Problem Solved! Maidana punishes Broner

Problem Solved! Maidana punishes Broner

Thurman, Santa Cruz, Shumenov retain titles in San Antonio

By Warren Worthington

In a fight of the year candidate, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (34-4, 31 KOs) dropped welterweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) twice and took away his WBA belt with a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Maidana immediately cracked Broner with a right hand in the first round and had Broner holding on. Maidana continued the aggression in round two and dropped Broner. Maidana continued to pummel Broner for the rest of the round. Round three was close, but Maidana outworked Broner again in round four. Broner landed the cleaner shots in rounds five and six. Miadana upped the pressure in the seventh but also appeared to be slowing down. Maidana dropped Broner again in round eight, but then was deducted a point for an intentional headbutt. Maidana had a big round nine punishing Broner with big shots. Maidana was busier again in the tenth. Broner’s corner advised him that he needed a KO entering the eleventh. Both fighters landed big shots in the eleventh, with Broner connecting right at the bell. A desperate Broner fought hard in the twelfth looking for a KO that didn’t come. Scores were 115-110, 116-109, 117-109.

Undefeated WBA interim welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round KO over Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass (32-13-4, 19 KOs) to retain his belt. Soto Karass rocked Thurman almost immediately, but Thurman regained his senses was able to take over late in the round. More bombs in the ensuing rounds with Thurman getting the better of it. Thurman dropped Soto Karass with a left uppercut in the fifth round, but there was no quit in the Mexican. Thurman finally ended it with a barrage of punches in round nine that put Soto Karass down again. Time was 2:21.

WBC super bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Cesar Seda (25-2, 17 KOs). Santa Cruz dropped Seda in round five and went on to win by scores of 116-111, 115-112, 117-110.

In the second WBA light heavyweight world championship fight in a matter of hours, Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) defended his “super” title with a third round KO over against previously unbeaten challenger Tamas Kovacs (23-1, 14 KOs). Shumenov dropped Kovacs in round one with a left hook, then put Kovacs again in round two with an uppercut. The end came in round three when Shumenov floored Kovacs for the third time. Time was 2:55.

The brother of former world champions Canelo and Rigoberto “El Espanol” Alvarez, 32-year-old Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (27-4, 20 KOs) scored a controversial ten round majority decision over “Lightning” Rod Salka (18-3, 3 KO’s) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout. Salka seemingly did more, but judges went with “the name” scoring it 95-95, 96-94 and a highly questionable 98-92.

35-year-old former middleweight world champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) continued his comeback with a seventh round KO over 39-year-old J.C. Candelo (32-13-4, 21 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. Taylor was in command the whole way and the bout ended when Jerman dropped Candelo in the seventh round. Time was 2:57.

2012 Olympian lightweight Jamel Herring (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a second round KO over Lance “Lay ‘em Down” Williams (6-3, 6 KOs).

Unbeaten lightweight Robert Easter Jr. (8-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hardy “El Huracan” Paredes (16-13, 10 KO’s). A body shot took out Paredes at 2:30.

Three-time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren (17-0, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Jose “Cacho” Silveira (15-10, 6 KOs) in a bantamweight clash. Scores were 80-72 on all cards.


Stevenson crushes Bellew in six; Kovalev destroys Sillakh in two

Stevenson crushes Bellew in six; Kovalev destroys Sillakh in two

By Dave Spencer at ringside

In a grudge match, WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over mandatory challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Stevenson stalked Bellew the entire fight, finally dropping Bellew in the sixth with a big left hand. Stevenson then pummeled Bellew to get the referee’s stoppage. Time was 1:50. “The dwarf knocked him out,” said Stevenson afterward.

Undefeated WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) showed why he such a force in the division and all of boxing Saturday night by destroying Ismayl Sillakh (21-2 17KO) with the first defense of WBO 175 pound belt. Sillakh stayed on the perimeter of the ring for the first wound and showed good movement before a Russian missile attack was launched in the second with the final time being at :52 seconds. One right hand removed whatever doubt there may have been in this one, crushing the challenger down into the canvas. Sillakh managed to beat the count, but it was merely academic as he pounded by a greater attack than the original onslaught. Kovalev told the crowd he’d be more than willing to fight Stevenson or any of the other champions within the division in next fight.

The table is now set for a showdown between Stevenson and Kovalev.

Welterweight Jo Jo Dan (32-2 17KO) won a narrow 116-111, 110-117, 114-113 split decision over previously undefeated Kevin Bizier (21-1 14KO) in an exciting action packed bout of two Quebec fighters in an IBF Elimination fight. Controversy almost carried the day in this one as referee Jean Guy Brousseau deducted a point from Dan in the 10th round for holding after the Romanian born southpaw had hit the deck twice in the frame and a total of three times in the contest. Dan set a blistering pace and worked the body for much of the fight over a tough and determined Bizier who certainly wasn’t without moments of his own, landing the harder shots of the two and slowing down the quicker Dan who wins the NABA IBF Intercontinental belts with the victory.

Middleweight slugger David Lemieux (31-2 29KO) scored knockdowns early and often, totalling seven of them before the corner of them before the corner of Jose Torres (27-6 24KO) finally threw in the towel at 1:48 of the 7th round. Lemieux was dominant scoring a pair of knockdowns in the second, the sixth, the seventh and single eight count in the fourth round. It marked the first time Torres had ever been stopped and the first time Lemieux has stopped anybody past the 5th round.

Undefeated welterweight Mikael Zewski (22-0 17KO) launched a hailstorm of destruction versus a game but way over-matched Ryan Davis (24-12-3 9KO) of East Saint-Louis IL. The undefeated Trois Rivieres Quebec product was a blur, landing early and often before scoring a trio of knockdowns in the third round, the official time coming at 2:01. Davis was more resilient than a lot of Zewski’s opponents who fold at the first hint of pressure, but it was wave after wave from the 24 year old who never missed the target all night.

What was supposed to be a step up for undefeated heavyweight Didier Bence (9-1 3KO) ended up being a knock down as the fighter suffered a surprising TKO loss to provincial rival Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-3 6KO). Bahoeli scored with a left hook in his opponent’s corner that had Bence grabbing the ropes with both hands before going down to his knees for an eight count. In a hockey arena that has seen it’s share of Montreal-Quebec rivalries, this one belonged solely to the hometown fighter Bahoeli who once presented with an opening, wasted no time in closing the show. Bence never fully recovered and couldn’t tie up his opponent and ended up touching down twice more, the final time with his right hand brushing the canvas and being defeated by virtue of the three knockdown rule. The TKO victory came at 1:44 of round 2.

Hometown middleweight Sebastien Bouchard (8-0 2KO) got action underway at the Colisee in Qubec City with a one-sided 60-54 decision from all three judges over Mohammed Slimani (4-2 3KO). Both fighters took turns unloading combinations but Bouchard’s were much more numerous and effective over the six round opener. Some good body work looked as if Bouchard might have an early night as his opponent looked fatigued at times but was able to hang in to the end.

Two-time Olympian Artur Beterbiev served notice that it won’t be long until he is at the top end and not the bottom of a card featuring the world’s top light-heavyweights. The Russian born fighter who now calls Montreal home had no problem moving to 3-0 with a KO victory at 2:49 of the first round, dismantling 35 year-old veteran Billy Bailey (12-18 4KO) of Bakersfield California. A perfectly placed straight right hand put Bailey down to his knees where referee Michael Griffin waived it off. Beterbiev continues to look very polished and it looks only to be a matter of time until his record is on par with those headlining tonight’s HBO telecast card.



Pacquiao dominates Rios in Macao

Pacquiao dominates Rios in Macao

After two straight losses, welterweight superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) rebounded with a dominating twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night before 13,101 at the sold out Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena in Macao, China.

There were good exchanges in rounds one and two with the faster Pacman getting the better of it. Pacquiao began moving more in round three and took control of the fight, landing hard shots while Rios stalked him. By round seven Rios was cut over both eyes as Pacquiao continued his assault. Rios was outworked in every round and he simply couldn’t solve Pacquiao’s style. Pacman was content to punish Rios for all twelve rounds, winning by scores of 120-108, 119-109, 118-110.

Undefeated IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title in a rematch against the man he dethroned, Billy Dib (36-3, 21 KOs). Gradovich was relentless as he pressured Dib. The Aussie tried boxing, brawling, turning southpaw without success. Gradovich scored a knockdown in round six and got the win in round nine when Dib’s corner asked referee Alan Huggins to stop the fight. Time was 1:10.

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz, Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) won when Tor Hamer (21-3, 14 KOs) quit at the beginning of round four. Hamer got off to a good start, hitting Ruiz with many clean shots in rounds one and two. Ruiz, however, upped the pressure in round three and Hamer chose to remain on his stool.

In his most impressive performance to date, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chinese icon Zou Shiming (3-0) continued his march toward a world title with a one-sided six round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Juan Toscano (4-3, 1 KO). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 60-52.

Undefeated 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian junior lightweight Felix Verdejo (9-0, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over tough guy Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan (8-2, 1 KO). Petchsamuthr was deducted a point for a low blow in round six. Scores were 60-53 on all cards.

Unbeaten bantamweight Rex Tso (8-0, 3 KOs) scored a first round stoppage of Susu Sithjadeang (7-4, 2 KOs) Tso was credited with a knockdown in round one and then got the stoppage with a barrage of unanswered punches. Time was 2:29.

Unbeaten lightweight Ik Yang (13-0, 8 KOs) scored a six round majority decision over Hero Tito (7-3, 3 KOs). Scores were 57-57, 60-54, 59-55.

Unbeaten super featherweight Harmonito Dela Torre (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round KO over Jason Butar-Butar (15-12-1, 11 KOs). Time 1:23.

Super welterweight Kuck Kun Ng moved to 2-0, 0 KOs with a four round unanimous nod over You-Jie Zeng (4-5, 4 KOs). Scores were 40-36 on all cards.

Golovkin finishes Stevens in eight, Perez defeats Abdusalamov in slugfest, Afolabi wins IBO belt against Janik

Golovkin finishes Stevens in eight, Perez defeats Abdusalamov in slugfest, Afolabi wins IBO belt against Janik

By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi

Unbeaten WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Curtis Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) on Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Golovkin dropped Stevens hard at the end of round two with a huge left hook. Stevens beat the count and went defensive the next round-and-a-half to clear his head. Stevens landed some good punches at the end of round four. But, Golovkin was back in command in round five and punished Stevens until the fight was halted at the end of round eight.

In a terrific slugfest between unbeaten heavyweights, Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Magomed Abdusalamov (18-1, 18 KOs). Both went at it immediately with Perez getting the better of it. Abdusalamov got back into the fight in round two and the war was on. By round six, the left side of Abdusalamov’s face was badly swollen. Perez was deducted a point for a low blow in round nine. Scores were 97-92, 95-94, 97-92.

In a bout for the vacant IBO cruiserweight world title, Ola Afolabi (20-3-4, 9 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over Lukasz Janik (26-2, 14 KOs). Scores were 114-114, 117-111, 115-113. Janik was cut over both eyes in a mainly dull encounter.

In a hard fought battle for the WBC Youth Welterweight Title, popular Washington DC native Dusty Harrison (18-0, 10 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact, winning a ten round unanimous decision over New Mexico’s Josh Torres (12-3-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 100-90 and 98-92 (2x).

In a junior lightweight fight, unbeaten Joel Diaz Jr. dropped Bryne Green twice en route to a comprehensive six-round unanimous decision. Judges scores read 60-52, three times, all for Diaz (13-0, 11 KOs). Green is now 7-7-1 with three victories via stoppage.

In the opening bout, Kazakh native Isa Akbarbayev (11-0, 7 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over tough New Yorker Brian Clookey (4-1-2, 2 KOs) in a battle of undefeated cruiserweights. Scores were 40-36 (3x).








Hopkins dominates Murat; Quillin, Wilder victorious

Hopkins dominates Murat; Quillin, Wilder victorious

By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

48-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Karo Murat (25-2-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Murat was busier early on, but Hopkins became more aggressive in round four and was willing to trade with Murat. Hopkins kissed Murat twice during a clinch in round five. Murat was deducted a point by referee Steve Smoger for hitting on the break. By round eight, Hopkins seemed to be looking for the KO, showing total distain for Murat’s punching power. Murat landed somme good shots in round nine, but Hopkins looked much fresher down the stretch. Hopkins could be head saying “I need the knockout” in his corner before the final round, and he tried, hurting Murat several times. Murat slowed Hopkins’ attack with some late fouls. Scores were 117-110, 119-108, 119-108.

WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round TKO over Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs). Quillin got off to a fast start and dropped Rosado in round two, but Rosado rocked Quillin at the end of round four and got back into the fight. The bout turned again when a Quillin jab opened up a cut over Rosado’s left eye in round nine and the fight was stopped due to that cut in round ten. Time was :40. Rosado complained bitterly about the stoppage.

Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder moved to 30-0 with 30 KOs after demolishing Nicolai Firtha (21-11-1, 8 KOs) in four rounds. A game Firtha came out aggressively, but was dropped twice in round one. Wilder laid him out in round four with a left hook.

Braulio “Unstoppable” Santos (11-1, 10 KOs) dropped David “Thunder” Clark (6-3, 4 KOs) with a brutal right hand – left hook combination in the first round of a scheduled eight round featherweight bout. Clark rose on unsteady legs, and referee David Fields ruled him unfit to continue at the 1:49 mark.

In the opening bout, former National Golden Gloves champion Dominic Wade (12-0, 10 KOs) dropped Roberto Ventura (12-9, 12 KOs) three times, stopping him at 2:08 of the opening round in a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout.

Zachary Ochoa (5-0, 3 KOs) used his reach advantage and his jab to box his way to a unanimous decision over Michael J. Doyle (2-6, 1 KO) in a four round junior welterweight contest. The scores were 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).

Wellington Romero (1-0) won his pro debut, taking a unanimous decision over Victor Galindo (1-3) in an entertaining four round junior welterweight bout. All three judges scored it 40-36.

Hopkins dominates Murat; Quillin, Wilder victorious