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Scott Quigg v Kiko Martinez
Regular WBA World bantamweight champion Scott Quigg, 31-0-2 (23KO’s), laid down a marker the size of the Manchester Arena tonight blasting former World super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez, 32-6 (24KO’s) to pieces inside two rounds, in front of a packed hometown crowd.
Midway through the 2nd round, Quigg took absolutely everything from his Spanish opponent – who seemed to be warming to the task after an encouraging opener – with an enormous right uppercut that dipped his legs and left him laid on the canvas moments later following a further assault from the vicious champion. Continue reading
A very heavy looking Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) put in an uneven performance in beating Marcos Reyes (33-3, 24 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in Chavez Jr’s bounce back fight at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Chavez Jr. lost his last fight to Andrze Fonfara last April. But Chavez Jr. had nothing to fear tonight in dragging a weak-punching middleweight in 27-year-old Reyes up to super middleweight in order to enjoy a weight advantage.
Chavez Jr. was cut over his left eye in the 9th round from a clash of heads. After being cut, Chavez Jr. marched around the ring complaining about the head-butt until the referee took a cut and took a point away from Reyes. It looked very strange; as if the referee did this in response to Chavez Jr’s complaining rather than doing it based on what he felt was the right thing to do. Continue reading
El Paso, Texas (July 18) – Undefeated Irish star Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) showed massive heart and determination, as he successfully defended his junior featherweight title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (25-2-2, 15 KOs) at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso and live on PBC on CBS. Fighting in his U.S. debut. Frampton was knocked down twice in the first round, but bounced back in impressive fashion to win via unanimous decision (116-108 twice and 115-109).
Gonzalez Jr. came out swinging and hit Frampton with a hard straight left jab less than a minute into the fight, sending the Northern Ireland-native to the canvas for the first time in his career. Frampton was knocked down again with less than 15 seconds left in the as first, when Gonzalez hit Frampton with a sharp right hand behind his ear. Gonzalez was deducted a point in the third round for a low blow and again in the 11th. Continue reading
Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) and “Big” Fred Kassi (18-3-1, 10 KOs) fought a close 10-round bout ending in a majority draw.
Arreola prepared to make a statement that he was ready for another world title shot, yet was unable to deliver the performance he had hoped due to Kassi’s solid game plan and heavy-hitting fists. The scores were 96-94 for Arreola and 95-95 (twice).
“It was a good decision. It was just a tough fight,” said Arreola. “Fred came to fight and he’s a survivor. He held right, he moved right. He came here with a good strategy and he got a draw out of it.” Continue reading
What could be the end of their four-fight rivalry, World Boxing Organization (WBO) 175lb champion Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) defeated his old frequently fought nemesis Robert Stieglitz (47-5-1, 27 KOs) in a 6th round knockout tonight in what many boxing fans hope will be the end of their constant rematches at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.
Abraham hurt Stieglitz with an overhand right in the opening seconds of the 6th. Stieglitz continued to press forward despite being hurt. Abraham followed up with some clubbing shots that ended with him blasting Stieglitz with a right to the head that send him down. Stieglitz got to his feet but his corner waived the towel to referee Earl Brown to have the bout stopped. Continue reading
ORANGE, Calif. (July 18, 2015) – In a bout that perhaps should not have ended the way that it did, WBA Lightweight Champion Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) retained his world title with a draw against Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in England on Saturday night.
The Colombian-born Perez, who was fighting in Crolla’s hometown, had one judge score the fight in his favor (114-113), while another had it for Crolla (116-111). The third judge had it even at 113-113. Continue reading
Bob Arum had desperately wanted a Chinese world champion for his ever-expanding foray into the middle-Eastern market, and after amateur star Zou Shiming came up short against Amnat Ruenrong in his flyweight challenge in March, 140 lb prospect Ik Yang today followed suit and was comprehensively outclassed by 34 year old unknown Argentinian fighter Cesar Rene Cuenca, in his challenge for the vacant IBF light-welterweight title.
Cuenca, whose slate was 47-0 with only 2 knockouts – yes you did read that right – came in having never boxed outside his home country, and at 34 years old, wasn’t necessarily meant to present too tough a task for the fighter known as “The Wildman”.
Sadly for Yang, he more than lived up to his nickname, and was sloppy, slow and continually frustrated by the slick footwork, fast hands and accurate counter punching of Cuencas, who looked every inch the master boxer for the duration of the contest. Continue reading
Now fighting back down at 122 lbs, the “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire today took less than 2 rounds to dispose of Frenchman Anthony Settoul in Macau, China, in a ruthless display of speed, accuracy and power, that floored the French fighter three times and sent a loud warning shot to Britain’s Scott Quigg : “Be careful what you wish for.”
Quigg goes into battle tonight against former IBF 122 lb champion Kiko Martinez in Manchester, and should he win that fight, promoter Eddie Hearn has lined up 4 weight world champion Donaire for the next defense of the Englishman’s WBA (reg) super bantamweight strap – however after today’s display it is more than clear that the 32 year old Filipino veteran isn’t done yet. Continue reading
Brandon Rios has had a torrid time of it over the last few months. After his dominant victory over old rival Mike Alvarado in their rubber match back in January, he is yet to grace a boxing ring, after talks for him to face IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook hit a stumbling block over glove type and a rematch clause.
His trainer Robert Garcia has an ingenious plan for his fighter however – throw his name into the hat with all the others for an eventual shot at Floyd Mayweather, however unrealistic that may be given the frosty relationship between Floyd and Bob Arum, Brandon’s Promoter. Continue reading
ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 14th anniversary with an action-packed card. Undefeated middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas (18-0-1, 12 KOs) of Washington D.C. finished off Istvan “The Prince” Szili (18-1-2, 8 KOs) of Frekendorf, Switzerland with an impressive third round TKO in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, July 17 from Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, Pa. The event was televised live on SHOWTIME.
Both Douglas and Szili, had strong starts. Douglas exploited his reach advantage and strong right, while Szili showcased a few good combinations. However, Douglas showed dominance throughout the round by outlanding Szili 18-to-one in jabs. Continue reading