At the Wembley Arena in London, on a Poxon Sports promoted card Chris Eubank Jr made the first defense of his IBO super middleweight title won this past February after stopping Renold Quinlan in ten rounds. His opponent former two division world champion Arthur Abraham, entered on a two fight win streak since losing his WBO World super middleweight title to Gilberto Ramirez in April of 2016. What was more important for both fighters than the “Alphabet” trinket, is winner of this contest would enter the coveted “World Boxing Super Series” beginning this fall.
It was a workman like performance for Eubank Jr, at times he looked very average wondering why Abraham would not be deterred by his attack, of course Abraham has never been a fighter who could be deterred. This was a case of Arthur Abraham, not letting his hands go enough to score points while Eubank Jr looked for openings that could possibly end the affair. The official scores read 118-110, 118-110 and 120-108 all for Eubank Jr who is headed for the “World Boxing Super Series” where he will face undefeated Avni Yildirim. Chris Eubank Jr now stands at 25-1 (19), Arthur Abraham 46-6 (30).
In the co-feature, Lee Selby retained his IBF featherweight title with a dominate performance over rugged veteran Jonathan Victor Barros. While Barrios put in a solid effort he was out boxed by Lee Selby and dropped in the twelfth moments before the contest ended. The final scores read 119-108 and 117-110 twice all in favor of the champion Lee Selby who improved to 25-1 (9) Jonathan Victor Barros now stands at 41-5-1 (22).
The ever improving Kid Galahad, scored the biggest win of his career when he stopped Jose Cayetano in the tenth round claiming the vacant IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title for his efforts. This win should put him in position to have a domestic showdown and title opportunity against IBF champion Lee Selby. With the win Galahad improved to 23-0 (14), Jose Cayetano now stands at 21-6 (10).
In undercard action-
Super Featherweight- Martin Joseph Ward improved to 18-0-2 (8) after he scored a twelve round unanimous decision win over Anthony Cacace 15-1 (7). That contest was for the BBBofC British and vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) super featherweight title.
Super Lightweight- Michal Syrowatka 19-1 (7) def. Robbie Davies Jnr 15-1 (11) via TKO 12
Michal Syrowatka was down in 9th and Robbie Davies the 12th.
Middleweight- Patrick Wojcicki 9-0 (4) def.Darryl Sharp 5-18 via UD 6.
Welterweight- Chris Kongo 5-0 (3) def. William Warburton 23-118-9 (4) via UD 4.
What impresses me personally, despite 118 losses Warburton has only been stopped twice, he is a true throwback “Tradesman” fighter. While he will never be a world champion, he will always find fights, win or lose get through them while taking minimal punishment while helping his younger opponents improve their overall skillset in an actual fight setting. He is better than his record indicates.
Light Heavyweight- Joel McIntyre 16-1 (3) def. Remigijus Ziausys 20-78-5 via UD 4
Super Lightweight- Nathanael Wilson 4-0-1 (2) def. Yaddollah Ghasemi 1-10-1 (1) via TKO 2
Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino Miami, Oklahoma, an edition of ShoBox was presented by GH3 Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Holden Productions. In the main event undefeated Super Lightweight prospect’s Ivan Baranchyk and Keenan Smith faced off in an ugly eight round feature. The hard hitting Baranchyk, fighting for the sixth time at the venue fought a reckless and amateurish style. His punches were wide, he led with his head and even the canvas twice due to his own momentum after missed punches. While Keenan Smith had moments of success, his time was spent more worried about possibly being butted, fouled or tripped to the canvas than being able to implement a fight plan.
The referee Gary Ritter, who would play an unnecessary role in several bouts failed to keep Baranchyk under control and even deducted a point from Smith for holding while Baranchyk moved his head recklessly during clinches. In the end despite his efforts Baranchyk failed to get the stoppage he had been seeking, though he did win a unanimous decision by scores of 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73. With this win Baranchyk improved to 17-0 (10) while Smith suffering his first loss dropped to 11-1 (5).
If referee Gary Ritter would have done his job correctly, Smith who when able to box and not concentrate on avoiding fouls his skill was several levels above that of Baranchyk and had a very strong chance to pull off the upset. In my opinion that speaks more about the lack of skill Baranchyk possesses than what Smith at this stage does.
The cards most entertaining contest, took place between undefeated super lightweights Kenneth Sims Jr and once beaten Rolando Chinea. It was a fast start for Sims Jr, it appeared early his superior speed and jab would make for an easy nights work. That all changed after the second round, Chinea slowly imposed his will on Sims Jr, with a steady attack to the head and body, while none of the punches were overly hard the pressure from Chinea drained the stamina of Sims Jr his. only offensive output were “Shoe-shine” moments at the end of rounds. In the eighth and final round, both fighters managed to find hidden stamina and closed the bout strong trading punches until final bell.
While he was less skilled and vastly slower, the determination of Rolando Chinea overcame the talent advantage of Sims Jr earning him a majority decision victory. The official scores read 77-75 twice and 76-76, in my opinion the 77-75 scores were accurate. With his win Rolando Chinea improved to 15-1-1 (6), Sims Jr after suffering his first loss stands at Kenneth Sims Jr- 12-1 (4).
Highly thought of middleweight prospect Antoine Douglas, continued his journey towards title contention by stopping a vary hard hitting Juan De Angel in four rounds claiming the vacant WBA-NABA middleweight title. The fast rising career of Douglas was paused when he suffered a tenth round TKO loss against hard hitting Avtandil Khurtsidze in March of 2016. Since Douglas has won two straight prior to facing De Angel though neither opponent possessed the power of De Angel. He stated after Friday’s win “I knew some adjustments needs to be made in camp and with my team after the loss, I have been working on those and on portions of my skillset that need improvement”. With his win the 24yr old Douglas improved to 22-1-1 (16), Juan De Angel drops to 20-7-1 (18).
The first televised bout too placed between super bantamweights Adam Lopez and undefeated Glenn Dezurn. This was a rugged bout, mixed with skill unlike what was witnessed between Ivan Baranchyk and Keenan Smith. When Glenn Dezurn was able to use his uppercut he had tremendous success, Lopez used body work to halt that momentum. This was the other bout in which referee Gary Ritter made himself too known, threatening to deduct a point from Lopez anytime a body shot on the beltline landed.
Those threats did not deter Lopez who continued wearing Dezurn down pinning him against the ropes where he landed successful combinations. The final scores read exactly as they did in the Rolando Chinea and Kenneth Sims Jr bout 77-75 twice and 76-76, difference here was Judges were split on those 77-75 scores making it a majority draw. My scores read 78-75 in favor of Lopez due to his effective aggressiveness. With the outcome Glenn Dezurn- 9-0-1 (6) now stands at Adam Lopez- 16-1-1 (8).
In an undercard bout- Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr improved to 14-2-1 (6) when he pummeled Leroy Davila in the fourth and fifth rounds of their scheduled eight round contest. Up until those rounds it was a close affair, the amount of punches Davilia absorbed forced his corner to halt the contest after the fifth had ended and they did so wisely. With his win Joshua Greer Jr improved to 14-2-1 (6), Leroy Davila now stands at 5-2 (3).
When factoring in the scores for Dezurn versus Lopez and Sims Jr versus Rolando Chinea, the way referee Gary Ritter interjected himself without cause, deducting a point from Keenan Smith, allowing Ivan Baranchyk to fight reckless, threatening Lopez for borderline blows. It was apparent, everyone involved were doing their best at finding ways that keep the “A’ side fighter with undefeated records intact or at worse appear the fighter were closer on paper than what took place inside the ring. The referee for those bouts Gary Ritter seemed intent on deducting a point from any fighter he possibly could justify doing so, and in my opinion deducting the point from Smith for trying to keep Baranchyk from fouling him was that opportunity. He realized no one would complain if the crowd favorite was given an extra bit of assistance.
LOS ANGELES (July 12, 2017) Fighters from the July 14 LA FIGHT CLUB card and July 15 HBO Boxing After
LONG BEACH. Calif. (July 13, 2017) – Undefeated featherweight prospect Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams will headline the “KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2” card, on July 29, to air (10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network, live from The Queen Mary’s outdoor venue in Long Beach, California. Presented by Black Tree, “KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2” is promoted by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, in association with KO Night Boxing LLC and Roc Nation Sports. Williams (11-0, 4 KOs) faces Angel “El Gato” Luna (12-3-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event.
Sampson boxing proudly announces the signing of undefeated featherweight Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, to an exclusive long-term promotional contract.
“I am working hard to bring more Mexican champions to the world,” he explained. “I’m very proud to sign Eduardo and bring him and his team the opportunities they have worked so hard to reach.”
Saturday night in Monaco, the “World Boxing Super Series” kicked off it’s first official ceremony when the sixteen participants were matched up for their first bouts. In attendance were fourteen of the sixteen fighters, not present were super middleweights Chris Eubank Jr and Arthur Abraham who meet later this month. They were represented by Chris Eubank senior, who chose the opponent for the winner of that contest.
The super middleweights were matched up first, the four fighters “Seeded” meaning had choice of opponent were current WBA Super middleweight Champion George Groves, former multi time light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer, top five world ranked Callum Smith and depending on who wins their bout either former two division world champion Arthur Abraham or Chris Eubank Jr.
It would be George Groves picking first and his choice was undefeated countryman Jamie Cox, when asked why Jamie? The champion replied in jest “We are old friends, this is going to be a long tournament so I am going with the easiest first.”. As a response to Groves comments Cox stated “I am happy, its time to bury the seed” a pun referring to Groves being a seeded fighter and Cox unseeded. Those comments were made light heartedly by both men.
When second seeded fighter Callum Smith made his choice, he announced undefeated Erik Skoglund as the man he would like to face first. The two fighters were both happy with that decision, each feeling it was an opportuity to make a fight that would happen eventually despite the tournament.
The choice made by Chris Eubank senior, who was representing the third seeded super middleweight either winner his son Chris Eubank Jr or Arthur Abraham would be Turkish pressure fighter Avni Yildirim. A choice made because he feels Yildirim has a style “Perfect for my son after he beats Abraham, his style is much like Abraham’s and my son is an upgraded version of me.” He ignored the idea that it might be Abraham and not his son to face Yildirim.
The last matchup would be between Juergen Braehmer and only American fighter taking part of the tournament Rob Brant. While it was made because they were the last two left, Braehmer stated he would have chosen Brant anyway. As for Brant he stated surprise he was not choosen first, the MC replied “They were all afraid of you” to that Brant laughed before saying “I figured I was the least expereinced which is why they would have chosen me”.
In the cruiserweight bracket, WBO World Champion Oleksandr Usyk, WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis, IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev and Interim WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos were the seeded fighters with choice of opponent. The tournaments only pre-determined bout, was between IBF World Champion Murat Gassiev and former world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. That decision was made because Wlodarczyk is currently the mandatory challenger for Murat Gassiev. When asked if he was happy with this bout being pre-determined Gassiev stated “Yes he is the number one contender, he deserves the fight and it will be a great fight”, that opinion was shared by Wlodarczyk “I am very happy, he is a champion and very good fighter so we will make a great fight”.
The current WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, would choose former long time WBO title holder Marco Huck as his first opponent ” I chose Huck for my fans it’s the fight they wanted to see”. When Huck was asked if happy as Usyk choice he responded ” He is the opponent I wished for “.
When WBC World Champion, Mairis Briedis chose Mike Perez as his first opponent he stated “He came down from heavyweight, he was the toughest opponent to choose from”. Perez stated he was pleased with Briedis choice because he would be fighting a current world champion. The left only interim WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos and Russian knockout artist Dmitry Kudryashov, they are both big punchers and both stated they were happy with being left to face each other for that reason.
The tournament will begin in September and run through May of 2018, who ever wins will claim the prized “Muhammad Ali Trophy” which was designed by Silvio Gazzaniga who also designed the FIFA “World Cup”. These participants will share in $50,000,000 in prize money and the winners will be considered the best in their divisions. As of right now the current combined record of all sixteen fighters is an astonishing 468-22-3 with 334 of thoise wins coming by stoppage.
I don’t know of anyone who is a boxing fan that cannot be excited for this tournament to begin. At anytime on any card across the world every single one of these matchups are main event quality. This very well could be the biggest boxing tournament with the most talent ever to take place in boxing.
Here is the official bouts and records for the Quarter Final Contest
Oleksandr Usyk-(12-0, 10 KOs) Vs. Marco Huck- (40-4-1, 27 KOs)
Mairis Briedis- (22-0, 18 KOs) Vs. Mike Perez- (22-2-1, 14 KOs)
Krzysztof Wlodarczyk-(53-3-1, 37 KOs) Vs. Murat Gassiev-(24-0, 17 KOs)
Dmitry Kudryashov- (21-1, 21 KOs) Vs. Yunier Dorticos- (21-0, 20 KOs)
George Groves- (26-3, 19 KOs) Vs. Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs)
. Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) Vs. Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs)
. Juergen Braehmer- (48-3, 35 KOs) Vs. Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs)
Avni Yildirim (16-0,10 KOs) versus winner of Chris Eubank Jr (24-1,19KOs) and Arthur Abraham (46-5,30 KO’s)