Daxx Khan

Vargas successful in return bout, Molina Jr conquers Redkach in four.

Friday night an edition of Premier Boxing Champions hosted by TGB promotions, broadcast on FS1 from the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster in California. The televised portion would broadcast a super welterweight bout and three welterweight contest contest headlined by former two division world champion Jessie Vargas taking on veteran Aaron Herrera. All were action packed contest that helped the winners exit 2017 in style while the losers will need to rethink their careers and come up with a new approach if they hope for a successful 2018.

In the main event former junior welterweight and welterweight world title holder Jessie Vargas, fighting for the first time since losing his WBO welterweight strap to Manny Pacquiao on November 5th of 2016 gave an impressive showing against Aaron Herrera. The former champion looked sharp from opening bell and remained in control the entire fight by using his jab and combination punching. While Herrera who is always a live underdog gave it his best efforts even after climbing off the canvas in round six was unable to match Vargas skill set or mount any sustained offense.

When the contest was over official scores read 100-89 on all three judges cards, with the win Jessie Vargas improved to 28-2 (10) while Aaron Herrera drops to 33-8-1 (22). It will be interesting after this performance to see where Vargas fits in with the other top 147lb fighters, his new head trainer former three division world champion Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum stated he was confident that Vargas is an improved fighter fans have yet to see the best version of.

The televised opener would be a super welterweight bout between Freddy Hernandez and Wale Omotoso, both coming in off extended layoffs. The last bout for Hernandez was a unanimous decision win over Alfredo Angulo in August of 2016 and for Omotoso a split decision loss to Jamal James in July of 2016, despite the layoff’s both fighters put on a solid performance.

In the first half of the contest, Hernandez worked off his jab keeping Omotoso at a distance while controlling the ting. At the midway point Omotoso would find a way past Hernandez jab and work inside, a leaping hook from Omotoso sent Hernandez back to his corner on shaky lags at the end of round eight. There would be a moment of confusion in Hernandez corner between rounds, they were under the impression the bout had reached its scheduled distance and were en-route to removing Hernandez gloves before referee Jack Reiss cleared up the confusion, explaining there were still two rounds remaining.

After the bout continued Hernandez trying to turn the momentum back in his favor suffered a cut near his left eye after an accidental butt occurred as both fighters were attempting to unload punches. Once the contest had went the full ten rounds official scores read 100-90, 97-93 and 96-94 all in favor of Wale Omotoso who improved to 27-3 (21), Freddy Hernandez drops to 34-9 (22). While in my opinion the right fighter won, judge Rudy Barragan and his 100-90 scorecard was unacceptable and showed either biased or incompetence. It certainly did not reflect what took place during the contest.

Once defeated up and comer Jamal James made easy work of former WBA interim welterweight belt holder Diego Gabriel Chaves. While scheduled for ten rounds, James from the opening bell showed his superior boxing ability by using his jab to keep Chaves at a distance and control the ring. When Chaves made efforts to get a past the jab of
James he was punished with lightening fast combinations. In the third round as Chaves attempted to fight off the ropes, James landed a short hook to the body that sent Chaves down for a full count of ten. With the win Jamal James improved not only his standing as a legitimate contender but his overall record to 22-1 (10),  Diego Gabriel Chaves with his future now unclear stands at 26-3-1 (22).

As expected fight of the night took place between welterweights John Molina Jr and Ivan Redkach both known for their all action styles. In the first Redkach tried to bully Molina and had success to a degree until a slip slowed his momentum until the rounds closing. In the second, Redkach looked the stronger and fresher fighter as he pressured Molina who looked slower even ring worn. A huge right hand dropped Molina with under a minute left, after beating the count and taking more punishment Molina headed towards his corner on unsteady legs.

In round three Redkach who had not expected Molina to recover so quickly between rounds, found himself under assault as Molina unleashed huge right hands that sent Ivan crashing to the mat in return for the second round favor. Once Redkach made it up on his feet he would be met with a nonstop barrage of Molina punches until the bell sounded. In round four Redkach playing mind games and showboating perhaps in attempts to fool Molina into thinking he had recovered from the third round assault found Molina not falling for the bait and ate three thunderous right hands that sent him down and out at the 1:27 second mark. With the win John Molina Jr improved to 30-7 (24), Ivan Redkach now stands at 20-4-1(16).

In Undercard action-

Lightweight- Karlos Balderas 3-0 (3) def. Carlos Flores 4-7-1 (3) via KO 1.
Super Middleweight- Mark Anthony Hernandez 11-1(3) def. Oscar Mora 7-5 (6) via KO 1.
Middleweight- Misael Rodriguez 6-0 (3) def. Yunier Calzada 6-3-1 (1) via UD 6.
Super Featherweight- Efran Lopez 2-0 (1) def. Tyler Marshall 1-4 (1) via UD 4.
Featherweight- Luis Coria 5-1(4) def. Leonardo Anguiano Torres 2-7 via TKO 4.

Popular winter tradition continues 72nd annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship

Popular winter tradition continues
72nd annual Lowell Sun Charities
Golden Gloves Championship
Central N.E. preliminary round starts  
Jan. 5 at Lowell Auditorium

LOWELL, Mass. (December 14, 2017) — The 72nd annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship commences Friday night, January 5, with Central New England (Greater Lowell) preliminary-round action, at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium. See the complete 2018 Central N.E. and All-New England Championship schedules below.

Leading boxers expectED to compete in this year’s Central N.E. tournament include national-rated Jess Flores(Methuen, MA), Zachary Calmus(Gloucester, MA), Rashida Ellis(Lynn, MA), Kim Wabik (Everett, MA), Melanie Costa (Norton, MA), Jennifer Perella (Boston, MA), along with a pair of Chelmsford boxers from West End Gym in Lowell, Brandon Higgins and Nathan Valakin.

Season tickets for all nine events are reasonably priced start at $75.00 (general admission). To purchase call the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office at 1.866.722.8881 or order online at www.LowellMemorialAuditorium.com. Individual event tickets are also available to purchase, starting at $13.00, only $7.00 for students (ID required).

Proceeds from the Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship go towards sending the New England Golden Gloves champions to the National Golden Gloves Championship (starting May 14, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska), in addition to supporting local athletes and area gyms, the Boys & Girls Club, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, cancer funds, scholarships and many other great charitable causes.

“This is the continuation of a great Lowell boxing tradition,” New England Golden Gloves Executive Director Bobby Russo said. “We’re all excited about this year’s 72nd edition of the Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship. I’m very proud to be part of this tradition. So many outstanding boxers have fought in the Greater Lowell Golden Gloves over the many years such as hometown hero ‘Irish’ Micky Ward, Hall of Famers Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin HaglerJohn ‘The Quietman’ RuizDicky EklundBeau Jaynes, Manny Freitas, Nate James, Danny O’Connor and so many others.”

 

72nd annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship Schedule

                                  (Lowell Memorial Auditorium – 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. first bout)

 

Central New England (Greater Lowell)

 Preliminary Rounds – Friday, Jan. 5, 12

Quarterfinals – Friday, Jan. 19

Semifinals: – Thursday, Jan. 25

Championship Finals – Thursday, Feb. 1

New England Tournament of Champions

Novice Class Semifinals – Thursday, Feb. 8

Novice Class Championship Finals – Thursday, Feb. 15

Open Class Semifinals – Wednesday, Feb. 21

Open Class Championship Finals – Thursday, Feb. 22

INFORMATION:

Tournament Executive Director: Bobby Russo

Director of Contestants: Art Ramalho

Chief of Officials: Lauri Purcell

Ring Announcer: John Vena

Venue: Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA

 

 

Twitter: @LowellGloves

ABOUT LOWELL SUN CHARITIES: Established in 1947, Lowell Sun Charities is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the quality of life for children, families, and the community, offering programs that promote respect and dignity. Rooted in a tradition of care and compassion, Lowell Sun Charities was originally founded to respond to the ever-increasing challenges of the community. 2018 marks the 72ndt year the Golden Gloves have been held in the great city of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Lowell Sun Charities is a community program that not only makes champions in the ring but also makes champions in life. Every year these young athletes devote themselves to a sport which teaches discipline, respect, and clean lifestyle for a chance to win a prestigious Golden Gloves Championship.

Iqbal faces Vallily on Groves-Eubank undercard in Manchester

Arfan Iqbal (12-0, 5 KOs) will defend his English Cruiserweight Title against Simon Vallily (12-1, 3 KOs) at the Manchester Arena, February 17.

The thrilling encounter will take place on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight Semi-Final clash between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr.

Arfan Iqbal, the 26-year old current title holder from Derby, is delighted to be given a chance to showcase his skills on such a big show.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity my whole career,” said Iqbal.

“Vallily is a decent fighter. But you have to be a lot better than just ‘decent’ to beat me. He almost got stopped by a journeyman in his last fight, so just imagine what I will do to him.

I’ve knocked out opponents a lot stronger, more skillful and more experienced than Vallily before, so I predict that I’ll KO him early.”

Simon Vallily, the 32-year old mandatory challenger from Middlesborough, is a former Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and his only defeat came against World Boxing Super Series semi-finalist Mairis Briedis last year.

“I’m so excited about this opportunity,” said Vallily.

“I’ve boxed on some big TV shows before but this is by far the biggest.

It will be a great honour to become English Champion, and it’s also a great stepping stone for me to go on and win bigger titles.

Iqbal and his team are a bit deluded, they’ve been deceived by my record and some of my performances. They’re in for a real shock come fight night! The best version of me will have no problems beating this guy.”

The Ali Trophy super middleweight semi-final between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. as well as the exciting undercard will be live on ITV Box Office on February 17.

Walsh vs. Lowe on Groves-Eubank undercard in Manchester

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Walsh vs. Lowe on Groves-Eubank undercard in Manchester

Ryan Walsh (22-2-1, 11 KOs) will defend his British Featherweight Title against Isaac Lowe (14-0-2, 5 KOs) at the Manchester Arena, February 17.

The all-action contest will take place on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight Semi-Final clash between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr.

“This is such a great platform for me to showcase my skills,” said 31-year-old Walsh.

“The Ali Trophy semi-final with Groves and Eubank is a mega fight, and I’m so happy that I am a part of this massive occasion.”

The intriguing match-up between Walsh and Lowe is more than just fight a between two skilled British featherweights. It is a genuine grudge match which began on social media:

“This is personal between me and Lowe. I’m going to make him pay for every stupid thing he has tweeted,” said Walsh, the defending British champion.

“Lowe is good, young talented and hungry fighter. But he seems to be a very angry person. If you tweet up, be prepared to get beat up. And that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to beat him up and teach him a life lesson.”

Lowe revealed his delight to be boxing in his hometown of Manchester once again, and the 23-year old insists that the pair’s styles will gel perfectly to make a crowd-pleasing encounter.

“I’m so pleased to be boxing again in Manchester in front of all my own fans. I cannot wait to finally prove myself on this platform and make a massive statement. The fans better get their popcorn ready, because this has the potential to be the fight of the year!”

The Ali Trophy super middleweight semi-final between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. and Walsh vs. Lowe will be live on ITV Box Office on February 17.

31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony

31stannual Ring 8

Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony

 

REVIEW & PICTURES

(L-R) — Ring 8’s Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year Vasyl Lomanchenko & Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch. (All pictures by Peter Frutkoff)

NEW YORK (December 11, 2017) – Less than 24 hours after he defeated previously undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux, WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko attended yesterday’s (Sunday, Dec. 9) 31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony to accept the Ring 8 2017 Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year Award.                                                                                                                    

The gala event was held Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York, and David Diamante once again served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

Six world champions were in attendance, including three award winners: Lomachenko), International Hall-of-Famer Michael Spinks (Historical Award), and five-time world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (New York State Female Fighter of the Year); World champions Vito AntuofermoIran Barkley andLuis Collazo showed their support.

“Our awards banquet was one of the best ever,” Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch said. “We are deeply honored that Vasyl Lomachenko attended the day after the biggest fight of his career. His presence created an electric atmosphere, the type that is rarely seen. The other honorees, led by Michael Spinks, made it an afternoon that will always be remembered.”

 
2017 RING 8 Award Winners
Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year: Vasyl Lomachenko
Historical Award: Michael Spinks
(with presenter Jack Hirsch)
International Prospect of the Year: Michael Conlan
NYS Fighter of the Year: Marcus Browne
(with presenter Teddy Atlas)
NYS Female Fighter of the Year: Amanda Serrano
Sunnyside Gardens Award:: Bobby Cassidy, Sr.
(Bobby Cassidy, Jr. accepting for his father with presenter Henry Hascup)
NYS Prospect of the Year: Devaun Lee
(with presenter Felipe Gomez)
Sam Kellerman Media Award: Matt Christie
NYS Trainer of the Year: Hector Roca
Long & Meritorious Service: Edwin Torres
NYS Official of the Year: Robert Perez
NYS Promoter of the Year: Mercedes Vasquez Simmons
(with presenter Melvina Lathan)
Uncrowned Champion: Richard Kiley
(with presenter Vinny Maddalone)
Ringside Physician of the Year: Dr. Osric King
Good Guy Award: Joanne Doyle Hutchins
Ring 8 Member of the Year: George Newman
(with presenter John Rohe)
 
  
Community Service Award: Mike Reno
(with presenters Bob Duffy (L) and Bobby McGuire)
Rising Contender Award: Skender & Enver Halili

Granite Chin results from Hampton, NH

HAMPTON, N.H. (December 9, 2017) — Colorful light heavyweight prospect Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera remained undefeated (5-0, 4 KOs), veteran Roberto “El Viejo” Valenzuela, last night (Sat.) in the “Rumble at The RIM” main event, presented by Granite Chin Promotions, at The RIM Sports Complex in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Rivera, fighting out of Hartford (CT), controlled the action from the opening bell against his battle-tested opponent from Mexico, who had a tremendous experience advantage in his 147th pro fight, compared to Rivera’s fifth.

Valenzuela spent most of the time on the ropes, while Rivera teed-off on him, until a beautiful placed left hook by Rivera decked Valenzuela, who failed to get up until after referee Mike Ryan completed the 10-count.

A busload of Rivera’s fans drove five hours from Hartford through a snowstorm, arriving just before Rivera entered the ring. “That means a lot to me,” Rivera smiled as he spoke about his fans. “We’re more than a gym, we’re family.

“I was so used to an amateur style but now I’m a pro. I’m relaxing and picking my punches. Next, I want to win the New England title. It’s vacant and I want it!”

“This was our first show in New Hampshire and I consider it a success,” co-promoter Chuck Shearns said, “despite some things going against us like tonight’s weather. We’re grateful for the support we received from Hampton, New Hampshire, the commission and local businesses. They worked with us and we can’t wait to return.”

The son and nephew of multiple-time world kickboxing champions – father Tommy and uncle – worked his corner — Peabody, MA Russell Kimber had a promising pro debut against tough Nathan Schulte in a match contested at a 185-pound catchweight. The 32-year-old Kimber, who was the crowd favorite having lived several years in New Hampshire, overcame the determined Schulte for a hard-fought victory by way of a four-round majority decision.

“I was a little nervous with this being my first time in a pro ring,” Kimber admitted after his fight. “I hadn’t been in a ring for 1 ½ years and there was some ring rust. Now, I know what I need to good, and I’ll be a lot better next fight. This was my first camp and I’ve learned a lot.  I’d like to stay busy, come back in late January, early February.”

Undefeated Whitman, MA junior welterweight prospect Mike “Bad Man” Ohan, Jr.charged across the ring, unloading a powerful right that immediately sent Bardraiel Smith to the canvas. Smith somehow got to his feet but Ohan quickly ended Smith’s night, only 30-second into round one, as referee Ryan waved off the action.

New England cruiserweight champion and the show’s co-promoter, Iraq War veteran Chris Traietti (25-5, 19 KOs) outclassed Fabian Valdez en route to a win by second-round knockout in a stay-busy fight to close out 2017. In a non-title fight contested at a 185-pounds catchweight, the Quincy, MA-based Traietti floored his game Mexican opponent with a straight right midway through the opening round, closing the show in the second round with a series of unanswered punches.

The only New Hampshire native on the card, Claremont junior middleweight Ricky Ford (1-1-1) won his first pro fight, taking a lop-sided, four-round unanimous decision over pro MMA fighter Andy Aiello, who made his pro boxing debut.

In another stay-busy fight, former world-rated Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski(27-3, 9 KOs), fighting out of Quincy (MA), needed only 51-seconds to finish off Mexican lightweight Francisco “El Mono” Medal. Kielczweski hit Medal with a with a lethal left to the body, leaving Medal in obvious pain and unable to rise before the 10-count.

New Jersey middleweight Chris “Sandman” Thomas (7-0-1, 4 KOs) kept his unbeaten pro record intact with a second-round stoppage of Demetrius Thomas. Thomas used a rapid-fire combination to drop Thomas, who beat the count, but he was getting hammered when referee Ryan stopped the fight late in the second round.

Complete results below:
 
OFFICIAL RESULTS
185-LBS. CATCHWEIGHT
Chris Traietti (25-4, 20 KOs), Quincy, MA
WKO2 (1:13)
Fabian Valdez (2-2, 1 KO), Cananea, Mexico
Russell Kimber (1-0, 0 KOs), Peabody, MA
WDEC4 (39-37, 38-37, 38-38)
Nathan Schulte (0-4), Woburn, MA
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Richard Rivera (5-0, 4 KOs), Hartford, CT
WKO2 (1:48)
Roberto Valenzuela (69-76-2, 56 KOs), Aqua Prieta, Mexico
MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Chris Thomas (7-0-1, 4 KOs), Beachwood, NJ
WTKO2 (2:55)
Demetrius Thomas (0-7), Philadelphia, PA
JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Ricky Ford (1-1-1), Claremont, NH
WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 39-37)
Andy Aiello (0-1), Bridgewater, MA
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS
Mike Ohan, Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs), Whitman, MA
WTKO1 (0:30)
Bardraiel Smith (0-3), Philadelphia, PA
LIGHTWEIGHTS
Ryan Kielczweski (27-3, 9 KOs), Quincy, MA
WKO1 (0:51)
Francisco, Medel (11-11, 7 KOs), Uruapan, Mexico

SELDIN RETURNS TO HBO IN BACK TO BACK MONTHS

NEW YORK CITY (December 10, 2017) Boxing’s newest star, undefeated junior welterweight CLETUS “The Hebrew Hammer” SELDIN, (21-0, 17 KO’s) of Long Island, New York makes an almost unprecedented return to HBO World Championship Boxing in back to back months, returning to battle YVES ULYSSE JR., (14-1, 9 KO’s), in a ten round clash this Saturday night, December 16 at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada, just outside of Montreal. The bout will open the telecast at 9:40 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Seldin makes his quick return to HBO World Championship following his sensational debut on the network November 11 from Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale where he dismantled once-defeated Mexican veteran Roberto Ortiz. Dropping Ortiz twice in the first round in the televised opener, Seldin would earn the stoppage in the third round as referee Shada Murdaugh stopped the aggressive onslaught at the 2:43 mark of star-making performance.

Only boxing legends Mike Tyson in 1986 and Roy Jones Jr. in 1996 have previously appeared on HBO in back-to-back months.

“Friday after the Ortiz knockout I got the call to fight Ulysse on December 16 and said yes immediately. This is my job, I’m a prizefighter and I love to fight and entertain,” said Seldin who had a huge crowd of passionate supporters at Nassau Coliseum known locally as the ‘Hamma Heads’.

“I truly want to fight every month so it was easy to get back in the ring so quickly. It’s an honor to be asked to fight on HBO in such a quick return and I plan on making the most of it.”

“Some of these more modern fighters want to fight every six months but I’m a throwback to a different era when top fighters fought much more often.”

“From the moment I hear my ring walk music and hear the crowd erupt I’m ready. Most boxing fans love aggression and they love knockouts and that’s what I bring, always.”

About fighting in Canada and facing Ulysse, Seldin stated, “We’ve studied him but my job is to take the fight right to him with no hesitation and let him know who’s the boss. While most of my fights have been at home it’s another ring in Canada, same size ‘office’. No affect at all fighting on the road. I’ll go anywhere and fight any junior welterweight.”

“For me I don’t change anything, not my trunks, shoes or warmup. I noticed today while I was packing for Montreal that there’s some of Ortiz’s dried blood on my shoes from November 11, sort of like a badge of honor from my fight.”

“This Saturday night is another chapter for me, I belong on HBO fighting in big fights, this is why I train so hard. I’m a gladiator coming to hurt and coming to win.”

Rigondeaux “Quits In the Garden” after Lomachenko shuts him out cold!

When WBO Super Featherweight Champion Vasyl “High Tech” Lomachenko and WBA Super world Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux stepped into the ring at Madison Square Garden on night December 9th, it was supposed to be something special. They entered with a combined amateur record of 871-13, professional record of 26-1 (18), four Olympic Gold Medals, four professional world titles and wins over 11 current or former world champions. Those accomplishments are unparalleled. What would add to the events appeal was an undercard packed with talented young Olympians looking to one day make their own mark in the sport and it was all taking place free on ESPN not and over priced pay-per view. This combination was almost guaranteed to be an event that fans for eras to come would speak about.

Of course “Almost Guaranteed” and guaranteed are not quite one in the same, in fact they can be completely opposite. The moment Guillermo Rigondeaux quit on his stool after round seven managed to do just that, make this card one fans forget about or at least would like to forget about by this time next year.

Its not as if a Vasyl Lomachenko opponent quitting is anything surprising in itself, Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa and Miguel Marriaga his three previous opponents all did so. In those fights Vasyl Lomachenko put on “Master Class” performances. While those three fighters had no answers for what is being now called the “Lomachenko Puzzle”, they at least gave an effort.  On Saturday night prior to quitting on his stool Guillermo Rigondeaux well not so much but he was able to do something we had never seen before “Frustrate Vasyl Lomachenko”..

When Lomachenko tried to fight inside where he gets his best work done, Rigondeaux held and “High Tech” who can seemingly do everything but fight out of a clinch became uncomfortable. When at a distance, Rigondeaux ducked so low, Lomachenko would miss four out of his five punch combinations. If Rigondeaux hit Lomachenko on the belt line or low he would pause then look at the ref. The last time Lomachenko had dealt with such tactics was against Orlando Salido, the only man to date who has defeated Lomachenko as a professional. Yet against Salido Lomachenko remained composed while absorbing fouls and being made uncomfortable, against Rigondeaux he retaliated with fouls of his own and blatantly.

When Rigondeaux offered no clear openings, Lomachenko hit behind the head and at the end of two rounds he hit after the bell. At the end of round five the bell had sounded seconds prior to a late punch thrown by Lomachenko as Rigondeaux was headed back towards his corner. While it was certainly a case of of “What’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander” because Rigondeaux had committed his fair share of fouling, the fact Lomachenko allowed himself to be taken out of character might have showed a weakness not noticed before.

The moment Rigondeaux and his team waved off the contest after round seven I asked myself “What happened, what made Rigondeaux quit?” He was pointing to his hand as if it were injured but at what point in time did that injury occur? His team started to remove the left glove until Rigondeaux said “No the right” making me believe they were not even sure what was wrong.

I have since watched the fight twice more and have yet to find the moment the hand injury might of occurred. I have yet to notice any moments where Rigondeaux was absorbing excessive punishment. In fact Jason Sosa prior to his corner calling it a day after round nine this past April absorbed five times the punishment Rigondeaux did before the contest was halted, that’s two rounds longer then Rigondeaux remained in the ring. While it pains me to say it, I have come to the conclusion Guillermo Rigondeaux was just “Happy to Collect a Check”.

This was a man who once openly stated “I will vacate my title belt’s if the new make me their mandatory challengers” just in order to get a big named opponent. He is who actively pursued this fight against Lomachenko, it was going to win or lose after almost five hundred combined professional and amateur bouts win or lose define his career. The only thing that mattered was he had an opportunity to show the very best version of Guillermo Rigondeaux against the very best opponent the sport had to offer.

As soon as the corner of Guillermo Rigondeaux told referee Steve Willis “It’s over”, everything Rigondeaux has worked so hard for all these years vanished. When fans in future generations look into the record books and see the name Guillermo Rigondeaux, they wont pay attention to the four Olympic Gold Medals They won’t pay attention to the fact he risked it all and left his family behind in Cuba so he could make a better life for both them and himself while trying to fulfill a dream They won’t notice his dominate wins over fellow world champions or amazing defensive statistic of keeping his opponents at a connect ratio of seventeen percent.

The only thing that will stick out is ” GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX QUIT” !! and while maybe not fair, in boxing it’s the way it has always been and how it always will be.

In Undercard action

Super Featherweight– Christopher Diaz 22-0 (14) def. Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz 18-3 (9) via TKO 3.                         Cruz down four times, once in the first, twice the second and once in round three.

Featherweight– Michael Conlan 5-0 (4) def. Luis Fernando Molina 7-4-1 (2) via UD 6.
Official scores read 60-54 on all three Judges cards.

Featherweight– Shakur Stevenson 4-0 (2) def. Oscar Mendoza 4-3 (2) via TKO 2.
Lightweight– Mikaela Mayer 3-0 (2) def. Nydia Feliciano 9-9-3 via MD                                                                            Official scores read 38-38 and 40-36 twice.

Super Bantamweight– Jose Gonzalez 8-0-2 (2) MD Adan Gonzales 3-1-2 (2).                                                        Official scores read 58-56 and 57-57 twice.
Heavyweight– Bryant Jennings improved to 21-2 (12) def. Don Haynesworth 13-2-1 (11) via TKO 3..

 

 

 

Pascal goes out on “His Terms”, Ortiz stops Martz in Hialeah

Friday night from the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino in Hialeah, Florida Warriors Boxing played host for an FS1 broadcast of Premier Boxing Champions. The card would be headlined by former undisputed light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal taking on undefeated prospect Ahmed Elbiali in Pascal’s final career bout.

The bout started with Elbiali looking to gain control early, jumping on Pascal and momentarily stunning the former champion. In order to slow Elbiali down, Pascal would tie him up then land hooks inside that sent Elbiali into retreat. Once distance was created Pascal drew Elbiali into a war he had never experienced and certainly not prepared to endure.

In the second round Elbiali hoped to once again stun Pascal and take control of the bout but he soon found himself against the ropes absorbing massive overhand rights that continued until the round closed. They traded power punches throughout round three with Pascal getting the better of those exchanges while avoiding return fire. A slow round four allowed both men to try and gain their second wind, it would be Pascal and not his younger opponent Elbiali who was fresher entering the fifth.

It was all out war in round five, Elbiali would drive Pascal back with high right hands then receive two in return for his efforts. When the fifth ended Pascal playing mind games walked Elbiali back to his corner as if to say “Welcome to big time boxing” then returned to his own corner smiling as he sat on the stool. At the start of round six Elbiali was visibly worn down not just physically but mentally. There would be a continuous barrage of punishment from Pascal that snapped the head of Elbiali in every direction, he would pin Elbiali in the corner then let loose one last flurry before corner men for Elbiali jumped on the apron to end the affair at 2:06 of round number six.

With the victory Jean Pascal closed his career with an overall record of 32-5-1 (19), Ahmed Elbiali suffering his first loss now stands at 16-1 (13). In comment prior to this match-up pertaining to retirement Jean Pascal stated “I don’t want to go out like Miguel Cotto or Bernard Hopkins who were both great fighters, I want to end my career on my terms” and he did just that congratulations to him for a sensational career.

As for Ahmed Elbiali he has nothing to hold his head down about, he fought a more experienced fighter who has been in with the best of his divisions at both light heavyweight and super middleweight. A few adjustments to his style and he could be a factor at light heavyweight himself and one day credit this experience for making him a better fighter.

In the co-feature former WBA interim heavyweight belt holder Luis “King Kong” Ortiz faced Daniel Martz. This would be the first bout for Ortiz since a recent failed pre-fight drug test indicated a positive result of a banned substance in his system. He would later be exonerated by the WBC once facts were revealed Ortiz was under doctor prescribed blood pressure medication. That would not happen until after his scheduled bout against current WBC belt holder Deonaty Wilder had been cancelled.

The fight itself as expected was a short one sided affair, Ortiz would drop Martz in round one with a body shot and end the contest in round two after landing a swift left hook sent Martz crashing to the mat. With his win Luis Ortiz improved to 28-0 (24), Daniel Martz now stands at 16-6-1 (13).

In Undercard action
Welterweight- Bryant Perella 15-1(13) def. Alex Martin 13-3 (5) via UD 8.
Official scores read 79-72 twice and 77-74.

Featherweight- Stephen Fulton 12-0 (5) def. Adam Lopez 8-1 (3) via MD 8.
Official scores read 76-76, 78-74 and 77-75

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