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Erickson Lubin vs Jose De Jesus Macias: PBC on Bounce Weigh-In Results, Photos & Videos   Leave a comment

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Erickson Lubin 154.6 vs. Jose De Jesus Macias 155.2
Alex De Jesus 151 vs. Joseph Elegele 149.2

Dennis Galarza 134.4 vs. Samual Amaoko 134
Dyah Davis 172 vs. Edgar Perez 181.6
Harold Calderon 147.8 vs. Javier Garcia 147
David Grayton 146.4 vs. Daniel Souza Santos 147.2
Farid Aghayev 163.4 vs. Hakeem Atkinson 163.6
Jesus Lule 132.4 vs. Jamar Sounders 131.2
Ray Lampkin 139.2 vs. Darryol Humphrey 143

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Promoters: King’s Promotions/Panther Promotions
Venue: Seminole Casino Hotel Imokalee
TV: Bounce (9 PM ET)

 

HBO results: Kovalev makes easier work of Pascal in rematch; Mikhaylenko outworks Mayfield   Leave a comment

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada (January 30, 2016) – Undefeated Unified WBO, super WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) retains all three of his titles as he makes short work of former light heavyweight world champion, Jean Pascal (30-4-1, 17 KOs), again.

The crowd was deafening as Michael Buffer announced Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Jean Pascal and everyone at Centre Bell was on their feet. Through the first five rounds Pascal weathered the flurry of punches handed out by The Krusher. However, by the fifth round Pascal seemed to be barely able to stay on his feet. Pascal’s trainer Freddie Roach stopped the fight just prior to the start of the eighth round.

After the fight Kovalev said, “I don’t think Freddie Roach changed him at all. He was actually easier for me. I hurt his ego the most because they stopped the fight when he was sitting in the corner on the bench. I hurt my left hand a little from a very hard punch. I broke his nose; maybe that is when I hurt my hand. I don’t like him. I punish him. Merci! I love you Canada!”

Pascal added, “Regardless of what he is as a person, Sergey Kovalev is a great champion. I give him all the credit he deserves. This is the first time he showed he is a clean athlete and I was pleased to prove this by paying for his VADA drug testing. I will be back and better than ever, but as always I know my performances dictate my narrative so I will let my next fights do all my talking. I feel like I let myself, my team and my close family at Interbox down, but we will continue to work together and build our companies, our fantastic market and, God willing, my next title fight in the process. Thank you to all my fans that came out to support me. I will be back. Don’t worry guys.”

When asked about a potential fight with Andre Ward, Kovalev said, “I am very happy this fight will happen.” He also added that in the meantime there is one more fight he wished would happen when he said, “I want to unify all four titles. I want to fight Adonis Chickenson.”

The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast began with a 10-round welterweight battle for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title between Dmitry “They Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (21-0, 9 KOs) of Gelendzhik, Russia and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (19-3-1, 17 KOs) of San Francisco, California.

Mayfield came out of the gates swinging so hard he nearly fell over. Both fighters threw wild punches in the first two fast-paced rounds. The Mechanic dominated through nearly the entire fight. He secured the USBA Welterweight Title and two judges scored his unanimous decision victory a perfect 100-90 and the third judge gave one round to Mayfield 99-91, keeping Mikhaylenko’s undefeated record intact.

After the fight, Mikhaylenko said, “It was a lot of hard work in the ring. Mayfield was tougher than I thought he was going to be. He hung on me too much but I was able to throw more punches. I am happy with my performance.”

Mayfield added, “He is tough, very durable. He was able to absorb my punches. He took some good shots from me, but he was able to recover very well. Really tough guy. Future champ. You need more time to prepare for a guy with Mikahaylenko’s style. I would like a rematch and have the proper time to prepare.”

The Canadian pay-per-view telecast began with a scheduled 10-round bout for the IBF International Middleweight Title between Renan St. Juste of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and Francis Lafreniere of Quebec, Canada. The packed crowd at the Centre Bell was hyped for this fight from the first bell. This fight was a battle with both fighters trading big shots. At the close of the ninth round, Lafreniere unloaded a flurry of punches on St. Juste and the crowd exploded. These two warriors continued to trade punches until the final and brought the crowd at Centre Bell to their feet. Even with the referee deducting a point in the eighth round, Lafreniere still won by unanimous decision (99-90, 97-92, 97-92).

The final swing bout of the evening came after the main event. It featured welterweights Sebastien Bouchard (12-1, 4 KOs) of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada against Damian Mielewczky (9-2, 7 KOs) from Piaseczno, Poland in six rounds of action. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Bouchard 59-55, 50-56, 50-56.

Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Vislan Dalkhaev (5-0, 1 KO) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, kept his perfect record intact. He defeated Alan Salazar (5-2, 2 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico by a perfect unanimous decision; all three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Dalkhaev.

Super lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. (21-0, 17 KOs) of Palmdale, California made quick work of Abraham Gomez (13-21-3, 5KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Diaz stopped Gomez at 1:45 of the second round and Diaz grabbed the victory via TKO.

Welterweights David Theroux (9-1, 6 KOs) of Sorel, Quebec, Canada and Juan Armando Garcia (12-3-2, 5 KOs), of Michoacan, Mexico were scheduled to face each other for 6 rounds of action. However, after Theroux delivered a brutal knockdown in the third round. Garcia managed to get back to his feet and resume the fight. Then seconds later he was in trouble and the referee stopped the fight. Theroux was declared the winner by TKO at 2:46 of the third round.

Heavyweights Cassius Chaney (6-0, 4 KOs) of New London, Connecticut and Zoltan Csala (9-5, 7 KOs) of Hungary were scheduled for four rounds of action. The 6″6′ Chaney towered over his Csala. Chaney dominated his opponent until he knocked him down at 2:52 of the third round and the referee stopped the fight.

After the fight Chaney said, “I feel like I learned more tonight. He was a tough opponent. He came to push me and I think that I could have done better. I could have eased my way into it. I threw a lot of bombs early. I give myself a D. I have a lot to learn. I will continue to get better and continue to improve, but the important thing is: I got the win. That was the first time I have ever been booed in my life but they cheered for me in the end.”

Quebec, Canada native Steven Butler (14-0-1, 11 KOs) sought to make quick work of Antonio Hoffman (13-1, 9 KOs) of Angola in the second fight of the evening. Butler scored his first knockdown in the first round of the contest. The super welterweights were scheduled for eight rounds of action. Butler came out of his corner with a vengeance in the second round. The next several rounds were uneventful until Butler scored a hard knockout just before the end of the eighth and final round. Hoffman managed to get back on his feet before the bell rang to end the fight. Butler handed Hoffman his first career loss via a unanimous decision victory with two judges scoring the fight 78-72 and one judge scoring it 79-71.

In the first fight of the evening, Virgilijus “The Terminator” Stapulionis (17-3-1, 13 KOs) of Lithuania faced Laszlo Fazekas (27-24-1, 17 KOs) of Hungary for a scheduled ten-round junior middleweight battle. “The Terminator” knocked down Fazekas twice in the first round. He started the second round with another quick knockdown of Fazekas. Stapulionis landed his fourth knockdown in the second round and the referee stopped the fight.

“I felt good. I had good training, and I have a good team. When I go to ring I know I am ready. I go to the ring only to win. He was not a better opponent. He was a good fighter. I have good training every day and I know I am strong. I want to thank my coach, Robert Garcia, and my team, Main Events and my manager, Egis Klimas.”

*All records have been updated to reflect tonight’s results.

Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal II: Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Sergey Kovalev 174.6 vs. Jean Pascal 174.3 (super WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight titles)
Dmitry Mikhaylenko 146.7 vs. Karim Mayfield 147 (USBA welterweight title)

Renan St Juste 159.3 vs. Francis Lafreniere 158.2 (IBF International middleweight title)
Cassius Chaney 242 vs. Zoltan Csala 244
Steven Butler 153.6 vs. Antonio Hoffmann 151.3
Virgilijus Stapulionis 155.4 vs. Laszlo Fazekas 153.3
Sebastien Bouchard 147.7 vs. Damian Mielewczyk 146.1
David Theroux 141.6 vs. Juan Armando Garcia 141.2
Joel Diaz Jr 142.4 vs. Abraham Gomez 140.2
Vislan Dalkhaev 121.5 vs. Alan Salazar 121

Venue: Bell Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Main Events/Interbox
TV: HBO (USA) 9:45 PM ET / PPV (Canada) 9:00 PM ET

 

Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal II: Final Press Conference Quotes, Photos & Video   Leave a comment

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Photos Credit: Vincent Ethier – Interbox

January 28, 2016 (Montreal, Quebec):

Sergey Kovalev, WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

I want to thank you. I am really excited to be here in Canada and repeat this fight again. I am really happy. I am happy to fight Saturday and show you quality boxing. I have nothing to say just watch HBO channel on Saturday night and at the Centre Bell in Montreal. It should be a very interesting fight in the ring because is going to be two good boxers. It is going to be very not a war; it is going to be a mental fight who is personal fight for me. I have nothing to say. He is not a fighter. I hope that he will bring something in the ring. We will be great fight for boxing fans. Appreciate to all my fans worldwide and more to my Canadian fans. Montreal remind me of my hometown in Russia with the snow and the weather. Thank you so much. I will try to make shorter. See you Saturday.

Jean Pascal, Former Light Heavyweight World Champion

Saturday night I am not just a boxer, I am a promoter. I have my boxer Joel Diaz on the card. He is my boxer. He is a rising star. Right now we have a chance to have this young lion in our backyard. He is 20-0 and is going to be 21-0 on Saturday. Don’t miss his fight. The reason why I am a promoter is Kovalev said he is going to end my career. Do good on Saturday night, Diaz, because Saturday night is supposed to be the end of my career. I woke up good this morning and in a great mood. I don’t want to insult anybody. I don’t want to trash talk to anyone. I feel like training camp was great. I did 12 weeks: four in weeks in Canada and eight weeks in California with Freddie Roach. It was great. I had a great time in Los Angeles. The training was intense. I pushed myself beyond the limits. I woke up late this morning. I did not have breakfast. I feel hungry right now. He called me and [Adonis] Stevenson a piece of shit, because we are black. The things that Kovalev don’t know yet he is going to find out Saturday night.

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events

Always a pleasure to be back in beautiful Montreal. This is another tremendous event. Main Events is promoting again in cooperation with the wonderful people at Interbox. If I could do every show with them, my life would be easy. Sadly, when the bell rings on Saturday, we will not be on the same side. I want to thank HBO and Peter Nelson, without whom I would not be here today. He is the reason Sergey Kovalev got the chance he got. He has converted on that opportunity. I look forward to continue to work with them in the future. Also on the HBO telecast is a great fight between Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko against Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield. It is a 10-round fight for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title. Watching Mikhaylenko fight is just amazing. It should be a terrific fight. When you get in the ring with Mikhaylenko, it is always a challenge. I would also like to thank our Russian sponsors, Rosneft and Myakhov Vodka. Thank you all for welcoming us the way you do. It is always a pleasure to come to Montreal.

I just have one question for Pascal, where did you get those sparkly sneakers because I need a pair.

Jean Bedard, President of Interbox

I would like to welcome everybody to Montreal. Who knows what we can expect on Saturday? I would like to thank Peter Nelson and HBO. Peter, I know you have big plans for Sergey in the future, but I think you will have to go back to the drawing board on Monday. I would like to thank Main Events and Kathy Duva. We have the same culture as them and that is to bring the best fights to the fans. Thank you Sergey Kovalev and his team for coming back to Montreal.

Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports

Thank you Kathy. Jean [Bedard], to your point, I am keeping my Monday morning schedule open. I am excited to see what happens on Saturday. I want to thank the fighters for taking this high-risk, high-reward fight. This is our first World Championship Boxing event of 2016. Thank you to Jean Bedard and Kathy Duva. Kathy, between exporting Arturo Gatti to the United States and importing Sergey Kovalev to Canada, I don’t know if this makes you an honorary citizen or an enemy of the state here in Canada. To Kathy’s point about Sergey Kovalev, we are not the ones toiling for years, sacrificing to train and develop these fighters, to earn their opportunity to be on HBO. Sergey did it the hard way. Jean Pascal has never turned down a challenge. We are excited and looking forward to a terrific event.

Egis Klimas, Manager of Sergey Kovalev

Welcome to circus for free. We want to thank Canadian fans. This is a beautiful country and beautiful city. All of this talking is nothing. Pascal has a reason to be scared. He didn’t know the last time how hard Sergey can punch. He is more scared than the first time. We can’t blame Jean Pascal because he is scared. I don’t know why boxing always brings a war. It is still a spot it isn’t a war zone. We came to compete. Saturday is going to be a good fight.

John David Jackson, Trainer of Sergey Kovalev

Thank you very much. It is good to be here in Montreal once again. The fans are very warm and welcoming people. There is a lot I can say about Jean Pascal. He expressed his true colors. Sergey may say things that may come out the wrong way. If he was racist, I wouldn’t be in his corner. Marc [Ramsay] isn’t here because he told you [Pascal] will get knocked out this fight again.

Freddie Roach, Trainer of Jean Pascal

Thank you. We have had a really great training camp. Working very, very hard. His weight is good. Everything is spot on. I would like to wish Sergey Kovalev and John David Jackson the best of luck. We are ready and we are going to war.

Dr. Rob Schinke, Pascal’s Sports Psychologist

This is not about us, it is about the boxers. They are precious resources. Jean is a world class performer who always takes the best of opponents. Sergey Kovalev is the best of opponents and we respect him to the utmost. There has been a lot of verbal sparring in the last few weeks; it is going to be a war. We prepared well for it. Pascal is prepared. He has a full eight weeks of preparation with Freddie Roach. In the past, he has picked up the very skills he has needed to. He is happy to be back for this second fight. We believe he is fully capable and we will see Saturday night that our assessment is spot on.

FOX results: Garcia edges Guerrero; Vasquez outclasses Martinez; Breazeale outlasts Mansour   Leave a comment

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Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2016) – Before a crowd of 12,052 at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, Danny “Swift” Garcia, (32-0, 18 KOs) of Philadelphia won a unanimous 12-round decision over Gilroy, Calif.’s Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (33-4, 18 KOs). Scores were 116-112 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Fighting for the vacant WBC Welterweight World Title in the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX event, Guerrero came out aggressively in the first four rounds using a solid jab and strong over hand lefts to control the action.

Garcia acclimated well to the pressure in the fifth round, finding his range and potshotting with right hands to halt the oncoming Guerrero. The theme would play itself out during the second half of the fight as well with Garcia dominating the action. Sensing the fight slipping away, Guerrero came on strongly in the final round with both combatants fighting to the bitter end as the crowd stood and roared with approval.

Danny Garcia

It was what I expected. I knew I would win at least eight or nine rounds. I knew there would be some head butts in there. He head butted me so much on my forehead.

I was throwing my combinations, using my legs like my dad told me to do. I knew he was going to come to fight. He’s a rugged warrior. I’m back where I belong. I am now a two-division world champion.

Guerrero is tough. No one has ever stopped him. He came to fight; he was in shape. I’m taking nothing away from him. I am glad it went the way it went. I just want to take some time off, let my body heal and take it one day at a time.

Angel Garcia (Danny’s father/trainer)

I thought it was a good fight. There were a lot of head butts. He is a dirty fighter. At the end of the day, Danny pulled it off; it doesn’t matter what people say.

I knew Robert was going to be at 100. It was a world title fight. Anytime it is a world title fight, no one is going to slouch. When you come to fight a former champion or champion, it’s going to be a battle. These are elite fighters and there is always going to be a great fight.

Robert Guerrero

I want a rematch and that’s it. Not one person out there thought Danny won, but his team. I pressured him, I nailed him, busted his body up. I out-jabbed him.

I thought I won the fight. The crowd thought I won the fight. It was a great fight. I am happy I’m healthy. I will be back.

It’s all for the fans. That’s why they bring me back. They love it and they enjoy it. They were entertained tonight. They thought I won the fight.

Ruben Guerrero (Robert’s father/trainer)

I know we won it. He kept running and holding, running and holding. How are you going to win a fight when you run and hold every time?

We wanted to win every round and I think we won every round. I want a rematch. That wasn’t fair. I want a rematch as soon as possible.

Punch stats showed Garcia with a wide margin of power shots landed, 33 percent to Guerrero’s 24 percent.

In a 10-round welterweight battle, “Sergeant” Sammy Vasquez of Monessen, Pennsylvania improved to (21-0, 15 KOs) with a sixth round stoppage of Aron Martinez, (20-5, 4 KOs) of Michoacan, Mexico.

Peppering Martinez with a piston like jab, Vasquez controlled the action using his full skillset to score points at will against the slower Martinez. Staying the aggressor through round four and five, Vasquez continued to beat Martinez to the punch using a battering right hook.

The bout ended abruptly as Martinez was not able to continue following the sixth round due to a left elbow injury.

Sammy Vasquez

Of course I won the fight, but Martinez is a tough competitor, a tough Mexican fighter. I tried to mix it up with him a little bit, but there was no sense in me trying to do that. I could have easily outboxed him, which I started to do, but I wanted more. I was just starting to warm up.

A victory feels good of course, but I wanted more. I wanted to go 12 rounds, if it would have lasted that long. I wanted a very decisive win. Unfortunately, he got hurt, but every fight is a learning experience for me.

It’s on to the next chapter and I’m ready for all of the guys at the top. Eventually, I’m going to get them.

Aron Martinez

I hurt my elbow. I couldn’t throw my jab. I started to feel it in the third round. The doctor stopped it.

I was doing okay. Not my best. I tried, but once I hurt my elbow, I knew it was going to be tough to continue.

Opening the telecast was an outstanding heavyweight back and forth brawl between 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, (17-0, 15 KOs) of Glendale, California and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, (22-2-1, 16 KOs), of Philadelphia.

From the first bell it was readily apparent that both big men would throw bombs throughout with Mansour in particular throwing caution to the wind.

Swinging wildly Mansour dropped Breazeale early in the third stanza, badly shaking the former college football quarterback.

However, Breazeale confidently kept his composure, fighting his way back in the fourth. With Mansour apparently running out of gas in the fifth round Breazeale went to work, drilling the muscular southpaw with battering uppercuts and hooks on the inside.

Following the fifth round, Mansour bit through his tongue and cited a jaw injury (which was not broken) and could not continue as the valiant Breazeale was awarded the well-earned victory.

Dominic Breazeale

I didn’t know what happened. Usually when they wave off a fight, it’s over.  Shows I have punching power after all.

I’ve been on the canvas before. I just had my hand in the wrong place. I knew I could get back up. I’m in great shape. It happens to the best of us.

I’m a fighter at heart and I wanted to just get in there and brawl, but I knew I had to stick to the game plan and box him.

Amir Mansour (via Facebook)

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT AND PRAYERS!!! I know that many of u are wondering what exactly happened , so ill tell you. Around the 2nd round, i got hit with my tongue positioned in between my teeth. My mouth piece is fitted for my upper teeth only. Anyway, I bit my damn tongue almost completely in half. (Yes it was painful) so then my damn tongue swelled up so bad, that i literally could not breath, not to mention swallowing so much blood . Been battling a little cold so breathing thru my nose wasnt working. I was suffocating…literally. Got a pretty decent injury to my jaw as well, getting that checked out.

The event was promoted by TGB Promotions and sponsored by Corona.

Danny Garcia vs Robert Guerrero: PBC on FOX Weigh-In Results, Photos & Video   Leave a comment

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Danny Garcia 146.8 vs. Robert Guerrero 146.8 (vacant WBC welterweight title)
Sammy Vasquez 147 vs. Aron Martinez 147 (WBC welterweight semi-final eliminator)
Dominic Breazeale 252.8 vs. Amir Mansour 218

Alejandro Luna 135.4 vs. Alan Herrera 135.6
Min Wook Kim 139.8 vs. Erick Daniel Martinez 139.6
Luis Bello 135.6 vs. Jesus Aguinaga 138
Sergio Quiroz 121 vs. Damon Simon 120.6
Antonio Santa Cruz 116 vs. Victor Torres 118
Jose Gomez 125 vs. Michael Gaxiola 124.6

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Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: FOX (8 PM ET)

Ringside results from Sheet Metal Workers Hall: Blanco upsets Ocasio; Maicelo cruises past Amoako   Leave a comment

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Philadelphia, PA (January 22, 2016) – While there was a snow storm brewing outside, fists were flying indoors at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 19 on Christopher Columbus Blvd in South Philly. The card was headlined by Angel Ocasio (8-0-2, 2 KOs) vs. Reynaldo Blanco (9-2, 4 KOs), who battled for the vacant WBA-NABA USA lightweight title. Ultimately Ocasio, the hometown fighter, got more than he bargained for. Blanco came to take the title home to Puerto Rico.

Early on the fight was very cat and mouse. Both boxers were crafty and took turns on offense and defense. In round 1, Ocasio took charge early on while Blanco closed stronger, finding a home for body shots. Blanco was able to keep that momentum going in round 2 and hurt Ocasio when he went back to the body with hooks on both sides, following those up with good right hands upstairs. Round 3 was a bit closer, but Blanco still controlled Ocasio from range. The shorter Ocasio had even worse luck getting inside during round 4, allowing Blanco to hurt him with straight right hands, a right uppercut, and a left hook. Rounds 5 and 6 were also clear for Blanco, who pummeled Ocasio with more body shots.

Falling hopelessly behind, a reinvigorated Ocasio started round 7 with a sense of urgency. However, Blanco quickly countered him with power shots to the head that forced Ocasio to back off and hold. Angel would try another quick burst in round 8, but was ineffective and immediately fell back into his usual backtracking. Ocasio was never able to box effectively while backing up throughout the fight. Subsequently Blanco won by unanimous decision, 80-72, 77-75, and 79-73 on the official scorecards.

Back in 2012, Angel Ocasio had 2 draws with Jason Sosa. Sosa then notched 14 straight victories before receiving another draw, this time against the highly acclaimed Nicholas Walters on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” After pulling off what Sosa failed to do twice, Blanco feels ready to challenge Sosa next. Note: Sosa was in attendance to witness Ocasio-Blanco.

In the co-main event, former world title contender Jonathan Maicelo (22-2, 12 KOs) routinely outpointed Samuel Amoako (21-5, 15 KOs) in a 6-round junior welterweight contest. Both fighters weighed-in within 2 pounds of the lightweight limit. Maicelo quickly established himself as the superior fighter, stalking Amoako with quick combinations to the body and head. Amoako kept a tight guard and allowed Maicelo to outwork him while waiting for opportunities to land counter left hooks. However, Amoako was not accurate enough to make up for his output deficiency. Thus Maicelo easily cruised to a unanimous decision, 60-54 on all three scorecards. The bout was cut short by 2 rounds for unknown reasons, but no one complained.

In the final preliminary bout, David Murray (2-1, 2 KOs) easily dispatched Heriberto Salaman (0-2). The light heavyweight showcase was scheduled for 4 rounds. Murray weighed in close to the 175 lb limit while Salaman was much closer to super middleweight. In any event, Murray badly hurt Salaman in the latter half of round 1 with an overhand right and took him out with a devastating left hook shortly thereafter. Salaman surprisingly was able to beat the 10-count, but was rightfully ruled unfit to continue by the referee. The official time of the stoppage was 2:46 into round 1.

After an unannounced intermission, which may have had something to do with the order of the fourth and fifth fights changing, bout four kicked off with Saud Clark (5-1-1, 4 KOs) vs. Julian Valerio (2-3, 1 KO). The bout was scheduled for 4 rounds and took place in the middleweight division (Clark was slightly above the junior middleweight limit). Clark, out the Danny Swift Garcia (DSG) gym in North Philly, came out guns blazing and had Valerio on the defensive as he battered him against the ropes. Then, ever so suddenly, Valerio countered with a single right hook that laid Clark flat. Due to the brutal nature of the fall, the 10-count was waived. The official time of the stoppage was 1:59 into round 1.

In the third fight of the evening, Luis Del Valle made his professional debut against Alberto Manukyan (0-3) in a 4-round junior welterweight contest. Del Valle and Manukyan each weighed in a little over the lightweight limit. The taller and longer Del Valle dominated the bout, battering Manukyan around the ring in each and every round. It actually looked like Del Valle would get the stoppage in round 2, but Manukyan weathered the storm. Manukyan boxed a little better in the final round after Del Valle gave up on scoring a knockout. All judges had the bout for Del Valle, scoring it 40-35, 39-37, and 40-36.

In the second attraction of the night, Idemar Cordero and Luis Ramos made their pro debuts against each other in a middleweight bout scheduled for 4 rounds. Ramos weighed in 2 pounds under the junior middleweight limit while Cordero was a pound over. Both fighters started aggressively but Cordero quickly took charge after stunning Ramos with a right hand. Ramos fought back valiantly but looked sloppy as round 1 came to a close. Round 2 proved even less favorable to Ramos as he spent the majority of the stanza covering up while getting blitzed by body shots. After not returning fire for an extended period of time, Ramos’ corner waved their towel to halt the fight. Cordero won by TKO; the official time of the stoppage was 1:57 into round 2.

In the first bout of the night, Godson Noel (5-0, 4 KOs) engaged in a spirited back-and-forth 4-round light heavyweight battle with Victor Kpadenou (10-9, 5 KOs). Noel weighed in well under the super middleweight limit but Kpadenou was slightly over. In any event, Noel distinguished himself by landing the shorter and straighter punches. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Noel.

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Quick Summary:

Reynaldo Blanco [134.2lbs] UD8 Angel Ocasio [134.4lbs] (80-72, 77-75, 79-73)

Jonathan Maicelo [136.6lbs] UD6 Samuel Amoako [136.7lbs] (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)

David Murray [174.8lbs] TKO1 Heriberto Salaman [169.2lbs] (2:46)

Julian Valerio [153.4lbs] TKO1 Saud Clark [154.3lbs] (1:59)

Luis Del Valle [136.7lbs] UD4 Alberto Manukyan [135.3lbs] (40-35, 39-37, and 40-36)

Idemar Cordero [155lbs] TKO2 Luis Ramos [152lbs] (1:57)

Godson Noel [166.2lbs] UD4 Victor Kpadenou [168.2lbs] (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

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Ocasio-Blanco / “A Gift to Philadelphia” was promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions in association with Danny Garcia’s Swift Promotions. The 7-bout fight card took place at PA Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall on Friday, January 22, 2016. GFL.TV streamed the fights over the internet.

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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 Wednesday nights on The Ruckus, part of the BadCulture Radio Network.