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By Pete Myers
For the final time in 2013 boxing lands at Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, Saturday, November 2nd. The scheduled six fight card is headlined by Quad City favorite Feliciano Correa (17-6-1, 9 KOs) who makes his third comeback fight after 14 years out of the ring. Boxing aficionados may remember Correa from his KO loss to the late Arturo Gatti in 1996. Correa is still popular with local fight fans and takes top billing against professional opponent Jason Medina (3-12, 3 KOs). Expect a showcase bout, the matchmaking kind to the 43 year old Correa, who once retired with health concerns related to his brain. (more…)
Undefeated WBA welterweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner, former WBA champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, undefeated WBA interim welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, undefeated WBC super bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, super bantamweight title challenger Cesar Seda, former WBC welterweight champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov will hold a San Antonio press conference on Thursday to officially announce their respective title bouts on December 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Start time is 2PM at the Alamodome.
Photo: Will Hart/K2 Promotions
WBA and IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin headed straight to Times Square upon arriving in New York City ahead of his showdown on Saturday night against top rated challenger Curtis Stevens at Madison Square Garden, “The Mecca of Boxing” and LIVE on HBO® (10:00 p.m. ET/PT.) Golovkin was swarmed by fans and media as he posed for pictures in front of the massive HBO billboard at 42nd Street and 7th Avenue promoting the fight. With the highest knockout percentage (89%) in the history of the middleweight division, Golovkin will be looking to extend his 14-bout knockout streak when he makes the 9th-defense of his world titles. This past January 19, in front of a full house of New York City fight fans, Golovkin dominated top rated challenger Gabriel Rosado, stopping him in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden.
Juan Carlos Gomez (51-3-0) is confident that he can “turn back time” and become cruiserweight champion again more than ten year after his last title reign. “Bernard Hopkins showed the whole world what old men are capable of”, said Gomez at a press conference today in Dachau, Germany. “And compared to Hopkins I am still a young guy! I’m not saying that I will still be world champion in eight or ten years but I know that I still have some great fights in me.”
“The Black Panther” returns to action this Friday (Nov. 1) in Dachau against journeyman Adnan Buharalija (29-18-2). The show will be broadcasted live on Eurosport. “With Hopkins beating up opponents at will and other guys like Vitali Klitschko and Guillermo Jones showing dominant performances at 40+ I feel like I’m part of a movement”, adds Gomez. “Maybe this is the age of the ageless fighter. I can only say that I hardly remember times when I felt better and stronger than right now.” (more…)
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Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 22 KOs), trainer Robert Garcia and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international Media Conference Tuesday. Rios is in deep training for his eagerly-anticipated PPV welterweight collision with Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) on November 23 in Macau, China. Rios departs for Macau on November 11 to acclimate to the environment.
Brandon Rios: “What we gotta do is go in there calm. Pacquiao is still a dangerous opponent. I’m going in there with a great game plan…everybody’s looking at me as a punching bag. That’s all right. Me and Robert have a great game plan. We’re gonna shock the world…I’m ready for the Pacquiao that was dominating the game. I’ll be ready, mentally and physically.”
Robert Garcia: “We gotta be ready for the best Pacquiao. We’ve gotta be ready for a very difficult fight.”
Bob Arum: “Brandon towers over Pacquiao! He’s much bigger than Pacquiao!”
On Saturday, November 9, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will present one of the most significant fights to be made as part of the eBroadway Boxing series in its 10+ year existence. Billed as the “Battle for Brooklyn”, the event is headlined by two of Brooklyn’s most popular fighters as once-beaten contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (22-1, 4KO’s) squares off against former world title challenger Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita (35-1-1, 18KO’s) in a 10-round welterweight showdown at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Appearing on the card in a special attraction eight-round bout will be world-rated junior middleweight contender Charlie Ohta (23-1-1, 16KO’s). The Harlem-native Ohta, who now lives and trains in Japan after moving to the country following the time he spent stationed there in the US Navy, is ranked #11 in the WBO and #13 in the WBC. Ohta is set to take on tough Puerto Rican-native Mike Ruiz (17-7, 9KO’s) in their eight-round junior middleweight showdown. (more…)
A Purse bid was held today in the IBF Office for the IBF Flyweight Championship mandatory defense between Champion Moruti Mthalane and Amnat Ruenroeng. There was only one bidder, Jimmy’s Boxing and he bid $ 15,000.00. Jimmy has 90 days to put the fight on.
WBC lightweight and WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner, who raised eyebrows with an offensive video of himself sitting on a toilet and appearing to flush money earlier this year, has been at it again. In the last week he has posted a profanity-filled rap video with flashes of nudity on YouTube, and then “leaked” a 54-second sex tape of himself (unprotected) with two women at mediatakeout.com. It will be interesting to see if he plays his song “Make Me” as his ring entrance music against Marcos Maidana on December 14 in San Antonio.
For a long while Andre Ward’s been a Ford pickup guy, living a life of a man driving his truck to work in the pre-dawn light, staying late, keeping it humble. Ward still drives a Ford pickup and grinds it, but there’s another car in his garage — a Porsche Panamera – which reflects another side of the man who’s months from turning thirty.
On November 16th, four years after dominating Mikkel Kessler and winning the WBA super-middleweight title, Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who drove his truck to that fight in Oakland when titles and German cars were hopes and dreams, faces Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) on HBO at Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, Calif. (more…)
Technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, but you still can’t go back in time. That’s the bad news for writers who would have loved to be on press row for Ali-Frazier I or III, or in the press box for Babe Ruth’s “called shot” in 1932 or Joe Namath’s guarantee in 1969 . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The Pacquiao family political dynasty in the Philippines continued its rise as Manny Pacquiao’s brother, former lightweight boxer Bobby Pacquiao (31-15-3, 16 KOs), was elected as councilor of the Labangal district in General Santos City. According to the ABS-CBN network, not only did Bobby win, Bobby’s wife Lorelei was re-elected as chairman of the same district and another Pacquiao brother, Rogelio Pacquiao, was reelected as chairman of Apopong district. Of course, Manny Pacquiao is a congressman and his wife Jinkee is vice-governor of the Sarangani Province.
Thompson Boxing Promotions has signed two undefeated prospects to exclusive promotional contracts. Super bantamweight Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (9-0, 5 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. and featherweight Erick Ituarte (6-0-1, 1 KO) of Santa Ana, Calif. by way of Mexico are the latest additions to the company. Delgado is managed by Roberto Sandoval and trains out of the Capy Boxing Gym in Tijuana with trainer Gabriel Vega. Ituarte is co-managed by Hector Lopez and Brad Barnette and trains out of the TKO Boxing Gym in Santa Ana.
Banner Promotions announced the signing of undefeated light heavyweight Michael Seals (16-0, 12 KOs) of Atlanta to an exclusive promotional contract. He trains at the Paul Murphy Boxing Club with trainer “Sugar” Bert Wells and is managed by Atlanta attorney Keishan Davis. He will see action on November 9 against veteran Steve Walker in Norcross, Georgia.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska
Two-time cruiserweight world title challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-2, 13 KOs) has parted ways with Don King Promotions, signing a managerial contract with Victory Sports and Entertainment. Palacios, whose only two losses were against former IBF and current WBC cruiser champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk, was excited with his new options. “I fought only three times in three years. I did not fight for the last 13 months, but I’m ready to prove that I still belong in the elite of the cruiserweight division. Wizard Time may still come in championship fight,” said Palacios in a Fightnews.com interview. Richard Torres, who with Victory Sports and Entertainment, represents Palacios, stressed the fact that finding a promoter is important but not the deciding factor in the nearest future. “Francisco can be in the ring very quickly,” said Torres, “showcase his talents even without a promoter. His value is obvious when you see him in the ring.”
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By Robert Hough at ringside
Featherweight Manuel Avila (13-0, 5KOs) shredded Jose Angel Cota (15-10-1, 11KOs) on Monday at the Sports House in Redwood City, Calif., in the main event of a Golden Boy Live! card televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. Avila, from nearby Fairfield, Calif., took his time in the first round as Cota, from Mexicali, Mexico, tried to press the action, but Avila opened up in the second, catching Cota before unleashing a big barrage that had his foe covering, slipping some punches and bloodied before the referee stopped it at 32 seconds of round two.
In the co-main, middleweights Paul Mendez and Louis Rose lumbered along to a split draw. Scores were 96-94 for Mendez, from nearby Fairfield, Calif, 97-93 for Rose, from Los Angeles; and 95-95. Both fighters had little moments of activity, though neither inflicted serious damage or threatened to take control of the fight.
In another televised bout, welterweight Jonathan Chicas (11-1, 4KOs) was a clear winner over Joaquin Chavez (6-11-2, 2KOs). Chicas, from San Francisco, won by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice, thanks to a greater work rate, landing more punches and landing the sharper blows, but Chavez, from Los Angeles, came to fight and had more than a few moments of success.
Ring 8 to honor Fighter of the Year Danny Garcia at 27th Annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony
The highlight of the festivities will be the presentation of the prestigious Ring 8 Fighter of the Year award to Philadelphia’s undefeated world junior welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs). In 2013, the 25-year-old Garcia won impressive 12-round decisions over world champions Lucas Matthyssee (34-2) and Zab Judah (42-7), to successfully defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super and World Boxing Council (WBC) 140-pound world titles. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
After 9 months of brutal training, heavyweight David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs) is said to be down to 242 pounds for his November 16 clash with 6’8 Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21 KOs) on November 16 at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. The bout is being billed as “David vs. Goliath.” The 40-year-old Tua is returning more than two years since his last bout, a decision loss against Monte Barrett in August 2011. Ustinov, 36, last appeared in April in a tuneup bout in the Ukraine. The fight was originally planned for August 31, but was postponed to November after Tua suffered a calf muscle injury.
Junior lightweight Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, riding a streak of five consecutive knockout wins, takes on Chazz McDowell, of Yonkers, NY, in a scheduled eight-round contest Saturday evening, Nov. 16, in the Events Center at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The Sosa-Morales fight will serve as the semifinal to the 10-round main event between welterweights Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, and Hector Munoz, of Albuquerque, NM. (more…)
The British Boxing Board of Control have today decided that British super featherweight champion Stephen Smith will not be allowed to defend his title on any promotion other than that of his promoter Frank Warren, which is scheduled for Saturday 7th December at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Earlier this month, Smith announced that he would participate in the defence of his title against Gary Sykes on Saturday 23rd November in Manchester on a show promoted by Eddie Hearn. However, Smith and Hearn chose to ignore the fact that the BBBofC has already formally sanctioned the fight to take place at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 7th December.
Robert Smith, the General Secretary of the BBBofC, today stated that until the Board has heard the dispute and made a decision Stephen Smith “will not be able to appoint another person to act on his behalf as manager nor will he be able to negotiate with others on his own behalf. It follows that, prior thereto, the Board will not allow him to participate in a contest arranged by a third party.”
Two of the hardest punching little men in boxing will battle in the main event of UniMas’ “Solo Boxeo Tecate” telecast on Saturday when Hernan “Tyson” Marquez takes on Giovani “Aztec Warrior” Segura in a World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight eliminator bout from the Multi Use Center (CUM) in Hermosillo, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
Marquez (36-3, 26 KOs) of Empalme, Sonora, Mexico is a former WBO flyweight champion and Segura (30-3-1, 26 KOs) of Altamirano, Guerrero, Mexico is a former WBO miniflyweight champion. The winner will get a chance to face current WBO Flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada for the championship next year.
“This fight will be a war. We both like to brawl and take risks, because we know we have the power to knockout our opponents. I can’t wait to get into the ring and give the fans a memorable night of boxing,” said Marquez.
Segura is coming off a very impressive knockout victory of young Puerto Rican prospect Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez in Puerto Rico on August 17 of this year.
“This fight with Marquez is about intelligence and power. I need to be smart and pick my spots and land some hard punches to keep him honest. But sooner or later the war will begin and my power will be the difference,” said Segura. (more…)
Popular former middleweight world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (25-2, 19 KOs) will look to thrill boxing fans on Monday, November 11 when he squares off against Raymond Gatica (13-1, 8 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.
In the 10-round main event, it’s a meeting of junior welterweight southpaws when Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. meet Luis Ramos Jr. Also added to the televised portion of the card is an eight-round middleweight bout featuring unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha against an opponent to be determined.
After my meeting with GBP, these are the dates that I will fight in 2014: March 8, July 26 and November 22…
My three dates will be on PPV and the first opponent on March 8 will be announced in the coming weeks!
Después de mi reunión con GBP estas son las fechas que peleare en el 2014: 8 de marzo, 26 de julio y 22 de noviembre…
— CaneloOficial (@caneloOficial) October 28, 2013
Mis tres fechas serán en PPV y el primer rival del 8 de marzo será anunciado en las próximas semanas!
— CaneloOficial (@caneloOficial) October 28, 2013
By David Finger
Z Entertainment returns to professional boxing after a year long layoff with a familiar face, as come backing former super middleweight contender Carlos “Sugar” De Leon Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KO’s) looks to rejuvenate his career on November 8th at the Kingman Academy of Learning in Kingman Arizona. De Leon, the son of former cruiserweight champion Carlos De Leon, is facing Phoenix based brawler Rollin Williams (23-16-2, 8 KO’s), who is best remembered for his fights with Roy Jones and Frankie Liles earlier in his career. For De Leon, this will be his first bout since his heartbreaking loss to Allan Green on Showtime in 2009. Had De Leon emerged victorious, an invitation to Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic would have almost certainly been in the cards. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The final major boxing convention of 2013 will take place next week as the WBC’s 51st annual convention convenes in Bangkok, Thailand. There will be one major twist this year after fifty years of consistency- WBC president Jose Sulaiman will miss his first world annual convention since joining the WBC in 1968. He started as an advisor and legal counsel to the WBC to eventually serve as General Secretary until December 5, 1975 when he was elected President in Tunisia, North Africa .
The WBC has been his entire life, putting aside his businesses, family and hobbies, becoming dedicated completely with passion to make this organization what it is today . From 23 countries affiliated in 1975 to the current 165, from 28 delegates attending the Tunisia convention to the estimated 2000 present during the last world convention in Cancun, Mexico. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Puerto Rican Olympian Felix Verdejo (8-0, 6 KOs) will open the pay-per-view telecast of the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios mega-fight November 23 in the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao, China. Verdejo’s opponent is TBA.
The other fights on the card are as follows:
IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (17-0, 8 KOs) defends against the man he won the title from, Billy Dib (36-2, 21 KOs). Gradovich dethroned Dib by split decision in March.
Unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr (20-0, 14 KOs) faces Tor Hamer (21-2, 14 KOs) in what looks to be another good matchup for Ruiz. He beat previously unbeaten Joe Hanks at the same venue in July.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (2-0) meets Juan “Pollo” Tozcano (4-0, 1 KO) in a clash of unbeaten flyweights, scheduled for six rounds.
Unbeaten lightweight Ik Yang (12-0, 8 KOs) meets Hero Tito (7-2, 3 KOs) in an eight rounder. Yang was recently signed by Top Rank.
Unbeaten super flyweight Rex Tso (7-0, 4 KOs) takes on Susu Sithjadeang (7-3, 2 KOs) in a six rounder.
Jr middleweight Kuok Kun Ng (1-0) battles You-Jie Zeng (4-4, 4 KOs) in a four round bout.
By Victor Lee
Photos: Aaron Jang
Headlining the fourth installment of the annual Korea vs. Japan showdown on Sunday at the New Ansan University Gymnasium in Ansan, South Korea, OPBF #2 ranked super bantamweight Jaesung Lee (16-3-1, 9 KO) and Japan #12 ranked featherweight Akihiko Katagiri (13-7-1, 4 KO) squared off for the vacant WBO Oriental super bantamweight title. While neither contender has yet established themselves among the elite in Asia, both have faced world-class competition abroad.
At first glance, current Korean super bantam champion Lee, who first seized this title in 2006 and regained it in April of this year (with a brief stint as IBF Pan Pacific super bantam champ in 2011), appeared the prohibitive favorite. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
With ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights and Boxeo Telemundo done for the year, and Showtime’s “ShoBox” series on hiatus recently, there has been a real void for televised boxing on Friday nights in the U.S.
However, the landscape is now a little less barren thanks to Mayweather Promotions, who will promote a December 6 ShoBox telecast headlined by middleweight J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs), super featherweight Mickey Bey Jr. (18-1-1, 9 KOs) and super middleweight Badou Jack (15-0-1, 10 KOs) against opponents to be named.
WBA/WBO Intercontinental middleweight beltholder Patrick Nielsen (20-0, 9 KOs) will defend his titles against Jose Pinzon (24-5, 15 KOs) from Mexico on November 16. For the first time in his career, Nielsen will fight in Albertslund, Denmark. “To fight in Albertslund will be the biggest moment of my career and I will not allow Pinzon to spoil it,” he stated. “I have a lot of respect for him. Mexicans have a great boxing education and tradition. They are aggressive and tough, but so am I. There is no way he can beat me in front of my home fans. I’m in great shape already, I’ve trained hard with Joey Gamache, and I’m ready for a big night of boxing in my old hood!”
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
The topic of a possible legends showdown between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Floyd Mayweather was brought up during Hopkins’ post fight press conference following his win over Karo Murat on Saturday night. “I’m available,” said Hopkins. “You give me to May of 2014 to make 160, that fight is on!” Hopkins also made it clear that he’s not chasing a Mayweather fight.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer added “there’s a lot of names out there. I have a plan. I know what I’d like to do, but I’m not going to tell you guys who it’s gonna be because that would be pretty stupid negotiating on my part. I know how to get big fights done, I like to get big fights done because I enjoy it and the fans enjoy it and that’s what gets me going, so I was telling Bernard one thing that is out there is the number 50. With Bernard approaching 50 and Floyd Mayweather approaching 50-0, which is historic as well. We all know Rocky Marciano retired at 49-0, and so Floyd is approaching a 50 number and Floyd is approaching a 50 number and that sort of gets my promotional juices going.”
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Top Casino/SHOWTIME
IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) successfully defended his title for the first time with a lopsided unanimous decision win over mandatory challenger Karo Murat (25-3-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The scores were 119-108 (twice) and 117-110. In the co-feature, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) overcame a stiff challenge from WBO #9-ranked “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) to defend his WBO middleweight title for a second time. Rosado suffered a deep cut on his left eyelid, and the bout was stopped 40 seconds into the tenth round. World-ranked Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) kept his perfect knockout streak alive with a fourth round KO over rugged trial horse Nicolai Firtha (21-11-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled ten round heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC Continental Americas title. All three bouts were televised on Showtime Championship Boxing on a card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Saturday night at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on a card promoted by his grandfather, Dennis Shimmell, Sr, Jordan Shimmell won the USBO Cruiserweight Title with a near shutout of veteran Galen Brown 41-23-1. The 12-0 Shimmell (wisely) lost weight to campaign as a cruiserweight, and pounded out a never-in-doubt win over vet Brown, who had little to answer with beyond wild, winging shots that rarely found their mark.
Dominant but not overwhelming. Had he pressed the action more, Shimmell might have scored a knockout, and almost did in round three, but, unaccountably, Shimmell, whether concerned with going 10 rounds or exhausting himself, seemed content to win every round by boxing his man—which he did easily. Shimmell, from nearby Hudsonville, controlled the fight throughout, and won by shutout scores on two cards. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Is unbeaten super bantamweight Genesis Servania (23-0, 9 KOs) the heir to Filipino superstars Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire? The 22-year-old Filipino prospect certainly looked the part Saturday night at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines, scoring a frightening second round KO over former WBA interim champion Rafael “Torito” Concepcion (18-6-1, 8 KOs) of Panama. Five years ago Concepcion had stunned Filipino fans winning the WBA interim belt by stopping unbeaten local favorite AJ Banal and returning to the Philippines he had promised to do the same to Servania. Concepcion went has far as to bring a pillow to the weigh-in as a message to Servania that he would be “put to sleep.” (more…)
By Mark Vaz
In the main event of the “Boxing Under the Tent” card at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, MA, Michael Owen McLaughlin improved to 6-1-1 (3 KOs) with a unanimous decision in an all-out war with MMA cross-over Sergio Cabrera (0-2) of Somerville, MA in a six-round middleweight bout. The former Irish National Amateur champ from Donegal, now living in Dorchester, MA, outboxed the wild swinging Cabrera for three rounds, dropping the Brazilian transplant in the third with a picture-perfect right hook. Cabrera, however, would have none of it and came out swinging again in the fourth, dropping McLaughlin twice and nearly finishing him. Following cornerman and former title challenger Sean Mannion’s advice, McLaughlin returned to boxing and won the last two stanzas in exciting fashion, earning the decision at 57-54 across the board. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Mfundo Gwayana won the South African junior flyweight title on a fifth round technical decision over defending champion Bongani Silila at the Nedevana Hall near King Williamstown on Sunday afternoon. Gwayana suffered a bad cut on his forehead after an accidental clash of heads in the fourth round and referee Lulama Mtya stopped the fight in the fifth round on advice from the ringside doctor. The bout then went to the scorecards in terms of the rules as four rounds had been completed. Two judges scored it 40-36 and the third 39-37 all in favour of Gwayana. In an untidy affair Silila (12-4-2, 8 KOs) spent most of the fight circling around the ring and holding when coming in close. Gwayana (17-6-3, 8 KOs) gained some sort of revenge after losing on a first round stoppage against Silila in September last year for the interim SA junior flyweight title.
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