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By Ron Jackson
Despite the icy cold weather in the Eastern Cape fight fans can expect hot action involving four title fights and two other exciting match-ups at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The tournament was scheduled to take place at the open-air Selborne Tennis Courts, but due to the inclement weather the promoter Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions had to take the fights indoors.
In the main event South Africa’s Makazole Tete (15-1-1, 10 KOs) meets Raymond Tubugon (18-4-1, 8 KOs) from the Philippines for the vacant IBF Intercontinental junior bantamweight title and also on the card South African junior lightweight champion Aphiwe Mboyiya (13-2-1, 6 KOs) faces another Filipino, Jerry Castroverde (9-2, 5 KOs) in a clash for the vacant IBF Youth junior lightweight title. It is believed that Mboyiya’s real name is Boyiya. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Elongated Australian, OPBF welterweight champ Jack Brubaker (11-1-1, 5 KOs), 146.5, successfully unified the regional belts as he defeated OPBF interim titlist Suyon Takayama (24-2, 8 KOs), 147, by a split but well-received decision (116-111, 115-112, 113-115) over twelve see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s truly Fight of the Month, since both showed all what they had through the grueling combat. Brubaker, four inches taller, took the leadoff with good jabs and faster combinations, while the sturdy-built Takayama, unbeaten since 2011, responded with occasional combinations. Brubaker, in round five, had him at bay with non-stop combos, while Takayama dominated the seventh with a flurry of punches by pinning the Aussie to the ropes. After the eighth, the official tallies read: 78-74, 77-75 for Brubaker, 78-75 for Takayama. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Giant 6’7 heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) has arrived in New Zealand for a press conference and said that he is confident of defeating IBF #1 Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) and that he will have all the pressure on him for their October 1st bout when they clash over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.
“I’m looking forward to winning this fight,” said Dimitrenko. “I’m confident I can win. I’m not a slow heavyweight – I’m fast. I’ve stopped good heavyweights such as Timo Hoffman and Albert Sosnowski. Hoffman went the distance with Vitali Klitschko. Parker has a lot of pressure on him to win this fight. I have no pressure on me. Duco promotions made me the offer a few months ago and I said yes because I am confident of winning.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
In February, IBF junior featherweight champion Carl Frampton boxed in the biggest fight of his career.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a fight.
In a bout that was hyped to be a sure thing, it wound up anything but. In fact, Frampton’s match against the then-unbeaten Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena in the UK turned into a clear decision win for Frampton. Quigg was too cautious and Frampton took advantage. It was a disappointing affair.
Now, five months later, Frampton (22-0, 14 KO’s) is set for the second biggest fight of his career. But unlike his match-up against Quigg, he will be in against one of the most active and aggressive fighters in all of boxing in Leo Santa Cruz. While the Quigg fight promised action, the Frampton-Santa Cruz fight this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime will televise at 9 PM ET) is likely to deliver. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
New boy on the block, 43-year-old Sandile Xaka of Supreme Boxing Promotions, presents his first tournament with a seven bout card at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon. The first bout starts at 2:30 pm.
In the main bout scheduled for six rounds Percy Mkhize from Soweto who is unbeaten in 7 fights with 3 wins coming inside the distance meets Mpho Sefaro who has won 2 fights with both inside the distance. They will be fighting at junior flyweight. Mkhize who is trained by Alan Toweel goes into the fight as the favourite after having scored impressive victories over Gift Pooe (pts 4), Mthobisi Nkosi (tko 2) and Sihle Jelwane (pts 4) in 2016. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: John Aguon/Spike/Premier Boxing Champions
Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring against David Emanuel “El Pirata” Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) on August 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California headlining PBC on Spike TV. The kickoff press conference to announce the fight took place Tuesday afternoon at Spike TV Headquarters in Santa Monica, California with Guerrero, former world champion Alfredo Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs), and 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs) in attendance.
“I have a tough guy in front of me on August 27. I have to take care of him and leave no doubts so that I can get in there against the top guys again,” Guerrero said. “Nobody has ever heard of him but those are the guys that guys that creep up on you. It happened to me against Aron Martinez. (more…)
Rising lightweight star Steven Wilcox (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will face hard-hitting Juan Orozco (12-3-2, 10 KOs) on Thursday night in the eight round main event of the first ever “Next Generation” card at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Both fighters deserve props for making this happen,” said promoter Lee Baxter. “Orozco is filling in on short notice for Jesus Singwancha, who withdrew after injuring his hand in training. On top of that, he just fought a few days ago. Wilcox also deserves credit for dealing with multiple opponent changes and going forward with no questions asked. On top of that, Orozco is a tough fighter and I’m expecting a very competitive fight.” (more…)
Photo: Edward Diller
WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and former jr featherweight champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) met face-to-face for the first time on the 86th floor Observatory atop the iconic Empire State Building. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the fighters shared the spotlight with a coin-operated binocular rather than the New York City skyline in the photo op.
Santa Cruz and Frampton will meet again under less friendly circumstances on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Their world championship fight marks both Santa Cruz and Frampton’s first fight in the “Big Apple.” Showtime will televise.
By Karl Freitag
The WBA World Championships Committee has stripped WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev of his title. Chagaev was gifted back the title after a KO loss to Lucas Browne when Browne failed a drug test, but Chagaev’s team was unable to take advantage of the situation by failing to finalize a WBA-mandated rematch with Fres Oquendo, which included getting current on past-due sanctioning fees.
The WBA has an ongoing heavyweight tournament to establish a single champion. If the brackets stay as they are, the 43-year-old Oquendo would now make the final sometime in 2017 without any fighting in any of the earlier rounds.
The other bracket features WBA “interim” heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz against Alexander Ustinov on September 17 (although there may be some problems with that bout, as well) and the rematch between WBA “super” heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko. The Ortiz-Ustinov and Fury-Klitschko winners would then collide with the winner earning the right to face Oquendo.
Note: If Ustinov falls out, replacing him with Oquendo seems like a logical solution that would push the tournament forward.
In related news, heavyweight Lucas Browne has enrolled in the WBC Clean Boxing Program, headed by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association). This means he’s nominated himself to be tested for drugs (both performance enhancing and recreational) at ANY TIME, 365 days of the year. The first Aussie boxer to do so.
By Robert Coster
Six days ago, KO artist Jonathan Guzman emerged on the world scene becoming the IBF Junior Featherweight Champion with an impressive stoppage of Japanese Shingo Wake in 11 rounds in Japan. The new Champion flew back to his native Dominican Republic but his arrival there was not happy and triumphant as it should have been. Upon leaving Tokyo, Guzman was paid $70,000 in cash and then he proceeded to tuck away the money in his luggage. Arriving in Santo Domingo, the Champion discovered to his astonishment that the money had been stolen. Guzman has appealed to the airport and police authorities to investigate the theft. The news has, quite logically, made headlines in the sportspages of the local press.
By Brad Snyder
Photo by Bob Ryder
An update on Tommy Bagnasco’s condition. After tests at Toledo Hospital, it is now known that Tommy Bagnasco went into cardiac arrest on Friday night. A genetic condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy seems to have been the cause. On social media Mash Gym (where Tommy trains), extended a special thank you to Toledo Fire Fighters from Station 23 and 25 for saving Tommy’s life. Surgery is scheduled for today to correct the medical condition. Bagnasco has been awake and breathing on his own the last few days and interacting with family and visitors.
On Friday, July 22nd Tommy Bagnasco (0-2) Walled Lake, Mi became unresponsive after losing a fight to Roy Barringer (2-0) at the 1:56 mark of the 1st Round. The knockout proved scary as Tommy had to have CPR performed to save his life.
The undercard lineup is set for the HBO-televised Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand clash on August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
In non-televised bouts, unbeaten super lightweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (20-0-2, 15 KOs) takes on Tyrone Barnett (23-4-1, 15 KOs), undefeated junior lightweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (13-0-3, 8 KOs) faces Marcelo Gallardo (7-3-2, 3 KOs), unbeaten super middleweight Rudy “The Revelation” Puga Jr. (8-0, 7 KOs) meets TBA, unbeaten light heavyweight Junior Younan (9-0, 7 KOs) battles Jaime “Zarco” Solorio (5-2-2, 4 KOs), highly regarded heavyweight prospect Darmani Rock (3-0, 3 KOs) looks to build up his record against Mike Kyle (1-2-1, 1 KO) and local junior welterweight Bilal “Rebellious” Mahasin (8-3-1, 1 KO) goes against journeyman Luis Alfredo Lugo (14-25-1, 5 KOs).
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
The heat was turned up a notch at Golden Boy Headquarters as undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) and undefeated NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (20-0, 11 KOs) announced their upcoming televised fights on HBO Latino on July 30. Rising SoCal fan-favorite fighter, Nick “La Calavera” Arce (8-0-0, 6 KOs) fighting on the non-televised undercard portion of the night was also in attendance.
Below is what the fighters, their managers and promoter had to say at today’s press conference:
Antonio Orozco; “I want to thank God for providing these opportunities. It’s a blessing to have the team I have around me. These are the moments that as a professional you look forward to. We’ve paid our dues and put in the hard work. This wouldn’t be possible without a team–even though as a fighter, you are alone in the ring, you don’t get ready without a team.
“My opponent is a tremendous fighter from what I’ve seen, who can pull off an upset and has won against undefeated fighters before. We are putting together our relentless style of boxing and July 30 will be no exception. No one will be bored watching this fight.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, is set for to take on undefeated former world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Northern Ireland, this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime Championship Boxing. We spoke to Santa Cruz prior to his departure to New York where he talked about his camp and upcoming fight with Frampton.
“I have never been to New York, not everyone knows me. I want to a great fight to more fans,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®. “Frampton is an Irish star. This is the toughest fight of my career. That is what I wanted. He’s well prepared and is an undefeated fighter like me, he doesn’t want to lose and I don’t want to lose.” (more…)
20-year-old former WBA interim super middleweight titleholder Vincent Feigenbutz (22-2, 20 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in Leeds, UK, against Wilmer Gonzalez (19-10-1, 12 KOs) in a tune-up fight. He is also scheduled to fight in September. The boxing card at the First Direct Arena also features heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) against unbeaten David Allen (9-0-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC International title and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (13-1, 11 KOs) against former world champion Argenis Mendez (23-4-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC silver lightweight belt. Featherweights Josh Warrington (23-0, 4 KOs) and Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KOs) meet in the main event for the WBC International title.
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
photos by Emily Harney
In the main event of the ShoBox event at Foxwoods Resort and Casino this past Friday Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) battled Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-2, 8 KOs) to a draw in a ten round super bantamweight bout. In a back-and-forth affair, Lopez tried to box from the outside while Reynoso lunged to get inside. After a few rounds, the contest got ugly with both fighters using any tactic to score. Click here for full report and photos…
Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KOs) faced off for the first time before their title clash on Saturday, September 10 at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. Gonzalez will be moving up in weight to challenge for another world title in his fourth weight division.
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez; “I have confidence in God and with the support of the Nicaraguans, Mexicans and Americans, I’m honored to headline my first show at the Forum and look forward to all the fans support. It’s a blessing to named the #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter and its motivation to keep training hard. I’m very happy to train in Big Bear with Gennady Golovkin, the conditions up there will provide the best preparation for the fight. It means a great deal to me to win a fourth world title and I dedicate this fight to the memory of my mentor and hero Alexis Arguello.”
Carlos “Principe” Cuadras; “Thanks to “Chocolatito” for coming up to my division and taking this challenge. This fight will provide fireworks, it will be a war and this title is coming back to Mexico. I’m good, I’m fast and I’m very handsome and I’m going to win by knockout.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will be back in action on October 1st when he will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. “Dimitrenko is a guy who former world champion Shannon Briggs went out of his way to avoid earlier this year because of the risk,” said Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan. “Even casual boxing fans know that all Eastern Europeans in the heavyweight division know how to fight.”
The 6’7 Dimitrenko is three inches taller than Parker, and is on a six-fight winning streak with his last loss against Kubrat Pulev four years ago. Parker will be heavily favored to defeat Dimitrenko in 67 days time, then move on to challenge IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee
On Saturday Night of July 23 the Asian boxing highlight was held at the Pavillion, Far East Square in Singapore, promoted by Willip Ho and Alexander Shah of Cartel Promotions. This was the first time ever for Singapore and WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) in promoting 4 WBC Asia championships on the same event. Also, there were many famous world champions participating in this event such as former WBC flyweight King Pongsaklek Wonjonkam, 2-time WBC champion Sirimongkol Singwancha and former WBA superfeatherweight champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai and MMA ONE FC champion Dechdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok.
The main card was the vacant WBC Asia middleweight championship, which ABCO#10 Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3 KOs) impressively captured the title when he scored a one-punch KO over ABCO#6 Chalermpol Singwancha (17-1, 13 KOs) at 1:44 of the first round. Although Chalermpol made a good start with his bodyshots but the show unexpectedly finished when Universaide 2013 Silver Medalist Abdugofurov landed a vicious right hook which brutally destroyed former unbeaten Thailander to be unconscious for several minutes. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
BACK TO BASICS
The activity of our sport will be taking a break during the Olympic Games. Few cards are scheduled during the event which captures the attention of the world as the athletes of the world compete trying to fulfill their dreams of winning a medal for their country. Boxing will feature a challenge in this Olympic games in Rio as AIBA has taken the decision to change the rules of enrollment as well as the rules of competition. As multiple articles in the news taint AIBA’s reputation with allegations of all sorts, fighters will go into the ring to do what their work and we all wish them great success and hopefully the sport of boxing will come out in a positive note. No headgear will certainly be a topic of discussion, I do anticipate cuts that will force potential medal winners out of the Olympics and the scoring of the fights will be under heavy scrutiny, but I am personally hopeful that everything will leave the sport in a high note at the end of the games.
Professional boxing needs to go back to basics. I may have written this before, but I will continue to openly state the urgent need of everybody to work together, to sit down and reach agreements and simply go back to basics. Trainers need to learn how to train fighters, matchmakers need to understand the responsibility of even matches, promoters need to start promoting, selling tickets, creating figures with interest in the public, and so on. (more…)
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Fight fans in Philadelphia have been watching Tevin Farmer closely for the past few years. We’ve seen him grow from what appeared to be an average local fighter into a rising prospect on the verge of a major breakthrough. Farmer has left a few clues for the rest of the fight fans that he is the real thing. However, only those who have seen him from the start and truly appreciate the change this southpaw junior lightweight has made.
His current pro record of 21-4-1, 5 KOs, looks pretty good, but this wasn’t always the case. He started 4-3-1, and looked like any other so-so young fighter. He won a few more fights before losing by TKO to a then 10-0 (and now world champion) Jose Pedraza in 2012. The loss left Farmer 7-4-1, 1 KO, but it was the end of the so-so chapter of Farmer’s career. From that moment, everything changed.
“In 2013 I moved out of Philly, I came to Jersey, got a whole different training staff, and I dedicated myself to boxing,” Farmer said about his transformation. “Straight boxing, morning, noon and night. Running, eating right, everything. That’s what transferred me over.” (more…)
The camps of undefeated WBA interim super bantamweight champion Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) and WBA super champion Guillermo Rigondeaux are currently in negotiations with the possibility of the fight happening in the next few months. “I’m now the mandatory to challenge Guillermo Rigondeaux, a fight I’m looking forward to,” said Flores. “He’s very skilled but I feel I have all the tools to defeat him. My management team is working hard to get this fight finalized. It’s time to see who the best super bantamweight is. I going to bring that world title home to Mexico.”
Flores recently received his IBO world title belt from co-manager Henry Rivalta, which he earned in June with a win over Paulus Ambunda (24-2, 10 KOs) in Ambunda’s hometown of Windhoek, Namibia (Africa).
Unbeaten light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (16-0, 13 KOs) makes his return to the ring to take on Oscar “El Monstruo” Riojas (10-5-1, 3 KOs) as the new main event for LA FIGHT CLUB on August 19 at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, airing live nationally on Estrella TV. As previously announced, the August 19 card will feature undefeated super featherweight prospect Ivan “Striker” Delgado (9-0-1, 2 KOs) taking on Alejandro Ochoa (7-11-2, 1 KO). Both fights are eight-rounders.
Ukrainian heavyweight Andriy Rudenko (29-2, 19 KOs) stopped Brazilian journeyman Marcelo Nascimento (22-14, 19 KOs) in three rounds on Sunday night in Odessa, Ukraine. The stoppage win is kind of a testament for Rudenko’s power, as Nascimento went the distance with current WBC Silver champ Johann Duhaupas and with former British champ Dereck Chisora in the past few months.
WBC #1/WBA #5 lightweight Emiliano Marsili was back between the ropes on Saturday night in Valenza Po, Italy, after a bout of flu forced him to pass on his mandatory shot at 135 lbs. titlist Dejan Zlaticanin. Marsili (33-0-1, 14 KOs) easily decisioned Bulgarian trialhorse Yordan Vasilev (18-44-2) over eight rounds. The fight was arranged on a one-week notice after Marsili signed a new promotional deal in Italy.
Former IBF world champ Kiko Martinez (35-7-1, 26 KOs) had a difficult comeback fight on Saturday in Benidorm, Spain. Martinez, coming off a stoppage loss to the hands of Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title, was held to a surprising draw over eight rounds by unheralded Eusebio Osejo (28-17-3, 8 KOs) of Nicaragua. Also on the Spanish show, welterweight contender Ceferino Rodriguez (23-1, 12 KOs) could only win a split decision vs Koba Karkashadze (20-12-2) of Georgia.
By Ron Jackson
Former IBO welterweight champion Ali Funeka (39-5-3, 31 KOs) retained his WBO Africa welterweight title when he stopped Justice Addy (14-3-1, 13 KOs) of Ghana in the third round in Queenstown (Komani) on Sunday. The 38-year-old Funeka dominated from the opening bell as he scored with stinging lefts and rights to the head of the overmatched Addy. With Addy not fighting back the referee waved the fight off in the third round.
Lee Dyer from KwaZulu Natal won the South African super middleweight title when he upset defending champion Balemo Weliya with an eleventh round stoppage. Against the odds the super fit Dyer battered Weliya (originally from the DRC) throughout the fight before the referee stepped in to stop the one-sided action in the eleventh round. Dyer’s reported record improved to 6-3-1, 5 KOs, and Weliya’s record dropped to 12-4, 5 KOs. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
There was plenty of action on a cold Highveld Sunday afternoon at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park when Shaun Ness retained his South African welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous points decision over Ayanda Mthembu. The scores were 117-113 (Wally Snowball), 115-114 (Joe Chaane) and 117-111 (Simon Mokadi). Ness (66.4kg) made a slow start but picked up the pace to win the next seven rounds with Mthembu (65.85kg) taking a pounding. Referee Thabo Spampool could have stopped the fight in the eighth round when Ness backed up Mthembu against the ropes and landed a series of left and rights but did not have the power to stop the challenger. However, the gutsy Mthembu ranked at #5 made a come come-back in rounds ten and eleven against the tiring champion and stunned him on a number of occasions, but could not finish him off. Ness improved his record to 10-1-2, 5 KOs, and Mthembu’s record dropped 5-4-1, 4 KOs. (more…)
Was Terence Crawford’s dominant performance over Viktor Postol enough to make him boxing’s pound for pound king?
Note: Fighters listed in alphabetical order.
Photos: Emily Harney
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing put on a five-bout card on Saturday night at The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. In the main event, former two-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (29-8-4 16 KOs) had all he could handle in a ten round unanimous decision win over Iraqi War veteran Shawn Cameron (10-2 5 KOs) in a jr. middleweight clash.
There was plenty of ebb and flow in this battle of attrition as the action was heated in every round. As the bell sounded for the 10th and final round ringside observers thought the fight was up for grabs and the two combatants fought as if they felt the same way. The final thirty seconds had the crowd of 2,600 plus in a frenzy as Rodriguez and Cameron stood toe to toe trading shots. As the final bell sounded, both fighters were given a well deserved standing ovation by the fans as Rodriguez came away with the close unanimous win 96-94 on two cards and 97-93 on the third. (more…)
By Bill Dwyre
Speed kills. Saturday night, in a big-time boxing arena, in a big-time battle for future fame and riches, a Porsche took on a Ford Fairlane. The result at the finish line was never in doubt.
“The Iceman” Viktor Postol, a nice 140-pounder from Kiev, Ukraine, with a title belt that said WBC, summarized: “He was too fast. I had no answer for him.”
Freddie Roach, a Hall-of-Fame trainer who had prepared Postol, seconded that summary: “He surprised me how fast he was.”
The “he” in all this was Terence “Bud” Crawford, the pride of Omaha, Neb., and now lineal king of the sport’s 140-pounders, with ownership of both Postol’s World Boxing Council (WBC) belt and his own World Boxing Organization (WBO). In boxing, they call that title unification. Also in boxing, they call what Crawford did to Postol, in front of 7,027 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena here, a rout.
The three judges, Guido Cavalleri, Don Trella and Dave Moretti, made the rout official. Cavalleri and Trella scored it 118-107, or 10 rounds to two with a 10-7 fifth round, when Crawford knocked Postol down twice. Those were both kind of rinky-dink knockdowns, Postol losing his balance and touching his knee down after a routine punch, and then later touching the canvas with his glove after another. The most interesting part of the scoring was Moretti’s 117-108 that included a 10-9 round for Postol, even though he had been penalized a point during the 11th round by referee Tony Weeks for hitting Crawford behind the head. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC female flyweight champion Kika Chavez (27-4-3, 4 KOs) retained her green belt in an bloody ten round majority decision against former world champion Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno (33-9-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the International Arena in the Grand Oasis Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Chavez managed to take the majority decision by scores of 96-95, 97-93 and 95-95, successfully defending her title for the third time.
In the co-feature welterweight “Demoledor” Diego Cruz (16-3-1, 13 KOs) stopped Jose “Piston” Lopez (26-5-2, 15 KOs) at the 2:58 of the eighth round.
Former WBC super bantamweight champion Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (38-3-1, 21 KOs) took a majority decision over Cristian Arrazola (21-12-2, 16 KOs) in his first fight in three years.
Former world minimumweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodríguez 19-4-1, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Jhonny Garcia (4-5, 0 KOs)
By Miguel Maravilla
The two best super lightweights in the world met Saturday night in a unification clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with undefeated WBO champion Terence Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska, picking up the WBC title held by Ukraine’s Viktor Postol.
“I hope everyone enjoyed the fight. What can I say? I feel great,” said Crawford at the post fight press conference. “I wanted him to throw the right, that’s why I fought him in the southpaw stance so I can counter him….Floyd is one of the guys I looked up to as a fighter. I just boxed today and I just wanted to have fun. I could have pressed the gas but why? I had him frustrated.”
Crawford’s trainer Brian “Bo” McIntyre added, “They said we were in over our heads….right!”
As for his plans, Crawford stated, “Who is on my radar? I don’t have a radar…I don’t go after them, they come after me…I am just going to enjoy my win and relax.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
In a much anticipated world title unification clash, undefeated WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) in a twelve round world title unification clash on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After three tactical rounds, Crawford fighting from the southpaw stance, started to connect in round four. Crawford dropped Postol twice in round five. Postol had major trouble with Crawford’s movement as Crawford racked up round after round. Crawford rocked Postol again in round nine. Postol was deducted a point in round eleven for hitting behind the head. Postol went all out in round twelve, but Crawford went toe to toe with him and had Postol backing up. Scores were 118-107, 118-107, 117-108.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten WBO #1 rated featherweight contender and two-time Olympian Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten #2 Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-1, 23 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO featherweight world title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Valdez unleashed a brutal attack that staggered Rueda in round one. Valdez continued to punish Rueda in round two and dropped him twice with body shots. Time was 2:18. Sensational performance by Valdez.
Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten welterweight Fabian “TNT” Maidana (10-0, 7 KOs), brother of former world champion Marcos Maidana who was watching ringside, scored a sixth round TKO over Jorge “Machito” Maysonet (13-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. Maidana was bleeding heavily from the nose after round one, but proceeded to punish and break down Maysonet after that. Maysonet’s corner stopped it after round six.
In the co-feature, unbeaten middleweight Alan Castano (11-0, 7 KOs) outpointed brawler Aaron Garcia (15-6-1, 10 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 78-74 across the board.
Unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Brandon Figueroa (9-0, 6 KOs), 19-year-old brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa, scored a third round KO over Adalberto Zorrilla (6-2, 6 KOs). Zorrilla was deducted a point for a low blow in round two. Figueroa then dropped Zorrilla twice in round three to end it. Time was 2:44.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
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WBA #2 rated welterweight and former WBA interim 140lb world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr (24-0, 16 KOs) defeated Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision. Benavidez caught Santana with some hard shots in rounds one and two, but Santana made it a tough, gritty fight after that. Benavidez prevailed by scores of 100-90, 96-94, 98-92.
WBC #6, IBF #10, WBO #14 rated light heavyweight and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) had a scare, but stopped two-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-6-1, 15 KOs) in round six of a clash for the NABF championship. Karpency dropped Gvozdyk and had him hurt in round one, but Gvozdyk recovered and turned the tables, methodically busting up Karpency. The end came in round six when Gvozdyk sent Karpency to a knee for the count. Time was 2:21. (more…)
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