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Ringside results from 2300 Arena: Jenkins Jr chops Trussell in two   Leave a comment

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Photos courtesy of  Joe Hand Promotions / Darryl Cobb

Philadelphia, PA (July 29, 2014) – “Tuesday Night Fights” returned to Philly with a bang as Fred Jenkins Jr (7-1, 2 KOs) chopped down Jeremy Trussell (8-1-1, 6 KOs) in 2 rounds at the 2300 Arena. Two more professional fights along with 6 amateur bouts filled out the undercard. The event, orchestrated by Joe Hand Promotions and D & D Management, sold 820 tickets. Considering the low-key nature of the participating fighters, the event should be considered a success. There was a lively atmosphere and press actually got to sit where they could see the fights clearly (see May 16th show at the 2300 Arena). Even better results are expected for the next Tuesday show, tentative for September 16. Rising super middleweight Jesse Hart (14-0, 11 KOs) is expected to feature on the card.

But we can discuss that show later. Let’s take a closer look at the July 29 card now.


Amateur Bouts

1. (120 lbs) Zahir Owens PTS3 Raul Serrano

Owens controlled the fight with consistent combinations. Each fighter was equally defensively flawed, but Serrano simply couldn’t get off. The footwork of Owens was partially responsible. Serrano reportedly worked all day as a dish washer before taking the fight.

2. (112 lbs) Ray Ford PTS3 Adonis Camacho

Ford dominated the bout with faster hands, better reflexes, and superior ring generalship. He started a little wild and slapped too much but settled down and made his punches count more as the fight progressed. Camacho had a pretty good defense but looked lost offensively.

3. (125 lbs) Jackie McTamney PTS3 Kayla Hracho

Hracho appeared to be the better technician but spent too much time waiting for the perfect moment to strike. McTamney pressed forward and attacked the body, Canelo-Lara style. The fight could have went either way but McTamney got the decision. Appearances aside, you could hardly guess these were two young women fighting.

4. (123 lbs) Johnathon Padilla PTS3 Jesse Morell

The first two rounds involved a lot of missing/blocking on both ends. Morell had the better technical skills but Padilla had more power. That power eventually wore Morell down and put him on the ropes in round 3. Padilla banged away and earned the decision.

5. (141 lbs) Nahir Albright PTS3 Brian Walton

Albright landed the shorter, sharper punches and controlled the first 2 rounds with intelligence. Walton was wobbled in round 2 and later fumbled his mouthpiece; he was busy but not accurate. Walton didn’t start landing clean shots regularly until the 3rd round when Albright showed signs of fatigue. But it was too little, too late. Albright won a competitive decision.

6. (110 lbs) Christian Carto PTS3 Demetrious Young

Young’s height and reach made the more seasoned Carto second guess himself, especially in the first half of round 1, but eventually Carto worked his way inside and went to town. Young was given a premature 8-count at the end of round 1 but was otherwise in no danger of being stopped. It wasn’t the sharpest performance from Carto, a National Golden Gloves Champion, but he got the job done and the pro-Carto crowd cheered vehemently.


Professional Bouts

1. Avery Sparrow (131.5 lbs) UD4 Antoine Knight (134 lbs) [40-36, 40-36, 40-36]

Sparrow, making his pro debut, dominated the bout from start to finish as Knight (3-8, 1 KO) simply appeared to show up for a check. To be fair, Knight was a late addition to the card, but his conditioning was simply awful. Nearly all of his punches were slow and wide. Even if Knight managed to land one of his haymakers, he wouldn’t have had the energy to finish Sparrow off. Knight did more complaining then actual fighting. He dipped his head below Sparrow’s waist and Sparrow retaliated by pushing Knight’s head down. Knight also complained that Sparrow’s body shots strayed low. Nonetheless Sparrow’s tactics were allowed by the referee. The pro-Sparrow crowd cheered his moniker “A-plus” throughout the 4th and final round. It seemed appropriate as their man pitched a shutout.

2. Keith Downs (155.5 lbs) MD4 Robert Sweeney (156.5 lbs) [38-38, 39-37, 39-37]

In well-matched shoot out, Downs (2-0, 1 KO) turned the tables on Sweeney (2-0, 0 KOs) and took the final 3 rounds on 2 of the judges’ scorecards. Sweeney, a southpaw, clearly won round 1 courtesy of the right hook. However, uppercuts from Downs in round 2 changed the momentum of the fight and straight right hands hurt Sweeney seconds before the bell rang. Sweeney’s body language from there onward suggested that he never fully recovered. Left-right combinations from Downs controlled the remainder of the action.

3. Fred Jenkins Jr. (156.5 lbs) KO2 Jeremy Trussell (160 lbs) [2:52]

In the main event of the evening “Herc” Jenkins Jr dispatched his overly-eager opponent after 2 knockdowns. Trussell first hit the deck in round 2 following a short left hook and was put down again moments later from a volley of punches. Trussell is now 0-2-1 in his last 3 fights with each loss by knockout. Conversely Jenkins is on a 3-fight winning streak. Jenkins set up his latest victory with good body shots and a solid jab.

Jenkins, in the best shape of his career, says his ultimate goal is to move down to welterweight. But for now he’ll try to make waves as a junior middleweight. He sparred with the likes of Curtis Stevens, the Charlo brothers, and Derek “Pooh” Ennis leading into his tussle with Trussell.


“Tuesday Night Fights” was broadcasted online by GFL.TV with commentary by Marc Abrams, Rich Quiñones, and former USBA Heavyweight Champion Amir “Hardcore” Mansour. You can visit GoFightLive’s website to stream it on demand.


Ryan Bivins is the creator of Sweet Boxing Ratings and a member of the voting panel for the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. You may email him at and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network

July 2014 – Heavyweight Update   Leave a comment

No ratings change but expect a shake-up by the next update. We’ve got Chisora-Fury II and Jennings-Perez on the menu.

1)      Wladimir Klitschko

2)      Kubrat Pulev

3)      Alexander Povetkin

4)      Tyson Fury

5)      Bermane Stiverne

6)      Carlos Takam

7)      Dereck Chisora

8)      Deontay Wilder

9)      Vyacheslav Glazkov

10)   Bryant Jennings

Waiting in the Wings: Steve Cunningham, Tony Thompson, Odlanier Solis, Mariusz Wach, Chris Arreola, Amir Mansour, Luis Ortiz, Andy Ruiz Jr, Lucas Browne, Robert Helenius, Anthony Joshua, Alexander Ustinov, Antonio Tarver, Lateef Kayode, Mike Perez, Tomasz Adamek, David Price, Eddie Chambers, Joey Dawejko, Charles Martin, Ruslan Chagaev, Joseph Parker

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-23 Charles Martin vs Kertson Manswell

2014-07-26 Dereck Chisora vs Tyson Fury II

2014-07-26 Eddie Chambers vs Marcelo Luiz Nascimento

2014-07-26 Bryant Jennings vs Mike Perez

2014-07-26 James Toney vs TBA

2014-07-26 Jason Bergman vs Justin Jones

2014-08-01 Lucas Browne vs Andriy Rudenko

2014-08-02 Joey Dawejko vs David Williams

2014-08-08 Zhang Zhilei vs Matt McKinney

2014-08-09 Vyacheslav Glazkov vs Derric Rossy

2014-08-09 Joseph Parker vs Keith Thompson

2014-08-30 Anthony Joshua vs Yaroslav Zavorotnyi

2014-09-06 Wladimir Klitschko vs Kubrat Pulev

2014-11-xx Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder

July 2014 – Cruiserweight Update   Leave a comment

No ratings change but advancing Junior Makabu after he became only the 2nd man to stop Glen Johnson was considered. And if you think Glen is long past his expiration date, well, Roy Jones fights next weekend…

But the real fights to look forward to on the schedule are Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs Firat Arslan and Tony Bellew vs Nathan Cleverly II (whenever that actually gets set).

1)      Yoan Pablo Hernandez

2)      Marco Huck

3)      Krzysztof Wlodarczyk

4)      Ola Afolabi

5)      Ilunga (Junior) Makabu

6)      Thabiso Mchunu

7)      Firat Arslan

8)      Grigory Drozd

9)      Pawel Kolodziej

10)   Rakhim Chakhkiev

Waiting in the Wings: Dmytro Kucher, Troy Ross, Youri Kayembre Kalenga, Mateusz Masternak, Nathan Cleverly, Tony Bellew, Ovill McKenzie, Oleksandr Usyk, Glen Johnson, Roy Jones Jr, Krzysztof Glowacki, Danie Venter, Juan Carlos Gomez, Yunier Dorticos, BJ Flores

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-26 Ola Afolabi vs Anthony Caputo Smith

2014-07-26 Roy Jones Jr vs Courtney Fry

2014-08-16 Krzysztof Glowacki vs TBA

2014-08-16 Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs Firat Arslan

2014-08-30 Marco Huck vs Mirko Larghetti

2014-xx-xx Tony Bellew vs Nathan Cleverly II


July 2014 – Light Heavyweight Update   Leave a comment

No ratings change but moving in Nadjib Mohammedi over Eleider Alvarez was considered. As for the fight schedule, Thomas Williams Jr faces his first former world champion in Gabriel Campillo, Blake Caparello gets what he asked for in a fight with Sergey Kovalev, and Jean Pascal vs Tavoris Cloud should be announced formally any day now.

Also, Chad Dawson is currently in fat camp and Bernard Hopkins claims he’s going to fight Kovalev and Stevenson…

1)      Adonis Stevenson

2)      Sergey Kovalev

3)      Bernard Hopkins

4)      Chad Dawson

5)      Isaac Chilemba

6)      Juergen Braehmer

7)      Jean Pascal

8)      Andrzej Fonfara

9)      Blake Caparello

10)   Eleider Alvarez

Waiting in the Wings: Nadjib Mohammedi, Thomas Oosthuizen, Erik Skoglund, Ryno Liebenberg, Thomas Williams Jr

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-26 Tommy Karpency vs Dhafir Smith

2014-08-09 Harry Simon vs Geard Ajetovic II

2014-08-01 Thomas Williams Jr vs Gabriel Campillo

2014-08-02 Sergey Kovalev vs Blake Caparello

2014-08-02 Isaac Chilemba vs Cory Cummings

2014-08-09 Ryno Liebenberg vs Denis Grachev

2014-09-xx Jean Pascal vs Tavoris Cloud


July 2014 – Super Middleweight Update   Leave a comment

No ratings change but Andre Dirrell is back and his brother Anthony is getting another world title shot against Sakio Bika. Also, low key European fights Stieglitz-Khomitsky & Groves-Rebrasse are not walkovers for the rated favorites. Be sure to check them out.

1)      Andre Ward

2)      Carl Froch

3)      James DeGale

4)      George Groves

5)      Arthur Abraham

6)      Sakio Bika

7)      Robert Stieglitz

8)      Edwin Rodriguez

9)      Anthony Dirrell

10)   J’Leon Love

Waiting in the Wings: Maxim Vlasov, Andre Dirrell, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Willbeforce Shihepo, Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna, Brandon Gonzales, J’Leon Love, Jesse Hart, Derek Edwards, Callum Smith

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-19 Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez vs Junior Talipeau

2014-07-26 Robert Stieglitz vs Sergey Khomitsky

2014-08-01 Andre Dirrell vs Renan St Juste

2014-08-08 Norbert Nemesapati vs Lennox Allen

2014-08-16 Sakio Bika vs Anthony Dirrell II

2014-08-23 Don George vs Dyah Davis

2014-09-20 George Groves vs Christopher Rebrasse

2014-10-11 James DeGale vs TBA


July 2014 – Middleweight Update   Leave a comment

Matt Korobov debuts in the ratings following a win over previously unbeaten Jose Uzcategui. Matthew Macklin (10) is pushed out to make room.

But enough about that, Tornado Khurtsidze is finally back!!!

You so called middleweight contenders have been put on notice!

…In more pertinent news, Antoine Douglas will step up against Michel Soro on ShoBox. Caleb Truax faces Pooh Ennis in a crossroads fight on ESPN Friday Night Fights. GGG takes on his toughest opponent to date in Daniel Geale. Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr more toward a highly anticipated domestic showdown. Daniel Jacobs gets his 2nd shot at a vacant world title without ever actually beating anyone relevant to earn the right. Bryan Vera and Gabriel Rosado are fighting each other on PPV (it’s this BKB thing which used to refer to “Bare Knuckle Boxing” but is now “Big Knockout Boxing”). They fight in a small pit with no ropes instead of a ring.

But the real highlight of the fight schedule is Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam vs Curtis Stevens. If I was Stevens I would study the N’Dam-Khurtsidze fight…

1)      Gennady Golovkin

2)      Peter Quillin

3)      Miguel Cotto

4)      Sam Soliman

5)      Daniel Geale

6)      Martin Murray

7)      Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam

8)      Felix Sturm

9)      Sergio Gabriel Martinez

10)   Matt Korobov

Waiting in the Wings: Billy Joe Saunders, John Ryder, Bryan Vera, Ryota Murata, David Lemieux, Jermain Taylor, Dmitry Chudinov, Curtis Stevens, Tureano Johnson, Antoine Douglas, Sergio Mora, Matt Korobov, Willie Monroe Jr, Marco Antonio Rubio, Matthew Macklin

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-19 John Ryder vs Ruslans Pojonisevs

2014-07-23 Avtandil Khurtsidze vs Allen Conyers

2014-07-25 Antoine Douglas vs Michel Soro

2014-07-25 Caleb Truax vs Derek Ennis

2014-07-26 Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Geale

2014-07-26 Billy Joe Saunders vs Emanuele Blandamura

2014-07-26 Chris Eubank Jr vs Ivan Jukic

2014-08-09 Dmitry Chudinov vs Mehdi Bouadla

2014-08-09 Daniel Jacobs vs Jarrod Fletcher

2014-08-16 Bryan Vera vs Gabriel Rosado (BKB)

2014-08-23 Thomas Lamanna vs Jamaal Davis

2014-08-30 Matthew Macklin vs TBA

2014-09-30 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam vs Curtis Stevens

2014-10-25 Martin Murray vs Domenico Spada


July 2014 – Junior Middleweight Update   Leave a comment

Although the bout wasn’t technically a junior middleweight fight, fought at a catchweight of 155 lbs, Canelo (3) winning a controversial split decision against Lara (2) swaps their places in the rankings nonetheless. A lot of people thought Lara was robbed but they really need to simmer down. People that fight the way Lara did lose fights they could have won otherwise on a weekly basis. The fight was not a replica of Mayweather-Canelo. Floyd landed twice as many punches as Erislandy did despite getting hit back roughly the same amount. How did Mayweather manage such a feat? Simple. He was more focused on throwing punches than dancing away from them. Judges don’t like negative fighting in general. And if you’re the opponent rather than the ticket seller, you can’t possibly expect to get the benefit of the doubt.

It is what it is.

Anyways, Salim Larbi replaces Boyd Melson as Glen Tapia’s next opponent. Former contender Sechew Powell is making a comeback. Former champion Austin Trout has severely regressed in opposition. And the world awaits the ugliest fight of the year in Carlos Molina vs K9 Bundrage.

1)      Floyd Mayweather

2)      Saul (Canelo) Alvarez

3)      Erislandy Lara

4)      Austin Trout

5)      Miguel Cotto

6)      James Kirkland

7)      Carlos Molina

8)      Ishe Smith

9)      Demetrius Andrade

10)   Jermell Charlo

Waiting in the Wings: Sergey Rabchenko, Brian Rose, Javier Francisco Maciel, Willie Nelson, Damian Jonak, Jermall Charlo, Cornelius Bundrage, Julian Williams, Zaurbek Baysangurov, Vanes Martirosyan, Joshua Clottey, Glen Tapia

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-26 Liam Smith vs Jason Welborn

2014-07-26 Glen Tapia vs Salim Larbi

2014-08-02 Dmitry Mikhaylenko vs Sechew Powell

2014-08-08 Willie Nelson vs Luis Grajeda

2014-08-22 Austin Trout vs Daniel Dawson

2014-10-11 Carlos Molina vs Cornelius Bundrage

July 2014 – Welterweight Update   Leave a comment

Devon Alexander (10) and Robert Guerrero (9) swapped places in the rankings after the former looked better against a better opponent than the latter did against a lesser opponent on the same card. It may have been the most entertaining Showtime card this year.

As for the fight schedule, Mayweather and Pacquiao have opponents for their next PPVs, but Porter vs Brook is still the most interesting fight on the menu. Plus that fight won’t be on PPV…

Also, Mike Jones is back! I know; I know. “Who is Mike Jones?” Oddly enough that rap album dropped the same year the boxer made his pro debut…

1)      Floyd Mayweather

2)      Manny Pacquiao

3)      Timothy Bradley

4)      Juan Manuel Marquez

5)      Shawn Porter

6)      Marcos Rene Maidana

7)      Keith Thurman

8)      Kell Brook

9)      Devon Alexander

10)   Robert Guerrero

Waiting in the Wings: Frankie Gavin, Diego Gabriel Chaves, Leonard Bundu, Jesus Soto Karass, Ionut Dan Ion, Kevin Bizier, Amir Khan, Luis Carlos Abregu, Ray Robinson, Brad Solomon, Gabriel Bracero, Andre Berto, Errol Spence, Francisco Santana, Kermit Cintron, Brandon Rios

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-25 Roberto Garcia vs Breidis Prescott

2014-08-01 Leonard Bundu vs Frankie Gavin

2014-08-02 Brandon Rios vs Diego Gabriel Chaves

2014-08-02 Rico Mueller vs Rafal Jackiewicz

2014-08-08 James Stevenson vs Samuel Vasquez

2014-08-09 Shawn Porter vs Kell Brook

2014-08-15 Francisco Santana vs Nick Casal

2014-08-22 Kevin Bizier vs TBA

2014-08-23 Mike Jones vs Jaime Herrera

2014-09-13 Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Marcos Maidana II

2014-11-22 Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri

July 2014 – Junior Welterweight Update   Leave a comment

With his controversial yet impressive upset of Ruslan Provodnikov (2), Chris Algieri crashes the rankings and pushes Thomas Dulorme (9) out. Mauricio Herrera (10) avoided elimination by picking up the interim WBA junior welterweight title against Johan Perez in the best fight of the Canelo-Lara PPV.

As for the fight schedule, tune into ESPN 2 and Fox Sports 1 tonight for Mayfield-Taylor and Gesta-Arceo respectively. The ‘name’ fighters of the division won’t throw down until August and September, but unfortunately not against each other. Let’s just let their pending showdowns marinate like Gamboa-JuanMa, since that worked out so well…

1)      Danny Garcia

2)      Lucas Martin Matthysse

3)      Lamont Peterson

4)      Chris Algieri

5)      Ruslan Provodnikov

6)      Viktor Postol

7)      Jessie Vargas

8)      Khabib Allakhverdiev

9)      Mauricio Herrera

10)   Mike Alvarado

Waiting in the Wings: Thomas Dulorme, Fidel Maldonado Jr, Cesar Rene Cuenca, Roberto Ortiz, Humberto Soto, Johan Perez, Paul Spadafora, Antonio DeMarco, Frankie Gomez, Zahir Raheem, Zab Judah, Karim Mayfield, Adrien Broner, John Molina, Amir Imam, Antonio Orozco

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-18 Karim Mayfield vs Emmanuel Taylor (above weight class limit)

2014-07-18 Mercito Gesta vs Luis Arceo

2014-07-25 Frankie Gomez vs Vernon Paris

2014-08-02 Jessie Vargas vs Anton Novikov

2014-08-09 Danny Garcia vs Rod Salka

2014-08-09 Lamont Peterson vs Edgar Santana

2014-09-06 Adrien Broner vs TBA

2014-09-06 Lucas Martin Matthysse vs TBA

July 2014 – Lightweight Update   Leave a comment

When Ricky Burns (5), the class of British boxing in the lightweight division, confirmed his ineptitude against Dejan Zlaticanin, it sent him and (indirectly) the rest of his UK pals packing. Kevin Mitchell (8) holds a 2012 loss to Burns and recently was the benefactor of an early stoppage in a fight with Ghislain Maduma. Maduma, Mitchell’s only notable victim since 2011, was clearly winning before the 11th round stoppage. There there’s Anthony Crolla (9). In hindsight maybe he shouldn’t have been rated in the first place…although he is coming off a solid win and FOTY candidate (better than Crawford-Gamboa). Next he’ll attempt to step his game up even further when he challenges Hank Lundy. A win there would obviously get him rated again, however unlikely that may be.

In any event room obviously had to be made for Dejan Zlaticanin and a returning Sharif Bogere (who only dropped due to inactivity in the first place). Rustam Nugaev got in on his uncanny ability to keep beating more talented fighters. You should look forward to his upcoming fight with Denis Shafikov.

1)      Miguel Vazquez

2)      Terence Crawford

3)      Raymundo Beltran

4)      Henry (Hank) Lundy

5)      Sharif Bogere

6)      Denis Shafikov

7)      Yuriorkis Gamboa

8)      Dejan Zlaticanin

9)      Petr Petrov

10)   Rustam Nugaev

Waiting in the Wings: Richar Abril, Richard Commey, Omar Figueroa, Fernando Carcamo, Marvin Quintero, Jose A Gonzalez, Ricky Burns, Kevin Mitchell, Ghislain Maduma, Anthony Crolla, Emiliano Marsili, Daniel Estrada, Derry Mathews, Stephen Ormond, Daud Cino Yordan, Sipho Taliwe, Takahiro Ao, Terry Flannigan, Karl Dargan, Roman Martinez, Jorge Linares, Anthony Peterson, Dierry Jean, Paulus Moses, Jonathan Maicelo, Juan Diaz

Fight Schedule:

2014-07-26 Terry Flanagan vs Martin Gethin

2014-08-09 Anthony Peterson vs TBA

2014-08-15 Rustam Nugaev vs Denis Shafikov

2014-08-16 Omar Figueroa vs Daniel Estrada

2014-08-30 Miguel Vazquez vs Mickey Bey ?

2014-09-13 Anthony Crolla vs Hank Lundy

2014-09-13 Kirk Goodings vs Scott Cardle

2014-09-20 Richar Abril vs Edis Tatli

2014-10-11 Kevin Mitchell vs TBA

2014-11-08 Terence Crawford vs Ray Beltran ?

2014-11-08 Juan Diaz vs Rocky Martinez ?