World Series of Fighting ring girls Emily Miller and Janey B showed off some new ring girl outfits this week in Seattle, Washington for WSOF 32. Check out the two versions.
After two years away from the ring after a dispute with his former promoter Top Rank, Inc., 28 year-old Mikey Garcia returned to the ring on Saturday night against veteran Elio Rojas on Showtime Championship Boxing. Rojas actually won the first two rounds, but Garcia turned it on in round 3 by cutting off the ring and landing power shots on Rojas. Garcia ended up dropping Rojas 4 times in the fight until the referee waived off the fight in round 5.
The win improves Garcia's record to 35-0, 29 KOs.
Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz went to war Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Santa Cruz entered the fight as the undefeated WBA Super Champion and was the betting favorite going into the fight because he had the height and reach advantage over Frampton. Frampton, a talented boxer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, was moving up from the super bantamweight division (122 lbs), where he won the IBF and WBA world titles, to the featherweight division (126 lbs) in order to challenge Santa Cruz for the WBA super title.
The fight turned into a fight of the year candidate. It was action packed with both fighters landed big shots throughout the fight, but it was Frampton's counter punching that proved to be the difference. Frampton was prepared for Santa Cruz's aggressive style and landed hard counters on Santa Cruz throughout the fight.
The fight went the distance, including a thrilling 12th round, and in the end, the judges gave Carl Frampton the majority decision win with scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 114-114.
By: Frances Cruz
Light-heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson delivered a fourth round highlight reel knockout win over Thomas Williams last night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City. This was Stevenson's seventh defense of his WBC light heavyweight title. Although Stevenson also scored a knockdown in round 1, Williams gave Stevenson a run for his money in rounds 2 and 3, tagging Stevenson with some vicious right hands. Ultimately, Stevenson finished Williams with a left hand to the head in round 4 which sent Williams to the canvas. Unable to continue, the referee stopped the fight at 2:54 of the 4th round. Although Stevenson appeared to be more vulnerable than he has in previous fights, he earned a tremendous knockout victory and showed that Superman still has the goods to rattle his opponents.
27 year-old Amanda "the Real Deal" Serrano successfully defended her WBO female flyweight title this weekend by knocking out Calixta Silgado. The fight took place in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on the undercard for the Leo Santa Cruz v. Carl Frampton card.
It was Amanda's third win of 2016 and improves her record to 29-1-1, 22 KOs.
The win was hyped up by Showtime Championship Boxing who teased the possibility of Serrano possibly fighting on a televised card on Showtime in the near future.
Former U.S. Olympian Joseph "JoJo" Diaz Jr. scored an impressive 2nd round KO on HBO Latino Saturday night.
Diaz's speed and power were too much for veteran Victor Proa (28-2-2). This win improves Diaz's record to 21-0, 12 KOs.
Golden Boy Promotions is banking on Diaz becoming a major star. So far, Diaz is shooting up the ranks of the featherweight division and building a huge following in the California area.
By: Frances Cruz
Regarded as "The Most Glamorous Night in Boxing", the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) is a must-see event for all boxing fans. Its a tremendous opportunity for fans to see and celebrate the sport's best and most respected figures. Their fourth annual induction ceremony takes place this Saturday at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather was honored fighter of the year from 2013-2015, but a new fighter of the year will emerge this Saturday. Badou Jack, who won the WBC super middleweight world title last year and overthrew unbeaten favorite Anthony Dirrell, has been named the 2016 fighter of the year. Jack has successfully defended his title twice since his win over Dirrell. In Jack's first title defense, he faced two-time world title challenger George Groves at the MGM Grand. After dropping Groves in the first round, Jack earned the split decision win, proving that he was the more precise technical fighter according to the punch stats. Jack then retained his title via undisputed majority draw when he faced Lucian Bute earlier this year.
The 2016 inductees also include:
Boxers: Riddick Bowe, Ray Mancini, Christy Martin, Pernell Whitaker, Ricardo Lopez, and Freddie Little
Non-Boxers: Kenny Adams, Thell Torrence, Tim Dahlberg and James “Smitty” Smith
Gym Operator/Trainer Johnny Tocco (deceased)
Sugar Ray Leonard, a member of of the 2013 class, will also present a special tribute to "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali. Ali was inducted into the 2015 class, and the beautiful Rasheda Ali appeared to accept his award. Leonard, who won a 1976 Olympic gold medal and world titles in five weight classes, will give a speech, “What Muhammad Ali Meant to Me".
Founded by long-time boxing television and radio personality, Rich Marotta, NVBHOF is a non-profit organization that raises funds for boxing-related causes and those in need. For more information, please check out their website at nvbhof.com. Below is a gallery of photos from previous events.
WBC flyweight champion Yessica "Kika" Chavez successfully defended her title this weekend. Chavez picked up the decision win over Esmeralda Moreno in a close fight that took place in Cancun, Mexico. The win improves the 28 year-old Chavez's record to 27-4-3.
The boxing world better start paying attention to Jonathan Guzman. The 27 year-old Guzman beat the hell out of Japan's Shingo Wake to win the IBF super bantamweight title. The knockout came in the 11th round after Guzman just inflicted too much punishment on Wake. Although Wake had some good moments in the middle of the fight, Guzman's speed, athleticism, and power were simply too much for Wake.
Guzman has been on a roll since turning pro and has racked up a record of 22-0 with all 22 wins coming by knockout. Guzman joins Hugo Ruiz (WBC title), Nonito Donaire (WBO title) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBA title) as the other major champions in the super bantamweight (122 lbs) division.
The unfortunate news that came out after the fight was that Guzman reportedly was robbed of his entire purse from the fight with Wake. The story is that Guzman put his entire $70,000.00 purse (it was $90,000.00, less $20,000.00 for his trainer and management) from the fight with Wake into a suitcase, but was then robbed at the airport when he returned to his home country of the Dominican Republic.
Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) took a big step forward in his career Saturday night.
Crawford took on WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol in the main event of an HBO PPV. The fight took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crawford dominated Postol and earned a unanimous decision win with scores of 118-107, 118-107, and 117-108. The early rounds were close, but Crawford took over in round 5 when he dropped Postol twice. The first knock down was a quick shot early in the round that cause Postol's knee to touch the mat. The second knockdown came two minutes later when Crawford rocked Postol with a combination that caused Postol to stumble and lose balance. Although Postol didn't fall to the mat, his gloved touched the ground, which the referee correctly ruled as a knockdown.
After round 5, Crawford dominated Postol with speed and precision. After the fight, both Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach admitted that Crawford's speed was the difference in the fight.
Boxing Fans - you need to put Oscar Valdez on your radar.
Oscar Valdez is a 2012 Olympian who has burst onto the boxing scene in a big way in 2016. Earlier this year, Valdez destroyed veteran Evgeny Gradovich, who many experts considered a tough and rugged veteran.
On Saturday night in the co-main event of the Crawford-Postol HBO PPV, Valdez absolutely whipped Argentina's Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda in 2 rounds. It was an absolute ass beating for Rueda, who entered the fight with a record of 26-0, 23 KOs. The fight ended at the 2:18 mark in the 2nd round when the referee waived off the fight after Rueda went down due to a body shot.
The heavyweight division keeps getting interesting. New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) knocked out rival Solomon Haumono (24-3-2) in the 4th round of their fight on Thursday. With the win, the 24 year-old Parker keeps his spot as the #1 contender for Anthony Joshua's IBF heavyweight title.
Parker has indicated he is in no rush to face Joshua. Next up for Parker is a bout on October 1, 2016 against Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2).
One day after tweeting about how he was going to change his lifestyle, Adrien Broner was arrested and taken to jail.
Broner failed to appear in court for a criminal matter where Broner is accused of assault and robbery. The charges stem from an incident where Broner allegedly lost money gambling on bowling, then knocked out the person he lost money to in the parking lot and took the money back.
Broner showed up 3 hours late for court, and when he did show up, witnesses claimed he looked hung over. Broner claimed he was sick. The judge is holding Broner in contempt of court, which will result in Broner sitting in jail for the next 30 days.
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