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It’s official! Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title in his home state against Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) on FOX July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
Deontay Wilder: “I’m always excited about coming home and being in front of my people where I’m the most comfortable. I’ve been traveling a lot, going over to Sheffield, England to train before I was supposed to fight Alexander Povetkin in Moscow. But because of his decision to use a banned substance, the fight didn’t happen. I’m disappointed about that, but it’s not going to stop me from being an active heavyweight world champion. It has also given me the opportunity to again defend my title before my hometown fans. It’s always good to come home.
“This is the longest stretch that I’ve been out of the ring and I’m anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. This is another fight in that process. I respect Chris Arreola for getting into the ring with me, but we all know who the real champion is and I’m going to prove it. I’ve been training long and hard for a fight and now I’m going to take it out on Arreola on July 16.”
Chris Arreola: “I’m thankful to Deontay for this opportunity, he has proven a great deal by winning the heavyweight title and by defending it three times. I’m very excited to step into the ring with him, put on a great show, be victorious and make history by becoming the first Mexican heavyweight world champion.”
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $20 and go on sale tomorrow.
Deontay Wilder and DiBella Entertainment have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in the United States District Court of New York against Alexander Povetkin and Andrey Ryabinskiy/World of Boxing, for breach of the WBC agreement to deliver Povetkin for a scheduled for May 21 world title fight in Russia. Just eight days before the bout, Povetkin tested positive for Meldonium and the bout was scrubbed.
Wilder and DiBella are seeking damages in an amount to be determined at trial and in no event less than $5 million.
The lawsuit cites a previous case in which Ryabinskiy/World of Boxing secured a judgment for some $2 million in damages against Don King because King’s fighter Guillermo Jones could not participate in a WBA championship bout against a fighter promoted by WOB because Jones had ingested a banned substance, Furosemide.
An announcement is expected shortly that will make it official that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his world title against Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) on July 16 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder was permitted another voluntary defense by the WBC after longtime mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin tested positive for trace amounts of a banned substance. Arreola is coming off a split decision over Travis Kauffman last December, which was later changed to a no-decision after Arreola tested positive for marijuana. He received a 90-day suspension and was removed from the WBC ratings, but the suspension has expired so he will likely reappear in the next WBC ratings. FOX TV is expected to televise.
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko celebrates after knocking out WBO super featherweight champion Rocky Martinez on Saturday night at the MSG Theater in New York City.
Former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme (22-2, 14 KOs) from Carolina, Puerto Rico, will be back in action this Saturday at the Pabellón de la Feria, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Dulorme will be facing Mexican Jesus “Pantera” Gurrola (22-8-3, 10 KOs) in a scheduled eight round welterweight division bout.
“Right now I’m a free agent. This bout marks my return at the welterweight divison, where I first started my career and was ranked as one of the best in the world. Now you can expect a stronger and faster boxer. At the jr. welterweight division, I was ranked in the top positions too, but it was difficult for me to make weight,” said Dulorme. “At this stage of my career, I feel very good both mentally and physically to get back to the winning route. Now after this fight, we will be looking for better options.”
In his last fight, which was affected by a sudden divorce during his training and differences with his team, Dulorme lost a competitive match against Terence Crawford in bout for the vacant WBO jr welterweight world title.
Two Star Boxing fighters from Long Island, light heavyweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. and super lightweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin will see action in separate main events.
On Saturday night, the little-known Smith (21-1, 17 KOs) makes his national television debut against the world rated “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs), when they collide in a 10-round main event on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The WBC #2, WBA #3, WBO #4 rated Fonfara is about a 30:1 favorite in the fight, but Smith’s promoter Joe DeGuardia has high hopes saying “I expect big things from Joe Smith Jr.”
The night before, the undefeated WBC #6 ranked Seldin (18-0, 15 KOs) squares off against Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KOs) in the main event at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. “Cletus Seldin is becoming a major force in the already loaded junior welterweight division,” said DeGuardia. “His ferocious style has attracted droves of fans and on June 17th we expect the same…”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF #5 108-pounder Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (31-4-1, 16 KOs) stopped Stevanus Nana Bau (5-6-1, 2 KOs) in round four of a scheduled twelve round IBF Pan Pacific championship bout last Friday night at Maejo University, Chiangmai, Thailand. Sakkreerin scored with accurate left jabs in the opening round to continually keep his opponent off balance. In round four Sakkreerin dropped Nana Bau with a body shot and the referee called it off at 2:40.
In other action, IBF #15 122-pounder Mike Tawatchai (39-9-1, 21 KOs) stopped Arega Yunian (3-7, 0 KOs) in round four of a scheduled eight round bout. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
THE BEAUTY OF BEING IMMORTAL
What a week it has been. The world dedicated to expressing the greatness of a man, a farewell to the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. The King of Boxing is now eternal and his legacy and inspiration will live on in the hearts and minds of millions.
As I arrived in Louisville on Wednesday, a nostalgic, sad feeling was floating all over. As hours went by it all changed to an unbelievable feeling of peace and glory. People started to celebrate the life of one who in many ways influenced us all. Louisville turned into a bright scene with the commitment of many to make sure the final goodbye to Ali lived up to a series of events that this hero deserved. Lonnie, Marylin and Ron DiNicola, the leadership of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, The Ali Center and the hundreds of volunteers who worked 24/7 and performed at their best ability. (more…)
After defending his title against Paulus Ambunda in Namibia, unbeaten WBA interim super bantamweight champion Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) made it clear who he wants to get in the ring now. “I want to be recognized as the next great fighter from Mexico,” proclaimed Flores. “I want Guillermo Rigondeaux next!”
Currently, Flores is the mandatory challenger to fight Rigondeaux, who is the current WBA super champion at super bantamweight. “Flores once again proved he’s an elite fighter winning in Ambunda’s backyard,” said manager Gary Jonas. “Now we are focused on getting in the ring with Rigondeaux. Flores is the WBA interim champion and he’s hungry to become the super champion. Right now we are in talks with team Rigondeaux to get this fight made. Chucky is ready to take over the 122-pound division.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Boxing insiders and fans alike gathered for the annual rite of passage for the sport’s elite members as they were enshrined in the IBHOF’s class of 2016. Hector “Macho Camacho, Col. Bob Sheridan, Jerry Izenberg, Lupe Pintor, Marc Ratner, Harold Lederman and Hilario Zapata all entered the Hall today as revered fighters, observers and non-particpants of the “Sweet Science.” The event opened with IBHOF President Don Ackerman introducing this year’s parade Grand Marshall Quentin Hillsman, coach of the Syracuse University Orange women’s basketball team, who he took the their first NCAA championship game in the school’s history.
Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions
Welterweight Joseph Elegele (16-2, 11 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Phil Lo Greco (27-2, 15 KOs) on Sunday night at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida. It was an entertaining war of attrition with both fighters landing and absorbing big shots. In Lo Greco’s best round, he staggered Elegele and teed off in a brutal assault that Elegele withstood. Elegele’s best moment was in round six when he battered Lo Greco all over the ring. Elegele rocked Lo Greco in the final round to pull out a 97-95, 96-94, 96-94 victory.
Light heavyweight Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Australian prospect Steve Lovett (15-1, 12 KOs). Lovett dropped Baker with a left hook in round four. However, Baker rebounded and hurt Lovett in round eight, knocking him out with a furious barrage of punches. Time was 2:57.
Undefeated middleweight Dauren Yeleussinov (5-0-1, 4 KOs) and Devaun Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 79-73 Yeleussinov, 78-74 Lee, and 76-76. photos
Granite Chin Promotions presented a seven fight card on Saturday night at the Marina Bay SportsPlex in Quincy, Massachusetts. Headlining the card, local cruiserweight Chris Traietti (21-3, 17 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Mike Sawyer (7-7, 5 KOs). In the co-feature, undefeated junior welterweight Wang Zhimin (7-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Matt Doherty (4-3-1, 2 KOs) over eight.
Undefeated heavyweight Zhilei Zhang, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, moved to 10-0 with 7 KOs with a second round TKO over Jamal Woods (8-27-6, 8 KOs). Also, Roc Nation heavyweight prospect Darmani “Rock Solid” Rock (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped 402-pound Bobby Favors (0-2) in round one.
Charles Foster DQ1 Ralph Johnson
Gabriel Duluc TKO2 Oscar Diaz
Brandon Montella KO1 Demetrius Thomas
By Boxing Bob Newman
The three winners of Showtime’s boxing telecast from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York addressed the media after the card ended. Demetrius Andrade, Dejan Zlaticanin and John Molina, Jr., all chimed in on their big wins last night and what the future holds for them.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru “The Spartan” Marin scored a third-round TKO over Johnny “The Law” Determan of Dallas, TX to win the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) International Bantamweight title Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. The bout was the main event of the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card.
In the second round of the bout, Marin landed a straight left followed by a picture-perfect right hook to the head that dropped Determan to his knees. Marin would land a left-right combination to Determan’s face to drop him a second time. Marin would finish the job late in the third round as he walked Determan down with pressure eventually leading to a straight left hand that dropped Determan for the third time in the bout. Determan’s corner would not let their boxer continue and the bout was stopped at 2:37 of the round.
Marin remains undefeated at 12-0, eight KO’s while Determan falls to 10-2, eight KO’s. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra at ringside
Photos by Mike Blair
San Francisco welterweight Johnathan Chicas (15-2, 7 KOs) added his second consecutive win since coming back from an eighteen month long hiatus on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Fighting in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 106, Chicas overcame a bad late-round cut and the long-ranged attack of Vancouver, Washington’s Virgil “Black Mamba” Green (11-5, 4 KOs) to edge out a close ten round unanimous decision victory.
After a tentative first round in which both fighters fought at a measured pace, seemingly gauging what the other’s approach would be, Chicas began to come on in the second, closing the distance and unloading with effective overhand rights in close. Both fighters traded momentum in the third round with Green trying to establish his jab and find openings for his long right hand, while Chicas kept up the pressure and found success late in the round with thudding left-right hook combos. As the round wound down Chicas began to land the more damaging blows clinching the round with the harder and more effective shots. (more…)
Newly crowned WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko now holds world titles at 126 pounds and at 130 pounds. He has some time to decide which weight he’ll remain at, but after his brilliant KO win over Rocky Martinez, it sounds like he’s leaning toward 130. “The reason that I like Olympic boxing is that all the best fighters come together and find out who the best fighter is,” said the 28-year-old Ukrainian star. “I want to do the same in professional boxing. I want to line up all the best professional boxers at 130 pounds and see who the best fighter is.”
The other champions at 130 are Francisco Vargas (WBC), Jezreel Corrales (WBA super), Javier Fortuna (WBA regular), Jose Pedraza (IBF) and Miguel Berchelt (WBO interim). However, the first order of business might be a rematch with Orlando Salido, who handed Lomachenko his only professional loss and is coming off consecutive draws in world title fights. Lomachenko addressed a claim by Salido that he told Salido he wouldn’t fight him because Salido doesn’t have a belt. “Hey Salido, don’t lie. I didn’t tell you that. I’m ready to fight you anytime. Let’s do it!”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was elated with Lomachenko’s impressive win. “We have a lot of great fighters in Top Rank as you know,” said Arum. “This young man is the greatest. Muhammad Ali was the greatest of all time, Vasyl Lomachenko is the greatest of our time!“
By Tracy Morin
John Molina: “He realized I could use the jab. The guy is a very strong fighter. I hit him with some hard shots, and he just smiled at me. Why would I give him any advantage and go in there [to trade]? There was a headbutt, but nothing I haven’t experienced before. It was a fight. In exchanges, I had to let him know I would fight him. Then I got back on the outside and utilized my jab. A fighter knows in that ring if he won or lost. I was ready and prepared well for this fight, so I wasn’t scared they’d take it away from me.
“I’ve never ducked anybody. I want to put on a good show for the fans, and that’s what I do. It’s a step in the right direction, so anyone at 140, let’s do it. I’m a big 140-pounder; my strength and conditioning went well. We wanted to use my attributes–height, strength, reach–and right now my business is at 140. At one point, I was a 7-1 underdog in this fight. I had to show the world I can do what I can do. I think they’ll have a different judgment of me. The sky’s the limit from here on out.” (more…)
Joseph Elegele 149.6 vs. Phil Lo Greco 149.4
Steve Lovett 175.7 vs. Craig Baker 176
Dauren Yeleussinov 159.4 vs. Devaun Lee 163
David Gonzales 144.2 vs. Carlos Velasquez 142.2
Christian Camacho 127.6 vs. Callel Castillo 129.8
Craig Duncan 167.4 vs. Victor Darocha 167.4
Emmanuel Bermudez 145.2 vs. Randy Heddericks 147.8
Venue: Lakeland Events Center, Lakeland, Florida
Promoter: King’s Boxing
TV: Bounce TV
Former two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (46-2-2, 24 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Breilor Teran (15-14-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal No. 1 in Trelew, Chubut, Argentina. The 40-year-old Narvaez was in command all the way en route to a shutout 100-89 score on all three cards. Rated #5 by the IBF at bantamweight, Narvaez is now taking aim at IBF champion Lee Haskins.
By Ron Jackson
In an all-South African clash Simphiwe Khonco beat Siyabonga Siyo on a unanimous 12 round points decision to capture the vacant IBO minimumweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Ace Makaluza (SA) and Deon Dwarte (SA) both scored it 116-112 and judge Mark Streisand (USA) scored it 118-110.
The expected fireworks between the local rivals from the Eastern Cape was a rather damp squib in a poor fight with both fighters swinging wildly and missing throughout. The 29-year-old Khonco (47.54kg) whose name was spelt Konko on his trunks, made a fast start and was the aggressor as he backed up Siyo (47.46kg) throughout the fight.
Khonco improved his record to 17-6, 7 KOs, and the 26-year-old Siyo saw his record drop to 10-1, 4 KOs. The referee was Tony Nyangiwe (SA) and going into the fight Khonco was ranked at #6 and Siyo at #13 by the IBO. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Moises “Chucky” Flores of Mexico retained his WBA interim super bantamweight belt and won the IBO super bantamweight belt, with a twelve round unanimous points decision over Namibia’s Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda at the Ramatex Factory in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday night. Flores, 29, who fights out Guadalajara, Jalisco won with scores of 115-112, 115-110 and 114-111 against the gutsy 35-year-old Ambunda (24-2, 10 KOs), a former WBO bantamweight champion. The Mexican using his height and reach advantages had Ambunda down in rounds one, six and seven. Ambunda made a late rally in the last three rounds but this was not enough as the Mexican was a comfortable winner at the end. Flores (26-0, 17 KOs) is now hoping to challenge the WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba.
The main supporting bout between Paulus Moses of Namibia and Thompson Mokwana of South Africa for the WBO Africa interim lightweight title ended in a no contest after an accidental clash of heads in the first round. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (22-0, 18 KOs) of Palmdale, California, stopped Joaquim Carneiro (23-9, 21 KOs) of Brazil in three rounds on Saturday night in the inaugural “LA Battle Club” event at the Los Angeles Badminton Club in El Monte, California. Diaz teed off on Carneiro in the opening round busting his nose with his inside attack. Connecting with uppercuts, Diaz battered the bloodied Carneiro in round two. The carnage was stopped at the end of round three with Carneiro was bleeding massively.
Former world champion Rico “Sauvecito” Ramos (24-6, 12 KOs) of Pico Rivera, California, won an eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Justin “The Vodou” Savi (28-6-2, 18 KOs) of Benin in a featherweight bout. A left hook by Ramos in the closing seconds of round one dropped Savi. Ramos then dominated and outworked Savi en route to a 79-72, 79-72 and 77-74 win. (more…)
The blood started to flow from the forehead of welterweight Jonathan Chicas (11-4, 4 KOs) late in the eighth round, and did not let up. An incidental headbutt opened up a nasty cut, which bled constantly for the remainder of the scheduled 10-round bout. Chicas was able to overcome the blood and opponent Virgil Green (11-5, 7 KOs) in the main event of Battle at the Boat 106 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. Chicas, fighting out of San Francisco, appeared as the 97-93, 96-94, 96-94 on the judge’s scorecard to improve his career record to 15-2-0 with 7 KOs.
The two 142 pounders fought evenly through the opening four rounds before Green was able to find some success in the middle rounds, taking advantage of his significant reach. After suffering the cut, Chicas became the more active fighter once the blood started to flow, taking control of the contest’s final three rounds, leading to the victory.
By Bob Caico at ringside
At scenic Presque Isle Downs Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania a terrific summer-like Saturday night was the perfect setting for an outdoor boxing event. That is what Bizzarro Promotions hoped it would be for their third show at this impressive venue. On paper, the six-round main event seemed like a mismatch. Wilkins Santiago of Lorain, OH had an impressive 12-1-2 record going against Justin Johnson of Pittsburgh, PA who came it at 6-12-4 while losing eight of his last nine bouts. But the matchmaker must have done his homework because a barnburner ensued. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC #1 super bantamweight Rey Vargas (27-0, 21 KOs) swept past WBC #5 rated Alexis “Yoyo” Kabore (25-2, 6 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds on Saturday night at the famed Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. Vargas cruised to a 120-108 verdict on all cards.
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
In a fierce and bloody war, 9:1 underdog John Molina Jr. (28-6, 23 KOs) outslugged former WBO junior welterweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.
Even in a mostly feeling-out first round, each fighter scored a smattering of clean power punches to the head and body, setting the stage for an action-packed, back-and-forth affair. But from the opening bell of the second, tentativeness dissipated as they started to trade with little concern for defense, Provodnikov perennially pressing forward and Molina unafraid to engage.
Molina tried to work his jab in the fourth while continuing a brutal body attack, and an accidental headbutt opened a Provodnikov cut as the punches on both sides started to land with more conviction–underlined when both fighters smiled at each other at the end of round five and traded until the bell. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
In just his seventh pro fight, WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 3 KOs) became a two-weight world champion by dethroning WBO junior lightweight world champion Rocky Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) with spectacular five round KO on Saturday night at the Theater at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko demonstrated his superb speed and movement as he dominated Martinez before knocking him out with a left uppercut / right hook combination. Time was 1:09.
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Undefeated former world champion Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) scored a twelfth round KO over 154lb spoiler Willie Nelson (25-3-1, 15 KOs) in a WBC super welterweight world title eliminator on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY. Andrade’s speed and accurate combination punching paid dividends in the very first round. When Nelson was frozen with a body shot, southpaw Andrade followed up with a flurry, punctuated with a clobbering right hook that sent Nelson down. Andrade remained patient in the second but landed at will as little fire returned from a recovering Nelson, until the latter scored a sharp right uppercut and straight right in the third. Andrade returned fire with his own uppercuts, and his guard-splitting straight lefts and digging body shots also landed well against the taller Nelson, who often spent so much time on defense he could never quite launch a sustained offense. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten WBO #2 lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (21-0, 15 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBC #11 super featherweight Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (25-3, 17 KOs) to retain his WBO Latino lightweight title on Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York city. Verdejo, in command all the way, staggered Martinez in round five and got the stoppage from referee Michael Ortega with his followup barrage. Time was 2:40.
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Unbeaten southpaw Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KO) scored a third round TKO over late replacement Franklin Mamani (21-2-2, 12 KO) to claim the vacant WBC lightweight world title on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY. Both committed to a body attack from the opening bell, but Mamani was most visibly stunned by a left that bounced off his temple in the opening stanza; then he was warned for punches that strayed low in the second. As they traded with conviction, a clean left hook in the third wobbled Mamani, sending him stumbling backward to the ropes. Zlaticanin swarmed to press his advantage, throwing a barrage to the head and body until Mamani ended up on the canvas (ruled a slip). Zlaticanin resumed work, teeing off with vicious straight lefts until ref Charlie Fitch stepped in to stop the contest at 0:53 of round 3. “I’m very proud,” Zlaticanin said post-fight through a translator, thanking his fans. “I knew I would knock him out, 100%.” photos
By Karl Freitag
In his U.S. debut, WBO #2, IBF #5 flyweight contender Zou Shiming (8-1, 2 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over timid Jozsef Ajtai (15-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist Shiming stalked Ajtai the whole fight, but Ajtai was on his bicycle from the get-go. Scores were 100-89 across the board. Shiming successfully defended his WBO International flyweight title.
Unbeaten welterweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (13-0, 11 KOs) impressively crushed Adam Mate (21-10, 10 KOs) in the first round. Rodriguez put Mate on the canvas four times before the bout was halted by referee Ron Lipton. Time was 2:27.
Unbeaten featherweight Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (18-0, 11 KOs) dominated Neftali Campos (11-2, 9 KOs) in an impressive eighth round TKO win. Diaz punished Campos in every round and finally got the stoppage from referee David Fields with :32 remaining in the bout.
Unbeaten super lightweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (19-0, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Abraham Cordero (13-2-1, 7 KOs). Reed was credited with a knockdown in round one, then dealt a vicious beating to the game Cordero until the bout was halted at 2:29 by referee Johnny Callas. (more…)
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Local favorite Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KO) received a hometown welcome from fans as he stepped into the ring with John Thompson (17-3, 6 KO) for a middleweight 10-rounder. Monroe Jr., a slick southpaw, ducked and dodged punches in the first while landing some sneaky counters in return. One of those, a cuffing left, landed awkwardly in the second, putting Thompson down briefly and rousing the crowd. Thompson found the target a handful of times in the third and fourth, but Monroe’s herky-jerky, reflex-driven defense made him difficult to pin down, even amid occasional exchanges. In round 5, Monroe Jr. scored another knockdown with a leaping-forward right power jab after faking out Thompson with a feint, spurring some action in the closing seconds. But the sixth returned to a tactical touch-and-go, punctuated by a late flurry from Thompson, who fought in both orthodox and southpaw stances during the fight. Monroe Jr. used his legs in round 7 to mostly potshot from the perimeter, while the eighth and ninth found few shots landing cleanly from either. There was a bit more action in the tenth as Thompson tried to chase down and engage with his slippery foe, but he found limited success. Ultimately, Monroe Jr.’s slick boxing scored him the unanimous decision, albeit through some divergent scorecards: 96-92, 95-93 and 99-89.
Heavyweight 2015 Boxcino winner Andrey Fedosov (29-3, 24 KO) gave up 60-plus pounds against Mario Heredia (13-2, 11 KO), who jabbed his way to a solid first round while keeping his shorter opponent at bay. Fedosov soon looked to time him with counter left hooks and landed a solid four-punch combo in the second. Both fighters had their chins tested in a power-punching third round, but Heredia’s was the first to crack when he was stunned and put down by a sweeping left. In both the fourth and fifth, Fedosov caught him with left hooks for second and third knockdowns–after which Fedosov went into attack mode, but, with 10 seconds left both times, couldn’t close the show. He started his aggression earlier in the fifth, only to sustain Heredia’s own attack, then respond back with the now-reliable left hook that put Heredia down for the final time at 1:33 of the sixth. Ref Richard Pokozdi waved off the fight, giving Fedosov the TKO victory and the WBA Fedelatin heavyweight belt. (more…)
By Brad Snyder/Undercard
Photos by Phil DiMaria
Muhammad Ali once said, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
On a day in which the world laid to rest the Greatest Of All Time, the Detroit boxing community, along with promoter, Carlos Llinas, paid tribute to the legend with the ringside bell echoing 10 times.
A star-studded crowd, including Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, Anthony Dirrell, Tony “Superbad” Harrison, Lanardo Tyner, Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage, Amanda Bobby Cooper, and Scotty Buchzeiger, witnessed a nine bout card with both promising newcomers and seasoned veterans to the sport.
The 7th edition of “Night of Knockouts” featured Winfred Harris Jr. (3-0) capturing his third victory with an UD win over Lionel Jimenez. Harris displayed incredible quickness and power against Jimenez leaving all three judges to score the fight 40-35. Jimenez (2-14) stated he was “impressed with Harris’ power”. The highlight of the fight was a second round knockdown by Harris. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scales
Wilkins Santiago 143.5 vs. Justin Johnson 149
Thomas Mattice 134.5 vs. Edgardo Rivera 132.5
Wilfredo Flores 141.5 vs. Danny Rosenberger 141.5
Erik Plumeri 158.5 vs. Khali Thon 156
Dawuan Rosenberry 145 vs Jeffrey Hayslett 143.5
Isaiah Steen 163 vs. Jamaal Williams 159.5
Greg Brady 197 vs. Tahlik Taylor 176
Fight cancelled due to state 10 pound rule per Commissioner Greg Sirb
Alexander Dedovits 208.5 vs. Steven Tyner 217
Promoter: Bizzarro Promotions
Venue: Presque Isle Downs Casino
WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko will be trying to become a two division world champion tonight when he moves up to challenge WBO junior lightweight world champion Rocky Martinez in the Theater at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. If the two-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko were to become a two-weight champion, it would be quite an achievement considering this is just his seventh pro fight. Oddsmakers like his chances, installing him as a 32:1 favorite. “The preparation was very good,” said the 28-year-old Ukrainian. “I feel great and I’m ready for this fight. I just hope that the best ‘Rocky’ Martinez is in front of me. I think this will be a very good match since we’re both champions.”
The 33-year-old Martinez will have the overwhelming support of the crowd. “I trust my preparation,” said Rocky. “I’m ready for whatever Lomachenko brings and I know I have the tools to beat him.” HBO will televise.
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