Saturday October 14th at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York a 154lb world title fight triple header took place headlined by WBA Super and IBO champion Erislandy Lara defending his belt against Terrell Gausha. In the co-features IBF title holder Jarrett Hurd faced former world champion Austin Trout and WBC title holder Jermell Charlo faced Erickson Lubin. In all the combined record of the six fighters was an impressive 141-5-2.
In the main event WBA Super champion Erislandy Lara put on a master class clinic in his defense over Terrell Gausha. While the crowd in attendance was not happy and most were unable to appreciate how easily Lara was able to handle Gausha he did so without threat. The straight left hand and angles of Lara left Gausha confused and without answers on how to mount an offense of his own. In the twelfth and final round Gausha managed to have some success but that success came too late. The final scores read 116-111 twice and 117-110 all in favor of Lara. With the win Erislandy Lara improved to 26-2-2 (14) after his first defeat Terrell Gausha stands at 20-1 (9).
The anticipated battle of punchers between WBC belt holder Jermell Charlo and undefeated Erickson Lubin was a short affair. On paper it appeared to be an exciting matchup but the inexperienced 22yr old Erickson Lubin was over anxious and sloppy from the start. He leaned in to land punches, Charlo capitalized with a counter right that landed behind the ear of Lubin stopping him in round one. One the punch landed Lubin fell unable to get up and was counted out in round one. With the win Charlo improved his record to 30-0 (15), suffering his first career defeat Erickson Lubin now stands at 18-1 (13).
In the third co-feature, IBF belt holder Jarrett Hurd and former world champion Austin Trout put on the nights most exciting bout. It would be Trout using experience and superior ring generalship to win early rounds. The combination punching of Trout and constant movement kept Hurd off balance early on. It was a dominate performance by Trout through six rounds as he moved, unleashed combinations then avoided any return fire from Hurd. As the rounds wore on, Hurd slowly took advantage of his reach and started landing punches at a distance swelling Trouts right eye. It would be all Jarrett Hurd from rounds eight through ten, imposing his size and targeting the swollen eye of Austin Trout until completely shut. In between rounds ten and eleven the corner of Trout decided to halt the contest due to his eye saving him for another night. It was a good performance for Hurd despite a tough start, it’s a learning experience that should make him a smarter fighter in future bouts and hopefully he takes advantage of his massive reach earlier if he can manage to do so Hurd could become a dominate title holder.
In Undercard action–
Middleweight-Tony Harrison 25-2 (20) def. Paul Valenzuela Jr 20-6 (14) via UD 8.
Featherweight- Cindy Serrano 27-5-3 (10) def. Edina Kiss 14-6 (8) via SD 8
Super Welterweight- Chordale Booker 8-0 (4) def. Malcolm McAllister 9-1 (8) via UD 8.
Heavyweight-George Arias 9-0 (5) def. Mario Heredia 14-6 (12) via TKO 5.
Welterweight- Julian Sosa 10-0-1 (3) def. Erick Daniel Martinez 14-10-1(8) via UD 4.
Welterweight- Richardson Hitchins 3-0 (1) def. Jordan Morales 2-3 (2) via UD 4.
Friday night on ESPN Deportes Golden Boy promotions hosted an event from the Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio in California. The televised co-features would be two ten round junior welterweight contest, opening the card would be former WBA 140lb interim title holder Pablo Cesar Cano taking on experienced but little known Marcelino Nicolas Lopez. In the main event well traveled Fidel Maldonado Jr faced off against former WBA interim lightweight belt holder Ismael Barroso.
The main event between Fidel Maldonado Jr and Ismael Barroso was at minimum disappointing. The bout began with Fidel Maldonado Jr using movement trying to box from a distance while Barroso swung wild power shots. They both seemed to have abandoned the jab, wild misses of Barroso allowed Maldonado Jr to edge out the first two rounds. In round three as Barroso came closer to landing with his hooks, Maldonado Jr became heisitent to commit with his own offense and was sent to the canvas by a Barroso left hand. One that first big punch of Barroso connected, Maldonado Jr jumped on his bike and back peddled offering nothing in return. It became ugly was clinches started happening regularly, Barroso swung wild and Maldonado Jr ran hoping to avoid being caught by another lunging hook.
There would be another knockdown scored by Barroso in round five that caused the eye of Maldonado Jr to swell shut almost instantly. In round six a determined Barroso in ugly fashion chased Maldonado Jr with wild hooks missing most, once Barrose was able to land a punch Maldonado Jr folded and did not attempt to rise off the mat. It would be the first time since facing Amir Imam in 2015 Maldonado Jr was halted in a contest, his record dropped to 24-4-1 (19) while Ismael Barroso improved to 20-1-2 (19). The unwillingness of Maldonado Jr to even throw let alone commit to his punches is signs of a fighter who has lost his desire to compete. The wild lunging style of Barroso is ugly and despite his nineteen stoppages out of his twenty wins the power of Barroso is average at best. I personally would not be disappointed if neither were televised again.
In the opening bout, Pablo Cesar Cano and Marcelino Nicolas Lopez both entering off a loss, needed not only to win but impressively. In April on an ESPN broadcast main event from the Turningstone casino Lopez lost a split decision to Michael Perez. With all three of his previous bouts going the distance Cano was 1-2, losing to Fidel Maldonado Jr and Alan Sanchez winning narrowly against Mauricio Herrera. It started with neither fighter doing much but Cano slightly busier opened a cut over the eye of Lopez just before round one ended. At the start of round two, Cano circled looked for distance to land punches and capitalize on the cut of Lopez. With perhaps feeling a sense of urgency due to the cut, Lopez pressured Cano and as Pablo circled towards the ropes Lopez landed a clean overhand right left uppercut combination. The combination instantly dropped Cano in a fahion that gave referee Edward Hernandez Sr no reason to count halting the affair at 27 seconds of round two. With his win Marcelino Nicolas Lopez with the win improved to 32-3-1 (18), suffering his first stoppage loss since 2014 Pablo Cesar Cano drops to 30-7-1 (21).
In Undercard action
Lightweight– Oscar Duarte 12-0-1(8) def. Juan Jose Montes 25-6-2 (15) RTD 4.
Super Welterweight– Marvin Cabrera 6-0 (5) def. Hector Velazquez 57-30-3 (39) Via TKO corner threw in towel
Featherweight– Francisco Javier Martinez 4-0 (3) def. Ricardo Arias 1-2-1 UD 6.
Welterweight– Ruben Rodriguez 2-0 (1) def. Israel Villela 6-7 (2) UD 4.
WBA Super World Super Middleweight champion George Groves (75,8 kg) (26-3, 19 KOs) and Jamie Cox (76,1 kg) (24-0,13 KOs) are ready for Saturday’s Ali Trophy quarter-final clash at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London.
“I have worked hard all my life to become a world champion,” said Groves.
“Now I will work hard to win the Muhammad Ali Trophy. I am in great shape, I have great experience and I know exactly what it takes to win this tournament. I can’t wait for Saturday night.”
Jamie Cox has been confident in the build up for the fight and says he is ready to cause a stir against the number one seed in the super middleweight division of the World Boxing Super Series.
“I am relaxed,” said Jamie Cox.
“I have got my team, my friends, my family and my fans here. I am ready to go, I have trained hard for this.”
“It is obviously my first world title fight and I am ready for the occasion. When I looked into George’s eyes a saw a scared man. I am predicting a great, great win.”
WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES FIXTURES & RESULTS
09/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck (WBO World) – Usyk Won (TKO 10)
Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
16/09/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund (WBC Diamond) – Smith Won (UD)
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
23/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov (WBA World) – Dorticos Won (KO 2)
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
30/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez (WBC World) – Briedis Won (UD)
Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia
07/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Avni Yildirim (IBO World) – Eubank Jr. Won (KO 3)
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
21/10/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Murat Gassiev vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (IBF World)
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA
27/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant
Sport- und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
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
LOS ANGELES (OCTOBER 13, 2017) – Fists will fly on November 11 when super lightweight knockout artists Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (20-0, 16 KOs) and Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-1-2, 26 KOs) square off in a 10-round bout from Long Island’s NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The Seldin vs. Ortiz battle will serve as the opening bout of an action-packed HBO card featuring Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs in the main event taking on Luis Arias in a 12-round middleweight showdown and rising heavyweight Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller squaring off with Mariusz Wach in the co-main.
Fighting out of Long Island, NY, Seldin is a former WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Champion who has plowed through the competition with devastating power resulting in 78 percent of his fights ending by knockout.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic to fight for the first time on HBO and represent Star Boxing at the Coliseum,” Seldin said “I see this as the second start to my career, this is a great opportunity and now that I have it there’s no turning back, I’m here to stay — bigger fights, bigger venues and on HBO. I just fought recently but as soon as they called about this fight I jumped at it. I’ll be more than ready for Roberto Ortiz on November 11.”
Ortiz, from Torreon, Mexico, has torn through 35 opponents including 10 defenses of the WBC Silver Super Lightweight Championship over three years. The sole blemish on his record came against former Interim WBC World Super Lightweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse.
“We are going to take advantage of every opportunity, and we are thankful to GBP, Star Boxing, and HBO who have supported us,” Ortiz said. “I am confident I will be able to prove that I am someone to mess with in this sport. We know we are going up against an undefeated fighter, who is powerful. Our mental game will have to be at 100%, and we will have to have the perfect strategy to be able to take him down and leave with the victory. I am hopeful that our styles will give a great fight, and give a performance that everyone can appreciate come fight night.”
“Cletus has thrilled New York fight fans at The Paramount in Long Island for the last five years,” Joe DeGuardia President and CEO of Star Boxing said, “He has sensational knockout power and Roberto Ortiz is also a real banger who comes to fight. We’re grateful to Peter Nelson and HBO for showcasing great matchups and future stars of the sport. We look forward to another exhilarating performance from Cletus.”
BROOKLYN (October 12, 2017) – Top heavyweight title contender Dominic Breazeale will take on Eric Molina in a 12-round WBC title elimination match on the undercard of the showdown between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, Nov. 4. The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
The stacked card will also feature former welterweight champion Shawn Porter taking on Adrian Granados and Sergey Lipinets battling Akihiro Kondo for the vacant junior welterweight title in televised bouts. The live three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Plus, five-time world champion Amanda Serrano of Brooklyn takes on Marilyn Hernandez, Long Island’s Seanie Monaghan (28-1-0, 17 KOs) makes his ring return to face Evert Bravo (23-6-1, 17 KOs), from Arboletes, Colombia, and Brooklyn’s Chris Colbert (6-0, 2 KOs) battles Long Island’s Titus Williams (7-0, 2 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout.
New prices have been set for tickets to see the event live at Barclays Center, giving fans an unprecedented opportunity to see the heavyweight champion of the world in a rematch against the only contender who has taken him a full 12 rounds.
“We’ve recognized that Deontay’s opponent has changed, and we’ve restructured ticket prices to encourage as many fans as possible to attend a great night of fights, and the Heavyweight Championship of the world,” said Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, the promoter of the card. “Stiverne is thrilled for this second chance and he has nothing to lose. Bermane Stiverne is the only opponent that Deontay hasn’t knocked out among his professional opponents. Deontay wants to fix that and Stiverne is looking to throw a wrench into Wilder’s dream of heavyweight unification.”
Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) dethroned defending champion Stiverne in January 2015 via unanimous decision in what was the promising challenger’s toughest fight to date. With the win, Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion in nearly a decade and he has gone on to defend the title five times. Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) remains the only Wilder opponent to go the distance with the hard-hitting Tuscaloosa, Ala., native who has knocked out every other professional opponent on his long resume.
Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs), who lives in Eastvale, California, is coming off a KO victory over Izu Ugonoh on Feb. 25. The 32-year-old Breazeale suffered the only loss of career in a heavyweight championship match against Anthony Joshua in London on June 25, 2016.
Eric Molina (26-4, 19 KOs) has twice fought for the heavyweight world championship. In his first title shot the 35-year-old from Weslaco, Texas was knocked out by Deontay Wilder on June 13, 2015. Molina lost via TKO to Anthony Joshua in his next opportunity on Dec. 10, 2016. Molina bounced back with a majority decision victory against Jamal Woods in his last fight on Sept. 2.
Five-division world champion Amanda Serrano (33-1-1, 25 KOs) will be making her fourth appearance at Barclays Center when she defends her super bantamweight world title against Marilyn Hernandez (26-10, 17 KOs). Serrano, who was born in Puerto Rico and lives in Brooklyn, successfully defended her title with a TKO victory over Edina Kiss in her last fight on July 21. Hernandez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic scored a TKO victory over Maria Hernandez in her last fight on Jan. 10.
“Rob doesn’t care where they fight. He knows he’s got too much for Braehmer. This fight will be his FORMAL introduction to the boxing world. He’s in top shape and ready for anything coming his way. After this fight, Rob Brant will no longer be the secret wild card of the tournament. He’s going to win the whole thing.”
Chris Eubank Jr. is predicting a victory for George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) over his Ali Trophy quarter-final opponent Jamie Cox (24-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London.
Eubank Jr. earned his spot in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series when he dominated and knocked out Turkish Avni Yildirim in round three in Stuttgart last weekend.
A superb performance that paved the way for a potential semi-final clash with former sparring partner George Groves.
“After my performance against Yildirim, it’s hard to see anyone as the tournament’s favourite apart from me. I can beat everybody in the super middleweight division. Anyplace, anywhere, anytime,” said Eubank Jr. before predicting the outcome of Saturday’s all British match-up.
“Nothing is certain, anything can happen in boxing, but I want George Groves to win. We have a history and this is the fight the public has demanded for many years, so hopefully he gets through the fight and then we can get in the ring in January.
“I am not a betting man, but if I had to put money on one I’d say George because of his experience. Cox is unknown, he is green. I’ll give George the edge of the fight.
“If George is my opponent in the semi-final then we can stop talking about favourites and let the hands do the talking. And my hands will be talking loudly at him!”