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Rugged Chilean lightweight Oscar ‘La Maquina’ Bravo arrived late last night to ‘The Island of Enchantment’ where this Saturday, August 16, he assured he will do everything possible to defeat sensational Puerto Rican prospect Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo when they collide at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum.
“I like to fight. It will be a good show to everyone that enjoys boxing. You will see a war,” promised Bravo. ‘I’m going to throw a lot of punches, I’m going to bring the fight to him.”
Bravo (21-5, 9 KOs), who has never been knocked out and has gone the 12 round distance in three occasions in his career, guaranteed he will leave everything in the ring and that he will be the toughest test of the young Puerto Rican prospect. (more…)
By David Finger
The tragedy that is the Civil War in Syria and Iraq has an unfortunate connection to the sport of boxing, as one of the most notorious terrorists to emerge in the horrific conflict is radical Islamic jihadist Mohammed Elomar. Elomar, a citizen of Australia, has quickly emerged as one of the most recognizable faces in the conflict, prompting Australian Attorney-General George Brandis to describe Elomar, and other Australians like him the “biggest threat to Australian national security.” (more…)
Thompson Boxing Promotions promotes its first show in San Diego with a “Path to Glory SD Style” line up highlighted by two of the city’s most popular boxers: undefeated junior welterweight prospect Giovani Santillan (13-0, 7 KOs) and the veteran super bantamweight Christopher Martin (27-3-3, 9 KOs). The seven-bout card takes place on Saturday, Aug. 16, from the Harley Davidson San Diego, the largest Harley Davidson dealership in the U.S.
Santillan, starring in his first main event, will battle Osenohan Vazquez (7-1-1, 2 KOs) and Martin will meet Giovanni Caro (24-14-4, 19 KOs). Both are eight-rounders.
Three Australian boxers have fought in the U.S. over the past few weeks and all have lost by devastating KO. WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika hopes to reverse that trend when he defends against Anthony Dirrell this Saturday night in a Showtime-televised fight. The bout is a rematch of their controversial December 2013 match in which Bika retained the title despite being knocked down and having a point deducted. Dirrell is currently more than a 2:1 favorite to dethrone Bika on Saturday.
Bika answered a few questions about the fight.
Are you preparing differently for Dirrell this time around? (more…)
Report/Photo by Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) and unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) faced off today in Helsinki, Finland, to officially announce their September 20 clash at the Hartwall Arena. Abril will finally be making his first defense of the vacant belt he won against Sharif Bogere in March 2013.
Abril promised a knockout and an easy fight. Tatli said Abril will run like a rabbit and he wants Abril to come and try to knock him out!
The last time a world championship fight was held in Finland was in 1962. Promoter Pekka Mäki’s father Olli Mäki fought for the world featherweight title against world champion Davey Moore at the Olympic Stadium. Moore successfully defended his belt by second round TKO.
The flyweight division is a weight class notorious for non-stop, fast-paced action where the combatants involved cover every inch of the Octagon canvas. No other weight class under the UFC banner can compare to the speed and frenzy that unfolds when two 125-pounders get down to business, and Zach Makovsky perfectly reflects all the attributes his division represents . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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A Dutch boxer uses his gloves to make a splash in the art world. More
“I couldn’t go on,” Frank Maloney, a.k.a. “Kellie,” reveals. More
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Kellie Maloney, formerly known as Frank Maloney, plans to return to the fight game after undergoing a sex change. “I was the only man to manage a British world heavyweight champion. Now I would like to be the only female to guide the next generation of future British champions,” Maloney was quoted as saying in Monday’s edition of the Mirror.
“I’d like to put to use all my years of knowledge in boxing and what I have learnt from my recent experience and get a role on the British Boxing Board of Control.”
Frank Maloney, 61, former the promoter of Lennox Lewis, David Haye and David Price among others, retired from the sport last October saying “For the last year I have gradually fallen out of love with boxing and my passion has been missing. I did much soul searching over the summer and my heart is no longer in the sport that I loved so much.”
By Gabriel F Cordero
WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos ‘Principe’ Cuadras (30-0, 24 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time against former champion Sonny Boy Jaro (37-13-5, 27 KOs) on September 20 at a site to be named in Mexico. The card will be promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Televisa. Cuadras won the belt on May 31, dethroning Thailand Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in Mexico City. Jaro stunned the boxing world in March 2012 by dethroning Thai legend Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in Chonburi, Thailand to seize the WBC flyweight world title via third round KO. He relinguished the title in his first defense.
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Omega Products Outdoor Arena on Corona, California, on August 22 with junior welterweights Luis Solis (14-3-4, 12 KOs) and Miguel Huerta (27-12-1, 18 KOs) in the 8-round main event. Also on the card is popular female light flyweight Sindy Amador (12-1, 1 KO) against Anahi Torres (12-10, 2 KOs) in the 8-round co-main event.
Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) is waiting for a world title shot against WBC titleholder Bermaine Stiverne later in the year, but he’ll risk it all Saturday on the Showtime Extreme portion on Saturday’s Showtime boxing coverage from StubHub Center in Carson, California. Wilder’s as of now unannounced opponent for his tune-up fight will be Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs), who has pulled off a few upsets in his career.
Wilder answered a few questions.
Your dominance in the ring has been well documented. With none of your professional opponents making it past the fourth round, do you ever feel like it’s a struggle for you to stay disciplined and train?
“Discipline is a mental thing, and I’m mentally strong. All of the hard work is in the gym and with the sparring. When it’s time to actually fight that’s the easy part, and it’s more fun actually. But it’s not hard for me to stay disciplined at all. I’ve changed lots of things regarding my style. I’m more patient now. I’m definitely a thinker now and that maturity helps me. People will find out that I’m a different kind of guy. They’ll see when I become the heavyweight champ just how disciplined I am.” (more…)
Promoter Gary Shaw promises that this week’s IBF lightweight eliminator from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. on ESPN2 FNF featuring IBF #5, WBC #3 and WBA #7 lightweight Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) against recent IBF title challenger Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs) will be “one hell of a fight.”
Shaw stated “I have to commend ESPN for showcasing a real fight, a fight that the fans are guaranteed to enjoy. There have been a lot of mismatches in boxing of late and fight fans deserve to see more hard-hitting competitive fights, especially in a main event attraction. In Nugaev vs. Shafikov, you have two fighters who are putting everything on the line to get a world title opportunity. This Friday a “WAR” will be shown on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” so everyone should be tuning in. This fight has the potential to be Fight of the Year.”
In less than a year, California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his company, Bobby D. Presents, have become in one of the most prominent female fight promoters in the country. So much so that in their recent annual convention held in Chicago, the NABF (North American Boxing Federation) named DePhilippis the female fight promoter of the year. In just six months, DePhilippis has presented three title fights including the junior flyweight title won by Kenia Enriquez, the strawweight captured by Amaris Quintana and last month the flyweight belt won by Chantal Cordova. In the next edition of “San Diego Fights” scheduled for Thursday, September 4th, at the only home for local boxing in San Diego, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, Bobby D. Presents features “Dangerous Divas” when former two-time world champion Jolene “Classy Assassin” Blackshear (8-5, 3KO) of San Diego comes back in the six round main event. (more…)
Promoter Ricky Hatton has stated that Kiwi hopeful Joseph Parker isn’t even on Hatton Promotions’ radar for Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne. Parker defeated little known American Keith Thompson this weekend and has mentioned a showdown with Browne on numerous occasions. But as Browne, who holds the Commonwealth, WBC EPBC and WBA Inter-continental crowns, is ranked highly by the three main world governing bodies and seemingly on the verge of a world title shot, the match-up is highly unlikely at present.
“I’ve heard Parker’s team say Lucas is scared of them, which is laughable,” Ricky said. “Lucas is willing to fight anyone if it makes sense and I think Parker and his team need to be more realistic. We’re currently working on possible fights against Ruslan Chagaev, Derek Chisora and Tyson Fury, so why would we put Lucas in with someone who has had only ten fights and isn’t ranked anywhere by the WBC, the WBA or the IBF? (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Graessle / Main Events
Ukrainian heavyweight Vyacheslav “Czar” Glaskov (18-0-1, 12 KOs) escaped the confines of the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA with a controversial ten round majority decision victory over a very disappointed Derric Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) on Saturday night. The tripleheader televised by NBC Sports Network and promoted by Main Events in association Peltz Boxing, and Bam Boxing Promotions, along with Titov Promotions, Final Forum Promotions and Duco Events, had impressive duel co-features. Unbeaten Russian Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) dropped Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (24-2-1, 20 KOs) three times en-route to an impressive fifth round stoppage as he captured the WBO Oriental and PABA Light heavyweight titles. Also, unbeaten heavyweight Joseph Parker (10-0, 9 KOs) of Auckland New Zealand scored a one-sided third round technical knockout of Keith “Untouchable” Thompson (7-3, 4 KOs). (more…)
Ringside Report by: John DiSanto
Photos by: Peter Frutkoff//PeterFrutkoff.com
World junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia brutalized Ron Salka in round two of a scheduled 10-round non-title bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Garcia put on a stunning display of power-punching that overwhelmed Salka and produced three showy knockdowns. The 142-pound catch-weight contest was the main event of a nine-bout bout card promoted by Golden Boy and televised live by Showtime. Click for full report and all new never before published photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC #7, IBF #7,WBA #13 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne talks to Fightnews.com about his recent bout with Andriy Rudenko and possible future fights with Wladimir Klitschko, Bername Stiverne, Ruslan Chagaev, Tyson Fury, Joseph Parker, Shannon Briggs and Solomon Haumono. Lucas also talks about new trainer Jeff Fenech and promoter Ricky Hatton.
No two fighters arrive to the biggest stage in mixed martial arts on the same path, just as goals and ambitions cannot be weighed out on the same scale. Every opportunity means something different and depends on the individual facing down the biggest moment of their professional career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Japanese veteran southpaw, formerly world-rated Yuki Nonaka (26-8-2, 9 KOs), 154, impressively regained his Japanese 154-pound belt as he completely outlegged and outpunched a younger hard-puncher from Tokyo, Kengo Nagashima (14-11-2, 13 KOs), 154, to win a unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92, 97-93) over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Nonaka, a fast-punching southpaw, almost stunned him with a solid countering left to the slower puncher midway in the opening session, and kept controlling the contest with his superior speed. It was only in the fourth that Nagashima almost caught the footworker with his vaunted right, which shook up the local favorite for a while. Nonaka sustained a gash over the left eyebrow in the fifth, while Nagashima, in round six, a laceration under the right optic. Deft of hand and foot, Nonaka steadily piled up points to regain the national super-welter belt after four years and nine months. Originally Nonaka was scheduled to have a shot against newly crowned Takayuki Hosokawa (who had dethroned five-class champ Tadashi Yuba), who, however, renounced his belt due to unannounced physical inconvenience, and Nonaka fought for the vacant throne with a substitute Nagashima. (more…)
By Graham Houston
You don’t often see a fight like this — 12 rounds of non-stop punching between Mexico’s relentlessly aggressive Francisco Rodriguez Jr. and Japan’s courageous and capable Katsunari Takayama, who fought each other down to the wire in a 105-pound title unification match last Saturday.
Rodriguez deservedly won the unanimous decision, but he knew he had been in a fight. Did he ever! Yet, amazingly, one judge gave Takayama just one of the 12 rounds.
For sheer, bell-to-bell, back-and-forth action, this fight falls into the breathtaking category.
Takayama, won the IBF title in Mexico by outboxing the tough but limited Mario Rodriguez, but this Rodriguez was a different proposition. Roared on by the hometown fans in Monterrey, Rodriguez wouldn’t be denied. As hard as Takayama fought, Rodriguez fought harder. (more…)
“Just call me Kellie” . . . More
Reaction to Frank Maloney’s decision to swap gender. More
Does Lamont Peterson deserve a shot at Danny Garcia? More
Joseph Parker makes an impact in the U.S. More
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Rick Lopez and his company New Generation Fight Promotions have their second show ready to go this Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the DIA area. Lopez stormed the Colorado boxing scene in June bringing a very well received show that was standing room only. That fight card was called ‘Uprising’ and the follow up sophomore effort is entitled ‘The Stand’ and will once again showcase some of Colorado’s best talent including Ricky Lopez, Donovan Estrella and Damien ‘Sugar’ Vazquez, in separate bouts. (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
(L-R) Legendary cutman Miguel Diaz, record-breaking blow-by-blow announcer Colonel Bob Sheridan, and Hall of Fame Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler, were among the inductees Saturday night at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame 2nd Annual Induction Dinner at The Tropicana Hotel-Casino.
Huge coverage in today’s edition of The Mirror about the sex change plans of former Lennox Lewis and David Price manager/promoter Frank Maloney, who is now living as a woman and going by the name of “Kellie.”
Lennox Lewis issued the following statement on his Facebook page:
I was just as shocked as anyone at the news about my former promoter and my initial thought was that it was a wind up. The great thing about life, and boxing, is that, day to day, you never know what to expect.
This world we live in isn’t always cut and dried or black and white, and coming from the boxing fraternity, I can only imagine what a difficult decision this must be for Kellie (formerly Frank Maloney).
However, having taken some time to read Kellie’s statements, I understand better what she, and others in similar situations, are going through. I think that ALL people should be allowed to live their lives in a way that brings them harmony and inner peace.
I respect Kellie’s decision and say that if this is what brings about true happiness in her life, than so be it. #LiveAndLetLive
Professional Boxing is making a rapid move in Mainland China with the first promotion of Li Sheng Seca Promotions, Edmund Ye Chu and Top Rank with their first promotion in Shanghai, China on August 26th with a world championship fight card at the state of the art new Mercedes Benz Arena. The headliner is a WBA interim light flyweight world title fight between WBA #2 Randy Petalcorin from Yarraville, Victoria, Australia, and #6 rated Walter Tello from Puerto Armuelles, Panama. (more…)
“I came here to purge,” WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) told Showtime’s Jim Gray after his crushing second-round knockout against “Lighting” Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) in front of 7,012 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
“I told everybody tonight was going to be the ‘Danny Garcia Show.’ No matter who I fought tonight, they were going to get beat. I was going to purge. I was out to kill. I didn’t think this was going to be an easy fight. I thought he’d try to box me. But it is not about the opponent. When I am at my best I can beat anybody and I already proved that.”
[On a potential matchup with Lamont Peterson] “I leave it up to Al Haymon, but if he [Peterson] wants it. I’ll give it to him. I show up fight night and sometimes I have good nights or bad nights, but I always find a way to win.”
“I am disappointed,” said heavyweight Derric Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) after losing a controversial ten round majority decision against IBF #2 rated Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (18-0-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sands Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rossy outthrew Glazkov 738 to 400, and outlanded the Olympic medalist 184 to 159, but still came up on the short end of two scorecards, with judge Pierre Benoist crediting Rossy with just two rounds the entire fight.
“It’s hard to get the words together,” stated Rossy. “I am trying to find out what they were looking at. There is no accountability. You are messing with peoples’ lives. I take my hat off to Glazkov. I know I won that fight. When it is very askew you have to wonder, where is the accountability?”
“I want to fight Peter Quillin in Brooklyn right here at the Barclays Center. The Brooklyn fans deserve it and it’s going to happen soon hopefully,” newly crowned WBA middleweight “regular” champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (28-1, 25 KOs) told Showtime’s Jim Gray after his fifth round KO against Australian Jarrod Fletcher (18-2, 10 KOs) in front of 7,012 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
“I wanted to pace myself,” said Jacobs. “I didn’t want to punch myself out. I respected him. But I didn’t see any way that he could defeat me. I was sitting down on my punches and throwing in bunches. He was a tough customer. I hope he’s okay.”
Jacobs won the title three years after battling cancer. “Boxing taught me to have the mental strength to overcome anything. And that’s what I did. My advice [to others fighting cancer] is to be strong. But even if you can’t beat it, be happy. Be grateful that we even have this life.”
“I was able to show a lot of dimensions of my game,” IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) told Showtime’s Jim Gray after retained his title by TKO10 against Edgar Santana (29-5, 20 KOs) in front of 7,012 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
“I was boxing well. I fought on the inside well. I actually think I should have gotten him out of there sooner but I give myself an okay grade. I think it was [round] four or five. I hurt him. I didn’t finish him. I don’t know why I didn’t but I knew I hurt him -and it was over- it was just a matter of time. I just had to get the right spot, push on the gas and go forward.”
[On a potential fight with Danny Garcia] “This is the fight all the fans and the media want. I’m willing to do it. Again, I’m going to say this: ‘I’m willing to do it.’ Hopefully it gets done…It makes more sense to do it at 140 but if it has to happen at 147 I have no problem.”
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg outpointed Denis Grachev of Russia over 12 rounds in a gruelling and bloody affair at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park to capture the vacant WBC silver light heavyweight title on Saturday night on a Golden Gloves Promotions tournament. Judges Kevin Scott (USA) and Joe Chaane (South Africa) scored 116-112 and 117-111 whilst judge Lateef Muiss (Nigeria) had it a way out 120-108.
Liebenberg (79,20kg) suffered a cut over the right eye early in the first round from a possibly clash of heads and Grachev (78,40kg) was cut on the top of his head after a clash of heads in the fourth round. Both fighters bled throughout as their cornermen failed to stop the bleeding. Grachev (13-4-1, 8 KOs) made a good start and possibly won two of the first three rounds but the rugged Liebenberg (16-0, 11 KOs) came back at him to score with thudding blows to the head throughout the fight to emerge a clear winner at the end. (more…)
WBO mini-flyweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez Jr. (15-2, 10 KOs) retained his title and acquired the IBF belt of Katsunari Takayama (27-7, 10 KOs) with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision in a 105lb unification clash in front of more than 12,000 fans at the famed Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Rodriguez dropped Takayama in round three but Takayama staged a furious comeback and the bout became a war of attrition with both boxers being rocked down the stretch. In the end it was Rodriguez winning by scores of 116-111, 115-112, and a ridiculous 119-108.
In the co-feature, former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (44-14-1, 29 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Irving Berry (22-6-2, 19 KOs) in a featherweight clash. Scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 98-92.
Photos: Leopoldo Gonzalez / Temmy Villa Canelo Promotions
WBC #1 super bantamweight Andres “Jaguar” Gutierrez (30-0-1, 22 KOs) kept his “0” intact and successfully defended his WBC silver belt with a twelve round unanimous decision against Mario “Huracan” Macias (26-13, 13 KOs) at the Auditorio Jose Maria Arteaga in Queretaro, Mexico. Scores were 118-109, 116-111, 117-110.
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Jose “Josesito” Felix Jr. (27-1, 22KO), coming back from an unsuccessful WBA super featherweight title challenge, rebounded nicely with a dominant 6th round TKO over journeyman Alejandro Rodriguez (21-15, 12KO) on Saturday night at the Glendale Civici Auditorium. Felix Jr. easily outboxed Rodriguez, badly bloodying the nose of Rodriguez in the process. By the sixth round, Rodriguez was a bloody mess and on his way to a wide decision loss or knockout loss when he knelt in his corner in pain while grabbing his hand. Rodriguez was ruled unable to continue due to injury, leading to a TKO victory for Felix Jr. Time of the stoppage was 1:41 of the sixth round of the scheduled 8 round lightweight main event.
Undefeated junior welterweight southpaw, Jose Zepeda (21-0, 18KO) put an awesome display of body punching with a third round knockout over the game Adrian Garza (8-4, 6KO). Zepeda was in control the entire way and dropped Garza early in the third round with a hook to the body and twice more before the referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the third round.
Undefeated lightweight prospect Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (14-0, 8 KOs) won a highly competitive split decision over the slick boxing Stan Martyniouk (13-2, 2 KOs). The 21 year old San Antonio, Texas, native, Najera, was the aggressor, throughout, but Martyniouk boxed well the entire way and managed to land a few solid power shots, as well. However, Martyniouk, relying largely on his jab and counter punching, was going to be hard pressed to win while fighting from a defensive position. Judges scored the bout 79-73, 75-77 (in favor of Martyniouk) and 78-74. There were no knockdowns in the bout and neither fighter seemed seriously hurt at any point. (more…)
Photos: Rich Graessle / Main Events
IBF #2 undefeated heavyweight contender Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (18-0-1, 11 KOs) was lucky to win a ten round majority decision over Derric Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sands Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rossy mostly outworked Glazkov, but a last round rally salvaged the win. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, and an absurd 98-92.
Little known light heavyweight Vasily Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) took apart world rated Robert Berridge (24-2-1, 20 KOs), scoring a fifth round TKO. Lepikhin knocked down Berridge at the end of round two and twice in round five. Referee Gary Rosato waved it off after Lepikhin continued to deal out punishment. Time was 1:04.
Hot heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (10-0, 9 KOs) scored a third round KO over Keith Thompson (7-3, 4 KOs). Parker dropped Thompson twice in round three to end it. Time was 2:41. (more…)
By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Amanda Kwok / SHOWTIME
In the scheduled 10-round main event, WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, Philadelphia, stopped Rod Salka, Pittsburgh, in round two, after three brutal knockdowns. The fight was a non-title bout. The first knockdown came from a hard right hand. Another right put Salka on the deck for the second time. Finally, a left hook dropped Salka again. Referee Steve Willis stopped the fight at 2:31 of round two. Garcia remained undefeated, 29-0, 17 KOs. Salka lost for the fourth time, 19-4, 3 KOs.
Lamont Peterson, Washington, DC, defended his IBF junior middleweight title with a 10th round TKO of Edgar Santana, New York. Peterson, 33-2-1, 16 KOs, scored well with a blistering body attack throughout the fight and landed chopping power shots all night long. Peterson only used his feet to reposition himself and to take an occasional breather. The rest of the time, he stayed in the pocket and chopped away at his rugged foe. Santana, 29-5, 20 KOs, landed as well, but Peterson outworked him in every round. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but the fifth round could have been scored 10-8, given the amount of punishment Peterson dished out. Finally in round ten, with Peterson landing freely to the head and body, the ringside physician signaled that he wanted the fight to be stopped. So referee Pete Santiago halted it at 2:48 of the tenth.
It was bombs away in the first round of the Daniel Jacobs-Jarrod Fletcher vacant WBA middleweight championship fight. Jacobs, Brooklyn, came out fast and dropped Fletcher with a nasty left hook in round one. After that, it seemed that every punch Jacobs threw hurt the Australian, but somehow he made it to the end of the round. In round two, Jacobs appeared to ease off for some reason, instead of going for the knockout. “When I hurt him in the first round and he didn’t go out, I wanted to pace myself and not get tired,” Jacobs said. Jacobs kept the upper hand as the rounds ticked by, but didn’t come close to putting his opponent down again. However, in round five, just when Fletcher appeared to be getting brave, Jacobs refocused and went for the kill. A hard left hook softened Fletcher before a pair of rights put him down again. Referee Michael Griffin stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:58 of round five. Jacobs improved to 28-1, 25 KOs. Fletcher fell to 18-2, 10 KOs. (more…)
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