Boxing Results

Tanaka defeats Taguchi; retains WBO flyweight title

Unbeaten three-class champion Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7 KOs) retained his WBO flyweight belt by unanimous decision in a slugfest against grudge rival and former WBA 108-pound titlist Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday in Gifu City, Japan. Tanaka won by scores of 119-109, 117-111, 117-111.

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Unbeaten three-class champion Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7 KOs) retained his WBO flyweight belt by unanimous decision in a slugfest against grudge rival and former WBA 108-pound titlist Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4-2,…
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Pintor defeats Cruz in Mexico City

Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes

In a clash between Mexico City welterweights, Mauricio “Trompas” Pintor (21-3-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Diego “Demoledor” Cruz (18-7-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night in a clash for the WBC Latino title at the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. Pintor, the nephew of Boxing Hall of Famer Lupe Pintor, won by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
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In the co-feature, super lightweight Cesar Soriano Jr (14-2, 7 KOs) narrowly outpointed Christian Gomez (12-4-1, 5 KOs) over eight rounds. Soriano dropped Gomez on round two and that provided Soriano with the winning margin of 76-75, 76-75 and 78-73.

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Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes In a clash between Mexico City welterweights, Mauricio “Trompas” Pintor (21-3-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Diego “Demoledor” Cruz (18-7-2, 14 KOs)…
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Farmer beats Carroll; retains IBF jr lightweight title

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

In the main event at the Liacouras Center, IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer, Philadelphia, 29-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 ND, retained his title for the third time with a 12-round unanimous decision over Dublin’s Jono Carroll, 16-1-1, 3 KOs.
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The fight was non-stop action with many close rounds. Carroll was more aggressive and threw more punches, but Farmer landed more accurate. Both fighters tired late in the fight, but Farmer rallied for a big round eleven, hurting the challenger with a sharp right. Carroll survived, but Farmer won the final round on my card to seal the win. After twelve full rounds, I had the fight 115-113 for Farmer. However, the official scorers saw the champion winning much more comfortably. The official tallies of 117-110, 117-111, and 117-111 felt excessively wide. In any case, it was a very entertaining battle and the right fighter won. Continue reading “Farmer beats Carroll; retains IBF jr lightweight title”

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. In the main event at the Liacouras Center, IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer, Philadelphia, 29-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 ND, retained…
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Sulecki beats Rosado; Taylor TKOs Volante

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

In a thrilling middleweight fight, Maciej Sulecki, Warsaw, 28-1, 11 KOs, won by unanimous decision over Gabriel Rosado, North Philly, 24-12-1, 14 KOs, in their 10 rounder on Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The fight was a punch out, with Sulecki knocking Rosado down in rounds one and eight, and Rosado returning the favor twice in the ninth. Both fighters landed freely during the bout. Sulecki had an edge as the bout progressed, but Rosado stayed in the fight and capitalized when Sulecki began to wear down. Had the ninth round lasted a bit longer, Rosado might have pulled an upset, but Sulecki was saved by the bell. Rosado jumped right on Sulecki in the final round, but could not finish him. All three judges scored the fight for Sulecki, 95-93 and 95-91 twice. My tally favored Sulecki 93-92. With the victory, Sulecki claimed the vacant WBO international middleweight title belt.

In a scheduled 10-round women’s lightweight world title unification bout, Katie Taylor, Bray, Ireland, 13-0, 6 KOs, dominated Rose Volante, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14-1, 8 KOs, to remain undefeated. She dropped Volante with a right in the opening round, won each subsequent round, and finally stopped the over-matched Brazilian at 1:40 of round nine. There were no more knockdowns, but the steady stream of punishment forced referee Benjy Esteves to intervene. The win sent Taylor home with three of the four world title belts (WBA, WBO, IBF). Continue reading “Sulecki beats Rosado; Taylor TKOs Volante”

By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. In a thrilling middleweight fight, Maciej Sulecki, Warsaw, 28-1, 11 KOs, won by unanimous decision over Gabriel Rosado, North Philly, 24-12-1,…
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Walter Dlamini wins on second round stoppage

By Ron Jackson

South African middleweight champion Walter Dlamini smashed Fernando Rodrigue to defeat in a non-title match-up scheduled for ten rounds, when the refeee stopped the fight at 1:23 into the second round, at the Kwa-Thema Community Hall in Springs on Sunday afternoon.

The 39-year-old Dlamini (72.40kg) who won the South African title in December last year when he stopped Wayne Groth in 40 seconds of the first round, came out fast at the bell in round one throwing big bombs at the 22-year-old Rodrigues (72.20kg). Rodrigues managed to survive as he resorted to holding and mauling before Dlamini caught him with a right uppercut and left to the head, that left him flat on his back near the end of the round.

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By Ron Jackson South African middleweight champion Walter Dlamini smashed Fernando Rodrigue to defeat in a non-title match-up scheduled for ten rounds, when the refeee stopped the fight at 1:23…
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Guerrero, Cuellar victorious in Carson

By Frank Hoke at ringside

Former world champion Robert Guerrero (35-6-1, 20 KOs) made his return scoring a knockout victory over Hevinson Herrera (24-17-1, 18 KOs) in a welterweight walkout bout on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Guerrero came out the aggressor attacking with his jab forcing Herrera to retreat along the ropes. An accidental headbutt in round two caused a cut over Herrera’s right eye. Picking up the pace in round five, Guerrero scored a knockdown.

Former WBA featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar (29-3, 22 KOs) made his return in emphatic fashion scoring a brutal knockout in 33 seconds of round two against Carlos Padilla (16-10-1, 10 KOs) in a lightweight bout. Cuellar pounced on Padilla from the opening bell throwing hooks up top and landed a vicious right hook that would put Padilla down. Continue reading “Guerrero, Cuellar victorious in Carson”

By Frank Hoke at ringside Former world champion Robert Guerrero (35-6-1, 20 KOs) made his return scoring a knockout victory over Hevinson Herrera (24-17-1, 18 KOs) in a welterweight walkout…
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Bivol schools Smith, keeps WBA light heavy belt

By Bob Caico at ringside
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WBA light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol (16-0, 11 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Joe Smith, Jr. (24-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The technically superior Bivol systematically compiled a 118-110, 119-109, 119-109 verdict.
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Bivol from St. Petersburg, Russia controlled the fight with sharp, crisp combinations while Long Island’s Smith stalked but threw his hands wildly. Smith landed a good right hand in the third round but could not capitalize. Through seven rounds Bivol out-connected Smith with 31% connect rate to 9%. The champion continued to dominate the fight with intelligent boxing and accurate punches. Continue reading “Bivol schools Smith, keeps WBA light heavy belt”

By Bob Caico at ringside Photos: Boxing Bob Newman WBA light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol (16-0, 11 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Joe…
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Shawn Porter retains WBA welter belt by split decision

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) of Akron, Ohio, barely kept his title with a twelve round split decision over Cuban welterweight Yordenis Ugas (23-4, 11 KOs ) on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Judges scored the bout 117-111 Ugas, and 116-112 for Porter and 115-113 for Porter as Porter successfully retains his title.

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“The crowd was expecting a big brawl, but that’s not the way this fight needed to go tonight,” said Porter afterward. “That style that we used left the fight close. We got the win, we’re still champion and we’re looking forward to what is next….the weight cut didn’t affect me at all. I was on my toes all night. I was very focused the entire fight and just listening to my corner.” Continue reading “Shawn Porter retains WBA welter belt by split decision”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) of Akron, Ohio, barely kept his title with a twelve round split decision over Cuban welterweight Yordenis…
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Hooker dominates LesPierre, retains WBO 140lb title

By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

WBO jr welterweight champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (26-0-3 17 KOs) retained his belt with a unanimous 12-round decision over previously unbeaten Mikkel “Slikk Mikk” LesPierre (21-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
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Hooker put on a clinic over the first six rounds against the southpaw from Brooklyn by way of Trinidad and Tobago. Using his 4 ½ reach advantage the champion controlled the early going with his jab then eventually throwing a double right hand to follow up. Hooker had LesPierre in serious trouble throughout the fifth round and the bell saved him after a tremendous right hand. Hooker slowed down in the seventh and eighth rounds but came out strong in the ninth. A left hook to the body dropped LesPierre to a knee and he barely made it up at the count of nine. Hooker could not follow up and LesPierre finished the round strong.

In the championship rounds, Hooker did what he needed to do to secure the win. Scores were 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109.

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By Bob Caico at ringside Photos: Boxing Bob Newman WBO jr welterweight champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (26-0-3 17 KOs) retained his belt with a unanimous 12-round decision over previously…
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Results from Verona, New York

By Bob Caico at ringside

Light heavyweight Callum “The One” Johnson of England dominated Sean Monaghan of New York early and often and stopped him at :23 seconds of round three. In the first round, Johnson came out with punishing body shots and straight right hands. The beating continued in the second round and a counter right hand finally dropped Monaghan. A follow-up barrage had Monaghan reeling and dropped again only to be saved by the bell after an eight count. Sensing the end Johnson overwhelmed Monaghan from the opening gong for round three finally forcing the referee to call a halt. Johnson improves to 18-1 with his 13th stoppage. Monaghan must reassess now at 29-3.

#7 WBA, #11 IBF and #15 WBC rated heavyweight Sergey Kuzmin (15-0, 11 KOs) of Russia defeated game Joey Dawejko (19-7-4) of Philadelphia by a majority 10-round decision. The fight was a chess match that had more feinting and taunting than punches landed over the first half of the fight. Kuzman landed some jabs that put a mouse under Dawejko’s left eye while Dawejko landed one shot at a time to Kuzman’s body. In the later rounds Kuzman began to land more combinations and that seemed to swing the fight his way. Dawejko took the fight on two weeks’ notice and that may account for some sluggishness on his part. Scores were 95-95, 96-94 and 96-94. With the win Kuzmin keeps the WBA Inter-continental title.

In the walkout bout, light heavyweight Junior Younan of Brooklyn defeated journeyman Derek “Superman” Findley by unanimous six-round decision. Youman raised his record to 15-0-1, 10 KOs while Findley who came to fight drops to 30-25-1. Scores were 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55. Continue reading “Results from Verona, New York”

By Bob Caico at ringside Light heavyweight Callum “The One” Johnson of England dominated Sean Monaghan of New York early and often and stopped him at :23 seconds of round…
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Results from Carson, California

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Welterweight Abel Ramos (24-3-2, 18 KOs) of Phoenix outpointed Francisco “Chia” Santana (25-7-1, 12 KOs) of Santa Barbara, California over the distance in a very competitive 10-round bout. Santana and Ramos exchanged right hands in the opening round to start things off. In the second, Santana landed a solid combination as he had Ramos against the ropes, later in the round, left hook to the head dropped Ramos. Popping the jab and keeping his distance in the third Ramos boxed as Santana pressed and landed a crisp left hook. Mixing it up on the inside in the fifth, Ramos outworked Santana but the veteran crouched and stayed busy.

Past the halfway point in the sixth, Ramos worked off the jab as he was cut above the lip, Santana worked his way inside as he continued to stay on top of Ramos. Santana was hurt in the final seconds of the seventh round as Ramos pressed, Santana was saved by the bell. With Santana tired in the eighth, Ramos pressed as the fight appeared to be close late in the fight. Late in the fight with the fight close, Santana pressed as Ramos stood his ground exchanging.

After 98-92, 97-92, and 95-94 as Abel Ramos wins a unanimous decision.

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Undefeated Nigerian heavyweight Efe Ajagba (9-0, 8KOs) stopped Amir Mansour (23-4-1 KOs) in two. Ajagba landed a short right hand as he sent Mansour to the canvas. Monsour was up and down a second time from a left hook in the final seconds of the opening round and was saved by the bell. The Nigerian Ajagba kept pounding away round two as he had Mansour ready to go. Mansour made it through the round but could not continue as the referee waived the bout at the end of round two. Continue reading “Results from Carson, California”

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Welterweight Abel Ramos (24-3-2, 18 KOs) of Phoenix outpointed Francisco “Chia” Santana (25-7-1, 12 KOs) of Santa Barbara, California over the distance in a very…
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Chacon beats Cusolito in Argentina

In front of a packed crowd last night at the Comercio Club in Villa Dolores, Argentina, two-time world title challenger Javier “Chispita” Chacon (28-4-1, 9 KOs) scored a mild upset by defeating fellow Argentinean Luis Emanuel Cusolito (27-3, 21 KOs) via 10-round unanimous decision. Chacon turned up the heat on Cusolito to win by scores of 96-93, 97-93 and 98-92. Cusolito deducted two points by referee Gerardo Poggi, one in the seventh round for holding and again in the eighth for low blows. By winning, Chacon picked up the Argentina (FAB) and South American super bantamweight championships, plus a likely world rating.

In front of a packed crowd last night at the Comercio Club in Villa Dolores, Argentina, two-time world title challenger Javier “Chispita” Chacon (28-4-1, 9 KOs) scored a mild upset…
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Williams KOs Renteria in four

Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions returned to Club Amazura on Friday night for its first show of 2019, bringing seven bouts to the stage in a co-promotion with The New Mexican Promotion and Fists of Legends. In addition to the fans who witnessed the action live at Club Amazura, a worldwide audience also had the opportunity to watch in real time via Fight Night Live on Facebook.

In the showcase bout of the evening, featherweight Titus Williams (8-2, 3 KOs) scored an emphatic knockout of Cristian Renteria (7-8, 6 KOs). While displaying good movement and quick footwork over the course of the first three rounds, Williams was also being sound defensively and not allowing Renteria to land any clean shots. At the same time, Williams was finding counter punch opportunities when his opposition came forward, and he used that to his advantage at the start of the fourth frame. Continue reading “Williams KOs Renteria in four”

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Spark stops Castillo in four rounds

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former Australian super lightweight champion Steve Spark (8-1, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Mexico’s Luis Ronaldo Castillo (19-2, 15 KOs) to capture the IBF Youth title on Saturday at Rumours International Convention Centre, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. The referee crowned the Australian at 1.18 of round four of a scheduled twelve round bout. Promoter Brendon Smith.

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former Australian super lightweight champion Steve Spark (8-1, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Mexico’s Luis Ronaldo Castillo (19-2, 15 KOs)…
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Vifuaviwilli upsets Brunker

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Australian-based Tanzanian super featherweight Bruno Vifuaviwili (23-2-1, 5 KOs) upset veteran Joel Brunker (34-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday over twelve rounds at the Windsor Function Centre, Windsor, NSW, Australia to claim the vacant IBF Pan Pacific title. Brunker, 33, boxed aggressively but couldn’t match the 23-year-old Vifuaviwilli’s nonstop punching workrate that at the conclusion had the scorecards in his favor 119-110, 116-113, 115-114. Continue reading “Vifuaviwilli upsets Brunker”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Australian-based Tanzanian super featherweight Bruno Vifuaviwili (23-2-1, 5 KOs) upset veteran Joel Brunker (34-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday over twelve rounds at the…
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Nicholson beats Nicklow for Maryland State Title

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond “D Best At It” Nicholson scored a first-round technical knockout over Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow of Baltimore, MD to win the Maryland State Super Middleweight title in front of a sellout crowd at Live! Casino in Hanover, MD. The bout was the main event of a Jeter Promotions card.

Nicholson made an interesting crossroads bout very easy by landing strong body shots followed by a strong straight left hand that dropped Nicklow on the seat of his pants. Nicklow beat the count but was on shaky legs. Referee David Braslow took a look and stopped the contest at 1:16. Continue reading “Nicholson beats Nicklow for Maryland State Title”

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Laurel, MD super middleweight Demond “D Best At It” Nicholson scored a first-round technical knockout over Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow of Baltimore, MD to…
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Baby Juarez beats Andrade by tech decision

The rematch between two-time world title challenger and WBC #13 light flyweight Saul “Baby” Juarez (25-9-2, 13 KOs) and WBC #7 ranked Mario “Mayonesas” Andrade (14-8-6, 4 KOs) ended with an accidental head clash in round seven that left Andrade unable to continue. The bout went to the scorecards where Juarez took a 77-76, 77-75, 78-74 technical decision to claim the WBC Latino title. The bout took place at the Deportivo del Metro in Mexico City.

The rematch between two-time world title challenger and WBC #13 light flyweight Saul “Baby” Juarez (25-9-2, 13 KOs) and WBC #7 ranked Mario “Mayonesas” Andrade (14-8-6, 4 KOs) ended with…
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Tabul, Clottey victorious in Ghana

Washington State native Patrick Ferguson (14-1-1, 11KOs) lost his first professional fight in a rematch to local Abraham Tabul (15-1-1, 12KOs). The two had a disputed a draw nearly a year ago. The two picked up where they left off going a strong 12 rounds. The locals were entertained by two-way action. In the end, Tabul won by hard-earned unanimous decision. The official scorecards were Erasmus I Woo 117-114, Shadrack Aquaye 118-112, and Roger Barnor 116-112.

Former world champion Joshua Clottey (40-5, 22KOs) of Ghana returned to the ring with a 6 round TKO over Mfaume Mfaume (14-6-2, 6KOs) of Tanzania. The bout was a 10 round middleweight featured attraction. Both fighters weighed 157. It was Clotteys first fight in more than three years. He is said to be interested in making a run at a super welterweight world title.

Washington State native Patrick Ferguson (14-1-1, 11KOs) lost his first professional fight in a rematch to local Abraham Tabul (15-1-1, 12KOs). The two had a disputed a draw nearly a…
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Yarde, Dubois, Williams score KO wins

Unbeaten WBO #1, IBF #5 light heavyweight Anthony Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Travis Reeves (17-4-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. The 38-year-old Reeves was very game, but Yarde’s power was the difference. The bout was waved after Yarde landed a series of hard shots. Time was :48.

Unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Dubois (10-0, 9 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over 6’8 Razvan Cojanu (16-6, 9 KOs). Dubois laid out Cojanu for the count with a massive left hook. Time was 2:48.

WBO #11 middleweight Liam Williams (20-2-1, 15 KOs) crushed Joe Mullender (11-3, 5 KOs) in two rounds to retain his British title. Williams dropped Mullender in round two, then brutally finished him with a flush right hand. Time 1:09. Continue reading “Yarde, Dubois, Williams score KO wins”

Unbeaten WBO #1, IBF #5 light heavyweight Anthony Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Travis Reeves (17-4-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Royal Albert…
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World rated Matias remains unbeaten

Unbeaten WBA #12, WBC #13, IBF #13 super lightweight Subriel Matias (13-0, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Wilberth López (23-11, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Tomás Dones in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

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Unbeaten super lightweight Jovanie “Lobito” Santiago (12-0, 8 KOs) won by seven round technical decision over former world title challenger Ivan Cano (25-9-2, 15 KOs). The bout was stopped by the referee in round seven due to a cut suffered by Santiago that was caused by an accidental headbutt. Scores were 68-65 twice and 67-66. Continue reading “World rated Matias remains unbeaten”

Unbeaten WBA #12, WBC #13, IBF #13 super lightweight Subriel Matias (13-0, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Wilberth López (23-11, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the…
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Wilson batters Perez, scores stoppage

By Ricardo Ibarra

Rebounding from his lone professional defeat, cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson (20-1, 9 KOs) claimed a seventh round TKO victory over Tijuana, Mexico’s German Perez (11-4-3, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jackson County Expo in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Wilson, currently ranked #15 by the WBA, steadily broke down Perez over six rounds, dropping him once before the fight was stopped by the corner at the start of the seventh. Continue reading “Wilson batters Perez, scores stoppage”

By Ricardo Ibarra Rebounding from his lone professional defeat, cruiserweight Mike “White Delight” Wilson (20-1, 9 KOs) claimed a seventh round TKO victory over Tijuana, Mexico’s German Perez (11-4-3, 3…
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Gemino defeats Ornelas in Tijuana

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In the latest chapter in the boxing rivalry between Mexico and the Philippines, featherweight John “Disaster” Gemino (19-11-1, 9 KOs) landed a left hook to the chin of Carlos “Chinito” Ornelas (23-2, 12 KOs) to knock him out at 42 seconds of the seventh round on Saturday night at the Centro de Eventos in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico.
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Ornelas had Gemini hurt several times in the fight before getting laid out in sudden fashion.

In the co-feature, flyweights Maximino “Max” Flores (25-4-2, 17 KOs) and Dewayne Beamon (17-1-2, 11 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 78-73 and 76-76 twice. Continue reading “Gemino defeats Ornelas in Tijuana”

Photos: Zanfer Promotions In the latest chapter in the boxing rivalry between Mexico and the Philippines, featherweight John “Disaster” Gemino (19-11-1, 9 KOs) landed a left hook to the chin…
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Fa annihilates Ouatah in one

By Brad Snyder at ringside

WBO #8 ranked heavyweight Junior Fa (17-0, 10 KOs) knocked down Newfel Ouatah (16-3, 9 KOs) four times in the first round as he cruised to a 2:51 TKO victory on Saturday night at the Voinovich Center in Columbus, Ohio. The win continues Fa’s climb into top heavyweight conversations.

Junior middleweight Jamie Walker (9-1-2, 3 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to score a draw against tough Dan Karpency (8-2-1, 4 KOs). They were fighting for the WBA-NABA championship. There was a mixed reaction from the crowd as the results were read.

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By Brad Snyder at ringside WBO #8 ranked heavyweight Junior Fa (17-0, 10 KOs) knocked down Newfel Ouatah (16-3, 9 KOs) four times in the first round as he cruised…
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Castano retains WBA 154lb title with draw

By Stephen Hart at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

How can you make neither side happy? See the result of Saturday night’s Brian Castano vs. Erislandy Lara WBA super welterweight championship bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn for evidence.
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The champion Castano built up a big lead early, only to see former champ Lara rally late. It translated into a split-decision draw, allowing Castano to retain the belt. Judge Kevin Morgan had it 115-113 Castano, judge John McKaie scored it 115-113 Lara, while judge Julie Lederman had it dead even at 114-114.

All three judges had Lara winning the final three rounds. Continue reading “Castano retains WBA 154lb title with draw”

By Stephen Hart at ringside Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime How can you make neither side happy? See the result of Saturday night’s Brian Castano vs. Erislandy Lara WBA super welterweight championship…
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Ortiz pounds Hammer in slugfest

By Stephen Hart at ringside
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This time, WBC #3, IBF #8 heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz had a better night in Brooklyn. Nearly one year to the day that the 39-year-old Cuban heavyweight suffered his only loss at the hands of heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Ortiz bested WBO #12 rated Christian Hammer in a comfortable 10-round heavyweight decision.
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The southpaw Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) showed spry legs throughout along with a stinging jab. The former world title contender did a lot of his scoring while Hammer was against the ropes. While the two-time European champion seemed to be trying to bait “King Kong” that way, the strategy resulted more in a bloody mouth and nose than any points. Continue reading “Ortiz pounds Hammer in slugfest”

By Stephen Hart at ringside Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime This time, WBC #3, IBF #8 heavyweight contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz had a better night in Brooklyn. Nearly one year to…
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