Sunday, September 30, 2018

Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 Presents Figueroa vs. Escandon Recap

Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 emanated this evening from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA for a rare Sunday event. The card was originally supposed to be headlined by a special attraction pitting Victor Ortiz against John Molina Jr., a resident of nearby Covina, CA. The clash between Ortiz and Molina was cancelled Wednesday after Ortiz turned himself into police as a result of felony warrant that was issued for his arrest. The warrant stemmed from an investigation by police that lead to Ortiz being charged with three counts of sexual assault. Ortiz was released after he posted the $100,000 bail, however, PBC still elected to remove him from the card. This proved to be a disappointing turn of events for Molina, who after an intense training camp, was primed to come into Ontario with his eyes set on defeating Ortiz and potentially propelling himself back into the title conversation.

With the cancellation of the feature bout, lightweight contenders Brandon Figueroa and Oscar Escandon were promoted to the main event of the evening, with heavyweights Joe Joyce and Iago Kiladze slotted in the co-main event.

James DeGale (24-2-1, 14 KOs) vs. Fidel Monterrosa Munoz (39-18-1)
Eight Rounds, Light Heavyweights
Decision: James DeGale via KO in Round Three.

DeGale entered this contest on the heels of a unanimous decision victory over Caleb Truax back in April. This victory, however, was preceded by back to back fights where the judges’ scorecards left much to be desired from DeGale’s perspective as he lost a majority decision to Truax in December 2017, and fought to a majority draw with the fierce Badou Jack back in January of 2017.

Viktor Slavinskyi (6-0, 3 KOs) vs. Mike Fowler (6-17, 2 KOs)
Six Rounds, Super Featherweights

Decision: Viktor Slavinskyi via RTD in Round Three

Something I discovered noteworthy prior to this bout was that it marked the seventh time (yes you read that correctly) Mike Fowler fought this year and he is scheduled to fight again on October 20.  As anticipated, Slavinskyi dominated this bout with punishing blows for all three rounds.  Fowler was unable to mount any offense as he was continuously walked down and his corner elected not to continue after round three.

Live on FS1:

Arnold Alejandro (7-0, 6 KOs) vs. Francisco Camacho (7-8-1, 3 KOs)

Six Rounds, Featherweights
Decision: Arnold Alejandro via KO in round Five

Camacho came out in round one with a game plan to use his slight reach advantage and establish the jab early. Unfortunately for Camacho, the more polished southpaw, Alejandro brought his power game frequently and accurately. Camacho displayed a strong jaw as he was the recipient of several jarring shots, but finally a stiff left from Alejandro dropped Camacho to his knee at which point the ref had seen enough.

Omar Juarez (debut) vs. Matt Gaver (0-1)
Four Rounds, Super Lightweights
Decision: Omar Juarez via UD (39-37, 39-37, 40-36)

These competitors appeared to be shot out of a cannon as they virtually sprinted at each other at the sound of the opening bell. Gaver appeared to be more aggressive as he continued to come forward for much of the contest. However, for as many punches he threw, he did not land many as he missed badly at times leaving himself exposed. While Juarez was not as busy, he landed more of his shots, and this is what counted to the judges in the end.

Kody Davies (7-0, 3 KOs) vs. Jerhed Fenderson (4-6, 2 KOs)
Eight Rounds, Light Heavyweights
Decision: Kody Davies via UD (80-72, 80-72, 80-72)

There isn’t much to say about this bout. Davies didn’t mount much offense, but it was more than Fenderson. Fenderson shook off everything Davies threw at him and survived all eight rounds. The few times he attempted any offense, he telegraphed it. 

Jesse Rodriguez (6-0, 4 KOs) vs. Edwin Reyes (8-3-3, 5 KOs)
Eight Rounds, Light Flyweights
Decision: Jesse Rodriguez via UD (80-72, 80-72, 79-73)

This fight headlined the prelims telecast on FS1, and pitted undefeated prospect Jesse Rodriguez against Edwin Reyes.

Reyes did a nice job of preventing Rodriguez from gaining a little space to work in rounds one through four. However, in rounds five and six Rodriguez was able to land some nice combos and establish his dominance in the ring. Reyes would storm back in round seven as the two stood toe to toe in the center of the ring exchanging blows until the sound of the bell. The eighth and final round saw Reyes attempt to go back to his comfort zone of close quarter fighting. However, Rodriguez, who appeared much fresher at this juncture, was able to land several punishing blows with pinpoint accuracy.

Stephen Fulton (13-0, 6 KOs) vs. German Meraz (61-49-2, 38 KOs)
Eight Rounds, Featherweights
Decision: Stephen Fulton via UD (80-71, 80-71, 80-71)

It was apparent that this fight was intended to test Stephen Fulton by matching him up with a fighter who would be difficult to put away, and potentially take him the distance. Meraz entered this contest with 112 fights already under his belt, so there was no question of his toughness. The polished Fulton was able to cut off the ring and land clean shots through all eight rounds, so this one was really a no doubter for the judges at ringside.

Efe Ajagba (6-0, 5 KOs) vs. Nick Jones (7-0, 5 KOs)
Six Rounds, Heavyweights
Decision: Efe Ajagba via KO in Round One

The towering Efe Ajagba entered this fight with an unblemished record in his fourth contest of the year. Ajagba’s most recent “fight” back in August drew mainstream media attention because he won by DQ in a record ONE SECOND after his opponent, Curtis Harper, immediately walked out of the ring following the opening bell because of a dispute over his pay. Ajagba, like Joe Joyce featured on this PBC card in the co-main event, competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games for his native Nigeria, albeit an effort that saw him fall short of a medal after he was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Ajagba’s opponent, Nick Jones, also entered with an unscathed record but it was apparent from the opening bell that he was overmatched. The 6’5” Ajagba continued to walk Jones down and size him up before he finally landed a devastating right to end this bout in the first round.

Jose Balderas (4-0) vs. Ivan Martino (3-2, 3 KOs)
Four Rounds, Bantamweights
Decision: Jose Balderas via UD (40-36, 40-37, 39-37)

Both fighters went toe to toe for the entire four round affair, and while Balderas appeared to be more disciplined, Martino landed the heavier shots. The judges and the fans in attendance seemed to share a difference of opinions as the decision was announced for Balderas, and  accompanied by a shower of boos.

Joey Spencer (4-0, 4 KOs) vs. Cory Macon (0-2-1)
Four Rounds, Middleweights
Decision: Joey Spencer via KO in Round One

Spencer embarked on a full throttle assault from the get go, and quite honestly, Macon didn’t stand much of a chance. Spencer staggered Macon with a couple left hooks, and like a shark smelling blood in the water, he sealed the deal with a straight right that Macon could not recover from.

Joe Joyce (5-0, 5 KOs) vs. Iago Kiladze (26-3, 18 KOs)
Ten Rounds, Heavyweights
Decision: Joe Joyce via KO in Round Five

This bout was only the sixth professional fight for 33-year-old British fighter Joe Joyce. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist squared off with 29 fight ring veteran Iago Kiladze. Kiladze, competing for the third time in 2018, entered on a two fight losing streak-both knockout losses to Adam Kownacki and Michael Hunter.

Joe Joyce certainly looked every part of the Olympic silver medalist in this bout. Making his United States debut, Joyce put on a clinic for the fans in attendance as Kiladze lost by KO after being knocked down for the third time.

Brandon Figueroa (16-0, 11 KOs) vs. Oscar Escandon (25-4, 17 KOs)
Ten Rounds, Super Bantamweights
Decision: Brandon Figueroa via KO in Round 10

This 10 round contest marked the first time Figueroa was scheduled to fight more than eight rounds, and was his third fight of 2018. Figueroa last stepped into the square circle on August 4th when he defeated Luis Roy Suarez Cruz by first round TKO. Oscar Escandon on the other hand, had not tasted victory since he became interim WBC World Featherweight Champion with a seventh round KO of Robinson Castellanos back in March of 2016. Since then, he suffered consecutive setbacks to Gary Russell Jr. in May 2017 by seventh round TKO and Tugstsogt Nyambayar in May 2018 by third round KO.

Both of these fighters came prepared for an all out war. Despite the close proximity these pugilists maintained as they went to round 10, this was a very entertaining fight. It also appeared that Escandon came in with a bit of a chip on his shoulder as he was repeatedly warned by the referee through the first half of the bout for low blows and throwing punches after the bell. When Figueroa was finally able to create a little space between Escandon and himself with his jab in round 10, he slipped in a devastating uppercut that dropped Escandon to the canvas. Escandon attempted to get back to his feet but as he staggered and fell back down, the ref called a stop to the action. This fight was a strong conclusion to the PBC on FS1, and was a more than suitable replacement for the main event.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 Presents Figueroa vs. Escandon Preview

The PBC on FS1 will air live this Sunday, September 30, 2018 from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The original card was scheduled to be headlined by what fight fans eagerly anticipated would be an absolute war between Victor Ortiz and gritty ring veteran John Molina Jr. Unfortunately, the fight was canceled Wednesday after Ortiz turned himself in to the Oxnard Police Department as a result of a warrant that was issued for his arrest citing three counts of felony sexual assault. Attempts were made to find a suitable substitution to fight Molina, however, these efforts proved to be fruitless on such short notice. This becomes a disappointing situation for Molina who reportedly held one of his toughest training camps in recent memory with hopes of attaining a victory that would propel him back into potential title contention.

The removal of the Ortiz vs. Molina showdown now clears the way for featherweight contenders Brandon Figueroa (16-0-0, 11 KOs) and Oscar Escandon (25-4-0, 17 KOs) to take center stage in the main event of the evening. This ten round attraction will be Figueroa’s longest scheduled bout to date and his third fight of 2018. Figueroa last stepped into the square circle on August 4 when he defeated Luis Roy Suarez Cruz by first round TKO. Oscar Escandon has not tasted victory since he became interim WBC World Featherweight Champion after he scored a seventh round KO on Robinson Castellanos back in March of 2016. Since then, he has suffered consecutive setbacks to Gary Russell Jr. in May 2017 by seventh round TKO and Tugstsogt Nyambayar in May 2018 by third round KO.

Another interesting bout on the card that has flown under the radar, and is oddly scheduled for only eight rounds, features super middleweight contender James DeGale (24-2-1, 14 KOs) squaring off with Fidel Monterrosa Munoz (39-18-1, 31 KOs). DeGale enters this contest on the heels of a unanimous decision victory over Caleb Truax in April 2018. This victory, however, was preceded by a string of tough luck that saw him lose a majority decision to Truax in December 2017 and fight to a majority draw with another top contender in Badou Jack back in January 2017. Hopefully for DeGale, this fight will end up being the tune-up it appears to be on paper because he is seemingly already in the crosshairs of Chris Eubank Jr. for a showdown later this year after Eubank’s opponent, JJ McDonagh, quit on the stool prior to round four Friday evening.

Be sure to follow The Weigh-In: Your Home For Combat Sports this Sunday for ringside coverage and results from this intriguing PBC on FS1 card!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Kings Promotions Presents Tuesday Night Fights Recap

Kings Promotions returned to the Sands Casino Event Center tonight with an eight fight card. Tonight's action was broadcasted on FIGHTNIGHT LIVE, and streamed by hundreds of thousands of viewers on Facebook Live. The main event featured an eight round bout between Anthony Mercado (12-4, 9 KOs) and Victor Vazquez (10-5, 4 KOs) for the WBF Silver International Junior Middleweight Title.

Mercado vs. Vazquez Part I? 

In the main event, Mercado started off the action immediately after the bell rang by throwing a series of hooks to the head and body of his opponent. Vazquez looked hurt in the second round, after Mercado landed a big multi-punch combo to his head and body. Mercado, despite the onslaught, was unable to land the decisive blow on the always tough Vazquez. Vazquez gained momentum in the final ten seconds of this round, and beat Mercado into the neutral corner leading up to the bell. Mercado clubbed Vazquez with huge right hands to the head in the third round. Later in the round, he knocked Vazquez down with a multi-punch combo, that was highlighted by right hooks to the head. An accidental headbutt late in the third round sent blood streaming down the side of Mercado's face. Mercado, sensing danger with the cut, landed several big hooks on Vazquez as the fourth round began. Referee Gary Rosato called a timeout to the action later in the round to have the ringside physician look at Mercado's cut. When action resumed, the two men beat the crap out of one another via a brutal exchange of punches in the middle of the ring. In the final ten seconds of the round, Vazquez connected with left and right straights to Mercado's head, that sent blood flying from the cut. Mercado returned to his corner a bloody mess, ensuring that his cutman earned his paycheck tonight. 

By the fifth round, both fighters' gloves and wrist tape were stained with blood from Mercado's wound. Mercado got nailed with a multi-punch combo as the final bell for the fifth round rang. Fortunately for him, he only had to worry about stumbling back to his corner... In the seventh round, Mercado winced with pain after connecting with a right hand punch. Most spectators feared the worse, that this battle would come to an end due to an injury. Mercado, a Puerto Rican warrior, recovered and exchanged big shots with his opponent as the round neared its end. As Gary Rosato called the two men out to the center of the ring to touch gloves before the eighth and final round, the exact happenings of the contest were evident from the blood stains all over his light blue shirt. Mercado, busted open, and Vazquez, eyes swollen up, both swung wildly at one another in the eighth, desperately trying to end the war as soon as possible. Both men hugged and the crowd roared as the final bell rang. The judges scored the bout 76-75 and 77-74 twice, all for Mercado. The question this writer has to ask is: When and where is the rematch? 

Aleem TKO's Santiago 

Las Vegas transplant from Michigan, Raeese Aleem (12-0, 5 KOs) continued his winning ways against Alcides Santiago (6-3, 5 KOs), Puerto Rico, in a super bantamweight bout. Aleem controlled the first three rounds by landing the cleaner and bigger shots on his opponent. Santiago was knocked down in the fifth round by an Aleem left hand to the head. Santiago's corner, on advice from the ringside physician, stopped the fight after Santiago took a beating in the fifth of a scheduled six round matchup. 

Jules Decisions Sosa in Four 

Featherweight speedsters, Felix Sosa (1-1, 1 KO), Jersey City, and Martino Jules (5-0), Allentown, fought in a four round contest. Jules answered the opening bell by coming out of his corner swinging for the fences on the unsuspecting Sosa. A right hook to the head sent Sosa crashing to the canvas in this round. Jules pinned Sosa up against the ropes and crushed him with a multi-punch combo for a second knockdown in the third round. Sosa pulled himself up from the canvas, but appeared to be on "dream street." Sosa survived the round, and stumbled dazed back to his corner. Sosa, knowing he was behind on the judges' scorecards, fought aggressively in the final round, but it was all too little, too late. All three judges saw the bout the same, 40-34, for Martino Jules. 

Keystone State Brawl 

In a Keystone State battle of super welterweights, York's James Robinson (5-12-5, 1 KO) came up short against Reading's Erik Spring (11-2-2, 1 KO). The two men fought a hard and close first round that set the tempo for the remainder of the six round contest. Robinson, looked winded by the fifth round, showing the effects of a tough contest. The fighters were involved in a vicious, punch-for-punch exchange as this round neared its end. Spring scored a knockdown in the final minute of the sixth round with a big left hook, that upon further review, may have been to the back of Robinson's head. Robinson, outraged by the knockdown call, leapt to his feet yelling at referee Shawn Clark. When the action continued, Robinson fought aggressively looking for a knockdown of his own before the bout ended. The judges scored the bout 59-54 twice, and 58-55 for Spring. 

Pay Day for Powell at Sands Casino 

Super middleweight prospect Money Powell IV (8-0, 4 KOs) may have faced and defeated the toughest opponent of his young career tonight in veteran Josue Obando (16-23-1, 12 KOs) of Mexico. Powell's power was on display throughout the six round contest, but the 20-year-old product of Fort Mitchell, Alabama (by way of Germany) just could not send his tough opponent down to the canvas. Powell opened up the fisticuffs by snapping Obando's head back with two left hands in the opening frame. Throughout the second and third rounds, Powell punished his opponent with shots that echoed throughout the Sands Casino Event Center. In the third round, Powell ran circles around Obando, all the while landing shot after shot on his visibly tired, yet iron-willed opponent. In the sixth and final round, Powell obviously ahead on the cards, again went into "track and field" mode as Obando, with his hands down at his sides, desperately attempted to stalk his opponent. The judges scored the bout 60-54 twice and 59-55 all in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Money Powell IV. 

Madison Decisions Clarke 

Nicoy Clarke (2-2) fell to Colby Madison (7-0-2, 4 KOs) in a six round, heavyweight contest. Clarke, who fights out of Jersey City, was the smaller southpaw. Clarke spent much of the first round dancing (literally) as Madison connected on punch after punch. A frustrated Madison answered the second round bell as the aggressor, hammering Clarke with multi-punch combos, which left his eye bloodied and swollen. Clarke hit Madison with a left uppercut from the clinch seconds after his corner threatened to stop the fight if he didn't show them something in the third round. Clarke having survived the round with a second wind, danced his way back to his corner after the third round ended. Clarke went on to put his toughness on display as he battled through the final three rounds with a badly swollen left eye. On that note, mad props to his cutman for keeping the bleeding down on a bad cut. Madison looked tired by the sixth round and moved around the ring sluggishly, knowing very well he was ahead on the judges' scorecards. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Madison, 60-54 twice and 59-55.

Head Downed by Coffie in Two 

Michael Coffie (4-0, 3 KOs) faced Curtis Head (4-3, 3 KOs) in a heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds. The Brooklyn native, Coffie, put his offense on display in the opening frame, knocking down Head with a straight left hand to the head. Head pulled himself up from the canvas only to be knocked down again with a right hook to the body as the first round approached its end. Coffie, smelling victory, continued what he started in the opening frame in the second, when he knocked Head down for the third time with a big left hand to the body. Coffie finished off Head seconds later with a right-left combo to the body. Referee Gary Rosato called an end to the action at 1:57 of the second round.

Robles Wins #4

Kenny Robles (4-1, 2 KOs) defeated Corey Gulley (2-3-2) in the third round of a junior welterweight contest scheduled for six rounds. Robles controlled the tempo of the opening frame. In the opening seconds of the second round, Robles knocked Gulley down with a right hand to the head. Robles went for the kill, and appeared to almost punch himself out midway through the round. Gulley battled back after being on shaky legs. Robles let his hands go in the opening seconds of the third round, but got caught with two hard counterpunches. These shots forced the fighter to fight more conservatively in the round. In the third round, Robles beat Gulley into the ropes with a multi-punch combo that sent his mouthpiece flying. Referee Shawn Clark saw enough at 2:13 of the third round.

Yet Another "Jersey Joe" Wins in Pennsylvania 

In heavyweight action, "Jersey" Joe Hanks (23-2, 15 KOs) knocked out Terrance Marbra (9-7, 7 KOs) at 2:26 of the first round. Marbra was sent crashing to the canvas by a big right hand to the head. The referee waived off the fight after Hanks clubbed Marbra into the ropes with left hands to the head and body. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kings Promotions Recent Results & Preview

Kings Promotions continues their busy schedule of providing action fights for the Philadelphia and North East Pennsylvania area fight fans. On Friday night, September 14th, a nine fight card took place at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.  The card was featured on Fight Night Live, which is streamed on Facebook.  So far over 200,000 fans have viewed the action. Below are the results from this great night of action. 

Shyngyskhan Tazhibay (6-0, 2 KOs) won a four round decision over Justin Johnson (6-18-6) in a welterweight fight. Tazhibay looked solid as he continues his development.  

James Bernadin (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Christopher Burogos (1-3-1) at the 2:19 mark of the third round. Bernadin came out firing power shots and withstood the game effort from Burogos, who tested the new professional’s stamina and will. Bernadin was able to land power rights that finally halted the fight.  

Yeri Andujar (1-0, 1 KO) stopped the returning Crystian Peguero (2-1, 1 KO) in the third round at the 2:36 minute mark. Peguero was considered the favorite, but was fighting for the first time in a year. Andujar blasted away at the body of Peguero from the start of the fight, which effectively broke down the favorite, who clearly suffered from his long lay-off.  

Dalyann Butt (2-0) out boxed Anthony Smith (1-3, 1 KO) over four rounds for a unanimous decision victory.  

Keeshawn Williams (3-0, 1 KO) also used the four rounds to out work and out box Farhad Fatulla (1-2).  

In a good bantamweight fight, Alejandro Jimenez (3-0, 1 KO) defeated Jerrod Minor (1-2-2, 1 KO). After four rounds, it was clear that Jimenez was the winner, as he applied effective aggression behind a good jab to land the more telling power shots.  

Former three time Olympian Anvar Yunusov (5-0, 2 KOs) proved yet again that he is a prospect to watch. After landing a crisp right hook that floored Angel Monreal (10-11-1, 3 KOs). Monreal rose to his feet and tried to survive with a jab. Yunusov would land a crushing straight left from his southpaw stance that ended the fight at 2:39 of the opening round.  

Terrell Williams (17-0, 13 KOs) got a great night of work and a quality test from David Grayton (15-3-1, 11 KOs). Williams landed a crushing straight right hand that dropped Grayton in the first round. After another right in the third put Grayton down, it looked as though it would be a quick night for Williams. Grayton proved his value as he battled through the early knockdowns to push Williams into the middle rounds. This forced Williams to prove that he is a true near future contender as he had to battle his own fatigue and the on coming assault from Grayton. It was a little too much, too late for Grayton as Williams lasted to the final bell wining a ten round decision. Scores were 97-92, 98-89, and 98-90.  

In the main event, Brandon Robinson (11-1, 8 KOs) warmed up in the second round and got to work landing hard body shots on Ernest Amuzu (24-4, 22 KOs).  Robinson's momentum continued into the third round and the two fighters started to exchange power shots when Robinson pinned Amuzu in the corner. As Amuzu escaped, Robinson landed a huge right hand bomb that made Amuzu walk backwards on spaghetti legs. Just as he reached the other side of the ring, Robinson landed a second right hand bomb that prompted the referee to stop the fight at the 2:04 mark of the third round. Robinson continues to improve, and at the age of 30 will be looked for more fights to rise up the ranks in 2019.     

Upcoming Kings Action:

On Tuesday night September 25th, Kings Promotions returns to the Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, PA. Yet another nine fight card will take place that will feature a good eight round battle between Anthony Mercado (11-4, 9 KOs) and Victor Vazquez (10-4, 3 KOs). Both fighters have been improving as of late and Vazquez, who is co-trained by lightweight prospect Branden Pizzaro's father Angel Pizzaro, has impressed with his now disciplined jab, which he uses to set up his powerful right hand.  

Also on this night, featherweight prospect Stephen "Scooter" Fulton (13-0, 6 KOs) will continue his rise through the featherweight ranks as he takes on the tough Esteban Aquino (12-5, 7 KOs).  Fulton is a former National Golden Gloves and Ringside champion. Fulton is always in an entertaining fight, and with Aquino is looking to prove that he is a true challenger. Look for this fight to be no different. 

Other fights on this card will feature the following fan favorites: Erik Spring, Joe Hanks, Martino Jules, and heavyweight Michael Coffie.  

Tickets are still available and start at just $35. There is no bad seat in the house, and the Sands and Kings always provide fan friendly fights at a great price. Tickets can be purchased from the Sands Casino box office here.  

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Michael Woods Interview

Luis Cortes sat down with Michael Woods of RingTV this past Friday at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The two men discussed Brandon Robinson's (11-1, 8 KOs) knockout victory over Ernest Amuzu (24-4, 22 KOs), the 9/14 Kings Promotions' card, and the Philadelphia fight scene.

Check out Luis' interview on SoundCloud and iTunes:

Bonus Round - Michael Woods of RingTV Interview with Luis Cortes on SoundCloud 

Bonus Round - Michael Woods of RingTV Interview with Luis Cortes on iTunes

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Angel Pizarro Interview

Luis Cortes sat down to interview super bantamweight, Angel Pizarro (4-0, 3 KOs) in Philadelphia. Angel last fought and knocked out Terrance Moore on June 1, 2018 at the Showboat Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. The two men discussed Angel's career and his upcoming return to the ring. 

Check out Luis' interview on both SoundCloud and iTunes

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

2018 WWE Hell in a Cell Recap

The WWE presented us with its latest installment of Hell in a Cell this evening from a jam packed AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. The card boasted seven matches with five titles defended.

Hell in a Cell Match
Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy
Winner: Randy Orton

WWE wasted no time showing off its new red cell in its opening contest which pitted Hardy and Orton against each other. This has turned into a bitter feud between the two which commenced with Orton’s appearance at the conclusion of Hardy’s loss to Shinsuke Nakamura at Summerslam. The brutality of this match was a refreshing surprise as it pushed the boundaries of the PG-Era. Aside from a plethora of tables, ladders, and chairs, Orton was bloodied from the lashing his back took at the hands of Hardy and his studded belt, and the gash on his leg from a steel chair that broke upon the impact of a Swanton Bomb while it laid across his chest. Orton even displayed his sadistic side when he located a toolbox under the ring from which he procured a screwdriver that he drove through the gauge in Hardy’s ear! This display of unadulterated brutality concluded as Hardy scaled a ladder in the center of the ring as Orton laid seemingly lifeless on a table below it. Hardy did not have room to execute another Swanton Bomb so he proceeded to hang from the top of the cell. As Hardy dropped from the cell to land a splash, Orton rolled off the table leaving Hardy to plunge through the table. Despite the referee pleading for medical assistance, Orton forced him to count the 1-2-3 for the victory.

Smackdown Women’s Championship
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky Lynch
Winner: Becky Lynch

This contest came to fruition after Becky came up short at Summerslam, and finally reached her boiling point when she turned on her former best friend Charlotte and left her in a victimized heap in the center of the ring. This match concluded in shocking fashion as Becky rolled up Charlotte for the pinfall victory. 

RAW Tag Team Championship
Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
Winners: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler

After dismantling The B-Team to win the tag team titles, McIntyre and Ziggler aimed to maintain a vice grip on the championship as they squared off with two thirds of The Shield, the formidable duo of Rollins and Ambrose. The frenetic pace of this match came to a screeching conclusion as Rollins executed a perfect superplex on Ziggler and attempted to roll into a follow-up suplex as he was unexpectedly hit with a Claymore Kick from McIntyre. Rollins collapsed with Ziggler on top of him for the pinfall.

WWE Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe
Winner: AJ Styles

Styles and Joe met again in a rematch of their title bout from Summerslam where AJ retained his title after he was disqualified for assaulting Joe with a steel chair. After Joe brutalized AJ for the majority of this match, the conclusion came in controversial fashion. Joe had Styles locked in the Coquina Clutch as AJ, while still locked in the submission hold, flipped over Joe pinning his shoulders to the mat. The referee counted the pinfall for Styles, however, Joe argued that AJ had tapped out before the count of three which the video footage substantiated. 

Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs. The Miz & Maryse
Winners: The Miz & Maryse

After The Miz defeated Bryan at Summerslam, thanks to a foreign object introduced by his wife at ringside, tensions heated the past few weeks on Smackdown between the couples which lead to this encounter. After Bryan and Miz carried the load for much of this contest, Brie and Maryse found themselves alone in the ring. Brie seemed to take control after she shoved Maryse into the Miz knocking him off the ring apron, so he couldn’t rescue her again, until Maryse got the jump on Bella and rolled her up for the victory.

RAW Women’s Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Winner: Ronda Rousey

Alexa Bliss decided to invoke her rematch clause after dropping the title to Rousey at Summerslam making this her first title defense in WWE. Bliss came prepared this time around after she was embarrassed at Summerslam and executed her plan to target Rousey’s ribs to perfection. Rousey was able to persevere in the end as Bliss became overconfident and succumbed to an armbar which she couldn’t have tapped out to any faster.

WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Braun Strowman
Winner: No Contest

First, Braun was incapacitated at Summerslam and unable to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase after Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to become the new Universal Champion. Then Braun attempted to cash in on RAW after Reigns defended against Finn Balor only to have Roman bailed out by his Shield brethren. This time there would be no escape with the title contended in Hell in a Cell with special guest referee Mick Foley. Half way through the match with Braun and Roman exhausted and laid out in the ring, Strowman’s new cohorts, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, made their way to ringside only to be intercepted by Rollins and Ambrose. All four men made their way to the top of the cell leading up to the first “holy shit” moment of the match. Ziggler who appeared to want nothing to do with the Shield, began to climb down the cell only to be pursued by Rollins. The two proceeded to exchange blows while teetering off the cell before they both plummeted off the side of the cell and went through two announce tables.

Just when we thought things couldn’t get any crazier, the music of “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar echoed through the arena. Lesnar, with his advocate Paul Heyman in tow, made his way to ringside where Lesnar kicked the padlocked cell door open to get to the fallen combatants in the squared circle. Mick Foley attempted to intervene only to be pepper sprayed by Paul E. Dangerously for his efforts. Once in the ring, Lesnar picked up the fragments of a previously broken table and pummeled both Strowman and Reigns. With a scene of carnage left in the ring, the match was ruled a no contest as the show went off the air.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018


Check out the post-fight press conference from Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's (50-1-2, 34 KOs) majority decision victory over Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dozen-plus MMA fights—and ISKA lightweight title bout—slated for Triton Fights 9

The latest installment of Long Island, New York promoter Triton Fights will feature thirteen MMA bouts, including three title fights featuring a battle for the International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association (ISKA) Lightweight Title belt.

Fighting for that belt is a pair of Triton Fights veterans: Paul “The Butcher” Thimote (4-1), representing No Limits Kickboxing and Vamos BJJ, and Dylan “The Quiet Man” Mantello (3-0), representing Longo and Weidman MMA.

Thimote this past July at TF 8 had unseated the defending ISKA champ Andrew Stock by way of unanimous decision, while Mantello at TF 7 in May defeated Chris Guariglia via round two KO/TKO.

On Friday night (Sept. 14), at The Space at Westbury Theater, Westbury New York, Thimote—coming off a four-win streak—will defend his ISKA lightweight title against the undefeated Mantello in the TF 9 Main Event.

In the Heavyweight Feature of the night, Chris “The Savage One” Bretton (1-1), representing UFC Gym, will face Robert Brothers (3-5) from Fighting Edge Gym in Florida.

Prior to the final two fights of the evening, Triton Fights proudly will unveil its “FightLyfe Sizzle Reel Premiere,” a promo film that it made in conjunction with one of its sponsors, energy drink maker TigerLyfe.

The Triton Bantamweight Title will pit Ashiek Ajim (6-1), representing Long Island MMA (LIMMA), against Commack MMA’s Christian Acerbo (2-2).

Ajim is coming off a five-win streak, four of which took place at Triton events. Acerbo’s last fight was in December, when he lost during TF 5, but about a year earlier, he secured victory by way of round one KO/TKO in a New York Fight Exchange competition.

In the Triton Featherweight Title bout, Ajim’s LIMMA teammate Mike Fitzroy (3-0) will take on Vilson Ndregjoni (1-1), representing AMA Fight Club.

The remaining TF 9 card:

Welterweight Feature
Alex Brown (2-0) v. Tom Picciano (2-1)

Featherweight Feature
Kelvin Sterling (2-1) v. Matt Santos (1-1)

Lightweight Feature
Bobby Casale (1-2) Al Pringle (1-4)

Cruiserweight Feature
Kareem Scott (2-2) v. Jerry Butler (Debut)

Women’s Strawweight Feature
Jaime Butcher (Debut) v. Lateesha Mohl (1-5)

Flyweight Feature
Sergio Rivera (0-1) v. John Ladisa (0-1)

150 lbs Catchweight Prelim
Estevinson Carmona (Debut) v. Nick Walker (Debut)

Lightweight Prelim
Isa Dalipaj (0-1) v. Gurhan Celik (1-0)

Welterweight Prelim
Rene Pereyra (1-0) v. Roman Chyzhyk (0-1)

Steve Peacock

Breaking Down Canelo vs. GGG II

The time for talk and speculating are almost up, but the anticipation continues to rise as the sport of boxing reaches fight week, days before the scheduled bout between middleweight rivals: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. It was just a year ago, when both fighters were preparing to face off on Mexican Independence Day, while some fans and media called that match up a potential brawl, or ideal 'fight of the year" candidate. Instead, we were left with a technical and somewhat strenuous fight to score, leaving the sport full of controversy in and out of the ring. One question remains the same, and that is: who will emerge victorious?

That answer may be harder to resolve now than last year, as both Alvarez and Golovkin have established a sense of familiarity with each other and their arsenal. To sum that up: the pressure from Golovkin, the counter-punching from Alvarez and the durability of both boxers are what transpired. Today, I will discuss keys to victory, on top of this writers prediction on the rematch this Saturday.

Keys to Vctory -

Gennady Golovkin: *Bodywork and inside fighting.* GGG will have to execute his aggression towards Canelo in a similar approach, but with a few adjustments. The times GGG had Canelo against the ropes ordered a lot more straight crosses and left hooks downstairs than what spectators visualized. Punching through the guard and shoulders against Canelo may prove too difficult while he's backpedaling, but Gennady needs to dictate that pace. He cannot win this fight with a jab by itself.

Saul Alvarez: *Stick and move + more counter-punching.* It's safe to say Canelo found a good amount of success using the ring, rolling punches and countering GGG. Simply, not enough of those counters, or punches were thrown in general and he needs a higher pace of output. It's unwise to pursue and utilize outside fighting against GGG, but it's clear that Canelo needs to turn it up more this time around in the rematch.

To be fair, both fighters executed solid plans when they faced each other in 2017. Each boxer has equal room for improvement and calling a fight of this magnitude may be hard for some, especially this being a rematch with "bad intentions" between the boxers. This writer had picked Golovkin' to defeat Alvarez in the first meeting, but what about this time?

In this article, Canelo is the pick for Saturdays main event. He is the younger boxer with more agile movement, as well as being able to take Gennady's punches. Alvarez is the fighter with faster hands and that motions a better fight going in than before due to not being as intimidated by the power from GGG.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Past Week in Action with Eric Armit


-Shawn Porter decisions Danny Garcia to win the vacant WBC Welterweight Title

-Donnie Nietes fights a draw with Aston Palicte so the WBO Super Flyweight Title remains vacant and Nietes must try again if he is to become a four-division champion

-Amir Khan gets off the canvas to outpoint Samuel Vargas

-Juan Francisco Estrada decisions Felipe Orucuta in Super Fly 3

-Yordenis Ugas outpoints Cesar Barrionuevo to move into the mandatory challengers spot for Errol Spence’s IBF Title

-Denis Lebedev gets an inside the distance and the WBA four cruiserweight champions and the titles!

-Kazuto Ioka outpoints McWilliams Arroyo

-Andrew Moloney impresses with inside the distance win over Luis Concepcion

-Adam Kownacki wins over former IBF champion Charles Martin in an entertaining heavyweight ten

-Jason Welborn retains the British Middleweight Title in yet another war with Tommy Langford


September 8

New York, NY, USA: 

Welterweights: Shawn Porter (29-2-1) W PTS 12 Danny Garcia (34-2).

Welterweights: Yordenis Ugas (23-3) W PTS 12 Cesar Barrionuevo (34-4-2, 1 ND).

Heavyweights: Adam Kownacki (18-0) W PTS 10 Charles Martin (25-2-1).

Featherweights: Chris Colbert (9-0) W PTS 8 Fatiou Fassinou (28-11-3).

Middleweights: Brandon Quarles (20-4-1) W PTS 8 Marcus Willis (18-6-2).

Porter vs. Garcia
Porter wins the vacant WBC title with unanimous decision over Garcia.

Round 1
Both fighters were cagey at the start. Porter was bouncing around and making some lunging attacks. Garcia was countering and scored with a good combination. Those were the best punches in the round giving Garcia the edge

Score 10-9 Garcia

Round 2
Porter made good use of his jab early in the round. Garcia was waiting too long. He did land a left hook, the best punch in the round, but Porter was busier and his  work with the jab gave him the round.

Score 10-9 Porter                                                                                       Even 19-19

Round 3
The fight finally came to life in the third. Garcia caught Porter early with a short right hook. Porter was letting his punches fly but Garcia was showing some classy defensive work and did enough to take a close round.

Score 10-9 Garcia                                                                                       Garcia 29-28

Round 4
Porter made a fast start to this round getting through with his jab and some combinations. He hustled and bustled Garcia getting home with left hooks to the body. He continued to be the one doing the scoring and he took the round clearly.

Score 10-9 Porter                                                                                       Even 38-38

Official scores: 38-38, 38-38, 38-38

Round 5
Porter’s round. He was getting his punches off first. Garcia was waiting too long and Porter was able to come in behind his jab, land a couple of punches and get out again.

Score 10-9 Porter                                                                                       Porter 48-47

Round 6
Another round for Porter. After banging home a big right early he was outworking Garcia swinging hooks from both hands and again hustling Garcia out of his stride. Garcia’s punch output was low and he was throwing just one punch at a time with no sustained attacks.

Score 10-9 Porter                                                                                       Porter 58-56

Round 7
Porter was warned early after his head banged into Garcia’s face and Garcia was given some recovery time. From there it was Porter’s round. His mobility was giving Garcia problems. Porter was marching forward throwing hooks and uppercuts. Whilst Garcia was waiting Porter was working.

Score 10-9 Porter                                                                                       Porter 68-65

Round 8
Porter’s again. He was walking forward letting fly with left and right hooks. Garcia was getting close but then either throwing nothing or only one punch at a time before a series of punches from Porter drove him back. Porter was missing a lot but still throwing more and landing more.

Score 10-9 Porter                                                                                       Porter 78-74

Official scores: 77-75, 77-75 and 77-75- all for Porter

Round 9
Garcia came back into the fight in this one. He was letting his hands go more and was more accurate than the wild swinging Porter countering Porter’s rushes with short, crisp counters.

Score 10-9 Garcia                                                                                       Porter 87-84

Round 10
This was the best round so far. Porter started out wading forward pumping out punches with Garcia unable to do much attacking of his own. Then Garcia began to time Porter’s rushes and was scoring with some blistering counters that rocked Porter’s head and his more accurate punching gave him the round.

Score 10-9 Garcia                                                                                       Porter 96-94

Round 11
The same tactics but a different outcome in this round. Porter was still surging forward throwing punches but was landing more. Garcia was countering but his timing was off and it was Porter’s round.

Score 10-9 Porter                                                                                       Porter 106-103

Round 12
No big dramatic finish. Porter took the round with his lunging attacks with Garcia just being outworked. It was close but Porters’ round.

Score 10-9 Porter                                                                                       Porter 116-112

Official scores: 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 all for Porter
Close but deserved victory for Porter. Garcia lost the fight over the middle rounds and just did not throw enough punches. Former IBF champion “Showtime Porter, 30, lost his IBF title on a majority decision against Kell Brook and also lost to Keith Thurman for the secondary WBA title but now he is in the pole position with a fight against Errol Spence already being talked about as well as a title defense against Yordenis Ugas.. Garcia already a two division champion will regroup and come back strongly and almost certainly fight for a title again in 2019.

Ugas vs. Barrionuevo
Cuban Ugas takes wide unanimous decision over a disappointing and outclassed southpaw Barrionuevo. With the possibility of a fight with the winner of Porter vs. Garcia Ugas was looking to impress but against a negative opponent he was unable to close the one-sided fight out early and the crowd was less than enthralled by the lack of any fire in the fight. Ugas had to be the aggressor as Barrionuevo chose not to engage but retreat on the back foot and throw counters. He threw plenty of punches but they had no power and very little accuracy. Ugas controlled the fight with his jab and was effective with slashing hooks from both hands. The one-sided nature of the fight and the lack of any sustained action had the crowd booing periodically. Ugas pressed hard and had Barrionuevo shaken badly in the sixth and worked him over thoroughly in the eighth but other than that the Argentinian managed to avoid serious trouble and kept up his negative tactics to the final bell. Scores 120-108 twice and 119-109. The 32-year-old Ugas was a star of the Cuban amateur team before defecting and making his way to the USA on a raft. During his time with the Cuban team he won gold medals at the Pan American Games, the Central American and Caribbean Games and the World Championships beating fighters such as Terrence Crawford, Everton Lopes, Jose Pedraza and Sadam Ali. He looked a cert to be a success as a pro but made a stuttering start losing an early fight to Johnny Garcia and then two on the bounce in 2014 to Emanuel Rodrigues and Amir Imam and disappeared from the scene for two years. Since returning and moving up to welterweight he has scored wins over Jamal James, Bryant Perrella, Thomas Dulorme and Ray Robinson. Going into the fight he was No 2 with the IBF with the No 1 spot vacant. By beating Barrionuevo who was No 10 he has met the qualification to go into the No 1 spot and become the mandatory challenger to Errol Spence. Barrionuevo, the Argentinian champion, had won his last ten fights but mostly against modest domestic opposition and like many Argentinian fighters when they try to move up from domestic class to a higher level they disappoint.

Kownacki vs. Martin
Kownacki takes close unanimous decision over former IBF champion Martin in a punch fest. Kownacki quickly had Martin on the back foot as he padded forward throwing heavy punches. Martin was quicker and more skillful but nothing he hit Kownacki with halted the Pole’s forward march. There is nothing pretty about Kownacki. He is slow and predictable but he is strong throws lots of punches and takes a very good punch. The constant pressure from Kownacki forced Martin to stand and trade or be overwhelmed and the result was that they spent much of the fight standing in the center of the ring trading clubbing shots to head and body. With his longer reach and far superior skills it was the wrong tactics for Martin but the relentless pressure from Kownacki made it difficult for Martin to create enough space to box so the crowd was getting their money’s worth in a rousing battle. Kownacki wins by wearing his opponent down and he was landing thudding body punches but Martin was matching him. Kownacki did seem to have built a lead by the half way mark but as they both tired Martin cut into that lead over the second half of the fight and it was very close going into the last. A brutal round saw Kownacki clobbering Martin with rights, often thrown off the wrong foot, only for Martin to land a whole series of head punches that had the Pole floundering before banging back to shake Martin as they pounded each other to the bell after an amazing three minutes. Brooklyn-based Kownacki, 29, took the decision but only just as all three judges gave it to him 96-94. Rated WBC 10/IBF 12(11). Kownacki’s strength has taken him to inside the distance wins over Artur Szpilka and Iago Kiladze and this victory over Martin is his biggest so far. He is 6’3” (191) but is no toned svelte figure weighing 263lbs (119kgs) with a lot of that weight around his waist. He walks in on a straight line and has a very weak defense so whether his chin will be able to stand up to big punchers such as Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz is questionable. Martin, 32, will feel he should have gotten something out of this fight. After losing his IBF title to Anthony Joshua in 2016. Martin was inactive for a year before returning with two wins over modest opposition in 2017. He was No 9 with the WBC but had been dropped by the other three bodies. If he is going to get anywhere close to a title fight he is going to have to take some tough fights against other rated challengers.

Colbert vs. Fassinou
Classy southpaw prospect Colbert much too good for late substitute Fassinou. From the first the hand speed and movement of Colbert had Fassinou floundering. The Brooklyn youngster was firing quick, accurate combinations that soon had Fassinou looking to defence rather than attack. A body punch had Fassinou hurt in the second and throughout the fight Colbert was able to get through with quick punches from both hands. He forced the fight hard for a while but seemed to ease up late before trying hard to finish things in the last. Scores a predictable 80-72 for Colbert. He was a New York Golden Gloves champion and went on to win the US National title in 2015 before turning pro. Fassinou, 32, also a southpaw, is now 1-7 in his last 8 fights.

Quarles vs. Willis
Quarles gets split decision over Willis. Not a great deal between these two in a grueling fight which was mainly a close-quarters scrap. Quarles was as little stronger over the middle rounds and busier late and that made the difference. Scores 78-74 and 77-75 for Quarles and 76-74 for Willis. Quarles improves to 7 wins in his last 8 fights. The loss was a split verdict against Tyrone Brunson in March last year. Willis had been in good form with 5 wins in his last 6 fights. 

September 8 

Inglewood, CA, USA:

Super Flyweights: Donnie Nietes (41-1-5) DREW 12 Aston Palicte (24-2-1).

Super Flyweights: Juan Francisco Estrada (37-3) W PTS 12 Felipe Orucuta (36-5).

Super Flyweights: Kazuto Ioka (23-1) W PTS 10 McWilliams Arroyo (17-4).

Super Flyweights: Alexandru Marin (17-0) W PTS 10 Bruno Escalante (17-4-1). Fly: Joselito Velasquez (6-0) W PTS 6 Jose Flores Chanez (6-7).

Nietes vs. Palicte
The WBIO super fly title remains vacant after Nietes and Palicte finish up all even.

Round 1
Nietes was giving away lots of height at 5’3” to 5’7” for Palicte, The taller man made good use of the longer reach to put Nietes on the back foot and followed his jab with some long, straight rights. Nietes used good upper body movement to slip Palicte’s punches and jabbed to the body.

Score 10-9 Palicte

Round 2
A pacey second round saw Nietes using excellent ring craft to get past or under Palicte’s jab and score with some sharp punches. Palicte kept working the jab and long rights but Nietes edged it.

Score 10-9 Nietes                                                                                       Even 19-19

Round 3
Palicte was in control in the third. Again his jab was keeping Nietes on the outside. Palicte forced the fight hard and mixed in some left hooks. Nietes slotted home some classy counters but was outscored.

Score Palicte 10-9                                                                                      Palicte 29-28

Round 4
Palicte had a very good round. He was following the jab with more long rights and landing with hooks from both hands. Nietes was stuck on the end of the jab and unable to land anything of significance

Score Palicte 10-9                                                                                      Palicte 39-37

Official scores : 38-38, 39-37 Palicte, 39-37 Palicte

Round 5
Nietes took this one. He was getting past Palicte’s jab and in mid round landed four hard head punches which shook Palicte. He was nipping in quickly and landing hooks inside and then blocking or dodging Palicte's punches.

Score 10-9 Nietes                                                                                       Palicte 48-47

Round 6
This one was a bit closer but again Nietes took it. His ring craft was exceptional. He was timing his attacks getting inside with a short burst of hooks and out again before Palicte could counter. Nietes sparkled with a right cross/left hook sequence, the two best punches of the round. Nietes did go down but it was a slip so not counted.

Score 10-9 Nietes                                                                                       Even 58-58

Round 7
Palicte outworked Nietes. He was back on target with his jab and Nietes had difficulty getting through with his counters and almost seemed to take the round off . Although landing a couple of counters Nietes was largely ineffectual.

Score 10-9 Palicte                                                                                      Palicte 68-67

Round 8
One for Nietes. He used his timing and hand speed to out jab Palicte. Again he was stepping in quickly with quick bursts of hooks and ducking and bobbing away from Palicte’s jab and Palicte was struggling to find the target.

Score 10-9 Nietes                                                                                       Even 77-77

Official scores 78-74 Nietes, 78-74 Palicte, and 76-76 Even

Round 9
Great defensive work from Nietes as he slipped and slid around Palicte’s punches. There was very little variety in Palicte ‘s work and he was marching in on a straight line which made him an easy target for the snappy penetrating punches of Nietes .

Score 10-9 Nietes                                                                                       Nietes 87-86

Round 10
Great round by Nietes. The experience of over 300 rounds of competitive boxing came into play as he constantly opened up Palicte’s defense then slotted home quick accurate punches and with the younger man Palicte beginning to tire he rocked him with a big right and a left hook.

Score 10-9 Nietes                                                                                       Nietes 97-95

Round 11
Palicte worked hard in this one. He was coming forward pressing Nietes with Nietes work rate not as high the last few rounds. Palicte did most of the scoring. Nietes rallied a little at the end of the round but it was Palicte’s.

Score 10-9 Palicte                                                                                      Nietes 106-105

Round 12
On the official scorecards Nietes needed to win this round to get a draw. Not the way I saw it but it is those official scores that count. After a cautious 90 seconds Nietes went on the rampage he was forcing Palicte back around the ring landing long rights with Palicte just trying to avoid getting nailed like a man who though he had already won the fight.

Score 10-9 Nietes                                                                                       Nietes 116-114.

Official scores 116-110 Nietes, 116-112 Palicte, 114-114
Great disappointment for the 36-year-old Nietes. A victory here would have made him a four division champion equalling the achievements of Nonito Donaire. It has been fourteen years since he lost a fight and he is now 30-0-4 in his 34 fights and is 16-0-2 in his 18 world title fights. Hopefully he will get another chance to make history and soon. Palicte, 27, lost this fight over the championship rounds having only gone twelve rounds once before. He is 14-1-1 in his last 16 fights and was No 2 in the WBO ratings behind Nietes so it is likely they will fight again in 2019.

Estrada vs. Orucuta
Estrada wins this SuperFly3 main event with unanimous points victory over fellow Mexican Orucuta. This was a fight that started as an easy night for Estrada and then became an entertaining, typical Mexican war. Estrada was superior in every department and over the first three rounds he was able to outbox Orucuta landing constantly with his jab, left hooks and straight rights on his slower opponent. Estrada was totally dominant and running in second gear over those first three rounds. Although it looked a possibility that this one could end early Orucuta refused to buckle. Slowly from the fourth he livened up and began to take the fight to Estrada more and land some heavy punches. Estrada soon found out that second gear was not enough and the fight really came to life. Estrada was now facing an opponent who was still mostly coming off worst in the exchanges but undeterred was rolling forward and handing out plenty of punishment of his own. They traded punches throughout the seventh and eight which were both close. Estrada was doing the higher quality work and shook Orucuta occasionally with rights but he never came close to subduing Orucuta. Whilst Estrada was winning most of the rounds he was having to work much harder to do so. It was the eleventh before Estrada turned the fight back to what it had been over the early rounds.  He clearly outscored Orucuta in that round and then dominated the last. He landed time and again with hard punches shaking Orucuta with a series of rights to the head with Orucuta just making it to the final bell. Scores 117-111 twice and 118-110 for Estrada. The former undefeated WBA and WBO flyweight champion has his sights set on getting revenge against Srisaket who took a majority decision over him in a challenge for the WBC title in February. Srisaket has a voluntary defence against Iran Diaz on 6 October and as Estrada is WBC No 1 their  return fight should happen early in 2019. Orucuta was largely dismissed as an opponent for Estrada which is harsh. He twice challenged Omar Narvaez in Argentina for the WBO super fly title losing the first in 2013 on a split decision and the second in 2014 on a majority decision and was unlucky both times. He suffered a disappointing loss to Jose Cayetano in 2015 but had scored five inside the distance wins against solid opposition since then and was No 7 with the WBC.

Ioka vs. Arroyo
Ioka wins the vacant WBC Silver title with unanimous decision over Arroyo. After an even first round where they both scored well with body punches the second saw Ioka in control. Having started out as a minimum weight he was the smaller man but he was out jabbing Arroyo and digging in some hard left hooks to the body. In the third Arroyo’s work with his jab had Ioka backing up and Arroyo was throwing bunches of hooks and uppercuts. Ioka then took over and put Arroyo on the back foot. He was again landing savage left hooks to the body just seconds before the bell a right to the head saw Arroyo go half way to the canvas using his glove to keep him from going all the way down. He was up immediately and the round was over as the eight count was completed. Arroyo worked well with the jab early in the fourth but eventually Ioka was walking through the jab and scoring with left hooks to the body and straight rights. Ioka kept the pressure on in the sixth and seventh. The rounds were close but he was swarming in throwing hooks from both hands. Arroyo did better when he stayed outside and used his jab. He was able to counter Ioka who was not really concerned about defense. Ioka was not loading up on his punches but was throwing enough to shut down Arroyo’s attacks. Arroyo fought hard and despite suffering a cut over his right eye from a punch he remained competitive enough to deserved to take a few rounds but it was not enough and Ioka was a good winner. Scores 97-92 twice and 99-90 all for Ioka. The 29-year-old Ioka is a former WBA and WBC minimumweight champion and also held WBA secondary titles at light fly and fly. He never lost any of those titles but instead vacated them. His lone loss came in a challenge for the IBF flyweight title in 2014 losing on a split decision to Amnat Ruenroeng. This is his ninth win since then and he is rated No 2 by the WBA. Puerto Rican Arroyo, 32, was coming off a win in February when he decisioned Carlos Cuadras and was No 3 with both the WBC and WBO. After winning a gold medal at both the World Championships and the Pan American Games a world title as a pro looked a real possibility but now looks a forlorn hope. His twin brother McJoe had less success as an amateur but won the IBF super fly title.

Marin vs. Escalante
Romanian Marin wins split decision over Filipino Escalante. Marin is tall for a super fly at 5’7” (170cm) and had height and reach edges over the 5’2” (157cm) Escalante. Marin made good use of those advantages early but Escalante was quick enough and aggressive enough to keep the fight close. Marin was cut over his right eye in the fourth and allowed himself to be dragged into fighting Escalante’s fight late but he looked to have done enough to deserve the verdict. Scores 98-92 and 97-93 for Marin and 96-94 for Escalante.  Marin, 26, competed at the European and World Youth Championships and won a bronze medal at the World Youth Olympics. Californian-based Escalante was looking for his fourth win in a row but just came up short.

Velasquez vs. Flores
Mexican Olympian “El Huracan” Velasquez wins every round but has to go the distance for the first time as a pro. Scores 60-54 from all the judges for Velasquez but some good ring time. Prelim fighter Flores did well to go six but drops to 2-5 in his last 7 outings.

September 5

Grozny, Russia:

Light Heavyweights: Umar Salamov (22-1) W KO 2 Denis Liebau (24-3).

Welterweights: Aslanbek Kozaev (32-2-1) W PTS 10 Alex Kotov (8-5-1).

Cruiserweights: Dmitry Kudryashov 22-2) W TKO 6 Mauricio Barragan (17-4).

Heavyweights: Apti Davtaev (16-0-1) W TKO 6 German Skobenko (5-2-2).

Super Middleweights: Aslambek Idigov (14-0) W TKO 2 Daniel Wanyonyi (27-13-2).

Salamov vs. Liebau
Salamov much too good for Liebau and finishes him with a body punch in the second..Salamov had the longer reach and reddened Liebau’s face with jabs in the first. Liebau showed plenty of movement and fired a couple of quick combinations but neither fighter opened up. It was the same in the early action in the second with Salamov again jabbing strongly and Liebau jumping in with quick attacks. Salamov started to let his right go and when Liebau lifted his guard to defend against the right Salamov dug a left hook to the body that put Liebau down on one knee. He tried to rise half way through the count but dropped again and the referee waived the fight off. The 24-year-old Nevada-based Russian wins the vacant WBO International title and makes it 17 wins by KO/TKO. Third win for Salamov since losing a close decision to Australian Damien Hooper in July last year. He is current at No 11(9) with the IBF and 14 with the WBO. He will move higher and could fight for a title next year. German Liebau, 37, falls to two losses by KO/TKO in his last three fights.

Kozaev vs. Kotov
No problems for Russian “Lion” Kozaev as he has too much power for fellow Russian  Kotov. Kozaev used left hooks and overhand rights to dominate the fight. Kotov fought back but did not have the punch to match Kozaev. Despite being rocked a few times Kotov scored with some good body punches of his own but Kozaev was able to use his strength to put Kotov on the back foot and outscored him in every round. Scores 100-90 twice and 99-91 for Kozaev. Wide points defeats against Ray Robinson and Taras Shelestyuk put a big dent in Kozaev’s hopes but he has rebuilt with six win over very modest opposition. Kotov “ The Caspian Tiger” falls to 2-3 in his last 5 fights.

Kudryashov vs. Barragan
Kudryashov wins but does not impress as Barragan folds too easily. Barragan had the longer reach and scored with his jab early. Kudryashov tested Barragan with a couple of rights but it was a pedestrian start from the world rated Russian.  Kudryashov stalked Barragan in the second and third but was not quick enough to cut off the ring and was just looking to land one big right. Barragan was throwing more and was more accurate but his punches lacked power. Kudryashov pushed harder in the fourth and fifth but was still too slow to land anything of note. In the sixth a left to the head, which did not look too heavy, seemed to stun Barragan and he swayed on his feet. Kudryashov leaped in trying to capitalise on that but before he could land another punch Barragan backed to the ropes and dropped to one knee. He was up at eight but needed his mouthguard replaced which gave him a few seconds to recover before a right from Kudryashov that seemed to just brush across Barragan’s forehead saw him drop to one knee. He indicated to the referee that he was finished and the fight was stopped. First fight for Kudryashov since his two round loss to Yunier Dorticos in September and the rust showed. Obviously this was not seen as any test as Kudryashov has another fight scheduled for 15 September. Uruguayan Barragan showed some nice touches but collapsed too easily and this is his third loss by KO/TKO in his last five fights

Davtaev vs. Skobenko
Davtaev remains unbeaten with sixth round win over Ukrainian Skobenko. The 6’5” (196cm) Davtaev had lots of height and reach on his side and pounded the portly Skobenko all the way. Skobenko took the punishment and kept walking back in for more. The one-sided fight ended in the sixth. Davtaev pummelled Skobenko with some wicked hooks and uppercuts and Skobenko stopped fighting back With just 15 seconds left in the round Skobenko’s corner finally threw in the towel. Win No 15 by KO/TKO for Davtaev including 7 in his last 8 fights but against medium to low grade opposition. The 6’0” (184cm) Skobenko just carries to much weight for his height and is 1-2-2 in his last 5 fights.

Idigov vs. Wanyonyi
Idigov destroys Kenyan Wanyonyi in two rounds. Idigov rocked Wanyonyi a couple of time in the first and brutally ended the fight in the second. A right to the head and a left hook saw Wanyonyi slide down the ropes to the canvas. He was up at nine and tried to box his way out of peril but a straight right put him down again and the referee stopped the fight.  Home town fighter Idigov wins the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title with his sixth win by KO/TKO. Still nothing resembling a real test for him so far. Eighth loss by KO/TKO for 35-year0-old Wanyonyi

Charlie Hoy

September 6

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic:

Flyweights: Charlie Hoy (15-0) W KO 4 Donny Garcia (16-4).  

Hoy retains the WBA Fedelatin title with kayo of local boxer Garcia. Englishman Hoy overcame the height reach and more skillful Garcia thanks to some vicious body punches. Garcia looked comfortable over the first two rounds but that changed when Hoy started to land heavily to the body in the third. Hoy continued to press in the fourth until a wicked right to the body put Garcia down and he was unable to beat the count. Hoy, 27, turned pro in England but after being inactive in 2015 started fighting out of the Dominican Republic. This is his seventh win there all by KO/TKO. Because he has won a WBA Regional title he is at No 7 in their ratings. Garcia was a late substitute. He was 16-1 over his first 17 fights but this is his third loss in a row by KO/TKO all against tough opposition.

September 6

Monterrey, Mexico:

Super Flyweights: Jonathan Rodriguez (18-1) W TKO 3 Alejandro Perez (10-4).

Super Featherweights: Jairo Lopez (23-9) W TKO 4 Cipriano Garcia (7-11).

Rodriguez vs. Perez
Rodriguez gets off the floor and scores three knockdowns to beat Perez. Rodriguez used a strong jab and some useful hooks to take the first. He was coming forward confidently in the second and landed a good left hook. As they trade punches a counter right from Perez put Rodriguez on the floor. Rodriguez recovered quickly and ended the fight in the third. He shook Perez with a couple of rights and Perez backed up to the ropes. A right to the head put him down and although he beat the count Rodriguez was on to him immediately and two more rights put Perez on the canvas. He again made it to his feet but two rights and a left hook floored him for the third time and the referee just waived the fight over. Now 13 wins by KO/TKO for the 23-year-old “Titan” from San Luis Potosi as he retains the WBC Fecombox title. He gets his second win in a row since a poor performance in March when he lost on points to an opponent with a 5-2-1 record. Three losses in his last four fights for Perez.

Lopez vs. Garcia
“Doberman” Lopez chews up Garcia in four rounds. Lopez was much the bigger puncher but Garcia tried to take the fight to him. In a fiery fourth first Lopez had Garcia on the ropes and hurt with a left hook with Garcia urging Lopez to stay and trade. Then Garcia had Lopez under fire but Lopez, the bigger man, took over again. A straight left put Garcia on the floor and although he made it to his feet he was badly shaken and the referee stopped the fight. Fifteen wins inside the distance for Lopez who had lost three of his last four fights but with tough jobs against Luke Campbell, Jose Felix and 19-0 Joseph Aguirre no surprise he lost those. Poor Garcia now has nine losses by KO/TKO.
Denis Lebedev - Photo

September 7

Chelyabinsk, Russia:

Cruiserweights: Denis Lebedev (31-2,1 ND) W KO 3 Hinzi Altunkaya (30-3).

Lightweights: Zaur Abdullaev (10-0) W PTS 12 Henry Lundy (29-7-1).

Super Featherweights: Mark Urvanov (13-2-1) DREW 10 Nikita Kuznetsov (9-1-1).

Welterweights: Alexey Evchenko (17-11-1) W RTD 6 Bruno Romay (21-6).

Middleweights: Artem Chebotarev (5-0) W TKO 3 Carmelito De Jesus (18-6).

Lebedev vs. Altunkaya
Lebedev returns to action with a stoppage of Altunkaya. Lebedev trailed Altunkaya around the ring in the first looking to score with his southpaw left. Altunkaya kept on the move not looking to engage and a fleshy Lebedev just could not land anything heavy. Lebedev caught up with Altunkaya early in the second and Altunkaya went down although the left to the chest did not look hard enough for the knockdown. He was up quickly but did not look a happy bunny. He managed to stay out of further trouble to the bell.  In the third Lebedev continued to hunt a negative Altunkaya until he landed a left to the head. Again it did not look a strong punch but Altunkaya collapsed on his back and was counted out. Lebedev, 38, says he now wants to fight Oleg Usyk and the WBA will mandate that fight. They have to as they are in the embarrassing position of having a super champion, a secondary champion and an interim champion and now that Lebedev is no longer “in recess” they have no more titles for him. Altunkaya was poor. After being very protected during a run of 29 wins he has now been exposed with three loses in his last four fights.

Abdullaev vs. Lundy
Important win for Abdullaev as he takes unanimous decision over experienced Lundy. The fight set off at a fast pace with both fighters plying their jab and landing hooks inside. Abdullaev seemed a little more accurate but the rounds were very even. Abdullaev had a better third. Lundy started the round by scoring with some good counters but Abdullaev launched a big attack late in the round to take it, Lundy was on the back foot in the fourth and fifth with Abdullaev forcing the fight. Lundy was scoring well with his jab and some precise counters but a clash of heads opened a cut over his right eye. Abdullaev continued to take the fight to Lundy but the American showed the benefit of his experience with some excellent defensive work and had a good eighth putting Abdullaev on the back foot. A right from Abdullaev in the ninth dislodged Lundy’s mouthguard. Lundy had paced the fight better and he came on strong over the last three rounds to make the fight close-much closer than the judges saw it. Scores 118-110, 117-112 and 115-113 for Abdullaev. The 24-year-old Russian retains the WBC Silver title. He is No 4 with that body.. Lundy is now No 17. Despite his small number of pro contests Abdullaev has already met some experienced opponents with the previous three having combined records of 65-5-3. Obviously a setback for Lundy who had scored three wins since his loss to Terrence Crawford for the WBO super light title in 2016.

Urvanov vs. Kuznetsov
“Canelo” Urvanov and Kuznetsov fight to a draw. This was a cracking scrap between two well matched fighters. Both were looking to stamp their authority on the fight early and it was a wild battle from there Urvanov was quicker and more accurate but the strong Kuznetsov rocked Urvanov with big rights to the head and they just stood and traded hooks for much of the fight.  Both fighters had spells on top and every round was close giving the judges a hard task. Each judge seemed to see a different fight but it was one neither deserved to lose. Scores 99-91 for Urvanov, 97-94 for Kuznetsov and 95-95. There were vacant versions of three minor titles on the line. The very strange Eurasian Boxing Parliament, IBF Youth and WBC CISBB titles. Ginger-headed Urvanov, 22, is now 1-1-1 in his most recent outings. Russian champion Kuznetsov remains unbeaten.

Evchenko vs. Romay
Evchenko breaks down Argentinian southpaw Romay to force the win. The Russian just kept coming and Romay was gutsy but did not have the power to keep Evchenko out. Romay fought hard but by the sixth he had blood seeping from a cut over his left eye hampering his vision. Evchenko rocked Romay with a couple of left jabs that were thrown as more like a left cross and Romay nearly went down twice from those hammer hits. He sensibly retired at the end of the round. Evchenko’s record does not look strong but he had a run of seven wins including a victory in New York in March over Khiary Gray before losing a very close decision to Ahmed El Mousaoui in June. Romay was 13-1 in his last 14 fights with the loss being in September last year against 21-0 Zhankosh Turarov on points in Kazakhstan.

Chebotarev vs, De Jesus
Hidden down the bill former top amateur Chebotarev batters Brazilian De Jesus to defeat. The hard-punching Russian had De Jesus under pressure from the start digging in hurtful hooks to the body. Pretty soon De Jesus was in survival mode. In the third Chebottarev proceeded to bounce De Jesus around the ring with De Jesus only throwing an occasional right. Finally Chebottarev pinned de Jesus to the ropes and cut loose with a series of hooks and uppercuts until De Jesus dropped to one knee and stayed there for the full count. Fourth win by KO/TKO for the 29-year-old Chebottarev who  did not turn pro until he was 28. As an amateur he was three times Russian champion, was a gold medallist at the European Cadet Championships and took a silver at both the European Juniors and  Senior Championships. He represented Russia at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships losing in the semi-final to Jason Quigley in 2013. He won the AIBA Pro Boxing Championship and competed at the Olympic Games in 2016 but will have to take some shortcuts to make it as a pro. De Jesus gets his second loss by KO/TKO but this was his first fight since losing on points to Orlando Fiordigiglio in July 2016.

Jayde Mitchell

September 7

Melbourne, Australia:

Super Middleweights: Jayde Mitchell (17-1) W PTS 10 Kerry Foley (19-4-1).

Cruiserweights: Kane Watts (20-3) W TKO 8 Kuldep Singh (2-2-1).

Mitchell vs. Foley
Mitchell overcomes Foley in a tough ten rounds to retain his two titles and win a third. Great movement and hand speed had Mitchell outboxing Foley early. Mitchell was banging home jabs and left hooks and constantly changing angles to keep Foley off balance and doubling up on his jab. He was ducking and weaving under Foley’s punches. Foley stayed strong and began to land some hurtful left hooks to the body and head putting Mitchell under pressure before Mitchell went back to the jab and boxed his way to the unanimous decision. Scores 97-93 on all three cards for Mitchell. He retains the OPBF and Interim WBA Oceania titles and wins the vacant IBF Pan Pacific belt. Now twelve wins in a row for Mitchell who is rated No 12 by both the WBA and WBC. Former Australian light heavy champion Foley had won his last two fights in the first round.

Watts vs. Singh
In his first fight since November 2016 former Australian champion Watts halts Indian novice Singh in the last round. Watts put together a nine-fight winning streak before losing on points to Danny Green in August 2016 . First fight in Australia for Singh and he was over-matched. 

Cam O'Connell

September 7

Edmonton, Canada:

Lightweights: Cam O’Connell (17-2-1) W PTS 8 Jesus Laguna (22-12-3).

Canadian No 5 O’Connell starts the long road back with unanimous decision over Mexican Laguna. The 29-year-old from Red Deer is rebuilding after a crushing eighth round stoppage loss to Mathieu Germain in Quebec in February. He was 15-0-1 until losing to Tony Luis in June last year so two losses in three fights have set him back a long way. Laguna was knocked out in five rounds by WBA No 3 Evens Pierre in October but fought a creditable draw with Canadian Roody Pierre Paul in March.

Bowyn Morgan - Photo

September 7

Christchurch, New Zealand:

Welterweights: Bowyn Morgan (18-1,1ND) W PTS 10 Luke Woods (5-2).

New Zealander  “BoMan” Morgan retains the IBO Asia Pacific title with unanimous decision over Australian Woods. Scores 98-92 twice and 97-93 for Morgan. Now eleven wins in a row for 29-year-old Morgan and first defence of his IBO title. He is now looking for some big fights overseas. Tasmanian southpaw Woods was Australian amateur champion and competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games so his record is a disappointment considering his amateur pedigree.

Liam Williams - Photo

September 7

Cardiff, Wales:

Super Welterweights: Liam Williams (18-2-1) W KO 2 Craig Nicholson (4-3-1).

Super Lightweights: Craig Evans (18-2-2) W PTS 6 Jordan Ellison (10-17).

Williams vs. Nicholson
A gutsy Nicholson came in as a very late pick and was in way over his head. Well not quite as he was much taller than Williams, In the first Williams was trying to find a big punch but Nicholson proved awkward and although shaken managed to stay to the bell, In the second as Williams moved in on Nicholson they got tangled up and went over the top rope onto the apron breaking the top rope. There was a delay whilst that was fixed and then Williams chased Nicholson down and landed a left hook to the body that puts Nicholson down and out. Second win this year for Williams as he rebuilds after consecutive losses to Liam Smith in 2017. Nicholson is now 0-3-1 in four.

Evans vs. Ellison
Evans returns with a win as he outpoints Ellison. This was an entertaining six rounds. Ellison came looking for the fight and was constantly marching forward behind a high guard. Southpaw Evans was content to counter with accurate right jabs and long lefts. When Evans did open up his quick accurate punches had Ellison backing up but only briefly before marching forward again. Evans showed real quality in the speed and accuracy of his punches and was a clear winner but never quite subdued Ellison. Referee’s score 60-55. Welshmen Evans. A former WBO European champion had six tough fights in a row over 2015, 2016 and 2017 losing to Scott Cardle for the British title, going 1-0-2 in three fights with Tom Stalker and beating Stephen Ormond but  then lost his WBO European title in February this year being halted in nine rounds by Roman Andreev. This is the second time Ellison has taken Evans the distance and he came in as a very late substitute here and did his job well.

September 8

Birmingham, England:

Super Welterweights: Amir Khan (33-4) W PTS 12 Samuel Vargas (29-4-2).

Middleweights: Jason Welborn (24-6) W PTS 12 Tommy Langford (20-3).

Super Welterweights: Scott Fitzgerald (11-0) W TKO 10 Craig Morris (10-2-1).

Super Welterweights: Hassan Mwakinyo (12-2) W TKO 2 Sam Eggington (23-5).

Super Welterweights: Ryan Kelly (12-1) W TKO 1 Kelcie Ball (9-1).

Super Bantamweights: Gamal Yafai (16-1) W KO 7 Brayan Mairena (10-2-1).

Lightweights: Lewis Ritson (17-0) W TKO 3 Oscar Amador (10-8).

Khan vs. Vargas
Khan floors Vargas and then has to climb of the canvas himself before winning this one by big margins on all three of the judge’s cards. Khan was impressive in the first. He was moving well and showing his usual hand speed. A flashing combination saw Vargas shaking his head to show his disdain but Khan landed another burst of punches just before the bell.  Vargas came out aggressively for the second but Khan landed a volley of punches and then a hard left hook which sent Vargas stumbling into the ropes. As he came off Khan met him with more left hooks and after another left and a right Vargas went down. He was up quickly and after the eight count Khan jumped in trying to end the fight. Vargas held on and Khan almost wrestled him to the floor. Khan continued to blast Vargas with left hooks in the second. Vargas was bleeding from the nose but seemed to have recovered. He landed a couple of good body punches and then a right cross to the head sent Khan down. He rolled over and got up but it was a heavy knockdown. The bell went as the eight count ended so Vargas had no chance to capitalize on that big right. Vargas came storming out in the third but a right from Khan which seemed to land behind the ear of Vargas put him over. He was up and complaining that the punch was to the back of the head. Vargas landed a couple of good rights in the fourth but it was the blazing hand speed of Kahn that impressed even though he was sacrificing leverage for speed. Vargas began the fifth with some hooks to the body but then Khan exploded. He had Vargas retreating and floundering across the under a storm of hooks and uppercuts and a stoppage looked possible. Vargas survived but had taken a lot of punishment. The Colombian had a much better sixth trapping Khan in a corner and working to the body. Khan’s work rate dropped in the seventh but he did the scoring with more fast combinations and caught Vargas with a hurtful left hook. Vargas was more competitive in the eighth as he hunted Khan down but he had no answer to the speed and accuracy of Khan’s punches. The ninth was more even. Vargas scored well to the body early and although Khan again landed with some short bursts of punches his punch output was lower than in other rounds. Khan took the tenth. He was back to using his jab and threw more combinations. When Vargas did corner him he used some good defensive work to frustrate Vargas but Vargas did land a right to the head that had Khan stumbling. Khan outboxed Vargas in the eleventh stabbing home jabs and fast flurries his footwork was leaving Vargas swishing air. When Vargas did pin Khan to the ropes Khan punched his way of and outlanded Vargas. Khan took no chances in the twelfth. He used plenty of movement to avoid the attacks of Vargas and scored with bunches of light punches to take the round. Scores 119-108, 119-109 and 118-110 for Khan. This was just the test Khan needed after blasting out Phil Lo Greco in 39 seconds in April. Vargas made him fight three minutes of every round. We saw the good and the not so goods. Khan showed he still has great hand speed and great movement but the right in the second also showed he sometimes stands right in front of an opponent and lets his left glove drift and pays the price. Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook are the only two names that interest Khan but it might be hard to make either fight. There are other names Pacquiao could look at and weight might be a deciding factor in making the Brook fight. Brook may not want to sweat down to welter and he might be too big for Khan at super welter although a catchweight contest could be viable. Toronto-based Vargas pushed Khan hard all the way but just lacked the hand and foot speed to really threaten –except of course for a right in the second round. His inside the distance losses have been to Danny Garcia and Errol Spence in non-title fights and he scored four wins over decent level opposition in 2017.

Welborn vs. Langford
Welborn retains the British title with a split decision over Tommy Langford in a fight even better than their thrilling encounter in May. Langford started well using his longer reach to spear Welborn with jabs and then stepping in with hooks. Welborn landed a couple of rights as he tried to get inside. Langford looked on the way to pocketing the round but with less than twenty seconds to go a straight right to the head from Welborn put Langford down. He was up at seven and the bell went without Welborn being able to land another good punch. Langford rebounded in the second. He outboxed Welborn landing continually with the left and mixing in a variety of punches. Welborn was waiting too long and just looking to land another big punch. Langford was boxing well in the third but Welborn was letting his punches go more and landed a couple of thumping rights. They both landed some quality punches but as Langford moved in Welborn nailed him with a counter right and Langford stopped then went down face first before rolling and getting up on one knee. He was up at eight but badly shaken. A barrage of hooks and uppercuts had Langford in trouble on the ropes at the bell. Once again after avoiding disaster Langford came back and he took the fourth raking Welborn with jabs and hooks. Welborn remained dangerous and in the fifth he staggered Langford with rights to the head and opened a cut over the left eye of Langford but Langford connected with a variety of hooks and uppercuts as they battled through three minutes of action. Langford made the sixth and seventh his. He jarred the advancing Welborn with jabs and whacked him with body punches. Welborn was still dangerous but was taking punishment and looked slow. Langford had the best of the fierce exchanges in the eighth sending Welborn stumbling back with a straight right and snapping his neck with a right uppercut. Welborn came back strongly in the ninth with some heavy rights and they both had good spells in the tenth. Langford edged ahead with his more varied and accurate work in the eleventh. The last was a brutal three minutes as two tired warriors dragged up the last vestiges of their strength and punched away to the final bell. Scores 115-114 and 114-113 for Welborn and 114-113 for Langford. Welborn hangs on to the British title but it was a pity there had to be a loser. A third match?-Yes please.

Fitzgerald vs. Morris
Fitzgerald wins with late stoppage of game southpaw Morris. Fitzgerald was the favourite here and he made the better start using superior speed and better skills. Both landed some good punches in the second and third with Morris impressing with his body punching in the fourth only for Fitzgerald to bang back with a left hook in the fifth and an eye-catching right to the head in the sixth. Fitzgerald had but a good lead but he was bleeding from the nose and his work rate dropped over the seventh and eighth. Fitzgerald dug deep to take the important ninth. In the tenth Fitzgerald ended the fight. He landed a couple of swift hooks then a hard left followed by a right which sent a tiring Morris into the ropes and down and the fight was stopped. The 26-year-old from Preston was moving up to ten rounds for the first time and now has eight wins by KO/TKO. He is a former Commonwealth gold medal winner beating current successful pros Bowyn Morgan and Thabiso Mbenge on his way to the gold. Former BBB of c Midlands Area champion Morris gave Fitzgerald a real test. He was 3-0-1 technical draw going in and is the IBO Continental champion

Eggington vs. Mwakinyo
Huge shock as unsung Tanzanian stops Eggington in two rounds. Eggington made a confident start moving in behind his jab but Mwakinyo gave an early indication of danger with a couple of right hand counters. Eggington was forcing Mwakinyo back with his jab but again the Tanzanian scored with crisp counters. Eggington still looked in control until the last 20 seconds of the round when both fighters threw a left hook. Mwakinyo’s landed first. Eggington’s legs shook and he backed to the ropes. Mwakinyo pounced throwing punches until the bell many of which missed but some which landed on Eggington’s head. Mwakinyo attacked fiercely in the second throwing looking hooks from both hands driving Eggington back. The Tanzanian just kept throwing punches. Eggington tried to fight back but his head was being snapped about by punch after punch and he looked ready to go down when the referee jumped in and stopped the fight. There was nothing in Mwakinyo’s record to indicate he was a danger. He had seven wins by KO/TKO but he had been floored and lost every round against the 8-0 Russian Lendrush Akopian in December so a huge upset and a huge result for Mwakinyo.  Eggington is only  24 and is a former Commonwealth, British, European and WBC International champion with a win over Paul Malignaggi so he should be able to recover from this in time but right now that time might seem a long way away for Eggington as this loss ended any talk of a big money fight with Brandon Rios.

Kelly vs. Ball
Kelly retains the BBB of C Midland’s Area title as he halts Ball inside a round. This looked a good match on paper but Kelly just blew Ball away. He staggered Ball with a booming right cross which knocked Ball back into the ropes. Kelly then stormed into Ball landed a whole pile of head punches until the referee stepped in to save Ball with just 89 seconds gone in the round. The 24-year-old local fighter lived up to his “Ruthless” nickname and makes it six wins by KO/TKO. First loss inside the distance for Ball.

Yafai vs. Mairena
Yafai gets win over another Nicaraguan lamb to the slaughter. It was not one of Yafai’s best nights but it did not have to be. He dominated every round before sending Mairena down and out with a heavy left in the eighth. Second win in a row for Yafai since losing a biggie to Gavin McDonnell in March. The former undefeated Commonwealth and WBC International champion will be aiming to be fighting for a title again next year. First fight outside of Nicaragua for Mairena who was just a four and six round fighter back home and will now become yet another dull dish for British boxers to beat up.

Ritson vs. Amador
Just a warm-up for Ritson who fights for the European title next month. Nicaraguan Amador posed no threat except for a careless head. Ritson needed to get at least a couple of round of work for this to be in any way a useful night so he was content to dominate the first two rounds with some punishing uppercuts before putting Amador down out of the fight early in the third with a left to the body . The 24-year-old Ritson will face Belgian Francesco Patera, a former European champion, in Newcastle on 13 October. Patera lost to Sean Dodd in Liverpool in 2016 but sprang a big surprise last year by beating champion Edis Tatli in front of Tatli’s own fans only to lose the title to Tatli in December by 10,10 and 9 points on the cards. First fight outside of Nicaragua for Amador but he will now join the losers squad in Barcelona and become cheap cannon fodder.

September 8 

Bendigo, Australia:

Super Flyweights: Andrew Moloney (18-0) W TKO 10 Luis Concepcion (37-7).

Super Welterweights: Tim Tszyu (11-0) W TKO 1 Marcos Cronejo (19-4).

Moloney vs. Concepcion
“The Monster” Moloney chews up former champion Concepcion. Moloney established his domination from the first round. He used quick movement to both step away from Concepcion’s punches and to move inside to land his own. He was quicker with his jab and landed well with both hands. Concepcion did better in the second pressing hard and testing the Australian’s chin with a couple of rights but again hand speed and accuracy saw Moloney outboxing the Panamanian veteran. Concepcion upped his pace in the third but so did Moloney. The Panamanian chased after the fleet-footed Moloney and was effective with uppercuts but Moloney was spearing him with jabs landing hooks to the body and overhand rights. Moloney changed tactics in the fourth and fifth... He used his superior strength to force Concepcion to the ropes and worked to the body with hooks and uppercuts. When Concepcion did get off the ropes Moloney stood and traded until Concepcion was forced back to the ropes again. Moloney continued the pressure in the sixth. Concepcion landed some hard uppercuts and a stinging right but body punches from Moloney were sapping his strength.  Moloney seemed to ease up a little over the seventh and eighth but was back on the charge in the ninth with Concepcion starting to fade. Moloney rocked Concepcion with three straight rights in a row. Concepcion landed a hard left hook but there was now no snap in the Panamanian’s punches. Concepcion came out swinging in the last round determined to stage a big finish . A right to the head from Moloney stiffened his legs and took a lot of the fight out of him. Moloney battered him with hooks to the head and  then with Concepcion trapped against the ropes Moloney landed a series of rights that saw the referee step in to stop the fight-just as Concepcion threw a couple of punches but it was a good stoppage. Moloney, 27, retains the WBA Oceania title and gets his best win so far. His tactics were spot on; he paced the fight well, showed real power and good defensive work. He is No 6 with the WBA and champion Khalid Yafai is a natural target in what would make a great little fight.  His twin brother Jason is entered in the WBSS bantam tournament so heady times for the twins. Former WBA champion Concepcion, 32, lost his title when he failed to make the weight for a defence against Yafai in December 2016. He had a mixed 2017 winning two fights but losing a unanimous decision to a very average Iran Diaz. He has been in some wars and it is beginning to show.

Tszyu vs. Cornejo
Tszyu stops Cornejo in farcical “fight.” Tszyu tried some strong jabs and immediately became apparent that Cornejo was inept with no idea of how to throw a jab. He dropped his head with each of the few punches he threw and tried some crude swings. An overhand right staggered Cornejo and he backed up to the ropes. Tszyu went after him and some wicked uppercuts had Cornejo badly hurt and the referee stepped in and saved him. Since Tszyu is only 23 there is no need to rush him but this was a waste of time. The Australian No 3 gets his ninth win by KO/TKO but needs better tests than this. There must be an awful lot of abysmal quality fighters in Argentine for 37-year-old Cornejo to have nineteen wins. Having said that he had run up 16 wins in a row before going the distance in losing to 39-0-1 Damian Jonak but those 16 victims only had 24 wins between them. He was pathetic here. 

September 8

Zagreb, Croatia:

Heavyweights: Filip Hrgovic (6-0) W KO 3 Amir Mansour (23-3-1,1ND).

Cruiserweights: Damir Beljo (25-0) W PTS 10 Lukas Paszkowski (10-3).

Hrgovic vs. Mansour
Hrgovic gets the biggest win in his short career as he floors and halts a disappointing Mansour. In the first the much taller Hrgovic was positioning himself and using his jab to try to move Mansour into his big right hand punches. Southpaw Mansour used his experience to avoid the trap but threw very few punches of his own.  Hrgovic did land a couple of rights but other than that he either he came up short or Mansour ducked under them. Hrgovic was warned for a punch after the bell but luckily it missed. Mansour opened the second with some wild lunges then Hrgovic began to let his hands go and landed a couple of rights but he was still finding the retreating Mansour a difficult target. Hrgovic landed a punch to the back of Mansour’s head and whilst the referee was warning Hrgovic Mansour dropped to one knee. He was given some recovery time and managed to avoids rights from Hrgovic to the bell. Mansour rushed out in a rage in the third throwing wild punches and trying to ram his head into Hrgovic’s face. Hrgovic saw out the storm and scored with some quick combinations. A left to the head staggered Mansour who dropped to one knee. Mansour was up at six. When the action resumed a straight right wobbled Mansour’s legs. A couple of rights saw Mansour bend his knees as if to go down but then he changed his mind and threw some wild punches. He was staggered again and then went to one knee and sat out the count. Fifth win by KO/TKO for the 6’5” (198cm) Croat hope and his biggest scalp so far. He got the job done but Mansour was unimpressive and there are sterner tests to come for Hrgovic. At 46-years-old and just 6’1” (185cm) Mansour was too small, too slow and too crude and never a threat. This was Mansour’s first fight since being caught cheating against Sergey Kuzmin for the vacant WBC International title in November. The Kuzmin fight was firstly ruled a technical draw but when Mansour’s post fight sample tested positive for a banned substance the WBC asked the AIBA Russian Federation to change the result to No Decision.

Beljo vs. Paszkowski
Another win over very modest opposition for the 33-year-oldBosnian Beljo.. He has 20 wins by KO/TKO but the lack of quality in his list of victims  makes the statistic meaningless. Paszkowski was stopped in two rounds by Jai Opetaia in April.

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September 8 
Ho, Ghana: Bantam:

Joseph Agbeko (35-5) W TKO 10 Ekow Wilson (18-3).

Agbeko retains the WBO African title with tenth round stoppage of fellow Ghanaian Wilson.  In the tenth Agbeko hammered home rights to the head and Wilson was allowed to take too many of those before the referee halted the fight. Sixth win in a row for the former BF champion. He promises to keep active. Wilson’s record heavily padded with poor opposition and when he has tried to move up he has been stopped twice by Duke Micah.

Fight of the week (Entertainment); Jason Welborn vs. Tommy Langford II with honorable mention to Adam Kownacki vs. Charles Martin

Fight of the week (Significance); Shawn Porter’s win over Danny Garcia with honorable mention to Amir Khan vs. Samuel Vargas with plenty of exciting options opening up for both winners

Fighter of the week: Andrew Moloney for his crushing victory over Luis Concepcion

Punch of the week:  The right from Vargas that put Khan down was a good one

Upset of the week: Tanzanian Hassan Mwakinyo beating Sam Eggington was a huge shock

One to watch: Chris Colbert 9-0 with honourable mention to Charlie Hoy15-0

-Eric Armit

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