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Tony Bellew can add world champion to his resume.
Tony Bellew, most recently known for having a starring role in the Rocky spinoff movie "Creed", took on Illunga Makabu for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title. The fight took place in Bellew's hometown of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
The fight started out good for Bellew who used his height to control the early part of the first round, but the fight took a turn near the end of the round. Bellew starting unloading shots as Makabu was pinned in the corner, but Makabu answered back, fought out of the corner,and landed a big straight left hand that sent Bellew flying backwards to the mat. The punch was so powerful Bellew did a full backward somersault. Bellew got up just as the round was ending, which gave Bellew an extra minute to recover. After a quiet second round, Bellew started getting the advantage in round 3, and this time he didn't give Makabu a chance to bounce back. Bellew unloaded as he had Makabu trapped in the corner, and after 30 seconds of punishment, the referee finally jumped in to stop the fight. The win gives the 33 year-old Bellew the WBC cruiserweight title.
The other world titleholders are WBO champ Krzystof Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) and WBA/IBF champ Denis Lebedev(29-2, 22 KOs). Look for discussions about a possible unification bout with either of these champions.
Filipino Donnie Nietes successfully defended his WBO lightweight title against Raul Garcia. The 34 year-old Nietes dropped Garcia twice in round 3, then punished Garcia with body shots until Garcia finally quit on the stool after round 5.
One weird fact in this fight is that Nietes actually won his WBO title from Garcia's twin brother in 2011.
The win improves Nietes' record to 38-1-4, 22 KOs.
Look for Nietes to possibly return in September to fight Moises Fuentes at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The 44 year-old "Sugar" Shane Mosley has had a wonderful career, but it looks like its finally over. Mosley took on David Avanesyan on CBS Sports for the interim WBA welterweight title. Mosley hung in the fight, but he didn't have enough to beat Avanesyan. Avanesyan won the fight by unanimous decision with scores of 114-113, 117-110, and 117-110.
With the win, Avanesyan sets himself for a fight with the winner of Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, who fight in July.
For Mosley, this could be the end of a wonderful career as a boxer, but look for Mosley to stay around the boxing game with his promotion company, GoBox Promotions, which has established itself as an up and coming promotional company in California.
American heavyweight Jarrell Miller continued his climb up the ranks of the heavyweight division. The 27 year-old Miller knocked out Nick Guivas (12-4-2) in round 2 to improve to 17-0-1, 15 KOs. Miller dropped Guivas 4 times in the fight. With the win, Miller won the WBO NABO heavyweight title.
Miller is hoping to join Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, and Joseph Parker as part of the young group of talented boxers that are making the heavyweight division the best its been in over 10 years. Miller has the size (6'4", 272 lbs) to complete against the best in the world, but he needs a little more time to refine his boxing skills. Before focusing on professional boxing, Miller competing professionally as a kickboxer and even had two fights against MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop. He also had a decent amateur boxing career and was the 2007 runner up in the New York Golden Gloves heavyweight tournament.
Former three-division world champion Shane Mosley (49-9-1) returns to the ring this Saturday when he faces David Avanesyan (21-1-1) for his interim welterweight title at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The fight will headline a CBS Sports Net-televised card coordinated by GoBox Promotions, Mosley's promotional company.
The 27 year-old Avanesyan is ranked #1 in the world with the WBA and has held 6 titles. Avanesyan has 11 knockout wins over his career and is the betting favorite going into the fight with Mosley.
Avanesyan might be the betting favorite, but don't count out Mosley. Mosley has spent the last 2 decades taking on the best boxers in the world. Mosley's opponent list is filled with future hall of famers. (De La Hoya, Mayweather, Pacquiao, Cotto, Canelo, Mayorga). Mosley has probably forgotten more about boxing than Avanesyan will ever know.
Erislandy Lara (23-2-2) successfully defended his WBA super welterweight title in the main event on Showtime's "Night of Champions" by beating Vanes Martirosyan via unanimous decision. The fight demonstrated exactly why boxing fans get frustrated with Lara. Lara was clearly the better boxer. However, Lara spent most of the night backing up and not engaging with Vanes.
That's the same story for most of Lara's fights. Lara is a brilliant defensive boxer. However, Lara slows the pace of his fights to a pace that is maddening to watch. He routinely goes 20-30 seconds without throwing a punch. He also rarely takes a step forward. His movement and footwork is good, but Lara spends most of the fight backing up. That type of style leaves boxing fans screaming at their TV's out of frustration.
It would be one thing if Lara was so defensive because he was in the ring with a bigger and stronger fighter, but that's usually not the case. Lara was bigger and stronger than Martirosyan, but Martirosyan dominated the middle of the ring and forced Lara to run.
By: Frances Cruz
Congratulations to Women’s Flyweight Casey Morton (4-0-2), who earned a unanimous decision win over a very tough Peggy Maerz (2-10-1) last night at the Richmond Auditorium in Richmond, CA. Morton displayed impressive movement and changed angles and launched her overhand right consistently to stop Maerz.
Morton, who previously described herself as a brawler, was determined to fine tune her technique after turning pro. She previously stated that she could relate to Arturo Gatti who started as a brawler and transitioned into a more of a boxer once under the wing of Buddy McGirt. She certainly has a very skilled trainer to fulfill these aspirations. Jairo Escobar, her coach, can closely imitate the Mayweathers' style of mitt work.
Watch for the beautiful, tough, and talented Casey Morton as she continues to make a splash in boxing and chases her dreams of becoming a champion.
For the last 4 years, 44 year-old Shannon Briggs has been showing up at press conferences and taking trash on social media in the hopes of getting a big fight.
When Briggs showed up at a press conference in the United Kingdom earlier this year, David Haye told Briggs to put up or shut up. Haye gave Briggs a fight on the undercard of Haye's May 21st fight with the condition that if Briggs wins, Haye and Briggs will fight in September.
For the last two years, Jermell has struggled to get out of his brother's shadow. The general consensus about the Charlo brothers was that Jermell Charlo is good, but that his twin brother Jermall Charlo was better.
Jermell took a big step forward on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas where Jermell took on John Jackson. With the fight being televised on Showtime, Jermell Charlo, who was losing the fight 69-64 on all three scorecards, knocked out John Jackson in the eight round to win the vacant WBC super welterweight title.
In the next fight, Jermell's brother Jermall successfully defended his IBF super welterweight title against veteran Austin Trout. Jermall was able to get the unanimous decision win with scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113.
With the wins, the 25 year old twins from Houston, Texas, become the first twins to hold world titles at the same time in the same division.
New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker has arrived!
The 24 year-old Parker took on veteran Carlos Takam in a IBF title eliminator where the winner would be Anthony Joshua's mandatory challenger. Parker had huge homefield advantage with the fight taking place in Manukau City, New Zealand.
The fight turned out to be a 12 round war. Both fighters landed big shots throughout the fight, but Parker seemed to win the majority of the rounds. The judges scored it 116-116, 116-112, and 115-113 for Parker, improving Parker's record to 19-0, 16 KOs.
Bellator MMA might be making some crazy MMA fights with freak shows like Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 and grandpa fights with Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock, but the one thing Bellator does right is its ring girls, led by Mercedes Terrell.
Mercedes has been dominating the ring girl scene for the last decade. She turns 32 in June and is as hot as ever.
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After Canelo Alvarez destroyed Amir Khan on May 7th via a devastating 6th round knockout, boxing insiders reported that Golden Boy's Oscar De La Hoya reached out to Tom Loeffler at K2 Promotions the following day to begin fight negotiations for GGG v. Canelo. It was rumored that GGG and Canelo would finally square off on September 17th at AT&T Stadium. Fans awaited the official fight announcement, but it never came.
Golden Boy Promotions dropped the bomb earlier this week when it announced that Canelo decided to drop the WBC title rather than continue negotiations for a fight with GGG. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman made the stipulation that Canelo would have to come to a fight deal with GGG within 15 days of defeating Khan, or the fight would go to purse bid. Sulaiman confirmed earlier this week that the WBC now recognizes Golovkin as its full champion for Canelo's failure to comply with the stipulation. When asked about a possible bout with Canelo during a post fight interview in April, GGG replied, "Just give me my belt. I need my belt." And just like that...Canelo handed over the belt. We didn't think it would be that easy.
Chicago welterweight prospect Jose Felix Quezada took care of business on Tuesday scoring a unanimous decision win over Ariel Vasquez at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota.
The win improves the 21 year-old Quezada's record to 10-0, 6 KOs.
Look for Quezada to possibly return to the ring on June 18th on the undercard of the Andrzej Fonfara fight on Saturday, June 18th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.
By: Frances Cruz
Chicago boxer Jose Felix Quezada (9-0, 6 KOs) held an open workout at Scottsdale Park on the south side in preparation for his upcoming bout on May 17th at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota.
The 21 year-old Quezada is one of the young prospects that makes Chicago a hot spot for talent in the 140 lbs, 147 lbs, and 154 lbs divisions. Last year, the boxing world got a taste of Chicago's young talent when Adrian Granados (17-4) obliterated WBC #1 contender Amir Imam by TKO on Showtime Boxing. With guys like Ed Brown (17-0, 15 KOs), Eddie Ramirez (13-0, KOs), Alex Martin (12-0, 5 KOs), Nathaniel Gallimore (12-0-1, 10 KOs), Jose Arambula (10-0, 4 KOs), Nick Ramirez (8-0-1, 2 KOs), Kenneth Sims, Jr. (7-0, 2 KOs), and Josh Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), Chicago has some of the best young talent in the country.
At the open workout, Quezada displayed impressive hand speed, balance, and power while hitting the bag and working mitts with trainer Shaun Tallon. Tallon has undertaken many of the training responsibilities in Quezada's camp. From teammate to trainer, Tallon has a history with Quezada that goes years back at Scottsdale Park.
The below pictures paint a very intriguing story, not only about a talented fighter, but the inspiration derived from the family and friends that surround him. He is a professional boxer, but also a role model to his young nieces pictured below. Currently undefeated, Quezada holds a record of 9-0, with 6 wins coming by way of knockout. If he is successful on May 17th, he may fight again on the undercard of Fonfara v. Smith, Jr., a Premier Boxing Champions card on June 18th in Chicago. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the UIC box office.
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