Golden Contract final presser heats up

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The fighters all had plenty to say to each other as they took part in their head to head press conferences before Wednesday’s “Golden Contract” event. The card takes place Wednesday at Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England, and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports and live in the US on ESPN+.

In the featherweight final, Jazza Dickens takes on Ryan Walsh, while in the super-lightweight final, Tyrone McKenna goes up against Ohara Davies.

Ohara Davies: “McKenna is a bum and a trash fighter. I know it inside but I don’t have to say it and shout it, because on Wednesday I’m going to show it. He’s got Pete Taylor with him, but he won’t be able to save him. He could have Godzilla in the corner and he wouldn’t be able to save him. For an opponent like this I don’t even have to work that hard for this fight, but because I did it means he’s getting knocked out. After he gets knocked out, they should consider going up in weight class because I feel he’s struggling to make weight and this division isn’t for him. Continue reading “Golden Contract final presser heats up”

The fighters all had plenty to say to each other as they took part in their head to head press conferences before Wednesday’s “Golden Contract” event. The card takes place…
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The next PPV card in the queue is Gervonta Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) against Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) on October 24. This bout is unique in boxing history as titles in three divisions are on the line. Santa Cruz holds the WBA featherweight and super featherweight titles, and Davis holds the WBA lightweight belt. The fight will have a weight limit of 130 pounds.
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Today is the deadline for Canelo Alvarez to resubmit his lawsuit against DAZN, Golden Boy, and Oscar de la Hoya. The parties met last week with DAZN reportedly offering Canelo $20 million per fight. The original deal called for $35 million.
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The looming date for the WBC purse bid for the Canelo vs. Avni Yildirim fight is Tuesday, October 6.
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After stopping Duke Micah, WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero dropped to the canvas and did one-armed push-ups. Impressive.
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Quite a lot of good fights in October, with Loma-Lopez leading the pack.
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The WBA super welterweight super title has changed hands in three consecutive fights. Jarrett Hurd to Julian Williams to Jeison Rosario to Jermell Charlo.

The next PPV card in the queue is Gervonta Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) against Leo Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) on October 24. This bout is unique in boxing history…
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Interview: Julian Jackson

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former 1987 WBA light middleweight and 1990 WBC middleweight champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson (55-6, 49 KOs) spoke to Peter Maniatis about his legendary fights with Mike McCallum, In Chul Baek, Terry Norris, Gerald McClellan, Herol Graham and Dennis Milton. He also gave his thoughts on Hall of Fame promoter Don King.

Jackson was unbeaten in 29 fights and had won 27 via KO or TKO when he received a world title opportunity against Mike McCallum which was unsuccessful in 1986 but the following year he stopped South Korean KO artist In Chul Baek to capture the WBA light middleweight championship. Continue reading “Interview: Julian Jackson”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former 1987 WBA light middleweight and 1990 WBC middleweight champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson (55-6, 49 KOs) spoke to Peter Maniatis about his…
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Flores Jr. on the move towards a world title shot

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By Jeff Zimmerman

Rising star, lightweight Gabriel Flores Jr. (18-0, 6 KOs) and his dad, Gabe Flores Sr. who also trains and manages his son, have been quietly making moves in and out of the ring to position Flores Jr. for a world title shot next year. Flores Jr., now 20, was the youngest fighter signed by Top Rank at 16 at the time, has continued to show the promise of a future champion after a stellar amateur career. He continues his pro journey on Sat., Oct. 3rd on ESPN+ against the experienced Ryan Kielczweski (30-4, 11 KOs) as the co-main event of Zepeda-Baranchyk.

Flores Jr. is excited to get back in “The Bubble” in Las Vegas after dominating Josec Ruiz in his first ten rounder in mid-June. Continue reading “Flores Jr. on the move towards a world title shot”

By Jeff Zimmerman Rising star, lightweight Gabriel Flores Jr. (18-0, 6 KOs) and his dad, Gabe Flores Sr. who also trains and manages his son, have been quietly making moves…
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Selby-Kambosos set for Oct 31

Lee Selby will take on George Kambosos Jr in a final eliminator for the IBF lightweight title on the undercard of the heavyweight clash between Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora on October 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.

The pair were due to meet in Selby’s native Wales at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff earlier this year in May before the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be postponed, but the rivals now have a chance to lock horns following a spicy build-up over the past few months. Continue reading “Selby-Kambosos set for Oct 31”

Lee Selby will take on George Kambosos Jr in a final eliminator for the IBF lightweight title on the undercard of the heavyweight clash between Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora…
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Lemieux headlines boxing’s return to Canada

Following the authorization by public health authorities to resume combat sports and professional sports events, Eye of the Tiger Management will present its first show since the outbreak of the Covid-19 on October 10. The event will take place behind closed doors at the Center Gervais Auto in Shawinigan, located about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.

In the headliner, former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (41-4, 34 KOs) will face Francy Ntetu (17-3, 4 KOs). Continue reading “Lemieux headlines boxing’s return to Canada”

Following the authorization by public health authorities to resume combat sports and professional sports events, Eye of the Tiger Management will present its first show since the outbreak of the…
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Charlomania Report Card

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Houston’s Charlo Twins made successful pay-per-view debuts on Saturday in a historic night of boxing as Jermell Charlo unified the WBC, WBA, and IBF 154-pound titles with a spectacular eighth-round knockout against Jeison Rosario in the main event of part two of the first-ever pay-per-view doubleheader live on SHOWTIME PPV from the Mohegan Sun.

Jermell’s 30-year-old twin brother Jermall Charlo defended his WBC middleweight world title for the third time and improved to 6-0 at 160 pounds with a skilled and disciplined unanimous decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the first main event of an unprecedented night of boxing that included five world title bouts and lasted more than 6 1/2 hours. Continue reading “Charlomania Report Card”

Houston’s Charlo Twins made successful pay-per-view debuts on Saturday in a historic night of boxing as Jermell Charlo unified the WBC, WBA, and IBF 154-pound titles with a spectacular eighth-round…
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Charlo KOs Rosario, unifies WBC/WBA/IBF belts

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In a super welterweight world title unification clash, WBC champion Jermell Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) took the WBA and IBF belts of Jeison “Banana” Rosario (20-2-1, 13 KOs) by eighth round KO on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Charlo was credited with an early knockdown in round one, although it appeared Rosario’s foot slipped out of the ring. After that, Rosario proceeded to fight pretty well until the end of round six when he was knocked down again. This time he was hurt. A Charlo jab to the belly finished Rosario in round eight. Time was :21.

Charlo said afterward, “I definitely proved that I’m more than just a puncher, but I also showed again that I’m a big puncher. I’d give myself an A tonight. I stuck to my game plan and listened to my coach. Everything we did in camp, I used it in this fight. I pushed myself the whole way through training camp. It’s been a journey for me. I’m bringing the straps home to my family like they told me to. Continue reading “Charlo KOs Rosario, unifies WBC/WBA/IBF belts”

In a super welterweight world title unification clash, WBC champion Jermell Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) took the WBA and IBF belts of Jeison “Banana” Rosario (20-2-1, 13 KOs) by eighth…
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Nery beats Alameda for WBC bantam title

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Undefeated super bantamweight Luis “Pantera” Nery (31-0, 24 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Aaron Alameda (25-1, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC super bantamweight title on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Nery looked more tactical and patient under new trainer Eddy Reynoso. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 118-110 for Nery, whose 11 fight KO streak ends.

Nery stated,“Alameda has a nice jab, he definitely connected, but I always felt like I had the fight under control. His defense was good, but at the end I really tightened up my attack and was able to get the victory. Continue reading “Nery beats Alameda for WBC bantam title”

Undefeated super bantamweight Luis “Pantera” Nery (31-0, 24 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Aaron Alameda (25-1, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC super bantamweight…
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Roman survives Payano in WBC eliminator

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In a WBC super bantamweight eliminator, former unified world champion Danny Roman (28-3-1, 9 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over 36-year-old ex-champ Juan Carlos Payano (21-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. 20:1 underdog Payano gave Roman all he could handle, but somehow came up on the short end of a 116-112 3x verdict. Roman appeared to drop Payano right at the final bell, ruled no knockdown. Payano had a large edge in the punch stats for what it’s worth.

“I don’t take anything away from Payano,” said Roman. “I knew it would be a tough fight. He brought everything he could and I took it, made it a fight and came out victorious. Continue reading “Roman survives Payano in WBC eliminator”

In a WBC super bantamweight eliminator, former unified world champion Danny Roman (28-3-1, 9 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over 36-year-old ex-champ Juan Carlos Payano (21-4, 9 KOs)…
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Charlo tops Derevyanchenko, retains WBC belt

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WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over #1-ranked contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Charlo rocked Derevyanchenko at the end of round three. By midway, Derevyanchenko was getting seriously busted up. Derevyanchenko came on in the second half of the fight but it was too little, too late. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 118-110.

“I made my team proud and I did what I was supposed to do. I executed the game plan. Ronnie Shields told me that I passed the test tonight. I’m happy to go back to the drawing board now and figure out what’s next. Continue reading “Charlo tops Derevyanchenko, retains WBC belt”

WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over #1-ranked contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in…
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Figueroa retains WBA belt in war with Vazquez

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WBA super bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa (21-0-1, 16 KOs) scored a savage tenth round TKO over game Damien Vasquez (15-2-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Things looked bad for Vasquez going in. He was a 50:1 underdog and ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. accidentally introduced him as “Aaron Alameda” before the fight. But Vazquez came for war and gave Figueroa all he could handle for early on. By the midway point, the pressure and body attack of Figueroa wore out Vazquez and it turned into a massacre. The bout was finally stopped in round ten. Time was 1:18.

Figueroa said, “I felt good tonight. He was a lot tougher than I expected. I was punishing him to the body and head. I had to switch to lefty because of how he was coming in with his head. I didn’t want to risk a head butt so I boxed him differently. Continue reading “Figueroa retains WBA belt in war with Vazquez”

WBA super bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa (21-0-1, 16 KOs) scored a savage tenth round TKO over game Damien Vasquez (15-2-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in…
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Casimero stops Micah to retain WBO bantam title

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WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided three round beatdown of Duke Micah (24-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Casimero dropped Micah in round two and referee Steve Willis waved it off to save Micah from further punishment after being wobbled in the third. Time was :54.

Casimero stated, “I worked hard and got the win tonight. In the first round I saw the body shot hurt him and thought I could get him out right away, but he’s a good boxer who was undefeated for a reason. Continue reading “Casimero stops Micah to retain WBO bantam title”

WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided three round beatdown of Duke Micah (24-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville,…
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Taylor: I’ll whoop Ramirez’ ass all day long

After retaining his title via first round KO Saturday night WBA/IBF unified super lightweight champion Josh Taylor is now in line to face WBC/WBO world champion Jose Ramirez in early 2021 for the undisputed championship.

Taylor said, “One hundred percent, I want Ramirez next. He’s a very good champion, unbeaten like myself, hungry, on top of his game. I thought the Postol fight, it wasn’t a very good performance at all. I do feel he can perform better than that given the circumstances. Again, I wasn’t impressed with what I’ve seen from him. Again, I want that fight now. I believe I’ll whoop his ass all day long. Continue reading “Taylor: I’ll whoop Ramirez’ ass all day long”

After retaining his title via first round KO Saturday night WBA/IBF unified super lightweight champion Josh Taylor is now in line to face WBC/WBO world champion Jose Ramirez in early…
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Briedis dethrones Dorticos, wins WBSS

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Former world champ Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision to dethrone IBF cruiserweight champion ‘The KO Doctor’ Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs) and win the WBSS Ali Trophy final on Saturday night at Plazamedia Studios, Munich, Germany. Both fighters were wary of the other’s power and avoided toe-to-tie exchanges. Plenty of hard shots landed by both, but Briedis was more cagey and pulled away to a 117-111, 114-114, 117-111 verdict.

“It’s been a long journey,” said Briedis. “I’m thrilled to finally get my hands on the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Dorticos was as tough and strong as expected, but after a few rounds I could figure out what he was going to do. Continue reading “Briedis dethrones Dorticos, wins WBSS”

Former world champ Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision to dethrone IBF cruiserweight champion ‘The KO Doctor’ Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs) and win the…
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Taylor annihilates Khongsong in one

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WBA/IBF unified super lightweight champion Josh Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) destroyed mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong (16-1, 13 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at York Hall in London, England. A left to the liver put Khongsong down for the count. Time was 2:41. Khongsong was on the canvas for several minutes.

Former flyweight champion and now WBC #3 rated bantamweight Charlie Edwards (16-1, 6 KOs) outpointed Kyle Williams (11-3, 3 KOs) over ten rounds. Referee Bob Williams scored it 99-91.

In a surprise, Ionut Baluta (14-2, 3 KOs) stopped 2016 Olympian Davey Oliver Joyce (12-2, 9 KOs) in round three to seize the WBO European junior featherweight title. Baluta dropped Joyce with a left hook, them got the stop with a ferocious follow-up. In 2020, Baluta has defeated former world champ TJ Doheny and now Joyce.

WBA/IBF unified super lightweight champion Josh Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) destroyed mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong (16-1, 13 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at York Hall in London,…
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Bolotniks moves into Golden Contract final

Ricards Bolotniks booked his place in the final of the Golden Contract light heavyweight tournament with a victory over Hosea Burton. The two men were competing at Studio 69 in Riga, Latvia, with a fantastic back and forth battle taking place over 10 hard-fought rounds. Bolotniks appeared to get the better of the action, with the most dramatic moments coming in round nine when Burton received two standing counts after an onslaught from the Latvian.

In the end, the judges had it slightly wider than expected, scoring it 98-90, 100-90, 98-90, earning Bolotniks the win and seeing him keep hold of his WBO European light-heavyweight title in the process. Continue reading “Bolotniks moves into Golden Contract final”

Ricards Bolotniks booked his place in the final of the Golden Contract light heavyweight tournament with a victory over Hosea Burton. The two men were competing at Studio 69 in…
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Results from Dusseldorf

By Welsh Jack

German prospect Timo Rost scored a solid 8-round unanimous decision over sturdy but limited opponent Davit Makaradze (20-14-1,11 KO) of Georgia on Saturday night in Dusseldorf, Germany. Rost improved to 10-0-2 (3 KO) and had a restricted, pandemic-sized crowd of around 300 socially-distanced fans screaming for him, but the potential contender still has a considerable ways to go before he’s ready for top-notch opposition. Continue reading “Results from Dusseldorf”

By Welsh Jack German prospect Timo Rost scored a solid 8-round unanimous decision over sturdy but limited opponent Davit Makaradze (20-14-1,11 KO) of Georgia on Saturday night in Dusseldorf, Germany.…
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Hrgovic demolishes Kartozia in two

IBF #6, WBC #9, WBO #15 heavyweight Filip Hrgović (11-0, 9 KOs) had little trouble with late sub Alexandre Kartozia (8-2-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Struer Energi Park in Denmark. A crushing Hrgovic right hand laid out Kartozia in round two.

WBO female junior featherweight champion Dina Thorslund outscored Nina Radovanovic over ten 100-89, 100-89, 100-90.

IBF #6, WBC #9, WBO #15 heavyweight Filip Hrgović (11-0, 9 KOs) had little trouble with late sub Alexandre Kartozia (8-2-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Struer Energi…
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Dorticos, Briedis pass final covid test

After testing all of the boxers for tonight’s event in Munich, including IBF cruiserweight champion Yuniel Dorticos and former champ Mairis Briedis, all tests have returned negative. However, a member of one of the undercard teams has been tracked to be in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19. Continue reading “Dorticos, Briedis pass final covid test”

After testing all of the boxers for tonight’s event in Munich, including IBF cruiserweight champion Yuniel Dorticos and former champ Mairis Briedis, all tests have returned negative. However, a member…
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Welcome to Super Saturday

After a forgettable September for the most part, boxing closes with a bang today. Three major cards around the globe will give us a near-solid block of top talent in action for almost 10 hours.

ESPN+ 2:30PM ET/11:30AM PT
York Hall, London, England

WBA/IBF unified super lightweight champion Josh Taylor (16-0, 12 KOs) defends against mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs), plus undercard featuring former WBC flyweight champ Charlie Edwards.

DAZN 3PM ET/Noon PT
Plazamedia Studios, Munich, Germany

IBF cruiserweight champion ‘The KO Doctor’ Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs) faces former champ Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) in the WBSS Ali Trophy final, plus undercard.

Showtime PPV 7PM ET/4PM PT
Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut

This is a marathon boxing card featuring five world title fights, plus an eliminator.

The telecast is split into two parts, topped by with Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) defending his WBC middleweight title against #1-ranked contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) in the first part. Also, Brandon Figueroa (20-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his WBA super bantamweight title against Damien Vasquez (15-1-1, 8 KOs), and WBO bantamweight titlist John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs) will defend his 122-pound belt against Duke Micah (24-0, 19 KOs).

After a 30-minute intermission, there will be three more fights with a 154-pound world title unification serving as the main event when WBC champion Jermell Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) takes on WBA/IBF champion Jeison Rosario (20-1-1, 13 KOs). Also, Luis Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) faces Aaron Alameda (25-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBC super bantamweight title, and former unified world champion Danny Roman (27-3-1, 9 KOs) takes on Juan Carlos Payano (21-3, 9 KOs) in a WBC super bantamweight eliminator.

After a forgettable September for the most part, boxing closes with a bang today. Three major cards around the globe will give us a near-solid block of top talent in…
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Mario Cazares: It was a clean punch to the head

By Hesiquio Balderas

Against the odds, light heavyweight Mario Cazares defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr by technical unanimous decision in Tijuana, Mexico. There was controversy about the cut on Julio Jr’s eyebrow.

“Julio says that it was a headbutt. In reality, it was an uppercut that caused the gash on his eye,” stated Cazares. “I first landed the right hand and then the uppercut.

“More importantly, I knew that this was my big opportunity and I couldn’t pass it by. The result is due to discipline, hard work, and a great, solid team. I respect Julio Jr. He’s a very humble man and I offer my friendship. If I can do something for him, I will gladly do it.”

By Hesiquio Balderas Against the odds, light heavyweight Mario Cazares defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr by technical unanimous decision in Tijuana, Mexico. There was controversy about the cut on Julio…
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Chavez Jr: They stopped the fight too early, Cazares just came to hold and foul

By Hesiquio Balderas

After his upset defeat at the hands of Mario Cazares, Julio César Chávez Jr. expressed his thoughts on the outcome of the fight. “I was doing well,” said Chavez Jr. “Mario Cazares is fast, but he was leading with his head. He even gave me a nasty unprofessional headbutt, and he just kept on holding and giving me headbutts.

“It’s impossible for him to win. How could the judges give him the fight? I was putting the pressure and landing the heavier blows. They took a point from him and he still won? Continue reading “Chavez Jr: They stopped the fight too early, Cazares just came to hold and foul”

By Hesiquio Balderas After his upset defeat at the hands of Mario Cazares, Julio César Chávez Jr. expressed his thoughts on the outcome of the fight. “I was doing well,”…
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Bohachuk (18-0, 18 KOs) stops Davila

Undefeated KO artist Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk, (18-0, 18 KOs) continued his reign of terror in the super welterweight division with a sixth round stoppage of Alejandro “Pajaro” Davila, (21-2-2, 8 KOs) on Friday night at Grupo SIPSE TV Studios in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. After six rounds of punishment, Davila didn’t come out for round seven. Bohachuk retained his WBC Continental Americas title. He is rated IBF #8 and WBC #13.

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Undefeated KO artist Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk, (18-0, 18 KOs) continued his reign of terror in the super welterweight division with a sixth round stoppage of Alejandro “Pajaro” Davila, (21-2-2,…
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Cazares defeats Chavez Jr. by tech decision

In an upset, unbeaten Mario Cazares (13-0, 5 KOs) took a six round technical decision over “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (51-5-1, 33 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout on Friday night at the Grand Hotel in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico. Chavez, the former WBC middleweight champion, never really got untracked and was often outworked by Cazares, who fought a dirty fight and was deducted a point for a headbutt in round two. The bout was stopped in round six due to a cut over Chavez’ left eye. Scores were 57-56, 59-54, 57-56.

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Earlier, Mexican ring legends Julio César Chávez and Jorge “Travieso” Arce fought an four round exhibition with proceeds going to charity. Both fighters wore headgear. They didn’t always put their full leverage into it, but some of the punches sounded like they had some pop. They kept fighting after the final bell. It was entertaining.
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WBC female super bantamweight champion Yamileth “Yeimi” Mercado (16-2, 5 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Irasema “Güera” Rayas (8-7-1, 4 KOs) in a non-title fight.

In an upset, unbeaten Mario Cazares (13-0, 5 KOs) took a six round technical decision over “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (51-5-1, 33 KOs) in a light…
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