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By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In the main event of the inaugural RocNation Sports promotion “throne” – and in front of attendees such as Carmelo Anthony, CC Sabthia, Rhianna and Beyonce at the Theater in New York City’s Madison Square Garden – Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (25-0, 13 KOs) persevered over 10 rounds to claim the vacant WBC-Continental Americas welterweight championship with a convincing points victory over Tommy Rainone (22-6-1, 4 KOs). Hernandez-Harrison was the aggressor throughout the fight, constantly pressing the action and landing the more stellar punches.
Hernandez-Harrison continued to bank the early and mid-rounds with his busier activity and punch output whereas Rainone seemed content to circle the ring and occasionally jab. Rainone continued to sustain Hernandez-Harrison’s series of hooks to the head (with a cross mixed in for good measure) in the seventh round, bringing a smile from Jay-Z and everyone else in attendance. Hernandez-Harrison continued to apply the pressure in the closing rounds and put the outcome at the hands of the judges at ringside. They all obliged and scored the fight 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91 to Dusty Hernandez-Harrison.
Tureano Johnson claimed the vacant WBC Silver and WBA International middleweight belts with an annihilation of Alex Theran in their scheduled 10 round middleweight contest. Johnson banked all the early rounds, pushing Theran to his pain limit with devastating right books that seemed to land at nearly every occasion. As Theran began to slow down past the third round, Johnson unleashed a barrage of body punches that forced Theran to take a knee. Much of the same ensued shortly after the opening bell of the fifth round as Johnson, sensing that victory was near, targeted the body once more and landed a suspicious hook to the waist of Theran that forced him down once more. That was the last of the action as Theran was unable to make it out of his corner to start the sixth round under the advice of the ringside doctor. The official reason was that Theran had broken his ankle and could not continue. The official time of the stoppage was 0:01 in round 6. Johnson picks up the vacant WBC Silver and IBF International belts and moves to 17-1, 12 KOs while Theran tasted defeat again and moves to 17-2, 9 KOs. (more…)
Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions
In the final card promoted under the banner of Gary Shaw Productions, WBA Interim lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs) retained his title with twelve round unanimous decision over Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Perez dropped Maicelo in round eleven and punished him in round twelve en route to scores of 118-109, 118-108, 120-107.
Welterweight contender Francisco Santana (22-3-1, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over previously unbeaten Kendal Mena (20-1, 11 KOs). Santana dropped Mena in round one, then laid him out cold flat on his back with a left hook. Time was 1:43.
Unbeaten 281-pound heavyweight Jerrell “Big Baby” Miller (11-0-1, 9 KOs) pounded on Aaron Kinch (5-4-2, 1 KO) for six rounds. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 60-53.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Toprank
Jessie Magdaleno 121.8 vs. Erik Ruiz 120.8
Rodrigo Garcia 148.6 vs. Jailton De Jesus 150.4
Vic Pasillas 125.4 vs. Karl Garcia 124.2
Hollywood Jonathan Blue 175 vs. Zlatko Ledic 176
Venue: Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
Three-time world boxing champ Adrien Broner fiercely attacked Jay Z for what he says is a highly insulting offer to join Roc Nation Sports.
Adrien just appeared on “TMZ Hollywood Sports” and skewered the hop-hop mogul/sports titan for offering him a paltry $40 million for five years. Adrien reaffirmed his directive that Jay could “suck my…” Broner then went after Jay Z client Rihanna.
Broner is a client of Al Haymon, who is a bitter rival of Jay Z.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Javier Mendoza 110 vs. Mauricio Fuentes 110
Edivaldo Ortega 122 vs. Cristian Esquivel 122
Abner Jaeger López 147 vs. José David Mosquera 148
Mario Rodríguez 108 vs. Armando Torres 108.5
Sandra Robles 107.5 vs. Linda Soto 108
Eduardo Galindo 131 vs. Gregorio Pérez 132
Rafael Guzmán 144 vs. Pedro López 143.5
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)
Light heavyweight contender Cedric “L.O.W” Agnew (27-1. 14 KOs) commented on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s power, Kovalev’s dominance of Bernard Hopkins and who he’d like to face next.
“Sergey has power, but it isn’t his power that makes him special. Yes, he can punch but what makes Sergey special is that he can also box. Like Hopkins, I thought I’d be able to use my footwork to control the distance and make him look bad, but he was able to use his size to cut off the ring to control the distance, which I didn’t know he could do,” said Agnew.
In addition to his ability to cutoff the ring, Agnew also praised Kovalev’s ability to use angles when attacking. (more…)
World-rated Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and contender Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, Ca. will weigh in today – Friday 5 pm – in the Houston Ballroom at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. Magdaleno is putting all of his world ratings – WBO #2, IBF #4, WBA #7 – on the line against Ruiz in the main event of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card here Saturday night in the Texas Events Center.
Both fighters have top trainers – Magdaleno with Joel Diaz, Ruiz with Robert Garcia.
Diaz said at Media Day on Thursday that Magdaleno is “unbeatable at 122 pounds and after this fight we will take on any of the world champions.” It was Diaz who tweaked Magdaleno’s attack, saying “he always punched hard but was landing in the wrong spots. That has been corrected.” (more…)
As we near the epic return of world championship heavyweight action in the United States, WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) was a definite winner in the latest war of words with unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) in advance of their Showtime-televised showdown on January 17 in Las Vegas.
What do you think of your opponent, does anything he does concern you?
Bermaine Stiverne: I think Wilder is a clown. Wilder thinks this is the WWE. He acts like it’s the WWE. This is for real. It is going to hurt very bad.
Deontay Wilder: I have no thoughts about Bermane Stiverne. I’m just ready to fight and leave it all out in the ring.
What should the fans expect on January 17? Do you have a prediction?
Bermaine Stiverne: On Jan. 17 I will hurt Wilder and I will knock him out and it will be a lasting image in peoples’ minds for a very long time.
Deontay Wilder: Fans should expect a great night of boxing and everyone will see January 17. Be there or tune in on TV if you can’t. You don’t want to miss it!
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward tweeted today that he is happy to be part of the @RocNation family. Ward sat out all of 2014 and had just one fight in 2013 due to a dispute with his late longtime promoter Dan Goossen. Ward also posted an Intragram pic of him with rapper/promoter Jay Z apparently signing a contract.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that negotiations are underway for mandatory challenger Lee Selby to take on IBF Featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich this spring. The Welsh star dispatched Australian Joel Brunker inside nine rounds to land the shot at the Californian-based Russian, who has defended the title four times since wrestling it from Billy Dib in November 2013.
The IBF sent letters out on December 31 ordering the IBF champion to begin negotiations with mandatory challenger, and Hearn believes the slick stylist Selby will land the title, and will be aiming for that to happen on British soil. “We have already been in touch with Top Rank to make them an offer for a fight in the UK in the spring,” said Hearn. “Either way I expect to confirm the fight in the next few weeks. We are keen to stage the fight here and I’m very confident Lee will become the IBF champion in his next fight.”
In the opening bout of tonight’s ShoBox telecast, former amateur sensation Ievgen “Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (7-0, 7 KOs) will take on Maurice “The Natural” Louishomme (8-0-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight bout. Thus far in his career, Khytrov is showing all the signs of being a major star in boxing.
Ievgen Khytrov: “Training camp was great. We were sparring with Daniel Jacobs, Luis Collazo, Marcus Browne, the strongest guys in the division. We knew about this guy for about a week, but it doesn’t matter who I fight. I want to be champion of the world. I’ll do my best to knock him out. Fans want the knockout and I’ll try to give them a knockout. I can’t predict the future, but I’m going to do everything possible to get it done.”
Maurice Louishomme: “I have been training the past 10 years for this fight. I have constantly stayed busy in the gym with the hopes of being able to get this opportunity. My biggest strength in this fight will be my jab. I really utilize my jab well. I am looking to set the entire fight up with the jab, and then look for openings with my right hand and uppercuts. This is an eight round fight. I am looking to box, move and avoid his big shots. If I can catch him and hurt him I am definitely going to jump on him for the knockout.
The Malta Boxing Commission is taking a bite out of the British boxing market, once controlled under the iron grip of the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).
Thanks to European Union free trade and anti-monopoly laws, national federations are free to operate in other E.U. countries. Currently the Malta Commission has licensed twelve UK-based promoters with five more recently requesting application forms. The Malta group expects to sanction a minimum of twenty (20) events in the United Kingdom in 2015.
Other national federations are making use of this rule include the Austrian Federation, which has sanctioned dozens of shows in Germany under the Sauerland banner. The Luxembourg Commission famously sanctioned the U.K. bout between David Haye and Dereck Chisora against the will of the BBBofC.
Mike Gavronski 171 vs. Dashon Johnson ??
Will Hughes 140.5 vs. Virgil Green 142
Jeremy McCleary 127.5 vs. Damen Wood 127.5
Marquice Weston 179.5 vs. Lamont Williams 178.5
Ron Pryce 154 vs. Antonio Neal 157.5
Andres Reyes 134.5 vs. Benny Vinson 134
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist
Note: Dashon Johnson was unable to weigh in on time and will instead be weighed in this morning.
Dusty Hernandez Harrison 145 vs. Tommy Rainone 146.8
Tureano Johnson 160 vs. Alex Theran 158.2
Chris van Heerden 145.4 vs. Cecil McCalla 149.6
Jerry Odom 168.2 vs. Andrew Hernandez 169.4
Wellington Romero 141.8 vs. Leo Kreischer 140.8
Kenneth Sims 140.4 vs. Christian Steele 140
Eduardo Martinez 125.4 vs. Rigoberto Miranda 125.6
Dustin Fleischer 142.4 vs. Frank Jordan 137.4
Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City
Promoter: ROC Nation Sports
TV: FOX Sports 1
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Photos: Gary Shaw Productions
Jonathan Maicelo 135 vs. Darleys Perez 133
(WBA Interim Lightweight Championship)
Francisco Santana 145 vs. Kendal Mena 147
Roman Morales 121 vs. Ernesto Guerrero 119
Manuel Romero 136 vs. Carlos Gonzales 140
Aaron Kinch 253 vs. Jerrell Miller 281
Paula Estrada 106 vs. Kayana Rain 108
Maria Suarez 109 vs. Jolene Blackshear 110
Venue: Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Ivan Redkach 137 vs. Yakubu Amidu 137
Patrick Day 154 vs. Alantez Fox 155
Ievgen Khytrov 163 vs. Maurice Louishomme 161
Venue: Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Photos: Craig Bennett – Hoganphotos / SHOWTIME
Undefeated WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles participated in a jam-packed open media workout Thursday at Who’s Next Boxing Academy as he continues to prepare for his title defense against Mexico’s Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday, Jan. 17, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Leo Santa Cruz, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion
“Right now I am focused on this fight. I want to get this fight over with and get the win. We trained really hard to get this fight. Ruiz is a great fighter, a tough fighter. I think he has fought for a world title already. I know he always comes prepared to win and give a great show.” (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
World rated super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas said “…you will see a lot of power, timing and speed on Saturday night” on Media Day at the Top Rank Gym on Thursday. Magdaleno, 19-0, 16 KOs, is taking on Erik Ruiz, 13-1, 8 KOs, of Oxnard, Ca. in the main event on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas.
Magdaleno said “I’m ready to fight, to win, then fight for a world title. I want to prove to everyone that I will soon be a world champion.”
Trainer Joel Diaz added “…there isn’t a 122 pounder in the world who can beat Jessie right now. He is punching and hitting so hard. He has it all together.” (more…)
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