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World Series of Fighting ring girl Emily Miller is becoming one of the top ring girls in the business. She's been with the World Series of Fighting since 2012. Her unique look and contagious smile have made her more popular than some of the fighters.
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Keith "One Time" Thurman and Shawn "Showtime" Porter put on one hell of a fight on CBS Saturday night. The fight took place in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and was aired as part of a Showtime Championship Boxing broadcast on CBS.
The fight was an all out war with momentum changing every few rounds. Porter looked like he was taking control in rounds 2 and 3 when he would pin Thurman against the ropes, but Thurman made adjustments in the middle rounds and starting moving better and timing Porter with shots. Porter regained momentum in the later rounds and even cut Thurman, but Thurman maintained his composure and finished the fight strong.
In the end, the fight went the distances and all three judges scored it 115-113 for Thurman, giving Thurman the unanimous decision win and allowing Thurman to retain his WBA world welterweight title. Thurman improves his record to 27-0, 22 KOs. Porter's record drops to 26-2-1, 16 KOs.
There's no lack of confidence with Chris Eubanks, Jr.
Eubanks made his case to be the next opponent for middleweight boogieman Gennady "GGG" Golovkin this weekend when he destroyed Tom Doran. Doran had been undefeated coming into the fight, but Eubanks dominated the fight from the start and knocked out Doran in round 4.
Eubanks showed swagger and confidence in the ring as he dismantled Doran. Eubanks was playing to the crowd and mean mugging Doran throughout the fight.
After the fight, Eubanks made his case for being Golovkin's next opponent. Its refreshing since some many others like Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders have done their best to avoid Golovkin at all costs.
After the fight, Eubank's promoter Eddie Hearn said he would be reaching out to Golovkin's camp this week to finalize a fight. With his confidence and power, Eubanks might have what it takes to give Golovkin a challenge.
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua successfully defended his title against American Dominic Breazeale. The fight took place at the O2 Arena in London in front of a rowdy U.K. crowd. Joshua dominated the fight and won every round until the knock out came in round 7. Breazeale, to his credit, adsorbed most of Joshua's punches in the early rounds, but by round 7 the accumulation of punishment became too much. Joshua dropped Breazeale in the middle of the round 7, then dropped him against 30 seconds later, which caused the referee to waive off the fight and give Joshua the TKO win.
Veterans Mike "Mile High" Alvarado and Matt Korobov continued their quests back to the top of their respective divisions.
Alvarado took on Josh Torres at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Torres had Alvarado in trouble at times, but Alvarado escaped with the majority decision win. The win improves Alvarado's record to 36-4, and more importantly, gives Alvarado two straight wins for the first time since 2012. At 35 years-old, Alvarado is trying to make one more run to get to the top of the welterweight division.
In the co-feature fight, Matt Korobov dropped Brian Vera four times on his way to a unanimous decision win. A few years ago, Korobov was considered one of the best middleweights in the world, but that ended when Andy Lee knocked out Korobov with an uppercut in 2014. This was only Korobov's second fight since the knockout.. Korobov has since moved up to the super middleweight division (168 lbs) and hopes to work his way up towards the top of the super middleweight division.
For the second weekend in a row, the boxing world saw a major upset. It happened to Andrezj Fonfara last week, and it happened to Javier Fortuna this week.
Fortuna was upset trying to defend his WBA 130 title against Jason Sosa in Beijing, China. Sosa shocked the boxing world by dropping Fortuna in round 11 with a right hand. Fortuna was able to get up before the count of 10, but Fortuna was on shaky legs so referee Raul Caiz Jr. waived off the fight, giving Sosa the TKO win and the WBA title.
In response to Deontay Wilder's lawsuit against Alexander Povetkin, Povetkin has filed his own lawsuit against Wilder and Wilder's promoter Lou DiBella. In the lawsuit, Povetkin denies taking meldonium, which is the drug found in Povetkin's system in an April drug test. Meldonium was listed as a banned substance effective January 1, 2016, and the ban was announced in September 2015. Povetkin maintains that he stopped taking meldonium prior to January 1, 2016 and that his failed drug test was a result of Povetkin ingesting meldonium prior to the January 1st ban.
Most fans doubted Povetkin's claim that he stopped taking meldonium prior to January 1 because Povetkin had actually passed four drug tests prior to his failed drug test in April. In the lawsuit, Povetkin uses a study called the "Tretzel Study", which claims that traces of meldonium could appear undetectable for a period and then reappear in the person's system. The "Tretzel Study" claims this can occur because of the slow excretion process of the drug.
Povetkin's Complaint seeks damages for Breach of Contract, Breach of the Escrow Agreement, and for Defamation.
Deontay Wilder has filed a lawsuit against Alexander Povetkin and his promoter World of Boxing LLC after Povetkin filed a drug test that led to the May 21st fight being postponed and possibly cancelled completely. The matter is still under review by the WBC. World of Boxing, LLC, as part of the purse bid, put up over $4 million dollars in escrow to secure the fight and those funds are still being held until there is a resolution of the matter. After Povetkin failed the drug test, Wilder's camp had sent a notice to the company holding the escrow money not to release the funds until the dispute is resolved. Povetkin's camp is claiming that notice was sent in bad faith.
Wilder's lawsuit, a copy of which is below, seeks damages for breach of the contract for the fight, breach of the escrow agreement, and seeking a declaratory judgment finding that Wilder is entitled to the funds being held in escrow. Read it for yourself:
Venezuela made history this weekend with 7 title fights on the same card. The fights took place La Guaira, Venezuela.
The card saw Hanna Gabriels (16-1-1) (pictured with the belt) successful defend her WBO super welterweight title against Katia Alvarino. With the win, Gabriels also picked up the vacant WBA super welterweight title. The rest of the card results are below:
Boxing is a great sport because one punch can change a fight.
Chicago's "Polish Prince", Andrzej Fonfara, learned that lesson Saturday night against Joe Smith, Jr. on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. Fonfara, fighting in front of thousand of Polish fans at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, got caught off guard with a devastating right hand from Smith that sent Fonfara to the canvas. Fonfara got up, but never recovered. Smith went in for the kill and swarmed Fonfara with power shots. Fonfara ended up going down again with 50 seconds left in the fight. As Fonfara layed there in the corner, the referee called off the fight giving Joe Smith, Jr. the TKO win and leaving the largely Polish crowd stunned.
The win should jump start Smith's career and with a record of 22-1, should put Smith in the top 10 of the light heavyweight division.
For Fonfara, the loss drops his record to 28-4 and grinds Fonfara's career momentum to a grinding halt. Fonfara is still young at just 28 years old. He needs to take a little time to recover from this loss, but he should be able to bounce back quickly.
The weigh ins took place today in Chicago for the Fonfara-Smith card this weekend. Everyone made weight except for Erickson Lubin's opponent Daniel Sandoval, who showed up over 5 lbs overweight. The fight with Lubin and Sandoval is still going to happen and Lubin, who is a hot prospect, will likely make quick work of Sandoval.
Check out the fights at the UIC Pavilion and on NBC Saturday night. The full fight card is listed below:
Andrzej Fonfara vs Joe Smith Jr.
Erickson Lubin vs. Daniel Sandoval
Juan Carlos Payano vs. Rau'shee Warren (WBA world bantamweight title fight)
Hugo Centeno Jr vs. Maciej Sulecki
Alex Martin vs. Juan Carlos Abreu
Jose Felix Quezada vs. Cameron Kreal
Ramiro Carrillo vs. Jorge Luis Munguia
Josh Hernandez vs. Eric Gotay
Jessica McCaskill vs. Katonya Fisher
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By: Frances Cruz
After 5 years of litigation, the jury entered a verdict in the pending suit of All-Star Boxing v. Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions. Canelo Alvarez was ordered to pay $8.5 million to All-Star Boxing, a promoter that he signed with prior to joining Golden Boy Promotions in 2009. The suit was originally filed in 2011, and Golden Boy turned down a $5 million settlement offer. Golden Boy spokesman Stefan Friedman confirmed that Golden Boy was "exonerated from paying anything." The jury deliberated for three hours before rendering a verdict. While it found that Alvarez and All-Star Boxing did not have a valid contract, it did find that Alvarez unjustly enriched himself, and awarded Zabala damages.
According to ESPN, Zabala was seeking as much as $159 million, plus punitive damages, taking into account the next 10 years of Alvarez's potential earnings under the concept of "lost future profits." In actual damages, All-Star Boxing asked for $24 million and was awarded $8.5 million.
According to a spokesman for Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez intends to immediately appeal the verdict, which indicated that his association with All-Star Boxing enhanced his career. Although Alvarez fought nine times under All-Star Boxing, he had 3 more years remaining under his contract when he joined Golden Boy Promotions.
“I’m happy, because I did this not for money, but for the dignity of my business,” Zabala told the Los Angeles Times. “You have to respect contracts.”
With established stars at the top, and young fighters coming up, the featherweight division is becoming one of the most interesting divisions in boxing. Almost all the top featherweights are in action this summer. Check out our top 12 featherweights going into the summer:
1. Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs)
Current WBA Super Champion
Santa Cruz had a reputation for only taking easy fights, but that changed when he beat Abner Mares last summer. Santa Cruz is a high volume puncher with a crowd pleasing style. He simply overwhelms his opponents with volume and pressure. Santa Cruz takes on Carl Frampton this summer in what is expected to be one of the biggest fights of the summer.
2. Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs)
Current WBO Champion
Lomachenko had one of the best amateur careers ever with a record of 396-1. It was that reputation that had him fighting for a world title in just his second professional fight. Lomachenko is the current WBO featherweight champion, but he just stepped up to the super featherweight division and destroyed veteran Roman Martinez. Lomachenko says he only stepped up to super featherweight because he couldn't get a top fight at featherweight division. Despite only having 7 fights, he easily makes #2 on our list.
By: Frances Cruz
Moving up to 130 pounds wasn't a bad decision for Vasyl Lomachenko. In fact, the two-time Olympic gold medalist made a successful debut at 130 pounds tonight after obliterating Roman "Rocky" Martinez in the 5th round at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. Martinez was unable to compete with Lomachenko's speed, footwork, and overall technique. Lomachenko was always in the pocket to engage in a war, but Martinez rarely tagged him with any substantial punches. Lomachenko threw slippery, unpredictable punches from different angles while demonstrating impressive head movement, and his style will be problematic for future opponents. In the 5th round, Lomachenko sent Martinez crumbling to the canvas when he landed a beautiful left uppercut/right hook combination to end the fight. Lomachenko does a tremendous job of faking his jab to set up his opponent for that straight left hand and other power shots, and that certainly paid off tonight. Clearly incoherent and unable to continue, referee Danny Schiavone waved off the fight at 1:09.
Although Lomachenko suffered one loss via split decision in a featherweight title bout against Orlando Salido in 2014, it is doubtful that Salido will be able to win convincingly in a rematch. Lomachenko has improved tremendously since 2014 and seemed more patient and selective with his punches tonight. Salido, who was ringside to witness Lomachenko's knockout win over Martinez, faced Francisco Vargas last week in a potential FOTY although it ended in a majority draw.
Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade, who famously sued Jay-Z's Roc Nation last year, is back with a bang.
Andrade took on Willie Nelson in the co-feature fight on Showtime Championship Boxing. Andrade dominated Willie Nelson throughout the fight and scored a 12th round TKO win. Andrade dropped Nelson 4 times during the fight.
Andrade, who gave up 3 inches in height to Nelson, used body work and hooks effectively throughout the fight. For most of the fight, Nelson was just trapped in his high guard defense and left for being a punching bag for Andrade.
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