Stops Saucedo in 7, Retains 140-Pound Title
Machine KOs Roberto Arriaza in 3 in Welterweight Co-Feature
Williams /Top Rank
CITY (Nov. 16, 2018) — The
fairytale ending wasn’t meant to be. Oklahoma City native
Alex Saucedo fell short in his first world title challenge,
as Maurice Hooker defended his WBO junior welterweight title
against Saucedo via 7th-round TKO In front of 4,102 fans at
the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
is a great fighter. He came to fight, and I came to fight,
and I went right at him,” Hooker said. "I knew the first
couple of rounds would be tough, but eventually it would be
my time to take over."
Saucedo: "He's a champion for a reason. Now, I am going
to rest, enjoy my family, and come back stronger. I gave it
my very best in the ring."
(28-1, 18 KOs) landed the first major blow of the night, knocking
Hooker down with a right hand in the second round, causing
blood to gush from his nose. Hooker responded with a late
flurry to end the round. The fight entered a familiar pattern,
as Saucedo marched forward and Hooker (25-0-3, 17 KOs) landed
flush counter punches.
Hooker took over, as cuts over Saucedo’s left eye opened up.
Hooker, using precision punching, knocked Saucedo down with
a right hand in the seventh. The end came soon after, and
Hooker, a native of Dallas, Texas, left Oklahoma with his
Mean Machine Blows Out Arriaza
“The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas wanted to show the world that
he deserves a crack at a welterweight world title. The statement
was emphatic, as Kavaliauskas blew out the previously unbeaten
Roberto Arriaza (17-1, 13 KOs) in three rounds to retain the
NABF title and pick up the WBO Inter-Continental Belt.
(21-0, 17 KOs) made no secret that the man he wants to face
next is WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford,
who was seated ringside.
want to fight the best in the welterweight division, and the
best guy right now is Terence Crawford,” Kavaliauskas said.
"I am ready for that fight next."
Arriaza: "I know I had him in trouble. I was the one
who was dominating and was in control of the fight. I'm sure
that I was going to finish him within six rounds, but he surprised
me with a punch behind the ear and then he connected me while
I was on the canvas."
Lightweight: Cletus Seldin (22-1, 18 KOs), KO 1, :26, Nelson
Lara (17-11-4, 9 KOs).
Left hook to the body put Lara down for the count
said: “It felt good to be back in the ring, injury-free this
time. I was brought to Oklahoma City for one reason, and that
is to fight the winner of the main event. And that is what
I want next.”
Bantamweight: Jonathan Guzman (23-1, 22 KOs), unanimous decision,
10 rounds, Roberto Castaneda (23-11-1, 16 KOs). Scores: 99-91
Tyler Howard (16-0, 11 KOs), KO 1, 1:30, Isiah Seldon (12-2-1,
Heavyweight: Trevor McCumby (25-0, 18 KOs), unanimous decision,
8 rounds, Felipe Romero (20-16-1, 14 KOs). Scores: 78-73,
Albert Bell (13-0, 5 KOs),TKO 6, 3:00, Carlos Padilla (16-9-1,
Aaron Morales (5-0, 3 KOs), unanimous decision, 6 rounds,
Francisco Lapizco (8-9, 2 KOs). Scores: 59-55 3X.
Welterweight: Paul Kroll (2-0, 2 KOs ) TKO 2, :13, Antonio
Wattell (1-6-1, 1 KO).
Bantamweight: Rasheen Brown (2-0, 0 KOs), majority decision,
4 rounds, Sebastian Baltazar (1-3, 0 KOs). Scores: 38-38,
John Rincon (1-0, 1 KO) KO 1, 1:24, Emanuel Williams (0-1).
Dutchover (12-0, 9 KOs) Stops Ruben Tamayo in the Third Round
on Friday Night
Calif. (Nov. 17, 2018) -
Junior lightweight Michael Dutchover (12-0, 9 KOs) closed
out Thompson Boxing's season finale in emphatic fashion by
knocking out the well-tested veteran Ruben Tamayo (27-12-4,
18 KOs) in the third round Friday night from the Doubletree
Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Dutchover, who had turned 21 the day prior, celebrated his
birthday weekend with his fifth win of the year and fourth
straight knockout victory.
The West Texas-based Dutchover used his patience in the first
round to learn the appropriate angles against Tamayo, who
had previously been in the ring against first class talent
such as Jhonatan Romero, Oscar Valdez, Joseph Diaz and Jesus
In the third, Dutchover unlocked his power with a left hook
to the body that stunned and forced Tamayo to take a knee.
After Tamayo beat the count, Dutchover attacked and landed
a right onto the midsection, which dropped Tamayo once again.
Referee Lou Moret immediately waived off the fight at the
"I feel like I'm growing into a better fighter with each
and every fight," said Dutchover, who is promoted by
industry veterans Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. "I
took my time in the first round, but then my corner advised
me to start letting my hands go and I got the knockout win.
I'm looking forward to another great year in 2019."
To watch a replay of "Locked n' Loaded," please
In the "Locked n' Loaded" co-feature, lightweight
Pedro Moreno (11-0, 7 KOs) required only two rounds to dispatch
Erik Aguirre (6-10-1, 4 KOs). Moreno, appearing in his fourth
fight of the year, looked the part of an elite prospect by
taking command of the fight from the outset.
He peppered Aguirre with combination and after combination
until referee Zachary Young called the contest at the 1:13
"I had an excellent year," said Moreno, who signed
with Thompson Boxing earlier this year. "It's the most
active I've been since I turned professional three years ago.
I'm looking forward to being more active next year."
In other action, junior middleweight prospect Richard Brewart
(3-0, 1 KO) outpointed the very busy Antonio Luis Hernandez
(1-6) through four rounds. Brewart showed a good mix of boxing
skills with his counter punching ability. He stopped Hernandez's
forward attack with solid defensive instincts and managed
to score points in the process.
Scores: 39-37, 40-36 twice
Another junior middleweight prospect Leo Ruiz (3-0, 1 KO)
showed signs of promise by sweeping the scorecards on veteran
Nam Pham (3-8-1) in their four round fight. Ruiz appeared
more experienced than his record indicated, displaying a sound
foundation on his way to his third professional win. Scores:
40-36 all around.
Bantamweight Mario Hernandez (8-0-1, 3 KOs) remained unbeaten
with a one-sided unanimous decision win over Luis Montellano
(0-4-2). Hernandez, who suffered a draw in his last fight
from September, rebounded nicely with a strong performance.
Hernandez got inside the taller Montellano with body shots,
which worked as the winning formula on Friday night.
Scores: 59-55 all around.
Featherweight prospect Arnold Dinong (3-0, 1 KO) defeated
Alex Solorio (4-5, 1 KO) by unanimous decision in the "Locked
n' Loaded" show opener. In his brief career, Dinong has
shown a fan friendly style of volume punching with effective
24-year-old turned professional earlier this year. Scores:
40-36 all around.
n' Loaded" was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions
and sponsored by Everlast.
For more information, please visit ThompsonBoxing.com.
Rank Signs Indian Amateur Sensation Vikas Krishan
to make pro debut in January 2019
15, 2018) —
Top Rank announced today it has signed the most decorated
amateur boxer in Indian history, Vikas “The Indian Tank” Krishan,
to a multi-year promotional agreement. Krishan, an Olympian
in 2012 and 2016 and the only Indian fighter in history to
capture gold medals at both the Asian and Commonwealth Games,
is scheduled to make his professional debut on Jan. 18, 2019
at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
“Top Rank is the best promotional company in the world,” Krishan
said. “I’m going to be a world champion as a pro. No Indian
has ever done that before. When I win a title, I’m going to
be more famous in India than the movie stars."
“Vikas is a tremendous young man who we expect great things
from,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “He is going to be our
Indian Marvelous Marvin Hagler!”
“Before his first pro bout, he is already the best fighter
in the history of India,” said David McWater, Krishan’s manager.
“His accomplishments and charisma set him apart. We can’t
wait to get started.”
Krishan, 26, is from Haryana, where he picked up the sport
at the age of 10. He spent more than decade in the Indian
amateur system and won a gold medal at the 2010 AIBA Youth
World Boxing Championships. In 2012, at the London Olympics,
he defeated current IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence
Jr. via 13-11 decision, only for the decision to be controversially
overturned five hours later due to various fouls Krishan committed
during the bout.
In the 2016 Olympics, Krishan advanced to the quarterfinal
round, defeating highly touted U.S. Olympian Charles Conwell
in the Round of 32. Earlier this year, he won Commonwealth
gold and a bronze medal at the Asian Games, becoming the first
three-time Asian Games medalist in Indian history. As a pro,
he is going to train with Wali Moses in Newark, N.J., and
with the Indian National Team in Punjab, India.
SPORTS® RELEASES DEONTAY WILDER vs. LUIS ORTIZ & ERISLANDY
LARA vs. JARRETT HURD FULL-LENGTH FIGHTS IN ADVANCE OF DECEMBER
1 SHOWTIME PPV®
of the Year Frontrunners Feature Three Fighters Competing
in December 1 SHOWTIME PPV From STAPLES Center in Los Angeles
Lara vs. Hurd: https://s.sho.com/2AMZoHL
Wilder vs. Ortiz:https://s.sho.com/2zX5wvw
Fans can relive two of the most exciting and competitive fights
of 2018 ahead of the December 1 SHOWTIME PPV headlined by
WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and lineal heavyweight
champion Tyson Fury from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The
Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz thriller from March and the Erislandy
Lara vs. Jarrett Hurd all-action affair from April, both leading
candidates for 2018 Fight of the Year, are available in their
entirety now on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel.
Wilder’s toughest test to date, the undefeated WBC heavyweight
champion retained his belt in an instant classic from Barclays
Center in Brooklyn. Wilder withstood a seventh-round assault
from the Cuban slugger Ortiz, only to rebound and floor his
undefeated top-five ranked world title challenger twice in
the 10th round en route to his 39th KO victory.
an electrifying fight from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and
Casino in Las Vegas, IBF Champion Jarrett Hurd unified the
154-pound division with a 12-round split-decision victory
over WBA Champion Erislandy Lara in just the seventh unification
in division history. The difference in the Fight of the Year
candidate was a short left hook that floored Lara in the final
minute of the fight.
December 1 SHOWTIME PPV is headlined by Wilder vs. Fury, which
tests the raw power of the 6-foot-7 Wilder against the unmatched
size and mobility of the 6-foot-9 Fury in the most significant
heavyweight event in the U.S. in more than 15 years. In the
co-feature, Hurd returns for his first fight since dethroning
Lara to defend his IBF and WBA titles against Jason Welborn.
Ortiz will continue his quest for a second shot at a heavyweight
world championship as he takes on American Travis Kauffman.
ALVAREZ TO MAKE NEW YORK CITY DEBUT AGAINST WBA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT
WORLD CHAMPION ROCKY FIELDING
SATURDAY, DEC. 15 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
NEW YORK (Oct. 8, 2018) -
Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), the universally recognized
middleweight champion of the world and the veritable face
of boxing, will make his New York City debut as he faces WBA
Super Middleweight World Champion Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15
KOs) in a special 12-round super middleweight attraction on
Saturday, Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden.
Additional details for the event, including ticket information,
will be announced shortly.
Canelo, the 28-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico,
is without a doubt boxing's biggest star. After capturing
two world titles and the lineal championship in the super
welterweight division, Canelo moved up to middleweight to
capture the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine World Titles with
a unanimous decision victory against Miguel Cotto in November
2015. Canelo has maintained his status as the lineal champion
But after his historic win against Gennady "GGG"
Golovkin in their highly anticipated rematch in September,
Canelo captured the WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Middleweight
World Titles and established himself as the very best in the
division. Canelo will look to capture a world title in a third
"It has always been a desire of mine to fight in New
York, and where better than at the Mecca of Boxing,\ Madison
Square Garden?" said Canelo Alvarez. "I look forward
to exploring this 160-pound division against current WBA World
Champion Rocky Fielding. I will be representing the WBC as
its current middleweight world champion as I continue demonstrating
to the world that I am the best pound-for-pound fighter in
is a 31-year-old native of Liverpool, England who climbed
the 168-pound rankings by fighting the toughest fighters in
his native country. Fielding has only suffered one loss in
his career, against who would eventually be a world champion
in Callum Smith. Since then, he has scored six victories in
a row, including his career-best win against Tyron Zeuge to
capture the WBA Super Middleweight World Title in July. Fielding
will defend his title in what will be his United States debut.
is everything that I've ever dreamed of - fighting a pound-for-pound
star at Madison Square Garden for my world title," said
Rocky Fielding. "I can really punch. Everyone knows that.
Let's see what happens on the night when I catch him clean.
He's [Canelo] stepping up in weight, and he's not going to
be a big super middleweight. I know how good he is, but we
will come up with a plan to beat him. I know I can catch him
put him to sleep." It was about time that the biggest
star in boxing headed to Madison Square Garden," said
Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions.
"Nearly every great fighter has fought at this historic
arena. Canelo is establishing a historic legacy, and I'm excited
that fans in New York will be able to see this great talent
in such a famed place for boxing." This will be a huge
night for Rocky Fielding, and one he couldn't turn down -
the chance to fight one of the
biggest names of the sport in an iconic and historic venue
in Madison Square Garden," said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom
Boxing. "Although Rocky is the champion, we thank Golden
Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya and Eric Gomez for this wonderful
opportunity. New York can expect a Liverpool invasion on December
15 and a great atmosphere in the Big Apple."
vs. Fielding is a 12-round fight for WBA Super Middleweight
World Title presented by Golden Boy
Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event
is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER
OF BOXING," and Hennessy "Never Stop. Never Settle."
The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at
Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
13, 2018 - HBO Sports® debuts an all-new installment of
"2 Days" when the acclaimed feature segment returns
Tuesday, November 13 at 10:45 p.m. (ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes
look at light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol.
Days" is a revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span
in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights
and the next edition will focus on Russian native Dmitry Bivol.
HBO cameras followed the light heavyweight knockout artist
this past August when he faced off against Isaac Chilemba
at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.The
win marked another successful moment for the 27-year-old as
he went the distance showcasing his boxing skills, ring generalship
and power throughout the fight.
Bivol returns to the ring on Saturday, November 24 when he
headlines HBO World Championship Boxing® from the Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Bivol will defend
his title against Jean Pascal. The telecast will begin at
10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
"2 Days" will also be available on the HBO On Demand®service,
HBO NOW®, HBO GO® and at www.hbo.com/boxing as well
as various other new media platforms that distribute the series.
About Bivol-Pascal: Bivol vs. Pascal is a 12-round fight for
Bivol's WBA Light Heavyweight World Title on Saturday, November
24, 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City,
NJ. The event is promoted by Main Events and World of Boxing
in association with Jean Pascal Promotions, and will be televised
live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m.
ET/PT. Tickets range between $30 and $150 and go on sale Friday
through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com.
HAWTON VS. BRENDA FLORES REMATCH AT UNDISPUTED
Saturday, December 8 at StubHub Center
Angeles, CA (November 16, 2018)
Popular female fighter Louisa ‘Bang Bang Lulu’ Hawton, (8-2-0,
4 KOs), of Perth, Australia will once again face off against Mexico’s
Brenda ‘La Bonita’ Flores, (15-4-1, 3 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico
in a featured ten-round world title fight rematch headlining the
undercard at UNDISPUTED on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the StubHub
Center in Carson, CA. In their outstanding first clash, Flores
was victorious by split decision on September 8, 2018 at the Forum
in Los Angeles. Flores will be defending the WBC Atomweight World
Title earned during their first bout.
is headlined by the Consensus #1 Ranked Women’s Pound-for-Pound
Fighter and Undisputed Women’s Welterweight World Champion ‘The
First Lady’ Cecilia Braekhus (34-0, 9 KOs),
her titles (WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO) against two-time world title
challenger, Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes, (18-4-3, 1 KO), a native
of Gilwice, Poland, now based in Marshfield, MA in the televised
ten-round main event. Magdziak-Lopes also holds a victory over
Braekhus’ recent opponent Kali Reis. The event will be televised
live on HBO Boxing After Dark Beginning® at 10:20 p.m. ET/PT.
by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Boxing Promotions, advance tickets priced
at $25, $50, $100 and $150 can be purchased through AXS HERE .The
StubHub Center is located at 18400 Avalon Boulevard, Carson, CA
90746. For more information please visit their website at www.StubHubCenter.com.
Men’s #1 Ranked Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World, Roman ‘Chocolatito’
Gonzalez, (47-2-0, 39 KOs), of Managua, Nicaragua, clashes with
former world champion Pedro ‘Jibran’ Guevara, (32-3-1, 19 KOs),
of Sinaloa, Mexico in the televised ten-round super flyweight
very excited to add this rematch between Louisa Hawton and Brenda
Flores,” said Loeffler. “Their first fight at the SUPERFLY 3 was
a tremendous back and forth battle and one of the most memorable
fights in Southern California this year. As soon as the fight
was over, fans wanted to see a rematch and it fits perfectly for
December 8 with the event being headlined by the best women’s
fighter in the world, Cecilia Braekhus.”
in the first fight were 97-93 and 96-94 for Flores with the third
judge scoring the bout 97-93 for Hawton. From the opening bell
the bout was fought at close range with both fighters consistently
landing heavy handed power shots to the head and body throughout
the ten rounds as the Forum crowd stood and cheered for both of
the bloodied warriors. The full fight can be viewed HERE.
training in Los Angeles with former world champion Buddy McGirt,
Hawton will be fighting for the fourth time this year, all of
the bouts coming in Southern California. Originally competing
in the junior flyweight division, the all-action Hawton moved
down to her more natural weight (atomweight) to face Flores in
September. On June 6, 2018, Hawton thrilled the huge crowd at
the ‘Hollywood Fight Nights’ event with a fourth-round stoppage
of Elvia Trevino at the AVALON in Hollywood, CA.
the 26-year-old Flores, the first fight against Hawton represented
her U.S. debut with all of her previous bouts coming in Mexico.
She has won eight of her last nine bouts with her only loss coming
in a world title fight by decision to Silvia Torres in December
2017. Following the victory over Hawton, Flores defeated Lucia
Hernandez Nunez by decision over six rounds on November 9, 2018
BRAEKHUS VS. ALEXSANDRA MAGDZIAK-LOPES
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ VS. PEDRO GUEVARA
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT STUBHUB CENTER
TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®
WELTERWEIGHT PROSPECT JARON ENNIS ELECTRIFIES HOMETOWN CROWD WITH
DEVASTATING SECOND-ROUND KNOCKOUT OF RAYMOND SERRANO IN MAIN EVENT
OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION FRIDAY ON SHOWTIME®
Sam Teah Outclasses Kenneth Sims Jr. in Co-Featured Bout
the Ennis KO: https://s.sho.com/2TlRIDm
(November 17, 2018) –
Undefeated welterweight Jaron Ennis electrified his hometown crowd
with a devastating second-round knockout of Raymond Serrano in
the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation in front of a standing-room
only crowd at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Watch the knockout here:
main event of the telecast – which featured five ShoBox veterans
and three fighters who call Philadelphia home – did not last long.
The battle-tested Serrano (24-6, 10 KOs), whose six professional
losses have come against opponents with a combined fight night
record of 111-1-1, proved to be no match for Ennis. The flashy
southpaw with a deadly combination of speed and power scored three
highlight reel knockdowns in round two, and capped off the night
with an explosive uppercut to the jaw. The 21-year-old Ennis (22-0,
20 KOs) has now knocked out 12 consecutive opponents and has proven
his worth as one of boxing’s brightest prospects.
was a good fight, I was just in there having fun,” said Ennis,
who is trained by his father Bozy. “My dad said to start touching
the body and that set up the big shots. That’s exactly what I
knew after the first knockdown, the fight was over. He’s a good
fighter and it looks good to have his name on my resume. I’m ready
for anybody in my division. I will knock any of them out.”
wouldn’t speculate if he was the best prospect in the U.S. “I
don’t like to talk,” he said. “I do my talking in the ring.”
the middle bout of the tripleheader, Philadelphia’s Sam Teah (14-2-1,
7 KOs) energized the hometown crowd by putting in a dominating
performance en route to a unanimous decision (79-73 and 77-75
twice) over Chicago’s Kenneth Sims Jr. (13-2-1, 4 KOs). Click
HERE for the highlights.
on by chants of his nickname “Tsunami”, the 31-year-old Teah utilized
his jab and set the pace throughout the eight rounds. Executing
a clever game plan, Teah beat the volume-punching Sims at his
own game as he averaged nearly 86 punches per round to Sims’ 59.
After an even first two rounds, Teah began to pull away, as he
landed 164 punches to just 91 for Sims in rounds three through
eight. Teah grew stronger throughout the fight, and put the contest
out of question in the final two rounds as he out-landed Sims,
my goodness, this feels great,” said an overjoyed Teah. “This
is my biggest stage. I’ve fought on SHOWTIME several times but
now I’m at home in front of my friends and family and the energy
was amazing. Body shots and uppercuts; that was the game plan.
I had more in my arsenal to show tonight. My head might look like
an acorn by tomorrow, but it’s worth it.
asking for the biggest fights,” he continued. “This is what I
asked for. Let’s level up and whatever’s biggest next, let’s do
154-pound world champion Jarrett Hurd, of Accokeek, Md., was in
attendance at the jam-packed 2300 Arena and spoke to SHOWTIME’s
Steve Farhood about his upcoming bout with Jason Welborn. Hurd
returns to the ring to defend his IBF and WBA titles on the Deontay
Wilder vs. Tyson Fury SHOWTIME PPV event on December 1 in Los
Angeles in his first fight since undergoing rotator cuff surgery.
Watch the interview here: https://s.sho.com/2Fti97o
the telecast opener, undefeated Ukrainian prospect Arnold Khegai
(14-0-1, 9 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a hotly contested
unanimous decision win over New Brunswick, N.J. native Jorge Diaz
(19-6-1, 10 KOs), who announced his retirement immediately following
the fight. The judges scored the fight 79-72, 77-74 twice. Click
HERE for highlights.
known for his aggressive come-forward style, stayed true to his
reputation by pressing the action early. Despite suffering a cut
over his left eye after an accidental clash of heads in the fourth
round, Khegai was more accurate in all phases while Diaz's activity
made the fight competitive throughout the first five rounds. Khegai
dazed Diaz in the fifth with a big left hook and followed it up
by scoring the only knockdown of the fight in the sixth, landing
a combination that forced Diaz to a knee. Tied at 122 total connects
after seven rounds, Khegai clinched the fight with a huge eighth
and final round where he landed 31 power punches to just 13 for
very excited to get the win against a very uncomfortable fighter,”
said Khegai through an interpreter. “He was tough and I had to
stick to my game plan. He was doing different things and leaning
in with his head. My main idea was to win the fight and I tried
to get the knockout.
think I can fight a top 15 fighter next time and someday win a
world title. Of course, it’s important to look good on SHOWTIME,
but it’s even more important to have a good fight in America and
to get the win. That’s what is most important.”
showed toughness and grit throughout the fight. “I am done. I
am retiring,” he said. “I have so much more to do and accomplish
in life. I gave it my all in rounds seven and eight. I got caught
with a body shot in the last round and that’s when he jumped on
me. I think he won because of the last round.”
tripleheader was promoted by Victory Promotions in association
with Hard Hitting Promotions.
full telecast will replay on Monday, November 19 at 10:30 p.m.
ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME®
and SHOWTIME on DEMAND®.
Kovalev-Eleider Alvarez Rematch Coming to ESPN in Early 2019
two-time light heavyweight champion Kovalev set for Top Rank on
14, 2018) — Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Eleider “Storm”
Alvarez lit up the Atlantic City Boardwalk in a pitched battle
last month. The two will renew acquaintances early next year live
on a Top Rank on ESPN card as part of a co-promotion with Main
Event and Krusher Promotions, in association with Groupe Yvon
Alvarez knocked down Kovalev three times in the seventh round
and scored a TKO to capture the WBO light heavyweight title in
a shocking upset. Kovalev led on all three judges’ scorecards
at the time of the stoppage and hopes to pick up where the first
six rounds left off.
“We are very happy to be joining forces with Top Rank and ESPN
for what we expect will be another exciting and historic fight,”
said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events. “Sergey was clearly winning
his first bout with Alvarez when he just got caught. It happens.
Congratulations to Alvarez for his spectacular performance, but
Sergey is a warrior. He let me know that he is anxious to avenge
this loss as soon as possible. We are looking forward to the new
“Bringing this marquee rematch to boxing fans on ESPN is a great
way to start 2019,” said Top Rank President Todd duBoef. “The
light heavyweight division is loaded, and both Kovalev and Alvarez
have fan-friendly styles that will make for another gripping fight.”
Added Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming
and Scheduling: “This has been an exciting year for boxing on
ESPN, and the Kovalev-Alvarez rematch is another example of the
world-class caliber of events we look forward to continue to showcase
on Top Rank on ESPN in 2019.”
Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) established himself as one of this generation’s
preeminent light heavyweight champions with nine title defenses
across two title reigns. He first won the WBO title in August
2013, traveling to Wales and knocking out hometown champion Nathan
Cleverly in the fourth round. He became the unified champion in
November 2014 with a dominating 12-round decision against future
Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins and further enhanced his résumé
with a pair of knockout wins against former lineal light heavyweight
champion Jean Pascal. Kovalev lost the title via controversial
decision loss to Andre Ward in November 2016. After dropping the
rematch via eighth-round TKO, Kovalev recaptured the WBO title
with a second-round TKO against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in November
of last year. He defended the title once before the first Alvarez
Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs), a former Colombian amateur standout who
resides in Montreal, is a nine-year pro with a host of A-list
names on his résumé, including: Kovalev, Pascal,
and former super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute. The
Kovalev triumph is the signature victory on his record. Come 2019,
Alvarez hopes it’s repeat rather than revenge.
CANELO ALVAREZ DEFEATS GENNADY GOLOVKIN
CANELO IS THE NEW WBC, WBA & RING MAGAZINE MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD
VEGAS (Sept. 15, 2018)
In what will surely go down as one of the closest and most hard-fought
middleweight title fights in boxing history, Lineal Middleweight
World Champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) went toe-to-toe
in 12 rounds of non-stop action to defeat the reigning WBC, WBA
and IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin
(38-1-1, 34 KOs) by majority decision in their middleweight championship
rematch at T-Mobile Arena.
showed my victory with facts," said the newly crowned WBC,
WBA, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo
Alvarez. "He was the one who was backing up. I feel satisfied
because I gave a great fight. It was a clear victory."
not going to say who won tonight, because the victory belongs
to Canelo according to the judges," said Gennady "GGG"
Golovkin. "I thought it was a very good fight for the fans
and very exciting. I thought I fought better than he did."
the evening's co-main event, Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26KOs) of Tijuana,
Mexico defended his WBO Junior Middleweight Title with a dominant
third-round technical knockout victory against Brandon Cook (20-2,
12KOs) of Ontario, Canada in tonight's co-main event, which was
scheduled for 12 rounds. The fight was stopped at 1:03 of the
was part of my development," said Jaime Munguia. "I
was not as focused in my last fight. But this time I came more
relaxed. I was looking for the knockout too much. But now you've
seen the results of my work. With each fight you will see me getting
better. I just want to show that I can get better and that I want
to face the best, so I can show that I am the best."
kept hitting me in the hip and gave me a lot of low blows,"
said Brandon Cook. This surprised me because the referee is experienced
and didn't give Munguia a warning. He's tough, and it is what
it is, and I hope to come back soon. I appreciate the support
my Canadian fans have given me."
Lemieux (40-4, 34KOs) of Montreal, Canada defeated Gary O'Sullivan
(28-3, 22KOs) of Cork, Ireland via knockout in the first round
of a middleweight bout scheduled for 12 rounds. Lemieux earned
a chance at the WBA Middleweight Title by stopping O'Sullivan
at 2:44 seconds of the aforementioned round.
was very happy to win. I'm a happy middleweight," said David
Lemieux. "I felt great, and I'm in superb shape. I always
give you guys a great knockout and a great fight. I'm looking
forward to doing it again. Don't mess with me - when O'Sullivan
talked, I kept it in me. I bring it to the ring, I don't disrespect
my opponents. I don't trash talk. Canelo and Golovkin are two
excellent fighters. I'm looking forward to fighting them both."
this is boxing," said Gary O'Sullivan. "I got caught,
and it just so happens it was against a 179-pound light heavyweight
who caught me. That was a big weight discrepancy at fight time."
Ortiz Jr. (11-0, 11KOs) of Dallas, Texas defeated Roberto Ortiz
(35-3-2, 26KOs) of Torreon, Mexico via technical knockout in the
second round of a super lightweight fight originally slated for
win is bittersweet because I won against a great name and record,"
said Vergil Ortiz. "But Massa [Roberto Ortiz) was my first
sparring partner when I first turned pro, and now he's a win in
the next step of my career. During my first sparring session,
he gave me a swollen lip, and today I knocked him out which is
a great benchmark as I'm showing how I'm progressing as a fighter.
I'm excited for the future."
Rocha (12-0, 8 KOs) of Santa Ana, California was victorious against
Carlos Ortiz (10-3, 10 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico in an eight-round
super welterweight fight. Rocha won with scores of 80-72, 80-72
am satisfied with my performance, but I feel I could've done a
lot more to secure the win," said Alexis Rocha. "I wish
I would've thrown more punches and more combinations. He was really
good at catching the shots and countering them. I wish I would've
had a lot more movement. We stuck to the plan, which was to break
the body down, and I felt I was able to do that."
Khositashvili (4-0, 2KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania beat Lawrence
King (4-1, 3KOs) of San Bernardino, California via unanimous decision
in a six-round light heavyweight fight. Kohsitashvili won with
all scores of 58-56.
though I won tonight, I'm very disappointed because I wasn't allowed
the opportunity to demonstrate my fighting," said Jaba Khositashvili.
"My opponent kept holding me and wouldn't let me fight him.
All I want to do is fight. I have over 20 years of experience
fighting and half of that has been spent in the amateurs."
Ceballo (5-0, 3KOs) of New York, New York won via TKO against
David Thomas (6-3-2, 2KOs) of Orange, Texas in the second round
of a welterweight fight originally scheduled for six rounds.
figured out beforehand that he always fights the exact same way,"
said Brian Ceballo. "So, I knew to keep my distance and keep
a fast pace. I saw he couldn't counter, so I kept the pressure
and now I'm 5-0. I'm 24 years old, and now I'm ready for a tougher
vs. GGG 2 was a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship
of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions.
Munguia vs. Cook was a 12-round battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight
World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Zanfer Promotions.
Lemieux vs. O'Sullivan was a 12-round a WBA World Title Eliminator
presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management
in association with Murphy's Boxing. Gonzalez vs. Fuentes was
a 10-round super flyweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions
and GGG Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and Zanfer
Promotions. The event was sponsored by Tecate,"THE OFFICIAL
BEER OF BOXING," Hennessy,
Stop, Never Settle," O'Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance,
Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events. The event took place Saturday,
Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and was produced and distributed
live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
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