 2012, scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over former champ Stuart Hall (20-4-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Haskins scored a lopsided twelve round decision over Hall four years ago, and early on it looked like it could be more of the same. But this time Hall took the fight hard to Haskins over the second half of the fight. In the end, it was all for naught. Scores were 115-113, 117-111, 116-112 for Haskins.
By Karl Freitag
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora (26-6, 18 KOs) returned to the ring Saturday with a second round KO against Drazan Janjanin (13-8, 12 KOs) at the Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden. A crunching body shot finished Janjanin. Chisora was back in action after losing via split decision to Kubrat Pulev in May.
Heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (23-1, 14 KOs) rebounded from his first career loss to score a first round KO over “The Sandman” Konstantin Airich (23-18-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland. Helenius needed just 49 seconds to take down Airich with a body shot in his first bout since a KO loss to Johann Duhaupas in April.
By Karl Freitag
IBF flyweight champion John Riel Casimero (23-3, 15 KOs) of the Philippines turned back the title bid of upstart British challenger Charlie Edwards (8-1, 3 KOs) with a tenth round TKO on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. A bout that Casimero had taken over in abruptly ended when Casimero dropped Edwards with a crushing left hook. Two more world title fights to come…
Unbeaten WBC #1, IBF #5 super middleweight Callum Smith (21-0, 16 KOs) was victorious when Norbert Nemesapati (21-4, 16 KOs) didn’t come out for round seven. Smith, in command all the way, dropped Nemesapati with a huge body shot in round six. Nemesapati survived the round, but couldn’t continue after the break.
Super featherweight Martin J Ward (15-0-2, 8 KOs) claimed the vacant British title with an eighth round TKO over Andy Townend (16-4, 11 KOs)
Former super middleweight world title challenger Paul Smith (38-6, 22 KOs) scored a fifth round KO against Daniel Regi (28-14, 15 KOs). Smith dropped Regi five times.
Welterweight Conor Benn 4-0, 3 KOs) stopped Joe Ducker (0-2-1) in round two. Duck down three times. Benn is the son of Bristish ring legend Nigel Benn.
Unbeaten WBC #2 super bantamweight Gavin McDonnell (16-0-2, 4 KOs) outpointed Robin Zamora (6-3, 3 KOs) over eight rounds.
Unbeaten featherweight Kid Galahad (20-0, 11 KOs) halted Emiliano Salvini (17-24-2, 2 KOs) in round four.
By Nick Giongco
KANCHANABURI, Thailand — They all asked the same questions: Where you from my friend?
And they all said and did the same things when told.
From the food sellers on the Bangkok to Kanchanaburi train line, the noodle soup hawker, backpackers and opportunistic men waiting for tourists to lure in the heart of the backpacking district of Banglamphu in Bangkok, only one name rang out each time they heard the answer: Manny Pacquiao.
“Pacquiao, Pacquiao!” exclaimed the over-sized lady offering tasty Thai treats during the 130-kilometer, three-hour journey one recent hot and humid morning from Bangkok’s Thonburi Station.
The little fellow selling ice-cold beverage was even more animated.
His eyes all lit up, the guy placed down the pail containing bottled drinks, raised his hands and began shadow-boxing, his face putting on a scowl to show utter intensity. (more…)
World welterweight champion Jessie Vargas of Las Vegas is at the Tachi Palace where he will have a meet and greet with fans at 4pm, then join the Solo Boxeo Unimas announce team to call the main event featuring the undefeated Mexican Destroyer heavyweight Andy Ruiz vs Franklin Lawrence in an outdoor arena.
Vargas, who was in a press conference with Manny Pacquiao on Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, arrived here late Friday evening.
Vargas battles Pacquiao on November 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center. The Top Rank pay per view event is hosted by Wynn Las Vegas.
“I want to prove to the world that I’m the best middleweight,” proclaimed WBA regular middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs after his seventh round stoppage of Sergio Mora on Friday night in Reading, PA. “If GGG gets the victory tomorrow, that’s who we want.”
Regarding his rematch with Mora, Jacobs stated, “I wanted to go in there to hurt him and keep my knockout streak alive. I did what I said I would. I didn’t expect to knock him down as much, but I did see the fight ending in a knockout. It took a while because he’s so tricky. I wasn’t able to jab the way I wanted to. That’s what happens when you fight guys who have been in the game for a long time.”
Jacobs also stated that he plans to fight again in December, headlining at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Whether the opponent will be Gennady Golovkin remains to be seen.
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Mora, meanwhile, said a rabbit punch contributed to his downfall. “I’m not going to take anything away from his victory, but I never recovered from a shot to the back of the head. They counted it as a knockdown so I’ll have to take a look at the video, but it felt like the back of the head…the fight was close in my heart. Daniel finally gave me credit. I didn’t feel like I got beat up, he just caught me with good shots. I have a lot left in me. I’m going to look at the tape and see where I’m at.”
Newly crowned IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. became America’s 12th reigning world boxing champion with his close split decision win over Ghana’s Richard Commey on Friday night in Reading, PA.
“This fight wasn’t easy at all,” said Easter. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Richard Commey is a tough, tough competitor. He made me fight each and every round, but we did it. The game plan was to go out there and box him and use my length and reach. I made a few mistakes tonight. One of them was not fighting him early enough. It wouldn’t have been close. In the last round, when I needed the round, I went out and got it. I took everything that I had, all 16 years in the sport, and I used it to go get that belt.”
Easter doesn’t plan to rest on his laurels. “I want more straps. I want belts. This is huge for my city. It means a lot. It’s bigger than me. I wanted to give them something to believe in.”
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Commey, understandably, wasn’t happy with the result. “I feel like I won this fight,” he said. “I did everything that I could. I landed the more accurate shots. I come from very far and it’s hard to win here versus an American. I deserve a rematch. I was very devastated when I heard the scores. I knew it was a close fight. He went down and I didn’t.
“I want to be a world champion. Even if he doesn’t want to fight me, I want another opportunity. I can fight at the highest level in the world. We worked so hard to get to this stage. I want to stay at this level. I’ll keep improving.”
Junior welterweight Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (24-4-1, 16 KOs) pounded out a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (15-1-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). Claggett pressed the action the whole fight with a punishing body attack. Scores were 98-92, 98-92 for Claggett. The third card was a very questionable 96-94 for Robles. Claggett claimed the vacant WBA-NABA USA title.
In a clash of unbeaten junior middleweights, Neeco “The Rooster” Macias (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Rolando “Rola” Garza (9-1, 6 KOs). In a good action fight, Macias battered Garza to the deck in round five. Garza was up immediately, but referee Jay Nady ruled him unable to continue. Time was 2:31. Macias claimed the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) title.
Unbeaten local welterweight Jeremy “J-Flash” Nichols (6-0, 2 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Steve Belmontes (2-1, 0 KOs). Scores were 40-36, 40-46, 39-37.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Andy Samuelson / Premier Boxing Champions
WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) successfully defended his title in a rematch with a seventh round technical knockout over former 154lb champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Jacobs, widely considered the top threat to unified WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, made another statement in his third successful defense, dropping Sergio Mora five times. The bout was a rematch of a fight held last August in which both fighters hit the canvas in the opening round before Jacobs got the second round stoppage, when Mora injured his ankle on his way to the canvas in the second round and couldn’t continue. This time the bout was never that close.
Jacobs looked stronger right from the opening round as he bent over Mora with a hook underneath the ribcage. Mora was elusive though and landed a few counters but Jacobs shots were harder.
The bout got a little scrappy in the third as Mora hit on the break for a second time. Referee Gary Rosato warned him for the dirty tactic. Mora tried to keep “the Miracle Man” off balance by switching to southpaw in the d. Jacobs finally cornered Mora and battered with combination. Mora was able to slide away and out of trouble. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Andy Samuelson / Premier Boxing Champions
In a clash between unbeaten lightweights for the vacant IBF world title, Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) scored a twelve round split decision over Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Both fighters came out blasting away moments into the fight. The taller Easter used his superior reach to keep Commey at bay with sharp jabs.
The shorter Commey found his mark on the inside with a short right on Easter Jr’s chin. Easter pushed Commey to the ropes in mid round two and kept him off balance. Both fighters lost their balance late and wrestled each other to the canvas. Commey finished the round with a hard right.
The bout went back and forth in rounds three through five with each taking advantage of their strengths. (more…)
By Kurt Woldheiner at ringside
Former IBF welterweight titleholder “Killer” Kermit Cintron (38-5-2, 29 KOs) scored a seventh round technical knockout of Manny Woods (15-6-1, 5 KOs). Cintron was battering Woods against the ropes when Woods tried to clinch, but fell forward with Cintron landing on top of him. Referee separated the two fighters, but Woods retreated to a corner and couldn’t continue. Referee Benjy Esteves Jr waved the fight off at 2:28 of the seventh round, giving Cintron the TKO victory.
Reading heavyweight Travis “My Time” Kauffman (31-1, 23 KOs) won by second round stoppage, over veteran Joshua “Jaw Breaker” Gormley (22-6, 21 KOs). Kauffman countered a right from Gormley, with a right of his own in the second round that clipped the “Jaw Breaker’s” shoulder and he turned away. Kauffman chased him down with two more rights, before Gormley took a knee. Gormley rose to his feet and looked in pain as he desperately tried to put his left shoulder back into place. Gormley immediately backed to the ropes and took a knee. Referee Shawn Clark had to waive the fight off as Gormley refused to get up due to the injury. the official time of the TKO victory was 47 seconds of the second round.
Top ranked WBC middleweight contender Jorge Sebastian Heiland (28-4-2, 15 KOs) destroyed veteran Angel Hernandez (17-19-1, 13KOs), dropping him three times on his way to a one sided second round stoppage. Hernandez was down twice in the first round. Heiland put an end to the show with a right behind the ear moments into the second round. Referee Benjy Esteves, JR waived the bout off as Hernandez laid on the canvas for the TKO victory at 47 seconds of the second round.
Reading, PA junior lightweight Frank DeAlba (20-2-2, 9 KOs) impressed the local crowd, dropping Kiun Evans (12-2-2, 6 KOs) twice in the second round for the knockout victory. A DeAlba right hand corkscrewed Evans of Little Rock Arkansas onto the canvas. He rose to his feet, but a left hook sent Evans to the canvas for the second and final time. Referee Benjy Estevez Jr reach the ten count at 3:04 of the second round. (more…)
Andy Ruiz 252 vs. Franklin Lawrence 219.6
Ray Beltran 136.2 vs. Miguel Mendoza 136.2
Danny Valdivia 153 vs. Gilberto Pereira 155.8
Arturo Marquez 146.4 vs. Curtis Waller 146.2
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Promoter: Top Rank
Unbeaten Puerto Rican featherweight prospect Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs) will face Mexican veteran Raúl Hiráles (22-5-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder on September 23 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. Kicking off the UniMas telecast, unbeaten welterweight prospect Julian ‘Hammer Hands’ Rodríguez (13-0, 10 KOs) from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, will collide with Brazil’s Claudionel Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs) in a 140lb eight round clash. Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera (7-0, 4 KOs) will also see action on the card. The card is promoted by Top Rank and All Star Boxing.
Is WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin under the weather? Rumors that GGG is ill have been denied by the Golovkin camp. “Absolutely no truth. He’s just in fight mode. He’s focused and ready to do what he’s got to do,” trainer Abel Sanchez told Sky Sports. Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn stated he “didn’t think Golovkin looked that great.”
One thing that is certain is late money is flowing in on Brook. This morning Golovkin was a -700 favorite at 5dimes. Now he is a -640 pick.
Former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (22-2-1, 9 KOs) struggled to a ten round split decision over journeyman Eusebio Osejo (28-18-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Gradovich was dropped in round two.
Today, September 9, is the deadline for enrollment in the WBC/VADA Clean Boxing Program. Any boxer who is not completely enrolled will not be eligible to compete in any WBC sanctioned bout and will be removed from the WBC ratings.
Photos: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions
Carlos Cuadras 114.8 vs. Chocolatito Gonzalez 114.6
(WBC super flyweight title)
Yoshihiro Kamegai 153.4 vs. Jesus Soto-Karass 154.4
Venue: Forum, Inglewood, California
Promoter: K2 Promotions
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