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Canelo-Bivol undercard results

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Super lightweight Montana Love (18-0-1, 9 KOs) won a close unanimous decision over Gabriel Gollaz (25-3-1, 15 KOs) in the Canelo-Bivol co-feature on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Love dropped Gollaz in round one. Gollaz returned the favor in round two. Scores were 114-112 3x.

Undefeated welterweight prospect Shakhram Giyasov (13-0, 9 KOs) from Uzbekistan won a hard-fought unanimous decision over a tough Cristian Gomez (22-3-1, 20 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Slow-paced feel-out round in the first as Giyasov and Gomez settled in. A crisp left hook by Giyasov in the fourth sat Gomez down as the Uzbeki scored the first knockdown of the fight. Giyasov boxed and landed the power punches as bout reached the halfway point.

Gomez was down once again in the seventh as Giyasov was in control. However, Gomez staggered Giyasov in the closing seconds of the round. The Mexican continued to show his will, pressing as Giyasov boxed away and kept his distance. Displaying his superior skill, Giyasov fought conservatively on his feet pumping the jab and tallying points as Gomez stalked. Down for a third time, Gomez hit the canvas in the twelfth and final round as Giyasov worked his way to a well-deserved unanimous decision victory. The judges scored the fight 99-88, 99-88, and 98-89. Continue reading “Canelo-Bivol undercard results”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Super lightweight Montana Love (18-0-1, 9 KOs) won a close unanimous decision over Gabriel Gollaz (25-3-1, 15 KOs) in the Canelo-Bivol co-feature on Saturday night…
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Results from Detroit

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By Brad Snyder-The Undercard
Photos by Bob Ryder

Second 2 None Promotions presented Best of Tomorrow 13 Friday night at Club Venetian in Madison Heights, Michigan. The main event featured hometown welterweight Reggie Harris Jr. (7-0, 3 KOs) winning a split decision against Empire Boxing Club’s Rashid Stevens (6-1, 5 KOs). Both fighters put their undefeated records on the line for a packed room to witness. Continue reading “Results from Detroit”

By Brad Snyder-The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Second 2 None Promotions presented Best of Tomorrow 13 Friday night at Club Venetian in Madison Heights, Michigan. The main event featured…
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Terrell Woods does it again

Heavyweight Terrell Woods (28-50-9, 20 KOs) scored an upset third round TKO over previously unbeaten Rolando Soto (8-1, 3 KOs) on Thursday night at the Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal Fairgrounds in Pasadena, Texas. Woods, who is much better than his record indicates, dropped Soto with a big right hand in round two. Soto got up very wobbly and was saved by the bell. The bout was stopped by the ring doctor at the beginning of round three. Time was :10.

In the co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight Samuel Castaneda (7-0, 6 KOs) stopped Josh Ross (5-17-5, 0 KOs) in round five. Castaneda dropped Ross twice in round four. Ross took a knee in round five and the bout was waved off moments later. Time was 2:17.

Heavyweight Terrell Woods (28-50-9, 20 KOs) scored an upset third round TKO over previously unbeaten Rolando Soto (8-1, 3 KOs) on Thursday night at the Pasadena Convention Center and Municipal…
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Late Results from South Africa

By Ron Jackson

Mandatory challenger John Bopape won the South African middleweight title when he knocked out defending champion Nkululeko Mhlongo in the eleventh round last Friday night at Dr Molemela Indoor Sports Centre in Mangaung, Bloemfontein.

The 40-year-old Mhlongo (23-10-1, 18 KOs) was never in the fight and badly punished throughout. His corner could have stopped the fight as early as round five with this gutsy fighter never giving up but being badly punished. Bopape (11-8, 10 KOs) dropped the champion with a big right hand to the side of his head early in round eleven. He managed to beat the count, but two big shots sent Mhlongo down and out. This must be the end for this warrior who also held the South African junior middleweight title at one time.

By Ron Jackson Mandatory challenger John Bopape won the South African middleweight title when he knocked out defending champion Nkululeko Mhlongo in the eleventh round last Friday night at Dr…
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Late Results from Philadelphia

Bantamweight Christian Carto (19-1, 13 KOs) thrilled the crowd at the 2300 Arena, as he stopped Ernesto Sebastian Franzolini (14-13-2, 1 KO) in front of a capacity crowd at the famed Philadelphia fight venue. Carto dropped Franzolini with a hard body shot. He finished Franzolini off with a hard combination and the bout was stopped at 2:31. The show was promoted by King’s Promotions.

Bantamweight Christian Carto (19-1, 13 KOs) thrilled the crowd at the 2300 Arena, as he stopped Ernesto Sebastian Franzolini (14-13-2, 1 KO) in front of a capacity crowd at the…
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Shakur dominates Valdez, unifies 130lb titles

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Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

In a grudge super featherweight unification clash, WBO champion Shakur Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over WBC champion Oscar Valdez (30-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Valdez had no answer for Stevenson’s skills and movement. Stevenson scored a flash knockdown in round six. Valdez had some success with straight right hands, but not enough to win many rounds. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 118-109. Continue reading “Shakur dominates Valdez, unifies 130lb titles”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside In a grudge super featherweight unification clash, WBO champion Shakur Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over WBC champion Oscar…
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Taylor defeats Serrano by split decision

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Photos: Emily Harney

In a long-awaited female super fight from the sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City, undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) took the women’s pound-for-pound recognition from Amanda Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) with a split decision on Saturday night. Taylor fought in quick flurries. Serrano pressed the action and landed the more damaging shots. Taylor took major damage in round five. Serrano inexplicably took her foot off the pedal from rounds seven to nine. Round ten was toe-to-toe. Scores were 96-94 Serrano, 97-93, 96-93 Taylor.

All three judges scored the last three rounds for Taylor.

“What a fighter Amanda Serrano is,” said Taylor afterward. “I think we are both great fighters. Look what we have just done, selling out Madison Square Garden, the biggest venue in boxing history.

“Both of us have broken so many barriers in her careers. It feels great to be in this position really! Amazing fight. What a night!

“I knew exactly how deep I had to dig in this fight. I knew going into it that I was going to be in the trenches at some stage. She’s a phenomenal fighter and a great, great person.”

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Photos: Emily Harney In a long-awaited female super fight from the sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City, undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) took the…
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Smith stops Vargas, Crews-Dezurn unifies

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Photos: Emily Harney

In a super welterweight crossroads fight between former world champions, Liam “Beefy” Smith (31-3-1, 17 KOs) scored an exciting tenth round TKO over Jessie Vargas (29-4-2, 11 KOs) in the Taylor-Serrano co-feature on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Smith took over midway and got a referee’s stoppage at :41 of the tenth. Smith won the vacant WBO Intercontinental title.

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In a bout for the undisputed female super middleweight title, Franchón Crews-Dezurn (8-1, 2 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over a bloodied up Elin Cederroos (8-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 97-93. Continue reading “Smith stops Vargas, Crews-Dezurn unifies”

Photos: Emily Harney In a super welterweight crossroads fight between former world champions, Liam “Beefy” Smith (31-3-1, 17 KOs) scored an exciting tenth round TKO over Jessie Vargas (29-4-2, 11…
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Glowacki crushes Ruiz in four

Former cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (32-2, 20 KOs) rebounded from two consecutive world title fight losses to defeat Francisco Rivas Ruiz (16-4, 5 KOs) by fourth round KO on Saturday night at the Hala Sportowa in Walcz, Poland. Glowacki dropped Ruiz in round one and finished him with two more knockdowns in round four.

Former cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (32-2, 20 KOs) rebounded from two consecutive world title fight losses to defeat Francisco Rivas Ruiz (16-4, 5 KOs) by fourth round KO on Saturday…
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Pedroza beats Sosa in Panama

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By Héctor Villarreal

In a clash of undefeated super bantamweight prospects, Panamanian Rafael “El General” Pedroza (13-0, 11 KOs) dethroned Argentine Hector Andres “La Maquinita” Sosa (13-1, 8 KOs) as WBC Silver Latin American Champion on Friday night, in the main event of the international boxing card presented by Sampson Boxing and Best Box at Hotel El Panama in Panama City.

Sosa suffered a serious cut to his right eyelid and Pedroza finished 10 rounds of intense action with severe swelling on his right cheekbone. Two judges scored the fight 97-93 and the other one voted 98-92, all 3 in favor of the local Pedroza who won by unanimous decision. Continue reading “Pedroza beats Sosa in Panama”

By Héctor Villarreal In a clash of undefeated super bantamweight prospects, Panamanian Rafael “El General” Pedroza (13-0, 11 KOs) dethroned Argentine Hector Andres “La Maquinita” Sosa (13-1, 8 KOs) as…
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Sons of Legends: Morrison TKOs Rahman Jr

Six sons of well-known former boxers were in action on Friday night at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. In the main event, unbeaten Kenzie Morrison (20-0-2, 18 KOs), son of former heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten Hasim Rahman Jr (12-1, 6 KOs), son of former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, to win the WBC USNBC heavyweight title. Morrison came out aggressively and Rahman calmly outboxed him. Morrison starting turning the tables in round four and dropped Rahman in round five. Rahman beat the count and the bout was stopped by referee Robert Hoyle during Morrison’s follow-up barrage. Rahman complained about the stoppage, which seemed premature. Time was 1:37.

Lightweight Keith “The Bounty” Hunter (15-1, 9 KOs), son of former heavyweight contender Mike “The Bounty” Hunter, won an exciting ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Demarius “Chuckie” Hunter (12-1, 7 KOs). Hunter wore down Driver in a good two-way fight. Scores were 99-91, 97-93, 97-93.

Welterweight Roberto Duran Jr. (9-2, 7 KOs), son of ring legend Roberto Duran, lost a six round unanimous decision to unbeaten 19-year-old Arturo Moreno (6-0, 2 KOs). Moreno was simply busier. Scores were 60-54, 58-56, 59-55.

Super welterweight Sharif Rahman (6-0, 3 KOs), son of former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, scored a six round unanimous decision over Reyes Sanchez (7-2, 3 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 60-54.

Cruiserweight Gerald McClellan Jr. (2-0, 1 KO), son of former world champion Gerald McClellan, took a four round majority decision over Demetrius Alexander (1-1, 1 KO). Scores were 39-37, 39-37, 38-38.

Six sons of well-known former boxers were in action on Friday night at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. In the main event, unbeaten Kenzie Morrison (20-0-2, 18 KOs), son of former…
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Japan Opens the Door for Foreign Boxers

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By Joe Koizumi

Japan finally opened the door for foreign boxers to campaign here. After a long two-year hiatus since early 2020, we could see international confrontations of Japanese and foreign fighters for the first time—except for the 160-pound unification bout of Golovkin and Murata three weeks ago. Former WBO Asia Pacific 108-pound champ Riku Kano (14-3, 7 KOs), 112, moved up to the flyweight category and displayed his improved power in dispatching Thailand’s Sanchai Yotboon (7-5, 6 KOs), 111.75, at 2:42 of the second round on Sunday (April 24) in Osaka. Also, former world challenger Sho Ishida (30-3, 16 KOs), 117.75, halted Filipino Carlo Demecillo (15-6-1, 8 KOs), 116, at 1:20 of the eighth and final session.

Foreign boxers are mandated to get vaccinated three times with either of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Novavax that our government has approved. If not, they will have to be quarantined for several days.

Promoter: Taisei Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Japan finally opened the door for foreign boxers to campaign here. After a long two-year hiatus since early 2020, we could see international confrontations of Japanese and…
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Fury KOs Whyte in six

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Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) spectacularly knocked out mandatory challenger Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) in round six on Saturday night in front of a record 94,000+ fans at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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Fury outboxed Whyte for the first five rounds, then sent him crashing to the canvas with a massive right uppercut to the chin. Whyte barely struggled to his feet, but he was done. Time was 2:49.

After the fight, the 33-year-old Fury repeated his pre-fight vow to retire after this fight. “I have to be a man of my word and I think this is it. This might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King. And what a way to go out!”

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) spectacularly knocked out mandatory challenger Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) in round six on Saturday night in…
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Fury-Whyte undercard results

Unbeaten welterweight Ekow Essuman (17-0, 7 KOs) defended his British and Commonwealth belts with a dull twelve round unanimous decision against Darren Tetley (21-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night in the Fury-Whyte co-feature at London’s Wembley Stadium. In a bout that resembled a sparring session, Essuman won 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.

In a featherweight grudge match, unbeaten Nick Ball (15-0, 8 KOs) got a sixth round referee’s stoppage against WBC #13 Isaac Lowe (21-2-3, 6 KOs) to win the vacant WBC silver title. Time was 1:45. Ball dropped Lowe in round two. In round six, Lowe turned his back and took another big shot before the ref stepped in.

Unbeaten heavyweight David “The Chosen One” Adeleye (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over 282-pound Chris Healey (9-9, 2 KOs). Adeleye landed a good left/right combination in round four and the ref quickly stopped it. Time was :52.

Light heavyweight Tommy Fury (8-0, 4 KOs), younger brother of Tyson Fury, beat up Daniel Bocianski (10-2, 2 KOs) over six sloppy rounds. Score was 60-54. Bocianski down twice. After the fight, Fury called out Jake Paul.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Karol Itauma (7-0, 5 KOs) stopped overmatched Michal Ciach (2-12, 1 KO) in the second round. Itauma dropped Ciach in round one and finished him in round two. Time was 2:27.

Super featherweight “Sugar Boy Roy” Royston Barney-Smith (2-0, 0 KOs) outpointed no-hoper Constantin Radoi (0-11) over four 40-36.

Super featherweight Kurt Walker (2-0, 1 KO) topped Stefan Nicolae (3-32-2, 1 KO) over four 40-36.

Unbeaten welterweight Ekow Essuman (17-0, 7 KOs) defended his British and Commonwealth belts with a dull twelve round unanimous decision against Darren Tetley (21-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night in…
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Taniguchi halts Micro Tyson, keeps WBO 105lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Shifty southpaw Masataka Taniguchi (16-3, 11 KOs), 105, successfully made his initial defense of the WBO 105-pound belt as he halted overweight opposition Kai Ishizawa (10-2, 9 KOs), no less than 110, with his incessant combinations at 2:29 of the eleventh round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. It was such a lopsided affair that the champ kept battering the slower and sluggish foe upstairs and downstairs all the way. Prior to the well-received halt, all the tallies were perfectly identical—Katsuhiko Nakamura, Masakazu Murase and Masahiro Muroya 99-91, giving only the third round to Micro Tyson. The referee was Michiaki Someya. All were out of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). Continue reading “Taniguchi halts Micro Tyson, keeps WBO 105lb belt”

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Shifty southpaw Masataka Taniguchi (16-3, 11 KOs), 105, successfully made his initial defense of the WBO 105-pound belt as he halted overweight opposition…
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Butler beats Sultan for WBO interim belt

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Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler (36-2, 15 KOs) outpointed late sub Jonas Sultan (18-6, 11 KOs) over twelve rounds to claim the vacant WBO interim bantamweight world title on Friday night at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111.

Butler, who won the IBF belt in 2014 but never defended it, was originally slated to challenge WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero, but Casimero was forced to pull out due to weight issues and will likely be stripped.

Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler (36-2, 15 KOs) outpointed late sub Jonas Sultan (18-6, 11 KOs) over twelve rounds to claim the vacant WBO interim bantamweight world title on…
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Zucco stops Nikolic, remains unbeaten

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Unbeaten former Italian super middleweight champion Ivan Zucco (16-0, 14 KOs) scored an exciting second round TKO over Marko Nikolic (28-2, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC International title on Friday night at the Palazzo Dello Sport in Verbania, Piemonte, Italy. Zucco was staggered at the end of round one, but he dropped Nikolic twice in round two. Nikolic beat the count and seemed OK, but the bout was waved off despite Nikolic’s complaints. Time was 1:30.

Zucco said, “After Nikolic hit me hard to the face at the end of the first round I went back to my corner and my father/trainer Andrea told me to calm down, to keep my hands up and don’t trade punches immediately, but I was too angry with Nikolic and wanted to hit him hard. After I sent Nikolic to the mat with that straight left to the chin, I realized that he was hurt and that I could try to knock him out. That’s what I did with that right hook to the jaw.” Continue reading “Zucco stops Nikolic, remains unbeaten”

Unbeaten former Italian super middleweight champion Ivan Zucco (16-0, 14 KOs) scored an exciting second round TKO over Marko Nikolic (28-2, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC International title on…
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Undercard Results from Liverpool

Unheralded super lightweight Alejandro Meneses (16-5, 9 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten local hero Sam Maxwell (16-1, 11 KOs) to win the vacant IBO title on the Butler-Sultan undercard in Liverpool, England. Meneses dropped Maxwell in round four. Meneses battered Maxwell from pillar to post in round seven. Meneses floored Maxwell again in round nine and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:29. Great fight!

Former WBA super middleweight champion “Rocky from Stocky” Fielding (29-2, 17 KOs), now competing at light heavyweight, scored a third round TKO over journeyman Timo Laine (30-18, 12 KOs). The referee waved off the mismatch at 1:34.

Former featherweight title challenger Jazza Dickens (31-4, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round KO against former Euro champ Andoni Gago (25-5-4, 7 KOs). Dickens dropped Gago in round three and finished him at 2:52 of round five.

Olympian super bantamweight Peter McGrail (4-0, 3 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Uriel Lopez Juarez (15-18-1, 7 KOs).

Unheralded super lightweight Alejandro Meneses (16-5, 9 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten local hero Sam Maxwell (16-1, 11 KOs) to win the vacant IBO title on the Butler-Sultan undercard in Liverpool,…
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Cowin Ray retains SA title on a third round stoppage

By Ron Jackson

Cowin Ray was most impressive in stopping his #2 challenger Andile Mtungwa in the third round to retain the South African super middleweight title on Thursday night at The Galleria in Sandton. The time was 2:58.

It was a confident and superbly conditioned Ray (8-0, 6 KOs) who fights from the southpaw that came into the ring to make the first defense of his title. Continue reading “Cowin Ray retains SA title on a third round stoppage”

By Ron Jackson Cowin Ray was most impressive in stopping his #2 challenger Andile Mtungwa in the third round to retain the South African super middleweight title on Thursday night…
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Gesta defeats Diaz by unanimous decision

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Lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (33-3-3, 17 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Joel Diaz, Jr. (26-3, 22 KOs) on Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Southpaw Gesta floored Diaz twice in round one with straight left hands. Diaz rebounded well in round two and there was good two-way action the rest of the way. Scores were 96-92, 96-92, 95-93. Gesta was a slight underdog coming in.

Unbeaten lightweight Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez (12-0-1, 11 KOs) stopped durable veteran Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (27-15, 17 KOs) in round six. Gonzalez dropped Lopez once in round two and twice in round three. The fight was finally waved off by the referee at 2:59 of round six. Continue reading “Gesta defeats Diaz by unanimous decision”

Lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (33-3-3, 17 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Joel Diaz, Jr. (26-3, 22 KOs) on Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino…
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Zerafa demolishes Hardman in two

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

In an IBF middleweight eliminator for the #2 ranking, Michael Zerafa (30-4, 19 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten Issac Hardman (12-1, 10 KOs) in the second round on Wednesday night at the Melbourne Convention Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Zerafa dropped Hardman, then finished him with his follow-up barrage. Zerafa was a +175 underdog.

Female super bantamweight Cherneka “Sugar” Johnson (14-1, 6 KOs) took a hard fought ten round split decision over Melissa Esquivel (12-3-1, 4 KOs) to win the vacant IBF world title. Scores were 96-95, 97-93 Johnson, 96-94 Esquivel.

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Benjamin Bommber TKO4 Waiwit Nareeruk (super middleweight)
Campbell Somerville TKO2 Lawrence Glover (super welterweight)
Kim-Alina Ross D4 Zoe Putorak (super welterweight)
Jack Gipp TKO1 Lepani Levatia (light heavyweight)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing In an IBF middleweight eliminator for the #2 ranking, Michael Zerafa (30-4, 19 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten Issac Hardman (12-1, 10 KOs) in…
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Spence stops Ugas, unifies WBC, WBA, IBF belts

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By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

In a WBA/WBC/IBF welterweight unification battle, Errol Spence Jr (28-0, 22 KOs) from Dallas stopped Yordenis Ugas out of Cuba (27-5, 12 KOs) in round ten on Saturday night in front of a raucous 39,946 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a tough, gritty fight.

The southpaw Spence Jr. opened the fight with his right jab and straight lefts to the body as Ugas looked to time and counter Spence over the first couple of rounds and had some success doing so. By the third, Spence picked up the pace as he landed his overhand left and uppercuts and his patented body shots. The fourth round was much the same as Spence worked his way inside of Ugas and scored to the head and body.

Spence took charge in round six with combinations and uppercuts, before a big right hand by Ugas knocked his mouthpiece out. Spence looked away to find it and Ugas capitalized with a perfectly placed right hand that temporarily wobbled Spence as he bounced off the ropes. Referee Laurence Cole eventually stopped the action and Spence was able to retrieve his mouthpiece and fully recover and went back on the attack the last part of the round. In round seven, Spence was in kill-mode as he went for the knockout and got his hometown crowd in a frenzy, but Ugas showed his warrior spirit and countered with some nice counter shots of his own.

In round eight, Spence Jr. continued the onslaught and forced the referee to halt the action to have the ringside physician look at the right eye of Ugas, that was almost completely shut. By the tenth round it was target practice for Spence who smelled blood and kept pounding Ugas on the inside as he tried desperately to end the fight with a knockout. And right before he could, Cole went back to the doctor and this time was advised to stop the fight. The official time was 1:44 as Spence Jr. earned the TKO victory. Continue reading “Spence stops Ugas, unifies WBC, WBA, IBF belts”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside In a WBA/WBC/IBF welterweight unification battle, Errol Spence Jr (28-0, 22 KOs) from Dallas stopped Yordenis Ugas out of Cuba (27-5, 12 KOs) in round…
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Stanionis dethrones Butaev via split decision

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By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

In a battle of undefeated welterweights on the Spence-Ugas undercard, WBA regular welterweight champion Radzhab Butaev (14-1, 11 KOs) from Russia went toe-to-toe with Lithuanian Eimantas Stanionis (14-0, 9 KOs) over twelve hotly contested rounds. Stanionis came away with the split decision win in a fight that was physical from the opening bell to the very end. Butaev was deducted a point in the eleventh round by referee Rafael Ramos for holding Stanionis head down, but fortunately it did not impact the scores. The scores read 114-113 for Butaev and 116-111 and 117-110 for Stanionis. Continue reading “Stanionis dethrones Butaev via split decision”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside In a battle of undefeated welterweights on the Spence-Ugas undercard, WBA regular welterweight champion Radzhab Butaev (14-1, 11 KOs) from Russia went toe-to-toe with Lithuanian…
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Undercard Results from Arlington, Texas

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By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside

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Lightweight world title contender Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz (23-2-1, 16 KOs) out of Mexico City, Mexico, was exactly that, a Pitbull as he dropped former featherweight champ Yuiorkis Gamboa from Cuba (30-5, 18 KOs) four times enroute to a fifth-round knockout of the scheduled ten. Time was 1:32.

Cruz went right after the Cuban Gamboa from the opening bell and looked to end the fight early, but Gamboa showed his veteran savviness and held Cruz to survive the round. Gamboa came out the aggressor in round two and hoped he could catch the young bull off guard. But instead, Cruz quickly turned the tide and finally put Gamboa on the canvas for the first time right before the round ended. The knockdown started with a right to the body, followed by two big blows to the head. Round three was much of the same as Cruz was going for the kill as a left hook to the jaw put Gamboa down again.

In the fourth round, Cruz almost put Gamboa down early, but instead had to wait a little longer to score his third knockdown of the fight by left hook. And finally in the fifth and final round of this back-and-forth scrap, Cruz landed a left, quickly followed by a devastating overhand right that sent Gamboa to the ropes and referee Mark Calo-oy grabbed Gamboa right away and waived it off with Gamboa shaking his head. Continue reading “Undercard Results from Arlington, Texas”

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Isaac Cruz vs Yuriorkis Gamboa Lightweight world title contender Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz (23-2-1, 16 KOs) out of Mexico City, Mexico, was exactly that, a Pitbull…
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Benn destroys van Heerden in two

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Welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn (21-0, 14 KOs), currently rated #5 by all four major sanctioning bodies, lived up to his nickname by annihilating Chris “The Heat” van Heerden (28-3-1, 12 KOs) in less than two rounds on Saturday night at the AO Arena in Manchester, England. Benn hurt southpaw van Heerden with a right hand, then blasted him down to the canvas to end it at :59. Benn, the son of former world champion Nigel Benn, retained his WBA Continental title.

European cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith (15-1, 11 KOs) scored an eight round KO over former champion Tommy McCarthy (18-4, 9 KOs). Last year Billam-Smith beat McCarthy by split decision. This time he left no doubt, laying out McCarthy with a barrage of punches. Time was 1:28. Billam-Smith is rated IBF #3, WBO #3, WBA #5, WBC #8.

Lightweight Campbell Hatton (7-0, 2 KOs), son of former champion Ricky Hatton, outpointed Ezequiel Gregores (3-10, 0 KOs) over six rounds. Scored 60-54.

WBC female super featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner (12-1, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision against Edith Matthysse (17-12-1, 1 KOs), who failed to make weight. Scores were 100-90 3x.

“Little Lever’s Meat Cleaver” Jack Cullen (20-3-1, 9 KOs), now campaigning as a light heavyweight, won an 80-72 eight round shutout against Vladimir Belujsky (12-3-1, 8 KOs).

Welterweight Conor “The Destroyer” Benn (21-0, 14 KOs), currently rated #5 by all four major sanctioning bodies, lived up to his nickname by annihilating Chris “The Heat” van Heerden (28-3-1,…
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