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Rising light heavyweight Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (7-0, 5 KOs), a 2008 Colombian Olympian who now lives in Montreal, takes on battled-tested veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (22-15-2, 9 KOs) in this week’s new ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. IBF #2-ranked Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (17-1, 14 KOs) headlines in a 10-rounder against WBC #2 Noe “El Carbonero” Gonzalez (28-1, 20 KOs). Another Colombian Olympian also living in Montreal, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (9-0, 6 KOs), meets veteran Kendrick “The Apostle” Releford (22-16-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
Also fighting on the undercard is super featherweight Baha Laham (8-0, 3 KOs) vs. Leonis Francois (8-6, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout, heavyweight Eric Barrack (6-0, 5 KOs) vs. Sandy Pembroke (2-4, 1 KO) in a six-round match, and Montreal light heavyweight Schiller Hyppolite (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Martin Desjardins. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Two of California’s top athletic commission officials will speak at Fight Promoter University VIII, this coming June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Set to speak will be the Executive Officer of the California State Athletic Commission George Dodd, and from the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization, its president JT Steele.
“I think it is so important for new fight promoters to know what is expected from a state athletic commission and the rules that govern the sport in the state they will promote in,” said Englebrecht. “To have George Dodd speaking on what a Commission looks for in a new promoter, as well as the importance of a promotion establishing a good working relationship with any commission, is vital to a new promoter, so I am happy that George has agreed to speak at FPU VIII. Then with the rapid growth of amateur MMA it is a bonus to have JT Steele speak on what is required from a new promoter wanting to get into amateur mma promotion.”
Dodd and Steele are two of 18 guest speakers that will be featured over the four day FPU VIII session, with the complete FPU schedule and registration information available online at www.fightpromoteruniversity.com.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The opponent for Pier Olivier Cote (18-0 12KO) has been announced for his fight in Nottingham England on May 20th on the undercard of the Lucian Bute versus Carl Froch bout. The undefeated Cote will face off against Mark Lloyd (15-5 3KO) of Telford England. Cote is fresh off his devastating 2nd round knockout of Jorge Teron last December that was featured on Showtime. The 36-year-old Lloyd has lost his last two including a shot at the European Union championship.
Chief support for the Bute-Froch tilt was announced to be undefeated super-bantamweight Carl Frampton (13-0 9KO) who will be defending his Commonwealth belt. Also on the card will be Erick Ochieng, John Ryder, Ryan Aston and Scotty Cardle.
When Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto meet on May 5 there will be even more on the line than Cotto’s WBA super welterweight world championship belt. They will also be fighting for the vacant WBC super welterweight Diamond belt when they step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in less than three weeks. “The WBC belt has always been respected by boxers as one of the most prestigious title they can win, and to have the Diamond belt up for grabs in the ‘Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto’ main event adds even more to this great night,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. “When this fight is over, there will absolutely be no doubt as to who is the best 154-pounder in the world.”
Boxing stars joined a sold-out crowd of 500 at this past Sunday’s inaugural New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (“NYSBHOF”) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
“Boxing in New York will not be forgotten,” NYSBHOF founder Tony Mazzarella said. “Boxers, cornermen, judges, promoters, announcers and others in boxing are being honored.”
This Saturday April 21, 2012, Gary Shaw Productions in conjunction Zanfer Promotions present a lightweight showdown between two hard punching southpaws. Tijuana, Mexico’s, Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero (24-3, 20 KOs) and Philippine native, Al “Captain A” Sabaupan (18-0-1, 13 KOs) square off in a 12-round IBF title elimination bout with the winner positioning himself as the No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to face the champion, Miguel Vázquez (30-3, 13 KOs). The fight takes place at the Unidad Deportiva Centenario in Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico. (more…)
WBO bantamweight queen Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (15-1-3, 4KOs) traveled 150 miles south from her home town of Moreno Valley, CA, to successfully defend her crown versus the very tough and awkward Claudia Andrea “Chica 10” Lopez (18-6, 4KOs) in a ten round championship bout held at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Municipal Gymnasium in the coastal town of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, last Saturday night. The fight was presented by Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino with Golden Boy Promotions and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa and in the United States by Fox Sports Net. (more…)
Some of the greatest names in the sport’s pantheon have held and fought for the UFC’s 205lbs title since its inception in 1997, including Hall of Famers Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell and iconic fighters including Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz and “Rampage” Jackson.
The light heavyweight title – which was called the middleweight title until May 2001 – has been contested in some of the biggest and most exciting bouts in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization: (more…)
By Robert Coster
He chased after his dream of becoming a world Champion for over 14 years and through three divisions. On Saturday in Lima, Peru, the dream became a reality for Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel of Peru. The 34-year-old underdog challenger became the WBA interim light flyweight champion with a carefully crafted 12 round unanimous decision over the highly favored unbeaten reigning titlist Jose “Torito” Rodriguez (28-0, 17 KOs). Why was the little (5’2) Peruvian considered a prohibitive underdog? The 22-year-old champion had youth, power, and an unblemished record going for him, while Rossel (27-8, 13 KOs) had lost all his previous career-defining, important fights – against Hugo Cazares, Luis Lazarte, Brian Viloria, Ivan Calderon. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Looks like bantamweights Leo Santa Cruz and Vusi Malinga are scheduled to meet for a vacant world title belt, manager Cameron Dunkin told Fightnews.com last week. “The fight has been made,” said Dunkin, who has managed Santa Cruz from the beginning of his career. “We hope that (South African promoter) Branco (Milenkovic) accepts the fight or it could go to a purse bid. Golden Boy (Promotions) made a lucrative offer to him.
Santa Cruz and Malinga will be fighting for the vacant IBF bantamweight title that was held by previous title holder Abner Mares, who vacated the title in February. Mares moved up in weight to fight Eric Morel for the WBC 122-pound title on Saturday night. Dunkin also told Fightnews.com that Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Santa Cruz, told him about three dates when the fight could take place: May 26th, June 23rd, or June 29th. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a bloody and gruelling affair Unathi Gqokoma retained his Eastern Cape junior bantamweight title when he stopped Zukile Matyumza at 2 minutes 55 seconds into the tenth and final round at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. (more…)
Las Vegas – Brandon Rios’ last fight at 135 lbs perhaps should have never happened.
Not only was he unable to make weight, but the Mexican-American struggled mightily with the ugly and awkward style of Richard Abril.
Fortunately for him, he managed to squeeze out a controversial split decision over Abril that sent social media into an uproar. Nevertheless, judges Glenn Trowbridge and Jerry Roth scored the fight in favor of Rios 115-113 and 116-112, respectively. Meanwhile, Adalaide Byrd saw it in favor of Abril 117-111 . . . Click here for more
You couldn’t have found a more high pressure situation for 25-year old light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson, headlining the first UFC show in his hometown of Stockholm, Sweden, and doing it against a hungry knockout artist in the returning Thiago Silva. But Saturday night at the Ericsson Globe Arena, “The Mauler” continued to impress, decisioning Silva over three rounds to up his current winning streak to five . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Middleweight Craig McEwan (20-2, 10 KOs) won an eight round 80-72 points decision over (6-13-1, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the first time McEwan has fought in his native Scotland in his pro career. “I have fought in Las Vegas and have topped the bill on big shows in America but there’s nothing like fighting in front of your own people,” said McEwan, who is promoted by Golden Boy and trains at Freddy Roach’s Wildcard Gym in Hollywood. “The atmosphere tonight was fantastic and I hope, in future, to fight for a title here.”
The event was promoted by former world title holder Alex Arthur (31-3, 21 KOs), who outpointed Michael Frontin (3-13-1, 0 KOs) over eight in a jr welterweight bout on the show.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian-based Filipino bantamweight Robert “Hands of Stone” Lerio (14-14-1, 5 KOs) outscored Jason Cooper (2-1-1, 2 KOs) via split decision in ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian bantamweight title on Saturday at the Norths Rugby Leagues Club at Kallangur, Queensland, Australia. Scores 96-94, 96-95, 94-97. Lerio had previously held the title back in 2008 when he defeated Mark Quon, but lost the belt in 2009 to Fred Mundraby. He is trained by former Manny Pacquiao opponent and former Australian champion,Tod Makelim. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Cozzone
“I tried to give it my best. It was a very close fight. I give all the credit to Richard Abril but he did not come to fight,” former world champion Brandon Rios said following his controversial split decision win Saturday night in Las Vegas. Abril was a no-show at the post-fight presser, so Rios had the media all to himself.
“He did hit me good but like I said he did not come to fight” Rios repeated. “It’s not my job to criticize the referee but Abril was holding a lot throughout the fight there is nothing I can do about that. We had a feeling he was going to hold a lot after watching tape on him.”
“I did get frustrated. He would hold me like if he was trying to break my arm and I even told the referee,” Rios told Fightnews.com later. (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Canelo Promotions
WBC #4 super bantamweight contender Victor “Viking” Terrazas (34-2-1, 19 KOs) left Colombian Jose Palma (15-6-2, 10 KOs), lying on the canvas courtesy of a big right hand at :57 of the fourth round on Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. Terrazas retained his WBC silver championship for the first time with the win. He now awaits the winner of Abner Mares against Eric Morel who will fight for the WBC belt next Saturday in El Paso, Texas.
Also unbeaten Mexican prospect Gilberto Ramirez (21-0, 18 KOs) kept his undefeated record and WBC youth middleweight title via unanimous decision (97-93, 100-90 and 100-91) over Costa Rican Jaime Barboza (17-7, 7 KOs). It was Ramirez’ fourth defense. (more…)
Unbeaten middleweight Billi Godoy (25-0, 13 KOs) won a spirited ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old former welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (48-14-6, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio Ruca Che in Neuquen, Argentina. Scores were 99-91, 97-93, 98-93.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Peruvian challenger and former Olympian Alberto Rossel (28-8, 13 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten Mexican WBA interim light flyweight world champion Jose “Torito” Rodriguez (28-1, 17 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Coliseo Dibos Dammert in Lima, Peru. Rossel is the first Peruvian male to win a world boxing title and this was the first time Peru hosted a male boxing world title match. “This is for Peru, all of Peru are champion,” said Rosel. “I waited all my life this night.” Scores were 118-110, 115-113, 116-112. WBA female super featherweight beltholder Kina Mal Partida was the country’s first boxing world champion.
In other action, local undefeated jr middleweight David Zegarra (18-0, 14 KOs) stopped Brazilian Juciel Lima Nascimento (22-13-1, 15 KOs) in round eleven, and undefeated Peruvian featherweight Carlos Zambrano (14-0, 8 KOs) won by third round TKO over Ecuadorian Willy Condori. Zambrano trains in North Bergen, New Jersey.
Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (30-6-2, 16 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over Juan Carlos “El Pez” Martinez (19-14-1, 7 KOs) in a lightweight clash on Saturday night at Cicero Stadium, just outside Chicago, Illinois. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 95-95.
In a clash of unbeaten super middleweights, Lamar Russ (10-0, 6 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Jose Alonzo (13-1, 7 KOs). Time was 1:08.
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Toney
Cruiserweight Garrett Wilson (13-5-1, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular twelfth round KO over Andres Taylor (20-2-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s Event Cente in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wilson dropped Taylor in rounds one, eleven and twelve, the final time for the count at the 2:50 mark. Wilson, who retained his USBA title and added the vacant NABF belt, previously battled to a draw with Taylor in September 2010 and this was the much anticipated rematch. Wilson led 106-101, 106-101 and 105-102 at the time of the KO.
In the co-feature, a third round knockdown propelled lightweight Christopher Finley (5-4, 4 KOs) to an upset six-round unanimous decision over Osnel Charles (9-3, 1 KO). Scores were 59-53, 58-54, 58-54.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios managed to walk away from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with his unbeaten record intact as he scored a highly controversial split decision victory over Richard Abril on Saturday night before a crowd of 3,705. Neither Rios and Abril were impressive but most viewed Abril as having the upper hand throughout the fight as he prevented Rios from mustering up any offense while plucking away at Rios from the outside. Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) — who came in overweight and unable to claim the vacant WBA lightweight title — looked sluggish and lost throughout the 12 round lightweight bout as he did little more but try to bull his way inside and never developed a Plan B. Abril (17-3-1) recognized Rios’ strategy and held him whenever the two were in close quarters. It certainly wasn’t pretty but it was effective. However, due to Rios’ aggression, he was able to get the upper hand on both Glenn Trowbridge and Jerry Roth’s scorecards as they had it 115-113 and 116-112, respectively. Meanwhile, Adalaide Byrd scored it the way many watching saw it with Abril easily earning the decision with a lopsided scorecard of 117-111.
Many predicted that Mike Alvarado and Mauricio Herrera could steal the show, those predictions were spot on as the two put on an excellent back and forth action bout that entertained throughout. But it would be the heavier hands and persistence of Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) that would earn him the unanimous decision victory with scores of 99-91, 97-93, 96-94. The two started exchanging in the first round and didn’t stop until the final bell. Although neither scored a knockdown, Alvarado damaged Herrera’s face with brutal power shots. Unfortunately, Herrera (18-2) didn’t possess the power to back Alvarado off and ate some huge punches late. Despite losing, Herrara left the ring to a huge ovation.
Mercito Gesta was the stronger, faster fighter in his bout with Oscar Cuero and scored a 8th round TKO, however it wasn’t the spectacular performance many anticipated seeing. The scheduled 10 round lightweight bout saw Gesta (25-0-1, 13 KOs) be a little too patient with the overmatched Cuero. He finally decided to step on the gas in the 7th round when he dropped the Columbian with a body shot. With Cuero (15-8) looking like he wanted no part of the fight, Gesta finished the job with a right hook in the 8th round. Robert Byrd saw no reason to allow Cuero to continue and halted the fight at 1:38. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Fedchenko (30-2, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant interim WBO jr welterweight title on Saturday night in front of 22,492 fans at the New Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Marquez scored a clear points victory, but was unable to get the knockout his hometown fans wanted. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 118-110.
Highly regarded welterweight prospect Daniel Sandoval (27-2, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over veteran Michael Rosales (32-5, 26 KOs).
Mexican middleweight Saul Roman (35-9, 29 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-9-1, 16 KOs) by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 98-93. (more…)
By Chris Cook at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr
Joey Hernandez took less than a round to dispatch Shakir Ashanti. Ashanti caught hold of Hernandez’s right hand and held on in the middle of the round. Hernandez unloaded his left hand to the exposed head Ashanti, landing dozens of shots. Ashanti fell to the canvas after the succession of blows. He was able to rise before the ten count, but unable to withstand the flurries upon flurries that soon followed. Referee stepped in to stop the bout at the 2:46 mark. After the fight, Hernandez called out Cory Spinks who was in attendance. Spinks processed to yell to the crowd that he will stop Hernandez. More to follow.
WBC #1 ranked heavyweight contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs), 243 lbs, defeated Willie Herring (13-11-3, 4 KOs), 212.75 lbs, in an eight round contest. The Miami native Stiverne won via unanimous decision 77-75 and 79-73 against a game Herring. Stiverne looked unimpressive in the contest, with Herring landing often and aggressing much of the fight. More to follow. (more…)
6’8 heavyweight Tyson Fury (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over 40-year-old former Prizefighter winner Martin Rogan (14-3, 7 KOs) to claim the vacant Irish heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fury surprisingly fought from a left-handed stance and was largely ineffective. Rogan, a Belfast cab driver who came out of nowhere to win the Prizefighter tournament then defeat Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton before two defeats to Sam Sexton, pressed the action early. Fury floored Rogan in round three with a straight left hand and finished him with a body shot in round five. Time was 3:00.
Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Paul Allison (5-1-1, 1 KO). A barrage of punches prompted a referee’s stoppage at :43.
Former world champion Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) has opened training camp in Phoenix, Arizona. The St. Petersburg, Florida native has chosen to prepare for his upcoming fight completely across country from his hometown. Wright is scheduled to take on unbeaten world ranked Peter ‘Kid Chocalate’ Quillin on June 2nd. Wright is temporarily staying at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Wright-Quillin will be the co-feature to Tarver-Kayode from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights returned to Las Vegas on a Friday the 13th with the always-exciting Australia’s Michael Katsidis “The Great” (28-5, 23 KOs) taking on Albert Mensah (19-3-1, 10 KOs) of Ghana in a thrilling jr. welterweight main event that went the distance for the IBF International title from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Katsidis came out early, pressuring ad backing Mensah up to the corner while working on the inside. In round two, Katsidis continued to pressure as Mensah began to pop the jab and counter with rights – it did little to stop Katsidis making it a phone booth fight . . . Click here for more
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The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 6 – “Dog With No Bark” – aired Friday evening and saw Team Faber continue to roll – right into the leaders spot – as they recorded their third consecutive win and took a 3-2 lead over Team Cruz. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
One can say that Mauricio Herrera’s career has had two significant turning points in his career. The first came on a cold December night at the Chumash Casino Resort in the Santa Ynez Valley along the Central Coast of California. Herrera, along with most ringside media, thought he did enough to win an eight round bout over former world title holder Mike Anchondo. To his shock and to the surprise inside the venue, Anchondo won a controversial split decision victory.
Fast forward to over a year later, when Herrera fought hard-hitting Russian Ruslan Provodnikov at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Not only had Provodnikov started strong, but he cut Herrera over his left eye, which later revealed to be a broken orbital bone. However, Herrera fought through the adversity of fighting with only one eye, outboxing Provodnikov during the second half of the fight and winning a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision.
Tonight, Herrera will step inside the ring against hard-punching boxer-puncher Mike Alvarado. Will Herrera be able to pull off an upset like he did when he fought Provodnikov? (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Eddie decided to fight me after his 16-month break from being in the ring. Risky proposition but obviously he has to play this all or nothing way. I like to fight against desperate opponents,” says Tomasz Adamek (43-2, 28 KO), who on June 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey will fight Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) in the main event televised by NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series. “Góral” is finishing the first part of his training camp this week with trainer Roger Bloodworth in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Starting next week, he will move his preparations to familiar New Jersey.
Eddie, who was at ringside when you fought Nagy Aguilera in Brooklyn, was not impressed with your speed.
Everything looks easy when you are a spectator and nobody is hitting your face. I watched Chambers’ last six fights and – if I were him – I would suggest paying more attention to his own obvious flaws and not what I’m doing in the ring. But I won’t make his trainer’s work easier talking about what we want to explore on June 16. I have my own training camp, he’s got his and just leave it at that. I will not start any media controversy. Not my character. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Super featherweight Miguel “Mikito” Soto and super bantamweight Angel “Pito” Fret both scored KOs to maintain their unbeaten records on Friday night at the Francisco “Pancho” Deida Coliseum in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. Soto (10-0, 10 KOs) won by KO at 2:16 of the first round when he sent Leopoldo Gonzalez (12-7-1, 7 KOs) to the canvas three times. Fret (13-0, 10 KOs) won by KO at :44 of the fourth round. Eduardo Melendez (4-11, 1 KO) was down one time in the third and once in the fourth. (more…)
Jr welterweight Albert “Tornado” Mensah (20-3-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round majority decision over former two-time interim lightweight world titlist Michael Katsidis “The Great” (28-6, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. As usual, Katsidis applied non-stop pressure from the opening bell. Mensah threw less punches but did enough to win on two cards 98-92 and 96-94. The third card was 95-95. Katsidis has now lost four of his last five.
Welterweight Alan “El Pugas” Sanchez (10-2-1, 4 KOs) avenged a previous loss to Artemio “The King” Reyes (15-2, 12 KOs), scoring a first round KO. A barrage of punches put Reyes on the deck as the bout was waved off. Time was 2:08.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former world title challenger Antonin Decarie is off next Friday’s televised Friday fight card from the Bell Centre in Montreal. “I’m not fighting,” the welterweight contender told FightNews via email. Decarie (26-1 7KO) was scheduled to have met Lanardo Tyner in ESPN2 Friday Night Fight’s semi-final. Adonis Stevenson is still set to meet Noe Gonzalez in the main event. Trainer Marc Ramsay confirmed to FightNews that the WBC International Champion sustained a rib injury while training and would not be able to go.
WBO #12 jr featherweight and Latin champion Jose “Miau” Nieves (20-2-3, 9 KOs) punished Alejandro “Pique” Delgado (15-6, 7 KOs) until Delgado’s corner stepped on the apron and abruptly waved off the main event on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida.
In the co-feature, WBO #13 jr middleweight and Latin champion Jorge “The Destroyer” Melendez (22-2-1, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Marcus Willis (11-3-2, 3 KOs). A right uppercut floored Willis and referee Max Parker reached the count of ten. Time was 1:47.
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