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Ringside results from Sun National Bank Center: Vicente demolishes Dominguez, Tapia wallops Wilson, and Chad Dawson returns   Leave a comment

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Trenton, NJ (December 8, 2015) – Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Sports 1 made its Sun National Bank Center debut with an eight bout card headlined by super bantamweights, Juan Dominguez (19-0, 13 KOs) vs Yenifel Vicente (27-3-2, 19 KOs). It did not go according to plan (on multiple levels). Firstly, there were only a few hundred people at the venue and at least half of them were unpaid attendance. Subsequently the 8,600 capacity arena looked desolate.

That being said, the card was put together in only a few weeks. It took place during a weekday and the most local fighters were from Philadelphia. The promotion (King’s Boxing / Marshall Kauffman) was already overextended with other shows on Nov. 20, Dec. 4, and Dec. 29. Making a profit was not feasible. Be that as it may, Al Haymon and his investors have deep pockets…

Secondly, Dominguez’s rise to world title contention was derailed dramatically. After signing with Al Haymon in 2014, the unbeaten Dominguez picked up 3 soft-touch victories before hoping to use Yenifel Vicente as a stepping stone toward bigger fights. Team Dominguez had eyes on the likes of Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton, Gary Russell Jr, Lee Selby, Abner Mares, Jesus Cuellar and more rivals in the Haymon stable.

However, the more seasoned Vicente had other plans. Going in, Vicente had lost to, and beaten, better fighters than Dominguez had ever faced professionally. Ultimately, Vicente proved to be a larger step-up in class than Dominguez was ready for. Dominguez took spurts of punishment in rounds 1 and 2 before Vicente laid him out 20 seconds into round 3 with an overhand right. It’s a late candidate for “Knockout of the Year.”

Following the knockout, Dominguez remained on the canvas for several minutes and was escorted out of the arena on a stretcher. Fortunately his condition improved upon transport to Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Prospects beware: Yenifel Vicente is still a formidable gatekeeper in the junior featherweight division.

Auspiciously for Haymon and his PBC brand, the co-feature of the night more-or-less went as expected, albeit not without a few hair-raising moments. After an exceptional round 1, cruiserweight prospect Keith Tapia (16-0, 11 KOs) had to dig deep to overcome brutal assaults from Garrett Wilson (16-9-1, 9 KOs) in rounds 2, 3 and 4. Although Tapia took the punches incredibly well and returned fire with fire, he appeared greatly diminished by the end of round 4.

Fortunately for Tapia, Wilson wore down as well. And with the pace of the fight slowed, Tapia was able to resume outboxing Wilson from range. He landed a plethora of jabs, uppercuts, hooks, and straight right hands, often in combination, en route to a unanimous decision victory. Judges Larry Layton and Robin Taylor scored the bout 99-91 while John Stewart more realistically had it 97-93. Tapia dedicated his victory to fallen fighter Prichard Colon, who would just begin to wake from his coma weeks later.

Prior to the televised boxing on FS1, a few hundred eyeballs bared witness to the return of former three-time light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-4, 18 KOs). He won an easy 10-round decision over Shujaa El Amin (12-8, 6 KOs), whose trunks still read Dion Savage. With El Amin doing more trash talking than throwing punches, it’s no wonder that all scores were 100-90, unanimously in Dawson’s favor. Dawson refused to engage El Amin verbally and instead did everything he was supposed to do besides get the stoppage. Had El Amin actually tried to win, Dawson would have had more opportunities to get him out of there.

Despite being out of commission for 14 months, Dawson’s conditioning had not deteriorated. He attributed his inactivity to shoulder surgery following his controversial split decision loss to Tommy Karpency in October, 2014. Although he took time off for rehab, Dawson claims to have never stopped running. Reportedly, he was back in the gym four months before getting back in the prize-ring.

According to “Bad” Chad, he’ll need 2-3 more fights to shake his ring rust; then he’ll be ready to step back up against the best light heavyweights in the world. While Nathan Cleverly was the first fighter that Dawson name-dropped when questioned about who he had eyes on, triple world champion Sergey Kovalev appeared to be his ultimate goal. However, boxing politics being what they are, more readily available light heavyweights in the Al Haymon stable include Andrzej Fonfara, Artur Beterbiev, Edwin Rodriguez, Marcus Browne, Thomas Williams Jr, or even Adonis Stevenson again.

In the second televised bout of the night, between the aforementioned principle bouts, middleweights Immanuwel Aleem (14-0, 9 KOs) and Carlos Galvan (11-3-1, 10 KOs) waged war upon each other in the most competitive fight of the night. Round 1 began with blistering back-and-forth action that saw Galvan close stronger. But as Galvan slowed down in round 2, Aleem made better use of his technical advantages. Aleem’s success continued into round 3, landing an overhand right that nearly produced a knockdown. Aleem then went in for the kill early in round 4 but wasn’t very effective. Eventually Aleem faded and Galvan landed the heavier, more effective punches down the stretch of round 4.

In round 5, Aleem rebounded by pacing himself and boxing smart. The consistency of Aleem’s jab stayed the course for half of round 6, but then Immanuwel once again conceded to toe-to-toe warfare. Nevertheless, Aleem bounced back one final time in round 7 when he rocked Galvan repeatedly with left hooks.

Ultimately the fight ended with both boxers letting their fists fly, making round 8 hard to call in a close fight. However, no one could have deduced how close the fight really was when Aleem was originally declared the winner by unanimous decision. Scores were announced as 78-74, 77-75, and 77-75, all for Aleem. Several weeks later, said unanimous decision was still reported on the PBC website.

Results

In reality, judge Larry Layton scored the bout 78-74 for Aleem, judge John Stewart scored it 77-75 for Galvan, and judge John McKaie had it 77-75 for Aleem. Thus Aleem won by split decision, which the media was made aware of within minutes of the incorrect announcement. PBC must have missed the memo…

In any event, the remaining untelevised and unheralded card consisted of an early knockout, a late knockout, and two non-competitive decisions.

In the first bout of the night, bantamweight Jordan White had a successful pro debut against Jose Roman (0-3), knocking him out with the first combination landed, 0:20 into round 1.

In the second bout, super middleweight / light heavyweight prospect Christopher Brooker (4-1, 4 KOs) toyed with Zaccariah Kelly (5-12, 5 KOs) over the course of 4 rounds before hurting Kelly in the 5th round with a body shot. Brooker finished Kelly off 0:32 into the 6th and final round.

In the third fight, Dan Pasciolla (5-1) routinely outpointed Corey Morely (0-0-1) in a dreadful 4-round heavyweight contest. Scores were 40-36 across the board. The taller Pasciolla moved laterally and worked behind his jab. Morely had difficulty finding a comfortable punching range and was out of gas by round 2. Pasciolla didn’t do anything special, but it was enough to win every round clearly.

In the evening’s final fight (post-main event) Alex Martin (10-0, 5 KOs) outboxed Cameron Krael (8-7-2, 1 KO) over 6 rounds in a welterweight contest. It was a walk-out bout in the truest sense of the words. Krael had his best moments in round 3 when Martin was bloodied. Nonetheless, Martin won by unanimous decision, 60-54 across the board.

Note: While Cameron’s last name was listed as Kreal on the official bout sheet, it was spelled Krael on his trunks. The clothing that was purchased for him probably spelled his name correctly. But who knows…

Elvin Ayala (28-7-1, 12 KOs) vs Denis Douglin (19-4, 13 KOs) in a super middleweight bout was also scheduled for the card, but it was scratched after Ayala weighed in eight pounds above the contracted limit. Fortunately for Douglin, PBC served him Marcus Upshaw three weeks later. Douglin went on to win via TKO in round 8.

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, 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 rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

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Fox Sports 1 results: Douglas edges De Alba in back-and-forth battle   Leave a comment

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BETHLEHEM, PA (December 30, 2015) – Unbeaten Omar Douglas (16-0, 11 KOs) gritted out a 10-round unanimous decision over Frank De Alba (17-2-2, 6 KOs) on Tuesday night’s edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes from Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA.

Douglas started to turn up the heat up in round two as he landed two hard left hooks that stopped De Alba in his tracks. De Alba was able to gain confidence in round three, as he was able to counter effectively against Douglas.

Round five had the best two-way action of the first half of the fight with both guys digging deep to gain an advantage.  Douglas seemed to get the better of the exchanges as he landed the harder combinations. Douglas began to take over the middle rounds and in round eight, a left hook rocked De Alba and put him in danger for this first time in the fight.

The two fought hard down the stretch and excited the crowd with Douglas winning in the end by majority decision by scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95.

In the co-main event, Miguel Cruz (12-0, 11 KOs) remained perfect by scoring a seventh-round stoppage over Virgil Green (11-4, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round welterweight battle.

Cruz was dominant throughout the fight and in round four he rocked Green with a left hook that had his opponent stumbling into the corner. In round seven, Cruz landed a perfect right and left hook that put Green down.

Sensing his moment, Cruz quickly finished the deal with two hard lefts that forced referee Benjy Esteves to stop the fight at 1:32 of round seven. Cruz’s power punches proved to be most dangerous as he connected on 46 percent of them.

In the televised opener, Christopher Brooker (7-1, 5 KOs) worked hard and earned an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Leo Hall in a light heavyweight bout.

Brooker controlled most of the action and came out with a strong first round landing some solid punches in close on Hall.  In round five, Brooker landed a solid combination that sent Hall back to the ropes and had him in trouble. He was far more accurate throughout the night, landing 49 percent of his total punches and 53 percent of his power punches.

In his strongest moment of the fight in round seven, Brooker landed a perfect right on the chin that drew a big reaction from crowd. The judges scored the fight 80-72 and 79-73 twice all for Brooker.

Here is what the fighters had to say Tuesday:

OMAR DOUGLAS

I feel great. I got some great rounds. The judges might have made it a little bit closer than it really was. But I went into his hometown and did what I do.

He was about as tough as my last fight. The only thing tougher than the last one was that I had to come here on the road and do it.

This builds me. It makes me a better fighter. I had a great opportunity tonight and I jumped on it. I feel like I’m the better fighter and tonight I proved it.

FRANK DE ALBA

It was a very competitive fight. I think I landed more punches. He was more aggressive, but I was landing more.

This is boxing. I just come here to put on a show for the great fans. I thought I won the fight. I knew I beat him inside.

MIGUEL CRUZ

It was a great fight; he was a tough opponent who was very agile and mobile. I had to be patient and it was great to get those rounds. I’m coming for the 147-pound division.

I was definitely trying to break him down slowly. He was mobile, but I didn’t expect him to be so quick.

I was hurting him every time I hit him and I finally got him out of there.

VIRGIL GREEN

The hits to the back of the head were the problem. I wanted the ref to do something about it but that’s what hurt me. I never recovered from it.

I felt like I was frustrating him and out-boxing him. But I never recovered from that blow.

CHRISTOPHER BROOKER

It was a good fight. He’s a good boxer, but I had to keep it rough. He has some good experience that kicked in, but my will, my heart and my training kicked in too.

My loss is what got me motivated for this performance. No more setbacks, only get backs.

LEO HALL

I tried to work; we were working in there. I wasn’t surprised by anything. It was a good fight.

I pushed myself. We got in there and fought. There’s no excuses. We’re going back to work.

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PBC on FS1 and FOX Deportes was promoted by Kings Promotions.

Ringside results from Turning Stone Resort & Casino: Ortiz climbs heavyweight hierarchy   Leave a comment

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Verona, NY (December 19, 2015) – In perhaps the best matched HBO Boxing card of the year, Luis Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs [2 NC]) successfully defended his interim WBA World heavyweight title against Bryant Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) in the main event. The fight ended in a spectacular technical knockout, 2:41 into round 7. Jennings was previously hurt in rounds 1 and 3 but bounced back to win rounds 2 and 4. Ortiz’s left uppercut was the signature punch of the fight, ultimately flooring Jennings in round 7 for the first time of Bryant’s career (officially). Jennings was stopped on his feet shortly thereafter.

With the TKO victory, Ortiz emerges as a major player in the heavyweight division. The only person to best Jennings previously was future hall-of-famer Wladimir Klitschko, and that took place over twelve hard-fought rounds. No Ortiz opponent has lasted the scheduled distance with “The Real King Kong” since Kendrick Releford in 2010. But after failing a drug test following his destruction of Lateef Kayode in 2014, many suspected that other Ortiz knockouts may have also been tainted. Thus Ortiz and Jennings subjected themselves to Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) testing to make sure everything was on the up-and-up. Both athletes tested clean, as far as VADA has made the general public aware.

So where does Ortiz go from here? He potentially puts himself in position to challenge the winners of Fury-Klitschko (rematch), Wilder-Szpilka, Alexander Povetkin, Glazkov-Martin, or at least the winner of Chagaev-Browne. Ruslan Chagaev currently holds the regular WBA World heavyweight title, for which Ortiz is the number one contender according to WBA rankings. That being said, forty-two year old Fres Oquendo may still be next in line for secondary WBA honors, if he doesn’t get injured during training again. Tyson Fury is the primary WBA champion.

Luis Ortiz Quotes:

I have been training for a big fight of this magnitude for three years. This victory proves something that I have been saying for years; I am a serious contender for the heavyweight world title. This is a new era in boxing and everyone saw today that I have what it takes to face the elite of the division.

My strategy was to keep him at a distance and I was able to do that effectively with my reach and my jab. I have a lot of respect for Jennings; he went 12 rounds with Klitschko and that is worth something.

I will fight whomever next, whomever Golden Boy Promotions gives me I will take. Wilder, Fury, Klitschko, anyone of them, I am ready to prove that I am the heavyweight world champion.

A lot of people say a lot of things about me, but the testing showed that I am a clean fighter.

As for Bryant Jennings, he remains in good spirits and wants to continue working with his new trainer John David Jackson. He honestly claims to have no regrets about changes to his training camp. Considering it’s generally dangerous for fighters to change trainers without initially regressing in opposition, it would be unfair to suggest that Jackson wouldn’t be a good fit for Jennings moving forward. That being said, Jennings admitted to employing the wrong tactics to defeat Ortiz. But he also stated that he didn’t follow his corner’s instructions properly.

Be that as it may, Jennings probably would have been better off using a more tentative approach, feeling Ortiz out rather than immediately barreling in for an assault. That’s how Jennings previously initiated fights under the tutelage of former trainer Fred Jenkins. At the end of the day, 90 seconds into the bout Jennings was hurt by a short right hook that he didn’t see coming and ergo was never able to fully rebound. The fact that he lasted until the end of the seventh round against a knockout artist like Ortiz is remarkable in its own right. Don’t expect Jennings to wave “By-By” to heavyweight world title contention any time soon.

Bryant Jennings Quotes:

I think that it was me underestimating his pedigree. I was fighting pressure with pedigree, and he outlasted me. It wasn’t the fact that the punches were crazy; he was just hitting me clean and they were good punches and I was rushing. I wasn’t on my game, and he got the best of me tonight.

He started to box a little more and I came with the same approach. I should have switched the approach up; I should have slowed it down, listened to my corner, and definitely tried to wear him down a little earlier. I just think it was the pedigree that overpowered everything that I had to bring to the table.

In the HBO co-feature, Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) outboxed and out-landed Jason Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs), but didn’t outhustle him, and had to settle for a ten-round majority draw. One particularly incompetent judge, Tom Schreck to be precise, actually had Sosa winning the fight 96-94. It would not be his only repugnant scorecard of the night (more on that later). Judges Don Ackerman and Wynn Kintz scored the bout 95-95. 100-90 cards for Walters would have been more realistic.

In the long run, it’s unlikely that either fighter is diminished by his performance. Timothy Bradley had no problem rebounding from a controversial draw with Diego Chaves and Walters should fair just as well in subsequent outings. On the other hand, the far-less experienced Sosa still exceeded expectations regardless of who should-have-won. It was a good fight and boxing fans will welcome both parties back to premium cable.

Nicholas Walters Quotes:

I am in total shock. I was never in any danger, never hurt. He is a good fighter, [who gave me] the kind of fight I wanted, but I thought I won all the rounds. [I’m] so surprised this happened to me.

Jason Sosa Quotes:

I thought I won and am disappointed it was a draw. I worked hard; I really thought I won the fight.

Separating the main HBO and HBO Latino cards was a six-round swing-bout between D’Mitrius Ballard (10-0, 7 KOs) and Fabiano Pena (11-3-1, 8 KOs). Ballard won via shutout unanimous decision, 60-54 on all scorecards. Pena either followed Ballard around aimlessly or was walked down and beaten up on the inside. This was the super middleweight prospect’s 4th consecutive win for 2015.

D’Mitrius Ballard Quotes:

I am glad I secured the victory today. This opponent was able to go all six rounds with me but I felt in complete control the entire fight. I think I am ready to step up to more rounds and bigger opponents. I am ready for the next big step of my career and this fight showed that. I want to thank Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions for the opportunity and I can’t wait for the next fight.

In the HBO Latino headliner, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) won a ten-round majority decision over Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs). It was a war that TV viewers would have to wait until the wee hours of the morning to watch due to tape-delay. Although the bout was very competitive, Shabranskyy should have been a clear winner. Nonetheless, judge Tom Schreck, who doubles as a “mystery author,” still managed to score the bout even, 95-95.

However, for those of us not interested in writing fiction on Saturday night, Shabranskyy undoubtedly outboxed and outpunched Gonzalez. Gonzalez had plenty of moments during the fight, but Shabranskyy would always rebound with something more substantial. Gonzalez essentially only surpassed Shabranskyy in “coming forward,” a far cry from “effective aggression” or “ring generalship.” Shabranskyy won by 98-92 and 97-93 margins on the other scorecards.

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy Quotes:

I feel great. This fight is the most important and most exciting fight of my career. I did feel a lot of Gonzalez’s punches but I also feel like I hurt him, especially in this last round [when] he was beginning to sway. If I had a little more time I feel I would have knocked him out. I am very happy to have won and now [I am] on to celebrate the holidays and have some ice cream.

Yuniesky Gonzalez Quotes:

I knew that this was going to be a war and that is what we delivered tonight. We both gave it our all and didn’t let up. I knew that I needed to knock him out to win this fight but he was more resilient than I thought and didn’t open up enough for the knockout to happen. I did know the fight was very close and should have been a draw in my opinion. I would like the opportunity to fight him again and prove that I am the better fighter.

In the HBO Latino co-feature, Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) shaded Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) via a questionable, yet fair, ten-round unanimous decision. Clottey appeared to dominate most of the early rounds but would eventually fall victim to not letting his hands go, a common ailment of the “Grand Master.” Two judges gave Rosado each of the last five rounds. Nonetheless, rounds 7, 9, and 10 were difficult to score. Judges had to gauge quantity vs quality.

Ultimately they went for quantity, turning in official scores of 97-93, 97-93, and 96-94 for Rosado. Ironically, the only judge to give Clottey one of the last five rounds, Glenn Feldman, also scored rounds 2 and 3 for Rosado, easily two of Clottey’s best rounds. Perhaps Feldman simply didn’t want to turn in a 98-92 card for a fight that could have gone either way.

Gabriel Rosado Quotes:

It has been more than a year since I have been in the ring so I did feel a little rust but I feel like this fight really helped me shake it off. Clottey is a tough opponent, former world champion, definitely a challenge for me in my first fight back but I think that training with Fernando really helped me. I listened to him, made sure to do what he told me and focused on my hand speed. I think that I delivered an entertaining fight tonight and I was happy with my performance. I have great respect for Joshua Clottey; he is a great fighter, an African warrior. I am ready for my next big challenge; I would like a shot at Canelo next.

Fernando Vargas Quotes: 

Gabriel gave everyone a great performance today. This was our first training camp together and I think we are going to keep growing and make great fights together.

Joshua Clottey Quotes:

This was an off night for me. I do think that the fans enjoyed the fight; we are both fighters that do not like to back down. However, I don’t feel comfortable at this weight class. I want to go back down to 154 and continue to fight at junior middleweight. I want to thank HBO and Star Boxing for their continual support and faith in me.

In the second bout of the night, which would later kick-off the HBO Latino tape-delayed broadcast, Yuriorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) struggled mightily to defeat Hylon Williams Jr (16-1-1, 3 KOs). This opinion was not reflected on official scorecards, or certain cards by ringside media and Harold Lederman, but was self-evident in the eyes of this writer. Round 1 was the only one that Gamboa won clearly. Williams was hurt by the first left hook that Gamboa threw and later pummeled into the ropes following an overhand right at the end of the round.

But after round 1, the fight was mostly debatable. Gamboa had a bad habit of starting rounds fast yet fading down the stretch, allowing Williams to land more impactful punches. Gamboa was wobbled by a right hand in round 6, clipped by multiple left hooks in round 7, battered by lead right hands and jabs in round 8, stunned by more right hands in round 9, and fought desperately in round 10. In spite of this, somehow all three judges could only agree that Williams won round 3, which was mainly accomplished with a jab and good defense.

However, at least one judge also saw rounds 4, 7, 8, and 9 for Williams, making a 95-95 scorecard feasible by their collective logic. Regardless, the official scorecards read 96-94, 98-92, and 98-92, all in favor of Gamboa. The one judge that had the fight close, Don Ackerman, would have had the fight a draw if he agreed with John McKaie, Glenn Feldman, and HBO’s unofficial judge Harold Lederman that Williams won round 7. From press row this writer had Williams winning comfortably but saw a fight that could have gone either away upon catching the televised replay. It defies common sense, but, my singular ringside view seemed more revealing than the angles offered by HBO cameras.

In any event, Williams tried to box his way to victory, fundamentally working behind a jab that set up good straight right hands and left hooks. On the contrary, Gamboa fell in love with his power early and relied on speed and reflexes to secure victory. Additionally, Gamboa probably should have lost a point for continuing to punch after referee Charlie Fitch called break throughout the fight. Overall Gamboa had a clear edge in CompuBox stats, but they do not necessarily reflect the effectiveness of punches landed. After the opening round, only one fighter was breaking down, and it wasn’t Williams.

Yuriorkis Gamboa Quotes:

It feels good to be back in the ring. I trained in Cuba and I feel that all the hard work paid off. I was faster and stronger in the ring and I just want to thank SMS Promotions for the opportunity. I know I dominated the action tonight; I made sure he knew I was in control from the first round. Once I established control I let him run around. I am not upset that this fight went all 10 rounds, in fact I am glad because I know everyone was able to see my power.

Hylon Williams Jr Quotes:

I felt good about the pace of the fight; I know I hurt him a few times but I am fine. I don’t feel hurt at all. I think this fight should have gone my way; I feel I was ahead. I just want to thank 50 Cent and SMS Promotions for the opportunity.

In the first bout of the night, junior middleweight Steven Martinez (15-2, 12 KOs) stopped Jorge Melendez (28-5-1, 26 KOs) 1:33 into round 2. Martinez was able to hurt Melendez in round 1, then dropped him with a left hook + straight right combination in round 2. Referee Benji Esteves Jr later stopped the fight as Melendez was clobbered into the ropes.

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Jennings vs. Ortiz was a 12-round heavyweight bout fight for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and is sponsored by Corona, Mexico – Live It to Belive It! and Carmelita Chorizo.

Walters vs. Sosa was a 10-round junior lightweight bout presented by Top Rank in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Warriors Boxing Promotions.

Gonzalez vs. Shabranskyy was a 10-round light heavyweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing.

The Oneida Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino hosted this Dec. 19 event, marking Turning Stone’s 16th nationally-televised boxing event in three years, cementing the resort as a mecca for televised fights in Upstate New York.

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Ryan Bivins is a professional boxer, 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 rgbivins@gmail.com and listen to him Tuesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.

Omar Douglas vs Frank De Alba: PBC on FS1 Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Omar Douglas 128 vs Frank De Alba 129.5
Miguel Cruz 146 vs Virgil Green 144.6

Leo Hall 177.6 vs Christopher Brooker 174.2
Kyrone Davis 159.6 vs Andrew Hernandez 160.6

Stephen Fulton 122.4 vs Joshua Greer Jr 122
Jerome Conquest 140.9 vs Christian Molina 137.7
Milton Santiago 140.1 vs Angel Hernandez TBA
Earl Newman 178.2 vs Victor Kpadenou 173.2
Denis Douglin 166.6 vs Marcus Upshaw 165.6
Eduardo Flores 153.5 vs Junior Castillo 154.5
Chris Colbert 126.3 vs Derrick Bivins 124.4

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Venue: Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort, Bethlehem, PA
Promoter: Marshall Kauffman (King’s Boxing)
TV: Fox Sports 1

Bryant Jennings vs Luis Ortiz: Live updates from Turning Stone Resort & Casino   Leave a comment

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Verona, NY (December 19, 2015)

Main Event: Luis Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs) vs Bryant Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) – Interim WBA Heavyweight title – 12 Rounds

Ortiz hurt Jennings really bad in round one and nearly stopped him, but Jennings somehow stayed on his feet and survived. Ortiz took his time and worked the body and the head. Jennings recovered between rounds and was able to start the second stanza much stronger. Ortiz stayed calm and continued to try to pinpoint uppercuts. Jennings outworked the larger man and ended the round with a big right hand. However, the tide turned back in Ortiz’s favor in round three when Jennings was in dire straights yet again. BY’s supreme conditioning appeared to allow him to bounce back once more, this time mid-round, but it wasn’t enough to win the round. A recovered Jennings then resumed outworking his power-punching opponent in round four. Ortiz then changed up and got on his toes in round five, pumping the jab effectively and eventually catching Jennings with a dynamite counter uppercut. Ortiz changed up again and stalked Jennings in round six. It was one of the less memorable rounds, but Ortiz’s effective aggression gave him the edge. Another sharp uppercut put Jennings on the deck in round seven and the fight ended shortly thereafter with Jennings battered into the ropes. Ortiz retains his interim WBA title, stopping Jennings 2:41 into round 7.

Up six: Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) vs Jason Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs) –  Super Featherweight division – 10 Rounds

Both fighters work well on the inside in rounds one and two, making them problematic to score. Sosa is busier but Walters connects with the more effective blows. Body shots from Walters appeared to pay dividends in rounds three and four as Sosa slowed down, letting Walters’ more selective punch output not work against him. Sosa would then be buckled by a counter right hand upstairs in round five. Sosa never stops fighting back, but is finding it more and more difficult to land clean. Walters made very good use of a shoulder roll and frequently moved his head. Rather than put his punches together fluidly like in the early rounds, Sosa was looking for single bombs that he couldn’t set up in round six. Walters continued to punish a diminished Sosa in rounds seven and eight. Sosa’s footwork betrays him as Walters turns him around mid-combination. A staggering right hand from Sosa early in round nine may have been enough to steal it, although he began to take a less-obvious beating down the stretch. Sosa gave it his all to finish the fight, but just didn’t have the answer for the slickness of Walters. Be that as it may, the fight ended in a majority draw. Scores were 96-94 Sosa, 95-95, and 95-95.

Up fifth: D’Mitrius Ballard (10-0, 7 KOs) vs Fabiano Pena (11-3-1, 8 KOs) – Light Heavyweight division – 6 Rounds

The fight began as a chess match, with Ballard being the more strategic player. Action moved slow. Ballard is content to do just enough to win the early rounds. The plan is simple: hit and don’t get hit. Pena is often the aggressor but mostly follows Ballard around to no avail. Ballard committed more to walking Pena down and working the body in rounds four, five, and six en route to a unanimous decision. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, and 60-54, all for Ballard.

Up fourth: Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) vs Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs) – Light Heavyweight division – 10 Rounds

Gonzalez got off to a great start but Shabranskyy closed the stronger in an action packed round one. Gonzalez returned with the better firepower in round two but Shabranskyy did most of the stalking regardless. The stalking paid off for Shabranskyy early in round three as he got the better of Gonzalez in high-intensity back-and-forth war. Shabranskyy then went on to outbox Gonzalez in round four. Working behind the jab, Shabranskyy is able to put together clean combinations and get out of the way before Gonzalez can get off in round five. However, Gonzalez did find success with the overhand right in round six, although he still appeared to get outpointed. Shabranskyy simply has the larger tool set. The Ukrainian was even able to rock back and land lead right hands in round seven. Both fighters landed bombs to close out the round. Shabranskyy got a little more crude in rounds eight and nine, but probably took them regardless. Slava has a bad habit of falling in when he throws a right hand and his head is stationary for Gonzalez to hit in those situations. Gonzalez may have desperately outhustled Slava in the 10th and final round, but Shabranskyy was the one doing most of the real damage. Ultimately Shabranskyy won by majority decision: 98-92 Shabranskyy, 95-95 Even, and 97-93 Shabranskyy.

Up third: Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) vs Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) – Middleweight division – 10 Rounds

Clottey is able to land the cleaner punches in the opening round and dictates the geography of the fight. That continued for the most part in round two, apart from a head clash that sent Clottey to the canvas. By round three Rosado was already put into circle-around-the-ring mode. Clottey’s defense is a level above what Rosado seems capable of penetrating. Clottey is able to work at a measured pace and is simply sharper than Rosado. However, Rosado may have edged a close round four by simply being more proactive. A similar story took place in round 5. Rosado’s success continued into round six, finally looking comfortable in the ring. He freely put together combinations and was able to make good use of his footwork. Rosado easily outworked Clottey in round seven but Clottey was a lot more accurate. Rosado upped his effective punches in round eight, closing strong. Round nine was pretty nip and tuck. If Clottey only let his hands go he would be a clear winner… Clottey appeared to edge round ten only because he wobbled Rosado with a few well placed shots. Nonetheless, Rosado won a unanimous decision via 97-93, 97-93, and 96-94 scorecards.

Up second: Yuriorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) vs Hylon Williams Jr (16-1-1, 3 KOs) – Lightweight division – 10 Rounds

Gamboa was able to hurt Williams with the first left hook thrown. Neither fighter accomplished much after that, until Gamboa stunned Williams again at the end of round one with a series of left hooks and right hands. What worked for Gamboa in round one continued to work at the start of round two, where Williams was stunned again, but after that Williams was able to outbox Gamboa from range with straighter punches for the remainder of the round. The groove that Williams found in round two continued into round three for the complete duration. Gamboa put forth a better effort in round four, but Williams stepped it up as well and landed good left hooks and straight right hands. Gamboa struggled to land as clean as he could previously. Gamboa appeared to have retook control of the fight early in round five but let Williams close the stronger once again. The pattern continued in round six, but both fighters landed some of their biggest shots of the fight this time. Gamboa is simply not fighting a smart fight. It was more of the same again in round seven, but to make matters worse for Gamboa he appeared exhausted toward the end. In round eight Gamboa was actually beat up and bleeding. Even when Gamboa landed a good clean shot, Williams was unaffected. Gamboa once again got off to a good start in round nine but was pummeled with lead right hands as the round wore on. Gamboa desperately fought to save his career in round ten and simply outworked Williams. Gamboa hit on the break throughout the fight but was never penalized. The official scores at the close of the fight were 96-94, 98-92, and 98-92, surprisingly all in favor of Gamboa.

Up first: Jorge Melendez (28-5-1, 26 KOs) vs Steven Martinez (15-2, 12 KOs) – Middleweight division – 10 Rounds

After a slow warm-up, Martinez came on strong toward the end of round one and was able to back Melendez toward the ropes for an assault. Melendez was later dropped by a left hook + straight right combination in round two. Upon getting up, Martinez swarmed and battered Melendez into the ropes until referee Benji Esteves waved the fight off. The official time of the stoppage was 1:33 into round 2.

Estrella TV results: Diaz makes short work of Partida; Cancio stuns Alvarado   Leave a comment

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LOS ANGELES, CA (December 18, 2015) – Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs) retained his undefeated status and was crowned the new NABF featherweight champion after a stunning second round technical knockout of Mexico City, Mexico’s Hugo “Olimpico” Partida (20-7-2, 15 KOs) in front of nearly 1,500 fans at a jam-packed Fantasy Springs Resort Casino tonight, televised live on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV.

“We came with a great game plan to land effective shots right away and to dig to the body and try to hurt him,” said Diaz Jr. “I dug into the body in the first round and had him hurt. And then I put some good powerful shots on top and got him out. He connected with a good shot, but I didn’t feel anything at all. I just acknowledge him for getting a good shot in. I didn’t let it affect me at all. I knew that I had to take care of business and get the win no matter what. I hope to get the top 10 guys in my division, fight on the bigger networks and get a title shot by the end of next year. I feel very strong at this weight, and I make the weight pretty good. I just feel like 126 is going to be my weight.”

Former two-time world heavyweight title challenger Earnie “The Black Destroyer” Shavers was in attendance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for the fights after hosting a special meet and greet for ticketholders before the Boxeo Estelar broadcast began.

Also in attendance was newly crowned WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas, who was joined by Golden Boy stable mates Randy “El Matador” Caballero, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera, Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez, Nick Arce, Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete, and Roy “Pitbull” Tapia ringside at the fight.

In the evening’s co-main event, Andrew “Chango” Cancio (16-3-2, 12 KOs) made a triumphant return to the ring after a year and a half lay off with an impressive technical knockout of Nicaragua’s Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (22-6, 15 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. Both fighters fought aggressively, producing a slugfest that entertained the raucous crowd. Cancio rallied and unleashed with a flurry of punches in round five but Alvarado passed the test and fought back furiously. The slugging continued until the referee waved off the fight in the eighth round as Alvarado succumbed to the fast punches Cancio was throwing.

“We knew that it was going to be a tough fight,” said Andrew Cancio. “Rene Alvarado comes and gives it his all. I mean, he went toe-to-toe with Jo Jo Diaz Jr. earlier this year. We trained hard for this, but we felt we were stronger, harder, and faster. We trained our butts off for this. I felt some ring rust. I thought, ‘man this is a really hard fight,’ it was harder than I anticipated. I knew it was close; some rounds were mine and some rounds were his. Once my corner told me he was hurt, I started throwing combinations. I landed an uppercut and a right, and he just couldn’t get himself together so I got the TKO victory.”

Opening up the Estrella TV broadcast, Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (6-0, 3 KOs) retained his undefeated status with a win by unanimous decision over Guadalajara, Mexico’s Daniel Arambula (3-2, 1 KO) after a tough four-round heavyweight bout.

“I’m not very happy because I wanted the knockout,” said Taishan. “I had a lot of practice, but I think I still need to train more.

Topping the undercard fights for the evening, Oscar Torres (7-0, 4 KOs) battled Evincii Dixon (6-13-1, 2 KOs) to retain his undefeated status, winning their six-round welterweight bout by unanimous decision.

“We were prepared for this fight,” said Torres. “In the opening, he was very slick. He has a lot of experience, but I worked out in the gym and was ready for that. He didn’t surprise me. He was very strong. I punched him very hard, but he didn’t react, it was like nothing to him and he remained calm. I was ready to fight and I did. He is a good fighter, too.”

Los Angeles fan-favorite Rafael Gramajo (6-1-1, 2 KOs) made his third appearance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in a six-round super bantamweight war against Michael Gaxiola (4-5) of Modesto, Calif. Gramajo was named the winner by unanimous decision after a tough fight against Gaxiola that went the full six-rounds.

“We put in work, we did pressure, we fought a fight and that is what we came to do,” said Rafael Gramajo (6-1-1, 2 KOs). “We knew we would have to be aggressive. I started off slow to work the guy and check him out to see what he’s got, and we knew we had to start working. He was a tough opponent. Thank you to Golden Boy Promotions and my team at Westside Boxing Club for their support.”

The evening’s first heavyweight fight had Bostonian Donnie “Big Nasty” Palmer (7-0-1, 6 KOs) facing off against Lansing, Michigan’s Tommy Washington (6-8, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. Washington suffered a knock down in round two but rallied to come back strong at the beginning of round three. Both fighters persevered round-by-round and went the full six scheduled rounds and it was Palmer that was named the winner by split decision.

“I think I had a late start,” said Palmer. “I was a little bit sluggish. I got a knock down, and I should have capitalized on that. He (Washington) gained more confidence as the fight went along, and then the fight became a little harder. He is a great fighter – he did awesome. Thank you to Golden Boy for the opportunity. It was a humbling experience. I need to hit the gym some more.”

In the second fight of the night, Indio native Marco Magdaleno (2-0, 1 KO) battled Portland, Oregon’s Derick Bartlemay (0-1), who made his professional debut, in a four-round super lightweight bout before a hometown crowd. Both fighters showed speed and stamina in the ring during the bout that went the full four-rounds. In the end, the judges crowed Magdaleno the victor by unanimous decision.

“I felt great tonight,” said Magdaleno. “He was a tough opponent. He came out to fight and that is exactly what he did; he gave me a really good fight. I think I landed the bigger, better punches. I didn’t work how I wanted to but every punch I threw I made sure it landed and was a clear shot.”

The Ring TV live stream opened with Jon Jon Dinong (1-0, 1 KO) making a stunning professional debut against Ft. Smith, Arkansas’ Deartie Tucker (2-4, 2 KOs) winning by knockout in the second of a four-round super welterweight bout.

“I was trying to stay pretty relaxed and keep calm. I noticed I wasn’t getting as many shots in the first round because I think I was too relaxed. I came back to the corner after the first round, and they told me to pick it up a bit so I came back and got him in the corner, threw punches and then got him,” said Dinong.

Diaz Jr. vs. Partida was a 10-round featherweight bout for the vacant NABF featherweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra and Carmelita Chorizo. Doors opened at 5:00 p.m. and the first fight was at 5:15 p.m. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast aired live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card also streamed live on EstrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios. The Ring TV live stream began at 5:15 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.

Rances Barthelemy vs Denis Shafikov: PBC on Spike Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Rances Barthelemy 134.2 vs Denis Shafikov 134.2 (vacant IBF World lightweight title)
Isiah Thomas 198.8 vs. Murat Gassiev 197.8

Gervonta Davis 133 vs. Luis Sanchez 131.2
Chris Pearson 156.8 vs. Eric Walker 153.8
Brian Castano 155.8 vs. Aaron Garcia 157.6
Ishe Smith 154.4 vs. Tommy Rainone 153
Mickey Bey 134.4 vs. Naim Nelson 135.2
Ronald Gavril 167.4 vs. Mariano Hilario 168.2

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Venue: Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Leonard Ellerbe (Mayweather Promotions)
TV: Spike (9 PM ET)