Saturday August 26th on an HBO broadcast, Miguel Cotto took on hard hitting Japanese fighter Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO Super Welterweight World Title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The four division champion entered on a twenty month plus layoff but looked sharp from the opening, using a combination of accurate volume punching and footwork to build an early lead. At the midway mark after hitting Kamegai with everything but his corner stool, Cotto seemed befuddled as the Japanese fighter continued pressing forward despite absorbing massive amounts of punishment.
When the bout entered round twelve, Cotto and all watching were possibly questioning titanium implants in the chin of Kamegai because it appeared almost “Super human”, unfortunately for him and fortunately for Miguel Cotto the boxing skills of Kamegai were not. When the contest ended official scores read 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 all in favor of Miguel Cotto. While all three cards read differently by a point none were off target. With his win Miguel Cotto claimed the vacant WBO junior middleweight title and improved to 41-5 (33), Yoshihiro Kamegai now stands at 27-4-2 (24).
In his post fight interview, Miguel Cotto stated he would fight once more then retire so he could spend time with his family and retirement is long overdue. I don’t think there is anyone who has followed Miguel Cotto and his career that would frown on a decision to retire before taking another fight, it’s been a remarkable career full of exciting performances.
In the co-feature, undefeated Rey Vargas defended his WBO World Super Bantamweight Title against once beaten Ronny Rios. When Vargas last appeared in the United States, it was against Christian Esquivel on the undercard of Leo Santa Cruz versus Kiko Martinez and he appeared more like a slugger than boxer en-route to a third round stoppage win. On Saturday, he showed boxing ability by using combinations and footwork that kept Rios normally high punch output to a minimum. There were moments of success for Rios when he managed to put combinations together and stun Vargas several times but he failed to capitalize on those moments. When the bout ended, official scores read 118-110, 118-110 and 115-113 all in favor of Rey Vargas who with the first defense of his world title improved to 30-0 (22), Ronny Rios now stands at 28-2(13).
In Undercard Action–
Featherweight– Joet Gonzalez 17-0 (9) def. Deivi Julio Bassa 19-3 (11) via KO 5.
Super Bantamweight– Emilio Sanchez 15-0 (10) def. Danny Flores 15-10-1(8) via KO 5.
Minimumweight– Janiel Rivera 16-2-3 (9) def. Marco Antonio Sanchez 12-6-3 (7) via KO 1.
Super Lightweight– Genaro Gamez 6-0 (4) def. Eduardo Rafael Reyes 8-11 (6) via UD 6.
Welterweight– Alexis Rocha 9-0 (6) def. Esau Herrera 18-10-1 (8) via KO 1.
Featherweight– Tenochtitlan Nava 7-0 (1) def. Angel Enrique Aguilar Jimenez 8-14 (1) via UD 4.
Super Bantamweight-Javier Padilla 3-0-1 (3) and Ricardo Arias 1-1-1 fought to a four round draw.
Super Lightweight– Ruben Rodriguez 1-0 def. Rolando Padilla 0-3 via KO 2.
Marco Huck met the German press in his hometown Berlin at the famous Restaurant Borchardt ahead of his Ali Trophy quarter-final with Ukranian Aleksandr Usyk September 9 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin.
Huck: “It is going to be very nice to fight in Berlin, but I would also fight Usyk on the moon,” said the German cruiserweight. “Usyk is a well-schooled boxer and I cannot wait to step into the ring with him.”
Huck’s trainer, Conny Mittermeier: “Marco is now already in very good shape, almost at his fight weight and he is motivated. I believe in a premature victory for Marco.”
Huck also promises a dramatic fight: “When I fight, there’s always something going on, it’s never boring, but spectacular. Huck fans around the world know that a Huck fight means entertainment. When I reach my potential on fight night I can beat everyone! I am very optimistic and confident that I will beat Usyk.”
German Leon Bunn (5-0, 5 KOs) vs. Tomasz Gargula (18-7-1, 5 KOs) from Poland and German Patrick Wojcicki (9-0, 4 KOs) vs. French Fouad El Massoudi (14-9, 1 KOs) are confirmed on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series quarter-final clash between Aleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck.
WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES FIXTURES
09/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck (WBO World)
Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
16/09/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund (WBC Diamond)
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
23/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov (WBA World)
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
30/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez (WBC World)
Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia
07/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Avni Yildirim (IBO World)
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
14/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
George Groves vs. Jamie Cox (WBA Super)
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
TO BE CONFIRMED
Murat Gassiev vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (IBF World)
Super Middleweight Quarter-Finals:
Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant
WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE
Number of participants: 16
Number of belts: 7
Number of world champions: 6
Number of former world champions: 3
Number of undefeated fighters: 9
Combined Record of participants: 423 wins, 17 losses, 294 KOs
Philadelphia, PA—Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Julian Rodriguez, of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, ends a 10-month layoff when he takes on hard-hitting Dario Ferman, of El Paso, TX, in a scheduled six-round contest Friday evening, Sept. 8, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Topping the 10-bout card is an eight-round junior lightweight contest between Avery Sparrow, of Philadelphia, and former four-time Canadian national amateur champion Joey Laviolette, of Nova Scotia, Canada. First fight begins at 7.30 p.m.
Rodriguez, 22, known as “Hammer Hands,” was a decorated amateur, claiming a record of 221 victories in 230 fights. Among his amateur awards at 141 pounds: 2013 National Golden Gloves Championship; 2012 National PAL Championship; 2012 U.S. National Championship. As a pro, Rodriguez is 15-0, 10 K0s, but he has not boxed since last Nov. 18 in Kissimmee, FL, when he scored two knockdowns on his way to a unanimous eight-round decision over former world-title challenger Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX.
“Training camp has been great and I’m ready to go,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t let the layoff or things beyond my control bother or frustrate me. I worked with Danny Garcia during the winter when he was preparing to fight Keith Thurman.
“There’s a lot of people who have natural speed and natural strength but it’s how you use it. Most of my fights I’ve been going forward, pressing the action because I have the opening. No one has really seen me box and I box really well. I know how to react to certain movements and how to read my opponent well.”
Ferman, 33, has won 14 out of 16 fights. He has scored 11 knockouts and been stopped himself twice. He’s an aggressive welterweight who will be coming down to 144 pounds against Rodriguez. At 6-foot-1, he will have a four-inch height advantage. “As for Ferman, I haven’t seen anything I haven’t seen before,” Rodriguez said. “I enjoyed fighting at the 2300 Arena before. The crowds there are great and they know boxing. I’m looking forward to getting back to work.” In his only previous contest at the 2300 Arena, Rodriguez stopped Randy Fuentes, of McAllen, TX, in two rounds late in 2014.
In a six-round junior middleweight contest, Alex Sanchez, of Camden, NJ, steps in to replace the injured Roque Zapata against Elijah Vines, of Philadelphia. Zapata, of Culpeper, VA, had to withdraw last week when the middle knuckle on his right hand remained bruised following his June 24 victory over Justin Steave in the loser’s Pittsburgh, PA, backyard. Sanchez, 34, is 5-7-2, 2 K0s, and has boxed twice in six-round fights at the 2300 Arena. He defeated lefty Robert Sweeney, of Hampton, VA early in 2015, one month after dropping a decision there to Thomas LaManna, of Millville, NJ.
Vines, who had two fights canceled earlier this year at the last minute, has not let his past disappointments bother him. “Canceled fights and substitutes are part of the business and I try not to let it bother me,” he said. “I don’t get frustrated; I simply move on. I’m treating this fight as the most important fight of my career. I have to; it’s the only way to get ahead.”
|The wait is finally over. Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia is pleased to announce the return of electrifying, power punching, former WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Champion Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin to the ring, headlining the latest edition of the popular “Rockin” Fights” series at The Paramount, Thursday, September 28th, in Huntington, NY.|
Seldin, 19-0 16KO’S, has been inactive since June of 2016 due to various medical issues, but now feeling 100%, he is raring to go.
Seldin was laying a path of destruction on his way to a world championship fight until he was derailed by various ailments. “The Hammer” is one of the hardest punchers in the division and has drawn sellout crowds to every fight.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had this to say about the return of Seldin “I am thrilled that Cletus will finally return to the ring. Its been a long time coming for us, Team Seldin, and all of his fans. I expect Cletus to pick up right where he left off. Make sure you get your tickets early because this will be another sellout at the Paramount.”
Cletus Seldin had this to say about his return “I’m so happy to be back in the ring. I’ve been going nuts not being able to fight. My health is back to 1000% and now I plan on continuing my quest to become a world champion”. “It’s also great to be fighting again at my home base The Paramount where all my loyal fans have supported me throughout my career”.
The opponent for Cletus Seldin shall be announced shortly. The bout will be contested for 10 rounds in the Jr. Welterweight division. The remainder of the undercard will be announced soon.
VENTNOR CITY, N.J. (August 22, 2017) – The International Boxing Association (IBA) has been relaunched worldwide by a sports group headed by the new IBA president, J.C. Courreges.
Swedish heavyweight talent Otto ‘All in’ Wallin (18-0, 12 KOs) faces German Timur Stark (8-2-0, 7 KOs) in a ten round contest when the World Boxing Super Series premieres on September 9 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.
“It feels great to fight on such a big card as the World Boxing Super Series is,” said 26-year old Wallin.
“The fight for the Muhammad Ali Trophy attracts the eyes of the world so it’s a great opportunity for me that I want to seize with both hands.”
Wallin, who is training out of New York under two-time world champion Joey Gamache, has respect for his four-year older opponent.
“My opponent Timur Stark is a decent fighter, lost only to top guys so now it’s my turn to show that I’m a top guy. The crowd in Berlin can expect me to go ‘All in’ as usual,” said Wallin, who claimed the WBA Continental Heavyweight Title in April with an impressive TKO victory in round five over Italian Gianluca Mandras.
“I’m in great shape and as always I’ve been working very hard since my last fight. The difference this time is that I’ve been training in New York and I’ve been getting plenty of good sparring,” said Wallin.
“It’s the first time that I’ve been able to get such good sparring on a daily basis and I think it’s going to make a huge difference for me.”
Timur Stark is also ready to play his cards right in Berlin: “I will prove to Wallin that I have the better hand in my hands on September 9. This fight will not go the distance.”
Also confirmed on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series quarter-final bout between Aleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck:
Frederik Hede Jensen vs. Baska Tuvdenlhagva (four rounds featherweight).
The big stage is set for Germany’s next super-middleweight hope: Denis Radovan (5-0, 2 KOs) will be part of the World Boxing Super Series premieres on September 9 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. He will meet Yann Binanga Aboghe (6-1-1) from France.
“It is an honor for me to prove myself at the premiere of the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy in Germany,” said 24-year old Radovan.
There will be a familiar face from the boxing scene in Radovan’s corner: Juergen Braehmer.
The former light heavyweight world champion has trained Radovan since his change from the amateurs to the pros. In addition, Braehmer is the only boxer to take part in the World Boxing Super Series also being active as a coach. The skilled technician will face Rob Brant from the US at the end of October in the last quarterfinal event of the WBSS season at a venue to be confirmed.
Braehmer is preparing himself in his hometown Schwerin, together with Denis Radovan, Araik Marutjan and current WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Tyron Zeuge.
“At the moment the focus is completely on Denis,” said Braehmer. “Aboghe is not an easy opponent, but Denis should beat him. That’s what I expect from him.”
Braehmer has big expectations for his prodigy. “It is an ambitious goal, but by the end of 2017 or early 2018 we want to take the first minor title fight. He has enormous potential, ” said the WBSS participant. And how does Braehmer manage the double burden of his own preparation and coaching?
Braehmer: “That’s very simple. My guys have their schedule, I have my training times. There are no issues at all.”
Saturday August 19th LIVE at a packed Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska, unified WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford took on WBA, IBF and IBO unified light welterweight champion Julius Indongo. This was the first time since 2004 when Bernard Hopkins stopped Oscar De La Hoya for the unified middleweight championships, had two fighters faced off for all the belts in a division. This was a fight for more than “Titles”, there was a place in “History” being etched for both men.
When the contest started both men seemed a anxious neither wanting to make that first mistake. While Crawford was slightly more relaxed, his nine punches connected made it evident he was not chancing one of those wide powerful hooks of Indongo landing clean. In the second round Crawford began settling in and landed a punch behind the ear of Indongo putting him down for an eight count. Once rising off the canvas, Indongo went straight for Crawford hoping he could even things out, as the round ended Crawford missed a wild left hand.
At the start of round three, Indongo still seeking retribution for the second round knockdown threw wide reckless hooks. As Crawford moved back towards the ropes he looked for an opening, landing clean to the solar plexus of Indongo dropping him for the second time. While Indongo writhed in agony, referee Jack Reiss made the full ten count declaring Terence Crawford the undisputed Super Lightweight champion of the world. With his victory and status of “Undisputed” Crawford improved to 32-0 (23), after his first professional defeat Julius Indongo now stands at 22-1 (11).
While it was a great moment to see Crawford establish 140lb dominance and perhaps rise a few notches in boxing’s mythical “Pound for Pound list”, any true fan has to appreciate Indongo even in defeat. At 34yrs old he just reached the peak of his career winning his IBF, WBA and IBO world titles as an “Opponent” traveling to foreign countries coming out ahead both times. He could have sought an easier fight to hold onto his belts a little while longer but instead did what a champion should by facing the best available.
The co-feature between NABF Light Heavyweight title holder Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Craig Baker started out slower than expected. In his most recent bouts Gvozdyk has been the constant aggressor, dominating then stopping world class opponents Issac Chilemba and Yuniseki Gonzalez. In this fight Gvozdyk played more the role of “Boxer” using footwork along with subtle head movement. As the bout wore on this version of Gvozdyk gave Baker confidence and made the crowd in attendance question this “Buzz” surrounding Gvozdyk as a brutal finisher.
In round six, Gvozdyk turned up the heat almost instantly splitting Baker’s high guard with a right hand then dropped him after a compact right hook connected above his ear. Once back on his feet, Baker would be driven back to the ropes under an all out assault from Gvozdyk forcing referee Celestino Ruiz to save him from further abuse. With the victory Oleksandr Gvozdyk improved to 14-0 (12), Craig Baker now stands at 17-2 (13).
The nights opening bout would be between former Olympian Shakur Stevenson and David Michel Paz. Over the six distance Stevenson used volume and combination punching to dominate Paz. In the fifth Stevenson scored a knockdown that resulted in a lopsided unanimous decision by scores of 60-53 on all three Judges cards. With his win Shakur Stevenson improved to 3-0 (1), David Michel Paz now stands at 4-4-1.
In Undercard action–
Super Lightweight– Mike Reed 23-0 (12) def. Robert Frankel 35-18-1 (7) via UD 10. 100-90 X3
Welterweight– Mike Alvarado 37-4 (25) def. Sidney Siqueira 26-13-1 (17) via KO 4.
Heavyweight– Bryant Jennings 20-2 (11) def. Daniel Martz 15-5-1 (12) via TKO 2.
Heavyweight-Dillian Whyte 21-1(16) def. Malcolm Tann 24-6 (13) via TKO3.
Light Heavyweight– Steven Nelson 9-0 (7) def. Cesar Ruiz 5-5 (2) via UD 6. 60-54 X3.
Lightweight– Kevin Ceja Ventura 8-0 (6) def. Baltazar Ramirez 3-4 (3) via KO 3.