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Hooker Stops Saucedo in 7, Retains 140-Pound Title

Mean Machine KOs Roberto Arriaza in 3 in Welterweight Co-Feature

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OKLAHOMA 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.

"Alex 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."

Said 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."

Saucedo (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.

Eventually, 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 world title.
Mean Machine Blows Out Arriaza

Egidijus “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.

Kavaliauskas (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.

"I 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."

Said 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."

In other results:

Super 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

Seldin 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.”

Super Bantamweight: Jonathan Guzman (23-1, 22 KOs), unanimous decision, 10 rounds, Roberto Castaneda (23-11-1, 16 KOs). Scores: 99-91 3X.

Middleweight: Tyler Howard (16-0, 11 KOs), KO 1, 1:30, Isiah Seldon (12-2-1, 4 KOs).

Light Heavyweight: Trevor McCumby (25-0, 18 KOs), unanimous decision, 8 rounds, Felipe Romero (20-16-1, 14 KOs). Scores: 78-73, 78-72, 77-73.

Lightweight: Albert Bell (13-0, 5 KOs),TKO 6, 3:00, Carlos Padilla (16-9-1, 10 KOs).

Bantamweight: Aaron Morales (5-0, 3 KOs), unanimous decision, 6 rounds, Francisco Lapizco (8-9, 2 KOs). Scores: 59-55 3X.

Super Welterweight: Paul Kroll (2-0, 2 KOs ) TKO 2, :13, Antonio Wattell (1-6-1, 1 KO).

Super Bantamweight: Rasheen Brown (2-0, 0 KOs), majority decision, 4 rounds, Sebastian Baltazar (1-3, 0 KOs). Scores: 38-38, 39-37 2X.

Lightweight: John Rincon (1-0, 1 KO) KO 1, 1:24, Emanuel Williams (0-1).


Michael Dutchover (12-0, 9 KOs) Stops Ruben Tamayo in the Third Round on Friday Night

ORANGE, 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 Cuellar.

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 2:15 mark.

"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 click here.

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 mark.

"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 defense.

The 24-year-old turned professional earlier this year. Scores: 40-36 all around.

"Locked n' Loaded" was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Everlast.

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Top Rank Signs Indian Amateur Sensation Vikas Krishan

Krishan to make pro debut in January 2019

(Nov. 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.


SHOWTIME SPORTS® RELEASES DEONTAY WILDER vs. LUIS ORTIZ & ERISLANDY LARA vs. JARRETT HURD FULL-LENGTH FIGHTS IN ADVANCE OF DECEMBER 1 SHOWTIME PPV®

 

Fight 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.

In 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.

In 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.

The 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.


CANELO 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 ever since.
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 division against
Fielding.


"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 the
world."

Fielding 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.

"This 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 and
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."

Canelo 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
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BIVOL-PASCAL

November 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.

"2 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.


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LOUISA HAWTON VS. BRENDA FLORES REMATCH AT UNDISPUTED

Saturday, December 8 at StubHub Center

Los 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.

UNDISPUTED 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),

defending 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.

Presented 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.

Former 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 co-main event.

“We’re 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.”

Scores 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.

Now 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.

For 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 in Tijuana.


CECILIA BRAEKHUS VS. ALEXSANDRA MAGDZIAK-LOPES
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ VS. PEDRO GUEVARA
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT STUBHUB CENTER
TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®

 

TOP 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®

Philadelphia’s Sam Teah Outclasses Kenneth Sims Jr. in Co-Featured Bout

Watch the Ennis KO: https://s.sho.com/2TlRIDm

PHILADELPHIA (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: https://s.sho.com/2TlRIDm

The 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.

“It 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 did.

“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.”

Ennis 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.”

In 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.

Cheered 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, 53-28.

“Oh 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.

“I’m 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 it.”

Unified 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

In 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.

Khegai, 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 Diaz.

“I’m 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.

“I 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.”

Diaz 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.”

Tonight's tripleheader was promoted by Victory Promotions in association with Hard Hitting Promotions.

The 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®.


Sergey Kovalev-Eleider Alvarez Rematch Coming to ESPN in Early 2019

Former two-time light heavyweight champion Kovalev set for Top Rank on ESPN debut

(Sept. 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 Michel.

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 year!”

“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 bout.

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 CHAMPION

LAS 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.

"I 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."

"I'm 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."

In 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 third round.

"This 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."

"He 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."

David 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.

"I 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."

"Unfortunately, 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."

Vergil 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 eight rounds.

"This 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."

Alexis 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 ,79-73.

"I 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."

Jaba 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.

"Even 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."

Brian 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.

"I 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 opponent."

Canelo 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,

"Never 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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