Anthony Yigit (19-0-1, 7 KOs) and Sandor Martin (29-1, 10 KOs) both appeared in a confident mood as they exchanged words at today’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their European Super Lightweight Championship fight on Saturday at the Solnahallen in Stockholm, Sweden.
Yigit became the first Swedish fighter for 30 years to claim the European strap when he went behind enemy lines to defeat former British Champion Lenny Daws for the coveted blue and gold belt in February, and his maiden defence will be the first time in over 50 years the title has been contested on Swedish soil.
The 26 year-old from Stockholm, who is hoping for a triumphant homecoming, believes he is just ‘too good’ and ‘too fit’ for his Spanish counterpart and is predicting a stoppage victory in the later rounds.
‘’Martin is a good all round fighter,’’ said Yigit. ‘’He can come forward, he can go backyards and he can counter. He can do a little bit of everything, but whatever he does, I can do it better, and I don’t think he is going to be able to withstand my tempo. I think he is going to quit in the later rounds. I’m just too fit and too good for him and I don’t believe he is going to be able to cope with my pace.
‘’I’ve fought abroad a lot. I’ve fought two Danish guys in Denmark, I’ve fought a German guy in Germany and I won the title in London so I’m used to being the away fighter, but of course, it’s always better to fight at home. This is where the title belongs and it will be a great feeling after 50 years to bring the European title back to Sweden and defend it here.’’
Martin has not come to make up the numbers, and the former European Union Champion from Barcelona says he will follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Javier Castillejo and Loli Munoz in securing a victory over his Swedish rival.
”I’m very happy to be here in Sweden and I’m really looking forward to this Saturday,’’ said Martin. ‘’Yigit is a very good fighter both in attack and defence but I believe I have the advantage in both departments. Like Javier Castillejo when he beat Paolo Roberto and Loli Munez when she defeated Mikaela Laurén, Spain will triumph over Sweden again and there will be a new champion!’’
Promoter Nisse Sauerland is expecting a tough fight for Yigit but is backing his fighter to retain his European crown. ‘’We’re delighted to be bringing the European title back to Sweden after 50 years for what promises to be great fight.
‘’Sandor is the mandatory challenger so there was no avoiding him. It’s a battle of the southpaws and he will provide a tough test for Anthony’s first defence. However I believe Anthony has the ability to make a real statement on Saturday night and from there we can start to look towards a World title challenge.‘’
Four exciting bouts on the “Briedis vs. Perez” card, promoted by Sauerland Event, will air in Canada exclusively on Super Channel.
A loud chorus of boos rang out as another controversial Las Vegas decision was rendered in tonight’s Leduan Barthelemy vs. Eduardo Ramirez featherweight battle at the Cannery Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Ramirez, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, seemed to have done more than enough to deserve the nod over a listless Barthelemy in the 10-round featherweight main event of a Premier Boxing Champions “Cuba vs. Mexico” TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAY event, televised nationally on FS1 & BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes.
After 10 rounds of pounding and chasing the exhausted Cuban around the ring, often landing multi-punch combinations to the head and body, Ramirez and corner rightfully celebrated their well-deserved upset victory… But in Las Vegas boxing, nothing is certain, especially scoring.
While Judge Glen Trowbridge was able to pick the right winner at least (but by too tight a margin) at 96-94, the other two inexplicably scored the lopsided beating (Tim Cheatham) 95-95 and an unbelievable 97-93 Barthelemy from Patricia Morse Jarman.
This controversial scoring is the second time Las Vegas judges have made major blunders on national television in a short time, as it comes less than two weeks after the Canelo vs. GGG scoring debacle.
It is also not the first time Morse Jarman has been involved in controversial and highly questionable scoring.
Her decades of head-scratching scores include having Fernando Vargas ahead of Oscar De La Hoya at the time of De La Hoya’s 11th round stoppage victory, as well as having Beibut Shumenov winning 117-111 in a fight against Gabriel Campillo that Campillo clearly dominated and was robbed. Also among her long list of missteps, Morse Jarman had Marco Antonio Barrera beating Nasim Hamed by a mere three points in a fight regarded by all (except Morse Jarman) as a one-sided beating.
With the “draw” Barthelemy escapes to 13-0-1, 7 KOs. Ramirez undeservedly sinks to 20-0-3, 7 KOs.
The World Boxing Super Series has delivered three very different but all extremely exciting and entertaining fights. There is much more to come, promises Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer of tournament organizer Comosa AG.
“I’m certain we’ll be able to enjoy another fantastic night of boxing and a stunning event in Riga this Saturday,” said Kalle Sauerland.
“The fight between Mairis Briedis and Mike Perez will provide even more breathtaking boxing entertainment, that’s what happens when the Ali Trophy arrives in town!”
The World Boxing Super Series kicked off in July at the Draft Gala in Monaco when 16 fighters across two weight divisions were paired in quarterfinal bouts.
So far we have seen three of those fights. Olympic Gold Medallist and current WBO World Champion Aleksandr Usyk kicked off the cruiserweight tournament by spectacularly stopping Marco Huck, a former record breaking World Champion himself, in the 10th round in Berlin.
That was followed by Callum Smith’s unanimous decision against Erik Skoglund in the super middleweight division in Liverpool for the WBC Diamond Belt and a place in the Semi Finals, and most recently WBA World Champion Yunier Dorticos defeated number one ranked Dmitry Kudryashov with a sensational second round knockout in San Antonio.
“I think it’s been fantastic entertainment,” says Kalle Sauerland.
“Aleksandr Usyk’s extreme quality and Marco Huck’s bravery got us off to a great start in Berlin and then we saw a very intriguing 50/50 Super Middleweight Championship fight between Callum Smith and Erik Skoglund in Liverpool, he adds.
“The way those two handled themselves in and out of the ring was great to see for anyone involved in the sport of boxing.”
“Dorticos against Kudryashov was always going to provide fireworks and so it proved. We’ve enjoyed three very different but all very entertaining fights so far. Thankfully, there is much more to come.”
“The World Boxing Super Series has been dubbed ‘the Champions League of boxing’ and the reception from the media, broadcasters and most importantly the fans has been amazing every where we go. I keep being told how much they’re enjoying the competition so far – all I can say is “so am I”.
“The sporting level has been truly world class and the brand of the World Boxing Super Series is growing rapidly day by day. We could not have hoped for a better start.”
Kalle Sauerland reveals that Comosa AG and its partners are working hard to ensure that fans can continue to enjoy the World Boxing Super Series.
“Along with our partners we are making minor adjustments along the way to make the experience of going to the events even better for fight fans. That will also benefit all of the fans watching the events on TV or via streaming from around the world.”
“For example we are working on improving even further the experience for the fans at the venue, with our own dedicated Arena TV so that the evening gets even more of a storyline for the on site fans which will only add to the already amazing atmospheres that have been generated. We are taking the experience to a whole new level not just for the television viewers with our revolutionary productions, light shows and side programming but also for the fans at the venue so that they too receive a more 360 degree experience.”
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.