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By Ron Jackson
In a battle of veterans WBF junior welterweight champion Zolani Marali was just too fast and slick for Mzolisi Yoyo as he outboxed him over 12 rounds to win by wide margins and retain his belt for the first time at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Judge Rassie Erasmus scored it 117-111 whilst judges Lulama Mtya and Allen Matakane had 119-112 and 119-110. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Nevada boxing judge Cynthia J. Ross is once again at the center of a controversy after her 114-114 scorecard for the one-sided twelve round fight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Canelo Alvarez provoked disbelief Saturday night in Las Vegas. In view of this latest brouhaha, it’s interesting to look back at Ross’ record as a judge, a record that has raised eyebrows on more than a half dozen occasions in major fights.
June 9, 2012 — Manny Pacquaio vs Timothy Bradley
Ross scores 115-113 in favor of Bradley, a score widely condemned by fans and media.
Nov. 12, 2011 — Juan Carlos Burgos vs Luis Cruz
Ross was the only judge not to score heavily in favor of Burgos. Scored it a 95-95 draw.
Aug. 13,2011 — Abner Mares vs Joseph Agbeko I
She was the only judge not to see Mares as the winner. She scored a draw 113-113.
May 7, 2011 — Rodel Mayol vs Javier Gallo
The other judges saw it heavily in favor of Mayol. Ross scored a draw 95-95.
Feb. 7, 2008 — Kendall Holt vs Ben Tackie
The other two judges scored heavily in favor of Holt. Ross’ score was a draw 95-95.
July 13, 2002 — Kevin Kelly vs Humberto Soto
Ross was the only judge not to score it in favor of Kelly. She saw a draw at 114-114.
By Felipe Leon
Floyd Mayweather won a seemingly wide twelve round decision on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Judge Craig Metcalf scored it 117-111 for Floyd, giving Canelo rounds two, ten and twelve. Judge Dave Moretti scored it 116-11r for Floyd, giving Canelo rounds three, nine, eleven and twelve. C.J. Ross had it 114-114, giving Canelo rounds one, three, eight, nine, eleven and twelve. Ross also had Timothy Bradley beating Manny Pacquiao.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
In a clash for the WBC/WBA super welterweight belts, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round “majority” decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After making 152 Friday, the 23-year-old Canelo entered the ring at 165. 36-year-old Floyd lost half-a-pound. Floyd simply outboxed Canelo from the opening bell. Alvarez was game and had some moments, but Floyd was dominant for the most part. Scores were 114-114, 116-112, 117-111. The bizarre 114-114 scoring was from C.J. Ross.
For the night’s work, Mayweather collected a guaranteed $41.5 million. “It’s all about skills,” Mayweather said. “I came out tonight and showed my skills. But a true champion like Canelo can take a loss and bounce back. My dad had a brilliant game plan. I executed that game plan. I could have pressed it and got the late stoppage, but tonight experience played a major key. Tonight was just my night.”
Canelo admitted that Mayweather’s skills and style of fighting were too much to overcome. “He’s very elusive, he’s a great fighter and that’s why I couldn’t catch him,” Canelo said. “I didn’t know how to get him. It’s as simple as that. He’s very elusive. He’s a great fighter. The frustration was getting in there. But simply he’s a great fighter. I didn’t want to lose. I didn’t want to leave here with a loss. But it happens and it hurts.”
WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) retained his titles with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBC interim super lightweight champion Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs). Both fighters came out carefully, respecting the other’s power. The bout started heating up in the mid-rounds. Matthysse’s right eye was nearly shut by round eight and Garcia, a 2:1 underdog, had target practice after that. A desperate Matthysse tried to pull it out late with big shots, but Garcia put him down in the eleventh. Garcia was deducted a point for a low blow in the twelfth. The fight ended with both fighters furiously throwing leather. Scores were 115-111, 114-112, 114-112. Matthysse had suffered two dubious losses in the USA previously, but this loss was legit. (more…)
Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs), making his debut as a middleweight, scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Dashon Johnson (14-13-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Paramount in Huntington, New York. One sided fight, but Clottey, inactive since November 2011, figured to have a more impressive performance than this. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 99-90. Johnson was deducted a point for throwing Clottey to the canvas.
In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, Kid Galahad (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Jazza Dickens (16-1, 5 KOs) to claim the vacant British title on Saturday night at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, England. After a hard fight, Galahad, aka Barry Awad, floored a fading Dickens in round ten and the bout was waved off. Galahad was deducted a point in round nine for holding and hitting.
Unbeaten super middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round stoppage over late sub Alexey Ribchev (15-8-1, 5 KOs). Eubank dropped Ribchev in round three and the bout was stopped during Eubank’s follow-up barrage. Quick stoppage by the referee.
Unbeaten heavyweight Hughie Fury moved to 9-0, 6 KOs when Shane McPhilbin (8-8-1, 5 KOs) quit after round one citing a shoulder injury.
By Graham Houston
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
There’s no question that Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a colossal event, and “The One” will quite likely set a record for pay per view buys. Will the fight live up to the hype, though? Is this fight coming too soon for the hugely popular Canelo? I believe that the ingredients are there for a fight to remember. This clash of unbeaten champions pits a veteran master boxer going up against a strong young rival.
Some might even see it as a “hero vs villain” type of fight, with many no doubt hoping that the brash and boastful Mayweather gets his comeuppance against a quietly confident young man who at the age of 23 is 13 years Mayweather’s junior.
There is the perception, though, that the light-middleweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night — Showtime PPV in the U.S.; BoxNation in the U.K. — could see Canelo stepping out of his depth.
Yet Mayweather, so astute at selecting the right opponents at the right time, on the face of it doesn’t expect an easy fight. Otherwise, why did his team insist that Canelo fight at a catchweight of 152lbs and not at the light-middleweight limit of 154lbs? (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Gary Purfield
Friday night at Harrah’s Philly Casino and Racetrack in Chester, PA, Mike The Machine” Oliver (26-5, 8KOs) captured the vacant NABA featherweight title in odd fashion, by getting floored by Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (17-3, 9KOs) less than a minute into the opening round and winning by disqualification. In the co-feature of the evening, Philly welterweight prospect Hassan Young (4-1-1, 2KOs) scored a fifth round TKO victory over Chester’s own veteran slugger Julio Dejesus (8-4-3, 4KOs), when he couldn’t come out of the corner due to a cut that caused him vision problems from the third round on. (more…)
By Lou McLaughlin at ringside
GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions presented a great night of boxing featuring local talent on Friday night at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. . The fighters were all backed be legions of their individual enthusiastic supporters. In the main event, jr. middleweight John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson of Newark, New Jersey raised his record to (13-0, 4 KO) against Brandon Quarles (10-2, 1 KO) in an 8 round bout. (more…)
By Sam Geraci
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
In the main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe,” Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (11-1, KOs) of Chicago, IL, came up short in his quest to establish himself as a contender against Derrick “Superman” Findley (21-11-1, 9 KOs) of Gary, IN, one of the sport’s true gatekeepers. Findley also captured the vacant UBF All Americas super middleweight.
Findley dropped and hurt Jimenez in the third with a dynamic overhand right. Although Jimenez rose to his feet and willed himself to the seventh, he was never able to fully recover and Findley was never willing to give him the time to do so. In seventh, with Findley throwing and landing bombs at will, Jimenez’ corner wisely threw in the towel at 51 seconds of the round. After the bout, Findley expressed what this fight means to him and his thoughts on Jimenez. (more…)
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