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3-time world champion Jose Antonio Rivera Headlines “Quest For 50

WORCESTER, MASS (May 9, 2019) — Shearns Boxing Promotions (SBP) Rivera Entertainment Promotions (RPE) held a press conference this evening at Grille 57 in Worcester to formally announce a co-promotion, “Quest for 50.”

Three-time, two-division world champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera will fight at home for the final time on Friday night, June 14, when he competes in his 50th professional match, headlining “Quest For 50” against former WFC champion Travis “Sweet Feet” Scott, at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The 46-year-old Rivera (42-6-1, 25 KOs) came out of a seven-year retirement last August, in which he defeated journeyman Larry Smith by way of a seventh-round technical knockout, dropping 40 pounds during the process to fight as a middleweight.

Rivera, a full-time court officer in Worcester, announced that his eight-round, middleweight fight against Scott (19-5, 5 KOs) will be his last fight in Worcester, likely his final ring appearance, unless he receives a lucrative offer he can’t refuse.

“Once I fought last August after a seven-year retirement,” Rivera said, “I knew I was going to have one more for 50. I just didn’t know when. Like Chuck (Shearns, co-promoter) said, my opponent, Travis Scott speaks volumes. His last four opponents had a combined record of 49-0. He’s coming to Worcester to try and win. Let him try.

“I understand I’m 46, but age is the last thing on my mind. It’s more important for me to focus. The weigh in is in five weeks from today and I’m already 10 pounds off weight. It shows how hard I’ve been training. I’m training for this fight like I was training for my world title fights.”

The highlights of Rivera’s 26 ½-year pro boxing career was taking a 12-round majority decision victory in Germany over Michel Trabant in 2003 for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title, along with his 12-round unanimous decision win in 2006, in front of nearly 9,000 fans in Worcester, versus defending WBA junior middleweight champion Alejandro Garcia.

The six-round, co-featured event is an intra-Massachusetts, welterweight showdown between Khiry “TNT” Todd (8-1, 6 KOs), of Lynn, and New Bedford’s Ray Oliveira, Jr. (8-2, 1 KO), the son of New England boxing favorite “Sucra” Ray Oliveira.

Danbury, CT welterweight Omar “The Beast” Bordoy, Jr. (7-1, 2 KOs) will attempt to rebound from his only pro loss in a six-round bout versus Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey (9-10-3, 7 KOs), fighting out of Neptune, New Jersey.

Two boxers with misleading records, Brooklyn’s Sidney “Keelo” Mccow (6-8, 3 KOs) and Augustine “Ruthless” Mauras (6-5-3, 3 KOs), of Lawrence, MA, throw-down in a six-rounder for the vacant New England junior welterweight title.

Seven-round bouts scheduled on the undercard include Worcester heavyweight Owen Minor (1-0, 1 KOs) vs. Alejandro Santiago (0-4), of Tampa; Worcester welterweight Eslih Owusu (1-0) vs. Jose Angel “KO” Ortiz (5-13-1, 2 KOs), of Springfield, MA; Bridgeport, CT welterweight Joseph Goss (1-0) vs. Peruvian Carlos Galindo (1-9), fighting out of Woburn, MA; East Providence, RI pro-debuting Elijah Peixoto vs. Bronx lightweight Danny Morales (0-8); Hartford, CT junior welterweight “The Special One” Sharad Collier (1-0-1, 1 KO), the 2-time N.E, Golden Gloves champion, vs. Anthony Everett (1-7), of Lawrence, MA; Worcester featherweight Philip Davis (1-1-1) vs. New Bedford’s Henry Garcia (0-2-1); and Methuen, MA lightweight Luka Lannuccilli will make his pro debut against opponents to be determined.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Worcester Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

Inoue lands in Glasgow: “My aim is a KO in any fight!”

WBA champ Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs), the Japanese pound-for-pound star, has landed in Glasgow, Scotland ahead of his WBSS bantamweight semi-final against Puerto Rico’s IBF titleholder Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs).

“I am happy to be in Scotland,” said Inoue. “I’m excited to be fighting in front of the Scottish fans and I am looking forward to putting on a great performance.”

Inoue entered boxing’s most prestigious stage with an impressive showing. Two hits were all he needed in the opening round of the WBSS bantamweight quarter-final on October 7 in Yokohama, Japan; Inoue threw a frightening two-punch combination and decimated former titleholder Juan Carlos Payano and sent shockwaves through the crowd and the world of boxing.

16.000 fans inside the Yokohama Arena could hardly believe their eyes. Their hero was gone in 70 seconds.

“I felt pretty good about my combination,” Inoue said of the winning two-punch. “And looking at the way he fell onto the mat, I thought it really damaged him.”

It was his second consecutive first-round knockout, the other coming against Jamie McDonnell, and neither of the opponents had ever been stopped before.

In the semi-final on May 18 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, IBF titleholder Emmanuel Rodriguez is the next challenge for the Japanese superstar with the fitting nickname ‘The Monster’. And he is aiming for a KO, like always.

“My aim is a KO in any fight,” said Inoue. “In my last two fights last year, that moment just happened to come in the 1st round. My goal is not to finish the fight in the 1st round, but will go for the KO when I see the chance.”

READ MORE – Rodriguez: “I will beat Inoue & Puerto Rico will shine!”

Many experts have tipped Inoue, WBSS No. 2 seed, to lift the Ali Trophy, but he has a tough opponent in the form of unbeaten Rodriguez (26). Inoue witnessed ‘El Sensacional’ close-up from ringside in Orlando on October 20 when the Puerto Rican came out on top after an epic back-and-forth battle with Australia’s Jason Moloney.

“Rodriguez is a good boxer. His counter punching techniques impressed me the most watching from ringside in Orlando,” said the 26-year-old.

In just a little over a week from now, the pair will share the illuminated square.

“I can’t wait. I came to Scotland to win and to move on to the final and prove I am the best bantamweight in the world!”

Tickets for the Monster WBSS Semi-Finals night, Ivan Baranchyk vs Josh Taylor and Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez on 18 May at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland are on sale now from TheSSEHydro.com

All the action will be live on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6
  • Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6
18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

All Photos Credit WBSS

www.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com

20-Year-Old Logan Yoon Ready to Restart Meteoric Rise at ‘Rumble at the Rock V’

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (May 8, 2019)– Undefeated super lightweight Logan “The Korican Kid” Yoon has recovered from a knee injury and is looking to restart the meteoric rise he had last year, when the 20-year-old held the WBO-NABO Youth Super Lightweight Championship as the WBO #13-rated world contender.

Yoon (15-0, 12 KOs), of Honolulu, Hawaii, will face Denver, Colo.’s, Robert Frankel (37-20-1, 8 KOs) in eight rounds this Friday, May 10, in one of the chief supporting bouts of the fifth installment of the popular Rumble at the Rock series “Night of the Undefeated” at Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The event is presented by Kris Lawrence and The Heavyweight Factory.

In the 10-round main event, streaking undefeated, WBA No. 7-rated featherweight contender Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (21-0-3, 13 KOs) of Miami via Marianao, Cuba, will be looking for his second victory this year by taking on Florida via Monteria, Colombia’s Jesus Martinez (25-7, 12 KOs).

At the time of his injury in January, Yoon was training for his first nationally televised showcase against Richard Zamora on ShoBox: The New Generation.

“It was a bit of a downer because it was such a good opportunity,” said Yoon of the missed TV date. “But I know if I keep working hard, I’ll have another opportunity. During my recovery, I’ve kept my head up, and I’m ready to get back to it.”

The confident Yoon says he’s not expecting to work all eight rounds against Frankel.

“He’s an older fighter,” said Yoon. “He’s got some experience, but nothing about him really sticks out to me. He’s just another opponent. I will stop him within five rounds, no doubt. I give him respect, but I’ll go in there and do what I have to do. I can’t see any other outcome than me knocking him out.

Yoon was forced to relinquish his WBO-NABO Youth Super Lightweight Championship for missing weight last year but says the experience has taught him a valuable lesson.

“I was cheating on my diet and it cost me,” Yoon admitted. “It was my mistake for not being disciplined. I have no problem making the weight, and I’m totally on track for this one. Training was awesome. It’s been nothing but positive going in, and I feel stronger than I was the last couple fights because I don’t have to lose a lot of weight in such short time.”

In the night’s co-main event, Miami via Havana’s undefeated Livan “Machine Gun Kid” Navarro (10-0, 7 KOs) will step up to face long-time gatekeeper Breidis Prescott (31-16, 22 KOs) of Miami via Barranquilla, Colombia in a welterweight 10-rounder. Navarro has scored KOs in seven of his last eight fights.

In a “can’t miss” crowd pleaser, Cuban super middleweight Irosvani Duvergel (5-0, 3 KOs) will face power puncher Lorawnt T Nelson (5-2, 4 KOs) of Colorado.

Making his second cruiserweight battle, fan favorite “Bad” Blake Davis (1-0) from Cooper City, Fla., will look to thrill fans when he faces Quintell Thompson (2-7-1, 2 KOs) of Columbia, Mo., over four rounds.

On fight night, the Hard Rock Event Center doors open at 6 p.m., and the action starts at 7 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is located at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood, Fla.

Troy Isley coming off biggest win, preparing for 2020 Olympics

Troy Isley coming off biggest win,
Preparing for 2020 Olympics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 6, 2019) – USA Boxing middleweight Troy Isley is coming off the most significant victory of his young career, when he defeated the 2016 Olympic gold medalist, Cuba’s Arlen Lopez, at the recent Pan American Games Qualifier in Managua, Nicaragua.

Lopez served as a positive barometer for Isley in terms of his potential 2020 Olympic run. “Beating Lopez is my biggest win so far,” Isley admitted. “He won a gold medal at the last Olympics. I avenged my loss to him in 2017. We almost fought in The Continentals, but he lost in the quarterfinals, and I lost in the semifinals. We could face each other again in July at the Pan American Games.”

In 2017, Isley captured a gold medal at the Elite World Championships, which marked a first for an American elite boxer in six years. He’s progressed year-by-year, taking top honors at the 2012 & 2013 National PAL Championships, 2014 National Junior Olympics, 2016 & 2017 Elite National Championships. So far this year, in addition to winning at the Pan American Games Qualifier, he also took gold at the Strandja Tournament in Bulgaria.

Not too shabby accomplishments for a kid who really didn’t like boxing, especially compared to football, which was his favorite sport growing up.

“When I returned to the gym I trained at, Alexandria (VA) Boxing Club,” USA National Team assistant coach Kay Koromba remembered,” they needed help with a young kid, Troy Isley. I had a simple conversation with him. He said he’d come back to the gym if I was there coaching. I didn’t go back for a little while and he didn’t return. I eventually took over the gym when the coach left, and Troy returned.

“Troy is friends with Keyshawn Davis (USA Boxing’s No. 1-rated lightweight). They both live in Virginia (Troy in Alexandria, Keyshawn in Newport) and train with me at the Alexandria Boxing Club, when we aren’t living and training in Colorado Springs. They fought as kids and became good friends. All of the other boxers here look up to them.”

 

“I was only 8 and at first I really didn’t like boxing,” the now 20-year-old Isley spoke about his introduction to amateur boxing. “I was more interested in team sports like football, but I gave up boxing when I chose to compete in the Box-Offs. I just wanted to be a kid and you can’t play boxing. I went back to the gym and beat up everybody. Coach Kay told my father that he could make me into a national champion, and that gave me a lot of self-esteem.”

A self-described boxer puncher, Isley is an intelligent, well-spoken boxer with eyes on the future, outside of boxing, taking on-line business courses through DeVry University. “I can do it all,” he offered about his boxing style. “I’m working on using more jabs to be a better all-around boxer. The jab sets the offense up. I’m working on my jab because you can win fights with a jab.”

Promoters are lining up to pitch their companies to sign Isley, who has a definitive plan that involves making the 2020 USA Olympic Boxing Team, medal in Japan, and then turn professional.

“The Olympics is only a year away,” Isley noted. “I’m close with Keyshawn and Shakur(Stevenson, 2016 Olympic silver-medalist and an 11-0 pro prospect). Training with them makes things easier for all of us. We drive each other and train against different styles. I’m always picking up new stuff. We help each other training, sparring, and just talking. We’re always together, either in Alexandria or Colorado Springs. Shakur still goes there for good sparring.

“Shakur tells us a lot about his experiences in the Olympics and now as a pro. Me and Keyshawn have always talked about being together on the USA Boxing Olympic Team. We keep working hard and staying focused. It’s been our dream.”

Dreams do come true but, first, Isley is preparing for the Pan-Am Games and, possibly, his rubber match with the defending Olympic gold-medalist, Lopez

Matchups Announced for Rumble at the Rock V at Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood, Fla.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (May 6, 2019) The matches are taking shape for the fifth installment of the popular Rumble at the Rock series entitled “Night of the Undefeated” on Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The event is presented by Kris Lawrence and The Heavyweight Factory.

In the 10-round main event, streaking undefeated, WBA No. 7-rated featherweight contender Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (21-0-3, 13 KOs) of Miami via Marianao, Cuba, will be looking for his second victory this year by taking on hardened veteran Glenn Porras (32-8, 20 KOs) of M’lang, Cotabato, Philippines.

In the night’s co-main event, Miami via Havana’s undefeated Livan “The Machine Gun Kid” Navarro (10-0, 7 KOs) will step up to face long-time gatekeeper Breidis Prescott (31-16, 22 KOs) of Miami via Barranquilla, Colombia in a welterweight 10-rounder. Navarro has scored KOs in seven of his last eight fights.

Also in action, undefeated 20-year-old Hawaiian Logan “The Korican Kid” Yoon (15-0, 12 KOs) will face Denver’s Robert Frankel (37-20-1, 8 KOs) in a super lightweight eight-rounder. Before suffering an injury last year, Yoon had already attained a world ranking. This will be his first fight this year.

In a “can’t miss” crowd pleaser, Cuban super middleweight Irosvani Duvergel (5-0, 3 KOs) will face power puncher Lorawnt T Nelson (5-2, 4 KOs) of Colorado.

Making his second cruiserweight battle, fan favorite “Bad” Blake Davis (1-0) from Cooper City, Fla., will look to thrill fans when he faces Quintell Thompson (2-7-1, 2 KOs) of Columbia, Mo., over four rounds.

More fights will be announced shortly. On fight night, the Hard Rock Event Center doors open at 6 p.m., and the action starts at 7 p.m. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is located at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood, Fla.

The Talkin Boxing With Billy C Show Heads to Vegas- Canelo Vs. Jacobs preview

When Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs meet on May 4th at the T-Mobile center in Las Vegas, take out your pens and mark your calendars because “Supremacy” will have officially arrived to boxing’s streaming era. In a time when title belts are in abundance, network and cable broadcast slowing fading away, Alvarez vs Jacobs brings back old school criteria in a new way.

What is that Old School Criteria?

In an era where title belts are in abundance, events are being sold based off those titles and each one masqueraded to have equal importance. When in truth only five the WBC, WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO carry legitimacy to anyone but those who possess them. On May 4th not only will Daniel Jacobs and Canelo Alvarez meet for the WBC, WBA Super and IBF championships, they will be facing off for the biggest prize of them all Ring Magazine’s Lineal championship.

If that’ not enough there will be no catchweight, neither fighter has been inactive, facing less than stellar opposition and both are in the prime of their careers. With the bouts significance established time to move onto the fighters.

Canelo Alvarez 28yrs old 5′ 8″ with a 70½″ reach. With a record of 51-1-2, with world titles in three divisions he is the current WBA Super, WBC and Ring Middleweight champion. His resume is one of the best in boxing 12-1-1 in world title fights and 14-1-1 against current or former title holders. He has wins over Miguel Vazquez (twice), Carlos Manuel Baldomir, Lovemore N’dou, Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Angel Cotto, Amir Khan, Liam Smith, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Gennady Golovkin  and Rocky Fielding.

We have seen him develop over the years into a complete fighter, once a come forward body puncher he is now a tremendous body puncher and counter puncher with better than average power.

Daniel Jacobs 32yrs old 5′ 11½″  with a 73″ reach. With a record of 35-2 (29) he is a two time middleweight champion and as with Canelo we watched Jacobs not only become a complete fighter but one of the sport’s most adaptive when it comes to adjusting to his opponent’s style. He can use pure power to end fights or as we have seen in recent fights use the style that’s best suitable for the opponent in front of him. Even if it means making sudden adjustments and while  he does not have the resume of Canelo due to missed opportunities while under the PBC banner, a company where they seem content on keeping all bouts in house.  He has a more than credible resume 5-2-0 (5 KO’s) in world title fights, his lone stoppage loss to Dmitry Pirog was a career ago. Since he has beaten Ishe Smith, Caleb Truax, Sergio Mora (twice)  and Peter Quillin, many believe he is also the fighter who took away the aura of invincibility GGG had as the punching machine who destroyed anything he hit.

The downside of both fighters starting with Canelo is despite being one of the best body and counter punchers on boxing, he has several questionable wins Erislandy Lara in 2014 and Gennady Golovkin in his last two fights. While the first meeting with GGG was a draw most feel GGG won handily and the rematch was more worth of a draw status.

Canelo despite the advancements in his overall ability, he has not improved much with his footwork, he needs to have his feet planted to land power shots and outside a game Rocky Fielding has never stopped an elite caliber opponent in their prime or dropped an opponent above Junior middleweight. When he faces a big hard hitting opponent like Jacobs who have quality movement, if he doesn’t find a way to slow him down early Canelo will be eating jabs while chasing Jacobs.

As for Jacobs while he has become a completely rounded fighter who can box or punch equally well, in recent fights he seems to lack that killer instinct he used to possess. He was once on a 12 fight KO streak from 2010-2016, in his last 2 bouts against Maciej Sulecki and Sergiy Derevyanchenko after dropping both fighters he let his foot off the gas. While I don’t expect him to drop the solid chinned Canelo, should he be able to impose his will and put Canelo on the back-foot he needs to keep him there. In Vegas scorecards are always against east coast fighters.

Each man has the best attributes to deal with the others weakness only question now is who will implore the best game plan.

Ortiz stops Jones to keep perfect record intact

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 26th, 2019) – Jamaine Ortiz continued to climb the ladder Friday with a victory even more impressive than his last.

The undefeated Worcester, Mass., native kept his perfect intact with a first-round knockout win over Brazilian Vitor Jones (15-5) on Friday night at Twin River Casino Hotel, stopping his opponent at 1:50 of the opening round. The event, promoted by CES Boxing, featured nine bouts, five ending by knockout.

Two months after capturing the WBC World Youth Lightweight Championship with a win over Ricardo Quiroz, Ortiz (11-0, 5 KOs) made quick work of his next victim, sending Jones into the ropes with a hard, overhand right. Jones got to his feet, but stumbled as he tried to make his way back to the center of the ring, prompting referee Danny Schavione to stop the bout.

In what might’ve been the most impressive performance of his career, Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (7-2, 5 KOs) won his fifth consecutive bout, stopping previously unbeaten Southbridge native Wilfredo Pagan (6-1) at the 2:34 mark of the third round. Bates dialed up the intensity in an action-packed second round, peppering Pagan with overhand rights, but Pagan fought back and started to find his groove by sneaking a series of rights through Bates’ guard.

In the third, Bates finished the fight for good with a right hand to the midsection, knocking the wind from Pagan, who couldn’t get to his feet in time. Bates now has three knockouts during his five-fight winning streak.

The co-feature saw featherweight Ricky Delossantos (8-0) of Pawtucket, R.I., stalk down Mexican veteran German Meraz (62-55-2), who had 119 bouts on his resume entering Friday. Delossantos got the better of the exchanges and worked the body effectively, earning an 80-72 decision on all three scorecards.

Stepping up in his toughest test to date, Providence super welterweight Lamont Powell (4-0) handled the challenge with ease, cruising past seasoned Lazio, Italy native Luca Podda (7-3) for a 39-36, 40-35, 40-35 unanimous decision win. Powell scored a knockdown in the opening round and established a consistent pace the rest of the way. Podda opened the third with a hard-charging flurry, but Powell regained his composure and continued to work the jab to keep Podda from attacking the body.

In an entertaining lightweight scrap, Providence’s Michael Valentin (6-0) kept his perfect record intact, narrowly defeating the game Charles Johnson (0-3-4) of Saint Louis by majority decision, 38-38-, 39-37, 39-37. Johnson got off to a strong start, using his height and reach to keep Valentin at a distance. Valentin eventually turned on the pressure and got the better of the exchanges over the final two rounds to pull out the victory.

StablemateVictor Reynoso (4-0, 4 KOs) of Providence also remained unbeaten in the super welterweight division, earning his fourth knockout when Miami’s Yasmani Pedroso (2-6) quit at the end of the second round due to a neck injury. Reynoso scored a flash knockdown earlier in the round to build a comfortable lead on the cards. Pedroso rebounded by finishing strong over the final minute, even taunting Reynoso toward the end, but was ultimately unable to continue onto the third round due to the injury.

Also on the preliminary card, New Bedford super lightweight Wilson Mascarenhas (1-1) earned his first career victory, outworking and outboxing the game Stacey Anderson (0-6) of Virginia for a clean sweep on all three scorecards, 40-36 across the board.

Making his Twin River debut, Providence super welterweight Anthony Concepcion (3-0, 3 KOs) earned his third knockout victory in as many nights, stopping Leonard Ladeira (0-1) of Revere, Mass., at the 2:28 mark of the second round. Super welterweight Nicholas Briggs (4-0, 3 KOs) earned his third career knockout win, stopping Virginia’s Latorie Woodberry (2-9-2) with a body shot at 43 seconds of the opening round.

KO Kings! Prograis and Donaire advance to the WBSS finals

Regis Prograis and Nonito Donaire both produced masterclass performances to reach the finals of the World Boxing Super Series where the Ali Trophy awaits the winners.

Prograis, the unbeaten southpaw boxer from New Orleans and super- lightweight bracket No. 1 top seed picked up the first big title, the WBA belt, when he scored a six round stoppage over Kiryl Relikh of Belarus in their WBSS semi-final Saturday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.

“I told y’all beforehand, I’m the real deal. These boys can’t f*ck with me,” Prograis said after picking up the WBA World title. “I f*cking just dominated the whole time.”

Filipino-American Nonito Donaire, the four-division champion and reigning two-time bantamweight titlist also impressed when he scored a one-punch 6th round knockout of American Stephon Young in their bantamweight tournament semi-final; a devastating left hook put Young down and out.

“Stephon is a slick fighter so it was tough to come up with a particular game plan,” said Donaire who originally was going to face South Africa’s Zolani Tete, who had to pull out of the fight due to a shoulder injury.

“There was one thing I saw which was the straight, he kept throwing it, so I kept timing the hook, and one way or another I paid for it with scratches on my right eye and hand, but it paid due because I was able to figure out the timing and distance in the fight. I take the damage to earn the victory.”

“It was a matter of time until I figured out that distance, so I kept pressuring him, and I kept taking him down until the right moment I could counter with a left hook, and that’s what happened.”

Donaire will face either Naoya Inoue or Emmanuel Rodriguez while Regis Prograis can look forward to fighting Josh Taylor and Ivan Baranchyk. On 18 May, they will know.

BSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA, USA

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6
  • Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6
18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

Estrada dominates Rungvisai claims Ring and WBC Super Flyweight titles

On Friday April 26th  the Forum in Inglewood DAZN broadcast a top caliber rematch between WBC, Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and former Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada. The two had met in the same venue on February 24th 2018 and fought to an exciting twelve round majority decision in which Rungvisai retained his titles. It was a bout fans wanted to see again and both fighters like the true champions they are wanted to do again in order to clear up and debate on which one was the better fighter.

Since their first meeting both fighters have gone 2-0 Estrada with a UD win over the hard hitting Felipe Orucuta and stoppage over larger younger Victor Mendez. The champion Rungvisai blew put respected Korean journeyman Young Gil Bae in a stay busy fight then dominated Mexican slugger Iran Diaz over twelve rounds.

While fans in attendance and watching worldwide expected another toe to toe battle, this contest would be different. The difference would be evident from the first round when Estrada started fast, accurate and not thrown off a bit by southpaw champion Rungvisai using an orthodox stance.

It was for the most part a case of Estrada’s boxing skills and speed keeping Rungvisai one step behind all night. The only rounds Rungvisai won in my opinion were the 7th and 10th when Estrada slowed his tempo slightly.

The two fighters closed the show standing and trading up until the final bell. When final scores were read judges seen it 116-112 and 115-113 twice all in  favor of the new champion Juan Francisco Estrada, with such a dominate performance over not only a lineal but universally recognized top ten pound for pound fighter in my opinion has finally solidified himself a spot on that coveted list.

With the win Estrada improved to Juan Francisco Estrada 39-3 (26) while Rungvisai make no mistake still one of the sports best drops to 47-5-1 (41).

In the co-feature super bantamweight title holders Daniel Roman and TJ Doheny faced off to a twelve round majority decision in favor of Roman. It was an all action fight from start to finish and despite being dropped in the second and eleventh rounds, Doheny gave Roman the scare of his career using foot work and counter punching to keep Roman honest.

In the tenth round Roman would put his foot on the gas, apply nonstop pressure that swelled the face and eyes of Doheny. It was those dominate three rounds that assured him the victory by scores of 116-110 twice and 113-113. With the win Daniel Roman now the unified IBF and WBA super bantamweight champion improved to 27-2-1 (10), suffering his first career loss TJ Doheny now stands at 21-1 (15).

In Undercard action

In a 151lb catchweight bout former two division champion Jessie Vargas improves to 29-2-2 (11) after dominating former multi-division world champion Humberto Soto. It was apparent from the start Soto coming off a win over former champion Brandon Rios in February, has lost more than one step and never actually got himself into the bout. The only thing that went in his favor was a cut caused over Vargas left eye in the second round.

When Vargas went on a full all-out assault in round six, he dropped Soto who managed to make it back to his feet just to need saving by referee Thomas Taylor moments later. With the loss Humberto Soto drops to Humberto Soto 69-10 (37) and after a great career should think about retirement. As for Vargas he looked better than he has in years even during his championship reigns. He is a serious player and threat to any of the welterweight title holders.

In undercard action.

Super Bantamweight-  Alberto Ezequiel Melian 5-0 def. Isaac Zarate 16-5-3 (2)

Super Middleweight- Anthony Sims Jr 19-0 (17) def. Vaughn Alexander 14-3 (9) via UD 10.

Junior  Welterweight- Shakhram Giyasov 8-0 (6) def. Emanuel Taylor 20-6 (14) via UD 10.

Featherweight- Ronny Rios 30-3 (14) def.  Daniel Olea  13-8-2 (5) via RTD 5

Featherweight- Murodjon Akhmadaliev 6-0 (5) def. Carlos Carlson 23-6 (14) via KO 3

Middleweight- Diego Pacheco 3-0 (2) def. Guillermo Maldonado 1-1 via KO 1.

Middleweight- Austin Williams 1-0 (1) def. Joel Guevara 3-5 (2) via KO 1.

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