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PACQUIAO Returns to Battle RIOS on HBO, NOV. 23

PACQUIAO Returns to Battle RIOS on HBO, NOV. 23

By Cameron Howard
If Horace Greeley were a boxing promoter today he would undoubtedly be espousing, ”Go East, young man.” And in boxing’s biggest demonstration of Manifist Destiny, Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and former world champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS will battle each other in a 12-round welterweight rumble, Saturday, November 23 (9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT) from The Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena, in Macao, China.
For Pacquiao, this marks the pound-for-pound box office monarch’s first fight outside the U.S. since his 12-round super featherweight unanimous decision victory over former world champion Oscar Larios in 2006, which took place in the Philippines.  Rios’ only fights outside the U.S. were in México where he won a 10-round split decision over Ricardo Dominguez. and scored a second-round knockout of Daniel Valenzuela, in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
“Brandon Rios is the biggest test out there for me and I will be ready to meet the challenge,” said Pacquiao. ”I have heard what Brandon has been saying.  If he fights as well as he boasts it will be a great fight for us and the fans.”
“Out with the old, in with the new . . . and I’m the new!  Manny, this is my time,” said Rios.
HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy Awards, is providing an all-access pass to Pacquiao vs. Rios. Episodes two and three of “24/7 Pacquiao/Rios” premiere in prime time Saturday, Nov. 16 (9:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Nov. 21 (10:00 p.m.), just two days before the welterweight showdown.
Trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines (he was reelected to a second term, running unopposed this year), is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.  A three-time Fighter of the Year and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “Fighter of the Decade,” Pacquiao’s resumé features victories over future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Márquez. From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were world title victories in five different weight classes, where he dethroned super featherweight champion Márquez, lightweight champion David Diaz, junior welterweight champion Hatton, welterweight champion Cotto, and he annihilated three-time world champion Antonio Margarito for the vacant super welterweight title.  Pacquiao’s seven-year, 15-bout winning streak came to an end on June 9, 2012, when he lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown to undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, Jr. via a controversial split decision. That was followed by a knockout loss to professional nemesis Márquez last December 8 — a fight Pacquiao was winning before he got careless trying to close the show and instead was stopped by the knockout punch of the year.  No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacquiao, who has generated more than 11 million pay-per-view buys in the U.S.
Rios (31-1-1, 22 KOs), the former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. He enters this fight having won 11 of his previous 14 fights by knockout.  One of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Rios is known for his all-action fan-friendly fighting style.  His trainer, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, calls it a “throwback” style with a warrior’s mentality that screams excitement. Highlight knockout victories on Rios’ resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon, John Murray and Mike Alvarado. Alvarado, the natural 140-pounder, entered that fight as the undefeated WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender.  Many consider it 2012′s Fight of the Year.  In their exciting rematch, which took place on March 30, Rios lost a close decision for the vacant WBO interim junior welterweight title. It is considered the leading contender for the 2013 Fight of the Year. Rios enters this fight world-rated as the No. 1 contender.
Remaining tickets, priced from $1,275 to $115, and various ticket-hotel packages at Sands China’s Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.venetianmacao.com/manny.  U.S.-based fans may also order via a special toll-free number:  1-855-234-4410. 
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Bailey-Naylor Title Fight Headlines TURF WAR at York Hall On July 27th

Bailey-Naylor Title Fight Headlines TURF WAR at York Hall On July 27th

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

TurfWar27thJulyPosterLondon – Monday, 8th July 2013- The latest offering from Johnny Eames and the TRAD TKO Events crew, takes place at York hall in London on Saturday 27th July and will be headlined by the Ian Bailey versus Dan Naylor Southern Area Featherweight title clash.

Ian will be making the first defense of a title he sensationally secured by a ninth round stoppage of Lewis Pettitt back September of last year.

Back in March, Dan Naylor unsuccessfully challenged Michael Devine for the Super Featherweight version of the regional title. Whilst the Gants Hill slugger may have been unsuccessful, he proved to be more than a handful, having sent Devine to the canvas in the first round.

No surprise I’m sure, that Johnny has stacked the undercard with the cream of the esteemed Mr. Eames’ famous East London fight factory.

Heading up the list of exciting young prospects from the TRAD TKO Gym is Canning Town’s very own unbeaten Welterweight Freddie Turner.

Freddie, whose career had been relatively static until signing with Johnny earlier this year, was due to have had his second outing under the TRAD TKO banner on June 1st, but unfortunately illness put paid to that.

Also unbeaten, in seven pro outings, is Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey protégé Joel ‘El Toro’ McIntyre.

On the 27th July Joel returns to York Hall, the scene of his recent victory over Darren McKenna, in stunning form, having been the sparring partner for British and Commonwealth Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders for the past few weeks.

Joining Joel on the show is fellow unbeaten Pompey boy Andy Gatenby, who returns to action just a few weeks after beating Delroy Spencer.

Yet another unbeaten prospect on the card is St Neot’s teen sensation Tommy Martin. On the 27th July, Nineteen year old Martin will be making his fourth pro outing.

Also unbeaten and making his fourth pro outing is Dagenham’s Ediz (Eddie) Hussein.

Young Eddie is the son of, and coached by, former Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Mo Hussein. For those that remember watching the all action big punching Mo will be in pugilistic heaven, as young Eddie is a chip of the old block.

If you were at Johnny’s June 1st event, you will remember the sensational knockout performance of Johnny’s newest Heavyweight prospect, Paulius Kasiulevicius.

Back on June 1st it took the 24 year old Bognor Regis based Lithuanian just two minutes and twenty five seconds to stop Czech Republic’s Frantisek Kynkal after putting him down three times!!!

Making a most welcome return to the ring on July 27th is former British Light Welterweight title challenger, Michael Grant.

Michael has been on a forced sabbatical, due to injury, since June 2011. But due to his performances in sparring, Michael, who has always been a seriously stylish boxer with Championship potential, will be coming back stronger and with some new weapons to his already stacked arsenal.

Also on the card are two of Johnny’s new youngsters making their professional debut.

The first is sensational West Ham based Irish amateur star Paul Upton.

Paul, a two time Irish National Champion, earned many accolades during his stellar amateur career including being crowned both the Dublin Champion and Ulster Senior Champion, as well as a silver medalist at the Four Nations.

Joining Paul on the night will be another teen sensation, Joe Stevens, who Johnny describes as a ‘great little stylist’. 

Johnny also previously stated that he intended to move Joe along slowly, as he has the potential to go all the way, nuff said!

Tickets, priced £35 and £60, for the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted ‘Turf War’, at York Hall on Saturday 27th July 2013, are available on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London. For further information call 07960 850645


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Weaver, Marston And Poetsh Impress In Style.

Fight Report:  York Hall, London, April 27th: Weaver, Marston And Poetsh Impress In Style

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

WeaverLawniczakChris Goodwin versus Oisin Fagan, for the vacant World Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Lightweight title, was due to headline the Dave Murphy promoted ‘Thunder and Lightning’ event that took place at the famous York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday night.

However, after Goodwin failed to make the championship weight on Friday, as well as an agreed catch weight on Saturday, the organizers were forced to cancel the championship bout.

With the Goodwin versus Fagan fight off, the headline status moved instead to the eagerly awaited professional debut of European Silver and Commonwealth Boxing Championships Gold medalist Iain Weaver, against Poland’s Damian Lawniczak.

Weaver entered the arena with the largest entourage I have ever seen take part in a ring walk at York Hall, and amongst the twenty strong team were Southern Area Champion Bradley Skeete as well as many of Weaver’s gym mates from Al Smith’s Gym.

Right from the opening bell Weaver determinedly stamped his authority on the fight, landing some superb sharp jabs and crisp lefts. Weaver’s amateur pedigree shined through, and his movement and ring craft was nothing short of poetry in motion.

You couldn’t help but feel for Lawniczak, who responded whenever the opportunity arose – which wasn’t as often as I’m sure he would have liked. Each time the young Pole had any success, Weaver would respond in kind with double handed flurries, forcing Lawniczak to go back on the defensive.

Round two saw Weaver step up the pressure, unloading a multitude of shots, to both body and head, from every conceivable angle possible. His seriously quick hands were virtually a blur as he unloaded a barrage of double handed shots.

About midway through the round, Weaver changed tactics and started throwing hard right hand jabs, often followed with sharp left hooks to the body. 

More of the same followed in the third, although the savvy Lawniczak used holding tactics a little more, to keep the barrage of shots reigning down on him to a minimum.

In the final stanza Weaver played to the crowd, keeping his distance to prevent the Pole from holding before stepping in and picking his shots and weaving to prevent any return shots from landing.

To describe Weaver’s performance as excellent is one of the understatements of the year, it was an awesome display from the Dorset youngster.  As such, it came as no surprise to anyone, when world class referee Micky Vann’s scorecard was read out, it showed a shutout 40-36 points win for young Weaver.

MarstonRomanMain support saw another professional debut, this time it was Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, the protégé of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier.

Marston, who faced a late change of opponent in Hungarian Gabriella Roman (who stepped in after Aleksandra Jasjukevica pulled out just a few days previously), was intent on enjoying every single second of her well overdue professional debut.

On entering the arena, Marston played to a legion of chanting fans, many wearing identical red BoxFit t-shirts to her own, each emblazoned with the legend ‘Team Golden Girl’ as well as sponsors TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, BoxFit, Optimax and Winkball, and more significantly a dedication to the memory of her legendary mentor Smokin’ Joe Frazier, before standing and shadow boxing to her ring walk track ‘Move’ by Thousand Foot Crutch.

About a minute into the track Marston slowly began her ring walk, bumping gloves with the many admirers that lined the route.

Soaking up every moment of the occasion, Marston finally entered the ring and once again acknowledged the highly vocal and appreciative crowd until the final chord of the emotive ring walk track.

Once referee Ken Curtis had completed his pre fight rule talk it was time for action.

Marston lithely prowled her way across the ring to meet her opponent head on with a massive right hand jab, closely followed with a big left, Roman was clearly stunned by the massive early assault, but still managed to cover up just as a second double handed barrage was thrown, closely followed up with a big left to the head sending the Hungarian girl to the canvas.

Roman recovered sufficiently to box defensively against the ever forward moving Marston, however after about twenty seconds or so Marston corralled the Hungarian in her own corner, with nowhere to go Roman covered up in preparation for yet another double handed assault.

As the seemingly never ending barrage rained down, Roman succumbed to the inevitable and went down for a second time.

With barely enough time to catch her breath Roman once again was forced to cover up, as Marston continued to throw massive double handed barrages.

The onslaught proved too much for Roman, who had let her hands drop enough for Marston to land a big right to the head, followed by an equally vicious left that send her reeling against the corner post.

Marston could smell blood and pounced in for the kill, first landing a massive overhand right closely followed by another wicked left hook, which shook Roman to the core. 

Then, on the one minute forty seven second mark, just as Marston was about to throw yet another big left to the head of the clearly disoriented Hungarian, referee Ken Curtis jumped in to save the now virtually defenseless Roman from further punishment.

As soon as she realized it was over and she had won, an ecstatic Marston turned towards the legion of fans to her left and made an emotional statement, dedicating her victory to the memory of her mentor Smokin’ Joe Frazier.

Prior to the mid-event break Ideh Ockuko faced Brendan Bean.

The first round started quite edgily, as both men played a waiting game, but soon livened up about midway through.  First to go on full attack was Ockuko who first backed Bean up before letting rip with a solid right.

Bean stepped up to the plate and went toe to toe with Ockuko for the final quarter of the round.

The second round started as the first ended with both men in centre ring with big exchanges.  Ockuko decided to mix things up a bit, slipping in a series of big shots to the body followed by a wickedly quick sharp uppercut, which if it had landed would surely have knocked Bean out cold.

Throughout the round both men fought their hearts out, but it was Ockuko who was landing the better shots.

Round three was more of the same, with Ockuko landing the best shots throughout, including a sweet left uppercut.

Both men slowed the pace in the final round, but as before, it was Ockuko getting the best from each exchange.

When referee Paul Thomas’ score card was read out it rightly showed Ockuko as the victor, but by a surprising 39-37 points margin, whereas I had it as a shutout 40-36 points victory for Ockuko.

Third fight of the night saw Chris Rackley against the Hjag Gill.

It was a quick start by both combatants, although most shots from either man failed to penetrate the others’ guard in the early exchanges. The first clean shot came from Gill, who landed a peach of a body shot.

From then on it was Gill totally dominating the round, leaving Rackley to go more and more defensive, with the odd counter to the body of the elusive Gill.

Throughout the second round, Gill’s superior movement caused Rackley to miss way too often, which in turn left openings for Gill to pounce and rough Rackley up.

However, as the second round came to a close, Rackley had started to get a little success, landing a succession of clean shots in the final seconds.

Round three saw Rackley start to take control of the fight, forcing Gill onto the back foot. Gill fought well defensively but by the end of the round Rackley was well in control,landing a cracking right that clearly stunned Gill.

With the fight in the balance it came as no surprise that both combatants came out hard and fast in the final round. Almost right from the start the crowd was on their feet, as a true toe to toe battle royale ensued.

Both men enjoyed success throughout, however, it was Rackley that landed the more meaningful shots, enough to win the round, which in turn proved to be enough to secure the contest, by a close 39-38 points victory.

The second fight of the night pitted Scrappa Smith against Lewis van Poetsh.

Right from the off Poetsh pressured Smith, who kept trying to get his jab going to try and stymie the relentless forward coming attacks from Poetsh without much success. Poetsh was having more and more success landing vicious left and rights to the body.

It was more of the same in the second, although Smith was having some success when working on the inside.  The problem was Poetsh was getting more!

About midway through, Poetsh landed a scintillating left-right combination which clearly hurt Smith, so much so that Scrappa became more defensive minded, which left Poetsh opportunity after opportunity to showcase his excellent boxing skills.

The pace slowed in round three.  Smith used his jab effectively in the early part of the round, but by the midway point Poetsh had once again began to exert his authority and was able to pick off Smith at will.

Realizing he was behind, Smith went hard on the attack in the final stanza, leaving Poetsh no option but to counter, which he did rather effectively, so much so that once again he had landed the more meaningful shots.

Even before referee Mickey Vann’s scorecard was readout it was clear an upset was on the cards, so no surprises then when the result showed a 39-37 points victory in favour of Poetsh.

Opening up the show was Mark Douglas versus Dmitri Kalinovskij.

Douglas shot out of his corner like an Olympic sprinter when the bell rang to start the contest; quickly closing down Kalinovskij and landing a storming overhand right that had clearly stunned the Lithuanian visitor.

Douglas then went to work, throwing bomb after bomb to head and body.  Kalinovskij tried to counter at any given opportunity but the pressure from Douglas proved too much and around the two minute mark, Douglas sent the Lithuanian to the canvas with a massive right.

Douglas kept up the pressure in the second, pounding Kalinovskij’s body with big left and right hands.  Around the one minute mark, the Lithuanian found himself backed into the corner, and Douglas stepped in and started letting rip with big left and rights. After about ten to fifteen seconds of pounding, with nothing coming back from Kalinovskij, referee Paul Thomas had no option but to step in to save the Lithuanian further punishment.

Have to say it was so refreshing to attend a small hall show where there fights were properly matched, something lacking on the British scene for a long while, where instead so called prospects are getting ridiculously easy fights way too far into their career.

Dave Murphy and his crew deserve a big slap on the back for keeping the show on track, not an easy task with not only the loss of the Goodwin-Fagan title fight, but also the loss of the proposed main support bout, Dean Byrne versus Jay Morris for the vacant International Masters Welterweight title just days previously.

The reason Byrne-Morris failed to materialize is very different to that of the headline bout.  In this case, the British Boxing Board of Control told BBBofC license holders taking part, stating that if they take part in the event it will be deemed they have resigned their license with the board or at least put their license holding in jeopardy.

Hmm, that sounds familiar, didn’t they do the same prior to David Haye versus Dereck Chisora back in July last year!

In addition to the loss of the two main fights, just ten days before the event Murphy and his crew also had to find new sanctioning following the Luxembourg Boxing Federation (who sanctioned the infamous Haye-Chisora event at Upton Park last year), pulling out after pressure exerted on them by the Luxembourg Sports Ministry, following the BBBofC contacting the Luxembourg Embassy in London to complain about the LBF sanctioning another event in the UK.

However, after some nifty negotiations with the extremely efficient German Boxing Association (GBA), which was only finalized on the preceding Monday, the show was back on track.

As I said, the show was of a much higher standard, bout-matching wise, than we are used to here in the UK. Hopefully that means all future events, sanctioned by the GBA in the UK, will be to the same high standards, if it is that can only be good for the sport


Oisin Fagan: “On Saturday, I’m Bringing The Title Back To Ireland”

Dave Murphy’s Thunderdrome Promotions

27th April 2013 @ York Hall, London


Oisin Fagan: “On Saturday, I’m Bringing The Title Back To Ireland”

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

London-Friday, 26th April 2013-  After a two year sabbatical from the sport, Dublin’s Oisin “Gael Force” Fagan returns to active duty this coming Saturday, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, England, where he and Chester’s Chris Goodwin will battle it out for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Inter-Continental Lightweight Title.

Fagan, who during his career has been in with some of the top stars of the sport, including Amir Khan and Paul Spadafora, has surprised many pundits with his decision to mark his return to the fray, with a championship bout against a young and highly rated prospect such as Goodwin.

Speaking from his home in Dublin a seriously determined sounding Fagan said.

“I’m just pleased that the fight is finally going ahead, even though I’ve had only four or five days to prepare.

They may think that this coming together so quickly may catch me on the hop, but it won’t.   I train every day, and I don’t take any time off between fights.  So if they’re relying on that, they’ve better think again.

I’ve fought some of the top names in the sport including a couple of World Champions, so even though I’m fighting away again, fighting in England against an Englishman doesn’t bother me.

I’m coming to win you know, the WBF title is coming back to Ireland with me.”

Chris Goodwin versus Oisin Fagan, for the WBF Inter-Continental Lightweight title, headlines Dave Murphy’s Thunderdrome Promotions “Thunder & Lightning” event at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on the 27th April 2013.

Tickets, priced £65 (Ringside), £35 (Floor) and £30 (Balcony) are available on-line at either www.tkoboxoffice.com or www.mariannemarston.com

Tickets can also be purchased from any of the listed Boxers and are also available at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London E16 4SA – www.tkoboxinggym.com – or the Ringtone Gym in Euston, London NW1 2PB – www.ringtonehealthandfitness.com – Tel: 07960 850645 or 07557 641597 for further information.


Molina KO’s Williams in Four; Gonzales Decisions Mouton

Molina KO’s Williams in Four; Gonzales Decisions Mouton

By Aaron Lloyd

Lightweight contender John Molina buried some skeletons on Friday Night when he registered an impressive 4th round KO over the hard punching St. Louis native Dannie Williams.  Molina started cautiously, and Williams seemed to steal the early action with his hand speed, movement and the occasional overhand right.  In round three, however, Molina began to close the distance, and after getting the better end of a clash of heads, he upped his attack and went on the offensive.  Molina was stalking in the 4th frame, and just under the 2:30 mark he landed a right hand to the temple of Williams that sent him through the ropes and onto the ring apron.  Williams struggle to his feet, but was still standing outside the ring at the count of ten.  With the win, Molina improves to 25-2 (20 KO’s), while Williams, suffering his 2nd loss in his last 3 fights, falls to 22-3 (18 KO’s).

In preliminary action, Sacramento native Brandon Gonzales improved to 17-0 (10) after winning a workmanlike eight round decision over Texas native Don Mouton 12-5-1 (10).  Gonzalez was the busier fighter throughout, and he utilized his superior hand speed to score with sharp punches on the inside.  Gonzales started off boxing and using his jab on the outside, but from round two on, the fight was contested at close quarters.  Mouton proved to be a game challenger, but he simply just did not offer up enough on offense to deserve the win.  After eight rounds of predictable action, Gonzales was declared the winner by scores of 78-75, 77-75, 77-75.


Danny Garcia Headlines the Return of Big Time Boxing in Brooklyn

Danny Garcia Headlines the Return of Big Time Boxing in Brooklyn

 By Aaron Lloyd

October 20, 2012- Junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia capped off an exciting night of boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday with a sensational fourth round knockout of Mexican legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales.  Garcia came out brimming with confidence, and he dominated the ageing veteran with his activity and superior hand speed.  At the end of round three, Garcia connected with a right hand that staggered Morales and sent him to his corner on wobbly legs.  Unable to recover, Morales came out for the fourth and was little more than target practice for the sharper, busier champion.  Just past the halfway point in the 4th round, Garcia landed a devastating left hook that nearly spun Morales out of his shoes, and sent him tumbling awkwardly through the ropes.  Without hesitation, referee Benjy Esteves Jr. and Morales’ corner converged to immediately call a halt to the action.  With the win, Danny Garcia improved to 25-0 with 16 knockouts, while Morales fell to 52-9 with 36 KO’s.      

Round By Round

Rd 1 Garcia is a little sharper and busier.  Morales is waiting, and missing wildly when he does throw.  Under a minute to go, the action heats up, Morales lands a right and Garcia fires right back.  Garcia looks full of confidence 10-9 Garcia

Rd 2 Garcia is still looking very poised.  Garcia lands an excellent left hook at 1:30, and follows it up with a nice right.  “Flat footed and slow footed” says Barry Thompkins, in reference to Morales.  Morales ups the attack towards the end of the round, but too little too late. 20-18 Garcia

Rd 3 Hand speed and activity are the differences so far as Garcia controls the pace and lands with combinations.  Garcia is ripping body shots.  At :02 Garcia lands a HUGE right that has Morales stumbling back to the wrong corner! Let’s see how he recovers for round 4. (30-27 Garcia)

Rd 4 Garcia is standing in the pocket and delivering combinations.  Garcia lands a HUGE left hook that sends Morales into the ropes, and the referee immediately waves the fight off!  Garcia TKO’s Erik Morales in the 4th round!  A highlight reel KO that almost spins Morales in a complete circle.  Damn!

On the Undercard:

Native son Paulie Malignaggi narrowly retained his WBA welterweight title with a split decision victory over Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano, 109-118, 114-113, and 114-113.  Malignaggi was the busier of the two fighters, throwing 826 punches to Cano’s 757; however, he was out-landed 262 to 217, leading many to believe that Cano was more deserving of the nod.  Malignaggi worked well behind the jab, and scored well with occasional combinations, and seemed to have a slight lead on most cards going into the 11th round.  However, in the 11th frame, Cano landed a right hand just seconds before the round ended that dropped Malignaggi, giving Cano a 10-8 round and making things very interesting going forward.  In round number 12, Cano once again landed the harder punches, while Malignaggi jabbed and worked from the outside.  As the fight drew to a close, it looked as if the fight was going to favor Cano, but when the official decision went to Malignaggi the pro-Malignaggi crowd erupted into a chorus of boos.  With the victory Malignaggi improved to 32-4 with 7 knockouts, (and may have possibly secured a future date with Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton), while Pablo Cesar Cano, suffering his 2nd loss in the past 5 fights, fell to 25-2-1 with 19 KO’s.           

Brooklyn’s Peter Quillin (28-0, 20 KO’s) claimed the WBO Middleweight Title with a thrilling 12 round decision over France’s Hassan N’Dam 27-1 (17).  Quillin overcame an early deficit and managed to score multiple knockdowns in the 4th and 5th rounds to get himself back into the fight.  Hassan fought back gamely, however, and by the 12th round, it looked as if the fight would be determined by the action in the closing minutes; and it was.  With the fight hanging in the balance, Quillin dropped N’Dam for a 5th and 6th time, earning a clear points decision by scores of 115-107 across the board.

In the night’s opening bout, Devon Alexander lifted the IBF welterweight belt from champion Randall Bailey with a dismal, “boo-filled” performance that led to a unanimous points decision.  Alexander jabbed cautiously, throwing occasional straight lefts, and tying Bailey up on the inside, while the champion plodded forward with his guns holstered.  Bailey was completely ineffective on offense, throwing just 198 punches over the course of the fight (16.25 a round) and landing just 45 total punches (setting a new CompuBox record for futility).  In the end, Alexander was awarded the victory by scores of 115-111, 116-110, and 117-109, and he improved to 24-1 with 13 KO’s, while Bailey fell to 43-8 with 37 Knockouts.


No “Senior” Moments as Chavez Jr. Narrowly Misses Comeback Win

No “Senior” Moments as Chavez Jr. Narrowly Misses Comeback Win

By Aaron Lloyd  

WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (L) of Mexico takes a punch from Sergio Martinez of Argentina during their title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada September 15, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BOXING)September 15, 2012- After thoroughly dominating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for eleven straight rounds, middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez had to climb off the canvas in the final frame to claim Chavez’s WBC title last night in Las Vegas.  Comfortably ahead on the cards, all Martinez had to do was end the fight on his feet and he would easily reclaim the title that had been stripped from him more than a year ago.  Unfortunately, what had seemed like a foregone conclusion through 11 and a half rounds became anything but after Chavez badly hurt Martinez with a minute and a half to go in the fight, and dropped him with a series of follow up punches.  After getting to his feet, the visibly shaken Argentine bravely hung on for the duration, despite taking tremendous punishment from his younger foe.  The last minute of the fight looked like it would favor Chavez by way of a 12th round KO, however, Martinez miraculously managed to survive the onslaught, and stay vertical through to the final bell.

Sergio Martinez utilized his superior hand speed, his excellent footwork and boxing skills, and his high volume attack to frustrate Chavez Jr. for eleven rounds, yet he nearly came unraveled as the bout concluded in dramatic fashion.  In all, it was a very exciting ending to a fight that seemed to be easily in the back pocket of Martinez, and it proved that can happen in the ever unpredictable sport of boxing.  With the win, Sergio Martinez improved to 50-2-2 with 28 knockouts, while Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., suffering the first defeat of his career, fell to 46-1-1 with 32 KO’s.         

Round By Round  

Rd-1 Chavez opens very cautiously.  Martinez is backing him up, pawing with the jab.  Neither fighter landing, but Martinez is busier, doubling on the jab, and following with straight lefts.  Chavez catches everything on the gloves, but was out-worked. (10-9 Martinez)

Rd-2 Chavez was 1 out 7 in round 1.  Martinez opens up some.  Chavez drops his hands and mocks Martinez.  With under a minute to go, Chavez corners Martinez and does some good work to the body.  Martinez is still landing more cleanly.  Chavez is not doing enough to win the opening rounds.  (20-18 Martinez)

Rd-3 Martinez throws and Chavez stops in his tracks.  Chavez is looking frustrated.  He’s throwing big shots, but Martinez is slipping and moving well.  Martinez throws the 1-2 well, and Chavez has no answer.  The movement is bothering Chavez. (30-27 Martinez) 

Rd-4 Martinez lands a good left in the first 30 seconds.  It’s all about hand speed and activity.  At 1:30, good action as Martinez fights off the ropes.  Martinez is landing well off the ropes.  With under 30 seconds to go both fighters exchange.  It’s excellent action to end the round.  Martinez is just too sharp. (40-36 Martinez)

Rd-5 Martinez is forcing the pace.  Chavez can’t get set to throw.  Chavez drops his hands to draw Martinez in, but Martinez just pops him at will.  It’s a clinic at this point.  Chavez looks defeated.  He’s been out-punched 119-48 so far.  Decisive so far for Martinez (50-45 Martinez)

Rd-6 This is Chavez’s most aggressive round.  Martinez is still winning the exchanges.  Chavez is landing some clean shots, but every time Chavez scores, Martinez fires back with 3, 4, and 5 shots.  Chavez catches most shots on the gloves, but the combinations from Martinez are very impressive from a judging standpoint (60-54 Martinez)

Rd-7 Chavez has blood trickling down his nose.  Sergio will not let Chavez take the initiative.  It’s 1-2 and out.  With under a minute to go, Martinez starts to pour it on.  He’s chasing Chavez around, and now the blood is flowing.  Martinez is pot-shotting, and Julio Sr. is not happy in the corner. (70-63 Martinez)

Rd-8 It is all about speed, power, and skill.  Martinez is moving well, using the jab, and landing straight left.  Chavez lands a good right, and Sergio fires right back.  Chavez lands some good body shots, but Martinez rolls away and gets out of harm’s way.  Martinez is now cut over the left eye. (80-72 Martinez) 

RD-9 Martinez is up moving around, landing the jab.  Chavez is not doing anything.  He looks like he just wants to survive.  I’m already thinking Martinez vs. Andre Ward.  I’m having a hard time giving Chavez any of the first 9 rounds (90-91 Martinez)

Rd-10 Martinez out-landed Chavez 78-22 in round 9.  Harold Lederman says “He’s just not trying.”  Max Kellerman says. “It’s a difference in speed of thought.”  No spark from Chavez so far.  Martinez fires off a combination and plays to the crowd as the round ends.  Martinez out-landed Chavez 25-11 in this round. (100-90 Martinez)

Rd-11 Freddie Roach says Chavez needs a knockout to win.  “He needs to let his hands go.” Martinez just has too much speed.  With under a minute to go, both fighters exchange feverishly.  Both are bleeding profusely, but “we finally have a fight” says Jim Lampley.  Still another round for Martinez (110-99 Martinez)

Rd-12 Martinez threw 108 punches in round 11.  With less than 2 minutes to go both fighters exchange and Sergio goes down!!! He is hurt! Chavez jumps on him and Martinez tries to hold but can’t.  “It’s high drama down the stretch.”  Martinez is struggling to stay on his feet!  Chavez tries to finish him but Martinez grabs.  It looks like Martinez is going to survive!  The final bell sounds and Martinez makes it to the final bell (118-110 Martinez)

Sergio Martinez hangs on to win 117-110, 118-109, and 118-109.  EXCELLENT finish to an average fight!

Total Punches:

178-390-46% Chavez

322-908-35% Martinez

Also on the Undercard:

Guillermo Rigondeaux W12 Robert Marroquin (118-108, 118-108, 118-109)

Matthew Macklin KO1 Joachim Alcine

Rocky Martinez W10 Miguel Beltran Jr. (111-116, 114-113, 114-113)


Darley Perez Wins a Split Decision Over Baha Mamadjonov

Darley Perez Wins a Split Decision Over Baha Mamadjonov

By Aaron Lloyd

Columbian lightweight prospect Darley Perez narrowly remained unbeaten on Friday night after taking a tough split decision victory over Uzbek Bahodir Mamadjonov by scores of 95-94, 95-94, and 93-96.  Perez came out a bit lethargic and gave away the early rounds as he struggled to deal with Mamadjonov’s movement and hand speed, however, In the middle rounds, Perez began to close the distance, and behind a high, tight guard, managed to get inside and have success putting Mamadjonov on the ropes.  Perez was clearly the aggressor throughout the last half of the fight, and in round number eight he dropped Mamadnojov with a right uppercut that solidified his standing in the fight.  Although several of the closing rounds were close and Mamadjonov may have stolen a few of them (particularly the last), it was Perez’s forward aggression and willingness to take the fight to his fleeing opponent that deservedly won him the decision.  With the win, Darley Perez improved to 26-0 with 19 knockouts, while Mamadjonov, suffering the first defeat of his career, fell to 11-1 with 7 KO’s.    

Round By Round

Rd-1 Cautious opening round.  Baha dives in occasionally and Perez bats him away.  Baha is throwing & landing straight lefts to the body.  Perez is trying to throw the counter left and missing.  Feeling out round that could go either way.  A 10-10 is definitely justified, but I will give it to Baha 10-9

Rd-2 Perez is punching more this round, closing the distance a bit.  Very little is being thrown, and even less is landing cleanly until the 30 second mark when Baha lands a big left hook that hurts Perez, he wobbles a bit and grabs.  The round ends, and Perez looks OK, but Baha made a much needed statement.  (20-18 Baha)

Rd-3 Baha is much more active.  Perez is waiting and not throwing.  Baha is circling and giving Perez troubles with the movement.  Perez has to let his hands go.  He looks lost at this point. (30-27 Baha)

Rd-4 Both fighters are throwing from distance and missing.  Perez is too hesitant, and Baha is making him miss every time he throws.  Very little offense to this point.  Perez is throwing wide hooks and Baha is slipping and moving away.  He would do well to throw straight down the middle.  Perez had a better round from an activity point.  Neither fighter landing anything, but Perez was busier (39-37 Baha)

Rd-5 Perez closes the distance more this round.  Baha is fighting a slick defensive fight but offering up very little on the offense end.  Perez is coming forward trying to make the fight.  He is having little success getting to Baha, but his effort is improving (48-47 Baha)

Rd-6 Both fighters are showing too much respect for each other, making for a rather dull fight.  Baha leaps in with a good straight left, but Perez comes forward and tries to pin Baha on the ropes.  Baha is boxing WAY more than advertised.  Perez is keeping his guard up nicely, and he is stepping up the attack more.  Baha looks like he is fighting to survive.  (57-57)

Rd-7 Perez is walking Baha down.  He is still throwing too wide, and could use the jab to help him get inside, but he has become the aggressor over his smaller opponent.  Perez is finally able to get to him, put him on the ropes and land the much harder shots.  Baha doesn’t seem to have the ability to hurt him at this point (67-66 Perez) 

Rd-8 Perez is catching Baha with short, clean shots this round.  At 1:15 he lands a big right uppercut that puts Baha on the seat of his pants.  Baha rises, and doesn’t look hurt, but is on the bicycle.  Just as the bell sounds, Baha lands a HUGE right on Perez that looked the best punch of the night.  Perez staggers back to the corner.  This is about to get interesting.  (77-74 Perez)

Rd-9 Not seeing the power or the tenacity from Baha that was promised.  Perez is the one coming forward, blocking shots and delivering the goods.  Baha had his moments, leaping in with straight lefts, but Perez landed the better shots in the round. (87-83 Perez)

Rd-10 Decent exchange to start the round.  Baha is throwing big shots but Perez is blocking them with a tigh, high guard.  Baha probably did more in the final round, but another close round.  The final bell sounds, Perez looks to have done enough to get the win.  I have Perez winning by a 96-93 margin, 6 rounds to 4 with an extra point for the knockdown.

On the Undercard: Chris Avalos 20-2 (15) W12 Yenifel Vicente 23-1-2 (15)

Rd-1 Both fighters keeping the distance, throwing sharp crisp punches.  Avalos doubling up and following with the straight.  Avalos is stepping forward throwing combinations.  Vicente is fighting well, but Avalos is a little sharper.  He lands a good right to punctuate the round.  10-9

Rd-2 Avalos threw 115 punches in the first frame.  Excellent action to start round 2.  Avalos is firing combinations, and at 1:22 he lands a 2-punch combo that staggers Vicente a bit.  At :45 Avalos drills him with a straight left.  Avalos is doing good work this round, boxing smart, letting his hand speed do the work.  Clear round for Avalos (20-18 Avalos).

Rd-3 Vicente is throwing wildly and missing.  Avalos is picking punches off and firing back accurately.  With the minute to go Vicente does his best work of the fight, landing a left hook/ straight right.  Avalos steps back and makes him pay.  Vicente is fighting with more urgency, still behind 3-0 (30-27 Avalos) 

Rd-4 Clash of heads to start round 4, but no cut.  Avalos is putting punches together well, standing in front of Vicente and backing out.  With a minute to go Vicente puts Avalos on the ropes and hammers him with a couple shots.  Good finish for Vicente.  Avalos won the first 2/3 but Vicente came on strong and may have stolen it in the last 30 seconds. (39-37 Avalos)

Rd-5 Vicente lands a good right to start the round.  At the 2:30 mark Avalos lands his own right that drops Vicente!  Vicente makes it up, and he doesn’t appear too hurt.  But Avalos pursues and hurts Vicente with another right.  Vicente backs off, wobbly, and lands some good shots of his own.  Excellent action from both.  Vicente survives, but he is in trouble. (49-45 Avalos) 

Rd-6 Avalos is busier and more accurate this round.  Vicente looks to be in good condition.  Avalos is landing good combinations, but nothing lands with much power.  Vicente has lost some of his will.  Clear round for Avalos (59-54 Avalos)

Rd-7 Good action to start round 7.  Vicente comes out throwing bombs, missing most, but does catch Avalos with a good shot.  Avalos is still faster and busier, putting punches together where Vicente is loading up looking for the knockout.  It is desperation time for Vicente.  He still has the puncher’s chance, but Avalos is winning every round (69-63 Avalos)

Rd-8 Through 7 rounds, Avalos has thrown twice as many punches.  At 2:30 Vicente lands a big right on the break.  The referee stops the action.  Avalos takes a moment to recuperate.  Good back and forth action.  With under a minute to go Avalos lands several hard shots in a row to win the round in convincing fashion. (79-72 Avalos) 

Rd-9 Vicente comes out swinging hard.  He still looks to have plenty of power, but he is getting hit too much.  Avalos needs to be fighting more cautiously, but he still chooses to stand in front of Vicente and pepper him with shots.  He is in control and cruising right now (89-81 Avalos)

Rd-10 Vicente lands several good left hooks.  Both fighters trade and Vicente is getting the better of it.  Avalos is falling in, looking to hold.  Avalos finishes with an excellent combination, and the two continue trading after the bell.  Excellent fight!  Avalos is a clear winner, but Vicente fought a tough, game fight and has nothing to be ashamed of (98-91 Avalos)

Chris Avalos is the winner 97-92 on all 3 judges’ cards!


Broner Delivers Impressive Performance in Front of Cincinnati Fans

Broner delivers impressive performance in front of Cincinnati fans

Now plans to take over 135-pound division    

Pat Lovell – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
By Jose Santana (R & R Promotions) 

CINCINNATI (July 25, 2012) – In front of a rousing hometown crowd at the U.S. Bank Arena, Adrien “The Problem” Broner left the junior lightweight division by making a big statement. Never disappointing his fans, Broner busted and bloodied California’s Vicente “Chente” Escobedo for five rounds en-route to a fifth round stoppage.

The fight started at a slow pace, but in the second round things heated up when Broner landed a series of punches on Escobedo buzzing him. From thenceforth, it didn’t take long for Broner to figure out Escobedo. Using a steady attack to the body, Broner wore Escobedo down, bloodied his face, and finished things in the fifth overpowering Escobedo leading to his corner, having seen enough, stopping the fight.

After the fight Broner said, “I grew out of my weight class. I’m young and still growing. I’m going up now to lightweight and I’ll take on anyone. Vicente is a world class fighter, I can’t take anything away from him, but he never hit me with anything significant. I make all work look easy. I came in there and did what Broner does, I win. ”

Renowned trainer of Broner, Mike Stafford, said to the media after the fight: “You have to understand Adrien. He doesn’t train like other fighters because he spars with fighters that are much, much bigger than him because he goes through so many. He spars with guys that are around 155 or even 160. You just don’t notice that he is not moving down because everyone he is around is so much bigger.”

For his part, Escobedo stated, “He definitely felt stronger. I felt his power. He’s fast and hard to hit. I was trying to work the body. But he was too quick.”

Escobedo’s manager Rolando Arellano spoke for him at the post-fight press conference saying, “He’s an amazing young man. He’s going to be the future of boxing. He was fast, he was strong. Adrien deserves a great victory and I would suggest that everyone keep a good eye on him.”

In the aftermath of the fight, promoter Richard Schaefer had high praises for the Cincinnati champion. Stating that Broner is a new superstar in the sport, Schaefer cited last Saturday’s TV ratings as proof. Speaking to Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com Schaefer said, “The fight this weekend with Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman, the Boxing After Dark, produced an outstanding rating of 2.9. That’s one of the highest ratings for Boxing After Dark, and it’s a rating that is consistent with the ratings that HBO has for World Championship Boxing.”

“We are not afraid to put him in with anybody. Based on what HBO paid for the event, and the rating that it generated, it is probably the highest-rated HBO boxing event from a cost point of view and a ratings point of view in the last five or six years.”

The main event portion of the broadcast generated a rating of 3.4, which is higher than the previous weeks Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia broadcast and the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley HBO tape-delay re-broadcast.

Broner has quickly grown to be a known commodity in the sport. He now plans to move up to the 135-pound division and continue to capture more world titles. 

Click here to watch a video of Broner mock proposing to his girlfriend during his post-fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman.

Adrien Broner Post fight interview | Marriage proposal | Adrien Broner vs Vicente Escobedo
Adrien Broner Post fight interview | Marriage proposal | Adrien Broner vs Vicente Escobedo
Undefeated former World Champion Adrien Broner (Right) throws a right hand en route to a fifth round technical knockout victory over Vicente Escobedo (Left) on July 21, 2012 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Pat Lovell – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)
Undefeated former World Champion Adrien Broner (Foreground) celebrates his fifth round technical knockout victory over Vicente Escobedo (Background) on July 21, 2012 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Pat Lovell – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) 

Garcia’s Fists Cash Father’s Mouth’s Check

Garcia’s Fists Cash Father’s Mouth’s Check

By Aaron Lloyd

July 14, 2012- Danny Garcia cashed the check that his father’s mouth had been writing this past week, after he dominated and stopped Amir Khan in four rounds to win the WBA “super” junior welterweight title.  Khan started quickly, and put Garcia on the defensive with his quick combinations in the first two rounds, landing repeatedly with the jab and straight right hand, and it looked as if the fight was going according to plan for Khan.  In the third round, however, Garcia changed everything when he landed a left hook on the neck/chin of Khan that sent him down in a heap.  After struggling to get to his feet, Khan survived the last few seconds of the round, but moments into the fourth he was ruled down again after falling awkwardly into the ropes.  Garcia jumped all over Khan, and the two traded shots, making for some spectacular action.  Khan looked to have cleared his head, but his legs did not seem entirely underneath him.  With under a minute to go, Garcia landed a right hand that sent Khan down for a third time, and after rising, referee Kenny Bayliss called a halt to the action.  With the win, Danny Garcia improved to 24-0 with 15 KO’s, while Amir Khan, losing his second straight fight in a row, fell to 26-3 with 18 KO’s.

Round By Round 

Rd-1 Quick start for Khan.  He lands the 1-2, tagging Garcia with the right.  Both are exchanging, but its Khan’s right hand that is doing the scoring.  Khan steps back and works the jab.  “You don’t get the knockout by focusing on the knockout” says Jim Lampley.  Garcia lands a low blow that stops the action.  Khan is looking very sharp and focused in round 1.  10-9

Rd-2 Khan is throwing combinations, but Garcia is having more success this round.  Garcia is cut over the right eye, and it is in a bad place.  Khan is leaping in with combinations, Garcia is catching them, but he is being out-worked.  Angel garcia asks his fighter to stay calm, focused and get off first.  Kahn is landing the more powerful shots (20-18 Khan) 

Rd-3 Khan is moving well this round, slipping and blocking everything coming his way.  He doubles up the jab and follows with the right. At :50, Garcia is warned for low blows.  A surprise left hook sends Khan down! Unbelievable left hand! He is hurt.  He beats the count and somehow survives the round.  The hook landed on Khan neck/head. (28-28) 

Rd-4 Garcia jumps on Khan on sends him to the ropes, where Kenny Bayliss rules another knockdown.  Khan is surviving, running, but showing good heart.  Khan is warned for pushing.  He is fighting back!  Unbelievable action!  A right hand sends Khan down again.  His legs don’t look under him.  Kenny Bayliss waves it off!  Garcia wins by way of a 4th round TKO!