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RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS Returns Aug. 24 to Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, CA

RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®
Returns Aug. 24 to Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, CA
Undefeated Irish middleweight Connor Coyle to headline
 
STREAMING LIVE AND EXCLUSIVELY ON UFC FIGHT PASS

LAS VEGAS (August 14, 2019) — World-class professional boxing returns Saturday night, August 24, to Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, California, which is located about 30 miles from San Diego, with another exciting installment of RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS.

Promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions, the Aug. 24th show will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

 

Headlining the show is undefeated Irish middleweight prospect Connor “The Kid” Coyle (10-0, 3 KOs), who will meet San Diego veteran fighter Rafael “The Pride of San Diego” Ramon Ramirez(21-4-2, 4 KOs) in 10-round main event.

The 29-year-old Coyle, fighting out of Derry, Northern, Ireland, is a “legacy” fighter: hisgreat grand-father and great-uncle, both named Spider Kelly, each were British Empire and Commonwealth featherweight champions, 16 years apart. They had 256 combined bouts between 1928 and 1962. There is a monument dedicated to their unique achievements in Derry, Northern Ireland, were Coyle was born, raised and lives.

Ramirez has gained invaluable experience as a past sparring partner for world champions such as Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Shane Mosely and Jose Luis Castillo.

Mexican super lightweight prospect Santiago “Somer” Dominguez (16-0, 12 KOs) takes on Fabian Lyimo (23-9-2, 15 KOs), of Tanzania, in the eight-round, co-featured event.

Unbeaten Chula Vista, CA welterweight Adrian Guttierrez (7-0-1, 4 KOs) is slated to face German “Tin Tan” Valdez (4-5-1, 1 KO), of Mexico, in a six-round bout.

THANDERZ TARGETS WAHLSTROM WORLD TITLE FIGHT

THANDERZ TARGETS WAHLSTROM WORLD TITLE FIGHT

Katharina Thanderz (11-0, 2 KOs) has her sights set on a World title challenge as she looks to claim her twelfth professional victory against Monica Gentili (6-10, 1 KO) on Saturday at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Thanderz returns to the ring following an impressive points win over Rachel Ball in Arendal in March, and will be fighting for the first time since signing a long-term contract with European powerhouse promoter Team Sauerland.

“I believe I’m ready for a World title challenge,” said Thanderz ahead of her crunch clash with the tough Italian. “I have been working with that goal in my mind for many years. I’ve put in the hard work every single day to be at my best, and I definitely think I have what it takes to become a World Champion.

“Going into this fight, it gives me a lot of extra motivation knowing that a World title fight is so close. I mean, I love boxing, and I always work with a lot of passion and give my all in every training session, but it definitely gives me an extra push to know that I’m so close to achieving my goal.”

To achieve her goal, Thanderz must first dethrone one of the reigning 130lb rulers, and has WBC titleholder Eva Wahlstrom at the top of her wish list.

“Out of all the champions in my weight division, I would love to meet Eva Wahlstrom,” said Thanderz. “She’s from Finland and I’m from Norway, and it would be a great fight that I’m sure the Scandinavian public would love.

“I really admire her as a boxer. She has a very nice boxing style to watch, and is very technical and fast. She might not be the strongest or hardest hitting boxer, but she’s a hard worker, and I have huge respect for that. I think she has the whole package and is a good role model for other female boxers.

“With that said, I would be willing to fight any of the World Champions. My ambition is to meet the best female boxers in the world, and I wouldn’t have a problem going up in weight in the future either, but for now, all my focus is on beating Monica Gentili because she is not a fighter you can overlook.

“My preparations have gone well. I’ve been training twice a day in extreme heat so I’m in great condition and I’m anxious to step into the ring again.”

Thanderz faces Gentili on the undercard of Vincent Feigenbutz’s IBO International Super Middleweight title showdown with Cesar Nunez, which also features rising Norwegian star Hadi Srour against Russia’s Evgenii Vazem.

STATEMENT FROM REGIS PROGRAIS AND DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT REGARDING PROGRAIS’ WITHDRAWAL FROM THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES

Today in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Regis Prograis and DiBella Entertainment, Inc. filed for a declaratory judgment that Comosa AG, the owner of the World Boxing Super Series, has breached its contractual obligations to Prograis and DBE. Prograis and DBE further informed Comosa that Prograis is withdrawing from the WBSS, effective immediately.

Today’s action is the result of a long and repeated pattern of behavior by Comosa that includes late payments, scheduling delays, bad faith representations, missed deadlines, and broken promises. A recitation of this behavior can be found in the Complaint filed today.

There is no one more disappointed by this turn of events than Regis Prograis, who has expressed his desire to unify the super lightweight division on a number of occasions. Comosa was provided every opportunity to see the WBSS to conclusion but it failed at every turn to meet its obligations to the contracted fighters. This action was commenced only after Prograis and DBE determined, as a result of Comosa’s conduct, that his participation in this venture was no longer possible.

DBE and Prograis will not be making any further comment beyond the content of this statement and the Complaint.

Before and After-The Rebirth of Mikey ‘Baby Face’ Faragon

Before and After: The Incredible Rebirth of
Mikey ‘Baby Face’ Faragon

The incredible rebirth of Albany, New York’s Mikey “Baby Face” Faragon (19-1, 9 KOs) is complete and he will return to action in a six-rounder tonight, Friday, August 9, at a GCP and Rapacz Boxing show at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota against Missouri’s Demetrius Wilson.

Faragon was once a super lightweight prospect touted as one of the most promising young fighters to ever come out of the Capital Region, but a severe foot injury forced him out of boxing five years ago.

During his extended recovery, which included several painful surgeries, 32-year-old Faragon fell into depression and unhealthy living and gained a great deal of weight.

With his mobility now restored, Faragon challenged himself to get back in shape and said he would fight again if he could. Pictured above, right, Faragon is back in fighting shape and, against Wilson, will be looking to gauge how much of that immense potential he still has.

About Greg Cohen Promotions

One of boxing’s premier promotional outfits, Greg Cohen Promotions (GCP) is a well-respected name for staging world-class professional boxing events and promoting elite professional fighters throughout the world.

Founder and CEO Greg Cohen has been involved with professional boxing in various capacities since the late 1980s, honing his craft and establishing himself as a shrewd international boxing businessman.

Distinguished by his ability to spot and develop raw talent, Cohen is lauded for his expert guidance of, among many others, current WBA Middleweight Champion Rob Brant from Minnesota, top-rated heavyweight contender Jarrell “ Big Baby” Miller from New York and former WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout of New Mexico. All three fighters, under Cohen’s promotional watch, went from unknowns to prospects to national television stars.

In addition, Greg Cohen Promotions has worked with established names such as former unified and two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman and all-time-great multiple-weight class world champion James “Lights Out” Toney, as well as former WBA World Champion Ismael Barroso and former WBO-NABO Super Middleweight Champion “Mean” Joe Greene.

Cohen also has a full stable of up-and-coming future champions, lead by undefeated light heavyweight Cem Kilic, undefeated featherweight prospect Ramiro Hernandez, and undefeated super featherweight prospect Abraham “El Super” Nova.

Greg Cohen Promotions has hosted world-class boxing events in the finest venues throughout the United States and the world and has also proudly provided talent and/or content for several television networks including HBO, Showtime, ESPN, ESPN+, DAZN, CBS Sports, MSG and FOX Sports Net.

IBO INTERNATIONAL TITLE ANNOUNCED AS VINCENT FEIGENBUTZ EYES EUBANK JR WORLD TITLE SHOT

 The IBO International super-middleweight title will be on the line when Germany’s Vincent Feigenbutz (30-2, 27 KOs) faces Cesar Nunez (16-0-1, 8 KOs) on August 17 in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Following an emphatic fifth round demolition of Przemyslaw Opalach (27-3, 22 KOs) in January, 23-year-old former WBA super-middleweight World Champion Vincent Feigenbutz is looking to take the next step on his ‘Road to the Top’ and add the IBO International title to his collection.

“With a win over Nunez, the ‘KO King’ Vincent Feigenbutz is one step closer to IBO World Champion Chris Eubank Jr. That’s a fight we want, before facing fighters like Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo”, said promoter Nisse Sauerland.

“Vincent has to take care of Nunez first, but we are confident he will live up to the ‘KO King’ nickname. Vincent is in top form, he’s highly ranked and we are looking forward to him putting on a show on August 17 and taking another step towards a world title shot.”

Whilst the unbeaten Spaniard Cesar Nunez has been preparing with esteemed Cuban trainer Pedro Diaz in tropical Miami, Vincent Feigenbutz has been fighting Europe’s heatwave as he looks to ensure he is ready for August 17.

“We had a good, but exhausting camp. The hot temperatures of 40 degrees certainly played a part in the gym,” said Feigenbutz. “Training is fun, but nothing compares to fighting. Slowly the excitement builds as we get closer to August 17.

“I am looking forward to fighting near my home town once again and I hope that fans in Ludwigshafen and from across the region will come out to support me!”

The fight tops a huge night of boxing featuring 17-year-old sensation Sophie Alisch (3-0, 1 KO) against Vanesa Caballero (1-5-3), unbeaten super-welterweight Ahmad Ali (14-0-1, 10 KOs) against experienced Arman Torosyan (19-6-1, 16 KOs), Team Sauerland’s two newest recruits Katharina Thanderz (11-0, 2 KOs) and Hadi Srour (3-0, 2 KOs) and some of Ludwigshafen’s best local talent.

Spectacular Inoue-Donaire Ali Trophy Final Set for November 7 in Saitama, Japan

Spectacular Inoue-Donaire Ali Trophy Final Set for November 7 in Saitama, Japan

Japan’s ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) and legendary Filipino-American Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) clash for the 118lb Ali Trophy at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on November 7.

Comosa AG, the organizer of the World Boxing Super Series, is delighted to travel to Japan for the bantamweight final.

“The Muhammad Ali Trophy and the best production in boxing arrive in the Land of the Rising Sun for a huge spectacle,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “Two bonafide superstars are going to find out who is the very best in the division and bring home the Ali Trophy.

“Inoue has proved why he is called the Monster, he is a freak of nature, his power from another planet, and the already iconic Donaire, who produced one of the knockouts of the year in his semi-final, is looking as strong as ever in the twilight of his career.

“What a duel, what a conclusion and what an arena. We simply can’t wait to see who of these gladiators will lift the Trophy on November 7!”

Inoue and Donaire have both impressed in the bantamweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series on their way to the final to fight for the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Inoue has sent shock waves throughout boxing and the wider world of sport with his quarter-final and semi-final performances. The three-weight champ, and current WBA ‘Regular’ and IBF World Bantamweight titlist was already a well-known name in boxing but has become almost a paranormal phenomenon in the quest for the greatest prize in boxing.

Late last year after his famous, electrifying jab-cross’ and ‘Gone in 70 seconds’ win over Juan Carlos Payano, the 26-year-old became the first Japanese national to occupy The Ring cover since the magazine’s foundation in 1922, and following a stunning second-round stoppage of Emmanuel Rodriguez in the semi-final he bolstered his reputation to the top of the pound-for-pound ranks.

The ‘Monster’s total fight time in the tournament is incredible 5 minutes and 29 seconds. Of Inoue’s 18 bouts, impressively 13 were for the world title, but his biggest test to date lies ahead in the shape of Nonito Donaire, the WBC Diamond and WBA ‘Super’ World Bantamweight Champion, who has held multiple world championships in four weight classes.

“I can’t wait for the final,” said Inoue. “Donaire is to me a legend in the sport of boxing, and I am honoured to be sharing the ring with him in the final. But I will do my very best to win against the legend to claim the Ali trophy.”

Said Mr. Ohashi, Inoue’s promoter: “Inoue is known as The Monster’ and Nonito Donaire is a legend in the sport.  I have always felt these two were destined to fight in the ring. It will be a spectacular finale of a great tournament.”

Donaire won his quarter-final, as tournament No 1. seed Ryan Burnett was forced to retire from after four rounds of action due to a lower back injury. And the 36-year-old scored a stunning one-punch 6th round knockout of American Stephon Young in the semi-final; a devastating left hook put Young down and out – after the original opponent, Zolani Tete, had to pull out with a shoulder injury only days before the bout.

Donaire said before watching Inoue’s semi-final against Emmanuel Rodriguez: “Inoue has always supported me in this tournament and we have an unspoken thing that we wanted to face each other in the final.”

On November 7 at the Saitama Super Arena, one of the largest indoor arenas in the world, just north of Tokyo, it’s Judgement Day for the ‘Monster’ and ‘The Filipino Flash’.

“I am looking forward to the final in Japan and a great fight,“ said Donaire. “I have fought several world champions, and I will come well prepared. Inoue is an amazing fighter, but I saw flaws in his semi-final, and I think I can definitely create a game plan against him and win the Ali Trophy.”

Said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Ringstar Sports, Donaire’s promoter: “November 7 will be a monstrous night for boxing! They call Inoue ‘The Monster’ but Nonito Donaire is undefeated at bantamweight. He is the real Monster and will yet again show the world why he is a true legend of the sport!”

WBSS Season 2 Finals:

Bantamweights

  • Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire – 7 November, Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Super-Lightweights
  • Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor

Cruiserweights

  • Mairis Briedis vs Yunier Dorticos
Photos: World Boxing Super Series

Luke Gibbs Returns September 14th

Former England International Luke Gibb returns to the ring on September 14

Super-lightweight Luke Gibb (4-1) will head back to the ring for the first time in almost a year when he fights on JE Promotions’ ‘Next Level’ event on September 14 at Mote Park in Maidstone.

The 30-year-old from Bexleyheath got back to winning ways against Naheem Chaudry (0-27) last October after a surprise defeat to Lewis Ritson’s sparring partner Jordan Ellison (8-12) in February 2017 when challenging for the British Challenge belt.

The former Team GB boxer was keen to be fast-tracked by promoter Joe Elfidh and rushed into an eight-round Challenge belt contest in just his fourth fight.

A second-round knockdown at the hands of Northern Area title contender ‘Baby J’ Ellison put ‘Gibbo’ on the backfoot and, despite his bravest efforts, he couldn’t quite claw his way back into the contest, losing for the first time as a pro, 74-78 on points.\After a short break, he returned on JE Promotions’ ‘The Homecoming’ show last October and became only the second boxer to ever drop Blackburn’s Chaudry when a powerful left uppercut landed heavily in the fourth and final round.\The pressure-fighter wanted to continue the momentum, but his plans were thwarted when an abnormality in a routine brain scan was detected.

He explained, “There was a change in my last brain scan and the BBBofC said I couldn’t box on the JE Promotions February show. I went to see a specialist and they said I was fine, but it took a long procedure getting in touch with the Board, but they cleared me to box eventually.

“I’m looking to get back in on this show and make a bit of a statement and hopefully get some sort of title afterwards, whether it’s Southern Area or something like that.

“I want to get something out of boxing, to be honest, after so much time I’ve given to the sport. I just want to keep active, have a week off after this next fight, then get straight back into camp again.

“My professional career has been stop-start with things out of my control, so I just want to get on with it now and keep active and see where it gets me.”

Luke, managed by Joe Elfidh, trains with Ray Askew and Sam Latham at the Invicta Gym in Sheerness. The thriving gym allows Gibb to experience sparring with unbeaten super-welterweight Lenny Fuller, who is currently preparing for Ultimate Boxxer 5, as well as MTK-signed Bradley Haxell and promising debutant Brooklyn Tilley.

As an amateur, Luke was a two-time Junior ABA finalist; a London ABA winner; Four Nations silver medalist; England representative and was selected for the Team GB Development Squad.

The commitment to travel to Sheffield for training took its toll on the young amateur, who decided to drop his place on the squad in favor of a career as a nightclub promoter instead. Now, the standout amateur wants to be paid back for his lifetime in the sport.

“I got offered an eliminator for the English super-lightweight title, but only had a month’s notice. I was actually up for it but Ray [Askew] and Joe [Elfidh] both said no, because there’s not enough time and they’ve got my best interests at heart.

“That’s sort of where I want to go; obviously I want a title before anything, but if there’s a big money fight that comes along then I’d be stupid not to consider it. If I keep active, keep winning, then hopefully more of those opportunities will come along.”

The ‘Next Level’ card also features Danny ‘The Real Deal’ Shannon (4-7-1); unbeaten light-heavyweight Paul ‘Bomber’ Brown (4-0); making his long-awaited comeback, Zeki Hussein (0-1); Gillingham southpaw Mick Mills (1-12); and debutants Jimmy Peckham and Brooklyn Tilley.

Unrivaled work ethic guides Peixoto’s journey

Young, confident Peixoto ready to put on a show

East Providence, RI, native and decorated amateur makes long-awaited CES Boxing debut

Lincoln, RI (Aug. 7, 2019) — He works full-time five days a week, sometimes six, installing insulation in homes, and can even do construction, everything from dry wall to stick framing.

When he’s done, he rides his bike to the Big Six Boxing Academy in Providence — seven and a half miles there, and seven and a half home — to work on the one craft you can’t learn in a classroom.

Elijah Peixoto (1-0, 1 KO) might be the best-kept secret in New England boxing if not for his extensive amateur background. The 24-year-old East Providence, RI, native’s resume dwarfs that of most who’ve come out of this region and puts him in elite company with some of the best in the northeast to lace up in the gloves.

A boxer since the age of 12, Peixoto finished 119-27 as an amateur, including four Southern New England Golden Gloves championships, multiple New England Regional titles, four additional Regional Junior Olympic championships and a trip the 2018 Olympic Trials Qualifiers. Two years before that, he won the Cape Verdean Olympic Trials, but the team did not compete due to financial reasons.

Arguably one of a handful of truly elite fighters to emerge from New England in this generation, Peixoto recently signed a long-term promotional agreement with CES Boxing and will make his Rhode Island debut Friday night at Twin River Casino Hotel in a four-round super lightweight bout against Tampa’s Carlos Otero (2-0).

“I want to put on the best show I can,” Peixoto said. “I’ve been in with the best of the best. I’m not afraid to step in there with anyone, and if I have to step up early in my career to show everyone I’m ready, I’m with it.

“It’s going to be crazy. The energy is going to be wild.”

The work ethic that pushes Peixoto to work a full-time job — and not just a desk job, but a job that requires demanding, physical labor — and balance it with his boxing career was instilled at an early age. His grandfather, Charlie Babbitt, and father, Ricardo Crawford, introduced him to the sport as a child. He boxed in all circles, training and sparring as a youth alongside Rhode Island icons Jamie ClampittGary Balletto and Jarrod Tillinghast, absorbing as much as he could along the way. He also met former pro Josh Beeman through his current trainer, Roland Estrada.

Upon launching his amateur career, Peixoto knew it’d only be a matter of time before he turned pro. To put his resume into perspective, Peixoto faced current unbeaten Worcester, MA, lightweight Jamaine Ortiz — who also appears on Friday’s show — seven times as an amateur. The two also fought alongside one another at the 2016 Trials, Ortiz at 141 pounds and Peixoto at 132.

“Every time was a war, and when I say a war, I mean a war,” Peixoto said. “There’s a mutual respect between us. That’s the kind of brotherhood you normally wouldn’t have with another sport.”

The two met up again at an amateur event in Rhode Island, where Ortiz urged Peixoto to turn pro.

“A year later we’re on the same card,” Peixoto said. “Life is crazy sometimes.”

Fighting everywhere as an amateur from Memphis to Spokane to Chattanooga prepared Peixoto for that long-awaited pro debut, and, as expected, he put on a show, stopping Carlos Galindo in the second round of their scheduled four-round fight in June.

“When I was younger, people always told me I had more of a pro style. That’s how my father taught me,” he said. “You could look at my style and say, ‘That kid is going to be great.’ It’s written all over the walls.”

Peixoto, who graduated from East Providence High School and went to vocational school to learn construction, expects to climb the ladder quickly. In his just his second fight, he faces Otero, also an accomplished amateur, who goes by the nickname “Slick Hands.” When Estrada fielded the offer for Peixoto to fight Otero, he never hesitated to accept, bluntly stating, “Elijah can take care of himself in the ring.”

The four-round fight between the two could steal the show on Friday’s stacked undercard, which would be a fitting scenario for the long-awaited homecoming of one of Rhode Island’s most accomplished amateurs. The hard work is starting to pay off, and as the accolades roll in, Peixoto will undoubtedly answer the bell by continuing to outwork everyone in his path.

“If you really want something, you have to work for it,” Peixoto said. “I hope that other person is training as hard as me, because when I step in that ring you know I’ll be working from Day 1.

“This sport makes me dig deep because I want to get to that level where I don’t have to work. I want to work hard now so I won’t have to work anymore. I want everyone to know my skill level and my passion.”

Next Friday’s main event features reigning NBA Heavyweight World Champion Juiseppe Cusumano (18-2, 16 KOs) of Sicily in the quest to add another belt to his collection when he battles “The Gentle Giant” Steve Vukosa (11-1, 4 KOs) of nearby Quincy, MA, in an eight-round bout for the vacant WBC USNBC crown.

In the co-main event, Ortiz (11-0, 6 KOs) the reigning WBC Youth World Lightweight Champion, puts his unbeaten record on the line in an eight-round showdown against French challenger Romain Couture (8-1-1, 4 KOs), who makes his United States debut.

The undercard features six undefeated prospects looking to keep their perfect records, including Pawtucket, RI, featherweight Ricky De Los Santos (8-0, 1 KO), who battles Reading, PA, vet and Dominican standout Yeuri Andujar (4-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round featured bout. Lightweight Michael Valentin (6-0, 1 KO) of Providence, RI, also steps up in his toughest test to date against Philadelphia’s Lonnie Jackson Jr. (4-1-1, 1 KO), in a six-round special attraction.

Another red-hot fighter, Marqus Bates (7-2, 5 KOs) of Taunton, MA, aims for his sixth consecutive win in an intriguing six-round welterweight bout against well-traveled Lancaster, PA, vet Evincii Dixon (8-23-2, 3 KOs), who fights for the 34th time in six years and returns to Rhode Island for the first time since 2013.

Also facing a tall order on the undercard, Big Six Boxing Academy super welterweights Victor Reynoso (4-0, 4 KOs) and Lamont Powell (4-0, 1 KO), both of Providence, put their identical records on the line in four-round featured bouts. Reynoso battles Canadian Kenny Chery (2-2, 1 KO), whom Powell faced in February, while Powell looks to build off his impressive win in April in a major step-up against Reading’s Ricardo Garcia (14-7-1, 9 KOs), a Dominican Republic native and veteran of 22 professional fights. Worcester, MA, welterweight Nicholas Briggs (4-0, 3 KOs), also unbeaten, returns to face Macon, GA, native Bryan Goldsby (5-13), a veteran of 18 professional bouts.

Kownacki and Arreola make boxing history, Pascal defeats Browne in at the Barclay’s Center inBrooklyn

Saturday night live from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn NY, PBC and Fox brought us a quality card headlined by heavyweights Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola with a light heavyweight co-feature consisting of Marcus Browne taking on Jean Pascal. While many including myself didn’t have high expectations for this event considering both Pascal and Arreola are well past their primes, the event proved to be one of the best PBC cards of 2019.

There was no one who could have predicted what would happen between Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola, the undefeated Kownacki in his last four fights defeated two former world title challengers and former world champion. As for Arreola the 38 year old former title challenger had been fairly inactive since being stopped by WBC heavyweight belt holder Deontay Wilder in 2016. On paper at least this appeared no more than a showcase bout for Kownacki as he continues his quest at gaining a world title opportunity.

The bout started with Arreola moving his head and being defensively responsible, a trait he has been criticized for not doing throughout his career. When Kownacki closed the distance he started to land his uppercut inside snapping Arreola’s head backwards.

It would be then Arreola showed he still had something left in his tank because his punch output would increase matching Kownacki blow for blow even landing the harder shots.

The two fighters fought a brutal grueling pace for the entire twelve rounds, there was not an ounce of give in either man at any moment. When all was said and done despite a great performance by Arreola the difference in this bout was Kownacki always coming forward even after taking big punches from Arreola.

The final scores would read 117-111 twice and 118-110 all in favor of Adam Kownacki who improved to 20-0 (15) while Chris Arreola drops to 38-6-1(33). Those scorecards were unfair to Arreola, while I agree the right man won it was a much closer margin and did not reflect what a great effort Arreola put in while breaking the record for the most punches ever thrown by a heavyweight in one fight 1125.  The duo together broke the record for both combined punches thrown 2172 and landed 689 in a heavyweight contest.

When light heavyweights Marcus Browne and Jean Pascal stepped in to meet for the WBC silver and WBA interim titles, there were few if anyone who thought the undefeated Browne would not emerge victorious. He had scored the biggest win of his career over former two division Badou Jack in January and only needed to get past the aging inactive former champion Pascal to do so.

We would see nothing from Jean Pascal early on to alter that opinion, Pascal had issues with closing the distance due to Browne keeping him at bay with his jab. In rounds two and three not only was Browne able to control the distance with his jab, Jean Pascal seemed unable to throw more than one punch at a time until a leaping hook in the fourth dropped Browne to the canvas.

The former champion despite scoring a knockdown, unable to capitalize on a stunned Browne was out boxed by in the fifth and sixth rounds. At the start of round seven, Jean pascal looked like a tired faded fighter until he once again dropped Browne with a wide right hook to the head. This time unlike the fourth Pascal was able to follow up and capitalize on the moment when another big hook placed Browne on the canvas for the third time.

With three knockdowns suffered, Browne gained his composure  and went back to using his jab to maintain distance then Pascal leaping in for another attempt at landing the hook would clash heads with Browne opening up a massive cut which forced referee Gary Rosado to halt the action.

The fight would go to the scorecards and despite Marcus Browne clearly out boxing Jean Pascal the three knockdowns would cost him the fight by scores of 75-74 on all three Judges Cards. With the win Jean Pascal now the WBC silver and WBA interim light heavyweight champion improved to  34-6-1(20), Marcus Browne in his first defeat drops to 23-1(16).

The televised opener was a junior middleweight contest between former world title challenger Curtis Stevens and veteran Wale Omotoso, fighting only a combined three times in as many years it didn’t take long before learning which man was affected most by their inactivity.

In the first round Omotoso would place Stevens on the canvas with a right to the head that while not appearing to be overly hard, he never fully recovered from. While Stevens gave an honest effort anything Omotoso landed appeared to do damage. There was a knockdown scored by Omotoso in the second round and with nothing coming in return from Stevens offensively afterwards, a third round knockdown was enough for referee Johnny Callas to halt the contest at 1:28 of round three.

With the win Wale Omotoso improved to 28-4 (22), Curtis Stevens now stands at 30-7 (22).

In Undercard action

Heavyweight- Brian Howard 15-3 (12) def.  Carlos Negron 20-3 (16) via KO 1

Featherweight- Cobia Breedy 14-0 (4) def.  Ryan Lee Allen 10-4-1(5) via UD 10.

Welterweight- Brian Jones 15-10 (9) def. Julian Sosa 13-1-1(5) via TKO 5

Featherweight- Helen Joseph 16-3-2 (10) def.  Edina Kiss 15-11 (9) via UD 6

Heavyweight- Marsellos Wilder 5-1(2) def. Nicoy Clarke 2-4 via UD 4.

Junior Middleweight- Kestna Davis 4-0 def. Jaime Meza 0-3 via UD 4

 

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