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Photo by Michael Boykin Sr. – Pochiro Boxing and Right Hook Promotions presented an exciting fight card with “Throw Down at Sam’s Town II” Friday night. It was no secret who the crowd favorite was, Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez hands down. Fans booed Moris Rodriguez coming into the ring. Chuy walked in to a parade of wild fans and his camp waving the Right Hook Promotions banner loud and proud, his confidence was through the roof.
The first few rounds were interesting, Chuy hung on the ropes letting Moris tire himself out. Coming to the end of the second round Chuy knocked Moris’ mouthpiece clearly outside the ring and worked him over until he was saved by the bell. Chuy dominated the fight with his left, literally knocking the smile off Moris face, even almost knocking his braids on his head loose. Moris took as many blows Chuy could give but he returned his own combinations that let everyone know that Chuy was not going to win by luck or ease. Continue reading
Former two-time WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez has dropped out of his co-feature bout against lightweight contender Raymundo Beltran for this Saturday’s HBO pay-per-view card headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Martinez is ill, and there’s no way he can take the fight under those conditions.
So instead of Martinez fighting Beltran, another super featherweight, Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KO’s), has been substituted in Martinez’s place for the co-feature. It’s unclear why Top Rank is matching Beltran against super featherweights instead of fighters from the lightweight division, but I guess the boxing fans paying to see the card on PPV won’t know and won’t care. Roman Martinez is a super featherweight as well, and he was coming off of a knockout loss to Mikey Garcia. Continue reading
Heavyweight Kubrat Pulev’s scheduled fight against TBA on April 5th almost fell apart as he had a hard time finding an opponent. Obviously schedules and budget for this event were tight as a couple of journey men snubbed the offer to face Pulev citing inadequate time for preparation and unattractive remuneration. It was a non-title fight to begin with as Pulev is unlikely to take any chances before it becomes clear whether Wladimir Klitschko will defend his IBF title against him.
The day was saved by the 39 year old Croatian boxer Ivica Percovic (20-24) who had little hope against an opponent of such caliber. Pulev worked from the outside and fired at will as he stayed practically outside his opponent’s limited range. Continue reading
Following Carl Frampton’s 2nd round TKO win over Hugo Cazares (40-8-2, 27 KO’s) last Friday night in their WBC 122lb eliminator bout, Gary Hyde, the manager for WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, took the opportunity to give unbeaten contender Frampton (18-0, 13 KO’s) an offer to fight for Rigondeaux’s two titles next. He even offered to bring the Cuban star over to Belfast, Northern Ireland to face Frampton in his own neck of the woods in front of his own Irish fans.
As good as that fight would be, Frampton said he’s not interested in it at the present time. He wants to fight WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz next, and he wants that fight to take place in Belfast. Continue reading
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-7, 30 KO’s) put in a game performance in losing to WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (43-2, 32 KO’s) by a 6th round TKO tonight at the Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The fight was stopped due to swelling to Maccarinelli’s right eye after the 5th round. Maccarinelli’e eye had swelled up completely to where he couldn’t see out of it after the 1st round.
Maccarinelli complained that he couldn’t see out of it following the 2nd. But surprisingly, Maccarinelly fought well in the 4th and 5th rounds, and he landed some really nice shots to control both of those rounds. Braehmer was doing a lot of holding in between landing his punches, and just waiting until the fight was halted. Braehmer didn’t have the power to stand in and trade with Maccarinelli once he started swinging for the fences in the 4th, so he played it safe with constant clinching. Continue reading
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KO’s) is counting on his power advantage to bail him out tonight in his title challenge against new WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KO’s) at the Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Maccarinelli, 33, has certainly picked out the perfect champion for him to beat, as Braehmer is considered a paper champion by a lot of fans, and someone who has got through an entire career without really facing anyone good. It’s been a career of careful match-making that has gotten Braehmer to this point, and it’s quite possible he could lose if Maccarinelli can land his big power shots. Continue reading
Trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t see a Top Rank – Golden Boy Promotions issue as getting in the way of a potential huge money matchup between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan in the near future. Roach, who previously trained Khan, says he makes his own decisions about his career, and he thinks that a fight between him and Pacquiao is a definite possibility. Of course, none of this will mean anything if Pacquiao doesn’t win his next fight against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley on April 12th, and if Khan doesn’t beat Luis Collazo in their fight on May 3rd.
“Khan’s responsible for his own actions,” Roach said to the Telegraph. “Never say never. I’m not so sure it would be in England, even though Manny loves the place. He would want a truck load of money to fight there. It would most likely be in the U.S, if it ever happened.” Continue reading
Photos by Rich Graessle and Larry Levanti/Main Events — hiladelphia, PA: Steve “USS” Cunningham (27-6, 12 KOs)* took down the undefeated powerhouse Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) via unanimous decision at the Liacouras Center. In the all-Philly main event, Philadelphia-raised Cunningham and Philadelphia-trained Mansour brawled for ten rounds of heart-stopping action that had the entire crowd at the Liacouras Center on their feet and screaming for more. These two warriors just kept coming at each other for ten straight rounds. By the end they were both bleeding and and battle-worn.
Mansour was relentless from the first bell. He kept coming at Steve with huge looping hooks. Cunningham began bleeding in the second round. Then Cunningham cut Mansour over the same eye in the third. Continue reading
photo by Tom Casino – Tonight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA, Gary Shaw Productions middleweight contender Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs), was robbed of his opportunity to continue fighting with Curtis Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) when referee Gary Rosato prematurely stopped the bout at the 2:09 mark of the tenth and final round.
Johnson, who controlled the action early on, got off to a great start and mounted a considerable lead against Stevens’s midway through the bout. As the fight entered the final rounds, Johnson continued to stand his ground and win rounds as both fighters were going toe to toe. Entering the tenth and final round, Stevens, who was clearly down on the scorecards, landed a nice left hook that slowed Johnson down, and the referee halted the bout prematurely. Tureano Johnson was clearly ahead on the scorecards and had plenty of life left to finish the bout before the referee stopped the action. When the bout was stopped, boos from the crowed were heard throughout the arena, validating a premature stoppage. Continue reading
Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events — The more experienced Steve Cunningham (27-6, 12 KO’s) survived two fifth round knockdowns to go on and beat USBA heavyweight champion Amir Mansour (20-1, 15 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision tonight to win by the scores 97-90, 95-92, 95-92 at the Liacouras Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Cunningham put Mansour down on the canvas in the 10th and final round with a right hand after getting him off balance from a series of rights to the head. Mansour’s left eye was almost closed at the time from the heavy shots he’d absorbed from Cunningham. Continue reading