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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
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.
In a grueling lightweight contest, former two-division world champion Jorge Linares (36-3, 23 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over iron-chinned Japanese warrior Nihito Arakawa (24-4-1, 16 KOs). Linares boxed beautifully against the game Arakawa in an entertaining fight. Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 100-90.
In an upset, lightweight Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson (29-3, 26 KOs), who came in as a late sub, won a ten round unanimous decision over Ricardo Alvarez (23-3-3, 13 KOs), the older brother of Canelo. Thompson jumped all over Alvarez in round one. Alvarez rebounded in round two, but referee Vic Drakulich gave Alvarez a count after he was driven into the ropes with a jab in round three. Thompson continued to pressure Thompson and put him on the deck again in round eight with a straight right. Scores were 95-93, 95-93, 97-91.(more…)
Unbeaten middleweight Jose "Bolivita" Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) scored a sixth round knockout over former world title challenger and local favorite David "The Destroyer" Lopez (41-14-1, 23 KOs). Uzcategui simply broke down "The Destroyer," ending the bout by bludgeoning Lopez to the canvas. Time was 2:31.
Superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives at Los Angeles International Airport , Saturday night from the Philippines to continue his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. (more…)
Number one light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson kept his ranking and his hopes for a second title shot intact on Saturday with a second round TKO win over previously unbeaten Jimi Manuwa at the O2 Arena in London. And after his UFC Fight Night mainevent victory, “The Mauler” made no secret of his intentions . . . click here for more at UFC.com
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Cozzone
WBC welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather today hosted a press conference to formally announce his upcoming pay-per-view matchup against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place on May 3, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“People say ‘why did I choose Maidana over Khan?’ Look at his last four fights and look at Khan’s last four fights. I had to go with the best choice and [Maidana] has made a big impact on boxing in his last fight,” said Mayweather.
Floyd said he will fight three more times after the Maidana fight and he doesn’t know who the opponents will be. “You know who I said I wanted on the undercard [Adrien Broner vs. Amir Khan]. You wanna fight me? Earn it. You wanna fight me? You gotta earn it. Some may not earn it. I may just pick them because I want to.
“Floyd Mayweather is not scared of no opponent. I don’t duck or dodge nobody, but I earned my stripes. So I can pick and choose who I want to pick and choose. I fight who I want to fight. Nobody is forced to watch me.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In an upset, junior lightweight Jerry Belmontes (19-3, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas, scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Australian WiIl Tomlinson (21-1-1, 12 KOs). Belmontes entered with two straight losses, but came away with a 99-91, 98-92, 98-92 win.
2008 Mexican Olympian junior lightweight Francisco Vargas of Mexico City defeated Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto, taking a ten round unanimous decision. Vargas was dominant as he boxed and at times worked on the inside landing effective punches. Judges scored the bout 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94. Francisco Vargas improves his mark to 19-0-1, 13 KOs and remains undefeated as Abner Cotto drops to 17-2, 8 KOs.
2012 Olympian super bantamweight Joseph Diaz (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Jiovany Fuentes (5-4, 4 KOs). Body shots finished Fuentes.
Junior welterweight Keandre Gibson of St. Louis, Missouri stopped Antonio Wong of Tijuana, Mexico in four rounds of a scheduled six rounder. Gibson displayed good hand speed as he boxed the Mexican who kept coming forward. A body shot forced referee Russell Mora to wave off the bout at 1:54. Keandre Gibson keeps his undefeated record and goes to 9-0-1, 4 KOs. Antonio Wong falls to 11-8-1, 6 KOs.
In the opening bout from the MGM Grand Garden Arena undefeated Australian light heavyweight Steve Lovett knocked out Francisco Molina of Tijuana, Mexico in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Referee Jay Nady reached a ten count at 1:13 of the second round. Lovett remains unbeaten improving to 8-0, 6 KOs, Molina drops to 2-3. (more…)
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In what was billed as his “farewell fight,” 39-year-old former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (34-1, 18 KOs) outpointed Shalva Jomardashvili (36-7-2, 27 KOs) over ten rounds to win the vacant WBO European title at the Messzi István Sporthall in Kecskemet, Hungary. It was a typical Erdei performance as he put on a boxing clinic against a slower foe. Erdei’s only career loss was a close split decision against Denis Grachev in his previous fight.
Super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak (20-1, 8 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over George Gachechiladze (13-10-1, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO European super bantamweight title. The bout was waved off by referee Geno Rodriguez after Bedak floored Gachechiladze in the last minute.
39-year-old former IBO jr middleweight beltholder Attila Kovacs (32-4, 19 KOs) topped journeyman Giorgi Ungiadze (24-19, 11 KOs) in a four-rounder. (more…)
Unbeaten bantamweight Paul Butler (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round KO Over Oreste Nieva (15-3-2, 6 KOs) at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, England. A left hook to the body put Nieva on the deck where he was counted out. Time 1:25. Butler is now campaigning at bantamweight looking to get a title shot against countryman and IBF bantamweight champion Stuey Hall. He took home the vacant WBA intercontinental belt. Nieva was unable to make the bantamweight limit at Friday’s weigh-in.
Unbeaten Commonwealth flyweight beltholder Kevin Satchell (12-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Isaac Quaye (25-5-1, 16 KOs) over twelve uneventful rounds by scores of 120-109, 119-110, 120-108. (more…)
By James Slater
In a terrific battle , Manchester unbeaten Ryan Doyle kept his unbeaten record and won the international masters featherweight title with a desperately close one point win over South Africa’s Michael Ramabeletsa on Saturday night at the Bowler’s Arena in Manchester. The score of 95-94 is reflective of how tough and how close the fight was. Doyle suffered a badly cut right eye and both men bled from the nose. The pace was red hot all the way and both guys gave their all. Ramabeletsa lost a point for holding in the 7th, a round that saw him go down, only for it to be ruled a slip. The South African was elusive and clever, Doyle was all aggression. It all added up to make a great fight. Neither guy deserved to lose really and both warriors spoke of a rematch afterwards. Doyle is now 9-0(5). Ramabeletsa is now 11-11 (5). (more…)
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