On Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome an action pack card promoted by Ring Star sports and Sauerland promotions featuring a “Muhammad Ali Cup” quarter final main event between WBA Cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry Kudryashov. There was electric in the air as both Dmitry Kudryashov and WBA Cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos made their ring walks, those in attendance anticipated a “Knockout” as Jimmy Lennon Jr made introductions. The expression on both fighters faces validated those anticipations.
It was tactical opening round with neither man wanting to make a mistake, Kudryashov jabbed Dorticos body followed by hooks to the head and Dorticos in return let loose one two combinations trying to break the high guard of Kudryashov. Once round two began the champion showed his superior handspeed, he drove Kudryashov to the ropes and let loose a barrage of punches that confused the Russian slugger.
Once back in the middle of the ring, Kudryashov pushed forward in attempts to regain ground but a missed left hand gave Dorticos an opportunity to counter and send Kudryashov to the canvas. While he gave a valid effort, Kudryashov unable to regain his composure was counted out and Dorticos advances to the semi-finals. With the win and first defense of his WBA Cruiserweight title, Yunier Dorticos improved to 22-0 (21), Dmitry Kudryashov now stands at 21-2 (21).
The co-feature was a ten round bout between cruiserweight tournament reserves Keith Tapia and Lateef Kayode. This would be a “Bull versus Matador” fight, with Kayode playing role of the bull pushing forward throwing power punches at Tapia. The footwork of Tapia combined with head movement kept Kayode off balance and a cut in round six suffered by Kayode made things worse. As blood ran into his eye, Tapia easily landed fast combinations and built up a wide points margin. The effort of Kayode was there and he never stopped trying but he lacked the basics to make it more than an intriguing contest. The official scorecards read 100-89 twice and 99-90 in favor of Keith Tapia who improved to 18-1 (11). In his second career loss Lateef Kayode drops to 21-2 (14).
In a featherweight contest, former world champion Nonito Donaire who last fought in October of 2016 when he lost his WBO Super Bantamweight title against Jessie Magdaleno stepped in against Ruben Garcia Hernandez. It was a dominate performance from the multi-division title holder, as Donaire used his trademark left hook to keep Hernandez at bay for most of the fight. When the bout ended final scores read 100-90, 97-93 and 99-91 all in favor of Donaire who also claimed the vacant WBC Silver Featherweight Title. With his win Donaire improved to 38-4 (24), Ruben Garcia Hernandez now stands at 22-3-1(9).
In undercard action
Welterweight Eimantas Stanionis 3-0 (2) def. Oscar Valenzuela 9-3-1 (5) via UD 6.
Super Welterweight Daniel Baiz 10-1(5) def. Yunier Calzada 6-2-1(1) via UD 4.
This was an exciting night of boxing and despite no United Stated television broadcast, the event was shown live on WWW.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com
As this event progresses there will be many networks sorry they didn’t make a deal with Ringstar sports and Sauerland promotions.
Saturday September 23rd at the Manchester Arena Lancashire, United Kingdom, undefeated WBO heavyweight belt holder Joseph Parker defended his title against undefeated challenger Hughie Fury on a Hennessy Sports promoted event. There was little talk leading up to this contest among mainstream boxing fans, even less efforts at promoting the card world wide by Hennessy Sports. When social media links for press conferences circled, fans found themselves looking at frozen screen shots instead of the two fighters headlining. This lack of interest and poor job of promoting this event seemed odd considering the massive attention British boxing especially IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has garnered globally.
Once the fight began it became obvious after the opening round “The fighters were going to give no more effort in the ring than Hennessey Sports did outside when promoting”. The two fighters Jospeh Parker and Hughie Fury performed in a dreadful manner, Parker the belt holder plodded forward slowly while Fury danced around jabbing from a distance. When Parker landed a shot, almost always thrown without bad intentions Hughie Fury held and waited for the referee to break them apart. At a distance Fury would get on his toes and jab, it was not a crisp jab or one that gave a feeling something exciting was about to happen, instead gave rather an inclination that Fury had decided to “Go through the motions”. When the twelve round distance expired, there was four minutes of combined action in total for Judges to base their scores on which were actually worse than the fight itself reading officially 114-114 and118-110 twice in favor of Joseph Parker who improved to 24-0 (18) Hughie Fury now stands at 20-1 (10).
This was a poor performance by both champion and challenger on the biggest stage of their careers. It did demonstrate why the abundance of world title belts continue to be boxing’s achilles heel because those who don’t know any better might actually believe this was championship boxing at its highest level. At a time when British fighters and British boxing seem to be carrying boxing overall on its back, Joseph Parker versus Hughie Fury was like adding a thousand pounds of “dead weight” on a pack mule with an injured leg.
In Undercard action
Super Lightweight– Joe Murray 22-2 (9) def. Matty Fagan 11-3 via UD 10
Bantamweight– Josh Wale 25-9-2 (12) def. Don Broadhurst 19-4-1 (4) via KO 11
BBBofC British Bantamweight title
Super Welterweight- Jimmy Kilrain Kelly 23-1 (9) def. Stiliyan Kostov 21-8 (16) via TKO 4.
Vacant WBO-Intercontinental title
Super Welterweight– Peter McDonagh 28-28-1 (3) def. Shayne Singleton 23-3-1(8) via UD 10.
Lightweight– Yusuf Safa 7-0 (4) def. Simas Volosinas 7-66 (1) via UD 6.
Middleweight– Jack Cullen 7-0 (1) def. Callum Ide 0-5-1 via TKO 2.
On Friday September 22, at the Convention Center in Tucson Arizona, ESPN broadcast a Top Rank world title double header consisting of ten undefeated fighters and six former Olympians. There was plenty of excitement from fans prior to the event and it didn’t disappoint once action began. In the main event Mexican Olympian and undefeated WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez faced undefeated Genesis Servania. The co-feature would be between undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez and undefeated challenger Jesse Hart.
The main event started with Valdez applying pressure and Servania looking for counter punches. As Valdez pressured Servania digging his body with shots around the elbow, the Philippine fighter based out of Japan found his spot in round four dropping Valdez with a counter right hand then almost had the champion out before time saved him. In the fifth Servania would find success using the same right hand to neutralize Valdez aggression, then end up on the canvas himself after a hard Valdez left. The pace of the fight remained high throughout, Valdez pressuring and Servania landing hard counter punches.
As the late rounds arrived, Valdez started moving and boxing to avoid the counter punch Servania was seeking. They closed round twelve trading punches with fans in attendance on their feet. When final scores were read Judges seen it 16-110, 119-111 and 117-109 all in favor of Oscar Valdez who improved to 23-0 (19), Genesis Servania after his first loss dropped to 29-1 (12). I unofficially scored it 115-112 a more realistic look at the fight.
The co feature between WBO 168lb champion Gilberto Ramirez and Jesse Hart was an exciting bout from start to finish. It looked as though Ramirez would have a short night pressuring and dropping Hart in the second. As the fight wore on, Ramirez pressure kept Hart on his backfoot until the ninth round when Hart gained a second wind and put pressure on Ramirez even hurting him in round nine. The Philly fighter failed to capitalize on the moment allowing to Ramirez answer back once again forcing Hart on the ropes. The two fighters traded momentum the last round brining everyone in attendance on their feet.
When the official scores were announced Judges seen it officially 115-112 twice and 114-113 for the champion Gilberto Ramirez, my score was unofficially 116-112 in favor of Ramirez who controlled the bout for its duration minus round nine. With the win Gilberto Ramirez retained his title and improved to 36-0 (25), Jesse Hart in his first loss now stands at 22-1 (18).
In Undercard bouts
Welterweight– Egidijus Kavaliauskas the 2008 and 2012 Lithuanian Olympian defeated Mahonry Montes to capture the NABF Welterweight title. Showing off a solid jab and constant pressure, Kavaliauskas was able to swell the eye of Montes shut and force the referee to halt the contest at thirty four seconds of round seven.
With the win Kavaliauskas improved to 18-0 (15), Montes drops to 33-7-1 (22).
Super Featherweight Robson Conceicao the 2016 Brazilian Olympic gold medalist improved to 5-0 (4) after dominating Carlos Osorio over three rounds. At the end of round three Osorio could not answer the bell for round four due to a dislocated shoulder. With the loss Osorio drops to 13-8-1 (5).
Featherweight Michael Conlan the two time Irish Olympian, making his division debut faced undefeated Kenny Guzman. They would trade punches for almost two complete rounds, then Conlan landed a right hand halting Guzman at 2:59 seconds of round two. With the win Michael Conlan improved to 4-0 (4) suffering his first loss Kenny Guzman stand at 3-1 (1).
Lightweight– Mikaela Mayer the former United States Olympian improved to 2-0 (2) after an impressive performance over Allison Martinez. The 5’9″ Mayer dominated using her jab and uppercuts forcing Martinez corner to halt the bout midway through round three. With the loss Allison Martinez now stands at 1-3 (1)
Super Lightweight Fazliddin Gaibnazarov the Uzbekistan Olympian improved to 3-0 (2) with a dominate eight round unanimous decision over Victor Rosas, all three judges scored it exactly the same 80-72. With his loss Rosas now stands at 9-7(3).
Welterweight Leonardo Zappavigna 36-3 (25) def. Fidel Monterrosa Munoz 38-14-1 (30) via TKO 3.
Nico Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), Wichita, KS
LAS VEGAS (September 21, 2017) – Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is proud to announce he will be donating $1 from every ticket sold to his upcoming event in Las Vegas to help victims of the recent Mexico City Earthquake.
The donated funds, to be distributed by Mauricio Sulaiman of the World Boxing Council, will be matched X5 by world-renowned philanthropist and Mexican business man Carlos Slim’s Foundation.
Lewkowicz and Sampson Boxing, in association with Pochiro Boxing and the Cannery Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas, are presenting a “Cuba vs. Mexico” instalment of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes on Tuesday, September 26.
Televised live on FS1 and FOX Deportes beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, in the night’s 10-round featherweight main event, undefeated Leduan Barthelemy (13-0, 7 KOs) takes on also undefeated Eduardo Ramirez (20-0-2, 7 KOs). In the other televised bouts, hard-hitting prospect Alejandro Salinas (8-1, 8 KOs) matching up against unbeaten Duarn Vue (12-0, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight attraction plus a six-round showdown between unbeaten lightweight prospects Bryan Figueroa (12-0, 5 KOs) and Ivan Jimenez (7-0-1, 4 KOs).
Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 230 people in total, including at least 21 children and five adults at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City.
Carlos Slim is one of the worlds most important philanthropists. He owns stock in more than 200 companies that employ more than 200,000 people in Latin America and beyond. He has used his resources to help develop the communities where his businesses are located. In his own country, Mexico, he has personally supported more than 165,000 young people in attending university, paid for numerous surgeries, provided equipment for rural schools and covered surety bonds for 50,000 people who were entitled to their freedom but could not afford. He recently created the Carso Institute for Health, and designed it to provide a new approach to health care in Mexico. He has four billion dollars of investments ready to promote education, health and other great challenges, and has recently announced an additional six-billion-dollar investment in several programs, including his Telmex Foundation.
Newly crowned WBC Super Middleweight Champion David Benavidez will be at the fight to support this endeavor and be part of the PBC broadcast team, together with announcer Ray Flores and former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero
Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.
Danish amateur star Kem Ljungquist has joined Team Sauerland. The 27 year-old heavyweight has signed professional terms with Europe’s leading boxing stable.
Ljungquist is a former three-time national champion and two-time Nordic Champion, who has represented Denmark at both the World and European Amateur Championships.
Having opted to join the paid ranks, the 195cm Dane says he is looking forward to starting his professional journey and has already set his sights on World domination.
‘’I’m very happy to have signed with Team Sauerland,’’ he said. ‘’I think the time is right for me, and I’m very proud to have got a contract with Europe’s largest boxing promoter.
‘’As an amateur my ambition was always to meet the best, and it is the same for me as a professional. I think it’s realistic for me to go up against the best in the World at some point.
‘’I want to fight for titles and I want to test myself against the very best. I have already proved my worth against other Danish fighters and have beaten them all. Now, I want to meet the best from other countries on my way to becoming World Champion.”
Ljungquist will be training out of Herlev Boxing Club under the tutelage of former professional fighter Rachid Idrissi. “Rachid himself has been professional so I know he has the tools to lead me to the next step, and I can’t wait to get started,’’ he says.
Promoter Nisse Sauerland is expecting big things from his latest heavyweight signing and hopes Ljungquist can prove as popular as his countryman Brian Nielsen.
“It has always been our goal to have a Danish heavyweight, and in Kem we think we have the chance to create the next Brian Nielsen,” says Sauerland. ‘’We plan to keep him as busy as possible as he learns the professional game, but with his amateur experience and pedigree it shouldn’t be too long before he is ready to challenge for titles.’’
HALL OF FAME FLIES FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR
MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION JAKE LAMOTTA
CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of middleweight champion “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta. He passed away yesterday (9/19) surrounded by family and friends at Palm Garden Nursing Home in Aventura, FL following a battle with pneumonia. He was 95.
“Jake LaMotta was one of the toughest and most relentless boxers in ring history,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame joins the boxing world in mourning the passing of a legend.”
Born July 10, 1922 in Bronx NY, after a two-year amateur career LaMotta turned pro in 1941. He captured the world middleweight championship via 10th round TKO over Hall of Famer Marcel Cerdan in 1949 and reigned until 1951. The determined middleweight also scored wins over top-notch fighters such as Bob Satterfield, Laurent Dauthuille, Tiberio Mitri, Bert Lytell, Tommy Bell and Hall of Famers Holman Williams and Fritzie Zivic. LaMotta famously battled Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Robinson in six legendary bouts. His pro record stands at 83-19-4 (30 KOs). LaMotta’s life story was brought to the big screen by Martin Scorsese in 1980’s Academy Award-winning motion picture Raging Bull starring Robert DeNiro.
“He was a great man, a sweet, sensitive, strong and compelling person with a great sense of humor. He had beautiful eyes that danced,” said LaMotta’s wife, Denise Baker. “May God rest his soul and may he sleep in peace.”
In 1990 LaMotta was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame
An exciting lineup of undercard attractions will be announced soon to support this titanic heavyweight matchup. True heavyweights in every sense of the word, the 6-foot-7, 228-pound Wilder and the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Ortiz have 60 combined knockout victories.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I’m excited that the time has come to meet Ortiz,” said Wilder. “Luis Ortiz is considered the boogeyman of the sport and I am the hardest hitter in boxing. When you put us together in a ring, you will get one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. I will unify the division. This I promise. This is the first step towards unifying. Any heavyweight that gets in my way is getting knocked out.”
“Wilder has been doing a lot of talking about me and this fight,” said Ortiz. “I’m tired of hearing it. I’m not that big on talking. I like to do all my talking in the ring and that’s what I plan to do. I respect him. I know he hits hard, but I hit hard too. It’s going to be a great fight. I can’t wait to get in the ring and shut him up in front of everybody at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME on November 4.”
“This fight is happening because Deontay Wilder wants to beat the best, regardless of the risk,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “He will knock ‘King Kong’ off the Empire State Building for the world to see on November 4 at Barclays Center.”
“The resurgence of the heavyweight division is going to be on full display at Barclays Center and on SHOWTIME on November 4,” said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions. “Deontay is facing his toughest challenge yet in the undefeated Cuban, giving him the opportunity to really prove himself. We are thrilled to be a part of the action and can’t wait until fight night.”
“Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is one of the highlights of what has been an exceptional year for boxing on SHOWTIME,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “We have consistently delivered the biggest names in boxing in their most important fights. The main event on Nov. 4 features two dynamic punchers with a 92-percent knockout ratio between them. It will be the 21st world championship fight on SHOWTIME this year and the 16th time we’ve seen undefeated fighters going head-to-head. It is clear that no other network is more committed to delivering the most significant bouts directly to its subscribers than SHOWTIME.”
“On November 4 Barclays Center will once again host one of the year’s best fights,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “Deontay has made his mark in Brooklyn, and I am thrilled to welcome him back to our ring alongside a tough competitor in Luis Ortiz, who will be fighting here for the first time.”
The 31-year-old Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), the only reigning American heavyweight world champion, won his WBC title with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17, 2015 -the birthday of legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
Wilder, a Bronze Medal winner for the U.S. Olympic boxing team at the 2008 Beijing Games, has successfully defended the title five times. In his previous defense at Barclays Center, Wilder scored a memorable ninth-round knockout over Artur Szpilka back in Jan. 2016. In his most recent defense, Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. stopped Gerald Washington via fifth-round technical knockout before a hometown crowd at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on Feb. 25.
The 38-year-old Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), of Camaguey, Cuba by way of Miami, Fla., will make his SHOWTIME and Barclays Center debut when he meets Wilder for his first title shot. The hard-hitting southpaw turned pro seven years ago after defecting from Cuba and has since been steadily climbing the heavyweight ladder. He cemented his standing in the division with victories over veteran contenders Bryant Jennings, Tony Thompson and Malik Scott and is the No. 1-ranked contender by the WBC.
If Ortiz wins, he will become the first Cuban born fighter to win a heavyweight world championship.