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By Karl Freitag
Things heated up Monday between middleweights “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) and Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs), who meet in the twelve round co-feature on the September 17 Canelo vs. Smith PPV. Golden Boy Exec Eric Gomez stated the winner of this clash could be in the running for a Canelo fight. Both had stated that they were avoided by WBO middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders when all hell broke loose.
Rosado: Honestly, I don’t know who the hell Monroe thinks he is. He thinks he’s like this big puncher or something and people are scared to fight him. Nobody knows who the hell he is! Honestly I told Gomez ‘Whoever it is, just make it happen.’ Willie’s acting like he’s being ducked, like he’s some big puncher, he’s really nothing special. He only fought one world class guy.
Monroe: I didn’t know punching was the only aspect of boxing. I’m pretty much a four-dimensional fighter…
Rosado: You didn’t fight nobody. You didn’t fight no world class fighters. You fought GGG and quit. And I’m gonna make you quit too!
Monroe: That’s all you can say, but every middleweight has had you and ran through you so…
Rosado: You’re nothing special dude. You fought a bunch of ESPN fighters.
Monroe: And I’m about to fight another one.
Rosado: I’ve beat world class fighters dude. I’ve got world class fighters on my resume that I beat. You ain’t beat nobody special. You’re a bum!
What does Canelo have to do for the Mexican fans to embrace him as one of their best? How does he become one of the best in the rich history of Mexican boxing?
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya lays it all out (without mentioning Gennady Golovkin, incidentally).
“Mexican fighters have long been known for their toughness, their ability to walk through fire, their willingness to take three punches to land a solid shot,” said the Golden Boy. “That is Canelo Alvarez. (more…)
GH3 Promotions has announced the signing of undefeated heavyweight Ray Edwards to an exclusive promotional contract. Edwards of Cincinnati, Ohio, has a perfect mark of 11-0-1, 7 KOs.
After a successful seven-year career as a defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League, the 6’6, 255lb Edwards has made professional boxing his full-time occupation.
He will next fight on September 15 against an opponent to be named in Philadelphia. The bout will be televised on CBS Sports Network. (more…)
Welterweight contenders Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-1, 13 KOs) and Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs), make their return to the ring on the September 17 Canelo-Smith event in Dallas. Ali and Gomez will be headlining the preliminary undercard in separate bouts which will start off the action before the pay-per-view event that can be seen on HBO Boxing’s YouTube Page.
Ali takes on veteran Saul Corral (21-7, 12 KOs) in a 10-round fight. Gomez will be defending his IBF North American ritle against Dario “Maczio” Ferman (13-1, 10 KOs). (more…)
Story and photo by Nick Giongco
Just hours after arriving in Manila from a 24-hour trip from Puerto Rico, defending champion McJoe Arroyo plunged into training at the Elorde Sports Center, looking forward to a rousing win over Filipino challenger Jerwin Ancajas this Saturday night.
Arroyo will be risking his International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown for the first time against Ancajas, who fights out of Manny Pacquiao’s MP Boxing.
Joined by chief handler Peter Rivera and trainers Anthony Otero and Alex Caraballo, Arroyo says he has everything all figured out.
“I came focused on just one thing: winning,” said Arroyo, who spent two hours sweating it out at the gym owned by the late Flash Elorde. “I know what I have to do (to retain the title),” added Arroyo, who won the vacant crown by beating King Arthur Villanueva last year in El Paso, Texas.
Ancajas has a 24-1-1 record with 16 KOs, while Arroyo has a 17-0 ledger with eight KOs.
The fight will be held at the Philippine Navy Gymnasium in Taguig City and will open to the public as a gift of Sen. Manny Pacquiao to fight fans.
Ancajas trained mostly in Tanay, Rizal, under Joven Jimenez but has now relocated to Imus, Cavite, in preparation for his first shot at the world title.
If Ancajas wins, he will become the fourth reigning Filipino world champion after super-bantam Nonito Donaire, bantam Marlon Tapales and fly Johnriel Casimero.
The November 19 PPV showdown between WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and two-time world champ Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was finally officially announced last Saturday.
Here’s what the fighters had to say:
Sergey Kovalev: “I am very excited to finally get my chance to face Andre Ward on November 19. I want to face the best competition. I want to be the best Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world. Thank you to all of my fans and I hope everyone will come out and see this great fight on November 19 in Las Vegas.”
Andre Ward: “I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world… We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn’t have any soft touches. He wasn’t protected. He wasn’t really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1.”
Heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison (11-0, 11 KOs) makes his highly anticipated TV debut when he faces fellow unbeaten Ed “Black Magic” Latimore (13-0, 7 KOs) as part of a quadrupleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, September 23 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Under the watchful eye of trainer Freddie Roach, Lippe-Morrison is working hard daily towards his goal to become the heavyweight champion of the world like his late father Tommy “The Duke” Morrison. Lippe-Morrison and Latimore meet over six rounds.
In other bouts, jr welterweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk, (11-0, 10 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line against an opponent to be named in a ten round bout. In a ten round light heavyweight affair, “Notorious” Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KOs) meets once-beaten Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs). Rounding out the televised portion of the card is welterweight Ivan “The Volk” Golub (12-0, 10 KOs) against TBA over ten rounds. The card is promoted by Holden Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc.
Photos: All Star Boxing
As part of the global program WBO Kids Drug Free the organization joined forces with All Star Boxing, Inc and undefeated prospect “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin to pay a visit to the Children Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida yesterday. The group donated money, toys and spend time at the Center with the kids. The World Boxing Organization was represented by its President Franciso “Paco” Valcarcel and Ratings Chairman Luis Perez, for All Star Boxing Ruben De Jesus and Felix Zabala III and also Sammy Valentin and his Father-trainer Sammy Valentin, Sr. “It was a pleasure to spend time with the kids at the center to give them faith and encouragement, as part of our mission in the WBO Kids Drug Free Global Program, Valentin is a local prospect and is a role model for his community” added President Valcarcel. (more…)
By David Finger
In a fight result that surprised nobody, undefeated Curtis “The Incredible” Hill Jr., 174.6, scored a first round TKO over the badly faded former journeyman Kolmarge Harris, 182, on Saturday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hill and Harris were fighting for what was billed by the promoter as the vacant Indiana State title, despite that fact that Harris was from Lansing Michigan, had never fought in Indiana, had come in seven pounds over the light heavyweight limit, had not won a fight since January of 2012, was 41-years old, and had a record of 2-16 going into the fight. Hill, as was expected seemed to hurt the older man with the first punch he landed. (more…)
By Santino DeFranco at ringside
Photos: Santino DeFranco
Welterweight Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs) one of Arizona’s most promising prospects, picked up his third consecutive win at the Legends Event Center, in Phoenix, AZ, on Friday night over Juan Jesus Rivera (28-15, 18 KOs), who fights out of Aguascalientes, Mexico. The 146lb bout was scheduled for eight rounds of fighting, but didn’t see the final bell as Rivera’s corner stopped the fight just after the conclusions of the seventh round.
From the opening bell, Ramos continuously found a home for his right hand on the left eye of Rivera, who was game, but overmatched by the skill of the young fighter out of Casa Grande, Arizona. Within minutes of the opening bell, Rivera’s left eye was beginning to swell from the crisp combinations Ramos fired off. As expected, though, Rivera did fight valiantly, and never backed down from the confrontation—even waving his hands at Ramos to “bring the fight to him,” but he never found his rhythm. (more…)
42-year-old former world champion Demarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley (48-27-1, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over 25-year-old Dexter Gonzales (8-2-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at Giftland Office Max in Lilliendaal, Guyana. Corley recovered from a third round knockdown to win by scores 113-113, 115-110, 113-112 to claim the vacant WBC FECARBOX lightweight title.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Bayonne, Pavilion in Bayonne New Jersey, featured a New Jersey fight of the year candidate in the main event as welterweight Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (13-4, 5 KOs) barely survived a late knockdown to capture a back and forth split decision victory over Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez (18-3, 10 KOs). Heavyweight Tyrone “Juice” Wright (9-0-1, 6 KOs) captured a workmanlike six round unanimous decision victory over Nicholas Thompson (5-2, 5 KOs) in co-feature of the eight bout card presented Nick Jayme’s LGM Promotions. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Argentinean taxi driver David Emanuel “El Pirata” Peralta, (26-2-1, 14 KOs) shockingly defeated former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (33-5-1, 18 KOs) by 12-round split decision on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“I wanted to retire before this fight,” said Peralta. “I was a cab driver, driving cabs in Argentina. I was offered a chance to fight in the U.S. and came away victorious. I came to fight and I knew I would win. He is a very good fighter but I hit him with the harder shots. I thought I knocked him down but if the referee feels it’s not a knockdown I have to respect that. Now I want to fight bigger names. No way I’m going to retire now. I’ll be ready again to fight soon, this was no joke and I can beat a lot of great fighters. Hopefully I get good fights after this performance. I won’t be a taxi driver anymore.”
Guerrero stated, “I thought I clearly won the fight. For the judge to say I lost eight rounds sounds crazy to me. Peralta was very awkward but I felt I won. I won the rounds when I boxed. This is very disappointing but I’ll be back, that you can count on!”
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Female super bantamweight Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas (40-9-1, 10 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decision over Jessica “La Magnifica” Gonzalez (7-3-1, 1 KO) to win the WBC International belt on Saturday night at the Palenque “Vicente Fernandez” in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Scores were 96-94 and 97-94 for Rivas and 96-94 for Gonzalez. “Rusita” avenged a 2013 loss to “Magnifica” and there is already talk of a third match between the two former world champions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Surpassing all expectations, two former world champions delivered the maximum in the ring. Argentinian Daniela Romina Bermudez (21-3-2, 6 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Mexican icon Mariana “Barby” Juarez (43-9-4, 17 KOs) in an eliminator for the female bantamweight title of the World Boxing Council held before a packed house at the Arena Coliseo in México City. Bermúdez won 97-93, 96-94 and 96-94 with the crowd of more than 10,000 fans recognizing the efforts of both fighters.
Also, unbeaten Mexican super featherweight prospect Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez (20-0-3, 16 KOs) win by TKO over Filipino Rey Juntilla (21-8-5, 14 KOs) in the second round. Juntilla went to the canvas three times before referee Gelasio Perez stopped the fight at the end of the round to protect the fighter.
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Andy Samuelson – Premier Boxing Champions
In a shocker, 70:1 underdog David Emanuel Peralta (26-2-1, 14 KOs) scored a split decision over former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Guerrero got off to a good start, but then Peralta came on strong late. Scores: 115-113, 116-112 Peralta, 115-113 Guerrero.
In the opening round, Guerrero came out aggressively getting in on the taller Peralta. Southpaw Guerrero outboxed and countered the taller aggressive Peralta in round two. Guerrero and Peralta exchanged big punches in round three, as Guerrero landed a left Peralta returned the favor with a straight right. Pressing forward in round four Guerrero landed a solid left on Peralta as he backed him to the ropes. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
In a clash of featherweight contenders, WBO #3 Miguel Marriaga (24-1, 20 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over #14 rated Guy Robb (18-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night’s “Rural Rumble” at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Marriaga connected with a series of right hands, finally dropping Robb in round six. Referee Russell Mora waved in off at 2:06. Former world title challenger Marriaga claimed the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) featherweight title. Robb had his eleven-fight win streak snapped.
WBO #3 lightweight Jose Felix Jr. (34-1-1, 26 KOs) scored a punishing sixth round TKO over game journeyman “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (34-17-1, 7 KOs). A barrage of shots finished Frankel at 2:23 of round six.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Jose ‘El Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (5-0-1, 2 KOs) outpointed Gelacio Cruz (2-4-2, 1 KO) in a four-round fight. Scores were 40-36 across the board.
World Fighting Championships delivered yet another night of exciting, well-matched boxing matches in front of a sold-out crowd at Pittsburgh’s Meadows Racetrack & Casino, culminating in a unanimous decision win for “Lightening” Rod Salka (23-4, 4 KOs), who faced a very game late sub Justin Savi (28-6-2, 18 KOs) in an eight round bout at lightweight. Scores were 80-70 on all three cards.
In what was widely considered fight of the night, Amonte Eberhardt knocked out Curtis Morton in the 6th round of their co-main event bout. (more…)
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Andy Samuelson – Premier Boxing Champions
In a bloody super middleweight slugfest, Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (34-8, 22 KOs) outscored Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (24-6, 20 KOs) over ten rounds to win a 98-92, 97-93, 97-93 unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Angulo and Hernandez began at a fast pace with Hernandez keeping his distance jabbing the aggressive Angulo and following up with straight punches. The taller Hernandez began to give Angulo fits as he let his long arms loose on Angulo. In round five Angulo began closing in landing big punches as Hernandez was cut on the left eye. In round six, Hernandez continued to let his hands loose on the aggressor Angulo. Continuing to gush blood from the left eye late in the fight, the Mexico City fighter kept his distance and boxed Angulo who kept coming. Hernandez stood his ground against the power punching Angulo late in the fight despite being cut and bleeding from his eye as Hernandez finished strong.
Unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian jr middleweight Terrell Gausha (19-0, 9 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a majority decision over Steve Martinez (16-3, 13 KOs). Off to a slow start, Gausha jabbed and countered the aggressive Martinez in the early rounds. Martinez began to dig to the body in round three as Gausha stayed close. Referee Jack Reiss warned Martinez to keep his punches up in round five as he continued to pound away to Gausha’s body. Halfway through in round six Gausha jabbed and let his hands loose but Martinez kept coming at him going to the body following up to the head. Countering effectively in round seven Gausha mixed in the jab as he neutralized Martinez’s aggressiveness. Gausha began to pull away as he let loose firing combinations late in the fight on the fading Martinez in route the decision win. In the end, the judges scored the bout 97-93, 97-93, and 95-95. (more…)
Tickets for the most anticipated fight of the year go on sale to the public on Friday, Sept. 2 at 11:00 a.m. PT. The Saturday, Nov. 19 showdown between WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Tickets start at $55 and are available on axs.com and the T-Mobile Arena box office.
Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound for Pound” is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and sponsored by the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Unbeaten WBC #4 rated super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (13-0, 8 KOs) clearly dominated US veteran Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-10-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at Huxley’s in Berlin, Germany. Yildirim pressed the action and landed lots of hard shots while Pryor jr. was in survival mode and somehow made it to the final bell. After the lopsided ten-round decision win (100-90 on two cards, 99-91 on the third) the 25-year-old Turk will go on to face WBC #7 Schiller Hyppolite next. The 30-year-old “Batman” from Montreal, Canada has only lost one of his 22 pro fights so far. Date and place haven’t been confirmed but most probably it will take place end of October in Germany.
“The contracts are signed but I am waiting for my TV partners to confirm the date”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “I don’t like to plan too far ahead but I made the deal with Schiller before the Pryor bout because I was sure that Avni would win. Avni vs. Schiller is a major fight. Two top ten contenders trying to get in line for a world title shot. Those are the fights people want to see. I am sure that it will be a war. Avni proved against Pryor that he can go ten rounds at a very high pace. Of course, I wanted to see the KO but maybe it was good for him to go the distance. Avni is still a young guy. He is learning fast and developing very well.” (more…)
By David Finger
Well boxing fans, it’s official. Ghana is back, and it is back with a vengeance. Undefeated WBO Africa Featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe successfully defended his title while adding the WBO Oriental Featherweight title and the WBC Youth Featherweight title with a gritty 12-round unanimous decision over WBO #15 ranked contender Neil John Tabanao Friday night at the Police Officer’s Social and Fitness Centre in Accra, Ghana in front of a packed house. For Dogboe it was his first major test against a world class contender and the popular local boxer passed with flying colors. (more…)
Ringside Results by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philadelphia junior welterweight Milton Santiago, 15-0, 3 KOs, defeated Ken Alvarez of Puerto Rico, 7-5-2, 3 KOs, by 8-round unanimous decision in the main event at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. This was the first-ever boxing event at the venue, and a standing room only crowd of about 1,300 came out to support the 10-bout show, which was promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions.
In the 6-round co-feature, Puerto Rican featherweight Luis Lebron, 7-0, 3 KOs, settled for a split decision draw against Tyrone Luckey of New Jersey, 8-7-2, 6 KOs. (more…)
NABA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman (20-2-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Enrique Quevedo (16-8-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Omega Products Events Center in Corona, California. Scores were 100-90, 97-93, 97-94 for Roman.
In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (14-0, 13 KOs) went the distance for the first time, defeating Mario Heredia (14-5, 12 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 77-74, 77-74 and 76-75 for Mitchell.
Rod Salka 136 vs. Justin Savi 133.8
Curtis Morton 146.6 vs. Amonte Eberhardt 147.8
Jenna Thompson 144.4 vs. Shianne Gist 143.3
Rick Morais 164 vs. Dan Karpency 158
Carlos Castillo 134.8 vs. Devin Haney 135.1
Deandre Ware 168.8 vs. Josh Fisher 167.8
Hakeem Atkinson 151.2 vs. Gerald Sherrell 163.1
Roque Zapata 150.1 vs. Mark Dawson 150.1
Venue: Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Pittsburgh, PA
Promoter: World Fighting Championships
Tickets start at $25
By Bradley Snyder/The Undercard
Muheeb Fazeldin 126.9 vs. Antoney Napunyi 126.2
Winford Harris 161.8 vs. Brandon Priest 164
Craig Lewis 244.8 vs. Jamal Woods ?
John Chalbeck 155 vs. Jeremy Czarnecki 157.5
Alexis Hlores 166 vs. Delvery Wolford 162
Brian Jackson 178 vs. Marcus Maulding 184
Gino Jones 129.8 vs. John Amerson 132.6
Waseem El-sinawi 152 vs. Dean Walsh 152.5
Jovan Blakely 202 vs. Robert Sims ?
Andrea Holmes155.2 vs. Rakim Johnson 155.8
DCS (Dual Combat Sports) 6
Professional Boxing at Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit, Mi
Fights start at 7:30pm
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
After he weighed in today WBO #3 lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr. of Los Mochis, Mexico said he will ask Top Rank to next make a fight with WBO champion Terry Flanagan. “I’ve got to take care of Rob Frankel first – and he has a complicated style, the way he blocks shots and stuff – but after I win let’s do a fight with Flanagan. I will fight Flanagan in His House, overseas. It doesn’t matter where. Let’s get it done.”
Felix, 33-1-1, 25 KOs, was born and raised in Los Mochis, Mexico. He trained weeks in Los Mochis to get ready for Frankel, a rugged 34-16-7, 7 KO fighter from Denver. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds in an outdoor arena and will open Top Rank’s televised card on Solo Boxeo Unimas here Saturday night at the Churchhill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada.
Felix weighed 137.6 pounds Friday, as did Frankel. (more…)
“Lightening” Rod Salka goes into today’s WFC 57 weigh-in preparing for a new foe in Justin Savi (28-6-2, 18KO) at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino tomorrow evening. His original opponent for the eight round, main event bout was Wilberth Lopez, who is unable to compete due to a medical issue. Savi is no stranger to coming in at the 11th hour, and did so to face Jhonny Gonzalez earlier this year. The 31 year old, former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion steps into the ring with with 36 bouts and 15 years’ experience as a professional boxer under his belt, and makes for a formidable opponent for Salka.
Salka was unfazed by the change. “The stakes haven’t changed. This opponent has been in with better opposition, but I’ve prepared and I’m ready. It’s not going to make a difference the outcome of the fight.” (more…)
Photos: Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Miguel Marriaga 126 vs. Guy Robb 126
(WBO NABO featherweight title)
Jose Felix Jr 137.6 vs. Robert Frankel 137.6
Oscar Vasquez 109.6 vs. Janiel Rivera 108
Jose Gonzalez 123.6 vs. Gelacio Cruz 122.6
Gelacio Cruz 122.6 vs. Jose Gonzalez 123.6
Venue: Churchill County Fairgrounds, Fallon, Nevada
Promoter: Top Rank
Alex Perez 146.2 vs. Juan Rodriguez 145.2
Tyrell Wright 242.2 vs. Nicholas Thompson 271.6
Magdiel Cotto 162 vs. Jermaine Corley 164
Egor Plevako 228.2 vs. Kenny Cruz 241.6
Caleb Hernandez 145.6 vs. Lamont White 141
Leon Johnson 199 vs. Alando Pugh 235
John Bauza 138 vs. Jose Carmona 138
Luis Perozo 129 vs. Christian Foster 130
Venue: BCB Pavilion in Bayonne, New Jersey
Promoter: LGM Promotions
Tickets: start at $40
Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero 146.8 vs. David Peralta 147
Alfredo “Perro” Angulo 164.8 vs. Freddy “Riel” Hernandez 163
Terrell Gausha 155 vs. Steven Martinez 154.6
Stephan Shaw 258 vs. Jonathan Rice 266
Luis Bello 139.8 vs. Omar Reyes 140.6
Victor Morales Jr. 125 vs. Erick Lainez 125.4
Abram Martinez 142.8 vs. Phillip Percy 137.4
Daniel Gonzalez 125.6 vs. Javier Cepeda 126.6
Neri Romero 132 vs. Luis Silva 130.8
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Promoter: TGB Promotions
Aaron Pryor jr. and Avni Yildirim are fired up for their super middleweight clash on Saturday (August 27th) in Berlin, Germany. The American tipped the scale at 75.6 kg (166.6 lbs.) while Yildirim weighed in at 76.0 kg (167.5 lbs.). Pryor has a huge height and reach advantage but the unbeaten Turk made very clear that he is not intimidated by the size of his opponent.
“There is a saying: The taller they are, the harder they fall”, said Yildirim. “I don’t care if my opponent is smaller or taller than me. Once he lies flat on the canvas he is as big as everybody else. Of course, I will have to adjust my game plan. But I had good sparring sessions with tall guys. This is no problem for me.”
Pryor jr. vs. Yildirim is the main event of a seven bout card promoted by Ahmet Oener which will be broadcasted live in Germany (Sportdigital), Turkey (Aspor) and tape delayed on ESPN.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mariana “Barby” Juarez 117.75 vs. Daniela Bermudez 117.75
(WBC female bantamweight title eliminator)
Eduardo Hernandez 129 vs. Rey Juntilla 129
Venue: Arena Coliseo, Mexico City
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas 119 vs. Jessica Gonzalez 119
Daniel Echeverria 154.3 vs. Alfredo Chavez 154
Jesus Silveira 135 vs. Carlos “Torito” Jimenez dio 135
Victor Olivo 120 vs. Ricardo “Bam Bam” Roman dio 118
Javier “Rusito” Gonzalez 131 vs. Omar Sifuentes 131
Hassam Valenzuela 148 vs. Dunnis Linan 148
Raymundo Rios 135 vs. Cesar Soriano Jr 135
Alberto Contreras 148 vs. Hugo Mendiola 148.5
David Escogido 128 vs. Luis Gerardo Perez 128
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Fight Club OC returned to the OC Fair and Events Center with a five fight boxing and MMA card that included three action-packed boxing bouts.
In an explosive heavyweight bout, Enrique Gastelum (5-1, 3KO) sledgehammered Trent Rawlins (3-1-1, 3KO), dropping him hard in the second round and followed up with a relentless attack that culminated with a perfectly landed looping right cross to finish him off. The two battled toe to toe but, ultimately, Rawlins was handed his first loss. Time was 1:18. (more…)
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