Remember the name Artur Beterbiev.
Artur Beterbiev only had 6 pro fights, but he's 6-0 and just smashed veteran Tavoris Cloud in 2 rounds. Beterbiev dropped Cloud 3 times in round 1, then trapped Cloud in the corner to start round 2 and pummelled Cloud until Cloud just crumbled to the ground.
Depending on who you ask, Beterbiev is either 29 or 30 years old. He was an amateur star in Russia and rumor has it he has 2 amateur wins over Sergey Kovalev.
Golden Boy's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has signed a multi-fight deal with HBO. The deal is significant because Golden Boy fighters have fought exclusively on Showtime the last couple years.
This deal sets up an HBO PPV headlined by Canelo Alvarez v. Miguel Cotto on the Cinco de Mayo weekend, which is a weekend when Floyd Mayweather, Jr. typically has his PPV. The 2 PPV's could go head-to-head over that Mexican Holiday weekend.
The deal hurts Showtime because Showtime loses a PPV star who they spent the last couple years building and promoting.
Stephen Espinoza from Showtime said Oscar de la Hoya had a verbal agreement for Canelo to re-sign with Showtime, and even tweeted that multiple people were in the room when the agreement was reached. However, Espinoza tweeted that he does not plan on pursuing legal action against Canelo.
The main event at the Horseshoe Casino on Friday was the always exciting Antonio "Aztec God of War" Canas against undefeated Rafael Hernandez. It was a crazy back and forth fight that ended in controversy.
Canas started out strong in round one landing hard shots on Hernandez. We have a video clip here of Canas dominating early. During one of the exchanges, Hernandez's mouthpiece came out. At a break, the referee called a time out so that Hernandez could get his mouthpiece back in. This break gave Hernandez time to regroup.
In the second round, Hernandez came back strong dropping Canas not twice. Hernandez did an excellent job pinning Canas against the ropes and unloading on him. It looked like Canas was in trouble, but anyone who has scene Canas fight knows he does his best work when he's hurt. Most fighters cover up when they get rocked. Canas starts throwing haymakers.
Just when you thought Canas was done, Canas came back strong, rocking Hernandez with big right hands. At one point, Hernandez's knees buckeled and his glove touched the mat, but the judge didn't rule it a knockdown.
Towards the end of the third round, a cut opened up over Hernandez's eye. At first, the cut didn't look too bad, but then Canas went after that eye and opened it up. The referee determined that the cut was the result of a headbutt.
As the fourth round was about to start, the doctor came in, looked at Hernandez's cut, and determined the cut was too severe to let Hernandez continue. The referee waived off the fight at the start of the 4th round.
Because the cut was the result of a headbutt, and because the fight had not completed 4 rounds, the fight was ruled a no contest.
In the post fight interview, Canas said Hernandez "blew his load" in the second round and that Hernandez was fading. Canas felt like he was on his way to a victory and that he wasn't happy with the results. He had some harsh words for Hernandez, which prompted Hernandez's corner to react.
Hernandez's corner man got boos from the crowd, partly because of his bad haircut and cheesy sunglasses, but the manager was doing his job defending his fighter.
After the fight, Hernandez admitted that the cut could have been caused from a punch. From our view, it was tough to tell whether the cut was from a punch or a headbutt.
Its the type of fight that screams for a rematch. Let's hope Bobby Hitz can make the rematch happen either later this year or early 2015.
Carl Frampton gave Kiko Martinez a beating in their rematch in Belfast. Frampton got the unanimous decision with the judges scoring it 119-108, 119-108, and 118-111. With the win, Frampton becomes the IBF Super-Bantamweight Champion. After the fight, Frampton said he wanted Scott Quigg, which could be a huge fight in Europe.
"Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) decided to give up his WBO Middleweight title instead of fighting Matt Korobov. From a business side, it was a terrible decision because Quillin would have made $1.4 million on the fight. In addition, it was going to be the first fight promoted by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports so the fight would have received some main stream press. From Quillin's side, he may have passed on the fight to spend time with his new born son. If that's the truth, its tough to second guess a guy looking to spend time with his kid.
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