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This Saturday at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, WBO lightweight boss Terry Flanagan is promising to provide a refresher to anyone who doubts his standing as the planet’s premier 135lb prizefighter, writes Glynn Evans.
The 27 year old ‘Turbo’ from Ancoats, Manchester is acutely aware that he dipped beneath the lofty standards he sets himself when he plodded past veteran South African spoiler Mzonke Fana in a 12 round snoozer in the Welsh capital last summer.
But he intends to settle his debt to Welsh fight fans with interest this weekend.
‘I’ve been given a second chance to show Cardiff exactly what I’m about; an exciting southpaw, the best fighter on a good bill, the world’s best lightweight,’ says the 5ft 9 ½ in southpaw who makes a fourth defence of his belt against Puerto Rico’s Orlando Cruz, the world’s only openly ‘gay’ professional boxer. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC#6, WBO#7, IBF#8, WBA#14, 168 pounder, Zac Dunn (22-0, 18KOs) will challenge Englishman, Liam Cameron (19-4, 7 KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth title over twelve rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday
Cameron is coming off a four round stoppage win over Giorgi Beroshvill in 2015. He previously challenged for the Commonwealth title in 2015 losing a twelve round decision to Luke Blackledge.
Dunn captured the IBO world 168 pound title by defeating Max Bursak over twelve rounds in 2015. He made a successful USA debut in 2015 outscoring Derrick Findley over ten rounds on ESPN televised contest
Undefeated Super-Bantamweight Kid Galahad (20-0, 11 KOs) has been added to Frank Warren’s Motorpoint Arena Cardiff bill this Saturday. Galahad will face against Barcelona’s Reynaldo Mora (7-19, 4 KOs), live and exclusive on BoxNation.
“I’m delighted to be joining such a big show,” said Galahad. “I’m itching to get back in the ring and do what I do best. This will be my first time boxing in Wales as a pro and I’m determined to put in a top performance and win over some new fans.
“There’s some big fights for me in 2017 but first I need to overcome Reynaldo on Saturday. I want to end 2016 on a high and look forward to a busy 2017.”
Former WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg will meet Jose Cayetano for the WBA International Featherweight title at the Manchester Arena on Saturday December 10, live on Sky Sports. Quigg returns to action after recovering from a broken jaw in his unification battle with Carl Frampton in the same arena in February.
The Bury star is looking to get back into the world title frame and will be keen to make a big impact up at Featherweight as he tracks down a rematch with Frampton and hunts another potential domestic World championship rival in Welsh IBF king Lee Selby.
Cayetano will be out to spoil Quigg’s return and hand back to back defeats to the hometown favorite. The Mexican has mixed in top company having taken Leo Santa Cruz the distance on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao blockbuster and enters the bout full of confidence having beaten Alexis Santiago in Las Vegas in September. (more…)
WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko is now a -1100 favorite over unbeaten former world champion Nicholas Walters (+700) on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
With today being Thanksgiving, there’s no final press conference. The fighters will face off Friday at the weigh-in, then collide in the ring the following night. HBO will televise.
“The ‘former’ world champion will be removed very soon. I will be world champion again in 2017,” said Randy “Razor” Petalcorin, the former WBA interim light flyweight champion from General Santos City. He is scheduled to fight again on Tuesday, December 4 in the main event of the “Brawl at the Mall: Return of Gensan’s Finest” at the Robinsons Mall in General Santos City.
Petalcorin is facing newly-crowned Minproba light flyweight titlist Arnold Garde of President Roxas, North Cotabato for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Pan Pacific light flyweight crown. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
London 2012 Olympian, Cameron Hammond (16-0, 8 KOs) will clash with fellow Australian Kris George (11-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant Commonwealth welterweight championship on Friday in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Hammond, 27 years of age, is managed by future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton. He is coming off a points win over Devdarshan Singh in July WBO #2 welterweight Jeff Horn will be in Hammond’s corner.
George, also 27, is coming off a three round stoppage of Bowyn Morgan in July and he is managed and trained by Brendon Smith
Promoter Brendon Smith
Luis Ortiz will face Dave Allen at the Manchester Arena on Saturday December 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Heavyweight danger man Ortiz made his European debut in Monte-Carlo on November 12 with a landslide points win over Malik Scott extending his unbeaten record to 26-0. ‘King Kong’ was frustrated by Scott’s negative approach, but the Cuban KO artist is confident that he prove he’s the next ruler of the division on December 10.
“I’m so excited to be boxing in the UK and it’s great to be keeping busy,” said Ortiz. “Monaco was a great experience for me and although the fight didn’t play out like I hoped I felt I learnt a lot.
“We looked at opponents for December 10 and we wanted someone who will come to fight for the fans. Dave Allen called the fight on and he’s got his wish. It’s great to be taking on a Brit in his backyard and I’m confident you will see the real Luis Ortiz in Manchester.” (more…)
A medical delay over Russian challenger Artur Akavov has resulted in his middleweight title shot against WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders being postponed by seven days to December 3. The pair were due to meet at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff this Saturday but problems with the translation of paperwork supplied by the Russian’s team have forced an unavoidable delay.
“It’s extremely frustrating for all parties and especially Billy who has been itching to get back into the ring following a frustrating 2016,” said Frank Warren. “The medicals were sent late and mostly in Russian and once translated it then became apparent they were not complete. Ultimately, it would be too late to find a suitable replacement so postponing it was our only option. I feel for Billy Joe as he was ready to make the first defense of his World title and for all of the fans who wanted to watch him.” (more…)
Former super lightweight title challenger Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KOs) looks to redeem himself after a tough loss to Adrien Broner back in April as he headlines the main event of Mayweather Promotions Sin City Showdown, Friday, December 2nd from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. No opponent yet for Theophane. In other action, super middleweight Kevin “The Second Coming” Newman (6-0-1, 2 KOs) and welterweight Maurice “Ambitious” Lee (7-0, 3 KOs) will step into the ring in separate bouts
Junior middleweight prospect Nathaniel Gallimore (15-1-1, 12 KOs) of Illinois by way of Jamaica takes on unbeaten Angelo Baez (15-0-1, 11 KOs) of Chile in a 10 round bout that will be featured December 17 at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center in Las Vegas. The contracted weight is 154 pounds. Roy Jones Jr (Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions) will promote the show with CBS Sports Network televising the card.
Gallimore has reeled off two KO wins in a row following what some felt was a questionable split decision loss this past June. It was his first loss as a pro but his management’s confidence in their man hasn’t wavered. “We’re confident that Nathaniel will give a stellar performance December 17th. Our strong belief in his abilites and talent has not changed. There are decisions that may not go your way sometimes in boxing, as in life. Our team likes to keep things positive. For us it’s all about the journey,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Hatton Promotions has been made of aware press reports regarding Lucas Browne and issues relating to the VADA drug test which took place as part of the WBC Clean Boxing Programme.
Firstly, we wish to make it absolutely clear that we support fully the WBC program and its efforts to rid the sport of performance-enhancing drugs.
Clearly, the test results are hugely disappointing for the company and for Lucas himself. For a man and a team who fought so hard to clear his name following what is now universally accepted to have been a deliberate contamination of products he ingested prior to his March fight with Ruslan Chagaev, this is a bitter blow.
Lucas was cleared of any deliberate wrongdoing a few months ago and we feel it would be somewhat unfair and incorrect for anyone to suggest that the results of his latest test bring the outcome of his previous exoneration into question. (more…)
Photo: Top Rank
Former world champion Nicholas Walters was mobbed by the media at Top Rank Gym. Walters is preparing for his fight against Vasyl Lomachenko on Saturday. The fight is for the WBO World super featherweight title and will be at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Hard-hitting unbeaten contender Sergey Lipinets (10-0, 8 KOs) will face against Australia’s Lenny Zappavigna (35-2, 25 KOs) in a 12-round junior welterweight world title eliminator on the undercard of Cuellar vs Mares on December 10th.
Also featured are undefeated rising contenders Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (16-0, 11 KOs) in a middleweight bout and Mario Barrios (16-0, 8 KOs) battling Argentina’s Claudio Rosendo Tapia (24-18-4, 9 KOs) in junior lightweight action.
An array of talented fighters from the Los-Angeles area round out the evening as Oxnard’s Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (24-1, 12 KOs) competes in a super middleweight attraction, former title challenger Josesito Lopez (33-7, 19 KOs) of Riverside in a six-round welterweight fight and Abner Mares’ younger brother, Adan Mares (14-1-3, 3 KOs) enters the ring in a lightweight bout. (more…)
Photo: Frank Warren Promotions
Dulwhich Super-Welterweight Ahmet Patterson has been forced to withdraw from his British title showdown with Welshman Liam Williams after being attacked whilst out running late on Thursday night.
Patterson, 29, suffered injuries to his head and right eye after being struck by a brick whilst running past a group of three men in London. The undefeated Peacock Gym fighter was struck on the head as he ran past the three men who attempted to block his path.
“I was doing my road work when I noticed a group of men gathering on the pavement around 50 yards in front of me,” said Patterson. “I tried to run around them but they moved in front of me and blocked my path.
“As I ran around them one of the men struck me in the face with a brick and we got in a scuffle. Once I started defending myself they ran off.”
The injuries suffered left Patterson with no choice but to withdraw from his challenge for the Lonsdale Belt this Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. (more…)
Photo: Dave Cameron
A Press Conference was held Tuesday for the Samoan Prime Minister Tuilepa Alono Sailele Maillelegaol who is the major sponsor of the WBO#1 Joseph Parker versus WBO#3 Andy Ruiz who clash for the vacant WBO heavyweight title at the Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand on December 10 promoted by Duco Events.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilepa Alono Sailele Mallelegaol said “We are proud to be able to support our son Joseph Parker in his quest to become the first Samoan world heavyweight champion, and believe he possesses the qualities required to succeed, strength of body, mind and soul. In addition to this, this event will be a great opportunity for Samoa to promote our beautiful country to what will be a massive international audience.”
Parker’s promoter Dennis Higgins of Duco Events said “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the people of Samoa and the Honorable Prime Minister
who have extended to both Joseph Parker and Duco Events over the past 24 months.”
Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) and unbeaten former world champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) spoke to the press on Monday about their HBO clash this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Vasyl Lomachenko: I think it is going to be very, very hard for me in the first four rounds, then after that I will be trying to terminate the bout.
Nicholas Walters: I don’t think this is a different Lomachenko from the guy that lost to Salido – he is the same Lomachenko. They say a leopard cannot change his spots right? Since he did lose to Salido, he can be as technical all he wants, but I am in the hurt business – this is a gladiator sport and I fight all of my fights like that, I fight like a gladiator. He can come in with his technical fight on Saturday and I am going to be up for it and put on a helluva show on Saturday night.
Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) has a major challenge in front of him Saturday night in Las Vegas against unbeaten former world champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs). But if Lomachenko gets past Walters, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said Monday that a showdown between Lomachenko and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao could be in the near future.
“It is not beyond the realm of possibility that he and Manny could fight sometime next year,” said Arum. “Lomachenko wants challenges and he is a tremendous talent.”
Lomachenko stated he’s onboard. “Yes, of course, I would like to fight Pacquiao, but not in the next fight,” he stated.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
We, in Japan, are going to welcome a bunch of world title bouts to be held in the end of the year, as usual, since our televisions like to show deluxe programs of plural title goes at prime time in association with our active impresarios. The schedule is as follows:
December 30, at Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo
WBO junior bantamweight title bout
Champion, Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs)
Former WBA titlist, compatriot Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs)
December 31, at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo
WBA super-featherweight title bout
Champion, Jezreel Corrales, Panama, Panama (20-1, 8 KOs)
Former champion, Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KOs)
WBA light-flyweight title bout
Champion, Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KOs)
Carlos Canizales, Venezuela (16-0, 13 KOs)
December 31, at Gifu Memorial Hall, Gifu
WBO junior flyweight title bout for the vacant championship
#1 Moises Fuentes, Mexico (24-2-1, 13 KOs)
#2 ex-WBO 105-pound champ Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs)
December 31, at Shimazu Arena, Kyoto
WBA flyweight title bout
Champion, Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12 KOs)
Interim champion, Stamp Kiatniwat, Thailand (15-0, 6 KOs)
IBF bantamweight title bout
Champon, Lee Haskins, UK (34-3, 14 KOs)
Shohei Omori (17-1, 12 KOs)
IBF junior featherweight title bout
Champion, Jonathan Guzman, Dominican Republic (22-0-1NC, 22 KOs)
Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7 KOs)
IBF#5 ranked 122-pounder Yukinori Oguni will make an ambitious crack at the IBF junior featherweight belt against Jonathan Guzman, a Dominican Wilfredo Gomez boasting of all KO wins in 22 victories, on New Year’s Eve—along with another IBF title bout of the Haskins-Omori confrontation. Oguni, a stylish speedster, will try to make best use of his speed and footwork to outbox the hard-punching champ Guzman.
By Nick Giongco
Marlon Tapales’ first defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crown on Dec. 30 in Tokyo was scrapped after Japanese challenger Takuma Inoue suffered an injury during training. Tapales’ chief handler Wakee Salud said there is an offer to defend against unbeaten Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Jan. 28 as well as offers to do the same thing in Ireland also on the same date and in England in February.
“A decision will have to be made within the week so Marlon can program his training,” said Salud, who was informed about the cancellation of the Tokyo fight last week. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
”Alvarez fight will be my fourth bout this year. An optimal situation, staying in fighting shape, no need to build mental, physical fitness. It’s already there!” says Polish light heavyweight southpaw Norbert “Noras” Dąbrowski (19-5, 7 KOs), who on December 10 in Montreal will do his best to upset undefeated WBC #1 ranked Eleider Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs). Alvarez- Dąbrowski will be the main event in the second installment of the GYM 2016-2017 boxing series at Montreal Casino Cabaret, by Mise-o-Jeu, in collaboration with Videotron.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Heavyweight Lucas Browne has reportedly tested positive for an undisclosed banned substance. Again. The Australian star stopped Ruslan Chagaev in a March clash for the WBA title, but was then stripped and suspended after testing positive for clenbuterol. After serving his suspension, the WBA ranked Browne #3 and allowed him to get an immediate shot at their vacant “regular” title against #6 Shannon Briggs, but that bout could now be in doubt if reports prove true. No comment yet from the Browne camp.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
This past week the boxing lost a true advocate of women´s boxing. Raul Cruz passed away in Mexico City. Don Raul was a childhood friend of my father in their hometown of Victoria city. He moved to Mexico City years after my father did and eventually became a boxing promoter/agent. Raul Cruz was the strong supporter of women in boxing and he made a match which changed the future of the sport. He brought Laura Serrano to fight Christy Martin at the MGM Grand in the undercard of a Tyson and Chavez card. Serrano was a huge underdog dressed in humble uniform and Martin was the fans’ favorite with satin pink uniform… The fight was great and ended up in a draw. Such a fight opened the eyes to the world for female boxing and Laura became the inspiration of fighters in Mexico. Today Mexico has eight great world champions in women’s boxing. Don Raul was able to see the success even when he was not part of the promotions. He was proud that his work paved the way for others.
Women´s boxing has great success in several countries, such as Mexico, Japan and Argentina. There have been great champions in Germany, Australia, Canada and many other areas of the world. The USA has had its run in the past. Laila Ali is the greatest female fighter and she was very successful. Christy Martin, Mia St John, Lucia Rijker were sensational, but then it all faded away… Promoters and TV corporations didn’t step up and give women that much needed opportunity. (more…)
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Undefeated junior welterweight contender, 2012 U.S. Olympian, WBC Continental Americas Champion and social activist, Jose Ramirez, and Team Ramirez are taking time out from training camp to team up with County Supervisor Richard Valle for the annual “Operation Gobble” where they will give away hundreds of turkeys and food baskets for the town Ramirez was born and raised in as well as up tp 8 free tickets to families to attend his upcoming fight on December 2nd at The Save Mart Center in Fresno, Ca at no cost.
“Team Ramirez is proud and happy to give back to my home town,” said Ramirez.” Supervisor Valle has done a lot for my city and I hope we can make some families happy this Thanksgiving.” (more…)
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Coach Ulli Wegner says Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) must ‘keep his cool’ during his historic homecoming fight with former World Champion Samuel Peter (35-5, 29 KOs) on December 3 at the Arena Armeec in Sofia.
Pulev, a national hero in his native Bulgaria, will be fighting at home for the first time in his seven year career when he meets Peter for the vacant WBA Intercontinental title.
Wegner, who will be in the 35 year-old’s corner for a fourth time following victories over George Arias, Maurice Harris and most recently Dereck Chisora, has shared his thoughts on the match-up including a few words of warning for the current European Champion. (more…)
Photo: All Star Boxing
Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz and his team arrived in Cardiff, Wales in anticipation of his fight against Terry Flanagan for the WBO Lightweight Title this Saturday.
By Miguel Maravilla
A review of the scorecards shows Sergey Kovalev surged to an early lead, but then the judges gave him almost NOTHING in the last six rounds. John McKaie and Glenn Trowbridge gave Andre Ward a 6-0 sweep in the second half of the fight, while Burt Clements favored Ward 5-1. None of the judges gave Kovalev round ten, which many in the media thought Kovalev won.
Welterweight Dmitry Mikhaylenko bounced back from his defeat for the WBC Silver title against Charles Manyuchi last May with a convincing 7th round stoppage against still dangerous puncher Breidis Prescott for the WBC Silver interim title.
Mikhaylenko was briefly dropped in the 1st but fought back and steadily wears down the Colombian visitor for the next 6 rounds. Prescott was dropped outside the ropes in round 7 but was still able to beat the count off Belgian veteran referee Daniel Van de Wiele. After the count Prescott turned his back to the referee saying “estoy cansado”… and the fight was waved off.
The local hero was in the lead on 2 cards by 58-56 (Irakly Malazonia), 57-56 (Noppharat Sricharoen) while the 3rd judge (Predrag Aleksic) had the visitor by 56-57.
Dmitry Mikhaylenko is now the official challenger to Charles Manyuchi and is eager to take revenge for his only defeat.
On the undercard Magomed Kurbanov dropped experienced Dennis Laurente in round 9 to win a wide unanimous decision by twice 100-89 and 99-90. Kurbanov retained his WBC ABCO Silver superwelterweight title and added the vacant WBC EPBC to his account.
Pavel Malikov retained his WBC ABCO Silver lightweight title with a steady punishment of Carlo Magali. After a brief consultation of the referee with the corner Magali wisely did not come out for round 9.
In the 4th WBC titlefight of the evening Mikhael Alekseev survived two knockdowns in round 1 to capture the WBC ABCO Silver superfeatherweight title of Mirzhan Zhalsylykov from Kazakhstan. The visitor was down in round 8 and decided not to come out for round 9 making Alekseev the new champion.
The successful event was promoted by Titov promotions at the DIVS arena of Ekaterinburg last Friday Nov 18.
WBA #8 Shannon Briggs has warned WBA #5 Lucas Browne that he has made a mistake taking the fight with him for the vacant WBA regular heavyweight championship. “Should never of give me a shot Browne,” Briggs said. “I’m going hurt you boy, I’m going to hurt you boy. I promise you. I’m going hurt you. Show up if you want. Show up if you want!”
The WBA ruled that Browne and Briggs should fight for the WBA championship by December 31.
Browne’s promoter Ricky Hatton said that Browne should have the opportunity to challenge for the championship in his home country of Australia. Browne’s lawyer, Leon Margules said that there has not been a venue selected at this time but the fight could happen in China, England or Australia.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super featherweight contender Miguel Roman (56-11, 43 KOs) is the mandatory challenger for the WBC world title of Francisco “Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) and is still waiting for Vargas to recover from an injury suffered against Orlando Salido in April.
“I respect Vargas and I understand his physical situation because we are athletes we have injuries that prevent us from fulfilling our commitments or maintaining our sports rhythm. I’m still waiting for this great opportunity and I’m convinced to be the next WBC super featherweight champion” Says Roman
According to a source, the WBC suggested an interim world title fight for Roman, but now that Vargas is ready Roman’s Team says ‘let’s do it.’ Promoter Promociones del Pueblo is ready to go to a purse bid if necessary to promote Vargas-Roman.
WBC #1 rated super middleweight Callum “Mundo” Smith will defend his British title against mandatory challenger Luke Blackledge at the Manchester Arena on December 10. Smith makes a first defense of the title he won in spectacular fashion last November when he knocked out local rival Rocky Fielding in Liverpool inside a round. The unbeaten 26-year-old is looking to move to 22-0 and add to his 16 KO wins, and it represents a chance to showcase his ability ahead of a World title tilt in 2017.
Smith is the mandatory for the winner of the unification battle between IBF champion James DeGale MBE and WBC king Badou Jack who meet in Brooklyn on January 14.
“It was good to see James and Badou finally get their fight signed. I was in Washington in April when they both defended their titles and agreed to meet in a unification and I didn’t think it would take this long for the fight to happen. (more…)
The German Boxing Association has officially granted a promoter’s license to 14-year-old Ranee Schroeder, daughter of longtime boxing man Olaf Schroeder. Ranee’s first event will take place on December 18 at the Sportpalast in Bielefeld, Germany. She will celebrate just her 15th birthday only days before the show.
“For many years now I have accompanied my dad to a lot of shows all over Europe whenever school allows, from little gym shows with 50 fans constituting a sellout up to mega events at Wembley Arena or London’s O2 with 15.000 people,” said Ranee. “I have seen how big and small promoters work, I have met superstar fighters like Carl Frampton, Donny Lalonde, Barry McGuigan or David Haye, who even invited me to his dressing room for a chat. Now is the time to see if I can run a show myself.”
As for the possibility of the show losing money, the teenager stated, “I hope not, but since I still go to school, of course, I have already alerted my parents that I may need a little sponsoring.” (more…)
Power puncher Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) arrives from Panama into Las Vegas for his mega showdown vs. WBO super featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) on Top Rank’s big fight card on Saturday at the sold out Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
This is a highly anticipated fight that was over a year in the making. Lomachenko is running as a 9:1 favorite. HBO will televise.
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair
Resurging super middleweight prospect Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (22-2-1, 14 KOs) added a second consecutive win to his twenty-two fight win column on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, turning in a dominant performance, thoroughly outboxing Accra, Ghana’s Thomas Awimbono (25-5-1, 21 KOs) over ten rounds in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 108”.
Gavronski used his jab and lateral movement to set the range early in the fight, patiently working at a distance and picking off Awimbono with occasional straight right hands as the Ghanaian pressed forward. Maintaining a steady pace, Gavronski easily racked up points in the first half of the fight, keeping the aggressive minded Awimbono at the end of his punches. (more…)
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