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GFL results: Herrera upsets Jones; LaManna edges Davis   Leave a comment

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Atlantic City, NJ (August 23, 2014) – Out of the prize ring for 26 months since his devastating knockout loss to Randall Bailey, former welterweight world title challenger Mike “Machine Gun” Jones (26-1, 19 KOs) had largely fallen out of the public eye. He left Philadelphia (his place of birth and boxing development) for Las Vegas and was out of touch with his management and promotion for years. You could say his career stalled in part due to no lucrative fight offers coming in; but you could also say that Jones wasn’t happy with the amount of hands in his pockets.

In any event the impact of the long layoff was ring rust, and it ultimately cost Jones any kind of credibility in a deep welterweight division. Jaime Herrera (11-2, 6 KOs) stopped Jones after 7 completed rounds. From the onset you could tell Jones’ timing was off but Herrera did little to make him pay for it in the preliminary stages. However, what Jones didn’t lose in his time away from the ring was power. His left hook scored him a knockdown at the end of round 2 and another one at the start of round 3.

Unfortunately for Jones, shortly following the 2nd knockdown a cut opened outside of one of his eyes and the complexion of the fight forever changed. Initially it was thought to be the result of a head clash but after seeing Jones take more and more punishment, without his corner asking to stop the fight, it became clear that the major laceration on his face was ruled due to a punch. Jones was ahead on official scorecards 66-65 at the time the ringside physician pulled the plug. After a 30-25 start, Jones lost the last 4 rounds decisively. Round 6 could have been ruled 10-8 for Herrera even without a knockdown. Jones took his worst beating of the fight in the 6th stanza and his knee looked like it touched down at one point, but referee Earl Brown didn’t count it (which may or may not have been the right call).

After the fight Jones stated that his diminished vision adversely affected him but gave Herrera full credit for the upset. Herrera also upset 12-0 Michael Finney in his previous outing. He’s progressed well since his 8-round war with Adrian Granados.

In the co-feature of the evening Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (14-0, 7 KOs) edged Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (14-11-1, 6 KOs) in Cornflake’s biggest test to date. Official scores read 79-73, 78-74, and 78-73, but there was little to split the two warriors in multiple rounds. BC had the fight 77-76 for LaManna, scoring the first 3 rounds for Davis, 4-5 & 7-8 for LaManna, and the 6th even. Davis dominated the first 2 rounds with overhand rights and left hooks and was able to jab on even terms or better through 3. It wasn’t until the 4th round that LaManna demonstrated that he knew how to make good use of his height and reach advantages. Davis gradually wore down and was spent by the final round. His future as a boxer is uncertain.

On the other hand, the unbeaten, 22 year old LaManna potentially has a long future ahead of him. Given his performance against Davis, he probably shouldn’t be moved very fast. Then again, the middleweight division isn’t exactly thriving right now…

Overall “Jones vs Herrera” was an exciting night of boxing put together by matchmakers / promoters J Russell Peltz and Brittany Rogers. GFL.TV streamed the Bally’s AC card online.


Nick Valliere TKO2 Greg Thomas (1:20) [Walkout Bout]

Grashino Yancy SD4 Carlos Rosario (39-37, 37-39, 39-37)

Marvin Johnson D4 Omar Curry (39-37, 38-38, 38-38)

Anthony Caramanno UD4 Marquise Pierce (38-37, 38-37, 38-37)

Ismael Garcia UD6 Gilbert Alex Sanchez (59-54, 59-54, 58-55)

Joe Cusumano KO2 Randy Easton (2:36) [Not streamed on GFL]


Official Weights


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.

August 2014 – Heavyweight Update   Leave a comment

Vyacheslav Glazkov (9) drops from the ratings following a gift victory over Derric Rossy, allowing Steve Cunningham to re-enter. Bryant Jennings (10) also bumps up following a career best win against Mike Perez. As for the upcoming fight schedule, well, it’s interesting…

  1. Wladimir Klitschko
  2. Kubrat Pulev
  3. Alexander Povetkin
  4. Tyson Fury
  5. Bermane Stiverne
  6. Carlos Takam
  7. Bryant Jennings
  8. Dereck Chisora
  9. Deontay Wilder
  10. Steve Cunningham

Waiting in the Wings: 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, Derric Rossy, Vyacheslav Glazkov, Charles Martin, Ruslan Chagaev, Joseph Parker

Fight Schedule:

2014-08-16 Deontay Wilder vs Jason Gavern

2014-09-06 Wladimir Klitschko vs Kubrat Pulev

2014-09-11 Luis Ortiz vs Lateef Kayode

2014-09-13 Anthony Joshua vs TBA

2014-09-19 Joey Dawejko vs TBA

2014-09-20 Andy Ruiz Jr vs Siarhei Liakhovich

2014-09-29 Antonio Tarver vs Johnathon Banks

2014-10-11 Anthony Joshua vs Michael Sprott

2014-10-16 Joseph Parker vs Sherman Williams

2014-10-24 Alex Leapai vs Samuel Peter

2014-10-25 Alexander Povetkin vs Carlos Takam

2014-11-22 Dereck Chisora vs Tyson Fury II

2014-11-xx Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder

August 2014 – Cruiserweight Update   Leave a comment

No ratings change but the fight schedule is promising.

  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:

2014-08-16 Yoan Pablo Hernandez vs Firat Arslan

2014-08-30 Marco Huck vs Mirko Larghetti

2014-09-20 Thabiso Mchunu vs Garrett Wilson

2014-09-27 Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs Grigory Drozd

2014-09-27 Denis Lebedev vs Pawel Kolodziej

2014-11-15 Denton Daley vs Youri Kayembre Kalenga

2014-11-29 Tony Bellew vs Nathan Cleverly II

August 2014 – Light Heavyweight Update   Leave a comment

Blake Caparello (9) drops out of the rankings following a 2-round obliteration by Sergey Kovalev. That result set up Kovalev vs B-Hop to happen later this year. Anyways, Caparello’s departure allows for the re-emergence of Gabriel Campillo, who recently upset Thomas Williams Jr. 

  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. Gabriel Campillo
  10. Eleider Alvarez

Waiting in the Wings: Nadjib Mohammedi, Thomas Oosthuizen, Erik Skoglund, Ryno Liebenberg, Thomas Williams Jr, Maxim Vlasov, Blake Caparello, Umberto Savigne

Fight Schedule:

2014-08-22 Artur Beterbiev vs Alvaro Enriquez

2014-09-13 Erik Skoglund vs Stefano Abatangelo

2014-09-23 Eleider Alvarez vs TBA

2014-09-27 Tavoris Cloud vs Artur Beterbiev

2014-09-27 Harry Simon vs Geard Ajetovic II

2014-10-25 Ryno Liebenberg vs Eleider Alvarez

2014-11-08 Bernard Hopkins vs Sergey Kovalev

August 2014 – Super Middleweight Update   Leave a comment

After his joke of a victory over Sergey Khomitsky, Robert Stieglitz (7) drops a few places in the ratings. Stieglitz’s best days appear to be behind him.

  1. Andre Ward
  2. Carl Froch
  3. James DeGale
  4. George Groves
  5. Arthur Abraham
  6. Sakio Bika
  7. Edwin Rodriguez
  8. Anthony Dirrell
  9. Robert Stieglitz
  10. J’Leon Love

Waiting in the Wings: Andre Dirrell, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Willbeforce Shihepo, Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna, Brandon Gonzales, Jesse Hart, Derek Edwards, Callum Smith, Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez

Fight Schedule:

2014-08-16 Sakio Bika vs Anthony Dirrell II

2014-08-16 Callum Smith vs Abraham Hernandez

2014-08-23 Don George vs Dyah Davis

2014-08-30 J’Leon Love vs Rogelio Medina

2014-08-30 Badou Jack vs Jason Escalera

2014-09-20 George Groves vs Christopher Rebrasse

2014-09-27 Arthur Abraham vs Paul Smith

2014-10-11 James DeGale vs TBA

August 2014 – Middleweight Update   Leave a comment

Daniel Geale (5) and Martin Murray (6) swap places. Bryan Vera fights Gabriel Rosado in a pit this weekend. And Jermain Taylor is back in October…in another world title fight. Pray for him. 

  1. Gennady Golovkin
  2. Peter Quillin
  3. Miguel Cotto
  4. Sam Soliman
  5. Martin Murray
  6. Daniel Geale
  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, Chris Eubank Jr, Bryan Vera, Ryota Murata, David Lemieux, Jermain Taylor, Dmitry Chudinov, Curtis Stevens, Tureano Johnson, Sergio Mora, Willie Monroe Jr, Marco Antonio Rubio, Matthew Macklin, Caleb Truax, Avtandil Khurtsidze, Daniel Jacobs

Fight Schedule:

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

2014-08-23 Thomas LaManna vs Jamaal Davis

2014-09-05 Ryota Murata vs Adrian Luna Flores

2014-09-13 Alfredo Angulo vs James De la Rosa

2014-10-01 Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam vs Curtis Stevens

2014-10-04 Sam Soliman vs Jermain Taylor

2014-10-25 Martin Murray vs Domenico Spada

2014-10-25 Chris Eubank Jr vs TBA

2013-12-13 Miguel Cotto vs Andy Lee

August 2014 – Junior Middleweight Update   Leave a comment

No ratings change.

  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:

2014-08-16 Jack Culcay vs Isaac Real

2014-08-16 Rafal Jackiewicz vs Krzysztof Szot

2014-08-22 Austin Trout vs Daniel Dawson

2014-08-30 Christopher Pearson vs Steve Martinez

2014-09-13 Omar Chavez vs Ramon Alvarez

2014-10-11 Carlos Molina vs Cornelius Bundrage