Friday night at the StubHub Center in Carson California, one day prior to the Gennady Golovkin and Vanes Martirosyan undisputed middleweight championship showdown, Golden Boy Promotions hosted an ESPN broadcast card headlined by Super Featherweight prospect Ryan Garcia taking on hard hitting Jayson Velez. The co-feature would be a middleweight contest between the always tough Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan and Berlin Abreu as an added bonus undefeated female light flyweight Seniesa Estrada took on Amarillis Adorno.
The card itself appeared to have potential on paper at least, Garcia a skilled young fighter with endless potential and O’Sullivan win or lose makes exciting bouts, as female boxing continues its rise what a better way for exposure than have an undefeated female fighter as the cards added televised contest. Once the broadcast started any and all hopes for an enjoyable evening were dismissed due to non-stop commercial promo’s for Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya going on rants about Gennady Golovkin, horrible matchmaking made even more unbearable by Bernardo Osuna and Bernard Hopkins the worst broadcast team in boxing.
When Oscar De La Hoya had camera time, he whined about Gennady Golovkin’s public displeasure with Canelo’s failed testing and withdrawing from their May 5th showdown. He appeared jittery and spoke fast giving viewers reason to question his sobriety for the evening. If his physical demeanor was not enough, repeating himself several times in a matter of sixty seconds about the intentions of Canelo Alvarez fighting this September then insinuating Gennady Golovkin was hurt and ready to be stopped in the later rounds of bout last year against Canelo Alvarez.
As Ryan Garcia made his way towards the ring broadcast announcers Bernardo Osuna and Bernard Hopkins continually referenced how he mirrored a young Oscar De la Hoya (Other than they are both Mexican American there are no other similarities except height). We were informed that Garcia had thousands on “Instagram” followers something Bernardo Osuna felt was relative to the evening.
Once introductions were made and the fight began, fans were advised that “Ryan Garcia is the hottest thing since Sliced Bread” followed by his upcoming prom date. The more experienced Jayson Velez applied pressure to Garcia but a height and reach disadvantage allowed Garcia to land uppercuts that shook Velez at times. In round three ESPN showed a list of current Mexican “Hall of fame” inducted fighters, Bernardo Osuna would then state to fans “Ryan Garcia wants to be inducted into the hall of fame like those men but he has already proven he belongs there”.
Once I brushed my teeth to rid that tiny portion of “Barf” that arouse after Bernardo Osuna made his absurd comments, I was intrigued by the fact Ryan Garcia was fighting not one but “TWO” opponents. I sat slightly baffled though unable to tell the difference between the opponent Jayson Velez who Osuna was calling the action for and “Jayson Valayz” the opponent Bernard Hopkins continued to reference.
When the contest was over, Ryan Garcia a promising young fighter who despite six reported suspensions by various sanctioning bodies showed his potential by gaining a wide decision win over the veteran Jayson Velez by scores of 99-91 on all three cards. With his win Garcia improved to 15-0 (13) while Jayson Velez now stands at Jayson Velez 24-5-1 (18).
The co-main event between Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan and Berlin Abreu should not have been sanctioned let alone televised, it had been over five hundred days since Berlin Abreu stepped in a boxing ring and when he did it was at welterweight where he had spent his entire career. If that was not shameful enough, the fact Abreu gained 13 lbs between the official weigh-in and same day weigh-in certainly was.
Once the contest started, Abreu visibly overweight was tired after thirty seconds into round one. He stood like a stationary target for O’Sullivan to tee off on without resistance. At a minute into the second round a tired and increasingly battered Abreu started spitting his mouthpiece out intentionally.
In round three a point would be deducted from Abreu for continued spitting out of his mouthpiece, then after more one sided battering without resistance from O’Sullivan the corner of Abreu would stop the contest between rounds giving O’Sullivan a third round victory via corner stoppage. Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan improved to 28-2 (20) while Berlin Abreu now stands at 14-2 (11).
The female fight between 13-0 Seniesa Estrada and 1-6 Amarillis Adorno was another one sided affair. The lone win of Adorno came in 2014 and five of her six losses came at the hands of two fighters. There would be no offense from Adorno who suffered a cut in round two that caused a doctor stoppage in round three giving Seniesa Estrada a TKO win. The record of Estrada now stands at 14-0 (2) while Adorno now stands at 1-7.
In undercard action
Middleweight Marvin Cabrera improved to 8-0 (6) when he stopped Wilfrido Buelvas 18-9 (12) in three rounds. Entering the contest Buelvas had been stopped in four of his previous six contest, his two wins coming against a 1-4-1 and 1-12 opponent.
Super Welterweight Richard Acevedo improved to 2-0 (2) when he stopped win-less Edward Aceves in round one. Entering the contest Aceves had been stopped in his previous three contest and now stands at 0-4.
HARTFORD, Conn. (May 3, 2018) -Hartford Boxing Promotions has announced its inaugural event, “Fight Night at the Capital”, to take place Saturday night, June 16, at Xfinity Centre in Hartford, Connecticut.
Boxing trainer Tony Blanco and his Hartford Boxing Center gym partner, Michael Tran, have teamed with their undefeated light heavyweight prospect, Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera (7-0, 6 KOs), to form Hartford Boxing Promotions.
“I’m excited about the entire card and providing a platform for some of the best amateurs in recent Connecticut boxing history to fight,” Blanco said. “‘Popeye’ is in the main event. He’s sparred against world champions and each experience has given him more confidence. He’s on his way to greatness. We’re also showcasing (‘The Special One’) Sharad Collier in his pro debut. This kid is something special. Richard is exactly what Hartford needs, somebody youngster can look up to as a role model. ‘Popeye’ is exciting to watch and very popular. Sharad is going to be like that, too.
“I’m thrilled to partner with Richard and Michael to bring boxing back to Hartford, which is a hotbed for boxing, and it has a rich boxing history. There’s a lot of talent here right now and fans will see that June 16th.”
Boxing’s roots in the Hartford market dates back nearly a full century, headlined by International Hall of Famers Willie “Will o’ the Wisp” Pep and Christopher “Battling” Battalino. Other top-area boxers include world champion Marlon “Magic Man” Starling, world title challengers Gaspar “El Indio” Ortega and Israel “Pito” Cardona, and 1996 USA Olympic Boxing Team captain Lawrence Clay-Bey.
The hardest hitter in New England, rising star Rivera will defend his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) New England light heavyweight title in the eight-round main event versus an opponent to be determined.
“I’m blessed to help bring boxing back to Hartford,” Rivera commented. “I’m honored to headline our first show, Fans will see good boxing and be entertained. I’m going to put on a good performance on an exciting night. I can’t wait!”
The 21-yer-old Collard, fighting out of Hartford like Rivera, will be competing in the National Golden Gloves Championships, starting May 14th in Omaha, Nebraska, before returning home to turn pro in a four-round Special Junior Welterweight Attraction versus Carlos Galindo (0-2), of Woburn, Massachusetts.
“Tony is like my second father and I’m grateful to him for allowing me to make my pro debut in my hometown,” Collier remarked. “I’m bringing a big fan-base and I’m going to put on a show. I’m familiar with a lot of fighters on this card. ‘Popeye’ is like my big brother. We train and have traveled together as amateurs. We motivate each other. I’m going to try and get a faster knockout than him June 16th.”
Undefeated Danbury, CT lightweight Omar “The Beast” Bordoy, Jr. (5-0, 1 KO) in his first scheduled six-rounder vs. Alexander “El Bravo” Picot (2-5-1), fighting out of Hartford by way of Puerto Rico.
Also fighting on the undercard, all in four-round bouts, are Hartford featherweight Luis “Lobito” Rivera (4-3) vs. Phillip Davis (1-1-1), of Worcester, MA; pro-debuting New Haven, CT lightweight Anuel Rosa vs. Cleveland’s Roger Blankenship (1-3), New Britain, CT featherweight Nathan Martinez in his professional debut vs. New Bedford’s (MA) Henry Garcia (1-0), Hartford lightweight Jose Maysonette vs. Justin Morales, of New Bedford, in a battle of pro-debut fighters, and another pair of pro debut fighters, Bridgeport, CT featherweight Jacob Marrero vs. Jimmy Santiago, of New York City.
Mason “Rock Hard Mighty” Menard is focused and determined like no other time during his career.
The lightweight contender moved six hours from his home and two children in Louisiana to train with a new team in Dallas alongside the likes of WBC World Super Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo and IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr.
Menard (33-2, 24 KOs) will face undefeated Devin “The Dream” Haney (18-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas for the USBA Lightweight Championship on Friday, May 11, in the 10-round main event of the popular prospect series ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader (10 p.m. ET/PT) on SHOWTIME from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
In the 10-round co-feature, super bantamweight prospects Josh “Don’t Blink” Greer (16-1-1, 8 KOs) and Glenn Dezurn (9-1-1, 6 KOs) will meet. In an eight-round featured attraction, light heavyweight Alvin Varmall Jr. (15-0-1, 12 KOs) takes on Charles Foster (15-0, 8 KOs); and in the opening televised fight, super bantamweight Arnold Khegai (11-0-1, 8 KOs) will face Adam Lopez (16-2-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
“Everything has changed,” said Menard. “The way I eat in my off-time, my team, my management, my trainers, the way I train. Everything.”
The 29-year-old Menard says his home state of Louisiana simply couldn’t offer the level of training he is now getting, working with new trainers Nathan Pipitone, Maurice James and Aaron Navarro, while sparring with world champions.
“I’m in Dallas to better my career,” Menard continued. “Louisiana just doesn’t have what I need to take it to the next level and compete. I’m working hard here and it’s what I need. I’m pushing the tempo and sharpening my skills.”
Fighting live on ShoBox in 2016, Menard scored a brutal Knockout of the Year candidate over previously undefeated Eudy Bernardo and got another ShoBox win later that year with an impressive KO over Bahodir Mamadjonov. He then suffered his only loss since 2008, in a short-notice showdown with WBO Lightweight Champion Raymundo Beltran.
He returned from the setback in March 2017 with a decision win, but suffered a serious injury.
“I had a detached front rotator cuff tendon and partial torn biceps tendon. It gave out on me in my last fight in the first round. I’ve had surgery on it, and rehabbed it, and now I’m ready to return to the world stage. I’m in with a good, slick boxer, but my trainers have a game plan and we have been working on a few things that he does, just to be prepared for what’s to come against him. I’ll be ready.”
Menard says the hardest part of preparing to face one of boxing’s most talked-about prospects on national television is the loneliness of missing his two beloved daughters, Demi (8 years old) and newborn Amelia.
“I get homesick. I miss my babies back home, but it’ll all be worth it,” he said. “It’s my job and I’m going to do it.”
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (April 30, 2018) — Miguel Cotto Promotions hosted a press conference earlier today to announce World Boxing Organization Light Flyweight World Champion Tito Acosta will make his first title defense at home on June 16 against Nicaraguan challenger Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago in the “La Batalla” 12-round main event, airing on pay-per-view, live from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Center in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
La Batalla: Acosta vs. Buitrago is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, which is owned and operated by the first Puerto Rican boxer to capture world titles in four different weight classes, future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto, and H2 Entertainment, in association with DIRECTV Puerto Rico.
“Tito Acosta is that fighter you can’t blink your eyes,” promoter Miguel Cotto said. “He brings excitement to every fight and power to finish in any second. This fight against Carlos Buitrago will be fireworks from the opening bell.”
Acosta (17-1, 17 KOs), fighting out of San Juan, Puerto Rico., captured the vacant WBO title last December at famed Madison Square Garden, when he knocked out his Mexican challenger, Juan Alejo (24-4-1), in the 10th round.
A standout amateur boxer with more than 180 matches, highlighted by his gold-medal performance at the Central American Games, is a past WBO Latino and World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion. His most notable victories have been against 22-5 Juan Guzman (KO1), 12-1 Japhet Uutoni (TKO12), and 28-5-3 Luis Ceja (KO2).
“Buitrago says that his dream is to become the world champion, to that I say, keep on dreaming,” Acosta said. “I’m not underestimating him, but this will be my night, not his.”
Buitrago (30-3-1, 17 KOs), 26, is currently world rated at No. 12 by the WBO. The Managua-native will be fighting in his fifth world title fight having lost three times with one draw. In his last match this past December, he was stopped for the first time in the eighth round by undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) Minimumweight World Champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0) in Japan.
In fact, all three of Buitrago’s career losses as a professional have been to world champions, including a pair to Thammanooon Niyomtrong (11-0) in 2016 and 2014, both by way of 12-round unanimous decisions in Thailand for the Interim WBA title. Buitrago also fought a 12-round split draw in 2013 to then WBO Minimum World Champion Merlito Sabillo (12-0) in Manila, Philippines.
“I will enter the ring in the best shape of my life with one objective in sight: to fulfill my dream of becoming the world champion and give my country a historic win,” Buitrago commented. “The battle is on and I hope to come out victorious.”
To understand a fighter like Kali Reis, you must first understand the person, Kali Reis. Born on Aug 24, 1986 in Providence, Rhode Island, Kali’s roots stem well into American history with her Native American heritage.
The name “Mequinonoag”, which she carries into the ring with her for every fight, was bestowed on her as her Native American name. Kali explains that the name was, “given to me by my mother, she is the medicine woman of our Seaconke Wampanoag tribe. It means “May Feathers”, or “Many Talents.” Kali is a proud, mixed Native warrior women.
Carrying the Native Warrior blood of the Cherokee, Nipmuc, and Seaconke Wampanoag tribes, the Providence-born fighter started boxing at the age of 14 out of Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Prior to turning pro, Reis had a brief, but successful amateur career, securing a variety of achievements such as the 2007 Rocky Marciano Championship, the 2007 NYC Golden Gloves at 154 pounds, and the 2006 New England 154 Championship.
Professionally, Kali has already attained three world titles. In 2014, she TKO’d Teresa Perozzi to win the International Boxing Association Female Middleweight Championship. Two years later in 2016, Reis earned a vicious first-round TKO win over Victoria Cisneros for the Universal Boxing Federation World Female Middleweight title. In that same year, only two months later, the Rhode Island fighter went the full distance in a 10 round war with Maricela Cornejo, winning a clear unanimous decision victory to earn the WBC World Female Middleweight belt.
Braekhus vs Reis is the co-feature bout to the main event of Golovkin vs Martirosyan airing on HBO, May 5th, live from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Saturday night at the Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Russell Peltz promotions and Top Rank hosted an all action ESPN broadcast headlined by a WBO Super Bantamweight world title main event between undefeated champion Jessie Magdaleno and undefeated challenger Issac Dogboe. In the co-features heavyweight Bryant Jennings faced Joey Dawejko in a ten round contest and super middleweight Jesse Hart faced Demond Nicholson for the vacant NABF Super Middleweight title.
There were little if anyone in attendance or watching on television, who expected the type of action that unfolded in the main event between Jessie Magdaleno and Issac Dogboe who was little known if at all to American fans. Once the opening bell sounded, Dogboe smaller and younger came right at Magdaleno throwing hard punches to the body, Magdaleno would answer right back with his own body work that sent Dogboe on his heels. The champion would work off the ropes and connect with a counter punch that sent Dogboe down to the canvas for the first time in his short career. Once beating the count Dogboe would again go on the attack looking to return the favor.
Over the next several rounds it would be Dogboe applying pressure to Magdaleno, digging his body and moving away from counter shots of Jessie who had the most success using his jab. When round five started we seen a dramatic turn of events after a full assault from Dogboe, lasting fifteen to twenty seconds sent Magdaleno to the canvas for the first time in his career. Once up Magdaleno would yell at Dogboe and tell him “Bring it on” but that appeared to be more out of frustration than genuine desire to brawl with the smaller younger opponent.
The all out assault of Dogboe would continue in rounds six and seven, it was not until round eight did Magdaleno start using his jab and footwork to keep Dogboe at a distance while putting rounds in the bank. As the tenth began you could see Magdaleno fading, his legs had lost their bounce, his punches were wide and he absorbed massive punishment from Dogboe who never slowed his attack. With only 15 seconds left in round ten Magdaleno almost dropped to the canvas from a body punch that visibly shook his legs.
When the eleventh started Issac Dogboe sensing Magdaleno was still hurt went right for the champion. A flurry of punches to the body and head pinned Magdaleno against the ropes then once more placed him on the canvas. He would manage to beat the ten count but before having a chance to gain his senses Issac Dogboe drove him across the ring with pressure and hard body shots. That last assault from Dogboe would send Magdaleno to the canvas one more time forcing referee Benjy Esteves to call a halt to the action at 1:38 of round eleven.
The win would not only make Issac Dogboe, the new WBO super bantamweight champion but youngest world champion in the history of Ghana. With his new world title Issac Dogboe improved to 19-0 (13), Jessie Magdaleno suffering his first loss now stands at 25-1 (18).
The nights co-feature between Jesse Hart and Demond Nicholson was an action packed bout where both men landed their fair share of power punches. At the end of round one hart would be rocked by a last second right hand from Nicholson. They would trade momentum in round two then referee Shawn Clark who did a terrible job all night called an obvious slip on the rings advertisement logo by Nicholson a knockdown. Over the next several rounds Hart stalked Nicholson looking to land one big power punch while Nicholson moved and jabbed to avoid the bigger Harts power.
The oddest moment of the night took place in round seven when a crouching Nicholson was caught by an overhand right of Hart, he was not hurt but his gloves did touch the canvas. When Nicholson stood up he assumed the referee was going to call it a knockdown but Hart had already started to attack before the referee took action. This would cause Nicholson to try and gain some room to figure out what was happening but Hart continued his assault, a combination sent Nicholson to the canvas where he sat looking p at referee Shawn Clark. There would be a count from Clark to eight then he stopped and pleaded with Nicholson to “Get Up”.Eventually the contest was halted officially in round seven but the commission would need to get involved while everyone watching was trying to understand why Clark had failed to make proper calls. With the win Jesse Hart claimed the NABF 168 lb title and improved to 24-1(20), Demond Nicholson now stands at 18-3-1(17).
In a heavyweight bout former world title challenger Bryant Jennings faced tough Joey Dawejko in a ten round contest. It would be the early body work of Dawejko which made Jennings uncomfortable and looking tired before midway through Dawejko slowed his pace. Thats when Jennings using footwork and his jab was able to keep Dawejko at a distance while Jennings built up a lead on the scorecards. When the bout ended all three judges seen it 98-92 in favor of Bryant Jennings which in my opinion was much too wide. On my unofficial scorecard I had it scored 98-96 in favor of Jennings and in the opinion the judges did not give Dawejko credit for his body attack in the early rounds. With the win Bryant Jennings improved to 23-2 (13) while Joey Dawejko now stands at 19-5-4 (11).
In undercard action
Former Olympian and featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson improved to 6-0 (3) when he stopped Roxberg Patrick Riley 12-1 in the second round.
Welterweights Mohamed Rodriguez 11-5-1 (4) and Kent Cruz 14-0-1 (9) fought to an eight round split draw. Scores read 78-74 for Cruz, 77-75 for Rodriguez and 76-76.
Super Featherweight- Robson Conceiaco 7-0 (4) def. Alex Torres Rynn 6-2(3) via UD 6.
Bantamweight- Christian Carto 15-0 (11) def. Edwin Rodriguez 9-5 (5) via UD 8.
Lightweight- Joseph Adorno 7-0 (7) def. Jorge Hugo Padron 3-2 (3) via KO 1
Super Welterweight- Marcel Rivers 5-0 (4) def. Ronald Logan 0-3 via TKO 2.
Saturday night on HBO live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Matchroom boxing hosted a highly anticipated Middleweight headliner featuring former WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs taking on undefeated volume puncher Maciej Sulecki. In the co-feature undefeated heavyweight Jarrell Miller would face former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas and as an added bonus the very popular 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor faced Victoria Noelia Bustos in a female IBF-WBA lightweight world title unification bout.
The main event between Danny Jacobs and Maciej Sulecki was an exciting one, with Sulecki campaigning in the United States for a short time he was a mystery of sorts for most fans watching. Those who did know him is because of the stoppage win over fringe contender Hugo Centeno Jr in 2016. The fans in attendance had all come to see Jacobs put on a performance for the hometown. Once the bell rang to start the contest it was Sulecki who applied pressure outworking Jacobs. Once round three began Jacobs began timing Sulecki with powerful hooks that Sulecki absorbed surprisingly well. Just before the bell sounded, Jacobs landed a hard counter that pushed Sulecki backwards for the first time in the fight.
In rounds four through seven Sulecki would continue coming forward but Jacobs had started rolling with the punches of Sulecki and landing hard clean counter punches. It appeared Jacobs slowed slightly once round nine started allowing Sulecki to pick up his pace again, Jacobs would look for the right hand counters but they were wide and Sulecki avoided them easily. The fighters in rounds ten and eleven would both put in quality work, Sulecki was busier but Jacobs landed the harder more telling blows. A knockdown would be scored by Jacobs in round twelve but Sulecki would beat the count and come right towards Jacobs hoping to even things out. They would trade punches until the final bell.When scores were read Judges seen it in favor of Daniel Jacobs with scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112. With the win Daniel Jacobs now mandatory challenger for the WBA middleweight championship improved to 34-2 (29), Maciej Sulecki suffering his first career loss now stands at 26-1 (10).
It was far from the dominate performance fans and media expected from Jacobs but it did reinforce his ability to adapt to any style when needed. With this performance Maciej Sulecki placed himself among the top fighters in and around 154-160lbs where he is able to make both weights.
The co-feature between undefeated heavyweight Jarrell Miller and former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas was not an overly exciting contest but it did have sustained action through out. It looked as though Miller would have an easy night when he stunned Duhaupas in round one but the rugged French fighter continued moving in and throwing punches that forced Miller to display his defensive ability. At no time was Miller on the back-foot but Duhaupas with his experience and chin made him work steady all night while absorbing his own fair share of punches. It would last the distance and bring Miller one step closer to that possible title shot he has been seeking, with the win Jarrell Miller improved to 21-0-1 (18) while Johann now stands at Duhaupas 37-5 (24).
In a female lightweight world title unification bout Olympic Gold Medalist and womens IBF world champion Katie Taylor faced WBA champion Victoria Noelia Bustos. While neither lady is a power puncher, Taylor only 4 stoppage wins and Bustos having never scored a stoppage win in her career they gave fans action from start to finish. The two ladies demonstrated volume and genuine world class boxing ability for the entire ten round distance with neither giving an inch at anytime.
When the scores were read judges seen it 99-91 twice and 98-92 all in favor of Katie Taylor who is now the unified IBF and WBA female lightweight world champion, her record improved to 9-0 (4) while Bustos now stands at 18-5 (0).
In undercard action
Super Lightweight- Shohjahon Ergashev 12-0 (11) def. Zhimin Wang 10-3 (3) via UD 10.
Super Lightweight- Angel Sarinana 8-7-2 (3) def. Dimash Niyazov 13-1-3 (6) via UD 6.
Welterweight- Julian Sosa 12-0-1 (4) def. Larry Ventus 9-12-1 (4) via MD 6.
Super Lightweight- Nikolay Buzolin 6-3-1 (1) def. Lawrence Gleason 6-1 (2) via KO 6.
Super Welterweight- Noah Kidd 4-0-1(3) def. Daniyar Yeleussinov 0-1 via TKO 3.
Arthur Abraham (46-6, 30 KOs) and Patrick Nielsen (29-2, 14 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their crunch super middleweight clash for the WBO International title tomorrow night at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany.
The former two-weight World Champion and his Danish stable-mate are both looking to revive their World title ambitions. The winner will be positioned for a World title eliminator, while the loser will be forced to reassess their career.
WBO International Super Middleweight Championship:
Arthur Abraham: 76.2 kg
Patrick Nielsen: 76.2 kg*
* Nielsen makes weight on second attempt
An action-packed undercard at the Baden Arena features German light heavyweight prospect Leon Bunn, professional debutant and hotly tipped amateur talent Abass Baraou, Dutch crossover star Nieky Holzken and Norwegian cruiserweight Kai Robin Havnaa.
Light Heavyweight – 8 Rounds:
Leon Bunn: 80.5 kg
Tomas Adamek: 80.5 kg
Super Middleweight – 8 Rounds:
Nieky Holzken: 76.8 kg
Bernard Donfack: 77.7 kg
Super Welterweight – 6 Rounds:
Abass Baraou: 69.5 kg
Artur Mueller: 67.6 kg
Cruiserweight – 8 Rounds:
Kai Robin Havnaa: 90.0 kg
Frank Bluemle: 91.0 kg
Super Lightweight – 6 Rounds:
Andranik Hakobyan: 67.6 kg
Zoltan Szabo: 64.2 kg
Super Middleweight – 6 Rounds:
James Kraft: 76.2 kg
Marco Miano: 73.5 kg
Super Featherweight – 4 Rounds:
Alshawa Abdulwahab: 57.8 kg
Rolan Petrovics: 59.8 kg
Boxing’s only undisputed world champion CECILIA BRAEKHUS, will defend her World Female Welterweight crown against former WBC Female World Middleweight Champion KALI REIS in the co-feature of the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan World Middleweight Championship event. Both world title bouts, featuring the No. 1 male and female pound for pound fighters in Golovkin and Braekhus, respectively, will be televised live on Cinco De Mayo, Saturday, May 5, from StubHub Center on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. This marks the first time a women’s bout has been televised live on HBO.
Braekhus (32-0, 9 KOs), a native of Cartagena, Colombia, who fights out of Bergen, Norway, is now trained by former world champion Lucia Rijker. Braekhus will be looking to extend her nine-year world championship reign with her 22nd consecutive title defense, against Reis (13-6-1, 4 KOs), from Providence, RI, in a 10-round championship bout between two of the most dominant female fighters .
The non-televised all-action undercard will feature undefeated consensus Top-10 world rated contender RYAN “Blue Chip” MARTIN. Martin (21-0, 12 KOs), from Chattanooga and fighting out of Cleveland, returns to Southern California for the second time this year, taking on battle-tested BREIDIS PRESCOTT (31-12, 22 KOs), a native of Colombia who fights out of Miami, Fla., in a 10-round super lightweight bout. The undercard will also feature five-time New York Golden Gloves champion and 2017 United States Amateur champion BRIAN CEBALLO (1-0, 1 KO), from Brooklyn, making his triumphant return to Southern California where he made his professional debut last month. He will be in a four-round welterweight bout.
“From top to bottom this is a card worthy of Cinco De Mayo and the knowledgeable fight fans who regularly pack StubHub Center,” said promoter Tom Loeffler. “I am so proud to help present the first female bout to be televised live on HBO. Undefeated World Female Welterweight Champion Cecllia Braekhus, boxing’s only undisputed world champion, will have her hands full against former WBC World Female Middleweight champion Kali Reis, and Top-10 lightweight contender Ryan Martin will be taking on rugged Breidis Prescott. Together with the Golovkin – Martirosyan middleweight title fight, is it any wonder that everyone is referring to May 5 at StubHub Center as boxing’s Cinco De Mayo headquarters?”
“I’m honored to fight on the same card as the best male fighter in the world, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, at the StubHub Center on May 5,” said Braekhus. “I’ve heard so many magnificent things about fighting in Southern California and the passion boxing fans have for great fights. Cinco De Mayo at the StubHub Center will truly be a special night for the boxers and the fans. I’ve been training in Los Angeles for the last six weeks with Lucia Rikjer, and this has been a tremendous camp particularly since I am able to work in the beautiful weather out here. I’ve not fought in America in ten years and this is truly one of the high points in my career and I want to thank my fans all over the world for continuing to push me to great heights. I know how tough Kali Reis is, and I’m ensuring every step in camp will prepare me for victory.”
“It’s been great working with Cecilia, she is so talented, and even more, so very dedicated to working hard and continuing to learn every day,” said Rijker. “We can’t wait to show boxing fans at the StubHub Center and those watching all over the world what we’ve been working on.”
“I am very excited for this opportunity. I’d like to thank Cecilia and her team for this once in a lifetime chance to fight the No. 1 pound for pound undisputed champion,” said Reis. “My team and I have been hard at work knowing she will bring her A game, so will we. This is such a great card and I am grateful to be a part of it.”
“I’m excited to showcase my skills again to the LA fans. I’m in really good shape and my weight feels great. This is going to be a special night of boxing,” said Martin.
“I am going deliver the same welcome gift to Martin that I gave to Amir Khan, a two-fisted sleeping tablet,” said Prescott.
Braekhus, 36, made her professional debut in 2007, and in only her 11th fight, two years later, captured the vacant WBC and WBA world female welterweight titles, winning a unanimous decision over undefeated contender Vinni Skovgaard in 2009. After two title defenses she added the vacant WBO title to her collection, winning a unanimous decision over Victoria Cisneros in 2010. In 2014, she won a unanimous decision over IBF world champion Ivana Habazin to become undisputed champion. She has reigned supreme over the welterweight division for four years and six title defenses. Due to her lobbying and popularity, the Norwegian government lifted its 33-year ban on professional boxing allowing her to defend her world championship crown four times in front of massive crowds in her homeland while becoming a national hero. On May 11, Braekhus will receive the Christy Martin Award as the Female Fighter of the Year at the annual Boxing Writers Association of America Awards Dinner in New York.
Reis, 31, will be making her 2018 and West Coast debut when she challenges Braekhus. After winning IBA and UBF titles, Reis, traveled to New Zealand in 2016 and won a split decision over Maricela Cornejo to capture the vacant WBC World Female Middleweight Title. It was the first time New Zealand had ever hosted a major world championship fight. Reis enters this fight having won six of her last seven fights, the only blemish, a decision title unification loss to undefeated WBO World Female Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer. Reis is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Martin, 25, returns to the ring after making a star turn headlining his first card, on March 27, at The Avalon in Hollywood, Calif. Martin blasted Luis Eduardo Florez in the fourth round of their 10-round bout. The Abel Sanchez-trained contender who regularly works out with Golovkin in Big Bear Lake, has a resume that boasts WBC Continental Americas lightweight title victories over Cesar Villarraga and Bryant Cruz as well as a WBA Intercontinental lightweight championship victory over Francisco Rojo despite suffering a fracture to his right hand. Martin is currently world-rated No. 6 by the IBF, No. 8 by the WBC and the WBO. .
Prescott, 34, will be the most experienced opponent Martin has faced. Best known for his first-round knockout victory of Amir Khan and a decision victory over former world champion Richar Abril, Prescott has been in tough for much of his professional career, going the distance against former two-division world champion Terence Crawford and top-rated contenders Roberto Garcia, Paul McCloskey and Fredrick Lawson. Boasting a victory by knockout ratio of 71%, Prescott will be looking to make the most of his Cinco De Mayo rumble with Martin.