By: Frances Cruz
Fans expected fireworks between Santa Cruz and Mares, and they received just that. Upon the sound of the opening bell, Mares rushed over to Santa Cruz and attacked him with power shots. Despite Santa Cruz's attempts to hold and push Mares away, Mares was relentless and followed Santa Cruz so he could get inside and attack the body.
Santa Cruz remained composed and answered Mares with an equally aggressive arsenal of straight punches. Santa Cruz tried to keep Mares at a distance with his jab and straight punches, but Mares continually fought his way inside.
By: Frances Cruz
Julio Cesar Ceja earned a stunning 5th round TKO victory against Hugo Ruiz tonight on PBC on ESPN.
Ruiz seemed to be the more dominant fighter in the earlier rounds, changing angles while counterpunching and maintaining distance from Ceja. Ceja seemed to be the disadvantaged fighter with the shorter reach. Ruiz unloaded on Ceja when he tried to get inside, and Ceja did not have an effective strategy to do so since he had such limited head movement and walked straight in with his punches.
Ceja surprised viewers in round 5 when he launched a brutal hook that sent Ruiz to the canvas. Ruiz threw a hook at the same time, but Ceja's hook was perfectly timed and landed first. Ruiz tried to redeem himself in the remaining minute of round 5, but Ceja pinned Ruiz to the ropes in a very impressive assault to secure the knockout finish. Congratulations to Ceja on a stunning victory!
The Shane Mosley vs. Ricardo Mayorga turned out better than expected. The PPV had some challenges prior to the fight with Don King claiming to have Mayorga under contract, Mosley getting accused of staging a fake press conference fight, Mayorga missing weight, and competing against the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares fight on ESPN.
In the end, the PPV wasn't bad. Ricardo Mayorga, 41, taunted Mosley at moments in the fight, but it was Mosley who came out on top. Mosley dropped Mayorga in round 6 with a body shot and Mayorga was unable to beat the count. After the fight, Mosley, 43, says he wants to keep fighting.
The Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara will take on Nathan Cleverly at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on October 16th.
Fonfara, 27, has a record of 27-3 and was last seen giving Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. an ass whipping that ended with Chavez quitting on the stool after round 9.
Fonfara is a huge fan favorite with Chicago's large Polish population. His fights draw huge crowds at the UIC Pavilion.
It seems like nothing can go right for Shane Mosley.
Shane Mosley was hoping his fight with Ricardo Mayorga, titled "Grudge Match", would help springboard Mosley's promotion company GoBox Promotions. However, its just been one problem after another.
The most recent problem was at the weigh ins for the fight when Ricardo Mayorga came in way overweight. The original weight limit was supposed to be 158 lbs, but Mosley agreed to increase it to 162 lbs after rumors circulated that Mayorga was looking a little fat. By the time Mayorga actually stepped on the scale, Mayorga didn't even come close to 162 lbs. Instead, he weighed in at 165.4 lbs.
There was speculation right away that it was staged simply to create publicity for their PPV fight on Saturday, which is expected to have trouble getting PPV buys with Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz fighting on ESPN the same night.
Mayorga has apparently told people that the whole thing was staged and that Mosley's camp asked him to do it. Mosley denies it.
Former boxing champ Holly Holm has been tabbed as Ronda Rousey's next opponent. The fight will take place on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Holly Holm accumulated a boxing record of 33-2-3 before switching to MMA. As an MMA fighter, Holly Holm has a record of 9-0, with her last 2 wins coming in the UFC.
Hitz Boxing presented an action packed night of boxing at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on Saturday. The night even crowned a new UBF Welterweight Champion.
The first fight featured Shawndell Winters from Harvey, Illinois, whipping Ronez McGrady. McGrady was dropped in round 2. McGrady was able to beat the 10 count, but that's when Winters went in for the kill. Winters started pummeling McGrady, which forced the referee to stop the fight, giving Winters the TKO win in round 2.
A month ago, undefeated Russian supermiddleweight Artur Beterbiev had set himself up for a title fight with fellow Russian Sergey Kovalev. Kovalev's promoter Main Events offered Beterbiev a 6 figure offer to fight for Kovalev's title in November. The fight would have taken place in Russia.
Beterbiev's camp politely declined the offer.
Instead, Beterbiev hoped to take on legend Bernard Hopkins in a number one contender fight for Kovalev's title. Hopkins decided to pass on the fight and is instead taking on Arthur Abraham for his title.
Andrez Fonfara was mentioned as a possible opponent for Beterbiev, but Fonfara decided to fight Nathan Cleverly instead.
As a backup plan, Beterbiev hoped to take on Canadien Jean Pascal to determine the number one contender for Kovalev's title. However, Pascal has decided to pass on the opportunity.
Hitz Boxing returns this Saturday to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
The main event will feature Genaro Mendez v. Agustin Cicero for the UBF Midwest Welterweight Title.
The card will also feature undefeated hot prospect Nick "Bad Boy" Ramirez vs. Rafael Garcia, Fred Bowen vs. Kevin Cruz, undefeated Nat Gallimore v. Dorell Van Horn Jr., Antonio "Aztec God of War" Canas vs. Christian Steele, and knockout machine Samuel "The Russian Concussion" Horowitz vs. Israel Echevarria.
Lucian Bute returned from a 19 month absence to beat Andrea Di Luisa. After cruising through the first three rounds, Bute dropped Di Luisa in round for with a left hand that rocked Di Luisa. Di Luisa was able to beat the 10 count, but was clearly stunned. As the fight resumed and Bute went in for the kill, Di Luisa's corner threw the towel in to stop the fight.
It was supposed to be Marco Huck's glorious U.S. debut. Instead, it was Krzysztof Glowacki's coming out party.
Glowacki, a 29 year-old Polish southpaw, knocked out Marco Huck in round 11 in an exciting fight on Premier Boxing Champions. Huck, 30, had been a world champion since August 29, 2009, and was going for a record breaking 14th straight title defense in the cruiserweight division.
Five-time world champ, Antonio Tarver, earned a split draw against cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham in an anticlimactic heavyweight bout on tonight's PBC card. The first judge scored the bout in favor of Tarver at 115-113, the second judge scored in favor of Cunningham at 115-113, and the third judge scored it a draw at 114-114.
Although Tarver landed more power punches, he threw significantly less punches than Cunningham. Tarver mostly ducked and held Cunningham to avoid his punches instead of countering. Unfortunately, this made the fight more boring to watch. Tarver did land a few combinations to wobble Cunningham, but in the end, the audience didn't get the fireworks that they anticipated.
By: Frances Cruz
The highly anticipated bout between Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto and Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez is scheduled for November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. HBO Pay-Per-View will televise the bout.
Canelo claims that he is "embracing this rivalry". We expect nothing less than a slugfest since Canelo has been eager to face Cotto, but negotiations had fallen through.
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